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User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7291 posts, RR: 5
Posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1612 times:

So who are your picks?

Men - got to be Rafa, he's had a stunning clay season, 3 masters titles and handed out Fed a thumping in Madrid this weekend. As an outside chance I'm picking Soderling.

Women - it's pretty open as far as I can see, my sentimental favourite would have to be Henin, she got just as much a shot as any other female plus on clay she's a class act.

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User currently offlineJoeKuboj From Serbia, joined Feb 2004, 164 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1583 times:

Fed  


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User currently offlinetk747 From Australia, joined Sep 2009, 339 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1560 times:

Looking forward to this :

Nadal has it in the bag, don't think Fed will be able to defend. the only person I can see stopping Nadal is maybe Djokovic


I think Henin will win the womens but i'm hoping Jankovic does 


User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3303 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1548 times:
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Quoting KiwiRob (Thread starter):
Men - got to be Rafa, he's had a stunning clay season, 3 masters titles and handed out Fed a thumping in Madrid this weekend. As an outside chance I'm picking Soderling.

You know, I'm not certain Rafa can be as dominant. He took some time off, did a weird music video with Shakira, and seems healthy, yes, but the slams are just so much more demanding on a player's body. He's played a full clay schedule. Also, you really can't call Madrid a thumping when the second set went to a tiebreak. Federer really seemed to adjust well in the second set. The other big thing is Federer himself. He has historically played half-assed in "little" tournaments, even the masters. It's in the slams where he really turns it on and shows his brilliance. It's like the other tournaments are "practice" for him, where he can try new things and tune his game. Don't be surprised if Federer suddenly becomes possessed and wins it all.

Quoting KiwiRob (Thread starter):
Women - it's pretty open as far as I can see, my sentimental favourite would have to be Henin, she got just as much a shot as any other female plus on clay she's a class act.

Henin could, by all means, come out on top. I always find myself hoping the Sharapova will make a run at the final, but I don't know if she's as dedicated anymore with her recent lack of success. I think that Ana Ivanovic, if she can focus and really stick to her game, has a great chance on clay, but she hasn't seemed to be able to do that lately. The women's field is WIDE open, as far as I'm concerned. The Williams sisters are still the dominant force in the game, but I don't think Roland Garros is where we'll see that come through this year.

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User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 3):
You know, I'm not certain Rafa can be as dominant. He took some time off, did a weird music video with Shakira, and seems healthy, yes, but the slams are just so much more demanding on a player's body. He's played a full clay schedule. Also, you really can't call Madrid a thumping when the second set went to a tiebreak. Federer really seemed to adjust well in the second set. The other big thing is Federer himself. He has historically played half-assed in "little" tournaments, even the masters. It's in the slams where he really turns it on and shows his brilliance. It's like the other tournaments are "practice" for him, where he can try new things and tune his game. Don't be surprised if Federer suddenly becomes possessed and wins it all.

Eh, not sure I agree with you. Yes, he played three tournaments, but in past years he's played as many as five. There has also been a week in between each of those tournaments this year as well. And I'm sorry, beating a player of Roger Federer's capability in straight sets counts as a thumping, and we confirmed in last year's Australian Open final that Rafa is lodged firmly in his head, and he'll throw in the towel, which is disconcerting of a world class athlete.

Fed has had a (for him) lousy two years outside the Slams and the only reason IMHO he won Roland Garros last year is because Rafa was not in form. Great for Fed, but he had a sickeningly easy draw. He also has a tendency to go on Tennis Walkabout (see last year's US Open when his head disconnected from his shoulders midway through the fourth set) in matches he should win.

The women, I totally agree, is a clustergem. I would put my money on Henin however as it's a slam and she has a day off between matches.


User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7291 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1512 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 3):
I always find myself hoping the Sharapova will make a run at the final, but I don't know if she's as dedicated anymore with her recent lack of success. I think that Ana Ivanovic, if she can focus and really stick to her game, has a great chance on clay, but she hasn't seemed to be able to do that lately.

Agreed I would like to see some return to form for Sharapova and Ivanovic, but I don't see it happening. It's clay Henin is the best female clay court player (maybe ever), I can't see even Serena (forget Venus I really do think she's past it now) beating her.


User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7291 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1332 times:

Looks like my outside chance Soderling may have a great chance at making the final after sending Fed packing.

User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7291 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

And now Serena stunned by an Aussie, both Willaims sisters gone, which is good because I hate Venus Serena finals they never play well against each other, it's more like a family hitout. Jankovic might just win her first Open.

User currently offlineSAS A340 From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 778 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1267 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 6):
Looks like my outside chance Soderling may have a great chance at making the final after sending Fed packing


Yes,you should have put some Norwegians kronor on that one  . I am glad to see him finally take him and he is getting stronger but at the same time he is very "up and down"....keep it up söderling  



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User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1260 times:

Berdych beat Soderling pretty handily earlier this year, but I don't see that happening again so I'm saying its going to be Soderling/Nadal in the final with Nadal winning it. Its just so hard to pick against him since he has yet to loose a set in the tournament.


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User currently offlinetk747 From Australia, joined Sep 2009, 339 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1230 times:

Go Sam  She deserves to win, if she doesn't I hope Jelena does.

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