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Olympics SF: Tsonga/Llodra def. Ferrer/Lopez 6-3 4-6 18-16 (Saved 4 MP)

Chris Kuerten
08-03-2012, 07:43 PM
I don't know what to say, I'm almost crying.

Chris Kuerten
08-03-2012, 07:44 PM
Why?

I have had to endure much as a tennis fan, but I can never overcome this.

acionescu
08-03-2012, 07:44 PM
I AM crying :sobbing:

Pirata.
08-03-2012, 07:45 PM
Just gutted :sobbing:

Smoke944
08-03-2012, 07:46 PM
Tremendous serving under pressure from Llodra. Spaniards needed to make some returns, though.

Overall a great match.

acionescu
08-03-2012, 07:46 PM
:bigcry: :bigcry:

Mystique
08-03-2012, 07:48 PM
:bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

Allez Francais!
Mika :rocker2:
Jo :worship: What an effort he has put in for this Olympics! :worship:

Now win the Gold guys!

stuey87
08-03-2012, 07:48 PM
Pleased for Tsonga and Llodra but gutted for Ferrer and Lopez. Hope they can pick themselves up for the Bronze.

emotion
08-03-2012, 07:51 PM
Huge choke (would've been if it'd gone the other way too, neither seemed able to close it)
Very sad, and I doubt ESP gets a medal after that soul-crushing show

This tournament really sums up Ferrer's career nicely :sad:

Pirata.
08-03-2012, 07:51 PM
They were up 2-0 *40-0 in the beginning of the third had 0-40 at one point later on and couldn't break.

Just absolutely gutted for them.

mike s.
08-03-2012, 07:53 PM
So happy for Jo and Mika! I'll be rooting for the U.S. in the finals but great effort guys!

Björki
08-03-2012, 07:54 PM
:(

Bryans better win gold :D

seljanin
08-03-2012, 07:54 PM
Great result :yeah: Unfortunately, didn't see much of the match, but caught the end of the 3rd set.

Very nice final for me, will be happy with any team winning, but mainly rooting for Bryans there.

Mark Lenders
08-03-2012, 07:54 PM
Jo :worship: Amazing performance. Awesome that he has a medal guaranteed, he deserves it after all the effort he put in both singles and doubles, very happy for him.

Llodra wasn't at his best, but served well in pressure situations. It was an amazing match, tough luck for Ferrer/Lopez really, they could very well have won.

Hope the French can take the Bryans in the final :D

Jo for gold :D

Lopez
08-03-2012, 08:00 PM
The French are a more classical doubles team with great serves and volleys for both (and great flair!) so I was rooting for them. Plus I think they'll do better in the final against the Bryans.

Shame it had to such a heartbreaker for the Spaniards though.

Pratik
08-03-2012, 08:13 PM
:rocker2:
Tsonga the new marathon man
Frenchies for the Godl :rocker2:

Sommarsverige
08-03-2012, 08:20 PM
Soooo sad :sad: :sad: :sad:
What a heartbreaking match this was :(

niff
08-03-2012, 08:28 PM
Sorry to the Spaniard fans :hug:

Sophitia36
08-03-2012, 08:39 PM
Yeah I guess I don't really have anything new to add. Basically I was almost crying too, but what's worse, is that a few moments before I was jumping around the house for joy when they got their 3 MPs and I was sure they were going to win.
When a match is that heartbreaking, it makes me wonder why I insist on watching tennis. But of course, I cannot help watching more tennis even when I know it's almost torture :D

I'm pretty certain Feli and Ferru will win against the French pair Gasquet/Benneteau. The latter are nowhere close to the quality of Tsonga/Llodra.

And actually, to try and cheer Ferru and Feli fans up... It's really a big surprise to see them play in doubles at such a level! I mean, the French team is very good, they are world number 2 (even if Llodra's real partner was Arnaud Clément, he's a real doubles specialist).
Whereas the Spaniards had almost never played together, I think they had done only one match and they had lost it. Who would have thought they would go that far and get 3MPs against such a good team to go to the final?
I certainly didn't expect it.

iramlatif
08-03-2012, 08:43 PM
i think they can get the bronze. hopefully they'll get some rest before the match. i want them to go home with a medal!

Corey Feldman
08-03-2012, 08:43 PM
ALLEZ :D

well done Frenchie lads

no golds for you ESPANA :lol:

Pratik
08-03-2012, 09:27 PM
Yeah I guess I don't really have anything new to add. Basically I was almost crying too, but what's worse, is that a few moments before I was jumping around the house for joy when they got their 3 MPs and I was sure they were going to win.
When a match is that heartbreaking, it makes me wonder why I insist on watching tennis. But of course, I cannot help watching more tennis even when I know it's almost torture :D

I'm pretty certain Feli and Ferru will win against the French pair Gasquet/Benneteau. The latter are nowhere close to the quality of Tsonga/Llodra.

And actually, to try and cheer Ferru and Feli fans up... It's really a big surprise to see them play in doubles at such a level! I mean, the French team is very good, they are world number 2 (even if Llodra's real partner was Arnaud Clément, he's a real doubles specialist).
Whereas the Spaniards had almost never played together, I think they had done only one match and they had lost it. Who would have thought they would go that far and get 3MPs against such a good team to go to the final?
I certainly didn't expect it.

