Roddick Loses, Ripped by ESPN Crew at Wimbledon; Tennis-X Notes
by Staff | June 24th, 2011, 10:51 pm
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Andy Roddick was 7-0 career versus Spain’s Feliciano Lopez on Friday at Wimbledon, but “F-Lo” served-up a stellar performance in shocking the three-time Wimbledon runner-up 7-6(2), 7-6(2), 6-4 at the All England Club.


Is Roddick continuing to improve in his overall game?

“Not this year, No,” Roddick said in his post-match conference. “I haven’t played well this year, for sure. I don’t think I’ve played my best since probably April of last year. I think I can. Have I over the last year? Probably not. I’ve been up against some stuff. But it has to get better. There’s no doubt.”

“Some stuff” have been various injuries in 2010-011, but nonetheless ESPN commentator and former U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe and former Roddick coach Brad Gilbert absolutely ripped the American for playing passive tennis over the last few years and abandoning the grip-it-and-rip-it style that won his his lone Slam title at the US Open. ESPN commentator Pam Shriver chimed in that it could possibly be time for Roddick and coach Larry Stefanki to part ways.

In other third-round matches Friday, No. 4 seed Andy Murray overcame a stiff test from Croat Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4), and No. 17 seed Richard Gasquet beat Italian Simone Bolelli in straights.

In second-round action No. 7 David Ferrer finished off unseeded American Ryan Harrison 6-2 in the fifth in a match resumed from the previous day, and also in resumed matches No. 11 Jurgen Melzer defeated Russian Dmitry Tursunov in four, and Aussie Bernard Tomic defeated Russian Igor Andreev 6-1 in the fifth.

“I was starting to get a little frustrated just because I’d already gone down a break after being up two sets to one,” Harrison said of losing his cool in the final stages of the match against Ferrer. “I could feel I wasn’t playing well. But I tried to take a deep breath and relax and just kind of keep my mouth shut and start fighting, and that was going to give me my best chance. Just because you try to do the right things and control your emotions doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to win.”

Matches to watch for Saturday are (1) Rafael Nadal vs. Gilles Muller, (2) Novak Djokovic vs. (32) Marcos Baghdatis, (3) Roger Federer vs. (28) David Nalbandian, (5) Robin Soderling vs. Bernard Tomic, and (6) Tomas Berdych vs. Alex Bogomolov Jr.

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Rafael Nadal
has won 16 straight matches at Wimbledon, but at the end of his first set with Gilles Muller he called for the trainer to work on what looked like a left knee problem (match to finish Saturday)…Serena is pissed for playing on Court 2, but Pete Sampras also once played there (and lost)…Is Bernard Tomic better than Ryan Harrison? Tomic is a year younger and he just won his first career five-setter. Tomic will also be the highest-ranked Australian in the next ATP rankings…Roger Federer is trying for the career “Nalbandian Slam,” beating David Nalbandian at all four majors. The only player Federer has a career “player” slam over is Nicolas Kiefer. Federer and Nalbandian are both 29…The last two tournaments Bernard Tomic has played he’s lost to the eventual champion (Gilles Muller, Dudi Sela). Ditto for Xavier Malisse (Dmitry Tursunov, Andy Murray)Fernando Gonzalez hasn’t beaten a Top 20 player in 18 months (Beijing 2009-David Ferrer)…Jurgen Melzer has a Wimbledon singles title, a junior one…Tamira Paszek was a Wimbledon junior finalist in 2005…The only time Serena Williams won consecutive three-set matches in the first two rounds of a Slam she lost to Jill Craybas at Wimbledon…Caroline Wozniacki will be No. 1 through the week of August 1…Francesca Schiavone is playing her 44th straight Slam…Petra Cetkovska has never won a game off of Ana IvanovicShaui Peng is the highest-ranked player without a WTA singles title…Good thing they have a roof. Andy Murray is 3-0 under it…How long until Andy Roddick coach Larry Stefanki gets canned? Maybe never since Roddick seems content to play like Michael Chang rather than the grip-it-and-rip-it style that won him a US Open…German Julia “Gorgeous” Goerges says stop calling her gorgeous: “Honestly, I don’t really like it. It’s just that people sometimes read my name and can’t pronounce it because they haven’t heard it before, especially in America. You can make the joke once but you don’t have to do it two or three or four times in a row. It’s getting to really annoy me. I’m not the type of girl who tries to make herself more glamorous. I want to show what I can do in tennis and it has nothing to do with how you look on court. If you’re good-looking on court, it doesn’t win any matches.”…Andy Murray is the only British man or women remaining in the draw after five days at Wimbledon…World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, like Serena Williams the previous day, got the Court 2 treatment from Wimbledon schedulers and complained: “I think I deserve to play on one of the bigger courts. Obviously, everyone wants to play in there. It’s up to the tournament to decide where we’re going to play. I just go out there and I try to win.”…What happened to Andy Murray’s “torn tendon” he “played through” at the French? That was superhuman healing! Was it a partial tear Andy or a complete tear?…After being fined $5,000 for an audible obscenity at Wimbledon, Spaniard Fernando Verdasco tweeted “ITF (equals) Thieves (equals) shameful” then deleted it…The WTA says its sponsorships have increased 60 percent in the last 12 months.


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253 Comments for Roddick Loses, Ripped by ESPN Crew at Wimbledon; Tennis-X Notes

Joel Says:

I think the ESPN crew is onto something. Andy has played softer and softer overall since his dominant days, and much less in the last two years. I think he reached the perfect balance between power and court coverage then, which is why he was that close to winning Wimbledon.


Kimberly Says:

Booooooo wimbledon again. Putting former champ sharapova on court 2 verse a no name! Please no graveyard curse, let Maria win!!!!!!!!


