Roger Federer Returns Wednesday In Halle; Tomas Berdych Bounced
by Staff | June 14th, 2016, 7:25 pm
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Nine-time champion Roger Federer returns Wednesday in Halle to face German Jan-Lennard Struff in a first meeting. Federer is coming off a semifinal run last week in Stuttgart where he lost to Dominic Thiem.

“I’m just hoping I can keep up a good level from Stuttgart. It got better as the tournament progressed. It was unfortunate that I couldn’t win against Thiem but after all I felt improvement throughout,” Federer said.

Playing his eighth straight week of tennis, Thiem opens in Halle tomorrow against Joao Sousa. The Austrian just won his first grass title Monday in Stuttgart.

“I think it was the happiest moment in my tennis life so far,” Thiem said. “I really went to Stuttgart without any expectations and didn’t have a lot of time to prepare. Therefore, it is really great to have won four difficult matches and, of course, the victory of the semi-finals against Federer which I wouldn’t have thought of in my wildest dreams, and then the very difficult final over two days. So, it really took a huge weight off my mind after winning the match point.”

Also on Wednesday, No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori faces Florian Mayer and Philipp Kohlschreiber clashes with Marcel Granollers.

Earlier today, Marcos Baghdatis upset Tomas Berdych 7-6(3), 7-6(4).

“To beat Tomas anywhere, it’s a great achievement and I’m happy that I did it today here,” said Baghdatis who is a former Wimbledon semifinalist. “I think I put a lot of pressure on his serve with my returns.

“I mixed it up, tried to play some slice, tried to keep the ball low, not to let him be aggressive.”

And teen phenom Alex Zverev ousted Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-4. “Viktor is a very good grass-court player,” Zverev said. “So I feel pretty good. I’m playing well. I didn’t do a lot of mistakes and served quite well.”

WEDNESDAY HALLE SCHEDULE
STADION start 12:00
[8] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs M. Granollers (ESP)
[PR] F. Mayer (GER) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs [WC] J. Struff (GER)
Not Before 5:30 pm
J. Sousa (POR) vs [3] D. Thiem (AUT)


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43 Comments for Roger Federer Returns Wednesday In Halle; Tomas Berdych Bounced

Travis Bickle Says:

Another fresh S. Tignor’s article about how Federer is loved, just published at tennis.com:
http://baseline.tennis.com/article/58977/swiss-army

Aside the fact that the article has nothing to do about actual sport of tennis, I wonder about the timing of it. Did Federer do something significant last week?
Funny, it really appears as if media was ‘ordered’ to write as many meaningless articles like this one just to prop Federer and, by doing that, try to diminish the guy who is actually making history. I find it almost comical in its futility.

You can write every day how Federer is loved, pretty, gracious, humble, honest, angelic, his farts don’t stink, etc… I will enjoy Djoker quietly (barely reported by media) winning everything and firmly establishing himself as the tennis legend of all times.

There is something satisfying in this situation when a guy wins Grand Slam and it was barely reported and in that same media they keep harping about another guy and how loved he is. I’d compare it with last year US Open when the entire stadium cheers one guy’s mistakes and fanatically supports his opponent, only to have to witness their “the bad guy” receiving the coveted trophy and their idol ending up with a serving tray in the background.

They keep inventing topics to write about Federer and Djoker (almost incognito) keeps winning every major tournament. Fine by me!


Daniel Says:

Nishikori walkover Halle, hope is not another big injury just ore Wimby.

All seeds losing early this week, Wawa, Berdy, Ferrerand now Kei. Fed and Murray better watch out.


Van Persie Says:

Very good post, TB :)
Have to congratulate myself for not reading Tignor’s “articles”


mat4 Says:

@TB:

Did T-x finally stopped moderating you?


skeezer Says:

TB,
Thanks for posting that, really enjoyed the link.


mat4 Says:

skeezer:

;-)

BTW, the blog you linked in the other thread is excellent.


Van Persie Says:

Mat4,

I guess he is still moderated.

Skeezer,

“Panem et circenses” for you ;)Enjoy it


skeezer Says:

VP,
Quite the contrar, the post was obviously afflicted by the Fox and the Grapes. The link was significant, wether he is playing or not. Of which…he is playing right now btw….
Re: Tignor ..has written some very nice articles about Rafa also FYI.


Purcell Says:

Or in Djokovic’s case, no bread but plenty of circuses.


Van Persie Says:

Well, Novak does not possess Fed’s acrobats


J-Kath Says:

Travis:
Read the article. “He’s really pretty guileless” says his fan.
Makes me wonder if she talked with him at all. It’s hardly a compliment. Children are “guileless”. Perhaps she talked to one of his.


