Djokovic Survives Tumble At Wimbledon While Murray Cruises; Federer, Nadal Return Saturday
by Sean Randall | June 27th, 2014, 6:53 pm
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Novak Djokovic survived one of his scariest spills Friday at Wimbledon. Ahead and in control of his third round match against Gilles Simon at 3-2 in the third, Djokovic stumbled to the turf falling on his left shoulder. For a minute or so the Serb was on the ground in visible agony, clutching at his left shoulder.

Watching, I thought his tournament was over – dislocated shoulder, torn ligaments? But after a few minutes of medical attention Djokovic was back to health, back to his quest for a first Slam in 18 months and he proceeded to polish off Simon 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 to return to the fourth round.

“It was a sharp pain when I fell, an awkward fall,” Djokovic told BBC television. “I was just hoping there is nothing going on with the joint, luckily there is no damage and I could play.

“The muscle was quite sore with the impact but I am just glad to get through. Now there are two days off and I am going to try and recover.

“I played well though I dropped a couple of service games. It could have gone either way in the third but in the important moments I came up with the right selection of shots.”

While Djokovic dismissed the injury, who knows how in a few days he and his shoulder will feel. And things won’t get easier. Next for Novak is JW Tsonga. The Frenchman dusted qualifier Jimmy Wang 6-2, 6-2, 7-5 but Novak’s won their last 10.

“It’s obvious as the tournament progresses you are going to face some higher ranked players – like Tsonga – who has been a regular in the second week,” said Djokovic. “He’s a great grass-court player, he loves the energy of the big stadium and it is going to be a big challenge for both of us.”

Anxious moments weren’t limited to just Center today as a quartet of 5-setters also were contested. In a match completed from yesterday 2013 semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz fended off a furious comeback to turn away 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt in five sets to make the third round.

Showing further signs of progress and fitness, Grigor Dimitrov advanced in five over Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. The Dog, who cracked 42 aces in his prior match, had break points early in the fourth to put the Bulgarian away simply wore down in the end.

“I just felt physically very strong and I knew that the longer the match went the better chance I had of winning it,” Dimitrov said. “Today I felt inspired even though I had a few downs. I am proving myself not only as a player, but also as a person outside the court. I want to create my own legend, my own trademark.”

Santigo Giraldo also closed out Marcel Granollers and Kevin Anderson came back to beat Mr. Drama Fabio Fognini.

Andy Murray was on late in the day and continued to pulverize all in his path. The Scot blasted Den Bosch Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.

“He (Roberto) has won a lot of matches lately, winning on grass last week in Holland,” said Murray. “He has made a lot of improvements and fights very hard. I hung in some of the games, so I am happy to get it done in straight sets. It was a step up and I think I can do some things a little better.”

Of anyone thus far (man or woman), Murray’s been the most impressive. And Murray’s won nine straight and 15 of his last 16 at Wimbledon. He’s showing zero signs of slowing down.

And in the final match Tomas Berdych ended the night in darkness (literally) becoming the highest men’s seed to fall as the No. 6 was bounced in a mild upset by Marin Cilic in straight sets.

Looking ahead to tomorrow, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer return. Neither should have much of a fuss. Nadal faces Mikhail Kukushkin while Federer takes on Santiago Giraldo.

Nadal got very lucky against Lukas Rosol who had him dead to rights once again until he flinched after securing that break in the second. I now expect Nadal to tighten his game up and start making a push to the semis which now looks inevitable.

And nothing thus far has suggested that Federer won’t join Nadal in that semi.

Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori should also get through but the John Isner-Feliciano Lopez and Jiri Vesely-Nick Kyrgios should provide the entertainment before the traditional Sunday hiatus.

SATURDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE

CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) v Rafael Nadal (ESP) [2]
2. Alison Riske (USA) v Maria Sharapova (RUS) [5]
3. Santiago Giraldo (COL) v Roger Federer (SUI) [4]

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Alize Cornet (FRA) [25]
2. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [11] v Sabine Lisicki (GER) [19]
3. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [5] v Denis Istomin (UZB)

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM
1. Milos Raonic (CAN) [8] v Lukasz Kubot (POL)
2. Simona Halep (ROU) [3] v Belinda Bencic (SUI)


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102 Comments for Djokovic Survives Tumble At Wimbledon While Murray Cruises; Federer, Nadal Return Saturday