TD (Tam) Says:

Hello everybody,
The ESPN crew is 100% right and I’m glad they are giving some tough love advice to Roddick. He needs to hear more of it. They know he is capable of playing much better than what he’s showed so far, he’s capable of winning another slam, but he keeps sabotaging himself trying to play like somebody else (Chang, Agassi) instead of playing like Andy Roddick.
As a longtime Roddick fan it has been a very frustrating experience to hear every body say the same thing over and over again for years but it does not sink into Roddick’s thick skull except maybe once in a while (2009 wimbledon). He cannot afford to play passive percentage tennis anymore, even against players he’s previously owned.
I’m off my soap box now. good night!


Eric Says:

Well, here are the guys still left in the draw who have yet to lose a set — not that this means anything or everything.

Rafa (barely – nice show, Mr. Gilles Chöker)
Fish (until he plays Haase, anyway)
Berdych (nice, but he hasn’t actually played anyone good yet)
Gasquet (maybe he can match his old best?)
Federer (natch)
Lu (Llodra could knock him off this list)
Nole (also natch)

Obviously some of these players are a round ahead of the others, but it’s still an interesting list. Lu obviously not really a contender for late second week; Fish and Berdych are in the doomed Rafa quarter, plus Haase could easily beat one or even both of them, as of course could Fish or Berdy.

So what about Rafa, Fed, and Nole? We’re down to them… And Murray, who only lost one set, but had quite a lot of trouble with Ljubicic (plus one set to DGT, but that doesn’t count – first match jitters).

What’s surprising about this list? Well, Soderling isn’t on it. Petzscher and Hewitt, obviously very, very tough opponents for the first two rounds (how come no one was talking about how hard HIS draw is?) but we can still say that he hasn’t looked as good as he did maybe the last few years. But now he has an easy match against Tomic, and came through in a down-then-up, 2-3 split, match against a red-hot Hewitt who was playing as well as I’ve seen him in the past few years. So that’s encouraging, even if he was a hair from elimination.

Anyway.. just some rambling thoughts.


Seth Says:

Why does everyone in the world choke against Nadal when they have him down in the big points? Somebody, anybody . . . please find your cajones when it counts, convert the big points against him, and bundle him and that unsightly bolo whip forehand out of Wimbledon. Please and thank you.


Seth Says:

*cojones


Skeezerweezer Says:

If you guys are looking for an odds on fav, whoever of the top 4 plays a really tough opponent and wins convincingly first as we go through the draw, well, there is your guy.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Hey Julia,

Your Gorgeous.

Hey Andy,

Before u retire, get Pete to coach u and go out serve and volleying like a maniac. At least you’ll have fun, and hey, maybe when you get a floater return like you usually do off your big serve you’ll come in and stick a easy winner volley like you suppose too.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@Seth

Have u seen Rafa’s? His are always bigger than his opponents. Why do you think he needed to wear long pants for so long when he played? To hide them appropriately. For someone else to compete they may need implants. Ok….skeezer…TMI…you’re done.


Seth Says:

Bah, he’s still just a human being. Quit being pansies and take it to him, ATP tour!


Hypnos Says:

Seth,

I don’t think Muller is a choker — he just doesn’t have an extra gear.

Remember his match against Federer at the US Open? Made some big plays, but he has to redline his game to keep up with the top guys when they are elevating their games.

What baffles me is why he isn’t Top 50.


RICH Says:

HEARTBRAKING..I KEEP HAVING FAITH IN HIM AND H ELETS ME DOWN AGAIN AND AAGAIN


Seth Says:

No, it’s just Nadal and his perpetual, existentially-unjust get-out-of-jail card.


Seth Says:

I watch results like this and think, “What the hell? Nadal just escaped again. The universe is an unbalanced and ontologically unbalanced place.” I’m not joking. It really peturbs me.


Seth Says:

That was a somewhat dumb sentence, but you get the point, I think.


Cherry Says:

This news really saddens me. How I wish Roddick could have gone on until the finals. http://www.tennisround.com


Eric Says:

Poor Roddick. He hasn’t been noteworthily good on a remotely consistent basis since 2005 and yet everyone expects greatness from him constantly. His average slam performance since 2006 has been the fourth round — which is certainly good, but shockingly underwhelming when you realize that he’s been in the top 8 for most of that time.


Dory Says:

This year’s rain has been the worst for as back as I can remember. Totally screwing up the scheduling as well. Today Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Soderling, JMDP all in action and I can only probably watch one or two matches as they will take place simultaneously. Then there’s the Tsonga vs Gonzalez thriller. Wimbledon organizers should officially put the other matches we are unable to watch on their website for download for free because of the damn rain.

JMDP is almost playing every single day since Wimby began.


margot Says:

kimberly, Maria said she liked being on court 2.


Kimmi Says:

fish with a great start. 4-1 up


Dory Says:

Robin Haase is a good player but Fish is playing too strong right now. Very less UEs.


Kimmi Says:

horrible set by goerges, needs to relax now.


Kimmi Says:

c’mon goerges, cibulkova is a fighter. ah, goerges is broken again

sharapova already won. kimberly, not court 2 jinx for sharpie.

haase is playing much better in the second.

bartoli down a set.


Kimmi Says:

rafa and muller on serve


Kimmi Says:

ah, cibulkova running away with the third set.


Kimmi Says:

delpo v simon on court. go delpo


Kimmi Says:

yeah, delpo breaks. not a good start from simon.

Go delpo!!


Kimmi Says:

haase takes second set.


Kimmi Says:

delpo should concentrate here..dont give the break back pleeeease


Kimmi Says:

delpo heard me. from 0-30, 4 big serves took him out of danger.


Kimmi Says:

simon has not won a game since they got back today. 3 straight game from delpo.


dari Says:

Buenos dias. Vamos delpo!


