2014 Wimbledon Men’s SF Open Thread: Djokovic v Dimitrov, Federer v Raonic
by Staff | July 4th, 2014, 6:38 am
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The men’s semifinals are set for Friday at Wimbledon. Young stars Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic will try to continue their best ever Grand Slam events by challenging the two of the greats, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

NO. 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 11 GRIGOR DIMITROV (BUL)
Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 3-1

Top seed and 2011 Wimbledon champion DJOKOVIC is bidding to reach his 3rd final here and his 14th Grand Slam final overall. His has a 13-9 win-loss record in his 22 previous Grand Slam semifinals.

Djokovic is bidding to reach his 14th Grand Slam final and close the gap on the 5 players in equal-7th place (with 15 Grand Slam final appearances) on the all-time list of most appearances in Grand Slam finals.

Djokovic is bidding to win his 7th Grand Slam title. He has won titles at the Australian Open in 2008
(d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), 2011 (d. Andy Murray), 2012 (d. Rafael Nadal) and 2013 (d. Murray); 2011 Wimbledon (d. Nadal); and the 2011 US Open (d. Nadal).

Djokovic can only reclaim the No. 1 ranking on Monday 7 July if he wins the title here. He last held the No. 1 ranking the week commencing 30 September 2013.

DIMITROV is bidding to become the first Bulgarian player – man or woman – to reach the final at a Grand Slam event. Tsvetana Pironkova is the only other Bulgarian player to reach the last 4 at a major at 2010 Wimbledon.

At 23 years 51 days, Dimitrov is bidding to become the youngest man to reach a Grand Slam final since Andy Murray (aged 22 years 261 days) at the 2010 Australian Open. He would become the youngest player to reach the Wimbledon final since Rafael Nadal aged 22 years 33 days in 2008.

Dimitrov is looking to reach the final on his 5th Wimbledon appearance. Pat Cash, Jim Courier, Roger Federer, Goran Ivanisevic and Pete Sampras all reached their first Wimbledon final in their 5th appearance here.

Dimitrov is bidding to record back-to-back wins over Top 3 players for the first time in his career. In his last meeting with a Top 3 player, he defeated No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals at 2014 Queen’s. He has a 3-9 win-loss record against Top 3 players overall.

NO. 4 ROGER FEDERER (SUI) v NO. 8 MILOS RAONIC (CAN)
Head-to-head: Federer leads 4-0

7-time Wimbledon champion FEDERER is bidding to reach his 9th Wimbledon final and extend the all-time record that he took sole ownership of at 2012 Wimbledon.

Federer is also looking to reach his 25th Grand Slam final, and extend the all-time record that he took sole ownership of at 2009 Wimbledon. Federer has a 24-10 win-loss record in Grand Slam semifinals.

Federer is bidding to become the 2nd different man in the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon final aged 32 or over. At 32 years 332 days, he would become the 3rd oldest Wimbledon finalist overall.

Aged 32 years 332 days, Federer is bidding to become the oldest Grand Slam finalist since Andre Agassi (aged 35 years 135 days) at the 2005 US Open. He is the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Jonas Bjorkman (aged 34 years 108 days) at 2006 Wimbledon.

Federer has reached his 35th Grand Slam semifinal and extended the record he broke at 2012 Wimbledon for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances.

RAONIC is bidding to become the first Canadian man in history to reach a Grand Slam final. [NB. If Eugenie Bouchard fails to reach the final in the women’s event here, Raonic will be bidding to become the first Canadian player in history to reach a Grand Slam final.]

At 23 years 191 days, Raonic is bidding to become the youngest man to reach a Grand Slam final since Andy Murray (aged 22 years 261 days) at the 2010 Australian Open. He is also looking to become the youngest man to reach the Wimbledon final since Rafael Nadal (aged 22 years 33 days) in 2008. [NB. Grigor Dimitrov would become the youngest man to achieve the feat if he defeats Novak Djokovic in the other semifinal.]

Raonic is looking to reach the final on his 4th Wimbledon appearance. Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Lleyton Hewitt, Ilie Nastase, Andy Roddick and Stan Smith all reached their first Wimbledon final in their 4th appearance here.

Raonic is bidding to become the first non-European male finalist at Wimbledon since Andy Roddick in 2009. The last non-European man to reach a Grand Slam final is Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open.
(ITF)

FRIDAY WIMBLEDON MEN’S SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [11]
2. Roger Federer (SUI) [4] v Milos Raonic (CAN) [8]

BET ON SPORTS ODDS
Novak Djokovic 1.24 v Grigor Dimitrov 4.25
Roger Federer 1.35 v Miloas Raonic 3.25

WEATHERUNDERGROUND WIMLBLEDON FORECAST
Plenty of sunshine. High 79F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.

U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE
ESPN has live coverage starting at 8am Friday morning. ESPN3.com will offer live streaming.

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204 Comments for 2014 Wimbledon Men’s SF Open Thread: Djokovic v Dimitrov, Federer v Raonic

madmax Says:

Grigor to serve.

Here we go…


Daniel Says:

Grigor had a great start but now DF and is 0-30.


Daniel Says:

Triple BP for Djoko sun and seems a sudden wind troubled Dimi


Daniel Says:

Djoko’s venom slice and Dimitrov hits out. His first serve vanished that game. Djoko to serve 3-2


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Sure, Novak’s serving great, but just imagine how good he’d be if he stuck with Todd Martin!


Logicer Says:

This game is not espn3.
Where can I watch it ?


TennisVagabond.com Says:

WHOA, see that stat? Novak has just 6 CAREER losses at Slams when winning first set. That’s amazing.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Or is it? Novak has been playing slams for what, 8 years? Let’s say that’s an average of 3 losses at slams a year, = roughly 24 slam losses in his career. So I guess having 6 of those after winning the first set is not quite so impressive as it sounds at first…


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Everyone talks about the dirt field that Wimbledon turns into by week two, but the truth is, with the baseline-dominant play, all the dirt is behind the ball-bouncing areas so it affects movement but has no effect at all on the shots.


squirrel_0209 Says:

I feel like they’re both playing very poorly..or is it just me?


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Novak is like William F Buckley’s definition of a conservative, a man standing athwart history, yelling STOP!


Nikola Says:

They both play realy average tennis. It has to be something due to wind. I dont see another reason.


Daniel Says:

Djokovic was leading 3-2 40-15 and now Dimi is servimg 5-3. Bizarre turn of events.


