Nadal, Federer, Djokovic Dominate Wimbledon First Two Rounds, Will it Continue?
by Sean Randall | June 23rd, 2011
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Four days into Wimbledon and what have we learned? The best players are still the best! Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both showed today that they are playing confident tennis while Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray did their part yesterday.

Between the foursome, only Murray has lost a set – a sloppy opener to Daniel Gimeno-Traver – and other than that blip, no one has been tested or even broken a true sweat at Wimbledon.

So far so good for the top four men, but will things change?

Earlier today, Federer destroyed an overmatched Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. The win followed a good straight set first round performance over Mikhail Kukushkin. And Federer sounds like he happy where he’s at.

“I think the French Open was just proof that I’m in good shape and physically and mentally in a good place,” Federer said. “Unfortunately, I couldn’t win it, but I didn’t get pulled down by losing in the finals. I hope I can make a run here.”

Next up for the six-time Wimbledon champ is David Nalbandian in the third round. Federer has won 10 of 18 meetings with the talented and occasionally overweight Argentine, but this will be their first showdown since 2008.

“I’m looking forward to that match,” Federer said. “I think it’s a wonderful third round. I wish I could have had an easier one maybe, but I know the danger against him. He can prove his point. If he’s weaker or stronger than three years ago or eight years ago, we’ll find out. But I’ll be as well prepared as I can be and hope I can beat him.”

Nalbandian, who reached the Wimbledon final in 2008, has presented problems for Federer in the past, but I just don’t think he’ll be able to hurt Federer come Saturday. David just hasn’t been playing enough tennis to be at the level he needs to be at to beat Federer in a best-of-5 set match on grass.

As for the rest of Federer’s draw, I still don’t see anyone who’ll really worry the Swiss until the semifinals where he’ll likely run into Djokovic.

Speaking of the Serb, Novak seems to be back on track after Federer busted his glorious win streak at the French Open. Djokovic was dominant in both his matches this week and today he crushed a decent player in Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

“I’m really happy with the opening two rounds in Wimbledon,” said Djokovic. “Two straight-set wins. I cannot ask for more, definitely. And I’m physically feeling great on the court. I’m returning really well, which is important. Using more an efficiency of the serve and precision rather than going for the speed.”

Djokovic now gets Marcos Baghdatis who he beat a five tough sets a few years ago on the lawn. This time it should be much easier. And Novak’s biggest threat in his quarter, fifth-seeded Robin Soderling, nearly crashed out this morning to Lleyton Hewitt.

Hewitt, the 2002 Wimbledon winner, had Soderling locked up 2-0 in sets, but the Swede came back to snatch the win. Credit to both guys. Somehow, despite his age and all his ailments, Hewitt showed again that on grass he still can leave a mark.

And for Soderling, maybe this will give him some extra juice to take his game to another level on the grass. We’ll see.

Both Novak and Soderling have favorable draws out to a quarterfinal clash.

Staying in the Federer-Djokovic half, I like the effort from the young guns Ryan Harrison, Bernard Tomic and Grigor Dimitrov. In a tough four-set loss to JW Tsonga today, Dimitrov showed why he’s got the “Baby Federer” moniker. The 20-year-old Bulgarian not only plays like Federer but on occasion can hit some spectacular shots a la his Swiss idol.

Dimitrov’s got a good a good, all-around game that should pay off nicely into a lot of titles down the road.

The same can also be said for Harrison and Tomic who both had their second round matches suspended. A feisty and fiery Harrison was up 2-1 in sets but down 2-4 in the fourth set against David Ferrer when play was stopped. Ferrer is more noted for his clay and hard skills, but credit to the 19-year-old Harrison for playing well enough to lead. With the sleepover I give the more experienced Ferrer a slight edge tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Tomic is down 2-1 in sets to Igor Andreev. It’s a longshot, but I’d like to see Tomic pull that one out and go up against Soderling. I doubt it happens, though.

Looking at tomorrow, Rafael Nadal got a little bit of a breather not having to face Milos Raonic who unfortunately retired after injuring his right hip in a nasty first round spill. Still, Gilles Muller is no slouch. The veteran beat Nadal at Wimbledon in 2005 and with his huge lefty serve he has a knack for pulling off the upset in Slams.

That said, Nadal is still my pick to win the title. I know Juan Martin Del Potro, who won today, and Tomas Berdych are lurking in his section and Murray may get out to that semifinal, but I like Rafa. Nadal will be put to the test by Muller and that serve, so after two easy round the tournament really begins for Nadal tomorrow.

As for the Andys, Murray and Roddick, it’s looking likely they’ll meet in the quarters. Thus far against sub-par opposition, both have looked great.

Murray will now have to get through Ivan Ljubicic tomorrow and then he’ll have a danger match against Richard Gasquet.

Roddick, who has been serving incredibly well, has a tricky one tomorrow against Feliciano Lopez. Lopez had a break lead on Roddick at Queen’s two weeks ago, but in a best-of-5 format I don’t think F-Lo mentally can knock out Roddick. Still, it should be a tight match.

Roddick could then meet my man Gael Monfils whose defensive playing style doesn’t seem cut out for success on the green stuff.

Also tomorrow, in two of the better matches on the day, I think Gilles Simon has the game to surprise Del Potro and Robin Haase could carve up Mardy Fish.

Looking at the women’s draw, I didn’t make a pick initially but after two rounds I think Maria Sharapova is the clear favorite. Serena, who won today in three sets, just doesn’t seem to be anywhere near her best. And I’m not sure if she’ll even been in the tournament Tuesday.

Venus is playing a little bit better, but I don’t think she’s going to make the semifinals either.

Right now it’s a Sharapova vs. Petra Kvitova final as I see it. I think Maria beats Sabine Lisicki in the semifinals and Kvitova knocks out Hantuchova in the other. Liscki, who can really serve huge, just upset the French Open champion, Li Na, today.

And since the weather has been such a story, it’s worth mentioning that the forecast is much-improved the next few days.

ESPN2 continues their coverage Friday as NBC weaves its way in on Saturday.

FRIDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE

Centre Court 13:00 Start Time
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) v. Andy Roddick (USA)[8]
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[25] v. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[4]
Andy Murray (GBR)[4] v. Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)

No. 1 Court 13:00 Start Time
Laura Robson (GBR) v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[5]
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) v. Venus Williams (USA)[23]
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Gilles Muller (LUX)

No. 2 Court 12:00 Start Time
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[1] v. Virginie Razzano (FRA)
David Ferrer (ESP)[7] v. Ryan Harrison (USA) To Finish 6-7(6) 6-1 4-6 4-2
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)[32] v. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)[2]
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[24] v. Gilles Simon (FRA)[15]


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193 Comments for Nadal, Federer, Djokovic Dominate Wimbledon First Two Rounds, Will it Continue?