Kimmi Says:

OK, simon on the board now. 5-5.

rafa playing another tie break


Kimmi Says:

hey dari. rafa has a tough one with muller. muller playing a “serve serve serve” tennis


Kimmi Says:

vamos delpo. go go go


Kimmi Says:

4-4 for rafa mulle on the tie break. muller will soon blink again


Kimmi Says:

5-5 now.


Kimmi Says:

muller blinked, rafa with the set point.

and he takes it.


Kimmi Says:

another tie break. vamos delpo


Daniel Says:

Nadal winning second set with 0 Unforced Errors killed Mueller spirit, being broken to open ser 3.


Humble Rafa Says:

I am so afraid, so afraid of Muller. Okay, now, time to get it done in 3 sets and go home. Enough humility for the Gilles of Luxemborg.


Kimmi Says:

delpo giving away the mini break…

aaah,great point by deplo..get the mini break back..set point.


Kimmi Says:

vamos delpo..big serve now


Kimmi Says:

and he does it. ACE!!

ace at the right time. 2 – 0. love it


Kimmi Says:

bartoli such a fighter. she was a set an a break down but came back to win the second set.


Kimmi Says:

fish cruising in the 3rd


Kimmi Says:

monfils loosing the third set..


Kimmi Says:

wishful thinking to pick la monf to the qtr :(


Kimmi Says:

FEDERER v NALBANDIAN..c’mmon roger!


Kimmi Says:

Haase retired. too many injuries for Haase, that is the reason his game never really develop


aleish17 Says:

What happened to the Nadal-Muller match? I just tuned in to see Nadal waving to the crowd but the score in the 3rd set is 4-0. Is it another rain delay?


Roma Says:

Why does Federer continue to have the EASIEST draws @ Wimbledon..no wonder he wins more..VERY unfair


aleish17 Says:

Silly me. Just checked the scores from the official site of Wimbledon. Nadal took the 3rd set. Yeeey! On to the next challenge.


Kimmi Says:

too many errors from nalby fh, early break for fed.


Kimmi Says:

simon still fighting…c’mon delpo


Kimmi Says:

c’mon fed..0-30


Daniel Says:

The difference between Federer and Nadal: Fed already made 4 UE in 4 games, Nadal made 3 until. 3-3 second set after playing a tiebreak!


Kimmi Says:

wow. 5 duece games federer eventually holds.

did delpo win? i did not see the end!

Yeah delpo, yes he did.


Kimmi Says:

daniel – its all depends who they play..nalbandian game can cause some unforced error from opponent.


Kimmi Says:

igot andreev watching girl friend kirilenko


Dory Says:

Del Po through. And Lukasz Kubot takes out Monfils and Karlovic


Maso Says:

Del Potro – Nadal in the fourth round, definitely looking forward to that one!

Nalbandian’s been getting some damned good returns in (on both 1st and 2nd serves), hope Roger can hold on to that break.


Kimmi Says:

federer. stop that wide serve nalby loves it


Kimmi Says:

nalby break back…go fed


Maso Says:

And there goes the break… Roger’s gonna need to vary it up more on the serve if he wants to beat Nalby.


Daniel Says:

This match could go long. Nalbandian belongs to the elite Club who can reouvir Fed: Nadal, Djoko, Murray and Nalby.


Maso Says:

Nalbandian has definitely bothered Fed in the past, this is going to be stressful to watch. And Roger breaks again, all right! Now hold on to your serve, Rog, and avoid that bloody forehand of his!


Kimmi Says:

fed breaks right back..with a big c’mon. allez rog


Daniel Says:

C’mon from Fed in ser 1: just show how he respect/fear Nalby


Kimmi Says:

great serving by fed to hold.


Maso Says:

Nalby should definitely be feared, with the game he has, it’s incredible that he never won a slam! If he hadn’t had all those injuries and been more consistent, he would have made a fine addition to the fab four. (Well, five if Del Potro makes it back in there which it seems like it will, what a time for tennis!)


Maso Says:

^like he will, not it, Juan Martin is definitely not an it!


Maso Says:

All right, first set goes to Roger!


Kimmi Says:

needed great serving from fed to serve that set out. second set..go rog


Kimmi Says:

ivanovic beaten by Petra Cetkovska, who is this girl? another check player to give petra kvitova company.


Maso Says:

Early break in the 2nd for Roger, Nalby was a bit sloppy in that one. Let’s see if Roger can confirm.


Kimmi Says:

early break for fed..to be fair, nalby played a bad game there


Maso Says:

Nalby back to 40-40 from 40-0 on Roger’s serve. Fed manages to hold, but he’s gonna have to stay focused or that break could slip away.


Kimberly Says:

go Serena! miseed all the matches as I was at the gym and kaiser is diving. See most of my peeps came through! I bet they will put Rafa-Delpo on Center Court! Hopefully Mueller gave Nadal some nice practice with big serves and hevy FHs and Rafa will be ready?


Maso Says:

Muller definitely gave Rafa plenty of the big serves. His FH was working pretty well but the BH was fairly atrocious, he probably could have taken the first set. Not that it would have made a difference, though, the only thing that was actually bothering Rafa was the first serve (and some clever/ballsy volleying from Muller!). The bagel in the third set wasn’t a huge surprise.


Maso Says:

And double break for Roger, now serving for the second set. Looking good for Fed.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Muller played like someone ranked 92 in the end. Wait…he is.


Maso Says:

No doubt, Skeezer. If there hadn’t been the rain interruption yesterday, I imagine the second set would have looked much like today’s third.


Kimberly Says:

Kaiser thinks Kirilenko is totally hot. So she’s not one of my favs.


Kimberly Says:

I thought i read in the stats Nadal made 3 UE’s the entire match. That has to be a mistake yes?