Daniel Says:

Feel that is something to do with wind as well. There were some close ups and you could see the “dust” in the air when they move


squirrel_0209 Says:

Interesting. Dimitrov won the second set, didn’t see that coming. I guess he’s settled in. Though I still fancy Djoko to win the next two sets..


Daniel Says:

1-1. Very odd. Djpko qas totally in control of the match and now he seems like lost of confidance in his shots. Dimi OTOH upped his game.


Tennis Fan Says:

Dimitrov will now win … he will gain enough confidence to take the match


squirrel_0209 Says:

I concur that TV. Can’t wait for Fed to come out :)


autoFilter Says:

Gilbert tweeted that the wind is going to be even worse for the next match.


Nikola Says:

Even the first rounds matches was more interesting. They seams to get in the some kinda rhythm. Hope the wind weakness and we can watch 5 setter.


Hippy Chic Says:

Atmosphere seems rather flat for a semi of a GS….


Okiegal Says:

What in the realm of tennis constitutes a perfect non boring match? Some think Rafa’s style is boring, I thought Raonic/Kyrgios match was a little boring…and if The Kid had hit 37 aces like he did against Rafa, I know for sure I would have changed channels and watched an old black and white movie instead. Can you imagine 80 aces between both……you want to talk boring!! I said all that to say this……I don’t see this match as being boring all that boring……just saying…..


Okiegal Says:

^^^^^^correction…….”as being all that boring”


Bob Says:

Any live free streaming???


jatin Says:

There is nothing boring about any sort of tennis tennis as far as my view is concerned. Evey brand of twnnis has its own beauty and This brand of tennis which these guys are producing is anything but boring. :)

Go dimitrov.. This tiebreker is very important for him.


Okiegal Says:

I don’t think I have ever seen as much slipping at Wimby as this year. If everyone gets by w/o getting hurt…it will be a miracle.

#cowcud


Hippy Chic Says:

I dont think the tennis is boring,its actually very good quality tennis,i do think that the atmosphere is a little flat though….


Okiegal Says:

@Bob

Try espn3.com…….Livescorehunter…..From sports.com and the other day Wimby had a live streaming via espn


Nikola Says:

Bob u have tons of links here

http://www.hahasport.com/c-4.html


Daniel Says:

Awfull tiebreak by Dimi. DF, losing step. Expect Djoko to run with this set now.


jatin Says:

Hippy chic
If I am not wrong then your name was Happy chic some months ago. Does the word ” hippy” has anything to do with being happy or it has different meaning. Btw.. This name is quite cool.. Just saying :)

I agree with you. And I think dirt and slippery condition is making these condtions flat and not exciting. I wish they would close the roofs.


Tennis Fan Says:

Dimitrov apparently does not yet believe … he isn’t ready


jatin Says:

I would not count dimi ou though.


Nikola Says:

Grigor plays better just he is loosing the important points.


jatin Says:

Barraze of double faults :(


Nikola Says:

Its gone be 6-1 now


Daniel Says:

Jane,

Told you Dimi would have a inconsistancy play. 3 DF:-)


Hippy Chic Says:

Jatin hi,with regard to my nickname i was always Hippy Chic,it fits what im about in the real world,5 years ago i became a Pagan,doing meditations,healing with sound, drums,crystals,Reiki,Tarot cards,astrology etc etc,it might sound like mumbo jumbo but im quite excentric anyway lol,thanks for saying you like it though,Metan said it was hot,and Grendel said its sweet in a sexy way,and sexy in a sweet way :))
Anyway im more excited about the next match,this one could be over soon,as that was a terrible game to gift Novak that break….


Daniel Says:

Break back.


Daniel Says:

Djoko not in killer mode


jatin Says:

Hippy chic
Maybe I read it wrong somehow. I don’t know.. Lol. Hey, that’s why specs were invented in the first place. :)
Wow.. You are here for 5 years. Quite a consistency. You are undoubtedly the most popular person here and one of the best rafa fan in this blog.
It seems like you aren’t much disspointed with rafa’s loss. I never really like to comment when roger suffer a defeat especially in slams. He is not playing so I am pretty relaxed now ( quite like a last laugh kind of thing ). Yeah as a fed fan I am excited and scared at the same time.
As for this match.. I still think dimi will prevail.


jatin Says:

What a magnificant point by dimi


Daniel Says:

Wow, amazing get by Dimi to set set point.

Djoko with a good serve. Tense maych now


Daniel Says:

Djoko vibrating now


Daniel Says:

Dimi is pai ted the baseline a lot. Several challengers were in and even Djoko made a gesture and laugh about it. Seems we are heading to another tiebreak


Hippy Chic Says:

Jatin ive been doing what ive been doing in the real world for 5 years,but ive only been blogging here for almost 3,i say only 3 years but i suppose thats still quite a long time lol.
About me been popular,and one of the best Rafa fans,well its nice of you to say so,but there have been times when ive lost my cool and said things that i wish i hadnt,but hell nobodys perfect,but i try to learn from it and move on,i believe in letting bygones be bygones.
The match well i still think its on Novaks racket,though time will tell i suppose,will Dimi force a 5th set,Novak seems a little testy ATM?
Rafas loss wasnt totally unexpected,after what happened these last couple of years,i was actually happy he made the second week,which was a bonus,and GO FEDERER BTW….


Daniel Says:

Looks like Sean is right an pdthis will go to a fifth set


Hippy Chic Says:

Jatin am i right in thinking that your hoping for a Fed/Dimi final?


Hippy Chic Says:

Its turning into a good match now,hope we get a 5th set?


Daniel Says:

Djoko saved 3 set points. Dimi didn’t hot a first serve when needed


Daniel Says:

DF on 6-6 again Dimi showing nerves in tiebreak. MP Djoko and serve.


jatin Says:

Hippy chic
3 years is still a long time. I didn’t even found this blog then.
Yeah.. I wanted a dimi vs fed clash.. But what a way for dimi to lose this set and match. How can you do something like this in crucial moment :(

Still 7-7


jatin Says:

Feeling sad for dimi. He was all over the group.. Never found his grip. Lost 3 set point :)


jatin Says:

^^
Ground


jatin Says:

^^ :(


jatin Says:

Congrats now for another final… Such a champion


jatin Says:

^^
Novak…

These typos


Hippy Chic Says:

Shouldve had a 5th really,i feel a bit robbed,choking away all those set points….


