Federer, Murray Head Toward SFs, Djokovic Faces Cilic Test; Wimbledon QF Picks And Pans
by Sean Randall | July 7th, 2015, 3:46 pm
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We are winding down at the season’s third major as men’s quarterfinals final take center stage Wednesday at Wimbledon. And the favorites are still alive after Novak Djokovic filled out the elite eight bracket today by completing his 0-2 comeback win over Kevin Anderson 6-7, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5.

After leveling things last night, you knew it was only a matter of time before the big South African blinked, and he did just that at 5-5 with two double faults to hand Djokovic the only break of the set he needed.

So the Top 4 seeds are still alive along with US Open champion Marin Cilic, Frenchmen Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon, and the other Canadian, Vasek Pospisil. But will it be the Top 4 seeds in the semifinals? It’s hard to pick any real upsets here, but I’ll try…

No. 1 Novak Djokovic v No. 9 Marin Cilic
For the second straight year Novak Djokovic’s path to the title takes him through the tall, dangerous Marin Cilic. A year ago Cilic led 2-1 in sets before Djokovic won 12 of the last 16 games to run away with the match. And he now he comes in leading the series with Marin 12-0.

But Cilic is now a Grand Slam champion, armed with more confidence and more belief. He whipped Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori during one of the most stunning Slam runs you will see last fall. Shortly after, though, he succumbed to a bum shoulder which kept him off the tour until late March. But the Croat is slowly rounding into back into championship form.

He is beating men he should but the issue I have with him right now is he hasn’t defeated a Top 10 player since the US Open. So that task is big on Wednesday.

Djokovic has been strong, but let down a little against the big-serving Anderson. Had he been down to a better player than Anderson, that probably would have been it. After the scare, I don’t think Djokovic finds himself in that kind of trouble again. In fact, I think he rolls.
The pick: Djokovic in three

No. 2 Roger Federer v No. 12 Gilles Simon
On another surface I’d give Gilles Simon a better chance. I just don’t like him on grass against someone like Roger Federer who has looked extremely good thus far.

Federer hasn’t lost serve and he’s own Simon winning their last five meetings, tough some with difficulty. Simon also hasn’t been a player we see much this late in Slams – this, just his second career quarterfinal. So unless Roger has a terrible day, this one should be straightforward.
The pick: Federer in three

No. 3 Andy Murray v Vasek Pospisil
AFter three 5-set wins and lots of doubles play, I have to wonder just how much Vasek Pospisil has left for 2013 champion Andy Murray on Centre Court. Pospisil has a big serve and a decent enough game, but Murray’s a perfect antidote to what the Canadian likes to do.

Yes, Murray’s played some patchy tennis, particularly dropping that third set against Andreas Seppi, and that could very well happen again tomorrow. But I don’t think Murray will suffer another letdown like he did a year ago in this round.
The pick: Murray in three

No. 4 Stan Wawrinka v No. 21 Richard Gasquet
In the closest match of the day to call, one handed wizards Stan Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet collide. Take your pick on the backhands, I don’t know.

The two have split two prior meetings with Stan winning in five on clay in 2013 when the Frenchman blew a two set lead at Roland Garros. Gasquet won the other meeting back in 2006 at the Paris Indoors.

And this week both are playing exceptionally well. Wawrinka’s benefited from what I think was a kind draw, and he’s the only guy left who hasn’t dropped a set.

Gasquet’s had a tougher road beating Dimitrov, then Nick Kyrgios. And unlike Wawrinka, he’s been to the semifinals at Wimbledon before. He’s also got more grass experience.

But Stan’s the hot guy right now. After that French Open win, he has the confidence and I think he has just a little more power than Gasquet does in every department. And he’s been serving great all week. If there is some rain, that could temper the ball bounce which should help Gasquet. Still, in a tight one…
The pick: Wawrinka in four

If there’s any chance for upset I think it’s Gasquet beating Wawrinka. Especially if the court speeds up after a rain shower. Maybe Novak slumps and Cilic takes advantage. I don’t see Pospisil winning at all over Murray. And like I said, if Federer starts missing, Simon is certainly a guy who can take advantage.

Otherwise, we should be in for a heck of a semifinal!

ESPN and ESPN2 will have live concurrent coverage starting at 8am ET.

WEDNESDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Andy Murray (GBR) [3]
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Marin Cilic (CRO) [9]
NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
Gilles Simon (FRA) [12] v Roger Federer (SUI) [2]
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [4] v Richard Gasquet (FRA) [21]


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341 Comments for Federer, Murray Head Toward SFs, Djokovic Faces Cilic Test; Wimbledon QF Picks And Pans

sienna Says:

Im gutted with #1 court. Mindgames being played on Federator.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Agree all round, though I think Cilic can take a set off Novak. Should be in for a heckuva semifinals, but I think there will be a lot of excitement tomorrow en route.


SG1 Says:

Weird feelings about the Simon-Federer match. I don’t think it’ll be a cakewalk for Federer though I still see Roger getting through.

I’m not a big fan of Cilic but with that big game and playing on grass, I think Novak will have his hands full. Seems like a 5 setter in the making. Wouldn’t surprise me if Cilic won.

Murray’s too solid for Pospisil so Murray in 3 makes sense.

Wawa looks so confident right now. I thought his return of server would be his Achilles heel at this tournament but to this point it hasn’t been an issue…and Gasquet isn’t a big server. Gonna’ pick a bit of a blowout in this one. Wawa, 3 straightforward sets.


chris ford1 Says:

It’s pretty amazing to note Rafa and Nole with 44 matches and long-time vets Stan and Richard Gasquet have just 2 matches with one another. Its most of either guys career, they have been solid teens rank players who rarely were in the same quarter of the draw and both gone well before the QFs. One match in 2006 and one in 2013 make sense that way…


RZ Says:

@chris ford1 – only 2 matches between Wawrinka and Gasquet is surprising but considering that both guys are known for inconsistency (whereas Rafa and Nole have consistently made the latter rounds of tournaments) it does make some sense.


danica Says:

Had Nole played a better player than Anderson, he would have won faster and easier. Nole had huge problem with Kevin’s serve and that’s where Kevin won most of his points. Had it been someone whose serves Nole handles better, the rest of the game would have been much easier.


jane Says:

just saying:

Chris Skelton ‏@ChrisSkelton87 6m6 minutes ago
The last time that all of the top four men’s seeds reached the Wimbledon semifinals was 1995 (Agassi, Sampras, Becker, Ivanisevic).


Dan Martin Says:

I have my picks up at http://tennisabides.com – Similar to Sean’s but not exactly the same


Gee Says:

Novak is among the top 7 of grass wins, yet he didn’t play real warm-up events.
the only one who beat multislam champs in all slams.
Even sampras and agassi got some nice draws to win a slam at ages 28 & 32. The rag media, fraud players and tennis fans are trying to use his words as a reason to belittle his place in history. the washed up opponents and old fed are the ones who aimed nasty insults against him. Hahaha

At age 23-28, Hewitt and roddick would be slamless since 2006. Hewitt was gone for many months & roddick was a phony ethics teacher and rule breaking monster.
Believe it or not, They had their best slam chances in 2004-2005, but were so limited that they made the new wawrinka look perfect. Their smug masks were for hiding their cowardice when djokerdal came to town.


Michael Says:

I have to go with Sean Picks except that I feel that some of these matches might be extended than result in mere straight set victories.

Cilic would definitely take a set off Novak and so do Simon and Gasquet. The chance of an upset is ofcourse very much there.


Jeez Says:

Wimbledon press sure needs a LOT of IMPROVEMENT

Excerpts from Berych interview

Q. How do you feel after that match? Do you feel in good shape going into the quarterfinals?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Sorry? Excuse me?

Q. Do you feel your form is good going into the quarterfinals?

THE MODERATOR: He lost. He’s obviously got a lot of matches.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Does he know right, or is he trying to make fun of me?

Q. No. Sorry, sorry.

THE MODERATOR: No.

LOL…..
:-)


Jeez Says:

Wimbledon press sure needs a LOT of IMPROVEMENT

Excerpts from Berdych interview

Q. How do you feel after that match? Do you feel in good shape going into the quarterfinals?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Sorry? Excuse me?

Q. Do you feel your form is good going into the quarterfinals?

THE MODERATOR: He lost. He’s obviously got a lot of matches.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Does he know right, or is he trying to make fun of me?

Q. No. Sorry, sorry.

THE MODERATOR: No.

LOL…..
:-)


Jock-KatH Says:

Sienna – Roger won’t mind Court 1 – he knows he’s had a fair share of Centre.


madmax Says:

Roger, Novak and Andy will all have to play court No.1, to keep it equal. Novak has played on it, now Fed.

Andy? Well, we will see – but he is on home turf, so will get priority.


calmdownplease Says:

Andy has played on it already
Against Hasse round 2


Giles Says:

Wotz this I’m reading, joker reduced a ball girl to tears. What is it with this guy and the ball kids? This is the second incident. Can’t he find kids his own age to pick on? Pretty disgusting!


Daniel Says:

What a game by Fed to break. Love how his slice work on grass and he trapa opponent in the net for passing shots.

2-0


Daniel Says:

Murray also a break up, he should finish this match in straight and less than 2 hours.


Daniel Says:

S$&t, rain. This is what Inwas worried, today had 40% chance. Murray and Djoko know they will finish today, Fed and Wawa no sure.

Maybe if the matches go quick they shift to there abd change public because peiple in court 1 payed to watch some game.


Daniel Says:

But not expected rain for too long.


Colin Says:

As the rain comes down, one small consoling thought is, at least we won’t have Cliff Richard singing to the crowd.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Roger and Andy both looking sharp, dialed-in, every tool working.

This will be an epic semifinal.


FedExpress Says:

fed has been dreadfull since the restart. what kind of smash was that


calmdownplease Says:

And so Simon is lacking anything he had the match previously


FedExpress Says:

wtf was that fedeer
broken to love by serving for the second set


Jeez Says:

Broken back to 5-5 in SET 2!!!
Simon comes back


FedExpress Says:

i dont like the sound of the string from feds racket when he hits a forehand. feels weak and with no power at all. seems he plays with a broken string


FedExpress Says:

breaks again

serving for the second set part 2


Jeez Says:

Simon gives the BREAK back !!

Federer to serve for SET 2 again


calmdownplease Says:

lame from Monsieur Simon
Popisal is putting up an admirable fight, at least :0)


FedExpress Says:

rain delay again


FedExpress Says:

terrible timing. fed will be angry. after getting his rhtym back now all start again.


