Djokovic Battles Berdych, Murray Mania Resumes; Wimbledon QF Picks And Pans
by Sean Randall | July 2nd, 2013
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We are down to just eight men at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are long gone and far away but top ranked Novak Djokovic and 2012 finalist Andy Murray remain as the men still to beat. And really, who’s to bet against them at this stage?

Also alive are a pack of supporting characters including David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco, Juan Martin Del Potro and two new name Poles who’ll look to play spoiler in the biggest grass court event of the year.

So let’s get right to my picks.

Jerzy Janowicz v Lukasz Kubot
The Poles are a coming and the leader of the pack is the young, fiery Jerzy Janowicz. The 6-foot-8 drop-shoting freak who is ranked No. 22 is having a breakout Grand Slam this fortnight. It hasn’t been all easy, though. In his last round Janowicz showed his inexperience struggling with the veteran Jurgen Melzer in a five set win. But overall it’s been a good ride for the 22-year-old with the Marat Safin-like game.

Across the net will be his friend and countryman Lukasz Kubot. The 31-year-old has probably maxed out his potential this event reaching his first and likely his only career Grand Slam quarterfinal. Wednesday, though, will be a big step up from Adrian Mannarino to the monster that is Mr. Janowicz.

“We haven’t played yet,” Kubot said about his friend herzy. “I think it’s big moment for Polish tennis, two players in the quarterfinal of Wimbledon. I think at the moment I have no words. Just have to be honest. I’m very surprised. I’m looking forward for this match. Whatever happens, one ever us will be in semifinal, which makes already history for Polish tennis. Let’s see what’s going to happen. We both will have a big fight.”

And fight they will. But the 130th-ranked Kubot doesn’t have any major weapons like the towering Janowicz who on grass just has too much in the arsenal.
The pick: Janowicz in four

David Ferrer v Juan Martin Del Potro
If Del Potro’s knee is okay this is virtually a 50/50 match. If it isn’t then it’s going to be a blowout. I’m guessing it’s somewhere in between and unfortunately for fans of the Argentine like myself, this won’t end well. Ferrer whipped a healthy Del Potro last year at Wimbledon in straight sets losing just eight total games. And overall Ferrer has won six of eight. So what’s he going to do to an injured Del Potro?

Del Potro, though, hasn’t dropped a set and has hardly lost serve. But to me the knee is just too big a question mark and Ferrer is going to make him work. And like a boxer he’ll go to work on that suspect knee eventually wearing down a wary Delpo.

I wish it wasn’t the case, but…
The pick: Ferrer in three

Andy Murray v Fernando Verdasco
I really like the way Fernando Verdasco has turned his year around. A few months ago I had thought the former Top 10 had all but retired. Suddenly, after a decent French Open he’s now into his first Wimbledon quarterfinal. And he’s won his last 12 sets to get there. That’s impressive stuff regardless of the level competition, which really hasn’t been that formidable.

Unfortunately for the Spaniard he now gets a red hot Andy Murray. The second-seeded Scot has won his last 15 on grass and he’s dominated Verdasco winning eight of nine meetings.

“I lost to him at the Aussie Open a few years ago in the fourth round,” cautioned Murray. “He went on to have that great match with Rafa there. He was playing unbelievable tennis. Then, yeah, I think he made the Masters Cup. I played him in the Masters Cup, as well. He can play well on all the surfaces. It’s just the consistency hasn’t been there.

“He’s had a few injuries. He’s changed racquets quite a few times. That will have had something to do with it.”

Fernando has some game but I just don’t like his second serve, I don’t like his return of serve and I don;t like his nerves. So in front of a raucous home crowd on Centre Court, Murray should get through this one without much sweat.
The pick: Murray in three

Novak Djokovic v Tomas Berdych
In the match of the day Novak Djokovic gets kicked out to Court 1 to face Tomas Berdych. The Berd man won their most recent clash at Rome back in May and also beat him at Wimbledon in 2010 during his improbable final run. But otherwise, Djokovic has won 13 meetings against the Czech and on Wednesday I think he’ll make that 14.

“I haven’t played great at that match against Tomas, but credit to him because he played finals that year, and he beat Roger and myself, played a good match against Rafa,” Djokovic said of that 2010 Wimbledon. “So he knows how to play on grass. That’s the only time we played on this surface. I’m expecting a difficult match. It’s the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. He’s an established top 5, top 10 player in the world. We’re going to go for the win, both of us.”

I’ve never been much of a Berdych fan but I give him credit, he’s been able to pull off the random upset here and there. Known mostly as a choker early in his career, he’s beaten Federer at the US Open and at Wimbledon in addition to a few other wins including those over Novak.

But Djokovic hasn’t lost a set so far and has looked sharp of anyone. And for some reason I believe him when he says last year was a blip because he wasn’t mentally fresh after the Rafa loss in the French final (didn’t the same happen against last month?). So based on what I’ve seen between the line thus far…
The pick: Djokovic in three

ESPN and ESPN2 will once again have simultaneous coverage from 8am ET.

WEDNESDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE

Centre Court 1.00pm Start Time
David Ferrer (ESP)[4] v. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[8]
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) v. Andy Murray (GBR)[2]

No.1 Court 1.00pm Start Time
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] v. Tomas Berdych (CZE)[7]
Lukasz Kubot (POL) v. Jerzy Janowicz (POL)[24]


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489 Comments for Djokovic Battles Berdych, Murray Mania Resumes; Wimbledon QF Picks And Pans

Humble Rafa Says:

Now that the President of the Injury Club is out, I support my countryman Hot Spanish Sauce.

UK reported a huge increase in styling gel sales since Hot Sauce arrived in the country. Helping the economy in any way he can – very generous man.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I’ll repost my comment from the Poll thread since its more relevant here:

For the first time in years, there are only two marquee quarters: Novak v Tomas and JMDP v Ferrer. It is ironic, given the quarters we had pencilled in when we saw the draw!

Murray really should not be troubled by Verdasco who has really been best known in his career for two valiant grand slam losses. Anything can happen, but Verdasco was never a Slam contender in the prime of his career, and, this run aside, he has been at a decidedly lower than prime level the last two years.

The Polish Sausage Fest may be exciting, but its not exactly a clash of titans.

JMDP and Ferrer is a second tier tilt, still, isn’t it?

Novak v Tomas is the only 1st-tier vs 2nd-tier match, which is what you hope for in a quarterfinal, isn’t it?

Tomas is definitely threatening. He’s a great grass player, he’s gotten much mentally tougher, he’s beaten Novak at Wimbledon. But I think Novak’s at the top of his game right now. It will be a great match but ultimately NOvak should come through.

JMDP v Ferrer is a tougher one. I certainly want DelPotro though, as I think he’s a more legitmate slam contender than Ferrer who has been such a patsy to Fed and Rafa that its hard to see him with the cup. Nevertheless, Ferrer owns DelPotro, and he just seems to be getting closer to those Big Four all the time. I think Ferrer will take it.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

HR, I know you have unexpected free time this week but you’re posting too much, its weakening your game. Go fish.


Wog boy Says:

Thanks jane, that was really nice read:)


jane Says:

Wog boy, no problemo! I am getting my yoga mat out now; it makes me want to s-t-r-e-t-c-h! :)


Wog boy Says:

Sean, if you do it again (jinx), I coming over to get you;)


Wog boy Says:

jane,

I am done with yoga:( when I wake up in the morning it takes me 20 minutes to grease all my joints and start moviing, my right shoulder is done (specialist wanted to operate but when he told me that I will be out of action 6-12 months i said NO) my right knee squeeks, my back cracks … but I am still kicking … though not as smooth as before;)


James Says:

My picks:

1. JJ in 4 vs Kubot.

What is Kubot gonna do to JJ? Take a set off him perhaps.

2: Ferrer in 4 vs JMDP

David is playing well. Delpo’s knee is a suspect. JM will give good fight and likely take a set or two. A set I think.

3. Djokovic in 4 vs Berdych

Tomas has always had the game to beat the top 5 players. I haven’t seen a top 5 player brushing aside Tomas easily on any surface. Perhaps Nadal on clay. Novak is in great form and should win. But I don’t see how he’ll do it in 3. If Tomas fights to the end, an upset can happen.

4. Murray in 3 vs Verdasco

Verdasco is playing very well at the moment, but now he runs into an in form Andy Murray. Seeing how well Andy played his GC game against Mikhail (who btw played Federer in Halle final), I don’t see Fernando taking a set off Murray. Only Andy can beat himself in this match. Not gonna happen.


skeezer Says:

@TV
re; HR

Shammmon!

Ditto.

—-

Nice to see the Nole fans coming out with support and love and the RAFAFANATICS going bye bye. The blog is looking much better now and sane.


skeezer Says:

HR,

Try some “hot sauce” on your hair, It
may give u a “change of atitude” with regards to Wimby, that you so deftly mentioned as the problem. Sides, it may help your hair style and help “hair loss”, know what i mean?


jane Says:

“If Tomas fights to the end, an upset can happen.” – James

Of course. Nole is number 1 but Tomas is number 6 in the world. It would be an “upset”, but not of monumental proportions. Berd has already beaten Nole, Fed and Murray at the slams, and within the last few years.

I like Nole’s chances, of course! :) But I don’t think it’ll be easy.

I agree with you on the other matches: Murray in 3; JJ in 3 or 4; and likely Ferrer, although again, we’re talking about the number 4 and number 8 players, so if DelPo is feeling okay, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see him win. That one could go either way, but with the edge to Ferrer.


the DA Says:

Some interesting stats on all the quarter finalists so far in the tournament:

http://asmarterplanet.com/gamechangers/files/mens-quarters-by-the-numbers.jpg

Personally, I hope the SR jinx remains for just one of the QF predictions.


James Says:

@jane, an “upset” can happen, but very unlikely to happen in this match. It won’t be easy but Nole should win this in 3 or 4. 4 most likely because Tomas isn’t an easy opponent. But Nole is the better player going into the match. Should be the best quarter final match of the tournament. Followed by Murray-Verdasco, Ferrer-Delpo and JJ-Kabut, in that order for me.

As for Ferrer-Delpo, if it not for Delpo’s injured knee, I’d have picked him to win in 4 or 5 sets. Also I think when fit he has a better chance of taking down Nole than Ferrer (sorry David). But since he’s not 100% fit and Ferrer is playing well (his GC game has improved from what I’ve seen so far), I dont think Delpo can win this.


James Says:

@DA, thanks for the link. Very interesting stats indeed.

Wow! Who knew Ferrer has approached the net more than the other quarter finalists this Wimbledon so far? Or Delpo winning 97% service games!


RZ Says:

I’m thinking Jerzy in 3, Ferrer in 4, Murray in 4, Djoker in 3.


the DA Says:

@James – I know, there were a couple of surprises on there such as Kubot having the most volleys/smash winners. Wasn’t so surprised to see Andy leading the ROS stats, Nole having best 1st serve returns or Berdy leading the winners. They just add a little spice ahead of the matches tomorrow.


Michael Says:

I go with the Sean picks for all the matches in quarters except that I anticipate a longer encounter in some of the matches especially the one Andy has with Verdasco and Novak with Berdych. Ofcourse Andy has the overwhelming H2H against Verdasco. It reads as something like 8-1 yet looking at the form of Verdasco at this moment, I feel that Andy will have his hands full against him in the event of his continuing his splendid form in the tournament so far. We know the threat Verdasco poses and we saw it against Rafa at the Australian Open which was a classic. Verdasco also has the psychological of defeat Andy in a major and so I expect this match to be a cliff hanger with Andy scraping through in the end. But we might never know. As regards Novak Vs Berdych, I expect atleast a four setter with two tough sets. Novak should come through in this one and I do not expect any lapse of concentration on his part which proved to be his nemesis in his earlier match against Berdych. He has that favourable H2H against Berdych and Novak has the confidence to see him through.


jane Says:

Kubot with smash/Volley isn’t that surprising considering he’s often done well in doubles, hasn’t he? So he’d be more adept at the net because of that.

Delpo winning the highest % on returning second serves is very interesting. One doesn’t tend to think of him as a great returner, but actually I believe he’s high up in most of the categories (have not checked for a while though).

Ferrer with the most double faults and the most errors, and yet there he is, still fighting. And apparently coming to net a lot!


Michael Says:

Well everybody is expecting a Novak Vs Andy final which would be a fitting finale to the tournament. It should be one cracker of a match. If it was a Hardcourt or Clay the advantage should rest with Novak. But since it is Grass court where Andy is most comfortable, the outcome would be even 50:50. The player who displays his best Tennis on that day would win.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I wish the best match of the quarter final comes from Novak vs Berdych. If Berdych can play to his potential, I guess Novak would still come through, but it would make for an exciting match.

Biggest advantage Novak has over other top player is not only he is an aggressive baseliner, he is a top class counter puncher too. That would come in really handy against Berdych. It’s a fantastic matchup between a aggressive baseliner vs top class counter puncher.


the DA Says:

@Jane – I guess you’re right. I forgot he played a lot of doubles. I hope that helps him against J.J. Liked your stats too, especially Andy BP conversion rate.


jane Says:

Yes, DA, that’s been a great stat for Andy. I am quite pleased with Nole’s second serve too. He’s really improved it methinks. Pretty amazing how close the stats are overall!


James Says:

Like your assessment, @Michael. I think the Novak-Tomas, Andy-Fernando matches will be tougher than most expect. Also agree it’s 50-50 between Andy and Nole on grass. Maybe I’d give Murray a slight edge considering he beat Nole in straight sets (Olympics) last year and then beat Federer for the gold medal. Also winning Queen’s thix year. So for me it’s 53-47 in Andy’s favor. But the one that plays better on the day will take the championship.


Thomas Says:

People have been talking about Del Potro’s knee, but I have been hearing elsewhere on the web(I haven’t watched any of Ferrer’s matches at Wimbledon thus far) that Ferrer continues to pump injections into his ailing ankle. So if that’s true the Del Potro has a better chance than many people think.


Danny Morris Says:

+1 to what Skeezer/TV said regarding HR.

The guy’s act has run its course and he is now stooping to bad-mouthing Federer/Djokovic. He is now competing for the “lesser IQ than a earthworm” award along with da/volley/jamie/zod. Sad to see a guy who coined or popularised an iconic term like “lady forehand” fall off the lofty standadrds! time to retire HR, claydal will be doing it soon too, so take the cue! donot overstay your welcome and risk your knees – in claydal’s case and IQ/brain/whatever you have, in your case.


James Says:

@jane, also Nole’s 2nd serve winning % (72?) is pretty impressive. That makes Nole a very difficult opponent to break. If he continues playing like this, Slam #7.


Michael Says:

James, Thanks. 50:50 or 53:47 – The difference is not much. The player who displays his best tennis on that day would win. Novak has that experience of winning here before and so might be he has that mental advantage. But Andy is desperate to win this one, whatever it takes. So, it would be a nail biting encounter and should surely compensate for the absence of Fedal.


Danny Morris Says:

“But the one that plays better on the day will take the championship.”

James: Djokovic has lost 0 wimbledon finals. since 2011,he is 5-2 in GS finals. murray is 1-2. Djokovic has a greater chance of reaching a slam final and also has a greater chance of winning it. Unlike murray, he has beaten one of Fedal in a slam final – which statistics show is not an easy task by any means.

If they meet in the final, here is my call : Djokovic in less than 4 sets.


Michael Says:

I wonder why the biggest match of the day played by the top seed is shifted to Court 1 ? Why did the Tennis Authorities do such a thing and opted to play the less interesting Del Potro Vs Ferrer on the prestigious Centre Court ? It is really puzzling.


Michael Says:

I wonder why the biggest match of the day played by the top seed is shifted to Court 1 ? Why did the Tennis Authorities do such a thing and opted to play the less interesting Del Potro Vs Ferrer on the prestigious Centre Court ? It is really puzzling.


