Might Nadal, Federer Be Upset Victims Wednesday at Wimbledon?
by Sean Randall | June 29th, 2010, 7:01 pm
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We are down to the final elite eight in the men’s draw. The quarterfinals tomorrow feature a number of guys we thought who would be there and a few we did not.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Robin Soderling, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and Novak Djokovic are all still alive along with JW Tsonga and the Cinderella from Taiwan, Yen-Hsun Lu, who upset Andy Roddick 9-7 in the fifth on Monday.

Without a minute more let’s breakdown these four quarterfinals matches.

Roger Federer v. Tomas Berdych
After some early trouble against lesser players like Alejandro Falla and someone named Illija Bozaljac, Federer seems to have righted the ship winning his last two matches both in straights, beating Arnaud Clement and Jurgen Melzer. Today, Federer’s reward is Tomas Berdych, the same man who beat the Swiss in a thrilling third-set tiebreaker in Miami earlier this season.

For his part, Berdych didn’t look terribly sharp in a four-set win Monday over Daniel Brands nor in a five-set triumph over Denis Istomin in the third round. However, Berdych should now have the weapons, the confidence and the knowledge to beat Federer in a pressure situation, and he just reached the French Open semifinals earlier this month.

Berdych also was up on Federer at the 2009 Australian Open before he imploded. But those imploding days are long gone. Berdych is a new man. At least he should be.

Federer has won eight of ten meetings with birdy so Rog is the clear favorite. But this match is really tough to call. I so desperately want to pick Berdych to pull the upset but I’ll admit, I’ve been mesmerized by Federer’s sudden return to form the last two rounds. I think Berdych again gets rattled and gets tight at all the wrong moments and Fed’s out for revenge. It’s Federer in four sets.

Novak Djokovic v. Yen Hsun Lu
I’m a little surprised that Djokovic has made it this far. I thought Lleyton Hewitt would have taken the Serb out, but credit again to Novak. And now the draw has really opened up for Djokovic. Instead of Andy Roddick, who’s beaten Novak in their last few meetings, he gets a first time battle with party-crasher Lu. The 26-year-old Lu has to be on an all-time high after that shock Roddick win, but I think Novak, despite some patchy moments and some stomach issues against Hewitt, will get through this one in straight sets.

Djokovic won’t play as passive as Roddick did and I feel that Lu is content with his quarterfinal result.

Andy Murray v. JW Tsonga
Tsonga is ripe to snag the upset here. The England soccer, er football, team is out so the nation will (I think) turn its collective attention to Murray. And usually when that happens Murray disappoints.

But Murray thus far has taken care of business, efficiently and impressively. Granted he’s had an easy draw but I give Murray high marks for beating a hot Sam Querrey in straight sets. That’s a quality win.

Whereas Tsonga required five long sets to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov and four sets to beat both Fabio Fognini and Julien Benneteau, which tells me the Frenchman’s not at the very, very top of his game.

Tsonga did beat Murray at the Australian Open a few years ago – I remember that well because I picked Murray to win that title – but I think today Murray gets the win in four sets.

Robin Soderling v. Rafael Nadal
Sure, Soderling was pushed to five sets by a lesser David Ferrer on Monday – lesser only to Rafael Nadal. But after 24 hours to digest that wobbly win I’ll claim Soderling was looking ahead to Nadal. On grass Soderling should beat a clay courter like Ferrer in three quick sets.

After his French Open loss I really think Soderling wants Nadal on a more hospitable surface, which for the Swede is the Wimbledon grass. Now he gets him.

Nadal looked sharp against (a hapless?) Paul-Henri Matheiu on Monday, but otherwise he’s twice been pushed to the brink. First, it was Robin Haase who I think would have closed the deal had he not injured his knee in the fourth set.

Then on Saturday Phil Petzschner also took Nadal to five sets. Watching that match I never got the feeling the German could win, but the fact he was able to manage two sets against Rafa – who said he again had problems with his knee (and his arm) – gives me serious pause.

Of course the two met at Wimbledon back in 2007 and it was Nadal in five sets. Rafa’s a better grass player now but I think Soderling has improved even more.

So in this one I’m picking Soderling in four sets.

I initially thought Robin’s 2009 French Open final was a fluke but he’s proved me wrong on several occasions. Now, just a few weeks after knocking out a World No. 1 in the quarterfinals of a Slam like it was meant to happen, I think he’s going to do it again on Wednesday.

Those are my thoughts and my picks. Let’s see what happens.


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544 Comments for Might Nadal, Federer Be Upset Victims Wednesday at Wimbledon?

Kimmi Says:

Sean – if you are 4 out of 4 right, I will eat my hat..


blank Says:

Sean,

Even though your pick Hewitt is out, I must admit I have been impressed by your predictions this year so far.

Djokovic has it most easy tomorrow followed by Murray I think. Nadal-Sod is the toughest one to call and I slightly favour Fed over the Berdy.


Fot Says:

Personally, I don’t care who wins in the Djokovic match; the Murray match or the Nadal match. I have to concentrate on Roger’s match. I want him to win – he can win 3 sets (and make my life easiler)lol! OR, he can win in 5 sets – no matter the score – as long as he wins. I just want Roger to get through tomorrow. I can’t even think about SF or F matches. I have to concentrate on one match at a time! lol!

So come on Roger. I have read several places where they said Berdych will come through. I hope those folks are wrong and I hope Sean is right (for a change) lol! Just kidding!


Seth Says:

Sod will win tomorrow, I’d say. Might be four or five, but I think I’d even put money on it if I were the betting type. His game is fairly ideal for taking out Rafa on this surface and he’s clearly not intimidated by him either.

Rog vs. Berdych. Hmmm, I’m pulling for Fed, but given his hot-and-cold form of late, who knows? Berdych certainly has a big enough game to trouble Fed if he isn’t playing close to his A game. The biggest question for this one, I think, is how well Roger serves. I’d say that his service inconsistencies of late, more than any other aspect of his game, have led to his spotty post-AO record this year. He’s just not getting his first serve in often enough.

Djoko beats Lu handily, I think, and as for Murray vs. Tsonga, I’d say Murray’s the pick based on form, but Tsonga could always really come alive and hit him off the court.


ckr Says:

Sean,
I like all your picks. If Berdych brings his ‘A’ game and Fed doesn’t have his first serve % very high, I would fancy an upset there. I think for the first time in his career Berdych is coming to Grand slams to play, so I really hope Berdych takes care of Fed. I am very confident that Soderling will not disappoint me. Looking forward to see a Grandslam final without both Fed and Nadal.


FloridaTao Says:

The answer is absolutely not.
Either Federer or Nadal will win Wimbledon. The others do not yet have what it takes to win a Grand Slam final, even if Djokovic has done it once.


Boomba Says:

Sean I agree with your prediction about Nadal. I think Soderling will beat Nadal in three sets,not four. No chance for Nadal to win at this time because Soderling’s game in the last days was absolutelty perfect. I believe Nadal will lose.


sheila Says:

Fot says: ” personally, i dont care who wins in djokovic match; the murray match or the nadal match.”….. amen to that. im hoping federer pulls it out. if he does lost to berdych, it wont be a shock like the roddick or venus williams loss or even kim clisters loss, but it would be a disappoint, nevertheless. if roger cant make it thru to finals of wimbledon then im really concerned he wont make it thru other slams. this is his best surface. and, if nadal wins wimbledon, he will undoubtedly be crowned the new king of grass by the media, which will really disappoint me. i dont agree w/sean, i think nadal will win. soderling will pussy out. hes got the game, but i dont think he has the “tennis balls” to win nadal, mentally that is. i really hope roger comes thru & wins his 17th slam. that would be wonderful!!!!


Swati T Says:

I think Nadal will win it though it will be a tough battle. The same goes for Federer I think he’ll win but in a difficult momentum swinging match.

As for murray and Djokovic I dont really care.


Fot Says:

Also…what’s the deal wilth all these players sitting on the sideline hiding under the towel on changeovers? One person does it, now almost all of them are trying to copy it! lol!


ertorque Says:

I also want Roger to win but it is going to be a tough call. Birdy has a serve that troubles Roger and his groundstrokes are sound too.
Having said that, I think Fed is more fluid in his movement and is more incline to ‘finesse’ the game with his single backhand than Birdy with his double backhand.
If both players play their A game, I think it’ll boil down to who is better at keeping down their UEs.

C’mon Roger go equal Pete’s 7 heaven


dari Says:

I’m too nervous to be making predictions! I just cant wait for the boys to bring some bad ass tennis tomorrow. Let’s just say I would prefer for fed, djok, Murray, and soderling to do more so than their opponents. BUEN SUERTE manana, boys!


PrettyPaula Says:

What’s with the snide comments about Nadal?


TennisFan Says:

Hello everyone,
I don’t think (even though I hope) Federer will lose to Berdych or Djokovic.
Like most of us I would like to see the Final between Federer and Nadal, or Federer and Murray (in case if Murray beats Nadal) and either Nadal or Murray beat Federer in the finals, that would be awesome! That’s my fourth of July wish.

- Tennis Fan


Skeezerweezer Says:

For Fed Fans,

How many Semi-finals has Fed reached in GS?Hopefully that will raise your(my)hopes. There is a point when you get into the later rounds that experience matters. Let’s hope Masta Fed uses it.:)

@prettypaula

I tried to find the snide comments you were referring to about Rafa? WTF? Everyone was posting there opinions about who they thought would win, nothing more. Please point this out! The only “snide remark” if you call it was more towards his “pussy” opponent who “needs tennis balls”. Geez, the sensitivity for Rafa up here is unreal. Sometimes I guess, love is blind.

As MC Hammer would sing “Can’t touch this”…..


Skeezerweezer Says:

@Kimmi,

Now thats just totally unfair! What if you don’t have a hat? :)You gotta do something else for Sean if he is right. Poor guy has to stick his neck out all the time. I’d say, send him a case of “Coors Light”, lol…..


contador Says:

contador’s quarterfinal picks. very firm on these lol….

so. have not been so lucky to actually WATCH the last 2 federer matches but i did see the bozo and falla ones and that was some awful federer tennis.

beating clement and melzer is not enough to convince me that federer will make it past the bird. shaamooooon! feddy! : )

berdych in 4.

lu beat roddick : ( oh my. i am glad i missed that match but i agree with sean on this one:

nole in straights.

kimmi, i saw the tsonga v dolgo match. impressive stuff from dolgo. he gave tsonga a looong work-out. tsonga struggled to last those 5 sets and i think that’s why he had trouble with fognini and benny. tsonga is spent.

murray in 3. c’mon muzza! win the whole thing! ( now that the other andy is out )

it’s not that i don’t like soda pop. mr. dimples is one of my favorites but…..

rafa won’t lose

rafa in 3

Kimmi-
i’ll get a hat ready to eat if sean is right. he picked hewitt though. that was wishful thinking or something.

rafa is going to win his 2nd wimbledon. just sayin.’

unless the muzza somehow beats rafa in the semi, of course.

how great if the door would finally open for the UK to have a british champion! how many years has it been? it’s possible, especially if federer goes down to berdych, like i think he will.

and, murray could use some luck to beat rafa in a semi though. maybe soda can wear rafa down, taking him to 5 sets.

nah, i doubt it. rafa will be ruthless on soda. somebody will get bludgeoned and the only way it won’t be soda is if his serve is impeccable, especially at the right moments.


jane Says:

As posted on the “Lu Stuns Rod” thread, I am hoping that the top four players prevail tomorrow: Nole, Murray, Fed, Nadal. Not sure when that last happened in a slam?


contador Says:

sounds like cincy 2009, jane.

i don’t think that has happened in a slam, has it?


contador Says:

hey skeezerweezer!

@ prettypaula

are you reading another thread? i don’t read any snide comments on this one about rafa.


jane Says:

Hi contador, That’s what I don’t know, but it would be kind of cool if they all made it through to the semis, especially given the drama of week one, and leading up to the nitty gritty of things. Other than Murray, the other three have all had to fight through some tough battles. Murray, so far, is looking like the next champ! It would be thrilling for him to win his first slam in England after giving Queen E. a show. : )


Skeezerweezer Says:

Contador!!!!

So good to see you posting :)

Not picking Fed? Well you are a smart lady then, bettin with your head instead of your heart, cause I know you like Fed. I am bettin with my heart, but if he wins it won’t be in 3. If he does? Look out :)

You should youtube his match with Melzner, they have highlights of a few minutes, but it is enough to know if he plays that attacking style like he did against Melzner, and MOVEMENT, and focus THROUGHOUT the match he’ll be fine. We’ll see!

As far as the others, I totally agree what a great story it would be if Murray whens it for the Brits , after all, it’s Wimbledon! I am a closet hopeful for Murray to win Wimby, if not this year, one day soon :)

I agree with the rest of your picks, Nole gets through, Murray will, although I think Tsonga gives him a rumble, wouldn’t be surprised if it went the distance. Rafa comes through. Why? There is not enough of Why nots IMO….never underestimate a Lion…. Sod’s game is low percentage tennis, and when it’s on he beats everyone, and this match. Rafa? he can play defense, Sod can’t. So if Rafa hangs in and Sod doesn’t play the “A: game, it will be a repeat of FO

Out


Kimmi Says:

skeezer – i have a hat, a big hat and I like it so hopeful wont have to eat it…but really, has sean ever got all his predictions right? if he gets this right then it should be a first i believe,right? and skeezer you are probably right..something more for sean..shammmoooon!

conty – welcome back “again”.
the more i read your post about federer v berdy, i start to feel the chills. no way is federer losing to berdy again. federer of miami is waaaay gone.

Muzza to win wimbledon, woooow that will be great. first grand slam at home..will the qeeen come back to wimbledon?


contador Says:

: ) jane!

i agree. my hope was for roddick to win wimbledon. his chances to win a slam may well be over, i fear. bad loss.

muzza, on the other hand, well, it’s gonna take a little help, as i said above but i could see how it could be done.

rafa and roger get knocked out before the final and murray makes it to the final? the brits have their joy!

though i am not the biggest murray fan in the past, of all whom are left, it’s him i’d like to see win wimbledon the most. i say that in all sincerity.

and i promised someone over a year ago on TT that if murray wins 5 wimbledons in a row, i’d swim the english channel in the buff!

not worried, there. : ) huge, huge ask LOL! ( 5 consecutive? i’m safe )


andrew miller Says:

I think Sean’s pretty close on all these. Soderling might be the 3rd or 4th best player in the world right now (behind Nadal and Federer).

I wonder what we’ll see from Tsonga in the Murray match. Could this be Tsonga’s moment? Kind of like Richard Krajicek, could Tsonga do this?


contador Says:

Kimmi? getting chills? hm, what does that mean? i hope you are having chills as a premonition to counter mine : )

you and Skeezer know i love the fed, but that czech guy wants a grand slam piece of RF really really bad guys. he’s aiming for the final, that bird is. he is a brave new man. i see him like soda at the french last year, except losing to rafa not roger.

*sigh*

thanks for the welcome back. but i never actually leave, my tennis junkie friends. i do have to travel for my job though and at the most inconvenient times! but thanks. i really hate missing matches and having no way to record them on the road.


jane Says:

LOL contador: for that, I’d make a special trip to the UK. You in the English Channel, streaking … ; )

I know, was a sad sad loss for Rod. I hope Djoko can beat Lu, and then we could see how he’d make out versus Fed on grass. Gulp! I think Fed will beat Berdy first of all. Soda has a shot, but still kind of hope to see Rafa vs. Muzza in one semi. After the premature end to their AO battle, I’d love to see a full one; that was some great quality tennis for as long as it lasted.

Well, whatever will be, will be. Unfortunately, I’ll likely miss a lot due to the darn holiday. Can you imagine if the semis were Lu vs. Berdych, and Soda vs. Tsonga? That’d be wild. A new slam champ, no matter what.

Gotta run for now. Nice to “see” you back.


contador Says:

Skeezerweezer-

i have some time tonight though it’s late and i want to try and catch some of that bird v fed match in the morning.

do you have a you tube melzer v fed link? i would like to be convinced : )

nah, andrew miller. tsonga going down to muzza.

i want to see muzza take a crack at rafa on wimbles grass with the home crowd behind their brit! : )


contador Says:

hahahaaa

Jane-

think about it: how possible is it that andy murray wins this one and the next 4 wimbles in a row? : ))

yep, so that’t the deal. 5 consecutive and contador greases up and swims the channel in the buff……hahahaha

i am safe. i made the promise verrrrry safe!


Kimmi Says:

“Can you imagine if the semis were Lu vs. Berdych, and Soda vs. Tsonga? That’d be wild. A new slam champ, no matter what.”

jane – almost happened for the women. only serena still holding the torch.

though sad for kim, very impressed with znovareva. she went on to win that match. played one of her best matches.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Contador,

Yeah Muzza and Rafa would be a good story match, with the AO match thrown in for talk….would be fun….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfB8-KxKZo0

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9opQmjHV7M

will give a little taste….:_)


Kimmi Says:

conty – i have few days off so i am looking forawrd to watch the matches live. hopefully i wont be too dissapointed.

good luck to all players.


Skeezerweezer Says:

“contador greases up and swims the channel in the buff……hahahaha”

You girls are so much fun to read…keep it comin…..LOL.


Skeezerweezer Says:

For the fun of it,

For those who play tennis, ever done this? At Wimbledon of course ;o)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VnLx3G43iQ&NR=1

LOL….I have!

Out


jane Says:

conty, “grease” no less! LMAO!!!!

kimmi, feel badly but it’s all I could do on this motoring holiday (to use margot’s words) to keep up on the men. Haven’t been following the ladies this time, though I know Sharpie lost, and saw grendel saying Kim was having a “la la” day. Oops. Not surprised to see Serena holding the torch. Like, what else is new? : )


Skeezerweezer Says:

Jane,

Are you in Cali? Disneyland? I live in the Golden State :)


jane Says:

Skeeze! Yep! I am indeed. Tomorrow is Disney, today was CAA to meet the agent of my nephew, who was drafted last weekend, and Beverly hills etc. You live in a nice state, though I wish we’d've had nicer weather. Come on! I expected to return to Canada with more of a tan. : )


Seth Says:

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. Wimbledon is not the French. Grass is not clay. It’s highly unlikely Rafa will find his fortunes against Sod as easygoing as the FO final. He’ll be doing well to win it in five. And I predict he won’t get more than one set. If I’m wrong, I’ll gladly eat my words. I like Rafa just fine. I just don’t see any way he gets past Sod this year on this surface.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@Jane

My 2 kids live in Costa Mesa, 20 min to Disney. I line in Norcal, now everyone knows, ha! If your are going to see the world if color get there early and get a fast pass!


margot Says:

jane: xxxxx for comment. re Hollywood, Imprints are strange and quite moving. Please explain “drafted” here would mean “conscription” surely not.
ckr @8.42: I’ll drink to that but have nasty feeling it’ll be same old, same old.
grendel: read me at 1.02 on “Lu who” respond, or else!


Nims Says:

@Seth
What part of game Sod has to beat Nadal. You mean hitting Nadal out from Baseline? That’s ridiculous. Also Grass would get slower in the second week. Advantage Nadal.


nfh Says:

Can’t wait for today’s matches. It should be a great day of tennis. Im really hoping my man tomas can come through against roger, he’s been playing so well this year, however im not going to get my hopes up too much :) Best of luck to him


Huh Says:

“If both players play their A game, I think it’ll boil down to who is better at keeping down their UEs.”

IF THAT REALLY HAPPENS, I MEAN FED AND BERDY BOTH ARE PLAYING THEIR A-GAME TODAY, THEN OBVIOUSLY FED SHALL CRUSH BERDYCH(NOT THAT FED BADLY NEEDS HIS A-GAME TO BEAT BERDY IN STRAIGHT SETS). NOBODY AMONG THE CURRENT PLAYERS CAN BEAT FED IF HE’S PLAYING AT HIS BEST, EVEN EXTENDING HIM TO 5 SETS WOULD APPEAR POSSIBLE, IF “TMF” WAKES UP! :D

Of course I would be thrilled to have a new champion at WIM like Muzza or Sod or even Tsonga(if he beats Muzza, I’d like him to go all the way!). But to be honest, I wouldn’t mind Federer winning his 17th WIM so long as it does not come at the expense of Muzza/Sod.

