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2nd grandslam for the year 2015 is starting soon. We have qualies starting tomorrow. Looks like lot of Indians in the qualies this time around. As much as 4 indians. Bhambri just became India's highest ranked tennis player. He will be there along with Somdrv, Saketh Myneni and Ram K.

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I take it the full draw will be on Friday? Can't find a scheduled time for it anywhere. Biggest question of all, which section does Rafa land in?
Yes, qualies start tomorrow and end on 22nd which is friday. So I believe they will introduce the draw later that evening on Friday after the last round of qualies is done on Friday.

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French Open 2015: Novak Djokovic Favored Over Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer In Latest Betting Odds? http://www.ibtimes.com/french-open-2015-novak-djokovic-favored-over-rafael-nadal-roger-federer-latest-1927433

This could be the year Novak Djokovic hears the roar of the Roland Garros crowd as he lifts La Coupe des Mousquetaires. The prestigious slam award (translated as "The Musketeers’ Trophy") presented to the men’s singles champion of the French Open is the only piece of hardware that’s eluded the world’s No. 1 ranked player. However, with Djokovic swatting away all comers this year with four out of five titles in the Masters series and only two losses this season while perennial French favorite and clay wizard Rafael Nadal underperforming of late, the 27-year-old Serb might finally complete his career slam. Six days before the French begins, Djokovic is a 4/7 favorite over nine-time winner and defending champion Nadal at 9/5, followed by Andy Murray at 7/1 and Roger Federer at 15/1, according to Sportsbook.ag. Based off his performances in the buildup to the French, Djokovic could be in the best position of his already stellar career to unseat Nadal. Djokovic cruised to a 6-4 6-3 victory over rival and No. 2 Federer in the Rome Masters final Sunday in a performance that’s been called “clinical†and “dominate.†It was Djokovic’s third win in his last four meetings with Federer. "I was able to find my way through," Djokovic said after the match. "Roger put a lot of pressure on my service game at 4-4, but I managed to respond well, to gain those break points, move him around the court, and then I played a couple of great points that gave me the set. When you’re a set up, the momentum is shifting to your side and you start to feel better." It was Djokovic’s second title of the year on clay, a feat he’s accomplished on the surface only one other time in 2011 when he won three out of the ATP’s four slams. The French was the only exception that year, but his recent overall success, especially against Nadal, has made him the favorite at Roland Garros. Djokovic has claimed five of his last six matches against Nadal since 2013, with the 2014 French final the only letdown. He most recently swept the Spaniard in straights sets on clay in Monte Carlo last month. Slowed once again by nagging injuries, Nadal plummeted to a 10-year low No. 7 world ranking after falling to Murray in the Madrid finals earlier this month. Yet his success on clay and at the French against Djokovic and the five others ahead of him in the singles rankings are reason enough to believe he can secure a 10th-career title. The 28-year-old Nadal has thwarted Djokovic in both of their matchups in the French finals (2012 and 2014), and he’s beat Murray six out of the seven times they’ve met on clay, including twice at the French. Furthermore, Federer has never managed to oust Nadal at the French, and has two wins in 15 career matches on clay against Nadal. Early Odds Novak Djokovic 4/7 Rafael Nadal 9/5 Andy Murray 7/1 Roger Federer 15/1 Kei Nishikori 18/1 Stan Wawrinka 25/1 David Ferrer 40/1 Tomas Berdych 40/1 Gael Monfils 50/1 Grigor Dimitrov 50/1
It is certain Djokovic is going to win RG this year. He deserves to win as well.

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Biggest question regarding the draw is which section Nadal lands in. That's huge really and I'm excited, so excited. I dont know about you guys but I get most excited for US Open and RG.

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French Open 2015: Novak Djokovic Favored Over Rafael Nadal' date= Roger Federer In Latest Betting Odds? http://www.ibtimes.com/french-open-2015-novak-djokovic-favored-over-rafael-nadal-roger-federer-latest-1927433 It is certain Djokovic is going to win RG this year. He deserves to win as well.
If he wins it, it would be the greatest run from the beginning of a year till RG in the open era. He has pretty much won every tournament he played this year. Quite amazing. BTW Djokovic just crossed Federer's masters 1000 titles tally. Only Nadal is ahead but I am sure he would be crossed soon too.

