Nadal Czeched Out By Rosol In Wimbledon Shocker, Pressure Shifts To Murray; Federer, Djokovic Friday
by Sean Randall | June 28th, 2012, 6:25 pm
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Game on. Finally, we’ll have some change the final weekend of a Grand Slam, and you can thank someone named Lukas Rosol for it. This afternoon, or evening in Europe, the little-known Rosol pulled off an upset for the ages stunning World No. 2 Rafael Nadal 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round at Wimbledon. And thusly ending, for a fortnight, the Big Three’s stranglehold on men’s tennis.

“You play against an inspired opponent and I am out,” Nadal said. “That’s all. It’s not a tragedy. It’s only a tennis match. At the end, that’s life. There are much more important things. Sure, I wanted to win, but I lost. That’s it.

Rosol, who few had ever heard of or even given a thought, somehow absolutely blasted Nadal off the court for much of their five set saga. The 6-foot-5 Czech bombed serves and fired his forehand every chance he could in a strategy similar to one Tomas Berdych or Robin Soderling employed to beat Nadal. Except Rosol was just better.

Nadal, as he often does, wouldn’t quit. Rafa escaped with a first set win saving multiple set points, but Rosol grabbed the next two sets with relative ease and efficiency. Rafa though, like you knew he would, came back in the fourth and seemed to regain full control of the match.

Then with the light fading and clock approaching near 9pm in London, the tournament decided to close the roof. The 45-minute or so delay may have halted the momentum Nadal had accrued and/or given a breather to Rosol who must have been winded. Or it may not have.

And when they returned it was all Rosol. The 26-year-old stole an early break in the opening game of the fifth thanks to some faulty decision making from Rafa, then just rode his blistering serve to victory pounding not one, not two but three aces to win the match with an exclamation point that was so remarkable from such an underdog in a major match.

“I am very, very disappointed,” Nadal added who was dealt his earliest Slam loss since 2005 Wimbledon. “Sure, I’m not very happy. In the end is a second round match. It’s not the semifinals or the final, so that bothers [me] more, because then you feel that you had the chance to win the title.”

Really, Rosol was in a zone unlike any I have seen in quite some time – I’m not sure anyone could have held him off once he got that final break in the fifth.

“Today I was somewhere else and I’m really happy for this,” said Rosol. “Still, I cannot find the words. I still can’t believe it. It’s like a dream for me.

“Before the last game, I was not sure if I will be shaking or not because it was the first time against Rafa and the first time also in Wimbledon Centre Court,” he added. “You never know what to expect, so it was not easy, and I survived.”

Again, credit to Rosol who had no credentials, no experience that would have led anyone to believe such a win could happen. But he climbed into that tree and Nadal couldn’t shake him out. First time on Center Court and he beats Nadal like that? Wow.

“This year, I changed and I played already at Queen’s and Eastbourne, a couple more weeks [than before],” said Rosol. “If I play on grass more, I think I can get better.”

For Rafa, it’s a tough, tough loss, even after his big triumph in Paris. Luckily he’ll be back at Wimbledon in a month for the Olympics to get rid of the sour taste, but while part of me thinks it’s a fluke another part of me doesn’t. The guy hasn’t won off clay since 2010 and there’s a reason.

“I’m not going to say in the point of my career today the only thing that going to work for me is the victory, but more or less. So I was very far to win the tournament,” Nadal said. “I just was in the second round. That’s painful, because it’s always tough to lose.”

Since Nadal was my pick to win it, now who is it? I had Nadal beating Djokovic so I guess I’ll take Novak. But Federer, who’ll at least return to No. 2 in the ranks, has played the best of anyone thus far. And the way things are going I think we’ll see another big upset. Just a hunch.

In other news, with Nadal out Andy Murray will now feel that pressure and expectation of having to take that next step at Wimbledon. Murray along with Roddick and Tsonga are the only players left in that half with any sort of Wimbledon pedigree. Andy got through a dangerous foe in Ivo Karlovic and he’ll move on to face Marcos Baghdatis on Saturday.

“Any match you just want to try to find a way to win,” said Murray said after a four set win over Ivo. “It’s not always about how you play. [I] got off to a bad start of 0/40 down, and then I broke straightaway, straight back. Then after losing that tight second set, to get that break at the beginning of the third set was important as well. So I did a good job.

“Today, he was going for huge second serves. I’ve played him before. I don’t remember him serving that big on his second serves. A lot of times he was in the high 120 [miles per hour] on the second serve. He hit a few great volleys today.”

David Ferrer continues to look good and he’ll now get Andy Roddick next. Juan Martin Del Potro is quickly gaining ground on the grass, and for the Argentine it’s Kei Nishikori in the next round.

JW Tsonga, David Goffin and Americans Brian Baker and Mardy Fish were also winners. Baker, who’s been the comeback story this summer, hasn’t lost a set. Fish, playing his first event since correcting a heart issue, needed five tough sets to eliminate British wildcard James Ward.

And in another good one, Sam Querrey and Milos Raonic were stopped after the two splits sets.

As for tomorrow, we’ll finally get seeds clashing with third round play. Federer, who’s been ultra sharp, meets Julien Benneteau, a capable Frenchman.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic draws Radek Stepanek and Richard Gasquet gets Nicolas Almagro. Fernando Verdasco-Xavier Malisse could also be a good one.

I really don’t see any big surprises Friday.

In the women’s draw, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters and Aga Radwanska are back. Clijsters meets former finalist Vera Zvonareva while Radwanska tests Brit youngster Heather Watson.

ESPN will again have coverage tomorrow starting a 7am ET.

FRIDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE

Centre Court 1:00 PM Start Time
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] v. Radek Stepanek (CZE)[28]
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[3] v. Heather Watson (GBR)
Roger Federer (SUI)[3] v. Julien Benneteau (FRA)[29]

No. 1 Court 1:00 PM Start Time
Sam Querrey (USA) v. Milos Raonic (CAN)[21] To Finish 6-7(3) 7-6(7) 3-3
Maria Sharapova (RUS)[1] v. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)
Vera Zvonareva (RUS)[12] v. Kim Clijsters (BEL)
Nicolas Almagro (ESP)[12] v. Richard Gasquet (FRA)[18]

No. 2 Court 11:30 AM Start Time
Viktor Troicki (SRB) v. Juan Monaco (ARG)[15]
Christina McHale (USA)[28] v. Angelique Kerber (GER)[8]
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)[26] v. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)[8]


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520 Comments for Nadal Czeched Out By Rosol In Wimbledon Shocker, Pressure Shifts To Murray; Federer, Djokovic Friday

Krishna Says:

Czech Mate! :D Nice article Sean.. Wish I could have seen the match. Will catch highlights later.


andrea Says:

interesting that prior to this, everyone assumed novak/rafa final. it’s nice to have the unexpected. maybe murray now reaches his first wimbledon final?


Nina Says:

I’m astounded by Nadal’s loss but Rosol played out of his match. Could this be Murray’s chance finally? I think Tsonga has something to say to that. On the other side it looks like Fed and Nole are a lockout for the semifinal blockbuster we are all hoping for. I think whoever of them passes to the final will win. With Nadal out of the way and the hardcourt/indoor season ahead, I’m certain this will be a battle between Nole and Fed for nº1. Who could have though? shocking.


Nina Says:

I meant Rosol played out of his mind. lol


Kimmi Says:

My recording just died when rafa was serving to stay in the match. What wrong timing!! rosol was acing rafa left right and center. And that FH was big.

Sorry for rafa but big congrats to this guy, it is never easy to beat rafa in best of five. Very few people have done it.

Sean, you jinxed rafa….that article about why rafa will win wimbledon was a no no!!


Lisa Says:

Federer is now No. (2)?? Certainly not the way he would have wanted, but well, he’ll take it….


jamie Says:

Nadal only wins Wimbledon when he wins RG without dropping a set like in 2008 and 2010. This year he dropped a set in the final like in 2007 so he wasn’t winning Wimbledon. Muzza should make the final now.


jamie Says:

I don’t think this was a fluke. Like SR said, Nadal hasn’t won off clay since 2010 and there’s a reason. And since 2010 Nadal has lost to many players off clay. The list is endless.


jane Says:

Yeah, Nina, it was a combination of two things: 1) like you say, Rosol played insanely well, and 2) he caught Rafa early in a slam and not yet at his best. It makes for a shocking upset for sure. It will be very interesting to see what happens through the remainder of the event, and even the rest of the season. Nadal will bounce back, I am sure of it.


jamie Says:

Nadal wasn’t beating Nole in the finals. No way.


Krishna Says:

@jamie: Who does the psychic predict to win Wimbledon?


sar Says:

Rafa fans
I am so sorry for this loss today. I really,really wanted him to get to the final once more. I was thinking IF Novak could get past Fed it would be a nice rematch. Not to be.


max Says:

“Nadal not at his best” ?? He served 22 aces, 44 winners and committed only 16 unforced errors. I think that his time Rafa was outright beaten by a better player…in fact Nadal is lucky he was not beaten in straight sets.


Kreist Says:

Right now I think is Nole´s, I know Roger has been playing superb but his last matches against Novak had not been great, and Nole raises his level.. but we will see.. its too early to say who is in and who´s out


metan Says:

WAKE UP IN THE MORNING, COULDN’T BELIEVE WHAT I READ IN THE NEWS, RECHECK THE SCORE, OMG,,,,I AM RIP,,,,,ALL I NEED IS A CUP OF BLOODY MARY, THIS DEFEAT IS TOOOOO PAAAIN.

RAFA ,,,,,,,RAFA,,,,,,,RAFA


Dalia Says:

it was a great match, Rosol just pummeled Nadal with that forehand of his, he really was in the zone and I dont think Nadal would’ve been able to do anything… one thing i noticed and am surprised Sean you didnt pick up on it whereas several others have was Nadal’s attitude/gamesmanship. that ‘bump’ into Rosol at the changeover was just a low move by him, as was his complaining to the umpire about something, yet he doesnt see his time wasting as an issue…


El Flaco Says:

Nadal tried a new tactic today. The change over bump. Rosol handled it well by smiling and not getting upset.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/tennis-busted-racquet/frustrated-rafael-nadal-bumped-opponent-changeover-203330840–ten.html


Brando Says:

@Sar:

Thanks for your kind wins. Your guy is a champion, and it’s nice to see that you wanted your guy to meet rafa in the final. Positive thinking, and exuding belief in your fav. Rightly so imo.

It wasn’t meant to be i guess. Good luck to novak anyhow.

P.S:

Also thanks to jane for her kind words. As usual.


Lisa Says:

No worries Rafa, get some rest….Maybe go watch ‘Spain vs Italy’ in 2012 European Championships….would do alot of good, get some peace of mind…:)

Be happy, you had a great couple of months and you are a great champion…always…

To his fans….no worries….redemption awaits in the OLYMPICS!

Vamos Rafa!


jamie Says:

If Nadal had reached the final, he would have lost because of lousy astrology for the final, July 8th. He would have lost to either Nole or Federer.

Have to ask the psychic who will win.

So far Federer and Murray have the best charts.


Brando Says:

my thoughts on why rafa lost:

1- pretty simple really, he got OUTPLAYED.

That’s it. No other reason really.

Unfortunately for him he faced a guy over 6 foot 5 inches tall who kept on making a ridiculous amount of 1 st serves, most htting the lines too. Backing that up he was hitting huge shots- some being over 90 mph plus! Not much anyone can do facing that.

Add to it that he didn’t really have any mental wobbles (rosol) then you pretty much cannot do much at all.

It is shocking that rosol is world no. 100- i mean how? Never heard of him prior to todays match and he does that!

What a crazy sport tennis is!

Maybe rafa wasn’t his best today, it’s early in wimby- we ALL know rafa usually isn’t sharp week one.

BUT at the end of the day, the better guy simply won.

It’s funny though that rafa said in the presser that losing hurts BUT not as much as say had he lost in SF or final where he could have won the tourny. And it’s true- as a fan i’m feeling surprisingly at ease with the result.

LOL at tennis and life itself!


Kimberly Says:

So sad. was on the tennis court warming up when i heard the cheers (lots of fed fans). Too bad for my opponent. Opened up a can whoop ass. Rafa should have played like me. I was demo-ing Sharapova’s racket. Will have to try it again. Not sure if its her racket or rafa’s loss!

Too bad. Hope he will rebound and have a strong summer.


Brando Says:

@Kimberly:

‘Opened up a can whoop ass.’

LOL- glad you found an immediate route to let out your anst about the result.

It’s disappointing- no doubt about that.

BUT im certain our guy will bounce back, and hopefully somewhere down the line- and pretty soon- he’ll open a can of whoop ass too :-)


Brando Says:

^angst>anst


jamie Says:

From an astrology site:

Right now transiting Jupiter and Venus will be conjunct Murray’s Midheaven. Here are the two most fortunate planets in the zodiac in conjunction at the pinnacle of Murray’s chart, the place where ones public image is shown. Jupiter will be moving through the international 9th house, showing fortune coming his way on his travels. In the first week of July, transiting Uranus will conjunct his North Node, sextile to transiting Jupiter and to his natal Midheaven bringing him lucky breaks when he needs it. If ever he is going to have a chance to win the biggest tournament in the world at Wimbledon, the one Britain wants him to win, then this year has got to be his best chance so far. The only problem for Andy is that Roger Federer has a very similar ascendant to Andy at 11 Virgo, and Jupiter and Venus will be just as close to his Gemini Midheaven as it will be to Andy’s. It could be that the victor between these two will eventually take the Wimbledon crown.

_______________

I think the winner will be Federer or Murray.


dave b Says:

I agree with Brando It was the wicked serve always place deep enough to keep Rafa off balance. Very similar to Soderling’s strategy. Also he insisted on playing quickly which also irked Rafa. I’ve haven’t seen Rafa so perturbed in years. He was complaining about everythings.


Brando Says:

@dave b:

IMHO rafa didn’t really stand much of a chance today. I don’t really think other players would have either.

I mean what can you do when someone just plays the MATCH OF THEIR LIFE against you? Not much.

and it definately was rosol’s ‘match of a life performance’ since exactly how many here EXPECT him to beat khols? Exactly- not many.

IF saw the match properly, or do so on rewatch, they’ll realise that there wasn’t much rafa could do here.

Rosol was hitting the lines at serves in the range of 125- 130 mph, most 1st serves were going in (certainly in the 5th set atleast) he was hitting BIG- a few 90mph plus winners!

Added to all that- he was almost NERVELESS in the 5th!

LOL, i thinking rosol would have beaten pretty much everyone on the tour the way he played today!

Rafa was just the unlucky guy who had to face him!

Too bad. hope rosol wins his next match.


Brando Says:

^apologies about the errors in grammar folks. sigh


steve-o Says:

We’ve had four straight Djokodal major finals (and five overall). That’s plenty, for the time being. Now we will have a different final pairing.

Of course Nadal will bounce back, but I think this reflects a longer-term trend: he relies so much on his physical attributes like defense and footspeed, and as he gets older he’s going to lose a little bit of that and it will be slightly harder for him to go deep in majors, especially off clay.

Two years ago he might well have withstood the onslaught of a Rosol. He might have been able to chase down a couple more balls that would have turned the tide in the fifth set. But not this year.

This is only the third time Nadal has lost a Grand Slam match after winning the first set, and only the fourth time he has lost a five-setter in a Grand Slam. However well Rosol played, all the signs were in Nadal’s favor going into the fifth set.

He’s had a good run, five straight major finals, winning two of them. It’s a great result.


Joe W Says:

People of mediocre ability (in relative terms) sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Players like Rafa succeed because they are determined to. He’ll be fine and still quite in the thick of things.

Have any of the resident ranking points gurus figured out the impact to the top of the order?


Colin Says:

Two more examples of American English that set my teeth on edge:
Sean Randall uses that childish word “thusly”. There is no such word.
Then others keep on about “whooping ass”. A whoop is a sound, a vocal cry, as in what used to be called Indian war whoops. You mean “whip” or more colloquially “whop”.
As to the Rafa defeat, what have I gone on and on about on this forum?
DON’T MAKE PREDICTIONS!
You might say I’m a killjoy, and that this would leave nothing to say on the forum, but it’s not so. By all means let’s discuss possiblities, and say what we think MIGHT or SHOULD happen (always giving good reasons). But for goodness sake, stop making flat statements that so-and-so WILL win and is destined to hold the trophy. In tennis, there is no such thing as destiny.