Brando Says:

Djokovic was there for the taking and Dimitrov completely choked away all his chances!

I doubt Grigor has got it in between the ears to win a slam based on this!

Federer:

Should he win can definitely beat this Djokovic- one who’s mental blues are apparent to see.

A mentally strong player can take advantage: Grigor only lacked in that department today!


Hippy Chic Says:

Congrats to Novak that was such mental toughness….


Brando Says:

And should I add:

That is the most important element between 2 equals, hence why Djokovic said he hired Becker:

Since mentally he’s inconsistent these days!

Grigor will rue all those choked set points!


jatin Says:

Hope roger can win his match now. Novak vs roger would be a great final.

Who wants roger to take revenge of those two painful losses against Novak in Us open semis ( he had match points in both matches) ?
Rafa is done taking his revenge against Novak and so is Andy.. Now its time for roger.
But raonic may have other plans


Brando Says:

Federer:

IF he wins, he needs to do it in a maximum of 4 sets v Raonic.

I’m a Rafa fan but i’ll be rooting for him should he win in the final.

The best player of any event should deserve to win hence that Wawa win at AO does not hurt.

Fed has been the best this Grass season along with Grigor. ONLY difference being:

RF shows he has balls on the big points whilst Grigor is still awaiting Tennis puberty on that vital point.

Fed plays his best and most importantly is mentally strong:

He can win his 18th Slam here!

Off to watch the World Cup match!


FedExpress Says:

Think nole will be under tremdnouse pressure in the final. If he cant win this he would have lost six of his last seven grand slam finals. Many say he is the mentally strongest. The explain me that statistic. He is only lucky.


jane Says:

a bit of a weird match. it began really well, but as the wind picked up and the court got seemingly drier they were slipping all over the place. too often lately, nole gets too emotional, and so he lost the plot in the second set, again. grigor raised his level too of course.

yes daniel you were right. grigor handed that one game to nole. but then nole graciously returned the favour. lol. i looked at the stats before the match and grigor was on the leader board for double faults. sometimes he rushes a bit.

there was a bad patch of tennis there for a while, from both of them. but it was like they were worried about running and falling. both went through quite a few pairs of shoes. and the wind. then nole and his stupid demons. sigh… he came through, so he won’t lose any points, but to be honest i don’t like his chances in the final. and losing another final won’t help his cause. i kind of agree with gilbert that coming in so much isn’t necessarily the right strategy. he came in about half that amount in other matches and did well, won like 75% of the net points. today it was too much.

anyhow it’s nice for him to have another shot. and he fought through it all so kudos to nole.

i really like grigor too. i think he’s a future slam champion for sure. i felt sorry for him at the end with all those slips.

moving along to another new versus old. i am guessing fed in 3.


FedExpress Says:

break point fed

hahaha milos


FedExpress Says:

break federer

hahahahhaah

should be fed’s set now


jatin Says:

Fed express
You make your own luck mate. And Novak is a great champion. You can’t win everything. Just see the example Andy Murray. Great playerm lost first 5 slam finals. Then went on to win 2 slams . I think we should not belittle anyone’s achivements


jatin Says:

2-1 fed


Brando Says:

@FedExpress:

In the mental department- IMHO- it ranks as:

1. Rafael Nadal:

The toughest cookie on the biggest points that I have ever seen. Many legends even say the same.

2. Roger Federer:

Barring v Nadal and that ridiculous USO SF 10′,11′ (credit to Novak for that Houdini act) he’s very very solid.

Barring v Rafa, I honestly have never seen Fed really truly crack under the pressure.

Yes: In his old age he has (32 in Tennis is old. Period) but so do virtually all in their later stages of their career.

Generally though: he’s a rock on big points.

3. Juan Martin Del Potro:

Don’t give a rat’s you know what regarding what the cynics say about this guy, but for me he’s a mental beast and a genuine warrior.

Had his height/fitness not blighted his career, I think he would have been a No.1 for sure.

It’s like Rafa once said: When he’s on NO ONE can handle what he can do on court.

4. Novak Djokovic:

He can fight. Has won some matches: but so has Andy Murray.

But the main reason why I have him at 4 in this is:

Time after time again I have seen him crack under the pressure and have a mental breakdown in the biggest of matches. Barring a 13 month period the majority of the time he’s ended up breaking under the pressure in big time GS matches when titles were on the line.

Even today: he started cracking up mentally when he’s 6 time GS Champion, playing his 23rd GS SF match, peak/ prime of his career v a renowned mentally weak opponent in his first GS SF.

That just ain’t on for me: I cannot see a Nadal, or a 27 y/o Fed, Sampras cracking up like that v such a opponent.

Only my opinion and there it is!


jane Says:

Fed already showing his experience and calm here.

BTW, huge congratulations to Vasek Pospisl and Jack Sock for reaching the men’s doubles final! Super happy for Vasek.


Okiegal Says:

Congrats Nole fans……in the finals as I knew he would be. After 4 sets, did the match remain boring?

Fed’s Mom is looking younger every year……two sets of twins for Grandma must be agreeing with her!!

Will we see another boring match?? Fed’s got this……Raonic is way too slow for Feddy Gonzalez.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed is peaking. Scary.


Brando Says:

Deadly from Fed: hope he keeps it up!

Off to see the Germany v France match!


Okiegal Says:

I bet Boris was nervous with Vijda not being there. Should Nole have lost, old Boris would have had to put up with lots of press. Just imagine he breathed a sigh of relief not having to play a 5th.


jatin Says:

If roger can keep up this play then I don’t think raonic has any chance.


Humble Rafa Says:

The Arrogant One has converted 1 break point out of 3. That’s scary and is illegal in Switzerland.


Daniel Says:

After 2011 Djoko made 12 Slam final of the last 15, with 3 or more Slams finals in all year. This year still has US Opne to go and if he makes final there it will be 4 years in a row with at least 3 Slam finals. His problem is he is 5-6 now losing last 3. Is time for him to start winning. Eventually if you make that many finals you will. Nadal made 9 finals post 2011 and 12 post 2010 with at least 2 finals in all years but he made 3 in 10′ amd 11′ but didn’t manged more than 3 the next 3 years. If he doesn’t make finals in US Opne he will keep this trend of 2 finals per year post 2012.

Good for him is that he won in 4 not playing his best. Maybe tis was his “bad” match. Btu Fed or Raonic can definitelly beat him in the finals. I still think he will win. Cheerung for Fed’s 18t. But think is about time for Djoko. Tio much on the line.


