Tuesday, March 17, 2009

French Fried


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Frenchmen have made their mark in men's tennis in recent months. Yesterday, four of them hit a wall.

No shock that Paul-Henri Mathieu couldn't tame Andy Murray. Or that Fernando Verdasco could hit Richard Gasquet off the court. But color me surprised that Ivan Ljubicic rose from the dead to defeat Gilles Simon in straights and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga couldn't harness his scattered energy to dispatch a newly muscular Igor Andreev.

4 comments:

oddman said...

Tsonga and Simon are a bit of a shock, true.
Anyone can lose to anyone, no?

Pamela said...

Simon is not really much more than a pusher. I very rarely see him create his own pace, he relies on his opponent for that.

Tsonga seemed a little flat, not that Andreev can't be a tough customer when his forehand and serve are on. And they were on last night.

The rest of the Frenchies, including "Baby Fed" and his wonderful backhand ... blah.

royce said...

It's up to Chardy now

Kia said...

I really like Simon but I think in many ways he overachieved last year. As Pamela stated he relies on his opponents for both pace and opportunities...

Jeremy Chardy's game is pretty and so is he. I'm not a long hair fan but sans headband, he's got a pretty mane.