Federer v. Del Potro, Djokovic v. Murray In Olympic SFs; Picks And Pans
by Sean Randall | August 3rd, 2012, 6:36 am
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The upsets we’ve seen for much of this spring and early summer have never really materialized at the Olympic thus far, and that’s good news for us fans because what a semifinal line-up of tennis action is in store from Wimbledon this morning.

Three of our four top players in men’s tennis are in the semifinals and really the best three ladies are in the women’s last four.

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are back for a second straight month in the semifinals of an event at Wimbledon. All three had routine wins yesterday as did outsider Juan Martin Del Potro. I’ve read plenty of comments of how Federer was “lucky” to have won the way he did. Well, he was, but that happens. And for the record, it wasn’t luck that he got himself into position for matchpoint, was it?

OK, looking ahead to today…

Roger Federer vs. Juan Martin Del Potro
I have long pegged Juan Martin Del Potro to be a man to be feared but against Roger Federer the Argentine, except for a brief surge at the end of 2009, has largely been a disappointment.

Mentally, I just don’t think he’s capable anymore of pulling out that big win. Not yet. Not on grass. And not after the way his body failed him against Federer in Paris.

Federer now owns Del Potro 12-2 and 5-0 this year. Del Potro got that stunning win at the US Open in 2009 but that really seems like an eternity ago. And it was. Since returning from his wrist injury Del Po just can’t seem to break through against the Swiss and unfortunately I just don’t think that’s going to change today on grass, his worst surface.

Del Po, however is playing and and has been in good form for much of the year.

“I think he took advantage of a draw here, and then was able to just come through convincingly,” Federer said of Del Potro. “I have my hands full with Juan Martin. He’s obviously beaten me in the biggest match we’ve played against each other, the finals of the US Open. I’m aware of that. He’s a big player with a big serve. That makes it obviously tricky on a fast court like grass.”

As Federer said, with his game and arsenal Del Potro is still an extremely dangerous guy, more so than Isner, I think. Still, Federer’s experience, drive and the surface should be the difference here. One thing that gives me pause is Del Potro in this case really has little expectations. No one is tabbing the Tower of Tandil to come out ahead in this one. And that’s always cause for some concern especially in the high risk game of best-of-three on grass.
The pick: Federer in two

Andy Murray vs. Novak Djokovic
In the main event, British native son Andy Murray attempts to return to a final at Wimbledon for the second time in as many months, and assure himself of at least a silver medal for his country. But he’s going to have to beat nemesis and No. 2 Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic has been on top of Murray recently winning two of three this year including that pulse-pounding 5-setter at the Australian Open. And overall he leads the Scot 8-5.

“He’s a home favorite, a hero, somebody that carries the tennis in Great Britain,” Djokovic said of Murray. “The whole nation will be watching and hoping he can get to the finals and win a medal for his country. This is absolutely normal.”

In this match, what’s interesting is the different in attention from Wimbledon to the Olympics. The tennis event at the Olympics is for the most part a sideshow. The whole nation won’t be watching. And there just doesn’t seem to be that same pressure or fervor on Murray as there was last month. Sure internally it’s there, it has to be, but externally it isn’t. Does that help, hurt? Hard to say. Regardless, Murray in fixated on the challenge ahead, and the chance to make good.

“It’s nice to get the opportunity,” Murray. “If I win one of the next two matches, I’ll give myself a shot at the medal. Obviously winning the first one is the most important thing just now. I need to be ready for it, but it’s very exciting.”

And it should be exciting.

I do think Novak is going to bring that “A” today. With Federer, Murray and the Williams sisters largely the focus, Novak has been forgetten, a little bit. And I think this weekend he gets back in the spotlight, if you will.

So once again, moreso because it’s grass, I have to pick offense over defense…
The pick: Djokovic in two

As for the women’s final four I expect Serena to continue her march to toward gold and meet Sharapova in the final. But really, Sharapova or Maria Kirilenko in the final? It won’t matter. The gold is Serena’s.

FRIDAY OLYMPIC TENNIS SCHEDULE

Centre Court – Start: 12:00
Roger FEDERER (SUI) [1] V Juan Martin del POTRO (ARG)
Victoria AZARENKA (BLR) [1] V Serena WILLIAMS (USA)
Andy MURRAY (GBR) [3] V Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB)
KIRILENKO / PETROVA (RUS) [3] V WILLIAMS / WILLIAMS (USA)

Court 1 – Start: 12:00
HUBER / RAYMOND (USA) [1] V HLAVACKOVA / HRADECKA (CZE)
Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS) [3] V Maria KIRILENKO (RUS) [14]
FERRER / LOPEZ (ESP) V LLODRA / TSONGA (FRA) [
ROBSON / MURRAY (GBR) V STOSUR / HEWITT (AUS)


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285 Comments for Federer v. Del Potro, Djokovic v. Murray In Olympic SFs; Picks And Pans

Kimmi Says:

“djoikovic in two” you are kidding sean. this match is going three sets.


Michael Says:

Sean has gone against the popular perception of most commentators and critics that Murray is going to win this one against Novak and I too endorse Sean’s pick and think that Novak will be just too tough to dislodge. On the other end, Roger is the clear favourite and the match is on his hands. Only a woeful performance can bring alive Del Potro. As it is, I give 75:25 in Roger’s favour while for Novak against Murray it would be 60:40.


Kimmi Says:

delpo took fed to five sets at RG, i know this is grass(federer specialty)but since they never met on grass before, I don’t know how it will turn out. Hope federer is able to bring his A+ game today. He will need it.


Kimmi Says:

Go rog!!


xmike Says:

is there a delay of any kind; sportlemon doesn’t have a stream yet; isn’t it suppososed to be a 12 noon start?


xmike Says:

ok, an italian stream appeared; at least its not the talking leafblower arab commentator


Polo Says:

Federer better be sharp today. If he served like he did against Isner, he will be in trouble. del Potro is a much better version of Isner.


Polo Says:

This is worrisome.


Kimmi Says:

shoot!! delpo with a break!


Polo Says:

What happened? Federer was serving 1 breakpoint down and suddenly, coverage switched some other Olympic coverage!


Polo Says:

Back now to tennis. Roger is going to lose. No Olympic medal for him in singles. Zero medals this Olympic. Sad.


alison Says:

Wow great 1st set of tennis from Delpo completely outclassing Fed ATM,Fed will have to dig deep here.


noogie Says:

40 -40


the DA Says:

Maybe Del Potro is fired up by Fed’s “I’ve got his number” comment.


noogie Says:

AD Federer


noogie Says:

@ DA,

When was that comment made


Kimmi Says:

Go roger!! this is a very tough match. breaks points came and go!! roger needs to be lucky here…


Daniel Says:

Fed made wrong shot selection in the BP where they plated the point. Also a strange wind and he neted a slice. Can let this oportunitues go.


the DA Says:

@ noogie

In his post-match interview yesterday.


