Djokovic Hooks Worm; Thurs. Wimbledon Matches to Watch Include Nadal v Rosol Rematch
by Staff | June 25th, 2014, 9:59 pm
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Radek “The Worm” Stepanek has an asterisk next to his name at Grand Slams as an upset-maker, and the Czech almost orchestrated another shocker on Wednesday at Wimbledon where he stretched world No. 1 near the limit, coming withing points of taking the match to five sets before falling 6-4, 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(5).

“I should have not complicated my life in the way,” Djokovic said about a straight-set opportunity that almost turned into a five-setter. “I was two sets up and had break point chances and I should have closed it out in the third set tiebreak.”

No. 3 seed and defending champ Andy Murray breezed into the third round to the delight of British fans, giving former NCAA star Blaz Rola of Slovenia a clinic 6-1, 6-1, 6-0.

“I wanted to make sure that when I was on top I finished the sets off,” Murray said. “It helps not to have expended too much energy. At the French Open, some of the matches where I was ahead, I didn’t finish the sets as fast as I would have liked. I felt like that cost me a bit — not that I would necessarily have beaten Rafa if I’d played perfect — but there were a lot of long matches.”

Other top-seeded winners were No. 6 Tomas Berdych, who dropped a set before taming Aussie Bernard “The Tank Engine” Tomic 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-1, and No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov who ended the hopes of former Wimbledon junior champ Luke Saville 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

Also into the third round were seeds No. 16 Fabio Fognini, No. 20 Kevin Anderson, No. 21 Alexandr Dolgopolov, No. 26 Marin Cilic, and No. 27 Roberto Bautista.

Three seeds were sent packing on the day as Russian Andrey Kuznetsov surprised No. 7 David Ferrer in five, Ukraine upset specialist Sergiy Stakhovsky who ousted No. 12 Ernests Gulbis in straights, and Taiwan’s Jimmy Wang, a four-set winner over No. 17 Mikhail Youzhny.

“Today I played second time already on the same court, so probably it was a little bit of an advantage for me as well,” said the Ferrer-killer Kuznetsov, ranked outside the Top 100. “I won the juniors in 2009. Back then it was my first experience on grass, and suddenly I liked it…I’m pretty happy. It was probably the biggest win in my career.”

On Thursday, the four stars of the sport return with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams.

Nadal will try to avenge his shock 2012 loss to Lukas Rosol. Rafa came into Wimbledon floundering with a 3-match grass losing streak, but after dropping the first set to Martin Klizan in his opener got back on track.

Rosol, though, isn’t interested in giving in. “”It’s Nadal who has to win, I have nothing to lose… I can create another surprise. I want to impose my style on him. The shorter the rallies, the better for me,” Rosol said.

“Two years ago, everything was perfect, my head was clear and when I am like this, I am very hard to play against. I convinced myself that I was very hard to beat,”

Top matches on Thursday:

Rafael Nadal  (ESP) [2]  vs. Lukas Rosol  (CZE)
Angelique Kerber  (GER) [9] vs. Heather Watson  (GBR)
Roger Federer  (SUI) [4] vs. Gilles Muller  (LUX)
Richard Gasquet  (FRA) [13] vs. Nick Kyrgios  (AUS)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  (FRA) [14] vs. Sam Querrey (USA) to finish 9-9 in fifth set
Jerzy Janowicz  (POL) [15] vs. Lleyton Hewitt  (AUS)
Milos Raonic  (CAN) [8] vs. Jack Sock  (USA)
John Isner  (USA) [9] vs. Jarkko Nieminen  (FIN)
Klara Koukalova  (CZE) [31] vs. Madison Keys  (USA)
Feliciano Lopez  (ESP) [19] vs. Ante Pavic  (CRO)
Kei Nishikori  (JPN) [10] vs. Denis Kudla  (USA)
Belinda Bencic  (SUI) vs. Victoria Duval  (USA)
Alison Riske  (USA) vs. Camila Giorgi  (ITA)

CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Rafael Nadal (ESP) [2]
2. Angelique Kerber (GER) [9] v Heather Watson (GBR)
3. Gilles Muller (LUX) v Roger Federer (SUI) [4]

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Chanelle Scheepers (RSA)
2. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [5] v Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
3. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) v Maria Sharapova (RUS) [5]

 


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111 Comments for Djokovic Hooks Worm; Thurs. Wimbledon Matches to Watch Include Nadal v Rosol Rematch

andrea Says:

that match with novak and radek was excellent! thoroughly entertaining.