FedExpress Says:

close the roof ffs. wimbledon run by morons


calmdownplease Says:

It appears to be raining on one side of W-imbledon only
never thought it was that big (micro climates were so small)!


jatin Says:

So far so good for roger.
His place is almost booked for the Semi finals. I hate rain delays :(
But As a fan I couldn’t be more happy with his performance so far.


calmdownplease Says:

Now will they close the roof?!
I know Andy isn’t Fed but still


FedExpress Says:

i dont like his FH today. doesnt hit it crisply as usal. maybe cause of the overcast conditions or back hurting again.


Giles Says:

Have a sneaky feeling fed is gonna win Wimby this year.


sienna Says:

WTF is happening…
Why don’t they close the ffing roof
Why is fed stuck on court 1
AND WHAT IS HAPPENING FED IS BROKEN!!

AND CDP get away!!


calmdownplease Says:

No YOU GTF AWAY!!!!!!!!!!
Federer will be one court one at least once just like the rest of them
You don’t even want to go there really..


steve-o Says:

FedExpress: Federer is changing the pace of his shots to disrupt Simon’s rhythm. Simon is a master counterpuncher, he uses the opponent’s pace against him. Federer knows this, so he isn’t giving him any pace to work with.

If you just go for big winners, the ball just comes back harder and you get a result like against Berdych: lots of unforced errors and eventual collapse.

This is a much tougher QF than people think, difficult because Federer has to mute his usual tendencies and play very tactically. So far I’d say he’s doing pretty well.


squirrel_0209 Says:

I’m not convinced Giles..

But hopefully you’re right! 😜


FedExpress Says:

pascal maria gifted the break to murray and maybe the tournament


calmdownplease Says:

@giles

I’ve a sneaky feeling he won’t :)
(but I don’t feel any of them are going to, just yet)


FedExpress Says:

has any player a worse GS win lose ratio than murray

8 finals, 2 wins and 6 losses


calmdownplease Says:

Oh nonsense Fedex
He didn’t DF after the warning and he kept the ball in play after the Murray return,
Those are the rules!
Calmdownplease!
And do you REALLY think Andy isn’t going through?


calmdownplease Says:

Many have worse
But of course there’s the semis first!


calmdownplease Says:

Popsil is studying his little blue book intently!


FedExpress Says:

but to warn a player on 30-30 at this tense moment. had he done it if nadal, nole would be in this position


Daniel Says:

Fed a few games from semis with a break up.

Murray also 2 sets to love so their clash is almost certain at this point.

Let’s see if Murray will break Federer peRFect record in Slam semis in Wimbledon, 9-0.


FedExpress Says:

fed could start to crash some FHs. he will need it


FedExpress Says:

the laughing women are back


brando Says:

Federer v Murray is overrated. The real clash will be: CDP v sienna, handbags at dawn!


calmdownplease Says:

The time violation was irrelevant!
Thinking it gifts Andy with the tournament is irrational and absurd


FedExpress Says:

any1 who finds murray handsome


calmdownplease Says:

I think Simon is suffering a lull after beating Berdych
He was pretty much faultless then
Roger is playing quite patiently and smartly however, I accept that.


FedExpress Says:

hahahah

fh mishit


calmdownplease Says:

Er I don’t find him handsome at all if it’s me you’re asking
He’s looking better than he did at least
right?


FedExpress Says:

so GSM fed

another Wim SF.


Daniel Says:

Fed’s victory was easy than expected, but at least Simonnwas able to break him once.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed very dialled in.

Commentators on BOTH early matches wonder if Fed will mention the 0-1 in London in his presser.

Spoiler alert: yes.
It will go something like this:

“Clearly, he’s going to play better than in London when I beat him 0 and 1, but clearly I also have confidence going against him because I beat him 0 and 1, so, you know.”


Gee Says:

Simon is a master counterpuncher? Maybe in november ’08.
Fed sympathizers are nervous. It’s like they believe fred when he said roddick were hilarious, brave perfect gentlemen and athletic superstars who fought like beasts in the face of his divine weapons.
Novak better bow down to these above mentioned sweethearts.


Rishi Says:

Fed with some wonderful words of support for Andy. He spoke about how happy he was for Andy to be playing so well, especially after back surgery. He explicitly stated how people forget that it is so hard to come back after a back surgery.

Very happy for Fed. Can’t wait for Friday. #SFTime


calmdownplease Says:

Of course there will be some kind of mind game but it wont work for a semifinal place
Andy is very dependable at that stage
Let the battle (almost) commence!


FedExpress Says:

yep. like how many SFs murray lost to nadal at wimbledon


Gee Says:

* Roddick and hewitt were hilarious


Rishi Says:

@TV…Just now, I heard him speak to the commentator (Kim Mckenzie, was it?) and he mentioned nothing of that sort. He did clearly speak of how unbelievable Andy played in the Olympics final and that he would try not to look too much into that match. He did say that both him and Andy had a wonderful summer 2012.

Maybe, but it looks like that question on WTF 2012 match will be asked later on.


Tennisfan Says:

Fed is also extremely dependable at Winbledon SFs, his record is 9-0. I’m very excited for this semi-final now. Hopefully Nole and Stan will also make it through. That will be a great SFs line-up.


pitchaboy Says:

Fed made Simon look pedestrian. Ominous.


calmdownplease Says:

`Fed with some wonderful words of support for Andy. He spoke about how happy he was for Andy to be playing so well, especially after back surgery. He explicitly stated how people forget that it is so hard to come back after a back surgery…`

Oh hahahahahaha
Shucks, I feel like SUCH cynic


calmdownplease Says:

Simon WAS pedestrian however


calmdownplease Says:

`yep. like how many SFs murray lost to nadal at wimbledon..`

Huh?
It is Federer we’re talking about Fedling, yes?
And we all know why in his formative years that Andy was stuck with Nadal year in year out, don’t we just

#23-10


Rishi Says:

Geez, CDP….keep up the Fed hate. I am sure some of the other fans in this forum adore you for that.


FedExpress Says:

had fed played nadal this year he would have beaten him


squirrel_0209 Says:

Bradley Cooper in Fed’s box? Niceee!


FedExpress Says:

wawrinka likes to say aggressive and be aggressive on court

no defense


squirrel_0209 Says:

Yeah cdp, keep up the Fed hate, you’re way worse than Giles.


Okiegal Says:

The SFs will be awesome……I’m thinking Fed wins his 18th…..after all Wimby is home sweet home for him……but hope Andy wins it for his home crowd. He’s looking good! We will see…..I love tennis and I’m anxious for Friday!!


calmdownplease Says:

cry me a river guys!

Interesting stat about career 2nd serve points won

Nadal;57%
Fed;57%
Novak;55%
Andy;52%

I would have thought it was worse but he does defend his achilles heal very well
Only one % point behind Sampras
Different eras and surface speeds however


FedExpress Says:

vuck off pascal maria vuck off


FedExpress Says:

i wanna see pascal to do it against nole and nadal the enxt time he umpires their matches. when u enforce enforce them strictly


FedExpress Says:

what will maruesmo do if her grown up child ask her to have a father?


Daniel Says:

Murray to serve for the match. Good both Fed and him expending bo extra energy in this quarters and save for next two rounds because it’s going to be intense. Both Fed and Murray wants this tourney badly, so does Djoko. Maybe Wawa just coming of Garros title is the one who wants “less” so to speak (they all want it badly). But Wawa knows grass is not his turf and even if he wants to prove himself here I just got a sense that Wimbledon, right now, matters more for Fed, Murray and Djoko.


Daniel Says:

Damm Murray, 30-0 and now BP?!


pitchaboy Says:

Vitriol from a guy calling himself calmdownplease.


Daniel Says:

Saved with a serve. MP Murray!


Daniel Says:

One clash os set: Fed x Murray. Nice!


FedExpress Says:

wawa nole and murray quite consisent at the slams

all three reached the SFs the very least. two of them won a major, one reached a major final


Dan the Man Says:

It is hilarious that all the talk in the media has been about the Federer-Murray matchup. It has been Djokovic-Wawrinka matchup that has determined who wins slams recently. Djoker and Wawrinka have won 4 of the last 6 slams (2 each), and Federer and Murray have none in that period. Just pointing the obvious out.


Markus Says:

I watched a whole Murray match without having a heart attack!


FedExpress Says:

gasquet doesnt possess a solid forehand more of a push shot


sienna Says:

Federer steamrolling Simon.

Simon being hailed by the tards because he had couple of wins and some difficult 5 set matches against the legend.

BUT LISTEN THIS IS NOT FED. THIS IS TMF AKA THE FEDERATOR.

BRING IT ON… BAGELS AND STICKS FOR SALE.


squirrel_0209 Says:

@Fedexpress

What’s with the dig at Mauresmo? Homophobic much?


RZ Says:

We get the Murray-Fed semi, yay! Regardless of what happens, one of my faves will be in the final (though I’m pulling for Murray)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wawrinka looking very shaky today, Gasquet has a great shot to spoil his run.


Giles Says:

squirrel. How dare you refer to me in that tone. Idiot


calmdownplease Says:

Sienna hasn’t had her medication AGAIN
Oh dear
perhaps if it was written on her hand or something
;)


sienna Says:

With 639 unwelcome comments in less then 4 hours you clearly are talking about yourself.


the_mind_reels Says:

@Dan the Man: this is the British press, so there’s always going to be extra emphasis on anything Murray. Plus, Djokovic and Wawrinka still need to win their QF matches, which isn’t a given, for there even to be a Djokovic-Wawrinka match to get hyped about.

Also, for what it’s worth, Wawrinka is much less of a threat on grass than on other surfaces. Relatively speaking, he has no grass pedigree (and at the moment, he’s losing this match to Gasquet).


RZ Says:

There’s still a long way to go in this match, but nice to see Gasquet have a good run at Wimbledon. He’s really underachieved on grass courts these last few years.


squirrel_0209 Says:

Can’t believe no one is commenting on homophobic remark br Fedexpress..this really is a sport forum..oh well..


FedExpress Says:

hahahah

jelena went up the stairs to say hello to david beckham


FedExpress Says:

ohhhh squirrel


squirrel_0209 Says:

Anyone’s betting on Cilic? 40% of me would…


the_mind_reels Says:

@squirrel_0209: sometimes the best way to address an idiotic comment is to ignore it completely.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Squirrel, thanks. FedEx is a racist and homophobe. Good to point that out once in a while.


squirrel_0209 Says:

Thanks the mind reels and TV! You’re totally right. Silent treatment is the way to go!


Hippy Chick Says:

Nice to see Beckham supporting our home GS,but i have to say im probably in the minority of women when i say i dont see what the fuss is all about regarding his looks which are vastly overated,much like Colin with Sharapova….


