Tennis-X Notes: Gilbert In Demand as Roddick Drops from Top 10
Posted on July 6, 2006
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Roger Federer has won a scary 26 straight matches at Wimbledon including 78 of 82 sets. Federer has defeated three of the best grasscourt players in Richard Gasquet, Tim Henman and Mario Ancic without dropping a set. What chance does 34-year-old Jonas Bjorkman have? Nice effort though...If Brad Gilbert gets close to a million bucks from Andy Murray/LTA, how much does Tony Roche ask from Roger Federer?...With the rain Wednesday Jarkko Nieminen was a happy camper as he gets an extra day of rest before playing Rafael Nadal. The Finn has also never beaten a Top 5 player (0-16)...Jonas Bjorkman is the oldest Wimbledon semifinalist since Jimmy Connors in 1987. Why did Jonas now reach the semifinals in this his 13th try? Maybe because the number of players that can actually play on grass is next to nothing...Nice choke by Radek Stepanek serving three doubles when serving for the match. Don't think Martina Hingis would do that...Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor needed 6 hours, 9 minutes to beat Simon Aspelin and Todd Perry 23-21 in the fifth set. The match was the longest doubles match in Slam history...In eight of the last nine Slams Lleyton Hewitt has lost to the eventual champion. That bodes well for Marcos Baghdatis...Andy Roddick has been bumped out of the Top 10 by Marcos Baghdatis...Justin Henin-Hardenne has won 16 straight matches, 12 straight in Slam play and 24 consecutive sets...Equal prize money anyone? The top four seeds on the women's side have dropped just two sets combined and there have been hardly any memorable matches. The chasm is large...Roger Federer has reached the semifinals in nine straight Slams (Ivan Lendl has the record with 10)...17-year-old Canadian hope Philip Bester lost in the second round of the Wimbledon juniors...Andy Murray will take his lone-British-hope road show to Newport next week where he will try and duplicate countryman Greg Rusedski's win on the American grass. Murray's mother Judy told the Evening Times they were really close to inking a coaching deal with Brad Gilbert during Wimbledon, and the negotiations continue: "We're almost there and once a new coach is signed, sealed and delivered, I'm sure it will help Andy. He was disappointed with his performance against [Marcos] Baghdatis, but he was very low on the grump scale the day after."...Past Tour de France winners are ripping tennis as an inferior sport? Please. You're riding a bike. That's about as skillful as jogging...From Leo Schlink writing for the Courier-Mail: "Queensland's leading tennis tournament has been saved from oblivion by a powerful Tennis Australia delegation. The Mondial Australian Hardcourt would have been stripped of its leading players under a plan by the Women's Tennis Association to stage a $1.8 million event in the Middle East in direct competition to the $235,000 Gold Coast tournament. Under WTA rules, at least six of the world's top 10 players would have been automatically designated to the Qatar Open, a Tier I event. The Royal Pines tournament, a Tier III tournament, this year attracted entries from top 10 players Maria Sharapova and Patty Schnyder as well as wildcard Martina Hingis. But the Qatar Open, currently staged in Berlin, paraded six of the top 10. The WTA telegraphed its intention to move the Qatar Open from Germany to Doha in the first week of January. But the TA delegation combined to roll the proposal. The 2007 calendar will be released in New York next month."...Wimbledon officials announced that if Euro-idiots continue to run onto stadium court from the stands, they may be forced to erect a screen or fence between the court and fans...American Sam Querrey and Aussie Mark "The Dud Scud" Philipppoussis were handed Newport wildcards...Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne have been officially named to face off in the Fed Cup semifinals against the U.S., which will not front a Top 10 player after injuries to Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport, and Venus Williams saying 'No thanks.'