James Says:

@Michael @DM, I agree Nole knows how to win Slam finals more than Andy. But to be fair, since winning the Olympics gold, Murray is 1-1 in Slam finals. Also he looks quite determined this time. You don’t say that about Murray all the time. Still Nole may have the mental edge in the final. Nole too is very determined to win this after that painful loss at RG.


James Says:

“I wonder why the biggest match of the day played by the top seed is shifted to Court 1 ?”

Exactly. Like it or not, Nole is the no.1 player and Berdych the no.7 seed. It’s the biggest match of the day, at least on paper. I think the world no.1 deserves that much respect from the authorities. I understand Murray-Verdasco, but Ferrer and Delpo over Nole-Tomas?!


Michael Says:

James,

All said and done, we can only keep our fingers crossed. It is difficult to pick between the No.1 and No.2 especially when the H2H is so close between Andy and Novak.

Regarding that Nole’s match on Court 1. It is definitely a slander and insult to the No.1


jane Says:

The main concern is that there is a 40% chance of rain tomorrow. That will suck for Nole/Berd and JJ/Kubot. Their opponents will be done (due to the roof), whereas other four could be stopping and starting – worst case scenario is that they end up having to play 2 days in a row if there are rain delays, which, at this stage in the tournament, would be a drag.


skeezer Says:

@jane,

Its Wimbledon. Every player has to deal with the elements. Part of the game. no?

The better player will deal with it and come on top. It is WHATS it is.

Lets not rehash tournament “elements”. Blue Clay, the wind of ‘IW”..etc..etc…etc….


jane Says:

Well, there is a roof now skeeze, so not necessarily. ;)

Just losing the day off in between would suck – more likely to be winner of JJ/Kubot, since they’re up second.

Otherwise, yeah, there’s not much that can be done unless they have all matches under the roof, which is a lot more easily done with hard court, since there is less wear on the actual surface. With grass, that’s a risk. Though I do think they moved some matches under-the-dome one year, maybe even last year.


Skeezer Says:

Oh now,, c’mon.

Roof? No roof? Wind, rain, slick, slow, etc?

The best olayer can play on all surfaces, conditions, etc.

Isn’t this what the game is all about? A player that can win on all surfaces and condtitions?

This stuff, these variety of surfaces and conditions, who can win consistently on them, is what makes a player greater than the rest.


Wog boy Says:

The elements are not the problem, they have to deal with them, agree. Problem is that it can turn out that some players can have advantage going into SF by not having to deal with elements due to having a roof, on the other hand some can play two days. In that case it is not same for everybody and not all the players have to deal with elements. It is what it is, Nole better get ready.
I did post on the other thread that AO from QF onwords play all matches on Rod Laver Arena, regardless of luxury having second, Hisense Arena with roof. But I guess there is tradition involved in Wimbledon and they don’t want to change things around.
I am not saying this because of Nole, I would say for any other player being in that situation.


Michael Says:

Wog Boy,

Do you suspect any conspiracy by the Wimbledon Authorities of deliberately putting Novak in Court No.1 to avoid him the experience of playing under roof ??


the DA Says:

There’s definitely no conspiracy. The reason Nole is on No. 1 is that every match of his so far has been on CC. All the top seeds get at least one appearance on No. 1. It’s just a pity they waited until the QFs for his turn.


jane Says:

Michael, Nole did play under the roof, versus Reynolds. So he’s had a chance.

DA, agree that earlier in the event would’ve been better.

Wog boy, that’s cool about Rod Laver & the marquee matches. But grass is an issue, as having all matches on CC would wear it out even more, so I get why it’s not possible at SW19.


Wog boy Says:

Michael,

Absolutely not, if there is one thing I believe in, that is traditional British/English fair play. That is why I always liked English and not Spanish football. BTW, I think Nole played under the roof this Wimbledon. I think the DA is right, he played all his matches on CC, my point was that it is important to make sure, if they can they can, that no player is disadvantaged by having to play two day or without day off going into the SF. So no, no conspiracy theory from this Nole fan.
I was far more upset when they made Nole playing after midnight at IW on freezing temperature. That was a bit od disripect for Nimber One.
All good here, lets hope there is no rain.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

You are right, I didn’t think about that (grass) silly me:(


jane Says:

Nah, Wog boy. It’s just something we wouldn’t normally be used to as there are so few grass events. I wonder when RG and USO will have a roof? I’d imagine soon. Hope for no rain tmrw. Cheers.


Long Live The King Says:

“Lets not rehash tournament “elements”. Blue Clay, the wind of ‘IW”..etc..etc…etc….”

Good point. The blue clay, however bad a move showed us one thing. The best players get the job done. Every one was busy complaining.

Guess who won? Yes, Federer and Serena – the best tennis players in this generation.

One of the many things about the wonderful sport of tennis is the variety of surfaces and how you have to adapt your game according to surface/conditions and I believe there is only one other sport that matches it in this department.

I have to say I still wish they just had a fedal exho over the weekend or maybe just get them to play a doubles match.

I last felt like this, as I mentioned in 2002 wimbledon. After agassi lost to srichapan, a few hours after bastl knocked sampras out, I did not watch another minute of wimbledon.

This time around, I am more wise and I have not totally abandoned tennis and I am going to watch JJ and JMDP. I maybe the only one wishing for a JJ-JMDP final, but I will try my best to watch Djokovic and Murray try to make it to a 3rd slam final in the last 4 slams.

I feel murray winning this Wimbledon can be a huge factor in the year end no.1 and future slams and number 1 ranking – a lot like 2011 Australian Open for Djokovic. If murray wins this and all the pressure he has been carrying all these years is lifted off of his giant shoulders, he really might go on to achieve bigger things. I definitely hope so.


the DA Says:

@ Long Live The King – agree that there has been much to enjoy despite the shock losses in this tournament. Especially agree with your last para.


Michael Says:

Jane, Wog Boy,

Well has Andy played in Court 1 ? I am not sure.

Still it is difficult to digest that such an important match between Berdych Vs Novak is shifted to Court No.1 instead of the Center Court. It is good that you do not suspect any foul play in it and it may well be the case. But if you ask me my opinion. I would say the Authorities still have some time and they can shift this match to Centre Court which is obviously the most glamorous match of the day.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Novak should also be on CC,he is the world number 1,so its only fair,with rain forecast and Andy been a Brit,i suppose if we are been a bit cynical,we could say that the organizers are trying to make it difficult for Novak and easy for Andy,as Andy is the home hope and all,i suppose you can never count out the possibility of foul play,just saying.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Have to say i never agreed with the roof,for me it defeats the object of what is supposed to be an outdoor tournament anyway,for me dealing with the rain delays,is all part and parcell of it,how it affects the players mindset,all adds to the excitement,players having to adapt to the circumstances is what makes them great champions,sorts the men out from the boys,or the ladies from the girls,hate the roof hate it,sorry my two cents.


the DA Says:

@Michael

Andy played Lu on Court No. 1


Polo Says:

Whoever wins among today’s draws, I just hope the tv commentators would not say what I believe to be the most stupid statement but they almost always say: “He won because he wanted it more”.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Polo yeah agree complete BS,typical tennis clique,also am i the only one who finds BB and Tim Henman saying very much so at the end of every sentence,and Sue Barker and her throwing down the gauntlet comments just irritating beyond belief.


James Says:

“He won because he wanted it more”.

I hated it when a lot of people said Nole would win RG because he wanted it more than any other tourney. I hate it no matter who says it. They all want it! Wanting something don’t make you get it. You gotta earn it.


the DA Says:

Every little bit will help Nando, even tips from Rafa. But the question is: can he execute them? I remember the 2009 AO match clearly. Verdasco played a great match but Andy was still in his ‘too passive’ mode. Completely different situation now. He is a threat though.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

James exactly,i want to win a million pounds on the national lottery,i also want Hugh Jackman to make love to me,but its never gonna happen unfortunatly,although Nole winning the FO is more likely,but he will win it if he earns it but not until,end of.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Nando has had a new lease of life tennis wise which is great to see,so will be pulling for an upset here,Murray im sure will be on his guard,im hoping this will be a good match,iteresting to see two spanish players in the QRTs of Wimbledon,and one of them is not Rafa,just goes to show its not only the CCs that they are capable of playing good tennis on eh?hmm who new?


the DA Says:

Uh-oh. A journalist just tweeted that Delpo only managed 1 minute of training and he is now talking to the doctor. That would be tragic if he had to withdraw. Fingers crossed it’s just a precaution.


the DA Says:

Nevermind, the journalist made a mistake and was talking about Ferrer. Still bad news. The pitfalls of live tweeting.


Michael Says:

Alison @5.08 am, I converge with your opinion!!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

The DA hopefully it is,he will have to run alot against Ferrer,if its a Ferrer against most likely Novak semi,then Novak is a shoo for the final given Ferrers horrible record against Novak,the better semi will be on the other side of the draw most likely Murray v JJ IMO.


the DA Says:

@ Michael – I still need to you to ‘converge’ with my post @ 5:36 am.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Michael thanks i hate the roof anyway though,always have.


grendel Says:

” I maybe the only one wishing for a JJ-JMDP final”

That would be fun!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Grendel indeed that would be a great final,or what about Verdasco/Ferrer?


grendel Says:

No! (to the Ferrer part……)


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Verdasco/JJ,or Verdasco/ JMDP then?


grendel Says:

The problem with Verdasco getting through to the final – a real, if small, possibility – is that I can’t see him stretching Djokovic. I don’t mind Djokovic winning, but I would like to see him taken to the edge.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Grendel i agree its great when you get a real meaty contest thats beffiting of the final,ala 2008 Federer/Nadal,or Federer/Roddick 2009,IMO i havent seen any like that since the 2011 final was good but not great,likewise last year for me was more the hype of it been Murrays 1st ever final,and Federer going for number 7.


Wog boy Says:

grendel,

Nole is yet to make semifinal, never the less final.


Giles Says:

Sensing an upset today!


the DA Says:

^ where? CC or No. 1?


Wog boy Says:

^^

Not as big as Darcis one for sure.


grendel Says:

Wog boy

Appreciate that you’re nervous! I was only talking in hypotheticals. I think actually Berdych has the ability to stretch Djokovic (in his informal talk with Sue Barker, Djokovic opined that “they would both find it hard”. He said this in an understated way which was impressive.)

And Murray can of course. I can’t see anyone else right now.


pitchaboy Says:

Murray in three, max four.
Novak and Jerzy in four.
DP in four if knee good; if not, it goes the other way.


the DA Says:

Wow, that’s a lot of taping on Delpo’s knee. The commentators described them as the “walking wounded” – Daveed’s ankle, Delpo’s knee. Let’s hope they can give the crowd an entertaining match. There’s some tennis royalty today: Rod Laver, Manuel Santana, Nicola Pietrangeli and Jan Kodes. Oh and Sir Alex Ferguson.

I think I’m going to be focusing on Berdy/Nole.


TennisZod Says:

Wog Boy, why nervous? Nole is best he win this match easily. Be confident fan like Nole.

Giles, hope you is right. Want see British crowd disappoint see their boy Murray lose. Wimbledon 2013 for Nole. Not ladies forehand boy.


Wog boy Says:

grendel,

I am always nervous when Nole plays, I think it is part of being Nole fan. I am trying to relax by watching “Midsomer Murders.”
I love it, nice countryside, relaxed acting. Easy to watch. Which part of England it was filmed.


the DA Says:

I can’t believe it. Delpo is down and it looks bad.


Aravind Says:

Oh Dear! Delpo falls and it is looking extremely bad.. Same knee that was injured earlier… Cannot believe how unlucky he is…


the DA Says:

He’s in tears. Who can blame him? I pray it was just a scare, but the replay looked bad.


Thomas Says:

Tons of drama on centre court. hope Delpo is ok. In other news, Federer has decided to play HAMBURG in addition to Gstaad later this month. (that’s 2 clay events on the trot.)


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Wogboy Sommerset is where Midsummer Murders is filmed i believe,although people can feel free to correct me if im wrong.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

DelPo looks miserable! Come on big guy, turn that frown upside down!


TennisZod Says:

People watching No1e match? He serving so good. Berdych win some cheap point with drop shots. Nole attack net, Berdych become clueless. Ajde No1e!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

TennisZod all fans are nervous when watching their favorites to a certain degree,surely you wouldnt be human otherwise.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

It worked! I turned his attitude around.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

DelPo putting together a few awesome points.


Aravind Says:

I thought this could be a match that Delpo could win. Ferrer has not been playing good this wimbledon, he has lost 1 or more sets in each of his matches, and Delpo looked to be the person in better form.. Unfortunately, the fall had to happen at the worst moment. Delpo has to keep blasting serves to have a chance..
Interestingly, Delpo seems to have learnt a bit from his losses. He is not offering any pace to Ferrer in the middle of the court. From that position Ferrer is unable to hurt Delpo. Only when he gets a good shot, Delpo is pulling the trigger. In the past, he has tried to play with the same pace and it has hurt him..


the DA Says:

Delpo is playing so well. However it doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to finish this match. Such a pity. Hope I’m wrong.


TennisZod Says:

Now I little nervous. This Berdych guy play good today. I know Nole win but make me nervous. Nole break Berd’s wing. I mean break berdych.


Aravind Says:

Delpo has played some memorable matches on grass. 2011 against Nadal in 4R, against Federer & Djokovic in olympics last year.. This guy CAN play on grass..


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

The thing is can a compromised Delpo hang with Ferrer over a possible 5 sets?It wont bother David one bit as he can run all day and night if need be.


Debo Says:

Berdy’s game is safinesque.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

DelPotro in form is just awesome. It once seemed like he could play at this level forever…


Aravind Says:

@Tennis X, Ferrer is carrying an ankle injury himself..


TennisZod Says:

How Berdych win long rallies with Nole? Nole better baseline player. Comon Nole! Break the bird. Hope Tomas is get nervous and lose the set.


TennisZod Says:

Why people talk Delpo and David match and no No1e match? No love for world best player? :(
comon Nole fans support legend.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Aravind the battle of the walking wounded then,seems Daveed handles injuries better than Delpo though for some reason?


grendel Says:

At times – as in the game just completed, the terms “defence” and “offence” become blurred when attached to Djokovic. His game is indeed amazing, and one feels full respect for Berdych for so gamely (and skilfully) hanging on.

Vidic, Man United defender and a Serb of course, spotted in the crowd.


TennisZod Says:

Ferrer injury not serious like Delpo. Remember he also Spanish. You get my point I hope.


Debo Says:

Nole is playing at his BEST and serving like a dream. But still Berdy is leading 6-5 in this set.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Novak has looked very solid so far in this tournament,but for me his matches have been all too easy,would really love to see how he reacts to a real battle,like having to battle from two sets down,everyone knows that Berdych needs to win this 1st set i believe to have a chance,if he loses the 1st set on a tight TB,i think he will go to pieces mentally.


Debo Says:

If Berdych can find his first serves Nole will be out of wimbledon.


Aravind Says:

I know it is early days.. But Delpo is looking AWESOME..


TennisZod Says:

I hope you right @tennis x hippy chic Berdych lose TB and mentally is pieces.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I like Novak’s look: the half smile, eager focus. Like he can’t wait to swing at the next one.


Ben Pronin Says:

This set is unreal.


TennisZod Says:

No1e win. Now he win next 2 set and match over.


Ben Pronin Says:

Cmooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon!!!!!!!!


the DA Says:

Berdy breaks in the first game of the 2nd set.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Urgh Berych watch him totally colapse mentally now.


grendel Says:

First half of set, Djokovic on top – tennis out of this world. 2nd half, evens, until Djokovic pinches it right at the end. Berdych had his chances bothe in game before tiebreak and tiebreak itself. Djokovic not at his best then, but still won through. You’ve got to make the most of those tiny openings – surely Berdych will rue his failure to do so.


