Federer Survives, Serena Rolls At Olympics; Murray, Djokovic, Venus Today
by Staff | July 29th, 2012, 6:17 am
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Alejandro Falla did it again, and again came up just short. Two years after pushing grass great Roger Federer to five sets at Wimbledon, the Colombian had Federer on the ropes for a second time on the famed Center Court.

Federer blew three match points opportunities in the second set which allowed Falla to gather, find his form and clay back into the match. Falla took the second, went down a break in the third but managed to level again before Federer finally took charge winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

“I never stopped believing,” said Federer. “Kept on pushing. Even though he got back a break in the third set, that obviously also got my nerves going because the margins are very small at that point. I’m happy I found a way to tough it out really.”

Seeking a first singles medal, Federer advances to meet Julien Benneteau in the second on Monday.

Other men’s winners included Juan Martin Del Potro, John Isner, Gilles Simon and Janko Tipsarevic who ousted former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian. Former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych was shocked by Steve Darcis in straight sets. The Czech also lost first round at Wimbledon.

“I think this is maybe the best victory of my career,” said Darcis,

Tournament favorite Serena Williams won her 12th straight match match pounding former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic. Serena, has two golds in doubles, but none in singles.

“I was a little nervous in the first set, but I think once I got relaxed, I played a little better,” said Serena. “I actually think I played solid. I felt the ball well. I missed a few shots, but at least I was going forward.”

Upsets hit the women’s draw as Sam Stosur continued her struggles. Former French Open champion Li Na was also upset.

Today, Brit hope Andy Murray returns to Center Court to face another Swiss, this time Stan Wawrinka. Former Wimbledon champions Novak Djokovic, Lleyton Hewitt, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova are all in action.

Roger Federer and the Williams sisters begin their 2008 gold medal defense in doubles.

Centre Court
Start: 12:00
Julia GOERGES (GER) V Agnieszka RADWANSKA (POL)
Stanislas WAWRINKA (SUI) V Andy MURRAY (GBR)
Shahar PEER (ISR) V Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS)
Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) [5] V Thomaz BELLUCCI (BRA)

Court 1
Start: 12:00
Fabio FOGNINI (ITA) V Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB)
Sara ERRANI (ITA) [9] V Venus WILLIAMS (USA)
David GOFFIN (BEL) V Juan MONACO (ARG)
Victoria AZARENKA (BLR) [1] V Irina-Camelia BEGU (ROU)

Court 2
Start: 11:30
David FERRER (ESP) [4] V Vasek POSPISIL (CAN)
Andy RODDICK (USA) V Martin KLIZAN (SVK)
Petra CETKOVSKA (CZE) V Angelique KERBER (GER)
Nishikori / Soeda (JPN) V Federer / Wawrinka (SUI) [6]


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133 Comments for Federer Survives, Serena Rolls At Olympics; Murray, Djokovic, Venus Today

metan Says:

Falla helped Roger to raise his game- pretty good warming up for fed.

Is raining there? Got tweet some games will be delayed.


metan Says:

Go david, closed the 1st set!


dari Says:

Hi guys, this is the first time I’m really watching Olympic tennis and its quite exciting. I almost forgot how clean novak’s strokes are. Nice to watch. And boy was he the happiest flag bearer :)
Hope they will put on stan and Murray after the tie break


dari Says:

Well maybe they are not as clean today…


dari Says:

Safe to say I’ve never seen fed in the stands before. Weird.
Great hustle and hands by Murray to get a break!


Kimmi Says:

great win for julia goerges. too bad for aggie radwasnka but i love julia.


Kimmi Says:

wow! this djokovic/ fognini match is too close for comfort if you are a novak fan.


Kimmi Says:

murray with a great start. a set and a break, just what the doctor ordered.


Kimmi Says:

was federer in the stands dari? yap, that would be weird! never seen him there either.


metan Says:

Horray, David got 1st set,

Any body watching David?, no channel here,,,argh,,only can see the score!


dari Says:

Hi kimmi, how are you? Yes, fed luthi anacone fed’s physio all in the stands!

Is an outside court back and playing kimmi?


dari Says:

I meant to ask to metan


metan Says:

@kimmi, nole only has eyes for Maria not the ball, haha


metan Says:

Fed is standing there to cheer wawrinka, they will play double later.

