Serena and Venus One Win Away; Federer v Querrey Thurs. at Wimbledon
by Staff | July 1st, 2015, 5:43 pm
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World No. 1 Serena Williams and her sister Venus are one match away from a titanic fourth round meeting, while the men’s No. 5 seed exited Wimbledon without setting foot on the court on Wednesday at the All England Club.


Serena Williams needed less than an hour to beat Timea Babos 6-4, 6-1, setting up a meeting with Brit No. 1 Heather Watson and her supporting Wimbledon fans.

“I think it will be a huge advantage for [Watson],” said Serena of the Brit’s home court advantage. “It’s going to be a great big match for us both…I feel like she does really well on grass — like she played well in Eastbourne a couple of times. And she had a really good win today [beating Daniela Hantuchova].”

The No. 16-seeded Venus beat Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva 7-6(5), 6-4.

Other Top 10-seeded winners were No. 4 Maria Sharapova handling Dutchwoman Richel Hogenkamp 6-3, 6-1, and No. 6 Lucie Safarova who defeated Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei 6-2, 6-3.

“Overall, it was different conditions that my first round match,” said Sharapova, who will next meet No. 29 Irina Begu, who needed three sets to get by Lesia Tsurenko. “The court played a lot slower. We had a lot longer rallies. I didn’t get a huge advantage off the serve or the return today — I didn’t serve my best — and maybe I made a few too many unforced errors. But overall, once we got into the rallies, once I realized I needed to be a little more patient, then things started working a little better for me.”

A Top 10er failing to advance was No. 7 Ana Ivanovic, who was befuddled by the all-court game of American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3, 6-4.

“I think the hip surgery [at the end of last year] and being out that long really gave me a perspective on playing and enjoying tennis,” Mattek-Sands said. “Last year I was watching all these matches in my house — and with this weather I feel like I’m back in Florida!…I’m here to play my game, I play aggressive and that’s what I’m going to do going forward.”

Orchestrating upset on the day were American CoCo Vandeweghe out-serving No. 11 Karolina Pliskova 7-6(5), 6-4, and Serbian Aleksandra Krunic dismissing No. 19 Sara Errani 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2. Krunic will next face Venus Williams.

Lower seeds moving on were No. 14 Andrea Petkovic, No. 21 Madison Keys finishing off Swiss Stefanie Voegele in a darkness-delayed match from the previous day in three sets, No. 22 Samantha Stosur, No. 23 Victoria Azarenka, and No. 30 Belinda Bencic who outlasted German Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-0 in the third.

All-unseeded results of note were France’s Kristina Mladenovic beating reigning Wimbledon junior champ Jelena Ostapenko, and Sloane Stephens winning an all-American affair against Lauren Davis, both in straight sets.

On the men’s side No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori, who ground through a tough five-setter in his opener, gave a walkover to Colombian Santiago Giraldo when the Japanese exited the event citing a calf injury.

The top seeds on the men’s side all advanced fairly comfortably, save No. 9 Marin Cilic who needed five sets to fend off Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(6), 4-6, 7-5.

“The match was very, very high quality match,” said Cilic, who will next meet No. 17 John Isner in a serving contest. “I think Ricardas was playing extremely well…I was serving really, really well and I was staying mentally in the match. I saved a couple of break points at end of the fifth, and I think nerves got to Ricardas at the end, and that, I think, decided a little bit.”

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was a comfortable 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 winner over Jarkko Nieminen in the Finn’s final Wimbledon appearance; No. 4 Stan Wawrinka defeated Victor Estrella 6-3, 6-4, 7-5; and No. 7 Milos Raonic held off a late charge from crowd favorite and former world No. 2 Tommy Haas 6-0, 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-6(4) to move into the third round.

Djokovic will next meet the No. 27 seed Bernard Tomic, who faced down 21 aces from Pierre-Hugues Herbert in a 7-6(3), 6-4, 7-6(5) win.

“I do expect him to serve well, and I do expect him to mix up the game, come up with a lot of variety,” Djokovic said of player nicknamed Tomic the Tank Engine for his flame-outs during matches. “That’s what he does. He’s got a lot of talent in his hands. This is the surface that he loves playing the most on. So it’s going to be a difficult match.”

Raonic will next meet the combustible, unpredictable, virus-ridden No. 26 seed Nick Kyrgios, who was a 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-4 winner over Juan Monaco.

