Are Nadal, Djokovic Headed to the Final? Wimbledon SF Picks and Pans
by Sean Randall | June 30th, 2011, 7:33 pm
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It’s a second straight Federer-less semifinal at Wimbledon. With the six-time champion and pre-tournament favorite watching from home, there is added anticipation for a new Wimbledon winner this season.

At the very least we’ll have a first-time finalist in London, but the storylines this weekend haven’t changed: Can Rafael Nadal repeat and when will Murray finally win? Well, at the start I picked Nadal to beat Djokovic in the final, and both are left. So…

Sorry, Andy.

On to the matches.

JW Tsonga v. Novak Djokovic

Tsonga and Djokovic are first on Centre Court at 1pm. We all remember Djokovic winning his first career Grand Slam at the Australian back in 2008. The Serb is since a much, much better player. But Tsonga is as well. The Frenchman just obliterated Roger Federer in the final three sets of their match on Wednesday, and if JW can stay on that type of roll he’s tough to beat on any surface.

As I said yesterday, Federer in some ways let Tsonga dictate. Djokovic won’t. Novak has one of the best service returns in the game and even if Tsonga remains in that serving zone, I think Djokovic will get a few more break chances than Federer did.

Tsonga is also a hot and cold player and I just feel Djokovic can and will mix it up enough to get him out of rhythm and into some discomfort.

That said, Djokovic didn’t look that great in a win over Bernard Tomic in the quarterfinals. However, Tomic is a tricky player. One who plays with little pace, a rarity these days. By contrast, Tsonga will come out pounding the ball and I think Novak’s defense should be able to blunt it.

These two have played seven times and Tsonga has won five of them. A clear edge to Tsonga. Their last meeting went five sets last year at the Australian Open. I think Tsonga is playing great tennis but Djokovic is 46-1 on the year and I think he’ll have too much experience and too much defense for Tsonga to overcome. I’ll take Novak on a whim in four.

After the year Novak’s had – 43-match match win streak, etc – and he comes away with just one Slam and two SFs that would be by some measures a failure. Tomorrow, he gets to No. 1.

Rafael Nadal v. Andy Murray

In the main event, Nadal has dominated Murray at Wimbledon 6-0 in sets in two meetings. In fact each of those wins propelled Nadal to the title. Will this be another? I think so.

Murray has been playing pretty well the last two months and remember on the clay he took a set off Nadal. But Rafa got back on track at the French blanking Murray in three sets.

And then there’s the injury issue. If Nadal is 100% healthy why is he getting injections in foot? I don’t know. Anyway, I expect Rafa and his foot to be okay, hopefully.

Murray’s game is still far too passive, and until he can parlay it into a big time best-of-five win, I’ll continue to go against him. Also, I still feel the pressure gets to Andy, especially at Wimbledon where Murray’s only won one set in two semifinal matches.

Murray, though, has the game to beat Nadal. There’s no denying that. I just don’t think he’ll do it.

I like Nadal in four sets.

In honesty, taking Nadal and Djokovic in four sets is poor. It’s almost a cop-out. I give both Tsonga and Murray a decent shot at the upset and it wouldn’t surprise me if the top two players – Rafa and Novak – lose. It’s that close. I just think experience and pressure plays a huge role. Nadal and Djokovic have both shown they are up to the task in Grand Slams. Murray and Tsonga have yet to do it (win Slams). Maybe they will. Maybe they will this weekend. Regardless, it should be fun to watch.

The two semifinals are on ESPN and on NBC. If you are on the west coast, bad luck, I guess.

FRIDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE

Centre Court 13:00 Start Time
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[12] v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[2]
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Andy Murray (GBR)[4]


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509 Comments for Are Nadal, Djokovic Headed to the Final? Wimbledon SF Picks and Pans

Thangs Says:

I guess, Tsonga rides on his wave and beat Nole
..He is very confident after beating Nadal and taking set-off from Murray in Queens….And now beaten the goat Fed.

Whatever I root for Rafa! Vamos!


trufan Says:

Tsonga will be winded, and lacking adrenaline having spent all on Fed. Djoke wins.

Nadal wins if he is injury free. WHich he is – that was just a sham.

But Djoke wins wimbledon.


Kimmi Says:

new wimbledon champ pls.

if it muzza, it will be the biggest story ever happened in this era.

if it is djokovic, well, he will get his wish. and distance himself from nadal for number 1.

if tsonga..well well well, what a surprise winner it will be. not many had their money on him this year.

if it is rafa..well, what can we say. he is the goat.


jamie Says:

In the Semifinals:
____________________

Murray d. Nadal in 4

Djokovic d. Tsonga in 4

____________________

In the final:

____________________

Djokovic d. Murray in 3


Kimmi Says:

so jamie,in your world.. murray is losing a fourth grandslam final?


Kimmi Says:

what with his hair..Rory McIlroy? needs a proper hair cut.


Ben Wade Says:

Common fedfans….its time to cheer whoever is playing against Rafa.
Lets hope someone beats Rafa and protects Federer’s legacy.


trufan Says:

Rafa is 6 slams away from Fed. We’ll see. He is already in decline, compared to his form in 2010. Next year we will see the real downfall of Nadal – oh wait, he will be 26… ya, everyone goes down after that.


Daniel Says:

This Wimbledon is crutial for the GOAT debate.

Basically, if Nadal (who is 25) wins, he will have a 50% chance to surpass Fed’s total, and he must do it agaisnt Djoko, to once again kill his spirit, specially after the 4 losses this season. He will still never lose to Djoko in a Slam. If he loses, to Djoko, he will have lost on hard, clay and grass, and a Grand Slam match to Djoko, and n.1:tToo much too lose at once.

He is not getting any younger, and Fed, as of now, won his last Slam at 29 and a hath. I doubt Nadal will be able to do that. So he will have more 3 good years as a favorite in RG, contender in Wimby and a small shot, only with another planet alaignment as US Open 2010, to win another hard court Slam.

That’s why his RG-Wimby combo are so important to get, the most he can.

I think if he wins it, he will be GOAT or co-GOAT, if he loses, Fed’s record will be pretty safe.

Losing Wimby, to Djoko will have a huge mental aspect in Nadal, it’s basically the worst thing could happen to him right now.

If he loses to Murray, loses n.1 but will again delay the: “Djoko never beat Nadal in a Slam”. He already scape in RG, I don’t think he will scape this time.

If Djoko is in the final, he will be champion, we quickly forget that the guy lost 1 match out of his last 50!!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Ms Wade,

I would worry about your own guy, Fed is already been there done that and holds the most dominant records ever, and he still proves he is capable. Rafa is not. Take a bathroom break and hope Novak loses tomorrow, otherwise it’s “Adios #1 ranking”


Anna Says:

Trufan – That’s all been said about Rafa before. Next year might be his best year yet. Haven’t others with less skill and heart won slams at 26, 27, 28 and such. I think Rafa has more than just 1 or 2 slams left in him. That being said I find it incredible that out of a field of 120 players the same very few players have won all the slams the last several years. I’m a Rafa fan, but if Rafa loses tomorrow then I’d like to see Murray or Tsonga win, just to bring someone new into the fold. And wouldn’t the Brits just go crazy. I’d like to see that.


Gabsvamos Says:

Rafa Nadal was the best no 2 player ever, winning 6 GS from that position. I’m confident that heincreases that number on Sunday….


Skeezerweezer Says:

“obliterated Roger Federer in the final three sets of their match”

Really? Wasn’t 4,4 and 4? Maybe I need to re visit the term in the dictionary…..obliterated.


Dan Martin Says:

I think Rafa edges Murray on experience, but has a world #4 with a Queen’s Club title in hand ever been more under the radar as a semifinalist? I see Nole winning as well. Like Sean I also think a Murray-Tsonga Queen’s Club rematch is not out of the question.


Dan Martin Says:

As for this event determining the GOAT? Eh 50% of the slams since 1988 have been on hard courts. 4 of the 9 Super 9/Masters are on outdoor hard courts since 1990. I think Clay and Grass have not been the key surface for tennis over the past 20+ years. Another USO would help Rafa’s overall status more than another Wimbledon. Still, Rafa has a case already in the GOAT debate and any Slam obviously buttresses that case. With the head-to-head advantage and the singles’ Gold Medal I don’t think Rafa necessarily needs 16 to convincingly be the GOAT, but 11 is not enough to jump him there. Fed’s finals, semifinals and quarterfinal streaks, along with all time slam and all time slam finals records give him a lofty spot. Throw in the all time hard court and grass court winning streaks and his tie with Lendl and Sampras for the most season ending titles, and I think Rafa has a case, but still has work to do.


Michael Says:

It is quite difficult to predict the winners in the semi finals. But I would pick Nadal and Djokovic to reach the finals and I then expect Djokovic to beat Nadal to claim his first Wimbledon title. That will give the Tennis World a new Champion to cherish. Although I would also like Murray to win, yet I cannot see him getting past Nadal. That might happen, if Nadal plays below his level, but it never happens and that tells the invincibility of Nadal. Even players like Federer and Djokovic have off days, but not Nadal. He plays the best tennis or good Tennis. I have never seen him play bad tennis.


jane Says:

Both semis could go either way.


Seth Says:

Murray. It’s time to bring balance to the Force. To prevent the Dark Side of ugly form, improper technique, and an over-reliance on string technology to take over. Right the ship of the universe and defeat Nadal. Federer is the best player to ever swing a racquet. He merely has the misfortune of being five years older than the physical specimen/freak-show known as Nadal. Andy, you must, you must, you must (for you, too, play the game correctly) right the ship of the universe so that the GOAT’s record remains secure from this athletically-gifted, but technically-challenged (see Nadal’s numerous injuries. Well, what do you expect when you play the game all goofy and wrong, Rafa?) upstart’s insurgent campaign. It’s on your racquet, Andy. Hit your forehand like you mean it and be smart.


Pete Says:

@Ben Wade

Your hilarious!

In the history of tennis, records are meant to be broken.


Pete Says:

Gee, this should be turned into a federer forum.


