Federer Seeks First Title In 10 Months; Former Champs Murray, Cilic Collide At Queen’s
by Sean Randall | June 15th, 2013, 8:07 pm
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Roger Federer will be the heavy favorite Sunday to win his first ATP title in nearly 10 months. The Swiss is a 5-time Halle champion and tomorrow will go for No. 6 against Mikhail Youzhny.

Posting one of his best wins of the season – at least by ranking – Federer nudged good friend Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a rematch of their 2012 final won by the German.

“It would be very nice to win any title during the season, because it gives you incredible confidence,” said Federer. “You know that you’re on the right track, you know you’re doing the right things, the hard work is paying off and your scheduling seems to make sense. Winning tournaments is everything. For me, it would be great to win the final.

“It comes at the right time. If I don’t, I know I can still build on something because I’ve had a good few weeks so far. But, no doubt about it, I’ll try everything in my power to win tomorrow.”

Haas had not lost serve all week, but against Federer I thought the 35-year-old looked apprehensive at times.

“It was a very close match, a very good match,” said Haas. “At the beginning of the second set, he was trying to be a little bit more aggressive. He played some really great points and deserved to break me early on. He started serving very well and didn’t give me many chances to try and break him. Once he starts running ahead, he’s very hard to catch up, especially on grass.”

Federer was a recent finalist in Rome and with this second shot at a title perhaps he’s finally found some form. Today he looked pretty good and his movement was crisp.

Later, Youzhny routed Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2 in a mild surprise. I would have pegged Gasquet to get through but credit to the 30-year-old who didn’t even need an hour to put away the Frenchman. Youzhny, though, has never ever beaten Federer in 14 tries.

“I never beat but a new match is a new match. We have the same chances,” pondered Youzhny. “I don’t think that I lost to him 14 times before and I never beat him and I don’t have any chances. Nobody knows what happens tomorrow.”

I think I know what’s going to happen tomorrow. If Roger can’t get beat Mikhail set the panic meter to 11.

At Queen’s, between the rain drops Andy Murray continued his strong return. After skipping the French to recover from a back issue, Murray has quickly regained his footing on the grass. Today, after a sketchy first hour of play against JW Tsonga, Murray revved up his game (or more precisely Tsonga’s fell apart) to cruise to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.

Up a set Tsonga had multiple break chances in the second but he just couldn’t cash it in. Murray then broke and ran away with the third.

Next up is Marin Cilic in the final. The defending champion also needed three sets to beat pesky 4-time Queen’s winner Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

Cilic has won just once in nine meetings with Murray, but Andy remains wary.

“It will be a very tough match. He plays well here,” said Murray. “He’s won nine matches in a row and he’s beaten some very tough, top grass court players this week. I’ll try to play a good match tomorrow and regardless of what happens for me, it’s a good step in the right direction. It’s another tough match against one of the Top 10 grass court players in the world, I would say.”

The endgame to this abrupt grass season is to be playing three Sundays from now for the Wimbledon title. And right now it looks like Murray and Federer are putting themselves in position to do just that (again).

SUNDAY HALLE SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 11:30 pm
K Braasch (GER) vs Y El Aynaoui (MAR) – Exhibition Match

At 2:00 PM
[1] R Federer (SUI) vs M Youzhny (RUS)

Not Before 5:00 PM
D Bracciali (ITA) / J Erlich (ISR) vs [3] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)

SUNDAY QUEEN’S SCHEDULE
CENTRE start 12:15 pm
[1] A Murray (GBR) vs [5] M Cilic (CRO)

COURT 1 start 2:00 PM
Not Before 2:00 PM
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [4] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)


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171 Comments for Federer Seeks First Title In 10 Months; Former Champs Murray, Cilic Collide At Queen’s

RZ Says:

I hope last year’s Wimbledon champ/Olympic Silver medalist and Olympic champ/Wimbledon runner-up will continue their grasscourt domination tomorrow!


Brando Says:

Hope Fed wins. It is interesting though isn’t it: last 3 grass events: wimby final 2: Fed and Muzza, Olympics final 2: Fed and Muzza, Queens/ Halle winners: Possibly those 2 again. 2 most talented and best grass court players on tour right now? I think so, both are playing at a high level: cannot argue against the results at least!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Youzny seems to be hitting the GS pretty well. Saw the match y’day against Gasquet. I don’t think it was a bad match by Gasquet, just that Youzny was too good. If he can play with similar form against Roger, it would be a good match.

If Cilic has enough gas, then queens final could be the better match of the two. Always match between attacking baseliner vs counterpuncher are the most exciting matches to watch in grass, and this match is a perfect one for the final. I would go with Murray on this one but Cilic has a good chance.


Michael Says:

Well it is pretty simple. Youzhny doesn’t know how to play against Roger and I will be quite shocked if there is an upset. Roger in two straight sets would be my pick. By the way, my advance congratulations to Roger for his first title during 2013. It should give him tremendous confidence going into Wimbledon.


nadalista Says:

Yeah but this title after how many months for Roger will be on grass, his favourite surface, so doesn’t count….ooops sorry, that only applies to Rafa and clay……

#ShouldKnowBetter
#NeverDissTheGOAT


James Says:

@Nadalista, every title counts.


Colin Says:

I think we saw here the reason Tsonga probably won’t win a major. He can’t seem to concentrate throughout a match against top opposition, and he gets discouraged when things start going wrong. By the end of yesterday’s match he looked as if he’d given up.

Maybe the guy’s just too relaxed and cheerful to be the best in the world. Still, at least he pressured Murray enough for Andy to refrain from trick shots!


the DA Says:

@Margot – thanks for that. It’s a great article and confirms what I imagine him to be as a person. I wish I could see the documentary but I’ll have to wait until someone uploads it to YouTube.

On another note, I hope there will be a stream for the Rally For Cancer match following the final. From what I’ve read Lendl and Andy are going to try their best to hit each other with the ball whenever they can. Should be fun.


the DA Says:

I can empathize with him. The officials knew the forecast and should’ve scheduled both matches to play concurrently on Center and No. 1.

