Injury Alert for Nadal; Fab Four Close in Wimbledon Semifinal Showdown
by Sean Randall | June 28th, 2011, 8:13 pm
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We are down to just eight at Wimbledon and after four rounds the favorites are still the favorites. However, top ranked and defending champion Rafael Nadal enters his quarterfinal match under an injury cloud. Sort of.

Late in the first set against Juan Martin Del Potro on Monday, Nadal pulled up with a bad left foot. Things looked dire for Rafa who has had more than his share of injury problems in Grand Slams, especially when he loses.

Nadal battled on and won the match, looking and moving just fine in my opinion. But afterward he spoke of concern of what sounded like a serious injury – a broken foot? Today, an MRI revealed all was well after all and the source of Rafa’s pain was a simple tight tape job on his foot. Or was it?

Tight tape job = broken foot(?) = MRI = huh?, according to Nadal.

I don’t know, but something still doesn’t seem right. To be clear I don’t think he faked the injury, he just made a bigger deal about it than it needed to be.

As for the match against Fish, if he is 100% OK I think he’ll beat Mardy. Fish has been serving and playing about as well as anybody this week. He thumped Tomas Berdych on Monday and the only set he lost was a tiebreak to Mr. Fragile, Robin Haase.

But this is arguably the biggest match of his career and often in those moments he’s fallen short – recall that Olympic gold medal match in Greece against Nicolas Massue. Nadal has also dominated Mardy winning all five of their meetings without much resistance.

“You know, sometimes Rafa can play defense very well, and so you don’t attack as much as you probably should,” Fish said. “Or, you know, Andy Murray or Djokovic move so well or return so well that you over serve, things like that. You want to, I guess, try to stay within yourself. I’ll go into the match knowing my limitations but trying to play as good as I can, ’cause I’ll certainly need to.”

Still, Nadal hasn’t looked great so an upset here wouldn’t and shouldn’t surprise. Fish has a great serve and an excellent backhand, which you have to have to beat Nadal. And he comes into the match as the heavy underdog with really not much to lose.

“He’s playing fantastic,” Nadal said of the American. “I saw him a little bit against Robin Haase. He’s playing at a very, very high level. He’s very dangerous player, so I will try my best to be very competitive on Wednesday.”

Rafa has won 18 straight matches at Wimbledon and tomorrow I think he makes it to 19 after a four-set win.

Andy Murray is first on Centre Court against Feliciano Lopez, or “Deliciano” as Murray’s mom, Judy, prefers to (privately) call him.

Whatever his nickname, Lopez has proven to be an adept grass player. The lefty has reached all three of his Grand Slam quarterfinals at the W. And he exhibited some mental toughness beating Andy Roddick last week and then overcoming a 2-0 deficit to Lukas Kubot yesterday.

But Murray has too many tools for Lopez. The Scot has won all four meetings with Lopez with just one set in the loss column. Maybe Lopez steals a tiebreak, otherwise it’s Murray in straight sets.

JW Tsonga is back again in the quarterfinals. Tsonga has quietly put together another strong Wimbledon run but after beating Fernando Gonzalez and David Ferrer he’ll have a major step up in class against Roger Federer.

Federer seems to have gotten his game back on track the last month and I don’t think he’ll let down this close to goal.

Federer and Tsonga have played five times and the Swiss has not lost a set in his four wins. Tsonga picked up his only victory when Federer failed to convert a 5-1 third set lead at Montreal in 2009.

“I think he’s a great player,” said Federer. “He’s proven it on numerous occasions. I played a really good match I thought against him in Qatar. I think we both played well in the semis there. He was somewhat coming back from I think he had an injury at the end of the year and he didn’t play so much. I thought he played great.”

I think Tsonga plays him tough again but Federer prevails in four sets.

In the last match on Court 1, Novak Djokovic draws the young phenom du jour Bernard Tomic. The 18-year-old Tomic has been the breakout teen of the tournament, and it’s good to see. I think Tomic will be a serious factor in final weeks of Grand Slams for many years, but just not now.

Tomic has a fantastic game. A powerful serve, effortless groundstrokes, good court sense and he’s won nine straight sets. But I don’t think he’ll have enough to knock down Novak. The Serb has lost only one set otherwise he’s been completely untroubled. And I think tomorrow he gets another straight set win.

“He loves playing on grass,” Djokovic said Monday of Tomic. “If you analyze his game, he loves playing on the fast surfaces. He just has these flat shots. He doesn’t give you a lot of time. You know, he serves really well. He doesn’t make many unforced errors. It’s going to be exciting match for both of us, I think. You know, we practice couple of times here in Wimbledon, a couple of times throughout the whole year wherever we are. We’re good friends on and off the court.”

And if all goes to plan, we’ll have Fab Four back in the semifinals for the second straight slam! Just cross your fingers.

As for the women’s tournament, I had Maria Sharapova beating Petra Kvitova in the final and I guess I’ll stay with that. Kvitova wobbled a little today against Tsvetana Pironkova and that gives me some pause against Victoria Azarenka who has the capability of blowing players off the court like she did today.

In the other semifinal I think Sharapova should end the run of Sabine Lisicki who showed a lot to win over Marion Bartoli in three sets after blowing three matchpoints in the second.

ESPN2 will have the live coverage with NBC airing late morning.

WEDNESDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE

Centre Court 13:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Singles – Quarterfinals
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[12] v. Roger Federer (SUI)[3]
2. Gentlemen’s Singles – Quarterfinals
Andy Murray (GBR)[4] v. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

No. 1 Court 13:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Singles – Quarterfinals
Bernard Tomic (AUS) v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[2]
2. Gentlemen’s Singles – Quarterfinals
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Mardy Fish (USA)[10]


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278 Comments for Injury Alert for Nadal; Fab Four Close in Wimbledon Semifinal Showdown

Kimmi Says:

maria was so lucky, cibulkova beat woz for her. cilbulkova was no show, one sided affair.

” Things looked dire for Rafa who has had more than his share of injury problems in Grand Slams, especially when he loses.”

lol, sean. i wait for nadal fan boys and girls to shoot you.


skeezerweezer Says:

Shaaammmoooon!……err……Sort of.

-Rafa in 3, but takes 4 hours.
-Tomic takes a set and makes a statement at 18! -But loses the War.
-Murray gets distracted from Deliciano’s good looks, but bears down after losing the first set to win in 4.
-Fed fans think he will cruise, and he should, but he has shown dark patches in this Wimby run. Fed in 5.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Its hard to envision a non Big Four semis out of this. Fed has by far the biggest challenge. Anyone doubting that ask yourself if you saw ANYONE naming Fish, Tomic or Lopez as dark horse challengers this fortnight… I didn’t think so.
Tsonga is in that WTF group of players, none of the other are. Nevertheless, the way Fed is playing, he should take him out, as should the other top ranked players.
I give Fish more of a chance than some here do. After all, all he’s done for the last year is exceed expectations. If his serve is clicking on a grass court, he could definitely pull off a challenge if not an upset.
Which is more than I imagine tomic or Lopez will give.
Should be a great day of tennis nonetheless.


Kimberly Says:

this article was written to incite Nadal fans and get lots of debate and posts on tennis-x. Its so obnoxiously biased that i must assume its intention is to stir controversy. And poorly written of course, as usual.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Another thing I’d add is that tennis has more randomness in its set-up than other sports: in basketball and hockey for example, #8 always gets #1, #7 always gets #2.

Here we have four players clearly above the field but also differentiated in both computer rankings and “The People’s Rankings”.
Rafa is the clear #1 and has earned the marginally easier draw with #4 Murray. Fed and Nole are, most would agree, between those two and deserve to play each other.
That’s just my sense of fairness talking.


funches Says:

Shut up, KImberly.

Rafa moved just as well as he always does, then claimed he thought he had a broken foot. He has a lot of good qualities, but his injury bullshit makes me sick.


skeezerweezer Says:

funches,

whoa easy on the K,,,,,she is one of the decent Rafa posters…. ;)

Tennis X is well known for creating articles that will generate discussion and “hits”, so nothing new here. I like it, others don’t. In the end we have posters here that Tennis X lets speak there minds for the most part. It is not, as an example, a “Rafa speak well or else site”, same for Fed. Many other sites will not give the freedom of smack down freedom that we have here. That said, agree with your observation of Rafa’s match funches….too much “owweeeeee” from a guy who is suppose to be Beastly on the court.