James Says:

High level tennis from both Novak and Tomas in 1st set. Berdych the more aggressive player but Nole’s defense sees him through. That’s what makes Novak such a difficult player to beat.


jane Says:

Are you watching Hippy Chic? Berd broke Nole the first game of the next set? He hardly collapsed. He is extremely composed.


James Says:

@hippy chic, I don’t think Berdych is mentally gonna colaspe just yet. I still see him winning a set.


Rick Says:

Berdych will not be going away this easily, it was Djokovic who choked in Madrid! If Del Potro is in the semi. He could upsets Djokovic like he had at the Olympics.


James Says:

Berdych gets a double break! @hippy chic, Tomas doesn’t seem to like your perception of him ;-)


Ben Pronin Says:

Berdych running away with it now.


the DA Says:

Just as Berdy gets the double break, Delpo breaks and will serve for the 2nd set.


grendel Says:

Berdych’s power and speed (!) and sheer heart quite stunning. This is the Berdych that we sometimes see, a truly awesome athlete. How long can he keep it up?


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Jane yeah fair enough,not the usual Berdych then,not been unkind to your Nole or anything but it would be great to see a match where he is pushed,should come through though i would expect in 4 or 5 sets.


the DA Says:

This is Berdych, he could just as easily lose the 2nd set.


Kimmi Says:

Delpo :)


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

James Thomas does not not seem to like my peception of him,good and i dont even like the guy either,but great to see a contest all the same.


jane Says:

Or he could push it to 5 tough sets (like versus Andy at the USO). You never know. Berd isn’t #6 in the world for nothin.


James Says:

and the old Birdman returns. Gets broken. Now can he hold for next 2 games?


grendel Says:

Back to business. Djkovic’s kick serve doing great damage.


the DA Says:

What did I tell you? Two breaks reclaimed. Back to business.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Jane but Novak is not the world number 1 for nothing either,and Berychs record against Novak is nothing to write home about,no harm or foul or anything all i wish for is a contest.


Ben Pronin Says:

Wow. It’s like Berdych put everything into those 3 games, played truly amazing tennis, and that was it. Maybe drink some Gatorade buddy.


James Says:

@hippy chic, was kidding. I don’t know why but a lot of people don’t seem to like Tomas much. And btw he’s given back the double breaks he got. Could end in 3 for Nole now.


grendel Says:

Doublebreak back. I have the feeling when Berdych is at his best – an awesome and beautiful spectacle – he is hovering on top of a plateau where he can barely sustain himself. Djokovic, on the other hand, is a player of infinite resource, who, if he is down for a bit, can dig into his locker of goodies and bring out something appropriate. A remarkable player.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

^Dissapoiting has a lot of talent,but theres something missing between the ears^.


James Says:

Berdych struggling to get his 1st serves in. Hard to see him win a set off Novak without his big 1st serves.


jane Says:

Hippy Chic, I agree. Nole is not number 1 for nothing. A lot of hard work goes into that I should think. ;)

grendel, love reading your nice words about Nole.

Can anyone comment on the Delpo/Ferru match? I am missing it but it looks like Delpo is cruising.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Grendel agree Novak is made of much tougher stuff than his opponent.


TennisZod Says:

Good see Berdych choke against world best player. Now Nole win this set easy.


Rick Says:

Djokovic will not wins Wimbledon, not impress of how he fared in the Slams since 2011. Murray would wins!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Jane i never said otherwise,Nole is indeed very talented and has worked hard for his success,he might not be my favorite,but i admire and respect all his achievements,ive never belittled the guy or bad mouthed him on this forum have i?my critisism has only ever been objective as it is with all the players even my favorite(s).


Thomas Says:

I read somewhere else that Berdych’s 1st serve is 21 %. Seriously, it is shocking the match is even competitive given that stat. I am watching the delpo/ferrer match so I am not sure if this is correct.


jane Says:

Thomas, No that’s not correct. He’s been about the mid-50% for first serves in, winning around 65% of them. But he’s actually winning 57% of his second serves too.

Can you comment on Delpo/Ferru? Curious.


the DA Says:

haha…never in doubt. #berdbrain

@ Jane – still on serve in the 3rd.


James Says:

Looks like this is where Nole breaks Berdych and take the 2nd set. Meanwhile Delpo is up 2 sets vs Ferrer. Didn’t think Delpo could win this with the injury. But here we are.


Danny Morris Says:

Djokovic is playing so good, you can give him the wimbledon trophy right now. What a player. Berdych would have been 2 sets up against any other player left in the draw, but djokovic doesn’t even look like he will concede a set.

It looked like he took pity on berdych’s misery of losing the 1st set and donated 2 breaks and then he realised – no mercy and just decided to get both breaks. He is just not beating good grass-court players like mayer/haas/berdych – he is toying with them. A concept all too familiar to federer fans, who watched Federer at his prime 2004-07. I remember federer fans on another tennis site used to compare it to tigers/lions playing with their food, you know, because the kill is so easy!

This is easily the best tennis I have seen at Wimbledon in the last 20years by anyone not named Pete Sampras or Roger Federer.

I have a few words for all lady-forehand and claydal fans. Your favs will need a miracle to get the no.1 ranking from Nole. This is seriously entering Federer 04-07 form. If the fanged one keeps choking and claydal keeps getting injured outside clay, Nole will sleep walk through to atleast 14/15 slams. We will see. there is still a match to be played and a Wimbledon to be won – I have seen even Federer lose slams after playing in the zone till the finals of a slam, but I am feeling extremely bullish about Nole. His chances of overtaking rafa in the GOAT list are looking very promising. This Wimbledon, I now put nole @95% chance to win his 2nd wimbledon. If lady forehand makes the final, we are looking at a 1st wimbledon final bagel since 2006 Wimbledon final where federer bageled claydal.

Ajde Nole! Thanks for saving tennis from claydal and lady forehand and playing such wonderful shot-making and aggressive tennis. Hold on to it till dimitrov/jerzy are ready to take the baton from you.


James Says:

Breaks Djokovic twice and still lose the set 4-6! Must be very disappointing for his team and anyone supporting him.


Polo Says:

Berdych’s brain overheated after going two breaks up. Now it has began to melt away.


the DA Says:

^ yada….yada…yada

#scrollbait


grendel Says:

This match, as a competitive spectacle, is essentially over now, I should have thought.
Well, personally, I got what I wanted, but only barely. Djokovic WAS stretched – and he rose to the challenge magnificently – but not to a great extent, in all honesty.

To me, the spectacle we have witnessed (I don’t think the epilogue can provide a surprise) shows that tennis is not exclusively about winning. Of course, that is the most important thing, but there are other aspects too. Berdych in full flight is a great and unique sight, and I feel privileged to have been allowed to see and appreciate it.


Ben Pronin Says:

Can’t disagree with DM too much, except for the useless insults thrown at Nadal and Murray.

Djokovic is playing extremely well. Better than at 2011 Wimbledon for sure (maybe not better than earlier 2011, though, but it’s irrelevant).

Berdych collapsed out of nowhere but Novak is just, wow. I’m still cautious but optimistic. I don’t think Murray is in this league, yet.


James Says:

@DM, I like that you can’t do without mentioning a certain Spanish player in your posts.


James Says:

Nole definitely is playing very well this tournament. But tbh I think Berdych created his chances too but failed to take them up like Nole does.


the DA Says:

@Ben – I agree largely but then again this is Berdych who only has one default setting: hit hard. He’s feeding Nole the balls he loves to get. He looks awesome but I’d like to see how he responds to someone with a bit more variation.


Danny Morris Says:

Oh wow! Delpotro, I knew the match was on his racquet and knees, but after that fall, I thought he may even retire or withdraw – he is showing us what a champion he is by giving us such a wonderful match. Beating ferrer is not a big deal, and on grass, even ferrer’s mediocre game becomes more mediocre, but Del potro is showing the heart of a champion.

I hope his knee injury will miraculously heal for USopen just like rafa’s knees which seem to have a mind of their own and be better/worse depending on the surface that suits his game.

Good on you JMDP. Even if you lose this match, you showed the world what a great champion you are. Berdych/Tsonga should learn from this guy.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Delpo is looking very good in his match too,so that will be a difficult match for Novak hoefully,that is assuming Delpo comes through which i would expect now all barring a miracle.


jane Says:

DA, actually Mayer plays a very varied game. Not sure if you watched that match, but Mayer even has shades of Santoro with that two handed forehand stuff. Nole dealt with it fairly well. Also, Tommy gave Nole quite a few slices and mixed up the pace. Some worked but Nole got down for a lot of them.


Daniel Says:

Does anybody ever won Wimbldeon without losing a set? Because Djoko and DelPo may reach semis very shortly withoit losing one and somdoes Murray.


the DA Says:

@Jane – Yes, but I was thinking of someone of a higher caliber than Mayer. And Haas was just off his game, at least until the 3rd set. We’ll see. Looks like it’s all but over now and you can celebrate soon ;)


James Says:

It’s not Novak’s fault if other players can’t give him much of a fight. In this form, he’s gonna be very hard to beat. Delpo and Murray are perhaps the only players left who can take him down. They will need to create their chances and grab them to beat Nole.


jane Says:

Ferrer actually has slightly more winners than Delpo. But more than double the errors.


the DA Says:

TB to decide whether Delpo goes through or they go into a 4th set.


James Says:

The way Berdych is playing, I don’t think he believes he can beat Novak. He’s looking to finish points as quickly as possible, as a result making many UEs.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Dont get me wrong Noles played brilliantly this tounament,but both Delpo and Murray beat Nole at the Olympics last year,so i dont think this Wimbledon title is necassarily a gimee for Novak,sorry just my opinion and i assume im still aloud one?


James Says:

Novak to serve for the match. Hard to see Berdych breaking back. Wimbledon ends here for him. Novak to meet Delpo in semis.


Skeezer Says:

Birdsh!t, Birdbrain. Makes sense. Apperently he used it, he shouldn’t have.


Thomas Says:

Ever since Berdych joined twitter I have started to like the guy, as his tweets are hilarious! But good win for Novak.


the DA Says:

Wow! What a way for Delpo to win the match. Jaw dropping. I’m impressed with the way he soldiered on after what happened in the first game of the match.


Aravind Says:

Delpo’s last two FHs to get to matchpoint and win the match reminiscent of his FHs against Federer on that fateful day in Sep 09! Well done Delpo.. Now go and give a fight to Djokovic…


Danny Morris Says:

“Can’t disagree with DM too much, except for the useless insults thrown at Nadal and Murray.”

@ Ben – you get giles/da/volley/margot/jane [2nd fav murray] to stop taking digs at Federer, I promise you my posts will be squeaky clean.

Are you game for a tennis match/tennis quiz and an IQ test. I seriously want to know if you really are better than me on any of these fronts – in a very good way, because I know you are the smartest of the lot here and play tennis – unlike 90% of people on this forum. I really am not trying to provoke you here. I love competing and even if I lose the tennis match/tennis quiz [I am sure I wont lose both of those and I am positive my IQ will be higher than yours]. Anyway, I am looking at this as a fun challenge. Let me know if you are game enough.

I wish wimbledon would allow a nole-serena match. It would atleast have more purpose than the inevitability that will unfold in the next 4 days at SW19. Remember 2004,05,06,07,09 and 2012 wimbledons? This wimbledon has that feel. Djokovic is head and shoulders above everyone left and this is definitely the surface he is most vulnerable on. Unless Federer conjures magic like he did from sep 2011- aug 2012, I don’t see Novak losing his no.1 ranking this year and maybe even until Wimbledon next year – remember he will have truck loads of points to gain in the clay season.


Polo Says:

Somebody lied. I was told this Djokovic-Berdych match was going to be the most exciting quarterfinal draw.


Kimmi Says:

what a match point! so happy for delpo. He is got a lot of beatdowns from ferrer, glad his knee is holding up.


TennisZod Says:

Nole win! Now who say Nole not win Wimbledon? Anyone bet?
Now next is upset of the day as ladies forehand go out to a Spanish clay man.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Yes Del Potro!
So excited to see him in a Slam semis again.
I’m a huge Federer fan, but what a great Wimbledon this is turning into. Really exciting moment in tennis history.


El Flaco Says:

Two amazing forehands winners on the last 2 points of the match for DelPo.


jane Says:

Delpo and Murray (likely) would be extremely difficult opponents for any player, Nole included. And Haas and Berd had beaten Nole on grass and both had beaten him this year, so was very nervous for those. It seems silly to take things for granted. Nole fans have been through enough roller-coasters over the years to know this.

The great thing is that he’s playing really nice tennis (so great to watch), he’s equaled last year’s points and he kept his semifinal streak going, which is just an added bonus.

Well fought Berd; he looks dejected, awww. :/

Onward and upward: Nole/Delpo it is. Ajde Nole!

Now for Muzz/Hotsauce and JJ/Kubot!


TennisZod Says:

Danny boy, your IQ good as long as you support Nole. Even though you also likes Faderer. Hope you soon fully become Nole fan and left Faderer fanboy days behind.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

WOW Delpo that was some performance,hope to see a great match against Novak,sorry for Daveed who always comes up short against the top 4 players,sorry for Berd too dont like the guy but it was as good as anyone can play against Novak,he seems to lack that self belief in the big moments,where Novak seems to be made of tougher stuff mentally.


the DA Says:

@ Jane – “Nole fans have been through enough roller-coasters over the years to know this.”

Bet you we’ve been on more (and have t-shirts to prove it) ;)


Skeezer Says:

Great win by Nole. Birdsh!t was in form this tourney, and was a well deserved qtr final win by th world #1.
Been a joy the past week to read some “pure tennis fans” posts(mostly).
Congrats to Delpo, hope his body holds up.


Aravind Says:

@Tennis x hippy chic, this is a big win for Delpo.. Ferrer has been a pain for Delpo since his return from injury.. His serving today was incredible.. Ferrer is a great returner and he did not have a chance today(no breakpoints I think)…If he is injury free and playing like he did today, Delpo is genuine top 4 talent.. Sadly, over the last two years, days like these have been few and far between


grendel Says:

what a tiebreak! Bit of bad luck for Ferrer, when on serve, ball called out and umpire overruled (correctly), but Ferrer had been in prime position in rally. As it was, delPo given a first serve in replay of point, and aced. Ferrer so disgruntled, temporarily lost focus and lost his 2 serves. However, delPo also provided a couple of gimmes, so it was still all to play for. I had just been thinking that delPo’s return of serve not too good – and how this would hurt him against Djokovic – when he did a stunning return of a good Ferrer serve, landing right on the line with Ferrer just keeping out the yorker. Eventually, the great delPo fh did the trick. That was exciting, because had Ferrer won the tiebreak, he was perfectly capable of going to 5 sets.


jane Says:

DA, during a stretch of 2009-2010 almost every other service game was lost to double faults. It was insanity! Gack! Like the corkscrew over-and-over. ;)


Danny Morris Says:

“@DM, I like that you can’t do without mentioning a certain Spanish player in your posts.

July 3rd, 2013 at 10:03 am”

James:

I do that for my countless claydal fan friends like Giles/Brando/zod/da/volley/hr. I am glad you are enjoying the attention rafa gets from me too. Let me know if you want to more about my thoughts on him ;)

j/k dude, but I hope you realise I have to payback people for how they bad-mouth federer/nole. As I said, the day Federer/nole is given their due credit, I will make posts like that saintly friend of mine, LLTK! He’s a fair fan like you, but trust me I tried that with this lot before I stoop to their level.

Getting back to tennis, I love Del potro’s game centered around that monster forehand – 3rd greatest forehand of this generation. [1 = federer, 2= nadal - happy james?].