“I’ve just had a little bit of a sinus infection the last couple weeks,” Kyrgios said. “It’s getting to the end stages of it, but it’s still affecting me a little bit. It’s going to go away eventually. It’s pretty annoying at the start of matches. [I] started getting blurry vision. I thought I dug out the first set well. Obviously lifted my energy towards the second and third.”

Showing a bit of his old form was Spain’s Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, who used his big lefty forehand to upset No. 32 seed Dominic Thiem in five sets 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Verdasco will next meet Wawrinka.

Other lower seeds in the winner’s circle were No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 14 Kevin Anderson, No. 16 David Goffin, No. 21 Richard Gasquet, and No. 24 Leonardo Mayer.

Dimitrov beat Steve Johnson 7-6(8), 6-2, 7-6(2), and will next meet Gasquet.

“Obviously it’s good to go through certain matches in that way, especially in straight sets,” Dimitrov said. “With every match I feel that my game is getting better, but I still feel that there are a couple of things I need to sort of tune up, especially for the next round.”

Matches to look for on Thursday at the All England Club include (2) Roger Federer vs. Sam Querrey, (10) Rafael Nadal vs. “Smokin’” Dustin Brown, and (6) Tomas Berdych vs. Nicolas Mahut.


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153 Comments for Serena and Venus One Win Away; Federer v Querrey Thurs. at Wimbledon

skeezer Says:

Hope Fed brings his “ruthlessness” on the court vs Querry. Good test for the Maestro, Querry is a big server.

“Smokin” Dustin? Lol, Rafa should smoke this guy. The only game this guy has is on grass.


jane Says:

this is a really special little animated short movie for nole fans – enjoy it! :)

https://vimeo.com/132186137


Margot Says:

Andy’s playing too, you know, lol. Plus some others, probably.


Jock-KatH Says:

Margot – I should point out to you that this chap Andy you mention is not one of the illustrious names given by the experts at Tennis-X staff – so don’t waste your time with his match – tut tut…


chris ford1 Says:

Jane, fine little animated flick. Done in the Japanese anime style. Has allure because most of the elements are basically true.
Including the wildest – his family and others running to the bomb shelters as an attack was already underway – him stumbling over a rock and falling. In real life he said as he was getting up, the noise was like the whole atmosphere being ripped open, and when he looked up, there was a triangular F117A fighter bomber with bomb bay doors open 100-150M right above him. Blinding red light as two missiles launched out of the bomb bay to hit targets in another part of Belgrade. Then him making it into the bomb shelter, where he hugged his Mom.
Think he would outdo most of us in the “what is your most vivid childhood memory?” discussions.

On the topic of Anime, it has matured past kid cartoons, game/superhero shows, and adult animated Manja porn in Japan. Important movies have been done in that medium. One of the best is the antiwar film “Graveyard of the Fireflies”, which the Djokovic in the NATO bombings part if his flick, paid homage to.


Michael Says:

Sam Querrey is definitely not the player he once was. I think Roger will dismantle him in straight sets unless Querrey manages to produce his best tennis and stems the tide riding in Roger’s favour.

Coming to Rafa Vs Dustin Brown, I think this promises to be a lively and entertaining match considering that the later consider grass courts as his forte. However, after watching the way Rafa played against Bellucci, I feel that he has got his confidence and groove back on the grass courts. He should pull this one through in straight sets with one tough set on a tie breaker.

At the other end, Andy should be sitting pretty against Haas !!


Giles Says:

Cute video.


Colin Says:

I haven’t seen that film yet, but I wonder, have any of you seen the productions of Studio Ghibli, notably “Princess Mononoke”, a true epic worth more than all the tedious “Lord of the Rings” movies put together?

Meanwhile, Rbin Haase is having a baaad day, and can’t do anything right. This is not the tuneup Andy needed today.


Colin Says:

Rbin? He’s lost his game plan, now he’s losing vowels!


Daniel Says:

14 years ago Fed beat Sampras here, the beginning:-)

Murray looked great today, serving much better and some of his second serve placement were precise. It’s going to be very hard to beat him here.

Next Fed x Querrey and another giant serve waiting in Groth.


RZ Says:

@Colin – I’ve seen many of the Studio Ghibli films. While I like many of them (“Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro” are my favorites), “Princess Mononoke” happens to be my least favorite. But given a choice between that and the LOTR films, I’d pick “Princess Mononoke” if only for the much shorter length.


skeezer Says:

Querry starting out very sharp and aggressive.


madmax Says:

Never underestimate any of the big servers, that’s for sure.

Come on though Federer!


FedExpress Says:

break federer

and what a roar of come on


madmax Says:

Querry keeping it close.