FedExpress Says:

first set to raonic

but federer gave raonic openings in his last two service games


Daniel Says:

Fed just takes everythjng on the rise. We can clealry see the difference from this match and hte previous, how the ball return fast.

Fed take advantage of Milos insecurity and win the first set.

Let’s see if Milos found his range and challenge Fed


Humble Rafa Says:

FedExpress Says:
first set to raonic

I think you are watching a different match in your head. I will ask Skeeze to help your head.


FedExpress Says:

shit i meant federer but wrote raonic dont know why


jatin Says:

Roger is gliding around the court while dimitriv and nole were slipping and sliding. Kind of shows how great of a mover roger really is even in his 30′s.. Amazing


FedExpress Says:

raonic is a servboat


Hippy Chic Says:

Jatin Rogers game is better suited to grass than any other player,same with Rafa on clay,their movement looks effortless,although ill probably be laughed at for the last sentence,but i dont care,i love how Rafas feet move on clay….


FedExpress Says:

this will frustrate fed


Dan Martin Says:

Federer’s movement along with Edberg and maybe Sampras’ is the best I have ever seen. Great economy of motion


ckr Says:

Raonic ground game is club level at best…


FedExpress Says:

federer has to make more of the raonic 2nd serve


jatin Says:

Hippy chic
I have always liked Rafa’s movement on clay. He is so fast and scray in that surface. So I don’t think anyone would laugh. He is a 9 time champion in that surface afterall.


jatin Says:

Those bombs of raonic are so difficult to handle let alone break.


jane Says:

i disagree that nole is mentally weaker than del potro. delpo has made 1 slam final. not sure how many has nole reached? 14 now?he’s won 6 slams, beating the best – fed and/or rafa – at most of them and delpo’s won 1 slam. don’t get me wrong; i like delpo loads. he has a great game and obviously he was injured for a long while, too. but still. so far, nole is the mentally tougher player of the two. nole doesn’t shy away from big challenges, even when not playing well. he fought through at roland garros to face the best ever on clay – rafa. he’s fought through here, too, and he’ll probably face one of the best wimbledon players ever, not to mention the GOAT of slams – federer. this takes a kind of mentality that nole has shown he has. the willingness to face the biggest challenges and to fight to get to them too. the other thing i admire a lot about nole is that he bounces back fairly well from tough losses. it’s like rafa in 2011, when he showed some mental weakness versus nole; he then came back from that and turned it around. also nole has faced down a lot of match points over the years in big matches (slams and masters), versus main rivals, and won. nole is not as mentally tough as rafa and fed, i can agree with that. he’s having a tough time now, and i don’t know what this means for his future. he may even be awful in the final sunday (hope not :/ ). i am prepared for that. but champions bounce back from those losses (just as fed bounced back from FO 2008 loss for example). we’ll see going forward, but generally speaking, he is mentally stronger than delpo to this point in their careers. i look forward to delpo’s return to the tour, btw. i think he’s playing the us open?


FedExpress Says:

triple break points for fed


Hippy Chic Says:

Thanks Jatin,its just words like effortless and great mover,are not usually ones that spring to mind when one talks about Rafa,its usually bull,bludgeon,grinder etc lol….


FedExpress Says:

first saved


FedExpress Says:

break federer
come on


jatin Says:

2 down the lines and we have a break.. Way to go roger :)


FedExpress Says:

this is why fed is the best


FedExpress Says:

hope he doesnt choke like against gulbis by serving for a 2 set to love lead


FedExpress Says:

come on fed

what net coveragr


FedExpress Says:

2 set to love

come on fed


Daniel Says:

Yeah,Fed 2 sets up. Can’t see him losing now.

1 set away from a historic final.


jane Says:

fed’s experience really shows today. i think milos is still too one-dimensional. and his movement is nowhere near fed’s on this surface.

dan i agree: fed moves so well on grass. he makes it look easy.


jatin Says:

Happy chic
I think rafa is a tremendous mover on clay. Its just that roger moves like balerina on tennis court which makes his movement ao athestically pleasing. Lol
So people tend to think he holds a monopoly on effortless movements. But rafa’s movement has its own beauty. Very unique.


jatin Says:

^^ Hippy I mean. Sorry


squirrel_0209 Says:

Good job Fed! Two sets to love, love it.

You guys think he will win on Sunday? I don’t know but I just can’t see Djokovic losing another final, I don’t think he will let it..hope I’m wrong though..


FedExpress Says:

fed will destroy nole


Dan Martin Says:

I should say Federer’s economy of motion is the best along with Edberg that I have seen. Nole, Rafa, Murray, Monfils, Hewitt, Chang, Connors, Borg etc. moved incredibly well too. Hard to say who moved the best. I just think Roger’s style of movement is among the most smooth ever.


jatin Says:

Another great stat
Roger has only lost 1 serve in this whole tournament.


squirrel_0209 Says:

Hope so FedExpress! Based on today’s play, he should anyway..Djokovic is not at his best at all!


FedExpress Says:

but fed lost from the basel final 2012 many finals too. this year hell of a lot


jatin Says:

Fed express
But this is Wimbledon. Roger’s turf.
If I remember correctly then roger commited just 13 unforced errors when he lost to stavosky laat year and even against taonga he commited just 12 with 67 winners ( when he lost). So his unforced error count remian very low in grass compared to other surfaces even if he is in losing end and given the way he is playing, he has a great chance of winning this wimby


FedExpress Says:

and fed was tight in serving out the sets. no hiccups plz against nole like AU 08 SF where he served for the first set but broken, AO 11 SF where he served for the second set but got broken, US Open SF 10 where he had 2 MPs nand still lost, US Open SF 11 where he led 2-0, served for the match and had 2 MPs still lost, and the WTF final 12 where he led with a break in the first set still lost the set and served for the 2nd, had 2 set points still lost it

so many examples. US open final 09, gulbis match at french, French open 09 QF against soderling

the only match where didnt choke and was helpless was that tsonga match at wimbledon 11


jatin Says:

Roger is holding well
4-4


FedExpress Says:

three BPs


FedExpress Says:

first saved with ace


FedExpress Says:

break fed

serving for the match after change of ends


jatin Says:

So he get the break .. Just one good service game :)


Hippy Chic Says:

Jamies pyschic friend has predicted that Novak will win Wimbledon this year….


