Take Your Pick: Federer v Haas In Halle, Murray v Tsonga At Queen’s
by Sean Randall | June 14th, 2013
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The grass court season is not even a week old an already we are blessed with two sparkling matchups on Saturday. In one Queen’s semifinal, 2-time champion Andy Murray squares off against the resurgent JW Tsonga. Over in Germany, it’s 5-time Halle champion Roger Federer against the resurrected one, Tommy Haas.

Before I handicap those matches, a quick re-cap of a busy Friday.

First in Halle where Federer recorded his second career double bagel today after destroying German lefty Mischa Zverev. The quick 40-minute win offered some beleaguered Federer fans hope that Roger will do the greater good at Wimbledon, but will he?

It’s honestly hard to read much into a Zverev which Federer felt embarrassed by. More weight will be cast if he beats Haas tomorrow by a similar score!

Haas, meanwhile, is the defending champion and today he edged Gael Monfils. The Frenchman had his act going again diving around, hitting crazy shots before injuring himself late in the match. Haas did his best to block out such histrionics and prevailed.

In the other semi, Mikhail Youzhny bounced Phil Kohlschreiber in what I would call a mild upset. The Russian now faces Richard Gasquet.

In England, Murray has looked good not great through three matches. In his first tournament in about a month, Murray won two yesterday and today overcame a break down in the second to beat Ben Becker 6-4, 7-6.

For Tsonga, after six sets of tennis Thursday, he had a much easier time this afternoon thrashing American youngster Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-2.

And let’s not overlook the other semi which pits defending champion Marin Cilic against Lleyton Hewitt. Cilic beat up on Tomas Berdych while Hewitt, who’s enjoying “one of those weeks” he always seems to have, took down fellow US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro in three.

“I just wanted to try to get as many matches as possible, really,” said the 32-year-old Hewitt. “Throughout today, I played great. My ball striking was fantastic. Even though I was 0-4 down in the second set, I didn’t really do too much wrong. He played incredible tennis.”

As for the big two semifinals, it’s a good test as I feel all four guys will be week two factors at Wimbledon.

I think in Halle, I give the edge to Federer but Haas could certainly pull the upset just like he did last year. Haas is also arguably playing the better tennis, so this time around there are some expectations for him to win. And beating Federer in back-to-back matches on grass is a tall order especially for a 35-year-old. Roger’s also won 10 of 13 times, so I’ll take Federer in that one in three sets.

“I’m really looking forward to it obviously,” said Haas of playing Federer. “It’s one of these biggest challenges you can ask for.

“I definitely will have to have a good game plan, play really solid good percentage tennis and so does he. I think whoever wins the bigger points tomorrow and is a little bit more alert in the crucial points will win the match.”

As for Murray-Tsonga, I really like the way JW is playing tennis these days. Kudos to new coach Roger Rasheed for getting him on the straight and narrow – though he really flamed out against David Ferrer at the French! Today he did have an easy one against Kudla which is something he won’t get from Murray. And because of his absence from the French, Andy will have the extra desire to win this one. So in a close I’ll take Murray.

“It will be a big step up and also a really big test for me,” Murray said. “He’s been playing some great tennis the last couple of months. He obviously had a very good run at the French Open, and he’s a top grass court player.

“He’s one of the best in the world on this surface. I have had some tough matches with him on the grass before, so tomorrow will be the same.”

That said, both matches could easily go the other way. Haas has the game to beat Federer we know. And Murray might decide he’s played enough tennis this week (he’ll have played four matches in three days) and maybe he doesn’t want to do anything to risk his back.

Regardless of who you pick, both should be good matches. In fact the other two are decent as well.

Tennis Channel has complete coverage of all four semifinal matches.