Can’t watch the match on a live stream right now, so Skeezer, FedExpress, keep up with the commentary please.

Love it when the lion roars!

Come on Fed! Allez!


FedExpress Says:

Qurrey is done

break fed


FedExpress Says:

querrey ball bashing like wawrinka but fed is counter attacking the shots really well


FedExpress Says:

what is with kudla? isnt he still in the draw. bbc commentary has now clue


Hippy Chick Says:

Dont know which thread to put this on,but just wanted to say big congrats to our Brit guys and gals James Ward and Heather Watson for making the third round,sometimes we get so fixated on the big time players that we forget there are other player making headlines too….


FedExpress Says:

WTF WAS THAT

A TWEENER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FED U BEAUTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY


FedExpress Says:

double break federer


Margot Says:

Absolutely awesome from the genius that is that “chap” Andy Murray. Y’know the No3 who was also playing today….Showing us the form he did at Queens.
@KatH/DA/Colin/CDP and any other fans of the magician….he’s so damn CALM on court these days, WTF’s going on?
And big congrats to James Ward, into 3rd round and top 100 after all these years!


FedExpress Says:

second set federer

no stakhovsky like hic hup. fed means business. looks focussed.

another great get


FedExpress Says:

break at the start of the 3rd for fed

wow. after 4-4 in the 1st he played flawless tennis


skeezer Says:

That tweeter by Fed is the shot of the tournament. He is no Saint, but he is a Maestro.


steve-o Says:

Federer up 2-0 in the third set. Brilliant returning from Federer to break Querrey’s serve from 15-40 down.


FedExpress Says:

two women loling at querrey it seems. they couldnt stop laughing when they were shown on telly


FedExpress Says:

thank you for reminding me. that smash on BP against nole in the final set. apart from the nadal loss at the AO all the others were cruel

gulbis, nole and cilic


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Kyrgios Raonic rematch tomorrow.
That’ll be fun.
Round of 32, things getting interesting: Gasquet/ Dmitrov, Cilic/ Isner.


FedExpress Says:

the matches in the mens top draw tomorrow are popcorn


Hippy Chick Says:

Margot this is some of the best tennis Andy has played since he won here two years ago,if if continues like this he will be difficult to beat….


FedExpress Says:

murray finds always a way to lose to nole


FedExpress Says:

GSM Federer


Hippy Chick Says:

Fedexpressdidnt you say Nole wouldnt win W either?….


Daniel Says:

Wow, that was some great stuff from Federer. If the trends continues Nadal will have a great performance next: yesterday Djoko was in great form, today, Murray and Fed.


RZ Says:

Saw this on Yahoo news – how sad that Heather Watson (and other players in the same situatino, as I’m sure there are several) have to put up with this.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/watson-defies-death-threats-shine-wimbledon-183452656–ten.html


RZ Says:

Here’s the vine of Fed’s tweener lob.
https://vine.co/v/e15DUupDDAg


Jock-KatH Says:

Ah glad to “see” U Margot – I was relieved that Haase upped his game for a little bit because it was strangely too calm.

The real answer of course is: Andy gave himself a good talking to on Tuesday and he listened. And who taught him to listen to keep calm? U guessed it – Amelie. (PS: I am reminded of the Notes he was studying earlier this year – his new rules of conduct to ensure a positive outcome).

@ HC: Yes indeed, but his final at Queen’s against Anderson takes some beating.


skeezer Says:

Never seen Fed play in such fine form all all around. Querry was very sharp in the beginning but as the match wore on Fed simply turned into Dominator.
Fed is at the age where a walkabout can happen at anytime so that was a moment immensely enjoyed. Onward!


Margot Says:

@FedExpress
Like Fed and Rafa do you mean?


calmdownplease Says:

`@KatH/DA/Colin/CDP and any other fans of the magician….he’s so damn CALM on court these days, WTF’s going on?`

Growing up?
Greater self awareness?
Yeah, and the obligatory set 2/3 mental walkabout..(oh look, its Rufus up there!)..must have gone walkabouts because it wasn’t THERE
Not a bit of it.
Which is a plus.
I told you M, he’s peaking at just the right moment.
If Amelie can get the er highly `unique` Marion B through to a win she’s a great asset for Andy too.


calmdownplease Says:

@M
Like Fed and Rafa do you mean?

:-)


calmdownplease Says:

yeah and congrats to the Fed fans too
Watched some of it and he does look good


Margot Says:

@CDP
I thought he just fell asleep for a mo….
Yes, it’s a combination of growing maturity/Amelie/confidence in his body/being pain free after so many years. Won Wimbledon with a combination of pain killers and guts.
Just dunno why other people don’t “get” him.


