Roger Federer, Andy Murray On Wimbledon Collision Course? QF Picks And Pans
by Sean Randall | July 5th, 2016, 8:42 pm
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So who is going to take advantage of what will be a Novak Djokovic-free weekend at Wimbledon? Is it British hero Andy Murray? What about the aging wonder Roger Federer, who hasn’t won a Slam in four years? Or maybe an outsider like JW Tsonga or Tomas Berdych who finally breaks through? Perhaps Milos Raonic gets the serve humming, or Sam Querrey continues his Cinderella run? Hell, Lucas Pouille? Another Slam for Marin Cilic?

I’m not sure yet, but in less than a week someone will be celebrating and seven others (or 127 others) will be wishing.

Before then, Wednesday is quarterfinal day at Wimbledon. So on to my picks.

Roger Federer v Marin Cilic
Have I been impressed by Roger Federer this grass season? Not really. Who’s he beaten? And who’s he beaten that is of the quality of a Grand Slam champion like Marin Cilic? No one.

A quick glance Roger’ss results reveals just one Top 10 win on the season, that coming over Tomas Berdych in Australia. And that was before the back issues, the knee issues and the gastro issues. Assuming best case that all those ailments have magically been cleared up (and really, they haven’t), it’s still a tough task when you consider how badly Federer lost to Cilic in their last meeting at the 2014 US Open semifinals.

I’ll let Roger explain that and his recent practice session.

“I practiced with him when I arrived here at Wimbledon,” Federer said. “He was playing great. 1 2, 1 2, 1 2, serving, boom, forehand, serving, boom, backhand. He’s very aggressive. He blew me off the court at the US Open. I know what I’m getting into.

“Everything he touched went in. I don’t know. It was all right, here is a chance, boom. Maybe here is another chance, boom. That’s kind of how it was for three straight sets. I didn’t play poorly in any way. It was just all on his racquet. It was very seldom that I was blown off the court like that.”

Boom. That doesn’t sound good, does it?

But aside from the US Open Federer has owned the Croatian 5-1 and Marin hasn’t been a world-beater much either lately. He, too, had a nice draw and was the beneficiary of a Kei Nishikori rib injury on Monday.

And since that US Open he just hasn’t had any real standout wins. Of course, we know he can get hot and he won’t be intimidated by Roger, but there’s no indication from him that he can cause the upset here.

Federer, however, has looked beatable after that ho-hum first week. Still, I think experience and revenge win the day, and somehow Federer prevails in a nailbiter. It’s Wimbledon after all.
The Pick: Federer in 5

Andy Murray v JW Tsonga
This one is 12-2 for Andy in their series and that’s about all I need to know. To beat Murray you have to be mentally checked in for 3-4 hours right now and I don’t think Tsonga is capable of doing that.

The Frenchman has the game, the tools, the talent and has had his share of big wins, but lately after injury I don’t think he’s seasoned enough right to pull off the upset.

Had Tsonga played a full, injury-free schedule and done well in Paris, I’d given him a better chance here. But he hasn’t and under Ivan Lendl Murray’s going to be that much tougher to crack.

“He’s a really, really good grass court player, very, very dangerous,” Murray assessed of Tsonga. “I played him here a couple of times before. Both matches were hard. They weren’t easy. A few of the sets came down to just a couple of points. I’m aware I’ll have to be playing at my highest level to win.

“In terms of dealing with everything else, I’ve been dealing with it for years. I feel no different this year to any other year when I played here.”

I think the Scot eventually makes Tsonga play too many ball and gets through.
The Pick: Murray in 4

Tomas Berdych v Lucas Pouille
Is anybody picking the kid who had never won a grass match until Wimbledon? That’s Lucas Pouille.

The 22-year-old Pouille doesn’t get the notoriety that the others in his peer group get, but that’s likely to change, especially if he can author the upset.

Berdych has been a consistent player. And by that I mean He consistently beats the lower ranked guys and consistently loses to those above him. That much we know in stone.

And he just beat youngsters Alexander Zverev and today Jiri Vesely. And Pouille just won his first 5-set match on Monday 10-8 in the fifth. So even though Berdych went five himself, I think the big Czech will be in better shape and while Pouille might hit the bigger ball, Berdych, the 2010 finalist, eventually gets the win.
The Pick: Berdych in 4

Milos Raonic v Sam Querrey
This is probably the toughest match of the day. Milos Raonic looked dead to rights Monday down two sets to David Goffin. Sam Querrey looked to same last week down two sets to Lukas Rosol. Both came back, and here we are.

Querrey leads 2-1 winning their first clash at Wimbledon in 2012 in four. I think it’s a similar match with a few breakers only this time the Canadian comes through.

Sam’s played really well, especially in that bizarre win Saturday over Novak Djokovic. Then he took care of business against Nicolas Mahut Monday – no easy task. Sam’s serving well, hitting with authority and playing smart tennis. But I just think Raonic is a better version. And Milos is more honed to playing late in Grand Slam tournaments.

“We pretty much try to do the same thing,” said Raonic of the matchup. “Maybe I try to sort of push the aspect of coming in a bit more than he does. But I think we’re pretty much going to try to play on our own terms. Serve is going to be important. But it’s really going to be about who can throw the other guy off.”

And that’s the key. The serve. It will be a shootout, no doubt, and I like the Canadian.
The Pick: Raonic in 4

Could we get four upsets? Absolutely. I don’t think Federer is 100% so Cilic could very well blow him off the court again. I just don’t think Cilic is at (or ever will be again) his NYC level.

If Tsonga gets hot watch out. Berdych isn’t a sure thing to win, he never is. And when you play tiebreaker tennis anything can happen in Raonic and Querrey.

So with a lot of close matches expected, it should be a fun day of tennis.

ESPN has live coverage starting at 8am ET.


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457 Comments for Roger Federer, Andy Murray On Wimbledon Collision Course? QF Picks And Pans

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Not the most stellar QF line-up. A bit like the French this year: a couple decent matches, a couple ‘What’s he doing here?’. Tsonga replacing Gasquet in the role of coulda-been-great Frenchman. Pouille as a poor man’s Thiem. Berdych in the role of Berdych.

To be fair, Tsonga/ Mandy and Fed/ Cilic could be great matches but they just don’t seem like the marquee match-ups we were expecting. The loss of Novak is really felt. Its just not as exciting when the best player in the world is out. Part of the excitement is wondering if someone CAN take him out. And it already happened. Too early. To someone no one is excited about (except his parents and those samurai fans).

Of course, I’m excited to see Roger and Milos at this stage, but it just overall doesn’t seem to have the electricity GS QF’s often have.


Humble Rafa Says:

Boom..Boom..Blown away tomorrow.


Dan Martin Says:

I’ve got my picks up and a piece on Venus Williams at http://tennisabides.com – I think Federer has his work cut out for him tomorrow.


BBB Says:

“Berdych in the role of Berdych.”

That made me laugh.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Thanks BBB.

Wow, Dan, watching that interview you posted of Raonic, comparing to the one being discussed on the earlier thread of Kyrgios is just such a night and day contrast in professionalism, maturity and passion and respect for the sport.

My estimation of Milos continues to rise. He’s a sharp dude. Loved his assessment of the Goffin match.


Tennis lover Says:

The foolish expert and fans have no idea what they are into…federer in three straight sets. This time cilic will going to be blown away


andrea Says:

cilic indeed was a man possessed when he won the US Open. sometimes players become that untouchable element, if only for a tournament. roger hasn’t played anyone of real threat yet at wimbledon, so this should be a good test. yes, he’s old and wearing down, but he’s still Fed. i’m rooting for him.


Margot Says:

Alas for the future of tennis TV, Raonic is not going to bring in young fans or set the tennis world alight, whereas Kyrgios certainly can.
In the article I posted elsewhere Milos is described as “despairingly dull.” Harsh but true.


El_matador Says:

With due respect,margot..Nick is not different or interesting,he’s just childish..when he wins a match,he’s like “i was motivated,kept my cool blah blah”..and when he gets beaten,it’s “i don’t like tennis,i played video games b4 the game blah blah”..as if the guy on the other side of net is not relevant..telling opponent who banged his girl is not interesting,it’s act of a school kid…different is Gulbis and some of his controversial(!) comments are hilariously truth and reflect today’s society..


J-Kath Says:

Yes,Nick was over-the-top re. what he said to Stan and hopefully he has learned that lesson. Other than that, I find Nick fascinating. I don’t care if he’s childish, mouthy and sulky and loves video games. He has more variety in his little finger than Milos has in his whole body.

