Murray Lines Up Baby Fed Dimitrov; Federer, Nadal Lead Blockbuster Tuesday at Wimbledon
by Staff | June 30th, 2014, 10:56 pm
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was in fine form on Monday at Wimbledon, moving into the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(5) victory over No. 14 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.

“[Tsonga's] a top player,” said Djokovic, “and he loves the big stage. So to be able to win against him in straight sets on the surface that I feel suits him the most is a great result. I was very happy with consistency today, mental consistency, and variety in my game. I played very well from back of the court.”

Djokovic advances to a meeting with No. 26 Marin Cilic, who was likely dominant with a 7-6(8), 6-4, 6-4 win over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

Cilic has never beaten Djokovic in nine meetings.

No. 3 seed Andy Murray was a straight-set winner over No. 20 seed Kevin Anderson, setting up a mouth-watering meeting with No. 11 seed Grigor “Baby Fed” Dimitrov, who likely dismissed Argentine Leonardo Mayer in straights.

“Now he’s starting to come into his prime,” said Murray of Dimitrov. “He’s won a lot of matches this year. He’s a tough player. Will be a hard match for me. It’s a big opportunity for him, as well, playing on the Centre Court at Wimbledon for the first time. It’s a great opportunity for him. Hopefully we can play a good match.”

Winning third round matches were No. 19 Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez upsetting No. 9 John Isner 6-7(8), 7-6(6), 7-6(3), 7-5; No. 5 Stan Wawrinka handling Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-3, 6-4; and No. 10 Kei Nishikori outlasting unseeded Italian Simone Bolelli 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4.

“A lot of aces,” said F-Lo of beating Isner and setting up a meeting with Wawrinka. “A tough match to play. I knew it was going to be like this. I knew we were going to play a lot of tiebreaks, so this is the match I was excepting to play.”

Upsets galore continued on the women’s side Monday as three lower seeded or unseeded players ousted higher-ranked opponents.

Unseeded Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova had one of the biggest upsets, topping former No. 1 and No. 10-seeded Caroline Wozniacki to move into the quarterfinals 6-2, 7-5.

No. 6-seeded Petra Kvitova and No. 23 Lucie Safarova joined Zahlavova Strycova to make three Czechs in a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time — ever.

Kvitova defeated unseeded Chinese Peng Shuai 6-3, 6-2, and Safarova outmatched Czech qualifier Tereza Smitkova 6-0, 6-2.

No. 22-seeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova, a consistent fast-court performer, added to her resume with a 6-3, 6-0 rout of No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska.

“Agnieszka, she’s really good on grass, and she’s had great results here,” Makarova said. “I just beat her once in the US Open last year, so in this match I was just trying to remember my emotions and my game from there, and how I was playing. And it really worked today. I was so solid and so calm during all the match and all the points. I just waited until I was comfortable and then I was aggressive.”

Third-round winners Monday were No. 19 Sabine Lisicki upsetting No. 11 Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, and Yaroslava Shvedova advanced when American Madison Keys was unable to resume their match from the day before with a thigh injury, retiring at 7-6(7), 6-6.

“The crowd knows my story here,” Lisicki said after her three-set win. “I came here as a young girl, and I came back from injury, and it’s a big story with me and Wimbledon. I love the support that I’m getting here. It’s so much more enjoyable.”

No. 13 seed Eugenie “The Canadian Sharapova” Bouchard set up another possible Slam meeting with Maria Sharapova after edging No. 25 seed Alize Cornet 7-6(5), 7-5.

Tuesday highlights are (5) Maria Sharapova vs. (9) Angelique Kerber, (2) Rafael Nadal vs. young Aussie Nick Kyrgios, (6) Petra Kvitova vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, (4) Roger Federer vs. (23) Tommy Robredo, (23) Lucie Safarova vs. (22) Ekaterina Makarova, (8) Milos Raonic vs. (10) Kei Nishikori, and (5) Stan Wawrinka vs. (19) Feliciano Lopez.

TUESDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Angelique Kerber (GER) [9] v Maria Sharapova (RUS) [5]
2. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Rafael Nadal (ESP) [2]
3. Petra Kvitova (CZE) [6] v Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Tommy Robredo (ESP) [23] v Roger Federer (SUI) [4]
2. Lucie Safarova (CZE) [23] v Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [22]
3. Serena Williams (USA) [8] / Venus Williams (USA) [8] v
Kristina Barrois (GER) / Stefanie Voegele (SUI)

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM
1. Simona Halep (ROU) [3] v Zarina Diyas (KAZ)
2. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [5] v Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [19]


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208 Comments for Murray Lines Up Baby Fed Dimitrov; Federer, Nadal Lead Blockbuster Tuesday at Wimbledon

metan Says:

First for Murray. Don’t be afraid, your opponent is just baby Fed, and not even real one coz the real one aka Richard G was sent home early, so please make sure get the job done as usual.
Second, even Marin never wins from Nole he could be a good test for Nole, so all Nole fans must be happy their idol has been testing to master it up for the big day to come. Don’t scream about tough draw. All has brought something positive and benefits for Nole.
Third, the committee is doing silly job, how could, they give wawa and Feli play back to back for 3 days in a row. Can they be more flexible??? Is this tradition more important than the player sake??? Disappointed .really!!!

Last for RAFA, VAMOS, YOU CAN DO IT. GOOD LUCK!!!