Hippy Chick Says:

Federer did look good,im not confident about Rafas chances here….


sienna Says:

Federer will eat Murphy alive.

meanwhile can someone kick those BBC commentators out of their unit.


the DA Says:

@CDP & Margot – I think it’s a combination of growing up and Amelie’s approach to coaching. I will also credit Jonas who came in saying he would follow Amelie’s plan but also work specifically on aggressive returns and not getting too negative. He admits these two areas used to have an impact on his own game and we know Andy likes his coaches to have first hand experience before he listens to them ;). I think it’s starting to come through just at the right time. For example, I noticed in the match with Kuku Andy had a monologue during the changeover and not in the middle of points.


Skeezer Says:

Distin makin Rafa look silly at times.


Daniel Says:

Monfils and Tsonga both 2 sets up, so is Berdy. Nafal about to go to a tiebreak, firts test as he lost last 2 sets played to Brown.


sienna Says:

all time sets?

i am enjoying it but one of all time sets.

He can put sock in it and not Jack….


Skeezer Says:

Wow if anyone missed the first set between Rafa and Brown you missed some wild stuff. Entertained.


Daniel Says:

Talked to soon. Checking scores and saw that Brown broke Nadal to win first set. Drama on centre court!


Margot Says:

Meanwhile back at the ranch, Dustin Brown, playing astonishing, exhilerating tennis, takes the first set off Rafa.
Can he keep this up, is the question?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

How are Rafa’s nerves going to hold up?


sienna Says:

P.ss off with the nerves. He is 14 time slamwinner


calmdownplease Says:

@Margot

I havent watched all of the match yet so I might have missed the mini walkabout
@DA
Yes, so we are in agreement
Dustin Brown is an intriguing dude
Love the lobs and the sliced drop shots
he was actually playing with Nadal for a while there
But the dreadlocks look very heavy in the heat!
This is a pressure situation for Rafa (Browns done it before and has belief), and so he may buckle I’m afraid
For verily he looks rather anxious.


the DA Says:

I think Dustin is going to go through a cold patch and then Rafa will pounce. He’s playing low % tennis and while it’s exhilarating you can’t keep that up for every game for 3 sets. It was the same with Andy at the USO, very flashy shots that he could do nothing about. Then the mistakes came. I might be wrong. We gonna see, no?

p.s. as I typed that, Rafa broke.


calmdownplease Says:

Rafa broke in the last set too no?
If he can keep it up for long enough at the right times adrenaline will see him through
Seen it all before on grass with Rafa and whatever dog that’s having his day


calmdownplease Says:

@the DA

Well, he is all over the place now


Daniel Says:

If Nadal close the set, third will be crucial for Brown. But of Brown manages to break back indeed Nada may feel the pressure as he also broke first in set 1 and still lost.


calmdownplease Says:

He is a very `untrained` looking tennis player which is interesting to watch
Kinda like Dolgo


Margot Says:

Rafa is re-grouping and more of Dustin’s flashy shots are going out than in.
@CDP
It was a teeny weeny sleep which enabled Haase to get 0-30 in a couple of games…;)
@the DA
Yes, I agree. I think the combination of Amelie and Jonas is brilliant. Apparently they knew each other really well when they were both on the circcuit. Both just now out in the wilderness of court 7 scouting Seppi v Coric, extremely reassuring.
Andy seems peaceful and happy on court. I remember years ago, after Andy beat Roddick at Queens, one of the comms said other players better look out when Andy is happy with his play.
So be it.


Margot Says:

@CDP
Yes, I’m reminded of Dolgopolov too.


sienna Says:

xis only there with the girls for party hardy time.


calmdownplease Says:

I hope it’s that little punk `when I play bad im like Murray` Coric that gets through
he’s SO in for a harsh lesson if he does.


calmdownplease Says:

Yes Rafa is finding a way now


Daniel Says:

Monfils broke ans will serve for the match and also Troicki is 1 game away from third round.


Daniel Says:

Well, Brown should at least force Nadal to serve for the set but was broken and Nadal will serve first third set. Seema order is restored.


Margot Says:

@CDP
Gonna be Seppi. “Little punk” ran out of steam.


calmdownplease Says:

Agree with Daniel about this set
and Dustin
if he loses it the match is Rafa’s…


calmdownplease Says:

sigh
Oh well, Seppi will be at least a mild workout :)


calmdownplease Says:

will be a mild workout, at least.

