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Allez Richee and Dmi! Both winning is fantastic!

ATP have now named Richard 'Mr Versatile', because he has won on all surfaces. Hopefully this will translate to bigger wins for him now, as in Masters Series and Grand Slams. I think he has it in him to win, before the next talented group, of whom Ernests Gulbis seems to be (for me) at the forefront, comes to be. I think Richee can win Wimbledon, perhaps the US Open too. Maybe the French, but it seems futile to even try. People who win major Grand Slams in their own country are very lucky and a little rare. Last one Andy Roddick? Lleyty couldn't quite manage it. He had to bow down before the much-missed light of Safin.

Gael Monfils has come out as well as Gasquet in saying that he thinks he can win Roland Garros. Have to say I'm not really convinced, I think Baby Ali probably stands a better chance as Gael as it is. Never mind though, it's lovely that he has such confidence.

Anyway, congrats to DJ Dmi and 'Mr Versatile' for holding it together and playing good tournaments.

Gotta go. Homework calls.

Pictures later though maybe, or when I get a chance.

Clare xx

Tournoi Indien

Gasquet and Olivier Rochus in the final of Mumbai!

Both have had an amazing tournament, and Gasquet really seems to be doing well with Yannick Noah. He seems to have a new found confidence. Bagels galore!

Hopefully Richee will win the tournament!


Also I have fecking Freshers' flu. And loads of work. Although, I'm doing quite well on the work front, and my room is currently the cleanest room ever! Yay! New DVDs: Jack Dee stand-up and Dans Paris with Romain Duris.

Clare xx

Dos encore

Bah! Tennis post so that all those out there who possibly peruse this from time to time don't have to read my entire post to get to the good stuff.

My my! What an interesting time of late. Tim Henman's coming out with wild truths now that he's decided to retire, Djoko's been offered loads of money to throw a match in St. Petersburg and Davydenko ... well, he's still balding.

I love Tim Henman. I mean, the guy is just priceless. Jack Davenport could advertise him and make a bucketload (referring of course to the mastercard adverts they show over here). He quits Tennnis whilst I was still waiting for a lovely comeback, though I'll take the Dmi victory, and now he's spouting stories about what really happened. He's like a housemate whose just been booted off Big Brother.

The torch has of course now been passed to the Scots mainly for British Tennis (still waiting on Bogdanovic and Bloomfield, who I think have bright futures in some realm of Tennis) and I'm feeling better about this now. If this had been a year ago, I'd have been a little skeptical. But I've met Jamie Murray who is a very nice bloke and Andy seems to have a good sense of humour.

OOH .... new game. If anyone does read this and feels like commenting ... I want you to let me know what a Tennis BB would be like. No references to actual Big Brother though, because I hate it and wouldn't understand, thus rendering me powerless on my own livejournal.

But if anyone wants to give suggestions, like ... Lleyton Hewitt - The mouthy one who likes to kick you then challenge you to a fight when you ask 'Why?' Or Feliciano Lopez - The guy who likes to flirt with the camera 24/7. You come up with your own though.

Good news. Monsieur Gasquet seems to have recovered from the cold that prevented him playing Federer at the US Open (going on what I thought was inevitable here) and is doing well in his current tournament. Although ... touch wood ... because he seems to do well and then freak out because he realises he's hot and has talent.

Andy beat Jonas Bjorkman and faces Russia now (I believe) in the Davis Cup. And what the fuck! Marat climbs a mountain???? Did I miss something? Did Sascha run up there to start his new life up as a goat or something, so Marat had to follow? Why is he climbing mountains?

Better than Roger I suppose, who doesn't even go skiing, which he apparently loves, because he might get hurt. Grow a pair. I bet that's Mirka's influence. I try desperately to hate her, but it nearly always fails. Djokovic makes me laugh though, because he tries so hard to out-do Federer. 'Well I got to zee US Open final and I still go skiing'. They're like school-kids. I feel a bit sorry for Rafa though, he's like Roger's girlfriend, left out during boy-talk. Bring on the clay.

May sound weird, but I never want Roger to win Roland Garros. Well, maybe in a few years time when some of the players on tour (Gasquet, Wawrinka, Berdych) wake up to how good they are and start to kick his arse at other tournaments.