Brando Says:

@Steve-o:

‘Two years ago he might well have withstood the onslaught of a Rosol. ‘

As a rafa fan, i would have to DISAGREE with that statement.

Rafa’s always been vulnerable in early week wimby, and today he just faced someone who was plain better than him on the day. That simple really.

Had there been no delay after the 4th for the roof, then maybe rafa would have carried moementum into the 5th. BUT other than that possibliity pretty much nothing he could done more in the 5th.


steve-o Says:

@Colin: I believe it is sometimes spelled “wupp.”

In any case, it’s clearly a solecism that has been generally accepted, which raises it to the level of a colloquialism.

I was told once that “cream-crackered” was Cockney slang for “tired.” The explanation was that “cream-crackered” rhymed with “knackered” which was itself a slang term for “tired.” This seemed awfully circuitous to me, but what do I know?


Brando Says:

@Joe W:

Post wimby:

1- Rafa: down to 3. no lower.
2- Andy: stays at 4- EVeN IF he wins.
3- Novak: gets to final- stays no.1.
4- Fed: no.2 regardless of what happens in round 3, IF HE WINS- the no.1.

In summary, fed v novak decides the top 2. Everything else (3,4) is settled.


Joe W Says:

Thanks Brando. Do the Olympics count in points rankings? I would guess not…


Brando Says:

@Joe w:

they do. my scenario is post wimby. After which a week or 2 later, the olympcis arrive- a 750 pt tourny.

i think rafa’s lose makes NOVAK favourite for the YE ranking now- unless fed gains BIG here through to USO.

It probably is between these 2 now.


Joe W Says:

Where is Humble Rafa? Rafa fans need some comic relief.


Joe W Says:

Brando, wow that doesn’t seem fair to the lower ranked players who didn’t make their respective country’s team. The higher ranked players have an opportunity to earn 750 points – darn near a masters event – that other tour players do not.

Interesting…as Mel Brooks would say its good to be the king.


Lisa Says:

Its so selfish….to hear a former tennis great say Fed will never be No 1 again….

Maybe so but realistically, given the way Federer plays, everyone would agree that there is a definate chance!

Maybe not at this tournament, but somewhere down the season….he might just get it….Thats just being sincere ,honest and being very fair rather….

Or more simply, keeping it real given his current form….

But to say he has no chance of getting back to No 1??….

Thats just wrong in so many ways….
At the least, you’d expect such comments from sporting analyst/ critics….but certainly not from a former tennis great like Martina Navratilova.


Brando Says:

@Joe W:

true. very unfair really, when you think about it.


Brando Says:

@Lisa:

WOW- i am shocked at that one!

martina most have commented prior to rafa’s loss.


Ben Pronin Says:

Why is it unfair? The Masters have cut offs, right? Lower ranked players don’t get in and therefore don’t get a chance to earn the points. How is the Olympics different? Just because it doesn’t offer a qualifying round? Big deal.


Lisa Says:

@Brando

Yes, it was prior to Nadal’s match….

Infact, she made that comment dating back to 2011 Miami Masters ….


trufan Says:

As I had said earlier, Rafa’s season was done. He is 3-2 since the French open. The next clay tournament for him is in April 2013.

Moonballing to the backhand – that single point strategy can’t work forever, especially outside of clay.


Aravind Says:

What a shocker. Watched sets 2 and 3. It is difficult to see what Nadal or anyone could have done yesterday. Rosol was serving from a tree and kept hitting the lines. It took sheer guts from Nadal to force the fifth. Actually it could and perhaps should have been a routine 7-4, 6-4,6-4 win. Nadal had no business winning the first tiebreak. I thought the rest of the match would be demolition but all credit to Rosol who refused to buckle and be awed by Nadal on his first match on Wimbledon center court.

So what does this mean for Nadal? Essentially back to square one like early in his career, when he was undisputed on clay and good but no great on other surfaces. I think could pretty much be the case in the rest of his career. Based on results, he is now certainly number three behind Roger and Novak. He did defend French open, but has not won a title off clay now in nearly 20 months. The numbers don’t lie. This will send a strong signal to the rest of the field and winning slams will become more difficult now, exactly like it is the case with Roger now. Once the aura is gone, mens tennis is so deep now that upsets are very well possible.

The first week in Wimbledon is the best time to watch tennis. The surface is slick, the servers and aggresive players get maximum bang for the buck. Anyone who thinks Nadal would have reached 5 finals in Wimbledon in the 90s is delusional. You will have people like Rosol all the way from the early rounds to people like Ivanisevic, Becker, Sampras in the latter stages. There is only one way to beat Nadal in a best of 5. Hit big and hit him off the ground. Only first week in Wimby supports this kind of play. You can really see how homogenization of surfaces has hurt the game with lack of variety of players making an impact. Rafa, Djokovic and Roger to a lesser extent are all beneficiaries of this.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

This is a typical Rafa’s style of losing matches occasionally to big hitters. But he has bounced back everytime much stronger. I remember people were putting down Nadal completely after his loss against Tsonga. But he came back to have a fantastic 2008 season. Same happened when he lost to Sod at FO. He had a terrific 2010.

These loss only makes him a better player.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

People pounce on one loss as indisputable proof of a slide. People, one data point does not a trend make. Rafa just won the French Open. And was a finalist at the previous slam. And the one before, et cetera. The reason he hasn’t won a title in 2 years off clay is Novak Djokovic. I think we can easily imagine Rafa with a handful more slams in 2011 and 2012 otherwise.
So give Rafa a chance to prove any trend before we, again, obituate.


skeezer Says:

Aravind,

Great read..totally agree.


Eric Says:

Actually, the Olympics do have a qualifying round — the actual tour. Do well, get in; don’t, don’t.

And anyway, there’s no way to make it “fair” for everyone since the top 4 Russian or American or French players leaves a lot more talent in the dust than the top 4 Lithuanian or Slovakian or Costa Rican players. That’s why these international competitions aren’t necessarily a serious part of their associated sport world in most sports (of course, in some sports the Olympics is everything; but to me, for tennis, it’s not even as prestigious as a Masters – “Golden” my ass – or, anyway, it’s so much not a part of the regular tour that it’s just kind of not relevant, like an exhibition or something…). Just my opinion.


skeezer Says:

Rafa vs Rosol.

Tennis players note;

What was amazing is Rafa broke Rosol to win the 4th, which meant Rafa is starting out serving the deciding set, fresh after winning the 4th with some good momentum winning the 4th@ 6-2. We all know that is an advantage we all seek in a tennis match. But Rosol still pulled out the 5th, starting out at a disadvantage. A truly admirable feat from a nobody prior to this match.


jamie Says:

@Tennis Vagabond

There were other players than Nole beating Nadal off clay in the past 2 years, Ferrer at the AO 2011 for example. Federer and Tsonga at the YEC. Rosol at Wimbledon(LOL!). He has not won a masters series on hc in almost 4 years, etc.


jamie Says:

Nole has to be the favorite for Wimbledon. Doubt Federer beats him and Murray in slam finals is predictable.


bj pearce Says:

AN OPEN LETTER TO RAFA: you don’t know, but i have followed your career almost from the beginning. watching your latest match at Wimbledon, was not a disappointment because you lost the match, but moreso because you didn’t realize that when what you were doing wasn’t working, it was time to change your game strategy. maybe you stayed up too late watching the soccer match the night before. maybe you had finally come to that point in your career when you thought you couldn’t lose except to the top three or four. maybe the game doesn’t mean to you what it once did. when losing, one only really loses if they refuse to learn from the mistakes they made. it is so obvious that more than anything, you need a decent coach…someone that won’t be a “yes” man and will critique your game when it’s needed and help you work through all of those little idiosyncracies that plague you and take your mind off of what is really important…the artistry of the Game. it is my sincerest hope that today’s match will be a lesson that you come away from much wiser and much humbler. if so, i will expect to see great things from you. if not, i fear you will never rise to your full potential. signed: a devoted fan.


conty Says:

Eric, agree with you about olympics and tennis; cycling too. the worlds, classics, and grand tours much bigger than olympic medals. I don’t think too much about tennis in the olympics. swimming, track and field, gymnastics…sure, it’s their time to shine.

There’s no golf in the olympics, or is there? i don’t really watch much summer olympics. winter olympics, yeah, i watch.


jamie Says:

As for Nadal, he probably will only win RG from now on. Off clay he can lose to players like Rosol. LMAO.


Aravind Says:

@Nirmal Kumar, 2008 was 4 year ago. That is a long time in a tennis career. I don’t think you can call these two the same. At that time Rafa was just learning to play on hardcourts, while it was an upset, it was not earth shattering. There is only so much you can improve over the course of your career. It will be interesting to see where Nadal goes from here. I think he starts favorite or among the favorites in FO till he hangs up his racquet. With the slow AO surface, he has a pretty good chance of outlasting matches like these. I think he will be most vulnerable in the first week of Wimbledon and US open going forward. Not saying that he will not win a slam again, but I think the going is getting much tougher from here on. What this means is that next time a Tsonga or a Berdych or a Raonic come against Rafa, they will have the belief and sometimes that is all it takes…


jamie Says:

Maybe this year will be like 2011. Nole wins AO, Wimbledon and USO. Yum.


Daniel Says:

Yes TV,

But not sounding gloom, this year, Nadal already lost 2 five sets matches he played in Slams. AO final and this one. And started losing to players he never did,like Kohl, and now this guy. Similar to what happened to Fed in 2008. Eventually you start losing matches in situation you never did and using only teach you how to lose more. Off course he can use his huge mental strengths to bounce back and use defat as motivation, but one example, at one point Fed had only lost Slam finals to Nadal on clay, then he lost to Nada in Wimby, than to DelPo in US Open, in five sets. The experience in defeat catches you as well.

And with the fast courts remaining of the year, not much he can do, apart from 2010 and last year with 2 finals in Slams, his second half season is average. Nadal will have to win either Olymics, Canada or Cincy (yeah right) to be in contention again for #1. Right now, if Fed and Djoko reaches semis, seems it will be a 2 man race.

Fed still have the privilege of not even need to win Wimby now to be # 1 in the future, as long as Djokal doesn’t win Wimby or US Open, he can be #1 without winning a Slam. 4 different Slams winner will be ideal for him, who still holds Master Cup.

Off course, every Fedfan in earth will prefer for him to win Slam 17th, specially a seven Wimby (tying Sampras), surpass Sampras total weeks at #1 ranking and possibility to tie Year end #1. He can achieve tennis nirvana this season. Just imagine if he wins Wimby, Olympics and US Open?! he can win none, but just imagine what will happen in tennis world if he wins this 3, or just 2 of this 3.


jamie Says:

@trufan

Yep. He has to wait for clay to win again.


Daniel Says:

Another detail, everybody who served after rain breaks, or brake, got broken. Fed, Nole, Nadal…

eric, agree regarding Olympics, unless you do a Graffi and win all 4 Slams plus Olympic on the same year (that one was really a Golden) just to testify her superiority in that year. It’s just a bonus.

For example. If Olympics were held in 2006 Fed would have won it, or if it was in 2010, Nadal in the zone after 5 straight titles would have won it again, so…


Daniel Says:

Right now, the tennis fan in me, wants a Fedovic semis and Murray in the final.

The Fed fan wants Fed to go deep and Djoko to lose early, next round if possible (easier for Fed to get # 1 with Olympics, Toronto and Cincy (Djoko still defend 1600 its this tourneys).

If Fed reaches the final he has to win, too painful to see him losing another major final, bit if he goes to the final, better not be Murray. Too painful to see him lose yet another final,specially Wimby.

So,
1 – Either Fed win without beating Murray, Fed needs to go deep
2 – Either Murray win without beating Fed
3 – Djoko to lose early

For Fed and Murray to reach final and not win, will be devastating, mostly Murray, cause Fed will be close to #1, and maybe get back to #1 but not win the elusive last Slam. At least he will have another go at US Open.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Not to put down what Rosol did, let’s not forget the break took away the momemtum Rafa had. He was getting into Rosol’s serve in the 4th set, and was getting better. I don’t think Rosol could have stalled Nadal’s momentum had the match continued without the break.

But looking at the steely resolve of Rosol, the guy could have turned it around too. But it would have been very interesting without the break.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Aravind, let’s not forget that Rafa was in the finals of last 4 slams. He has been into two consecutive USO finals.

He just lost a tennis match, and we think it’s end of the road for NAdal outside the FO.

Let’s be patient till USO.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Aravind, let’s not forget that Rafa was in the finals of last 4 slams. He has been into two consecutive USO finals.

He just lost a tennis match, and we think it’s end of the road for NAdal outside the FO.

Let’s be patient till USO.


Cindy Brady Says:

The English fans are horrible. They were routing so hard against Nadal at centre court it was pathetic. They know with Rafa out, their man (Murray) has a clear path to the Wimbledon final.

Please somewhat upset Murray before the final and shut the English fans up. They are the rudest people on the planet.


Michael Says:

I would say it is the biggest upset of the tournament. When Dodgig got beaten by Rusol, I thought Nadal would have it very easy if not for Dodgig who had beaten him before. Therefore, I didn’t bother to watch this match as I took for granted that Nadal would win, a decision which I deeply regret now. Luckily, I managed to watch the highlights and realized that Nadal fell unable to match the Rusol power on both flanks. It is with such sheer power and precision that you can dislodge Nadal and Rusol was an inspired player who was on a mission. Now with Nadal out, the tournament is wide open and it is anybody’s guess who would win. But the way Roger is playing I would give the edge to him now especially that he need not beat Novak and Nadal back-to-back. If he somehow manages to beat Novak and get to the finals, he would definitely win. And this is grass courts, and this is where we would expect Roger to get the better of Novak.


Eric Says:

Nirmal, sure, but Rafa came into the second set with the momentum from winning the first set, and still dropped serve in his opening game. Anyway, momentum can change instantly, especially between sets.


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

I agree with you. You should never discount a Champion like Nadal with this just one loss. But it is a big shock really especially losing in the second round. Now the gates are wide open. Anybody can win this tournament.


dc Says:

fresh grass has always been a dangerous surface for Nadal. Last year he was taken to 5 sets by John Isner in earlier rounds of Wimby.

A player in his zone or having a better day (if playing with confidence) always has a chance against Nadal in the first week at Wimby.


Michael Says:

Which is the biggest achievement for Roger ?? He has had a glittering career and many of his achievements will stand the test of time. But of all his achievements, I would consider the semi final and quarter final streak as his biggest. That makes him the GOAT according to me. To set this record, you have to be injury free, consistent and above all lucky. We can see how difficult it is with the defeat of Nadal yesterday ??


Aravind Says:

@Nirmal, when Roger Federer won the Australian open in 2010, he had made 18 of the last 19 grand slam finals. He has made a grand total of one final in 9 slams I think after that. I don’t think anyone would have predicted that. Tennis changes very fast, especially for players in the latter half of their careers.
This is the first time in a long time that Nadal has lost to anyone other that Fedovic. Same thing happened to Federer after the AO 2010. He started to lose in slams to players than the top two. And his path to slams have become wayy more difficult now. Nadal of 2008/2010 would have found a way to win the match. This one did not. If he does not reach the finals of US open(which will be way more difficult since he could be number 3 and could have to face Djokovic), he is going to find things way more difficult next year.


Michael Says:

Even in 2010 Wimbledon, Nadal struggled against Robin Haase and Philip Petzner in the opening rounds and the matches went to five sets. He was lucky to get through those and yesterday his luck ran out. So, if you need to face Nadal at Wimbledon, face him in the first week and you definitely have a chance.


jane Says:

I got an idea: Murray and Nole in the final – woot!! :D


Michael Says:

Aravind, For your information Nadal lost to Ferrer in the quarter finals at Australian Open 2010.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

This is a great opportunity for Roger. He is playing fantastic tennis. His body language is excellent from 1st round. The only guy who can take out Roger when he plays his best tennis is not there anymore in this tournament.


dc Says:

Nadal gone, Murray will worsen his h2h against Fed.


