Serena, Djokovic Restore Order at Wimbledon; Tomic Gets Nutty
by Staff | June 26th, 2013, 12:35 am
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While controversy swirls around world No. 1 Serena Williams at Wimbledon after apology-resulting comments in a magazine and a feud with Maria Sharapova, the American just keeps on winning — Tuesday at the All England Club ringing-up her 32nd straight match of 2013 in moving into the second round.


“Being the defending champion is always special, knowing for 12 months you’re going to play at 1 o’clock on Tuesday,” said Serena after defeating Mandy Minella 6-1, 6-3.

“There’s so many ways I can improve and that I’ll need to improve if I want to be in the second week.”

Top 10 seeds joining the world No. 1 in the second round were No. 4 Aggie Radwanska rolling Austrian qualifier Yvonne Meusburger 6-1, 6-1, No. 6 Li Na pushing aside former grasscourt titlist Michaella Krajicek 6-1, 6-1, and No. 7 Angie Kerber likewise sidestepping veteran Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3, 6-4.

To the delight of British fans, one Top 10 seed did not make the second round as No. 10 Maria Kirilenko was stopped 6-3, 6-4 by Laura Robson.

“I was so nervous, right up until the last point,” Robson said. “I was walking to the net not totally sure if my forehand was in or not. That was a big one for me because of all the nerves and playing in front of my home crowd. I could have gone 5-1 up in the second and I lost my focus a little bit when I started thinking about winning. So I just tried to get back to focusing point by point.”

A handful of lower seeds were shown the exit Tuesday in upsets as Czech Karolina Pliskova defeated No. 13 Nadia Petrova, Bulgarian grass upset specialist Tsvetana Pironkova rocked No. 21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0, 6-1, Romanian Alexandra Cadantu topped No. 28 Tamira Paszek, and American wildcard Alison Riske advanced when No. 31 Romina Oprandi retired in the third set with an arm injury.

Other notables into the second round were No. 23 Sabine Lisicki over Slam winner Francesca Schiavone, No. 24 Peng Shuai stopping Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues, unseeded American Madison Keys beating Brit Heather Watson, and 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm rolling German qualifier Carina Witthoeft 6-0, 6-2.

“Women’s tennis, compared to our generation, is more speedy, more powerful,” said Date-Krumm, who mystified Witthoeft with her variety and fleetness of foot. “When I go to the gym I see everybody doing fitness training, and that’s why everybody is much stronger than before. But tennis is not only power, not only speed, and not only for young players. We need mental also. We need experience. That’s why it’s not only the younger players at the top now, I think.”

The top seeds cruised on the men’s side Tuesday, but three lower seeds were shown the door.

Orchestrating upsets were Croatian Ivan Dodig advancing when No. 16 Philipp Kohlschreiber retired in the fifth set citing the flu and exhaustion, Spaniard Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez straight-setting No. 19 Gilles Simon, and Aussie Bernard Tomic topping No. 21 Sam Querrey 6-3 in the fifth.

“He’s not somebody that’s just like a friend,” said Tomic of missing his father, who both the ATP and ITF banned from tournaments after he head-butted his son’s practice partner in the face earlier this year, sending him to the hospital. “It’s a huge tournament, and all of a sudden not to have someone there who’s been there for your whole life is very difficult. It’s all the ATP’s fault. I’m going to keep blaming them.”

Top 10-seeded players into the second round were No. 1 Novak Djokovic straight-setting German Florian Mayer, No. 4 David Ferrer defeating Argentine Martin Alund in four, No. 7 Tomas Berdych stopping Martin Klizan in straights, No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro easing past Albert Ramos, and No. 9 Richard Gasquet coming from a set down to beat Spaniard Marcel Granollers in four.

“Knowing his quality and knowing that we played in the quarterfinals last year gave me enough reason to obviously not underestimate him and respect the fact that I needed to be 100 percent focused from the start and try to have the control of the match,” Djokovic said of Mayer. “I played well in important moments.”

Del Potro continues to ease back into play after missing Madrid and the French Open with a virus.

“I feel okay, my first round against a lefty player. I think I played okay,” del Potro said. “In the third I played much better, trying to do my game, be aggressive all the time. I think it was a good match for the first round.”

Other seeds of note advancing were No. 13 Tommy Haas, No. 17 Milos Raonic, and No. 28 Jeremy Chardy continuing the disappointing 2013 of American Ryan Harrison in four sets.

In all-unseeded play American qualifier Bobby Reynolds outlasted American wildcard Steve Johnson in five, American qualifier Denis Kudla beat Aussie qualifier James Duckworth 6-1 in the fifth, Frenchman Michael Llodra defeated Jarkko Nieminen in an all-veteran affair, and James Blake surfaced to defeat Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker in straights.

Matches to watch for on Wednesday at the All England Club are (2) Victoria Azarenka coming off a scary first-round injury against veteran Flavia Pennetta, (6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Ernests Gulbis, the crafty Sergiy Stakhovsky vs. (3) Roger Federer, upset specialist Yen-Hsun Lu vs. (2) Andy Murray, Radek “The Worm” Stepanek vs. (24) Jerzy Janowicz, Canadian riser Eugenie Bouchard vs. (12) Ana Ivanovic, an upset alert in (32) Tommy Robredo vs. Nicolas Mahut, and an upset alert in (19) Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

 


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495 Comments for Serena, Djokovic Restore Order at Wimbledon; Tomic Gets Nutty

Michael Says:

Well, Novak was looking good. But he has tremendous scope for improvement. This is just the first round and it seems he has taken it somewhat casually although Mayer is a dangerous player. The silver lining for Novak is the relatively easy draw and I think he should not have any problems with the likes of Del Potro or Berdych if he manages to meet them enroute to the finals. All said and done, this is precisely the time for Novak to register his second Wimbledon victory. If you are offered a opening, you must take full advantage of it. Novak is somewhat lucky this time around with the draw of lots and time favours him.


skeezer Says:

Novak had a tough quality opponet the first rd and took care of it. Not like he played #135. Looking ominous ;)


jane Says:

Michael, Let’s just see what happens. You never know! One match at a time. Nole could face F-Lo or Haas in R16, assuming he makes it there, both of whom, I think, have been quarterfinalists here, and both of whom have won grass court titles. Then, he could face Berdych in the quarters, who is a former finalist here, and who has taken out both Nole and Fed at Wimbledon. Then if he makes the semis he could face Delpo, who beat him at the Olympics on grass last year, and pushed Fed to the brink, or he could face Ferrer, who pushed Andy hard last year too. So: all-in-all it may not be such an easy path imo. Tomic, Raonic and Dimitrov also lurk on this side of the draw. Hopefully Nole stays focused and plays well, upping his level as needed. Fingers crossed.


jane Says:

Looking forward to Tsonga/Gulbis tomorrow!


skeezer Says:

^me too!

Ali vs Wild thing!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Hoping Hewitt can carry on and get a good run going,Benneteau against Verdasco could be quite a good one,and go Andy Murray.


Michael Says:

Jane, Nothing is given. You need to earn it. I think after that demoralizing loss against Rafa, a match I think he should have won, I get a feeling that Novak is motivated enough to prove something to the Tennis World. He has not had a relatively good year so far in terms of performance and a Wimbledon win would surely be an added feather in his cap and change the discourse on his lack of form. Although the perception is he has an easy draw, the players you have mentioned all seem to be very dangerous and capable of upsets. So, like you, I am keeping my fingers crossed. Only one thing can be said, compared to the mine field draws of Andy and Roger, his draw is relatively easy. So, just like you I am keeping my fingers crossed. I have tipped Novak to win this Wimbledon and I would be happy if my prophesy turns out to be true.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Michael its entirely up to you but i thought you wanted Andy to win Wimbledon this year?


Michael Says:

Alison,

Let me recall what I said.

“I said that although my heart yearns for Andy to win this one, my mind says it would be between Novak or Rafa”

Now that Rafa is out, Novak should be the heavy favourite. But I never discount Andy who has improved so much on the grass courts, he can very well win. Infact he is my third favourite to win the title. However, Novak has that mettle, spirit and experience to win in majors and that might prove to be the difference in the end for me. Andy has Roger in his way and it will be a toss up if the two meet especially if Roger manages to repeat his 2012 form.”

So, it is rather too early to make a judgemental call and the battle only has just begun. Let us see how it progresses. Nobody thought that Rafa would crash in the first round, but the earth quake happened. Therefore, the only certainity is uncertainity and that is what make Tennis interesting. I will be rooting for Andy all the way since he has not won this title. But, if you ask me the heavy favourite, then it has got to be obviously Novak. There is a difference between sympathy and reality. I empathize with Andy and yet I cannot dislike Novak or Roger since they are my idols.


van orten Says:

mine field draw andy murrayyy and fed?? check again pls!!!


TennisZod Says:

Centre court crowd very lucky in final. Nole do striptease for them after eating grass as he lift wimbledon trophy one more time.
#nolewinwimbledon


volley Says:

there isn’t a story yet on the Federer shoe scandal? the orange is unacceptable and he needs to change them before his next match. we need a bit of levity around here.

#traditionsdiehard


Golden Child Says:

The probability of Novak getting this trophy, is all psychological. It will depend on his mood, frame of mind, his emotions & insecurities during each match that he plays. As much as I love No1e, I do think he has become a bit too ‘tame’ since 2011, or perhaps just complacent where he’s at, and what he’s been able to achieve to date. The danger in that is that you inevitably may be left behind. The Novak of 2011 had a fire in him, a mission and a purpose – to teach his arch rivals (Roger & Rafa) that he is just as good as them, if not better. With determination, anger, snappy play and precision, Dkokovic was able to wipe the floor clean with the rest of the tour, having such an aggressive, yet carefully calibrated mind set. As much as I want to see No1e get several more slams under his belt, starting with this one, he will need to reflect on what it means to be the best in the world and that no one is above him now.. finally.


grendel Says:

@Golden Child “. The Novak of 2011 had a fire in him, a mission and a purpose – to teach his arch rivals (Roger & Rafa) that he is just as good as them, if not better.”

But he still has this mission and purpose. The situation now is a little more nuanced. The marauding warrior of 2011 bust the dykes and made his presence felt in no uncertain manner. He is now accepted as the equal of his top rivals, at least temporarily. But his name still nowhere near has the cachet and general legendary quality of Federer and Nadal.

This, I fancy, will anger Djokovic at some deep level. It is this anger which may motivate him to further great deeds.


Wog boy Says:

Is anybody watching this German bloke Brown against Hewitt. Is it only me or he is looking (and playing) like Monfils, though not as good as Monfils … and he wins first set with great (Monfils’s) point.


Wog boy Says:

German Bob Marley is smacking aces and winners left and right and Hewitt cannot do much about that, so far.


grendel Says:

Yes, I’ve been watching it Wog boy. Brown (#189?) has been playing simply insane stuff. If he can win 2nd set – and already he’s pulled back a break – Hewitt’s in deep shit. Brown,b.t.w. has solved the problem of what to do about 2nd serve. Eliminate it from the repertoire. 1st serves all along the line!

