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Did you enjoy this year's French Open?

Dux
06-04-2005, 07:47 AM
Well, I found the first few rounds acceptable, but as the tournament advanced, it seemed more boring, this is just my opinion, but I would like to know yours :)

I didn't enjoy from 4th round on, there were just very few great matches IMO. :)

robinhood
06-04-2005, 07:58 AM
Ah, the fourth round.
The upsets were stunning and exciting for one day,
but I would like to have seen Coria, Gaudio, and Safin all advance to the later rounds.
After the fourth round, the tournament became all about Fed vs. Nadal,
and when that match didn't live up to the hype today,
I felt like somebody let air out of a balloon.
Oh well.

MissMoJo
06-04-2005, 08:06 AM
On the mens and womens side: NO! :(

amazingpotato
06-04-2005, 08:25 AM
No. It was the most unremarkable grand slam i've seen so far and that goes the same for the women's side. With an exception of a few quality matches like the safin-ferrero clash, there's not much to talk about this slam. Even the federer-nadal match was boring near the end.

connectolove
06-04-2005, 08:26 AM
There has been something missing...other players besides Nadal, real fights like Nadal vs Coria or JCF vs Safin. 2005 French Open has been Nadal's Grand Slam and he is winning without much effort or real rival. Federer just bent over like everybody else does with him. Perhaps Puerta...

Fi-Fi
06-04-2005, 08:27 AM
i didnt find it boring but i guess if i wasnt a rafa supporter then it wouldnt have been anywhere near as interesting for me
and on the women's side, i like justine so that was good too

Lucas Arg
06-04-2005, 08:29 AM
On the men side yes, there were a couple of wonderful matches. In the women's side it was awful. I hope Mary and Justine can make a really good final or I will be very dissapointed.

Ferrero Forever
06-04-2005, 08:29 AM
No. I want rafa to win it, that would make it a bit better, but when Ferrero lost was awful, and when Coria and Gaudio lost and the same day was awful too.

GoranIvanisevic546346
06-04-2005, 08:33 AM
From every aspect this was worst RG in years...imo

robinhood
06-04-2005, 09:01 AM
This year's AO was the most exciting GS I'd ever watched.
Perhaps I expected the similar things from RG as well.

*Ljubica*
06-04-2005, 09:20 AM
On the men side yes, there were a couple of wonderful matches. In the women's side it was awful. I hope Mary and Justine can make a really good final or I will be very dissapointed.

I agree with you Lucas - though I never enjoy womens' tennis so that view is the norm for me! It's a shame Marat didn't go further in the draw, and also David and Gaston - but I was at RG for the first 8 days, and some of the earlier round mens' matches (especially on the outside courts) were amazing.

allanah
06-04-2005, 09:56 AM
I actually preferred the women's side: not because of the superior tennis - coz to be far there wasn't any - but because more of the women I support made it to the later rounds. Most of the men I root for didn't even make the 2nd week so i was a little bit detached when watching the men's side. The two matches involving Marat (v Ferrerro and v robredo) were my favourites.

Dr. Laborious
06-04-2005, 12:21 PM
I was dissappointed with the first week, but it's gotten much better as the tournament progressed, starting with the day of the upsets. Gaudio-Ferrer would have been great, but they didn't show it. Davydenko - Coria was probably very interesting to watch, but they didn't show it. I didn't see Ferrero - Safin and also missed the first set of Federer - Gonzalez.

But after that it got much better, as tv couldn't just show crappy matches any longer. Robredo - Dafin, Puerta - Canas, Robredo - Davydenko, Puerta - Davydenko. I loved those matches. On the other side, the tournament director ruined it by having the winner of Gaudio-Ferrer play Nadal the next day.

I reckon they should consider to make draws based on clay performances instead of predominantly hardcourt rankings (ie ATP rankings). There's no way Ferrer, Gaudio, Gasquet and Nadal should have been in the same quarter of the draw. Same really (but to a lesser extent) for Coria, Ferrero, Safin and Davydenko. I don't think they're going to change it any time soon (if ever), but I do wsih they would.

TV coverage needs to improve for next year.

Action Jackson
06-04-2005, 12:26 PM
2004 overall was a much better tournament than the RG of this year, but it has been alright, there have been worse and there have been better.

~EMiLiTA~
06-04-2005, 12:28 PM
well no because i haven't been able to see a thing and have to rely on livescores. and compared with last year when i was actually there, it was crap to have to be stuck here haha. but from what i can gather, there have been heaps of great 5 setters and, since i'm a huge Rafa fan, i have to say i am reaaallllyyy pleased and if he can win i'll be even happier...but it's also great to see an outsider like puerta get to the final after all he's been through

roisin
06-04-2005, 12:37 PM
i was thinking it would be better than AO this year cos clay is my favorite surface and RG is my favourite tournament, but it wasn't anywhere near as good. jc losing 3rd round ruined it for me...i thought he would've gone further. rafy winning it might make it slighly more bearable :)

buddyholly
06-04-2005, 12:43 PM
After a few days I was asking myself why I was getting up at 3am to watch. Maybe if Puerta pulls a Gaudio tomorrow there will be something to remember.

