Federer, Serena Cruise at Olympics; Roddick v Djokovic Tuesday
by Staff | July 30th, 2012, 8:24 pm
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No. 1 seed and reigning Wimbledon champ Roger Federer made it look easy on Monday at the London Olympics on the lawns at Wimbledon, rolling over France’s Julien Benneteau 6-2, 6-2.


“I was able to put in another solid performance today,” said Federer, who is looking to duplicate fellow Swiss Marc Rosset’s gold medal effort at the 1992 Olympics. “There was a bit of a swirly wind and I think he might have struggled a little bit with his serve in these conditions, whereas indoors it is straightforward and you can get great rhythm.”

Federer was also aided by a Benneteau injury that worsened as the match went on.

The Swiss in his cupcake draw will next face Uzbek Denis Istomin, who beat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-7(4), 7-6(3) 7-5.

Other Top 10-seeded winners were No. 7 Janko Tipsarevic edging German Philipp Petzschner in three, No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro defeating Italy’s Andreas Seppi, and No. 10 John Isner advancing.

In unseeded play American Andy Roddick won to set up a meeting with No. 2 Novak Djokovic. He was joined in the winner’s circle by fellow un-seeds Nikolay Davydenko, Feliciano Lopez, Marcos Baghdatis, Milos Raonic and Lleyton Hewitt.

The men’s matches take center stage Tuesday at Wimbledon with blockbusters (2) Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Roddick, (3) Andy Murray vs. Jarkko Nieminen (for the Brits) and (5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Milos “The Missile” Raonic, along with (13) Marin Cilic vs. Lleyton Hewitt, (15) Kei Nishikori vs. Nikolay Davydenko, (16) Richard Gasquet vs. Marcos Baghdatis, (9) Juan Monaco vs. Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, and in doubles the Bryan brothers vs. Russians Nikolay Davydenko/Mikhail Youzhny.

The only upset on the women’s side Monday was a non-upset when former No. 1 Venus Williams pummeled French Open runner-up and No. 9 seed Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-1.

Sister Serena beat Poland’s Urszula Radwanska 6-2, 6-3, and will next meet No. 13 seed Vera Zvonareva, who beat Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-3.

“It’s a good match-up for us both,” Williams said of the Russian. “A Wimbledon final rematch. She’s playing so well and doing everything great, so it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be tough for me to play against someone so tough so soon.”

Struggling on the lawns in three-set wins were world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka over Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu, No. 6 Petra Kvitova over Peng Shuai of China, No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki over Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, and No. 15 Sabine Lisicki over Ons Jabeur of Tunisia.

“I played so, so bad in the second set. I did a lot of mistakes on my forehand,” said the former Wimbledon champ Kvitova. “It was a big key to break her in the first game of the third. It wasn’t easy — I had a lot of break points — but after that it was much easier.”

Other winners of note were Kim Clijsters and Brits Heather Watson and Laura Robson.

Highlights of Tuesday play in London are Venus Williams vs. Aleksandra Wozniak, (3) Maria Sharapova vs. Brit Laura Robson, (14) Maria Kirilenko vs. Brit Heather Watson, and (1) Victoria Azarenka vs. the crafty Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.


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94 Comments for Federer, Serena Cruise at Olympics; Roddick v Djokovic Tuesday

skeezer Says:

“The Swiss in his cupcake draw….”

Ahhh yes… One of the fellows that be Rafa on Grass, should we all now call it Feds Red Velvet Cake draw?

After all H2H for some is everything….hehe.


metan Says:

My guy is not playing atm, but some still mention his name, to show how popular n big he is, hehehe, nadal the great no!

Roger is having red carpet !

Wow, ferrer n lopes are in qf, CONGRATULATION FOR BOTH!


skeezer Says:

metan,

“Roger is having red carpet !”

Hope so! But Novak has won BIG on Grass and JDP is looking ominous

———-

Hope for you Rafa gets back soon and plays well for the HC
Season! His competitive spirit is missed by most am sure….


metan Says:

jamie where are you? How about the prediction for olympic?