Purcell Says:

Novak does however possess the attributes of a clown and his on court behaviour often leads him to walk the tightrope.


Daniel Says:

Federer only lost 6 points on serve so far in 9 service games. Faced no BP, clean performance, hope he grabs the second and close in straights.

Milos beat Kyrgios, he could be dangerou this Wimby. He will be one of the players none of Djoko, Mureay and Fed would want in their QF. Because Berdych and Kei now a question mark.

Who ever gets Wawa out of Djoko or Murray will have an easy draw, he will not reach Wimby semis.


Van Persie Says:

That “clown” made Roger very often look like a “fool”;)


madmax Says:

Travis Bickle Says:

Funny, it really appears as if media was ‘ordered’ to write as many meaningless articles like this one just to prop Federer and, by doing that, try to diminish the guy who is actually making history. I find it almost comical in its futility.
June 15th, 2016 at 3:59 am

TB,
what makes me chuckle is, IF it was SO meaningless, why spend the time, nay energy, even:

a) reading it
b) acknowledging it
c) sharing it by a meaningless post

Hardly meaningless if you have spent so much time saying it’s meaningless.

Paradox to say the least. FYI Federer is propped up by you at this moment, posting meaningless drivel, saying it is completely meaningless. Why waste more of your time?

Purcell,

Astute as always.


skeezer Says:

VP,
Looking like a fool would be a thrashing ( ex: 6-0,6-1 ). I believe their battles have been very competitive overall.


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer, Roger was quite a prophet, when it came to Novak ;)


jatin Says:

Nice play by fed. Hope he can continue it. He is finding his feet on grass, serving impeccably. :)


madmax Says:

TB,

I don’t know what you are reading right now (actually I do, and by your own admission, it is meaningless), what I can tell you however is there are PLENTY of articles out there to read about Nole, plenty – hardly incognito. He will be the one (most likely) to beat Roger’s 17 – you should ‘Read All About It’, TB, move away from trying to degrade Roger’s achievements, (meaningless drivel), and read with more meaning, about Novak’s successes.

I’ll start you off – in case you have lost some direction. In case you need glasses, it says:

“Novak’s deadly serve makes him unbeatable”.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/aus/2016/01/29/novak-djokovic-serve-makes-him-unbeatable/79511306/

You’re welcome TB.


madmax Says:

jatin Says:
Nice play by fed. Hope he can continue it. He is finding his feet on grass, serving impeccably. :)

June 15th, 2016 at 11:07 am

Jatin!

Yes, it was steady. Another tie break, but he has to build on these small successes for the ultimate goal. See you at Wimbledon Jatin? It’s just great to see him back on grass.

Love to watch Roger play.


Van Persie Says:

Madmax,

I have a question: Can you read? TB did not try to degrade Rogers achievements. He wrote about a “tennis specialist”, who thought, it is more proper to write about how much Fed is loved. Same specialist ignored Nokaks achievement from last week.


madmax Says:

VP,

You need to read again as well as the particular quote. Yes. Thank you. I can read. For the record, TB is no Federer fan. That is for sure.

Jatin,

The following is for you and the rest of the fed fans – makes for interesting (rather than meaningless reading)

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/articles/2016-06-10/five_things_you_may_not_know_about_federers_game.html


madmax Says:

VP,

Novak is brilliant. Fantastic ambassador for the game. It is a pity the majority of his fans here don’t take a leaf out of his book. Why don’t you and TB write a top notch account of his win? I’m serious. Try it. You might make it big.


Van Persie Says:

Ok Madmax,

Thank you for the feedback. Then, yoour problem is: you cannot understand, what you’re reading. Being an analphabed, would have been a good excuse


Van Persie Says:

analphabet* ;)


Purcell Says:

VP 10:51:
Foolish statement. The two of them are closely matched and have provided us with some excellent and entertaining matches. I’ve had the privilege of seeing some of them. Have you? Novak has only just overtaken Roger as his star goes down and Novak’s goes up.
J-Kath: guileless can be interpreted in many more ways than childlike but I guess this is another opportunity for you to add to your collection of Roger jibes. As with the Novak collective on this site you seem unable to simply enjoy tennis or the progress and success of your favourite….Murray?…..unless you stick the fork in fans of other players and I mean players in the plural as true fans have enthusiasm for many practitioners of our glorious game.


Daniel Says:

Really weird, majority of Novak fans seems resentfull. I am in pure joy of his achievements this year and that is what matters.

