Federer v Haas, Roddick v Murray in Wimbledon Semis
by Staff | July 1st, 2009, 9:06 pm
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Andy Murray is trying to end a 70+ year drought for British tennis at Wimbledon. Roger Federer is trying to make history with a record 15 Grand Slam singles title. Andy Roddick is attempting to throw off the one-Slam wonder tag for a tournament title he should have rightfully won by now (if not for Federer). And Tommy Haas, the former world No. 2, after two shoulder surgeries is just happy to be here.


All four men moved into the Wimbledon semifinals on Wednesday, with Federer lining up Haas for their second straight Slam meeting after the French Open, and the two Andys squaring off for a berth in the championship round.

Federer advanced to his 21st straight Grand Slam semifinal by straight-setting the giant-serving giant Ivo Karlovic.

“It’s difficult against Karlovic because there aren’t many baseline rallies on his serve or mine,” Federer told the BBC after triumphing 6-3, 7-5, 7-6. “It’s tough mentally because it’s hard to break him. So I was happy to break him and win the match.”

The 31-year-old Haas, who lost to Federer in five sets at the French, will get another shot at the Swiss after topping a nervous Novak Djokovic 7-5, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 win to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time.

Murray eased into the semis with a win over wildcard and former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero.

“I’m very happy to come through in straight sets because I had a long one the round before,” Murray told the AP. “There were quite a lot of errors from both of us at the start. I served very well but from the back of the court it was very, very hot out there, and quick, so there were quite a few mistakes early in the match. Once I got the first set I started to settle down and I returned great at the end.”

Roddick outlasted the former Wimbledon champ and No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in his quarterfinal, sewing up the match after breaking for a 5-4 lead in the fifth 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.

“I’m super relieved just coming off the court and really, really happy,” Roddick told the BBC. “I haven’t really been in the Grand Slam picture much the last two years and now it’s my second semifinal of the year so I’m thrilled right now. I think Lleyton might have hurt himself a little bit in that fourth set and it’s testament to the type of player he is to have kept going and to have made it such a fight.”

Federer is 9-2 career against Haas, last losing to the German in 2002 and winning their last eight encounters. Murray leads Roddick 6-2 in their career meetings, including a straight-set win at Wimbledon in 2006.

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

All 4 semifinalists have won a grasscourt title — 2 of them this year. Federer shares the Open Era record of 10 grasscourt titles with Pete Sampras, while Roddick has won 4. Murray won his first grasscourt title at 2009 Queen’s, the same week that Haas collected his first title on grass at Halle.
 
With Roland Garros champion Federer also through to the last four, 3 of the 4 semifinalists came into Wimbledon having won their last tournament.
 
Roddick has also won a title this year — at Memphis in February — the 27th of his career. The 4 semifinalists own 110 titles between them.
 
Haas and Murray are first-time Wimbledon semifinalists. Roddick is bidding for his 3rd Wimbledon final, Federer for a record 7th consecutive final here.
 
Murray defeated Roddick in the 3rd round at 2006 Wimbledon, while Haas conceded a walkover to Federer in the 2007 round of 16 here.
 
Federer and Roddick are both Grand Slam champions and former world No. 1s.
 
Federer is playing a record 21st consecutive Grand Slam semifinal.
 
The top four seeds have advanced to the semifinals for the first time at a Grand Slam since 2006 Wimbledon; last year, the top four seeds — [1] Ana Ivanovic, [2] Jelena Jankovic, [3] Maria Sharapova and [4] Svetlana Kuznetsova — all lost before the quarterfinals.
 
Of the final four players remaining, Serena and Venus Williams are the only players that have won a Grand Slam singles title. Serena holds 10 Grand Slam singles titles (2003/2005/ 2007/2009 Australian Open, 2002 Roland Garros, 2002/2003 Wimbledon, 1999/2002/2008 US Open), while Venus owns seven Grand Slam singles titles (2000 /2001/  2005/2007/ 2008 Wimbledon and 2000/2001 US Open).

Both Dinara Safina (2008/2009 Roland Garros, 2009 Australian Open) and Elena Dementieva (2004 Roland Garros, 2004 US Open) have finished as runner-up at a Grand Slam event.

Prior to 2009, Safina had not advanced to the second week at The Championships as her best result was a third round finish (2005, 2006, 2008).

This is Dementieva’s second consecutive appearance in the semifinals at Wimbledon (l. to eventual champion V.Williams in 2008).

Safina has played the most matches in 2009 (50), just ahead of Dementieva (49).

Dementieva, Serena and Venus each did not drop a set en route to the semifinals; Safina had two three set matches en route, in the fourth round (d. No.17 seed Mauresmo 46 63 64) and the quarterfinals (d. Lisicki 67(5) 64 61), dropping the first set each time.

Serena and Venus have won seven of the nine Wimbledon singles titles this decade (since 2000). There has been only one final this decade that did not include a Williams sister (2006, Mauresmo d. Henin).

Venus will face world No.1 Safina in the semifinals; Venus is 12-19 lifetime against reigning world No.1s (8-8 vs. Hingis, 2-4 vs. Davenport, 1-4 vs. S.Williams, 1-0 vs. Jankovic, 0-1 vs. Graf, 0-1 vs. Henin, 0-1 vs. Safina); only Martina Navratilova (18) and Lindsay Davenport (14) have more career wins over World No.1s.

Entering the semifinals, Serena has 40 aces and only nine double faults; in comparison Venus has 22 aces and 10 double faults; Safina has 16 aces and 31 double faults; and Dementieva has 14 aces and 33 double faults.

The only Russians ever to reach the Wimbledon women’s singles final in the Open Era are Olga Morozova (runner-up in 1974) and Maria Sharapova (champion in 2004); Safina and Dementieva will try to add to that count on Thursday.


