Roger Federer v Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic v Richard Gasquet; Wimbledon SF Picks And Pans
by Sean Randall | July 9th, 2015, 2:32 pm
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And we are down to just four at our third Major of the season. No surprises really with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray getting through to the Wimbledon semifinal round, but Richard Gasquet? He’s the outlier in the quartet, but does he realistically have a chance to spoil another Big 4 final?

To my picks.

No. 1 Novak Djokovic v No. 21 Richard Gasquet
To answer my first question, it’s no. Richard Gasquet won’t spoil the Big 4 party.

Novak Djokovic leads Gasquet 11-1, and to make matters that much worse Gasquet is coming off a 3-and-a-half hour 5-set quarterfinal win over Stan Wawrinka. That’s not a good preparation for Djokovic.

After a brief scare in the fourth round courtesy of Kevin Anderson, Djokovic looked extremely good Wednesday against Marin Cilic. And against Gasquet I expect a similar effort. because unlike Anderson who plays big man-type tennis, Gasquet doesn’t have that massive serve so points will go longer allowing Djokovic to find more groove and rhythm.

The Frenchman, though, is playing about as well as he has in a long time. And he’s got some impressive wins this week beating Grigor Dimitrov, Nick Kyrgios and then Wawrinka.

The book on Gasquet is his forehand isn’t that strong and mentally he falls apart. So far, however, the forehand has held up and mentally he’s kept it together, avoiding a “replay” against Kyrgios and fighting through the nerves late in that win over Wawrinka.

The problem is, Djokovic on grass is a much better player than Stan and the head-to-head I think will be too much to overcome.

That said, Gasquet should be playing with house money. He’s got to be happy just to make a semifinal, so anything else from here is a bonus. Therefore, I expect him to unload his deep arsenal of shots and give it a go against the World No. 1. Still, it won’t be enough.
The pick: Djokovic in four

No. 2 Roger Federer v No. 3 Andy Murray
The only person playing better than Andy Murray the last few months has been Novak Djokovic. If fact, he’s te only guy to beat the Scot since February.

The Married Murray’s won 25 of 26 matches with wins over guys like Kei Nishikori and Rafael Nadal in Madrid, David Ferrer and Nick Kyrgios at the French, and this week he has wins over Ivo Karlovic and Vasek Pospisil.

Let’s be honest, though, other than the two wins in Madrid, there’s not a whole lot of “wow”.

Federer’s hasn’t had quite the run like Murray, but like his counterpart he’s also undefeated this grass season grabbing Halle for his lead-up title. Federer has recent wins over Tomas Berdych and Stan Wawrinka at Rome, Gael Monfils at the French and on the grass he’s beaten Ivo Karlovic and this week Gilles Simon. So that, too, is a whole lot of “meh”.

Point is, both say they are confident, playing better than ever, all those buzzwords, etc. But in comparing results, I’m cancelling out their resumes. I just think it’s about even in terms of who’s in better form.

The head-to-head similarly tells us it’s quite even at 12-11 for Federer. However, the Swiss has taken the lead winning the last three since Murray’s 2013 surgery.

Murray, of course, beat Federer to win the gold in 2012 just after losing to Roger is a tight 2012 Wimbledon final.

So aside from the humiliation Murray suffered at the 2014 ATP Finals, this is a close call.

For Federer, he’s got to continue to serve well, get to the net and attack. Murray will break his serve, but as long as he’s applying the pressure and converting well he’ll be OK.

For Murray, again serve well, but he has to return well off the second serve and get Roger on the move.

In the end, I just can’t get past Murray 1-13 record vs the Top guys. But I’m going to. I’ll drink the Murray Pimm’s and take him to stop Roger in a classic.
The pick: Murray in five

ESPN has live coverage of the Wimbledon men’s semifinals starting at 8am ET.

FRIDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Richard Gasquet (FRA) [21]
Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v Roger Federer (SUI) [2]


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468 Comments for Roger Federer v Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic v Richard Gasquet; Wimbledon SF Picks And Pans

Margot Says:

Loking your pick Sean :)
And there’s one Murray in the final already!
Go Murrpee! Well done!


RZ Says:

Yay for Jamie Murray and John Peers! One more match to go…


FedExpress Says:

one murray already in the final. thats enough.

fed in four


Brando Says:

Murray v Federer:

It’s a tough one to predict. There’s not much certainty in that one except you get the feeling it’s going to be a very nervous, emotional roller coaster affair. Trying to look at reasonably the matchup here I see it as the following:

- Federer advantages:

1. Superior serve.

I don’t rate Fed’s wins so far due to the vastly below par opposition. But what I have impressed with is how solid is serve is. That’s a huge component when in it’s simplest form tennis is a matter of serving and returning. Fed certainly has one aspect on complete lockdown.

2. Mental strength.

Fed seems serene, focused, cool and has the look of a man on mission. I said it an age ago: barring Rafa, he’s the toughest cookie out there mentally for me. And that’s huge. In a match between equals, it usually boils down to who can keep their mind clear, cool and deal with the pressure, deal breaking points best.

With Fed I just feel he has a huge advantage here since we KNOW barring when facing Rafa: Fed can get beat by a better player on a given day, but rarely if ever, does he hand it over on a silver plate.

He does not beat himself and that’s a huge in the biggest matches of our sport.

3. Winning pedigree.

Fed is a winner. It’s his habit. He knows what to do in these matches, since he’s so accustomed to them and used to winning. This is a huge plus since you know he ain’t going to get fazed by the occasion: he’ll relish it.

And he just wins 99% of the times.

Some people in life are nearly mens, the unlucky sod, the bridesmaid. Some are winners. With Fed being a winner: you got to recognize his KILLER INSTINCT for these matches. It’s in his DNA to take care of such matches. That’s going to be a natural confidence booster, doubt eraser for Fed.

- Murray Advantages:

1. Superior return game:

Andy knows he’s got the art of returning mastered and he can consistently apply pressure on Fed’s serve in a manner that Fed has not faced yet till date. He can seriously eat into a part of Fed’s game that must perform excellently if Fed has any chance of winning. The fact that he faced Karlovic and actually did so well bodes quite promisingly for him in this match.

2. Superior physical condition:

Andy is the younger man by 6 years. That’s huge. He’s probably the faster of the 2, certainly you imagine has the superior stamina and in a match many feel will go long: his superior physical condition should be a major advantage against a Federer- let’s be honest- who in recent years has had it tough going in physical battles in Slam matches.

3. He’s in his prime:

This matters quite alot. Andy feels at the peak of his game, whereas Fed is in the Indian Summer stage of his career. Quite obviously there is a vast difference as to how that reflects in your game.

Andy has reached RU, SF in the 2 prior slams this year, whereas Fed has delivered QF, R3. A clear reflection of where they are at in their respective careers, and for many analysts: it’s off no surprise, and quite expected.

So Andy being in his prime, Fed not so much, is something that ought to play in big time when the match is played out since surely Andy’s skill set being at it’s best shall favor him greatly in this one.

The pick?

British bias has me saying Andy, but truthfully speaking I have no real idea and I just believe it shall be tense, nervy and quite close an affair.

Whoever is the victor though shall gain a HUGE confidence boost for the final, but if it’s Federer: he must get the job done in less than 5 sets since we know Andy will get the ball back in play alot of times.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Brando, great analysis. You’re on a roll.


AR Says:

@Brando

Great post, I agree with you on most of your points. For me though, the X-factor is that I think that Federer at his best is a clear level higher than Murray at his best, and that Fed has another gear that he can reach (which he didn’t need to in any of his matches so far). We have seen several instances of matches, both slam and non-slam, where Fed has taken his game to a higher level against Murray or simply been too good from the start. I think that if he reaches that higher gear, then he will relatively comfortably beat Murray — my guess is 3 or 4 close sets. Murray’s best shot is to make it super physical and hope that Fed isn’t at that highest level.


Jock-KatH Says:

Brando – get what you are saying. One thing though:

Federer is just like any other player – his serve is often only as good as his confidence….solid serve to begin but if feeling tense “erratic serve”.

(PS: Can’t say same about Andy whose serve is often erratic).


Margot Says:

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/andy-murray-wimbledon-2015-roger-federer/

KatH and all Andy fans. Fab, insightful article. Well written too.


sienna Says:

It is nice brandi to try and reason your way, and it is well said. Amazingly honest and fair towards fed. comming from you he has made impression.
Still your bias cannot keep you from picking Federer. He is on a mission. We have seen it before in TMF years. Sampras years. Agassi AO years. Rafael had it many years but 2005 stick to me. Rafa looked like a the winner in every round.
We have seen it with Cilic.

and now it is Federer but fine to be underdog until final. But it wont even be a close match.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Margot, thanks. I’m not a Murray fan, but that’s a great article.


Okiegal Says:

Brando is on a roll…..agree with TV, great analysis…….but, C’MON ANDY!!


van orten Says:

when was the last time sean predicted a win by fed vs one of the top guys???


Jock-KatH Says:

Yes Margot, yes.

Thought to add something else – but don’t want to spoil it.

Sleep well.


RogNadFan Says:

Fed in Four. Interestingly,in the match up between these guys (unlike Nole vs Fed), Fed’s BH doesn’t get pushed by Murray’s BH. Murray has a great back hand but for some reason Fed always plays great BH against Murray. Check AO 2010 or Wimby 2012, or any other smaller tournaments. This is key because Fed’s FH is far dangerous than Murray’s.
While both guys have great grass game, Fed has far more variety and a much better 2nd serve. His net game has seldom been ineffective against Murray. While Murray is a great returner, I haven’t previously seen his returns particularly troubling Roger; and Fed isn’t too shabby of a returner either.
So, given both guys come out with their normal contemporary self, I don’t see Murray taking down Roger here. There will definitely be several break-trades. The fact that Fed had a quick match will also help him tomorrow.


Brando Says:

@TV,Okiegal:

Thanks, but i’m always on a roll! p

Seriously though, that’s just amateur stuff, this is real, top tier analysis, excellent breakdown of the match by A-Rod:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/33465931

‘I think it is too close to call. If anyone says with any measure of confidence that they truly believe one or the other will go out there and definitely win, they are probably not telling the truth.’

So completely true!

I think the interesting part A Rod touched upon there is the crowd: just who will they favour more? I hope Andy get’s his share of strong support since the truth is Fed is universally popular everywhere, but at the same time had he played a certain player in Spain, or another player in Serbia we fully well know home support will be for Fed’s opponent.

Hope the crowd does not bail out on Andy.


Brando Says:

PS:

He’s only been around for a couple of days but Andy Roddick already has taken the mantle for being my favourite commentator.