Seth Says:

I don’t know about that, Pete. But I do know that Nadal should lose tomorrow. If not, tomorrow, than in the final.


margot Says:

Was gr8ly cheered reading Nole had to meet Fed four times b4 beating him. If you keep pounding that door, one of these days it will open. The important thing is to keep putting yourself in that position and this is Andy’s third semi, a fabulous achievement. One more push Andy!
madmax: “sick with excitement” doesn’t quite do it, but “sick” does ;)


Skeezerweezer Says:

Pete,

Holding a record is a benchmark for all others underneath. He holds, they are chasin, and when Fed loses this forum has plenty of jealous haters posting, I wouldn’t worry about that.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@Dan

Well said!!


Colin Says:

Those who think Nadal will inevitably win seem to forget that Murray beat him in a US Open semi. What I don’t want to see is Andy winning an epic five setter and then being mentally drained for the final.
Ben please stop all this overblown nonsense about Federer’s “legacy”. I get so sick of that word in sports discussions. World statesmen, great scientists or creative artists – they have legacies. This is tennis, it’s just a bloody game.


margot Says:

Colin, and AO


madmax Says:

if it is rafa..well, what can we say. he is the goat.

June 30th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Respect them for being different kimmi, but rafa never the goat. On what basis? It’s like chalk and cheese.

This is Margot’s, Sar’s, Duro’s and Jane’s day today! Good luck people.


madmax Says:

Fed’s legacy is already secure. I don’t know why people go on about it so much. Like Skeezer said, done that, what’s more to do?

I posted this on the wrong thread I think Kimmi, but may be read this and take heart?

Roger Federer’s loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, was a strangely undramatic chapter in the majestic decline of this incomparable tennis player. He won the first two sets and then lost the next three, which was something that had never happened to him in a Grand Slam tournament, but the outcome was already clear quite early in the third set. At one-all, Tsonga broke Federer’s serve with an eruption of power, accuracy, and confidence that he kept up for the rest of the match. He was in what players call “the zone,” when every stroke works and every ball goes in. Federer in his prime, which is to say from 2005 to 2007, could almost certainly have found ways to divert the juggernaut, but Federer at twenty-nine (he turns thirty in August) seems to have trouble tapping into that magical power.

What he’s lost, if anything, is hard to pinpoint. He’s played at a very high level this spring, stopping Novak Djokovic’s forty-eight-match winning streak in the semifinals of the French Open, and winning enough matches to maintain his computer ranking as the world’s third-best player. His serve is better than it was last year, his shot-making still confounds opponents and dazzles spectators, and his net play—when he bothers to use it—is crisper and more decisive than that of his younger rivals. The only evidence of a decline that I can see is that his anticipation may be a fraction of a second slower. (Federer used to have a sixth sense about where his opponent’s next shot would go, and he’d get there with time to spare.) The fact that he hasn’t won a Grand Slam tournament since the 2010 Australian Open doesn’t appear to trouble him. At the press conference after his loss to Tsonga, he said he “definitely can” add to his record sixteen Grand Slam championships. There’s no good reason to doubt that he will, but I’m having doubts. The competition at the top today, with Nadal and Djokovic and Murray and del Potro—and Tsonga, if he can keep playing the way he has this week—is more ferocious than anything I’ve seen in seven decades of tennis-watching. And you can’t help wondering, after winning sixteen majors and being the world’s dominant player for so many seasons, how much does he have left to prove?

Some sportswriters are beginning to question Federer’s reputation as the greatest tennis player who ever lived. His losing record against Nadal, his great rival, is usually cited as evidence against him. The argument is absurd, of course. You can’t compare him to Tilden, or Budge, or Laver, who played with different equipment, under different conditions, and against different opponents; and Nadal, whose dominance flows from brute power and killer topspin, is nearly five years younger than Federer—a whole generation in tennis terms. Opinions on degrees of tennis greatness are necessarily subjective, and mine rests on the pleasure principle. No player has ever given this besotted spectator more moments of complete joy than Roger Federer. Watching a superb athlete play this difficult game with the level of skill and grace and imagination that Federer brings to it is an ongoing miracle, as far as I’m concerned, and I’m learning to savor the great moments, and to take the losses in stride. Absolutely. I really am. Still, wouldn’t it be terrific if he beat Nadal in the finals of the U.S. Open?

Sorry everyone, just for the federer fans, I know it’s Murray’s and Novak’s day today (in the british press), so I won’t spoil the party.

kimmi, you just seem ‘sad’.


Borg Says:

Nadal is extremely upset that Federer lost in the quarters. Infact, he was anticipating him in the finals to beat him black and blue.


ding dong Says:

Every one just assumes the title would be between Rafael “First Aid” Nadal, Novak “lord Farquaad from SHREK 1″ Djokovic and Andy “Never-to-win-a-major” Murray. Has it ever occurred to you that BIG WILL has a chance. Or is it because he “looks” slightly different and doesnt have the tennis pedigree.


grendel Says:

“This is tennis, it’s just a bloody game.” So’s everything else, Colin. Scientists, novelists (statesmen?- huh!) – they play their games. Civilization lasts for a split micro second in terms of even the planet’s history. All legacies are ultimately illusory. As George Orwell pointed out(and I remember how shocked I was when reading his essay as a teenager) even Shakespeare will be completely forgotten. So why not play with the idea of sports legacies – within their own terms, they have validity. But there are many legacies – as many as there are utterly distinctive players. Thus Santoro could have a legacy, be part of a sort of tradition. And so on.


grendel Says:

My son reckons Tsonga could beat Djokovic – open -and could then beat Nadal. On the other hand, he thinks Murray would be too tricky for him. He wants Tsonga to win, and dislikes Nadal (and he’s not a Fed fan – there’s a bit of a myth growing here that anyone who doesn’t like Nadal’s game must be a sour grapes Fedman;only sometimes true).

So, I said to him, you must want Nadal to beat Murray. Aha, tricky, eh? That’s the trouble with these triangular things…b.t.w.jane, since I mentioned Tom to you, he’s just finished his 3rd year in Chinese, decided on a hunch to email a film company in Hong Kong, they invited him for an internship, and he’s off next week. Had to cancel a music festival in Croatia! Everything moves so quickly in the world of the young. Left behind are we who are old and drab and watch telly…..


rags Says:

Djoker over tsonga in 3 and murray over nadal in 3….


Dory Says:

If Nadal wins it will be a well earned title by defeating Murray and Djoker. Tsonga sorry no chance. Tsonga’s mentally fragile and it will show in today’s match…mark my words. I think it will be Nole vs Djoker again 80% sure but 20% possibility that it will be Murray vs Djoker. Either way, Novak is going to win this Wimbledon. His first Slam other than the Australian! His third GS! His dream slam! He will become No.1. Times are good for Djokovic fans. GO NOVAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


margot Says:

grendel, Nole v Tsonga match on first, so depending on outcome, your son could change his allegiance. No big deal, I know if I’d lived in Tudor times I’d have changed my religion every day if necessary.


Ben Wade Says:

Mrs. Skeeze,

Cool down…and enjoy the fun….you can relax as your hubby Federer is not going to be thumped by Rafa this Sunday.


Maso Says:

Honestly, Tsonga could really take down Djokovic. He has been playing far better than Novak this fortnight, imho. As much as I’d love Nole to win and seize the #1 ranking, he’s gonna have to be extremely sharp if Jo plays anything like he did against Roger in the last 3 sets.

No clue what to expect from Murray – Nadal. Could be a straight set affair from Rafa once again if Murray’s serve is off, but if he can bring his A game… who knows, anything’s possible!


Kimmi Says:

Lets go guys.

Djoko kissing his cross before stepping out of the centre court. Nervy moments.


Kimmi Says:

wow, tsonga sounds so confident. he says djoko is more consistent but he thinks his ground-strokes have more power that him.


Maso Says:

Tsonga is more powerful than Djoko off the forehand side, when his game is totally on, honestly. Djoko’s backhand is so much better than Tsonga’s, though.


Kimmi Says:

Tsonga is hitting the ball well so far..the serve has helped djoko in this first game.

all rallies have been won by tgonga.


Maso Says:

And Tsonga takes the early break. Djokovic better wake up, ’cause if Tsonga serves anything like he did against Federer, Nole ain’t gonna see many break points.


Dory Says:

Why does Djoko not play like H1 2011 any more?


Kimmi Says:

wow, tsonga breaks! serious djoko needs to be on alert now. Tsonga has won all the rallies in the opening game.


Ben Wade Says:

Oh no…Tsonga seems to be on fire.

If Nole beats Tsonga and gets to the final, Rafa’s no.1 ranking is gone, but has a good chance to get his 11th slam.

But if Tsonga beats Nole, Rafa can forget about winning wimby AND his no.1 ranking will also be gone.

As a Rafa fan I am rooting for Nole.
Common Nole….in No1vak we trust.


Ben Wade Says:

Dory Says:
Why does Djoko not play like H1 2011 any more?

July 1st, 2011 at 8:16 am

Bcos it is H2 now…just kidding.
Common Nole…you can do it.


Ben Wade Says:

Wow….what a fantastic grass court game from Tsonga.


Maso Says:

And Tsonga confirms his break. Tough hold, but his game seems to be on.


Dory Says:

Looks like Djokovic completely forgot to play aggressive on return game since Wimblesucks began.


Ben Wade Says:

My prediction:
Tsonga beats Nole today and Rafa this Sunday and become the first man (and probably the only one forever) to win a slam by beating Federer, Nadal and Nole.


Dory Says:

He does not seem the same Djoko we say at the beginning 5 months of the year. This way he may or may not get to the final but beating Nadal no way if he’s not as aggressive as first five months.


dari Says:

I prefer the term “wombly dong”, Dory ;)

Don’t know who to cheer for- can be happy for both.


Kimmi Says:

aaah djoko should have challenged. that ball was in..


Ben Wade Says:

I dont thin Nole has the game to beat Rafa on grass. Nole needs bounce to hit flat ground strokes. Mostly when he tries to hit flat, het gets the net.


Dory Says:

Wimblesucks because I can only watch 2 QFs live.