Borninthedesert Says:

Andy Murray is the most impressive until now. He toyed with Baustista Agut. Let see how will be his performances against Dimitrov and Djokovic if the script follow the logical.
In the Open Era, no male tennis player has won more than one Wimbledon crown after winning with their first with more than 23 years old.
Kodes, Ash, Ivanisevic, Kracijek, couldnt and now Djokovic and Murray can be the first ones.
Nadal with the possibility to equal Borg triple double RG and W and Federer to surpass Renshaw and Sampras 7 W.
Who is the favorite now?


skeezer Says:

Nadull faces kushy.
Enough said.
Am sure Rafa enjoys Kushy type draw.
Rafa fans will say after how great he is, lol.
#kushy=makesrafagreat


Michael Says:

It was a nasty fall for Novak and luckily he recovered after an elaborate medical attention. I am not sure how he is feeling at the moment but he continued playing against Simon and did well to despatch him in straight sets. But, as Sean rightly pointed out, we have to keep our fingers crossed as Novak already was nursing an wrist injury and this tumble can only make that serious. I hope for the sake of Novak that all is well and he continues to play and win this Wimbledon which is very important for his career’s overall prospects.


Michael Says:

Andy looked in sublime form and was quite impressive against Agut. We still do not know the exact level of Andy as he is yet to face stern tests in this tournament gifted with a cake walk draw. But watching him play his stylish Tennis was pure onlooker’s delight. Today, after Roger, it is Andy’s style of play which captures our imagination. The variations that he brings in his repertoire of shots and the master tactician that he is on court always thinking about how to outfox the opponent always brings in added charm and grace.


Peep Says:

That was a scary fall. Stepanek hit the deck a few times. All in all novaks got the hardest draw. Steps Simon tsonga cilic.


tennis fan Says:

I think & hope to have rafa Murray final


tennis fan Says:

Dimitrov can aalso spoil the party


Margot Says:

@Michael
What a lovely post, thank you :)
Andy said in interview that after those 2 long five setters at RG he was very happy to have got through his opening matches at Wimbles in double quick time.
He was also very funny, at Judy’s expense, about being the less preferred younger brother and how that’s made him so competitive! NB Folks he WAS kidding!
Of course far sterner challenges await him, but he’s looking in good shape.
Lets’s Go Andy!


metan Says:

All those straight winning by Nole, Andy and Roger as well as others, was a huge bonus to built their confidence for facing the next opponent. They did proper job one at the time.


James Says:

It would be interesting if it’s a Murray-Nadal final. Just read somewhere that since 2010 every Slam final had either Murray or Nadal but not one with both.


metan Says:

Hope and wish that Rafa won’t lose his opening set for today match.

Come on Rafa, you can do it. VAMOS!


roy Says:

”Am sure Rafa enjoys Kushy type draw.”

he’s certainly breathing a sigh of relief.
it could have been giraldo. giraldo has never been to the second week of a slam like kushy, but he’s a known danger man on grass.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

At this stage, both Rafa and Novak are a better oiled machine among the Top players. Roger is the one, who has not competed against a quality player yet. Muller typically is a dangerous player on grass, but he played a pathetic match and let Roger steam roll him. Saw both of Murray’s match. I did not see anything spectacular, like some have commented here. He too has not come against a competitive player yet.

Initial observation looks like it could be a Novak vs Nadal finals, though Murray has a better chance against Novak depending how to keeps up his form.


George o Says:

@ skeezer, who is Nadull? Does he play tennis? Or u are just being d insecure ass dat u av been 4 a while.?just asking


calmdownplease Says:

` Saw both of Murray’s match. I did not see anything spectacular`

Please,
Andy didn’t have to be spectacular against Agut.
That’s not the point, and no one is saying that.
He was simply effortless and (almost) flawless.
Bar one wobbly loss of concentration.
`Spectacular` can hopefully come when the occasion and opponent demands it.


calmdownplease Says:

kukushkin clearly thinks he has a shot.
Well if darcis can..


calmdownplease Says:

It’s also easier to redline it under the roof.
If Roger and Rafa do meet in the SF, you can bet one of them will be doing a raindance


Okiegal Says:

Who said Kukushkin was Kushy? He takes the first set…..VAMOS RAFA!!!


skeezer Says:

“he’s certainly breathing a sigh of relief.”
Nuff said.


calmdownplease Says:

Nadal clearly has no aura on grass.
They’re all taking their chances with him.
But dropping a set against non entities is par of the course nowadays for Rafa.
He’s looking strong on his own serve so there’s Nothing to worry about just yet.


