Serena, Djokovic Restore Wimbledon Order; Friday Preview
by Staff | June 27th, 2013, 11:41 pm
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Order was restored at Wimbledon on Thursday after “Bat-s**t Wednesday,” while the U.S. men suffered a low not seen in more than 100 years.


The four Top 10 seeds in action cruised Thursday with victories by No. 1 Novak Djokovic over American qualifier Bobby Reynolds, No. 7 Tomas Berdych defeating German Daniel Brands, and No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro beating American-turned-Canadian Jesse Levine, all in straight sets, while No. 9 Richard Gasquet needed four sets to subdue Japanese qualifier Go Soeda after winning the first set 6-0.

Play was abandoned for the day around 7 p.m. local time due to rain.

“I think the fact that the top players lost in the last few days gives enough reason for all of us to not underestimate any opponent and not look that far,” Djokovic said of Bat-s**t Wednesday at the All England Club. “So we got to take it step by step. It’s sport, you know. This is what happens. Everybody, especially lower-ranked players in the opening rounds, have nothing to lose really when they go on the center stage and they come up with their best game.”

Reynolds said he lost to Djokovic because…the Serb is a really good player.

“He’s not No. 1 in the world for nothing,” Reynolds said. “He’s a great player. I went out there and I knew obviously it was going to be tough. I played like how I usually play. I just gave it my all and leave it all out there. If it’s not good enough, it’s not.”

In the lone seeded upset on the day, Dutch riser Igor Sijsling revealed the poor movement and return of serve of No. 17 Milos Raonic with a straight-set win.

Also advancing into the third round were No. 12 Kei Nishikori, No. 23 Andreas Seppi advancing when Michael Llordra retired in the first set with a hamstring injury, No. 27 Kevin Anderson, Bernard “The Tank Engine” Tomic defeating James Blake, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez advancing when Paul-Henri Mathieu retired in the second set citing a neck injury, and Croatian Ivan Dodig straight-setting American qualifier Denis Kudla.

Berdych will next square off against Anderson in a serving contest that has been lopsided in the past.

“I hope I can keep the winning streak, because I think it’s like 8-0 for me in the last matches with Kevin,” said Berdych in his best robot voice. “I hope I can keep that and will be able to go through again. All the matches are quite close because we are both great servers, playing quite aggressively.”

Del Potro will next meet either Grigor Dimitrov or Grega Zemlja, who were in the fifth set Thursday when rain suspended play.

The losses by Reynolds, Blake and Kudla set a record for no Americans reaching the third round at Wimbledon for the first time since 1912. If you can’t read numbers, that’s nineteen twelve. XVIIII XII. Dix-neuf douze.

On the women’s side there were only two lower-seeded upsets as New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic toppled No. 24 Peng Shuai, and American youngster Madison Keys defeated No. 30 Mona Barthel, both in straight sets.

“I wouldn’t say I’m a specialist on it just yet, but I definitely like [grass],” said the 18-year-old Keys, who will next meet last year’s finalist Aggie Radwanska. “It was all about the serve today — a couple games got a little bit close, but I was able to pull out a serve or two to get me back in the game.”

Of the three Top 10 seeds in action Thursday, No. 1 Serena Williams moved past French qualifier Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2, No. 4 Aggie Radwanska beat France’s Mathilde Johansson 6-1, 6-3, and No. 6 Li Na was made to work in a 6-2, 1-6, 6-0 win over Romanian Simona Halep.

Williams will next face the 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm, who defeated Romanian Alex Cadantu in straights.

“I have so much respect for her,” Williams said. “I think she’s so inspiring to be playing such high level tennis at her age. And she’s a real danger on grasscourts — I know that — I will have to be ready.”

Other seeded winners on the day were No. 11 Roberta Vinci, No. 14 Sam Stosur, No. 18 Dominika Cibulkova, No. 23 Sabine Lisicki, and No. 32 Klara Zakopalova.

Matches to pique your curiosity Friday include (15) Nicolas Almagro vs. (24) Jerzy Janowicz, (32) Tommy Robredo vs. (2) Andy Murray, (8) Petra Kvitova vs. (25) Ekaterina Makarova, Viktor Troicki vs. (20) Mikhail Youzhny, Kaia Kanepi vs. (7) Angelique Kerber, (15) Marion Bartoli vs. Italian comer Camila Giorgi, Grega Zemlja vs. (29) Grigor Dimitrov resuming at 9-8 in the fifth, Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer vs. the Federer-killer Sergiy Stakhovsky, Jimmy Wang vs. (13) Tommy Haas, (19) Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Canadian breakout player Eugenie Bouchard, and Jamaican sensation-turned-German Dustin Brown vs. France’s Adrian Mannarino.