#blushes


calmdownplease Says:

Dustin’s ROS is key too
It’s rather tremendous really
Although he is assisted by Rafa and if he does meet Andy later he will have to serve far more convincingly than this to
break point!


calmdownplease Says:

nicely done
Dustin is not going anywhere


calmdownplease Says:

a body serve followed by a Volley
Tricky!


calmdownplease Says:

it must be INFURIATING to be cat and moused like that game after game


Margot Says:

@CDP
Was that a split infinitive I saw before me..;)
Lol a body serve, then a volley…verrrryy tricky indeed. Rafa doesn’t know what to expect next!
But a gr8 match for us neutrals.


Daniel Says:

Back at home watcching the macth and got already a noce point. Brown vert pumped up.


Margot Says:

Lol Daniel, verily you write strangely…..


Daniel Says:

Brown serving for third set, 30-0. 2 points away


Margot Says:

And Brown takes the third.
Playing a) very aggressively and
b) apparently nervelessly


Daniel Says:

Wow, he did it. nadal involved on another drama early round match in Wimbledon. If he is to come out of this it will have to be in 5, nothing that he hasn’t done before but also he must be a little bit panicking that he may go out again first week of Wimbledon.

Brown looked very loose this last game and full of belief. Audience loving the match so far what I saw.


Daniel Says:

Lol Margot, some of us never learn how to proper check writing. Usually typing by phone so small letters. will be more careful now:-)


Daniel Says:

Very tense match, all points and they are showing emotions.


Daniel Says:

Wow, he breaks to open fourth set. He already got an amazing return and even so Nadal was able to hold but 2 FH inside out mistakes in a row by Nadal showing that he is nervous. This is the shot that let him down all year.

Let’s see if Brown will hold.


Margot Says:

Suddenly Busting Dustin plays calmly and patiently and breaks!
Rafa just doesn’t know what’s coming.


Daniel Says:

And he holds, 2-0. Now Nadal playing every game to stay alive and wait an opening when set gets closer to end, Brown could feel the pressure of his biggest win of his career anytime.


sienna Says:

Nadal must turn this around. His elite stature is on the line.
Dustin Brown was collapsing in second Nadal gave away this match.

No other player in top 10 would lose to him.


Daniel Says:

He is not giving Nadal any rhythm, with a lot of slices and suddenly spanking the ball, as this last 2 returns.


Daniel Says:

Brown needs 4 more games. Keep serving first in and attacking the net.


Okiegal Says:

Don’t want to sound like Negative Nellie, but my guy Rafa……don’t think he will pull this one out….looking dismal atm….but having said that…VAMOS!!

C’MON Rafa, you’ve been down before!!


Daniel Says:

game, 3 more holds to go, 3-1.


calmdownplease Says:

It looks like Andy’s draw opens up Today
I think when Rafa starts to drop it will be precipitous,rather than the serene fading of old Fed
And that drop might be just around the corner, I’m afraid.
I mean, he was out for longer last time and he came back and won everything and now THIS?
But I hope Fedal hang around long enough for Andy to rebalance the H2H in his favour :)


Okiegal Says:

Rafa forehand….bad today!


Daniel Says:

Hard shot to hit, back hand volley high. 30-30.


calmdownplease Says:

Rafa’s FH is a disaster
Am I actually saying that?!


Hippy Chick Says:

Okie yeah im right with you,im ready for the snarky comments that will no doubt follow the conclusion to this match,just dreading them to be honest,still hes an all time great with 14 GS,thats unfortunatly not the player he was,and it happens to them all….


calmdownplease Says:

this reminds me of `A Clockwork Orange when Alex comes back from reprogramming toothless and even the old tramp kicks his butt (not in any way comparing Dustin to a tramp however)


Daniel Says:

Last game Brown was 15-30 and had a strong return but missed an approach, now was able to take Nadal to deuce. He is creating more chances on Nadal serve than other way. But just one drop or lapse and Nadal can break back. He needs to keep the first serve in and he can close this out, even with another break if he doesn’t go so wild on some returns forcing Nadal to play more.


Hippy Chick Says:

Im pulling for Andy to win it all now,lets go Andy….


calmdownplease Says:

Toni is laughing and giggling
SUCH FUN!