Humble Rafa Says:

Kirilenko looks hot sometimes, sometimes not. Don’t know if it is her or me.


Humble Rafa Says:

No, 3 UE is too much…toooo much, no?

I play so bad today!


Maso Says:

3 UE’s seems like too few for the whole match. But there were a lot of winners from Muller, lot of short rallies, going up to the net, a lot of unreturned serves and aces.


Maso Says:

Muller rarely took more than one point off Rafa’s serve as well and never really pushed him into a rally so… it’s possible that Nadal made very few UE (not like he ever makes many even against worthy opponents anyway). And I imagine the stats are right so… yeah… that’s pretty crazy!


Kimberly Says:

serena is starting to zone.


Maso Says:

Nalby’s starting to play well again in this third set. Roger better watch out.


jamie Says:

Federer was playing much better at RG… Maybe the new Babolat balls that were so light and the fast clay were perfect for him.

He does not look as good at Wimbledon, heavy balls and slower surface are not as good for him now.

Mark my words: Djokovic will win Wimbledon.

Take it to the bank.

We are heading towards a Djokovic-Murray final. AGAIN like at the AO.


dari Says:

well, that serve out wide on deuce side is killing david.
wimbledon likes to keep it tight. UE’s across the board are VERY low. nadal obviously played low UE’s in reality, but wimble stats guys also are stingy with the UE’s


Maso Says:

All right! Roger breaks in the third. 5-4, serving for the match in a couple of minutes.


jane Says:

Why don’t we see more down-the-line shots in the WTA? And why did Serena pluck out nearly all her eyebrows?


Kimberly Says:

match point Rog


Maso Says:

Wow, can’t believe Roger missed that match point.


Kimberly Says:

match pt 2


jane Says:

Commentators yesterday said the UE stat has been questionable (very low) since the beginning of the tournament.


Maso Says:

ARGH, missed that again, what a rally, though!


Kimmi Says:

aaaarrrgh federer making it hard for himself


Kimberly Says:

nalby plying well on match pts but we all know the jig is up!


Maso Says:

Damn, Nalbandian doesn’t wanna go down, that drop shot was perfect!


Maso Says:

And Roger keeps the serve rolling on the deuce side.


Kimberly Says:

and it is, congrats Roger. see you in the second week.


Kimmi Says:

EVENTUALLY :)))))

the serve is G-R-E-A-T!


Maso Says:

YES!!! All right, Roger, on to the fourth round now.


Kimmi Says:

so almagro anf youz fighting it out. go youz, i picked him

ferrer with easy draw today.


dari Says:

what a wanker, that roger, four match points!
:)


Kimmi Says:

c’mon dari..he got it in the end.

i forgot about gonzalez and tsonga…didnt expect him to challenge tsonga now. tsonga with 2 sets up


dari Says:

the end of murray’s interview from ljub match is pretty funny. he has had ENOUGH of deliciano and his mom!


Kimmi Says:

jane – serena still got eyebrows, i can see plenty in this court side interview :)


Kimmi Says:

ha-ha dari, thats funny. have to look for that interviews.

Serena v bartoli next. bartoli has been hanging on a thread in her last two matches. she was able to come back from almost defeat but if she is behind against serena the match will run away from her quickly.


Maso Says:

Credits to Nalby who fought back pretty hard on those match points, particularly that immaculate drop shot he made to save the third one.

Seems like Tsonga’s rolling against Gonzales. Nailing aces left and right!


dari Says:

it was a nice match with murray and ljub underneath the roof last night. tense and high level, ljub still has a little in him at 32! hope rog keeps playing that long, too


Kimmi Says:

“the guy who lost only one match” next.


Kimmi Says:

it has been a good run frm gonzo. coming back and winning 2 matches on a GS is impressive. hope we see more of him.


dari Says:

kimmi they have a video of it up on wimbledon website


Kimmi Says:

thanks dari, will go watch


dari Says:

tsonga looking TOUGH
if he and roger are both there it will be a good match, both serving very well among other things


Kimmi Says:

schiavone cant finish the match, if she wins it will be first time in the 4th round at wimbledon.


dari Says:

tomic up 3-0 on soda?
rob no likey the aussies on grass?


Kimmi Says:

ha-ha dari, what a stupid question!!

Q – “who do you think your mom might be supporting if you meet lopez in the qtrs? deliciano or..?”

A – “I think its about time she stops with that nonsense, i wanna throw up, it is disgusting!”


dari Says:

tomic touch is ridiculous


jane Says:

dari, here’s the article in which Nole tipped Tomic to be the break through young gun at Wimbledon:

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/no-joke-tomic-can-trouble-big-guns-djokovic-20110622-1gffn.html


Maso Says:

Damn… Tomic cruised through that first set. Some new blood with a lot of potential, brilliant!


Kimmi Says:

ah, schiavone was serving for the match TWICE..still manage to lose. congrats to tamara paszek.


Kimberly Says:

dari-hahaha that interview is hilarious.

Now that PMac is no longer DC Captain he is ripping into ROddick.


Kimmi Says:

omg, just tuned in and soda is 1-6 down against tomic..


dari Says:

cool, jane, will check it out. everybody knew about tomic variety, but he is also looking quicker and more powerful than i have seen in the few matches of his i’ve watched.
who was soda’s quarter? murray?


margot Says:

Anyone watching this?? Atomic has destroyed Sod in the first set. Amazing stuff, no nerves just stunning calm play :) Think I’m in love…..


dari Says:

rob sick? says commentator? so, yeah tomic great, but pretty clear rob not at his best? he’s prob won a dozen points total


Anon Says:

@dari

Soda is in Djoko’s quarter


Kimberly Says:

14 pts in the first set to be exact Dari.


