Nadal Knocked Out Of Queen’s, Murray Wins; Federer v Gulbis In Halle
by Staff | June 16th, 2015, 10:56 pm
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Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon grass prep is already over after the former No. 1 blew a 4-2 lead in the final set to lose the final four games and the match to Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-4 at Queen’s Club in London today.

“I was a break up in the third, and then he played some good points,” said Nadal. “I missed a few balls… Nothing to say against me. I played against an uncomfortable player in the first round here and I had my chance. I didn’t play a bad match, but matches here are sometimes decided by just a few things, and I was not lucky enough today. I probably didn’t play enough aggressive when I was up a break at 4-3.”

Even with his Stuttgart title Sunday. the loss was Nadal’s third opening round defeat in his last five grass events.

Dolgopolov, who entered the match losing three straight and four of his last five, had beaten Nadal in their last meeting at Indian Wells also in three sets. The Ukrainian showed no signs of panic down the break in the third despite missing on a matchpoint at 6-5 in the second set breaker.

“Overall I’m really happy with the match,” said Dolgopolov. “Not even because I beat Nadal but the way I played and the way I fought back after a disappointing second set. I think overall I had a really good match.”

Three-time Queen’s champion Andy Murray made a successful grass debut battling past Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 7-5.

“It was good,” Murray said. “I always enjoy coming back here. It was not an easy match. He’s a good player, obviously. He takes the ball on and the ball shoots through the court pretty flat. He likes a quicker court. It was a tricky match but it was okay.”

Also, Stan Wawrinka eased past Nick Kyrgios in the opening match of the day and the Swiss’s first event since his French Open title. Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov and John Isner were also winners.

“I’m feeling quite good, for sure,” said Wawrinka. “Still need more time on the grass, more adjustment, especially for moving. Sometimes I’m not moving that well, but today it was a great match. I’m playing well, obviously, and I’m happy with the way I played already for the first match on grass.”

On tap Wednesday are Simon-Kokinakkis, Gasquet-Raonic and Wawrinka-Anderson.

In Halle, the four highest seeds playing all won as Kei Nishikori, Tomas Berdych, Gael Monfils and Tommy Robredo advanced.

Fan favorite Tommy Haas’s comeback was cut short in Halle by Andreas Seppi in straight sets.

“Overall, it is a great feeling to be back on the centre court again,” the 37-year-old Haas said. “My serve is not good enough yet to feel I’ve got enough free points. It’s going to take time. It’s just a matter of being mentally strong and hungry to keep doing what I have to do. That’s really key.”

Tomorrow, top seed and 7-time winner Roger Federer faces Ernests Gulbis. The Latvian beat Federer in their most recent encounter at the French Open last year.

WEDNESDAY QUEEN’S SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
[7] G. Simon (FRA) vs [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS)
K. Anderson (RSA) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [3] M. Raonic (CAN)
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
[4] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs [WC] L. Hewitt (AUS) / T. Kokkinakis (AUS)

WEDNESDAY HALLE SCHEDULE
STADION start 12:00 noon
[PR] F. Mayer (GER) vs S. Johnson (USA)
[WC] A. Zverev (GER) vs [8] I. Karlovic (CRO)
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) vs B. Coric (CRO)
Not Before 5:30 pm
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs E. Gulbis (LAT)


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60 Comments for Nadal Knocked Out Of Queen’s, Murray Wins; Federer v Gulbis In Halle

skeezer Says:

“and I was not lucky enough today…”
Yep, nothing like relying on ole Lady Luck for a win.
Good Luck with that.


sienna Says:

to be hounest Federer claimed to be lucky in opening match.
but Nadal is on the fence about his results. He is talking different tune. showing lesser respect for opponent and getting more offended or offensive when dealt with questions about losing.
this has been going on for some time but Garros loss made it more noticable.

only winning can be medicine for that. they all have it. only the winners can give praise to opponent. Djokovic is the best proof for that.


AndyMira Says:

It’s very disapointing to see nadal lose again after a good start in stuttgart..he should win that game..the old rafa will not let a break go down the drain just like that..but i guess everything will go down eventually ..including one of the greats..sad but we have to accept it..it’s nature.


KatH Says:

I think Nadal played well but “the Dog” was unbelievable – what shots! I can’t think of anyone who could have beaten him yesterday. However, can he replicate that performance? Garcia-Lopez must be biting his nails. Andy Murray? – well, a win is a win, I suppose.


Giles Says:

Rafa has had a better start to the GC season than in the last few years despite his loss to the weirdo Dolgo. He has played 5 matches on grass as against one match last year and one match the previous year. So it’s all good.


