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"monte carlo madrid" 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..
"monte carlo madrid" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"One to prove to the whole environment around me since I was a child. All I heard in soccer in football with good, but losing the finals. You know, we were like, we were fighting philosophy about how to lose beautifully. There's a lot of books about how to lose beautifully. And I didn't like that. There was something like, yeah, I didn't like that. I wanted to be different, I guess. And I wanted to win, but it was that I want in France in Paris with all with everybody around me, all the family, the whole people that I wanted to prove that a French can we not need, but a French can win. This is what I wanted. One not just janik's gonna win. No, I wanted to prove that me with my dreads, whatever I represented so people. But people like us French Africa, we can win. And that was deep. So I had that. And once I did it, what, actually, I felt depressed for like 6 months, I was depressed. So now everybody talk about depression, back in the day, nobody understood what I was going through. But now, you know, a lot of people talk about this mental situation of being a tennis professional. So back in the days, of course, they didn't get it. So I was like, I felt like kind of a loneliness, first as a person. And for me to even go back on a tennis court I decided to play to have a family and you have kids and just play tennis, but it was totally different. I proved myself and the people I wanted to prove to that. We can win as French people. Same way with Davis Cup when we won the Davis Cup was saying we didn't win for 50 years. 15 years, so I said, okay, I'm going to try to prove that we can win so we want that time. And then I said, okay, I think I understand I got something and we try to a few times and we want a few times. But that was like the purpose. It's important to have like a purpose, especially for us like in France. We don't have in France like we don't have a culture of winning. It's not like in the states or other countries. We don't have a culture of winning. Sports is fun. But when you are in other countries like, you know, I have American my kids are from the states. So when you go to sports to win, it's important. You try to win. Us is like more of a leisure kind of vibe. So sometimes I see some of my players and some of the players I watched now French guys. Just happy to be there. It's cool. Which is okay. No judgment, but I mean, once you decide and you declare or look at stronger, they said, I want to judge some guys said one day, when he lost in the finals at the Australian open, his first fantasy, no, I don't want to win one. I want to win many. Wow. You want to win many grand slams, man? And look what happened, you know? It's hard. And for that, not only that you have to have a purpose, but you have to have the people around you understanding. And we don't have a culture of winning in France. We don't have that. Don't have that. So he's tough. But two months, two months scale. Start today. Every day, every night, all the things all you think about is playing the east sleep every ball you hit with a purpose really thinking about the French every moment. You got to play Nadal, man. This is no, you know, this is serious. You want to be a Rafa? Rafa is taking a break right now. So when roughly, he's going to be ready. You might win a set of two in the first rounds, but coming the core is going to start playing again, you know? So you'd better be ready. So it's a big deal. Winning a French winner Grand Slam for this generation is a big deal, not like us. It was easier for us easier than she is but easier. Now you have to beat these guys. These guys are playing well. So yeah, and I always felt, even though it did great at the U.S. open for some reason, I always felt that gay could win the French. I always felt that girl could win the French. I saw him play some great matches, but always comes short because physically there's whistles something, which comes because of the preparation. Yeah, two months. Two months what it's like. Yeah, it's perfect timing. April, may, ready to go. Or maybe just may. Given these kind of foot injury. It's taking him out with all of April. I mean, it sounds like he's like us, Yannick Noah. There's a bit of him that believes, but there's also a very rational practical portion of him. I mean, in terms of the finding a reason thing, can the reason I mean, I realize, sorry, Matt, you're not the person to ask this question to Yannick. No, it probably is. Can the reason not just be I really, really, really, really want to win a Grand Slam. I'd have thought so. And I think that is now more thesis reason. I think, look, I found that I found that analysis absolutely fascinating for me anecdotally. Gael Monfils well, you know, he's worked with him. He's got an insight into his mindset. He's been his Davis Cup captain. But I think what we've been saying is there has been a shift in Monfils. In the last few months, especially the start of this year and there has been, I don't know, a realization that he doesn't want to be a highlights real player, that he wants to win one time. I just need it one time need it. It wasn't one. It was needed. And gosh, I mean, it's kind of hard because of this injury now, but Yannick Noah saying that in Yannick Noah tones, has had a way of making you think that it's possible. Coming your way in a few years. We've got, we've got the audio already lined up. Yeah, we will continue to dream while it's still a possibility in terms of injuries we've had post surgery, social media posts this week from Daniel Medvedev, who's had his hernia operation from eternia who's had that hand operation, but he's out of Monte Carlo Madrid and Rome..
