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Roland Garros 2011: new conditions, Babolat balls (faster than last year)

Just finished reading some info from journalists that have already gotten in Paris and have had a chat with some of the players that have made an early arrival in Paris to practice and some of the qualifiers and the unanimous impression is that the overall conditions are faster than last year.

The weather in Paris has been dry and pretty warm/hot ever since March and there are prognosis that it will continue to be so throughout the duration of the whole 2 weeks of play, which is different to last year when there were some muggy days at some point.

Also, this year they have changed the balls, they are using now Babolat, which some of the players have described as being quick, similar to what the US Open had.

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If that's true, Rafa is in even deeper shit.

(Possibly the FFT, after witnessing Nole's form, is simply fed up with Nadal and wants a new poster boy.)

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Re: Roland Garros 2011: new conditions (faster than last year)

anyone else miss the days when clay was actually slow and grass was fast?

i sure do, its just rediculous now
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anyone else miss the days when clay was actually slow and grass was fast?

i sure do, its just rediculous now
Bluediculous IMO.
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Re: Roland Garros 2011: new conditions (faster than last year)

This reminds me of when Lance Armstrong was winning the Tour de France every year and the French tried everything to "de-Lance" the course.

Or when the golf course people were fed up with Tiger Woods winning everything and tried to "de-Tiger" the course.

But, in 2011, I feel that Nadal's game is better on faster courts than slow clay these days. This might come back to bite the French in the ass.

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This reminds me of when Lance Armstrong was winning the Tour de France every year and the French tried everything to "de-Lance" the course.

Or when the golf course people were fed up with Tiger Woods winning everything and tried to "de-Tiger" the course.

But, in 2011, I feel that Nadal's game is better on faster courts than slow clay these days. This might come back to bite the French in the ass.

Who knows.


like he would have won all those master series if they were still best of 5 sets...string technology made for him and everything turned into clay.

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Re: Roland Garros 2011: new conditions (faster than last year)

bullshit jonathan.

nadal is off in all aspects of his game in 2011.

translation: there is NO aspect of his game that has not suffered in 2011 when compared to 2010.

nobody is to blame but him and his pathetic team.

he is off on all surfaces. he can at least get back on the right track by snatching roland garros. and he still has to improve.

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I just pray he doesn't meet many big servers in early rounds. He struggled to return Gasquet's second serves in Rome....
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If this is true then I wonder if it is faster than Wimbly.

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bullshit jonathan.

nadal is off in all aspects of his game in 2011.

translation: there is NO aspect of his game that has not suffered in 2011 when compared to 2010.

nobody is to blame but him and his pathetic team.

he is off on all surfaces. he can at least get back on the right track by snatching roland garros. and he still has to improve.
CD, Nadal won 3 slams in 2010. Of course his level won't be the same this year.

He's still made at least the finals of his last 6 events and is still the bookie favorite to win both RG and Wimbledon.

Quite an off year he is having. Reminds me of Federer when his decline began. Even in his decline, he is having results 99% of all players in the history of the game would die to have.

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already making excuses in case nadal loses. love it

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Good for Soderling and Federer if true.
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it will be a bloody red hardcourt

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CD, Nadal won 3 slams in 2010. Of course his level won't be the same this year.

He's still made at least the finals of his last 6 events and is still the bookie favorite to win both RG and Wimbledon.

Quite an off year he is having. Reminds me of Federer when his decline began. Even in his decline, he is having results 99% of all players in the history of the game would die to have.

his level has declined significantly and it shows out there on the court. what is more alarming about this than anything is that ALL aspects of his game have declined.

that is what is troubling me the most. why did he let that happen? even his fitness levels have taken a dip.


nole`s has managed to make tremendous strides in his fitness and his game and he is merely capitalizing on the current landscape.

i knew how talented the great serbian slayer was well over 4 years ago.


that being said, he is still taking roland garros.

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ATP or the French? It's well known that the Frenchies hate Nadal. This is not fair. This also probably helps Federer a bit.

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