Giles Says:

Hey skeezer. At least Rafa doesn’t need to rely on “ole Lady Luck” to beat ole fed. It just comes automatically, no?
23-10


sienna Says:

Wow what an overreaction about the dogs performance.
I saw well part of third set and the level and was not all impressed by both man. The dog could not hit a first serve and Nadal wasn’t able to take advantage. I think any top 10 player would have taken the third set. The hard part was done at the middle of third set…


jalep Says:

KatH
Much as I love watching Pogoserve when he is on like he was v Rafa, I wouldn’t expect him to beat Garcia-Lopez. But I like his comments about feeling good – not because he beat Rafa, but happy with how he fought for the win in the 3rd set.

The Dog is not known for consistency but when all cylinders are firing, he can be spectacular. Was lucky to watch him at Indian Wells a few years ago, KatH. He’s even more fun to see in person :D


jalep Says:

Hahaha LaMonf :D
Allez Gael!


KatH Says:

Jalep, I wish I could be free to have the experience of watching him (beyond a TV set) – unfortunately I have “caring” duties – a nephew was getting married in France right after FO – and guess what I couldn’t do!!!

One of my sisters and I planned to go to Glasgow for the GB v France Davis Cup – but then it got scheduled for Queens – (I blame Andy for that – but it does make sense to hold it on grass ).

Enuf – I’d also love to see Gael.


Jeez Says:

TALKING DOWN

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/talking+down

When will people learn to appreciate good ATTACKING TENNIS ??!!!

It was just like Djokovic couldn’t enforce 5th even while leading 3-0 in the 4th against Wawrinka @ Frenh Open finals!!
As if Dolgopolov was a PUSH OVER who WON only because of Nadal’s CHOCKING!!!

NOTE: Wasn’t that Dolgopolov who pushed Djokovic all the way in Miami this year ?(losing 6-7,7-5,6-0)


Markus Says:

I think a majority of the posters here were in praise of Dolgopolov’s excellant play against Nadal yesterday.


Lylenubbins Says:

As a Rafa fan the loss is disappointing but if you saw the match, the Dog was out of his mind, going for everything and not missing. He raised his level when he got broken in the third. Truly, not sure who beats the Dog on gross when he is playing like that.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

With Kyrgios’ manner of losing and attitude, KKK losing to grass court anti-specialist Simon in straights, Thiem losing yesterday, A Zverev losing to Karlovic (interestingly, the only tiebreak set was the one Zverev won), it seems like we can eliminate the kids from the conversation at Wimbledon.


Colin Says:

Kevin Anderson takes the first set in a tiebreaker from Stan!
Great serving and volleying at the end of the set from the S. African, including a 112 mph second serve.

Some one has said of Stan’s shorts “Somewhere in Switzerland there is a granny with a Wawrinka-shaped hole in her tablecloth”. I liked that.


Giles Says:

Here is another funny tweet that was sent yesterday before Stan’s match with Kyrgios – ” May the power of the shorts be with you Stan”


Rishi Says:

Well contested match so far between Stan and Anderson. Their H2H is 3-3, with Anderson winning their last 3 encounters. So it would not be a big shock if Kevin won this match.


jalep Says:

Can’t even stay awake for a match yet. Underwhelming tennis day so far.

Heard the commentators during Simon v Kokkinakis match talking about K4 having to fly home to Adelaide after FO, then fly back for Queens – not clear about why. Anyway, that would make anyone tired.

Tennis channel focusing on Genie Bouchard’s match – she lost…bagel’d in the last set. That wasn’t fun to see.

Wawrinka v Anderson is a snoozer, as was Karlovic’s match. Not being shown Berdych v Coric but the score says…not missing anything there. Berdych will make it quick.


Okiegal Says:

If Rafa doesn’t get the time violation warnings in check…..Well, he’s gonna lose more and more matches. He’s getting TVs at the most important times during a match……strictly his own fault, I want to add before everyone else does, just saying, he has got to get a handle on that! This is what I’ve been seeing since the crackdown. Taking too much time before break points……He gets called on it, then the nerves set in and bingo he’s lost serve, match…..He better get a new serving regimen and quick is all I’m trying to say. The first few years in his career……that was then (slow serving) this is now! Speed it up, Rafa! When he’s serving…..it makes me nervous!! Lol


jalep Says:

I’m attached to Stan’s shorts by now. Think he should have them for Wimbledon in the white with a subtle light grey pattern. :)


Wog Boy Says:

jalep, family comes first to young Kokkinakis, I like him even more now:

http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8998503


Okiegal Says:

Stan…..no animal today…he just lost!


RZ Says:

@Wog Boy – 4K seems like a good guy, and a nice counterpoint to “bad boy” Kyrios (though I don’t think he’s that bad, just has some swagger).


