The Best Day In Tennis! Djokovic, Federer, Murray In Action Plus Serena v Venus At Wimbledon On Monday
by Sean Randall | July 5th, 2015, 6:57 pm
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After the day of rest comes one of the best days on the tennis calendar, that’s because Wimbledon plays the entire men’s and women’s fourth round (16 matches) on the second Monday per tradition. And not surprisingly, the schedule isn’t short on star power.

There’s Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and headlining the day is Chapter 26 in the Williams sisters rivalry.

But before Serena-Venus, I’ll start with the men’s matches.

No. 1 Novak Djokovic v No. 14 Kevin Anderson
Defending champion Novak looked arguably the best of anyone the first week, and he’s beaten Anderson four straight times winning nine sets in a row since the South African took him down in Miami way back in 2008 when Novak laid an egg!

“I think he is probably playing the tennis of his life all in all,” Djokovic said on Anderson. “He’s reached the highest ranking now in his career. He keeps on going forward. I think he improved his movement and his game from the baseline. He always had a very good serve. I think it’s going to be a game of very small margins that will be decided by a few points. So I need to be able to get as many returns back in play.:

I could see Kevin getting a set with that serve of his and with the form his is in, but little else. Novak’s been too tough this season against the lesser guys.
The pick: Djokovic in 4

No. 2 Roger Federer v No. 20 Roberto Bautista Agut
Maybe on hardcourts I’d consider this a danger match, not on grass. Bautista Agut does hit the ball flat, which can create problems for opponents on quicker surfaces, but the Spaniard just doesn’t have a real major weapon that Federer has to worry about. And Roger’s in too good a serving groove right now. Unless Roger’s shanks return, he should like this draw.
The pick: Federer in 3

No. 3 Andy Murray v No. 23 Ivo Karlovic
Both guys come into this one playing some of their best tennis. Murray, we know about. He’s won Wimbledon, won the gold, and since getting married he’s only lost once.

Ivo, though, has got his serve-and-volley game in rhythm. The big guy beat Tomas Berdcyh in Halle behind 45 aces and yesterday JW Tsonga cracked 41. Those are two very good wins on the grass and his ace count is extraordinary.

“Obviously he served extremely well this tournament,” Murray said. “A couple matches here where he served over 40 aces. In Halle, as well, he served I think the record for three sets with his match with Berdych. Extremely tough match. I’ll need to be very sharp on my returns and, you know, try and find a way to get as many of his serves back in play as possible and see what happens. But it’s obviously a very, very tricky match.”

Murray’s won all five with Ivo, but they’ve played a lot of breakers. Like they did in 2011, Murray’s return and wit gets him through the Karlovic gauntlet.
The pick: Murray in 4

No. 4 Stan Wawrinka v No. 16 David Goffin
Boy is Stan got the confidence. He ripped through the first week in a blink without dropping serve, and starts the second with a good draw in David Goffin.

“He is really talented player,” Wawrinka said Friday. “He love the grass. Has amazing backhand, returning well. He’s dangerous because he like to stay on the line, playing really fast. We’ll see how I’ll have to play my game to be aggressive, serving well, mix a lot, making him going back a little bit.”

The Belgian is indeed a talent, but just doesn’t have the weaponry in my mind to stop Stan. Not when the Swiss is in full flight like he is.
The pick: Stan in 3

No. 6 Tomas Berdych v No. 12 Gilles Simon
Somewhat surprisingly Simon has given Berdych ample trouble, leading 6-4. But most of those wins came last decade. These days Berdych seems to be a better, more consistent player. And on grass I like his firepower over the defensive, counterpunching play from the Frenchman.

That said, Simon knows how to beat him and Berdych doesn’t forget. But Simon’s never done it on grass.
The pick: Berdych in 5

No. 21 Richard Gasquet v No. 26 Nick Kyrgios
Last year Gasquet choked not one but NINE matchpoints losing in five sets to Nick Kyrgios. And a new star was born…

Now the Frenchman gets a shot to make it right. Can he do it? This is maybe the toughest match of the day to call.

“Of course it’s revenge,” Gasquet said Friday after whipping Grigor Dimitrov once again. “I played him this year in final in Estoril but it was on clay. It’s much different. Of course last year, even if I lost, it was a match we never forget, me and him. And for sure because it was his first match he won against a good player, I was top 10, and me, when you are losing with nine match points it’s very difficult.”

Nick is the new Mr. Excitement. The kid you either love or hate, like a new Andre Agassi. Very flamboyant, very raw and very unpredictable. He’s like an Australian Monfils.

Gasquet knows Monfils and he knows Kyrgios. And after a very tidy first week of play, I think Gasquet gets his revenge and puts out the Kyrgios flame.
The pick: Gasquet in four

No. 9 Marin Cilic v (WC) Denis Kudla
I really did think Marin Cilic was a flash in the pan when he won the US Open last year, but I’m starting to turn the corner on him. After a shoulder injury sidelined Cilic earlier this year, he’s been a decent player, and with his size he can be quite formidable when he catches fire like he did in New York.

The 105th-ranked Kudla should be a walkover but I think the American who’s really been playing well on grass scrapes out a set. Cilic, though, has too much game.
The pick: Cilic in four

No. 22 Viktor Troicki v Vasek Pospisil
Another tough match-up with two really good servers on the grass. The Canadian won the Wimbledon doubles title last year with Jack Sock and he’s got a lot of game. I think just Troicki has more, and he has more experience (albeit Viktor’s choked a lot of matches).

So I’ll go with the Serb here.
The pick: Troicki in five

Wrapping up the first week, when you take into account the season to date, there really weren’t many surprises. Rafael Nadal just hasn’t been the same guy, and based on his recent Wimbledon history I don’t think anyone was picking him to win the title.

Semifinalists from a year ago, Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic, both lost. Dimitrov has hit that “ceiling” while Raonic is coming off foot surgery.

And the guys who have been playing well like Federer, Karlovic, Djokovic, Murray, etc., are still around.

As for my picks, I think I’m still leaning Murray over Novak. I think Roger could very well get clipped by Berdych – Roger’s had a really nice draw to this point. And if it stays warm and dry, that should help Stan who also has a nice draw.

In the women’s draw, with all the upsets it would seem the winner of the Williams sisters match would have the inside track to the title.

Serena escaped – as she always does these days – on Friday against Heather Watson. Venus, who gave eventual winner Petra Kvitova all she could handle and more in a tough 3-setter last year – looked strong the first week.

But this is a strange dynamic. Does older sis really want to stop Serena’s bid for history? This isn’t Montreal or Dubai, either. There is some serious history on the line and I don’t think Venus will want to play spoiler here.

So Serena wins in three.

Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska and French Open finalist Lucie Safarova are also part of what should be a fun day of tennis.

ESPN will have full coverage in the U.S.

MONDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Venus Williams (USA) [16]
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) [23] v Andy Murray (GBR) [3]
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [20] v Roger Federer (SUI) [2]

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
Maria Sharapova (RUS) [4] v Zarina Diyas (KAZ)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [4] v David Goffin (BEL) [16]
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Kevin Anderson (RSA) [14]

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM
Richard Gasquet (FRA) [21] v Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [26]
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [5] v Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [20]
Tomas Berdych (CZE) [6] v Gilles Simon (FRA) [12]


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314 Comments for The Best Day In Tennis! Djokovic, Federer, Murray In Action Plus Serena v Venus At Wimbledon On Monday

Brando Says:

Cannot really find much disagreeable with what you say Sean except for 1 thing:

Kyrgios is no monfils.