Michael Says:

After Novak led by two sets, I just lost interest and took his win for granted and stopped watching. I am now cursing myself. It is in the third set things took a dramatic turn and Stepanek made a come back of sorts. At 36, he is fit and raring to go and what a high quality match it was where he matched Novak on even terms. What wriggled out Novak from trouble is the fact that they served pretty well in this match and had a high first serve percentage which saved the day for him ultimately. All in all, a high quality match and very interesting to watch.


Michael Says:

And today Rafa is meeting Rosol and Roger is pitted against Muller. Both should be very entertaining matches exciting to watch and hopefully I am going to be glued to my TV watching these legends in action. Especially of interest is the Rafa vs Rosol fixture and how things are going to pan out ? Will the 2012 defeat bear on Rafa’s mind ? Is this going to be a revenge match of sorts ? This is an interesting match up and should be pleasing to watch if Rosol is in top form. You can always count on Rafa that he would always play near his best and flounder only on rare occasions.


madmax Says:

I think that Rafa will have been put on red rosol alert from his previous match and this year, you will have nothing to worry about Michael.

It is true that he transitions to grass a lot slower, but once he has overcome his initial nerves, he will find a flow and gain his revenge.

There are a lot of great matches to look forward to. Fed v Muller, will be no beat down, I think. Muller has won the last 24 of his 26 matches and reading his interview, he is very confident. It is these players who have nothing to lose and want their day to beat the Mighty Fed on their mind, great they feel this incredible surge of confidence, it just seems that always the following match, whoever they play, they burn out. Their day of glory over. That is what is annoying more than anything.

I expect Federer though to come through, provided he does not take it lightly – and he won’t.

I see tomorrow, Dimitrov and Dolgopolov are also pitted against each other. That should be a great match, two entirely different styles, similar age and grand-slam-in-waiting players.

Should be a great day today and tomorrow.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

It’s a tough match for Roger against Muller. Muller is a quality player and has all the credentials for an upset in fast courts. It would be a tense match and could be decided in tie-breakers.

I expect an easy match for Rafa. I understand the curiosity, but this match is against a world beater against a minnow.


metan Says:

Michael, Re Rafa, hopefully that will happen. Thanks. We all wanted him to pass this match. And about Roger , today will be a real test for him.


Michael Says:

Madmax,

Ofcourse, I too tip only Rafa to win this one against Rosol. It is too much to expect that Rafa would lost for a second time running to Rosol. Especially in the first round, Rafa discovered his groove in the later part of the second set and from thereon there was no stopping him. He just rolled over his opponent. Nevertheless, this match has rekindled interest and curiosity and many are hoping that it would be a competitive match. Ultimately, it will boil down to Rosol’s level of play. If he has his day, then things might get trickier for Rafa especially on this court where he is suspicious.

As regards Roger Vs Muller, well it is definitely going to be tough. I am also surprised to learn that Muller has won 24 of his last 26 matches which evidence that he is in good form. However, if the serving power of Muller clicks, you never know for tie breakers are decided by a single point. Roger has handled such heavy servers in the past without much difficulty, but scepticism has arisen now due to his age factor. But, still you need to give edge to Roger considering his supremacy over such opponents in the past.


Michael Says:

Metan,

Yes, it is an acid test for Roger today. Muller is quite a tricky opponent and is a heavy server which will stand him in good stead on these Courts. Roger should definitely be worried. But having handled such opponents without much difficulty in the past should inspire Roger with confidence to do well. Yet, I expect a tough four setter with two sets decided by the skin of the teeth. If it goes to Tie breakers, Muller would hold the edge due to the quality of his serve.


Colin Says:

Roger has not ALWAYS handled big servers with ease.
Karlovic beat him in the 2008 Cincinnati Masters.

Someone with a reliable big serve is a different animal from, say, Dustin Brown, who can on certain days raise his whole game. If you are a top player, you know unless it is one of those special days, Brown won’t beat you. But Karlovic (and now Muller) will most probably serve well, and that’s what you’ll have to deal with. Federer has the additional problem that his own serve is not the reliable weapon it used to be.


Michael Says:

True, if Muller has a good serving day,then it might be a tough proposition for Roger.