And for today’s match, I’m definitely rooting for Roger with all my strength! I can no way stand Fed’s loss to Berdych!
Go Roger and ******* crush Berdych!!!

ALLEZ FEDERER!!!…

In other matches it’s

C’MON MUZZA!!!

GO SOD!!!

AND AJDE NOLE, OLE OLE!!


Huh Says:

“Huh says

“EVEN EXTENDING HIM TO 5 SETS WOULD APPEAR POSSIBLE, IF “TMF” WAKES UP! :D”"

Sorry for the typo error, read it as

“EVEN EXTENDING HIM TO 5 SETS WOULD APPEAR IMPOSSIBLE, IF “TMF” WAKES UP! :D”

ALLEZ FEDERER!!!


Seth Says:

@Nims

Sod has the kind of game that’s pushed Nadal to five sets twice this tournament (see Haase, Petzschner), except he’s better, more confident, less easily intimidated, and hits even bigger than those guys. He serves huge, he’s a tall guy whose hitting zone is well suited to Rafa’s high bouncing shots. And he knows he can beat Rafa. Nadal has been out-hit before, it’s not unheard of (see Del Potro US Open ’09, Tsonga AO ’08, Soderling FO ’09).


Huh Says:

As this thread is about pick-ups, I’d like to say that I can take the risk of betting my money on the outcome of only one match and that’s Nole vs Lu. Only Nole’s a sure bet to win his match, the result of the other three matches, I just can’t dare to think of!

However, I can only say this much: Fed, Rafa and Tsonga have the edge today.


Huh Says:

“@prettypaula

I tried to find the snide comments you were referring to about Rafa? WTF? Everyone was posting there opinions about who they thought would win, nothing more. Please point this out! The only “snide remark” if you call it was more towards his “pussy” opponent who “needs tennis balls”. Geez, the sensitivity for Rafa up here is unreal. Sometimes I guess, love is blind.”

EXACTLY SKEEZE, WELL SAID!!


Dory Says:

RF v Djoker, Murray vs Nadal it will be followed by RF vs Murray. As much as I want Soderling to win, Nadal is too stable and strong. Nadal losing though would make me tremendously happy as I am a Fed worshipper and huge Djoker fan.


Huh Says:

Mrs.Jane:

How is it possible for you to see Murray looking like the next champion? Murray has to beat Tsonga first(which is by no means easy as we well know that if Tsonga is in his zone, he can certainly hit Murray off the court!!). And after that, he has to beat at least Nadal/Sod to reach to the final. Need we even mention how much capable Nadal is of beating Muzza in this WIM grass?? Sod’s probably one of those bad match-ups for Muzza and gonna be a tough nut to crack, especially if Muzza rather than attacking him and forcing errors from him, goes back to his usual ‘waiting for error’ mood in their possible rematch). Thus all in all, for Muzza, Sod is already very difficult to beat, and Nadal is going to be even more difficult to beat(superior grass court talent, experience, urge of revenge for 2 consecutive losses to him in the past meeting at slams etc. would all make Nadal fiercely bay for Muzza’s blood!). Moreover, even if Muzza beats Tsonga and somehow survives the semi to reach the final, there he might have to beat at least a Fed/Nole/Berdych(all of these are pretty aggressive who can very much make life difficult for Murray)!! I again don’t want to tell anybody what a problem it can be for Muzza to meet Fed in a possible WIM final here, before his own people. The pressure would reach astronomical proportions, add to that Fed’s not gonna let the chance of putting Murray under tremendous pressure before his home-crowd, slip away from him so easily! Hell, even meeting Nole could put him under heavy pressure!! Nobody to me seems to have a tougher job at the hands here than Murray at the moment. God give him power!

On the other hand, IF Berdych upsets Fed today(God forbid!), then all that Nole has to do is to beat Lu(who?) today, then only Berdych(again whom I give lesser chance vs Nole irrespective of the surface, and Nole’s chance of beating Berdy’s gonna increase even more if Berdych after beating Fed, suffers from a let-down the next match, the chances of which’d be obviously high) to reach to the final. And in the final, there are only two guys from the other side, who I think are capable of beating Novak and they’re Rafa or Muzza(as I think basing on match-up and other things like past records, Sod and Tsonga are at a disadvantge vs Nole). Thus, to me, there’re more chances of Nole winning this WIM than Muzza!


Huh Says:

“Dory Says:

Nadal losing though would make me tremendously happy as I am a Fed worshipper and huge Djoker fan.”

Lol! ;)


aleish17 Says:

I am with Jane on this one. I would like to see the top 4 players battle it out in the semis. Of course, I’m dying to witness another Rafa biting a Wimby trophy again and winning his 8th slam.

Enjoy tennis today X peepz!!!
Vamos Rafael Nadal!


yy Says:

I’m a big Nadal fan, but of the top 4, I feel he’s the most likely player to be upset today given the matchups.


aleish17 Says:

@ yy

Yes, Sod is definitely a very tough obstacle for Nadal advancing to the semis. But don’t lose hope. Be like Nadal who fights to the very end.


yy Says:

@ aleish17

Yup agreed. But what I meant was in terms of likelihood compared to the other 3 matchups, Nadal would be facing the most dangerous opponent.

Lu vs Djok – I’m from Asia, so I’m rooting for the underdog, but Djok is still a heavy favourite.

Murray vs Tsonga – Murray’s form is great and I’ve a feeling this may just be his year.

Fed vs Berdych – Fed is usually weakest in the earliest rounds. If this was a 1st or 2nd round match, Berdych would have a much better chance… unfortunately I think Fed has warmed up enough and should make it easily into the SF.

Anyway, these players must just surprise us today.

For all we know… we will see a freak Lu-Tsonga final. lol.


yy Says:

*Anyway, these players (may) just surprise us today.

typo. :)


Nims Says:

@Seth
Unless someone can backup with good volley, it would not be possible to beat Nadal. Yes, Nadal was beaten by those guys (once) before, but those were the times when he was not prepared to play them. Tsonga.. he played him for the first time. Del P beat him when he had abdominal tear. Sod beat him (London)when every other top 10 player was beating Nadal. Grass is not going to make any difference in beating Nadal. Unless Sod can come to the net more often, there is no way he could beat Nadal from back of the court. Ofcourse, we will get to see what happens very shortly :)


aleish17 Says:

But hopefully the top 4 will make it to the semis. That would be awesome!


Eskay Says:

Sod plays only one type of game. If that works, he wins, but if Rafa has solved it, there would be little struggle. Rafa may try the defensive stuff that succeeded in Paris, but if that does not work, he will employ the newly tested offensive tactics. He might not give short this time round, but in his anxiety to keep the ball deep, he will commit more UEs. Sod will definitely go for forehand corner and try to keep the points short. In longer rallies, he will not get the same returns that he could extract in 2009 F.O. If however, we get a repeat telecast of 2009 F.O, Toni should resign.


Gannu Says:

10 mins to go for feddy bear’s mathc..left office a bit early citing some nasty excuse though ;-)
Dont want to miss any match of feddy now in the final stages of wimby.. want to cheer him all the way…
fed fans are you ready ? ;-)


margot Says:

Stating the bleeding obvious, but if Andy, Djko and Fed are to win today their first serves need to be way up. Not so important for Rafa but he needs to make sure he’s got his little dancing shoes on.


Kimmi Says:

aarrrrggg nervous today, don’t know why. C’mon fed.


Kimmi Says:

Goooo Muzzzzzaaaaa


Gannu Says:

Dont worry Kimmi.. you are going to hopefully eat your hat for dinner today LoL ;-)


Kimmi Says:

Hi gannu nice to see you today. hopefully we will have a good day.


Eskay Says:

Federer is too much of a riddle at Wimby, only Rafa has found the key. Berdies will fly everywhere, but ultimately fall to ground.


Kimmi Says:

wow berdych taking it on fed early on here


Gannu Says:

Kimmi – I hope to share your hat for dinner tonite ;-)


Huh Says:

Claiming that DP beat Rafa coz of abdominal tear in the US 09 is meaningless and waste of energy.

Everyone could see that day that the
match wasn’t even close to make possible any argument for any outcome other than a DP victory!Hell, DP backed it up by beating Fed and in the earlier rounds too he was destroying everybody who he faced! For God’s sake, don’t pretend as if Rafa got beaten not coz of DP, but coz of his abdominal tear! We all know that when DP has still not come into his own and Rafa was having the form of his life, at that time, DP BEAT RAFA at Miami in a three setter. Rafa obviously was playing as well as he has ever played on a fast court in that match. Most importantly just a week before, Rafa beat DP like 6-3 6-4 in straight sets at Indian Wells. So it only suggests that DP was slowly but surely catching up on Rafa and also Fed(see the gradual improvement in his performances vs Roger
in slama in 2009, then you can understand what I’m talking about). Lost to Rafa, lost to Rafa, lost to Rafa and finally beat him. Lost to Roger bad and worse, then won and agan won. So give credit to Rafa instead of citing the usual “injury thing” with regards Rafa-DP matches where Rafa lost.

Some Rafa fans really need to accept that there guy’s notunbeatable in the fast surfaces. Hell, he’s beatable even on slower surfaces!
Moreover where’s the shame in losing to DP in USO 09 when even Federer could not save himself from defeat at the hands of DP!!!

I hope some people recall that the US 09 wasn’t the only time that DP beat him. Even before that
DP beat Rafa in Miami 09, he straight setted Rafa in Montreal 09 and then, though Rafawasn’t playing his absolute best tennis due to that abdominal tear, but the 2 2 2 score thrashing of Rafa suggests that it’d not have mattered even if Rafa was playing his best, DP would still have beaten him!! And DP by folowing that defeat of Rafa with the conquest of Roger, and subsequent defeat of Roger again in the WTF tournament proved for once and for all that there’s no point in repeating Rafa injury argument with re: the result of US 09 semi.


Huh Says:

GANNU:

Let’s go to the next round with Feddy! ;)

C’MON FED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Huh Says:

“Gannu Says:
Dont worry Kimmi.. you are going to hopefully eat your hat for dinner today LoL ;-)”

I ALSO HOPE SO. :)


Gannu Says:

Yeps Huh… Berdie is frustratingly serving well.. i hope fed some how keeps holding serve and break..hold break hold break.. tennis is so simple ;-)


Kimmi Says:

berdych with that backhand down the line..flat with lots of pace, that shot will be very important for him in this match


Gannu Says:

where is madmax/Skeez??? Miss you…come on lets support our man..


Huh Says:

“Gannu Says:
Kimmi – I hope to share your hat for dinner tonite ;-)”

If that’s so, let me join you as sharing brings happiness, health, blessings and luck. ;)


dari Says:

Roger serving pretty well so far. Let’s see the backhand sting and the errors low! Goooo Roger!


Huh Says:

For the time being, let’s say

ALLEZ FEDERER!!!

and

Ajde Nole Ole Ole(as Duro’d say) lol! ;)


Huh Says:

“i hope fed some how keeps holding serve and break..hold break hold break.. tennis is so simple ;-)”

Ya betcha Gannu! ;)


Kimmi Says:

0-30 oh no


Kimmi Says:

break point oh no


Kimmi Says:

break berdych


pigirl1 Says:

FEDERER DOWN A BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3-4 =[=[

COME ON ROGER!


Gannu Says:

federer is playing very badly.. he just tortures his fans these days.. disgusting performance and this set is gone… really disgusting performance.. atleast bloody play well and lose.. not like this..


Huh Says:

S###!

C’MON FED, C’MON, BEAT THAT JERK!


Huh Says:

SEAN RANDALL!!!


Kimmi Says:

huh – sorry, berdych is not a jerk. some respect please


Kimmi Says:

omg berdych is serving like a dream


Huh Says:

Of course Kimmi, Berdych’s not jerk! But I have to stir the pot within myself as I am very generous to Fed’s opponents these days!

C’mon Fed!


Kimmi Says:

berdych serve is troubling the fed…have a bad feeling in this match. very bad feeling


Huh Says:

C’mon FED, break back!


GDSNAB Says:

First set to Berdych


pigirl1 Says:

Roger I believe in you!!!!!!! Comeback time :P


Huh Says:

Bad start to match, but may be Fed’ll give a good end


Huh Says:

please roger, let’s win this set and eventually the match :)


Gannu Says:

If berdych breaks here i am gone.. I just dont want to undergo the trauma…


GDSNAB Says:

Berdych is full of confidence, he believe he can beat Federer


Kimo Says:

Roger has to start realizing that his chip reutnr is no longer good enough. Back when he was young, he could afford to just put the ball back in play with nothing on it because he had the footspeed to track down anything his opponent hits. Now he simply is not fast enough.


Gannu Says:

I am just getting irritated by fed’s play.. Is he SCARED to play ppl like berdych soderling who he owned…. really tentative start


Kimmi Says:

berdy is playing so well, he is giving fed all sorts of problems….the only way fed can get back is if berdy stop serving this well..i don’t see it coming though.

oh nooo!


GDSNAB Says:

Federer has to put pressure into Berdych serve


Kimmi Says:

omg..2 break points. can he take it


GDSNAB Says:

What a shot :)


Kimmi Says:

shot..can he hold now. please hold


dari Says:

F*in beauty rog! Keep it up!


GDSNAB Says:

Yeah he hold it


Huh Says:

Wow 3-0, that’s good! :D


Huh Says:

“dari Says:

F*in beauty rog!”

LOL! ;)


GDSNAB Says:

At the moment Roger is doing well


Kimmi Says:

lets hope he holds all his games in this set


contador Says:

good morning jane, Kimmi, and Skeezerweezer!

i fell asleep with typing mid-sentence last night. sorry.

nole is serving very, very well. GO NOLE!!

streaming nole’s match and listening to radio wimbledon.

recording the men’s quarterfinals on ESPN2

i don’t want to watch the other men’s quarterfinal taking place right now. yikes!

however i see by slamtracker that federer lost the 1set but is up 4-1

c’mon fed! prove me wrong! ( he has to win this one and two more, c’mon!)


dari Says:

Sorry, but Berdy sure do smile pretty! Crush em fed.


margot Says:

Cheer up Fed fans, he’s beginning to read Berdych’s serve.
Yes, smile is heart breaker1


Kimmi Says:

omg, what a shot by bedych…that backhand down the line is a beuty.

go hold fed.

contador – tough match we have today. fingers and toes crossed.


yy Says:

Federer will win in 4.


GDSNAB Says:

Williams Out


contador Says:

wow. novak is playing out of his mind great!

have to say, poor lu.

oh , big chance for federer , deuce on the bird’s serve and a set point!


Kimmi Says:

c’mon fed..serve the set out. PLEASE


contador Says:

federer better close this set on his serve!

don’t let the czexh break back, shhaaaaamoooooon!

oh no!


Kimmi Says:

big c’mons from fed. phew! tough match tough match.

now please concentrate. the berdy is crushing the ball contador.


vinod Says:

comm’on FED please the third !!!


contador Says:

phew! Kimmi

yep, game on, on center

the bird will not go away easy. big big chance for tomas, this slam quarterfinal


Kimmi Says:

i see djoko is having easy one out in no.1 court.


dari Says:

Ok, Roger surely returning better now! Third set, take it rog!


margot Says:

Fed’s beginning to make Berd look clumsy.
Interesting johnny mac has just pointed out that fed is standing way to the left to receive serve, this forces Ber to serve down the middle which makes it easier for Fed to get the ball back in play. What a wonderful game this is.
Now Berd needs all HIS first serves in to have any chance.
Djko playing brilliantly.


dari Says:

Stats question: aces go into winner category; do dbl faults go into errors? No, right?


Kimmi Says:

OMG 0-30 not good


Kimmi Says:

how does berdy do that..oh god another break point and second serve


GDSNAB Says:

Shiiiiiiiiiiiiit


Kimmi Says:

break again early here..oh no contador


contador Says:

that’s exactly what i thought he’d do, kimmi.

berdych would come out firing aces and he’s tough for fed to read, not only on serve but berdy has more ground stroke tricks in the bag than soda pop and moves better.

such a huge opportunity for tomas. he’s got confidence. look for him to win the 3rd. the question is: can roger pull a rabbit outta his hat? he’ll have to play some magic!

c’mon!

meanwhile nole is in tennis heaven on court 1 : )


GDSNAB Says:

I think Berdych has better chance to win today than Roger


Kimmi Says:

it is not looking good for the fed here…do we have an upset?


contador Says:

Bye for now, Kimmi.

i have to be at work like now : (

c’mon fed! if he wins, it’ll be in 5 sets, is my guess.

but berdych wins and he’ll meet a really fresh nole! that’s my consolation, here.

really want to see the other 2 quarters more than these two!

gotta go.


van orten Says:

i don’t understand how fed is playing today. berdych shouldn’t stand a chance..it’s a typical” i give my opponent every opportunity to beat me” performance by fed…


Kimmi Says:

how can he break the berdy serve though..he is painting the lines with serve


Kimmi Says:

have a good day conty…berdy is on fire


contador Says:

gonna be late.

Kimmi, it just may be the case of “too good”

berdych’s day.


Gannu Says:

I am off and i am mentally exhausted with these matches these days.. nerby 5 setters 4 setters by roger… really exasperated..


contador Says:

i’m gonna celebrate for nole right now though!!

where’s OllyK and Duro!! ??


Tanya_Harding Says:

Keep it going bird man. I want my beloved Nadal to win it all. I’m not hating on Federer, just know Rafa’s chances are better with the 6 time winner out.


contador Says:

careful what you wish for Tanya : )

this year, nadal may want federer or nole in a final as opposed to the “bird man” on fire…


GDSNAB Says:

Not good at all for Fed


Kimmi Says:

oh my..oh my..backhand winner on the line.

5-1 berdy

no way federer is winning this match


Maso Says:

Damn… Roger’s not playing very aggressive while Berdych is unleashing the fury.


Tanya_Harding Says:

Oh my goodness, 5-1 now.

contador I know. Just think the chances are better. Birdy has never been in that position before. Joker is very dangerous but never reached the finals.

Please Birdy hold it together for one more set!!


montecarlo Says:

Berdych serves a tasty breadstick to Federer.

Unreal.


margot Says:

OMG this is turning into a bit of a nightmare for Fed and now his serves are coming right back with interest. Not serving as good today, I feel.
Meanwhile Djko is on cruise control.


contador Says:

let’s see if federer can rally in the 4th….

or not.

i think a berdych v djoko semi would be a cracker!

i love the federer but hey, he’s got 16 slams in the bag. fed fans never have to feel sad anymore, win or lose!

it’s ALL good.


Duro Says:

He he he… (talking about Novak’s match).


Kimmi Says:

Duro, you are sooo lucky roddick lost

bu congrats to your guy


Kimmi Says:

poor return on that second serve..easy put away by berdy


Kimmi Says:

federer returns are not biting..oh no FH long


zinaldo Says:

I actually think nadal will always have a bigger chance of winning if roger is in the finals because despite being a better and more accomplished player roger is scared of nadal and pretty never seems to play his best against the spaniard.

But i am not surprised by this because if you take last year final against roddick he was outplayed by roddick and had to rely on his serve most of the times to get him out of trouble and now this year the way he was dismantled by soderling on the slow clay court should tell you he is not likely to be able to dominate people from the back of the court like he used.

One thing i have noticed with roger is that he seems too cautious now days and i don’t know why,is it because he is unsure about his ground strokes or he is just now going to try and not make too many mistakes but federer has never been a grinder like nadal and at his age it would be a strange move as he is older and clearly older so wouldn’t be as effective at it as he was in prime years.

Also the mental side of things is something i have always never been a fan of roger there as i think he always won due to his immense talent and anytime he has needed to fight and be mentally stronger he has struggled which is the reason why rafa has always had the upper hand against him.

