Packed Monday at Wimbledon includes Novak, Maria, Venus, Kim, More
by Staff | June 24th, 2012
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The 126th edition of The Championships at Wimbledon kicks off Monday with a slew of interesting match-ups, including three former No. 1s who are unseeded, Kim Clijsters’ last Wimbledon, and world No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova in action.


Here are some of the matches to look for Monday at the All England Club:

(1) Novak Djokovic vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero
The defending champion kicks off against the former No. 1-ranked Spaniard, who like in the Shawshank Redemption should come out from changeovers with pockets full of clay and a hole in the bottom of his pockets. By the third set he could turn it into a legit claycourt.

“I’m playing with more self-belief on this surface,” Djokovic said Sunday. “I realized my dreams last year. I played a perfect tournament. I like the conditions here. I’ve been in several locations in semifinals, so I’m confident before the start of 2012.

Djokovic just lost to a more famous Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, in his last match, ending a bid for a Career/Djoker Slam.

“It’s behind me now,” Djokovic said reflecting on the loss in the French Open final. “Yes, I was so close. But the day after I felt good about my tournament, about my achievement in Paris. It was the first time I ever have been in the finals of Roland Garros. That’s a step further from all these years that I’ve been playing in Paris. That’s something that made me satisfied.”

(1) Maria Sharapova vs. Anastasia Rodionova
No. 1 with a bullet, and favorite to meet Serena in the final. Let the road begin.

(3) Roger Federer vs. Albert Ramos
The 24-year-old Ramos is making his debut at Wimbledon. Enough said.

(3) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Magdalena Rybarikova
Radwanska is No. 3 in the world? Wow. That’s about all the excitement here.

(5) Sam Stosur vs. Carla Suarez Navarro
Is Navarro’s sweet one-hander consistent enough to give Sam the yips? Probably not.

(6) Tomas Berdych vs. Ernests Gulbis
If the 2011-version confident Gulbis showed up, this would be a popcorn match, Otherwise not.

(8) Janko Tipsarevic vs. David Nalbandian
Bad draw for Janko — linesman, protect your legs, Angry Dave is in town.

(11) John Isner vs. Alejandro Falla
This is the kind of potentially tough match that Isner needs to resolve in straight sets if he is going to save his energy to go deep. Or, go for another plaque on the wall and make it an eight-hour five-setter. Whichever.

(13) Gilles Simon vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu
Too many Frenchmen, not enough strawberries and cream — this could be a very watchable, good match. Coaching advice: Paul-Henri, mix in a good amount of serve and volley.

(18) Jelena Jankovic vs. Kim Clijsters
Kimmy kicks off what she says will be her last Wimbledon — bad luck draw for Jelena, check the Monday flights out of London.

“Too old to play the game that I want to play physically,” the 29-year-old Clijsters said about her impending retirement. “I’ve put my body through enough strain and everything.

“I’m not going to be the type of player that’s going to change the way I play or the way that I move.”

(26) Mikhail Youzhny vs. Donald Young
Not if Donald will lose, but will he roll over after going two sets down, or have a meltdown? Then rip the USTA via Twitter for not getting him a bye into the second round?

(29) Julien Benneteau vs. Gilles Muller
Muller could serve his way to a win here, watch out if the Luxembourg Laser is firing.

(31) Florian Mayer vs. Dmitry Tursunov 
Tursunov can Tursunov-it-on on grass, this is an upset alert.

Venus Williams vs. Elena Vesnina
A tester for the unseeded former No. 1 early against the Russian backboard.

James Blake vs. Benjamin Becker
Two players looking to become relevant again; a good opportunity for James to let it fly.

Ryan Harrison vs. Yen-Hsun Lu
Ryan could get two wins in a month over the tough Taipei out.

Centre Court 1:00 PM Start Time
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] v. Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)
Maria Sharapova (RUS)[1] v. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) v. Tomas Berdych (CZE)[6]

No. 1 Court 1:00 PM Start Time
David Nalbandian (ARG) v. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)[8]
Roger Federer (SUI)[3] v. Albert Ramos (ESP)
Kim Clijsters (BEL) v. Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[18]

No. 2 Court 11:30 AM Start Time
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[3] v. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)
Venus Williams (USA) v. Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v. Radek Stepanek (CZE)[28]
Igor Andreev (RUS) v. Oliver Golding (GBR)


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162 Comments for Packed Monday at Wimbledon includes Novak, Maria, Venus, Kim, More

The Great Davy Says:

I encourage you all to not count young Donald Young out. He beated me, you know. Also, Youzhny will make himself retire from self-inflicted injury.


jane Says:

“Angry Dave” – someone should capitalize on that. Instead of “Angry Birds” it could be “Angry Daves”, linesmen could take the place of pigs, the playing field would of course be the tennis court. Maybe instead of slingshots, there’d be a tennis racquet to launch the angry Daves. And so on and so forth.


mat4 Says:

Unfortunately, I don’t understand most of the post. jane, is it a kind of game?

BTW, who did you pick to win WB? Sharapova, Williams, Azarenka, Kvitova? Nole will, of course, without any doubt, win the men tournament.


Lisa Says:

A very tricky 1st round match-up for Djokovic….


Blah Says:

Lol jane, id buy that game in a heartbeat


jane Says:

mat4, yes. Just google “angry birds” – it’s quite an addictive little game that people play mainly on their phones. :) I did two brackets for the ladies: one with Kvitova as champ; the other with Sharapova as champion.


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Jelena: check the Monday flights out of London. Or it could be, Kim: check the nearest ER around Wimbledon…


Eric Says:

“Jelena: check the Monday flights out of London. Or it could be, Kim: check the nearest ER around Wimbledon…”

Yes, it’s hard to say which is more likely.