Kimmi Says:

what a point..tsonga on fire


Maso Says:

I don’t feel like Djoko can beat Nadal on grass either, Ben. He doesn’t have the same confidence on this surface as he does on clay or hard courts. Tsonga seems to be right in his comfort zone on grass, though, and has got the kind of firepower that can bother Rafa (and he actually gave Nadal a thorough whooping at the AO in 2008). Tsonga’s actually playing a pretty legit grass game, getting a lot of points at the net where he’s always had a pretty good touch.


dari Says:

Yeah that’s what jo did to win the previous match, take care of biz from ALL places around the court. He got up so easy, nice


Daniel Says:

Tsonga started as He finished: breaking serving in the first game of the set. Seems gebos in the same vibe.


Dory Says:

Looks like Djokovic woke up.


Maso Says:

And here comes a break point for Djoko!


Kimmi Says:

what a miss


Maso Says:

And 2 break points out the window.


Maso Says:

Looks like Tsonga wants to do it just like he did against Federer. Early break, focus on holding serve.


Maso Says:

Djoko’s starting to read the Tsonga serve well.


Dory Says:

YES YES YES!!!


Kimmi Says:

break djoko break here


Maso Says:

And 2 break points missed, one left for Djoko.


Kimmi Says:

omg, how many break points is he saving..


Kimmi Says:

ha ha going for second serve…double fault


Maso Says:

Wow, what a double fault. 135mph on the second serve, hahaha.


Kimmi Says:

FINALLY! GAME ON!!


Maso Says:

There we go! Djoko levels it out.


Dory Says:

Finally!! I just can’t believe Djoko’s break point conversion % is so low today! Tsonga is serving brilliantly except for this game which was broken.


Maso Says:

Tsonga definitely messed it up on that serve game. Very low 1st serve percentage, went for that ridiculous second serve at deuce. But hey, as Kimmi said, game on!


Dory Says:

And Djoko’s just not as confident or focussed today. Making silly errors. But still leading now.


Ben Wade Says:

Nole is back !!!


Dory Says:

Wow what a drop volley by Nole!!


Maso Says:

Wonderful shot to close out that game by Nole. Don’t know why Ramos is giving Tsonga shit to play faster, Jo doesn’t take that much time in between serves.


Kimmi Says:

The umpire tells tsonga to play faster, i missed that maso!


Dory Says:

Djoko’s strong return game is now making all the difference. Something which Federer’s is not as good as Djoker’s.


Maso Says:

Yeah, Tsonga was complaining about it in french when they sat down at 6-5. I didn’t catch it either while they were playing. Which is weird cause Nole takes so much more time between points than Tsonga.


Maso Says:

Definitely true, Dory, Djoko’s one of the best returners in the game, so that may make a huge difference over the course of the match.


Kimmi Says:

great serving to start by tsonga


Ben Wade Says:

Very true Maso.
A fantabulous server vs the best returner….what a match.


Dory Says:

OMG this match is so exciting to watch! But I won’t relax till Nole wins. I always thought Tsonga isn’t mentally tough and then he does what? He defeats Roger at Wimbledon after losing 2 sets!


Kimmi Says:

ah bad error, mini break to djoko


Maso Says:

Tsonga has always had mental lapses. Even if he were to beat Djoko today playing perfect, I could see him choking in the final. But let’s see, he has also been plagued by injuries which makes it difficult to predict his performances, since he’s been so on and off.


Kimmi Says:

WOW, djoko with a comeback in first set. great come back. now go win it. number 1 is in your hands.


Maso Says:

Incredible comeback from Djoko, too bad for Tsonga who choked a bit at the end of the set, but credits to Nole who brought up his level of play consistently throughout the first set, particularly on the return.


Colin Says:

Anyone else think the umpire looks like Sacha Distel?


margot Says:

jane: u can stop doing the housework ;) am sure Nole will take this. Just needs to hold his nerve and his serve.


Kimmi Says:

ha-ha early break for djoko. c’mon only needs to concentrate now!


Maso Says:

I have the feeling the rest of this match might not be as intense as that first set was. Think Tsonga missed his chance and Djoko’s going to take over.


Daniel Says:

2 sets away from making history and being the third different n. 1 in 7.5 years!!!


margot Says:

PS Colin, yes. Has made c*** decisions though and did so with Andy and Rafa.


Dory Says:

But why did the same thing not happen against Roger after he won first 2 sets?


dari Says:

Ideal start for novak in the second set. That’s great news for him, we all have feelings that he will roll from here?


Maso Says:

Wasn’t the same match. Tsonga came out with guns blazing right away today and his level dropped at the end of the set. Against Roger, he was a bit slow at the beginning of the first set and picked up his game progressively until he was basically unstoppable by the end.

But anyway, it’s a best of 5. Nothing’s done yet =D


dari Says:

I had forgotten about roger for a bit Dory, thanks a lot
;)


Maso Says:

But yes, Dari, I definitely have the feeling that Djoko’s gonna roll. If Tsonga had taken the first set, it would have been a totally different story. If Novak takes the second set, in any case, it seems very, very unlikely that Tsonga can pull the same exploit twice in a row.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Tsonga proves his win over Fed was well earned and he deserves to be here. Unless some unforeseen collapse happens, this is going to be a long one.


Maso Says:

There is no doubt in my mind that Tsonga’s win over Fed was legit and I’m a die-hard Federer fan (still grieving here). Fed thought so, too.


Kimmi Says:

tsonga now playing like tsonga


Dory Says:

Now this is the intensity we see from Djoker normally. Go Novak! First set probably we was a bit nervous but yet turned it around.


van orten Says:

yeah but it would be really a surprise for me if tsonga plays that good again today to win vs the djoker —he played an incredible match vs roger ..so tough to do it twice or three times to make championship his–


Skeezerweezer Says:

Novak is starting to look good on grass, Rafa? Uh oh……


Kimmi Says:

bh down the line from tsonga not bad


Maso Says:

Agreed, van orten, I don’t see Tsonga pulling off another insane victory like he did over Roger. I mean, Jo basically didn’t falter once in the last 3 sets of the match (hell, he did get broken in the 2nd). It was an insane performance.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Nole can slide on ANY surface, wtf? :)


van orten Says:

does anybody else think that djokers sliding on the green turf is absolutely inappropriate..i mean this is grass not clay ..he still doesnt convince me as a great grass player ..hope he proves me wrong though


Maso Says:

didn’t get broken in the 2nd, I mean


Dory Says:

At least the pressure of gaining No.1 will be less in the final but Nole.


Kimmi Says:

wooooo, double break!!!!


Maso Says:

Double break for Djoko… that #1 ranking is starting to get closer!


Aravind Says:

Guys, Djoker is sliding beyond the baseline, where the grass has completely worn out and is almost clay! It should anyways not be surprising since he slides routinely on hardcourts. This guy is like rubber..


Miki Says:

Yeah, give him sandpaper and he’ll slide on it.

Btw, even if Novak doesn’t get to the final, or takes the title, he still showed some improvement, every year he is a bit better. I believe if that trend continues, he will be a force on Wimby in the upcoming years.


Maso Says:

Djoko always scares me with his hardcourt sliding.


Aravind Says:

Djoker looks quite good today(even as he made some routine UF). If he meets Rafa in the final, he has a good shot. He has won grand slams earlier. He has won the last 4 matches against Rafa in straights. It should be interesting. ‘
I think Djoker wins here in straights. Tsonga unlikely to hit the heights he hit against Federer. There for 3 sets, he just did not miss. I think it is close to impossible for him to come from 2 sets down, which looks increasingly the case here..


rose Says:

terrible second set for tsonga ..seriously where is that player that literally dominated roger in the last three sets a few days ago..i guess novak has to thank the swiss maestro for draining tsonga out..kool for novak numero uno after this match..one more match left and his dream will come true holding the wimbly trophy up..


van orten Says:

djoker will maybe win this..but nobody nobody questioned him after losing vs fed in roland garros..so its only fair nobody questions fed after losing vs red hot tsonga in quarters ..they are all great players so there is no need to question somebody who is still playing awesome tennis and has a gs record that speaks for himself..i mean fed loses almost always in gs in 5 sets for the last 5-6 years…


oggy Says:

Wow, Tsonga’s 1st serve average speed down from 125mph in the 1st half of the 1st set, to 118mph now… Djoko’s up from 110 to 117…


Miki Says:

Van orten, no should question Fed after losing, it’s not like he lost the match with terrible play, and Tsonga was on fire. He has that 6th gear that rarely happens, but when he plays like that, he is almost untouchable.


Miki Says:

I meant no one should question…


Dory Says:

Wow what a dominant 2nd set! Now finish it Nole and grab your well deserved. It took winning all matches this year to earn his No.1 and next year he will have to defend it all. I don’t even want to think about it.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Posters were saying earlier that Nole’s game isn’t that good on grass. But yet, here he is. I don’t think this is his best surface either yet he is one set away from the final. Me thinks that speaks volumes of the state of his game right now.
Rafa is watchin and thinkin…….Uh oh.


Kimmi Says:

ok, time for tsonga to start the come back.


Maso Says:

Agreed, Miki. The way Tsonga played in those last 3 sets, he was nearly unstoppable. Federer said mostly the same thing after the match, that he didn’t feel that bad ’cause he knows Tsonga played at his absolute very best to beat him (and that Fed himself was playing damned well).


Dory Says:

*grab your well deserved No.1.


Miki Says:

Without Novak’s return Tsonga would be hard to beat. Very hard. Commentator said that before this match, Tsonga saved 32 out of 36 BPs throughout the tournament. It’s amazing he broke him 2 times this set, but it has to be said that Tsonga was pretty poor in this 2nd set.


van orten Says:

i fancy djokers chances to win this hole thing but …


Dory Says:

If Rafa reaches the final, it will be so interesting to see if he shows the same nervousness as the initial months of the year or he plays in his current God Mode form.


Dory Says:

zOMG ! What a point!!!


Maso Says:

RALLY OF THE TOURNAMENT!!!


van orten Says:

what made fed lose is simple: he didnt ace his ass out of trouble when facing breakpoints in the 3 last sets..its a thin line..almost no margin for errors..points here and there..people seem to forget that fed had so much luck too the years he was unbeatable serving himself out of trouble when needed to..the same that happens with rafa this year..he seems everything but invincible to a lot of expectators but manages somehow to win closest of matches


Miki Says:

I don’t know what to think if Novak gets through the final. Both Murray and Nadal are going to be extremely hard to beat. When Murray plays well he is even tougher for Novak than Nadal is, but it’s a GS final and Murray showed he isn’t really mentally strong enough, at least not yet.