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99 Comments for Federer v Haas, Roddick v Murray in Wimbledon Semis

Murray 2009 wimbledon champ Says:

1st to post yer!!!!!!!!
Go Murray break the english drought.


SG Says:

Well, if there’s ever going to be an intangible, how about Haas wanting revevge for his FO defeat to Fed? Realistically though, I say Fed gets through in 4 close sets.

Murray should be able to get Roddick out in 4 as well. I see Murray as a Hewitt with more range, more firepower and younger legs. Roddick’s chance lies in getting this match to 5 sets and winning some breakers with his serve.

As for the women, on some level it would have been awesome if these match ups would have occurred 25 years ago. Classic cold war battles between East and West. Hard to pick against the Williams’ sisters. They are the two best grass courters in the women’s game.


SG Says:

Hey Von,

Andy got through a tough one today. Hewitt’s no slouch on grass. The consistency of his return game can be annoying (…just ask Sampras, circa 2001 US Open). It’s a good gut check for Andy. Murray will be a tougher test. His game is heavier and more complete than Hewitt’s. You never know though. That’s why they play the matches. I have to admit that I like Murray’s game more.

I will say this though, I think Roddick would be more mentally prepared to play Federer in the final than Murray would be. If Murray gets to the final, the pressure on him will be enormous. I suspect that if Roddick gets to the final, he’ll play pretty loose. No one expects him to win and Federer will have the “15 major” thing on his head.

As for me, I post when I can. Work’s pretty crazy these days. I try to check in at night and see what everyone’s blogging about.

Anyway, if Roddick wins this whole thing, I’d be very happy for him. He’s a class guy and he deserves to notch a win at Wimbeledon. Roddick at least deserves a Wimbldeon fate similar to Roger’s at Roland Garros. He certainly has paid his dues. A win at Wimbledon would elevate his historical status.


jules Says:

I hope Tommy Haas is NOT ‘just happy to be here’… He must win it!


Von Says:

Hi SG:

Nice to see you weighing in on the threads occasionally. I’ve missed your insightful and illuminating posts, but work’s where everything’s at, isn’t it, and it’s what keeps us afloat to be able to watch tennis.

I think I’ll need a new re-wiring of my neurons or maybe an entire new nervous system in a few days. Gosh, today was waaay too stressful! I kept thinking Go home to OZ Rusty, enough already. I mean every time the guy got behind he found a way to hold his serve. I was about to walk away when Andy finally broke in the 5th because I couldn’t handle the tension of that set going on and on. Visions of Andy’s AO match vs. El Anayoui came to mind, but that was a tiebreak situation. And, Hewitt’s more likely to win in the additional games situation than in a tie-break type of scenario and the odds would have been against Andy. Anyway, Andy held to close out the match and when it was over my nerves said a silent ‘thank you’. LOL.

I was a huge Sampras fan in ’01, and I lived through every heart-breaking point. Hewitt did what he did best, kill his opponent with his speed, and Sampras seemed at a loss as to what hit him.

I’d like to see Roddick win Wimby, but that’s a huge ask, considering whom he’d meet in the final. Nice chatting with you SG, and visit us more often will ya.


grasscourtlover Says:

The best four to ever make the semifinals at Wimbledon in the history of the game. Roddick vs. Haas final will be amazing.


Tom Foober Says:

Let me tell you something…

No way in this world does Federer lose a semifinal to Haas at Wimbledon. It is not going to happen I don’t care what you say.

Andy Murray has Roddick’s number and is capable of bouncing Roddick back to America to play in the Hall of Fame Championships. A straight sets win by Murray is very possible with the crowd all cheering for Murray. Roddick’s serve needs to be at 80% on first serves and second serves better kick up or Murray will unload a barrage of forehand and backhand winners.

Sampras, Agassi, Ivanisievic made the final four once and I would say that was the best grasscourtlover with all due respect.


Gordo Says:

The way Fed is playing these past 2 weeks, brimming with confidence, having once again found THE SERVE and serving not only aces, but notice that he is ready to reclaim the #1 spot in mens’ tennis, I’d say “lookout rest of field!!!”

People might disagree with me, but were Haas to beat Fed Friday then at the end of the year when writers are asked to cite the single biggest upset of the year it might be Haas over Federer at Wimby AHEAD of Soderling over Nadal at the French Open.

The way Fed is playing, there is no shame to lose to him in the finals. Roddick hasn’t the mobility and Murray may take a set, but even though he has taken 4 straight matches over the Swiss, Fed on grass in a best of five is a completely different and MUCH harder challenge.

But reaching the final for Murray? Man they are going to love him in the UK – even the Irish! :)


calvol Says:

Murray has too much variety for Roddick, especially the cross-court chip, which devours two-handed backhands. Murray has toughened up, and chiseled his body to hold off Roddick’s power.

Haas has one of the best backhands in the game, but doesn’t have near the foot-speed as Federer, which is still what separates him from the pack, along with his forehand.

I look for Fed to beat Murray in 4 sets in the final, Murray only keeping it close due to the huge partisan crowd.


TejuZ Says:

Currently with their wimbledon ranking points deducted, it looks like this.
Nadal : 10735
Federer : 9220
Murray: 8730

If Fed wins, he takes No 1 ranking with 11220 (almost 500 points diff over Nadal)

But if Murray wins, he will leap frog Fed to claim the No 2 ranking with 10730 points, just a hair’s breadth away from No 1 ranking.. 5 mere points will be the difference between Nadal and Murray.

Fed, if he reaches the final, wont be very far behind with 10420.

With Nadal’s olympic points dropping off, We could probabaly see him drop off to No 3 in ranking.

