Murray Wins, Thiem Ousted By Vesely On Catch-Up Day at Wimbledon; Federer, Djokovic Friday
by Staff | June 30th, 2016, 11:42 pm
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Andy Murray led the charge as players caught up with a full day of play without rain on Thursday at Wimbledon.


The No. 2-seeded Murray overcame an early deficit to defeat Taiwan’s unseeded Lu Yen-Hsun 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. “Randy” Lu had earlier in his career beaten Murray at the Olympic games.

“The first set was tough — I went a break down,” said Murray, who righted the ship to turn a match that looked like a possible upset into a straight-set affair. “But I settled down at the end of that set and loosened up. I started hitting the ball a lot cleaner.”

No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori was another player who overcame early trouble to defeat French veteran Julien Benneteau from a set down 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

“He began well, it wasn’t easy,” Nishikori told the BBC. “I started playing more aggressive and more solid, especially on the forehand. The rib [injury] wasn’t too bad. It’s a little bit sore still but I’m playing well. It hurts at times but it’s holding up well. I’m doing everything I can to recover, with the help of my team.”

Nishikori later said, to paraphrase, ‘Don’t put your money on me.’

“My goal is to get to the quarterfinal,” he said. “That’s going to be my first goal. I’ve been feeling good on grass.”

Other Top 10 winners were No. 6 Milos Raonic defeating Italian Andreas Seppi 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-2; No. 7 Richard Gasquet coming from a set down to beat Spain’s Marcel Granollers 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-1; and No. 9 Marin Cilic defeating the Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-4.

Raonic afterwards had to explain to the media the travels of his coach John McEnroe between the player’s box and the commentary booth.

“He was there with me this morning, Raonic said. “Obviously he’s trying to be there as much as he can. It depends what kind of commentating schedule he gets that day. For the first round, it worked out. Today it didn’t because I believe he was calling the first two matches on Centre Court.”

Lower-seeded winners were No. 11 David Goffin, No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 18 John Isner, No. 19 Bernard Tomic who beat Radu Albot in four, No. 27 Jack Sock who defeated Robin Haase in four, No. 28 Sam Querrey, No. 31 Joao Sousa, and No. 32 Lucas Pouille who won in four.

Seven seeds were sent home in upsets as Czech Jiri Vesely downed No. 8 Dominic Thiem 7-6(4), 7-6(5), 7-6(3); France’s Nicolas Mahut stunned No. 13 David Ferrer 6-1, 6-4, 6-3; Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov outlasted No. 16 Gilles Simon 6-3, 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4; Slovak Lukas Lacko beat big-serving No. 23 seed Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4; Spain’s Albert Ramos upset No. 25 Viktor Troicki in five 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3; Aussie John Millman topped No. 26 Benoit Paire 7-6(5), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2; and Brit Daniel Evans defeated No. 30 Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-1.

The Brit Evans will next face Federer.

“It’s going to be a great, great experience,” said Evans on the celebrity of facing the GOAT. “I’ll enjoy every minute of it, whatever the score. It would be stupid to say it’s not a special occasion to play him. I just have to prepare myself as best I can and put to the back of my head that it’s Roger I’m playing. Go out and give it my best. I’m not going to go out there to be just another guy he rolls. I’m going to put up a good fight hopefully.”

Dimitrov, a Wimbledon semifinalist two years ago, said he lost focus in the third set against Simon before getting it back on track.

“I just thought, I gotta get it back,” the Bulgarian said. “As soon as I got my focus back, all was well…I got into his rhythm and that’s one of the worst things.”

Matches to look for on Friday include (4) Stan Wawrinka vs. Juan Martin del Potro, (3) Roger Federer vs. Brit Daniel Evans, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. (28) Sam Querrey, (6) Milos Raonic vs. (27) Jack Sock, (15) Nick Kyrgios vs. Dustin Brown, Grigor Dimitrov vs. Steve Johnson, and Nicolas Mahut vs. Pierre-Hughes Herbert in an all-French.

FRIDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) v Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [4]
2. Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Christina McHale (USA)
3. Roger Federer (SUI) [3] v Daniel Evans (GBR)

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Venus Williams (USA) [8] v Daria Kasatkina (RUS) [29]
2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Sam Querrey (USA) [28]
3. Jack Sock (USA) [27] v Milos Raonic (CAN) [6]

NO.2 COURT – 11:00AM
1. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [15] v Dustin Brown (GER)
2. Petra Kvitova (CZE) [10] v Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
3. Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) v Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5]
4. Simona Halep (ROU) [5] v Kiki Bertens (NED) [26]


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190 Comments for Murray Wins, Thiem Ousted By Vesely On Catch-Up Day at Wimbledon; Federer, Djokovic Friday

Danica Says:

Nice picture of Andy there :))


Van Persie Says:

“Nishikori later said, to paraphrase, β€˜Don’t put your money on me.’” I never did!


