• Federer faces Ungur in Roland Garros round two

    5/29/12 3:28 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer faces Ungur in Roland Garros round two Roger Federer will continue his French Open campaign on Wednesday against Adrian Ungur. Tomas Berdych and Michael Llodra are also in action.

    (3) Roger Federer vs. Adrian Ungur

    Federer traditionally picks up the pace with each match at Grand Slams, and he will be looking to do just that when he takes the court on Wednesday at the French Open. The world No. 3 did not drop a set in his opener on Monday, but it was by no means vintage Federer in a 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Tobias Kamke. Federer, who won Madrid but lost to Novak Djokovic in the Rome semis, is now 32-4 for the season.

    Up next for the 2009 champion is a a first-ever meeting with Ungur, who prevented a highly-anticipated second-round showdown by upsetting David Nalbandian 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5. The 92nd-ranked Romanian picked up the seventh ATP match win of his career and his first at major (he had never previously been past the second round of qualifying). Count on Federer raising his level and dominating in straight sets.

    Michael Llodra vs. (7) Tomas Berdych

    Berdych looks to avenge a 2010 first-round U.S. Open loss as he goes up against Llodra on Wednesday at Roland Garros. Llodra pulled off a 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-4 surprise to even their head-to-head series at two wins apiece. They have faced each other twice on clay, including once at this very same stage of the 2008 French Open. Llodra prevailed 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, while Berdych won their other encounter at the 2005 World Team Cup.

    A considerable edge in current form goes to Berdych, who improved to 32-10 for his 2012 campaign by crushing Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 on Monday. Llodra scored a solid 7-6(5), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The 32-year-old Frenchman is 8-9 for the season. Don't be surprised if a wild French crowd inspires Llodra to steal a set, but this should mostly be all Berdych.

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6 more to go..
Common Roger.

sabs , 5/30/12 6:47 AM

5 more games to go

RickyDimon , 5/30/12 1:41 PM

2 set points (for Ungur) gone

RickyDimon , 5/30/12 2:13 PM

MP saved and SP for Ungur

sabs , 5/30/12 2:23 PM

Well 3rd set to Ungur

sabs , 5/30/12 2:24 PM

Can't watch the match, but looking at the stats... it looks like Ungur played a fantastic third set. Or did Fed's return got worse?

Bonker , 5/30/12 2:24 PM

"The Ungur Games will continue on Court Philippe Chatrier!"

RickyDimon , 5/30/12 2:27 PM

Hey Bonker if you missed the match: I started watching in the 3rd. Ungar's backhand was excellent, single handed going down the line, CC, lobs, slices, everything. He pushed Fed back on the return and was in charge in most of the rallies in the end of the 3rd. Federer didn't play badly but he couldn't move up a gear just like that whenUngar found his game. He's probably lucky Ungar donated a service break early in the 4th.

Bharata , 5/30/12 3:18 PM

what is fed doing.. if he plays like this he wont get beyond Qf's.. nee ds to step up his game in next 2 matches

abhirf , 5/30/12 3:22 PM

Give the guys a break..............they have played quite a bit of tennis for the year..........regardless of what they all say, there's A LOT of pressure on them!!! As long as they win their matches in the early rounds, thats fine, they just need to do enough to win. None of the top 3 look excellent in my opinion thus far, but i guess they wont dip into their reserves unless they have to. Next week is when we will see real tennis, and so we should, as it is the point when we expect them to be truely tested!


Monalysa , 5/30/12 3:50 PM

^^^ u are right.. but they all need to sharpen their flaws.. rafa was terrible on his serve.. fed is luking out of his zone at the moment

abhirf , 5/30/12 3:59 PM

, 5/30/12 3:50 PM

completely agree with you...

natashao , 5/30/12 4:06 PM

Have to agree with abhirf here at least for Fed's case. Last time he looked like this in the opening rounds was Wimbledon 2010 and that was Berdych again waiting in the QF. I am sure Berdych and Del Potro look at those scores and think they have a shot to upset Federer...

Thought Djokovic looked sharp in his match today though. I can't see a way of taking points from him in this form.

Bharata , 5/30/12 4:32 PM

Berdych and Delpo surely already thought they had a chance. I doubt they are too worried about Federer's scores.