But eh he has had a good run and we cannot expect him to be on top forever .


contador Says:

margot-

your man is going to win today. i just know it!

imagine andy in the locker room watching this fed v berdych. very interesting for andy, don’t you think? ; )

can federer do anything about berdych? it’s now or never…..

c’mon fed! fight

match point for nole!!!

yay!!!!!!!!!


blank Says:

Federer is a step slower and a tad (or more) less aggressive. That’s a recipe for failure against any big hitter who hits consistently during the match.

If he plays this way, I don’t have much hope for the Fed. Doesn’t look like Berdy will crumble all by himself.


blank Says:

Fed’s defense has also been pretty bad so far…failed to defend all three break points on his serve. :-(


Eskay Says:

Berdych breathing heavily. Legs slowly becoming laden. Roger will win in five?


Duro Says:

Kimmi, not lucky at all! Novak would eat Roddick alive today. Peaty you didn’t see the match…

Almost old Novak. Only two guys can stand that.


zinaldo Says:

Damn roger is such a girl on those second serves to his body,like he is scared the ball is going to hit and kill in doing so.

Nadal would be putting his body behind it and making sure he returns them and then worry about his body.


stu Says:

Kimmi Says:
Duro, you are sooo lucky roddick lost

The way Nole was playing today, I don’t think it mattered who was across the net.


zinaldo Says:

Prime roger could read the serve so well so he could always get his racquet on the ball and make his opponents play but now days he doesn’t even seem to know where the ball is going.


aleish17 Says:

OH NO!!!

What’s happening to Federer? Can’t believe what Im seeing right now.


Kimmi Says:

federer second serve is getting attacked by berdy..c’mon fed. hold all your game


Polo Says:

Pray! Pray! Pray!


Kimmi Says:

adv. berdych..


aleish17 Says:

Good hold for Roger.


Thomas Says:

federer holds..phew


Kimmi Says:

federer now or never


jane Says:

margot, nah, not conscripted. Picked by a team is what it means.

huh, your 6:28 post makes me sooooo nervous for Murray. : / You’re right that he has a very tough path now to win it all. Totally. I guess I just based my statement on the past (i.e., not dropping a set so far), not thinking too much about the future. I hope he can beat Tsonga!!!!!!

YES!! NOLE WON. : ) Kimmi, no doubt Andy R would’ve given Nole more of a battle. But it is what it is I guess. Lu beat A.R., Nole beat Lu.

I thought Berdy versus Fed might be a battle, and I guess it is. I am shocked at the 3rd set score, but can’t watch it. Someone tell me what’s up? Is Fed slumping a little, Berdy playing fantastic? Both? Hope Fed can get this fourth set and level it.


blank Says:

Polo,

Which one are you more hopeful of:
Fed stepping it up or Berdych becoming Chokedych?


Ela Says:

C’mon Berdych ! C’mon! Beat this MF!!!


Kimmi Says:

0-30 c’mon fed


Kimmi Says:

double faults..0-40 what was that..get on him fed


Ela Says:

Nadal ALL THE WAY!!!


Kimmi Says:

c.mon 4 break points gone..this berdy is playing well


Maso Says:

Damnit, couldn’t convert any of those break points.


Kimmi Says:

this will kill fed…he is losing it here i am afraid


zinaldo Says:

Damn roger has truly become an horrible returner,damn nadal would have never made it so easy for birdman there.


Kimmi Says:

jane – i know that’s way it goes..i was just saying

federer in trouble


blank Says:

I am happy for Nole. Poor guy has been down for couple of years almost and deserves a break. I hope he can put the bird in his cage if that’s who he meets in the Semis.


OllyK Says:

Woohoooo, Noleee! Thank you for this, thank you!!!


Kimmi Says:

break point..this is it


aleish17 Says:

Cmon Fed! Oh my! Hold it Fed.


jane Says:

By scores looks like Fed’s got the gloves on! He’s fighting to break and fighting off break points.

Kimmi, what’s happening in this match? Any thoughts? Fed having an off day? Berd playing insane?


Huh Says:

Can Fed still win? Of course!

But will he? Dunno!

But whatever,

C’mon Fed, take this set, you have no other option!


Polo Says:

Blank,

Honestly, I don’t want anybody to choke. I want whoever plays better to win. That being said, I wish Federer could play and finish better than Berdych.


Huh Says:

####! IT’S KILLIN ME!


Polo Says:

Misery, get off my back!


blank Says:

Polo,

I think it doesn’t matter anymore.

Gone baby gone! :-(


Kimmi Says:

jane – i have stop watching it now..i am on the mini heart attck

berdy is crushing the ball, he is hitting the lines, he is serving like 130 mph constant. just incredible. federer is overpowered no question


zinaldo Says:

Yet again a cautious roger approach like the man is scared of missing and berdych punishes him,damn where has roger of old gone the one who was so scare free and hit his shot like he didn’t matter if he missed.

He is way too cautious and defensive.


Gannu Says:

So the misery ends..and i have decided to see the death of federer era.. sad but its true.. really feel bad.. all these power hitters are just taking to fed.. perhaps time to retire with grace when you are No 2 in the world..


JCZ Says:

This is the new Fed I guess. Just 1 for 7 on break point conversions, while Berdych is 4 for 6. It’s the same thing that happens every time he plays Nadal (or loses anyone ona big match), many break chances, but very few converted.


zinaldo Says:

prime roger played to win but this roger plays not to lose.


margot Says:

Wow is Fed really going home, if he does guys it’s his first serve wot did it!
jane: glad about that! Hot suntan weather in UK BTW..


Polo Says:

OK, fine…let Berdych choke and allow Federer to win.


Daniel Says:

That volley Berdy made when 30-40 was the shot for him and he and everybody are killing Feds second serve.


blank Says:

zinaldo,

Couldn’t agree more. Sadly that is the truth now.


zinaldo Says:

Well i look at roger i see fear instead of determination.


tenisbebe Says:

Roddick has to really be kicking himself. With Fed going down, a golden opportunity lost. Congrats Jane & Duro on Nole’s win – looked super out there.


blank Says:

I also see anger and frustration. Nothing positive will come out of that either.


Huh Says:

I think it’s safe to declare that Fed’s not gonna win it, only destiny can save now.


Polo Says:

Federer is playing like my grandma. And I always let her win.


blank Says:

Looks like Soderling is on a mini roll against Nadal, up 3-0


Gannu Says:

zinaldo.. you are perfect in your analysis.. really appalled…and i guess i need to learn to live with this fed for the rest of my life now.. more miseries ahead.. so its better i get used to it..i am going to soon lose interest in tennis.. thats for sure.. after graf, federer reignited the passion in me.. really sad to see him like this… no motivation left


yy Says:

Still ain’t over for Federer yet. Nadal is in trouble though as expected.


Polo Says:

Let this not be the last game we’ll see Federer at Wimbledon this year.


kimberly Says:

very depressed watching nadal-soderling score. My five year old will be heartbroken.


Eskay Says:

If Berdy does not serve out the match, it is the end of him. Roger will not fail.


Daniel Says:

Service game of Berdys life. Last chance for Fed otherwise he will drop to n. 3!


zinaldo Says:

Really doesn’t roger have any other kinda of returns.


aleish17 Says:

Whoooaaah!!! Nadal is really in BIG trouble. Come on Rafa!


jane Says:

Soda is crushing Rafa 4-0 so far.

Fed digging in to break here …


yy Says:

This is where players like Berdych either crumble or make it big.


zinaldo Says:

Damn roger turned like an old man on that lob.


Polo Says:

Berdych is really playing well and his nerves are holding up even better.


aleish17 Says:

This is killing me. I don’t want you to be bageled Rafa. Come on! What’s going on with you? Wheeew!


Polo Says:

But mine are not!


Polo Says:

Holding my breath as long as I could!


zinaldo Says:

chokerer.


Eric Says:

it’s official: fed is dead.


BT Says:

Congrats to Tomas. Solid match!!!


Gannu Says:

So everything ends!!!! Goodbye guys… it is going to take ages for me to return to this website.. thats for sure…


Daniel Says:

The end of an era!


zinaldo Says:

Roger used to take these big hitters to the cleaners but now he seems to struggle so badly against them,i really cannot put my mind into what has happened.


Kimmi Says:

congrats to berdych..what a win!

now for nadal..are we going to see the bread stch here too?


Huh Says:

IT’S ALL OVER! :(


Polo Says:

Well, I cannot say I feel so bad because Berdych played very well and Federer did not go up to match his level. Happy to note that Berdych has been playing with so much more confidence after his initial victory over Federer.


blank Says:

Hope Fed gets his act together for the hardcourt season.

Roger, I will be there to cheer you at the Rogers cup in Toronto. Just bring ur old self back!


Ela Says:

Yeees!!! Fed is OUT! Good day everyone:)


margot Says:

Polo: is this then one of moments when a great player going up meets a great player going down?
Meanwhile look what Sod’s doing to Rafa. Is the old order really changing?


kimberly Says:

what will this do to feds ranking? Extremely depressed. I am a Nadal fan (who looks pretty hopeless right now) but liked the Fedal domination of the sport. Hope Fed doesn’t slide to 3 or 4.


TGiT Says:

The era of TALL Tennis has arrived.


van orten Says:

i always had lots of respect for federer ..but what he showed today was a real pity. he practically had the whole match on his racket..he played so badly and i never ever saw him return that badly..i mean how many second serves returns he just blew away..i predict now and here that djokovic will get the job done in 3 max 4 sets. i just think that berdych has not the game nor consistancy to win that thing.. i am very dissapointed..and its by far the worst loss i ever saw by federer. i really was cool all those other losses this year..but that match today is impossible for him to lose if he would have just returned a little better..it´s over i am done watching tennis and get my hair gray and white..too much..it is just not ok to lose against berdych srry guys maybe you think he deserves a little more respect but i just believe he is not that good ..good night


dari Says:

I usually don’t like this saying but damn. IT IS WHAT IT IS.
Roger has GOT to improve his return, he can’t just put it back in like that. And WHAT the hell is with the low break point conversions!
Nice play, TBerd.
Roger, some changes need to be made if you would like another major title.
Still love you, Rog, just a little disappointed as I’m sure you are!
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa! :l
On to the soda match!


NELTA Says:

Can Rafa come back from 0-5 in the 1st set. It’s 3-5 now and if Rafa breaks they will be back on serve


aleish17 Says:

No Bagel or bread stick for Rafa. Good one. Now, get your head and game straight Rafa.

Vamos!!!


Polo Says:

Margot, yes. Moments like these are inevitable in any champions career. Makes me want to quote this from a poem by Charles Kingsley:

“…Young blood must have its course, lad,
And every dog his day.”


Kimmi Says:

soda has taken the first set..rafa starts to play well.

c’mon soda


zinaldo Says:

And nadal loses the first set but unlike roger he is mentally tougher and he is a fighter something you cannot say about roger so i wouldn’t be surprised to see rafa come back and wins because he can make you miss.


aleish17 Says:

Rafa is 1 set down. On to the next round Rafa!


NELTA Says:

They way Berdy is playing I think he has a good shot at qualifying for the WTC


aleish17 Says:

I mean on to the next set Rafa!


van orten Says:

he choked so badly on that 15:30 lob situation..i cant’t believe it..it’s over guys it had to end someday..but like this???it’s like suicide with a dull knife ;-)


zinaldo Says:

Soderling needs to expect rafa to serve towards his forehand a lot more.

Look at rafa cheated on that point yet again he actually told soderling it was out when it clearly wasn’t.


grendel Says:

Devestating performance by Berdych. I’ve been a fan of Berdych’s ever since I saw him, as a complete unknown, testing the great Agassi at the AO. But he flattered too often to deceive, and it became frustrating to see him not fulfilling his potential. Maybe at last he has done, and I hope he goes on to beat Djokovic. If he plays like today, he will. But in the final? Ah.

As for Federer, the writing has been on the wall for a while now. I’ve made the point several times that his serve is not what it was, and that was definitely the case today – it worked only in fits and starts. Trouble is, it’s not a fast serve, so the margins are tiny, and he has overstepped them. His bh returning of Berdych’s second serve – let us concede that the first was more or less unreturnable – was not only consistently aweful, it provided evidence again of Federer’s stubborness. Despite the fact that those slow high returns simply played in to Berdych’s hands, he refused to change. In the very final game, he finally did a low bh slice and got Berdych, understandably tight, in trouble. But it was too late. Federer had an easy shot on his fh which he just dumped into the net. The fh today generally was not noted by its presence.

My – utterly uneducated I know – feeling has long been that Federer, not just on his serve, operates on small margins. If he loses his touch ever so slightly, it badly affects his game, proportionately much more than it would a more powerful player. So it seems to me, Federer has a choice. Either he rethinks his entire game in order to enter a reasonably productive final furlong, or he reckons he has achieved enough, and retires. If he just carries on as normal, he stands to have a painful time of it, imo.

Meanwhile, Berdych has always promised greatness – maybe at last he will achieve it.


Huh Says:

IT’S THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF FEDERER.
BUT NO PROBLEM, ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END.
FED FANS MUST NOT FORGET THAT FED’S GIVEN THEM EVERYTHING TO CHEER FOR, SO NOW IT’S PAYBACK TIME.
WE HAVE TO KEEP SUPPORTING FEDERER SINCERELY AND FROM THE DEPTHS OF OUR HEART.
AND IT’S SILLY TO EXPECT FEDERER TO ALWAYS KEEP PLAYING LIKE A YOUNG GUY.
IT’S EASIER TO GIVE SERMON ABOUT HOW TO BE COURAGEOUS, BUT I AM DARN SURE THAT THOSE SERMON-GIVERS COULD HAVE FARED UNIMAGINABLY WORSE IF THEY WERE PUT IN FED’S SHOES.
JUST COMING ON SO HEAVILY DOWN ON POOR FED FOR NOT QUENCHING THEIR INSATIABLE THIRST LOOKS UTTERLY DISGRACEFUL.
THIS SENSELESS SCREAMING AT FED FOR NOT ALWAYS PLAYING AT HIS BEST/THE WAY HE PLAYED WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS! I GUESS HIS FANS OUT THERE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT FED’S NO PROPHET OR GOD AND THUS HE CAN’T TURN THE CLOCK BACK.
BE THANKFUL THAT FED WON THE AUS OPEN TROPHY IN THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR FOR YOU(ARE YOU LISTENING FED FANS?
ARE YA LISTENING FED FANS? I HOPE SO!

ALLEZ FEDERER!!! :)

ALLEZ FEDERER!!! :)

ALLEZ FEDERER!!! :)

PROUD OF YOU FED DEAREST! :)


margot Says:

Polo: nice, but Berdie is not that young in tennis terms- 26?
conty: love the idea of Andy watching the match in the locker room but of course Berdie beat him at RG. However, think even Andy might’ve beaten Fed today.
Duro, sar , jane: Djko looking good, comfortable, relaxed, moving great. Brilliant at last.
Soderling relaxes for a second and Rafa snatches 3 games. However john Lloyd is saying Rafa not moving as well as normal, anyone else got that?


van orten Says:

and when on earth did nadal ever miss a second serve return that many times federer did today..i just don´t give a scheisse if nadal or anyone else loses today.. this hurts really bad..i still can’t believe what i saw


montecarlo Says:

That Umpire just costed the Match to Soderling. No way he is going to win this match now. Nadal is all fired up now and will win this for sure.


zinaldo Says:

Soderling is truly dumb why would you expect someone who knows that you have a solid backhand to serve there when he knows your forehand is weaker.


guy Says:

fed fans all in panic mode i see.
fed played very well 44 winners to 18unforced is pretty damn good on a windy day.
less errors than berdych.
the reason his break point percentage is low is because berdych serves big, at least til the last game.

but berdych played some unreal points on his break point op, really attacked fed and put him under huge pressure.

if nadal goes down, djoko could well win this thing.

i think whoever beats fed or nadal deserves to win though, if you know what i mean


fed is afraid Says:

at least roger won’t have to face another beatdown by rafa.


Huh Says:

HI ALEISH! :)

LOOKS LIKE NOW IT’S YOUR TURN TO BITE YOUR NAILS. ;)
BUT DON’T WORRY, STAY COOL, I STILL THINK RAFA’LL WIN.

BTW, IT WAS REALLY NICE TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE A BIG RODDICK FAN TOO! :)


Kimmi Says:

nadal back in the match


gypsy Says:

I am so sorry Roger lost. Always feel so sad when he loses. But I expected it. He seems to be so listless in his games anymore. Hopefully he will work out whatever the hell is going on and win at least 2-3 more slams. I know he has to come down sometime, he has been on top for so long. Still breaks my heart though.


Gannu Says:

Huh.. i appreciate your words.. but i am heartbroken and demotivated now… really am devastated at present… Its really sad to see Fed’s end… i just cant take this slow posion anymore.. its better for fed to retire with a bang.. win a grandslam and go off like Sampras.. Just cnat take this torture now four times an year.. I have already reconciled to all his defeats in non-slams and have no hope… Slams was the only hope and even thats gone now..


nfh Says:

Goooo Tomas!! He has been playing so well. Is anyone going to beat him??? ;)


van orten Says:

ok it was unreal how many times berdych hit those lines ..he played solid but he had only about 47 % 1st serves in the second..fed didn´t take advantage of that..unforgivable…berdych punished him for that


Eric Says:

nfh…. just an idea… Djokovic, who can actually return serve.


van orten Says:

i meant in the 4th set about 47% 1st serves


jane Says:

Commiserations to Fed fans; a positive way to look at it is that this is the ONLY Wimbledon final Fed has missed since 2002!!! That’s one helluva run on grass!! Congrats to T-Berd; his smile at the end showed his joy. Djok may have a tall task to try to beat him if he is playing this well.

tenisbebe – hi! Long time no see and thanks for the cheers.

Sean’s article title is seeming ominous with Rafa dropping the first set too, though by scores it looks like he’s coming around.

Gotta run before the matches are over. Fingers and toes crossed for Murray!!!


dari Says:

Margot, Berd ain’t 26. I’m not even gonna look it up, but he’s more around 24, 25 at most!
HUH- THANK YOU! thanks for putting in perspective!
proud of you roger! Thanks for the unbelievable performances, and i’ll bet you’ve got a few more in you!
Goooo Roger!


nfh Says:

Yep Eric, that’s a fair call. It will be very interesting to see though.


rose Says:

federer is a great champion ..waiting for berdych to leave the court together after losing to this man …time to turn the page for roger and think about the hardcore season…he still has a few GS to win..good luck champ!!!!..
has anyone noticed rafa’s right knee is all bruised up..i guess due to the treatment he has been receiving to the knee..i hope the knee wont be a issue today ..VAMOS RAFA !!!!!


Stefani Germanotta Says:

I am a huge Fed fan. This is the end of an era. We saw signs of it after the AO, but I think now we have the accept it for real. I might need some time off from tennis to digest and comprehend this. If Fed can’t dominate then I need someone else to support, and nobody else comes to mind.


zinaldo Says:

Soderling is really doing my head nadal keeps on serving to his forehand and everytime he seems to be expecting him to serve to his backhand,real clone.


Kimmi Says:

rafa back in this and looking mad too


scineram Says:

1. Nadal
2. Đokovic
3. Federer
on Monday.


dari Says:

Gannu, PLEASE take a cue from Huh. It’s ok. It’s not ALL over and the devastated attitude is not one that you should keep!
WE’ll just be on to the next!


aleish17 Says:

Hi Huh!

Sorry for Fed’s loss today. It was really a huge upset. And now, I’m in the hot seat coz Rafa is down a set. Hope he gets the 2nd and eventually win the match. (breathing heavily)


Kimmi Says:

i did not know tsonga and murray are on..need laptop to watch this


Seth Says:

Big guys are starting to hit Fed off the court. He plays so curiously passive in the rallies when facing them. First-strike tennis will be needed if he’s going to beat the likes of Soderling, DelPo, and Berdych again in the future. He can’t sit around and play not-to-lose against those guys when they’re taking it to him. He has to start taking it to them first.


