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*Jean* 2011 ATP reports thread [Nice+French Open]

*Jean*
02-15-2011, 05:27 AM
Provisional schedule :
Open 13 de Marseille
Masters 1000 de Monte Carlo
Roland Garros
Wimbledon
Masters 1000 de Paris Bercy

+ French challengers and other tournaments

OPEN 13
I will be there for my home tournament, as every year for the past 10 years.
I will attend the tournament from tomorrow up to friday for quarterfinals day.
I will post reports every evening when back from the tournament.
Do not hesitate to post requests and I will have a look at the matches you're the most interested in. (even if my faves will pass first, of course )
If you're lucky enough, I'll find someone to lend me a good camera.

Korolev/Schukin
As far as Korolev/Schukin is concerned, that was a battle of the opposites. Schukin, who weirdly looks like Stepanek, is a solid baseliner, hitting hard and resting on his opponent's pace. Korolev is a ballbasher so that Schukin had to wait for Korolev to hit an unforced error. Evgeny was trailing 2-5 in the first set but eventually won it 7-6. The second set was a battle of serves, and Schukin broke at 5-5. From that point on, Korolev no longer tried to do anything but hitting harder and harder: tremendous winners and horrendous errors came from his racket, as expected. Schukin just walked though this final set, winning it 6-2. The moment of the day was when Korolev and Schukin changed shirts at the same time: Korolev is a muscular tiny hot young boy when Schukin is a older hairy chubby man nice match in that part of the game.

Roger-Vasselin v Gicquel
Well, the first set won by Gicquel was just about Roger-Vasselin doing absolutely nothing but awful mistakes. Several overheads landing in the net and poor serves in general. As soon as Gicquel won the first set, Edouard started to be more agressive and let no chances to Marc, who on the contrary played worse and worse after each game. His serve especially was quite poor, especially his first serve that he was no longer pushing. He didn't even seem to bother losing that match and even joked around with Edouard after they shook hands. I think he might have been too tired from the trip to Quimper, Bretagne, in the night, since he played there at the Challenger on Friday afternoon.

Sousa v Trevisan
Not too much to say about that one actually. Trevisan retired being 0-6 2-3 down after one of the worst displays I've ever seen in a professional tournament he didn't seem to have any major problems physicly speaking, no straps, no bandages, no obvious injuries on site... Trevisan is a very muscular guy who has this unbearable habit to ask for 5 balls before each and every serve that + the absolutely horrendous ballboys, and no wonder each of the Italian's service game lasted aaaaages, just to get broken anyway in the end Sousa is a very thin tall young-looking player, hitting as hard as he possibly can, and yelling "C'MON" after each and every point His serve is quite tremendous though and his running forehand is impressive too.

Niland/Ryderstedt
Ryderstedt's serve is amazing. He generally looks like a mini-Soderling I have to say even in the attitude and since he wears the same clothes, it's quite disturbing. His forehand is quite weird with a ridiculously wide swing à la Mayer his backhand though is absolutely beautiful, especially when down the line. I have to admit that he's been helped a lot by Niland's inconsistency and numerous double faults. He just missed some key opportunities today against Sidorenko but he plays much better than his ranking says.

Ryderstedt/Sidorenko
Sidorenko played horrible today against Ryderstedt. It was most of the time a battle of servers, especially considering Ryderstedt's bomb in first serve. From the baseline, he was overpowered by the Swede, and above all, could not move around the left-handed opponent's backhand which is just amazing. Alexandre was a little bit slow too, and had this bitchy attitude, throwing rackets and arguing with everyone, including some poor ballboys! In the deciding tie-break, he got some luck with two netcalls and a double fault from Ryderstedt. He celebrated the win moaning and complaining, talking to the chair umpire for a good two minutes.
Considering Roger-Vasselin's form today, I would say that Sidorenko's chances are not in his favors if he plays as he did today and yesterday.

Marchenko/Stakhovsky
Sergiy was by far the best player out there, dominating absolutely all of the rallies from the baseline, and also not hesitating to close the rallies at the net with some impressive volleys. He wobbles in the early stages of the match, maybe just for the time to get used to his opponent (whom I guess he knows well) and to the court. Marchenko was in an early lead in the first games of the first set, then suddenly collasped. Against a better player, Sergiy would have lost that first set, but there he went back from a break down to 6-4 after breaking Illya's serve in the last game of the set. After that, it was just an attempt to survive in the match for Marchenko, was was not serving well at all and was complaining about it. Stakhovsky even tried some risky returns and some of them paid off with some clean down the line forehand & backhand winners. Marchenko, maybe because being powerless, did not say a word and just looked down all match long, as if not trying to fight back. Stakhovsky did not celebrate after match point, they coldly shook hands, and Marchenko almost ran out of the court.

