Stosur, Woz Lead Seeded Exodus at Wimbledon; X-Notes
by Staff | June 27th, 2012, 11:11 pm
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Five seeded players were upset on the women’s side Wednesday at Wimbledon, including a former No. 1 and a Grand Slam winner.


Former world No. 1 junior Arantxa Rus ousted No. 5 Sam Stosur 6-2, 0-6, 6-4, and Austrian Tamira Paszek outlasted former No. 1 and No. 7 seed Caroline Wozniacki 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-4 to lead the charge of the unseeded.

“I had one match point where I didn’t hit bad shots and she twice hit the line,” Wozniacki said. “It’s all about doing the right things at the right time. Winning Eastbourne, she believed in herself. She went for it, and that’s it.”

Before winning the Eastbourne grasscourt tournament last week, Paszek was 2-13 on the year, including 11 first-round losses.

Also upset Wednesday were No. 11 Li Na falling to Romanian Sorana Cirstea in straights, American Sloane Stephens outlasting No. 23 Petra Cetkovska in three, and Czech Klara Zakopalova shocking No. 13 Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-1.

Others of note advancing were No. 3 Aggie Radwanska, Kim Clijsters, Brit Heather Watson, and No. 14 Ana Ivanovic surviving a three-set upset attempt by Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

“I felt it was another step upwards from my first match against [Jelena] Jankovic,” said Clijsters after beating Andrea Hlavackova. “I thought my opponent had a really tough game to read. She was serving well too. It was only a couple games here and there that made the difference in the match.”

Clijsters will next meet former world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva.

Suspended by darkness were No. 1 Maria Sharapova leading Tsvetana Pironkova 7-6(3), 3-1 after the Bulgarian served for the first set, and Nadia Petrova leading Hungary’s Timea Babos 6-4, 5-5.

Thursday matches of interest at the All England Club include No. 2 Victoria Azarenka vs. Romina Oprandi, No. 4 seed and defending champion Petra Kvitova vs. Brit Elena Baltacha, No. 6 Serena Williams vs. Hungarian qualifier Melinda “The Fifth Element” Czink, and No. 9 Marion Bartoli vs. comeback player Mirjana Lucic.

There was only one mild upset Wednesday on the men’s side as the seeds generally took care of business, with the exception of No. 25 Stan Wawrinka losing 8-6 in the fifth to Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer.

Top 10 seeds advancing were No. 1 Novak Djokovic handling American Ryan Harrison in straights, No. 3 Roger Federer defeating Italian Fabio Fognini in straights, No. 7 David Ferrer beating German qualifier Dustin Brown in straights, and No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic fighting back a challenge from American qualifier Ryan Sweeting in four sets.

“The match was much more difficult than the scoreline suggested,” Djokovic said. “I was in trouble in the second set and it could easily have gone the other way. Ryan was serving fantastic. It was a close match because he performed really well but I got the crucial breaks in every set and that was enough to win.”

Other players of note advancing were No. 21 Milos Raonic, No. 30 Andy Roddick, and the unseeded “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic.

Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz also surprised the Berdych-killer Ernests Gulbis 9-7 in the fifth set.

Matches to look for Thursday on the men’s side are No. 4 Andy Murray vs. Karlovic, No. 13 Gilles Simon vs. Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, No. 21 Raonic vs. Sam Querrey, and No. 30 Roddick vs. Bjorn Phau.

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

SIMON SAYS: WOMEN DON’T DESERVE EQUAL PAY – Freshly voted onto the ATP Player Council, Frenchman Gilles Simon is wasting no time in getting his opinions out there, telling the French media that women’s don’t deserve equal prize money, and that the ATP shouldn’t have made the Rome tournament a men’s and women’s joint event: “I think that men’s tennis is really ahead of women’s tennis at this stage. Once more, the men spent surely twice as much time on court as the women at the French Open. We often talk about salary equality. I don’t think it’s something that works in sport. I think we are the only sport that has parity with the women in terms of prize money. Meanwhile, men’s tennis remains more attractive than women’s tennis at this moment.” Simon said the WTA Rome event has struggled. “The year before, the women, for their final, they had 20 spectators. And so, in that case, you save them, but when you want a practice court, there aren’t any left.” Hey ladies, Simon is available to warm-up with you on a practice court next time you see him at a joint event. “Am I going to incur the wrath of feminist organizations?” Simon added. “I don’t care.”

RAFA TAKES POKER SPONSORSHIP — Rafael Nadal and online gambling? Bet on it. It was announced this week that Spanish seven-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal will represent PokerStars, and is “keen to learn the game of poker.” “It’s no secret that I love to compete and try my very best in everything, whether that’s tennis, golf or video games,” said Nadal, who must have received — how much cash to represent online gambling when at the same time the ATP has been working to squash cheating in online tennis betting? “When I discovered the game of poker, I chose to join PokerStars because they understand what it takes to be the best and associate themselves with the qualities of champions. I’m very happy to be working with them.” And getting paid. Rafa will reportedly after the US Open “be able to devote more time to poker and to representing PokerStars in online tournaments, in advertising campaigns and at charity events. Details of these will be announced in the coming months.” Online poker is reportedly also “surging” in Spain, following the recent awarding of government licenses to operate online poker.

NOTES
Roger Federer
has not won a Slam since January 2010…No Australian men in the Wimbledon second round for the first time since 1938…The ATP says there will be no more blue clay in 2013. ATP President Brad Drewett said that while the blue clay used at Madrid “may have offered better visibility on television, there were clearly issues with the quality of the courts in Madrid this year, which were not acceptable.”…Venus Williams was unseeded at Wimbledon for the first time in 15 years, with good reason…Andy Roddick said that when he said that this could be his last Wimbledon, it was misinterpreted, he said. This is what he then said: “I didn’t really say anything. I mean, I’m not at the point where I’m going to deal in absolutes with my career. I’m not going to sit here and say, I’m going to play three more years. At this point anything is a possibility. I don’t think what was said and the way it has been interpreted is completely on the same page.” — Your post-career might be in politics Andy…Commentator Martina Navratilova says Petra Kvitova needs to lose her baby-gut and improve her footwork — at least that’s what we get out of this: “She just needs to get a little lighter on her feet. It’s so easy to think: ‘I can just power through this.’ Four out of five times you can, but the fifth time it’s going to go out. On clay that doesn’t win and in the wind that doesn’t win. When things go your way, great, but when they don’t that’s when perfect technique and perfect footwork come in handy. I learned new footwork when I was 32, with the cross-step to the outside, so you can retool or improve. Petra doesn’t need to retool, but she can definitely improve. She’s 22. I was clueless at that age, so she’s way ahead of me on that one.”…Roger Federer, Jarkko Nieminen, doubles representative Eric Butorac and Andre Sa were voted back on the ATP Player Council, joined by newbies Gilles Simon, Kevin Anderson, Robin Haase, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Mahesh Bhupathi, James Cerretani, Brian Gottfried and Claudio Pistolesi. “It has been four years of good work with the Player Council in which we have made progress in some areas,” Federer said. “There is more to do and I am happy to be back with the council group. It’s great to see some new players step up and I look forward to working with them to continue to grow our sport.”…Serena Williams on why she will have a difficult time retiring from tennis: “I love stepping out on that court, having that atmosphere, that moment. That moment is all about me. Maybe it’s a little selfish, but I love that feeling.”…SI.com’s Jon Wertheim: “I’ve said many times in the past: for all of the sport’s issues and challenges, finding capable television commentators is not one of them. Far as I’m concerned, the ESPN team, the Tennis Channel team and the McEnroe/Carillo/Ted Robinson troika on NBC serve the viewers quite well on the whole.” — Really? Because Tennis Channel trots out some horrible talking heads sometimes. And wait until you see the “B” team that is doing the London Olympics tennis, from what we hear…If Roger Federer wins Wimbledon and Novak Djokovic doesn’t reach the final, the now-No. 3 Federer will again attain the No. 1 ranking…Retired Ivan Ljubicic says he may run for the ATP Board again…Chris Evert speaking to the AP on playing Seoul Olympics in 1988 when tennis made its return to the games: “I felt very uncomfortable. I almost felt like an impostor, because the other athletes were looking at us tennis players as if they were saying, ‘What are you doing here?’ Because we have our Wimbledon and US Open and French and Australian Opens, and we had our million dollars. These were supposedly amateur athletes who only had one chance every four years.” — yeah, but “supposedly” is the key word there Chris…Maria Sharapova can become the second woman to win a career Golden Slam if she wins the Olympics, joining Steffi GrafWimbledon will waive its all-white policy for the Olympics, opening the door for Darth Federer, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with his day-glo sherbet outfits…American tennis looking up? The U.S. had the most men’s qualifiers of any country at Wimbledon after comeback success story Brian Baker, former University of Florida players Jesse Levine and Ryan Sweeting, and “Iron” Mike Russell made it through the qualifying into the main draw…David Nalbandian’s meltdown at Queen’s Club cost him more than $70,000 in fines and lost prize money…Rafael Nadal will be the flag bearer for the Spanish Olympic team in London.