Eric Says:

I only woke up and started watching near the midpoint of set 3, but Berdych’s game reminded of set pieces in soccer. They played the same point over and over again: Berdych serves, Fed returns to the midpoint of the court, Berdych hammers it off into the opposite corner. Federer only returned like 20% of those. And when he did, at least once Berdych was waiting at the net with Plan B. That was the game plan Berdych followed when he needed a point. His choice and execution of shots was what made the difference. Sometimes Federer just looked like a puppy wandering around on court with no idea what to try next. I think also Fed has deteriorated physically just a bit, which affects his return game because that requires such fine-tuned reflexes against big servers.


aleish17 Says:

Looks like it’s safe to say that Rafa will have the 2nd set. C’mon Rafa!!!


aleish17 Says:

Rafa serving for the 2nd set. Vamos Rafa!


montecarlo Says:

BTW Rogerror Federror will be the New world No. 3 when ATP rankings come out next week.


sar Says:

Bravo Nole. I brough his A+ game today. Brad Gilbert and Cahill give the edge to Nole over Bird but who knows?


aleish17 Says:

Wheeewww!!!

It’s even, 1 set a piece. Keep it rollin’ Rafa!


sar Says:

Tenisbebe, will you be in Cincy?


Kimmi Says:

muzza hold here pls


Polo Says:

I can see Nadal as the only man standing at the end of this year’s Wimbledon. He remains the toughest guy to beat. Everybody left is just about equal in their ability. Nadal, probably, more than the rest. And he has the experience. And even better he is mentally second to none.


tennisfansince76 Says:

“Zinaldo Says:
Roger used to take these big hitters to the cleaners but now he seems to struggle so badly against them,i really cannot put my mind into what has happened.”

Its simple. he’s lost a half a step and that makes a big difference. Roger isn’t like Pete Sampras. he can’t hide behind his serve. his games is finely tuned. the loss of a half step makes a huge difference.


tennisfansince76 Says:

well at least roger’s QF streak is still alive! :}


kimberly Says:

can’t even watch the scores…..too upset and nervous, had my heart set on FEDAL


skeezerweezer Says:

Fed as always been a combination of variety. finesse, defense and power. After watching him this year, he gets overpowered easily. Hitting with authority and power are not consistent anymore by a mile. The FO and Wimby were bookends to what is the core of his demise. Sod and Birdy simply overpowered Fed, he has lost his ability to hit with authority and consistency. If he truly wants to compete until he is 35, he has to re-tool his game an IMO, train a lot harder. I don’t see that happening. We should see a new #2 after Wimby or if not maybe in Summer. No more excuses for the man, his BP’s opportunity’s were pathetic. Sorry, just callin like it is.

Fed it was a good run. Hope you enjoy the tennis afterlife. Always a fan. Congrats to Birdy….


blank Says:

Thanks for the nice words Jane.

Initially I was rooting for Roddick, then I switched back to Fed (though the reason why I wasn’t rooting for him from the beginning is because I wasn’t confident the way he has been playing…and he just proved it right today).

Now I am torn between Nole and Muzza…who to root for! I kind of want them both to win. Maybe Djoko a little more.


skeezerweezer Says:

Seth & tennisfansince76,

Your posts also hit the “nail on the head” regarding Fed…..


Polo Says:

Margot, Berdych is 24, still a young dog compared to the man he bit. That bite hurts.


sar Says:

I’m watching the Bryans, down 2 sets to 1. Wow.


Kimmi Says:

soda in deep trouble..nadal here to play


Duro Says:

Skeezer, well said, but a new #2 is Nole now!


madmax Says:

Just got back home. Really hate all the negative posters that come out and say horrible stuff about federer, guy. You are one of the them. You only pop up when you have something nasty to say, to please yourself.

Gannu, I know how you feel. It is a terrible feeling, but Huh is right. We have been so lucky, I mean REALLY lucky to be able to watch Federer, he is a myth, a legend, unique, THE MAN!, never to be repeated. So you must hold it together. Don’t give up hope.

These so called federer fans who jump ship because he loses/not playing his best, they are not true fans. You are. You always have been. And that is why it hurts when Roger loses. But you know, this may be a period of reflection for him. He has achieved everything he needs to. No one will come close in terms of his achievements, sportsmanship, accolades. (I bet some of the fed haters all around the world are licking their lips right now – it’s pathetic so called fans like that who think they are fans, and they aren’t.).

On the bright side re: slams this year. ONE WIN. TWO QF’s. Not what we are used to, but Jane said it earlier. THIS IS THE FIRST LOSS FOR FEDERER SINCE 2002 AT WIMBY WHICH HAS BEEN NO LOWER THAN THE QF’s. 8 YEARS AT THE TOP! c’mon!!!!!!

That is unreal Gannu! Who else has been at the top of their game? NO ONE ELSE ON THE TOUR. Federer is a great sportsman. A fine athlete. I really thought he would bring his A game today. He didn’t. It happens. Tennis, a matter of inches, a matter of timing.

Sean, I really wish you would STOP making your predictions. You really do have the jinx appeal. Better to leave a cliffhanger or something, look what happened to hewitt and look what happened to federer, so give it a rest will you? :)

So Gannu, chin up. Yes this is the end of domination, but NOT the end of Federer. I will still continue to support him, as should all of his true fans and never write him off. (Remember they have been writing him off since 2008, so we still have a lot to be thankful for).

Time for someone else to lift the trophy, in a way, that is exciting for tennis and also goes to prove how tough the men’s game is and how tough Roger Federer has been to beat for all these years.

People always talk about Federer being in the Sampras era, but he only ever played him once. Rafa also played in the Sampras/Agassi era, having played Agassi twice!

Federer is still the legend Gannu. Try not to be sad for too long. He won’t thank you for it!

Federer fans face the USOpen together. Roger won’t be favourite there either, so no pressure. No one will be expecting anything from him. Good for Roger. Eat it and learn.


andrea Says:

oh my! i left for a swim at 2 all in the fourth but didn’t have high hopes for roger.

conrats to berdych for sure. what a win!

after reading all the posts, sounds like roger was out gunned fair and square. the first time i saw that happen was at the US Open final when del potro just took it to him. it’s true; all these big sluggers with so much power. roger doesn’t have the fire power to compete with huge strokes point after point. still a champ though!


Polo Says:

I had my wish list of Wimbledon winners before the start of the tournament. It had been decimated. The only guys left are Murray, Berdych and Soderling…in that order. But after Federer’s and Roddick’s losses, I could not summon any enthusiasm for the rest of the tournament.


tennisfansince76 Says:

oh and seriously NBC needs to get out of the Tennis broadcasting business. I am in Norcal. i woke up to the 3rd set of RF and TB and watched that match to its melancholy completion and then ESPN switched. but its only 8 AM here and NBC is on its dopey morning show. they are not playing Wimbledon until 10AM. well i guess I’ll just follow the matches on the internet.

i didn’t even watch the last few games of the FED match after Fed failed to break and berdych broke right after. it had the smell of ineveitability to quote Agent Smith in the Matrix.

congrats to birdy. he played well. he was probably
nervous the last games but he held up. its not his fault that an all time great is weakening and now the other players dominated so long are feasting on his bones.

also to all of those who said it didn’t matter who Joker played today I call bullshit. it so does matter who he played today. just because he straight setted Lu doesn’t mean he could do it to Roddick. different player, different matchup. the draw gods have certainly smiled on him the last few rounds. there’s two tough matches to go.

anybody here not want to see a Joker/Muzza final? though they are young rivals their matches never seem aesthetically pleasing. no matter who’s in the final I don’t think we’re going to see anything close to the beautiful tennis of 2007/2008. whoever wins its going to be a bit ugly.


skeezerweezer Says:

Duro,

I have to say Nole has been lost in the Wimby story this year. I know he stunk in the spring and you laid low and went through all the serving jokes :).

Now, suddenly, Nole is in a Semi Final at Wimby, looking good, and as you say will come out after Wimby as the worlds # 2. Congratulations!!!!!


Huh Says:

C’mon Sod!!!


Kimmi Says:

muzza c’mon


margot Says:

kimmi are you still watching? This is gonna be very tight and first blood to Tsonga, though could’ve gone either way. Think I’ll watch the Nadal match, easier on the nerves!


Polo Says:

Do I want Federer to retire from the game now? Since after the Australian Open, I haven’t seen any joy in his game. To me, it looks like he so much self-doubt. It is not the Roger who I used to see. If he can play again with fire and enthusiasm, even if he continues to lose, I would like him to stay so I can continue to enjoy watching him play. But no, not like this Federer. I am happy with my memories of how good you used to be.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Gooooooood!

Federer is taking an early vacation. Let’s give Nadal one as well. Seems the big hitters are over powering the finesse players these days.

Yes, both Federer and Nadal are finesse puss players.


Kimmi Says:

nadal is cracking the soderling riddle


Kimmi Says:

i am watching and muzza needs to bring it on


ertorque Says:

Congrats to Birdy. He played as his usual self.
I am convinced that the future generation of grass court will have 2 traits:

1)6ft 2in and above
2)Plays double backhand

Note that NOT all players with such traits will be grass court champ but all grass court champs will have these traits.

I think Fed did not play badly; it is Birdy who did not let him play good. Evident is his attacking Fed’s bh and with a single bh really there is only this much that one can do ( yes, even Fed) when at the receiving end of Bird’s powerful strokes. The biomechanics of a single bh ultimately will yield a slice which is a much delicate shot to play causing the ball to most of the time float and land short giving more chance for the big guy to pummel in any direction.

But like Huh said earlier, we have seen the best of FED when his opponents back then does not play so heavy. The bars definetly have been raised. My 2 cents……..


Gannu Says:

Madmax: Those words were very encouraging… but just cant see the King limping.. I mean i in these 3 years I have seen him as an emperor (and not a King!) and he now just struggling to beat all those players whom he use dto own.. I mean just cant see federer being No 15 in the world and losing to all tom dick and harrys of the world..

Its certainly a sad day.. Even in 2008 i had hope because i guess sampras record was the biggest motivation and he had no family.. but fed version 2010 is very very ominous… Thats destiny.. i just cant have any interest in this sport..


Kimmi Says:

muzza ahead 3-0 in the second margot. go muzza


Huh Says:

Duro!!!

Congrats on Nole becoming No.2, seems like you have already brushed your teeth really well long time ago and were maintaining it for giving the CHESHIRE CAT SMILE on Nole becoming No.2 eventually. Nole’s a great player and he deserved to be No.2 at some point in his career. And now he’s! Hell, I think he should try to become No.1 IMO! Rafa has been No.1, so why not Nole?
As you say, Ajde Nole Ole Ole!
NOW SEE MY SMILE!! :D
Can you give better than that? ;)

My congrats also to other Nole fans like Mrs.Jane, Olly K, Sar, Nina(where are you?) and others.

BEN PRONIN:

YOU WERE ANOTHER ONE APART FROM DURO WHO ALWAYS WANTED TO SEE NOLE REACH THE NO.2 SPOT. NOW THAT HE’S DONE IT, CONGRATS TO YOU! MAY BE THE TIME IS COMING BACK WHEN YOU’LL AGAIN BECOME THE “devastatingdjokovic” for a few posts!
C’mon oh NOLEs of the world, keep the Safin clan going! ;)


Cindy_Brady Says:

Anyone who agrees with Huh, I question his or her reasoning ability. A head of lettuce has better insight.


Eric Says:

C’mon guys, I like Fed as much as anybody else, but is he really the only interesting thing about tennis? Get real! I am tired of being let down by him and I think this might be the end of the ride for Fedex (although he still has a great chance of winning another slam or two — my heart now says no, but if he rediscovers his fire, there’s no reason why he wouldn’t) but there are dozens of other great players to watch too. :)


Kimmi Says:

mmmh tsonga breaks back..murray hit 3 errors on tha game.


Eric Says:

Well well well now Nadal gets to feel what it’s like waiting around.


Kimmi Says:

i have a bad feeling all my faves will lose

soda mto


Lenny Says:

Oh, boy. I can just imagine if Rafa were the one doing this, how loud the cries of “convenient timeout” would be.


Polo Says:

For me at this time, Federer is indeed the only thing interesting in tennis. I can tell because I am watching the Nadal-Soderling and Murray-Tsonga matches and I couldn’t care less who wins. I even feel like turning the TV off right now. Like you, I am getting tired by being let down by Federer but I keep hoping for that a late great surge from him. Yes, there are dozens of other players to watch but they are not Federer. I will get over it someday but right now, I can’t help how I feel.


Kimmi Says:

bad timing for mto..just when nadal ready to serve the set out


Daniel Says:

Hoping for a Murray x Djoko clash in the finals. A long time this two don´t play: one will be eager for a first Slam and the other to just as well.


montecarlo Says:

Aren’t you supposed to call trainer before the game finishes? Soderling should have been allowed one after the next changeover.

That trainer wasted 5 extra minutes.


Kimmi Says:

if soda breaks here nadal fans will be ver mad

go muzza, concentrate


margot Says:

kimmi: Andy’s serve is so up and down, that’s gotta work if he’s to win. Tsonga’s not making many unforced errors either.
Just lost cricket too, 3 in a row??


Kimmi Says:

soderling breaks, just after mto, wow..


sar Says:

Bryans out. Watching Zimonjic and Stosur mixed dubs. http://atdhe.net/20580/watch-wimbledon-moodienorman-vs-bryanbryan


Eric Says:

The commentators are SO outrageously upset about this. Apparently, it’s especially horrible that Nadal had to “suffer” a break because he’s a former champion and world no. 1 — it would have okay for the hoi polloi, but not the great Rafa. Anyway I feel bad for him, but whatever. Not Soderling’s fault Rafa double faulted twice.


Huh Says:

A BIG SHOUT OUT TO DARI, GANNU, MADMAX AND OTHER FED FANS! SPECIAL THANKS TO YOU DEAR MAXI FOR REMAINING POSITIVE ABOUT FED EVEN IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY, THAT’S THE WAY!

————————————————–

DARI AND GANNU:

THANKS TO YOU GUYS FOR YOUR NICE WORDS FOR ME.

—————————-

DARI:

IT WAS NICE TO SEE YOU SAYING OUR OLD FAVE QUOTE:

GO ROGER!!! :)

———————————————–

REAL FED FANS:

DON’T BE SAD, IT’S DISRESPECTFUL TO OUR GREAT MAN. BEING SAD MEANS IT WOULD APPEAR AS IF FED DID NOT TRY TO GIVE HIS BEST, WHICH HOWEVER HE DID! HE TRIED ALL HE COULD, BUT BERDY WAS THE BETTER PLAYER TODAY. ALL CREDIT TO BERDYCH FOR PLAYING THE MATCH OF HIS LIFE!

RATHER BE PROUD OF FED FOR WINNING THE AO 10 AND REACHING THE QFs IN THE OTHER TWO SLAMS OF 2010. NOT EXACTLY A TERRIBLE PERFORMANCE IN SLAMS FOR THIS YEAR! IF FANS OF OTHER PLAYERS CAN TAKE WINS AND LOSSES IN THEIR STRIDE, THEN WHY NOT FED FANS? I MEAN C’MON!!!

LET’S ALL FED FANS SAY:

GO ROGER!!! :D :D :D


Kimmi Says:

nadal is losing some concentration..could it be that MTO rattled him

Go Muzza


Huh Says:

ALEISH :

SPECIAL THANKS TO YOU TOO FOR YOUR KIND WORDS ABOUT FED. :)


Daniel Says:

Irony, Soda stops the game and break Nadal!

Nadal only mouthered “puta” but we all now what he meant.


Huh Says:

C’MON SOD, TAKE THIS SET!!!


Eric Says:

Also, how come it’s Soda’s fault the trainer wasn’t there? Isn’t this Wimbledon? Aren’t there two men’s quarterfinal matches going on right now? Is there some reason they can’t have a trainer on each court, or would that break their gazillion dollar budget? Sheesh.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Soda breaks! I’ll admit I am not magnanimous. If Fed cannot win then I don’t want Nadal to win. he’s had his FO win. he should be good for the year.


Kimmi Says:

tie breaker..go soda

Go muzza..


Huh Says:

Now, it’s time to say:

C’MON MUZZA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

MRS.MARGOT:

I’M BACK, CHEERING ALOUD FOR MUZZA, NOT THAT I WAS NOT PRAYING FOR HIS SAFE MARCH DEEPER IN THESE TWO DAYS!!! :D

WAY TO GO MUZZA, WIN IT!!!(I’M SAYING THIS DESPITE LIKING TSONGA VERY MUCH, I LIKE MUZZA MORE, SO THAT’S IT.)


tennisfansince76 Says:

“Polo Says:
For me at this time, Federer is indeed the only thing interesting in tennis.”

i agree. its not just about winning but making the game into something of beauty. winning tennis shouldn’t look like a fcatory job.


Kimmi Says:

soda shanking ball here..important points here..concentarte

Too close for comfort for this muzza match margot. tooo close


Eric Says:

For sure, an on-form Federer is a thing of beauty, but we’ve seen that so rarely since the AO. Just a point or two per game in the Berdych match.


Huh Says:

C’MON SOD, DON’T GIVE THIS TB TO NADAL, JUST TAKE IT!


Gannu Says:

Q. Will this make you hungrier to make you come back and show you can lift this title again?

ROGER FEDERER: Sure. God, I can’t wait for Paris and Wimbledon to come around next year again, that’s for sure.”

Q. I wonder if you think this might be his year, given some of the really threatening players haven’t been doing so well this year.

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, true, Rafa played terribly lately; Soderling is not a threat either. He’s got an easy ride to this victory, that’s for sure. Djokovic can’t play tennis anymore it seems like.

Got to make your own work, please. Respect the players. Obviously Andy is a fantastic player and he’s got all the chances to win here. We all know that.

Q. Some of these big, flat hitters seem to be having an effect on you. Do you need to alter your game to adjust to that?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, if I’m healthy I can handle those guys, you know. Obviously it’s a pity that Del Potro is not around, because I think he would have a run at world No. 1 or a run at another Grand Slam. It’s unfortunate for him.

. When did you first start feeling the problems?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, the leg came in the finals of Halle. That kind of never really quite got away from me. Came back a little bit after the first?round match, and then went away again and just kept creeping back sometimes during the matches.

The back’s been feeling stiff the last five days, six days really badly. Also in the finals of Halle. It’s just something that’s been lingering on the grass. It’s normal that the back tends to get stiff, you know, in the grass court season because you have to, uhm, go for many more lower shots.

I’ve had that for many years. I think many players have it. But it’s not just not nice when it doesn’t go away and you can’t play freely. That’s what I was missing today.

Seems our ,man was not well today!!


grendel Says:

madmax

it’s not a question of jumping ship but of recognizing reality. Federer is a touch player, always has been, therefore the margins for error are very narrow. People often forget that even in his prime Federer’s matches were often very close. But he was good enough to pull through, again and again. Now he is not, it’s as simple as that. That is not remotely surprising.

The question in my mind, regarding Federer, is this: is he prepared to take stock and attempt to overhaul his game? It may be, of course, that he can’t. And there is another possibility: maybe, very occasionally he will revert to his form at the AO, and pull off a couple of surprises. I really hope he does, because nothing is more enjoyable to watch. But to expect that, as of right, is irrational. And certainly you can forget any nonsense about Fed retrieving the #1. He had a wonderful run – but that’s it.

meanwhile, I have always liked Berdych’s game, and sincerely hope he wins. But I doubt it. If Gulbis hadn’t been injured, he might well have beaten Nadal, the way he was playing. Nadal rode that luck, and he now looks unbeatable.


skeezerweezer Says:

@Eric

Totally agree. I am a die hard Fed as they get, but you have to call a “spade a spade” as they say, and I would rather have a Fed fan discuss his potential demise than a anti fed fan. Besides, we are not talking about all the great things the man has done, they are milestones for sure, just talking the present. After AO there are enough facts, stats and results to argue that he has fallen. The fact is he will be #3. Hey #3 is great, most players would take it, but he has been the King for so long. Lastly, I will not count him out, in fact, maybe he needs some time off to reset? We’ll see. Go Fed!


