2019 French Open: Roger Federer vs. Casper Ruud

Who'll win


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Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
20 years ago, one Herr Roger Federer of Switzerland played his first ever men's Grand Slam Tournament, the 1999 French Open. Then, he lost in the first round to the more experienced Pat Rafter. In that same draw, among other players, was also Christian Ruud.

Now, two decades later, that Swiss guy is still hanging around, killing younglings, and will get to play the son of of his co-competitor from his debut major, Casper Ruud.

The two exchanged a few words before their respective matches today, with the young lad reportedly promising Fed that he'd "see you Friday."



It will be a tough task for the young man in the biggest match of his career thus far, on the biggest stage. He will no doubt hope to use some tricks picked up at the Hafa Academy.

 

Silence

Professional
20 years ago, one Herr Roger Federer of Switzerland played his first ever men's Grand Slam Tournament, the 1999 French Open. Then, he lost in the first round to the more experienced Pat Rafter. In that same draw, among other players, was also Christian Ruud.

Now, two decades later, that Swiss guy is still hanging around, killing younglings, and will get to play the son of of his co-competitor from his debut major, Casper Ruud.

The two exchanged a few words before their respective matches today, with the young lad reportedly promising Fed that he'd "see you Friday."



It will be a tough task for the young man in the biggest match of his career thus far, on the biggest stage. He will no doubt hope to use some tricks picked up at the Hafa Academy.

Thank you Sir! A much awaited first meeting for me. Fed Express in 3.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
20 years ago, one Herr Roger Federer of Switzerland played his first ever men's Grand Slam Tournament, the 1999 French Open. Then, he lost in the first round to the more experienced Pat Rafter. In that same draw, among other players, was also Christian Ruud.

Now, two decades later, that Swiss guy is still hanging around, killing younglings, and will get to play the son of of his co-competitor from his debut major, Casper Ruud.

The two exchanged a few words before their respective matches today, with the young lad reportedly promising Fed that he'd "see you Friday."



It will be a tough task for the young man in the biggest match of his career thus far, on the biggest stage. He will no doubt hope to use some tricks picked up at the Hafa Academy.

Casper looks like a younger, thinner David Fatbandian in this picture, no?
 

junior74

G.O.A.T.
Ruud has played excellent so far, yet it ends here, on a high note against his dream opponent :cool:

That said, Federer has lost to a Norwegian before.

In 1997, 16 year old Federer entered a tournament in Kappel, Switzerland. In R1 he faced the 6 years older Norwegian player Helge Koll Frafjord (third seed in his country at the time), who beat the young Maestro in straight sets.
 

beard

Professional
Is this really a slam meeting? What kind of draws are Fed's and Nadal's draws. Just let them directly to QF or even SF. Its not interesting at all...

Novak was wrong, he should start mayoring on minor tournaments, it's harder to win those nowadays...
 

RS92

Hall of Fame
Federer in 3, maybe 4 if Ruud plays really really good.

Casper looks like a younger, thinner David Fatbandian in this picture, no?
Probably will remain as the only fat guy in history to defeat the big 3 in the same tournament :cool:

Actually he may end as the only guy in history to do that, it would be unreal if another player does that before one of the big 3 retires.

*2 weeks later Mahut wins RG after defeating Federer, Nadal and Djokovic* :-D:-D
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Federer in 3, maybe 4 if Ruud plays really really good.



Probably will remain as the only fat guy in history to defeat the big 3 in the same tournament :cool:

Actually he may end as the only guy in history to do that, it would be unreal if another player does that before one of the big 3 retires.

*2 weeks later Dimitrov wins RG after defeating 5 slam champion Cilic, Wawrinka, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic* :-D:-D
FTFY
 
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Deleted member 763024

Guest
Rozjer will geeft a sate. He don't wanna be Ruud to the nino.
 

Bukowski

Professional
Ruud has had some impressive results this season but I don’t think he has an imposing enough game to bother RF yet. He needs a lot of time to dictate with his FH, and doesn’t get a ton of easy power. But I did expect Berrettini to make the 3rd round and be trouble for Fed. Ruud got through pretty comfortably so could be a tough physical match if RF isn’t at his best.
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
Talking about heavy forehands, Ruud's is a monster of a stroke. Looking forward to seeing if he can execute it well enough and how effective it is, as he will no doubt try to impose his own game... Rafans, take heart in knowing that Ruud also likes to vamos on unforced errors throughout matches ;) That damn Rafa Nadal academy
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Correct me if I'm wrong, but:

AFAIK, every one of the 128 players from that 1999 French Open draw 20 years ago is retired by now — except for this guy Roger, who's still the world number three and feasting on the sons of those guys.