Damn what a point.


van orten Says:

what a pointtttttttttttttttttttttt


Maso Says:

And I think that may be the match right there.


Kimmi Says:

WOLRD NUMBER 1 DJOKOVIC :)


van orten Says:

djoker would have had a tougher match vs fed.. i know he was very happy not facing him today


Maso Says:

Don’t think Novak’s going to let go of this one. Seems like we got a new #1! =)


Dory Says:

Yes definitely. Fed would have been tough to beat for Djoker.


Maso Says:

Oh my god, what a return.


Miki Says:

Van orten: “djoker would have had a tougher match vs fed.. i know he was very happy not facing him today”

For sure, but as a Novak fan I am happy it’s not the case. :) After all they met in previous 3 GS semis, and as I remmeber, 13 out of last 15 times they were in the same half of the draw.


Dory Says:

Good thing is Djoker’s peaking at the end of the tournament. Wasn’t so good in the early matches.


Miki Says:

Dory: djoker would have had a tougher match vs fed.. i know he was very happy not facing him today

In fact he was awful at times. It was a pain to watch him against Baggy and Tomic.


Maso Says:

Definitely feel like Federer would have beaten Novak if he had made it past Tsonga. But nevermind, Djoko’s my second favorite player after Fed which is another reason I’m always pissed off that they wind up on the same side of the draw nearly every slam.


Dory Says:

What great points they have had at the net!


van orten Says:

but after all you have to love how djoker plays this year wow he is omnipresent today


Maso Says:

And another great point at the net! hahaha, this is awesome.


Miki Says:

Maso, the draw is supposed to be random, but the reality is that the statistics say it’s not the case. No way it is random.


dari Says:

These guys are asking for grass stains


Maso Says:

I’ve wondered about how random the draw is as well. Especially when you see Mahut and Isner drawn up against each other in the first round… I mean, what are the odds on that one?!


Dory Says:

Maso, didn’t know RF was your favorite too. RF is my favorite too over Novak but for me, Novak has worked SO SO hard this year. RF has achieved so much compared to Novak plus Djoker shows he can beat the Nadal of 2011 which is why I want Nole to win Wimby very badly.


Maso Says:

Uh-oh, 0-30 on Djoko’s serve at 4-3.


Dory Says:

Uh oh!!!! Break point!


Kimmi Says:

ooooops


Maso Says:

I’ve been a huge Novak fan since late 2006-early 2007. With my father, we really thought he’d be the next #1 and I was sure he’d get there when he won the AO in 2008. His form was superb in the beginning of that season and much resembled the form he’s pulled throughout this whole year. I’m so glad to see him fulfill his potential. And as much as I love RF, I would very much like to see Novak hoist the Wimbledon crown as well. I was really hoping he’d take RG, to be honest!


van orten Says:

he is back !!!!


Kimmi Says:

break back..the come back


Maso Says:

Hmmm… not the best moment to concede a break, Nole. #1 was two serve games away =(


Dory Says:

I said I won’t relax till Djoko wins! Did Tsonga turn over a new leaf mentally this month? This FO too he choked in that 5-setter.


dari Says:

Chuckle
Nole still has this. You can’t do two of those in a row?


Maso Says:

My god, another great point. Tsonga’s picked it up a gear.


Dory Says:

Remember Tsonga was 2 sets up and 4-1 up at FO against Wawrinka but lost? He surely has evolved mentally all of a sudden.


van orten Says:

i love tsongas brothers girlfriend fu**ing beautiful haha


Daniel Says:

Oh, Djoko! You are just 2 games away From # 1 and nos will have to stay alive this set.


Dory Says:

Yes! It’s his destiny. GO NOOOLLLLEE!


Maso Says:

Ok, Djoko’s gonna serve for #1!!!


van orten Says:

djokers face one game away from number 1 priceless hahaha


dari Says:

Goran looks great in that suit.
Getting excited for novak


Maso Says:

… 0-30. Damnit, Nole, make that 1st serve work!


Dory Says:

Oh noes! WHAT did Tsonga do to himself suddenly to never ever give up?


Maso Says:

Oops, tie break.


Kimmi Says:

wow!


van orten Says:

well well tsonga not want nole to go the easy way…


Maso Says:

Nole kind of did it to himself, though.. no 1st serve.


Dory Says:

Broken twice and broken back! F*****g unbelivable.


dari Says:

Terrific game by jo
Scorched return, a volley winner, and huge fh
Perfect


van orten Says:

@dory

ask fed!!!


Maso Says:

Tsonga’s got the momentum here. Novak can’t put in a first serve at the moment.


van orten Says:

djoker playing the save card here on almost every groundstrokes ..nerves!!!!


Kimmi Says:

djokovic now not going to tsonga fh


van orten Says:

djokers look on his face still priceless


Dory Says:

Blood pressure rising.


Maso Says:

Djoko’s playing pretty passively in this tie break. It’s working okay, so far, but he’s not going for the big shots.


oggy Says:

Tsonga’s going for it like a raging bull, and so far he’s making almost all of his shots… should Nole go for a bit more? If he keeps waiting for Tsonga to start missing, it might not happen – ask Fed!


Maso Says:

Minibreak saved, 5-4. Come on, Nole, bring the big serve and the big shots!


van orten Says:

tsonga serve and volley keeps nole in the breaker


van orten Says:

set point or number one point now


Daniel Says:

2 points away!!!!!


Maso Says:

#1 point!!! Damn, this is intense.


van orten Says:

tsonga wouldnt have missed that one vs fed .-.number one point


Humble Rafa Says:

I hope I can win..as many medical time outs it might take.


Maso Says:

Tsonga didn’t miss anything against Fed, van orten, in the 3 last sets!! Even in the second, he didn’t miss much.


van orten Says:

wow this is tennis history guyssss ..


Maso Says:

Not there yet for Nole if Tsonga keeps dishing out aces and winner serves like that!


Maso Says:

… And Nole must be happy that Tsonga overcooked that one =D


van orten Says:

yeah maso he was on a roll there but now he tries to outhit nole the nasty way


Maso Says:

DAAAAAMMMMNNNN, this is an intense tie break!


Kimmi Says:

ace ace ace


van orten Says:

and seems having success with it..u gotta love this guy too ,,,


Maso Says:

Holy shit that one hit the line!!!


Kimmi Says:

what a shot..ha ha


Dory Says:

Wow that shot from Nole landed on the line!!


van orten Says:

wowww djoker very lucky there hahahahah his face his face is killing me ,..cant stop smiling


Maso Says:

Oh, I definitely love Tsonga. Hell, I’m French so I’m being a traitor to my country here. But I’ve been hoping for Djoko #1 for a while now! (though obviously, were Tsonga to win, it wouldn’t be a huge disappointment for me =) )


Maso Says:

Set point on Tsonga’s serve. Crazy.


Dory Says:

This cannot be!!!!!!


van orten Says:

tsonga is a crazy motherfu***er hahahaha love this guy


Kimmi Says:

wow! tsonga on a come back. great tie breaker for him.


Maso Says:

And here we go for a 4th set. Hope Djokovic has the mental fortitude to turn this around before Tsonga pulls a repeat of his QF performance here…


van orten Says:

humble rafa tsonga with the fed bathroombreak tactics what do say now huh lol


Dory Says:

I can’t believe any one except the top 10 giving Nole such a fight for No.1.


oggy Says:

Uh-oh. This might get interesting now, especially if Tsonga’s able to maintain this level of serve – which I hope he’s not :)


Gannu Says:

wow…thoroughly entertaining – Tsonga Djoko match!!! Well done Tsonga!


Humble Rafa Says:

Seriously, Djoker.

I mean, seriously. Choker.


Dory Says:

After so many match points!!! DAMNIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m quite pissed off at the turn of events.


Maso Says:

@Oggy

After the QF we saw against Federer, you gotta think Tsonga’s capable of doing just that. But Djoko’s returning is pretty incredible so let’s see what Nole can do. I certainly don’t expect Tsonga to lay down and die here.


Aravind Says:

Tsonga is so dangerous.. Anyone with his power is even more dangerous if he keeps swinging like he has been doing in the last two matches.. There is no hesitation from him..


Maso Says:

Seems Tsonga plays at his best when he’s got nothing to lose. At least, it’s been like that these past two matches!


margot Says:

OMG Nole blinks, Tsonga fires up and we have set 4!


Aravind Says:

Haha.. Djoker gets early break.. Now four holds away from the final..


Maso Says:

Hmm… love game to break for Novak (and love game on the serve as well). Let’s hope he can hold on to it this time.


margot Says:

Can’t really believe someone as inconsistent as Tsonga can beat someone as consistent as Nole.


oggy Says:

@Maso: me neither. Tsonga is quite a hectic player though, you never know when he might come off the boil, but I don’t see it happening here. Nole’s been putting some good returns in, but he’s also been too passive IMHO, he has to go and win it… after all, it wasn’t waiting that’s won him 43 straight matches this year!


Maso Says:

@Margot: Tsonga is inconsistent in terms of career. On one match, though, it’s not the first time he’s played like this. I mean, he did make it to the AO final in 08 (after rampaging Nadal in the semis in straights) playing exceptional tennis. He faltered a bit in the final against a more deserving Djokovic but I’m not so surprised here.


jamie Says:

Nole will win Wimbledon.


Maso Says:

Agreed, Oggy. He played way too passive in the tie break particularly, where as Tsonga went for all the big shots and in the end it paid off.

But yeah, it definitely seems like Nole’s going to take this one if he can stay focused. Tsonga played great in the 4th, but Nole definitely blew it. Serving for the match after breaking back and not putting in a single first serve doesn’t help!


Skeezerweezer Says:

van orten

BTW Both Tsonga and Fed took bathroom breaks when they played the other day, don’t buy into the one time bathroom break of Fed at AO by Rafa fans , they are just deflecting there own stuff that happens all the time.