Dimitrov/Tursunov
MUGFEST + BITCHFEST = amazing match!
Those two are said to be close friends, but you couldn't tell from what the match looked like. Grigor is just a little kid complaining, moaning and throwing his racket, and suddenly pumping his fist and yelling louds COME ONs on Dmitry's huge unforced errors. The first set was a serve battle, Grigor just prevailing in time to win the tie-break 76(6) (not sure if Tursu had set points or not). The second set was even more entertaining, and some of the rallies were just tremendous. Tursunov was hitting harder and harder and came to the net more often, disturbing Dimitrov's tactics. I think at 4-3*, Dimitrov had a couple a break points which would have allowed him to serve for the match but Dimitrov saved them both: the Russian broke at 5-5 and then held his serve to make it 67 75. The final set was a total bitchfest, both players celebrating each and every point, challenging each and every close calls (you have to understand them, seeing how horrible the linespersons are). Grigor spent more time complaining to his coach than staying focus. In the closing stages of the match, Dmitry suddenly decided to be a moonballer, forcing Dimitrov on his backfoot: a clever mix of sliced backhands, moonballs, dropshots, volleys, allowed Tursunov to take the upper hand in the closing stages of the match. He didn't celebrate after match point though, and a warm handshake closed this nice battle which ended very late and in front of fewer and fewer spectators.

Kumantsov/Bemelmans
As I had planned, Ruben would have won if he had played his real level. He was lucky to get through his first two qualifying rounds, but Kumantsov was solid enough to prevail a choke in the second set. Ruben didn't look especially motivated and Kumantsov often overpowered the Belgian from the baseline, hitting an incalculable number of down the line winners, whether on the forehand or the backhand side. His serve is quite heavy too and Ruben struggled to deal with it. Bemelmans's serve was, just like saturday and sunday, off, and he lacked realism in key moments. He had to face several break points and suddenly managed to find a good first serve and a nice shot, but through the match as a whole, his performance was quite poor. Kumantsov celebrated the win with a huge COME ON and was awarded with a kiss from her girlfriend who is one of the loudest supporters I've ever heard.

Jouan/Schoorel
Just a matter of inexperience I guess, since once again, Jouan was very impressive. His backhand is just WOW. His serve today was not as good as yesterday, especially since Schoorel is a very good returner. I noticed that he always makes 3 or 4 steps forward between the moment when his opponent threw his ball and the moment the racket hit the ball so that the Dutch is often within the limits of the court when returning. That was the key today since the match as a whole was a battle of ballbashers: many unforced errors. Schoorel's permanent COME ONs are annoying, especially when they arise after a double fault from his opponent. Jouan was disgusted with himself. I heard him talking to his entourage at the end of the match, and he just commented that if he had taken the few opportunities he had, he would have won. Good clue, Sherlock!

Roger-Vasselin/Sidorenko
Edouard is playing very solid tennis since the beginning of the tournament. Sidorenko had no answer to Edou's variation, slices, and dropshots. He reminds me of Santoro when he plays that way, which is I think his best solution since he lacks pure power, especially as opposed to Sidorenko's ballbashing tactics. Sidorenko's serve was even worse than yesterday, and above all, his bitchy attitudes are one of the worst I've seen on ATP matches. Throwing balls out of the court, throwing his racket, intimidating ballboys/linespersons/chair umpires... He received a warning for "language abuse" which was quite funny since I can understand what he said when the British chair umpire (the brother of Anne Keothavong) obviously didn't
Roger-Vasselin stayed calm all match long and let the storm pass when he faced a few problems to close the match. I think he has a good shot against Clement in the MD now.

orangehat
02-15-2011, 05:46 AM
:bigclap:

You're attending so many tournaments that I wanna go :eek:

If possible, get some pictures of Bohli please :D

Jacques_Ukraine
02-15-2011, 05:47 AM
Thanks, Jean!