Kimberly Says:

Jane, I had to remove it from my phone.u kids were playing it and hitting decline to my business calls that were coming in. I screamed at kaiser for putting it on in the first place.


metan Says:

Backing for juan carlos mosquito ferero,,,,make nole run for his money at least,,,,,


Kimberly Says:

72 percent of voters on this site picking Fed. 15 percent Rafa. 8 percent novak. Come on guys! Forget my guy, 8 percent for the defending champion who has won two slams and played the final of the other since?!!!! I should click on novak like 50 times to save the reputation of tennis x in the online tennis community.


Wog boy Says:

Kimberly,

Just leave it as it is, I’ll rather have it that way than the other way around.

I cannot believe that FOX Sports will show Gajdosova, Rodionova and Matosevic tonight instead of top players. I understand that they are Australians, with heavy accent, but still…..I just hope they will show us a little bit of the best ones.


The Great Davy Says:

Just like how everyone ignore my career, everyone ignore my comments. They cantnot recognize the greatness of The Great Davy before our eyes.


Roger Federer Fan Says:

jane Says:
“Angry Dave” – someone should capitalize on that. Instead of “Angry Birds” it could be “Angry Daves”, linesmen could take the place of pigs, the playing field would of course be the tennis court. Maybe instead of slingshots, there’d be a tennis racquet to launch the angry Daves. And so on and so forth.

June 24th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Jane,
Oh no…you are inviting trouble now.
You are at the risk of facing the wrath of our own Dave and a 5000 words reply.


Roger Federer Fan Says:

“72 percent of voters on this site picking Fed. 15 percent Rafa. 8 percent novak.”

Kimberly,
I am really surprised by this. How can Federer miss out on the remaining 28% of the votes.
I guess my fellow Fed fans are not really driving the rival fans out of this site effectively.


Roger Federer Fan Says:

Come on friends, lets cheer for our King !!!

Some rules to have a happy wimby 2012:
Support Federer till he is out of the tournament.
Support Nole’s opponent as long as Federer is in the draw, and once Federer is out support for Nole.
Cheer desperately for every opponent Rafa faces.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Some rules to have a happy wimby 2012:
Support Federer till he is out of the tournament.
Support Nole’s opponent as long as Federer is in the draw, and once Federer is out support for Nole.
Cheer desperately for every opponent Rafa faces.

LOL!!


skeezer Says:

FakeFullofIt,

Another list of non original posts by you as usual. The only way you know how to post is yank someone elses chain. Your contribution to the blog sucks, and everyone else knows it. Your a cheap Humble Rafa copy cat, and it doesn’t rate.

Even Queen hands down has better quality. She tells it like a true diehard Rafa fan. Rough, in your face, but it is what it is.. You…on the other hand, HAVE TO HIDE….hehe.

You always talk worship and God stuff to incite, no one else. You really are showing how mch you worship and adore Rafa.

If you truly desire to be involved in it all the worshipping, go to TT, I hear it is all there and a place you would likely call “home”. Of course, to assume you are are already there is not a stretch. I challenged you on the other thread to just opinion tennis, but you can’t do that can you?

Let me guess, the schoolyard retort is coming. Lmao.


Margot Says:

And the tennis sun gods are smiling on the first day of Wimbledon, in rain drenched Britain :)
But later in the week, gales and rain return :(
RFF @12.40, :)


Anthony Edwards Says:

skeezer:

ignore RFF, he must be one of those raf@tards who is stil sleeping with their mommy! ( or maybe their uncle, who knows!

Just let the raf@tards applaud his posts. you can throw in some pity post when his jokes are too stupid for even rafaf#$ks!

RFF,

dont forget – ogling at rafa as he “digs” deep into his you-know-what. that is what a lot of raf@tards die for. fleasher and mark and other raf@tards will tell you more.


Mark Says:

AE. What is your vocation earning that six figure salary of 500,000 pennies p.a.? Let me guess – refuse collector? That would definitely fit in with the bilge that spews out in your posts!


Pablos Says:

Skeezer,
You are really funny.
How can RFF talk meaningfully about tennis when he is trying to idolize you.
He can only post as childish as you, but he is yet to reach your level.


Humble Rafa Says:

I am not the favorite. I am not going to win Wimbledon this year. I am just your Humble Highness, playing for pure love of the game.


Michael Says:

You have to be an optimist to fancy the chances of Roger when he has the most arduous task on hand of beating Novak and Nadal back-to-back. That is definitely a tall order considering the advanced age of Roger. If Roger needs to win, then atleast one of the two must wind up early and with the way Nadal and Novak are playing, that is a very remote possibility. But still Roger likes the speed of this court and he can do wonders if he can serve well and that will the key here.


metan Says:

Come on mosquito ferrero, 3-3 break back


jane Says:

Great start for Nole!! :)


Nirmal Kumar Says:

jane, it was really a fantastic performance from Nole. His GS reminds me of some great matches Roger used to play at Wimbledon. He made is look very easy, but so strong on the defense and fantastic offense.

Now it’s really interesting to see how Nadal starts his match.


Brando Says:

Poor ferrero- just doesn’t have the power or pace in his shots to rally with the top players. Touch tennis- RIP


jane Says:

I am very pleased Nirmal. JCF has done well at Wimbledon, making the quarter-finals twice in the past five years, ranked 38, so just outside of being seeded, and I really respect his game. I wasn’t sure what kind of match this would be, but Nole was all business and stayed focused throughout.

I wasn’t sure what to expect in Tipsy vs Nalbandian either, but Tipsy is up two sets to none.

Venus is out. I didn’t think she’d go deep, but didn’t expect her to lose first round either.


jamie Says:

Nole looked hot out there.