Wog boy Says:

If I am jamie I would stay away from tennis-x, he/she was told that he/she will be banned from TX, by Shean, for posting predictions and yet the others are allowed to trade insults use F&C language and force knowledgable posters (not talking about myself) to stay away from TX in order not to get insulted.
You can like or not jamie’s predictions and occasinally he/she got carried away and posted longer posts but I still found good sence of humor and prrety good tennis knowledge behind his/hers posts, I personally don’t believe but respect the others who believe in prediction. I said once, Charles Darwin didn’t really explain everything and I don’t think he was right though in our schools teachers said that uncle Charles was absolutely right, we were not allowed to question him.


metan Says:

Wog boy, agree with you!

We still can have fun n jamie knows tennis pretty good too! I don’t get it why must banned jamie, this website name is x tennis = extreme tennis, as long as talk tennis in extreme way is allowed including jamie predictions, imo- don’t we all predict our idol to win , do we!


Ben Pronin Says:

I gotta say, as good as the tennis has been so far, I’ve missed Nadal’s presence. I’m so used to having 2/4 top 4 guys playing each day that it’s been weird for Federer to sort of carry each day himself. Although today we got a double dose of him so I guess it sorta works out.

Del Potro wasn’t particularly sharp today but Seppi isn’t going to be the guy to take him out when it matters.

Anyone else still not used to all the color around the grass courts?


skeezer Says:

Sorry I disagree here, tennis is tennis, astrology is astrology. Imo doesn’t belong here. If she wants to cheer Nole and trash talk tennis, fine. But Jamie, as with the usual official “its in the stars” predictors, always have an “out” when they are wrong(which often they are) but want full credit when they are right. If some here are into astrology/tennis, go to there forums/blogs, we have enough dysfunctiona here, why throw in astrology? Then you all should accept all. Example; I base all my predictions on the Suns alignment on Tuesdays.

Seriously, there are other forums/blogs for that.


Michael Says:

Why can’t they confer Knighthood for Roger ?? It is long overdue.


Dave Says:

Battle of the cup cake Olympic draws:
- Federer opponent’s average ranking: 39 (51, 32, 35)
- Djokovic opponent’s average ranking: 82 [Hewitt] or 34 [Cilic] (66 + 21 + 14/158)
- Murray opponent’s average ranking: 37 [Baghdatis] or 29 [Gasquet] (24 + 43 + 20/45)

Federer is a Hot Olympic 2012 athlete, according to UK Cosmopolitan (Women’s) Magazine: “As scrummy as Swiss chocolate and super-talented with a tennis racquet, it’s no wonder that super fit Roger Federer is topping our Olympian hotty list. Sadly, he’s ever so happily married, but that doesn’t mean we can’t watch him sweat it out on the courts!”
http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/men/15-hot-london-olympics-2012-athletes-pictures?page=18

Wimbledon’s writer Dan Imhoff: “There was no question, Federer showed up for his second round Olympic singles match against Julien Benneteau looking far sharper than in his opening display… the gold medal favourite never faced a break point, such was his dominance on serve. The Swiss player’s speed moving forward is often overlooked when reeling off superlatives to describe his game, but on Monday his movement was sublime. At 5-2, with Benneteau serving to stay in the first set, Federer easily ran down a decent drop shot from the Frenchman before putting away the easy smash.”


Dave Says:

Send Nadal your best poker tips by August 3rd to get a chance to win paid trip to Barcelona and signed chipset from Rafa.
http://www.pokerstarsblog.com/homepage/2012/join-liv-boeree-in-our-helop-rafa-campai-096458.html


metan Says:

Dave,

Thank you for the link, my mother will kill me for this pocker stuff, but I will try my luck!


Dave Says:

metan: My suggestion is request your parents’ help: ask your parents to find out the best tip from their friends who play this type of poker… and ask them to enter on your behalf if you are young. Remember, if they can help you find the best tip, your chances of winning are better. And your parents are likely to be happy that you involved them. And Barcelona is a beautiful city to visit with your family…
http://www.cntraveller.com/guides/europe/spain/barcelona/where-to-stay


alison Says:

Michael why cant they confer knighthood for Roger?? its long overdue,sorry might be JMO but ive never agreed or seen a reason for sporstars or TV personalities been given knighthoods,for getting paid handsomely for something they enjoy doing and chose to do in the 1st place anyway,to me it smacks of hero worshipping gone way too far,what about the real unsung heros out fighting wars everyday,the doctors and nurses who save lives,people who care for the elderly that dont get a penny,wheres their knighthoods?


metan Says:

Dave, thank you for your kind attention, my mom doesn’t like it, actually I went to garabandal 3 years ago for pilgrimage, but didn’t go to barcelona. Run out of time.


metan Says:

@Alison,

Is knighthood for british n scottish only, isn’t it?