Tsonga playing inspired tennis, but Nole seems to have got the ship right again, for now.


Maso Says:

Wake up, Novak!


Maso Says:

Damn, that was a difficult hold. Keep it together, Nole!


Maso Says:

Novak’s not playing very confidently since the middle of the third set. Hope he can hold on.


oggy Says:

That Tsonga return has to be a candidate for the worst shot of the tourney


Dory Says:

Okay what was supposed to be the third set is now the fourth. Never mind just finish it Nole!


Maso Says:

Well… it’s the moment of truth. Tsonga to serve and if he does hold, Novak to serve for #1 again. Come on, Nole.


Aravind Says:

Anyone thinks that there will be a second grand slam final between Nole and Murray this year?


Dory Says:

The quality of points at the net in this match was the very best of Wimby.


Maso Says:

What a lob by Tsonga! Djoko to serve for the match.


oggy Says:

Wow, two fabulous defensive shots from Tsonga this game


Maso Says:

Two match points!!!


Dory Says:

It’s time!


Gannu Says:

congrats djoko the new world no 1


Dory Says:

This is FINALLY for real no longer a dream! :)))) Djoko=No.1 and in a Wimbledon final!!! How big is this achievement by itself! No.1 in the Fedal era! Really 7.5 years!!! Seemed like forever. Just look what it takes to become No.1.


Maso Says:

Novak is #1 in the world!!


Kimmi Says:

wooo, congrats djokovic. was a great match.

first wimbledon final and world no.1 congrats nole.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Novak #1!!!!!!!!


Dory Says:

Now how long can he SUSTAIN it? :P This year he HAS to end the season as No.1.


oggy Says:

Numero uno… congrats! Well deserved, some ballsy play in the end


Kimmi Says:

Hope muzza wins the whole thing :)))

If not him then nole.


Peter D Says:

Awesome achievement Nole. Now if it is Rafa, beat him. If it is Andy, let him also taste some of the glory!


dari Says:

Yay! We can say it now
CONGRATULATIONS TO NOVAK #1!!!!!
Genuinely happy for him and to do it as he gets into the WOMBLY dong final!
Glad he got it now after a tremendous year already!


tfouto Says:

yeah!!! Djokovic #1 congratulations to all Djoko fans…

Djokovic fully deserve it!


jane Says:

July 1, 2011, Nole is number 1. :) So happy.

Now, go Muzza and this will be best Canada Day in a while.


Maso Says:

@Dory

Yeah, it’s insane the amount of points one needs today to become #1. 4 masters victories this year for Novak, 1 slam victory, a slam semi, another final from last year at the US Open. By 90s standards, that would be insane but it’s something we’ve almost gotten used to with Federer and Nadal!


TMAK Says:

NOLEEEEEE!!!! Now go and win this and don’t be just satisfied with getting to number 1. After reading that Sports Illustrated article I now realize how much this meant to him! Go and spank Nadal in the Final! BRAVO NOLLLLEEEE!! TI SI CAR!!!


dari Says:

Happy Canada and novak #1- day, jane!


Aravind Says:

Congratulations Djokovic, on becoming the world number 1. I think he has almost sealed his Yr end number one.. Very difficult for Nadal, since he is defending a lot of points..


Maso Says:

What an amazing day for tennis. The complete domination of the rankings by Federer and Nadal is over. The end of season should be fascinating!


margot Says:

Tsonga is like a firework, one moment he is in the sky shooting stars, the next like a damp squib!


dari Says:

So now is NBC gonna play the other semi delayed or live? They should only be shortly into it by noon, they should puck it up live.
BTW, what the frack is pimm’s exactly?!
I’m so nervous and excited for Andy.
Like Anna on another thread said, I kinda wanna see the brit go nuts and Andy win this all.


jane Says:

grendel, that’s great news about your son! An internship, how lucky. Soon he’ll be a fabulous famous filmmaker.

margot, so happy Nole did it. I wasn’t cleaning as too early in the morning. but my god, that was rather tense. I was pacing and nailbiting. I didn’t have a coffee until just now as thought caffeine might give self heart palpitations. lol.


Maso Says:

I hope Murray – Nadal is going to be as exciting as this semi was. If Murray brings his A game, we could have a serious show.


Gabsvamos Says:

Congratulations Djoko and Nole fans on world number one, djoko deserves it!!!

Just remember that Rafa has been historically the best performing number two seed EVER winning 6GS,on Sunday it will be 7…..

VAMOS!


jane Says:

dari, thanks. :)


Aravind Says:

Momentous occasion today.. Somebody not named Federer or Nadal is the number one in tennis after 8 years!


Maso Says:

@Gabsvamos

There is no doubt that #2 is a position that doesn’t really disturb Nadal. I’m sure he enjoys #1 more as I imagine any tennis player would, but it’s certainly never prevented him from winning the biggest tournaments.


Dory Says:

Maso, don’t tell me you are a Nadal fan as well?


Maso Says:

No, but I got a lot of respect for the guy. I pull my fucking hair out every time he plays Federer and he drives me absolutely nuts. But you have to be blind to not respect the guy’s talent. He’s one of the greatest in history without a doubt. But I just don’t dig his style of play.


jane Says:

The main thing for me is that it was one of Nole’s childhood ambitions to some day be the number one player in the world, and he did it. Even more, he had to squeeze, push and – at times -bludgeon his way in between two of the greatest players in tennis history to get there. I could care less how long he stays at number 1, although it would be nice if he could stay there for a little while. What matters is that he got there and who he’s had to surpass to get there. He started this season as number 3. He took number 2 from Fed at IW and number 1 here. That’s a lovely accomplishment for Nole and I am proud of him.


Maso Says:

@Dory:
No, but I got a lot of respect for Nadal. I pull my hair out every time he plays Federer and he drives me absolutely nuts. But you have to be blind to not respect the guy’s talent. He’s one of the greatest in history without a doubt. But I just don’t dig his style of play.


Maso Says:

(I was throwing things in my living room when Nadal called that time out when Federer was about to serve at 5-2 for the first set at RG, if it gives you a good idea of whether I’m a Rafa fan or not)


Duro Says:

I was exactly 6 months late after claiming: “Novak Djoković, the world number 1 in the world by the end of 2010″, but the destiny of the golden boy came through. He became what he was born for.

Congratulations Novak, to you, your family and your devoted tortured fans.

In the age of 24, in the era of the two GOATS, you became the world number 1 in tennis! Can it be bigger than that? No.

Super No1-vak, the pearl of the tennis game!

Thank you, dearest, dearest champion! God bless you for ever.


Dory Says:

@Maso, then you’re the same as me. RF first, then Nole. Don’t like Rafa’s style much but respect him a lot.


dari Says:

“I pull my hair out every time he plays Federer and he drives me absolutely nuts. But you have to be blind to not respect the guy’s talent”.- Maso said it best!
Anyhoo, its novak’s day already. Hope it will be Murray’s too!


Dory Says:

How will the Nadal of amazing Wimbledon form play against Djokovic? That’s what I’m eager to see.


Maso Says:

I’m definitely hoping for a Murray – Djokovic final. If Nadal makes it to the final, though, which is highly likely, Nole will have to be more consistent than he has been in any match so far this fortnight. He’s gonna have to bring the clay season form back for sure.


Maso Says:

Murray talking to the trainer at 2-1? Damnit!


Queen Mirka3 Says:

Gamesmanship! Faking injuries! Murray is a cheat! What a loser!


Queen Mirka3 Says:

Come on!!! This isn’t gamesmanship?????


Queen Mirka3 Says:

Where are the Nadal haters?


Ben Wade Says:

Its gamesmanship if it is only done by Rafa.
Bathroom breaks by Federer are also not considered as gamesmanship…LOL


Maso Says:

Murray just hasn’t gotten the concept that you only call for the trainer when your opponent is serving for the set! (cheap shot, cheap shot)


Maso Says:

Too bad for Murray at 30-40. He was on top in that rally. Nadal shanked two backhands in that game that you usually wouldn’t expect him to mess up.


Maso Says:

40-30, I mean.


Aravind Says:

Good match so far..Both players trying to push it and making a few more errors than normal! Murray’s movement seems okay!


Maso Says:

Murray missed a few chances this game on the Nadal serve, but he’s definitely in there. If he keeps it up on the serve as well, we could have a great match ahead of us.


Aravind Says:

Murray displaying some good anticipation at the net, but Nadal responds with a great passing shot of his own..


van orten Says:

first congrats to nole!and murray looks like growing a beard of shame and will get it shaved after winning his first gs title


Humble Rafa Says:

If it does on like this, I might need a MTO to win the set. Just saying.

The left leg “appears broken”.


van orten Says:

i love boris bum bum becker commentary..he actually talks a lot!!!and no nonsense at all


van orten Says:

nadal looking rock solid as always…and as alway if u wanna beat him u need to finish him off…otherwise he will eat u up with that nasty look in his face


Dory Says:

@Humble Rafa, you make me laugh.


Maso Says:

Can’t expect Nadal to make mistakes in order to beat him. You have to outplay him. Murray’s doing a great job so far on his serve and except in this previous game, is doing pretty well on the Nadal serve as well.


van orten Says:

humble rafa what about third leg broken ???


Aravind Says:

Andy looking solid on serve to go up 6-5.. He needs to break.. Rafa serving at 56% so far.. Andy needs to take advantage.. Come on Andy..


van orten Says:

anyone can tell me how noles reaction was..after winning ‘???


Maso Says:

@van orten

He fell to the floor after match point, though Tsonga challenged the match point ace (though he knew it was in). Then after a hug at the net and a handshake with the chair umpire, he ran around the court waving his fist all Nole-like. He was quite happy, understandably so!


Aravind Says:

Nadal going up a gear.. Can Murray follow him?


van orten Says:

he is not finished yet maso ! he needs one victory to really enjoy it !!!


van orten Says:

thanks maso btw


Maso Says:

What a cross court forehand by Murray!! Damn! 40-30.


jane Says:

So far this match is tight! It is difficult to see much between them. Looking like a tiebreak coming in set one, just like last match.

van orten, he dropped to grass, kissed the grass. Big smile to his camp. There is a picture at ATP.


van orten Says:

i sense a break now !!!


