Will We Get Federer v. Murray Dream Wimbledon Final?
by Sean Randall | July 3rd, 2009
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Some real quick thoughts on the Wimbledon semifinals which begin in about ten minutes time from London. First, no real surprises with the four men – Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick and Tommy Haas – we are left with. Haas beating Novak Djokovic was a bit of a surprise, but seeing the other three reach the semifinals was for the most part expected and it’s a great semifinal lineup.

Federer going for a record breaking 15th career Slam (Will Pete Sampras be searching for flights to London in a few hours?). Murray trying to become the first British man to win Wimbledon in what seems to be forever. And then there’s Haas who has overcome so many injuries and obstacles while Roddick just wants to be part of the top again.

Opening things on Centre Court is Federer and Haas. We all remember the thriller the two friends played at the French Open last month, and the they have played similar marathons at the Australian Open a couple of times. Federer has posted eight straight wins over Haas and leads overall 9-2. And I think today Fed runs the streak to nine. Haas will keep it closer than most think, but I like Federer in four sets. Roger’s playing great tennis as is Haas, but Fed’s experience at this stage really helps the Swiss.

The second semifinal I think will be a closer contest with two Andys. Murray is better all around than Roddick, but the pressure will be squarely on the Brit, while Roddick and his atomic right arm should be loose and lively. And I think Roddick will sneak a set, maybe even two but I just can’t see him winning three sets against Murray in this situation. I like Murray in four.

As for the women, what an incredible match yesterday between Serena Williams and Elena Dementieva. Full credit to Elena who gave Serena had every chance to lose but Serena showed again why she’s unquestionably the best player in the world. Someone who cleary isn’t worthy of that label is current No. 1 Dinara Safina who absolutely got clobbered by Venus Williams.

I read the headline here that Safina choked, but it’s hard to say someone choked when she won just a single game and really wasn’t a threat to pull the upset. Fact is, Venus is just that good at Wimbledon and that much better than Dinara on grass. That said, Dinara’s quickly sliding down the wormhole and if she keeps losing like this to the top players late in Slams it’s going to be a long career for Marat’s baby sister.

For tomorrow, I’ll stay with my pre-tournament pick and take Venus over Serena in the all-American, July 4 women’s finale.


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362 Comments for Will We Get Federer v. Murray Dream Wimbledon Final?

Tennis Freak Says:

As usual, you are right on time for a new thread for another great occasion.
Good morning, guys !


Kimmi Says:

Haas serve and volley on second serve, is it going to work ?


Kimmi Says:

federer also serve and volleying, OK this will be interesting.


Tennis Freak Says:

That’s the only way he can play on grass, Kimmi. Strange that his not-so-good serve got him out of trouble in that opening game. His serves rarely have good angles, down the T or wide side.


Tennis Freak Says:

Kimmi, what I meant by that is Haas’ serve should be difficult to return. He is not the biggest server out there. He is getting the job done.
Obviously, as a Murray fan, you must be rooting for Haas.


Tennis Freak Says:

Correction: should be= should not be


Kimmi Says:

C’mon TF, Haas serve is better than “not-so-good-serve” His second serve will put him in trouble though..but so is feds’…

two 0-30 games from Haas. C’mon fed break here.


Kimmi Says:

TF, you will surprised I am a Fed and Murray Fan.

I have been with Fed it seems like forever but I started supporting Murray last year US open. I saw the talent.


Tennis Freak Says:

Kimmi, are you rooting for Fed or Haas?


Tennis Freak Says:

You already answered.
What you gonna do in the final? You gonna be with me?


Kimmi Says:

I always have a big problem when Fed and Murray play but this time I want Murray to win because the guy needs his 1st GS since fed has 14.

But normally I go for “let the best man win”


Tennis Freak Says:

That’s diplomatic but slutting him out (pardon for the overtly friendly word).


Tennis Freak Says:

Those were 2 big misses from Fed, could be in a position to break. Those were not difficult serves.
Good for Haas for going big on 2nd serves.


Kimmi Says:

Don’t worry I will padon you for that. 2 bad errors from fed on the last game. That game was a great opportunity to break.

Haas is dangerous in this game. Fed has not found his serve yet.


Kimmi Says:

Fed has been very close but not close enough. C’mon


Tennis Freak Says:

After 10 games and 32 min. play, still no break point for either.


Kimmi Says:

Wow..Haas is Mixing his serve very well. And his second serve is very big too.. very tight.


Tennis Freak Says:

Haas’ 2nd serves haven been like 110-116 mph. That’s exceptionally good.


Tennis Freak Says:

Tiebreak it is !


Tennis Freak Says:

Finally, 1st set for Fed.


Boring Says:

Didn’t bother with this Wimbledon this year! But Murray would kicks Roger’s ass, if he could gets into the final!


Tennis Freak Says:

Easy hold for both in the 1st 3 games, 2 love games for Fed.
History: 35 consecutive holds for Fed in his serve, against Haas in 3 matches they’ve played on grass.


Tennis Freak Says:

Now, 3 love games (2nd set) in a row for Fed; and Haas also has lost only 4 points in the 1st three games, a point a piece in the 1st two. Fed loses his 1st point only in the 7th game. Both are serving pretty good so far. After 1 hr. 7 min. and 20 games, no sign of break point yet for either.


Dan Martin Says:

Rankings wise for 2009 obviously a lot is at stake on top of the Wimbledon title itself (most prestigious in tennis). If the tour is divided into 3 phases plus a season ending event, Federer clearly leads the GS portion with a current 18-1 record in slams in 2009. Nadal was #2 in this regard following Paris at 10-1, but Murray and Roddick could either move into the 2nd slot for slams after Wimbledon. Murray is 12-1 and Roddick is 13-1 in 2009 Slam matches. Nadal leads the Masters Series portion of the tour with 3 shields but Murray is clearly #2 with 1 shield, 1 runner-up, and 1 semifinal. Federer and Djokovic remain tied at 3rd more or less, but Roger’s impending fatherhood likely means he will lose ground in this portion of the tour as Canada and Cincinnati roll our way. Nadal may miss those events as well. The minor events see Murray as the clear leader in that phase of the tour with titles in Qatar, Rotterdam, and Queens. All of this adds up to in my mind if Murray wins Wimbledon that he will be #2 in Slams, #2 in Masters Series points and #1 in smaller events 7 months into the season. That would not only add up to a #1 ranking in the short term but the inside track to finish the year #1. Federer could win the title and get so far out in terms of slam points that he would either be the official or unofficial #1 at the close of 2009. Roddick could make a push to get back into the top 3-4 in the world and bookend his great 2003. Haas could put a nice concluding chapter on a career that has been fraught with pain while also laden with a lot of promise.


Shaky Says:

Wow nice lob there. This is a really good match thus far.


Shaky Says:

Best thing about this match: one-handed backhands.


Tennis Freak Says:

I agree, Shaky. B.t.w., what are you shaky about?


Kimmi Says:

Tennis Freak: My internet connection went down just when I was ejoying the match ?@$%??. Just if you were wondering where I dissapeared to…

Wow.. Haas big serves and some fed errors to save the BP.


Shaky Says:

Hmm… it’s actually short for something else. But today I am shaky I suppose hoping that my boy Roddick plays a great match and sticks it to Murray.

That by the way is the first time I have seen Fed actually miss that forehand dropshot. In 3 tournaments.


Tennis Freak Says:

1st break point for Fed came in the 23rd game (2nd set), but with a couple of big serves from Haas and uncharacteristic errors from Fed, it slips away.


Kimmi Says:

Will it be another tie break…


Tennis Freak Says:

Yeah, Kimmi, I was like, “Did the little girl feel too cozy in that cot and fall asleep or what?” Thanks, you got your connection back.


Kimmi Says:

TF LOL..Big point here


Kimmi Says:

WOW @ Haas


Kimmi Says:

2 set to love Federer……new balls please.


Cindy_Brady Says:

7-6, 7-5

Fed…

Steam roll in the 3rd???


Shaky Says:

I like Tommy Haas’s fire, I really do. But every time he looks up at his box and starts screaming… I can’t help but be worried about his wife. Just sayin.

Fed’s not through yet. Come on Tommy, fight on!


Pro_B Says:

Phew! Fed takes the second. Good tight game all around so far. But WHY do they have Mrs. Haas and Mrs. Fed sitting so close? Talk about Awkward!


Kimmi Says:

LOL @ Pro_B.

The players team are so close at wimbledon. Its awkward I agree. Sharapova father used to move and sit some other place.


Shaky Says:

Pro that’s awesome. Maybe Haas is yelling at Mirka instead and the protective male in me doesn’t have to worry about domestic violence.


Tennis Freak Says:

Finally, Fed breaks in the 3rd attempt, takes the 2nd set, and on the march to keep the record intact (of not ever losing a set in the semi at SW19).


Tennis Freak Says:

History: In 101 service games played in semi at SW19, Fed has lost only 2 times.


Pro_B Says:

Maan those overhead lobs from Fed today are magical!


Cindy_Brady Says:

I’d love to see the mothers start pulling each others hair and create a scene….lol

Now that would be entertainment!


Kimmi Says:

“Maan those overhead lobs from Fed today are magical”

they are, its amazing.


Pro_B Says:

LOL @ That little by-play at the net with Haas waving at Fed!


Tennis Freak Says:

Pro_B,
I am not sure if that stunt from Haas was legal.


TennisFan Says:

Haas playing very well … unfortunately Federer playing even better. I would have loved to see Murray play Haas today …


Kimmi Says:

I agree TF, Tsonga did the same thing at Fed in Madrid last year. If federer would have lost that game after the stunt then I think it would have been discussed further.

Opportunity for fed here


Pro_B Says:

I wonder if it’s part of Roger’s endorsement deals that he HAS to throw in a given number of challenges in each match even though they are wayyy off line?


Kimmi Says:

Wow…haas saves the lob again.


Kimmi Says:

The rally had slices spins..you name it. WOW to federer


Shaky Says:

These backhand lobs from Fed have been impossibly good.


Skorocel Says:

Did Haas say “Challenge!” after that foot-fault? :-)


Shaky Says:

Wow what a way to put it away. Leave no doubt.

LET’S GO RODDICK!


Tennis Freak Says:

That break does it, but it took what 4-5 attempts?
Great play, Fed. 7th straight final. Not bad.


Kimmi Says:

LOL @ match point. Clinical display from the master.

Haas did a great run here just not enough today.


Pro_B Says:

You Beauty Fed! Now Go Roddick!


Tennis Freak Says:

It must be wonderful to finish in 2 hrs. 2 min. and save some energy for the final. Happy to be there with you, Roger!


Skorocel Says:

Fed ends it in style with a Sampras-like smash! 20th slam final – another record for the Swiss!


Kimmi Says:

Now C’mon Murray….


Tennis Freak Says:

Now, “Come on,” Roddick. Make my 4th of July extra special.


Kimo Says:

Just imagagine Laver, Borg and possibly Pete in the Royal Box when Roger lifts his 15th.

HISTORY.


Kimo Says:

Btw, a quick mention of Federer’s Hawk-eye challenges. He seemed to be really pissed when Haas’s challenge, which came in Roger’s favor, looked close to being in on the monitor. He seemed to say to the umpire that it was obviously farther out than Hawk-eye showed.


fedfan Says:

Can some one pls give me sopcast channel number or a link I can use to watch Roddick-Murray match live over the Internet.

Thanks


fedfan Says:

I got it, it is 6029 on sopcast


Tennis Freak Says:

Can Roddick reduce his UEs, keep it to the average level of the last 5 matches? For him to have a shot, he has to do this, besides raising his 1st serve a few percents.


TejuZ Says:

Dan said “Murray is 12-1 and Roddick is 13-1 in 2009 Slam matches”.

Dan, i guess that shud be 12-2 and 13-2 respectively since both have lost matches at AUOpen and FOpen.

If Murray reaches the final or wins it, i guess it will be very open 3-horse race for No 1….. most close race since 2003 when Ferrero, Fed and Roddick were gunning for No 1. Fed, even if he loses finals has chance to get No 1 before US Open starts if he does well at the MS tournaments.


TejuZ Says:

Kimo: Fed wasnt pissed that Haas challenged. He was pissed that the hawkeye showed the ball was out by a fraction of millimeter, but in reality he felt it was more than a few millimeters out. Thats what he was tryin to tell the umpire.


TejuZ Says:

7 straight finals for Fed… is that an open era record? I guess the next best are

6 straight by Borg
7 out of 8 by Sampras from 93 to 2000
6 out of 7 by Becker from 85 to 91


andrea Says:

go roger! love the final point smash.

so nice to watch wimbledon in the afternoon in europe as opposed to 5:30 am in vancouver. very civilized! although i will miss throwing my annual men’s final wimbledon breakfast party.

i hope andy roddick pulls thru.


Skorocel Says:

TejuZ said: “Fed wasnt pissed that Haas challenged. He was pissed that the hawkeye showed the ball was out by a fraction of millimeter, but in reality he felt it was more than a few millimeters out. Thats what he was tryin to tell the umpire.”

This is actually why Fed doubts about the credibility of HE, and what probably led to those complaints during the Wimby 2007 final… Meanwhile, Roddick holds and leads 4-3.


Skorocel Says:

Nice BH down the line from Murray to level it to 4 all.


Kimmi Says:

Murray misses few passing shots there….


Kimmi Says:

Roddick came to play 85% first serve %..Wow. can he keep that up….


TejuZ Says:

also he is on a streak of 6 consecutive finals since last years AU Open.. which itself is only second best(in open era) to his own record for 10 consec finals…Jack Crawford, reached seven successive Grand Slam finals in 1933-34.


Tennis Freak Says:

If Roddick can maintain his current 1st serve percentage, which is at 85%, he is in a good shape.


Tennis Freak Says:

Beautifully crafted drop shot from Roddick and break/ set point !


Skorocel Says:

An exellent dropshot gives A-Rod a setpoint!


Kimo Says:

Roddddiiiiiiickkkkkkkk takes a set. YEAAAHHHHH


Skorocel Says:

And he takes it!


Shaky Says:

Roddick with a drop shot? … And a good one?

And then that short angle to Murray’s forehand? Just awesome. Announcer called that “disciplined” — absolutely the best word to describe it. Murray’s forehand out wide probably has 4 of his 5 errors.


Tennis Freak Says:

Roddick does not miss it. Marvelous play from A-Rod.
Time to say, Happy 4th of July !


Kimo Says:

Roddick won that set because he didn’t shy away from rallies. He played within himself and didn’t go for much on his ground strokes, just enough to rattle Murray.

This was on of the smartest sets I’ve seen Roddick play. Ever.


Kimmi Says:

Oh No…Murray..needs to play here C’mon


jane Says:

Roddick is serving wonderfully and deserved to win the first set; meanwhile, Murray has hit less than 50% first serves in! He won’t win that way. I don’t think I’ve seen him serve this poorly except in that first set with Stan. Murray has hit twice as many winners than Roddick, but unless he can find his serve, that won’t be enough as he won’t hold.

I like both Andys a lot, so let the best Andy win today!


Skorocel Says:

Murray seemed a bit lethargic in the 1st set. Let’s see if he can wake up before it’s too late…


Kimmi Says:

Murray always starts slow…watch for Murray to turn the fire from now on…C’mon


vared Says:

Bravo RODDICK you can win this thing


Kimmi Says:

Yeees…now we play


Tennis Freak Says:

One has to admit the forehand passing shot on the run that Murray has nobody has. With 2 of those, he breaks early in the 2nd set.


Kimo Says:

Roddick having a case of dropshot-itis?

Incredible!!!!


Skorocel Says:

Seems like he’s indeed woken up. 1-0 and serving!


Skorocel Says:

Murray’s slowly but surely finding his range… 3 aces and it’s 2-0!


Kimmi Says:

Yes Murray . come on


Tennis Freak Says:

After that 1st set, seeing him not able to match his game to Murray’s upped level, I wonder if Roddick has a bigger goal than to win 1 set. Please don’t do that, not today.


Kimmi Says:

Wow, big serves from Roddick


jane Says:

Typical match patterns from these two: Roddick always comes out of the gates firing; Murray often starts slow. The key stats remain Murray’s low first serve percentage, at a lowly 50, and the winners, 14-25 for Murray. Those 2 stats are keeping them even more or less thus far.


Kimmi Says:

Even big wow from Murray serve


Shaky Says:

I dunno, I’ve seen a number of sub-50% 1st serve sets from Murray in this tournament, if I recall correctly. I think they’ll both wind up around 60%.

Roddick really doesn’t have the return game to be coughing up an early break like that and playing catchup all set. This set feels like a slow death march (especially with Murray really serving fantastically).


Tennis Freak Says:

A-Rod’s 1st serve drops by 7+ percent, to 78% aprox., in the 2nd set, .


Skorocel Says:

Roddick’s putting around 80 % of his 1st serves in! Kinda hard to believe he’s been already broken…


Shaky Says:

I think Murray had 4 winners in that break though. Anyone get a look at Roddick’s average serve speed? For him to be serving at 80%+ I’d bet he’s taken something off it.


Skorocel Says:

Yay! Bad FH miss from Roddick! Could’ve had a BP…


Tennis Freak Says:

1st Serve %
Murray has gone up from 45% in the 1st set to 77%. A-Rod is 14 of 19 = 74 %, Murray is 10 of 13 = 77 % in the 2nd set.
This is a correction to the last post.


Skorocel Says:

A-Rod reduces to 4-5. Let’s see if the Scot can serve it out…


jane Says:

Roddick is holding easily. Easily! I think this could go the distance. Hard to say, at this point, who will win. Murray is still getting only 52% first serves in. That favors Roddick, since Murray hasn’t been able to return Roddick’s serve that effectively yet.


jane Says:

I meant for the match, 52% first serves. But you’re right TF that Murray has improved his first serve % in the second set which bodes better for him.

Dead even for the Andys…


Kimo Says:

Just the one bad service game by Roddick when he lost his concentration cost him the set.

But if he keeps on serving like this I see the match going the distance.


Kimmi Says:

1 set all..the match is now starting from the beginning. Murray has upped his level. And Roddick still serving excellent.


Skorocel Says:

Murray levels to 1 sets all.


Shaky Says:

I don’t like Roddick trying that down the line going for broke shot. If he’s going to try to end the point quickly he should be ending it at net, for better or worse.

If he starts giving away points like that this will get away from him.


Tennis Freak Says:

The 1st Serve % stat changes so fast.
Currently, in the 2nd set, A-Rod is 78 %, and Murray is 62 %.
And Murray levels the match, 1 set a piece.
So, A-Rod needs 85% to have a chance.


potro Says:

Roddick is not able to change ball direction at all, everytime he tries to go down the line he misses … hummm. bcz of this I would prefer to see Federer vs Murray i the final


Kimmi Says:

0-40 deja vu anyone


Tennis Freak Says:

Very bad start from A-Rod in the 3rd. May get broken, with 3 break points.


Tennis Freak Says:

2 saved, 1 to go.


Kimmi Says:

Wow Roddick


Kimo Says:

What a volley by Roddick, the best of his career really :)


Tennis Freak Says:

All 3 saved; now can he hold?


Tennis Freak Says:

Yes, A-Rod holds, to lead 1-0 in the 3rd.


Shaky Says:

Wow, nasty backhand volley there. Gorgeous.

YEAH Roddick! Never give up!


Kimo Says:

That was a scary game!!!

A nice display of mental toughness on Roddick’s part.


Skorocel Says:

That was a VERY important hold for Roddick!


jane Says:

Great hold by Roddick; you know, if you look at old matches of Roddick, he has hit good volleys throughout his career. It’s a matter of the approach shot and coming in at the right times. He has always been able to volley.


Shaky Says:

… I have no comment on that horrible choice to drop volley there when he could have gotten a break point.

Except that it was horrible. Very horrible.


Skorocel Says:

A bit annoying to see Murray clenching his fist after that Roddick’s narrowly-missed dropshot, but anyway, the Scot holds.


Tennis Freak Says:

Had that drop shot crossed the net, A-Rod would have a chance to break. Great hold by Murray, too. Now, 1 game a piece in the 3rd.


Tennis Freak Says:

Wrong time to have 8th double fault, A-Rod.


Skorocel Says:

A rather easy hold for Roddick. 2-1 to the American.


Kimmi Says:

Murray is having problems with the speed of roddick serve….Roddick is serving really well today…..


Shaky Says:

Roddick making a dent here. Come on, ARod, draw blood early!


Skorocel Says:

Now it’s Roddick who has 2 BPs!


Skorocel Says:

1st BP saved by an excellent lob from Murray!


Skorocel Says:

And the 2nd by an equally good BH winner down the line…


Kimmi Says:

Roddick is taking it to Murray second serves now …


Tennis Freak Says:

I could not believe that lob from Murray. And he gets lucky again in the next. And he serves big and puts himself in a position to get out of a big trouble.


Skorocel Says:

Roddick needs to do more on those returns, just like that!


Skorocel Says:

Uff, that was a bit lucky for Roddick, but anyway, 3rd BP!


Skorocel Says:

“Drohpshotitis” again :-) 4th BP for Roddick!


potro Says:

he broke him


jane Says:

Roddick is playing awesome. Bravely. Got to give him credit; he deserved that break! Meanwhile, Murray still can’t get a first serve in consistently.


Shaky Says:

Roddick has really pounced on backhand returns of the second service this game. I like it. Very aggressive.

Now consolidate that break with some big first serves. Drop the hammer!


besttitw Says:

Well done, Roddick! GOOOOOOOOO!


Skorocel Says:

A rare Murray’s FH UE gives Roddick the break!


Kimo Says:

Go Roddick go go go go go!!!!!!

A-Rod has never been known for the variety of his strokes, but boy, he’s sure mixing it up today.

That’s one f-word too many, Murray.


Pro_B Says:

Go Rod! What do you guys think are the odds that fed got into his good buddy’s ear before the match and said two words- drop shot? :)


Skorocel Says:

4-1 Roddick!


Tennis Freak Says:

Roddick wowed me today. Showed some heart to break there and take 4-1 lead in the 3rd.
Surprisingly Murray has 1 more ace than Roddick’s, 12-11.


Kimo Says:

Roddick is really fired up, and that’s saying someting coz he’s always fired up.

Murray is getting unnerved and he’s getting overpowered. His game is just too passive.


potro Says:

what Murray complaining about? can someone plz explain ?


Shaky Says:

Roddick’s gotten 2 nice break points off of drop shots (the first basically won him the first set), but both of those that worked out he came into net behind it or was already up there. He had control and Murray out of position.

But most of his drop shot attempts have been much more questionable. I really hope he doesn’t fall in love with that.

Maybe Murray will redirect his anger over being broken into Pascal for that questionable profanity warning.


Kimo Says:

Murray’s 2nd serve is oh so attackable. It’s really astonishing how different his 2nd serve his from his 1st.


Shaky Says:

See, this is what I don’t get about Murray, even in that second set when he won every first service point and I said he was serving fantastically, he still wasn’t at 70% I don’t think.

Why has his serve been so erratic?


fed is afraid Says:

go roddick then take down roger


Skorocel Says:

Those BHs down the line from Murray have been extraordinary today! Careful A-Rod!


jane Says:

Kimo Murray is winning over 50% of his second serve points; it is a weakness but it’s improved considerably.

Murray has hit ONLY 41% first serves in during this 3rd set; that is abysmal. He could lose based on that alone.

But Roddick is helping him lose by playing a great match: even tempered, fantastic serving, good net play. He deserves to be in the lead at this point.


Kimo Says:

That hold at the beginning of the third set was crucial for A-Rod.


Tennis Freak Says:

What is A-Rod doing here, letting Murray take 2 points in a row to deuce the game?
If he does not hold here, he might lose the set and match.
Please hold. And he holds to lead 5-2. He scared the hell out of me for a sec.
A-Rod deserves a title. here.


Kimmi Says:

I say, Roddick is playing very well, the serving especially is very big….pls pls Murray try harder..C’mon


Skorocel Says:

There you go A-Rod!


Kimo Says:

fed is afraid Says:
“go roddick then take down roger”

I was wondering when you’d show up, but we know that Wimbledon is just not your favorite time of the year.

Well it’s good you’re here, you can watch Fed win his 15th come Sunday.


Skorocel Says:

That was a brutal return from Roddick!


Shaky Says:

Yeesh, Roddick is really finding the range. Now if he can just keep from a stupid drop shot maybe he can earn another break here.


Skorocel Says:

And another beautiful FH cross-court winner!


Tennis Freak Says:

Roddick is mesmerizing me with those beautiful shots. Never seen those from him before !


Skorocel Says:

“I was wondering when you’d show up, but we know that Wimbledon is just not your favorite time of the year.”

LOL! :-)


Kimo Says:

Roddick is playing his best match since 2003. Every single stroke he hits is smack in the middle of his racquet


Kimmi Says:

Roddick is taking Murray second serve..wow..

Murray second serve is a problem..very attackable.


Skorocel Says:

Murray finally holds! Now it’s up to Roddick to serve it out…


Tennis Freak Says:

Von, you are not with us to share this moment live. You totally suck. Your Purple Heart will be taken away.


Kimmi Says:

0-40 C’mon Murray


Tennis Freak Says:

Again A-Rod is killing me, 0-40, facing triple break points. What is he thinking?


Skorocel Says:

Murray’s showing his class here. A beautiful BH crosscourt passing shot, and it’s 3 BPs for the Scot!


Kimmi Says:

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW !! Come ooooooooon !


Kimo Says:

Dammit, Rod.


Skorocel Says:

Murray breaks!


potro Says:

match leveled again, but Murray has the momentum now


Tennis Freak Says:

That is not good at all for A-Rod, to be broken when you were serving for the set.
Can Murray say “Come on” when A-Rod is about to serve? Gotta find something to blame.


jane Says:

Murray gets a break; a tight match. However, Roddick’s definitely playing better than Murray so far today; it’s a question of the better man on the day. Whichever Andy comes through, that’s who I want to win the title.


Skorocel Says:

Murray levels to 5 games all! The crowd is in rapture :-)


Tennis Freak Says:

Now, whoever wins this set wins the match. Very likely, Murray. He really turned it around.


Kimmi Says:

Murray bad slice passing shot….


Skorocel Says:

Yay! Why he hit that drive volley?


Kimmi Says:

Tie break always favours big servers…I hope Murray can turn it on..C’mooon


Skorocel Says:

Roddick finally wins a game! 6-5 to the American!


Skorocel Says:

Tea break time!


Kimo Says:

mini-break to Roddick


Kimo Says:

Murray takes it back.


potro Says:

great shot from Murray


potro Says:

and ARod is doing great job with his dropshots today


Kimo Says:

Mini-break Roddick. 4-2.


Skorocel Says:

That FH winner from Murray at 1-2 was perhaps the shot of the match! Too bad he screwed up the next point…


Skorocel Says:

This breaker will be crucial!


Kimo Says:

Murray back. 4-4.


jane Says:

Roddick is still playing a better match so far. But this tiebreak is crucial. “Heart of the match” as they say.


Shaky Says:

Very good tie breaker. Each guy with one loose backhand, on serve.


Kimo Says:

Set point Murray, 6-5.


Skorocel Says:

Murray’s really showing his mental toughness here! 2 aces in a row, and it’s setpoint for the Scot!


Kimo Says:

Set-point Roddick


Skorocel Says:

A-Rod saves it with a somewhat weird but very effective drop-volley!


Kimo Says:

mini break to roddick. serves for the set.


Skorocel Says:

Now add to that an ace, and we have a setpoint for Roddick!


Kimo Says:

roddick wins it.


Skorocel Says:

A homerun from Murray gives Roddick another setpoint – this time on his own serve!


jane Says:

The better Andy today won that second set. Roddick totally played better. He’s amazingly calm under fire today. Good for A-rod!


Skorocel Says:

2 sets to 1 Roddick!


Kimo Says:

This match turned out to be a real thriller. Roddick is serving great, but that’s no surprise. The real surprise is that the reason A-Rod is 2-1 up is his return and his dropshot, two things that Roddick is not exactly known for.

Stefanki is doing a terrific job with him.


Skorocel Says:

Now let’s see what “the other Andy” is made of!


Shaky Says:

Good vindication, considering he gave back the break he had. He would have been very deflated if he’d lost that set after leading the whole way, and then leading with minibreaks twice in the tiebreaker.

Man up, Arod! No let-up!


Tennis Freak Says:

Bravo, Raddick !


Kimmi Says:

Oh No….Got to give it to Roddick.

Hope Murray can come back from this…


jane Says:

Interestingly, Murray’s hit more winners (63-46), more aces (22-16) and they’ve won the same amount of points at 105 each. Yet Murray is losing. It’s that weak first serve percentage compared to Roddick’s high first serve %. Neither guy has hit many UEs either – a very clean match. I think besides the first serve percentage, Roddick seems more steady mentally – he is SO focused! Impressively so.


Von Says:

TF: Sorry, but I’ll have to forego that ‘Purple Heart’ for today. I need to control my frayed nerves. Did this turn out to be a humdinger of a match or what?


Cindy_Brady Says:

Go Roddick Go!!!


Skorocel Says:

63 winners within just 3 sets? Not bad! Anyway, I’m leaving, so everyone have phun and may the best man win!


Tennis Freak Says:

Von,
You still have that Heart. Stay with us on the roller coaster ride. So far the American hero is not letting us down. Hopefully, he will make us all proud. You’ve been watching the match since the beginning?


Von Says:

TF: No, I’ve been waiting for NBC, and as usual got &**()((^. They are showing the match from the beginning delayed. I’m now watching the live streaming. Thanks for keeping my commendation status in tact.


Von Says:

I never thought I’d say this but the British commentators are too pro-British today — I’ve had to mute them. sheesh.


Shaky Says:

… I hate the risky drop volley from the baseline. Hate it. Need to muzzle that, already. I promise I won’t comment on that again.

I gotta say though I can see why Federer has such difficulty with Murray: he never breaks out any power unless he’s going for a winner, hits a lot of funky slice, counterpunches, patient almost to a fault. It’s like if you don’t come to net or take a risk, the point could last 50 shots. Easy to get frustrated.

On the other hand… frankly his serve is kinda bad. It looks good sometimes (2nd set)… But every 3 service games he mixes one in where he can’t buy a 1st serve, and he’s clocked in a lot of 2nd serves below 80mph… and it’s not like it’s got a huge kick to it, it’s just really weak.


Von Says:

Even HE is becoming confused by the crowd. LOL.


Kimo Says:

Roddick never volleys this good. Never.


Von Says:

Kimo we’ll take the good volleys today.


Kimo Says:

Von Said:

“I never thought I’d say this but the British commentators are too pro-British today — I’ve had to mute them.”

You just realized that today?! That’s one of the reasons I hate watching Murray play.


Kimo Says:

Von said:

“Kimo we’ll take the good volleys today.”

So would I. So would I.


Kimmi Says:

I agree shaky..Murray 2nd serve is weak. he is just been backing it up with some good baseline play..but roddick today went for it on cricial points.


jane Says:

Boris Becker is the more balanced commentator in the feed I am listening to. He’s not taking sides at all.


vared Says:

COME ONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN Roddick


Von Says:

Kimo:

“You just realized that today?! That’s one of the reasons I hate watching Murray play.”

I’ve never really paid much attention to them when Murray plays opponents other than Roddick. Today they seem to be a bit overboard and over-kill.


Kimo Says:

Maybe you guys just feel the commentator’s bias today because Murray is playing your compatriot, but they’re like that always.


Tennis Freak Says:

Von,
It is not that Murray is playing bad or anything. Roddick is just outplaying him. His shots have been phenomenal. He has to play the same way for only 3 more games to book a much-deserved place in the final.
Yes, the Brit commentators are absolutely biased and, at times, unbearable. Nothing out of sort, though.


Kimo Says:

Who would have thought that Roddick would be able to rally with Murray and actually come out on top a considerable amount of points? I didn’t.

Win or lose, Roddick is impressive today.


jane Says:

Shaky says: “patient almost to a fault” You gave a good analysis of Murray’s pros and cons there. Two things are hurting him today (besides Roddick’s excellent and steady play) — his inconsistent serve and his on-again-off-again aggressive. Too often, as Becker said, he’s let Roddick be the aggressor, and A-Rod has been happy to take up that mantle.

At this point? I’d be shocked if Roddick loses. He’s just been more solid throughout.

But either way, it’s been a good match. Not a lot of errors and very tightly contested.

ANDY WINS WIMBLEDON!!! Either one!


Shaky Says:

Random comment, I don’t want to jinx the weekend, but does anyone remember a Wimbledon without major rain delays? It’s been beautiful.


Von Says:

I must say Roddick is really using his noodle today and I’m proud of him.


Tennis Freak Says:

“Just return” is not working for Murray; somebody said, “He has to hit.” Maybe, he is right. And, thanks A-Rod is hitting the ball hard, not just return. Hope he keeps his nerve together and continues to hit.


jane Says:

You should be Von – he’s playing better than 2003-2004 imo. He’s got more variety and he’s so steady!


Kimmi Says:

Tie break will be dangerous, Roddick is serving well and attacking Murray second serve.

C’mon Murray…


TennisFan Says:

Von & Kimo: Maybe now you know what its like for someone (other than an American) to listen to the commentators on ESPN. …talk about bias …
… sure the Brits are the same … how do you like it :)


potro Says:

Murray is a bit tired, but since Roddick makes lot of mistakes when he try to change ball direction, especially when he tries to go down th line, that would cost him the final… this is why I prefer to see a Federer vs Murray final… it would be very entrataining..


Von Says:

TennisFan: I don’t think our commentators are as bad and I also don’t think our American crowd at the USO is as bad as Wimbledon. The combination of the two is like a nuclear explosion.


Tennis Freak Says:

And we have another tie breaker.


Kimo Says:

I’m not an American. Not even close. And I hate bias from anyone.

Americans are not as bad as Brits though. Brits are commentating as if they have hard-ons for Murray.

Pardon my language.


Lenny Says:

Von, do you have the script-delivery boy tied up in your basement? ;) If you do, pleeeeez make sure he stays there. We don’t want him escaping.


huh Says:

COME ON RODDICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kimo Says:

mini-break roddick. 3-1.


Kimmi Says:

Murray..bad error for nothing..mini break roddick..


Von Says:

Lenny: You’re funny. LOL. I don’t need him, I’ll do a good job writing my own.


Shaky Says:

Ok Roddick: first serves the rest of the way and you get to fight someone your own age. You earned it, now go for the throat!!!


Kimo Says:

5-2 roddick.


Von Says:

I feel badly for Roddick the Brits are overly noisy. I’m ashamed of them, and enough already. sheesh


Kimo Says:

5-4 roddick.


Kimmi Says:

Wow murray So lucky that drop shot….


potro Says:

Murray will lose just because he is tired, not bcz Roddick is good, and u shall see that Roddick is not good when he will lose to Federer, this is if he wins today


Lenny Says:

out out out out out


Kimmi Says:

Wow..the first 2nd serve in the tie break Murray takes it


Tennis Freak Says:

Hype and pressure killed Murray. However, he had a better run than last year.
Congratulation to the American hero. He made us proud again ! Thank you Roddick, and thank you, Von.


Lenny Says:

YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WooHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Von: Could you pen a similar scripts for Sunday, pls. :D


Kimo Says:

I love you Roddick!!!!

No more Murray. No more Brit commentators. :D


Lenny Says:

* script


jane Says:

Congratulations to Andy Roddick !!! He played lovely tennis today!! I will be rooting for him with all my heart on Sunday! GO ANDY!

margot: sorry about Murray; it just wasn’t his day today; he couldn’t find his serve unfortunately. And A-Rod was simply on fire. It’s still one round further than last year right? So he’s on the right track. He can do well on hard courts. Chin up girl! Better things to come for sure.


Tennis Freak Says:

What a beautiful day for American tennis !
Once again, Happy 4th of July !
Thank you Roddick !


Von Says:

AND, THE LONE AMERICAN UNDERDOG STANDS TALL!!!!


Kimo Says:

Tennis Freak said:

“Hype and pressure killed Murray.”

Nope. It was better play from a better grass court player, something Murray obviously is not.


jane Says:

Okay Stefanki – get out those tapes from the 2004 final and work it man work it!! Roddick can do it!!


Kimmi Says:

Congratulations Roddick for getting to the final of wimbledon. he was the better player today. His serve was unbelivable. And his baseline game was very aggressive….What a match he plays today.

Murray has to try again next year. Terrific play from Roddick.


Kimo Says:

And for the first time since 2003, the final is not being contested by the top two seeds.


Pro_B Says:

ladies and gentlemen, THAT is an Andyclimax to the Andymonium!


andrea Says:

yay roddick….and who thought the “dream final” was between murray and federer? sure wasn’t my dream.

roddick looked sharp and very subdued for a change. good for him!!!


Shaky Says:

YEAH!

Kind of disappointed in Murray for not changing things up even just a bit. I would have liked Murray to make an adjustment in that 4th set instead of just waiting for Roddick to make an error or come to net (since Roddick played a clean match and won the vast majority of his net points). Take some control, mix in some net play, isolate a side, something.

I know he was right in it til the end (to lose in tiebreaks means it could have gone either way), but there’s no question Roddick was ready and willing to be the aggressor.

Roddick had the match on his racket from the beginning, win or lose, and I think Murray should have mixed it up. Great match regardless, glad it didn’t go 5.


huh Says:

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATS RODDICK, YOU’VE DONE IT!


Von Says:

Where’s that little runt Hewitt? He’ll be eating a lovely bunch of sour grapes followed by a hefty plate of crow as the main course, and then some humble pie to top it all off.

Sean Randall, let’s hear from you.


huh Says:

Fed-Roddick rivalry’s not finished yet, fortunately and gladly so!!!! YES!


Tennis Freak Says:

Kimo,
I agree, “It was better play from a better grass court player.”
But Roddick acknowledged that “Murray had pressure,” and that played in Roddick’s favor. All I am saying is media hype did not help Murray.
Definitely, Roddick was a better player out there, and I was the 1st one to say on this site Roddick is the 2nd best grass-courter player, after Fed. But if he can play like he did today, he sure has a shot at the final.


jane Says:

Von – I think Hewitt’s comments only fired A-Rod up further; so I would actually send him a little thank you note. Did you hear Roddick say “not many people were giving me a chance”? Well he was out to prove them wrong.

I hope he does it again Sunday – so nice to see that Roddick smile. So excellent to see persistent effort and heart pay off also.

And I love Murray too but he can learn from this and have more chances in the future.

Great match today.


Kimo Says:

You know, for all the talk about the up-and-comers, this still is pretty much still the era of Federer, Roddick, Safin. The only exception to that rule is Rafa, but you can’t count him as an up-and-comer coz he matured so early on in his career. I would put his name with Fed’s generation too.

Murray, Djokovic and JMDP will win slams, but not until this current era is over.


Von Says:

There’s a kind of hush, all over the tennis world and especially at Wimbledon. I see Stefanki has on a tie today for this auspicious occasion. LOL. And Roddick’s business manager is in his box all decked out in a suit. Contracts and endorsements anyone? Bring ‘em on!!


Tennis Freak Says:

Yeah, Von, let’s hear from Sean, at least once in a life time, one article in unconditional praise for Roddick. He has earned it. Absolutely.

What’s that Hewitt thing? I missed it.


Pro_B Says:

von and tennis bebe, u guys there? i’m just so happy :)


jane Says:

I wonder if a lot of the Wimby crowd will be for Roddick now? I would not be surprised. I am sure they’d love to see him win too.


Kimo Says:

And let us all give a round of applause to the unsung hero of Roddick’s triumph: Larry Stefanki. I have never seen so much variety from Roddick in his entire career, and to pull it off in a Wimbledon semi when you’re the underdog is something else!!!

I meanwho ever thought the dropshot would play an instrumental part of any Roddick victory. Sure he made a few judgment errors here and there, but it was ultimately a good gameplan.


potro Says:

Hewitt didn’t say what was magnified, go read his interview and u’ll see that his comments were taken out of proportion


jane Says:

Congrats to you Von, b.t.w., you must be over the moon! : D And also to TD (tam) – I hope you are also thrilled with this big win for Andy.


Kimo Says:

jane said:

“I wonder if a lot of the Wimby crowd will be for Roddick now? I would not be surprised. I am sure they’d love to see him win too.”

They may, but the British are squarely in Fed’s corner.


Von Says:

jane: You’re right about Roddick being fired up by Hewitt’s comments. Andy loves a challenge. He also said he won’t get into that word battle. Smack talk Rusty Hewitt is probably slapping himself silly.


Matador Says:

Congrats Roddick. Now beat Federer in the final


steve Says:

Aside from Nadal (7 times), only Roddick (4 times now) has faced Federer in more than one Grand Slam final. That should tell you something about his consistency and ability.


potro Says:

I remember a comment made by Federer regarding Murray game, he said that he is very passive player relying entirely on other players errors, now Roddick has shown the world how to beat a passive gameplay, by using dropshots and coming to the net… putting a quick end to the boring


Dan Martin Says:

Tejuz – correct I messed that up. Fed vs. Roddick – not what I would have predicted but a great effort by both to win 6 matches. Roddick has new life!


jane Says:

I am setting up a nightly vigil now, praying to the tennis gods that Roddick can win Wimbledon! LOL ; )

Seriously, though, it would be just what Daniel said way back: if Fed get’s the FO win, and Roddick get’s the Wimbledon win, they’d both be earning something they’ve been denied on more than one occasion.

And it would be more exciting, imo, than if Fed wins yet another one. Can you imagine the excitement leading into the hard court season if Roddick wins here? WOW! It will throw the doors wide open – so many contenders for the last major: Roddick, JMDP, Murray, Djoko, Fed and Rafa, if he’s back. Heck maybe even Tsonga.


Kimo Says:

Potro said:

“I remember a comment made by Federer regarding Murray game, he said that he is very passive player relying entirely on other players errors”

I’ve been saying that since forever and everybody kept telling me I’m under-rating Murray.


Von Says:

Pro B: Yes, I’m here and glad to see you here too!
______________
Tennisbebe, where are you little girl, let’s hear from you. Join us — we are a celebratin’.
______________
jane: Thank you, but you’re deserving of some congrats too for your pro Roddick support.

______________
Tennis Freak: Sean is probably digesting the situation and scratching his head dumbfounded. And, I sincerely hope it’s not bald one to boot.


jane Says:

I have no idea why I put apostrophes on “gets” in the above 2:00 pm post. Must be the excitement of an upset. Even though this wasn’t that surprising of an upset really.


Kimo Says:

Okay guys, as much as Roddick’s win today was super impressive, he’s up against THE MAN in the final. Federer’s game is the entire opposite of Murray’s and no one can read Roddick’s serve better than him.

Let’s not get carried away.


TennisFan Says:

I was looking forward to a Fed-Murray final … instead we will get more Fed-A-rod. Unfortunately for A-Rod, Fed is not a good matchup for him … even the newly improved A-Rod.

Murray’s serve need some serious work … I am less impressed with him after this Wimbledon than before. Men’s tennis needs someone that can stand up to Fed … and A-Rod will not be the answer…


gordon Says:

Congratulation Von! Well deserved victory.I was suprised that Murray did not follow the protocol and wait for Roddick at the end of the match. It was a tough game but just one more step and he can take the title!


jane Says:

“Let’s not get carried away.”

Why not?


Kimo Says:

Murray’s 1st serve is impressive. His 2nd serve is probably the worst in the top 10. The Williams sisters have better 2nd serves than him. The stark contrast between his first and second deliveries is big question mark.


potro Says:

look all, although Roddick played a great game today but his chances of wining the wimby are pretty slim, Fed will win no matter what, he is always a gear above Roddick … I am afraid Roddick would say at the end of the match “I am in a mood of beer right now”


Kimo Says:

jane said:

“Why not?”

No expectations…no disappointments.


Von Says:

I’m now going to watch the culmination of the match on NBC. I want to hear Patrick McEnroe when Roddick wins. PMc loves Andy Roddick. Next weekend is Davis cup, uS v. Croatia and the one-man team of Dr. Ivo.

Anyone know Andy’s song:

Hey, hey it’s Andy Roddick ….


Kimo Says:

But I’ll give you this jane: Roddick will give it his all. I know that much.

But this is Fed, and this is Rod.


Shaky Says:

Von, what do you mean? I thought Hewitt’s comments were fair:

“Yeah, I think it’s gonna be a tough one for Roddick to win. I think, you know, when I’ve seen Andy Murray at his best, I think he matches up extremely well against Roddick.

Yeah, it’s going to be an interesting match. A couple years ago I saw them play here because they were in my section, and Murray took care of him convincingly. And Murray’s a lot better player now than he was then.

Roddick’s gonna have to play a helluva match to beat him.”

Shrug. I’m a Roddick fan and even I don’t find any faults in Hewitt’s remarks.

And I’m gonna harp on this now that the match is over one more time: I’ve noticed a couple folks saying Roddick’s drop shots were a key… no exagerration, I think he won points on 2 drop shots and 1 drop volley. He blew a LOT of points on poorly planned drop shots (and that’s made all the more acute by how good Murray is at catching up to them).

So I totally disagree, I think Roddick used it way too much in bad situations. Guy had me pulling my hair out.


Von Says:

Gordon: Thank you. Glad to see you back. Where have you been all of this time?

______________
Potro, TennisFan and Kimo: Yes, we know, and how.


potro Says:

it’s not Roddick fault, it is the champy journalist who asked him the question, he told him “Hewitt doesn’t think u have a chance to beat Murray” quite a disastrous interpretation


jane Says:

Roddick had a tough draw: Berydch, Hewitt, Murray, even his first round opponent, Chardy, was tough. He’s ready for this final, imo. Plus he has Stefanki, a better game, and lots of experience. He’s mentally focused.

Go Andy! Win Wimbledon.


blah Says:

Great great win by Roddick. He needs to keep playing aggressive to beat Roger in the final. I will be rooting for Roddick come Sunday. It would only be fair for Roddick to get his Wimbledon now that Federer has gotten his French. With Murray and Djoko still unable to be great consistently in slams, with Nadal out, a win for Roddick would be huge and maybe he’s not that far down on the list of top players as his ranking suggests. (He’s due to gain a bunch of points anyway, going from losing in the second round to making it in the finals.) Shows what a great coaching hire could do to a career.


Von Says:

Shaky: there were other comments by hewitt on andy’s improved game, where he mentioned in gist, that it wasn’t that much. It’s the reason why Roddick mentioned he won’t get into that with Hewitt. Anyway, Hewitt’s entitled, but I think his comments only made Roddick more determined to prove to the naysayers that he’s improved.

I was also pulling my hair out at some of the drop shots.


potro Says:

I am not sure but it seemed that Murray looked very tired in his last two matches, don’t you thing so?


Kimo Says:

Shaky Said:

“So I totally disagree, I think Roddick used it way too much in bad situations. Guy had me pulling my hair out.”

As I said, he didn’t use it wisely most of the time, but he pulled it off at moments when no one thought he would dare to, most of all Murray, who’s got great anticipation. The fact that he used it many times made Murray believe that Roddick now considers it a viable option and added it to his armory of shots. Such variety gives you a mental edge even if you don’t use the shot or use it and miss.


Tennis Freak Says:

I am super happy Roddick won, but I will be missing my friend Murray as I will not have anyone to go after, to pour my unrestrained, all out venom. And it’s not my style to after a player who just a match and out of the tournament.
My condolences to his fans who had high expectations and hopes of Murray. To repeat, he did better than last year and will be adding points to his ranking, so that’s not that bad.


Von Says:

blah: I agree on Stefanki. I like him a lot. He’s got the right disposition to handle Roddick and his personality is so very upbeat. What a great combination.

I can tell you that Gilbert will be very happy for Roddick. Even though they parted on not so good terms, Gilbert has always been in Roddick’s corner and has had the utmost belief in Andy.


Kimo Says:

Potro said:

“I am not sure but it seemed that Murray looked very tired in his last two matches, don’t you thing so?”

Apparently he looks like that all the time.

It’s not that he is tired, it’s that his game is tired, especially on grass.


Tennis Freak Says:

corrections:
venom= venom upon
style to after… = style to go after who’s just lost a match and is


margot Says:

von: many many congratulations, I told you your Andy was playing brilliantly didn’t I? All my fingers and toes will be crossed on Sunday, I can tell you! Enjoy the champagne!
jane: I know you like Andy R but perhaps we can form a support group re Djko and Andy M!!


Kimo Says:

Von: I mentioned Stefanki, not blah. :)


jane Says:

potro, I think if anything Murray was “mentally” tired. Even though he was embracing the nation’s pressure, on some subconscious level, it had to be getting to him and weighing him down. And like it did with Henman, it’ll happen every year at this time. Murray, however, should win a slam in the future, with his talent; if not at Wimbledon, then at one of the hard court majors.

Shaky, the drop shot is always a high risk shot. A couple of times it paid off for Roddick, a couple of times it didn’t. What impressed me was not how much better he played at net, because imo he could always volley well, but how he improved his approach shot and so was able to come in at the right times and cover the net. That was awesome to see from A-Rod, and Murray has a great passing shot too, so the fact that he won a lot of those points at net is fantastic.


potro Says:

I am also pulling my hair out everytime I remember that Roddick was voted Sexiest Athlete in People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue in December 2003, I am not kidding , am really pulling my hair out and it hurts ….


jane Says:

margot: yes, a support group. Underachievers Anonymous maybe? LOL. They’ll come round; they really will.

Meanwhile, fingers crossed for “the other Andy.”


huh Says:

I’m scary good in my predictions and concerns sometimes! But the moment Hewitt dismissed Roddick’s chances against Murray, I thought we may be in for a surprise coz there’s every chance, I felt, that such a statement’d motivate Roddick to silence the nay-sayers by showing that he is no slouch on grass, in fact excellent, particularly in Wimbledon, as he has reached the finals two times and has played excellent tennis during those two matches, though in the 2004 final, rain played havoc with his momentum as much as the peak Federer and in the second final, he again came against the MIGHTY FED of 2005 who was much better than the Fed of 2008 and that’s a huge reason Roddick lost those two finals. May be if Hewitt hadn’t backed Murray, Roddick may not have been this motivated to show his class on the Wimbledon grass. I surely thoght Roddick may have seriously noted Hewitt’s comments. And I’ve not made Roddick my second guy besides Fed without observing carefully and recognising his class, I’ve always given his good behaviours a second thoght coz to me, the yardstick for making a player my fave is the measure of his talent, demeanour’s always been of secondary importance to me, though luckily even in this respect, Roddick’s a first class. I just happen to like a few guys from the beginning only coz of their talent and Roddick’s no exception to my rule. Even when everybody was spouting garbage about Roddick from 2006-08, I was fully behind him and only him apart from Fed. I always loved the talented Fed and I always loved the talented Roddick. These two’re truly my guys and the reason for it is pretty obvious now. And this again shows that Roddick’s not just another guy as said by Mc Enroe who was going crazy tellin everyone how Djoko, Rafa, Murray etc are way ahead of Roddick, though I never believed in his words. I have never considered Djoko or Rafa as much more talented than Roddick to be honest. However I think I’ve spouted a lot and need to take a break and read the comments on this thread for some time now. :) Absolutely win win situation for me as I honestly say that I don’t care as to what happens in the final!


gordon Says:

Enjoing the warm weather that is soo short up north in Canada. I am glad to see that you are all good.

Regards
Gordon


Kimo Says:

I don’t think Murray lost because of the pressure. Unlike Henman, I don’t feel that sense of patriotism from Murray. He’s not doing this for “Queen and Country”. He’s doing it because he wants to win Wimbledon, not because he’s a Brit who wants to win Wimbledon. There’s a difference.


blah Says:

Murray’s defensive game works against most players, but he needs to know how to switch gears into offense. He was attacking more when he broke out last summer hardcourt season rather than defending, but he has a tendency to fall back into the playing style he’s used to.

Now I hope Roddick would not go to the Federer forehand, last match I saw them play (Miami?) Roddick kept trying to come into the net with the approach shot to the forehand side. Just stay away from that side altogether or it could get ugly.


huh Says:

Whatr happens in the final doesn’t mean I’d refrain from being interested in it, I rather’d pray to God for givin Roddick all the strenghth for winning the Wimbledon. GO RODDICK AND WIN WIMBLEDON, GODSPEED!!!


Vern Says:

Does anyone know what that wierd blemish was on Roddick’s face/neck?


jane Says:

Kimo – I guess you can read Murray’s mind then? Well good on you. Personally I think that level of hype would get to anyone, consciously or not.

In any case, he’ out.

Onward and upward.


potro Says:

I am leaving for the week-end now, but I have one last thought: Roddick played a hell of match today and I am happy for him he is back in a GS final. BUT didn’t he made things easier for Fed to win his 15th GS? please thing about it


Kimo Says:

I didn’t like Roddick when he had his little fits on court with umpires. I don’t like that from anybody.

But there’s no doubting his talent, especially on grass. You don’t win Queen’s four times if you don’t have the game to do so.


Kimo Says:

Von said:

“Does anyone know what that wierd blemish was on Roddick’s face/neck?”

Probably towel fluff. It looked purple.


huh Says:

HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BIGGEST RODDICK FAN …… YVONNE AKA VON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) VON, YOU’VE WHAT MOST OTHERS HAVE NOT, FAITH, YES FAITH IN RODDICK! Bowing down to your love for your Roddick and for your great nation!!!


margot Says:

Tennis Freak: you are a scholar and a gentleman/lady! I appreciate your comments and am first to say Andy R so deserved that. Andy M needs to “destroy not toy,” as someone, not me, said. Am not sure if pressure got to him, it’s clear if that first serve aint working he is horribly vulnerable.