Eric Says:

dc, I think that was at the French Open last year, not Wimbledon, right? Nadal trailed Isner 2-1 in sets on clay, almost forgot about that. Early warning of his Federer defeat this year. :)


Aravind Says:

@Michael @ 12:18 am: Could not agree with you more. Federer at one point reached 18 out of 19 slam finals. It is such a mind boggling stat to even think about. Surely you can’t attribute that to anything other than the extraordinary consistency and greatness of the player and this is a record which the “weak era” conspiracy theorists cannot counter. He has seen his share of Rossol’s in many slams(Tipsarevic in 08′ AO, Andreev in 08′ USO, Berdych in 09 AO) come to mind. They were not legitimate threats at that point but he still found a way to win those matches. Rafa has surely won some close matches, but it is astonishing how Federer has been able to do this for nearly 8 years now.. Think of the magnitude again… 8 years!!


Lisa Says:

Nadal will be back to his Optimal Best!….its crazy how people writes his 2012 season over after that loss….

I mean it’s not like he suffered a straight sets loss….

It was a 5 seter match!

One would assume it was maybe a little ‘luck’ that decided the match.

….Certainly not a match where one player was blown off the court, standing zero chance of winning, if you get what I mean….


Lisa Says:

Nadal will be back to his Optimal Best!….its crazy how people writes his 2012 season over after that loss….

I mean it’s not like he suffered a straight sets loss….

It was a 5 seter match!

One would assume it was maybe a little ‘luck’ that decided the match.

….Certainly not a match where one player was blown off the court, standing zero chance of winning, if you get what I mean.


Kimberly Says:

Wow, the guy won a grand slam less than a month ago and you guys are writing him off. Wishful thinking, but it won’t happen. He will be back.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Aravind, Problem for Roger was his health after AO10. It took away his important training block and he was not the same player after that. It was a bit of foolish for Roger to travel to Africa after winning his AO. Anyway, these are the gestures which makes him a role model beyond tennis.

Also note, Roger’s age is catching up with him. But that’s not the case with Nadal yet. He played a great FO. Even today if you take out Nole and Rafa, Roger would be a GS champion. If Roger had faced anyone other than Nadal, Roger would have won the AO. His tennis was just sublime at AO 12. And Roger is put himself to get back to No 1.

These guys don’t lose their skill in just 2 months. They are just too good a tennis players to be put down after one or two losses.

You are right, nothing is certain. That’s why I said, let’s wait till USO. Let’s give a great champion some time.

Roger never went away even though he is losing in Semi finals. I don’t see a reason why Nadal should go down so quickly.


Michael Says:

Aravind,

Yeah, true. A record shattering 32 consecutive Grand slam quarter final apart from the 23 consecutive semi final streak. I do not know how far he can go. But even now that looks monumental. Although records are meant to be broken, I think this one will stand the test of time. The synonym of greatness is Roger. Now that Nadal is gone, I think he has very good chances to win this one and his only stumbling block is Novak in the semis if both manages to get there. If he beats Novak, take it from me, he will win the title irrespective of the opponent. If there is anyone who can stop Roger now, it is only Novak.


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

It is good that you have tremendous confidence on Nadal. Yes, he is a Champion and a fighter. But it is too much for you to expect him to win the US Open which is his least favourite tournament. Although he has won it once in 2010 when he had a cake walk draw to the finals and his serving power was awesome. He lost that today and I cannot say he would not recover it. But still it is pretty tough especially if Nadal is seeded third.


dc Says:

Roger is in his zone. It will be a daunting task for anyone to stop him.
He has been some outstanding server and volley and will trouble a lot of players with this as they are not used to this kind of tennis.
A player of Rogers caliber is destined to win at least two majors in his early thirties.this is going to be his first of those


Michael Says:

I do not think Nadal can play like Roger when he is 28. His body will defeat him. He has just two more years of good tennis left in him. May be he can win on Clay, but not on other courts.


Ray Says:

Good on you Sean, for finally looking the stat that nadal won 0 titles outside clay, right in the eye.

Of the people remaining, I would like it most if djokovic got his 2nd wimbledon. next would be murray (i would bump him before novak but i dont want to jinx him) and 3rd would be the Basel dazzler!

I like how the press will not say a thing about rafa’s ugly side of bumping into rosol to intimidate him, complaining about rosol’s BREATHING! and making rosol replay a point because rafa was not ready to play at the server’s pace!

if serena did either of those, the moral police would be out in full force. in someways you see to beat rafa, you got to employ gamesmanship. soderling, berdych and now rosol have all troubled rafa by not letting him get away with his antics. you just got to play dirty and then he will be out of his comfort zone – complaining and what not.

unfortunately federer is old school and he doesn’t resort to such cheap tactics, but i am glad people like rosol,berdych, soderling and djokovic pay rafa in kind.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Michael,

I’m not saying Rafa would win USO. But if he has a semi and above performance , it’s still a good takeaway for him. If he loses before that, then it’s bit of a panic situation for him. Let’s not forget Rafa has been in two consecutive finals there.

My confidence is not only with Rafa. It’s a general trust I have for great champions. Rafa is definitely one of them.


Eric Says:

Michael, isn’t that what people said in 2009 when Rafa’s knee troubles flared up? Well, he’s still here and doing pretty well…


Michael Says:

Nirmal, Yeah never write off Rafa. But as you said, if he loses early in the US Open too then the warning bells would ring for him.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

http://tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=18480&zoneid=25

Is it an accident or intentional? Looks life Rafa apologized.


oui Says:

Jamie, do you even know what you are talking about anymore?

Jamie says:
I think the winner will be Federer or Murray.
June 28th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

jamie Says:
Nole has to be the favorite for Wimbledon. Doubt Federer beats him and Murray in slam finals is predictable.

June 28th, 2012 at 11:17 pm


Lisa Says:

I was impressed with what Rafa said in his ‘Post Match Interview’….


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Eric, you are right. I just don’t understand how to he go down so quickly when just last 3 months he showed some terrific tennis to entire world.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Lisa, do you have the link for the interview?


Lisa Says:

I was impressed with what Rafa gave in his ‘Post Match Interview’….


Michael Says:

Eric, You have mistaken me. I have never written off Nadal. I know his scale of achievements and his come backs and I would be a fool to discount those. But this one was a shocker especially losing in the second round to a little known Rusol. If he had lost in the quarters or semis, it would not have made such a news. But losing in the second round is always not a good sign. Despite this, Nadal can well bounce back. He has that positive mental attitude and he is a born fighter. Nevertheless things are going to be difficult especially that Nadal is to win tournaments other than on clay for quite a while.


dc Says:

IMO..Nadal did not defend very well today.He is getting slower


skeezer Says:

“fresh grass has always been a dangerous surface for Nadal. Last year he was taken to 5 sets by John Isner in earlier rounds of Wimby.”

Yep. Just like fresh Clay vs. Isner.

No time to panic for Rafa fans, but you have to be alarmed at just coming off a GS win into a 2nd rd loss against a 100th ranked player. Even if he was playing out of his mind.

Also acknowledging that for once Rafa didn’t pull out the excuse card for this match, he lost it fair and square not blaming injury and the like, although his gamesmenship and chest bumping wasn’t called for and didn’ t work apparently. And Rosol would have nothing to do with it by giving Rafa the stare downs and doing the Rafa run imitation now and then…hehe.


Tyner Says:

Okay, so he’s not the greatest player ever. Big deal. It’s not the end of the world. But still, this was a big WOW!!!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Interesting observations from Steve T.

http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2012/06/today-happened.html


Michael Says:

I think the semi-finals between Novak and Roger if both gets that far will be virtually the finals. Whoever wins it is going to win the tournament.


Kimberly Says:

Skeezer, make up your mind, you say “no time to panic” and “you have to be alarmed” in the same paragraph. He won a grand slam less than a month ago. Barring luck and choking, federer could have lost to falla first round here in 2010. Shit happens. Count your blessings your guy pulled it out So you wouldn’t have to listen to all Of the ridiculous crap here.


Lisa Says:

@Nirmal

Go to “www.atpworldtour.com” and read the blog on;

(Nadal “Last four months was great” )


Eric Says:

Kimberly, right on.


Michael Says:

Kimberly,

What was Roger’s age when he was down against Falla ? He was 29. While, Nadal is 26 and is in the peak of his career. There is a difference.


Eric Says:

Wasn’t Jimmy Connors 39 when he lost in the US open semifinals in the early 90s?


Michael Says:

Eric,

There is the age factor which should always be taken into account.You cannot compare Roger with the likes of Nadal, Novak or Murray who are in their 25s especially in a brutal physical game such as Tennis.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Though I would prefer Roger to win this tournament, for Tennis it would be fantastic to have Murray win this. Rafa had blocked in semis last year in few slams. Not that Rafa is gone and having played a good AO semis, this is a great chance for Murray. It would make the Top 4 more meaningful.

I would like Murray to have Rosol in his team once Rosol loses his match at Wimbledon. All Murray needs is the mental attitude of Rosol. I have never seen anyone so confident serving for a match against Nadal.


Lisa Says:

@Daniel

Are you kidding?? Federer fans hoping Djokovic would lose before semis??

Federer would love, more so praying and hoping that he would have a ‘rematch’, provided he makes it to the semis himself!

Its already upsetting enough for both Novak and Federer that Rafa lost….

Im sure either player( Novak and Fed) would have wanted to play Rafa in the final….

For Novak….chance to prove himself after that loss at FO….

For Federer….simply a classic final…

However, thats not to be the case this year….

But whatever happens, Federer would love to play Novak later on in the tourney….Definately.


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

Considering that this is the same Rosol who lost 6-0,6-0,6-2 in the first round to Philip Petzschner in the Australian Open this January and also the fact that he has never managed to cross the first round or sometimes even the qualifiers of Wimbledon, this is just amazing. I am cursing myself now for not wanting to watch this match. Such victories are what which makes Tennis interesting. That being said, yes the whole of Britain would celebrate a Murray victory. But it is too early. He has a hard path to the finals where he has to meet the dangeorus Raonic on the way. He is definitely playing well, but is that enough ? Time will tell.


skeezer Says:

Kimberly,

Ok, so we bring Fed into Rafa’s loss. Ok.
Fed shouda lost, but he didn’t. In this match? Rafa had the experience to survive this match, but didn’t. On Clay? Not a problem. In your favs defense the players that could have survived the onslaught of hammer winners from this guy would be a very short list, but, he is ranked 100 and his match history looks unimpressive at best on any surface.

My “making up my mind” is just that, perplexing. How can a guy who wants to be an all court, all time great(claimed by his fans) win FO and then promptly bomb out in the next GS at the prime of his career?
It wasn’t Fed, Nole, or Murrays fault and/or took him out. Sh!t happens, and has happened to Fed and Nole, and especially Murray as of late. As much as I don’t like Rafa’s game, I respect what he has done, and guess expected more at 26. My bad…..Just sayin..


Wog boy Says:

Rafa payed the price for clay season and will keep paying it. Uncle Tony is to selfish to realize there are limitis to Rafa’s body and mind. I saw it in the first match and posted it, if only Belluci knows how to volley….Uncle Tony has to much control over Rafa, sometimes I have a feeling that Rafa is puppet and Tony is pulling string at wish, and he was coaching again!
Did anybody asked how is it possible that Rafa from IW and Miami, we know how he played, changed into the beast throughout clay season and keep runnig and runnig and outrunnig everybody week in week out, Rafa was flat in Halle is flat now and will be flat for a while, this loss is going to cost him #1 position this year and we will see for next year. This loss is far bigger than Rafa fans think is.
Second and most important, Rosol did’t let Rafa slow the game from the word go, Rafa is master in slowing the game so it suits him, well this time it didn’t work. Credit to Rosol for doing it.
I don’t know who is going to win but I know if Nole and Roger are to meet it is going to be hell of the match!


Kimberly Says:

Lisa—-fed, Novak or whoever want to win the title. Sure they would love an epic win but they’ll happily take an easy win. In 2009 federer told the media at Roland garrros that he did not miss nadal, maybe they did but he didn’t. It’s human nature, you want to win. Roger would be delighted if Novak lost and vice versa. Not a crticism of either of them.

I would have been delighted if the Miami hear played the Utah jazz in the finals. Of course now that they won its epic that they did over such an exciting team but before the victory the easiest road is the one you want. And frankly I was happy when Chicago lost and happy when San Antonio lost (I thought it was a worse match up) if rafa had to play Paul Henri Matheu in a grand slam final i would take it! And so would rafa! (although based on today who knows what the result would be…..KIDDING)


skeezer Says:

Now the question is not Fed, but Novak. The door is wide open here, and USO (Nole’s surface) is looming. Nole is looking sweet, and I notice his fans are mostly laying back(smartly) and waiting.

We may be lookng at Nole securing a lock at the #1 ranking for a very long time. Sure, Fed has a Temporary shot at #1(go Fed!), but I am sure he is not expecting to hold it for long, I mean c’mon, he’s pushing 31. This places the conversation back at Rafael Nadal. He’s still only 26.Where is he at? Where is he going? He has 2-3 good years left. He is pissed. He is either going to kick ass or fade away quickly. I see the kick ass. Look out.


Wog boy Says:

One more thing for those who are comparing Rafa’s loss against Soderling with this one, you cannot do that. Soderling was top10 player and was playing his game that year at FO, Rosol is #100, or whatever player who went for his shots and was walking red line five sets, most of the time you cannot do it for longer than one set set, and that was what Nadal was waiting for, drop in oponents game, but it didn’t happened.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Michael,

This change in tennis. Even Roger beat Del P about the same score you mentioned in AO. But by FO he took him to 5 sets and beat him at USO. I’m not saying Delpo and Rosol are the same, but if you look at the quality of tennis Rosol played, I thought it was as good as any big guys have played.

Murray is playing well. He just doesn’t have the killer instinct, which even Roger lacked before 2003. He lets his opponent get into the match rather than taking control. He did it in AO, when he let in Novak in the 4th set. He seems to be comfortable playing catchup, rather than a front runner.

If he can fix it, then I see him start getting few slams, specially wimbledon now.


Kimberly Says:

Skeezer, i brought roger into it because he is your favorite and my post was directed at you. I was attempting to ask you to put yourself in our shoes and realize how annoying half the stupid crap (same as in 2009, and even last year) we have to hear about a player that’s shitty year includes a grand slam title, grand slam final and two masters titles.

Meanwhile, kaiser is one of the stupid crap posters only he doesn’t post on tennis x I have to live with him and he is lucky I didn’t send his ass to the guest room.


skeezer Says:

@k

Makes sense. But with Fedfans seems we hear it all the time, Fed hasn’t won a GS lately, he is old news, we want to forget him and minimize his record achievements, boring, etc….not from you of course.

Ever told u but my sig other is a huge Rafa fan……and yes……I am on the couch tonight. Still working on my bicept curls….dang! ( while pouring another glass of old vine Zin )


Lisa Says:

@Kimberly

If you want to prove yourself a worthy opponent….

I think everybody knows that you would want to achieve that against the very best players….Rafa so to seak here….

Not that Fed and Novak would drw too much from it….but most peole including players would prefer winning in that manner….


Lisa Says:

@Kimberly

If you want to prove yourself a worthy opponent….

I think everybody knows that you would want to achieve that against the very best players….Rafa so to speak here….

Not that Fed and Novak would drw too much from it….but most peole including players would prefer winning in that manner….


Ray Says:

Murray needs rosol’s killer instinct? am i dreaming or has murray beaten nadal more than once?

How can you compare a guy who has absolutely nothing to lose and who can swing crazily without being answerable to anyone, and compare to murray who is carrying the burdens of a nation that invented this sport and has been waiting for 75 years for a home champ?

one man’s meat is another man’s poison. murray is murray and rosol is rosol. you cannot compare apples to oranges! all the more so when the apple is consistenly ranked 4th and the orange consistently near 100!