Anyway ... that's the Tennis done for now, so feel free to stop reading.

I moved to University - yay! Had my Freshers' Week which was fun, but really manic. I haven't been able to update on here, watch TV or listen to my iPod for so long. In a way that's a good thing, because you really need to integrate and make friends with people in your halls and such, or it just gets harder to fit in.

I've done very well though. I'm trying my best to be sociable, even though it's hard because I like to be grumpy. Met some lovely girls and cute guys (one of whom is Scottish, which helped to ease my pain over Tim Henman's retirement from Tennis) and I've had some good lectures already.

My textbooks (the minimum quota) for this semester cost around £75, which wasn't terrible. One of my lecturers told us to buy a book he edited (because he gets a commission of £5 - very honest) for £80. There was a very audiable groan, and he (may I add here that he is the spitting image of Richard Attenbrough, and if you don't know who that is, or don't want to look it up, he's the old guy from Jurassic Park and the Santa from Miracle on 34th Street) shouted out loud in a very excitable manner, 'CHRISTMAS! Christmas people! Ask for one ... Ask for two ... '.

I'm not buying the damn book. One of my other lecturers is Austrian and it took me a while to get used to his accent, but once I did, the lecture and two hour seminar which followed was very interesting. He's teaching an Introduction to the History of Philosophy, and I really enjoyed it. So much so that I'm really thinking (already) of changing my degree to History and Philosophy.

Blah, Blah. You're thinking. If you're not, then you're probably more interested in my life than I am. Mundane-ness tomorrow though. Laundry. Shower. Job training. Fecking homework. But on Friday I have a Navy-type interview, which should be good. I've managed to blag my way through many an interview, so I guess we'll see.

Thta's me done. I have two lovely photos from menstennisforums to share with you guys (have to admit I edited the Roger one), so ha, I made you scroll all the way down anyway.

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Oh and this is me. Good luck sleeping tonight.

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Peace out, Clare xxx

Maison en mouvement

I'm moving out tomorrow! Going to Manchester University, and we have to leave really early in the morning. I didn't even know there was a 5 am.

But yay! It sucks getting everything sorted out, packing, changing bank details and stuff like that, but I'm looking forward to it.

Kind of nervous, because I really don't know how to do anything that requires common sense, plus I'm moving to catered halls when I'm like the fussiest eater .... ever.

Also annoyed because my parents are getting a six week old puppy on Saturday, called Ellie, and I can't stay for that. Hopefully she'll get on well with our other dog, Mollie. But I got to pick the puppy, so ner to them.

Anyway, got to go and head off to the shops to buy some last minute essentials for the road trip! Sweets, crisps, Lucozade ... etc. Oh, and a map.

Clare xx



Some artwork to keep you warm at night:

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Comments are always welcomed, especially as I really don't know what I'm doing on Photoshop. Credit is needed, either 'Clare', 'Guevara' or 'orderofplay'.

Thanks my lovelies,

Clare xx

Image credit to menstennisforums.


My, my ... was I wrong in some of my predictions!

Roger beat Feli, but hats off to the Spaniard who won that first set easy and gave Roger a bit of a hard time throughout. Even if he did win 35 straight points on his serve. Who does that? Just read today though that Borg thinks Rafael will win Wimbledon next. I see his point, but whilst I think Rafa has it in him to beat Roger on grass, it is more likely that he will be knocked out before the final than Federer, simply due to the draw. But we'll see!

Djokovic beat Monaco. Brilliant and crap play from the both. At the same time. At one point I thought Djokovic was sure to retire, he could barely stand, and after every point (I think in the second set) he was having real trouble getting his breath. So well done Nole for the win. I don't like the way a lot of the press talk about him, as if he's arrogant. He comes across as anything but in his match, clapping opponents like Monaco and Stepanek when they achieve something great. Talk about your annoying crowd though, someone kept shouting "OUT!" during Novak's serves and rallies. What a fuckwit. That must really put a player off. Also, Adidas is annoying. Monaco could have lost that third set, all because of the stupid ball falling out of his pockets. I believe Marat Safin has the same problem.

Blake lost to Haas. Well, I did say it would be tight. It was a bit of a stagnant match until the final set, where some excellent points were played. How Tommy Haas had the nerve to play two high lobs in one point is beyond belief. At least the J-Block have gone now though. Disappointing for the Americans, but they still have Roddick. The Bryans are out too!