I think Nick wants to win, is ambitious, naturally confident and has weapons that are generally dependable, i.e. huge serve, FH and power game.

Sure he likes to entertain the crowd: but like McEnroe in the past he’s serious about winning.

I think he beats Gasquet.

He wants it more than Richard, has the game to blow Gaquet off the court, is the stronger for me mentally and he won last year. He’s more experienced right now also with another year under his belt.

I think Nick get’s the win, although IF Gasquet stays strong mentally he could win since it seems like he’ll be desperate for some form of revenge after last year.


Wog Boy Says:

“(albeit Viktor’s choked a lot of matches)”

Not wrong with that, but by watching him in Sydney and Melbourne I had a feeling that he matured (particularly after experience with suspension) more serious and relaxed on court, he plays good and steady tennis week in week out, most importantly, he has coach that is capable of making him feel relaxed no matter how bad (or good) situation on court is. What ever is outcome of the match I am very happy for Viktor, this time last year he was #800 plus, now he is top 20 and can go only up, great and brave effort from 29 years old Serbian who was all but written off two years ago, maybe, just maybe he deserves thread :)


Mary Says:

Gasquet, Troicki


ckr Says:

Kyrgios will probably beat Gasquet in straight sets. Way too much power.


Daniel Says:

Agree about Kyrgios as well, think he gets the win. And acrually he will have a good shot against Wawa as well.


Wog Boy Says:

All depends if Kyrgios is going to have a sex before the match or no, no?
ATM he is having a problem to fulfill his promise to Tomic that if Tomic doesn’t play DC for Australia he won’t either, and Tomic has been expelled from Australian DC team for his outburst against Tennis Australia and Pat Rafter after the match with Nole. Kyrgios is quiet so far about Tomic issue, but he’ll say something, I am sure.


Tennisfan Says:

^http://m.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/wimbledon/wimbledon-2015-nick-kyrgios-confirms-davis-cup-availability-20150705-gi5pq8.html


Tennisfan Says:

Yeah I already read about that, I was skeptical about Tomic’s claim since he’s not the most reliable person, but who knows; since Nick acts brash like that quite often. Regardless, I was hoping Kyrgios would be smart and play for the Australian team. He has too much talent to waste it for an entitled brat like Tomic.


Tennisfan Says:

Oh just read your second link, well not surprising that the Tomic’s lied yet again. That father really is disgraceful, and unfortunately his behaviour has rubbed off on Bernard :/


Wog Boy Says:

Tennisfan, agree, I just love what John Newcombe said in the video in the last link I posted about playing for Australia, just love John Newcombe, legend.


jane Says:

it’s interesting that australian tennis federation just dumped him like that from DC play for the criticism. nadal has been pretty vocal in his recent criticisms of the spanish tennis federation but they haven’t dumped him.

i am not saying i know much about either scenario (i don’t), or who is right or wrong, but it’s just an interesting contrast to note.


Wog Boy Says:

jane,

Trust me, they had enough of him, this was just last straw, they were given what no young player was given in the last ten years in Australia.


FedExpress Says:

Venus will let her younger sister win so that she can complete the serena slam first. Cant see her spoiling the party.


sienna Says:

Second time even after showing their form that you picked Berdych over Federer.
It can but more likely it will not.


sienna Says:

because thats what those people do. Isnt it Fedexpress?


Michael Says:

I have to agree with most of Sean picks except that I feel Krygios will get the better of Gasquet !!

As regards Andy Vs Karlovic, it is a very tough and tricky match for Andy and the danger for him stems from the way Karlovic serves. If he serves brilliantly as he is doing in this tournament, then that might lead to tie break where anything can happen ? But considering the H2H where Andy has an overwhelming dominance, we can go with Andy. But still Karlovic might surprise !!


Jock-KatH Says:

More or less agree with Sean:

Nole v Anderson – Doubt Nole will need 4.
Cilic ditto – 3.
Agree with Michael: Kygrios will beat Gasquet.

And the real scary one: Andy v Karlovic (I can only hope Sean is correct).


sienna Says:

lets hope for incredible service violence by Ivo! He deserves his major upset at a slam age 36.

lets pray for tennis Gods that he aces the heck out of Murray Mania.


sienna Says:

besides it is much harder for Dr Ivo because his concentration cannot waver for 1 seconde.
he needs to pull the trigger every time.


FedExpress Says:

@sienna

sean thinks so too ;)


sienna Says:

meanwhile Kyrgios is still in bed. His mom better kick him to school.
but atm Gasquet does just that.


calmdownplease Says:

`lets pray for tennis Gods that he aces the heck out of Murray Mania…`

Whats the matter Sienna?
Surely Muzz 0 & 1 has N & O chance against the Federator, should they meet?
hehehe


brando Says:

Lmao: looks like sienna dear fears Murray. But I thought he was loose change honey? Someone totally irrelevant to have a care about?worrisome much about a possible SF meeting?LOL your a delightful tool!


calmdownplease Says:

Please everyone!
Karlovic might snatch a set if he plays his best but that’s probably it
Andy is not far off having one of the best ROS of all time
It will be alright.
I’ve let Andy off the hook for the shoulder thing It wasn’t the same as his usual concentration breaks, there was a physical issue
Otherwise, we were looking at the absolute MASSACRE of a good grass player who made a recent Halle final with a 2 2 and 1
Andy will be very, very tough to beat if (when) he gets through Karlo who is actually good practice for his return game AND his concentration.
Although a TB might come in handy for old Karlo
Whatever it takes :)


FedExpress Says:

Venus playing like expected. Like shiitttt


brando Says:

Gasquet 2 set to 0 up and just loses 3rd 9-7 in breaker. Surely Richard cannot choke again and lose from a seemingly commanding position? Surely not.


FedExpress Says:

Venus just retire


Okiegal Says:

FedExpress……just retire….


FedExpress Says:

Quite astonishing how many GS serena won after henin, mauresmo and kom retired compared to before. Playing only mental midgets.azarenka and heather choked at fo and wimby.


sienna Says:

federator only problems are the big service dudes.

he would have no problems facing the pusher. That would be easy because Federer does everything better then Murray.


sienna Says:

yeah so great that the cheater lost.


FedExpress Says:

Happy for gasquet. Kyrgios had set point to make the 5th but DFed and DFed agaij on MP. Unluke last year hawk eye couldnt rescue him this time
Didnt richi waste also MPs against wawa at the french in 2013?


Daniel Says:

Wow, Sean was right. Kyrgios making 2 double faults in tiebreak after leading 6-4, one on set point and one on MP down. Imagine if he won this breaker, Gasquet would carzy havig MP before again but in the end he gets his revenge.

Now duel of BH in quarter with Wawrinka as I can’t see Wawa losing.

Pospsil won after 2 sets down over Troicki.

Damm, today is becamimg an intense day on mens side, will we see an upset coming?!


calmdownplease Says:

`he would have no problems facing the pusher..`

Typical Fe*t*rd lingo
So no surprises there then
yaaawwwnnn…


calmdownplease Says:

And what, pray tell, was big serving
about Seppi, Wawrinka, Djokovic etc and so on etc?