Milos is intellectually superior but such a boring player…. even though he is also a dangerous competitor. I think we are fortunate to have such different personalities on the Court.


J-Kath Says:

Margot

It looks like everybody in Wales has individually won the lottery, even the wee kids. What joy and emotion. Feel sure they’ll do the business tonight….Good luck in spades.


Margot Says:

Kath:
Thank you :) Do not expect a win, they are without two key players. But sooo proud at what they have achieved. In fact BURSTING!
el matador: would be a very dull world if we all agreed. :)


madmax Says:

JKath,

I hear you about Nick. I do. And perhaps over time, he will grow on me. I didn’t like the fact that he underestimated Murray yesterday. But I when I think about it, all of the stroppy players of days gone by, Connors, McEnroe, Hewitt, well, they have gone on to be commentators and still in the lime light today.

No doubt that Nick has a great future. That is not what I meant, it is all about attitude and his sucks.

Having said that, yes. Great talent. No question there and would be a waste of a talent if he is let loose at tournaments, not just with his racket, but with his mouth.

Someone, some day is going to tell hiim that you can’t act like that on tour.

He is in his 20s now but only turned professional 3 years ago, so may be I have been a bit harsh. 3 years isn’t long enough for men to grow up. Is it?


madmax Says:

As well as this. Let’s face it. He does bring something different to tennis. You are right. Something that we have not seen since McEnroe (though Youzhny has a touch of the tantrums). But I thought that was pure comedy. I don’t think he was mean with it.

Nick is mean with it JKath. Meanness with tantrums. It’s different.


madmax Says:

Sean, until Murray played Nick yesterday, his players were not of any note either. And with all the hype, I mean, British hype of Willis – we all know that these players of ‘no note’ tend to have the match of their lives on the day.

You said as much a couple of years ago for Steve Darcis and Dustin Brown, against Nadal
Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013, beating Federer. I always think these players can oull something out of the bag. It is their one shot at the tournament where no one expects anything. They have nothing to lose and before you know it, they have won!

I do not think that Federer will underestimate Cilic at all. Not one bit. He has played him many times.

I do expect Federer to win.

To win in 3 sets.

I don’t know who it was that posted Judy Murray’s face smiling like a cheshire cat yesterday when Novak lost. Expected, but I didn’t feel comfortable watching that.


jatin Says:

Hey, madmax. Just in time. I am pretty tensed for this match. I know what cilic could do when on. But this is Wimbledon, i hope fed serve just like the way he did against Johnson. He played really well in that match.


jatin Says:

I also saw Murray’s game against Nick, he was ruthless. But i think Tsonga could really trouble him.


Daniel Says:

Cilic ball toss is shorter than I remember and he is serving great this Wimby, 76 aces in first 4 rounds compared to 39 in 2012.

Fed had 2 break chances but Cilic served great from there on and he still is booking the ball, a few went out but even so he doesn’t want long rallies at all.


Daniel Says:

Fed still not driving his BH as he should, but his serving is great and he is mixing up a lot. Also returning much better.


jatin Says:

Super solid serving by fed so far


jatin Says:

That was amazing backhand flick by fed


J-Kath Says:

Madmax

I hear you too. If Nick strikes you as mean, it can simply be because he’s hurting…like a child…

…like a big sister beating on the smaller sister because Biggy thinks Smally has revealed a secret and keeps on holding the grudge until events overtake……


jatin Says:

Tie breaker time


jatin Says:

Meanwhile, raonic has won the first set


Daniel Says:

Damm Fed, can’t find a decent serve in breaker.


jatin Says:

Comon


jatin Says:

Cilic is serving lights out. Still hopeful. Comon fed….


Daniel Says:

Merit for Cilic, impose and attacked second serve return and it payed off. Fitst set for him.

Fed will start serving first second and at least he didn’t face BP whereas Cilic faced 2. Maybe Cilic has a small blip after holding together bit his first serve is impressive, 94% points won. I sense a few more tiebreaks still.


jatin Says:

Atleast he is serving first this time.


jatin Says:

Right daniel.
He just have to create some chances now. He hasn’t been broken yet.


FedExpress Says:

fed missed a trick by not convertin the BPs. the first of the two was doable. was in a rally but sliced it back to cilic for a volley winner.

cilic having one of those days he has twice a year


FedExpress Says:

and feds baseline game not up to the mark


FedExpress Says:

most of the times he wins the first vs nole and nadal but has a blip in the 2nd to fold like a house of cards


FedExpress Says:

danger 0-30
good bh from fed 15-30
Bp cilic


FedExpress Says:

break cilic

this could be over quickly mates


BBB Says:

Cilic is just killing the ball.


jatin Says:

Fed is grunting :(


Daniel Says:

Cilci eating Fed’s second serve and is adding extra pressure in his first. Fed is a hreat reader and he knows it.

Cilic will have to have a let down at some point for Fed to have a chance.


FedExpress Says:

0-30

fed has to break here. if he doesnt chance gone


jatin Says:

2 double faults.. Comon fed … break him


FedExpress Says:

30-30 in no time


jatin Says:

No chance. 30-30


FedExpress Says:

BP fed

there was a time fed ate big servers and power hitters for fun


jatin Says:

Comon fed


FedExpress Says:

oh man. got a 2nd serve and netted it.

2012 olympics final deja vu


jatin Says:

chance wasted


FedExpress Says:

chance gone. cant see him winning this after having the chance. cilic is in his head


squirrel Says:

This is not looking good for Fed..


FedExpress Says:

now cilic will swing freely to scure a 2nd break. no pressure


Daniel Says:

Cilic makes 2 UE in a row, BP And Fed net 2 second serves returns, make him play.


jatin Says:

Cilic is outhitting him right now


Humble Rafa Says:

cilic is in his head

Be careful what you say. I am in his head more than anybody else. Lifetime lease.


FedExpress Says:

3 BPs cant covert

cilic needs only break point chance and converts.

this conversation problem is totally annoying for fed


FedExpress Says:

fed doesnt do different on cilics service games

40-0 in no time


jatin Says:

Bombs after bombs


jatin Says:

Fed should try to stand some steps back from baseline. Cilic’s serve is unplayable. It reminds me of tsonga match (2011)


FedExpress Says:

when will fed start to do something different


FedExpress Says:

hahah
serve boom
serve boom

1-2 combo always


FedExpress Says:

2nd serve netted


FedExpress Says:

5-3

only a cilic choke (which is unlikey) can save fed


skeezer Says:

Fed is going down. Was worried for him when he discussed his previous match with Cilic in the last interview. Didn’t like the way he was talking about his matchup with Cilic. He sounded …fearful.
Cilic has too much power today, as in USO, and Fed does not have the answer. Sure Fed is fighting, but he’s not going to win this one. Not with this approach, tactic and strategy.


FedExpress Says:

i expect
boom
boom
boom
boom
2nd set cilic


FedExpress Says:

oh federer

what tf was that

all the time for 0-30

choke from fed


Daniel Says:

How can he miss this BH to go 0-30?! 😱😱


FedExpress Says:

another bh netted

cant see him winning in 5


FedExpress Says:

hahhahhahaah

the 2nd serv returns are laughable


FedExpress Says:

torture to watch but expected


jatin Says:

Still have hope. Just has to hold for 6 games


Daniel Says:

Raonic also 2-0 and seems we’ll have the battle of giants. If Cilic keeps serving the way he is suddenly we can have USO14′ run again and even Murray returbibg better than Federer there is only so much you can do when a player is zoning.

Cilic gave Fed a few windows but hos movement os a bit off me thinks. Let’s see if he somehow breaks Cilic or at least doesn’t get broken.

In worst case this could be a 5set 3 hour match if it goes that far (wishfull thinking).


FedExpress Says:

cilic has to hurt his shoulder in order to lose this


FedExpress Says:

hahahaha. this service game from cilic


FedExpress Says:

WTFFFFFFFFFFF


Pitchaboy Says:

Poor quality match on display here. Federer is running scared and embarrassing himself


jatin Says:

Just one break of serve somehow


FedExpress Says:

cilic is missing anything or making silly decsions.