Nole should still win in straights. I just realised djokovic might just do what even sampras/federer never did and only borg did. Win the whole damn thing without losing a set! What an achievement that would be.

6 more sets to go.

I will say this in the nicest way – murray better lose in the quarters or semis. Even I – who dont care a hoot for his game donot want him to torn apart by novak in the final. novak did that to rafa in 2011 and rafa has won 1 match at wimbledon after that. murray, as I am sure even margot/da/volley/jane will agree is nowhere even as mentally strong as nadal.

I guess I will root for murray to win a set in that final just for his own sanity’s sake. I am not even sure if it is better for murray to lose the final in 5 sets, like nole did at USO 2012. Fedalovic are just cut-out from a different cloth.


Nikola Says:

Novak will not loose the set, even in a final. Amazing stuff. Only Borg did it in open era back in 1976.


James Says:

“he seems to lack that self belief in the big moments,where Novak
seems to be made of tougher stuff mentally”

Berdych tennis story. He’s always had the game to beat the best on his day. He’s always come close to beating the top guys only to lose in important moments. Doesn’t seem to believe he could be one of the top guys up there with the big 4.


Nikola Says:

Lol Danny at same time same prediction.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Aravind i love Delpo too,and i hope he can carry on serving that well he will need to against Novak,lovely to see him playing that well again,hope it carries on into the rest of the year,love that last point what a beauty haha.


the DA Says:

haha…Delpo in his interview said he nearly pulled out in the first game and the trainer gave him some “magic pills” which made him feel nothing. Let’s hope it isn’t painful when they wear off.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Love how posters seem to believe their own oppinions are bona fide facts.


grendel Says:

@James 10.44

Not sure I agree w.r.t Djokovic. He has to play at an incredibly high level and he does have that level – but maintaining it is another matter. He probably needs a few more tricks in the draw.


Danny Morris Says:

Polo, definitely not me. Let me quote myself from earlier today:

“Nole Vs Berdych – Berdych is the toughest opponent of the lot, but luckily he will be dealt by the guy looking in best form as of now. I will be surprised if nole loses a set here. He might even serve a breadstick, like he did to the most dangerous 4th rounder any of the quarterfinalists faced – haas. Nole 75-25.”

I knew this would be the easiest/lopsided of quarterfinals, not entirely because berdych is a chump. Berdych really has been playing good and played some terrific tennis. He would have beaten anyone except nole-in-the-zone, today. that’s how tennis is. the best player wins, but the 2nd best player doesn’t always make the semi-final. In some cases like last year, the 2nd best player of last year’s wimbledon claydal might even lose in 2nd round because he runs into a journeyman player like rosol who plays the greatest match of his life. same thing happened to federer this year. now claydal’s loss to darcis, that just shows the dude is done winning slams on grass.


Polo Says:

I thought Berdych is a very good player. Then I saw this match and Djokovic showed plenty of things missing from his game. not only the mental part. He does not move as well as the top players and he does not have enough variety of shots. He beats a lot of people with his power but against a player who moves well and can handle powerful shots, he is always as a disadvantage. Is there an active player out there who has power, moves and returns better than Djokovic?


grendel Says:

I meant Berdych w.r.t.Djokovic.


Nikola Says:

I don`t just beleve it, actually i am betting on my own oppinions. Doing greate so far:)


jane Says:

“He’s always come close to beating the top guys only to lose in important moments. ” – James, Not always of course.

He beat Murray at the FO, both Federer & Nole at Wimbledon, and then Federer again at the US Open, where he also pushed Murray to five sets. He’s much more mentally composed in recent years. People should give him credit for that shift.

He’s like Tsonga, in that he can get the win over one of the top guys but maybe not the 2 or 3 needed to win a slam. If he went up in the ranking, say even to number 4, then maybe he’d have a better shot. Although time’s a-ticking.


Wog boy Says:

Good job Nole, time for bed.
Sean was right, Bada Bing was right and few others. I didn’t dare to predict anytthing, enjoy the rest of matches.


Kimmi Says:

wogboy – sean got it all wrong re: delpo. And I am glad he did.


Wog boy Says:

Before I am gone, maybe … just maybe, Nole has to do something with that some exelent players look ordinary when they play against Nole. Not all of them are having a bad day when they play #1;)
That’s all folks.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Fuuny how fans come out of the woodwork, when their favorite is doing well,bigging up their favorite,the grass is green, the birds are singing,love the tradition of GC tennis,love these nobodies doing so well taking it to the top players etc etc, only to dissapear in a poof of smoke if their favorite loses,fans can be very fickle with such short memories sometimes.


Wog boy Says:

Kimmi,

I am glad for Delpo too, though Ferrer would souit as better.


Wog boy Says:

“suit”


Danny Morris Says:

“Love how posters seem to believe their own oppinions are bona fide facts.

July 3rd, 2013 at 10:49 am”

You talkin to me Alison? You talkin to me? Read it like robert de niro in the movie taxi driver. I am just joking. Do not take tennis forums seriously. We are here to have fun and I have fun by putting certain people who revel in taking digs at federer/nole. Enjoy your posting and stick around. Tennis is bigger than rafa/murray and even federer/nole. Who you rooting for? i want a jerzy-verdasco semi. LOL! okie dokie, I will make it jerzy-murray final for you. sound good?

Talking about de-niro, does anyone think nole resembles de-niro? I don’t know if one of deniro’s ancestors got naughty with one of nole’s ancestors, but they got some similar features. Just to clarify, I am JOKING about the ancestors!

Nikola:

Is that your real name, if yes, were your parents inspired by Tesla? I am a huge fan of his and I believe he is the GOAT of scientists – he is the laver to einstein’s federer.

I am quietly confident Nole will achieve that piece of history. I will see if I can make some money betting on that. Any betting company would be foolish to give better than even odds for nole’s winning the tournament now. It is THAT obvious.


jane Says:

Wog boy, I feel the same.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Danny Morris no i wasnt talking to you,i might not always agree with what you say,so i will agree to disagree,however you do have the courage of your convictions unlike some,and thats what i find annoying,and its not exclusive to any one set of fans just an overall generalisation.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Berdych has a good look at 1st set. He was 2 points from the set. But the way Nole regroups and gets in to a zen mode, it still would have been his last set at this wimbledon. But that would have given a different perspective on this match.

But the second set after Nole was down 0-3 and then went on to play some of the finest tennis we could witness. It’s a real pleasure.


Wog boy Says:

Danny,

I actually think that Nole’s father looks like de Niro’s tween brother. Think again?
I cannot sleep, adrenalin is still too high.


pitchaboy Says:

As I predicted a few days ago, DP all the way. Going to be very tough against Novak, but if he does not keep falling, should pull it out.


Danny Morris Says:

Wogboy : well said @ 11:03. but you can’t blame rafa fans/murray fans when “genuine” djokovic fans like jane are busy feeding the myth that nole is lucky to win these matches with her constant paranoid views going into every match. I would rather people passionately support another player if they are going to do a disservice to nole’s great play by not acknowledging how terrific he is playing right now!

I guess, a lot of it has to do with how good your tennis history is and if you have actually played tennis. As I said, I have not seen anyone other than Sampras/Federer play better than what Nole is doing at this tournament so far. Acknowledging that and saying Nole will have 95% chance of winning this tournament doesn’t mean I am dissing delpotro – who is a favorite player of mine or jerzy, another player who I like or lady forehand, whose game I do not like.

It only says, I am confident about Nole and I say this being secure about my knowledge of tennis history – built on hours of tennis viewing and research on tennis books and history and my ability to understand tennis because I actually play tennis.

Polo:

” Is there an active player out there who has power, moves and returns better than Djokovic?”

Right now. Nobody. That is why I say novak might just have found the key to day-in-day-out success and no.1 that only Federer/Sampras have ever had. I would say Nole found that key in 2011 and misplaced it at end of 2011, which federer promptly found and snuck out a Wimbledon and 15 weeks at number 1.

It doesn’t look like nole is going to misplace that key anymore. LOL!


pitchaboy Says:

However, love watching the Poles play aggressive grass court tennis. Sick and tired of a couple of guys winning all the time. Woule be nice to have a Jerzy and DP final.


pitchaboy Says:

Novak will never dominate Wimbledon like Fed or Sampras; power tennis eventually wilts and peaks are of shorter duration. He is not a natural on grass likely those two guys.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Danny Morris i will stick around if thats alright till the weekend?thats assuming im actually aloud to? which is when i go on holiday,im enjoying the tennis anyway no matter who wins,Andys my second favorite my apologies for that,so i hope he wins the final sorry for that too,but Nole like you say has got the title in the bag so probably no point me even watching the final ,whomever Nole faces in the final is in for a beatdown, so pretty much no point in me watching the final,just as well i am going on holiday really(sigh).


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Sorry dont see this De Niro likeness that everybody talks about,Nole is way better looking than De Niro ever was,i always thought he had a similar look to Britains very own Tim Henman IMO.


Danny Morris Says:

Alison:

Calm down. As I said, do not take this stuff personally. If you know me personally, you would know I am not so ruthless towards rafa/murray but unfortunately your hand gets forced on tennis forums like this where certain people do not extend the courtesy to my favorite players – Federer and Nole.

Take my tip: You will be very happy if you look at these forums for what they are – a game that lot of people play to support their fave and put down their opponent. I would say go ahead and curse whoever that person is – you know within reasonable limits, we don’t want you to get moderated/banned by Sean and co. LOL! Just be tactful. Online sports forums are tougher than the toughest or meanest places on earth. If you think this is nasty, check out football forums during brazil/spain match the other day. Anyway, these forums are fun, if you understand the rules of the game and play accordingly.

So go ahead and curse, I will try my best to defend your stance. LOL!

I see Janowicz is closing the 1st set and murray is trying to stay in the 1st set. I am supporting a lefty spaniard after a long long time. Vamos hot sauce. ;)


pitchaboy Says:

Again as I said couple of days ago, Murray undercooked from lack of competition. Needs to pick it up ASAP or the lefty Spaniard strikes.


jane Says:

Nando with more errors than winners; shocked he won that set.

Andy’s first serve isn’t quite firing whereas the lefty one isn’t easy to deal with.


Thomas Says:

I am glad Wimbledon fally nicely into my university holidays. So I can stay up late and watch all the matches. (I live in Australia so the time difference is big)


Thomas Says:

I mean “falls”.


Nikola Says:

Yep, my real name is Nikola. Glad u are fan of Tesla:) Look Danniel if u realy betting u have to put money on doubles too. Long story, but tricky too.


grendel Says:

Kubot had set point against Janowicz, and he responded with longest rally of match (19 strokes), pasting the base line with nerveless shots. It was a cool, measured reaction by a match tough player. And now he has his reward with a set. Every time I see Janowicz, I become more impressed with different facets of his game.


Kimberly Says:

wow, verdasco snuck that one. Still fully expecting a Murray win.


Danny Morris Says:

Wogboy @ 11:21

Let me google that brother of de niro!

As for the adrenalin, I did not sleep for a whole day after the 2012 wimbledon. I spent close to 4-5 hrs playing chess, table tennis and tennis before I worked my adrenalin off.

Listen to this – whatever you do, DO NOT rely on alcohol. I did that after 2007 wimbledon and trust me, it solves the problem temporarily, but the next day will be like your own version of the hangover trilogy. LOL!

Super verdasco. Don’t choke like the 2009 AO semi-final hombre, think about 2012 madrid match against rafa and close out lady forehand. You will be doing murray fans a favor – it is better he loses here than lose in the final and cry again.


Nikola Says:

Andy gone have play 5 sets.


Polo Says:

Verdasco won the first set in spite of all those unforced errors. Hopefully, he can play with less of those the rest of the match. Then we’ll see if Murray is really good enough to win this Wimbledon.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

lovely to see Sir Alex Ferguson supporting Andy along with Sir Terry Wogan,Roy Hodgeson etc etc.


jane Says:

DM, I never said Nole was “lucky” to win his matches. I said last night it’d be tough but “I like his chances.” I said today he’s #1 because he works hard. Luck has little to do with it. Nole’s awesome. Wog boy knows I am a “genuine” fan and that fans come in all types and there are no rules for it.


Nikola Says:

He will not chocke. Hes not nothing to loose in a first place. But Andy is 5 time better player then him.


Danny Morris Says:

Nikola:

Good to know. We also share a liking for gambling apart from liking Tesla ;)

Tesla has a huge fan following. I can’t think of anyone who knows science and engineering not being able to appreciate the genius of Tesla. It is like watching tennis and not being able to appreciate the genius of Federer/Nole.


Nikola Says:

Yes, i am hoping too se Fed-Nole match on Us open this year. WTF? Andy loosing second set? I am betting that he win next 3. Easy money:)


jane Says:

Crazy point.


RZ Says:

Not happy with how Murray’s match is going right now…


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Danny Morris 11.31am ok if you say so.


Nikola Says:

RZ he will win it relax.


Ty Says:

Nando pouring hot sauce on everyone’s strawberries and cream.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

If Andy aint carefull here,he will be two sets down.


Kimmi Says:

wow! from 3-1 murray does not win a game. Hmmmm!


Nikola Says:

Not fair. They only give 2.00 for Andy win. It should be at least 5. Smart bookmakers.


Skeezer Says:

Hot Sauce? Really?


pitchaboy Says:

Bad day for Andy fanatics.


the DA Says:

What the hell is wrong with Andy. He’s going out playing like this. Verdasco is playing (and serving) unbelievably well but Andy is dreadful.


RZ Says:

Nikola, I certainly hope so!


Nikola Says:

U can bet it will be:)


Skeezer Says:

Murray playing awfully tight. Head games.


Danny Morris Says:

jane @ 11:42:

No need to get defensive. We all make of your posts what we will. If Wogboy disagrees with my view regarding “genuine” novak fans like you, I am sure he can speak for himself. I will ask for your views, if I really think they have some value. To me, your posts reek of confusion and lack of tennis knowledge and experience playing tennis. Again, that is my point of view and I really don’t care whether you like it and I definitely don’t expect you to accept it, seeing as it is a criticism of you. Again, just like you think you are a genuine fan of novak, I think you are not.

We can agree to disagree and enjoy the wonderful tennis nole is playing.

As I said, I call a spade a spade and unlike most people I can spot a spade quite accurately.

In my book Dave, Skeezer, madmax, LLTK, Veno, Polo, Tejuz and a host of other old posters are genuine federer fans, james, kimberly,alison and to some extent brando are fair rafa fans and badabing/wogboy/courbon/duro [he used to post here before, badabing - are you duro?] are genuine rafa fans.

Ben/Sean are the most objective of the lot, though Ben is a safin/fed/djokovic fan and I think Sean likes Fed more than rafa/nole but I could be wrong.

Murray fans, well, if I start talking about them I will have to talk about ferrer/berdych/tsonga fans, so I will just say I dont care much for them to bother with them.

Yourself and Grendel come across as confused tennis fans who cannot take a stance as a fan of any player – maybe due to lack of tennis knowledge or a lack of playing tennis or an inherent fear to be decisive or any or all of those. A lot of people might call that being objective, but I do not agree. Objective is what Ben/Sean are.

Hope that settles this. I hope you see I have a logical set of reasons to believe what I believe. If at some point I am convince you really are a true novak fan, I will admit my mistake and apologize to you. For now, you are the same Jane who used to support everyone except Federer during his 2004-07 domination. I know all the nasty thing you said about Federer and even mirka, then. So save me the “fair/genuine fan” argument.

I still like some of the off-court stuff you talk about nole, though I do not value off-court stuff as much as the on-court genius.

Keep posting and let us agree to disagree.