Kimberly Says:

Tx skeeze! Actually wrote the post half in jest in response to kimmi post that the nadal fans would be waging war. Figured I would be the first! And I always make the poor writing allegation at Sean, mostly for fun and because I know he doesn’t care.

Listen, I love rafa but I would actually root for fish if I thought he had any shot whatsoever of taking the title. But even if he got past rafa and let’s even say Murray he would have absolutely zero shot at fed or Novak in a grand slam final. I’m off to stress about sharapova on the other thread!


Raju Says:

Kimberly,
You can’t expect an article in tennis-x without indirectly hitting Rafa..When he wins, winning article would be published only next day…whereas Fed win would be honored immediately with winning article..


skeezerweezer Says:

@ Dan

Thanks Dan, great dig!

Ya all know I could rant on this with I told you so’s, but Courier’s statement is another notch in the “homogenization of tennis court surfaces” argument. Pro players, past and present, continue to speak about it. Hope some get as chance to read his take, it comes from a GS winner, not a one of us ranting posters.

In Tennis history, it was a proud accomplishment to call yourself a complete player that could play on ANY surface better than the others…it was the creme de la creme. Now, they play closer to each other than apart. Shame. Ping Pong on dudes, with a high true bounce. Next they will be putting a just right artificial sun, not to blind the eyes at noon, a anti wind machine, a air humidifier and a surface that has the same bounce, no matter what color the top surface is. Wait a sec….they already have that.


van orten Says:

which injury cloud????? toni said he is 100 percent!!!! looking forward to the next chapter of this farceeeee


Skeezerweezer Says:

Unc Toni, the tennis guru and master over Rafart Nadal, has spoken about Rafa and tomorrows match;

“”For tomorrow,” Toni Nadal said, “there will be no problem.”"


Skeezerweezer Says:

Oops, meant Rafael…. :(


Possum Says:

For the first 10 days of Wimbledon, the Aussie media has remained largely silent. You could be forgiven for thinking the event wasn’t even on: hardly any press, very low key TV coverage…

But that was before Tomic made the quarters and now they’ve jumped on the bandwagon. Today there was a full page profile in the features section of the national broadsheet and another big spread in the sports pages. Under the banner headline: ‘Tomic on verge of greatness’, he was compared to Laver, Borg, Sampras, Becker…no lessl.

Had to come I suppose. Us Aussies have waited an awful long time for a junior to rise from the ranks. I actually reckon he will win and have placed a bet.


margot Says:

possum: win whole lot or beat Nole?
TV @10.04 Rafa had Delpot, don’t think it was marginally easier” draw.


Gordo Says:

Okay, a fun statistic -

Federer’s quarter-final win was his 223rd win in Grand Slam play (223-32), moving him ahead of Ivan Lendl into No. 3 on the Open Era wins list behind #1 Jimmy Connors (233-49) and #2 Andre Agassi (224-53).

If he beats Tsonga tomorrow he ties Agassi for wins. Then get a load of this – He could then lose in the first round of every Grand Slam for the next 5 years and then win in the 1st round of the U.S. Open in 2016 and he would still have a better Grand Slam winning percentage than Agassi!

To beat Connors in wins in Grand Slam events he needs 10 more victories. To do it and top Connors’ win percentage he needs to win those 10 matches before he loses 16 matches. I think he will do it sooner than later, for to lose 16 matches… well that’s 4 years, isn’t it?

Realistically Federer should notch that 11th win and take over top spot sometime at the 2012 Australian Open.

Also realistically I don’t think Federer will be playing in 4 years, so he will retire with the best winning percentage of anyone who has over 200 Grand Slam victories.


Chico Says:

I have some history of sprained ancles, no surgeries necessary though and don’t know if it related but the following happened:
Woke up, middle of the night, with severe pain in the foot. Went to an ER in the morning, serious angst and bevilderment because couldn’t really understand how the foot got hurt while sleeping, and still it had the same kind of pain that I had while recovering from a sprain that took four months to heal. Nurse looks at the foot, no swelling, no coloring, no sympathy(!) and tells me to go home, check back later if it continues. I’m like, geez woman, I’m dying here..

She was right on, nervepinch or something, totally fine the next day. Felt a bit stupid.

Sean, there might be something fishy here, but it also might be that its totally legit. Odd thing was how in the slow-motion it was shown how Nadal hits the ankle deliberately with the racquet, and this in turn could be an instinctive reaction to milden pain with pain. We will never know so maybe we could move on?

Could there eg. be passionate ranting ;), over what it would mean, for any of the fab four, at this time of their carreers, to beat their closest rivals on the lawns of Wimbledon? Or maybe that peace is being polished until after the QF:s..


margot Says:

as Andy now tweaks his shorts and bangs his foot with his raquet…. I can only hope he goes on to copy Nadal in the mental stakes.


Borg Says:

Even a injured Nadal can beat a physically perfect Federer. The overwhelming lead in H2H with Federer (17-8)[After Wimbledon, it would be 18-8 proves that Nadal is miles apart and he is Champion of Champions.


Duro Says:

They will most certainly not face each other this tournament.

In No1-vak we trust!


Miles Says:

A more detailed explanation re Nadal’s injury: it was a sharp pain of a pinched ankle tendon due to slightly twisting his ankle during that DTL FH that gave him a SP at 6-5 in the first set.

This scared him because it brought back memories of that potentially career-ending stress fracture of the same left foot back in 2004, when he actually played the whole match through it against Gasquet at Estoril and aggravated it, causing months of rehab.

MRI showed no bone nor ligament damage, but did show some inflammation & swelling. Anti-inflammatiories and padded taping received during the MTO helped redistribute load and control pain. He should be OK to play QF.
http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=12962&zoneid=25


Maso Says:

Fed and Djoko both made the break early on. Tsonga seems pretty nervous so far.


rose Says:

so far a routine match for number 1 and 2 ..i thougth tsonga will play with fire considering that this is the quarter final but nope..so roger should win this one easly and novak just got the perfect draw ever..playing tomic in the quarters is just fantastic for him considering that he knows his game pretty well..looking forward to the next two matches where hopefully we will watch competitive tennis :)


Humble Rafa Says:

Damn Roger. 27 mins for a set.

You don’t need MTO. No need to pick your butt, no need to line up water bottles. What the hell! Don’t destroy tennis before you leave. People start assuming that is how tennis needs to be played.


Maso Says:

And Tomic confirms his break in the second set… interesting. Tsonga playing a lot tighter in the second as well.


Humble Rafa Says:

Tomic is up a break!


trufan Says:

Jim Courier’s comment:

It never happened for Ivan but that is evidence of what a different surface it is today where Rafa doesn’t have to do much different on grass other than slice his serve more frequently. It’s tough to imagine Rafa winning Wimbledon in the 90′s given the surface at that time but I sure would like to see how he would adjust to having to serve and volley all of the time.


Maso Says:

Damn, Djoko’s having trouble holding serve even now. This isn’t gonna be a walk in the park.


Maso Says:

And Tsonga’s playing his game now. Federer’s gonna need to be sharp to break.


Anon Says:

Fed not looking too sharp. Not making inroads into Tsonga’s serve.


trufan Says:

Courier was mentioning how slow the grass is today (at wimbledon), so anyone winning the French wimbledon double is easier than what Borg did. By the time the semi comes along, its so worn out anyway that its like a dirt court.

And to the imposter “Borg” on this forum – again, a reminder – the 17-8 H2H includes Federer’s winning record against Nadal outside of clay, with 12-2 on clay.. We’ve gone over this many times. Perhaps he doesn’t understand.

And ya, BTW, Nadal should have been defaulted out of half the matches he has played. There are rules in tennis, right?

And then his gamesmanship within official rules – its sick.

Injury? BS. THe guy runs like a rabbit everytime he shams an injury. Whenever he feels there is a chance he might lose, he starts building up these excuses.

Now, nadalites, spew your venom. I know you want to do it, and will not be able to hold it.


Maso Says:

What a point between Federer and Tsonga! Tsonga’s drop shot was definitely not good enough,but that was fun to watch.


Maso Says:

How did Roger miss that forehand at 40-15?! Not that it would have made much of a difference, but that’s an error I never like to see from Rog. Djoko saves 2 set points.