El_Flaco Says:

I wouldn’t worry too much about Nadal losing the 1st set. Kukushkin doesn’t play like Rosol. I doubt he is in good enough shape to grind out another 2 sets against Nadal. Once his legs get a little heavy he will lose control of the match in a hurry. If he has the fitness then he has a shot.


FedExpress Says:

the only way rafa could get the break was through luck

boy this guy is so lucky


Okiegal Says:

Rafa, my man……that’s more like it!!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

`Spectacular` can hopefully come when the occasion and opponent demands it.

Exactly, and that’s where e lacked throughout his career. That’s why there is a big difference in the Grandslam count between Murray and Novak, though started playing peak tennis at the same time and have almost similar skills.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I think Rafa has got around the practice set now, and a real match has started for him.


skeezer Says:

All Kushy is doing here by his ridiculous shot making is helping Rafa adjust to Grass.


josh Says:

Rafa is looking great. Just because he’s lost the opening set the last 3 rounds, isn’t a bad thing. Rafa’s mental toughness compared to others like Roger, will propel him far in the 2nd week. It’s been said before, the longer the match goes, the better Nadal gets.

Roger has been playing great too, but obviously with his comments recently, not directly towards Nadal, but let’s be honest…Roger was directing those “shot clock” comments towards Nadal. To me, this shows Roger is already mentally out of it if he faces Nadal in the semis, he’ll break the second Nadal takes his good old time.


skeezer Says:

Rara is looking great cause he is playing ……who? This guys shot making decisions look like so out of sorts he could be mistaken for a guy who just started tennis last week monday.


skeezer Says:

Kushy is so good he’s won 1 match on Grass in his career. A .111 win percentage on Grass.

Yep, Rafa should be looking great. Fantastic, wonderful, magnificent. Don’t know how he lost a set.


metan Says:

Maybe just maybe , Rafa has found his way after beating the Rosol guy.


Daniel Says:

Wow, Nadal losing first set again.
I am watching only this set but Kuk doesn’t go to the net once. He has nothing to hurt Nadal other than a few ocasional winners


calmdownplease Says:

`That’s why there is a big difference in the Grandslam count between Murray and Novak, though started playing peak tennis at the same time and have almost similar skills..`

Well, Murray had a different career trajectory to Novak in the slams because he was mentally less prepared to take his chances. They are not the same players and there are specific differences in their gameplay and approach despite the general similarities.
But, regardless, it was between the ears that Novak moved ahead of Andy not in the tennis.
As we all know, Novak started to peak in `11 after getting his first slam win in 08.
That’s quite some time to percolate but come together it did.
Murray has obviously failed to peak like this & has taken different approach to his own development. People mature at different speeds anyway but Andy was also very stubborn and really should have considered listening to others about being more proactive. It took a legend like Lendl & 4 painful slam final losses for him to finally read the memo, adopting a more aggressive mindset in slam semi’s and finals.
But even at 27 I feel we have yet to see the very best of Andy. The surgery time out didn’t help with this either. So when (not if) his `peak` comes, it might not be for such a long period as enjoyed by the others, lol.
But I think Andy is the first of a new generation of older players to do well at slams over a longer period, the younger players that are up and coming will probably have a similar gestation & career path.
In fact they don’t have masters between them yet so are even further behind.
Although the reasons for this are somewhat different the need to evolve their games is the same.


Tennis Fan Says:

Ridiculous that Nadal doesn’t have to play within the rules. Average time between serves 25 seconds when the Wimbledon rule is 20 seconds. Why bend the rules for him … if he had to follow the rules he would’nt be able to deal with it.


calmdownplease Says:

Oh no its the shrieker!
Surely the enclosed space will amplify decibel level?!
It must be against the health and safety regulations to have her on CC in these circumstances.


jane Says:

too bad about the rain today. it really does give the players who’ve finished their matches an advantage, while others lose recuperation time, having to play back-to-back matches, which can have effects later on in a slam if a player makes it through. it’s always too bad when this happens.

the us open is probably the worst for weather issues in recent years, then wimbledon, then the french (or sometimes it’s light that delays matches), and lastly the australian open. while there is the heat issue at the a.o. usually there are no day long carry overs, though there are sometimes really late matches.