Mark Says:

metan. Hope the link works and if so, enjoy. http://t.co/nWCo9FWx


Polo Says:

Ugh! Gasquet lost. I want him to win at least one big tournament but I don’t think it will ever happen. He should have been battling there with the likes of Nadal, Djokovic and Murray who are his contemporaries. Alas, his game stayed at the same level as when he was in the juniors. But I am happy for the newlywed Baghdatis.


Dave Says:

metan: You’re welcome. You did the right thing to ask your mom. There will likely be other better opportunities (than this poker stuff) to connect with Nadal or visit Spain in future.


Dave Says:

Polo, I didn’t expect Gasquet to lose either.


Polo Says:

I am waiting for the Roddick-Djokovic match. I hope that gets played today. Roddick has been playing well in his last three tournaments. I am curious as to how that will translate into a tournament where the top guys are also competing.


Colin Says:

Metan, you have your geography wrong. It isn’t “British AND Scottish”, because the Scots are British, along with the English and Welsh. I disagree strongly with titles for sports players, but in fact foreigners can have honorary knightoods, though they can’t use the “Sir” prefix. Andre Previn has an honorary knighthood, as did Douglas Fairbanks Jr.


Polo Says:

I agree, Colin. It is safer to call people from the United Kingdom (Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England- WISE is my mnemonic for that)British than English. I believe that people from W, I and S) get annoyed when they are called English.


Colin Says:

Polo, don’t forget to make that NORTHERN Ireland, or you will upset the Irish from south of the border!


Polo Says:

Colin, thank you for the correction. It should be Northern Ireland.

Happy to see Murray win his match. Good day for Great Britain in general, to Scotland to be more specific and to all Murray fans anywhere in the world.


skeezer Says:

Where are the Nole fans? Nole looking real good here, and Roddick playing old


Ben Pronin Says:

Great match from Djokovic. Moving well, 33 winners to only 6 errors and a whopping 13 aces. Perfect match basically. Roddick, though, I mean he keeps fighting. He’s healthier than he’s been and he’s still winning titles, albeit small ones. He could still produce this summer, but the disparity between him and the top guys is absolutely huge.

Anyone else missing Von today?


MMT Says:

What the hell ever happened to Von?


metan Says:

@mark, thank you for the link, I dI’d enjoy it, I watched 3 times, Rada was so cute!

@Dave, my mom said the same thing, I still can go there watch nadal playing but not this pocker things,
She likes nadal too!


jane Says:

I am so happy to see both Nole and Murray win today with ease! :) Alas, I just wish they were on opposite sides of the draw.


skeezer Says:

Ben,

Funny I was thinkin the same thing, lol. She was a hardcore Roddick fan, eh? I think most tennis fans will miss Andy’s play when he decides to retire though …

On to Tsonga/Raonic! 4-4 in the 3rd


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t think Roddick is ready to retire but it’s gotta be tough because, really, his play is just not up to it in the big events. Didn’t Murray dismantle Roddick with a similar score I believe last year in Queens? And he also played a near perfect match. His limited mobility and lack of variety is extremely exploitable against these young guys.

I think she disappeared when Djokovic started dominating. Last I remember, Roddick beat Djokovic in Cincy in a pretty low quality match and she was upset at the lack of credit given to Roddick. Then Djokovic reached the US Open final and then 2011 happened and she hasn’t been around since.


metan Says:

@colin,

Thank you for your clarified, actually I wanted to write irish coz ireland is different country , but I wrote scottish, thinking about Murray.
Well, this is the first time I know that foreigners can be honoured knighthood. I suppose to visit this website often as I can gain other knowledge. Once again thanks for colin n polo .


alison Says:

Just finished watching the Djokovic/Roddick match which was quite competitive for 1st few games,then became dismally one sided afterwards,no disrespect to Nole and his fans as he played superb tennis,but i think this one was strictly for the die hards IMO,and i cant see the Hewitt game been any different either,Nole looks in ominouus form,and even though Roger and Andy are both playing great also,i think Nole would be my bet for a Gold Medal,even though i would love Andy to get it.


jane Says:

The stats (see link): Roddick hit close to as many first serves in as Nole, but Nole was reading his serve very well, and was serving well himself. Very clean match from him. He brought a top notch performance today compared to the errors etc of the first round.

http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/8392/77641681.gif

Murray also served much better this round than in his first match versus Stan. He has Baggy next, as Baggy took out Gasquet. I had no idea Marcos was recently wed – but anyhow, congrats to him.


alison Says:

Tsonga/Raonic are 8 all in the 3rd set.


skeezer Says:

Roanic/Tsonga in a nail biter still 8-9 Raonic serving


skeezer Says:

^lol Alison beat me to it


alison Says:

^Skeezer lol just depends on whose post gets there 1st^.


