Tennis Freaks

“1821: Nadal, I’ve noticed, has a problem with his shorts, in that they keep on getting stuck up his jacksie and he has to pull them out before every point. Not sure why he doesn’t just get a size up, he’s probably loaded.”

Federer v Querrey as it happened

French Open: Sunday 25 May to Sunday 8 June

French Open

First-round result:


6-4 6-4 6-3

* denotes server

Third Set:

Federer 6-3 Querrey
Federer finishes things off with another break of serve when Querrey goes long with a backhand, and his day’s work is done in one hour 35 minutes. Federer will play Kristof Vliegen or Albert Montanes next. I reckon he’ll win too. Join us later for a bit of Rafael Nadal action.

1332: “Currently revising for finals on Iraqi Kurdistan and worrying about finding a job… How did you get your dream biscuit-eating tennis-watching job Piers?”
From anon, via text on 81111 (I know someone who knows someone, who fortunately didn’t know me)

Federer 5-3 Querrey
News just in that French hope and one-time wonderkid Richard Gasquet has pulled out with a knee injury. He’s not having the best of times, which is a shame, as anyone who saw his amazing Wimbledon win over Andy Roddick would agree. Back on Suzanne Lenglen and Federer holds from 30-30, taking the game with a second serve that leaps off the clay and forces the error.

Federer 4-3 Querrey
Entirely predictably, Federer breaks serve with an absolutely blistering forehand return and he’s one game from victory. Querrey’s fitness coach, Gil Reyes, looks unimpressed in the stands. He looks like he’s seen some stuff in his time, old Gil.

Federer 3-3 Querrey
Buoyed by a sugar-coated biscuit, I’m now ready for a five-set thriller. Not sure Federer feels the same though and he continues to move serenely towards the finish line.

Federer 2-3 Querrey
Querrey holds. Apologies for the lack of detail on this game but someone has just opened a packet of chocolate biscuits and they’re not going to hang around.

Federer 2-2 Querrey
Federer gets back on level terms and we’re back to the traditional early-set atmosphere that’s reminiscent of a library on a Bank holiday.

Federer 1-2 Querrey
A lingering shot over the top of the stands catches a glimpse of the top of the Eiffel Tower, and for a moment I think it’s the Blackpool Tower. It’s not though. Querrey holds.

Federer 1-1 Querrey
A few gasps from the crowd when Federer looks to have bunted a simple forehand long but it just catches the line, and he holds to love.

Federer 0-1 Querrey
A great forehand from Querrey is followed up with a woeful smash into the middle of the net, but he gets out of trouble when Federer comes up with one of his fairly regular mishit backhands.

Second Set:

Federer 6-4 Querrey
Squeaky bum time – as Sir Alex Ferguson would put it – for Federer at 0-30 but he digs deep to find some first serves and get back to 30-30. The Swiss then wins a lengthy baseline exchange and converts his first set point by hooking a forehand down the line. Nice.

Federer 5-4 Querrey
Big Sam keeps his spirits up with a big forehand winner and then produces another at set point down. A good hold.

Federer 5-3 Querrey
Querrey might hit the serve harder but Federer’s placement is superb. One delivery leaves the flat-footed American swiping at fresh air, which is embarrassing enough if you’re down the park. A sweeping cross-court forehand gives Federer the game.

Federer 4-3 Querrey
Querrey holds easily to keep himself alive in the set.

Federer 4-2 Querrey
Federer slides into to punch a backhand volley down the line but it squeaks wide. However, the Swiss finds a couple of big serves to take the game and he looks in total charge now. To fashion matters, and white appears to be the colour of choice among Parisian women this spring. Looks like a dentists’ convention. Pretty dentists, mind.

1251: “Yay! BREAK from 0-40. That’ll break Querrey’s resolve, maybe. Oh I’m mean….”
undsoweiter on 606

Federer 3-2 Querrey
There we go – a Federer moment. He reaches out wide to get to a Querrey forehand and sends it fizzing back past the onrushing American to drop smack on the line. A burst of applause follows and, I think, the first whoop of the day. A really fine game goes to deuce, at which point Federer fires a forehand return winner down the line and Querrey follows up with a double fault. A key break of serve.