SATURDAY HALLE SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 1:00 pm
[1] R Federer (SUI) vs [3] T Haas (GER)

Not Before 4:00 PM
M Youzhny (RUS) vs [2] R Gasquet (FRA)
P Kohlschreiber (GER) / M Youzhny (RUS) vs D Bracciali (ITA) / J Erlich (ISR) – After Suitable Rest

SATURDAY QUEEN’S SCHEDULE
CENTRE start 1:15 pm
L Hewitt (AUS) vs [5] M Cilic (CRO)
[1] A Murray (GBR) vs [4] J Tsonga (FRA)
[4] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs [6] J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB)
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [3] M Bhupathi (IND) / R Bopanna (IND)


Also Check Out:
Murray Wins Two, Del Potro v Hewitt Friday At Queen’s; Federer Stars In Halle
Nadal Wins, Federer v Raonic In Halle; Tsonga Injured At Queen’s
Federer Wins Grass Opener In Halle, Haas v Gulbis Thursday; Murray Rained Out In Queen’s
Gael Monfils Tried This Goofy Trick Shot For Some Reason In Halle Today [Video]
French Champ Federer to Show on Grass at Halle?

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142 Comments for Take Your Pick: Federer v Haas In Halle, Murray v Tsonga At Queen’s

Kimberly Says:

I’m going to go out on a limb and say federer and Murray


andrea Says:

wow. a 40 minute mens match? that’s crazy.


James Says:

Federer (Halle), Murray (Queen’s)


Brando Says:

Fed v Gasquet, Muzza v Hewitt. Tsonga will push Andy to 3 though.


Gregoire Gentil Says:

There was an “interesting” article by Noah about Tsonga flame out in his semi at Roland-Garros:

[French] http://bit.ly/199cvNs
[Google translation] http://bit.ly/14BM9T2

Well, it’s Noah and you might or might not like it. He basically explains that the crowd was not there because everybody spent energy on the Titans match before. Personally, I felt the same in front of my stream.

Too bad, that Yannick didn’t pull the trigger on the organization which seemed to me responsible. Especially, as the bottom draw was playing before the top draw during the tournament. He probably didn’t want to hurt his friend Forget.


James Says:

@Gregoire Gentil, Not true. Of course it helps to know the crowd supports you and knowing you have their support can help you play better. But if you want to step up, you need to play as good as you can whether the crowd is with you or against you. David Ferrer got to the semis without dropping a set. He must have played very well to be able to do that. And on clay I rate him higher than Tsonga. David is very underrated which is why a lot of people were shocked with the result. David Ferrer throughout his career has rarely lost to players ranked below him. He showed that again at Roland Garros.
Thanks for sharing the link, but don’t agree with it.


Gregoire Gentil Says:

@James: A few comments below the article mention the same idea. I still think that as the first match, the crowd would have been in trance during the second set and at 1 set all, it might have change…


Okiegal Says:

Feddy Bear and Raggedy Andy, me thinks!!


Nadalista Says:

It was bad scheduling on the part of the FFT, they should have put Rafa/Novak second. Still would not have changed the Tsonga/Ferru result though. Anyone who watches and understands what’s going on on the ATP would have picked Ferru, regardless of crowd support.


Steve 27 Says:

nadalista, the power of emotion is more powerful than the reason.


Eric Says:

Hewitt’s not really doing anything usual tennis-wise, just happened to get fortunate for once. If you look at his results this year, he always gets drawn to play someone ridiculous good ridiculously early, and barely loses… Not bad.

Did anyone actually _watch_ the Federer match? Is he playing well, or was it just a crazy fluke?


Michael Says:

It would be a tough call really. But I would give the edge to Haas in Halle and Murray in Queens.


Spice26 Says:

Fed played well against Zverev, as well as he usually can play against an opponent who is playing poorly and offers him great target practice. Fed hit a number of nice passing shots, and backhand returns. His opponent made it easy for him to relax and that is why he was able to swing freely,

Does it mean anything for his next match, or tell us how his form will hold up against a tough opponent? Nada !


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

I would give the slight edge to Murray against JWT in 3 tight sets,i think he with face Hewitt in the final likewise 3 tight sets against Cilic,i would give Federer the advantage this time as i think he will be fired up after what happened last year,Gasquet will win the other semi,and Roger will take the Halle title,and Murray will take the Queens title IMO.


KK Says:

Though off topic, I watched man of steel n the hero of the film resembled Andy Murray for the most part :)

P.S: I am a Rafa fan


Steve 27 Says:

hey Kk, is man of steel a great movie like Batman The Darknight?