Isner out. Injured knee. He’s probably pretending.


the DA Says:

Wow, both Darcis and Isner have withdrawn. Steve with a shoulder injury he got during the Rafa match, and John with a knee problem. Talk about a draw opening up.


the DA Says:

I rememeber the Dustin Brown match vs Murray at the USO a couple of years ago. Very flamboyant and flashy. Blistering groundstrokes – when they go in. However he can blow hot and cold. And we know about Hewitt and 5 setters.


Wog boy Says:

Grendel,

” 1st serves all along the line!”

Exactly, there is no 2nd serve, I am glad I tuned to watch this match … and Bob Marley wins second set, who would have thought?


Wog boy Says:

the DA,

I have never seen him before, my fault.


Giles Says:

That’s the price one pays for beating Rafa. Apparently Darcis has no movement in his arm today after the shoulder injury. Shame, after all his great effort on Monday. Wish him speedy recovery and Isner too. Bloody grass!!!


nadalista Says:

For Rafans out there:

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/log/2013-06-26/201306261372238412592.html

“10:49Uncle Toni reassures any Rafa fans – and which of us isn’t? – that they are desperate to come back to Wimbledon because it’s one of their favourite tournaments and Nadal’s two wins here are among their most special memories. The problem this year, says Toni, was a lack of preparation.

10:46Live @ Wimbledon Radio have just interviewed Uncle Toni – a fascinating and refreshingly honest interview. Toni, as you may know, always refers to “our forehand, our backhand etc” as if he is actually on court with Nadal. I love that.”
………………………………………..

But this is even cuter, Go Uncle T and Judy!

“10:44If you do happen to to be in The Queue, you might spot a couple of familiar faces handing out coffee and bacon sarnies: two of the most famous tennis relatives, Judy Murray and Uncle Toni.”


nadalista Says:

Azarenka is out……….injury she sustained in 1st round got worse……..


Vidzy Says:

DARCIS OUT of Wimbledon due to shoulder injury.


Vidzy Says:

Stepanek retires in his match due to shoulder injury !


Vidzy Says:

John Isner retires due to injury as well. Adrian Mannarino gets free pass to third round.


grendel Says:

And now, Stepanek is out. At 3-5 down in the 2nd, he just withdrew, apparently, the commentators think, to preserve himself for doubles. Bit off, eh?

I watched about 5 games (I couldn’t bear to watch Hewitt any more -he’s my son’s favourite and he was getting more and more gloomy) and by goodness, Janowicz looked good. Federer, after meeting him on clay, hazarded the opinion that clay would be Janowicz’s best surface. All I can say is, Janowicz looks completely at home on grass. And he is going to be an absolute handful for Federer, make no mistake. If a star is not born at this tournament, he very soon will be. The future is Janowicz!


Vidzy Says:

So of the 5 matches to be played , 4 matches have been off due to injuries. When was the last time such a thing happened ?


Vidzy Says:

Hewitt 2 sets to love down against Brown. COMMONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN wake up Lleyton !


Wog boy Says:

Hewitt was never my favorite player, but I admire his fighting spirits and his love for tennis. Last Aussie player I liked and cheered for was Pat Rafter, I am still waiting for one to come from Ausiieland that I can cheer for, again.


Wog boy Says:

If Hewitt can win somehow this third set in TB, he will win the match, but I dubt so.


grendel Says:

Wog boy, I’m with you. But my young son (who has always loved Hewitt) is semi-truanting from school to watch Hewitt, you’d think after beating WaWa, he was onto a cert here. So I am suffering with him. Just going on scoreboard now , and it’s Brown serving in tiebreak ah, I was going to say 3-4, but minibreak to Hewitt!


grendel Says:

Hewitt serving at 6-3!


grendel Says:

Hewitt gets set, no need for my son to go back to school, on with the truanting, back to watching!


Giles Says:

@nadalista. Thanks for the link. Apparently Uncle T and Judy M are there doing an event for Lavazza coffee.


Wog boy Says:

grendel,

:)


grendel Says:

Wogboy
Conventional wisdom is as you say. Hewitt wins the set, and then restores normality by sailing through the next two.

However, the commentator John Lloyd wonders about this. He sees Brown as still being very relaxed. If that is true, and if Hewitt is still going to have trouble finding his rhythm against such an unpredictable player, maybe the conventional script won’t hold. For once, I hope it does!


nadalista Says:

You’re welcome @Giles. More encouraging are Uncle Toni’s words which sound like Rafa’s loss was just a bad day at the office, no issues to worry about, which is great.


Wog boy Says:

grendel,

You might be right, let us wait and see. I would like to see Hewitt making it through … but Brown breaks:(


grendel Says:

Oh, dear. Brown breaks. Hewitt’s serve is not good, and if you think Murray’s 2nd serve is a liability…….


grendel Says:

Well, Brown does it, and now – thanks to Isner injury – faces someone called Mannarino. And possibly Paire. Could be extraordinary days for this man. But then again, he might just disappear without trace.


the DA Says:

And now Marin Cilic withdraws! WTH, this Wimbeldon has become a graveyard.


the DA Says:

As Ben Rothenburg just tweeted “Lukasz Kubot, Stephane Robert, Benoit Paire, Adrian Mannarino, or Dustin Brown will make the quarterfinals.”

Freaky.


Kimberly Says:

Ivanovic in trouble


Kimberly Says:

And now she’s gone


Vidzy Says:

So today till now :

1) Azarenka has withdrawn !
2) Darcis has withdrawn !
3) Cilic has withdrawn !
4) Stepanek has retired !
5) Isner has retired !


Polo Says:

Those two girls, Ivanovic and Bouchard, must be the prettiest ladies I’ve seen play against each other.


Polo Says:

All those withdrawals after Nadal was upset. The gods must be angry!


Wog boy Says:

I was listening to John Newcombe and if you look at stats Hewiit didn’t play bad, not at all, but Brown had 70+ winners. As much as John Newcombe was sad for Hewitt, he was happy for Brown as proof tha S@V plus few other things can win you matches on grass. Hewitt was just flat in 4th set, maybe it is time to call it a day.


Ben Pronin Says:

An injured Darcis beat an injured Nadal?

No but seriously, what the hell is going on? It’s especially surprising considering Isner, Darcis, and Cilic played quite well in their openers.


Kimberly Says:

Paire v federer


Wog boy Says:

Tsonga v Gulbis,

But I am afraid I will fall asleep.


Wog boy Says:

According to Azarenka and few other players, the courts at Wimbledon this year are very slippery?


the DA Says:

Now Wokniackl rolls over her ankle and has the trainer out. This is getting farcical.


RZ Says:

Cilic withdrew today, bringing today’s injury retirement/withrawal count up to 5. Crazy!

If it were all players who didn’t play grass warm-ups, I’d say it was a lack of clay to grass transition. But Cilic and Isner played warm-ups.


the DA Says:

^ all the better that they’re extending the interval between RG and Wimbledon soon.


Vidzy Says:

Things are gonna be better for rafa from 2015 onwards. There is gona be an extra week between RG and wimbledon. Those who say Rafa is not gonna win wimbledon again, THINK AGAIN !


Wog boy Says:

^^there is one problem though, Rafa will be 30 years old veteran by then. Unless he is Terminator so they can replace his worn out body parts, I don’t see how the things will be better for him in 2-3 years time?


Vidzy Says:

^

Rafa has other things in mind afer 2-3 years…Play the tour , take 7-8 months off, come back during clay court season , get in form and win titles. And by that way he can keep winning French Open till Eternity ? LOL


Polo Says:

Yes, it is indeed going to be tough (lest people complain, I said “tough” not “never”)for Nadal to win Wimbledon again. This is the second year in a row that his Wimbledon was ruined by his bad knees. Creeping age is certainly not going to help.


El Flaco Says:

Janowicz could be a very tough match for Fed, but if he gets through that he should have no problem making it to the semis.


Vidzy Says:

Wozniacki about to get ripped by PETRA CETKOVSKA (ranked 196 ) in straight sets.


Polo Says:

Will somebody please tell Pam Shriver at ESPN to shut up!


Alex Says:

They made Fed change his shoes, lol.

Dont they know the GOAT can wear any schoes he likes.

Tisk tisk.


El Flaco Says:

Polo Says:
Will somebody please tell Pam Shriver at ESPN to shut up!
- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - -

Pam is almost as annoying as Mary Carillo.


jane Says:

OMG – what’s happening with the draw. Isner retired after 2 games? Cilic didn’t play and gave a walkover? Brown beat Hewitt? Suddenly things are really opening up.

And the young Canadian – former junior champion -Bouchard upset Ivanovic.

I see the worm retired vs boom boom JJ.

Darcis didn’t play! Another W/O.

Paire won; conty will be happy.

All while I was zzzzzzzzzz….


jane Says:

AND Azarenka gave a walkover!


Vidzy Says:

Wozniacki loses to a player ranked 196 !


Vidzy Says:

Wozniacki lost 6-2, 6-2. she hit just 6 winners in entire match compared to 30 winners by unknown Cetkovska ! lol


RZ Says:

Vidzy, Caro turned her ankle in the first set and had to call the trainer out. Since then she wasn’t 100%. I know she’s had some bad losses in the last 2 years, but this one was more due to injury. At least she completed her match, otherwise she’d have been the 6th withdrawal today.


Polo Says:

Wow, wow, wow!!! Most beautiful backhand slices from Verdasco. The crowd cannot help but gasp with each one.


Kimberly Says:

Stopped to get my coffee at a local coffee shop and they had Wimbledon on and I sat there for an hour alone watching Wozniaki (who did roll her ankle in the 4th game of the match) and Verdasco. Tsonga seemed to be handling Gulbie.


Kimberly Says:

She couldn’t move really after rolling her ankle, credit to her in finishing the match


Vidzy Says:

@RZ OK but she is still my least favorite player to hold the World no 1 position !


jane Says:

Gulbis is making this a match now. Smacking the ball, hitting some lovely winners.

Vasek is holding his own versus Youz so far, up a break in the 4th set. Youz just called the trainer. Perhaps he’ll retire!?!!! I mean….


jane Says:

Tsonga’s playing this like an exho now. He’d better sharpen up. Ernie looks raring to go.


Vidzy Says:

Gulbis breaks again. Takes 2nd set 6-3.


jane Says:

Get the hell out! Tsonga’s called the trainer – what is going on?


Gannu Says:

whats wrong with Wimbledon courts this year???? everyone is slipping left right and centre…something is seriously wrong….the authorities need to investigate!


jane Says:

Vasek serving and volleying just beautifully. Wins set 4! Would love if he could get this match and go another round.


the DA Says:

Wimble-weird-on. I hope Federer’s replacement shoes have a good grip and No.1 court has dried out for Andy’s match. Getting a little worried now.


jane Says:

Vasek with the break in the 5th. Can he win? People are gathering outside the court to watch. He’s making a little ripple if not a splash.

Meanwhile, Sharapova is down 1-4, love-30 to …someone?


Vidzy Says:

@ the DA

Dont worry Fed wont slip even in worst conditions . Why ? Remember the blue clay madrid masters where everybody including Rafa/Djoko lost withdrew due to slippery conditions ? Federer won that year – the only year it was held.


Giles Says:

There has been weeks of rain in London hence the slippery courts.


metan Says:

@ The DA.
Don’t worry about Roger Federer aka Mr. Adjustable. He is one and only who could run in any type of surfaces. Fact blue court. My man VAMOS Rafa was out. Adje Nole was out and Andy was out or with draw I am not sure.