RickyDimon , 5/30/12 4:50 PM

Bharata, that's what haunting me. He should get past these opponents quickly. Cant afford to lose energy in early rounds. I just hope he finds his feet in the next match.

abhirf , 5/30/12 4:50 PM

@ Bharata, right now, I remain quitely confident about Rafa's chances for the trophy, but i am taking it one match at a time. Considering what has happened to Serena, i realise in tennis, you really never know! Berdych looks in great form, who knows, he might just make the finals!!! I am very careful here.......bcos Rafa, and particularly Novak, might just want it TOO much!!!!

Monalysa , 5/30/12 4:50 PM

And as for Federer, I remember him saying that he had never heard of Angur before..............after taking a set from him, i guess ther eis no doubt he knows who Angur is now!!!.........hehehe!!!!

Monalysa , 5/30/12 4:55 PM

I have to agree with abhirf. Roger always start kinda soft almost all GS, but he looked really ugly in some times on these 2 matches. I doubt he can put a fight on this Slam. Besides, I'm preetty sure he has his sight on Wimbledon and the Olympics. Considering Nadal and Djokovic current forms plus his age I'm pretty sure he knows his chances at this slam are really few.

Emiliano55 , 5/30/12 4:59 PM

Roger is not at his best as per his performance in the 1st and 2nd round matches at Rolland Garros.He must learn to close matches from a stronger position.Lately, he is struggling and can't afford to do so against Top 10 players.Pull up your socks if u wanna be remembered for your exploits here.

hrsikesa , 5/30/12 5:03 PM

I'm not in the least concerned about Roger. All he's had to do is win, and so far he has done it. Each match is a gift. He has been very laid back, and still won. He does not appear all that concerned about the results. When he wins it's just great, when he doesn't no big. He will pick up the pace when he needs too, and when he wants to, or feels like it. I don't believe the trophy is as important to him as a Rafa, or let's say a Kjokovic. He is just playing, and when he is done playing tennis for the day, he's done playing tennis for the day. Winning is more fun, but just playing tennis is fun too. After all he does have his loving family to go back too, and he has won so much, and being older than most players it should be easier for him to look at (his tennis, his family, and his life) mostly from the fun side of life. I would venture to say tennis is not his whole world. But as long as Roger wants to play, I would say: "Play on Roger". "We love it when you play." :)

sky , 5/30/12 9:31 PM

"He does not appear all that concerned about the results. When he wins it's just great, when he doesn't no big."

Sounds like a loser to me...

phoenix , 5/30/12 10:22 PM

LOL phoenix REALLY!!!!

Wake up! This guy has won 16 GRAN SLAMS! No loser could EVER accomplish that, and at almost 31, he is still #3 in the world of tennis. There is nothing in Roger Federer that merits that word being thrown at him, or about him. Where is your tennis honour?! He is a great tennis Champion and he is still a danger/threat to "any" player he plays against. It's tennis (anything can happen) ! I would have thought you would appreciate tennis better than that. You don't have to like the guy, but you should show more respect for a Great tennis player. Need I repeat that for many tennis fans and expects (in tennis) he is heralded as the greatest tennis player of all time. You give the impression you don't really appreciate tennis when you talk like that, or peoples great accomplishments. Anyway, happy tennis.

sky , 5/30/12 10:57 PM

Everyone sounds like a loser to a loser!!

But what to say its not little phony fault ;)

KMA , 5/30/12 11:14 PM

Congrats Roger on breaking yet another record.

Most GS match wins. Incredible.

Ungur (I've lost count of the many names this player has been called) played out of his mind. It was very nice to see so much winners on a clay court match and not the usual baseline grinding ugly tennis.

I really don't care how Roger plays in the 1st rounds as long as he wins and doesn't exert too much energy.

The real tests will begin with the QF and from then on is when Roger needs his best tennis.

HOPP Roger!!!!

bleck , 5/30/12 11:26 PM

Agreed. #3 will be just fine. No problems for #3 until semis and who knows?

agfmilos , 5/31/12 1:13 AM

Federer now blogging from Paris...


agfmilos , 5/31/12 1:25 AM

Most GS victories in open era and only 30. Incredible. 87% winning percentage too, does what he likes king Roger

brothdog , 5/31/12 1:52 PM

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