Nick Kyrgios Wins, Says He’s Ready for Andy Murray Monday at Wimbledon; Roger Federer Returns
by Staff | July 3rd, 2016, 6:10 pm
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While seeded only 15th, Aussie upstart Nick Kyrgios has seen world No. 1 Novak Djokovic make his exit from Wimbledon, and thinks he can do similar damage when he plays former champ and world No. 2 Andy Murray.


The easily-combustible Aussie kept him temper in check on Sunday when he defeated No. 22-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4.

“My attitude was great today — very, very happy with the way I played,” said Kyrgios, who will next play Murray in the round of 16. “I definitely have the tools to (beat Murray) but he is probably the favorite now Djokovic is out.”

Top 10-seeded winners in third round play Sunday were No. 7 Richard Gasquet coming from a set down to beat Spaniard Albert Ramos 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-2, 6-3, and No. 10 Tomas Berdych beating German upstart and No. 24 seed Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

Other winners were No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saving a match point in defeating No. 18 John Isner from two sets down 6-7(3), 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2, 19-17; No. 32 Lucas Pouille beating a fatigued unseeded Juan Martin Del Potro 6-7(4), 7-6(6), 7-5, 6-1; and unseeded Czech Jiri Vesely upsetting No. 31 Joao Sousa 6-2, 6-2, 7-5.

Gasquet and Tsonga will next meet in al all-French affair.

“One of my good friends,” Gasquet says of Tsonga. “We know each other so well. We played since we were children. I practiced a lot with him, so of course it will be a different match. But we have to forget it for some hours and then life goes on.”

Del Potro was disappointed with the loss but happy with the progression of his wrist this summer.

“I’m very confident, very positive with the situation,” Del Potro said. “My level could be better at the end of the year or the next season but I need to work hard physically, my wrist, my backhands…As you can see I’m exhausted. Yesterday (against Stan Wawrinka) was even worse than today.”

Matches to look for on Monday at the All-England Club are (3) Roger Federer vs. Steve Johnson, (2) Andy Murray vs. (15) Nick Kyrgios, (7) Richard Gasquet vs. (12) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, (5) Kei Nishikori vs. (9) Marin Cilic, (6) Milos Raonic vs. (11) David Goffin, and (28) Sam Querrey vs. Nicolas Mahut.

MONDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Roger Federer (SUI) [3] v Steve Johnson (USA)
2. Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [13]
3. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [15] v Andy Murray (GBR) [2]

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Simona Halep (ROU) [5] v Madison Keys (USA) [9]
2. Venus Williams (USA) [8] v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [12]
3. Richard Gasquet (FRA) [7] v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [12]

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM
1. Misaki Doi (JPN) v Angelique Kerber (GER) [4]
2. Marin Cilic (CRO) [9] v Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5]
3. David Goffin (BEL) [11] v Milos Raonic (CAN) [6]


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126 Comments for Nick Kyrgios Wins, Says He’s Ready for Andy Murray Monday at Wimbledon; Roger Federer Returns

J-Kath Says:

ww.foxsports.com.au/olympics/novak-djokovic-considering-rio-olympic-games-tilt-after-shock-wimbledon-defeat-to-sam-querrey/news-story/6a8a62e109672447d5182096693fb8f8


J-Kath Says:

Sorri – above got duplicated.


BBB Says:

I think it’s natural after a hard loss to reevaluate. I also think it’s pretty clear that the last year took a real toll on him, and his family as well.


RZ Says:

Come on Andy – please don’t go out early (and especially not to Nick)!


Danica Says:

No, Nole is going to Rio. He is not playing the Davis Cup and is reconsidering Canada.


Dan Martin Says:

I have my predictions up for tomorrow at http://tennisabides.com – I think Kyrgios has a chance especially if Murray is feeling pressure from being the highest remaining seed. This is a huge day as the tournament lost its shape in the rd of 32, but I think a new shape will be emerging by the end of the round of 16.