Sonja1989
02-15-2011, 05:50 AM
Thank you Jean! :)

Jacques_Ukraine
02-15-2011, 06:34 AM
FIRST ROUND

[1] Robin SODERLING (SWE) has a Bye
[WC] Nicolas MAHUT (FRA) vs [Q] Andrey KUMANTSOV (RUS)
[Q] Thomas SCHOOREL (NED) vs Tobias KAMKE (GER)
Julien BENNETEAU (FRA) vs [8] Michael LLODRA (FRA)

[4] Jurgen MELZER (AUT) has a Bye
Robin HAASE (NED) vs Andreas SEPPI (ITA)
Dmitry TURSUNOV (RUS) vs [WC] Grigor DIMITROV (BUL) 6-7(6) 7-5 7-6(4)
Andrey GOLUBEV (KAZ) vs [5] Ivan LJUBICIC (CRO)

[6] Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) vs [WC] Benoit PAIRE (FRA)
Sergiy STAKHOVSKY (UKR) vs Illya MARCHENKO (UKR) 6-4 6-3
Nikolay DAVYDENKO (RUS) vs Gilles SIMON (FRA)
[3] Mikhail YOUZHNY (RUS) has a Bye

[7] Ernests GULBIS (LAT) vs Philipp PETZSCHNER (GER)
Marin CILIC (CRO) vs [Q] Stephane BOHLI (SUI)
Arnaud CLEMENT (FRA) vs [Q] Edouard ROGER-VASSELIN (FRA)
[2] Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) has a Bye

fran70
02-16-2011, 03:05 PM
Thanks Jean. Looking forward for more reports!

but-it's-ok
02-16-2011, 03:14 PM
*Jean*! I love your reports so far!:worship: Thanks,and keep up the good work:yeah:

FMD89
02-16-2011, 03:22 PM
FIRST ROUND

[1] Robin SODERLING (SWE) has a Bye
[WC] Nicolas MAHUT (FRA) vs [Q] Andrey KUMANTSOV (RUS)
[Q] Thomas SCHOOREL (NED) vs Tobias KAMKE (GER)
Julien BENNETEAU (FRA) vs [8] Michael LLODRA (FRA)

[4] Jurgen MELZER (AUT) has a Bye
Robin HAASE (NED) vs Andreas SEPPI (ITA)
Dmitry TURSUNOV (RUS) vs [WC] Grigor DIMITROV (BUL) 6-7(6) 7-5 7-6(4)
Andrey GOLUBEV (KAZ) vs [5] Ivan LJUBICIC (CRO)

[6] Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) vs [WC] Benoit PAIRE (FRA)
Sergiy STAKHOVSKY (UKR) vs Illya MARCHENKO (UKR) 6-4 6-3
Nikolay DAVYDENKO (RUS) vs Gilles SIMON (FRA)
[3] Mikhail YOUZHNY (RUS) has a Bye

[7] Ernests GULBIS (LAT) vs Philipp PETZSCHNER (GER)
Marin CILIC (CRO) vs [Q] Stephane BOHLI (SUI)
Arnaud CLEMENT (FRA) vs [Q] Edouard ROGER-VASSELIN (FRA)
[2] Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) has a Bye


so the top 4 has a bye, which probably means they dont play untill thursday...that just makes this tournament ridiculous!

*Jean*
02-16-2011, 07:29 PM
Back from the courts after Grigor & Dmitry lost the first set in doubles. Too tired to watch Mugzer/Sepmugzi. :o

Clement v Roger-Vasselin
Not much too say, really. Arnaud was overpowered by Edouard, which is, to say the least, quite sad! Arnaud's serve was worse than usually, his second serve barely reaching his opponent. Since the beginning of his qualifying campaign, Edouard seems in total confidence, never doubting, and using well his variated game, full of mixity. Clement struggled to return ERV's serve, which was quite good today, at least better than his usual standards. Clement ventured a couple of times to the net, but failed to encounter any kind of success there. RV's passing shots and low shots succeded in forcing Clement into failing. Quite a cold hanshake in the net, I'm not sure Clement is really motivated anymore, and with such a performance, a soon retirement is to be expected IMO. Very good performance overall from Edouard, who will have the tough task to play Berdych tomorrow.