 


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106 Comments for Serena, Djokovic Restore Wimbledon Order; Friday Preview

metan Says:

I am going to root for Kei Nishikori .
Wishing him good health and good luck. Go Kei!!!!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Metan i love Kei too,and hes fast becoming one of my new favorite players,just a hunch,but i believe he will be one of the new up and coming players that will make that big breakthrough sooner or later,he also seems to have a great attitude and self discipline,that some of the others lack.


grendel Says:

I’ve always loved Kei, right from when he burst in on the scene at Queens a number of years ago. He took a set off Nadal who predicted he was a future #5 player. He’ll always be a frustrating player to support, though, since he is so frequently subject to injury. Even in his last match against Mayer (towards the end), he was clutching his knee, and the commentator was saying it didn’t look good.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Grendel true,of the up and coming new players,Dimitrov,Raonic,Tomic etc etc,i feel as i said to Metan that he will be the 1st to make a breakthrough,just a hunch,and i think he has that self discipline that the others sometimes lack,he needs to work on his fitness i agree,what do you think,who do you believe will be the 1st of the new breed to make a big breakthrough?


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Off topic dont get me wrong, but i have to say i used to love watching Boris Becker who was a great player,but the guy is the most annoying commontator i have ever heard in tennis,my god the man just loves hearing the sound of his own voice.


Polo Says:

Agree about Becker as commentator. He thinks he is some kind of philosopher. I never even liked him when he was playing. I prefer Stefan Edberg a lot more.


Polo Says:

Of the upcoming players, I would like Dimitrov and Raonic to breakthrough and be consistently tough top players. But I am afraid it is not going to happen. I keep waiting for del Potro to come back to his pre-surgery status but that may not happen either.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

I think JJ is a likely candidate of all the up and comers,he does seem very disciplined and very hungry,and dare i say a little bit cocky too.


grendel Says:

x hippy chic – I think Janowicz.

With the rain, they are replaying the Fed/Stak match. Two points, close to each other, I thought very notable.
At break pt in the 3rd, Federer shanked his bh, enabling Stakhovsky to serve for the set. That to me was most unlike Federer, and evidence of the decline being discussed.
In the next game, serving at 30-15, Federer executed one of his gorgeous bh slices from the far corner, the ball skimming low over the net to land at the incoming server’s feet. I reckon that would have done for 99% of players. But Stakhovsky bent right down on one knee (just as if he was born to the grass), thus enabling him to execute his own very good if not Federer class (didn’t need to be) bh slice into the other corner. A fast moving Federer just managed to get on to it, but he was unable to control it, and Stakhovsky had set point.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Delpo hasnt really regained that form that won him the USO in 2009,hes a great player who can trouble the very best,but seems to crumble against lesser player whom you would expect him to beat handily,im always more nervous watching him play an underdog as opposed to playing one of the other top players,his fitness sometimes seems a bit of an issue when playing best of 5 sets too.


Colin Says:

To call Dustin Brown “Jamaican-turned-German” is true only in terms of his tennis career, not his actual nationality. He was born in Germany, and chose to play for that country simply because it has a better tennis infrastructure than Jamaica.


Ben Pronin Says:

Anyone else following the “battle of the sexes” storyline between Murray and Serena. I’d love to see it happen.

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/06/murray-match-against-serena/48110/#.Uc19X6z-JK8


Colin Says:

Ben, I saw the short interview with Serena, and she said she’d be lucky to win one game!


Ben Pronin Says:

Yeah she would be.


Ben Pronin Says:

What is going on with the Dimitrov match?


skeezer Says:

^if Murray brings back his old second serve, she would win a point or 2.


skeezer Says:

Rain.


Ben Pronin Says:

Dimitrov has saved about a million match points. Finally holds. This is nuts.


Ben Pronin Says:

Dammit. Crazy last 2 points. Dimitrov blows another opportunity.


the DA Says:

Dimitrov out. Bit unfortunate there. A great opportunity missed.