Daniel Says:

Polo, Fed can still win bronze if e loses today. Better Bronze than Silver:)


Daniel Says:

Wrong shot selection again. Fed is playing with fire. Thank god he is serving a lot of aces today.


MMT Says:

Federer is clearly nervous, and not handling the pressure as well as del Potro. Making a lot of unforced errors, and was very tentative towards the end of the first set. Whereas every time del Potro has had to hang tough he has. I think this might be del Potro’s day – finally!


Daniel Says:

This game is starting to pisa me of. If Delpo has a first BP he will break. fed better close nowwwww


MMT Says:

the DA – do you have a link to that interview?


Daniel Says:

What is wrong with Federer goin for this shots deep in the middle of the court to finish some points when aproaching?! 2 times he gave the ball o Delpo and lose the point.


Polo Says:

If Federer loses, del Potro would be a good man to lose to. Juan Martin is a nice guy and after the ordeal following his surgery he deserves to have a big win like this.

…well, that is my rationalization. I feel better now and ready to accept a Federer loss.


MMT Says:

Daniel – in case you hadn’t noticed, del Potro hits pretty hard, and today he’s hitting the ball much cleaner than Federer – power on power del Potro wins. The only way Federer beats him if he’s hitting cleanly is to disrupt his rhythm by mixing different speeds, spins, angles, etc.

By the way, del Potro is also serving very well today, which just adds to the pressure, which Federer is clearly feeling.


Sienna Says:

COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Polo Says:

Oh crap. Just when I have accepted it, I will have to endure more agony. This is not good for my psyche.


Daniel Says:

That was a tense set.


Daniel Says:

Yes MMT. But for example Fed was 40-15 in one service gane had a sitter to close the game on the net and hit middle coirt, thinking Delpo would chose a side, giving the ball om DelPo’s racquet. Later he ha to save BP in the same game. He is also complicating his life.

Delpo is returning really great, always in Fed’s feet.


Daniel Says:

Fed needs to hold. When the pressure momenta come DelPo can remember thise loses. The downside for Fed is that DelPo always beat Fed in big stage matches: US Open 09. WTF 09 semis, Olympic semis????


Ben Pronin Says:

I wouldn’t say always…


Daniel Says:

Not always, but seems he chose an important match to win, a match that would cost Fed something


Skorocel Says:

@Daniel: But Federer did beat him in that tense FO 2009 semifinal, which I think has even greater value for Fed than if he had won that USO 2009 final – simply because it allowed him to finally win that missing FO trophy…


Skorocel Says:

Federer’s really struggling with these volleys today…


gannu Says:

cantbear to see this match any longer….fed is bound to killme one day… i stopped watching mid of 2nd set as i cudnt see him lose…he won the 2nd set and i know i would have died a million deaths if i had decided to see the 2nd set…so i better stop watching feddy bear…will be shattered if he loses this semi….and serving from behind just doesnt help!!!! hope and pray…fed fans!!!


sub023 Says:

Delpo is in it to win it. Even though his error count has risen a bit, the guy will not concede a break.


Daniel Says:

Damm, DelPo is brave. No safe play on BP or important points, he just go for the shots. It’s aqesome to see him play like this.
Fed surviving, but I still think he is too tentaive on offense. Last BP he had a forehand shot when he run of Bh and made nothing with the ball. If the ball lands in his
Forehand, which is rare today, he has to crack it and not feat DelPo.


Daniel Says:

This is IT. Go for the kill Fed.


Daniel Says:

I think DelPo is 100% first serve in all 6 BP he faced


praneeth Says:

its so tense


praneeth Says:

del potro is playing great tennis


racquet Says:

Fantastic match. Best of the tournament so far.


praneeth Says:

federer’s serve is saving him right now


Nirmal Kumar Says:

This match reminds me of 2009 Wimby finals against Roddick.


Daniel Says:

Who will crack first?! Fed hold to love last 2 service games


Polo Says:

This will cost me a few more hours in psychotherapy.


Polo Says:

It looks like Federer will crack first. Del Potro does not look he will crack. That is fine. I’m ready. I accept this.


Daniel Says:

Amazing that DelPo hold serve for 18 straight games


Daniel Says:

Tentative forehand, shank…


Daniel Says:

Fed need this point, he need this 15-40. All Bp were lone BP’s


Daniel Says:

Fed aproach was not good enough


Daniel Says:

Lone BP once more. BP # 7 on 7 all. This os ot #2


Daniel Says:

Cannot believe he missed this shot


sub023 Says:

Okay, that one was all on Fed. Massive chance lost.


Daniel Says:

Jesus, not een in Fedal he miss this much oportunitues


the mind reels Says:

Federer’s serve is helping keep him alive in this match. If he can finally bag one of these break points, I like his chances of serving out the match. His volleys have been mostly poor today, which hasn’t helped.


Daniel Says:

Unfu$&cking believable that DelPo won this point!!!!!


MMT Says:

I think Federer isn’t hitting his approach shots well enough for the quality of del Potro’s ball striking today – the forehand sitter came straight at him forcing him to his left, which is why it sailed wide, but in the first place the approach shot was about 6 feet inside the baseline – that’s not going to cut it against someone hitting as cleanly as del Potro is hitting it today.


Daniel Says:

0-30 that could have being 0-40. Fed should have copies Murray and aim his body.

DelPo is the one surcivin this last games


Daniel Says:

Man, he is on a mission


racquet Says:

Insane tennis. Props to Delpo for hanging in there.


Daniel Says:

Fed knows he has a lot of pressure on his forehand to deliver. It’s the only thing I can explain this many easy ad strane misses and shanks.
DelPo already 2 DF this game alone, hum..


Daniel Says:

4th staright game with his service treatened


RD Says:

Fed breaks! Finally. Will service for match at 10-9.


racquet Says:

OMG!


RD Says:

Fed loses serve to love and we’re at 10-10. The marathon resumes.


Addicted Says:

Love game. Wow.


Addicted Says:

Federer is shanking forehands, backhands, everything. I can’t believe he is still in the game, and he might not be much longer.


fedkillsme Says:

12-10 in the third for delpo.. its like its already written


Dave Says:

I expected Delpo to play well today — this match is even more representative than their French Open match because both seem healthy/uninjured here. I said months ago that Del Potro was ready to break out and trouble the top players this year, especially Nadal and Djokovic — except that he had the bad fortune to keep running into Federer too much. This match — on Delpo’s worst surface — is just another example of Delpo’s readiness, especially with the hardcourt season ahead.


sub023 Says:

Well that was a total letdown.


Addicted Says:

@gammu – I don’t even want to think about how many years of my life I have lost to stress caused by watching Fed. Although, the good parts more than make up for it.


RD Says:

Actually, looking at that last swing-and-a-miss Delpo did with what turned out to be an out ball, the breeze is kicking up there, possibly accounting for some of the inconsistency from both players.


RD Says:

Meanwhile, elsewhere at Wimbledon, Maria S. is about to beat Maria K. Good tournament for Kirilenko though. Kvitova fell apart yesterday.


