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Old 05-29-2007, 09:06 AM   #1
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2007 French Open

I'm surprised no-one has made a thread yet.

So, will it be Federer's year? I'd love to see him finally win the French Open. I think Nadal's going to make it difficult, however... It wouldn't surprise me one bit if he took his third French Open title in a row. On the women's side, I'm setting my sights on Serena.
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Old 05-29-2007, 09:11 AM   #2
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Here's hoping Federer can pull through. He really is a champion. You couldn't wish a nicer bloke success.

There'll be a dark horse in the mix somewhere, like a Puerta or a Gaudio or a Verkerk
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I looks to be an easy trip to the semi-finals for Federer with the exception of a possible match against Safin. It should be even easier for Nadal.

Semi's
Federer vs. Gasquet
Baghdatis vs. Nadal (I really think Baghdatis will force Nadal to go mobile for most of the match and take it in 4 sets.)

Final
Federer vs. Baghdatis (Federer wins on intelligent, percision play.)

On the women's side I could see Safina knocking off Serena in the fourth round and Sharapova making it to the semi's as long as she doesn't play Mauresmo.

Semi's
Henin vs. Demenieva (Henin will take it in 3 sets)
Kuznetsova vs. Sharapova (Kuznetsova will frustrate Sharapova with her quickness and ability to meet each volley resulting in lots of errors for her opponent in the 2nd and 3rd set.)

Final
Henin vs. Kuznetsova (Henin wins out of sheer will with her record on clay since 2005 being 47-3.)
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Hmm, it would be interesting to see Baghdatis beat Nadal, if only to have someone different in the final... I'm honestly getting rather tired of Federer vs Nadal. They're usually cracking matches, no doubt about it, but I can't stand Nadal. Watching him for even one set is pure torture for me.

I wouldn't mind if Justine won again. She's my second favourite female tennis player at the moment. I've been a fan ever since she her first Wimbledon final against Venus. Still, I miss seeing the Williams sisters fighting for the big grand slam titles... After winning the Australian Open, I think Serena's going to give it her all for the French. I really hope she can win this one.
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Yeah, tennis needs a couple more rivalries. Unfortunately, rivalries are born in the semi's and finals which have been dominated by a couple players. I also agree about Nadal. Is it even possible to be afraid of a man playing tennis in capri pants?

With no more Capriati and Davenport, Justine has become my favorite female tennis player as well. I love how calm and businesslike she is on and off the court.

I'm not sure I miss the Williams sisters fighting for grand slams because the game didn't have the parity we have today. I actually hope that they don't return to that level so that what's happening in men's tennis doesn't come to the women's game.
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I hope Roger gets it. He's a class act, and I'd hate to see his career defined by him not winning it, kind of like Sampras.

Where Pete never did that well on clay, Roger has shown he can play on any surface. He just happens to run into Nadal who pretty much owns it.

Go Roger!
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Henin is my fave player on the cricuit by a long way, so I'm hoping she pulls through and will hopefully back it up by securing her first Wimbledon title.

Sharapova is an admirable fighter, and there's some classy players coming through the ranks, namely Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic.

I've often wondered about Dementieva, whenever I see her play, she rarely appears to be as brilliant as her ranking suggests.
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Henin is my fave player on the cricuit by a long way, so I'm hoping she pulls through and will hopefully back it up by securing her first Wimbledon title.

Sharapova is an admirable fighter, and there's some classy players coming through the ranks, namely Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic.

I've often wondered about Dementieva, whenever I see her play, she rarely appears to be as brilliant as her ranking suggests.
I have a lot of respect for Sharapova's intensity and ability to match any opponent's energy. I'm a real fan of the Russian players. Their style of play is a flashback to the days of Chris Everett. When Roddick and the Williams sisters came on to the stage, a lot of people predicted that power was going to dominate tennis and yet the opposite is true today. I think the quickness, agility and return ability of Dementieva and Sharapova make them the prototype players of the future.
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i hope federer wins it this year, beating nadal in the final. hopefully a classic final.
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Tamira Paszek put up an amazing fight against Justine Henin in the first set today. She came back from being down 5-love to tie it at 5-5! It certainly didn't happen because Justine was having a bad day, either - Paszek won those points squarely with sheer nerve. And she's only 16. She didn't win the match of course - there's a very good reason why Justine is ranked where she is - but I was suitably impressed with Paszek's performance. I have a feeling she'll be one to look out for in the years to come... I love seeing these younger tennis players while they're still developing their skills.

I'm looking forward to Serena's match tomorrow. Sure, the Williams sisters don't have the flair of, say, the Russians, but I still really like them. They're such nice people, on and off the court. I bet you TSN isn't going to air the match, though. They'll be too busy focussing on Nadal's match. I seriously HATE Nadal. And his stupid capris!

I really wish there was better coverage of the French Open in Canada. They didn't even show Federer's match. Had a hockey discussion programme on instead. The Wimbledon coverage is great, but their coverage of all the other grand slams is seriously lacking.
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I hope hope Baghdatis wins. I love him. Nadal is an arrogant prick and I hate Federer like I hate Shumcacher - too successful.

Haha, we only have like two Aussies left. That's hilarious!
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Old 05-30-2007, 11:23 PM   #14
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Roger Federer can't exactly help it that he's currently the best tennis player in the world. He's successful because he plays nearly perfect tennis. I can't really see that as a reason to hate him. I mean, even personality-wise there's not much one can say against him. He's a brilliant player and a hell of a nice guy. Yes, it might be a bit boring in the sense that you know he's almost always going to win. Even so, I love watching him play just to see the kind of shots he's able to come up with. He seems superhuman at times.

I agree fully about Nadal, however. He's a good tennis player...it's just that his arrogant attitude turns me off completely.
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I honestly think that if one does not appreciate watching Federer play, then one does not appreciate the sport. And, he is not unbeatable, just close. And, by all accounts, he is really well liked by most players on the tour...do not understand how he could be disliked, but, so be it.
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