Safin Shocks Djokovic; Brits Bag on Fat Players at Wimbledon
by Staff | June 25th, 2008, 10:11 pm
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Safin Rides Slow Mower to Upset Djokovic at Wimbledon

From the Open Era through Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras and most of the 1990s, a grass court was a short-shorn lawn where the ball skidded and players who could get the net, and even volley semi-well (see: Borg), were rewarded. The critics then complained that grasscourt tennis with its short points was nothing more than a serving contest.


That’s when the All England Club began experimenting with denser turf and heavier balls to slow play until…today, when Spanish claycourters win grasscourt titles from behind the baseline, and the lawns resemble claycourts with a few blades sprinkled on top. But not everyone is complaining.

At Wimbledon yesterday, down and formerly-out former No. 1 Marat Safin walloped world No. 3 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-2on the modern-day grasscourts, where the balls didn’t skid but bounced up nice and high in his strike zone.

“Thanks for the people to make the courts slower,” Safin said. “I played well because I think the courts, they has been getting slower and slower throughout the years. So it’s not like they used to be like eight years ago. It was really fast, and now you can play from the baseline and nobody even getting close to the net. I just had to do what I had to do: Serve well and try to stay with him. And also he didn’t impress me with his game today. I could read his serve. I could return. I could stay with him from the baseline.”

Djokovic was coming off a runner-up effort at Queen’s, while Safin has never felt comfortable on grass, posting an 11-8 record since debuting at the All England Club in 1998, and belly-aching about the surface ever since.

“The strawberries are too expensive,” said Safin, reiterating some of his complaints over the years. “It’s true. They don’t have enough for dessert. It’s true. Only the coach is allowed to come in the locker room is also true. Because some physios, they cannot come inside the locker room.”

For the 21-year-old Djokovic, who has been commenting on world No. 1 Roger Federer’s vulnerability, it was a bitter blow.

“I was serving a lot of double faults, which is unusual,” Djokovic said. “I was just not finding my momentum. It was certainly a very bad day for me. I didn’t do anything that I was supposed to. He was very solid in all segments. I had opportunities, but I just made some unforced errors, which were really uncharacteristic, without any sense. Safin still has his ups and downs, and is known for his mental instability in some ways, but he’s still a great player. He wants to step it up again. (Today) he was mentally there.”

Djokovic added that idol-worship may have played a part.

“When I was a junior, I looked at him as one of the greatest players, one of the idols,” Djokovic said. “I admired the way he plays. I used to practice with him because we had then, and we still have, the same manager. I have a lot of respect for him. Maybe that played a role today in the match.”

Federer faced a tough test on Wednesday against fast-court specialist Robin Soderling, but tamed the Swede in straight sets, further silencing his critics.

Other Top 10 winners Wednesday were (5) David Ferrer (d. Igor Andreev in four), and (10) Marcos Baghdatis (d. Thomas Johansson).

Other seeded upset victims were (15) Fernando Gonzalez, losing in four to Italian Simone Bolelli, and (21) Juan Carlos Ferrero, retiring in the third with injury against Mischa Zverev.

Matches of note Thursday at the All England Club are Xavier “X-Man” Malisse vs. (12) Andy Murray, (6) Andy Roddick vs. Serb Janko Tipsarevic, “The Importance of Being” Ernests Gulbis vs. (2) Rafael Nadal, big-serving Brit Chris Eaton vs. (25) Dmitry Tursunov, (8) Richard “Baby Fed” Gasquet vs. Sebastien Grosjean in an all-French, Rainer Schuettler vs. (9) James Blake, (23) Tommy Robredo vs. Tommy Haas in an all-Tommy, Croat riser Marin Cilic vs. (24) Jarkko Nieminen, (19) Nicolas Almagro vs. Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez in an all-Spanish, and (14) Paul-Henri Mathieu vs. Jeremy “Cheesy” Chardy in an all-French.

Ivanovic Wins Marathon to Survive Wimbledon Scare

An erratic world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic survived an almost 3-1/2 hour tussle with Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy on Wednesday at Wimbledon, defeating the veteran 6-7(2), 7-6(3), 10-8 on her fourth match point.