Rain go away, come again another day, I want to watch David playing.


Kimmi Says:

easy one for muzza. no drama really!!


Dave Says:

dari and kimmi, Fed has been in the stands to cheer for his buddy Wawrinka (this one was against Hewitt on grass at Davis Cup in Australia, just after the 2011 USO)
http://federerfan07.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/federer_daviscup_sept_62.jpg


Kimmi Says:

how was ferrer playing metan? nole match is not back yet.


Mark Says:

One Sui out, another to go!!


Kimmi Says:

dave – thanks for the pic. olympics look more like a normal tennis tournament i guess, that is why it was kind of weird. I know in the davis cup all the players from the same country always sits together right next to the court to cheer.


Shailesh Says:

is it still raining?


Dave Says:

Kimmi, hmm. I wonder if Federer also watched Stan’s matches at Beijing Olympics. Stan did watch Federer yesterday.


Sienna Says:

Mark I agree I want all the spanish players to loose beside of David Ferrer.
But Ferrer gets a cheer from me. He was the i,portant force of the spanish team collecting the davis Cups and Nada stool hios limelight every time. He never ever wants to share in the result. He doesnt give for his compratiats he is just there for himself.

So is shown this Olympics. He hasnot cheered for them he is not there to give them support.
He gives more for soccer then his com[patriats playing the same game as he does.


El Flaco Says:

I was surprised Annacone was there and he had the Swiss Team hat on. I know sometimes countries hire coaches from different countries, but I figured it was just be Severin Luthi.


Dave Says:

Sienna, David Ferrer is a true hero in Spain’s Davis Cup titles. It’s Ferrer, Verdasco, Feliciano Lopez and Tommy Robredo (to a lesser extent Almagro and Granollers) who sacrificed their ATP success to travel to countries outside Europe for Spain’s away DC ties. In his entire career, Mark’s idol did not play any Davis Cup tie outside Europe. You can see the details in the ‘team win/loss’ in this link (then look for ‘host’).
http://www.daviscup.com/en/teams/team/profile.aspx?id=ESP


Dave Says:

This three-setter probably sold a lot of tickets for the exhibition match Federer plans to play in Bogota Colombia in November (Bogota which should be Falla’s hometown).

It’s melodramatic to write that “Federer survives” or that “the Colombian had Federer on the ropes for a second time on the famed Center Court”. Alejandro Falla did not do it again, nor did he come up just short. Relax, despite his hiccup and Falla’s excellent play toward the end of the second set as well as Federer’s claims he felt nervous… the reality is that Federer was never ever on the ropes (except in the dreams of Fed’s obsessive critics :). It was Federer’s first match back after three weeks, so some rustiness was bound to show in the second and third sets. In the third set Federer (TMF) was never in any real danger as he was ahead for most of the set and Falla did not get close to any break opportunities. Federer simply showed his focus, competitiveness and fighting spirit to work on winning the third set until Falla fell down to earth. It wasn’t coincidence that Federer kept breaking Falla at around the 3-3 game in each set.

The British newspaper Guardian (tennis writer Kevin Mitchell tends to be negative about Federer): “To everyone’s relief but Falla’s Federer started playing like the god who beat Murray three weeks ago, rediscovering those sumptuous touches that separate him from mortals again. Well as Falla played, Federer played 20% better… In the end he (Federer) showed enough of his enduring class to frighten the rest of the field. Once he got in front in the third the shots flowed like, well, gold, bringing all the familiar “oohs” and “aahs” from his adoring public, who stood and cheered his beautiful fightback. It was almost like Wimbledon.”

This is Federer: the odds are on his side. First, over the past 52 weeks, Federer has the ATP’s best winning percentage in the best-of-three sets match format (89% or 52-6) as well as won the most best-of-three sets titles (7 titles, including the WTF, 3 Masters 1000 and 3 ATP 500). David Ferrer is the only player who won a few more of such matches than Federer did. Second, compared to the other top players, Federer has lost the least number of matches in early rounds of tournaments. No matter how well his early round opponents play, Federer rarely loses because he tends to find a way to win, even in the best-of-three sets format. Third, since May 2010 Estoril, Federer has lost the least number of matches to lesser players ranked worse than No.19 (the only three players who beat him — Hewitt, Roddick and Haas — were all former top players and/or grand slam champions as well as friends of Federer).