Maso Says:

And Tomic levels it out. Damn!! This 18 year old might just be the real deal.


Humble Rafa Says:

Tomic breaks in the 3rd set. WOW. Old Djokovic is back!


Maso Says:

Holy crap, Tomic breaks early in the third! Novak… might be time to wake up, here…

And Federer takes the second in the tie break. Tsonga kinda choked through that one, but Roger’s serving has been impeccable since the beginning of the match.


tfouto Says:

How is Djokovic playing? Is he playing bad as old days, or is just Tomic playing really good? I cant watch right now.


Maso Says:

I’ve only seen bits and pieces of Djoko/Tomic so far, been following Roger. But now that Fed’s taken the first two sets, I’ve switched over to the Novak match and it seems to be a bit of both… Djoko’s playing a bit like 2010 Djoko and Tomic is playing like a guy with a shitload of talent who has *nothing* to lose.


jane Says:

Badly on his serve,imo, tfouto. Only 58% first serves. When he doesn’t get a lot of firsts in, that affects his game. Also more errors again, but not as many as versus Baggy. Having said all that, it takes two to tango. And Tomic is the real deal. All these people who thought Nole would have an easy go of it were mistaken. He is mentally very strong, unlike a lot of more experienced players, for example. Nole may lose if he doesn’t find a way soon.


Maso Says:

And Tsonga breaks in the third. Interesting.


pigirl1 Says:

Tsonga is playing great throught the match… he is down two sets only because of Fed’s impeccable serve


Maso Says:

Come on, Nole, a chance to break back, take it!


Maso Says:

Damn, Tomic has got nerves of steel! No break for Novak.


Maso Says:

Tsonga’s playing fantastic at the moment. It’s going to take a near perfect Federer to break back.


Maso Says:

Novak’s serving for the second set. The way Tsonga is serving, it looks like we’re going into a fourth there as well.


JF Says:

Djoko taking command again


Anon Says:

Oh Fed! A momentary lost of concentration and he is on the verge of losing the 3rd set. What a punishing and unforgiving game tennis is!


Maso Says:

15-30, there’s hope, Tsonga’s having a little trouble with the first serve here.


Dan Martin Says:

Skeezer, Coruer’s take on surfaces has me thinking. As trufan said, winning in Paris and London is much easier surface-wise than when Borg did it because the clay is faster and the grass is slower. Competition is much deeper in the first week than it was then, but it has me thinking is all. If the surfaces at the 4 majors play more or less similarly, then winning lots of majors is an easier proposition. Australia is slowish, but it has consistent bounces, the USO is faster but also has consistent bounces a player can adapt to in preparation. Wimbledon is slower and the French Open is faster. So if a player is the best in the world, the odds of having to adapt a lot to a surface or the odds of having to face a set of specialists are a lot lower than they used to be. The French Open had 3 of the 4 semifinalists that the Australian had. Wimbledon may have all 4 of the French semifinalists. That would mean only 5 players reached major semifinals in 3 tournaments with 128 player draws on 3 different(ish) surfaces. Are the big 4 just that good, or are they the 4 best on this homogenized set of conditions? Where are Slobodan Zivojenovic or Michael Pernfors when you need them?


Maso Says:

And Tsonga takes the third. Roger better not falter in the fourth or it’s going to get quite tough here!


jane Says:

Dan and skeezer, and any other “surfacers”, Tignor also wrote a piece of court surface, so even if you aren’t a fan of his writing, since you are on the topic, thought I would post the link for you:

http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2011/06/surface-tension.html

Nice to see that Nole raised his serve/game up in the third set. Hope he can stay focused and get this done. If he makes the semis, he defends last year’s points.

Seriously thought Fed would break back, as he has love-30 on both of Tsonga’s last two service games, but looks like this one goes four sets too.


Anon Says:

Tsonga is playing at a higher level. Fed better be careful here. Tsonga has not been broken since the first set.


jane Says:

Oh crap, just as I wrote that Nole goes down love-40 on his serve. So much for the fourth set lead. : /


dari Says:

Tsonga is now hitting one hand bh! He’s been doing it all watxh, not just on the slice. In general tsonga is more on his game now. Hope fed can step it up


Anon Says:

Tsonga has so much power and energy making Fed looks dull and flat by comparison. As a Fed fan I am worried. Hand wringing type of worry.


Polo Says:

Say goodbye to Federer and any of his chances to ever win another major. He is only good up the the quarterfinals now…then pffft!!!


dari Says:

Time to mix it up now cause tsonga is out-hitting
Ready for Rog to react to a challenge


Anon Says:

No oomph in Fed’s shots. If the serve is gone he would be in deep trouble.


Rick Says:

Nadal is foolish to had played in both double and single in Queen’s, when he won the French! He is a fool for not resting!


van orten Says:

welcome passive federer again!!!! wow tsonga was dead as a mouse in the trap and now this…incredible performance by fed but in a negative way ..not to take anything away from tsonga but fed needs to speed it up a little now..giving this completly away with no reason


Anon Says:

This Fed plays like the one who almost lost against Falla. Will the real Fed please show up?


Rick Says:

Nadal is foolish to had played in both double and single in Queen’s, when he won the French! He is a fool for not resting!

Don’t tell me, Federer chokes again with 2 sets leading!


van orten Says:

fed should take mto right now..he plays like shit ..he is not even running…i think he is injured he broke his foot lol


Skeezerweezer Says:

Are the big 4 just that good, or are they the 4 best on this homogenized set of conditions?

Can’t take away the players accomplishments here, but IMO if we had the VARIETY of completely different playing surfaces of old why can’t or shouldn’t the waaaaayyyy better players of today adapt?

Too bad Kuerton is not playin in this era, he would have had 11 Slams already…..


Rick Says:

Fed nowadays is a choker! Remember those days, you fanboys were calling him Fedex? Poor Rog, for what Nadal did to him after that 2008 Wimbledon final match!


dari Says:

How can fed break tsonga serve?


van orten Says:

wow guys fed really out of his zone right now…


Dan Martin Says:

Jane, I liked the article. The rackets, the strings etc. have a role to play. It is hard to build a worse mouse trap so it is hard to imagine grass courts that look like they were used for grazing goats in 2011. I grew up as a serve volleyer with a one handed backhand and all of that. So I do miss those days of seeing Becker, Edberg, Sampras, Stich, Krajicek et al. play well at Wimbledon. Still, due to strings guys can generate good spin even off of low or bad bounces today. I am also (sadly) going to say I do not see Federer winning this event even if he finds a way to win in 4 today or just wins in 5. He is not looking consistently sharp and is not getting enough returns in play.


van orten Says:

this will be tough nailbiter in the 5th


Anon Says:

@dari

I am wondering the same lol. Tsonga is too strong at this moment in time.


van orten Says:

the only way for roger to break is showing some magic!!!!°


van orten Says:

did you see that mistake that incredible ue????? fed is in huge trouble guys nothing else


Anon Says:

Fed’s making silly errors. This set is slipping away.


Maso Says:

Seems like this is definitely going into a fifth. Not looking for Roger who was kingly in the first two sets but can’t seem to find his game on the Tsonga serve here.


jane Says:

Looking like both matches will go five sets? And then, it is anyone’s game.


dari Says:

Roger had a chance to be aggressive on that point and down the toilet.
C’Mon Fed gotta be more aggressive and put pressure on jo to make some mistakes


Polo Says:

Federer does not know how to respond to an opponent playing great anymore. What he starts doing is just pose for the cameras. That seems to be what he has in mind when he plays now, vouging for the camera. I guess he is taking advice from that Vouge editor he has in his box.


van orten Says:

its not even his first serve that bothers federer..fed does incredibly no harm when tsongas 2nd is in play


dari Says:

Good pick up and nice hold game For Rog.
do something now, dude


Skeezerweezer Says:

Polo,

You nailed it. Remember when Fed had a second or third gear? Gone.


van orten Says:

wow i never thought a 5th set could be possible with fed playing so good first 2 sets ..what a shame !!!


Anon Says:

Toilet break. Would it help against Tsonga? Freshen up Fed! Sink or swim, fight like a champion!


