Nadal Up to Gilles in Trouble; Mattek Unfashionable Exit at Wimbledon
by Staff | June 22nd, 2011, 11:58 pm
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World No. 1 Rafael Nadal had a generally easy time against Ryan Sweeting on Wednesday at Wimbledon, defeating the American 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to set up a third-round meeting against his former conqueror, the giant-serving Gilles Muller of Luxembourg,


Muller beat Nadal in four sets at the All England Club in the second round in 2005.

“It was a long time ago, but he beat me,” Nadal said. “So that’s what happened. Gilles is a very dangerous player, especially on this surface. So it will be a very tough match for me. I don’t know what is my best form, I try my best every day. I need a few adjustments.”

Muller advanced when his opponent, the equally-giant-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, retired after a fall where he injured his leg.

Other Top 10 winners in straight sets on Wednesday were No. 4 Andy Murray, No. 6 Tomas Berdych, No. 8 Andy Roddick, No. 10 Mardy Fish, and No. 9 Gael “Force” Monfils who needed four sets to advance.

“I didn’t think I played that well, but I didn’t get broken,” Murray said. “I served well, especially when I was behind in games. It was quite windy on the court, which made it tricky, and I thought he hit the ball very well from the back of the court. I could have returned a little bit better. It was straight sets, so I’ve got to be pleased with that, but I’ve got to improve for the next match.”

Joining the No. 31-seeded Raonic among the exiting seeds were No. 14 Stan Wawrinka ousted by Italian Simone Bolelli in straights, No. 21 Fernando “Mild Sauce” Verdasco beaten by Dutchman Robin Haase in four, and No. 25 Juan Ignacio Chela dumped by American Alex Bogomolov, Jr., in straights, including a bagel first set.

Other notables advancing into the third round were Lukasz Kubot over “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez beating Rainer Schuettler in four, Gilles Simon, and Ivan Ljubicic.
 
Thursday highlights at Roland Garros are (5) Robin Soderling vs. former champ Lleyton Hewitt, France’s Adrian Mannarino vs. (3) Roger Federer, Kevin “Mr.” Anderson vs. (2) Novak Djokovic, Olivier “The Roach” Rochus vs. (24) Juan Martin Del Potro (to finish), (7) David Ferrer vs. Ryan “The Racquet Thrower” Harrison, (28) David Nalbandian vs. Andreas “Don’t be a” Haider-Maurer, and (16) Nicolas Almagro vs. John Isner.
  
On the women’s side, former champ Venus Williams was forced to fight for her life in a battle of the elderly. The 31-year-old Williams defeated 40-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-7(6), 6-3, 8-6 to advance in their first career meeting.

“It was tough,” Williams said of the match which almost lasted three hours. “She came out and I couldn’t seem to get a game. Before I knew it, she was hitting balls past me. She played so well, every shot was touching the line. She played aggressive, I’m just glad to get through.”

The three Top 10 winners in action, No. 2 Vera Zvonareva, No. 4 Victoria Azarenka, and No. 8 Petra Kvitova, all failed to drop a set.

No. 30 seed Bethanie Mattek-Sands was the only upset victim on the day, as the fashion-forward American losing to unheralded Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi. Mattek-Sands was grace-backwards in defeat, swatting a ball and failing to shake the chair umpire’s hand.

Other notable unseeded winners were France’s Mathilde Johansson beating Brit wildcard Heather Watson in three,
and wildcard winners Sabine Lisicki of Germany and Brit Laura Robson.

Matches to look for on Thursday at Wimbledon include (3) Na Li vs. Sabine Lisicki, Brit Laura Robson vs. (5) Maria Sharapova, the significantly reduced Simona Halep vs. the bountiful (7) Serena Williams, (1) Caroline Wozniacki vs. Virginie Razzano, (18) Ana Ivanovic vs. Eleni Daniilidou, and the all-Russian (14) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Nadia Petrova.

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209 Comments for Nadal Up to Gilles in Trouble; Mattek Unfashionable Exit at Wimbledon

Dave Says:

you have listed under Thursday highlights for men that its at “Roland Garros” :)


Skeezerweezer Says:

Are you kidding me? Rafa’s comments are sandbagging as usual. Just trying to make his thrashing more convincible. He will crush this guy, no chance. He is smiling and playing coy cause his draw has opened up big time and he is still trying to give an excuse if how difficult it is. Garbage. He is cruizin till he hits Murray. Hyping his so called “difficult” draw is futile. Just tell it how it is Rafa, your # 1 and all hail beneath you. YOU can’t play the hiding underdog role forever. You are the top dog, and now the hunted, not the hunter. Be honest for once.


Anna Says:

Rafa has made it so easy for anyone who’s willing to listen, to recognize that he sees himself amongst the great champions of tennis, but has no need to consider himself the best of all time. He’s quite happy being ONE of the greats. Now why is that so darned hard for some to accept. Some people blow their horn to beat the band, others are happy just to toot. Rafa has mostly been happy just letting his racket do the talking and I find that impressive. Much more impresssive than alot of “Yeah, I’m the greatest, blah, blah, blah”.


Anna Says:

Skeezer – There’s nothing negative about looking for something to say about your opponent. Every dog has his day and it would be foolish to undermine any opponent who’s standing across the net from you. Foolish and rude.


V Blacklabel Says:

Tough day for Raonic. On another note, after seeing Kimiko Date Krumm make Venus work so hard, I’ve got a wishlist of players I want to see come back right now. Check it out: http://bit.ly/iIgAg7


Anna Says:

Skeezer – I meant to say, there’s nothing negative about looking for something POSITIVE to say about your opponent. By the way, Rafa could very well come out of Wimbly #3 in the rankings, so it would be foolish and stupid to spout his #1 ranking all things being considered. I always thought in tennis it was unsportsman-like to bad mouth an opponent before a match. I wonder what Andy Murray and Nole had to say about their recent opponents?


Skeezerweezer Says:

Anna

It’s also foolish and rude to give an excuse and undermine your opponent when you lose. That said, I get what you are saying, I just would rather someone come out and tell the truth and there feelings about there chances while giving the other credit, not hiding or playing games behind an underdog tone when they very well know there # 1 ranked player in the world against, excuse me, who?. Fed never did this. It’s called the truth, too bad some look at it as arrogance. To each there own fav me guesses.


jane Says:

Rafa is in scary good form; I don’t think he needs to worry too much about Gilles Muller, who beat him in 2005. ;) I just read short article re: Rafa’s master class. Also mentions there could be rain again tomorrow: link here

http://ca.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idCATRE75M0CZ20110623


Michael Says:

Skeezerweezer, I agree with you that Nadal is overplaying it a bit. He is pretending to be more modest in his comments that he actually is. The problem with him is that he undermines himself even against players like Sweeting or Russel and the likes who are basically floaters and journeymen. That is sounding a bit awkard and more of a flattery. As you rightly said, Federer on the other hand is more open minded and frank in his comments about opponents. He means what he says and is precisely outspoken. Nadal on the other hand is complete contrast to this behaviour of Federer. As you rightly said, Nadal’s only threat starts only from semi-finals against Andy Murray. Till that, he enjoys a very easy run and now with Raonic even out of his way. Players like Berdych etc. who are fancied to face Nadal almost accept defeat even before the match get started. If I can think of a player who is not afraid of Nadal I will say it is Djokovic, Soderling, Murray and Federer.


