2 Burst results for "Ellen Garros"
"ellen garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Set, he squandered it. He was three love, double breakup in that second set, and Djokovic went on to win it 6 four and you're thinking or Rafa fans are thinking, uh oh. Well, it felt like last year at that point. The fact because it was quite similar in as much as Nadal has got a big lead and yet Djokovic still seemed to be playing well, even though he's 6 two three love behind. He felt like he was playing all right to me. He was hitting the ball nicely. And then that started to tell he came back into it, Nadal's level dropped. How could it not drop, given how well he'd started. But I did that second set commentary on BBC Radio, 88 minutes. I mean, that is that is quite a feat to try to keep up with him when they go in like that. And I came off to kind of a break. And I thought, I thought I would get to do another set, but that it would be straightforward for Djokovic from one set or really did. And Djokovic came out flat relatively speaking in that third set. I didn't see that coming at all. And he was missing a little bit and that was holding the down needed. Like I said, just jumped on him then, got that lead. And then in the fourth set, Nadal became the hunter because he wasn't a breakup, and that was a very interesting dynamic to see the Djokovic 5 three up and you're absolutely sure this is going the distance and the Dow wouldn't let that set. He just wouldn't let it go. And we both felt Catherine. We were watching in the stadium that fourth set, we both felt that Nadal had a physical edge in the fourth set. Novak Djokovic hasn't played a 5 set match since last year's U.S. open, obviously because he wasn't able to play in Australia. So it's been a long time since he was since he had been pushed this much in a match. And it wasn't that long ago that we saw Djokovic unable to physically stand a three set match. Let alone a 5 set match and all of his preparation over the clay court season had been pointing in the direction that by the time he got to Ellen Garros, he was going to be fine in 5 set matches. But we hadn't seen it. And look, he wasn't completely gassed. I think he would have had something left for a 5th set, but it doesn't need to take much. And I've just felt like Nadal was the more energetic, the more lively, he was going after the balmore and those final stages. And I really think that played a part. I think it made a difference for Nadal. And you go on such an emotional journey in these matches, don't you? You get to the engineer like, who was I four hours ago when I was having these list of thoughts that turned out to be so completely wildly wrong and misguided. I remember we were lucky enough to watch portions of that much with Mary carillo, and after that incredible first set from Rafael Nadal, we had some discussion or I listened to you and Mary have some discussion about how that might largely be down to Nadal thinking he needed to do that because he can't because of the foot he can't win in the longer haul or he's less likely to win the longer the hall is and Matt said yeah, like starting your set with born to run and I thought that's an analogy that we're going to be leading the podcast with. And I thought, yeah, that, yeah, that's a very negative spin on an amazing start to the match, but it really held up for me and there we are three hours later what felt like three lifetimes later and heading into that fourth set tiebreak, Djokovic was shaking out his legs stretching in a way that indicated he didn't have cramp, but it looked sort of pre cramped stages to me. He was weary. He was really weary and I, yeah, I wasn't expecting that, but then but then equally I thought, well, of course, you know, it was only a few weeks ago we saw him completely gassed in third sets against Alejandro de vidovich for keener in Monte Carlo and Andre Rublev in Belgrade and it's actually the more extraordinary thing is that he's got himself in any kind of 5 set shape for this Grand Slam really so it shouldn't be a surprise to have seen him that way and as Matt said, I don't think he would have fallen apart physically in the 5th set, but I would have given the edge to Rafael Nadal, which is immense really given what he's what he's managing with his foot. From 5 three when he broke back there and it really felt on even at the start of that game because of Nadal was getting to 30 all on those games. Those return games despite being a breakdown. And he was hitting out and there was just something in his body language that he still felt there was something there for him in that set. And I think he could probably sense from Djokovic that Djokovic was pulling the trigger quite early in rallies as well. And he must have felt good enough and then once it went into that tiebreak just didn't see it happening at all for Djokovic he did really well to sort of narrow the gap and make it close because of what was his 6 one at one stage and it was 6 four at the end, but no, that was one of Nadal's great performances..