Think about it.
Hewitt still plays dubs but that is the extent of activity by the 127 others in that draw. Haas was the last active singles player. Mirnyi and Nestor were in the singles draw and just retired from regular doubles play last year.
 

TennisHound

Legend
Correct me if I'm wrong, but:

AFAIK, every one of the 128 players from that 1999 French Open draw 20 years ago is retired by now — except for this guy Roger, who's still the world number three and feasting on the sons of those guys.

Think about it.
Max Mirnyi (sp?) retired correct?
 
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Deleted member 763024

Guest
Hewitt still plays dubs but that is the extent of activity by the 127 others in that draw. Haas was the last active singles player. Mirnyi and Nestor were in the singles draw and just retired from regular doubles play last year.
How much younger than Fed is Feli Lopez? He's still not officially retired is he?
 
Ruud is a solid clay player. I saw him up close in Houston and he shows a lot of promise.

I say he takes a set from Roger. Maybe even the 1st set! Rog in 4.
 
20 years ago, one Herr Roger Federer of Switzerland played his first ever men's Grand Slam Tournament, the 1999 French Open. Then, he lost in the first round to the more experienced Pat Rafter. In that same draw, among other players, was also Christian Ruud.

Now, two decades later, that Swiss guy is still hanging around, killing younglings, and will get to play the son of of his co-competitor from his debut major, Casper Ruud.

The two exchanged a few words before their respective matches today, with the young lad reportedly promising Fed that he'd "see you Friday."



It will be a tough task for the young man in the biggest match of his career thus far, on the biggest stage. He will no doubt hope to use some tricks picked up at the Hafa Academy.

Rafa to Caspar:
Hit the topspin to the backhand of Royur.

Caspar: Can you play for me, uncle Rafa? I’m scared.
 

flyingboris

Hall of Fame
20 years ago, one Herr Roger Federer of Switzerland played his first ever men's Grand Slam Tournament, the 1999 French Open. Then, he lost in the first round to the more experienced Pat Rafter. In that same draw, among other players, was also Christian Ruud.

Now, two decades later, that Swiss guy is still hanging around, killing younglings, and will get to play the son of of his co-competitor from his debut major, Casper Ruud.

The two exchanged a few words before their respective matches today, with the young lad reportedly promising Fed that he'd "see you Friday."



It will be a tough task for the young man in the biggest match of his career thus far, on the biggest stage. He will no doubt hope to use some tricks picked up at the Hafa Academy.

Thanks for properly ordering the poll options from lopsided to competitive to lopsided! (y)
 
Fed will win this in straight sets. Fed is playing well on clay, even after a few years not playing clay. I see fed getting at least to the quarters, he may even reach semis to face Rafa. That would be a great achievement if he managed that.
 

junior74

G.O.A.T.
@junior74


What are they saying in Norway about this match? Is it attracting attention?
There's quite a buzz. We aren't used to getting headlines about our sport here ;)

Becker has spoken about the Ruuds - father Christian (who took Boris to 5 sets in the olympics) and Casper. He says the match against Federer tomorrow is a very big happening for Norwegian tennis and a unique opportunity for Casper to gain experience.

Casper has also had a short meeting with Rafa and Toni today, according to Norwegian newspapers.
 

Otacon

Hall of Fame
There's quite a buzz. We aren't used to getting headlines about our sport here ;)

Becker has spoken about the Ruuds - father Christian (who took Boris to 5 sets in the olympics) and Casper. He says the match against Federer tomorrow is a very big happening for Norwegian tennis and a unique opportunity for Casper to gain experience.

Casper has also had a short meeting with Rafa and Toni today, according to Norwegian newspapers.
Great, thanks.

We can say that the Ruuds are worthy tennis ambassadors in Norway :p
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
How much younger than Fed is Feli Lopez? He's still not officially retired is he?
I looked for López in that ‘99 draw and he wasn’t one of the 128. He played as a pro in only three Challengers later in the year. FeLo played Boys draw and made QFs. Same for Robredo. Mahut lost Boys 1R.

Karlovic, more than two years older, only turned pro later that year. Lorenzi, another ‘81er, turned pro three years later.
 
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