Margot Says:

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jul/03/andy-murray-nick-kyrgios-wimbledon-respect

Genuine liking between Andy and Nick. Soften your heart RZ!
Of course, if Nick should win, my heart will harden.


J-Kath Says:

It’s scheduled for approx. 6.00pm. I’ll not be able to watch I’ll be watering my weeds.


madmax Says:

I have problems with Kyrgios, ever since he was disrespectful to Wawrinka. I know he is supposed to be the next best thing, I know he has beaten Fed and is level with Rafa, but it is temper that annoys me –

I think this will be a highly charged match – but I do expect Murray to come through.


Willow Says:

I like a bit of passion and personality from the players, and sometimes it can get a bit boring when players are so PC all the time, on the other hand NK takes things to a personal level, he would be an amazing player, if he just would STFU and play tennis sometimes ….


FedExpress Says:

kei injured and cilic goating

5-0, cilic didnt miss anything so far

think retirment for kei is near


FedExpress Says:

does johnson have only a BH slice?


FedExpress Says:

an injured Kei breaks cilic who was untouchable in the first set.

cilics problem is consistency.


Willow Says:

Seems Cilic is near the form that won him the USO in 2014 ! ….


FedExpress Says:

kei should retire. to play cilic in form more dangerous


skeezer Says:

Cool and interesting commentating between the great Jack Nicholas an the Mac Bros. during the Fed match today. Didn’t realize Jack played tennis, has a grass court himself!
Another all time Slam winner!


FedExpress Says:

kei retires. cilic into the QF.


FedExpress Says:

cilic owns kei at the Grand Slams


BBB Says:

I’ll be honest, I kind of enjoyed that Kyrgios talked smack and crossed some lines. People think tennis is prissy, and it spiced things up.


Daniel Says:

So far Fed’s being very lucky with the draw, this is one of the easiest paths to Grand Slam QF I’ve seen.

Next 2 big serves, Cilic than Raonic or Querrey (who is leading Mahut).


FedExpress Says:

daniel, tbh fed needs this kind of draws these days


BBB Says:

Dunno, you still have to win the matches. And sometimes an easy draw is a liability because you aren’t battle-tested when the tough matches materialize.


FedExpress Says:

break johnson


FedExpress Says:

cibulkova is a headcase

two chances to serve out the match. fails both times.


skeezer Says:

Yeah Fed will be facing a whole other level of players starting the next rd. Cilic has been performing very well, as well as Roanic. The big question will be Fed returnng serve against the big men.


BBB Says:

Headcase is right – they just said she scheduled her wedding for this coming weekend. ???

But I admire her. So tiny, and has the guts to play a power game.


FedExpress Says:

federer vs cilic. scorcher.


Flyer Says:

No question Cilic will be tough – he’s playing very well so far this tournament.

Federer will need to be sharp and be able to concentrate on each point – no loss of focus or he can be in trouble quickly.


Flyer Says:

Hmmm – looks like Sammy Q may get into the quarters – who would have thunk?

Great run so far for him


FedExpress Says:

had ti chukcle on feds comment on cilic in his post match interview:

“I play Cilic next. He brushed me off the court like I was nothing at the US Open a few years back.”


jatin Says:

I loved the way fed handled the big server Johnson. Its a good test for him as cilic is a big server himself.
I am glad with the fact that the next possible opponents of fed could be all big servers or goffin.
The biggest weapon of fed this Wimbledon has been his serve by far. He is mixing it up with such precision and efficiency that its commendable.
Lets see how the quarter final unfold. Go fed, BE18VE.

Hey madmax, skeezer, fed express and other fed fans, see you guys during the quaters vs cilic.


Flyer Says:

Goffin broke Roanic?

Has Goffin played the Canadian tough in the past??


Flyer Says:

Goffin takes 1rst set.

Interesting


Flyer Says:

Goffin breaks again in 2nd set.

Still interesting


Daniel Says:

Goffin won first set and a break up in second. If he upset Raonic he has another solid chance to go to semis.