Ljubicic/Golubev
No problem from the Croat, much much helped by Andrey's poor performance. His serve was absolutely off today, the proof being that he spent the whole match practising and reproducing service motions. From the baseline, he was far from being ridiculous - that's supposed to be his best assets - but could not handle at all Ljubicic's serve. Ljubicic appeared to be quite calm and never doubting about the end of the match, even it is noted that he played less and less good as the match unfolded. Tursu shouldn't be a problem next time around.

Tsonga v Stakhovsky
Such a shame Sergiy couldn't close the match. He was playing very well today, much better than in his first round match against fellow Ukrainian Marchenko. He served solid throughout the whole match, never allowing Tsonga to attempt any of his typical hard returns of serve. Stakhovsky had a few good tries at the net, closing some key rallies there. After he took the first set, everyone could really smell the upset, especially since Tsonga had been playing on Sunday at Rotterdam after a tough week, and a R1 match on Tuesday. That's a lot of tennis for his standards! Tsonga had his usual moaning sessions, complaining and yelling at each occasions. Stakhovsky was on the other hand the usual calm and composed player, taking a lot of time between the points and never getting angry. After having lost the second set after a series of horrible UEs, he suddenly became passive in the final set, and his loss looked more and more inevitable, especially since Tsonga was really fired up as the match unfolded. I wouldn't say that JWT will have a cool time in the quarters, whether he plays Simon or Youzhny.

Bednarek/Golubev v Cilic/Zovko
Something I had never seen before - except for the Bondarenko sisters - in a doubles match, members of a time arguing during the actual match. According to what a friend of mine told me about Bednarek/Golubev R1 win, Bednarek, despite the fact that he is supposed to be a doubles specialist, was the weakest link, so that the opponents played everything on him. That was the case today, and you could tell that Cilic & Zovko had a smart pleasure hitting everything back on the Polish player. Golubev tried to compensate and played for the team literaly on his own, Bednarek missing absolutely everything. The Pole is quite bitchy on the court, throwing rackets and insulting everyone he is in contact with. Weirdly enough, Golubev was the best player on the court today :lol: the two games his team scored was thanks to him, and not only thanks to his serve, but thanks to inspired passing shots and lobs. Cilic's tremendous serve was the key today though, and Zovko is, from what I've seen today, not especially gifted at the net. Weird match overall, and as I said, huge argument on the bench between the Pole & the Kazakh during and after the match, the two men walking out of the court separately...Not sure these two will play together again.

Clement/Mahut v Brunstrom/Marx
Just watched the first set. No problem for the Frenchmen who were more in a demonstration than in a real match, and they still won it in straight sets, so quite a good sign. Clement was really fired up, motivated, pumping his fist. The atmosphere was extraordinary, with Mahut being his usual clown on the court. Clement & Mahut laughed the whole match when Brunstrom & Marw were obviously not liking it at all. I had no idea Brunstrom was such a rude guy, throwing balls directly on the chest of their opponents, moaning to the umpire at each occasion. Marx is an average doubles player, quite gifted at the net - even if he once missed the ball when having to hit a super easy overhead, something to which Brunstrom reacted by nodding and complaining to his coach, nice attitude, huhu - but from the baseline, the German is absolutely horrible, missing by far some easy forehands, landing at the bottom of the net or at the top of fences. I left when the Frenchmen lead 7-6. The second set won 6-1 is not a surprise according to what I saw.

Gulbis v Petzschner
...or should I say, the Gulbis Show. The guy is crazy, we know that right, but today was a bitchfest at his best! Ernests is famous for complaining and kicking himself after each and every error. Today, his rackets spent more time flying and hitting the ground than hitting tennis balls. He tried a new combination of frustration gestures: throwing the racket, trying to pick it up, failing to do so, pretending it's a balloon and destroying it by foot. :yeah: I had never seen that before! He also hid his face in his shirt and stood like that for a full minute, so that the umpire went for a "Are you okay Ernests ?", to which he answered "Yeah, can't you tell I'm fine ?". Petzschner had fun moonballing, slicing everything back, not missing any of his volleys, which you can imagine drove the Letton even crazier. The most surprising aspect of Gulbis's furor was that he found ways to complaing when hitting some superb winners. And you can easily imagine what the awful ballboys-girls and linesmen-women endured, having to bear some absolutely hilarious death stares. After having lost the first set, he just turned into an error maching, sending every balls everywhere but on the court. I didn't manage to catch his coach, but he must have been destroyed at his student's performance. As a fan of Ernests, I quickly understood that it would be more a comic performance than a real match, and on that I can't say he disappointed me.
Not much to say about Petzschner then, who was one of the medused spectator and who just walked through the match really.

