Novak Djokovic Down 2 Sets To Sam Querrey at Wimbledon; Roger Federer Only Man Into 4th RD
by Sean Randall | July 1st, 2016, 6:54 pm
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Things got real interesting today at the water-logged Wimbledon event. Because of the unending rains, only a dozen or so matches were completed, including another Roger Federer rout. But what caught everyone’s attention was the two set hole world No. 1 Novak Djokovic finds himself in tonight against Sam Querrey.

Odds were slim for Querrey to do much of anything against Djokovic who had won eight of nine against the American. And Sam was fortunate to even be hanging around this stage considering he was down two sets himself in the opening round to Lukas Rosol.

But something looked terribly off for Novak this afternoon. From the start, Querrey came out blazing with his service and late in the first set he had three break points for 6-5 but he failed to convert.

Sam went up in the breaker 5-2, but again squandered more opportunities. But just when you thought Novak had seized control, Querrey incredibly came in off a Novak serve and took the opening set.

OK, well Novak would get back on track, right? Nope. Instead, it got worse. Much worse. Novak stopped moving, stopped bending, stopped caring and even stopped stopping on the changeover! It was surreal to see.

He never called for the trainer and wasn’t tugging at any injury, he just looked completely out of character. There was no joy.

Fortunately for Novak, just after dropping that second set the rains hit, otherwise I don’t think he’s in this tournament tonight. He just looked like something was really wrong.

An injury? The pressure? Was he caught off guard? I don’t know.

I do know tomorrow when they resume Djokovic will be serving to start the third, needing to win three straight sets to keep his calendar Slam dream alive. Just stunning.

Common thinking is Novak will make the corrections and Sam will lose his mind staying up and thinking about it all night. Ah, the fun over a sleepover!

As for Federer, he benefits once again from being a 7-time beloved champion as the Club put him indoors under the roof so he could blast Dan Evans 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 and wrap up what has been effectively a week of practice for the Swiss.

Let’s see. Guido Pella, Marcus Willis and now Evans? It doesn’t get much easier than that during the first three rounds at a Slam. And now, as if he needs it, he gets at least two days off before he returns Monday against either Steve Johnson or Grigor Dimitrov.

“I’m clearly very happy because the goal was to get to the second week somehow,” said Federer. “Now I’ve won nine straight sets, which is great. I’m happy with where I am now. I’ll rest a couple of days hopefully step it up a little bit more again on Monday.”

And in week two he’ll need to be well rested because he really didn’t look that great in week one. Maybe it was the level of competition, but he’ll need to play a lot better to keep going further.

The day began with the return of Juan Martin Del Potro. Or was it the end of Stan Wawrinka? Del Potro beat Stan for the fourth straight time doing it in four sets 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3 to collect his biggest win in years.

“I feel alive,” Del Potro said. “It’s an amazing sensation for me. I was so happy on court, it doesn’t matter the score.

“This could be my second or third career after my surgeries,” he added. “It was really tough to come back to the sport after my third one. But now I’m enjoying tennis again. I don’t know if I can be in the top positions again, but if not, I will be happy just to be playing tennis again. If I’m still doing the good things, maybe I have chance to be better in the future, because I can play in the same level as the top guys in all surfaces. That means something good to me.”

Delpo still can’t really hit the backhand, but the rest of his game remains as ferocious as ever and that was enough to beat the Krajicek-backed Wawrinka who just can’t seem to get that big win of late.

“Especially on grass, second round, you’re still not completely free with your game,” Wawrinka said. “I’m still looking a little bit for my game. When you start to do one or two mistakes, easy forehand, easy attack, you start to then think what to do – maybe it was the wrong shot, maybe it was the right shot. When you think too much on grass, you start to do mistakes and not playing well enough.”

While you feel that Stan’s 15 minutes are up, Del Potro maybe really is starting another chapter, and that’d be great to see after how bleak the future looked for him a year ago.

Other matches that got done before the rains were John Isner who beat Matt Barton (who? Exactly). Isner now meets tomorrow JW Tsonga who cruised past Juan Monaco. I think the Frenchmen, a 2-time semifinalist, will ultimately have too much for Isner.

Nick Kyrgios knocked out Dustin Brown in a five set match that barely made two hours. Nick now faces Feliciano Lopez tomorrow with a shot at Andy Murray on Monday. Lopez will be tough but I like Nick there.

Another good match tomorrow pits Milos Raonic against Jack Sock. Milos has won seven straight over Jack and on grass I expect it to increase to eight.

And my pick to make the semifinals Alexander Zverev tries to win a fifth against Mikhail Youzhny.

Of course, all this is weather permitting as they say. More rain is expected and with the tournament still playing second round matches on the middle weekend, they have already elected to plan a Sunday day of play.

As for Saturday, it’s still a good one. Let’s see what Sam can do.

SATURDAY ORDER OF PLAY
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Simona Halep (ROU) [5] v Kiki Bertens (NED) [26]
2. John Millman (AUS) v Andy Murray (GBR) [2]
3. Jack Sock (USA) [27] v Milos Raonic (CAN) [6]

NO.1 COURT – 12:00PM
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Sam Querrey (USA) [28]
2. Alize Cornet (FRA) v Madison Keys (USA) [9]
3. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [15] v Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [22]

NO.2 COURT – 11:00AM
1. Carina Witthoeft (GER) v Angelique Kerber (GER) [4]
2. Petra Kvitova (CZE) [10] v Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
3. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [19] v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
4. John Isner (USA) [18] v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [12]


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253 Comments for Novak Djokovic Down 2 Sets To Sam Querrey at Wimbledon; Roger Federer Only Man Into 4th RD

Humble Rafa Says:

Playing 2 Brits back to back..what is this? 1845?


Danica Says:

Not surprised at Novak’s poor showing. He doesn’t move good on grass and more often than not has unstable footing. He looked vulnerable to me in both of his previous matches. I just hope this is an Anderson scenario. If not, oh well.


Danica Says:

Btw, great win for DelPo. Congrats!!


jane Says:

touch and go for nole, i think danica.

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg 4h4 hours ago Merton, London
Men who have reached the fourth round of #Wimbledon by the end of Friday, a complete list:
Roger Federer


Dave Says:

Something was seriously wrong with Djokovic mentally today. He didn’t have the fire today to fight back in the second. He looked like he had thrown in the towel. He just doesn’t seem like he has much left emotionally in the tank to come back this time. He will need to hope that Querrey isn’t on fire like today. I can’t believe I am actually saying that Querrey’s level will need to drop for Djokovic to have a chance. I never thought those words would come out of my mouth. That just seems like the reality at this point. Unless a different Nole shows up tomorrow, who has been missing the whole week, it will be over pretty fast.


Wog Boy Says:

Aren’t we little bit greedy?
We wanted FO, we got it. We wanted Nole slam, we got it. We wanted another year with multiple slams, we got it. We wanted positive H2H with his main rivals, we got it. We wanted most masters won, we got it…and so on.

