Federer Has Really ‘Bad Day;” Williams Sisters on Saturday at Aussie Open
by Staff | January 23rd, 2015, 8:35 am
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In-form Italian Andreas Seppi brought a shocking end to No. 2 seed Roger Federer’s Australian Open campaign on Friday, ousting the Swiss 6-4, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(5) in a third-round stunner.


“Just a bad day,” said Federer, who for the first time in 14 years will not see the fourth round in Melbourne. “It had things to do with Andreas’ game and with my game as well. You put those things together, all of a sudden you’re playing a match you don’t want to play.”

Federer’s 57 winners were offset by 55 unforced errors. Seppi, not known for his power game, seemingly harnessed groundstroke weapons to spare, especially early on against the Swiss, striking 50 overall winners.

“To beat Roger first time, especially in a Grand Slam, best of five, is a special moment for me,” said Seppi, who was 0-10 versus Federer entering the match. “I was pretty calm, I have to say, from the beginning. Also in the important moments. Maybe it was the match where I felt more comfortable in my life, also with my emotions. I think that help me for sure in the end of the match a lot.”

Seppi’s further reward is a draw that opens up in the fourth round against unseeded Aussie Nick Kyrgios, who on Friday advanced after defeating Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri 6-3, 7-6(6), 6-1.

World No. 3 Rafa Nadal rebounded to punish Israel’s Dudi “Where’s My Car?” Sela 6-1, 6-0, 7-5, setting up a fourth-round encounter with No. 14 Kevin “Mr.” Anderson, who topped No. 24 Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(6).

“I was still a little bit dizzy yesterday,” said Rafa after his marathon with American Tim Smyczek. “I think I lost lot of fluids the other night. But in general I was not very, very bad. Knowing that I going to play tonight, I know — I hope that I — I thought I going to be ready for tonight, no? Happy the way I was physically on court tonight. Obviously happy the way I played the first two sets. Then the third play with more mistakes, but all is part of the process that I am doing.”

A mouth-watering fourth-rounder will be No. 6 Andy Murray vs. No. 10 Grigor “Baby Fed” Dimitrov, after Murray pummeled Portugal’s Joao “Phillips” Sousa 6-1, 6-1, 7-5, and the Bulgarian outlasted veteran Marcos Baghdatis 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

“It will be a tough match, obviously,” Murray said of Dimitrov. “He’s played well in the Slams the last year or so. He’s obviously a talented player. He’s one of the young guys trying to make a breakthrough, so he’ll be motivated.”

Aussie un-favored son Bernie Tomic beat Aussie compatriot Sam Groth 6-4, 7-6(8), 6-3 on Friday, earning a meeting with newly-engaged No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych, who make workman-like Vegemite of Czech Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

“I didn’t play that good, but I won,” Tomic said, knowing he’ll need to step it up against the Czech Berdych. “He’s been many, many years, last three or four years, inside the Top 6. It’s not easy to play him. You have to serve well, use your opportunity when it comes. He hits the ball so fricking hard.”

On the women’s side play returned to the “wake me when it’s the quarterfinals” days on tour as the top players yawned their way into the fourth round.

No. 2 Maria Sharapova led the charge with a 6-1, 6-1 dismantling of No. 31 seed Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, setting up a meeting with Chinese No. 21 seed Peng Shuai, who beat Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6(7), 6-3.

“She’s a bit of an untraditional player with two hands on both sides,” Sharapova said of Peng. “That’s a little tricky. But, yeah, I enjoy playing against her. She hits the ball quite flat as well, and deep. Just really have to be ready for those shots to always come back.”

Idolizing Monica Seles growing up, Sharapova, who at times has been known to hit left-handed forehands during a match when pressed, said she at one time tried her hand(s) at two-handed play off both sides.

“I did lefty, two hands on both sides,” she said. “I had a pretty good right-handed forehand as well. I did a little bit of both.”