Daniel Says:

This is just insane. How DelPo could produce such a game after being broken, kind of free play, nothing to lose. Fed will need a master class performance to win this, he will have to reach a new level.


Polo Says:

Just get it over with. I am ready to accept Federer’s loss.


RD Says:

If Delpo wins and has to play a best of 5 with Murray or Djoker, he just doesn’t look fit enough.


Daniel Says:

Fed was 2 points away to defeat.


boss Says:

federer just needs to give up already…its only olympics, worth only 750 pts. there’s no reason to kill yourself over this crap…and he STILL has to win the final. if i were him, i would have skipped the olympics and gone straight to the rogers cup; its worth more and nobody will be there this year, so he could have won that EASILY…


Ben Pronin Says:

Haha yeah that’s the champion’s mentality…


autoFilter Says:

I feel like the semis should be 5 sets too given that at this point the competition is so tight and there is already a medal at stake.


Sean Randall Says:

Just announced on TV, Roger Federer just took a bathroom break.

Dave, comment?


boss Says:

losing this match is gonna hurt a long time for federer…


Dave Says:

Calm down people. It’s just a tennis match. It’s not over yet. Evem if Fed loses it’s no big deal


Ben Pronin Says:

3+ hour match, nature’s gotta call sometimes :D


Dave Says:

Sean, check the ITF rules for bathroom break at 12-12 of n open=ended set. Wait! I better check because you tend to misinterpret the rules


metan Says:

Get the medal jmp! I missed this match.


Bobby Says:

What about Federer`s bathroom break.Is it not to break Delpotro`s rythm.If it was Nadal what all BS would have been invented and twisted by Sienna,Dave and Co.What a hypocricy.


Ben Pronin Says:

It was 12-13. It wouldn’t make sense to be allowed a break at 12-12.

I’ve felt this whole tournament Federer hasn’t been playing as well as he was in the second week of Wimbledon. Del Potro overpowering him like this really isn’t surprising at all, though. But the horrendous volleying is just embarrassing. I don’t see why he would want to give up… and how this isn’t a big deal. Why fight so hard if it’s not a big deal? Logic is lost on someone…


Polo Says:

I don’t think it would hurt Federer for a long time. Federer has very good perspective especially now that he has already achieved so much and has a beautiful family. Happy home life makes everything less painful. That is one thing that Federer has in his favor that the other top guys do not have. Playing with your kids and watching them grow is worth more than any Olympic medal.

…there. I am really ready and willing to accept this defeat.


Daniel Says:

DelPo is getting tired alteady. He os not able to return as he was anymore. 14-14 is more than 2 sets, it is as if they are in the fifht set 1-1 right now considering the equivalent of 2 tiebreaks in sets 3 and 4 if it was best of 5


JCZ Says:

The final with Roddick in 2009 went to 16-14, maybe we see the same here again.


Daniel Says:

This is it #3, 0-40 and Delpo more tired


Daniel Says:

Thia match is more exausting than AO 2012


Daniel Says:

To watch. Enough of it already


Daniel Says:

Where is this Delpo coming from


Daniel Says:

Unless DelPo makes 2 DF in a game again Fed won’t broken. How many BP’s has DelPo saved this match?!


Polo Says:

Moonballs from Federer! Very passive play when he had all those break points.


Polo Says:

I hope Federer wins tomorrow. He should be happy with a bronze.


Daniel Says:

1-11 in BP for Fed. Agaiant Nadal RG 07 was worst, 1-17 I think


gannu Says:

its unbearable and i might die any time soon…cant bear this torture….its a nightmare to be a fed fan..wud be devastated beyond limits if fed loses this


Daniel Says:

Bad feeling!


Ben Pronin Says:

If it’s a nightmare to be a Fed fan then being a fan of any other athlete must be like being kidnapped by Jigsaw…


Daniel Says:

Fed painting the lines


sub023 Says:

Yeah, I’d say it’s actually pretty good times for Fed fans, what with him being #1 again and having won Wimbledon. Though some of his more farcical points in this match harken back to his poorer performances in 2010 and 2011.


Dave Says:

I’m running out of chips. Ugh. Now this is a nightmare — how to make chips appear in the middle of three mishits


racquet Says:

“Why fight so hard if it’s not a big deal?”

It’s a spectacular way of tanking a match. Do it with flair.


Daniel Says:

Another survival for DelPo. Fed himself can’t win this, he can’t play 5-7 pointa great. Delpo will have to fold somehow for Fed to win this. The problem is that Fed is serving so consistant and DelPo’s return lost pop that I can’t see Fe losing either. But as Fed is serving to stay alive, te chance for DelPo to get hot for 4 points and Fed misses a few serves is higher.


Polo Says:

…and I’ve finished a whole pot of coffee (brewing another) and 2 Xanax.


metan Says:

Come on jmp, close it !


Daniel Says:

Another clinical service gane by Fed only to ad extra presure to DelPo. Go Fed!!


Ben Pronin Says:

Hahaha racquet, that’s good. Explains everything.


Maso Says:

What an insane 3rd set! 17-16. Can’t believe Rog blew it when he had the chance to close the match, but whatever. Go Rog!


Addicted Says:

Anyone thinks we will see a rule change in the next olympics to end with a tie breaker?


Polo Says:

It’s not the time for spiteful kibitzing. Let us enjoy (or suffer, as in my case)this match.


Polo Says:

Each time Federer loses a point, I die a little. Even a cat would have been dead by this time.


Daniel Says:

Both are more than 70% first serves in, that’s why the score is so tigh


Addicted Says:

Lol. Are they gonna make delpo play doubles immediately after this match?


metan Says:

Jmp go make 18,


Daniel Says:

This is how he shoul play. Instead of going inside out. DelPo is coveri g his backhand fina, but Deep forehands he has problems.

See, another deep Forehand Fed hit and he trow it out. 0-40. This is it #4


Daniel Says:

I think NOW he is serving it out!


Dave Says:

Bobby: “What about Federer`s bathroom break.Is it not to break Delpotro`s rythm.If it was Nadal what all BS would have been invented and twisted by Sienna,Dave and Co.What a hypocricy.”

ITF tourneys have a long history of many thousands of five set matches without tiebreak sets that went into overtime sets. The convention is that 12-12 is like a set end. It was the correct time to take a bathroom break.

If you don;t know what you are talking about, be quiet


Ben Pronin Says:

Lol Polo, relax. I get upset when Federer makes terrible mistakes but there’s nothing you can do when Del Potro blasts some crazy winner.


Daniel Says:

Now DelPo decided to return every serve again


Daniel Says:

2 more points. Ace!!!!


Daniel Says:

Match Point!!!!
ACEEEEEEEEEEE


Daniel Says:

Unbelievable. He should drop shot or have gone cross court. This final shots are killing him today.


Dave Says:

racquet Says: ” “Why fight so hard if it’s not a big deal?” It’s a spectacular way of tanking a match. Do it with flair.”