We all knew that Wimbledon grass is not forgiving when you have bad day in the office (for whatever reason) and big server on the other side who has good day in the office, ask Rafa or Roger about that too. Querrey is really nice bloke and if Nole had to pick who to lose from Sam would be the one, though Nole hasn’t lost yet, but he is heading that way, we’ll see.
To be honest I haven’t seen him passing QF and Raonic, though it looks like he won’t get to QF. Raonic is flying under the radar, playing really great on grass and I see him making final. His game is just perfect for grass, the only way he is going to lose on the way to final is if he chokes under the pressure and he is known to do that occasionally.
So Nole fans, cheer up, remember, we are all for the ride on Nolecaster, so far it was great ride, sometimes bumpy, but we ended up with more than we had bargained for at the start of the ride.
Have a drink on me:))


roy Says:

Federer just had hands down the easiest (non walkover) path to the second week of a slam ever seen on the planet.


Dan Martin Says:

My day 6 picks are up at http://tennisabides.com – If Day 6 can get more than Centre Court matches in, that would be great. The Djokovic situation is understandable in terms of having won 4 straight majors and finally winning Roland Garros. No one wins all of the time, but I think he has a 50-50 shot at winning this match.


Sivaji Says:

Deplo got his breath now. Hope he will be in Quarters


Anki Says:

Nothing like the Anderson match, atleast Novak played decent in the first two sets against Anderson. Yesterday in the second set after the first two games, I don’t think he even gave a damn, so unlike the normal Novak. So lifeless, no fighting spirit, nothing. Querrey just needs to servebot and hold his service games today. Reckon he will wrap it up quickly.


J-Kath Says:

Jane

Your “Complete list”: is too long. I’ll read it later after breakfast.


jalep Says:

Sean Randal says:

“OK, well Novak would get back on track, right? Nope. Instead, it got worse. Much worse. Novak stopped moving, stopped bending, stopped caring and even stopped stopping on the changeover! It was surreal to see.

He never called for the trainer and wasn’t tugging at any injury, he just looked completely out of character. There was no joy.

Fortunately for Novak, just after dropping that second set the rains hit, otherwise I don’t think he’s in this tournament tonight. He just looked like something was really wrong.”

Agree with Sean after watching the match. Yesterday I had been watching Petra struggle with the conditions and the baby doll dress, and thought she was looking disgusted and done. I hadn’t noticed that Novak was about to lose 2 sets to Sam.

Novak will come out with a plan and take charge of the situation. If it’s safe to play and execute his game, he’ll go the distance and win. Novak in 5 sets.

Credit to Querrey the first set for seizing the day. But the stats for the 2nd set hardly resemble Novak stats – his mind wasn’t in it and he didn’t play.

Looking at the hourly weather for London, it’s too bad they don’t start mid-morning. By 2 pm it supposed to get bad, if the forcast is to be believed.
https://weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/l/UKXX0085:1:UK

Of course I could be wrong but I’m just not feeling it, not feeling he’ll lose, that is. It could be denial but I’m going to bed optimistic – it’s after midnight my time.


J-Kath Says:

1991, 1997 and 2004: Years in which Wimbledon played in the middle Sunday.

It’s a bit shocking that Zverev v Youzhny have not completed their 2nd round plus a big handful of women’s matches still waiting to complete, whereas Federer is thru to 4th round.


Michael Says:

Novak behind two sets to Querrey is a real shocker. I am not sure what went wrong with Novak ? But it is evident with a cursory glance that he was not feeling comfortable on court mostly mistiming his shots. Relievingly for him, the weather Gods intervened to save the day and fight for another day. Still, it is a mountain to climb with Sam leading by two sets and he definitely holds the edge.

But, the strength of Novak is his tenacity and self-belief to never give up and he would fight till the last point. This should be really an interesting match.


J-Kath Says:

Jalep: Recent BBC weather….improving in Wimbledon area.


Michael Says:

Del Potro has got the booster shot with his win over Wawarinka and for sure, this should help him rediscover his confidence and evolve back to his former self.


Dave Says:

If the actual Djokovic comes out to play and is his normal self, he should come back and win. But I don’t see it at all.

Wog Boy,

I don’t agree about Raonic beating Nole. Just don’t see that happening. Not on center court. And not in a QF match at a major. I could actually see Goffin beating Djokovic before I could see Raonic doing it.


Daniel Says:

Querrey looks stiff and tense, Djoko break pont


Van orten Says:

He should retire Now querrey. This natch is over !!!!


madmax Says:

I have no doubt that Novak will come through. He has been in so many tight spots over the years. I mean, really tight spots in slams.

If anyone can do it, Novak can.


Van orten Says:

Match is over. Retire querrey . And all the players still in the draw should quit too. No one can beat nole no one . Not even wildfire


Daniel Says:

2-0 Novak, Querrey needs a game to relax. But Djoko had the perfect start he wanted fir his comeback, baby steps, 1 set at a time.


madmax Says:

Another thing, at points like this in previous Slams, Novak was referred to as ‘Houdini’. No different today.


Daniel Says:

Querret complete misshitting today, not even his seeve is that good anymore bar a 2 aces. 4-0 Novak, this set is gone. Querrey needs a game to focus on 4th alreadya md the rains comes.


FedExpress Says:

nole is one hell of a lucker. if it doesnt rain querrey wins. nole was clowing at the end of the 2nd set.

wow.


jalep Says:

Wow apparently Novak came out in the mood to play! 4-0 in the 4th is good. But it’s raining there as usual.

It’s so frustrating that they won’t put a match on Center starting at 11 am London time. With such dicey weather, at least let one of those matches from yesterday finish and then carry on with Center court OOP.

The Brits are sensible, no? Then put a match on after Raonic and Sock if it’s still raining. There must be a simple explanation that I don’t get. 🤔


jalep Says:

I mean 4-0 in the 3rd. phuuu

Ok, I’ll go back to bed and stop complaining.


Dave Says:

Jalep,

It’s called old school thinking. Some people are still living in the early 1900′s. Wimbledon is one of those places that don’t want to change things.


Van Persie Says:

Margot, was yesterday off line. Happy for you and Wales ;) The team was extraordinary :)


Van Persie Says:

WB, agree with you :)


Margot Says:

Van Persie: jumping for joy! Not made up for you-know-what but very nice!
Dave: a little unfair, Wimbles has managed to build a roof after all, and I believe they’re planning another for court 1.


Margot Says:

jalep: grass being a living organism you can’t beat it to death like other surfaces. Is why they don’t play on Sunday usually, nothing to do with “tradition” it’s actually to give the grass time to recover.


J-Kath Says:

Jalep

They have to go over the grass of Centre Court with nail scissors in case one miniscule patch raised itself over the rest. Then they have to get the hair dryer to hunt out rogue patches of moisture. Then they have a 45 minutes tea-break as per Union rules.

Then on the middle Saturday they have to celebrate British sporting heroes (throwing in a couple of other nationalities to show how sporting they are), including a few dead heroes (represented by their great-grand-children, as one does). This only deducts 40-45 minutes from the actual tennis, so it would be unsporting to complain or to suggest that it should have been arranged an hour earlier.

At the same time we are delighted to be spending several million pounds to ensure the ceremonial opening of the Scottish Parliament by the attendance and permission of the reigning monarch.

Did Dave say 1900′s? He’s possible wrong by 200 years.


Margot Says:

Lol Kath, just spotted that well known sporting hero Mary Berry in the special enclosure.


