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I know this forum has some tennis fans, and I actually thought we had a thread but it seems there's only threads for the slams, although we haven't got one for the ongoing French Open!

With Wimbledon only a couple of weeks away, I thought this'd be a good idea. Right now, the final days of the French Open are taking place, with Juan Martin Del Potro facing Roger Federer for a place in the final against Robin Soderling, conqueror of Rafael Nadal, and the women's final is Dinara Safina versus Svetlana Kuznetsova.

So, where are the tennis fans!?

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I like tennis enough to check the results on the bbc website and to always want Federer to win.

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I love myself some tennis, I was real shocked to see Nadal get beat, two beats on clay in a couple weeks time.

I'm really rooting for Soderling to win as I can't stand Federer personally. Nadal not playing at Queen's is also a shocker, I wonder if his knee injury had anything to do with him getting beat at RG.

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I'm tennis mad. I can not stand Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray, and I'm a Roger Federer fan.

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Well, the good news for you then is that he's just beaten Del Potro. JUST. He now faces Soderling on Sunday in the final in search of the only Grand Slam that still eludes him.

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Fantastic. :) I shall be looking on with excitement.

Unless the F1 is on at the same time. I don't actually have a clue when the next race is. <_<

EDIT: Looks like tennis will have to be recorded and watched on Monday, then, seeing as I'm not at school.

Edited by KoA

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This weekend too... Race starts at 1pm UK time.

No idea what time the tennis is on.

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2pm, Turkish GP is on between 1pm and about half 3 unfortunately. I think I'll choose the F1 to be honest, all of my main interests in the Men's are out.

Luckily Kuznetsova is in the Women's final AND it just avoids clashing with the F1 qualifying too, very good.

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I'm hoping Kuznetsova and Federer win this weekend. I don't like Safina and I'd like to see Roger tie Pete's mark with 14 Slams while completing the Career Slam. I think that would be an awesome way to do it.

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I think I'll be out playing tennis on Sunday anyway after the F1, so the final will definitely have to be watched on Monday morning. I'm on study leave; no need to study much though, my GCSE exams are all pretty spread out fortunately. :)

Well, that's if Roger wins, obviously.

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Well, Kuzy's my favourite tennis player, but I don't mind if Safina wins, especially as it's annoying to hear people keep saying that Serena is the 'true #1', just because Safina has never won a Slam. She's been more consistent and it would be nice if she got that burden off her back.

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Really hope Roger wins. He'll have the Career Slam and have tied Sampras, setting the stage for him to break it at Wimbledon. It would be a perfect setting for him to cement himself as possibly the greatest of all-time.

Hopefully we can get some nice tennis discussion going, I'm a big fan.

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I have the distinct feeling tomorrow's match will be a chokefest. Two Russians who are known for sloppy play in tight situations could be disastrous in terms of quality. Kuznetsova SHOULD have the advantage of playing in more big time matches, but she may also be the favorite and she never does well in that role. Safina could either double bagel someone, or be on the receiving end of one if her head isn't in the game. It should be fun to watch just to see which one of them controls their nerves better. I'm hoping Soderling cracks under the pressure on Sunday, but Roger's going to have the weight of the world on his shoulders because everyone knows if he doesn't win it this year he likely never will.

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Yeah I was thinking about the 'bottle-factor' as well. I'm encouraged by the fact that, like you said, Kuzy has more big-match experience, plus despite wobbling whilst on the brink of victory against both Williams and Stosur, she managed to come back and finish the matches off.

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I never actually watch the women really, unless there's nothing else on. I can't stand the amount of bloody moaning the likes of Sharapova and the Williams sisters do.

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We've got about 7 competitors in the rankings but only Keothavong, at 48, is even in the top 100. Everyone's got high hopes for Laura Robson though, she's World #1 in the Juniors and may be getting a wildcard into the main draw at Wimbledon this year.

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I.. meant, us lot. Any British EWBers here who play comps and stuff, have a British LTA rating.

As for my tennis knowledge, I'm hoping to become a journalist possibly looking mainly at tennis reporting. I know my stuff I guess, without wanting to brag.

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Ugh, Gonzalez was well on his way to a huge comeback from 2 sets back, but he choked when he was 4-1 up on the last set, losing 6-4. Totally gutted. Referee was a total bitch to him as well, although I can't be too sure as I only heard it on the radio.

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Nah the ref wasn't a bitch, the linesman was the one Gonzalez had a dispute with, then he rubbed out the mark that they were arguing about by sitting on it. Was a bit daft, but it turned the crowd totally in his favour.

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Far out Federer has been lucky to get this far. Played absolutely shit and was very close to going out to Acasuso, Haas and now Del Potro.

I thing Soderling will be a massive test provided he doesn't get overawed by the big stage. He's been awesome this week and come through a veeery tough draw. Ferrer, Nadal, Davydenko and Gonzalez is nothing to sneeze at.

I think Fed will take it in four, but fingers crossed for Soderling.

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Nah the ref wasn't a bitch, the linesman was the one Gonzalez had a dispute with, then he rubbed out the mark that they were arguing about by sitting on it. Was a bit daft, but it turned the crowd totally in his favour.

Fair enough, then. Commentators over here made it sound like he'd been getting screwed over every other point. Just some predictable patriotic bias I guess.

He's protest was great though. Totally unexpected. Couldn't get the full effect through the radio, sadly.

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Safina got her ass whipped as I suspected she would. Let's hope Roger comes through tomorrow and gives me the perfect weekend.

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And the wheelchair's women's final was between 2 Dutchies as wusual, the number 1 and 2 of the world, and the number 1 win.. extending her winning streak to like.. 360 games or something? :P

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