I said that might happen if Djokovic lost. As long as Djokovic remains in the Olympics, Federer needs the ranking points to remain No. 1


Daniel Says:

OMG. Crying my pants out after this hug in the net and genuine emotions from both. Love Olympics, cry every day of happiness and proud of the athletes


Tennis Fan Says:

I feel sorry for Delpo … he actually probably should have won that match with Fed booting the ball all over the court. But isn’t that sort of what makes Fed special .. somehow, someway … he gets it done! Now for Gold!


Daniel Says:

Both left court on tears.


Ben Pronin Says:

Dude you can totally tell how Federer doesn’t really care about the Olympics…


Sienna Says:

MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TMF just signed his olympic signature…..

The best match of the year?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Two winners there. Just that the stats show one as winner, which is a pity.


Tennis Fan Says:

Incidentally, I think Murray make a break through finally today and take the Djok out.


El Flaco Says:

So sorry for Delpo. What makes it worse is he has to come back and play for the bronze against either Djoko or Murray.


John Says:

Congrats to Fed.

What a Champ!


Polo Says:

How can you not love this guy. He will have an Olympic medal! Great great match. The kind that both winner and loser should be proud of.

I’m exhausted.


gannu Says:

literally came out of ICU….happy for fedex but again feel bad for del po…its very very painful…thats cruel abt this sport….sometimes there can be only one winner…yes its a cliche,,,but feel really bad,,,,mixed emotions…thanks fedex u saved my weekend otherwise will land up mourning like a recluse in some corner of my house ;-)…congrats daniel, madmax, huh, skeez, kimmi, sienna and other fed fans…now for the gold!!!


Maso Says:

Holy crap, Roger takes it! What determination to hang in that set after losing the opportunity to serve it out.
Del Potro was amazing, if he brings that kind of game to the US Open, he’ll be a serious contender. He seems to have improved his net game tremendously, he pulled some great net play throughout the match.
So happy Roger made it, though. Looking forward to an exciting semi between Novak and Murray. The final should be amazing!


skeezer Says:

MAESTRO! MAESTRO! Congrats on winning a medal!

How come the biggest greatest matches EVER have Feds play involved? Great match, one of the best in Olympic history.

___________

Delpo, all the respect. How can any tennis fan NOT like you? You were the cleaner hitter today, just ran out of gas. Humble, emotional, and a great guy. You did your country proud. Hopefully you’ll get a big title soon!

__________

Did Fed just blow his chances for the Gold? He won the battle, but the War?
Will he have enough energy at 31 left for a possibly tougher match against Murray/Djoker?


Sienna Says:

Dave it doesnt matter what the haters say.
He is through and he played his hearth out.

Congratulations.


trufan Says:

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a match. Fed assured of a medal…


trufan Says:

DelPo is back (the 2009 version). I am rooting for him to win the USO again. With his foot speed, serve, and giant shots on both flanks, he can blow anyone off the courts. A complete game.


trufan Says:

Fed has a day off, so he will be OK for the final…


metan Says:

Poor jmp , if there’s no toilet break 13-12,he had won it, so sad! How he is going to play doubles,

This match, showed how Roger desperates for gold, he wants to equal rafa in og.

Well, congrats to Roger n his fans! Good luck


Polo Says:

I have no time for Fed haters now. I am too happy to be bothered by anything right now. At age 31, Roger continues to give me so much pleasure to watch. I die many times during his matches but in the end, a lot of joy. This is one among the best ones.


trufan Says:

Is this the longest 3-set match EVER (366 points, 4 hours 26 min)…..


sub023 Says:

ahaha, you really think it was the bathroom break that led to Fed winning? In spite of the winning break not coming for another nine games? Sure, whatever will let you sleep soundly tonight.


Ben Pronin Says:

Del Potro wasn’t exactly gaining momentum before the bathroom break… And I don’t think he cares about tying Nadal in anything, really. He wants to win for Switzerland and himself.


Dave Says:

DelPo played consistently great from start to finish. He would have beaten almost any other top player today.

Once again Federer finds a way to win on a day he did not have his best stuff and was making poor decisions. The other greatest winning machines in tennis history (Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall) have lots of tennis matches with long sets like today, even in their best years. Just tough competitors determined not to lose.


Polo Says:

No trufan, Isner-Mahut’s lasted one decade. But for sheer quality, nothing beats this one.


Polo Says:

As I said earlier, Federer detractors can throw in anything they want. They simply won’t stick anyway.


trufan Says:

Polo,

Isner Mahut was best of 5. In best of 3, this maybe the longest match ever by time and by points (though not by games, since Tsonga Raonic went 25-23).

Tsonga is a heavy guy – he bounced back the next day to win. Fed has a day off, so I am hopeful he will be fit for the final. Though I am certain he will pull out of Toronto now…. Unless Djokovic wins Gold, There is no way he cam become No 1 before the end of Cincy.

I am rooting for Murray today!! I think Ferrer will win Toronto. Everyone else will be too tired to put in the hours getting used to hard courts by tuesday/wednesday.


Eric Says:

I can’t believe I didn’t get to watch this match…
(I haven’t seen any of the Olympic tennis…no cable.)


Polo Says:

trufan, I cannot think anymore, that’s why. My neurons are still shaking.


trufan Says:

Ferrer, Monfils, Verdasco have also withdrawn from Toronto. I guess its Isner’s tournament to lose????? I can’t see any of the other top 10 being in good shape for this tournament….


sub023 Says:

@Eric: Watch BBC or Eurovision coverage online, it’s better than NBC/Bravo anyways (assuming you’re American). You’ll have to use a UK proxy to access their streams though.


skeezer Says:

Azarenka Tennis outfit

Rating meter: 0-10

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tennisfansince76 Says:

wow i was not expecting to see Fed still on when i turned on the TV after 8 am pst. from what i saw Delpo was hitting monster flat balls and Fed seemed a bit nervous and tentative. his serve pulled it out. very heartfelt moment at the end of the match. i felt for Delpo. he gave it up. i feel for any delpo fans out there. always toughest when your player loses a classic match like this (wimby 08 anyone)i hope he can recharge for the bronze medal match. for all intents and purposes this was a five set match. i wonder if they will change the no final set TB rule after this? ironically i don’t think it matters much unless the olympics is played on grass.


Polo Says:

Who of these two ladies is the number one ranked player?


SG1 Says:

Big win for Fed. Have to catch the match later tonight. 19-17 in the fifth…WOW!

I saw a little of the match in the first set.
DelPo looked to be in good form. I guess he kept that form through the entire match.

Federer will be tough in the final. Though I like Djokovic, I want to see a Fed/Murray re-match. The intangibles for this match would be really interesting for both players. It would be nice to see Murray get gold and I think it would do wonders for his confidence.

Murray winning the Olympics could lead to a quadralry at the top of mens tennis. Guess we’ll have to wait and seewhat happens.


trufan Says:

There’s no quadrivalry till Murray wins a slam. But sure, winning the Olympics could do wonders for his confidence going into the hardcourt swing.