FedExpress Says:

Hoping for a us open rematch between robredo and federer

fed will destroy him this time. 120 % sure


jane Says:

As I say, it’s unfortunate for people like Wawrinka or Isner, who were scheduled later on outer courts. Those matches are cancelled. I assume Wimbledon won’t break their tradition of no play on the middle Sunday, will they? Which means the winners of these delayed matches will lose recovery time. If so, that’s a shame.

Nishikori, Janowicz and Kyrgios all dropped the first set of their matches. Milos seems to be going about his business though.


Eric Says:

Well that was a boring match. Fed seemed to agree. I hope he has another gear for when the opposition is actually quality; was not impressed.

Jane, I think the chatter streaming along the bottom of my screen seemed to indicate an expectation that Wimbledon will schedule play tomorrow. Could be wrong though. It last happened in 2003 or 4.


jane Says:

that would be sensible, eric.


skeezer Says:

The scheduling is xtra tough at Wimby. Not only do they have to deal with weather, but they have to deal with the conditions of the grass and make every effort to assure they wear down evenly. Don’t know how they do it.


jane Says:

serena out! interesting things could happen with that side opening up. bouchard with a shot? sharapova for a second wimbledon? radwanska? who knows, but it feels more open with possibilities. i had really thought serena would win the title here.

true skeezer, but they could nonetheless accommodate by playing some matches on the middle sunday if need be.


jane Says:

Kyrgios is through but it’s looking like both Janowicz and Niskikori will lose.


Tennis Fan Says:

Bouchard always had a shot Williams playing or not … glad to see Serena got her game in today … people have nothing to complain about now


Tennis Fan Says:

Raonic played a serving clinic today … pretty good on the ground strokes too when Kubot actually managed to get the ball back in play …


Tennis Fan Says:

Ridiculous if they don’t get Wawrinka in tomorrow … particularly after ripping him off for his placement in favour of Murray …


jane Says:

^ i can’t see why they didn’t put him on centre. after all, ivanovic and lisicki are on court 1 so centre is sitting empty.


Tennis Fan Says:

wawa too much of a threat ..


calmdownplease Says:

`Ridiculous if they don’t get Wawrinka in tomorrow … particularly after ripping him off for his placement in favour of Murray..`

How many times do people like you have to be told?
You’re just showing yourself up dude.


Patson Says:

I just switched to the World cup for a while. I just love penalty shootouts.

Julio Cesar won it for Brazil!


FedExpress Says:

If robredo-JJ dont finsih today (they are into the 4th) not only they have an disadvantage fed would also have disadvantage because he couldn play on monday his 4th round when hasnt an opponent


jane Says:

^interesting and true point. well let’s hope they play some matches tomorrow!


Colin Says:

Lots of credit to Cornet for holding her nerve. When you’re beating someone who should beat you, the home straight is the hardest part, and Cornet’s forehand kept letting her down. As for Serena’s exit, I won’t even bother to say anything about predictions – I’ve done so ad infinitum.

On the subject of playing on the middle Sunday, there was an interview with the Wimby groundsman last year, and he said the grass really needs a day off for some loving care.

The last time they played on the Sunday was 2004, I believe, the only two previous occasions being in the 1990s. This is significant, because nowadays it’s the baseline area that gets most of the wear, making a rest day for the court particularly important.

Don’t forget, unlike clay or cement or synthetic, a grass court is a living thing!


calmdownplease Says:

Yes but logically they could put the matches out on the outer courts on Sunday.
Who cares if they are worn down?
They don’t have to be on CC.
I suspect that they will be held over however.


skeezer Says:

@cdp,
“Who cares if they are worn down?”
Colin explained it well.
“Don’t forget, unlike clay or cement or synthetic, a grass court is a living thing!”

So it’s not that easy. Think about it. If they play on only some courts and not on others you could get a completely different type of playable surface on all the courts thereafter. Is that fair to everyone?
Not saying they shouldn’t or wouldn’t do it but for a surface that is a living breathing thing that is affected by the elements and play its a tougher situation than other surfaces.
Does anyone know that this is the reason in the past they don’t play on Sunday for the grass to recover somewhat?


skeezer Says:

^oops thanks Colin you already answered.


Tennis Fan Says:

Treatment of Wawrinka rather pathetic … no excuses to make him play Monday … if they do it .. it is bush league to say the least.