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If he wins it' date=' it would be the greatest run from the beginning of a year till RG in the open era. He has pretty much won every tournament he played this year. Quite amazing. BTW Djokovic just crossed Federer's masters 1000 titles tally. Only Nadal is ahead but I am sure he would be crossed soon too.[/quote'] Yes, Djokovic is in red-hot form and repeating exploits of 2011. I have no doubts that he belongs to category of Nadal and Federer.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/frenchopen/11622372/French-Open-2015-Rafael-Nadal-makes-a-mockery-of-the-rule-book.html You do have to wonder about the Nadal camp if any of the article is true. How the hell can anyone like him makes no sense. Rules are rules but Nadal fans even experts seem to think it's ok. Really hope Novak destroys him if they meet.

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The ATP are responsible for drug testing and everything really. How can they do that properly when they can't even enforce the time rule. Nadal seems to be over and above the rules.

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If rumours are correct then Federer will be playing first, Novak's half the next day, even more useful for Federer's half. Despite what appears to be a draw and a schedule heavily in favour of Fed, I can't see him getting to the final. Any number of players can beat him and one of them will.

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If rumours are correct then Federer will be playing first' date=' Novak's half the next day, even more useful for Federer's half. Despite what appears to be a draw and a schedule heavily in favour of Fed, I can't see him getting to the final. Any number of players can beat him and one of them will.[/quote'] Monfils

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Federer's draw is is definitely more smooth than Djokovic's but that does not guarantee Federer an easy run to finals. He will be tested. He might be playing better than he did last year, but he is still struggling to finish it off against some of the top young big server. Though, I hope he reach final and win, I think Andy Murray might surprise us this time on clay. I hope some othe rplayers too chip in from the other half of the draw.

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If rumours are correct then Federer will be playing first' date=' Novak's half the next day, even more useful for Federer's half. Despite what appears to be a draw and a schedule heavily in favour of Fed, I can't see him getting to the final. Any number of players can beat him and one of them will.[/quote'] I would hate to see Federer fluking another FO without beating Nadal or Djokovic. If he beats one of them and then wins the title then all credit to him. Also it would be better for Nadal to lose against Djokovic than any other player. After what he has done in this tournament over the last decade, a defeat to a lesser player would not feel right. So in a way I am happy that he would play Djokovic in QF. He can't keep winning it forever and has to lose one day. This year feels like the end of his run at RG. He would win one more in the future though.

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Murray has the toughest draw IMO. It's brutal. Kyrigos' date=' Isner, Ferrer, Nadal/Djokovic, Federer/kei.[/quote'] I agree but it will work as an advatage for him if he clears those early hurdles. Going into quarters and semis beating players like Isner, Nadal will just give him more confidence against Djoker, that is if they meet.

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Isn't it funny how these things work out. Murray has for a long time had easy R1-R3 opponents at slams. The later stages obviously mean matches against Novak-Rafa-Roger but that's the same for the entire field. Murray may get his due in the next couple of slams drawing tough unseeded and seeded guys early on. I can see Murray getting beaten by Isner but not Ferrer. Ferrer whilst still a top player, is getting older and older and that physical game he asks of himself just can't carry him deep anymore.

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I would hate to see Federer fluking another FO without beating Nadal or Djokovic. If he beats one of them and then wins the title then all credit to him. Also it would be better for Nadal to lose against Djokovic than any other player. After what he has done in this tournament over the last decade' date= a defeat to a lesser player would not feel right. So in a way I am happy that he would play Djokovic in QF. He can't keep winning it forever and has to lose one day. This year feels like the end of his run at RG. He would win one more in the future though.
No one ever flukes a slam, ever! You have to beat what is in front of you. I understand the point you make about not beating the best to win slams, but it's not his fault x or y player gets beaten early. You need to beat 7 guys in best of 5 sets matches over a 2 week period, no one can fluke a slam, no such thing. The pressure on Djokovic was already massive, but this incredible season so far has put even more pressure on him. Everyone is asking the same question, is it his time? Everyone knows he is the best player in the world by a country mile at the moment, but that means sh*t really. Winning RG could propel him to even greater heights, so will the pressure on him be too much or like in some slams and big matches before will he relish the pressure?