FedExpress Says:

federer isnt showing any emotions.


jatin Says:

40 -40… comon


FedExpress Says:

cilic needs only one break
feds needs one break each set


jatin Says:

Boom


FedExpress Says:

hahahha ace


FedExpress Says:

oh man cilic was and another backhand netted


jatin Says:

It could have happened fed express. Only if he converted those break points :(


FedExpress Says:

i sense a break for cilic here


jatin Says:

That was some shout


FedExpress Says:

but jatin more painful would to get it level to 2 sets all and lose it in the 5th.


jatin Says:

Some digging.. Comon fed 3-2


FedExpress Says:

3-3 in no time


madmax Says:

jatin Says:
Hey, madmax. Just in time. I am pretty tensed for this match. I know what cilic could do when on. But this is Wimbledon, i hope fed serve just like the way he did against Johnson. He played really well in that match.

July 6th, 2016 at 7:57 am

Jatin, I am here…just trying to concentrate on the match and thinking of Skeezer’s words, everything now is gravy.

Really hope that Fed can pull this off. You never know!

It’s impressive from Cilic, but oh. This stress.


skeezer Says:

Fed is lacking the movement he once had. Whether he is still not 100%, or age has caught up, this match with Cilic has exposed that.


madmax Says:

These big servers doing the damage.

We shall see. I think may be if I go and do something different and come back, the score will be different. Alas. Never give up hope. Just made it harder on himself. He will have to go 5 to win. Could just be too much, but I believe.

Come on Fed!

This could be a thriller.


madmax Says:

skeezer Says:
Fed is lacking the movement he once had. Whether he is still not 100%, or age has caught up, this match with Cilic has exposed that.

July 6th, 2016 at 9:45 am

Never give up Skeezer. We know this with Federer.

He is ready, but Cilic is too!


Daniel Says:

Wow, could this be a turning point for Fed, saving that 0-40 game?!


jatin Says:

Survived


BBB Says:

I’ve never seen Federer miss so many backhands.


jatin Says:

everything now is gravy

I agree with this madmax


madmax Says:

Big ovation from his team! He will need it. 4:3 Fed, so a mighty come on from all of his fans!

This is war Fed!

This is war!


madmax Says:

Daniel,

Could be. I have to breath now as feeling a little stressed. New shirt, new mindset.

Who knows!


Daniel Says:

Great two points, he is fored up now, celebrating.


Daniel Says:

From 0-30 and Cilic just makes 3 unreturnable serves like nothing.


Daniel Says:

Fed using more BH top spin, Cilic missing balls higher.

BP, come on Cilic, no ace at least


Daniel Says:

Lol, i was yelling double fault 3 times in a row and he did it kkkkk


skeezer Says:

ok ok ok Cilic starts missing and Fed is taking the opportunity lets see if he can serve this set out….and get a hold of the next set. C’mon Maestro…..move!


Daniel Says:

Total momentum swing and now Cilic knows back in his mind that he can be broken also and that the 0-40 was a huge oportunity lost to close the match.

30-15 Fed, hold and closetge set


madmax Says:

Roger Federer, Andy Murray On Wimbledon Collision Course? QF Picks And Pans
by Sean Randall | July 5th, 2016, 8:42 pm
97 Comments
So who is going to take advantage of what will be a Novak Djokovic-free weekend at Wimbledon? Is it British hero Andy Murray? What about the aging wonder Roger Federer, who hasn’t won a Slam in four years? Or maybe an outsider like JW Tsonga or Tomas Berdych who finally breaks through? Perhaps Milos Raonic gets the serve humming, or Sam Querrey continues his Cinderella run? Hell, Lucas Pouille? Another Slam for Marin Cilic?

I’m not sure yet, but in less than a week someone will be celebrating and seven others (or 127 others) will be wishing.

Before then, Wednesday is quarterfinal day at Wimbledon. So on to my picks.

Roger Federer v Marin Cilic
Have I been impressed by Roger Federer this grass season? Not really. Who’s he beaten? And who’s he beaten that is of the quality of a Grand Slam champion like Marin Cilic? No one.

A quick glance Roger’ss results reveals just one Top 10 win on the season, that coming over Tomas Berdych in Australia. And that was before the back issues, the knee issues and the gastro issues. Assuming best case that all those ailments have magically been cleared up (and really, they haven’t), it’s still a tough task when you consider how badly Federer lost to Cilic in their last meeting at the 2014 US Open semifinals.

I’ll let Roger explain that and his recent practice session.

“I practiced with him when I arrived here at Wimbledon,” Federer said. “He was playing great. 1 2, 1 2, 1 2, serving, boom, forehand, serving, boom, backhand. He’s very aggressive. He blew me off the court at the US Open. I know what I’m getting into.

“Everything he touched went in. I don’t know. It was all right, here is a chance, boom. Maybe here is another chance, boom. That’s kind of how it was for three straight sets. I didn’t play poorly in any way. It was just all on his racquet. It was very seldom that I was blown off the court like that.”

Boom. That doesn’t sound good, does it?

But aside from the US Open Federer has owned the Croatian 5-1 and Marin hasn’t been a world-beater much either lately. He, too, had a nice draw and was the beneficiary of a Kei Nishikori rib injury on Monday.

And since that US Open he just hasn’t had any real standout wins. Of course, we know he can get hot and he won’t be intimidated by Roger, but there’s no indication from him that he can cause the upset here.

Federer, however, has looked beatable after that ho-hum first week. Still, I think experience and revenge win the day, and somehow Federer prevails in a nailbiter. It’s Wimbledon after all.
The Pick: Federer in 5

Andy Murray v JW Tsonga
This one is 12-2 for Andy in their series and that’s about all I need to know. To beat Murray you have to be mentally checked in for 3-4 hours right now and I don’t think Tsonga is capable of doing that.

The Frenchman has the game, the tools, the talent and has had his share of big wins, but lately after injury I don’t think he’s seasoned enough right to pull off the upset.

Had Tsonga played a full, injury-free schedule and done well in Paris, I’d given him a better chance here. But he hasn’t and under Ivan Lendl Murray’s going to be that much tougher to crack.

“He’s a really, really good grass court player, very, very dangerous,” Murray assessed of Tsonga. “I played him here a couple of times before. Both matches were hard. They weren’t easy. A few of the sets came down to just a couple of points. I’m aware I’ll have to be playing at my highest level to win.

“In terms of dealing with everything else, I’ve been dealing with it for years. I feel no different this year to any other year when I played here.”

I think the Scot eventually makes Tsonga play too many ball and gets through.
The Pick: Murray in 4

Tomas Berdych v Lucas Pouille
Is anybody picking the kid who had never won a grass match until Wimbledon? That’s Lucas Pouille.

The 22-year-old Pouille doesn’t get the notoriety that the others in his peer group get, but that’s likely to change, especially if he can author the upset.

Berdych has been a consistent player. And by that I mean He consistently beats the lower ranked guys and consistently loses to those above him. That much we know in stone.

And he just beat youngsters Alexander Zverev and today Jiri Vesely. And Pouille just won his first 5-set match on Monday 10-8 in the fifth. So even though Berdych went five himself, I think the big Czech will be in better shape and while Pouille might hit the bigger ball, Berdych, the 2010 finalist, eventually gets the win.
The Pick: Berdych in 4

Milos Raonic v Sam Querrey
This is probably the toughest match of the day. Milos Raonic looked dead to rights Monday down two sets to David Goffin. Sam Querrey looked to same last week down two sets to Lukas Rosol. Both came back, and here we are.

Querrey leads 2-1 winning their first clash at Wimbledon in 2012 in four. I think it’s a similar match with a few breakers only this time the Canadian comes through.

Sam’s played really well, especially in that bizarre win Saturday over Novak Djokovic. Then he took care of business against Nicolas Mahut Monday – no easy task. Sam’s serving well, hitting with authority and playing smart tennis. But I just think Raonic is a better version. And Milos is more honed to playing late in Grand Slam tournaments.

“We pretty much try to do the same thing,” said Raonic of the matchup. “Maybe I try to sort of push the aspect of coming in a bit more than he does. But I think we’re pretty much going to try to play on our own terms. Serve is going to be important. But it’s really going to be about who can throw the other guy off.”

And that’s the key. The serve. It will be a shootout, no doubt, and I like the Canadian.
The Pick: Raonic in 4

Could we get four upsets? Absolutely. I don’t think Federer is 100% so Cilic could very well blow him off the court again. I just don’t think Cilic is at (or ever will be again) his NYC level.

If Tsonga gets hot watch out. Berdych isn’t a sure thing to win, he never is. And when you play tiebreaker tennis anything can happen in Raonic and Querrey.

So with a lot of close matches expected, it should be a fun day of tennis.

ESPN has live coverage starting at 8am ET.