Wog Boy Says:

jane,

Congrats, your man won and my choked.


Wog Boy Says:

“yeah so great that the cheater lost.”

You are wrong, Cilic (who tested positive) is yet to lose.


calmdownplease Says:

:)

Ah yes Cilic
The second most amazing player in the galaxy….
Not


calmdownplease Says:

Hate to state the obvious, but Karlovic’s movement is terrible


Okiegal Says:

Yeah, movement gets slower as we get older….I know this for a fact! Lol


calmdownplease Says:

well, he’s getting a few back at least
Its a good returning day so far
Kinda having some early chances, best take them soon however


calmdownplease Says:

also when you are technically a giant it can add an extra disadvantage
he looks like a large giraffe negotiating an ice rink after a few too many
Andy is passing him with ease which is good.


jane Says:

congrats to POPSICLE! so happy for vasek! :)

thanks wog boy; poor viktor.

kudos to sean for the gasquet pick!


calmdownplease Says:

Andy is not moving in for the Karlovic 2nd serve
Don’t blame him either!


calmdownplease Says:

Poor Victor?
That was a shameful choke after being 2 sets ahead tsk
But congrats Jane anyway :)


jane Says:

well i feel sorry for people when they choke, hence “poor”.

(but vasek still had to win 3 sets in a row. )


Giles Says:

Allez Reeshard, thanks for taking out the trash!


jane Says:

karlovic not too successful at the net today is he.


calmdownplease Says:

he’s like a tennis playing `Ent`


Jeez Says:

Karlovic 4-2 with mini break !!!


calmdownplease Says:

one false move now and….


Jeez Says:

5 SET points saved by Karlovic

6-6 in TIE BREAK !!!


Jeez Says:

No: 6 saved with an ACE!!


calmdownplease Says:

he doesnt have to break him for a game he can get 2 points FF and S!


Jeez Says:

Missed a volley !!

7th SET point to Murray..


Daniel Says:

Well, this set was tense. Murray first serve deserted him in tiebreak and finally after 7 set points he was able to close the set.
Now he gives a bog step because unless Karlovic wins three tiebreaks he is not breaking Murray in a possible fifth set. Karlovic chance was to pull another Tsonga and win 3 out of 4 sets.


Jeez Says:

Lucky for Murray that Karlovic has no return even on his POOR 2nd serve !!!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow, congrats to Popsicle! You too Jane! I hate to admit, I’ve never seen more than a few points out of his matches over the years, I’ll have to check him out now. Another Canadian making a final 8 at Wimbledon.


Daniel Says:

Expect Murray to win in 3 now. Eventually he will break Karlovic, he has a lot of return winners already.

Another game with BP and he breaks.


calmdownplease Says:

`Lucky for Murray that Karlovic`

hehe
First there is shock & denial
Then there is pain and grief
And then
Actually i want that one to stick
:)


calmdownplease Says:

Karlovic can’t play tennis!
He can serve and that’s your lot


Tennis Vagabond Says:

FedExpress, your racism is unappreciated on this board. It also blinds you to tennis truths because you are so desperate to disparage a black player. So your comments are worthless as well as bigoted.


calmdownplease Says:

Get in there!
So, can Ivo do it in 5?
Only if Giraffes can fly
Congrats to Andy


sienna Says:

Serena 8-6 h2h against henin.

Now how about Graf back winning Gaziljon slams after stabbing of her rival.
Graf was done winning against Seles all but the knife.


FedExpress Says:

TV i dont care. I dont like her and her antics. If things dont go well she starts crying (2012 french), fist pumping,screaming and jumping like crazy after every point. Sorry but that is not how champions behave.


sienna Says:

Murray pulling aan Djokivic. Praising opponent who is already in the ropes.
nice.


calmdownplease Says:

Ivo is a nice guy but his tennis is terrible and must NEVER win…


Daniel Says:

Set point Karlovic, Murray break a cord and had to serve second serve with new racquet


sienna Says:

Dr Ivo is in the match. What a fighter!


Daniel Says:

Damm, deep return and Karlovic does the unthinkable, break Murray on a verge of a tiebreak.

Will start serving first fourth set. Now an extra pressure to Murray who will have to be even more careful with his service games and play another set. Maybe this way Karloci can make more aces and gets closer to Ivanisevic count;-)


FedExpress Says:

Oh yes ivo. Let the haters hate. U broke him.


Skeezer Says:

“Karlovic can’t play tennis!”
The guy who “can’t play tennis” just took a set off your fav.

Gas tweeted how he has Nicks’ back and in is a great guy off the court ( fyi for the Nick haters ).


Daniel Says:

Simon broke Berdy and Cilic is about to lose second set.


jane Says:

thanks tennisvagabond; vasek is pretty great. disappointed that the wimbledon schedulers put him on again, with only 1 match in between the two, for doubles. this really makes it difficult for the defending champs, popsicle & sock, to do well. indeed they’re behind versus murray & peers right now. : / sock also has a broken finger though, so that doesn’t help matters.


calmdownplease Says:

`The guy who “can’t play tennis” just took a set off your fav…`

So what?
I did (now pay attention)say that he `can serve`
And my goodness he’s got a monster serve on a grass court
The winner of this is never in doubt, however.


calmdownplease Says:

I’m just laughing at all the Feddites here
PRAYING THAT IVO WILL TAKE OUT MURRAY FOR THEM
So transparent


sienna Says:

Si Murray actually got 2 chances to win that breakpoint. Miss by karlovic and when that didnot fall a hawkeye challenge.

Surely there are rules?


Giles Says:

Just noticed heading which is incorrect. Joker is not playing today MONDAY!!


sienna Says:

calmdown dude. Federer will steamroller the scot.


jane Says:

kyrgios is playing mixed doubles with keys. they just went up a break.


Skeezer Says:

Cdp,
? Much rather Fed play Murray than this scary dude. Bring it.


calmdownplease Says:

I didn’t realise Kyrgios was so unpopular
I like him


calmdownplease Says:

Yeah Right, sure you do!
BRING IT INDEED


Giles Says:

Nick the trash kid from ozzieland fined £160,000. Is that all ?


FedExpress Says:

yep, fed is scared of murray.

Nov 13, 2014 London 6-0 6-1

yep, fed is scared


calmdownplease Says:

6-0 6-1?
hehe
You and Sienna should put that one in a frame move in together and have some serious mast8rbating over it ;-)


andres Says:

STan through in three tight sets. Next is Gasquet, that should be a nice one, the duel of the one handed backhands.


calmdownplease Says:

loving the lobs :)


FedExpress Says:

berdych major disappointment so far. thought he could have been the ideal test for fed.


calmdownplease Says:

Phew what a horrendously fraught occasion
Andy played some great points to get around and and over (!) somebody straight out of a circus
Well done!


Skeezer Says:

Congrats Murray. Well done Sir! Lob Master!


calmdownplease Says:

And he only has to face Popsillil in the next round, so that’s a 3 setter there for ya
(sorry Jane)


jane Says:

what the heck is happening to berdych?!


andres Says:

Whats with Berdych been schooled by Simon?


Felipe Says:

Federer must beat first Bautista Agut…and if Simon can finish the job, dont forget that he is not a pushover, and his counterpushing tennis is amazing.


Okiegal Says:

Moderators…..where are you??


Brando Says:

Thankfully Andy got the job done!