Eric Says:

“ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, true, Rafa played terribly lately; Soderling is not a threat either. He’s got an easy ride to this victory, that’s for sure. Djokovic can’t play tennis anymore it seems like.”

did he really say that? holy shit.


Kimmi Says:

nadal took the third set


Huh Says:

“ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, true, Rafa played terribly lately; Soderling is not a threat either. He’s got an easy ride to this victory, that’s for sure. Djokovic can’t play tennis anymore it seems like.”

IT’S HOLIEST S###, HAHA! ;)


Huh Says:

So, this match is Nadal’s to lose now. Well done Rafa to take this set!


Kimmi Says:

eric – it sounds like he is been sarcastic

Go Muzza take this breaker


grendel Says:

sounds to me like Federer is in denial. Time will tell.


Ela Says:

That’s right Nadal!! Get this MF!


rose Says:

“ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, true, Rafa played terribly lately; Soderling is not a threat either. He’s got an easy ride to this victory, that’s for sure. Djokovic can’t play tennis anymore it seems like.”
wwoowww..i gotta check this interview i cant believe he said that about those players….


montecarlo Says:

That’s the big difference between Federer and Nadal. Federer always makes his injury excuses right after the match while we get informed about Nadal’s injury after months.


Kimmi Says:

nadal to win wimbledon


Huh Says:

SOD, C’MON, MAKE A MATCH OF THIS AT LEAST, TAKE THE 4TH SET AND PUSH RAFA TO 5 SETS!
C’MON, YOU CAN DO IT!


Gannu Says:

Guys you are getting it wrong he was sarcastic,, he added “Got to make your own work, please. Respect the players. Obviously Andy is a fantastic player and he’s got all the chances to win here. We all know that”


Eric Says:

Kimmi — yeah I see that now. Gannu didn’t post the whole interview in any kind of order, but now reading the whole thing (http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/interviews/2010-06-30/201006301277912137533.html) it does sound that way.


Polo Says:

I was really amused by that comment by Federer. I made me laugh in a feel good way.


Kimmi Says:

oh no muzza ..concentrate


sheila Says:

well as a huge fan of roger federer, im not shocked he lost to berdych, but, nevertheless, still disappointed. the likes of berdych & other young players are starting to come into their own & roger is older. any other player & the media would say roger had a grt tournament making the qtrs, but because it is federer the magnifying glass is on him & now everyone will say he is definitely in decline. hopefully he can pull out 1 or 2 more slams b4 he retires. doesnt he drop to #3 now that djokovic is in semis & he lost in qtrs. being realistic as a federer fan, i do not expect him to regain #1 ranking for obvious reasons. my only concern is that he holds on to his 16 slam title record for a long time, although that is being threatened by nadal. in federer’s interview, he did elude to the fact that if del potro was here & could have won it he would be next #1. obviously, without giving too much away federer is seeing del potro as a heavy contenter for next #1. i think roger has resigned to the fact he will not regain #1 ranking, but hopes to @ least compete in the latter stages of tournaments that is a good thing. now im hoping berdych takes out djokovic and i havent read who won murray/tsonga or soderling/nadal match. i’m predicting nadal to win the whole tournament because imo soderling doesn’t have the “tennis balls” to knockout nadal.


rose Says:

Come on tsonga !!!!..you can do this


Polo Says:

I you look at the Federer’s statement right after that “controversial” comment, I think he was just being sarcastic. I agree with Gannu. That statement coming from Federer is so out out character.


skeezerweezer Says:

“montecarlo Says:

That’s the big difference between Federer and Nadal. Federer always makes his injury excuses right after the match while we get informed about Nadal’s injury after months.”

Phhleease! Let’s not start that whole injury discussion again. You will lose….


Kimmi Says:

Tsonga let the ball that bounce in..big point..GOOO MUZZA

game second set murray..yay!


Polo Says:

Federer will not claim injury if he is not injured. He has always been an honest man and says exactly how he feels.


tennisfansince76 Says:

has tsonga just choked away the 2nd set?


Ela Says:

From the interview you can tell Fed is a bitter MF! Lashing out on everyone cuz he cannot keep up with the younger guys anymore. pityful!


Huh Says:

montecarlo:

I know you’re happy today beyond belief that Fed lost. Is that not enough for you?

You really think Nadal never makes an excuse after loss, no? Oh, he makes it only after some months, no? And that’s no excuse in itself, no? You’re really funny!


Eric Says:

HAHA!

Q. No. It looked like he was hitting balls that were going to land 10 feet behind the baseline and then they would curl in.

ROGER FEDERER: No, no, he didn’t play like that. You saw a different match.


margot Says:

kimmi, huh: our Andy living so dangerously..but….GAME ON!
didn’t choke, outplayed.


grendel Says:

don’t agree, Margot – that was a comedy of errors at end of tiebreak, and things fell Murray’s way.


Kimmi Says:

soda is going out.

Go muzza..


rose Says:

Rafa just broke serve..come on Rafa !!!!!..


Polo Says:

It is sad that so many people cannot read in between the lines, cannot see the humor in sarcasm nor the truth in honesty.


Kimmi Says:

soderling making one error after the other.

Muzza just stay with him pls


skeezerweezer Says:

Yep, looks like Soda has popped, unless something very dramatic happens. Gotta give props to Rafa, Sod was playing great this tourney, Rafa is playing scary better now against a quality opponent. It is as simple as that.


dari Says:

http://WWW.livestream.com/wimbledon

Go here for full player video interviews. That weird quote from fed is better explained that way!

Ewww, I’m disgusted by the fed-hating I’m reading.
Huh, thanks for the shoutout! If I can muster up a GO ROGER, then I know it’ll be ok. I just hope he gets proper rest and training cause I KNOW he can win more majors if fit.
Interesting to hear that fed thought he definitely gave the match away.
I’m handling all this pretty well, I must say. My friends are surprised! I’m not even mad at Berd!


Huh Says:

“Polo Says:

Federer will not claim injury if he is not injured. He has always been an honest man and says exactly how he feels.”

EXACTLY! I never knew that speaking about injury is only Nadal’s birthright, lol! Only when Nadal says it, it has to genuine, in Fed’s case, how can it be? In fact Fed had already said about his injury before today’s loss, he said it already a few days back. And he also didn’t reveal anything about injury when he lost to Hewitt. He revealed it only during WIM and not instantly so that Hewitt gets the much deserved credit. I don’t know how’s it different from Nadal revealing his injury a day or two after loss to Sod at FO 09! And did Nadal not say about having abdominal tear after loss to DP?
And was it not Nadal who again claimed having chance vs Muzza in AO 10 if he didn’t acquire injury then? I guess people living in glass houses must not pelt stones at others’ houses! Or were these Nadal interviews inaccessible to some at that time? Probably that, otherwise I can’t imagine anyone comparing the perceived saintliness of Rafa to the perceived satanism of Fed as it’s truly laughable.

KUDOS TO FED FOR STATING WHAT HE FEELS AND NOT WHAT IS INTENDED TO PLEASE THE ENDORSERS OR WORSHIPPERS!
WAY TO GO FED!!!


Eric Says:

yup… rafa elevated his game, federer didn’t. move it along, nothing here to see.


Polo Says:

The only way Nadal could lose to Soderling now is if he chokes. And when has that ever happened?


andrea Says:

that’s a brutal interview by roger – just read the whole thing on line. he’s taking down the top seeds in a very unsportsman-like fashion.

the good news is that he finally admitted he’s struggling. not that that is a surprise to anyone.


tennisfansince76 Says:

i wonder if Rog is still planning to play until 35? frankly i don’t see it. players like Agassi are an anomaly. most top players start dropping off a cliff around age 30. they can do it for fits and patches but it is too hard to maintain the level consistently. i remember something Lendl said w/in the last few years. as you get older you can keep your straight ahead speed pretty well, your stamina can actually increas but you tend slow down on your change of direction. and, of course, in tennis that lateral change of direction is crucial. a half step slower coming back into the middle makes the differnce btw olympian tennis
and merely very good tennis.
agassi was a pretty flat hitter camped out inside the center of the baseline moving his opponent on a string. generally unless his opponent was top drawer the other guy did much more running. agssi was the oldest #1 in recent memory, 28/29 yo in 1999 and that was not a sledgehammer dominant #1 year. connors won wimby and the uso at 29/30. sampras won the USO at 30/31 w/ the help of a good draw(hewitts in his half, he don’t win).
even though roger takes the ball early he still has to defend a lot more than agassi and having lost a half/whole step he is having to grind alot more which leads to alot more body stress.


Eric Says:

Polo well Nadal choked for a few games against Melzer in Paris… I think that’s about it. :)


Eric Says:

andrea etc, if you actually read the interview he’s obviously joking… and that’s the only time he talks about the other players. so what are you smoking?


its all abt da game Says:

the game is back!!!
and OMG!!
this has been an unbelievable day..
fed is out from singles..
williams’s sis from women’s doubles..
bryan bros from men’s doubles..
yesterday venus from ladies’s singles..
this wimbledon is crazy..
now everyone has a chance to win wimby..
Djokovic is on fire of late..
murray/tsonga will have a great chance..
berdych of course has done “that”
and above all rafa is on his way to serve sodalime a breadstick..
this wimby is open..
and above all there is a 75% chance that we will see a first time champ..


Huh Says:

“Polo Says:

It is sad that so many people cannot read in between the lines, cannot see the humor in sarcasm nor the truth in honesty.”

YOU’RE JUST SO SPOT ON, KUDOS! I MYSELF COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER!

You know, it’s idiotic to expect fairness from some haters.


its all abt da game Says:

n for those saying about fed’s future..
can’t they see that fed’s career has followed the same trajectory as sampras??
like sampras waned in 2001, so will fed..
yes fed may win one more GS, but he should retire after that..


Polo Says:

Let me just add to that injury argument, notice that Federer never even called for a trainer during his match against Berdych. Had it been someone else, like that someone montecarlo mentioned, he would have called for a trainer each time he lost a game. Federer does not resort to those kind of tricks. He is the purest tennis player I have ever seen. No medical time outs, no looking at his coach, no time delays. Nothing at all that could be considered as gamesmaship.


Huh Says:

CONGRATS TO ALEISH, MINDY, ANNA, EZORRA AND OTHER NADAL FANS ON THEIR GUY REACHING THE SEMIFINAL! HE PLAYED FABULOUSLY UNDER PRESSURE.KUDOS TO HIM FOR THAT!


Kimmi Says:

So, sean is 1/3 right. Too bad.

Go Muzza, give sean 2/4 at least.

Muzza eventually breaks


Daniel Says:

Nadal wins. He looks good to win this tourney, but next to matches will be tough. Both semis are set to be great matches, regardless of who wins the Murray x Tsonga.


Huh Says:

POLO:

I appreciate your courage! Carry on! I’m with you.


its all abt da game Says:

Polo,
you seem so sure that he has an injury in the 1st place!!!
the certain someone you refer to atleast has a record of having injuries..
but fed is not only the purest but the fittest tennis player..
how come he had an injury now that he lost??


Huh Says:

BLAME IT ON SEAN RANDALL! ;)


Ela Says:

Polo give it a rest and stop defending Fed for god sakes! The guy is geting older and cannot keep up with the younger guys. Isn’t that obvious? All Fed funs stop being so miserable.


its all abt da game Says:

not trying to stir up an argument,
and not doubting fed(if he says he has an injury, he has it)..
but it is ridiculous that this polo has brought up this..
and this is what forces rafa fans to badmouth fed(even though we know, he is better than that)
sour grapes polo, sour grapes!!


Kimmi Says:

WOW, Muzza – great to save 2 break points. GO GO GO


Polo Says:

its all abt da game: If you know how to read, you would have noted that the injury occurred before he lost. That certain someone has a record of having injuries and uses that to his full advantage.


grendel Says:

nice play from Muray to retrieve bad situation (thanks to his risible 2nd serve) – although must be kicking himself for not doing more at the net – he had oodles of time.


Huh Says:

its all abt da game:

you’re doing a brilliant job of kicking Fed when he’s down. Keep it up until the karma catches you. Don’t you guys have the least bit of shame in accusing Fed of taking excuses? If you really know anything, then Fed’s not the perceived “excuse man” on tour, it’s somebody else who’s perceived to be so and you probably know him very well. I won’t go any further on this as some harsh truths are better unsaid.


Kimmi Says:

tsonga throwing the towel in this set, he sure look like it…Go Muzza


Huh Says:

Well, no way nice Fed fans like Polo can be more miserable than anti-Feds. Anti-Feds out there really don’t how much they hate Fed within themselves, but I don’t think it’s good for their own sake.


Huh Says:

Now that montecarlo has started it again, don’t expect peace here.


Polo Says:

Those who cannot take my sour grapes have a hard time swallowing them because the truth in my statement scalds their throats. I only use truth in my arguments that is why I am not scared to argue with anyone. I do not deny the greatness of Nadal. It is obvious and it is real. As real as his time delays, his constant glancing at his coach and his use of medical time outs.


Lenny Says:

Siiiighhh. It’s really sad to see so much hate from so-called tennis fans for the two guys who have given us SOOO much amazingness over the years.

Rafa and Fed BOTH deserve our respect.

Isn’t there ANYBODY else who is a fan of both these titans of the game?

I know I am. I feel extremely privileged, and will remain eternally grateful that I had the chance to be a tennis fan in their eras.


Kimmi Says:

muzza serve it out here..here..here! go go go


its all abt da game Says:

polo,
look man, i stated it clearly if he says he has an injury, he has it..
but it was uncalled for you to refer to rafa..
that’s sour grapes polo..
clearly shows the horrible mentality of yours..

huh,
i’m not kicking fed. i just lost my temper and wrote that. now be sensible enough to understand who started it off by referring to nadal.. was a refernce to nadal needed here??
and anyway within a minute i explained why i wrote that about fed.. that’s my indirect way of apologising to fed and his decent fans here(with the hope you belong to that list)..
but not to polo who is simply jealous over nadal and has brought up his injuries issue..


madmax Says:

Andrea/Rose,

Read the interview properly please. Don’t start something which is misread. If you were a federer fan (which you aren’t), you will read what he said after. He was being SARCASTIC. He qualified what he said straight after.

Grendel, I disagree with you – happily. And no I’m not in denial. What do I care about your comments? It’s all well and good cheering for someone when they win, but when they lose, fans are supposed to be in denial? Nah. Not me.

I have always been someone who looks for the positives. There are many people here who are already talking about fed’s demise. Honestly? It bores me. Bores me rigid.

Because it’s just meat for the goose.

Just seen a very serene looking roger on TV, saying how much he LOVES tennis. how much he LOVES the tour. How he will be around for many years, health permitting. How gentle he was and how respectful he was towards Tomas.

So please. Those of you who want to read into federer’s comments what you will, enjoy it because you bring nothing but your own negatavity and unsportsmanlike spirit. The commentator ended the interview:

Roger, you are a true champion. Will you be coming back to Wimbledon next year?

Roger replied: For many years to come.

Gannu,

Honestly. I wish I could invite you over for dinner, because surprisingly, though I feel a little numb, it’s not as bad as I thought.

I am very happy for Tomas. He has worked hard, shining this tournament. Can he back it up against Novak? That’s a difficult one.

The glow of the federer win may not shine as brightly on Friday. And should Novak move into the final, will he blow it by buckling? I don’t know.

As for Federer. What a wonderful champion.

And for anyone who doubts Federer’s motives. He respects Soderling, Nadal, (he stuck up for him when all other critics said he was over), same for novak. How could anyone doubt his comments? You don’t seriously believe that Roger was being serious about his opponents? Give me a break.

I admit that watching wimbledon now is a little lacklustre because federer is not in it Polo, but honestly, you have to stay positive. There is still much to look forward to, and despite the interview, Federer did mention that the crtics would be “feasting” on his loss. He said that it didn’t matter to him, because he had the love of his children, Mirka, his fans all around the world, he loves travelling and loves the big stage and loves to play in front of his fans. He said this.

Stay alive Gannu, Polo, be alive when you watch Federer play. Otherwise you will miss out.

No need to be sad. Be sad when he retires at 35.

C’moon Roger Federer!

Cindy, you are definitely one woman with a strange sense of humour!


aleish17 Says:

Hi Huh!

I don’t really know what to say about Fed’s loss today. I know a lot of Fed fans like you are very devastated by his loss. But this is the reality now. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. You can look forward to the next tourney and hope that he improves his game.


Kimmi Says:

C’mon murray, dont let him break you here


tennisfansince76 Says:

NBC comes in on the west coast w/ tape delay of the Nadal match which ended w/ a whimper rather than muzza/tsonga in the middle of a competitive match. great coverage


Kimmi Says:

2-1 Go muzza


Huh Says:

The worst thing is that when Fed simply says the truth about him having injury in leg and back, somebody like montecarlo comes out and say that Fed’s taking excuses. So what’s this you think my friend: sweet grapes for Fed fans? It’s only natural that a 29 year old guy like Fed after reaching 20+ consecutive slam semis and winning many big titles over the years can have some injury issues in his career finally popping up. But Fed doesn’t even have this much right in the eyes of some to state that he’s injury.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Huh Says:

Well, no way nice Fed fans like Polo can be more miserable than anti-Feds. Anti-Feds out there really don’t how much they hate Fed within themselves, but I don’t think it’s good for their own sake.

If there was a “smarts” contest between you and a pile of rocks I’d bet on the rocks every time. Don’t take up psychology, you stink at it. But then again, you just stink.


Polo Says:

it’s all abt the game: You probably missed this from montecarlo, “That’s the big difference between Federer and Nadal. Federer always makes his injury excuses right after the match while we get informed about Nadal’s injury after months.”

Next time you want to argue with me, make sure you have read and analyzed all information and facts about the topic.


margot Says:

Come on Andy! Would still like that first serve to be better though. Now we’ll see if Tsonga has been playing possum or if he’s really run out of gas.


Kimmi Says:

YES margot. we are on the way home. Go Murray


aleish17 Says:

Cats and dogs are out. Sad that the flow of conversation has gone wild. Im outta here.

Vamos Rafa!
Thank you for the win! Keep it comin’ please. On to the semis! wooot wooot


Huh Says:

its all about da game:

Ok, your point happily taken. Now I won’t say anything bad from my side unless I am seriously provoked. Look, I’m no way claiming that I’m completely fair, not at all! But we can certainly try our best to be as fair as possible, that’s what is most important. That makes life much easier!


tennisfansince76 Says:

looks like a muzza/el toro semifinal. thats the one I am looking forward to. Murray beat him fairly handily at AO but I think Nadal’s serve is much more effective on Grass than hard. at the AO Muzza was able to consistently get into Nadal’s service games. we’ll see how it goes here.


zola Says:

well, well,….what a day!

Sorry FoT, Kimmi, Skeezer, grendel, Sean,Ben,..Dan,…(sorry if I missed anyone),…for Roger’s loss.
I think Berdych played a great match and this time he did not choke.

From Roger’s interview, it seems he has some injury problems. Hopefully he will be fine with some rest. I am sure it is tough to lose in the QF after 8 years.But he was gentleman enough to wait for Berdych.

I am glad Rafa won. He will have an even more difficult match perhaps against Mrray ( or even Tsonga if he wins). Djoko-Berdych should be interesting, but I think Djoko will win.

That 7 minute wait for the trainer was very strange. I want to see how those who were writing againt Rafa’s MTO, comment on this one by Soderling! from me: “no comment”.

Seems like Murray has the match under control. 2-1 and 2-0 in the 4th.


Huh Says:

Hey Cindy #####, ya back again? ;)


joji Says:

what will be the rankings for fed and andy r after wimby


its all abt da game Says:

oops!!
I didn’t see that..
then an apology from my side is due polo, though you could have said that at first place!!
now this montecarlo is a shame for rafans if he says that!!
what was the need to bring that up??