J-Kath Says:

Hey Margot….you got to Jalep first….that’s the Welsh for you – ahead of the pack….keep that up on the green, green grass of football….


Margot Says:

PS I think the players would be the first to whine if the grass on CC was 150%


J-Kath Says:

Margo: She’s a lady ….that creates a switch-off chez-moi (although I wouldn’t mind a few special deliveries).


J-Kath Says:

WogBoy

What are you doing on here? Shouldn’t you be voting?


FedExpress Says:

Nole should thank god if he wins this. rain couldnt have come to a better moment yesterday.

20 mins or so would have been enough for the 3rd set


jalep Says:

Okay, well, I’ll cheer up if Simona can win in 2 give Bertens time and she’s too good. And I have my coffee now.

You’d think they’d have some genetically engineered faux grass mousse to spray on the patches and make it glow, I mean grow over night. :D the purists.


Emily Says:

Stan’s 15 minutes, really? Insulting after all he’s achieved


jalep Says:

Enjoyed your post, JK!


jalep Says:

Happy to report that Margot leads the WTA bracket. I don’t know how that happened 😉


Jeez Says:

Djokovic gifted 1 break back 5-2

I think he wants to break Querry to take the 3rd SET 6-2

&

serve 1st in the 4th !!!!


Jeez Says:

Djokovic takes 3rd SET 6-3

Querry to serve 1st 4th SET


Margot Says:

jalep @9.28
Cheeky ;) Sheer genius dahhling, donya know.


Emily Says:

Crowd looking for the upset


calmdownplease Says:

‘But what caught everyone’s attention was the two set hole world No. 1 Novak Djokovic finds himself in tonight against Sam Querrey.’

Just.Wait.A.Minute!!!

This isn’t supposed to be happening/part of narrative!
I thought Novak was the his heir apparent GOATiness?!
Must be tired!
;0)
(Though I’m sure he’ll get through)
You should know I’m also delighted & rooting for Wales, Margot
BIG TIME


calmdownplease Says:

‘Playing 2 Brits back to back..what is this? 1845?’

hehehehehe!


Daniel Says:

Querrey was 40-15 but have to save 2 BP’s.
If he has animy intention of the upset he has to hold and keep the lead 4 set. going to a tiebreak would be ideal for him or getting a late break.

Bit Djoko seema to be getting a lot of return back. Samll fallby Djoko


calmdownplease Says:

‘Crowd looking for the upset’

Quite.
If they both make it to the final, Muzz will be advantaged with the crowd the way Novak was with those boors in the final.
Although not in the same way of course…


calmdownplease Says:

*French Open Final


J-Kath Says:

Taa Jalep.

Seriously, I was wondering whether Nole has a touch of flu or at least a sore throat….that heavy scarf round his throat when he walked off/returned…..


Margot Says:

CDP:
Bale v Renaldo. Fight! Fight!
You live in London? Tickets for tomorrow on sale on internet £70 CC


Daniel Says:

Omg, BP querrrey second serve Djoko.


Daniel Says:

Saved, back to deuce. Important game


calmdownplease Says:

Djokovic won’t be winning this particular slam, methinks.
The magical goat run ends in London

Good grief why why why is this utter t**t Andrew Castle commentating!
Who wants to listen to this muppet!?


calmdownplease Says:

Bale v Renaldo. Fight! Fight!

Bale wins so far…

I’m going next week anyway!


Daniel Says:

30-0 to 30-40, third straigth game with BP.


Daniel Says:

Amazing how Querrey is acing when down BP.


Daniel Says:

3-2. Ser entering in tense times. But Querrey needs to hold more easy if he keepa facing BP in all hos service games eventually Djoko will broke.

Let’s see how Djoko serves now.

Murray match about to start and Zverev finally won fifth set, all 2nd rounds finally complete.


calmdownplease Says:

Meanwhile Andy is in fine form ;)
(although I’m really watching this car crash from Novak with some fascination)


Daniel Says:

Another break game, 15-40. This is it for Querrry. Djoko seema bother by wind serving awfully this game


Daniel Says:

2 saved but one more after another great retunr by Querrey


Van orten Says:

Querrey retire already


Daniel Says:

Djoko just entered the match agter this drop volley. Think Querrey lost his chances and Djoko will take control now


Daniel Says:

3-3, sensing a Djoko break now.


jalep Says:

I don’t think he’s sick or injured, JK. Frustrated, yes because he couldn’t get the break that last game. And under pressure with every passing minute when he has a chance and can’t break Sam.

Gosh. Sam is so laid back — he’s supposed to start choking soon but he’s not. Novak is helping by over-hitting too much – Slipping on the grass too much. Crowd definitely on Sam’s side. Can’t believe I’m still watching this. Hold serve…haha he does! There’s the ROAR…was waiting for.


Danica Says:

Yes!
Idemoo breee!! (Nole yelled)


calmdownplease Says:

^^hahahaha

Querry actually isn’t playing well.
It’s his serve and his nerve that’s making him formidable
(And of course a very off day from Novak)
Great save and reaction from Novak.


Danica Says:

Sam is serving spectacularly.


Daniel Says:

You know Djoko is on when he is eyes are more open👀


Daniel Says:

4-3 first game without break chance but even so wente to deuce. They are not able to hold easy


calmdownplease Says:

that’s because they are both being a bit s**t, Daniel
but at least Sam can serve
His movement is terrible though and both are overhitting all the time


Daniel Says:

4-4, 2 nore holds by each for a tiebreak. Fee that Querrey’s chance was that 15-40. Or he needs the tiebreak. If it goes to five and Djoko start serving it will be a washout.

15-30.


Daniel Says:

15-40


calmdownplease Says:

‘ Djoko start serving it will be a washout.’

The only ‘washout’ could be the weather
Querry is in this one to the bitter end I feel


Daniel Says:

If Djoko doesn’t break here he will get frustrated.
2 aces by Querrey


calmdownplease Says:

Andy has discovered that he has a FH again
It seems only Lendl can reveal this to him.


Daniel Says:

Agree cdp, both not at an amazing level.


jalep Says:

Normally, I wouldn’t bother watching. Too many irritants: the crowd, Pat MacEnro, Brad Gilbert…
But as cdp says — fascination with this cliffhanger. Another break chance for Nole…come on …yes and yesssssssssssss..

Nole breaks.


Daniel Says:

Match over. Querrey is not consistent on serve. Tild ta that eventually Djoko would break.
Actually is Querrey’s merti to lastthis long this aet because he saved at least 5 or 6 aces when down BP.

Only good for him is that he will serve first fifth set but even so, no toebreak to save him at the end.


Daniel Says:

0-30, Djoko no more challenges and his problem closing iut sets, matches.


FedExpress Says:

what a choke from querrey


Daniel Says:

Double BP for Querret, jeez this a drama set.


jalep Says:

Bah…


calmdownplease Says:

Novak is embarrassing this afternoon.
poor guy!


Daniel Says:

And Querrey breaks with a low shot. Now he needs to serve to at least force a breaker. He kind of get a second life.

Hos only shot is this set. returned the favor missing a volley close to net.


calmdownplease Says:

Set one for the Muzz!
So who is this millkman player?!
where is he from?
he is like the archetypal journeyman tennis player
cannon fodder


jalep Says:

Well, he’s missing too many. But I’m committed and glued to this.