Thomas Says:

jamie,who is going to win wimbledon ths year according to the psychic?


Ray Says:

Great win for No-1-vak


jane Says:

Sharapova is steam-rolling: 5-0 set one.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

I couldn’t watch Nole, because of some reason they gave us Tipsy and Nalby, played at the same time, and now they switched to Sharapova and Rodionova. I don’t get it, why they didn’t give us Nole. I hope it is going to be replay tomorrow so I can see the game. It looks that he was pretty sharp accorrding to you:)


jamie Says:

@Thomas

She will tell me tomorrow.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Nalbandian is known to be a slow starter. But not sure if he is mentally ready after his troubles at queens.


Wog boy Says:

jamie,

What is the meaning of “hot”, gamewise or ……? :)


jane Says:

Wog Boy, I hope you get to see Nole’s match somehow. Maybe it’ll show up online? Silly that the TV folks wouldn’t show it: first match on centre court, current number 1 against a former number 1 and two time quarter finalist here. Hmmm, strange.


Wog boy Says:

NK,

Nalbandian didn’t look worried about Queens, I saw first two sets and he was upthere with Tipsy all the time, diiference was Tipsy’s serve, very…very good serving by Tipsy. Nalbandian even argued with umpire few times:) Very close match.


mat4 Says:

Managed to watch Nole vs CF. Overall, good match and good serving. Could have been better, especially on his backhand. Ferrero seems very dispirited when he didn’t manage to break late in the second set.


jamie Says:

Serbian men are hot. :)


jane Says:

Tipsy beats Nalby in straight sets.

Here’s some information on how they’ll restore the grass post-Wimbledon and pre-Olympics:

“Going Electric
Sticking with the surface theme for a second, are you wondering how Seaward and company are going to make the lawns green again for the Olympics, just two weeks after they’re worn to dirt during Wimbledon? The answer, according to the Telegraph, is, “millions of new grass seeds that will be starting to grow before they are planted in the ground.”

“As soon as the trophies are given out, the groundsmen will be preparing to plant the pre-germinated seeds into the courts to restore the scuffed surfaces.”

That’s not the only thing that’s new to the lawns in 2012. “The groundsmen,” the Telegraph goes on to report, “will be making a little bit of history on a smaller scale on the hallowed courts this year—by trying out their first electric lawnmower. A new Toro mower will be tried out on Court 2 as part of a plan to reduce Wimbledon’s carbon emissions by phasing out petrol mowers.”


mat4 Says:

“jamie Says:

Serbian men are hot. :)”

Especially in summer.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

I cannot watch online because of the place where I live. I know it sounds strange, it is beautiful part of Sydney next to the river and national park but very bad signal and slow internet. I guees one cannot have both, that is why I am paying for satelite program and look what they are giviing to me for a good money I am paying. I will have to have second opinion from somebody who knows more about these things.


Wog boy Says:

jamie,

I got it, I am little bit slow, but getting there:)


Nirmal Kumar Says:

wog boy, if that’s the case then it should have been a good match. I like Nalby. He has a fantastic variety.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Nice interview from Roger.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/06/24/tennis-wimbledon-federer-idINDEE85N00E20120624

His last answer below pretty much sums up his career now. I think his career is pretty much ending like the way it started. Today if you could hang with Roger, you pretty much beat him.

“For a long time people thought that was my big weakness as people thought if you hang in there with Federer, you’ll beat him eventually because he will let go. Today I’m famous for it and I think that’s thanks to all these great champions out there who inspired me.”


Sienna Says:

Meanwhile he started first round and its electric.

Nirmal you are such a two face on this site. Have I told you that?

No need to respond please.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Looks like Roger is already up a break.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Thanks, that was rather nice.If you didn’t know Andy Murray was the first one (I don’t know for any other player) to send congrats to Serbia after winning DC , and it was very warm and very nicely written. We remember and respect that and Nole remembers too:)

NK,

They were two good sets, I haven’t seen third, Nalbandian had his chances to turn around second set before TB, but Tipsy served his way out of trouble.


jane Says:

Thanks mat4: good read that one.


the mind reels Says:

Ridiculous winner up the line from Federer on the backhand side to break back. Looks like it will be a breadstick set.


jane Says:

I think Ramos is the one who needed clay in his pockets.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I really like what I see from Roger so far. His body language really shows some good urgency and his ground strokes have excellent depth and pace. He is willing to come to net.

This is what I missed from him last 2 years. I just hope he keeps this up. It would make for intersting 2nd week.


Lisa Says:

Am a Federer fan…..but C’mon Ramos….show some fighting spirit mate…


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I think Novak should see this match. He has lots to pick from Roger’s variety. He can dominate even better if he can add the kind of variety Roger has, typically coming to the net.

Having lost few years behind two great players, Nole needs to look for longevity and the best example would be to follow Roger’s approach.


jane Says:

Gulbis vs Berdych shaping up nicely so far.


jane Says:

Nirmal, in that article mat4 posted, Nole talks about the possible need for shortening points, future of the game etc.


Dave Says:

Angry Dave should kick the shins of the oversized, overpaid talking heads at ESPN2 whenever they take the attention away from action on the tennis court.


mat4 Says:

Gulbis serves great. Tough job for Berdych.


jamie Says:

According to the psychic, Federer has a better astrological chart for Wimbledon than Nole.

We have to see tomorrow the other charts, Nadal and Murray.


Sienna Says:

It is official TMF has entered Wimbly 2012.


jamie Says:

^ Also analyze the charts of the other top players.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

jane, thanks for pointing the link. I missed it. Novak is close to Roger when it comes to baseline game. He plays so close to the baseline, he can easily add variety. He just needs to improve his volleying capabilities and know when he should come to the net.