I hope Murray beats Djokovic 19-17 in the 3rd set today!


El Flaco Says:

This is the type of match that will tighten up Fed’s back to the point he could tweak it at the beginning of the final. This happened after the long match with Benneateau. He hurt it at the beginning of the Malisse match.


SG1 Says:

This Kirilenko/Sharapova match got me thinking (and laughing) about a comment from someone I heard on a local sports radio station. The guy was saying that he wouldn’t care about tennis if it was played in his bedroom. I think this match up might make him change his mind….LOL.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Serena is just squashing Azarenka like a grape.


Sienna Says:

trufan Says:
DelPo is back (the 2009 version). I am rooting for him to win the USO again. With his foot speed, serve, and giant shots on both flanks, he can blow anyone off the courts. A complete game.

August 3rd, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Trufan
He is n with a great shot. But Fed will have his sight on his second slam of the year.

He is quickly turning this era in a TMF era.
We know what we can expect when he wins sundays final! He will ride the winning wave until januari if his confidence is so high.


Eric Says:

No one beats Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-1!


trufan Says:

Ya, I think Fed will give this hard court season a real big push. He is in form, in touch, this is his best chance to get the 18th slam, 7th YEC, 6th year end No. 1, cross 300 weeks at No 1, and basically throw the ball so far out of the park that nobody ever touches it. Then he can stop playing 250 and 500 events from next year (except perhaps Basel) and make his schedule easier. Even skip Madrid masters, and Shanghai masters, and just focus on the big ones, basically enjoy life until Rio. Why retire if you can still be top 4, which I believe he can for at least a couple more years? AS long as you are in the top 4, you always have a shot at a slam, since you will never play the other top 4 players till the SF… And someone could lose early, anything can happen then. Its not like Nadal is a “young” player any more, or even Djoke/Murray for that matter.


trufan Says:

I hope Delpo wins Bronze to get to No 8 in world rankings – that really improves his chances at the USO…. since he doesn’t have to face a top player till the QF.


Polo Says:

After that loss in a very long and tightly contested match, it will be very difficult for del Potro to have enough energy and motivation to win the bronze medal match. Hard to imagine the big difference between a potential gold medal to no medal at all. That said, I hope I am wrong (I usuall am)and that del Potro could win the bronze.


Polo Says:

Very prophetic Eric.


Maso Says:

What the hell are they waiting for to start the Novak/Andy match?!


Dave Says:

in 1969, Rod Laver won the calendar year grand slam. Though tiebreaks were not used yet, he faced many extended sets in all four majors.
- Australian Open: he had set scores of 22-20, 18-16, 9-11, 9-7.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1969_Australian_Open_%E2%80%93_Men%27s_Singles
- French Open: he had set score of 7-9
- Wimbledon: he had set scores of 9-7, 7-9
- US Open: he had set scores of 14-12, 13-11, 8-6, 8-6, 8-6, 7-9


Maso Says:

Ah, there we are, never mind. That took long enough! Guess they were waiting for people to move from Court 2 to Center Court after the last women’s semi. Took long enough!


sar Says:

Come on NOLE!!


Sienna Says:

@Trufan

I like Daves approach that he will take the south america express as scheduled and go for 1 big Garros title. That will surely seal the deal on this ERA


trufan Says:

Tennis is so much faster and physical now than it was in Laver’s era – So much strength and power, so much energy expended. The games from the 60s appear in slow motion compared to today’s games.


El Flaco Says:

I didn’t realize Delpo is still in the mixed doubles. He is playing right now and losing.


Mark Says:

Roger withdraws from Rogers cup!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

a fairly boombastic first set from muzza/djoko


tennisfansince76 Says:

the roger’s cup is just decimated this. it will be more like a 250 or 500 tourney


tennisfansince76 Says:

Muzza is bringing the wood here in the fisrt set


tennisfansince76 Says:

set pt muzza


Eric Says:

ANDY M!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

set murray!


tennisfansince76 Says:

Eric good to see somebody else is here on tennis-x right now


racquet Says:

Go Andy!! I think he really wants this. Another fantastic match.


John Says:

I like the way Murray is using the slice.

Maybe got some tips from the Fed vs djoko match?

And he takes the first set.

Amazing play by both.


Daniel Says:

Wow! So far another great match. Djoko fell in Murray’s trap on set point with a beautifull passing shot.


TennisFan Says:

As expected. A breakthrough match for Murray today!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

where are all the Murray/Nole fans right now?


Sienna Says:

This match isa bit of a let off after Fed Potro match.
I cant see either Fed or Delpo losing their medalmatch.


trufan Says:

Next withdrawal will be Delpo, then Tsonga, then Djokovic and Murray. Berdych may be top seed in Toronto! Though Djokovic might play, since he has 1000 points to defend.


Eric Says:

Sienna are you serious? This is a great match.

Rogers cup is going to be a joke.


John Says:

OMG LOL

That was a ridicules get by Murray


the mind reels Says:

@Eric: agreed. This match has been pretty entertaining so far. Murray is hanging tough with Novak and really hitting out on his forehand, which is great to see.


Maso Says:

What an absolutely fantastic day of tennis!! Insane, the quality of both these semi finals. And this one could be far from over.


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t think Del Po will beat either of these guys…


Dave Says:

Serbian coach Obradovic: ´Novak Djokovic will try his hardest because his priority is to win the Olympics, and Federer will not win because he is not a nationalist´

Bogdan Obradovic, captain of the Serbian Davis Cup team, said of Novak Djokovic: “These Olympics are very important for him. We know how much he loves his country and from the start of the season Roland Garros and the Olympics were the two goals. If he had to choose between Wimbledon and the Olympic Games he certainly would have preferred to win the second event. Novak will try in every way to win the gold. He is in great shape and is mentally ready.”

Obradovic does not believe that Federer will win the Olympic gold: “The Swiss are much more individualistic. I think Federer has never shared a lot of the compatriots’ team atmosphere. We (the Serbs) are more nationalist in such events and this gives us an extra boost. Federer when he plays the Olympics seems rather unmotivated so I do not think he’ll be the winner.”
http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Obradovic-Novak-Djokovic-can-win-the-Olympics-Federer-is-not-a-nationalist-articolo5031.html


tennisfansince76 Says:

french just won the doubles semis. you could totally tell they don’t care either. none of the players seem to care about the olympics.


the mind reels Says:

Yea, I guess that’s probably why Federer kissed the Swiss flag on his jersey after his epic battle with JMDP.

Pretty numb-skulled comment from Bogdan to (a) generalize about an entire nation’s sense of camaraderie and (b) call Federer unpatriotic.

Let’s see if Novak can even get out of this semifinal match.


Ben Pronin Says:

Why wouldn’t the Serbian coach back a Serbian player? Obviously he’s an expert on Federer, though… Brilliant deduction.