Cheering for him winning Olympics, finally Cincy (after 5 finals) and getting one more Slam this year to tie Federer 3 peat. That will place him 1 Slam shy of tying Sampras and Nadal, what he’ll do next year, and than we show see if his assault on Federer’s total will happen or not. Very exciting times.
Plus if Murray will get back to winning cycle and if Ged can build on this week and be best prepared for his real lst chance at Wimbledon.


jatin Says:

Thanks madmax.
It was a nice read, and i really loved the way the article analysis fed’s game and his genious on court.
I hope he goes deep in this tourney as well. :)
See you around madmax :)


Van Persie Says:

Purcel,

I have explained myself with the post from 11:04 am.
Yep, I have watched and ejoyed all theyr matches ;)..also enjoyed Feds press conf after semifinal from AO 2011. Fed looked like a “fool” to me 6 months later. I am sure you know what I mean.

Already told here, I appreciate Roger as a tennis player, but not as a person. Same as you do with Novak


Van Persie Says:

Purcell, correction.


jane Says:

daniel, you’re a rare one. ;)


Daniel Says:

Also thought Djoko should have played this week just to get on those first 2 rounds of slippery. He is always one of the ones who fall the most in ealry rounds ok grass, so at least he would get used to it.

Bit he knows better, mybe he needs this 3 weeks of to gear himself for next 2 important months: Wimbledon, Olympics, Cincy and USO. Any two fo this 4 tiurney he wins and he will out himself on another level, if he wins 3 and even greater, all 4 and pretty much GOAT debate will end in a matter if time for him. These ate the 4 more inoortant tourneys he will play after RG vicotry, with Cincy the least important one but will have a Career Master sweep as well, together with his career Slam this year.


Okiegal Says:

@Daniel 3:35…..Slippery is right! I am surprised there hasn’t been a lot of injuries. Benicia had to retire because of a groin injury when she slipped….there might have more, don’t know. But lots of slips and near falls from the matches I watched….Novak probably did make the right choice imo….


Travis Bickle Says:

mat4 Says:
@TB:
Did T-x finally stopped moderating you?
(June 15th, 2016 at 10:08 am)

Of course not! I am still being moderated, slowly I might add – sometimes my posts appear 12 hours after I posted them…

That’s all right – I take it as a ‘badge of honor’ knowing that it was Fedal fans who were bothered by my posts and cried for moderation.
I believe they would also love for Djoker to be moderated from playing (and winning) somehow – although there is a kind of moderation on reporting on his historical, legendary achievement (Indian and Chines media do report it though).
Even “moderation” from playing is sometimes possible (e.g. Monica Seles)…


Travis Bickle Says:

@madmax,

You amuse me.
Thanks for reading suggestion. It means a lot from a self-proclaimed superbly educated person.

Here is suggestion for you – something current and recent: this year AO semi-final, first 2 sets (6-1, 6-2), a.k.a. master-class of tennis in a major semi no less! You can find it in youtube – but please, after watching it, don’t cry for me to be moderated for suggesting you an X-rated tennis video – it should come with a warning “Fed fans discretion advised”

In lieu of ‘ciao’ for you, I’ll use this:
2015 Wimbledon, 2015 USO, 2016 AO, 2016 FO, … to be continued …


Daniel Says:

With the rain also gras is even trickier. Just hope Wimby os rain free like 2009 when I was there, hot as hell and I think only rained in Andy x Stan match when the roof was finally covered.


Willow Says:

Dont count on SW19 been rain free, the weather here in Britain has been a total wash out this summer, sorry folks, least they have a roof now ….


J-Kath Says:

Willow: Where do you live in the UK? I live s-w Scotland and have spent close to a fortnight in Argyll……I am praying for rain so far in 6 weeks have had a cupful!!!!!!!!!!

PS: Am sure will pay for it….harsh, harsh winter coming my way????


J-Kath Says:

Oh so sorri Purcell. Take all of it back. I am so guileless.


J-Kath Says:

Purcell: Not sure what I said that got your dandruff up. Andy is my favourite but closely followed by 3 others.


Willow Says:

Hi J-Kath by the sea in Norfolk Hunstanton ….


mat4 Says:

@Travis:

Searching old threads for your posts…


mat4 Says:

@Travis:

I see you are still under scrutiny, although it was long time to finish it, especially since there was only one of your post that was borderline, although acceptable from my POV — no insults, funny, sarcastic though. But sarcasm and irony are not something one should be moderated for.

I shall repeat here my appeal for you not to be moderated any more, and if it continues, I will collect all your published posts and send them to the staff of T-x, with some posts by other posters who deserve much more to be moderated.

I don’t think it will help much, but I guess it would be only fair.

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