Michael Says:

Novak looked in ominous form against Tsonga and to beat him in straight sets would have been a tremendous morale booster for him who has set his sights for bagging his second Wimbledon title and it appears that he is well on course to realize it.

As regards Andy, he too had an easy time against Anderson who is a pretty dangerous player. This shows he is too in fine fettle and it looks a clash between Novak and Andy in the Semis is almost inevitable unless Dmitrov surprises us.


Michael Says:

Well the Wimbledon Authorities once again floundered very badly yesterday with their Roof on/off strategy. This wasted a considerable amount of time and with already back logging matches haunting the tournament, this only added to the teethering trouble. There is a rule that once roof is on, it should be maintained throughout the day. But yesterday this rule was given a go bye for whatever reason ? May be the Authorities thought a open court suits Andy well. Whatever may be the reason, this is not the way a tournament should be organized pleasing the locals. Organizers should raise above partisanships in the larger interest of safeguaring the integrity of the tournament.


Voicemale1 Says:

This “Baby Federer” nonsense has simply got to stop. Dimitrov is a talented guy to be sure – but talented in his own right. His game actually looks very little like Federer’s – especially Federer in his prime. Dimitrov moves in a much more grinding, labored way than Federer around the court; Dimitrov’s FH is nothing like Federer’s – in execution or impact; and the Serve – especially the 2nd – are still below what Federer’s was in his heyday. Even the BH of Dimitrov is much more long swinging the Federer. So the truth is Dimitrov is no more like Federer than someone like Youhzny is like Federer. They said the same nonsense about Gasquet – another one who’s game looks absolutely nothing like Federer’s, yet this ridiculous moniker of “baby Federer” stuck with him for a long time. Until they found out just how truly unlike Federer this “Baby Federer” was. Oy.


metan Says:

@Voicemale 1.
Boooom!!!


Colin Says:

Funny, I thought all the various activities of the Wimbledon authority the last few days were supposed to give Andy an easy ride. Not working very well, is it? He gets one of the hottest young prospects, who is in a rich vein of form.


madmax Says:

Voicemail, the ‘baby fed’ moniker. Agree with you. In fact, even Dimitriov has said he is tired of it. That it has to stop. I read some news about the similiarity being made by his then coach, Peter Lundgren, who also coached Fed, and that it was he who came up with the name, but also said, 6 or 7 years ago, that Grigor was a better player than fed at that age – however, it is only now that Grigor is coming into his prime. He is a great player in his own right and shouldn’t be referred to as ‘baby fed’ anymore. I think he feels he has grown up now so people should just drop it.


madmax Says:

What a young photo of Andy. Baby Murray! I think that Murray will wrap this up in straights. He has the confidence and the experience on Centre Court. What a day for Dimi though to experience the atmosphere and the crowd when he walks on.

Should be a great match.


Tennis Fan Says:

Gotta love the intelligence of the Wimby committee… they relegate the potential “match of the day” … Raonic and Nishikori to Court 3 in favour of women’s second round doubles … just to demonstrate their comtemptuous loaching for anything that is good in tennis …


skeezer Says:

Congrats Fed, looking good!


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Raonic started playing like crap. He had nowhere to go but up. If he can keep this gear (1 UE in 2nd set!) it will be over fast.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Raonic started playing like crap. He had nowhere to go but up. If he can keep this gear (1 UE in 2nd set!) it will be over fast.


Humble Rafa Says:

skeezer Says:
Congrats Fed, looking good!

Staying on message and keep it short. Way to Skeeze.


Skeezer Says:

Anyone watching the Sharapova match? 6 match points down and still fighting. Amazing match…


Skeezer Says:

Kerber was a wall today that Maria couldn’t hit through. Congrats to both. Have a new appreciation for Dramapova, but her opponets heart was too big today.


pitchaboy Says:

If Fed continues to serve this way, nobody is beating him.


Tennis Fan Says:

Listening to the commentators covering the Raonic – Nishikori match you’d think the Canadian was losing. Nothing good to say about Raonic even though he is slowly taking control of the match … and is ahead on the match largely because of avastly improved ground game. He is looking more dangerous with each tournament.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

With Raonic’s backhand clicking, his net game looking good, he is looking quite difficult to beat. But Kei is sticking in there.


Tennis Fan Says:

its Raonic moving like a gazelle and hitting massive backhands and forehands … the boy is coming of age …


Tennis Fan Says:

… and Raonic slay’s his dragon … quite impressively … Nadal up next …


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Huge win. Quarters at French, Quarters at Wimbledon, he’s fully on the scene.
“Next One In”
We’ll see if Dmitrov wants to stake an even bigger statement tomorrow, but historically, Raonic is just better.

He will take out Rafa. Its all there in my X-Draw.


Tennis Fan Says:

Happy Canada Day!!


van orten Says:

nadal lucky as always wow wow mr luckal


van orten Says:

nadal will luck out again and win that tie breaker after being down 0-4


FedExpress Says:

Kyrgios deserves the set more than nadal


the DA Says:

I’m telling you this Kyrgios is the real deal. Andy was right. That serve, the FH AND BH. If he becomes a good returner watch out.


FedExpress Says:

3 set points for kyrgios


Okiegal Says:

Kyrgios will take this first set….no doubt…yuck!

VAMIS RAFA!


FedExpress Says:

come one ace


Okiegal Says:

^^VAMOS NOT VAMIS!!!!