MMT Says:

I have a feeling Raonic is going to pull this one out – Tsonga doesn’t appear to have the consistency to take advantage of the few chances Raonic gives him, or to keep the chances he gives to Raonic to a minimum. Raonic looks rock solid on serve, hard to see Tsonga breaking him at this point.


alison Says:

Tsonga/Raonic 11 all,are we in for a Isner/Mahut type marathon match? This is a better quality match though.


alison Says:

Brit gal Laura Robsons really pushing Sharapova,go Laura.


MMT Says:

BTW – I can’t believe Sharapova is in a tiebreak with Robson. What the hell is going on over there? Djokovic drops a set to Fognini and then blows away Roddick. Federer drops a set after match points against Falla, then dispatches Benneteau, and Nadal quit before the tournament started. What’s next? Almagro makes the final? The Williams sisters don’t medal? Dare I say it, Murray…no, can’t even contemplate it.


alison Says:

MMT its tennis silly sesaon lol,its 16/15 Tsonga/Raonic.


Polo Says:

A very tall guy in a marathon match. And it’s not Isner!


The Great Davy Says:

I’ll seeing you in Asia Kei. The only time in the year I decide to actually play tennis. Your home crowd will cheer for The Great Davy and his will beat you on a real tennis court!


Brando Says:

Come on jo!


bstevens Says:

I can’t watch the match but go Raonic! Canada needs more medals.


Colin Says:

Andy Murray and Laura Robson have got a wildcard to play mixed doubles!


Brando Says:

Aah!


Polo Says:

It looks like Tsonga is going to take this. Raonic cannot do anything on Tsonga’s service games.


the mind reels Says:

Anyone have a link to stream Raonic v. Tsonga?


bstevens Says:

I see from the livescore that Raonic just saved 2 match points.


bstevens Says:

I guess the lesson in all of this is:
big serve + grass court = very long tennis match


Mr Larvey Says:

Raonic – Tsonga is 21 all in third… This might be interesting…


Brando Says:

Jo missed two very makeable shots from 0-30 in raonics game, so he should have wrapped things up by now!


Eric Says:

Hewitt!


tennisfansince76 Says:

@bstevens

I’d add one term to your equation

big serve + grass court + no final set tiebreaker = very long tennis match


tennisfansince76 Says:

@themindreels no cable? its on bravo


jane Says:

the mind reels – google “sport lemon”. You should find one there.


tennisfansince76 Says:

3 bps for Tsonga. casn he close.


Mr Larvey Says:

Alé JW Tsonga!


the mind reels Says:

Thanks, guys — I caught the last two points streaming it.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@polo interesting though that a genetic survey determined that there is absolutely no discernible difference genetically between English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh. the only difference is the accents.


tennisfansince76 Says:

did anybody catch Nole’s comment after his 1st round match that w/ the reseeding the wimbledon grass courts are playing faster than they did during wimbledon.


jane Says:

^ and he thought a lower bounce too tennisfansince76. Mind you that was on court 1, too, so it would have been affected differently by the elements than centre court, which is mainly covered these days. But it did take Nole a set in that match to adjust.


Brando Says:

ALLEZ JO!

pleased he won.

Commendable effort by raonic though- IF he improves his movement a bit more and develops his game as he is then in a couple of years time, when he is 23, he probably will be a GENUINE grand slam challenger.

Top 5 for sure!


alison Says:

Well done Joe, great match from both,so sorry for Milos,what you call true grit and determination,Joe will probably be too knackered in his next match,good job its best of 3 sets instead of 5.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Jane i don’t know what the physics are exactly. i always think that a faster court will in general have a lower bounce though that may not always be the case. Nole did serve a lot of aces today. more than he usually does.