He needs to improve mentally!

I think he’s playing well but there are the mental lapses present and against quality opponents like Federer and Novak he will get punished.

For me that’s the key with Andy now in this event:

How will be upstairs.

So far he has disappointed me badly on that front in the last match v seppi and today. Lapses in concentration, easily getting agitated and he ends up losing sets.

Because he knows he’s better than the oppponets so far he can get away with it. But against Djokovic or Federer:

He will get punished big time!

He needs to cut out the tantrums and mental lapses, since IF he does: he can lift another trophy. IF he stays as he is: he’ll come up short.

It’s ON Andy and he needs to sort it out for me otherwise he will rue another chance he’s blown!


calmdownplease Says:

`Federer must beat first Bautista Agut`

mmm Im thinking he’ll pull that one off somehow

Something noted and noticeable; 74% FS for Andy
A VERY good sign at this stage…..


calmdownplease Says:

The Seppi incident was partly the result of a shoulder issue (cramp)
Losing concentration to a MONSTER serving bombs at you for hours is perfectly understandable and could have happened to anyone
Including fed/Novak
He’ll not lose concentration against Federer he rarely does (although he might get nervous instead)
I also don’t think he’ll wilt this time against Novak
He took him to 5 before it happened on clay
This time it will be to the bitter end (if it happens)
I actually don’t `feel` he’s going to win yet.
But we shall see, his progress has been impressive to me at least


Giles Says:

Sorry.my bad for my earlier post. Joker is playing today. Just shows how much attention I pay to his name! Lol


calmdownplease Says:

`Moderators…..where are you??`

They’re with me Okiegal
Laughing at your bible belt charm and your southern sensibilities….


sienna Says:

wtf are they doing? BBC.
federator playing already and we are watching that old fart…


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow, who had Giles pencilled in their QF draw?
I had been hoping for a real shake up at the top of tennis for a long time, yet I’m excited to see the re-establishment of 3/4 of the Big Four plus Stan as Slam in, Slam out contenders, if not lock-down semifinalists. Looks like there is no great ‘hope’ in the second week this year. No Raonic or Kyrgios or Dmitrov that we might imagine to be making history, making the first breakthrough of Grand Slam careers.
We have the 3/4 and Stan and the also-rans. (Cilic could upset this storyline, but I don’t see it happening).


FedExpress Says:

wow federer. what an own goal. whole court open. short ball. net


FedExpress Says:

how has simon never reached a QF of a GS?


jane Says:

popsicle looks utterly spent. :/


FedExpress Says:

break federer


calmdownplease Says:

`popsicle looks utterly spent. :/

Did he start melting?


FedExpress Says:

loving how fed cracks his forehand today. sweet sound


calmdownplease Says:

The B Gut dude is clearly hoping `he’s the one`


jane Says:

a federer vs murray semi-final looks inevitable. can’t see simon or popsicle playing spoilers.


FedExpress Says:

break simon


FedExpress Says:

anderson starting to choke now. never was amazed by his serve. considering his height its pretty weak and vulnerable


jane Says:

cdp, he’s played singles and doubles obviously, and in singles two tough 5 set battles in row.

schedulers might’ve been kinder and tried to put vasek/sock on court 3 later, after cilic. but nope. no such luck for the defending champs.

that’s one of the problems of playing singles and doubles: both sock and pospisil could be strong singles players but they’re obviously great at doubles too.


Emily Says:

This manic Monday has led to some manic posting. Heard about Nick’s antics and he just seems to be getting worse. I’m sorry, but these are the actions of a sore loser and I’m glad Richard kept it together and won that match. That’s a pretty hefty fine though.

Murray looked a little wobbly today, but that’s understandable considering he was playing Ivo. He looked much more positive at the end, but I wonder if the shoulder will be a real issue if he comes up against Roger?

Glad Stan got through in straights, but he hasn’t been playing his best tennis. Could be a challenge against an in form Gasquet, but hoping he cuts down on the unforced errors and uses his power to control the match. Staying under the radar always helps him, but there would be a lot of interest in a Nole semi.


FedExpress Says:

berdych is done


Jeez Says:

WOAH !!!

19 minutes 1st SET from Federer


Brando Says:

Damn:

Just saw some of Kyrgios’s antics in Gasquet match, what is he on?

He needs to lock in mentally since he’s got a lot of talent but he’s wayward mentally to say the least. And some of what he does is REALLY not on.

He was booed at one point in the match since he was playing a game barely giving a care to the point. Walking to the other side even before he’s finished making contact with the ball!

He seems like an attention seeker to me: as long as he’s got that anyhow, he’s happy. Needs to get a grip!


calmdownplease Says:

Don’t worry Jane he’ll soon have much more time for his doubles run after Wednesday
Tired or not he wasn’t getting through Andy I don’t think.
Surprised by Berdych, looks like Dani shall be searching for a new job soon.


FedExpress Says:

the princess already crying


Jeez Says:

And Djokovic – Anderson match is @ 5-5 after starting 10 minutes earlier than Federer – Batista agut match!!!


jane Says:

is berdych injured or something? anyone watching that match? wow.


FedExpress Says:

cilic into the QF

quite consistent at the slams

WIM QF 2014
US OPEN WINNER
AO SKIPPED
FO 4th round
now again Wim QF


calmdownplease Says:

Wow, Just two of Novak’s titles have been on grass
And happen to be the only ones you really need!
Not a natural grass court player but then so WHAT?


jatin Says:

Fed is yet to be broken in the tournament so far ‘)
Just loving what I am seeing.


the_mind_reels Says:

Federer is playing a very clean match so far. One of the things that’s troubled him in more recent years is consistency across a tournament, so it will be interesting to see if he keeps the fine form from the first week here. The quick start today would suggest he may.

A quiet but meaningful pair of stats this week: through the first set of today’s match, Federer is averaging less than 3 unforced errors per SET, and his average match differential of winners to unforced errors is +28. Phenomenal stuff.


FedExpress Says:

masterclass from fed so far


calmdownplease Says:

Simon is moving really well
Not a bad grass player really


jatin Says:

On the sidenote.
STAN THE MAN is through. Members of big 4. Beware.


FedExpress Says:

gilles is thorugh


Daniel Says:

Suddenly Fed and Murray draw open up. Their semis clash is imminent now.

Curiois to see how Sienna and cdp will behave after that match😜


van orten Says:

The return of Anderchoke ?!;)


Daniel Says:

Can’t see Simon beating Fed (who os in great form) on grass. He may get a set but 3, only if Fed has an off day for the ages.


Emily Says:

Simon w/ the upset. Was keeping my eye on the match and Berdych was not playing well. Gilles was just being his consistent self, but playing much better than he did against Monfils.


Brando Says:

Federer v Murray looks pretty much set in stone!

Right now I would give Fed the edge should they meet:

- Better serving
- Better mental stability

Those are 2 major pluses for him if you ask me.


FedExpress Says:

nasty fall


Daniel Says:

Missing matches now. Want to know Fed and Djoko forms


FedExpress Says:

SP anderson

lahayani calling the queen


calmdownplease Says:

Simon and Fed will go to 5
He’s always caused him problems and his playing
Today was on song.
I still can’t believe how easily he brushed aside Berdych.