“It was an amazing match,” Ivanovic said. “In the second set I saved some match points and from that point on I just thought ‘It’s my second chance.’”

The Serb will next face China’s Zheng Jie, who knocked out Britain’s Elena Baltacha in straight sets.

Two seeds were not so lucky on Day 3 of The Championships, with Anabel Medina Garrigues outlasting (20) Francesca Schiavone 9-7 in the third, and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova defeating (28) Alona Bondarenko, who retired in the second set with injury.

Other Top 10-seeded winners were (4) Svetlana Kuznetsova (d. Kateryna Bondarenko), (6) Serena Williams (d. Urszula Radwanska), and (8) Anna Chakvetadze (d. Edina Gallovits).

Seeds strugling into the third round were (18) Nicole Vaidisova (d. Samantha Stosur after getting bageled in the second set), and (29) Amelie Mauresmo (d. Virginia Ruano Pascual after dropping the first set).

Highlights Thursday at Wimbledon are (7) Venus Williams vs. Brit Anne Keothavong, an all-Russian in Alla Kudryavtseva vs. (3) Maria Sharapova, and Gisela Dulko vs. (25) Lindsay Davenport.

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
Novak Djokovic suffered his earliest exit at Wimbledon ever, and his earliest exit at any Slam since 2006 Australian Open…

Marat Safin hasn’t won a title since the 2005 Australian Open…

Roger Federer dropped his serve for the first time Wednesday after 74 straight holds on grass…

Rafa Nadal has won 18 straight matches and 28 of his last 29…

Dmitry Tursunov’s Thursday opponent, Brit Chris Eaton, is ranked 661…

Both Bondarenko sisters were sent home Wednesday…

Thanks to Juan Carlos Ferrero’s bad leg, the men’s Wimbledon tournament needs just three more retirements (11) to set a Grand Slam record for pull outs…

Novak Djokovic turned out to be the vulnerable one at Wimbledon, not Roger Federer…

In Novak Djokovic’s last five Slam losses the Serb’s won one set…

Serbs Djokovic and Bozoljac have combined to hit 34 doubles faults this tournament…

Ana Ivanovic saved two match points against Nathalie Dechy who extended her further than she’s ever gone in a final set (10-8)…

David Ferrer has won seven straight grass matches. Go freakin’ figure…

Eight of 10 sets played between Simone Bolelli and Fernando Gonzalez have gone to a tiebreak. That’s weird…

Andy Roddick’s 140mph serve is tied with Robin Soderling for the fastest of the tournament…

Fernando Verdasco has broken a tournament-high 16 times…

The 16-year-old Pavlyuchenkova is in her first Grand Slam third round…

Weather: Continued dry spell, with mild temperatures…

From Oliver Holt writing for The Mirror on the fat British women players: “Some people saw Naomi Cavaday’s performance against Venus Williams yesterday as a valiant effort against overwhelming odds. I didn’t. All I saw was a missed opportunity for a talented player who needs to get into shape. Pointing out that players like Cavaday and compatriot Melanie South are carrying more weight than most other players in the woman’s draw is not being sexist. It’s just another example of British tennis players lacking the commitment and the conviction to achieve their potential. I’m not criticising her appearance, just her ability to win tennis matches. If Cavaday was in proper shape, she might have pulled off the shock of the decade in wo men’s tennis. But she isn’t, so she didn’t.”…

The Independent on Roger Federer’s Wimbledon sweater: “This, it almost goes without saying, is a prime example of how not to wear knitwear,” Susannah Frankel wrote. “Federer resembled nothing more than an ageing Harry Potter, although one suspects that this was not the effect he was aiming for.”…

How uptight are the Brits? BBC commentator John McEnroe threw everyone into a frenzy by saying “bastard” on air: “It was an off-the-cuff comment during a light-hearted exchange,” said a BBC spokesman, following on-air apologies…

SI.com’s Jon Wertheim on those writing Roger Federer’s Wimbledon eulogy too soon: “I was part of an IHT forum (shameless plug) last week and we all pretty much agreed that Federer is the champ until he’s beaten. From where I sit, it’s other players, former players (What’s up, Bjorn Borg?), hysterical fans, [ESPN's] Chris Fowler…those are the folks squirting the embalming fluid on The Fed.”…