:facepalm:

Although I do agree with everything else that you said. Great run for Ferru/Feli. Maybe they should start playing doubles more often, but that's just wishful thinking from a doubles enthusiast. They will be the strong favourites against Gasquet/Benny.

Shirogane
08-03-2012, 09:39 PM
:banana: :banana: Best of luck in the final guys. You can do it!

RonaldGomez
08-03-2012, 10:05 PM
Classic french mental.

Ferrer was clearly the worst player on court, gave a looot of free points in the end of the match, sad for him.

JMG
08-03-2012, 10:17 PM
One of the rare moments in tennis when it seems there is some justice.

Sophitia36
08-03-2012, 10:44 PM
:facepalm:

Although I do agree with everything else that you said. Great run for Ferru/Feli. Maybe they should start playing doubles more often, but that's just wishful thinking from a doubles enthusiast. They will be the strong favourites against Gasquet/Benny.

Care to explain the facepalm?

They're seeded 2 for the tournament, is what I meant. I don't know how the doubles rankings work otherwise... It's pretty confusing, what do they do when a new pair is created?
Llodra and Clément surely were a very strong doubles team, right?

Corey Feldman
08-03-2012, 11:39 PM
Loved Llodra doing the Tsonga celebration after hehe

http://www.atpworldtour.com/~/media/2559EE026C9140AC89AF6E0693468763.ashx

ImmzB
08-03-2012, 11:43 PM
Alllez!!!!! :woohoo: :woohoo:

LaFuria
08-04-2012, 02:20 AM
Feel bad for Ferrer and Lopez, the two classiest Spaniards in tennis, but few deserve this more than Tsonga. Allez!

Arkulari
08-04-2012, 02:40 AM
:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

BroTree123
08-04-2012, 03:07 AM
Yes, Jo has a medal!!!!!!!!!!

Ferrer/Lopez :awww: :sad: :hug:

Chris Kuerten
08-04-2012, 09:14 AM
Classic french mental.

Ferrer was clearly the worst player on court, gave a looot of free points in the end of the match, sad for him.He was. But his game is not suited for doubles AT ALL and he still managed to do SO WELL :sad:

Pratik
08-04-2012, 09:32 AM
Care to explain the facepalm?

They're seeded 2 for the tournament, is what I meant. I don't know how the doubles rankings work otherwise... It's pretty confusing, what do they do when a new pair is created?
Llodra and Clément surely were a very strong doubles team, right?

As you just said, they were seeded second, not ranked second. As a team, they are not ranked.
This is how it works:
Seeding is according to the sum of rankings of both players. Where a players ranking is his best between singles and doubles.
Bryans-3+3=6
Llodra/Tsonga-6+6=12. Doubles ranking for Llodra, singles for Tsonga.
Tipu/Zimonjic-8+8=16
Poles-7+9=16

So, Bryans are first seeds, and so on.


Clement and Llodra were a very good doubles team, but Llodra has been partnering Zimonjic since the start of 2011. This Wimbledon was just one off.

Loved Llodra doing the Tsonga celebration after hehe

http://www.atpworldtour.com/~/media/2559EE026C9140AC89AF6E0693468763.ashx

Too good.

Sophitia36
08-04-2012, 10:08 AM
Thanks for the explanation Pratik ;)

He was. But his game is not suited for doubles AT ALL and he still managed to do SO WELL :sad:

I don't agree at all that he was the worst player. It's just that he doesn't have a big serve and this is more visible than the rest. And the fact that he was the one who lost his serve in the end, so that's what stays in people's minds. He also blew a couple of shots towards the end, that's true.
He usually serves better than this, I think, as I thought during the Nishikori match, that he's probably a bit tired.

But if you look at the whole match, Feli also had weakenesses, even on his serve which is supposed to be his big strength. He double-faulted quite often and did not have a great first serve percentage. And he also made a couple of big mistakes, and didn't always return well.

The Spaniards started the match quite badly, and then it was when Ferrer started to get really into the match that things began to move decidedly in the right direction for them. During the second set and the biggest part of the third set, he was really on fire, and I felt he was the driving force of the team.
I also think many people don't notice how important his reflexes and the quality of his returns can be. He returned really big serves from the French, when Feli (or anyone else) probably wouldn't have touched the ball. That gave them an opportunity to play these points and it was hugely important to getting break points.
He was also better at reacting whenever the French tried to smash a ball on his body, whereas Feli didn't really do well whenever it happened.

I don't really agree either that his game is not suited for doubles: his speed and resistance are not really useful, but his reflexes are. There was some pretty good volleying action on his part and you can tell the work he's done on improving his reflexes to compensate for his lack of serve really helped him there.

Now, I think that what really prevented them from winning is: 1 - the French served amazingly well when they had to defend the MPs, and left them no chance to play those points, 2 - the French have more experience in doubles, it was really obvious at times that Ferru and Feli did not anticipate certain patterns as true doubles players probably would have.