Ray Says:

kimberly,

when you kick kaiser out, please ask him to contact me. i know some cool fed fangirls who can take care of guys who got kicked out by rafafangirls who are intoxicated by their lust for rafa ;)

j/k


Lisa Says:

Why is all the talk on Rosol now?? Sure its a great win for him…

But we all know the results of Sonderline’s post match results against Rafa after that epic 4th round match in 2009 FO….


Eric Says:

You mean making it to the final, Lisa? That was definitely a horrible result.


Rahul Says:

I dont think this match had much to do with Rafa’s performance. What Rosol did was out of this world. In all the sets Rosol won he had early breaks and held on till the end of the set. “Held on” is actually the wrong way to put it. The guy showed no nerves serving aces and hitting the hardest winners whenever he needed to. Against Rafa we all know how difficult that is even on grass.

In the fifth and final set, once he got the break he had enough confidence to not spend any energy on Rafa’s service games and conserve everything for his own serves. I mean I cannot believe anyone would do that against Rafa.

So to say this reflects on Rafas future is wrong. Rafa was not allowed to play his game and he didnt lose it, Rosol won it.


Wog boy Says:

Eric,

:-)


metan Says:

It’s painful to lose, but I STILL IDOLIZE HIM NOT COZ OF LISTEN BUT HIS NEVER DIE ATTITUDE

VAMOS RAFA, HAVE FAITH IN YOU


metan Says:

LUST NOT LISTEN


Nims Says:

Ray, unfortunately the 100th ranked Rosol beat Nadal at Wimbledon, which 4th ranked Murray has not done yet. Ultimately result is what matters.

If we consider your criteria, how come the coaches of such high profile tennis players seems to have modest background.

I understand Murray’s problem. I believe it would be a big takeaway for him to have the attitude which Rosol showed in this match. He can start winning GS titles.

Also most great players, actually thrive on pressure and home support. They don’t consider it a burden. The more the support it helps them better. I don’t understand why this criteria is different for Murray.

Actually Murray has a huge advantage over others at Wimbledon. If he is smart, he can work the crowd to his advantage.


Lisa Says:

Sonderline won in 4 sets against Rafa in 2009 FO….

Rosol won in 5 sets against Rafa here….

Plus, Rafa didnt seem like he stood a chance against Sonderline in that match, ever….

That was definately not the case against Rosol….It was a little bit of ‘luck’ that decided the match….


Lisa Says:

Rosol is ranked 100th by ATP….He certainly has nothing to loose….hence the attitude…

Saying Murray has to take leaf off Rosol attitude here in Wimbledon is silly….

Murray is carrying the weight of a nation on his shoulder….


Nims Says:

Bodo’s review on Murray- Karlovic match

http://blogs.tennis.com/tennisworld/2012/06/vn.html


Wog boy Says:

Rahul,

I am watching the match for the second time, I think you are wrong about Rafa. Rosol did play exelent match but Rafa just didn’t have that extra gear when needed, couldn’t raise his game when needed, could not change his game, didn’t have those deepshots, moonballing didn’t really work and he was frustrated, even complaining to umpire for Rosol not standing still while Rafa is serving:)Belluci match wasn’t much better either.
I can see some people (Nole and Roger fans) feel sorry for his loss. It doesn’t make a sense to feel sorry, unless he got injured, that would be the same if Liverpool and ManU are in the race for title and I say that I feel sorry if ManU lost the game. I don’t want them to get injured but I want them to lose every game they play, same in tennis, as long as that is good for my man. I don’t mind if he is going to play with his brother Marko to win Wimbledon as long as he wins.


Nims Says:

Lisa, you mean playing confidently is silly. Great players do that, just that Rosol seems to had that attitude against Nadal. As I said above, it’s a Murray’s advantage that crowd is behind him. It’s not a disadvantage.

Then why do people use home advantage in DC if it’s a pressure and you cannot perform under pressure. It’s a pretty silly argument against Murray.


Sienna Says:

The decline is deteriorated from 2011 to 2012 with a steep margin. He is now already faltering at Wimbly in round 2 against a nobody ranked#100 in the world.

Where is Dave with the stats on the elite losing to outside players of top 20 or top 50?

Years agos Rfaa was able to reach finals of WTF but from that year his decline has set fairly steep and hard. 2012 it is Wimbly what will 2013 bring?
Garros will fall I feel. Or he might pull a Borg at the end because he looked bewildered and out of his comfortzone yesterday. Is X or T giving him spasms?


Nims Says:

Rosol is ranked 100th by ATP….He certainly has nothing to loose….hence the attitude…

Lisa, also history of sport suggest that a 100th ranked player finds it much more harder to serve for the set or the match when faced against higher ranked opponent. It’s not a simple case that every 100th ranked player does this. We have seen them falter so many times when you think they have the upper hand.

It’s actually the other way. The higher ranked players find it much more easier to serve for the match and play better tennis under pressure compared to 100th ranked player. So how many 100th ranked players play with nothing to lose and beat a Top 2 player in the CC?


Sienna Says:

metan Says:
It’s painful to lose, but I STILL IDOLIZE HIM NOT COZ OF LISTEN BUT HIS NEVER DIE ATTITUDE

VAMOS RAFA, HAVE FAITH IN YOU

You mean when he whines abouthis opponent driblling to receive a serve? Or when he raises his arm when an ace is fired on the T and he said I wasnot ready no? you understandNo?

Or when he bumps into his opponent dduring changeover? Or when he is eyeballing his opponent when he is cheering a winner he just made?

That attitude ? Great champion real example for kids.


Rahul Says:

Wog Boy,

You could be right, but yesterday I felt that because Rosol was hitting around 90mph, and really deep, it became impossible for Rafa to impose his game at all. If I remember correctly stats-wise Rafa didnt have a bad match at all.


Ray Says:

most coaches are modest players because the good ones really dont give it their all. they have already achieved success and they are not desperate enough to live their lives through others’ success!

how come hewitt never use the crowd in australia to his advantage? and most people think he is the most mentally strong tennis player ever!

some people can work the crowd and some people cannot! and certain times the pressure is off the charts. DC cannot hold a candle to murray mania. Everyone in the world is aware of murray mania. most people dont give a cr@p about DC.

samras/fed/djokovic/nadal never cared for DC. djokovic asked serbia to go F#$k themselves this year and fed/sampras did the same to their teams and nadal plays DC only in spain.

sorry, but DC is not popular with top players. it is against the ethos of tennis. tennis is not a team game. it is about the individual. 1 on 1. federer/sampras and nadal have more fans outside their country than within their own.

Murray mania is a unique phenomenon in tennis. no one except henman has experienced the same pressure.

here is a trivia : among journalists covering slams, british journos are more than all other countries put together!


Nims Says:

So what are the chances of Murray getting to No 3, after Rafa loosing a big chunk of points. It would be interesting to see Roger at No 2 and Murray as No 3.

Based on last few slams, the No 2 seems to meet No 3 more in the semis.


Sienna Says:

metan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLG7rDxCYDg

Check it out Metan. You would not believe it if it wasnt talked about by the BBC commentators.


Lisa Says:

@Nims

I agree with you…..Maybe Murray has to learn how to use home ground support to his advantage….

But that doesnt change the fact that Murray has more to loose the Rosol…..

That plays more of an advantage for Rosol and maybe why it also helped him win that match against Rafa….

Murray dont/cant have that advantage….


Nims Says:

Ray, I would agree with you if Murray has won a GS in AO or USO. He seems to fail everywhere. So why blame the British crowd at Wimbledon.

I don’t see a British mania at AO or Wimbledon or FO. Why does he fail there?


Eric Says:

The psychological explanations… meh. The underdog has “nothing to lose,” but the favorite can “have the advantage of experience.” Being in your first big match can let you “hit freely” and “without fear,” but it can also give you “nerves.” A first-time finalist might “feel the pressure from having never been at that stage before,” but a five-time defending champ might “feel the pressure of trying to defend a legacy.”

Whatever. It’s all a bunch of bull. Talk about the tennis. Rosol played better. Who really cares whether he “knew” or “felt” it was Rafa across the net? Tennis has got to be the worst sport for instilling this absurd sense of expert psychological insight on the fans’ part…


Wog boy Says:

Rahul,

“Stas-wise didn’t have bad match”….you are right but he didn’t have that mental edge that he usually imposes on his opponents, didn’t have that extra ball that he always gives to his opponents, simply wasn’t at his best or near his best. Stats can be misleading, if you look at Harrison stats against Djokovic two days ago you will be surprised how good they are but not good enough to win a set nevertheless match.


Mark Says:

If only they didn’t close that damn roof for the fifth set then who knows how the result would have panned out!! Oh well we will never know I guess.


nadalista Says:

At skeezer says:

No time to panic for Rafa fans, but you have to be alarmed at just coming off a GS win into a 2nd rd loss against a 100th ranked player. Even if he was playing out of his mind.”

Please be reminded that, unlike Fedfans, Rafa fans do not think Rafa is a deity, infallible. He is human, has been beaten by “lesser” players before (Dodig, Mayer)etc……we never panic when Rafa loses, we leave that to you when Roger does. Alarm? He has lost to “lesser” players before as mentioned above, duh.

Now, lets leave all the haters take pleasure in Rafa’s loss, and take the opportunity to be nasty to Rafa and his fans…………not altogether unexpected.


Nims Says:

But that doesnt change the fact that Murray has more to loose the Rosol…..

Every tennis player has to loose something when they play. Not sure if that can be given as an excuse for lack of success. As I questioned above, then what has stopped him from winning USO and AO. HC is his favourite surface. He should have won there, if only the home pressure is affecting him from winning Wimbledon.


Nims Says:

Eric says :Whatever. It’s all a bunch of bull. Talk about the tennis. Rosol played better. Who really cares whether he “knew” or “felt” it was Rafa across the net?

Exactly. At the end of the day, you got to play better tennis. It’s bullshit to blame the crowd or your opponent for your loss. But to win a tennis match, you need to be mentally strong and have the sense of confidence in your ability to close out the matches.

Rosol had that skill. Not sure what his coach told him in the break after the 4th set, he started to play his best tennis in the 5th set.


Lisa Says:

@Nims…

Why Murray didnt win any Slams yet?….

Only Andy Murray can answer and fix….and he can….


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

Frankly speaking, I didn’t see the match of Nadal vs Rusol and so it is not fit for me to comment as to how well both played. But I managed to watch the highlights of the game and I saw real power being deployed by Rusol which unsettled Nadal. We all know that Nadal rarely has a bad day in office and may be he should have played slightly below par. But he was pushed back by an inspired Rusol. But given the class difference, I am still wondering how come a player like Rusol who is not even a Top 100 player can give such a whacking to Nadal on the Wimbledon Centre Court and that too in five sets. In my opinion, Nadal has no business to lose this match and I would say he was very lucky in the first set tie break when Rusol had three set points, else the match would have been over in straights. So in a nutshell, Nadal was very lucky to extend this match to five sets, I would say.


Michael Says:

I would say that Nadal was very lucky against Rusol. Remember Rusol had three set points in the first set tie break and the end score was 11-9. If he had taken that tie break the match should have been over in straights.


Michael Says:

Wog boy, A small correction. Soderling was not a top 10 player when he beat Rafa at the French. He was unseeded and was a journeyman. That match win against Nadal at the French gave him enough confidence and then he turned a new leaf to become a top five player.


Michael Says:

Who knows ? May be this win against Nadal will propel Rusol into the top Ten like Soderling who won against Nadal in 2009 at the French. It is all confidence that counts in Tennis.


Nims Says:

Michael,

True. The match could have been closed n 3 sets. But we never know. Seeing Nadal in the 4th set maybe he still could have made a match if there was not a break to close the roof. We never know. It’s hypothetical.

But it’s a fact that he was outplayed, and it’s not easy to do it in a 5-setter. This is the time to appreciate Rosol.


Wog boy Says:

Michael,

Thanks, my mistake, I missplaced his ranking.


Nims Says:

Lisa,

Right, only Andy can fix it. But he can take some support from others too. Else he would not he paying huge to have Lendl coach him. I don’t think Lendl is there to teach him how to play a FH. He is there to help him mentally prepare for big matches, and provide strategies to go against Top guys in GS. Ultimately he needs to execute that. I’m sure that’s where he is lacking.

Because strategy wise he is getting better. He is letting his FH rip much better than before. His 1st serve is always the best among the 4, but he is trying to get it more consistent. If he can make this shot work at key moments, then he has a great chance of winning. The problem is, his First serve does not work when it’s needed. He needs to be in a position to runaway with the match when given an opportunity. It’s such an important weapon.

If you see all the Top guys and in key matches, their 1st serve is in the 70′s or mid 60′s. I rarely see Murray do that. He is at 55% most of the time. He needs to improve that. But what I like from him now is the way he is hitting his FH. That’s a good weapon he has developed. Once he fixes his serve, I’m sure he is going to be a GS champion.


Wog boy Says:

Soderling was ranked 25 in the world, still better then 100:)


Nims Says:

Michael,

Yeah, the guy seems to have the potential. Not sure of Top 10, but in the Top 30. We need to see how his game works in other surface. Unfortunately for a player like him, there are not many grass court tennis to take advantage.


Nims Says:

How is this upset ranked compared to other Top 2 players in last 20 years, looking at Nadal’s career accomplishment. Is this the biggest upset we had looking just at the ranking of the opponents and the match being 2nd round?


Wog boy Says:

Rosol will be 27 in less than month, don’t you think it is a bit late to make a move , I rather believe this was one off. We will see him i next match. It was fun watching him in the fifth set, he was fired up, walking like a tiger in the cage, spiting left and right and firing servs, FH, BH like there is no tomorrow, he sure cannot repeat that in the long term.


Nims Says:

Is there any prediction for upset today? I believe Stephanek took Novak to 5 sets in AO or USO. Anyone giving him a chance today?


Mark Says:

Upsets today? How about Benneteau knocking out Choc Boy like he did in Paris a few years ago? That would be just what the doctor ordered!!!!


Margot Says:

Wog boy, think you’re right. Saw Rosol at Queens and he couldn’t keep the ball in court. His game is very high risk but obviously this can pay dividends.


Mark Says:

Headlines today ” Karlovic “cheated” by officilals” Ivo Katlovic questioned the integrity of Wimbledon after he was foot-faulted 11 times in his 2nd round defeat by Britain’s Andy Murray. The Croat who lost in 4 sets, accused officials of favouring the home player and said he felt “cheated”. “It was outrageous, outrageous” he said. “It’s Wimbledon, Centre Court, and they do this. The whole credibility of this tournament event down for me”. I can understand what Dr Ivo is saying and I am inclined to agree with him. GB is so desperate to have a Grand Slam winner that they might go to any lengths to achieve this (and the only Grand Slam where they have any clout is of course Wimbledon. Why did they take the decision to close the roof in the 5th set of Nadal’s match? There was plenty of light and time to finish the match without resorting to a closed roof? Because they know Nadal is not comfortable under a roof. If Nadal is out more chance for Murray not having to face Nadal in semis. I hope this all backfires on Murray and he gets knocked out before finals.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Interesting, Rafa has been taken out by a clay court specialist. LOL. This is a Q&A from Rasol.

Q. Which surface is your favorite?
LUKAS ROSOL: Good question for me. I like all the surfaces, but I need to get used to it. If I practice more on the surface, I get used to it and I like the surface always.
Clay court is my favorite.


jamie Says:

The psychic still hasn’t said who will win.

IMO the final will be Nole defeats Murray or Nole defeats Del Potro.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

jamie..is it the psychic buying time to make predictions depending on the upsets and form of the top players.

you said sometime above that NAdal and Roger has the best chance at wimbledon and novak the worst. now Novak seems to be the sure finalist. so what happened to Roger’s best chances here as per the astro.

do you follow what you type or is it two people type in the same name.


trufan Says:

NIrmal, stop making excuses for Nadal.

someone posted on ATP tennis.com:

The way to beat Nadal.
Play at your own pace not his.
Ignore his sneers and blatant fist pumps.
Ignore his complaining about ” breathing”.
Ignore him in general.
Figure out Uncle tonys signals.
accept the fact that he has “slowed down since 2009″.
hit to his backhand 75% of the time.
attack his serve.
figure out Uncle tonys signals.
don’t let him dictate the rhythm of the match.
when he lowers his shoulder to hit you with it, lower yours.


alison Says:

Jamie i believe your favourite has also lost to many lesser players too,that you would normally expect him to beat easily,before he became the player he is now,so hardly unexpected,these things can happen to any player not just Nadal,they are human after all,funny how some fans have such short memories.


jamie Says:

There is this site called tennis country, they are usually good at predicting.