Colin Says:

@Jalep – Wawrinka vs Andersaon is a snoozer?

You must be out of your mind!

Wonderful control of his emotions on the part of Anderson (mind you, some of these Saffers don’t appear to HAVE any emotions), sticking to a game plan, serving and volleying, which nature didn’t really build him for.

Were you by any chance following the score only? That might make it seem a snoozer.


jalep Says:

Oh,Hi Wog Boy…nice to see you.
and thanks for the link. Does give me a soft spot for him. Yes, very good boy, Thanasi. The Greek take good care of their grandmother’s, I think. Not Greek, but sure loved mine – would have done the same.


Tennisfan Says:

I don’t see the issue with Kyrgios. He acts like a typical teenager tbh. Nearly all of the players were cocky and brash like that in their starting/teen years on tour- including Roger and Novak.


Colin Says:

@Okiegal, Rafa’s service routine doesn’t make me nervous, it just irritates me. It is now obsessive-compulsive pure and simple. He doesn’t actually DO anything to the various parts of himself, he just has to touch them.

If, by some sort of telepathy, he could be prevented from carrying out the ritual, I reckon he’d have a nervous breakdown on the court. I wish I could do it, not because I dislike Rafa, but because the rules should be the same for everyone.


Giles Says:

Very wise words Colin which you know what you can do with !!
“Rules should be the same for everyone”, except THEY ARE NOT!


jalep Says:

No Collin, had the last two days off and enjoyed the matches yesterday. Was trying to watch/remain awake. Completely snoozer in my opinion, so far.

What is a Saffer?


Giles Says:

PS Now if only your Murphy would stop the F BOMBS life would be just peachy, no?


Markus Says:

The Wawrinka/Anderson tiebreaker sets were not of the Isner variety at all. They were very close, hard fought and exciting.


jalep Says:

Really, if it is a diagnosed behavior disorder, couldn’t Rafa get a therapeutic use excuse (TUE) from his doctor for how many seconds it is he requires? TUE’s are given regularly in sport.


jalep Says:

Whatever you say, Markus. It’s an opinion. We all have them.


jalep Says:

Okay, nevermind Collin. You weren’t going to favor me with an explanation of a Saffer. I looked it up: ozzies,kiwi’s, saffer’s, poms, yanks. All good-natured nicknames.


Okiegal Says:

@Colin…..It’s obvious he’s OCD. What I know about this problem is he can’t help it. I get irritated too when he takes too long between points because of the rule therefore it makes me nervous! I would expect you to be irritated for obvious reasons. Nobody wants him to play within the rule more than I do. I’ve said this before, he’s played his brand of tennis in this slow methodical way his whole career and he’s having big problems trying to change it and his tennis is suffering. I still don’t believe he does it on purpose, I truly believe he can’t help himself. I know there are many many tennis fans out there who would beg to differ with me…..jmo…
One more thing, OCD is real and I don’t think people should make fun of anyone who exhibits this behavior.


Okiegal Says:

@jalep

I watched a couple of sets of the 1981 Wimby finals on Tennis Classics last night. It was between Borg, my old time fav and Mac. You talk about a snoozer…can’t believe I watched the serve volley point tennis, just not as exciting to me as the baseline type. Now, don’t get me wrong, there were some great shots…..but what annoyed me most was the sound of the wooden racquets!! I’m teasing about that, but it was actually very weird to watch after what I’ve been watching for the past 15yrs….a real snoozer, jmo, of course…


jalep Says:

Old habits die hard. Find myself cheering on Gulbis to get a set but… unlikely to happen.


SG1 Says:

Okiegal Says:

I watched a couple of sets of the 1981 Wimby finals on Tennis Classics last night. It was between Borg, my old time fav and Mac. You talk about a snoozer…can’t believe I watched the serve volley point tennis, just not as exciting to me as the baseline type. Now, don’t get me wrong, there were some great shots…..but what annoyed me most was the sound of the wooden racquets!! I’m teasing about that, but it was actually very weird to watch after what I’ve been watching for the past 15yrs….a real snoozer, jmo, of course

—————–

If you run out of Sominex, watch Borg play Lendl in the ’81 French Open Final (think it was ’81)…


jalep Says:

Exactly Okiegal. Whether a match is a snoozer or exciting is entirely subjective.

Poor talented EG. The losing continues. Wondering if he’ll be up for the process, (if he likes tennis enough), to play challengers and qualifiers again to make a comeback or if he’ll be done with it this time.


skeezer Says:

I thought Rafa would get better with the time thingy, especially after he decided to wear that big fat watch that is suppose to tell time. But alas, never see him looking at it ;-)


sienna Says:

well I thought I was crazy. So been viewing some vintage Lendl v Mcenroe on youtube.
what snoozing? that is one of the toughest rivalry ever. pure hatred, intimidation going on. Has tennis ever be more like boxing then this?


jalep Says:

Noticed during FO that Tsonga is also ‘meridian tapping’ on changeovers like Milos does. (Not that I know anything about meridian tapping)

Finally to see if Dolgopolov can build on his win over Rafa.