I reiterate that Roger has handled big servers well in the past and that is testified by his superior H2H against big servers namely Karlovic, Berdych, Haas, Roddick, Mark Phillopousis, Soderling, Del Potro etc. etc.


Polo Says:

If we worry so much about Federer losing this early to somebody like Muller, what does that say about how we think of his chances of winning the whole thing?


Tennislover Says:

Fed USED to be brilliant against big servers in his prime but those days are long gone. His ROS has deteriorated considerably. In fact, this is the single biggest “skill-related” factor behind his decline. The rest of his game appears decent enough. All the top players today have a much better ROS and break-point conversion rate than he has. His own serve, as Colin said, is not as reliable a weapon and that means a double-whammy as far as Fed’s ability to keep his opponents under sustained pressure is concerned. He can’t pressurize his opponent’s serve consistently which means that he comes under greater pressure to hold his own serve especially against top players. The lack of sustained intensity could sometimes be even deliberate keeping in mind his age and the amount of top-flight tennis he has in his body. However, this “tactic” – I think it is sheer inability now – is surely costing him big time in important matches.


Tennislover Says:

Polo – That is the thing about Fed and Wimby these days. People still think he has it in him to win it one more time PROVIDED he can avoid certain players. Muller and Isner are the types of players who could ambush him. Raf has always been a problem but I do think Fed will still fancy his chances against Djo or Murray at Wimby despite the decline even on grass. I don’t think anyone seriously expects him to win any of the other majors.


Polo Says:

…and that explains why Federer has been unsuccessful in slam events in recent years. It is not going to get better. He will need a lot of luck to go his way and a lot of bad luck to all those he has to play against. I can get tiring to wish for all that to happen.


Polo Says:

Oops! “It can get tiring…”


Ash Says:

Rosol might have the power and the upper hand but boring anti tennis Nadal will win, returning every ball back like a brick wall in 3 sets. I bet the vamosing and fist pumping will be more obnoxious than usual as well.


Margot Says:

Match has only just started but have a feeling Rosol is gonna get “rosollled” by Rafa this time.


TGIT Says:

Two sets to go…..


vinod Says:

Rosol just going for his shots … ending points either winners/errors


RD Says:

Rosol should’ve worn the gold-striped shirt from 2012.


madmax Says:

Colin Says:
Roger has not ALWAYS handled big servers with ease.
Karlovic beat him in the 2008 Cincinnati Masters.

Someone with a reliable big serve is a different animal from, say, Dustin Brown, who can on certain days raise his whole game. If you are a top player, you know unless it is one of those special days, Brown won’t beat you. But Karlovic (and now Muller) will most probably serve well, and that’s what you’ll have to deal with. Federer has the additional problem that his own serve is not the reliable weapon it used to be.

June 26th, 2014 at 5:44 am

Colin, with a win to loss ratio of 11 wins to 1 loss to Karlovic, I don’t think you give a very good example. What federer may lack in your view of a powerful serve, he more than makes up for it with placement and timing. Remember it is the mind that controls the body, so am certain that Federer will be on his guard with Muller.

Muller is a left hander, and it will be good practice for federer, in my view to test out all his skills. I think he will serve and volley more. His movement is one of the best on the tour, despite his age. Look at Stepanek. Seriously, 36 years old and taking on Novak yesterday? Unbelievable!

Come on Roger!


vinod Says:

Nadal broken at love … At this rate this match could be over in the next 1 hour


Daniel Says:

Damm, check the scores and Nadal again lost first set. If this set goes to a tiebreak that will be tense for him.
See how long can Rosol keep holding his serve with ease.


Okiegal Says:

Well, my guy lost that first set…..obviously Rosol on grass is very troubling for Rafa. I don’t things looking too good for him. Rosol is playing lights out again……just like 2012.

Oops, broken again.


RD Says:

Fed should add Rosol to his coaching team. Can’t hurt. He’s probably cheaper than Stefan as well.


Daniel Says:

Madmax is right, that only loss to Karlovic was in tiebreak third set, and actually fed won second set 6-4 or 6-2, and never got broken in that match, but lost both tiebreaks.


Daniel Says:

Rosol holds for a 4-2 lead in second set, things can get desperate for Nadal. He may start panicking, but a champion as he is he will have to wait his chances, but they may never come.
Even if Rosol wins this set, third set will be the moment of truth, He will be 1 set from winnig a nd can start getting tight


Daniel Says:

Nadal broke back, this set is vital for both. Only chance for Rosol is to win this set and add more doubts to Nadal head, specially as he broke first. He needs to hold his ground and hold 2 more times for a tiebreak.