Margot Says:

Well played Andy!
Well played Nole!
Go Andole! Or if you prefer: Go Nolandy ;)


Eric Says:

Tennis surfaces: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6906922/the-physics-grass-clay-cement

“Hard courts and grass courts often generate the same postbounce velocity, but grass courts seem faster because the ball bounces at a lower angle.”


Dave Says:

The Olympics singles gold is not on Federer’s bucket list: “(Federer) isn’t as concerned about the results as some of us stat-hoarding, GOAT-comparing tennis enthusiasts…. Q. “In the bigger picture, in your bucket list, is the Olympic gold one of the things you have left to do? You won one, but what other bucket list things do you have?” Roger Federer: “None really. People think I have to gobble up everything to make my résumé as great-looking as possible. It’s not the case. I just play a full schedule from January to November, try to play as well as I can, and enjoy myself really…” (From Tennis Now site)

*****

Esquire Magazine ranks Federer the greatest athlete in the world today based on its formula, ahead of Manny Pacquiao (boxing), LeBron James (basketball), Rafael Nadal (tennis), Tiger Woods (golf), Floyd Mayweather (boxing), Conrad Anker (climbing), Chrissie Wellington (triathlete), Sidney Crosby (hockey) and Trevor Brazile (rodeo). Djokovic was 11th and Serena 18th. Good for tennis.
http://www.esquire.com/the-side/best-month-ever/best-athletes-2012?click=pp#slide-1


SG1 Says:

Heartbreaker for Raonic. As a Canadian, I have to admit to complete bias. We’ve never really had a dominant tennis player so I was hoping Raonic would make a dent at the Olympics. Didn’t expect him to win the whole thing but I was hoping he’d make it to the semis. I figured the surface, his serve and his poor showing at Wimbledon would give him some extra mojo. Well, it seems that he put up a great fight against a really good player.

I didn’t see the match. I’ll have to catch it tonight.


Brando Says:

@SG1:

Give him time. IMO, he’s progressing at a really good rate. He’s 21, so the only way is up for him me thinks.


steve-o Says:

Allez Jo! A historical match. Still a long, long way from Isner/Mahut’s record (but isn’t everyone?)


El Flaco Says:

It’s not just a big serve, but a combination of a big serve and poor return game that increase the probability of long final sets when there is no tiebreaker. Isner and Raonic were ranked #52 and #53 respectively when it came to breaking serve in 2011. They were ranked #1 and #3 when it came to holding serve last year.

That huge disparity has a positive and negative effect. It helps them when they play higher ranked opponents because they can almost always keep the match close by holding serve even against excellent returners. The downside is that matches are also closer with lower ranked opponents because they struggle to break serve.


Polo Says:

Isner and Raonic do not move well on court. They don’t have great return games either. The only reason they win matches is because they have huge serves. Both seem to be nice guys but I don’t expect great things from them. El Flaco’s analysis would put them right in the middle of the pack. I agree with that.


SG1 Says:

I agree regarding the return of serve though I am surprised that Raonic was on the same level as Isner in the return category. It seems like Raonic’s strokes are a little better than Isner’s. He moves better than Isner as well though this isn’t a remarkable feat.

Raonic’s idol may be Pistol Pete, but at this point, he doesn’t have Pete’s athleticism around the court. Hopefully, over the next couple of years, he’ll improve this aspect of his game. His big reach should give him an advantage on the return. But, even if you get the ball back, if you can’t scramble well, it’s tough to break serve. Especially the top guys’ serves.


steve-o Says:

Grass is never going to be the preferred surface of big men like Isner and Raonic, because of their poor footwork. It’s easy for the elite players to take advantage of this and wrong-foot them, and they don’t deal well with bad bounces.

Hard courts, the most homogeneous surface, will always be their best shot. Even there it will be hard for them to beat the best players because, as Polo says, they have comparatively poor return games.

It’s certainly no coincidence that Isner had such great results at IW: it’s a slow, high-bouncing hard court which gives him plenty of time to prepare for his shots, and where the ball bounces into his strike zone.


andrea Says:

too bad for milos! watched from 8-8 to 21-21 but then had to get on with my day. hopefully tsonga has something left in the tank for the next round.

may have to change my moniker. looks like there is another person with my name posting, except they use a capital “A”.


Kimmi Says:

Poor milosh!! so close..

what happened to roddick? was nole that good today? that was a rout.

Nole draw is turning out not too bad, I thought roddick would be the tough one. I dont see hewitt hanging with nole either. we will see.