Billabong
06-04-2005, 12:46 PM
No:sad: I was entertained by the matches, but not by the results unfortunately:sad:

Gonzo Hates Me!
06-04-2005, 12:48 PM
So far, I have *loved* it on both men's and women's sides! If Justine loses in 12 minutes: icing to the cake

CassL
06-04-2005, 02:18 PM
This yr's FO wasn't nearly as exciting as this yr's AO, not even close. And I'm not just talking about the results, but the matches have been of very low quality. The Nadal-Fed match was so hyped that I recorded it, but both guys were playing crap so it sucked.

alexito
06-04-2005, 02:22 PM
RG is the best GS, because is all players great, I don't know who win. the rest GS is boring, always win federer. much match 5 set. all time I see talent and fight the players all point. for this, federer lose.

silverwhite
06-04-2005, 02:47 PM
The quality has been awfully disappointing after there was so much talk about how this might be one of the best RGs in years. Definitely not as good as AO 2005. There have been a few upsets but things have been rather predictable as far as the 2 heavy favourites are concerned. Justine just won her final, and Rafael is likely to win his.

Scotso
06-04-2005, 02:59 PM
Yes... Mary in the final, Rafa in the final. I'd say it was pretty good.

brazuca5copas
06-04-2005, 03:02 PM
No, no and no. Just 2 matchs Ferrero x Safin, Federer x Nadal.

athina7
06-04-2005, 03:05 PM
I did enjoy RG this year, I enjoy all slams! However, as others have already mentioned, I liked this year's AO far more.

oneandonlyhsn
06-04-2005, 03:08 PM
FO was more intersting in the womens side then the mens this year. The only great match was the Safin-Ferrero one, the over hyped semi made me sick in anticipation but it was nowhere near as great a match as the Ferrero-Safin match. Safin, you big oaf, it should have been you in the final aginst Nadal. Puerta winning this might actually make it memorable, other than that it has been a bore.

Neely
06-04-2005, 03:16 PM
I think it wasn't the best Roland Garros year regarding quality, excitement, thrill of the matches. IMO the whole tournament we've seen no really epic match that would deserve to be in the history books, but at least the two winners on the men's and women's side are looking all right already, even better if Nadal could win it tomorrow.

Haute
06-04-2005, 03:59 PM
On both sides, no. On the women's side, Venus' career is pretty much done for unless she can mentally pull herself together soon, and none of the other matches were all that riveting (honestly, is anyone going to remember a single match from this year as being remarkable?). On the men's side, Juanqui is finding his form again but ran into Marat yet again this year. Davydenko went down in the Semis, and Nadal winning tomorrow will top off the worst-case scenario.

Aphex
06-04-2005, 04:09 PM
Women's tourny has sucked the whole second week and the final was plain awful. :o
Men's has been decent, some really exciting five setters on the bottom half of the draw. :D

guida
06-04-2005, 04:15 PM
No.

Exodus
06-04-2005, 04:20 PM
No womens final sucked big time as was Svetlanas lost to Henin after 2-3 matchpoints. The whole tourny lost it's appeal for me after Safin lost and def. after Federer lost. Now i hope Puerta will win this title

PamV
06-04-2005, 04:24 PM
I think it was bad that the top half of the men's was so heavy. It was just weird the way all the top seeds lost in the bottom. It would have been more interesting if Nadal had to beat Coria before getting to Federer.


I couldn't see most of the women's matches. I don't know about that.

oneandonlyhsn
06-04-2005, 05:40 PM
I think it was bad that the top half of the men's was so heavy. It was just weird the way all the top seeds lost in the bottom. It would have been more interesting if Nadal had to beat Coria before getting to Federer.


I couldn't see most of the women's matches. I don't know about that.


Same story with the womens whoever made the draws was just plain dumb. Justine plaid claycourt specialists from Rd1 and Clijsters vs Lindsey in 3rd round was dumb, dumb. Pretty much the same for the mens draw, very heavy top half and bottom, was just horrid. I mean yeah sure Roddick is #2, but seeded as #2 on clay is wrong. They need a better way to rank players for clay.

Cervantes
06-04-2005, 06:04 PM
Didn't really enjoy it. Up until the 2nd Monday everything was fine, but on that particular day they robbed me of every possible great match (except Fed-Nadal, which didn't live up as well). Great matchups like Safin-Coria and Nadal-Gaudio never happened.

