Federer, Djokovic, Serena, Sharapova Lead A Full Wednesday At Olympics; Tsonga Sets Record
by Sean Randall | July 31st, 2012, 7:00 pm
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Wow, what a line-up Wednesday at the London Olympic games. After four days of dodging rain drops and erratic play we are finally getting down to business, well almost. And the schedule is not unlike the one we see on the second Monday of Wimbledon. It’s absolutely loaded.

And what’s nice is the top four seeds on the men’s side are really playing good tennis right now, as opposed to the first round. Roger Federer still is benefiting from that easy draw of his. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have had their way in the last round as well. Even David Ferrer has quietly cruised.

And JW Tsonga, well what can you say. The fifth-seeded Frenchman was the story of the day and maybe the Olympic games Tuesday winning over Milos Raonic 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 in the final set. That’s right, an Olympic record 25-23!! Incredible stuff from Tsonga who couldn’t convert some earlier matchpoints but finally broke through the Canadian’s serve in the 48th game.

“At the end I was just very happy for my country. I did it for them, and that’s it. When I arrive on the court, I forget myself, and I try to play for the others,” said Tsonga after the 3-hour, 57-minute marathon.

“It was not easy because I have to finish on his serve, and this guy have a big serve, so it was not easy. I had many possibilities and I didn’t took it. He played better than me on these points. Finally I did it, so I’m really happy. I think it’s something good, to have some good match like this at the Olympics. It’s good for tennis, it’s good for sports, and I’m just really happy the way I played today.”

Raonic, who just can’t seem to get over that proverbial hump was still positive in the loss.

“I created a lot of opportunities for myself, so it was a little bit unfortunate I didn’t make the most of them,” Raonic said. “There’s a lot of good things to take, there’s a lot of learning things to take from this.”

While Tsonga and Raonic are going in one direction – up – Andy Roddick’s career is going the other. After winning low-rent events in Eastbourne and Atlanta, Roddick, a 3-time Wimbledon finalist, got absolutely smashed today by Djokovic 6-2, 6-1. (And he may have gotten smashed after the match as well if you know what I mean.)

“He was just in the zone. The conditions were perfect. He was hitting it well,” Roddick said.

“It’s tough. If he’s hitting the ball like that, my chance is to serve really well. I didn’t serve great today. I hit the ball fine. He was just too good from the baseline. He was seeing it like a basketball today.”

Novak played well but to win just three games, Andy? on grass? Geez.

Novak now moves on to face Lleyton Hewitt tomorrow, and I expect more of the same from the Serb who has a bronze from the last Olympics. Maybe Djokovic has found the spark again, maybe he hasn’t. We won’t know likely until the weekend when the competition stiffens.

As for the favorite Federer, he’ll have Denis Istomin tomorrow then either Janko Tipsarevic or John Isner on Thursday. I think Tisparevic has a real good chance to upend Isner, the last American man, and even cause Federer problems. Either way, tomorrow could be the last day Federer has his way and he should with the Uzbek.

Meanwhile, Murray meets Marcos Baghdatis in a good one. Baghdatis is having a bit of a revival this week and the one-time Wimbledon semifinalist has given Murray problems in the past, but the Scot should prevail.

I also think (and hope) Tsonga should be able to get his legs back for a win over Feliciano Lopez. I like David Ferrer over Kei Nishikori and I’ll lean with Juan Martin Del Potro over Gilles Simon, though that’s a really tough match to call on a grass court which is probably both their weakest surfaces.

As for the women, Serena Williams looks positively unstoppable and I don’t think anyone is going to deny her the gold in singles or in doubles. With Serena winning the singles and then teaming with Venus in doubles, that family’s going to fly home with three golds next week. Maybe Maria Sharapova can get hot but I doubt it.

Venus plays Wimbledon semifinalist Angelique Kerber in maybe the best women’s match on the day while Serena has a 2010 Wimbledon final rematch against Vera Zvonareva. Third-seeded Sharapova has another showdown with big serving German Sabine Lisicki

Bravo network which has been on all week continues tomorrow with coverage starting at 7am ET. Enjoy the Olympics at Wimbledon!

WEDNESDAY LONDON OLYMPICS SCHEDULE

Centre Court Start: 12:00
Serena WILLIAMS (USA) [4] V Vera ZVONAREVA (RUS) [13]
Lleyton HEWITT (AUS) V Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [2]
Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP) V Andy MURRAY (GBR) [3]
Daniela HANTUCHOVA (SVK) V Caroline WOZNIACKI (DEN) [8]

Court 1 Start: 12:00
Roger FEDERER (SUI) [1] V Denis ISTOMIN (UZB)
Victoria AZARENKA (BLR) [1] V Nadia PETROVA (RUS) [16]
Sabine LISICKI (GER) [15] V Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS) [3]
David FERRER (ESP) [4] V Kei NISHIKORI (JPN) [15]


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149 Comments for Federer, Djokovic, Serena, Sharapova Lead A Full Wednesday At Olympics; Tsonga Sets Record

Dave Says:

Yesterday Federer was benefiting from a “cup cake draw”, today it is an “easy draw”. But based on ranking of opponents — and there is a simple reason players are ranked where they are — it is Djokovic benefiting from the easy draw in the first three rounds (see bullets below). And Tsonga’s marathon may have exhausted him as a threat to Djokovic in the quarterfinals:

- Djokovic opponent’s average ranking: 82 (66 + 21 + 158)

- Federer opponent’s average ranking: 39 (51, 32, 35)

- Murray opponent’s average ranking: 37 (24 + 43 + 45)


Alok Says:

Both Murray and djokovic are the benefactors of the easy draws. Murray played Stan who was the flag bearer for several hours, which means the guy was exhausted. stan has not been playing well for quite some time. Then next, Nieminen, someone who is about 6 years older and does not play often on the tour. Of course Murray looked good out there today playing Nieminen, as would any top 10 player. The Bag man, who blows hot and cold, is next. Berdych, as we all know got knocked out first round. Murray’s QF opponent could be Almagro or Darcis.