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Tags: Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic, Roger Federer, Sam Querrey, Tomas Berdych
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97 Comments for Roger Federer, Andy Murray On Wimbledon Collision Course? QF Picks And Pans

Tennis Vagabond Says:
Not the most stellar QF line-up. A bit like the French this year: a couple decent matches, a couple ‘What’s he doing here?’. Tsonga replacing Gasquet in the role of coulda-been-great Frenchman. Pouille as a poor man’s Thiem. Berdych in the role of Berdych.

To be fair, Tsonga/ Mandy and Fed/ Cilic could be great matches but they just don’t seem like the marquee match-ups we were expecting. The loss of Novak is really felt. Its just not as exciting when the best player in the world is out. Part of the excitement is wondering if someone CAN take him out. And it already happened. Too early. To someone no one is excited about (except his parents and those samurai fans).

Of course, I’m excited to see Roger and Milos at this stage, but it just overall doesn’t seem to have the electricity GS QF’s often have.

July 5th, 2016 at 9:51 pm

Humble Rafa Says:
Boom..Boom..Blown away tomorrow.

July 5th, 2016 at 9:54 pm

Dan Martin Says:
I’ve got my picks up and a piece on Venus Williams at http://tennisabides.com – I think Federer has his work cut out for him tomorrow.

July 5th, 2016 at 10:15 pm

BBB Says:
“Berdych in the role of Berdych.”

That made me laugh.

July 5th, 2016 at 10:24 pm

Tennis Vagabond Says:
Thanks BBB.

Wow, Dan, watching that interview you posted of Raonic, comparing to the one being discussed on the earlier thread of Kyrgios is just such a night and day contrast in professionalism, maturity and passion and respect for the sport.

My estimation of Milos continues to rise. He’s a sharp dude. Loved his assessment of the Goffin match.

July 5th, 2016 at 10:46 pm

Tennis lover Says:
The foolish expert and fans have no idea what they are into…federer in three straight sets. This time cilic will going to be blown away

July 6th, 2016 at 1:21 am

andrea Says:
cilic indeed was a man possessed when he won the US Open. sometimes players become that untouchable element, if only for a tournament. roger hasn’t played anyone of real threat yet at wimbledon, so this should be a good test. yes, he’s old and wearing down, but he’s still Fed. i’m rooting for him.

July 6th, 2016 at 1:38 am

Margot Says:
Alas for the future of tennis TV, Raonic is not going to bring in young fans or set the tennis world alight, whereas Kyrgios certainly can.
In the article I posted elsewhere Milos is described as “despairingly dull.” Harsh but true.

July 6th, 2016 at 1:41 am

El_matador Says:
With due respect,margot..Nick is not different or interesting,he’s just childish..when he wins a match,he’s like “i was motivated,kept my cool blah blah”..and when he gets beaten,it’s “i don’t like tennis,i played video games b4 the game blah blah”..as if the guy on the other side of net is not relevant..telling opponent who banged his girl is not interesting,it’s act of a school kid…different is Gulbis and some of his controversial(!) comments are hilariously truth and reflect today’s society..

July 6th, 2016 at 2:22 am

J-Kath Says:
Yes,Nick was over-the-top re. what he said to Stan and hopefully he has learned that lesson. Other than that, I find Nick fascinating. I don’t care if he’s childish, mouthy and sulky and loves video games. He has more variety in his little finger than Milos has in his whole body.

Milos is intellectually superior but such a boring player…. even though he is also a dangerous competitor. I think we are fortunate to have such different personalities on the Court.

July 6th, 2016 at 3:59 am

J-Kath Says:
Margot

It looks like everybody in Wales has individually won the lottery, even the wee kids. What joy and emotion. Feel sure they’ll do the business tonight….Good luck in spades.

July 6th, 2016 at 4:02 am

Margot Says:
Kath:
Thank you :) Do not expect a win, they are without two key players. But sooo proud at what they have achieved. In fact BURSTING!
el matador: would be a very dull world if we all agreed. :)

July 6th, 2016 at 4:33 am

madmax Says:
JKath,

I hear you about Nick. I do. And perhaps over time, he will grow on me. I didn’t like the fact that he underestimated Murray yesterday. But I when I think about it, all of the stroppy players of days gone by, Connors, McEnroe, Hewitt, well, they have gone on to be commentators and still in the lime light today.

No doubt that Nick has a great future. That is not what I meant, it is all about attitude and his sucks.

Having said that, yes. Great talent. No question there and would be a waste of a talent if he is let loose at tournaments, not just with his racket, but with his mouth.

Someone, some day is going to tell hiim that you can’t act like that on tour.

He is in his 20s now but only turned professional 3 years ago, so may be I have been a bit harsh. 3 years isn’t long enough for men to grow up. Is it?

July 6th, 2016 at 4:44 am

madmax Says:
As well as this. Let’s face it. He does bring something different to tennis. You are right. Something that we have not seen since McEnroe (though Youzhny has a touch of the tantrums). But I thought that was pure comedy. I don’t think he was mean with it.

Nick is mean with it JKath. Meanness with tantrums. It’s different.

July 6th, 2016 at 4:47 am

madmax Says:
Sean, until Murray played Nick yesterday, his players were not of any note either. And with all the hype, I mean, British hype of Willis – we all know that these players of ‘no note’ tend to have the match of their lives on the day.

You said as much a couple of years ago for Steve Darcis and Dustin Brown, against Nadal
Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013, beating Federer. I always think these players can oull something out of the bag. It is their one shot at the tournament where no one expects anything. They have nothing to lose and before you know it, they have won!

I do not think that Federer will underestimate Cilic at all. Not one bit. He has played him many times.

I do expect Federer to win.

To win in 3 sets.

I don’t know who it was that posted Judy Murray’s face smiling like a cheshire cat yesterday when Novak lost. Expected, but I didn’t feel comfortable watching that.

July 6th, 2016 at 5:00 am

jatin Says:
Hey, madmax. Just in time. I am pretty tensed for this match. I know what cilic could do when on. But this is Wimbledon, i hope fed serve just like the way he did against Johnson. He played really well in that match.

July 6th, 2016 at 7:57 am

jatin Says:
I also saw Murray’s game against Nick, he was ruthless. But i think Tsonga could really trouble him.

July 6th, 2016 at 7:58 am

Daniel Says:
Cilic ball toss is shorter than I remember and he is serving great this Wimby, 76 aces in first 4 rounds compared to 39 in 2012.

Fed had 2 break chances but Cilic served great from there on and he still is booking the ball, a few went out but even so he doesn’t want long rallies at all.

July 6th, 2016 at 8:25 am

Daniel Says:
Fed still not driving his BH as he should, but his serving is great and he is mixing up a lot. Also returning much better.

July 6th, 2016 at 8:27 am

jatin Says:
Super solid serving by fed so far

July 6th, 2016 at 8:40 am

jatin Says:
That was amazing backhand flick by fed

July 6th, 2016 at 8:44 am

J-Kath Says:
Madmax

I hear you too. If Nick strikes you as mean, it can simply be because he’s hurting…like a child…

…like a big sister beating on the smaller sister because Biggy thinks Smally has revealed a secret and keeps on holding the grudge until events overtake……

July 6th, 2016 at 8:45 am

jatin Says:
Tie breaker time

July 6th, 2016 at 8:45 am

jatin Says:
Meanwhile, raonic has won the first set

July 6th, 2016 at 8:46 am

Daniel Says:
Damm Fed, can’t find a decent serve in breaker.

July 6th, 2016 at 8:47 am

jatin Says:
Comon

July 6th, 2016 at 8:48 am

jatin Says:
Cilic is serving lights out. Still hopeful. Comon fed….

July 6th, 2016 at 8:52 am

Daniel Says:
Merit for Cilic, impose and attacked second serve return and it payed off. Fitst set for him.

Fed will start serving first second and at least he didn’t face BP whereas Cilic faced 2. Maybe Cilic has a small blip after holding together bit his first serve is impressive, 94% points won. I sense a few more tiebreaks still.

July 6th, 2016 at 8:53 am

jatin Says:
Atleast he is serving first this time.

July 6th, 2016 at 8:54 am

jatin Says:
Right daniel.
He just have to create some chances now. He hasn’t been broken yet.

July 6th, 2016 at 8:56 am

FedExpress Says:
fed missed a trick by not convertin the BPs. the first of the two was doable. was in a rally but sliced it back to cilic for a volley winner.

cilic having one of those days he has twice a year

July 6th, 2016 at 8:57 am

FedExpress Says:
and feds baseline game not up to the mark

July 6th, 2016 at 8:58 am

FedExpress Says:
most of the times he wins the first vs nole and nadal but has a blip in the 2nd to fold like a house of cards

July 6th, 2016 at 8:59 am

FedExpress Says:
danger 0-30
good bh from fed 15-30
Bp cilic

July 6th, 2016 at 9:01 am

FedExpress Says:
break cilic

this could be over quickly mates

July 6th, 2016 at 9:02 am

BBB Says:
Cilic is just killing the ball.