Polo Says:

I think Nadal just put fear in Rosol’s heart.


Daniel Says:

Nadal holds for 6-5, one last chance to break Rosol.
If Rosol hold for a tiebreak and if he wins second set he will serve first the third, which wasn’t the case this last two sets.
Next 10 minutes will be tense for Rafa’s camp. Wish I could watch this match


Daniel Says:

Tiebreak it is!


youyong Says:

Phew, Rafa was lucky in that TB. It’s still a long way to go though.


Daniel Says:

Rosol’s chance is gone.
He lead tiebreak 5-4 and two serves, had set point first but in the important moment Nadal delivered. 1-1
Let’s see if he will have more left for third set. This could be another 5 set thriller or a one way for Nadal now.


FedExpress Says:

hahahahah

toni nadal vamosing his way to victory


FedExpress Says:

were is nadal? has he peeed into his pants???


FedExpress Says:

and the umpire has no guts to give warnings to nadal

nadal crossing the limit every time


van orten Says:

Nadal lucked ihr as Always…time violating cheat


Skorocel Says:

To Daniel: Agree. At 5-4 and with 2 serves to close it out, Rosol hit an crosscourt FH that would probably have been a winner, but unfortunately, it clipped the net a bit. Nadal then returned the ball so so on the other side of the net, but unfortunately for Rosol (who was already at the net trying to hit a volley), the ball landed very close behind the net, thus forcing him to hit a very challenging halfvolley, which he, unfortunately, netted. In the next point, he then hit an ace to lead 6-5, Nadal then hit a FH crosscourt winner to level the score to 6-6, and then got his own setpoint when Rosol missed a pretty makable 1st serve return. Rosol then hit a DF, and that was it.


van orten Says:

Match is over..why is so lucky all the time…he should have lost that set big time…oh nadal pls retire and tennis will be cool again


Okiegal Says:

I’m as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs!! LOL. Good job Rafa, you drew first blood in third. VAMOS!!!!


skeezer Says:

Worlds #1; I am obviously not the worlds best on all surfaces.


Polo Says:

Nadal can violate the time rule as much and as often as he wants. It’s the umpire’s fault for letting him get away with it.


van orten Says:

Nadal clearly lucking out again…the greates overachiever in the history of sport..


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Fantastic comback from Rafa. Rosol let his chance slip in the middle of second set, when he became tense and lost his 1st serve. Rafa just took over from there and creaming Rosol now. Fantastic defence and some excellent shot making has got him into the match. It’s difficult to see Rosol coming back now.


skeezer Says:

“Fantastic comback from Rafa.”
Really?
His opponet doesn’t have a winning % on Grass, and ranked 53. Should he being displaying fantastical comebacks against these types?
Rafa knows well he should be thumping this guy day in day out. Oh, btw, is this the “strong” era?


skeezer Says:

Rafa is wising up and playing closer to th BL when he can.


Polo Says:

Whatever Nadal does, he simply cannot win with some peole here. Call him lucky, a cheater, an overachiever or any debatable term that you want all you want but what matters more than any of that is that Nadal is a winner. And that is irrefragable.


Polo Says:

Oops again, delete the “all you want ” between want and but, hehehe!


Humble Rafa Says:

Rosol in the bag.

#learningfromcows#


Daniel Says:

Gasquet and Monfils lost in five, which means Nadal’s fourth round opponent will be Kyrgios or VAsely?! Kukushin can again still a set, but nothing more.

So unless Raonic or Nishikori stop him on Quarters (both who never beat him before, although Nishi had that Madrid match in his bag); or Fed has the day of his life and Nadal don’t in semis (yeah right), Nadal can be in the final, with relative ease looking at his opponents. ANd Fed, Raonic and Nishikoriu can still lose and his draw will opne up even more.

Seems this is shaping up to be one of those Wimbledon where he got tested early but will cruise later.

This tourney can determine the GOAT debate for good.

If Fed win, 18 (basically nullifying Nadal’s RG) and hard to see Nadal suepassing that number, he will have to win 4 more to tie and 5 to pass and he is 28 already and would have won 5 Slams in last 4 years only US Open to go this year.