Djokovic, got lucky with the rain becoz Fognini lost momentum, after the first set. Next, he played a 30 y/o Roddick who has been suffering with a sore shoulder, and had to show up 3 days in a row, while Djokovic had a day off. Next up 30 y/o Hewitt, with hip and toe problems. Today, Tsonga stated that it was good to win but not good for his body. That means, he’ll be exhausted for his next match, and could get knocked out by Lopez.

From the above, where’s the tough draw for both Murray and Djokovic, two guys who are 24 years old and are playing opponents 6 years their senior with various ailments?

I think the two with the tough draws are Ferrer and Federer., but the whiners don’t wanna hear of it.


roy Says:

if federer cannot draw one of the big four in the semis,but djoker and murray can, then federer has the easier draw on paper.

how can you people fail to grasp this?

murray may have to beat djoker and federer to win.
djoker may have to beat murray and federer to win.

federer only has to beat one of the big four at best.

on paper that is an easier draw for federer. there is absolutely no argument. with nadal gone, one of the big four was getting lucky, and it turned out to be federer. and anybody who disputes this has no understanding of the current game, a game practically dominated by four players.


skeezer Says:

roy,

You act as though a draw is all about the big 4 and who meets whom within that 4. Its not.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I do not understand why there is no tie-breaker in the deciding set, when the players have to turn back and play everyday. I don’t think any of the 3-setter master tournament has the service break in the final set. This is pretty ridiculous.

I see Tsonga back again on court. Not sure how his body is going to hold up after an exhaustive match like this.

Roger is on court 1 against Istomin. Not sure about the weather. But I do not see any significant advantage Istomin has to take over Roger when Roger is playing a good clutch tennis. I have seen Istomin give good fights to Rafa for few sets, but Rafa does make players look better on HC and Grass. But I have seen Istomin falter on key points on those matches. So I doubt mentally he can take on Roger. But it could be a tighter match than Bennet but I believe Roger would get it done in 2 sets.


metan Says:

I thought Roger gets easy draw, n it’s easy for him to beat those guys.
Grass is Roger best surface, he just crowned king of grass, n his performance recently @ wimby was so amazing, he could beat nole n Murray while enduring back pain, how can you say he has tough opponent, except he faces Pete pistol. Imo we just need to post the medal to his home.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

metan,

you got to understand Olympics is a best of 3, while Wimbledon is best of 5. It’s much more comfortable for a better player to comeback and win a 5-setter. We saw against Falla how a slight change of momentum can make a routine win into a clutch match.

It’s not a given just because Roger won Wimbledon, he is going to beat everyone in the draw. You just need to get hot for 6-8 games in a 3-setter match to get it done. Any player can get hot for such periods. Let’s not jump into conclusion, rather take each match as it comes.

No one thought Rosol is going to beat Nadal right?


skeezer Says:

metan,

It is tough for fans of favs to be objective, I admit. Its like sayin Rafa has a cupcake draw at FO but he has won it 7 times and beat all comers! WTF? He beats like everbody on Clay! So its sometimes what glasses you are looking through, no?

Still, anything can happen, and Rog has lost to players that he may be facing later on, albiet different surface maybe. Nole is looking real good, and the fans of him have been relatively quiet, an ominous sign. :(. Remember, Nole won the Wimby title just last year! The dude can play, and plays like superman when he is playing for country! That said, GO Fed!


metan Says:

Nk, correct me if wrong, I thought it is 3 setter that Roger will get more chances compared to 5 setter, so he plays sharp right from the start of each game


Wog boy Says:

From FOXsports:

Djokovic enjoys hanging out in the athletes village and met two-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin, who agreed to trade a hockey stick for a racket.

“The basics of any Olympic Games is to be alongside the best athletes in the world, to dine with them, to make pictures with them, to chat, exchange experiences,” Djokovic said. “This happens only every four years.”

That is my man, there is more to life than titles and records !


Nirmal Kumar Says:

metan, that’s not correct. better players play always play best in longer matches. Roger has been good on 3-setters for last year, but historically he has been a much better player on slams.His consistency on slams in ridiculous. I don’t think he would have had this consistency if the slams had been on 3-setters.

Just look how Roddick beat Roger in Miami. I doubt Roddick could have done that in a 5-setter slam.


skeezer Says:

Wog boy,

I have read this also with other athletes, the experience and comradarie is like no other in sports, the Olympics. For the Athletes, its not so much winning but the experience and the chance to participate in a Global event.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Wog Boy, I agree. Nole is an exciting character in tennis. He and Tsonga seems to be the most charismatic players of this generation. I’m surprised people have not warmed up to Novak yet like they should have.


metan Says:

Thanks nk, I got it now.

So I keep my hope alive for David Ferrer now, Go David, plenty of chances!


WASIM GOA Says:

ROGER FEDERER IS GONNA WIN GOLD THIS TIME COZ HE WLL BE FACING MURRAY OR DJOKO IN FINAL ONLY ………. IF IT COMES TO FINAL AND BEST OF 5 SETS THEN AT GRASS THAN NO BODY CAN OVERCOME ROGER IN 5 SETS……..I M WITH ROGER ALWAYS I M AN INDIAN BUT I M SUPPORTING FEDERER NOT PEAS BHUPATI ………HE IS BEST EVER OF ALL TIME IN TENNIS HISTORY


Michael Says:

Novak is in superb form at the moment as it appears in his match against Roddick. He is definitely a hot favourite for the Gold. He might struggle only against Roger in the finals, if both manage to get there. I do not see him losing to Murray with this kind of form.