Michael Says:

If there is a player who has a very tough draw at Wimbledon, it is Soderling as usual. It is just a coincidence or something, but I always find Soderling having tough draws in every tournament especially grand slams. The law of averages just doesn’t work for him.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@M

Yeah his ranking falls into that sweet spot of tougher opponents early on.

That said, Can you imagine if Sod had Nole’s confidence this year with is bazooka game? Scary.

jane,

Thanks for the link. No bracket challenge for Wimby? :(. Nole could have his first Wimby title this year. The top 4 are looking very good so far.


Anna Says:

Skeezer – I’m sure you’ve heard the adage fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Rafa doesn’t have to sandbag anybody, everybody on the tour knows exactly what his skill level is, and if they don’t then they shouldn’t be standing across the net. So he’s not fooling anybody, so why should it matter to you or anyone else. Or do you agree with Johnny Mac that what Rafa really needs to do is get some swagger? I mean he’s doing pretty well winning slams just being who he is, why would he have to add anything else. Actually, you could give a hoot for what Rafa has to say, your just pissed because once again, Rafa’s in pretty good form at Wimbledon and will probably be a threat to Fed should they meet in the finals, and then there’s all that H2H to contend with, and Oh my goodness, all the goat talk could be dragged out.

Michael – Could you tell me just what it was Rafa said that undermined himself? See, I must have missed that somehow and I really would like to know.


Juiz Says:

Do people really think Nadal would craft excuses before a match has been played should he lose? I’m sure top players only think about what they can do to keep winning. This is especially true for Nadal who pretty much owns everyone.


madmax Says:

I am getting a bit bored by rafa making excuses before a match Anna, so I agree with Skeezer. ‘It’s going to be a tough match’. Really? someone who beat him 6 YEARS AGO?

And as for Johnny Mac saying he is the best of all time and bringing the davis cup into it? Give me a break please. We had this discussion before. Johnny Mac says things when it suits him to have the limelight once again on british TV. He loves himself. I’ll admit, I find him funny, especially when he was talking last night about the ladies game and how they should play back their ‘screaming’ and that they should be fined for it.

But for him to bring up rafa has won davis cup and roger hasn’t – got to be the poorest excuse in the book. There are NINE SPANISH PLAYERS in davis cup and TWO SWISS PLAYERS in davis cup. It doesn’t need a rocket scientist to work out the maths.

This is called mind games by rafa. It’s become very boring now. Rafa is a great player, but stop with the ‘it’s going to be a tough match’. Rafa is world number 1 and there is no way that his draw was difficult. He’ll make the final and he knows it.

Raonic was never going to be a threat. On grass? What are his accomplishments on grass? Nil.

Same with sweeting. More hype by the media and more spin from rafa.


Spyrogyra Says:

Juiz???????????????? Everyone????????????? Excuse me… please… This guy had been thrashed the last couple of months almost at will by the Djoker. Just so happen that the law of averages favours him (by the way he is average). Most of his crucial wins was through gamemanship..(Petschner 2010 @ Wimby, against Roger soooooooooo many times and you could dig into the tennis archives as much as you like to find just that). His so-called modest behaviour and comments border on on exactly what it is…..pathetic and st….Always the underdog just to have an excuse ready when he is to lose a match.


Spyrogyra Says:

Just so happened


RAS Says:

Hi folks – I read this blog a lot and Nadal seems to get a lot of flack for his humility.
Quite frankly those who say that Nadal is disingenuous are not qualified to peer into the soul of another human and assume motivations, esp from one whom they do not know personnaly.
Quite frankly, it is rather arrogant to think one has the ability or even the right to do so.
From a personal viewpoint, I am a Juilliard brat and have seen all sorts of ways extremely talented people ‘deal’.
Sorry to go into a field that is not related, but the following seems analogous: One of the great tenors of all time – Franco Corelli – would constantly blow the opera houses apart with his voice, yet was petrified every time he performed. Despite incredible success, he was incredibly insecure.
I have worked with Renee Fleming – probably the most famous operatic soprano singing today. She is quite modest and she is not a fake at all.
If those who seem to need to get through their day by cutting into Nadal were really interested in any educated insight into the young man, they should read this: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/8585244/Wimbledon-2011-strokes-of-genius-behind-Rafael-Nadal.html.
In the meantime, I and many others are going to admire Nadal, greatly because he understands that when all is said and done, he is just another human being – just like his virulent detractors.


RAS Says:

MadMax – why do you and some others write with such anger? How are you so personally invested that bile seems to foam from your ‘mouth’ when you go off on Nadal. Some of you seem so viscous about your favorite player’s rival I am reminded of Gunther Parch. Scary people you are…


margot Says:

Obervation 1) Oops Delpotro and Metteck-Sands having tantrums at Wimbles, that just won’t do my dears, you are in the home of Fair Play, after all
2) Surely Venus has earned the right to look a fright on court? Whereas BMS has a bit of a way to go, I’d say…
3)Sod cheating on a point, now that just wont do either, at Wimbles home of etc, etc


margot Says:

PS Rafa “average” wow …..must make 99% of other players mediocre
jane: “showers” today, quite different from “rain.” ;)


Juiz Says:

Spyrogyra, maybe i should have worded it “owns pretty much everyone”. Nadal is more than capable of beating pretty much everyone, he knows this and we know this. Someone like Nadal isn’t going to waste his time thinking of excuses before he even plays, because he knows if he is playing well he will have goods chances of winning, especially true for lower ranked players. If anything the only thing he will be concentrating on is playing well.

And for Nadal constantly down playing his chances, it’s him being modest. For some its too modest and it annoys them. The last thing any player is going to say is that their next match is going to be easy because it’s a guy ive beaten the last 1 million times.


Michael Says:

Anna, If you read the full text of the interview of Rafa, it is clearly visible. I am surprised that you are not able to see through it. He even portrays players like Sweeting or Russell as big threats to him and great players. That is nauseating to say the least. He also repeatedly clings to the psychological ladder and always laments that if he is defeated, he will head to Mallorca Beach. That he can no longer be No.1 and that No.1 ranking is of no interest to him and what matters is the level of play blah blah blah. For Rafa, everybody in Tennis is a tough player. Humblesness is one thing which needs to be praised but this is stretching a bit too far. It is good that Rafa wants to be nice to all players and wants to present himself as a virtue of humbleness, but it is evident that his interviews are not spoken from his heart and I am sure he defintely doesn’t mean what he says.