Two years ago when Falla pushed Federer to five sets at 2010 Wimbledon, Roger’s mobility and game had been affected by the leg injury he suffered at Halle semifinals. Regardless, Federer still turned around that match and won the final set 6-0. Federer had easily disposed of the Falla twice within weeks of that Wimbledon encounter: at 2010 Halle grass (Federer lost just three games in 52 minutes) and at 2010 French Open (Federer straight setted Falla on his favorite surface). Fed’s earlier matches with Falla were just as easy (see link)
http://www.atpworldtour.com/Players/Head-To-Head.aspx?pId=F324&oId=F444


Margot Says:

Um…so Berdych won’t take out Andy after all, as some have predicted….lol
Meanwhile Andy takes care of Stan, whose given him a lot of bother in the past. Very encouraging. IMHO Andy is a tad underestimated on grass but only time will tell.
Most spectacular part of opening was forging of the rings and lifting them skywards. Very moving.
Quite game of the queenie to join in too :)


tennisfansince76 Says:

Fognini is giving Djoker a run for his money


dari Says:

i meant none-davis cup of course, dave!


mem Says:

Mark,

please hurry and read dave’s 12:44 p.m. post. it’s hilarious! he even included a link to support his distorted view of reality. read all about it!

your Uncle Dave is insinuating that ferrer & co are responsible for winning spain’s dc titles without the help of nadal. just when i thought he couldn’t get any sicker, there he goes proving me wrong.

in other words, your Uncle Dave is suggesting that nadal doesn’t even own a dc because he has never participated outside of europe. talk about being stricken with a psychological illness! we have been laughing every since we first read it.

oh btw mark, ask your Uncle Dave how many dc titles has his idol, roger federer played or won inside or outside of europe?


mem Says:

Mark,

i forgot to remind you, claycourt titles and davis cup titles are not significant. don’t you forget now, clay is NOT a surface!


alison Says:

Dave even though im a Rafa fan,i have to agree that David Ferrer is one of the nicest,most hard working players on the ATP tour,who i would love to see win a big title,another spaniard i always liked watching too was Verdasco,who pushed Rafa very close at the AO in 2009,might be JMO but i thought he had a good chance go on to win a major at some point,but somehow never quite lived up to his talent and potential,i always thought he was one of the most talented spanish players out there too,again might be JMO,he was also ranked inside the top 10 at one point,just wondering whats your opinion?


Mark Says:

@mem. Hi. Thanks for reminding me. No, clay is not a surface, but BLUE CLAY is!


alison Says:

Great quality tennis match been played by Tsonga/Bellucci so many great shots from both players,no idea which way this one will swing,both serving and holding serve very well,just a point here and there will decide things,me thinks.


alison Says:

Love Joe even when frustrated,he still comes out with that lovely smile of his lol.


mem Says:

Mark,

i have a tendency to forget that nadal’s titles on clay are irrelevant. i must admit, i get a kick out of Uncle Dave’s reasoning! he’s a one man comedy show!


alison Says:

Margot did you see top 20 British Gold Medal winners the other night? Sir Steve Redgrave at No1,Daley Tompson at No 3,along with Coe,Ovett,Wilkie etc etc,such sporting greats past and present,made for great viewing anyway,BTW great result for Andy,glad he managed to get the job done in two sets,against a player who was a potentialy a trickt oponent.


alison Says:

Joe chokes away 3 match points,Bellucci holds,Tsonga has to try serve it out?


skeezer Says:

alison

Yeah Tsonga match a good one


alison Says:

Thanks Skeezer i was begining to wonder if i was the only one out there watching it?


skeezer Says:

Nice finish to a good match :)


Brando Says:

LOL @ the winning point- typical jo, very dramatic!

He’s fun to watch for sure! :-)


alison Says:

Tsonga closes it out,wow great match from both,allcredit to Thomas, aww one of those games when its a shame there has to be a looser,the more i see of Joe the more im becoming a fan of his,loved his celebration at the end.


alison Says:

Brando/Skeezer How did Nole get on in the end?


skeezer Says:

alison,

Missed Nole’s match, was playing tennis myself :). Just got back to watch the last half of Tsonga’s match.