I just saw a rather shocking tweet. According to a tennis stats expert unless Federer retains his Wimbledon title he will fall out of the top 4 for the first time in a decade. How weird would that be?


Alex Says:

^
Very shocking, definitely the end days for us Fed fans, did we really expect him to break his back for titles (pre-wimby) at his age? don’t think so, Post FO season is what its all about for us now.


Brando Says:

Fed outside the top 4? Would be ultra weird. He’s ageing but there hardly is a decent replacement for him: who else can realistically challenge the other 3 on a consistent basis with a real shot to beat them on a big stage? I see no one. So I much rather have Fed I. Top 4 than outside it. That said, he really needs to improve 2nd half of the season than what went on in the 1st half.


Alex Says:

@Barando

Definitely, agree all the way. You’re turning into one of the nicest Nadal fans, maybe that’s how most are. The ones that don’t Post. Anyway I’ve noticed you’ve been very kind and sympathetic towards Federer and his fans in these tough times. I only wish when Nadals days of decline finally arrive other fans will show you the same amount of sympathy and respect.

Really appreciate it, thx :).


Alex Says:

Sorry for the name typo.


the DA Says:

I like Barando, sounds a little Spanish, no? Good if you support the Bull.


Alex Says:

Hahha good one :), will have to ask Brando what he thinks, does go well with the Spanish Bull!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Reading few comments from Zverev at the end of the article about Roger pretty much sums up what I think of Roger these days

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2013/06/24/Halle-Friday-Zverev-On-Federer.aspx

I just get a feeling Roger is checked out mentally from tennis after getting to No 1. He is not as focused as required by a top professional player. At the very top, it’s all about desire and greed, which Roger seems to lack these days.

There are some stages even in the matches he loses, I get a feeling he can still overwhelm the opponent. Skill wise it’s still there.

Maybe he needs a break for one season or one year and might come back strongly in the HC season or next year.


Green900 Says:

Aaaaah, looking like fed will lose the way he’s playing at the moment :(


the DA Says:

I’ve haven’t seen Youhzy play this well in years. He’s really pushing Fed to bring out his best.


the DA Says:

Youhzny is on fire. Takes the first set narrowly. Great match.


vidzy Says:

So federer can’t win even a 250 tournament on grass now ?


Alex Says:

^
Ok Mr vidzy, go back to your cave.


vidzy Says:

Federer seems bored out there..may be he is thinking about a bikini model rather than fat ass of his wife hahahaha.


the DA Says:

It ain’t over. Youhzny isn’t known for being steady. He has to keep this level up.


Alex Says:

@DA

Agree, Fed is playing below par atm, if he can pick up his level I still think he wins this.


Green900 Says:

I can’t bear to see federer lose to youzhny. :(


vidzy Says:

3rd consecutive final loss at halle ? First hewitt, then hass and now youzny ? Is this the guy who won 65 consecutive matches on grass ?


the DA Says:

tsk Family members should be off limits. Totally unneccesary.


vidzy Says:

Federer is shanking the ball in the middle of the court..he deserves to lose..youzny has been the more aggressive player


Alex Says:

Rafa freak fans are becoming more ridiculous, should band them, track there IP’S, they are spoiling this entire website.

#Talkaboutastupiddonkeyfartingintheforest


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I don’t think roger is playing that badly, but neither great. It’s a level he could have won against many players. Youzny is playing just fantastic tennis and some amazing ball striking from him. hope this match goes to 3rd set. Good entertaining match.


the DA Says:

This is a first: a stable Youhzny. He is playing out of his skin. I agree that Fed isn’t playing that badly, just a few shanks here and there.


the DA Says:

haha…as soon as I typed the above Youhzny gets broken. It was because of superior play by Fed though. Will Mikhael unravel now?


the DA Says:

Roger takes the 2nd set. I hope they maintain this level for the third. Some great tennis.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

just wondering, what’s happening in Queen’s. is is raining? anyone has idea about the schedule.


vidzy Says:

Yaa nirmal its raining heavily..match was suppose to start 2 hours ago..muzza and cilic and playing ping pong in dressing room ;)


the DA Says:

The predictable breakdown. This should be Fed’s title now. Meanwhile the covers have some off at Queens.


Alex Says:

Yey Fed, thx for the support!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

It’s a good match for roger to come through. First 2 sets were of very high quality. Youzny could not keep it up in the 3rd set. No shame for youzny. He could have won this match against few top players.


pitchaboy Says:

Old chap’s service game looking awesome. He is going to have to be reckoned with at Wimbledon; he has served notice that he is ready to defend his title.


Viz Says:

Well done to Fed, a much-needed win for him. Play is due to start at Queen’s at 3.20, according to the website.


Gordo Says:

6-7(5) 6-3 6-4

Fed’s 6th Halle, his first since 2008.

Youzney had 2 break chances in the first set, both of which Fed saved. The Russian played a good tiebreaker, but you always felt it was Fed!s to lose.

Now to await the draw in Wimbledon, and see what the tourney organizers decide to do with the 5th seed.


Brando Says:

Well done by Fed there, congrats to him and also his fans on the win.

Saw it from 3-3 in the 3rd and he seemed sharp to me.

Good movement, serve seemed in good shape, and above all else: I was glad to see him serve and volley more than usual- which is a tactic I think he needs to employ more from here forth.

Great start in the first tourny from the 2nd half of the season: a point that should suit him IMO.

ONLY issue that I gauged was the difference in power in his shots and a hitter like Youzhny’s: when the big hitters attack Fed he does seem’s fragile at times when facing such an onslaught.

He seems slight in his physique to me: I don’t know whether he has lost weight or maybe it’s a age related thing, but even his upper body- which used to seem really strong- does not seem the same to me.

I don’t know- maybe it’s just me and my observation from afar.

Beyond that: he looked pretty good.