Dimitrov/Tursunov v Benneteau/Tsonga
Amazing match there, with all four players joking around. You had to wonder whether it was a R1 match or an exhibition. Grigor & Dmitry were absolutely hilarious, even trying some weird tactics (Grigor standing on the same side to Dmitry when Dmitry served, Tsonga finding it easy to smash a return down the line on the empty space, Tursunov joking and carrying Dimitrov on the other service box :lol: ). More a practice match than a real competition there.

finishingmove
02-16-2011, 07:38 PM
Gulbis v Petzschner
...or should I say, the Gulbis Show. The guy is crazy, we know that right, but today was a bitchfest at his best! Ernests is famous for complaining and kicking himself after each and every error. Today, his rackets spent more time flying and hitting the ground than hitting tennis balls. He tried a new combination of frustration gestures: throwing the racket, trying to pick it up, failing to do so, pretending it's a balloon and destroying it by foot. :yeah: I had never seen that before! He also hid his face in his shirt and stood like that for a full minute, so that the umpire went for a "Are you okay Ernests ?", to which he answered "Yeah, can't you tell I'm fine ?". Petzschner had fun moonballing, slicing everything back, not missing any of his volleys, which you can imagine drove the Letton even crazier. The most surprising aspect of Gulbis's furor was that he found ways to complaing when hitting some superb winners. And you can easily imagine what the awful ballboys-girls and linesmen-women endured, having to bear some absolutely hilarious death stares. After having lost the first set, he just turned into an error maching, sending every balls everywhere but on the court. I didn't manage to catch his coach, but he must have been destroyed at his student's performance. As a fan of Ernests, I quickly understood that it would be more a comic performance than a real match, and on that I can't say he disappointed me.
Not much to say about Petzschner then, who was one of the medused spectator and who just walked through the match really.


:spit:

n3gative
02-16-2011, 08:21 PM
great stuff Jean, have you managed to see Berdych at all on a practice court? wondering if he's still under the weather.

Henry Chinaski
02-16-2011, 08:22 PM
Dimitrov/Tursunov
MUGFEST + BITCHFEST = amazing match!
Those two are said to be close friends, but you couldn't tell from what the match looked like. Grigor is just a little kid complaining, moaning and throwing his racket, and suddenly pumping his fist and yelling louds COME ONs on Dmitry's huge unforced errors. The first set was a serve battle, Grigor just prevailing in time to win the tie-break 76(6) (not sure if Tursu had set points or not). The second set was even more entertaining, and some of the rallies were just tremendous. Tursunov was hitting harder and harder and came to the net more often, disturbing Dimitrov's tactics. I think at 4-3*, Dimitrov had a couple a break points which would have allowed him to serve for the match but Dimitrov saved them both: the Russian broke at 5-5 and then held his serve to make it 67 75. The final set was a total bitchfest, both players celebrating each and every point, challenging each and every close calls (you have to understand them, seeing how horrible the linespersons are). Grigor spent more time complaining to his coach than staying focus. In the closing stages of the match, Dmitry suddenly decided to be a moonballer, forcing Dimitrov on his backfoot: a clever mix of sliced backhands, moonballs, dropshots, volleys, allowed Tursunov to take the upper hand in the closing stages of the match. He didn't celebrate after match point though, and a warm handshake closed this nice battle which ended very late and in front of fewer and fewer spectators.

this is the most ridiculous thing I've read all year. Nadal coming out and playing right handed or Fed hittinh 2 handed backhands would be more expected

Sonja1989
02-16-2011, 08:23 PM
Thanks!!! :D

Horatio Caine
02-16-2011, 08:45 PM
Nice reports Jean. :)

When I'm at Wimbledon I'll look out for someone writing in a little notebook. :lol: That's a nice schedule you have there.

156mphserve
02-16-2011, 10:00 PM
lol at that Bednarek/Golubev dubs match. I watched Bednarek and Przysiezny play Cerretani/Shamasdin in Johannesburg and Bednarek was absolutely awful there too, and Przysiezny was really getting frustrated with all the shots he was missing. Bednarek must just be awful:lol:

but-it's-ok
02-17-2011, 12:40 AM
Thanks *Jean* for your latest report!;)

BlueLighthouse
02-17-2011, 04:53 AM
Thanks Jean. Several good matches (or funny matches) were not on TV. Your reports are highly appreciated by fan watching livescore. :)

*Jean*
05-14-2011, 04:39 AM
Next trip : Open de Nice.
Days : from Saturday to Monday.