Michael Says:

Anna, If you read the full text of the interview of Rafa, it is clearly visible. I am surprised that you are not able to see through it. He even portrays players like Sweeting or Russell as big threats to him and great players. That is nauseating to say the least. He also repeatedly clings to the psychological ladder and always laments that if he is defeated, he will head to Mallorca Beach. That he can no longer be No.1 and that No.1 ranking is of no interest to him and what matters is the level of play blah blah blah. For Rafa, everybody in Tennis is a tough player. Humbleness is one thing which needs to be praised but this is stretching a bit too far. It is good that Rafa wants to be nice to all players and wants to present himself as a virtue of humbleness, but it is evident that his interviews are not spoken from his heart and I am sure he defintely doesn’t mean what he says.


Michael Says:

Anna, If you read the full text of the interview of Rafa, it is clearly visible. I am surprised that you are not able to see through it. He even portrays players like Sweeting or Russell as big threats to him and great players. That is nauseating to say the least. He also repeatedly clings to the psychological ladder and always laments that if he is defeated, he will head to Mallorca Beach. That he can no longer be No.1 and that No.1 ranking is of no interest to him and what matters is the level of play blah blah blah. For Rafa, everybody in Tennis is a tough player. Humbleness is one thing which needs to be praised but this is stretching a bit too far. It is good that Rafa wants to be nice to all players and wants to present himself as a virtue of humbleness, but it is evident that his interviews are not spoken from his heart and I am sure he defintely doesn’t mean what he says.


farley Says:

I think Rafa is always consistent. Someone who has a modest personality, respect for others very seriously, will always be courteous and respect the opponent. Therefore, it would be very difficult to expect Rafa to be like Roger. These two men have different personalities, because it certainly would produce a different attitude when faced with the problem.However, talking about the game, I expect Rafa will not win the Wimbledon championship. He will lose the throne of number one. Rafa will lose if not against Roger, Andy or Novak.


Michael Says:

If only Federer had made that drop shot against Rafa at the French Open when he was up 5-2, things would have turned out pretty different. Unfortunately for Federer, French did not have the Hawk eye facility and if it was there Federer would surely have called for it. The Ball it seems from the look of it just missed the mark by a few milli meter and that was it. Ofcourse, he could have served out for the first set at 5-3, but he could not and that is the reason we are here dissecting it. Even after losing the first two sets, Federer did well to clinch the third and was about to break Nadal in the beginning of the fourth set. But things did not turn his way and he lost despite playing his best Tennis. Woefully, his service just did not click at the right moment against Nadal and that was the reason for the defeat.


Kimmi Says:

wow, halep giving serena a run for her money here. never heard of her, but she is playing well.

this looks to be a tough match.


jamie Says:

Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon 2011.

http://i51.tinypic.com/1zch3xy.jpg


Kimmi Says:

wow..what the heck. finish her up serena


Kimmi Says:

great come back by serena.


Kimmi Says:

Hewitt..c’mooon!
tough one for soderling


Polo Says:

Djokovic is playing really well but he still does not have the Wimbledon pedigree of Federer and Nadal.

I expect Nadal to defend,
Federer to contend,
but doubt that Djokovic will be
winner at the end.


Anna Says:

Michael – Well, let’s face it, things haven’t gone well for Fed very often at all when playing Rafa (and I don’t suspect they ever will) and this is the basis for every criticism toward Nadal by the likes of Skeezer, Max and Michael. But, we all live in hope so keep it up. If your big gripe is that Rafa is overly nice to his competitors (ooooooo, to get inside their heads no doubt) then so be it. Rafa doesn’t write the headlines, it’s the media that loves the drama.

Rafa said, “He beat me along time ago, Gilles can be a dangerous player on this surface”. Now that’s really over the top. Pffft.


jane Says:

Polo, close to a haiku, but not quite. You have to get it down to 17 syllables. :)

margot, looks like Hewitt has what Petz was missing?? Also, Andy agreed with your take on his play yesterday.

Didn’t know Delpo had fit? What happened? Seems to be cruising today, in showery land.


Anna Says:

Wow, Lleyton has taken 2 sets from Robin. That is huge for him. I don’t see anyone in that quarter of the draw to bother Nole at all, keeping in mind anything can happen on any given day.


Rick Says:

Told ya that, Sodapop guy is overated! Nole would thumps Hewitt when they play!


veno Says:

Hi everyone…

What a great match so far!

Old Rusty dissecting Sod perfectly. Excellent tactics…

Concerning Nadal: let’s not waste too much time on it. I think he’s humble and grounded and a nice guy. But I do get sick of hearing the same rhyme every single time. I don’t think he means it at all…it’s just a programmed, automated response. Also his lack of improvement in learning English and develop at least some skills in interacting with the media is debit to this monotone, uninspiring and dull rapport.

But that’s my irrelevant opinion.

He’s such a warrior on the court, mentally the strongest(maybe bar Jimmy Connors) and ruthless in never letting up or giving anything for free and I truly respect that, but to say about every opponent he will face: “he is good player, is dangerous if I not concentrate. Will have to try to play my best if want chance to win, no?” Come on Rafa, it’s okay to use yourself as focal point in answering questions in stead of deflecting the subject onto the opponent and still be respectful. It’s just too easy and isn’t befitting such a great and proven champion as you are!!!


Rick Says:

Soderling would be a goner in top 10 soon! He didn’t well in the majors this year!


queen Says:

You people are full of crap saying that Nadal undermines himself. You want him to tell the truth? WTF is the truth? He does not know how the game is going to play out on a particular day that is the truth. Can he beat most of the players on any given day? Of course. He proved himself over and over again. Can he be beaten? Yes he can have his ass wopped. We have seen it before. So shut the hell up and pay attention to your “peaking” GOAT.


veno Says:

Wow, just listen to the sound of the ball Sod hits…Especially off his serve…Sounds like a hammer hitting the anvil…

But his slow movement and lack of will going to net when pressuring Hewitt is not going to make him pull through this match.


veno Says:

Old Rusty doing a Boom Boom Becker!!!


veno Says:

Nole clinical as expected against KA…

Losing 9 games total, 1 less than I predicted…
Good day at the office…I will eat my left shue if Nole doesn’t make the semis…..


jane Says:

Towel tactic is not yet helping Soda today.

Diving is much more respected in tennis, compared to football or hockey. ;)


stu Says:

Djokovic 43-1


jane Says:

Delpo has served Olie a breadstick and a bagel already; will he bake for the fourth set too?!


veno Says:

Lol@Jane….nice diving joke..

Congrats on your man. Boy, he looks strong…
Nole 3 and Fed 4 matches away from another insane semi!!!!!


veno Says:

Gonzo on his way to a 3R at Wimby…good for him!!!


veno Says:

Dimitrov-Tsonga….should be good…hope the rain blows over soon


Skeezerweezer Says:

jamie,

Can you repost the tasselsnpic of Novak? Classic. Also I thought I saw you in it :)

Queen,

I love u. Fed is “hoping” to peak. Read the title again.