If Fed passes Cilic he couldn’t ask for a better semis oponent. Tennis God’s starting to smile for him, next thing Murray is out and suddenly he is the favorite. Still don’t thibk thsi happen, Murray looks pretty sharp and he won’t letrhis oportunity go.


Flyer Says:

Rain again


jane Says:

so happy for sam! he backed up his win over novak, unlike so many who create big upsets and then lose promptly, and predictably, the next round.


Flyer Says:

Goffin up 2 sets to love.

A bit rainy – possbile delay???


Daniel Says:

Agree FedEx, I want Cilic to gave a bad day, Goffin semis and anyone but Murray finals. Everybody from that side of draw bar Berdy (former Wumby finalist or Tsonga) never was in a Slam final. Tsonga went 0-2 to Isner, Fed can do better and don’t think Berdych has a Slam in him.

The QF is tricky and if Fed wins that he is in finals, no way he lsoes semis in Wimbledon, where he is 10-0, to Goffin (can’t see Raonic making a 0-2 comeback now) or Querrey. Murray will be his ultimate test in finals and even if Murray is in greater form we saw Fed deliver in the pst his best performances agaisnt Murray in Slams. So he definitly has a chance. This os the kind of break he needed, 4 matches in straight, fast matches and with perfetc schedule for him so far.


Daniel Says:

Raonic breaks first third set, let’s see if he can prolong the match.


FedExpress Says:

4th set coming. it isnt out of reach for raonic to come back from this deficit.

we know what a certain tsonga did in 2011 in the last thress sets vs fed. was unbreakable.


BBB Says:

Jane – I agree. Querrey is playing the way he’s always been capable of playing. He’s just never been able to to put it all together like this.


J-Kath Says:

LOL Daniel, if Federer needs more “kind of breaks” than he’s already had, he should just have been given the Trophy before he played his first match.


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer….Durant going to Golden State…..any thoughts?? I am so sad……😒😒😒


Okiegal Says:

Sorry TXers for bringing up BB, but this is big sporting news…..My favorite Thunder player going to Skeezer’s favorite team….I’m crushed, to say the least.


jane Says:

daniel, ha ha, your “dream final” would be fed vs vesely maybe? ; )


FedExpress Says:

raonic favourite for me to win the match. goffing cant make the mini chances he gets count.


SG1 Says:

I know this is a tennis site but wow….Durant to the Warriors! Skeezer must be beyond ecstatic. Warriors run a very team oriented offence. Wonder how Durant will fit in.


Tennis Lover Says:

Somehow, Federer has not still convinced me that, He is ready for slam no. 18: The reasons are:

1. His break point conversion is still poor. His return is still underwhelming considering big servers are waiting for him in next couple of rounds

2. His second serve is vulnerable to attack

3. His backhand are falling short at the middle of the court..over slicing back hand is a suicidial tendency from roger, he needs to unleash full blooded backhand drive either cross court or down the line to make his backhand work as winning strategy

4. He has not stop producing ugly forehand errors. His forehand on the run is no where near his best

5. His movement is good but not fluent

6. In bag matches, he has the tendency to have more unforced errors than winners. If he wants to win the tourney, he should be determined to make his winner unforced errors ratio to 3:1

But, the big relief is, tennis has been saved from the Apocalypse by Sam..Djoker demon is gone..Tennis world will no more suffer from demonic possession nor will the fans have go through torturous hour of gloom and doom. In the name of god, we are praying for Roger’s 18th. I hope Roger does rectify the 6 important points that I mentioned here to win coveted 8th Wimbledon.


Okiegal Says:

C’mon Andy…..draw first blood!!


BBB Says:

TL, I’m starting to think you have a big crush on Djokovic. You can’t stop posting about him, even 48 hours later, to the point where you’re stealing Federer’s thunder! Well done. You had me fooled.


