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If the conditions play slow and heavy as they've done the last couple of days, I expect Stan to overpower Andy off both wings; he has the ability to hit through the court even when it's slowthis will put tremendous pressure on the Murray serve and he'll be broken often today I predict; Muzz must attack Stan's forehand with his own b/hand down the line and step inside the baselineStan in 4
King Murray is unstoppable, 5/1 on bet fair, easiest money I'll ever make.
Racquet is pronounced phonetically as Rakkay.Racquets as Rakkets.Racket is pronounced phonetically as Rakket.Rackets as Rakkits.Derived from the French word "Raquette" which originally meant Snow Shoe and Racquettes was a game invented in France but now called "Real Tennis".But Rackets was invented in England and is called Squash or Hard tennis and is played indoors.Confused?
@ 145 ronnie.The organisers dont really care, as those seats have all been sold, whether or not they get used is no concern to the event and the French are notorious for preferring lunch to tennis.It doesnt help that the event is not really designed for people to do anything before or after a match and as they refused to move the open to bigger area close to Paris, it will continue to be so.
Did not a fight back at allOK he was behind after 1st set and in the breaker at 3-1 (where he got lucky with a net chord to get the mini break back)No, a fight back is where you've been dominated. He was the one dominating but chucked away the first set from 5-2 then nearly repeated the trick from 5-3 up, having to break at 5-6 to get into a TB.Usual drama queen stuff from Muzz
This was a great test for Murray. His preparations clearly weren't the best heading into the tournament as he went to five sets early on but arguably that has meant he has improved as he has gone through the rounds. Gasquet has a game that can beat anyone but he can be outlasted and Murray did just that. Wawrinka is more destructive than Gasquet and a former French Open winner but Murray can do it
I have to agree with last comment. But this is why so much is riding on this match. Either player can overtakeThe other in terms of Grand Slam titles and that is what will be remembered. This should be a cracker. Good luck andy.
To compare Stan & Andy purely on slams won and say they are equal is wrong. Slams should never be the sole measure of achievement. In Wawrinka's own words: "If you were to compare our two careers, he's well ahead of me given all the titles, the finals, number two in the world."I'm looking forward to this game of contrasting styles and I think the winner will go on and take the title.
Pride comes before a fall.
I reckon the reason for the poor crowds is because the Parisians are busy tucking into crock monsieurs and potato crockets.
Someone on the thread mentioned that the Gasquet match was a perfect preparation for the semi against Stan - and they are right! Gasquet's backhand is a joy to behold and Stan's is similar, so that will help Murray in his prep for the semi. I know Stan's been playing well and is a beast on clay but Murray has the tools and the HEART to bring it!
Looking forward to watching Andy playing Stan - nothing much between them and both currently playing well. Hoping for an Andy win - suspect this one will go the distance - if so Andy has the fitness to take him through.
@144 Think the tournament organisers need to look into this. Over the two weeks, so many empty seats and even top names don't draw the crowds. Very strange. Totally different story at the other slams. Particularly Wimbledon.
Anyway, Hingis is playing mixed doubles. We should watching that even if only a dozen people in Paris seem remotely interested. Amazing doesn't seem to have aged at all in the last 10 years.
@141 Aye Nole deserves a lot of flacque for his rope-a-dope antics. And I reckon the umpire should geet
According to Grammarist website, racquet is an alternative form of racket and it was originally a misspelling of the French word. In tennis, racket is the preferred spelling. This is the case throughout the English-speaking world, but the preference for racket is strongest in North America. All this seems to make perfect sense to me. Hopefully that should settle the debate.
@140 absolutely. Cacque squared. Some are getting their Knicquers in a twist here. Taking the bate!Back to the tennis. No mention of Djokovic's antics when he was in trouble against Bautista Agut. Holding his neck and feigning injury.Even better, when he threw his rackcquet. Thought it was going to burst the line judge's chops! That would have been a racket!
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