In this week’s Changeover Podcast, Brodie of Mind The Racket, Amy, Lindsay, and Juan José preview the French Open women’s and men’s draws, and make some predictions.
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Urgh, I really hope Nadal and Serena don’t win this tournament. Clay season has been boring as usual, FO needs to be different at least. There’s a reason everybody remembers 2009 and 2011 clay seasons. Federer has a decent chance to win if Djokovic is waiting in the final, but that’s a big IF. Don’t think we can predict winners of the Nadal-Djoker semi until we’ve seen both their form coming in. Even then, Nadal is a mental cookie against Novak and even though this is 5 sets, and Nadal would have the edge, Djokovic is the only one who can rattle his cage and come on top in a 5 set battle so it’s very interesting to see what happens there. I think we’re going to get another battle between Tsonga and Federer, could be a fun match. I have a feeling one of the top four seeds is going to get upset before the quarters, would really open this draw up even more than it already is.
P.s Brody, Murray’s absence doesn’t effect anything really except that had he played, Djokovic and Nadal would’ve most probably ended up on opposite sides. Even then that doesn’t guarantee them even playing. Them on the same half, raises that chance.
People who complain about clay season being boring. Did they do the same during 2003-2007 grass court season? And 2004-2008 US Open? I mean, 2004, 2006 and 2007 were periods of utter dominance in non clay major by Federer. Wonder if these so called “bored” people found that boring.
I reckon not.
Decent picks. Rafole is a toss-up but if weather obliges i’ll give Rafa the edge
Exactly majors. On the whole general outlook of the entire clay season which is roughly 3 months more or less, Nadal for 8 years now has pretty much won every title in that three month period. That’s a big difference to only just majors.
It’s not Nadal or Serena’s fault no can can match them right now, not saying that. People just want something different on the clay and due to Nadal being slightly vulnerable, it’s not wrong for people to hope that this year they might just get that.
It would be really embarrassing for both Tours to have Nadal and Serena leaving Paris as champions.
Serena is 31 years old and hardly anyone can touch her right now.
Nadal has been dominating on clay for almost a decade.
The guy could face Jack Sock in the final and still wouldn’t say he’s the favourite.
His knee is also perfectly fine and the medial needs to acknowledge this.
You don’t make 9639265829 straight finals if your movement based game isn’t 100%.
Amy thank you very much for not picking Serena to win,that’s an un-jinx if you ask me,the question is not if Serena could win or not,she showed us 15 times that she could win a slam,yes, all of them also,it’s just whenever the whole world says she is going to win somehow something unfortunate happens to her… I mean, who really thinks if she did not roll her ankle she wouldn’t have a shot on the AO?so I need 1000 more like you who say she is not going to win and believe it in their heart…
The other thing is she is playing doubles,I mean Serena really,why do you do that to me??? ahhhh Shame!
Rafael Nadal Invitational Predictions (before play started on Sunday)
Q1: Djokovic vs Haas
Q2: The Host vs Janowicz
Q3: Almagro vs Ferrer
Q4: Monaco* vs Federer
S1: Djokovic vs The Host
S2: Ferrer vs Federer
F: The Host vs Federer
W: The Host
Q1: S Williams vs Kerber
Q2: Ivanovic vs Suarez Navarro
Q3: Kanepi vs Azarenka
Q4: Stosur vs Sharapova
S1: S Williams vs Ivanovic
S2: Azarenka vs Sharapova
F: S Williams vs Azarenka
W: S Williams
* Already lost first round match
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