Daniel Says:

Fed to serve for the match. Easier than what we expeçted. Thought We would see at least 1 tiebreak.

Djojo x Fed it is. One thing is certain, Djoko sure will make Fed play more points returning more serves but also afed will have a lot of inroads in Djoko’s game. I expect a tense match maybe 4 or 5 sets.


Hippy Chic Says:

^Mind you so what else is new?^


Daniel Says:

Yes HC I remember that pots. She is half way through:-)


jatin Says:

Hippy chic
Hope some of the astrologers predict roger to win as well :)


jane Says:

i called it. fed in 3. and i said nole/grigor would be more iffy, could go either way, and it could’ve. for the final, well it clearly looks like fed will win. but maybe good-nole will show up?

at least popsicle did well as canadians go – another in the finals. :)


jatin Says:

Roger Federer in finals. Congrats fed fans.. Time to cheer :)


andrea Says:

congrats to novak for a tough win. only saw the 4th set tiebreak. dimitrov was falling all over the place it seemed.

and fed closes it out! wow. he is looking on fire.

he won’t have as many easy service games against novak and novak – aside from serve – can do just about everything better than raonic.

incredible!


FedExpress Says:

GSM fed


skeezer Says:

Roger Federer
GOAT.


Daniel Says:

FedExpress indeed Fed get tense versus Djoko. Let’s see how the final goes. I only wish that uf it is for him to oose that he never gets a winning postion in the match. Rather him losimg by Novak superior play throught out dam. Similar to those matches you listed.

May the best man win. I got the final I wanted with both playerrs I cheer for.
History in the making. Fed’s 18 (a num er many thought he would finish his career with) or Djoko’s 7 and getting back to #1.

I just hope who ever loses this match wins US Open as a consolation.

Hert wants Fed but head says Djoko.


Daniel Says:

To me Fed is even more GOAT with this result, Record 9th final in Eimbledon over 12 years with 32 and 330 days. Remarkable!!!


Brando Says:

Bravo Fed: masterful performance! He’s only excellent for the final: Djokovic will look to engage Fed in long rallies time after time again. Had Fed been 27 himself: he’d handle that weak tactic easily. But he’s almost 33 facing a 6 year junior: major disadvantage! IF Fed handles that aspect keeps it to a minimum then I see him winning: he’s the superior player and playing the superior Tennis. Good luck to him as he deserves the win for being the best on Grass by a mile in 2014!


jatin Says:

He just make all this look so easy. I am incredibly happy for him.
Novak vs roger should be a cracker. Roger has a great chance.. Go mastero ..


Humble Rafa Says:

skeezer Says:
Roger Federer
GOAT.

Thank you for your insightful comment.


Hippy Chic Says:

Jatin i think Roger matches up better with Novak,than he does with Rafa,i give Roger the edge,hes the better grass court player,his games better suited to grass,and out of the two players hes played the best tennis this fourtnight,go Roger….


ertorque Says:

@Brando

Yes, there’s sure going to be longer rallies against
Novak. We all know how steady Novak is with his groundstrokes. It’s definitely going to be an exciting match.


josh Says:

Roger looked good, but hasn’t been challenged much this tournament. Novak will be his biggest test, and I believe it won’t be easy for him. Fed fans, a big congrats for a wonderful Wimbledon for your guy. A lot will be on the line Sunday. Novak hasn’t won a grand slam in a while, and Roger trying to put his critics to rest about retirement.

Also, I love seeing Roger serve and volley more too, it’s a style I really enjoy.


jatin Says:

Hippy chic
Thanks for that.
I agree with you. Roger leads Novak 2-1 this year already, so he has some edge. But its only the second and perhaps the last time we will see a fedole match. Pretty excited about that.


Brando Says:

@Ertoque: I agree, hence why I am inclined to think Djokovic is the favourite regardless of what’s gone down so far due to that distinct, obvious advantage. I think he’s playing below par and he’s fortunate that Nadal or Murray (Andy’s loss in inexplicable for me) since his MO- extended rallies- would be welcome to them. Fed though is a different matter. He’s the superior player but age 32 I doubt he can handle a high class grinder in a best of 5. I think Murray would have suited Fed a touch more since Andy likes to vary things. Djokovic? He’s hit the jackpot pick to face in the final out of the famed 4: a near 33 year old who will inevitably crack if its a long grinding 5 setter. Only my opinion but: Djokovic is favourite purely and solely for his age advantage. He’s playing average but he’s got a guy across the net who will feel his age in a long grinding best of 5 encounter with a grinder such as Djokovic. Best of luck to Fed anyhow.


Hippy Chic Says:

Jatin TBH i wanted a Nadurray final lol(thats Murray/Nadal),i seem to be fated to never get my wish of that happening,still if they are opposite sides theres always the chance,anyway i have no horse in the race,so just hope for a great final akin to the one in 2008,which was the best Wimby final ever IMO….


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Brando, I thumbs up your mental list.

Fed was brilliant. Hey, which were the folks saying Rog can’t handle big servers anymore?

Against Wawrinka, Fed played, I thought a B+, A- game. Wawrinka was brilliant to start, but Fed moved so well he stayed with him.
But he didn’t have the same offensive wizardry Wawrinka showed. Like Old Fed. Today, he really did that. First of all, he handled Raonic’ serve better than anyone I’ve seen. But in any rallies, he pulled the trigger on absolutely brilliant kill shots. I’m sure he knew he had to pull Raonic around, so he went for huge angles, and he was layering them on the lines.

If he plays like this, he’ll win Sunday. If he could bottle this, he’d be #1. But… it was one match. Let’s see him do it again.

Fed had two very different tests in Milos and Wawrinka, both playing amazing tennis, BUT Novak’s game is totally different. So Fed’s happy he’s playing so well, he has been tested, but he’s not “practiced” for Novak. Too bad I’ll be canoeing! Hope I can watch the video before I find the result!


Tennis Fan Says:

Raonic didn’t show up today … I really expected a much better match. Milos had no energy and didn’t display much of any of the ground stroke game that got him into the Semi’s. Pretty disappointing showing. He is far better than he displayed. I expect him to do better at the US open in September.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Fed/ Milos
Milos/ Nick
Nick/ Rafa

All close matches, but where the better player was kind of clear throughout, even while the match could have swung. And all 3 the losers played very well, but the winners played out of their minds.