Ray Says:

what wonderful tennis we got @ wimbledon and olympics! tennis is so much more fun when you dont have mr. ugly gamal!

come on nole! let’s have a fedkovic final with no.1 and gold medal on the line!

federer and djokovic at the tennis rankings just seems so right :)


Ray Says:

some nations are more patriotic than others [and it may not always be in a good way]

anyone who has known serbians and swiss will tell you who the more jingoistic people are – not that there is anything wrong with it.


racquet Says:

Murray showing nerves of steel to hold serve. Nole serving to stay in the match. Tense or what?


Eric Says:

Huge hold from Murray.

Not sure I agree with the assumption that “more patriotic” means “cares about the Olympics more.” It’s still an individual tournament, not the Davis cup. So maybe a source of motivation for some, maybe not for others. Definitely Djokovic will draw strength from it, I agree.


Sienna Says:

Thats why the Serbs are so loved in europe.


Sienna Says:

It is ok to be patriotic but with nationalistic. all we william get are the boots and black uniforms
the serbian coach knows his classics they had their share of nationalistic regimes.


Andrea Says:

Wow! Way to go roger. Sounds like an epic match. Congrats to delpo as well….another tough loss.


Sienna Says:

The match is quit good atm.
Djoker has picked up. I thought he was a bit flatin first set.


Sienna Says:

Murray does play with more belief. The wimbly final has done him good.
is lendl not around ?


Eric Says:

Another epic hold… Murray has struggled mightily in all his service games — coming through them all nevertheless.


Eric Says:

(Well, struggled in almost all, at least.)


Eric Says:

Yeah ANDY!


Sienna Says:

Fed stays #1………….


Daniel Says:

Murray beating Djoko holding tense games. Man he is vattle tested now to avenge his Wimby loss.

2 best grass court players this year batling fir gold. The good thing is after this Olympics, all top 4 will have indiviual medals. Fed gold or silver and same for Murray.


racquet Says:

Hurray! Andy goes to the final. That was Murray 2.0. Incredible performance. Commiserations Nole fans.


Eric Says:

I think I might have to tap Murray to win the final… of course, I’ll still be rooting for Roger, but I think Andy can do it.


Colin Says:

Well, Sean, you got the number of sets right, anyway!


Sienna Says:

Ranomi Kromowidjojo

Through rto the finalwith a superfast time .

Double is on for the queen ofthe pool.


Brando Says:

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

STANDING OVATION 4 MUZZA!!!!!

WHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AT LEAST SILVER ON SUNDAY- SO ALREADY AWESOME STUFF FOR TEAM GB!!!!!

HOPE HE GETS REVENGE ON SUNDAY!!!

AS I MENTIONED EARLIER- OUT OF THE BIG 3 MUZZA IS PLAYING AWESOME TENNIS!!!!!


Brando Says:

P.S:

sean got the straight sets part right, BUT he picked the wrong player. :-)


Dave Says:

Ray: Check the Davis Cup records of Djokovic and Federer (at Novak’s age up to end 2006): Novak has played 30 matches in 17 ties (only 2 outside Europe — Russia and Israel), even though he won a Davis Cup title (meaning Serbia had extra ties that year). Federer at Novak’s age had played 39 matches in 15 ties (including in Australia, Russia and Morocco — later Federer flew to Australia for a second Davis Cup tie there). Does Djokovic appear any more patriotic?
http://www.daviscup.com/en/home.aspx


TennisFan Says:

My prediction holds true. Murray will be a very tough match for Fed tomorrow. Fed will have to be at his best.

I predict same time next year Murray will be ranked Ahead … did you hear me Ahead of Djokovic in the ATP rankings … mark my word.


jane Says:

Andy’s resolve today was amazing! He played the big points so very well, especially with aces on break points! I hope he can capture gold. Fingers crossed. Come on Andy!

Tough loss for Nole, though, he looked so sad. An even tougher loss for Delpo – what a marathon! The bronze match will have a couple of wounded soldiers in it. Hard to say what’ll happen in that match or the final.

Congrats to Jo/Llodra on reaching the doubles finals with the Bryans.

And Sharapova in the finals too – I doubt she can beat Serena, unless she turns back the clock to when she was 17. :) Otherwise, she will be pleased with silver, I am sure.


TennisFan Says:

… it appears Djokovic was not that patriotic today :)


racquet Says:

Wait, tomorrow? Isn’t the men’s final Sunday?


Brando Says:

@Jane:

commiseration about your guy losing- he definately put up a fight.

Like you said, muzza was just a bit better on the big points- really a case of small margins deciding the match.

I certainly was impressed by muzza’s resolve also.

Commiseration also to other nice nole fans: wog boy, nina etc.

Also to JMDP- epic match, he lost- BUT he is back now for sure!


Ray Says:

dave :

i think being patriotic stops being a virtue beyond a point.

i dont mind if my fav is not patriotic. sampras/federer both of them i have admired and I do not care if they are patriotic. i actually prefer they are not!

serbians are not very popular with a lot of people because they tend to be overly patriotic. it is one of the reasons djokovic is not as readily embraced by people of other nations as the serbian fans tend to act like he is their property. no such issues with fed/murray.


jane Says:

Thanks Brando.


Eric Says:

Nole obviously a really heavy favorite against Delpo, in my opinion. Or maybe JMDP’s grass game has arrived permanently? Anyway, I can’t see Del Potro hitting, perfectly, the ridiculous variety of shots you need to hit in order to beat Djokovic. Murray was amazing and inspiring today.

If Sharapova actually steps out to play tennis I don’t think Serena is a foregone conclusion. Vika, at the end of the match, when she started playing more loosely, easily breached Serena’s invincibility. I think she just was mentally unable to get into the match for the first 59 minutes. Serena’s playing great, but it should be a real match.


Kimberly Says:

Hi Jane, I am actually rooting for Serena as I want the US to get as many gold medals as possible, as tough as it is. Watch it, this will be the match Maria actually wins.

What an electric match between Murray and Djokovic. Murray played great and the crowd fired him up for sure.

The bronze medal match looks to be unpleasant. Ironically, Djokovic should benefit by losing easier but definitely a match between a couple of wounded soldiers.


Brando Says:

@Dave:

why are you being silly and questioning djokovic’s patriotism?

it’s EVIDENT for all to see how much he cares about his country- so back off!

If serb’s love him and don’t question his efforts for his country, then who are you to do so?

You should just keep your mouth shut in this regard and stick to your usual glorifying of federer!


Dave Says:

The Great Nationalist and Patriot lost. It’s a huge psychological blow to Djokovic, given his success last year, that he has failed to win titles since Miami — especially French Open, then Wimbledon and now Olympics not making even the final. Even if Djokovic wins Bronze and Fed silver, Federer does not even have to show up at Toronto to retain the No. 1 ranking (but it’s likely he’ll show up for a few days at least).

On the other hand, Murray and Delpo could be significant factors in the hardcourt season, especially US Open.

Don’t know how much Federer and Delpo have left in the tank and legs after playing almost 60 games. They need a hyperbaric chamber.


Ray Says:

LOL! it’s funny to see nadal fans jumping wagons from djokovic to delpotro to murray!