Great to see verdasco proving my claim that this match was on verdasco’s racquet. Ben/James : how about that? be frank and tell me if you heard/read that from tennis “expert/analyst”? Ben: yes/no will do. I know about everyone getting something right sometime, but be honest about what your thoughts were going into the match?

vamos hot sauce, you really are doing something you should have done 4-5 years ago, play well on grass. you should have realised it when claydal started making those finals in 06 and 07. too bad, you did not have me as a coach! LOL!


Nikola Says:

Damn Andy cmon i don`t want to watch crapy wimb final!!!!!!!!!!


pitchaboy Says:

Andy is dreadful because he is rusty. He has been playing nobodys thusfar. Janowicz v dP would be a good final. Some new guy to win this title.


the DA Says:

Verdasco vs Janowicz in the SFs, who would’ve thunk it?


RZ Says:

Murray was clutched his back at one point during his last match and then took longer to get to press. He said it was all ok but now I’m wondering if it really is. No disrespect to Verdasco, who’s a fantastic player, but on grass he shouldn’t be too much of a threat to Andy.


Ty Says:

Danny, get a therapist or get back to work. Your blog cloggers are eliminating space for my clever witticisms.

#getbacktoworkDanny


Nikola Says:

pitchaboy

I mean are u serios?


andrea Says:

wow. just saw the score. c’mon verdasco. that would be a sweet upset. verdasco is so streaky, it would be nice for him to make it to another semi.

nice win for delpo.

berdych, as usual, never making it.


Skeezer Says:

Funny, you think Hot Sauce will somehow some way choke the match. But Andy is not helping.


Nikola Says:

Andy is wining this whats wrong with u tennis specialist?


senthil Says:

I am following match live in BBC sport. Totally Crap coverage.. Hyping Andy murray like King of Tennis. For UK media, i dont want Murray to win Wimbledon.


senthil Says:

Incredibly, Murray still favourite to win this according to Betfair. Absoultely crap


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

I wish that the umpire would tell the crowd to be quiet when the players are playing points.


the DA Says:

There’s a break but that doesn’t mean much in this match.


James Says:

@DM, I actually don’t care if tennis fans on tennis forums question Nadal’s greatness. In short 17 > 12 > 6 > 1. Also I wouldn’t take a clearly biased fan’s view on tennis too seriously.

Agree with you on Federer and Djokovic being great players, perhaps more complete than their peers or any other in history. I’ve always said that Roger’s more gifted than Nadal and even Novak is technically better. Yet Nadal leads the h2h and has better career winning % than either of them. Yes yes clay. It’s all part of tennis, clay, grass, HCs. I don’t know if you’re aware of this but Nadal is considered to be one of the greatests of all time, the one player who could challenge Federer’s GOATdom if he could win a few more Slams, preferrably non clay ones.

It’s cool if you feel that you “have” to pay back to those that bad-mouthed Roger/Novak. I have taken that bait myself in the past. Rafanatics aren’t the only ones annoying, you know. I’ve come across many annoying Nole fans in the past. But on this forum Nole fans are few (from what I’ve seen so far) and not as annoying as fans of other players. So I do know how to take cheap shots at Roger/Nole if I want to. I don’t because I don’t dislike them and respect them for their great achievements. Roger btw is my second fav player after Rafa. I’m neutral on Novak and Murray.


Nikola Says:

senthil

Then u bet on Verdasco and loose money. Now its 2.50 for him. Go for it..


Bada Bing Says:

I just finished watching the Novak match on tape.
Awesome guy, fantastic match!

I’ll say this: Court 1 did not stop Novak, the partisan crowd did not stop Novak and the second grass Nole Slayer did not stop Novak.

It looks like Novak could be on a revenge grass tour. Delpotro is next. I like the Novak win here too.


Danny Morris Says:

Okay peeples, I don’t know what to say to my good friends DA/Volley/Margot. I honestly think this is not a bad thing for murray. He really will not be able to handle the psychological trauma novak will bring onto him in the final.

This loss might just help him when he actually meets nole in a final next year or 2 years from now – or hopefully someone would have elminated all 3 of federer/nadal/djokovic or atleast someone like delpotro would have pushed one of those 3 into a 19-17 5th set in the semi-final and they are totally fatigued like what happened in olympics.

Maybe hot sauce will choke a 2 set to love lead – not at all beyond him and some miracle will happen in the final.

Whatever happens, please continue posting here and don’t go away like claydal fans. It’s great fun, all this banter with you guys!

Now let me go and count how much monies delpotro’s win has brought in for me :)[hopefully verdasco and janowicz will bring in the goodies too. verdasco's win will actually give me a huge sum]

Be nice to Federer/Nole kids.


senthil Says:

Nikola .. R u Brit… UK media and People support and expectations for Andy murray is totally stupid and agrroant. Thats makes him lose. u should understand that first.


Brando Says:

Congrats to all Novak fans- most especially Courbon- on his 2nd Wimby title.

It’s an inevitable win, imminent win so may as well as register my congratulations now.

An injured- unfortunately so- Delpo will not stop him, and nor will young Jerzy or hotsauce Verdasco.

You can only beat who’s infront of you and he took care of business.

Congrats.


Nikola Says:

Look i am Serbian. But i like to wacth Novak- Andy final. Period.


tennisfansince76 Says:

can Andy turn it around. first two sets looked like a regression. the Return of Mr. Lady forehand. Murray was not hitting the ball w/ authority. just dinking and dunking and slicing hoping to not lose the pt instead of winning it. i have observed plenty of opportunities during pts for Murray to take the initiative and would not do it. that is the old Murray. he did the same thing against Nadal in his 2 semis. ceding the initiative to a quality opponent on grass = LOSING.


senthil Says:

Is Sampras Coaching Janowicz ? 24 Aces and 8 DF’s. Unbelievable second serves !!!


RZ Says:

Nikola, I like your optimism. I’m still hopeful that Murray will pull it off.


RZ Says:

Gotta say, Kubot might be losing, but he’s playing really well for someone in his first slam quarterfinal.


Nikola Says:

RZ

Just relax, and enjoe the rest of the macth.


Brando Says:

Re Muzza:

Absolutely WTF!

the 2nd serve.

Oh god: My first full match this Wimby of seeing Muzza play was the 4th round and I knew there and then he will not win Wimby due to that 2nd serve.

It is the most abject out of the top 4.

Tossing the ball into play at 70-82 MPH: boy are tossing chicken to hungry lion’s!

It belongs in the women’s game- and it’s cringe inducing seeing Andy serve such guff considering how strong his 1st serve is.

Why is he hitting it so slow and with nothing spin?

Why not hit it flat and in the early 90s like Novak?

Such a weak spot in his game that the likes of Novak will be all over it without invitation being necessary!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

James like you im pretty much delighted with Rafas achievements overall,im not going to belittle Novak or Rogers achievements to justify that either,as they all have their own personal and unique achievements in one form or another,Roger has done things no one will ever surpass,likewise for both Rafa and Nole,all 3 will go down in history as all time greats,and for me tennis is all the better for it,for the record i think Noles fans are pretty cool(the pound for pounders),Jane,Harry,Wogboy,Mat4,Courbon are great fans that take the rough with the smooth,just the odd one or two that can get rather irritating by coming out of the woodwork when the goings good bigging up their favorite only to dissapear in a poof of smoke when the guy loses,not saying that this is exclusive to Nole fans though.


Giles Says:

Andy can and will turn this around hopefully. He has come back from 2 sets to love down on many occasions. and I expect the same from him today. GO ANDY!!


Danny Morris Says:

James:

All is cool, except, when all is said and done, it is looking more and more likely that nole will be 2nd on the goat list and not rafa.

We will see. I am glad we agree Fed is the greatest right now. I have Rafa as 6th in my GOAT list behind fed/laver, pete, rosewall, borg. I am still reading up on pancho gonzalez and lew hoad, but I am fairly convinced rafa has got better portfolio/profile than them.

As for dealing with trolls, well we have our own methods. We can agree to follow our own paths, i am sure.

Keep posting and I hope rafa really makes a comeback outside of clay. there is no way you can spin 1 title outside clay in 33 months as anything good. I know you don’t agree but 14slams with 7 wimbledon, 0 FO, 5WTF and 280+ weeks at no.1 will definitely be considered a superior achievement to whatever rafa’s numbers are with 14 slams. Your h2hs, winning % will not count for much, because any guy with enough understanding of tennis/stats will know that rafa is actually being rewarded for being a one-surface player and being unable to adapt to other surfaces, which is at the very core of our sport.


James Says:

I posted a link here a few hours ago where Nando said he’s playing the best tennis of his life. I believe he’s right. He also wanted tips from Rafa on how to beat Andy. Sounded to me like he genuinely believes he can break Britain’s heart by beating Murray. Now I won’t be too surprised if he wins this. But I think Andy will win.

And yes the biased British media (sorry Alison and other Brits here) has always overhyped Murray as though he is on par with 10+ GS winners. Been to England a few times, spent a few months, always the same story when it comes to sports. Should Andy win Wimbledon, they’ll start calling as one of the GOATs.


Nikola Says:

Prediction for 4 set. 6-2 Andy


the DA Says:

Thank god, a double break. Staring to play better now. Still loads of room to improve.


Grand Slam Says:

You are a great poster DM! Love the fact that you are more realistic than the majority of the posters here! I usually don’t post but regularly read everything! It keeps me entertained. Today I just had to post and give you a “high five” for being blunt and realistic! BTW, Fed/Nole are my favorites!!!!! Cheers and hoping for a Nole title!!!! I hope it happens?!


Brando Says:

DF but an excellent 2nd serve: 91 MPH.

Go for it Muzza!


volley Says:

^ lol. have to love it when one moniker creates another just to get affirmation.


James Says:

To be fair, Britain also some of the best heads in sports. While most overhype British sports, there are also many that want more improvement and don’t mind calling a spade a spade.
Also when it comes to tennis and cricket (a game they play in England, South Africa, Australia, India and some other countries), British fans are the best. They appreciate good performance from anyone even if it’s against their own player/team. You don’t see that in most other places.


the DA Says:

Muzzah takes the 3rd set but he needs to focus more than ever. He’s come back from 0-2 down 6 times. This set is going to be very uncomfortable viewing.


RZ Says:

Brando, have to agree with you on Muzza’s 2nd serve. I remember in one of his previous GS finals (I think US Open against Fed), I said to a friend that Murray needs to beef up his 2nd serve before he wins a GS. He had improved it in the past. Hopefully he’ll get it back.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Brando. it had improveed. i think it is more Mental. unlike some other players Murray’s mental comfort zone is playing 75%, not to lose tennis. that 2nd serve definitely has hurt him. i think it won Nole the 2012 5 set AO semi.


Brando Says:

‘British fans are the best.’:

As a Brit, I’m not too sure on that statement.

I think we are very fair- or relatively so- to non- fav’s or foreign players v home fav’s.

We are pretty sporting towards them.

BUT………

My biggest and ONLY issue is: sometimes we do not back our guy’s in the loud, clear and immensely uplifiting manner that other countries do.

For example: the recent Brazil v Spain confed final saw the home crowd create a hellish atmosphere for the Spanish to play in and lifted their players to a great height in their performance.

Last year at Olympics Andy won due to that immense support: he even stated that it was unusual to see but helped him big time.

Great crowd support can get that extra 10-15% from a player: especially when facing a big challenge.

So I just want to see the home crowd back players like Muzza more vocally, fervently as other countries support their own.


Giles Says:

@volley. My thoughts exactly!
DumbassThingToDo


Lefty Says:

Andy is prolonging the match for the evening audience in the UK.

Seriously though, his first serve is firing now and he showed in the third set that he is back in this match big time. Andy to win in 5!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Brando there was 3 occasions when Murray was beaten by Rafa in the semis at Wimbledon,and Rafa said how great the crowd always was even though he had just taken out the home hope,but then again maybe Rafa was lying about that wouldnt put it past him eh?LHS BTW *ROLLS EYES*.


the DA Says:

What a point!


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Danny Morris i have to disagree w/ you there. Nadal did in fact adapt to faster surfaces. it’s just that even so he has far less margin on faster surfaces than he does on clay. he is after all a 5 time finalist/2 times champion. no chump player can that. but if you look at those 5 final runs there were quite a few times where he had difficult matches he could have lost. whereas at the FO that is rare. a couple to Nole really and 2-1 sets down to isner in the 2011(te year of the very fast balls). if he loses just a few % capacity on faster courts he can fall off tghe horse


Brando Says:

@RZ and tennisfan:

Completely agree with you both.

To me Andy’s 2nd serve is the best indicator of how he feels:

When he hits it with spin, tossing it in at the mid 70s MPH range to me it indicates that more than likely he is playing the old: passive, let’s wait for him to make a mistake defensive tennis.

As we all know- that will NEVER win him a slam.

But when he hit’s it flat, in the late 80′s/early 90′s MPH range: it usually indicates an aggresive, attacking Muzza.

That Muzza is a REAL contender.

He just hit a 87 MPH in that game: a good sign IMO.


Nikola Says:

Andy looks tired or injured???


tennisfansince76 Says:

i am disappointed we didn’t get to see Fed play Janowicz here at Wimbledon. might have been interesting


Lefty Says:

This is going to be one helluva fourth set…


the DA Says:

JJ goes through to the SFs.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Brando and there’s no doubt he can do it. look at the Fed semi at the AO this here. he served big and hit big.


Brando Says:

@TFS76:

Yep, a great case for a flatter 2nd serve.

Andy need’s to impose his game here, getting the crowd going.

Send Fernando the message: it ain’t a gimme crossing the line v me here buddy!


the DA Says:

Verdasco has the most wicked lefty sliced serve.


Lefty Says:

@tennisfansince76

Yeah, nothing better than seeing Federer take down a big man with a huge serve ie Karlovic a few years ago.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Tennisfansince76 great post indeed Rafa has been in 5 finals so far and won 2,and Novak has been in 1 final and so far won 1,ok granted Novak is now better,but overall Rafa is still the better GC player,only Roger of all the active players has more Wimbledon titles and wins,Novak may go on to win the title this year and then next year who knows,but unless he does it,its an none issue whichever way you spin it,2 is still more than 1.


jane Says:

30 aces from JJ in that match, with 9 doubles. 58 winners to 14 errors. He lost a lot of second serve points, though, and definitely doesn’t seem to do as well on the receiving end of things.


James Says:

@Brando, I meant British fans are very fair esp when it comes to tennis and cricket. I won’t say that about the football fans or even rugby fans.
But yes I agree, Muzza could do with more crowd support at Wimby. I don’t know but it seems quite a few English fans haven’t forgotten Andy’s “any team but England” comment. If he gets to the final, which he should, I hope the crowd at Wimbledon could give him that extra support being vocal and all.


the DA Says:

Ooh, dangerous moments.


ckr Says:

Just got a chance to see the score..I must say, I am very disappointed with Murray…How could Murray loose two sets to Verdasco….If he looses this match, it would be even worse than the looses he had at US Open (Cilic & Wawa)..I am still hoping that he will pull this one..There is no way, he is going to beat Djoker with this kind of form…


Lefty Says:

@James

Some people will never forget ‘that’ comment.
In the sporting arena the UK is often not as united as it would sometimes appear.


andrea Says:

congrats to jerzy? nice emotion on the win.

let’s go verdasco. you’re letting these break chances go.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Andy playing 15 feet behind the baseline and this is grass court tennis.


the DA Says:

Break!!


Lefty Says:

Muzza breaks!


Giles Says:

Goodbye Nando! Go Andy!


the DA Says:

Now FOCUS! Verdasco is redlining everything, still dangerous.