KK Says:

Steve, nope it was not. I too had the same expectation before watching it as its story writer is Christopher Nolan, but it was not. I would say its a good movie but the last few action sequences got dragged a bit but overall not the regular superman type but worth watching it once…:)


Steve 27 Says:

Sorry to heard that
nevertheless, I will watch it.
Thanks


coke man G Says:

Love to see hewitt get a going away title here. Before nadals there was hewitt


Margot Says:

@the DA, racquet, Colin, hippy chicky, jane and any other Murray fans out there.
Just back from Queens where I saw Andy play 3 times. Am even more enchanted by his tennis than b4. To see up close and personal the range and beauty of his skills, the sheer inventiveness of his shots and his ability to transform a rally with a bit of artistry was amazing. Out of nowhere comes a lob, a drop volley, a spinning drop shot, even a huge forehand! You just don’t get the same feel from the TV.
Also saw Hewitt beat Delpotro, for a bit I thought Lleton would be overwhelmed by JMDP’s power, but in the end he made him look very one dimensional. Hewitt was even returning some of those mighty forehands! Shocking. And so sweet at the end when he brought his son on.
Also, even better saw Marin beat Berd. Berd’s lost something, will be interesting to see how he does at Wimbledon. It was also very, very windy and Berd’s got the highest ball toss in the world, so wind is bad for him.
@skeeze, swear I could hear u cheering…;)
On the Friday Queens is brilliant if u have centre court tickets cos they put all the quarters on it.
@contador
Saw your (?) Paire. Gosh really has those “square” shoulders u read about. Has really strange serve too, very low ball toss and just kind of smacks it. Very, very effective though. Saw him in a doubs and was right next to the court. Got a “look” and a Gallic raised eyebrow from him cos when Brits won first set had got to my feet and was whooping!


Margot Says:

@ the DA
Just read your q to me re Andy/Mahut match.
Saw that, and must say the first set was the best tennis I’ve seen Andy play for a long, long time. In fact it was a delightful match because Mahut is a fine grass court player who likes to s and v and duels between players with contrasting styles are always so interesting. And of course Mahut put Andy out last year, so experienced a bit of angst at the start. It was a shame Llodra pulled out for the same reason.
@RZ
Am so glad u wont be jinxing Andy this year, like wot u did last…;)


the DA Says:

@Margot – there you are! Great report. Lucky you, sounds like it was a memorable visit. That’s my aim: to try and see him play live just once. Unfortunately he doesn’t ever come here so it’ll have to be a special visit to London. Maybe the WTF (before it relocates).


Giles Says:

C’mon Haas kick some @SS!!


the DA Says:

Interesting article about Queens. I can’t believe that member was so brazen to say that directly to Andy. hehe

Margot, I wonder if you agree with this take:

http://www.tennishorts.com/why-queens-club-will-be-the-death-of-british-tennis/


the DA Says:

What’s with that annoying bear mascot at Halle? I think I would trip him up.


the DA Says:

Haas gets the first break. He’s on fire, playing like a 25 yr old. fed’s FH misfiring a little.


Margot Says:

@the DA
Just read and apart from lol, yes and no.
yes: very easy for a pleb like me to get good seats and judging by the way we were dressed, they fill all the upper tier with plebs like me, u r very close to the players to the extent that if the non Brits find a fellow country person in the audience they’ll start chatting, during the match too….;)the young and I guess temporary stewards couldn’t have been more helpful
no: of course you can hear the sound of braying in the background and the audience isn’t noisy, except on the Friday, but honestly who cares? It’s a marvellous grass tournament and there aren’t many of those.
As to the WTF, I go because I can, but often the players seem quite knackered and it does have an end of the year feel to it.


the DA Says:

@Margot – yes and it’s probably easier to gets tickets than at Wimbledon.

Haas takes the first set. 6-3.


the DA Says:

Federer starting to play better and gets the early break. Leads 3-0.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger’s problem still seems to be able to play consistently high quality tennis. i’m not sure if he can keep up this high level in the 3rd set.

Haas seems to be more consistent and compact on the baseline still.


Kimberly Says:

@margot—-tell more about queens? It looks so civilized and pretty on tv. How is the food? Do they have the serve speed contest? How was the energy during the delpo Hewitt match I heard it was electric. Did u see Hewitts cute little son go on center court? Were Kim Judy and Ivan there with Andy? Tell all!