Tennis Fan Says:

Do I really have to miss most of the remaining Tennis today including most of the Niskikori match so ESPN can carry the interview of Serena live explaining why she didn’t show up yet again on centre court ??


jane Says:

Robredo beating Janowicz, and rightly so going by stats. JJ with 57 errors and 15 double faults to Tommy’s 16 and 3.


calmdownplease Says:

`“Who cares if they are worn down?”
Colin explained it well..`

Well no actually skeezer
I got Colin’s point, but my point was that the outer courts will be used less as the tournment progresses anyway, and I think that the main draw singles tournaments should take precedence. Anyway doubt its an option.


FedExpress Says:

so robredo it is

federer will smash him into pieces. can forget the loss at the us. billions of break point wasted and the smash at the start of the third which robredo brough back. and fed sweat like crazy at that day.


jane Says:

round of 16 opponents for the “big four” are not set as follows:

Nole vs. Tsonga (17)

Rafa vs. Kyrgios (144)

Fed vs. Robredo (22)

Andy vs. Anderson (18)


jane Says:

are *now* set! oops. :)


skeezer Says:

144? Lol…typical Rafa draw.


skeezer Says:

^Maybe we should give him a Tootsie roll pop too.


Eric Says:

I’m sure Rafa is happy to face an inexperienced kid who won 12-10 in the last set. But he was seeded to play Gasquet– who would have been the highest ranked of those four (plus the best on grass except for Tsonga). So hardly a “typical Rafa draw” to blame.


Eric Says:

Excuse me, 10-8, not 12-10.


Ash Says:

Draw from hell continues Dull and his luck never ceases to amaze me No seeds until QF of RG and again no seeds until QF here – incredible.


skeezer Says:

Eric,
Yeah I saw that. Just think its funny how his draw most always works out. It seems most times he doesn’t face anyone seeded very high that is formidable till semis, but then he can lose to nobodys in 1rst and 2nd rds…..so go figure.
To me it makes Rafa dangerous this tourney….if he gets to the semis, look out.


jane Says:

his draws have opened up through the quarters for the last 2 slams, that’s true.


Ash Says:

People bashing Nadal’s draw because he pulls one like this every tournament he plays and Nadal tards bashing Fed’s draw because they are in shock that somebody else can fluke Nadal like draw from time to time


jane Says:

well i don’t know but i will say that nole’s had crap luck with draws in the last 2 slams. at the french his lowest ranked opponent was 44!! and here he hasn’t (and won’t) faced anyone lower than 56 in the world. hopefully at the us open his luck is better.


Daniel Says:

If they don’t play tomorrow, Wawa, Lopez andIsner will have to play 3 days in a row or 3 out of 4 if they postpone quarters to Thursday.

The way it is Fed and Andal p,ay theri Round of 16 on Monday and they can finisg Nish match and mke the winner olay Raonic the same day, or Tuesday.

But even so, the top draw has an adavantgae because depending on the delay, Fed or Nadal or the winner of that draw may have to play Quarters on Thursday, semis friday or Saturday and final Sunday.

Wawa, Isner and Lopez are toasted which will give Fed and advantage going to semis. Let’s see how the schedule will unfolds.


Daniel Says:

And if Raonic has to wait Nish winner on Tuesday Nadal will have an advantage as Raonic may have to play back to back on Tuesday and Wednesday.


jane Says:

so it’s looking like a fedal semis then daniel? ;)


Patson Says:

@skeezer

You truly think Gasquet would pose a serious challenge to Rafa despite him being seeded high ? Dude, what are you smoking? if at all, Kyrgios has a better chance against Rafa than Gasquet. Nadal would eat Gasquet for breakfast.


jane Says:

probably patson, although gasquet did just reach the finals of eastborne, losing a very close 3 setter versus f-lo. but yeah, overall his results have been poor this year. still, nadal’s draw did open with karlovic, monfils, gasquet, and kohlschreiber all losing early, which means he won’t face a player inside the top 50 in the world until the quarterfinals, which was the same at the french.


skeezer Says:

@Patson
You’re probably right. But you don’t take into consideration : exoerience?
Regardless, IF Gas had a chance against the Bull, it would have to be Grass. But alas not this year, he’s out.