#firetheoldcootrafa


Daniel Says:

Love this movie CDP


Daniel Says:

Another easy hold, this looks like Rosol 2012 fifth set, intense serving and no crumble.


calmdownplease Says:

If THIS deplorable incarnation of Rafa somehow got through to meet Andy (which I seriously doubt)
Andy would have him with some fava beans and a nice chianti
fah fha fha


Josh Says:

Maybe Rafa is at the point in his career when he should look to get a different coach. He can’t afford to be stubborn in trying something new. A fresh pair of eyes might help impove his game and get him back mentally. The way things are going he’ll never win another GS.


Daniel Says:

Love hold by Nadal.

2 more games to go for Brown, but now things got tense by the minute. Brown will see the finish line and this is Nadal only hope for a comeback, even somehow Brown chokes, because right now he looks unshakable.


Hippy Chick Says:

Cannot say i love that movie hated it,violence and gang rape,urgh not nice….


Daniel Says:

Wimbledon would always be tuff for Nadal vis recent results but Aussie, even tough his last title was in 2009 and RG he always has a shot. US open even tough he has 2 titles I think is far off with how he is playing on HC and the amount of players who can play well there.

Indeed right now RG 2016 could be do or die for Nadal.

Brown 1 game away and not showing any signs of letting down


Daniel Says:

0-30, 2 points away. Time to be aggressive Brown, not crazy, controlled aggression.


calmdownplease Says:

Dont be such a grouch HC it was a riot
Milkbars for everyone I say!
esp Rafa, maybe that’s where he can go
Although I personally would want something stronger if i was f***ing up at this level


Daniel Says:

But the concepts and subversion were unique HC, a classic.

Wow, Brown made a squash FH to set MP


Okiegal Says:

@Chick….I dread the aftermath too! You have to be tough to be a Rafa fan! But he gets snarky remarks whether winning or losing. Yes, he’s got 14 and one of the all time greats. I’m favoring Roger to win this thing….just got a gut feeling he will win #18!

This guy is #102 in the world, he will beat Rafa today and you won’t hear anything else about him until he plays Rafa again! Tennis is one crazy mixed up sport…….me thinks!


Daniel Says:

Damm, the ball landed in. He should have killed that smash


calmdownplease Says:

Poor Rafa
But this Brown guy is a talent
I hope he is getting the help he now needs
Imagine if he had become British!


calmdownplease Says:

oooohh that was close


Okiegal Says:

Hope Dustin doesn’t swallow that little ball that’s in his tongue!! Just now noticed that…


calmdownplease Says:

stunning hold
but way too late for a comeback now


calmdownplease Says:

will he choke?
he could you know


calmdownplease Says:

seal is watching!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow. Who expected Rafa to LOSE points from last year’s early exit?


Hippy Chick Says:

Daniel if you like that sort of thing then more power to you,not my cup of tea,dont find ultra violence and gang rape funny,the whole thing is offensive to men and women sorry,anyway big congrats to Dustin Brown very much deserved….


kjb Says:

I thought when Brown didn’t put away that smash on matchpoint on Rafa serve that Rafa was going to come back…..I was wrong. Sorry to all Nadal fans, I really thought he was going to make a run here. But, now my fellow Canadian Vasek has a chance to make a little run here


Hippy Chick Says:

Okie people who have tongue piercings i have noticed slur their speech,i have heard people have also have got septacemia in later life too,theres alot of nerves in ones tongue….


Okiegal Says:

Are there any Brown fans out there? If so, congratulations! He kicked him big time, not once but twice. Let’s see if he can back it up. #102 in the world, so I really doubt it. On to USO….summer will be just about over by that time and then Christmas…..then the Aussie Open….Wow, how time flies when you’re having fun…..Well, on second thought, being a Rafa fan hasn’t been too much fun this year!


Daniel Says:

What a way to finish, with an ace.

Told you since last year, if Nadal wasn’t delivering in Wimby at 26-28 how would he fare at 29 and beyond. Wimbledon is juta out of reach for him, as RG and AO are for Fed.

5 Slams with no title and he now enter a “dark” period where all great champion pass before. The question: will he ever win another Slam is imminent and only time will tell? But he will play 2 more Slams (USO and AO) on HC befoee turning 30 and than it’s only going to get harder.

Indeed Murray more relieved because one potential hard match is gone (Murray lost 3 times to Nadal at Wimbledon) but to me he was favorite to win it regardless.

Now only Tsonga (big if due to his recent injury bit he is playing great) and Berdych can spoil a blockbuster Murray x Fed semis. This is a match I want o see because both play amazing on grass and if both are fully on could be a cracker.


Hippy Chick Says:

Touching to see Rafa and Dustin walking off together,pure class,nice character too….