Skeezer Says:

Whats a Kyrgios? And why again has another Who? won a set against the Clay goat?
Iron sharpens iron?


Josh Says:

oh no, Rafa lost the first set. I’ve never seen this happen before.


FedExpress Says:

Kyrgios is just wow

why does nadal go out of the stadium after losing the first sets???????


TennisVagabond.com Says:

IF he becomes a good returner DA? I just watched the last couple games, but Kyrgios is muscling Rafa’s serve and having his way with it. I’ve NEVER seen someone handle Rafa’s serve so viciously.

This kid is freaking awesome. Rafa may not make it to Raonic. But I still hope he does. I want Milos to take him on and out!


Daniel Says:

Damm, Nadal loses another first set.

Against Raonic or Fed/Wawa, Murray/Djoko it can be too costly. This guys usually play all they have in first set and empty their tank for later. With Nadal we know that the longer the match goes the better for him.

It would be an irony if he in the later rounds dumps everybody after losing so many sets to ever Joe


van orten Says:

why calls he for a Trainer before federer serves for first set ( Roland garros 2011) why does he Need a bath room break before match Point ( Indian wells 2012) ??? just his usual tactics


Okiegal Says:

13 aces for Kygrios….if he keeps this up…..My guy is in big trouble……Vamos Rafa!


FedExpress Says:

John Mac just shut up

Nadal is not the greatest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tennis Fan Says:

Nadal pulling his leaving the court routine … not classy


NK Says:

Hope Kyrgios takes it to Nadal. Keeping my fingers crossed.


Josh Says:

is leaving the court within the rules? I thought it was.


pitchaboy Says:

Kyrgios v Raonic: Big v Bigger.


Tennis Fan Says:

I’ve noticed that the longer Mac’s commentor career has gone he has felt the need to become more and more inflammatory in all of his comments about various players … sort of like a guy desperate for attention in his fading twilight years. He isstarting to sound more and more like that guy who used to wear the bowties who became so nonsensical that they finally had to terminate his contract …


Josh Says:

@tennisfan I guess if he was in love with Roger, you would probably have a different point of view


Tennis Fan Says:

Josh : sadly it is .. even if it just a tactic with no medical reasons. … if they actually enforced the 20 second rule though Nadal would be truly done


Josh Says:

but, you’re right, Johnny Mac gets annoying!


Josh Says:

hey, I agree, unfortunately the officials rarely enforce anything.


Tennis Fan Says:

Josh: .. in fact he was in love with Federer … but that love turned into hate at the last Wimbledon that Roger won and Fed didn’t spend enough time with him in Mac interview after the match with him … Mac turned spiteful at that point and no longer refers to Rog as the GOAT. (even though he is the winniest player in history.) pretty sad


FedExpress Says:

forget nishikor, dimitrov, raonic, tomic

Kyrgios is the biggest of the lot


Okiegal Says:

@Fedexpress 12:01

He just got the crap scared out of him…..would be my guess!! Lol


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios stats looks impressive, He lost only 7 points on serve and won 100% on first serves. His percentage is not good, below 60%, imagine if he serves even better.

But as the match goes on Nadal will find more rhythm on return.


Okiegal Says:

Awesome drop shot!


FedExpress Says:

ahhahaha

so many close outs


Okiegal Says:

Good eye, Hawkeye #2


van orten Says:

nadal lucking out big time again on challenges ..when will it end ,,when ?


FedExpress Says:

the backhand from stance position is insane

how does he do it??


the DA Says:

ruh-roh, Rafa is waking up a bit now. He just did a semi-lawn mower celebration.


FedExpress Says:

DID U SEE THAT

Dimitrov u are dethroned officially


Okiegal Says:

Tennis players out there…..do you guys practice the tweener or is it just a reflex shot??


the DA Says:

Now he’s hitting highlight reel tweeners.


van orten Says:

kygrios doing a federer there .. he is really talented that Boy …he is having fun at least. nadal is just looking grim and angry all the time .. jesuss it is only a game


FedExpress Says:

nadal has to pay his bills by dr fuentes so he needs the money, van ortem


van orten Says:

the goat in hitting lines


Okiegal Says:

Uh oh …..Rafa got close to a towel brush….not shoulder, though! Thank goodness! Lol


FedExpress Says:

that volley will cost him sadly


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer…….where is the bloody bullhorn? Lol


van orten Says:

thats nadal taking every gift he gets


FedExpress Says:

lucky lucky lucky nadal


Okiegal Says:

……and a super duper VAMOS!


the DA Says:

hehe, told you. I saw this coming when he did the lawnmower. The bull has awoken. It’s not going to be easy though.


van orten Says:

nadal is the luckiest top Player ever lived ..that set showed it again .. he is just relentlesss…


SG1 Says:

Unable to see the match..but yes, Kyrgios is crazy talented. Doesn’t seems to have an apparent weakness from what I’ve watched. Tend to believe he’ll be the best of the up-and-comers. His shots looks so free and effortless.


SG1 Says:

Nothing lucky about being relentless. “The harder I practice, the luckier I get” was a line from a golfer…can’t remember his name, but never was a line more applicable as it is to Rafa.


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios had game point to go to another tiebreak where he would fancy his chances. Nadal match leveled and Nadal serving first. Kyrgios better break other wise he will feel the pressure again when the set gest closer to conclusion.


Daniel Says:

Nadal had 0 BP until that final game of the set. But this is tennis, playing the important points the better.