Daniel Says:

From a Nadal fan persepctive this tourney sucks, what is worst, Fed winning 18th and possibly ending GOAY debate or Djoko winning second Wimbledon and getting back to number 1?! No wnder Giles was cheering for Dimi and Raonic:-)

Because if Djoko wins he would have won 2 Wimbledon out of last 4 plus semis and finals making him the best grass court player of this last 4 years. He would have 2 Wimbledon tied with Nadal but with a better record in finals: 2-1 is better than 2-3 and I think more Wimbledon victories as well (have to check) behind only Federer as active players. And the prospect of him winning more Wimbledon is higher than Nadal ever getting back to a final. He would have better resulta in 2 Slams already and 1 more US Open he will tie at another Slam where he has more victories as well. Behind only Fed as active player.

Anyway this is a debate for after the final. But ine match and djoko will go from fourth grass player to joint second of this generTion and best of last 5 years (as he too have semis in 2010).


Humble Rafa Says:

fedole
Nadurray

Calm down. Those words don’t exist. Don’t invent them. There is only one – Fedal (more appopriate is Naderer since I OWN him).


Hippy Chic Says:

Historically Rafa still has more finals than Novak,granted Novaks better than Rafa as of now,but 5 finals is still more than 3,and anyway id still take 14 GS and multiple GS on all surfaces,and remembering Novak if he wins Wimledon this year will also be 28 next year,and also no spring chicken himself,so theres no guarantee he will win it next year because he won it this year….


the DA Says:

The death of the big 4 – hold it – not quite yet. The young generation are sent back into the line. The last 3 players to break through and reach a final within the last 5 weren’t young either- actually middle-aged in tennis years. I guess it just takes longer these days for players to mature. Raonic had no answers, no plan B. Dimitrov got nervous in the crucial moments. TBH, Nole is quite fortunate to get through today. What was up with him? He looked less than his best. Boris better have some ideas. 60% chance of rain Sunday and we know how that goes :/


TennisVagabond.com Says:

We’ve been talking a lot about match-ups and styles of play that we like or don’t like or don’t have a RIGHT to like or not like… Novak vs Federer is one of my favourite match-ups in tennis. I love the tennis they produce. I think they bring out the absolute best in each other.


Hippy Chic Says:

Also Rafa is much better on HCs now,the USO is his second best GS now,Murray,Federer,Nadal have better numbers there….


Giles Says:

Daniel. It was pretty obvious why I was cheering for the youngsters! :). Now is crunch time – who do I cheer for? Fed to win his 18th or joker to win his 7th and take the #1 ranking from Rafa? The #1 ranking is not so important to Rafa or his fans, if I may say so. This ranking will probably change hands many times over so meh!!
I think I have made up my mind – will cheer for joker. You know it’s against the grain for me to cheer for either player but I think in this case joker is the lesser of two evils.


jane Says:

true tennis vagabond, they often do! i hope that’s true of sunday. i tend to agree with the da that nole looked out of sorts today. hopefully he gets in sorts against for sunday.

and how about that maple syrup popsicle, with a sock on the side?


Brando Says:

@Daniel: what is it with your obsession with Rafa? You were throwing hissy fit when he won RG, now that he’s long out you are still yapping on about him. Obsessed much? I think you are one of those fans (or the acronym fanatic) who has head way up this GOAT talk and is too much idol obsessed rather than just chilling the **** back enjoying his fav playing tennis. I mean I see it like this: IF I was a Federer fan I would just be enjoying the fact right now that my fav who is almost 33 has reached another GS final and is playing amazingly good tennis. Not spend my time b******g about his old rival who said himself he’s off to the beach to enjoy himself after his exit. The future? Who knows what could happen. No one can say anything certainty about it. All we have is the present: Wimbledon final. Fed’s in it. Rafa’s not. Yet you choose to yap about him. LOL: to me you seem obsessed and a guy who only cares about Fed’s record and his idol status. A sad shame. A genuine Fed would enjoy Fed’s moment here: it could be his very last at such a age. Not blow their load over a guy who’s long gone from this event. Shame really when folks ram their heads up this GOAT talk’s backside and choose to not enjoy the moment. Sad stuff!


jane Says:

giles, having read your last post, i think hell just froze over. ha ha.


Hippy Chic Says:

Agree with Giles in that the number 1 ranking is of little importance to Rafa and his fans,he always plays better when hes lower ranked.


Brando Says:

@Giles: I am surprised at that one LOL. I think Fed winning is better. So what he win the 18th slam: he deserves it considering he’s been the best player on Grass this year. Rafa angle? There is none. Less than a month ago he was only 4 slams away and folks felt good about his chances then so back to such a thing makes no difference. If anything it would inspire Rafa: a 32 year old Fed winning a slam: something to aim to emulate when he’s in his 30′s: why not I say? So Rafa’s cool regardless of whoever wins and personally I think right now: he couldn’t care less as he’s too busy enjoying himself in Majorca. I say in matches where you don’t really root for either its best to root for the more deserving guy and I think that’s Fed. He has some utterly obnoxious fans but despite that he’s been playing the best Grass court tennis in 2014 and deserves the win. Novak- on the other hand- has been poor for me and has benefitted from his opponents being mentally weak in crucial moments. Fed deserves it regardless of the GOAT yapping some of his chumpish fans may do because of it. Ignore the posters who have their rammed up Fed’s behind for his record/ idol status and enjoy the great man for the pleasurable Tennis he can serve up on Grass Court. I root for Fed in this one!


squirrel_0209 Says:

Well said Brandon! Clap clap


squirrel_0209 Says:

I meant Brando, ops sorry :(


Hippy Chic Says:

If i were a fan of both Novak and Roger,i would be really enjoying the idea of both meeting in the Wimbledon final,rather than wasting nervous energy pontificating and p*ssing on the achievements of other players,its always the same thing people cannot be 100% happy unless everybody else in the world is ioo% miserable<but so sorry if this upsets people i am very happy with Rafas achievements


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Brando, great comments. And I am enjoying it!