"monte carlo madrid" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"The way he approaches his tennis, you often hear about how great athletes become motivational speakers in their post career. I sometimes think, really, does every sport always apply to life and often I don't think it necessarily does, but not in this. He's so straightforward, isn't he? He's just, he's got enough about him that he just thinks, well, I'm just going to put it in. Every single point. And if I lose or lose, but at least I give myself a chance and here he is. He's still into the next round and now playing Dan Evans. Next. Yes. And I think, you know, I mean, that matches today. This is going to be out of date tennis news very quickly and I may look an idiot, but generally that feels like a better matchup for Nadal than corda. Evans, Evans can't, for example, take the back hand on in the way that corda did and cause Nadal a lot of trouble. One thing Katherine said on the prime coverage a sort of silver lining for cord, a little bit of good news is that he doesn't have to be seen seen in public wearing those shorts again. This week. It's a rough look that, isn't it? I mean, the shirt's not bad enough. It's a kind of brown tinge to it. It looks like they've kind of just been flashed over a flame for a few seconds and got a bit of singing. But for it to be on the shorts. Yeah, it looks like something else. Well, yeah. You can probably imagine what we're getting at. How they made it through what I imagine is a sort of detailed design meeting with some of the great fashion minds of the world. How those shorts made it through. I have no idea. Rafael Nadal, by the way, is withdrawn from Miami. Not a huge fan. That was before he played chord, wasn't it? That we heard that he wasn't on the interest list anymore for Miami. And I mean, I haven't heard what he said about it himself, but I imagine it's just, you know, something's got to give somewhere. If he's going to have a proper run at the French Open and the whole and lucky, he never takes shortcuts in the clay court season, does he? He will play Barcelona. Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome. He will play the lot on his way to Roland Garros, and something has got to give somewhere. Yeah. I kind of be surprised if he ever played Miami again. That surely is going to be his window to get ready for the clay. From now on because, you know, look, he's done a lot of winning already this season. Absolutely. He's won the Australian open. It's been an amazing start to the year, but still the clay is his time. And he's going to do everything that he can in his power to be as red as he possibly can to attack that clay court season. Let's have a bit of brick corner now because those first couple of days were really illuminated by the sheer number of British players that were playing. I think there was something like 8 players in the drawer at the start. Several players qualified like Katie balter, we had Liam broady as well and Harriet dart, who still in the draw and she's having a fantastic run at the moment. She qualifies she beat Anna konyu. She then beat a Lewis fertile and then last night, kaia kanepi to reach the last 16. I mean, that's quite an achievement for that. These are results that she hasn't tended to have. I think that puts a just inside the world's top hundred now at the end of this tournament as a direct result. So she carries on. And I suppose last night, if we'd have started the night and said, right, how many British players are going to be left after tonight in terms of the three that are playing, there are further ones playing tonight. I'd have thought emira kana would have made it through, Andy Murray might have been a 50 50 and I don't think I would have said dart would have won. So I got it completely wrong. Because we're out of Cano after beating Caroline Garcia in three sets a couple of days ago. She ended up facing Petra martic of Croatia last night and served for the match at 5 forum in. That was a brutal match between the two. It was really something to behold. And she faded kind of physically. I mean, she's come into this tournament without much preparation. She'd had an injury coming in. I think she did pretty well to get to this point. Personally, she was then followed onto the court by Andy Murray, who has beaten 7 6 6 three by Alexander bublik and he had multiple set points in the first set to Murray. He really should have won that opening set and the set point I saw. I mean, the ball from public literally landed on the sideline, and it Murray just sort of watching it and you get the sense that he's just praying for it to go out and then as soon as he'd lost that set, it started to go the other way, a pretty dramatically. Now, Catherine was courtside, she's been interviewing the players, the British players right off the course at the end of the match, so she was sort of perched, courtside. And can give us a bit of an insight into what it was like, watching radar Kano and Murray in action from court level. So watching emirati car new up close, I realized over the course of the two matches I've seen her play this tournament and the two matches I watched her play in Australia is just so enjoyable and I say that taking the British factor out of it as far as I possibly can. I genuinely do watch enjoy watching her play as a tennis player. She's got, you know, she's gloriously stylish. She really is, she's got so much range and. Creativity to what she does. I love watching her figure things out. I was actually sitting right below torban belts, her coach today, watching her match against Petra martic. And he wasn't on court coaching her or anything, but you know, he was shouting words of encouragement as we all know that coaches do and what he was shouting was you've got this, you can figure it out. And I really love that. I loved, you know, he was incredibly encouraging and bringing a lot of positive energy, but it was also you're a grown-up, you're an adult, you can, you can figure this out for yourself. And I think she, I think she takes a real pride in being able to do that. Look, she didn't win against Petro martic today. I think she got a bit nervous and tight, and I think the lack of matches is making her a bit inconsistent in matches. The level is there when she's hitting her stride, the level the U.S. open level is absolutely there, but she's unable to sustain it. You know, just when you think she's in control, it suddenly goes off the boil, you know, she was well in control against martic today, but she just needs to, I do believe that will come. If she can just get matches under her belt somehow, but watching her in full flight is so enjoyable and she has this really quiet intensity. About her. And it actually makes me realize how flat she was at the end of last year, post U.S. open, you know, and she came and played Indian Wells in October and played those indoor events in Romania and in lintz, I think. You know, she wasn't quite herself, very understand and understandably, but she's really brought the intensity here. And that's a real pleasure to what she's an elegant tennis player. And a creative one too, and yeah, it really is good fun to watch. In terms of Andy Murray, I actually didn't see his match against Alexander bublik today from courtside. I watched a lot of it on a monitor that was breaking up. Due to being surrounded by trees, one of the many hazards and quirks of working in television. So it sort of watching about half of every point. I think played really, really well, and I think Andy Murray will be raging about not taking that first set tiebreak..