I think the summer of heart break will continue for nadal. Fed will get the gold and keep the number 1 ranking till atleast the USO!

rafa’s fans have been the kiss of death since the rosol match. they have ruined djokovic/murray by supporting them in the wimbledon semis/finals.

then they supported, wait for this, falla, bennetau, isner and delpotro and were rooting for nole today!

murray will need all the luck in this world to overcome the curse of the rafa fans’ support!


Dave Says:

Brando, just shut up and stop being idiotic. All I said is that based on their Davis Cup records, “does Djokovic appear any more patriotic?” It’s idiotic to blurt “why are you being silly and questioning djokovic’s patriotism?” based on that. You really need to grow up and grow a brain.


Eric Says:

Dave, have you missed that Federer has already withdrawn from Toronto?


SG1 Says:

Wimbledon final rematch…awesome! Fair to say the two best grasscourters in the world this year will duke it out again. I hope Murray can bring something fresh and different to this final. One thing’s for sure…he better hit his groundied bigger if he hopes to win this thing. A good day serving wouldn’t hurt either. This final 2 of 3 or 3 of 5?


Dave Says:

Eric, yeah, I missed that, lol. Thanks for pointing it out.


Eric Says:

Oh… SG1 raises a good point; it’s best of 5, not 3, in the final. That changes the calculus a bit: normally I’d say it gives Fed an edge, but maybe with his long match today, he won’t have the stamina to go the distance? Not sure. Anyway, it’s sure to be a fantastic match.


Eric Says:

Dave, I’m guessing, JMDP, Murray, and Djokovic will be next… we’ll see. It might be too tempting for Andy or Nole, though, to show up with so many other top players sitting it out.


Mark Says:

Come on Murray. The ole man is pooped – he just played for 4 and a half hours. He is there for the taking!!


Ray Says:

fed/serena/ bryan brothers – all going for career golden slams!

fed’s path is the toughest if murray keeps up this form and doesn’t do a wimbledon repeat!


tennisfansince76 Says:

@SG1 the final is 3/5.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Ray. patriotism is no problem it is when it crosses over to Jingoism that it becomes less appealing


Sienna Says:

Fed could have played for another 2 hours. He just might be the fittest player around.
And if you think Murray will blast through him? You have not paid attention his last two matches. He played twogrueling hitting monsters and took it all in and came on top.

Playing Murray wouldbe playing in a lesser gear for Fed. I think he will get his gold.


madmax Says:

God!

I cannot breathe everyone!

This is just incredible, awesome, high quality POSTS from the gang here. Federer is the God of clutch tennis.

WOW.

I want to cry with emotion when I read your posts Fedfans.

Thank you for making my night.

Awesome Federer.

Turning to the comments on the Isner Mahut match, remember it was over 3 days, so cannot be compared to this match.

Catch you all tomorrow.


Ray Says:

@tennis fan, i agree.

it is very sad to see the plight of rafa fans. i hope federer loses for your sake guys. it must be burning your souls to see fed winning so much while rafa is sitting with a bum knee after he got his as$ handed to him by rosol!


Dave Says:

Eric, I think you’re right. If Djokovic withdraws, he loses 1,000 points while Murray, Delpo and Federer all loset early so could gain a lot of points. So who ever is motivated will gain.
http://www.atpworldtour.com/Share/Event-Draws.aspx?e=421&y=2011

Federer is fitter than the haters think. If he recovers sufficiently he will likely put on a better performance than in the first two sets of Wimbledon, based on the variables. What I’m concerned about is whether he or Delpo picked up any injury today.


the mind reels Says:

DelPo is defending 2nd round points only in Canada, so he should give the bronze medal match a real go (and for other obvious reasons — winning a medal for his country in the Olympics). Djokovic, on the other hand, will have to decide how much he wants to fight for 3rd place given that, as others are pointing out, he’s got 1,000 points on the line in Canada next week.

@tennisfan76: regarding jingoism, yes, I agree, although I don’t think jingoism really fits into our discussion on this board — for one because it’s generally a term applied on a larger scale (i.e., foreign policy), and two because I’m not convinced that the Serbians actually think they are any better than anyone else, at least not in tennis. They certainly have lots of tennis pride (both Novak and Janko are known for their chest-thumping and chin-up looks of pride), but I don’t give Mr. Bogdan enough respect to warrant further discussion of his comments on patriotism. Hard for him to argue now anyway, since his man lost and will slip further back in the rankings race now.

Both Novak and Roger seem to enjoy playing for their countries, whether it’s Davis Cup or the Olympics, so that seems enough for me.


Margot Says:

So proud of Andy, he was steelier today than I’ve ever seen him. Such emotion too. Andy, Andy, Andy!
Gr8 high quality match from both players. Commiserations to Nole fans. Nice hugs at the net, you can see they like each other.
Carry on with the jinxing Sean, it’s giving my man good luck…;)


Margot Says:

Tennis Fan @11.54 :) Bravo! Andy fans would never dare say something like that, but we dare to dream and sometimes ….
Your prediction better than Sean’s any way :)


Sienna Says:

the mind reels Says:
DelPo is defending 2nd round points only in Canada, so he should give the bronze medal match a real go (and for other obvious reasons — winning a medal for his country in the Olympics). Djokovic, on the other hand, will have to decide how much he wants to fight for 3rd place given that, as others are pointing out, he’s got 1,000 points on the line in Canada next week.

HA we will see where his alliances are!

Just referring to ink Dave provided us. The nationalistic Serb loves his country more them the Suisse Maestro.
hehe Novak tanking the bronze medal he already has 1 doesnt he?


skeezer Says:

Well my fav will retain #1, and he is assured a medal. Not a bad 2012 for the Fedex @ 31!! Woot!

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Special shout out to Tennix er margot who has to be ecstatic her man has a medal, and still yet may be a gold one! For sure the Wimby final has given Murray the soul of belief ( and hitting that FH pretty dang good nowadays! What a great moment for Andy in front of the Brits on his home soil. This accomplishment will always be remembered by Brit fans!

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Nole fans. Me thinks he will find his groove again real soon. He is the new King of the Hard Courts, and summer hardness is here.

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I hope this puts to rest where posters rank Tennis in the Olympics. The last 2 matches have shown how important it is to the top players, who fought so very hard. Is it more important than a Slam? Probably just as, if not more. You’d have to ask them. But with the emotions out there displayed plainly visible for all to see, it’s not a bad assumption


steve-o Says:

What an incredible effort! Federer proves yet again his indomitable fighting spirit and champion’s heart.

Battling, battling through despite not breaking Del Potro’s serve until 9-all in the third, serving to stay alive 11 consecutive times, he weathered the storm. The definition of true grit.