Purcell Says:

As I’ve mentioned before, there are many reasons why I think Goffin is a wonderful player but he does seem to have dips when ahead. However this isn’t unusual as every player is prone to these. It looks as though it’s going to cost him the match this time. Raonic is a sly character with a huge sense of entitlement. He’s kept Goffin hanging around with his shoe and racquet changing, court exits and slowcoach demeanour. Cheerio David. Meanwhile on Centre, the strawberry is animated and NK is enjoying the limelight.


FedExpress Says:

this raonic match reminds me of fed tsonga in 2011


Daniel Says:

Wow, Raonic did it. Great win for him comung from 0-2 down. One of the favorites to me behind Murray and Fed, actually can’t see none other than these 3 winnning.


BBB Says:

Purcell, I went off Raonic after whatever incident it was where he didn’t own up to something (double hit? touching the net?) and then was nonchalant about the whole thing during the press conference, as if it were normal.


FedExpress Says:

first set murray. game over for kyrgios

raonic vs querrey will be a 50-50 battle


Daniel Says:

Jane,

Fed Vs Tomic, with him retiring mid match God knows why! 😜
Think Rapnic goes to semis, more so than Fed at this point.


FedExpress Says:

dont underestimate querrey, daniel


FedExpress Says:

tsonga through cause gasquet retired.

well deserved break after yesterdays marathon

now he can see his next opponent in action, murray has this match in his bag


FedExpress Says:

double break points for murray
and vesely schooling berdycg


jane Says:

what a great win for milos to gut that out! happy for him. and while i am sad to see reeshard retire, i am, nevertheless, very glad for jo-will – he needs some rest.

nick is just too casual isn’t he? murray has his number, but nick’s game needs a lot of work: a better backhand, better second serve, better tactics (i.e., down the line shots occasionally). who is nick’s coach?


Daniel Says:

Damm, a lot of retirements today, Key and now Gasquet.

Poulie to serve for the match fifth ser versus Tomic 9-8.

Vasely a break up on Berdy and Murray cruising second set.


FedExpress Says:

pouille into the QF

poullie and vesely have a genuine chance to reach the semis


Daniel Says:

In Race Rankings Raonic passes Nadal now, Thiem and Kei will be just 50 pts shy from Nadal in 2900 pts and with Goffin lost if Fed reaches semis he passes him and stay in top 8 for the year.

Was telling that as long as Fed kees playing he qualifies for London he was only below 15 because he wasn’t play. 3 grass tournaments later and he is back in top 10 with potential to be top 8 or even top 4 depending on how wellje performs in Wimbledon.


Daniel Says:

If Vasely indeed wins Murray to have either of them in semis is a dream come through as well, can’t see Tsonga bothering him much.


jane Says:

who is pouille? vesely was the novak-slayer at monte carlo, guess it wasn’t a fluke?


jane Says:

“Damm, a lot of retirements today, Key and now Gasquet.”

it is too bad: both good players. : /


Margot Says:

jane: Pouille is 20 year old French player. A future top 10 player. Very talented.
Nick doesn’t have a coach. Thinks he doesn’t need one? Dunno.
BBB: haven’t seen Querry play but last time I looked his ROS was terrible. Has that improved?


BBB Says:

Pouillle was the lucky loser in Rome, right, and he went on a tear that got him into the FO as a seed?


BBB Says:

Margot – good question. I hadn’t focused so much on that specific shot as much as his groundies more generally.

The announcers said that Hewitt is coaching Kyrgios (to some degree) but he’s playing doubles right now.

Kyrgios reminds me a bit of Sloane Stephens – so much talent that they seem afraid to fail if they were to actually try hard. So they tell themselves they’re not going to take it that seriously, and *that’s* why they’re losing.

Andy’s doing a good job of staying focused.


Margot Says:

BBB: that’s very interesting about Nick. He’s a great player but talent alone wont cut it these days. He’s very impetuous and go get, which makes him very exciting to watch but he needs some yin to go with the yang.