Daniel Says:

Kei won in straigyts, Cilic next. Both going under the radar

30-30. Important pooints


calmdownplease Says:

‘Hos only shot is this set.’

No it’s NOT.


jalep Says:

Now Nole HAS to hold to get to the tb.


Margot Says:

CDP: Pech and Cash commenting on Andy. Obviously they have to shunt Castle somewhere…..anywhere…;) And off they come.
What a s***e Summer.


Daniel Says:

6-5 Querret. Nect game will be tense for Djoko, specially that for him they should be in fifth set already.


jalep Says:

Kei did, Daniel. Through in straights. Rib injury from Halle gone, I hope. Zev made it too.

Saved perhaps this time by another rain delay. Or not. Court 1.


James Says:

Sam one game away from eliminating Nole. Hope that happens, its about time! Tournament becomes really wide open then.

I would love to see Delpo win the whole thing.


calmdownplease Says:

‘Tournament becomes really wide open then.’

I’d love to see the conversation Becker is having with Novak now
Sorry James the tournament doesn’t become really wide open
Andy was my slight favourite for this one
Now he is my strong favourite
Delpo won’t stand a chance!


Giles Says:

Will today be the unluckiest day of joker’s run???
Hope so!


calmdownplease Says:

‘Obviously they have to shunt Castle somewhere…..anywhere…;) ‘

Yes, to a retirement home!

Indeed re the summer Darling!

I’m usually not here.


J-Kath Says:

Margot

Are you still able to see the Andy match? It is showing as “Interrupted”…as you know it is on CC….so why?


jalep Says:

JK – they had the roof open! What will they do close it or wait and keep it open?


calmdownplease Says:

she’s hiding in one of the bunkers JK
They’re playing just for Margot

;0)


jalep Says:

Hpw is that roof? Does it open and close fast or what?


Margot Says:

Lol guys tennis is an open air kind of thing, dontyaknow, so I guess they want to hold off closing the roof, frustrating as that is for everyone.
Also, gets very sweaty inside, in spite of air con.


jalep Says:

Giles, it’s all good. Nole has had and will continue to have a stellar, history-making year, win or lose ☺

I think that must be why I can watch and not throw-up right now.


calmdownplease Says:

@M
Tell that to Roger Federer
he sure loves them there roofs a much


calmdownplease Says:

@jalep

It takes 15 mins
But what Margot said


jalep Says:

Ricky Dimon suggested moving the tournament to the O2. That would save the grass 🙃


calmdownplease Says:

’6-5 Querret. Nect game will be tense for Djoko, specially that for him they should be in fifth set already’

What?!
You’re too biased for a fed fan about Novak Daniel
Querry has been the ‘better’ player


Margot Says:

jalep, takes 20-30 minutes, not quick. It’s a big old thing.
OK now they’ve definitely decided to close roof.
CDP: So Rogie is doing rain dances? Ah ha, that explains our Summer…


calmdownplease Says:

Im sure the old rickster was joking a tad J


jane Says:

amazing that nole should’ve been up 30-0 when serving for it at 5-4 but ended up down 0-30 becaue of two bad calls. he had an ace and a winner called out. tim henman and andrew castle said it, and espn showed the replay. egregious officiating. not to mention the first rain delay which was about an hour long for about 6 minutes of rain. sigh. i guess it’s not meant to be for novak this year at wimbledon


J-Kath Says:

Hi Guys…thanks for all comments.

Just dawned on me they had the roof open. Seems a bit crazy on a day when it is on-off courts…..the weather is supposed to be better later…

Now they are closing the roof. The world is a wonderful place…brain cells took the week-end off.


NK Says:

Giles, at some point his luck has to run out, right-:) He took that Hail Mary forehand shot facing match point on Fed’s serve at the US open some years ago. Next year, again, he saved two match points against Fed. Last year the rain came to his rescue against Anderson. He is like a cat with mine lives. Hoping he runs out of lives this time.


calmdownplease Says:

‘CDP: So Rogie is doing rain dances? Ah ha, that explains our Summer…’

I would have thought it was Boris Becker doing it actually, Margot dear
(and what a sight to behold that would be?)
Fed only thinks he’s that powerful Margot
The hilarious Caroline Aherne has died of f**king cancer
Another one!
So sad!


jalep Says:

lol JK! ya think? I do.


Daniel Says:

CDP,

To me when a players seves for the set first and was able to break first he agould on paper close the set. specially on grass holding serve is easiee than clay. That moment Djoko had the momentum, he saved BP’a and finally broke.

Credit to Querrey for fighting back, but in Novak’s mind he knows he should habe close the set. when you are a champion of his calibee fighting from 0-2 down that moment was his to force fifth and show Querrey he os back.
Now he has to serve after am interruption to force a breaker


Margot Says:

CDP:
Bummer. So many this past year it seems, so sad as you say. And I still miss the lovely Lynda Smith.


calmdownplease Says:

Fine Daniel

I must say that I love the serious look on Andy’s face.
He’s all business now, less gurning or woe is me
He really is a more centered guy with Lendl around


jalep Says:

Well, for Sam Querrey’s side, what’s he being reminded about right now by his coach apart from hold serve and don’t engage in long rallies?

A win over Novak today would make him at least as famous as Robin Soderling. And he’d get a load of confidence and mileage out of the achievement going into US hard court season. High stakes for Sam, no doubt.


Daniel Says:

I also think this os Andy’s tourney, picked him in my bracket over Novak, though Djoko was due for a letdown but in finals.


calmdownplease Says:

What A Year for celebrity deaths M!
I simply can’t recall it ever being like this!
And it’s still only half way though
(Lindsey Lohan should be careful for example)
Hadn’t heard of Lynda Smith but I’m sure she was amazing too
Caroline was great comedic talent and writer for sure.
I’m not a hippie by any stretch and I hate world governments
(as you know)
But we all really need to come together and defeat cancer!
If we pooled our resources I think we could do this.


calmdownplease Says:

@Daniel

Sensible boy..
:)


calmdownplease Says:

However, I expect there to be some kind of pothole in the road

There always is with Andy.

Still, Novak is not out yet (or Fed)

But i feel he can handle either on the grass this year


Baa Says:

Apparently, he still doesn’t take tennis seriously, despite being
a giant #1.
Novak tanked the 2nd set & tanked again in the 3rd set.
5-4, no big deal. So what? Just lazy & bored. Choke.
He does this on every surface, but
he tells himself that grass is the worst for him.
Querrey isn’t playing better.
He is just watching the nonchalant Novak attitude.
There’s no legendary Querrey legacy. Chris Fowler’s an idiot.
Even when Novak dominates a match,
he still can’t handle being the GOAT.

He’s just shocked that he won 4 slams,
like it was already enough & nothing more was needed.
I bet he can’t care less.
He just wants to feel incredibly lucky &
hug querrey & make him feel great


Tom Says:

Can I say that Wimbledon is showing No1e no respect? WHY IS HE EVEN PLAYING ON COURT 1? That is a joke…The number 1 seed getting treated like a #6 or below. Whatever…


Tennis lover Says:

Djokovic is the ISIS of tennis..A morbid tennis terrorist can not hold all time record in history


Daniel Says:

Teibreak!!


jalep Says:

Bravo, well done Nole. Now, the TB.