Kimmi Says:

MUZZZAAAAA, go go go break him again here


Kimmi Says:

double break. margot, are you watching. he needs to concentrate now.


Huh Says:

game:

What Polo points out in his June 30 1.32 pm post is really important, here it goes:

“Polo Says:

it’s all abt the game: You probably missed this from montecarlo, “That’s the big difference between Federer and Nadal. Federer always makes his injury excuses right after the match while we get informed about Nadal’s injury after months.””


tennisfansince76 Says:

Tsonga is still not mentally tough.


Huh Says:

its all abt da game:

Nice to see you realising that it was some montecarlo who started all this. I have really enjoyed your posts as you have a particular style of writing which is precise, fair and has depth and substance. I am glad that I can have more and more pleasant exchanges with you in the nearest future. :)


juni Says:

Nadal won….wowwww…shame to HUH and KIMMI…you always wanted to see nadal as a loser…today two heartbreaking things happened for you…one is nadal win and other is federer loss…i just appeal you for appreciating the good game and good player …you people should appreciate nadal game…fed is great champion and he has acheived enough for his entire life and can get more…….


Polo Says:

game, I accept. Let us move on and just enjoy the game. There are more mathes ahead. Too bad Federer will not be in any of them anymore but I hope that we will see some very interesting matches. All is fine on my side. I hope the same for you.


aleish17 Says:

@ da game

Good to have you back. Been waiting for your posts for several days. Thought that you would appear today and you didnt fail me. Congrats to our fav!

To all the Rafa fans:
Keep the smiles on our faces. We deserve it! Congrats to all of us!


SG Says:

To answer Sean’s question, No and Yes. I had reserved judgment on Fed until Wimbledon. Now that he’s out, I think it’s fair to say he’s definitely in serious decline. As someone who picked him to win this tournament, I’m shocked by the result. And Berdych only put 58% of his 1st serves into play compared to Fed’s 68%. I couldn’t believe this stat when I read it. Over the past couple of years, Fed has had increasing difficulty breaking serve on grass. I guess that today, it came back to finally haunt him.

Man, is the pressure ever on Murray now. No Fed left, no more excuses.


its all abt da game Says:

oh HUh,
thanks..
as i’m a rafan, you should understand how for a moment i just lost my temper how polo said about the matter..
but realizing that this montecarlo started it, i think it was my mistake to lose my head..
anyway i’ll also look forward to have exchanges with you since you are a pretty good fed fan..
for that matter most of the fedfans here seem nice (except mr. perfect and that gannu)
though sadly there are some disgraceful rafa fans here too (like montecarlo, as proved now, and one certain nadal line or so)


dari Says:

madmax
Can you point me towards the interview you are speaking of?
With the coming back many years and all that.


Kimmi Says:

juni – thats the way it is. i don’t lie. nadal is not my fav. fed fans wants nadal to lose and nadal fans wants fed to lose. Thats the way it is, what can you do.

nadal won today , so congrats. I am also a big murray fan. Hope he wins today and beats rafa in the semi :)

Yes..Muzza won. Gooo Muzza


its all abt da game Says:

aleish 17 says..
Thought that you would appear today and you didnt fail me.

was that a dig at me?? :P
well, i have been busy with work..
and I wanted to come yesterday since venus lost..
but thought I’ll come after rafa beats Sod, since i was sure many here would predict a sod win..
but i never thought fed would lose..
and when i came here, every big gun in all sections(except our dear old rafa and serena) has lost..

anyway congrats to you and fellow rafa fans..
and now expect me only on sunday, if rafa is in finals hat is.. :-)


grendel Says:

is it just me, or was the Murray/Tsonga match a bit of a damp squib? Tsonga just seemed to disappear.
Question about Murray: why does such a talented player have such a poor 2nd serve, especially when his first serve (when he gets it in) is excellent? He must want to improve it – perhaps he just can’t?


Huh Says:

juni:

LOLZ AT YOU FOR BEING SUCH AN IDIOT THAT YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW THAT PEOPLE CAN HAVE DIFFERENT CHOICES, SOMEONE’D LIKE NADAL MORE WHILE SOME’D LIKE SOD, IT’S THAT SIMPLE. AND I GOTTA SAY THAT YOURE EXCEEDING EVEN YOUR OWN FOOLISHNESS IF YOU THINK I’M TERRIBLY HEARTBROKEN ABOUT THE LOSSES OF FED AND SOD. I REALLY FEEL ASHAMED AS WELL AS SORRY FOR YOU AS YOU’RE ONE OF THE MOST STUPID PERSONS I EVER SAW.


tennisfansince76 Says:

as far as injury talk maybe i am old school but it tennis club should be

rule #1: you don’t talk about injuries
rule #2:you don’t talk about injuries
rule #3: you don’t talk about injuries

connors, borg etc never talked about injuries. fed, nadal and the rest should follow suit.


Tanya_Harding Says:

The greatest player of all time is going to win Wimbledon again.

Vamos Rafa!

Odios Fed.


margot Says:

Yes! Hey, kimmi, jane, huh et al. Very tough 2 sets but Andy hung in there and justifies his seeding. Enjoy the moment. Friday is another day!


Eskay Says:

Every player has weaknesses and strengths. Roger generally plays to his strengths, if he loses, his best was not good enough on the day against the opponent. Rafa and Muzza sometimes play to the weakness of the opponents. For example, playing against single fisted backhanders, Rafa pounds their backhand. Since Roger plays to his own strengths, he has not always felt need for a regular coach. One does not know how much he studies the game of his opponents before the play. One wonders how wise it is to play without a coach?


Andrew Miller Says:

Well sheesh. Djokovic’ best chance for a Wimby title.

Murray
Berdych
Djokovic
Nadal

If Nadal is not feeling well, isnt it Novak’s tournament?


rose Says:

we have great 2 semi finals ahead of us tennis fans .Nadal vs Murray and Novak vs Berdych..cant wait..let the best players win..i really think Murray has a chance to win his first GS..just time will …Vamos Rafa !!!!


Huh Says:

CINDY #####:

THANKS FOR REMINDING ME THAT I FORGOT TO INCLUDE YOU WHILE GIVING EXAMPLES OF WHAT IS MISERABLE! FEEL SORRY FOR YOU AS YOU ARE ALWAYS BUSY CLEANING STINKING S###, YOU GOT NO BETTER JOB AT ALL! AND YOU FINALLY BECAME SO OBSESSED WITH YOUR JOB THAT NOW YOU EAT, TALK AND DREAM S###! NOW THAT’S CALLED “MISERABLE” AND A ##### LIKE YOURS GOING THROUGH SUCH THINGS IS CALLED “A MISERABLE LIFE”!! SO AGAIN THANKS FOR REMINDING ME. :D


Polo Says:

The games for today are over. It has been an interesting day. Anytime Federer loses is a thrilling day of tennis for me although in a frustrating kind of way. The arguments were as exciting but that’s all part of the fun. And I think I just got myself a new name. Till Friday, everyone.

Huh, have a beer. I am having one now.


dari Says:

Tanya, rafa is not the goat and he would not appreciate your saying that. Just get real.
I’m getting choked up thinking about Murray winning this whole thing. ahead of myself, yes, but I’m really wishing for it! I will not be watching this replay of the fed match ESPN is putting on!


margot Says:

sg: Rafa is no 2 seed, Andy 4, I don’t think the pressure is on him. All the smart money must be on rafa as the top seed left.


Kimmi Says:

margot – i have everything crossed for murray. this is make or break match. C’mon muzza


yy Says:

Am a fan of Nadal but I think this is Murray’s tournament. Things are falling nicely into place for him, just as they did for Federer in last year’s FO. How about a Murray/Berdych final? :)


Skeezerweezer Says:

@Zola,

Thanks for the kind words and sincere consolations. Hope your man continues to play well. Great match for Rafa today. :)


madmax Says:

dari Says:
madmax
Can you point me towards the interview you are speaking of?
With the coming back many years and all that.

June 30th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

dari hi.

I got home from work about 2 hours ago now. I watch BBC here in the UK and Fed gave an interview, had a white baseball hat on (with gold RF logo) and his tennis jacket hoodie zipped up -commentator asked him about his future.

Fed replied “There are some critics out there already who are “feasting” on my loss. It doesn’t bother me. I don’t get down about it. I LOVE tennis. I LOVE the tour. I have the support of Mirka, and my fans around the world, they love to see me play, and I love to play on the big stages and I will be doing that for many more years to come.

The commentator finished by saying. Roger, you are a true champion, we look forward to seeing you next year.

I wrote it down dari, because this is NOT the interview which is on bbc website, this is another one.

The BBC are brilliant with their interviews as they have sole TV rights at this time, was one by a bbc guy, with fed sat down, I would say about 10 minutes after the match – I am sure it will be on youtube out there. I will try and look for you.

Any UK posters here who also saw this, perhaps Margot, will also verify it, I am sure. You just have to believe me on this one Dari. My short hand is pretty good though.

Today at WImbledon is on at 8pm when it will show highlights of the game and the interview dari, so if you are from UK, you will see it there. I hope this helps.

I agree with your comment dari, 2.20pm post. I think Tanya is running away with herself right now. Let her enjoy herself.

Roger is the GOAT but this really isn’t the issue right now. He ahs the respect of the players, not the anti federers who are enjoying their moment of hatred right now. *yawn*.


Boomba Says:

don’t be mad huh


osazone4real Says:

Congrats to Rafa,muuray $ Djoko.
Fed is not expected to win it all.
Fed sucked in his interview, infering Nadal wont be number one if JMDP was playing(it could be infered he wont have won french Open if nadal was not injured last year)
Also bad mouthing all the top players was so low of him sarcastic or not sarcastic (although from the interview i dont think he was being sarcastic).
Well of course he can say whatever he likes, it is a freeworld, but at the end of the day, the interview was terrible and he sounded like a sour looser by not giving credit to Berdych and bad mouthing his fellow tennis players


montecarlo Says:

Q. Roger said he had some physical problems; that his back and leg were bothering him. What did you notice and what is your reaction to him saying that?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, I don’t know if he just looking for some excuses after the match or something like that. I mean, it happened to all of us. You know, I think he’s been every time when he played, he was I think hundred percent ready.

So maybe right now he’s getting some more troubles with the health. But, you know, I think it just happen today. So I didn’t know that. I just heard it first time like you said it right now. So, yeah, just to him hope that he’s gonna get back soon and that’s it what I can just wish him.

Q. He also said he was unlucky and that he definitely gave the match away. What are your thoughts about that?

TOMAS BERDYCH: I don’t know in which point he was saying that he was unlucky, if any specific moment or something.

Q. He was saying generally or on big points.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Okay. I mean, yeah, maybe you can take it for both ways. You can say that he was unlucky or you can say that maybe the opponent was a little bit better and he just won the big points against him. In his position, then he lost the match.

You know, I think, yeah, he’s a great player. I mean, but still, I mean, when I just read some newspapers in the morning, I was not surprised, but, you know, to heard something from him to the way that he’s fine, nothing is bothering him. When we played the last match, I lost. But last time in Wimbledon, I won pretty easily. You know, stuff like that.

You know, I saw him quite first time from him the reactions like that. So whatever. I’m in different position. I’m just enjoying the win today, and this is just everything behind me.

Awesome replies by Birdman. :)


Von Says:

tennisfansince76: “also to all of those who said it didn’t matter who Joker played today I call bullshit. it so does matter who he played today. just because he straight setted Lu doesn’t mean he could do it to Roddick. different player, different matchup. the draw gods have certainly smiled on him the last few rounds. there’s two tough matches to go.”

Absolutely. Rose colored glasses are being handed out by the handfuls. Roddick did the pummeling of Lu for 5 hours and softeneend him up so that the Joker could earn the win == Roddick the hatchet man. It’s easy for a player to look great when the guy on the other side of the net is running on fumes.

A similar situation happenend at the USO, Djoker vs. Steps. Steps had a ton of problems with his contacts and of course he couldn’t see the ball, etc., the Joker looked great, playing as if it were against a one-eyed man. Then what happened in the next match? The Djoker met Federer who made him look very ordinary, and the rest is history.

I wish fans would be more objective about things like the draws, et al. Who did the hard work in that quarter? Surely not the Joker, it was Roddick. The only competition the Djoker faced was a hurting and battle weary Hewitt. And, today, a guy running on fumes in the form of Lu, which helped him to get to the SF. Let’s see if he can play like he did vs. Lu when he meets Berdych. I’m hoping Berdych gets to the finals.


margot Says:

kimmi: I certainly have everything crossed for Andy too but I don’t by any means think this is a make or break tournament. He was seeded to get to the semis and, after the awful play since January, I am more than happy. It would be foolish to think that Rafa will not win. Everyone was backing Soderling and look what Rafa just did to him, his will to win is extraordinary.


zola Says:

Skeezer,

Thanks. I know it is heartbreaking when your fave loses. I have been there. (last year this time!). But the good news is that next year this time Fed does not have any major points to defend and can play more relaxed. Better news is that he already has 6 of these plus another 10. He will have some rest with his family and take care of his health. The important thing is not to lose motivation.

NBC has completely slayed the matches. They are so incompetent. They did not show that metches until 10 and at 10 they started from the beginning while the matches were ending! such idiots!

So it is Djoko against Berdych and RAfa against England! OMG!


Von Says:

“tennisfansince76 Says:
as far as injury talk maybe i am old school but it tennis club should be

rule #1: you don’t talk about injuries
rule #2:you don’t talk about injuries
rule #3: you don’t talk about injuries

connors, borg etc never talked about injuries. fed, nadal and the rest should follow suit.”

There’s a psychologist on Tennis Channel who talks about what he calls “Excuse makers”. He said that it’s in poor taste to make excuses for a loss.


Kimmi Says:

margot – by make or break , i meant..he needs to win some of these matches against federer or nadal in a GS. maybe make or break is not the right word as he can always try if things don’t work here. like you I am happy he is starting to find his range. and confidence seem to come back..he is been struggling for too long Murray. All fingers crossed for him

But you are right about rafa, he is playing well and will be very difficult to beat here. i hope murray can match him. I really hope so.


ZeroWan Says:

i’m following this site for over 2 years and i would never thougt that my first post would be to defend federer but he was 100% sarcastic and
i really dislike him but this was actually funny!


Von Says:

Huh: Now we can cry on each other’s shoulders. sorry Fed lolst.

BTW, be careful the provocateur is running wild. Remember what I told you to walk away.


contador Says:

wooooooot!

maybe you don’t believe me margot but i really, really want to see andy murray win the whole thing and get his first slam right there at wimbledon.

home for lunch for just a minute to check scores and i see ALL my picks won!

that doesn’t mean i am happy fed lost, no, no noooo!!

or happy that mr. dimples apparently choked.

nor does anything today change my ultimate pick of nadal.

but muzza is who i will cheer! GO MURRAY GO !!

and i hope nole wins his semi too. DURO, STU, OLLYK …..YAY!!! I DID watch nole’s demolition of lu and wow did nole serve well!

but beating berdy won’t be easy. i doubt the czech is content to take only another federer scalp, he wants the whole thing; he’s gonna play nole tough. and he could win. nole will need to bring his best.

both semi’s are going to be great!

go murray and nole!

as for federer? he is not done and over by a long shot. even if he was, we fed fans do have absolutely nothing to complain about!! fed has shown us the best tennis ever. and we are lucky he still loves tennis enough to want to play, not only play but he’s not done winning.

just taking a breather : )

WELL DONE, ROGER FEDERER!!


grendel Says:

Madmax says:”It’s all well and good cheering for someone when they win, but when they lose, fans are supposed to be in denial? Nah. Not me.”

Actually, I was alluding to Federer, not fans. I enjoy your posts, Madmax, they’re kind of fresh and charming, but we all have different takes. I regard myself as just as much of a Federer fan as you are, in the sense that I always want him to win and so on. I don’t expect him to win very much these days, and that is because the evidence doesn’t seem to me to warrant such expectation.
Broadly speaking, there are two types of fan, aren’t there (although you can subdivide these, and so on): 1) the my country right or wrong type, and 2)the one who attempts (and always fails) to be objective, even about his favourite. I belong to the latter type, and I don’t say it is superior for one minute, I think we probably need both. But it is very easy for these two radically differing types to misunderstand each other.

b.t.w. if Federer really is carrying a light injury, and if he says he is I believe him he is not at all the type to make it up (although maybe he shouldn’t have mentioned it) I draw different conclusions concerning it than he does. It is actually rather an ominous sign, once these injuries start in the late twenties, they tend to recur.

Margot

I believe SG meant the pressure is on Murray because hitherto he has been able to excuse his final losses on having to play the great Federer at his inspirational best. That avenue is now closed to him. SG’s point hadn’t occured to me, but now that he brings it up, I can see its force.


i am it Says:

It was sad to see Fed lose, in part due to not being 100% healthy. I could see something was bothering him and, as a result, something was missing from his game. Hopefully he will get over with his leg and back problems and return 100% soon. Two weeks’ rest should be good enough to recuperate and get ready for the 2nd half of the hard court and win the US Open.

As a Del Potro fan, it was very sweet of Federer to say, “Obviously it’s a pity that Del Potro is not around, because I think he would have a run at world No. 1 or a run at another Grand Slam. It’s unfortunate for him.”

Murray and Djoko are still in it. My best wishes to both. What a change would it be to see these two in the final!


stu Says:

contador, i wish the Fed had gone thru as well, wouldn’t it have been awesome to see all 4 of them fight for it?

well, as long as i get my Nole-Muzza final I’ll be happy (no offense to Rafa the genius, but I’d like to see a new Wimbledon champion!)


Kimmi Says:

new wimbledon champ it is..go muzza :)


i am it Says:

Hello to Duro, Sar, Jane, Margot, Madmax, Daniel, Ben, Grendel, Huh, Contador, MMT, Kimmi, Kimo, Skeezer, all the T-xers.


fed is afraid Says:

roger is a sore loser.
what else is new.


skeezerweezer Says:

That’s it.

OUT


gypsy Says:

I do not usually post here, but I come here a lot. I do enjoy reading most of the posts here. I am a die hard Fed fan of the type, my country right or wrong. I am totally devastated that Fed lost today. may be he could have been a little more gracious, but he is a human being after all. This one has to be a bitter loss for him and to have to answer questions right away is always going to be very hard since he loves Wimbledon so much.

Some of the posters here are just awful, feasting on Fed’s loss. Never read such pure hatred. Wonder what Roger has done to make them hate him so much? Did he personally do something to you? You must know him really well to be able to form such a strong opinion of him.

Life happens, even to Roger Federer. We knew that he could not be at the top forever. What is amazing is how long he has been able to stay on top and play so amazingly well. I will always be a Fed fan. There is no shame in losing. He did not cheat or do some criminal activity. He just lost a tennis game. Now I am going to bed and cry my heart out. Tomorrow will be a better day.


Huh Says:

HEY MRS.MARGOT:

CONGRATS ON MUZZA REACHING THE SEMI AGAIN!
HOPEFULLY THIS TIME, OUR GUY’D MAKE IT TO THE FINAL THOUGH I GIVE A BIG EDGE TO RAFA IN THE NEXT MATCH.
I REMEMBER RAFA SAYING AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR THAT HIS PRIMARY AIM WAS TO AGAIN WIN THE FO AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, “REGAIN THE WIMBLEDON TITLE”!
AND NOW I DOUBT ANYONE CAN STOP HIM.

BUT I SHALL CONTINUE TO HOPE WITH YOU AS ALSO MILLIONS OF OTHER BRITISH TENNIS FANS AND MURRAY FANS THAT MURRAY WINS THE WIMBLEDON 2010! IF MURRAY BEATS RAFA, AND THAT’S A HUUUUUUUU…GE “IF”, HE, I THINK CAN LIFT THE WIMBLEDON TROPHY.

PRECISELY PUT:

MIND SAYS RAFA, BUT HEART SAYS MURRAY! :)


gypsy Says:

Just a thought about technology. I just read Jon Wertheim report “Without taking too much away from Berdych — or the modern-day player in general — when will tennis authorities consider the radical effects of “cheating string,” as it’s been called? Berdych won this match. But an assist to technology. As I tweeted during the fourth set, it sometimes looked like Federer was armed with a pager, Berdych with an iPhone.”