Okiegal Says:

TV warning for Rafa……everybody happy??


van orten Says:

i will be happy when that Player retires .


Okiegal Says:

Knowledgeable tennis fans…..who is the best…….Grigor, Nishi, Kyrgios, or Raonic?


Daniel Says:

Not able to see the match but by score they are holding with ease. Now Kyrg in some danger, 15-30 3-4


Skeezer Says:

Rafa abuses the time rule perfectly. At duece, he was serving and could have been in trouble. He intentionally takes to much time preparing to serve, gets the warning, bounces the ball a few more times and serves. Kyrgios ducks the return. Add in.


Daniel Says:

Moment of truth for Kyrgios, 2 more holds for a tiebreak, serving down 4-5. Let’s see if he will hold or feel the pressure again. His chance is bring this set to a tiebreak.


Daniel Says:

Nadal 2 points ways from winning third set


the DA Says:

Grigor has the most creativity but Kyrgios is a close second -if not a tie. He can serve and hit as hard as Raonic but he can do more with his BH and moves better. He seems to be thinking on court too, not just bashing it and hoping to outhit Rafa. My $0.02


Daniel Says:

One test gone, deuce game and he hold. 5-5


Daniel Says:

Last chance Kyrgios, serving down again 5-6 to force a tiebreak. Hope this time he does it just for more drama


Daniel Says:

Damm, 30-0 and now 30-30. Feel history of second set will repeat, the kid must be tense


Daniel Says:

He saved BP, nice hold. Tiebreak it is!


Daniel Says:

first mini break to Kyrgios. Can he hold it?!


Daniel Says:

They are on serve, set point Kyrg 6-5 Nadal serving


Eric Says:

Wow wow wow.


Daniel Says:

Wow, he did it. Won third set tiebreak. NAdal will have to play his first 5 setter here.

Can Kyrgios do it! If so, he must take the fourt because he is unable to break Nadal so far and if they go to a fifth, advantage Nadal.

He will also serve first fourth set which will add even more pressure to Nadal.


andrea Says:

sweet. love that this guy is not backing down. the Rosol of 2014?


Humble Rafa Says:

nadal is the luckiest top Player ever lived
-
I am 400 lbs and eat Lay chips all day. While doing that, someone handed me 9 French Opens on my lap.


the DA Says:

Got to admire (and laugh) at that FH on SP. He’s completely fearless and clutch…at 19 years of age. Hope can he enjoy it for as long as possible before having to deal with all the expectations and pressures.


Okiegal Says:

All tiebreaks go to the more solid server…..if Rafa doesn’t break him from the get go…..the young gun will be in…..He is very good and serving first.


FedExpress Says:

that kid is the future

who troubled nadal with 19 years of age at a GS????????


Daniel Says:

He has to be carefull because usually players have a lapse after winning a tense set. He is already 15-30 on his first serve.


TGIT Says:

Wow, teenager with super human powers. The new Becker.


Tennis Fan Says:

Kryrgios looks like he has great potential… a little surprised though how weak his forehand looks at times … more of a top spin shot …but maybe he will learn to flatten it out in time. He has excellent touch around the court but makes a lot of rookie mistakes. Of course at this point in his career, he doesn’t really feel the heat ..no expectations on him yet. If Rafa loses this I doubt he will have much luck winning anything more than maybe one more clay court title.


Ben Pronin Says:

I really hope Kyrgios is NOT the Rosol of any time. This kid is very exciting. Probably the first of the young guns who I am willing to admit is a future star. We’ve seen young guys push Nadal and others in Masters but never at a slam, not like this. This is incredible. And unlike, say Dimitrov, he’s not letting himself worry about the physicality of it all. He’s 19, he has the stamina of youth and he’s showing it.


Daniel Says:

It’s a long time we haven’t seen a teenager come of age. I think the last was Djoko in Montreal 2007 when he beat Fed in the final.


the DA Says:

I think he only wins it if it’s in 4. Rafa will outlast him in a 5th.


Okiegal Says:

Dang it Rafa…..break back now!!


Skeezer Says:

Who blinked in the TB?
Rafael Nadal!


Josh Says:

Nadal is all but done now. I hope this kid goes far, he’s very exciting to watch.


Skeezer Says:

Can the kid stay focused to close it out?


Daniel Says:

30-30. Nadal still alive. He needs to confirm the break tand even so all remaining games will be tense


Skeezer Says:

Rafa is not done by a long shot. But its on the kids racket now.


Okiegal Says:

Looking dismal for Rafa at this point……so my support will go to second favorite of mine…the Scotsman Andy…..Hope he can do it if Rafa can’t!!


Eric Says:

Wow this is fun. I thought maybe Gasquet would take it to Rafa, certainly didn’t see Kyrgios getting so far… Still — not over yet!


Ben Pronin Says:

This kid’s forehand is something else. It looks like he might be spinning it too much but then it travels like a rocket. It’s a very modern version. Rockets like the big players but lots of spin like Nadal and Federer.


Daniel Says:

Wow, 4-1. Two more go. The more he thinks about this win the worst for him. He just have to go point by point.

Nadal will do what champions do, hold his games (if he doesn’t get desperate as well, which can happen) and try to break when his opponents realize hat is about to happen. The problem is with a serve like his, he can have 2 more games where there is nothing Nadal can do that try to add pressure with his persona on court.


andrea Says:

@ Humble Rafa…..this ain’t the French Open and Nadal isn’t in Kansas anymore.