Kimberly Says:

Bernie is kind of cute.


dari Says:

haha, thanks for exact # kimberly
isn’t it amazing how ppl get attractive when they play great tennis? i guess he is kinda cute
SLICE


Kimmi Says:

soda sick..tomic is too passive in this game. ok he holds


tfouto Says:

is just me or there is something with Djoko body language? is just not happy with something. maybe is game is not fluing like he wanted so…


jane Says:

Grass already almost non-existent at the baseline…


tfouto Says:

yes jane on week 1. Imagine on next sunday. Nadal will feel in Roland Garros.


margot Says:

Atomic plays a bit like Andy but does not seem to be a head case lol Am I really in for a few years of angst free tennis if I support this lad??


Kimmi Says:

tomic looks like he is playing in slow motion. so good on those two points


Kimberly Says:

i’m wondering if soda can finish this match.


Anon Says:

Not many loopy balls from Tomic. This boy’s groundies are so flat, bh slice is pretty good and got some sting to it, serve’s solid. What a talent!


dari Says:

poor rob, not watching novak, but looks pretty tight over there. what’s the word, jane?


Kimberly Says:

soda gets broken


Anon Says:

Soda looks really unwell out there. Hope he’s gonna be fine.


Kimmi Says:

ok soda is not feeling well, but his opponent is too good.


Kimberly Says:

sodas got to grip it and rip it, its his only chance


Maso Says:

Baghdatis is playing really well in this first set, but I have the feeling he can’t keep it up for a whole match. Novak’s gotta hang in there.


Kimberly Says:

break point soderling! Half alive


Kimberly Says:

missed it, if he doesn’t break here does anyone think he will retire


Maso Says:

Baghdatis saves a set point on his serve at 5-4.


veno Says:

He’s a fantastic player. He’s one of the best players of the world,” Nadal said of the Argentine, who missed most of 2010 after surgery on his right wrist. “He had an important injury last year, but he’s here now all the time and he’s at his top level.

By Alastair Grant, AP

Rafael Nadal returns a shot during his third- round match against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Nadal will play Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round.

“It will be a very difficult match. It will be a fantastic test and I have to be playing my best if I want to have chances, and that’s what I’m going to try.”

In other women’s play, 2004 champion Maria Sharapova and top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki won in straights set to reach the round of 16.

Nadal, who saved two break points in the first set Friday against Muller, was credited with zero unforced errors Saturday in the second set. But Muller managed to stay even until he sliced a backhand into the net after a long rally to give Nadal a 6-5 edge in the tiebreaker. The Spaniard closed out the set in the next game with a forehand winner, then won six straight games, finishing with an ace.

“It was a very difficult match to play, especially the first two sets, when I had not one chance to break him,” Nadal said. “It’s like a lottery. I’m happy about how I played the tiebreaks, very solid with my serve. … I feel like in the third set I started to play really, really good.”

Nadal said he felt discomfort in his right leg, but that it was not related to the two heavy falls he took at the baseline during the match.

“I started to feel the leg a little bit more tired than usual,” he said. “But I played today without problems, and now I (have) one day and a half to rest and recover. I hope it will be perfect for Monday.”


Maso Says:

And Novak takes the first set!


veno Says:

can’t see the top 4 not reach the semis…..
They all look good. They have lost a combined 2 sets in 12 matches so far….


Kimmi Says:

go delpo


Kimmi Says:

TOMIC :))))


jane Says:

Wow Llodra’s stats after two sets versus Lu are fabulous:
14 aces, 38 winners and 6 errors!
His game is very suited to grass.


Kimberly Says:

lets see if tomic can hold his nerve


jane Says:

Arrrrgh Nole is not playing and/or serving that well today. But Baggy is returning well, particularly the second serve.


Kimberly Says:

soderling doesn’t look quite as crampy and unhealthy this set


Kimberly Says:

i can see where playing this guy could throw your timing (re tomic)


Kimberly Says:

soderling is getting pissed. maybe that will help him.


tfouto Says:

Djokovic smashed is raquet. There’s clearly something going with Djokovic right now…


Maso Says:

And one smashed racket, one! Novak’s getting a lil’ angry, here.


Kimmi Says:

djoko should take it easy..he will lose conc if he is not careful


marrisv Says:

With the way djokovic is playing, I see no chance for him against fed if they meet


didi Says:

Nadal another medical timeout. How surprising. Always when he is losing or tight matches the MTO appears. How can anyone not see this gamemanship?


Chico Says:

Darn, was just going to say that this djoko-baggy contest is like david and goliatt, and the crowd is getting behind the sympathetic spotted-my-girlfriend-over-a-soccergamefield-cypriot over the ivandrago-like-machine-cold djoker. And then djoker goes and shoes emotions like that. Shame on him!


tfouto Says:

Nadal always try to change the momentum of the game with that medical timeouts…


Ben Wade Says:

I dont see Federer beating Nole in the semis this wimby.
Nole doesnt look good enough to reach semis here.


jane Says:

LLorda: 19 aces, 46 winners, 10 errors. Great stats for him though I didn’t see the match.

That would be Nole’s next opponent. If he gets out of this. He is playing poorly today compared to previous rounds, not sure what’s up. It isn’t even that Baggy is serving exceptionally well, though we all know he is a talented chap (ranked in the 30s now) and he is returning aggressively today.

Anyhow, am keeping my fingers crossed that Djoko can turn his game around today.


Kimmi Says:

tomic with a break..he is serving it out. amazing!


tfouto Says:

Tomic serving for the match…


jane Says:

Tomic! Wow, good for him.