As the 2012 Wimbledon tennis championships approach, we gaze into our fluorescent yellow tennis ball and offer our prognostications for the tournament ahead…

• A wildcard will reach the second week
• One of the defending champions will lose in the first week
• Serena Williams will reach at least the semis, but Venus Williams will lose in the first week
• Only one of the top four men, i.e. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray will reach the final
• More Americans than Spaniards will reach the second week
• Eight of the top eight seeded men and women will reach the quarters
• Roger Federer will win the “best-dressed” award
• The French Open champions, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal, will reach at least the semis, but neither will win the title
• The finals will feature all two-handed backhands
• Rain will NOT disrupt the men’s final!


jamie Says:

The finals will feature all two-handed backhands

This means no Fed in the finals.

Only one of the top four men, i.e. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray will reach the final

The final might be Nole defeats (Murray, Delpo, Tsonga, any two-handed backhand player).


jamie Says:

Edit.

Only one of the top four men, i.e. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray will reach the final

The final might be Nole defeats (Delpo, Tsonga, any two-handed backhand player).


Nirmal Kumar Says:

trufan, what excuse did I give?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

• The French Open champions, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal, will reach at least the semis, but neither will win the title

Looks like this is already doomed.


jamie Says:

^But the prediction is neither will win.


alison Says:

Jamie i thought your pyschic predicted that Fed/Rafa would win the title,and that Novaks astral chart was lousy?


jamie Says:

@Nirmal Kumar

That was based on Chinese astrology.


Mark Says:

@ Jamie. So what happened to your predictions earlier in the year? Solar eclipse going to affect Djoker and he was entering a very unlucky period blah blah blah.


jamie Says:

@alison

Again, that was based on chinese astrology from a guy that posts on MTF.


jamie Says:

@Mark

Solar eclipse would affect Nole at RG.


alison Says:

Off topic good luck to britains Heather Watson,heres hoping she can put in a great performance against Radwanska,commies to Baltacha and especially James Ward what a match against Fish,im sure he and Heather have a great tennis future ahead of them.


Mark Says:

@NK. It is obvious Jamie makes up all the BS he posts. My guess is he is trying to learn astrology and practising some psychic skills which he obviously does not have. Why did he delay his Wimbledon predictions? Because this is a tough one and obviously he was waiting to see some results. I, for one, will take his future predictions, astrology or psychic with a grain of salt!


alison Says:

Jamie so who does the pyschic predict will win wimbledon now?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

So looks like there are astro’s which choose all the Top 4. We just need to look around for different predictions.


alison Says:

Mark for one small moment i actually agree with you,best to just wait and see,TBH i never did read much into it,but its a bit of lighthearted fun,and best not to take it too seriously.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Mark, it would be even Ok to try to learn. But he is being a very poor student. He forgets what prediction is making in the forum. He said Novak is not going to win any more slam and rest of the year it’s going to be Nadal and Roger, with Nadal winning more titles ie Olympic and Wim / USO.

Now he has changed it to Novak for wimbledon. I believe more than the players this seems to be a bad season for Jamie.


jamie Says:

The Argentine psychic still has not said who will win.

The other predictions were based on chinese astrology from a guy that posts on MTF.

This is the link to the Argentine forum

http://foro.astrodestino.com.ar/showthread.php/final-federer-nadal-roland-garros-2011-10326.html


jamie Says:

You can check out the link regularly to see who the Argentine psychics predict.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

^But the prediction is neither will win.

The prediction is for them to reach the semis right?


jamie Says:

@skeezer

Yep. I hope Nole is #1 for a long time.


jamie Says:

@Nirmal Kumar

Who cares about the round. They will both lose eventually.


alison Says:

One set of predictions is pretty much as good as anothers,anybody can make them,some come true some dont its the law of averages thats all.


Michael Says:

Nims,

It is not that we never know. It is evident that Rusol took the second and third sets despite the disappointment of losing the first by the thinnest of margins and think as to how that loss in the first set would have shattered his confidence. But still he went on to win the second and third and therefore there is no reason he would not have finished in straights if he had won that first set.


Mark Says:

NK. It gets funnier by the minute hehehe. He is trying to entertain us.


jamie Says:

Anyway, the predictions that matter are those from the Argentine psychic and when the predictions are done I will post them here. It was the Argentine psychic that predicted that:

Nadal would win RG in 2011 and in 2012.

Nole would win Wimbledon 2011, USO 2011 and AO 2012.

http://foro.astrodestino.com.ar/showthread.php/final-federer-nadal-roland-garros-2011-10326.html

That is the link where all the predictions were done.


alison Says:

Michael ifs,buts,would haves,could haves,should haves,mean doodle squat in the real world,Nadal had momentum after winning that 4th set,then play was stopped to close the roof,maybe Rafa would have won the match there and then if play had not stopped,but he didnt the better player won so its completely irrelavant,you cant give credit to a player for something that didnt even happen,3 sets or 5 sets whats the difference anyway Rosol was the better player and won the match fair and square,its all in the past and pure speculation.


jamie Says:

@alison

The Argentine psychic, the one that matters, still has not predicted.

You can check the predictions regularly here.

http://foro.astrodestino.com.ar/showthread.php/final-federer-nadal-roland-garros-2011-10326.html


skeezer Says:

“Please somewhat upset Murray before the final and shut the English fans up. They are the rudest people on the planet”

Uh…wait a sec…..I thought someone said the French at the FO were the rudest people on the planet? Oh well, must be a bunch of rude peolpe on the planet……


the DA Says:

Querrey takes the 3rd set, leads 2 sets to 1 against Raonic. Margot, good news for your guy.


jamie Says:

Go to page 44 of the thread and there you will see the prediction when it is done.


the DA Says:

The French ARE the rudest on the planet. The British and Aussie crowds are the most fair. The person who posted that knows nothing.


jamie Says:

BTW, if you go to page 44 of the thread you will see that Nadal had the stars against him yesterday and that Rosol had favorable alingment.


the DA Says:

Querrey breaks in the 4th set. We finally discover Raonic’s kryptonite: he can’t handle windy conditions.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Alison, you are right. NAdal was with momentum. Below is what I posted during the match when they announced that roof would be closed and there would be a 40 mins break.

##########
Nirmal Kumar Says:
Probably the break is good for Rasool. Nadal was running away with the momentum.

June 28th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

#########

But before this momentum break happened, Rosol had already taken 2 sets from him. He came back well when we thought he might go away after loosing the 1st set. Maybe he would have comeback in the 5th set also even without the break.

Its appropriate to give credit to an epic performance against a living legend on the greatest tennis court.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Nice to see there’s only a couple of haters making hay. Most everyone is being very gracious, which is appreciated at this moment. This is the most disappointment I’ve felt since FO 2009. When Rafa won the 4th set I thought for sure he would come back to win it all. Oh well. He faced an inspired opponent who wasn’t cowed by the occasion. Now that Rafa’s out, I hope Brian Baker can progress far in the draw!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

The French Open champions, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal, will reach at least the semis, but neither will win the title

@Jamie: The prediction clearly says that Nadal would reach atleast the Semis. Then why we should not care about it. It could have simply said Rafa would not reach the finals. I will take it. But why it has to specifically say “atleast semis”.

so, how credible are these predictions for you to post.


jamie Says:

I like tennis country site.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

The match is well positioned now. Stephanek is coming up with some very good volleys. Though it’s advantage Novak in baseline and serve.

Novak’s GS seems to have such a good timing. He hardly swings the racquet, but the racquet generates so much pace. It’s fantastic to watch.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Just said Novak is comfortable on serve. Now he is down 3 BP’s.


Thomas Says:

heres another wrong prediction from your list jamie. “Eight of the top eight seeded men and women will reach the quarters”
thats wrong. nadal is out. berdych is out. in the women’s wozniacki is out. so much for that one….


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Radek takes the 1st set. Strange. It was a decent set by Novak, still loses the set.


jamie Says:

The ones from the FO:

MAY 23, 2012

Tennis Country 2012 French Open Tennis Predictions

As the 2012 French Open tennis tournament approaches, we gaze into our fluorescent yellow tennis ball and offer our prognostications for the tournament ahead…

• At least two wildcards will reach the second round
• Four French players will reach the round of 16
• Three of the top four men’s seeds, i.e. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, will reach the semis
• Serena Williams and Venus Williams will lose before the quarters
• The Number One seeds will not win the titles
• Maria Sharapova will win the title if she has less than five double faults in each match
• An unseeded player will reach the semis
• Bright colors will dominate the tennis attire and Venus Williams’s outfits will attract the most attention
• The women’s final will feature two Europeans
• The men’s final will go five sets


the DA Says:

Raonic out! Djokovic 1 set down. Are we in for another strange day?


Wog boy Says:

Again wrong call at the wrong time unsetlled Nole, he shouldn’t let those things get in to his head.


jamie Says:

Nole get your sh*t together.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Agree with Skeeze. There are a lot of rude people and peoples on the planet.


dari Says:

roger needs to be watching the steps match for tips, i see he took a set off novak


xmike Says:

this used to be a great forum to read, full of mostly insightful comments from mostly inteligent people;

Lately, however, a not so small percentage of posts are about that charlatan pseudo crap called astrology

i still can’t believe how, in the 21st century,with all the science, knowledge and education available to everybody, some people are still stupid enough to believe in such rubbish; if time technology were available, they should all be sent back in time and live 13th century medieval europe during the black plague and witch hunts; maybe your intelectual level and your beliefs would feel more ate home there

i really wished the moderators would simply purge those comments as being off topic


metan Says:

@ sienna, tks for the link.

In all rafa’s imperfect, he is still a perfect tennis player in my eyes whom I’ll look up to, he is still my idol until the day he said I’m done with tennis,,,,,,,

Every body is not perfect, use your brain to think and fare your thinking with your heart, you will have damn good life!

I didn’t watch the match coz it was around 1 am in hong kong


jamie Says:

@metan

Nadal is far from perfect. Has not won a title off clay in 2 years and most of the tour is played off clay. Ouch.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

roger needs to be watching the steps match for tips, i see he took a set off novak

Actually, Roger needs to play HIS game. That’s enough. If he wants, he can look back at his own matches against Novak. He has won many.


jamie Says:

@xmike

Different strokes for different folks. LOL.


jamie Says:

I hope the Argie psychic predicts that Nole will win Wimbledon.

Fingers crossed.


racquet Says:

Nole isn’t himself today, lots of errors and poor thinking. He better get it together – Stephanek is a wily player.


jamie Says:

Wake up Nole. Stepanek is like 35 years old.


metan Says:

@ jamie, you are right, that is why he has a nick name king of clay, and I am happy with that, he does not need to be king of tennis, lol


madmax Says:

jamie Says:
Nadal only wins Wimbledon when he wins RG without dropping a set like in 2008 and 2010. This year he dropped a set in the final like in 2007 so he wasn’t winning Wimbledon. Muzza should make the final now.

June 28th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Hang on a second Jamie.

You say Nadal is going to win the title, and now, because he lost the title, your “weird predictions” just ain’t adding up. Take it like a man and just say you were wrong. Stop back tracking.

This could happen to anyone. Kimberley, this was a once in a lifetime event. He is allowed it. Wouldn’t surprise me if he wins the olympics as long as he is pumped for it.

It was shocking, nevertheless.


Jin Says:

Awesome post.

To get daily news on mens tennis, go to http://courtlinenews.wordpress.com/ !


Kimberly Says:

Xmike-I think many of the astrology posts are silly but the satirists and whackos and bickering all contribute to
Make this what it is…..the dysfunctional tennis blog, my home.

Madmax, thank you for your nice words. My husband was delighted and is still in a great mood over the loss. After my adrenaline on the tennis court was over I was pissy.

Skeezer, hope you had a good night on the couch! Lol. I’m sure she will get over it by tonight! Or Sunday at the latest!


Lisa Says:

Djokovic and Stefanek match is so slow and boring to watch really!


Kimberly Says:

Ray—-lol classic post.


Wog boy Says:

Lisa,

Why do you watch?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Novak is getting the mojo of 2011. His baseline is so compact now. He is very relaxed there and playing a thinking man’s game. His CC FH has become something to enjoy. He is creating some wonderful angles.


Wog boy Says:

NK,

Don’t jinx him , please. You said something like that in the first set and he lost it:)


hore Says:

What i really want right now is for Roger to win his 7th wimby just to shut everyone up including and most esp Jamie and these bogus psychics.

Fingers crossed :)


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Wog boy, don’t worry. With this form, no one canjinx Novak. He is playing majestic tennis. I’m surprised you are worried he would lose this match.


Ben Pronin Says:

Kimberly, saw your post earlier but didn’t get a chance to comment regarding who your favorite faces. Did you really want the Heat to have to face the Jazz? The Bulls were never a threat, they match up way too poorly with the Heat. And I wanted the Sixers to win simply because I’m from Philly. But really the Heat should’ve swept every team. The games they lost were a result of ridiculously bad performances by them (particularly Wade). But it is a good thing they didn’t play the Spurs because they’re a better version of the Celtics and seeing how far the Celtics pushed them, the finals result could’ve been very different. But a Thunder-Heat final was damn near inevitable, especially when breathing on KD is considered a foul.


jane Says:

“here is a trivia : among journalists covering slams, british journos are more than all other countries put together!” Ray, is this true? That’s crazy.

Wog Boy, Steps is tricky isn’t he? He doesn’t give his opponent much rhythm or pace, almost like playing a big server. Nole wasn’t serving too well in set one either. Thankfully his percentage has come up.


Wog boy Says:

NK,

Big part of beeing Nole fan is a worry.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Wog boy, it’s applicable to fans of any tennis player. The only problem is, you may miss the beauty of tennis while worrying about the result.

It’s a exhibition stuff from Novak now. It’s really great to watch. After seeing his performance now, I can’t put in any other favorite for this tournament. It has to be Novak by a big margin.


jane Says:

Nirmal, @10:32, I agree with you about the CC forehand. It improved so much over the past year and a half.


Lisa Says:

@Wog boy

Am anticipating the next two matches on ‘Centre Court’….my case more exciting….

I mean no offence to Novak and Stafanek….both great players


Nirmal Kumar Says:

True Jane. In Novak’s matches, I’m specifically looking for his FH CC rallies. He is just taking it to almost Roger’s level.

Not sure tactically he improved it to gain advantage in his matchup with Nadal. The CC FH attacks Nadal’s BH. The better it is, he has better chance against Nadal which he proved last year.


jane Says:

Verdasco won the first set easily versus Malisse. Not that it means much – he still often gets embroiled in 5 setters for some reason.


jane Says:

Are Steps and Vaidaisova married?

Long game – 10 deuces was it? Some fun moments and shot making.


jane Says:

In the end, Nole played very well, showed some good variety with lobs, net play, etc. 49 winners to 13 errors for the match – pretty nice numbers too. I think it was good to play Steps too, as he got to practice his passing shots, a lot. :)


Sienna Says:

Yes Djoker… Youbetter notchicken out of this Wimbly!

You give youre best to TMF. You are the icing on the cake boy!

TMF will dominate again after WIMBLY 2012 and Djoker is gonna feel the pain big time. He just needs to stay in the tourney till semie.


Wog boy Says:

Next one is Troicki.

Interesting, in last two matches Nole didn’t have chance to serve first in any set.

jane, they are married.

NK, about worry, I cannot help it ,it is written in my DNK:)

Lisa, no offence but can you get one name right, it is Stepanek, Soderling etc:)


dari Says:

Wow, nole really cleaned it up!

I am happy for Sam Q, but a little surprised that Milos didn’t rise to the occasion for this wimbledon. it continues to be consistently tough for the youngins.