Michael Says:

I’m surprised people have not warmed up to Novak yet like they should have

That is because he is playing under the shadow of two Tennis Legends namely Roger and Nadal. Novak is a lively character and is one of my favourite players next to Roger.


the DA Says:

The master of the truism strikes again.


Ben Pronin Says:

I think Murray has a great chance to beat Djokovic, but we’ll see. They’re 1-1 this year only on hard courts. But both are playing superb tennis right now so who knows? Too bad it’d only be best of 3 between them.


jatt Says:

I agree wog boy..
I like this wise Nole.Excellent attitude


jane Says:

Nice post at 12:17 Wog Boy.


Wog boy Says:

Skeezer,

Agree, I guess Nole is enjoying it beeing Nole and little bit of extrovert:)


Wog boy Says:

Sorry people, I missed all your posts while posting one for Skeezer, it takes a while for me to write one:)

Yes, Nole is a character.


Sienna Says:

Se an Randall
Bagdhatis 1 time wimbly finalist?

What year was that?


Michael Says:

Somehow despite all the hype and hoopla, the Olympics doesn’t carry weight as the Majors or even the World Tour Finals. Although today we have the top players competing for the Olympics, winning a medal pales in comparison to winning any major event. The Tennis enthusiasts too do not impart as much importance to this event like the majors and it is somewhat odd that this is happening considering that getting the Olympic medal is the pinnacle of achievement in any sport except Tennis and even Football may be. If the ATP Management is really serious about Olympics they should raise the points for winning the event. At present it is 750 which is inferior to even the Masters tournaments. It should be atleast 1,500 points for the winner. What should not be forgotten is that this event is happening once in four years unlike the majors which makes the task more difficult.


Dave Says:

Here’s another aspect to this easy draw nonsense: 31-year old Federer is the only top three player still remaining in doubles competition. Federer’s first doubles match ended up being a three setter. After playing Istomin, Federer has a doubles match with with Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich.

Meanwhile both Djokovic and Murray can focus on their singles after losing their first round doubles matches:

- Djokovic & Troicki (seeded 8) lost their first round match in straight sets 6-7, 3-6 to unseeded Johan Brunstrom & Robert Lindstedt. 32-year old Brunstrom is ranked No. 72 in doubles while 35-year old Linstedt is ranked No. 10 in doubles (both are unranked in singles).

- Andy Murray and Jamie Murray lost their first round match to No. 18 Jurgen Melzer and No. 39 Alex Peya.


Milos Says:

@Dave

Why would you use average ranking? Minimum should be more realistic. For example Djokovic best opponent Roddick is ranked 21, and Federer’s only 32.


Colin Says:

Dave, Murray can’t forget about doubles just yet. He’s got a wild card to play mixed with Laura Robson, and furthermore they are set to play today.
If Andy can beat Marcos B. in straight sets, it will show he’s really hitting form. I hope he can do it.
The incredibly beat-up Hewitt got through his first match, which is more than young Aussie hopeful Tomic did. Lleyton will make even Nole work, I think.


Wog boy Says:

This was sixt tournament in a row that Tomic bombed out in the first round !
I watched both Hewitt matches and he is playing well and he is fired up, it will be good match to watch.


Tom Says:

Incorrect infomation about Baghdadtis. He was never a Wimbledon finalist but was in the Australian Open final in 2006.


Harry Says:

I think they have a typo, Bagdhatis did not reach the Wimbledon finals, but Australian Open (lost to Federer in 2007, I think).

It does not make sense to give the Olympics 1,500 ATP points since only the best four players from each country can participate. So players such as Granollers (ranked 19th), Lopez (30th) and Bennateau (32nd) would not get to participate in the Olympics (Granollers and Bennateau made the cut as Nadal and Monfils did not play) but otherwise get direct entry for the Masters tournaments. Also there are no qualifiers for other spots in the draw, which is there for Masters tournaments.


Harry Says:

Also the countries controls who gets to play in the Olympics vs. pure merit for Masters tournaments. e.g. German Olympic Federation only allows players above rank 24 to participate. Hence, Tommy Haas missed out while being ranked 35.


Kimmi Says:

they couldn’t pick Haas no matter what his ranking was. he is a US citizen too, some political reasons there. Philipp Petzschner was picked when Kohlschreiber pulled out and he is ranked 94.

Great tennis today. so many matches, too bad cant watch. goodluck to fed.


Kimmi Says:

its raining, federer match will be delayed.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I think the forecast for rain till 4pm. Not sure if it will change.


metan Says:

Serena is demolishing Vera, this poor girl can get bagle! Another bionicwoman show!


Maso Says:

Roger makes the early break against Istomin.


xmike Says:

why is it that in sportlemon there are 6 diferent links for a wta itf tournament in Trnava and only one non working link for federer at the olympics? is an there any other place where you can get a live stream from court 1?


xmike Says:

now there are two non working links and one working stream with the arab guy who never shuts up ! oh well, better than nothing


metan Says:

Really, Vera got a bagle! Dreams once again proves, age is not big issue for her.

Istomin is playing bad or Roger is super?


metan Says:

Xmike, can you post the link pleasej


Maso Says:

Uh-oh, Istomin broke back. Roger is shanking forehands and Istomin is playing a bit more aggressive.


Maso Says:

http://www.rts.ch/sport/dossiers/2012/JO_2012/ not sure if this link will work outside Switzerland but they’re showing Federer playing right now


metan Says:

Thanks maso, I’ll try


Maso Says:

Federror showed up today, it seems, quite a few FH misses so far. Istomin is serving big, 3 aces in the past game to level it 4-4.


metan Says:

Maso,

It isn’t working in hongkong, my TV changed program!