I wish he picks up a coach who specializes in this skill, just like Roger did when he picked up Tony Roche. Tony really improved Roger’s skills at the net. Tony was one coach Roger should have continued. It was really a good combination.


jane Says:

Nirmal, I think Nole and Vajda have too good of a relationship to mess with too much. But he did work with Woodforde way back, maybe in 2008, to improve his volleying. He could try something like that again, perhaps.

Poor Ramos – not the way he would want to debut at Wimbledon, against Fed first round. Bad luck of the draw in his case. As far as I can tell, this is only his 3rd grass match since turning pro in 2007. He plays mostly on clay, and clearly that’s where his quality really shines and why his ranking is so high.

Meanwhile, Gulbis vs Berdych is super tight. If Gulbis loses this tiebreak, I wonder if he will just sort of fade away? Hopefully, for the sake of the centre court crowd, he keeps fighting.


jane Says:

Gulbis with set one!


jane Says:

Aww, Fed spared Ramos a bagel. Just three light breadsticks instead: easier to digest. :)

Isner will never win a slam by winning 7 matches all tiebreaks. He has to be able to break serve. I can see this one going 5 sets.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Jane, I think he needs to add someone as a consultant for coaching his net skills and retain Vajda. In 2008, though he won AO, he was in a sort of mess on how to take his game forward. But now, he is pretty much settled and has a successful game plan to win GS. He can build with this platform.

Roger’s match just got over. I just wish this match played for next 5 sets with Roger in such nice form.

When it comes to Roger, it’s no more guaranteed he is going to continue with this form in his next matches. I just wish he turns it around in this tournament.


the mind reels Says:

2 1/2 sets in and Isner has hit only 9 aces? I’m not watching his match, mostly because I’m at work (but also because I don’t find them terribly interesting), but does anyone have a view on why he’s not popping more aces? Day 1 — the grass is fast!


jane Says:

Whoa, now Gulbis is up a break in the second set.


the mind reels Says:

If Gulbis can keep it together mentally for another set and a half, he’ll be on his way in this tournament. Not convinced yet that he’ll pull this out, but he’s certainly making it interesting out there.

Berdych has historically been a question mark when it comes to mentally grinding, but it seems he’s improved on this in recent years.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I’m not sure if it’s a subtle way of Roger showing the Wimbledon organizers that they made a mistake of not playing Roger at CC. He just showed them who is the best when it comes to playing the most classy tennis.


andrea Says:

roger and grass= tennis nirvana


queen Says:

jamie Says:
@Thomas

She will tell me tomorrow.

I am checking your posts everyday (sorry if it sounds creepy:))but for some reason I believe in this stuff so it is killing me not to know! I hope it goes my way LOL


jane Says:

Nole versus JCF was an exciting first CC match imo: more competitive.


jane Says:

This Gulbis vs. Berdych match is great so far! Crowd “oo-ing and aw-ing”.


the mind reels Says:

Current match time of Gulbis v. Berdych: 79 mins.
Match time of Federer vs. Ramos: 79 mins.

Except that Gulbis and Berdych haven’t finished the second set yet.


Brando Says:

@nirmal: I agree- federer should have been placed on centre court BUT it was tradition so djokovic had to go there. Had it been otherwise, then I’m sure federer would have been chosen for it.


Kimberly Says:

gulbis is serving BIG


jane Says:

Stop the presses! Gulbis is now up two sets to love on Berdy! Who’da’thunk it?

If the organizers had chosen, they could have put Fed/Ramos on CC after Nole/JCF or after Sharpie’s match. However, I think they made the right choice: the Nole/JCF and definitely Gulbis/Berdych matches are more competitive contests, which, as J-Mac says, from a spectator’s point of view, is preferred. That’s just a matter of opinion, however. I’ve certainly enjoyed watching some of Nole’s routs, like versus Berloq at the USO last year. Plus, sometimes the lopsided matches can be entertaining because they are played “loosely”, almost exho-like, and then some sublime stuff comes out.


jane Says:

Trainer for Berd. If Gulbis gets the upset, he has a pretty good draw; he could run into Gasquet R16 though.


Margot Says:

My word, Gulbis playing better since I don’t know when, his serving is out of this world.
Bird in big trouble….YES!
Kimberly, I see u r watching and enjoying too…:)


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Brando, I understand the defending champ opens up the proceedings in CC on Day 1. But there is another men’s match played on CC.


jane Says:

margot, indeed: so far today, Gulbis is a revelation. I hope he wins, as I want to see his sparkling smile at the end. A few more errors might be creeping in though.


Kimberly Says:

hoping Gulbis can hold it together for one more set. Yes Margot, enjoying.


Kimberly Says:

Isner in yet another fifth set.


dari Says:

Please tell me SOMEONE picked ernie in their bracket?! Long way to go yetx hut would be HUGE for ernie and a bust for soooo many brackets!


Brando Says:

@Nirmal:

true- i honestly don’t know how they work it out. If it were based on who the crowd want to see on the centre court, then it would go:

1- Federer
2- Nadal
3- Murray
4- Djokovic

That’s how they rank in popularity in the UK. The crowd is fair here, but they also have their favs- would have been wise to meet their demand and play fed on CC today.

Either way, i bet fed will be on center court next time for sure.


Brando Says:

Berdy struggling


Brando Says:

novaks draw would turn into a real cakewalk if tbird exits today. Most likely will.

fed v novak seems more than likely now.

andy and rafa with the tough draws- hope it stands to benefit them.


jane Says:

dari, too many of my brackets have been busted and burned so many times by Ernie, I just couldn’t do it, though I hesitated sentimentally for a second. But he’s been MIA all year. I did pick Gasquet to upset Berd in one of the brackets though.