July 6th, 2016 at 9:02 am

jatin Says:
Fed is grunting :(

July 6th, 2016 at 9:02 am

Daniel Says:
Cilci eating Fed’s second serve and is adding extra pressure in his first. Fed is a hreat reader and he knows it.

Cilic will have to have a let down at some point for Fed to have a chance.

July 6th, 2016 at 9:04 am

FedExpress Says:
0-30

fed has to break here. if he doesnt chance gone

July 6th, 2016 at 9:04 am

jatin Says:
2 double faults.. Comon fed … break him

July 6th, 2016 at 9:04 am

FedExpress Says:
30-30 in no time

July 6th, 2016 at 9:05 am

jatin Says:
No chance. 30-30

July 6th, 2016 at 9:05 am

FedExpress Says:
BP fed

there was a time fed ate big servers and power hitters for fun

July 6th, 2016 at 9:06 am

jatin Says:
Comon fed

July 6th, 2016 at 9:06 am

FedExpress Says:
oh man. got a 2nd serve and netted it.

2012 olympics final deja vu

July 6th, 2016 at 9:07 am

jatin Says:
chance wasted

July 6th, 2016 at 9:07 am

FedExpress Says:
chance gone. cant see him winning this after having the chance. cilic is in his head

July 6th, 2016 at 9:08 am

squirrel Says:
This is not looking good for Fed..

July 6th, 2016 at 9:08 am

FedExpress Says:
now cilic will swing freely to scure a 2nd break. no pressure

July 6th, 2016 at 9:08 am

Daniel Says:
Cilic makes 2 UE in a row, BP And Fed net 2 second serves returns, make him play.

July 6th, 2016 at 9:09 am

jatin Says:
Cilic is outhitting him right now

July 6th, 2016 at 9:09 am

Humble Rafa Says:
cilic is in his head

Be careful what you say. I am in his head more than anybody else. Lifetime lease.

July 6th, 2016 at 9:09 am

No such thing as a life time lease Humble Rafa.

Fed has 9 lives though.

I hope.


madmax Says:

Whoaaa

what happened there?

Match on.

Come on Fed!


skeezer Says:

Allright Maestro…now you better play better next set. Mix it up!


jatin Says:

Wow fed…… Loved it man


Daniel Says:

BH DTL winner to close third. 1 gone, two more to go.

He will need an ealry break as soon as possible, before Cilic has any time to regroup.

Guess those “C’mons” worked out and Cilic respected Fed’s too much.


madmax Says:

Come on!

Come on!

Come on!


madmax Says:

Mix it up!

Add the variety!

Now close it out! Need some creativity and flair. Doesn’t always have to be bombs that win the match.


FedExpress Says:

the problem in this set cilic is serving first and if the situation arises fed has to serve to stay in the match

cilic making some mistakes but still


jatin Says:

He needs to keep holding


Colin Says:

Even if Fed does manage to win this match, he’ll have used a lot more energy and effort than he’d have wanted.


jatin Says:

madmax… Slice dice and some luck somehow


FedExpress Says:

@colin

physically not but mentally a lot

but long way to go
still adv cilic


FedExpress Says:

this cilic serve. ohhhh


FedExpress Says:

and feds return. ohhhhhhhhhhh


Daniel Says:

Query broke Raonic, serving for third set 6-5, similar to Fed.


jatin Says:

Colin
I hope your words comes true somehow and fed somehow wins.


FedExpress Says:

if cilic breaks first he wins. that i am sure.


Daniel Says:

This set will be tense with Fed serving behind, if he doesn’t broke, from 3-4 down will be drama. He needs to keep holding and mixing serve up. Also the longer the match Cilic also get tired and can lose power on serve, but the same goes for Fed.


FedExpress Says:

15-30

fed having more problems oin his service games


Daniel Says:

Damm, 15-40 Let’s see f Fed has another life


FedExpress Says:

game over


Daniel Says:

2 second serves and Cilic couldn’t return, this could mess Cilic, opportunities lost


FedExpress Says:

where are the 1st serves


Daniel Says:

Fed’s first serve deserted him this game.


Daniel Says:

Last time Cilic had multiple break chances missed Fed broke right after;-)


jatin Says:

Keep on surviving fed


FedExpress Says:

but fed living dangerously


FedExpress Says:

that BH

come on fed


Daniel Says:

Love this running passing shots


jatin Says:

Bachkhand running down the line.. WHoa fed


FedExpress Says:

15-30
i smell something


madmax Says:

Fed Express.

Not yet. So enough of the negativity. It never helps in situations like these.
Just appreciate the possibilities.

From the possibilities come the realities.

Make it happen Federer!

Third Set now and he needs to focus. 8 Lives left. Could just do it!

But Colin,
Colin Says:
Even if Fed does manage to win this match, he’ll have used a lot more energy and effort than he’d have wanted.

July 6th, 2016 at 10:01 am

Doesn’t help. Trying to stay in the present. At least he can rest. If not, well, as you say. Perhaps.


FedExpress Says:

15-40

2 BPs


Daniel Says:

Wow, BH DTL perfect! 15-40, c’mon Fed.


jatin Says:

Another backhand down the line… wo wow wow


FedExpress Says:

1 BP gone due to an ace

come fed break him


Daniel Says:

2 aces, pf


FedExpress Says:

2nd ace

shiiit


Daniel Says:

3 kkk


FedExpress Says:

3rd ace so annyoing after those BHs


madmax Says:

Those serves!

Insane!

What can you do?


FedExpress Says:

so annyoing


Daniel Says:

Basically 4. Damm Cilic, can you just return to being Cilic pre USO 2014?!


jatin Says:

Boom boom boom boom…


madmax Says:

Cilic must be feeling so confident right now. So confident.

But you never know. You just never know.


Daniel Says:

Query takes third set, this is good, if Fed is to win that match has to go the distance as well, at least for both winner to not enter super sharp in semis.

Now Fed gas to hold his own, no more BP’s


madmax Says:

Great placement Fed. Great placement.


madmax Says:

If he can just get them right into the corner.

no movement from Cilic.


FedExpress Says:

if fed somehow wins this set he has to make sure that he serves first in the 5th


jatin Says:

Hold man hold..


madmax Says:

He has got to break him. Break him Fed. Break him. Come on!

I have a friend of mine who is raking their garden right now. Can’t watch!


FedExpress Says:

these serves


madmax Says:

Don’t give up. Never give up.


madmax Says:

Just can’t get on the serve. It’s an incredible serve.


FedExpress Says:

no every break of serve will be deadly


jatin Says:

Just 3 more holds and then hard his hardest in tie breaker. Cilic is virtually unbreakable


FedExpress Says:

come on fed


FedExpress Says:

feds nerve will be tested. hasnt had this situation for a while


FedExpress Says:

good half volley from cilic


FedExpress Says:

cilic cant miss with this 1-2 punch combo


Daniel Says:

FedEx, only way for Fed to start serving forts fifth now is if he wins in a tiebreak.


FedExpress Says:

5-4 cilic

moment of truth. cilic can swing freely now


Daniel Says:

Cilic 1 game away from victory. Fed serving to stay alive. Next minutes will be tense, hope he serves like 3-4.


jatin Says:

Serving to stay in the match


jatin Says:

Please hold fed :(


FedExpress Says:

0-15 shiit


Daniel Says:

WTF, he made twice the same return. Serve it out Roger.


Daniel Says:

30-30, 2 points.


FedExpress Says:

oh man 30-30


Daniel Says:

Federer holding back 2 FH and Cilic attack. Have to brave.

Time to serve an ace, MP


Daniel Says:

Thank you Cilic, second serve return out


FedExpress Says:

saved. my heart


FedExpress Says:

this has to break cilics resilence


Daniel Says:

Yeah,!! Time to feel the pressure Cilic, give some of those DF


jatin Says:

1 match point survive… Keep on surviving


Daniel Says:

Sorry but no… ;-)


FedExpress Says:

lucky return drop shot from fed
but i will take it


madmax Says:

jatin Says:
madmax… Slice dice and some luck somehow

July 6th, 2016 at 10:02 am

My heart Jatin.