Federer 2-2 Querrey
Another simple hold for Federer and the atmosphere on Suzanne Lenglen at the moment n’existe pas. Or something. Absolute silence for the most part.

1241: “Federer will be aware that one poor service game could get him into a bit of a dogfight here.”
Mark Petchey on BBCi

Federer 1-2 Querrey
Another nice backhand sends Federer scurrying fruitlessly behind the baseline and Querrey holds again.

Federer 1-1 Querrey
One flashing backhand winner down the line is a highlight for Querrey but Federer takes the game easily enough. There are considerably more people on Suzanne Lenglen court for this one than the emerging thriller between Robredo and Coria on Phillipe Chatrier. Who knows why?

Federer 0-1 Querrey
Querrey looks in trouble at 0-30 and does well to hold on.

First Set:

Federer 6-4 Querrey
After a few dodgy moments, Federer gets it right when it matters and holds serve comfortably to take the first set – it’s been very much a loosener for the Swiss and he’ll hope to step it up now.

Federer 5-4 Querrey
According to a well-known online encyclopedia, Querrey is “sometimes referred to as ‘The New Todd Martin’.” Hopefully this means he is tall and well-mannered, rather than destined for a career of near-misses and injuries. Either way, he comes through from 30-30 to hold and force Federer to serve out the set.

Federer 5-3 Querrey
Federer lets a lead slip but comes through from deuce with some decent serving. And Bolelli has finished off Baghdatis in three very easy sets, so no more from the grinning Cypriot in Paris this year.

Federer 4-3 Querrey
Scratchy stuff all round at the moment, although that’s probably not surprising bearing in mind it’s their first match and the weather isn’t exactly great. Querrey holds under little pressure from Federer. Marcos Baghdatis is on the verge of defeat to Simone Bolelli on Court Two – nice for the Italian but a shame to see Baggy struggling.

Federer 4-2 Querrey
Federer holds serve to consolidate the break and finally get a bit of daylight. Talk in the office turns to The Apprentice – Michael has got to go, apparently.

Federer 3-2 Querrey
Querrey fights back from 0-40 to deuce but two points later, Federer wins a lengthy rally with some vicious sliced backhand forcing the error. He’s back in front but it’s inconsistent stuff so far.

Federer 2-2 Querrey
Federer doesn’t make things easy for himself these days and a couple of errors hand Querrey a break point, but the Swiss takes charge with two fizzing forehands to see off the danger. Querrey then earns another with a fine forehand of his own and Federer promptly thumps one six feet long.

Federer 2-1 Querrey
Agassi’s former coach Gil Reyes is in the crowd – apparently he works on Querrey’s fitness training, which will be tested today if he plans to hang around a while. The American gets on the board with a solid hold.

Federer 2-0 Querrey
In no time at all Federer moves two games clear and it’s a very smooth start from the top seed.

Federer 1-0 Querrey
Querrey has a thumping great serve which helps me not one bit in the opening game as Federer gets to three break points at 0-40. The American saves the first with a service winner before Federer shanks a backhand on the second, but the Swiss converts the third with a big forehand into the corner.

1159: Good morning everyone, I trust you’re enjoying your Bank Holiday in traditional style by sitting in front of a screen while it buckets down outside. If you’re fortunate enough to live somewhere other than the south of England I suggest you get outside and light the barbecue now, while there’s still time.

You can surely leave this one in the safe hands of Roger Federer, the world number one, twice a runner-up in Paris and trying to win the title for the first time.

Sam Querrey is 20 years old, ranked 40 in the world, from Thousand Oaks, California, and stands a lofty 6ft 6in. Being American, he’s supposed to be rubbish on clay, but he reached the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo recently leading some to suggest he might trouble Federer. Some, but not me.

Story from BBC SPORT


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