"Hello everybody happy while wherever you are on this glorious year revision we can came under your Eurovision Song contest fan you. I think you're even begin to it this year. Weren't you in in Rotterdam so? Have you been coping without the prospect of any sort of live dies than well getting Easter? Now Joel tennis being canceled Irvine being cancelled. Yeah I had tickets for the first time and it's law it was council but hopefully out next year and we had celebration on on the TV last night and had some Swedish food and some cocktails to kind of raise a bit of a glass to what what never happened. But but yeah I think I think you were watching us. Well Joe. You're right yes I was. I catch Lubbock came. I'm going to hold my hand up here. Johnny Logan he comes on the TV and have no idea who he is by turns out. He's he's pretty much the go of of the on contests Mariah a bit. Like the Federa of of your vision life. If you don't tennis you you at least know the name federal. Maybe Johnny Logan could could be a bit like that but yeah. I was quite surprised. You shouldn't you've never heard of him. He's one well three times twice as a singer songwriter. Say He is the kind of the winningest person in in your vision. I guess you could say but yeah maybe actually we can do a European podcast as well. But let's let's go to tennis because we're going to be looking at the Italian. Upn and top eight movements. The happened in rave the last few decades. And perhaps I should lead on this one job because I'm going start with a moment featuring the man himself rapper. One of surprise well yes and listeners. And said he'd rougher bear with us because we all see you're not the end of the alternative Casey's season I mean let's be honest because light Madrid. Rome is Dallas. Hi I think he's one like what nine titles zero something ludicrously say is as as hardly a surprise to kind of see him featured this list say yes came. More is was the first moment. We're WE'RE GONNA be reliving. Well I thought we have liquor two thousand five. Which was you know I play horses and really where he takes. The kind of took it by storm. He won the first time. Yeah his first of nine titles. I think back in five and so he came up against Korea. Who at the time I guess was probably the most to stop ish claycourter of over air or at least one of them very face competitor for sure but the final was another five-set Masters Final five-set thriller? It was over five hours long. Which if you think about now if they were doing that consistently Austin Final Monte Carlo Madrid. That would just be insane. I mean I actually am believe that they used to do this to be called with the but yeah it was. It was a real ding. Dong to one of the better word. Joe Six four three six six three full six and then rougher one at seven six on a law set tiebreak but think about this much. Rougher was a double breakdown and fifth say. Who's three lockdown Sakaria? Really could've gone on us up momentum going away and one but I think really is kind of weakest point throughout his whole career was was his mental strength and he kind of collapsed that combined with with. Rafa you know. Obviously he's attitude his diehard shoot. Never giving up. He was on like a sixteen match winning streak at this point and say obviously he. He had a lot of belief in his game. And but I think Korea would be very devastated after this loss at I think. Actually in his post-match she interceded say this was one of the hardest defeats of his career. I think it was interesting to is. I think Korea probably getting into this matching gains clay season. Yeah he's probably thinking. I'm beatable on clay call. There is no one else out there better than me and who comes along on the Dow eighteen year old teenage eh relatively unheard of and I think this match proved that even when Korea was playing his absolutely best tennis possible. That was someone else out there better than him and I think he was kind of disheartened by that and I think this much great show us. You said mentally he you know he wasn't as strong as some of his other competitors or I think when you're three love up Double in the fifth set us really should be closing that match out and he wasn't able to do that. I think that's one of the things we might associate with a player who you know as brilliant as he is in Korea kind of on the mental side of things. I don't think you could put him up there with the greats and I kind of look at this match. I look at the two thousand four French Open final as well where he Gaston Gaudio. In the final game was five sets but again crucially he was two sets up. He was six love. Six three up was unable to close out the the match. And you know he's probably one of these as you put in the category of greatest players never have one. Ud wonder if if he hit if he had won if he had won this final in in Rome beaten Dow that would have given him the confidence indicate and reinforce that belief that he was and he was at the time the best the best clay court player in the world. I think obviously that loss against scout and then going into this match against Rafeh just his. His mental side of things just wasn't subscription. A Rafeh had beaten him in the Monte Carlo. Final just a couple of weeks before this so again he knew he was up against and he kind of let it. Let it slip away to be honest with you and Yeah so I just thought you know. Obviously this was this was a great match and it was symbolic because again you have this is like the birth of of Raffarin. His kind of play. Call dominance in this. Totally kind of pulsing off of his. You know the best steak or two at the time we had people like Carlos Moya one Ferrara Cowdrey. Kara in a sort of all very good establish trae which just as soon as Raff kind of started working his magic. He'd I guess it kind of became almost impossible. Perhaps to argue against for being the best. Geico