No. 3 seed Simona Halep navigated a potentially tricky meeting with net-rushing American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 7-5, and will next face Belgian Yanina Wickmayer who upset No. 14 Sara Errani 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

No. 7 seed Eugenie Bouchard likewise broke down a potentially-tough opponent in French riser Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-0, next squaring off against Romanian Irina Begu, who was a 6-4, 6-4 winner against German teen Carina Witthoeft.

“She can hit the ball off the serve and both sides, so it was good for me to kind of see a bit of a faster pace,” Bouchard said of Garcia. “Play against a solid player who definitely we’ll have some battles in the future. She’s definitely going to be good…I was able to find my groove in the second [set].”

Silently making her way into the latter rounds is No. 10 seed Ekaterina Makarova, who always seems to enjoy going Down Under at the beginning of the year. On Friday the Russian defeated No. 22 Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-4, setting up an encounter with German Julia “Gorgeous” Goerges, a 7-6(6), 7-5 winner over Czech Lucie Hradecka.

Highlights to look for on Saturday in Oz include (1) Serena Williams vs. (26) Elina Svitolina, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. (31) Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, (4) Petra Kvitova vs. Madison Keys, (18) Venus Williams vs. Camila Giorgi, (25) Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs. unseeded former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, (9) David Ferrer vs. (18) Gilles Simon in a match where we get exhausted just looking at those two names next to each other, an all-American meeting in Coco Vandeweghe vs. Madison Brengle, unseeded American Steve Johnson vs. (5) Kei Nishikori, Vasek “Popsicle” Pospisil vs. Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, and the serving contest of (19) John Isner vs. Gilles Muller.

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
C’mon ESPN, do what’s good for tennis — when I switch to Tennis Channel during the Australian Open I expect to at least see them showing a live match on some shitty court instead of Kooyong re-runs — throw them a bone…Is Eka Makarova oddly hot or just plain hot? Is that sexist?…Alright Nike, enough of the nuclear green, our eyeballs want to puke…Aggie Radwanska says Martina Hingis is her model, but she hires Martina Navratilova as coach? Hmmm. At least Hingis could volley, might be something there…Serena Williams on Channel Seven Australia male commentator Ian Cohen asking players such as her and Genie Bouchard about their outfits and to “give us a twirl.”: “Well, a commentator asked me to twirl,” Serena said. “I wouldn’t ask Rafa (Nadal) or Roger (Federer) to twirl. Whether it’s sexist or not, I don’t know. I don’t know. I can’t answer that.” — We know. We can answer that. It’s sexist. And kinda old-guy creepy. Dumb-ass Channel Seven interviewers. Bouchard said, “I don’t know, an old guy asking you to twirl. It was funny.” Old sexist Aussie newspaper comment-writers also brushed it off: “Geez, is this really the biggest problem we have right now, flattering a pretty girl about her appearance?” — Yes pretty girl, dance like a monkey! Be flattered!…Billie Jean King is not amused…Russian 23-year-old pro Violetta Degtiareva, a self-styled next Anna Kournikova, reportedly died of a heart attack while training this month…From the Wall Street Journal: “In October, [Madison Brengle] had a cancerous growth removed from her leg and was unable to run for a month. She also discovered a mass in her jaw that doctors feared was a cancerous tumor. Luckily it is not, but she will need partial facial reconstruction sometime in the future to remove it.”…Bernie Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt are practicing together in Melbourne after some prickly past moments: “I asked him,” Tomic said. “He said yes. Very nice of him. It’s good to see he supports everyone. Not just myself, but Nick [Kyrgios]. He’s an amazing character, an amazing guy. I respect him so much.” But doesn’t everybody have some prickly past moments with Lleyton?


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91 Comments for Federer Has Really ‘Bad Day;” Williams Sisters on Saturday at Aussie Open

TGIT Says:

Wow, watched the match live and I have to say Fed looked like his sneakers melted on to the court. Seppi was very good but by no means on fire.

