Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros 2014 runner-up

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The 2015 ‪Roland Garros‬ event begins this Sunday 24 May with 16 women’s and 16 men’s first round singles matches. #RG15 (the official Twitter hashtag), is poised to be especially interesting with the lack of usual clay court form by the ‪King of Clay:‬ Rafael Nadal, whose currently ranked No.7. Rafa won his ninth title last year from the past ten years by defeating the form player of 2015 Novak Djokovic in the final even after Djokovic won the 1st set. Despite Nadal’s falling clay court form the past two years you cannot help but think once Rafa is playing at Roland Garros with career record is 66-1, all the memories of success and confidence will elevate his current game by a good 20 per cent.

Djokovic has a 35-2 win loss record so far in 2015 capturing five singles titles. Djokovic‬ though has never won at Stade Roland Garros yet the pressure to complete his Grand Slam set, throws a different spin on the rest of the tournaments he has ruled this year.

Roger Federer is the last player to defeat Djokovic this year (in the final of the Dubai Open). Federer is 25-5 this year with three singles titles and a clay court schedule that points to one big push for a second Roland Garros title. His record Grand Slam singles tally would then stand at 18 and most importantly, a four Slam lead on arch-rival Nadal. A 10th ‪win for Rafa would move him to 15 Slams just two behind ‪‎Federer‬ and being 4 years younger than ‪Federer, Roger is aware of things like this!

Andy Murray has proven to be in his career best clay form after winning his first career clay court title at the ATP 250 Munich Open. The following week Murray scored an impressive first ever clay court win against Rafa and by 6-3 6-2 in the final of the Madrid Open Masters 1000. Murray made the semi finals last year at Roland Garros and like his previous French semi he fell to Nadal. Murray has a 31-5 record this season and his current clay form outshines Nadal’s 2015 clay court performances.

Kei Nishikori looks to the strongest threat of players yet to win a Grand Slam to the Fab Four. The 2014 US Open he won throughout to his first Grand Slam final and at the 2015 Australian Open he was halted in the quarter finals by defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka.

This year Kei’s record is 31-7 with two titles and to his credit both defended titles: the Memphis Open and ATP 500 Barcelona Open on clay. Nishikori has only been pipped by the two hottest players on clay in 2015 i.e. a quarter final loss to eventual Roma Open Masters 1000 champion (Djokovic) and in the semis by 2015 champion Andy Murray.

Nishikori is 0-7 head to head versus Nadal but has beaten Murray and a pair of wins against both Federer and Djokovic. The draw is being held tomorrow and its  possible that Djokovic, Murray and Nadal are all bundled in the same half, leaving Federer and Nishikori the task of only having to beat one of the three favourites for the Championship.

 

Maria Sharapova 2014 Roland Garros championThe 2015 Roland Garros women’s championships are the 112th time the Roland Garros women’s singles tournament will be held.

The dates, what the schedule of play is for every day i.e. what time play commences for each session and which round is being played are listed to make it easier for you to follow, watch and/or attend this tournament.

Pictured is Maria Sharapova with the Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen trophy after winning her second Roland Garros singles title in the past three years.

The 1.88m Sharapova triumphed in 3 hours and two minutes in the first 3-set final in 13 years:  6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 against No.4 seed Simona Halep.

The 27-year-old Sharapova added a fifth Grand Sam singles title to her career Grand Slam set and first with her coach Sven Groeneveld of OrangeCoach.com in arguably her best year to date. The Russian finished the year at World No.2 after a great comeback from injury and started impressively this year winning the title in Brisbane in her first tournament of the year and being runner-up at the Australian Open.