Daniel Says:

Wawa and DelPo one set a piece, guess third set is crucial for both. Hope DelPo can get his firt top 5 win.


mat4 Says:

DelPo and Stan are playing a good match. Very tense so far.


mat4 Says:

@Daniel:

I went with DelPo in my bracket challenge, but, while very close, I still believe Stan is the favourite here.


mat4 Says:

DelPo breaks again. I am very happy the way he plays, although he’s still far from the level he had in 2013 here. But he makes the most of his chances.


calmdownplease Says:

‘I still believe Stan is the favourite here.’

But Del Potro is breaking him at will now and my oh my it would be sweet to have Delpo back at the top challenging the other guys
Variety being the spice of life and all.
And the winner has to come back tomorrow which is a shame.


calmdownplease Says:

theyre both breaking a lot
not very many FH winners from Delpo so what does that mean going on
think a lesser Delpo as the FH is what he is all about


Margot Says:

Stan’s taken on Krajichek hasn’t he? Wonder how that sits with Norman and how that will impact his play. 31 now too.
Not looking great today, to be sure.


Ronn Says:

Delpo’s BH looking a lot better and is striking the ball well. I’m kinda surprised at his level of play…


Daniel Says:

What Happen to Kyrguos x Brown match, doesn’t show score and neither complete result in my app? Who won?


calmdownplease Says:

Uh Oh
Wawa will have to go to 5 in the 2nd round and play again tomorrow.


Van Persie Says:

Wawas “worst surface” is grass. But I am surprised about Delpo now . In a good way :)


Giles Says:

Magnus Norman is sitting in Wawa’s box with Krajicek


Margot Says:

Daniel play is suspended everywhere except centre.
@Giles….a pun, a pun :) EEEK!


Margot Says:

Sorry Daniel Kyrgios and Brown on court now.
And shhhhhhhh they’re discussing playing on Sunday! Heavens to Betsy, the world as we know it is turned on it’s head.


Margot Says:

Lol jane, at this rate a very short contract….;) But won’t put cart before horse just yet, so to speak.


Daniel Says:

Playing mid Sunday Wimbledon would be something, have it ever happened before?

The thing is rain is expected almost everyday, execpt Sunday😜

Thanks Margot, saw that Brown won first set.


Van Persie Says:

Yaay, Rastamann leads 1-0 by sets :)


Daniel Says:

Wow, DelPo serving for the match.


jane Says:

i thought it hadn’t daniel, but someone told me they did it in 2004??

margot, it would be so ironic too, given that stan made the quarters the last two years in a row, and played barn-burners in both of them.


jalep Says:

Very HAPPY about how well Delpo is playing. Loving this match more than I thought! And Delpo is cool, calm, and confident. Stan, not so much. It’s crucial that he take control and win this set . ohh the pressure…and Stan cracks under it.

Gosh. Delpo serving for it. hehehhehe Bombs away, delpo…

Match Point. GSM !! YaY, I didn’t think he could do it!


Margot Says:

As I was saying jane…..
Fantastic from JMDP. Looked thinner to me and has added to his game.
Stay injury free, JMDP.


calmdownplease Says:

So delighted!

JMDP take a bow!!!!!


jalep Says:

He’ll play Pouille or Young next round.


Margot Says:

JMDP being interviewed, looks very much thinner.
Said he’s so happy, so sweet.


Van Persie Says:

So glad for Delpo. I love his English, so sweet :)


jane Says:

congrats to delpo indeed. sure hope he can keep going!


jalep Says:

Delpo 😎


Margot Says:

Daniel and VP, 1 set each now for K and B.


Van Persie Says:

I know Margot :(…I’m rooting for Dustin


calmdownplease Says:

@Margot

I thought you didn’t like him?
(Glad to see you changed your mind)
Although he is def watching that soaring FH he still beat Wawa
Long may he play without injury.


jane Says:

that’s true margot: did you used to not like jmdp so much?


Margot Says:

CDP: a woman’s prerogative, I believe. I admire him so much now, coming through those horrible injuries and happy to be playing.
Who could not like him?


El_matador Says:

Vamos!now please don’t lose to pouille tomorrow..getting to 2nd week will be beyond expectation..and some ranking points will help..


RZ Says:

Congrats to DelPo – he deserved a quality win.