Skeezerweezer Says:

5th set. Tsonga has served very well. Fed use to have 6 gears to play around with. Now he has an automatic, and it’s one gear.


van orten Says:

we all know nadal would have already asked for mto hahahahah!!! come on rog you dont need one!!!!!


Anon Says:

Predictions, anyone? Must be a die hard fan to put your money on Fed ;)


van orten Says:

i must admit i lose hope here just because fed is out off focus…no first serves when he needs them no nothing what tough loss this will be oh my god this will haunt him forever this loss….incredible!!!!!


Polo Says:

Reminds me of what Federer said about Federer several years ago…Federer seems to have lost his balls.


Polo Says:

I meant…Wilander said about Federer.


van orten Says:

so passive there must be something bothering him physically …he just reacts ..no initiative …bye bye roger what a losss ..he should feel ashamed playing like this…


Skeezerweezer Says:

Tsonga playin on fire aggressive takin big cuts like he wants it, Fed plain like he doesn’t. Very hard from here for Fed to pull this out after Tsonga’s well earned early break.


jane Says:

Tsonga with the early break in the fifth. Seems like he broke early the last three sets; is that right?


marrisv Says:

Djoko is through


tfouto Says:

is just Federer playing bad or Tsonga also playing really good?


van orten Says:

watch how djoker finisheed the job ..hats off ..he played not very good but still managed to win…nadals victory is written in stone…11th gs !!! i am really furious now how only federer seems to manage to lose matches like that,,,imagine rafa losing a match that way..he would immidiatly retire !!!


jane Says:

SO relieved Nole is through. :) Honestly not sure who would be better for him to play next round. Nole doesn’t have a good record versus Jo. I wonder if that match with Dimitrov gave Tsonga confidence? He is playing very composed today.


dari Says:

Where is the adapting, the extra gear?
C’Mon roger.
Novak did his part, good of Tomic to take a set.


Ben Wade Says:

Federer is playing crap and losing it now.
So what do we do now ???????
Attack Rafa !!!!!!


Anon Says:

Tsonga is playing awesome and Fed’s just reacting.


van orten Says:

tsonga is playing really really good but that wouldnt help him at all if fed played good too


Anon Says:

Hey Tsonga, that’s Fed’s drop shot, you have no right to use it against the great man himself!


marrisv Says:

Yes tsonga playing solid


van orten Says:

prediction fed losing this 6:4 in the 5th ..what a complete shit we are witnessing here


Polo Says:

It seems like the stars are lining up well for Djokovic. Djokovic has lesser chances against Federer on grass.


Anon Says:

Fed’s game is flat as a pancake. Can he not hit his groundies a bit more aggressively? Tsonga is teeing them up with ease.


marrisv Says:

But tsonga is coming of a five set loss at the French… So fed will get his chance here…


Daniel Says:

Federer never lost a Slam match after being 2-0. Will this be the one?!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed will fight. All credit to Tsonga though, he is playing amazing tennis, and his serve is near untouchable.


Anon Says:

If Tsonga continues to serve the way he served, and Fed continues his passive play, then….


dari Says:

Jo is gonna have to fall of form for roger to get this back, cause at the moment roger doesn’t seem to want to do the work himself.
Get it back, Rog!
I don’t think Jo is comparable Tomic, but fed has to find a way like novak did.
C’Mon


Skeezerweezer Says:

Ms Wade

WTF? No one mentioned Rafa in this match…..geez take an MTO.


Daniel Says:

Fed has to Nero His compostas and Wait a blip From Tsonga. Th pressure in the final games will be huge. If Tsonga overhit 2 balls when starting to get navios Fed will have a shot. But He has to do His part and confirm.


van orten Says:

wowwwwwww


van orten Says:

the problem is i like tsonga …but he will stand no chance vs djoker…like always when beating federer the next match will be final station …


tfouto Says:

@van orten, wow what?


Anon Says:

With each service game Tsonga is getting closer and closer to the finish line. Fed, what say you? Would you fight like an alley cat and win ugly?


Ben Wade Says:

Im surprised that none of the Fed fans have started attacking Rafa.

May be you guys are waiting for Rafa’s match to start ???

Lets hope that fish takes Rafa out ??
And then lets hope that Murray takes Rafa out….and then Nole….and so on….
Lets keep hoping….


Daniel Says:

3 more games for Tsonga and Another Fed record will go down.

Jesus, He could return to a RG final but lost 2 in a row in Wimbys quarter?!


jane Says:

Polo, Nole’s record vs. Tsonga is 2-5, all matches on hard. Maybe the stars are lining up for him. Either Fed or Tsonga would be very difficult semis opponents for Nole. Grass is his worst surface, and arguably it is Fed’s best and Tsonga’s first or second best (after hard).

Amazing how Tsonga is protecting his serve! Fed has seen ONE bp? Is that right? Yikes.


van orten Says:

bye bye roger and bye bye tsonga next round


Anon Says:

Unfortunately Fed seems to bring out the best in his opponents. They can smell his vulnerability.


van orten Says:

why attacking rafa when fed is playing like shit


dari Says:

Wade- nobody is attacking Rafa case Rafa is not playing. Now go get ready for your boys match he’s almost on.
This tsonga first serve… fed must do something on 2nd then


JF Says:

It’s Rafas fault !!


Skeezerweezer Says:

jane

Yeah Tsonga’s serve in this match is the difference. Superb. Thanks for posting the link earlier, I did read it :), but well, you know me ;)


tfouto Says:

Daniel, Wimbledon is really slow! i wonder how is speeds compared of Wimbledon to RG.


Ben Wade Says:

Dont worry guys Fed will keep extending his consecutive QFs record.
He will keep the consecutive SFs record FOREVER.
He will keep the consecutive finals record FOREVER.

But nobody will care abt these in future.

There will be someone from spain sitting on top of the list of GS WINNERS !!!!


Ben Wade Says:

tfouto Says:
Daniel, Wimbledon is really slow! i wonder how is speeds compared of Wimbledon to RG.

Yes you are right….Federer is losing.


van orten Says:

hahahahh the german commentator says federer is not playing badly what a stupid person this guy is..i ll switch over to boris becker ..at least he knows what he talking about urging federer to risk more


JF Says:

We could only hope Ben


Ben Wade Says:

What happened to the BIG mouthed Federer ???

He said see you guys in 6 months ???

Is there anything to see ????


van orten Says:

federer is really done ????? it seems so …cannot even win a point with tsonga slipping
and another second serve


Ben Wade Says:

Federer is the smartest one in the ATP tour. Even with a mediocre game and mediocre results at PRESENT, he still makes people believe that he is going to wim more majors.

Federer is the GOAT of talking.


jane Says:

Skeeze, no problemo. Just thought would throw that out there because it was along the lines of yours and Dan’s discussion.

Tsonga is such a momentum player. When he gets on a roll he is so tough to stop.

Did the commentators mention that Tsonga is presently without a coach? He split with the coach he has had since juniors, i think right before this event. And look at how ihe is doing! Sometimes those changes have instant, but not necessarily longterm, results.

Tsonga was in Queens final so he is obviously playng well.

Dari, remember when I asked you whose part of the draw Tsonga was in? And then after that Dimitrov match I knew Tsonga was playing well. Thought he would implode there mentally but he proved me wrong.

Fed has to take advantage of any second serves he sees! Cannot hit into the net.


Daniel Says:

Next 2 games will be it for Tsonga. Fed should mal a move now and He needs Tsonga to fill pressure at some point.


van orten Says:

please dont be such a hater wade


Skeezerweezer Says:

@ms wade

He said “we’ll see” in 6 months, not ” I will be #1″ in 6 months. That said, you’ll have your answer shortly if this match continues they way it’s going…


van orten Says:

how can we expect fed to break…3 second serves by tsonga no points by fed


dari Says:

Oh, roger. that one hurt


tfouto Says:

@Ben Wade you seem to be in completely ecstasy on seeing Federer loosing.


Anon Says:

Wow I am new to this site and rarely comment but I must say there some malicious characters here!