Patson Says:

@skeezer

Naah, after what I saw at the US open, I don’t think Gasquet has ANY belief against Nadal. He doesn’t have the weapons. He’s no Soderling, he’s no Rosol, and he has a single-handed backhand. Yes, you’d say Wawrinka had a single-handed backhand but then Wawrinka was playing lights-out tennis as well at the Oz open.

Nadal faces dangers from big-hitters. The big-hitter can be ranked 100, or 200, or 300. If he’s a big-hitter, with some belief, Nadal is more susceptible to losing to him than to a guy ranked as high as Gasquet but doesn’t have the game needed to trouble Nadal.

You know, and I know, that tennis is a game of match-ups plus self-belief. Make Rosol play against Fed, and Fed would beat him in 3 straight sets … like 6-3 6-2 6-3. Make Rosol play against Nadal again on grass, and it will again be a competitive match.


contador Says:

The only way I could imagine avoiding a semi-final Fedal in my bracket, was to take Nadal out early in another fluke early round loss.

Going into the second week, I doubt even a plucky newcomer like Kyrgious can have much luck against Rafa.

The main point is, as it turns out, Rafa’s draw, including RF for a semi-final opponent, is looking cushy again like at RG. But my gut has been telling me Nadal is winning the title here no matter what; even if, as Daniel points out, the top half ends up having an advantage over the bottom.


contador Says:

@ skeezer

hahahaha……”Fed diary; interesting stuff and some friendship with Fabio;”

That write-up was OTT but it made me laugh in the end. thanks :D


Patson Says:

@contador

I still feel Nadal, despite making it to the second week, is very much beatable with the right game plan. Raonic , for one, has the potential to do that.

And even if it’s a Fedal semi , Fed can still win it. He has to come out all guns blazing, server brilliantly as he has been doing, and play super tennis for the first 2 sets. He takes a 2-0 lead, he will win it. Easier said than done, but wasn’t grass Fed’s best surface ? Surely, the man has a chance on his favored surface.

He needs to listen to Morpheus, he needs to believe.

As for Nadal, if he gets a straight sets victory against Raonic in the QF (assuming he gets there), his tail will be up, and fairly hard to get down from then on.


contador Says:

@Patson

I like how you feel better than how I feel about this tournament.

Like Sean Randall, you have a well defended case for Federer… at least maybe winning the dreaded FEDAL semi-final. I think about that – the brilliant serving, the grass, the bigger racquet, the healthy back, the twins x2…lol

I was hoping Nishikori would be in great form and take out both Raonic and Nadal. Something beyond belief is what I was imagining. Not that I don’t believe in Kei, I do. But he can’t even finish off Bolleli in 5 sets, I see today ; so much for Nishikori.


Patson Says:

@contador

Federer is always in the mix but Wimbledon has to be his best bet.

But me being a Nole fan , of course, would want Nole to shed his grandslam jinx. Nobody likes the label of a ‘consistent grandslam finalist’.


jane Says:

who has that label patson? nole has 6 slams; he won a slam in 2013. it’s just this year so far that he hasn’t won one.


metan Says:

As Rafa fan, I am more concerned of The new kid on the blog rather than someone who has tons of experiences but has a mental midget. If Rafa can get trough this kid and then Raonic, for sure, the title is for Rafa. It does not matter who he is going to face later on.


skeezer Says:

“If Rafa can get trough this kid and then Raonic, for sure, the title is for Rafa”
Really? Ok. I’ll pick Murray on home court.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Raonic will take Rafa out. I picked it in Kimberly’s draw, so you can take it to the bank.

Too bad it won’t be on Canada Day!


skeezer Says:

TV,
Bold pick! I Trust Milos serve against Rafa. But want to see that FH to Nadull BH, which, on grass, Nadull chops at like a Sushi chef. Rafa never learned a proper slice on the BH side. Btw, ever see Rafa have a FH chip or slice? LMAO.
Imho the key, attack the BH and close!


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Raonic is tall, so Rafa’s bounce isn’t as bad for him (see Soderling, Del Potro).
I dunno. Just feels like time. I’m sure Jaime’s psychic is with me.

Rafa is great at the net, but he has reverted to old school baseline Rafa, in my opinion. I think something changed in his career. I think back to that USO (2010??) when he had that wicked serve and attacking game, and it seemed like he was poised to do whatever he wanted. And then he kind of reverted. Anyone else see this?