Margot Says:

Mighty fine from Mr Murray. Another 3 setter.
Not so fine from Nick.


jane Says:

i missed rome, madrid, and first week of FO which could explain why i hadn’t heard of pouille. thanks.

and yes, have just heard nick doesn’t have a coach. he could use one. nick played better yesterday i thought, but murray is going to be tougher than f-lo. maybe too nick looked a bit tired today because it was his 4th match on the trot. still think a coach would help though. he’s young; he still has time. but he needs to be committed. talent won’t take him the whole way.


jane Says:

berdych just leveled his match with vesely at 1 all. he’ll want to take care of business before rain and/or darkness though


J-Kath Says:

Margot: Andy was superb, Absolutely. Delighted, delighted and delighted.

SO,SO,SO. Back we go to Raonis??? Except we now have a rested Jo Tsonga……?

PS: Think Pouille is 22 years old.


J-Kath Says:

Jane re. your earlier remark….it would be funny if Vesely actually did meet Federer!!!!!


jane Says:

j-kath, raonic is on fed’s half of the draw. i looked up pouille; he is 22, so is vesely. quite a few younger gen players made it deeper here at wimbledon, and then we had thiem at the french. interesting!


Margot Says:

OK re Pouille’s age. I blame Andrew Castle…I usually do ;)


jane Says:

j-kath,daniel’s dream final won’t happen. lol. murray made just 6 errors today!! :O


J-Kath Says:

Jane: I hate to admit it, but God bless Lendl. PS: Not saying Amelie was not important at a low ebb in Andy’s recovery.


Margot Says:

@Kath
Tee hee. That man has verbal diarrhoea, but he’s not the only one.


Daniel Says:

This seems more and more Murray’s tourney. Saw vert few of him playing but what I saw he was excellent. Think he is safe for finals, Tsonga is not a great mover and Murray will expose that. The other would be to young and Berdych could max steal a set if they plau semis. The question who Murray will face in finals: Fed, Raonic or Cilic?


FedExpress Says:

assuming murray loses another gs final what are his chances then. this will be his 9th runner up plate compared to his 2 gs wins. next year year he will be 30. yes you can say he is unlucky to compete in an era with nadal, fed and nole but nole learnt from fed and nadal and took his game to another level whereas murrays progression has been very slow.

his record vs the big 3 isnt good either. to get schooled by fed in the last 5-6 meeting when fed is past his prime und he is in his prime is worrying. and how many times did he win vs novak since wimbledon 2013. two wins i think and 10 plus losses.

i cant stand this guy but 2 gs arent a true reflection to his talent. if he had been mentally tough he would have won more.


Daniel Says:

If its a quick fourth set for Berdych they can finish today and be back on schedule with everybody getting a fair day in between QF.


Margot Says:

Thanks very much for your thoughts FedEx but Andy has a 9 already, 9 consecutive Wimbledon quarters. In illustrious company with Sampras and Connors among others.
So you see he doesn’t need another 9th whatsoever.
Could well have been 10, but missed 2007 with a horrendous wrist injury.


FedExpress Says:

margot, he is ultra consistent but has not the trophys to show for it.


jane Says:

is this what i need to do to get wimbledon tickets?
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cmi0xofXEAAXqbn.jpg
just wondering… lol.


FedExpress Says:

so berdych has a bye into the semis. cant see pouille troubling him after his marathon.


J-Kath Says:

FedExpress: As Margot indicated injuries have affected Andy much more than is realised. Del Potro gets a lot of sympathy for his injuries: Murray has had more. You can look it up for yourself or you can wait till I stop watering my weeds and I’ll do a “spreadsheet”.


BBB Says:

Berdy having a meltdown.