Humble Rafa Says:

Match between chokers. Lady Forehand has an opportunity to tank the 5th. My amigo will his opportunity in the next round.


grendel Says:

You often see this. Kubot was romping through his service games easily and challenging on everyone of Janowicz’s in the 3rd set. Janowicz grimly held on, though, hoping for a change of tide, no doubt. And he got it. Kubot was footfaulted, a Janowicz mishit was a winner. It’s as if Janowicz knew this was the time to pounce – and he did, producing among other things a wonderful lob, not a stroke he often has recourse to. When he came to serve it out, gone were all the previous uncertainties. This man is competitive right through to the marrow of his bones.

He had a long embrace with his fellow Pole, and was so emotional – he was actually quivering – he was barely able to talk to the interviewer. I wouldn’t rule him out for the final, whether it is Verdasco or Murray he faces.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

God Verdasco is incredibly good looking,no wonder they call him hot sauce.


James Says:

“there is no way you can spin 1 title outside clay in 33 months as anything good.”

agree. But you’re forgetting something. Nadal lost 7 finals in a row to Djokovic. He was the 2nd best player in 2011. If not for Novak, Rafa would have won another Wimbledon, USO and AO and be sitting with 15 slams and not 12.

“your h2hs don’t count”

they actually do. It’s the one big reason why if Nadal gets to 17 Slams (with a few non clay ones), many ‘experts’ and players, current and former will argue Nadal is the GOAT. It’s also the main reason why so many bitter Fed fans are against Nadal. There has never been and never will be a single player more solely responsible for the most devastating blows and losses to Federer’s career.

Good GOAT list you got there.
Btw, see where so called ‘experts’ ranked Nadal in the greatest all time list. This was before he got to 12 Slams:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_Greatest_of_All_Time


grendel Says:

X hippy chic – is tht why he is called hot sauce? I thought it was because Verdasco rhymes with Tobasco – a hot pepper sauce. Perhaps a bit of both?


Lefty Says:

@Tennis x hippy chic

Good looking and talented.
Unfortunately for him still not enough to win this match :-)


Danny Morris Says:

Grand slam:

Thanks for the high five. stick around and we will have a huge party sunday with the genuine federer and nole fans.

pete/fed/nole are cut from the same cloth of aggressive shot-making. I am hoping for a nole-janowicz final. I would have liked to see a 4th round between fed-jj, like 2001 wimbledon, but fed had to go and get stakhed by his colleague in the ATP.

a nole-jj final would be a total block buster. seriously, does anyone really believe andy will even win a set of nole in the final? if you do, i have a huge statue on an island near manhattan that you can get for just a few million bucks.


van orten Says:

at his choking best hot sauce hahahahah


the DA Says:

Two sets all. Whew!


Lefty Says:

The Scot wins the fourth set.
Now for the formality of a fifth.


Lefty Says:

@van orten

Nah, Murray raised his game :-)


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Grendel missed the JJ/Kubot match,couldnt tear myself away from Murray/Verdasco,great win for JJ,and i believe you could be right in that it could be a Delpo/JJ final,the womens final will be a 1st time GS champion,its not out of the realms of possibility that that could actually happen on the mens side too,although there will be a GS finalist there,and not two none GS finalists like on the womens side.


James Says:

@DM, if there is a tennis ‘GOAT’, it is Roger Federer from Basel, Switzerland. If not a guy with 17 Slams, who? Rafa has 12 and may or may add to it. No one knows.


Danny Morris Says:

“There has never been and never will be a single player more solely responsible for the most devastating blows and losses to Federer’s career.”

Not true. Nole hurt federer more. he beat fed @ AO before nadal did and same about USO. 2010 and 2011, i don’t think anyone other than nole could have stopped fed at USO. USO is the fastest slam, according to speed tests done by ATP, google that article it is on either men’s tennis forums or granstand, i think. Federer would have beaten rafa like he did at 2010WTF and 2011 WTF[this was absolute thrashing - never seen an over the hill champion thrash his rival who is 5years and his prime the way federer did to rafa that day]

we will see, but I am positive nole’s chances of jumping nadal over in the goat list look much better than nadal getting anywhere near 17. 5 more years and we can put a seal on this generation. let’s see how they unfold. as a fed/nole fan, i feel quite confident both will end up with better career numbers than nadal and higher on the goat list.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Grendel Verdasco/Tabasco haha yeah get it now,im out of touch with some of the tennis lingo though.


Grand Slam Says:

@DM: I will be around for the party!!!! :) Waiting for the choke fest of Dasco to end! Boy he’s done it again, donated a 2:00 set lead!?? I guess the question now is: will his choking continue or would Andy buy a second serve and a brand new looking forhand???

TBD


van orten Says:

what i really really cannot understand and i mean everyone here…why is it that much of a drama if someone of the top 4 loses??? fed lost ok he has already 17 gs and is almost 32 so great he still plays. nadal is nadal and he cannot win everything by grinding and djoker ok he is number 1 so i shut up right now haha and murray ok murray again is murray and already 26 so what do u fans expect?? him winning 12 grand slams ?? forget it… and to nadal and fed fans…they both had their share of nailbiting wins over their career…maybe fed had more devastating losses than nadal but those began to come on a regular basis since his 27th birthday so watch ouut nadal fans for some fedlike losses a la vs djoker us open 2010/ 11…losing makes u stronger and human…i like to have experienced those tough losses as a fan…the rest of the tennis world can play too by the way ..vamos delpo vamossssssssss


Danny Morris Says:

Thanks James.

Nadal is definitely the clay goat and right now no.2 player at wimbledon, among players in the last decade!

let us see where the chips fall.

as predicted sauce melts. the match is still on his racquet. too bad, nadal did not lend uncle toni to hot sauce, so toni can do his “talking” from the players box like he did in the fo semi. atp should allow on-court coaching to chokers like berdych, lady forehand and hot-sauce!


James Says:

“Rafa has 12 and may or may add to it.”

*may or may not add to it.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Lefty good looking and talented,but not enough to win this match,good as Murray is the one i want to win this match anyway,i am a Brit and half Scottish,so lets go Murray :-)..


Danny Morris Says:

“maybe fed had more devastating losses than nadal but those began to come on a regular basis since his 27th birthday so watch ouut nadal fans for some fedlike losses a la vs djoker us open 2010/ 11…losing makes u stronger and human”

van orten: do you really think losing to nole in 2011 when nole was at his best after having match points[fed was 30years old, hadn't won a slam in 18months] is a more devastating loss than losing to rosol and darcis at 26/27 in the 2nd round and 1st round, coming into wimbledon after winning french open?

how does this logic work, again?


van orten Says:

@danny morrisdef. hardest loss for fed and for me was 2011 us open because i really believed he had already won it. 40:15 and 2 first serves??? that still hurts and i really do not know what happened there. one ace one service winner and bye bye nole..did not happen and in the end it showed that djoker is a great champ as well..i wish him luck even though i will cross fingers for delpo because he is fellow latinamerican and it would be great to see someone other than the top 4 winning this whole thing …not because i am scared of nole or murray or whatever if they win they deserve it basta…i just think it would be great for someone breaking that chain of consecutives gs victories who was the last to break it?? right…delpo!!


Lefty Says:

@Tennis x hippy chic

Cool! Another Murray groupie.
That must make at least 5 on this forum.

Delpo is my second choice (Nole maybe).


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Danny Morris Novak will win more GS than anyone ever man or woman,he will win a GS for 10 straight years,he will win 6 WTFs,6 Wimbledons,6 USOs,6 FOs,6 olympic singles gold medals,he will have superior records to not only Rafa but Roger too,he will play till he is 45,there you go happy now?


Nikola Says:

Tennis x hippy chic

I think the same:)


Lefty Says:

Hot Sauce is not giving a very good impression of a choker at the moment.


van orten Says:

losing vs darcis or stakhovsky does not hurt that much because you know they only lost because they did not come with their best play in the big moments!!! vs djoker at us open fed played vs world number one and had him practically out of the competition by playing a great great match!!!! that is my logic after all;-)


Nikola Says:

Actualy 8 Wimbledons. Don`t be cheap.


the DA Says:

@Lefty – I don’t think he’s choking at all. Very strong IMO


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Lefty thanks Rafas my favorite and then Murray,but Murray is the player i wanted to win Wimbledon all along anyway,but i still like admire,and respect all the other players,dont care for Berdych or Gulbis much though if im honest,and i do like the groupie bit too haha.


RZ Says:

Nikola, what happened? I thought you were being optimistic! We need to keep cheering for Andy. :-)


Nikola Says:

I told u RZ to relax and that Andy will win 2 hours ago:) But i am Novaks fan.


Nikola Says:

But no matter still like Andy to win this one.


the DA Says:

113 mph 2nd serve ace. Hot sauce is not choking.


Nikola Says:

the DA

Next game Verdasco gone loose by 0. And i am good for 400 Euros:)


James Says:

@DM, at 2010 USO, Rafa would have beaten Roger in the final imo. Maybe you have forgotten how Rafa played in the final against Novak. Nadal also had that 135mph 1st serve in the tournament. Rafa was just a different animal that USO.

Also Roger Federer is 16-13 vs Novak Djokovic and 10-20 vs Rafael Nadal. Djokovic beat him once in a Slam final during Roger’s peak. Nadal beat him in every French Open and then 2008 Wimby followed by AO 2009. And Roger has never beaten Rafa again in Slams.

As for Novak getting more Slams than Rafa, not sure how many Nole fans (that aren’t Fed fans first) agree with that. Rafa has 6 more Slams than Novak currently has. And sorry to disappoint you but Rafa isn’t done yet. He’s the best player of 2013 so far.


Lefty Says:

Damn! It was not supposed to be this close.

Where is Colin and Margot???


the DA Says:

Ooh..that game was dicey. 0-30 but Andy survives.


RZ Says:

@Lefty, I split my time between being a Murray groupie and Fed groupie, if that counts. I like all the top players except for Berdych, but find myself rooting more for Murray these days (since Fed has won so much already)


Nikola Says:

Verdasco is playing with my money!!! Don`t like that.


the DA Says:

I think Andy will now be broken and lose. There, I said it.


James Says:

@hippy chic, great post ;)
Maybe I should start overhyping Djokovic myself and call him a failure if he fails to collect 12 slams.


James Says:

I’m not watching the Murray-Verdasco match. How is it going? Does Andy look to finish the match being a Brit or Scotish?


Lefty Says:

@RZ

I can see that – Murray and Fed.
Maybe not Fed and Nadal!

As a half Jamaican Brit living in Denmark I’m rooting for Murray, Wozniacki (or Nielsen) and Dustin Brown :-)


the DA Says:

Unbelievable couple of points!! Andy gets the break. My poor nerves.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

James i dont really know why Rafa is bothering to play tennis anymore,12 GS a career Golden Slam,the 1st player in the open era to win a GS for 9 consecutive years,24 Masters Titles more than any other player,the 1st player to win a GS 8 times,only two players in history with more GS,my god what a failure he may as well retire now(sigh).


Lefty Says:

Sådan!!!


jane Says:

I did not see any of Nando’s matches prior to today so didn’t see this coming. A couple people on here predicted it could be a tough match, like Hippy Chic and Michael. He was revived and Andy had to step up to win that!


Giles Says:

@DA. Feel better now? Phew!!
Good tough test for Andy and he survived. Well done Andy!


Ben Pronin Says:

Those last 6 points, Murray really stepped up. Finally played huge. Overall fantastic 5th set.

This definitely pushes Djokovic into sole position as the favorite for the title. Janowicz could very well do what Verdasco was unable to.

Del Potro is an interesting case but I’d be surprised to see Djokovic lose 3 sets considering his form.

We’ll see. Exciting semifinals for sure.


RZ Says:

Congrats to Murray! But next time don’t put us fans through the ringer like that!!! I hope Verdasco will build on his strong Wimbledon.

Nikola, enjoy your winnings. :-)


Nikola Says:

Nikola Says:

Yes, i am hoping too se Fed-Nole match on Us open this year. WTF? Andy loosing second set? I am betting that he win next 3. Easy money:)

July 3rd, 2013 at 12:03 pm

TNX Andy


Nikola Says:

Ty RZ


Lefty Says:

@Tennis x hippy chic

LOL!


Alex Says:

Well done Murray!

Hope he wins friday.


the DA Says:

OMG Andy you bastard! I’m a complete wreck.


Nikola Says:

Lol The DA. U seriosly beleved that he could loose this one?


jane Says:

ha ha DA. You sound it. ;)


Brando Says:

f-ck a duck: he did it!

You insane wonder!

GO MUZZA!


RZ Says:

OK Tennis-X community, I’m outta here for the next few days. Enjoy the rest of this crazy, insane tournament.

Go Andy!!!!


Nikola Says:

on line betting is second best thing in life. Aside from sex.


Lefty Says:

@the DA

Oh come on! A bit of excitement on a slow Wednesday is just what was called for.
Never in doubt anyway.

Good dress rehearsal for his semi me thinks…


Giles Says:

Just hope Delpo will be ok and up to the challenge on Friday. Go Delpo, Go Murray!!


Brando Says:

PS: and how about the crowd chanting Muzza’s name at the end- awesome stuff! :-)


Nikola Says:

Novak will get Delpo 3-0 and Andy 3-0.


James Says:

@hippy chic, I know. He could beat Roger and Nole just 20 times each. Not 30-0 or 35-0. Such a failure. He should totally retire now.


Brando Says:

‘Just hope Delpo will be ok and up to the challenge on Friday. Go Delpo, Go Murray!!’:

Seconded!

I do not think a fully fit Delpo can beat this Novak, but that’s all I wish for: a fully fit Delpo.

It’s hist first GS SF since USO 2009- a long road back to the top for the friendly, lovable giant.

Wish you the best JMDP!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

The DA your not the only one lol,i had a feeling this would be a tough match for Andy,Verdasco has played really well this tournament and all credit to him for pushing Andy so hard.


jane Says:

“Yourself and Grendel come across as confused tennis fans who cannot take a stance as a fan of any player – maybe due to lack of tennis knowledge or a lack of playing tennis or an inherent fear to be decisive or any or all of those. A lot of people might call that being objective, but I do not agree.”

grendel is a Fed fan and I am a Nole fan. Pretty much anyone who posts here knows that.


the DA Says:

Sorry guys, that really sent me over the edge. I can handle him losing to JJ (just) but not to Verdasco on grass. Have to say Verdasco played awesomely – he’s back.

BTW who was that terrible interviewer? Stupid questions. Andy looked rightfully irked.


Ben Pronin Says:

Pretty happy about Del Potro, too. It’s about damn time!

I don’t want him to win this one, though. But hopefully this will be just the boost he needs to get his confidence up in the slams. Plus this is a huge ranking boost. He belongs in the top 5, not bottom 5. It’s time to get back.

I wonder how healthy Del Potro is. He can’t be too horrible after the beat down today. I hope we get at least one set like their second set in the US Open quarterfinal last year. Arguably the best single set of tennis in all of 2012.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Nikola sex is way better,and it doesnt cost anything either.


the DA Says:

LOL at the latest tweet by PseudoFed:

“That match was so exciting I had to ask staff to move Me to the edge of My seat”


Ben Pronin Says:

DA, I agree. This would’ve been a horrible loss no matter how you slice it. Luckily we don’t have to get out the cutter because he won.

Both semifinals could be blockbusters. I watched some highlights on Jerzy’s win over Murray in Paris. Never seen someone purposely hit drop shots off of serves the way Janowicz did. That’s something special. But this is the big leagues. Murray is in his 5th straight Wimbledon semifinal. Let that sink in for a minute. Janowicz has a long, long way to go before he even breaches Murray’s league.


Brando Says:

Andy v Jerzy is a absolute 50/50 match.

Anyone who has been paying attention to Jerzy’s matches this week would recognize that this guy is the real deal: he is a beast on court right now.

IMHO: this match shall be as tough for Andy as any match would have been v Rafa or Fed in this tourny.

That’s how highly I rate JJ as a opponent for Muzza.

Andy has to come out sharp, and make sure his focus, concentration, intensity is dialed up from the start.