Any one have link for court one?


Maso Says:

And rain interruption again, blah.


metan Says:

Who is istomin coach?


Maso Says:

http://1goaltube.blogspot.ch/2012/07/novak-djokovic-vs-lleyton-hewitt-live.html there’s some okay streams off here, I think, but all matches have been interrupted because of rain. Again. Damned London!!!!


Maso Says:

No clue who Istomin’s coach is.


Wog boy Says:

Question for those who can watch since I cannot, which court Nole is playing, obviously it is not CC ?


Maso Says:

He is playing on CC, they just haven’t covered it, Wog boy.


Colin Says:

According to Wiki, Istomin is coached by his mother.


Wog boy Says:

Maso,

Thanks, now I see, that is why it says match “interrupted”, I watched partly Serena and Vera and it looked to me that roof was closed. I might be wrong or they opened the roof after. I don’t get it why they don’t show Hewitt in Australia on olympic chanels, that was my only hope to see Nole.


xmike Says:

hi metan search google for sport lemon, i tried to put the link here but for some reason can’t submit the comment


metan Says:

Just checked the score 5-5 Roger Istomin!

thanks Colin.


Wog boy Says:

Colin,

To my knowledge, that is correct.


metan Says:

Xmike, thank you very much I got it, hooray!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I believe Istomin’s mom coaches him.


Wog boy Says:

Since I cannot watch tennis I switched to women’s beach volleyball….. It is pretty relaxing:)


Maso Says:

Federer takes the first set against Istomin 7-5. Hewitt-Djokovic is a pretty tight match so far, 3-2 Djoko, Leyton to serve.


Maso Says:

Novak is serving extremely well, so far.


Maso Says:

Novak defending break points against Hewitt at 4-4.


skeezer Says:

Fed getting dialed in, Hewitt playing outsanding serving for the 1rst against Nole.


Maso Says:

And Hewitt takes the 1st set from Djokovic. Could become a very interesting match!


Sienna Says:

I guess Hewitt is showing from what a weak era he is actually from.

6-4 taking the set on a love game.


Maso Says:

Hahahaha, funny, I was actually just thinking the same thing, Sienna.


Maso Says:

Djokovic was a bit nervous, made a double fault at deuce. Hewitt’s been making some pretty enormous forehand winners, looking a bit like his old self out there.


xmike Says:

it must have been a really really weak era, that would explain why almost 40% of the top 100 are 30 years or older; and still winning regularly against guys much younger then them…


Maso Says:

And Roger is through to the quarters!!!


skeezer Says:

Fed is through. Still serving well, KEY! Go Fed! Nice to hear he is enjoying the Oylmpic experience also….when he play Big John next?


Sienna Says:

xmike Says:
it must have been a really really weak era, that would explain why almost 40% of the top 100 are 30 years or older; and still winning regularly against guys much younger then them…

August 1st, 2012 at 9:51 am

so true Amike. History will tell us this was a very deep and strong era. Hewitt might just give the doubters the proof they need.

Well if Hewitt can beat Djokovic in prime!!


Polo Says:

Djokovic tends to have hiccups in his matches this year. I have no doubt that he will still come through this one.


addicted Says:

@Polo – I agree. Not sure how long Hewitt can keep this up. It is almost certainly Djokovic’s match if it goes to the 3rd set, so Hewitt has to try his best to win this in 2.


Colin Says:

It’s not often I root for an Aussie, but I’m doing it now. A fascinating match.


Sean Randall Says:

Federer’s gets through “easy” draw to the quarters.

Novak’s being made to work by Hewitt – surprising!

Del Potro-Simon going to the max.


Maso Says:

What a point by Djokovic to break in the second!!!!!


metan Says:

Congrats for Almagro n Roger n both fans, both are in qf.


addicted Says:

What a comeback by Hewitt from 0-30 to break in a set-winning Djokovic service game.


Maso Says:

And Hewitt holds, 5-5 all in the second, crazy match! Novak’s drop shot at 30-15 was gorgeous.


madmax Says:

Sean, come on. Why aren’t you listening to Dave?

Look at the facts. You can’t argue with the ranking. Why is it that Fed always has the so-called “easy draws?”, when he doesn’t and why is it that you haven’t read what Dave posted here?

Dave Says:
Yesterday Federer was benefiting from a “cup cake draw”, today it is an “easy draw”. But based on ranking of opponents — and there is a simple reason players are ranked where they are — it is Djokovic benefiting from the easy draw in the first three rounds (see bullets below). And Tsonga’s marathon may have exhausted him as a threat to Djokovic in the quarterfinals:

- Djokovic opponent’s average ranking: 82 (66 + 21 + 158)

- Federer opponent’s average ranking: 39 (51, 32, 35)

- Murray opponent’s average ranking: 37 (24 + 43 + 45)

July 31st, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Istomin’s coach is his mother.


Maso Says:

2 set points for Djokovic off Hewitt’s serve. 15-40.


Maso Says:

Beautiful playing by Novak to get back in this match. 1 set all. You gotta think the momentum’s with Nole now. Hewitt’s a fighter, though, so who knows?


Ben Pronin Says:

You can’t just look at the ranking to determine the full story. Hewitt’s ranking makes him that much more dangerous. He’s an especially accomplished grass court player, he’s a former number 1 and grand slam champion playing with nothing to lose. And he’s proving why he’s so dangerous right now. He has a champion’s mentality that makes him a lot more dangerous than someone like Istomin, despite the ranking. Smh.


Sean Randall Says:

Madmax, why would I?