Eric Says:

Well then.


Krishna Says:

Let’s go Kyrgios! :)


Eric Says:

Well then. Wow wow.

Sorry, I am not capable of serious thought right now.


Krishna Says:

And there it is..Nadal has been knocked out of Wimbledon!! :)


Josh Says:

This is great for tennis. I hope that Kyrigos continues to improve, with more upsets along the way!


Eric Says:

Utterly fearless.


pitchaboy Says:

Federer’s to lose at this time.


Tennis Fan Says:

Congrats to Kyrgios … too bad though, I think Raonic was really looking forward to taking out Rafa himself … there will be fireworks in the next round!!


kjb Says:

I wonder what kind of injury that Rafa will drum up? He doesn’t lose if hes not injured, no?


NK Says:

Rafa out…wow, this makes me so happy-:)


andrea Says:

closes it out with a bomber ace. unreal.

for all the nadal fans, at least your man survived longer @ wimby than the past few years which is encouraging.

the match between milos and this kid should be a fire cracker.


FedExpress Says:

take that the dimitrovs, nishkoris, ferres, federers, and others

thats how to beat nadal. like a boss


Ben Pronin Says:

Wow. Moment getting to him? Federer had more trouble finishing off Robredo. Unbelievable performance. I really hope he wins the whole tournament. Raonic next. Maybe beat Federer and then Djokovic/Murray in the final? That would probably be the most epic slam win of all time. An all time effort, as JMac would say.


Grand Slam Says:

AWESOME HE DID IT!!!! Nick played great, fearless!!!!!! Future star!!! After seeing him play today, he gained a fan that is for sure!!!!


jane Says:

Wow, congrats to Nick the Kid!


Okiegal Says:

On to hard courts and the ranking is down a notch….which does not bother me a bit! Good job by the young kid and I think he’s the one to beat when it gets down to the young guns. An awesome player and goes for broke on every shot……but ace after ace a bit boring for Okiegal.

Congrats to all his fans!

#eyecanrelaxnow
#butbored

Vamos Rafa ……get to the hard courts and the USO!!


the DA Says:

Kind of speechless. Even Roger tweeted that he was switching over from the football to watch it (I bet he was hehe). I wonder if it’s the grass that especially suits his game. Wonder if he canl transfer this form over to HCs?

One thing though: I won’t be watching Raonic-Kyrgios. Unless I hear that Nick is serving for the match.


pitchaboy Says:

Absolutely. To beat Rafa you have to kick him around and get ready to make goat curry.


Patson Says:

Commiserations to Nadal fans.

But BOY O BOY Nick played a SUPER match !

Congrats to Nick. A future world no. 1 perhaps. Fantastic display of tennis !


pitchaboy Says:

Nadal will never win Wimbledon again. The great thing is any of the eight left could win, although I would put Fed and Novak a little ahead and Cilic and Stan a little behind.


Grand Slam Says:

Australia has the Greek, Nick (Nikos)to be proud of. So much for the overated Tomic!!!!! Nikos is the real deal!!!!! :)


Daniel Says:

He did it!

Now I can enjoy the remaining tournament with no more GOAT stress until the final.

Anyone winning would be great, even one of the youg guns (Kyrg, Raonic and Dimitrov). Imagine a Dmitrov x Kyrg final?! That would be something.

Now onto GOAT debate: well, 3 Slams, 1 HC final, another RG title and another early exit at Wimbledon. Nothing different than what he does very year. If he doesn’t win US or AO next year. he will entre RG next year with 14 and turning 29, his gap will be vanishing. ANs worst, if Fed indeed win this Wimbledon, debate will be virtually over.


Skeezer Says:

144, wild card, never got into the 3rd rd of a Slam, just beat Nadal. Rafa has made more 100 plus ranked players more popular than ever. How can anyone claim this Clay court wonder the goat? They can’t. Stunner.
Congrats to the 19 yr old Aussie! Star is born.
We take this time to announce the ground squirrel rafafanatics will now go underground. Antics are gone, Tennis is back!
#grassrocks!


Josh Says:

I agree. Nadal’s window will be closing if he doesn’t win this year’s US Open. If Federer can win Wimbledon this year, it really is over for him to catch the GS record.

The real question is, if this were to happen, would Nadal be considered #2 GOAT? not so sure.


jane Says:

dan martin hinted at this outcome at his blog. he didn’t say for sure that nick the kid would win, but he mentioned 1990 sampras in his pre-match write up. good “inkling” dan. :)


Daniel Says:

Oh, and if Djoko wins the tournament he would be back to number 1 with style.
I think all top 3 are dying for this as well because the worst for them 3 is gone. Even Djoko (who is the most successful player in beating Nadal), must be relived because he won’t have to face him and possible lose another major final to Nadal after last 3 they played.

Things looking good for Fed to make finals now. All the other have less experience and never were in this situation before, and he will have a winner or Mils or Kyrgios in semis where the pressure will be even higher because they would be 1 match away from a first major final in the most prestigious tourney of all.
Also the semis possible semis between Djoko and Murray can be a cracker of a match.


the DA Says:

Nothing more distasteful than schadenfreude. I’m out.


Skeezer Says:

Kyrgios credited his new work ethic to hitting with Fed according to the commies.
#bestrolemodelever

Have to say this kid is fun to watch! Big game.


Jeez Says:

Now we know why Rosol couldn’t beat Nadal for the 2nd time!!?