Then : French Open.

Blackbriar
05-14-2011, 05:49 AM
enjoy Nice :) we like your reports.

silverwhite
05-14-2011, 08:28 AM
Tu voyages beaucoup cette année! :eek:

*Jean*
05-15-2011, 05:56 AM
Haider-Maurer d Smyczek 62 62
No contest here; the Austrian dominated absolutely all the parts of the game. His serve was particularly impressive today, showing nice variety of speed/placement.
You feel that Haider-Maurer is at ease on clay, sliding and used to the bounce of ball while at the other side of the net, the American seemed to be totally lost: has he
already played on red clay this year? His serve is his only key and that's probably why he's doing well on US hardcourts. He tried to slide a few times but that was
ridiculous. :lol: he attempted a few dropshots but didn't follow them at the net, offering HM the possibility to respond with another dropshot. The Austrian appeared to be
very motivated. The same question goes for a few another players, but I guess he is in the qualifying draw of the French Open, so I wonder if he'll tank the next match or if he
will risk to go all the way here. Smyczek has a WC for the MD when Haider-Maurer will have to qualify...How unfair!

Cervenak d Rodrigues 75 20 ret.
Rodrigues was quite impressive in the early stages of the match I have to admit. Even if he got his serve broken early, he broke back and was playing with confidence; his
backhand down the line was a killer, especially since Cervenak is a poor mover. The slovak is an average player; at first, I thought he was the doubles specialist Cermak,
which could have explained why he was so bad from the baseline, but no, he just sucks I guess. :lol: he has NO backhand, slicing it all the time, and not the right way. His serve
is okay but far from being impressive in comparison with nowadays's standards. He's good at dropshots though, using and overusing that weapon. Rodrigues is a quick little thing
who can defend well and run everywhere. He just lost his nerves in the closing stages of the first set, and called the trainer after Cervenak won the first set. He got his
thigh massage; he could come back on the court quickly and did seem to just give the match away, no longer running. That's what I'd call a suspicious retirement since no
obvious signs of an injury was visible before he lost the set.

Riba d Clement 64 75
Well, I'm a fan of Arnaud, so I'm not gonna be too tough: the man is turning himself into ridiculous. He's never had a powerful nor a penetrating game, but that was worse
today; barely pushing his serves in, he was on his backfoot with Riba returning well: deep in the middle, finishing off points easily with dropshots and sharp volleys.
The second set was all about Clement choking, he was 4-1 or 5-1 ahead, and ended up losing it 5-7 without giving a fight to be honest. On another hand, you have to know that
Riba is coming out of a reasonably good clay season and he was playing with much confidence today, going for many winners with a detached attitude, as if he was sure to win, just
here for a routine match against a player by which he could have been easily beaten a few years ago. Clement did not even take time to sign autographs for the few kids around;
the rumours according to which he will retire at Roland Garros are, I hope, true, because Arnaud is no longer playing tennis right now anyway.

Sweeting d Peya 76 67 63
The rollercoaster match: it was all about Sweeting giving a damn or not. When he cared, he was very involved and willing, finding some nice combinations of shot; the American
is very good at the net, closing some key rallies there in some numerous occasions. But at some other moments, he just didn't bother running or playing at 100%; maybe thinking,
after having won the first set, that the match was already over. Peya is a very average player, not doing much more than pushing the ball, and that works well against a
half-motivated American. Peya has a loud coach clapping and cheering between each point; the coach received a few death stares from Sweeting and I can tell you that he
deserved them since the match was being watched by an impressive total of 6 persons, you couldn't but hear the annoying "COME ON COME ON ALEX".
When Ryan realized that he had actually lost the second set, he decided to wake up in the third, showing his real level and making it a convincing set of tennis in the end.