What was probably the best match, Gaudio-Ferrer, was put away on court 1 and didn't get any live coverage. I did enjoy Puerta-Canas and Ferrero-Safin but that's too few for two weeks of Grand Slam tennis.

And don't even get me started on the women's side... :(

ys
06-04-2005, 06:11 PM
No, I didn't.. They need to do something about the surface to make it a ballstriker competition again from what has become a runner's competition. Faster balls, perhaps.. I don't know.. But for the 4th year in a row there is a player in a final who should not be there... And two times those players even ended up winning it.. It's about who outfluke who..

Mechlan
06-04-2005, 06:33 PM
I did not either. Like someone mentioned, several upsets, and what followed were long but uninteresting matches. The one match that was hyped beyond all reason fizzled out, and combined with the lousy overall coverage it just ended up being very disappointing in the end. Maybe Puerta-Nadal can save it? I'm not holding my breath.

As far as the women's side....

Nastase
06-04-2005, 06:44 PM
I'm really enjoying the way Nadal is playing but many other matches were very boring, as many of you said the elimination of Coria against Davydenko was pretty bad for the spectacle of tennis, it aslo happens with Gaudio, Nalbandian, Ferrero, Moyá. I don't pay any atention to WTA, to be sincerous it doesn't exist for me since Arantxa retired, I think the last match I saw was the Wimbledon final last year, I really enjoyed the victory of Sharapova and even more the fact of beat one of my hated (the most one Serena no doubt) Williams sisters.

Adman
06-04-2005, 06:46 PM
Throughly I thought that this was a very good year at Roland Gaross and now with Nadal in the final, I hope that he does a 'Matts Wilander' wins it on his debut.

NATAS81
06-04-2005, 06:51 PM
Yea, I enjoyed it.

You actually get to see alot of matches at the slams on ESPN, so that gives the US fan a base to judge player's game and respect the game as a whole more.

I found that occured in James Blake, he can give players alot of problems on HC. The US players gotta play more on Euro clay though if they want to contend. Roddick can't just do Houston every year as a lead up tourney.

If he wants to win RG, or go past R2, he needs to take said advice.

Alot of tools to work with, so much time.

Now as for this RG, alot of good 5 set matches. Not really anything more you could ask for. Definitely the AO, in it's hardcourt perspective produced the better tennis overall. Safin/Federer still beats out Nadal/Federer for match of the year.

As it does Coria/Nadal in that other clay tourney.

Overall, good tourney. The champ will be Nadal, and he deserves it more than anyone. He will win it at least 2 more times.

ys
06-04-2005, 06:53 PM
One person we all should really blame now is Safin.. he had that half there for taking.. We could have been anticipating a monumental final right now.. Instead it is going to be an anticlimactic junk..

Exodus
06-04-2005, 06:56 PM
yeah Safin kinda blew his chances for a second slam this year, thought he might at least reach the final after Coria lost to Davy...

joycomesmorning
06-04-2005, 07:37 PM
Can't put my finger on it as to exactly why, but this wasn't a very interesting Slam....

Maybe, no Lleyton and very little Roddick and Agassi...No Serena and no Jennifer...I don't know how it is beyond the States, but here, those are the players who tend to get the media (most especially the sports talk shows and call-ins) talking tennis. And it has been VERY QUIET....VERY, VERY QUIET!!!!

It's not always easy being a tennis fan when you ask someone what they think about how the French Open is going so far and they reply with, "I haven't watched yet, but how is Tiger doing?" Now that's sad!!

Dux
06-04-2005, 08:44 PM
In contrary to all, I will always have a memorable match on the women's side this year, the Morigami vs Dementieva match, I haven't seen so many break points wasted & so many doubled faults, & a monumental number of unforced errors from both sides, like it was a contest of who wants to lose faster, but the other didn't want to win either ;)

I agree that Puerta winning would make it somewhat memorable, but other than that, this RG might be the most boring of the new millenium IMO, both men's & women.

willie
06-04-2005, 08:49 PM
After the GREAT australian open we had earlier this year, we can say this roland garros was boring, and all about one match(fed-rafa) that finally was boring as the tournament.

NYCtennisfan
06-04-2005, 11:34 PM
Other than JCF vs. Marat, Marat vs. Robredo, 4th round upset day and a few others, this RG was pretty much boring. It would've been made all good if Federer had shown up yesterday and it was a good match but alas, that didn't happen. Perhaps Puerta challenging Nadal on Sunday can salvage something.

NYCtennisfan
06-04-2005, 11:34 PM
After the GREAT australian open we had earlier this year, we can say this roland garros was boring, and all about one match(fed-rafa) that finally was boring as the tournament.

My thoughts exactly.