Great to see him happy on court at such a point in his career!


mg mg Says:

Did Novak ever beat Fed at Wimbledon? I believe Nadal is the only player who beat Fed at Wimby.


jane Says:

Congrats to Fed. The little girls are sooo cute.


Simon Says:

Well done Fed. ties Mcenroe for most titles in singles. 77.

Lendl @ 94 and Connors @ 109 look far fetched, but if he plays till he is 40, like he plans to without injuries, you just never know.

It would be a good bet to make. Let me see what odds the odd-makers are giving.


Gordo Says:

In the finals – yes Nadal is the only one to do it, but Fed has won 7 in the 13 he has played so he has lost 6 times, but not to Novak.


Brando Says:

@Alex and the DA:

LOL, i’ll stay with Brando.

Barando does posses a Spanish touch to it I admit, and being a fan of the Bull I guess it seems a good fit.

Better than the German Brands at least! :-)

But hey: if it ain’t broke, then don’t try to fix it is a motto I like: hence I’ll stay with good old Brando. :-)

- Alex:

Thanks for the kind words.

TBH: Despite being a Rafa fan I never hated Fed- or for that matter any other player- despite him being a firm rival of his.

Heck: I was even rooting for Fed in the Wimby 2003 SF and F.

The guy has long been a special and unique talent: an undeniable quality that conquers any fan- even a hater I guess- to atleast have a grudging admiration of him.

To deny it would just be folly.

The truth is ever since Fed has gotten older in age and game the more I have started to like him, his game and admire the ambassador role he has in the game.

I have taken the chance to watch him play more often than before as good things do not last forever: and realizing Fed will retire one day sadly, it’s best to enjoy him as much a possible whilst he is here.

The reason why I have been kind to him is that it’s pretty evident that age has affected his performance: hence him losing matches that he previously would have won 6-0 6-1.

It’s a sad thing to see: one who once was so mighty with his talent, succumb somewhat to the father of us all: time.

Hence, I have grown fond of him and root for him at times due to his new frailty on the court.

I get a kick out of seeing him facing this challenge with his love of the game, and then fighting hard with his natural talent to get the win.

He’s a treasure of the game for sure: hence my appreciation of him!


gonzalowski Says:

Happy about Fed’s win, too
he’s a brave man, as many tenists/sportmen, to recover from losses and come back to win.

Ready to be a big option in Wimby.


sienna Says:

???? nadal the only player to beat fed?

Omg in final maybe then your comment is not a complete waste of space.

Congrats to Fed on #77
Picking up bigmac along the way. He is now tied for third on alltime atp tourney wins.

Lendl is well within reach , but hell need to stay around for a few more years.
Wimbly form looks ok, but he needs toget his focus and turn on TMF comes the second week.


jane Says:

Margot – great story on Andy; thanks for the link!


Simon Says:

@Brando:

Fed always appears less imposing on TV, physically. If you see him in person, he’s got the best physique for a tennis player – like sampras. That is one of the reasons he has relatively been less-plagued by injuries than his peers and even younger players like Nadal, murray or delpotro.

Even nadal/murray (the new lendl-coached version, where andy is more “buff” on the upper-bod) appear puny when standing beside Isner, Berdych, Delpotro, Jerry, Tsonga,Dent and maybe even Safin. Those guys are really big.

Of all the top 4, Murray is the big guy. He is 6 4 and definitely not wiry like Roger/nole. Nadal has got a strong upper-bod but is visibly shorter than murray.


gannu Says:

Finally feddy bear gets his first title…hope it gives him some confidence even if he didn’t beat any top 10 player…Really hope he gets his 8th wimby and 18th Gslam!!! Congrats to feddy bear and all his fans!!!


vidzy Says:

Well played federer. Rafa is getting ready to take you down in case ur lucky stars put you on his half..


Thomas Says:

@Simon
Murray definitely isn’t 6’4″. I have been measured several times and have never measured lower than a 188 cm.(which is around 6’2″)Anyway, when I saw Murray in person, we were both wearing sport shoes, and the man was barely taller than me. I would say he is 6’2.5″(189 cm), maybe 6’3″ at best. As for who is the biggest, it would probably be Murray then Nadal. I think Federer is slightly more muscular than Nole. Nole is easily the most flexible though.


Simon Says:

“The reason why I have been kind to him is that it’s pretty evident that age has affected his performance: hence him losing matches that he previously would have won 6-0 6-1.”

Good that other players’ fans are acknowledging it. Federer, according to Federer fans – who follow him the closest, hit the peak in 2006 and since then he has done terrific to arrest the slide downhill. Even now, the guy is on the qf streak at slams – which ever way you spin it, that is just too good.

Since turning 27, by my count, only Laver, Agassi and Fed have won 5 slams. Even rosewall/lendl won only 4. In tennis, 27 must be the “decline age”. Any slams federer wins from here on are the icing on the cake!


Simon Says:

Who is this vidzy? Is this Giles hiding after his blatant manipulation of a quote from a journalist?

Or is it steve27, who made that racist Serbain Joke?

They are a insult to great rafa fans like Alison and Kimberly.


Simon Says:

“As for who is the biggest, it would probably be Murray then Nadal. I think Federer is slightly more muscular than Nole. Nole is easily the most flexible though.”

I agree with you on this, but I have an opposite story. I am 6 1 though and maybe gave murray too much credit for being taller than me. LOL!


Alex Says:

Thanks Brando, that was a great post. I will surely be rooting for Nadal in his last days. Your posts are a breath of fresh air: in a stuffy little broom closet, to me, right now…:)


metan Says:

Congratulations to Roger and all his fans. First title in 10 months, not bad.

Skeezer must be thrilled. My vamos guy will wait him at wimby. Hehehe.

@ Giles. Thanks for the link. Sorry late replying. I had exam.

Yes, skeezer indeed had a best friend Mark. Best friend for yelling I mean.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

It’s a pity we have such a short grass season. the contrast of style from clay is so much evident on grass. Really some fantastic tennis in both Queens and Halle this week. In grass, lot more players get a chance to go deep in the tournaments.