The schedule of play for the 2015 Roland Garros Women’s Singles tournament is:

Qualifying event:

Tuesday 19 May: Qualifying 1st round at 10am;
Wednesday 20 May: Qualifying 1st round at 10am;
Thursday 21 May: Qualifying 2nd round at 10am;
Friday 22 May: Qualifying final round at 12 noon;

Main Draw:

Week 1:

Sunday 24 May: Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
Monday 25 May: 1st round from 11am;
Tuesday 26 May: 1st round from 11am;
Wednesday 27 May: 2nd round from 11am;
Thursday 28 May: 2nd round from 11am;
Friday 29 May: 3rd round from 11am;
Saturday 30 May: 3rd round from 11am;

Week 2:

Sunday 31 May: Round of 16 from 11am;
Monday 1 June: Round of 16 from 11am;
Tuesday 2 June: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
Wednesday 3 June: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
Thursday 4 June: Semi Finals from 3pm;
Friday 5 June: No women’s matches today; and
Saturday 6 June: Women’s Singles Final at 3pm.

Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.

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Rafael Nadal Roland Garros 2014 The 2015 Roland Garros men’s championships are the 118th time the Roland Garros men’s singles tournament will be held. The dates, what the schedule of play is for every day i.e. what time play commences for each session and which round is being played are listed to make it easier for you to follow, watch and/or attend this tournament.

Pictured above is Rafael Nadal in the early preparation stage for this forehand during the 2014 event. The 1.85m left-hander recorded a record 35 straight wins at Roland Garros in defeating Novak Djokovic in the final to win a record 9th Grand Slam singles title at the same event from ten appearances.

The 28-year-old Nadal will be gunning to add a 15th Grand Slam singles title to his credit in Paris to move ahead of Pete Sampras on 14 and move within 2 of all-time record holder Roger Federer.

The schedule of play for the 2015 Roland Garros Men’s Singles tournament is:

Qualifying event:

Tuesday 19 May: Qualifying 1st round at 10am;
Wednesday 20 May: Qualifying 1st round at 10am;
Thursday 21 May: Qualifying 2nd round at 10am;
Friday 22 May: Qualifying final round at 12 noon;

Main Draw:

Week 1:

Sunday 24 May: Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
Monday 25 May: 1st round from 11am;
Tuesday 26 May: 1st round from 11am;
Wednesday 27 May: 2nd round from 11am;
Thursday 28 May: 2nd round from 11am;
Friday 29 May: 3rd round from 11am;
Saturday 30 May: 3rd round from 11am;
Sunday 31 May: Round of 16 from 11am;

Week 2:

Monday 1 June: Round of 16 from 11am;
Tuesday 2 June: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
Wednesday 3 June: Quarter Finals from 11am;
Thursday 4 June: No men’s matches today;
Friday 5 June: Semi Finals from 1pm;
Saturday 6 June: No men’s matches today; and
Sunday 7 June: Men’s Singles Final at 3pm.

Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.

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Novak DjokovicThe 2014 Roland Garros main draw men’s singles matches will begin on Sunday 25 May at 11am local time in Paris, France. Below OnCourt Advantage provides a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and how these are selected.

The Tennis Odds from Betfair, the world’s leading betting exchange feature Rafael Nadal (6/4) and Novak Djokovic (11/8) as the favourites to win Roland Garros in 2014 in their French Open 2014 betting markets. Djokovic is pictured above displaying the focus that led him to defeat Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters 1000 on Sunday. Djokovic came back after losing the 1st set to Nadal boosting his confidence that he can win the last leg of a career Grand Slam three Sunday’s later.

The official Roland Garros main draw ceremony is being held on Friday 23 May at 11:30am. The full list of the men’s singles draw is  listed here by the BBC-> 2014 Roland Garros 1st Round.

The men’s singles draw has a 128-player draw consisting of 16 Qualifiers, 8 Wildcards and 104 Direct Acceptances of whom 32 become The Seeds. The direct acceptances are the highest 104 ranked players in the world at the cut-off date who are fit enough to compete. The cut-off date is six weeks prior to the main draw commencing i.e. 14 April 2014.

When a main draw direct acceptance withdraws from Roland Garros after the first round of qualifying has been completed, that available spot in the draw is awarded to a lucky loser.

Any player that loses in the final round of qualifying and then signs-in for the singles main draw is eligible to receive a lucky loser spot into the main draw. The lucky loser spots are awarded in order of highest ranked player to the lowest, hence the term, despite losing they are lucky to still compete in the main draw.