BBB Says:

Vesely having a meltdown.


theDA Says:

Hi Margot! Our boy did great today. I think I’ll drink a Rusty Nail to celebrate in true Scottish fashion ;) Nick gave his all in Set 1 and it was very close. Then Andy just accelerated and left Kyrgios with no solutions.So many people are suggesting he loses because they’re friends but it’s just a very bad match up for Nick. He’ll figure it out sooner or later. I hope he gets a coach. Such potential.


jane Says:

BBB, photo from vesely v berdych match:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BrKzBzQCcAAy4bR.jpg


Giles Says:

J-K. Can you do a spreadsheet for Rafa as well please.
πŸ˜€


FedExpress Says:

who choked in this set more?!?!?!


Margot Says:

Hi DA: our boy done good, indeedy :)
Nick was great in interview. Apparently Andy said “Sorry” at the net and Nick said, “That’s OK, just go and win it.” Then they had a hug.
Wub.


jane Says:

they should let vesely/berdych finish on CC, to be fair. they’ve played at least one back-to-back match. don’t make them come back again tmrw.

theDA, people often say that about players, that friendships may get in the way of their performance against a rival. some say it about andy and novak, for example. it’s tough to say. based on today i’d say nick needs a coach and that he may’ve been a bit tired which could affect shot selection etc. but match up is another factor because we know nick has won big matches before – rafa at wimbledon and fed at madrid.


jane Says:

Christopher Clarey
‏@christophclarey
Berdych wants to play on Centre Court. With lights I presume

tomas asked.
wimbledon told him “NO.”
end of.


BBB Says:

I don’t know why you wouldn’t wrap up the match in the evening if you could, especially as you’ve already made them play in the dark. Do the lights work without the roof being closed? Or is the roof still closed from earlier?


jane Says:

okay, wow. nick needs to figure out where his head is at. check this out

https://twitter.com/SkySportsNewsHQ/status/750058705618542592


Willow Says:

Sad for Kei and Gasquet having to retire, as those were potential great matches, but pleased for Jo, he and Berdych (if he comes through) have both beaten Federer at W, and Berdych isnt intimidated and relishes playing Federer, so that would be interesting if they should meet ….


BBB Says:

Jane – one serious injury and he might have a different view.


jane Says:

not sure BBB: he said in february that he “detests tennis” so it’s difficult to know why he bothers if he really feels that way. i guess agassi also didn’t like tennis but he was a hard worker. nick said he prepped for today’s match by “playing video games.” sigh.


BBB Says:

jane, I think Agassi only developed his work ethic later on. He had that very long gap between majors when he was terrible. I think he even played challengers for awhile.


J-Kath Says:

Giles: If you are really serious, and when I start and finish the Andy one, I’ll do one for Rafa. Are you serious?


J-Kath Says:

Re. Wimbledon and late matches: Wimbledon was built before house development in the area. Local Council rules now apply. Play must end by xyz (not sure exact time) but recall a late match on Centre with lights between Andy and Marcos Baghaditis that went within 3 minutes of the need to close: the game at that point was Match-points for Murray…it ended within seconds of the curfew. Presumably Wimbledon would have been heavily fined had it ended a minute over time. Don’t know if this was the reason Thomas’s match wasn’t transferred??????


J-Kath Says:

Danica: Re. Nole going to Rio…..I only know what the article said which is close to top of the threads. If you know it is wrong, OK with me.


danica Says:

J-Kath,
No worries ;).
It is Fox Sports which is questionable sometime. However, the Serbian press is saying that the Toronto masters is in question. Davis Cup tie is definitely not on Nole’s schedule. He said it himself that the main goals for this season were the RG and Rio wins and that it is a special feeling having to represent one’s country at the OG. In light of that, going to Canada and then having to rush for the OG where he hopes to win, I believe it would be a smart move to skip it. Cincy comes right after the OG, which is another title that he wants.

I am sure he goes to Rio.
And mu gut feeling is he is not going to Toronto.


danica Says:

Oh Jane,
that interview made me sad :((. Poor guy. He needs some guidance, some motivation… I hope he finds it in himself somehow because he is such a talent and it would be a waste to just toss it away like that.