Daniel Says:

Djoko defense and Querrey missing a smash, should
Not wait to kick.


Daniel Says:

6-0 for Djoko when return, no point for Querrey still


Van Persie Says:

And I am Carlos the terorist. Tennis lover? Are U for real?


Daniel Says:

Djokoplaying not to miss due to Querret’s errors. Time to take the set and be agressive. 3-3


Daniel Says:

5-4 Querrt 2 pounts away. Omg, tense moments


Daniel Says:

FH UE by Djoko, 2 match points Querrey, think this is it.

Qierrey has 1 serve to finish the biigest win of his career.


Daniel Says:

Shi%*€
He did! Wow, what an upset


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Some things are inevitable until they are not.


Van Persie Says:

Querrey was better today, well done.


Tom Says:

BS, maybe when Wimbledon sows the number 1 player in the world some respect I might actually give Sam his due. You have a roof and you let the number 1 player in the world play on the back-up court. I hope No1e rips them in the press conference. Good thing he has 3 Wimbledon’s under his belt and it’s not like Paris who has yet to join the 21st Century, but bleep them…


Van Persie Says:

Expected somehow Nole to lose at WB, but not so early.


Daniel Says:

The ones of us who thought Djoko would have a let doen after RG was right. That was too emotional win. And actually 2 back to back bad days at the office.

Huge opening for everybody left, Murray and Fed with history on their side as Wimbledon stays with the Big 4.

There was a reason why The Grand Slam was never achoeve in modern tennis (laver 3 on grass plus RG, is not the same as doing it now).

Now Djoko can regeoup for Olympics, Cincy and USO. Take some pressure off and focus on this tourneys. Wimbledon kind of was the one he could “afford” to lose more than the others.

Fed must be smiling, hos biggest hurdle in Slams is out and he has a good draw. Can’t see him losing to Dimi/Johnson but from QF onwards he can lose to Kei/Cilic, Raonic or Murray in finals. If he wanted a break now he has it. This could really be his last Slam chance, for real.

As for the record books Djoko streaks end today: 6 finals, 9 Slams semis and Don’t know how many QF. Fed’s records will sirvive the test of time, Djoko was the only one to be able to break the straights one. At least this one could ve safe for Fed.


Van orten Says:

Why didn’t you retire when I told you to querrey


Humble Rafa Says:

I can’t believe the Egg Lover will lose to a player who does not belong on the men’s tour. Unbelievable.


Tennis lover Says:

There is no place for demon in the tennis…it’s a holy sports, Djokovic is a demon of tennis. Sam has sprayed holy water of tennis on him and there it happened, he got burnt badly.. Last two years he tricked many players and possessed them to help him win many worthless trophies…But I told you his reign would be over soon.. Pathetic people laughed at me


jalep Says:

Querrey just mentioned Nole as the best ever. So, for Sam, this is truly a moment he’ll not forget — he beat the best in his sport.


Jeez Says:

Sam Querry has done what

Anderson or Dimitrov could not do in Wimbledon

Beat Djokovic !!!!!


nits Says:

You can not have everything


Anto Says:

@Tom, well all top seeds must play atleast one match in Court 1. Today was djokovic’s turn. Nothing disrespectful about that.


Van Persie Says:

Got it Tennis lover, you have some issues. Get well ;)


nits Says:

Getting all four is the biggest challenge only Steffi could do it in last few decades Serena, Federer, Nadal all failed so as Djokovic
Still what he has achieved is remarkable


Anto Says:

@jalep, sam said Djokovic is the best and probably will go on to be the best ever. So alteast for him he is not the best ever yet.


Giles Says:

Sam Querrey our saviour, who would have thought, eh???
Going to organise a party now. Phew!!
😜😬👍🤗😊😊😉🤑😆😃😄


Giles Says:

Hey Daniel. Still counting your chickens? ROFL


Bob Lewis Says:

Hats off to Querrey, well done. Too bad they couldn’t schedule Djokovic on Center. They could easily play forever with the roof, and scheduled him after Federer’s match. I don’t quite understand this, but that’s life.


Daniel Says:

Murray serving to close the set and 0-40 down.


jalep Says:

Okay, Anto. For me, Novak is the best ever that I’ve seen.


J-Kath Says:

Tom: You can say what you like. But it is never the case that No.1 always plays on Centre Court. Others get a change too, e.g. Fed., Andy, Stan, Raonic.


J-Kath Says:

Sorri…”get a chance too”.


J-Kath Says:

Daniel….Murray struggling to close set 2.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@humblerafa your record at Wimbledon is less than sterling over the last few years.


jalep Says:

Humble, articulate, fair and handsome, in defeat. Good man, Novak. Press conference top marks – his sense of humor isn’t lost in the moment. He knows not to take himself too seriously.


Giles Says:

Sam is the man. Well done Sam Querry!


Margot Says:

Like everyone else I guess, absolutely gobsmacked. Injured/ill/ what?
Sorry Querry fans, but he’s no giant killer. And yes, he did beat Andy at Queens, but that was yoinks ago.


Tennis lover Says:

Deliverance day for tennis. So far tennis was bottled up at the hand of a powerful demon named Djokovic. He, in the process was able to lure some fanatic fan base like a devil cast his magic to lure disbeliever to his trap….from now on, being Grand slam champion will be very very hard for him let alone breaking Federer’s record. A demon can not and will not reign supreme over an angel. Federer is a tennis angel, only another tennis angel can break his record not a demon…From now on Djokovic will be prone to early exit at all grand Slam event barring his beloved Australian open…Tennis at last got dispossessed from the powerful spell of the demon that tortured all of us for last 2 years. All pedantic and boastful follower of demon should now bow down in relief. The Djokovic demon magic is gone..now you are free to join under the banner of tennis angel to overthrow a demonic force that crippled the tennis for last 3 years


Travis Bickle Says:

Yes, Djoker could have played better (and line judges and chair umpire could have been more honest in that 5-4 game, but let’s not take anything from Querrey. He served very well, even played some defence above his pay grade and thoroughly deserved this victory. Congrats to all (if any) Querrey’s fans here and also big congrats to all anti-Novak fans – your time for gloating!

As for Novak’s supporters, after winning that FO last month (holding 4 consecutive majors), he entered the legendary status. He is already GOAT for many (e.g. Laver) and will recover from this loss easily and win many many more.
However, if he hadn’t won FO 2016, I would have been much more disappointed.


Van Persie Says:

Tennis lover,

Have something for you: 4 in a row ;) In the name of the fother, the son and the holy spirit. Amen !


Van Persie Says:

correction: father ;)


Bob Lewis Says:

So the quest for glory has abruptly come to an end,
But fear not, Novak will be quickly on the mend.
Lots of power serving, wham wham bam,
All the credit goes to Sam.
Questionable scheduling and too much rain,
This tournament was really such a pain.
He got knocked out early, which is very odd.
But he won four in a row, everyone should applaud
Nole handled the loss without much ego,
Now it’s time to move on to Rio?
In the meantime, should he play poker?
Nah, he’s still the best – the almighty Djoker!


Margot Says:

Andy playing fabulous tennis now, really in the groove. Come on!