Brando Says:

impressive stuff from novak.

Now that his serve is clicking, and clicking very well, i cannot see him being stopped by anyone really.

I think if he plays federer, he’s going to put on a show, with a scoreline similar to paris, possibly.

Fed would have been better off having a tougher draw, imo- just to get some serious opposition testing him, making him play his best.

The easy opponents really do not help feds cause since it may give him a false sense of his game.

time will tell, right now im fancying a nolandy final.


Wog boy Says:

Brando,

Agree, Federer first two matches were sort of exo, not really competitive, on the other hand Nole’s first two matches and this one were competitive and more importantly three players with three styles. Troicki is going to be fourth one and he plays his best, guess against who……Nole:)


Seventeen Says:

Brando LOL

If NOLE looses sets against Stepanek Fed will clean out on semiday.

Nole better hang inn there for the maestro to give him some nice 31 birthday present.


mat4 Says:

I think that the match against Fed could be very close and that Federer is the favourite. But who knows? They have to make the semi, and we were just reminded that anything can happened.


Brando Says:

@Wog Boy:

Yes WB, i agree with your take. It’s always better to be tested before you face an ELITE PLAYER as opposed to going through matches in exho mode. right now that is the case with fed, and it may cost him.

Nole, on the other hand, has the IDEAL draw. Not too easy, not too tough. Just right, so that he improves match by match.


jamie Says:

Nolandy(Muzza) final would be great.


Sienna Says:

Brando Says:
impressive stuff from novak.

Yup really impressive first set by Nole! I agree what have Fed gotto do to win this match?

Fed will totally set aside Djoker when he plays like this today.


jamie Says:

Jeez I wonder why the Argie psychic hasn’t predicted yet. Must be very even charts and not one that stands out like at other slams. Wonder who will win? Nole? Muzza? Federer?


Brando Says:

@Seventeen:

as a fan of NEITHER, i hope i speak from a basis of non-bias.

IMHO, novak seems to be grooving nicely along, whilst fed is winning easily, BUT not gaining much either.

Fed is a natural on grass, and his draw is littered with players who just won’t be a challenge for him at all. What good does it serve him prior to nole, who WILL challenge him for sure.

Novak, on the other hand, needs time to adjust to grass, settle into the conditions (abit like rafa). Each match shall benefit him, and once he gets to week 2 he will be fully prepared and primed for the final hurdle.

Now when one considers how he has won the last 6 sets he has played against roger, then let’s just say he is fancying his chances greatly.


Sienna Says:

Stepanek an elite player? What are you gals babling about?


jane Says:

I am happy for California Sam too dari – always liked him. He has won Queens and is a good grass player. He has taken out both young Canadians: Pospisl and Raonic.

I am not sure about Milos: so far he hasn’t really impressed me at the slams, other than his breakthrough at the AO last year.

Not surprising: Hotsauce lost the second set.


jamie Says:

Hope for Nole or Muzza to win. Fed’s got enough slams already.


Seventeen Says:

Branda agreed.

He needs time to settle on the grass. Like three more years.

He will never win against this Fed. This Fed is just to good for him.


madmax Says:

Kimberly Says:
So sad. was on the tennis court warming up when i heard the cheers (lots of fed fans). Too bad for my opponent. Opened up a can whoop ass. Rafa should have played like me. I was demo-ing Sharapova’s racket. Will have to try it again. Not sure if its her racket or rafa’s loss!

Too bad. Hope he will rebound and have a strong summer.

June 28th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

kimberley,

I have read this really quickly, but di you say you saw Federer playing?

Tell me more!


Brando Says:

‘He needs time to settle on the grass. Like three more years.

He will never win against this Fed. This Fed is just to good for him.’

LMFAO- loving it!

Fed fans with such belief are kidding themselves and setting themselves up for heartbreak IF they feel novak will be no challenge at all!

Honestly, i WOULD NOT UNDERESTIMATE novak if i were a fed fan.

Rog’s a legend and a master on grass- BUT to see novak as a mere pretender who will be brushed aside SMACKS OF BLIND IGNORANCE!


jane Says:

Steps has 2 wins over Fed, 1 win over Murray and 1 over Nole too. He’s been ranked as high as #8 in the world and is ranked at #27 now, so top 30. The unique thing about him is the way he breaks up the rhythm of today’s game by persistently rushing the net. Not many players play like him anymore. It took Nole a set to adjust, plus he wasn’t serving well in set one. But it is no big deal. In the end he played a fabulous match, really.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

‘It took Nole a set to adjust, plus he wasn’t serving well in set one. But it is no big deal. In the end he played a fabulous match, really.’

EXACTLY how i saw it. Nothing more or less.

I wouldn’t put any long term significance to set one at all.


Thomas Says:

looking forward to seeing how fed looks against benneautu. i think this will be a reasoanable test for federer, as benneautu is tricky on the faster surfaces.


Wog boy Says:

Even in the first set Nole had six brake points (Stepanek none) and in the ninth game when he was about to get chance for a brake that wrong line call came, just to be broken in tenth game.
Time for bed c u tomorrow.


jane Says:

Night Wog Boy – true, and Steps was the second former quarter-finalist at Wimbledon that Nole has faced: Ferrero in 07 and 09 and Steps in 06. Murray, too, faced a former quarter-finalist in Karlovic (09).


trufan Says:

Nirmal,

This is what you posted earlier:

“Not to put down what Rosol did, let’s not forget the break took away the momemtum Rafa had. He was getting into Rosol’s serve in the 4th set, and was getting better. I don’t think Rosol could have stalled Nadal’s momentum had the match continued without the break.”

This is classic double speak. Start with something like “with all due respect”, and then bash the guy. So start with “not to put down…”, and then do exactly that within the same sentence!

That’s called an excuse.


trufan Says:

Nadal was just a touch slower yesterday. Just those few balls he used to get back with force, were now coming back after his stretching to get them, since he was just a bit slower.

That’s what age does to you. He’s 26.

Lets see how Djoke and Fed fare in the next few matches. Can’t see anyone else winning.


Brando Says:

LOL, an article of how the female audience is ‘affected’ by rafa’s exit:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2166383/Wimbledon-2012-Millions-women-left-devastated-Rafa-Nadal-crashes-lust-now.html#ixzz1zCT5IZWZ

this comment in the article cracked me up:

‘I am gutted! Luckily he took off the shirt or I would have had a mental breakdown.’

LMAO, go on rafa :-)


trufan Says:

Raonic lost too. DelPo has a good chance of making a push here. Though Murray is the one who must be licking his chops right now. He’s lost USO and AUS finals, but never a WImbledon final, so something to look forward to!! Seriously, I can’t see him winning the title, especially if he reaches the final!


Brando Says:

i ABSOLUTELY LOVE the way andy murray here gives his ‘take’ on the rafa match, so spot on:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/18645471


Brando Says:

other MAJOR WIMBY SHOCKS over the passage of time:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/18645474


Nirmal Kumar Says:

trufan, you conveniently ignored my next line.

But looking at the steely resolve of Rosol, the guy could have turned it around too. But it would have been very interesting without the break.

Basicallly, I just looked a glass half full and half empty. It’s a fair assessment as a neutral fan.


Eric Says:

Oh, Roger.


racquet Says:

Oh my. After Tumultuous Thursday are we in for a Freaky Friday?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Not sure why the match is played indoors. I believe weather is fine outside.


jatt Says:

whatz happening roger lost the first set :(

Last time these 2 played, julien won. I hope roger pulls it through.Julien looks like a tricky opponent


jane Says:

Nirmal, I know, same for Nole’s match. I guess it had rained a little at lunchtime, so they closed the roof for Nole/Steps, but not sure why they’ve kept it closed? All the other courts are up and running.


Brando Says:

Lmao, where are the smug fans who laughed at novak’s chances after he lost the 1st set? Lol, I guess what goes around comes around.


Eric Says:

Roger doesn’t seem to know where to put himself on court. This is quite odd. (Hopefully he gets it together here.) On the other hand, I really like seeing these older players excelling late in their career. The rewards of mental maturity, which Benneteau is simply oozing. (Of course, his tennis chops are important too.)


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Let’s give credit to Benneteau. The guy is playing at his very best. He may to come down pretty quickly once Roger finds his range ie if he finds.


madmax Says:

Brando,

Can you stop with all your smug comments please! This fed is watching the match and you didn’t get any smug comments from me, and please. I don’t need your thanks or apologies. Just ignore the “smug” federer fans, who ever they are. Novak gets plenty of respect from me and always has.

I expected more from you.

Federer isn’t playing so well today. No passion in his shots from what I can see, so I hope he focuses more as Benny beat him once, can do it again, and if he does, am sure many of you will be gloating.

I hate getting into these types of scenarios. They are worthless and pointless.

So hoping Fed comes through and starts to bring some of the magic. It’s missing right now. May be the rafa ripple from yesterday is affecting all players. Certianly the believe of benny has risen since then.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger’s footwork is pretty sloppy. Is this the 1st time Roger playing in indoors at Wimbledon.


madmax Says:

Yes, he is sloppy today. Not enjoying this one at all.


the DA Says:

Brando, that’s called karma.


Brando Says:

What a HOWLER by fed there. Unbelievable. Things could get interesting here IF benneteau keeps his head.


Eric Says:

Oh hey, Malisse outs Verdasco 6-3 in the fifth. Also cool. Speaking of old guys.


Maso Says:

Damn, I thought the Federer of old was back watching the first two rounds, but damn was I wrong. I’m truly sick of watching this inconsistent Roger, it’s really bad for my mental health.


Margot Says:

Phew…sorry all you Canadian fans….but phew anyway ;)
Andy’s side opening up nicely but some very tough cookies still lurk soooooooooooooo one match at a time.
jane, Nole looked good once he’d settled. Fed looking very casual first set.


Brando Says:

@madmax: I don’t mean to offend you. Really it was aimed at sienna and trufan- and they’re silly comments re novak.


El Flaco Says:

Benneteau is tough match up for Fed because of his return of serve. Practically every Fed 1st serve that hasn’t been an ace Benneteau has put a decent or excellent return in play. He returns near the baseline and cuts off Fed’s precisely placed serves.


Gannu Says:

Disaster from FedEx….shocked to c him play like this….deserves to lose….I am damn pissed off…he just can’t be trusted these days…brilliant one day…mediocre the next…really feel sad for him and how age simply doesn’t spare even the greatest….


Brando Says:

@DA: true.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Even when Roger does not play his best, he is making the game look beautiful. Just wish the master gets his range. He just needs couple of clean holds to settle his nerves.


Brando Says:

Fed SHOULD win still, but I think this match is a good thing for him. Rather have a WAKE UP call now than later in the tourny, since the first 2 matches were too exho like for fed.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I think this indoor wimbledon helps flat hitters more than top spin players. Roger’s GS are not having much pace, similar to Nadal’s GS y’day in the 5th set.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I’m not seeing Bennet making any UFE. He is getting back all the balls.


Gannu Says:

Madman wonder how u can be optimistic of his chances….he is just super unpredictable and for hon to put seven consecutive brilliant performances now looks like a herculean task…this is best chance to win and if he squanders he ain’t winning nething..just wud see him gracefully fade


Gannu Says:

Sorry I meant madmax.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Why don’t Roger try S & V.


Gannu Says:

Damn sloppy….I can’t bear to c this humiliation and disaster unfolding any longer


Brando Says:

The Frenchman is playing very well- boris Becker is right to say he’s playing a ‘spectacular match’!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Bennet is having too much rhythm from baseline. It doesn’t make sense to play baseline game now when the surface helps the flat hitters much better.

Roger needs to come forward and disrupt Bennet’s rhythm. He is not going to win this match standing in the baseline.


El Flaco Says:

S&V won’t work against Benneteau. His returns are too good. Benneteau is all over every Fed 1st serve. Even when he misses he gets a good swing.


Brando Says:

Federer needs to make him play an extra shot, play % tennis from here on in this match.


Brando Says:

Fed needs to play defense tennis here IMO. He’s attacking too much when the UE are flying off his racquet .


Gannu Says:

At least I thank my stars that rosol is not Rogers opponent today lol


Brando Says:

Lovely point by Julian!


Brando Says:

@gannu: lol re rosol!


jane Says:

They’ve each won the same amount of receiving points, and Benneteau has 12 errors to Fed’s 16. He’s hit a few more winners than Fed. Fed’s first serve percentage is 58% to Benneteau’s 63%. Basically, all the stats are pretty closely matched.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

El, anyway standing in the baseline is not working. So what’s the point in proceeding with it.


Brando Says:

Fed: quit the serve and volleying- not working today! Stick to baseline- best chance is there.


madmax Says:

Gannu,

call me madman if you like :) doesn’t matter.

Brando Says:
@madmax: I don’t mean to offend you. Really it was aimed at sienna and trufan- and they’re silly comments re novak.

June 29th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Brando, just ignore the coments.

Well, Federer id not federer today. And Gannu? I don’t want to become a manic depressive over fed, I love the game and him too much. But when he plays like this, knowing that he can beat benny, well, what can you say.

The loss of nadal yesterday has inspired everyone. From Novak to Benny, from Murray to Querry. It’s on everyone’s racquet because the belief is stronger than ever, so benny may very well win because he believes if rosol can do it then so can he. I haven’t seen any passion or come ons! from roger and that worries me.

So I sign out now to calm down as it is heart attack tennis. Hope he pulls through somehow. We shall see. May be the loss of rafa yesterday has affected Roger more than I thought? Who knows?


El Flaco Says:

See what I mean about Benneteau’s return.


Brando Says:

What a shot by julien!


Brando Says:

Unlucky at the net.


Gannu Says:

I am shell shockd…have all the players gone mad after seeing rosol….just smashing the ball blindly….


Brando Says:

@madmax: no worries. I reckon your right about the rafa result- in a weird way it makes EVERY match more exciting now. No more foregone conclusions, just competitive tennis.


Gannu Says:

I agree madmax…all the players are playing some really high risk tennis and that’s working well….fed has to create magic now


Brando Says:

Lovely shot there by fed.


skeezer Says:

Benneteau is playing like Rosol, lol.


Brando Says:

WOW, what a shot by julien! Gobsmacked!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger needs to stop going to Bennet’s FH.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Better Roger try to up his service level and prepare for Tie break.


Brando Says:

Yep, attack his BH.


Eric Says:

Benneteau plays a few returns horribly and finally a relatively quick hold for Roger. But frankly I don’t like his chances in a tiebreak, so hopefully he can get into Julien’s next service game and take the set 7-5…


Brando Says:

BH is DEFINATELY juliens weak side. Feds got to attack it more often.


Gannu Says:

This heart simply can’t withstand a tiebreak…no way…come on Freddy bear break him;-)


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I believe Bennet had 4 BH errors in this game. It’s obvious that’s his weaker side. Roger should try to keep the ball to his BH on the serve and in the rallies.


Brando Says:

Agree with eric there. Fed need more 1st serves in also.


Brando Says:

What a volley, quality play by julien!


Gannu Says:

Wat the fck is going on?


Brando Says:

Lol, not the next time:-)


Brando Says:

30> 15 in winners for julien.


Piet Says:

Credit to Benneteau. He is playing like crazy. Fed will not win if Benneteau can sustain……


the DA Says:

I think this is the first time under the roof for Roger. Wonder if that is a factor.


Gannu Says:

Becker is saying benne team shouldn’t be playing like this against me…that’s wad fed is thinking and he shud crack under pressure


Gannu Says:

Come on Feddy take this fckng set right away


Eric Says:

Yes 30-15 winners and that says it all, really. Federer just isn’t doing anything much except getting shots back on the court, and even that he isn’t doing very well because he’s unable to anticipate where Julien is going next. Anyway, it’s a pretty level match because Benneteau is also making a fair number of errors.


Gannu Says:

Ridiculous and miraculous fh by benneteau


Eric Says:

DF no. 6 or so for Benneteau, second in this game. Only reason it’s not a TB yet. C’mon, Roger.


Piet Says:

If Benneteau holds he will win the breaker…..