Dan Martin Says:

Barring the unlikely Federer is cooked.


dari Says:

Yeah, Jane, I remember.
And do you remember my emphatic one word answer?!?!?!?!


van orten Says:

i see nadal started his match..running like a rabbit hahahah


Daniel Says:

Choke Tosnga !!!!! Feel the arm getsticj and heavy and miss some serves. :)


marrisv Says:

Tsonga may get tight now…


Polo Says:

I would like to hear what Federer will say in his interview after this match. He always implies his greatness even when he loses.


van orten Says:

now the end is near !!


dari Says:

Last chance to break
Let’s go Roger keep the pressure on Jo


Dan Martin Says:

This is a lot like their Canada match, Fed was in control and then it was like he was swimming upstream.


jane Says:

Yep, dari. You were right. And Eric, too, has pointed out that this is danger time for Roger. I sincerely thought Fed would win in straight sets, before the match started! And I thought he would when he was leading by two sets too, but I wasn’t watching as was watching Nole streaming and following scores for Fed, have watched all of this fifth though. Fed seems a little flat, but Tsonga has served very well, and I cannot get over his composure. It is so unusual for him. Darn commendable!


Polo Says:

Serena can return serves better than that!


van orten Says:

again 2 2nd serves and no points for fed playin as bad as i have ever seen him play …and my last comment for the day::::

congrats tsonga


Huh Says:

I’d rather see fed losin to tsonga than to rafa.

that said, still
ALLEZ FEDERER!!!
Hope u can win just 1 mor slam n retire.


marrisv Says:

Wow… Tsonga


JF Says:

Wow 40- Love


jane Says:

Wow, huge win. Congrats to Jo! Commiseration Fed fans. Worth remembering right now his huge win over Nole at FO and his run to the finals there.


tenisbebe Says:

Woo hoo!! Congrats to Jo-Willy!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Congrats Tsonga.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Polo,

Lol at 11:23 ;)


van orten Says:

again a very bitter loss for fed…hats off to tsonga but even the biggest hater knows that fed just played like shit and invited tsonga to win ,,.,


van orten Says:

but you have to love tsonga he is so nice …but he has no chance winning what a shame


andrea Says:

just saw the scores. tsonga is always a dangerous floater. good win for him, and much needed. he’s been up and down since his ran at the AO a few years ago. will have to read more to see what happened. bummed for roger….and his incredible stat of being up 2 sets in a major is toasted. ah well…

looks like tomic put up a good fight as well.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow. Was I ever wrong. That last service game Tsonga gave Fed opportunity after opportunity and Fed just messed it all up. Terrific stuff from Tsonga all the way through, and no second gear from Fed.

Tennis is changing big time in 2011. First of all, Nole’s establishment with Rafa and Rog. Then Del Potro, now Tsonga, and very soon I think Raonic and Tomic will join that list of Slam contenders.


WTF Says:

With Fed out, Djokovic will win the title. NAdal can no longer beat him. His one shot was to beat Federer in the final but it isn’t going to happen now. If he’s 100%, he’ll still have a tough match against Murray who surely will have learned from the two losses he’s had to Nadal already at Wimby and will come prepared.

Djokovic will beat Tsonga and has a good chance of beating Nadal or Murray.

If Nadal is feeling pain still, he may not even beat Fish.


Daniel Says:

This is just the end!!

From now on If Fed manages 1 Slam, will be like Sampras in 2002. We will just have to Wait If He will have a glimpse of magic again, maybe WTF. Bye returning to n.1, for good.

We will most likely get the Nadal x Djoko match, that should be on RG.


dari Says:

Tsonga played great, served amazing and just kept clean aggression.
I am mad and sad for federer, never made the adjustments to turn the aggression back on, maybe try something different on the return. 2 sets up, hon?
Two qf outs at Wimbledon? BALLZACK
Jane I take no joy/credit in being “right” I thought he would give roger a tough match, not beat him!
Congrats to tsonga on Wimbledon semi. I wish he would win the whole thing. After Murray
Fuck fuck fuck


Gannu Says:

Perhaps for the first time in my life a Fed loss stings me less….perhaps he was outplayed or perhpas it was Tsonga who is just an amazing personality..well doneTsonga…hope you can move further

Bad luck Feddy… Have to get used to these things in my life now…


van orten Says:

nadal already cruising hahahahha so everything fine for the haters i guess


dari Says:

My comment is in moderation hehe


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I’d love to get behind Tsonga but that look-at-me cheer is too obnoxious.

Hard to see Rafa losing now. He thumped a very in-form Murray last year, why would that change?
And although I think Nole would have beaten Rafa at the French, grass is strangely the surface Rafa is still ahead on.


Twocents Says:

News flash: no Fedal final, yeah!

Great display of beautiful tennis from the French man! Worthy opponent for our 6-time WO winner. Watch out, Djok :-)).

Good effort from Fed. Thank you, champ. With you all the way.


WTF Says:

How many times has Fed lost a match from 2 sets up? I can only recall once when he lost to Nalbandian at TMC Shanghai. I’m pretty sure it happened again somewhere else though.

I think Tomic has a very bright future ahead of him. I only tuned in from 4th set on, and the guy looked very relaxed and composed, as though he was the one in control of the match. Djokovic looked unnerved it seemed. This is surprising since he is the man of 2011, who had only been beaten once this year, up against a talented but inexperienced 18 year old. He was frustrated and unsettled by Tomic, which can only mean big things for Tomic when he reaches Djokovic’s stage of his career.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Actually, I think Tsonga might have the best shot at Rafa just because I don’t think Murray and Nole have much of a shot at all.


van orten Says:

its the way he got broken in the 3rd and 5th..he played such a crap there that it is easy to say he deserved to lose ..but again it hurts..because whenever federer wins playing like shi,.,..he comes back stronger the next round ,..so i was really hoping for an easy semi final with feds serve clicking..but today it wasnt supposed to be.. i really really want nadal to lose too..but he will do it…even though his foot is broken lol


Chico Says:

Congrats to Tsonga! That was tough to watch, but Tsonga played great through the end.

You could maybe say Fed played.. ‘timid’ the last sets, and that’s not enough against todays field. Kept his composure. Was it because he knew he had to save every ounce of energy and concentration, waiting for the opportunity that never came? On the outside you werent able to sence urgency. I wont be saying what went through his mind, but in the end I got the feeling that he wasn’t able to get the energy going. But again, Tsongas game was probably the biggest reason.

Nice reaction from the crowd as they walked out.


Polo Says:

Nadal will likely win. Djokovic vs Nadal in a major still favors Nadal. But Djokovic will give Nadal a better fight than Federer could. It should be exciting if both guys make it to the finals.


jane Says:

TV, the issue is that Nadal returns a lot better than Tsonga, whereas Nole and Murray return equally as well as Tsonga, so in that sense, I’d say those guys have a better chance versus Rafa.


dari Says:

Two cents- last time I say I don’t want a fedal!
I said it on here the other day, followed by “a fedal is better than no fed in the final”
Bah!
Yeah, still love Rog of course. I’m in a weird place between sad and not, all of a sudden. If I just don’t read fed quotes i should be ok.
love ya, Rog


dari Says:

Another one of my guys I really like is still in the tourney, Murray. Need to see what he’s up to. Wish NBC would put on that match, it seems like fish one is not competitive


van orten Says:

ok tsonga played very good but feds returning game was out of this world in a negative way!!!!!!!!


jane Says:

Oops @ 11:41 I meant to say Nole and Murray return equally as well as Rafa not Tsonga.


Dan Martin Says:

Fish is being flayed


jane Says:

Fish is sunk. : ) tee hee. Unless he finds fighting form, which so far he has not. i think both these QF matches will be straightforward, maybe even routs.


jane Says:

Maybe Fish don’t sink, though; they float? Fish is floating? Fish is flushed?

Poor Mardy, his last name invites so many puns. Come on Mardy!! Fight!!


van orten Says:

fed returning game vs big servers normally is one of the best and won him many many grand slams but today he felt to save and paid the price for it..he is responsible in a big way if nadal surpasses him in the end …he lost very very idiotic at us open last year and this is really the cream on top of the cake..he cannot lose a match like that


Twocents Says:

Stick to your instinct, Dari. LOL.

Fed’s got his magic run at FO. Tsonga is as good an opponent as it gets for Fed to lose to. Among 4 majors, FO is still the slam that forgives ages, even with overall slowing down of the court speed.