Daniel Says:

Djoko returns are working so far, already got a break.


FedExpress Says:

yep and all u r angels


RZ Says:

@squirrel_0209 – you are right. Thanks for saying something. The moderators should really be handling it.


Daniel Says:

Cilic low first serves won’t help either


Margot Says:

Come on Andy! Playing better than ever, I think.
@CDP
Told psych friend how easily Andy is distracted. He said this supports “extrovert at work” theory.


Margot Says:

Sean doing well with his picks today. No curses :)


squirrel_0209 Says:

Haha indeed Margot. Although i’m beginning to worry about Stan..but i still see him win in 4!

@RZ
Duly noted, thanks!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Andy looked really good. His first serve was booming and he was pulling the trigger on flat, hard kill shots often, but intelligently. His match with Fed has great entertainment potential. No two rallies will look the same, that’s for sure.


Jock-KatH Says:

Markus – With You There!!! Less anguish as the match went deep.


sienna Says:

Lmao
fist thing I see of djoker match is him applauding half volley.. only to see break up and 30 all….


Josh Says:

Federer-Murray sounds exciting. Will be very tough to call, it seems 50/50 to me


squirrel_0209 Says:

Btw, watching BBC now with Roddick commenting, what you guys think of him as a commentator? I thought he was a bit too serious and technical so far, would have liked to see more of his snappy/funny personalities! But after all, it’s just been a few days for him! Hehe


Jock-KatH Says:

My wee semi-finals predictions seem to be coming correct:

Fed v Murray: Nole v Stan.


sienna Says:

Fedex youare supporting the Goat but you do have some serbain roots with all the hate and bigotty in your comments. maybe your misunderstood because sometimes there is some humor aswell. humor of course notfrom your serbain site.


squirrel_0209 Says:

It really is a coin toss between Fed/Murray. Like Roddick said, it will all be about who executed better. They’ve played so many time against each other (23) and it’s pretty much equal (12-11 to Fed), so it’s a toss for me


Margot Says:

I like Roddick as a commentator. Hope he brings his dry witty commentary to the mike. But perhaps he’s on his best behaviour at the mo?
OMG KatH, am ultra nervous already. The “usual suspects” and RZ and Markus, I’m looking at you…;)
better not watch is all.


Daniel Says:

Gasket got break back in second set but was broken t lose last game and set, 1-1. This could go 5 sets.

Djoko serving for the first set.

Djoko doesn’t lose before semis in Wimbledon since 2009?! He is definitely the second grass court player of this generation even some have the opinion of Nadal due to his 5 Wimby runs from 2006-2011. But apart from that, Djoko is more stable and reliable in Wimbledon and if Murray wins this edition than the 3 of them will be tied with 2 titles each. If Djoko wins his third, no debate anymore.

If Murray wins, he will be the second with 2 Wimbys plus 4 Queens and Olympics. He probably will have the record for Queens title with 5 maybe next year. Murray is too good on grass to have just 1 Wimbledon, he should finish his career with 2 or 3, minimum 2.


sienna Says:

and again… Djokovic in driverseat and fully appreciating a point from cilic.

So my claim stand and is validated by this match.


Hippy Chick Says:

I hope we get Stan v most likely Novak in the semis,at least we will see a contest then,Gasquet would fold like a cheap suit against Novak,such a talent dont get me wrong,but not GS winning meterial IMO….


Giles Says:

Hey Sienna. Do you think you could give Cilic a kick up the backside and bring him up to USO 2014 level?


FedExpress Says:

everytime i see cilic i miss delpo even more

wasted talent


FedExpress Says:

with a win today wawa could join an elusive club of players who reached the SFs of all GS


Daniel Says:

Wawa dominating second set 4-1. Seems we’ll get blockbuster semis.


squirrel_0209 Says:

MTE Hippy Chick! We need Stan, otherwise it would be a truly boring SF with Djokovic..he will eat Gasquet up..


FedExpress Says:

that us open run seems more and more of a fluke run


calmdwonplease Says:

`Told psych friend how easily Andy is distracted. He said this supports “extrovert at work” theory..`

Darling M
Andy is not an extrovert.
Mr Mumbles and `you know what I mean` isn’t an extrovert just because he’s in front of people on the TV.


calmdwonplease Says:

Cilic is settling a bit now with some good stuff


calmdownplease Says:

Oh now Im being moderated!
Anyway Wawrinka looks fine but I’m just not seeing a channel slam for him this year
It would be an amazing story, however.


FedExpress Says:

lucky djokoivc


sienna Says:

level of Djokovic a level below Federer..


Daniel Says:

Djoko breaks and will serve for a 2 set lead.


FedExpress Says:

nole pushing and cilic missing


Tennis lover Says:

Even with his A- game Feddy bear is able to swat aside midgets like Simon, Groth and so on. Now, come to the semi, Federer needs a little bit consistency from the baseline, intensity in net and steely in focus and not allow error creep in his game. If he can bring his A game consistently in whole match, Novak or Andy whoever plays have no chance. Big if I mean can Fed do it. Hope Maestro can do it. Because, maestro doesn’t deserve Wimbledon, it’s wimbledon which deserve Maestro one more time. Cheers, folks.


Hippy Chick Says:

Players that have completed the channel slam,Laver,Borg,Federer,Nadal,so Stan has a chance at his own slice of history,if Murray doesnt win Wimbledon,it would be fantastic for Stan to get into some elite company….


calmdownplease Says:

` If he can bring his A game consistently in whole match, Novak or Andy whoever plays have no chance.`

Er, NO!
What about last year only A- then?
If any of em play their very best A game the other’s are usually toast
Its who allows who execute their game
Andy will have to resist initial intensity from Fed as he will attempt to control the pace of the match as he often does with his pigeons and make Andy feel rushed
He just has to play his game well, better than Today with all the interruptions and certainly with a bit more energy.
But old fed is sure to give him his chances.


calmdownplease Says:

`Players that have completed the channel slam,Laver,Borg,Federer,Nadal..`

That’s my point right there


sienna Says:

cdp gets nervous…..


Gee Says:

Mr. Human Roddick still being a money muppet. He’s a legend in his own mind. One dimensional off court with his fed apologizing. John mc agrees with everything he shrieks “love me some divine fed”! Stop polluting the already stinking pam shriver bbc puppet channel, dicky.


Margot Says:

@CDP
You can be an “extrovert” at work and an “introvert” at play, or have those tendencies at any rate.
Theory fits and explains A LOT…..;)


calmdownplease Says:

Monfils is an extrovert at work (and an introvert clearly out of work)
Tsonga is another…
I just think your trying to fit it
Some people just can’t maintain theire focus as long as others
But lets be clear about this, Andy has far better focus and ability to concentrate that most people ever have.


calmdownplease Says:

apologies for typos


Rishi Says:

5th set it is….Wawrinka-Gasquet.

I’d rate Novak’s chances much higher now if he meets Stan in the SF.


RZ Says:

Gasquet double-faulted away set 2 and Wawrinka double-faulted away set 4. Hopefully neither will double-fault away the match.


calmdownplease Says:

Stan is not a grass court player despite getting this far and being an attacking player
It’s more to do with not being used to the surface enough as he should appreciate the speed
If Gasquet can take him to a 5th there’s scant chance he’ll get past a 2 time winner here
Pleased for Richard to be doing so well however.


Giles Says:

Come on Cilic hold your serve for goodness sake! 😩😉😏😡


RZ Says:

@Margot – I’ll do what I can. :-)


Okiegal Says:

Almost the top 4 in the SFs…..One more to go. Can Stan the man do it??


calmdownplease Says:

all of a sudden and Novak is looking very good again!


Rishi Says:

Would this be for the first time since AO 2014 that all 4 Men’s SF contestants are multiple slam winners?


Skeezer Says:

Kinda hopin now, seeing how Nole will breeze into the finals, that the Fed/Murray match goes quick, one guy gets straights over the other guy so they’ll be fresh for facing Nole. Then we’ll have a cracker final.


Rishi Says:

@Skeezer….as much as I want Roger to win, it looks like Andy is tougher to beat now. Andy might win in 4 sets. What do you think?


Rishi Says:

Novak it is!!!!


Okiegal Says:

GASSY diving!! Love it!


Hippy Chick Says:

Come on Stan please for the sake of a competitive semi,nothing against Gasquet,and nothing against Novak,but if Gasquet wins this match,he has no chance against Novak,and that semi will be a washout….


Gee Says:

Novak’s mediocre tennis is enough to destroy fed’s ego. That is disconcerting for roddick. After all, fred can’t even beat nadal on grass now, and needs luck against a 2 match point down novak.


Rishi Says:

@Hippy Chick….totally agree with you. Couldn’t have said it better.

What are your thoughts on the Andy-Roger SF?


Daniel Says:

Djoko win in straights and Wawa is on a fifth set. Djoko in finals already, Wawa was made look better than he is on grass because he has the easieat draw out of the top 4. And now that he is facing the first decent playee on grass (but not know from his mental prowerss) think he has no chance agaisnt Djoko. If he comes through.

But also Gasquet won’t have a chance either.


calmdownplease Says:

The Fed/Muzz match will be fast and with lots of variety but it will not be attritional
I’ll tell you right now however if it does go to 5 Andy will be the winner. Fed’s 5 set record was never great even when he was younger.
Often when one gets the upper hand mentally on the other just fades away
Id be interested in NOT seeing this however (from either), we deserve a spectacle
But even so i am not expecting a 6hr ball bash extravaganza a la the Nadal’s and Novaks
Its not Rogers style and Muzz would rather not too.


jalep Says:

Gasqust v Wawrinka has been 5 sets of beautiful tennis.

Not at all time consuming or physically exhausting for a 5 setter. Gasquet is using guile and craft – sort of the Aga Radwasnka of men’s tennis. Stan has more power of course and has twice as many aces but also unforced errors.

Still think Stan is coming through but this match definitely the best quarterfinal, imo.

Congrats Nole – Yay!

Also Congrats Andy and Federer :D


Rishi Says:

@CDP….Agree with you. Match may last 3 hrs 15 mins at most. Roger plays fast and I think so does Andy.


Hippy Chick Says:

Rishi thanks,50/50 think Fed has the edge as hes played the better tennis so far….


Daniel Says:

CDP, agree with you ref Stan.

Also prefer a not fifth set semis between Andy and Fed, who ever wins must do it in 4, or unless they play a less than 2:30 hs match, better save energy for Nole in the final because neither Gasquet nor Wawa will challenge him much and Anderson scare wake up Djoko. Think he is favorite to win thsi title now regardless of finalist.