Anna,

Please don’t take my post and turn it into “it’s because Rafa owns Fed” issue to me, it is not, you are making assumptions on how I feel?. Rafa is a fine man, cordial, sweet, and seems for most has a hot bod. His pre and post interview style is very well known, and I am not the pall bearer of news to your fav. It is just my opinion, not a wishful curse on Rafa.


Nina Says:

Nole too good for Anderson, tough he still lost focus at times, specially in the first set and to serve the match. However he wasn’t bothered at all with Kevin’s game, he controlled the match very easily. He will have to raise his game by the time he plays Federer. I don’t see ANYONE stopping Nole until semis. And now it even seems Sod is losing to Hewitt.


jane Says:

Nina, I thought when he was serving for the match it wasn’t loss of focus but the wind. At one point his toss was blown right behind him. But yes, still needs to up his level in some areas. Solid match though! Enjoyable. :) Nole was judicious about coming to net, but won 15 of 18 points there, for 83% at net. Thatsanice!


veno Says:

no worries Nina, Nole is going through the gears, like Fed will too….

And he will raise his level every round and against Fed will be fireworks. As usual, they will bring out the best in each other. They feed of each other and that’s why as tennis purist I love their match-up the most.


Ben Wade Says:

I wonder what these fed worshipers would say if Rafa comes out and proclaims the truth as:
I am in general achieving many things better than Federer and I am on course to pass him
Federer cannot hold up mentally when he sees me at the other end of the court
Its fairly easy to beat Federer on most of the surfaces, infact I beat him when he was world no.1 and I was no.34 on his favorite surface.
I am capable of making the GOAT cry
etc


veno Says:

Lol! Old Rusty Beckering to stay in the 4th!!! Great stuff!

Intriguing match..uh oh break point Sod!!!


veno Says:

Although you go a little overboard there Ben, I for one would find it rather refreshing!!!


veno Says:

going the distance!!!!

Gotta give Sod credit for the fight back!!!


veno Says:

If Sod wins the 5th 6-3 which is very feasible Hewitt’s game count will be 7-6-5-4-3…that would be remarkable


Ben Wade Says:

Veno,
The worshipers could stand even the humbe Rafa, just imagine what would happen if Rafa behaves as expected by JMac


veno Says:

Delpo and Nalby throuh….Baggy on his way…Gonzo already through….Golden Oldies Day :)


veno Says:

I know Ben, I get your point. But Rafa won’t. The kid’s just not like that.
But he should get some help in the PR department.

I like humbleness, humility and groundness in everyone, but sometimes his metronomic repetitions are yawning.

He’s an all-time great and a great ambassador, worthy champion and has earned his stripes.

And Fed fans(the minority of fed-maniacs) will always scrutinize and misinterpret his actions/words to state their case and vice versa. So be it, you really think either Rafa or Fed look back at their careers up to this point and have regrets? No way!!! Imagine after their careers….


veno Says:

Wow, Troicki got straight setted by Lu…surprising…Who had Lu in their bracket?


Ben Wade Says:

Personally I would prefer these guys to just come out and brag about themselves.
In this era one can never speak out as it is. We all know what Nole has to to go through for deservedly giving it back to rod dick.

One needs to be friendly with the media, give a lot of interviews, in different languages, etc to make them write positively. Its working well for Federer and he is able to keep his fans alive even though he could not win any slam for the last 1.5 yrs.


thetennisguy Says:

If Rafa beats Federer on Grass again this year at Wimbledon, shouldn’t he be considered the best player of all time having been dominant and victorious over the Fed on two of the three surfaces?

All that would be left … grand slam total titles … but the head-to-head record in majors on the two surfaces would be the most telling comparison.


veno Says:

True that. Especially in our modern day ultra media integrated society….Tweeting, pinging, wapping, emailing, WiFi-ing..there’s no way around it and the speed and volume of coverage is mind blowing. Every single move and word dissected and put under the most intense scrutiny.

I envy them not…

But I would find it really refreshing and fitting if Rafa wouldn’t be so retracted when it comes to his standing and his accomplishments. He’s earned it and there is nothing wrong by being proud in talking about it without taking anything or any opponent for granted. And with Rafa’s character he’ll never cross that line anyway, even if he were to speak somewhat more self-indulgently.


veno Says:

@thetennisguy: the actual topic of who is GOAT is moot to the players themselves. Only sideliners spend energy and time debating the issue.

It is and always be irrelevant.

Now if Fed would have had no Grand Slams and would have lost 5,6,7,8 times to Rafa, then it would be something that would haunt him…
But holding 16 Slams? No way…


veno Says:

BTW, Sod-Hewitt starting to become a little epic….


veno Says:

Dimitrov takes the first set in a breaker…


jane Says:

Wow, big comeback by Soda; he showed some cool and some heart.


Ben Wade Says:

Veno,
I am eagerky waiting for that day.
I believe he is just playing it safe with his words now and I hope he would open as gets closer or reaches that magic number (16).
I hope he does as he does in his rallies….starting defensively, then turning defense into offense and then finishing it off with a lethal off forehand winner.

I really loved it when he said “I am one of the best” recently. I am sure there will be day when he says “I am the best”. But his words will only follow his actions.


veno Says:

Yes Ben, I would applaude him(and I’m a Fed fan) when he finally dares say it!!!

I like confidence in a man, because it means you feel sure enough of yourself to put yourself out there and are prepared to take it on the chin when you fail sometimes…. I love tht about Fed. Especially that he has taken it hard on the chin from Rafa so many times….That only adds to both their legacies and makes for a more compelling story. They’re human beings and who doesn’t love some genuine harsh human drama from time to time!!!


jane Says:

OMG ESPN. I would much rather see Tsonga/Dimitrov vs. Nico/Isner. Sigh. Now with the rain, I guess we go to Center Court.


Ben Wade Says:

Thetennisguy,

The H2H matters a lot only for the contemporary fans. Very few people will mention that 20-30 yrs later.
Its the no of GS titles won which will determine who will be most talked about as the GOAT.
H2H, consecutive streaks, SF streaks, masters titles, olympic gold, davis cup, GS final appearances, etc will soon be forgotten.


veno Says:

Serena NOT HAPPY AT ALL to having been put on court 2! And justifiably so….What a disgrace to put the defending champ and a 4-time winner on the graveyard…..Especially since the women’s game is in need of the Williams sisters…


Kimberly Says:

almagro must be pissed. 6-2 in the breaker and they leave the court!


Kimberly Says:

Veno, if i were serena I would have complained!


madmax Says:

Anna, I think you miss the point here. It’s not rafa being too nice. There is plenty of ‘nasty’ rafa vids out there but that’s not the point. It’s the interviews ad nauseum. I know some of my rafa fans have said the fact at the FO that he was playing rubbish, that he wasn’t going to win. That just smacks of ‘I don’t really mean this’. Come on Anna!