Daniel Says:

Dimitrov downfall continues and he lost to Johnson. Fed couldn’t get any easier for R16.


Bob Lewis Says:

Dimitri is useless, give up on him.


courbon Says:

Tennis Lover-You should be watching “Charmed ” on Chanel4+-it’s all about demons…but, if that is probably not suitable for you (I think is rated for age of 12 ) you can always watch some Harry Potter..there is demons there also!


Daniel Says:

Good to see Tomic winning as well, he likes the grass.


Giles Says:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g43cWPNBMU0
Remember this? This is one of the reasons I hate joker.


Daniel Says:

Another interesting detail, Novak wins 90 pts and will go to 8040 on Race, if Murray backs up his favorite status now and wins Wimbledon he will be 7225 pts, 800 pts frok Novak. Battle for #1 for the year will be on between the two.


theDA Says:

Amazed that Sam pulled it off because he played like crap most of the time. Only his serve kept him in it. It seems Novak might have been injured – something with the shoulder. Hope you’re not too down Jane. He has accomplished something great regardless. Mat4 I hope your exile doesn’t last too long this time. bon courage


Baa Says:

Why is that trash Fed fan allowed to post vile comments but novak fans can’t post immediately?!


jalep Says:

Thank-you, Bob Lewis @ 12:48 😊


theDA Says:

Also, Novak has said he won’t play Davis Cup and maybe not Toronto, just Olympics.

@Daniel
Yes I wondered about that as well. This is probably the best opportunity Andy will ever have to get to No. 1. Huge feat to pull off though.


chrisford1 Says:

Nits -
“Getting all four is the biggest challenge only Steffi could do it in last few decades Serena, Federer, Nadal all failed so as Djokovic.”

——————
We really need to work harder on math education in the West. That and understanding that getting 4 Slams in a row is defined by the ITF as either a calendar year Grand Slam or non-calendar year Grand Slam.
And Serena Williams (and Navratilova) did not “fail”. Serena twice met the “biggest challenge” of 4 in a row. Navratilova got 6 in a row as the Australian Open flopped back and forth between being in Dec or January for decades.
In Lavers case, they only decided a few months beforehand the Australian National Championships would be played in Jan 1969 vs. Dec 1968, based on learning the public school holiday schedule that year as decided on by the teachers union meeting in the fall.


Jeez Says:

Murray serving for the match @ 5-2 in the 3rd SET 2hrs 8 minutes

And Kyrgios-Brown took the same time for 5 SET match !!!


Daniel Says:

TheDA,

If he wins Wimby he will have to do 800 pts better than Novak the rest of the year, hard as Novak domiates Asia and end of year, but no so NorthAmerica. Andy will need to keep the consistency he has since Clau and not have IW/Miami results. He has to go SF or better in every single even he plays to have a chance to be in some finals and wins titles. First things first and is this Wimby. He and Federer will gove their all because the man eho stopped than in last several majors are gone for now.


Daniel Says:

I actually don’t even qnat a FedMurray final prefer if one of them os to be runner up yet again to lose before finals.

But it would ve an intereting context as well just to sad for the loser in that one.


Bob Lewis Says:

Murray not quite balding yet, a bit surprising. Match with Kyrgios would be dynamite. Would be more fun if Lendl weren’t in the corner, if you know what I mean.


Daniel Says:

CF1, is pretty simple the hardest the feat the rarenot gets and so far getting the 4 in the same year in that sequebce of changing surfaces Hard, Clay, Grass, Hard (as hard as it gets) is only achieve by Graff. Not even Laver won thos particular surfaces, but he got the 4 in a year. Anyway tou try to spin won’t change the fact that winnng the Calendar Grand Slam is THE hardest achievement in tennis, male and female and doubles.


Markus Says:

There goes the Grand Slam by Djokovic. I’m talking about the true grand slam where a player wins all 4 in one year. Only dimwits will claim any 4 straight slams is the same because clearly it is not because it has a wider window of opportunity to accomplish.The true grand slam has a very narrow window which has been achieved by very few. Djokovic is not one of them.


Daniel Says:

It doesn’t dimishes whatDjoko achieved, just shows that there is a notch higher which no man ever was able to do. He already is alone in winning 4 in a rwo in three different surfaves but there is a tennis supeniva that we may not ever see in our lifetime for a male trnnis player: getting the Calendar Grand Slam.


Margot Says:

Nole was rubbing/holding his shoulder during interview. Significant? Did say he’s not playing Davis Cup. Seemed tired and listless to me.


senorita Says:

If Djoko is tired he should take 6 months off. I’m glad he is out I’m sick of his lack lustre boring tennis.


J-Kath Says:

Margo: I noticed that as well. I also wondered about the thick scarf Nole put on during one of the exits during a rain shower and came back onto court wearing it. You may not agree but I hope Andy also does not play Davis Cup.

If Andy gets to the final, I am oddly sorry that he won’t face Nole. Andy impressed me today (for a change) and I would have liked to see a match up with him and Nole.


J-Kath Says:

Bob Lewis:
“Would be more fun if Lendl weren’t in the corner, if you know what I mean.”

Sorri, I don’t get it. What do you mean?


Margot Says:

Kath: only care about Davis Cup because Andy does, otherwise, no. Thought Andy was fab today TBH Full repertoire on show and moving like a dream. Loved those feathery slices that destroyed Millman, exquisite.
x from Margo with a “t” ;)


assia Says:

senorita

Why don’t you just shut up. You are Nadline10 from Tenngrand aren’t you? A well known troll who hates on everyone who isn’t Rafa. You are hated even on a pro-Rafa site like Tenngrand as you try and bully almost everyone bar a couple of fanatics.


Daniel Says:

Either Berdych, Zverev, Tomic or DelPo will be in semis. Cheering for DelPo or Zverev (who was my bracquet pick).


J-Kath Says:

Margo”t”

Sorri about the “t” (not realy haha)it happened during my excitement/….your comment exactly, exactly.

Today I began to see the cerebal part of Andy…which very much pleased me.


J-Kath Says:

Travis, hey Travis….I expected you to deal with Tennis Lover…come on lad, I can’t do it on my own….my attempt follows:


J-Kath Says:

Tennis Lover

Crawl back to your hole and don’t let me hear from you again as I will report you not just to Tennis X controls but to the Police who deal with weirdos.


jane Says:

hugs to novak fans!

i hate that novak lost. : (

but weirdly i like sam! he’ll probably lose to mahut next round though; he just lost to him a week ago i believe.

in the bigger picture it’s okay – obviously novak’s won a lot. so i can’t complain too much. there are rumours his shoulder is injured but he would not confirm in press. he did confirm he will NOT play davis cup and j-mac was speculating as to whether he’ll play olympics. so we’ll see.

finally, novak rocks no matter what: he was gracious at the net as ever, even stopping to sign autographs, and besides all that, no loss can take away his 4 slams in a row on 3 surfaces. woot!


jane Says:

very sweet poem, bob lewis; i love those!


courbon Says:

Giles,
to have a party, you need to have a friends.
Off course, you can always have a party with your hamster ( It’s caled “Rafalito” right? ), but its not really a party. Unless, your hamster call his mates-the you will have a blast!