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Bennet is playing like how he is supposed to play. Can Roger play like a champion


Brando Says:

Julien is getting nervous. Rosol was just ice.


Piet Says:

Insane that dropshot!!!!!!


Eric Says:

Federer doesn’t even chase after that drop shot on set point… didn’t seem like it would be that impossible to return??


Brando Says:

Wow, I take my comment back.


Gannu Says:

Fckng sloppiest vollies ever


Nirmal Kumar Says:

What is Roger doing at the net. He is not putting any ball beyond the net.


Piet Says:

Crucial hold. He will win the breaker now. Momentum and he is the better player


Eric Says:

Tiebreak, and Federer throws away his first service point, of course. Watch him lose 7-2. Ugh. This is devastating. Benneteau is playing very well but Roger has just been abysmal. This is not like the Rosol match at all, contra all your guys, in that Rafa and Rosol both played quite well. Rosol didn’t let Rafa play his game, but he was still playing well. Roger is not. And Benneteau, unlike Rosol, is making more than enough errors to give Federer quite a few ins, he’s just not taking them.


Gannu Says:

I quit…byebye


Piet Says:

Roger is very bad on the return.


dari Says:

Not watching, but WTF?!
COME ON ROGER!
so its not just lights out, benneteau, Eric? Shame


skeezer Says:

Roger has decided not to move. Whatever. The only for sure points he is getting is when he gets a first serve in. Not gonna win like that, ugh.


Piet Says:

Unless Benneteau chokes Roger can join Rafa by his swimming pool in Mallorca.

2-0 amazing and fully deserved. Another guy in the zone. Who’s next? Djoker, Murray?


Eric Says:

Okay, it was 7-3. Well, I was close. Anyway, looks like Roger just has no answers here. Close to two hours on court and he still hasn’t found any kind of range. Loses a set to Julien Benneteau from 3-0 up?


jatt Says:

wow what a wimbledon


Maso Says:

Well, as a huge Federer fan, and this day being my birthday, I can officially say that Roger and Benetteau just absolutely ruined this day for me. Heh. I’m in disbelief at how crappy Roger can play and how Julien can pull a level of game that he’s generally incapable of producing. A bit like Rosol yesterday against Rafa. I’d much rather have both Rafa and Fed in this competition than both out so early on. … Okay, I’m going to get drunk now.


Humble Rafa Says:

Congratulations to Rosol. He played well yesterday and deserved to win. All credit to him. It’s only a tennis match, not a funeral.


jatt Says:

yesterday its rafa today its going to be roger


Eric Says:

Looks like fate has a bad joke in store for those of us who thought Roger might actually win Wimbledon.


Brando Says:

WOW- COMPLETELY AGREE with eric’s comment though.

Julien is playing well, BUT NOT rosol well. He’s DEFINATELY BEATABLE.

it’s just fed, unfortunately, is playing ABYSMAL.

where is the fire in him today?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger’s GS seems to not cross the mid court. Bennet is comfortably playing inside the baseline. Just looking at Novak’s match and the depth at which he hits the GS, this is a ridiculous level from Roger.


Daniel Says:

Damm, checked scores and I am shocked. This indeed is upset Wimby! Looks like Wimbledon turn out to be Fed worst Slam. I he loses this match it will be worst than Nadal even with him moving to #2. Crazy tourney.


Brando Says:

@maso:

happy b’day anyhow- cheer up, fed could make an amazing comeback.


jatt Says:

that 2nd set was very tight. This covered center court with the roof is going to be the graveyard of the champions. Nole and murray better be careful in the next rounds


Eric Says:

In other news, my bracket is sinking as quickly as Roger’s odds in this match… a hat tip to all you guys who got more of these third round matches right so far.


Eric Says:

It’s not over yet of course. Roger came back form 0-2 against Del Potro, maybe he can do it against Benneteau but this does not look good.


Eric Says:

Benneteau DF to give Fed a break to open the set, but can he hold on to it this time??


Eric Says:

Ok. My heart can’t take this match… best of luck to Roger, and hopefully he pulls it out.


Sienna Says:

Fed is jusgoing to give the bull a lesson in how to win a match when your down and how to behave ina civilized fashion.

Nadal has clearly gamesmenship on his mind when he is behind.


Margot Says:

wow! What a strange Wimbledon.
Am sure Fed will come through, but there again expected Rafa to come through yesterday…


Nirmal Kumar Says:

It’s not looking good for Bennet. He is tired now. Roger needs to take advantage and make some quick work in this set.


jatt Says:

I agree Sienna,

I used to respect rafa a lot but after seeing what he did yesterday, i just do not like him at all now. It does not fit well particularly with rafa


Brando Says:

@Sienna:

you must be the most PATHETIC poster around here.

All you ever do is just completely disrespect rafa at each and every oppurtunity. That’s it.

Here your guy is in trouble and you do is what you ONLY do- make PETTY comment about rafa.

It’s really beyond sad, the charade you keep on continuing with!


madmax Says:

Piet Says:
Unless Benneteau chokes Roger can join Rafa by his swimming pool in Mallorca.

2-0 amazing and fully deserved. Another guy in the zone. Who’s next? Djoker, Murray?

June 29th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Roger joining Rafa…sounds like a great idea right now. This is just unbelievable. Amazing. Well, Roger talked about a 5 setter and now he is just going to have to prove it. After this, I think he is knackered, needing a day off, but he may be swimming tomorrow. No passion from Roger.

Shameful. At least he can try to look as if he wants to win.


Brando Says:

As for the nice fed fans: good luck- hope your fav makes a comeback at least- i still back him in this one despite the scoreline.

i got to leave- enjoy the match folks!


madmax Says:

sienna have a bit more grace will you or is that too much to ask?


Gannu Says:

I am back…there is no way that I am gonna sleep even if it’s 3am in Hk because I can’t sleep without knowing what happened to roger…again real sloppy play…


Eric Says:

Roger up a double break now?? Apparently the solution was for me to stop watching… Roger still has to play 2 more sets perfectly after this one, if he wins it at all, though.

At least Gasquet is through!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I believe it would be a 2 day break after this match for Roger if he gets thru. So 5-setter should not be a problem.


madmax Says:

Margot Says:
wow! What a strange Wimbledon.
Am sure Fed will come through, but there again expected Rafa to come through yesterday…

June 29th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Margot, no one is sure. We are all on the edge, and you have experienced that more than others.


jane Says:

This reminds me of the Delpo match at the FO. Very similar switch of momentum after the second set tiebreak.


azrael Says:

steve tignor’s tweet

Going by 2009 French (Rafa upset, Fed goes down 2 sets
to Haas next day), Federer should be favorite to win the
whole thing now.

Good news fedfans.


mat4 Says:

It seems to me that Federer has perhaps a hip problem. He’s to often late on the ball. Watch him carefully when he walks from his chair to the baseline.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger needs to break early in the 4th set. Bennet is looking bit tired now. Need to take advantage of this period.


Eric Says:

I’m not ready to start thinking about Federer’s victory yet, not until he has won the fourth set.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

azrael, in 2009 there were 2 upsets. One was Rafa another was Novak. But here that’s not the case yet.


Gannu Says:

Hmm…I am sucH a nervous wreck…I don’t know how madmax keeps her cool…Feds x come on take this in five sets and please easy last three sets….


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Now Roger, go ahead and break Bennet in the 1st game. The guy will get dangerous as the set goes on and Roger would get tight.


madmax Says:

mat4 Says:
It seems to me that Federer has perhaps a hip problem. He’s to often late on the ball. Watch him carefully when he walks from his chair to the baseline.

June 29th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

mat4, this doesn’t help. And No. Federer doesn’t have a hip problem. He said he was fully fit coming into wimbledon. I take him at his word. There will be no excuses from Federer if he loses, and you, not being a federer fan, should try to make things worse. If that is your objective, then you are a gloater.

I never understand why people want to behave like this?

My grandmother though, does have a hip problem, but she is 80 years old and it is to be expected.

Federer is just having a worse day than his usual magic days. It is as simple as that.

gannu, what is the point in not thinking of positive things. We all know how we really feel, but sharing it with some people here gives them a great hunting ground. Especially the ones that use lots of different poster names. They will get found out eventually. It’s all a game to them.

Federer just needs to wake up.


boss Says:

seems like bennie was just taking a break in the last set…he’s playing much better now so roger better step it up another gear


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger needs to fix his running FH.


mat4 Says:

@madmax:

I am not making excuses for Federer. In fact, I root here for Julien Benneteau. I just wrote something I seem to notice.


sub023 Says:

Roger Federer: “Three break points? Nah, not gonna bother taking any of them.”


Humble Rafa Says:

Looks like fate has a bad joke in store for those of us who thought Roger might actually win Wimbledon.

Hate it break it to you. If you believed, I am not sure on what basis, that the Arrogant One will win Wimbledon,you don’t deserve better. Sorry


madmax Says:

yup.

mat4, can’t you see though that that is just going to worry people? You have to read what he said pre coming in to wimby, if he says his hip is fine. It’s fine.

Just benny’s hips are better right now!


Piet Says:

No way Roger will win now after not converting that 0 40


madmax Says:

HR,

Sure. We stick by Federer, win or lose. ANd it doesn’t look good today. C’est la vie.

no excuses.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger is playing much better now. It would be a pity if he loses this set.


madmax Says:

Piet,

It’s pretty bad. That’s a cert. What can you do?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

How stupid to come in hitting straight to Bennet’s FH.


madmax Says:

Well, he hasn’t got many chances left now. So if he doesn’t take them, he has no one to blame but himself.

What a disappointment and a disappointing mindset from the champion. Fight tooth and nail, he should for this. Have not seen a lot of that today. But I must not complain. This was going to happen one day, to ALL our favourite players. It just was and will happen, one day, may be today.


Colin Says:

When this tournament began, the Frenchman most people would have considered a threat was Tsonga, but even if Benneteau eventually loses this match, he’s somewhat stolen the limelight from Tsonga, hasn’t he?
Right now it’s hard for anyone to deny that the top three in the world are none of them playing nearly as well as they ought be be at the Wimbledon midway stage.
I look forward to the Murray-Baghdatis match. Marcos is much more orthodox than Karlovic, and we should get a good idea of the state of Andy’s game.


madmax Says:

I wonder what it is that makes a dream that is so terribly important, and statements that are made at the outset, and plans that are worked out beforehand, I wonder what it is that makes it all go horribly wrong.

Rosol is just refreshing to have had all that belief. Roger, with all of his experience, you would have thought would have played out of his skin today to grab at that opportunity.

Need some positive energy now.

Need a Mcenroe Mantra!


Daniel Says:

OMG, if Fed manages a tiebreak that will be tense.


Humble Rafa Says:

What better way to choke than in a tie break. Need some peptobismol?


madmax Says:

Wish upon a star.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger is not bending down on his volleys. I’m not sure what’s wrong. Is it physical or he is just tensed.


Piet Says:

Madmax;

He even had his chances. Didnt really go for it. Benneteau did whenever he had too. All credit to him. Lets hope he can still squeeze it out….


the DA Says:

Crazy rally. great reflex by Benneteau.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Now the set in Roger’s racquet. Two aces, we are into 5th set.


the DA Says:

I thought champions weren’t supposed to hit the ball into the net on set point. Nirmal?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Folks, we are going to 5th set now. Roger deserves it.


squirrel Says:

thx Nirmal! he really deserves it!!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

DA, ultimately the champion has won the set. Though the match is still in balance.


Sienna Says:

I love the guy

You just stay cool calm and collected. RESPECT YOUR OPPONENT NADAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Federer just did he plays tennis and look what a match we got!


the DA Says:

Nirmal, thought so. You make it up as you go along.


El Flaco Says:

Fed was 2 points from losing the match on 2 different occasions.


Daniel Says:

Wow, has to grt out of office in such nerves I was.


Gannu Says:

God I just need immediate life support


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I have been one of the most vocal critic of Roger, though being his fan. But listen, the guy is in some physical trouble. This is not an excuse for his bad play, but just my concern. Even if he gets through this match, I see very little chance for him unless it’s a sprain or something he picked up in the morning.

He is not bending on any volleys. He is just standing and trying to retrieve the ball. This is the worst net play I have seen Roger play.


squirrel Says:

yeah,definitely the worst net play from him…this is supposed to be his strength!wonder what happens therE…


Nirmal Kumar Says:

DA, it’s obvious Roger is not playing his best tennis. But he is giving his all here. Let’s give him credit. He is a 31 year old guy with 800+ matches behind him.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Whatever Bennet does, it seems to go inside the lines. I’m not seeing this guy make a simple UFE.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

It would be a crisis if he loses the first game.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger needs to show utmost urgency in breaking Benet in the first 2 games of this set.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

As per Becker, Bennet is injured his left knee. He is not putting much effort on his serve.


the DA Says:

Looks like Benneteau might be cramping. The tennis gods do smile on Fed.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Bennet is slowing down the pace of the match a lot during his serve. I’m not sure why they umpires never bother to give a time violation.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

DA, I believe it’s more to do with Roger’s endurance in this match. Also Roger has the momentum now after winning two consecutive sets. Infact this is pretty bad for Roger with this distraction.


madmax Says:

El Flaco Says:
Fed was 2 points from losing the match on 2 different occasions.

June 29th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Huh?

Becker is a drama queen. Hate it when he commentates.

This match now is in the balance. Federer is going to have to really want to win this and either go for broke or just get through it, let it slide, no fight, give it to Julian, concentrate on “next” wimby.

Excruciating to watch this. Understnd the rafa fans last night. 5 setters are not a joy to watch these days.

I had not realised how much grass court practice benny had had prior to wimby.

And if he does beat fed (noooooooooo), hen Benny is injured, likely to go out next round. That’s the bummer.

We shall see.

Wish upon 2 stars now.


the DA Says:

Champions aren’t supposed to get bothered by distractions.


jane Says:

“Bennet is injured his left knee” – Too bad for that to happen to him. He played a cracker of a match until the injury. Fed has it in the bag now.


jamie Says:

THIS Federer is not beating Nole. Too old.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

The moment of inspiration from Roger in that game breaking Bennet. Needs to keep his focus now. The match is in his racquet.


Sienna Says:

He is not onjured!
Just wanted the trainer on court to give him massage.

FED is a break up COMON!!!!!!!


Eric Says:

Roger’s movement has improved tremendously. Benneteau is still playing amaaaazing tennis, this is a tight match, but Roger should be able to win this fifth set if he can just stay steady. Up the break with a return winner — nice stuff.


Eric Says:

Wow, this match went from being a tossup to a 4-1 lead for Roger in about 45 seconds. Crazy how that can happen. Of course, he still has to hold serve twice. :)


Sienna Says:

This is it! ARe you watching Nadal? Litle fh

head….

The kingpin is comming back from 2-0 sets and he is gonna win this championship. He is in the tournement


racquet Says:

jane, I’m amazed Julien has played as well as this considering what happened to him in Monte Carlo.


Eric Says:

By the way, has anyone come across anything about Soderling recently, or when he expects to return? I haven’t heard anything for months.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Becker just commentating what Bennet does is gamesmanship. He is not supposed to do this.

DA, it’s not about distraction in the right way. This is not part of the rule. He is trying to break the rule here.


jane Says:

racquet, true. Was it a broken wrist? I remember the spill but can’t remember what the injury was.


the DA Says:

This sienna character should lay off the booze.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

jamie, i’m surprised. you understand tennis too. i thought u only post the predictions from the net.


racquet Says:

jane, I think it was a stress fracture. But still.


El Flaco Says:

Nadal and Malisse fans are very upset right now.


madmax Says:

jane Says:
“Bennet is injured his left knee” – Too bad for that to happen to him. He played a cracker of a match until the injury. Fed has it in the bag now.

June 29th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Jane,

please. A polite request. Can you not say that things are in the bag. I know we are all different, but anything can happen and you know that more than anyone. How can anything ever be in the bag?

Sienna, from one federer fan to another, can you just STFU. You are so disrespectful here. Stop bringing nadal into this other than in a respectful way. Because you will get your come uppance otherwise.


the DA Says:

Roger escapes. He’s a very lucky boy.


