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Been away, but keeping up with the tennis (and football - 5 wins from 5 for Leeds :D). Murray wins Montreal, and up to 2nd in the rankings (the first player since Leyton Hewitt in 2005 to break the duopoly) - although we all know that's only because of Nadal's injury which lost him 4000 ranking points in Grand Slams alone.

Nadal will climb back up to 2nd now, by 55 points I make it, after Murray's Semi-Final defeat. It's a shame, as it'd been different if Nadal played Federer in the Semis (especially at a Grand Slam), but in all fairness it's justice for Nadal.

Although I can't believe he is back to full fitness after that battering from Djokovic. 6-1, 6-4!

Federer has to be the favourite for the US Open. Murray will be up there, as he proved with the Montreal win, although his lack of serve and hammering from Federer will ask questions. Nadal's defeat to Djokovic will also raise questions, and I'm not sure he has much chance unless he recovers before the US Open. If he meets Fed in this state he'll get destroyed.

Del Potro is an outside bet, although the fact that he was all knackered out after two sets against Murray (and then missed Cincinnati) has to raise questions if he can cope in a Grand Slam, although the week off should help. Don't rule out Roddick either, although I can't see him besting Federer or Murray at the moment.

Should be an interesting tournament, but my money's on Federer. Murray has to get his first serve in gear, and really improve his game after the last few matches. A set and a break down to Benneteau, heavy loss to Federer... I just hope it was tiredness from just two days break between the two Masters.

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Murray returns from his six week injury lay-off with victory in the ATP Valencia 500. :D

Destroyed Youzhny in the final, 6-3, 6-2. Youzhny had previously defeated Tsonga (3), Simon (5) and Davydenko (2) on the way to the final, whilst Murray's only real test was Verdasco (4) in the Semis.

In the other main tournament this week (ATP Basel 500), Novak Djokovic defeat Roger Federer in three sets. This comes after saving match points in the Semis before he came through.

Djokovic is starting to look like the player he was two years ago, Federer is still going very strong, Nadal and Murray are back from their injuries and Del Potro has come of age. 2010 could be a very exciting year, and Paris is going to be very interesting, with the likes of Roddick, Davdenko, Tsonga and Verdasco also in great form.

The race for the ATP Masters Finals (in London this year) is going to be very exciting. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin Del Potro and Andy Roddick have all secured places. This leaves Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Verdasco, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Robin Soderling, Fernando Gonzalez, Gilles Simon and Marin Cilic fighting for the remaining two places, with just one tournament left to play.

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Unbelievable, Roger Federer is out of the Paris 1000 Masters at his first match of the tournament (second round), losing to home hopeful Julien Benneteau.

Incredible game of tennis, with Federer taking the first set and coming within touching distance of victory, before Benneteau, spurned on by the crowd, snatched the second set on a tie-break. With the crowd going mental, the amazing atmosphere of the Paris courts and some breath-taking tennis, Benneteau broke Federer in the very first game. He went on to save two break points at 2-3 with some quality hitting, before squandering two break poitns of his own in the next game.

Federer held, vitally, to make it 5-4, and it looked as if Benneteau may crumble in the most vital game after putting a first serve miles wide, but he held his serve, and hit a stunning cross-court smash right in the corner which Federer couldn't get to to make it 40-15. Two match points, but he didn't panic, and finished it off with his 6th ace of the match before crumbling to his hands and knees in delight. But to add more drama, Federer had challenged the point, and Benneteau, fighting to hold off tears, had to watch HawkEye. The serve was in, the crowd went mental, and Benneteau couldn't hold off the tears. Incredible. Really feel for Benneteau, coming to the end of his career, never been up there or an amazing player, but can now say that he beat the best player in history, whilst he was in pretty good form, and wasn't even playing particularly bad.

Elsewhere, Marat Safin took JM Del Potro to three sets in his last ever professional game of tennis. And Rafael Nadal saved an incredible five match points before taking the tie-break and eventually the match against fellow spaniard Nicolas Almagro.

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Too late for a new French open thread but is going on:eek:

We have Sam Stosur Vs Francesca Schivone in the final of a grandslam.:eek:

Not seen Schivone play at all this tournament and seen Stosur only once. She played really well against Henin but I didn't think she could beat Williams.

In the mens section Federer's semifinal streak stopped by Soderling who looks like specialising in breaking streaks after ending Nadal's run last season. Melzer stuns Djokovic. Always liked Melzer but didn't think he was Grand slam semi material. Nadal hasn't been spectacular so should be a close game between them 2.

The other semi is Berdych and Soderling. Soderling's the favourite but I am glad to see Berdych fulfilling his potential. Really talented player and makes it look very easy.

Murray had a tough draw and laboured through every game before eventually losing to Berdych.:rolleyes:

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Too late for a new French open thread but is going on:eek:

We have Sam Stosur Vs Francesca Schivone in the final of a grandslam.:eek:

Not seen Schivone play at all this tournament and seen Stosur only once. She played really well against Henin but I didn't think she could beat Williams.