Mark Says:

mem. Sorry just caught your 2.17 post referring me uncle dave’s 12.44 pm post. Did he forget Rafa’s attendance in Belgium last year or that Rafa has participated every year that I can remember, in DC matches. When he hasn’t participated away there was always a good reason for his absence. Yeah, how many DC events has his man participated in?? That is one of the titles that will always be missing from fed’s cv – a DC title!!


Mark Says:

mem. Actually it just goes to show fed’s patriotism towards his country, or rather the lack thereof!! Rafa loves his country and will do everything in his power to support Spain!


Brando Says:

@Alison:

did not see novak’s match. agree though- jo is alot of fun to watch, very much an entertainer.


skeezer Says:

Alison,

i just heard that Nole was 7-7 in the first set then they were called off the court due to rain delay. When he went back on he lost the next 2 points. Not good timing. Then he got it together and won the next 2 sets……


Mark Says:

mem. What was that link all about? Fed 5 – Falla 0 ?????


mem Says:

Mark,

absolutely, blue clay is a legitimate surface. i won’t elaborate on why. i think you already know the answer. your uncle dave’s has a ph.d. in denial!


alison Says:

Skeezer i played tennis at school when i was a teenager,but somehow its one sport i never quite got the hang of,always prefered to watch it instead,Netball was always my fav sport,however after running around after 27 old people all day,im too knackered to do anything much lol,so many fit and active people on this forum you put me to shame lol.


mem Says:

Mark,

i didn’t access the link; it was of no interest to me. i’m sure it was one of his usual attempts to support his irrationality.


alison Says:

Nole came through thanks Skeezer.


Mark Says:

mem. As I said the link showed the h2h with Falla?? LMAO!


skeezer Says:

alison,

What is netball?


mem Says:

Mark,

that is funny! i missed interpreted what you were getting at. maybe your uncle dave is getting a little confused. i guess it’s hard to keep up with what link goes with whose name, especially if you post links every two seconds as does dave.


mem Says:

Mark,

s/b “misinterpreted.”


sar Says:

Why is Nole on court 1?


alison Says:

Skeezer cant believe youve never heard of Netball?well 2 teams of 7 girls play in 7 different postions,passing the ball to each other without moving your feet when you pass the ball to each other,and try to get the ball into the net more than the other team, which is high up off the ground,the team with the most points wins,if you move your feet when passing you forfit a point penalty,like football its 45 mins each way,positions are centre forward,wing defence,wing attack,goal attack,goal shooter,goal defence and goal keeper,all have your own positions and in those positions you can only go into cerain parts of the court,my explanation is probably about as clear as mud but its the best i can do im afraid,it was only a girls sport,i used to love it and wanted to do that for a living when i was a teenager when i left school.


alison Says:

^BTW you can move when you have passed the ball^.


skeezer Says:

alison,

Believe it or not I never heard of it. Thanks for sharing! Interesting :)

————————-

sar,

I saw that too. Maybe its because Murray pulls rank cause its in Britain?


skeezer Says:

alison,

Ok Youtubed it. Looks just like American Basketball except you can’t dribble and the is no backboard for the net. So could you shoot it in the net? What position did u play?


Sienna Says:

@Dave
Thanks I knew Rafa was getting way o much credit for the DC wins. He played 1 away game in the last 4 years. Go figure who played the other ones.

I remember last year Fed travelling after a terrible loss half way around the world to play the ozzies in the outbacks.
The beds were burning so hot is was. Lets give it back.

Rafa opts to play the home ties and then only the singles. ANd he most off the time doesnt even have to win the second rubber.

I tell you great link to show us all the misunderstandings about Rafa and DC


Mark Says:

mem. Let’s just ignore his links in future. He cherry picks them anyway – whatever suits him!!


Mark Says:

Does anyone know who has replaced Kohlschreiber?


mem Says:

Mark,

to be honest, i never open the links anyway. i have a pretty good idea what they are pertaining too.


alison Says:

Skeezer yeah exactly what i was thinking similar to American Basketball i love watching that also when i have a chance,I played in many positions,games teacher used to choose your position,i played Goal Attack and Goal shooter,similar positions but Goal attack could go much futhur forward and out of the penalty area,without bragging i did score quite a few goals in Netball lol,it was one of the only sports i actually excelled at.


skeezer Says:

^thats one small basket!


alison Says:

^Yeah lol^.


skeezer Says:

mem,

Since u are honest, and have a pretty good idea whats behind links, you probably don’t want to check this news item about Rafa, since, you now, you already know, and you don’t open links. But sorry mem, facts are the facts. Just sayin…

http://tinyurl.com/bmjpn49


Kimberly Says:

skeezer, great link. Thanks a lot. Now with that in mind I have to watch Kaiser swimming in the pool with my kids.


alison Says:

Skeezer OMG gorgeous,thanks for that lovely link,i will go to bed now with that picture on my mind,you certainly know what us women appreciate lol.