Centre Court 1:00 PM Start Time
Serena Williams (USA)[6] v. Melinda Czink (HUN)
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) v. Andy Murray (GBR)[4]
Lukas Rosol (CZE) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]

No. 1 Court 1:00 PM Start Time
Maria Sharapova (RUS)[1] v. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) To Finish 7-6(3) 3-1
James Ward (GBR) v. Mardy Fish (USA)[10]
Sam Querrey (USA) v. Milos Raonic (CAN)[21]
Elena Baltacha (GBR) v. Petra Kvitova (CZE)[4]

No. 2 Court 11:30 AM Start Time
Anne Keothavong (GBR) v. Sara Errani (ITA)[10]
David Ferrer (ESP)[7] v. Kenny De Schepper (FRA)
Bjorn Phau (GER) v. Andy Roddick (USA)[30]
Romina Oprandi (SUI) v. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[2]


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335 Comments for Stosur, Woz Lead Seeded Exodus at Wimbledon; X-Notes

roy Says:

i’ve always liked simon. and now he’s just gone up another notch.


Ray Says:

In other news, Sharapova achieved a career Grandslam by winning the French Open.

YAWN! Looks like whoever is doing the notes has been slacking. do yourselves and us a favor and fire that joker! please! You guys are late by a few days and even weeks on some of those notes! that wouldn’t have been a problem if we were living in the 70s. but this 2012 and people have access to something called internet!


Bobby Says:

They said Maria would win the Golden Slam, not the Grand Slam, if she won the Olympic gold medal.


Eric Says:

As for Simon, good on him to speak his mind. It’s a tricky issue, though. I think it’s worth the sport mandating equal pay because otherwise it sends a message that women’s tennis is less worthy than men’s. It’s clearly less profitable, but there are other principles at stake too. (But as I understand it tennis as a sport poorly distributes compensation through the non-stratospheric echelons, so there are other inequities to look at too.)

“the McEnroe/Carillo/Ted Robinson troika”

Things I hate:
1. The Euro fiscal crisis-inspired surge in the use of the ‘troika’ instead of ‘trio’
2. Mary Carillo and John McEnroe’s horrifically stupid commentating. (Seriously, do they ever listen to themselves? Self-satisfied windbags with nothing interesting to say!)


Eric Says:

(Addendum: Carillo probably has more intelligent things to say about women’s tennis than men’s. But I never watch women’s tennis with the sound on, so who knows.)


skeezer Says:

“Rafa will reportedly after the US Open “be able to devote more time to poker and to representing PokerStars in online tournaments”

Ahh yes…keep promoting gambling to all those who look up to you Rafa…you are so sweet, humble, and innocent. May Juniors in Tennis look up to your continual behavioral habits and values. You are the best. Let’s hope one day all kids can be successful like you and promote online Gambling.


Lou_tennisfan Says:

Can Roger Federer win his 17th GS? After his impressive win today, Roger is really looking good this year. But the million dollar question will be:
17th GS – will it ever happen? http://bit.ly/ME6NoP


Margot Says:

Woz. couldn’t even handle Tamira’s serve, which wasn’t gr8. She would’ve been toast against Serena or Maria.
Think women should play best of 5 at slams, of course they should.
Nole looked very impressive at crunch points when it mattered. Yay :)


Wog boy Says:

There is so many english words that made their way in everyday use in Eastern Europe, I am sure you can handle one Russian “troika” that made its way westword….apart of “Vodka”.


Nims Says:

Can Roger Federer win his 17th GS?

I don’t see a reason why he cannot. Just that the Top 2 should not be in the final 4. I think Roger still controls the rest of the field, maybe not as consistently as before but on a big match he is going to take them out.


Wade Says:

…Who’s in the Trunk

#1 Australian Tennis -You Suck


Ace Says:

There is no real consistency from the womens tennis players in the top 20. They can win and lose against a weak opponent, which will not happen in Mens tennis.

Former Number ones and grand slam winners out in second rounds?? This is ridiculous.

Seriously not the best era to watch womens tennis.


Rsutherland Says:

Snark Attack!

Skeezer (of June 24 … from Nadal’s comments June 23) This whole Rafa/Fed thing is getting old, so checking out for a while :( ‘

…gotta love the :( … as if smack talk was distressing that nice Skeezer’s sensibilites.

Oh wait a moment:

Skeezer (of Jan 28) -’Ahh yes…keep promoting gambling to all those who look up to you Rafa…you are so sweet, humble, and innocent. May Juniors in Tennis look up to your continual behavioral habits and values. You are the best. Let’s hope one day all kids can be successful like you and promote online Gambling.’

Predictably the halo teeters yet again.

How nice for you Skeezer, to be able to add a brand new pellet to your pez-dispenser chocked full of congealed anti-Nadal bile.

Looks like you are in top running for the up-coming Tennis-x,
Alfred E Newman “who me” award for disingenuousness.


Ray Says:

endorsing gambling?ok! maybe if you give him enough money! he will pimp his wife/girlfriend too!

sad! but nothing new. we always knew he was not a man of principles!

i am glad fed makes more money without resorting/stooping to such levels! you make 10s of millions of dollars, surely you can stick to your principles and not sell yourself out for 1 or 2 million$!


Colin Says:

Meanwhile, back at the tennis, Murray takes the first set 7-5 against Karlovic.


conty Says:

Dolgo vs Paire of course is not being shown on ESPN.

But it is just as entertaining as I expected Wog boy. Though it probably the wrong time of day for you to be watching. I have it on a live stream.

Benny is doing his crazy constant talking to himself and it’s amusing and distracting Dolgo. Benny was on a real rant in French to himself and no one in particular; and Alex just stopped and listened, smiling. lol love these two! I don’t care which one wins hahaha


conty Says:

Wog boy, i miss the Serbian commentator with a sense of humor from the Serbian open commentating on Paire.


conty Says:

Paire has some real shot-making like Dolgo and so far Dolgo appears more amused of his opponent than focusing on winning the match. Alex is out there having fun.

For my bracket, I wish Alex would concentrate and get it together. But Paire came out really playing well, despite all his talking. Paire’s is not like a Gilles Simon rant, it’s different. Not as self-chastising but more that the guy just can’t help talking all the time, lol…

okay, now it appears dolgo is getting annoyed with himself, not being able to focus.


conty Says:

I’m not worried about Murray winning, though perhaps I should be. come on, Andy!


Wog boy Says:

conty,

It is not wrong time when it comes to tennis, living in Australia I am used that tennis and the other sport events that I want to watch are usualy after midnight (it is almost 1am). Only time when is day/evening matches, when it is in Asia but that is only 2-3 months, and january, AO and then I am always in Melbourne for both QF days. Best chance to see all the best in the world in beautifull Rod Laver Arena. I can do only SF or F but I figured out QF is best because you can see eight best male and female players.
I am watching now on two chanels, Andy vs Ivi and Ivanovic vs Bondarenko, that is all I can watch. Ana just won:) but not impressive.


conty Says:

Ivanovic won, yay!


Wog boy Says:

conty,

When you said Serbian commentator, were you able to understand him?


skeezer Says:

Rsutherland,

Despite your hateful comments towards me, it’s Rafa who is making the news, not me. On the the contrary, you were making this a fan vs fan thing by mentioning my previous post about the Fed vs Rafa trash talking. Rafa’s gambling endorsement decision has nothing to do with that, he made this newsworthy item all by himself. I just made an opinion about it. It’s YOU apparently thinking every waking moment that Rafa has better biceps that Fed therefore he is a better tennis player. That is obvious. And it shows in your post. Rather than discuss the issue you want to twist it to discuss me. Figures.

Murray doing a good job so far of handling Dr. Ivo…


conty Says:

Oh hi Wog boy. I thought i was talking to myself here like benny Paire out there on court hehe

Complete Zombie is what I am during AO and Asian Swing. I know what you mean.

Too bad the only way to watch this Dolgo v Paire match is on live stream online. It’s kind of a pain to get a good picture, but worth it.


conty Says:

Yes, WB. loved the accent and his wit. He was commentating in English.


Wog boy Says:

Hi conty,

I see, I didn’t know they are doing it in english.

Ivo mini break, Lendl doesn’t look happy but he never looks happy anyway.


skeezer Says:

Well, in Murrays defense, Dr. Ivo on a fast surface is dangerous against anybody. Ivo takes the 2nd…looks like a long match is coming here…


Wog boy Says:

Ward is playing well, haven’t seen him before, but Fish looks tired.

Goran Ivanisevic is in Ivo’s box.