And who on earth is Jimmy Wang?


Polo Says:

Zelmja looked so calm. Dimitrov fails again. Very soon he will be old and will still be at this level.


the DA Says:

Surprisingly it looks like Robson is going to wrap this up quickly. Looking forward to the Nico and Jerzy show.


grendel Says:

Good test for Robson. Duque Marina, a woman with an engaging set of expressions, including a lovely Gallic shrug, was a tricky-ish player who could get a lot of Roson’s power drives back, and considering she is not generally a hard hitter of the ball, has surprising pop on her serve – one timed at 112 mph, faster than any of Robson’s.

Laura, after a very nervous start, played a contained game – where once she would try and blast everything. Learnt a bit, too, I hope. Once or twice, Marino caught her out with the bh slice, and she had a little problem in executing that herself.

With some judicious button pressing, caught some of the end of Dimitrov match. In the end, the impression I got was that the match went to the man with more heart – and, to be fair, with more experience. But still, you got the sense with Zemja that he actually enjoyed scrabbling down in the dirt. He likes a good rumble, you can imagine him on the pavement after closing time giving a good account of himself. Dimitrov looks as if he wants to keep his pretty hair in place.


the DA Says:

Reports say they’re opening the roof for the next match. Also, that Stak’s has already called for the trainer. lol


Polo Says:

In fairness to Dimitrov, he looked uncomfortable moving during rallies. He seemed very cautious probably as a result of slipping and tumbling so frequently.


the DA Says:

I also thought he played very cautiously. Zelmja also seemed cautious but was steadier and consistent with his shots – basically just had to wait for the error.

Now that they’ve opened the roof there are raindrops.


grendel Says:

Yes, the DA. How about that for an irony, play is suspended on only one court, the court with a roof. Only Wimbledon could manage that. The Stak/Melzer match is entertaining.


grendel Says:

Stakhovsky levels to one set all. he’s playing some of the magical tennis he used to beat Federer. It is huge fun to watch, and it’s such a shame hardly anybody plays like that. You’ve got to wonder why. Fashion?


Polo Says:

Tommy Haas should provide Roger some form of inspiration for the future.


Polo Says:

I would like Federer to someday win the Comeback Player of the Year title.


Brando Says:

“Tommy Haas should provide Roger some form of inspiration for the future.”: He should. Also Ferrer. He’s 31 and is playing his best tennis ever at the top level. There’s always hope should you keep your head up and look improve from your present situation. I think best time to look at Fed and his game going forward would be post WTF.


Ty Says:

Now that Federer is out of the way, the most apropos of events is for Janowicz to lose to “the worst grass court player” Almagro today in straight sets. One of these “future top players” needs to prove me wrong today. I demand it! Wait, I’m nobody. Why am I making demands. Quiet you! I’m running the show today. eh em.. anyways. Go Janowicz.


Kimberly Says:

Grendel the reason nobody plays it is on most of the surfaces with the racket string technology they will get passed like crazy


Kimberly Says:

bye bye Kerber. Almagro will go up 2-0 on Janowicz and then lose it if he plays to form.


Danny Morris Says:

“I would like Federer to someday win the Comeback Player of the Year title.”

You cannot win it if you never go back in the 1st place. Federer is the most smart player I have seen on court as well as off-court. A lot of his success is because, as he says “he listens to his body”. He knows the history of the sport and what titles and achievements matter the most. Since 2003, his goals have always been No.1 and Wimbledon.

I believe when Federer walks away from sport, it will be done like a mature individual who realises his passion for the game has run out or that the physical demands of the game outweigh his physical fitness.

He will not do “fake injuries” and retirements like hingis or justine henin and borg and other sorry immature lot, who have no idea what they really want from life and their career. Borg is a great player, but he is a total douche-bag with his offcourt choices. If J-mac was a bitter man like connors, he would tell us a lot about Borg’s drug abuse and his financial decisions. Ofcourt, even J-mac had handled his life far better than Borg.

I believe Federer gave everything to this sport and he has always loved it with his heart. Agassi was a guy who hated the sport and ended his career loving it. Borg was burnt out by the stress of being the Greatest icon of his times and made absolutely ridiculous decisions. Ofcourse, he is not as bad as OJ Simpson or others, but compared to other GOATS, he was an immature person.