The Seeds:

A seeding is allocated to the 32 highest ranked players according to the latest ATP Tour rankings before the draw is made i.e. Monday 19 May 2014. There are 32 seeded players in a 128-player sized draw and they are separated in the draw so that they play two rounds against lower ranked opponents (unseeded players), before they meet another seed in the 3rd round.

If any of the seeded players withdraw after the draw has been made, then the 33rd highest ranked player becomes a seed, then the 34th player and so on.

The seeded players do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of a Grand Slam event. To win the title any player must win 7 main draw best of 5-set matches in a row.

The Wildcards:

All of the 8 wildcard recipients will be confirmed before Monday 19 May as the qualifying singles event will be drawn that day. The names of the wildcards must be removed from the participating players list in the qualifying singles event before the official draw commences.

The wildcards are selected by the French Tennis Federation, who usually select six French players. The final two wildcards go to an American and an Australian due to a reciprocal wildcard arrangement between the US Open, Australian Open and Roland Garros.

The Qualifiers:

The 128-player qualifying tournament will begin on Tuesday 20 May and run through to Friday 23 May. In order to qualify a player needs to progress through three rounds of qualifying to take one of the 16 spots allocated for a qualifier in the main singles draw.

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Suzanne LenglenThe 2014 Roland Garros Championships are the only Grand Slam tournament played on clay courts. This tournament is one of the “BIG 14″ major prestigious events for both the men and the women. Roland Garros has been held at it’s current location since 1928 and is also known as “The French Open”.

The 2014 edition of Roland Garros run from the first day of qualifying on Tuesday 20 May through to the Gentlemen’s Singles Final on Sunday 8 June. If you cannot attend make sure you pick up your tennis rackets and hit the courts as often as possible in between watching Roland Garros live.

Roland Garros is held at held at Stade Roland Garros in the 16th Arrondissement in Paris, France. OnCourt Advantage will be following this tournament in depth and recommends you buy your official tickets by pasting: http://rolandgarros.fft-tickets.com/uk/ticket-info/how-to-order into your address bar then pressing enter.

To support tennis, follow this event in detail and to be able to interact with the tournament, I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the official Facebook and Twitter pages just as I do. Paste http://www.facebook.com/RolandGarros into your address bar then click “Like” once you are there, then paste https://twitter.com/RolandGarros then pressing “Follow” once you are there. To follow the Roland Garros conversation on Twitter use the official hashtag  #RG14.

All Roland Garros 2014 coverage will be continually updated on this directory page. All coverage of the Roland Garros in previous years is listed in these directory pages-> Roland Garros 2013, Roland Garros 2012, Roland Garros 2011 and Roland Garros 2010.

 

David Ferrer’s straight sets loss to his fellow Spaniard came as little surprise to anyone, as Nadal’s stormed to his eighth victory at the French Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 victory.

However, there can be no doubt that Ferrer, who is currently ranked No.4 in the world, is a great player with a lot of ability. Nadal is by no means unbeatable, but to be in with any chance of defeating Nadal at next year’s French Open Ferrer must play a perfect match. To do this, Ferrer must improve on the following:

His first serve

This was a noticeably weak part of Ferrer’s game at this year’s event, and that he was able to survive his Quarter Final match against Tommy Robredo, despite faulting on 53% of his first serves is testament to much of the rest of his game. Fortunately for him, Ferrer was able to improve on this dismal statistic in his Semi-Final against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, managing to play the ball accurately on 60% of his first serves during the match. During the Final, Ferrer again improved on this statistic, but only slightly – managing to get 62% of his first serves in play.

It is clear that to win any major tournament against a player of Nadal’s calibre, Ferrer must work to improve on this part of his game. This is especially true since Nadal is known for his ability to pounce on slower second serves. The use of creatine monohydrate is known to help tennis players’ increase serving velocity, so perhaps much of the answer in improving Ferrer’s serve could be to enhance his dietary intake. Like anyone however, Ferrer would be best advised to do some research on such health supplements before taking. For more information visit: a health and supplements guide.