Come on Dustin!


calmdownplease Says:

Quite Margot
I’m also waiting for you to change your mind about supporting authoritarian bureaucratic superstates, with disastrous one size fits all monetary policies and unrestricted and unplanned immigration from theocratic and Illiberal third world nations
But I might have a bit of a wait there, right?
;0)


Margot Says:

VP: Dustin usually has one big win in him at Wimbledon. Nick needs to settle, I don’t think he quite knows what’s hitting him. ;)
Dustin such fun tho.


madmax Says:

Bravo Del Potro. His interview was sweet and well meant. So glad he is back!


RZ Says:

@Margot – Nick is probably thinking “I’m the one who’s supposed to be hitting such fun shots!”


Margot Says:

Lol CDP I do hope you’re protected from the imminent recession. Winter is coming.
Can’t believe you read the FT and voted Brexit. Extraordinary. A triumph of idiocy over intelligence. But enough already don’t you think? We’ll never agree and don’t want to bore the other punters on here witless.


jane Says:

is nick a flash-in-the-pan? lazy? believes his own hype? or just still needs time to develop, perhaps a better coach?

i just can’t figure him yet.


Margot Says:

RZ: Nick does indeed like to be the star of the show and probably doesn’t like to be upstaged. :) And, to prove my point, wins a game with a very casual tweeny!


Van Persie Says:

Yep Margot,

I would be glad for Dustin, if he would go further this time. If I remember well, 3 round is his best performance here.


calmdownplease Says:

Economy? recessions?
I find it amazing that all of these socialist all of a sudden care (and understand) about economics and the economy.
Maybe you will realise that the people that told you to vote for remain
the economists backed by the EU
Bankers and Big business leaders like that scumbag Jamie Dimon
Basically THE ESTABLISHMENT
Well yes let’s leave it but i promise you in a couple of years you’ll be glad we got out (if we do)
Despite the neo socialist utopia it seemed to promise
A mild recession is nothing to be afraid of after all and certainly a price worth paying for democracy. :0)
And who know Osborne might have been getting us to one anyway…


Margot Says:

John LLoyd just, very disapprovingly, said Nick tanked the third set.
VP: Dustin would be a deserving winner. On fire at the mo. Great to watch.
jane: dunno either. I rather feel, like Dimi, he has a sense of entitlement. Commies just saying he doesn’t listen to advice, so perhaps he just thinks he knows best.


calmdownplease Says:

*were basically the establishment
Right back to tennis
(although brexit is more interesting that Novak Goat nonsense)


Margot Says:

Lol CDP, last worditis?


Margot Says:

Oh lordy, Nick’s decided he wants to play after all. Heading for 5 I think.


calmdownplease Says:

I thought this was ongoing?
But no dear, you can have it (now)
let’s bury the hatchet and honestly i think it will work out well
However If we are tossed into the abyss
I’ll let you slap me with a with fish
ten times at least!


calmdownplease Says:

* a wet fish
(this isn’t a fetish of mine either)


jalep Says:

If only Tennis-X had the ability to ‘pin’ certain repetitive and popular topics. Politics thread, Goaty and Weak Era thread, AND, most importantly, A THREAD DEVOTED to RACQUET BRACKET TALK! And an in general non-forum cafe for music, books, movies. A Young Gun thread WTA and ATP.

I could go on…


jane Says:

margot, maybe that’s it. but he’s so young that it’s difficult to predict his ceiling: will it be grigor’s level, tsonga’s, safin’s? it feels like it could be any of those at this point.

anyone know who delpo plays next? or who winner of nick-dustin play?


Van Persie Says:

Why separates threads, Jalep?
I love this diversity here.It Is like in a Pub :)


jalep Says:

Delpo will play Lucas Pouille

Brown/Kyrgios will play FLo or Fognini!


Van Persie Says:

My biggest problem with the EU, ist that I cannot smoke in a pub anymore :(


jalep Says:

Well I you like it great, VP. Happy for you.

Some of us would like the blog to sticky some topics for quite awhile now.


jane Says:

i kind of agree with van persie. i like the rolling conversation; although the same old debates arise again and again, there are usually other threads where you can go hide out or talk about something else.

although it would be awesome to have an “off topic” thread.

thanks for the update on draw opponents jalep


jalep Says:

At least you can still smoke while blogging from home πŸ˜‰


RZ Says:

I’m impressed with the fast pace of play by Nick and Dustin.


jane Says:

a pinned GOAT debate thread could be good; then again, it could be really really bad. ha ha.