Deivid23
06-04-2005, 11:43 PM
I´ve had a lot of fun actually. I was pleased to see new talents as Djokovic, Wawrinka playing a very good tennis. I witnessed a thriller O.Rochus vs García-López quite amusing. Nalbandian Baghdatis also was a good one, Ferrero-Safin was a very good one, the same goes to Puerta´s performances (he was great against Ljubicic and against Cañas). Mantilla played a couple of good matches and Verdasco did have an entertaining fight with himself in his match against Soderling (well, this was more like a show, but funny anyway). And I will probably witness tomorrow Nadal´s first Rg win. Good enough for me

GermanBoy
06-05-2005, 12:48 AM
I enjoyed seeing Lindsay beating Clijsters! Especially after the German Eurosport commentator and Barbara Schett talked her game down... :mad: Everybody could notice that Schett was just jealous because Lindsay has achieved so much more than her. :rolleyes:

I enjoyed seeing Virginie Razzano winning two rounds and then playing a three setter versus Lindsay! Well done! :yeah:

I enjoyed seeing Henin-Hardenne kicking Sharapova`s ass. You will never be No. 1, just realize that! :cool:

I enjoyed seeing Mykina losing in the first round to beautiful Maria-Antonia Sanchez-Lorenzo. I don`t like Myskina but I have to admit I feel sorry for her that her mother is seriously ill.

I hated to know Jen would not be able to play. :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:

I hated seeing Andy, Marat and Robby losing so early! Robby, 0/6, 0/6, 3/6 to such a nobody was just pathetic! :rolleyes:

oneandonlyhsn
06-05-2005, 12:55 AM
I enjoyed seeing Lindsay beating Clijsters! Especially after the German Eurosport commentator and Barbara Schett talked her game down... :mad: Everybody could notice that Schett was just jealous because Lindsay has achieved so much more than her. :rolleyes:

I enjoyed seeing Virginie Razzano winning two rounds and then playing a three setter versus Lindsay! Well done! :yeah:

I enjoyed seeing Henin-Hardenne kicking Sharapova`s ass. You will never be No. 1, just realize that! :cool:

I enjoyed seeing Mykina losing in the first round to beautiful Maria-Antonia Sanchez-Lorenzo. I don`t like Myskina but I have to admit I feel sorry for her that her mother is seriously ill.

I hated to know Jen would not be able to play. :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:

I hated seeing Andy, Marat and Robby losing so early! Robby, 0/6, 0/6, 3/6 to such a nobody was just pathetic! :rolleyes:

Did you enjoy the QF btw Lindsay-Pierce ;) Just kidding, I loved Heninne thrashing Sharapova :yeah: good times

GermanBoy
06-05-2005, 12:59 AM
Did you enjoy the QF btw Lindsay-Pierce ;) Just kidding, I loved Heninne thrashing Sharapova :yeah: good times

Lindsay is my No. 2 fave and Mary my No. 3. I enjoyed that match. Lindsay didn`t play her best but I think she was happy with her win over Clijsters and also a bit surprised she could win that one. I am very happy for Mary. She deserved such a good tournament. Have seen her crying on the court today and I felt so sorry for her. I think she was nervous today and Henin-Hardenne was too good. :sad:

JeNn
06-05-2005, 01:00 AM
B-O-R-I-N-G

There is normally a silver lining to every tournament for me, but very difficult to find one here, at least excitement wise. I am happy for Rafa though and hopefully he wins the whole thing now. Imagine if he didn't :eek:

oneandonlyhsn
06-05-2005, 01:08 AM
Lindsay is my No. 2 fave and Mary my No. 3. I enjoyed that match. Lindsay didn`t play her best but I think she was happy with her win over Clijsters and also a bit surprised she could win that one. I am very happy for Mary. She deserved such a good tournament. Have seen her crying on the court today and I felt so sorry for her. I think she was nervous today and Henin-Hardenne was too good. :sad:

So whose your fav female player, mine is Justine for the sheer beauty of her BH and the variety she has in her game. She can play power, slice, mix it up, drop shots :hearts: . Something I find lacking in the womens field. Plus I like that she seems like such a natural girl, no fancy neckalces, big earing and all that mess, and she is so shy its too cute. I love Kimmie too, and I'm loving Mary, I love the way she fixes her hair, cleans the lines she is so adorable and a very nice person.

GermanBoy
06-05-2005, 01:20 AM
Jen Capriati :hearts:

oneandonlyhsn
06-05-2005, 01:46 AM
Jen Capriati :hearts:

Wow, you like a lot of american players, I cheer for her whenever she plays the Williams. I usually like players with variety, I find most american players are mainly power players. I guess that is why I am not a fan of the William sisters, and Sharapova. I dont mind Lindsay, when she is on she is really good.

But my heart belongs to Justine :worship: , I almost stopped watching womens tennis last year, because I missed the variety she brought to the game. I hope she keeps up her good form and remains healthy, that BH I could watch all day and still be amazed :hearts: