Nadal, Murray, Soderling Have No Trouble at Wimbledon; Federer, Djokovic Return
by Sean Randall | June 22nd, 2010, 6:50 pm
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After a very rocky start to the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, things returned back to norm on Tuesday. The top men’s seeds in action all rolled led by 2008 winner Rafael Nadal along with Andy Murray and Robin Soderling.

Nadal had no trouble pounding on 20-year-old Kei Nishikori. Nadal had lost a set to the No. 1 player from Japan a few years ago, but not today in a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 win.

“I don’t have to defend nothing, no one point,” said the current No. 1 who missed last year. “All the points are in positive for me in this tournament. I go day to day. For me was a very good victory today. Was difficult opponent.”

Nadal now will face the big serve of Dutchman Robin Haase, who trounced James Blake in straight sets. One has to wonder if we’ve seen the last of the 30-year-old Blake at Wimbledon.

Murray got off to an ominus start finding himself quickly down a break to the lightly-regarded Jan Hajek. But Murray’s got his game into gear to pull out a 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 win.

Murray and Nadal will now have the opportunity to play in front of the Queen of England on Thursday who’ll make her much-publicized trip to Wimbledon on Thursday.

“I’ll probably be a little bit nervous, understandably,” Murray said. “I guess I don’t want to mess up at all. But, yeah, the plan was to bow to the Queen, as everybody would. It’s just you wanted to get the right etiquette for what we were doing on the court. A few years back it definitely changed. Both players, when you went on Centre Court bowed, and they went out together. When they left the court, they left together, bowed again. Obviously, it’s changed.”

My pick to beat Nadal in the quarterfinals is Soderling and today the Swede just ripped apart Robby Ginepri 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. I’d have to rate Robin’s win as the most impressive among the top players this far.

Other winners included JW Tsonga, Sam Querrey, Tomaz Bellucci, Philipp Petzchner, Mikhail Youhzny and David Ferrer.

The big surprise on the day was the four-set loss by 8th-seeded Fernando Verdasco to Fabio Fognini. Verdasco has played so well for so long now it was tough seeing him revert back to his old, sloppy ways. Another Spaniard, 14th-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero, was also defeated in a mild upset by former Wimbledon semifinalist Xavier Malisse.

As for tomorrow, Roger Federer is back after his narrow Monday escape against Ilija Bozoljac. Who? “Bozo” I’ll call him. brings a big sever and a unique two-handed style, but Federer has to now be on full alert after Monday. So Federer should ease here.

Novak Djokovic also needed a five-set Houdini act to stay alive. Unfortunately for the Serb tomorrow he may have to pull another one against Taylor Dent. But I actually think Dent matches up well or Novak and I like Djokovic to have a good day.

On the other hand Andy Roddick may be in for a tough early afternoon against Michael Llodra. Lldora just won Eastbourne and if he gets that lefty serve humming he’ll be tough to break – was Roddick able to break Dudi Sela at Queen’s? I cant recall.

I want to pick the upset here but I think Llodra will self destruct and some key moment and Roddick gets through in four, maybe five sets.

My to pick to win – yes, he’s still my pick! – Lleyton Hewitt is also on. Hewitt’s draw looks great and with Federer looking shaky the Australian may never have a chance like this again.

Looking at the women’s draw, Maria Sharapova played well today but I think this is a Williams sisters event. The Belgians – Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters – might get their says as may the Chinese, but Serena and Venus still look too tough on this surface.


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223 Comments for Nadal, Murray, Soderling Have No Trouble at Wimbledon; Federer, Djokovic Return

NELTA Says:

Roddick won in straights on hard court the last time they played, but it was close. 2 of the 3 sets were tiebreaks. Both will probably struggle returning serve, but I think Roddick should struggle a little less returning which should allow him a few more opportunities to break or go up a mini break in any tiebreakers.


Kimmi Says:

“My pick to beat Nadal in the quarterfinals is Soderling…”

Still have to play 4 round before they reach there. watching a little bit of soda, he was serving lights out today. If he carries on like this he will be a nightmare to anybody. But i don’t see him beating the bull.

I am having my fingers crossed for murray. still not the same level as last year here. but great perfomance in the last 2 sets. Hoping his level goes up a notch..he has a decent draw to reach the semi. Go Muzza

2 words for verdasco..Oh dear!


blank Says:

Sean,

When you initially picked Hewitt to win Wimbledon, I thought it was just downright crazy and wildly speculative.

But after seeing Roger and Novak play, I am beginning to think it may not be that crazy after all. However, Hewitt over Roddick, Federer, Nadal, Murray, Soda and others…I still believe that it’s a bit far fetched.


sheila Says:

who exactly does nadal have in his draw that would be a threat to him. soderling who was wiped out @ fo final? gulbis might have won a set off of nadal, but i don’t c him having a problem getting to the finals. is isner on his side of the draw. none of these guys have the mental fortitude to hang w/nadal for 5 sets. i am a huge federer fan, but nadal deserves #1 ranking. hes so consistent & roger isnt anymore. i still think roger has a tough draw. he doesnt play well against left handed players because of his 1 handed backhand & he seems 2 have a lot of lefties in his draw: lopez, meltzer, well verdasco was surprisingly knocked out. i so want roger to win this tournament & i hope that his level of play picks up from the falla match.


Andrew Miller Says:

Federer looking human in the early rounds.

Not sure if SuperFed or SudaFed will be showing up.

Hewitt a courageous pick. I had picked him to take out the Fed in Australia, and he then played his best match of the tournament until his absolute brilliance in the first two sets vs. Murray in the final.

Roddick looked sharper than everyone the other day. Maybe he feels good with the Hewitt win? If so, I think Llodra will have a tough out.


Andrew Miller Says:

James Blake, a lot to be depressed about. Another bad showing. Almost wish he DIDNT write Breaking Back, the autobiography. A little premature given that Blake hasnt shown much fight since the five setter against Del Potro.

Sheesh. Blake is upsetting to me because, unfortunately, I expect more from him. Of the Yanks, Isner and Querrey are the true #2 and #3, with Fish not far behind.


Andrew Miller Says:

(or that Blake hasnt shown much fight since publishing the book. Seems like he’s been in a slump since the 2008 Olympics).


Andrew Miller Says:

I agree with Sheila. Nadal also played quite well against Nishikori


tomyc Says:

Agree that Soderling was the best of the top players yesterday, and make me more sure he will beat Nadal.


Skeezerweezer Says:

I pick da Skeeze as the dark horse, look out Fedal!


contador Says:

hahahaa

skeeze, you are so much fun! i love your posts : )

after a long exhausting day, i can log on to tennis x and giggle. thanks.

first i have to admit i have not even been able to watch my dvr recordings of the coverage. work is busier than ever.

but i check scores and was shocked federer beat falla.

now i am worried about fed getting taken out by bozoljac.
seriously.

i mean things are not clicking for the fed. it’s okay. hey, he deserves a break from winning. just go out there and enjoy yourself roger! if you win great, if you lose, fine. as long as you are having fun. i guess.

Kimmi-

reading through the results:

i can’t believe fognini beat hot sauce : (

didn’t i say that verdasco should go join gulbis and prepare for hc? cilic went out too. i wonder what was wrong with him. ???

at least bellucci is still in and dolgo. but i think the dolgo band wagon stops next match. no way he gets past tsonga can he?

lukas lacko beat baggy? seems wrong.

tomorrow: yeah, i have to agree with sean about roddick being in for a bad day. llordra was very impressive on the eastbourne grass.

cheers! good luck tomorrow federer and roddick!


Huh Says:

I have been saying this for quite some time now that Nadal’s playing scary tennis at the moment, scary, but also really enjoyable.


Huh Says:

Conty:

Agree with you that Skeeze is a really fun-loving witty guy. He’s so funny! :D :) ;)


jane Says:

In 2008, when Rafa beat Nishikori on grass at Queens, he lost a set. But today it looks as though Nadal got through with no problems (didn’t see the match). Not sure if it’s a harbinger of things to come (i.e. of Rafa’s form), but I do think Soderling could be a tougher opponent for Rafa on grass as opposed to clay should that match happen.


Eskay Says:

Llodra is easy meat for Andy R. But interesting match today would be Kohl vs. Gabashvili, the winner likely to meet Andy R in the next round. Andy R has fallen to both these guys when they met last. But then Andy on grass is a different proposition.


Eskay Says:

@jane 2:56 am
Rafa losing a set to Nishikori in 2008 and none yesterday may be more a reflection on Nishikori’s comparative form than on Rafa’s. It is a well know fact that Nishikori has had fitness problems, and this year he needed a wild card at Wimby. Perhaps Nishikori of 2008 was more competitive.


Huh Says:

Well, I can’t say how fit Nishikori is, but I certainly feel that Rafa’s having the form of his life right now.


van orton Says:

i so enjoyed the federer match..theres nothing better than see him winning in 5..it’s cool seeing him winning that way than 6:3,6:3, 6:2 etc.i’d like to see nadal winning more often in 5. he never plays 5 sets matches except vs federer..either he wins easily or loses in 3or 4 sets like all the times at the AO or US open.. so i hope seeing him play a tough 5 setter in wimby..i guess it’s more entertaining even for hardcore nadal fans seeing him fighting for real against a possible defeat.


van orten Says:

i so enjoyed the federer match..theres nothing better than see him winning in 5..it’s cool seeing him winning that way than 6:3,6:3, 6:2 etc.i’d like to see nadal winning more often in 5. he never plays 5 sets matches except vs federer..either he wins easily or loses in 3or 4 sets like all the times at the AO or US open.. so i hope seeing him play a tough 5 setter in wimby..i guess it’s more entertaining even for hardcore nadal fans seeing him fighting for real against a possible defeat.


Huh Says:

I also want two or three classic five-setters from Rafa here, that’d be fun. ;)


Mg Mg Says:

All of you are too soon to judge Fed’s performance. It was just a one match. I am sure he will easily beat Hewitt/Andy/whoever in semi and make it to the final as always. Fed rules the Wimby. I am not so sure who will be on the other side of the draw. Rafa/Murray or Soderling. I would love to see Roger/Rafa final this year.


Huh Says:

Mg:

Are you a Fed fan?


Huh Says:

Huh Says:

Mg Mg:

If (and it’s indeed a big ‘IF’, particularly for Federer) this year it again happens to be a Fed v Rafa affair at WIM final, then it’d without doubt be ‘the defining moment’ of Fed with regards to his rivalry with Nadal. If Fed beats Rafa in final(of course adding again that should both of them get there first), then Fed can be continued to be considered as overall better than Nadal. But if Rafa again happens to beat Fed, then I would be forced to admit that Rafa is as great as at least, if not better, than Fed, since it’d become undeniable in the latter case. And Fed’s alleged GOAThood would become even more questionable, if it’s already not, right now! Rafa may or may not beat win 16 slams, but it’s not inconceivable that if he keeps beating Fed in slams over and over again(God forbid!) without Fed beating him at least in some, from now onwards, then it’d be only logical to say that whatever no. of slams Rafa might end up achieving, he’d have to be considered as better than Federer! In fact, if Nadal ends up with something like 9-2/10-2/10-3/11-3 or similar winning record over Fed in slams, then I’m afraid, Nadal’d be invariably regarded as better than Fed in the eyes of most, this much even if Rafa gets stuck at 10 slams by career end! If you ask why, then I’d say that if one can have such an insane record over the alleged GOAT Federer, then many people’d love to think that Nadal has seriously underachieved with 10 slams! If he can prove himself to be a guy to thoroughly dominate Fed in slams, then it’s plausible to say that Nadalites can proudly claim that without injury and other hiccups, Nadal’d have certainly surpassed Fed and it’d become impossible to deny it for even the staunchest of Federer fans!

But if with the probable aforementioned sick positive record over Fed, Rafa’s able to conjure up 12 or more slams, then literally speaking, it’d be kind of just ‘forget about Fed’!

But all this is just speculation after all, which I am hopefully allowed to do here. Time will surely put Fed and Rafa in the places which they deserve to be in, by their respective career ends. So may be, I and others have no option but to wait patiently.

Last but not the least, if Fed and Rafa are indeed destined to meet in the final, which we’d know in some days as to whether or not that’s gonna happen, I hope Fed beats him and puts all controversies and arguments to rest.

That said, I must again repeat that a Fed v Rafa WIM final is not my first preference at this point coz I first and foremost want Roddick to win this WIM! Roddick winning WIM is my real wish this year! :)
Whatever else happens, wouldn’t excite me as much, not even a Fed victory in a possible Fed-Rafa final; the only other thing which can come close in terms of exciting me is if Murray wins WIM! :)


Huh Says:

Mg Mg:

As a Fed fan, I can however only hope that Fed’ll beat Rafa more and more in their slam meetings and will reduce the h2h gap as much as possible.


Huh Says:

I don’t like Isner much, there’re so many TBs in his matches and he gets advantage there due to his height. If Isner happens to meet Rafa, I’d be rooting for Rafa to beat him as it’s far better to see quality tennis of Rafa than just TBs coming from a tall and overrated guy like Isner.


NELTA Says:

Wow. Llodra just broke Roddick at love.


Polo Says:

I don’t worry so much about Fed’s H2H record agains Nadal. You cannot do anything about that. Federer cannot have everything although I wish he could. Federer has achieved so much in his career to admire and be thankful for. Regardless of what happens from this point on, I am sure he is happy and will remain happy for how well he did in his career. I am happy. He is my number one forever.


Polo Says:

Huh, please help for I have gone retarted. What does TB stand for?


Huh Says:

Polo:

TB = TieBreak

And BTW:

For your sake, I also need to say that let whatever happens, happen, Fed is also My No.1 Forever! :)


Huh Says:

God, it’s sickening! :/

C’MON RODDICK!!!


LoveTennis Says:

Guys, in my opinion, I dont think Fed is a GOAT, I am watching his game, when comparing with other legends, for eg, Sampras, Fed is no way near to this Pete class, ‘then how he have all these GS titles’ because he have so many GS titles, doesnt mean he is GOAT, how he plays on the field is what it matters, most of the point (majority) came from opponent error, if you see Pete, damn his style is so amazing, class act.


Aravind Says:

Llodra playing beatifully here. It is amazing how much damage S&V can do even in today’s game.


NELTA Says:

I don’t expect Fed to put much of a dent in his H2H with Rafa. Fed missed many opportunities when he was in his prime and at this stage of his career it’s going to be extremely difficult to beat Rafa.

Fed plays about 25% of his tournaments on clay each year, but close to 60% of his matches with Rafa have been on clay. Unless Fed was a better clay court player than Rafa it would be almost impossible to have more wins than losses against Rafa. What do you think Agassi’s H2H with Sampras would look like if more than half their matches were played on clay instead of mostly hardcourt/grass?

Do you know that Fed was never able to play Rafa during his prime in the post Wimbledon North American hard court circuit where Rafa is most vulnerable? They also never played on the pre WTF indoor circuit. In fact they have only played twice ever post Wimbledon and that was at the WTFs where Fed won easily in 2006 and 2007 so he missed out on a lot of wins because Rafa wasn’t consistent enough to make more finals. What would the H2H look like if the tables were reversed and they only faced each other twice during the clay court season and more than half of their matches were post Wimbledon hard court and indoor?

People like to throw the H2H out there, but of course never mention that all it tells you is Rafa is a better clay court player.

You know Borg and McEnroe were 7-7 H2H despite Borg being the superior player and he was able to face McEnroe before he peaked and Borg was in his prime. Why? Every match was contested on hard/carpet/grass. These things happen. H2H don’t always average out.

Fed was actually lucky to have a favorable H2H vs Safin. The 1st 3 times they played Fed was still trying to find his game and Safin was at his peak, but Fed was fortunate that their 1st 3 matches were all on clay where Safin was weak. Fed was 3-0 vs Safin and he hadn’t even been deep in a slam yet. If those were hardcourt matches back in 2001 Safin would have dusted him. Fed ended with a 10-8 H2H advantage because the circumstances worked his favor. When he was still developing he got Safin on the clay 3 times then when Fed was peaking he played Safin more on hardcourt and grass.


Polo Says:

Huh, thanks for the interpretion. After I found out, I felt like a TB*. Hahaha!

* = Total Bozo


Eskay Says:

Llodra is anticipating the direction of Rod’s serve and his weight is shifting to the same side just as the ball leaves Rod’s racquet. On his own serve, his doubles expertise is coming to his aid. Will he be able to do so throughout. Roddick is indeed toiling hard.


Mg Mg Says:

I like both Rafa and Roger but I always root for Rafa, and then Fed :). What Roger has done in Tennis is already beyond imagination. Everyone who loves tennis knows Roger is the best of all time. No doubt. Even Rafa always admits Roger is the best. No one has that shot making ability like Fed does. So I will stop worrying about Fed breaking Pete’s No. 1 record or H2H record with Rafa. I am sure Fed will win 4-5 slams and probably Olympic Gold medal. I really want Fed to win Olympic. He really wants it so bad.


NELTA Says:

Nice post Mg Mg. If Rafa gets 2 USO, 2 more FO, 2 more AO and 2 more Wimby then an argument can be made for his GOAT status. He just needs 1 more FO to be the clay court GOAT.

This Isner/Mahut match could go on forever


contador Says:

i can’t think about rog v rafa, their “rivalry” atm when rog has to get through the next match!

and….this has not been the easiest match for roddick. been streaming while getting ready for work. llorda is playing inspired tennis with amelie on his case.

roddick held his break but…this is certainly not over!

great post by NELTA again.

c’mon andy!!


Eskay Says:

Llodra faded in the third set. Fourth may be the last set. Llodra does not look physically strong.


contador Says:

oh maybe llorda is injured. that’s too bad. great tennis those first 2 sets!


Huh Says:

“Fed was actually lucky to have a favorable H2H vs Safin. The 1st 3 times they played Fed was still trying to find his game and Safin was at his peak, but Fed was fortunate that their 1st 3 matches were all on clay where Safin was weak. Fed was 3-0 vs Safin and he hadn’t even been deep in a slam yet. If those were hardcourt matches back in 2001 Safin would have dusted him. Fed ended with a 10-8 H2H advantage because the circumstances worked his favor. When he was still developing he got Safin on the clay 3 times then when Fed was peaking he played Safin more on hardcourt and grass.”

Wow NELTA, thanks for throwing light on this, I never thought it that way nor did I know that Fed leads Safin by such a slender margin in their h2h!! Safin was indeed unfortunate then, I’d say too!

And I’m with you also when you say that Fed during his peak missed out many opportunities to beat Rafa on the American hard courts, which I have always felt, he’d have fully taken! And indeed, even I have lamented that it was so unfortunate that Fed didn’t get more chances on those American hard courts while on the other hand Rafa sure had the advantage of piling wins on Fed, thanks to the fact that Fed was good enough at his peak to reach each and every slamfinal and masters’ final on clay. :/
I have always held such a notion in me as well, to be honest.
Glad to know that I’m not alone here who have thought that way!


contador Says:

llordra doesn’t look like he’s suffering now.

this might go 5 but i have to pull myself out the door.

great match. i like watching llordra. a lot.


Huh Says:

C’mon Rod, win the 4th set and match!


NELTA Says:

Isner just had a match point, but Mahut hit an ace.


contador Says:

isner match has been going on forever as has troiki and melzer


Huh Says:

Don’t let me wait anymore Rod, just take it, win it! Fed’s already giving me enough heart-attacks, now you needn’t join him, you know that?


NELTA Says:

USA just got robbed of goal vs Algeria. They called offsides and the replay clearly showed the player was even with the defender. The Algerian players all raised their hands so the ref probably assumed it must have been offsides and blew the whistle. Pathetic!


Mg Mg Says:

What is going with these World Cup referees? That is so unfair.


Huh Says:

These world cup 2010 referees are just moronic, ugh! :/


Huh Says:

C’mon Rod, just take the TB now, will ya?


Huh Says:

Yess!! Roddick won in 4 sets against an extremely dangerous opponent! Life’s Good. :D


Huh Says:

15-14 5th set Isner!!!!!


RFFan Says:

Not that it matters, but the Fed-Safin H2H is 10-2


Polo Says:

I was so glad when Cliff Drysdale admonished McEnroe and Gilbert to concentrate on tennis commentating instead of talking so much about the World Cup. Those 2 are so pretentious…trying to show off that they know about other sports.


blank Says:

What is going on in that Isner-Mahut match! My eyes just popped out when I looked at the scores. They have been playing for close to 6 hrs and almost 500 points!!!! Crazy.


NELTA Says:

GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!


Mg Mg Says:

GOAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Polo Says:

GOAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

USA WINS GROUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Polo Says:

Glad USA won. Otherwise I would have felt so bad about that disallowed goal agains Slovenia. YOOHOO!!!!!!!


Huh Says:

Mahut-Isner match deserves no loser.


Huh Says:

Super happy to know that England enters the next round, cheers!!! :D :D :D

Congrats to USA people too on their side’s impressive display to top the group and enter 2nd round! Wow!


Huh Says:

Obviously I’m talking about football in the previous post! ;)


Huh Says:

Now, C’MON FED!!! Beat Bojolizak and please quick too coz I’m tense!


Thomas Says:

54 games in the isner match.400 winners between them!!


Polo Says:

Mahut-Isner match will probably finish tomorrow! It will be won on the one-hundreth ace!


NELTA Says:

Thanks for the correction on that Rffan. Without those 3 clay court wins in 2001-2002 then the H2H between Fed and Safin would have been 7-5 instead of 10-2


Mg Mg Says:

So happy. USA won :-)


Polo Says:

The Mahut-Isner is so long that Isner grew another inch.


NELTA Says:

…if instead those 1st 3 matches were on hardcourt


Huh Says:

Crazy Wimby already, first the Federer match and now this Isner match! 101 games played already,


Huh Says:

Crazy Wimby already, first the Federer match and now this Isner match! 101 games played already, I don’t like to believe that this Isner-Mahut battle is for real!


Ben Pronin Says:

Nelta, that’s a ridiculous assumption. Safin was no slouch on clay. He had no business losing to a maturing Federer even on clay, but he did. That’s just the way things go sometimes.


Huh Says:

“Polo Says:

The Mahut-Isner is so long that Isner grew another inch.”

Lol Polo, you’re happy about USA win and look in real good mood, haha. ;)


Huh Says:

The Isner-Mahut thing’s not gonna end until I make a bold prediction, ok? I say Isner’d win it, you heard it here first! ;)


NELTA Says:

Ben,

So you don’t think that playing Safin on clay in 2001 was an advantage to Fed? I think Safin should have won even on clay at that point, but it definitely improved Fed’s chances.


NELTA Says:

There’s no way that Fed was beating Safin 3 times on hardcourt in 2001.


Polo Says:

Yes, Huh. Happy for the USA win and happy for Federer’s first set win which was so unlike the other day. Two more sets like that and my day will be made.


Ben Pronin Says:

We’re talking about Safin here. The guy lost SOOOOO many matches in his career that he should have never been even challenged in. So you’re questioning his losses to a maturing-future-GOAT? Why don’t we question all of his other inexplicable losses, too?


dari Says:

Bozo is making this a tighter second set. its really making it difficult for me to assess how federer is playing, we’ll see how tb goes! inner has match point!


dari Says:

Roger just looks a bit slow. He’s got to be able to break this quali kid!


Ben Pronin Says:

I know if I say anything negative about Federer, everyone’s going to flip out but Federer is pathetic.


Ty Says:

Lol.

Federer does not look good today. But Bozo seems to be a pretty unconventional player.


Eskay Says:

Actually this fellow Bozoliac is so unorthodox, that he is perplexing every body, including Roger. His serve is totally different and he is playing double fisted forehand, and also single fisted forehand. When you normally expect a top spin or flat return, the guy is giving you a slice on forehand. He will not win, but he has already won a number of hearts.


Huh Says:

Ben:

Fed’s indeed looking listless. :(
I can’t imagine Fed’s looking so scared, so much short of confidence, so weird, playing passively, losing TB to a world no.152! It can’t get any worse for a Fed fan. Fed’s actually letting Bozolac dominate him at net and from the baseline, unbelievably ridiculous!! Fed’s gonna lose badly in this WIM if he doesn’t address his problems soon. And actually like Sean and experts and legends and fans are saying, the guys are indeed playing him these days with a lot more belief and Fed’s not even appearing to be aggressive! Too bad! Fed’s already lost three sets in this WIM by midway of his second round match! Sigh. :(


Huh Says:

I am unable to be sure of Fed’s victory in this match until he actually wins! Talk of the roller-coaster ride!


Ty Says:

Seriously, this Isner match is ridiculous. I had no idea Isner had such a pathetic return game.


Aravind Says:

Anybody thinks that Federer is playing extremely passively? He is playing no attacking shots except for his first serve


Ben Pronin Says:

While I’m not going to disagree with you on that, Ty, you gotta cut him some slack. How good of a return game can you have at 36-36 in the fifth set? Especially when you have a so-so game to start?


Duro Says:

Last time a saw Bozoljac, he was playing in the Belgrade Gemax Challenger in the finals and lost to a an equally unknown Slovakian guy. What’s tennis… Yesterday a Challenger, today Wimbledon against Federer. And he even won a set. Ilija Bozoljac. Girls adore him.


Huh Says:

Seems like Fed and Nole have a similar approach towards tennis these days.


blank Says:

I think it will do more good than harm to Federer if he loses right now – today! Put an end to this misery. He’ll have over a month before the hardcourt season begins and he can go and recuperate. He can take Djokovic with him too and they both can get the same treatment.


blank Says:

Huh,

LOL, we said the same thing at the same time. Only you were more subtle :-)


Ty Says:

How can you lose on grass with that serve?


Ben Pronin Says:

What’s with the hostility towards Djokovic? He seems to be well in control of his match. Dent’s no easy out, he hit the fastest ever serve at Wimbledon (147mph) in the first set. And he volleys extremely well. But Djokovic looks to be in control with a set and a break.

Federer, though… serving for a 2-1 lead.


Ty Says:

Murray can probably go along with them too. Make it a roadtrip.


NELTA Says:

As we all know there are plenty of matches to question in Safin’s career. His losses to Federer on clay in 2001 aren’t the worst by any means especially in hindsight when we have the benefit of knowing how things turned out for Federer. Safin did have 13 break points in that match and only got 3 breaks. They won the same # of points in the match. It actually reminds me of a few Fed/Rafa matches. Fed was in Safin’s head after that match.

Now back to my original argument that playing Safin on clay in 2001-2002 was an advantage for Federer and improved his overall H2H. Safin had 2 clay titles in his career although I think he is better on clay than that # indicates. He had a few good wins at the French. Roddick has 5 clay court titles to put things in perspective. I don’t see how Federer would have been 3-0 vs Safin if those were hard court matches in 2001.


Ben Pronin Says:

Mahut is an experienced grass court player. He’s got some 24 wins on the surface, including a win over Nadal in 07 (I think). Isner is 1-5 career, a complete novice on the surface. And it’s not like Mahut isn’t serving amazingly well, himself. He’s third on the list of most aces in a match after Karlovic and Isner!


Maso Says:

38-38 between Isner and Mahut, this is nuts.


Eskay Says:

Roger has got the third set. Bozo is enjoying himself and entertaining all. Some shades of Bagdhatis a few years ago.


scineram Says:

Isner looks more tired, would be surprised if he won. Mahut has groundagme too. Longest match ever.


Ty Says:

Great drama… but the winner is going to be completely spent for their next match.


Huh Says:

Oh well, at least Nole looks good so far. But then again, did not he give away a 2 sets to zero lead to Melzer at the just concluded FO? So Nole fans have to wait for rejoicing until their guy actually gets the win against be it Dent/Rafa/Mr.X! I know I’m doing at this moment what I am suggesting Nole fans to do!


jane Says:

OMG! What is going on with Mahut vs. Isner? I just checked the scores. Is the whole world going crazy? How come Fed lost a set? Is he playing badly? Thank god Nole is winning at the moment.


Huh Says:

Now just stop the Isner-Mahut match for heaven’s sake if you don’t want my bold prediction of Isner winning it to not be true! ;)


Huh Says:

Mrs.Jane:

Fed’s probably playing one of his most uninspiring matches today, I can’t believe it, I know you don’t! ;)


Huh Says:

“Huh Says:

Now just stop the Isner-Mahut match for heaven’s sake if you don’t want my bold prediction of Isner winning it to not be true! ;)”

Typo error, so read it as:

Now just stop the Isner-Mahut match for heaven’s sake if you don’t want my bold prediction of Isner winning it to be true! ;)


blank Says:

Ben,

The hostility towards Djokovic is just for fun. Along with Fed, I hope he also gets back to the old level soon.


Eskay Says:

Bozo has spread fear on the court. The lineswomen are more intent on saving themselves. What service on the T!!


Ben Pronin Says:

Fed’s blown 2 break points. Ridiculous.

Melzer just beat another Serb after losing the first 2 sets.

The important thing is Djokovic stay focused, his overall form is definitely better than it’s been in a while. Even at the French, he wasn’t playing awful tennis, but his head isn’t all there.

Isner is such a clutch server it’s incredible.


NELTA Says:

I don’t want to lose sight of my original point which is that you have to look at the dynamics of H2H. In many cases it doesn’t matter. Rafa has owned Verdasco on every surface. Fed has owned Roddick on every surface. However, in many cases one player will face their opponent on a surface that is beneficial to them the majority of the time. I mentioned the Borg/Mac H2H. We could have Mactards screaming that he is as good as Borg because they are 7-7 H2H, but let’s not mention all their matches were on hard/carpet/grass. Agassi won 3 of the 4 matches on clay vs Sampras, but they played a total of I think 34 times…and only 4 on clay? Their H2H would have been much closer if there had been say 9 matches on clay. The cookie doesn’t always crumble fairly.

Finally, H2H is a small piece in the puzzle. Every player has a losing or even record to someone and it doesn’t mean they are better than you. Otherwise the ATP would include it in the rankings.


NELTA Says:

Fed is 3/11 on break points. More of the same unfortunately. Bozo hasn’t broken serve in the match yet.


Ty Says:

Why are you talking about Safin?


Ben Pronin Says:

Agassi’s best surface was hard court. They only played 4 times on clay but they also only played twice on grass and we all know how good Sampras was on grass. The issue between these two wasn’t surface all that much, since both were absolutely great hard court players. The issue was Agassi’s head. They were 8-8 before the 95 USO final. Then Agassi lost and spiraled into oblivion. Then Sampras went 9-3 while Agassi was struggling/trying to get his game back. Once Agassi regrouped completely, they went 3-3. So all in all, these two are quite equal, except Sampras is tougher mentally.

Not unlike Federer and Nadal.


Daniel Says:

15-40 and the guy hit 3 aves. Second service game Fed hás 15-40 and Bozo serve himself out. At least Fed is makimg some magical shots.


Huh Says:

Well, why only Nole, people must be thinking I’m hostile to even Fed, no? Thanks for giving me laughs for the day! ;)


Ben Pronin Says:

Is anyone else having trouble with the score updates? What’s the score with Fed and Djokovic?


Eskay Says:

Bozo is playing much Federer much better than any of his county men could have played. And he is no. 4 in Serbia!


Ben Pronin Says:

This match is just… we need new words in the dictionary.


jane Says:

That is surprising huh. At least Fed is up two sets to one; maybe he’ll find some inspiring tennis soon.

Hope Nole can hold on here for the win too.

Don’t know what to think about Isner/Mahut. That’s what they are showing on the TV. I’d rather see the Fed or Nole matches myself.


Maso Says:

Federer’s struggling with his match… and Isner – Mahut goes on! 42-43, this is just unreal.


dari Says:

Drama is comin every other day it seems- on fed’s day!
The isner fifth set is giving me a headache and roger federer doesn’t seem to know how to put away this guy. He is much more fit than falla it seems, I do not want to know how he is in a fifth set!


Mg Mg Says:

I also want to see Fed’s match on ESPN. Come on !!!!


Daniel Says:

Bozo has 29 aces in 4 sets already. What is happening with this guys who are having the match of their lives agaisnt Fed. Next will be Clement?!


jane Says:

Oh they showed the final point in Nole’s match, so I saw him win. LOL. They’re showing bits of Fed’s too but I don’t love ESPN’s coverage. Too much jumping around and talking. Carillo “classics” like “Bozo is not playing like a clown”, sigh. I hope they show the fourth set tiebreak in Fed’s match.


Huh Says:

Fed, you surely can’t lose the TB again, would you? Geez!


Ben Pronin Says:

Phoo. Glad Fed won. Back to the never-ending match!


Huh Says:

Fed really won or you’re joking?


jane Says:

Fed wins it, with a friendly shake at the net. Looks like Bozo played well based on the little I saw. Also Fed played aggressively to use the drop shot and strong serving at the end there. Fot, blank, huh, etc, you can heave a sigh of relief! : )

With Isner/Mahut, it feels a little like “end already!!!”


Mr. X Says:

YES!!!! The Swiss Perfection has his 3rd Rnd!!!!!!!!


Daniel Says:

Bozo forced his second serve the whole match, ever now and then he will hit a double fault, but on match point!
Another survive for Fed, if is part of his plan to start winning in 3 in the later rounds, fine by me.


Ben Pronin Says:

I can’t imagine that Fed’s second serve is that weak because it was always a great second serve. I’m pegging this one on the ridiculous technology. Might as well not even hit a second serve at this point.


blank Says:

This is the story of the match that is STILL IN PROGRESS:

500 minutes (> 8 hrs)
158 aces
540 winners
1 break chance for Isner (is his return game that bad?!!)
730 points played so far!


steve Says:

Superb match. Bozoljac (sp?) played like a madman, seemed like he could ace Federer at will, Federer really had to come up with the goods to get through.


Huh Says:

“Another survive for Fed, if is part of his plan to start winning in 3 in the later rounds, fine by me.”

Wow Daniel, you’ve a beautiful imagination! ;)
Would be so great if it becomes reality! :)


blank Says:

Sorry. That is Mahut’s break opportunities – total 1 for the match (in about 140 games!)


jane Says:

De Bakker, who won his match today 16 vs. 14, gets the winner of the never-ending match.


Mg Mg Says:

Surprisingly Serena will not have a chance to play on Center Court tomorrow. I think she deserves it. She is World No. 1 and the defending champ.


Ben Pronin Says:

Steve, Bozo had some wicked spin on his serve. It really spun away from Fed particularly up the T on the ad side.


Ben Pronin Says:

Isner has only converted 1/12 break points for the match. I’m not sure about this set, though. I think maybe 8 or 10.


steve Says:

Isner and Mahut will keep playing, until the buildings crumble, the rivers dry up, and the mountains turn to dust, and still they’ll keep playing…


NELTA Says:

I agree with that Ben. Sampras was way better on grass, better on hard and worse than Agassi on clay. If there was an equitable distribution of surface match ups then Sampras would still have the H2H advantage. I wonder what the H2H would be if more than half their matches were played on clay like Fed/Nadal.


Huh Says:

Thanks Mrs. Jane:

But hardly was it relieving to see Fed struggle like this in the 2nd round vs a world no.152! And BTW, why is it happening these days that everyone is killing each other to be able to kill Fed? Why’s it that everyone’s so inspired to play their absolute best tennis against Fed? Is it Karma or something else? Absolutly dunno! :/

And the Isner match is truly uninspiring, nothing in the match to draw inspiration from for the future tennis kids!


dari Says:

Ok, Mr. Federer. Hope you can get a new game in a couple days. Bozijliak played a lot of great tennis, especially at the net. I wonder what federer and team could possibly be talking about, improvements-wise?! in the little post match interview, roger is just happy to be through. when asked if its a little scary to be tested twice so early “mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm… not really” yeah right!
glad you won, bud! pick it up!


Ben Pronin Says:

3 break/match points this set. Sorry.


Huh Says:

“steve Says:

Isner and Mahut will keep playing, until the buildings crumble, the rivers dry up, and the mountains turn to dust, and still they’ll keep playing…”

Well, the Isner-Mahut battle isn’t that uninspiring after all. It’s creating poets out of fans! ;)


Ben Pronin Says:

This. Is. Ridiculous.


NELTA Says:

McEnroe is sitting next to Isner’s Mom


jane Says:

Huh, isn’t it just that all players love to win a big match now and then, and winning versus Fed remains the biggest win of all considering his accomplishments. It’s not a wonder that players bring their best when they play him; it’s respect, really.
I know what you’re saying about it not being a relief, but look at it this way: Fed lives to fight another day, and maybe play himself into better form. We’ve all seen him do it before. But I empathize. Having been holding my breath through Nole’s matches for too long now.

On another topic … speaking of TOO LONG! When will this end. Will we hit the 50s?


NELTA Says:

I was thinking the winner of the Isner/Mahut match might come down to a cramp or injury


Ben Pronin Says:

You’d think that, but somehow, after over 100 games, they’re still standing.


TGiT Says:

Fed was not listless. Your match spin is almost as crazy as Bozo’s serve.

That Bozo has the most spin on a serve by anyone playing today. I can’t believe how far out wide he could spin his serve. No player even if they get the ball back is going to do anything with it.

I thought Fed and Bozo were trying to kill the middle line judge with a blow to the head.

Bozo is the new Dr. Ivo. He and his opponent will live or die by the tie breker.


jane Says:

Apparently Nole suggested that if it reaches 50 All in the 5th, they should have an emergency tie-breaker, LOL! Not a bad idea though really.


Huh Says:

Mrs. Jane:

Oh, I forgot that you’re the right kind of person to stick during roller-coaster rides as Nole also gives you many anxious moments. Believe me, Fed’s killing me right now, too anxious to be called anxious! And yes, you’re absolutely right; it’s indeed a matter of relief that Fed lives to fight another day, bad as he may play, but he’s still the defending champion, so there’s remaining hopes after all. BTW, about the Isner match, I’d say hopefully it’d end before the AUS-SERB football match. ;)


Huh Says:

TGiT:

Save your jokes for others!


Huh Says:

Notable winners of today so far: Nole, Berdy, Fed, Hewitt, Kohls, La Monfils, Roddick and Melzer.
But the most awaited winner of today’ll be the winner of the longest ever match!

Also Davy’s battle is going on right now.


Huh Says:

FLo is another notable winner.


Huh Says:

SEAN RANDALL:

Badly want your comments on the Isner match!


NELTA Says:

Unbelievable! Isner just saved 2 break points.


Huh Says:

145 games until now, oh dear!


Huh Says:

Seems like always the clutch, hardly the gear and motion.


Ben Pronin Says:

81 aces for Mahut now. Both have shattered Karlovic’s record. I personally thought that’d stand for a number of years.


Huh Says:

All clutch, no gear, no acceleration, no motion.


Huh Says:

And it was just last year that Fed-Rod fans had got the bragging rights for the match with maximum no. of games played in a WIM final.


stu Says:

Ben, these guys will be ace leaders for most of the tournament!


Ben Pronin Says:

This match is going to hold so many records for a really really long time. It’s incredible.


Huh Says:

Even though this Isner match is not a final match, the craziness is boundless!


Huh Says:

I sure hope the match ends quick or someone’ll incur an injury.


Ben Pronin Says:

I think quick is way out of the question.


Huh Says:

Oh God, how these guys are able to play at such concentration for about 150 games and it’s not over yet!

F****** EPIC, kudos to both guy, none’s willing to fold, holy crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Huh Says:

But the worrisome thing is if it doesn’t end quick, someone might get some bodily injury!
This match must be putting even Feds and Nadals of the tennis to shame!
Craziest ever match, yes, craziest ever!


steve Says:

They may have to stop play because of darkness. Again!


guy Says:

i knew isner and mahut were terrible returners, but they’re even outdoing themselves.


guy Says:

there should be a rule, when it gets to 50 games all, serves must be underarm


Ben Pronin Says:

How good can you possibly expect to return after 153 games? Especially when you can’t return well from game 1?


Huh Says:

54-all in the 5th set, sheesh!


Huh Says:

I went to RF.com and there people are talking just about Isner-Mahut match, I have never seen any non-Fed match exercise such an impact on RF.com members!

Like a member of RF.com whose name’s ‘theluckyFed’ rightfully pointed out,

this Isner match has already spanned over the time of the 2008 and 2009 WIM finals combined!!!


rose Says:

omg this match ISNER/MAHUT is just ridiculous ..poor guys how much can their body take this????.. im pro to the idea of having a tie break on the fifth set grand slam or not….T. bakker must be loving this considering he will play the winner of this match.


NELTA Says:

…and this is with slow grass.


Ben Pronin Says:

How often does the winner of a 16-14 fifth set have the EDGE against his projected opponent?


rose Says:

lol..rafa just made a post on facebook about this crazy match


jane Says:

Ben @3:42 – LOL. How true. I guess this could feasibly go into a third day of play now, at which point, what the heck happens to the schedule??


Huh Says:

rose:

Please please tell what did Rafa say about this match?n I’m most interested to know!

I fear what’d happen if the match didn’t end by the start of the 3rd rpound match for either of the guys?


jane Says:

BTW, in all this hoopla, it looks like Davydenko may quietly go out; he lost sets 2 & 3 in tiebreaks and is now down a break in the 4th.


Huh Says:

Thank God, the Queen did not come to watch this never-ending match! ;)


Huh Says:

I’m surprised that neither the umpire nor any of the lineswoman of the ISNER-MAHUT match has not fainted yet! I bet the umpires and others must be already throwing expletives at the two guys right now!


Huh Says:

Seems like I am myself about to faint after looking at the scoreline! God save Isner and Mahut!


Huh Says:

This match is so long that I don’t think either its highlight would ever be shown or its repeat telecast possible!


Ben Pronin Says:

Linespeople switch shifts.


steve Says:

I’m wondering when the ballboys and officials get a chance to go to the bathroom. Surely nature’s call must have struck by now…


jane Says:

Match point OMG!


steve Says:

Mahut double-faults to give Isner another match point.


jane Says:

Ace#95 OMG!


Huh Says:

Mrs.Jane:

Calm down! ;)


jane Says:

huh, lol, I was being facetious.

Play is suspended at 59 all! What will this do with the schedule? I have never…


steve Says:

Play halted due to darkness.


Huh Says:

Yawn! :/


Kimo Says:

Do you guys realize how much concentration it takes to hold serve every single game for over six hours? 59-59 means 118 games. If an average set lasts 10 games (a 6-4 set), that means John and Nicolas have played the equivalent of 12 sets today. TWELVE sets without dropping serve once!!!!


Cindy_Brady Says:

John Isner has a terrible return game. If it was even half way decent, this travesty of a set wouldn’t have ever occurred in the first place. I think this is more a testament to bad returning than anything else.

Everyone is talking about the remarkable length of the set, the records set, aces, etc….The reality is, it’s bad returns keeping this horrible match going on and on. Both deserve to lose!


Huh Says:

Cindy always loses and deservedly so!


NELTA Says:

I think Guy and Cindy_Brady would make a great couple.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Huh,

What a boorish little man you are. Stick to the tennis instead of staking my posts.


Huh Says:

Cindy:

Stop mewing!


Huh Says:

NELTA:

There’s absolutely no comparing ‘guy’ with Cindy. Guy has strong views, but he’s not nasty. Cindy’s downright nasty!


zola Says:

The Mahut_Isner match is unbeleivable. Isner said it right. Something like that will never ever happen again.

Steve:
***I’m wondering when the ballboys and officials get a chance to go to the bathroom. Surely nature’s call must have struck by now…****

I was thinking of the same thing. and what about the umpire? he had to sit there almost all day! did they have lunch or something?


Huh Says:

However, back to tennis, I am as much surprised about Fed being in so much awe of the Isner-Mahut contest as I’m about the match itself! It’s unbelievable to see Fed marvelling to such an extent at the two guys, Isner and Mahut!! He’s all out praising the effort of the two guys for the never-ending match! Fed can’t have enough of appreciating this longest ever match! Only further shows how much Fed really respects the game and the fellow players! No wonder, God has blessed him with so much extraordinary gifts! :)

PLEASE GO TO THE WIMBLEDON SITE AND READ FED’S INTERVIEW, ONLY THEN YOU’D BELIEVE FED IS IN HOW MUCH DISBELIEF AND HOW AMAZED HE IS BY THE NEVER-ENDING MATCH! I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE HOW FED CAN TALK SO HIGHLY OF THIS MATCH AS ISNER AND MAHUT ARE PRETTY ORDINARY PLAYERS IN COMPARISON TO HIM? WHATEVER; BUT FED, ISNER AND MAHUT REALLY WON MY HEARTS TODAY! :D


Huh Says:

THESE ARE THE WORDS OF FED RE: THE NEVER-ENDING MATCH, WHICH I LIKED THE MOST, PARTICULARLY HIM SEEMING TO BE IN CONFUSION AS TO WHETHER IT’D HAVE BEEN GOOD FOR HIM TO BE PART OF THE MATCH OR NOT! READ BELOW FED’S QUOTE:

“I mean, in a way, I wish I was them, in some ways I wish I wasn’t them. So this is a very special match. I hope somehow this is going to end. I don’t know. They’ll be fresh again tomorrow, I guess. If they have to come back, it’s unbelievable. I don’t know what to say.”

And honestly speaking, there’s much more that Fed had talked about the longest match in is interview. So go to WIM site and just read it!


Kimmi Says:

OMG..thanks for the commentary guys. Isner vs mahut..WTF? hats off!

Another nail biting for the fed..i am losing my hair.


NELTA Says:

Sean has a new thread for the match


madmax Says:

Everyone here,

I haven’t read all of the posts here as I have just walked through the door, having got back from WIMBLEDON! Unbelieveable, and if you don’t mind would like to talk to you a little before I go to bed – it’s midnight here in UK.

I saw a few matches today – mainly on centre court – first of all Roddick v Llodra.

I can tell you, that watching it from the stadium was kind of strange – almost surreal. I had never seen roddick play before. He has a massive serve, but one of his serves today mph was beaten by Taylor Dent! Firstly, Roddick is so well loved by the wimbledon crowd, they stood up for him and we love him.

But have to say, I dont know whether this came across well, Llodra was really, REALLY, good and in the first set really pushed roddick. roddick was all over place during the middle of the first set, he was hitting the ball into the net a lot. Took him a while to find his rhythm, but it was a good match, it turned in roddick’s favour, I would say mid way through the third set, after that it was easier for roddick, but I gained a lot of respect for Llodra. He really does move extremely well on court and is very light on his feet, made some lovely drop shots – surprisingly so –

Then after the match, I went outside to Court 18, where Isner and Mahut were playing, the umpire was Lars ???? – the lovely umpire who smiles a lot on camera. When I got there, Mahut swore big time when he crashed a ball into the net, he said Sh*t! and got a code violation, he was very vocal. But boy. What a match! It was also on the big screen on henman hill and the atmosphere was really, really electric. They were shouting the most for Isner – I can tell you that – and I watched the match up until it was 28:28, leaving it on match point for Isner, thinking he would wrap it up, only to find it is now 59:59, that’s just crazy.

Went back to centre court (sorry if I am boring you everyone!), venus had just wrapped up her match and then Novak was playing Taylor Dent. I can tell you, Dent is huge. A really solid player. He hit a serve which was 151mph, the crowd went wild.

Novak is such a great mover – ollyk/sar/duro, really, he moves so well on court – and I am so pleased I have been able to watch him play –

I’ve had a great day…and I also met Alejandro Falla and Mirka Federer – (she was walking towards court No.1 – I asked her for her autograph, but she was in a rush to get there! She is stunning. Her photos do NOT do her justice!).

Am so pleased Roger won – I’ll go read all your posts now about the match – thanks for listening to my ramblings tonight!


zola Says:

madmax

thanks a lot for the Wimbledon report. You are so lucky to be able to watch all these matches. Here in the US we are at the mercy of ESPN, which switches to the world cup right at the middle of the matches!

The umpire is Mohammad Layhani ( If I am not mistaken). He is a great guy. But apparently he had to come down his chair and stretch!

Are you going to the Wimbledon tomorrow as well?Maybe you can meet the Queen. Murray plays first and Rafa third on the center court.


jane Says:

madmax – thanks so much for posting about your “LIVE” Wimbledon experience; I assume this was from those tickets that you won right? How fun!! Great to hear a firsthand perspective, and about exciting off court things, like running into Mirka etc…


madmax Says:

Hello Zola! I wasn’t sure whether everyone would be bored by this – but I so enjoyed my day! I had tickets for the centre court and friends who also had tickets for no.1 court – but I didnt manage to see Roger Federer although I walked behind his wife, tapped her on the shoulder when I recognised her – she is beautiful – she was on her way to No.1 court –

I also saw Kohlschreiber’s match and stood next to Allejandro Falla as he was watching the de bakker match today – it was just a fabulous day Zola.

Novak and Dent also – the first set was so close, Dent went toe to toe with Novak – his serve was just awesome, 151 mph, the crowd stood up, the guy has been through such a lot and though I suspect no one gave him half a chance, he really did try very hard today – but novak was just such an excellent mover on court, I was so lucky today Zola.

Yes. That was the name of the umpire! He’s so sweet. They all looked so smart, cream trousers and pin stripe blue shirts – i think he is a very handsome umpire, got very annoyed with Mahut when he swore – code violation – loud on the recorder!

Off to sleep now Zola,a long time to get home, I live far away from London! I’ll post tomorrow. I am too tired to read all the post about Roger’s game, but my friend was able to watch him and said he played better than he did on Monday, so I am pleased about that.

I just love Roger Federer!


madmax Says:

Jane,

I have very quickly seen your post after I posted above – I’ll write to you tomorrow – I hope you are enjoying your break -

Wimbledon – everyone should go – it is a dream come true for me.


Kimmi Says:

hey madmax – enjoyed reading your post and great to see you had a wonderful time.

pity you did not get to see federer. can you believe it though, the day you go to wimbledon, they put him on court 1 after so many years. maybe they knew one of the biggest federer fan will be here on center court and quickly they decided to move him, no? :-)

Well, at least you will be one of the people who got to see that crazy match..i bet this won’t happen again. the match will be in history books and you can tell your grand children “I was there” :-)

i got to see federer match after I got back home from work…recorded. i followed the live score at work though and it was nail biting again. boy, how are we going to survive watching federer like this?

Bozo was serving like crazy. his serve is big and has some crazy spin. he was also going for his second serve a lot. i thought he played very well and was looking like he was enjoying himself. i thought federer was lucky again in that 4th set, well, you could say he fought for his luck but the tie breaker was so close just one point separates them, exactly like the second set.

lets hope his luck continues..i think he needs it this year.

well, looking forward to read more of your adventure. hope you get to go again and this time you get to watch roger :-)


madmax Says:

Hello zola, Kimmi, Jane!

I couldn’t sleep last night. The excitement of the day going over in my mind!

Kimmi! lol! yes, they moved federer to No.1 court! I couldn’t believe it, he was in the VERY next court, that was about as near as I got to him, but I did tap his wife’s shoulder, so that comes a close second!

I still haven’t read all the posts, but I will do so in a moment. Like I said, I had tickets for centre court and a friend of mine had tickets for court no.1, so he gave me feedback on the fed match – you don’t know until the day which court a player will be on, but I was 100% certain fed would be on the centre court! (so I wasn’t too worried), but am so pleased I saw Andy Roddick and Novak play, because of the conversations I have had with ollyk and duro about novak over the last few months and when they saw him in dubai (ollyk) and when sar saw him play with duro in serbia – I can completely understand what they mean. Novak is elastic, so flexible on court, a gymnast.

But my friend said Federer actually played very well, and he has only played this guy once and that was in doubles – that the young serb’s serve was incredibly fast and he had “his moment” when he took the second set tiebreak, but he said that Fed was relaxed on court and was enjoying the match – so I am VERY, VERY pleased about that. I suppose when you just look at the livescore, it doesn’t convey what is really happening. I know, like you, with livescore, those very tense moments when he plays.

But I don’t think he was in trouble – it may have looked that way. He was serving well too. (When I got home, I checked the stats and his serving ratio was excellent and his UE’s were very low, 13 I think? so I think we have to take some positives from this.

Who knows? I read his interview this morning, he seems pretty relaxed about it Kimmi. But it was a great experience to go yesterday, and the queen is going to wimby today!

I bet SHE (!) asks for Fed’s autograph (and invites him to high tea!!!!!).

I walked around quite a few of the courts during the breaks and saw Philip Kohlschreiber’s match, a huge german contingent there watching him (great!, so many different cultures, and everyone so friendly and helpful everywhere, so many Americans there too, I LOVE YOUR ACCENT!, many japanese there watching the Isner v Mahut match, it was a beautiful day.

There was a kiosk that sold used tennis balls signed by the players for 50pence, but they are only sold at specific times, by the time I got there, they had all sold out! Next year, I will try! Opposite the kiosk was the debakker match, and watching it was Alesandro Falla, he is a very handsome, chunky man, had his black baseball cap on and I stood next to him with my pen and brochure feeling like a 16 year old kid. I couldn’t pluck up the courage to ask for his autograph, I got so nervous! There were many people there asking for his photo, he smiled, but I didn’t want to interrupt him watching the debakker match – but then being too polite, meant I missed out on an opportunity!

So I just hope that from hereonin, Federer raises his level – he is certainly getting the practice in and am sure he will keep on improving Kimmi. I think it is the fourth round he is scheduled to meet Berdych, who will suffer no prisoners.

Fed HAS to be aware of this and I am sure he will alter his strategy as he goes deeper!


madmax Says:

it was similar in a way to when roddick was playing llodra. Llodra outplayed roddick in the first set, but roddick stayed calm, changed his game as the match developed, and came through. Watching roddick’s first set, I couldn’t believe how well llodra was playing, even andy’s serve was being returned well by llodra, andy, in the first set was definitely out of sorts. But, as he found his feet, and adapted his game, you could see roddick was going to take it to four sets or even five in some tricky moments. I think actually watching a match live has really opened my eyes. On TV, it just doesn’t convey the reality of what it feels like, being there.


madmax Says:

I liked this part of Federer’s interview in particular:

Q. The final point when you were standing at the net waiting for Hawk Eye, what did you exchange with him? Everyone in Serbia wants to know.

ROGER FEDERER: They’re debating already?

Q. Yes. They’re proud of him.

ROGER FEDERER: I asked him what kind of drink he wants later on in the bar. No. (Laughter).

I said, I think the ball is out, really. Anyway, I hope so. He goes, If it is out, I wish you all the best. Please keep on winning and stuff. It’s like, Okay, we’ll see. Wait for the call first, you know. But he was very nice. He was very supportive of me going on and playing very well in the next few rounds.

He seems like a very nice guy. I’ve played him once in doubles in Davis Cup. He comes across as a very open and kind of cool guy. So it was kind of an unconventional finish, but he was a very nice guy at the net.

Q. Is it strange to drop three sets in the opening two games for you? You wouldn’t have been expected to.

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, but I won six sets, you know, so… Kind of works. You got to win the right sets.

But sure, you know, I think the first two matches have been tough. My opponents, I think they did play very well. Today was obviously very different. We hardly had any rallies, whereas in the first match it was played out on the baseline points really.

So, I mean, I’m happy with the way I’m feeling today. I’m coming off a five setter. It’s never easy. I mean, this is hard. Still, five sets pressure, everything builds up. I was behind almost the entire match in the first round. So I came out feeling actually good. I’m excited that I’m still in the tournament. Looking forward to my third round, regardless how I got there.

Q. Do you think you have improved from your last match to this match?

ROGER FEDERER: I don’t know. I mean, it’s completely different opponent. You know, the other guy, he served lefty, 105 miles average probably on the first serve. Here we have a guy serving 135 the whole match. You can’t compare these kind of matches.

That’s what I meant. It’s kind of tough that every player plays tough. But it’s also good. It makes it interesting. You have to adapt. Today was a matter of staying calm, waiting for high chance, and hopefully come up with some good shots when I had to.

It was hard, because I thought Bozoljac played very well, which also means I think I did very well today.


Huh Says:

Lucky You Maxi!!!!!!! :P

But hey, the never-ending match still going on at 62 all! :/ :\ :|


madmax Says:

huh! I know! I saw some of the Isner match yesterday, was gripping. Everyone wanted to watch THAT match, could hardly move. You have tickets to go to no.18 court, but just outside there is a boarded fence surrounding the court, with cracks inbetween, if you are on the outside you can look through the cracks onto the court, that was where I was, on tip toe! along with about a hundred others – Isner is huge. Mahut, looked tiny in comparison.

This match is just EPIC.

During the world cup yesterday, which I watched the highlights of late last night, they had a spoof of the match, rather than showing the match in daylight, they had a moon, with a scoreline showing 198:198. It was hilarious.

This is going to be not far off, I think!


jane Says:

Rafa just lost the first set to Haase.

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