Matthew Says:

Nalbandian reached the Wimbledon final in 2002, not 2008. Just a note!


Rafa's babe Says:

Rafa will win and keep his ranking he can only ever get better and I don’t see Federer getting beat on grass ( except by Rafa )


Tennis Vagabond Says:

The Williamses will improve round by round. Don’t count them out on early form.
Fed and Nole each decimated solid players today. Very good signs. From what I saw of DelPotro he looked very good today, but his footwork issues yesterday are worrying- you can’t compete with Rafa if you can’t run.
So the top four look like the top four. That’s why they’re the top four. Doesn’t mean they won’t get beat. We have to expect an unexpected victory for someone- we just don’t know where it will fall.


Kimmi Says:

the only way for ESPN to show full federer match is if he plays last. there was no other matches going on, so i get the whole match on the recording.


funches Says:

No way will Sharapova win Wimbledon. Her best day on grass are behind her. She’s never even made a final since she won. Better athletes take advantage of her lack of speed and change of direction on grass.

Lisicki, Kvitova and Azarenka are ahead of Sharapova in the pecking order for sure. Lisicki is my pick to win the tournament now.


Kimmi Says:

c’mon delpo tomorrow. ah, he gets to play back to back to back days. good thing it was not a tough match today. simon had a day off, hopefully delpo can come swinging.


Kimberly Says:

I mean how much worse can things get for me, Sean is jinxing BOTH my favs. Come on, choose Wozniaki and Soderling!


Humble Rafa Says:

I play so bad, no? Backhand no good. Forehand sory of okay. only 40 winners in a match, not good. uncle tony, not happy, no?


Kimmi Says:

serena is right.


Humble Rafa Says:

I am so afraid of Gilles Muller. He is a very very good player.


jane Says:

This is a sincere question, but is court 2 much different than court 1? I notice Rafa is on court 1 tomorrow. I haven’t read the article or Serena’s interview, but will do so. Also, when Venus and Serena were more consistent players on the tour and ranked higher, were they put on court 2 back then?mjust curious if it is something to do with current ranking? While they are multiple slam champs, are either in top ten? Top 20? I mean, there must be a rationale to where they schedule players. Or no? Did Navratilova ever play on court two, later on in her career for example? Na Li was on center court today, but it might be that she *just* won the FO and she was in the AO final. I am just wondering aloud here.


Kimberly Says:

Jane the problem with court two is it is called the graveyard of seeds. Many past champions have suffered brutal defeats there, the most infamous being Sampras 2002. I sure wouldn’t want to play there!


Kimberly Says:

Serena and Venus combined have won more Wimbledon titles counting doubles than every other player combined male and female. They deserve more.


Kimmi Says:

court 1 is a big show court. much bigger than court 2. it is much closer to centre court size-wise. they normally rotate top players between court 1 and centre court.

court 2 is a show court too but smaller. it seem to be the same size as the new court 3. the thing with court 2 is, top players don’t like it, as it has the history of big upsets, hence the graveyard court nick name.


jane Says:

Kimberly, I read that article and I get the impression she is mad she isn’t on center court or court 1. In other words, are you suggesting she’d be okay with court 3? 5? 8? I don’t think it is just supersition as issue here, do you? I think she feels because she is defending champ she should not be on 2. Probably she has a point in this, but I was just curious if it might have something to ranking? I get the impression Serena thinks it is either racial or gender based, or both?


Kimmi Says:

kimberly, i posted before reading your comment hence the repetion


Kimberly Says:

Jane, Venus was put on court 2 as defending champion, and suffered an upset. Serena lost to Jill craybus there too.


jane Says:

So you guys think Na Li and Lisicki shouldn’t have been on center court? I thought that was a fun match! I don’t know. Move Tsonga v. Dimitrov? That, too, was amazing. It must be tough to make those schedules sometimes.


Kimmi Says:

i think it is a gender issue. i don’t see them putting federer or nadal.


Kimberly Says:

I think as the williams have won nine of the last eleven wimbledons they have earned the right to court one or centre court. However, if they had to be sent to an outer court I bet they would choose any other court than court 2! I know I would. I retired a dress I lost a usta match in once and gave it to goodwill.

Miami getting booed during the basketball draft.


Kimmi Says:

wozniacki is world no.1 but they put her on court 2. I remember JJ complaining..can’t remember the year. i think she was no.1 or 2 but was put on court.18


jane Says:

But didn’t you get the impression that Serena felt she should not be relegated beyond court 1 or center? So the issue isn’t superstition re: #2, as if that’s what she was upset about she would have been fine with 3, 5 or 8. I think I need to read her full interview for context, because that article Kimberly posted suggests, racial, gender, or anti- American bias. These are different issues.


jane Says:

Okay Kimmi, if you think it is gender, then you have a good point, and you give strong examples, but in those quotes of Serena’s she said “they are always putting me and Venus out there” so I get the impression she thinks it is more personal to them, but have to read the interview! Maybe she is mad Na Li and Lisicki got to play center court??


Kimberly Says:

I agree it is a gender issue.


jane Says:

Oh I missed your 10:28 post Kimberly, but thanks for clarifying. Wow so many championships between the sisters!


Kimmi Says:

sharapova has not played court 2 yet though. wimbledon organizers loves her.

Hope delpo can pass the court 2 test tomorrow. c’mooooon


Kimberly Says:

I would be mad nA li and lisicki played centre. Serena is the defending champion, four time champion, doubles champion twice, was on her deathbed and came back to play this tournament, probably rushed her recovery, to play this tournament. Wimbledon should show a little appreciation and respect. I’m sure the other tournaments she didn’t play would gladly put her on the centre to have the opportunity to have her play and bring excitement to the womens draw.

Court 1 had rafa soderling and some other good matches last year. And they are putting their local girl, Laura Robson v sharapova there. And rafa. And Novak was there yesterday,


jane Says:

I totally take your point Kimberly, makes sense. But I am still glad I got to see the Li Na vs Lisicki match in that exciting atmosphere.


Kimberly Says:

There is the question of whether it is a beauty issue, sharapova not sent to court 2 but then ana ivanovic would play centre court every match!


skeezerweezer Says:

I agree with the Williams about the officials have a thing for them, what it is doesn’t matter, they deserve better, and this isn’t the only time. It would have helped the womens game greatly since the Williams are back, to elevate the hype for the tour, which they need, and place them on a show court of worthiness. Love em or hate em, they are a big time draw.