Seppi hits Roger backhand. Roger hits down the line to Seppi forehand. Seppi hits cross court corner. Roger never returns to neutral position and stays too long on far side before running to get cross court. Roger looked about as aggressive as a koala bear.

Too much tennis at 33. Hopefully he gets his rest and Seppi runs with this opportunity.


Ben Pronin Says:

What the what?? Way to just throw in the death of Violetta Degtiareva like some throwaway line. Did anyone else see this? So far there’s not much detail except she had heart failure and died either while training or on the way to the hospital. Holy nuts!


TGIT Says:

The New York Post notes there was no further information released about what caused the heart failure or her training location when she passed away.

You can’t post what you don’t know.


RZ Says:

Shame for Fed about his bad day but props to Seppi for playing well. I have to admit I was expecting him to choke and hand Fed the 4th and 5th set.

Oh well, at least Andy has been playing well. @Margot – you’ll be happy to know that I don’t get ESPN and haven’t been watching the streams, which bodes well for our guy. :-)


jane Says:

“We know. We can answer that. It’s sexist. And kinda old-guy creepy. Dumb-ass Channel Seven interviewers.”

hurrah tennis-x staff, and agree with you “we”. :)


TennisVagabond.com Says:

A real shocker, I had such high hopes for my man! Thank you Giles and Okie for your commiseration on the other threads.

Hmmm… I guess I’ll get behind Milos, Kyrgios and Kei now. Go youth!

Also, Halep and Bouchard!

Brando, I’m curious if you’ve softened at all on your no-way-no-how stance on Rafa as a contender?


jane Says:

fed did have a bad day, and seppi played well, but i think there were signs of this last round. in that match, too, he started slowly. i read somewhere that he said he was going to need rest after melbourne (before the event started). maybe the off season was too short, with DC and then ITPL, and then be played and won brisbane. perhaps it was too much?


skeezer Says:

“We know. We can answer that. It’s sexist. And kinda old-guy creepy. Dumb-ass Channel Seven interviewers.”
Agreed! That was classless and disrespectful.
However, I would twirl for any woman if she asked me too.
-flattered-.
:)


Margot Says:

@RZ
Excellent news indeedy. Keep on not!
Ian Cohen is a sexist idiot, pity Serena didn’t do one of her mighty smashes…on his head!


jane Says:

an especially notable stat for andy is how well he’s protecting that second serve. he’s won loads of points behind it. he also seems very serene and calm on the court. maybe those adjustments to his team were just what he needed?


Okiegal Says:

@TennisVagabond.com……….You are welcome!! I was surprised he lost this one…….but have said all along that Fed will have to do it in straights, because whether we like it or not, age is a factor.
Steppi played great, can’t take anything away from him. He came up with some amazing shots at key times in the match and congrats to him and his fans!

Regarding Rafa……fortunate for him that Dudi was probably nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs…..coz when he settled down he played some tough tennis! I hate to be a negative Nellie, but I feel like Rafa does about himself, he is not physically ready for #15. Everyone seems to think he was lying when answering questions about being the favorite…..He knows better than anyone his physical capabilities at the moment…..just saying….


Humble Rafa Says:

My 2nd goal for Aus Open has been reached. Now, aiming for my first goal.

Strangely, this forum is quiet. I wonder why?


SG1 Says:

Your 2nd goal was to make an 5′-9″ lowly ranked tennis player from the Middle East look better than he really was in the 3rd set? If that was your 2nd goal, congratz!


SG1 Says:

I think that Federer can try to downplay this loss as much as he wants to. But, given that he’s 33 and going on 34, this was a unique opportunity lost. He comes to this major fresh and rested which probably won’t be the case for the other majors this year. With Nadal clearly on the comeback trail and both Novak and Murray looking to be in strong form, the FO is out of reach for Federer. Has been for about 4 years now. This leaves Wimbledon. I truly think this will be Roger’s last chance to win a slam in his career. If he doesn’t get it done there, I expect the retirement talk to start. He may talk about retirement even if he wins Wimbledon (an exit like Sampras perhaps). By September I don’t think there will be enough energy left in the tank for him to make a big USO run. Unless he gets very favorable draw…and I mean very favorable.