The ATP and ITF websites came under attack according to The Register: “Two high-profile tennis websites are among scores of victims of a new wave of SQL injection attacks. The website of game regulators ITF and ATP, the professional players tour, were hit by automated attacks in the run-up to this week’s Wimbledon championship. The ITF (International Tennis Foundation) website has since been cleaned up but the ATP website remains dirty, according to Fraser Howard, a security researcher at Sophos who’s tracking the attacks. Howard explained that hackers used search engines and automated tools to hunt for vulnerable sites. The timing of the infection of the tennis websites is therefore just a coincidence.”…


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54 Comments for Safin Shocks Djokovic; Brits Bag on Fat Players at Wimbledon

hiding behind our keyboards Says:

This may have nothing to do with the tennis itself, and some may not get the reference, but I wish more than ever before that BrundleFly would show up and puke on Ivanovic’s clenched fist. Not really, but I’m sure some can understand this feeling.

Djokovic had a bad day. These things happen sometimes. Even the best of the best can have really bad days on the court. Federer and Nadal have had them and Djokovic can too. His game looked way off, but I think Safin had something to do with that. Safin can still pull off some cool shots.


blah Says:

Grass has been slowed down so much it’s disgusting.
Ugh.
What makes tennis beautiful is its’ variety of courts/playing style and how they contrast.
Goodbye serve and volley.


jane Says:

hiding…
Brundlefly – Jeff Goldblum? Such a good film if I’ve got the right reference! Thanks for reminding me; I should watch it again.

Blah,
Safin agrees with you except for him it’s not disgusting, lol.
But you’re 100% right, of course, that it has changed. Some clay-courters are winning on the grass, perhaps people that you wouldn’t normally see winning or going deep here. And also, some of the big servers are falling. There is definitely a shift on the lawns.


freakyfrites Says:

I don’t know how to feel about the change in grass courts – if you watch the old matches with Pete, and even Bjorg – McEnroe, you’ll see that these matches, are indeed, boring! It surprised me to discover, but it’s true.

I just wish there was a little bit more S&V – like what we saw yesterday with Santoro v. Murray or even today with Natalie Dechy.

Ah well, the grass is always greener. . .


hiding behind our keyboards Says:

jane, you got it. David Cronenberg’s version of ”The Fly” (1986). I only refer to the highly-acidic vomit which dissolves flesh and bone immediately upon contact. Call me disturbed, but I have imagined Ana’s fist getting coated with that stuff during a match. And the way she spins her body around when she does it too. It just rubs me the wrong way. I still think she’s an excellent player, all sweet and pretty ‘n’ junk.


Von Says:

hiding behind our keyboards:

“And the way she spins her body around when she does it too. It just rubs me the wrong way.”

She looks like Sharapova with the clenched fist, which grates on my nerves and turns me off from watching her. I’ve stated before about her form — her knees seem glued together, and her movement is clumsy. The interviews are the worst. The girl does not stop to breathe, she rattles one sentence after the other, without a pause. Whew. Not a graceful athlete, but another ball basher. Sorry, that’s the way I see her and her game.


hiding behind our keyboards Says:

Yeah, you got a point there, Von. I do think, however, that she does a very good job of sharply changing the direction of the ball, which has surprised many of her opponents. That may be the extent of it.


Kevin Says:

Nicole Vaidisova has got to be the most mentally immature player I’ve ever seen. Even more than Mary Pierce in her early days.

In the 1st set against Stosur, where she broke her 3 times, she sat as if she just got skunked 6-0. Which was her fate in the second set.

Even the TV commentator said if she didn’t want to play, what was she doing out there!

She lost nine straight games to Stosur who reverted to a strategy of basically just keeping the ball in play.

Nicole’s a huge talent. Inside the mind of child.

Ah youth; it’s always wasted on the young!


Jack Says:

Too early, but nadal is not making the high% of 1st serves he normally does. Gulbis’ serve is on. This match might live upto the hype.

Goodluck to Gulbis. Would be great to see a big server actually win, for a change on these slower than ever grasscourts. US open is now officially the fastest slam!