As much as Andy plays better on grass he didn’t look so impressive this last 2 rounds and Fed will need a serving day for the ages to challenge Novak.


calmdownplease Says:

Sure Rishi
Andy can grind, we all know that but he prefers the faster conditions
Even if its a 5 setter its going to be, as you say ,little more than about the 3hr mark


jane Says:

oh wow reeshard is playing some lovely tennis out there…

proud of novak! yay. :)

ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo 2m2 minutes ago
Most Grand Slam semifinals (Open era):

Roger Federer 37
Jimmy Connors 31
Ivan Lendl 28
Novak Djokovic 27
Andre Agassi 26


RZ Says:

@Jalep – I agree. It’s nice to see both guys mixing up volleys and backhand passes.


Daniel Says:

Wawa and Gasquet are in the middle of 5 set in 2 h and 40 min so on grass a fifth set match is not so demanding, specially if there is no tiebreaks or too many mental draining moments.


Okiegal Says:

These two have gorgeous backhanded! Gas is hanging in there, or is Stan??


Okiegal Says:

Is Stan gonna choke??


jalep Says:

Gasquet has triple break points!


Hippy Chick Says:

Oh dear come on Stan….


calmdownplease Says:

`As much as Andy plays better on grass he didn’t look so impressive this last 2 rounds..`

mm I disagree actually
Karlovic was never going to be a nice looking match
And he did enough against Posicle given the fragmentary nature of the match and the delays
I think he raises his level again on Wednesday
(he’ll have to anyway to win)
But whoever has to play Novak will certainly have their hands full despite the Anderson match :)
If I’m honest i think Andy has got a better shot at beating Novak than Roger now would.
But then i would say that


FedExpress Says:

wow


Gee Says:

I actually see ball bashing from fed. Nothing variety like murray, who has a big weight compared to long stick arm luck fed.
Of course, wimbly’s about 2-5 rally battles. That was how fed wore out his 2003, 2004 & 2009 victim. It’s no surprise that fed whines about his leg or back when he gets beaten.
Murray and novak had real illnesses or injury that lasted for years.
Nadal laughs at fed’s painful foot bubu too.


Margot Says:

Ooooer Crashquet to serve for the match. Can he prove me wrong and do it?


calmdownplease Says:

Uh oh, a virtual walkover for Novak coming up!


jalep Says:

Gasquet! serving for match

But….can he serve it out without choking?


Daniel Says:

Well looks like Gasquet will spoil the party, serving 5-3 for the match now.


calmdownplease Says:

I bet he chokes!


jalep Says:

Never assume poor Gasquet will win. Not over till it’s over.

Stan breaks back


FedExpress Says:

wawa u beauty


calmdownplease Says:

hehehe although it was more about wawa than choking
Those single hand BH are quite the ballet, aren’t they?


sienna Says:

Cilic is about less then 80%Us open form…. and cokeuts is another easy opponent for djokovic.


Margot Says:

Not time to re-christen Crashquet…..yet.


FedExpress Says:

hats off to richi to make a career out of it without a proper forehand


RZ Says:

I’ve been thinking this the whole match, but why is Gasquet staying so far back on the court? I get that Wawrinka hits a hard ball and gets a lot of depth, but it still seems that Gasquet has been staying further back behind the baseline than he should be.


calmdownplease Says:

I think Stan lives to fight another day now
But could this be Richard finally finding his feet (to match his considerable talents)?


Daniel Says:

CDP, I also agree that Andy has a better shor versus Novak should they play. Heart wants Fed but heads says Andy. But I think Fed is slight favorite against Andy in semis. Fed has a better chance of beating Andy than Novak, Andy has a better shor of beating Novak in grass than Fed.

But the question is, who would Djoko prefer to face in the finals, a rematch with Fed as last year or Play Andt who beat him in Wimby final before and with home advantage?!

In both cases there is pros and cons, the 8-0 Andy streak, Fed older than last year, but the only one who beat him 2 tumes in last 12 motnhs so… Tuff to say.
I think, Djoko would prefer Andy, but just slightly.


Daniel Says:

Gasquet was 2 points away from semis. Still advanatgenof serving first, this next game is crucial for him as he lost last time he served.


sienna Says:

all swiss final

wow lets hope.


jalep Says:

Well, he has played beautiful tennis, as I expected but…it’s just not enough…or is it? LOL……


Markus Says:

Much as I want Gasquet to win, Novak will just eat him. Stan would make for a better match against Novak in the SF.


FedExpress Says:

richi grown up a bit


jalep Says:

He holds! just when thinking it’s futile to hope


calmdownplease Says:

Reasonable points well made
You might be correct too, or not
As I said, I just don’t see Roger beating a red hot Andy and AFTER that Novak
Yes he has been `ominous` but what was the competition
A bunch nylon suits from Primark in human form!
Roger WILL hit a wall at some point I’m sure of it
I don’t agree that Roger almost won last year either, Novak choked but he never looked like losing.
So if he is coming out of a difficult one with Andy I think Novak will be delighted!
There are other permutations however


Hippy Chick Says:

I think Novak will be favorite in the semis,i just think Stan has a better chance than Gasquet,i think Novak would probably prefer facing Gasquet after his last match against Stan….


calmdownplease Says:

`but why is Gasquet staying so far back on the court?`

Because he ALWAYS DOES THAT
Sometimes he’s almost on the stands
Some kind of security blanket for him but bad positioning to be sure


FedExpress Says:

why cant he challenge


jalep Says:

Yes I feel the same way about Richard in the semi as I do about Aga getting to the final to face Serena or Maria.

More competitive for sure with Stan v Nole. And Nole could get revenge maybe or maybe not.

Enjoying this…a lot…


Hippy Chick Says:

That was bad that ball was out,why couldnt he challenge so unfair?….


Hippy Chick Says:

Jalep whos your money on Fed or Murray and who do you want to win?….


calmdownplease Says:

It’s a fabulous match to be sure!


sienna Says:

so my point procent. from the karlovic Murray match.
Murray was allowed to wait on the volley. Murray got two bites of the cherry as bbc commentator says.

Wow I am on a role this Wimbly…. Hitting aces ad and deuce court…..


Hippy Chick Says:

Beautiful tennis BTW….


Daniel Says:

Murray have to serve above 60% first serves in all sets he plays from now on and don’t get distracted by anything. If he does that he has a shot at the title.

Fed is serving great with only one break, which was a 0-40 game to Simon so Murray and Djoko can do better. But even so, he is playing great I think and constructed points the way he wants.


calmdownplease Says:

but i don’t want another mahut snorathon. Whoever wins will need to have their wits and energy about them


RZ Says:

Re: the ball that was out – Stan couldn’t challenge because he waited until after his ball hit the net (and the subsequent loss of the point) to request the challenge.


calmdownplease Says:

`Murray have to serve above 60% first serves in`

KORREKT
A barometer as to whether he can win is the 60% FSP minimum
Without it, it just wont happen
Insufficient confidence & nerves you see.


calmdownplease Says:

Part of me really wants Ricky to get it, despite everything
he really deserves a bit of the limelight now too


jalep Says:

I think when Gasquet played Kyrgios he took a more aggressive stance on ROS…at least part of the time…

That was the most fierce performance from Richie in a long, long time vs Kyrgios this year. Kinda gave me hope.


calmdownplease Says:

he tried to assassinate him!


jalep Says:

Hi Hippy Chick. I picked Murray to win this Wimbledon and he still looks like the winner to me.

Federer and Nole have a shot though or if Stan wins this…you never know about Stanimal.

Federer would need to get a jump on Andy somehow and finish him in 3 sets, is my opinion. And I can’t see that happening. If anything it will be Andy in 3, 4 or 5. Federer can surprise though, as we both know.


Daniel Says:

Gascaine in a dangerous situation, 30-30


Hippy Chick Says:

Jalep hi agree with your summary,now setting that aside though who do you want to win the title lol?….


jane Says:

gascaine, lol, daniel. 10-9 in the 5th.


jalep Says:

Yes, Cdp! he did assassinate the Kid. Where is that assassin now? being too gentlemanly, to really win?

Pardon me, while I try to hold serve, he says.


Hippy Chick Says:

Gasquet is playing really gutsy tennis though,pleasing to see hes really going for it….


sienna Says:

haha because 4 /5 sets are so gruweling long esp. with fed.

crazy. all my statements and predictions have spot on.
you cannot upset me. Im proven to be Goat this Wimbly….


Rishi Says:

0-30 on Stan’s serve. Is this it?


Hippy Chick Says:

3 MPs Gasquet….


Rishi Says:

Gasquet Wins!!!!


Okiegal Says:

Stan out wow! Did not see that coming..


jane Says:

i’d like to draw your attn to my post on july 7th at 8:53 pm.
just saying.
not since 1995!!

congrats to reeshard, what a lovely win for him!


FedExpress Says:

shittttttttttttt

wawa out. richi book ur flight home. u will get demolished


jalep Says:

Hippy Chick ;)

it’s my right to remain silent.

Mon dieu! Richie has another matchpoint

He did it!!! Gasquet!

actually HC, I would be so happy for Richard to Win Wimbledon!


sienna Says:

so easy draw for Djoker but Federer will get him on sunday.


van orten Says:

Nole Vs Fed or murray in the final…what a shame ..zero Chance in the semis Now Richard …no brain to Do it Vs nole no Chance …nole in the finals..


Markus Says:

Novak is in the finals!


Margot Says:

Well done Rich! Fabulous match from both. One of those matches could’ve gone either way.


Hippy Chick Says:

Guess Gasquet forgot to choke,sorry for Stan,what a fabulous match,match of the tournament,err see you in the final Novak….


Hippy Chick Says:

Jalep yeah it would be a lovely story,dont see it though,doubt he can beat Novak and then Andy or Roger in the final….


Skeezer Says:

The Gas(sed) vs Nole semi final scoreline will be this;
Nole advances 6-0, 6-0, 1-0(retired).


jalep Says:

Took me all of the last 5 minutes to find your post from the 7th of July, jane :D


brando Says:

Congratulations to Novak for making the final. Excellent comeback post RG.