Great voice, quick wit, intelligent insight, understanding of the game, very fair yet always honest and seeking to speak the truth, affable with a excellent humour that brings laughter.

Fed was right when BBC announced Andy’s appointment to the team:

A Rod rules!


jane Says:

this is a cool info-graphic on the importance of winning the first point – it looks at that from the perspective of both the server and the returner. i think it was done before stan was eliminated though.

http://www.si.com/tennis/2015/07/08/daily-data-viz-how-important-is-winning-first-return-serve-point?xid=si_social


Wog Boy Says:

I wouldn’t discount person who beat red hot Kyrgios and Wawrinka (forget Dimitrov) and Nole is yet to play his best tennis. His return game is not there yet, his eyes are still wondering and occasionally are just blank, FO lost final is still on his mind, whether people want to see that or not. Forget Cilic match, he is his regular customer.
For me Andy is the favorite as long as he can keep it together in his head, not just against Roger but to win it all, but I am worried about mental part of Andy’s game, particulary when he plays Roger.


skeezer Says:

RogNadFan,
Like your summary :). Kinda feel the same way. Little worried about Murrays new Lob game though. it can stifle an attacking game like Feds if he uses it wisely and timely. That is something new Murray has been showing in this tourney. Fed? Mentally he doesn’t fear Murray, and Murray knows it. We’ll see!


jalep Says:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2517815-wimbledon-2015-mens-semifinals-federer-vs-murray-preview-and-prediction/page/8

Had to search high and low for someone tipping Federer. Tipping Federer in 4 tight sets.

Betting sites have Murray at a slim advantage – nearly even, for the most part.

I thought Berdych would get to the semi, then Murray knock him out there. So, I don’t know. Didn’t plan on Federer v Murray. Just picked Murray to win the title and I’m staying with that pick.

But agree with Wog Boy about Nole – he’s not quite there. Not saying he can’t beat Gasquet – probably yes, he can. But if assassin Gasquet shows up, the one that took out Nick Kyrgios, maybe not. Gasquet appears in better shape than ever. 3.5 hours is not terrible for a five set match.


Okiegal Says:

@Brando….

I haven’t had the pleasure of getting A-Rod as a commentator yet. Don’t know if I ever will! But would like to. I always appreciated the way he took it to the reporters in his pressers….he was very funny!!


Wog Boy Says:

jalep,
Nole said that Gaquet is fitter than ever since he was working really hard on his fitness last six months, his team identified that as major problem and worked hard to improve it, so I agree, five setter with Stan won’t affect Gasquet game. To prove the point, Stan was the one who blinked first at the end of the match, those double faults, netted points and shanked one were direct result of tiredness and Gasquet looked as fresh as daisy.


Wog Boy Says:

jalep, there are another two who are tipping Federer in four, very nice insight, you know them both, they suspect Andy’s shoulder is not quite right, have a look:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-i2HUCP28Q


jane Says:

i love steve flink wog boy!! he actually writes objectively – which i find to be **incredibly** rare in tennis coverage. in fact, it’s quite easy to identify who supports whom after reading their work for a while. but besides that, flink’s articles have minutely detailed match analysis that can make you feel as though you’ve actually watched a match that you haven’t after reading them. thanks for sharing that video – i don’t think i had ever seen him before!


jane Says:

so far i have enjoyed roddick’s commentary very much, and, as i suspected, there was utterly no problem with his commentary during nole’s match; indeed, he praised him effusively, as noted by this reporter from si.com

Courtney Nguyen ‏@FortyDeuceTwits Jul 8
Seriously though, the respect Roddick has for Novak’s game is off the charts. And Murray’s professionalism/ethic. Running themes all day.


Wog Boy Says:

jane,
I picked up this video from the other forum. Agree he sounds like very knowledgeable and witty person but so is the Italian dude, I like his accent and sense of humor:)


andrea Says:

be interesting to see how the crowd is during murray fed….they’re both loved…edge to murray as home town fave, but who doesn’t love fed? aside from boris becker….


RogNadFan Says:

skeezer,
Thanks. My thought exactly on the Lob. Just slipped out of my mind while posting.

I don’t know if there is a stat like this but that match made me think, Murray might have set a record of most lobs made against Karlovic in a single match. And I only watched the highlights.
Man he lobbed Dr. Evo again and again as if he was Olivier Rochus. No offense to Rochus tho.

But then again Fed will volley more smartly than Karlovic. Like the drop volley that stole a set from Murray in 2012, one of my favorite points ever in tennis.


Okiegal Says:

The crowd will pull for whoever is behind in the moment…….they want 5 sets!!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Really good point on the lob, Skeeze. I think that would have been more of a problem a few years ago when Fed’s net game was not as precise, but since the Edberg impact, he gets much more clean winners on first volley. Then again, with Murray’s defense…. I’m sure we’ll see it play out. Can’t wait for this match.

Its funny the psychology of fans: many fans will swear by their players in any match and mock those who think the opponent has a chance. Other fans seem scared to jinx their favourites and declare them the underdog no matter how obviously untrue (or how the bookies see it).


Jimmy Says:

My view is the tale of Murray’s second serve, how many and who wins the points, will decide.

The other match could be beautiful, Nole is a tough man, but it is a treat to watch Richard.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Gasquet’s last win over Novak was EIGHT years ago. 9 losses since, with 1 set won in those 9 matches. 1-12 overall.

Anything can happen in sports, everyone always has a chance. Except Gasquet, in this instance.


Jimmy Says:

I don’t think it is that easy.


jane Says:

this article has a nice clear breakdown of nole-reeshard stats at wimbledon. their stats are generally really close.

one thing to note: they have never played on grass.

also, for those who think gasquet will be gassed, interestingly he’s spent only 30 minutes more on court time than novak has thus far.

http://www.live-tennis.com/category/wimbledon/novak-djokovic-vs-richard-gasquet-wimbledon-2015-semi-final-by-the-numbers-201507100002/


skeezer Says:

jane,
All respect for posting the “numbers” but there is no way your convincing me that Nole won’t romp Gas. ;)


jane Says:

not trying to convince anyone of anything; just presenting “the facts jack.” : ]


Emily Says:

Considering they just played in Paris and Nole rolled, I think Gasquet’s chances are slim. His serve is a weakness and he can get bossed around the court if he gets into a rally. Even w/ that beautiful backhand, he doesn’t have those point ending winners. His game plan against Stan won’t work w/ Novak so I’ll be interested to see if he does try to switch it up.

Like so many others here have said, Murray/Fed is almost too close to call. Roger might have the mental edge by winning their last three matches, but Andy did push Novak at the French unlike ever before, so any intimidation factor might be gone. Sean did point out that neither of them has had any signature wins recently, even though they’ve been playing well. I really think it’s going to be an Andy crowd b/c he had a disappointing Wimby last year and they want him in the final. Fed always has his devotees, but this is such a unique sporting even in England. I should know after believing for so long that Henman would win, and feeling crushed every year.

Wish we could hear Roddick’s commentary, I always thought he was made for it. Unfortunately, his deal w/ Fox means he can’t commentate for the other networks in the US, but I hope we hear him over here at some point.


Michael Says:

Roger Vs Andy as many others have said and I repeat is a very tough one to call. Both are playing their best Tennis out there and Roger at 33 is still looking energetic, fit, fresh and raring to go. His foot movement is exquisite and is a Mozart on Court. So far, he has been serving quite well in this tournament. This is 10th semi final and nearing 34, not many in the past as well as present can vie for such honours like Roger who is pristine with glory.

As regards Andy, he is also playing producing some of the best Grass court exhibition out there and he is looking so much composed, confident and enthusiastic on court. In this tournament, he is also not doing the familiar antics that he is notorious for and is overly concentrated on the task on hand.

So, this must be a classic in my opinion, and to pick the winner is merely head scratching and just a futile exercise. I would say it is 50:50 and all depends on how they play on this particular day. Moreover, the weather might also hold some pointers to the outcome. If the roofs are closed, then Roger will fancy his chances even more !!


Michael Says:

Novak Vs Gasquet – This one is easy to call and you have to agree with the pick of Sean. But, I feel that Novak will do it in straight sets !!


jane Says:

minutes on court:
gasquet: 672
murray: 661
djokovic: 642
federer: 470


jane Says:

fed’s definitely the fresher one. how many sets did he lose? just one? what about andy? one or two? (seppi and ivo?) novak lost two to anderson. i think gasquet lost 3; one to nick and two to stan.


jane Says:

here’s the breakdown of stats for federer and murray, including their stats at wimbledon so far:

http://www.live-tennis.com/category/wimbledon/andy-murray-vs-roger-federer-wimbledon-2015-semifinal-by-the-numbers-201507090049/


Wog Boy Says:

jane,

Neither you nor me are saying that Gasquet is favorite or better player just that Nole is not 100% and if Gasquet fires up he can ambush Nole, exactly the way Anderson did before Nole got lucky and Anderson chocked, how many of those posters who thinks that it is only their opinion that matters predicted that? Nole was well on the way to Monaco in fourth round. Two days ago it was announced that Nole is not QF of DC Argentine next week. If you decide not play just week before QF it is not rocket science to conclude that Nole had enough of tennis this year and wants break. He is playing on reserve and is evident for everyone that follows him but the fans of certain one. We all know how much playing for Serbia means to him and if he decided not play in one such important QF that he was looking forward to play means only one thing, he is mentally exhausted, FO took it’s toll, but I’ll leave to those who know better about the player they don’t even follow or like to have their opinion as only valid one.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ …is not playing QF of DC in Argentine…


sienna Says:

those stats and numbers are useless.
Opponent, wheather condition, fysical shape server mental shape server, matchup, pressure, concentratie etc
those are all good reasons these stats say nothing on outcome.

when they step on court they will have to deal with what they have and get from opponent.
stats or nummers cannot hide winning or losing the game.

I feel confident that Federer ends on top even engaging the longer rally’s. He has to much for Murray to handle and it will all come out this afternoon.


jane Says:

wog boy is he for sure not playing? i thought i read that he might still go. anyhow, we’ll find out soon enough.