Admittedly, Rafa just won USO and almost Oz, and I take nothing away from him as a tennis player, but he did those as baseline, bread-and-butter serving. Style wise, it seemed like he began to morph his game once upon a time and then gave up on it, no?

Tangent, no?


Patson Says:

If Fed beats Robredo, Fed’s going to play somebody who would be playing 3 matches on 3 consecutive days ! How’s that for an advantage. Fed’s getting to the semi-final sure shot now.

@jane

True, but another loss in the finals wouldn’t be nice. In the last 3 finals that he has played, he just hasn’t been able to take that one extra step. Hopefully, he can turn it around soon. First things first: taking care of the 4th round on Monday.


Patson Says:

@TV

Yea but that serve really was an anomaly. Had he continued, he probably would’ve developed shoulder problems. I remember him talking about shoulder pain after US open 2010, and then we never saw him serving that hard. Adding power in a natural way to his serve is hard for him. Even if he tries to serve hard, he can’t do it consistently without hurting himself in the long run. Possibly one of the downsides of switching from your natural hand to the other one. After all, he writes with his right hand.


contador Says:

I picked Nole FTW in one of two of my brackets in the Kimberly bracket challenge @ Patson and @ jane. How he will beat Murray is the problem.

Nole needs a win – and to take over ….nevermind….I do not want to jinx anyone.

@Tennis Vagabond. I hope you are right about the time being now for Milos to take down Rafa. About Rafa, you never know. He can revert and then revert back to where he reverted from. It is unpredictable.

My problem with is with Rafa losing. I don’t think he will lose – he has too much GOAT momentum going atm. He is like a Bull Dozer aiming for the number 18.


jane Says:

patson, yeah i know what you mean i guess. but thinking that way makes me sad for nole; if he could snap out of the mental doubts in the big moments , it’d be wonderful. fingers crossed it’ll happen sometime soon, ideally at one of the next couple slams.

contador “He is like a Bull Dozer aiming for the number 18.”

as we’ve discussed, i have the same sense of it as you about rafa, and toni is part of that forward momentum too. i think he likes the wins as much as rafa does!


Patson Says:

@contador

I personally think that Nole should be able to beat Murray if they play this time. If Verdasco pushed Murray to 5 sets, why the hell can’t Nole do that ? If it were not for that grueling semi-final against Delpo, the final may have been much closer. All the sets were fairly close even last year. If they do play against each other this year, it is going to be a five-setter. I’m willing to bet on that.


metan Says:

All Roger fans is hoping and praying harder for Rafa to be out before the semi. And all Rafa fans is hoping and praying that both of them will be in the semifinal. And the good wishes will be answered by God and I believe. 😊😄


Patson Says:

@metan

Nobody is praying….predicting? Yes…praying? Emm, actually I can only speak for myself … and I surely am not :)


Patson Says:

@jane

This Wimby, Nole is snapping out of his slumber. Surely, he can’t do this to himself and his fans for the 4th time in a row.

You talked about Toni, which reminds me of something he said in that match against Rosol

“Vamos Coño.”

I believe it was when Rafa won the second set. Look up the last word. As you said, Toni seems to be invested in the match as much as Rafa. LOL


metan Says:

@Patson, may be others predicting but I m really praying and hoping for it, I just came back from the church. 😄😄😊


Michael Says:

Margot @1.39 am – Thanks !!

Well as Nirmal rightly said that Andy is yet to be tested in this tournament which is true. However, Andy relishes Grass courts and it has become his favourite surface even above hard courts. For me, he is one of the favourites to win the title. Honestly, I think the winner of this Wimbledon would be amongst Novak, Andy and Rafa. I do not think Roger can make it. I am anguished to say this but quite true. He has Rafa in his path and that may prove to be his big stumbling block. Rafa too appears on course to finals with the kind of form he is displaying at the moment.


Michael Says:

Metan @ 11.58 pm,

I do not know whether you have said this in a satarical way. But it is true that Roger’s fans do not relish the prospect of his meeting Rafa. However, collision in the semis appear almost inevitable at this moment unless some upsets happen along the way. It is still not certain that they both would make it. By the way, I am not sure you are aware that Rafa is an Atheist or at the least Agnostic.


Colin Says:

Metan, speaking as an atheist, I must say you seem to be breaking the rules. Isn’t there something about taking the name of God in vain?

Tennis is only a game, and praying about the result is treating the Creator with disrespect.

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