Probably this is also a sign that he will get through. Finger crossed for all his fans. Good luck.


Gannu Says:

guess Tsonga also has bummed out!!! playing so loose and so casual… and gulbis again slips…whats happening…hope feddy bear restores some order in this manic wednesday


Vidzy Says:

Seems Gulbis is gonna run away with the match now ! Wake up Jo !!


jane Says:

Yes, agree Gannu – it’s like Tsonga’s not trying, or at least not giving his all versus a more fired up opponent. It reminds me a little of Rafa’s demeanour in his match.

People retiring, handing out walkovers, getting upset, left-right-and-center. You’d almost think they think it’s not worth it?!!!?


grendel Says:

jane – Tsonga’s exhibition tennis was at end of set when he was injured. ironically,it was Gulbis who had a bad fall, and he gave a few choice words about it, too. But he seemed none the worse.

But Tsonga is serving at three quarter pace, the match seems completely flat.

I know nothing about these things, but I am wondering whether the problem is the very very wet winter and spring. It’s beginning to look like a permanent climate change too in this respect. I assume just covering the courts is not sufficient to keep the water underground from moving laterally. So possibly some sort of trench has to be dug, with concrete protection or something?

I hope somebody who understands these things can comment. But we don’t want to lose the grass. So something must be done to render it safer.


Vidzy Says:

@ grendel

I agree with you 200 percent.


the DA Says:

N0ow Sharapova takes a tumble.


jane Says:

grendel, agree with you 100%. Personally I love the grass. But there is definitely a strange vibe today and even all tournament and it’s affecting the players. They’re slipping, injured and/or demotivated. Strange. Lots of flat or truncated matches. People going out with whimpers not bangs.


Vidzy Says:

Sharapova loses the first set 6-3 against her 20 year old portugese player Larcher De Brito ranked 131.


the DA Says:

Shvedova withdraws giving Kvitova a W/O. What is happening?


jane Says:

Ugh Vasek broken at love. Poor game. Stopped serving and volleying and began rallying and let Youz back in. Sad for him.


Gannu Says:

Grendel…surprised coz it hasn’t rained at all during since sunday and I presume courts would have been covered…so wonder how can they get slippery unless there is something wrong with the way the court was made at first place….anyways fed did glide very well in his first match and seemed to be moving very well…but fed’s movement is like a cat..just very very deceptive …lets see…dumb thing for these wimby organisers to aks him change the shoes…1


Giles Says:

Thank goodness there is only one main tourney on grass. Those advocating a Masters Series on grass should think again.Extremely dangerous as evidenced by the withdrawals and retirements today. Did someone say “grass is for cows”?


Gannu Says:

My God so many walkovers and injuries and even Tsonga has his knee wrapped…guess some curse or spell on Wimbledon today…have never seen this happening in 30yrs of my life! Feddy bear – hope u are safe and u sail through ;-)


Vidzy Says:

Muzza looking good against Lu. Job should be done in straight sets !


metan Says:

Great post grendel @ 11:33.

Hope organizer will take action asap.


Giles Says:

There you go, another retirement. Tsonga out!


Gannu Says:

fck Tsonga also retires….7 in a day???


jane Says:

Tsonga retired. Unbelievable. And sad.

This side of the draw is wide open until the semis now.

Well, congrats to Gulbis.


Giles Says:

It may well be the curse of the Rafa Fans!! Lol


RZ Says:

Black Wednesday at Wimbledon. Another retirement. Yikes!


RZ Says:

If the courts are really that slippery, I’d think it would favor Federer and Serena (similar to last year’s blue clay at Madrid)


the DA Says:

The Tsonga retirement was just broadcast on No.1 court to huge oohs. Even Andy could be seen mouthing “what”??


nadalista Says:

RT @fiercetennis: “Go home, Wimbledon, you’re drunk”


jane Says:

They obviously need more time between clay and grass for one thing, and then as grendel says it’s been a very wet spring. I was just in the UK for basically a month, and it was the coldest spring in 30 years.


Giles Says:

I feel sorry for the spectators who have paid good money, and in some cases over the odds, to watch these matches only to find their fav retiring or withdrawing due to injury.


metan Says:

Andy Murray is playing pretty well. Hope nothing happens to him. Andy got first set.


Vidzy Says:

Sharapova upset on the cards..Anybody watching the match ? Did she slip as well ?


Humble Rafa Says:

Sad to see Wozniacki go down 2 and 2. She is a good player who deserves to go down 4 and 4.

She has got good looks, so her tennis career is worth continuing. She can pick up the crumbs that Shriekapova leaves on the endorsement circuit.


Kimberly Says:

WOw just WOw, wtf is happening


Thomas Says:

According to the organisers that due to the unusually cold spring in London the rye that they use to make the courts didn’t harden enough.Therefore making it slippery.(and extra dangerous!)


the DA Says:

@ metan – shhhh! Don’t go there. I’m already anxious on a day like today. ;)


Kimberly Says:

i don’t understand what is happening? Are all of these injuries being caused by falls or are they the result of a long grinding physical clay season.


jane Says:

Thomas, that makes sense. It was freezing when I was there; I had to wear a scarf and hat through most of May!


jane Says:

I’d say a bit of both Kimberly. Plus what Thomas and grendel said.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Rafa has come in for alot of critisism for retiring from matches injured,anyone could see from the off that things were not right with him,his movement was compromised,so credit should go to him for playing and completing the match on this occasion,and not denying Darcis the victory.


the DA Says:

Maria just tumbled again!


jane Says:

Sharapova just fell.


Gannu Says:

Fck now sharapova slipped exactly the same way as Azarenka…ditto same.,,confirmed…something is seriously wrong with the courts…organisers are going to be ripped apart today


jane Says:

Well, I’ll say one thing: not that it ever did imo, but Nole’s draw doesn’t look so easy now.


Kimberly Says:

I’m so happy I live in Florida where I play tennis in 90 degree weather so muscles are nice and loose. Only danger I have of slipping is when too much sweat drips on the hardcourts.


Gannu Says:

its unbearable for the ears…sharapova vs brito…brito screams are just too much


grendel Says:

Yes, Sharapova took quite a bad fall at beginning of game (2-3 down in 2nd, lost 1st set) and umpire came to check she was ok. Quite a long conversation, Sharapova looking shaken – and her movements inhibited for rest of that game.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Hear in Britain the summers been crap,i live by the seaside,and this time of year its usually packed to the rafters with holiday makers,but due to bad weather its unusually quiet for the time of year,shops are taking a battering economically too (sigh).


grendel Says:

management said preparation exactly the same as last year. But: given the change in weather patterns, this is hardly the point is, is it? Changing world, dudes. Wake up!


Vidzy Says:

@Tennis x hippy chic

Ohh really ? Lemme now write on Rafa’s language what would he replied on what you said. ” the conditions are same for both the players .no ? He played well much better then me today, thats the truth,no ? I have to accept it and keep working hard and try to improve. This is sport, sometimes you win sometimes lose. If the conditions are slipper for me, its slippery for him as well, no ? “


Gannu Says:

brito is just irritating beyond limits…screams even after the ball is hit for quite sometime…ridiculous…WTA is one spineless body


Gannu Says:

now sharapova getting medical time out!!!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

LOL Sir Bruce Forsyth and Olympic champion runner Mo Farrar swopping impressions in the crowd,Brucie doing the M on the head,and Mo doing the fist pump and knee lift haha.


Thomas Says:

Sharapova falls again. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if the ball kids and line judges started to fall too.


jane Says:

LOL, Thomas! :)


Vidzy Says:

The KING Arrives !


Gannu Says:

now Nicholas mahut taking medical time out!!! wowowowwowowow


Thomas Says:

This has been a massive LOL/WTF day. Federer,try to stay on your feet!


metan Says:

@Tennis x hippy chic at 11:59 am post. Well observed.

I always think that you are a really hot lady whenever I wrote your new moniker. Don’t understand why???


grendel Says:

Sharapova’s time out is kind of providential. Difficult time for the Portuguese (she who?), nerves tested to the utmost.


jane Says:

Maria is apparently off court on an extended MTO.

Mahut getting bageled on grass…by Robredo?


grendel Says:

Gannu, you’re right, the Portuguese screaming is ludicrous, loathsome – and depressing. There was supposed to be a new attitude, the idea being, not much you can do about current screamers, but at least with new lot….hm!


metan Says:

@ Thomas. Calm Down. He’ll be fine. This is his kingdom.


tfouto Says:

Brito is a portuguese long time promise, but never came to fullfil that expectation people had on her…


Gannu Says:

better she doest fulfil anyone’s hope…just cant bear her…she has to rectify this screaming habit first


jane Says:

Dumb question – why are some monikers on this site in blue and some in black? I know when I would click on MMT’s moniker it would take me directly to his blog.


metan Says:

Murray got second sets too. Yooohooooo.


Gannu Says:

this may sound laughable but despite sharapova’s record she is the only one who can challenge serena at Wimbledon…so I want her to win..have always loved her for her tremendous competitiveness and fighting spirit…no one except serena matches her in that dept


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

It actually makes Marias screaming more bearable,the sound of two cats been doctored.


Vidzy Says:

@ metan

There is no stopping for Murray till semis Atleast. He is a couple of levels above most players on Grass.


the DA Says:

Commentators are saying now that Mahut might retire. Thigh injury.


jamie Says:

Either Federer or Murray will win Wimbledon this year.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Jane i have often wondered that myself,i know my is, Metans is,Madmaxs is,and Bens is,im wondering if we all accidentally hit some button on our computers to make it turn blue*scratches head*.


skeezer Says:

jane

most just unput name and email address. but there us a space for “website”. if you inout anything there, it turns blue and will hyperlink somewhere


Vidzy Says:

Larcher De Brito serving for the match. Will this be Maria’s worst defeat ever ?


metan Says:

@ Vidzy. Finger crossed. We will have blockbuster SF.


grendel Says:

so despite a couple of doubles from Sharapova, de Brito is going to have to serve it out. Her serve is ordinary, so I reckon she’ll need a couple of unforced errors from Sharpie. How likely is that at this stage of the match?


Vidzy Says:

Match point Brito.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Skeezer thanks for that,i had no idea,it was not a concious thing,its something i wondered myself,my laptop is on the blink and this is my husbands that im using,it just came up when i typed in my monikor hmm.


jane Says:

skeeze, alison – I accidentally click on Hippy Chic’s moniker and got a “WARNING” about a “phishing site”. I know MMT has a website, and that’s how I’d get to it.


Vidzy Says:

2nd match point Brito.

Yes Metan. I hope Fed gets there too…its gonna be tough against Janowicz but i know he’ll do it.


the DA Says:

Haha…Darren Cahill just tweeted #SCREAM5 in reference to the Sharapova/De Brito match. Too true.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Jane hmm whats a phishing site?


Gannu Says:

I am just loving this sharpapova match….really good match despite all the screams ;-)…love sharapova ‘s attitude..wish feddy bear has a bit of that attitude in his matches when he is down and out!


jane Says:

I am holding my hold during points – the screaming is over-the-moon crazy.

Closed-captioning = “scream” “scream” “scream” ….


Vidzy Says:

Screamapova OUT!


Gannu Says:

shsrapova out butbrito played courageously!!!


jane Says:

Ha ha, Dr Brito “more than loudly announces herself at Wimbledon” per commentators. Sharpie out too.


jane Says:

alison/hippy chic, according to wiki, your moniker will take people to a PHISHING site which is defined in short as:

“Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”


andrea Says:

jesus. everyone is falling/retiring. who will be left standing?


metan Says:

Murray is having tough battle on sets 3.

Is Maria freaking out by the screaming.lol.


RZ Says:

Shriekapova out to Larcher de “Brayo”. (If you have a better nickname for MLDB, please share. De Brayo is the best I could come up with.


jane Says:

^ it might be some kind of virus? I don’t know.


Gannu Says:

vidzy why do u keep getting worried about jerzy..I mean is a good player but so much that a 7 time champion will lose???


RZ Says:

Metan, I haven’t been watching, just tracking the score. It looked easy so far for Andy but I’m guessing from what you’re saying it’s tougher than the score indicates?


jane Says:

RZ, “de Bray-o” to the tune of “Day-O”? ;)


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Jane thanks i had no idea,to be honest,this isnt even my computer,its only on loan from my husband,the only thing i ever do is come on this site.


grendel Says:

Took 5 match points – agree with Gannu again, incredibly exciting game, both players absolutely full of fight, kind of forgot the screaming for a bit.
When Sharpie walked off, her demeanour was that of one who was not amused. Contrast Tsonga, who was smiling and joking with Gulbis.
In post match interview with qualifier de Brito, it emerged that Sharapova had said to the umpire that the court was dangerous, and de Britto appeared to confirm this.


Gannu Says:

ooh lalallaa now feddy bear is in trouble…


Vidzy Says:

@ Gannu

Because i see him the only possible candidate who can trouble fed till semis. Read my post again . I dont think he will defeat federer but yes he could take him to 4 sets.


metan Says:

Apparently those with ranking three digits has bunch of luck @ this wimby….shall we change our favorite guy ranking number??


Gannu Says:

uff that was a narrow escape….man this black Wednesday..really is scary// a bad omen…some witch has cast a bad spell ;-) Harry potter to the rescue ;-)


Alex Says:

OMG,

My heart is beating out my chest lol.

Giles maybe Rafas curse is following Roger?

Hope not, I will die if Fed loses here!


grendel Says:

Vidzy and Gannu

I watched Janowicz for a set this morning. He is incredibly dangerous, and Federer will have to be utterly prepared. I reckon janowicz will win Wimbledon within a couple of years.


Gannu Says:

oooh Grendel…that’s not good news…well anyways first step…fed has to handle stakhovsky…everyone is fired up….so one step at a time


Gannu Says:

alex don’t worry we both can die together if fed loses here ;-) atleast I will get some company


metan Says:

RZ. I am watching with beedy eyes. I mean sleepy. But yes it is tougher than two previous sets.


RZ Says:

Jane, LOL. I never thought of a song but that would be fun. But I need to give it more thought and come up with something better if I can since MLDB doesn’t so much bray as scream.


metan Says:

Please bring in some anti spell and anti curse today. Needed urgently @ wimby.


Gannu Says:

A come on from Federer…love him to death when he shows emotions which is very rare ;-)


jane Says:

And gannu it usually bodes well for Fed when he says “come on”.


Gannu Says:

an ace,,,thats a champion’s response…well done feddy bear


SG1 Says:

Bouchard beats Ivanovic. Not a huge upset but she looks like a promising Canadian player. She plays Surez next. Could have a Canadian in the round of 16 for the first time in a long while.


RZ Says:

SG1, she was junior Wimby champ last year, I believe. And a rising star for sure. She and Robson are best friends, which probably will help them push each other up the ranks.


Alex Says:

@Ganuu

lol, good to know im not the only one that gets this nervous. YES!!! ACE…., maybe my heart rate will calm down now :). Swiss commentators saying Fed was the worse player in the first set. Hope this will relax Fed a bit,


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Surprised, both Murray and Roger seems to have no trouble in movement.

Also thought Roger would come out flat, since historically roger falters the match after Nadal is upset. He seems to be Ok , though not great.


grisham Says:

Those two girls, Ivanovic and Bouchard, must be the prettiest ladies I’ve seen play against each other.

June 26th, 2013 at 9:29 am

Polo, this is tennis not a beauty show…. be careful what you say. Hippy will be insulted.


jane Says:

RZ, yep. Both junior winners at Wimbledon last year were Canadians. Including Bouchard.


jane Says:

Well, Andy is through unscathed!


metan Says:

Yessss . Andy is trough.!!!


Alex Says:

I think this Stakhovsk due really believs he can win, its like Rosol’s little brother is playing.


Alex Says:

dude not due.


the DA Says:

Lu put up a good fight in the 3rd but couldn’t sustain it. next up Robredo. What is happening in Fed match? Surprised to see Sergei keeping the games tight. I only flicked over once to see him fluff a volley on BP in the 1st.


El Flaco Says:

grendel Says:
Vidzy and Gannu

I watched Janowicz for a set this morning. He is incredibly dangerous, and Federer will have to be utterly prepared. I reckon janowicz will win Wimbledon within a couple of years.
- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -
Very true Grendel. I have mentioned this on several threads, but it hasn’t evoked any discussion. I thought he was about 6’5″ based off of watching him play which is similar in height to Delpo and Cilic, but he is listed at 6’8″. That is only 1 inch shorter than Isner. His movement seems much better than Isner perhaps because according to the ATP Isner is 45 pounds heavier despite being only 1 inch taller.


Gannu Says:

alex he looks like rosol also a bit ;-)


Gannu Says:

Federer magic in full swing..man he is GOD ;-)


Gannu Says:

SS is serving bombs man…Federer is finding damn tough to return


Alex Says:

I know its ridiculous..

His also hitting the ball as hard as possible.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Grisham nah not insulted lol,ok let me just say then Fabio Fognini is the hottest male tennis player there is on tour,and there are some pretty hot guys on tour,right satisfied lol?


andrea Says:

happy to have another promising canadian to root for – nice win today for bouchard.


jane Says:

Staks’ current ranking is very low at #116. He has been as high as #31, back in 2010.

Melzer ground out the third set; that match is taking a while.

Maria is not complaining too much in her presser. She has said there’s been more slipping/sliding in the last 2 years.


jane Says:

I haven’t seen Janowicz yet on grass; no doubt the guy’s got the power.


Gannu Says:

did jerzy play any warm up tournament before wimby?? what was the result?


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Leyton Hewitt said in his press conference that the conditions are pretty much like this every year anyway in the 1st week.


jane Says:

Fed’s backhand is so much stronger on grass, and he’s serving very well too.


andrea Says:

c’mon fed. dispatch this guy.


the DA Says:

I’ve never seen Stak’s play this well.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

this match is a great example of why we need good grass court players, and how they make tennis very interesting.

fantastic grass court match with such a high standard.


Gannu Says:

yeah DA I agree…I mean this is real test for feddy bear…he is playing well…but SS level today is not like a guy who is ranked some 100+…clearly we can see lower ranked players having good confidence!!!

fed has to be very watchful!!


Gannu Says:

man this is super tough match for feddy baby…he has to muster all his weapons and skills


the DA Says:

Uh-oh, shank and it’s set point to Stak’s.


RZ Says:

It’s all b/c the AELTC made Fed change his shoes. LOL. He’ll still pull this one out (fingers crossed)


Alex Says:

Ouch, Fed better take this.


the DA Says:

Some lovely grass court tennis being played right now. Can’t see Stak’s pulling this off though. (famous last words)


Jatin Says:

Scores please ?
I am getting worried


the DA Says:

It’s 2-1 in the 3rd on serve. Fed missed two makeable shots on BPs in that game.


James Says:

@Jatin, Fed lost the second set in TB. One set each to both players. 3rd set coming


Jatin Says:

Thanks da and james.
How is fed playing ??
Seems like an upset on cards.
I hope he pull it through like he did against banneteu last year


the DA Says:

@Jatin – He seems to be a little tentative on some shots but he’s not playing badly. Stak’s is playing well, not giving too much away.


the DA Says:

They just panned through the crowd and Fed’s fans don’t look too happy.


the DA Says:

Having said that, Fed’s 1st serve has gone MIA. BP for Stak’s


the DA Says:

Fed survives. Had a half chance in the last game but Stak’s holds. 4-4


the DA Says:

Stak’s has 2 BPs.


the DA Says:

Fed shanks a BH and Stak’s leads 6-5. He’ll try to serve for the 3rd set. Fed making more mistakes now.


RZ Says:

Aaaaagggh!Fed broken late in the 3rd by Stakhs. Fed, please take this to a tiebreak…


the DA Says:

Stak’s plays two beautiful volleys to take the 3rd set. What a day this has been.


RZ Says:

I’m know that Fed’s quarterfinal record has to come to an end sooner or later, but it can’t happen to Stakhovsky of all people, and certainly not at Wimbledon. Just can’t. Fed, please pull this one off!


RZ Says:

^ Oops, should be “I know”


jane Says:

Wow. Still 2 sets to play. But what a bizarre day. And it’s not like Fed’s playing badly! 44 winners to 12 errors. 14 aces. etc…


Polo Says:

Federer may not have to worry about Janowicz afterall.


TGIT Says:

Man, karma stinks!

I do not see how Fed gets out of this one. That guy can serve as needed. Even if Fed gets through this he is going to get trounced by Murray. He cannot handle a five setter this early. Yikes!

Nadal fans are drooling…..don’t say you aren’t or you would never….licking your cjhops


madmax Says:

well Fed is playing, and so is his oppoent…very well indeed, goodness, these players after seeing what Darcis did, kind of think they can take on the world! But a great match so far with some lovely shots!


madmax Says:

Ah, what will be will be now. Period. It ain’t over till it’s over.


Daniel Says:

Agree Jane, only bad stat for Fed is second serves point won, at 53% while Stak is at 71%. all the other stats they are basically the same and Fed is serving 74% first serves in. He needs to fine tune his return game and get a moral break beacuse so far he was not able to break still.
I am hoping the ocasion rise to Staks and he falters some where close to the finish line.
If Fed loses, this Wimby will mark the shift in the top of me’s tennis for good.


RZ Says:

TGIT, I’m all for Fed getting trounced by Murray. But Staks? Even on a good day for Staks and bad one for Fed, Fed should have this.


jatin Says:

You guys really think roger is gonna lose ?
Comon. He will come through.
I know he can.
Comon on champ.


andrea Says:

this guy just not going away…..fed’s looking stressed.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

It aint over till the fat lady sings,SS is playing very well,im just wondering if he can sustain this level,Rogers done this so many times,he knows how to handle the pressure better than his opponent.


Legend Says:

Bathroom break seems to be helping Federer now !!!


Ben Pronin Says:

Solid brain fart from Federer on break point. 4 games away.


the DA Says:

Oh boy. Stak’s gets the break. Shocker.


Legend Says:

Sorry missed out a NOT inbetween…


jane Says:

This side of the draw is practically decimated today.

Now which side looks lopsided? Nole’s side has Berdych, Delpo, Haas, Ferrer Raonic, Dimitrov, Tomic, etc, etc.