In the mens section Federer's semifinal streak stopped by Soderling who looks like specialising in breaking streaks after ending Nadal's run last season. Melzer stuns Djokovic. Always liked Melzer but didn't think he was Grand slam semi material. Nadal hasn't been spectacular so should be a close game between them 2.

The other semi is Berdych and Soderlin Soderling's the favourite but I am glad to see Berdych fulfilling his potential. Really talented player and makes it look very easy.

Murray had a tough draw and laboured through every game before eventually losing to Berdych.:rolleyes:

Some big shocks alright. Don't like djokovic much myself but his younger brother seems a great young player. I try to copy nadal's forehand in real life but don't get quite the topspin but still get a good lot. Also nearly perfected the Federed serve!:D

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I like Stosur, a lot of people thought she was just a hack having a fluke year when she made the semis last time but she's carried on the roll and made real improvements to her game. Sure, her style isn't particularly easy on the eye but I'd rather watch her than the glut of pushers that seem to be coming up at the moment. Interesting to see if she can take this sort of form onto other surfaces mind, I don't see her being a particularly big threat at Wimbledon for example.

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I like Stosur' date=' a lot of people thought she was just a hack having a fluke year when she made the semis last time but she's carried on the roll and made real improvements to her game. Sure, her style isn't particularly easy on the eye but I'd rather watch her than the glut of pushers that seem to be coming up at the moment. Interesting to see if she can take this sort of form onto other surfaces mind, I don't see her being a particularly big threat at Wimbledon for example.[/quote']

She has a good topspin serve and is Australia's only good player at the moment. I haven't seen any of Roland Garros though :( It's not on free to air TV :(

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I think we look set for a Soderling Vs Nadal final.

Soderling Vs Berdych was a decent match. Soderling continues to amaze me with the amount of power he generates from virtually anywhere in the court. Berdych relied way too much on his first serve. He won about 90% of points with his first serve I should think. The longer the rallies went there was only going to be 2 outcomes most of the times. Either a Soderling winner or a Soderling unforced error.

Nadal meanwhile is cruising against Melzer who looks a bit out of his depth or perhaps just nervous seeing as this is the farthest he has ever come in a grand slam.

If theres one thing that troubles Nadal on any surface is pure power and Soderling's just that. We saw it at the Australian open with Tsonga destroying him with just power. Unfortunately Soderling has the edge for me:( and he should be quite confident mentally as well knowing he is the only one to have beaten Nadal at Roland Gaross.

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That drop shot at match point down. :D

I hope Meltzer takes this set' date=' shown real grit to get back into this set.

Edit: Oh well...[/quote']

He was 2 sets and a break down against Djokovic. So one thing he has is plenty of grit. That drop shot will go down as one of the best plays thus far imo

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He was 2 sets and a break down against Djokovic. So one thing he has is plenty of grit. That drop shot will go down as one of the best plays thus far imo

Very true.

Difficult final to call. I'd probably lean towards Nadal but I do agree with your call that he struggles against power, and Soderling is striking the ball unbelievably well at the moment. Albeit not as consistently as he might have to against Rafa.

If anybody had of told me before last years French that Soderling would make the final two years in a row I'd have laughed at them. Hadn't made the second week of a slam before that, ridiculous jump he's made in that period.

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NOOOOOOOO! i can't believe Stosur lost. But i don't think she played badly, just that SChiavone played better. Oh well, credit to Schiavone for being the better player today. I guess there's next year for Stosur

The score was 6-4 7-6

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I think Stosur will be disappointed with that performance, she just couldn't seem to get anywhere near her level of play earlier in the tournament. Her forehand especially was a huge let down, didn't seem to be firing at all.

Credit to Schiavone though. She was the one who stepped up, played her best tennis and grabbed the opportunity. It's hard not to like the way she carries herself and the way she basically leaves everything out there, you could see just how much the win meant today.

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I think Stosur will be disappointed with that performance' date=' she just couldn't seem to get anywhere near her level of play earlier in the tournament. Her forehand especially was a huge let down, didn't seem to be firing at all.

Credit to Schiavone though. She was the one who stepped up, played her best tennis and grabbed the opportunity. It's hard not to like the way she carries herself and the way she basically leaves everything out there, you could see just how much the win meant today.[/quote']

I agree with you here. I thought the biggest let down was Stosur's indecisiveness. Wasn't comfortable at the net to finish off the point. Schiavone took lots of risks but played almost perfectly. Well done to her.

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Now to the real final;)

Really looking forward to this and seeing how Nadal copes this time with Soderling's power. Soderling must feel good knowing he is the only one to have beaten Nadal here so I expect him to come out firing on all guns. Should be a classic hopefully with Nadal winning.

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If Nadal's going to play like that on clay I propose we cancel the men's tournament at Roland Garros next year and just have a Nadal appreciation fortnight. Untouchable.

I'm not a massive Rafa fan but that bloke is unbelievable! :eek:

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