Maso Says:

Agreed, van orten, I’m sure he’d enjoy his new ranking more if it came with the Wimbledon crown. If Nadal comes through, it will be a *hell* of a match in which Nole will need to be at his absolute best. Which he’s done this season many times, so let’s hope he can bring it on Sunday.


van orten Says:

am changing channel cannot take nadals angry annoying face anymore..man this is tennis not haye vs klitscko


Maso Says:

Another backhand error for Nadal. He’s made a few of those so far. Murray having a bit of trouble with his first serve early on in the game. 30-30.


tennisfansince76 Says:

i hate NBC


Maso Says:

40-40, come on, Murray, don’t falter! 1st serves, boom boom.


Maso Says:

HOLY CRAP, can’t believe Nadal missed that forehand! All right, Andy, one more point and you hold.


Kimmi Says:

BIG SERVES are needed here..go muzz


Kimmi Says:

great hold. Phew!!!


van orten Says:

hows nadal tie-break record 2011? has he lost any??? i guess max 1 he lost this year


Maso Says:

Yes, Andy, good nerves here! Didn’t have to defend a break point, thankfully. Hope he breaks here ’cause Nadal has been fairly scary in tiebreaks this fortnight.


dari Says:

Kimmi you are Canadian, too, no? Happy Canada day to you, too!
tennisfan76 are you on west coast? Bummer. Shame if you’re forced to stream Wimbledon semi. That’s just not right.
Great deep return of that second serve MUZZ


van orten Says:

i want wimbledon with us open balls !!! just a noch faster not much just little..


Kimmi Says:

GO MUZAAAAA


Maso Says:

0-30…. come on, Andy!


van orten Says:

now we will witness the typical nadal iron nerves response !!!


Kimmi Says:

Thanks dari. great day off to watch great tennis.

c’mon muzza


Maso Says:

Yeah, Nadal seems to have this ability to play 10% better on break points, it’s pretty scary.


Maso Says:

0-40!! Come on, come on, come on!


tennisfansince76 Says:

yeeeeessssss!


Kimmi Says:

0-40 i am dying..go muzza


van orten Says:

incredible performance by muzzaaaa really attacking nadal as never before in the set!!!!


jane Says:

love-40!!!! COME ON MURRAY!


van orten Says:

here he comes !!!! nadal is a monster in defending those chances …ahhhhh


tennisfansince76 Says:

soooooo niiiiice!


Kimmi Says:

SET!!!!! WOOOOOOOO!

Go Muzzzza!


Aravind Says:

Andy takes the first!!!! YESSSSSS


jane Says:

Set one Muzza!


Maso Says:

YES, YES, YES, GO MURRAY! He can definitely win this match. It will be tough, but with the first set in the pocket, it is all possible.


van orten Says:

first set ever to win for murray vs nadal in wimby!!! hats off..nice nice performance


tennisfansince76 Says:

reduced to watching a stream on fromsport. damn you NBC


van orten Says:

it is the only chance to win vs nadal..you gotta win the first set..otherwise forget about winning…humble rafa when will u take ur mto???


tennisfansince76 Says:

i love to see Ndal play from behind. he can do it but it is so much more enjoyable to watch him have to scratch and claw from behind


tennisfansince76 Says:

the only dosnside to a Murray win is that Muzza/Djoker matchups have produced less than scintillating tennis.


dari Says:

I had to turn the channel once he got to set points. Will continue that tactic for the rest of the matxh. Love how hard he is hitting the ball!


tennisfansince76 Says:

AO final anyone? yaaaaawwwwn.


Maso Says:

@van orten

1st set is definitely key against Nadal. Nothing’s done, obviously, but Murray’s chances have improved tremendously by winning this opening set.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Nadal usually gets more aggressive from behind. Murray needs to match him.


van orten Says:

come on tennisfan76 as if nadal matches were always that thrilling


Aravind Says:

Andy takes the first!!!! YESSSSSS
The last year’s match was very close too.. Even if Nadal won in straights.. He was very very lucky to win that in straights…


van orten Says:

love your old school tactics dari!!!


Maso Says:

And Murray’s not relaxing in the 2nd. Tight first game, here.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Van Orten. true. but you can’t deny that Djoker and Murray have not created sparks together on court the way the others have. i am rooting against Nadal but Djoker and Nadal have made some beautiful tennis together.


van orten Says:

yeah but maybe its time to do so for murray vs djoker!!! but i get it that a win over nadal would be supersuper huge for djoker !!!


Maso Says:

It’s true that Murray – Djokovic matches haven’t lived up to expectations. The AO final this year particularly comes to mind. But it could be a completely different story on grass here.


van orten Says:

it would basically mean that roger federer saved him from total humiliation at RG


tennisfansince76 Says:

if Murray’s serve % and Nadal’s UE count stay high pencil Muzza in for the final.


Maso Says:

Nadal is making a lot of errors, here, more so than usual. Murray needs to take advantage of this. Be even more aggressive on the Nadal serve.


jane Says:

tennisfansince76, but the AO final was an anomally. Think of their match at Rome! That was a classic Nole-Murray dogfight. Often they have tight matches. I think if it is Nole-Murray, Murray is the favorite as he is awesome on this surface and will have huge crowd support.

Murray is serving so well!


Aravind Says:

Murray looking good and relaxed here.. Some good positive intent and body language. Winning the first set was crucial for Andy. Win seems so far away against Nadal if you lose the first set.


Kimmi Says:

AAAAAAAWWWWWW!


tennisfansince76 Says:

murray is the more dominant from the baseline today


van orten Says:

what a chanceeeeeeee


tennisfansince76 Says:

bad miss for double break pt.


Kimmi Says:

aaaahhh Loooong..c’mon court was open


Maso Says:

God, what a miss for Murray… that shoulda been a break point.


van orten Says:

nadal looks rattled but that was a christmas present from murray incredibleeeeee


Aravind Says:

Murray misses an absolute sitter that would have given him two breakpoints!!!! Is this the turning point in the match?


Kimmi Says:

one bad thing after another. concentrate muzza


Kimmi Says:

nadal thanking his gods..vamos!


Maso Says:

@Aravind

I hope not. It could be, though. That was a really bad miss. Really didn’t need to do that much. Man…


Kimmi Says:

c’mon murray conc


tennisfansince76 Says:

murray making the famous murray jaw clench


Maso Says:

Double fault… damnit, Andy, don’t lose your focus ’cause of that forehand! Stay in there and you’ll have more opportunities.


van orten Says:

he saved his butt here nadal ..he is only dead when his dead that guy…gotta take ur chance muzzaa otherwise u will be cooked..now the break is coming..and nadal will ease momentum quickly…god tennis nowadays is harsh ;-)


van orten Says:

now the next point will decide a lot !!!god nadal is unbelievable clearly not playing as well as murray but he will break now ..i sense it


Maso Says:

… This is bad.


Kimmi Says:

oh nooo!


Maso Says:

This is worse than bad. Andy gave that one away.


jane Says:

Nadal breaks in the second…


Maso Says:

This is just a monumental choke from Murray. Messes up that forehand and doesn’t recover ’cause he knows he missed his chance. Totally botches that serve game. Damnit!


van orten Says:

wow he does not deserve to win murray
he cannot miss that shot …nadal is always the same old story guys dont expect him to lose ever ever ever again..how does he do that???someone pls explain..i mean he is clearly not that good or am i totally delusional and lacking my medicine…what is wrong with all those pros unable to beat that guy ..i would go completly nuts playing him


Daniel Says:

That forehand long with Open court can cost him this set. Now diuble fault and Another mistake. Nadal serving 3-2.


Aravind Says:

Just as I worried.. Break for Nadal.. This is why it is so difficult to play him. You have few chances, that you absolutely need to take. And you cannot relax for a moment.. Still, early in the first set.. Andy needs to keep fighting..


van orten Says:

and the momentum is with the annoying bull


Maso Says:

Murray’s lost his focus, here. Not looking good for the 2nd set.


Maso Says:

What the hell is going on with his forehand???!?!


Kimmi Says:

now, what is with muzza


Aravind Says:

Murray making some silly errors and dropped a level.. He can lose the set, but not momentum like this.. He needs to keep it close..


Daniel Says:

Murray missed returns and shots he wasn’t missing. And it is already 0-15. God, will it happens the same as Fed RG set point drop that was out?!


Daniel Says:

6-2 set to Nadal and some old demons in Murray’s head unrevealing!


van orten Says:

its over guys !!! i lost complete faith in modern pro tennis..with nadal winning all his matches because of his mental bullshit attitude that gives his opponents the creeps…woww one point goes wrong and everything goes upside down…incredible..what shit sport this has become i really mean that…


Maso Says:

… This is why Murray hasn’t won a damn slam yet. One miss and he can’t keep it together. Damnit., Andy, get back in this damn match!


Aravind Says:

Just like that all the momentum has vanished.. Poor second set by Murray..


Kimmi Says:

murray, no one wins a slam like this. another gave away game


jane Says:

Durrr, Rafa in control in the second set.


van orten Says:

rafa is not controlling anything ..murray doing all the work..i mean all the work ..nadal in control ??? lmao


Maso Says:

The worst part of it all is, Nadal isn’t even playing that well by Nadal standards. He’s actually beatable today and Murray handed him the 2nd set on a silver platter.


Daniel Says:

Wow, move on Murray and forget those 2 bad misses, the forehand and the smash on BP.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Murray was cruising up a set adn about to have two pts to go up a break in the 2nd and then he fell off a cliff.


Ben Wade Says:

van orten Says:
and the momentum is with the annoying bull

July 1st, 2011 at 1:02 pm

The fedtards like you have to live with this…Rafa will always be annoying to u guys.


van orten Says:

how many ue in the last 3 games ??? stopped counting at 8


jane Says:

He has to learn to keep the pedal to the metal in big matches like this. He was almost going up a break in the second and then, yeah, as tennisfansince76 said, it’s like he went into freefall. He needs to forget about this set and just focus on regrouping next set. He can beat Rafa, I believe he can. But he needs to keep it up, with no letdowns or self-doubt.


tennisfansince76 Says:

damn i have to my ayurvedic dr down in menlo park. good luck muzza


van orten Says:

i cant stand that guy i admit..but its ok he is what he is an annoying maybe the most annoying champion who ever walked onto the court but why on earth nobody can stop this guy..whyyyyyyyy


Aravind Says:

I think before the match began, Murray would have taken this score at the end of two sets. Always better to have a set in the bag than to be two sets down. Now get the focus back..