Dan Martin Says:

Gulbis took the first set 7-5. Regardless of how this match turns out I am contemplating the notion that surface matters more for an underdog as he can craft a strategy to use that surface to the best of his abilities against a known commodity (the elite player). When an elite plays an elite surface matters less as such players are less likely to tailor their game to beat someone due to their generally correct belief “that if I play well I will win.” Nadal on clay vs. other elites may be the exception that proves the rule. Otherwise, did the Nadal vs. Djokovic match in Paris and at Queens Club look much different from either player? Whereas an underdog may use some idiosyncrasies of a given surface against a specific aspect of an elite player’s game to his advantage. This does not always equal an upset but it can equal closer matches on one surface vs. another and winning sets.


Jack Says:

1st set Gulbis! Lost just 4 points on serve! That is just unbelievable considering the courts are not the fastest in the world right now. I cant imagine what this kid can do with this serve on faster surfaces like the open or indoor carpet.

Nadal will have to reach deep into his mental reserves now. He should still pull this out in 4, it is just impossible for gulbis to keep that serve at that insane level for another 2 sets.

Cant blame the kid for not trying though. Add another obstacle to nadal on the hard-courts. The list seems to be growing on and on!


Shital Green Says:

Yeah, but Rafa takes 2 breaks in the 2nd set. He is back, to disappoint those who are ill-wishing. We gotta give credit Gulbis for his great play in the 1st set.


Shital Green Says:

Gulbis makes too many unforced errors. Rafa’s serve starts finding spots/angles and runs away with 6-2 to even the match, set apiece.


jane Says:

I love this Gulbis kid; he’s got such a great game imo. I see big stuff for him in the future – if he stays focused (Jack I believe he already got to the R16 at the USO last year). That said, I’d like to see Rafa come through this and make a run of it.


Shital Green Says:

Jane,
No doubt Gulbis is highly talented and would like to see him in the top 10 soon. The kid has a great game. With more experience, his shots will gain better accuracy, and he can be a greater threat to anyone. It should not take him too long.


Tejuz Says:

yeah.. Gulbis has a great power game.. goes for broke most of the times. He needs to tighten up his volleying and need a little bit more variations. He is troibling nadal with his drop shots. But well.. Nadal is Nadal.. he never gives up.


Dan Martin Says:

I remember Kafelnikov in 95 saying playing Muster at the French Open was like trying to push an elephant. I think Nadal is so physically and mentally tough that he is almost impossible to beat at the moment. Gulbis had an openning early in the 2nd set and that did not go his way and he got steam rolled that set. Gulbis has played well and had chances and yet in the end it will look like a somewhat tight 4 set win. Still, Gulbis is a player to watch.


jane Says:

That’s a good match for both guys but particularly for Rafa – a nice test before he could face some even stiffer challenges.


Shital Green Says:

Congratulations to Nadal !
It was a spectacular match.
Gulbis showed some real sign for the future.


Von Says:

Wow, what a great match! Gulbis tested Nadal for sure, but Nadal always found a way to come out the winner. I believe Gulbis likes to listen to Paul Simon’s song: ‘Slip, Slide and Away”. He fell so many times, but he showed heart, As for Nadal, this guy has got to have a tape measure or some micro chip in his brain whereby he sees every inch of the court when placing his shots.


Shital Green Says:

In another court, the Brit No. 1 is cruising smoothly and will soon be wrapping up in straight sets. I am watching this one on Star Sports live streaming and Blake-Schuettler on TV ESPN2 with sounds off, side by side.


Dan Martin Says:

If I am Gulbis I play some of the early North American hard court circuit and get some points in CA, Indy etc. to help his ranking rise. I think the surface would benefit him and in many cases the draws are softer than the post Wimbledon Euro clay court events. Maybe he should play Newport on grass …


jane Says:

Shital – I like Andy Murray’s attitude here so far; he’s game is looking good too. I hope he gets to the quarters anyhow. But Gasquet looms.


Von Says:

jane:

Murray shouldn’t have any problems with Gasquet.

I don’t think I can handle watching Roddick’s match. My stomach nerves are acting up.


jane Says:

Von,

I empathize with you; my stomach nerves were acting up yesterday. But do watch and hope for the best! In a best of 5 match against Tipsy, you gotta like Andy’s chances.