Wog boy Says:

conty,

Is Paire going crazy, he is two sets up:)?


jane Says:

Dr. Ivo is hellish to play, I agree skeeze. Come on Andy! Nerve wracking to watch these matches versus the serving giants.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Remember IW ;(


jane Says:

^ I’ve blocked that from my memory Wog Boy. You guys have me curious about Paire. Now that Muzz is up a break I may try to find a stream of that match. Also happy Ivanovic won.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

He is deffinitely skilful player but also fun to watch.

As for Ivanovic, it is really hard to watch her if you are her fan.
She ratlles easy, too easy, I think that is right word in english?


jane Says:

Looks windier on these outer courts, where Dolgo and Paire are playing.


conty Says:

lol, yes Wog boy, Paire is nuts but Alex is now frustrated he didn’t play better and but still appears entertained by his opponent and can’t make himself just play his game. But I could tell, he was watching Paire too much.

Have these 2 ever played? I don’t know. Maybe next time Dolgopolov will know what to expect.

I was on the phone when Paire won! oh my bracket, why didn’t i see that coming. Two of my favorite personalities, Alex and Benny

I have to get to work Wog boy. get some sleep, okay? bye.


Mark Says:

@Ray. 10.12 am Guess you know all about pimping you prize A$$HO£E. The figure BTW is $12. Get a life you loser!!!


Wog boy Says:

conty,

I will, i have some good tea from Colorado,Rocky Mountains good before bed time:) it is real tea not that “strong” one that mat4 likes.


Karthick Says:

any online streaming link please


Wog boy Says:

Katrthick,

See jane, she will be able to help you, conty just knocked off.


metan Says:

Oh what happened to andy murray!!! Is he lost? No stream here


jane Says:

Karthick just go to google and then type in sport lemon. You should find something there.


Karthick Says:

Jane, can you pls help?


metan Says:

Come on murray, make tie break, otherwise it’s gonna be 5 sets


dari Says:

Win this tiebreak, Andy!


Karthick Says:

thanks Jane, it worked…


jane Says:

Hoooray Andy. Phew, nail-biter that one.

Just looked at scores, what’s happening to Delpo in set 3?


racquet Says:

Yikes, I can breathe again. Hate these matches against big servers.


racquet Says:

What is going on with Tsonga? Just saw he lost the 1st set to Garcia-Lopez! Baghdatis serving for the 1st set against Dimitrov.


alison Says:

Well done Andy,also great to see James Ward giving Fish a real fight,swinging away with nothing to loose,who would have thought it Fish was serving for the match at one point,regardless of the end result i believe another british male tennis player is emerging hear.


alison Says:

Yay outstanding play by Ward taking this match to a 5th set,the crowd are going wild,go James batter the fish.


jane Says:

“batter the fish.” ha ha alison. I wonder how much is left in the Fish tank? ^_^


jane Says:

Dimitrov retired, mid way through the second set (too bad, thought this match might be a cracker). Andy M will play Baggy next.


alison Says:

Jane Ward is playing brilliant really inspired tennis,and no matter what happens hear this match will stand him in good stead for the future,kept going back and forward from this match and Andys,both great quality matches,big servers can trouble even the best players,glad that ones over.


El Flaco Says:

I was just typing that this guy Rosol sucks and breaks back.


the mind reels Says:

And then pops 4 big serves. Rosol out in front again at 4-3.


Margot Says:

Phew, that was difficult for Andy, not possible to get any rhythm whatsoever and hand grenades coming at him all the time.
However, the good news, as Mac dryly said, after that he’ll feel like he’s got half an hour to make the returns in his next match.lol
racquet: I can’t stand these giant big servers and did not think that was an enjoyable match, tennis wise, to watch from any perspective. Unfortunately Andy’s got a few more coming up.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

It was a good match by Andy. But the guy still is not showing the resolve we see in GS champions. The guy cannot put in a first serve leading 3-2 in the 4th set tiebreaker. This is the situation at which big guys like Roger and Nadal would finish off the matches with ease. But Andy stutters and waits for Ivo to serve a double fault and dump an easy ball to the net. I don’t think players like Rafa or Novak will give him such points if he faces them. He needs to take control of things, which he lacks now.


El Flaco Says:

Tough light conditions right now. Very bright in the sun and dark in the shade. Cloud cover would be much better because the light is disbursed evenly.


the DA Says:

Nirmal – big guys like Roger and Nadal would finish off the matches with ease

Yeah, we saw that with Roger having match points at the US Open two years in a row and Rafa earlier this year leading 4-2 in the 5th. Oh wait……


Nirmal Kumar Says:

DA, Yeah..but it was not against Karlovic. Also Roger failed after winning 16 GS. I do not remember him losing matches when he was a prime player. Same with Rafa too.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

It’s a typical Rafa match at wimbledon in 1st week. He keeps it pretty interesting, before he takes off multiple gears in the 2nd week.


the mind reels Says:

Nadal goes down a set point, takes 40 seconds to serve the ball, and pops an ace up the middle.


El Flaco Says:

Nadal’s serve looks better today, but the rest of his game still needs to develop on the grass.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Rosol is bit unlucky to be in the side of the court where it’s half shade.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

As expected, Nadal takes the 1st set.


azrael Says:

what’s up with rafa? This is the worst i have seen him hit his fh in a long long time…awful….i am dumbstruck


marrisv Says:

Well, Rafa is playing pathetic with a lot of nerves. I hope it changes for him. But it seems the roles are reversed from RG. He is playing by far the worst tennis of the big 4 now.


Eric Says:

Guys, it’s the first week at Wimbledon, I’d be more worried about Rafa if he _didn’t_ look like an endangered species.


Eric Says:

Too bad for Rosol, losing that tiebreak, though.


azrael Says:

a little better from rafa now…this rosol is playing amazing


the mind reels Says:

@azrael: Rosol is certainly serving very well, but Nadal is playing very average tennis off the ground.

He winced a bit after coming up from that little spill — wonder if his foot is OK.


the mind reels Says:

Wow. Nadal takes a full wipeout running for a dropshot. He went down twice in that last game.


marrisv Says:

and he took a big tumble going for to track that dropper.


marrisv Says:

Rafa is trying to take an aggressive return position on the first serves as he always does at Wimbledon, but it is not working for him yet in this match.

Rosol is going for his first serve and his shots. He is playing a very good match.


marrisv Says:

time to see now what Rosol is made of. Can he serve out the set…


senthil Says:

As usual lucky Rafa will break when opponent serving for set. Then break his heart, then wins the match.

Lucky Rafa….


Eric Says:

Nice aces, baby.


the mind reels Says:

Rosol evens this match up at 1 set apiece. Nadal can add Rosol to the list of Czech players whose games can irritate him.


marrisv Says:

Good job by Rosol. He does serve it out.


azrael Says:

rosol has nerves of steel…rafa has to take it up a notch or he might be in trouble here


queen Says:

so disappointed in Nadal’s play! hurts…


senthil Says:

i thought Rosol was 36 years old. Is that true ?


senthil Says:

i thought Rosol was 36 years old. Is that true ?


marrisv Says:

this is a tricky match for rafa. One slip on serve is all it takes


the mind reels Says:

Rosol certainly seems to be enjoying himself a bit out there…more than Nadal, at least. I suspect it’s helping him stay loose and go for his shots.


Brando Says:

BAR the serve, rafa’s play has been shocking today.


the mind reels Says:

@senthil: no, Rosol is 26, and there’s a very easy website for looking this information up:

http://www.atpworldtour.com


azrael Says:

he is 26…not 36

i agree brando…without the good serving rafa would be 2 sets down at the moment.

Shocked


queen Says:

marrisv Says:
Well, Rafa is playing pathetic with a lot of nerves. I hope it changes for him. But it seems the roles are reversed from RG. He is playing by far the worst tennis of the big 4 now.

Unfortunately have to agree. Fed, Djoko, Murray look much better. Nadal looks slower than ever.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Nadal is getting very comfortable on his serves. He has been holding very comfortably from the time he lost his serve in the 2nd set. It’s going to be a quick work from here.


Ngentot Says:

Wow Rosol just took the second set, and he’s making Rafa look very average at the moment. Wonder if he can keep the momentum going for a five-set match though.


senthil Says:

Thanks Guys
@azrael and
@the mind reels


marrisv Says:

well there goes his serve… so much for getting comfortable.

I think he is rattled, confused and rosol to his credit his playing extremely solid and confident tennis. If rafa wants to get out of this, it is going to be ugly.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Nadal loses his service game. The set is at an interesting stage.


the mind reels Says:

Nadal was complaining to Jake (chair) at the changeover about something, but I’m listening without sound — anyone catch the discussion?


Sienna Says:

Nadal is trying to bully the youngster.
He is clearly using gamesmenship.

