Federer pegs Kuznetsova as the one to watch

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  1. charlottefromca

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    From CBS sportsline

    PARIS -- Roger Federer picked Svetlana Kuznetsova to win the women's title at the French Open.

    The top-ranked Federer, when asked to name who he thought would claim the Grand Slam title, shot back an answer almost as quickly as one of his forehands.

    "Kuznetsova," Federer said Friday. "I like her game. She plays well."

    The third-seeded Kuznetsova reached the third round when she beat Meghann Shaughnessy on Thursday. The 21-year-old Russian -- a U.S. Open champion in 2004 -- reached the final last year, losing to Justine Henin.

    Federer, who also lost in last year's final -- to Rafael Nadal -- keeps up to date on all men's and women's scores.

    "I want to have a look at the results at the end of the day," Federer said. "I just want to be informed of the highlights of the day, to know what has happened during the day."

    The 10-time Grand Slam champion reached the fourth round Friday, beating Potito Starace of Italy

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    From WTA's website

    Although she didn't win a title in this year's clay court lead-up, Kuznetsova was one of the top finishers at every European stop: a semifinalist at Warsaw and a runner-up at consecutive Tier I events in Berlin and Rome. Coupled with her Roland Garros run from last year, it's no surprise that she was touted by Roger Federer as one of his favorite players to watch on the women's tour.

    "The Russian press told me about this and I thought like, 'No, it was a joke.' So I went to the internet and read it. And if I got a compliment from anybody, the best thing to hear about myself, definitely this is the best I've ever heard. Roger is a legend. He's my hero. There are no more words to say about that."
     
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  2. tennis_hand

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    Roger said last year's beaten WTA finalist to win the FO. He was actually hinting the same for ATP. ;)
     
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    Gooooo Kuznetsova!


    So who's Kuznetsova?




    j/k
     
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  4. charlottefromca

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    Ha! I didn't think about that.. so you think if she loses tommorw to Ivanovic Federer will have a mental feak-out.. lol
     
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    nice point...a little subtle connection...but i think she can do it...but she must play extremely well to do so
     
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  6. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    In his 3rd Round interview, they asked him is there is anyone's game that he like on the WTA. He didn't pick her to win the title, in his quotes he just said he likes the way she plays. I think he just picked her based on her style of game which is known as the "hybrid" on the womans tour. But she has the game, its between the ears.
     
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  7. Alexandros

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    Interesting how Federer has now mentioned he likes Kuznetsova and Serena's games, both power baseliners with all court ability. As opposed to say, Mauresmo or Henin who tend to play more fluidly and with more 'style' like he does.
     
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  8. travlerajm

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    Maybe because Mauresmo outphysicals the other gals, while Henin is maybe not the best sportswoman going round. Kuznetsuva has probably the most technically sound all-around game on the WTA tour. (She'd have multiple grand slams by now if she was more athletic like Mauresmo or Henin).
     
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  9. Nerub

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    Well Jankovic will just have to prove him wrong.
     
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  10. 35ft6

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    Her strokes are so money. Too bad about the mug, though.
     
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  11. chiru

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    dude how is mauresmo's game fluid. i mean granted its not god awful baseline bashing like the rest, but both her forehand and her backhand look so god awful. henin's game looks aesthetically the closest to roger.
     
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  13. dima

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    she lost lol
     
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  14. TheTruth

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    Kuzzy is a big time choke. Wonder Roger would say that? Surely he knows of her meltdowns. Oh well!
     
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    now jankovic to win the title
     
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  16. erik_PS95

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    I think Roger wants to "peg" her in another way :twisted:
     
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  17. Zets147

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    well yea, he likes to "catch the waves'
     
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  18. Ronaldo

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    Likes em thick eh? Rather peg Anna as the one to watch.
     
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  19. mentalcase

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    She needs to lose weight.
     
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  20. mdjenders

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    That's disgusting.
     
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  21. tintin

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    damn there's a good chance Kuznetsova will pull out of Wimbledon if she really has her ab tear injury again.
    She called the trainer during her match for her abs and apparently it's not looking good for her right now
     
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