Wog Boy Says:

jane,

DC captain announced team two days ago and Nole is not playing, not even flying to be with team. The only thing I don’t get ia why they didn’t wait until the end of Wimbledon campaign, this way they just put extra pressure on Nole, here is the link, I’ll translate the title for you, “Serbia without Djokovic against Argentine”:

http://www.rts.rs/page/sport/sr/story/38/Tenis/1970193/Srbija+bez+Đokovića+protiv+Argentine.html


Wog Boy Says:

sorry, I stuffed this thread with my link:(


Margot Says:

The key to the match will be Fed’s serve and Andy’s ROS. Andy has faced two excellent servers this tournament but Fed hasn’t faced anyone near Andy’s calibre. Simon shou;d’ve been, but as far as I can gather he was a no show. I didn’t see the match.
My biggest worry is that Andy’s shoulder is still strapped because if his FSP goes below 50, he will lose.
I’m not sure stats for just Wimbledon have much relevance tbh. It depends on the quality of your opponents surely. And, as the grass season is so short, overall ranking is pretty irrelevant too.
Over the year so far? Over grass as a whole? Possibly, but even then?
@Brando
Roddick is TERRIFIC. Get him and Tracy Austin on and sack all the other numpties, especially Castle!


sienna Says:

but by far most irritating BBC commentator is that new anker lady. Where did she came from. I saw her once presenting some horse show/also country style putting sheeps behind fences!!! WTF was that?
you crazy Britts. She also used to commentating on outdoor bowling….

And I said they surely never will give her a real sporting assignment like MOTD or god forbid wimbledon. So look what they did to my boy! They massacared him.

What the F is she all about? she never ever let her guest speak out and switches subjects like electricity switches in her head.
Even Johnny Mac cant handle her.

GIMME SUE! Not butch from the manor.


jane Says:

okay, thanks wog boy.

margot, yes, that’s a good point about opponents, and i have thought, too, that andy’s return game might be a rude awakening for fed. i read somewhere that querrey was the opponent who got the most returns in play vs fed and it was only about 27%. i am certain andy will get way more back – he is the top or one of the top first serve returners on the year. fed’s obviously serving really well, but it’ll be interesting to see if that stays that way tmrw.

speaking of which … need some zzzzzzz’s ….


Viki Says:

It is because federer is serving like his prime. During his prime, it was one of the hardest thing to break federer serve espcially if the game is deciding one. After a long time, he is showing similar quality.

I think murray will return it but those return will be weak and federer will pounce on those.

My pick is Federer in four.


Viki Says:

Further to add, in his prime Federer will never loose badly against Cilic or Wawa.
Because earlier if federer meet some hot guy, he will atleast win his games and force the tie breakers which any body can win. Or match is competitive not unlike these one sided losses.

But this wimbledon he is becoming like old self, and against murray he does not have any mental issues also. I think if first set Federer wins, it may be a one sided match only.


jatin Says:

I am quite suprised to see people here are dismissing gasquet chances as if he is a rookie.
He is in the semis and is there for a reason.
He defeated dangerous nick, dimitrov and the Roland garoos champion STAN.
Against Djoko its always a mental thing for him but he is quite confident right now and I think he is going to give Novak a run for his money.
His all court game is working quite well and his backhand could very well trouble Novak because its GRASS.
Its no clay where Novak could dictate from the back of the court.
This match will go to the wire. Novak still have 60-40 chance though but don’t count rasquet out.

Roger vs Murray is going to be a cracker. But I would give roger an edge. He is serving the best I have seen him serve after a Longg time.
Its 55-45 in roger’s favour.


Hippy Chick Says:

Hi Jatin glad your here,i think as somebody said Richie hasnt beaten Novak for 8 years,which is as close as you can get to a Serena/Sharapova type of ownage sorry to say,so it doesnt bode well,Jaleps a Novak fan and she said she would like to see Richie win Wimbledon,and i think it would be amazing to see him make a GS final,and he does play beautiful tennis,i just dont see where in his game that he could hurt Novak though TBH….


Jock-KatH Says:

Emily – yes, I remember well getting hoarse with “C’mon Tim”.

@ Sienna – I think the female you are referring to is Claire Balding (not sure about the spelling)…since she replaced John Inverdale things have gone from bad to worse and hey presto John returns.


Hippy Chick Says:

The thing i disliked about John Inverdale was what he said about Marion Bartolli,but he is much better on Wimbledon 2Day than Clair Balding so thank goodness for that….


jatin Says:

Hippy
I understand what you are saying but by novak’a own words this Richard is a lot fitter and better than he ever has been.
Lets see how it goes.
I am so much excited for the semis. Aren’t you ??
:)


calmdownplease Says:

`For me though, the X-factor is that I think that Federer at his best is a clear level higher than Murray at his best, and that Fed has another gear that he can reach (which he didn’t need to in any of his matches so far)…`

Oh yes!
blah, blah, blah!
Indeed Fedlings, and his one 250 tournament and singular 500 Halle win against Seppi this year is surely testament to all of that!
It’s up to Murray to play at HIS best as this match is on HIS raquet
Federer will win only if Andy fails to do this.


Hippy Chick Says:

Jatin yeah true,and definetly sooo excited cant wait,two years ago i watched the mens final and i couldnt barely stand afterwards,my legs had turned to mush and i felt sick afterwards,the ladies and gents in the care home where i work were all late for tea as they were watching it although i was on holiday,all over the country they were watching it,at a Paul Young concert he anounced Murray had won Wimbledon and the crowd all cheered saw it on you tube amongst others,it was a really special day,my heart wont stand it but i hope he can do it again it was a great day,i cried buckets afterwards,still do when i watch the repeats ha ha….


calmdownplease Says:

`I haven’t previously seen his returns particularly troubling Roger; and Fed isn’t too shabby of a returner either`

You obviously didn’t see Shanghai 2012 then!
Fed has been serving very well but is yet to face anyone that could return
Even if he does get through Novak it is all for nought as Djokovic will stamp on him!


calmdownplease Says:

`Anything can happen in sports, everyone always has a chance. Except Gasquet, in this instance..`

lol!


madmax Says:

Feeling confident here.

I don’t even want to say that it could go either way.

It could. But I won’t.

Confident that Federer will play aggressive early on and win the match.


calmdownplease Says:

*I meant through Andy

yeesh


madmax Says:

I watched the Wawinka and Gasquet match again, wow. Such beautiful tennis from both players. It is a shame that one of them had to lose.

Can’t believe that Stan isn’t playing Novak. He had a real shot at the title this time around.


madmax Says:

Not only that, Fed and Murray. Goodness do they know each others’ games. Inside out.

Hugely talented, they are both. But there is no one. No one, who plays tennis on this planet, like Roger.

Roger for the win.


calmdownplease Says:

`Goodness do they know each others’ games. Inside out.`

That’s not quite true anymore I’m afraid
For one it is, not the other.


calmdownplease Says:

Fed fans, can’t live with them….

Yeah no human with senses could possibly live with them!


Wog Boy Says:

I think that somebody is experiencing orgaza@m and it is not CDP..


jatin Says:

It was indeed special hippy. But I Never knew you were such a fan of Andy. Fascinating to hear your story.
Unfortunately one has to lose today. Either your fav or mine. I would like Andy to win it all ( If not Roger obviously). Hope we will witness something special.


calmdownplease Says:

@wogboy

They’re all foaming at the mouth!
It’s like they’ve had a summer sale at `Mecca`


jatin Says:

Madmax
I agree 100%
Can’t see roger losing this match. Given the way he is playing


FedExpress Says:

how is this match on grass on murray racquets? How? just how?


Michael Says:

The weather will play a big factor in Roger match Vs Andy. If there is rain and the roof is on, the conditions should favour Roger more than Andy. So, Roger would be praying for Rain !!


Wog Boy Says:

My app says: chance of rain = 0%
Is my app right CDP?


squirrel_0209 Says:

Yes madmax, I’m with you! Roger for the win! I’m quite confident he’ll win as well. Roger in 4!

Cdp : chill out buddy…good god!


calmdownplease Says:

It sure is WB!
Wimbledon shall remain an open air tournament!

@squirrel

Perfectly chilled
`Chillaxed` even
Im laughing at the fed fans here, the fact you can’t see that says all I need to know about you

:)


squirrel_0209 Says:

@CDP

I know you are laughing at them, but your incessant digs at Federer is a bit overbearing, don’t you think?


Markus Says:

I’m confident Djokovic will win. Not sure about Federer/Murray but I tend to favor Murray for the win. And as I said that, I thought about his serve which looks suspect. So??? Still Murray by a slim margin.


sienna Says:

BBC not shy of showing who they want to win?
little annoying they arent even trying to convey their bias.


calmdownplease Says:

I don’t hate Roger at all.
I think he can be very arrogant however and he is the reason that some of his fans are, well, NUTS.
Some of them, not all of them (but quite a few)
And my criticisms of Roger’s game at this moment are based on facts
If you can’t handle that then too bad for you.
According to your average fed fan here Andy doesn’t have a chance against a 34 year old who got dumped out
of the last 2 slams in the third rnd against a journeyman and quarters in straight sets
Because Andy is `passive` and doesn’t have the `levels` of the TMF, there’s no chance.
Yes against a player who is fit and hasn’t even won a masters this year!
The only reason he has had better recent results against Andy in my view is because of Andy’s return from surgery and getting to peak was long and arduous.
Now I believe he is back and maybe better than before.
He’ll save it for now but the signs are there
Could fed win?
Of course as someone said it’s sport
and Roger is a big match player who might have one of his last great days.
But, my word, unless Andy completely screws up you’re all in for a rude awakening this evening!


squirrel_0209 Says:

@ CDP

I agree, there are a few naïve comments from ultra Fed fans that dismissed Andy’s chances whatsoever, which I think is ridiculous, so ignore them as all the other moderate Fed fans do,lol.

I think Roddick said it best and I quote him again here: ‘If anyone says with any measure of confidence that they truly believe one or the other will go out there and definitely win, they are probably not telling the truth.’


calmdownplease Says:

There are plenty of nice, rational Fed fans and Roger is certainly a great player well worth being passionate about!
But it’s always best to keep things like that in check a bit, in my view
lol


Markus Says:

…and then it came to me that Roger has not been great in returning serves lately, so maybe Murray’s edge is a bit bigger than slim.


calmdownplease Says:

The serve and return of both of em will be key
obviously


squirrel_0209 Says:

yeah, Roger’s ROS is a bit abysmal this past weeks, but maybe because he didn’t need to alleviate his level in this department, but today, of course he has to against Andy..hope he’ll bring it!


Giles Says:

Allez Richie!


sienna Says:

A-Rod is spot on.


Hippy Chick Says:

Jatin thanks,Andy is my second favorite after Rafa,dont hate me please,but Roger was actually my favorite till i saw Rafa,then i went over to the dark side pure sacrilege some would think lol,previously it was Andre and Pat,love Nihikori,Delpo,and i have to say im becoming quite a fan of Stan now,but i still have enormous respect for Rogers achievements,and what Noles doing now is remarkable,nice chatting to you,enjoy both games ;)….


jatin Says:

Good hold by Novak
Lets see how Richard respond


Daniel Says:

Wow Djoko, hit a ball almost in his legs and now this drop volley.