May be Kyrgios[Ranked144] was the right Journey man to Lose:-)


Tennis Fan Says:

predicting a Raonic – Federer semi …


Daniel Says:

C’mon the DA, this is sport. Opponent misery matters, somebody has got to lose.

You should see at my work today a few minutes ago when Swiss almost score against Argentina. All Brazilian alive was cheering that moment. LOL


Polo Says:

Is this the kid who beat Gasquet after the latter had a bunch of match points?


contador Says:

Nick the Kid, it is then. Wow. I missed the match and just read this.


Daniel Says:

Yes Polo, he saved 9 MP. Wonder the difference 1 mere point make in a match, tourney and possibly history.


Okiegal Says:

I guess Fed can breath a sigh of relief……or can he?? I think Nick has the belief….if that dynamic serve keeps holding up…..his serve is OTT….get to the finals Nick and maybe you will have the chance to knock out another one of the big four….that’s what tennis fans seem to be wanting now…..a NEW champion. You might just be the one!

#goforit

#onwiththeaftermath

VAMOS RAFA!


contador Says:

Gasquet had 9 match points. Nick the kid is something else!


Skeezer Says:

9? Wow.
Fed will have his hands full (if he gets by Stan) with either one of these guys. Thing about Wimby is if you can serve big you always will have a chance.


madmax Says:

Nick tops the ace count right now. 153 aces – overall champion.


the DA Says:

@Daniel – No, that’s a football or hockey or team sports mentality. It doesn’t go with tennis, it never did in the decades I’ve been watching it. It seems to be a phenomenon that started with the internet. Call me old fashioned.

I’m now rooting for Nick to get to the final. I hope either Andy or Nole will be waiting for him there. I’d like to see how a good returner deals with his game.


Okiegal Says:

What is fun about ace after ace after ace…..boring!! But if the opponent happens to be Rafa that boring type of tennis suddenly is so much fun……not!! LOL

#makelikecoffee
#grinditup


jane Says:

yes, i see he leads the ace count
1 N.Kyrgios AUS 4 113 = still in
2 J.Isner USA 3 110 = out
3 M.Raonic CAN 4 108 = still in
4 M.Cilic CRO 4 98 = still in
5 J-W.Tsonga FRA 4 91 = out
6 F.Lopez ESP 4 76 = still in
7 A.Dolgopolov UKR 3 75 = out
8 S.Wawrinka SUI 4 74 = still in
9 J.Chardy FRA 4 72 = out
9 K.Anderson RSA 4 72 = out

————-

there’s you’re top ten ace leaders: 5 are still in; 5 are out.

fed is 14th, nole is 17th and dimitrov is 20th. the chart ends at 20.

————–

1st serve return:

tsonga was 1st
nick the kid is 2nd
chardy was 3rd
murray is 4th
cilic is 5th
nadal was 6th

fed is 9th, wawa is 10th, nole is 11th

————

2nd serve return

chardy was first
cilic is second
nadal was third
nick the kid is 4th
dimitrov is 5th
janowicz was 6th
nole is 7th

fed is 9th and tied with andy


Eric Says:

DA, did you just call Rafa a poor returner? O.o


Okiegal Says:

@DA

I was thinking the same thing…..how will a good returner like Nole handle him. It’s hard to run his legs off when you can’t touch the ball. That was Rafa’s only way to win today and it just didn’t happen. Rafa dumped the ball in the net too many times. Rafa had his chances but Nick had the reply.
Oh well…..win 3 lose one….that’s the way it goes sometime.


Polo Says:

Is this the tournament when one of the “kids” will finally break free from the stranglehold of the top 4? For sure, one will sprint into the semifinals (Raonic or Kyrgios). This is going to be an exciting quarterfinals. I hope they all play at their best. Ok, I hope Federer plays a bit better than all the rest. :-)


contador Says:

I don’t really know Nick Kyrigos’ tennis game. Only saw bits of the Gasquet – Kyrgios match…okay and watched a couple videos on youtube of Nick the kid – a year ago or more.

Wog Boy and I had a short conversation about this Aussie kid over a year ago.

This is quite a nice surprise.


Okiegal Says:

@Eric

I too called Novak a good returner, not that Rafa isn’t, but apparently not as good as Novak, according to all of the commentators…..to clear that up. I read your post after my 3:05 comment.


jane Says:

* OOPS i meant YOUR not you’re.


Okiegal Says:

Who is gonna be the women’s champion?


Okiegal Says:

@Jane

You better watch that!!! Lol

Kvitova just let out a war like scream!


Polo Says:

Is there anybody left among the women who does not scream? If there is, I want her to win.


Tennis Fan Says:

the wimby comittee in their ongoing wisdom will probably relegate the Kyrgios – Raonic match to an outside court just like they did today with the Raonic -Nishikori match. They ran the women’ s second round doubles in its place instead for their ticket holders. How did that work out? … just wondered


contador Says:

Thanks for the info / stats @ jane

I have a hard time remembering the spelling of “Kyrgios” which is pronounced sort of like “curious”


jane Says:

YOU’RE welcome contador. :)
I find the spelling a bit tricky too, so Nick the Kid works well.
I am very wary of Cilic. He’s a new man under Goran.
Also I think all these young guns are restless.
Hard to say what will happen in the next few rounds!
BTW, did you do a bracket without Nadal winning?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Clutch play by the young guy and interesting, how he used the cross court BH, so successfully against Nadal. Let’s not forget he was facing multiple mp’s against Gasquet. It’s all about matchups and hitting aces at the right time, It’s never been easy to do that, as we have seen with all the big servers.