Who’s left on this side – especially if Fed goes out? Gulbis, Muzz and Janowicz? Any other possible contenders?


Vidzy Says:

Stak still has to hold his serve 4 times..If Federer can break him back he will win this !


Daniel Says:

Wow, saw the score and the guy break again.
Unless he chokes when serving for the match (if he doesn’t get another break), seems this will be another colossal upset.
First week of Wimby rules, the new grass basically level everybody in the same gorund.


TGIT Says:

Holy moly he is going down in the second round of Wimbledon. Fed can no longer be considered a favorite for any Slam.

The big servers have taken over the grass.


Legend Says:

Stakhovsky is trying hard to get into hit-list of haters


tennisfansince76 Says:

stacks playing the better grass court tennis today?!


tennisfansince76 Says:

good s&V plus good first strike and serving great


tennisfansince76 Says:

Roger not playing badly but tight on some of the important pts.


RZ Says:

Fed needs one of his turn-the-match-around-supershots, like his inside-out forehand against Haas in the 2009 French 4th round. That, or a major chokejob from Staks. Staks doesn’t look like he’s going away, though, and Fed has looked tentative at times. Probably not prepared from such high level of play from his opponent.


pitchaboy Says:

If Federer loses this one, it is time to hang up his boots.


jane Says:

Vidzy @2:40 – agree.


tennisfansince76 Says:

its been said that the soil under the grass hasn’t firmed up this year due to the unusual cold. so its more like the older conditions seems like.


Polo Says:

This is one match Federer won’t be able to turn around.


tennisfansince76 Says:

3 more holds for history


tennisfansince76 Says:

another break pt to squander!


tennisfansince76 Says:

donation! needed that


RZ Says:

Ok, that’s a start…


jane Says:

Fed breaks back, I think this will turn momentum for him.


Jatin Says:

Yeah man.
Com on roger. We can still win this.


hawkeye Says:

Uh, Fed just turned it around. NID.


Ben Pronin Says:

Federer gets a break back on a poor miss from Stakhovsky.

Federer needs to return better. It’s that simple. Enough dinky nonsense.

Stakhovsky is playing beautiful tennis though. This guy has an awesomely versatile game and he’s got quit a personality on Twitter. I’ve always felt that he has underachieved. Not sure why, though. He’s showing today just how capable he is. Even if only on the faster surfaces, he should have better results.


tennisfansince76 Says:

for all the talk of clay and grass becoming more similar according to a stat thi smorning on espn its still a 3:2 bounce ratio clay:grass


RZ Says:

Crap, my stream is acting up…


andrea Says:

phew. much needed break. back it up with another one fed!!!!


the DA Says:

hehe..someone in the crowd just yelled “welease woger”. Clearly a Life of Brian fan.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Murray is my favorite so far.


the DA Says:

“Stakhovsky is playing beautiful tennis though.”

Agreed. Lovely to watch.


tennisfansince76 Says:

is the spirit of Boris Becker possessing stack’s body? even though Boris is not dead yet?


madmax Says:

Enough dinky nonsense.

Love it Ben!

Goodness, I remember those matches when fed was down two sets to love to Berdych, only 3 years ago..a.nd he was wable to turn matches around. Come on now Fed! It’s do or die man!

Even so, how many matches can the guy play, he has been awesome, just want him to play on forever, but know that that is pretty unrealistic!

Still – COME ON!


jane Says:

tfs76 – it’s called astral projection.


tennisfansince76 Says:

only one previous match btw these two. Dubai 2011 3 and 4 for Fed


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Madmax not forever but try to stay in the atp top 5 until social security retirement age. is that too much to ask c’mon fed.


tennisfansince76 Says:

yes jane that must be it


tennisfansince76 Says:

stack’s GF looks pleased


tennisfansince76 Says:

lockjaw time


andrea Says:

nice angles fed….break for the 4th!


tennisfansince76 Says:

good hold. almost to a 4th set TB


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

If this goes to a 5th set,you have to favour Roger surely,hes made of tougherstuff than his opponent,can SS force a TB now.


Ben Pronin Says:

Cahill said Stakhovsky isn’t playing out of this world amazing. I agree, sort of. He’s definitely playing above himself. Not in terms of his game, but in terms of his court sense. He’s channeling the Big 4 in terms of how well he’s anticipating and reacting and his overall shot selection. This is where the Big 4 normally stand out. Outside of passive returning, Federer is playing quite well. But Stakhovsky is staying with him because he’s playing smart.


tennisfansince76 Says:

the few times i’ve seen stack play he did not impress. seemed like a tall guy, so so mover not so much power


tennisfansince76 Says:

Cahill just mentioned Stack has S&Ved 100 times this match! that is throwback tennis.


jane Says:

Huge pressure on Staks to hold and/or Fed to break. 30 all.


jane Says:

Break point.


tennisfansince76 Says:

4th set SP!


tennisfansince76 Says:

OMG


Ben Pronin Says:

I wonder why Federer never lobs.


jane Says:

Nope tiebreak it is. Tense.


the DA Says:

Every point is S & V. TB time!


tennisfansince76 Says:

any hanging returns by FED are getting volleyed w/ extreme prejudice


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

WOW Whats guts there from SS to save that set point from Roger.


Ben Pronin Says:

Stakhovsky so “no set for you!”

Tiebreak time! Federer’s gonna have to step it up.

What’s really incredible to me is that it seems like, for Stakhovsky, coming to net is the safe play. He’s volleying that well.


tennisfansince76 Says:

holy moly


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Fantastic tennis from both men,shame there will have to be a loser.


tennisfansince76 Says:

that was BH was ridiculous


van orten Says:

wowww wowww


the DA Says:

Stak’s leads 5-2. fed pissed with that last 2nd serve going in.


tennisfansince76 Says:

2 serves for the match


RZ Says:

Can Staks serve it out?


Ben Pronin Says:

Stakhovsky with 2 points on his serve to pull off the ultimate upset.


Daniel Says:

Damm, Fed 2 points aqay from gerting Rosoled


tennisfansince76 Says:

aaaaaaahhhhhh


RZ Says:

Clutch!!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

1 mp saved


the DA Says:

OMG! He did it. Most shocking Wimbledon since how long?


tennisfansince76 Says:

career win for Stack. congrats. upsets are in the air


andrea Says:

OMG!!!! congrats to that guy.


RZ Says:

Wow, after such a clutch shot to save MP, Roger hits a horrible BH error. Yikes.

So sorry to see his streak end against Stakhs.

Thank goodness for Murray winning today.


van orten Says:

poor fed..should have won that last point,..he was tense


tennisfansince76 Says:

the QF streak is dead.


tennisfansince76 Says:

the tennis serfs are getting restive it seems


jane Says:

Well, Staks just played the match of his life. Unbelieveable. Fed played well. But Staks played AMAZING. 72 WINNERS TO 17 ERRORS. Honestly Fed has nothing to be ashamed of imo. Staks was a star today.

Commiserations to his fans, esp the QF streak ending. It was something else.


the DA Says:

Commiserations Fed fans but Stak’s totally deserved that win. He’ll probably fizz out in the next round now. Just as bewildering is the thought that he’ll be No. 5 after this tournament.


squirrel Says:

sad sad sad…


Nole Rules Says:

The End Of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer?


Jatin Says:

Finally the end of great roger federer era.
Its the ultimate end ,no doubt.

Great play roger but tough luck
Congrats to stroveky or whatever his name is lol


Daniel Says:

Can’t believe I misses this macth at work.
Change of guards for good. This year will be Nolandy.
Murray has to be feeling this Wimby is meant o be his, no Nadal nor Fed, the ones who denied him the most here.
Djoko also knows there is only Murray left, jope they both reach the finals for at least one marquee match, beacuse tennis stars are falling from Olympua this Wimby.


RZ Says:

And now I’m sure Staks will lose in the next round as seems to be the trend with these big upsets. (Soderling and Tsonga were the exceptions, but both went on to be top 10 players).


squirrel Says:

@DA

Ouch..why are you bringing the no 5 now?adding insult to the injury! :(


jane Says:

Okay, I gotta say it. Murray is rolling on the floor laughing. He is all but in the finals after today. Only Gulbis or Janowicz are minor threats.


van orten Says:

there are worse things than that…that is tennis ..is great other guys having a shot too at this tourney..brown now stakovsky serve and volleying…that was great day of tennis great upset week at wimby..lets see who is next


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

WOW just love that smile on Staks wifes face,you cant put a price on that,congrats to SS and the team.


Daniel Says:

Giles, you have a strong saint behind. LOL
Just remember you sayin to some Fed fans Karma is a bi$&@, you’ll see. Hehehehe


pitchaboy Says:

End of an era. Kind of like Sampras’ last Wimbledon. Time to hang it up.


jane Says:

Fed and Rafa are out before the 3rd round to guys ranked over 100. It’s so bizarre. Maybe upsets are contagious.

But seriously Staks played like a genius today. He played like a top ten player by far! I wouldn’t say the same about Darcis to be honest. I think Fed played well, better than Rafa.

I am in shock.


James Says:

My 1st favorite Nadal out in 1st round, 2nd favorite Federer out in 2nd round! Murray is my 3rd favorite for Wimby. *sigh*


nadalista Says:

Giles Says:

Gloat and abuse all you like you haters. Don’t worry your time will come soon when I, for one, will be the first one to rub your noses in it. Karma is a boitch, remember.

June 25th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

…………………………………………..

skeezer Says:

Gliescher,

There is no karma here. it’s been given ready. You are the types that got “karmarized” and deservedly so from all the bs hateful stuff you posted against other posters. You prop Rafa way too high while pissing on other posters and there favs. Its moments like these that you need to pay attention too. Rafa is not perfect, only human, and only can do so much like the rest of the Top players. Live and learn. Enjoy eating your cereal.

……………………………………….

Hey @Giles, save some of your cereal for @skeezer…


Ben Pronin Says:

My only hope for Federer this year is that he somehow scrapes his way into the world tour finals. A strong US Open could do the trick, although that’s seeming even more unlikely.

This has to be the biggest upset in tennis history. It’s legitimately the end of an era.


Vidzy Says:

Ladies and gentleman i Would like to pay my tribute to who is the Greatest Player Ever to Play this Game in my opinion – Roger Federer and a record which came to an end today which in my eyes is perhaps his greatest in terms of consistency — 36 quarter finals in a row in Grand Slams in a period of over 9 consecutive years – A record which i think will not be broken in our lifetime.


tennisfansince76 Says:

watching the match this morning it seemed like Sergei was definitely the player who was swinging more freely. Fed just was never loose the whole match.


SG1 Says:

Order has been “unrestored”.


Brando Says:

@ALL Fed fans (including the trolls): could seriously say some harsh things here, especially considering how Rafa got a real kicking from some of you on Monday but…. I won’t. I understand how you most feel: it’s a real b-tch when one fav gets knocked out early. Fed fought valiantly though, and hopefully he’ll fare better next time. Keep your head up!


Giles Says:

@Daniel. Cheers. glad you remembered my words! A d now I am going to have a field day with skeezer the geezer. LMAO


steve-o Says:

Congrats to Stakhovsky! After 9 years of making every major quarterfinal, someone would eventually come along and end it. It was a very high quality match, very old-school serve-and-volley from Stakhovsky.