Thomas Says:

@Simon
So how tall did you think Murray was then?


Thomas Says:

Btw, congratulations to Federer for his 77th title. He is equal with McEnroe now I think.


Alex Says:

At one stage of his career Fed had reached 17 of the last 18 GS Finals.

#Amazing


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Thankyou Simon Rafa might be my favorite,and im more than happy with his achievements,but pretty much like Brando says, i have never disliked Roger or Nole(i leave dislike in the real world i dont bring it into sport),i have also spoke on many occasions of my admiration for the guy,whos records and career achievements are second to none,so i will only say congrats to Roger and fans on their favorite winning another title,cannot wait for Wimbledon.


Humble Rafa Says:

Congratulations on winning this very important title at this prestigious tournament.

I am sure this will add to his GOAT-dom. How else are others supposed to be GOAT-er than him when they don’t even partcipate in this GOAT-only tournament!

Congratulations to a certain cat owner whose whole long nightmare has come to an end. Nightmare may resume again, but today is his day.


Nadalista Says:

Calm down @alex, calm down. Doesn’t take much for you to blow a gasket, does it? Jeez….


Alex Says:

^
Why bother?

Just take an aspirin and a bath already, the rest is up to you…

Seriously, are you for real?

#TakeaLessonfromBrando
#showsomehumilityanddecentcy
#thatsimpossibleforahatinglilmongrellikeyou


Viz Says:

@Nirmal Kumar, starting in 2015, Wimbledon will start a week later, which will extend the season a little. I’m hoping Queen’s and Halle will be played in different weeks so the players can do both, and have a proper warm-up for Wimbledon.


skeezer Says:

Congrats Fed, 77 titles. That is a ton a titles dude!

Youz actually played outstanding, kudos to him.
A big thank you to all the supporters of Fed and to the kind words by those who aren’t. Others take your posts and put em where the sun don’t shine.

Onwards to Wimby, hope this elevates his game a bit. Bring on the shotmaking!


skeezer Says:

Congrats Fed, 77 titles. That is a ton a titles dude!

Youz actually played outstanding, kudos to him.
A big thank you to all the supporters of Fed and to the kind words by those who aren’t. Others take your posts and put em where the sun don’t shine.

Onwards to Wimby, hope this elevates his game a bit. Bring on the shotmaking!


skeezer Says:

^sorry for the double post :(


metan Says:

@ HR , LOL!! Keep posting


Simon Says:

It is a travesty that the best surface for tennis gets a shaft from ATP. Maybe they should make the US open grass and have toronto/montreal follow suit too.

Then again, the beauty of Wimbledon is, players have to summon genius without much drawn-out preparation.

Inspite of all obvious disadvantages, the best player of the last 2 decades established supremacy at Tennis’ World Cup – Wimbledon. Pete and Roger’s dominance shows Genius will find a way.


skeezer Says:

Humble Rafa,

Barcelona, remember? That draw was Topless. No need to act all bitter.


courbon Says:

Congratulations Skeezer (and all other Fed fans ) on your man victory!


Alex Says:

Skeezer, I’m passing the torch to you, Ive managed to converse with one civilized Rafa fan today(Brando) , so I consider it a good day, Tennisx being the breeding ground it is. :)


skeezer Says:

Alex,

It’s all good. A win is a win is a win. Can’t take it away no matter what things are said. IT will go down on his record as ANOTHER title, #77 IN the History books. No matter what is said here it won’t matter. Enjoy the day.

@courban

Thanks and good luck to the your worlds # 1 player in the world at Wimby


Simon Says:

queen says “fedf@ks”

and moderators let it through? Sean? Could you please tell us if it is ok to get creative with Rafa and his mom and dad. There was already a crassy comment on mirka by Vidzy. How come you guys are letting this?

@thomas : I thought andy was 6-4.

@HR: hope you wrote a letter to wimbledon asking to place your spanish amigos in your draw so that they can roll over for you and whoop you like Rosol that clay-goat slayer.

Alison: Fair enough. I have seen nastiness towards Roger from other posters including Brando, but you rself and Kimberly have always been fair to Roger.

Good luck to the top 4. May the best player win, which means Roger. LOL!

I wish Cilic would play like this consistently. Got a great game. He could make a serious run at wimbledon/USO one day.

Regardless of the result at queens, the 2 best grass courters of the last 2 months come to Wimbledon in good form.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Just to say HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all the lovely dads out there on this forum,this Tuesday 18th June, my significant other and i will be celebrating 25 years of mariage,it will be our silver wedding anniversary.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Good high quality tennis in the second set from both Murray and Cilic. Hope Murray can win the set and extend the match. He is playing pretty good now.


Alex Says:

@Skeez

Too true, I am done fighting the bottom of the barrel.

His records will last forever, all good.


Kimberly Says:

Happy fathers day skeezer, mat4, I believe Sean Randall and the other Dads here. MAt4, come back!

Any tournament win is good for confidence. Look at Rafa, built confidence in the Golden Swing, then took step by step 250, 500, 1000, GS.

Federer has a natural grass court game. Remember he also has a natural indoor game. Wimbledon can combine both. Do I think he is the favorite? No. I think Murray is. I think Federer can win any match he plays but I also think he is capable over best of five, two weeks playing a horrendous match like he did at the French. He may not. But because of that I see Murray as the favorite.

Vegas is putting Nadal and Djoker high. Because tennis has a short memory. They were the two best players on clay. Very possibly they may be the two best on outdoor hard when it resumes. Yes, I think Nadal can challenge Djoker and Murray and Fed on hard (USO and Rogers Cup, Cincy will be a QF at best)


metan Says:

@ Allison. Congratulations for your silver wedding anniversary.

Happy fathers day for all dads here!!!


skeezer Says:

Thanks Alison, and congrats on your 25th, now thats Love!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

I think it was a rather tasteless comment from Vidzy,who may not like Roger but to attack his family personally like that is out of order,anyway Mirkas a beautiful curvy woman,and she and Roger have two lovely twin daughters.


skeezer Says:

Thanks Kimberly, metan.

