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Rolands Draw

The mens singles draw comes out today.

Andy is not where I thought he'd be, in relation to his progress on clay this year, so I hope it is going to be an easy 1st week for him, although, most clay players are good down to rank 40 these days Shocked


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Post on Tue 22 May 2012 - 8:17 by Guest

For me the livewire to avoid is definitely Raonic. None of the top four will want to run into him at the moment as he hs the game to beat them if they have aren't at their best.

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Post on Tue 22 May 2012 - 17:27 by Guest

If his back has improved I think he should be ok first week. Although as you all know there are a few clay court specialists that he will be hoping to avoid early on.

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Post on Tue 22 May 2012 - 19:53 by Guest

On another note, surprise surprise but not a great day for British men in qualifiers for the French Open today at the Ist qualifying round stage. Defeats for James Ward and Josh Goodall but at least Jamie Baker came through and lives to fight another day.

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Post on Wed 23 May 2012 - 15:52 by Guest

Andy playing in an exhibition tourney tomorrow (Thursday) against Gulbis in Paris so I would hope that his back seems to be OK?

For those that have access to Eurosport it will be shown live around 11-00am GMT

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Post on Wed 23 May 2012 - 19:29 by Guest

Hey thanks BOO I'll record this and watch tomorrow when I get home from work.

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Post on Fri 25 May 2012 - 9:24 by Guest

Well I never saw that exhibition match but from what I have heard I am concerned. Gulbis beat Murray and Boris Becker noted Andy's restricted movement pointing to that back injury still hindering him and even Becker suggested he should pull out of RG and rest his back. pale

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Post on Fri 25 May 2012 - 20:02 by Guest

I saw the match and to be honest it was an exhibition nothing else.

He did hold his back a few times but did a lot of running so don't know if it was really hampering him- in post match interview he didn't mention it but I don't suppose he would have.

As for Gulbis he said that it was the best he had played in the last couple of years and it was ironic it had to be in an exhibition match.

On the down side Andy was 4 -1 and 40-0 up in the first set which he managed to lose doh2

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Post on Sat 26 May 2012 - 7:57 by Guest

Just checked out the draw and I think Andy's quarter is ok, could have been worse, although some are saying its the quarter of death. He does have to meet Ferrer though. I think Nole and Rog have the harder sections with Delpo and Berdych and Tsonga in there, and Rafa has Raonic lurking. Andy does have Gasquet though, if the back is fine he should come through needing 3 sets, as Reeeechard may run out of fizz.

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Post on Sat 26 May 2012 - 8:31 by Guest

Monfils out - injury to right knee.

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Post on Sat 26 May 2012 - 9:04 by Guest

My optimism for the French Open has disintegrated I am afraid. I am very concerned about this back injury Andy has as it is pretty clear it is affecting him. Three out of four of his defeats lately have come when he has won the first set so am assuming the back injury begins playing up the longer matches go. He has been caught on camera holding his back or doing twists and turns trying to exercise the back. Movement is key on clay and where his back will be tested most of all - as I say not much room for optimism and sooner see him be absolutely fit for his stronger surfaces - grass and hard courts. I'd be pleasantly surprised if he reaches the quarters of luck Andy.

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Post on Sat 26 May 2012 - 9:31 by Guest

Having read this report it just heightens my concerns:-

He openly admits he still has a 'niggle' and describes himself as feeling 'good' going into the tournament when I have heard him use words like great and superb before when describing his physical shape. Shocked

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Post on Sat 26 May 2012 - 15:22 by Jubbahey

I think he's being the consummate gentleman and sporting good behaviour in talking his injury down. He could very well have used it to shore up any defeat later on.

As it is, I'm completely resigned to the fact that he'll be very lucky getting into the 2nd week and I'd rather he step down from this tournie and take a couple of weeks off to mend.

The next 3 months are going to be the toughest ever for him, and he has to be in top form physically if he is going to make a dent in any of the silverware up for grabs, esp the pale yellow one which may hang around his neck, hopefully.

On that note, I would not be surprised to see him pull out after this round or the next, I'm sure he would want some court time before resting if he has to. He's got Queens next, followed by Wimbledon, the 11th and 25th June respectively, so its of paramount importance to get fit in time for them and defend his title at the Aegon championship at the very least.

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Post on Sun 27 May 2012 - 16:43 by Jubbahey

So it looks like Murray and Nadal will have to wait until Tuesday to play their 1st match.

Will this give Andy enough time to get his back in order ?

It all depends on its severity in the 1st place and how much the clay surface will come into play, if it will have an adverse effect on it.

Although clay is normally kinder to the knees, I heard a commentator say that it can be a grueling surface to play extended points on, and as this clay is faster than previous years, that may not be what Andy wants or needs to get prepared for the rest of the year.

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Post on Sun 27 May 2012 - 19:47 by Guest

I really don't hold out a great deal of hope Jubba to be honest. His clay form hasn't been great but he has been seen grabbing his back and grimacing during matches so is this poor form a result of the injury? I'd say it has affected him. If the injury hasn't cleared up (and going by that BBC report with Andy's comments that I posted the other day I don't think it has) then you have to think the whole French Open is futile this year for Andy. Sooner he rested his back to be honest.

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