So where does technology and skill fit in tennis. In golf certain technologies are banned because they want to make sure that it is skill they are seeing.Will tennis go the same way?


madmax Says:

Wimbledon 2010: Roger Federer sees his Wimbledon aura drained by Tomas Berdych
Roger Federer’s aura of infallibility at the All England Club? It’s long gone, up the hill in the Wimbledon Village, having a pint in the Dog and Fox.

By Mark Hodgkinson
Published: 4:20PM BST 30 Jun 2010

Comment on this

Long goodbye: Roger Federer’s aura of invincibility has been eroded at Wimbledon Photo: PA Federer had been getting away with it during this fortnight. Not this time, though. Federer’s game was dismantled by his opponent’s unlovely, ungodly power.

Shockingly, Federer’s timing on Centre Court was more Timex than Rolex. That was not the only reason that Federer lost his Wimbledon title, and so will not appear in the Wimbledon final for the first time since 2002.

Federer lost because he was roughed-up on the lawn, because he could not deal with the weight of shot that was coming from the other side of the net.

Short of gripping Federer by the throat and pushing him up against the backstop beneath the Royal Box, Tomas Berdych could not have done more to unsettle the Swiss.

By the time Berdych was done, most of the felt would have come off the tennis balls, and Federer was out of Wimbledon with his earliest defeat for eight years.

Federer came here hoping to win a seventh Wimbledon title; and yet he ended up with a four-set defeat to the world No 13. In truth, Federer has not been himself since he beat Andy Murray in the final of January’s Australian Open to win his sixteenth grand slam title.

Since Melbourne, Federer has failed to win another title at any level. That is partly because of the lung infection he had just after the Aussie Open. But you would have thought that Federer would have gone back to being Federer at Wimbledon.

When Federer dropped off his keys for his rented house at the end of last summer’s Championships, he was the world No 1, the French Open champion and the Wimbledon champion; now he has dropped to second in the rankings, and he has lost his titles on both sides of the Channel.

When Federer lost to Sweden’s Robin Soderling in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, it was the first time for six years that he had failed to reach a semi-final of a slam. At the next slam, reaching the last four has again been beyond him.

Federer has suggested that he wants to continue playing for many more years, so he can show his twin girls, who were born last summer, what he does for a living.

And yet, if he starts regularly losing in the quarter-finals of slams, you have to wonder how much longer the Swiss is going to stick around for. Many more of these quarter-final defeats at the slams, and Federer is going to be pushed into retirement.

Perhaps Federer could blame Murray for this. For years, people have been saying that Berdych has the talent to go deep into slams, just that he lacked the mental software to go with the hardware of his racket arm, that he did not trust himself enough.

It was Berdych’s fourth-round victory over Murray at this year’s French Open, when he out-hit the Scot on the clay of Roland Garros, that helped to persuade the Czech that he had the game to be a force at the slams. He went on to make his first semi-final at a major. And now this.

A second Sunday at Wimbledon without Federer is going to feel very strange indeed, akin to Wimbledon without the strawberries and the hanging ivy.

Grendel – no hard feelings. You view of two different type of fans. There is a third. Those fans who say they are tennis fans, but are not. Only here to spread lies. You know who they are.

Like I said. There will always be Roger Federer THE BEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME for me. But I can appreciate others. I dont bad mouth other players. Which is why it upsets me hugely when there are posters here who just come on to say “Fed is over”, “Fed is not a gentleman”, bla bla bla. It’s ridiculous psychology.

It’s a horrible feeling, like gypsey said. A strange one for me, but a first in terms of understanding that Federer has lost his aura of invincibility. Well and truly. That however, (looking at the positives) is GREAT for tennis. It means that others have a chance. 8 years at the top? Crazy stats! COME ON!

I don’t think nadal has played smoothly and I am not a fan of his game, but I respect him as a player, a fighter and if he wins wimbledon then good luck to him. He will surely have earnt it.

But for me, only faithful to Roger Federer. I am understanding that this is a different phase for him. I only wish the best for him in recovery of his aches and pains and I am sure he will have less pressure going into the USOpen, no one will expect him to win and if he doesn’t win another slam it doesn’t matter to me. He has given me so much for 8 years at Wimbledon. Unmatched. No one comes close.

I enjoyed Dolgobov – Ukrainian player – I will be watching out for him in the future.

I’m done tonight.


guy Says:

i don’t think the problem is the injury talk from fed it’s his general dismissiveness of other players that shines through.
he’s been doing it for years.

seems berdych was a little bothered by comments fed made before the match about basically being able to handle thomas and dismissing the loss earlier in the year etc.


zola Says:

gypsy,

Interesting note from Wertheim. What is Berdych’s weapon? seems like everybody is making excuses for Roger, which is too bad. Roger was losing to Falla too. was Falla using new technology?
Or has anybody banned Roger from using modern racquets and strings?
Berdych was winning Roger in AO and FO too. But he choked. Today he did not.


Kimmi Says:

zola – do you also think soderling choked today?


dari Says:

MADMAx
Thank you for your reply. I ABSOLUTELY trust you and your shorthand. I’ve actually been seeing some of these bits and pieces in articles on the web.
Also thanks for reminding me not to get far on that topic with tanyaharfing. It’s not even like me to respond to that kind of mess, I just couldn’t believe she wad saying such a thing at such a time!
Oh, tennis, you make me feel more than I should!


Kimmi Says:

zola – or haase and Petz, do you also think they choked when the lost to nadal?


grendel Says:

All the really great players secretly believe that they are by far the best, which by implication is dismissive of other players and – as the great sprinter Linford Christie remarked – will always have excuses for why they lost. This applies to Nadal every bit as much as it applies to Federer. Every bit. The difference, however, is that he is surrounded by a team extremely conscious of public relations, Federer isn’t.

If you read Fed’s interview today, it is full of excuses and rationalisations – which Berdych, incidentally, picked up on. The day Federer stops doing this, that will be the day when he no longer believes he can win, and just plays, so to speak, for fun. Nadal is more circumspect and careful, but as a player, he is every bit as arrogant as Federer – personally, I find him much more so, but that’s subjective, of course.


jattjazzy Says:

After rogers exit from wimby, surely he has not played as the Fed we all know but I mean, lets look at fed ater the aussie open..It seems he is currently carrying certain injury since that time..Not sure he has not divulged any details about it but making it till only the quarters of Grand Slams, points to the fact that its not just his form, it might have to do something with his health also.. Losing to Montanes in portugal..tells there may be definitely wrong with Fed with some injury issue…He is not the type to make any injury excuse after losing..
All in all, I think he does not like Berdych by his reaction at the net after the match was over..he did not at all compliment him which was a little bit sad :(


zola Says:

Kimmi,

If someone is two sets up and is serving for the match and has difficulty closing a match because of nerves, I would say that is choking. Soderling only won one set. he was never in the position to win the match.


Kimmi Says:

I don’t remember bedych serving for the match. he lost the 3rd set at the AO on a tie breaker..which is a shoot out then after he lost the tie breaker he got dissapointed just like soderling today.


zola Says:

grendel

****
If you read Fed’s interview today, it is full of excuses and rationalisations – which Berdych, incidentally, picked up on. The day Federer stops doing this, that will be the day when he no longer believes he can win, and just plays, so to speak, for fun. Nadal is more circumspect and careful, but as a player, he is every bit as arrogant as Federer – personally, I find him much more so, but that’s subjective, of course.

****

Interesting! Roger says those words and you have to attack Nadal?


zola Says:

Kimmi,
if it comforts you, all the players who play against Rafa have choked! Geez, some sour grapes! I am out of here!


dari Says:

Grendel, I really like your thinking in that last post. I am a federer fan, and I was kind of glad to see him pissy, because this and future matches are supremely important to him.


Kimmi Says:

zola, if you cannot make a discussin without getting all wind up then don’t make comments you cannot prove with facts.

i don’t see any sour grape comments from me. I am sad yes fed lost but believe me no sour grapes here. berdych is a very good player, and i respect him for going out there and win it today…but federer fought his heart out in their previous matches too, he hang in their..so he deserve some credit. Life, tennis goes on.


zola Says:

One more thing,
I know it is hard to see your favorite lose. It could have happened to Rafa today or it might happen on Friday. But they come back and improve and get healthier and everything goes back to normal. Whatever Federer says or does, he is still considered perhaps the best in the history of tennis and this is just one loss.He will be back.


madmax Says:

grendel,

If you read Fed’s interview today, it is full of excuses and rationalisations – which Berdych, incidentally, picked up on.

Berdych didn’t pick up on it.
You need to read his (Berdych) interview in full, he was asked the question by a journalist, you should read the journalist’s question FIRST before you analyse Berdych’s response. It wasn’t exactly what federer said.

This is the problem when things are reported third hand.

I think Federer (and I have said this many times), is misinterpreted), this is instant fodder for fed haters, who read more into it than what there is.

Fed should have won the match – this is what a champion believes. What is wrong with him saying this? He didnt take advantage of break points or key moments, when he should have, what is wrong with this? this is the mind of a champion, not a loser. The moment he says yes, I should have lost that match, I played rubbish? – he actually didnt play that badly. His serve wasnt on, and his placement was more suspect this time around.

Berdych took his chances and they paid off, but more than this, he had the right mindset. He believed in himself more and this was the difference.

Federer is more vulnerable. It is “here we go again” with the talk of him being over. Let it ride. I have to think of the 8 years it has been since he lost at wimbledon. Say that number again Federer fans, 8 years. That’s right. The bar has been set high. It is time for new players who have caught up to have their moment, that is not to say that federer has had his day. He will still come back for more and I sincerely hope that he doesnt lose that motivation. But then I am being selfish for wanting more. It is entirely up to him. What else is there for him to prove?

Can he really still be THAT hungry? We’ll just have to wait and see.

He is the defending champion of USO, but I think this result at Wimbledon blows that one apart, so I wish for a renewed and invigorated Federer after a break for him. As long as he keeps believing in himself, then he gives himself a chance. That is all we can hope for right now.


Seth Says:

A bit sad that Fed lost, but not so much considering that such a thing was bound to happen, that age and flagging motivation would catch up to him sooner or later. But I have to say that I really hope that Big Man Bash Bash tennis doesn’t completely evolve into the order of the day. There’s not a lot of joy in watching a Soderling (even though I was sure he would beat Nadal, oops) or a Del Potro or a Berdych or an Isner repeatedly crank serves out of a tree and then murder a 115 mph forehand to the corner.


LoveTennis Says:

grendel : What you are talking? When did u see Nadal being arrogant? He always respect the other player as well as the crowd, just to refresh your memmory, please compare how Nadal reacted in Australian Open after winning against Federer and how Federer reacted against Roddick in Wimbe last year, please not ever for fun dont not disrespect players. So when u have nothing to talk about Fed you pick Nadal? what a shame, that shows your character.


zola Says:

Kimmi,
did I ever say Federer did not deserve credit? If he wasn’t there, he couldn’t win the match. A match is played by two people. If Federer did not play well and up his game, he would have lost them in straights.


Seth Says:

Strangely, I find myself wanting to root for Djoko now that Fed is out. I take no joy in Berdych’s howitzer-like game. I have a hard time rooting for my favorite all-time player’s greatest rival (Nadal), even though I respect Rafa a great deal. And I’ve just never been able to get onboard the Murray train. Djokovic it is! Go Nole!


Dan Martin Says:

Federer seemed flat all tournament long. I think Berdych deserves credit for taking a big win at the biggest venue. He served huge, saved a bunch of break points in the 4th set, and smashed his forehand. Federer looked rushed and Berdych rushed him. Cahill discussed how Berdych controlled the tempo of the match. I agree. Good win for Berdych. I think Murray-Nadal ought to be quite good. Berdych has a shot, but Djoker’s warm-up suit to meet the queen has me thinking he might just do it. Nothing scientific about that opinion, but when my wife and I saw that clip I said I think he’s going to win Wimbledon.


Von Says:

blank:

It appears that we’ve both struck out with respect to Roddick, and you’ve also struck out with Fed. All I can say is better luck next year.

Both guys have lost a lot of points, and I don’t know where Roddick will land in the Top 10. I’d say, just eye-balling the figures that he’ll be No. 10, and last on the totem pole, hanging on by his finger-tips. I wonder if he’s re-thinking his decision to not play for those 7 weeks that he took off and was playing around on the Hawaiian beaches with the double-decker. What a tough price to pay for some fun, but if anything life has taught some of us, is that we should grab those opportunities to have fun when they arise. Because according to Shakespeare, one of the four things that come not back, is the *lost opportunity*. Fame and fortune is good, but happiness trumps them all.

________________
Zola: I don’t think Soderling choked in his match vs. Rafa. How could he? He’s been there and done that before, viz., playing vs. Rafa at the GS level, so it’s fair to say, Soderling was just out manoeuvred and out-played by Rafa. Mazel tov.
________________

Well,Huh, in case you don’t realize it, Tanya Harding, is none other than her other movie star counterpart/twin. CB is the crystal baller, who makes predictions, and the *I told you so*, as well as being a Roddick/Fed (?) basher. Tanya (s/b Tonya) Harding, the other twin, and the evil ice skater, is a Fed basher, and a Nadal lover. It’s always the same with Sybil you know, AID = Associative Identity Disorder. So please don’t get all riled up over Sybil’s musings wil ya. The gujys with the black van and white coats are still watching the world cup. LOL.


Huh Says:

“Kimmi Says:
zola – or haase and Petz, do you also think they choked when the lost to nadal?”

C’mon,of course they choked! Is there any doubt about it that you are asking somebody? If Petz did not choke, Nadal mighta lost in 4 sets! And even today, if Sod didn’t choke in the key 3rd set TB, zola’d be mourning by now!


Kimmi Says:

zola – I ask about soderling because i thought nadal played a very good tactical match today. soderling chance was that 3rd set tie breaker, and he knew it. he shanked the ball on a very important point and then tie breaker kind of run away from him..was that shank a choke? some would say yes and some would say no..as he could not make any impact on nadal serve ( i think that tie breaker was lost only on one point). soderling then got too dissapointed to fight it out in the 4th..he did not show much resistance like the previous sets imo.

exactly what happened to tsonga against murray today. some people said tsonga choked on that that 2nd set tie breaker. he let go on a ball that bounce in..big point that changed the whole match.

You see, there is a fine line between choking and pressure from the opponent which cause the error.


Fot Says:

I just got on line and haven’t had time to go back and read all the comments. I just want to give my comments about Roger’s match:

Roger has made me enjoy tennis so much in the past that I can’t even be upset about this loss. I mean, when he lost the 2008 Wimbledon to Nadal, I cried (literally cried) and was sad for over a week. That was the worse I ever felt after a Roger loss. I also kept saying to myself that if Roger could just get that 1 French Open and somehow break Pete’s record, I would be satisfied. I really wanted that to happen, but after 2008′s Wimbledon, even I doubted that it would happen. But Roger came back in the US Open that year and my spirits picked up.

When he finally won the French and broke the record in 2009, I then said “I’m happy and I’m satisfied”. Roger had fulfilled everything that I could hope to wish for. So from then on out, I viewed all of his losses differently. I say “oh well – he can’t win them all’! And then I said that if he does anything else from this time forward – it’s all a bonus for me. The Australian Open this year was a ‘bonus’ for me. I was a little sad when the SF streak ended, but heck – it had to end sometimes. But now – I’m sad when he loses, but I’m not devastated. I just say “oh well, he lost”. So even if he drops out of the top 100 – nothing can take away what Roger has already done. I’m ‘satisfied’ and will be a fan of his always!

—————
Now, I want to congratulate the fans of all the winners today: Djokovic’s fans (he has great fans here on the forum); Berdych’s fans (if he has any out there? lol); Murray fans and finally all the great Nadal fans here. It should be 2 interesting SF matches, especially if they all play up to their capabilities. It should be exciting (even though Roger is out). I’ll be watching them all!


Huh Says:

“If Federer did not play well and up his game, he would have lost them in straights.”

If straight setting Fed at slams or masters was that easy, every tom, dick or harry would be doing it! And moreover, it’s not like hypotheses like “if Fed didn’t play well and up his game” applies to Fed only, the same also applies against Berdy. It’s also safe to say that if Berdy didn’t play well and up his game, he too mighta lost in straight sets, and this argument is even more convincing coz after all is said and done, Fed still leads Berdy 8-3 in H2H and has slams while Berdych has none. I hope Nole to beat Berdy and put all these hypotheses and assumptions to peaceful rest.


gypsy Says:

Nadal respect his opponent? Give me a break. When he lost to Lubejic at Indian Wells, he said the loss was an accident. When he lost to Roddick in Miami he said it was his knees. And he has been talking about how his knee hurts and how he is on antiinflammatories this last week. My head is spinning, now my knes are hurting, now it’s not. Grendel is right, they all do it.

Zola, I read some articles that have commented on the new string technology. What I understand that it gives a lot of power and accuracy to each shots. I know for a fact that they have banned a lot of the new technologies that have helped golfers win with them. may be Fed should change his racquet, may be he is stubborn and wants to rely on his skills rather than technology. Or you should contact Jon Wertheim and ask him what he means.


Von Says:

Dan: Please excuse my belated *Congratulations* to you and your wife on your great/large bundle of joy. My son was 9 pounds and I wasn’t scared to hold him. It’s an added bonus when they are that big as they don’t appear so fragile. Enjoy your great bundle of joy. Here’s something for you:

http://newbabysavingsguide.com/2008/07/31/words-from-a-very-lucky-daddy-to-all-new-parents/

Below is your buddy Wertheim’s take on Fed’s loss:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/jon_wertheim/06/30/federer.upset/index.html


grendel Says:

Zola – my bad. I should have said who I was responding to. Guy had just made a sanctimonious little comment on Federer, saying how dismissive he had been of other players over the years, and I wanted to point out that appearances can be deceptive. Federer always puts his foot in his mouth, Nadal never does but is always extremely careful, very considered and not in the least spontaneous, about how he responds. But by their fruits ye shall know them and to me, and to be fair to other people I know who are not Federer fans, Nadal is supremely arrogant on the court – and he wouldn’t be the player he is if he wasn’t. And he very much comes across to me as someone who does not believe he can lose if other things are equal, which basically refers to his health.

People are entitled to view their heroes through rose tinted specs, but heroes are heroes for a reason – and I repeat, the day Nadal stops his gamesmanship and his arrogant strutting, the day Federer is candid about his failings, that will be the day when these guys no longer think they can win.


vinod Says:

DEL POTRO Please come back soon ….


WTF Says:

Cindy must be shattered.


Huh Says:

gypsy:

You need to know that some people would tend to find fault in everyone who speaks a word in federer’s favour, no matter how sound, analytical, logical, scientific and fact-based their opinions might be!


sheila Says:

roger may not be as consistent as he once was, but 16 slams is a lot of good years and quite frankly, i dont believe any of these young guns will equal that other than rafa nadal. it was obvious that roger losing early in majors was going to set his critics on a roll.


goat galz Says:

I’m hoping Berdych gets to the finals.

Oh Von, jealous again that journeyman Roddick couldn’t beat a Lu or Gabashvili? ROFL

Roddick did the pummeling of Lu for 5 hours and softeneend him up

Yes Von, he pummeled and pummeled and still couldn’t finish the job on #82.
You want some cheese with that whine?


zola Says:

Kimmi,
If it bothers you that I say Berdych choked, I won’t say it because that is mot my purpose. To me choking is giving away a win. If someone is ahead and can’t close a match.

It is not to undermine Federer or Rafa or any other player. On the contrary, to me it shows how scary they are to the other player. That aura of invincibility…

FoT
hugs to you for today. But these guys are champions and will come back fitter and stronger.
As I wrote before, he is no stranger to the GS silverware. He has 16 of them! Maybe Mirka said :”Honey we do not have room for another one. I will have our new cabinet by US Open”! :) so cheer up!