If Nadal win 15, secure number 1 for a few more weeks and possibly the whole year depending on his and Djoko’s performance in US Hard. Very unlikely that he will not tie it next year as this would be second year in a row with multiple slams.

This tourney is huge right now, for all top 4, even more than RG were.
Djoko can win and go on to achieve more. He can lose another final and start folding, would be 6 Slams in a row with no victory.
Murray hasn’t won a title in a year and defending here can do him wonders. If not, who knows how long it will take for him to get in the winning circle again, no better place than here.


Humble Rafa Says:

Humble Highness has won 2 straight matches on grass..beating giant killers.

#respect#


van orten Says:

I played well no..sure my back still hurts no..but again I am the luckiest player who ever played this sport no..all good no


metan Says:

YESSSSSSSSSS. RAFA.
TIME TO ZZZZZZ NOW.


Giles Says:

Vamos Champ!
Buzz off Rissolllle!!!


Margot Says:

Oh dearie me…..Crashquet had 8 match points. Who on earth else would’ve allowed young Nick to escape like that :(
Did not think Rosol would catch Rafa this time round. As soon as his first serve fails, Rafa wins.


skeezer Says:

“…that Nadal is a winner.”
Well that brings up an interesting subject. Yes, Nadal is a winner. So is that all that matters to fans? Maybe, but apparently not by my reads. Maybe for fans It’s also how you win that matters also. Maybe that is his crux.
And now he wins and celebrates, like he just won the title, screaming yelling pumping in your face celebration.
Easy boy, you just beat a player not in the top 50 in the 2nd rd. Play on.


youyong Says:

Rafa won by fighting hard against a player he knew that could beat him. At least he respects that in his opponents.


marron Says:

Ah, skeezer… bitter comments. Me hungry.


Giles Says:

Hey skeezer. Disappointed much. Hope the trend continues! Lol
Vamos Rafa!


Josh Says:

Rafa got another early scare on grass, but it looks like after the first set, he settles in quite nice. I feel that as the tournament goes on, the stronger he’ll get. If he makes it to the 2nd week, it’ll get interesting.


Polo Says:

Didn’t I just say that Nadal simply cannot with some people here? I think I know how they feel each time they wish so hard for Nadal to lose but comes up a winner. marron also seems to know how they feel.


roy Says:

@skeezer

”His opponent doesn’t have a winning % on Grass, and ranked 53.
Rafa knows well he should be thumping this guy day in day out. Oh, btw, is this the “strong” era?”

federer is playing muller, ranked 103.
we should expect nothing less than a thumping, right?
you have nothing to worry about then.

i found this interesting, though.

muller vs. benneteau

muller:

64 of 97 = 66 % 1st serves in
62 of 64 = 97 % 1st serve points won


gonzalowski Says:

Staff, Djokovic is not world’s nº 1

Skeezer, already worried anticipating SF Fed – Nadal?


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/genny_ss/status/482187402648506368
Rissolllle knocking down Rafa’s water bottle.
Lol. This is what he had to resort to to try and beat Rafa! Nice try plonker!


TGIT Says:

Yikes, Rafa got through and if he gets to Fed he is gonna kill Fed.

Fed will shrink if he loses the first set and then just fade away.


Patson Says:

Congrats to Rafa fans. He passed the getting-past-the-first-2-rounds test. The manner in which he won has to give him alot of confidence as well. Slipping up in the 1st set, then coming back. My guess now is that Rafa will breeze through the next 2 matches, and may face some resistance in the quarter finals from Raonic. But now, he’s making the finals. In fact I would be surprised if he doesn’t.


Okiegal Says:

I missed the water bottle incident…..didn’t see it on my feed. I guess he took that play out of Matesovic’s play book……funny. Rosol needs to come up with a little “tomfoolery” on his own. LOL


SG1 Says:

Wow. Two points from being down 2 sets. Wish I could’ve watched that match. I do think his confidence will begin to build now.

Raonic does look very dangerous right now. A Rafa-Raonic 1/4 could be one for the ages.

Have to think that Rafa will go deep in this tournament. It seems like the two players with a lot to prove have come out and swinging (…and winning). Serena has been dominant. Rafa has struggled but survived.

Should be a humdinger of a 2nd week!