Anyway.. Wimbledon final this year, if its Fed and Murray, will be lot to play for. Fed wouldnt be concerned abt the ranking, but if he wins he kills two birds.. Record slams and reclaim No 1

Same with Murray, if he wins.. he breaks the GS duck and claims No 2, inches away from No 1.

But if its not Federer i would like to see Roddick win this, just like Nadal last year in his 3rd attempt or Federer did at RG in his 4th attempt. Roddick certainly deserves atleast one wimbledon. I would mind if Haas wins it as well, he is a one of those talented players never to have won a grand slam.. so he also deserves one, if he is able to Djoker, Fed and Murray(or Roddick) in a row.


TejuZ Says:

Prev post, i meant.. i wouldnt mind if Haas won as well.


FedRafaFan Says:

The dream final is alive and well. There’s no way Haas will beat Federer. Roddick has better chances to beat Murray but it won’t happen. It will be a great final on Sunday: Federer vs. Murray. Fed will have the advantage: Murray will be nervous in his second GS final with the weight of the entire nation on his back. Fed? It would only be his 20TH GRAND SLAM FINAL and his 7th Wimbledon Final in a row!


Kimmi Says:

Tejuz: No one “deserve” the wimbledon title, they have to earn it.

I read it somewhere that if Murray wins the title he will be number 1 couple of weeks after wimbledon because his Queens points will be added then. Is this true ?


sonic Says:

Yes, because Montereal and Cinicy fall off 2 weeks eariler and are replaced with other best results for a while. 3 Weeks from now Murray will be no1 shortly if he wins.

Federer is guarnteed no1 sometime before US Open falls off even if he loses to Haas tomorrow. So he won’t be to concerned about reclaiming no1 sunday per se, as it’s coming his way regardless.


Kimmi Says:

Thanks sonic. The points drop off and points addition is what confuse the hell out of me. I think I will just have to stick to “wait and see what happens”


Roki Says:

murray loses 3 to 1 or straight to another boring player. An i was allways right about him saying he will not go deeper than the 1/4 of the AO and a French. This is the end of the road for him. It is time to slide down the rankings. Hi is just a stupid ginder that does not do anything special on the court. His strokes are without a pace, witouth power becouse if he hits with more power he will lose and he knows that.
Although i am Nole fan, im so pleased to see Tommy go trough becouse he plays that game so suited for grass and i see him taking federer to the limits. Not so sure about that match.


Skorocel Says:

Just watching the 1st women’s semi between Serena and Dementieva… The amount of shrieking is hilarious!


Tennis Freak Says:

ATP front page story:
Andy Murray’s girlfriend is likened to a famous actress by the British press, while a band pens a song in honor of the Scottish title hope.

(And the Queen could be writing a poem to recite at the Award ceremony?)


Kimmi Says:

Demantieva camne to play today. Her serve has improved a lot and her ground stroke looks more fluid than serena. The proble is… can she stay calm and finish this match !!


tenisbebe Says:

Yes, is she mentally tough enough to keep it up. If she gives up this break, the tide could shift.


tenisbebe Says:

Great hold by Elena! She’s taking it to Serena right now.


Kimmi Says:

Demantieva attacking serena with heavy ground strokes. Serena now needs to raise the level or else she loses this in straight set.


Kimmi Says:

Serena not getting to Elene service game.


Kimmi Says:

form 0-40 to duece now. c’mon serena


tenisbebe Says:

Looks like Serena’s taking some heat off her shots in this game on the BH side. Elena holds. Good stuff. Finally a high quality match on the women’s side!


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi – I’m switching to the women’s article re: semis.


Kimmi Says:

**Finally a high quality match on the women’s side!*

I agree. Instead of a match full of errors we see some quality play.


Tennis Freak Says:

High quality match, indeed !


FoT Says:

Good breakdown about the ATP points… so…what about the WTA. If someone say Safina will remain #1 after today – then I definitely agree that the WTA ranking is a JOKE.


Kimo Says:

When the world no. 1 loses a smi in a slam 6-1 6-0, you just know how bad the state of women’s tennis has become.

Dinara is a joke of a no. 1.


Ty Says:

Wow, 6-1 6-0. That is dispicable.


JCZ Says:

Dinara should actually be picking up some points. I don’t think she made it this far last year. The Williamses on the other hand are defending the finals. It is sad, but at least Dinara has been consistent and getting to the semi/finals in most tournaments. She just needs to win the big one.


FoT Says:

It’s the most one-sided SF since 1969 (according to Wimbledon Radio).

And dI don’t know if I agree with the fact that she “just needs to win the big one”. I think she also needs to make the ones she loses at least competitive. It’s sad to see a #1 losing consistently 6-1, 6-0 type matches. Every now and then I can see it but Safina seem to get bageled and bread-sticked a lot!

Even if she had made the match competitive like Elena did and still lost – at least it would be something. But I think Safina just has a mental block when it comes to playing the ‘big matches’.

Oh well… I’m happy. My 2 favorites are meeting in the final again. I’m in a win-win situation because I like both Venus and Serena! May the best sister wins!


JCZ Says:

Right FoT, but I think if she wins the big one then she’d be over that hurdle and perhaps be more competitive in GS finals and semis with that money off her back (and her hands off her throat…)


jane Says:

JCZ, That’s right; I think (?) unless perhaps Serena wins this year, which for some reason I think she may, that Safina stays number 1. I agree with all that is was a crap semi.

JCZ is right: she’s been consistent, AO finals, Madrid and Rome titles, FO final, Wimbledon semis. I think clay is her best surface.

But so is FoT: ” But I think Safina just has a mental block when it comes to playing the ‘big matches’.”

