Posts Tagged ‘Roland Garros’

1st June
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from Tennis Life Magazine by Eleanor Preston
June 2004
Watching Juan Carlos Ferrero shaping up to hit one of his trademark blistering forehands is a fascinating sight. He stands his ground, legs taut and eyes on the ball, and just when you think he’s going to whack seven bells out of it, everything goes into slow motion. At that moment, as he makes contact, he is suddenly gentle, as though stroking a sleeping kitten.
Of course there’s nothing remotely gentle about it by the time it comes cannoning over the net, as all Ferrero’s opponents can testify. Of all the skills Ferrero has in his talented hands, it’s the forehand that took him to the top of the world rankings and won him the French Open title last year, and it’s the forehand that may count as the most penetrating weapon when he returns to Paris to defend his title.
However, Ferrero is anything but a one-trick pony. There’s the serve, the movement, the glacial coolness under pressure and most of all the belief that it’s his destiny to be this good.

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28th May
written by kat

from Tennis Week by Ronald Green
28 May 2004
The silhouette’s sagging shoulders told the story of the one-sided scoreline: an injured Juan Carlos Ferrero was a slumping shadow of himself today. The red clay of Roland Garros served as a burial ground for the defending champion Ferrero who fell 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 in the second round to 77th-ranked Russian Igor Andreev.
It was just the fourth time in the Open Era a defending Roland Garros champion succumbed in the second round. The last time a defending champion bowed out in the second round was in 2000 when Andre Agassi was upset by Karol Kucera, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, 6-0.

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27th May
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from the official Roland Garros website by Araz Gulekjian
27 May 2004
Young Russian standout Igor Andreev played like there was no tomorrow on Thursday to send fourth-seeded defending champion Juan-Carlos Ferrero home.
The 20-year-old Russian put out a brilliant performance and fired 37 winners to overpower the 24-year-old Spaniard 6-4 6-2 6-3 in just over two hours.
“It’s unbelievable,” Andreev said.
“All your dreams become true. The guy had won last year and he was No1. I just forgot about all those things and focused on my game,” added the Russian, who was playing in his first Roland Garros after making his Grand Slam debut in Australia this January.
Ferrero, still nursing bruised ribs he sustained in a fall on May 8 while practising in Spain, congratulated his opponent but vowed to set the record straight.
“He played well. He was motivated to win. But I would have beaten him and won the match had I been fit,” Ferrero said.

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25th May
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from Reuters
25 May 2004
PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) – Defending French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, doubtful before the tournament with a rib injury, beat German Tommy Haas 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-2 to ease into the second round on Tuesday.
The Spaniard, seeded fourth, only made a last-minute decision to play but recovered from an erratic start to seal victory in two hours and 46 minutes.
Two years ago, Ferrero was also on the verge of retiring because of an ankle problem and went on to reach the final.
He faced a tricky opening match against Haas, ranked number two in the world in 2002, the year he reached the fourth round at Roland Garros.

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25th May
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by Araz Gulekjian
25 May 2004
Embattled defending champion Juan-Carlos Ferrero (No4) needed the help of painkillers to withstand a stiff challenge from Germany’s Tommy Haas and move into the second round.
The courageous Spaniard, who has been nursing a rib injury for weeks, recovered from a set down to oust Haas 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-2.
“A half an hour before the match, I took some painkillers. I’m just starting to feel the pain again now,” said Ferrero, who has never fared worse than the semi finals in four previous trips here.
The 24-year-old was clearly hampered by the injury though, uncommonly inconsistent and never able to deploy his explosive clay-court game.

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24th May
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from by Charles Bricker
24 May 2004
PARIS: Defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero had just gotten back from Spain’s royal wedding and now, after another painful training session Sunday, he sounded as if he was headed for a wake.
Looking despondent and sounding pessimistic, Ferrero admitted that he is still in pain from a rib injury that felled him three weeks ago and that he is less than 50-50 to go on court for his opening match Tuesday against Tommy Haas, the former world No. 2.
“I think I have more possibilities to not play, but I don’t know yet for sure. Tomorrow, I will know,” said Ferrero, who raced through surprise finalist Martin Verkerk a year ago to win the 2003 French.
If he withdraws, it will send a fourth lucky loser, Hyung-Taik Lee of South Korea, into the main draw to play Haas, who also is not in the best of health. Haas, the German star who lives in Sarasota, is trying to get rid of chest congestion brought on by a viral infection two weeks ago in Hamburg.
A Ferrero withdrawal also will put American Robert Kendrick, who lives part time on Sanibel Island, one spot away from becoming the fifth lucky loser.

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