Viva France. Viva beauty!


dari Says:

Yay a moment of Murray feli action on NBC


van orten Says:

omg all of this age crap talk..fed beat himself alone today ..a pity he lost because now the age talking will get over us again,,.


jane Says:

GO Murray GO!!


dari Says:

Nice hustle from feli, but muzz shoulda had one of those shots at net!


van orten Says:

thinking about it..there was no come on in all the last 3 sets by federer meaning that he didnt win one big point,..he should have won 2 easy shots after a nice set up to get at 30:30 in the fifth twice and that maybe would have got him momentum


van orten Says:

is there anyone out there who believes that nadal will lose matches like that when he gets into the fall of his career??? i mean he breaks now fish after saving 2 bp. he is the mental monster of generation that nadal what can you do


dari Says:

Break Murray!
Lopez outta challenges already
I’m cheering for muzza because I like him and also because he will MURDER Judy if somehow feli won this match


jane Says:

Also, I am sure Fed had two love-30 games in the third set, when Tsonga was serving at 4 and 5, but neither time could Fed get it to a break point. Maybe then it was a combination of Tsonga serving lights out and Fed not returning as good as he can do?

Tsonga’s first serve % for the match was 70%; Fed’s was 75%. Tsonga hit 18 aces to Fed’s 17. Fed actually won more points on BOTH his first and second serves. Tsonga hit double the winners. And only 6 more winners. They both won around the same number of net approaches, but Tsonga came in more (58 to 42). SO the stats show how close this match really was. The difference seems to have been break point oppotunities / conversions.


jane Says:

oops @ 12:16, I meant Tsonga hit double the *errors* not winners.


jane Says:

Muzza has an excellent chance of beating Rafa this year. Just a gut feeling. I could be wrong, but Murray is so cool and calm at Wimbledon this year. And he is great on this surface.


jane Says:

These two matches are routs so far. The last two were clearly much closer.


dari Says:

Killin me Jane ;)
but yes those are the facts and I was disappointed about those 0-30 chances passed by fed. Some were def tsonga bombs, some were passive play from fed


sheila Says:

i lft 2go2 work w/federer up 2sets & down a break in 3rd. i cant believe roger lost in 5. i am so disappointed. i knew tsonga was dangerous thats y i got concerned when federer was broken in 3rd but i was still hopeful federer would win in 4. oh well looks like another gs win 4 nadal. i knew djokovic would pull out his match. i wont watch the rest of the federer match on my dvr, but where the hell did he go after a 2sets lead on his fvt surface. well i guess the 6 months is here & now its gone & if players can continue believing they can beat federer in smaller events & now majors, roger has, imho, very little chance of winning another major unless he gets a gr8 draw. well where does roger go from here. annacone has given him a fresh voice, but didnt seem 2help. i think roger was really really wanting 2win this 1 & this must be a big blow 4him. he will always be my fvt player winning or losing, but my reality is now that federer may not win another major. bummer,bummer,bummer


steve-o Says:

Congrats to Tsonga.

Roger!!! It’s not age that’s his problem, nor even the tennis. Mentally something is off. Hope he can find whatever answers he’s looking for.


tenisbebe Says:

Huh Says:
“I’d rather see fed losin to tsonga than to rafa.”

That is a sad, sad statement, full of angst and pettiness. Rather have him lose to the #19 in the QF’s than #1 in the Final??? Really?……..what a tool.


madmax Says:

Well, read the wrong score!

Sorry Roger lost today. No one talking about Federer right now in the press. Dont know what happened today guys and I cant be bothered to read all your texts.

I dont know what’s happened in this match. He won first set 6:3 and then 7:6. This is the FIRST time he has lost a match in 176 attempts when he was 2 sets up.

I knew Tsonga would be a problem.

Good luck Tsonga, but oh Roger.

Contador, you can come out now. Your dream of a NON FEDAL FINAL is here.

At least Roge hasnt lost points. This is seriously disappointing.

Upset.


jane Says:

Aww, sorry dari. Not meaning to. :( Thought it would be encouraging to see how close it was.

Well I have to go to the dentist, yipeee. But it’s safe to say that Murray and Rafa are through. And all I can say is GO MUZZZAA!!!!


sheila Says:

btw i am really hoping murray can pull this out


Twocents Says:

Even in his epic win over Djok in Paris, Fed had little leg & power, compared to his hey days. That win is a great tribute to Fed’s tennis sense and love (and Djok’s off-form at the beginning), no more, no less.

At age of 29, Fed’s like a time bomb messing around on the tour. One never knows when’s his next blast and how big, ranked 3 or 30. LOL!


dari Says:

Jane, all good. Rogers the problem, not you!
They put up a minute of his press on NBC. He didn’t SEEM that sad. Mixed feelings about that


Ben Wade Says:

Its really great to see Federer “peaking” at the right moment and backing up his big mouth.


tfouto Says:

Ben Wade congratulations. Federer lost.


Queen Mirka3 Says:

Does anyone else believe Tsonga is on steroids? He is just unbelievable. Suspicious.


Ben Wade Says:

tfouto

condolences to you, Rafa is winning


dari Says:

Wade why haven’t you mentioned your boy who is currently playing? I know he is cruising, but you should focus on that, seriously. Give it up


Chico Says:

@Twocents

Well now, a GS semi, final and a quarter, we’re talking average GS semifinal. And the quarter streak still going. Besides, maybe I’m klinging but somehow felt that everything wasn’t right with Fed today. Energywise if you compare to RG he looked much flatter, or then it was just compared to Tsonga.

With the bigger guys(Tsongas serve statistics eg. were ca. 10mph faster cross the board) getting more and more confidence, it gets tougher.

Lets hope he still keeps loving the game so that he can enjoy and work the game for as many years as possible. As a tennisfan you, little by little, start appreciating his wins against the tsongas, berdyches and soderlings a bit more. Hope he does too.


Twocents Says:

Memo to Jo the French man:

Djok beat Fed at AO and won AO;

Nadal beat Fed at FO and won FO…


Queen Mirka3 Says:

Fed is back!


Queen Mirka3 Says:

I still think Federer can win this year’s wimbledon. Chris Evert said “Go Roger!”.


tfouto Says:

Ben Wade

thank you, i feel much better now


dari Says:

That’s more like it!


Queen Mirka3 Says:

Chris Evert said the other day, she cries every time Roger Federer loses a tennis match. For her sake I hope Federer wins this year’s Wimbledon. Can he?


dari Says:

Yeah, chico. Rog looked awfully slow and.low energy the last two sets. That’s the only thing I saw that age is a little factor. Plus long term mental focus lacking.
Good for mardy he took a set!


Daniel Says:

Fish showing signs of life. Won third set breaking Nadal. And had several 15-30 games on Nadal serve.


Twocents Says:

Chico,

Even with that 10 year fat contract from Nike, Fed could still wake up any morning deciding he’s had it with tennis. We could only pray that from happening soon :-)).

When I say age, I mean calendar age and tennis mileage including tears, wears, and tiredness. We’ll eventually know what happened after FO semi maybe after Fed hang up his racquet. 12+ years on tour and a decade on the top, Fed’s chronicle back and groin issues are no joke.

But, it’s all part of the game, part of aging. Jo won the match today, Fed did not lose it. That’s why I acclaim both guys.


dari Says:

Good serving for murray to get outta trouble. Pretty swing volley too


Ben Wade Says:

Rafa has lost a set !!!!
Common fedfans lets cheer for Fish !!!!


dari Says:

MURRAY!
Hope he can go at least one more!


dari Says:

Two more would be nice but don’t wanna get too far ahead


Ben Wade Says:

dari Says:
MURRAY!
Hope he can go at least one more!

Keep hoping…..LOL


Ben Wade Says:

Roger is the favorite to win the wimbledon…….in……..er……2012


madmax Says:

Borg Says:
Even a injured Nadal can beat a physically perfect Federer. The overwhelming lead in H2H with Federer (17-8)[After Wimbledon, it would be 18-8 proves that Nadal is miles apart and he is Champion of Champions.

June 29th, 2011 at 7:14 am

You are idiotic, a disgrace to your name. Yep. Nadal is miles apart because he is not so good on his manners or his gamemanship and everyone knows that. Just that so many people keep quiet about it. It’s just wrong. He brings that on himself and that makes me feel really sad that someone who is supposed to be a role model can do things like this.

It’s just plain wrong. There’s nothing to argue about. It’s just plain wrong.