Wake up Nick!!!


jane Says:

i agree danica, he needs a coach to help him, but someone with patience, who “gets” him, as he implies in the video. he seems uncertain about what he wants.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

When i watched that video, before reading the succeeding comments, I thought: Agassi. That is exactly what Agassi was like. Publicly lamenting that he didn’t enjoy the game. Terrible work ethic. Completely unself-aware of their appearance of being immature, spoiled and self-entitled.


jane Says:

maybe you are right. maybe nick will find his work ethic later. j-mac lambasted him:

https://twitter.com/McEnroeTweets/status/750065790737580032


Okiegal Says:

Nick is a basket case…..such a waste of raw talent……


Giles Says:

J-K. Yes I am deadly serious. Thanks very much , look forward to it.πŸ€—πŸ‘


J-Kath Says:

Danica

Fine. What Nole needs is a good rest….which he has recognised. He’s smart to withdraw from Davis Cup with its 5-setter format. Wish Andy would withdraw too.


madmax Says:

Jatin!

I am there! All the way! With the rest of the gang!

Jatin Says:
I loved the way fed handled the big server Johnson. Its a good test for him as cilic is a big server himself.
I am glad with the fact that the next possible opponents of fed could be all big servers or goffin.
The biggest weapon of fed this Wimbledon has been his serve by far. He is mixing it up with such precision and efficiency that its commendable.
Lets see how the quarter final unfold. Go fed, BE18VE.

Hey madmax, skeezer, fed express and other fed fans, see you guys during the quaters vs cilic.

July 4th, 2016 at 10:03 am


madmax Says:

Tennis Lover Says:
Somehow, Federer has not still convinced me that, He is ready for slam no. 18: The reasons are:

1. His break point conversion is still poor. His return is still underwhelming considering big servers are waiting for him in next couple of rounds

Tennis Lover,

I disagree. If you watch the matches he has played so far, and if you concentrate on the positives, especially the last one against Johsnon his movement is almost back to his best. And look at this:

Against Pella, his first serve win percentage hit 88 with his second serve win percentage at 68. He also fired 51 winners.

When he played against Willis his first-serve winning percentage was a high 78, his second was 68 and his victory included 37 winners, while against Evans the first-serve statistic was up to a mind-boggling 89 per cent, although his second serve dipped to 50 per cent with 29 winners this time.

In his latest match against Johnson his first serve win rate was at 75 per cent, but his second serve win percentage was up to 71. He also struck 35 winners in the match and served two double faults – his first of the tournament.

Federer has reached the last eight without dropping a set, easing to four successive wins on Centre Court.

His serving is excellent Tennis lover and I believe it can only improve.

http://www.skysports.com/tennis/news/32498/10369899/roger-federer-is-aiming-to-win-a-record-eighth-wimbledon-title-can-he-do-it

So it is improvement all round.

And, he is not bigging himself up. He knows it is round by round and he knows that Cilic is a threat.

This is what he said about Cilic:

“He blew me off the court in the US Open a few years ago and I hope to get him back,” said Federer.

He has every chance of progressing, but he is not jumping the gun and right at the outset he said Novak and Andy were both favourites. So now, in his mind, Andy Murray is still the favourite.

Come on Federer! So proud of you!


madmax Says:

Okiegal Says:
Nick is a basket case…..such a waste of raw talent……

July 5th, 2016 at 3:46 am

Agreed Oki


theDA Says:

@Jane – yes I agree on the whole but the match-up thing is true. Take Berdych vs Nole – horrendous. yet he often troubles Roger and Andy. Rafa & Andy own Gilles but he is tricky for Roger and, lately, Nole. Nick beat Rafa & Roger but they both have very different patterns than Andy. Muzz is more unpredictable and he bamboozles Nick with droppers, slices, spins & sudden flat shots. It’ll be interesting to see him finally play Novak. Just my 2 cents


Okiegal Says:

Thanks, Madmax! I call um like I see um!


Okiegal Says:

I love to watch the sisters play dubs! Good match!

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