In this week’s Changeover Podcast, Brodie of Mind The Racket, Amy, and Juan José talk about everything that happened in the final week of Roland Garros, and preview the first week of the grass season.
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Predicted winners : Murray, Federer, Makarova and Jankovic
Rybarikova has done well on grass and do well in International events that she gets it together for a week so that is a solid pick by you. Especially with Linz, Amy and my pick of Makarova may be on an emotional high for winning the doubles at the French with Vesnina.
Are you in a dream world picking Raonic to defeat Haas and Federer in his quest to win Halle?
Thought Tebow was going to watch the NFL like you and me but no, McDaniels talked Bellchick in taking a chance on him. Guess it is for marketing reasons as I do not think he will see the field unless Brady gets injured. I predicted that Tebow will start coaching 5 yrs after leaving Florida. Guess this is year 4 for him.
Happy Birthday, Linz!
JJ, way too harsh on Federer.
First and foremost. Where was your “he’s got a gifted draw” at Indian Wells when Nadal won or at Barcelona or Madrid. Not taking anything away from Nadal but he won 2 tournaments at the beginning of the season with 0 competition so let’s not forget that when we take a look at his 9/9 and 7/9 performance thus far. He’s by far the best player of the season on the men’s side but let’s not dismiss some facts there.
Also Federer is not injured or has something wrong with his back. Let’s cut the crap there and not make excuses. Roger was moving well in the Tsonga match and was hitting 180 km serves. How could he be compromised? He was disinterested. And the main reason for this was because it was the FO. I actually think he’s the winner of the week. He got out of being bullied in another Nadal final, saved mental and physical energy Djokovic now has to deal with and got out early to prepare for the next two slams where he actually is a threat.
What’s happening with Roger is all mental. The guy hasn’t won a title the whole year, didn’t defend any of his titles, is in risk of falling out of the top four now should he not defend Wimbledon and Tsonga at the AO is his ONLY top 10 win so far. The pressure is on for Roger now and he knows it. I think the better part of the season will come for him. He alternates at performing at the beginning or the end and it’s time to shine. I don’t see him winning Wimbledon but expect him to make some noise at the US Open.
As for winners and losers of the week:
Loser: Pascal Maria, the FO crowd, tennis fans who had to endure the terrible NBC coverage and tennis fans who had to endure yet another predictable Roland Garros. Sorry Nadal, you are a champion but until the day you lose there again, the FO is missing something.
Wow. Such a defensive post its ridiculous
Firstly, Barcelona is a 500. What kind of a draw do you expect in a 500 which is mostly played by Spaniards? Rafa beat Nico in the finals which is more than enough opposition in a final of a 500. He thrashed Ferrer in Acapulco, if u want to talk about draws.
Rome – Solid draw, two 3 players in the F and SF and QF.
Madrid – I’ll give u that except Ferrer he didnt face much trouble. Then again, not his problem Fedole went out early.
IW – You have got to be kidding me. He beat Berdych, Federer and Delpo to win the Title. I am sorry what do u expect? How can a draw get tougher than beating 3 top 10 players to win a title. Or heck any title. Or are you trying to imply that because he didnt meet Djokovic, his draw is weak? Wow, apart from the fact that its not rafa’s fault Djokovic blew it vs Delpo and Berd, you are actually insulting Federer and Berdych and Delpo by saying rafa was gifted an easy draw in IW. You are actually implying that.
Lets look at RG13 and Fed’s draw then? Devarman, Pablo first 2 rounds, a limping Julien in the 3rd. The moment he faced someone in the top 20 he went to 5 sets and the moment he faced someone in the top 10 he went out in Straights. Not trying to criticise him, but Jo is shite on clay (as proven by Ferrer in SFs) and Ferrer is 0-something against Federer. A player of Federer’s quality is obviously expected to make the finals. Fed had a bad day, can happen. But lets not try and make it sound that his draw wasn’t a cupcake. Fedfans themselves were loving the draw and expecting him to be there on the 3rd Sunday.
Also, did u see Federer serving in Rome? Did u see Federer serve in French 2011? Please go watch both before commenting on his serve. His serve has been badly affected this year. Heck Rafa is so easily returning Fed’s serve. Not used to be the case. He badly needs it for Wimb though if he wants to win it. I doubt though, he has zero momentum unlike last year when he came on the back of 4 titles.
Sorry, meant to say in Rome he beat 3 top 10 players to win the title. Which is enough even for a slam
Guess Brodie is the leader in being loser of the week as Raonic lost in straights to Monfils in Halle. LOL!!!
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