It was bad enough they put Serena on court #2 and she b!tched, even though she won. Think about if she lost? Whoa…


skeezerweezer Says:

Have a feeling however from here on out if either sister advances they will get some premier court time ;)


Kimmi Says:

to be fair to wimbledon organizers, maybe they are looking for matches that will bring excitement on show courts. they don’t want to show the rout. a rout is boring to neutral fans.

venus vs date-krum was greeeat, so is lisicki vs Li.


Kimberly Says:

I think u r right skeez! Good, they deserve it.


Eric Says:

It’s only the first two rounds… of course the top 4 haven’t been tested yet. *eyeroll* That’s the way tournament seeding works.


Kimberly Says:

Kimmi, I don’t think delpo or woz have two worry, the court two curse is supposed to be only for former wimbledon champions? Or is ot all seeds. Not sure.


Eric Says:

And I’m sorry, but Serena doesn’t need to play every match on the centre court… She got it for the opening round, I’m sure she’ll get it again soon. It’s not some sort of slight to play on court 1 or 2 — Djokovic, Del Potro, Wozniacki, and even hometown girl Robson vs Sharapova were all scheduled to play outside center court today.


Kimberly Says:

Court 1 is not a slight. It is a nice court. Court 2 to a former champion is a potential death sentence!


Eric Says:

I don’t think the Wimbledon organizers need to take a stupid superstition into account when making up the order of play. Sorry. There are a lot of tennis matches to squeeze in during the first week at a slam, not everyone who “deserves” it can play every match on centre court.


Eric Says:

Ha…this is kind of gross:

“In the month before the 1985 championships, men with rifles took to Centre Court to eliminate the pigeons that had roosted there. Blood spilled onto the seats but it was wiped clean in plenty of time for the Championships.” (Wikipedia)


Kimberly Says:

Well nadal and sharapova now have the Sean Randall curse, worse than the court two curse. I’m quite concerned!


Kimberly Says:

Eric, I think the organizers could be a little more sensitive to a former champion who had a pulmonary embolism who cried after her first round match about how much it meant to her to be back on centre court playing. Sure the schedule is busy but show a little humanity!


Eric Says:

Also…apparently the curse of the no. 2 court may now be over! The current no. 2 court is where the old no. 13 court used to be, and is new; the old cursed no. 2 is now no. 3. Very confusing for superstitious types: does the curse adhere to the number or the grounds? Hmm…


Skeezerweezer Says:

Kimberly,

Lol on ur 11:15 post…..the curse!

Eric, ewwwweeeeww on the pidgin hunt massacre.


margot Says:

Eric, now they use a hawk, Peregrine Falcon I think, but not totally sure. Interview with hawkman on 5 Live, radio.


Eric Says:

great article, gannu…i second the recommendation


Michael Says:

Gannu, Thanks for referring this article. Truly a tribute to the Great Roger. I dread the day this Champion leaves Tennis. The Game will never be the same. But in life, all good things come to an end. It is the law of nature from which there is no escape.


Borg Says:

Nadal will be the likely winner at Wimbledon. There is no one who can stop this Matador from Spain. Federer if at all he gets to the finals will feel the humiliation of being beaten by Nadal yet again. Hope he doesn’t get there. May be Djokovic will be a bigger threat to Nadal. But on Grass Courts, Nadal is more confident against the likes of Djokovic. All in all, Nadal will lift his 3rd Wimbledon title and thereby close the gap with Federer. It will be 11 for Nadal next Sunday. So Rafans wait for the D day to celebrate.


Queen Says:

AMEN BORG, AAAAMEN!


Rick Says:

Hopefully, if Nalbandian not taking out Federer but to give him Federer a serious threat! Takes Federer to the fifth. Then he has a serious chance! Very often, a serious trouble with Federer when other players step up with their games. And Fed couldn’t really handle, like in the 2009 US final. He was leading 2 sets to 1, and 4-1 in the fourth. Then Del Potro stepped up, and destoryed him in the fifth set.


Rick Says:

I agree with you, Borg! It would be a stupid thing to argue with a tennis legend like yourself! hehe, and Federer got this symptons choking mactches after he was beaten by Nadal in the 2008 final. And never supreme like he was on grass. And with the absence of Nadal in 2009. Federer won it, but he was being pushed by Roddick in the final. Then last year, he was taken to five sets in the first round.


Rick Says:

Never argue with the great Bjorn Borg, he once said that Nadal would be a future Wimbledon champion. And Nadal is now the king of grass!


Rick Says:

I remember someone also saying that, Nadal would wins Wimbledon before Federer wins the French. And that was a prophet, too! Federer would have never win Roland Garros, with the presence of the world number 1 player in the world!


trufan Says:

And Nadal would have never won wimbledon if federer wasn’t 5 years older. And Nadal would have never won USO if he had faced Federer in the final. And NAdal would have never won the AO if he faced a Federer of the same age (i.e., the Fed of 2004).

Ha ha!


smopop Says:

@trufan calm down i know ur fed fan but rafa deserve allis titles so as roger


JF Says:

If if if…. that’s rubbish. the “if” scenario can be used under any circumstance whether it be sports or life.

Side note – Roddick is getting it handed to him, nice to see someone serving it right back to him!
Go Lopez!


jane Says:

Roddick is out. Also Harrison and Isner. Fish is still in it though.


skeezerweezer Says:

Yeah “if’s” go both ways, what is today..well that’s what it is, and who has got that is what needs to be appreciated for what it is. Rafa and Fed have plenty of that.

Will be’s, could be’s are things that haven’t happened yet…. BTW Borg quit @ 25….talk about what could have been…..

Always thought F-lo’s best service with his game would be grass….


JF Says:

hey skeezer, do you find the shirt tugging of Roddick to be most annoying ? lol. I def. do, and also durng his interviews has to wipe and touch his cap every other sentence..


Kimberly Says:

I feel very bad for Andy Roddick and very bad for my son who loves him. Go Mardy Fish today to make up for the disappointment.


dari Says:

Bummer for A-Rod :( but feli got game on grass.
Who’da thought Tomic would be the youngster getting to R3


dari Says:

57 winners and 7 errors for feli? That could have hurt anyone. Roddick with 40-16. I don’t think that will make roddick feel better though. Sorry for him :(


jamie Says:

As usual Sean Randall and his bad slam predictions… Has he ever gotten the slam winners right? No. Never.


jane Says:

dari, Nole predicted it, re: Tomic, after practicing with him.


dari Says:

Haha jane. Oh, novak can’t do much wrong these days


Kimberly Says:

Venus into second week. Dangerous. Looks like we will be seeing more of her outfit. She can recover from her 2nd round match and won’t play til monday. I think she plays slicey next, who just beat Zvonereva who she lost to last year.


skeezerweezer Says:

JF,

I would imagine the “germ phobes” out there would be hurling at the sight of some of these players habits …..lol. Eg; those tennis balls they play with during a match…just watch very carefully what touches what and follow the trail…..


