ROLAND GARROS 2013
Rafa's Travel Tips; No 70-68 Plans For Haas; Murray's Saturday Night In
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the news and talking points at Roland Garros on middle Saturday.
Rafa’s Travel Tips
Rafael Nadal reveals his travelling tips and habits to CNN Business Traveller, including what he looks for in a hotel room, how he packs and his airport routine.
• "It's important to have good space in the room, especially for me because normally I have a lot of things in the room. A lot of racquets. I need space for a massage table. It's important to feel that the bed is good, for the back.”
• "I was supposed to be away for almost two months (in South America and Indian Wells) and I travelled with three bags. I have to pack them all myself, I'm not that lucky! Normally I travel with around five-seven racquets - which is hand luggage, otherwise it could be a little bit dangerous.”
• "I am always late to the airport. I'm always relaxed and then get there at the last moment. It's tradition for me!”
• “If the plane moves and there is some turbulence, I'm a nervous flyer! My palms start to sweat and I try to relax, listen to music or watch some films.”
No 70-68 Plans For Haas
He has shown remarkable fitness for a 35 year old on the ATP World Tour this season, but Tommy Haas was adamant he could not have lasted until 70-68 in the fifth set against John Isner in their Roland Garros third-round clash. The American famously won the longest tennis match in history at 2010 Wimbledon when he defeated Nicolas Mahut by that fifth set scoreline after 11 hours and five minutes.
"We went the distance, and I was definitely hoping it wasn't going to go like in Wimbledon with him and [Nicolas] Mahut,” said the German. “I was probably going to wave the white flag before that. That was not going to happen to me."
Mahut Pulls For Isner
Mahut cheered for Isner during the match on Twitter. Following his defeat to Haas, Isner thanked the Frenchman for his support.
L’Equipe Predicts Future Top 10
L’Equipe predicts the Top 10 in the Emirates ATP Rankings in 2018. Notable inclusions are Benoit Paire at No. 2 and American Jack Sock at No. 10, while notable exclusion is Rafael Nadal, who would be aged 31 in five years time. What do you think? Have your say on Facebook and Twitter.
1. Grigor Dimitrov (Age 22; Rank 28)
2. Benoit Paire (Age 24; Rank 26)
3. Andy Murray (Age 26; Rank 2)
4. Milos Raonic (Age 22; Rank 16)
5. Novak Djokovic (Age 26; Rank 1)
6. Kei Nishikori (Age 23; Rank 15)
7. Bernard Tomic (Age 20; Rank 61)
8. Ernests Gulbis (Age 24; Rank 40)
9. Jerzy Janowicz (Age 22; Rank 23)
10. Jack Sock (Age 20; Rank 118)
Gasquet Ready To Step Up
After losing in the fourth round at seven of the past eight Grand Slams, France’s Richard Gasquet declared he is ready to step up and produce his best tennis in an attempt to reach the Roland Garros quarter-finals for the first time. A child prodigy, Gasquet has long lived with the pressures and expectations of the French media and public, and believes at the age of 27, he is now ready to embrace it and use it.
"The last seven times I played [in the fourth round], I was not the favourite. I couldn't really stand out. It's up to me to play better. It's the level I play that's going to count. It's up to me. I have to go deeper.
"Since I was nine, I have heard that I was not enough of a winner, that I had lost this match, that match. Maybe now I'm 27 and I have fewer years to play, you know at this age it's wonderful to play on these courts and with a lot of the crowd with you. The older you get, that's true. The more you realise these types of things."
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Harrison's Impromptu Radio Gig
Ryan Harrison made an impromptu visit to the Roland Garros radio studio on Saturday, accepting an invitation on Twitter, to take his turn commentating with Matt Cronin on the match between Maria Sharapova and Jie Zheng. In addition to his commentary and breaking down the third-round clashes between Djokovic-Dimitrov and Isner-Haas, Harrison also took questions from fans.
The young American revealed his best friend on tour is Matt Ebden and recalled dancing with the Australian's sister when he served in his wedding party last year. "It was a step down for her as my dancing skills are nowhere near par!" joked Harrison. He also said if he hadn’t been a tennis player, he would have liked to take a crack at playing in the NFL.
Dimitrov Going In The Right Direction
His Roland Garros campaign came to an end against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Saturday, but Grigor Dimitrov maintained he is happy with his progress and has high expectations for the remainder of the year. The 22-year-old Bulgarian, who is under the tutelage of Mikael Tillstrom and Magnus Norman at the Good To Great Tennis Academy in Sweden, has made several breakthroughs this season: reaching his first ATP World Tour final at the Brisbane International (l. to Murray) and beating Djokovic three weeks ago at the Mutua Madrid Open.
“I expect a lot of things. That's the one thing that is for sure,” said Dimitrov. “The thing is I don't have to put too much pressure on myself nor my game. The only thing I can do better is work maybe harder or try to do something else in order to be more consistent in all the matches.
“If I have the overview this year, so far the tournaments I have been playing I have only been losing to Top 10 guys with the exception of a few tournaments. Not much I can do about that. That's good experience. It's a good way to go through.
“The grass is coming. I'm excited about the grass. But I just try to stay healthy. And going to England always brings back good memories to me.”
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Tweet Of The Day
He was forced to miss Roland Garros due to a back injury, but Andy Murray has kept up a strong presence on Twitter throughout the tournament and this evening he updated fans on his Saturday night plans.
@andy_murray: “Got the house to myself tonight which on the plus side means no reality tv but downside i have to settle for a diabolical tasting dinner..”