Van Persie Says:

Well, an off topic thread would not be so bad. :)


Margot Says:

CDP: I’ll certainly hold you to that. Which is the fish of your choice?
BTW from other thread a) would need a signed affidavit before I believed Andy had got his teeth whitened and b) have you actually been banned? If yes, prejudice against Andy fans and I demand a recount!
VP: kind of agree and disagree. If it’s like being in the pub with your mates, great. If it’s an interminable, circular repetitive discussion, then no. You know, like when the pub bore corners you, and there is noooo escape.
Great 5th but oh no, rain!


jane Says:

what do you guys think?

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg 3h3 hours ago Wandsworth, London
If rain persists, keeping play off outers, no way should Federer-Evans R3 begin under a roof if other R2s haven’t started. #Wimbledon


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

I mean those big groups in pubs, where at a certain point eberybody is talking about something else, like here now: tennis, brexit, goats and so on.


Margot Says:

@jane
Agree with Ben R. It would be most unfair.


RZ Says:

@Jane – I agree completely.


Dave Says:

Just a quick question? Why is play suspended on center court? They were playing with the roof off all day?


jalep Says:

Yes, they were playing with the roof open…


Dave Says:

Maybe not the smartest move considering the forecast and how behind play already is. They could have finished other matches after the scheduled matches on center court. Now that won’t be happening. There must have been other delays on center court earlier today as well. I heard there was a 3 hour rain delay earlier today. Not sure if that’s true.


Daniel Says:

I had Zverev taking down Wawa R16, but this could be the beggining of the end form him. Let’s see how he performs at USO. Next I need to lose ealry is Berdych, had Ferrer, Wawa and him not going beyond R16 and two are gone already. My money is on Zverev making a serious run here.


jalep Says:

Dave — you know they don’t start play on Center at 11am, they wait until 1pm, right? Seems like it’s hardly a way to make the most out of having a court with a roof. I suppose that’s for preserving the grass or…something else.


Dave Says:

Ya. I can’t say a agree with it to much when the rain is this bad. But Wimbledon has there traditions that at times can be a bit black and white and rigid.


jane Says:

Carole Bouchard
‏@carole_bouchard
Maybe they should cancel Federer’s match and put 2 second round matches next on centre court…

yep. i agree with carole … and margot, and rz.


J-Kath Says:

Serena is playing again. I’m taking bets that they will continue with the Federer game…more because its Fed. than the fact that Dan (the Brit) is playing….they wouldn’t do it for Dan alone.

Yes, they seem to be planning to play on Sunday (2nd time only if memory serves right).

VP: I thought Pubs allowed electronic cigarettes?


Van Persie Says:

JK,

I would better give up cigarettes…hate the electronic ones.
Ok, will not complain about that anymore :D…

I am sure Roger will play today.


Margot Says:

McHale takes the first set and Serena has a tantrum and gets a warning.
Hey Serena, respect that grass!


Margot Says:

Jane: order of play still has Rogie and Dan on after Serena.
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/schedule/index.html


Willow Says:

I must admit i find it strange when posters think players like Stan or Rafa are finished because they are on a bit of a career slump, and still ranked in the top 5, yet Delpo returns to tour wins a couple of matches, and all of a sudden hes bound for big things again, i mean i like the guy and all, but he hasnt even made another GS since he won USO in 2009 ….


J-Kath Says:

Yep, Roger is listed for 7.00pm. So is Nole…No.1 court!!! Let’s hope the weather complies. Venus Williams’ match is the only outside match on right now.


FedExpress Says:

come on mchale

just dont choke like watson did after having a double break and serving for the match last year


FedExpress Says:

hahahaha wow a choking game that was from mchale from 40-15

double faulting there is no tomorrow


FedExpress Says:

just like watson did last year


FedExpress Says:

disgusting choke from mchale


jalep Says:

Kyrgios 😎


FedExpress Says:

serena is just a cry baby


FedExpress Says:

SW nearly 35 and still behaving and acting like a spoilt kid


Willow Says:

Jalep was it a good match ? ….


Margot Says:

Sorry Van Persie, Nick won.
And Serena too. McHale’s serve just wasn’t good enough in the end.
Venus too.


Van Persie Says:

Sorry for Dustin :(


FedExpress Says:

querry you choker

4 BPs and all gone


jalep Says:

Hi Willow. Imo, what I watched of it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. I love Dreddy and even try to catch him playing a challenger now and then. The ATP website has live video for many challengers for free. Dreddy can be seen at his best that way.

I think they, each of them, interferes with the others’ stage. Kyrgios was more solid in the end and served well when he needed to. Kyrgios plays Fognini or Flopez next and they are going to 5 sets.