But this match probably shows us, how things would have been if Rafa had to face great server like Sampras in Wimbledon.

It’s still not a completely open field. It should be interesting between Novak and Murray. Most likely the winner of the match should be the favourite in the finals (if they meet in semis).

I think Rafa comes to Wimby, hoping he does not get hurt badly and have some rhythm going to the HC season. Still he is going to be the man to beat in the US HC season and most likely favourite for the USO.


Okiegal Says:

Rafa always says something funny in the presser to make everyone laugh. He was explaining his loss then he paused for a moment and said one word “beach” …..there is always something good that comes out of something bad……for Rafa, his beloved sea!!


Okiegal Says:

@Polo………LOL……Me too!!


skeezer Says:

@jane
nice work. So Nick can’t just serve, but return as well!


Polo Says:

Okiegal, could it be that Nadal just mispronounced the word?


pitchaboy Says:

This kid is no journeyman. Beating Rafa in a first round or second round is one thing, but taking him out in the fourth round of a slam and in the second week is quite another. And after you have saved 9 match points against Gasquet.


the DA Says:

@Eric – Certainly not but today he was below par or maybe he just couldn’t read Nick’s serve. I’m curious how Andy or Nole will handle it.


contador Says:

Neither of my brackets (2) had Nadal winning @jane

I picked against my gut feeling that Nadal would win the title… So much for gut instincts anyway, hey…

Piked: Nole vs Rafa and an Andy vs Federer.

I have no idea now….. :D


contador Says:

Picked not Piked


jane Says:

^ the da, what a sneaky use of the positive verb there. ;)


contador Says:

I know what you mean about Cilic @jane.

Marin is definitely doing well under Goran.

But our man will handle that situation….I believe.


jane Says:

contador, i love your optimism, always have. i hope you’re right. i have no idea what to expect now either. these upsets have a way of making anything seem possible. and really, (almost) anything is possible. that’s sports.


Okiegal Says:

@Polo

Funny you should say that…..because when he said it I took a double take myself and thought did he just say be-otch…..and then I came to my senses…..My Rafa would never say anything like that in a presser…..LOL. On second thought, he did say something once about his “famous a$$” in a press conference…..the reporters got a big laugh on that remark too. I love my guy’s humor….but I would, wouldn’t I?? Lol


contador Says:

I believe Nole will handle Marin and Andy Murray will handle the Dimitrov situation.

My pick FTW is still Andy or Nole. Federer will have to deal with Stan the man, Nick the kid and/ or Milos.


Okiegal Says:

@Polo

Love your moniker….it is the name of my favorite restaurant here in Ada, Okla…..it’s called “Polo’s”……authentic Mexican food.

And thanks for the chat…..I feel like I am doing a monologue for the most part. Lol


Daniel Says:

Nirmal,

agree in parts ref Nadal favurite for US Open. Depend on his form in North America HC swing. If he doesn’t make a final, hard to see him as favorite, depending on who he faces. He could be playing Murray or Raonic in Quarters.

But US Open indeed is his second best Slam. I know he has more finals in Wimbledon but has a negative record in finals and in last 3 years lost early. Wimbledon is basically out for him and this losses will only make it even worst next years.
US Open he has 3 straight finals (10′, 11′, (did not play 12′ and 13′), all against Djokovic losing 1 and winning 2. So, to me, his second most successful Slams where he is making semis or higher since 2008 (missing 2 years).

This year he could be the favorite but also lose R16 or Quarters before facing one of the other top dogs. The way the ranking shapes pre US Open will be key and where Raonic, Nishikori and Murray will stand.

Last year he was in super form and this year he did not look that impressive. Miami he was playing great until he faced Djoko.

So will see. Still think Djoko, Fed and Murray will pose bigger treats in US Open as they all like that courts. Add Wawa, Raonic, Nishi and other and we can have an open Open!


jane Says:

won’t delpo be back at the us open too? not that he’ll be at his top form, but early on he could surprise someone. and then cilic, gulbis, dimitrov, and maybe “nick the kid” could all play well and surprise. i think the open will be truly open this year. maybe the most open slam of all? both nole’s and nadal’s draws were pretty kind last year at the us open, opening up quite a bit before the finals. however, nole had that 5 set battle with stanimal in the semis, whereas nadal had gasquet who lost in straights. so the draws will be important at the us open, perhaps especially for the top guys. lots of potential threats and/or surprises looming.


Okiegal Says:

I guess Rafa knows how Puerta felt at the 2005 French Open final…….


jane Says:

^ it’s not quite the same though okiegal. rafa was ranked top 50s in the world by then wasn’t he? and he was already winning a lot on clay, including masters titles. nick came almost out of nowhere. no one saw this coming. i mean i know he was number 1 in juniors but still.


Daniel Says:

Agreed Jane,

The top players could be facing challengers in Round of 16. This year Djoko was surprsised by Wawa in AO Quarters, Fed by Gulbis in RG Round of 16, now Nadal. Maybe someone will lose earlier in US Open as well. Lot’s of potential maytches. Djoko just played Tsonga in Rof16 2 Slams in a row. I’ll bet every other layer would prefer to play Fognini or Gasquet, who you know can play well but will lose eventually.