Jeez Says:

Does the Seppi trick work for Batista Agut ?
:-)


calmdownplease Says:

has B Agut ever played on grass before?
He seems really out of sorts on this surface


Jeez Says:

SET point

Anderson !!!


FedExpress Says:

another set point for anderson. now on his serve


Jeez Says:

ACE !!!

7-6 to Anderson


jane Says:

federer versus murray will be good.
12 vs 11 head-to-head
fed’s won the last 3 but all were in 2014
and fed has the lead 4-1 at slams
but they’ve exchange the last two slam matches
and they are 1-1 on best of 5 on grass.

——————————-

nole lost set one. :’( double faulted to give anderson set point.


calmdownplease Says:

Novak drops the set
Anderson was looking good at Queens so no great surprise.


FedExpress Says:

so wawa and fed the only one without dropping a set so far.


Daniel Says:

Djoko losing tiebreak. Now his match became interesting, Anderson is having a steady year and can produce the upset.

But Djoko retunr tend to get better as themacth progresses so he will find a way.


Brando Says:

How the f-ck did nole lose that tie break?

Tuned out when he 3-1 up thinking this one’s done, moving on!


FedExpress Says:

nole wawa
fed murray

what a SF line up that would be. first match kind of revenge. second one the great one against the home hero. wow


calmdownplease Says:

Er Fed has dropped a set
Were you sleeping and dreaming of 18?


FedExpress Says:

cdp, u r right. was dreaming. that TB never happened for me


Jeez Says:

In SET 1 Djokovic won 43 points against 42 for Anderson!!


Emily Says:

Anderson has been in good form, but Novak has had some odd tie breaks this year. Has to disrupt Kevin’s rhythm if he wants to get that break, but he usually figures out how to deal w/ these big servers


FedExpress Says:

that FH from fed is just a genius shot


calmdownplease Says:

Poor B agut
There’s simply noting there….


calmdownplease Says:

Federer has had absolutely no resistance in this tournament whatsoever!
You can say it because he was `sublime` ect
Or you could say that his opposition has been cr*p
I’ll be diplomatic and say maybe a bit of both?
Anyway, the best thing Simon could do for him is to play very well on Wednesday
But not too well of course.


sienna Says:

Raul wishing he was in golden swing.

just kidding.. He is decent hardcourt player.


calmdownplease Says:

As Simon is like a mini-me version of Andy really
A very mini version.


sienna Says:

Boris should have watched Anderson play not Murray…..


FedExpress Says:

simon beat murray this year so


RZ Says:

Under the radar with all of today’s matches is that Lleyton Hewitt has played his last Wimbledon match. Lost both in the men’s doubles and mixed doubles today.


FedExpress Says:

BPs for anderson


Daniel Says:

This second set will be a dangerous one for Djoko, he is serving second and from 3-4 down oneards he has to be carefull in all his service games to avoid a break. If he goes 2-0 down he can get frustrated similar to what happen in French Open final when once he lost second ser he kind of collapsed and couldn’t play hos best anymore, together with Wawa supreme form.

Ideal for him is get a break and relief. Anderson just won a deuce game and the longer it takes for Djoko to break the more tense he can be. Delicate mate now.


sienna Says:

it soon will be over for Anderson…


calmdownplease Says:

Murray was getting beaten by EVERYONE earlier this/last year
Even Simon whom he had beaten 12 times in a row could pull it off
Up until recently however when he became Andy Murray gain
As you will see :)


FedExpress Says:

break anderson 3-1


jane Says:

nole is flatter than a pancake, playing awful.
just broken in set 2.
argh, can’t watch anymore.


Daniel Says:

Anderson just broke. Damm, can’t believe Djoko is going down today.


andres Says:

Anderson breaks, now this is interesting. I’m not watching, whats up with Nole?


calmdownplease Says:

Anderson looks very determined here
Maybe the unthinkable will be a Novak upset
Still early days however.


FedExpress Says:

FO messed up noles mind


Jeez Says:

So Simon Aka MINI ME of Austin Powers then who is

MURRAY ???

Lol !!


FedExpress Says:

btw anderson owns wawrinka


Emily Says:

Novak needs to stand further back to return that serve b/c he’s not getting into Kev’s service games


FedExpress Says:

hope murray and fed play the semis IF nole gets out.
last time nole went out before the finals i thought fed would win the USO. hope he doesnt do the mistake again and collapses against opponents he owns


FedExpress Says:

break back nole

wow. anderson choking already


calmdownplease Says:

Well it looks like maybe Wawrinka does compete for the channel slam after all if this is all Novak wants to bring to the table
Missing easy BH and the like
But he BREAKS!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed putting on a display. Nobody looks like him on grass. Exhillerating, and always unique.

He doesn’t seem to be coming forward as much this year. If I recall correctly, he was using the net a LOT last year. I think someone showed Novak with more net points through three rounds.


van orten Says:

Anderchoke is back…


FedExpress Says:

some of the returns were just lucky from nole


Daniel Says:

He gotthe break back. Uff


Brando Says:

Anderson has serious choking record himself.

Cannot see him beating Novak at all.


calmdownplease Says:

`some of the returns were just lucky from nole`

Like those 2 against Fed at the USO?


FedExpress Says:

fed wasting BPs as usual


FedExpress Says:

what a choke from fed on MPs


FedExpress Says:

Victory


FedExpress Says:

how lucky has been nole with some of his shots


FedExpress Says:

SP anderson

weak approach


Jeez Says:

SET point for 2-0 SET lead

Anderson!!


Jeez Says:

SAVED!!

Another one also saved!!


Jeez Says:

2nd SET

TIE BREAK !!!


FedExpress Says:

anderson choking

0-2 down


courbon Says:

Jane-Could not agree more. He should open pancake stand in Wimby courtyard for the rest of the tournament because he is loosing today.


FedExpress Says:

so many return on line from nole


brando Says:

Lol some Federer fans seem overly desperate to see Novak lose today. Calm down.


Daniel Says:

5-2 Djoko. If he close this ser atart serving third. He will be relieed to finally be up in the match where he is surviving.

We’ve seen this scape acts from him before.


Hippy Chick Says:

Anderson is starting to miss now,and Novak has raised his level when it matters,he isnt playing his best,but he will pull this off,Novak in four….


Daniel Says:

Damm 5-5 now. I am checking scores and I am tense, imagine watching.


Jeez Says:

Wow VOLLEY!! From

Anderson!!


FedExpress Says:

wtf 3 times net


Daniel Says:

Nole needs to close this set now.


Hippy Chick Says:

If/when Novak wins this set,he will relax more,and play more freely,Anderson with curse the missed oppotunities to take a two set lead….


Jeez Says:

3rd opportunity to 2-0 SET lead for

Anderson!!


Daniel Says:

Another set point Anderson. How can Djoko lose two straight tiebreaks after being in position to win?! If he loses this set match is over.


FedExpress Says:

anderson u beauty

2 sets to love lead


Jeez Says:

Yeah!!!

7-6,7-6 for Anderson!!!!


Jeez Says:

So much for CHOCKING or you all

JOKING ???

:-)


Hippy Chick Says:

WOW Novak will have to do this the hard way,wonder if Kev can keep this level up,they will probably have to finish the match tomorrow,will give Novak a chance to regroup….