SG1 Says:

I really expected a deep run from Roger so it’s surprising that a guy he’s totally owned overpowers him. It’s a clear sign that his game is in decline….I’ll take his declining game any day though…where do I sign?


jane Says:

fed fans you might like to read tignor’s summation of the match and especially fed’s response to possible reasons for the loss.

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2015/01/tie-broken/53764/#.VMKREkuYSxp


madmax Says:

Jane, thanks.

I’ve just read it and it really does show the consumate professional that Federer is. Never made any excuses about losing this match.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

SG1, very true. This wSs a big opportunity in an ever shrinking pile


skeezer Says:

SG1, TV same here.
He had a huge opportunity. His game and the stars were somewhat aligned for him. Arguably the hottest player on tour the last 6 months, and the AO was playing fast. I did not necessarily expect him to win AO but getting kicked out early was unexpected and not a great sign of things to come. Age is not a number, its an absolute.


Patson Says:

With Fed out now, I would be super surprised if we don’t have a Nole vs Andy final now. I don’t really think Nadal would go beyond Round 4. After watching him, he still seems to be far behind the requisite fitness level for the second week.


jane Says:

i kind of think radwanska’s going to win this slam.


Wog Boy Says:

jane,
I think it is going to be beetwen, Sharapova, Kvitova, Azarenka and Halep (I want her to win ..but) with Muguruza as a dark horse. No, no Radwanska…sorry, not her fan.


jane Says:

you could be right wog boy; perhaps if she doesn’t win here she’ll win at wimbledon. something tells me navratilova will push her to the next tier.


Michael Says:

His faithfuls (which includes even me) are putting too much pressure on Roger to win his 18th. Remember, he has already made 11 semi finals at the Australian Open, which is just an incredible run for any player defying even the natural and economic laws of ups and downs. He was so consistent in this tournament and so the loss early was a very big disappointment and that too to Seppi who he has beaten 10 out of 10. I am not sure how much that blisters in that finger played a part in this loss. But when I pertinently raise that, I am getting lampooned and abused by those who are impatient to an alternate view point. They think I am belittling the win of Seppi which definitely is not my intention. Nevertheless, my gut sense tells me that Roger will not be able to add on to his 17 despite his own optimism which many of his faithfuls would share. His last chance was at Wimbledon last year when he almost was on the verge of winning the Championship for a record 8th time, but was stopped on his tracks by the tenacity, will power and determination of Novak who showed qualities of a true Champion in the 5th set despite the set backs in the 4th to win that one which was precious and crucial for his career.


Humble Rafa Says:

Does he rise again on the third day like someone else did?


Wog Boy Says:

“Arguably the hottest player on tour the last 6 months,..”

How?


Wog Boy Says:

“Does he rise again on the third day like someone else did?”

I have to give you thumbs up for this one.


Patson Says:

Nole vs Verdasco ….. Any thoughts ? Me thinks Nole gets this in straights.


Wog Boy Says:

Nole has to stay focused, Verdasko is not pushover, if Verdasko get a chance he will use it. I will not be able to watch it but Ajde Nole.


KatH Says:

Federer is still No.2, so any thoughts about his retirement are premature. I believe he will continue to win some of the small tournaments and one or two Masters – but I doubt he’ll ever win another Grand Slam – 7 matches that could run to 5 sets each? Only if he can win in straight sets – sad to say in Tennis-terms Federer’s middle aged.

So who will win 2015 AO? Raonic? Wawrinka? Berdych? Djokovitch is seeded to win – but I’m guessing it will be someone else.
Cheers


jane Says:

wog boy, and it’s tough because he’s a lefty.