Kimberly Says:

I know im obsessing over Venus outfit but I can’t even understand how she can play in that. It’s too lose. I just don’t get it.


jane Says:

F-Lo is good on grass, two previous QFs at Wimbledon, but Roddick is a three-time finalist, a four (or five?) time Queens winner, and he just beat F-Lo last week at Queens. So this is quite an upset given Andy R’s grass experience. However, F-Lo played well on clay; he almost (and in a way should have) beat Fed at Madrid, and then he had the bad luck of facing him again first (or second? ) round at the FO. F-Lo might’ve gone deeper at the FO too, were it not for that tough draw. This will be a difficult loss for Roddick,although it is clear Lopez played lights out, and has been in good form for a while. This has been a rough year for Roddick, but I read recently on a blog-diary he was writing for Wimbledon that his relationship with Stefanki is still a good one. I also read the Brooklyn just left England the other day (yesterday or today) to go to Greece for a charity event so she won’t be there today to cheer him up. Maybe he should head over to Greece for a nice break in the sun with his wife.


dari Says:

Couldnt be a better set up for Venus after tough kdk match. easy win over spaniard and a long weekend. go Venus
Brooklyn was in the crowd today, but they should both head off to Greece this evening


jane Says:

Just saw the press conference. For anyone who didn’t… Roddick was philosophical about it, mainly saying that he was outplayed today (whereas in 08 vs Tipsy he felt he choked or last year vs. Lu he felt he let opportunities go). He said his season so far has been “average.”

Good Andy R quote: “If it [sport] was predictable, it’d be like watching a DVD.” ;)


jane Says:

Oh I missed that dari. Maybe that was an old thing I read re: Greece? It was in the Daily Mail so … Lol.


jane Says:

Ah, dari, the thing in Greece begins June 25th, so the upshot is they can go together. I could only half watch Andy’s match as trying to get son ready for school… Here’s link re: Brooklyn if anyone interested – she is an ambassador for the special Olympics. http://www.usmagazine.com/celebritynews/news/brooklyn-decker-special-olympics-ambassador-heads-to-greece-for-world-games-2011236


dari Says:

whew, glad delpo got that first set in the TB and i got to sneak in a bit of his match. i tell you, if you wanna see what you want you gotta get on the computer these days!


margot Says:

jane, Brooklyn WAS watching..and biting her nails. Andy didn’t play well, he kept charging the net and getting passed. His volleying was poor too so really should not, on any account, be charging net.
simon v. v. unlucky first set but hey, he’s a fighter so Come on!
Hey, Tomic great for the beautiful game we have a “newbie” through.


jane Says:

margot, I must’ve missed when they showed her. Was storming around kitchen preparing lunch and breakfasts with tennis on quietly in background. Am now relaxing with coffee, feet up, waiting for Andy M’s match. ;) Laura R really almost could’ve won that first set today, wish she wouldn’t've run into Sharapova so soon.


jane Says:

Muller had two set points, and now he double faults to give Rafa set point.


Queen Says:

Andy should take his press conference wit onto the court with him. He sounds like a smart ass, which I really love about him, but all he did today was ball pounding. Except his serve he showed nothing special.


dari Says:

omg, nadal can get out of everything muller had three set points, but nadal will always fight till the end!
jane, looks like you’ll never live down missing brooklyn in the crowd ;)


Queen Says:

VAMOS FOR MY BOY NADAL!!!!!!


Kimberly Says:

breathe


Gannu Says:

Guess they should give the trophy to Nadal.. i dont see anyone defeating him at this rate… he is an animal on the court… Feddy bear has no chance..atleast will save hime thedeep ignominy of losing on his fvaorite surface !


Gannu Says:

Queen dont jump so much…its ur boy’s time!! Enjoy as long as it lasts… But remember times do change..so be guarded !


dari Says:

chill gannu :)
rafa is a beast, what’s new?!


dari Says:

go vika!


Kimberly Says:

Gannu–Vegas thinks your boy has as good of a chance of winning the tournament as my boy!

Actually Federer looking so great Nadal and him prob 50-50 if they play. Nadal much more likely to be upstaged before the final IMO.

Can I throw some anti-jinx out there to try to dispell the SR Curse?


Kimberly Says:

Roddick cannot be faulted for failing to give his opponents credit. He flat out said, he beat me I didn’t lose it. Very classy off court. If he learned how to treat linespeople and umpires he would prob be my fav. I also liked how when asked what if you never win wimbledon he turned it to the writer and said what if you never got your dream job? Oh well. Very composed and impresive. Wish he had won.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Fed is James Bond, Rafa is The Rock, what else is new?


jane Says:

Rafa’s serve has been particularly strong at Wimbledon, the best it has been this year I think.


jane Says:

Funny quote at ESPN about Judy Murray & F-Lo:

“For Lopez, this broke a 0-for-11 streak against top-10 players. Judy Murray, Andy’s mother, couldn’t care less. In her tweets, she calls him “Deliciano.”

Said the handsome Lopez, “I have to like it. It’s kind of funny.”"


dari Says:

that whole deliciano fiasco has overwhelmed tennis tweets for days!
feli and petko were playing doubles. petko lost, at least feli had some positivity for the team.
whew, vika comes right out for the break. i feel like these rain delays are coming when ladies are on centre and becoming the spotlight matches by default. good on them then


trufan Says:

the REAL Borg, Sampras, and Becker (between them, 15 wimbledon titles and 20 finals) all think Federer will win wimbledon this year.

So any predictions by amateurs or novices on this thread are at best guesses.

I just hope Nadal, if he wins, wins it by beating at least a couple of strong grass court players. Now that Roddick is out, he missed that bullet too. Roddick beat him even at Miami last year, remember? Raonic is out of his path. Funny how the biggest threats fall out or get injured before they meet him (like Djokovic at the French, for example).

If Nadal and Federer reach the final, I hope its played in full light, under good conditions (not overly windy), and there is still some grass left on court!


Karthick Says:

Guys, Can any one tell me what happened to rafa? In wimbledon’s As it happens link, theyhad mentioned like
17:40: Nadal injury! Rafa takes an injury timeout. He ran off court shirtless to the locker room so I’m not entirely sure what the problem is. Over on 2, Simon had a 4-2 second set lead over Del Potro.