Dan Martin Says:

While I never said Rafa had an easier draw than Roger, I think his draw at the moment looks like more than a pretty good test. Gulbis was a tough match. Kiefer is that annoying sort of player who can take advantage of an off day and get under someone’s skin. Then either Youzhny or Stepanek – both could be more dangerous on grass. Then Gasquet or Murray … then Roddick or maybe a James Blake who has troubled Rafa in the past. I think Rafa can do it, but this draw is not easy.


Vulcan Says:

From the article above:

That’s when the All England Club began experimenting with denser turf and heavier balls to slow play until…today, when Spanish claycourters win grasscourt titles from behind the baseline, and the lawns resemble claycourts with a few blades sprinkled on top. But not everyone is complaining.

This paragraph is assinine:

A. No “Spanish” claycourter has won Wimbledon yet
since the courts have been slowed down
B. Nadal won Queens Club which is recognized as being as fast if not faster then the speed of the Fast Wimbledon courts


Von Says:

The AELTC has certainly messed up the Wimby tournament for the fast servers. It’s nonsensical to alter the court’s turf. The 4 GS are supposed to have differing surfaces and speeds — why change/ruin a winning combination.


jane Says:

Dan,

I agree 100% – Rafa has a tough path ahead of him. If he gets to the final through all that, he deserves the trophy! Phew! Roger’s draw was potentially tough but has opened up quite nicely for him; do you see any really tests on that side?


Von Says:

jane:

Normally, I wouldn’t worry about Andy in a 5 setter, but after listening to P. McEnroe’s report on the inflammation/tenderness situation still present in Andy’s shoulder, I’m concerned. I’ll just have to sit through some agonizing moments and hope for the best. Maybe Tipsy will stump his toe or something. Just being facetious.


Shital Green Says:

Jane,
Yeah, I also like what I am seeing from Murray today, and the last match. He was making some of the unpredictably finest shots I have seen in a long time. He showed some soccer skills right before the match point (or after?) when Malisse challenged a call only to lose.
He wins in straight and will play Haas, a tough opponent on some occasions (H2H: 1-1).
Congratulations to Murray !

On the other court, Blake got broken and now 2 sets apiece. What worries me is he has won only 2 (?) 5th set matches in his entire career. I would like to see him pull this one through somehow one more time.
On to Roddick-Tipsy match.


Dan Martin Says:

Jane –

I think Roger moves into the rd of 16 pretty easily but his 2 matches vs. Hewitt last Summer were not easy. Still, hard to see him losing a best 3 of 5 set match to Hewitt. Any of Roger’s qf options are solid, but none jump out as an upset threat. The sf is likely to be a good opponent with maybe F. Lopez as his toughest match (if Marat Safin gets there he will be playing well so … who knows?)

I do not begrudge Roger for the draw opening up, Pete had a nice draw in 1997 and 2000 and a tough draw in 1993 and 1995. Some years are easier to navigate than others. I just think some of the media went overboard in saying how much tougher his draw was due to Djokovic who is clearly the #3 player in the world, but it takes 6 wins to get to the final so even if one of the 6 matches looks tougher on paper it does not mean the other draw is easy.


Dan Martin Says:

James Blake …. not a good showing


Shital Green Says:

I could not believe Roddick miss-hit those two shots and let Tipsy break for the 1st time and now Tipsy closes out the set to even the match, 1 set apiece.

Von, Roddick is playing great, getting more break chances. Roddick had a lot of break chances in those two sets. I am sure he will do everything to convert them if he gets them in the 3rd and 4th. I am not worrying. I firmly believe he will come out as a winner, though it looks like it will remain a tight match through out.


Shital Green Says:

Roddick is broken, 2-3 in the 3rd set. He repeats the error, overplaying another easy shot exactly the same way as he did when he was broken last. He’s gotta break back right away. Tipsy is serving. Roddick has a chance at 0-30 but cannot return 2nd serve, then in the very long rally hesitates to chance, and Tipsy holds serve. First time I am a little concerned about Roddick, but it is still long way to go.