ColinO8 was saying queens looks much prettier than Halle on tv. Of course he is mad that querrey lost to Hewitt.


Kimberly Says:

@margot—-as I live in south Florida there is obviously very little indoor tennis. The recently built our team a new baseball stadium (before we traded our good players and proceeded to totally suck but that’s another story) the new stadium has a roof and they close the roof when it rains or is too hot (obviously every day in the summer) I can’t enjoy it. Part of baseball to me is sweating on the stands, cold drink etc. To me baseball, American football, and tennis feel like outdoor sports and as a spectator that’s how it enjoy them most.

Queens would be the type of tournament colin would like. He loves delray beach!


the DA Says:

Federer makes it through to the final. He played much better in the 2nd & 3rd sets but Haas’ serve let him down – 8 DFs! He’s practically guaranteed the title: Youhzny and Gasquet are two of his bunnies.


sienna Says:

Yes never in doubt. He wanted this one more then last year .


the DA Says:

Aargh, the British weather strikes again. They should sell these in the gift shop:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BMzb8K4CIAAxLKD.jpg


Brando Says:

I hope he faces Gasquet- atleast he’s a top 10 player! Otherwise: meh. A mere 250 point title, on grass (fav surface that few can play on), lost a set to a 35 y/o, weak ass field, and still ONLY beat 2 top 10 player- and that too needed 5 sets!!! Feds ability to play on grass and beat non- top 10 player is NOT in question: what folks are musing is his threat for the big titles. To win suc titles one has to beat top 10 players: not a host of journymen plus Haas! It’s mid June and he’s not no.7 in the world for no reason, and he’ll be no.5 post Wimby should he not defend his title, why: since his tennis has undeniably been in a freefall this year! Time conquers all: we know that. But form atleast determines relevance to being a contender realistically for big titles. With Fed: the jury is still out to reach a verdict on that point……..


Brando Says:

Correction: ONLY beat 1 top 10 player all year!


RZ Says:

Margot, good for you! I’ve always wanted to go to Wimbledon but Queens looks like a wonderful tournament to attend also. One of these years…


skeezer Says:

congrats Fed! Nice win over a very hot player in Haas. Love to see his serve and FH coming back, its gonna matter at Wimby.


Margot Says:

A couple more titbits: Kevin Spacey was in Andy’s box every day and the lovely Peter Fleming takes the tube and very elegant he looks with rolled umbrella and dark suit, while our very own John Puke Lloyd steps into a courtesy car…..


Brando Says:

Got to love the BBC: rain delay @ Queens? No matter. Just show highlights of Muzza handing out a spanking in the Olympics final! Gosh that ace down the middle was a stylish way to cap off a one sided march to the Gold. Loved it Muzza!


Humble Rafa Says:

How do you know you are old?

You enjoy an old guy beating an older guy.


Brando Says:

@Margot: Glad you had a seemingly great time. Keyzer Soze getting upto his old tricks supporting Muzza eh? Very nice to hear! Agree re Fleming and Lloyd: Peter’s a good commentator whilst Lloyd is a bore from start to finish.


Brando Says:

@HR: pearls of wisdom- keep them coming!:-)


pitchaboy Says:

Ole chap is looking a force on grass after the dismal clay season. Still has game to take out anybody on grass except the brain freeze called Rafa.


jane Says:

@Margot – excellent reports & tidbits!! So glad you had a fun time and were able to witness Murray magic. :)


skeezer Says:

How do you know when you haven’t grown up?

You can’t stop pickin your butt.


Giles Says:

There you go, skeezer the geezer the @SS lover makes an appearance with his usual butt talk. Have your cats followed you?? Hahaha


TennisAviator Says:

@skeezer – too funny… You damn right! ;-)


skeezer Says:

@Gliescher

u just can’t handle the truth, but I understand that. Like your wish for Haas to kick Fed s a$$. The truth is he didn’t . Keep hatin,…


jane Says:

Too bad they’re stopping at Queens.
Marin was off to a strong start.


James Says:

Stop calling Fed old. You’re hurting the sentiments of Fedfans.


