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  • Federer set for another meeting with Benneteau

    5/30/13 7:34 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer set for another meeting with Benneteau Roger Federer will face familiar foe Julien Benneteau on Friday at Roland Garros. A fourth-round spot is at stake.

    Roger Federer and Julien Benneteau will be squaring off for the seventh time in their careers and the second time this season when they collide in round three of the French Open on Friday afternoon.

    Federer leads the head-to-head series by a mere differential of 4-2. Benneteau earned upset wins at the Paris Masters in 2009 via a 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 decision and three months ago in Rotterdam--also on an indoor hard court (6-3, 7-5). They faced each other last summer in the Wimbledon third round, where Benneteau was up two sets and also two points from the match only to see Federer make a 4-6, 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-6(6), 6-1 comeback. Their only previous clay-court encounter came at Roland Garros in 2008, when Federer advanced 6-4, 7-5, 7-5.

    Neither man entered this fortnight in particularly stellar form. Federer is still in search of his first 2013 title and he suffered clay-court losses to Kei Nishikori in Madrid and to Rafael Nadal in blowout fashion at the Rome Masters. So far at the season's Grand Slam, however, Federer has made brutally quick work of qualifiers Pablo Carreno-Busta and Somdev Devvarman.

    Benneteau started off the year well enough, reaching the Sydney semifinals and finishing runner-up to Juan Martin Del Potro in Rotterdam. Since that performance, though, the 32nd-ranked Frenchman was 2-7 prior to his arrival in Paris. Unlike Federer, Benneteau has survived two dogfights. He beat Ricardas Berankis in a fourth-set tiebreaker then squandered all of two-set lead over Tobias Kamke on Wednesday before surviving 7-6(9), 7-5, 5-7, 0-6, 6-4.

    "He doesn't need to change his game," Federer said of Benneteau, referencing their Rotterdam clash. "It worked back then, so it's up to me now to change something and to see what didn't work during that match and to see how I can change it. I'm going to work with my coaches and try to see what I have to change in my game.

    "It's true when I play against him he makes it difficult for me. I have some problems and I have to find a solution. Anyway, I like that kind of challenge. I'm looking forward to it."

    The good news for Benneteau is that he has no fear against Federer and will take heart from their competitive past history. At the same time, the underdog has simply not been playing well of late. Two wins under his belt are good for confidence, but tight affairs with the likes of Berankis and Kamke are not encouraging. Federer, meanwhile, has been on point this week and he should advance in straight sets.


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Rafa always plays his 2nd rnd match on SL. They will all play one match on SL then move back to PC.

nadline , 5/30/13 10:22 PM


Twenty, I hope Benny is preparing some french sticks and croissants for Fed tomorrow.

nadline , 5/30/13 10:27 PM


The only match that does not involve a French player on PC tomorrow is the conclusion of the Sharapova match which started there today.

It's French Day on PC tomorrow.

nadline , 5/30/13 10:53 PM


seventeen you smell/look like an old afterbirth.

Scrotracker , 5/30/13 11:47 PM


Rafa gets booed regularly by the french. A player like novak/connors/mcenroe/Sampras/Federer/laver/serena/graf/seles/BJK/ would never ever play again if they had received the treatment reserved for the scum of the sporting world. Then again, they had other tournaments they could dominate.

JamesDjokovicFan , 5/31/13 3:22 AM


Fed's got a beer belly and the bagel Benny served him in his first 2 games hasn't helped either.

nadline , 5/31/13 2:29 PM


Oh another nadlina fan who never speaks ill of another player and is a rolemodel to new-yapper!

Fedkovic23 , 5/31/13 3:22 PM


You stupid btch even trying to explain the train delay.
Way dont you old farts f off from this site.

Like nobody knows the top seeds play a match on Lenglen.

#moron
# stick a pipe up your as maybe hubby will do yahoo again.
seventeen, 5/30/13 10:42 PM

And there it is again - the filthy language on yet another different poster. I only have to scroll for 30 seconds on TT to find seventeen-20 spewing more filthy language on different fans. And than of course its lackey playtoys will crawl out to defend itself (same person you see....only pretending to be different posters lol).

jean , 5/31/13 3:42 PM


31 winners to 15 even on the slowest surface in the world. That is how you become the Iron-Man/Super Man of tennis. By playing aggressive shot-making tennis and not acting like a poodle to journeymen and fetching balls till they tire-out and then squeaking by.

Laver/Sampras/Federer will always be in a league above the defenders. Hopefully, Mr. Personality, nole will keep up the tradition and follow Mr. Tennis, federer in the path to tennis Valhalla.

Fedkovic forever!

Fedkovic23 , 5/31/13 3:58 PM


Fed is in sublime form.....so who is up next simon or querry!!!

Fedzz22 , 5/31/13 4:44 PM


There....there....feel better now, seventeen-20???

jean , 5/31/13 4:44 PM



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