Murray will be a force for Wimby for sure. He has played very well, win or lose here, Got to remember he has been out of tennis a bit.


the DA Says:

^ I agree. It shows he has been out for a bit. Andy was so uneven for the first set and a half but Cilic is playing extraordinarily well. High quality 2nd set which Muzzah just manages to sneak. Nerves shredded.


the DA Says:

Samuel L. Jackson is in the house.


Alex Says:

Seems like I have chased the Rafafanatics out the bar for the moment!

Enjoy the VIP treatment whilst it lasts.

Courtesy of your neighborhood tennis fan.

#Promotingcleantennisblogs >:)


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Cilic gifts the break to Murray. Looks like it’s Murray’s match now.


the DA Says:

Muzzah breaks and is cruising…for now. 4-1


jane Says:

Andy seems to be in the driver’s seat now; was more nerve-wracking than I expected, though, for a while there!


madmax Says:

“The difference was that he was better today — he’s been better all his life,” the 30-year-old Youzhny said.

Federer finished with 12 aces.

“The first set was very close; it could have gone either way. I had to fight very hard to stay in the second. My serve saved me today,” Federer said. “At the end I was just a bit steadier.”

Go Roger!

This was a great match. Youz played the best he has ever played. Obviously believed in himself more. Got a Phd now in psychology, so may be that helped a little?


Eric Says:

Wise words from Kimberly!


the DA Says:

Damn! He should’ve got that break for the bank.


the DA Says:

Yes! What a great match. Andy put on a show in that 3rd set. In fact, two great finals today – Halle & Queens. Now I have to find a stream to watch the charity match.


jane Says:

Hurray for Andy! Well contested final…
Enjoy the win Margot, DA, racquet & Colin. :)


RZ Says:

Yay, good day in tennis! Though I like both runners-up too.


the DA Says:

Thanks Jane. He went the circuitous route but found his way just in time.


Viz Says:

Great win for Andy. Hope this augurs well for Wimbledon!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Well done young man,now lets take that form into Wimbledon,a very solid week for Andy ideal preperation ahead of Wimbledon,it was a great final Marin played great,although even after that 1st set blip,i had a feeling Andy would raise his level,congrats all Murray fans Margot, Colin,The DA,Raquet,etc etc,i have a good feeling about Andy,i like his Wimbledon chances,although time will tell.


the DA Says:

Cilic is such a gracious runner up. I like him a lot. Andy looks as happy as I’ve ever seen him. Got a little choked up when they showed Ross Hutchins celebrating the win.


Brando Says:

@Alison: 25 years? WOW, congrats and long may it last for many, many more years as a source of happiness and joy for you both. True love indeed. Always nice to see in this day and age. Kudos!:-)


Brando Says:

Agree with Kimberly: Muzza is the fav for Wimby. Fed then has as good a shot as Rafa and Novak, but TBH: I think the bookmakers really are backing Rafa and Novak a bit too much IMO. Rafole can feasibly be gone by week 2 due to a combination of lack of matches on grass, and their games taking time to adapt to the green stuff. Genuinely think it’s Andys year though: he’s the only one I have close to little doubts over as to the win.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Thanks Brando thats very sweet of you to say,and just to say also,no hard feelings over anything i may i have said over the past few days :-)..


gonzalowski Says:

Congratulations for Andy and Fed!
Andy already collecting the last weeks spreaded work.
Enjoy the win all fans


Margot Says:

Oh my, Andy in tears talking about Ross, love that man, heart on his sleeve.
And oh my, once Andy had settled some fabulous tennis.
Go Andy! Go!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Brando agree with yourself and Kimberly im more and more convinced actually about Murrays chances,although if he doesnt do it then obviously i would hope Rafa does,anyway as long as he doesnt get Rosoled early this year would be my only hope,and i think after what happened last he he will be p*ssed and eager to proove a point,i would say Andy,Roger and Rafa and Nole joint,in that order.


Margot Says:

@ the Da
Lol, obvious Jackson knows nothing about tennis ;) R u able to watch the “fun” now after our ritual nerve shredding?


the DA Says:

@Margot – I just heard Eurosport announce that they’re going to show the ‘fun’ match. Win win.


Margot Says:

PS Andy is 6’3″


Margot Says:

@ the Da
Excellent. Enjoy :) We deserve it :)


Viz Says:

Tennis x hippy chic, Brando, Kimberly, make room for me on that bench – I really think this is Murray’s year. I think it will be either Nole or Rafa in the final with him; even after Fed’s great performance today, I’m not sure he’ll get past the semis. Just a hunch. Can’t wait to see the draw and the seedings.


Brando Says:

@Alison: what did you say? Nothing that I noticed. :-) I agree with you re Rafa: I am cool about him and Wimby in general: 2 wins, 5 finals, won an epic v Fed, place in Wimby folklore as a fav there etc. Really nothing to prove their at all. Plus the year has already been a barnstorming success for him so it’s all gravy as a fan for me from here forth. That said: like you I want him put up a good showing and I agree: the competitor in Rafa will be eager to make amends for last year. I really want to see a Rafa v this Andy match. It would be really interesting since Rafa has played them all on his return apart from Muzza and both IMO, especially Andy, have changed their games a bit since their last matchup: a colossal 18 months ago! It’s over due me thinks! I’ll take it as the Wimby final!:-)


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Margot i cried when Andy hugged Ross like that,i guess it really puts all this silly bickering into perspective,when you see what hes been through:(.


Brando Says:

Correction: 20 months plus was their last match- far, far too long ago!


Margot Says:

^ me too alison, we all watered up here. And indeed it does :)


Kimberly Says:

In 2010 when a lot of bracket pickers were choosing murray for USO and Wimby I didn’t think he was ready. This year I am picking him unless his draw is a total minefield. I just feel the energy is with Murray on this one. I know I sound like Jamie (who is picking Murray or Nadal for the remaining slams). I would pick Murray for Wimbledon but I have no idea for USO.


