PostHeaderIcon A French Open TGI-Friday Edition of “Shock or Not?”

 

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The first outing of “Shock or Not?” was an unbridled success! Or, at least it was a moderate success. So let’s settle in to contemplate another couple of rounds of match results in order to answer that days-old question, “Shock or Not?”

Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeats Na Li – Shock or Not? Not

Bethanie has always been a dangerous competitor with her aggressive game, but undermined herself with inconsistency.  Changes in diet and training have helped her to regain focus on court, and stay tough in long/physical matches. The only shock here is how easily Li Na gave up that last set.

Roger Federer defeats Julien Benneteau – Shock or Not? Not

The win wasn’t a shock to me, but it would have been nice to see Julien at least take Roger to four sets.

Tommy Robredo defeats Gael Monfils – Shock or Not? Shock

It all came down to three words for Gael: three match points! La Monf had two huge and improbable wins in the first two rounds (Berdych and Gulbis), and was poised for an inspired run this year. But he buckled badly after missing three match points in the fourth set against Tommy.

Sara Errani defeats Sabine Lisicki – Shock or Not? Not

The defeat is not a shock, but that first set bagel over Sabine was certainly an eye-opener.

Gilles Simon defeats Sam Querrey – Shock or Not? Not

Not a shock, but I was heartened to see Sam, a guy who sometimes suffers from questionable motivation, go the distance.

Janko Tipsarevic defeats Fernando Verdasco – Shock or Not? Shock

This was a mild shock given that Janko hasn’t played particularly well this clay court season, and Nando looked to be regaining his form. But with Nando, you just never know, do you?

Viktor Troicki defeats Marin Cilic – Shock or Not? Shock

Another mild shocker for reasons just explained above, just swap out the names.

John Isner defeats Ryan Harrison – Shock or Not? Shock

Both guys have struggled this spring, but I felt good that Ryan could hang on with his 2 sets to 1 lead over John when I went to bed.  I guess my “good feelings” weren’t good enough. Kudos to John for coming back from 2 sets down.

Kevin Anderson defeats Milos Raonic – Shock or Not? Not

Kevin is a solid player who can produce on all surfaces.  Milos, on the other hand, always reminds me of “Bambi on ice” whenever I see him play on clay or grass. There’s LOTS of work to do for Milos if he genuinely wants to realize the Slam potential that everyone talks about.

Rafa bitching about <fill in the blank> – Shock or Not? Emphatic NOT

At the 2012 Australian Open, Rafa said about Roger, “It is very easy to say, ‘I am not going to say anything, everything is positive’ and come off as a gentleman and burn the rest.”  He felt that Roger was letting others – namely himself – throw themselves under the Complaint Dept. bus so that his own image of “the nice guy” would remain untarnished.

A year and a half later, Rafa is doing quite a good job of being the tour leader in the Bitching and Moaning Dept. without any help from Roger.

One Response to “A French Open TGI-Friday Edition of “Shock or Not?””

  • David says:

    Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeats Na Li – Shock or Not? Not SHOCK

    Yes BMS is great, diet, la la la. Li is a former champion with decent clay results, predicted to give Vika a run for the semis. Not in the same universe.

    Roger Federer defeats Julien Benneteau – Shock or Not? Not NOT

    Julien is playing injured. He visibly cried on court after winning his last match. Maybe this is his last French match?

    Tommy Robredo defeats Gael Monfils – Shock or Not? Shock MEH

    Gael buckled, but also ran out of gas. Last week’s final and two major matches can take a lot out of a guy fresh from a loooong injury time out. Tommy recently won a tournament, is on the rise, and on clay. Gael wins, Tommy wins, neither is shocking.

    Gael Monfils loses a 5 set match after holding 4 match points? MEH

    Sara Errani defeats Sabine Lisicki – Shock or Not? Not NOT

    Why is this even on the list?

    Gilles Simon defeats Sam Querrey – Shock or Not? Not NOT

    Sam did give him a run for his money, which is a mild shock. I’d say Sam takes Simon to 5 is the shock. Which turns into Federer decimates Simon (EXTREME NOT)

    Janko Tipsarevic defeats Fernando Verdasco – Shock or Not? Shock SHOCK

    Since when did Tipsy decide to play tennis? I thought he Wozing his way through tournaments?

    Viktor Troicki defeats Marin Cilic – Shock or Not? Shock SHOCK

    Not that Cilic has the best clay record recently, but I think this portends for a slide in Cilic’s play and ranking.

    John Isner defeats Ryan Harrison – Shock or Not? Shock NOT

    Experience in the big leagues won out. Ryan had the adrenaline to be up two sets, but not the focus to win the last point.

    Kevin Anderson defeats Milos Raonic – Shock or Not? Not NOT

    Kevin’s done very well recently. Milos needs to step it up PRONTO before the media rip him to shreds over lack of big wins. Pronto.

    Rafa bitching about – Shock or Not? Emphatic NOT SUPER NOT!

    He’s the “grumpy cat” of the ATP tour.

    Others:

    #1 Voegele d Kanepi

    Kanepi tends to bring it to the slams, and recently won a tourney

    #2 Kvitova’s still here

    I thought she forgot how to win winable matches.

    #3 In a section with Berdych, Gulbis, and Raonic, we have Robredo v slumping Almagro

    #4 Williams sisters withdraw from doubles

    Why were they there in the first place?

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