Firstly, have you ever thought that FED is the only one who has got to the final? If he hadn’t been there so often the head to head would mean nothing. It’s a pathetic stab at the greatest player and biggest champion who doesn’t cheat, doesn’t call for MTO’s and doesn’t get coaching. THAT cannot be denied.

Felt bad that Fed lost today. But the feeling hasn’t lasted that long. Watched some highlights. Not ONCE did fed say C’MON! That’ when I know he’s having an off day.

And that is not to say that Tsonga played bad, Tsonga played beautifully. Brilliantly. But 5 sets? No chance against Novak.

Just really do not respect players who come up with excuses about a foot being broken? How can a foot be broken and then you still can play on it? Kimberley, can you answer that one for me?

It’s time to just get on with the tennis and wish the best winner, the best tennis.

Federer has lost today so gloaters enjoy it. It is you who are pathetic. No one else.


madmax Says:

I really wish that Federer would do something about the mental side of things though. It does seem to have gone a little bit. Annacone I thought was supposed to be working with him on that?

Ben? Sean?

What do you think the answer is here?

Gannu, are you okay?


madmax Says:

Come to think of it, I have to just keep thanking the fact that Fed has been like a ferrari for so long, and I can’t keep wishing him to get better and better. Fed has done enough for tennis. No more expectations now. Only his own personal expectations. Can’t ask for more than that. It’s unfair.

He must be exhausted with all the mileage he has done so far.


Humble Rafa Says:

Tsonga played well. More work for the Fed.


JF Says:

Let it go already Madmax.. that topic about nadal has been exhausted, don’t ya think.


Queen Mirka3 Says:

Chris Evert is saying: “Go Roger”. Come on Roger, don’t lose hope, you can still win this year’s Wimbledon.


Queen Mirka3 Says:

Pete Sampras predicts Roger Federer will win this year’s Wimbledon. Sampras can’t be wrong, can he? “Go Roger”.


JF Says:

Well done Nadal, knock them down one by one!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Poor Fed. They’re having a Big Four party in the semis and he didn’t get invited. Can you just see him with his nose pressed against the window, watching Rafa and Nole and Muzza eating cake, Roger’s lip stiff as he stifles a cry?


marrisv Says:

Rafa v Murray it is again……


madmax Says:

JF Says:
Let it go already Madmax.. that topic about nadal has been exhausted, don’t ya think.

June 29th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

JF,

everyone else had their say on the matter. I didn’t. If you dont like it, dont read it, but dont tell me how to think.


dari Says:

All right, semis set!
No fed, bummer
But still muzz
And a tough Jo w who is playing great, can beat Djoko if he plays like that again.
Tough task for Murray, not sure what he has to do to get rafa. Hit flatter, more aggressive. serve of course and just taking chances on his chances.


Ben Wade Says:

madmax Says:
Gannu, are you okay?

June 29th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

He is eating crow and getting ready to cheer for anyone who plays against Rafa.


dari Says:

Tv- sad image, but kinda funny if you take it literally :( / :(


Ben Wade Says:

As grendel mentioned yesterday, all those experts who predicted Federer to win is based on wishful thinking.


aleish17 Says:

Why does things have to get nasty in here? I love reading this forum. But sometimes you cant help but feel disappointed about the things being posted.

Sorry for Fed though. Im not ashamed to admit that I want Fed to take out Nole. Nadal has to get through Murray first, then I’ll worry about Nole or Tsonga.

Vamos Rafa!


Twocents Says:

More to salvage their “expertise” credentials after their FO semi predictions than wishful thinking. Most of them are not Fed fans, deep down.

Glad Fed make them look silly, again. Naughty old man. LOL!


jane Says:

Just got home. I see Fish had a glimmer of hope, good for him to get a set off Rafa.

I think both these semis will be VERY competitive. We could see a repeat of the Queens final even – imagine, Murray vs, Tsonga for the title. Or a repeat of AO final match up. Or a Nole-Rafa. Even Rafa vs. Tsonga might be interesting on grass, but only if Tsonga could play his best, like at the AO 08.


Twocents Says:

Fed’s press:

“I thought my game was plenty good enough this year to win the tournament,” said. “Unfortunately, there’s only one that can win it, and the rest go home empty-handed. That’s what happened to me today.

“But the game is there. I’m happy. I’m healthy. I feel much better than sort of a year ago. That’s very encouraging, really. Even though I took a tough loss today, I don’t feel, you know, discouraged in any way. I think that’s key right now, to not let anything get to me.”


Huh Says:

tennisbebe: funy 2 see a moron lik u stil tryin 2 convinc herself about others’ pettiness. and oh, fed losin to rafa here yet again woulda terribly hurt his legacy, u kno dat or is it just too much for you to get it?? not that it matters to me! ;)

hey, what i want for myself n wish for fed is my personal choice. u dont like it right? oh, too bad! ;)

n too bad this world no. 19 played like a world no.1 one day n got ur dear player his @$$ handed to him in oz 08! ;)
so shameful for federer really to lose to a guy as talented as tsonga, no? my bad, my want differs from your wants, no? ;)


mem Says:

madmax,

take your medicine so that you can calm down, maybe get some rest. roger’s losing is not nadal’s fault. that’s tennis! it happens! you spend all of your time blaming nadal for roger’s struggles. give it up!

you make the same comments about nadal everytime roger loses and nadal moves on. it’s absurb the stuff you come up with when roger loses. i have always thought you to be irrational with all of your rants and ravings about nadal and gamemanship and you have certainly lived up to that reputation. my goodness, the match is over, history, done! it’s unfortunate that roger lost, but he’s the one to blame. the match was on his racquet, not nadal’s racquet.

you have no idea how deranged you sound.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed ought to watch some old tapes of himself if he really believes he played at a good level today.


Eric Says:

You. Have. To. Be. Kidding. Me.


Kimberly Says:

madmax, skeeze, kimmi, huh and all other fed fans who have been nice to me, sorry about fed. I didn’t watch so i don’t know what happened but from what is sounds like tsonga served out of his mind?

Tsonga is dangerous. Certainly the worst QF it turned out. Murray got thru the easiest of all however Lopez is a dream QF opponent.


Ben Wade Says:

Federer really needs to be big mouthed like this.
He is doing exactly what is required to keep his sponsors and his retarded fans intact.

He will make sure that the media hypes him up as THE favorite to win this years USO.

The players around him have improved…..he can get as much attention as Nole and Rafa ONLY with the help of his mouth…….he doesnt have the game to back it up.


nadalista Says:

GOAT, stewed………………

Rafa, plays whole match without MTO………

Life’s a biatch eh, fedtards?


Eric Says:

Well… Like I said, Tsonga was only truly dangerous QF opponent in the lot. I was more right than I knew, I guess. :/

I really thought this was Roger’s year to regain Wimbledon — he was playing by far the best of the top guys, except maybe for Murray in his win over Gasquet. I saw the hints of trouble against Youzhny and even Mannarino, but who knew he’d lose Tsonga here? :/

Congrats to nos. 1-2&4, maybe 4 will be soon overtaking 3.


jane Says:

Tsonga has beaten both Fed and Rafa on grass this year…!


Chico Says:

@twocents

With you there.. was even going to add the same comment about winning vs. loosing but Feds monster got me to delete it ;).


Eric Says:

Although it’s interesting: Sampras and Federer were, basically, equally dominant at Wimbledon, but as soon as Sampras started to dip even a little bit in his form after 2000, his Wimby runs ended in the 4th and 2nd rounds. Federer has only won once since 2007, but he’s still making it in fairly deep. And Sampras still went on to win another USO in 2002 or whatever, so (even if that was a bit of a lucky fluke) maybe Wimbledon or even grass generally magnify the weaknesses in timing and so on? I dunno, just a thought, I don’t know if I buy it, but — it’s weird to think that Wimbledon has now become Roger’s worst slam over the past 2 years.

Anyway, Roger fans, let’s look at the upsides! I think most of us (everyone here) love Tsonga too, so how cool is it to see him in another slam semi? THIS is what he should be doing on a regular basis, forget Ferrer, Soderling, Berdych, whatever, it’s the guys with talent oozing from every pore like Tsonga and Gasquet I want to see doing well. :) Allez Jo!