By that logic playing Juan Monaco is a much tougher draw than playing Raonic or F. Lopez on grass. Is it? Of course not.

Federer’s played three OK guys on grass, that’s it. Djokovic has played a three-time Wimbledon finalist who was hot and a former Wimbledon champion who just reached a grass final. But somehow Istomin and Benneteau are tougher draws? I don’t follow, nor do I wish to.


Maso Says:

I’d rather Federer play Benneteau and Istomin than Roddick and Hewitt, that’s for damn sure. There’s no doubt that the lower half of the draw is more loaded.

Roger may have to play Isner and Del Potro in the following rounds, though, and that’s a different story altogether. Not looking easier for Novak who, if he gets through Hewitt, would probably have Tsonga and Murray to contend with. I think I’d still rather take Fed’s draw for the quarters and semis but nonetheless, tough quarters and semis up ahead for everyone!


addicted Says:

I think it is easy enough to see that Djokovic has the harder draw.

But to call Federer’s draw easy is an exaggeration, and to have called it a cupcake yesterday, is just an insult to all the really good tennis players in the world today, and also just plain stupid, considering we just had a Wimbledon where Nadal lost to a 100+ ranked player, and Federer faces players who have beaten him, or taken him to 5th sets in the past. There is absolutely no excuse for that. There is no such thing as a cupcake draw in tennis, and there hasn’t been for at least a decade now.


MurrayFeddy Says:

Novak has the tougher draw but only from the quarters onwards. The early round are pretty equel.


Sienna Says:

Novakls draw is the most difficult because he faces Fed in the final.


Wog boy Says:

The moment I saw an Englishman rooting for Aussie I knew Aussie is doomed:)

Well I said Hewitt is on fire and it is going to be good match, what I didn’t say was that I was very worried. I saw him in his first two matches and he was moving extremly well and hiting the ball very clean and very early and flat. Fanny enough they didn’t show the match but it will be later this morning then I will watch.

Time for bed.


Maso Says:

Looks like Leyton couldn’t keep it up for 3 sets, as was kind of expected. Novak really brought his level of game up to close out the match. He’s definitely in form right now!


Maso Says:

Tsonga- Djoko in the quarters, that should be an interesting match!


jane Says:

We all know Hewitt’s and Roddick’s pedigree on grass: between them they have 9 or so Queens titles, and about 6 Wimbledon finals, Hewitt with a championship. And I think Hewiit beat Fed at Halle last year or the year before, didn’t he? He also eliminated Cilic yesterday, and Cilic was the Queens winner from this year. Hewitt still plays well on grass. Roddick just won two titles, including one on grass and one on fast hard. Yes, they are older but in best of three, you never know. It makes it that much dicer imo. Anyhow, that was very tough for Nole. Phew. Tsonga won’t be an easier. That match could go either way, 50-50.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Though Novak played well in the last set, I still believe if the semis match goes per draw, I would favour Murray over Novak on a 3-setter grass. I still think it’s going to be either Roger or Murray for the gold.


Polo Says:

Tsonga is good but Novak is better. It may be tough but I think Novak will take it.


jane Says:

Or maybe 4 Wimbledon finals? But anyhow…the point is, both favour grass. Well, back to Baggy and Murray. Close so far.


xmike Says:

does anyone know of a live stream for court 18, for the doubles match with federer?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

sportlemon has the stream for roger’s match


MMT Says:

Folks need to read more carefully the article because there is no typo/mistake concerning Bagdatis: he was a SEMI-finalist at Wimbledon in 2006, which was also the year he reached the final of the Australian Open.


Polo Says:

and Baghdatis lost to Murray in the semifinals.


jane Says:

3 sets for Andy too, but he is through as well!


Brando Says:

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Muzza is playing ABSOLUTELY AWESOME TENNIS ATM- THE BEST I HAVE SEEN FROM HIM, POSSIBLY EVER!!

GO GET A MEDAL FOR YOUR COUNTRY ANDY!


Sienna Says:

Then the text has been altered because it first said finalist.
Doesnot matter there are more false statements in the piece.
If the author is not able to get this right I am not so impressed with his view on Feds draw .
Clearly clueless about tennis.


racquet Says:

That was nail-biting start but Andy got better and better as the match progressed. Poor Baggy, I like him a lot.


the mind reels Says:

Federer/Wawrinka were just eliminated 6-3 in the third. Tough road this year for the defending gold medalists, but I’d rather see Federer conserve his energy to make a gold-medal run in singles.


jane Says:

Wow, Kei bageled Ferrer first set.


Margot Says:

Let’s Go Andole! Let’s Go!
racquet: conditions nasty and Andy took a bit of time adjusting to them, but once he did he played some gr8 tennis.
And raise a glass to Bradley Wiggins, wins Tour de France and next minute an Olympic Gold. What an achievement :)


Sienna Says:

Tomorrow we will see the swimmqueen of thegames.
And she is not from china or USA.


Brando Says:

@Margot:

‘And raise a glass to Bradley Wiggins, wins Tour de France and next minute an Olympic Gold. What an achievement :)’

Absolutely true- what a champ!


jane Says:

Delpo has a great shot at the semis now; he is 3-0 over Nishikori. Ferrer is 5-2 over Delpo so he definitely would have been the tougher opponent next round.


Sienna Says:

Wow Kei pulled the third set out. Great stuff by him.

It is now clear with the 8 guys in the quarters and with the level of play which is quit formidable that Rafa made the best decission he could take.

His withdrawel of the olympic to rest and prepair for masters will give him a better chance then playing at the olympics. He would have been creamed. He saved himself from a disgracefull exit. He dudged a a bullit which would have been delivered by any of the last 16 of today.

