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(Un Guy)   Rafael Nadal becomes THE greatest at Roland Garros after beating Novak Djokovic in the final over two days. I know clay tennis is slower but c'mon... two days?   (rolandgarros.com) divider line 26
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2012-06-11 02:59:01 PM  
Rain
 
2012-06-11 03:04:33 PM  
What a terrible way for a tennis match to end.
 
2012-06-11 03:05:56 PM  
Mind-boggling.

So much riding on this match... either the first 4-in-a-row since Laver, or the first 7-peat at Roland Garros. It's fun when you're watching the stuff of legends for the past few years.
 
2012-06-11 03:11:36 PM  
Just to make it fair, he should have to play the rest of his French Open career only in extreme rain conditions. It's the only thing that can stop him there
 
2012-06-11 03:14:23 PM  

TheManofPA: Just to make it fair, he should have to play the rest of his French Open career only in extreme rain conditions. It's the only thing that can stop him there


www.sportsnet.ca
 
2012-06-11 03:15:48 PM  
Not a repeat from 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005
 
2012-06-11 03:18:03 PM  
You just don't mess with Nadal on clay. The man is a beast.
 
2012-06-11 03:20:18 PM  
The French named a tennis court after a guy who didn't even manage to make ace?
 
2012-06-11 03:20:31 PM  
i.telegraph.co.uk

Two days? Amateurs.
 
2012-06-11 03:27:06 PM  

expobill: Rain


Women's matches should never be called on account of this.
 
2012-06-11 03:28:05 PM  
Federer had a great run, but I think Nadal and Djokovic have a shot at being the next Borg/McEnroe. That could be fun to watch unfold over the next few years.

Segue into American men's tennis. Loved the Sampras era and the resurrection of Agassi, but it's been a while since the USA had anyone in the men's draw to get excited about. Does the USA have any rising stars? I'm just a casual tennis watcher who really only pays attention to the majors.
 
2012-06-11 03:34:39 PM  
A long way to go before they match Podgorny v. Podgorny at Wimbledon.
 
2012-06-11 04:06:56 PM  

Mitch Taylor's Bro: Federer had a great run, but I think Nadal and Djokovic have a shot at being the next Borg/McEnroe. That could be fun to watch unfold over the next few years.

Segue into American men's tennis. Loved the Sampras era and the resurrection of Agassi, but it's been a while since the USA had anyone in the men's draw to get excited about. Does the USA have any rising stars? I'm just a casual tennis watcher who really only pays attention to the majors.


Sort of, Ryan Harrison. He is currently ranked 52th in the world and just turned 20 yrs old. Still young for tennis, but I'll just say this, look at the rankings of the very top players when they turned 20 - all were well higher than 52. (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, del Potro).
 
2012-06-11 05:23:19 PM  

wooden_badger: A long way to go before they match Podgorny v. Podgorny at Wimbledon.


What do y'mean?!?!
 
2012-06-11 05:24:48 PM  
Fifty-tooth?
 
2012-06-11 05:47:29 PM  

TedDalton: Mitch Taylor's Bro: Federer had a great run, but I think Nadal and Djokovic have a shot at being the next Borg/McEnroe. That could be fun to watch unfold over the next few years.

Segue into American men's tennis. Loved the Sampras era and the resurrection of Agassi, but it's been a while since the USA had anyone in the men's draw to get excited about. Does the USA have any rising stars? I'm just a casual tennis watcher who really only pays attention to the majors.

Sort of, Ryan Harrison. He is currently ranked 52th in the world and just turned 20 yrs old. Still young for tennis, but I'll just say this, look at the rankings of the very top players when they turned 20 - all were well higher than 52. (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, del Potro).


Thanks, now I'll have someone to watch for in the US Open.
 
2012-06-11 06:35:20 PM  
Only two days?

Isner and Mahut laugh at your two-day tennis match.
 
2012-06-11 09:28:59 PM  

Mitch Taylor's Bro: TedDalton: Mitch Taylor's Bro: Federer had a great run, but I think Nadal and Djokovic have a shot at being the next Borg/McEnroe. That could be fun to watch unfold over the next few years.

Segue into American men's tennis. Loved the Sampras era and the resurrection of Agassi, but it's been a while since the USA had anyone in the men's draw to get excited about. Does the USA have any rising stars? I'm just a casual tennis watcher who really only pays attention to the majors.

Sort of, Ryan Harrison. He is currently ranked 52th in the world and just turned 20 yrs old. Still young for tennis, but I'll just say this, look at the rankings of the very top players when they turned 20 - all were well higher than 52. (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, del Potro).

Thanks, now I'll have someone to watch for in the US Open.


Ryan Harrison is talented, but he's a head case. Until he get's over his temper tantrums he's not going to be top 10. Unfortunately there isn't anyone else in the US men's game. The women are looking more promising. Sloane Stephens showed a lot of power in the French. Hope she continues to do well.
 
2012-06-11 09:58:56 PM  

TedDalton: Sort of, Ryan Harrison. He is currently ranked 52rdth in the world and just turned 20 yrs old.


Sorry, pet peeve.
 
2012-06-11 10:06:59 PM  

SoMuchFire: Mitch Taylor's Bro: TedDalton: Mitch Taylor's Bro: Federer had a great run, but I think Nadal and Djokovic have a shot at being the next Borg/McEnroe. That could be fun to watch unfold over the next few years.

Segue into American men's tennis. Loved the Sampras era and the resurrection of Agassi, but it's been a while since the USA had anyone in the men's draw to get excited about. Does the USA have any rising stars? I'm just a casual tennis watcher who really only pays attention to the majors.

Sort of, Ryan Harrison. He is currently ranked 52th in the world and just turned 20 yrs old. Still young for tennis, but I'll just say this, look at the rankings of the very top players when they turned 20 - all were well higher than 52. (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, del Potro).

Thanks, now I'll have someone to watch for in the US Open.

Ryan Harrison is talented, but he's a head case. Until he get's over his temper tantrums he's not going to be top 10. Unfortunately there isn't anyone else in the US men's game. The women are looking more promising. Sloane Stephens showed a lot of power in the French. Hope she continues to do well.


So...you're saying he's an American men's tennis player? Gotcha ;-)
 
2012-06-11 10:12:11 PM  
Steroids: is there anything they CAN'T do?

/Spain: is there any athlete who IS clean?
//well, aside from soccer
 
2012-06-12 12:15:16 AM  

dittybopper: The French named a tennis court after a guy who didn't even manage to make ace?


I'm glad I'm not the only one to ask that question...
 
2012-06-12 08:57:50 AM  

Doc Daneeka: Only two days?

Isner and Mahut laugh at your two-day tennis match.


In Djoker's and Nadal's defense, their match actually meant something other than a spot in the guiness book of records.
 
2012-06-12 09:30:09 AM  
If you subtract the amount of time Nadal spent clawing at his backside, the match only lasted a couple of hours.
 
2012-06-12 11:05:12 AM  

Purple_Jack: If you subtract the amount of time Nadal spent clawing at his backside, the match only lasted a couple of hours.


And Djokovic bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing pause... bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing the ball before serving.
 
2012-06-12 10:43:09 PM  

sotua: Purple_Jack: If you subtract the amount of time Nadal spent clawing at his backside, the match only lasted a couple of hours.

And Djokovic bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing pause... bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing bouncing the ball before serving.


both of these. of course they played the longest major final ever at the Australian Open - 2.5 hours of butt digs and other OCD ticks, 2.5 hours of ball dribbling and head smacking, and 53 minutes of actual play.
 
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