I hope nothing serious, but Keeping my fingers crossed? some one please update!!!


Kimberly Says:

I didn’t know Nadal was injured?

I see AKB got the scoring bonus for picking the Deliciano upset.


dari Says:

yeah, that was a good pick. he will be happy, i will be jealous :)
nadal slipped, but i thought he waved to muller that he was fine. with his knee history, i don’t blame his getting it checked out.


Humble Rafa Says:

I am so afraid of Muller.


jane Says:

Yes, saw that slip at the back of the court on the slippery unworn grass. But Nadal got right back up so I didn’t think it was too serious.


Humble Rafa Says:

What knee injury? Oh that one..I see.

Note to personal assistant: someone is asking about injury #456. What do I say?


jane Says:

Azarenka with “hooooo”‘s for the win. :) Some clean powerful hitting at the end there.


margot Says:

OMG Vera’s gone…well just shows she shouldn’t have sacked that gorgeous “coach.” ;)
Really want Venus to go too and all because of that awful outfit….welcome to Shallowville, Margot….
Yes, Rafa called for trainer, he’s “tweaked” something.


dari Says:

something about wimbles brings us all to shallowville, margot. here i am admiring that all-white HEAD bag. its sooo pretty.
vika was really setting up points and SMASHING it the last few games.
she’s got a little punk in her with the #1 finger and hearty celebration hehe
bring on muzz!


Queen Says:

Skeez I love your comparison:)

Skeez said: Fed is James Bond, Rafa is The Rock, what else is new?

“Mr. Suavey” and “Mr. Beasty”


Queen Says:

Well Jane, Feli is kind of delicious:)
Tall + Spanish = HOT (at least for me) LOL


jane Says:

Okay, you would think with this rain there will be play on this middle Sunday?? I hope they don’t do what they did on 2007 when there were rain delays but they wouldn’t allow play to catch up on the middle Sunday.


Queen Says:

Bloody English rain! It is like winter in Chicago, never ends.


jane Says:

Speaking of winter in Chicago, was listening to radio interview on the CBC the other day with author Irvine Welsh (you may’ve read or seen the film Trainspotting?); anyhow, he has moved from his native Scotland (here’s the dubious link to tennis because, well, Murray is playing and he is from there) to Chicago, so the interviewer asked him why he chose to move to Chicago. Welsh surprisingly answered “because the winter goes on interminably, no one goes out, and there is nothing to do but, well, write.” ha ha. And touche.


Eric Says:

Ljubicic is playing quite well… can he ever hold here though? Would not have thought he could save a triple bp! But now he can’t get the hold.


Queen Says:

I am from Chicago and let me tell you the guy is right. Winter is probably the longest four months in your life. Besides that it is a great city:)


Eric Says:

Or maybe he can, LOL.


Eric Says:

Woah… bad fold from Andy there. I guess it’ll probably be four sets at least.


jane Says:

That is often the case in tennis: struggle really hard to break, fail to get the break, and then get broken the very next game. Sort of predictable pattern. But Murray can maybe get the break right back, right now.


Eric Says:

Ugh… lame game from Lubes gives the break back. Alas for fans of watching more tennis. :)


Eric Says:

jane, very true.


Eric Says:

Murray seems to be rolling now; wouldn’t be too surprised if he breaks IL again now. Ah momentum, the fickle mistress of tennis.


Eric Says:

Well that point – with the wild lob from Murray, terribly handled by Ljubicic (who may have thought it would be out) – was just a bit sad. And it costs Ljubicic a likely TB, ’cause Murray snags the first set…


The fighter Says:

wats up wid rain n rafa? ahgggrhhhhhh


jane Says:

Murray is fired up!

I still wanna know, if anyone knows, will Wimbledon allow matched on middle Sunday this year???


jane Says:

^ meant matches*


Kimberly Says:

will play resume? Its almost 8pm. What time can they play until?


jane Says:

Here’s a poll from a couple days ago. Majority think, yes, there *should be* play on Middle Sunday.

Kimberly, maybe 9:00? 9:30 latest, but the photos at Wimbledon’s site look dark.


dari Says:

ALL play suspended


dari Says:

For the rest of the day


Ben Wade Says:

Schedule for tomorrow is out.
Rafa will be on court at 8am eastern time tomorrow.


dari Says:

Excuse me for the silly, but Jane you gotta go look at novak twitter,there is a squirrel outside his house he is trying to befriend.
C’Mon BG don’t go talking about your inside knowledge of Murray ticks on the air!


Eric Says:

Wow, Ljubicic with the second set – Murray a bit lucky to have gotten that break back so easily in the first, I guess! This could still be an interesting match.


dari Says:

Wow, well there is a reason head to head is 3-3 b/t these guys. Murray not playing bad besides the double faults, but he could do moving up to the ball a little sooner on some of these balls. Of course not on the many bombs ljub is firing right now


Eric Says:

Murray is playing well, but not great (for him). Ljubicic I think is playing a bit closer to his full potential.


Eric Says:

And I didn’t know the H2H was 3-3, thanks for that.


jane Says:

Well, Ljuby is a wiley player and good at net too. But if his serve goes off he struggles. Commentators are correct. The crowd is kind of lulled right now; they need to get into this and pump up Murray.

dari, saw it.. Nole awlays says how much he loves nature. Teehee. Think it is sweet. So long as no befriending during going on during matches.


jane Says:

Judy out of her seat! :)


jane Says:

Murray is in the zone set 3! Needed to play like this earlier. I suspect he will roll through set four too, just like his round one match, in which last two sets were fab.


Eric Says:

Lubes starting to fight back, but I hope for his own sake that AndyM takes the set here. Ljubicic will serve first in the fourth then…


jane Says:

Did they just say Rafa’s parents are back together after a 2 year separation? They are in Murray’s box, or? Interesting.


dari Says:

Murray sure is getting passing practice today!
I heard that they are back together elsewhere too, but I don’t know how that kinda news is confirmed.
They were saying that his parents were in the royal box together the other day


trufan Says:

Somebody is getting testy, touchy, and defensive here, for no reason…

Nadal just said this about Sampras:

“Personally, to watch a Pete Sampras versus Goran Ivanisevic match, or one between those kind of players, is not enjoyable. It’s not really tennis, it is a few swings of the racquet.”

Goes on to say courts haven’t really slowed down.

Yeah right.

He should thank the Gods for playing at a time when things HAVE slowed down on many of the surfaces, also due to the type of balls they use now, which are different from before.

