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Posts Tagged ‘French Open’

Rafa Nadal’s Got it Like That

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Rafa Nadal

And we, most assuredly, do not. I mean, how many of you wear a timepiece on your wrist that costs over half-a-million dollars when you playing in the French Open? Considering the chirping crickets, the answer is zero, quite clearly (half-a-mil watch-wearers or French Open candidates); and that, folks, is one of the many, many things separating us from the world of professional athletes.

Thanks to a post in Men’s Fitness, we’ve learned the watch Nadal is wearing comes from the Richard Mille watchmakers, and while it’s not as visibly-flashy as a Rolex, apparently the craftsmanship is second-to-none.

Of course, for a $525,000 watch, it damn well better be.

According to the MF post, only 50 of these gems will be produced, meaning only 49 more will available to the world. Obviously, at that price, only a special few have the means to even think about purchasing one. Speaking of, one wonders if Nadal’s was a comp/gift or if he actually forked over some of his hard-earned winnings.

For some reason, I’m going with the former.

Men’s French Open Final Set

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

This is the way it was supposed to be — Roger Federer going against his clay-court nemesis in Rafael Nadal. While Federer owns him away from the French Open, Nadal has been so dominant on clay, he’s actually seeking his fourth-straight French Open title. But is this the year Federer breaks through and wins the French Open, the only major title he’s lacking from his resume?

If Federer is going to win, it’s fitting he’ll have to go through Nadal to do so. To advance, Federer beat local favorite Gael Monfils 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5. As for Nadal, he breezed into the Finals handling Novak Djokovic in straight sets. Again, looking at the preceding semi-final matches, it seems like Nadal has the advantage going in. He expended less energy dispatching his opponent and, of course, clay is his dominant surface.

However, to overlook Federer’s chances her are foolhardy. I mean, he’s only been the most dominant player in the world for a few years now…

The match takes place Sunday on the Chatrier court. Oh yeah, all apologies for the quick-and-dirty NBA Finals promotional images rip-off. Although, the image does seem fitting — you know, being an individual sport, and all.

Women’s French Open Final Set

Ana Ivanovic

While the men are deciding who plays on Sunday — Rafael Nadal already advanced, beating Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 while the Federer/Monfils match is currently in-progress — the Women’s Final is all ready to go. The match will feature Ana Ivanovic taking on the upstart Dinara Safina tomorrow afternoon on the Chatrier court.

To advance, Ivanovic outlasted Jelena Jankovic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. In the other semi-finals match, Safina beat Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-3, 6-2. Looking at the scores, you have to believe because Safina had the easier match and therefore, expended less energy than her opponent, she’ll have much more than a fighting chance on Saturday. Of course, most of the Eye Candy appreciators will be watching for Ivanovic’s striking appearance but unfortunately for her, these things aren’t decided by how good you look.

And it’s hard to find anyone on the women’s side of the French Open who has been playing better tennis than Safina. In three straight matches, she’s beaten the Women’s number 1, 7 and 3rd ranked players in the world. Will she be able to beat the Women’s number 2 in Ivanovic? We’ll find out tomorrow.

Dinara Safina

French Open: Men’s Final Four Set

Roger Federer

Like the women, the men’s French Open Final Four is now set as unranked Frenchman Gael Monfils just defeated the fifth-ranked David Ferrer from Spain to advance to the semi-finals. Monfils’ reward?

Roger Federer.

While it’s highly likely Federer will be the favorite, Monfils will certainly have the backing of the French crowd. Will Roland Garros provide a large enough home-court advantage to rattle the likes of Roger Federer? That’s doubtful.

However, a pro-Monfils audience can help energize the Frenchman as he faces one of the best tennis players ever. Also, the clay court conditions could work in Monfils’ favor. While Federer normally has no problem advancing deep into the French Open, he has never won its title — although, he does have seven titles from other clay-court tournaments.

Perhaps clay isn’t Federer’s problem after all. Maybe it’s just Rafael Nadal.

Of course, what would a modern-day Men’s French Open semi-final be without the appearance of Nadal? Lacking, that’s what. However, there’s no need to worry about what’s missing because after smoking Nicolas Almagro , 6-1, 6-1, 6-1, Nadal is making another appearance in the French Open semi-finals. In fact, Nadal has been so impressive during the Open, some think he’s a shoe-in to four-peat.

Aside: while a four-peat in any major sport is impressive, isn’t it time for Rafael to win a major NOT played on a clay court?

In order for Nadal to complete his quest for four-straight French Open titles, he’ll first have to beat third-seeded Novak Djokovic from Serbia. Earlier this tennis season, Djokovic won the Australian Open. This means Nadal will probably have his hands full.

The Men’s semi-final matches are scheduled to take place on Friday.

French Open: Women’s Final Four Set

Jelena Jankovic

To say the Slavic countries are well represented in this year’s 2008 Women’s French Open Final Four is an understatement. On one side, we have Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, two Serbians, going against each other. On the other side of the draw, we have Svetlana Kuznetsova versus Dinara Safina. Each represents Russia.

Both Kuznetsova and Safina won matches earlier this morning to propel them to the semi-final round.

However, most of the attention will probably be on the other match when Ivanovic and Jankovic square off against each other. Because of Justine Henin’s shocking retirement, these two were considered two-of-the-three favorites to win the French Open. The other, Maria Sharapova, was ousted by Safina earlier this week. However, because the two Serbs are the default favorites does not mean the winner of their match will simply be able to stroll their way to French Open championship.

Once their match is complete, one of them will have to face the winner of Safina/Kuznetsova. Safina has turned heads because of the Sharapova and Elena Dementieva dispatches whereas Kuznetsova is merely ranked fourth in world and already has made one French Open final in 2006.

Of course, another reason for all the attention being paid to the Ivanovic/Jankovic match-up might have something to do with this:

Ana Ivanovic

Just a thought.

The matches are scheduled to take place on Thursday.