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Bernardes taken out of Nadal matches at the French As Rafael Nadal prepares to defend his French Open crown in Paris next week, his time-wasting is making a mockery of the tennis rulebook. The Daily Telegraph can reveal that Carlos Bernardes, the last umpire to seriously challenge Nadal on this point, has been withdrawn from Nadal’s matches since and is unlikely to officiate him at Roland Garros. The bad blood between the two dates back to Feb 22, and the semi-final of the Rio Open. Bernardes followed the letter of the law by handing Nadal two time violation penalties for exceeding the 25-second limit between points, the second of which cost him a first serve. In a Spanish exchange captured by the courtside microphones, a furious Nadal then told Bernardes: “I will make sure that you don’t arbitrate me anymore.” Clearly agitated, he went on to lose to Fabio Fognini in three sets. What on earth !!! Blatant favoritism and cheating going on here. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/frenchopen/11622372/French-Open-2015-Rafael-Nadal-makes-a-mockery-of-the-rule-book.html

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Don't worry nadal fans,Federer will be most likely taken out by nishikori or berdych.he doesn't seem interested in the FO anymore after that 2011 final loss. The other half of the draw is super interesting,novak vs stan/nishikori in the finals :hmmm:

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I would hate to see Federer fluking another FO without beating Nadal or Djokovic. If he beats one of them and then wins the title then all credit to him. Also it would be better for Nadal to lose against Djokovic than any other player. After what he has done in this tournament over the last decade' date=' a defeat to a lesser player would not feel right. So in a way I am happy that he would play Djokovic in QF. He can't keep winning it forever and has to lose one day. This year feels like the end of his run at RG. He would win one more in the future though.[/quote'] What a ridiculous post.what's with this fanboyism,if nadal gets beaten by a newbie or someone like murray,take it like a man and give credit to the opposition.there is no such thing as deserves to win/lose in a KO format of a GS,you play who you get,you get beaten,fine ,you win ,great!! Federer deserved the FO as much as nadal deserved the any of those USO and AO ,guys like fed,rafa are champions and they don't care who they face to win,all that matters is a win and i am damn sure it won't bother nadal if Federer somehow wins the FO without having to face any of the tough guys,that's how tennis works!!

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Those guys give their all to win 7 matches in a row and we term them as flukes!! How ridiculous!!
Exactly. Just stand by and see how hard they practice at the opens or any other tournaments. I have seen enough tennis in person at Indian wells and us open or in Washington and seen these players practice their heart out. They do not carry large teams to look like pro players. They work extremely hard.

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What a ridiculous post.what's with this fanboyism,if nadal gets beaten by a newbie or someone like murray,take it like a man and give credit to the opposition.there is no such thing as deserves to win/lose in a KO format of a GS,you play who you get,you get beaten,fine ,you win ,great!! Federer deserved the FO as much as nadal deserved the any of those USO and AO ,guys like fed,rafa are champions and they don't care who they face to win,all that matters is a win and i am damn sure it won't bother nadal if Federer somehow wins the FO without having to face any of the tough guys,that's how tennis works!!
Tennis is an individual sport, it matters a great deal who you are playing against and who you are winning against. Otherwise Federer would have had 5 RG trophies by now and Nadal 4 Wimbledon. You are getting worked up over the use of the word "fluke", you should be able to see what I actually meant by it. I am someone who values the sense of occasion and theatrics associated with sport, without that it would be just a hollow game without any emotion. That is why if Nadal were to lose this time, I would prefer Djokovic to beat him and eventually win the title and I would value it over Federer's RG title in 2009.