Kimo Says:

potro said:

“I am happy for him he is back in a GS final. BUT didn’t he made things easier for Fed to win his 15th GS? please thing about it”

Probably. But Roger would have won against Murray anyway, although it might have been a tougher contest and a much noisier one. I think Roger would have won against Murray in four. Against Roddick he’ll probably win in four as well, maybe three if Fed plays in TMF mode. He will be a lot more relaxed given his H2H against him.


jane Says:

I know J-Mac hasn’t often been the most ardent Andy Roddick supporter, but as far as I can remember, every time he’s been asked if Roddick can win another grand slam championship, he has said something to the effect of “with that serve and that forehand, yes; there is no reason why he can’t.”

I hope he can too.


huh Says:

One more thing ; people have always doubted Roddick’s mental strength but today he proved to the doubters that he’s a mentally tough guy as well!


blah Says:

potro- not at all. I still think that people overrate Murray on clay and grass. If this were on hardcourts it would be a different story, but Roddick is one of the top grass players on tour. His second round lost last year aside, the year before that he lost to another great grass court player Gasquet in an epic 5 setter, and before that he has made two finals. The fact is that Roger is not as good as he used to be and the gap between him and Roddick has closed a bit, I believe. Of course Roddick still needs to play lights out and almost flawless to beat the king of grass, but it won’t be a walkover as some people think.


SG Says:

well sean…the dream final just wasn’t meant to be. A-Rod crashed the party. I didn’t see the match but I did take a quick look at the match stats. A-Rod served incredibly well. 75% on 1st serve. Incredible for someone who goes for so much with it. Murray was only at 52% on the first serve. I suspect this stat had a lot to do with the result.

And Von…your guy has a chance to control his destiny and the tennis’ perception of him. One win against Federer at this venue could be a career changer for him. I hope he pulls it off. He’s taken some pretty big hits from Fed at critical points in his career. Here’s his chance for payback. If he hits freely and serves well, he’ll have a chance. The edge is clearly with Federer. I think Andy has a 25% chance to win this thing. But, there are those intagibles. I give Andy the edge in this department.


Duro Says:

Vern, bizarre thing to comment right now but here you are: Those were the parts of the new towels which the players use to wipe off their faces. Roddick wasn’t perfectly shaved so it made it even easier to stick onto the beard. If you played tennis ever you would know…

Congrats to Roddick! It’s more then well deserved!


huh Says:

Murray’s lost at Wimbledon but I hope that he wins the US OPEN this year. I’d fully support Murray to win the USO. For USO, my positive vibes to none other than Murray.


Tennis Freak Says:

margot,
Regardless of who won/lost, the match was high quality and beautiful tennis from both, though Murray could do better had it been normal circumstances, i.e. had he been free of pressure. Yes, his serve was not as good today as it had been through out this tournament. Especially, I hope to see his growth in the offensive side of his game, without sacrificing his defense.
I feel for your player’s loss and know from experience how hard it is to keep composure. Don’t worry he’ll be back even bigger as the American hard court resumes.


SG Says:

tennis freak…yeah, the stats showed Murray at net only 20 times while Roddick was there nearly 4 times more. Murray will have to be more aggressive going to the net in the future if he’s going to win Wimbeldeon. you are 100% correct.


Skorocel Says:

Well, so much for “the other Andy” winning the SW19… Congrats to Von & all the Roddick fans! Your guy is like an old wine – the older the better!


Skorocel Says:

steve said: “Aside from Nadal (7 times), only Roddick (4 times now) has faced Federer in more than one Grand Slam final. That should tell you something about his consistency and ability.”

Indeed. And some called him an „one slam wonder“ (!)…


huh Says:

That smile of Roddick is so sweet!!!


Skorocel Says:

Kimo: “Brits are commentating as if they have hard-ons for Murray.”

LOL! This one certainly deserves the “Funk” section :-)))


Ryan Says:

Congrats to Von…now its ur fav vs my fav in the final but this time its a flashback to 2004 wen i really wanted roddick to win that match….and now after 5 years i want him to win again…..Go A-ROD!!!


huh Says:

It’s so tough to see Murray sad and despondent. :( Come on Murray, you’ll win the USO this year! God bless you!


margot Says:

Tennis Freaks, huh: thanx you guys. I feel bloody awful!!!Goodness knows how Andy M feels……
However, am v pleased for other Andy, maybe his last shot, let’s hope he takes his A++ with him on Sunday.


huh Says:

margot Says:
“Tennis Freaks, huh: thanx you guys. I feel bloody awful!!!Goodness knows how Andy M feels……
However, am v pleased for other Andy, maybe his last shot, let’s hope he takes his A++ with him on Sunday.”

You’re most welcome dear margot! I know how tough you must be feeling right now! :( I’m also feeling very very sad for Murray. I’ve always pinned my hopes on him after Fed and Roddick. I know Murray’s great and I hope that by this year’s USO, he’d not leave anybody in doubt about that. All the luck in the world for Murray’s USO campaign and my love and reagrds for you. Keep praying to God, He’d surely listen to your sincere prayers! :)


FoT Says:

You guys are saying the “Dream Final” was not to be. Heck, any final with Roger is a dream final for me! But I can guarantee you that NBC is very happy Roddick is in the final. An American! Please, they will eat this up. Plus, for one of the few times all tournament – they will be showing something LIVE TO EVERYONE! (not just to the people on the East Coast)!


Green Balls Says:

Nope


Von Says:

margot: I’m so sorry Andy M. lost and I know you feel dreadful, but remember he’s very young and has tons of opportunities left to win slams. Had Andy R. not won today, I’m sure you know Andy m. would have suited me just fine.
_______________
FoT: I’m sure you can understand that some people love their country’s athletes, so NBC is just doing what any other country would do if their athletes were playing in the finals. You know charity begins at home. Right?


tenisbebe Says:

Margot: Was looking for you earlier to send my condolences for Muzza’s loss. Know though that you will be cheering for the “other” Andy on Sunday. Sleep tight.


tenisbebe Says:

TF – re: your 2:59pm post. DO you have a heart after all?


Tennis Freak Says:

T-bebe,
In another thread, you quoted me and added: “ ‘by outplaying the worthiest opponent of the tournament…’
Hear, hear!”
My response was: “Are you laughing at me or Roddick? I am confused.”

Now in this thread, you asked, “DO you have a heart after all?”
My response: Sometimes I don’t know. Sometimes, I think I do. And other times, I am in pursuit of a heart. By “after all,” if you mean in summation, I do. I have experienced pain and pleasure, beyond hedonistic kinds, so I am not completely devoid of a heart. Knowingly, I try not to participate in activities that inflict pain upon a living being. If you see me deviated, remind me, and I will return to my heart.


tenisbebe Says:

First post of mine: “ ‘by outplaying the worthiest opponent of the tournament…’ Hear, hear!” That means I agree with you heartily. You know, from olde English “Hear, hear!!” they would shout during a speech, etc.

My 2nd post: “Do you have a heart after all?” I was teasing you re: your touching post to Margot. I’m glad you do & will remind you to return to it if need be.


Tennis Freak Says:

From olde English? How am I supposed to know that? I am a Cultural Studies student. We don’t use that phrase in Sacramento. Do they use that where you come from? I thought you live somewhere in Ohio.


Tennis Freak Says:

T-bebe,
I forgot to say thank you. Thank you.


tenisbebe Says:

Do they use that where you come from? I thought you live somewhere in Ohio.

OHIO?? No, from Chicago originally but now live in Louisville, the land of bourbon and horses :) Am invited to the track Sunday after the men’s final actually. But have been attending and now volunteering at the Cincy tournament since 2000 as it’s the closest Master’s geographically speaking. Have been to IW twice – love that place.

Cultural Studies eh? Well one would think cultural phrasiology might fall under that umbrella. You are welcome.

OK night, night. I probably won’t be on-line tomorrow but will be Sunday a.m. Ciao!

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