FedExpress Says:

ohhh, these nettings


madmax Says:

7 lives. 6 lives. 5 lives. 4 lives.


FedExpress Says:

15-30

this


Daniel Says:

What a piint construction to a FH DTL winner. This s a cliffhanger, at least for us Fed fans


FedExpress Says:

30-30

ohhhhhh

come on two good returns


FedExpress Says:

ohhhhhhhhhhhhh


madmax Says:

3 lives.


madmax Says:

Come on!


FedExpress Says:

i have no interest in a tie breaker

too much lottery and with that serve of cilic.


Daniel Says:

Fed is playing slices the way Cilic likes, he was missing more top spin shots.

Cilic already secure tiebreak, Fed has to serve to go to breaker, win that one and start serving fifth set.


Daniel Says:

Again starting with a 0-15, my nerves


FedExpress Says:

15-30 feels like benneteu match


Daniel Says:

Ace down 15-30. Fed is fighting.


Daniel Says:

Another MP!!

Feel this is t. Ace FEDDDD


FedExpress Says:

MP again


Daniel Says:

And he did it, wow!


Daniel Says:

Tiebreak it is, c’mob Fed. force a fifth.


jatin Says:

Survive.. Another match point…


madmax Says:

Whatever happens,

Fed Express you HAVE to stay. Don’t desert the Fed now. Stick together come rain or shine.

2 lives.


madmax Says:

Come on!

Fight! Fight! Fight! I’m dying.


Daniel Says:

Second serve ace, nice!


Daniel Says:

Ealry minibreak Cilic again, when Fed should be putting pressure. Second serve Cilic.


madmax Says:

Come on!

Come on!

Come on!

This is the Fighting Fed. Has to Fight. Willing this to be enough to win the tie breaker. Oh those serves.


Daniel Says:

Yes, 2-2, get the lead Fed


madmax Says:

No one can say this is not a thriller!


Daniel Says:

4-3 Fed, now get 1 mini break and serve out the breaker


jatin Says:

Its tough to type.. My fingures are not with me anymore


Daniel Says:

Raonic breaks and wins in four


Daniel Says:

YEEEEESSSSSS, return was in, 3-5.


Daniel Says:

2 serves Fed, just 2. Focus, you can do it.


Daniel Says:

Thanks Cilic for second serve FH return long, 2 set points Fed


Daniel Says:

Can’t believe he did this, bad position. still set point and Cilic is not serving greta this breaker


madmax Says:

Come on!

Come on!

Come on!

Fed Express! You had better stay around!

Stay around. Please!

Force in numbers.


Daniel Says:

OH Fed, what a missed chance. 6-6,


FedExpress Says:

oh man i am dying


Daniel Says:

MP and now the moment changes to Cilic. Sheeat


FedExpress Says:

had the chance to force the 5th

wth is happening


madmax Says:

1 life left.

Come on!


madmax Says:

Am dying. On tenter hooks.

What a thriller. A thriller.


madmax Says:

Hang on in there. Hang on.

Come on!


Daniel Says:

Set point and serve, now or never.


Daniel Says:

Fed will lose this breaker now.


BBB Says:

I don’t know how you Fed fans are hanging in there. This is crazy.


jatin Says:

No words


Daniel Says:

Fed houdini with s squash FH that got Cilic in disbelief and missed.

5th set point, oh my…


FedExpress Says:

i will quit watching tennis this is just too much


Daniel Says:

What a relief, I have a headache just for this set.

Fed serving first and hope somehow it all affect Cilic, because don’t know how long Fed can be saving BP’s.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

AMAZING


BBB Says:

If Federer pulls this out, it’s very good for him. He needed a test.


FedExpress Says:

what a tiebreak. what a tiebreak.

i died zillions of lifes

and feds serve is vulberable. he had to save so many BPs/MPs


Daniel Says:

3 MP saved in 3 different situations, down 4-5, down 5-6 and in tiebreak after having set points himself, this reminds me of 2008, hope the outcome is different now.


Humble Rafa Says:

i will quit watching tennis this is just too much

It looks like Mirka lost 50 lbs during this set.

Anyway, time to do the deed and lose serve early in the 5th set. The Arrogant One’s fifth set record is dismal at best.


Purcell Says:

Can’t bear to watch action on court so concentrating on Mirka’s dress which is rather lovely.


Okiegal Says:

One observation from Okie……Fed’s knees are fine!! Wowzer………C’Mon Roger….5 is what we all wanted and here we go!


jatin Says:

Its insane stuff


FedExpress Says:

fed is living by his serve


madmax Says:

Fed Express! You stay on this bloody tennis site mate. You don’t go anywhere! Just friggin’ believe and see what you can do ad where it can take you.


jatin Says:

Fed is surviving by a whishker… Hope this pays off


madmax Says:

I think that Mirka is going to give birth!


jatin Says:

purchell
Thanks for some comic relief mate.. This is so hard to bear


jatin Says:

Double fault and then boom


FedExpress Says:

ohhh

bad call and first serve


madmax Says:

FedExpress Says:
fed is living by his serve

July 6th, 2016 at 10:57 am

Don’t know how Fed Express, but he heard you and said, ‘No way!’.

I’m in this for the match!

Let’s hope that he can make it happen. It’s all in the mind now. What can the mind do and is Fed going to overcome this with an incredible self-belief.

1 life left.

A MIGHTY, COME ON YOU BEAUTY!


FedExpress Says:

that call changed something. i dont know what.


jatin Says:

Hold fed….


jatin Says:

Fed express

Believe mate… Just beleive


FedExpress Says:

hahahaha

fed said “jawohl” that the line judge got it right that time


FedExpress Says:

best possible way to win the match is by breaking cilic when he is serving to stay in it.


Danica Says:

Haha Madmax!!! Not another set of twins ;)
Is it me or Mirka lost some weight?

As for match, unbelievably even. This is one of those matches where the smallest mistake or a second of good luck can make all the difference.

Btw, well done Milos!!!


FedExpress Says:

cilics shoulder has to feel tired at some point. mentally he has to be dead after so many chances.


FedExpress Says:

cilic still serving bombs


jatin Says:

Its so hard break cilic and there is no tiebreaker :(


FedExpress Says:

rememeber the delpo fed olympics match

i died that day


FedExpress Says:

no double faults so far for fed


jatin Says:

can he break

Comon


FedExpress Says:

woooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww


Purcell Says:

Never mind Mirka, I think I’m going to give birth.


FedExpress Says:

BP Fed

please take it


FedExpress Says:

ohhhh

it was his poiint and netted it


FedExpress Says:

hope fed holds his serve after this and doesnt implode


madmax Says:

Humble Rafa Says:
i will quit watching tennis this is just too much

It looks like Mirka lost 50 lbs during this set.

Anyway, time to do the deed and lose serve early in the 5th set. The Arrogant One’s fifth set record is dismal at best.

July 6th, 2016 at 10:56 am

Get Lost Humble Rafa.


Josh Says:

come on Cilic…you got this!


El_matador Says:

If fed can reach at least second week of the slams regularly and can produce these kind of matches,he should continue playing even if he’s 40..he’s won enough..it doesn’t have to be about winning always..i’ll never forget this match whether he wins or not…


Daniel Says:

30-30, after having BP< hold Fed.


madmax Says:

Danika,

Yes, she looks as if she has lost some weight, but probably only since this match began!

FedExpress. Stay the ‘new you!’.


FedExpress Says:

30-30

a break for cilic would be so anti climatic


madmax Says:

Come on Roger!

Let’s go and grab this fifth set.

Enough of the tension. It’s killing me!


FedExpress Says:

come on fed break him


Daniel Says:

4-3, from now on pressure on both sides, but more so on Cilic, any break and he can’t recover.


madmax Says:

What a thriller!.

Oh What a thriller!


jatin Says:

Another try


FedExpress Says:

think i found the stress reason for my balding: federer


Daniel Says:

Yes, this is different from other 5 sets where one player dominates some sets, this is tense from the get go.


madmax Says:

Break him Roger.

Come Roger. Break him. Killer instinct. You can do it.

Yes, you can. Come on.

Pressure building.


Daniel Says:

Fed should come to net after that deep FH


FedExpress Says:

offf. take off that net


FedExpress Says:

the last thing i want to see is cilic serving for the match and saving match points


Daniel Says:

30-30 again on Cilic serve.


FedExpress Says:

30-30

another chance


RZ Says:

I’m trying to watch an ESPN feed while listening to Wimbledon radio as I don’t like listening to Johnny Mac. Unfortunately the radio is about a minute ahead of my feed. First world problems…


FedExpress Says:

come on

BP chance. take it


Daniel Says:

Yes, show of passing shots this game.