Eric Says:

cha-ching


Daniel Says:

Guys this could be the break Fed needs. Not having tomface Nole in finals, no Berdych in quarters and Wawa is still not safe in final altgough he will be very favorite to do so. The semi clash between Murray or Fed could be an anticipated final. Or maybe Cilic has a run like US Open and crush everybody next 3 rounds.


FedExpress Says:

how many times did nole come back from 0-2?

one against fed at the USO?


FedExpress Says:

@daniel

the same i thought after kei beat nole at teh USO

i wont count the chickens yet. better nole to be in the final so that fed/murray are focused and doesnt take anything for granted


Okiegal Says:

@calmdownpweez…..Your being your usual self….very nasty and tacky! Straighten yourself
up, dear!! I’m glad you see that I exude “bible belt charm” and southern sensibilities, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks for the nice compliment, in a round about way…..

Novak is in for a fight now! Is the Anderson guy for real? I had to be out for awhile. I am shocked by this match. A master of aces can cause problems!


Eric Says:

On the other hand, Simon just kicked Berdych’s butt, so maybe it’s Gilles’ turn to expel Roger from a slam in the QF stage? And Murray seems to be in fine form, as well…


Okiegal Says:

Kevin is shell shocked he got two sets from Novak and now he will go to pieces….


Eric Says:

plus, beware the down-and-out Djokovic, truly a fearsome beast.


courbon Says:

Brando-LOL! Vultures are crusing on this blog waiting for Novak to colapse.Last Wimby still hurts them deeply….


Daniel Says:

Yes, early break!! If he wins this set most likelly match will finish tomorrow if goes to a fifth. But this os grass and if they avoid tiebreak some sets can go quick.

Winning the final set would always be difficult for Anderson who is not one of the tuff mentally strong players out there.

Djoko is a master of 5 set and if he can push he can do it. but he has to hold abd avoid tiebreaks in this and set 4.


courbon Says:

Novak is not playing great but Anderson hit so far 22 aces;;;that has to do something with him winning match so far.


Jeez Says:

In SET 2 both Djokovic & Anderson won 44 points each !!!


Nitesh Says:

If Anderson wins this ???


Hippy Chick Says:

Courbon nice to see you here,and yeah i did BTW and you know what in talking about lol,great match Novak will have to dig deep here im afraid….


FedExpress Says:

PopSock out


Jeez Says:

Pick your POISON !!

BREADSTICK OR BAGEL ???

:-)

Only BREADSTICK possible now …


Hippy Chick Says:

I think Stan will be pulling for Novak,as he has a match up problem with Anderson….


courbon Says:

Hi Hippy, nice to see you are around.I don’t think Novak will win and even if he does, he will go out before final.He is not sharp, probably still moping about FO or something else…its just does not radiate confidence.


Daniel Says:

4-1, 2 more games for him to finally win a ser afer being two points away in both sets.


Hippy Chick Says:

Courbon he seems to be turning it around in this third set though,lets see….


FedExpress Says:

anderson starting to choke again


Jeez Says:

BREADSTICK here we come !!!


RZ Says:

I was watching the Murray/Peers vs PopSock match. Lots of fun and high quality.


RZ Says:

^I like PopSock (they are the heirs apparent to the Bryan Brothers) but nice to see Jamie Murray do well at the home slam.


FedExpress Says:

good family work from jamie there. tired the hell of pop out


Jeez Says:

About 19 minute 3rd SET just like Federer’s 1st !!


Hippy Chick Says:

Andersons level has dropped….


brando Says:

@Courbon: LOL, very true. I Have a policy about Djokovic and fedfans: when Nadal is in the event= he’s a favorite of theirs. When rafa is out= novak who? Lol: they’re hypocrites and dont give a f–k about him. Good job nole give them some classic Fed beatdowns in the past though to savour (Wimbledon last year, uso 10,11). Classic heartbreak hotel. As for the match: relax. I’m out so i cannot watch but Anderson is a choker he Wil struggle massively for no.3. This reminds me of Murray v verdasco last year: 0-2 down then Andy woke up and whupped him clean. I expect same here TBH.


Daniel Says:

Well if he forget both sets and start the match from third, one gone, 2 mpre to go. And it was a quick set. Max 1 more hpur of play. Almost impossible for Djoko to win today unless he wins both sets very quick. Anderson could finish in 4 if he wins this aet still today.


courbon Says:

Brando (-:


brando Says:

Lol courbon my man saw a stat to please you: Anderson serve % down to 41. I think the meltdown has truly started


Daniel Says:

Djoko needs to hold this game, deuce.


Okiegal Says:

Kevin showing a little life…


Hippy Chick Says:

Courbon these top players are much tougher mentally,they can be two sets down yet still find a way to win,it reminds of the top football teams Chelsea,Man City,Man UTD etc,2 or 3 nil down at half time,it doesnt really faze them,its what seperates the good and the greats of the game….


Daniel Says:

BP Djoko, just what he needs to avoid a tense set close to finish line for Anderson. He needs an early break.


Daniel Says:

And he got the break. Let’s see if he holda and close this set. Probably return tomorrow for one maybe long set.


van orten Says:

Must be hard for anderchoke…almost 30 aces and now the serve fails him badly…that last break totally totally unnecessary…


Emily Says:

They’ll finish today b/c they’ll move them into center court like they did w/ Monfils/Simon. That’s why center court people are sticking around. Anderson had a great game plan going in (follow the Stan blueprint from FO), but Novak has found his game. Thinking this will be a comeback and then the only big server left would be Cilic.


Jock-KatH Says:

Nole will win against Anderson.

But, I still hold to my very early bet -Nole will not win this Wimbledon – not that I dislike Nole – simply that I think he has not overcome his FO result and is still vulnerable… and others are just as committed to win as he is/can raise their game.


van orten Says:

The problem u all have with fed is that he is simply more loved in every stadium he plays around the world..and those tight matches he lost throughout his career vs nole or rafa made him even more popular…hard to digest for some ..but also logical .. what makes it hard to root for djoker are his delusional fans who believe he is invincible…and they never ever expect him to lose…well after Paris this year this might have changed..

Nole in five!


Daniel Says:

Thanks Emily. Forgot about Centre Court.


courbon Says:

Brando-From your mouth to God’s ears…


Brando Says:

‘what makes it hard to root for djoker are his delusional fans who believe he is invincible’:

You mean just like the delusional Fedfans until he bumped into a certain Mallorcan and suddenly he was not so invincible looking?


courbon Says:

Van Orten-how many delusional fans of Novak you have on this blog?
Wog Boy, Jane, Danica, Mat 4 are very down to earth regarding Novak prospects.So , which delusional fans? ( I can tell you at least couple of Fed fanatics on this blog )


Brando Says:

Andy Murray – British number one on BBC Radio Five live:

“I was getting asked after the draw ‘you’ve got to beat Tsonga, Rafa Nadal and then Roger Federer and then Novak’. I don’t know why people do that. No one can predict every result in a Slam.”

Spot frigging on!


Daniel Says:

Djoko serving for 4th set.


Daniel Says:

Will they keep play until 9:30 pm on this court or stop now and move to Centre. Because there is a possibility (with Djoko hostory) thay last set could be a fast one.


Brando Says:

Play suspended till tomorrow due to bad light!

Stupid decision.

Probably favours Anderson a bit since he was choking his way out of the tournament.