Daniel Says:

Another player to sustain a 2 win streak over Nadal: Djoko, Wawa, Fognini, Dolgo, Verdasco, Brown. Next could be Murray and Coric;-)


Daniel Says:

Dolgo and Karlovic playig a fifth set now. This could be long


RZ Says:

I like Dustin Brown (had fun watching him at Indian Wells with all his mix of shots), but wow. I was expecting Rafa to win this one in 4.


Hippy Chick Says:

Okie lol no not much fan for Rafa fans this year,but i just enjoy the rest of the summer and my holidays before you wish the rest of the year away….


Daniel Says:

HC, if there is a consolation he got f$&d by the same women he rapes in the film which is kind of an eye for an eye justice. I don’t like extra violence as well prefer sutil (like Seven) but in this case it was part of the narrative. But is not a movie for everybody.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Did I just hear 4th straight year losing to a player outside the top 100? How does a player go from 5 years of STRAIGHT finals (not including one year off) to 4 straight early outs, especially considering he has mostly continued to perform at a high level at other tournaments?


Daniel Says:

Hoping for a Djoko x Stan semis (rematch of RG). That could be tense and Fed x Murray. Would be great to have all top 4 seeds reach semis where any final would be great match up. Stan played Murray tuff before and just beat Fed in straight in Garros. Fed x Djoko rematch of last year or the one most are expecting: Djoko x Murray to see if Murray finally breaks the trend or if Djoko dominance continues. Prefer this match ups than have a Berdych or Raonic in the mix who we know are ready to win Wimbledon now.


Daniel Says:

TV, Nadal is kind of facing law of averages. He should have lost several matches in his 2006-2011 run (to Soderlijg, Youzhny was leadin 2-0 once but got injured etc…). Now is payback, every potential danger player he faced with a big server he lost. The Darcis lost was strange bit Rosol, Brown and Kyrgios last year were oj superv serving day and play a game that doesn’t give any rhythm to Nadal. When Insaw his draw I thought he could have a problem with Troicki and very deep in my mind I thought, well Brown if is in one of those days can still a set, maybe force a fift. But didn’t expect him to lose. Not surprise also.


Hippy Chick Says:

Daniel well im not a fan of Stanley Kubric anyway i find the films all a bit strange to be honest,and although they were violent films i did like Kill Bill 1 and 2,Pulp Fiction,Casino,Goodfellows as i like Tarantino and Scorcesse, just not keen on men who violate womens bodies for pleasure,but good for her that she got her own back….


sienna Says:

check out pre pasport era and post…..


Daniel Says:

Also, he always enteres Wimbledon pumped up by amazing European Clay and he builds on confidence of recent wins. He won a bunchnof matches on his name and mental fortitude, now everybody wants a piece of him. Same happen to Federer.

All players want to beat them and thye know now they are chances are better than never compared to the phase when they were, quoting Federer: “monsters”.


Felipe Says:

Im happy that Nadal is out, not because i hate Nadal or anything, but because the comments he made regarding his past loses in Wimbledon showed zero respect to his fellow colleagues and that despite what he claims, he is not a good loser. He said that in 2012 (Rosol, outplayed) AND 2013 (Darcis, also outplayed) he arrived with health problems (2013, the year in which BEFORE WIMBLEDON he dominated the clay season and AFTER WIMBLEDON he sweeped the american hard court swing), and that last year he played good and that he lost a match that he should have won.
Another year, another second round loss to a journeyman (the new GOAT, 2-0 head to head against Nadal), so, which will be the excuse this time?…can the guy just accept that grass is not suited for him, that almost everybody on any given day can beat him at Queens / Halle / Wimbledon.
Its the fourth consecutive year in which Nadal loses against a player with zero pedigree, and that its not “bad luck / health problems”…its a trend.
Regarding the match, Brown played his aggresive / unortodox game on his best surface, and took advantage of a player who is in absolute denial….who claims tha he is enjoying being on court, that is more confident than a couple of months ago, but once the match gets tight, his nerves beat him. His forehand deserted him again, and thats the fear of losing.
Fo all Nadal fans, lets hope that he gets some confidence back, because he is gonna need it once the hard cour season arrives, and i will not be surprised that (ala Federer 2013) he asks for some wildcards and look for that confidence in Gstaad and Hamburg


Daniel Says:

Pool: what is going to be the score of Jarlovic x Dolgo fift set?! Right now 5-5. I say 9-7 Dolgo😜


the DA Says:

That was spectacular on Dustin’s part. His favorite surface, grass court tactics – it all worked. Not much Rafa could do although there were some uncharacteristic mistakes (especially on BPs where he used to be rock solid). He’s having a year like Muzz’s 2014, only a bit worse. He’s never not made the SF at 4 slams in a row. But I don’t think it’s over, not by a long shot. Remember the last time he took a break and reassessed things?