Right now I’m trying to watch as much of this Kvitova/Makarova match as possible before leaving for work. Petra is wearing one of those distracting and awkward Nike Baby Doll dresses — it’s windy and the dress gets in the way. If I had it on I’d tuck it into my panties! or belt it.


Margot Says:

Goodness Tara and Kutzy one set each. :0
*faints clean away*


FedExpress Says:

that point at 5-2 from querry

definition of a choke

now see him bend over


jalep Says:

Wait…how did Querrey get a set 😲


FedExpress Says:

deserved but nearly lost it

won more return points than nole. mental strength is everything


Van Persie Says:

Querry is playing really good, agressiv…am curious if Novak will find a solution, or if Querry will keep it up like in the 1 set.


courbon Says:

Querry is playing well but Novak serve is very poor today…


Van Persie Says:

Correction: Querrey


Van Persie Says:

Correction was for me, Courbon. But you made the same mystake ;)
Yes, Noles serve is not working today…


FedExpress Says:

no 1 of the world everyone, holder of 4 GS

just taking advantage of a weak era just like fed did.


Willow Says:

Hasnt Sam caused Nole all sorts of problems before if i can recall ? ….


FedExpress Says:

hahahaha. nole .ahhahahaha


courbon Says:

FedExpress, dont you have a Federers match to watch at the moment?


FedExpress Says:

hahahahahah. this is the GOAT


FedExpress Says:

courbon, want to witness history


courbon Says:

Van Persie: Yep. Novak is just completely out of rhytm.I think he will lose …

Willow:He did, long time ago at Paris Bercy…Big Srvers at Wimby always dangerous but Novak is playing pretty bad…


Willow Says:

Hi Courbon yeah you would think lol ….


courbon Says:

Fed Express:Ah, Ok then…well, Nobak had to lose at some point.I’m affraid it will be today.


FedExpress Says:

hahahah. rain saves djokovic. if he wins tomorrow oh my


Willow Says:

Courbon best of five, and the break means he has a chance to re group, how you doing BTW ? ….


mat4 Says:

The match isn’t over yet. Querry is the heavy favourite, but one never knows, Novak still has a little chance.


Willow Says:

Come on folks chill out, hes not the world number 1, and has won 4 GS in a row for nothing !….


FedExpress Says:

and fed finally got broken in this tournament
and shanking like there is no tomorrow


Daniel Says:

Damm, beij out for a few hours in meetings check score and see that Novak is 2 sets behind. Did not see that coming. Querrey 1 set away from an historic win, somebody beating Djoko after 30 straight macthes in Slams.

That is the danger of grass forsts week plus the erratic schedule messing with some players mojo.
Let’s see id Djokocan recover tomorrow. Querrey when getting close to winning will feel the pressure and Djojo can reasses what went wrong.

Fed up a break and Zverev in fifth set. a lot of fifth sets this Wimby, as if there isn’t enough rain matches are getting long.


FedExpress Says:

but nole is lucky that play isnt continued. boris will talk tough and turn him into super human tomorrow

sam wont sleep well. thats for sure


courbon Says:

Willow:I’m fine but very busy.rarely posting or doing anything social for last couple of months.Just work, work, work…I think last week I thought about you-it was a Strawberyy Moon, right?


Dave Says:

I had this feeling all day yesterday that Querrey was going to make things very difficult for Djokovic. I saw Querrey play Nishikori in Acapulco and he blew Nishikori off the court in straight sets. Nothing Nishikori could do about it. Saw him come back against Fritz as well after being a set down in the QF’s. I knew the sets streak would end today. I don’t think I was expecting Djokovic to be down 2 sets to 0 like this with very little resistence. This is not going to be the same as against Anderson. Querrey is harder to break than Anderson when he is playing like this. I don’t think Djokovic comes back this time. I was definitely wrong. Here is the letdown that many people predicted after the French Open. I was way off on that one. He doesn’t even look motivated. He looks frustrated because he can’t get into rhythem. Which was obviously the game plan for Querrey. It’s a brutal section of the draw with no rhythem coming even if he were to survive this match. Mahut possibly in the 4th and than Raonic in the QF’s. Djokovic can’t stand being taken out of rhythem like this.


Daniel Says:

Also surprised Mahut is playing this well, he is 2-0 already and if I am not mistaken he just won a tourney on grass recently, so he seems on a run.

Querrey will play for 1 set, but that would ve a very hard set to get, specially as he will serve second any blip and doubts will creep in.