Daniel Says:

Fair Gilez, I thought you will chose that too:-) in the bigger picture it has more weight. LOL


Dan Martin Says:

I forgot Rafter as a great mover – I think Nole saving some set points and winning 2 breakers after losing a breaker to Cilic is a good sign for him. Roger got exactly what he needed – a quick match and a day off. Should be fun


Daniel Says:

HC I am not saying his is better overal just that he is always not considered a great grass player and if he inepdeed gets second Wimbledon that would change.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

This gives everyone a chance to take a second look at Fed’s 2014 record and say, hey, he’s actually quietly having himself a pretty good year. Maybe he really IS a contender for Slams, even beyond this wimbledon. He was a semifinalist on hard courts at Oz, got beat by an insane Gulbis at French, now his best performance on grass. He certainly seems like someone who we will be talking about with Rafa and Novak for USO, and let’s face it, two weeks ago many didn’t expect that to be the case.


jane Says:

oh yeah dan. rafter was great: came so close at wimbledon too. still remember watching that one final with pete.


steve-o Says:

Federer picked the right tactics, and executed them perfectly. Served well, attacked the net, used his block and dink returns to neutralize Raonic’s pace, moved the big man around. He saved the only break point he faced and then broke in every game in which he had break points.

Whenever the ball was in play, he found Raonic’s backhand almost all the time. Raonic doesn’t move fast enough to run around it and thump his forehand consistently. He won only 50% of his second serve points, not nearly good enough. On key points Federer was able to nail his DTL backhand because Raonic camps out in his backhand corner and leaves the forehand wide open.

Raonic is certainly more than just a big serve, but once he’s robbed of his usual options, he doesn’t have a backup plan. Faced with the multidimensional game of Federer, he can’t produce a response.

C’mon Roger for the final!


Daniel Says:

Jeez Brando if you needed to hide your f bombs soo manh times in your rant at 2:20 it may seems that you are the fanatical post.

I am just raisinn questions for future debate what we always do here. Btw some rafa fans answerded it normally without making a fuss on bere. Relax, no need to stress if you are so “cool” about it.

And yes I care about GOATdebate abd ever since this year befan I am postong about it, how it can shape depending on how many Slams they win and etc…

So, until moderation comes and bring all GOAT debate to another tead as they did before I will post what I think is pertinent for debate here.

I got the response I wanted from the other side:-)

I am enjoying this, way too much. The final I wanted when the tourney began and what ever happens I will be happy.

Actually think Novak needs this more for confidance issues and remove this monkey of his back. For Fed it’s all gravy now but an 8 Wimbledon would be extraordinary. WAS already resigned with 17 but prefer a round number!


Giles Says:

@Brando. Firstly welcome back, I missed you. Please stay and don’t do a moonlight flit again. Lol.
Nah I will not cheer for fed after his most recent dig at Rafa on time between points issues. I know that Rafa takes too long between points but he has gotten much much better over the last few months. Those were below the belt comments from fed, so, am sorry not gonna change my mind. Hope it’s a good match anyway. :))


Tennislover Says:

“Hey, which were the folks saying Rog can’t handle big servers anymore?”

TV – It is a fact that Fed’s ROS has deteriorated considerably and it is the single biggest reason behind his inability to win more against the top players. I don’t think anyone said he can’t handle big servers anymore. It is just that he struggles much more against them than he used to in his prime. The Wimby qf vs Tsonga and Berd and his struggle vs Berd of late are only a few examples. He has struggled vs Raonic in most of their matches. Today’s performance was as good as it can ever get for Fed against Raonic. It is a bit easier to keep a big guy like Raonic off-balance on grass and Fed did that very well especially with his slice and angles. He hasn’t faced anyone like Djo in this tourney while Djo had the perfect tune-up for Fed against Dimi. He had a tougher path to the final and will be much more match-sharp. We shall see how good Fed’s ROS is vs Djo.

” 60% chance of rain Sunday and we know how that goes :/”

the DA – I think Fed would prefer hot and windy conditions against Djo who is also very good indoors. Djo generally seems to struggle if it is windy.

Daniel – I was thinking the same about a Rafanut’s view – as opposed to some of the nice fans of his – regarding the final. It is between the devil and the deep sea. I suspect they would be cheering for Djo – quite ironic in itself because they dislike him the most – because I think, at the moment, they are too caught up in the “GOAT” debate to care about the top ranking. Djo has been carrying the burden of Fed fanatics for quite some time. The poor chap is now called upon to do it on Raf’s behalf.


Daniel Says:

TV. Rembme r Fed said he wa ted to win 5 titles. If he gest this will be 3 woth a Slam. Maybe another of the 4 remaingn masters (he has a shot at all of them, specially Cincy gaving the momentum from this grass season) and Basel and his year would be awesome.


Hippy Chic Says:

Novak will be chomping at the bit to end his GS draught,having not won in 18 months,he needs this more than Roger and is under the most pressure,Roger has no pressure its all gravy,so he can play his game more freely….


skeezer Says:

Humble Rafa,
Hows the Fishing?


Daniel Says:

And Brando I a, as much interested about Djokovic’s careers and Nadal as well. We may in a near future not have this all time greats playing at the same time and with this consistency.


Tennislover Says:

Btw, I don’t believe in the concept of “GOAT” because I think there are too many diverse factors involved and that makes it very complicated. Fed has maintained the same stance and has never even remotely hinted or suggested that he is the “GOAT”.


Daniel Says:

One last Brando, you said: “if I were a Fed fan bla bla…”.
Too bad you aren’t:-(


Hippy Chic Says:

I would agree in that Roger has played the better tennis of the two,so i will pull for him in the final,i dont really care about the GOAT debate either,i would just like to see a great final….


Brando Says:

@Daniel: I like you as a poster and I do like you as far as the individual/personality I seem to gauge from what I see in your posts hence I’ll stop discussing Rafa and the GOAT waffle since I wouldn’t want it to lead to my offending you. It’s cool. I am glad that you are enjoying Fed’s Indian Summer here. As you should, he’s been nothing short of outstanding on Grass this season. Regardless of the perceieved consequences of a win for him, rest assured ill root for him come Sunday. I’ll leave on that note and a ……….. Vamos Colombia, Vamos!!’ppp


Daniel Says:

Now you ofended me, Vamos Colombia?!?!?!
I am a Brazilian. ;-)


steve-o Says:

Agree with Giles in that the number 1 ranking is of little importance to Rafa and his fans,he always plays better when hes lower ranked.

Obviously that varies depending on the fan, but I think it would be the height of naiveté to believe that the #1 ranking doesn’t matter to Nadal himself. It’s a highly competitive individual sport. Everyone who plays it works hard to be at the top. They all want the #1 ranking.

If Nadal denies that it matters to him, he’s simply lying through his teeth. It’s impossible to get there unless you care about it very deeply.