Brando Says:

@Nirmal:

True. i don’t know how they work out who plays where. If it is based on what is the best possible match, then they have done a good job today. If it’s based on the star attraction, then at wimby it goes:

1- Federer
2- Nadal
3- Murray
4- Djokovic

fed and rafa are IMMENSELY popular in the uk as far as tennis is concerned. Andy seems more liked than before also.


jane Says:

Nole has Harrison next: not a cakewalk. Gasquet would probably be his QF opponent, or Gulbis? The only thing this would change is his QF opponent.


the mind reels Says:

Berdych *really* playing with fire here.

A loose forehand brings up 2 BPs for Gulbis.


jane Says:

BPs for Gulbis. This could be it.

Defending champion always starts on CC. That’s tradition. It’s not popularity. Thereafter, yeah, I don’t know how they decide? They’ve been criticized for putting attractive ladies on CC over previous champs.


jane Says:

Isner also facing bps, but in the 5th, speaking of playing with fire.

Berd saves both BPs.


the mind reels Says:

Berdych makes an absolutely ridiculous pick-up off of what was virtually an unreturnable ball. That could be a turning point for this entire match.

Berdych holds…


Brando Says:

lol jane- i think it is.

BAR fed, it’s easily the easiest route to SF out of the top 4.

Who can genuinely beat him here out of the ones he most likely will face? NO ONE.

It’s turned out to be a nice dream draw to the SF- just like last year.

IF i were his fan, i would enjoy it and lap up the fun. I’d want things cushy for my fav anytime!

but to see it as a diffcult draw? really?

I’ll guarantee here and now he makes SF easy w/o dropping a set.

He’s world no 1, 4 slam finals in a row and bar gasquet NO ONE of any real threat is on his side. And we all know about gasquet ability to fight on the big stage- or should i say the lack of it.

Change the name djokovic to someone else and im certain you would agree that it’s an easy draw.

LOL, the mighty gasquet stands in novaks way- i bet he’s having sleepless nights at the thought of facing him!


jane Says:

I wasn’t sure how Gulbis would react, but he held his own serve easily. He seems pretty determined.


the mind reels Says:

2 more BPs for Gulbis.


jane Says:

Brando pretty much every tournament you say that about Nole’s draw and we have this conversation. Last year he had tough matches versus both Baggy and Tomic. It was no dream.


jane Says:

Weird almost ending, LOL!!


Brando Says:

LMAO- gulbis thought he had it!


jane Says:

5 all, and they play on. A couple of strange moments in this set, where it seemed it was all over for Berd.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

IF it’s easy for novak, ill call it easy. Same for whoever else- nothing noval or controversial about that! lol!

Prior to the start, i said that i see novaks being the second toughest after murrays- as it was relative to the others.

ANY of the other top 3 would take novak’s route to the SF this (bar fed as he has it easier) and LAST year.

I really do not see what the problem is there- at all.

Maybe im calling a spade a spade here, but if rafa had that draw i’d say the same.

and i would be VERY HAPPY with it- even if he had the dreaded baggy or tomic in round 1 and 2.


jane Says:

So who could trouble Rafa on grass over five sets before the Quarters?


jane Says:

I am very curious about this match now; if Berdych wins this tiebreak does it change momentum entirely? Feels like it could do so.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

NO ONE! not now or ever! lol!

i think that’s were the problem lies jane: i think your seeing it from the angle, which is fine, as to who can trouble novak, player x, y or z. Which is cool.

I that case then, yes, harrison could probably take things to a TB in a set and make life difficult.

How i usually tend to see it as is : can player a realistically beat player b?

In rafa’s i don’t see anyone really pre-qtrs. the ONLY thing is that hass won halle, kohls beat him there so their threat must be respected. But even then i would expect rafa to deal with it well.

BAR haas/ kohls it’s a good draw to qtrs. Ideal in the sense that they all give rafa a different look potentially.

Tsonga, on the other hand, CAN BEAT rafa. Hence, pre SF i’d say rafa after andy is most at threat.


skeezer Says:

Birdsh!t is out, yea!!!

Just broke my bracket though :(

What a first day at Wimby!!


jane Says:

There’s the smile! Well. I am very pleased for Ernie!!


Krishna Says:

Berdych is out! WOW..Gulbis has the potential to beat anybody..and to lose to anybody lol..


Brando Says:

isner out also.

fed v novak does look almost set in stone now.

i think most people’s bracket would take a real hit today.


jane Says:

Brando, yes, maybe that’s the difference? I do usually think in terms of “trouble” rather than “loss.” I am a nail biter ya know. Plus, Nole’s form at RG was up and down. He played great, very clean, some matches, but then along comes the Seppi match and egads. So I never think in terms of “easy” just in terms of challenges.


jane Says:

Isner is out. For someone who has been hyped each year for Wimbledon, he sure hasn’t had much success.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

its cool- i think most fans probably do the same. In terms of ‘challenge’, then yes a couple matches maybe tricky for novak.

He looked good today imo also- excellent 1st serve, some nice FH, BH was good in the main also.

He did well in a potentially tough match. Main thing for me though was JCF level. I think he did his very best, BUT i was surprised at the difference in the amount of pace and power in their shots.

In this day and age you need pace and power in your shots in order to beat the top 4- gulbis showed today he has both.

But will he show the same mental strength going forward as he did today……..


Brando Says:

@Jane:

yes i agree re isner.

i think out of the non- top 10 members raonic is the ONE sole candidate who may do something here.

he can match big john for serving, and then he’s the better athlete for me- in addition to possessing a greatly improving game.