"ellen garros" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Was it jibber? It was brilliant that day. But still, I would have expected it to be closer. But I think I would have to put hap in the submix just because she's yes. She's won the thing. And that might not be that many other people in the drawer that have won the thing. A TBC. Okay, well, that's your, that's you. Women's French Open preview to the preview. We will be we're all going to go to the draw on Thursday. And we'll be recording the show after the draw when we find out who's got a chance of reaching the final, who is the lucky chosen few that aren't in the same half of the draw as eager schwinn tech. Let's talk about the men's tournament in Rome, which was won by Novak Djokovic in emphatic fashion. If there were any question marks about his form about whether there was time for him to play himself into form to find his physical fitness, ahead of Roland Garros, his first Grand Slam in the season, those questions are answered. He, for me, after beating Stefano sits a pass in the final yesterday, 6 love 7 6 PS well done sits a pass for recovering from the shock of that first set and making it a match, but nonetheless, Djokovic is there and by there I mean exactly where he wants to be ahead of the French Open. Yeah, absolutely perfect week for Novak Djokovic in Rome, didn't lose a set, beat, I would say some of the sort of sub contenders for Roland Garros, you know, he didn't just coin another term that I can't properly define. But subs getting in a lot of years today, isn't it? Basically, he beat augereau seem rude and I think sits passes in the mix, but players there who, you know, he could meet in the quarterfinals or something at Roland Garros, who are good players and he beat them all having to play really well. And I think the augie allier scene match in particular was the one I will remember as where Djokovic found his best tennis. You know, if we're talking about Novak Djokovic winning Roland Garros in a couple of weeks time, I will look back at that match as the one where everything suddenly clicked for him. In particular the forehand, it was an absolute revelation how well he was hitting that shot. And you think back to Monte Carlo just a month ago and how physically spent he was after two sets with davidovich for kina. He's come such a long way in those four weeks. He's just progressed, week on week, Belgrade was better than Monte Carlo, Madrid, was better than Belgrade, and now Rome was the best of the lot. I now make know about the my pick for Ellen Garros. I've always I've always said Nadal just because of his record there and the history he's got there. And I respect that history so much, but obviously we'll talk about his foot and I think with such big uncertainty over Nadal, I then have to go to know about Djokovic with him looking like this, the defending champion, 5 sets, timing this run of form, the experience he's got, how hungry he will be to get back level in the Grand Slam race. It's all come together for him. And I think Rome was the absolutely perfect week. Given that then Matt, was it a mistake for our cries not to play Rome? No, not necessarily. I mean, he's got an injury, hasn't he? I genuinely do think he probably needed to rest that foot. I'm not convinced he would have pulled out of Rome, had he not had the injury. I think that is significant there for him in that in terms of that decision. You don't think he was following David law's advice. I love to think that he was. Power play. Interesting, very interesting match your friendship and pick David. Is your alcaraz conviction shaken at all? Pierce just while we sort of bringing Carlos Ankara's into the chat. I think alcaraz played Djokovic into form in Madrid last week. And that's a good shot. I think in a way what's happened in terms of the overall landscape is that Djokovic has replaced Nadal as the biggest threat to alcaraz is how I would look at it because I mean, again, we'll talk about Nadal, but it's hard to imagine him being a contender for the actual title if he's in any anything like that physical state. Djokovic, I think is undergone the most fascinating mental transformation in the last few weeks really because I think and this is only the itis. I haven't spoken to him. I've heard things he said, and here in things he said in looking in his eyes when he's been playing these matches, I think he played in Monte Carlo and Belgrade, self consciously. I think he was, I think he's been embarrassed by what happened in Australia. I think he was shaken by it, or without necessarily realizing it, I think he kind of said as much that he didn't really realize how much it had got to him, that whole thing of him being an outcast and being kicked out of the country. I think it was embarrassing for him. And even though he felt that he was in the riot, I think that that whole thing was probably a bit more. Damaging to his sort of confidence than he realized. And I think he I think he was rattled and then he came out into Madrid and he found himself as he went along, and he wasn't far away, was he against our crest. Let's be honest, he played well in that match. And then he found another level in Rome. And I think what we saw on Rome is a player who'd shaken off those shackles of self doubt and self consciousness and was just playing with a chip on his shoulder, which is the best Novak Djokovic. He was playing like a man who was going to show us all. Who's the man? Who's the boss? Who's the best player? Without any self doubt whatsoever. That's what I saw in his eyes, is come on, bring it on. All of you. Sits a pass, rude, auger seam, I wish I'll cross was here because I want to beat him too is what I saw in his eyes. And I saw that when he played Nadal in that semifinal at Roland Garros last year. He lost the first set, what was his 6th love that day? Or 6 one, something like that. And yet he still didn't feel that far behind, because he believed in himself that day. He didn't believe in himself when they played each other in the Roland Garros a year before..