Daniel Says:

1-1, can Murray recover? Damm, He was 2-1 15-30 and one overshot that didn’t need that much power and He lises the set 6-2. He must be feeling what Fed was feelin in RG set 1.


dari Says:

It’s time for muzz to move on. Fix the leg and remember that he has outplayed nadal for most of the match.


van orten Says:

the only thing that can save tennis history is an involucration in the fuentes list …otherwise i will stop watching tennis..any time soon…man i am pissed right now


jane Says:

Rafa is really good at net; I think that is a very underrated aspect of his game.


anel Says:

I do not have other words than:thank YOU Nole our golden boy.Whole Serbia is with YOU today.Our hearts are YOURS for ever.Thank YOU all non Serbian fans for supporting our Nole,we are not going to forget that.
Jane You deserve special thanks,god bless You.


van orten Says:

one point ???and everything over??wow what is wrong with murray on the other hand ..


Maso Says:

I think I’m going to stop watching. Andy is really pissing me off, right now. This is not a question of skill, it’s just mental, and the guy cracked over a damned forehand. This is beyond frustrating.


van orten Says:

nadal is absolutly non existent murray doin almost everything on his own..winners and unforced errors and more unforced errors ..


Daniel Says:

Murray 15-40. What the f… Get yout act together?!


newman Says:

Nadal has to be one of the if not the best volleyer in the world.


jane Says:

awww thanks anel. I hope you have a big party there today. :)


van orten Says:

and he is even unluckyyyyy..no hope …the devil has come to stay


Ben Wade Says:

van orten Says:
the only thing that can save tennis history is an involucration in the fuentes list …otherwise i will stop watching tennis..any time soon…man i am pissed right now

July 1st, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Try to come out from the horse shit, then u’ll be able to feel the greatness of this fabulous champion


jane Says:

Come on Muzza cut out the UEs please. :( Nadal gets the break, but on Murray errors.


Daniel Says:

What is this?!?!?! You ar #4 for Criat sake?


Maso Says:

It’s just so clear why Murray has not won a slam yet. This is frustrating, it’s pissing me off, but here we are. He was at the top of his game, and one little thing, and he’s not able to recover over the course of a set. It’s not over, Nadal’s breakable today, but if Murray keeps offering him points, the confidence is going to set in more and it will be game over. Man, this is just wrong.


Daniel Says:

It is already a mental bagel!


van orten Says:

why did someone like nadal show up–tennis would be so amazing without him.. its ok to win from time to time like that ..but not always it is so frustrating,.because luck is always on his side..will it ever end..???


Kimmi Says:

cant watch this..too sad for murray! maybe it is the injury?


Aravind Says:

Seven games in a row for Nadal!!! Grrr..


Daniel Says:

He needs one game to stop the bleeding


Maso Says:

It’s not the injury, it’s his mental state, come on! His game started slipping after he made that huge miss that would have given him break points. He’s struggling with inner demons now. Hope he can break back, ’cause I don’t wanna see what happens if Nadal takes another set.


tfouto Says:

Djoko will win over Nadal in 3 sets, max. 4.


Aravind Says:

Stems the rot finally with a good hold.. Still a break behind.. But it is early in the set so he should have some chances to break back..


van orten Says:

ahahahah wade ..come on this is the weak point of all nadalties we all know that..because if u would do some research on spanish sports and its development the last 10-12 years we all know something is not right..ever heard of contador and the other very dubious spanish victories in almost every sport….there will be on big bang anytime soon if this wont stop ,.wait for it


Daniel Says:

Murray needs this match, He needs a great comeback to mais a statement, otherwise it will be just another Close match, If He keeps it close.


smopop Says:

If rafa come through this match expect a different rafa in the finals serving 70%-72% to win the title


Daniel Says:

Murray’s forehand is breaking down more than Nadal’s backhand, so……


tfouto Says:

smopop no way. Djoko will win. no doubts of that.


Maso Says:

Murray’s breaking down, period. This is pretty pitiful to watch, considering the first set. How can you be so damned fragile and be #4 for so long, with Masters victories and everything? Sorry, venting, but this is frustrating. He takes the first set this is what he does with it.


Aravind Says:

Nadal looking very good.. He can go through these periods when it looks difficult to win points, let alone games, sets and matches..


van orten Says:

the worst part is thait wasnt even actually a break point that he wasted but only a point that would have given him 2 bps..maybe nadal would have saved them anyways ..completely unaccaptable what happened from there on ..


smopop Says:

@tfouto ok on sunday i will prove you wrong forget about the four defeat he suffered on novak
trust me…


newman Says:

van orten

The same could be said about federer when he was winning everything…if tennis could be better without nadal then it would be as good without federer too…so stop talking trash


Maso Says:

Nadal’s being consistent as always, even when he makes errors,it’s still less than most. And whereas Murray was playing very cleanly in the first set, he’s definitely been making more errors than Rafa since the incident in the 2nd set. Hope Murray can react before it’s too late.


Ben Wade Says:

Does anyone remember whether Rafa has ever served 3 aces in a game ??


Aravind Says:

Nadal hitting three aces in one game.. Not looking good for Andy.. Nadal defending incredibly well…


newman Says:

ben wade

Yes he has….uso 2010 final


Maso Says:

This semi is a gigantic disappointment. A pure catastrophe from Andy. And now Nadal’s picking it up a gear. Heh, shoulda seen that coming, Murray, giving him so many chances to get in there since the 2nd set.


dari Says:

In all fairness Rafa has picked up his game- serve-wise most evidently. rafas game was pretty much non-existent in the first set because Murray wouldn’t allow it
Still, Andy has to stay in this, he needs to shake it off the way nadal shook off getting blasted in the first.
MUZZ go!


van orten Says:

am just a little hot temptered right now…but federer has a complete different way more decent style that makes it easier to accept his genious,..he wins actually by normally alway producing more winners…i grew up like that..offense is better than defense…u always with a good offense..then nadal came and everything changed..my opinion,..i understand people rooting for nadal..as i accept that there is left and right …but it is not out of nowhere that fed has a bigger fan base folks


Ben Wade Says:

Order is well and truly restored.


Maso Says:

Respect to Nadal, for sure, he is mostly playing his usual game now. But once again, Andy let him get into that gear by playing a simply awful second set. And so far, a pretty terible third as well. Here we go, double break. Congrats, Andy, 6-2 is headed your way a second time.


newman Says:

relentless….unforgiven…vaaamos rafa…he is like a navy seal..win at all cost…never.give.up


Ben Wade Says:

newman Says:
ben wade

Yes he has….uso 2010 final

July 1st, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I guess u r referring to the final game of the second set.
What i remeber is that he served 2 aces and one unreturnable.
Pls correct me if Im wrong.


jane Says:

Yes, credit to Rafa as well. He raised his game after the first set. He is serving very well now and making less errors. But coupled with that, I feel that Murray stopped pushing. In the first set, he didn’t let Rafa dictate. Every match, pretty much, takes two to determine the outcome.


Ben Wade Says:

What an angle !!


smopop Says:

@van orten of course fed has a larger fan base because he has been playing for more than 13 years is like comparing agassi and fed during the early 2000s


jane Says:

^ what I mean at 1:47 is that it’s not one-sided because while Rafa went up, Murray went down correspondingly.

I love the matches when they both play at a high level all the way through, and we have seen those matches between Murray and Rafa before. WTFs last year was amazing.

Anyhow, it looks like Rafa has control here. 74% winning on serve.


Aravind Says:

Rafa lifted his game in the second and Andy dropped his.. Poor poor match for Andy after a promising start.. Let us see what he is made of in set 4..


Ben Wade Says:

There was a ray of hope for the fedtards….but alas the beast is back to haunt them.


newman Says:

van orten

Federer has achieved more than rafa…is very classy and has played more tennis…he is bound to have a bigger fan base…rafa’s fan base is ever increasing…and will match fed hopefully in one or two years


Peter D Says:

Something tells me that next USO it will be the first time in years Andy won’t be on Rafa’s side of the draw…


newman Says:

ben wade

I am referring to that game only…and yes it was one unreturnable and 2 aces…

I think he hit three aces in a game against gabashvilli too….i am pretty sure he has done that at uso last year…his serve was a monster then


van orten Says:

nadal wimby champ 2011 what a real nightmare coming true !!!


Aravind Says:

Rafa continuously increasing his first serve percentage in the match.. Andy going in the opposite direction.. Pretty much explains why this match is in this state.. Andy played at a pretty high level in the first. Rafa not at his best.. Which resulted in a close first set.. SEcond and Third Rafa played at a pretty high level. Andy was poor!


Maso Says:

Andy is just playing like crap, let’s be honest. Rafa’s playing consistently whereas Murray can barely hold serve and is throwing UE left and right. Hope Djoko will play better than that on Sunday.


Ben Wade Says:

Rafa is 12-2 off the last 14 games.


newman Says:

rafa breaks again….woot


Aravind Says:

Sorry guys.. Andy just does not look like he is going to be a grand slam champion. He just is not as good and is not mentally strong enough to fight..


Aravind Says:

Andy just has no game to hurt Rafa on this surface. He won the first set yes, but after that he has not even remotely looked like attacking.. He is just responding to Nadal. It is impossible for beat Nadal playing like this.. That is my worry with Djoker as well. He is in the final, but hardly has looked attacking. He has won by playing consistent tennis. Which is why I feel that Nadal will win this wimbledon..


dari Says:

Rafa is not my guy by any means but I love that backhand
I like watching his bh more than fh actually


Ben Wade Says:

The haters hoping for the demise of Rafa have to wait a little longer.
Rafa this year is a bit better than last year.
He lost his no.1 ranking bcos Nole is even better and nothing else.