Willow Says:

Sorry i have to ask, with axe to grind, but why does Federer get the privelege of playing under the roof ,when Djokovic the world number 1, has to stop playing because of the rain, seems unfair that the world number 1 is not the top priority, (she says as shes ducks for cover) ….


Van Persie Says:

Well, one thing is for sure: he will not lose today :)
Will be interesting tomorrow


FedExpress Says:

one thing is for sure. if nole comes back and wins tomorrow he wins the tournament


Dave Says:

Willow,

It’s most likely because Evans is from Great Britain. The Querrey vs Djokovic match was always going to be the better match. Federer feasts on guys that are 5 foot 9 or shorter. That’s how it always seems to go.


FedExpress Says:

@willow

could be rogers last wimbledon. hence.


Dave Says:

FedExpress,

I was thinking the same thing. If Nole comes back tomorrow he will win the tournament. It will be like getting a second life.


FedExpress Says:

feds FH makes me crying nowadays

he was smacking them for fun back then.


PJ Says:

Willow, my guess is Roger got Center Court because he’s playing a Brit.


Daniel Says:

Agree Dave, this was my fear as well. And there are Three no basine matches straight for him.

Similar to Anderson match last year. But nothing like the break and he will start serving first tomorrow, but if he fail to break Querrey and its a tiebreak things can get nervous for him. Let’s see how things will turn out tomorrow, Anderson even being 2-0 was never close enough to finish line last year as Djoko broje early and slowly got his comeback. We have to see how third set will unfold.


FedExpress Says:

wtf is fed doing? doesnt move well. serve not working as smooth as he would like


Willow Says:

Courbon strawberry moon lol, i have Wolfstone camp in Blackpool 15th, 16th 17th of this month ….


FedExpress Says:

why arent robert and lynette sitting together?


Daniel Says:

If Djoko indeed loses all Federer straight Slams records will be safe: Finals, Semifinals, QF. 1 match and things can have huge implications, plus it at least in part will be the break he was hoping for, not play Djoko in a Slam. Still thinks Murray tales this title, as was my draw prediction from the get go.
That third set tomorrow will be tense, glad is Saturday and I’ll be at home watching live first time this Wimby.


Willow Says:

Dave /PJ Yeah true ….


Daniel Says:

Calm down FedEx, he just clised first set and already a break uo second set. heading for a straight set win and just enjoy his 2 days off, much needed for a man his age😜


FedExpress Says:

yep daniel but the losses to nole esepcially the one at the Us open have killed me


FedExpress Says:

and that he hasnt won a title for nearly 9 months doesnt make me think he can win a major all of a sudden


Daniel Says:

Only second round match yet to finish os Zverev, will they make him finish fifth and play another match tomorrow?


FedExpress Says:

hahahah. kevein anderson tweetet on this tweet:

Tom Perrotta
Remember when Kevin Anderson won the first two sets against Djokovic last year? Djokovic came back, they had to play the next day, won in 5.

Kevin Anderson
‏@kevinanderson18
Vaguely rings a bell…


Daniel Says:

Yeah FedEx, still think Murray wants this Wimby desperatly. Fed also but he seems doesn’t have all the tools anymore. Will see, maybe he surprises us

Djoko I felt was due for a letdown but I thiung it would happen in finals, not this soon.

But Wimbledon is the major with more ealry rounds upset, Nadal had his share, Fed to Stakv 2011, Murra also lost before QF before and Djoko was the more consistent this last few year.


Van Persie Says:

Daniel,

Fed lost to Staks in 2013

Margot,

Good luck go Wales :)
Time for soccer now.
Byees


RZ Says:

I think Querrey’s best chance now is to keep holding serve and hope for a tiebreak. I would expect Djokovic to come back strong tomorrow.


Dave Says:

It seems that Djokovic really doesn’t like court 1. He was slipping on this court way more than on Center court the first 2 matches. And that’s with the court already being worn in the past 4 days. I wonder if they will move the match to Center court tomorrow. If that is the case, Djokovic will have the advantage. If it stays on court 1, Querrey will be loving his chances to pull off the upset and rather quickly.


FedExpress Says:

dave, moving them to CC would be suicide. unfair to querry


Daniel Says:

I think they usually maintain the same court.
Murray will for sure get one male slot in Center Court tomorrow, the other could be Djoko’s.


mat4 Says:

Anyway, Querrey leading against Novak — and perhaps winning tomorrow — is a big surprise. Almost like Iceland beating England in football.


theDA Says:

Relax guys, it’s Sam Querrey we’re talking about. Novak was saved by the rain. He’ll have the whole evening and morning to readjust and discuss tactics. I’ll eat my hat is Sam pulls this off.