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer…..How about your Golden State Warriors! So glad they won…..just really happy for those guys. They played hard and won away from home which puts another feather in their caps….On the road games aren’t that easy to win. Congratulations!!


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer….Rafa’s big fat watch needs a big fat horn tooter on it…needs to start tooting at 10 secs…..or a better idea, a vibration device, might not be so annoying…… I think that would be a great idea! Leave it to Okiegal….I’m a real intuitive person! Tee hee hee. :)


Humble Rafa Says:

I thought Rafa would get better with the time thingy, especially after he decided to wear that big fat watch that is suppose to tell time. But alas, never see him looking at it ;-)

I need 1 minute between point to go through my elaborate routines. No need to make fun of me. Everyone has routines.


Giles Says:

And the Rafa Curse continues!!! Lol


KatH Says:

Jalep – The Dog didn’t do it – but you warned me.

Okiegal – I also loved the old time favourite – Mac. – especially when he got snotty with the Referees – Maybe that’s why I like the oddballs today – ie those who are different and don’t comply to the norm e.g. Andy, Stan, Gael and my new but fleeting favourite like the Dog.


jalep Says:

There is truth in a sort of curse, as you call it, Giles.

It has to take a lot out of anyone, mentally and physically, to beat Rafa, especially on clay at Rolly.G

Then there’s a purely a match-up element too. Even though G-Lo won a match v Rafa in Bangkok a few years ago, I doubt he would have won v Rafa at Queens as Dog did; whereas, Dog likes the idea, fought and played above his usual efforts to make Rafa uncomfortable. Today Dog couldnt produce the same level v Garcia-Lopez…not even close. Just a speculation.


Temple Says:

Giles, it must be lonely when you laugh and noone else does.


Okiegal Says:

@KatH……I read my post over and I can see the error of my ways. Borg was my all time fav! Didn’t care that much for Mac. I was embarrassed by his actions…..all bratty and stuff….mainly because he was a fellow American. I can watch him now on you tube, and don’t find him that annoying. I laugh at him now. I didn’t ever want him to beat Borg, but Jimbo and Ivan…..I was OK with him beating them.
Wanted to clarify my post……OK??


jalep Says:

KatH. Gael and Dog: seems neither of them can be counted on to arrive at a match psyched up or fired up enough to win. It’s hot or miss. If you are their fan, winning is a bonus but not to be expected. Love both of them though!


Okiegal Says:

@jalep….

Didn’t know Dog went down today. Haven’t checked the scores yet. I really thought he might be on a roll, but as usual the winners against Rafa lose the next match…..most of the time. He looked so good yesterday, I’m a little surprised he couldn’t push forward to another win. Stan lost too in two TBs. Go figure!! Oh well, on goes this crazy sport we love. It can always be full of surprises.


jalep Says:

Hit or miss


jalep Says:

Okiegal…disappointed slightly for a minute, but not a bit surprised Dog lost. If I had my wish Monfils would win Halle too.

@sienna

Do you think Marin can get past Troiki?


jalep Says:

Queens:

Cilic v Troiki
Murray v Verdasco
Dimitrov v Muller
Isner v Feliciano Lopez

Halle:

Jerzy Janowicz v Falla
Kei v Dustin Brown
Robredo v Seppi
Monfils v Kukushkin


KatH Says:

Okiegal- I think I didn’t like Connors at that time – so Mac could do no wrong (for me) – I didn’t feel embarrassed even though I was/am married to an American – but I was a bit of a rebel myself – so I felt a sort of kinship – unless it is really nasty stuff – I don’t mind a few altercations even today…


Okiegal Says:

@KatH…..Jim was a hothead too! Didn’t care for him at all! Mac did do some interesting stuff, but a little drama is OK now and then. Is Nick the kid the new Johnny Mac?? :)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I loved Jon’s game, but he and Jim were both out and out brats, their behaviour was just embarrassing. From Agassi’s book and from people who have met him, it sounds like Jim was about as surly off the court. I think he grew up with a huge chip on his shoulder which drove him but also caused him to see the world in manichean terms: he would follow Borg to the ends of the earth! While Borg, Jon and Ivan all became friendly, I don’t believe Jim ever did with anyone. Could be why his coaching relationships have been duds: no one wants to add hate and spite to their arsenal.


KatH Says:

Yep, it could indeed be Nick ….

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