Okiegal Says:

Thanks Patson for the congrats for all of us Rafa fans. First set scare….but he got things under control. I thought it was an entertaining match.


gonzalowski Says:

Lol that bottle incident… hahaha poor Rosol, at the end it appears nobody will remember you… not about h2h with Nadal at least


Okiegal Says:

The link that posted the image of Rosol knocking over Rafa’s bottle garnered a few comments. One comment stated that the image looked like it had been photo shopped. I pulled it up on you tube and it showed the live incident….and sure enough he politely tipped it over with his racquet. Seems like there are other players obsessed over Rafa’s bottles as much as he is. LOL


Okiegal Says:

Way to go John Boy………come on Rusty…..another older favorite of mine…….show um’ that age is only a number. I remind myself of that and everybody else everyday!!


Okiegal Says:

Muller no contest for Feddy Bear……Me thinks! Fed starting out with a bang!


Okiegal Says:

Why can’t Rafa celebrate after a win with in your face fist pumping and carrying on like he won the title?? That’s exactly the response he gets when someone beats him. What’s the big deal?? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, imo…..


Lillian Says:

Poor Fed. having to play tennis agains 60 and 103 ranked player, how tough is that??

All I know that Novak gets ALWAYS the toughest draw in any match.


madmax Says:

Lillian Says:
Poor Fed. having to play tennis agains 60 and 103 ranked player, how tough is that??

All I know that Novak gets ALWAYS the toughest draw in any match.

June 26th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

It’s a random draw Lillian. Didn’t you know?

When Rafa won the tournament, the comms said, “It looks as if Rafa reacted as if he had won the whole tournament!”.

Rosol certainly unnerves him, that’s for sure.


the DA Says:

The Muller/Fed match is as dull as dishwater. A serving duel. #nothanks


jonathan Says:

USA out!


Humble Rafa Says:

Fed starting out with a bang!

No more bangs. 4 is enough.


Giles Says:

madmax. Rosol doesn’t unnerve Rafa. Rafa beat him in Doha in straight sets. The fact of the matter is that Rafa needs to find his rhythm and feet on grass before he can gain confidence. And we all know Rafa hates playing against big servers but he has done good the last two matches against big serving opponents so hopefully he has gained some confidence.
Vamos Rafa!


Giles Says:

HR. lol


FedExpress Says:

Come on Fed

If Fed serves this well, no one has a chance

no murray, no nole, no rafa, no rest


skeezer Says:

“USA out!”
You mean soccer? Quite wrong, they advance to the 16′s.

Fed doing good so far.


Humble Rafa Says:

Congratulations to USA for entering R16. The event reminds me of a certain someone, who wins even when he loses.

#loserswin#


skeezer Says:

@3:12 post
U try to talk pretty big for someone who is OUT. Maybe next year, no? LMAO.
—-
Fed avg time per game: 1min 23 sec.
Rafa avg time between points: 1min 23 sec.


skeezer Says:

@roy,
U were saying?
Please continue……


Okiegal Says:

25 Aces for Fed….wow!


andrea Says:

wow. great match from fed. dropped 9 points on his serve for the whole match.


madmax Says:

Brilliant match Fed. So pleased.


Daniel Says:

If Fed is to face Rafa in a semis, first set is key for him and even so no guarantee,. just for him to relax more.

I checked forecast and on Friday (day of semis) there is 80% chance of rain. Maybe with the roof closed his chances increase. Long way to go still, each have to win 3 more matches, but this prospect is huge especially that we never got to see a rematch of 2008 match.


Daniel Says:

The problem FedExpress is that when he faces Nadal, he usually doesn’t serve this well.

That match up is totally mental how and with him aging will only get worst. He would have to find a zone state to calm himself and delivered when it matters. But seems as long as the match goes on and Nadal start finding his rhythm Fed collapses.

I still think he has chances. Last year Cincy was a close contest so on this courts he always have a chance.


madmax Says:

Daniel,

A long way to go just yet, but I suspect if Fed reaches the SF, as well as Rafa, the same old will happen, Rafa will target the Fed BH – this time though, Fed will have a different mindset. Just feel it.


van orten Says:

Wimby final 2008 first two sets. Federer was 0/12 breakpoints. Says it all I guess


kjb Says:

@Roy

For someone that doesn’t have a potent serve anymore its amazing that he only lost 9 points on serve for the whole match.