Don’t compare his to federer. Federer is respectful and he is honest. He never says he is going to win, but he believes in himself. There is a difference between believing in himself and for him to keep playing down his chances.

This is what is becoming annoying. Just be honest rafa. Say you are no.1 (because you are).

Roger says he always found it difficult to be the hunted, the pressure, but he enjoyed the fight. I think rafa has lost a bit of his passion for the game, when talking about it in interviews. He doesn’t seem to enjoy what he is doing.

Am I wrong Anna?


veno Says:

Kimberly, I agree, but it wouldn’t do much good…match is over and they would hold it against her…

But it’s good of her to voice her complaints to the press in a professional manner. I thought her answers were very solid….

Go Serena!!!


madmax Says:

*rafa said he was playing rubbish, wasn’t going to win*

I do think it is being a bit sly Anna.

Just a bit.


madmax Says:

Serena is amazing. For all her screaming, it’s so great to see her back. Not only that, she has a right, no…earned the right to say what she thinks. Good for her.

I do think though that this has had something to do with the rain and the shuffling around of the courts.

I am wimbledon tomorrow, so I’ll report back on saturday.

Hope for sunshine and a great tan!


veno Says:

They should put Wozniacki on 2 imo….
Most boring and uninspiring world number 1 ever…

Nothing personal, probably a great girl, but come on!!! It’s professional multi million bucks sports!!!! Gimme the Williamses, Sharpy, Schiavone, Clijsters, Henin even Capriati over her any day :)


madmax Says:

cannot type right now! I am AT wimbledon tomorrow! (may be I AM wimbledon!!!! :)


veno Says:

wow, Lisicki hits an almost 90 mph BH return winner off a Na Li’s first serve….that’s impressive whatever which way you look at it….


margot Says:

Wow and wow again, Dimitrov is something else :) Stepping up and in a couple of years will be there.
Hope kimmi can watch this.
jane, bad light stopped play and JMDP had just lost a set so I guess he lost his cool and threw his shoes into the crowd. As they are probably size 26, would not like one to land on my head lol


margot Says:

madmax: have a gr8 day! You’re gonna miss Fed again aren’t you, bummer :( Guardian were selling tickets for today at £265, a tad too much ;)


veno Says:

Holy crap! Did you see that service game by Lisicki? Now that’s a serve!!!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Madmaz

Wimby again? Woot! Have fun :-)


Skeezerweezer Says:

margot

Lol @ 12:31


jane Says:

Have fun at Wimbledon Madmax! Look forward to your “report” from the grounds.


jane Says:

Yeah, lol margot on size 26 bombs!


veno Says:

Ugh people/commentators keep calling her Li Na ugh…

It’s Na Li!!!! Li is the family name…In Chinese the order in script is reversed…


veno Says:

There will be middle Sunday Play :))))


dari Says:

couldn’t watch all morning, then when i got an opening it started raining :(
good news, Li na just played some awesome points on centre to take the set :)
i’d heard all this lisicki stuff, but hadn’t really seen her play (only be wheeled off/ carried on a stretcher) and i see the mighty serve for sure.
congrats to ROB SOD for pulling out the win and delpo cleaning up his grass act the last few sets.
i wanna see this dimitrov/ tsonga when it comes back


dari Says:

have fun mad max!!!!!!!! very jelly of that ;)
i say Li Na, veno, but knowing that its the family name first. i’m gonna let it go as long as people know which is which.
is that sweetie? no its dimitrov


jane Says:

Dimitrov, take off or turn around that backwards cap, pleeeease. Never a fan of backwards cap for some reason.

Tsonga playing better after the delay??


veno Says:

Dari, when writing Li Na is correct ;-) I was just making the point that commentators saying it is wrong…It’s like saying Williams Serena hits a nice BH winner….


dari Says:

yeah, backwards cap and white with green stripe nike was why i thought he was sweetie for a second from further away, obviously sweetie is out of the tourney!


veno Says:

Pretty much the same level wise Jane… Tsonga up the early break in the second…

Agree on the backward cap thing…it’s just wrong(Hewitt ;-))


Skeezerweezer Says:

Cap,

Part of the problem is that the strap is too long shooting out way beyond its function. Is that an antenna?

The other problem is that no one looks as good as Hewitt with that. He owns it.


dari Says:

nice recovery on the slip from dimitrov to finish that point at the net.
backwards hat, and a dangly charm necklace?


dari Says:

i don’t like to hear all the “baby fed” business about gasquet, what’s the other little guy, berankis, etc, but i see it in this dimitrov. even down to movements and manerisms. if he woulda made that dropper that woulda been so fed


jane Says:

dari, the commentators were saying Dimitrov “imitates” Fed’s mannerisms (twirling racquet, etc) and probably studied his game intensively. Then they were wondering if we will now see young players coming up as modeling themselves after Fed and Rafa. But you, skeeze & Veno are right: backwards hat and fiddling with necklace are sooo Hewitt!

They compared Raonic to Sampras, due to serve and also relaxed attitude: thought of Raonic, Dimitrov, Tomic, and Harrison, Milos would probably be first to win a slam.

Anyhow, sorry if you heard them saying all this, but sounded like you just tuned in. :)


mem Says:

for the first time in a long time i paused to read this article and scan some comments and why am i not surprised that nothing has changed, especially with “hypocrites” like skeezer.

mr. Skeezer, still on the rampage.

i see that nadal still has your tail in a spin!
you are still wasting your time worrying about what nadal should or should not say until you sound more mentally unhinged than i remember.

do you know anything at all about human differences? did it ever occur to you that nadal was raised to be humble and to respect others and he doesn’t have to fake it; it’s who he is! did that little simple fact ever occur to you and some other posters who echo your thoughts? there are enough egos at the top; roger is egotistical; novak is egotistical and some players are egotistical wannabes. so, nadal doesn’t need an ego. his accomplishments are there for all to see, why would he need to remind us. they are matter of record.

i think a lot of people have a problem with nadal because he’s is very secure in who he is and doesn’t need to “kiss butt & boast” about how great he is. if that bothers you so much then you might need to seek counseling to find a way to deal with it. he is the same nadal with the same personality he came on the tour with. he has always displayed the same humility as he does today; so, why should being #1 change that? is that a requirement?

he doesn’t have to change who he is to be liked. who are you anyway? does nadal know you? are there any rules that say if a player becomes #1 he has to constantly disrespect his opponents and “boast” about how good he is?
your problem is you have always despised him for beating up on roger and threating roger’s legacy. that is the root of your personal issues. that’s why nothing nadal does satisfy you. why don’t you just admit it; i know it; others here probably know it too but for whatever reason they will never voice it.