Kimberly Says:

wow, janowicz won the first set. Of course, in a tiebreak almagro always good to lose. He must have the worst record in tiebreaks in the entire ATP.


Danny Morris Says:

Please! Federer should learn from Ferrer and Haas? Please tell me when they are in top 5 after they logged in 1100+ matches.

Federer is in exalted territory here. Modern day tennis with its string technology and slow conditions is a killer sport. Look at nadal, murray and even mr. djokovic. They have been plagued by injuries and they have barely crossed half of Fed’s present career mark.

Modern day tennis has become way too physical and brutal, Fed can’t even look upto Agassi/Lendl/Connors. He might have to look into other sports or as he always does, be the pioneer himself on how to handle career after 32 years and 1100+ matches!


Polo Says:

Some people have no sense of humor at all. Can’t figure out satire from a statement of fact. By the way, what Brando was saying was Ferrer should also find inspiration from Haas, not Federer getting inspiration from Ferrer.


Ben Pronin Says:

Someone really doesn’t like Borg.

McEnroe doesn’t talk about it but he mentioned it in his book that him, Borg, and Gerulaitis were recreational drug users. He even feared Gerulaitis overdosed when he died but that wasn’t the case.


Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic, by his own admission, has never had a particularly serious injury. How serious was the ankle roll? Or the shoulder/back/brain in 2011? Who knows? But he’s closer to Federer in the injury department than Murray and Nadal. Both of the latter have missed chunks of seasons due to injuries.


Brando Says:

WOW, Jerzy is playing scary good. Especially on serve. Indoors: Paris RU, Clay: Rome SF, Grass: possibly r16. Kid got game!


van orten Says:

statkovsky or whatever his name is is losing to melzer….for those who doubt federer. he would have crushed ol’ melzer easily in 3….so a pity fed could not convert his setpoint in the 4th. was all clear statkovsky would lose next round..fed should retire??? because he lost to a 1 hit wonder??


Brando Says:

Insane: Jerzy has over 40 winners in just a trickle over 2 sets!


Brando Says:

Mind boggling Jerzy: 10 UEs, 43 winners, 60% points won on 2nd serve. Don’t even bother with 1st serve stats: a 139 mph ace just whistled by! I type to slow- another service game also! Crazy!


Brando Says:

He moves ao well also for a big lad.


Brando Says:

LOL: 124 mph 2nd serve. Poor Nico!


pitchaboy Says:

Federer can never be Ferrer or Novak. He is the transition man from tennis as an art form to its curret brutal power slugging game. His game is highly dependent on speed and timing. With age you go off those two slightly and that is as big deterioration in yor game. It is a surprise that he dominated the game for as long as he did.


Brando Says:

LMFAO: centre court at Wimby, masterclass from Jerzy and the camera picks up a guy having a snooze! LOL!


RZ Says:

Melzer is my pick to make the semis out of that quarter. Good doubles player (has won Wimbledon men’s doubles and mixed doubles in the past), good grasscourt game, can get on a hot streak, was in the top 10 a couple of years ago. (Of course, it’s possible that I now jinxed him)


Nadalista Says:

#Jerzy
#TheRealDeal


Brando Says:

Awesome stuff Jerzy, seriously impressive! I’m backing a Muzza v Jerzy SF. Should that happen, I honestly think Andy would have a huge task on his hands. Long way off yet of course,but on this viewing: this Rafa fan will not put Muzza in the final just like that!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

The loss of Federer and Rafa have gotten the most attention, but its astounding how almost the entire second and third tier of players pooped the bed.
All the guys who normally make the third round exciting: Simon, Tsonga, Raonic, Isner, Wawrinka, Cilic. The 6-16 range has been gutted!
Will this last? Given that Rafa and Fed are better players than that mid-list group, will the new hunger and confidence of the pack eat away primarily at what has been a very consistent 2nd/3rd tier these last few years?


jane Says:

Steve Tignor ‏@SteveTignor 37m
Stakhovsky becomes 6th straight player to beat Federer at a Slam and lose next match. Out to Melzer. #letdownalert

That’s a shame, and now I see Brown is down a break.


jane Says:

“All the guys who normally make the third round exciting: Simon, Tsonga, Raonic, Isner, Wawrinka, Cilic. The 6-16 range has been gutted!”

TV, that range of players 6-16 is alive and well on the top half of the draw so far. Only Raonic came from the top. But yeah, it’s weird!