Rafa is here to stay…to stay in Federer and his fedtards’ heads.


van orten Says:

anyone here gives djoker a shot vs nadal…how will the look on nadal face be when losing vs djoker..can it be worse than now when he is winning…


van orten Says:

yeah but fed will always be more admired and more loved for his unique style ,..who will miss nadal when he retires other than real nadal tennis fans…fed will be missed by the world..think about that and thats why you hate him so much wade…a great champion but never the number one in the heart of the vast majority..plain simple truth!!!


dari Says:

But what is nadal doing that Murray is completely lost out there? Some beauties from Rafa, but is he absolutely preventing Murray from his game?


van orten Says:

uncle toni has a vodooo puppet in his hand all those years. i knew it..humble rafa pls confirm


dari Says:

C’Mon Murray nice return


jane Says:

Dari, agree. That Rafa backhand on full stretch is an amazing defense-offense shot all rolled into one!!


Aravind Says:

Dari, what is happening is that Murray is playing very passively.. Nadal will eat you for breakfast all day when you are passive.. Plus Nadal is exploiting Murray’s weaknesses very well and Andy’s game, especially his FH is not holding up!


Aravind Says:

Haha.. Hear the crowd when Murray gets to deuce on Nadal’s serve.. YOu would think that he has won the championship.. That is the extent of domination after the first set!!


newman Says:

van orten

Rafa will be remembered as the greatest competitor in sports and greatest of all time at clay…and one of the all time greats…why is it so hard for you to understand?


Ben Wade Says:

newman Says:
van orten

Rafa will be remembered as the greatest competitor in sports and greatest of all time at clay…and one of the all time greats…why is it so hard for you to understand?

July 1st, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Bcos he is a fedtard….lol….why is it so hard for you to understand ?


Ben Wade Says:

Again some hope for the fedtards.


jane Says:

This is what I said on other thread re: Nole’s chances in the final:

Rafa is the obvious favorite to win the title, let’s face it. He has two Wimbledon titles, a Queens title, and It will be his fifth Wimbledon final. Nole has just today reached his FIRST grass final. Talk about a hurdle, lol.

I thought with Murray’s 2 Queens titles he would have a pretty good shot at the upset, but nope.

————


newman Says:

van orten

Nadal is a golden career grand slam winner…multiple davis cup winner…has 6 RG’s…he has done enough to be remembered forever


dari Says:

Ooh tough not to break there. Shucks
Hey guys, would it kill you to lay off the hating and longer term legacy smack talk DURING the match? It’s annoying


marrisv Says:

It’s not over yet, but Rafa vs Novak would be a fitting climax to the midway point in the season by the two best players this year… Hope they both bring it…


Ben Wade Says:

Common fedtards….lets pack up and go home for the day….the match is over.
Lets come back on Sunday and cheer for Nole…lets hope for the best from Nole.


Ben Wade Says:

dari Says:
Ooh tough not to break there. Shucks
Hey guys, would it kill you to lay off the hating and longer term legacy smack talk DURING the match? It’s annoying

July 1st, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Ohhh….common dari
We all know why u ppl are cherring for Murray….its ONLY bcos of the “longer term legacy”


van orten Says:

hahahha wade i must admit i had to laugh a little bit now…you know what i am going to do now? i m drinking a cold cold beer and accept defeat!!! i ll be back sunday though ;-)


Ben Wade Says:

van orten
I appreciate your honesty…way to go.


dari Says:

If you’re not 16 or younger I don’t know what to say, Ben wade. Carry on, but try to find a synonym for “fedt*rd”


Ben Wade Says:

If Rafa plays the way he has done during the set 3 and 4 no one has a chance against him.
This is just BEST EVER grass court tennis….serves….slices….volleys….flat ground strokes….what not


Ben Wade Says:

One synonym could be dari…..lol


dari Says:

Someone took a tiny not-clever dig at me, new territory for my internet expeditions.
Kinda funny.


newman Says:

nadal the 2nd youngest man to reach his 13th slam final….borg the youngest….Vaaamos rafa you absolute LEGEND….


Ben Wade Says:

My deepest condolenses to Federer, his fans, fedtards, specially Mrs.Skeezie
Let us hope Sunday brings dawn for us.


Maso Says:

What a disappointing performance by Andy and what a tremendous performance by Nadal once again. Congrats to Nadal fan, your man is deservedly in the finals again.

Murray needs to seriously deal with this choke issue, though, or he will *never* win a slam.


newman Says:

win or lose on sunday…rafa should know he gave his all…like he always does….nothing but respect for him…VAAAAMOS


van orten Says:

one last comment…i admire rafa winning with a broken foot lol …number 1 vs number 2 on sunday..lets wait and see if djoker is still in his head -…lets hope for a great match with nadal really fighting not only receiving as he just admitted in the interview lots of easy errors from murray…lets hope for the best..


Ben Wade Says:

Take it easy dari….its still not over….u guys still have a chance on sunday.


van orten Says:

the funny thing is fed fans or nole fans or plain anti nadal fans still hang around here even though it was a tremendously frustrating watching that match,.hang on guys its only over when its over…go fed go fed us open its yours to win this year and nole i wish you the match of your life on sunday…and send this incredible monster of tennis back home to his vulcan island !!!


Kimmi Says:

poor murray, he played worse than last year in those 3 last sets. the problem is in his head. how do you sort that problem out muzza?


Ben Wade Says:

May be should stop consulting Fed….to get rafa out of his head.


trufan Says:

Get ready for some deep “butt picking” on sunday!!

Its some injury nadal has, look at how much it hampers his movement!!

What a sham. Sorry, shame.


trufan Says:

And get ready for lots of moonballing too. And of course, long waits for the guy to just damn serve.


jane Says:

Kimmi, why not try a sports psychologist? It surely couldn’t hurt. That said, Rafa went up in form, and he got on a roll, and then he is nearly impossible to stop, as we have seen so many times. But I do think Muzza also played poor 2nd and 3rd sets. He was pretty good in the foruth but by then Rafa had seized the day, the win and the momentum.


marrisv Says:

Congrats to Novak and Novak fans…. Great job to get to Number 1. He totally deserved it this year…

Very glad that Rafa came through after that first set. I hope it is a belter on Sunday and of course hope Rafa gets the win.


WTF Says:

7 unforced errors in 4 sets? That is unbelievable. And unfair!


Kimberly Says:

come on humble rafa, ill say it for you

7 unforced errors in four sets way too many, no?


Rafalicious Says:

This is going to be EPIC!!!!!! VAMOS!!!!!!!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Ms. Wad,

Your delusional and obsessive about Fed, even his best die hard fans up here don’t post as much as you about the guy. Does he worry you that much at almost 30?

Own up to it, you wouldn’t be butt picking Fed unless you were threatened by him.why else post? Your hatred towards Fed and posts indicate you are. Why waste a post on Fed if YOU think he isn’t relevant? And don’t turn it around to something else, that is typical of you.

Isn’t he an old man and on his way out? You should be worried about Rafa, his foot, his MTO’s, his time warnings, his coaching violations, none of which Fed worried about or anyone else on his 16 record breaking holding slams.

Rafa still has to play in this generation, which he is in his prime, so the expectations are huge. Fed is almost 30, in 2 years will be 32, very old for tennis.

I am at peace with my fav, he has NOTHING to prove, He has set the mark, so go ahead and trash talk some more, the records stands no matter what vomit you spew on this blog.

If your trying to be funny, learn from Yoda, “Humble Rafa”


Ike Says:

Congratulations to Nole!
When he won Roger’s Masters – Montreal, Canada in 2007, I predicted him to win grandslams, and reach world No.1 before 2012.
Well, he has done it!

Btw, after Nole lost to Roger in FO – Semi, I commented that “it’s just matter of time before Nole reaches No.1 ranking”, smart tennis followers knew what I meant.
I had very strong intuition that he will get No.1 ranking with his performance in Wimbledon.
I also said that it’s good thing that he pulled out of Aegon. Well, he is in Wimby final, so that worked too.

Regarding Sunday’s final between Rafa & Nole:
To be honest, most of us tennis fans would agree that it’s a dream final.
I know many will argue that Rafa – Roger would have been better.
But let’s face it, no disrespect to Roger, but he hasn’t beaten Rafa in (any) grandslam since Wimbledon – 2007!
Between Rafa & Nole, this match could go either way. I think this is the closest you can get to 50-50 chance for either player in a grandslam final!
It’s very likely that Rafa might play match of his life this Sunday, to prove to himself (and to the world) that he is better than Nole, even though Nole has No.1 ranking coming Monday.
It’s also possible that Rafa has that slight doubt in his head that he just can’t beat this new improved Nole.
Not sure how the pressure will play tricks with Nole…he has the No.1 ranking sealed, but certainly wants the Wimbledon title to stamp his authority on No.1 ranking.

I am hoping for a 5 set final, (and Nole winning the fifth set crazy 16-14 something). But, I won’t be surprised if Rafa wins it.

Regarding Roger:
I believe that he can win one more grandslam, (even though I hope he won’t).
He hasn’t won a grandslam since Australian Open 2010, (that’s no title in last 6 grandslams). Last time he didn’t win grandslam in a year was 2002. I think he will give it all this USOpen.


Ben Wade Says:

Mrs.Skeezie,
Lol…such a long post….i think im in ur head…like rafa is fed’s
Im glad someone writes abt me…..thanks….keep writing
visit a bathroom….may be u can find ur hubby there


trufan Says:

Ms. Wade,

please give your panties to Nadal, so that he doesn’t pick it so much.

Oh wait, yours are in a bunch too!


Ben Wade Says:

Falsefan,
LOL….what happened to ur prediction that Rafa will not win a slam this year ?
I guess u had to eat a lot of crow shit. First clean ur mouth with some acid and then come and talk….smells horrible.


trufan Says:

Ooooh, Ms. Wade is irritated!!!

And delusional!

I never said Rafa won’t win a slam. I said he will only win the French Open. So lets see who’s right.

Of wait, Djokovic has beaten Nadal in 7 of their last 9 matches, including the last 4, including the last two on clay! Looks like Nadal has now become Djokovic’s bitch. And an all surface bitch, I must say!!

Ooooooooooooh, now Ms Wade will spew even more…..

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