And Mr. Nadal, is your style of tennis very enjoyable, as you claim? BS. THere’s no fun in watching two players moonballing each other, or just returning everything, playing it safe, and having 20-30 stroke rallies with not much vareity. Wait, isn’t that a Nadal versus Ferrer type of snoozefest on clay?

Or is it really fun to watch a player spend 30-35 seconds before EVERY damn serve??? Gosh, 40% or so of the time in every match is spent in just waiting for Nadal to serve. After picking his butt.

Ya, that’s more fun than watching Pete serve and volley on REAL grass.

Sampras may have been miserable on clay, but he was nearly unbeatable on grass. His first serve, and then second serve, were lethal, followed by his volleys.

He could still beat Nadal on the grass courts of the mid nineties.


jane Says:

Haha what a shot!!


dari Says:

Auf! Wish Murray coulda won that game after the hot dog shot!


jane Says:

Lol, dari. A leaping forward facing tweener winner???!!! That is classic youtube stuff. One of the best *most unique* tweener winners I have seen.


jamie Says:

Wimbledon final will be:

Djokovic-Murray

Book it.


jane Says:

Ljub dug out some amazing backhand returns to break back when Andy serving for match. Andy served well too; so is not his fault or a choke.


jane Says:

Murray, hold now!

Just was watching Deliciano’s press video, and wow, feel temperature has risen in room. Or is just me maybe? I could see F-Lo staring in the “Jesus Christ Superstar” musical the way he looks in that presser.


jane Says:

Phew! Murray is through. Ljuby put up a nice fight. Judy and Kim looking so serious during the final points, trying to keep selves calm and supportive for Andy. Very sweet. :)


dari Says:

Faces of STONE on them, Jane! Geeze. Breathe, Murray is through to second week!


margot Says:

Wow, another nail biter, but YES Come On!
jane, a big queue for Deliciano and I don’t think you are anywhere near the front…;)


margot Says:

PS jane he showed off that shot last match, I think.


Fritz Says:

Well done Andy!!!

Good, but he’ll be even better next week…


skeezerweezer Says:

Trufan,

Can you post the link to that? If he said that about the past greats I am shocked…..


jane Says:

Watched last match margot; ESPN cuts in and out so much betweenmatches, interviews, and analysis maybe didn’t show trick shot. Anyhow was great to see today. And are you at the front of the queue, then?


Nina Says:

@Jane… Feli does really look delicious in that press conference. Stubble looks great on him. ;)


margot Says:

Oi u two, am sure I saw him first….;)


jane Says:

Rafa’s unusally outspoken there – very honest one could say. The following quotes remind me of what Verdasco said when Raonic beat him those couple of times:

“It’s not really tennis, it is a few swings of the racquet.

“It was less eye-catching than what we do now. Everyone enjoys the tennis we play much more. I am not saying we are playing better tennis, just more enjoyable tennis. For me, in the past it was just serve, serve, serve.”

Personally, I loved Sampras’ running forehand, his volleys, but I do like the exciting long rallies we see these days a little more. Although I don’t want to see endless counter-punching as much as I don’t want to see endless serving battles: a balance is key. I think Agassi was the perfect foil for Sampras, because his return and groundstrokes were so good, thus he forced some longer points. Anyhow, it’s all an evolution of styles and they seem to change often. I love the tennis right now. It’s pretty fab!


dari Says:

Thx skeeze.
It’s pretty clear that was translated from Spanish; maybe he always has much stronger feelings in his first language.
Chicken or egg? He doesn’t value the serve cause he doesn’t have it as a huge weapon or he doesn’t have it as a huge weapon because he doesn’t value it (besides uso)?
His tongue got a little loose on that one, saying “its not really tennis” what Pete and goran were doing. WHOOPS


jane Says:

Hmmm, I didn’t interpret Rafa as saying he didn’t value the serve, but that matches decided based on that one shot being the main shot exchanged weren’t as “enjoyable” in his opinion. His own serve has actually been looking pretty strong again here at Wimbledon, at least imo. He also made that interesting comment about women’s tennis being totally a “different world”. Like I say, an unusually candid interview from Rafa.


dari Says:

well he values the serve of course, but its never been his biggest weapon. Ask a big server who depends on that a lot more and who’s had that weapon from the beginning and maybe they wouldn’t say such a thing. Ask an aggressive player about “counter-punching” and they seem to devalue that as well.
Tennis is very exciting today, no doubt, but its just weird and a little bit of a turn off to say anything negative about the generation before. Talk smack on your peers, maybe not encouraged, but the competition is hot, so you get it. but “that’s not really tennis” applied to the greats of Wimbledon a decade past makes me uncomfortable :/ he tried to clean it up by saying its not better tennis today, its different.
Hey, Rafa is speaking out, I can dig it


jane Says:

I take your points, dari. Yeah, the “that’s not tennis” comment is questionable, for sure, and similar to Hotsauce re: Milos. I would like to see the interview context, just to see if anything prompted these comments.


Fed end Says:

Wow…FEDTARDS are at it again.

Its now official that Rafa is not just in Fed’s head….he is happily living and doing all sorts of damage in FEDTARDS’ heads too.

Rafa….I love it….just come out and say that “I am the GOAT”


mem Says:

trufan,

some of you people are so gullible it ain’t funny! you are so desperate to find something. apparently, you and some others believe everything you read.

i remember after the usopen 2010, it was said that nadal did an interview in spanish and the newspapers translation indicated that nadal admitted that his uncle advised him on where to serve during the last set of the final vs djokovic, and like you, there were so many anti-nadal fans who wanted so badly to believe it until they never took the time to revisit the video of the match. there are always some people who don’t want to know the truth, but to make a long story short, no such thing ever occurred. i know someone who was at the match who had already confirmed that no such thing occurred; plus, i watched the video again for myself and it was plain and simple a concoction made to discredit rafa’s win, but whoever translated it said what they wanted fans to believe and fans like you are so easy. you are a perfect candidate for believing anything you read.

i’ve read many things that nadal supposingly said that were fabricated. for example, in a post match interview during roland garros, he said that he felt he had been on the tour for a 100 years. next thing you know, articles turn up singing a song about nadal said that he feels like he’s a 100 years old and that maybe he’s burnt out and about to do what borg did and leave the sport at 25. it wasn’t at all what he meant.

i haven’t read what he said about sampras, but i seriously doubt he said it the way they claim he did. that’s my opinion. i know all too well how they distort things to create controversy. the media know that fans wait for them, for commentators, sportswriters, etc. to tell them what to think and they can most certainly tell you anything they want.

nadal is no saint, neither is any player, neither is anyone, but there are certain things i will never believe he says until i hear him say them. the same holds true for other players as well.

of course, i’ve read some of your comments and i know exactly how you feel about nadal so, i can’t say that i’m surprised. you are entitled to your opinions and if it makes you feel better you can believe whatever you want, but i wouldn’t be so quick to judge based on every quote that i read.