Margot Says:

Lol jane/wog boy
Was just thinking Verdasco was causing Nole all sorts of probs when he does a massive crumble in the tie. Also seems to have the immensely clever match plan of sending all the balls to Nole’s backhand. ROFL
Kei looks a bit sluggish to me.
Can I also nominate Isner as the most boring player in the world to watch. Am sure he’s lovely in his personal life but…………….


Danica Says:

That first set was tough. Nole deservedly won, he pressed Dasko on his serves more, but it was not easy.

C’mon Nole!


jane Says:

remember verdasco versus andy wimbledon 2013 margot? he’s no slouch and he tends to “bring it” versus the top guys. his only bad mistake in the tiebreak was the embarrassing double fault. we’ll see where he goes from here, but wow, hotsauce – always so talented but never really able to take it to the next level.


Margot Says:

Yeah, surely do remember that match :( Yes, he’s dangerous but “glass jaw” alrighty. Comms were saying can’t hit a decent shot when in the lead and is crumbling as I write.
Half watching Ferrer v Simon. The running those guys are doing in that heat is shocking!


jane Says:

marriage proposal in the stands during hotsauce/nole match. :)


jane Says:

have a pick in ferrer vs simon margot? both are such grinders.


jane Says:

AJDE nole; good test.


dari Says:

That sucked majorly!
Fed was playing terribly and was lucky to get to a 4th set tb, honestly.
Bummmmmerrrrrr
Andy for all the marbles then!


Margot Says:

Welcome back dari :)
jane, think Ferrer will win in the end, but Simon just bit back!


Margot Says:

yeah, thought Ferrer would outlast Simon.
Meanwhile Keys is taking it to Kvitova and gets the first set.
Kvitova is so streaky, when she’s on, unplayable, but so often off.
Like “little girl with curl, when she was good she was very, very good etc”…;)


Margot Says:

And out goes Kvitova. Keys was absolutely magnificent! Hitting the ball harder than Petra, impossible you’d say.
Wake up all you sleepy headed Yanks, a new star is born.


Michael Says:

Although Novak managed to dismantle Verdasco in straight sets, it was a high quality match and the first set proved to be the game changer when Novak managed to squeak through in the tie break which would have demoralized Verdasco, an unlucky player who always has this habit of losing key points in crunch situations by a quirk of fate. This has been his bane throughout if you take the pain to look at many of his matches throughout his career. But all credit to Novak who showed today that he is in the right physical shape possibly relieved from that deadly flu to the relief of his fans. And this was a day when Novak served brilliantly which made things easier for him on court and it was really an imposing performance by him which once again strengthens the impression that he is the favourite to win this tournament.


Tennis Fan Says:

Fed had a terrible day … unfortunately can happen as you get beyond peak years. Of course if Fed had of had Dudi in his draw he could have sleepwalked into the next round. Too bad he landed in the toughest quarter this year.


KatH Says:

Don’t think Fed. landed in toughest quarter – there was Murray, Dimitrov in his quarter – from recent matches with Fed. he was the most likely victor. As for Seppi – not sure how he can be judged to be a tough opponent given Fed’s huge winning record against him.
Cheers


Patson Says:

I agree with KatH. He lost before he had to play the tough guys. Seppi was the least of the threats. Saying that the tough quarter hurt Fed’s chances is more emotional than anything else.


Wog Boy Says:

What I liked about Aussie crowd during Federer/Seppi match is that as much as they wanted Federer to win they cheered every Seppi’s point too, unlike NY crowd that was so nasty to Monfils when he had Federer on the ropes that poor Minfils resigned at the end. Not just that AO has the best facilities than any other GS, they also have a the best crowd.

BTW, if you read tennis forums these day you wouldn’t even know that Nole is playing AO;) nevertheless that Verdasco match was really HQ match, but we know that Roger woke up that morning with a bad feeling that Seppi match will not be easy, what a prophet, he can see future:)


Okiegal Says:

On Fed’s loss to Seppi….Fed 10 Seppi 0……the LOA hit Fed right square dead on ……the law of average will eventually rear it’s ugly head sooner or later……


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Arguably the hottest player on tour the last 6 months

Huge understatement. Roger and Rafa have been the hottest player on the tour for past 10 years.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Somehow I felt Roger had this feeling even before AO started, not just this match. For the first time in his career, I hear him talk about taking rest before the grand slam. Looks like his body had given up due to his punishing schedule he had for past month. Ideally he could have skipped Brisbane.