Shital Green Says:

Sadly Roddick trails 1-2 mainly because of his restlessness. To win this match, he needs to calm down a little bit, but not too much to wait for the opponent’s error. He cannot afford to overplay at critical moments like he did on those two occasions.


Von Says:

Shital:

Tipsy won the 2nd and 3rd sets and is in the zone. Roddick will have to win both remaining sets to win the match. This one could go to 5 sets only if Roddick wins the 4th set. I’m not holding my breath for any miracles. Tipsy is doing everything right.

If Roddick loses, all of the American men will be out of Wimbledon. Very sad for American tennis.


jane Says:

Von,

It ain’t over till it’s over; keep hope alive. I actually like Tipsy, he’s good and such a scrapper, but obviously I want to see Roddick win here (sort like the situation with Safin v Djoko). I can’t even watch because I have to go teach right now. Will keep match in the back of my mind though!

On a happier, or at least less tense, note, I am thrilled to see Cillic through, one of my young gun dark horses.


leann Says:

If Roddick loses, all of the American men will be out of Wimbledon. Very sad for American tennis.

Bobby Reynolds is still in the tournament.
He’s an American even if nobody recognizes him yet.
Not saying he will get far, but he’s into the 3rd round. There are more American men besides Blake and Roddick.


andrea Says:

bye bye roddick. all the apparent ‘wimbledon contenders’ are falling…

tres interesting….


Shital Green Says:

I am sad Roddick lost. No doubt Tipsy played a great match, but Roddick beat himself because he lost in the tiebreaker. Even before that, he had 2 set points and had 2 2nd serves to level the match. Again, his restlessness beat him. Sad day.

Congratulations to Tipsy !


Von Says:

andrea:

Make sure you don’t choke on your gloat, or trip when you skip for joy. it’ll indeed be a sad day for you, because you’ll be the one choking or falling.:)


Daniel Says:

This tourney is looking good for the underdogs. what is happening with the seeds that are falling one after the other?!

I have a strange feeling that both Fed and Nadal won’t be in the final together. One of them will reach it and now I really don’t know who could be there too. My bets are in Safin, Gasquet or Murray. To be honest, the way Murray and Gasquet are playing, Nadal will really need to win those mental matches he is used to.

Now both Fed and Nadal draws are “easy” since the most important peaces in their possible semis are out. The top half of Nadal’s draw has none significant, but Gasq


Daniel Says:

This tourney is looking good for the underdogs. what is happening with the seeds that are falling one after the other?!

I have a strange feeling that both Fed and Nadal won’t be in the final together. One of them will reach it and now I really don’t know who could be there too. My bets are in Safin, Gasquet or Murray.
To be honest, the way Murray and Gasquet are playing (maybe this will be THE tournament for one of them), Nadal will really need to win those mental matches he is used to.

Now both Fed and Nadal draws are “easy” since the most important pieces in their possible semis are out. The top half of Nadal’s draw (his semis opponent) has none significant, but his next three rounds would be difficult matches: Kiefer, Stepanek/Youzhny, Murray/Gasquet. All of them could give trouble to the Spaniard, while Fed will only have problems if he faces a in the zone Safin (who if get that far will be a contender). This tourney is very interesting!!


Daniel Says:

Sorry, now that I saw the part of my post went first. Apologies to all!


Vulcan Says:

Well, Roddick’s departure evens the difficulty in the draw out between Federer and Nadal. I think its fair to say that Roddick and Djokovic represent fairly equal challenges on grass.
However two things come to mind as far as Nadal is concerned, Youzhny clobbered him earlier in the year at Chennai and if Gasquet plays the way he did last year to knock out Roddick (93 backhand winners) it might be his toughest match of the tournament (all of this assuming he gets past Keifer who has not much more to bother him other than deft drop shots)


matt Says:

Before the start of the tournament I said Federer would be the champion.

Now I see it even clearer.

I said as well that only Nadal could beat him if he gets to the final and plays great, but honestly, he has a long road to go.

Kiefer is a very talented player (though a bit crazy as well) and extremely dangerous on grass.

If Nadal wins that one, then he would face Youzhny or Stepanek. Both them can beat him on grass.

Youzhny has powerful groundstrokes and a good serve, and has given trouble to Nadal more than once in the past.