Suits Novak also but i think Anderson was a sinking ship there.


sienna Says:

anderson is lucky, rest the arm and legs to start again tomorrow….


courbon Says:

Bad for Novak-he was on the roll…well, is his fault to lose first two sets.


Emily Says:

Why aren’t they moving them to center? Too many spectators left maybe? The players didn’t seem to mind, but hard to guess who it favors.


Rishi Says:

Does anyone know why the match was not move to Center Court?


Daniel Says:

Play is suspendes now.


Brando Says:

I’m 100% convinced nole wins this match BUT IF Anderson was going to win he would ONLY do so with this timeout.

Anderson needed a timeout to get his head cooled down by his camp and over his choking since he was choking all over the shop.

41% first serves in after 2-0, lol he was sinking.

So for him this is much needed. For Novak:

He doesn’t care and he’ll win regardless, today or tomorrow but I think he’s peeved with himself for going on walkabout like that.


Daniel Says:

New day, start serving as new game. This favors Anderson as Djoko seema to be finding his range.

And Anderson will serve first so pressure will be on Novak later on unless he is able to break in one of Anderson’s first 3 service games (which will be very hard considering a new day).


RZ Says:

@Emily and Rishi – I don’t know the answer, but I suspect it has to do with the fact that the players can finish their match off tomorrow as neither would be scheduled to play the next round tomorrow. In the case of Monfils-Simon, they would have needed to wait until today (based on no middle Sunday play) to finish their match and then play the next round match on the same day, so they moved it to CC for the better lighting to finish that match.


RZ Says:

^ Don’t think I explained that clearly. This might be less vague: there is a day off for the men tomorrow, so Djokovic/Anderson can finish their matc then. There was no day off (not counting middle Sunday as there is no play) between when Monfils-Simon played their 3rd round and when the winner would have had to play their 4th round match.


danica Says:

This decision is totally in Kevin’s favor. He wouldn’t have lasted long against Novak in fifth set. Tomorrow, he’ll come refreshed, strong, bombarding those aces left and right… And whoever wins will not have the necessary amount of rest time before the next round.

What a nightmare if Nole has to face another great server (Cilic)! :(


Emily Says:

@RZ, probably correct, but if I was Novak, I would not be pleased. If he had been on center court, they would have used the roof and finished today. He was actually getting pumped up at the end of the 4th, and now Anderson won’t be tired and can find his serve again.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

No doubt this favours Anderson. His serve is the biggest part of his game and it had fallen off. Novak had ALL the momentum.

If Kevin can come out firing aces for one set tomorrow, its not crazy to imagine a tiebreak. I think Novak will get through, but this match could have been over by NOW if they’d kept going.

And this is one Fed fan who wants Novak through. Has nothing to do with Fed or his chances, I want to see a Wawrinka/ Novak semifinal. I would prefer Wawrinka to come from this side- despite his recent shellacking of Fed, I just like the new element he has brought to the top of the men’s game. (I would love a Fed/Novak final though, so either way, the Vagabond wins).

Just months ago, in March, we were talking about Novak as having a lock on EVERYTHING in tennis for 2015, 2016…


Rishi Says:

RZ….Thank you. I think that makes a lot of sense. I’d personally like to see Novak win, so I can look forward to a potential Stan-Novak Semifinal.


Brando Says:

LMFAO: I JUST CANNOT BELIEVE THE OVERREACTION OF PEOPLE HERE!

Let’s get a grip! A realitycheck!

It’s now the 5th set, i.e. NO TIE BREAKERS.

So one of these 2 has to break the other in order to win- whose return game do you fancy?

And it’s a 5th set- i.e. a battle of nerves, who do you consider the stronger:

A all time legend or a known choker?

LOL:

I recognize Anderson needed the break, but break or no break this is on Novak’s racquet and this year in final set shootout’s:

He’s Clint f–king Eastwood!


Jock-KatH Says:

Re.comments – As far as I know, the quality players e.g. Fed. & Novak didn’t get the job done on Dr. Ivo …while Murray has done it 6 times….

Strange world, eh!


Daniel Says:

Yes Brando, Djoko is favorite against everybody in a fifth set this days. Bur serving second down 4-5 idf Anderson serve as first set today one bad game and match coulb be gone. Karlovic just broke Murray 5-6 to win a set with much more limited game than Anderson. We are just recognizyng the danger and shift in conditions from today to tomorrow.

But maybe Djoko star firing and break right from the go;-)


Brando Says:

@Daniel:

I get that point, but it’a all about thinking realistically and rationally for me.

IF Novak holds serve to such a point- he should and more than likely will- he’ll be fine since the only way Anderson will break Novak is because nole plays a poor game.

That would be novak’s fault and really if he playsbadly he does deserve to lose since Anderson is a guy even Rafa beat at AO this year straight sets:

He’s easy pickings for the top players as all he has is his serve and even that ain’t truly top tier for a guy of his height.

And I just do not see how Novak does not break Anderson’s serve.

I expect Anderson to collapse under the pressure per usual as he does v elite players in a tight situation.


Hippy Chick Says:

IMO Novak will come through this,but will face Cilic whos another big hitter and most likely Stan,so more 4/5 setters are a possibilty,so could end up facing burn out by the final day,im actually pulling for a Stan and Andy final,would love for Andy to win Wimbledon again,but it would be amazing to see another player complete the channel slam….


tennisfansince76 Says:

@jock-Kath Federer has a 13-1 h2h with karlovic including 2 straight setters at Wimbledon


RZ Says:

@Hippy Chick – I suspect that Cilic will be tired after playing 2 5-setters and a long 4-setter so I think that Novak would win that one in straights. (Now watch Cilic take him to 5 sets just because I said that)

I’d love to see how Novak and (the new) Stan match up on grass.


Colin Says:

Well, just as I suggested beforehand, Andy used the lob very effectively against Ivo. He did the same at Queen’s against Anderson, a mere couple of hours after disposing of Troicki.

Fast forward to Wimbledon, and Djoker goes two sets down to Anderson. This is looking good for Andy, Fed or no Fed.

Of course Roger doesn’t FEAR Andy – that’s overstating it – but he doe not LIKE playing the Scot. Andy is a spoiler, who has a knack of making opponents look worse than they are, and Fed resents looking less than elegant and effortless.

That score being repeated like a mantra by some folk, was achieved before Andy had recovered full fitness, He is now fit, and fast – faster than the older man.


jalep Says:

Interesting matches tomorrow:

The first set was all I could take watching Nole. Anderson all pumped up and add SA/Sky cyclist, Froome, leading the Tour de France…enough for me today. :(

The interruption favors Anderson. He’ll come out with his serve recharged. uhg…

Even if Nole somehow wins, I expect more torture vs Cilic. Cilic lost a set to Kudla but Cilic will be tough for whoever wins the Nole or Anderson match.

Simon was a joy to watch and such a boss over Berdych. It could be a long day for Federer on Wednesday. But have to guess Wawrinka v Gasquet as being the best QF. Pospisil into the quarters – was a happy surprise today. But Andy won’t be troubled by Vasek. Easy quarterfinal for Andy.

Aga’s tennis and confidence is back, I think. She was great v Petra killer, Jankovic. Madison Keys could be a tough QF match for her though. And very happy Vika won her match, as she’s probably the only one who can get a set off Serena. I’ll take Garbine Mugurza over Bacsinszky because of her power and serve. And good luck to Coco vs Sharapova!