Davydenko beat Lee a lot easier than I thought. I didn't really watch this match though, as neither of them really interest me. I hope Tommy beats Davydenko now, though it will be difficult.

Chela beat Wawrinka. Awesome stuff. Wawrinka did, seemingly, bring his A-Game, but he just wasn't prepared mentally, to win. He seems to really choke on big points, which he needs to work on, because he's a fantastic player. More than anything, Chela showed his experience and mental grit during this match. Hanging on, and just continuing to return the ball. Happy for him. Bit of an easier ride now.

Nadal versus Ferrer. What can I say. I was sooo wrong. I have yet to watch this match. I had to go to bed last night, because I had a doctor's appointment this morning, which I actually slept through. Oops. They weren't too happy about me calling to reschedule either. I could have stayed up. Grr. What a result though, Ferrer is such a fighter and just went up leaps and bounds in my estimations. I will watch the match in full later, hopefully in between the Haas and Andy/Rogi match. Kudos to Ferrer, and for Nadal for giving credit where credit's due by saying afterwards that him losing the match was not because he was injured, but because Ferrer was better.

I love players like that. Haven't heard Roger do it much, although he did praise Novak when he won Montreal, and to be fair, he doesn't often lose. But Nadal seems very kind, he apologised to the people at the Queen's Tennis Club for losing to Nicky Mahut (Whoo! Go Nicky! Semi final of the doubles with Julien) and when he beat Agassi at his last ever Wimbledon, he left the court and let Andre have his day.

Now ... Moya. Oldest man in the draw against the youngest. Bit of a walkover really, wasn't it? Congrats to Moya, who has a real chance versus Djoko, especially considering how tired he is, and the fact that he lost quite convincingly to Moya at Cincy. Ernests Gulbis was impressive though, some excellent points, and he did really well to fight back in that third set. I think he will go really far in the ATP rankings if he carries on like that. Apart from his unforced errors, which he needs to work on (may have just been the nerves of playing on Arthur Ashe for the first time - and just being on A-A for the first time!), he seems Federer-esque. I can see him doing well in the slams. Moya just outplayed him, he bounded around like a man much younger than himself and really exposed Ernests' weaknesses.

Now for the player of the moment:

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Could these be the US Open 2007 finalists? (By the way - isn't this just the most awesome picture of Federer ... ever? :P)

Hope you enjoyed,

Clare xx

Image credit to menstennisforums.


I bow down before the wonder that is Lord Carlos Moya.

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Fantastic match against Kohlschreiber, you have to feel sorry for him because that crowd was viscious. Any time an important point came up, they all began clapping their hands and chanting "MOYA! MOYA! MOYA!" Has to be rather disconcerting. Can't believe that an overwhelming majority of the crowd, like 90% were screaming, jumping up and hugging eachother when Moya won points!

Moya faces Gulbis, the young Latvian, next. Interestingly enough, I do believe that he and Daydenko are the only players in the tournament not to have dropped a set so far. Gulbis had an easy match against Robredo, who completely tanked.

Rafa played well in his match, although after the first set Tsonga seemed to give up. Novak Djokovic put another player (del Potro) under his spell in a brilliant win. I think he was trying to get one up on Roddick's match - but it wasn't quite the same. Team Serbia has now lost Tipsy and Ana though! NOOO!

Ferrer did well against Nalby, having said that though, I don't think Nalby was playing at his best. Wawrinka played well against Ginepri, and Monaco played sublimely.

My picks for the quartars from the bottom half the draw:

E. Gulbis (LAT) vs. C. Moya (ESP) - I hope to God it's Carlos. But I think it will be tight. Either Gulbis will take in four, or Moya in five.

J. Monaco (ARG) vs N. Djokovic (SRB) - Have to say Djokovic. I think he'll be tested by Monaco, maybe it will go to four sets, or perhaps just tie breaks.

S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs J.I Chela (ARG) - I'm going to go with Wawrinka. If he brings his A-Game, it could be three sets, and three easy sets. If not, maybe in four.