Giles Says:

skeezer the geezer. This is a BIG tournament for your fav, a 250 event. If he can’t win this well what can I say? Keep praying…


Giles Says:

@James. My heart bleeds! Lol


TennisAviator Says:

Thanks James for sticking up for us Fed fans. We are really hurt by all the name calling – because of course, nobody else but Roger Federer will get old.


Simon Says:

At federer’s age Sampras was long retired. Federer has, according to Agassi raised the bar ridiculously high.

Unless you have a super year like Nole’s 2011, the year is considered a fail. Ofcourse rules are different for journeymen like ferrer and the rest of the field, but that was not the case in the 90s – where 1 slam a year was considered a great year.

Federer-Haas was not their best, but Fed got the job done. I think fast court players like tsonga/berdych should pass the slow hard and clay for the ball fetchers and Nole and save themselves for the big push on the surfaces that enhance their strenghts. A bit like what lendl has murray doing.

Who will rosol nadal this year? A 1st round with Daniel brands could see a scene to scene repetition of the rosoling of nadal – complete with rafa’s puny bumping during the chaneover


jane Says:

Youz is cruising.


Giles Says:

http://alturl.com/noobz
Rafa fans. Our man practising in Manacor.
Vamos King!


James Says:

@Giles, was he practising on a clay court? I hope not lol


Giles Says:

@James. No, HC.


Simon Says:

Youzhny once spanked and manhandled nadal 1 and 0 in a hard-court final. Nadal was like a big huge log and resembled a deer stuck in the highlights. It was roadkill, I tell you.

UK and US are so far behind in technology, it is not funny. Get a roof, already. I guess UK has no colonies to suck money/gold out of and US – well, they stopped caring about tennis when the courts/conditions were slowed to promote the sport in south america.


James Says:

Relax, Fedfans, Roger is just 32, not 42. 32 isn’t as old as people are making it out to be. I’ve played with people over 40 and have seen them still playing well. Roger isn’t gonna be dominating the men’s tour again but is still good enough for a Slam or two for next 2 years or so.


James Says:

“Youzhny once spanked and manhandled nadal 1 and 0 in a hard-court final.”

Yea they are able to do it once before Nadal starts dominating them. Well, you know Rafa has that superior h2h (I know this hurts some fans) against every player in the top 30. That’s Nadal for you.


Simon Says:

It is just a matter of when and not if rafa is pulling the plug on this year.

Will he get Rosoled in Wimbledon/USO. Once the annual rosoling happens, we can get back the nadal’s knees reality TV. LOL!


Giles Says:

@James. Sorry I disagree. Once he comes up against the big boys he can’t seem to cope anymore especially if he has to play 2 back to back 5 setters. I think he will be ok until the quarters/semis. JMO


James Says:

@Giles, I’m sure he’ll do very well. He’s humble enough to know he’s not invincible and won’t underestimate any player. He should do very well.


Brando Says:

@Giles: thanks for that.


James Says:

@Simon, you wish!


Giles Says:

Any Tom, Dick and Harry can Rosol Nadal if he is injured. But to beat a fit and healthy Nadal will take some doing.


Giles Says:

@Brando. You’re welcome. Glad Pico is there practising with him.


James Says:

@Giles, to me what affects his (Feds) game the most against the big boys is his sturbborn nature on the court. Yeah you heard right. The old boy likes to dictate play like he used to do in his peak days. And when he goes against a player on song, instead of playing a little more defensively, he keeps trying to outplay his opponent and gets outplayed instead. He starts trying to hit ridiculous shots with less control and as a result several UEs. Well, that’s how I see it. But yes playing back to back 5 setters would hurt his chances for sure.


James Says:

Well, the way Rosol played against Rafa at Wimby last year, I think he’d have Rosoled a Murray and Djoko too. He actually played that well.


Skeezer Says:

“This is a BIG tournament for your fav, a 250 event. ”

About as big as Barcelona. it’s a warm up tourny, everybody knows it d!ckless.


James Says:

“Any Tom, Dick and Harry can Rosol Nadal if he is injured.”