Playing to his opponents’ weaknesses

Poor first serve accuracy is not the only way in which Ferrer plays to the strength of the greater opponents, rather than their weaknesses. To use the Nadal example again, it would have been very much in Ferrer’s interest to exploit the latter’s known weakness in his knees and stretch out the match as long as possible in order aggravate Nadal’s relative lack of fitness. In the future, Ferrer can do this by playing a defensive game and avoiding going to the net too often, thereby encouraging rallies and hopefully tiring out Nadal in the process.

Photo credit: Marianne Bevis

The 2014 Roland Garros tennis championships will be the 117th edition of the men’s singles event, which was first played in 1891. Roland Garros is also known as the French Open and is held at Stade Roland Garros in the 16th Arrondissement in Paris, France.

OnCourt Advantage lists what the 2014 prize money for every round is, the starting time plus what the schedule of play is for every single day of the tournament. The prize money for the men’s events –  singles, double and qualifying went up by € 1,448,000 from the 2013 prize money to 11,552,000, which is an increase of %14.33.

Pictured above from today’s semi final is 27-year-old Rafael Nadal preparing for his favourite stroke, his forehand, which was truly amazing in the fifth set today. The 1.88m left-hander hit 22 winners to 13 in the final set to win 9-7 after fighting back from 2-4 to emerge victorious with inspiring aggressive tennis forced from Rafa by a valiant Novak Djokovic in their 4 hour and 37 minute semi final classic.

Nadal became the first player in men’s tennis history to win eight of the same Grand Slam championship titles. Rafa’s championship match win over fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3 6-2 6-3 gave him a 59-1 event record from 2005 to 2013.

To watch the tennis in Singapore add 6 hours to the Paris local times listed below to work out the equivalent Singapore time.

The singles players receive prize money like this:

  1. The winner receives € 1,650,000;
  2. The runner-up receives € 825,000;
  3. The two semi finalists receive € 412,500;
  4. The four quarter finalists receive € 220,000;
  5. The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 receive € 125,000;
  6. The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round receive € 72,000;
  7. The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round receive € 42,000;
  8. The *players who lose in the 1st round receive € 24,000.

The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event receive € 2,750. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying receive € 5,500 and those who lose in the 3rd round of qualifying receive € 11,000.

Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.

The 2014 Roland Garros men’s singles event schedule of play is:

  • Tuesday 20 May: Qualifying 1st round from 11am;
  • Wednesday 21 May: Qualifying 1st round from 11am;
  • Thursday 22 May: Qualifying 2nd round from 11am;
  • Friday 23 May: Qualifying 3rd round from 11am;
  • Sunday 25 May: Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
  • Monday 26 May: 1st round from 11am;
  • Tuesday 27 May: 1st round from 11am;
  • Wednesday 28 May: 2nd round from 11am;
  • Thursday 29 May: 2nd round from 11am;
  • Friday 30 May: 3rd round from 11am;
  • Saturday 31 May: 3rd round from 11am;
  • Sunday 1 June: Round of 16 from 11am;
  • Monday 2 June: Round of 16 from 11am;
  • Tuesday 3 June: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
  • Wednesday 4 June: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
  • Thursday 5 June: No men’s singles matches;
  • Friday 6 June: Semi Finals from 1pm;
  • Saturday 7 June: No men’s singles matches; and
  • Sunday 8 June: The Men’s Singles Final at 3:00pm.

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Victoria Azarenka

The 2013 Roland Garros final two women’s and two men’s singles quarter final matches are scheduled to be played here in Paris today – Wednesday 5 June. Below OnCourt Advantage lists the order of play for the eleventh day of main draw singles matches to make it easier for you to know who plays whom, when and on which court.

In the Men’s Singles (Simple Messieurs) last year’s finalists both won through according to their seeding and are joined by two deserving players just outside the Top 8 seeds, the ninth and No.12 seeds who are in excellent form.

In the Women’s Singles (Simple Dames) the defending champion and 2013 Australian Open champion won through according to their seeding and are also joined by the No.12 seed as in the men’s quarter finals plus a former World No.1 from outside the Top 8 seeds.