He should be fined or something. Rafa is an unworthy wimbly champion


jane Says:

I am gobsmacked. What is wrong with Rafa today, even if Rosol is playing well…


El Flaco Says:

Rosul has a lot of momentum right now. I think Nadal will call for the trainer to slow Rosol down and make him think about it.


Sienna Says:

Rafa was crying and moaning about his opponent was dribling before receiving a serve. what Rosul did is very tennislike movement. Everyone can do that. How about that for a wimbly (former) champion. Dispicable


azrael Says:

sienna….SHUT UP!

roger rasheed commentating at the moment also saying its unfair and distracting…and he knows a lot more than you sienna.


the DA Says:

Does anyone know what Sienna is babbling about?


azrael Says:

the DA…nope…she just spews hate and venom against nadal…nothing else


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Very soon this guy got to feel he is playing Rafa. This just can’t go on.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Rafa missing return on second serve. What’s going on?


Sienna Says:

every trick in the book comes. out I bet we wil have a MTO shortly.
he is taking time etc. BAD BAD BOY Rafa


marrisv Says:

Unless Rafa is able to return better or rosol gets tight, i don’t see rafa coming out of this


Sienna Says:

On BBC they tell it like it is. Rafa has got nothing to complaine.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I trust Nadal would break now.


JF Says:

It’s a long game Sienna…


Sienna Says:

Alsotheshameless oncourt coching by Big T. Man this has gotto stop.


marrisv Says:

nadal has to go five to get out of this


El Flaco Says:

Nadal was in this position before against Petzchner and Haase so it’s not over yet.


racquet Says:

Rafa in a bit of danger now. It’s never over with him until the last ball but one messy game….


Sienna Says:

O men this guy is really something. Spitting on the grasscourt out of anger.
Eyeballing his young opponent. 2-1 down in sets. And lucky to be in this match he should be heading to mallorca or the final in poland.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

This is just getting crazy. I’m seeing something what Tsonga did to Roger last year Wimbledon. Getting that 3rd set from Rafa has been the most challenging task in GS Tennis for past 2 years. Not sure if Rasool can get that.

I doubt it.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

El Flaco, in a way you are right. But the way Rasool is playing, he is much better than those two guys so far. But things turn very quickly.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Just curious. Did Rafa go on to win the championship when he won against Hasse and Petz in those 5 setters.


the DA Says:

In other news, Querrey breaks Raonic in the 2nd set. Go Querrey!!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

What Rasool playing is almost B Becker like tennis.


El Flaco Says:

I believe he did Nirmal.


marrisv Says:

Yes he did Nirmal in 2010


Colin Says:

What was someone saying about Murray not having the winning attitude compared with the top players? What is the ranking of Karlovic? And what is the ranking of this guy who is leading the unbeatable Rafa 2 sets to 1?


lego Says:

Amazing.. Rosol’s fav surface is clay according to the ATP site..


jane Says:

This reminds me of the FO Soderling win. Was Rafa down two sets to one versus Hasse and Petzchner?


Kimberly Says:

wow, just got home and saw this shocking match. Very sad. Hope Rafa can pull it out.


marrisv Says:

Yes jane. Rafa was two sets to one down with both haase and petzchner


racquet Says:

Breaking: Wimby official says that if this match needs a fifth set, they’ll close the roof so it can finish.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Hey Colin, just to remind you, Nadal is at 9+ GS.


Ray Says:

against haase, nadal was 2 sets to 1 down.

against petzchner he was 2 sets to 0 down. and ofcourse took a medical time out on petzchner’s serve!


marrisv Says:

phew….. finally rafa breaks


the DA Says:

Nadal breaks! No medical time out needed.


jane Says:

Rafa breaks, so we’ll see if this switches everything.


Krishna Says:

David Mercer,BBC Sport
“Assuming Nadal wins the fourth set, the temptation must be for the referee to say: ‘Stop, close the roof and turn the lights on and let’s finish the match.’ And I’ve just had it confirmed that the referee is prepared to do that.”

if the roof closes..that should favor Rosol since the surface would play even faster one would think..


Margot Says:

Wow! Rafa getting the Karlovic treatment.
Really can’t believe Rosol can win though. Will surely burn himself out.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Colin, you should have just looked at the game Rafa just broke. This is a great example what differentiates Nadal and Murray. When it’s most needed, look at the deadliness at which he returned and played the baseline game. It’s a sight to behold.


jane Says:

Krishna “if the roof closes..that should favor Rosol since the surface would play even faster one would think..”

Nole said the balls get bigger and heavier as it’s more humid with the roof closed. He also said he had to make adjustments accordingly to his footwork, presumably because with the added humidity it would be more slippery. So actually, I think these two things could favour Rafa.


Eric Says:

Ray, that’s not true. Rafa was never down 2-0 sets to Petz or Haase, only 2-1.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Tactically Rasool is making few mistakes here. He is not coming to the net as he was doing before. He is giving Rafa nice rhythm from the baseline.


the DA Says:

Querrey takes the 2nd set vs Raonic.


marrisv Says:

nadal takes the fourth on a second break.. good job can start first in the fifth


racquet Says:

They’ll need at least a 20 min break for the roof to close.


Sienna Says:

And again. after 2-2 sets all Nadal using gamesmenship. Questioning the referee and wimbly organisers.

What a BS from a former champion.


Krishna Says:

@jane: interesting, that sucks then for Rosol lol..


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Probably the break is good for Rasool. Nadal was running away with the momentum.


marrisv Says:

I agree Nirmal Kumar. This definitel brings a break in the momentum for rafa


marrisv Says:

^ meant definitely


Ray Says:

rafa was 1-2 down to petzchner. but the medical time out is true.

he was down 0-2 to youzhny in 2007 wimbledon quarter finals before youzhny had a back injury. he was brave and just played out the match without retirieng.


Sienna Says:

Rafa is playing a veteran? I thought it was a youngster. Currently ranked #100. Wow he is making a joke of this tourney


Nirmal Kumar Says:

btw, Italy is leading by 2-0 against Germans in euro.


Ray Says:

with murray/djokovic/federer playing as good as they are on grass and with conditions going to be wet – meaning slippery grass and more bull-on-ice moments from rafa, you can be sure rafa is not winning this one!


racquet Says:

Apparently Karlovic has insinuated that by calling all those foot faults the line judges were biased against him and helped Murray. Sour grapes. tsk tsk


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Not sure if it was required to close the roof. The match most likely would have been completed in 20 mins.


Eric Says:

This by the by is why Rafa doesn’t want to play the Olympics in best out of three on grass. Especially if Wimbledon manages to replace the grass successfully, as they claim they shall.


jane Says:

racquet, weird, where did you read that? It seems the Wimbledon site is a little slow on posting pressers. And do they post pressers with the losing player? I was kind of hoping to read Davydenko’s and Harrison’s.


Ray Says:

eric @ 401

rafa is just being a realist. on grass, fed/djokovic/murray are just more talented than him.

ofcourse he has willed his way to 5 finals (losing 3) which is a wonderful achievement, but he knows if they play their best matches, there is not much he can do. they might call it green clay, but surely he doesn’t feel invincible anywhere other than red clay.


Colin Says:

Nirmal, the points you are making do not support you original claim. Never mind how many majors Rafa has won, or what amazing game he’s just played. The fact is, Nadal went two sets to one down, against a guy ranked 100. Murray was playing a man ranked 59, who is notoriously a player most others like to avoid. Murray lost one set, not two, and Karlovic managed fewer aces than he’d usually expect to send down over four sets.


Sienna Says:

WHAT ??? DID Johny Mac just say on BBC?

Did Nadal hit Rosol on the changeover? WOw why is he still playing?


Eric Says:

What’s taking them so long to resume play, anyone know? The roof has looked like it’s closed for ten minutes or so?


Ray Says:

they have to get some air circulating system running too – entire process takes 20minutes.

so any time roof has to come over on center court expect 20mins delay


Eric Says:

Right, but it’s been over 30. I guess 20 min is just an underestimate.


Ace Says:

Watched some highlights of Murray and Karlovic match. Karlovic is not hitting as hard as Rasol, which makes murray to get in to the rallies.

The flat out shots of Rasol are not lasting more than 2-3 shots. This is why Nadal is getting trouble finding the rythm. He is not able to get in to rallies. I do not compare the play of Karlovic to Rasol.

That said, Nadal is playing poor I have seen him for several months. Poor returns, more errors etc.


Ray Says:

possibly, but knowing AELTC, i am sure they gave the exact time in some manual or rules book.

remember they had “getting the covers on the court” down to an art and what was the time 52 seconds or so? LOL!


jane Says:

Wow, racquet that isn’t subtle. Thanks for the link.


Ray Says:

C. The roof will take between 8—10 minutes to close and in addition, a further 20—30 minutes for the air management system to create the correct conditions. In total, therefore, it will take 30—40 minutes from starting the covering process to the court being available for play. Because of the time taken to close the roof, the existing Centre Court covers will be deployed as soon as it starts to rain.