D. Ferrer (ESP) vs R. Nadal (ESP) - I'm going with Nadal. Granted Ferrer is a fighter, but I don't think he has a chance realistically. Three sets.

Top half - well Roddick's already through. Tomas Berdych retired after he lost the first set and Andy was 2-0 up. Berdych should have won the first set, but I gotta admit, he did look pained.

The rest of the top:

T. Haas (GER) vs J. Blake (USA) - James in four or five I think. I'd like to see Tommy win, but I don't think it will happen. Just about to start! Eek!

N. Davydenko (RUS) vs H.T Lee (KOR) - Hmmm. Difficult to call. I think Lee could potentially pull off an upset. Maybe it will go to five.

R. Federer (SUI) vs F. Lopez (ESP) - Sorry Feli, I hate to laugh. He does not have a chance. Three sets, possibly a bagel. If i'm wrong, trust me I'll be kicking myself. But I don't see Lopez in any way challenging Roger. No way at all.

My ideal finale: Federer/Roddick vs. Moya/Wawrinka

The actual final is likely to be: Federer vs (ARGH - who to pick?) Nadal. But it's close between Rafa and Nole.

Feel free to leave your comments, tell me that I'm barking mad, of course Feli will win, and it will be him and Ferrer in the final. Whatever. Interested to know your thoughts.

Clare xxx

Picture credit to menstennisforums - without whom I would be lost.


On a much sadder note, I went to a friend's funeral today. Eighteen years old. It isn't right.

Trying to distract myself, but at the moment, my eyes are still stinging. Hopefully, I can distract myself, because I can't handle this right now.

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My player of the day pictures: (Not from today though - have to give the kind people who upload a chance)

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Sad Andy. Jimmy Conners was mean.

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Happy Andy. In his post match interview: Q. What did Jimmy say to you? ANDY RODDICK: He said, 'That's one way to shut me up' ...... It sure is Andy, it sure is.

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Richie and Andy. The Love affair begins.

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And topless Roger. Just because I can. And he loves Andy. And Rafa. He has them all!

Clare xx

Credit to protennisfan for Andy pics and USOpen.org for the quotation.

Jour Splendide

... Oh My God. I thought the Federer vs Isner match was a nail biter. For me, it really lived up to the hype, and for a while I thought Federer would be lost mentally in the game. Obviously when he started the match he was prepared to go to tie breaks if he had to - as he has done with Karlovic - but he soon found out the tactic wouldn't work against Isner. Fortunately, Isner got lost in the emotion of taking a set and his concentration slipped for a while. Otherwise I would have had a heart attack.

Federer was excellent though, some fantastic high lobs - difficult considering that Isner is 6'9!

Federer just admitted he was 'kind of scared' during the match. What a sweetie!!

--- Feli is through. Can't decide whether or not I like him. He is pretty, but it seems like he knows it. Justin Gimelstob was commentating and said that Feli and Verdasco spent the most time out of all the guys in the locker room. Facing Roger next though - he does not have a chance.

KARMIC JUSTICE: MaSha is out!!!!!! YAY!!! This makes up for the Lleyton match nearly in full. Although now Nicky Almagro is out *sighs*, why is everyone injured at the moment? You gotta give Nicky bonus points for continuing through the pain though.

Player of the day (even though Murray/Lee and Blake/Koubek hasn't been on yet):

ANDY RODDICK. Wow. What a fantastically brilliant match! I guess when Jimmy Connors yells at you, you listen. He hadn't been playing exceptionally well in this tournament, against Gimelstob and Acasuso, but this was amazing.

I really loved watching Andy today, he seemed really hyped, played some excellent shots and really involved the crowd. I mean, 6-Love in the third. Wow. He made some shots that Roger Federer himself would have been proud of. Whilst I don't think that Andy is in a position to beat Roger at the moment, I do think that if they face eachother in the quarters, Andy should be able to get a set or at least force some tie breaks.

Andy Murray on now. Here comes the patriotism again.

(Pics later) Clare xx


Lleyton lost and Tipsy is injured!!!!!

My world is collapsing around me, and it's all because I jinxed him by sleeping and not attentively following the score of his match.

*Cries* ... Okay now Carlos, you are now burdened with the responsibility of winning, or at least knocking out some of the key players.

Lleyton .............................. *Cries louder*

Clare xx