Hard court season now for Federer.


tennisfansince76 Says:

I agree @Vidzy Djokovic is next closest at 16. that means he will have to make QF or better for the next 5 years thru FO 2018 to match that record


Polo Says:

Ouch! Now I know how Rafa fans felt two days ago.


madmax Says:

IT IS THE END OF AN ERA AT WIMBLEDON BUT SOMEONE HAD TO BRING IT TO AN END. End of QF streak. But hey, he still got the fourth round streak going!

Seriously, what on earth has happened this wimbledon, 2013? Unbelievable is what it is. Unbelievable.

Can’t wait for the obituaries now to hit the papers, the websites, it’s just ridiculous.

Wiat to see what fed has to say. But seriously congrats to both Darcis and Stavs for putting off the double at Wimbledon.

Who would have thought?

May be it will be Novak and Murray – the new rivalry in tennis – and let’s move on shall we?


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

yeah commies to all the nice Fed fans,such a shame after watching such a great match that there has to be a loser on these occasions.


pitchaboy Says:

Federer has to know now he is done at the highest level. His QF streak is ended at Wimbledon. The end is similar to Sampras’ last Wimbledon. Time to hang it up. Would not be surprised if there is an early exit in USO and does not make it to WTF.


James Says:

Yes @Jane, Roger played better than Rafa did and Staks better than Darcis. Still bigger loss for Fed than Nadal imo. Rafa at least got his RG and 6 other tournaments. I expect Rafa to be back to his old self, but Roger? It’s gonna be tough. Hope he can bounce back from this and play better for the rest of the season.


squirrel Says:

@Brando

Thanks…


Brando Says:

“Okay, I gotta say it. Murray is rolling on the floor laughing. He is all but in the finals after today”: LMFAO: IF that was Novaks quarter it would be ‘oh but we cannot take anything for granted can we ? Yada yada …”. Double standards!


RZ Says:

I am in mourning over the end of Roger’s amazing quarterfinal streak, more than anything else. I was hoping he’d get to 40, but at 36 that means he made the 2nd week at all 4 majors for 9 straight years. Simply amazing, and sad that it had to end.


the DA Says:

@ Jane – “Only Gulbis or Janowicz are minor threats”

With the way this Wimbledon is going I wouldn’t even stick my neck out to say that. ;) I mean, there’s Robredo who beat him the last time they met. Hope fully everything goes back on track tomorrow.

#fingerscrossed


jane Says:

James, yes, you could be right, because Roger is 5 years older than Rafa. So naturally it will be tougher for him to rebound. But he played a lovely match; I just haven’t seen something Staks’ play today in a long while. It was different that the way Rosol or Soda hit Rafa off the court. Staks used something we rarely see to win – the S&V. And it was a treat to see him playing that way to be honest.


Giles Says:

So, where is skeezer the geezer, hiding in a dark hole somewhere with your cats and dogs? Come out already chump. That’s what you get for rubbishing Rafa and his beloved fans. What now? Fed will go down to No. 6. Going to have some Rafakoolaid or maybe something stronger? Oh, and some Lindooooor chocs! Nice one Stako!


the DA Says:

@ squirrel – apologies, perhaps it was too soon to bring that up. There’s just so much swirling around my brain after today.


van orten Says:

did you folks see the stats? fed played a typical i am in trouble early at wimbledon match. high first serves lots of aces and winners ..simply the opponent played better at important moments and did come with magic . the kind fed put out to win 17 gs. it was not easy and certainly was not for stakhovsky to beat “the end of an era” fed.

i am predicting no further domination of one single player the next couple of years. everyone can beat anyone it seems. the guys are catching up ! f
ed and also rafa won so much already they can deal with it . believe me!


Kimberly Says:

Nolandy final? This Wimbledon I wouldn’t take anything for granted. Something is in the air for sure.


squirrel Says:

@the DA

it’s ok..maybe it’s better to just have all the sadness now and move on

me too,so sad about the streak,I was hoping for 40 too..

but I’m gonna try to be optimistic and hope Fed could make a deep run at USO


jane Says:

the DA – yes, you’re right. True true. But come on, Andy’s draw is wide open now.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Dear me is this the most bizzare Wimbledon tournament ever?upsets and retirements galore,and we are only in day three,whatever next both Nole and Andy both getting knocked out?and some outsider winning the title,nothing would surprise me,one thing is for sure nothing would surprise me,expect the unexpected *SHAKES HEAD*.


TennisZod Says:

Sad Wimbledon day for Roger fans. Maybe it not good idea to laugh at Rafa fans two days ago for Fed fans. Only us Nole fans can do it I guess because our hero in peak, world no.1. Sorry Roger fans. Hope Fed play good in next tournaments and win points to stay in top 5.


jane Says:

DA, I was quoting the ESPN desk. But, yeah. You never know. Clearly there is something going around: an upset bug. For all I know Reynolds will beat Nole. Robredo can be tricky. I just wouldn’t've thought on grass is all!


TGIT Says:

Farewell Fed! You had a great run and will be missed.

Ok, now that I am over that whose basket do I put all my eggs in now?

Let the Djoko vs Murray wars begin!


pitchaboy Says:

Federer and Nadal going down early is not that big a surprise, two great guys well past their prime. Nice to see serve and volley back; tired of teh baseline grinders.


the DA Says:

@Jane – if you say so ;) But I never take Gulbis for granted. And Jerzy has the game to be lethal on grass. In my eyes there’s an immediate pox when the draw opens up.

#superstitious


van orten Says:

snoreeeee^


youyong Says:

@madmax
Roger does not have a 4th round streak… he lost today in the 2nd round… which means he lost those streaks too.


van orten Says:

^^


Brando Says:

@the DA: spot on! It’s obvious something eerie is going on at this Wimby. Not even round 3 and: Rafa, Fed, Tsonga, Shazza. Azarenka all out! WTF! Muzza has a Opportunity here- sure. But he also has a real warning: Take anything for granted at your own peril! Me thinks Muzza is a smart lad: he’ll not be bothered with anything other than Robredo- as it should be!


nadalista Says:

pitchaboy Says:

Federer and Nadal going down early is not that big a surprise, two great guys well past their prime.

…………………………………………..

Difference is, Rafa can still take care of HIS business on HIS favourite surface………….


jane Says:

Yes, DA. Janowicz and Gulbis for sure; those are the two I see.

I agree no-one should take anything for granted.

There is blood in the air! O_O Shockers galore.


Humble Rafa Says:

Skeezer’s two cats are looking for him. If you have any info, please contact the cats.

Thanks


Vidzy Says:

i really really hope federer wins another slam before he retires. ATM its seems a very distant dream.


Humble Rafa Says:

I guess someone didn’t show up at the office for work today?


youyong Says:

Yes I think Roger losing is a bigger shock than Rafa going out. Even though Rafa made 5 finals and won two, most of the time, he struggled in the early rounds. Roger however has owned this tourney for so many years and he did play confidently in R1 and just came off winning his first title of the year (and on grass).

Crazy Wimbledon indeed! Do you think denying him the orange soles jinxed it?


tennisfansince76 Says:

well at least the 2nd round streak is going strong!


TennisZod Says:

I miss my friend skeezer.


pitchaboy Says:

Not much longer for Rafa on FO. Barely beat Novak. He has one more FO tops and then history.


squirrel Says:

@Vidzy

Yup,I agree

When he lost to Djoko at 2011 USO,though I was really upset but I could envisioned him making a comeback which he did in 2012

but today, I just can’t imagine it. but then,I dont wanna let him go..


steve-o Says:

Gosh, Ben Pronin, who else has even come close to making the last 8 at every Grand Slam for 9 straight years? It had to end sometime. Today is the day.


Giles Says:

Where oh where is skeezer the geezer??? Come out of hiding already Rafa hater!! As you sow, so shall you reap! Did you enjoy watching your beloved get beat up by STAKO? No? I did. Hehehe


Alex Says:

That was a crushing blow to my chest.

Looks like me and Giles are in the same boat.


Brando Says:

Where’s Skeezer?


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Big congrats to Dustin Brown too,a qualifier beating a former Wimbledon champion,whom as was hoping would go on a run here.


nadalista Says:

pitchaboy Says:

Not much longer for Rafa on FO. Barely beat Novak. He has one more FO tops and then history.

……………………………………

Well, hang on to that warm blanket, buddy, we understand……


Brando Says:

@Contador: I’m feeling miserable that Fed lost.:-( are you relishing the misery I feel from this loss ? Are you enjoying it?actually do not answer: I think a petty one like you probably is!


madmax Says:

Giles Says:
So, where is skeezer the geezer, hiding in a dark hole somewhere with your cats and dogs? Come out already chump. That’s what you get for rubbishing Rafa and his beloved fans. What now? Fed will go down to No. 6. Going to have some Rafakoolaid or maybe something stronger? Oh, and some Lindooooor chocs! Nice one Stako!

June 26th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Shut up Giles and stop being so pathetically immature. So what if Federer goes to No.6? To be No. 1 for more than 300 weeks, well, you know No. 6 is a perfect position for him after being at the top for almost 10 years, who is the chump now?It is only you who gets great pleasure at seeing a top athlete, the GOAt, go out in the way he did. But it doesnt matter to this Federer fan, because to me Giles, he is the best and always will be. At least he put up a fight against Staks, was it straight sets loss for nadal yesterday or am I mistaken?

And now, I have sunk to your level, but you are just so ridiculous. But in a way, I guess because you comment so often on Federer, I will take it as a compliment! You must really like him Giles. You really must.

Would really love to know what went wrong for Fed today.

And Sharapova out too? Tsonga, Mahut, Isner, Darcis, God. What on earth is happening?

Good for Darren Brown! A breath of Fresh air, and so flamboyant on the court!

The world has gone mad!


Ben Pronin Says:

Steve-o, you’re right, it did. I’m not as devastated as I thought I’d be. I mean I’m very upset, but it’s not the end of the world. Just an era :)

Stakhovsky played beautiful tennis today. He showed that variety still exists in the game, in terms of both player styles and different surfaces. Even Federer can’t be upset that this type of tennis can still be executed at a high level. Only downside from Federer was his poor returning. But it is what it is. He’s well past his prime and managed to be number 1 only a year ago. Nothing to be ashamed of. Even GOATs lose sometimes.


TGIT Says:

For the first time in 10 years the Fedal fans finally have something to bond over.

Early round exists at a slam from players ranked over #100.

Really their era is over. There is no way you could pick either to win a slam. Maybe Rafa at French but man the cracks were showing this year.

Oy.


nadalista Says:

After Rafa lost to Rosol last year, Roger said he laughed for 10 minutes. Well, wonder how long he is laughing now…………………..

#Karma
#Humble


TGIT Says:

I hope they go fishing together.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Alex and Steve O sorry Roger lost,hmm strange day all round.


James Says:

@Jane, the serve and volley game could just be the tool to take down the top guys on grass. Staks like Rosol last year deserved this win. He actually outplayed Roger on grass.


Vvx Says:

“When you play Federer at Wimbledon it’s like you’re playing two people,” said Stakhovsky, “Federer and his ego.”

So great to see lower ranked players believe in themselves and walk on to court as equals to the top four and ready to compete.

Really refreshing Wimbledon so far.


madmax Says:

Azarenka out? God. There is something in the strawberries this year!


jamie Says:

LOL. Olderer taken out in old style *serve and volley*. Oh, the irony.