Ray Says:

D. Although the roof is translucent, lighting is installed within the roof and will come on automatically when the roof is closed. These lights require approximately 10 minutes to cool down prior to commencing the opening operation. It will then take 8—10 minutes for the roof to open, i.e. in total a period of up to 20 minutes until the court is ready for play. The lighting in the roof is designed to meet the lighting levels required by high definition television.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Colin, you are not understanding the context of the match. Murray was in a winning position in the match. He was in control of the game as you said till the tie breaker. He did not have much trouble holding serve. But when he was leading in the tie breaker, that’s the time he should have step up and bring in his best tennis. Instead of that he went back to his shell, could not make a first serve. He was depending on Ivo’s DF. He could not do things good which are under his control.

You just can’t compare every match which Nadal goes down.This was one of the poorest matches Nadal played through the year and still look at what he did inthe 4th set. He just creamed the guy when it mattered.

You are trying to compare a match where Murray was playing pretty good tennis to a match where Nadal playing very poor tennis.

When I talk about comparing Murray to Roger and Rafa you need to look back those matches those guys played at their peak. Go back to 2008 and see what Nadal did successfully. Not a poor match of Nadal.


Ray Says:

rosol is just showing how rafa’s games would struggle on faster courts. rafa gets outplayed regularly on indoor courts.

fortunately for rafa, the conditions have been slowed down by the atp, if not more people would be exposing rafa’s limitation.

imagine if french open was played on blue/green clay during sampras’ era! can you imagine how many french opens sampras would have won? unfortunately for him, french open was the same red clay and he has got the WORST french open record of all GOAT candidates!

rafa/sampras – who is more of a one-surface pony? i always thought sampras, but when i watch rafa look like a bull on ice – when he is on grass with all those falls, it makes me wonder.


the DA Says:

wow, Rosol has hit 46 winners compared to Rafa’s 36.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I just don’t understand why Rasool waits in the baseline for Nadal to balloon every ball.


Eric Says:

Wow I think that may be the worst point I have ever seen Rafa play, to drop the first game. Don’t expect Rosol to keep the break for too long though.


marrisv Says:

Nadal loses serve….


Krishna Says:

totally agree with u @Ray.. thanks to the ATP..Rafa has been able to win outside of FO.. had they not slowed down the surfaces.. he would not have won even once outside of FO.. he is purely a defensive player and that is it..


racquet Says:

Ruh-roh, Nadal broken in the first game.


El Flaco Says:

Isner, Petzchner and Haase never broke Nadal in the 5th set so this is big for Rosol. The bad news for Rosol is doing it so early in the set he now has to hold 6 times in a row to win.


the mind reels Says:

Rosol with a big hold to go up 2-0.


marrisv Says:

that was a bad start by nadal. I get the feeling that this is not going to turn around


andrea Says:

now that the clay season is over, nadal mania subsides. the FO 2011 was the last tournament he won for almost a year, before he got back on clay in 2012. he’s not looking sharp early on here.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Except the service games he lost, Nadal seems to be holding comfortably. This is more like the Tsonga vs Roger match.


racquet Says:

Ben Rothenburg just tweeted: “I repeat, Lukas Rosol had never won a match on grass before this year”.


marrisv Says:

rosol is in the zone. what a winner


Nirmal Kumar Says:

marrisv ..there is lot of time to turn it around for Nadal. But looks like the break has given Rasool the required time to gather his resolve and get back into the match.


marrisv Says:

rafa just not putting any pressure on his serve so far here


Ray Says:

in 2006, rafa was down 2 sets to love to a guy ranked 237 in the world – robert kendrick.

in 2007, he was taken to 5 sets by soderling after having won the 1st 2 sets and then he was down 2 sets to 0 to youzhny before youzhny’s back gave out. he was also throughly out played by djokovic in the semis for one set before djokovic started getting troubled by blisters and retired.

in 2008, he went 4 sets with gulbis ranked 48 in the world.

in 2010 – haase and petzchner

you gotta say he has had more luck in the 1st week than djokovic/fed who i have never seen extended to 5 sets in the 1st week (fed in 2010 – was past his prime)


racquet Says:

Can’t believe what I’m seeing. This is more shocking than the Fed/Tsonga match.


Eric Says:

Rafa “wasn’t ready” for that ace and got to replay the point??


jane Says:

Very Soderling-like performance to me.

Surprised they made Rosol re-hit that serve.


Eric Says:

This is pretty astonishing. Not over till it’s over, of course, but Rosol has held serve with confidence twice now, still up a break. Bit tough to get that back, especially on grass, when your opponent is serving so well (as others have said — just ask Roger…). Even Haase and Petz weren’t this close (still a bit disappointed about Haase losing that one – I’d never heard of him before, but he just played inspired tennis, it was great – haven’t seen him match it much since then).


Ray Says:

rosol may not still make it, but he has tried everything out there and the match is really on his racquet. there is nothing nadal can do except wait for errors from rosol!


Ben Pronin Says:

What kind of shenanigans has Nadal been pulling so far? I’ve only seen the first and fifth sets.


marrisv Says:

this looks like a bad loss for nadal.


Krishna Says:

Rosol needs a double break.. nerves will come into the picture if he gets to the point where he needs to serve it out.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

racquet, yes if Rafa loses it would be more shocking than Roger’s loss. But what I’m trying to compare is the pattern of tennis. In the quarters when Roger lost, he was holding comfortably except he lost one game in each of the 3 sets to Tsonga. That’s the kind of pattern I’m seeing in this match too. Apart from the singe break, Rafa is holding the serves quite comfortably.

Also let’s not forget the quality of tennis played by Rasool. It’s as good as what Tsonga played. The guy may be ranked very bad, but his quality is just amazing. It’s almost like a video game here.


Eric Says:

Jane, yes, that definitely seemed like the wrong call. It’s true Rafa wasn’t ready – he barely reacted to the serve – but that was his own fault and he didn’t leave Rosol any way to know he wasn’t… you’re supposed to play at the server’s pace. Anyway, Rosol still held on the following point, so no real harm. This is amazing.


marrisv Says:

looks like he may get the second break 0-30 and 4-2 up


Ben Pronin Says:

99 mph backhand winner. Nuff said.


Eric Says:

Ben, he hasn’t pulled any shenanigans.


El Flaco Says:

The best thing that could happen to Nadal is to face break points in this game and fight them off. It could change the momentum. Rosol could get nervous.


Ray Says:

ofcourse it is more shocking than fed/tsonga.

tsonga is quite a talented player and he had already thrashed nadal in a grandslam (2 2 and 2) and fed was past his peak.

this is nadal – who great experts like nirmal kumar and mark and sean randall had picked to win this tournament!


marrisv Says:

phew. at least it is just one break


S Green Says:

Tennis reaches its sublime aesthetic hight whenever one of the top dawgs is rattled by an annonymous opponent (except of course if you are emotionally invested as a fan). These days, only rare occasions like this gets me super-excited about tennis, regardless Nadal wins or loses.
One apparent chink in Nadal’s armor is that spped-play threatens to disarray Nadal’s game. That’s what is happening right now (to my rusty observation).


Green900 Says:

I think nadal will win 6-4 in fifth set. Nadal cannot lose in the second round!


racquet Says:

There have been no shenanigans.


Ray Says:

again, shame on the umpire for allowing a replay on that rosol serve. why do umpires not follow the rules? it is a joke! tennis umpiring.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Ray, yes this would be the most shocking loss probably in the last 2 years of tennis if it happens.

But many experts have predicted Roger to win Wimbledon last year, a year before. Even at USO. So there is only one winner and your predictions do go wrong.

I believe it’s good for tennis to have such upsets. That too with the quality of tennis Rasol is playing, it’s worth it.


Ray Says:

well played rosol. now the match truly on your racquet. if you can serve one game like you have been doing all match, this match is yours!


the mind reels Says:

Rosol is so in the zone it’s insane. Two points from the match here. Let’s see what Nadal does.


Eric Says:

Oh baby. Crunch time.


El Flaco Says:

The worst thing that could happen to Rosol is have a match point here and not get it. Serving out the match after you already had match points is tougher.


jane Says:

Whoa – that return was like a rocket.

The little boy cheering for Rosol is cute.

Now imagine – who could come through on this side? Sooo many possibilities. Murray, obviously. But Delpo, Tsonga, Raonic and Roddick are all on this side too. Anything could happen. I suppose Rosol could come through?


Eric Says:

Ahhhhh….


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Just note, the match is not over yet.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Looks like Rosol is having too much confident in his serving abilities. He is just throwing around Rafa’s serve.


Eric Says:

Ok, Rosol missed a few shots at a match point there, can he serve it out? He needs to keep firing service winners. (This contender for “most obvious tennis observation ever” brought to you by Eric…)


El Flaco Says:

Yes Nirmal. It’s dangerous to throw a return game and just rely on serving out the match.


jane Says:

This is crunch time for Rosol – and Rafa! Let’s see what happens.