Daniel Says:

Yeah VP, 2011 was that bizarre Tosnga match when he qas leading 2-0 and got his first comeback ever in a Slam.

Fed to serve second set 5-2 under 1 hour, exaclty what he needs, three easyfast matches to go through. Than Dimi or Johnson (who is a break up) and than Cilic (whi seems on decent form or Kei QF).

Another thing to consider, if Djoko loses this could be Raonic tourney as wel, he will have a decent shot agaisnt Fed (if both reach semis, they will be favorites) and in finals agaisnt Murray as well with recent Queens match.


Dave Says:

I would be pleasantly shocked if Djokovic comes back and wins this. Querrey will most likely pull this off. He will stick to the same game plan. He is super hard to break. Djokovic will be super nervous in tie-breaks. Like someone mentioned earlier, Querrey will try to hold serve and get it to a tie-breaks. That will be for Querrey to win the match and Djokovic to stay in the match. Querrey has 2 shots at it. If it goes to a 5th it’s game over for Querrey. He will have his chances in sets 3 and 4 for sure.


Flyer Says:

Even 2 sets down – I would be shocked if Djokovic loses 2morrow. He has the evening to regroup – and Querrey has the evening to get crazy nervous.


jane Says:

Ben Rothenberg ‏@BenRothenberg 26s27 seconds ago Merton, London
1991, 1997, 2004, 2016: for just the fourth time, #Wimbledon announces that there will be play on Middle Sunday.

poor nole… he looked so out of it today. :’ ( it was so hard to watch. i hope he can pull through, but i am quite doubtful.


jane Says:

“Novak was saved by the rain” – on the one hand, that’s one way of looking at it and a wee silver lining; on the other hand it sure would’ve been nice to be on CC under a roof – he is defending champ and #1, after all. but i am sure all the top seeds will be rotated off CC at some point.


Flyer Says:

Sunday play?

Will have to reshuffle my schedule now………


jane Says:

cute kevin anderson tweet. lol.


skeezer Says:

Fed stepping on the gas pedal now. Like that he is hitting out on his returns and starting to wallop that FH. It’s early and he is playing an Evans?(who?), so there is that. Regardless, Fed is physically looking fine.


J-Kath Says:

Willow

Boo hoo! You evidently don’t read my comments these days boo hoo.

All the 4 top players at Wimbledon have always played at least once on a Court other than Centre – it was listed previously that it was “Nole’s turn tonight”.

Anyway, they would never move, Nole, Rafa etc. off centre simply because another Brit was the competitor….it was because Fed had been allocated centre court – not Dan.


skeezer Says:

Fed is through. Onward Maestro, well played.


Baa Says:

Fed faced a 700+ ranked player.
It’s never too late to make Fed fortunate.
There’s a far worse journeyman today, but
espn chooses to show their dull lifeless match.
Uncle JohnMc & Drysdale are overjoyed like 80 year old clowns.
Novak plays on another crap court that benefits
a solid unpredictable servebot yet
the fed trolls say Novak’s the luckiest.
Novak was lazy in 2010-12 just like he Was lazy last year
& today. Tanking like he enjoys 5 setters. It’s his bad habit.
Stop acting like Novak suddenly became a machine in 2011.
Fed is a weak era emperor, which is why
fed barely won 2007 Us Open then
Novak stripped him of his clothes at
Wimbledon twice + US Open thrice.


jatin Says:

Great play by fed. He is improving and i like it :)
3 down, onto the 4th round. Go fed….


Willow Says:

J-Kath course i do my dear, a actually realized afterwards, duh Dans a Brit, my bad lol ….

Wales lead Belgium 2-1 BTW YAY ;-)) ….


Markus Says:

Does it matter if Djokovic loses tomorrow? Not really. Some of his diehard fans claim his 4 straight non-calendar slam is just as good. So they wouldn’nt mind at all if he loses, right? But, of course, he will still win. Those diehards won’t admit it by they really dream about that calendar slam more than anything.


Willow Says:

J-Kath i was defending Novak, but i feel a bit daft now ….


Willow Says:

Anyhow i think Sam will be cursing the weather, being two sets up ….


Willow Says:

Sorry hit the submit button too quick, meant to say with all the momentum ….


Willow Says:

Wales 3, Belgium 1 Margot YIPPPPPEEEEE ;-)) ….


Margot Says:

OMG Willow I can hardly believe it! My tiny country with a tiny population and little money into the semis!
Van Persie where are you?
Fabulous game! Incredible team spirit. Talk about David and Goliath!