Kimberly Says:

Rafa has nothing but points to gain from herein out. If he made a semi in Wimbledon I’d take it.


Kimberly Says:

FOr some reason I like Rafa chances better at USO than Wimbledon based on how he played indian wells. Also in USO 2011 when he lost to Djoker he played from the 4th round to through and including the Final some amazing tennis (outside the serve I thought better than 2010). If he can play like that again, with that enormous speed and power, I like his chances against anyone there. Remember DJoker beat him playing god-like tennis. When he was in the “zone”


Brando Says:

@Kimberly: I think USO is alot more clearer than Wimby. At the Open you have Novak, a gap, and then the other 3. Here at Wimby you have Andy, Fed, Rafa and Novak as real title contenders but also Tsonga, Berdych are real challengers here than elsewhere. Del Potro also has improved in great strides IMO on grass in the last 12 months. The top 4 seems more beatable here than elsewhere for different reasons and the rest seem more dangerous here IMO. I honestly think that Wimby will be the most open and toughest slam to predict this year. Good times!


the DA Says:

Who knew Ivan could be such a card. All smiles and glowers and the line “why are you cheering for him, he’s Scottish”. LOL


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Kimberly/Brando Rafa has won the Wimbledon title twice anyway,and although to win it again would be great,i think another HC GS would do wonders for his resume,Ben actually brought up how much more aggressive Rafa played at IW too,the serve was like the 2010 USO serve aswell.


courbon Says:

Ok, and now congratulations to all Andy fans.
Hippy chic, congrats to you as well and specially your husband for putting up with you for 25 years….


courbon Says:

@ Simon: Queen is nasties poster here. Luckily she does not post often..just ignore it.
She hates Novak even more then Fed.
She is just sad piece of work…


vidzy Says:

Federer can beat Nole again on grass but its gonna be extremely tough for him to defeat Rafa or Murray in the sort of form and mood they are in..I don’t think federer will defend wimbledon this time..my list of favorites are Rafa >Murray > Federer > Nole > Tsonga . Plus I don’t think federer is gonna win another major now !


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Courbon hahaha cheeky devil,but oh so true,happy fathers day BTW,and to your wife and children for putting up with you too,nananana lol take that ;)..


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Enjoyed the match between Henman/Murray,Lendel/Berdych,nice to see these players past and present raising money and awareness all for a good cause,laughted when Ivan can got hit with that ball by Andy and said he will be lucky to make it to Wimbledon haha,Tim Henman has worn well for his age,in fact he never seems to age,he looks the same now as he did when he 1st retired.


James Says:

Kimberly Says:

“Rafa has nothing but points to gain from herein out. If he made a semi in Wimbledon I’d take it.”

If Rafa makes it to the semis, I think he’ll go all the way. He’s more vulnerable in the first week than 2nd imo.

And yes, I prefer Rafa winning a USO over the Wimbledon. Just so he could get closer to being the first male player to complete double Career Slam.


rafaeli Says:

Nadal is the best player right now. Forget the 52 week rankings because it skewed against Nadal as he only played for 5 months out of 12. No one should write off a player who leads the race without playing the AO and Miami and has made nine out of nine finals.


sienna Says:

Rafa will not be a problem for the big guys on wimbly.

He is out of the equation. His season is over and he will pull the plug on the remaining months. You people seem to forget that he wants a problem6 month season. Well that is exactly what he has done. So kudos for his and his team this way he can be allong elite for a few more years… clay clay clay and slowest hardcourt there is will give him that.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

James if not for Novak he would already have a 2nd career GS,and i still believe its within the realms of possibility,that he could still do that with a bit of luck with draws here or there.


courbon Says:

@Hippy Chic: Me,17 years…no complaints.And, really (no cinycal ), enjoy your day!
Cant wait for Wimbledon.


the DA Says:

@Tennis x hippy chic – You mean this hug?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM5cnZXCMAEaNkg.jpg:large

It was a lump in the throat moment. They also announced that Andy donated all his prize money to the charity. Lovely finish to a great day of tennis.


courbon Says:

@ Rafaeli:
I’m with you on this one-I’m Novaks fans but Rafas is right now the best player-so to me Rafa is first favourite for Wimby, then Novak/Andy on joint second place, then Fed and then others…Well, I could be completely wrong but we will see.


laslo Says:

Hippy chick, if it weren’t for Novak, he wouldn’t have his first one at USO. Novak giveth and Novak taketh away.


Eric Says:

blah, blah, blah, sure, and if not for Rafa, Federer would have three CYGS. big deal. words, words.

The more I think about it, the more I think Rafa and Andy are co-favorites. It might come down to a match between them — and as mentioned, they’ve not played for a ridiculously long time, so it should be an unusually interesting showdown (if it happens). Fed and Novak are in a tie for third. Fed is comprehensively better on grass if he actually plays his best, but that “might” not happen… I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Fed loses in the quarters again.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Courbon no me neither no complaints,17 years is great too, we will go out for a meal on Tuesday to celebrate,im so looking forward to Wimbledon :)..


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Laslo you have what you have,if this or that means doodle squat at the end of the day.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

The DA yeah that hug,sooo touching,i think if he were to win Wimbledon,he should dedicate the trophy to the lovely and brave Ross Hutchins ;)..


James Says:

@hippy chic, congratulations on the 25th anniversary?! :-)

I believe Rafa still can and will. He’s not taking anything for granted and trying to give his best every match, every tournament. For a player that’s won a Career Slam before, it’s very much possible for him to achieve his 2nd. I don’t know if you’ve noticed it but I think Rafa’s backhand is even better now than it was last year.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

James yes his BH is better,i like that more aggressive style of tennis he played at IW,when he won the USO in 2010 i liked the way he flattened out the groundstrokes,he had more tension on his raquet that made him have more pop on his serve,which meant he could also get some cheap points,unfortunatly he injured his shoulder doing so,the irony for me is i actually look forward to watching more now on GC or HCs as opposed to watching him on clay,Kimberlys post at 1.48pm had it spot on IMO.