The top half of the men’s draw will see the first two semi finalists decided with 7-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal taking on the No.9 seed Stanislas Wawrinka. The man chasing a career Grand Slam this week World No.1 Novak Djokovic collides with the No.12 seed 35-year-old Tommy Haas who just completed his Grand Slam quarter final set.

The 28-year-old Wawrinka will be hoping to reverse yesterday’s pattern where a Spanish player won through to the semis and his Swiss compatriot was defeated in straight sets as he did from two sets to love down against the favourite in the last match.

The 1.83m Wawrinka is certainly in career best from, achieving many career firsts and will need another really big first as he goes in 0-9 against Nadal. When you mention Roland Garros and Rafael Nadal the list of achievements is certainly unparalleled in tennis history. Rafa has 56 wins from 57 matches at Roland Garros so is obviously the clear favourite for the title.

Wawrinka will need to play an ultra aggressive style of play throughout the match and repeatedly tell himself he will have opportunities to succeed in each set, a la’ Robin Soderling when he inflicted the only loss at Roland Garros to the undisputed King of Clay.

The 1.88m Haas will be doing everything possible to continue his resurgent career after a hip surgery saw him at No.896 less than two years ago. The German has beaten Djokovic on three occasions, including in their most recent match and in a Grand Slam quarter final before, so he knows he can hault the Djokovic juggernaut.

Djokovic is focussed and striving to reach his top level of play as he sets his sights on joining Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the eighth man to win a career Grand Slam. The weather in Paris has really improved with the sun out and blue skies tailor made for Djokovic’s pace of game and flatter strokes more so than the other men.

For the women it is the bottom half of the draw that will finalise the semi finalists with a first ever Roland Garros semi final on offer to the 23-year-old Victoria Azarenka playing in her third Roland Garros quarter final against 26-year-old Maria Kirilenko playing her first Roland Garros quarter final.

Azarenka is pictured above making contact with the ball for this double-handed backhand return during this tournament. The 1.83m Azarenka has twice won, been a runner-up and made the semis twice at the other three Grand Slams.

About the clay courts of Roland Garros Azarenka said, “There’s no doubt it’s always been the most challenging Grand Slam for me, but I feel like I’m finally understanding what I need to do to improve on clay. I feel it’s a process – but I’m on the right way. That’s the most important thing for me, to take it step by step, better and better, and I hope I’ve been playing better than before, because otherwise that would mean it’s a step back.

The 1.74m Kirlenko has only lost an average of six games per match and without dropping a set through to this stage. The Russian is playing her third Grand Slam quarter final with a career first semi final the reward if she can topple the first seeded player in her path this event. Kirilenko heads in with a right shoulder injury, having lost the past three matches yet will focus on seizing the day and her two wins against Azarenka.

Kicking off at the same time is No.2 seed Maria Sharapova striving to defend a Grand Slam title for the first time playing her seventh Roland Garros quarter final and fourth in the past five years looking to extend her run against former World No.1 Jelena Jankovic to five straight wins. The 1.88m Sharapova is playing in her 20th Grand Slam quarter final holding an impressive 16-3 record in progressing through to the semis.

The 28-year-old Jankovic is playing her eighth Grand Slam quarter final with an almost perfect record of 6-1 to date. The 1.78m Jankovic knows she can defeat the 26-year-old Sharapova as she has done so before and was right on the money when she said, “Every match is a new match and it’s a challenge. I’ll go out there and try to play my best tennis and try to perform on a very high level and we’ll see how it goes.”

Schedule of Play (Programme du jour)

Day 11: Wednesday, 5 June (11e jour: mercredi 5 juin)

 

On Court Philippe Chatrier at 2pm

 

Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals (Simple Dames – 1/4 finale)

Jelena JANKOVIC (SRB) [18] v [2] Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS)

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals (Simple Messieurs – 1/4 finale)

Rafael NADAL (ESP) [3] v [9] Stanislas WAWRINKA (SUI)

 

On Court Suzanne Lenglen at 2pm

 

Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals (Simple Dames – 1/4 finale)

Maria KIRILENKO (RUS) [12] v [3] Victoria AZARENKA (BLR)

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals (Simple Messieurs – 1/4 finale)

Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [1] v [12] Tommy HAAS (GER)

 

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