Once she wins a big title, it’ll be a “monkey off her back” type of situation and she will, hopefully, be able to play a little more freely. As it is now, I find her too tense and not usually that enjoyable to watch as a result.


Kimo Says:

I think what probably will upset Safina the most is that she lost her best shot at a calendar “choke slam”.


tennisontherocks Says:

‘Kimo Says:
I think what probably will upset Safina the most is that she lost her best shot at a calendar “choke slam”.’

evil…but true :) I do appreciate her efforts and consistency though and I hope one day she gets rewarded for them.


huh Says:

huh Says:
sensationalsafin Says:
“Agassi wasn’t a counter puncher. And Murray isn’t JUST a counter puncher. He’s like Fed, a blend of all styles. Only Murray naturally enjoys counter punching whereas Federer naturally enjoys attacking. Counter punchers have always troubled Fed, though. Murray’s no exception. But Murray has become much more than just a counter puncher in the last year or so. And on grass, Murray has been playing amazing. He serves big when he needs to and breaks at will. It’s just impossible for Federer to destroy Murray. Impossible. Should the 2 meet in the finals, it’ll be tight. Murray has the edge in H2H and his style troubles Fed. But Fed has the edge in experience and I still think he’s above and beyond everyone on grass. So a match in the final will be 50/50. And I hope it’s tight. Really tight. I want a nail-biter. I’ll be rooting for Federer because I want him to regain number 1, I don’t want him to drop to 3, and I want him to turn his H2H against Murray around. But if Murray wins, I wouldn’t be too upset. He’s a great player and he needs to get over that first slam hurdle.”

Actually the truth is, Murray’s an exceptional talent with all the weapons at his disposal to beat anybody and anyday. Murray has every shot, the way he switches from defense to offense is unbelievable, it’s almost like Fed. Murray’s the BEST backhand among the current ones and if he serves as well as he’s actually capable of, then it would be extremely tough to beat him. Murray’s forehand is also a clever shot and he knows how and when to use it and it ain’t weak either. Murray, like Fed or Rafa can also hit outrageous shots and he refuses to accept defeat without a fight. He has no fear of Fed or Rafa and it’s justified when you see how complete a player Murray really’s. And trust me all the Murray unfaithfuls, if Fed and Murray reach the final and clash with each other at their level best, it’d outshine all the Fed-Rafa epics. And whether you notice it or not, Fed has a lot of respect for Murray’s game and he knows that he can be beaten by Murray in Wimbledon as much as he can beat him.


huh Says:

huh Says:
huh Says:
sensationalsafin Says:
“Agassi wasn’t a counter puncher. And Murray isn’t JUST a counter puncher. He’s like Fed, a blend of all styles. Only Murray naturally enjoys counter punching whereas Federer naturally enjoys attacking. Counter punchers have always troubled Fed, though. Murray’s no exception. But Murray has become much more than just a counter puncher in the last year or so. And on grass, Murray has been playing amazing. He serves big when he needs to and breaks at will. It’s just impossible for Federer to destroy Murray. Impossible. Should the 2 meet in the finals, it’ll be tight. Murray has the edge in H2H and his style troubles Fed. But Fed has the edge in experience and I still think he’s above and beyond everyone on grass. So a match in the final will be 50/50. And I hope it’s tight. Really tight. I want a nail-biter. I’ll be rooting for Federer because I want him to regain number 1, I don’t want him to drop to 3, and I want him to turn his H2H against Murray around. But if Murray wins, I wouldn’t be too upset. He’s a great player and he needs to get over that first slam hurdle.”

First of all I completely agree with sensationalsafin, he really understands about the game of tennis and is as much unbiased as anyone I have ever come across. Actually the truth is, Murray’s an exceptional talent with all the weapons at his disposal to beat anybody and anyday. Murray has every shot, the way he switches from defense to offense is unbelievable, it’s almost like Fed. Murray’s the BEST backhand among the current ones and if he serves as well as he’s actually capable of, then it would be extremely tough to beat him. Murray’s forehand is also a clever shot and he knows how and when to use it and it ain’t weak either. Murray, like Fed or Rafa can also hit outrageous shots and he refuses to accept defeat without a fight. He has no fear of Fed or Rafa and it’s justified when you see how complete a player Murray really’s. And trust me all the Murray unfaithfuls, if Fed and Murray reach the final and clash with each other at their level best, it’d outshine all the Fed-Rafa epics. And whether you notice it or not, Fed has a lot of respect for Murray’s game and he knows that he can be beaten by Murray in Wimbledon as much as he can beat him.


huh Says:

My first wish for Djoko’s revival is that he’d hopefully fire his coach, his coach is just not the right man for him to continue working any further. Secondly, which is equally important is that Djoko has no passion these days. I hate him being so cozy and friendly with his rivals. What’s all this, Djoko honestly smiling and shaking hands with whoever beats him these days. Haas is only a good player but Djoko is a great player and he cannot/sholudn’t be unmindful or content with losing to Haas in the QF. Djoko’s not giving even his 50% in any match these days and it’s a sorry fact.


Kimmi Says:

huh, I do agree all you have said above about Murray. To also add, his court coverage is one of the best in the tour. Federer has mentioned in one of his presser that Murray moves very well for a tall guy his size. If Murray and fed reach the final, I hope we get to see them both at their top level. Federer at the top is beutiful to watch..and so is Murray…thier shot making and tricky shots should make an awesome match.


jane Says:

huh says ” he cannot/sholudn’t be unmindful or content with losing to Haas in the QF.”

I don’t think he’s content; he knows he could’ve done better; in his presser he said: “Quarterfinals is a good result. But I still think I can do better.”

“Djoko’s not giving even his 50% in any match these days and it’s a sorry fact.”