why don’t you give up this endless campaign to demonized everything nadal says? he would be stupid bragging about what he can do to his opponent when on any given day an opponent can be firing on all cylinders and take the best player out. being ranked #1 doesn’t furantee a win, does it? truth is, nadal is wise and respectable to the opponent no matter how low the opponent is ranked. that’s one of the many reasons why i love him as a person and player. he respects other people and he lets his actions speak for him. in other words, He Is Genuine! a quality that you are not familiar with. if the media asks him the same questions, then i don’t blame him; give the same answers and then if the answers are boring, they are free to interview players who they feel are more interesting, simple as that! nadal didn’t get to #1 by bragging, so why should he change who he is now? one of his most admirable qualities is that he knows how to shut his mouth and let people like you do all the talking and make the predictions since you seem to have all the answers.

btw, you are lying when you say nadal undermines his opponent when he loses. that’s a flat out lie! what’s wrong with a player saying he didn’t play his best, but the opponent played better. how is that undermining the opponent? it’s called being truthful with respect to the opponent. you could learn a thing a two from nadal because you are so phony.

take my advice and get over it! you are wasting unnecessary energy on a player who doesn’t know you and doesn’t give a rip about what you think. quite frankly, you are embarrassing yourself whining like a girl about nadal all the time.


dari Says:

thanks for commentary jane, am going home to sound soon. yeah, dimitrov has been watching too much fed, and a bit of roddick with the ball arranging.
anywhoo, kinda cheering for dimitrov now, if for nothing else than for the chance to see two feds on court in the fourth round ;)
hasta luego


Eric Says:

Tomic is never going to win a slam.


veno Says:

@mem: I see Skeezer still has your tail in a spin


mem Says:

veno,

if you say so!
my comments are for you too if the shoe fits.


gonzalowski Says:

Good battle, Harrison – Ferrer. I bet for Ferru, he’ll kill the boy with passings


veno Says:

come on mem….I made a joke ;-)

Lighten up, it’s like you advise in your post: don’t waste the energy ;-)


Skeezerweezer Says:

My lover mem is back. Appreciate all the love and affection you give to me. I missed it and your personal attacks on the posters. Hope we can hold hands again one day soon. Much love back at ya!


veno Says:

Dinner almost ready and so is Na Li Na Li Li Na Na Li…..which means…..Fed time!!!


veno Says:

First ever time Fed will play under the roof(is it?)
Can one of you experts let me know…Thanks!


Eric Says:

Some nerves from Li on that game, serving for the match at 5-4. Not much different from her previous service game except she didn’t get to abuse the review system to replay a point three times until she won it (I thought when you stopped play to challenge a ball not being called out, and lost the call, you lost the point?).


veno Says:

Lisicki thinks otherwise…..

She looks the real deal. If she crafts her game and gets more confidence she’ll be up there soon with the big girls….


veno Says:

that’s correct Eric…it should


Eric Says:

Veno…well apparently not when you are Li Na… no, maybe I just didn’t follow the play right, I don’t know.

Darn… Lisicki couldn’t hold serve, now Li gets to try to serve out the match again. Doubt she’ll get broken again. I was looking forward to someone dumping her unremarkable tennis out, but alas no.


veno Says:

Impressed with Junior Fed Dimitrov…..If he pulls the upset could be his definite break-out match….


Eric Says:

Or who knows, maybe she will. Down 0-30 again.


veno Says:

I like Lisicki and she’s easy on the eyes too.
Would be great for her to come back, especially after her setbacks through injury…


Eric Says:

Yeah, about that. What’s up with Li, her big asset is being twenty times more mentally stable than the women’s tour average?


veno Says:

Komm jetzt Sabine, mach weiter so!!!!


mem Says:

skeezer,

if you call what i said “personal attacks on posters”, what do you call your past comments about nadal. i’m sure you remember your allegations regarding nadal and performance enhancers. let me guess, all of sudden you got religion. a reminder of your hypocrisy.


Kimberly Says:

wow, Na Li Lisicki in a continuation match.


veno Says:

She looks shaky….Wimbledon can do that to you and she does have added pressure because she’s a contender in every slam now me thinks….Nobody is impervious to it…Remember Nole’s first Ozzie Open?


jane Says:

I like Na Li Li Na, but I want Lisicki to win today. She has a massive serve, great spirit, and a light-up smile. Plus. She is due a slam break through.


Kimberly Says:

rafa is sweet and humble


veno Says:

Sabine gonna take it?

Mem, don’t go there dear, keep it cool….
No need to add insult to injury, put it in the past ;-)


Eric Says:

Jane, exactly! I think she’s the bee’s knees.


veno Says:

Yes Kimberly, he is(I think…don’t know him personally) but like Fed and the others…he’s human and thank god humans are flawed…. Let’s view them as such while at the same time enjoy and rejoice their accomplishments!!!!


jane Says:

HURRAH, I am so happy for her, and look at that joy!! Lisicki!!


veno Says:

Sabine did it!!!! Great win and huge upset!!!!

She’s got the game and mettle…hope she feeds off it and keeps going!!!!!


Freddie Says:

Wow…now I am officially a fan of LISICKI !!!!!!!!!


andrea Says:

congrats to sabine. an emotional win by the looks of it. more tears on center court. this has to be the world’s record for waterworks at wimbledon. too bad for Li….she gave away her service games. unfortunate.


Kimberly Says:

wow Sabine! Awesome win! Impressive!


Eric Says:

That was a pretty impressive win, but it would have been more impressive if Lisicki had actually won it instead of Li losing it. Who loses like 15/20 of the final points in a match on egregious unforced errors? Balls long or two feet wide on every other shot from Li… Talk about weird. But Sabine deserved it, that’s for sure – fighting all the way and it would probably have been over sooner if she herself hadn’t been making so many errors (the point is the get the ball _over_ the net, dear — but I guess someone already reminded you of that at Li, 5-4…).


Eric Says:

And most importantly….now it’s Federer time!


veno Says:

It’s women’s tennis eric lol, what did you expect?

Now…….FEDERERRRRRRRRR TIME BABYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY


Eric Says:

veno, the average men’s tennis set has more unforced errors than the average women’s set, I’m sure. Also many more winners, obviously. But no, I don’t usually anticipate a GS champion to suddenly start playing like complete crap (okay, unless we’re talking about Schiavone, then it’s sort of expected). Still, Lisicki obviously had her under a lot of pressure with those flashing returns of serve and excellent shot selection.


jane Says:

Poor marinara sauce: he doesn’t have much hope against Fed. :)

Kimberly, did they just say Sharapova/Robson won’t play today or they won’t cover it? Not sure what I just heard there.


mem Says:

veno,

in all due respect, this has nothing to do with you. my comments are directed to skeezer because i’m familiar with his history on this blog.

but thanks for your suggestion! just remember to take your own advice and “stay cool” next time you join in the ranting about nadal.


margot Says:

OMG Na imploded, big time, how sad :( Glad for Sabine so many injuries, so much guts, such a fast serve!


veno Says:

I was referring to the mental aspect Eric, go back in your memory….how many times have we seen mental meltdowns at the business end of matches in the women’s game? How many? PLENTYYYYYYYYY

How many topsy turvy crazy turn around matches….. Too many to count ;-)

I almost exclusively watch women’s tennis for the retinal eyecandy not for the competition…

Women’s game is one-dimensional and boring…just hitting it as hard as they can…tennisball canons the lot of them….very few exceptions….


margot Says:

jane, showers again and light issues :( so unless they get to centre court probably not.


jane Says:

Yep, Sharapova/Robson is canceled. They will have to play back to back, or the winner will play middle Sunday maybe??


margot Says:

Commentators were wondering if there’s a cut off time for matches under the roof ?


veno Says:

Dear mem,

All that anger….

