Posted Mon 04 Jun 2012 19:57
GRS .....welcome back....good to hear the health is better !
I have been v.v.quiet........rarely look @ the MB these days & have never ever posted on TA.
RG - Mens...unless Rafa gets hit by illness or a truck.....I can't see him losing....he's just too good in Paris. Djoko seems to be off-key. Rafa seems to have overcome the Djoko-jix, so I think Djoko needs to revisit his strategy vs. Rafa. Fed-X seems to think he has a great chance due to the heavy conditions,but I couldnt ever see him beat Rafa in Paris.
My man, Murray-Mint ? I wouldnt be suprised to see him lose to Gasquet (went to 5 sets 2 years ago&Gasquet shouldv won).if he does get thru', he's scheduled to play Ferrer & I would take Ferrer to win 7 out of 10 on clay vs. him. I can't put my finger on my doubts about Murray-Mint this year..he has been quite ordinary since Oz open. He's some big ranking points to defend & not beyond possibility that if Berdych gets on a roll in this & next few tourneys & Murray-Mint doesnt, then he could drop out of top-4.
No doubt he's got injury problems, but that aside, I've seen absolutely zero difference in his playing style since Lendl came on board & we all know his current style will not beat either of the Big-3 in a Slam or the power hitters (Berdych, Del Potro) if they get hot on a given day.His powder puff 2nd serve & dodgy forehand will just get eaten up by these guys.
Im not convinced by the Lendl 'arrangement'. JohnnyMac said that he never ever wanted to be a FT tennis coach after his playing days & I question why Lendl after all these years outside tennis, would take up a role with a guy like Murray-Mint who is, of all the current top players, the one with the most difficult personality & has gone thru more coaches than nearly all of the top-10 players added up together.
Why would Lendl (a guy who did not put up with fools in his playing days), put up with a guy like Murray-Mint now ?
Let's see how that pans out