Maso Says:

I can’t believe it, another comeback from 2 sets down for Roger!!!! I’m ashamed to admit i didn’t have the balls to watch most of it.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Fantastic victory by Roger. Again shows what a great competitor this champion is. He may not go on to beat Novak in the semis, but these are the matches which keeps reminding fans that he was just not a unbelievable talent alone, but an unbelievable competitor.

He earned the victory, nothing to do with Bennet’s injury. He kept pace with Bennet, though did not exceed him till the 5th set.


Sienna Says:

People this is how you do it!

Bennetaue crying and Roger is not over celebrating his earned victory..

Nadal would have put his fist in his mouth. That is why Roger is the ULTIMATE CHAMPION.

NOVAK is even not in the picture.


Eric Says:

YES. Wow. WOW. What an effort. Clearly Benneteau lost a bit of an edge in the fifth set, there. He looks absolutely devastated, holding his head in his hands at 40-0 — gotta feel bad for him, WHAT A MATCH. And as someone said, he was 2 points away from victory not once but two or three times in the fourth set. Great effort from Roger to keep his nerve and make Benneteau play the distance – as Roger said after doing this against Delpo, you have to make the opponent understand how far is still left for them to go. Well, Julien almost made it, but not quite. What a shame for him, but as a Federer fan, I am, of course, ecstatic. He looked over and done after the second set.


jane Says:

madmax, sorry, thought it was safe to say Fed could close it out after he got the break; it was not meant to offend. Congrats on his comeback.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Malisse looks to be in good form. This does not look like an easy draw anymore for Roger.


Andrea Says:

Heart attack city! What a recovery! Roger!!! Julien will be ruing this loss.


the DA Says:

In the post-match interview Roger admitted he was very fortunate.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

The other half schedule looks pretty empty for tomorrow without Rafa. It’s been such a long time that we are missing one of the Top 2 player, it feels pretty odd now.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

WOW! What a fight by Roger. Amazing! Great play, especially what Benetteau could do with a bad leg, heroic.


Gannu Says:

My god ….really didn’t expect this heart attack for sure….at least my weekend is not ruined…..really roger how r u going to win this against djokovic…infant I can’t assume nething in any round now I feel…bye fed fans congrats on our man surviving….bye madmax…cya


Mark Says:

@ Sienna. You are a foul mouthed B!!!!Ch! Haven’t you got some dung balls to bake??


the DA Says:

It doesn’t look empty at all. Lots of juicy matches: Roddick vs Ferrer, Murray vs Baggy, Tsonga vs Lacko, Nishikori vs Delpo, Tsonga vs Lacko.


Eric Says:

I wouldn’t go that far, Nirmal. There are several great matches slated for tomorrow:

Ferrer-Roddick. Well, this might end up being quite boring, but it’ll be a great test for where Roddick’s form is at and how Ferrer is on grass this year – can he make his first Wimbledon quarterfinal by beating Roddick and (likely) JMDP?

Speaking of whom, Nishikori is no pushover; could be a very tight match.

Murray-Baghdatis. Always a fun matchup, although Marcos has been fairly disappointing against Murray in the past few years, if I recall correctly.

And of course, there is always the question of how Rosol will play – as well as against Nadal? Or (more likely) will he experience a massive dip? I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if Kohls wins in 3 or 4 sets. Probably 4. On the other hand, maybe this is a genuine “coming out” for Rosol. Who knows.

Anyway, I get what you’re saying, but it’s still a great half with a lot of fun players left. Tsonga should roll for now, but there will be fireworks soon.


jamie Says:

@Nirmal Kumar

I believe tennis country will be right with their prediction of an all 2HBH in the finals.

Nole vs (Murray, Delpo or Tsonga).


Mark Says:

Fed will need a wheel chair after this!!


Sienna Says:

Nirmal Kumar Says:
Fantastic victory by Roger. Again shows what a great competitor this champion is. He may not go on to beat Novak in the semis

No Nirmal if you are a true Fed fan then you know deep in your heart that Fed is gonna win the Novaksemi…

You feel it in your vains,

You are clearly not. Burt Andy keeping this form he is in with a real shot.
The final will beFed Andy or Fed Tsonga it all depands on Murray,


jamie Says:

@Nirmal Kumar

Don’t kid yourself. Fed won today for the same reason he beat Delpo at RG a few weeks ago. Opponent got injured. Nole will beat Fed.


Sienna Says:

Mark Says:
@ Sienna. You are a cery nice poster and thank for just being here.

@Mark thank you Mark
That was really really nice of you.


Sienna Says:

jamie Says:
@Nirmal Kumar

Don’t kid yourself. Fed won today for the same reason he beat Delpo at RG a few weeks ago. Opponent got injured. Nole will beat Fed.

June 29th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

PAY TRIBUTE TO THE GOAT!


dari Says:

i will watch the replay later.

glad roger pulled it out

NO MORE ROOF ;)

safe to say fed will have to clean it up if he wants to stay in the tournament any further?!


Piet Says:

I’m happy that Roger came through. But boy did he dance a tight rope in this one…

All credit to Benneteau for making it a match and especially the way he did. During the first couple of sets he always ended on top during the big points. And how! Boy did he play some gutsy shots (that drop shot at set point down…)

Crazy match to. Until 4 all first set nothing wrong. Scrappy game from Fed & great returning from Julien and voila; a break and the 1st set for him.

I still think the Fed from a couple of years ago would have done better in the return games, converted more of his few chances and played a little better and more agressive on the big points, especially in that second set.

All in all a great match.


madmax Says:

jane Says:
madmax, sorry, thought it was safe to say Fed could close it out after he got the break; it was not meant to offend. Congrats on his comeback.

June 29th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Jane, don’t apologise. In tennis, I never see anything as safe, especailly in a 5 setter.It was awesome, crazy scary for federer fans. That was all.

mark, which side of the fence are you on? You are confusing me.

Thank goodness federer has the weekend off and doesn’t play until sunday.

Let’s hope that vivier gives him some great massage and he really revisits the gameplan with annacone, because this was just too close.

I agree that in this form, he will not beat novak.

But, who does he play in the next match? It’s weird because they all, to me, now, look like mini rosols! because they all BELIEVE!

Nohting is easy from now on.

62 match wins on grass. 1 behind Sampras.

Go Roger. This was a lucky escape indeed, but we will take it.

Hope the rest and recovery will help a lot over the weekend, 2 days is definitely what is needed!


Ray Says:

haha! the tennis Gods played a wicked joke on the rafa fans.

you guys really thought fed and nole were losing today, didn’t you? gotcha suckers!

some excellent tennis from benettau and fed. these guys took the strings out of the equation. this was no power bashing. they could have as well been playing with wooden racquets! old-school tennis.

loved every minute it of it. Thank you fed. You really are created by the Tennis Gods!

Federer on center court wimbledon – just perfect!


Kimberly Says:

COngrats on your guy pulling it out to Madmax, Dave, Skeezer, Gannu, Daniel and most of the tennis x forum. Still bitter about yesterday.


Eric Says:

I didn’t follow the boards during Djokovic’s match. (I was sleeping.) Did anyone actually think he would lose to Steps just because he went a set down…? That would be astonishingly stupid…

Still feel bad for Benneteau: so close to something so great. Too bad he couldn’t be in some other part of the draw…


Ray Says:

come on guys! let roger enjoy his career. he has done so much, why do you keep piling the burden on him.

remember this guy is 30 and he is playing in a generation where the no.1 is about 6 years younger than him.

you can cheer for him but dont curse him if he doesn’t deliver! most players quit tennis by his age! he’s out there fighting time and tennis history. the least we could do is lower the pressure on him!


Eelco Says:

Look at it this way. If Rosol can beat Nadal (not having done anything much before) and if Benneteau almost can beat Federer, then why should Federer (having won 6 Wimbledon’s already) not be be able to beat Djokovic? Or is my logic flawed in some way?


Eelco Says:

PS: assuming Federer and Djokovic reach the semi’s of course…..


Mark Says:

Benneteau deserved to win today.


alison Says:

Ray says haha the tennis gods played a wicked joke on the Rafa fans,you guys really thought Nole/Roger were going to loose got you suckers,do you know how pathetic that sounds,as a fan of Rafa as much as im dissapointed he lost yesterday,for the sake of the competition im really glad Nole/Roger both came through their matches today,some of us are not that childish,and resort in tit for tat,we leave that to 6 year olds.


madmax Says:

Mark Says:
Benneteau deserved to win today.

June 29th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Mark, you are probably right. But I also deserve to get the job of my dreams, bla bla.

Whatever happened today, Federer bit the bullet in the tightest moment – tie breaker – he bit the bullet Mark, and that deserves some credit. After that, it was anybody’s match. I agree with you.

Nice that you are so objective though.


skeezer Says:

Fed won despite imo poor movement by his standards. He’s gonna have to play a LOT better. Benneteau played well enough to win, congrats to him, but the you don’t win by deserving , you win by having a better score. Fed somehow navigated through a match he could have easily lost. Congrats Fed, play on!

K thanks for the props ;)


Ray Says:

just as rafa deserved to win yesterday. but in the end, the better players came through.


Ray Says:

alison : good for you if you didnt.

but there are jokers who are like that and the message was for them. i never addressed you particularly, so it is not my problem if you take offense @things not said to you.

i know the dumb@$$es who deserve such messages are getting them.


Sienna Says:

Yes Roger is now in the championshipr.
He was actually alreawylooking towards Nadal! and now he is in th e4th round against belgium Malisse.

Facing Djoker in semis is a bonus if you afe able to survive matches against Bennetau.


jane Says:

“Facing Djoker in semis is a bonus if you afe able to survive matches against Bennetau.”

Why? Nole is easier to beat than Benneteau? I don’t get your point.


madmax Says:

Bennetau said he was cramping in the fifth set–”so it was tough for me to serve and also to have a strong support to hit the ball well. ”

Benneteau set the tone for the match with his defiant attitude and competitive attitude in the first two sets but it was a measure of Federer’s resistance that he did not lose his service in either of the last three sets.

Just up on the wimbledon website. And, wow. Benny’s comments on Fed and Fed’s on benny’s.

Classy.

Benneteau said of Federer: “He played well.

Mentally he’s a rock you know. He’s two sets down and he doesn’t show anything. After that if your level is a little bit lower, right here, right now he takes the opportunity.

He has a capacity also to improve his game during the match. So you have to be focused every point, every point against him. If you don’t make the right shot tactically you lose the point almost. So it’s tough.

“Two sets down and he’s a champion. He arrived to win the match in five sets and he was not in control.

I think he was a little bit panicked but not comfortable. But at the end of the day he’s here.

He doesn’t make any mistakes. At the end of the fourth set his serve was incredible.”

——————————————————————————–


El Flaco Says:

Funny comment from Benneteau about Fed not showing his frustration. McEnroe was complaining in the commentary booth that Fed wasn’t showing enough emotion. He probably wanted him to yell at someone and smash a racquet. Fed was smart to stay cool and not show any signs of losing control. Fed’s style of play is not compatible with anger. I’ve seen Nadal get angry at the umpire or a bad call and he sometimes channels it into beast mode.


Eric Says:

Mac is an idiot, is this news to anyone? When Roger gets angry, especially with the umpire, is when you know he’s going to lose. Maybe Mac is too busy thinking about himself to pay attention to how Federer actually acts on court.


Kimmi Says:

phew!!!


steve-o Says:

Ditto, Kimmi.

Roger cutting things close yet again! Hope he can raise his game for the next rounds.


Maso Says:

@Brando

Thanks for the happy birthday wishes! And Roger did come back. I’m fairly ashamed to have abandoned him halfway through, though I did check the score very regularly and switched on the TV every now and again to look at how things were going. In any case, really happy Roger is still in this. Go Fed, take this trophy home!


skeezer Says:

‘‘He proved he is great. The greatest,’’ Benneteau said. ‘‘Technically, physically, mentally, he was exceptional.’’

They’ve known each other since they were kids on the junior circuit, and Federer credited Benneteau with having played ‘‘a wonderful match, from start to finish. … Could have — or should have — gotten me.’’


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I think folks understood my statement on empty wrongly, maybe i’m my mistake for working it incorrectly. Yes, there are excellent matches. Things really pickup from here. But still for me not having Rafa in the other side makes it look very different after a long time. Just that my bias towards watching Rafa and Roger along in a GS is a wonderful experience. Ofcourse there are many good matches now to feed us.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Ray, I wish all the Roger fans have your attitude. You summed up so well.

Let’s not burden the legend with expectations. It’s a privilege just to watch this champion play on the lawns. Let’s cherish and celebrate his victory than cursing him.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Jamie, I agree with you. Roger is not going to beat Novak. Atleast that’s how I see. Maybe he does, but for me it would be a miracle if it happens.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I’m not sure why people think Roger is lucky. He started playing well, and did not look like he would lose inspite of the scoreline. You could see the confidence in him, though he was indecisive in some key moments.

Roger was a better player from 3rd set. Even in 2nd set, he had his chances. Just that Bennet played some crazy tennis and hit the lines on BP. I don’t think Bennet would have had chance in 5th, once Roger got better on returns and gs. The only worrying factor on the match was the poor net play by Roger. He could not bend for any volleys. He stood upright. Not sure what’s going wrong with his physique?


Gordo Says:

I seriously cannot believe after yesterday’s match (I think we the one of which I refer) there are still some of you blathering away about who will be winning what upcoming match, not speculatively, but with such authorative arrogance as if to rebuff anyone who might challenge the brilliance of your crystal ball.

Not coincidentally a lot of those blowhards have posts that can be found buried in past blogs predicting (again with that same authorative arrogance) that Nadal would not lose a set en route to this year’s mens final at Wimbledon.

No shame, no honour, no admission of being wrong and no class either. You wear the dysfunctional label well.


Lisa Says:

Federer I thought handled himself well under immance pressure….

But he certainly has to play alot better then he did against Julien….if he wants the championship….

Julien was exceptional…was the better player for the most part of the match. Derserved to win the match too….

As a Federer fan, hope he comes back to play like the champion we know….


skeezer Says:

Gordo,
Well said!


Sienna Says:

jane Says:
“Facing Djoker in semis is a bonus if you afe able to survive matches against Bennetau.”

Why? Nole is easier to beat than Benneteau? I don’t get your point.

June 29th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

My point is that he is now in the tournement. And he would not have to think of what is ahead.
They always say : I’ll take it 1 match at a time. But that can sometimes be very hard. especially if Nadal , DJokovic are playing very weel or they are being run over in their matches.

He can now worry about malisse, cause Benneteau has pulled him back to the championships.And if he faces Djoker in semi I am not worried at all. It is that match for the final. Fed will be the hunter in that match.


jane Says:

Okay, I think I get what you mean now, i.e., that he is now “in the tournament” and the “bonus” aspect.


alison Says:

Julien did a good job by managing to stay with Roger for 3 sets,then Roger showed the champions mentality,from a neutral point of view these matches are fantastic,when you dont have anything invested emotionally,where you can put your feet up relax and enjoy,however when your a fan 5 setters can really put you through the ringer emotionally,as you always want your favourite to come through as quickly and as easily as possible,a fantastic match by both,very clean ball stricking.


Sienna Says:

Bonus is that he winning Wimbledon 2012 and to go through Nivak would be the icing on the cake. He would be the true #1.


Margot Says:

eric: if u think Mac is an “idiot” u should try Becker, talk about stating the blindingly obvious and he NEVER shuts up!
In fact, surprise, surprise Courier at RG was a real revelation in the commentary box – insightful, knowledgeable, very good on technicalities/history of the game, and, that most cherished attribute of a commentator,unlike Boris, ABLE to shut up.
Unfortunately not used by BBC :(


jamie Says:

Forza Azzurri, rompere il culo agli spagnoli.


Kimberly Says:

Wow, jie zheng has put on some major pounds


Fedfan Says:

Can I just say read Tennis Country predictions said the finals would 2H backhands but it didn’t specify between the men’s final or the women’s final.


Steve 27 Says:

This Wimbledon is for Tsonga!. Sorry djoko fans, fed fans, murray fans, the Frenchman would celebrate next week. I expect that.


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