His serving was excellent in set 4 and 5 today- that is what is needed from him on friday.

But for now: well done Muzza!


Margot Says:

OMG why does Andy do that to his fans???? Don’t know how he pulled that out of the bag tbh. Awful passive tennis for a lot of the time :( Yet when he played aggressively he won. I’m baffled.
@ the DA
The odious Gary Richardson. Am glad Andy put him in his place.
EEK! Have to do it all over again on Friday….


James Says:

Well done; Andy! Semi final against JJ should be easier than this.
Hard to see even Delpo taking 3 sets off Nole. But then Delpo has played good tennis in the tourney. It will be a tougher match for Nole than one against Berdych. Unlike Tomas, the Argentine outplayed Novak last time they met on grass and HC.


Nikola Says:

Tennis x hippy chic

I sed second best thing. English is not my mother languge but i agree with u. Sometimes cost btw:)


Lefty Says:

@Tennis x hippy chic

You two need to get a life!

Everyone knows that tennis hits the sweet spot every time ;-)


Nikola Says:

Lol lefty. But don`t be rude to a girl. Not classy.


James Says:

@Brando, I haven’t seen a lot of JJ this time. If he’s playing as good as you say, gonna be another good match then.


Brando Says:

‘Arguably the best single set of tennis in all of 2012.’:

Completely agree.

That was a spectacular set of tennis.

Delpo is a tragic case IMO.

His game is probably the best offenseive baseline tennis on the tour I feel.

But more to it: mentally he, for me, is as tough as anyone.

He’s got the heart for the big fight and he relishes the big stages.

Had he not been injury prone, IMHO, he would be a definite contender for the top spot.

I think he’ll relish the SF on friday- and Novak knows he’s facing a champion worthy of a SF spot.

It’s all about his left knee really: that shall determine how far Delpo could possibly go in that match.

IF he’s fine, or able enough to compete well, then we could have a blockbuster on our hands IMO.

Andole final is the pick: but Jerzy and Delpo have enough game to completely change that picture IMO.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Lefty ooh err cheeky lol ;-)..


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Nikola have you tried doing both at the same time?


the DA Says:

@Ben – I agree. I watched that Paris match recently and it was a lot closer than I remembered – at least until the 3rd set. Plus, indoor conditions. This will be a big occasion. You’ve got to think that will have some impact on Jerzy. I’m not taking anything for granted though.


Ty Says:

@Hippy chick…

There is a cost to sex, not necessarily monetary, but something is always given up. Usually it’s freedom.


the DA Says:

@Margot – Garry Richardson? I’ve heard that name before, usually attached to complaints about his interviews. How does he still have work?


Nikola Says:

both at the same time? i would call u sexfansince76 and droping fastttt. lol


tennisfansince76 Says:

Murray finally started hitting the ball in the 5th set. @Margot i’d say nerves. your brain tells you to hit the ball hard but your gut cinches up. been there. nerves were a problem for me when i played long ago


Brando Says:

@James:

He’s been phenomenal IMO.

I just cannot believe he has won 0 career titles though.

Insane stat.

But for me he has a potential GS winner written all over him.

I think like Fed once he gets that first one then watch out: he’ll be a serial winner.

He’s just got way too much game not to I believe.

In the modern game: he is the best offering of the future.

Extremely tall, powerful, yet moves really well for his height.

Fantastic serve, FH, BH, great touch and variety also in his game, consistent depth in his shots: and he doesn’t need an invitation to be aggressive.

A new fav of mine for sure!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Nothing beats the high of good S.E.X,whats more its legal,none fattening, doesnt cost anything,is healthy and the best form of exercise a person can get.


Nikola Says:

Is this tennis blog or …?


Ben Pronin Says:

One the bright side, we’re guaranteed at least 1 slam champion in the final on the men’s side.

Can’t call Janowicz-Murray 50/50. Form isn’t enough. This is a grand slam semifinal. Roddick is the only player outside the Big 4 who’s beaten Murray at this stage. Janowicz can do it, not unlike Roddick actually, but he’s the underdog, not unlike Roddick actually.

I think Djokovic is playing a lot better now than he was the last two times he faced Del Potro. Del Potro probably is too, though, so we’ll see how much his injury comes into play. Not really ideal to play Djokovic when your movement may be limited, although if there’s anyone who can compensate it’s Del Potro.

We’ll see, we’ll see. I’m very excited. Even with Fedal missing, these semifinals are fantastic. This tournament started with a bang and it’s going to finish with one.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Ty nothing can beat that high though,and it exercises evey mussle in the human body too,love it:)..


Lefty Says:

@Nikola

Putting the ‘X’ in Tennis-x


Brando Says:

Yep: the SF line up is very, very appetizing indeed.

Hear’s hoping for 2 classic matches: with a Muzza v Delpo the end result! :-)

I’m off, cheers!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Lefty tennis x rated lol.


Nikola Says:

i am stil young but i will get it eventualy:)


andrea Says:

ugh. verdasco… disappointed. oh well….let’s hope jerzy finishes murray off.


Nikola Says:

Ty ppl head few laufghs, have few $$ in my pocket now to practice what Tennis x hippy chic adivise.


Daniel Says:

Alison, Ty,

Don’t forget that the damm HIV came to spoil the party forever: everytime you do it without protection you are puting yourself into risk, even couples who wants to have kids. Nobody knows what the other person did a few days before and if you have a risk behavior in this period (the window), the test only shows positive 30 to 60 days later. Everytime you do it you are puting your life in the hands of your partner and nowadays the “risk groups” don’t apply anymore.

Sorry for the doom post, but I had a test recently, was reading abput it and got a lot of clarification which I think most peopel don’t.

People showing you a negative test proves nothing unless you and this person decide to not have it with anybody else for more 30 to 60 days and both test again. And even so, anytime one person has a slip and do it outside home without protection you are under risk again.

If you think about it you go nuts, a deaseas that come to spoil the most pleasure thing in life, and test everybody.


Nikola Says:

Btw advice for tommorow. Lisicki in 3 and Flipkens in 3


grendel Says:

X hippy chic – I didn’t say I thought it would be a delPo/Janowicz final – I said, picking up on another poster’s desire to see that, that it would be fun. I believe the likelihood is for a Djokovic/ Murray final. Sorry to be so conservative!

It will be very interesting to see how Murray handles Janowicz, it’s hard to call. But surely in the end Murray will do it.

Must dash, I’m off to have dinner with Hugh Jackman.


Colin Says:

@ Lefty. “Where is Colin,you ask. I’ll tell you: he’s waiting for a lull in the endless flow of Dunny Morris self-congratulation!
Dunny knows the history of this, he studies that – is there no end to the sheer intellectual giantism of the man?
This chap, ladies and gentleman, is a member of the American banking industry – the group most hated by the general public in the USA, and the group whose collective ineptitude almost smashed their economy and triggered the current financial woes of the Western world. If that was the profession I followed, I’d keep bloody quiet about it.
All this, you may protest, is nothing to do with tennis, so why do I mention it? Well, I wouldn’t, if the man himself didn’t go on and on about it.


Lefty Says:

@Nikola

Good idea.
Im outta here – got to wash my hair…

BTW: I agree, too close to call. Think both matches will go all the way.


grendel Says:

Daniel

I heard of someone who had a test for HIV and heard the result was negative. He went white with fear. The problem was the word “negative” – because it has, as it were, negative connotations, he assumed the worst. He was hoping for a “positive” result.


Margot Says:

@tennis76
Cheers for that. I don’t think Andy was feeling that gr8/confident and then he reverts to his comfort blanket i.e passive play
@ the DA
Re Richardson.
Lord knows honestly, He is a little weasel
@Ben
Yeah, I’d put it at 50:50 tbh. An awful lot of variables will come into play. Remember how we were talking about serving a while back? Andy found returning V’s serve from the ad court almost impossible, V was serving out so wide.
At least JJ isn’t a lefty…small mercies lol.
@RZ
Hope it doesn’t rain on your parade.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Daniel i have been with the same man for 27 years,as regards other men i look but dont touch,and my husband never so much looks at another woman,and more to the point wouldnt have the time or energy,as he works 14 hours a day,i dont think you could get a more manogamus couple than us,i have blood tests every month anyway as a have a condition called overactive thyroid,the only thing i ever have much bother with is high blood pressure sometimes.


Daniel Says:

Good for you Alison, to have a relantionshiop with full confidance in one another.
I have some friend that I know who cheated his wife (with money girls), oil business is no mans lan, and she is pregnant. Just imagine if he didn’t use proper protection, the damage that could have happened? And this things happens all the time. You just have to have too much trust.

I didn’t reach this level yet, I just risk now and than:) Hate candy with plastic! I know, awfull statement, but is the true…


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Grendel lol you lucky thing then,the only man i would leave my husband for,seriously a JJ/Delpo final would indeed be alot of fun,but agree that Novak/Andy is the most likely,unless the unthinkable were to happen,and Delpo were to beat Novak,funny old game so ya never know,but give my undying love to Hugh anyway.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Daniel be carefull please you are scaring me now eek.


Daniel Says:

@grendel,

I think this one fits in the category I mentioned:)
Some people have just no clue. I have a lot of friends, male and female, all in the range of 25 to 40 who had risk behavior all the time. They just assume as we are more “educated and certain society level” that everybody is clean. As if there is no people HIV positive in Ipanema and Leblon in Rio?!


the DA Says:

Oh my, just saw this wonderful tweet from Andy Roddick:

“Matches like today are why @andy_murray has become a champion. Far less than his best stuff today, was able to advance”

Always a great sportsman. I do miss him on the tour.


Daniel Says:

I was kiitjg alison, I learn my lesson. Waiting 10 minutes to damm test to not show a line was intense. Here in Rio there is this healt center where you do it instantly. Don’t want to feel that again.

But still hate the plastic;-)

Back to tennis, Djoko looks like 80% lock now. If Verdasco could take 2 sets from Murray, imagine Djoko with that return of his can do. Hope it is a good contested match, similar to their US Open clash.

DelPo will feel the effect of his legs in next match, so I am already disregaridng his chances (althoug he too didn’t lost a set), and Murray just don’t lose to serving giants, he seems to handle them pretty well.


Margot Says:

@the DA
The perennially irritating Boris Becker kept saying that Andy wasn’t moving well. This always effects his game.
But on a cheerier note his serving was excellent.
Good for Andy R. What a nice tweet. Hope he gets to commentate on matches. Am sure he wouldn’t talk the normal you know what.
Just re-lived highlights of Andy’s match thanx to the BBB. Am almost able to enjoy…almost…


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Daniel its like going for a swim wearing wellington boots,or smoking without inhailing;-),anyway yeah as much as i would love for Murray to win this title,i think its Novaks to lose now,and put it this way im not getting my hopes up.


Nina Says:

Murray better be careful against Janowitz. Today he was so close to lose it… he was a bit lucky. Verdasco was playing on fire, he’s a different man since he changed coach and racket, so im not surprised. But he still has to work on his mental fragility.

Murray was very vulnerable today. Let’s see what happens…

Nole looking the strong favorite here.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Would love to see Delpo make his 1st Wimbledon final,i think it would be refreshing to have two players in the final that have never won the title,cant help thinking how refreshing it would be to see a new wimbledon champion on both the mens and womens side.


Nina Says:

If Nole can’t win it, then I hope Janowitz does.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

It was lovely to see Verdasco rediscovering some of the form he had when he beat Murray at the AO,and pushed Rafa in that semi in 2009,he pushed Murray hard today,the fortunate thing is that Murray is a better player now than he was then,so is now made of tougher stuff mentally.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

^Fortunatly not fortunate duh^.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Johny Mac says Delpo can beat anybody if he plays like that,but also that Djokovic can beat anybody when hes on his A game,one clique after another(sigh).


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

I miss Swiss Maestro and his fair,wise and hilarious posts,and his ability to kick ass when need be.


courbon Says:

I just came home…could not watch the match and just seen results.Yes!!! Novak looks to be in the good shape. I have not seen his match or Delpos match so don’t know what to expct but both winning in three sets ( against formidable opponents ) means they are both in good shape.Damn, and I thought Delpo is injured and Novak gets Ferrer…What I saw in last 4 matches, Novak should be able to win Delpo.
Ah, what a lovely evening ( Novak winning + stars, moon and all that ), I may treat myself with local wine and sit on terrace…


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Courbon Novak looks very good,Delpos suffering with a knee injury so im wondering how this bodes against Novak,even though he looked good against Ferrer,some of the best tennis Delpo has played in ages,Andy looked out of sorts for the 1st 2 sets,and made hard work of beating Verdasco,who seems to have a new lease of life in tennis now,and JJ looked very good too,coming through in straights,Berdych played a great match,but when push comes to shove Novak can raise his level and play better than almost anyone.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

^BTW nice to see you posting again,enjoy your wine,im a cider girl myself^.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Courbon please dont hate me,but im pulling for Depo to win against Novak,as i think it would be fantastic to have two players in the final that have never won the title before sorry no offence:)..


courbon Says:

Hi girl!You can support Delpo-I like him a a lot!
We will see what happened on Friday.
I have not been much around but I’m back now.I can see couple of new caracters around…Is Skippy around?
Is British press getting frenzy about Andy? I miss my Sun in the ‘greasy spoon ‘ caffe in the morning… ( I was always reading Times and having salads and eggs, but being a builder, I had to change slightly-I was looking out of place!)I think I’m going to become Tennis Hippy man-I will start Yoga soon-that’s very new to me, so here we go…Night, night honey,speak to you tomorrow or Friday


Danny Morris Says:

Colin:

not that it will get your dense head, but someone with your name shouldn’t get into a name-twisting game. I will make it very simple so that even a lady-forehand fan like you can understand. change the i to o in your name, got it, colo… sorry, colin.

Watching nole’s match again. I am curious if he can shift into another gear should he drop a set in the next 2 sets. I wish delpo/jerzy can really bring their A-game, so the semis will not end up being an embarassing beat down like the 2 thomas’ got on-court and all the million doubting thomas’ like claydal/lady-forehand fans.

Let’s go nole, 6 more sets to go.


Danny Morris Says:

some people need to get a room….grow up people.are you still in highscool? ask your hubby/partner to put in a little more effort so that you dont have to keep seeking it on TENNIS-x forum.

my 2million$


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Courbon i have been posting all day pretty much,skippy was posting this morning i think hes in bed now,with the time difference and all,i wish the British press would ease of Andy for a minute they are putting too much pressure on him,i love the greasy spoon breakfast and im on holiday next week so i will stuff my face then,i didnt know you were a builder,yoga is very good exercise for the body and mind,and no wonder Nole can bend and stretch like that Jelenas a lucky gal,and i like the Tennis X Hippy man BTW,love your posts speak soon take care, and may the best men win on both sides.


Danny Morris Says:

also, there are web apps or mobile apps called email, instant messaging, skype and the like. you really can use those tools instead of making a tool out of yourself on a public forum.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Danny Morris i dont know if that post was about me,but if it was i can only apologize,it was only meant as a bit of fun anyway.


courbon Says:

Still awake.he, he, you crafty girl-I had similar thought how Yoga can be useful apart from relaxing…Where are you going on holliday?


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Coubon still awake only just im off to bed in a minute to get up to wash and dress 27 old people(sigh),this weekend im going on holiday to my in laws who live in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk,theres a statue there of Nelsons column there,look it up on google maps,its a good tourist seaside resort very commercial and busy in the summer but very enjoyable,its not a fancy place or anything,butim looking forward to it as i need a break.


M Says:

“Does Andy look to finish the match being a Brit or Scotish?”

@james – LOL. He’s still a Brit!

@grendel – I am hurt beyond hurt. I cannot believe I didn’t receive an invitation from you to dinner with you and the Wolverine.