Margot Says:

Most of our brackets busted, but who cares? Bye bye Bird, goodbye :)
conty where r u? Hope u had Gulbis in one of yours at least.


jamie Says:

Federer’s chart is way better than Nole’s. He should go deeper at Wimbledon than Nole. But we have to see tomorrow’s charts for the other top players. To see the eventual winner.


the mind reels Says:

@skeezer: my bracket just got busted open too. Gulbis deserved it today — just too good.

I continue to be amazed at the deference people give Isner. Yes, he’s won a few big matches; yes, he’s got a big serve; no, he hasn’t shown that he’s a consistently good performer. He’s losing 1 out of every 3 matches he plays this year, and he’s making mostly R16 and Q exits at tournaments. Expect his ranking to recalibrate itself downwards if he has an average summer. Many points, relatively speaking, for him to defend in Flushing, Newport, and Winston-Salem.


Brando Says:

WOW- just looked at my bracket and its left in a greater mess than the economy of greece after today’s play! bummer!

for some reason, i had nalbandian going to R16! Chela was another i thought may have a good tourny due to him being a wily, seasoned vet on the tour. and yet he loses too!

oh well, them are the breaks i guess.


jane Says:

I guess Isner got hyped at the beginning of the year for the win over Fed in DC and the win over Nole and finals appearance at IW. Then it seemed he had maybe turned a corner. But his clay season was lamentable and he’s never done well at Wimbledon. Maybe he can resurrect somewhat on the hard courts? Here, I feel Roddick still has a better shot to do well than Isner, or maybe even Fish, depending on the heart condition.


Brando Says:

@TMR:

i think people (i did) thought he would be good enough to beat falla today. And he is.

I very much doubt people expected him to go any further than the potential federer meeting.

Which would be about right for isner- since he has done well on the big stage, e.g. beat novak in a tough IW SF this year. And when you have a serve like that, surely it can help you advanve through a grass tourny to a reasonable level.

It’s tricky with some players. Few can be consistently relied upon to produce the goods.


jane Says:

Oh lord, on one of my brackets I put Nalby to the semis: must have been a wine drenched moment? Luckily I did two brackets, although neither fared too well today.


skeezer Says:

TMR,

Yeah Big John is flaming out. He dominated with a big serve and FH. The FH has went bye bye and did you seen the last game he served? Spinnin the ball in> wtf?

GULBIS,

Say what you will about Ernest but his win was very earnest. He flat out, out hit Birdsh!t off the court. That is not easily done! Kinda wish they would yank away all is “daddy privileges”. He has game, but when you have everything, what do you play for? He played for something today, he came prepared.


mat4 Says:

Just checked my standings in tourneytopia. As expected. Hope I won’t finished last, but the chances are slim.


Fot Says:

I’m happy with the way Roger played. Lately, even the players he should beat easily had not panned out that way with him making those matches much more difficult than they should be. But today, he did what was expected and had no trouble dismissing Ramos. Hope he can keep it up.

I was sad to see Venus out. She is not the player she once was and I wonder how many more “Wimbledons” will she play?

Glad to see some ‘upsets’…particulary Berdych. Indifferent towards Isner since I never liked his game anyway. Hope to see more upsets tommorrow (as long as it’s not Serena or Victoria)! lol!


skeezer Says:

jane,

“Oh lord, on one of my brackets I put Nalby to the semis: must have been a wine drenched moment?” Yes, I had the same moment ;(


mat4 Says:

I put Isner in the quarter… Del Po in the final… Tsonga in a semi…

What would I have done if I had a few glasses?


the mind reels Says:

Well, I had Berdych going to the semis in my bracket, so I’m done for.

4 retirements on the men’s side today. A bit high for the first round?

@Brando: he’s good enough to beat someone like Falla, but I really don’t think the surface suits him. On the one hand, the quickness of the grass should help his serve, but on the other hand, the low bounce makes it very hard for him to be effective off the ground, which is something he absolutely needs in order to win matches. Guys will eventually get a look at his serve over the course of a match, and the key for him is being able to break. He can’t do that nearly as well on a low-bouncing court. Hence, his results have been much better on higher-bouncing courts (IW and clay). Despite his serve, I don’t see him ever doing that well at Wimbledon.


jane Says:

TMR, and the retirements don’t look great first round when the FO and Wimbledon both upped the pay for first round losers. :/ But who knows, the transition from clay to grass could result in more pulls and strains than usual. I think I read something today about the potential for adding another week between the FO and Wimbledon. That would probably be welcomed by players and fans alike.


Dave Says:

jane: “I guess Isner got hyped at the beginning of the year for the win over Fed in DC”

I said at the time that it was probably a well-orchestrated tank job by the Swiss team — it was an Olympic year, the last thing Federer and Wawrinka needed was to waste their time and bodies on Davis Cup.

In any case, Isner probably needs to hire Jim Courier as coach, since it seems to work in DC matches.

I had expected Isner to lose to Mahut in the second round. The problem for Isner is that he sets himself up to lose at Wimbledon by playing Newport grass AFTER Wimbledon and no warm up grass tourney before Wimbledon. It seems as he feels he would not go deep at Wimbledon.

There was nothing in Falla’s performances since February to indicate that this victory was coming. Gilles Muller crushed him on Hertogenbosch grass last week.

You’re not the only one who had faith in Nalby. My bracket has a couple of holes with Nalby and Berdych. It really was a toss up between Nalby and Tipsy, even with the incident factored in… especially when we factor in Nalby’s grass court record and performance at the warm up grass tourney.


Brando Says:

speaking of brackets… just saw what Roger Federer Fan picked, and i have to say that i have not laughed as hard at anything tennis-x related in a long while!

i think he’d be the least disappointed and surprised at today’s big name exits- as he was counting on a few more ro occur! lol!

check it out guys- it’s a real treat.:-)


jane Says:

Dave, for future reference, on the slam brackets you can do more than one! That’s the ticket. :) On the official ATP fantasy brackets for Masters, it’s one bracket or none.