Markus Says:

That was a beautiful greatly contested match ( well, except the 2 set winning double faults, but at least they were one for each). I am really happy to see Gasquet make it to the semis in a major again. I hope he plays as intensely and as focused as he did today.


brando Says:

This result pretty much ends Fed’s chances for win unless he absolutely steam rolls Andy and conserves energy. Even then though: last year I think he dropped ONLY 1 set pre final and still lost. Regardless though: muzza and Novak back to back is a big a mountain to climb as any in best of 5 in 2015.


jane Says:

sorry jalep, i should’ve reposted. but i just had a hunch that one of the top 4 wouldnt go thru when i saw that tweet that it hasn’t happened since 1995! 20 years still stands.

that was the match of the tournament so far methinks. both love to hit extreme angles, but i haven’t seen richard DIG like that since forever, really fight for the points. his defense was fabulous. and he’s gone through some tough players – nick and stan now – so he’s obviously playing well. still remember when he beat roddick to reach the semis in 2007, but he had to play semis versus fed the next day and had nothing left.


Felipe Says:

Djokovic avoided a huge bullet…Wawrinka is a different animal in a slam semifinal.
Well…bye bye channel slam.


FedExpress Says:

i have faith in fed to do it. he knows how to beat both and has done it.

fully prepared of feds victory speech on sunday


Margot Says:

@jane
Would be surprised if he has “anything left” v Nole TBH.
On Beeb Cash or Roddick advised him to “enjoy today!”


Daniel Says:

Maybe the tennos Gods are smilling at Fed. what if by a miracle Djoko comes flat agaisnt Gascaine and he wins it? Imagine the prospect for Fed to face Gasauet in a Slam final for 18th?! Ah, one can only dream… 0,01% chance of happening.

Anyone knows who will play first on Friday, Fed x Murray or Djoko x Gasquet? I know the prime match is Murray and the brits usually put them first so the audoence is full there. Today when Djoko match started Centre courr was half empty.

Hope this serve as a boost for Gasquet to star believing more, him and other players as well. This guys are very talented and if they get on a run anything can happen (Cilic last year, Wawa this year, DelPo 2009). But Gasquet just doesn’t match well with Novak who will eat him alive if he stays this far back with angles. Also Djoko is retunring great and after the two tiebreaks agaisnt Anderson is playing some great tennis last 4 sets. Think is his tirle for the taking now.


Hippy Chick Says:

LOL Daniel has put Novaks name on the trophy,CDP has put Andys name on the trophy,and Fedexpress has put Rogers name on the trophy,maybe we should just call off the semis and call it a draw…


sienna Says:

that Murphy guy. why does he with every single point puts his fist up to his box?

is that some newly weds secret lingo?


jalep Says:

jane the match vs Kyrios did honestly give me hope for Gasquet. But rarely today did I see that kind of aggression from Richie…well, for many years anyway. I don’t think Nole is a good match-up for him, though.

It would (seem) like a relief for Nole to have Gasquet after having to deal with Anderson and Cilic.

Vasek has really improved his singles play, don’t you think? More focus and confidence in his serving. Not up to Murray’s level, but definitely a great Wimbledon run for Vasek. Hope he continues like this!


Daniel Says:

Brando,

For Murray also to beat Fed (who he lost last 3 and Djoko, who he lost last 8) on grass, #2 and #1 playing great back to back is a huge mountain to do it as well, hence I think Djoko is favorite for the title, more so than before. He will have to beat one of them and they could play a long 5th ser because I just don’t see Fed on this form and serving the way he is losing in 3, no way. Fed is too tough mentally.

Murray, even tough he has grass pedigee he can have a dip and a bad match out of nowhere. Fed beating him in 3 (very unlikelly) wouldn’t surprise me this much but the contrary is almost impossible. He lost sets to Karlovic, and Seppi, play 2 close ser to Pops, Fed is way better than them.


Daniel Says:

HC, nobody put Gasquet name on the trophy so he should win just to prove us all wrong😜


chris ford1 Says:

Gasquet has been to the semis at Wimbledon before. Along with Federer, at one time, he was considered a young “genius” of tennis. His ATP career has not panned out like Fed’s has. But he has great ability.
Nole is 12-1 h2h on Richard, only loss was back in 2007, but he respects Gasquet.
I’d be very surprised if Gasquet won though, obviously. Trick is to conserve energy.
The Final will have at least one, likely two, former Wimbledon champs playing in it. And Nole, Andy,and Roger all want to win it in the worst way.


brando Says:

@Daniel: I agree fully: it’s novaks to lose. Reality is: very few can challenge him today. And even fewer can play well on grass. By that I mean: have a chance of winning Wimbledon realistically. Things have worked out so well that the ONLY 2 who can beat him on grass,will be marginalized to just 1- more than likely-tired player after a war in the SF. Put simply: Novak has to screw up mentally to f–k this one up since reality is: it’s on a plate for him.


jane Says:

maybe not margot. but he seems a man rejuvenated. and if not, well, novak has gone through through some great servers and grass players in khols, tomic, anderson, and cilic, so if gasquet is a break, will take it happily.

jalep i think vasek has improved for sure, but i think he and sock are going to have to make some decisions going forward. sock went deep in singles at FO, losing only to rafa, and vasek went deep here, losing only to murray. i think they need to make a pact that when one is going deep in singles they need to forfeit the doubles. it was too much for vasek to play 2 five setters in one day and expect to bounce back / recover for first match next round. hopefully they can reach something that works for them mutually going forward! both have good potential in singles.


Daniel Says:

And also he seema to be finding his groove and gearing up in later rounds.

Murray started strong but I got a sense his decrease his level a bit, maybe due to playing two odd matches back to bakc, karlovic and Pops, bur I feel like he could play better and agaisnt Fed if he takes too long to realise this Fed can be on a roll as he is a great starter and front runner. Think Murray needs to up hos level from now on. What Djoko is doing, peaking in later rounds, just when needed.

I will call it a rematch of last year, Fed beating Murray in 4 and Djoko Gasquet in 3. I rather not have Fed in another Slam final, specially here if it is for him to lose. But that’s how Insee ot now.

Actually who ever of the 3 loses this final would be bad, but Fed is the one who can “afford” losing it more. He already have 7. 17 and is just play for his last hurrah.

Djoko afer RG defeat would be terrible another year losing 2 Slam finals.

Murray losing to Djoko here on grass would also be terrible, stresk goes to 9 and losing two finals on the same year to Novak won’t be nice at all.

So one of the 3 will be sky high (redemptuon for RG, final act and 18 for Fed or Murray overocming surgery and getting back tonwinnig circle after last 2 years cavalry) and the other will be devasted on Sunday. Fed “last” missed chance, Djoko frustration and Murray not quiet there yet.


Gee Says:

Novak was playing the lucky star game since 2012.

time to get the brain and body working at age 28.
It’s really a very high chance to win 7 wimbledons with his nemesis and wawrinka not improving.
He underestimated stan, overestimated nadal’s toughness & his own fitness level since ’12 and got burned big time.


Daniel Says:

Feel more sad for the loser than happier for the winner right now as I like all 3 of them.

I will still root for Fed, Djoko and Murray are still young and if they share next 7-8 Slams it’s fine by me. Let Fed have his last one: 8 Wimbledon and 18 sound much better than 7 and 17. And they can clean up next Slams untill next generation steps in. Because I can’t see anynody other than Djoko or Mureay winning Wimbleodn 2016 and 2017, the other players are just not there on grass with them. Fed would be 34 almost 35 next year so I don’t think he will be this competitve. Eventually age has to catch him.


Gee Says:

Gasquet didn’t choke on the way to his first wimbledon SF because roddick was the miserable muppet who feared federer and choked and couldn’t serve harder. there was a real dearth of talent in 2007.no one expected roddick to live in reality back then or in later years.


Jock-KatH Says:

Hiya Margo (12.41pm)

Andy played as well as he needed today – not brilliantly – oddly enuf this is encouraging – he faces The Fed. who has played well – but was somewhat at pains to explain his “mini losses” against Simon (I expect massive abuse from some for daring to say so)

Both Fed & Andy are capable of assessing the match as they go – so it really depends on who is right in their perceptions. Federer operates with a sense of entitlement and gets more determined but less efficient if not satisfied. Andy will not give up – he is on his journey and I give him 55% chance to win against Fed at 45% -
….

Whoever wins the semi will win Wimbledon – despite Nole’s well played match against Cilic today.

Agree Happy Chick – Gasquet was indeed the better player today- but no chance of beating Novak.


Giles Says:

Daniel. I think you’ve been reading too many story books. :)


brando Says:

@Daniel: do you like Nadal per chance? Ever been pleased for him When a won a major? Be honest.


Daniel Says:

Brando,

I think his decline is imminent, just can not see him winning any more majors apart from RG 2016. And there is a big if.

Don’t like his game and with his age and current status playing just 2 more majors before tunring 30 can’t see what he can do to rebuild his game. Playee can not just change the core of their games and Nadal’s core game is defense. He is hitting too much spin allowing time to players. Note how many peiple were able to blast him of court latelly. He doesn’t have serve like Fed or his aproach to net to shorten points so just can’t see him regaining form in this age, milage and with how others are playing. He is not going to win on his name and I have 14 Slams. Look at Fed, 33 #2 and still Slamless in 3 years and last 11 majors.

Think Nadal has one shot at Garros next year and that depends a lot. My take and I was saying this when the year started.


chris ford1 Says:

Daniel – “Djoko afer RG defeat would be terrible another year losing 2 Slam finals.”

Some fans look at things that way, like having the belief it would be far better for Fed’s career if he had not made it to so many clay court finals only to lose to Rafa….’If only Fed had lost in the 2nd or 3rd round, his legacy would be better than having to take all those semi and final losses on clay”.

To which I say, LOL!!
Djokovic, like Fed, has that magical something that is good health and consistent excellence. He is almost always in contention. 32 of the last 35 Slams he has made the QFs or better. 25 of the last 25 QFs, in fact. And 20 of the last 21 SFs. What this means is Djokovic will be passing McEnroe in 4 months as having the 5th most weeks as Number 1 in the Open Era, and is presently the only player of the Open Era to be in the Top 10 in winning % on all surfaces.

Fed had the benefit of being the only “Great” for a few years, which helped his streaks and for sure his odds of winning a lot of those early Fed Finals.

But ask any player if it would be better to not play in a World Cup Final and lose, or a Superbowl, or a sudden death playoff at a golf major or Slam….you would be looked at like you are crazy. Of course there is usually huge disappointment in getting there, then going away with a silver medal or RUP trophy……but you can’t win ‘em all when the competition is top notch.


courbon Says:

Sienna:”you do have some serbain roots with all the hate and bigotry in your comments. ”
I told you not to bring this crap to forum, so I will have to forget being gentelman and say this to you:
Mars u picku materinu!

Ah,I feel better now….


Daniel Says:

All of this assuming he doesn’t get any mroe injuries, although he had his share last year so I hope he doesn’t have any more.