Wog boy Says:

Thanks for commiserations,

Most important thing for my man now is to put all these losses behind, try to win bronze move forward in to hard court season. He should be proud of himself regardless of not winning any of the last three tournaments. He gave his best but the others were better, better than last year.There is no shame in losing against Nadal, Federer and Murray.
When you fall you stand up dust yourself off and move forward.
AJDE NOLE


Ben Pronin Says:

That’s interesting, though. In his last 3 tournaments he’s 0-3 against the rest of the big 4. I hope this turns around on hard courts and I think it will. No shame in losing to Nadal on clay, of course. No shame in losing to Federer on grass, of course. And honestly, it’s always been obvious that Murray’s movement on grass comes more naturally than Djokovic’s. And it’s not like he’s getting blown away. Not sure how the rest of the summer will pan out, but I’d be surprised and disappointed if Djokovic didn’t add to his titles tally before the indoor season starts.


rancid Says:

Federer will win the gold easily. Murray is a non factor in big finals.


jane Says:

The mind reels, thanks for being reasonable about that issue.

skeezer, hope you’re right about Nole; he doesn’t seem as confident in the big matches this year. He’s lost mainly to Murray, Rafa and Fed, so the losses are to the best guys. But yeah, just a little “off” this year. We’ll see. It might take till next year for him to get his groove back. Last year it was mainly Rafa/Nole, this year at least in the grass season, it’s been Fed/Murray. But it’s always the fantastic four still. They’re nothing if not incredibly consistent. At this rate we could have Nole/AO, Rafa/FO, Fed/Wimbledon, and Murray/USO. Or gold. We’ll soon find out.

Wog boy, nice post, per usual. :) I love your attitude. It’s admirable!


jane Says:

margot, thanks for the sweet words. Totally agree about Andy’s play today. He was on song, and the crowd we wooed and wowed.


jane Says:

*we should be “were wooed and wowed” :)

Ben, hope so.


Kimberly Says:

Ben thats not exactly so, he beat Fed in RG so he is 1-3 technically. But I get your point, he didn’t win the tournaments.


Polo Says:

Congratulations to Andy Murray and his fans. I am very happy for him. It’s like Wimbledon deja vu all over again and I am as confused as to who to root for. I would like Federer to win an Olympic gold but I just could not bear to see Andy lose in another big event. Whoever wins, I will be happy for him in a way equal to how sad I will feel for the other guy. I don’t want to call him a loser because nobody who reaches a final in any major event deserves to be called that.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

It is not easy but such is life, wasn’t meant to be easy, I needed I double Irish coffee Serbian way (shot of plum brandy instead of whiskey) after the match and I am trying to think what I can do around house today (it is saturday 10am) but most likely I will end up watching footy and getting smashed. Just waiting for my wife to go shopping, by the time she is back (it takes while when she goes shopping) I will be “high” and wouldn’t be able to hear her complaining.
Don’t get me wrong, I am happily married…. but my wife is not .
Cheers, I am going for a third one…..brandy, no coofee this time….. to much coofee is no good:)


jane Says:

Ha ha, Wog Boy: we all drown our sorrows somehow. Whatever works! ;)


Alok Says:

Great win for Fed today, but so sad for JMDP. His sadness tugged at my heart. It’s matches like this one makes me wish that there wasn’t a loser. It must be really tough for these guys ater battling for 4+ hours only to lose by one break. Anyway, all is not lost as JMDP still can win the bronze on Sunday,and I’m hoping he does just that.

I don’t understand why Fed’s loyalty to his country is being questioned. It’s evident Roger cares a lot for his country. He kissed the Swiss flag that’s on his shirt when he won. Just becoz some people are more vocal than others does not mean their love is greater. Talk is cheap.


Polo Says:

Roger loves his country. If you saw his interview, he almost cried when he was asked what it means to him now that the first medal for Switzerland may be coming from him. He quickly turned away after his brief reply to hide the emotion.


Kimmi Says:

lol wogboy!!


Wog boy Says:

Everybody loves his country, not everybody shows it same way same as nobody shows his/her emotions same way. What is the point bringing that in conversation time and time again.
I worked and still do with lot of American and UK groups coming in Aussieland and they sll show their love for country different way, I know if I have a group from midwest America I don’t try to crack jokes about America because they don’t take the well, but if I have New York or east coast or LA group it is different storry, with English (UK) groups it is different storry alltogether, they crack the jokes about England themselfs but that doesn’t mean they are less patriotic than Midwest Americans. And Canadians are always proud to point that there is Canadians in the group not only Americans, they are usualy coming together as North American groups in Aussieland.
So lets talk tennis, Federer had great win I feel sorry for Delpo but such is life:)

That is all for today, I have to cook lunch, it is my turn and I don’t mind it.


Wog boy Says:

Kimmi,

Is that “lol” good lol or bad lol?


skeezer Says:

Polo

Re: Feds on court post match interview..

Agreed. Also, we all saw Delpo have a few words with Rog and put his head on his shoulder, a moment between these 2 of respect and kinsmenship of warriors. A battle that large in the end creates other more important things.

What struck me is when they ask Fed what was said at that moment Fed replied ” I don’t remember”. Pure class. He knew, it just happened minutes ago. That private moment was for him and Delpo, no one else……..


Kimmi Says:

it was a good “lol” wogboy. I was laughing when reading your post. especially on this bit “Don’t get me wrong, I am happily married…. but my wife is not”. I guess I needed that to relax a little, it is been a stressing day


tennisfansince76 Says:

@themindreels pt taken. actually it seems most of the players are proud to play for their country in the olympics. the olympics always meant alot to Fed. je was quite nervous when he lost to Berdych in the athens 04 games. you don’t get nervous if you don’t care that much


M Says:

All you all trying to jinx ReRe, stop.
Her match with Masha will be a good match.
May the best woman win.


Ray Says:

novak will be fine. i wanted a federer-djokovic final with a match for number 1, but federer-murray is my 2nd option.

i still think nole will end the season number 1. he’s the 2nd best fast-court player of the last 5 years, behind SUPERMAN fed. this year, i think novak will do better than fed on the fast hardcourts and indoors. it is a tough task but nole is the best equipped to do it!

i dont know who to support between nole and delpotro! may the better man win!


Ray Says:

in the singles’ finals – 3 out of 4, except murray are going for career golden slam :)

serena, masha or fed.


Ray Says:

serena and fed will have even the doubles gold in addition to career golden slam.

serena already has the career golden slam in doubles. and just for fun, she did the doubles career golden slam – twice!


harry Says:

@Brando,
Could you be a little more polite and not shout in every post of yours? You probably don’t care; but you are just making tennis-x an unpleasant reading experience for all the neutral, non-fedal people out there (with all the caps and the rude shouting).

@Wog boy,
Just great to read your posts :) Wish Conty, mat4 and grendel are back too…


Steve 27 Says:

Murray in 5 sets, my bet. Paradoxically this final is like in Wimbledon but at the same time both will play their first final at Olympics, and the Swiss knows is his last chance to equal Nadal and Agassi to complete the Golden Slam. The Scot has less pressure this time. I’m sure he will not fail his opportunity like in the second set in Wimbledon. He will show us he learn of his mistakes and he will take his chances on Sunday.

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