I am sad that Djoko is not doing better, but I do think you’re overstating things here huh. He lost a tiebreak he should’ve won, and had he won that, who knows? I think he gives more than 50%. But he played tentatively on important points, and for some reason he couldn’t handle Tommy’s serve. Sort of like the first two sets against Federer at the French.

Also, do you remember earlier: you were saying I was wrong to be concerned about Djoko and that the “free fall” theory was wrong etc. But now you seem to agree. I hope we’re both wrong. :’ (

Maybe the answer is a new coach. I am not sure. I did help both Roddick (w/Stefanki) and Murray.


jane Says:

“I did help both Roddick (w/Stefanki) and Murray.” LOL – I wished I could take credit for helping both Andys. ha ha. I meant to type “It did help both…”, meaning, getting a new coach helped both of them.


jane Says:

Kimmi, yes. Murray’s court coverage is somewhat Rafa-like also (much like how he can hit winners from almost anywhere). He can get to shots so quickly, in bursts of speed. And somehow it seems so surprising from Murray, who often looks lackadaisical, as he suddenly turns on the speed and he’s there. Plus he has tremendous feel for the ball, great touch.


Von Says:

huh: I don’t think Djoko’s coach is his problem at all. Not that Djokovic is saying that his coach is the problem, but players seem to always have a tendency when things begin sliding to fire their coaches. Perhaps Vajda is to be blamed, but then perhaps, it’s Djoko’s mind-set that’s the problem. I see him as a player who’s lost his competitive edge and doesn’t care very much to re-ignite that lost spark, at the present time. I doubt any coach is able to do that for Djokovic — he has to first want it and then go about fixing it. Djokovic was supposedly doing that when he fired the fitness coach, at which time he felt that he out-grown that trainer. However, it can be presumed that it was not a trainer problem at all, but a Djokovic problem. Let’s be realistic, how much has Djokovic progressed since he fired the trainer? In my estimation, not much at all.

Generally, we see some athletes who burn brightly for a few years and then just fade away, as is evidenced by the many ATP players in the top 4. Maybe, just maybe, Djokovic is one of those athletes and, if he is, I don’t think a new coach would help him to change that problem. Within Djokovic’s mind lies the problem. I honestly think the guy’s burnt out from playing too much and money seems to be the focus of that at the present time. It appears that he and his family have too many money projects going at the same time, he’s distracted, and that can be the reason he’s lost his focus on competing and winning. showing up, keeping the ball in play and hoping the other opponent makes the error is not going to cut it for a top 4 player. His run at Wimby will keep him in the top 4 which will enable him to reach the QFs in most tourneys, but once past the QFs, he’ll begin to have tough matches, and it’s questionable, based on his present form, whether he’d be able to progress to the SFs and win.


Von Says:

I saw Judy Murray being interviewed briefly on Wimby on the Tennis Channel. She says she likes to see players play intelligent tennis, and she is pleased to see Andy M. is now doing that which she has been instilling in him for several years, interesting …


margot Says:

Dan Martin: 6 of 8 quarter finalists came out of Halle or Queens, not bad prep, after all.
To all you Murray fans, “Dare to Dream,” courtesy of Johnnie Mac.


jane Says:

“how much has Djokovic progressed since he fired the trainer?”

I think he looks stronger; his fitness seems very good to me. It’s a mental thing imo. There was an article during Wimbledon about the books the players are reading (most of the girls were reading Harry Potter, lol), and Djok was reading a book on positive-thinking. He seems to know his problem is mental, the pressure he puts on himself, his nerves, etc. But whether he can fix it is the question I guess.

” It appears that he and his family have too many money projects going at the same time, he’s distracted, and that can be the reason he’s lost his focus”

I agree: I think his family are too involved and I wish they’d let him be a tennis player rather than all this other stuff. He’s only 22 for crying out loud! I thought the Serbian tournament and the academies were good things, but now restaurants etc? Sheesh! It’s too much and definitely must be distracting for Djoko. I feel for the guy in that regard. I don’t think it’s him so much as the people around him but who knows?


huh Says:

Djoko needs to bring back his passion for tennis and even start hating his opponents, if need be; coz it’s only for this passion and hatred that he destroyed Fed in the 08 AUS open. Otherwise Fed might have probably beaten him there. I wanna see the fire burning in Djoko. I honestly like Djoko’s tennis more than Rafa’s and I also know that Rafa’s game is not superior to Djoko’s in anyway. Hence I keep thinking, if Rafa can reach no.1, Djoko must also reach there.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Murray has been lucky. Easy draw.

No Nadal or Djokovic in his way. Roddick is his 1st REAL test.

Can’t see Murray beating both Roddick and Federer back to back. He’s not tough enough!


jane Says:

huh, oh how I wish this were true: “if Rafa can reach no.1, Djoko must also reach there.” But Rafa had an excellent coach who knew exactly how to guide Rafa. And Rafa had the desire to be number 1.
I am starting to agree with you guys that maybe Djoko needs that old villain-like fire back. Forget about being politically correct and polite and all the rest – just win! There’s something to be said for that. Certainly Connors had it and it made him one of the most consistent winners ever.


huh Says:

Mrs. Jane, I don’t buy Djoko freefall theory, I never would unless Djoko declares that he’s disinterested in tennis. And don’t you see why I’ve opposed Djoko free-fall theory? Djoko rached 2nd round at Wim 08 but this year, he reached the QF, which automatically shows that the aforementioned theory is wrong! Now, try to cheer up Mrs. Jane and HAVE FAITH!


huh Says:

Cindy, there’s no way Djoko’d have beaten Murray at this year’s Wimbledon and I’m stating this for the second time. I’d rather say, Djoko’s lucky not to face Murray at Wimby this year coz Murray’s playing at a significantly higher level than Djoko’s played in this Wimbledon.