Here’s the thing I read about adding a week between the FO and Wimbledon (from Tignor’s blog earlier):

Time and Money
—Elsewhere in the Mail, Mike Dickson picks up on a hopeful story: A possible extra week between the French Open and Wimbledon in the future. Wimbledon would like it, primarily to avoid continual clashes with international soccer events, including the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. The issue in the past has been “resistance from American tournaments.” That seems not to be such an issue anymore.


jane Says:

Brando, yeah I LOL’d when I saw RFF’s bracket. And Colin7′s responses were pretty classic too. hee hee.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

;-)))))))))

So true re Colin7′s response- i did have a good chuckle at it all,lol!


skeezer Says:

Not to encourage the guy(RFF), but that bracket was pretty friggin funny. And then after all that his first post is Go Fed! LOL…


mat4 Says:

I watched the first set of Gulbis vs Berdych. Gulbis served out of his mind. He had 9 aces after 4 games, if I remember well. Berdych was steadier from the ground, he served well too, but he showed nerves at the critical moment in the breaker. McEnroe’s comments were excellent.

I am surprised with Isner. Always thought that he could fare better than Karlovic on grass.


mat4 Says:

Just had a look at the stats from Gulbis-Berdych. Ernie served 30 aces, 72% of first serves, won 84% of points after the first serve. The average speed of his first serve was 123 mph.

The question is: can he repeat this? Let’s hope not.


mat4 Says:

My fav served very well too: 66% of first serve in, won 84% of them, average speed 120 mph, 13 aces.

A bit unusual for Novak.


jane Says:

mat4, the serve is the thing, isn’t it? Gulbis hit some pretty “wild west” type returns off of Berd’s second serve too. He just went for it, no hold barred.


mat4 Says:

jane,

you’re right. That’s why I was happy with Nole’s performance: he didn’t serve that well for a long time. Ferrero was even wrong footed a few times, although he made a few wild returns too.

I found that Gulbis returned quite well too and that he could make some breaks and finish the match before.

Anyway, now I expect great serving performances from Haas and Benneteau.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Man oh man. My draw is busted day one.
Picked Berdych to beat Nole.


Margot Says:

Just checked RFF’s bracket and burst out laughing. A work of sheer genius and surely Fed’s dream tournament…Mind you his real draw is pretty dreamy too…..;)


jane Says:

Interesting chart comparing rank of Fed’s and Sampras’ Wimbledon opponents (avg overall / semis / finals) and Nadal’s RG opponents.

http://www.tennisplanet.me/blog/2012/06/nadal-sampras-and-federer-roland-garros-and-wimbledon-opponent-rank.html


Dave Says:

jane, ha (are you tuity fruity)?! I need all the tips I can get. Berdych and Nalbandian killed my bracket. And this is the Wimbledon Juan Monaco decides he does not want to go on holiday and Isner plays scared to lose. Play is suspened for Almagro and Mahut’s matches — they better bloody win or ThatDave is toast.

I remember when Tim Phillips, former Chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon) was appointed in the late 1990s he said he was open to the idea of a third week between French Open and Wimbledon. The idea keeps re-surfacing but nothing has happened to date, partly for the reasons you mentioned. Perhaps, like the increased prize money, something finally will happen.


Raj Says:

Is there any link to see RFF bracket for non-participant users??


jane Says:

No Dave, I am janetennisx. tuity fruity is margot. The trick is to find a calm and even balance between brain, gut instinct, and heart. Good luck with that, ha!


El Flaco Says:

Tennis Vagabond Says:
Man oh man. My draw is busted day one.
Picked Berdych to beat Nole.
——————————–
That sucks. Your best hope now is for Nole to lose to someone else in the quarters or sooner so your upset pick won’t hurt as much. You won’t see the pain in the rankings for some time, but if Djokovic gets to the semis you will plummet to the bottom of the rankings.


jane Says:

Tennis.com called the match “Berd and Ernie” :)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Jane, very interesting and incredible the low ranked opponents Sampras was getting in the semis and finals.


skeezer Says:

TV,

I found Rafa’s avg opponets ranking expected…What was that 1year at RG, avg of 116 ? Hoever, I think if you pulled out the 1 high yr from Sampras and Rafa, its not too bad. Not surprising Fed has faced tougher ranked players over the years….


Dave Says:

Jane, you posted a good link comparing the rank of the opponents of Nadal’s French Open, Federer Wimbledons and Sampras’s Wimbledons (link copied here).
http://www.tennisplanet.me/blog/2012/06/nadal-sampras-and-federer-roland-garros-and-wimbledon-opponent-rank.html

Additional info for comparison:

Federer: 2009 French Open
Average rank 40, Semifinal 5 – 25 Final

Nadal: 2010 Wimbledon
Average rank 67, Semifinal 4 – 13 Final

Nadal: 2008 Wimbledon
Average rank 46, Semifinal 94 – 1 Final

*****

jane: “The trick is to find a calm and even balance between brain, gut instinct, and heart. Good luck with that, ha!”