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Bernardes taken out of Nadal matches at the French As Rafael Nadal prepares to defend his French Open crown in Paris next week, his time-wasting is making a mockery of the tennis rulebook. The Daily Telegraph can reveal that Carlos Bernardes, the last umpire to seriously challenge Nadal on this point, has been withdrawn from Nadal’s matches since and is unlikely to officiate him at Roland Garros. The bad blood between the two dates back to Feb 22, and the semi-final of the Rio Open. Bernardes followed the letter of the law by handing Nadal two time violation penalties for exceeding the 25-second limit between points, the second of which cost him a first serve. In a Spanish exchange captured by the courtside microphones, a furious Nadal then told Bernardes: “I will make sure that you don’t arbitrate me anymore.” Clearly agitated, he went on to lose to Fabio Fognini in three sets. What on earth !!! Blatant favoritism and cheating going on here. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/frenchopen/11622372/French-Open-2015-Rafael-Nadal-makes-a-mockery-of-the-rule-book.html
There is no cheating here. That reporter is talking out of his backside. It is well within the rules for the players to request such a change. Nadal has had issues with Bernades for a long time. It is not just one time violation incident. The tipping point was obviously Rio when Bernades did not handle the shorts issue professionally. When you lose confidence on someone it is better to have someone else for the job. Nadal was very open about his request yesterday. I don't see any problem with it as long as requests from other players also get similar consideration.

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There is no cheating here. That reporter is talking out of his backside. It is well within the rules for the players to request such a change. Nadal has had issues with Bernades for a long time. It is not just one time violation incident. The tipping point was obviously Rio when Bernades did not handle the shorts issue professionally. When you lose confidence on someone it is better to have someone else for the job. Nadal was very open about his request yesterday. I don't see any problem with it as long as requests from other players also get similar consideration.
As per Nadal it is not about time violation but other incident where above mentioned referree had declined to Nadal's request for a break to changing room for changing of shorts. As per french organisors Nadal never made a pro-active request rather they made this consideration on their own assessment. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nadal-asks-chair-umpire-bernardes-not-matches-204602560--ten.html
.Nadal asks that chair umpire Bernardes not work his matches .By HOWARD FENDRICH (AP Tennis Writer) 10 hours ago AP - Sports PARIS (AP) -- Rafael Nadal has asked the ATP that chair umpire Carlos Bernardes not be assigned to his matches for the time being because of a dispute between the two at a tournament in February. After his first-round victory at the French Open on Tuesday, Nadal said he respects Bernardes, but it is ''better for both of us if we are not (on a) court at the same time for a while.'' Nadal said he felt Bernardes was ''not enough respectful'' during a match in Rio de Janeiro, when Nadal put his shorts on improperly and asked if he could go to the locker room to change. Nadal said Bernardes told him he would receive a time warning. ''For me, that's not fair,'' Nadal said. At Roland Garros, the French tennis federation handles chair umpire assignments. A federation spokesperson said there was no request by Nadal to avoid Bernardes during the French Open, but added that it's common knowledge the two have a tense relationship so it makes sense not to put them on the same court. ATP spokesman Simon Higson said the tour wouldn't comment on any specific decisions related to how it picks chair umpires for matches. Speaking generally about a player asking for a certain umpire to be kept away from his matches, Higson wrote in an email: ''Requests such as this are not uncommon, either from the player or the umpire.'' Asked Tuesday whether he had ever made such a request, Novak Djokovic said he hadn't - nor did he think it a regular occurrence. ''There are some chair umpires in some matches that I remember that I wasn't very happy with how they did their job, but I never thought of requesting a chair umpire not to ever - or whatever, for a certain time - be a chair umpire in my matches,'' Djokovic said. ''I don't think that's fair. I don't think that's fair to them. You know, they do their job as best as they can. Of course, sometimes they do it better or worse.''

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As per Nadal it is not about time violation but other incident where above mentioned referree had declined to Nadal's request for a break to changing room for changing of shorts. As per french organisors Nadal never made a pro-active request rather they made this consideration on their own assessment. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nadal-asks-chair-umpire-bernardes-not-matches-204602560--ten.html
Bernades threatened him with a time violation when Nadal asked Bernades if he could change his shorts. Bernades forced him to play a game with the shorts worn backwards and was seen laughing hysterically. Then he did not allow Nadal to go to the locker room during the change over and Nadal had to change his shorts on court. It was utterly unprofessional from Bernades. Besides, this is probably not the first time something like this has happened but someone leaked it to the press, that's how it came out. This was the incident 8RbIkEGzC6o

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Bernades threatened him with a time violation when Nadal asked Bernades if he could change his shorts. Bernades forced him to play a game with the shorts worn backwards and was seen laughing hysterically. Then he did not allow Nadal to go to the locker room during the change over and Nadal had to change his shorts on court. It was utterly unprofessional from Bernades. Besides, this is probably not the first time something like this has happened but someone leaked it to the press, that's how it came out. This was the incident 8RbIkEGzC6o
How does one end up wearing shorts backwards? Is this a grown man or a 3 yr old learning the basics of life. Nadal has no one to blame but himself.