SG1 Says:

“Ben Pronin Says:
Djokovic, by his own admission, has never had a particularly serious injury. How serious was the ankle roll? Or the shoulder/back/brain in 2011? Who knows? But he’s closer to Federer in the injury department than Murray and Nadal. Both of the latter have missed chunks of seasons due to injuries.”

Roddick said Novak had bird flu. Serious stuff…


Brando Says:

@TV: True, but a few have genuine mitigating circumstances IMO: Tsonga, Cilic hit by injury unfortunately. Wawa got Hewitt- a tough competitor, ex champ and recent SF at Queens. Raonic, for me, is just overrated anyhow. But yep: it does look bad for sure.


grendel Says:

Janowicz for me was always the one newbie who could break through. Today, his performance was simply exhilarating. The ratio of winners to unforced errors was unreal. His serving kind of reminds me of Goran Ivanisevic – righthanded, not as smooth, but beautiful in a way I don’t find Isner for example. But then Janowicz’s ground game is much more powerful than Goran’s. Poor old Almagro looked shell shocked – and he didn’t play bad by any means. Once or twice he engineered an opening, only for the Pole to snuff it out immediately.

Melzer might be a tricky opponent, but if Janowicz deals with him, it will be riveting to see how the match up with Murray goes. Not a foregone conclusion, that one, I would say.


Brando Says:

‘Roddick said Novak had bird flu. Serious stuff…’: that’s only half of the story. Didn’t he say anthrax also?


SG1 Says:

Wonder of Darcis will retire….permanently. You know what they say.

“You wanna’ go out on top.”


SG1 Says:

brando,

think you’re right. but I don’t think that anthrax is an illness.


grendel Says:

Sorry, getting ahead of myself – whilst Murray will surely make it to the semi, Janowicz still got Gulbis/Verdasco (hopefully) to negotiate if he beats Melzer. That’s a tall order, but perfectly conceivable.


Brando Says:

‘His serving kind of reminds me of Goran Ivanisevic’ :likewise, I thought the same. And yep: he’ll give Muzza a heck of a match should they meet. Should Jerzy reach SF, he’ll be top 16. Should he be consistent post Wimby, the opening is there for him to be top 10. And on this showing: he deserves to be.


Brando Says:

@SG1: LOL. I think A Rod listed plenty enough in that presser!


SG1 Says:

As a Canadian, it sucks to admit it but Raonic is overrated as Brando had mentioned. Too many holes in his game covered up by a big serve. In last year’s USO, Murray completely exposed him. It doesn’t seem he’s done anything to improve since then.


jane Says:

grendel, I think the winner of Ernie/Hotsauce is in Murray’s section?


jane Says:

Jerzy would have to face one of: Brown, Marinara sauce, Paire or Kubot, should he get past Melzer.


SG1 Says:

Yup. Miss those Roddick post match interviews! The one after he lost to Fed in Australia. it was the stuff of legend. “If we were ranked based on press conferences, I’d never have to worry about falling out of the top five.” Classic! Andy underrated himself too. When is came to those press conferences, he was No.1.


grisham Says:

Go Jerzy, all the way!


Brando Says:

@SG1: LOL true. Marat was pure gold though: on court, off court, press conference: charisma personified. Rafa, Fed loved his crazy ways too though: they admired his talent, liked his character and his way off doing things his own way. Really miss Marat.:-(


Humble Rafa Says:

Atleast I have the next clay court season to look forward to.


grendel Says:

Thanks for the correction, jane. Hope it’s Paire, nice looking player.

Of course, one of the sad things about Stakhovsky’s being bundled out is that we no longer get to see his lovely wife, who has a smile that would charm the woodpeckers out of the trees.

The heart did a fair bit of sinking at the prospect of watching Robredo – no choice, with rain – but Murray has just broken, showing exquisite control. He is a player who stimulates one’s aesthetic sense, if you know what I mean. He can do the unexpected like no one else – in a calm and unexciteable manner. I mean his tennis. You wouldn’t generally call Murray calm and unexciteable, of course.


jane Says:

Yes, Paire is “nice looking”, though I am not sure that’s how you meant it. Contador seems to be a big fan of him; she noticed him long before a number of us; she’s always scoping out the new talent it seems.