Rafa made a wise decission I cannot think who came up with it but it must have been Uncle Tafterall he still is the #1 decider of the team.


alison Says:

Great game between Nole/Hewitt,Hewitt really did roll back the years with this performance,really taking it to one of the most inform players of the moment,after what was a tight 1st two sets,Nole found that extra gear that was needed to find a way through,by playing superb tennis,as for Roger is was pretty much straight forward buisness as usual,cant really comment on Andys match as i didnt see it,but glad to hear hes playing so well,go Andy go get gold,fantastic news also for Bradley Wiggins,great day for the Brits.


Wog boy Says:

Siena,

I am not Rafa fan, but do you need to bring him in and rubbish the bloke when this thread has nothing to do with Rafa. How much do you hate the bloke. You were first to jump in when Nole lost first set hoping he is going to lose match. It looks like for you is more important to rubbish other two instead of cheering your man. How pathetic is that?


alison Says:

Wogboy yeah great post spot on analysis,BTW Nole looks in ominous form,IMO nothing against Andy or Roger,but Noles actually my pick for Gold,even though as a brit i hope its Andy, i think all 3 will win the medals it just depends on the order.


Brando Says:

@Wog Boy:

excellent post.


Brando Says:

@Alison:

Having seen them all play now, in terms of form i would go:

1- Andy, 2- Nole, 3- Fed.

there is very LITTLE between andy and nole imo, from the matches that i have seen BUT andy has been just amazing so far.

He had a bad start to the match today, that’s why he lost the 1st set- otherwise he was just amazing against a firing baghdatis. Plus he was clinical against wawa.

Nole has been brilliant when faced with the TOUGHEST DRAW (there is ZERO arguement in my mind against this), yet at times he seemed a bit shaky.

Fed has taken care of business, as expected, in a very clincal manner. Bar the falla match – where he was nervous- he has been good, espcailly on serve.

IMHO, the winner of andy- nole SF will win this thing- and that match, if it happens, will be an absolute gem of a match!


Angel Says:

Brando, it doesn’t matter how badly you want Roger to lose. You’ll be disapointed again sorry.


El Flaco Says:

I can see Isner beating Fed. It’s going to be a very close match.


skeezer Says:

El Flaco,

I can too. It really depends on Isners serving day and Feds ability to return. Don’t see Isner giving Fed much trouble in the other parts of the game. So Fed, get the return back!!!!!.

If Isner can serve big, keep it close, yes, he for sure has a chance.


Brando Says:

Isner has a chance, yes, BUT i think fed is very, very good at playing the tall big servers.

Remember how isner beat nole in a tight 3 setter at IW, and then how fed dealt with him in the final.

Fed should take care of him, especially once the ball is in play.

fed in 2 for me, with maybe 1 TB.


skeezer Says:

The most interesting match for me coming up is Tsonga/Djoker match. Tsonga is an attacking type guy, which is going to need to do. Nole can start slow. But if Tsonga tries to be overly manly and try to beat Nole all day long from the back court, well just can’t see it. That said, on grass, the guy who serves really well usually comes out the winner……


metan Says:

So sad day, David is out, he even got a bagle. I hope he can trough in doubles as sui is out.

Kei played well.


Kimmi Says:

Isner big serve makes him very dangerous. The tie breakers are a toss-up. Hope fed can get lucky tomorrow.

rematch of RG for djoko and tsonga. Still amazed how well tsonga played at RG, still lost though. I guess he is wondering what I need to do to beat this guy.


Kimmi Says:

so all top guy will play one match on court one. Murray plays first match on court 1 tomorrow.
Those complaining nole playing on court 1..well, all top guys got to play there, there is no favoritism. I like the way they schedule matches at all england club this year.


El Flaco Says:

Isner’s serve hasn’t been broken on grass in 7 straight matches. Hewitt never even had a chance to break serve when they played in Newport. Also, I think he is 7-0 in tiebreakers during that stretch. That is really key for Isner because his return game alone would rank him at something like #50 in the world so he doesn’t break serve very often. He needs to win those tiebreakers. Lately they haven’t been a toss-up. Isner is winning all of them. Fed will most likely have to win at least 1 tiebreaker to take this match.


Wog boy Says:

Kimmi,

OK, you were right, don’t take it to hard on us;(


Kimmi Says:

its all good wogboy, i just thought i should mention it :)


Dave Says:

Milos: “@Dave, Why would you use average ranking? Minimum should be more realistic. For example Djokovic best opponent Roddick is ranked 21, and Federer’s only 32”

Milosh, I used the average ranking for simplicity. My complete formula is more complex including many more variables. For example (this is only a small part of it), let’s take Roddick: yes Roddick is ranked No. 21,was a frmer No. 2, is a three time Wimbledon finalist and his grass win-loss is No. 9 in ATP history (see link) – that’s very, very impressive. But I don’t consider Roddick to be hot enough at the moment to pose a danger on grass to most top 7 to 9 players – let alone trouble Federer, Djokovic, Murray on grass. Something is still lacking in Roddick. Even before Miami, Roddick lost early in every tournament he played in 2012 (always first or second match, except third match at Delray beach): by the time Roddick reached Miami he was a serial loser. Between Miami (since beating Fed) to London Queen’s club Roddick suffered 6 straight losses on hardcourt (1), clay (4) and grass (1) to mostly lesser players ranked as low as No. 89. In his next three tournaments, Roddick won Eastbourne, reached Wimbledon R3 and won Atlanta. Although he won two titles and had a win-loss of 11-1, he beat mostly cuppycakes: the players he beat were ranked 63, 58, 64, 72, 26, 186, 88, 66, 96, 11, 63. Andy beat only one No. 25 player in a three setter – No. 11 John Isner in Atlanta hardcourts – who was probably tired from winning Newport grass a few days earlier and had inadequate time to prepare for hardcourts. Furthermore, the fact that Roddick chose to play a Hardcourt event before the Olympics (was it to get a lucrative appearance fee?) instead of playing Newport grass or training on grass is a big question mark on his commitment to the Olympics.
http://www.atpworldtour.com/Reliability-Zone/Reliability-Grass-Career-List.aspx

