Monday, May 28, 2012

Roland Garros 2012 Day 2 Open Thread

Defending champion Spain's Rafael Nadal walks past fans as he heads to a training session for the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, May, 26, 2012.

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Defending champion Spain's Rafael Nadal walks past fans as he heads to a training session for the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, May, 26, 2012.

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When I first looked at the men's draw (finally!) and saw that Andy Roddick drew Roger Federer in the third round, I figured the American wouldn't put up much of a fight in the first round against Nicolas Mahut. I missed the match. Just as well.

Today, Roland Garros begins in full. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic begins his quest for the Novak Slam against Potito Starace after which American Ryan Harrison faces off against Frenchman Gilles Simon. Another American man out in the first round? Perhaps Harrison has an upset in him.

World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka is first up on Court Philippe Chatrier against Alberta Brianti of Italy. That should go fast. Defending champion Li Na takes on Sorana Cirstea in a match that could get interesting depending on which Sorana shows up.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Roland Garros 2012 Open Thread

Between planting and campaigning for a primary election two weeks from this coming Tuesday, I'm unable to see much of anything. Surely the draws for Paris came out recently, no?

Please, readers, cover the second Slam of the season. I'll do my best to post daily Open Threads throughout the event and any summaries I can get to because I'm sure I'll find time to watch at least a match a day.

Enjoy.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Like Old Times

The more things change, the more they remain the same. Surely one of our readers will tell us the last time Serena Williams and Roger Federer won titles in the same week, but it feels like a lifetime ago in tennis time.

Federer managed to win defend this big title without having to face a single one of his rivals. He returns to the No. 2 ranking, and even gained ground on Novak Djokovic, who lost to compatriot Janko Tipsarevic in the quarterfinals.

Serena knocked out the World No. 1 and World No. 2 players without dropping a set to either. It was her first title on European red clay in a decade. Her last clay title overseas? Roland Garros 2002. Talk about a long time between drinks.

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Rome, my favorite clay court event, began yesterday. Use this as your open thread for action at the Foro Italico.