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Joachim Johansson withdraws from French Open

tangerine_dream
05-20-2005, 07:15 PM
From eurosport:

Soderling gets switched

Roger Federer will kick start his French Open campaign against a qualifier or lucky loser after his original first round opponent Sweden's Robin Soderling was made 33rd seed following the withdrawal of 11th-rank Joachim Johansson due to an right elbow injury on Friday.

Soderling will now meet Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the first round at Roland Garros, which starts on Monday.

Speaking exclusively to Eurosport, Federer said: "I've been confident every year coming to the French Open, it just happens that the last few years it hasn't seemed to work."

"But hopefully Tony [Roche] can get me physically and mentally prepared and of course having him around has helped with his experience."

Federer reached the 2001 quarter-finals in Paris, but has since then won just three matches here.

Roche who is coaching Federer on a part-time basis this year told Eurosport, "Obviously he's had a pretty good preparation coming into the French.

"Winning Hamburg was a big bonus because he'd only played one other tournament on clay and then was injured.

"So it was important that he got some good matches in Hamburg, which he did, and he's come in here pretty fresh.

"He does a lot of things the right way. We've dealt with a few minor things that he can improve on," the 1966 champion and two-time finalist said.

"He'll just play his own game, he's got a lot of variety to his game. That is the advantage he has over the other players so he has to use that. He's not just a one dimensional player."

SODERLING SURPRISE

Johansson's injury has taken Soderling away from a first round encounter with Federer.

The Swede, world number 35, told Eurosport, "Well I think I played pretty well in Hamburg last week when I beat David Nalbandian in the first round. A couple of tournaments before I didn't play so well, but clay isn't my favourite surface.

"I still think I played well and I've been pracitsing good so hopefully I can get into the tournament.

"I haven't really worked on anything specific for the tournament. I've worked really hard on my fitness the last six months and I feel a lot stronger and faster right now."

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Get well, JJ :sad:

robinhood
05-20-2005, 07:19 PM
I hope Fed doesn't draw a tough opponent.
Get well, Joachim.

jes_021
05-20-2005, 07:20 PM
And there goes another fave. :awww:

Fee
05-20-2005, 07:23 PM
OH HE BETTER NOT GET JAMES BLAKE!!!!!! (assuming James qualifies on Saturday).

alfonsojose
05-20-2005, 07:27 PM
And there goes another fave. :awww:
Pim Pim , at RG ... :haha: :haha:

Aleksa's Laydee
05-20-2005, 07:28 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:

tangerine_dream
05-20-2005, 07:29 PM
I'm sure she meant HER personal fave, not RG's fave. :)

alfonsojose
05-20-2005, 07:29 PM
JesusFed will face a LL then

El Legenda
05-20-2005, 07:32 PM
saved himself of playing 1 match ;)

Chris Seahorse
05-20-2005, 07:35 PM
It won't necessarily be a lucky loser it could be a bone fide qualifier. All the qualifiers and lucky losers go into the same hat and and any qualifier place in the draw could be drawn by a lucky loser.

Chris Seahorse
05-20-2005, 07:37 PM
There are quite a few qualifiers who could give Federer a tougher match than Soderling would have although i very much doubt any of them have anything close to a chance of beating him.

El Legenda
05-20-2005, 07:40 PM
Pim Pim , at RG ... :haha: :haha:

I think he ment his fave player...look at his sig :confused:

jes_021
05-20-2005, 07:45 PM
I think he ment his fave player...look at his sig :confused:

Yes, I meant a personal fave, not RG fave . I know he would have been lucky to reach a 2 or 3 round.

Jes

Socket
05-20-2005, 08:00 PM
Boy, JJohansson seems to be injured a lot. Too bad for him.

BiancaUL
05-20-2005, 08:20 PM
Shame. :(

Hopefully he'll be ready for all that comes post-clay.

onewoman74
05-20-2005, 08:27 PM
Oh well...Fed again must have his game face on no matter whom he faces. There is no easy road to a championship, unless your Coria... ;)

Scotso
05-21-2005, 02:23 AM
Joachim only got injured after he saw that he would have to play Verdasco.

I HATE this. Verdasco will still probably win, which is good, but I really like Soderling and wanted to see him play Federer (I assume they would have showed it on TV).

Pf Joachim. :p

binkygirl
05-21-2005, 02:26 AM
Joachim only got injured after he saw that he would have to play Verdasco.



Great point. I'd stay home too :) Lol.

Rogiman
05-21-2005, 02:32 AM
With Pim Pim out the title has an * next to it :p

coup-du-cobra
05-21-2005, 10:30 AM
with pim pim withdrawing, who is enqvist gonna play?

El Legenda
05-21-2005, 10:31 AM
JJ falling apart...he needs to summer hardcourts to save him

kim-fan
05-21-2005, 10:31 AM
And there goes another fave. :awww:

indeed :sad:

TheBoiledEgg
05-21-2005, 01:16 PM
I also think he withdrew cos he got Verdasco in rd1
he's got practically 0.00001% chance to win at 100% fit in any case.

Pim Pim on clay :rolls: there's only 120 players in draw better than him on clay.

YoursTruly
05-21-2005, 03:48 PM
The list of withdrawals (injured) is getting longer by the minute.

tennischick
05-21-2005, 03:53 PM
I also think he withdrew cos he got Verdasco in rd1
he's got practically 0.00001% chance to win at 100% fit in any case.

Pim Pim on clay :rolls: there's only 120 players in draw better than him on clay.
he should have taken his beating like a man. it would have been just one day less to practice his serve on grass.

alfonsojose
05-21-2005, 04:20 PM
Yes, I meant a personal fave, not RG fave . I know he would have been lucky to reach a 2 or 3 round.

Jes
:hug: sorry if i upset u somehow.

jes_021
05-21-2005, 04:24 PM
:hug: sorry if i upset u somehow.

You didn't. :hug:

And seeing Pim Pim as a fave for any clay tournament is funny. :p

Jes

NATAS81
05-21-2005, 07:10 PM
He hasn't shown anything this clay season. Not the dumbest of moves. I don't even think he won a match on clay? He definitely never got past any R2.

He will get better on clay, but never win RG.

Make sure he is 100% for grass where he will flourish.

Truc
05-21-2005, 07:21 PM
He hasn't shown anything this clay season. Not the dumbest of moves. I don't even think he won a match on clay?
He beat Grosjean on clay in DC. 6/1, 6/4, 6/1 in the last three sets. :o
(He also had a win over Calatrava.).

SwiSha
05-21-2005, 07:27 PM
ain t a big deal ... absolutely no opponent on clay

Björki
05-21-2005, 07:33 PM
poor Pim Pim. get well soon +++

NATAS81
05-21-2005, 07:39 PM
He beat Grosjean on clay in DC. 6/1, 6/4, 6/1 in the last three sets. :o
(He also had a win over Calatrava.).
DC - LOL!