I expected Dennis Istomin to be a motivated and potentially tricky opponent for Federer or any other top player. Compare Roddick with Denis Istomin. Istomin appeared to take extra steps to prepare for the Olympics: he played four grass tourneys before the Olympics (London Queens Club, Eastbourne, Wimbledon, Newport) so he had up to 7 to 8 weeks of grass training and match practice before the Olympics started. This year Istomin was so serious about performing well at the Olympics that he substituted his usual European clay court tourneys after Wimbledon (Bastad and/or Gstaad in past years) with Newport grass all the way in the USA. And Istomin did not follow Roddick and Isner to make a quick buck in Atlanta. He left his grass game unpolluted. This year, Istomin’s fourth round showing at Wimbledon was his best result at a major. Note that Istomin also did well during the 2010 grass season: at London Queens Club, Istomin stretched the soon to be Wimbledon champion 6-7(4), 6-4, 4-6 in a 223 total point match lasting 2 hours 10 minutes – Nadal won only 1 point more than Istomin did, and Nadal was broken 3 times. At 2010 Wimbledon, Istomin took out Wawrinka in the first round, then he took out Rainer Schuettler (former World N. 5, 2008 Wimbledon semifinalist and 2003 Australian Open finalist) in the second round and in the third round stretched to five sets Tomas Berdych 7-6(1), 6-7(5), 7-6(8), 3-6, 4-6 – yes, the same Berdych beat Federer in the quarterfinal of that WImbledon.

So Istomin this year was unlikely to be a pushover compared to Baghdatis and Hewitt. This year, before the Olympics, No. 35 Istomin was 6-4 on grass, No. 45 Baghdatis was 4-3 on grass, No. 159 Lleyton Hewitt 5-3 on grass.

- Hewitt may be a former Wimbledon champion who has an excellent grass record, but this year he did not play any ATP tourney between Australian Open and French Open, then lost in the first round of his next three tourneys: French Open, London Queens Club and Wimbledon. Though he reached the Newport final (the only tourney he went beyond the first round since January), he lost in straight sets to John Isner. It’s a miracle that Hewitt was just two games away from beating Djokovic – either it was Djokovic’s relative incompetence on grass or perhaps his grass practice sessions with Federer boosted Hewitt’s performance level.

- Former Australian Open finalist Baghdatis has been mediocre all year: he has not won more than two matches in any tourney since January and has not beaten a top 10 player in the past 18 months since 2011 Rotterdam. How was he supposed to beat Murray at his home club (Murray lives near Wimbledon and practices there)? As tough opponents as players from the tough Federer era are, we cannot expect miracles from them


Michael Says:

Roger has lost the doubles and may be this is a blessing in disguise for him, who knows ??

In terms of form, it is difficult to come to any conclusion now. My picks would be Roger, Novak, Tsonga and then Murray – necessarily in that order.


metan Says:

I want to pick kei if he can spank jmp today,


Fedalovic Says:

@Sean Randall: cupcake draw? I like following your articles, but this one is a bit rich. I might have it wrong – you may just be paying Federer a huge compliment, but it doesn’t sound like it.

If you or I were in his side of the draw, then definitely a cupcake, but these are players in the top 50 in the world – let me repeat that – in the WORLD.

If you go by the rankings, then yes he has a cupcake draw because he is ranked higher than every player there.

If you go by H2H, also yes.

Maybe you mean he has a cupcake draw to the QF, as Isner and DelPotro (maybe) await who both know how to win against him. Even then, Falla and Benneteau have pushed him.

Much respect and sorry to sound harsh, but it doesn’t say much for the respect you have for these players who are good enough to represent their countries.

P.s. it’s a shame Ferrer’s out – I like his gutsy style of play.

P.p.s: so refreshing not to see childish fedal wars on this article.


Sienna Says:

Wog boy
What is wrong with you? Do you feel the need for speed or just a school teacher telling somebody how to react?

I just happen to cheer for the guys from Feds era. So if that is against Murray or Djokovic so be it. Because they are in top 4 it doesnot mean that a person cannot be in favor of the opponent in this case Hewitt.
Never heard of such BS that you think you can tell others how to react, Which country are you from? Maybe where freedom of speech is severely challenged?

I brought in Nadal just to show everybody AGAIN what a good decission his team has made for him.

HE IS NOT INJURED>
Thanks a lot and please do not try to control the minds on this tennissite.


Wog boy Says:

I live in Australia, country with a lot of freedom but not that you can by pot legally in coffee shop like you can in Amsterdam (Holland). It is scientifically proven that it does damage your brain in prolonged use, you are from Amsterdam (Holland), aren’t you :)


Sienna Says:

Wogboy Iget it first you are a Djoker fan.
Then its ok you really cannot handle a different opinion.
Please excuse me I was rooting and hoping Hewitt wouldwin.
How could I?


madmax Says:

Sean,

Everything evens itself out over the course of the year. Fed has had his hard share of players in the draw. You can go back as far as November at the WTF, no better bar than that, beating the top 7 players in the world, day after day, AND the then, world number 1. I haven’t got time to write it all here this morning, but am just wondering if you are playing bad cop on purpose right now.

Seems that way.