Stepanek plays great at the net, has a good serve and his style could harm Nadal.

But even if Nadal wins that one too, he may face Gasquet or Murray or Hass, all of them extremely dangerous players on grass that could trouble him a lot.

I know Nadal has won his last seven matches on grass, but to get to the SF he must win three consecutive tough matches.

He can do it, but only if he plays great.

If he has a “bad day”, he’ll be out in one of those three matches.

But if he wins them all and gets to SF, I see him beating whoever gets there (Tipsarevic or Cilic or Tursunov or…) quite comfortably, and so reaching the final.

In the top half of the draw I can’t see anyone defeating Federer. Not Hewitt, not Ancic, not Berdych, not anyone else.


Vulcan Says:

Its seems David Ferrer, the Number 5 seed and S’Hertogenbosch winner is flying well below everyones radar so far…hes the kind of guy that could really give Federer some QF trouble in a Canas kind of way.


Glenn Says:

“How uptight are the Brits? BBC commentator John McEnroe threw everyone into a frenzy by saying “bastard” on air: “It was an off-the-cuff comment during a light-hearted exchange,” said a BBC spokesman, following on-air apologies…”

Why are the Brits “uptight?” Rather it might be a sad reflection on American society – that there are so many unwed mothers that it is considered normal. It is a cultural difference that caused the furor over the use of the word “bastard.” Are Americans so culturally insensitive?

Yeah, I’m American, but why do we have to play the caveman?

Congrats to Tipsarevic. I loved the fact that in an interview clip during the match, Tipsarevic stated, “If I lose, it’s not because I played badly — it’s just because the other player played better than me.” Simple as that. I don’t know why people try to make excuses for their favorite players. If your player is not consistent, then that is part of his/her game. Don’t make excuses, live with it.

The American commentators kept going on and on and on and on and on and on about the wind affecting the play of the Americans — as if the wind did not affect their opponents! Sheesh!

Congratulations especially to diminutive Jie Zheng for beating Ivanovic. Ivanovic used to be such a favorite of mine (I felt she and Jankovic are the only top seeds worth watching), but when she claimed interference after Dechy’s cap fell on a ball that she could NOT POSSIBLY have gotten – and on such a crucial point of the match – my respect for her just went down the drain.

Oh — one last thing. I didn’t think too much about Gulbis walking on court over a minute before Nadal. But during a later match, it was mentioned that entering or leaving the court with your opponent is just plain good manners. Being so rich, you’d think Gulbis would have learned manners. Nadal gave him a well-deserved beating.


TD (Tam) Says:

“Novak Djokovic turned out to be the vulnerable one at Wimbledon, not Roger Federer…”

Roger’s fanboys certainly are uptight about what Novak says aren’t they? ;)


just asking Says:

– How uptight are the Brits? BBC commentator John McEnroe threw everyone into a frenzy by saying “bastard” on air: “It was an off-the-cuff comment during a light-hearted exchange,” said a BBC spokesman, following on-air apologies… –

Bastard is hardly a bad word, it’s the same as “b-tch” which Europeans have no problem saying on TV. I’m surprised the British were all upset about it. Isn’t this the same backwards country whose favorite word to overuse is “c-nt”?


federer is afraid Says:

why does federer always get cakewalk draws even if they seem to be challenging at first…


Ra Says:

Federer doesn’t always get cakewalk draws. Personally, I think there’s still plenty of danger left on his side between Wawrinka, Safin, Baghdatis, Ancic, and Hewitt. But cake draws do happen, and moreover, draws open up along the way. The thing is that for the last 4 or more straight years, he’s always been in deep enough to see those openings. In this specific case, though, I’m positive that if Nadal was in Federer’s position right now, people would be certainly be citing all of the players I mentioned as potential roadblocks for Nadal. I mean, if people are saying Kiefer and Youzhny were/are a threat to him (and I agree), then let’s be fair. Hewitt, Safin, and Baghdatis (most recently) have frequently and by far gone further in GS’s than anyone on Nadal’s side including Murray and Gasquet.


Nadal is a moron Says:

Why do nadal fans always keep whining? Are they morons like nadal, too? Has it anything to do with licking/smelling his fingers which are always stuck in his butt?

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