Disagree. You still have to play very high level tennis to beat an injured Nadal.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Any of the all time greats can suffer an early loss at a GS,Becker,Sampras,Agassi,Serena,Venus,Novak,Stefi,Rafas not the 1st and he sure as hell wont be the last either,Stefi lost in the 1st round one year,and went on to win the title the following year,likewise Sampras i believe?although people can correct me if im wrong,Rafa lost to Soderling at the FO in 2009,and went on to beat the same player in the final the following year,the match wasnt even close,Serena lost in the 1st round last year,but went on to win the FO title this year,since Rafa lost at Wimbledon last year,hes come back and won another GS,the point is these players have suffered shock losses but still bounced back afterwards,this is why what seperates the greats from the rest,their ability to bounce back from such dissapointment.


James Says:

great post, @hippy chic, not to forget Rafa is the only 2nd #1 player after Bjorn Borg to have never lost in the 1st round of a GS.


the DA Says:

The covers are coming off and the net is up at Queens. Meanwhile, Andy and Jo-Willy are playing fusball:

http://ow.ly/i/2mVAl/original

There was talk of moving them to court no.1. They better not! I don’t do livescores too well.


Giles Says:

skeezer the geezer. Classy as ever with your response. Doesn’t know any better!
#20-10
#MassacreInRome


jane Says:

Cute picture DA!


the DA Says:

Yes, it’s funny how chummy they are in the pic when in a while they’ll be trying to knock each other out on the court. IF the match gets to be played.


the DA Says:

There’s a rumor that they might move Cilic/Hewitt to Court 1 and have Tsonga/Murray on center court to get these matches completed.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

James thankyou its nice to interact with a fellow Rafa fan that i actually get along with,yourself,Kimberly and Lulu Iberica when shes hear,seem to be the only ones these days,im not saying Rafa will win wimbledon,but going by what i heard him say,hes hungry to put things right after what happened last year,im not one of those people who believes that whatever happened in the past determines what will happen in the future,tennis if for me about the hear and the now,im happy to wait and see,let the chips fall wherever that they may.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

The DA thats exactly what they are going to do.


the DA Says:

WTH? They just announce that the players are coming on in 25 minutes. Shambolic.


the DA Says:

And now it’s raining again.


gonzalowski Says:

Skeezer,
What a mistake… Barcelona is a 500, not a 250 like these…


the DA Says:

But now they’re warming up. It’s going to be a trying day. The crowd sound well lubricated and, dare I say it, a bit rowdy.


Margot Says:

@ the DA
Considering the cost of Pyms and Champers at Queens, that’s um…surprising…;)


jane Says:

Thought Cilic might not be able to serve out that first set.

I see Andy/Jo is finally on – woot!


the DA Says:

Must be the wealthy members ;) Andy up 2-1, on serve. A huge dark cloud approaches.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Thanks for the Info Margot im so jealous that your getting to see these players live especially our guy Andy,indeed he has looked very good from what i have seen of him,im hoping he wins hear and takes that form ahead going into Wimbledon,i believe he has a great shot this year.


the DA Says:

Whew! 3 BPs saved.


madmax Says:

Giles Says:
skeezer the geezer. Classy as ever with your response. Doesn’t know any better!
#20-10
#MassacreInRome

June 15th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Giles, when are you going to grow up?


jane Says:

Andy’s play has been quite up-and-down this match. One brilliant service game followed by a not-so-good one.

Tsonga, surprisingly, has been more consistent, though he hasn’t been getting in anymore firsts that Andy. Both with a couple doubles too. Tsonga’s done well at returning Andy’s second serve, winning many of those points.

Hewitt has broken back in set 2 by the looks of it…


Margot Says:

Jo’s looking much better than Andy at the mo. A’s serve isn’t gr8 and so he struggles.
Love Jo but not quite so much as Andy…obviously.
Come on Andy.


Giles Says:

madmax. When you stop interfering!


the DA Says:

First set to Tsonga 6-4. Andy not as sharp as the last 2 matches but Tsonga is playing well and serving beautifully.


mem Says:

Simon,

would you care to elaborate on the details of that particular match when Youzhny spanked nadal 6:0, 6:1?

i’ll help you out with that. it was in Chennai. nadal had battled carlos moya for over 4 hours in the semis the day before. he could hardly move in the final. in fact, if memory serves me correctly, the match ended up in three tiebreakers. just thought i would share that with you, not that facts matters to you.


the DA Says:

Ah back on the old murraycoaster. I almost forgot the feeling.


jane Says:

Looks like both of these are going 3 sets; definitely 2 excellent semifinals – too bad I can’t watch both.


skeezer Says:

gonzalowski,,

talking about the quality of the draw. Compare the 2, study, then come back.