Plus, I think he has a real good chance to beat Nole if he isn’t too fatigued — it’ll be interesting to see how far he can back up this win, if at all.


Twocents Says:

That tells us it’s 2010, not 2006, Jane.

I’m very happy for Jo’s run. But I also feel Djok deserves a WO final/win, after my man robbed him of FO final. So no bias for the bottom half semi. Just hope they both play great.


madmax Says:

mem Says:
madmax,

take your medicine so that you can calm down, maybe get some rest. roger’s losing is not nadal’s fault. that’s tennis! it happens! you spend all of your time blaming nadal for roger’s struggles. give it up!

you make the same comments about nadal everytime roger loses and nadal moves on. it’s absurb the stuff you come up with when roger loses. i have always thought you to be irrational with all of your rants and ravings about nadal and gamemanship and you have certainly lived up to that reputation. my goodness, the match is over, history, done! it’s unfortunate that roger lost, but he’s the one to blame. the match was on his racquet, not nadal’s racquet.

you have no idea how deranged you sound.

June 29th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

mem,

here’s a mem..mo for you!

This is the FIRST time I’ve actually commented on rafa’s gamesmanship. I chose not to say anything initially, but the more I read, (as happens), the more irritated I was becoming. I shouldn’t be irritated really, because it’s idiots like you who are allowed to continue with your ridiculous statements and this is what happens.

Firstly. I dont say anything negative about rafa. You say plenty of negative things about federer, that’s idiotic.

Secondly. I do feel that the delpo match was fraught with unfair elements, mostly by rafa. That’s my opinion.

Thirdly, I believe federer is the GOAT and always will be for more reasons than I care to mention.

Fourthly. I know who you are, it’s no secret to us.

Fifthly, I plenty compliment players who beat Federer, fans here will tell you.It’s only the idiots like you and your bad mouther follower that make this stuff up to get a rise.

Sixthly keep up the great work mem. You take first prize for idiot of the year.


jane Says:

Hey Twocents, yes, very interesting semi with a rematch of AO 08 final. Nole has a poor record vs Tsonga and this is his weakest surface, so I would not be surprised if Tsonga beats Novak. However, of course, I would love for Nole to get to number one, and if he is to do that he has to win his semi. That will not be easy.


madmax Says:

Jane,

Tsonga won’t beat novak. don’t worry. Tsonga played the match of his life today. Rare to go on from that.

You can only hope for the best man to win. Am sure novak will pull through.

Good luck.


madmax Says:

nadalista Says:
GOAT, stewed………………

Rafa, plays whole match without MTO………

Life’s a biatch eh, fedtards?

June 29th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

got to say I just love this time. It truly shows the low lifes who come out firing on all cylinders.

Hey, at least you admit fed is the GOAT! LAST laugh on you.


madmax Says:

Jane, Tsonga was great today. It’s only having watched his shots again and you can’t help but love Tsonga. He has had so many injuries over the years. Even fed, just saying now, Jo played great.

Well done Fed. I cannot imagine how he must be feeling, but he seemed pretty together to me. Respect. Respect that man so much.

I dont think you can count Tsonga’s win over rafa at Queens Jane, not really. He was tired and injured. THIS was a big win for Tsonga coming 2 sets down to beat fed. And fed played well. Rafa didnt at Queens. No one expected him to.

PLUS, he’s made history by being the FIRST man to STOP fed’s record of 176 wins at Slam events after being 2 sets up, fed has never lost, Tsonga stopped that today.

He deserved to win. It’s just the losers who crawl out of the woodwork who care to share their rubbish.


Dan Martin Says:

Murray won Queens – does he have a shot? Tsonga was runner-up at Queens. I still think we get a Rafa-Nole final at this stage, but I would not be shocked by any combination of finalists. As for Roger, I think his days of entering any slam as one of the 1-3 favorites are probably ending, but he will be in the handful of players just outside of the main favorite for another year or two. If he keeps reaching quarters and semis sooner or later he is likely to take home maybe one or two more slams home. The problem he faces is that the top players in this era have a much greater monopoly on the winner’s circle than in most eras.


Mary Says:

Your article is quite cynical and you also don’t have a lot of the facts right…plus you contradict yourself….. but it’s always great to read a biased piece of crap. You’re right up there with the Bleacher Report, haha!


mem Says:

madmax,

you should know! roger played tsonga,nadal played fish, but you blame nadal for roger losing to tsonga. talk about irrational! that said, i would have to say that you give meaning to the word “idiot.”


jane Says:

madmax, yes true. Rafa was tired at Queens, but it still counts that Tsonga best him. Hard to say what will happen in the semis and finals.


Goat Fed Says:

Toilet break didn’t help…I lost it. I have won 6 times though.


madmax Says:

mem,

you speak in a different language to me. I dont blame anyone for anything. I’ve ready many of your rantings here and read with some glee the responses of fed fans to your irrationality, never partaking. But today it’s time to speak. I think because you love a jibe at the mighty fed. I wish you would stop. I dont understand people like you. I really don’t. Smarmy as someone else mentioned here early, to take such pride in gloating over someone’s loss – why? why do you do that? If you can explain, I’m willing to listen.

I blame no one but federer for losing. I just watched a bit more of it mem, and to be honest, I dont understand how fed at 2 points away from taking the third set at 0:30 on tsonga’s serve could let it get away? But then I am not the one playing on court. This is the thing that concerns me, the match got away.

Tsonga was great, but as Jane said, when you look at the match stats, it was close. How can you let 2 sets get away from you? I guess fed understands how Haas feels now back in 2009 and Berdyche in 2008.

As for nadal. Never will he be a favourite of mine. But really, how can you deny the gamesmanship mem that he displays over and over. (sorry kimberley), but I saw it PROPERLY for the first time against delpo. You kind of tend to ignore it, i agree over a period of time, but you know, I don’t understand how he can stare at the camera and say how he thought he was going to retire, and then go on to win? It doesn’t make sense and it’s just a lie. How can you lie into the camera?

But like you say mem, THAT old chestnut!

Federer, what happened today?


madmax Says:

jane Says:
madmax, yes true. Rafa was tired at Queens, but it still counts that Tsonga best him. Hard to say what will happen in the semis and finals.

June 29th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Jane,

I know it counts, but honestly, when you read about Tsonga’s win – it doesn’t count to the rafa fans because rafa was tired and injured. So it doesn’t count or do you think differently?

Really?


Eric Says:

Tsonga has a great chance to beat Djokovic.


trufan Says:

Murray will take care of Nadal on friday. And djoke will take the No. 1 ranking on friday. Then Nadal can pick butt, fake injuries, delay points, take illegal coaching, or whatever else he wishes to do, at peace for the rest of the year, since his season is over after wimbledon anyway.

Wait, oh, How many YEC has Nadal won?? Oh, its not a slow surface. Oh, that’s why he gets hammered there. But what about tennis skills? Oh, retrieving everything becomes difficult there. Oh, I see.

Someone get nadal some new panties!


Dan Martin Says:

2 straight years of all four semifinalists having two handed backhands.


Dan Martin Says:

I think Murray has a 40% chance at winning his semifinal. Losing to Nadal at Wimbledon last year and in 2008 almost takes some pressure off of him. I think if Murray were from Sweden or Spain he’d already have broken through, but the whole pressure of the (crumbled) Empire on his back has had an effect. His team should look at Nole’s game plan vs. Nadal and try to make the service return the deciding factor in the match. I think Tsonga has about a 40% chance of pulling the upset as well in the semis.


Anna Says:

Max – I see your still just looney tunes. I can’t imagine hating another player the way you hate Nadal. It’s just so senseless and so obvious that you think you need to protect Roger’s legacy by discrediting Rafa. Why don’t you just try excluding Rafa from your vocabulary. Honestly, Roger doesn’t need you to support him that way. And of course I’m wasting my time.

Roger was so pumped and focused the whole match at FO. I was really hoping to see that W as well. Guess having him fade in and out is better than nothing at all.

Andy is such a great tennis player and I so want him to win, just not against Rafa. But if he does win, then bless him, I hope he takes the whole thing.


Queen Mirka3 Says:

Hey, what are you guys upto? Don’t you know Chris Evert said “Go Roger”? So Roger Federer is obviously going to win this year’s Wimbledon.


Rick Says:

Guys! Remember what I told you about Fed’s choking habit?????

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