Important poiint now, BP for Fed


FedExpress Says:

saved again


Daniel Says:

Spectacular FH cross court, wow, on the run


BBB Says:

Cilic has reverted to pushing.


Daniel Says:

Yes, Fed will serve for the match!!!

C’mon.


FedExpress Says:

2nd serve come on

come on


madmax Says:

El_matador Says:
If fed can reach at least second week of the slams regularly and can produce these kind of matches,he should continue playing even if he’s 40..he’s won enough..it doesn’t have to be about winning always..i’ll never forget this match whether he wins or not…

July 6th, 2016 at 11:16 am

Same El Matador. Same.

Wonder if Rafa is watching this?

Almost unbearable watching. Almost.


jatin Says:

breat himmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
mmmmmmmmmmm


FedExpress Says:

plz no twists


jalep Says:

El_matador Says:
If fed can reach at least second week of the slams regularly and can produce these kind of matches,he should continue playing even if he’s 40..he’s won enough..it doesn’t have to be about winning always..i’ll never forget this match whether he wins or not…

July 6th, 2016 at 11:16 am

100% agree.

Andy Murray and Jo Tsonga watching/enjoying this, you think?


FedExpress Says:

15-15 plz fed serve it out


jatin Says:

nerves


FedExpress Says:

30-15

come on fed


FedExpress Says:

40-15

stunning


FedExpress Says:

madmax and jatin and daniel, i want to hug u all three now


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a match, what a joy, remarkable Roger!

Last 4 Salms he played: RU, RU, Semis and now at least semis. Not bad at all for a 34 guy. Only ones doing better is Djoko and Murray.

Sean was right, Fed in 5 and Raonic in 4, spot on.

Now come on Fe and make the finals, if Querrey can win sets off Raonic so can you, and Raonic tends to feel the pressure versus top dogs in Slams.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

CHAMPION’S HEART!!

Like seeing Edberg in Fed’s box! Please don’t misinterpret that.


squirrel Says:

I love the wiggling finger!!


Okiegal Says:

No Novak, no Rafa……….what more could a guy ask for???? Looking good for #18! The old boy just played 5 sets too….


RZ Says:

I had picked Fed for the semis based on his draw but didn’t think he could win this tournament based on all of his time off this year. But I think he definitely could win this. (I’m still cheering for Andy though!)


Daniel Says:

Same back at you FEdEx. Now I believe, #18 can happen. One step of a time, this was just 3 h match and against Raonic will be less rallies and Raonic is not this agressive on return like Cilic.


Daniel Says:

Amazing how many times he survived, saved that 0-40 game in third set, those MP before tiebreak and losing the lead in tiebreak, awesome.

This fifth set he took full control and as never tested to deuce.


Daniel Says:

He has to build on this last set against Raonic.


courbon Says:

Somwhere in USA, there is a lots of happy cats.Their owner giving them a special treat-roast chicken, pate…happy owner, happy cats.


Daniel Says:

OH, and at least back at top 8 on ATP race points for the year.


jalep Says:

That was a good match. Definitely thought Cilic would
outlast Federer, tho, if it went to 5. Thought Sean wasn nutz.


courbon Says:

Sorry Skeezer, I could not resist! (-:

Congarts to Fed fans, great match-great win.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

So much for the ‘old man can’t win 5-setters anymore’ theory


madmax Says:

FedExpress Says:
madmax and jatin and daniel, i want to hug u all three now

July 6th, 2016 at 11:27 am

Fed Express, you absolutely can – but only IF you promise, the next match, none of the, ‘That’s it!. It’s done. I never, ever, NOT ONCE, believed that he couldn’t do this.

I am so thrilled and so thrilled that the Fed fans held tight.

Fed Express.

I will be your personal mindset coach. Or at least, can I interview for the job?

Tennis Vagabond Says:
CHAMPION’S HEART!!

Like seeing Edberg in Fed’s box! Please don’t misinterpret that.

July 6th, 2016 at 11:28 am

TV. Incredible match. Oh My God.

Federer.

Federer.

Federer.

I am shaking with relief. I cannot tell you. In my nerves, I dropped my phone. Now I think it has broken.

New phone but wow. It was worth it!

Have tears in my eyes (not because of my phone either!).

So proud of The Fed. So very, very proud!


jalep Says:

Mirka looks wonderful.


madmax Says:

“Without a doubt, we are watching one of the greatest – not just tennis players – but sportsmen of all time.

Never, ever doubt The Fed,” writes Jon McEnerney. You’re not kidding, John.

“You’re a genius, Roger!” cries a spectator as Federer conjures another wonderful backhand pass down the line at 0-30.

Marin Cilic. Thank you. Thank you for the best match of the tournament so far and for really testing Federer.

Can’t imagine how he must be feeling right now. Part of history. Part of History. Wow. Incredible day.

Need to go and relax now.

See you all later Fed Fans.


madmax Says:

Tennis Vagabond Says:
So much for the ‘old man can’t win 5-setters anymore’ theory

July 6th, 2016 at 11:34 am

Ah, TV, there will something else that CDP or Wogboy or one of the other guys will come up with soon.

Just you wait. :-)

Nothing can spoil this moment.

Brilliance. Pure brilliance.


Willow Says:

Amazing match, with out doubt the best match ive seen on the mens side, two sets up i thought Cilic was going to take this, but what a come back from Federer ….

And off topic, Mirka looked fantastic, and the dress was gorgeous, i want that dress ! ….


FedExpress Says:

i hope and pray he hasnt a let down like hé had after the monfils match vs cilic.


Purcell Says:

Didn’t give birth but cried tears of joy.


FedExpress Says:

that finger wagging at the end. love. think i saw that some years back


Okiegal Says:

Roger over Milos……. In the mean time….c’mon Andy!!!


RZ Says:

Based on comments by Purcell and Willow, I feel like I really missed out by not seeing Mirka’s dress. :-)


RZ Says:

@Daniel – I read on Twitter that one of the big winners of the match is the WTF organizers, as a trip to the semis greatly helps Fed in his eligibility race.


jatin Says:

Sorry couldn’t join you guys after the match. It was too much for me. It was unbelievable my fed.
Such effort, such dedication, such hard work. He survived till the end and played like a champion in the last set. It was one heck of a heroic effort.
He is in the semis guys. He does it again. He does it again :)
Congrts my fellow fed fans madmax, skeezer, fed express, purshll, Daniel and everyone else.

BEL18VE….

Take a bow fed and rest. Such a fighter


jatin Says:

Willow
It was a great dress indeed ;)


Van Persie Says:

Hehe. Great match. Whoever will be the champion, will have to buy dinner to Cilic :)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Mira looked hot.

What a match!

Federer won by pure willpower: making impossible returns all through the 4th and 5th sets, nervy serving, and a few clever tactics.

Cilic now 52-1 when leading by 2 sets.


Van Persie Says:

Nobody said anything about Berdych here. He could also have a chance


RZ Says:

@Van Persie – it was going so well. Why bring him up now? :-)


Van Persie Says:

Because I watched him playing, nothing more, RZ ;)


Van Persie Says:

But I still think Andy is the favorite here, we’ll see.


Van Persie Says:

Am not a Berdych fan, but I always thought, it would be nice if Tomas and Ferrer won a slam


jalep Says:

RZ are you by any chance watching Andy?


BBB Says:

This Murray/Tsonga tiebreaks is one of the best I’ve seen.


Willow Says:

Berdych beat Federer and Djokovic B2B in 2010, and has beaten Federer at the USO, one thing for sure he relishes playing Federer, and is not intimidated by him, and hes played very well this W ….


jalep Says:

It’s intense! 12-10 Andy finally wins 1st set tb….
A long, long set of tennis.


RZ Says:

@Jalep – listening to Wimbledon radio. Please don’t tell Margot or she will tell me that I have to stop that too!


Willow Says:

Looked like Berdych out played Pouille, also doing the finger wag lol ….


Daniel Says:

Murray finally closimg breaker after 1 h and 15 min. Think now he is set for a straight set victory as Berdych. Tsonga won’t last another long match.

Berdych is dangerous on grass.


jalep Says:

Well, I was wondering, RZ, while getting a bit anxious about Andy 😉😦


Willow Says:

I Would love to see Andy win this title again, but if he doesnt it would be great to see someone new winning the title, Novak going out really opened up the draw ….


Willow Says:

JWTs girlfriend is beautiful, tennis players seem to all have beautiful girlfriends or wives ….