I couldn’t care less about personal issues you have with any other poster, but you’re using an internet blog about tennis to rant at him. and fyi I don’t butt in, I, as a tennis fan and lover of the game for a looooooong time, do have an opinion on the matter so I will put it up there. And I have followed tennis-x for a long time. Just have been inactive in posting for a while. Don’t take it personal mem and I’m always cool…..ask Jane/Margot and others ;-)


jane Says:

Tsonga seems to come back stronger after these delays; maybe fitness is an issue with him? Or just focus? Not only does he break back, he then breaks again for the lead over Dimitrov in the fourth.


Nina Says:

Anyone is a little sad that Hewitt lost that match? :(((
Probably it was one of his last chances to have a good run in a slam. He’s such a fighter, never gives up, a very remarkable sportsman that has achieved everything in tennis. He will be severely missed.

Also sad that Dimitrov couldn’t sustain his form from the first set. This guy has so much talent, I’m gonna keep an eye on him.


jane Says:

I think if there weren’t rain delays, Dimitrov would have had a good chance at the upset. But Tsonga has used the delays to either recharge physically or refocus mentally, or maybe even both. That suggests to me that therein lie Tsonga’s problems.

Dimitrov still fighting!

Marinara is ranked 55, but coming off a tough five set win over the world number 181, he has quite the challenge in front of him today (!) i.e., Fed at center court Wimbledon!


Eric Says:

Nina, I’m sad too… I was shocked and pleased when I saw he was up 2 sets to love, but when Robin won the third, Hewitt wasn’t looking so good anymore and I went back to sleep knowing it was 50-50. But I’m sure Hewitt can still do well in the future. He’s had so much time off for injury that the big 30 might not mean as much for him as for others; Wimbledon 2012 could still see him doing well… eh?


Eric Says:

Mannarino is actually really fighting here. It looked like it might be a bagel but he’s holding serve now…


jane Says:

Commentators mentioned that Tsonga has a new coach now, for first time since the juniors.

Ouch, double fault on match point…


Dory Says:

I have newfound respect for Ryan Harrison. He’s the future of American tennis.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Dory

Saw him at IW earlier this year, he is a fighter. Hope also he continues to improve.

Fed looking good so far….:)


mem Says:

veno,

i knew you couldn’t care less about my “personal issues” that’s why i didn’t address my comments to you, but to skeezer. you injected yourself into the discussion. it seems to me that you guys are the ones who uses this blog to rant. skeezer is a big boy. he can take care of himself. he doesn’t have a problem when it comes to dishing out his attacks, so he should be able to take it. anyway, i wasn’t aware that you are in charge here; no one told that you have been appointed to monitor and tell others what to say or not to say. maybe the policy has changed since i’ve been gone. if so, i haven’t read it yet!


jane Says:

Harrison with a 2 set lead over Ferrer, good for him.

Tsonga just imploded serving for the match. At least two double faults in that game? And now error after error. Very typical of Tsonga. He is mentally weak.

Momentum shift will really help Dimitrov; he can level it here.


jane Says:

Marinara sauce getting cooked by Fed.


jane Says:

Tsonga is great at net, though. Nice couple of serve and volleys to finally hold there. Tiebreak to decide whether this goes to a fifth, dramarama.


jane Says:

Can see shades of Fed’s forehand in Dimitrov’s (he hits it with such ease at times), but his shots seem especially similar on the backhand side?


Dory Says:

Ryan Harrison’s a rare player in a long long time to have variety in his game instead of just learning how to serve and turning pro. LOL. I am totally impressed.


Eric Says:

Fed is losing all his BPs even against Mannarino. I think his conversion is, what, 2/5 now or something? :/ Granted, AM is actually good, but…


dari Says:

Watching the tsonga match happily even though fed is on.
I can’t believe tsonga got out of the way well enough to hot that fh.
Hope fed bakes a bagel or breadstick to dip in the marinara

(Sorry couldn’t help it)


Dory Says:

Yes I saw Harrison at IW too. Was it against Roger? But today he’s TOTALLY impressed me even if he loses.


jane Says:

Dory, Dimitrov seems to have loads of variety too, though, right?


Dory Says:

Sorry by “rare player” I mean “rare new American player”.


jane Says:

Haha dari.


Dory Says:

Yes Dimitrov too jane. :) He should play more consistently IMHO.


jane Says:

FOUR match points now lost by Tsonga / won by Dimitrov. Exciting match! 7 all tiebreak.


Eric Says:

Fed is kind of playing terribly now. Not that he should be winning 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, but he’s just missing a lot of points he should be winning. Maybe my expectations are too high…


jane Says:

Dimitrov not phased but Tsonga’s somersault, lol. But nice lob from Tsonga for ANOTHER match point.


jane Says:

Wow! What a fun fun fun match this Tsonga Dimitrov! hurray for tennis!! loved it and am now full convert Dimitrov fan too.


Nina Says:

Dimitrov-Tsonga best match so far in Wimbledon! Wow, fantastic. What a great player Dimitrov is, a future champion. Congrats to Tsonga for a gutsy win. I hope he gives a good fight against Federer.


Nina Says:

Mee too Jane, I’m a converted fan of Dimitrov!


Dory Says:

Guys I didn’t get to watch the Tsonga match after the first set. Is it a great enough match to download and watch? If so, then I’ll torrent it.


Eric Says:

Wow Roger. This is just sad.


jane Says:

Dory, I think so. Some patches where they were both a little error prone, and some mental lapses, esp for Tsonga, but a wonderful display of shot-making by both and peppered throughout. The last set maybe the best one? That final tiebreak a total thriller. Could not say who would win it until last ball struck, very exciting imho.


dari Says:

what a match point and really what a match by two great athletes and showmen
Glad for tsonga to have toughed it out, but also some good resolve from dmitrov to get it to a tie break and force tsonga into multiple match points!
What’s sad about Roger, Eric? wasn’t watching. let me guess- BP conversions?