Kimmi Says:

Since Djoko started toning down his ..do you say ..”public image”, I feel his determination and fire power that he used to posess has also gone down a little. I wonder if that US open debacle has affected him sychologically….as he has worked hard to change his image and in the end affected his game…..just a thought…


Cindy_Brady Says:

Jane,

You’re right. Djokovic isn’t playing with a champion’s attitude right now. He had that a couple years ago when he broke through in Canada beating the top 3 players in the world back to back to back.

He seems content being a top 5 players getting to the Qs and Semis of events now. He had better wake up because young players like Del Potro are on the rise and will soon pass him by. Murray has already. Djokivic just doesn’t look like he’s doing too much to improve. Maybe it’s my imagination.


Skorocel Says:

Von: Intelligent tennis? Interesting term ;-) How about calling him the “Lennox Lewis of tennis”? LOL! Check your mailbox for more :-)


huh Says:

Gordo Says:”People might disagree with me, but were Haas to beat Fed Friday then at the end of the year when writers are asked to cite the single biggest upset of the year it might be Haas over Federer at Wimby AHEAD of Soderling over Nadal at the French Open.”

NEVER NEVER NEVER!!!


Skorocel Says:

I may be way off on this one, but it seems to me as if that Madrid loss to Nadal took away something from Djoker… He’s just not been the same player since!


MMT Says:

There could be some truth to that, although that guy has been the same since he won the Australian. Since then he’s succumbed to a “pressure” of his own making and can’t seem to get out of his own way. Well, Haas played very well, but he didn’t really compete. Even after he won the 3rd set he just didn’t appear to have it in him.


huh Says:

Roki Says:
“murray loses 3 to 1 or straight to another boring player. An i was allways right about him saying he will not go deeper than the 1/4 of the AO and a French. This is the end of the road for him. It is time to slide down the rankings. Hi is just a stupid ginder that does not do anything special on the court. His strokes are without a pace, witouth power becouse if he hits with more power he will lose and he knows that.”

Your post’s the only boring thing and you’re the only one who’s not doing anything special by eating sour grapes, being a Djokovic fan.


jane Says:

Cindy says “Djokivic just doesn’t look like he’s doing too much to improve.”

Well, he did hire a new trainer after losing in the Miami final, and I think it helped him throughout the clay season (though he fell flat at the FO but I think that’s for another reason I’ll address in a moment). He looked strong at Wimbledon to me, and even when he was duking it out in his 4 setter with Benneteau or Haas, never did it look like a fitness issue, as it has in the past. Instead, it’s mental.

The mental hurdle is the next and more important one he has to get over. He had a quick rise, won a grand slam, and then afterward came awfully close to snatching number 2 from Rafa. But he couldn’t and I think that weighed on him heavily and affected the rest of his 2008 season. I think he knows deep down he has the game to do it (look how close he came even at Hamburg in 2008 or Queens) but he keeps faltering when the finish line is in sight. The same thing happened during the clay season this year; he was the one guy coming close to beating Rafa, and I am sure he knows he could’ve, maybe should’ve, won in Madrid. But he didn’t. Then there was the PR disaster at the USO last year, another bloody retirement at the AO (the two retirements that bother me most are that one and the Monte Carlo one against Fed – in both cases I thought he could’ve just played out the match and lost, esp. in Monte Carlo where heat wasn’t as much of a factor).

Then, on top of all that, there is the external pressure of the people around him, who I am assuming are the ones who convinced him to change racquets back to Head (he had used this in juniors) in order to use that money and to capitalize on his wins by opening restaurants and all the rest. Meanwhile, his career is faltering because all this extraneous crap has to be distracting.

So it’s a little bit self-imposed pressure and the idea that he’s been so close but then has not gone that one extra step (which he’s working on with the positive thinking); a little bit PR disasters and needing to show more maturity on and off the court (which he’s worked on imo); and more so externally imposed and unnecessary pressure by the people around him who are treating him a little like a cash cow rather than a tennis champion.

That’s my take on Djoko’s current situation anyhow. We’ll see what transpires on hard courts. But I agree Cindy – there are a few guys below that’ll be coming up. Maybe that’ll light a fire.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Soderling over Nadal at the French Open is one the biggest upsets in tennis history. NOT JUST THIS YEAR.

It’s on the same level as Ashe over Connors in the 75 Wimbledon final. In those days, Connors was branded as unbeatable. Connors was viewed in the same light as Nadal is on clay.

Soderling’s win came out of the blue. No one expected him to be close in any set, let alone win one. He had no clay credentials at all and Nadal had everything, including a clay court beating of him a month earlier. It was truly shocking and unexpected.

Gordo,

A Haas win over Federer isn’t even in the same league. Haas has credentials, especially recently on grass and his NEAR victory over Federer at the French. Yes, people will raise an eyebrow if Haas wins but many wouldn’t be surprised either.


Djokman Says:

Djokovic has to be the only guy to reach to GS quarters, 3 MS finals, win Dubai and be a finalist at Halle to be considered a failure. He won the Masters Cup in November 2008!


Kimmi Says:

Cindy_Brady: Well said


MMT Says:

I think Soderling over Nadal is bigger than Ashe over Connors – Ashe had won 2 slams and Connors was only unbeatable from the previous year’s performance. Nadal hadn’t lost a match at RG in 5 years.

Hass over Federer would be almost as big; the only thing Haas has going for him is that he’s been #2 in the world. The aura of invincibility around Federer on grass has already been broken, and Haas was 5 points from beating him in straight sets 2 weeks ago.