Colin Says:

I don’t think FedExpress is being racist towards Serena Williams. He just dislikes her, and so do I. After her astonishing performance at the USO with her threat to the line judge, she should have been banished from the sport and never stepped on a tennis court again anywhere in the world. Add to that her vitriolic abuse of the umpire when losing to Stosur in New York, and you have an obnoxious near-psychopath, whether black, white or green. So I don’t like her, and I was arguing against racists in the early 1950s when the first wave of West Indian immigrants came to the UK.

The real racist was Williams senior, who cried “racism” whenever anyone dared criticise his daughters.


Wog Boy Says:

^^^ and she was never punished for avoiding drug test, her “panic room” explanation was accepted, any other player would be suspended, but not Serena.

http://tennishasasteroidproblem.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/panic-on-grass-court.html?m=1


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Colin, the comments from FedExpress were pretty obvious and have thankfully been removed from the other thread. There are a lot of things to say against Serena for sure, but when you say it in a certain way, and use certain words, the nature of the commenter is clear.

Brando, I forgot the no tie break rule. That changes things of course, but no one was calling Anderson the favourite even if there WERE a tie break, just that he had a shot, starting fresh tomorrow. But Novak’s odds against Anderson, starting a five setter fresh, would be a LOT better than his odds in a one-setter.


Brando Says:

@TV:

Did you just dare using capital letters against moi? Mr OD on that aspect. Boy you got some nerve going into Brando territory. Lol, just messing…. i mean MESSING, p.

In all seriousness:

I get what you mean TV, but for me at the end of the day Nole is the superior player by a country mile, with a superior pedigree, form, game and mentality.

He lacks for nothing in this scenario for me.

I just cannot see Anderson holding it together in this shootout since it’s more about nerves and mental strength now than anything else and Nole has him beat here day in, day out.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Brando, I GET you and AGREE! You’re just SO darn DEFINITIVE!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

BUT, I bet if anyone bothered to do the work and check with their bookies, the odds for Novak vs Anderson just got worse for Novak fans. Or, maybe, that would be better, since they would stand to win more. Anyways, you know what I mean.


jane Says:

waving at jalep and wog boy!


Wog Boy Says:

Waving back to you jane, you are one happy lady today (if we forget Nole’s match), did you have a drink for Vasek?


jane Says:

rz, the new-old stan nearly pushed fed to the limits on grass last year (won set 1, second set tb that might’ve swung the other way, then 2 more close sets). besides, who knows if novak will even make the quarters? if he does, he faces the current us open champ, and then if he wins that, faces the current french open champ, “new”-old stan. no rest for the wicked.


jane Says:

wog boy, mixed feelings about vasek. very happy for his singles win, but then he had to play doubles just a little while later, another 5 set match, which saw the defending champs go out. i wish they would’ve put them on court 3 after cilic, which would’ve given vasek a little more time to recover. i don’t think he’ll have much left for andy, which would be a tough, likely unwinable match in his best shape.

but still, very happy for his singles success at this slam. i love his game.


Wog Boy Says:

What is the story about that notebook he is reading in between games, that can be classified as on court coaching;)


jane Says:

yes, i guess it could! ;) they are reminders from his coach or his own notes, i am not sure. but apparently this is okay. andy has also read notes on changeovers – i think even this year.


Wog Boy Says:

Yes, Andy was doing that at AO.


Bob Lewis Says:

This belief in Berdych continues to destroy brackets. When will people learn?


Jock-KatH Says:

@ Tennisfansince 76 – Sure Fed. has beaten Dr. Ivo but has been beaten by him – I know that and it made me very anxious that Ivo (who has improved) could take Murray out.

Just looking at Dr. Ivo as an opponent makes me fearful – could hardly credit that Murray took him again – and everyone thinking it was a done-deal..


Colin Says:

@Tennis Vagabond
Thanks for the clarification. I have to say this forum is badly run. If FedExpress posted unacceptable stuff, why was it allowed to appear in the first place?

Firstly- I often post something and get an “awaiting moderation” response. This surely means they DO read the posts as they come in.

Secondly- I am left feeling silly because I wrote about something which had already been RETROSPECTIVELY censored. It’s like bloody George Orwell!

If by any chance Nole should lose to Anderson, I hope the excuses won’t come in. At Queen’s, Andy played (and demolished) Anderson a mere couple of hours after completing his rain-interrupted semi.


calmdownplease Says:

`That score being repeated like a mantra by some folk, was achieved before Andy had recovered full fitness, He is now fit, and fast – faster than the older man…`

0 and 1
I keep on saying this Colin but either they’re too stupid or frankly too deluded to let go.
Surgery takes time.
Federer, incidentally, has been bageled and breadsticked when there was no injuries to speak of as has Nadal by Andy in Tokyo.
Andy has been working towards this goal of full fitness at Wimbledon for months and he is ready.
Federer’s best hope is for a rain storm and a roof, or he will be in all sorts of reality checks. Being unbroken by a line of useless pigeons is still impressive but, you know,
Calm Down Please!
Andy will give Fed HELL IF THEY MEET.


calmdownplease Says:

`@calmdownpweez…..Your being your usual self….very nasty and tacky! Straighten yourself..`

No, I will remain `tacky` and `nasty` and I don’t appreciate you thinking you can tell me what to do.
I really wouldn’t try it again, if I were you :)


sienna Says:

watching the maestro take these opponents is reminissent of TMF days.

He is only warming-up. The inevitabillity in his performance is felt throughout tennis world. We are watching the ultimate slamperformance.

commentators cannot believe what they are seeing so they tend to explaine it like well last year he struggled against wawa first sets.

It is easy this years Federer is far better then last years.
His confidence is booming and Murphy wont know what hit him. O2 was just a warm up session.


calmdownplease Says:

`He is only warming-up. The inevitabillity in his performance is felt throughout tennis world. We are watching the ultimate slamperformance…`

Yes, only warming up with pigeons
Nothing new to see there then

`His confidence is booming and Murphy wont know what hit him. O2 was just a warm up session…`

bwahahaha!


calmdownplease Says:

`watching the maestro take these opponents is reminissent of TMF days…`

I know, when he had very little opposition of note.


Daniel Says:

4-4, from now on, drama!


Daniel Says:

Well, indeed Anderson felt it, 5-5, 15-15 and 2 double faults in a row. This is it for Djoko.


Daniel Says:

And he takes it with an amazing return to Anderson feet.
Now serve for the match. ufff


Daniel Says:

Anderson decides to play now, 0-30. Djoko should go for serve now.


Daniel Says:

And he did it!! Congrats Djoko for a well fought match.


FedExpress Says:

Anderson choked on the big points. Playing sublime the odd points but on the big points he melted down

Cilic vs nole should be a cracker


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Congrats Novak! Hope Cilic gives him a match, would be great for him to re-establish that he belongs in the elite, but I really hope we get a Stan/ Novak semi.


Jock-KatH Says:

CDP – Darn it, I was going to suggest Dani coaches Grigor and you got in before me – great minds……

Tennis V -I think Nole will overcome Cilic – and I’m also hoping for a Stan/Nole semi -


Okiegal Says:

@cdp….
I’m shaking in my boots!! Lol


sienna Says:

CDP
Listen to me. Be carefull what you say on this site!
I usually do not reason with types like you, so make worth of this notice.

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