Willow Says:

Margot yep delighted for them, what dreams are made of enjoy ;-)) ….


El_matador Says:

Ramsey won’t miss the semi for that stupid,silly handball..he’s so important to this wales team..i can’t enjoy this win..already nervous for the semi:-(


El_matador Says:

*will miss


J-Kath Says:

Margot….I meant to WISH you and Wales all the best before it started. Imagine the Welsh are losing their voices…singing too much….Well done lads and lassies…

A wee bit of your favourite bevy would not go astray.


J-Kath Says:

Jane: They do move the top 4 players around at Wimb. Unfortunate it was Nole’s day off CC. That said, I remember feeling a bit p-ss-d in the past that Fed. seemed to get the privilege more than others.
Not sure re. weather tomorrow….but think they will give him CC. The schedule/order of play should be out now.


jane Says:

nope, still on court 1 j-kath
not sure re: weather either.


kjb Says:

I give Querrey an 18% chance of sealing the deal tomorrow.


J-Kath Says:

I am surprised Jane. Andy played one match on Crt.1 but expected both he and Nole on CC tomorrow.

Well let’s hope the weather is better. This has been as bad or even worse than Paris weather wise. Re. Querry…nice guy, but I’ll be very surprised if he beats Nole tomorrow.


mat4 Says:

Querrey played really, really well. His serve was excellent, and he went for it. I hope that Novak will win, but his opponent deserves a bit more for the game he showed.

What was a wee strange was Novak’s body language in the second set. Usually, we would expect him to be nervous, swearing, throwing his racquet, but he seemed so subdued.

Sam is he heavy favourite tomorrow, especially if the grass is a little bit wet. Novak fell three or four times in the first set. While the American served well, Novak didn’t return as many serves as he does usually, even on grass.

Let’s wait and see. Go Novak!


RZ Says:

Congrats Margot! Wales is the Marcus Willis of the Euro Cup. :-)


Anki Says:

So that is Novak out of Wimbledon. Losing to Querrey, didn’t see that coming at all. Querrey played awesome, served really well. Novak couldn’t read his serves at all. Will cheer for Andy now. Hope he goes on to win the tournament.


J-Kath Says:

Jane: Wimbledon Weather Saturday: A lot better than today but still a couple of shortish showers later in the day. Sunday dry but cloudy.

Willow: Okeydoke.

RZ: Wales have done the Marcus Willis bit…(he lost in his next big match!!!) now they do a Leicester City.


skeezer Says:

“So that is Novak out of Wimbledon. Losing to Query,…”

Uh? Ok, that is underplaying it a bit much don’t you think? What a terrible Nole fan you are. Give the guy some hope by cheering him on. He has come back many many times from sets down. He just needs to come out and be the Champion he is suppose to be.


RZ Says:

@J-Kath – even better!


mat4 Says:

@Skeezer:

Grammar check: … and be the Champion he is. ;-)


Danica Says:

Hey Markus,
I’ll admit it ;). Yes, I’d like Nole to pull a calendar Golden Slam and complete the Masters Sweep.


Danica Says:

Margot,
Congrats! Was rooting for the Welsh ;)


BBB Says:

The Querrey/Djokovic match could go either way. It shouldn’t be surprising if Djokovic has a letdown after finally getting the career slam. But Querrey is a headcase who has trouble stringing matches together, and starting off tomorrow will be like a new match.

Should be interesting!


skeezer Says:

Yep, the “oh yeah, no surprise, Novak should lose” scenario from the Church is laughable. Getting tires everytime in any tournament Novak is down a set or two and his fans write him off.
Trust me, he is the worlds #1, he’ll pull it off.


jane Says:

mat4 really liked your post at 6:47 – it was realistic, honest and hopeful. ajde nole!

but if it isn’t meant to be, what can we do? i’ll be sad but understanding. BBB is right. a letdown isn’t entirely out of the question, not just for completing the career slam, but also for the feat of **winning all four of them in a row**.

long time since we saw that, may i remind? :D


Margot Says:

Thanks so much Danica, Kath and RZ. Wales play as a team with huge heart, for their country and their fans. So proud.
el matador: wonder if they can appeal Ramsey? Seems incredibly harsh.
Cymru am byth.


Giles Says:

Don’t you guys know that if a player starts a match on a certain court it is normally finished on that same court. No court change so I don’t understand why some of you thought joker would finish his match on CC. Wishful thinking I guess


Giles Says:

GO SAM QUERRY, MAKE HISTORY!!


Margot Says:

Lol Giles, doubt if Sam had much sleep last night. Most likely scenario is he will choke and Nole will wake up.

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