Dory Says:

We should discuss the “must watch” matches that happened at the end of each day. They always show the one sided matches on TV with one top player hammering the other lower ranked one.


skeezerweezer Says:

Rafa has been assigned court 1 tomorrow, not centre court. The 2 Andy’s are scheduled to take the stage tomorrow on centre court…


Eric Says:

dari, he dropped to 0-40 when serving for the second set, looking like he expected Mannarino to just sort of give him the points instead of having to actually keep playing. But then he turned things around and is dominating play like he was in the first half of the second set. But in the bigger picture, this match shouldn’t be this competitive. Federer is hitting a lot of errors and generally not really putting the pressure on Mannarino as much as he could be, which lets Adrian control a lot of the points and keeps Roger running back and forth trying to save crosscourt shots. Obviously he is still winning fairly easily, but he’s not really impressing me.


jane Says:

Dory, I know. I wish sometimes they would just pick the dramatic matches, or closely matches ones, and show those. Although today, they showed most of the two matches I was looking forward to: Soda v. Hewitt and Tsonga v. Dimitrov, and both turned out to be crackers.

Surely they’ll suspend play on the outside courts soon?


Dory Says:

The feed I get on TV is obsessed with WTA so they always show more of them. They showed the entire of the long Serena and then Li Na matches. One of the reasons I curse my TV and slow internet and love the Masters more. They should really split ALL tennis tournaments into ATP and WTA and conduct them at separate times.


jane Says:

Eric, you’re too demanding. :) Fed is cruising.


Eric Says:

Jane, Fed is cruising _now_. In the second set he had a spell of rather awful play – such as when he dropped to 0-40 serving for the set.


jane Says:

Does anyone know if there will be play this year on the middle Sunday?


Eric Says:

Easy third set for Roger, though. Good show after all.


dari Says:

he had to do the air sampras on match point, didn’t he? ;)


Eric Says:

Roger hit almost four times as many winners off of the same number of UEs (well, 10 instead of 9, but still). Pretty amazing.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Fed finishes with a little showtime sky jumper overhead. “classic”. Go Fed! Hope he can fine tune that wide out serve on the duece court, that is money when he gets it.


veno Says:

Eric, Fed needed like Novak just play at 60%…then for a best of 5 these guys will always have small lapses in concentration and/or some drops in level of play…they almost snooze into a passive state… Rafa is the only exeption I know to this rule, it’s because he’s relentless and has this OCD like routine that gives him super focus. Takes incredible discipline and you have to be mentally superstrong, but we all know Rafa is just that!


Eric Says:

Veno, sure, but not needing to summon up 100% is no excuse for 0-40 when serving for a set.


veno Says:

Oh and mem: get laid…and if you are getting any, get a life…

You should get rid of all that anger….maybe go on a date with skeezer, get rid of that tension ;-)

“Can’t we all just get along?” Come on, let’s enjoy the tennis this fortnight!!!


veno Says:

Wow Eric, you are demanding lol….

He woke up in time though to take 5 points and the second set….

But against Tsonga, Nole, Rafa, Muzzah he has to be sharper, yes, or they will make him pay


jane Says:

Nole’s had a fairly steady draw here so far; played Chardy #54, then Anderson #36, now Baghdatish #30. Baggy was in semis last week in Hertogenbosch.

Fed and Nalby next! Obviously Nalby is just coming back, but it might be a good match as they match up well.

Delpo v. Simon, Murray v. Ljuby and Roddick v. F-Lo could be good as well.


veno Says:

I feel sorry for Old Rusty, but credit to Sod for sticking it out….great match….


veno Says:

Okay everyone….have a nice evening…on to tomorrow!!! Hope we don’t get too much rain….


Eric Says:

Veno…I don’t think it’s demanding at all. Roger gave Mannarino a triple break point but because AM was playing so well but because Roger didn’t bother to try winning any of the points. But yes, then he played outstanding to win five points in a row and carried on in top-flight cruise control mode all through the third set. In the end, it was a fine win and encouraging for Fed supporters. But it wasn’t all sunshine and roses, and he can’t afford that sort of lapse against a player who is actually good enough to take advantage of a triple bp. That’s all I’m saying. From Fed, I expect more… :)


Eric Says:

sorry… I meant “Roger gave Mannarino a triple break point, NOT because AM was playing so well…”


Nina Says:

Don’t worry Eric, when it matters Roger will come out firing on all cylinders. He’s the favorite in my opinion to win Wimbledon. I just hope Novak stops him right on his tracks. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? :)))


Eric Says:

Nina, no, that would suck. :) (Sorry.)


mem Says:

veno,

what’s the matter, the truth hurts!

people like you usually stoop to a low level when they have no merit or nothing of substance to say.

i’m use to it! you’re just one of many!


skeezerweezer Says:

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Anna Says:

Dory – I saw Ryan Harrison beat the hot young Canadian Raonic at IW this year. He is truly the future of American tennis. I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard he can be a bit of a brat (tantrums) from time to time, so I hope he gets that under control. But the boy can play some tennis. A few more year Fed and Rafa will be good memories, Ryan and Milos will rule the world. The tennis world of course.


BigBanger Says:

Anna: I know some folks that worked the IW tournament. They were all pulling for Raonic during their match (Raonic was definitely exhausted, from what I saw). Apparently Harrison and his dad are very similiar to Bernard Tomic and his dad.
I heard he is quite a prima donna off court. My guess is with both he and Tomic (particularly Tomic) is that other players will start to pick up on their particular game and prevent them from getting to any GS finals.


Kimmi Says:

skeezer – @ 6:03pm LMAO


Nims Says:

Eric..If Roger starts hitting winners or play 100% thru each and every match, he would not be a slam contender even reaching 30 yrs of age and played 50 consecutive slams. He is the best guy in reserving his energy (both physical and mental) and release it only when required.

Not sure if his best tennis now is enough to beat Novak or Rafa at Wimbledon, but he can be tough for other guys. His next match against Nalby will be a good indicator. Though Nalby may not be a GS material anymore, but given the skill of the guy he can play a great 5 setter any day if his fitness permits.


Borg Says:

I hate seeing all the mails decrying Rafa. Rafa is a true Champion who was able to quell even the supposedly Greatest player as planted by Media and few critics. He was able to beat this Federer black and blue in every Surface and at every major Tournament. Federer should realize that he could never dominate Nadal even in his dreams. Nadal is head and shoulders above Federer with his “A” game.


Nims Says:

Borg..You meant your comment to be funny right?


Borg Says:

No Nims. It is not funny. It is a fact howsoever much you hide it. Nadal owns Federer and that is visible in their H2H. Infact this lop sided H2H belittles Federer’s stature. Nadal is a tremendous fighter who fights till the last point and his determination and will cannot be emulated by Federer or any other player. May be Djokovic can compete with Nadal in that department, but not other players. Federer has the game, but Nadal has his numbers. Here we go. Right !!


Nims Says:

If we go by this standard, then Davydenko owns Nadal. Right?

Tennis is about matchups and it’s ridiculous to compare both of them when they did not meet at their respective peaks. Roger’s peak was till 2007 whereas Rafa’s started at 2008.

Look..Rafa has only one finals in both AO and USO. He did not win a HC masters for probably 2 years. His No 1 ranking is hanging on his head because of Roger’s victory over Novak. He may retain it still only if Roger beats Novak (most likely Novak will reach semis).

Nothing wrong in boasting about Nadal..but he needs to do more to be given the credit he is getting from you.

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