Ray Says:

ofcourse predictions do go wrong! but to compare losing to very talented players like tsonga/djokovic who are much younger than you and are in their peak and when fed is past his peak,

how can you compare that with struggling against a guy who never won a match before on grass.

and this is an annual occurence! not a one-off!


Eric Says:

Holy crap. Great shot at 15-0.


senthil Says:

first point is really important.. Come on Rosol – Fed Fan


marrisv Says:

3 MPs


senthil Says:

This defeat will take Rafa out of Greatest ever conversation.. I just love it


skeezer Says:

Who is Rosol? WTF? Uh? Whaaa? ATP 100 ranking? 2nd rd? Errrr…vamos? Ooopps?


marrisv Says:

rafa sent packing


kriket Says:

WOW. Nadal is out!


Krishna Says:

GAME SET AND MATCH NADAL IS OUT!! :D WHOOP!!!


Eric Says:

Bye-bye, Rafa. WOW. WOW. WOW. I don’t even know what to say. No amazing lucky escape for Rafa this year — his opponent was NERVELESS.

WOW.


El Flaco Says:

He’s the one. No I don’t believe it.


Ray Says:

the match is over now!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Ray, it doesn’t matter. Just now I heard the commentator say that this is the best hitting he had seen for 39 years at Wimbledon. It says it all. No shame in loosing such matches.

This is a great day for Tennis. The guy has won. We need such stories in tennis to keep it exciting. I just wish Rosol does not stop here.


racquet Says:

Unbelievable. I’m speechless. Now watch him lose in the next round a la Gulbis.


mat4 Says:

My chances in tourneytopia are much better now…


S Green Says:

Nadal’s behavior was not pleasant through out this match. I like Rosol’s win better for that reason.


squirrel Says:

ouch,Nadal signing for the fans,what a graceful loser.

For Rosol,who is this guy???what an effort that must have been!!


Sienna Says:

Nadal has lost so much more then just a tennis match!He totally lost the respect in the tennis world. Cheating by claiming not to be ready for receiving an ace!


mat4 Says:

Skeezer:

Do you know by chance who sings the famous song: “I feel good!”


Green900 Says:

I can’t get over this. Nadal losing in 2nd round! Who would have ever thought?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

This is something tennis needs. What a terrific tennis match. It was not a poor play by Nadal. He did play badly in the 1st set. But starting 2nd set, it was absolutely terrific tennis from Rosol. Let’s not ridicule the guy by pointing to his ranking. The quality of tennis he played was absolute masterclass.

We need such players who can play such high quality matches on the biggest stage. We have been missing this for quite some time.


azrael Says:

rafa signing autographs after such a defeat….living legend…all these haters can suck it.

vaaamos rafaa


Brando Says:

Well done rosol- he played the better tennis.

As for rafa: -(, his play wasn’t up to the mark. It happens.

Life goes on. He’s got plenty to already be happy with. He’ll be back!


Ben Pronin Says:

Stunning upset. All credit to Rosol. Guy played unbelievable. No nerves in that last game, just amazing. Snapped several Nadal streaks (5 straight slam finals, 5 straight Wimbledon finals). First time in years one of the Big 3 loses this early, exciting stuff. Murray is probably happier than anyone right now, though.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Will Roger get to No 2 if he reaches Semis.


Eric Says:

Well now I’m even more annoyed at Roger falling in Nole’s half…


Brando Says:

AS FOR THE HATERS:

How can you hate a guy who just lost in a important match, clearly must be heartbroken, and YET he has the character to sign autographs for fans IMMEDIATELY after.

How many can compose themselves to do that?

And yet you hate him!

It’s a shame seeing some of the hate for rafa here, really is!


Ray Says:

roger is no.2 even if he loses in 3rd round!


Eric Says:

Dude, Roger is no. 2 no matter what, Rafa just lost 1100 points or something.


The Great Davy Says:

Just as I had predicting, when someone hit the balls hard, Nadal is a push over. If I play Nadal in the first round, he would weep under Your Great Davy’s greatness as always!


the DA Says:

65 winners! That tells the story.


Daniel Says:

Law of avarages! Eventually he would lost one close match in the first week. He struggled too
Much in the past with all those matches somebody metnion above.

Fed # 2 regarded of what he does from now on when the tourney ends. All of Murray, Tsonga, DelPo
And Roodick must be drooling for a place in the final. Also Raonic and Rosol. This Wimby was upset Wimby from day 1.


jane Says:

Huge upset, just huge. He played such a stunning match. His fans and camp looked so proud.

But too bad for Rafa; it just wasn’t his day. He was slightly off (missed a lot of first serves at the end there, and too many errors) and Rosol was in the zone. Commiserations to Kimberly, Brando, alison, marrisv, zola and other Rafa fans I am forgetting right now.


Eric Says:

Brando, what haters do you see here?


azrael Says:

rafa said well done to rosol after the match…rosol said that rafa is a ‘superstar’ and he is sorry that he is out…rafa was signing autographs for his fans after the defeat…*class personified


dr doom Says:

bliss


Nirmal Kumar Says:

This match just shows what a great leveller life is. Novak has the most inopportune break in the FO finals. He had the momentum which got broken. Samething happened to Nadal here. He had the momentum in the 4th set. Broke Rosol 2 times. Then the break happens. Rosol comes back to play an unbelievable tennis.


Maso Says:

What an incredible upset. The field is wide open, now. Most likely a showdown between Federer and Djokovic in the semis, but on the other side of the draw, it’s truly anybody’s slam now.


Ray Says:

Brando :

easy! remember how you and nirmal kumar would talk as if nadal has been winning titles over ALL surfaces when in fact the dude never won a title outside clay in almost 2years?

it is eventually going to catch up and bite you in a place you dont want to be bitten.

nadal was lucky that haas/petzchner and kendrick choked in 2006, and 2010 and youzhny and djokovic couldnt finish their matches in 2007.

rosol held his nerve. this was always on the cards.


Ben Pronin Says:

Brando, I get what you’re saying, but most of the top players do that after losses.

He seemed pretty resigned, though. I guess there’s not much you can do against a guy playing like Rosol was sometimes.


Eric Says:

Brando: …. okay, I guess you have Ray. But the rest of us are just excited for something so unexpected! :)


skeezer Says:

Love the Grass :).

Commiserations to Kimberly, alison, brando and all the fair Rafa fans.

@mat4

Yes..of course…MJ’s idol “Papa’s gotta brand new bag” JB!


mat4 Says:

I feel a bit ashamed with my behaviour, especially because of my tennis-x friends rooting for Rafa.

I felt Rafa would be out of steam after Roland Garros and that he could lose in the first week, but nevertheless, I am very surprise by this results.

And very happy. Revenge is sweat.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Mat4 that would be James Brown and I concur!


marrisv Says:

too bad for rafa. He allowed Rosol’s play and his character to get under his skin and rosol deservedly won it.

At least now rafa knows he needs to get his groove on grass for the olympics


Sienna Says:

Brando Says:
AS FOR THE HATERS:

How can you hate a guy who just lost in a important match, clearly must be heartbroken, and YET he has the character to sign autographs for fans IMMEDIATELY after.

How many can compose themselves to do that?

And yet you hate him!

It’s a shame seeing some of the hate for rafa here, really is!

June 28th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Brando
the damage was done in the match. After it he did damage controle!! You gotto be liked for the sponsors and the fans. Tennis world has seen what he did during the match!!!!


Brando Says:

@Eric:

Read the blog, see the comments, do the maths. Pretty easy to see.

@Ray:

Nadal was lucky? Sure- he’s always been lucky in some people’s eyes. Nothing changes there.

And as for the ‘nadal has won on all surface’ talk by myself:

you’ve made a statement there, back it up with FACTS- as i for sure know i haven’t done so!

P.S: Nirmal is a federer, so abit silly lumping him in with a nadal, BUT when your making things up who cares anyhow, right?


nadalista Says:

My guy was totally outplayed, Ah well, you win some, you lose some………

Vamos to the olympics Rafa!!! Vamos…………


Eric Says:

I have to admit I turned the match on expecting to see a nice relaxing 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win or something. (I probably would have expected 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 if someone told me Rosol hadn’t won a match on grass until two days ago. If that’s actually true. I think I had him confused with Lacko when I said he was good. Actually, he’s much better than Lacko…) What happened instead was a lot more entertaining. Rafa only really played well in the fourth set, the rest of the time Rosol’s pace, shot selection, and anticipation kept him from really getting anything rolling.

Of course, Rosol will probably lose to Kohls now. C’est la vie.


mat4 Says:

Sorry.