Eric Says:

Really and truly the end of an era, no question. Rare moment of clarity.


Alex Says:

Yes its sad indeed, feel very miserable too.

Damn, no Nadal no Fed?

The worst thing that can happen in tennis lol.


Brando Says:

Fedal ending? Who knows: but check the records they have set, and then look at those trying to match them from the rest, and realize Fedal don’t need no pity: the ones having to follow such a tough act might do instead of them!


madmax Says:

Dustin Brown!!!! (Not Darren brown!)…

Serve and Volley is the way forward, but I thought that Fed was teh best at that :(


nadalista Says:

Oh, where is Danny Morris? Could really do with an erudite take on Roger’s match today like only he can…….


jane Says:

I think Rafa will bounce back so long as his knees are fine. He just didn’t look himself versus Darcis. He didn’t have his usual “fire.”

With Fed it’s more difficult to say; I think he should bounce back because he actually played very well today. And he did show “fire.” But he hasn’t had a great year, which is perhaps a telling sign that things will be more inconsistent consistently. He has had tough matches at the slams the last couple years, for example, at the FO versus Simon this year, and last year here versus Benneteau. He’s usually been able to come through them, too, but maybe it takes a toll.

Chris Evert said you just have “more bad days” when you hit your 30s. But that doesn’t mean he will retire or lose all the time. To me, he can still win.

Fed’s presser is interesting – especially what he said about the media! Touche!


Vvx Says:

@nadalista – After Rafa lost to Rosol last year, Roger said he laughed for 10 minutes.

did he really say such a thing?!

That is truly appalling.

But it makes me not feel so bad about laughing my ass off right now!


the DA Says:

Shocking stat: 7 former #1s played today Wimbledon and not one of them won their 2nd round match.


Giles Says:

And the fedfans thought he was going to match Rafa’s 8 wins at the same Grand Slam! Dream on , especially skeezer the geezer. He hasn’t come out of hiding yet, maybe he is feeding the dog and about to take his cat for a walk on a leash, no doubt! ROTFL!


Nina Says:

UN-BE-LIE-VA-BLE!

Doesn’t this day feel historic? sad and exciting at the same time? shocking but accepting? End of an era, bla bla bla…

UN-BE-LIE-VA-BLE!


SG1 Says:

Don’t see Sienna anywhere. If anyone knows him personally, make sure to call him. Don’t want him to anything crazy (or at least crazier than normal).


James Says:

“I hope they go fishing together”

I hope they do. Rafa said the weather’s good at this time of year in the Balearic Islands.


Vidzy Says:

@ squirrel

I cant imagine Federer fans leaving him or him leaving the game. No ! This is way too soon . One match will not write the Federer Era ! This match will not define his legacy. No ! Such has been his dominance over past 10 years , everybody considers him to have reached the semis-finals without even hitting the ball. Everybody thought his Era was over when he lost to Berdych and Tsonga. But he bounced right back and won it last year as well as the Silver medal. Federer will not take this loss hard on himself as he knows and understands himself as well as the circumstances better than anybody else. He knws if he plays his best he can beat anybody. That is the kind of confidence those 17 slams have given him. he knws he played well today and would have won this match 99/100 times but that 1 time factor was the one which came into effect. Anything which Stack touched into Gold. The volleys or the passes which he may not have made in his entire career, he was able to make it. Federer will not retire as long he is playing well and enjoying the game. We should be lucky to be Born in his era as once he retires this game will miss him more than we could possibly imagine.


nadalista Says:

@Vvx, he did. and then after he realised how bad that looked he qualified it by saying he was laughing at how good Rosol was hitting his winners.

As @Giles said, karma…………..


jane Says:

“Shocking stat: 7 former #1s played today Wimbledon and not one of them won their 2nd round match.”

Wow, DA. That is a bizarre thing!


nadalista Says:

The guy has won one, ONE 250 tournament this year, so this should not be that much of a surprise really……….


Giles Says:

@nadalista. Oh yes, I forgot about that laughing fit fed had over Rafa’s loss last year, thanks for reminding us. Hey fed, I will be laughing not for just 10 minutes but for a very looooong time!


jane Says:

Well, Fed says he plans to still play for years.


VVx Says:

@nadalista

He was laughing for 10 minutes at how good Rosol was hitting his winners?

Yeah, right.

Terrible man. Cannot stand his arrogance and petty digs at other players especially the sheer bitterness about Nadal’s superiority.

Shall miss his game when he has gone but not a lot else.


the DA Says:

This reminds me why I don’t do brackets.


Nina Says:

First of all I want to hug all Fed fans here, I can imagine how it must feel today. Not only his QF has been broken, he’s been bumped out of his favorite tournament, the slam he just won last year so impressively, on second round against a nobody.

Only that this nobody played like a Top 5 today. I was very impressed and delighted with Stakhovsky’s play. Can’t understand how this guy is not Top 10 already. His skill and touch at the next are incredible. Long time I haven’t seen such awesome display of elegant serve&volley. He has a really great game, but maybe he can’t bring it on the other surfaces? I’ve heard he’s a grass specialist. It shocks me how these nobodies come from nowehere playing lights out tennis and then disappear quietly in the dark soon again. I hope this is not the case with Serjei, I’d love to see him go further.

The draw really opens up for Murray now. What’s the saying? If he doesn’t won it now… but of course there is still the number 1 on the other side. I predict a Nole-Andy final, but anything can happen in this crazy, delightful, historic tournament. Loving Wimbledon, loving grass play, loving these nobodies…

Feel sad for Fed much more than Rafa. He was truly angry and frustrated today, very serious, very sad. I know what this means to him. I don’t know if this is the end of an era but it feels like it. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.


madmax Says:

nadalista Says:
@Vvx, he did. and then after he realised how bad that looked he qualified it by saying he was laughing at how good Rosol was hitting his winners.

Nadalista? Why do you lie? I don’t understnad why people like you twist and tango over words. Seriously you should work as a low life journalist for the Sun. If anyone really knows what happened, (which most do), Fed did NOT LAUGH at Rafa, he was shocked, as erm…most of the tennis fraternity were, as well as 99% of the international tennis audience.

You really do sink extremeley low indeed. You don’t even deserve to be a rafa fan. That guy has way more class than you could dream of.


VVx Says:

@nadalista – ROFLMAO at that Twitter own goal … or is that double fault!

Saving that pic for my desktop background right now ….


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

SG1 i think Sienna has been left with egg on her face,a few weeks ago she was saying Roger was going to win both the FO and Wimbledon,say no more.


Vidzy Says:

IF Djokovic ends up winning, I wonder how many people would still be calling it a “devalued title”.

Sadly I think that will only come up if Murray wins.


squirrel Says:

@Vidzy

thanks so much!need to hear that.i’ll always always be behind my Feddy bear…


squirrel Says:

@Nina

On behalf of all Fed’sfans,thanks girl! :)


Brando Says:

” Loving Wimbledon, loving grass play, loving these nobodies…”: oh really? Are we now? IF Nole were to lose tomorrow then I wonder how much love of this Wimby you’ll be feeling then. Not much I imagine. But why the change in attitude when what you say love is still the same? Ah, because her fav got the rough treatment. LOL, love talking BS no?


Giles Says:

30 June 2012 :
“Roger Federer has admitted he was “laughing” as his archrival Rafael Nadal crashed out in the biggest upset of this year’s men’s singles – and says he is glad that big names can still be humbled by minnows”
Nadalista is not a liar!


nadalista Says:

Sienna Says:

Here we go again.
Questions about the knee have been raised and of course dearest Rafa will not blame his knee for the loss.

They will wait a few weeks before retiring the rest of the season.

This is his new schedule!!!

Havent you payed attentieon what happened last year. He cannot out of the blue take rest or go on holiday. He is a claycourter not a tennisplayer.
Last year they made the choice of not competing in the second part of the year. the courts are to quick for him to keep having auro of an elite player. Imagine him playing the remainder of the year and losing early rounds to rosollike and Darcis like players. That just not bode well with fans and commercial venues.

So in order to keep a good money machine going he plays all out in the clay swing. The only HC tourney he enters is of his good friend in Miami. Well that is almost a claycourt.

next year we will see the same thing but it would be even more difficult to win Garros.

There is a 80% chance that nadal has won his last slam. Where Roger can continue at WImbly and US Open to stay among the potential slamwinners.

Rafa is declining so hard next year he will not defend his clay points and faal out of top 5.

June 25th, 2013 at 3:48 am

………………………………………….

I hear @Sienna just revised her post above to read as follows:

Imagine him playing the remainder of the year and losing early rounds to Stakho-like players. That just not bode well with fans and commercial venues.

So in order to keep a good money machine going he plays all out in the indoor HC swing.

next year we will see the same thing but it would be even more difficult to win Wimby.

There is a 80% chance that Fed has won his last slam. Where Rafa can continue at Garros to stay among the potential slamwinners.

Fed is declining so hard next year he will not defend his grass points and faal out of top 5.


nadalista Says:

@madmax, why would I lie? For what? You know as well as I do that is the truth. Don’t worry, I know how you feel. You are ashamed of what your hero said and did. It’s all good, it shows you have a conscience.

Thank you @Giles……………

#TheTruthIsOutThere


Giles Says:

@nadalista. That is really funny!
I think fed will drop to no. 6 after Wimbles!


Giles Says:

Here is a good headline for Fed’s loss:
Faderer wobbles at Wimbles!!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Nina no offence as i do like you as a poster,but a year ago when Roger beat Nole,you were not too happy i believe your exact words were thats why these Federer fans get on my nerves,or words to that effect,and when Rafa beat Nole at the FO then you said that the Nadal fans were irritating,and Nole should take back what is his,so far Noles run at Wimby has gone swimmingly and who knows he may go go to win the title,and then your all complimentary to the opponents hes just beaten,but not so complimentary when these guys beat your favorite,easy to be all nicey nicey when your favorite is winning,and the gardens rosy,but a little bit different though when the shoes on the other foot,if Nole loses how will you feel then?


the DA Says:

^ but he didn’t fall down.


nadalista Says:

Tennis x hippy chic, if you do not mind, I would like to re-print your following excellent post which gannered applause from all quarters recently:

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Tennis x hippy chic Says:

How easy it is for fans of their own personal favorites to come out of the woodwork when everything in the garden is rosy,only to dissapear like a rat up a drainpipe when things get a little tough,real true fans stick around and take their medicine and move on,thats what you call real fans IMO.

June 24th, 2013 at 6:49 pm
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Girl, you hit the nail on the head! Thwack…


Brando Says:

@Alison: frigging awesome post! I LOVE IT when you speak the truth! You do it well an much better than most! Please stay like this: say what you feel, and don’t give a rats ass as to what others may think or whether it’s a popular opinion or not. I love that Alison!:-)


grendel Says:

Polo said (a little swipe at me)” Federer may not have to worry about Janowicz afterall”. Considering the match had a long way to go, that was genuinely witty. Salutations, Polo.

Youyong says:”@madmax
Roger does not have a 4th round streak… he lost today in the 2nd round… which means he lost those streaks too.”

2nd round streak?