We are entering now hos worst part of the year and I can’t see him being a factie anywhere. If he can’t win Masters on clay how os he going to win on HC?!
2013 where a big one of for him with a lot of factors for his success: Fed’s worst year since forever, Murray undergoing surgery and Djoko in lala land with losses in RG and Wimbledon. DelPo was out injured as well.


Daniel Says:

Chrisford,

I also think Djoko will ahve way kre success on Grand Slams but after 2011 if he indeed loses thw final here it would be the third year he loses 2 Slam finals: (lost 2 in 2012 and 2 in 2013). He needs another multiple Slam year asap. The only positive for him losing this Wimby final is if he wins US Open, otherwise his overall Slam count will be jeoperdize and he will be a Lendl type of playee as he can be in top 5 list. He can get close to ten slams this year but if he finishes with 8 to me he underachieve this year.

There os no good in just being consistent. Nadal doesn’t have Djoko consistency theought out all Slams but look who has 14 and is top 5 all time great? Him.

What matters is winning Slams and you seem to have a problem with that.


Brando Says:

@Daniel:

LOL Daniel, I asked if you liked Nadal or have ever been pleased for him winning a major but instead of answering the question i got a crytal ball analysis of his future. In a roundabout way though you did answer it, a certain:

NO WAY JOSE!

It’s all good, very much expected.


Daniel Says:

Also all top dogs have positive recorda in Slam finals, Djoko is already on 8-8 so he needs to win more and don’t lose finals. He is young, but not that young anynore, in 2 years he will be 30 and we don’t know how long he will dominate. You have to take as much as you can when oportunity presenta itself.

Who would have thougth that afte AO 2010 when Fed won 3 out of 4 major plus finals in 2009 that he would win only 1 more major?

Nadal last year could surpass Fed, now we don’t even know if he will win 1 more.

Things can change pretty quickly.


Hippy Chick Says:

JMO But i think Nadal has been pretty consistent even with the injuries,winning mutiple GS multiple years,and making multiple finals in all years except for 2009,winning a GS for 10 consecutive years,but whatever others may disagree fair enough,id rather have the 14 GS too….


Daniel Says:

Brando.

I said I don’t like his game. Adding also don’t like his on courr habits which I have comdem add nauseum in here last 10 years in thsi blog, but having nothing agaisnt him as person.

Love what he and Fed brought to the game and how tennis is conducted this days. Popularity and everything. Their success is great for the sport and they are huge champions.

Also his never sat die attitude shaped several players as well.


Hippy Chick Says:

I think making 20 GS finals is also a mark of consistency….


Daniel Says:

HC, he is not consistent in streaks (semis and aquarters) as Fed and Djoko are.


Daniel Says:

HC, inwas replying to CF stats post on semis and quarters and #1 longevity hence I used consistency.
Mbut of coirse overall Nadal is consistent, you don’t win a major for 10 straight years for nothing😜


Daniel Says:

Ok Brando, I may have gone to far for last year but do you or anybody else gere apart from the fan speaking honestly believe Nadal has any shot at this year US Open?!


Hippy Chick Says:

Like you say though Daniel its the GS that matter,and Nadal has 14,so i think his fans have a right to be happy about that,hes an all time great in his own right,players past and present all agree on that,so its certainly good enough for me…


Brando Says:

As for the title I see it like this:

- Federer can afford to lose:

He’s 33 and he knows others ought to win ahead of him right now. This is his Indian Summer since his career’s long been made: 17 majors, 7 Wimbledons etc.

So he can afford to lose since he’s made.

- Djokovic can afford to lose:

8 majors bagged= all time legend secured. Once all the noise is finished with post Wimby only one certainty remains: Novak will win more Slams and he’s also the best bet out there to do so than ANYONE else.

So sure: losing sucks. But can he stomach it and win more? A resounding yes. So push comes to shove, moment of honesty:

He can handle a loss.

- Murray CANNOT afford to lose:

He’s 28. His track record tells us winning Slams is harder for him than his other peers. Numbers don’t lie: 2/8 is 2/8. So he knows he likely shall have fewer chances than in the past going forward and he CANNOT let them slip up.

And oh: Wimbledon is his best bet. IF he cannot nail the win here how good a chance does he have elsewhere with his track record?

Then there’s the Djokovic problem:

IF you want to win Slams today reality is you have to deal with Novak. Now Andy is 0-8. I repeat: 0-8. Now IF he were to lose on his favourite surface, home event with him playing career best tennis (his and many analysts thought) then:

He’s TOTALLY owned by Novak.

Since outside here it’s HC and Clay and IF Novak beats him here then he’s got a lock on him like Rafa with Fed.

That would mean his Slam winning chances minimize even moreso for me. And also:

He NEEDS it to create a legacy. Fed retires pre SF: he leaves as king. Novak retires likewise: leaves as all time legend.

Andy does so and he won’t have anywhere near the status he wants. He wants a greater legacy hence he DESPERATELY NEEDS this win for a variety of reasons. After all:

IF he leaves Wimby empty handed then it’s 2 YEARS and ALL HE HAS IS A MADRID MS title. For him: that’s not good enough. At all. Therefore for me:

He needs it the most, wants it the most and cannot afford to lose. Meaning:

Most INTERNAL PRESSURE.


Emily Says:

Well, that result stung and credit to Gasquet, he beat Stan who I don’t think will ever be an elite grass court player. Good effort by him, but just wasn’t moving as well as Richard and didn’t seem to have a clear game plan.

Hurts for Stan to lose another 5-set slam QF after 2014 UO, but I think it’s a decent follow up to winning your first French. Also, part of me is glad that there won’t be this revenge narrative b/w him and Novak, so soon after their battle in Paris. Maybe it’ll happen in New York, but I’m really interested to watch the other semi, b/c I really think it’s up for grabs.


Hippy Chick Says:

Consistent in some areas but not in others,and been a Hippy Chick i also have a crystal ball and can also make predictions lol….


Gordon Says:

“it’s Nole’s to lose…” Blah blah blah x 8

When y’all cut and pasted the above from just before the French Open semis did you forget that Djokovic was beaten in the final? “Nole’s to lose…” Ha!

You experts with your predictions in here. Incredible.


Daniel Says:

Oh and of course I didn’t like when he won majors, apart from Wimby 2008 which was an epic match and emotional victory. I like the players I like and root for to win. Will never like if Berdych wins a major as well because he I don’t like as person, nor Roddick which I always found a doush.


Brando Says:

@Daniel:

Your a weasel poster and a Nadal hating bigot. Period.

I’m only yanking your chain man. Don’t believe that. Reality is your a diehard Federer fan and I cannot see such type liking Rafa. Ditto other way round.

As long as you have respect for other its fine, re your question:

I said last week that Nadal should take a vacation, time off this year and I stand by it. USO? No chance. I can list 20 solid reasons but more than anything else: I do not think Rafa believes he can win a slam this year. Or any major title for that matter.

IF Federer or Djokovic had the year Rafa has had even they wouldn’t feel confident about it privately, so why should Rafa when he says HC is tough for him? Certainly not his fav surface.

There’s too many players who are playing at a higher level and are more natural on HC than Rafa right now.

Too big a jump to go from 250 titles to a Slam. A cinderella story even Federer or Djokovic would not pull off on their fav surfaces so how can Rafa?

Hence: he should take a long holiday and relax mentally.


Brando Says:

@Emily:

I think this loss is a blessing in disguise for Wawrinka. I was hoping he would win v Gasquet but having seen his movement in last 2 matches I was certain he would lose to Djokovic.

This way: he went down fighting, performed career best Wimbledon, showed he’s mentally and gamewise still there post RG:

And he maintains his edge v Novak. That’s important since Novak is the man right now so keeping that edge will help Wawa down the line.

He’ll be much better at USO also which suits him more than Wimbledon. He’ll be fine for sure/


Daniel Says:

Brando,

Well, Hate is too strong a word, if I “hate” Nadal then you Hate Fed and Djoko just the same. Last year you prefer Fed to win Wimbledon other than Djoko, so this is what in psychology called “projection”.

I don’t like Nadal’s game nor his oncourt behavior, delays coaching and whatever. Also as I play myself just the thought of playing agaisnt somebody who plays like him gives me cringe. I am of the school that offense beats defense, shot creation beats not missing, that the “mover” and who takes the initiative first should be rewarded in the end, hence I never wanted Nadal to pss Fed’s Slam count. He can gave the HxH because in the end it only proves that it was a match up issue. All other records and Fed’s longevity prove otherwise.

But you have to give credit to Nadal, never in the history nobody was able to execute his aproach of tennis for so long and so successfull, but it always had an expiration date, from day one.


Gee Says:

It’s Novak’s fault in several june-september misfortunes, but it’s not due to fed & rafa being unbeatable and wawrinka improving a lil bit. His life and attitude are his problems.
He knows this.

That’s why he’s willing to gain haters. That’s a true champ.
I’d rather be him than a self-congratulating, mind game playing wuss who can’t win unless his opponents bend over to see how lucky and arrogant he is.

He is the one who can handle being called a phony all these years.

He will be the real tennis history king because the evidence is in beating several nemesisis many times. There is no crying about overpower, moonball and maestro match-up disasters.


Okiegal Says:

“Djokovic Faces Cilic Test”…….a first grade exam for the Joker!! He will be in the finals but not sure he’ll be facing. I had picked Fed to win his 18th but Andy is playing really good! Excited for the SFs!! C’mon Andy!!


the_mind_reels Says:

@Brando: yes, Djokovic has owned Murray in recent years, but on this surface, Murray owns Djokovic in their rivalry (granted they’ve only played twice, but he is a perfect 2-0 against Djokovic on grass).

This would bode well for Murray should they both win their SF matches, and Djokovic could still have some hangover from losing his last GS final regardless of whom he plays.

I don’t think it’s a clear-cut W for Djokovic if he meets Murray.


Emily Says:

@Brando,
Think you may be right b/c Stan needed to have a good result to follow up the French, and this is his least favorite surface.

Also, if he lost to Novak (which I think he would’ve based on how they were both playing to this point), he would lose the momentum in their head to head. Now he keeps that confidence going into the hard court season. Thanks for helping me see the silver lining


Brando Says:

@themindreels:

Fair poiht and agree: no final will be a walkover exactly but for me:

The mental aspect is the most important at this stage in a slam.

These guys are pretty equal interms of form, confidence, ability to win etc but the winner will be the one who plays the best points well and seizes his chances. The mental capacity informs that hugely.

It’s like McEnroe said: at the top really they are all equal with the edge always going to the one who is in a better place mentally. Now in Djokovic v Murray matchup:

Advantage Novak.