Giles Says:

http://alturl.com/fto7v
Rafa playing in Necker Cup this year. Like the Vamos Rafa from Richard Branson!


the DA Says:

Here’s the moment Andy nails Lendl with a FH and celebrates (with more passion than when he won the USO):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mVVWa9GFM3I


RZ Says:

Thanks for sharing, DA. Hilarious! Andy looked even happier than when he won the Olympic gold.


skeezer Says:

Yeah DA thanks. Funny funny funny! :)


grendel Says:

Watching tennis sometimes seems to be a struggle between the different kinds of evidence presented to you by your eyes and your memory – with the eyes winning in a canter. The emotional battering any observer of Andy Murray receives in the course of one of his matches easily wipes away actual knowledge. We have been here before, memory nudges you uneasily as you observe Murray battling with various unseen demons,and you brush memory aside as mere frippery.

No doubt there is an element of this with any player you happen to be backing if he loses a set, say, but the contrast between good and bad in Murray seems much more marked than elsewhere. It’s not that when Murray is off his game he is particularly awful – he isn’t, he just seems to be ordinary and, on the whole, probably not as good as his opponent. And yet when he is singing, he is a magician, a unique purveyor of tennis skills. Why such oppositions within a single individual? It’s as if he has a very narrow line – let’s call it touch – which he has to find before he can express himself properly. But finding this line is no easy matter – there appears to be no prescription. Thus in long stretches of the final today Murray was unable to locate this elusive pathway, and this gave rise to the usual signs of frustration. It must be incredibly annoying when you know you can do something and yet you can’t do it. Djokovic and Nadal, who are much more physical and muscular players than Murray don’t have this problem, though naturally they have their off days like anybody else. But you rarely see the wide fluctuations in their standards of play which are such a commonplace with Murray.

Some say this is because Nadal and Djokovic are just more mentally disciplined than Murray, but I don’t think so. His game is, by its very nature, more risky than those of the other two. It’s a game which plays hide and seek with its author. As a matter of fact, you might want to argue that Murray shows great mental strength in the way he continually berates himself. You might possibly want to argue this, though sometimes it is hard. For instance, he never gives credit to his opponent when he “muffs” a shot, but whereas this is a very common human failing, I suspect Murray is simply immersed in his frantic quest for form – sod anyone else, so to speak. If he can rant and mutter sarcastically and generally wrap himself in a bubble of concentrated anger, perhaps he can relax those muscles.

How do you relax muscles? If you’re tight, you’re tight, apparently. Some players can never deal with this difficulty. Murray has discovered that he can find form – sometimes – even when things are going badly, and whilst he has no idea which buttons to press, it seems to be the case that if he keeps obstinately plugging away, in a generally ugly sort of fashion, persistence will reward him. Murray’s particular type of mental strength is doggedness. It is not to be underrated, because when Murray can find that shifty form, he is a match for anyone.

I thought Cilic played a really good match. Not only coming back in the first set. He kept it going in the 2nd, and he lived with Murray from the middle of the final set – when Murray finally found what he was looking for. Twice, he kept a marauding Murray to a single break – a notable achievement. He might be one to watch at Wimbledon.

I caught my first sight of Donna Vecic yesterday and today. She really is a find. Although her game is quite different, she struck me as having the look of Chris Evert. There was something feminine, calm and steely about that look. I can see her going right to the top within a few years. A more likely prospect, I fear, than party loving Laura Robson.

Berdych looked strange playing without a cap. Even more Olympian than usual.


skeezer Says:

Great post grendel, thanks for coming back, just in time for Wimby ;)

Sanity returns.


grendel Says:

skeezer – nice of you to say so, but to be honest, I’ve had my semi-psychotic moments on this site. There’s something about the internet which brings out the latent troll in many of us…. –

So what did you think of the “red wedding”, eh? Did you notice that the credits followed shortly afterwards in COMPLETE SILENCE. You could say that was a bit portentous, but I think it was justified. It’s one of the most painful scenes in the entire saga. Talk about Greek tragedy. It’s so cleverly devised, Rob falling over himself apologizing for breaking his word, everyone eating humble pie and so on. And the grim Walder Frey (magnificent casting, here as elsewhere) apparently satisfied. But no. Revenge will not be denied.
Incidentally, the tormenting of Theon really does occur in the book – actually, in the last one. It is subtly done over an extended period and is truly horrible – and may not be complete. The castration, though, does not occur in the book so far as I know – and I did wonder just how it was done, given the primitive conditions. I mean, just how do you cut off a fellow’s willy and leave him still alive, able to pee and so on. Think the director got a bit carried away…..


Daniel Says:

Wow, Nice to know that you guys like Games as well.

grendel,

This is setting up to be the best TV series of all time.

I love the impact lines like Walder Frey to Catelyn pledge when she was threatening his wife: “I’ll find another”. He is by far one of the most repulsive character ever created, love it:)

Another gem, when Jaime rescue Bryenne and Locke unleashes: “the bitch stays”. Priceless!

There is a Lord Baylesh monologue at the end of 6 Episode, if I am not mistaken, to Varys: “Caos is a ladder”. They are insane, I always post on faceboook after each episode, there is always a new gem.

Haven’t read the books but head resume of all character in Wiki a song of Ice and fire, basically know everything is happening until fifth book.

Regarding castration I was thinking the same: How you do it and people stay alive?!


skeezer Says:

grendel,

Completly shocked. Though I shouldn’t have been? As GOT readers have said, no one is safe. However, the poor Starks, c’mon? I had to say I was expecting some sort of righteuos revenge for the Starks( well, for Ned ). But I realize this is a verydifferent sort of tale, and have been pulled into it and am hypnotized. For that I am glad I haven’t read ahead in the books.