Anyway, happy for Dustin Brown and just a little sad to see a great champion lose this early.


Daniel Says:

Yeah, HC. Tarantino and Scorcese are masters of using ultraviolence but adding sarcams and a sense of irony that is digestable for us. They do it in a way that is comical and doesn’t shock much, makes you smile after a violent scene.


Daniel Says:

If Karlovic x Dolgo ends today. Karlovic has advantahe of serving first and if Dolgo makes some DF’s and mistakes he can have a window, because he is still serving aces at willanyone knows the record of aces in a fift set match?


Hippy Chick Says:

Actually Rafas losses at W dont surprise me much anymore,even on the two years he won the title he rather laboured through some five setters Petzchner,Hasse,Soda,Gulbis,its two years since he won the USO and admitedly hes two years older,but the irony is hes never struggled at the USO the way he has the last few years at W,time will tell if he does this year?….


Daniel Says:

Nadal didn’t play USO in 2012 and 2014. All last 3 times he played he reached finals agains Novak: won in 10′ and 13′ and lost 11′. Indeed remains to be seen if he can delivera once again in USO. Rught bow he should focus on getting back to top 8 bedore USO to avoid facing a seed in R16.
Matbe he should enter another tourney prior to Canada/Cincy.


Emily Says:

Thought it would be a tough match for Rafa since Dustin seems to love the grass, but still a surprise. I saw Dustin at the US Open against Tomic, and the Aussie just rolled over him. Didn’t see most of the match, but w/o that forehand, it’s going to be tough for Rafa. Not shocked to see that dustin went to the net so often, but 99 times in 4 sets! Perfect game plan against a lot of players these days.

Murray has a great draw now to get to the semis, but he’ll probably have to face Roger. Hard to tell who has the upper hand there.

Have to say watching this Rafa press conference is a little heartbreaking, doesn’t seem like he’s quite processed everything. Getting asked a lot of tough questions, seems very disappointed


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Stupidest, most insulting questions being lobbed at Rafa. Every reporter asking after each other, How bad does it feel to do so bad year after year?

Come on guys. New question!

Good answer by Rafa “I am a good loser.”


Daniel Says:

47 aces Karlovic. He will pass Fed’s 50 2009 final pretty soon.


Daniel Says:

Forgot about the Isner Mahut match, both crossed 100 aces.

Thibk there will be more 30-40 min and match resume tomorrow.


Felipe Says:

Nadal: “I am a good loser.” No, he is not. Before this WImbledon he explained any of his 3 previous loses, and gave ZERO credit to his opponents, citing the first two as “arriving not 100%, with health problems” and the third implying that bad luck prevented him, beacause he lost a match that he SHOULD HAVE WON.


Hippy Chick Says:

I dont know exactly what hes supposed to say like yay i lost,so hes a sore loser?big deal so are alot of players,i would rather he was a sore loser than a happy loser,we have a saying here in Britain show me a good loser and ill show you a loser….


Jock-KatH Says:

Okiegal – don’t despair re. Rafa, Murray fans have had a tough 18 months – as Andy’s sky is brightening, so will Rafa’s…(he has very few points to protect this year – he will rise quickly) .

Daniel – A Berdych win at Wimbledon? Really? How will he win? What, if anything, new, can he bring to the Court?


Daniel Says:

Jock-KatH, that is what I don;t want, Berdy win. That’s why I don;t want him to have one of those days and maybe beat Fed, although I think it is not going to happen.

I don’t want anymore upsets because I think the top 4 would provide us very entertaining semis and finals, which ever way.

The top 4 had convincing wins together with Tsonga and Berdy, so this are the in form right now. Other top 10 are out (ferrer, Nadal and key), Raonic won a tense one and Dimi is just Dimi.
Cilic is a big question mark but playing 5 sets early on is not good prospect. So I hope for Top 4 seed semis.


Okiegal Says:

@Jock…..yeah thanks! The fans in all fan bases have gone through tough times. I hope Andy wins! He’s my number 2 fav.

@Chick….I composed a retort to Felipe and decided to delete it. What’s the use? Rafa answers their stupid questions with his thoughts and feelings about the loss and gets criticized and crucified. Not possible for him to do or say anything right according to some………

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