Wog boy Says:

sar,

It was disrespectful (understatment) to put Tsonga on CC ahead of #2 five times GS winner in his prime, not the first and it won’t be last time. Nole is used to it, so are we his fans.

P.S. Murray deserved to be at CC as #4 as second pair, plus beeing British, no problem with that.


skeezer Says:

Kimberly,

C’mon, Kaiser has a bod doesn’t he? ;)

————-

alison,

I am not jealous of Rafa’s tennis, but his bod, well, um…..gotta go. The gym awaits, arm and reverse leg curls, squats, lots of em!!


Kimmi Says:

wogboy and sar – They will probably schedule all the top guys on court 1 for one match. they did that at wimbledon. Murray, federer and nole all played one match on court no. 1. rafa lost early this year so it he missed his turn.

Nole match could be today, federer and murray might follow. lets see!


mem Says:

skeezer,

i think i’ll give you the honor of conveying to me what’s behind the link. i don’t recall saying i don’t check links at all. i was referring to links posted by dave. however, i know i can count on you to update me; you wouldn’t miss an opportunity to use rafa’s name in a sentence. go ahead, knock yourself out!


alison Says:

Skeezer LMAO im sure you look fine,TBH Rafas young enough to be my son,however if he were to say the word(i should be so lucky),i would go cougar in the blink of an eye.


Dave Says:

I don’t have time to respond fully to the nonsense of the mem-and-mark comedy duo, but I was laughing when I read what mark (marcie?) said.

I had stated: “In his entire career, Mark’s idol (i.e. Nadal) did not play any Davis Cup tie outside Europe. You can see the details in the ‘team win/loss’ in this link (then look for ‘host’).”
http://www.daviscup.com/en/teams/team/profile.aspx?id=ESP

Mark’s brilliant reply: “Did (uncle dave) forget Rafa’s attendance in Belgium last year…When he hasn’t participated away there was always a good reason for his absence. Yeah, how many DC events has his man participated in??”

Which part of the world does Mark think Belgiium is located? Someone puhleeze show Mark a map of the world and teach her where Europe and Belgium are located. I’m just too stunned to learn that Mark thinks that Belgium lies outside Europe.

Fact is, since Nadal started playing Davis Cup in 2004, he has skipped all four away ties outside Europe: USA (twice 2007, 2011), Argentina (2008 Davis Cup final) and Peru (2008). To date, despite Spain’s success, Nadal has played only 14 DC ties (not one tie outside Europe) and 27 matches (mostly on clay). With Nadal there is always a “good reason” for his absence isn’t there?

Nadal’s 30-year old compatriot and road runner David Ferrer played over 90 matches in the past 52 weeks (that’s one year) yet still showed up for 4 of Spain’s 5 DC ties during this period, including one critical tie in the USA (which had the most highly ranked team faced by Spain last year). During the same period, Nadal just showed up for 2 of Spain’s 5 DC ties — even if Nadal didn’t show up Spain probably would have won the Davis Cup, like they did without Nadal in 2008 against argentina in Argentina)

At Nadal’s age today, Federer in 2007 had already played 16 ties (including in Australia, Morocco, Russia) and 44 matches (because Federer carried the team in both singles and doubles. Since Switzerland did not advance to the latter rounds as much as Spain did (therefore Switzerland played less DC ties than Spain), Federer played a much greater percentage of all ties and matches for Switzerland ties compared to Nadal for Spain.


Dave Says:

Hi alison, yeah I would be very happy for David Ferrer to win a big title even if it came at the expense of Federer in a final. And yes, I think Verdasco may be the most talented Spaniard next to Rafa on all surfaces. But time is running out for him at age 28. He just does not seem to be beating people ranked higher than him. If only he had Ferrer’s mental strength, he would be dynamite (not just hot sauce) as he has more weapons than David. One more for the cougar list :)


Polo Says:

To Dave: Re: Mark’s “Belgium is not part of Europe” comment.