Good win for muzza too.

Everybody is playing tomorrow. bring it on!!


Dave Says:

Don’t write off Milos just yet. Milos did well. Tsonga is about the fifth best grass courter right now… and when he redlines his game is capable of beating any of the top players on grass. Despite certain deficiencies, Milos is making steady progress improving other aspects of his game and he needs a bit of time to get used to the expectations on him. I’ll say it here: I expect Milos will be in the top 12 by March 2013, and reach at least one grand slam final by end 2013.


SG1 Says:

Dave,

Big goals for Raonic in 2013. Here’s hoping he gets to those goals. I think the other thing Raonic has to do is be more effective on break points. Maybe take a few more chances. Hopefully, he’ll learn from today and use his weapons more on the return of serve.


metan Says:

@ the great davy, bye bye !


NELTA Says:

Raonic’s problem is he has a terrible backhand. It is probably the most technically flawed 2 handed backhand I have seen in a while. His grip is awful. If he had a sweet swinging backhand like Delpo he could be #1 potential.


metan Says:

Congratulation for David Ferrer , great round 3!
Hope David can say sayonara to kei.


Dave Says:

SG1: Raonic is currently about 500 ranking points from No. 13 (Gilles Simon). From Since Raonic did not play between Wimbledon and Tokyo last year, every point he earns between Olympics to US Open is gravy for him. As well, he was struggling to regain his form in the five Fall tourneys he played after 2011 US Open — so he can probably pick up more points in Fall. So it’s not inconceivable for RAonic to reach top 12 by March next year — it’s possible he might do it this year. To take the next step, Raonic needs to win one of these matches against the top players. I figure his best chance is to do it on hard courts (grass and clay expose his movement too much and perhaps preys on his confidence). That serve is a great foundation, allows time for the rest of his game and mobility to develop.


Margot Says:

Dave @2.28 I think it’s immensely difficult to compare athletes across different sports. Was this an American biased survey btw?
Would’ve thought Michael Phelps would’ve been in the running…or swimming lol, or Usain Bolt or our very own Bradley Wiggins even.


alison Says:

Colin July 29th 9.25am,completely agree never seen the need to give the already rich and famous,sportstars and TV personalities knighthoods,as they already enjoy enough priveleges from the trappings of fame,its just an OTT status symbol thats completely unecassary.


alison Says:

Margot completely agree its difficult to compare athletes across different sports,its completely unfair too IMO,its actually much fairer to say we have so many great athletes in so many different sports,i think thats whats so great about the olympics,as we are seeing so many different world class athletes all at the same time.


metan Says:

@dave, your post 2:28
Did you mean Roger doesn’t make priority for olympic medal? How could he participate in to og since he turns pro, he even enter og playing single n doubles. It’s so confused!

Imo, its not fair to compare sportman and women from different field, likes boxing, tennis, swimming etc,


Dave Says:

Margot: “Dave @2.28 I think it’s immensely difficult to compare athletes across different sports. Was this an American biased survey btw? Would’ve thought Michael Phelps would’ve been in the running…or swimming lol, or Usain Bolt or our very own Bradley Wiggins even.”

Esquire Magazine is an American mens magazine. Though it has international editions (including for Britain), there’s likely some American bias. It has won awards for its reporting, its non-fiction articles as well as fiction articles. I found it interesting that such a ranking was done by such a magazine, and of course that four tennis players were in the top 20. Of course when you examine their formula of variables (see the esquire link in my earlier post), you wonder some of the criteria/variables are more important to the magazine than to the sports world. Phelps was ranked only 22 and Usain Bolt only 39, go figure! Maybe Phelps’ marijuana smoking controversy got him. Bradley Wiggins is not on it but I think Cadel Evans is on the list. Esquire also publishes stuff like Sexiest Woman Alive (since 2004 the winners are Angelina Jolie, Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Kate Beckinsale, Minka Kelly, Rihanna).

I agree it’s immensely difficult to compare athletes across different sports, but it is done on an annual basis through the Laureus World Sports Awards, where the most outstanding sportsmen, women, teams, etc. are chosen by an expert panel of sports legends from different sports.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laureus_World_Sports_Awards


Dave Says:

metan: “@dave, your post 2:28Did you mean Roger doesn’t make priority for olympic medal? How could he participate in to og since he turns pro, he even enter og playing single n doubles. It’s so confused! Imo, its not fair to compare sportman and women from different field, likes boxing, tennis, swimming etc”

Regarding your second comment, please see my answer to margot above.