Daniel Says:

Fed did only 5 unforced errors, I think this is the least he had hit over 3 sets in the last 5 years. Also there is a fun stat that every time Fed beats Muller he went on to win the tile:-)


jane Says:

daniel, i didn’t see the federer match but it sounds like he played very well. he served exceptionally and played clean too. did he approach the net much?


Lillian Says:

Madmax.
Even Mcenroe made a comment that Novak has a difficult draw, even before the quarters, who does Federer and Nadal have???think about it, and yes I m aware that it is a random draw…just so funny everytime Novak gets the toughest one….
Just saying……

Have a great day,


Humble Rafa Says:

Also there is a fun stat that every time Fed beats Muller he went on to win the tile:-)

Everytime someone ran over my water bottle, I won the title. Let the stats clash.


Daniel Says:

jane,

Couldn’t watch the matches either. Saturday hoping for a free day of tennis. Also next weekend on Friday there is World Cup semis in Maracana stadium so it’s going to be holidays here in Rio (loving the Cup and all the holidays due to traffic chaos). Will be able to watch all final matches.

Seems it was a serving contest, have to check stat for net numbers.
I am hoping for a Djoko x Fed final, where the outcome will be great for me either way. As long as Nadal doesn’t win it (for GOAThood matters.. hehe), anyone else and I will be happy.


Humble Rafa Says:

Brilliant match Fed. So pleased.

He beat Mullet from Luxumberland, or something like that. Population 250, including Mullet. Don’t get carried away.


skeezer Says:

^yeah it’s the same “Mullet” that beat you awhile back, remember Mr. HumbleNut?
#don’tgetcarriedaway


Lou_tennisfan Says:

Even though one may not be an ardent fan of Rafa, he still can’t help admiring the way he comes out and plays every match point by point. The game has yet to see a better fighter than Nadal…

He said after the match: “I was just trying to fight. I was waiting for my moment, trying to find my moment.”

This line itself tells us as a sports fan, how much one can learn from him. Sure all of us have our own favorites, but as a sports fan in general, it was a day of inspiration…First Nadal wins from nearly two sets down, then USA goes on to defy odds and to top it up, Federer plays a sublime match to show how good he can be even at age 32!

If not inspiring, then what? ( Rafael Nadal, Team USA and Roger Federer …) http://bit.ly/VrLIur


jane Says:

daniel, it must be crazy over there in rio just now. enjoy the fun! :)


jane Says:

daniel i checked and it looks like fed stayed back and muller came in. muller won 21 of 38 approached for 55% whereas fed won 7 of 9 approaches. i was thinking with edberg in the team that fed might be coming in more which is why i asked.


andrea Says:

@SG1

Raonic does look very dangerous right now. A Rafa-Raonic 1/4 could be one for the ages.

___________________

i was thinking the same thing this morning about raonic. he’s been flirting with a break through against the top guys and he’s due to over come the hurdle soon. if both players make it to the 1/4′s, that could be a doozy.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@van often I don’t think that stat is quite right. If memory serves me Fed was up a break in the second set(4-2) before being broken twice to lose the set.


Daniel Says:

Yes tennisfan76. He served first second set and was winning 4-1 a break up beofre he collapsed and lost 6-4. And one of his service games he had game point. That was a bozarre twist.


Michael Says:

Well regarding the Roger Vs Muller match, I was infact quite surprised by the scoreline and the ease with which Roger tamed Muller. He totally outplayed him and gave him no quarter to be aggressive on court. It was a day when everything was clicking for Roger. His serve, volley, wide range of shots and the surprise element which kept Muller guessing all the way. It is indeed a morale boosting victory for Roger and he must hope that his good form continues through the tournament so that he can go deep.


skeezer Says:

Fed got 27,000 likes on FB for his match against Muller.
#kingofpopularity
#kingoftennis


metan Says:

Michael,

Roger did good job! 👍.
Good if he can continue to do that. I am sure he is eying EIGHT.


Michael Says:

Metan,

He did look at his imperious best against Muller. But, for me Muller looked a bit jaded and out of sorts. So, I am yet not sure how can I evaluate the form of Roger looking for inputs from this match. Yes, Roger is eyeing his 8th title and he seems confident that with that win he can silence his critics who have written him off. However, it is a long away ahead and more fearsome Gladiators are in the way particularly Rafa in the semis. I am sure fans are eager to watch a Rafa Vs Roger blockbuster in the semis and it has been a while since they last met on grass which was in 2008.

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