… revenge is sweeeeet…


Brando Says:

Look i can handle the defeat- no problem. He lost to the better player, got outplayed for most of the match- has ALWAYS been vulnerable in first week wimby.

An early loss was always feasible- it happened today.

It’s cool- he’s won 11 slams. As a fan of his that’s way more than i EVER EXPECTED.

Glad he lost to someone who probably never had such a big win- good for rosol!


jane Says:

” but on the other side of the draw, it’s truly anybody’s slam now.”

Maso, well, maybe there are a few favourites, yes? :) I’d say Murray first, then Delpo or Tsonga, then Roddick, then maybe Raonic, etc Am I missing any likely candidates?


tennisfansince76 Says:

that was a clinic n how to beat Nadal on grass. serve big, hit big. take your cuts on the return. keep the pts short. thats one thing Rosol was very disciplined about. he did not allow Nadal to get into a rhythmn or make the match physical. he kept the pts short wn or lose. Rosol was by far the bigger hitter out there today. his strokes were on avg about 8 or 9 mph faster.


conty Says:

commiserations to these rafa fans: Kimberly, alison, Brando, lulu, fleisher, since he called a truce to me.

let me just say this: i would have been so happy for Goffin had he pulled of the win vs Federer. just as happy as I am now for Rosol.

There comes a time…..

tennis is more fun to me this way.

for mat4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgDrJ5Z2rKw

james brown


Ray Says:

nirmal is a federer fan. please! we all know who that clown supports!

sorry brando, you guys had it coming. you chose to play down rafa’s lack of results outside clay, but others did not.

even today nirmal was teaching how rafa is a champion and murray is not. 5 letters for you guys KARMA!


TGiT Says:

Who is the trunk? SEAN!


Brando Says:

@Jane, skeez:

Thanks.


Brando Says:

@mat4:

‘revenge is sweet’

what REVENGE- last i though, you were a novak fan weren’t you?

Is it due to the FO loss perhaps- your angst against nadal.

I remember you making a remark at the time saying novak will STRAIGHT SETS nadal- funny how that turned out.

Yet NO RAFA FAN said anything about that to you. You go off for a while, and then boom! Rafa loses early and call revenge- pretty petty stuff.

Keep it up, it’s epected from you hereforth!


Ray Says:

this is murray’s chance! i hope he makes it count!

he should at the least make the final.

it does not matter who wins wimbledon! it surely will not be some defensive player who relies on help from the opponent!

Sean, you should serve all of us some nice scrambled eggs tomorrow! you must have so much egg on your face :D

nadal? LOL!


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

I am ashamed by my feelings. But it is the true, no? I hate Rafa. I wouldn’t if he had lost at the FO, I admit, but he doesn’t want to let anybody make the slam. It is a kind of gamesmanship. Nole would have give two AOs and a Wimbledon for that FO but Rafa…


alison Says:

Well i cant say it doesnt hurt,or that im not gutted,but no ifs,buts,maybes or excuses,congrats to Lukas Rosol on a fantastic win over Rafa,i just hope he can back up this win,as for Rafa hmm im sure he will bounce back,however we will see time will tell i suppose,i dont think Andy Murray will ever have a better chance of making the final hear,as a Rafa fan im ready for all the flack hes about to recieve,so bring it on lol.


Ray Says:

looks like all the rafa fans facing upto reality! red clay is over. bye bye to rafa time!

2nd round of a slam. REALLY? this is like sampras on clay, LOL!


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

Didn’t see your answer in the meantime. Yes, those were very difficult and unhappy days, after that Roland Garros. Fortunately, I had a lot of work so I didn’t think to much about tennis. A glass of vodka from time to time to cure the wounds. Such is the difficult life of a fan.


the mind reels Says:

Tough loss for all of Nadal’s fans on here. Rosol simply played out-of-his-mind tennis…almost throwback tennis in a way. TFS76 said it right above, I think: Rosol didn’t let himself get drawn into prolonged rallies. He hit big and ended the points on his terms whenever he could. Pretty amazing that he kept that up through the fifth set *and* after a long delay.

And yes, for those asking, Rosol had never before won a tour-level grasscourt match before this season. He went two rounds at Queens, and he’d actually crashed out in the first round of Wimbledon qualifiers every time he had played (5 times). Unreal performance.


Ray Says:

“Nole would have give two AOs and a Wimbledon for that FO but Rafa…”

how will nole have a slam if he gives the wimbledon up?


Eric Says:

Ray, chill out. Do you even know anything about tennis? Rosol was playing much better than a second round opponent “should.” Rafa isn’t going anywhere.


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

And yes, I was very angry at Rafa… but not at you!


the mind reels Says:

With this loss, Nadal loses 1,155 ranking points, which will bring him down to 8,905. With Federer only into the third round, he will already move into the #2 position. A third-round upset for Federer would leave him, I think, with 9,165 points after Wimbledon — 260 points more than Nadal.


mat4 Says:

@Ray:

Good question, indeed. Didn’t think about it.


Brando Says:

@mat4:

Seriously? hating rafa since he won FO?

LOL!

I honestly don’t care- do whatever suits you. IF that means hating rafa, fine go ahead. Be my guest.


Brando Says:

As for the others:

Good luck to your fav- be that fed, novak or andy.

Hope rosol capitalises on the win and has some run of sorts- as he did outplay rafa.

As for who may benefit from this? HOPE AND PRAY andy makes his first wimby final.

As jamie said a while ago: Wimby= murray. Could it be….


El Flaco Says:

As someone said this is a huge opportunity for Murray. He won’t have to play Nadal and will only have to face Federer or Djokovic in the final. Of course there could be other upsets. I’m just saying that is worst case scenario for Murray if he can keep winning.


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

You really didn’t take this defeat well… Of course I was not serious.


boss Says:

Jamie said the psychic predicted that the semis would be Djoker/Fed and Nadal/(Murray or Del Po)…so much for that lol…


jane Says:

So does everyone think Andy Murray will make the final now? Or what? He has winning records over Delpo, Roddick and Tsonga I believe. Milos has 1-0 over Andy but it was on clay and in best of 3 sets. Based on Andy’s win over Karlovic today, I think he could also beat Raonic, should that match happen.

What do people think? Who will make the finals?


skeezer Says:

@TMR,

Yes u are correct. Roger Federer is now the #2 ranked player in the world, and shortly he turns 31! Old Guys Rule. Go Fed!


alison Says:

Brando great post i think the sensible fans amongst us were rather sedate in their celebrations when he won the french open.
Mat4 sorry no offence but is he not supposed to try his best to win,surely thats the whole point,is it not down to the other players to try to beat him,im sure Rafa would swop a couple of his FOs,for a couple more HC slams,then that way Rafa would not be called just a clay court player,but you dont hear me or Brando say we hate Nole,because of it.


the DA Says:

@Mat4

“I am ashamed by my feelings” “I hate Rafa”

You should be ashamed. A grown man with children. Nice role model.


Margot Says:

Sorry to alison, kimberly, Brando and all good Rafa fans.:(
Rosol was in the zone today, Rafa just wasn’t. Always starts slow first week of Wimbledon.
Not true Rosol has never won a match on grass though. I saw him play Queens, third round I think ,against Cilic, he lost. His fiery shots allow no margin for errors, and he made quite a few against Marin, so it will be interesting to see how he does from here on in.
Difficult to play like that day in day out though I’d of thought.


Eric Says:

Tsonga and Murray are obviously the favorites from the bottom half now; with JMDP and even Roddick (if he gets past Ferrer) in the second rung. Of course, Nishikori, Baghdatis, Cilic, Raonic/Querrey – all potential spoilers. The bottom quarter is particularly a tossup – Tsonga versus… Kohls, I guess, I would pick? Rosol, Paire, Baker — no way to pick intelligently.


Brando Says:

@Margot:

Thank you for your fantastic, honest and accurate post. i GENUINELY GLAD you are back.

Im not hurt about the lose at all really. Like you said, rosol was in the zone. what much could rafa do? Not much IMO, so it’s fine. He’s always been vulnerable in week 1, and today proved fatal.

It’s fine. He’s been SO FURTUNATE to have as much success that he has had, that it makes this loss easy to handle.

As a brit, i GENUINELY HOPE andy can make use of this opening. He so DESERVES A WIMBY FINAL. I’ll be rooting for him.


mat4 Says:

“the DA Says:

@Mat4

“I am ashamed by my feelings” “I hate Rafa”

You should be ashamed. A grown man with children. Nice role model.”

You are quite right indeed. It’s worst in football though: I enjoy in every defeat of Barca and Manchester United, since I am a fan of Real and Liverpool.


Brando Says:

@Alison:

EXCELLENT post. Like you im cool about the loss. No fan welcomes such a loss for the fav, but if it happens one must accept it.

He lost to the better player.

And yes, it would have been nice had rafa won say the USO or AO, but like you said: no point hating novak, the winner, as he was the better player. Just like rosol today.