Kimberly Says:

So what? It’s his opinion, he’s entitled to it. Many people say how they like different styles of tennis and don’t get slammed. If I recall federer once said clay courts weren’t real tennis.


jane Says:

Kimberly, touche. Nice counterpoint article. And surely both Fed and Nadal have earned more than the right to voice their opinions on which style of tennis they prefer, or think is more entertaining, or pure, or whatever.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Yes Kimberly, touche indeed! And u gave a solid answer that he has a right to his opinion, agree or not.


Skeezerweezer Says:

But me still has issues with what he says about past play, and Fed is only discussing Clay, will write later what i mean gotta go good stuff y all


Kimberly Says:

Thanks all. And For the record my personal game of late is I end the point in less than three shots with a winner or an error. Much more effective in the florida heat than the Caroline wozniaki style I played before. And I cant stand playing on clay. The faster HC the bettter. So I’m not agreeing with rafa per se but saying he is entitled to his opinion.


margot Says:

Personally, I much prefer a game of chess to a shoot out at the OK corral.


Skeezerweezer Says:

margot,

Understand….but on what surface? ;)


Nims Says:

Roger’s analysis is spot on when it comes to his comments on Clay. He did not undermine the surface but he meant one need not have all court tennis to win on Clay..which is absolutely true. Not sure why the link should be considered as counterpoint here. But Rafa’s comments is also seems to be true. Though Pete could be considered as greatest Grass court player, but I have never seen fans warm up to his tennis. So not sure why people need to be harsh on him.


someone Says:

mem “i haven’t read what he said about sampras, but i seriously doubt he said it the way they claim he did. that’s my opinion. i know all too well how they distort things to create controversy. the media know that fans wait for them, for commentators, sportswriters, etc. to tell them what to think and they can most certainly tell you anything they want.”

Totally pwned!!!


margot Says:

skeeze on all actually. I know you all love Sampras here, but I agree with Rafa, I found his style of tennis boring, aahh sacrilege and I’ve said it now ……….ouch, ouch….
Probably why I enjoy Andy/Rafa matches so much…watching them trying to outwit each other. Probably enjoy them more if Andy won more…but hey, life’s not perfect and nor is sport ;)


trufan Says:

mem, hope you did read the article finally.

One can say about Nadal’s game – its not really THAT much tennis skill, its more just running and retrieving, and doing it for 5 hours if needed. He has made the game so physical, that tennis skill takes a backseat, especially on clay. The “skill” weakness of his comes out clearly on fast carpet.

Mcenroe was an INCREDIBLE tennis player. He probably wouldn’t survive a player like Nadal on most courts, given the slow court speed which gives physicality a front seat. That doesn’t make Nadal a better tennis player than Mcenroe.

Ya, make the tennis court even larger, then running around gets even more dividend. And NAdal doesn’t get beat till he is a ripe old 28.

I have seen that too many times in squash. Physical prowess over skill.


mem Says:

trufan,

you’re are certainly entitled to your beliefs, but let me be the first to tell you, you sound a bit on the irrational side. nadal has 10 slams, 46 titles at age 25. i’m sure if murray, djokovic, soderling, and others could play his style and be as successful, they would. so, what your constant analysis of nadal’s game ain’t worth a can of beans.

anyway, i didn’t know fans were forced to watch players whose style they didn’t appreciate.

in case no one has informed you, don’t stress so much about the way nadal plays, just don’t watch. isn’t that’s what rational people do?

you’re not the first person who doesn’t appreciate nadal’s game and rest assure you won’t be the last. why stress; it’s not healthy!

you are worrying too much about something you can’t change. can you change the way the nadal plays? enjoy tennis! i know you are just afraid of what nadal might accomplish, but don’t get so caught up into something that you can’t do one iota about. just some friendly advise!


trufan Says:

mem,

stick to comments and views about players and tennis. You don’t know me, I don’t know you. Its foolish of you to assume I am stressed, or whatever, when you don’t know squat about it.

Or all you can do is just spit out make believe views about people you don’t know?

The skill/physicality ratio has been steadily declining in tennis, ever since we moved to newer rackets. Now, especially on clay, its reached a rather low level. Heck, lets just introduce a bout of boxing instead of a tie breaker!

OK, now go on mem,


mem Says:

trufan,

in my opinion, your stress is evident by your constant analysis of nadal’s game and the way you think he should play. it’s rather fruitless if you ask me.

i try not to worry about things out of my control. a player’s style doesn’t concern me one bit. it takes contrasting styles to make sports, (in this case tennis) interesting and exciting to watch. if every player had the same style, i doubt that tennis would have many followers. i certainly wouldn’t be a fan. like i said, if a player’s style bothers you that much, i suggest you don’t watch him because it is what it is! i just don’t see how complaining about all the time can change anything.


madmax Says:

Hi tennis x’ers!

Back from wimby.

For those who haven’t been, you have to go there one day. It really is an incredible, vibrant place to be.

I caught the tube to Southfields just a 10 minute walk from the courts, but it is amazing how many people greet you from the tube station. Yesterday there was a guy dressed in DJ and bow tie, shouting to all ticket holders that if they wanted to take part in a champagne reception at wimby, to ‘step this way!’.

I walked to the grounds, passing half a million pound houses with barbed wire netting above high security walls. Some of the houses are just beautiful. One house had the sense to rent out their driveway to would be parkers, all money going to charity – nice thought.

Got to the grounds. Security as usual looking into the bags, got through and off to the main notice board to see who was playing.

First up was Laura Robson v Sharapova.
Her grunting is even louder live guys. It really is bad. Reverberates around the whole court. Robson did really well and the brit die hards with their ‘COME ON LAURAS!’ were all around. It was a great match. She took Maria on and did herself proud. (I looked out for your Margot, I thought you might be there?!).

Second up was venus. Her grunts were even louder and I have to say THAT dress was just appalling. Nothing could prepare me for the…’Yep. I am a bag lady effect’ (sorry venus fans, but it truly is an awful dress). That was a boring match. A complete beat down.

Went for a break. Got a Pimms (£1 cheaper than last year at £7 a glass!), strawberries were delicious though and massive!