Also, Kyrgios can go down to Raonic, the Gasquet match showed his vulnerability. Today he was just in the zone.


jane Says:

daniel i know. tsonga didn’t play well at the french at all, but cilic was scary good there and he was in round 3. and now nole drew them both, again! tsonga played much better here and cilic’s stats are crazy; he ran everything down vs berdych.

the point is… lots of landmines in the draws now.

andy could be tested by dimitrov next round, although i think andy can get him through long rallies and with his return.

fed could be tested by wawa depending on whether wawa can serve well.

and who knows who comes through out of the 2 young guns.

still plenty of possible outcomes at wimbledon, let alone the us open!


Okiegal Says:

@Jane…..you are probably right….Rafa had been winning some tournaments by then…..mostly clay, of course. Don’t know what he was ranked when he won his first French Open, but that shouldn’t be too hard to find out.


Daniel Says:

Okiegal,

I think he was #4. That’s why he drew Fed in the semis. After that he was #2 and stayed that until he dethroned Federer in August 2008.


El_Flaco Says:

I think Gasquet had match points against Kyrgios. Oh how Nadal would have loved to play Gasquet instead.


Okiegal Says:

@Daniel

I just now looked that up and that’s what I came up with…..I didn’t realize he was ranked that high at that particular time. I was channel surfing and came across that final and got into the match and I have been following Rafa ever since then. I used to watch in the days of Connors, Mac, and Borg. After Fed came along and he just won everything I got disinterested……not taking anything away from Fed because he is a totally awesome player, just got bored with the whole scene…….Rafa brought me back to a life including tennis once again!

If this young guy should pull this off and win Wimby…..I too will say….”A star is born”….Hats off to him!!


Okiegal Says:

@El Flaco 6:19

Oh, how I wish he had too!! Lol


El_Flaco Says:

Okiegal Says:
@El Flaco 6:19

Oh, how I wish he had too!! Lol
——————————————————–

LOL. I just looked it up because I didn’t know how many it was. Kyrgois saved NINE match points against Gasquet. I’m 99% sure Nadal would have beaten Gasquet.


Okiegal Says:

@El Flaco 8:52

Yes, I read that too…….9 match points is amazing. I am 100% sure Rafa would have beat him too. Tennis can be a very fickle sport! Kyrgios seems to have the belief that he can whip the whole world…..maybe he can. He proved one thing to me today……He’s got nerves of steal. Tense, tough moments didn’t seem to bother him much…….we will see how this all plays out. Fans will be expecting this kind of play from him in the future. It will be interesting to see if he can deliver.


Lesego Says:

Rafa’s predictability with his serve is what cost him. The slider to the backhand and the body serve, all day long.. and Nick feasted on that. I think Raonic takes him out because of the variety of his serves.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Daniel,

I don’t consider the HC masters are necessarily pre cursor to Rafa’s form in USO. I remember a year when he lost early in both the masters, but won the USO. I think it was only last year, the only time Rafa won both the HC masters and won the USO. I consider it as an exception. But I suspect with enough rest now, he would be a strong force atleast till USO. After that we never know, as he always go back to his shell and comes alive only for WTF.


Hippy Chic Says:

Ive never been a Rafatic who claims hes a GOAT like Skeezer claims,but i do think its unfair though to call him a one surface wonder when you have multiple GS now on all surfaces,and usually when you have five GS off clay thats considered good enough for any other player,im just wondering why it isnt and never will be for Rafa?


calmdownplease Says:

Rafa wasn’t winning this year.
I think some Nadal fans thought oh once he is in the second week as the courts will be bald etc, well its been clay at the baseline since day 4, Rafa had looked shaky and tired.
The channel slam is now clearly beyond him, so if he wants another Wimbledon next year (at 29) he better think about giving up his throne at RG.
Or no cigar!


Polo Says:

Nadal detractors, most of them Federer fans, should stop calling Nadal as a one surface wonder because it may come back to bite you in your behind. If you compare his slam wins against other players, his is probably the more balanced because he has multiple wins on all surfaces (clay-9, grass-2 and hardcourt-3). Federer has only one French. So, if I were you, I would keep mum about this.


Hippy Chic Says:

CDP you shouldnt put words into peoples mouths,read my post on the other thread,jeez do we now have clairvoyants on this forum,whom know exactly whats everyones thinking?there were hardly any posts from Rafa fans claiming he would win the title,the ones whom claimed that happened to be none Rafa fans as a matter of fact….


Okiegal Says:

@Chic 8:17

It takes one to know one…..LOL. I do get amused at various posters who call Rafa fans fanatics when they are fanatical toward Roger and Rafa fans accusing them of the same…..think it’s funny…each group calling the kettle black…..LOL……just saying!!


Hippy Chic Says:

Hi Okiegal :))….


calmdownplease Says:

I said SOME Nadal fans HC, ie quite a few that posted.
I’m getting embroiled in these tedious Fedal wars either, it was an observation and an honest opinion.
More worried about Murrays terrible play right now lol


calmdownplease Says:

*I’m NOT LOL


calmdownplease Says:

Murray has been shocked by Dimitrovs level,
Way too passive also.
Better wake up or he is out.


metan Says:

What happened to Andy, he got bread stick .one set.


metan Says:

Can any one updated. I am not watching it. Just see the score. This is Andy favorite surface, no.


Hippy Chic Says:

Polo 8.33am great post well said….

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