Kimmi Says:

too nervous maybe!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

TOMIC :))))))


Ben Wade Says:

Nole doesnt have the game to play great on grass.
He needs the high bouncing balls to crank his flat ground strokes.
He gets tired when he is made to bend and take those low bouncing balls.
He is also not able to blast those flat ground strokes when the ball stays so low here.
If Nole can somehow reach the last rounds he will get killed by the slices from Federer or Rafa.


dari Says:

awwwww, congratulations to tomic.
am sorry for sick soderling, but that was great play from tomic.
wow.
hey and everybody was giving him crap about crazy dad and what not, but the kid stays COOL on court. that’s where it matters
congrats to the young guy!


dari Says:

kudos to robsod for sticking it out, he coulda quit when he was feeling woozy


Eric Says:

Wow Tomic beat Soderling? IN straights? Okay, Hewitt falling an inch short hurts a lot more now. Oof…

Baghdatis is a former slam finalist and he’s been to the Wimbledon semis before. It’s not the end of the world if he takes a set or even two off dearest Nole. :)


jane Says:

Grass has defintely been Djoko’s least successful surface. He has done well on it, but has never broken through for a title. Couple semis, couple finals in singles, and that is all so far.


jane Says:

Eric, if Nole was playing better I wouldn’t care, but he has more errors than winners so far this match, and his break point conversion is v. poor. Would just like to see a better performance.


Ben Wade Says:

Eric,

Its not just abt todays match.
If you observe you can see that Nole cannot hit his ground strokes as deep as he was doing it in the higher bouncing hard courts and clay courts.

The point is he needs bounce to unleash his strokes and nadal was helping him a lot with his topspin.


Eric Says:

Jane, I just started watching/catching up on tennis news. So I don’t know the “shape” of the match. But if Nile isn’t playing great, trust that he will up his game soon. :) And – like Roger against him at the French – poor bp conversion, is also great bp defense from the other side.


Eric Says:

Erm, Nole, not Nile… Although if the Nile starts flooding England, I suggest seeking fairer shores. :)


Kimmi Says:

two back to back returns


Ben Wade Says:

If you watch keenly Noles strokes go flat and deep ONLY when he gets a higher bouncing ball.

But whenever the ball stays low, he either goes for a slow loopy stroke or a weak short one.


marrisv Says:

Chance for Novak


dari Says:

killer rally


margot Says:

Wow, had Soderling leaving this round in my bracket, but not to Tomic. This 18 year old could teach Andy a thing or two about behaviour on court :(
Eric, the Nile coming…OMG what, when, where??
H…E..L..P gurgle, splutter, splutter…


Kimmi Says:

melzer breaking down in the third.


jane Says:

Don’t worry margot: you’re high up on a cliff if I recall ;)

Amazing how these young ones, Tomic, Milos, for e.g., have such composure. Good sign for them. Both Harrison and Dimitrov can throw some temper around, from what I have heard though.

But keeping one’s head in sport is soooo crucial.

I thought Murray’s been doing a great job so far at Wimby. In his match versus Ljub he never got too down on himself, and instead yelled a few “focus”es and several “come on”s. He seemed positive to me.


jane Says:

Ben Wade, you have a good point re: bounce; his movement is definitely not the best on grass compared to clay or hard, which of course he knows, even mentioned last interview. In addition, Nole doesn’t have the natural touch of a Murray, Fed or even Tomic, which helps on this surface perhaps esp.


Eric Says:

Bagghy comes through a very tight game there…


steve-o Says:

Props to Tomic. The kid can play, and I hope he can outgrow his reputation as a tennis brat.

In interviews he actually seems pretty laid-back and thoughtful.


Eric Says:

To be fair, most of Tomic’s brat reputation is already a few years old. There’s a big difference between 15 and 18…

Anyway, I didn’t watch the match, but I find it inconceivable that Soderling was anywhere near 100%.


Brando Says:

Wow! Have not seen djokovic make as many errors in a match this season as he has done today.


steve-o Says:

And of course, props to Roger. Nalbandian’s a tricky customer and he needed to play very well to beat him. He was especially good on the serve.


jane Says:

Nole has more errors, less winners, less aces, and has won less points at net, and yet he is up two sets to one. But Djoko’s first serve percentage has come up since the third set so he is making more of those than Baggy; also he is winning slightly more points overall, and slightly more on the return, but only slightly. I guess the difference is that Nole has won the big points so far?


skeezerweezer Says:

^good observations on Nole on grass…

@steve-o and Nalby is currently ranked 28…so Fed just beat a top 30 player in straights to get into the next week….not bad :)

Baggy, when playing well, is entertaining. He is a great addition to the Tour.

MJ tribute, 2 yr passing anniversary today

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504784_162-20073798-10391705.html

MJ designed all the parts of this, tribute to GOAT. Hee Hee! Shaaammmoon!

Back to Wimby….


veno Says:

Tomic looks the real deal. Bummer for Soda to have not been fully fit.

Nole is having his first off day in his 15th Slam match this year..it happens, but he’ll take this in 4 I suspect and that’s all tht matters.

It was nice to see Nalby on the big stage. Man does he hit a clean ball….especially his BH is unreal. Fed had a routine day at he office….His serve is really doing the damage…If he keeps serving like this and picks up his consistency on the groundies….he looks a little shaky at times, I can’t see anyone beating him this year…

Great for Delpo, think he can take a set off Rafa, but that’s it…..Berdych impressive and Jo-Willy and Richard baby-Fed Gasquet also look strong, but they tend to tighten against the top guys….

Murray impresses me although he has lost 2 sets already….He looks and acts the part. Dunno, but there is something about him….Could very well be his year to reach the final at Wimby!!! Great week ahead….but middle Sunday…..I like traditions but get rid of it!!!!


jane Says:

Veno, so agree with you re: middle Sunday!


