Enjoy some pics of Marin Cilic and Milos Raonic practicing together on Friday.
Former world number 3, Ivan Ljubicic, coaching Milos Raonic:
Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga move on to the quarterfinals.
Only “surprises” today: Svetlana Kuznetsova defeats Caroline Wozniacki and Jérémy Chardy wins over Andreas Seppi.
Day 9 matches:
Li Na-Agnieszka Radwanska
Ekaterina Makarova-Maria Sharapova
David Ferrer-Nicolas Almagro
Novak Djokovic-Tomas Berdych
Milos Raonic‘s first ballet lesson with Queensland Ballet’s principal dancer Clare Morehan:
Follow Milos Roanic on Twitter @milosraonic.
Earlier this year I wrote an article about the pace of indoor surfaces and the demise of indoor carpet on the ATP and WTA tours. (see article here) Quick indoor carpet has been completely phased out in favour of medium paced indoor hardcourts based on the plexicushion surface. The slowing down in surfaces has led to a convergence in style of play and allowed defensive minded players to get to the very top of the game and stay there.
Recently Roger Federer called for surfaces to speeded up once again “It’s an easy fix. Just make quicker courts, then it’s hard to defend,” Federer said. “Attacking style is more important. It’s only on this type of slow courts that you can defend the way we are all doing right now.”
When I spoke to the ATP spokesman back in February, he clearly gave the view the surfaces were slowed down and carpet phased out because there were too many complaints that the big serve was dominating tennis. That is a pity because my article clearly dispelled the myth that faster surfaces were only dominated by big servers, I pointed out that many baseliners loved the quicker surfaces.
Players like Ivan Lendl won over 30 tournaments on indoor carpet, much more tournaments on one surface than most players win in an entire career. Lendl won 5 year end Masters titles (ATP World Tour) and played in 8 straight finals between 1982 and 1989. Also Lendl won these titles against the likes of John McEnroe, Boris Becker, and Stefan Edberg.
Monica Seles was another player who excelled on indoor carpet, and yet both she and Lendl won multiple titles at the French Open, the slowest surface on tour. Martina Hingis also excelled on indoor carpet. In the mens game, Andre Agassi, Gustavo Kuerten, Lleyton Hewitt and Alex Corretja won the year end championships indoors whilst Jim Courier played in finals in 1991 and 1992 and Michael Chang in 1995.
After watching Haas, Malisse and co at practice, it was time for me to watch some matches!
For the record, Lepchenko won in 3 disputed sets.
NB: this is a recap of MY day at Roland Garros, so if you are looking for the complete scores and results, go to the official Roland Garros website, you won’t find it in my recap.
As usual, before going to a tournament, I have a look at the schedule to try to plan the matches I want to watch.
My intention was to watch Lleyton Hewitt on Court 7 for perhaps his last match at Roland Garros, but I didn’t manage to get there early enough, so no Hewitt for me, Court 7 was already full.
So, change of plan, direction court 9, where Philip Kohlschreiber and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo are practising.
Later in the afternoon Kohlscheiber would win over Matthew Ebden and Ramirez would lose against Milos Raonic.