He clearly has a good matchup there (see stats), is the superior player (see individual records) and seen as the stronger mentally.

I think for Andy it will be a real mental battle beyond a Slam, akin to Novak’s challenge here last year when he said he was also fighting his demons. Andy has to fight his demons: can I beat Novak? Can I win a Slam after a 2 year drought? etc.

The way he’s been so far this event has been disappointing for me since he’s having consistent lapses.

And oh: Novak is a near certain lock for Finals day. Andy is far from certain.

Hope Andy pulls it off but when I think about the overall picture, I do have serious doubts.


Brando Says:

@ Daniel:

Eh? Hate Fed because I was supporting him last year in a Slam final? LOL, hardly the best kind of evidence. And hate Novak? Even Courbon recognised my psot RG final saying if Rafa cannot win in future I hope Novak does. And IF it’s a nole v fed final i’m team nole due to RG loss.

So yeah: i’m all hate baby if you say so.

As for your fedal opinion:

Well that’s it isn’t it? just another opinion. Like arseholes, everyone’s got one! But I can respect your’s, have my own take which disagress completely but it’s irrelevant ultimately to this thread.

Let’s stick to relevant topic:

Your pick for SF’s and IF it’s fed v nole or AM v nole?


RZ Says:

@Daniel “nobody put Gasquet name on the trophy so he should win just to prove us all wrong.” LOL, I was thinking the same thing. Should he win, he should pull a Bartoli and promptly retire from tennis.


chris ford1 Says:

Best player this year is Djokovic, but the 2nd best player, Andy, is playing awesome tennis, losing ONLY to Novak this year.
The 3rd best player is Fed, even though Stan beat him and won a Slam. Fed is in the mix and at age 34, that excellence is impressive and adds to Fed’s great legacy, whether he wins another Slam or WTF or a couple more Masters 1000s.

I have to go with Novak and Andy as the semi winners. Djokovic respects Gasquet and Andy respects Fed…and they are not looking past those guys, but I see a Novak and Andy final.
I think in present form, both are pretty equal(with Andy having the home fans). I wouldn’t call it.
But I also toss out Andy’s 2013 as a factor. In the semis, Novak was beaten to a pulp by Juan Martin, in what the Argentine called his best played match ever, even counting his 2009 win over Fed at the USO.


Brando Says:

@Emily:

No worries, anytime. For me it’s been a resounding success for Wawrinka post RG since I like many expected him to perform poorly here due to RG win and it taking time to get over it, re-establish hunger for more.

Yet he beat Kyrgios at Queens, lost a tight, close match there to Anderson. Gave career best Wimbledon performance and lost in a tight, narrow match to a world class grass talent in Gasquet. So for me:

He’s done excellently for himself on his weakest surface.

With a long break now I think come USO series he’ll be locked in again on a more favourable surface.


skeezer Says:

“Your a weasel poster and a Nadal hating bigot. Period.”

MODERATORS…PAHLEEASE!


skeezer Says:

Know this is a longshot, but if Gas just so happens to win Wimby then none of the big 4 will have won any Slams this year, with only one more to go. Now THAT would be something!


Brando Says:

^blind to the part where I mentioned i’m taking the mick are we? Of course we since we are skeezer: all we do is annoy nadal fans.

case in point.


skeezer Says:

So nobody is picking Fed eh? All about Andy and Nole. Ok. Hehe….


Daniel Says:

Brando,

Please, you are better than that, don’t patronize me, your “new found love” for Djoko is BS. When Wawa won Roland Garros last point, your first post here was a single sentence: “YES” C’mon no hypocrisy needed. You don’t want Djokovic to win RG ever.

Last year you were all over Novak with essays on his weak mentality and blah blah and now are kind of bitter against Fed, so you don’t fool me and some others. Let’s leave at that, as long as you said, we respect each other opinion regardless if they are different from ours.

As for your question I was the first to called semis results and said it’s Djoko versus Fed. Felt something is a little of with Andy game and think he is decreasing his level with each match. He will need a commanding serving day (which actually was always the case when he beat Federer), if he has his dips Fed will take advantage, but I think their semis is 55-45 to Fed.

As for the final, still think Djoko wins, unless Fed crushes Andy and wins in straight sets, to maybe..maybe impose some doubts in Novak, who can again feel the pressure with a potential back to back Slam loss.

You said in an above post that Djoko can afford to lose the final, but I think he is in as much as Murray internal pressure, but agree, Murray is under more pressure to win than him.


Brando Says:

‘then none of the big 4 will have won any Slams this year’:

Were we fast asleep in late january, early february old Sir?


Daniel Says:

skeeze,

I let that go, and he was the one saying we should “respect” others, go figure!


Daniel Says:

I am gonna work out now, come back later for us to discuss some more, love this site;-)


skeezer Says:

Yep forgot about AO this year( which Nole seems to won nowadays ), I was thinkin about Cilic( USO last year ) and Wawa at FO this year….


Brando Says:

@Daniel:

Hold on: You go on about ‘prjoecting’ and now you are telling me what I truly believe. Really? Come on old sport, let’s not get ridiculous. And of course I was happy Wawrinka won, I called it a performance that would defeat Nadal even on that thread.

And you mention last point, fast forward post ceremony and I say I hope Novak wins in future outside Rafa. Could it be that post match ceremony has one feeling sorry for Novak?

Nah, not according to Daniel who apparently knows others better than they know themselves! And hang on:

Weren’t you the poster who whining and moaning when Rafa won RG final 2014 that I cannot wait to see his lose here? Being such a bitter diva? There I know I am not projecting since the thread is on: record.

As for last year: I said what I thought about Novak in GS finals. I backed it with facts. Do you know them per chance? And I even had Novak fans here agreeing to my points. I’m more than cool with that.

And suddenly feeling bitter about Fed? LOL, give me a break Sherlock. What suddenly has led you to believe that? What evidence to provide for basis as to my suddenly feeling bitter re Fed in your wise estimation?

And one more thing:

Please do not confuse my amusement at your seemingly obvious idiocy in apparently ‘knowing’ what I think, feel with the notion of patronizing.

But side stepping that back and forth which you seem to insist on continuing, i’ll try again on sticking to the MATTER ON HAND:

You make reasonable points, thanks for that. But have you considered McEnroe’s point:

That maybe we are overrating Federer’s challenge since he’s beating lesser players that he has no real issue with anyhow and that the ones he has struggled with in recent years he’s yet to face.

A case similar to say Nadal looking excellent pre RG QF v lesser players and then suddenly meets a top tier player: off home.


Okiegal Says:

I have said two or three times that I think Fed will get his 18th. Andy is playing better than I actually thought he would…..so it’s iffy for me now!!

C’mon Andy! Make the home crowd proud! I guess I’m an accidental poet….sometime my posts rhyme….. :)


Daniel Says:

Brando,

Yes, I was complaining about Nadal last year and said, one day his clay dominance will be over and pretty soon. Guess what, who was there in Roland Garros this year to watch him lose?! Dada, me. I flew to Paris the minute the draw went out because I knew Djoko would beat him and I wanted to watch it live. So I am true to myself for a long time, you are the one shifting sides.

Also, you create an impression on me over Nadal through the years so I can create the same one over you towards Fed and Djoko, is not from today, we go way back.

Regarding you suddenly being bitter towards Fed, one explanation could be that when you realize with Nadal drop in level and rankings that he is not going to pass Fed’s Slam total, you resented it, last year you were more friendly towards Fed but now that he is #2, something changed. Until last year, many though he still had a shot, now is pretty much gone.

And you can perfectly change your opinions but if you “project” some idea over me, I can do the same to you, as I pretty much have one already for a long time. It’s perfectly fine as we chat here and with others for a few years already.

Ref Mc, agree that Fed din’t played any stellar competition, but neither has Murray, I mean he should be crushing Pops way easier than today and had one of the closest matches with Ivo, who he handed pretty easy in the past. That’s why I am basing my predictions of semis.

Now I have to go, come back later.


Gee Says:

Old fed is lucky to be in qfs because grass players are almost as bad as ancic, roddick and hewitt.
The good news is gasquet handled an improved late bloomer wawrinka. Novak obviously is very bitter about his lack of attention to tennis, which hurt his legacy until his real 2014-5 domination time span. Even in 2013, he didn’t believe he was consistent enough to be a top level legend.


Brando Says:

@Okiegal:

Interesting you say Federer will win 18. For me the 18 for Federer always had a pre-requisite:

He has 2 get lucky with draw and face only 1 top 3 player (we all know 3).

A case of Sampras-esque perfect storm.

Opportunity 1 was Wimbledon last year. Only Novak and that too a Novak who had a run of Slam losses. I could see him winning then. Was close.

Opportunity 2, infact, THE opportunity: USO 14. Dominated USO series and lo and behold: a slam without facing any of the top 3. For me that was a case of now or never since it’s now going to get this good at age 33 plus.

It was the jackpot moment. And he did not capitalize.

This though seems way to tough IMO:

Some here will claim they ‘know my thoughts’ (we got some mystic meg’s here apparently, ask them some lottery numbers seeing as they got it all on lock down, lol) but think him winning 6 sets off Murray and then Djokovic in back to back slam matches is just unbelievably tough.

And as good as he’s playing:

He ONLY faced 1 top 20 player this grass season and that too was someone in his first GS QF in a age, on a surface he doesn’t enjoy: Simon.

Maybe it’s just me but I don’t see how that’s ground for saying he’s a lock. It’s akin to:

Rafa beating down all in Buenos Aires, week rest, beats pre QF RG draw and we all say he’s going to smash top tier because he’s inform, the stats, track record, yada, yada. We all know what happened next.

BOTTOM LINE:

Their is a MASSIVE GULF between the likes of Djokovic and Murray and the rest in slams in 2015. It’s a huge step up in class, and a tough one for a 33 year old no matter how good he is against lesser players.


Wog Boy Says:

Nole made 7 SF and 3 F and won it twice and yet “experts” on TX are calling grass as the surface he is not quite comfortable with, he is as good as anybody else if not better bar Roger on grass in this century.


Brando Says:

@Daniel:

Seriously, why post more bile that’s inaccurate:

- ‘complaining’:

Er looked like some butthurt comment from someone who couldn’t handle seeing Rafa win if you ask most others, but okay you were complaining. And to whom were you registering this complaint: Rafa, French Federeration, TX admin. I hope you ‘complained’ to the relevant body.

- ‘So I am true to myself for a long time,’:

Buddy I don’t know you, so who am I to suggest otherwise? And ultimately, that is just a self belief of your own. I don’t know, you could be wrong, many fail to see beyond their nose: could you be one such aloof fool? I don’t know, could be.