About strings,….Roger has recently changed his racket. He is using Wilson’s highest technology. Berdych uses Dunlop Aerogel racket ( from the ATP page). I am not sure what strings he is using.

I don’t care about Jon wertheim. I wrote my comment here because it was mentioned here and I found it a bit strange to talk about strings just when Roger loses . Anyway, if Roger needs new strings he can find them.


sar Says:

I am so sad for all the Fed fans here. Fed will be back, you’ll see. I wanted him and Nadal if Djokovic didn’t make it.


tennisfansince76 Says:

sheila 16 slams is good. but I want 18. I don’t know why. maybe it was a couple of years ago at the 2008 AO when Roger was still riding a wave of almost invincibility, Pete Sampras said Roger could win 18. now that # stuck in my head and I want 18.


Huh Says:

gypsy:

I am speaking to you keeping in mind the wortheim report and also those who’re ready to pounce on jon wortheim for him opining about Fed’s disadvantage in terms of string technology with re: other guys (keeping things in perspective and laying down an interesting take of his).


zola Says:

grendel,
it is just a game!Players win and lose and win millions and fans spend hours discussing what they did or said!

You are right . everyone is entitled to their opinion. I see more personal fights here than on ESPN!


sar Says:

Berdych has a shot, but Djoker’s warm-up suit to meet the queen has me thinking he might just do it. Nothing scientific about that opinion, but when my wife and I saw that clip I said I think he’s going to win Wimbledon.

Dan I hope you are right! If he won that he might retire and become a stand-up comedian.haha


tennisfansince76 Says:

its going to be tough though


Huh Says:

“sar Says:
I am so sad for all the Fed fans here. Fed will be back, you’ll see.”

NOW THAT’S THE KIND OF NICE WORDS WHICH CONTAIN KINDNESS AND GRACIOUSNESS IN EVERY BIT OF IT! YOU MADE MY DAY! HOPEFULLY YOUR NOLE WOULD SEND BERDYCH PACKING AND REACH THE FINAL.


tennisfansince76 Says:

delpo won’t be a serious force before next year. he cant be back until after the USO.


WTF Says:

If you want to make easy money with sports betting just take all of Sean’s picks and bet on the opposite outcome. Thank me later.


tenisbebe Says:

sar – yes I’ll be there for the womens and the mens, 2 weeks basically. Do you still have my e-mail address? Ping me and let me know if you are attending and what dates.


Von Says:

@5:42 pm, Pavlov’s bell is ringing again.


Duro Says:

Huh, thanks for your felicitations. I’m joining Sar there. You wrote an obituary to Roger after the match, but too early and unnecessary. You all must be prepared for his aging and lesser results, but still, he’s a force out there to be very seriously count on and a title contender on every tournament he enters. He’s a gentleman, aristocratic, artist, the miracle of that sport. The greatest tennis player that ever lived. Period. Be proud.


Twocents Says:

grendel@4:25pm:

“The day Federer stops doing this, that will be the day when he no longer believes he can win, and just plays, so to speak, for fun.”

You nailed, man! That’s exactly why I had this big smirk on my face whenever I hear the great Fed dismissed doubts after FO09. The more Fed is pissed off, the better tennis Fed fans can hope for!

And I’m glad to see Tomas lashed back: of course it’s much more fun to see young guns to speak their own minds than speak PR scripts.

Good effort, Fed. And Congrats, Tomas!


Fot Says:

Well, I have to go somewhere. But it’s been great talking here. As a Federer fan, I hate reading some of the comments about Roger whenever he loses. Some people are telling Rogoer he should ‘retire!. The man has already said he loves tennis…now some of these folks want him to leave the game. Amazing. When Borg did that, he got talked about for leaving too soon. Now Roger is being talked about for staying too long! lol! Go figure!

Anyway – been great reading your post. See you guys later.


tenisbebe Says:

Am so happy for Rafa, woo hoo!!! He had a crap 12 months & now it’s turning around. I am/was rooting for either Roddick or Rafa to take the title. Wouldn’t be disappointed if Murray took it either. FYI Cahill picked Berdych to win this a.m. on ESPN.
1% chance for Fed to get #1 back by end of year.


tenisbebe Says:

Duro – Congrats and very well said re: Federer. All of these eulogies are unnecessary.


Twocents Says:

My fellow Fed fans, heads high.

Consider it a bonus that we had 4 wins from our man at WO2010. He could have withdrawn.

And consider it a miracle that Fed’s had 7 consecutive WO finals and 6 wins, when that weak back of his almost forced him to withdraw his QF against F. Lopez at WO 2003. Back injury is no joke. Not only he won in 2003, he bagged 16 biggies in 7 years!

And consider it a long overdued right that Fed sinks to no.3. He should have been no.3 back in 11/2008, had he not attended TMC08 with a bad back, had Roddick not withdrawn last minute gifting Fed a precious 50 points (since Stepaneck sub’ed in without his own racquet :-)). Novak is a well-deserving no.2.

And cut Fed and yourself some slack that Fed talked about injury in his post-match presser. If you feel down from this loss, the 6 time champion must feel 100x. It’s better he let his rant out sooner! And it’s not like he attacked his opponent. Delusional or not, Fed is entitled his opinion. And me for one, never doubted his injuries, and never believed his fitness myth.

And finally, isn’t it a miracle that Fed will be a slam title holder until 01/2011, giving how poor his form is lately?

Boy, I just wish Roddick could have caught this break!


grendel Says:

Zola – there was a famous manager of the English football club Liverpool who, when somebody said to him “to you, football is life and death” Bill Shankley replied “oh, it’s much more important than that”. He also made this interesting remark:”A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are. In my time at Anfield we always said we had the best two teams on Merseyside, Liverpool and Liverpool reserves.” (the joke here is that there is another great football team in Merseyside, Everton).

It’s the same in all the major sports, today more than ever, long gone are the cavalier days of Lew Hoad. Plenty of PR for the camera etc, but in reality it’s tough and ruthless. What does it mean to say it’s only a game? You could say life is only a game, and indeed some Buddhists believe exactly that, but that’s not something most of us could easily relate to I wouldn’t have thought.

When Boris Becker made his famous comment after losing unexpectedly in the 3rd round to a relatively unknown Australian (I think he was 19, then), it went along the lines of “I lost a tennis match, not a war, no one was killed” he was doing what all great champions do (according to Linford Christie, and I’m in the Christie camp), and rationalising, trying to play something down which was actually devestating to him. It wasn’t just hurt pride, I don’t think. He instinctively knew that he had to keep his self-belief intact if he was to continue as a champion.

Hamlet – you know, that famous ditherer – would ave been hopeless on the sportsfield, however talented he might have been.


Twocents Says:

grendel,

Wasn’t it 2nd round in 1987 the two-time defending chamipon BB lost to Duro Coohan (?)? That line from Becker made me a life time fan of his :-)).


tennisfansince76 Says:

grendel i don’t know that buddhists think life is a game more like a dream. while in the dream everything in it seems real and important. after you wake up it is all ephemeral and unreal. I once heard a lama say that most everything other than what leads to liberation and enlightenment that happens is mickey mouse ( like disneyland). it is all mostly distraction. but anyway following tennis and reading tennis x blog is a distraction I enjoy. it probably won’t help me much when I die but nevertheless its a pleasant way to pass some time.


gypsy Says:

I am always amazed at what Fed has accomplished and how he has stayed on top. When he was written off in 08 he was still able to come back and give us a few more slams. It seems crazy making to me that some are calling for Fed to retire. He lost to Berdych, who played amazingly well and deserved to win. But, has he won a slam, and how many tournaments has he won compared to Fed. Fed has put in more court time than most because he has been able to win so many and go deep in many other tournaments.Fed is still has love for the game and he still wants to compete, it is his life and he should be able to live it and do what he enjoys.

And why do some people feel so threatened when Fed fans praise him. So what if he is a little arrogant or pissy occasionally. He has never applied for sainthood, nor have I seen any halo around his head. So give him a break, he gets upset and sad and angry just like we all do. I like fed the way he is and would have him any other way.
I respect the other players too. They all have good and bad. And any player can be beaten on any given day. It is just amazing that it has taken so long for Fed to be beaten, during his so called declining years.


zola Says:

grendel,

to the players it is perhaps more than just a game. But it should not be more than life or death. It should be part of life not all of it. Otherwise one loss or one win will change everything for them. They have life beyond tennis as well.

but for the fans, it IS really a game. we are not playing. But sometimes we are more fierce than the players themselves.

I love that line from Becker. Excellent.

Of course players get crushed by losses. But they don’t die because they lost to a player. I remember Hewitt lost really badly ( maybe in wimbledon). The reporter asked what is he going to do and he said, I will go and think about it and will come back! Isn’t it what most of the players do? This is the way they improve. Learn something from a defeat. If it is ijury, take care of the body. If it is technique go learn something new.

this is what I love about sport. The ability to turn something negative to something positive. So , yes, it is not life and death. A loss does not mean death. It means more hard work ahead.


tennislover Says:

Twocents,
It was actually Peter Doohan who pulled off that shocking upset. I think he was in his mid-20s then. I also think it was the second round. I agree with grendel that a player as fiercely competitive as Becker must have been devastated by that loss even though he put a philosophical spin on it. He was the top seed and the hot favorite to win the tournament and he considered Wimbledon his backyard until Sampras made it his own.


grendel Says:

Two Cents – oh, was it second round? I think the Aussie was called Peter Dooley, but I wouldn’t swear to it.

Zola, you may love the Becker line, and it was certainly a quick and witty response but you know, he didn’t say it with a merry smile on his face. He was pretty damn annoyed, and I believe he was playing it down to try and retrieve something from the ruins. And that’s absolutely normal. I don’t believe fans are more fierce than players – they save their ferocity for the real thing. Their public comments are largely a charade.

And Zola, Bill Shankley was, in his dry way, joking. Mostly – perhaps not entirely…


zola Says:

grendel,

Federer’s life is not all about tennis anymore. he has a wife, kids, another life, all his accomplishments. So he can say : “so what I lost one match”.

I don’t think people can survive if their whole life is based on one thing.


zola Says:

Von,

Sorry, Just saw your post.

First of all I am sorry to see Roddick out. he has been working so hard and has been in the final so many times. I really wished for him to go much deeper and if not Rafa, I wanted him to win.

About Soderling. I agree. I don’t think he choked either. He has won Rafa twice ( at least) before. I think Rafa solved him at the end of the first set and never gave him a chance.

Rafa used to be beaten by power hitters who targeted his forehand . He has changed his game a bit to overcome that and I think he has been successful. Well, we will see!


danica Says:

Von,
Hewitt is a better player than Roddick at this time. Saying that Novak faced no real competitors and that Andy did all the hard work in that quarter is … you know what. Sorry that your man lost but curb your jealousy if you can. As for the semis on Friday, hope Nole wins and goes all the way.


tenisbebe Says:

Danica – You are smoking dope girl-Hewitt looks like a better competitor at this point but not a better player, please. As for curbing the jealousy, everyone on this site should take that advice. I don’t see Nole doing it – not enough heart yet but good luck to him.


grendel Says:

Madmax

I did read the Berdych interview in full. I’ll give just a couple of quotes:

Q. Roger said he had some physical problems; that his back and leg were bothering him. What did you notice and what is your reaction to him saying that?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, I don’t know if he just looking for some excuses after the match or something like that. I mean, it happened to all of us. You know, I think he’s been every time when he played, he was I think hundred percent ready. ….

Also,
Q. He also said he was unlucky and that he definitely gave the match away. What are your thoughts about that?

TOMAS BERDYCH: I don’t know in which point he was saying that he was unlucky, if any specific moment or something.

Q. He was saying generally or on big points.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Okay. I mean, yeah, maybe you can take it for both ways. You can say that he was unlucky or you can say that maybe the opponent was a little bit better and he just won the big points against him. In his position, then he lost the match.

After that, Berdych is more diplomatic – you can almost see him thinking that he’d better not be too outspoken about the game’s biggest legend. Also, to be honest, you can’t always understand what he’s saying. Like Davydenko, he speaks English rapidly but without it always making sense – at least to me. But I think the bits I quote are clear enough.

You say, Madmax:”Fed should have won the match – this is what a champion believes. What is wrong with him saying this? He didnt take advantage of break points or key moments, when he should have, what is wrong with this? this is the mind of a champion, not a loser. ”

Well, you know, I agree absolutely with this – that this is Fed’s take. But that doesn’t mean I have to accept it all verbatim myself. My priorities, being a mere armchair observer, are a little bit different to Federer’s. Frankness is not the first concern of sporting champions, any more than it is of politicians. I personally find Federer far more honest, even when he is equivocating, than Nadal who always strikes me a as a spinner par excellence. No pun intended. Others think quite differently. Up to them.

I thought Fed was generally outplayed, I thought his return of the second serve was consistently poor – mystifying why he didn’t try something different, but that’s part of Fed’s makeup; his stubborness has been a very positive quality for him, but it can let him down, too; and his fh wasn’t too impressive, either.

But, Madmax, you never know. Fed may come back and surprise us all – the AO was a surprise really. Then you’ll have the last laugh, and sincerely, I hope you do.

b.t.w., somewhere you said you liked the Ukranian Dolgopov – I agree, he’s quite something.


Dan Martin Says:

My wife, baby son and I watched all of the quarters matches today before being discharged (great luck on our part). We left the hospital 5 minutes after Murray closed out Tsonga. Good timing by the staff to discharge us at the right time. My son was not much luck for Roger today, but I have no complaints. Watching your first Wimbledon matches with a child is something to treasure regardless of the results.


Von Says:

Danica: Sorry to disappoint you, but I’m far from being jealous. Tenn is is a sport, and i don’t become jealous over a sport. I never expected Roddick to do well at Wimbledon, after I saw the draw, as he had two p;roblems, (1) he was un grooved, and (2) he had a very tough draw. He he was off the tolr for too long. I hope he learns from this loss that all things in moderation.

Take a look at Roddick’s competitiors and Djokovic’s and tell me who had the toughest path. I could never be jealous of Djokovic as he’s not got the heart and wherewithal to be the type of player I admire. He complains/whines too much and never gives his opponent credit when he loses. Not to mention his on-court histrionics and physical problems. To quote H: ‘There’s always something wrong with him”. To me, that’s building up some kinda negative reputation, but I won’t go there.

And, whenever he loses, it’s the usual litany from him *it was more me making the errors than him hitting winners*, that’s his plaintive cry. Have you ever heard Roddick say that kinda stuff whenever he loses? Never, and the day he starts to talk like that, then that’s the day I stop rooting for him.

Djoker faced a worn-out Hewitt, and that’s the way I see it. Roddick came into Wimby ungrooved and faced a very tough set of players. Spin it whichever way you want to, but that’s how I honestly feel, and I’ve said so since the draw came out. You can go back and look at the threads, it’s all there. And, as far as blogging goes, I’m entitled to my opinion on the matter, and so are you.

I’ll go on record here, by saying that I hope Berdych goes through to the finals, as he did the hard work by taking out Fed, not Djokovic. It’s only fair, don’t you think?


Von Says:

tenisbebe: How are you? It’s been a long time since you’ve been on this site posting. Anyway, it’s good to see you weighing in and adding some of your insightful posts.


Von Says:

Zola: Thank you for your kind words. Andy’s loss was due to too much of Andy’s fun and frolicking. LOL.

Yes, I believe Soderling was fairly beaten and no ifs and buts about choking — he didn’t choke.

I don’t think flat power hitters are a problem for Rafa nowadays — that was a thing of the past. He keeps improving slowly but surely and I wish him all the best in his upcoming matches. Don’t worry, be happy!!


skeezerweezer Says:

Dan,

Thanks for sharing about your newborn. Very cool :)

Your 5:04 post. Birdy gets all the credit for sure. However, IMO which has been a Fed constant after AO, WHEN he gets some BP opportunities he hits lame ducks. I mean he had a great chance a couple of times getting a second serve from Birdy in BPO’s, and havin a good look at it, and dumped in the net. Ex; -40 4th set? I know Birdy had some great stuff to hold, but…..Frustrating. I saw the match, and was typical. The thing is, don’t you think his opponents know now? They look at his stats, and think, don’t get discourage if you get behind on your serve, cause Fed is weak at BP opportunities. Then things can rabidly turn into a snowball effect. It’s like golf, your not putting well it can ( some cases can’t, I know ) effect the rest of your game. And as someone said awhile back, Sampras had the serve to singularly carrying him in the later stages of his career on grass. Fed hasn’t proven that.

And as far as some posters comment that he will make it to the quarters at least from now on, and that is a good thing, I suggest this;

What you should be looking at, is what kind of game is beating Fed? Gulbis overpowered him, Birdy did, Sod did, Rafa has. When is the last time Fed got beat by someone who is not known for a power game. Hewitt? Who else? ANYONE he meets in the tourney who has a consistent power game in any round has proven to give Fed trouble, no?

Me hopes he takes a Looooooong vacation and re-tools his game, motivation. As a fan, I don’t know if I want to see him come back and play like he did this spring, better to call it a day and admire the records, but I am sure other Fed fans will disagree. I respect that.

Regardless, I for one am still forever thankful to live in the era of the GOAT.


Huh Says:

MRS.VON:

REALLY SORRY TO HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO REPLY TO YOU EARLIER, HOPE YOU WON’T MIND. :)

THANKS FOR YOUR KINDEST WORDS AND AGAIN GIVING ME HINTS ABOUT SOME EVIL PERSONS ON THIS SITE. BUT I’M SURE THEY’RE MORE VACILLATIONS AND HATRED THAN ANYTHING ELSE.
I AM ACTUALLY MORE SAD ABOUT RODDICK NOT BEING ABLE TO WIN WIM THAN I AM ABOUT FED NOT GOING DEEPER. FED’S ALREADY WON 6 WIMBLEDON TITLES, SO I MUST NOT BE TERRIBLY SAD FOR HIM. FED’S 16 GS AND MANY OTHER BIG TITLES, SO I AM SURE HE IS HAPPY AND NOT GOING TO SPEND SLEEPLESS NIGHTS ON TODAY’S LOSS. DO YOU REMEMBER MRS.VON, WHEN I SAID THAT IT’S HIGHLY UNLIKELY THAT FED’LL REACH 8 WIM FINALS IN A ROW?
DESPITE ALL THAT I HAVE SAID, I THINK AND I SINCERELY HOPE FOR FED TO WIN AT LEAST ONE MORE GS TITLE BEFORE RETIRING. THAT’S ALL I WANT AND WISH FOR HIM. OF COURSE I’D BE LOVING THE MOST FOREVER. AND ABOUT OUR OWN GUY “ROD”, I MOST WANT HIM TO FULFILL HIS DREAM OF WINNING JUST ONE WIM AS THE OTHER 3 DREAMS OF WINNING USO, BECOMING NO.1 AND LEADING HIS COUNTRYMEN TO DAVIS CUP VICTORY HAS BEEN ALREADY FULFILLED.

SO LET’S SAY BEST OF LUCK TO OUR RESPECTIVE MOST FAVE GUYS: FED AND ROD.

BEST OF LUCK ROD!

BEST OF LUCK FED!


Huh Says:

“Von Says:

@5:42 pm, Pavlov’s bell is ringing again.”

Lol Mrs.Von! ;)


FedisGOAT Says:

I very well remember seeing an interview of Roger on TV in early rounds at the start of Wimbledon this year where he mentioned he’s fit and healthy and that’s most important. He also particularly mentioned Nadal who missed Wimby last year due to his knees. So now, he’s being honest about his injuries, but what was that all about being healthy at the start of Wimbledon?


Huh Says:

WELCOME BACK “I AM IT”.


zola Says:

Dan Martin,

Congratulations for the arrival of your son and thanks for sharing the story with us. All the best to you and your family. If I remember correctly he has an older sister, about two years old? kisses to both of them and best wishes for the mom and you.


tennis coach Says:

Von, are you kidding!!?? What are you talking about. I think you mixed up the players in your commentary.

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