Im just grateful, genuinely too, that rafa has had the success he has had too date. WAY MORE than i honestly expected.

It’s because of that i’m not hurt by the loss today. He’ll be back.


Margot Says:

Brando, why thank you kindly :) and that’s a really sane response to Rafa’s loss too. Sometimes you have to throw your hands in the air and just say “too good.” :)
For us long suffering Andy fans, it’s business as usual and one match at a time, with Andy foolish to think any different…..but…;)


alison Says:

Margot thanks thats a nice thing to say,id be lying if i said i wasnt gutted,but ive had a while to digest it,and ive put it into perspective,Rosol played the match of his life and was a worthy winner,i just hope that he will go on to back this up,i think Andy has a golden oppotunity now,thats sides opened right up.


mat4 Says:

@alison:

Come on… I wrote it because of this:

“Brando Says:

AS FOR THE HATERS:”

I really didn’t think I would have to explain that, while I root against Rafa, and Roger, and Andy, and DelPo… and against any dangerous opponent Nole could have, I’ve got nothing against them.


Mark Says:

To all you Rafa haters – hope you stew in your own juice! SO HAPPY Rafa won his SEVENTH FRENCH OPEN and stopped the Nole Slam. That is the greatest consolation. Maybe he wants to be present at the finals of the Euro 2012 and see Spain blast Italy. Vamos Rafaaa!!


Brando Says:

@Margot:

Lol, and thanks again :-)

Im sure andy will take it one match at a time. Equally sure lendl will not make his mind wonder either.

Just hope the DREADED ( and in the main, dreadful) british press do not start putting extra pressure on him.


Lisa Says:

As a Federer Fan, I am extremely dissapointed in Rafas Loss! and Extremely Upset!

I am diffinately sure Murray will feel the same….because he would have wanted to play Rafa in the semis more so then anyone!!


the mind reels Says:

@Mark: way to fight hate with hate, big guy. The French Open ended about two and a half weeks ago, and while it’s clear that you’re happy for Nadal’s win (you remind the posters here of it almost every day), this conversation is about the match that just happened.

Rather than make excuses (it *would* be funny to see Nadal at the Euro finals…), maybe you could share your insights on the match. Or something.

***
I’m half Czech, so I’m pleased to see Rosol come through this one with such confidence! Very impressive.


Ray Says:

right eric! you are the greatest tennis guru out there, so I will believe you!


Kimmi Says:

WHAT??? just saw the results. needs to see the match. this cant be!!!!!!


alison Says:

Ray says the Rafa fans are facing upto reality,i agree no point doing otherwise its what sensible fans do,but we also have faith in our favourites,and cheer them on hoping for the best,as we wouldnt amount to much as fans otherwise.


Ray Says:

again, nothing unexpected. just that rafa was not lucky to get out this time.

in 2006/07 and 10 opponent would retire or choke. rosol did not.

if you did not see those matches, then you can be excused, but if you saw them, you knew it was a matter of time before the luck ran out.


Mark Says:

TMR. You are Czech? Good for you just for today. Now watch your journeyman get knocked out in the next round. He had a good day and my man had a bad day, as simple as that. Oh, did you know that Nadal won his SEVENTH French Open title? Just thought I would remind you again!!


courbon Says:

@Brando:Sorry about your guy…This match reminds me of Isner VS Nole earlier this year…He could not do anything!Isners was hiting ace after ace…Don’t pay attention to haters and silly boys that post on this blog.Every real fan will support his guy (in my case NOle )but respect immensly Roger and Rafa…(and others, like Andy,Delpo<Tsonga…)


Lisa Says:

Get Stuffed you all rafa haters!!

Non of you all would have the decency to sign autograph after a loss like that!!

And to still show your hate after he signed those autograph??

This is why why I thank God there is people like Rafael Nadal!!

Why?? Because People like you guys a pathetic!!!

Vamos Rafa!


alison Says:

Mat4 i think i got my wires crossed about your post,im sorry as no offence was meant.


Brando Says:

@Courbon:

THANKS for your kind words. Yes it did have shades of isner v novak at IW.

When the opponent is hitting the lines on 1st serve, and follows it up with big shots- what can you do? Nothing much really.

Good luck to your guy. :-)


fedeRER Says:

wow rafa is a monster i can´t belive he went to sign autographs after that loss hats of


Mark Says:

Am rooting for some outsider now. Raonic? Tsonga?


alison Says:

Courbon i know you were talking to Brando,but can i chime in and say what a lovely post,thanks to Lisa too,BTW in the words of Kimberly god loosing really sucks lol.


mat4 Says:

@alison:

Me too, and usually I restrain myself because all the nice posters here. Tonight I just wanted to make a little fun of Brando and myself and wandered into a minefield. Should have known better. Forgot how fans get touchy in those case.

Anyway, I think it is OK to rejoice when a rival of your fan loses, and to brag when your fav wins.


alison Says:

Mat 4 no worries all part and parcel of it all,god loosing is really crap though.


jamie Says:

Nadal was due for this kind of loss. He got lucky so many times early at Wimbledon in 5 setters. The list is endless.


dari Says:

Some BALLS on Rosol! Happy for the guy to not be afraid to take out one of the Big 3.

It’s too bad for rafa, but he will get over this quick as he was simply out-played

1) I would be pissed if Roger went out early, and its a stretch to ask if rafa fans can appreciate a little variety in the slams for once, but I hope this kind of thing happens more often going forward, as long as the upsets are evenly distributed ;)

2) fresh grass and the transition to it from the clay is still an issue for nadal- and the way Rosol played today he would have beat a lot of the top guys

3) this means very little to me if one of my guys does not win this whole thing!


dari Says:

Dear Mr. Rosol. I dont know who you play next, but for the love of all things good, please win your next match (or two!)


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Fantastic attitude by Nadal fans here. Commiserations to Brando, Alison, Margot. The guy has won so much last few months you people need some break.

Nadal is going to be fine for Olympics and USO. But this makes the tournament interesting.


skeezer Says:

Actually watching a replay of the match now….yet to finish but that is the first time I have seen ( well Sod was in his face too at RG that one year )a guy so much in Rafa’s grill. The guy is flat out blasting Rafa off the court…with attitude …if anyone wants to know what playing “in the zone” is…watch the match…..will finalize later…


Sienna Says:

This is a major setback for Nadal’s all time great stature.
He needed another non clay slam title and probly he wil have to wait for next year. His current level is just not suitable for non clay events esoecially since it is gonna get faster from now on till january.

Last year a few losses meant he did loose his passion and love for the game. It looked to me he was a bit clueless and not having a good time out there.
He now will spend time with Xisca and start to reflect on his life…. Probably thinking is it worth all the trouble of going at it again. Can I do it again/

With no passion for tennis his ability to put his body on the line will start to become also lesser.

THE BEGINNING OF TEH END WE ARE WATCHING. The decline is steamrolling and gaining momentum. Every year he starts to falter sooner. This year is at WImbly. WOW that his approximately 7 to 8 weeks earlier then last year. What will go next year?

Garros is his last stand, his castle. WIll it fall? tot he hands of DJoker or maybe Fed.
Fed seam to look in ominous form, his ability to stay at this level for 12 months is beoynd any imagination.

Fed is proving to be a real GOAT. Mentally, fysically and with the prizes to back it up.


Sienna Says:

ANd T is bringing out the whip. He will know what to do, but I dont think Rafa will be liking what T has in store for him.

T think Rafa has become lazy, but Rafa thinks that he will do enough…..

It will work out fine unless Xisca steps in to overrule T. T has literally shut down the parents. (You can read that in his book) and his next job is to get X in a strangle hold because her grip on Rafa is getting to tight. Especially since he is loosing to nobodys who are ranked #100


alison Says:

Thanks Nirmal i know your a Fed fan,but its nice when a fan of another player can remain objective,BTW i have to say Margots a Murray fan though lol.


Margot Says:

Oh no alison, my cover is blown…;)
PS like lots of players, thank goodness, as Andy likes to keep his fans on their toes by going out first round sometimes lol


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Oh ok Alison. Then I should say congrats to Margot for Rafa losing. It’s a good day for Murray fans, though there are many hurdles still for Murray to reach the semis.


alison Says:

Nirmal Margots not like that,shes a very fair fan who always gives other players credit,and not one to gloat about Rafa loosing,its not her style,shes way to decent to do that.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Alison, you are right. That’s why I would have misinterpreted her for being Rafa fan. But there is nothing wrong in expecting your favourite to reach the semis. I just congratulated her. Was just being sarcastic with Murray fans. No offence.


Margot Says:

NK, none taken and alison thanx :)


Sienna Says:

Thenhousewives are already turning towards soccer? Cristiano Ronaldo had theire attention . Helaas he already lost. What will they do now??


alison Says:

Nirmal none offence taken honestly.

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