Hope that punk coward Joffrey goes……sooner than later and with great pain. Love Tyrion and the Bryenne. Who would though about Jaime? The charactor writing is brillaint.


skeezer Says:

@Daniel,

How will we all survive until next year? Ugh. My Sunday eves won’t be the same.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Grendel magnificent post. i must quibble though. people can be castrated and live. it used to happen all the time. think of the castratos in medieval choirs. all that is really physically necessary is a n opening that allows urine out. it still happens to animals all the time.


Daniel Says:

skeezer,

The best moment will happen next season and involve Tyrion Lannister, it’s how the third book ends.

If we think that Martin didn’t even deliver the sixth book yet and he takes 5 years in between books and they already cut the third book into season 3 and 4 (will do the same for the other books I am afraid), we’ll be talkig GoT beyond 2020, mark my words. Fedalnolurray will be all retired:)


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I’m not sure how much the title means for wimby. Both did not beat their rivals. I can’t see Andy or Roger capable of beating Rafa and Novak in consecutive matches, if it happens.

Draw could be crucial for Murray. If someone can take out Rafa, then he has a decent chance. Still I don’t see Andy capable of beating Rafa in the second week.

Rafa would be the favourite along with Novak. I hope we get to see final between these two.


skeezer Says:

NK,

We all can count on you to downplay Feds chances, achievements and records. Thank you. You are a true Fed fan(not).

You sound better when you talk about Rafa. Just sayin…


courbon Says:

Grendel, Skeezer-I like too but lagging in watching it.So, please do not discuss the plot!!You are spoling it for me


Margot Says:

Hi grendel :) Enjoyed your assessment of Andy. I personally find Andy more “dogged,” as you put it, these days. I prefer “steelier.” Time was when the chuntering and the anguish would lose him matches. Doesn’t happen so much these days. And when he seems to relax into himself and find that elusive form, he is breath taking – that running backhand at 4-2 in the last set I think, a work of genius. Andy wasn’t even in shot, suddenly he was! Wow!
On a more prosaic level, that fall in the first surely dislodged him for a bit?
Really, really loved how he celebrated hitting Ivan. I’ve NEVER seen him so gleeful.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

skeezer, i’m only talking about reality. let us be more realistic about Roger’s chances than being ambitious.


jane Says:

Here’s the video of the shot Margot’s talking about for any who didn’t see & would like to do so.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVVWa9GFM3I

p.s. helloooooo grendel! Nice to see ya.


the DA Says:

Here’s the clip of that running BH pass Margot referred to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=lWO1bxNXh0A#t=104s

Shot of the tournament.

I;m getting nervous already about the draw on Friday (bites nails).


Sienna Says:

Roger always has a chance at Wimbly title.
Even Uncle T has said so.

Remember he didnot fancy Rogers chances on clay but he regards him as one of the faves for Wimbly and US open.


grendel Says:

I agree with Margot, jane and the DA about the bh pass – it was a delight but it wasn’t unique; it was the type of shot well within the compass of the other top 3. The shot I particularly enjoyed of Murray’s was a low bh volley against Tsonga. Tsonga was actually coming in and Murray instantly adjusted to place the volley deep and low and completely out of reach. Pure poetry and way beyond anything Djokovic and Nadal (both clinical and efficient volleyers) could do – Federer at his best I think could.

tennisfansince76: yes, but the thing about the castrati (and don’t forget, Varys in The Game of Thrones is one)is that their operations were performed under strict medical supervision. Furthermore, it was testicles with them; although we weren’t granted a peep into that box (why not?), I rather had the feeling it was your actual dingle-dangle that was on parade, not merely the balls. After all, studious reference had been made to its prodigious size etc.

Daniel – George R.R. Martin has acknowledged that he is a very slow writer, and much worry has been expressed that he won’t live long enough to complete the saga. After all, he is 68 and very fat. Chap could keel over with a heart attack any time. Martin has been bemused by the hostility some of his “fans” have shown to his non-writing activities, commenting that that these people resent it when he takes a leek – he should be at his desk. You have to feel sympathy for this very nice and unaffected man – but: does he really have to write a bloody great coffee table type book, an accompaniment to the Song of Ice and Fire giving backgrounds of the huge cast of characters, lots of maps and so on? Surely, that’s the sort of thing you do when you have completed the project, not right in the middle of it.

skeezer, yes Joffrey is one of the great villains in contemporary literature, and the really clever thing is he is just a child. But at no stage is the reader tempted to make allowances for him. Even so, do you remember when Tyrion says Sansa is no longer his to torment? Joffrey answers in a baffled sort of way that everybody is his to torment, should that be his desire. That is his concept of kingship, one which he clearly believes is universal. It’s as if the whole world is his toy. It’s a pretty acute portrayal of feudal totalitarianism.


Margot Says:

@ the DA
Nails, nails? What is this “nails” of which you speak? I am already gnawing at my elbows…..
@ grendel
Yep, that volley was pretty special.
Following from your previous, I think one of the reasons I find Andy so entrancing/enticing to watch is you really never know what to expect. Yes, it’s a roller coaster all right but those sublime highs really do make up for the awful lows.
And of course, I feel there’s no other player like
him around at the mo.
I really like Monfils but a friend strongly advised becoming a serious, fan of his, would become a total the jittery wreck…;)


grendel Says:

Margot – Monfils is one of those players you just want to win whenever you watch him. But you’re not safe until the last point, and even then you’re not. Case in point – the match against Robredo at RG. Monfils had done all the heavy lifting against Berdych – only to be tripped up by someone who always plays exactly the same and who never surprises you and who never plays badly and who never plays amazingly but if there is the slightest sign of weakness in his opponent, Robredo will be there to put in the boot. When Monfils was serving for the match, he looked like a scared bunny. Robredo looked like his dinner was about to be served up to him.


Margot Says:

Lol grendel, nice analogy.
Think u r much “less safe” watching Monfils than Andy.


harry Says:

ah grendel! good to see you :)

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