Still 17 is a huge number and he is the guy who can fill up the stands along with Rafa. It’s a blow to AO.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ Keep dreaming:)


Wog Boy Says:

^^@9:35pm


Wog Boy Says:

@9:39pm
Don’t worry about stands, sold out, even before AO started. People are more than happy to watch Murray, Dimitrov, Raonic, Kyrgyos, Tomic, Wawrinka, Nishikori even if there is no Roger, Rafa or Nole. You know so little about Aussie fans and their love for sport and underdogs. Check the meaning of “fair dinkum”…”fair go”…” little Aussie battler” and you might learn something about Aussie people, since you don’t have a clue about them.


skeezer Says:

wog boy,
You need to seek help with that bitter scorned Fed thorn in your side . What has this guy done to you? Lol…
Nole is great, #1 and all that. Feel better?


jane Says:

wog boy, i agree about the difference in the AO/USO crowds for those 2 matches. i also think seppi is more level headed too than la monf, which helped his case.


Wog Boy Says:

^^what did I say that is not correct? Federer not thorn in my side, rather the other way around, Nole is thorn in …
It started with WTF WO and him saying ” in my ages you have to be carefull with this kind of injury” not giving Nole chance to play against him and 20.000 people to watch it, he was just fatigued. Nole gave him a chance to bit him in MC when he had wrist injury he didn’t do WO… that was final nail in my love for Roger.
As much as I “need help” you need even more when it comes to your love for Rafa, so let’s go together and seek help, right?


Wog Boy Says:

^^for skeezer


Nirmal Kumar Says:

or Nole

One correction here. Nole should not be clubbed with Rafa and Roger here. He should be part of the other group. This is how it should read

People are more than happy to watch Murray, Dimitrov, Raonic, Kyrgyos, Tomic, Wawrinka, Nishikori or Novak even if there is no Roger, Rafa.

Let’s not hype Novak more than he deserves.


jane Says:

nirmal kumar; you’re wrong about the stands. they look quite healthy during all the matches at the AO. tennis is more than 2 players.

” Roger and Rafa have been the hottest player on the tour for past 10 years.”

definitely from 2004-2010 but in the most recent years it’s less definitive. nole was by far the hottest player in 2011, and he has finished number 1 every year since then except 2013. also, 2012 and 13 were big years for andy murray, winning 2 slams and olympic gold. and 2013 was big for rafa too. fed had great moments in 2012 – with wimbledon and a brief return to #1 – as well as 2014, but i think his truest fans would agree his absolute best days have been fewer and further between for a few years now. he can still shine; he reached #2 last year. and obviously his legacy speaks volumes. but we shouldn’t discount or ignore the achievements of others imo.


Wog Boy Says:

jane, Seppi has a german mindset, big difference, same as in the football, they play same from the first minute to the last, whether they are three goals up or down, they just keep doing their things as great Gary Lineker said:

“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”


I Love Tennis Says:

@ skeezer, 9:54pm … used to like reading his posts, but nowadays they all seem bitter and sounded like wanting to antagonize other posters sharing their thoughts and opinions.

Can’t force others to talk about other players if they want to talk about Fed’s lost or Rafa’s health. Just my 2 cents, :-)


Daniel Says:

Maria and Genie quarters set. Sharapova cleaned up her game last two rounds. I wonder who was thelast female player to win a Grand Slam saving match points in an early round?
From the man side I think the last was Novak after USO 2011.

Nadal and Anderson next, want to see if Nadal will feel the heat during this day match. Last match was night and Sela doesn’t have the game to challenge top guys. Anderson on a good day can trouble if serving well.


