IB3’s coverage of the Paris draw

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16 Responses

  1. Atch2 says:

    Almost didn’t recognise Simon with the long curly hair.

    And how lucky r we to get 2 of the French big names in Rafa’s half with Tsonga and Simon. It’s gonna be like Davis Cup with the cheering.

    • CC says:

      Same here, didn’t know that Gilles had long hair before.
      I don’t care much for Tsonga, but little Simon I love! It’s that sparkle in his eyes and the chicken legs that do it for me.
      Oh, and the fact that he answered McDonalds on the favourite food question. :D

      • Atch2 says:

        And I thought the French were very proud of their world famous, Michillin star cuisine. And Simon goes and answers McDs. LOL.

  2. Rafafan says:

    Simon and Tsnonga – in Rafa’s half. Do we really want a Davis Cup type support – Rafa needs as much support from the French as he can and he aint get it with these two in his draw and he playing one or both of them (not sure how it pans out) but this could un-never our Rafa (again as at FO)

    • Rafafan says:

      I meanat un-nerve making him not very confidenta dnt hen not going for his shots particuarly on this hard indoor surface that he really doesn’t like

      • mary says:

        Oh lighten up. Rafa is made of sterner stuff!!!! If the french have a problemo with him then they can bugger off. Rafa is use to this shit so it ain’t gonna bother him none. Vamos Rafa! El ray de la pista, para siempre!!!!

        • CC says:

          Yeah, I don’t think Rafa gives a toss about it. Well, I don’t, anyway!

        • miri says:

          Oh lighten up.

          Let’s not tell people how to feel. Your post would have gotten its point apart perfectly well with out that first sentence.

          For me, I can say: Dealing with the crowd is part of Rafa’s job. If he lets them to get him, it’s his fault.

          • mary says:

            “Oh lighten up”
            Hey I didn’t do it in capitals & it is not an attack, it’s meant to let Rafafan chill out & not get herself uptight & upset. Thats it!!!!!

            • miri says:

              To me, that phrase is always dismissive – as in, “calm down you over-dramatic fool”. I’ve never heard someone use it in a positive way. Perhaps it’s a cultural thing.

  3. xta says:

    if the djoker can beat federer in basel, then surely rafa can beat a frenchman in bercy !!!

    • Ch F says:

      Of course he can, Rafa can do anything if he can reach deep inside him and remember what he’s made of. It seems Djoko is in killer form and very very confident. He’s one of the men to beat at the moment, and the fact that he turned his semi-final match around like that by saving three match points and then won a final against Federer will only boost his confidence more…Rafa, you will be made to work hard! Give it your best this time!!!

    • mary says:

      Oh my sentiments exactly. Nole you did well!!!!!!!!! Rafa you’ll do better. :)

    • Rafafan says:

      Er.. did you see the match in Basal. Fed was all over the place with his forehand. It had completely gone. It was like the time in Miami when the Fed smashed his racket coz he was playing poorly. So really for dramatic, close contents this was a no go and not to be compared to.

      Get what you mean folks – I shouldn’t worry about the crowd so much – but then again how many times have we heard that “the crowd” pulls you through – it’s like an extra point! Looking forward to the tourney very much

  4. dutchgirl says:

    I have this feeling that Rafa is totally relaxed for the rest of the season. In his interview it seemed that he’s aiming for next year. The most important thing for him is the Davis Cup, so any good results in Paris will be a bonus for him, I think.
    If my thoughts are correct, he will play with confidence and *colm*, so I can’t wait to see what will happen.
    Vamos Rafa!!

  5. mary says:

    Hi Rafafan. miri is correct when she said maybe it is a cultural thing. No dismissive or malice thought was intended. We aussies sometimes say things abruptly even though it is said in a loving way. Sorry if that doesn’t make any sense. We’re unique!!!
    Rafa has faced a semi hostile crowd before, so he needs to stay focused on the task at hand. I agree with you that support from the crowd can be very uplifting. Rafa is savvy, wise & a little older & he will be mentally prepared for the possibility of a sour crowd (god knows why as I don’t,whats not to love about hime).
    I think Rafa secretly wants to win every match. He doesn’t play to lose but accepts his losses when they occur as a learning curve. So I believe he will be giving his all. Taking on doubles indicates his eagerness for more match play. Maybe he needs the extra practice for the Davis cup. So mi amigo, de nada y Vamos Rafa!