Balleret d Marchenko 64 63
I'm not gonna bash Illya too much since Balleret defeated Sweeting later on; Marchenko is horrible on clay, I guess that explains why he didn't win many matches this month.
His movement is absolutely horrible, and after having spent so many consecutive weeks practising and playing on this surface, you have to wonder why he still falls when trying
to slide, and does not manage to adjust when Balleret was having fun slicing everything back. Marchenko's serve was all that could save him because Balleret is returning,
even the first serve of his opponent, INSIDE the baseline, putting maximum pressure on the Ukrainian who quickly realized the position of Benjamin. Balleret's game is okay,
adjusting well to claycourts tennis: he has an interesting variety in his game, his forehand is always very good and realible, finding nice angles and great depth.
Marchenko was not particularly sad to lose I guess and I heard him saying that he was already heading to Paris by train on Sunday afternoon.

Paire d Eysseric 63 64
The Paire Show, Part I. You gotta love the guy: sliding, falling, jumping, laughing, moaning, thwrowing rackets high in the air, grimacing, joking with the umpires and
ball-boys...as far as his game is concerned, well, it's just about hitting as hard as he possibly can, as always, and sometimes, all of a sudden, finding some surprising
dropshots. He had nothing special to do against Jonathan who was far from being impressive. His game is still not on even if he is in an impressive physical shape. Abds and
big arms are here, so fitness: OK. But game: not OK. Moaning and yelling after each and every unforced error, Eysseric never managed to find the right rhythm. He alternated
between amazing shots coming out of nowhere and horrible mistakes (missing an overhead because of the fact that...he missed the ball...embarassing...)
The Paire Show was to be continued later on against Bubka...

Reix d Crivoi 75 64
Pathetic performance from Victor. Missing everything in the early stages of the match, he decided to turn into a moonballer/pusher. Reix was confidently coming into the baseline
then, smashing numerous winners at Victor's face. Victor was very passive, not trying to change the looks of things and he quickly looked desperate, no longer trying. Maybe
again the question of arriving early at the French Open for the first Q match...I've seen him play on different occasions and he's always been fighty, but not this time...
Reix got destroyed later in the afternoon, proving that he had nothing special to do to defeat Crivoi today.

Balleret d Sweeting 36 60 63
Balleret was far less impressive than in the morning, but still won a great match against a player much higher ranked than he is. Sweeting was still in a "I don't give a damn"
mood, not even running to many of Balleret's dropshots. The bagel the American received was deserved since, when trailing 0-4, he didn't even try to return into the limits
of the court; and then, he didn't even bother serving properly. In the last set, he gave a little bit of a fight in the end, saving a couple of match points with great winners,
but the player from Monaco eventually won.

Paire d Bubka 67 62 64
THE match of the day. Paire is absolutely crazy; he is the kind of frustratingly talented player who throws away occasions to win easily. As far as pure tennis is concerned,
he should have won it 62 62. In the first set, Bubka understood that forcing the Frenchman to play one shot too many was the good tactics. Multiplying the horrendous
unforced errors, Benoit was frustrated and gave his usual show (the sliding, falling, jumping, laughing, moaning, thwrowing rackets high in the air, grimacing, joking with the umpires and
ball-boys thing...). Bubka was quite motivated and gave everything he had from beginning to end, hitting the ball very hard indeed; the Ukrainian hits very flat and he is very
quick around the court. Paire dominated as he should in the second set; the third set was frustrating as the rain came back, we all wanted him to close the match but he couldn't
do it easily, as always. He was struggling to return Bubka's serve, which is Sergei's best quality: nice and cool service motion, perfect rhythm, it hardly fails to be good.
On a last crazy point, Benoit won the match point by an amazing passing shot with a crazy running forehand. In spite of the fact that he won, he appeared frustrated with
himself at the end of the match when he talked to his coach.

I've seen Mannarino practising, and he was quite bad: he got frustrated and broke a racket on the bench. Not a good sign for today.
Saw Dolgopolov & Devvarman practising together and they had a great time, laughing and talking at the net on many occasions. They practised what I think was a full set; don't
know who won, but there were some crazy points at which the two laughed. Dolgopolov proves to be very cheerful and sympathetic off court - not an easy thing to predict when
you see him in official matches. Devvarman compensates from his short height with some lenghty and penetrating shots and his serve has much much much improved since the last
time I saw him. I went by Marrero, Andujar, Ram (who had a huge bandage) & J.Murray.
Saw a couple of MD players assisting to the draw 'ceremony' (5 persons, me included even if spectators were not allowed to be there) and a few coaches
writing the draw on a notebook. The doubles draw was automatically made by computer though, not by hand, which surprised me.