Daniel Says:

Djoko break after Gasket had 40-15, Djoko is forxing Gasket FH for a short ball.


Daniel Says:

Now is Djoko time of facing BP after being up 40-15. He missed a easy volley and now in trouble.


Daniel Says:

Gasket breaks back, lapse from Djoko who should seal the 3-0 lead and basically the set. Now Gasket is back in the set.


Margot Says:

One of our coms said he’d be surprised if Richard gets 10 games!
However, just broke Nole, so might get a few more than that!
Needs to change his court position first tho.


Daniel Says:

Djoko with a lot of Unforced Errors for 5 games, more than 5.


Daniel Says:

While Gasquet has 0 Unforced Error so far.


Hippy Chick Says:

I just think with Gasquet its all style but no substance….


Daniel Says:

Gasket providing suffer resistance than first thought.
Great match so far, they are making some fine winner from the back of the court.


Daniel Says:

A lot of points played, very few unreturned serves by both


jatin Says:

Hippy.. Wow. You were once a fed fan. .
Nice talking to you too.
Now we have a match to focus..
Gasqut is playing nice so far


Daniel Says:

Tiebreak it is, did not saw that coming.


Daniel Says:

Now Djoko played smart, he has to open Gasket FH and return ti that wing as well, he is returning serve too much to Gasquet BH


Daniel Says:

Gasquet unrevealing and missed a bunch of ball his tiebreak, more than he did whole set, 5-2 Djoko and 2 serves.


Margot Says:

Crashquet has played really well, better than Nole actually, but typically folds in the tie break. Let’s see if Nole runs away with it now.


Wog Boy Says:

Gasquet is moonballing Nole’s BH and it works, Nole is playing with a lot of wrong choise shots, lucky he won first set.


Nitesh Says:

Liked gasquet for his courage except the tie break


Daniel Says:

Djoko taking control of the match now, a break upon second set. He had some fine serves to got out of 15-40 whole.


Wog Boy Says:

Daniel,
I like your optimism, but there is nothing in Nole’s game tonight that is even close to “taking control of the match”, I wish I am wrong.


Okiegal Says:

Gassy, don’t fall for the shoulder massage……


Daniel Says:

2-0 up Djoko, game over. Hope this set is fast because I want Murray x Fed to start quickly. Will have to leave in 2 hours so won’t be able to watch full match.


jatin Says:

Djokovic is playing like a champion.
At least gasquet made this match a lot more competitive than most people have imagined.
Its pretty straightforward now.


FedExpress Says:

Nole faking another injury to make feel the opponent insecure.


FedExpress Says:

Richi misses a big serve and a lethal forehand.
Wawrinka improves his forehand a lot and is a powerful weapon now. Why cant richi


jatin Says:

Novak’s volley game has improved considerably under the influence of bekkar.
Its amazing
Game over for gasquet


Giles Says:

That’s why he is nicknamed fakerovic!! Every bloody match!


skeezer Says:

3 sets, little over 2 hours as expected.


Daniel Says:

Djoko is having a remarkable run since Beijing last year. He only lost to Federer twice (Shangai semis and Dubai final), to Karlovic in Doha (only 250 tourney) and Wawa in RG final.

If he wins Wimbledon (50-50 now), one of the 2 North America Masters and US Open, he will have the greatest 12 months of tennis in Open era with 3 Slams, the other Slam final, WTF and 6 Masters titles.

Although he lost more this year compared to 2011 he has 3 Slams finals and if he wins Wimbledon he will have 2 titles this year and a final. In 2011 he lost semis.
Also the last time he lost before final was n Doha in January (insignificant 250 to Karlovic) and in a important tournament was to Federer in Shangai last year, as he won Paris and WTF after.
So this makes 9 Big tournaments finals in a row (5 Masters, WTF and 3 Slams), impressive!!


jatin Says:

Skeezer
You are the most consistent fed fan here. What’s your take on upcoming fed vs Murray match ?
Would love to know.


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a BH winner to close the game, 5-3, 1 game away from his 4th final in 5 years.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Novak’s net play is so improved.Should he meet Federer in the finals, that will cause a totally different dynamic than their last Wimbledon finals.


Daniel Says:

Wog Boy,

I agree, he could play better, but I didn’t felt Gasket had any chance of winning this at all, after 2-2 tiebreak all possible doubts were off and certainty Djoko would win easily, as it is the case.

We still have to see Fed and Murray level, they can play an bad match.

But even so, Djoko arrives in the final with back to back 3 setters and we can count the last 3 he won convincingly against Anderson, so its 9 sets in a row to reach the final, and once there we know he can produce his best.

Will be very hard for Fed or Murray to beat him here I think.


Daniel Says:

And I also like that he is attacking the net overtime he hit a great deep FH to volley. Second MP, second serve.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

We’ve talked about the completeness of Novak’s game before, and net play was usually the niggling chink in his armour, though such a small one in the modern game- or what WAS the modern game.

Now, the #1 and #2 in the world are coming to the net more than we’ve seen in probably 13 or more years.


Daniel Says:

Well at least this last points add some sparkle in the audience


Daniel Says:

Gasket hold and pass the pressure to Djoko to serve it out.


skeezer Says:

Jatin,
Honestly a toss up. Would love to see Fed win, but in the bigger picture don’t want to see these guys gassed at the final with Nole. But probably not going to happen. Murray has a history(little) of gassing out in long matches. Fed is old (er). Hopefully its a beat down in 3 or 4 either way.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Congrats Novak. An amazing season (as Daniel says, amazing 12 months) continues!

I think Fed or Murray will have a shot in the finals, but as we move from surface to surface over the last 12 months Novak has had a stranglehold on the top- all others are fighting for the 2nd spot in any tournament finals.


skeezer Says:

Congrats to Nole, another Slam final!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Novak is in a great place mentally. You hear him say this in his interviews, and he means it. He KNOWS this is his prime, his time, and he has all this hunger to make the most of it.


Margot Says:

Well played Nole! Richard lost his belief after that tie!
@KatH
A word with your “fish man” is needed…;)
Now, COME ON ANDY! BELIEVE!
Let’s Go!


skeezer Says:

We had appetizers, now on to the main meal.


calmdwonplease Says:

Good grief Rod Laver looks older than Father Time himself

Re Novak I’m not sure that he was `ominous` at all in that match, but then he hardly needed to be.

As for the next one..
Andy must believe, must be aggressive, and must serve well if he wants to win
I’ll be very angry if he poops out of this one.


Giles Says:

Yes onto the main meal indeed. Hope you enjoy your main course Andy, 😀👍


Daniel Says:

Congrats Novak, flawless performance apart from second game he was broken out of carelessness.

17th Slam final, third this season putting to doubt for good this notion that grass is his worst surface, third straight final. He is so good there that he doesn’t even need a tune up to reach finals.

Onto Fed x Murray, can’t wait!


FedExpress Says:

Yeah just like wawrinka fought for the 2nd spot at the drench, TV


Margot Says:

Lol calmdwon, really hope you’ve let Andy know your feelings. That should do it……..;)


calmdownplease Says:

I’m beaming them via `esp` to him as we speak
He listens you know!
As do the little green gnomes who live at the bottom of the garden
Yes!


calmdownplease Says:

`Will be very hard for Fed or Murray to beat him here I think…`

If Fed beats Andy, Novak has already won the title
In my opinion!


Jock-KatH Says:

Yes Margo – He’ll be looking for advance payments for a few months – at least he didn’t commit to Andy or Roger…

Don’t know if I’ll be able to watch next match…..but still, here goes:
C’MON ANDY.


calmdownplease Says:

I’m shocked by just how badly becker has aged seeing the old footage of him
Probably some kind of tennis symptom

`Laveritis`?


Margot Says:

@KatH
Waving to you from the garden shed….;)


calmdownplease Says:

Its funny how they’re making out everyone’s behind Andy
At best the crowd will be 50/50


chris ford1 Says:

Props to Gasquet. Maybe the example of Stan and yes, though he is still birdshit Berdy,Tomas improving has set an example to players like Richard that it is never too late to make a big run into Top 5 contention, threatening to, or taking, Masters 1000s and Slams.

And I agree with other posters that have said that Becker has given one of the already great complete players, Nole, who is also adept on all surfaces…extra strengths.
When Djokovic started seriously prepping for the Pros at Pilic’s Academy, he was a teen on a mission – success would mean repayment of his family’s debts and his path to success correctly cast him as a speedy baseliner who didn’t need a top serve or excellent net skill development. So they were not priorities at first.
There was also a need to economize – as without youth sponsors, he missed a few seasons, many development tournaments. Shoveled snow, hung out with family in bomb shelters, waited tables, was in regular school classes at times. (Of course he was able to meet his future wife that way, become a fine student with high university potential if injury ended tennis, and do some serious skiing…)

But now, Djokovic has the resources, the right team and has taken up the challenge of getting an even better serve and becoming a dangerous net player. And it is working. Boris Becker gives him confidence when he tells Nole that he has all the gifts to be one of the best servers, a dangerous man at net. And points to the fact that if Djokovic gets those skills nailed, he just might have as long a career at the Top as Fed has had. And Novak Djokovic really likes playing tennis and being the best for as long as he can possibly be – so he is very coachable in this.


chris ford1 Says:

calmdownplease – 50-50 is about right. While Britain at a common man level will be solid behind Andy, the commoner is not the typical marquee event Wimbledon ticketholder of substantial means. The very wealthy have always been behind their White Knight, Roger of the Beautiful Backhand….


Okiegal Says:

This is the way a slam is supposed end…..two of the top four in the finals! Will it be #1 and 2 or 1 and 3?? We will soon see!! Should be a cracker!! Can’t wait……C’MON ANDY and Margot, Chick remain calm. Jane, be a brave girl…..no hiding! Andy is very capable of winning this one. Playing very good……and so is Roger. I think it’s gonna be too close to call, however!


jatin Says:

Thanks skeezer
I feel the same way. Novak is going to be very tough to beat if they play a very long match.
Hope for the best


calmdownplease Says:

Im sorry Chris 1 but are you British?
Because what you just said was a nonsense
I think you’ll find the `commoner` (or quite a few) want Andy to LOSE


FedExpress Says:

Novak is as good winning gs finals as losing them

federer much improved and the only one who played nole tough 20 months or so.wont be a walkover for nole


Daniel Says:

Humm, odd, Murray won the toss and choose to receive.

I think Fed is playing better this year than last year, but Djoko is more confident this year. He served some aces and big serves down BP today as last year he was more “tense” due to his latest Slams losses.
But this is Wimbledon and Federer always had a shot in a final, the only 2 times he lost it was in 5 sets and the winner almost choked victory, Nadal had MP in set 4 and Djoko had a MP in set 4 as well, and fifth set in both cases were 9-7 and 6-4, not gimme.