So, in other words, you are saying:
- I should have shown no heart in choosing between Nalbandian and Tipsarevic (a toss-up)
- I should have shown no brain in choosing between Isner and Falla (Falla being a No. 73 player with a 33% winning record on grass and only 3 ATP wins since Australian Open)
- I should have showed more gut to pick Gulbis over Berdych (Gulbis being a No. 87 player with a 28% winning record on grass and only 3 ATP tour wins the whole year — it’s so bad he’s No. 207 on year-to-date ATP rankings). Now that needed a lot of gut, unless you’re a Latvian billionaire.
http://www.atpworldtour.com/Rankings/YTD-Singles.aspx?d=25.06.2012&r=201&c=#
- I should have shown more instinct to realize that Juan Monaco wasn’t taking his mid-season break with his typical first-round loss because national pride was on the line this year. Or maybe it was because early round losers get paid more prize money this year, that greedy guy.
- And I should have had the good luck to pick No. 131 Ruben Bemelmans, No. 136 Jerzy Janowicz, No. 152 Inigo Cervantes, No. 168 Guillaume Rufin (none of whom showed sufficient positive attributes to justify picking them over their top 100 opponents)

There is no calm or balance in such irrationality :)


Dave Says:

Year-to-date rankings of opponents of the top four seeds (points won this calendar year is one indicator of how hot players have been in the last six months):
- No. 29 Albert Ramos (Federer)
- No. 52 Nikolay Davydenko (Murray)
- No. 55 Tomaz Bellucci (Nadal)
- No. 125 Juan Carlos Ferrero (Djokovic)
http://www.atpworldtour.com/Rankings/YTD-Singles.aspx


Kimberly Says:

mat4 and mindreels, are you in our group? What are your names? Yes RFF bracket is a classic. My son is happy that his brother will not come in last as RFF is assured that honor.


mat4 Says:

I am trig, Kimberly. And my bracket looks very similar to RFF’s. But I wasn’t joking.


Kimberly Says:

wrote you a welcome note. Glad to see you back and that you joined the bracket.


mat4 Says:

Spent a week in Scotland after that damn Roland Garros…


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

My Aussie friend (his ancestors came in Australia with Captain Cook:)) went on three months trip to Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. He was absolutely blown away by Scotland and people overthere. He said, apart of the accent, he felt like at home. Hospitality, history, lakes (lochs) etc. I have seen Ireland and I loved it, I was about to do Scotland last year but had to change it for Greek islands (didn’t mind it:) so I am doing it my next trip to Europe, my UK friends are waiting for me to do the tour together.


Dave Says:

American Jesse Levine, who has practiced and trained with Federer on occasion, has credited Federer for his victory over Karol Beck.

“Actual training camps — I’ve done one with him in Dubai and one in a location I’m not allowed to say,” the 106th-ranked Levine said after beating 94th-ranked Karol Beck of Slovakia 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday.

“Besides his tennis, he’s an amazing person. On and off the court, he’s a truly genuine person. He’s so down to earth and a great guy to talk to, and for advice, too,” Levine said.

“If he saw something he thought I could improve on, he would always be honest with me. And I definitely listened to everything he said. If I would let him back in a point he would say, ‘That was the ball, and you need to do something more with it.’ When you hear it from him, and he’s explaining it to you, it’s really amazing.”

While some have suggested Federer picked him as a training partner because the American is a left-hander like Rafael Nadal, Levine said that’s not the case. “He didn’t know I was lefty until I took my racket out of the bag the first time I went,” Levine said.

Levine is hoping some of Federer’s tips will help him continue through the Wimbledon draw. Next for Levine is a match against wild card recipient David Goffin of Belgium, who took a set off Federer in the fourth round at the French Open and on Tuesday upset 20th-seeded Bernard Tomic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 at Wimbledon.
[From Washington Post]

Federer vs Ramos: on Fed’s serve and volley
http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/26/breaking-it-down-federer-vs-ramos/


Steve 27 Says:

Interesting comment of GcTennisFan from Tennis. com about Tomic real age:
Is really polemical:

I’m a local tennis coach from the Gold Coast, the home of Bernard Tomic. And yes you are indeed right, he is two years older than the official listed age. Everyone here knows it, no secrets here. Watching the match last night on Australian TV, one of the Australian commentators accidentally referred to Bernard as the 21 year old Australian, only to quickly correct himself.

Now that Bernard is on the senior tour things evens out, but in his junior days he got lots of opportunities because of it, and of course won lots of matches/tournaments because he cheated with his age. Without this cheating he would never have made it, or gotten all the financial support he received.

His birth certificate was alleged lost when his family moved to Australia, but still plenty of evidence. One in particular is interesting, being his facebook page or pages. Until he was found out a few years ago, he had two different profiles. One with his REAL birthday and one with his FAKE birthday, with a date exactly two years younger. It was only when his sister Sara suggested to him on facebook, that maybe he should delete the real one in case people found out. Unfortunately this was posted on his wall for lots of people to see.

I know a few people who are 21 years old and who went to school with Bernard in the same class. As most can tell from his press conferences, Bernard is not the smartest around, so no way he would have been attending school in an older age group due to intelligence. He attended school with kids his own age, but then of course he started getting better at tennis and the decision was made to home school him and cheat with his age to make it easier for him to win tennis matches.

Make up you own mind about Bernard, but he is a lazy person with no intensity or work ethics. Watching him train every week here at home when he was younger, it was clear that hard work does not appeal to him. He does have talent, be it unique and not particular technical pleasing to watch, but he is certainly not in the elite group of players and probably never will be.

Regardless, he is 21 years old, so he only got 6-7 years left to make his mark before he physically is getting to old. That’s if he is even playing tennis by then, something most Australian hope is not the case. We like a Champion, but we don’t like cheaters and arrogant individuals who clearly has no respect for the game of tennis and other lower ranked players


Steve 27 Says:

If this is true, Tomic and his personal team should be investigated and punished. Reminds me of the cases of African soccer players at the World Under 20 and Under 17, or the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 (Ghana), Atlanta 1996 (Nigeria), Sydney 2000 (Cameroon), Beijing 2008 (Nigeria).
The physique of these players were not near the age where they were competing. If FIFA was silent and also the IOC , ¿It will look the other way the ATP?

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