Otherwise it’s pretty big, but not as big as Rafa’s loss to Soderling.


Cindy_Brady Says:

MMT,

Connors had a pretty good 74 season. If he had been allowed to compete in the 74 French, he very well could have won the calender slam. Connors was not just a one trick pony from the previous year at Wimbledon. He was a winner all over the planet. Ashe came in as an older player without the power to complete against the mighty Connors.

Ashe formulated one of the all time great tactical game plans and used Connors pace to his own advantage.

You are right, the Soderling over Nadal victory is the single biggest upset in tennis history. Can anyone think of a bigger upset?


huh Says:

Even if Haas somehow beats Fed, or may be we can say that Fed loses to Haas somehow, it’d still be not be anywhere close to Soderling beating Rafa. Soderling beating Rafa’s THE upset in the tennis history perhaps!


huh Says:

Cindy_Brady Says:
“MMT,
You are right, the Soderling over Nadal victory is the single biggest upset in tennis history. Can anyone think of a bigger upset?”

The answer to your question is HELL NO!


ShayHay Says:

Haas v. Roddick…one could only hope


margot Says:

jane: what was Djko’s ranking when he won the Grand Slam? Am just wondering if, for him, it was just a bit too soon psychologically, was he 20? Not everyone’s a Rafa and can cope with that sort of pressure, and not everyone’s a Roger, you know “Oh I’ve just won my first, only another million to go.” I feel he’s lost his way temporarily, that being said, grass is not his favourite surface and he’s done much better than last year. Also, he’s had a good clay court season so let’s see how the hard court goes. He’s young and has a fine game, so fingers crossed.


jane Says:

margot: he gained the third ranking spot in July 2007, after defeating Roddick, Nadal, then Federer back to back here in the Canadian Masters, and then won the AO in January 2008 (after losing his first slam final – sound like anyone you watch? :)). He was only 20 when he won the Australian, so you’re right. And that could indeed be another factor. I hope he finds his way again soon as well.


Djokman Says:

Connors had a hurt wrist vs. Ashe


vared Says:

Jane, restaurants, tennis academies etc should be handled by the family. I have to remind people that Djok didn’t have the resources available to a Murray with a Roehampton or some of our US players.I bet even Soderling gets help from Sweden.They had to take out loans for his training at Pilic academy. I think they had a family-run pancake/pizza restaurant in the ski area there. Serbia never had a tennis tradition so the Djoko family had to do everything by and for themselves.That’s why the Brit offer to get Novak Djokovic was very tempting. They have two other boys they have to pay for at academies, etc. All that aside, now I think they need to handle the business and I think the serious push might be when he gets back from his month-long cruise. Maybe some wise scheduling would help him too. I’m not sure a change of coach is the answer, maybe another one as co-coach would work. He’s used to Vajda like Wawa has the same coach since age 8.Probably Barbadillo, Alon Kaksuri and Amit Naor are talking to the family already. I know his pressers sound better already.


jane Says:

vared, thanks for your message, and I agree: the family should handle all of that. It just seems to me, however, that too much other stuff is going on, and even if Djoko isn’t handling it, I would imagine it’s distracting. I am still questioning his decision to change racquets when his game was excellent as it was. But maybe some schedule changes and whatnot will help. I agree that his pressers sound better too.

Who are these guys? ” Barbadillo, Alon Kaksuri and Amit Naor” The first one is his PR guy right? Who are the other two? Business managerS?


Scott Gumahusa Says:

Murray, Murray, Murray, yes Murray beat Fed in 5 sets.

Go Murray


Scott Gumahusa Says:

Murray, Murray, Murray, yes Murray to beat Fed in 5 sets.

Go Murray


Roki Says:

OH my, someone has to look in the mirror, when he was all agressive and comedian everybody hated his guts, now that his toned down his game is not so good, his to passive in whole matches or tournaments… now you want it back. Make up zour mind people… It is not his family issue it is the people that are criticising him all the time (sites, tv, presser guys). He is emotional player and when all roddick stuff came up in USO last year he came out flat against Federer, and even like that he took him to 4 setter and could easily won that one as federer was just wandering around completely lost by that time. After that he had sparkles of greatness in some matches or tournaments. I see J-Mac coatching him and making him improved version of himself. Tennis needs 07 and 08 Nole and tannis needs his emotions, laughs, and agressiveness, he brings positive stuff to tenis that we all miss nowdays.


TejuZ Says:

One good thing about the mens semi-final line-up is, all four of them are great grass-court players and all of them are on a winning streak..
Fed – 17 wins in a row (12 clay and 5 grass)
Murray – 10 wins in a row (all grass)
Haas – 10 wins in a row (all grass)
Roddick – 8 wins in a row (grass.. if we exclude his retirement against Blake)

Fed’s and Haas’s streaks have been more impressive, because they have beaten players like Nadal(to fed), Del Po(twice to Fed), Soderling(twice to Fed), Djokovic(twice to Haas), Kohls, Tsonga, Monfils etc

May the best man win.. all 4 of them deserves this years wimbledon.