Murray, on paper could well have a better chance against Novak, but with the 0-8 in the back of my mind I can’t stop thinking than even if he play 2 great sets as usual against Novak he could be roll over in last sets, something I just can’t see happening to Federer on grass. This time Novak is rested after an easy not draining mentally match.

The next one could take something out of the winner depending on how it goes.
As much as some don’t like to consider this, tuff matches drain you.


jane Says:

murrderer about to start! :)

regarding the other semi, i thought novak played a bad first set but got aways with it anyway, and then pulled away in the tiebreak. he loosened up and played better the next 2 sets, especially with clutch serving and some nice volleys. richard played well in general; however, he could’ve stepped in more at times. he got away with that with stan, too i thought, i.e., being way behind the baseline. and that’s largely because stan hates to come to net. i like that gasquet kept fighting and made nole serve it out. on another note, i wonder if novak jammed his shoulder when he fell in set one? he says it’s nothing serious so will take his word for it. think he’ll have to raise his game considerably to beat murray or fed.

speaking of which, it’s been a while since we saw a murray/fed match; looking forward to it!


Daniel Says:

A lot of stars in the audience today, love Wimbledon.


Jock-KatH Says:

Oh Lordie our favourite Commentator is on – the Rt.. Hon. Andrew Castle


Daniel Says:

Murray show lob started, nice;-)


Okiegal Says:

Oops, read my post over…..meant to tell Margot no hiding…..sorry Jane, got my wires crossed on this one. Come Sunday, you might possibly go into hiding….it depends, huh?? :)


Daniel Says:

30-0 and now BP, saved.


Daniel Says:

Nice serving for Murray apart from DF, Fed couldn’t return any.


calmdownplease Says:

Well that was a confident enough first game by Muzz :)


Daniel Says:

Awesome passing shot by Murray, narrow space and Fed took the racquet.


FedExpress Says:

again from 30-0 to 30-30


calmdownplease Says:

Oh wow the BHDTL is working
good sign!


Daniel Says:

Both serving great, this could be fast, let’s see how long they keep this pace.


squirrel_0209 Says:

And so it begins..

Sadly, Andy seems to be the one that’s more comfortable, troubling Federer’s service game from the get go. I hope Fed picks up the level..


Hippy Chick Says:

This will be the best semi of the two,great to see SAF supporting Andy,and Thierry Henry is a big Federer fan,now that is one hot footballer well ex footballer now….


Daniel Says:

Wow! Firt point played and a FH winner CC


squirrel_0209 Says:

He’s retired HC? Didnt know..well he’s still hot! Hehe


jane Says:

so far murray looks stronger methinks.


calmdownplease Says:

early days dearest Jane
early days (but I concur)
He just looks very locked in.


squirrel_0209 Says:

Finally! An easy service game by Fed!


FedExpress Says:

perfect service game from fed
3-2


Daniel Says:

Perfect game, Fed is removing power from the serve for placement, several aces already.

Damm, they played 5 games in 12 minutes.


squirrel_0209 Says:

Yes Jane, Murray looks very good, if this continues, he’ll win this in 4 :(


Hippy Chick Says:

Squirrel -0209 yes TH retired,and still hot,much hotter than DB,whos overated well IMO anyway,and as a footballer….


calmdownplease Says:

David Beckham has one of the worst voices I have ever heard
He’s actually in a film now
as in `acting` in one (I know some of the production people)


Daniel Says:

Federer missing a bit too much trying to go for the lines, at least he has a very aggressive mindset today and doesn’t want to be involved in long rallies.

Amazing point by Fed at the net, 30-30


squirrel_0209 Says:

Nah, I still prefer DB, that’s one hot daddy! Hehe. You watch football? I can’t get into it..


Daniel Says:

CDP, agree, his voice is awful, doesn’t fit his persona


squirrel_0209 Says:

Yup, he does have a weird voice…no one’s perfect i guess..


squirrel_0209 Says:

Fed is improving but i’m impressed with Murray’s level. This is gonna be long..


Daniel Says:

This last serve game by Murray Fed start making a move and had he not missed a few easy shots could have trouble more. Contrary, he started slow on his services but now is holding more easy.


FedExpress Says:

fed having a service day


squirrel_0209 Says:

Totally agree with your assessment Daniel.

So anyone is changing their prediction? 😜


squirrel_0209 Says:

I hope it continues FedExpress!


jane Says:

fed’s serving is sublime. sheesh.


calmdownplease Says:

so who does everyone think the crowd is `more for`?


calmdownplease Says:

thats my fav dhbh in the whole wide world


squirrel_0209 Says:

Andy me think


squirrel_0209 Says:

Fed is getting a good read on Andy’s serves now but he comitted too many errors!


FedExpress Says:

crucial phase coming up

2nd serve ace. take that


calmdownplease Says:

Andy seems to have the answers
Now he needs to work on returning more aggressively and getting back in to the Fed service games


Hippy Chick Says:

Squirrel urgh no,gotta disagree there sorry,and yeah i love football too,TH had such silky skills and made football look effortless,and has a sexy voice,DB as Daniel says has an awfull voice,and sounds like mickey mouse when he talks,anyway i digress this is a great contest so far not much to decide between the two so far….


FedExpress Says:

3 aces in one game

5-4


Daniel Says:

Fed serving is impeccable so far


calmdownplease Says:

There’s the `lob game` of Andy skeezer was wary of


squirrel_0209 Says:

Don’t know how Fed is going to tackle the lob problems, Andy is sublime executing it..


calmdownplease Says:

Roger must serve like this the whole match i think


FedExpress Says:

sachin tednulkar in da house

or as masha would say “who?”


Daniel Says:

But Murray looks pretty solid


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Had to miss the start, got back just in time to see that lob. Amazing how players can add elements to their game and integrate it.


FedExpress Says:

wtf for a point


Daniel Says:

Damm, 10 aces by Fed,
S&*5t have to leave and will miss tiebreak. Back in 1 hour to watch the rest, following scores now.


jatin Says:

Murray is playing amazing and fed is serving awesome.


squirrel_0209 Says:

HC, haha you’re right! His voice needs some improvements. No opinion about the football skills, but i trust your judgement. So how come DB is still a lot more popular?? Because of those H&M ad? 😜


FedExpress Says:

feds ground game not up to the mark it has to be said


FedExpress Says:

sublime backhand winner down the line


FedExpress Says:

come one

what a fh


FedExpress Says:

garbage approach


FedExpress Says:

u beauty

1st fed. take that haters


Hippy Chick Says:

Squirrel yuck didnt do anything for me,and way too many tatoos,although i do like tatoos just not that many,and TH is way too classy to do that,first set Federer as i speak….


squirrel_0209 Says:

First set Federer!! Yayy!!! My heart stopped for on sec over there. Murray just made a few mistakes, like everyone’s been saying, just one or two points to decide the match. But still, the match is not over..


jatin Says:

Comonn

Suerpb game by fed


squirrel_0209 Says:

Haha you’re right HC, too many tattoos. TH does look classy. Still enjoying tennis there?


jane Says:

2 bad net points: one by fed on a slow-mo approach, and Andy with the down-the-line pass, and then one by Andy to get broken and lose the set. But I thought Fed returned really well that game and Andy served a little tentatively, getting himself in a hole. Still early though.


Humble Rafa Says:

No drama please. It belongs to Greece, where it was invented.

Now can we keep this to form, and lose serve the first game, Mr. Arrogant One.


FedExpress Says:

just brilliant display from fed


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Boy, Fed is on a roll.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed seems to be getting a LOT of Murray’s serves back now.


FedExpress Says:

and some said its on murrays racquet


calmdownplease Says:

federer always wants to play his very best against Andy
87% FS% in that last set by fed!
The match isnt over yet however


Tennis Vagabond Says:

At some point, Fed’s serve consistency will dip. The challenge for Murray will be keeping his focus for that opportunity.


Hippy Chick Says:

Squirrel Federer is playing out of his mind ATM,Andy isnt doing much wrong one or two points here or there where Federer has played that bit better,i will pull for him in the final if he wins this match,no axe to grind and dont care about the GOAT debate….


squirrel_0209 Says:

Exactly TV, i’m just waiting Fed’s service consistency to drop..


calmdownplease Says:

If Fed gets through I’m telling you it is a long shot for him to beat Novak


squirrel_0209 Says:

Thanks HC, i would pull for Andy too in the final if he wins this. Still too early to call, we’ll see! Did u enjoy the photo? Haha


Humble Rafa Says:

Average rally is like 4 shorts. This is not tennis.

I think that when one is serving, the other should take mandatory breaks. That way, it keeps things moving.


squirrel_0209 Says:

Why cdp? Nocak doesn’t look particularly that good to me. Last year i was sure he would win but this year, Fed would have a good shot i must say


FedExpress Says:

cdp still thinks fed is playing bad


FedExpress Says:

smacked that 2nd serve

BP fed


Hippy Chick Says:

Squirrel thanks lol,you just made a 47 year old woman very happy,DB is a nice looking guy dont get me wrong,and he has a nice body,but i just find him overated,so definetly TH all the way lol thanks again BTW Hugh Jackman knocks spots of both,the hottest man alive IMO….


FedExpress Says:

ohhhhhhhh

he lined it up


calmdownplease Says:

No Fedexpress, but I still think you are a `mong` :)


FedExpress Says:

murray “come o’n” like a chicken


FedExpress Says:

“here we go” hahahahhahaha


squirrel_0209 Says:

Hahahha agreed! Hugh Jackman has got to top the list of the hottest 😜


Humble Rafa Says:

Hippy Chick,

So our deal is off. Don’t be messing with other guys, ok?


Hippy Chick Says:

HR so sorry your humbleness ;)….


squirrel_0209 Says:

Fed starts to miss..getting worried..


FedExpress Says:

nope. i am not worried


calmdownplease Says:

I have to tun the sound down when castle speaks
he’s like the fedexpress of commentators


squirrel_0209 Says:

I wish i had your confidence FedExpress, i’m still agitated..


Daniel Says:

Out of Fed’s 51 pts win so far, 30 were winners. It help that he had 12 aces in 1 and half set. Impecable display. Just how he should play this match.


jane Says:

good rally!


calmdownplease Says:

what a beautiful rally
(which Andy won)


FedExpress Says:

lahyani go home

dont overrule


Daniel Says:

Protect his serve and wait to see if Andy will feel the pressure again at the end of the set.


calmdownplease Says:

If Andy wins this set it will be down to that bad call ;-)


calmdownplease Says:

Andy must improve his ROS


squirrel_0209 Says:

Totally Daniel! Fed should break him at the very last minute to break, that’s a wonderful strategy


Jeez Says:

I guess 85% 1st serve was good enough for SET 1!!!