#fail


skeezer Says:

post @ 2:10

Ahhh..yess! The old Rafa excuse playbook comes out.


the DA Says:

Somehow Andy managed to steal that 2nd set. Hope this sharpens him up. Tsonga still looking the better player at the moment.


jane Says:

I am going to say it’ll be a Murray/Hewitt final. I think they’re the two mentally stronger and thus are more likely to win the third sets.


Nadalista Says:

@mem, spare yourself the trouble. These types are not interested in facts or reason where Rafa is concerned. Their minds are already made up: Rafa is the personification of evil. Please let them pleasure themselves, in every sense of the word!


mem Says:

skeezer,

you own the excuse playbook. thanks for allowing me to post a note in it every now and then.


the DA Says:

7 BPs and Andy finally converts! On tenterhooks.


gonzalowski Says:

Skeezer,
no, you’d better take a look at the points/prize money…
and maybe some players don’t want to be hammered at Rafa’s house
#massacreinRome


Giles Says:

One has to feel for skeezer the geezer in a way. He is about to spend a sleepless night wondering if his fave is going to win a 250 event tomorrow.


jane Says:

Murray broke – strange game by Tsonga, kind of imploded, got back into it, and then with some great play Andy finally got the break.

Looks like Cilic’s broken as well but no doubt Leyton will keep up the fight.


Giles Says:

@gonzalowski. Luv the hash tag! Lol


the DA Says:

Tsonga looks deflated. Andy gets another break for the bank.


Skeezer Says:

U girls are trying to take down a warm up tourney cause Fed is in it. Its not only the “number” of a tournament, but who’s playing. Fed’s played Halle for years as a warm up tourney for Wimby, now only u whine? Again I say look at Barcelona.

#wishmyfavhad17
#can’tdodoublebagels


jane Says:

Andy’s largely run away with it in set three, which I thought he might. He just looked the tougher of the 2 from set two onwards.

But I have to say that I am quite surprised by Cilic coming through! I guess he is a former champion, though it was an awkward thing, with Nalby’s meltdown and all.

Huge edge to Andy in the final – Marin hasn’t beaten him since 2009, and that was the only win in nine tries.


jane Says:

Even huger edge to Fed in the Halle final; he’s 14-0 over Youzhny, with the last two wins being routs on grass:

6-1, 6-2, 6-2 Wimbledon 2012
6-1, 6-4, Halle 2012


Giles Says:

skeezer the geezer. Remind me about Barcelona. Oh yes, 500 event, Rafa won!
Vamos King!


Giles Says:

^^PS
#CantWinBackToBack5Setters


the DA Says:

Whew! I’m surprised but pleased he managed to turn that around. It was almost a repeat of their final in 2011. I think he showed good mental strength, especially with those BPs in the 2nd set. Now onto Cilic. I know he has an excellent record against him but in a best of 3, who knows? Glad I can relax now.


Margot Says:

Wow, really thought Andy was down and out there, but he’s made of steel these days.
@the DA
Yup, up we gooo and doooowwwn, hell of a ride. Funny, was very calm when I thought he’d lose, but when the possibility of him winning loomed, turned to jelly!


the DA Says:

@Margot – hehe, I had the exact same reaction: resignation and then “wait, he’s going to turn this around”. No back of couch needed.


gonzalowski Says:

This year’s Barna finalist was Almagro, 2012 was Ferrer… In Halle it’s Youzhny, 2012 Haas…

#


jane Says:

There was a game or two in the second set when I wondered, like you two, but mostly I felt confident once Andy got a break lead in set 2 that he’d turn it around and gather momentum. And that’s the way to finish!


Kimberly Says:

I’m thinking Murray is the favorite for Wimbledon actually. I will probably pick him for my bracket unless I somehow end up clicking Nadal more out of hope than expectation.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Unless something unexpected were to happen i think the favorite at Halle has to be Roger,and Murray at Queens,i dont know if either can be much of an indication as to what will happen ahead of Wimbledon,but they will both go there with confidence and a huge boost,as both will have GC titles going into the tournament.