Got back to no. 1 court, nadal walked onto the court with Mueller. Have to say Kimberley. I did think of you. The ladies at the back of me were screaming, it was like being at a Take That concert! Rafa didn’t play his best tennis, Mueller played out of his skin and we all thought that he should have taken the first set, he was so close. But you know that rafa gets ‘it’ from somewhere and he did what he had to do.

He then took off his shirt. Kimberley, you could not hear the place for all the screaming of the rafa fan girls. I was just laughing away. It did make me think that rafa had done that on purpose though (sorry). He then called the trainer and ran off the court with his chest heaving to his fans! They absolutely loved it!

Rain delay. So no more tennis. Was a great day though. Lots to do and to buy at the Wimbledon shop! I didn’t see any celebrities around and about although I kept an eye out for fed who I thought might be on a walk about!!!! (yeah right!).

But you have to go. Keep trying for tickets every year and sure enough you’ll get some one day am sure.

I know rafa slipped, but when I watched it when I got home, it looked worse on TV. On court, he was down for a second and then up again so I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

Would be great if we could all meet at wimby one year and have a pimms or a G& T together. How cool would that be?

Kimmi/Jane on the serena point about playing on court no. 2. I can understand her point, but court no.2 is lovely. It’s a really lovely court. Walked around it and it is smaller, but a really great atmosphere and I think all in all, it doesn’t really matter where you play.

I was listening to some of the journalists who were saying that serena should just get on with it and feel honoured to play at wimbledon. I think they have a point. When I went to wimbledon last year, I had tickets for the centre court, where Roger was supposed to play! He ended up playing on court no. 1! so he doesn’t always play on centre court as Serena wrongly pointed out. Equally nadal played on court no. 1 yesterday and today. It doesn’t really matter. There are enough fans out there who want to see serena play and are really pleased she is back.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Thanks for the on court report Madmax, loved it ;)


dari Says:

sweeet, max.
maybe i will go someday, but don’t see it in my cards while fed is still around :(
thanks for the report!


jane Says:

Thanks for your report madmax; it gives a strong sense of the atmosphere. Sorry you got rained out but it sounds like you enjoyed yourself anyhow!


Kimberly Says:

Awesome report madmax and thanks for including my boy even though know he’s not your number 1! I am super jealous. Must be amazing to attend a tournament so rich with history and tradition. Are u going again?


trufan Says:

Mem,

Again, it appears you do not understand english well. Otherwise you wouldn’t conclude things like I am stressed or I am worried!!! LOL..

I am airing my opinion on a player. You are the one who seems to not be able to take it, and instead resort to hurling personal comments. Are you stressed?


madmax Says:

Hey Kimberley! Yes, I will try again. I just apply in the ballot and hope for the best.

WE ALL HAVE TO GO! (have a sign over our t-shirts saying TX’rs)!!!!!

Just can’t believe the weather for this year. Last year glorious sunshine for the full two weeks.


margot Says:

Madmax: gr8 report :) Always go into ballot, never successful :( Tickets were available for something like a grand for yesterday going on to 2 and 3 for next week. Balmy.


Kimberly Says:

what about just a “grounds pass” i heard them talking about that on tv.


margot Says:

kimberly, you’d have to arrive incredibly early, some people sleep over night, and queue for hours. Even then you might not be lucky. This week people in the queue were being sent home because the grounds were full.


Kimmi Says:

wow! great report maxi. Fed is court 1 on monday. wish you had gone then….

margot, is a “grand” 1000 Pounds?


Kimberly Says:

wow! Guess that’s the difference betweeen the sony ericsson and wimbledon. I just kind of score tix off people i know who have boxes for the whole two weeks on the sessions they aren’t going.

Kaiser and I were going to buy tix for Fedal at sony ericsson but they were too expensive. Good thing we didn’t splurge as the match sucked. The second row center seats for the womens final were literally given to me and it was not full.

I have a feeling a grand slam is a whole different ball game in terms of the structure of the tournament, tickets etc. Especially Wimbledon.

Would be great to all meet at Wimbledon! I’m a non-drinking vegetarian but I could down a few strawberries!


madmax Says:

Kimberley! Me too. I bought the Pimms for my friend who came with me, who absolutely loves G&T, I was the one driving back home,(after reaching the train station exit eventually), so she was in heaven drinking pimms and G&T all day!

Margot! That’s just dead unlucky! I can’t believe that. You just have to keep trying though. I know a friend of mine tried 7 times, 8th attempt, get in!!!!!!

I have been so lucky, 2 years on the trot for me now. I never thought in a million years I would get lucky. Still think it’s a long shot, but there you go.

Kimmi. I know. I know. No. 1 court. It’s just a bummer, but I did see fed play live in stockholm last year and I am now forever happy. There is nothing like watching a live match.
When I saw on TV fed returning when he was running backwards, just unbelievable! and mcenroe was chuckling away to himself saying that fed was barishnikov, he is so balletic. He really is.

When Skeezer and contador reported back after miami, independently, I could understand there immense and huge excitement. It’s just brilliant watching players live. Same with Margot, last year at the 02 and her report!

Talking of which Margot, are you going this year in November? I have semi final tickets – I’m going with another friend of mine, Cassie, if you want to meet up for a drink somewhere in the reception area, I think that would be really cool. You don’t have to, but if you do, would be fun!

It’s an absolutely scorcher here today. Weather just cannot make up its mind.


margot Says:

kimmi, yes a grand is £1000. Obviously if you get them in the ballot they’re cheaper but they get more and more expensive the further you go into the tournament. Look them up on Guardian on line. Have your smelling salts ready :)
In contrast I’ve got a ticket for the semis at 02 and that’s £100. The final was about double. But only two matches and at Wimbledon there’s a lot more going on and it’s much more like an “occasion.” I have actually been to a men’s final, many years ago, never forget it :)


dari Says:

Anyone out there have tips for US open tix?
I’ve also just kinda fell into tix from ppl who have full session and then give away. Problem is, nobody wants to give up fed session tix. truthfully I’ve had amazing time every year even with no fed, but I’m taking it into my own hands this year.
We already bought grounds passes for the third day, which is a great deal because its access to all stadium except ashe, and at the beginning of the week plenty of great players will be on Armstrong.
Anyway, if any one out there has tips for good seats at uso, speak up! My plan right now is just waiting till the OOP is out and then going on uso ticket Exchange, stub hub, etc, hoping ppl are trying to get tix of tix last minute and get desperate!
Wimbledon one day! Bucket list :)


Kimmi Says:

wow margot, expensive. i will stick with the TV for now.


Kimberly Says:

i couldn’t see a nadal match at sony ericsson, had to settle for him on practice courts. all of my connections love rafa and weren’t giving up seats for his matches.

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