Not 96% He he!!

;-)


calmdownplease Says:

You take your breaks where you find them


jane Says:

fed’s made more errors and less winners this set but the score remains the same so far: 4 all.


calmdownplease Says:

fed’s serve is 65% this set


jane Says:

anyone else find the crowd very subdued today?


Jeez Says:

Errors 6-4 winners 11-7 federer & Murray respectively!!


Daniel Says:

5-4 Fed. time to make a move. Let’s see if Andy feels the pressure of staying behind all match.


squirrel_0209 Says:

Jane, they’re afraid to betray Fed, they’re all for Murray,hehe


Jeez Says:

Make that 6-5 12-7 now!!


squirrel_0209 Says:

Wow, wonderful efforts from Fed!! So proud of u feddy bear!


Jeez Says:

Say what ??


Daniel Says:

0-40. This could bebthe game of the match. Can’t see Andy winning 3 straight sets over Fed if he loses this set.

Last set he won in last 3 meetings was a tiebreak.


Jeez Says:

2 SET Points gone !!!

:-(


Hippy Chick Says:

Clutch serving from Andy….


squirrel_0209 Says:

Can’t believe Andy saved all three!


Jeez Says:

DEUCE!!


Daniel Says:

2 set points saved by Andy. Damm this could hurt Fed long run knowing he was 1 point away from 2-0 sets lead.


calmdownplease Says:

loved that pass


Jeez Says:

2nd DEUCE!!


Daniel Says:

4th set point. C’mon Fed!!


Jeez Says:

4th SET Point !!!

130 Mph Serve return


Jeez Says:

3rd DEUCE !!!


jane Says:

andy fighting off the bps. crucial for him to hold.


calmdownplease Says:

this is the best tennis of the tournament right here


Jeez Says:

No: 5 !!!


calmdownplease Says:

you dont say Jane lol


Jeez Says:

4th DEUCE!!!

On & on!!!


Daniel Says:

Jees this a tense game. I am following scores and dying here.


calmdownplease Says:

the crowd FIRMLY behind Andy the fighter


Jeez Says:

5 th DEUCE!!


jane Says:

wow, fed’s backhand return.


Jeez Says:

6th DEUCE!!!

He he !!


Jeez Says:

7th DEUCE!!!


jane Says:

crowd really getting loudly behind murray now. deuce #7.


FedExpress Says:

wtf fed are u doing

i am dying


calmdownplease Says:

`i am dying`

Oh i hope so!


FedExpress Says:

this game may have an impact later on


calmdownplease Says:

If Andy get through this game there will be a momentum change


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed is returning the way we expected Murray to. He is having no problem getting the 1st serve back in play, and he is attacking the 2nd serve.


Jeez Says:

6-5!!

In a MINUTE!!!


calmdownplease Says:

er might be ;-)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Has to be demoralizing for Murray, after all that effort to hold his serve.

His defense in that service game he saved was incredible. But he needs to get more serves back, he needs more offence, and he needs to get first serves by Fed.


FedExpress Says:

come on fed finish him off now


jane Says:

yeah tennisvagabond, you pretty much nailed it.


FedExpress Says:

orgasmic BH


calmdownplease Says:

Im not so sure, I would think he was still elated by saving 5 MP actually
He shouldn’t even be in this set!


Jeez Says:

6th SET POINT!!


Daniel Says:

Another set point Fed. how many are now, 5, 6?!


calmdownplease Says:

pressure again


Jeez Says:

BOOO YEAH!!!

2-0


calmdownplease Says:

looks like I’ll be eating humble pie lol


Margot Says:

Fed in God mode today. Just too good. astonishing serving.
Don’t see how Andy can possibly break that serve TBH.


jane Says:

great point by fed to break. good defense. andy was cracking some forehands in that game. it’ll be hard to come back now.


FedExpress Says:

beauty beauty beauty beauty beuaty
this is porn


Daniel Says:

Finally. Would arrive just in time for the end of the match. Thought I would see tiebreak but again it didn’t happen


Hippy Chick Says:

Two sets down long way back now for Muzza….


calmdownplease Says:

sienna miller is pissed off!


calmdownplease Says:

If Andy can somehow win this set
the match extends
He must not give up


Nirmal Kumar Says:

One thing for sure, Andy is not paying badly. Just needs a slight dip from Roger’s form.


Jeez Says:

@CDP

I stil stand by statement

NOTE:Playing Simon(a DOUBLE HANDED BASELINER) in Qf was also good prep before Murray.Only
a MONUMENTAL Tanking from(Eg:La TANKRINKA or CHOCKRINKA if U will)Roger can Murray be
assured of berth in the FINAL !!
July 9th, 2015 at 10:03 am


Hippy Chick Says:

Shirley Bassey doesnt look too happy either….


jatin Says:

Never seen fed playing so good.
Murray is playing so awesome as well but fed is out of this world today.
Unbelievable


Tennis Vagabond Says:

CDP, look at the bright side: he hasn’t had mental issues.


El_matador Says:

Wow i thought old fed could only take one set in this match at best as someone said..khek


FedExpress Says:

take that fed haters. take that


Jeez Says:

When is 61% >74% ?

If you watched SET 2 that is!!!

Perhaps Andy needs that 96% now !!!


calmdownplease Says:

The key difference is Roger has never served so well
It really matters to him to beat Andy as i have not seen this level from Roger against the other 2 for a long time


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wonder if Murray will change his game at all, get more aggressive or keep hoping for Fed to dip.


calmdownplease Says:

Either El Matador and Fedexpress are the same person
Or boyfriends
I cant decide which


Jeez Says:

BEST RETURNER

has 0% (0/19) on Federer’s 1st serve in SET 2!!!


Hippy Chick Says:

Meant to congratulate Nole and fans on making the final Jane,Mat4,Wogboy,Courbon,Harry etc,i think he will win the title now,as well as Federers played so far this tournament i cant see him taking 3 sets of Novak….


Jock-KatH Says:

Margo – holding the faith is hard – but let’s try???????


Tennis Vagabond Says:

CDP, Rog is serving amazing, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen him return this well.


FedExpress Says:

@HC

aha


sienna Says:

I think Murray is showing his scottish balls, but the Suisse are aan little bigger. but not over yet Ik am with CDP. If Murray can take this set it will be aan long match. What level!!!


Daniel Says:

After Murray had that 1 BP in Fed’s first service game he hasn’t had none since. That is 13 service holda by Fed with only 1 or 2 going deuce and he was never 0-30.

Either Fed has to drop his service levelmor Murray hold his own to try his luck in a tiebreak. But as he again will serving behind in later stages of this set the pressure will be all on him.


calmdownplease Says:

True TV
He is returning so well


FedExpress Says:

@HC
nole wont enjoy the sight to face another suisse in the final


Hippy Chick Says:

Fedexpress i stand by what i say,and i dont hate Federer as a matter of fact i will pull for him in the final if in all likelihood he gets there now….


calmdownplease Says:

Hippy Chic
A pleb like fedex is there to be made fun at not to have to justify oneself to!


jatin Says:

Just look at this serve man
Bam bam bam
3-2


calmdownplease Says:

another easy hold
but honestly Federer has probably played his best match in years Today
I mean YEARS.


brando Says:

Too good from Federer. I don’t think I’ve seen him play better a top player a slam since FO 2011. For him right now its all about self maintenance right now as should he keep this level up: 18 is bagged!


Daniel Says:

CDP, ref Fed’s level, RG 2011 against Novak and Wimby 2012 against Novak as well hw was serving great in that Wimby match as well.

Taking Slams aside, the London match against Nadal where he won 3 and 0 he was also playing better than now.

He is serving great all the grass season and was only broken once in 11 matches so far, by Simon in a off 0-40 game.

Some thought Murray would break him for sure today but that is not the case so far, whereas we know Murray will get broken by top players because he always have some service games where he gives too many seconds.


van orten Says:

Nice One @hc


Hippy Chick Says:

CDP id rather not insult posters personally ;)….


FedExpress Says:

wouldnt wonder if andy calls the trainer


Humble Rafa Says:

When I am 33…


calmdownplease Says:

Lawrence Dallaglio looks pissed


El_matador Says:

Cdp,We know you’re the most stupid poster here but we really feel for you honey..we really do:-)


calmdownplease Says:

why not HC?
he’s been a nasty little bigot all week


FedExpress Says:

fire this line man and women

all british


jane Says:

they just showed net stats. fed’s come in 35 times and andy 8 times. why doesn’t andy come forward more? the perennial question. thought with bjorkman and amelie he would be by now. esp on grass.

anyhooo… 3 all.

he’s come back from 2 sets down 7 times, so there’s that to keep in mind. fed could make more errors if this goes long.

b.t.w., not sure who said it – daniel maybe – but it seems to be true that fed’s backhand does work very well versus andy.


Daniel Says:

Wow, that was a difficult volley perfect in the other corner and deep.


calmdownplease Says:

Yes, they’re both boyfriends
What a pairing!


Daniel Says:

And he smacked this second serve to close the game once Andy step in the court, this is how confidant he is right now.


Daniel Says:

Not me Jane, but that is true indeed, remember AO 2010 were it didn’t crack at all also.


calmdownplease Says:

`Chewy` Eijefor is pissed

:)


Hippy Chick Says:

Thanks Van Orton i just feel its only fair as i would root for the player that i believe is the best player on this surface,and the player i believe has played the best tennis of the two in the final,should in all likelihood Federer get there now….


Daniel Says:

Andy is holding much easier this set, which actually is going quick.


jane Says:

thanks hippy. yeah i am happy with that result already. finals of all slams & masters he’s played in 2015 is kinda great. whatever happens in the final, happens. c’est la vie.


calmdownplease Says:

It feels like this set will play out a similar way
again


Daniel Says:

4-4, moment of the truth.


Hippy Chick Says:

Yes CDP but two wrongs dont make a right….


calmdownplease Says:

great FH from Andy


calmdownplease Says:

But It’s wrong dear
tsk


Daniel Says:

Murray lob is amazing, he doesn’t miss one.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger seems to have dropped his rhythm in ROS.


Hippy Chick Says:

Jane your welcome and Novak deserves it,sure wish i had something to cheer about on the tennis front(sigh)….