Brando – I would guess contador took Federer’s loss a lot better than you took Nadal’s. She’s never been focused on one player – perhaps you didn’t realise that. This need to crow (shakes head..)

Becker remarked as early as the first set that Federer was having trouble with the serve and volley game simply because he wasn’t used to it – even though in his first big match at Wimbledon, he played it himself. Such an irony. I think Stakhovsky showed great courage in persisting with a difficult game. Federer did catch him from time to time, and there must, especially at crucial moments, have been a temptation to desist from the S&V. But no.

Fortune favours the brave. McEnroe recalled how one of the great Australians (Newcombe, I think) told him that to play S&V, you’ve got to be prepared to be passed again and again, or have the ball licking your shoes. You’ve got to just grit your teeth, hang in, and providing you have the skill, you will be rewarded in the end.

So today 2 huge S&V wins. And yet we’ve been told over and over that this grass does not allow such tactics.

Someone forgot to tell Stakhovsky and Brown, eh?


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Nadalista my post was just an overall generalisation,it wasnt to pick on any one particular fan group.


Brando Says:

@Nadalista: that was a great post by Alison. LOL: Skeezer loved it! ONLY a hog didn’t (no surprise there)!


Vidzy Says:

WORD is OUT From FEDERER:

“You don’t panic at this point, that’s clear,” said number three seed Federer, when asked about his future in the game.
“It’s normal that after all of a sudden losing early, having being in Grand Slam quarter-finals 36 [straight] times, people feel it’s different.
“But I still have plans to play for many more years to come.”


Brando Says:

@Grendel: I took Rafa’s loss well. Heck: even Skeezer praised me on it too. What I didn’t take well was Contadors petty pot shot. Unprovoked she comes out of the woodwork with crap such as that. Nonetheless: I expect her to deliver such crap. Anyhow, I’m all over from the Rafa loss, and I feel sorry for Fed fans with this loss.


nadalista Says:

Of course @Tennis x hippy chic! That is EXACTLY why it was such a great post, because it applied to ALL fans, no?

It was so great as @Brando notes, @skeezer specifically, approved!

Superb!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Brando thanks im not Anti Novak,im not Anti Roger,im not Rafa or Andy biased either,i will tell like it it,but i will always try to tell the truth to the best of my ability,and i will try to do it in an inoffensive way,hurling personal insults is not my style,if i can possibly help it.


Brando Says:

Re Nina: the usual BS with her. Last year Fed beat novak and she was all hate for Fed. Then Rafa post RG after he beat Novak same rubbish. Now that Fedal are out early: all the pleasant remarks. My backside! Let’s see how much she loves Wimby, the surprises, the nobodies should Nole lose tommorrow. Me thinks her joyous blogs will turn into a piss poor sour nature.


grendel Says:

Brando: “What I didn’t take well was Contadors petty pot shot. Unprovoked she comes out of the woodwork with crap such as that. ”

contador claims she WAS provoked. Until I hear evidence to the contrary, I will continue to believe her. She has always been truthful and the very reverse of a fanatical supporter.


Brando Says:

@Alison: go for it! I like your posts Alison: just sometimes when you apologize it winds me up. You are the last one here who needs to apologize for anything. So keep posting in that tone, speak what you think, and leave the apologizing tovthose who should do so- certainly not you. And I’ll enjoy them!:-)


courbon Says:

Ouuuch! Hippy Chic-you are becoming very feisty!Just tell her… I just open computer to see EXODUS at Wimbledon. M

MURRAYS PATH TO FINAL IS CLEARED.
I have a theory:
Becauser Brits are desperate to Andy wins Wimbledon, they cleared up his all oponents in the draw.They sent MI5, tand they ‘tempered’ with the court (some invisible oil or shit like that…)and everybody got injured.
Now Andy can win Wimbledon…


nadalista Says:

Muzza, this is your chance………….go for it buddy! I know your good friend Rafa will be rooting for you from his fishing deck in Mallorca!!!


Brando Says:

@Grendel: Evidence? LOL! Whatever suits you Grendel: you have your own opinion about her and I have mine. We’ll leave it at that. Any of the back and forth between me and her will also stay the same: between us two. Personally: I couldn’t give a monkeys about her views, so I won’t bother her. But call me out with a petty pot shot: then damn right I’ll respond.


madmax Says:

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2012-06-30/10148.php

Giles and Nadalista, you ought to read the actual interview and realise that federer was not laughing AT rafa, in fact, you were put in your place then by Skeezer. You even posted then! I think you were taken off guard by the title = snesalistionalist though it was. Hardly factual!

Don’t you remember? The link is above.

It’s a pleasure by the way.


madmax Says:

Youyou. Yes you are right. Of course. Thank you.


Brando Says:

@courbon: I like Alison feisty. Heck: I like feisty women anytime of the day as opposed to being all nice for appearance sake, playing the popular line etc. Hate that stuff. Stay feisty Alison!:-)


courbon Says:

@Alison: Your ne monicker does not work!Everybody still call you Alison…he,he,he


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Courbon lol hi there always have been, its one thing to be nice when all is going well for your favorite,and hes king of the castle,quite another when things start to get a little trickier,and your favorite starts to lose more than they used to do.


nadalista Says:

Now Fedbots like Danny Morris better start sidling up to Muzza as well, in addition to their current sidling up to Novak, so that they can have a “double front” operating to stop The Bull accumulating any more Slams…..

Because make no mistake, the Bull is coming…………

#Protect17AtAllCosts


Giles Says:

How dare fed laugh at Rafa’s loss last year. Now I am laughing at his loss!


nadalista Says:

@madmax, don’t worry, tomorrow the pain will be over. Trust me, I know from experience.


grendel Says:

Brando – no, that won’t do. Evidence is critical – and since I haven’t seen it, I don’t actually have an opinion. My default position is that contador does not lie. She said she was provoked – by you. If this can be shown to be false, I will reluctantly be forced to agree with you. But if you want to call it quits now, and start a clean sheet, that’s ok by me. b.t.w., forget about this “you have your own opinion about her and I have mine.” I’ve got to know her quite well, insofar as you know anyone on a blog. I don’t think you know her at all, and I daresay, at the heart of this, lies a misunderstanding. I’d let it go, if I were you.


Giles Says:

@nadalista. Rafa is enjoying Julio’s concert this evening. All relaxed and happy.


courbon Says:

@Hippy Chic : I know-you are right ( you are always right-start becoming annoying!).Well, one thing I notice on this blog -people have short memories (when suits them ).By the way, how was the anniversary?


nadalista Says:

Don’t worry @Giles, as you told these types the other day, “Karma is a biatch” but they were too blinded by hate to listen…………..


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Courbon/Brando i dont mind what people call me,i get called nutcase by my husband,airhead,and mega b*tch sometimes,all in the nicest possible way,however my new monikor is in keeping with what im about in the real world,but i dont mind if people still want to call me Alison though,Satigtarians have a double edged personality anyway sometimes fiesty sometimes mild mannered and soft.


nadalista Says:

That’s nice to hear @Giles! He needs the distraction, tough loss on Monday. I hear he will start training this week preparing for the HC swing.

Vamos Rafa!


grendel Says:

X hippy chic

I seem to recall you saying you were an atheist. In which case, what are you doing spouting astrology nonsense? Actually, I guess you don’t really take it seriously, but kind of enjoy the chit chat which comes with it. Is that right?


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Courbon yeah lovely went out for a meal ate far too much,seafood platter followed by toffee gateaux with cream,flowers and a silver bracelet,it was a lovely day :),anyway Nole has looked very good in his 1st match,hopefully he will make the final against Andy,but this has been a funny Wimbledon so anything can happen,just hope that they both get that far phew.


Giles Says:

In the meantime skeezer the geezer is conspicuous by his absence. Still walking the cat?


Ben Pronin Says:

Cyber bullying has become a serious issue.


nadalista Says:

I don’t think Stakho will be getting a Christmas card from the GOAT very soon, if at all. This is what Rothenberg tweeted, about Stakho’s presser:

Ben Rothenberg ?@BenRothenberg now “I can tell my grandsons I kicked Roger Federer’s butt.” -Sergiy Stakhovsky #wimbledon


nadalista Says:

@Ben Pronin, you just noticed? My, took your sweet time, no?


nadalista Says:

There are fans on this site who are obsessed with butts, I thought they would appreciate Ben Rothenberg’s tweet………


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Grendel i dont actually follow a religion as such,but im not really an aethiest either,about 4 years ago i became a Pagan,its not something i have ever talked much about,as its not really a religion,but more a way of life and a bit misunderstood,its hard for me to explain but for me its a much more natural way of leading ones life,well for me it is anyway.


Ben Pronin Says:

Nadalista, you’re leading the pack. Good job!


the DA Says:

“Now Fedbots like Danny Morris”

Yeah, where is he btw? Looking forward to his spin on this.


grendel Says:

x hippy chic

good luck to you. I’ve heard a bit about paganism. I’ve never been one to join anything, but I say that with regret, not satisfaction. One does not have much choice in these matters, I find.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Grendel thankyou sometimes people are quite judgemental when i mention the word Paganism lol.


Steve 27 Says:

Karma is a bitch. Fantastic top Sergei, you deserved it, the dirty mouth kept quiet the arrogant Swiss fans, talking nonsense and rejoiced in the defeat of Rafa.
Life takes many turns and puts everything in its rightful place. The rest is cheap talk meaningless
Vamos!


Brando Says:

@the DA: LOL, guess he’s busy crying a river somewhere, no?


Brando Says:

@Grendel: nope. You weren’t here when the drama started between us 2, so long story short: you don’t know what you are on about in regards to this. Either way it doesn’t matter also: balls in her court firmly. She calls me out with a reference then she’ll be responded to. She keeps schtum regarding myself, then likewise for her. Period. That’s where I stand regarding this and where I also end discussing it with you also. Moving on.


grendel Says:

@Brando – excellent. Let’s move on. But contador said you provoked her and until I see evidence to the contrary, I will believe her. She has never been the type to hurl insults out of the air. Never.


Steve 27 Says:

but hey, he still got the fourth round streak going!

Really? You mean first round streak.


grendel Says:

2nd.


Brando Says:

@Grendel: that’s fine. I understand why you feel as such, but anyhow: let’s just move on.


grendel Says:

Fair enough


Golden Child Says:

WOG BOY – I’m still waiting for your response here:

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2013-06-05/12629.php

:)


WTF Says:

“He’s not somebody that’s just like a friend,” said Tomic of missing his father, who both the ATP and ITF banned from tournaments after he head-butted his son’s practice partner in the face earlier this year, sending him to the hospital. “It’s a huge tournament, and all of a sudden not to have someone there who’s been there for your whole life is very difficult. It’s all the ATP’s fault. I’m going to keep blaming them.”

Yep. Keep blaming the ATP for your dad’s assault on another player. Be thankful he hasn’t been locked up for assault.


Wog boy Says:

GC,

I see, we can leave it behind us, sh!t happens. As for my offer, it stands, God willing. I will buy one of those mobile cards when I get to Belgrade next year and post the number on TX, if nothing happens between now and then. Then we can go to Guca. Don’t forget your deda’s šljivovica.


Long Live The King Says:

Federer got the 2nd round streak going. I hope Nadal will not start a withrdawal streak, again. Among top 4, he has the highest. 3 slams in a row.

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