Ben Pronin Says:

Serena said Murray is “maybe top 3 people I wouldn’t wanna play.” Does she not know he’s a part of the Big 4?????


jane Says:

Very cool for Nole fans: today several celebs and sports figures are sending Nole video questions on twitter and he’s answering via video tweets as well: Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Piven, Bob Bryan, Mo Farah, Michael Carrick, Dolph Lundgren, etc have all sent in Qs thus far. Fun to follow along anyhow.


Bada Bing Says:

I notice that Spacey used to fan Roger and now he’s video tweeting Novak and posed with Novak and his AO trophy. He must be a real fanboy.


Ty Says:

Jerzy adding scalps to his Łódź poll. I like this bomber. Great, now I have a player to root for once Federer hangs em up. Being half polish, it only seems appropriate.


Ty Says:

As an aside, has there ever been an accomplished professional tennis player from Poland?


Ben Pronin Says:

Kevin Spacey is so fair weather. He’s a big Murray fan.


grendel Says:

jane, come to think of it, Paire does have Hollywood type looks if you go for that sort of thing, I don’t personally, man or woman, although I guess they can’t help having bland looks, poor dears.
I meant, of course, Paire has a nice looking game. Yes, I recall contador saying she liked him, asking me whether I’d seen his match with someone or other, even before I’d ever heard of him myself. Since then, two more fans have emerged: John McEnroe and my younger son, who is having to admit that devotion to Hewitt can only take you so far. He is also a Gasquet man, but if you have Gasquet as a fave, you do need insurance. Whether Paire will provide adequate back up remains to be seen.

Robredo’s fight back in the 3rd, when he was at least even stevens with Murray for a bit, provoked reluctant admiration from me. I even started to worry whether he was on another of his winning from 2 sets down kick. But in the end, he couldn’t keep up the very high standard he had been showing. Contained performance from Murray.


Ty Says:

@Ben

People in Hollywood get paid to not be themselves… not sure how his tennis leanings surprise you.


grendel Says:

Ty – Fibak, who b.t.w. I think became Lendl’s coach for a while. But Janowicz is going to surpass Fibak. Going to surpass most people, actually.


Ty Says:

@ grendel

Hmmm… I never heard of him. Thanks.

J.J. picked apart Nico and I had him crumbling. Good on him. Here’s hoping he doesn’t become a J. Johannson, the last player with a huge game I developed high devotion towards.


Ben Pronin Says:

Being an actor shouldn’t have any bearing on how he acts in his personal life with regards to his favorite athlete preference.


Ty Says:

Key words being “personal” not “public” :)


grendel Says:

W.Fibak, I think, if you look him up. I liked J.Johansson too, much better than the other Johansson who was a bit wooden I always thought. J.Johansson just disappeared, didn’t he – shoulder injury was it?
Janowicz has a much bigger game I think than ANY of the giants. He’s quite skinny, which may account for his excellent mobility and perhaps will protect him on the injury front. Didn’t like the look of those pink bandages though…


Ty Says:

@grendel

I’m aware that the bang, bang, boom, boom tennis is sometimes viewed as detrimental in this age, subtracting from the game and spectator – (ship?) as a whole; still, there is something to behold in watching men make other men look like scrambling squirrels out there on the big stage.

I dont know what that means about me and my psyche; perhaps any resident psychologists on the board could weigh in. Growing up poor, maybe. Whatever it is, I do enjoy watching an aggressive game wipe an accomplished, steady player off the court with the few heavy swings of the racquet.

Here’s hoping he remains healthy, which is more often than not the Achilles heal of these big guns (see Ivanisevic, Pim Pim, Delpo (although he has a more all-around game), etc).

The crescendo of my tennis viewing life was seeing Goran finally win Wimbledon.

I agree, he does seem much thinner than the aforementioned big hitters, which could help alleviate the knees from sustained strain.


SG1 Says:

Yup. Safin was too cool! I remember that time he played in Australia (lost the final to Johannson I think) but had two girlfriends in his box. Sick talent. Too bad he didn’t party a little less and take his tennis more seriously. Then again that just wouldn’t have been Safin. I don’t think he could take funeral seriously.


jane Says:

I think so many people were thrilled at that special moment when Goran finally won Wimbledon; you could see how much it meant to him, and it really was a “people’s” day, for whatever reason.