Daniel Says:

Pressure on Murray now, serving down 4-5.


calmdownplease Says:

Andy is trying to find a way but frankly he needs Roger to fire more 2nd serves to have a chance


Tennis Vagabond Says:

CDP, I agree with you, at least as far as serve and return, best I’ve seen in years. I really think this is the best I’ve EVER seen Fed return. The highest compliment I can give is, Novak-like.


calmdownplease Says:

I meant it’s NOT wrong!
And I haven’t had a drink yet (god)


calmdownplease Says:

fed will go for it now


Daniel Says:

agressive return 0-15.


Jeez Says:

3 more!!!


jane Says:

crunch time for sure. it’d be nice to see andy take this set at least and make a match of it. but fed’s been in the driver’s seat today, and especially at the end of sets.

maybe andy should’ve chosen to serve first, not receive? then he wouldn’t have been serving second all day right?


FedExpress Says:

my godness


Daniel Says:

Wow, shot of the day, only with his wrist, amazing!!!


Jeez Says:

2 MORE!!!


Humble Rafa Says:

When I am 33, I hope mental midgets like Mr. Lady Forehand are still around. At that age, it will give me fun.

But I am young and raring to go.


jatin Says:

What was that pass by roger ..


Tennis Vagabond Says:

One or two games a match Fed has picked it up to a ridiculous level.


Daniel Says:

Great point by Murray, he could have been 2 MP’s down, 30-30


Daniel Says:

What a return, MP. Murray again showing too many second serves. He needs to serve big now.


Jeez Says:

MATCH POINT!!


FedExpress Says:

take taht haters take that

the best ever


van orten Says:

He had the crowd after that crazy backhand flick …hush genioooooooooooooo


Jeez Says:

NOW WHO SAID FEDERER HAS NO CHANCE???

Hmmmm……


calmdownplease Says:

Congrats (nice) Fed fans.
He played like a monster but I doubt he’ll ever play a match like that again
But if he did it one more time tomorrow…
I’m off to eat my humble pie (Im quite hungry too)
peace
lol


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger has won the battle, but has not won the war.


jane Says:

wow, great match from fed. he did return well, but the serving was exceptional.

commies to andy fans – margot, the DA, colin and cdp…

the rematch is on.


Daniel Says:

Yeahh

Unbelievable!!! Best 2 grass court players battling it out in Wimbledon again.

Fed didn’t give Murray any chance today, just too good.

Wow, 10th Wimbledon final, and perfect 10-0 in semis. Quick match just what the doctor order for him to have a chance against Djoko.

And boy by the way he is playing and serving let’s see if the best return can break Federer.

Djoko seeing this can have more doubts.

Way to go Fed, setting the standard for greatness on and on.


Pitchaboy Says:

At this level, Novak will be dismissed. At his best, he is the greatest. We shall see


sienna Says:

well CDP… Roger totally deserved this victorie in the end he was a level up on Murray.

but showed fighting skill, but Federer was to good.


Margot Says:

Fed 2 good 2day. Well played. Congrats to him and his fans.
First serve % 77. Astonishing. But his ROS was excellent too.
Wish Andy hadn’t elected to receive tho. Idiot. Made extra pressure at the end of every set.
Doubt if it would have made any difference, however.


Dan the Man Says:

Straight sets win for Federer. He broke Murray at the end of all 3 sets to win. If you compare Murray’s results from the 6-0, 6-1 drubbing in November, this was light years better. Federer is a master on grass.


jane Says:

congrats fed fans. :)

i hope he doesn’t get #18 ;) but if he plays like that again, he has a great shot.


andres Says:

Wow, amazing level from Fed, he even took less time than Djokovic with Gasquet.


Hippy Chick Says:

Well done Federer and fans Skeezer,Madmax,Jatin,Rishi etc,a 10th final at SW19 what an achievement,sorry to my fellow Murray fans Margot,CDP,KatH,may the best man in the final win,go get 18 Federer….


Jeez Says:

QUESTION :

Is this PEAK FEDERER not ENOUGH to BEAT Djokovic in the FINAL?


Tennis Fan Says:

Sean Randall quote “Murray is simply better” …

ha ha

the old man has decided he will win Wimbledon one more time


Daniel Says:

TV is showing some highlights and they play some amazing points. Regardless of it being a straight set it was great grass court tennis, by both.


jatin Says:

If fed play like this in the final then 18th will come for sure.
He was UNBELIEVABLE
Still cant believe what I saw


chris ford1 Says:

Jeez Says:
BEST RETURNER

has 0% (0/19) on Federer’s 1st serve in SET 2!!

===========
Best RETURNER is Djokovic. Though Andy is far better than average.
But even with Nole’s ROS, I think he, Marian and Boris are going to be looking at getting some practice time in with a hot serving partner tomorrow and looking at the price Andy paid for not being aggressive when he could be aggressive.

Meanwhile, Fed has some cause for concern and a coach that will not allow Fed to be arrogant. Djokovic’s serve is much better than last year when Fed couldn’t break him, Nole’s net play has become a strength. So all Fed’s past glory does not change that he faces a #1 player who wants a win just as much as Fed does.


skeezer Says:

CDP CDP CDP CDP CDP

Now will you calm down please with the Fed is gonna lose stuff? Headlines….he won.
—–
Commersations to Margot. Good news is Andy is back in superb form :(.

Never seen Fed plaed otherworldly like. I mean since his 2004-07 days. Amazing. Somebody better check his ID for age.
These guys were serving well, hitting out, amazing stuff on both sides, small margins, could of went either way, but Fed was not going to be denied this day.
My hopes came true, the match went 3 sets, so I like Feds chances now in the Final. IF he played like today he is going to win no doubt,


jane Says:

crazy numbers

Grand Slam finals, all-time:
Roger Federer 26 (10th in Wimbledon)
Rafael Nadal 20
Ivan Lendl 19
Pete Sampras 18
Novak Djokovic 17
Laver 17


Tennis Vagabond Says:

What a match from Fed. Hope he can bring this game Sunday.

I’ll be on the river and forced to watch Sunday night!


RZ Says:

Well I wanted Andy to win this but I’ll take a win by Fed as a consolation prize any day. Still bummed that they were both in the same half as I was hoping for those two in the final. I hope Fed keeps up his high level on Sunday.

BTW, I was listening to the BBC stream and gotta say that Andy Roddick is a pretty good commentator. I appreciate that he doesn’t chatter nonstop like some others (*cough* John McEnroe *cough*).


brando Says:

Too, too good from Federer. Epic performance, congratulations to him and his fans. Provided he’s there physically: cannot see why he shouldn’t win on Sunday in this form.


FedExpress Says:

hope all fed haters have seen this match


Humble Rafa Says:

skeezer Says:
CDP CDP CDP CDP CDP

Now will you calm down please with the Fed is gonna lose stuff? Headlines….he won.

No need to say everything 5 times. That’s only for cats.

On the other hand, I feel happy for your cats. Tonight they will get Fed.


jatin Says:

Thanks hippy. I am so happy right now. Sorry for Murray but I think he played very well.


Daniel Says:

Don’t know Jeez, Djoko doesn’t socialite mentally as Murray does, is more aggressive and still has the defense and counterpunch. Pus seems Djoko is better at returning Fed’s serve than Andy, but let’s see if Fed keeps this level of serve.

Fed peaked just the right time, in semis and hope finals, as he used to do so well in his hey days. No hiccup whatsoever this grass season.

Djoko still doesn’t look like he is in his absolute best and maybe that could be the difference. If we look back, Fed lost just 1 set, in a tiebreak, beat the other in form grass player convincingly so he should be the best player this tourney. But Fed is about to turn 34, that is amazing and if Djoko makes him play more balls, return more he can tire him more.

The forecast is too be another exceptional final and I won’t expect anything less from Fed and Djoko. May the best man win!


Daniel Says:

kkk “socialite” should be oscillate, damm corrector LOL


jatin Says:

Thanks Brando. To add: loved your analysis, you were spot on . Its just that fed decided to bring God mode out of nowhere :)


sienna Says:

best match of the year.


Jock-KatH Says:

Why Andy chose to serve second I’ll never know. That said, Federer was stunning today – Andy was no journeyman which makes Federer’s win that much more stunning.

Can Fed. produce similar against Nole?
No idea – but think he will.


Hippy Chick Says:

Jatin your welcome he was sublime no question,to be honest im feeling pretty miserable with my tennis outlook at the moment :(….


Humble Rafa Says:

QUESTION :

Is this PEAK FEDERER not ENOUGH to BEAT Djokovic in the FINAL?

ANSWER:

No. The Egg Lover is a better returner and not a mental midget. Hope that clears it up.


Humble Rafa Says:

sienna Says:
best match of the year.

Best matches are not decided by who won the match.


Daniel Says:

Yes Jane,

Djoko should hit or pass 20 next year. The way he is playing and some other members of top 10 are faltering there is only a few who have a shot of beating him in next Slams.


steve-o Says:

Congrats to Federer! What a performance, especially on serve and also on the return, playing the kind of tennis that made him famous. 10th Wimbledon final and the oldest man to play for the title since Rosewall 41 years ago, hope he can win that 8th title! C’mon Roger!

Commiserations to the Murray fans. He played great, just not quite enough at crunch time in each set. Federer is Federer, and he had just a little bit more when it mattered.


skeezer Says:

TV,
Yeah am watching those highlights also. Friggin amazing stuff on both sides. Did you see that BH crosscourt high flick winner by Fed? Geeezzz how do you hit THAT?
Have yet to study the stats, but If Fed ever played a perfect match, this was it.


Tennisfan Says:

I think Fed should be arrogant… If he goes in scared of Djokovic he’s setting himself up for failure.
I really want him to win #18, but I don’t think he’ll be able to beat Nole. Hopefully I’m wrong!


van orten Says:

He played not only great but superb the big points. Playing outworldly will only help if they do so on the important couple of points per set that will make the difference. Fed and djoker know that …
dream final in the year 2015 . Wow


Hippy Chick Says:

I think on this surface its Federers best chance at number 18,sorry meant to congratulate Squirrel too,and thanks for the picture BTW LOL,enjoy Sundays final,no horse in the race,but pulling for Fed due to the reasons i stated to Van Orton….


FedExpress Says:

nole must be: ” not another swiss player in the GS final”


jatin Says:

Hippy
Don’t be please. Sometimes these things happen.
To add
Congrats feklowb fed fans and Commiserations to Murray fans. But don’t he too hard on your guy. He played some good tennis as well


sienna Says:

CDP !!!!
WHERE ARE YOU DUDE?

Im not trying to stick it to you. But your silence is laughable.

I like A Rod he is stivking to the britts.


FedExpress Says:

and IF i repeat IF fed loses UNEXPECTEDLY on sunday the haters will come in numbers and say he is done

hahahahhahahah. he can win every tournament he enters bar clay till he retires.