Nadal likes being #1–all the accolades, the fame, the praise, the high seedings etc. He just doesn’t like the pressure and the responsibilities that come with being #1, which is why he tries to deflect it onto everyone else. Jeez, even at RG with a 66-1 record he wants to be the underdog every year.


Hippy Chic Says:

Steve-O I dont know if that post was for me,but i believe i said those words in an earlier post,anyway fair enough youve made your point,maybe i shouldve said it doesnt matter to me?anyway not looking for an argument,as im now watching Brazil V Colombia in the World Cup,GO BRAZIL 1-0 YAY….


Hippy Chic Says:

Daniel Brazil is the team i always root for after England of course,such a brilliant footballing side,with a great history….


El_Flaco Says:

Daniel Says:
From a Nadal fan persepctive this tourney sucks,
- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -
Ha ha. So true. My aunt is a huge Nadal fan. She was obviously disappointed when he lost, but she didn’t have high expectations for him because of what has happened the last few years. After he lost then she was cheering for Murray as the best hope to beat Djokovic and/or Federer. Then we he lost it was ‘anyone but Djokovic or Federer’. Now it is guaranteed to be one or the other.


Hippy Chic Says:

Nadal sucked in this tourney,but i still enjoyed the tourney,as it doesnt solely revolve around one player,anyway im convinced he will be back contesting and winning more GS,i might be barking mad saying this(but then again who knew eh?),2 so far this year aint too shabby,and who knows what the USO will bring?….


Giles Says:

@steve-o. If as you say Rafa cares for the 1 ranking you may be partly correct. After all which player doesn’t but I can assure you it is not his number one priority as it is to joker for example. Rafa’s number one priority is to stay healthy and competitive, he has stated this in most of his pressers. We Rafans suffered with him during his 222 days off the tour and were just overjoyed to see him play again. He had a phenomenal 2013 which was far beyond his and his fans’s expectations. The #1 ranking that came with it was a bonus indeed!
Vamos Champ!
Stay Healthy!


Tennis Fan Says:

happy chic: yes, you’re barking mad … i don’t see much hope for Rafa winning more than one more GS from here … next years Clay (and thats not a given).

Would be nice to see Federer wrap up an incredible career with one last win at the best and his best Tournament in the World


Giles Says:

Geez! These fedfans are so greeeeeeedy! When fed won 16 they were saying “we want one last slam for fed”. They got their 17 and now they are asking for another handout in the form of 18!! Where does this greed end???
#ToooooOld


Hippy Chic Says:

Oh well Tennis Fan 14 is still a fantastic achievement,only one man in history with more,who in their right mind wouldnt be happy with that?


Hippy Chic Says:

^No harm or foul or anything but Its Hippy Chic BTW,anyway im still delighted with his overall achievements^….


Tennis Fan Says:

Happy Chic: Didn’t say you shouldn’t be … it would be a fantastic achievement and Nadal is a great player. Wasn’t meant to undermine Nadal … Both he and Federer and reaching the end of an incredible era where I think the two best players of all time (to this point) played at the same time. Ok … hard to exclude a couple of other great players that didn’t have modern day racquets in their hand … but time marches on and we are at the cusp of a replacement at the top of the Men’s game … again


Tennis Fan Says:

Giles: One only has to watch the form and play of Federer in his prime to know that he was the GOAT. The fact he won the most Slams in history also helps back up the subjective view. I would love to see that great player take his one last trophy to surpass Sampras before he leaves. I think he may just have it in him. Sadly, I don’t think its likely he will have another big chance at a Slam after this. I know Federer loves the game and keeps saying he will play until the 2016 Olympics (and maybe he will) … but I think it more likely that if he wins Wimbledon he maybe decide to end his career this year. (just a hunch)


Hippy Chic Says:

Tennis Fan thanks but i wasnt offended anyway,maybe i should change my nic to the Happy Hippy Chic lol?


Hippy Chic Says:

Hes a better player now on HCs than he is on grass,so for me personally i wouldnt bet against him winning another AO,although i think his best chance would be another USO now,still this is all my own personal barking mad opinion lol….


Tennis Fan Says:

You seem like a (happy) Hippy Chic … :)


jane Says:

“not his number one priority as it is to joker for example.”…

hmmm, i don’t think it’s nole’s number 1 priority to be number 1 anymore certainly, giles. he always wanted to achieve that at some point, but since he did, he’s said many times that he just wants to win tournaments, and if he does, number 1 may well follow, which is true. his attitude is a good one. the shaving back of his schedule would suggest as much; he’s played less “small” events in the last couple years than he used to do. the only ones have been dubai and bejing.


Hippy Chic Says:

Tennis Fan thanks i do try to be,when i chose the path i have in the real world i became a much happier person….


Hippy Chic Says:

YAY BRAAAZZZILL :))….


Okiegal Says:

@Steve O

You don’t have a clue about Rafa and his teeth…LOL Hey, I left you an answer to one of your responses to me on another thread……the one about everyone wanting a new champion?? I did some research on that issue and a few fans did make comments about that very thing. Make no mistake I wanted Rafa to win Wimby for the 3rd time……but when it gets down to the old dogs and the young guns…..being an old
dog myself, I’m in their corner. Yes, I’m crushed about Rafa not being in the finals, but it isn’t a tragedy, life goes on!


Okiegal Says:

I have said that too about Rafa and the number one ranking…..I really don’t think he gets down about being lower ranked…..as compared to say Roger…..Rafa played at number two for awhile and he seemed OK. I’m sure he wanted the #1 ranking at some point…..I personally don’t think it is a do or die deal. Roger was #1 so long it has been a thorn in his side now that he isn’t. That’s way we have not seen him retire…..He wants that top billing again…..and power to him. You know what? With the new racquet and a new coach and two new kids, he might just get it done……go for it, Feddy Bear. Here is a Rafa fan that believes it could do it. Good luck to both of them for the finals and may the best man win!


Okiegal Says:

^^^^……that’s why we haven’t……

^^^^……that believes he could do it…..


metan Says:

@Giles, your post at July 4th, 4:48pm. It is sound like National Anthem of Rafa nation. AWESOME! 👍👍👍💛💛💛☺☺☺


Giles Says:

@metan. Thank you. :)))


Hippy Chic Says:

You can also pencil me in as a Rafa fan who wants Roger to win,however im not emotionally invested in either player,so i wouldnt really care either way,when niether player is your favorite then it stands to reason that your hardly going to jump up and down for joy about the result,as a tennis fan you enjoy it more from a neutral POV….

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