Eric Says:

Jane, overall Nole has won a few more points than Baggy, true, but in this set it’s much more pronounced. Baghdatis is making things very difficult for himself with, frankly, not the best shot selection (going for drop shots when Nole is RIGHT THERE?) and getting a bit overexcited on return (he’s been winning tough first points and then flailing for the rest, maybe winning one more point before Nole holds).

And Nole is up a break already in this set. I doubt Baghdatis can do much to come back; whatever poor play Nole may have been exhibiting in the second set is clearly gone now.


Ben Wade Says:

Now that sun is gone, Nole will be alright.


veno Says:

Nole’s maturity, confidence since the DC win and him putting all the pieces together which resulted in that impressive streak constitutes the basis why he won’t panic while having a bad day. He will close it out in this 4th.

Of course he’ll have to address the issues that plagued him today and make sure he tweaks his game for the next round, but the first 4 rounds, it’s all about getting through them, not spend too much energy even if it means an occasional ugly win.


veno Says:

How can you not love Baggy! Great character, super for the game!

Nole all business now….


Eric Says:

Lol. I love it when you guys reduce everything to the time of day or weather patterns. What’s the theory, Ben, the sun going down makes the ball bounce higher? What sense does that make — the grass will be getting moister as night falls.

If only everything were so simple. Then we wouldn’t have to worry about the actual people at all!


skeezerweezer Says:

@veno,

Yeah Baggy will probably lose this but who didn’t have fun watching the match? Entertaining indeed!


Ben Wade Says:

Eric…lol….this is not abt the bounce….its abt the problems Nole is still having with the heat.


Eric Says:

lol, what heat? It’s in the 70s. Is that the same heat that stopped him from winning in Australia?


Kimmi Says:

wow..c’mon noleeeee


dari Says:

Miami heat (humidity)
London not
Tense


Eric Says:

opa… ela marco!


Eric Says:

OUTRAGEOUS play from both!


dari Says:

Love novak but after the defensive effort of Marcos, I want hin to take the set


veno Says:

Lol, Novak is doing a Fed in closing out….

Is he going to make me eat my words?


Eric Says:

Oof… so close to getting back on serve, but it looks like Nole is going to close this out now. Fantastic closing, except for that one wimpy hit into the net.


Kimmi Says:

GAME SET MATCH..horrible FH from baggy. great match :)


dari Says:

Ok, that’s good too!
Great match!
Good for novak to.tough one out
Kudos to BOTH!!!!!


Eric Says:

Man what a fantastic match from both guys, at least the second two sets, too bad Marcos just had that one bad moment to go down a break in the fourth and couldn’t quite get it back at the end. Brilliant tennis


jane Says:

Great end to the mathc overall. No nails left though. Baggy has a smile that is just killer! And it was nice to see both guys raise their games and lay it all out there at the end. Phew!

Eric, yes, I agree with your earlier post and am happy that Nole looked much better the last two sets than the first two, which is encouraging. As for Baggy, earlier in the match some of those “excited” (aggressive, even Agassi-like) returns were going in, and they were catching Djoko off guard. On clay or hard courts, Nole can get to fast balls like that more quickly, just moves more naturally on those surfaces methinks.

Llodra will be an entirely different match, with his lefty (I think?) serve and his excellent volleying skills. Nole will have to do some tweaking for that one, hopefully serve better.

So who is the most surprising round of 16er on the mens? I think, um, Kubot??


veno Says:

Nah, he gets it in the end. Great to see Baggy play again.

Novak will up the ante next match I’m sure…
It’s all about the W the rest matters not.

Still go with the big 4 to make semis…

And Serena for the win in the ladies, although I would love it if Wickmayer would win ;-)

And Maria Kirilenko IS and REMAINS hot!!! All the time, all the TIME!!! ;-)

Especially in Wimby white.

Now what will we do tomorrow?


veno Says:

Jane, I’d still go with Atomic…

Yes, we knew he was a great talent, but for him to get to 4R the way he did….at Wimby no less….very mature and impressive. I didn’t expect him to do sooooo well.

Great to see.

Kubot is experienced and on a good day can always have game :)
The 3 W’s he scored are good, but nothing that stuns me….


jane Says:

True, and Kubot is a great doubles player, so he has all that experience too. Didn’t expect to see X-Man Malisse in week 2 either, alhtough he has a great game.

I find it interesting that of all the slams, it seems like the guys with experience, with solid time on the tour, do well at Wimbledon. Hewitt, Nalby, Baggy, Ljuby, Malisse, Ferrer, Fish, Youz, Berdych, Gasquet (obviously Fed and Rafa) all hung around.

In the past Schuettler, Safin, Clement, Ferrero have also all had deep runs later in their careers.

It must have something to do with grass experience.

Tomic mentioned that he practices on grass in Oz. Also he has been working with, you guessed it, Pat Rafter!


jane Says:

I mean ^ because the grass season is so ridiculously (and woefully) short, it takes players longer to get experience on it unless their games just naturally translate to the surface or they have access to a grass court on which to practice. I remember hearing (a rumour? True?) that Rafa had a grass court installed at his home.


Miki Says:

Very interesting match. Baggy is one of those players that Novak has problem with. The end result is realistic, a win for Novak but a well deserved set for Marcos. But Novak needed a match like this, it’s a lot better then having easy wins and then Fed in the semis (if both get there).

One interesting thing about the match is that here in Serbia on a local TV, they brought Janko Tipsarevic to comment together with a regular commentator. It was really entertaining and I think he was very good at it. :)


Eric Says:

“I find it interesting that of all the slams, it seems like the guys with experience, with solid time on the tour, do well at Wimbledon. ”

Jane, it’s because most of those guys that you named are older and hence have old-school games. And experience per se is also key, of course: grass is just the odd surface out in tennis because there’s so little match play on it, yet it’s the hardest to move on and bounces in unpredictable ways. Wily and clever play are rewarded more than powerful baselining, although the serve is still the biggest key.