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Why do you have to keep reminding us of your stupidity?
Stupidity in this situation is someone who ends up wearing their clothes backwards. Stupidity is someone who is defending that and having a go at the umpires. I might be stupid according to you, but at least I know how to dress myself correctly. Haha. Here is Novak on the matter: "I remember umpires i wasnt happy with but i never thought of requesting them to change. It is not fair for them" Point being, grow up you cry babies.

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Stupidity in this situation is someone who ends up wearing their clothes backwards. Stupidity is someone who is defending that and having a go at the umpires. I might be stupid according to you, but at least I know how to dress myself correctly. Haha. Here is Novak on the matter: "I remember umpires i wasnt happy with but i never thought of requesting them to change. It is not fair for them" Point being, grow up you cry babies.
The only crybaby here is you, crying about everything Nadal does, oh Nadal is so evil he did this, he is so evil he did that. Grow up kid. Your meltdown at everything Nadal does has been quite entertaining for the rest of us, you know how a clown entertains a crowd. It is kinda similar. A request was made, it was accepted. Deal with it or keep crying.

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The only crybaby here is you' date=' crying about everything Nadal does, oh Nadal is so evil he did this, he is so evil he did that. Grow up kid. Your meltdown at everything Nadal does has been quite entertaining for the rest of us, you know how a clown entertains a crowd. It is kinda similar. A request was made, it was accepted. Deal with it or keep crying.[/quote'] Cry baby? I'm not crying, in fact the opposite. I'm laughing. It's really funny and pathetic at the same time if you think about it. I very much doubt you would hold the same thoughts if Novak or Roger asked for different umpires. I'm sure I do entertain you, but these last few comments have entertained me. Epic trolling from Bernades, gone up a notch in my book.

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When BCCI felt Bucknor was being unfair to India, he was shown the door and rightly so. An umpire is not above everything. When a player or a team loses confidence on the umpire, it is better to have someone else. It is as simple as that. It better for both the parties involved.

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When BCCI felt Bucknor was being unfair to India' date=' [b']he was shown the door and rightly so. An umpire is not above everything. When a player or a team loses confidence on the umpire, it is better to have someone else. It is as simple as that. It better for both the parties involved.
I've seen India play with lots of pro Indian umpires. Some shocking decisions over the years like that Harbhajan hat trick. But the other teams never requested that those umpires be removed. Funny how you can do these things when you're on the receiving end, but never bat an eyelid when the opponent is on the receiving end. Djokovic isn't fond of Pascal Maria and Federer isn't Jake Garner's best friend. But despite this, these guys have never requested for particular umpires. Nadal should worry about his tennis and not the umpire. Whinging cry babies.

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Djokovic isn't fond of Pascal Maria and Federer isn't Jake Garner's best friend. But despite this, these guys have never requested for particular umpires.
When dimwits like you wise up a bit you would realize that no one is requesting for particular umpires. There is a difference between requesting an umpire to be removed and requesting for particular umpires. Comprende? And Djokovic shouts obscene words to crowd in Serbian, breaks rackets, acts like a spoiled brat when crowd supports the other guy, smashes a ball to a linesman, Nadal does not. Federer gets all riled up when a 12 year old kid breaches security for a selfie, Nadal does not. When you grow up (mentally) you would realize that everyone is different.

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Cry baby? I'm not crying, in fact the opposite. I'm laughing. It's really funny and pathetic at the same time if you think about it. I very much doubt you would hold the same thoughts if Novak or Roger asked for different umpires. I'm sure I do entertain you, but these last few comments have entertained me. Epic trolling from Bernades, gone up a notch in my book.
Did you even have him in your book before this news came up?

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