Kimberly Says:

wouldn’t it be something if we had a repeat of last year, with each of the big 4 getting one GS title?

Or will someone, Nadal Djokovic or Unknown win two slams?


Kimberly Says:

Only Nadal and Djoker can win three, although I wouldn’t put money on that.


Giles Says:

Halle and Queens are hardly yardsticks as to who is going to do well at Wimbledon


Giles Says:

Kimberly. Does Colin 08 have a Rafa Wimbledon kit?


Kimberly Says:

No but he has 2010 and 2011 WImbledon. 2010 FO is still his favorite shirt and luckily we ordered it in an xs and s. So now my younger son wears the little one and he wears the big one. He doesn’t wear sleeveless as Rafa did in 2008.


Kimberly Says:

He has Rafa Indian Wells kit from this year, FO from last year, Australian last year still one of his favorites.


Kimberly Says:

my husband has the 2010 USO night outfit. With his big serve he looks downright scary in it on court.


Giles Says:

Didn’t know you had 2 sons. Are they both Rafa supporters?
It would be kinda cute if they were.


Kimberly Says:

@giles—my younger son is 6 he likes to pick the brackets sometimes just to be part of the family but he does not really follow tennis.


Brando Says:

Agree with Kimberly: after Fed, Andy is easily the next best talent on grass and TBH: it would be shame should he not win Wimby one day as he’s more than good enough to do so. I honestly think he wins this year- why not?


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Been a Brit i would love for Andy to win Wimbledon,hes always been my second favorite player after Rafa,and anyway Rafas won it twice so has nothing to proove there,although dont get me wrong id be delighted if either won it,i dont think there would be a dry eye in the house,the weather hear in Blighty has been lousy this summer,so we could all do with a lift,and it would also be nice not to here the words 76 years since Fred Perry blahdy blah ever again(sigh).


laslo Says:

I am def. hoping for a Fed or Novak win, Madmax. It could happen!


Danny Morris Says:

Ofcourse Halle/Queens are no barometers for Grass court success. Monaco/Rome/RG are I guess.

Grass court talent, Andy is 2nd in this Federer generation, but the guy is too defensive/passive for Wimbledon/Indoors/fastcourts. [ a very huge mistake to train in Spain, as opposed to training in Germany, like Nole] He really was lucky that Novak was not at his very best in the US hardcourt season last year. Remember Novak was bageled by Federer in Cincinnati final. Credit to Andy for pulling out his 1st GS, but he has a long way to justify his 2nd best talent billing. He should have won a few Wimbledons already. Better late than never though. I hope lendl screws his head tight, but lendl is just bad juju when it comes to Wimbledon. No points for guessing why.

Between the abysmal tennis records of Brits, their mediocre sporting success in the past 50 so years and the totally out-of-touch-with-reality public expectations of the citizens of Wimbledon-land and lendl’s juju, murray has a lot to fight against to secure out sports’ holy grail. If ever anyone needed the FORCE to be with them, it is Mr.Murray. He will be my 7th player to root for, after Fed, Nole, Gulbis,Janowicz, Rishard Gasquet and Tsonga.


Danny Morris Says:

“The crowd sound well lubricated and, dare I say it, a bit rowdy.”

I don’t know if this was intentional, but this sounds so wrong on so many levels that it actually should be used by the chair umpire during a Wimbledon final just to make the snobbish/uptight wimbledon audience cringe.


Kimberly Says:

Queens and Halle absolutely should have bearing on Wimbledon. Now, if someone like Sam Querrey wins Queens, Nick Mahut makes the final, it doesn’t mean they will win Wimbledon but it may mean they are good for a 4th round or even a QF with the right draw. For a player like Murray or Fed it means their grass court game is honed in.

Wasn’t Nadal’s performances at the clay warm ups a factor in his “favorite” status at Roland Garros?


RZ Says:

@Margot – just saw your 5:30am. LOL. I’m also glad I won’t be able to jinx Andy!


Humble Rafa Says:

Just a word of warning..stay away from Skeezer. Tomorrow is his orgasmic moment, usually a precursor to strange behavior.

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