Giles Says:

J-K. Do you know Tennis Lover? Did he address you? What’s with the threats??


courbon Says:

J-Kath-psssss! There could be a demon behind your back….


Colin Says:

CDP, when you talk of defeating cancer, there are two problems.

First, WHICH cancer? There are many different forms of he disease, requiring different approaches.

Second, there is no way we (the human race) is going to pool resources. Much of the cutting edge research in medical science is happening in America, because that’s where the money is. If one of the big drug companies did develop a cure, what would they do? They’d promptly patent the drug to prevent anyone else manufacturing it, so they could reap the profits for themselves. Apart from the ethical questions about such behavior, it would lead to inferior, inadequately tested versions of said drug being sold in countries with few controls, and patients would suffer the consequences.
Additionally, the numerous and varied loonies who patronise quack medicos, would shun the drug and rely (for themselves and their unfortunate kids) on homeopathy or some other ineffectual “medical” procedure. Or, of course, the “power of prayer”.

My ex-wife, to whom I was briefly married in the 1960s, died of cancer a few weeks ago. As she was almost nine years my junior, and women still live longer on average (though the gap is closing), I’d always assumed she’d outlive me, but she didn’t, having failed by a couple of months to reach her 73rd birthday. Whenever one hears of a death, be it a celebrity or an acquaintance, the odds are cancer will be the cause. It’s great to be an atheist, because I don’t have to bother my head thinking of a reason God created horrible diseases.


J-Kath Says:

Giles

If vermin like that continue to be able to comment here, then I would not wish to accept it as it contaminates all of us. You do what you want to do, and I’ll do what I want to do.


Travis Bickle Says:

J-Kath,

Believe me, I would gladly deal with “tennis lover” but am afraid that would get me moderated (again) by Tennis X.

At the same time they let “tennis lover” spew his garbage without moderation. Double standards by Tennis X? Also it is highly likely “tennis lover” is one of these Rafa fans here who love to use different nicknames…

Also J-Kath, have some compassion to this person. Imagine how they felt last 4 Grand Slams when Novak won everything! It was rough time for “tennis lover”. And more is coming…


senorita Says:

Djokovic is desperate to win Olympic Singles Gold he may be disappointed if he is suffering from loss of form.


NK Says:

Novak won four in a row, which in my mind is a grand slam. Why should it be four straight in a calendar year, that’s for the ultimate purists. And I am not a Djoko fan by a long shot, but you simply cannot take away his 4-in-a-row achievement, which I suspect will not be repeated by anyone anytime soon.

Regarding the bad calls with Djoko serving at 5-4…well it happens. There is no guarantee he would have won the game. He had the tie-break to correct the injustice, which he did not do, considering he was a mini-break up for much of the tie-break.

I remember Fed did not challenge a bad call with Nadal serving at 30-all late in the 5th set at Wimby 2008. Fed was literally two points from winning.

These things happen, but in the end it all evens out. Congrats to Sam Querrey and sympathies to Djoko fans…you should be rightfully proud of what he has achieved.


jane Says:

thanks for acknowledging that re: the grand slam, NK. cheers for that.


ulysses02 Says:

If I was any of the top players, the last person on earth I’d want to face is Alexander Zverev. Youzhny as always puts on a beautiful game. Joy to watch. Meh, Nole can get some rest. People saying Fed now has an easy path. Anyone who thinks Raonic will be a cake-walk in the quarter-bracket must be talking pie in sky. In fact, I’d be surprised if Raonic loses to The Maestro. Sad, but surprised, since were it not for his injuries, this — his last real chance given compounded physical decay at 35 — would have been a wonderful opportunity.

Can’t wait for Zverev-Murray quarters!


Daniel Says:

DelPo just lost second set tiebreak, he will have to go 4 again.

Isner won first tiebreaker versus Tsonga, these matches mau not end today.


Daniel Says:

Ulysses,

Zverev x Murray can only happen in semis and so Fed x Rainic, which I think will be the semis now.


Baa Says:

Sam is a sweet guy. What? He doesn’t sit in Rogi’s lap?!
Everyone should wag their finger when they beat Fed.
He respects Novak.
You can’t say that about Fed & his fanatics.
Fed fanboys are defending sickos that compare novak to Isis.
They are bitter as wretched hell… Too damn bad for them.
So it would be a dream come true
if Sam beats the other guys too.
It must’ve been embarrassing to watch
that so-called usa stalwart Ddick getting adulation
just for showing up in Wimbledon finals with fed.


Okiegal Says:

Fed is licking his chops……is number 18 in his future???


RZ Says:

Commiserations to the Nole fans out there. But what your man has accomplished in the last 2 years is absolutely amazing and I think this is just a blip. He’ll still be the favorite at all the big events after this.


ulysses02 Says:

Daniel,

That’s right both semis!

There are a few potential guys that can rewrite that script (kyrgios, delpo, tsonga….), but players are serving better these days, and big servers are serving even better. Combine that with an ability to stand and deliver biting, deep cross court shots (Zverev) on grass, and it’s difficult to beat. Querrey showed the way for big ways


Daniel Says:

Delpo lost third set, he will need 5. At least one more set they can play today.

Isner leading 2-0 Tsonga and Gasquet 1 set a piece. Kyrgios also losing second set.


ulysses02 Says:

* for big guys


Bob Lewis Says:

J-Kath @ 1:42 PM:

With Lendl, Murray tends to keep his emotions and vulgarities under control. Would have been fun to see both Murray and Kyrgios blowing up during the match.


J-Kath Says:

Thanks for the humour Travis and advice. Normally I’d laugh it off…but, there is a depth of sadism, weirdo-ism that is disturbing-it doesn’t have to be personal as Giles alludes to – but if it continues I will consult the police as this is exactly the fanatical profile that needs investigation.


jane Says:

So will Delpo and Nick now have to play 3 days in a row, or do they get tomorrow off and have to play middle Sunday and then again Monday? So two days of two in a row? Kind of makes you wish they’d move some of these matches to CC? Looks like Gasquet and Tsonga aren’t finished either. Isner is beating Tsonga. Kind of severbot-ish so far.

Raonic’ss numbers were very good: 60 winners to 12 errors, with 27 aces in there.


RZ Says:

@Jane – I think Wimbledon usually plays all 4th round matches on Monday, so if they stick to that schedule that could be the case. Seems unfair considering that Federer reached the 4th round yesterday.


James Says:

All remaining 3rd round matches will be completed tomorrow, middle sunday.

Father time, doesn’t spare anyone. Djoke’s golden period is over.


J-Kath Says:

OK Bob. Thanks for your explanation. I’ve noticed when Andy and Nick meet Andy is rather like the fond father. Nick’s comments are generally towards authorities (referee etc.) Andy’s usually against himself…even though he faces his team. Ways of letting off steam? I used to love MacEnroe so no surprise that I’ll take Kyrios and Andy any day vs. the perfectly contained conduct on court, e.g. Milos Raonic as a much less entertaining player.


jane Says:

thanks RZ. i guess that means the winners will have to play 4 days in a row. it’s somewhat reminiscent of wimbledon 2007, but there was no roof then. that’s the last super wet wimbledon i remember but they refused to play middle sunday. i think this time they had no choice even with a roof!

i think slams are going to have to accommodate more and more inclement weather. the FO was in the same boat – the global warming boat. : /


J-Kath Says:

Jane, Wogboy and many other Nole fans. Your guy wasn’t well. Unless he wishes to reveal it, we may never know. He’ll be back. No doubt about it.