That should teach you a lesson to pick your fights well, Dave. Make sure you pick one that is worth your time.


steve-o Says:

Glad Federer made it past Falla, hope he manages to down Benneteau more easily this time.

Bellucci put up a very tough fight, but Tsonga is more experienced on grass and has that big serve.


Dave Says:

To Polo: I assume you miswrote your last post otherwise you’re in the same category as mem-and-mark — asking to be taught a lesson. Common sense should have told you that it is not a “fight” when one side has no chance.

****

Olympic surprise: 16-year old Chinese female swimmer swims faster than her male counterpart (Ryan Lochte)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/london-2012-olympics-blog/2012/jul/29/london-2012-china-ye-shiwen


skeezer Says:

marcie,

Just FYI, Belgium is in Europe. Pass that on to mem.

Dave uses intelligence and reasoning and goes to great lengths to give you both links to back it up. You 2 are only acting ignorant by not reading them then go on a critsizing rant.
While you might look over and try to find some error with his voumes of posts, you’ll rarely find an error in his statements. You are the other hand contribute……?.?


metan Says:

Me happy, knowing that david ferrer is in round 2! Congratulation David n best of luck for playing double today.


sar Says:

Kimmi, if they rotate, OK.
Skeezer, it’s OK if Murray pulls rank in London, but but why is Tsonga ahead of Nole?
Wog Boy, yeah we are getting used to it for sure.


skeezer Says:

sar,
“but but why is Tsonga ahead of Nole?”
Don’t have the answer for that one :(
maybe someone else ?


Michael Says:

I know pretty well that Falla is a dangerous customer especially when he is on song. I think Roger is a good match-up for him because he always plays well against him. It is good that he was able to come out unscathed and he didn’t have the fright of last time when he was almost on the verge of precipice in 2010. On the other side of the draw, Murray handled Wawarinka very well.


metan Says:

@skeezer, thanks for the link! Need to short out rafa’s photos when I have time.


Mark Says:

@ uncle dave. I missed the “outside Europe” bit and hence my comment about Belgium. I live in Europe and I am aware that Belgium is in Europe.


Mark Says:

squeeeeeeeezie. I always suspected you were sleazy, rhymes with your moniker. Your link just confirmed my suspicions. Ogling at Rafa’s beautiful bod??? Don’t blame you – it is a bod to behold!!!


Mark Says:

In the meantime. COME ON BENNETEAU!!! Finish the job this time round!!


Mark Says:

And why on earth is sleazy/squeeeeeezie scouring the Nadal fan sites???


Mark Says:

http://www.tennisnow.com/. See article Who is the best returner of all time.


Sienna Says:

LMAO Mark is probably the most ignorant poster on tennisx.

Mark
Here you go kid and please make youre homework prior to your escapades on tennis x. Rour mommy and daddy would be so proud of you if you got a grade that is not below average.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium


Mark Says:

sienna. No, you top the list. Read my post to uncle Dave at 3.09 am.


Dave Says:

Mark: “@ uncle dave. I missed the “outside Europe” bit and hence my comment about Belgium. I live in Europe and I am aware that Belgium is in Europe.”
Hmmm, you seem to have a problem comprehending what you read; your school failed failed to teach you about Belgium; and/or you have a delusion you’re living in Europe. Unfortunately, interacting with mem is a recipe for becoming Dumb and Dumber. Listening to Sienna and Skeezer might actually help you, give you hope.

Uncle Dave can also teach you about Belgium. Let’s start with something simple. This link has a picture of six excellent Belgium beers (the seventh, on the right, is a Dutch beer). Where are the six Belgian beers brewed?
(a) in futuristic Belgian breweries using equipment developed for the space station
(b) in monastery brewhouses
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7c/De_zeven_trappisten.jpg


Mark Says:

uncle Dave. Am not interested in Belgian beers. You are probably a beer guzzler. I have more expensive tastes where my drinks are concerned. I see you are still having a love affair with old Wiki!! Keep it up!! Keeps you busy!!


metan Says:

Mark, thanks for the link!

I am so envy with you staying in europe, more convenient time for watching tennis, I always missed it or sacrifice my bed time which ended up fighting with my beloved mother.
I’d love uso, that’s the best time.