- ‘you are the one shifting sides.’:

Er hang on there Chief, that’s just your opinion. Not a fact. And recall my opinions/arseholes comment on that front as to merit of it. But have you considered this notion Daniel are you far too rooted as a individual:

That over the passage of time human beings can evolve, positions/beliefs change, likewise something as cheap as opinions?

Clearly not since all that is going over your head with your weak rebuttals on shows.

-’but now that he is #2, something changed’:

LMFAO: what bufoonry!

Cite evidence pal, not conspiracy theories twirling in your mind, but evidence, genuine basis that suggest my opinion has changed.

I don’t care for what nonsense you have twirling in your imagination. You claimed to know I am bitter suddenly re Fed:

Tell me with real evidence as to why I am suddenly bitter. Don’t spout nonsensical private suspicions and extrapolate them into being valid basis enough to be held as reason enough as to what I may think.

Re Projecting:

It’s obvious which one is doing so here: you. The wise Budha who suddenly has a insight into what i think, feel and believe without my very own knowing.


skeezer Says:

Wot boy,
Agree with you there. Nole has been great on grass, and his grass court game looks improved this year. Scary. I wonder how much Becker has influenced him here? His serve has improved ( yet again ), his BH slice has improved, and his volleys have…….well still a work in progress but who needs that when you have a game like Nole? Hehe…


skeezer Says:

wow boy…oops


Wog Boy Says:

skeezer,
Yeah, agree, Becker’s influence is much bigger than people want to see and recognize, even my Nole fans, I have/had a lot of problems to explain that to them so I gave up, and I wasn’t even Boris’s fan during his playing days.


Gee Says:

Novak’s ‘improvements’ weren’t helping the us open and french open play. He almost went down vs kevin then didn’t look too positive but he likes to give most of the success credit to becker.
Kev doubted that novak was very strong. Novak should stop sending more weak play for any opponent to doubt his number 1 status.

Becker’s promoting his book. Coincidentally, he forgot to mention the federer “friendly rivalries” with safin, roddick and hewitt.
Obviously, fred’s joyful when he mentions those 3.
Fred fans don’t object viciously when becker mentions the turkeys who became fred’s special pals.


Okiegal Says:

@Brando…..It will be a tall order for sure. I didn’t make that prediction until Rafa got knocked out. Tee hee hee…..It’s too bad he didn’t draw the #2 player 2nd round……just saying! Yes, I’m being a little tacky! I can’t be that sweet little charming gal from the bible belt all the time!! Lol
It’s church night and I’m off!! Have a good evening everyone!!


Daniel Says:

Brando,

You were the first one projecting on me towards Rafa. I posted here vastly who I like so if ai say I want Fed to win one more and Djoko and Andy to shift the other and Nadal doesn’t win anynore you shouldn’t be “ofended” by it. so why bother?!

Same as when you say things negative towards Fed or Djoko, I don’t get offebd by it.

But acuse me or something that you be guilt of doing ad infinitum here (againt Fed fan, Djoko fans and who ever elae I am forgetting) and than act all Polyana on me is too much. Sorry.

You don’t like Fed nor Djoko and there is no need to “proof” on here. Is in the archives for anyone to see.


skeezer Says:

Gee,
So what are you reeeaallly trying to say? ;-)


jalep Says:

Part of the trouble with Cilic on grass is getting to the low ball. Actually think he was better suited for grass when his frame was lighter – less bulky. Not saying he’s overly bulky but has added muscle and is bigger and a bit slower on grass than he was a few years ago. He doesn’t appear as nimble or float around like he used to – thinking back to the year he and Tommy Haas played an epic match at Wimbledon. Marin was quite young and I thought his movement, aggressive game,and speed suited grass. Now thinking his game is for HC and maybe clay more. He was still rehab’ing from injury this clay season to tell too much about his clay game.

Saw enough glimpses today of scary brilliance to remind me how he won USO last year. Cilic might be peaking just in time again for USO.

jane – agree with you about Sock and Pospisil. Might be time for them to focus on their singles potential. Jack was surprisingly good on clay and Vasek on grass.


Wog Boy Says:

Gee,
Correct me if I am wrong, you are saying Boris didn’t improve Nole’s game, right?
Well, for the start, have a look at Nole’s service and net game prior and after Boris joined the team and then come back with your argument against Boris.
Have a look at their results too, in eighteen months since Boris joined the team Nole won: 2 GS, 1 WTF, 8 Masters….
As for the book…you can’t sell it if there is no some “interesting” parts of it, who can sell the book better than Federer? I am sure first time they meet (Boris and Roger) they will have a lough over it. Nobody would know for his book if he wasn’t Nole’s coach and dragged Roger in at the same time:)


muhammad nizam Says:

Stunning performance roger federer…. the legend and king of grass… hopefuly will claim the wimbledon title this year… the maestro


Daniel Says:

Gasquet will get closer to top 10 with this result, Grigor will lose a bunch of points. Have to check the math later but there will definetly have some shifts come next week.


jalep Says:

If Grigor had the mind for it, he could be so great on grass. Last year he was making forward progress – this year, a couple steps backward. Still hope for him but some elements of seriousness and maturity need to evolve, I think. An intervention of the tennis gods is requested.


jalep Says:

Tennis Channel commentator reported that Wawrinka is changing his name to Wow-rinka hehehe…that’s what I love about Stanimal. He does have a good sense of humor about all of this fame and success. The plastic bags covering his rackets have ‘Stan the Man’ in black bold lettering on them.

Gotta love him. Just don’t want him beating Nole at FO again.

Re-watching the quarterfinals for fun.

Simon wasn’t at his best – not as sharp as he was v Berdych anyway. Federer might have had something to do with it.


Jeez Says:

Wawrinka may now very well be called

TANKRINKA !!!

1st it was ANDERCHOKE now TANKRINKA …

But both have done Djokovic

a

World of FAVOUR !!!


jalep Says:

lol, Jeez. Anderchoke…

Still think Stan has earned the surname WOWrinka after FO. He changed his first name from Stanislas to Stan, or Stan the Man after AO win. What will it be if he wins USO?


Hippy Chick Says:

So Andys Wimbledon win in 2013 doesnt actually count because Novak had faced Delpo in a gruelling 5 setter,and Rafas great year in 2013 doesnt count because everyone else was crap,i guess if we search hard enough we can find an astericks for any players wins,and an excuse for any losses to make ourselves feel better,i have to ask though whats the point it changes nothing?….


Hippy Chick Says:

Daniel says he loves this site,im the exact opposite in that i hate this site sometimes,seems that this site has a very selective idea on what should and shouldnt be moderated,i suppose it all depends on which posters and which players are on the recieving end of the insults,so much for the tennis-x guidelines eh,not worth the paper they are written on….


sienna Says:

Agree with HC

only aan pitty she isnt more specific about her claims….

I can … It mainly is about slamming Roger and Serena. Hippy Chick is a big instigator with shear hatred towards those two. So bad that even racial bigottery in Serenas case is deployed.

Hippy Chick herself while not a racist brings Mirka Federerfans and cultural problems in the mix always portraying innosense and stating the obvious catchphrase Only my opinion.
She always does enough for the through racists to make more trouble Wotboy, Danica etC.
But they get away with murder on this site.


Hippy Chick Says:

Sienna let me clarify?i dont dislike Federer in fact he was actually my favorite player till i watched Rafa,he just isnt anymore,hes an amazing champion,that has scaled the heights of tennis like others can only dream of,and i have defended him on this forum from time to time,and i also have nothing against Mirka either its just when i look at her she doesnt appear to look all that happy and i stand by that,Xisca is carving out a career in law so doesnt attend Rafas matches the way Mirka does with Roger the dynamics are just different,as for Serena i dont condone racism and glad the posts from certain quarters were removed eventually,she is another amazing player probably the best in history or closing in on that,i just dont care much for womens tennis to be honest,and i thought it unfair that she didnt give the fans 5 minutes to sign any autographs after her match against Watson,and i wouldve said the same about any other player too….


calmdownplease Says:

`Novak was beaten to a pulp by Juan Martin, in what the Argentine called his best played match ever, even counting his 2009 win over Fed at the USO..`

Eh?
No he wasn’t (beaten to a pulp), that’s complete revisionism
I wonder what the excuses will be if Andy gets through Fed and beats Novak this time?
or is Richard going to shock us all and have a match of it.


calmdownplease Says:

Oh, I thought i’d just mention that some of the stats about Andy you guys mention are skewered rendering your arguments less than firm.
And why?
BECAUSE HE WAS COMING BACK FROM SURGERY
And I’d though I’d mention it In case you didn’t know anything about it.
;-)


Jock-KatH Says:

Happy Chick – Your comments are fine and fair –

@ Daniel – would be interested in reading ranking changes when you’ve got time.

According to my tennis guru (the fishman who delivers door to door) – he is very impressed by Gasquet and is betting he’ll beat Nole —NO WAY says I – he reminded me that every time he does bet on tennis he wins.

His views on Andy v Roger? – not willing to commit.


RZ Says:

@Jock-KatH and Daniel – here’s the top 8 after Wimbledon based on a tweet by Ben Rothenberg. (I guess who wins won’t make a difference in the standings for now). Of course some of the more interesting rankings would be after number 9 (Rafa, Dmitrov, Pospisil)

1. Djokovic
2. Federer
3. Murray
4. Wawrinka
5. Nishikori
6. Berdych
7. Ferrer
8. Raonic


Daniel Says:

Thanks RZ.

As for 9 to 16 I know Simon and Gasquet will get close to ten and Dmi will drop to around 15.


RZ Says:

@Daniel – thanks. I’m guessing that Goffin would move up a couple of spots too.

For British interest, I know that James Ward will move into the top 100.


Jock-KatH Says:

Thanks RZ.
The race to London will likely maintain 1 thru 4 unchanged – from 5 onwards could be affected??!!


RZ Says:

@Jock-KatH – Good question. I’m guessing that that Fed would overtake Wawrinka for the #3 spot. Gasquet would probably gain quite a bit here too.


jalep Says:

Pospisil will get inside the top 30. Not sure exactly where but I did look at that last night.

If Murray wins Wimbledon, doesn’t he pass Federer in the rankings?

I don’t look at race to London much until after USO.


jalep Says:

Goffin will edge past Dimitrov. Keeping an eye on the amazing Goffin ;)


RZ Says:

@Jalep – I think Murray moving ahead of Fed was contingent on Fed losing before the semis. But if Murray wins, he’d probably pass Fed by the U.S. Open. He’s been ahead of him in the race all year long.

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