Ty Says:

@Jane

And of course a microcosm of what it is to be alive here, in this place. Because across the net was the second nicest and most deserving player of the last decade or so. When one wins, there is always a loser. Brutal game.


Ty Says:

Which harkens back to one of my cherished quotes:

“one of the differences between God and Man is sometimes Man is forced to play the devil.”


jane Says:

Yes, loved Rafter too.


Steve 27 Says:

I expect Berdych Djokovic in the qf. Could be a fantstic match.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Pat Rafter was one of my favorite players from that generation,and that was a fantastic final against Goran,Pat was the favorite and Goran if i remember rightly came back from two sets down,and saved a match point,Goran won Wimbledon as a WC too which was a fantastic achievement,Pat was in 3 finals but never did win Wimbledon,much to my dissapointment,and he retired the followong year which was a shame,for shear drama and excitement this match for me was only second to the finals in 2008 between Federer and Nadal,and Roddick and Federer in 2009,i would love to watch it again at some point.


grendel Says:

Ty

Quality counts, and it comes in many forms. People assume that if you like one of the huge guys, you like ‘em all. Why? You might as well say if you like one single handed bh player, you like all of them. Obviously not true. Wawrinka leaves me cold, for instance.
I find Raonic, Anderson to be tedious. Isner has something – apart from anything else, he continually surprises you that he can actually do stuff other than serve.

Berdych is such a smooth hitter that you can’t help purring when you watch him. Del Potro is exhilarating when he’s on – but he often isn’t these days. Janowicz is simply something else – those “few, heavy swings of the racket” you mention are the purest poetry when he gets it right. And if he gets it wrong, never mind, have another crack. And his defensive play leaves you tense, which is unique – because most people playing defensively get into a kind of hypnotic rhythm and it kind of hypnotises you too, but with JJ, you know defence has only one purpose: stay alive in order that you may shortly attack and destroy! And the serve is, for me, the greatest of its kind since Goran.


grendel Says:

Nice looking matches tomorrow:Gasquet/Tomic; Gulbis/Verdasco;Lopez/Haas.

And 2 or 3 womens, too, for those who like womens tennis.


Danny Morris Says:

Hope Janowicz can make a deep run. He sure got game, and more importantly has the Champion mentality. He really can start the next dynasty @ Wimbledon.

Early days though, for now, Nole looks good to bring it in.


Steve 27 Says:

Pat was in 3 finals but never did win Wimbledon,

Incorect, Pat was finalist in 2000 and 2001. Lost in fourt sets against Sampras and in five sets against Ivanisevic. He retired young with almost 29 years old. His final tournament was the master Cup in 2001. He lost in Round Robin. It’s a shame he retired young. He, Rosewall, Nastase and Roddick are the best known players who could not fulfill his dream of winning Wimbledon.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Steve 27 sorry my mistake,Pat was one of the players i believed underachieved,i alawys thought he should have won more than he did,and i was indeed gutted that he didnt win Wimbledon,Roddick too:(..


Ben Pronin Says:

Steve27, what about Lendl?


Steve 27 Says:

Ben Prinin, sorry, of course Lendl I forgot. The Czech was with Ken Rosewall, the player who made ​​the impossible (stop playing the French Open two years in a row) to win in the All England. He really deserved it!


Wog boy Says:

It looks like JJ is building nice fan base but he is yet to win a title and he is pushing 23. Because of some reason he remainds on Klitschko brothers, just thinner version.
I am still not convinced, after seeing few of his meltdowns if he doesn’t make it it is going to be because of his head. Agree with Grendel, he is nice to watch and different.


Bada Bing Says:

Nole looks good to bring it in.
Danny @ 5:16 pm

I hope you are right. He looks like he is holding back, maybe because of all the slippage. John Mac says he will win if he brings his A game. I am just going match by match and so far so good.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Nole looks good yeah so does Murray,so do alot of the others players that are left in it, JJ Haas,Gulbis,Lopez,Verdasco etc,im sure they are all also taking it one game at a time ,so far so good for them too,maybe one of them will win it if they bring their A game,who knows?bit of a no brainer i would have thought?


TennisZod Says:

Nice see posters say Nole look good for Wimbledon win. He of course is favorite and best player. He deserve it. I know he win this.

If he dont win this, I wear hat of shame for 7 days.


James Says:

“If he dont win this, I wear hat of shame for 7 days.”

lol I hope you do whatever this hat of shame is.

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