/sulking


Michael Says:

Well, I am happy my prediction has come true. I expected a cliff hanger and so it turned out to be where the match was won in the fifth set at 7-5. Andy was passive in the first and second sets and his double handed backhand was just not working. May be, he was consumed by the expectations of the British Press and fans and fell victim to the immense pressure that was exerted on him to win this tournament. On the other end, Verdasco who was so far exhibiting very good form in this tournament was also not playing his best and made far too many errors and double faults. Yet he won the first and second sets mainly due to that momentary brilliance that is always expected from a player like Verdasco and helped by Andy’s uncharacteristic errors from the back of the court. The match was just oscillating like an erratic pendulum and Andy who was so passive in the first two sets slowly regained his composure and played with a plan in the rest of the match. The key to the match in my opinion was the way Andy’s first serves clicked in key moments and that saved him this match. Verdasco had many break points even in the fourth set at 3-4, but it came a cropper. Once it went to the fifth set, it became clear that Andy would win this one considering Verdasco’s fraility despite his occasional brilliance. Strangely except for Rafa and Ferrer, many of the Spanish players are chokers. Full credit to Andy he did not lie down low despite the loss of two sets and kept fighting.


Michael Says:

The Del Potro victory was a surprise and especially the way he downed Ferrer in straight sets. He played like one possessed and his serve was lethal which combined with his ferocious ground strokes and Ferrer had just no answer as he is only a one dimensional player and has no Plan B to switch over to in times of crisis. If Del Potro continues this form and his physically fit, he can still take the challenge to Novak. But that is a big “IF”.


metan Says:

@Michael.

Do you think Nole will get real test by JMP??
50-50 I said.


Michael Says:

Metan,

The H2H is 8-3 in Novak’s favour. But recently Del Potro had the measure of him in Olympics as well as at Indian Wells. And so, Del Potro has that game to trouble Novak. But I doubt whether this will happen this time around considering the physical shape of Del Potro who is ailing with knee injury. But the way he played against Ferrer inspires some confidence that he will not give up without a fight. Still, I would say 65:35 in favour of Novak because the way he is playing so far.


James Says:

Delpo has the game to trouble Novak. Delpo’s slices and heavy forehand troubled Novak at Indian Wells. If not for his injured knee, Delpo could go toe to toe with Novak and even come out victorious like last year on grass and this year at Indian Wells. But since he’s not that fit this time and Novak’s playing his best tennis, I say 60-40 in Novak’s favor. Still this could be Novak’s toughest match yet. Both players are yet to lose a set. But can anyone confirm if Delpo’s been broken yet? Before the Ferrer match, Delpo’s service game winning % was 93 or 97!


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

James its about time Novak was involved in a real contest,meaning having to come back from a set or two down,not coming back from a break down like against Berdych,who then handed the break straight back,and then colapsed mentally as per usual,and when i say that its nothing against Novak,hopefully Delpo is not too injured and can really take the game to Novak,and he won in straight sets anyway so im wondering how bad it can be?im just glad it was not Ferrer that got through,as we all know the outcome,i would agree in that its 60-40 in favour of Nole,yesterday Delpo played the best i have ever seen him play on grass,that shot down the line on MP A-MA-ZING,lets go Delpo,so hopefully he can keep that form up against Novak,and we finally get a match that we can get our teeth into.


Michael Says:

James,

Has Del Potro really been tested in this year’s Wimbledon ? I think he beat only average players on his way to semi finals except for Ferrer and we all know that Ferrer is not such a force on Grass courts as he is on Clay and hard. So, we still do not know whether DelPo is playing at his highest level yet ? Plus the factor that he is injured should rightaway gift the advantage of Novak who is looking in fine fettle and good form at the moment.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Michael Delpo hasnt really been pushed but niether has Novak.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Delpo won the match in straight sets anyway,its not as if he came from two sets down,so how bad could the injury be?he seemed to be moving really well,and playerd some fantastic tennis from what i saw.


Michael Says:

Alison,

But Novak has beat some good players on his way to the semis – Haas, Berdych etc. However, you cannot say the same about Del Potro who has not been really tested so far. Physically, he seems to be okay according to you. But, the way he has covered his legs with bandages suggest that there is some problem that is plaguing him. How much difference that would make against Novak – Difficult to say ? But I hope it is a good match !!


the DA Says:

Lovely photo of Nando and Muzzah at the net:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BORR0i9CMAIpLT9.jpg:large

A great example of sportsmanship.


Margot Says:

What a gr8 photo, DA.
What a cheek Andy smiling though, us fans are still quivering behind the sofa…and we’ve got to go through it all again tomorrow….


TennisZod Says:

Nole deserve win this so people stop say Nole hardcourt specialist. Non hardcourt slam no.2


Wog boy Says:

Sean, are you going to do QF wrap or not? It has been while since they finished QF matches.


Wog boy Says:

Michael @2:35am,

I am with you on that one, Nole had Mayer (tricky player), Haas (on fire), Berdych (significantly improved in last two-three years with new coach), all of them better grass players than others and yet we hear that Nole didn’t have strong oponents. They are all better than ones that Delpo, Andy&Jerzy played. The reason they didn’t get set from Nole is Nole himself. Yesterday match with Berdych was example of tactical war in which one Berdych was the first one to crack. For a difference of previous matches against Nole when Berdych was hitting hard, in a last few matches he changed tactic with placement, moving Nole from corner to corner and coming to net. It was battle of nerves in which Nole won. Is anybody going to tell me that Verdasko or Kubot are better players than Berdych, Haas and even Mayer. Nole might lose against Delpo, that is OK, but give the man credit when credit is due.


grendel Says:

Wog boy

Djokovic is clearly the best player around at the moment, by some margin. So he is getting the same kind of stick that Federer always got. It’s a compliment, really. because what they were saying in those days (without realising it) is that any competition for Federer would be jammy. That’s an exaggeration, but it’s along those lines. Le rois est mort, vive le rois! Meanwhile, remember, it’s only the fans who care – none of this is of the slightest interest to either Federer or Djokovic.


Michael Says:

Wog Boy,

How quickly things change ? I remember when the draw was released for Wimbledon, it was Andy who extracted sympathy with a mine field of draw and it was generally felt that Novak had a cake walk draw although I thought otherwise and felt that his end was relatively easier. Then when things got cleared up with many unexpected upsets in Andy’s quarter, things opened up and now it looks like a pretty smooth ride. Andy is yet to meet a Top 20 player yet in his section of draw. Novak on the other hand, as you rightfully said, had to face a tricky first round and then had to face some dangerous players enroute like Haas, Berdych and Del Potro. Even Chardy is no push over. I think this experience might help Novak in the finals which I hope he will manage to make considering the kind of form he is in at the moment. Although Tennis is laced with uncertainities, honestly, I do not expect Del Potro to beat him. The way he upstaged Berdych was indeed remarkable. That two breaks in the second set I thought sealed it. But Novak’s tenaciousness turned it around and he then went to win the set. As you rightly said, Novak played with a strategy and plan and his commitment was revealed when he took some deep breaths in important moments of the match. I have never seen anyone so comfortable against Berdych like Novak is. He just likes the way he plays. As Grendel has pointed out, fans of Novak must take it as a compliment when he is abused. Because he is being abused because he has become important.


Danny Morris Says:

Novak has had the toughest draw at wimbledon this year. The best part is, he is making it look like the draw is easy- something Federer did in a most non-chalant and majestic way with dollops of genius, panache and chutzpah.

His toughest tests are yet to come, but it would be a most shocking thing if he even drops a set or 2 in the semis and finals. There is an inevitability to his march towards the crown – think about Federer 03-07, Sampras 93-96 and 97-2000 and borg during his 5 wimbledons.

His biggest challenges are:

1) his own loss of motivation/focus because the task at hand is no more challenging

2) injury

Delpotro has a 1% shot at the upset. He might play out of his mind and defy his body like in the quarterfinal, but even if he pushes it to a 5th, he will not win the match.

Jerzy has a .8% chance, should he make the final. and the fanged one has 0.2%.

Nole, seems to be playing in 3rd gear and should any of these 3 challenge, we know from past history that nole has atleast another 3 higher gears to shift into. Remember AO 2012? The 2 most defensive players on the planet on the 3rd slowest slam surface in the season and they still could not stop him. Traditionally, like sampras and federer and most agressive players, nole has no trouble mixing it up with the big-hitters. So, delpo and janowicz will be lucky to win a set against Nole.

As for lady forehand, the pressure is on and it is the business end. You could see the mind crumbling, starting with youzhny. I am not going to envy lendl’s job! He has to play both coach and shrink. He failed at wimbledon as a player, and his coaching is off to a similar start. I guess mandy’s team hired lendl thinking he might help them win 8 slams, and he did play a huge role, but an unnecessary side-effect would be that lendl’s inability to win wimbledon might damage what little chance the fanged one had – obviously it is not much with 3 GOAT candidates ahead of him.

His team should be praying/wishing depending on their religious preferences for nole to be taken out like federer and claydal. That seems to be his best chance, right now.


Danny Morris Says:

Well said Michael. You can see from the irrational hatred from rafa fans that Nole has made it big. I hope muzza fans are not spewing the hatred, because it is not a very smart thing to do, let alone it being nasty. Rafa fans atleast got clay numbers, what has muzza got? NADA!


James Says:

I agree Nole has the toughest draw esp with Tomas Berdych in the quarter final and Del Potro in the semis. Wimbledon is now his to lose.

@DM, agree Nole is the best since Federer/Sampras. The way he’s playing, no one has a chance against him. The only way he’ll lose if he chokes. With Novak, that’s highly unlikely to happen, no? I guess Novak fans (and some Federer fans) should start celebrating. There’s no way anyone’s going to stop him from winning his 2nd Wimbledon, Slam #7.


Danny Morris Says:

@James:

As I said, nole has 95% chance of bringing the title in. I know my math and probability and how the world works to know the 5% needs caution from my side.

murray fans should start their hiding behind or under the sofa, maybe some rafa fans will join them too, having tried their best to plump up murray to derail nole’s march towards overtaking rafa on the 1 surface outside clay where rafa had a small edge over nole.

all in all, things looking great for nole and federer fans. fed-fans picked the winning champ again and rafa fans are stuck with the chump murray. atleast they had the h2h and masters count to gloat with rafa. I will be curious to see what they got for trying to convince us mandy is better than nole! may be grendel should help them.


James Says:

“fed-fans picked the winning champ again”

@DM, that’s a pretty big assumption to make. Not sure if all or most Fed fans are also fans of Novak Djokovic. Since you like numbers, let’s go that way. You see, Roger Federer of Switzerland has over 13 million fans on Facebook and Novak Djokovic of Serbia has a little over 3 million fans. If all or even half of Federer fans were like you and are also fans of Novak, Mr Djokovic would have at least 6.5 million FB fans. So maybe not every Fed fan likes Novak as much as you do, no? I wonder how came up this assumption that Fed fans are also Novak fans.

As for Novak’s chances of winning Wimbledon, he was and he still is the #1 favorite to win. He looks good to win his Slam #7. It would be a huge disappointment for him if he fails to win it.


Giles Says:

“It would be a huge disappointment for him if he fails to win it”.
At the moment we are down to 4 players vying for the title but only one can win which means the other three will suffer huge disappointment as well if they lose. This Wimby is not all about joker, there is Andy to consider as well. Andy winning would be more meaningful, IMO. So, Andy here’s wishing you all the very best to lift the Trophy on Sunday. Vamos Andy.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Wogboy,Michael,Grendel and Danny Morris if you read my post again i said i wanted Novak to be TESTED,and yes fair enough the fact he hasnt is down to Novak himself,and GRANTED down to his phenomenal play,my post never mentioned the DRAW or the quality of his opponents,he has beaten some quality opponents,you have all got hold of the wrong end of the stick,im not one of these Rafa or Murray fans taking a pot shot at the guy,i NEVER EVER have been one of those fans that has EVER COMPLAINED ABOUT ANY PLAYER THAT IS NOT MY FAVORITE GETTING A CAKE WALK DRAW,YOU CAN ONLY BE EXPECTED TO TRY AND BEAT WHOMEVER IS STOOD IN FRONT OF YOU,THE PLAYERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DRAW,AND YOU CAN ALL LOOK OVER OLD THREADS IF YOU DONT BELIEVE ME,i used to go by the name Alison,Alison Hodge,ANYBODY WHO KNOWS ME KNOWS ME BETTER THAN THAT,AS I HAVE ALWAYS TRIED MY BEST TO BE A FAIR POSTER,NOVAK NOT LOOSING A SET IS DOWN TO HIS FANTASTIC PLAY,BUT AS A FAN I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIM TESTED,IS THERE ANYTHING WRONG IN THAT,end of rant sorry for the shouty capitals.


grendel Says:

X hippy chic – I certainly wasn’t getting at you. I was simply replying to Wog boy, a poster I respect. I agree with you, it would be nice to see Djokovic tested. Remains to be seen whether there is anyone good enough to do so. Here’s hoping.


James Says:

@Giles, according to Danny Morris Novak has 95% chance of winning the title. The other three combined have 5% chance. And remember DM has “superior” tennis knowledge than any other poster on the forum. You don’t disagree with a guy like DM with super IQ.


grendel Says:

Also, x hippy chic, I am sure Michael wasn’t getting at you. As for the other chap you mention, I never read his posts, so I couldn’t say.


James Says:

@hippy chic, only DM was accusing Rafa/Murray fans of taking a pot shot at Novak.


Thomas Says:

Novak is the favourite. I give him a 70% chance of winning the championship. (sorry Danny morris)


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Grendel thankyou,my apologies too for the shouty capitals,i had a bad day at work,and came home switched on my computer read the posts and promptly blew my top at all and sundry,my bad day however gives me no right to take my frustrations out on everyone else,anyway as i say no issues with the draw what so ever,just want to see Novak tested,not his fault if hes that good that he isnt,and time will tell if he is,apologies again.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Grendel yeah quite right,i have always had a good raport with both Michael and Wogboy anyway,we dont always agree,but we agree to disagree,they like your good self are amongst my favorite posters.


Margot Says:

Lol grendel @ 12.23pm
I intend to follow your excellent example.
And hippy chicky, sure apologise for shouting but please stop apologising for anything else. You have as much right to be here as anyone else.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Margot thankyou its the nature of the beast im afraid,my husband says that about me,in that i would apologize if there was nothing to apologize for haha.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

James thanks lovely picture,with his cousins,i think he will make a great dad when he eventually has children of his own,hope he gets some R and R and gets prepared for the American HC swing.


SG1 Says:

“the fanged one”, “lady forehand”….where does DM get this stuff. I’ll say one thing for Andy’s forehand. It’s a whole lot more destructive than Johnny Mac’s ever was (though probably not better).

Fangs and girly groundstrokes aside, the man is slam champion and has beaten the best many, many times. While I agree that Novak will beat Murray if that’s the final, it’s by no means a lock.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

IMO Andy Murray has got better looking as hes got older,Lorraine Kelly said he has a look of a youger looking Charlton Heston,anyway yeah indeed Murray is a GS champion now,but whatever he does in some peoples eyes will never be good enough,he was critiqued because he hadnt won a GS,now hes called by some a one slam wonder,damned if you dont damned if you do,he actually beat both Novak and Roger too last year to win that olympic gold medal on grass,add to that do people just assume Delpo will be some push over when he also beat Novak at the olympics last year.


courbon Says:

@ Wog Boy: What’s up mate? (with heavy Ozy accent ).I have to say that I’m quite impressed the way Novak is playing.With Delpo match, who knows whats gonna happen but I think Novak will win.Unless Delpo plays some amazing tennis..
I realy think Novak is constantly improving his serve and going more to the net-he is more and more playing like a Fed-shorter points.We, will see…

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