Regarding your first comment:

I think Federer has attended four Olympic Games as an obligation/responsibility to represent his country and also because as an athlete he is inspired by the Olympic Games as an event, as an ideal and also as a marketing activity (both for Tennis and for himself). However I don’t think winning a medal is a critical priority to him — he would love to win a medal if it comes, it comes but he is not going to be devastated if he doesn’t win a medal. As a student of tennis history, Federer knows that, in tennis, winning an Olympic medal is not as important as it is in other sports such as athletics and swimming. Frankly I think ending the year as No.1 is a bigger priority for Federer so if the Olympic Games medal gives him the points to do that, then that’s more important.

A ‘bucket list’ is a person’s wish list of things to do before he or she ‘kicks the bucket’ (i.e., passes away). See link below: Federer said the Olympic singles gold was not really on his bucket list (i.e., he is not craving the gold as if he must do it)… though he would love to win a medal. He says his attitude is to try to play his best and enjoy himself throughout the year, and let whatever happens (i.e., whatever tournaments he wins) just happen. It is sometimes better to motivate yourself to play your very best rather than craving and obsessing over having to win something (this later attitude can be motivating for some but for others it can become negative emotion and a block to success) — like Michael Phelps says, he is here to swim as fast as he can; he is not concerned about winning and counting medals.
http://www.tennisnow.com/News/Olympic-Gold-is-Not-on-Federer's-Bucket-List.aspx

Furthermore, at the 2011 World Tour Finals final press conference last November, Federer said that winning the singles gold medal was not his top priority (i.e., he had other priorities before winning the gold, which are usually: win Wimbledon, No. 1 ranking). Q. “After a spectacular end of the season, regarding 2012, is a gold medal in singles your biggest dream for next year? ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I don’t know. Why not? Still a long way to go. Obviously at this point I’m extremely tired. But, of course, I’m looking forward to coming back to London hopefully on three occasions next year. So this is going to be a very important place to play good tennis, like I did here this week. Be unfair to the other tournaments to pick London Olympic Games as my number one priority because I have priorities first before that. But I clearly don’t want to miss it and I hope to be healthy when the Olympics do come around.”

Excerpts from Fed’s Olympic interview a few days ago:

Q. In the bigger picture, in your bucket list, is the Olympic gold one of the things you have left to do? You won one, but what other bucket list things do you have?
ROGER FEDERER: None really. People think I have to gobble up everything to make my resume as great-looking as possible. It’s not the case. I just play a full schedule from January to November, try to play as well as I can, and enjoy myself really. It’s true since 2000, when I was part of the Olympics back then, it’s been 12 years ago now, that definitely lit the fire for me inside of myself, hopefully doing really well at the Olympics. I did, actually, excellent, 12 years ago, finishing fourth, having chances for the medal, which was completely surprising. I’ve always had decent Olympics except maybe Athens. But I always learn something in life I think every time I attended the Olympic Games. There’s no doubt about it, I would love to get a medal here this time in singles and in doubles again.

Q. You’ve met the Queen before. Now she had her first role in this Bond role. What do you think about that?
ROGER FEDERER: I thought it was very funny. Like I think many of us. It was completely unexpected. There were some very good moments during the opening ceremony. I really enjoyed it, to finally see it from start to finish, everything, whereas the last three times, I didn’t see one thing except once I was in the stadium and the lighting of the flame. This was nice for me personally. But then, like you said, I thought the sequence with the Queen and James Bond was excellent. I was actually happy she did play the role herself and that it wasn’t a double. At least that’s what I thought. Maybe it was a double, but I don’t think it was. Double when she jumped the helicopter – I hope, at least (laughter).

Q. What else did you like from the ceremony, that you didn’t expect? The music?
ROGER FEDERER: I didn’t really know what to expect. I thought maybe Elton John would play, Rolling Stones. So, I don’t know. I really just let it happen. I had a really good time watching it. Obviously it’s great seeing Stan (Wawrinka) with the flag coming into the stadium. Got late, you know, for me watching, but also particularly the athletes in the stadium. It was a wonderful opening. I thought it was really enjoyable to watch.


metan Says:

Thank you Dave for your explanation.

Hope your guy wil get one of 3 medals.

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