In the meantime, don’t be strangers to Tennis X…it will be good to have your views and comments.


Danica Says:

Great and deserved win for nice guy Sam. Big congrats. I watched him @ the Serbia Open and he seemed down to earth, nice, humble… He was recently talking about wanting to come back to top 20 and this surely helps his goal. Well done.

As for Nole, not surprised at all but then again, it was bound to happen sometime. So, all is good. He’ll have more time to get ready for Rio and American swing.


J-Kath Says:

NK: Nole could not challenge the suspect shots as he had run out of his 3 challenges per set. Had he the opportunity to do so, he would have been right on 2.


Danica Says:

Giles, Tennis Fan and nadl, pardon, senorita can have their party all they want, it’s their five minutes of gloat time. Too ridiculous they call themselves tennis fans. The two champions they root for would be embarassed.


jane Says:

sweet of you j-kath, thanks.


assia Says:

danica

Well said. I thought I would give you all the heads up as to senorita’s identity as nadline10 is one of the most vicious Novak haters on the internet. The only people she hates as much are a. Andy Murray and b. Her fellow Rafa fans on Tenngrand who like other players and defend them from her attacks.


Danica Says:

J-Kath,
Thanks, nice words ;)


Danica Says:

Assia,
Thanks. I know that poster from TT very well. Unfortunately, her trade mark was/is blind hatred towards Nole and total double standards where Rafa is concerned. There were a few more who poisoned that blog although some, who are now on TG, were great tennis fans and even though they were die hard tennis fans, they were always respectful of other players.


BBB Says:

“Angels and demons.” That’s the kind of thinking that got Seles stabbed.

Seek help.


MMT Says:

Wow…a lot of excuses on this page. Querrey played well in the first two sets, and some very ordinary tennis in the 3rd and 4th. That he won the 4th was down almost exclusively to his serve. 15 aces is enough points for (almost) 4 games on just aces. With that kind of a “head start”, a monkey could have beaten Djokovic the way he played – which was terribly in the second, and only slightly less poorly in the 4th. And he nearly won it, would it were not for 3 very stupid (and wrong) challenges earlier in the set.

The rest of this belly-aching about bad calls, scheduling, rain delays, the court, the crowd…honestly.


BBB Says:

MMT – I’m a Djokovic fan, but I agree with your view on the excuses. You’ve got to win under the circumstances you’re given. If you can’t, then your loss is a deserved one, and you move on to the next tournament.


Danica Says:

Wanted to say “die hard Rafa fans” in my previous post.


Danica Says:

Second MMT and BBB. Like it or not, the more deserving player ALWAYS wins.


BBB Says:

Even after Serena lost to Capriati after the infamous call that led to the introduction of the challenge system, Serena said the loss was on her own inadequate play, not the call. I think she said the same thing after the Henin “hand signal” debacle at the FO. I know she was criticized at the time for not being complimentary enough about her opponents, but the flip side is that she never made excuses for a loss, even when she had good reason to.


Bob Lewis Says:

@ Jane 2:10PM:

Thanks. It’s all about having fun, whether your favorite player wins or loses.


emilia Says:

HOW TASTELESS TO CALL NOVAK ‘A DEMON’ AND ‘ISIS OF TENNIS’. HE IS JUST A HUMAN BEING WHO CAN NOT BE WINNING ALL THE TIME. ALL OF US HAVE A BAD DAY SOMETIMES. WHY IS FED ‘AN ANGEL’? HE IS A CHAMPION, HE IS ELEGANT, ETC. BUT IF YOU THINK OF THE GOODNESS OF HEART AND COMPASSION, THEN NOVAK IS AN ANGEL.


emilia Says:

HOW TASTELESS TO CALL NOVAK ‘A DEMON’ AND ‘ISIS OF TENNIS’. HE IS JUST A HUMAN BEING WHO CAN NOT BE WINNING ALL THE TIME. ALL OF US HAVE A BAD DAY SOMETIMES. WHY IS FED ‘AN ANGEL’? HE IS A CHAMPION, HE IS ELEGANT, ETC. BUT IF YOU THINK OF THE GOODNESS OF HEART AND COMPASSION, THEN NOVAK IS AN ANGEL.


Danica Says:

Well said Emilia.


skeezer Says:

Novak is no demon, Fed is no Angel, c’mon how ridiculous. Tennis lover meet Baa, Baa meet tennis lover, now go play with each other.

That said, he doesn’t help his popularity with tennis fans by yelling negatively at fans after a point or his gapping wide open mouth whilst staring them down towards the crowd routine. Also caught him doing the listening ear thing to the crowd after he made a winner like “lets hear it for me”. And Fed is accused of being arrogant?
Imo he just needs to chill and let his play entertain, he really doesn’t need to do anything else. By taunting the crowd he is just showing everyone he has a chip on his shoulder, and he is directing it to the wrong group of people. Dude, just play and stay within yourself. Channel your emotions into your game. Want to express anger or disgust? Give to yourself or your box, not towards the crowd.


BBB Says:

skeezer, I may be in danger of agreeing with you twice in a row, with a couple of caveats. I think people (I’m one of them) argue that Fed is arrogant because the machine is so determined to tell us he isn’t. Being arrogant is fine – probably even necessary. I also think Djokovic can be fine with a chip on his shoulder. It may even be what motivates him. He should just understand that it costs him a certain amount of broader adulation. To me, that’s ok if he’s being himself and it gets him motivated. I also find that he’s gracious to his opponent (clapping at good shots, conceding line calls etc).

I’m also influenced by off-court stuff. I like Djokovic’s off-court persona enough (my favorite quote being “Your convictions must be stronger than your doubts”) that I’m ok with the on-court stuff. Same with Murray – I used to loathe his on-court grumpfests, but I like what I see off-court and find I don’t mind the on-court stuff anymore.


skeezer Says:

BBB,
Fair enough post on your part👍
One caveat though, I am not influenced on off the court stuff. Why? On the court is where Tennis is played and judged, you cannot hide your platitudes towards players and people there when you have a chance to prepare an official interview. its a battle and its raw, and you see the real deal.


Danica Says:

But you don’t see the real Fed on court.

Personally, I don’t like the polished up versions the PR teams made of them. Tennis is not the aristocratic game anymore, it evolves like anything else. It is boring when you see a bunch of athletes who behave as if from the same mold. I love the emotions they express, I love Gulbis and Fognini, Safin… everyone that’s bigger than a box they are supposed to be in.


skeezer Says:

danica,
I agree, would like to see more personality on the court also. The crowd is looking for forms of entertainment, not confrontation.


BBB Says:

skeezer, I understand not caring about the off-court stuff. Personal preferences, I think.

Danica, it’s the real deal in terms of how you are as a tennis player. Serena often says she’s a different person when she steps on the court. Not just tennis players – Beyonce says it about performing, heck, Judge Judy says it about being on the bench.

But you’ve got me all woozy thinking about Safin. He never had a PR agent, IIRC.


Danica Says:

Judge Judy, Lol!! :)

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