Daniel Says:

Wog boy,

Interesting, would like to know how you felt when Novak had several withdraws during match (which tonme is way worst than WO).

And Federer is right, at his age if he feel he is not ready to play don’t play. We say this all the time here, if you are on court tou are fit to play. If Novak played MC was because he felt he had a shot, not to just conceive a clean win for Fed out of respect, please… He was 26, you can’t compare that to Fed at 33. And the fact he played DC 6 days later is not a big issue because this guys can recover for minor nigglings in a few days. That day Federer felt he didn’t need to risk.


Wog Boy Says:

Daniel,

Federer is professional player, there is no such a thing as “my ages” to be used as excuse, you either play or you move to “legends tour”, twenty or forty years, what is a difference?
What Federer did was disrepectfull, it was no injury, everybody knows that, just doesn’t want to admit, but to be honest I don’t care now, you, Federer fans don’t give Rafa or Nole benefit of the doubt, why do you expect us to give benefit of the doubt to your man?


Wog Boy Says:

Meanwhile Berdych is playing great against Tomic, I hope he can keep it up.


Daniel Says:

I gove benefit of doubt to everybody but Federer, a guy who never retired mid match in 1200+ matches played decides not to play a match I give him the benefit more than Djoko and Nada with their history. It’s like “respect” is earned and Federer did his part.


Daniel Says:

Nadal only won 1 point in 3 service games by Anderson ehile Anderson went 30-30 once and had BP last game. If he didn’t make many mistakes when attacking he has a shot.
Biut as the set closes to finish Nadal experience may prevail.


Daniel Says:

Anderson is dictating play and Nadal holidng him back with slices keeping ball in play


skeezer Says:

“What Federer did was disrepectfull, it was no injury, everybody knows that,”
Really? You have factual data to back that up for everybody? Believe me, I have personal esperience with back spasms. It can knock you out and yes, you can recover quickly if it is not disc related.

And shall we then start comparing some of Novaks past injury illness retirements/ withdrawals? I find your accusations amazing, espescially if you compared to your favs “heat” related, “back related” , “gluten” related excuses, I mean, a big Hewitt “c’mon” here.
I think Nole is a great competitor, and is deserving of his accomplisments and status. But when anyone wants to start comparing Feds place in Tennis compared to any other player, you’d better be able to back it up.
This all sounds like sour grapes to me.


skeezer Says:

Meanwhile Nadal is battlng on, putting the pressure as time goes on to Kevin. Kevin better start hitting winners or Rafa will grind him down. Btw anyone notice Rafa needs rogaine.


Daniel Says:

Anderson lost 1 point on serve so far, he is playing a better set. If this goea to a tiebreak as it seems he had a slight edge. But tiebreak is more nerves


Daniel Says:

0-40, triple BP for Anderson smelling set point.


Daniel Says:

All saved. 1 amazing FH from Nadal when Anderson attacked a return and 2 serves in for Nadal.
Another BP now.


Wog Boy Says:

^^sour grapes for what? Did he beat Nole and won WTF or took #1 from Nole? What did he win in 2014 snd what Nole won? I would say sour grapes are on your side since your man couldn’t perform well even after he said that his BH is best than ever, he is serving best than ever, he is moving best than (even you said so), but that didn’t work with Seppi, he didn’t buy it.


Daniel Says:

Nadal saved 5 BP this game alone and 2 aces. Raising his game when needed.


Daniel Says:

Let’s see id Anderson will fee the missed oportunities or hold, already lost first point.


Daniel Says:

Damm, he served briliant all set and lost 1 point in 5 games than had several BP’s disn’t broke and now misses two FH. 2 set points Nadal. 1 saved!


Daniel Says:

This is why Nadal is Nadal, Anderson outplayed him the whole set just to be broken when things got tight. Maybe of he hadn’t have that many BP’s he would play more freely.