Surprised to see fed and stan out of the doubles, but at least he can concentrate on the singles and stay focused, at least it went to a three setter and there was a fight in the second, during the tie break.

Come on Fed!


Sienna Says:

You got something against pot?

You know that drugsrelated crimes in holland are the lowest in europe.try and look at Usa which problems they have with cannabis età.
As soon as hash cannabis get illegal then we would have the same problems as france, gb, spain not to mention usa.

So there is no drug abuse in australia?
I mean with all the criminal gen overthere ?
MATE!


Sienna Says:

But most criminals are less open minded for a different view or opinion. maybe it is just your upbringing. I dont know have they ever done any studie on the matter ?


metan Says:

@sienna,

Can you stop become a Provocatir! Rafa is injured, leave him alone please.


Margot Says:

Let’s Go Andy.:) And for us Brits, Let’s Go Becky :)


Sienna Says:

metan Says:
@sienna,

Can you stop become a Provocatir! Rafa is injured, leave him alone please.

August 2nd, 2012 at 3:11 am

Is that so? Where are the statements and why is he stil in Toronto draw?

He is injured but he knows he will be fine next week? WOW he must have Jamies psychic as dr?


Borg Says:

When Rafa withdraws, everyone breathes easily more so Federer the so called Goat. He did that in 2009 when he won the Wimbledon in his absence and also accidentally won the French when Rafa lost to Soderling which was an earthquake. I do not want to cite any injury excuse here like some are doing. He lost and that is it. Rafa immediately took revenge against Soderling in 2010 at the French as well as Wimbledon. Whereas Federer despite all the mauling he received from Rafa could not extract revenge and he lost to my man in 2009 Australian as well as 2011 French and 2012 Australian Open. Federer lost all where it mattered. Now once again he has been given a new lease of life after Rafa’s shock defeat against Rosol and his absence at the Olympics. All this seems to point out clearly that Federer can win only in Rafa’s absence.


metan Says:

@sienna,

You have forgotten to read his statement in post og the reason he wouldn’t be a flag bearer for spain.

Toronto still hopes that rafa will participate that’s why his name are still in, hoping to boost the tickets sales.

Rafa doesn’t need jamie’s dr, you are his dr, he is happy n will cure faster by your treatment, hihihihi.

I don’t want a street fighting!


Dave Says:

Frank Deford: “Revisiting the four best athletes in men’s individual sports in 2008″: Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt
(SI’s Frank Deford was named Sportswriter of the Year six times and was twice voted Magazine Writer of the Year by the Washington Journalism Review)
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/news/20120801/four-best-athletes-four-years-later/


Borg Says:

Dave-Roger is the best athelete in Rafa’s absence.


Dave Says:

Colin: “Dave, Murray can’t forget about doubles just yet. He’s got a wild card to play mixed with Laura Robson, and furthermore they are set to play today.”

I forgot about mixed doubles, though I expect it’s less intense than men’s doubles. And you were right about Lleyton making Djokovic work.

*****

Updated ranking of opponents through four rounds:
- Djokovic opponents’ average ranking: 63 (66 + 21 + 158 + 6)
- Federer opponents’ average ranking: 32 (51 + 32 + 35 + 11)
- Murray opponents’ average ranking: 31 (24 + 43 + 45 + 12)


Sienna Says:

Thanks Dave for pointing out who got the easier draw among the best 3tennisplayers in the world today.
Also thanks for thelink and it clearly shows who still isthe undisputed best in their sport.

All three have their issues and doubts while Fed has been so dominant in his sport .


madmax Says:

Oh Dear. Borg? Surely not?

Two posts here:

First:

Borg Says:
When Rafa withdraws, everyone breathes easily more so Federer the so called Goat. He did that in 2009 when he won the Wimbledon in his absence and also accidentally won the French when Rafa lost to Soderling which was an earthquake. I do not want to cite any injury excuse here like some are doing. He lost and that is it. Rafa immediately took revenge against Soderling in 2010 at the French as well as Wimbledon. Whereas Federer despite all the mauling he received from Rafa could not extract revenge and he lost to my man in 2009 Australian as well as 2011 French and 2012 Australian Open. Federer lost all where it mattered. Now once again he has been given a new lease of life after Rafa’s shock defeat against Rosol and his absence at the Olympics. All this seems to point out clearly that Federer can win only in Rafa’s absence.

August 2nd, 2012 at 5:29 am

Please don’t speak for me. I don’t breathe easy at all. I love the rafa/roger rivalry. Best in the sport. Sorry B, but you need to go and loo at the facts and the statistics to have any semblance of what you are talking about. When rafa gets or surpasses 17, 75, (he surpassed the masters by 1 right now, but that was because fed wasn’t playing one of the tournaments he was), oh I forgot. That doesn’t count does it?…and surpassed his 1100 matches, his 6 WTF, god, I could go on – seriously B. No contest.

Second post of yours

Borg Says:
Dave-Roger is the best athelete in Rafa’s absence.

August 2nd, 2012 at 5:53 am

No. He is THE BEST athlete WITH Rafa in the draw and without him in the draw as it stands at the moment. You don’t gift number 1 to Fed, Rafa, or Novak. They work hard for that and by once again trying to undermine fed’s hard work and we are talking BLOODY HARD WORK for 9 months or so, shows your inability to accept defeat graciously.

Oh, and by the way, once again, why can’t you accept that Federer won the FO fair and square? Does it bug you so much that rafa was knocked out in the fourth round? Go watch the whole of the tournament again B, in 2009.

You can buy it on DVD now at half price.

And yes. Until someone over takes federer in all of his accomplishments B, yes. He is the best, but I accept he will never be your favourite. That’s okay too, but try not to be blinded by your inability to see the picture holistically, rather than narrowmindedly.

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