Mark Says:

@metan. Yes, I must admit the timings for watching tennis now and during the European clay court swing are great but not so during the American hard court swing. Very inconvenient at that time.


Sienna Says:

Yes Dave hilarious.

The best beers are from Belgium but we have got HEINEKEN.

Is this Mark dude serious?
How on earth is this it possible to be so dumb.


metan Says:

@mark, thanks for the link @6:23,,that’s NADAL THE GREAT ACHIEVEMENT,EXCELLENT!


Sienna Says:

He dont eventuali know that those belgium beers are more expensive then most other alcolici beverages.ignorance is dripping off the tennisx site .


Mark Says:

sienna. Beers, I suppose, suit the likes of you and uncle dave. I have a more refined taste. Most beer guzzlers have pot bellies. Are you one of them??


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Mark, the numbers you have posted are pretty interesting. But I don’t see Roger’s number there in the comparison. I’m not sure why. But having watched his matches, I have never seen a better returner than Roger on the big servers. He just got everything back. I don’t see the same skill with Novak or even Agassi. Some of their returns are very offensive, but I don’t think they get back as many balls as Roger is capable of.


Polo Says:

Dave Says:

To Polo: I assume you miswrote your last post otherwise you’re in the same category as mem-and-mark — asking to be taught a lesson. Common sense should have told you that it is not a “fight” when one side has no chance.

Dave, I did not miswrite. What I meant in my post is that you should not pay attention to mem and/or mark. Those two are very difficult to discuss anything with because they are not as knowledgable as you are. They don’t write in an intelligent or logical manner either. Therefore, anything you post, no matter how well researched and factual they are, are lost on those guys because they are so biased that they fail to comprehend anybody who is opposed to their views. If you are to argue with anybody, it is important to do it with somebody who is at least open-minded and intelligent enough to comprehend and analyze your statements. Those two are just not the right people to waste one’s time with.


Mark Says:

NK. Those stats are courtesy of ATP. I must admit I am surprised as well that fed is not in the comparisons.


Mark Says:

Polo. That’s right – dish out some advice to uncle dave, he probably needs it.


Sienna Says:

O Mark you are beyond ignorant. I know you are being sincere in youre comments. You even try to explaine some of youre comments to others. Then youre are totally at a loss. SO ignorant and stupid.

You talk like a ten year old. You realise that dont you?


skeezer Says:

Raonic through, Goffin out.


Paradox Says:

Oh Sienna,You have not yet consulted regarding your ailments which make you hallucinated and paranoid?. Get well soon.Dave as usual will always be selective Dave.


madmax Says:

Oh My. To have an incredible tournament being played before our eyes and posters resort to name calling.

GROW UP PEOPLE!

Let’s enjoy the games, the tennis and talk about. If you can’t enter into the spirit of the games, go to shooting practice or something. Get rid of your anger that way. We don’t want to see childish crap every day.


skeezer Says:

“Dave as usual will always be selective Dave.”

Oh thats right, and you “hallucinated and paranoid” types haven’t? Give me a break, that was a reaaaaallllly good one.

——————

“COME ON BENNETEAU!!! Finish the job this time round!!”

marcie loses out again in the “please, somebody beat Fed!” sweepstakes as Fed dispatches JB 2 an 2. GO Fed!


Mark Says:

GO FED! Yup, he is going right out of reach of the Gold!


Mark Says:

^ You see, you have to use the right lingo to cheer your man. It goes something like this – VAMOS!!!


Mark Says:

In the meantime, the women’s handball is proving to be great fun. More interesting than tennis without Rafa.


skeezer Says:

marcie,

Happy for you! Keep watching that and quit posting then, no reason to, no? Below is the site to post for women’s handball, and here is for tennis players that are actually playing in the Olympics.

marcieloveswomenshandball.com

VOMIT!!! excuse me…errrrr. VamooS?


Mark Says:

^ Somebody is vomiting. Bring on a doctor please!!


Mark Says:

Istomin up next for the world no. 1. Who should I cheer for? What a quandary!!!


Dave Says:

mark/marcie: Based on your behavior on this site, my analysis indicates your refined taste in drinks is the exquisite wine in this link.
http://tinyurl.com/d98mjse

Sienna: Love Heineken. Have you tried other Dutch beers like De Molen or La Trappe?