Eric Says:

Which is to say, I completely agree with you. Just chiming in. :)


jane Says:

Maybe grass will end up being Nole’s “white whale”, kind of like it was for Lendl? Although Nole’s game isn’t *too much* different than a Hewitt’s or an Agassi’s, is it (?), and they both managed wins on this surface. Hmmm. Defintely more natural to adapt to for Murray or Tomic though, I would think. Murray already has two Queens titles to back thatvup. Maybe this year, he breaks through at SW19. It would be tremendous to see!


dari Says:

Thought the match with bagh and novak was very entertaining, but it did not feel like grass, just hard court.
It was powerful baselining, less about wile- more of a reflection of the guys’ styles, but still. I better watch a llodra match if I want old school, or a TOMIC one :)


jane Says:

Fantastic Four unseeded in round of 16: X-Man, Atomic,
F-Lo, and Kubot. I wonder what super power each would have or does have? ;)


Eric Says:

Hewitt didn’t just manage a win, he’s one of the best grass-court players ever. :)


jane Says:

Yeah, he is good on grass. :) One of the best ever though, you think? I guess he has been in a couple of finals. Won Queens and Halle too. So he is up there.


dari Says:

Haha Tomic is like magneto, he tracks the ball so well, great anticipation as if he is controlling where the ball goes!
I don’t know a lot about kubot, is he the one that does the can can kick?
Xman- hmmm, must think
We all know what feli’s super power is


jane Says:

Rafa has won Queens, been in four Wimbledon finals and won it twice, so he is up there with Hewitt, yes?


dari Says:

yes one of the greats. He has more grass wins than the fed, but unfortunately was around between two grass giants headband Pete


skeezerweezer Says:

Anyone know when the schedule comes out for the Mens next rd?


jane Says:

F-Lo = flowing hair? Hot stare? Maybe lefty serve? :)
Kubot = robot like volley precision?
X-Man = the bun? Fab first serve %?
Atomic = anticipation, love the Magnito comparison.


dari Says:

Maybe not one if the greats recognizably by titles but he knows how to play on the stuff
“headband pete” should say “fed and pete”
Pete didn’t wear nothing!


dari Says:

Not up on site but close, skeeze. Ps thanks about MJ reminder :(
RT @Wimbledon Monday’s schedule CC Murray v Gasquet, Venus v Pironkova, Nadal v Delpo Ct1 Bartoli v Serena, Llodra v Djokovic Federer v Youzhny #Wimbledon


Mila Says:

jane,

I think it was actually a great win for Novak. Marcos would have given hard time to anyone with the game he displayed today. His defense was was very good.

Also looks like a fairly easy road to semis now…


jane Says:

It was good for Nole to “tough one out” Nina, like dari said. So yes, a good win. Marcos was inspired today, and as Nole himself said, he didn’t play his best (esp 1st two sets) but he came through, which is all that matters. Nail-biter at the end! Here’s hoping he makes it to the semis.


jane Says:

Oops sorry Mila, i meant that post to be addressed to you, not Nina. My bad.

Mika, do you think Tipsy was actually a good commentator, on the match itself? Would’ve been interesting to see/ hear.


Huh Says:

Well, thats it. The Young Lion has arrived and his name is Bernard Tomic. He’ll soon win a GS. He’s goin to be the hungry young lion.

And about Dimitrov, he’s another young lion. And once he hits his stride(m not 100% sure about him thou), but the guy has even more sublime talent than Tomic. The match against Tsonga, I hope, would make Dimitrov determind than ever before. Talent-wise, Dimitrov deserves to become the king among his peers and he deserves multiple slams. But if talent were everything, Nalbandian n Safin would hav become as great champions as Roger, but thats not the case. So far, there’s no certainty about nerves of Dimi, so I am unabl to make any prediction about his future.
But so far as the mentality of Tomic’s concerned, its full of strong resolve and his attitude is that of a born fighter and unhappy loser. That all points to the fact that Tomic’s the real deal and
HE WILL WIN HIS 1ST SLAM VERY SOON, ITS JUST SO OBVIOUS WITH HIS BREAKTHROUGH WIN OVER SOD. And lets not forget that he was on the verg of beatin Cilic in a 5 setter in AUS 10. The signs of greatness were already there, but now its confirmd in case of Tomic.
Here we’ve a future slam winner in Tomic, obviously, to me at least!


Mila Says:

;-) jane
I knew.


Eric Says:

jane, Hewitt is second in grass titles only to Federer among active players, and is tied with Boris Becker for fifth all-time, with 7 titles. He’s never lost in a grass court final.


Tony Says:

Some stuff that Roddick was talking about was some stuff he does not know. It is not injury that can always heal. It is his mind that is hard to change, a mind that is full of arrogance, impatience and no respect to others. Also his coaches have never been able to help him improve his skills; his back-hand slice is never right and Roddick still uses it a lot.


Dan Martin Says:

How have the WTA sponsorships increased? The product is not good at present. Obviously, Li Na winning a slam and being a slam runner-up this year helps, but the quality of women’s on a whole has been poor for (at least) several years now.


sheila Says:

i so agree w/seth insofar as players not taking it to nadal. absolutely no one has the “tennis” balls 2beat nadal and when nadal beats delpo next round that will give him the confidence 2win this tournament. also agree w/the espn commentators. roddick does play passive of late and obviously he is not winning as a result. i have a lot of respect 4 roddick. i think hes carried the weight of expectation of american tennis players 4 a long time & he has been the most consistent. 10 yrs in top 10 is an incredible feat, but now that he is faltering somewhat the vultures do come out. i think if federer doesnt win wimbledon this year the vultures will pick his bones as well, w/o thought of how this guy has maintained a high level of play 4 many yrs and accomplished so much.

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