Tennis Freak Says:

Vared,
Vjida has to go. He did a good job, thank you, for helping out the kid up to this point, unless the Serb wants to be content with 1-Slam wonder success. Now Vjida has become a family friend, lost coaching authority, tries to fulfill family’s requests, which are detrimental to training resume and tournaments schedules. His use has reached the limit. (Unless you want Djok to retire, go back home, take care of family and business. He will have plenty of time to complain about the country’s lack of resources. Maybe, He’s got other talents to get into acting or politics.)
————–
Roki,
Yes, looking into mirror can be helpful, for both players and tennis fans. A lot of us like bad-boy athletes. We always did.
If he’s got emotion issue, there are self-help therapies available, and emotions can be bridled or channelized into good energies. No, J-Mac does not have time to be a full time coach, and you cannot afford him. He is good where he is: TV commentator.
Bottom line, the Serb has no excuse left: racket change, press gaffes, durability, motivation. Those are old news. The days of looking for excuses are over. They don’t look plausible any more. Excuses are for quitters. All he needs to do is go out there and kick some asses, win some big titles.


jane Says:

Roki: “when he was all agressive and comedian everybody hated his guts” Not me! That’s what I liked about him; he was a breath of fresh air. But yeah, a lot of people came down HARD on him for sure. I only wish he’d curb some of his on court negativity, or else fuel it at his game and not at himself.


jane Says:

TF says: “All he needs to do is go out there and kick some asses, win some big titles.”

If it’s that simple, then wouldn’t they all be doing it?! : ) Just kidding, I know what you mean. You just make it sound so easy and straightforward – and hey – maybe it is.


Tennis Freak Says:

Tezuz,
Fed and Roddick have the resume of a strong grass-courter (Fed is likely to be considered the best grass-courter of the open era if he hits the 7th. Sampras is like, “This guy is totally killing me everywhere, except 1-2 places”).
Instead of elevating all of them to grass-courters, I’d say they’ve played very well on grass this year. It won’t be a shell-shock if any one of them wins.
Needless to say I will be rooting for Fed and Roddick tomorrow morning.

There isn’t a better way to celebrate the 4th of July weekend than cheering for Roddick?
Go Roddick (and go Von)!


Von Says:

TF: And, GO USA!! Hey, are you aware that the US has the Williams sisters in the women’s finals, Huber in mixed doubles and the Bryans in doubles? We just need On-N-E more. Now wouldn’t that make for some sensational headlines? Ah, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride! And, per the poet, To sleep, perchance to dream …….


Shaky Says:

This right here is why Pete will always be the man:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLksoE9pT7g&feature=related

Always makes me smile.


Tennis Freak Says:

Von,
My “Go Von” is Go USA. I was going to say Go USA, but I thought it’d be more appropriate to honor the person who has earned the Purple Heart on this site.
As for one-day patriots like me, this is the best occasion to root for an American player, esp. against the player of the country from which independence was declared. A-Rod’s win will be the sweetest to commemorate the day.
B.t.w., besides the ones you mention, we have other Americans playing tomorrow: boys’ singles, Ladies’ Invitation Doubles, Senior Gentlemen’s Inv. Doubles, Boys’ Doubles, Girls’ Doubles. They all have a chance to be in the final.


jane Says:

That’s hilarious Shaky; thanks for sharing it. I can’t remember seeing that during Pete’s heydays.


vared Says:

Nestor is in the finals Jane.

Alon Kakshouri is his professional and commericial manager who hired physio Gritsch and helped them put together their tournament. He was the tournament director for Thailand Open. He’s third from left.
http://www.jirobkk.com/album/Thailand_Open_2004/Roger_Federer_(Interview)/TO-172.jpg
Amit Naor is his business manager and was Marat’s former coach and manager.
They both have a history with Marat.
Benito Barbadillo is his PR manager/press agent who is also Rafa’s agent. Rafa and Djok are friendly.


jane Says:

Whoo-hoo for Nester and Zimonjic vared. And thanks for the link and Djoko details. You are really one “in the know” dude!


tenisbebe Says:

Wait a second: he has a coach, a physio, a public relations manager, a business manager, a professional & commercial manager…..and now possibly a co-coach??

Vared: What did you mean by “That’s why the Brit offer to get Novak Djokovic was very tempting.”? Thanks.


margot Says:

vared: Murray did NOT come out of middle class Roehampton. His own decision was to go to the Barcelona Tennis School when he was a teenager, that’s why he knows Rafa and co so well.
The only thing the LTA did for him was to pay for Brad Gilbert and that was a complete disaster. And that’s why I think he’s so good, has been very focused from a very young age. Actually, he’s been very critical of the whole culture at Roehampton.
Murray fans :Dare to Dream!


huh Says:

Great video shaky!


Colin Says:

Margot, I haven’t scrolled all the way through to find the original, but did Vared, or anyone seriously say Murray came out of the Roehampton culture? That’s hilarious. I hate to think what the genuine Roehampton gentlefolk make of Murray!
I loved what Roddick said to the media: “When the crowd shouts’Come on, Andy!’ I’ll pretend they mean me.”


margot Says:

vared: if you seriously want to know something about Andy’s background go to http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4291995, the video is under “Terrible Tragedy”
jane, von, colin, kim and other Murray fans might like to watch it too. Had me in tears. NOBODY EVER criticise Judy Murray again!
Colin: just love Andy R’s humour, wish it were the final!


tenisbebe Says:

Here we go – C’mon Tommy!!!


Tennis Freak Says:

T-bebe, so you are my another rival?
People keep increasing on the other side of the aisle. Can I lure you to my side? Not remotely possible?


tenisbebe Says:

Sorry – was out playing tennis. TF – have been a Fed fan for a long time (not hardcore like you :-) ) but after the FO win, I’m moving on. He did what I really wanted him to – win the elusive French & career slam. Everything now is just gravy so yes maybe you can say I’m your “rival”. Truthfully I have always liked quite a few players & usually don’t know who I’m going to root for in a match until I see the OOP. :-)


Glenn Fernandes Says:

I am a great fan of tennis. Federer won against Hass and Roddick won against Murray. Very interesting match. Roddick will now face Federer in the finals. If Federer wins, he will be the world champion breaking the record of Pete Sampras. For more details refer http://www.dailysportsnews.org/andy-roddick-destroys-the-english-dream/

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