Polo: Of course I’m aware of mark-and-mem’s obvious limitations and deficiencies. However, it’s my prerogative how to deal with mark and mem’s serial attacks on me, not yours. I could choose to make fun of them or, more typically, choose to use their claims to expond on the myths in their claims (like I did with Nadal’s Davis Cup record). You missed the big picture: you presume that I’m trying to communicate and reason with the irrational mark-and-mem — no I’m not, I’m simply using their attacks on me to communicate my views to everyone else.


Brando Says:

@madmax:

‘GROW UP PEOPLE!

Let’s enjoy the games, the tennis and talk about. If you can’t enter into the spirit of the games, go to shooting practice or something. Get rid of your anger that way. We don’t want to see childish crap every day.’

COMPLETELY AGREE- IT’S KILLING ALL THE JOY OF VISITNG THIS WEBSITE!

It used to be ALOT of fun posting here, but now it seems like a warzone most of the time!

What has happened to that old fashion notion of:

- Respecting the view of others, no matter what you think of them

- Agreeing to disagreeing with one another- for the sake of civility

- Refraining from responding to childish posts, knowing that it is not worthy of a response etc!

Come on folks- i am CERTAIN EVERYONE is better than this endless, petty back and forth that is going on atm!


Sienna Says:

Actually Brewery De Molen is very respected for there special beers in the world.

They can certainly compete with the Belgian beers.
I have taken a tour once at their brewery. With a few friends of mine.

So when Fed takes the Gold maybe I give myself a nice triple beer.

But I found actually the refined taste of Marks. http://www.asylum.com/2010/07/22/its-the-worlds-strongest-most-expensive-beer-inside-a-squi/


alison Says:

Brando great post,did you see the British mens team pick up a Bronze medal in the gymnastics fantastic stuff? Theres been some great matches in the tennis too, Delpo played great today very solid,im sensing he could pick up a medal,im thinking its so wide open that anything could happen,so many great events taking place all at once though thats the problem,so hard to keep up with everything thats going on.


Polo Says:

Dave, got it. I was not telling you what to do. I was not being sarcastic about you. It was meant to be a jest, sort of a satire. It was not meant to criticize what you do. If you took it that way, that was not my intention.


Polo Says:

Back to tennis. I don’t want to comment at all about Federer’s chance of winning. I am afraid to count chicks before they hatch. I might end up with an egg on my face. I am sure the Nadal fanatics are salivating to do that once Federer fails.


Sienna Says:

That is one thing we can be certain of. but on the other hand .They do that even if he wins.

Meanwhile the dynamic duo the golden boys are through to tthe next round.

Hopp team Suisse


Polo Says:

Whatever happens, Federer has had a great year so far: getting back to number one, the most weeks as number one. If somebody else will win, I hope it will be Murray, or Ferrer (in that order). Or Gasquet. I just love watching him play. Is Gasquet still around?


alison Says:

Thanks Dave for the reply July 29th 7.27pm,i also would be happy for Ferrer or Verdasco come to think of to win a big title at the hands of Rafa even,sadly both are getting to the stage where they are getting older,and the chances start to pass you by,i would say Ferrer would have a better chance as like you say hes mentally much tougher,BTW one more for the cougar list like it lol.


mem Says:

Polo,

you mean the way you “fed fanatics” celebrate when nadal fails. is that what you mean?


Polo Says:

No, mem. I never celebrate when Nadal fails. I only celebrate when Federer wins.


mem Says:

Polo,

oh yes you do! you just do so in a sneaky fashion. however, i’m surprised you called us “nadal fanatics.” i didn’t know that you used such negative descriptions. correct me if i’m wrong, but i thought you claimed to be one of those peaceful, diplomatic posters who is only here to discuss tennis not to stir the pot.


Dave Says:

Polo: The meaning and intention of your post on July 29th, 2012 at 9:02 pm was crystal clear. Don’t disingenuously pretend later it was “meant to be a jest, sort of a satire” instead of being critical — it doesn’t take much of a brain to conclude how it would be perceived when you write “To Dave: Re: Mark’s “Belgium is not part of Europe” comment. That should teach you a lesson to pick your fights well, Dave.” This is not the first time you have slipped in such remarks — clearly you not happy that I’ve not let you get away with it in the past.

I agree with mem: you can do things in a sneaky and hypocritical manner.

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