The first week of the 2008 French Open is over already. During the week, we've seen many interesting matches (especially today) and we hope that continues. Just wondering what people's thoughts are on the week. Which matches have you enjoyed? What results have disappointed you? Which players are you happy for? Sad for? Mad at?
Matches I've enjoyed:
Ginepri def. Andreev - Totally unexpected win for Ginepri. This one really impressed me.
Mathieu def. Hernandez - Great comeback win for Mathieu. Initially, I was disgusted with Hernandez's behavior but after watching this match a second time, it was really just crowd getting on his case for nothing. It's interesting that Mathieu is the great French hope this year and he's keeping his head together.
Mathieu def. Schwank - The last set of this match was great. Schwank probably should've taken it to a fifth but Mathieu has just been on a roll.
Stepanek def. Robredo - Total domination from Stepanek. His run here has been very impressive and hopefully it continues with a win over Ferrer. He could really make the semis here
Ljubicic def. Davydenko - Another great comeback win and totally unexpected after that tough match against Prodon. Certainly this was a disappoint result for Davydenko but Ljubicic just played too well and it was great to see. He could make the semis here too.
Robredo def. Coria - I am definitely not happy that Robredo won this. Coria winning a set and being close to a fifth however was very encouraging.
Llodra def. Berdych - It's always good when Berdych loses and Llodra is just playing too well lately. The serve and volley game is still alive!
Almagro def. Murray - I wanted Murray to win but it was a tall order. This was a very good match though.
Odesnik def. Canas - The last set of this match was really interesting. Odesnik was very impressive in the big moments.
Federer def. Ancic - Fed was just on fire today. I'm anxiously awaiting the final now since his draw has really opened up. Hopefully someone can take down Nadal!
Results that have disappointed:
First of all, what is up with players breaking to get back on serve and then not holding serve in the next game late in sets. It seems like no one is able to close out tight sets. Anyway...
Ferrer def. Hewitt - This was probably the saddest I've been all week. I didn't expect much from Hewitt but to see him get so close and collapse at the worst possible time was very painful.
Falla def. Karlovic - It is just pathetic to me that Ivo cannot win a five-setter no matter how close he is to the finish line. He had this one in his pocket more than once.
All 3 of Verdasco's wins - He's choked his way through three matches and none of his opponents were man enough to take advantage of his mind. I'm especially annoyed at Youzhny for blowing that match when he was in total control of it.
Chela def. Isner - When I saw the draw, I thought Isner would take Chela out. And after the first two sets, it seemed like it was going to happen. The loss of the third set was just pitiful.
Schwank def. Moya - This is nothing against Schwank, but how could Moya lose to a guy that could barely move at the end?
Chardy def. Nalbandian - Again, nothing against Chardy but it it frustrating to watch Nalbandian, who has all the potential in the world, continually disappoint and unexplainably blow big leads.
Robredo def. Gicquel - Gicquel's loss of the big lead here was totally unacceptable. End of story!
Benneteau def. Soderling - I leave the room and he's serving for a two set lead. I come back and the match is over with him only winning one more game. Absolutely pathetic!
Monfils def. Melzer - None of the five setters today went my way today. Melzer's total stupidity and lack of effort after the third set was just completely unbelievable.
Gonzalez def. Wawrinka - As well as Gonzo played today, Wawrinka screwed up big time today. Nothing more to say.
Players I'm happy for:
Ginepri, Llodra, Schwank
Ljubicic, Mathieu, Lapentti
Stepanek, Kuerten, Reynolds
Federer, Odesnik, Bellucci
Coria, Murray, Almagro
Players I'm sad for:
Davydenko, Ferrero, Rochus
Players I'm mad at:
Youzhny, Isner, Gicquel
Soderling, Chela, Blake
Melzer, Ventura, Dancevic
Wawrinka, Nalbandian, Spadea
Karlovic, Moya, Tursunov