Daniel Says:

Another game where Andersonnpit pressure. Nadal had a lucky cord at 30-30. This is good for Nadal beacise even so he is unser pressure he wasn’t broken so his moral is only increasing


martins take Says:

Yes, Federer had a bad day. But that’s not the complete story. Our sport has morphed into a far more intricate game than ever before. It’s now more about a player finding the correct “pattern” against his opponent to ultimately win enough points to win the match. Oftentimes, as little as two or three points separates the winner from loser at a match conclusion.
https://martinstake128.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/my-how-things-do-change/


Daniel Says:

Nadal using momentum on his favor, it was 15-40 and Nadal won 4 straight points with vintage Nadal points and is returning better. It took him a set to adjust but seema he found his return range.
Anderson better try something else because this looks to gonfadt now.
He was playing better until 5-5 0-40 and now lost serve twice.


Wimbledon Says:

Federer is a 17 time grandslam champion. And has rarely ever retired or dropped out from a match. But on the other hand what has Novak comparatively ?
He was just hoping to break the Fedal dominance for years and years and came up short.
Sour grapes…LOL


Daniel Says:

Anderson imploding now, after 5-5 0-40 he didn’t won a game point anymore and DF to lose game again. 3 straight breaks to Nadal. He sure felt losing first ser big time. He better give up this set and just try to hold to start serving thirs and maybe stop bleeding.


Daniel Says:

Well, Anderson finally get a game. Nadal serving formsecomd set.


skeezer Says:

Wot boy,
I am responding to the initial accusation by you about Fed being “disrespectful”, and his injury status at WTF. I really don’t know what you are talking about.
Nole won that fair and square. He got YE #1 fair and square. I am not complaining, But it seems you are and have continued into 2015. That is sour grapes.

Re: Fed saying he is playing well. Do you want Fed to come out and say he is playing sh!tty? What confidence does that bring an athlete?
Yes I said that he has been playing well and if you read the thread with TV and SG1, based on his year end play and early this year he in fact was playing well, so the loss against Seppi was surprising, not sour grapes. The guy is 33, not 27. Age is a factor, no matter how anyone tries to talk it. It will happen for Nole, Rafa and Murray eventually.
Like I have always said for Fed nowadays, his wins are all gravy, he has nothing to prove. He has set the mark and records. It’s up to the other players to chase and make their own mark.
Your man is on his way to do that.


skeezer Says:

Wot Boy…sorry not wot boy…typos :(


Patson Says:

@Wog Boy

I wouldn’t argue with Fed fans right now. Their man was supposed to go all the way to the final, and he didn’t. They’re hurt – some Fed fans more than others I suppose.

On a side note, PseudoFed said this on Twitter yesterday

“I know you all expected Me to win today, I just thought I would surprise you all #surprisedMyselftoo”

Unlike the real Fed, PseudoFed never gets old.


Wog Boy Says:

@Patson
I”ll take your advice, thanks.


mat4 Says:

WB, Skeezer:

I watched carefully that semi in London. One of my fields is psychology and body language, since it is relevant for my profession. Roger was livid approaching the net at the end of the match and it was obvious he was suffering. I rewatched sequences of that encounter later, trying to discover the moment when it got wrong (I also wanted to hear what Mirka told to Stan), and it seem it was toward the very end of the match, a few points before the final volley. So, yes, it looked as he was injured.

Did he recover during the night? Every player has a past. Federer loves victories more than he hates defeats, he showed it many times before, he shows it right now. He is not another great player who feels every defeat like a psychological blow.

Roger lead against Novak 3-2, last year. He won in Shanghai a month before. He had no reason whatsoever to duck this final. Quite the contrary — at a stage when defeats mean nothing, but when every victory adds to the legend, he had every reason to play the final.


skeezer Says:

mat4,
Thanks for bringing sanity back.


Daniel Says:

Woke up and Dimi x Murray is on, so far nive points and Dimitrov just broke Murray fourth set after saving BP on his game.

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