Jeez Says:

So no one BELIEVES 2015 Fed is playing BETTER

than 2014 Federer(who lost in FINAL in 5 SETS against MENTALLY STRONG ?? Djokovic). ??

Lol…..


sienna Says:

Djokerino is getting bumbazzled on sunday.
NO CHANCE.


brando Says:

BAD NEWS for Fed?Federer on Djokovic final: “Can I beat him? We’ll find out. I’m not sure. ” That’s HUGE for me. Confidence and self belief is everything. Fed struggles v rafa, why? Mental issues. Versus Andy today he played like a beast, why? Skeezer got it right prematch: he does not fear Andy at all. Hence: aggression on serve, returns and very, very relaxed on court. I think federers chances depend on his mental state: does he BELIEVE deep down he can beat novak today in a slam? Stan did and he won when he was heavy underdog. IF Fed believes, then should he perform like this he shall win. He has chance but he has to believe he can beat novak.


FedExpress Says:

nole said roger is one of the best players of all time.

correction: he is the best.


Hippy Chick Says:

Fedexpress i dont deny Rafa has his fair share of fanatics,but you sound like a rather obsessed Federer fan….


FedExpress Says:

@brando

he has been humble and modest his whole career why should he say things like i will beat him. he knows he has the game.
had he said the other thing mayn would have called him arrogant

fed in 4


Hippy Chick Says:

It sounds like we have a poster thats returned after two years abscense….


Humble Rafa Says:

he has been humble and modest his whole career

Can we please stop this BS.


FedExpress Says:

no


Jeez Says:

34yr OLD in FINAL

STRONG ERA this!!!

;-)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Sometimes an offensive player gets in a zone and there’s little can be done from the other side.

Fed got ‘zoned’ by Berdych here a few years ago. Today, Murray got zoned.

I agree that Fed is in better form than 2014. But so is Novak, and Novak has added a weapon in his net game, while Fed hasn’t really changed much this year.

Sunday gonna be a battle.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

And can we put to bed “this is Novak’s worst surface”? He’s now made his third Wimbledon final, and he’s 2-0 so far.
We should all be so bad at something!


skeezer Says:

Not going to say Fed will win, but he made his chances a whole lot better by getting off the court quicker than the Gas/Nole semi-final match…..

Jeez,
Fed haters have been trying to create ways to diminish his career to no avail. Weak era, H2H, Arrogant, etc, etc. He answers by being in another Wimbledon final at the soon to be age of 34!
Winning is the very best silencer.


jatin Says:

The fan in me just wants to see roger lifting the trophy just one more time.
Hope we will see something absolutely special from fed.
But Novak is a completely different animal.


MIa0007 Says:

I think it all depends on how one arrives at the finals. There’s no question NOvack is the better player, and will win. The only reason he could not win is if some”unforeseen” event happens that puts some sort of undue pressure on Novack.


Hippy Chick Says:

Tennis Vagabond True,but it used to irritate the hell out of me when Dave used to repeat over and over again how 1 dimensional Rafa was even though he had been in 5 W finals and won two,OK fair enough hes now crap on grass and everywhere else ATM,but in the past hes been pretty great on grass too,so why do we use one standard for one player and another for another player,which is what i find unfair?….


andrea Says:

roger!!!! you are unbelievable. i hope you can win this one!


jatin Says:

Humble rafa
You are very cute :)


Hippy Chick Says:

^Sorry shouldve said told Rafa couldnt play on grass,even though he had been in 5 finals and won two^….


Hippy Chick Says:

Sorry above post for Tennis Vagabond too….


chris ford1 Says:

Vagabond -

And can we put to bed “this is Novak’s worst surface”? He’s now made his third Wimbledon final, and he’s 2-0 so far.
We should all be so bad at something!

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Truth is that this would be Nole’s worst surface, if he has a worst surface.
But I don’t think he really has a “worst surface”. Like Federer, Nole is a true all court player.

Only Nadal’s dominance over Fed obscured that Roger was the 2nd best clay courter in his era, until Nole reached full form.
Most people think over that career, Fed was a better grass player than Novak. But that was then. In the here and now, edge to Djokovic on age and speed..


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Hippy, I agree. Rafa was a tremendous grass player- 5 straight Wimbledon finals!

What has happened to Rafa’s grass game is one of the great mysteries of tennis. Discount this year, as Rafa has struggled everywhere, but I just don’t understand how a player can go from 5 straight Wimbledon finals to 4 straight losses to players outside top 100.


Eric Says:

“There’s no question NOvack is the better player, and will win. The only reason he could not win is if some”unforeseen” event happens that puts some sort of undue pressure on Novack.”

possibly the stupidest thing I’ve read all week, maybe in my entire life?, and I’ve been reading the Twitterverse on Greek debt crisis all week.


Eric Says:

Did you hear that guys? There’s no question. Roger could only win if someone breaks Novak’s knees. They should just cancel the final and give Djokovic the trophy.


Hippy Chick Says:

Tennis Vagabond thankyou so much for the feedback,that was all i wanted was for him to be given credit for past achievements after all it all counts towards his legacy,and yes its a mystery as to why he went from one very high extreem to the other very low extreem beggars belief,your a very fair poster that unlike some see things from all angles with great perspective,arguably one of the best posters here,thanks again….


jane Says:

@ tennisvagabond – “He’s now made his third Wimbledon final, ”

it’s novak’s 4th wimbledon final actually. he also tied borg in a couple ways over this fortnight: reached 7th semi, 6th semi consecutively, and completed his 51st match wins on the lawns. not too shabby.

he’ll have his hands full trying to beat fed again though.


Hippy Chick Says:

Eric lol…


FedExpress Says:

i fully confident fed will be fully prepared and will not let go this oppurtunity.


sienna Says:

Suisse tagteam almost completed.

Roger handed stan easy quarter and it paid of. Now Roger finish the dude on sunday.

Djokovic will lose with breaks to spare.


Eric Says:

I think Rafa’s shocking turnaround on grass has to do with the relationship between his game and the way the courts change over the two weeks.

Let’s not forget that Rafa was in very hot water many times in earlier rounds during his period of Wimbledon success. I’m not throwing shade, just stating a fact: there were years when Rafa made the final after being just a few points away from losing to some never-ran in the second round.

So what’s changed might be very simple–Rafa’s game has declined a bit, maybe 5%, maybe 10%, whatever, and it’s been enough to have him losing those matches instead of winning them.

But the real point here is that the Wimbledon courts change so much over the course of the first four or five rounds that by the time Rafa had to play top-20 players, he was in something more like his element–the comparatively slower dirt of the worn-out Wimbledon courts, not the fast, bouncy grass of the first few days.

At least, that would be my theory…


Humble Rafa Says:

All I can tell you, The Arrogant One fans, is this. Get your medications, call and ambulance, hug your mom, etc before the final.

Life is cruel. You know it but you won’t accept.


Hippy Chick Says:

Eric agree with your summary….


Viki Says:

Hi all,
As my prediction for this match comes right, if you have read my earlier post.
I will do the prediction for final also with reasoning.
1. Novak is not playing as well as andy is playing so Federer got plus point there.
2. Novak is better in serving at crucial points than andy mean andy serve is easy to break as compare to Novak so one plus point to Novak.
3. Novak always play finals defensively and he pays the price for it also. even last year he was about to loose the final from winning position. If he again decides to play defensively then match will be over in four sets with federer win. if he decides to play aggressive tennis then he will win in five sets.

I would say match is on Djokovic racquet but as history shows he play defensively and wait for opponents error especially in grand slam finals Federer will win.

I hope you will understand what i want to predict :-)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Eric, good theory, but not sure it makes sense. The baseline changes tremendously, and that impacts movement. The court surface itself, where the ball bounces, barely changes. But in the absence of a better theory, I’ll take it.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Actually, I think every Fed fan I’ve read comments from, myself included, view this entire stage of Fed’s career as bonus territory. I don’t think there’s really much stress among Fed’s fans. If he loses in the Wimbledon finals at almost 34 to the top player of this era (as Fed said post-match), this is a good tournament for us.


Eric Says:

TV, yeah, true. Maybe it’s just movement, psychology, habitude, nothing to do with ball movement.


Jock-KatH Says:

Viki

Seems a reasonable conclusion.


skeezer Says:

Humble Rafa is soo infatuated with Feds game nowadays. Is this because he himself now has none?


Gee Says:

Fred’s arrogant to intimidate bitter sad muppets such as roddick and john mcenroe.
Andy rodd has money to burn for his master because fred & he cry hysterically for half an hour and won’t forget novak.
After all, arodd quit so many matches and choked countless sets and matches away; he has to downplay djokerdal’s success to propagandize fred.

What? 80 yr. old Fred lost 24 times to a prime 28 year old? who?
Don’t be scared!


Markus Says:

Agree with TV, with Federer everything now is just a bonus. It’s like you went to a concert and the artist is now giving encore performances. Bravo!


madmax Says:

Totally fabulous awesome federer…

Thoroughly deserved match, crazily perfect shots out of nowhere.

Felt very confident he would win today. He totally respected Andy before and after the match, am so proud of hiM, true genius and gentleman.

Well done to andy too who was very gracious in defeat and in post match interview,


madmax Says:

Just had the feeling that federer had studied murray s game hard. Hard and this made him even hungrier today.seriously, his shots were unbelievable. They pretty much landed where he wanted them too. He has played unbelievable consistent high level high accuracy shots today.


madmax Says:

Andy roddick was fabulous on wimbledon tonight., what a knowledgeable, funny, intuitive commentator he is. Fast talking but totally immersed in the game, and someone who talks sense! Bring him back for next year please BBC!!!


Michael Says:

It was monstrous display by Roger literally destroying the home grown man leaving the native audience stunned !!

I too was pleasantly surprised or even shocked at the way he played ? Simply breath taking tennis. Not many gave Roger a chance before the match but he always finds a way to silence his critics and those who are under the delusion that he is over rated. Remember, he is almost 34 and will you get that feeling when you watch him his impeccable and imperious foot work. You never see him lose his balance in court like you even see Novak often losing his balance when chasing balls. Now he is in his 10th final and proved that he is the GREATEST grass court player to have ever played the game !!

I hope Novak didn’t watch this match !!


Michael Says:

Tough luck to Andy. He caught up with Roger on a day when he would ransack any opponent. The intriguing thing was that Andy too was playing his very best and yet got butchered on court leaving him clueless. Have you ever seen Andy serving such a high first serve percentage at 74% – Very rarely. He was simply outclassed and he had to acknowledge that to Roger during the customary hand shake !!

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