Tennis lover Says:

So another demon has fallen while trying to out trick an archangel.


RZ Says:

@Jalep – I think Murray’s quick wins the first 4 rounds made us forget that he doesn’t often win as easily as he should. This is just the norm that we hadn’t seen last week.


Van Persie Says:

C’est fini pour Jo


Van Persie Says:

Andy needs a 3 setter, otherwise Tomas can be tricky


jalep Says:

Oui, Van Persie.

RZ – yeah. He’s been blowing through the early rounds.
Looks like he will get this done in 3. :)

Berdych did look good but he had Lucas Pouille!


funches Says:

Nice assessments, Sean.

Not just in the predictions but in the analysis behind the predictions. They were spot on.


Margot Says:

JW collapsed in the 2nd set. Remind you of anyone…..;)


jalep Says:

Ding Ding, Margot.👍


Van Persie Says:

Not particularly, Margot :)


Van Persie Says:

Perhaps of Andy in a few occasions ;) Just kidding


Van Persie Says:

Todays Andy would beat todays Federer, my opinion


FedExpress Says:

4-1 tsonga in the 3rd. should have won the first.

is murray even so in private. grimacing and screaming everytime and doing monologues?!?!?


Van Persie Says:

Well, FedExpress, Andy is not an archangel


FedExpress Says:

can murray stop to moan and appreciate the others brilliance


Van Persie Says:

Whose? Jo’s brillance you mean?


Humble Rafa Says:

is murray even so in private. grimacing and screaming everytime and doing monologues?!?!?

What monolgue? He is two persons with their own personalities. Sometimes they talk to each other.


FedExpress Says:

normally tsonga games is more made for grass than murrays style


FedExpress Says:

SP tsonga
think fed would have had a chance today vs murray van persie


Daniel Says:

Damm, this match lifted my day up, did not went to work in the morning and now I am producing a lot and everything is coming together, law of attraction!
One of those days everyhting works fine. 😜


FedExpress Says:

moment of truth for tsonga


Van Persie Says:

Do not know, Fedexpress. Perhaps we’ll see on Sunday.


FedExpress Says:

wow murray can sprint


FedExpress Says:

murrays self screaming is funny
how does kim deal with this kind of personality


FedExpress Says:

3rd set tsonga


Van Persie Says:

Come on Andy, take the 4′th!


skeezer Says:

Wow wow wow.

MAESTRO! By far the best match of the Y E A R.
Thanks Fed for the very best in Tennis entertainment.
You got your movement going(finally) and got into this match. How many MP’s on both sides? Amazing stuff and Cilic was for sure in the zone.
Thanks Wimpy for the great Tennis!


Daniel Says:

Murray held and force Tsonga to serve. But is already deuce on his serve. Can Tsonga get another ressurgance?


Van Persie Says:

Andy will break now


jalep Says:

Andy breaks 4-2


Van Persie Says:

Jo broke back


jalep Says:

Andy in trouble on serve but saved 3 bps to deuce, only
for Tsonga to get another bp and Jo breaks back!


Daniel Says:

Murray broke and was broken right back, this could be another topsy turvy match.


Markus Says:

Turned on the TV, and found Murray ahead by 2 sets to love. Then quickly lost the third. He seems to lose when I watch, so, I’ll keep watching. Hehehe!


jalep Says:

What a battle! Who will win this game???


skeezer Says:

Markus,
Hope you recorded the Cilic/Fed match.


jalep Says:

Jo holds at 4-4. Long game…


Daniel Says:

A lot of break points gone for Murray who could finish the match for him.


Van Persie Says:

And Jo broke for 5-4…


FedExpress Says:

tsonga serving for the 4th

here u go, ur fav for wimbledon cant hold break adv

tsonga is so lovely to watch


jalep Says:

Murray serving. 15-15. 30-15. Come on, Andy.
What a shot from Jo. CC BH passing one. 30-30
Good serve, Andy 40-30. OH SNAP dropper fail, Andy.
Deuce. Forehand into the corner whipped winner, Tsonga.
And Jo breaks! It’s 5-4 Tsonga serving for 4th set.


Markus Says:

skeezer, I watched The Greatest’s match against Cilic late in the 3rd set. I was happy. He didn’t make stupid shots like Murray is doing currently against Tsonga.I used to like him but all he eoes now is annoy me like hell with games like this. He will lose this match, deservedly.


jatin Says:

Well, I am enjoying this murray vs Tsonga match a lot.
Tsonga on fire. Going to be another 5 set nail bitter :)


jalep Says:

Jo Tsonga is beautiful to watch, Fedexpress
He’s bringing his best, I’ll say, this set.


Daniel Says:

Tsonga serving for 4th set and to force a fifth.


FedExpress Says:

i expetected after the first set (most of you here too) that tsonga will fade away. he did for one set and then turned on


Daniel Says:

Have Andy ever lost from 2-0 in a Slam before?!


jalep Says:

Yep, Jo Tsonga with his Swagger on. wins 4th set 6-4.

Come on Andy!


jatin Says:

Andy look frustrated.
Can he regroup ?


Daniel Says:

That 3-4 game Tsonga hold changed everything, similar to Fed’s 0-40 3-3 third set.

At least Murray start serving first fifth set but Tsonga last two matches, apart from the Gasquet one who doesn’t count went five sets. And he could have another 0-2 down. He likes those in Wimbledon (2011 nightmare).


RZ Says:

I like Tsonga but he is trying my nerves right now…


jalep Says:

I underestimated Tsonga, FedExpress.


Markus Says:

Murray playing like a panicky clown. This will be an easy 5th set for Tsonga.


jalep Says:

Andy saves a bp and hops up and down shouting “Let’s Go!”
But Tsonga is lit up — hits a crazy running forehand.
Andy fights back with an ace. And holds serve – a clutch volley.

The level of tennis is insanely good.


jalep Says:

Holy Smokes. Tsonga can pound the ball.
But the returning from Andy! BP Andy…

Got it! Now Hold. Andy. Dang it.


jatin Says:

@Daniel
I still remember that match clearly. Fed was playing sublime tennis for 2 sets and all of sudden something happened to Tsonga and he started serving aces and winners after winners for 3 straight sets. He was on what I call the GOD mode. Fed didn’t do anything wrong there, he finished the match with like 67 winners and only 11 unforced errors but still end up losing.

Meanwhile, andy breaks


Markus Says:

Watch Andy give his break advantage back.


RZ Says:

@Daniel and Jatin – I remember that match too. Smooth sailing for Fed until Tsonga got on fire and zoned the rest of the match.


Van Persie Says:

Yay, well done Andy!


jalep Says:

3-0 Markus!


Daniel Says:

Now id Murray doesn’t hold this lead he will go crazy, 3 more holds or another insurance break just in case.


Daniel Says:

Yeah, also he broke Fed the three times at the start of each set, was bizarre. I could not believe. It was the first time Fed lost agtee 2-0 in more than 190 matches I think. It was the turning point to the beggining of third phase in his career.


FedExpress Says:

oh tsonga

that BP chance in the first game. and after that double break down.


FedExpress Says:

but the first set cost tsonga the match really.


jalep Says:

Daniel, if Murray wins Wimbledon, you’ll win the
Bracket Challenge 😜 Federer wins Wimbledon and
Kimberly wins. hehehe

I’m down on the bottom.

Bracket update


Markus Says:

I’m still watching. Murray is not safe. Waiting for himto crumble just to send his fans into crazy panic.


FedExpress Says:

reminds me of djokovic wawrinka last year.

wawrinka won 4th set. had BP chances in the first game of the 5th set, couldnt convert and lost the set 0-6 i think


Willow Says:

Jalep what about me ? …. ;-)) ….


jalep Says:

It’s safe to come out of hiding Andy fans.


FedExpress Says:

with this performance murray isnt the overhelming favourite


James Says:

Seems like Andy will finally win this one, though would have spent a lot of energy on this match. Seems like none of the semi finalists will be totally fresh – Fed had a 5-setter today, Andy too (and a longer, harder one), Berdych had that LONG match against Vesely, Raonic came back from 2 down against Goffin.

Raonic is the youngest of the lot, but also the heaviest. Its going to be an interesting friday.


FedExpress Says:

who will be playing first on friday? fed raonic?


jalep Says:

Oh Willow – your bracket will be up near the top if Andy wins.😉
But Kimberly has the odd Federer bracket. And she’s leading by quite
a ways right now.


Daniel Says:

No way Murray loses now and actually this could give him confidence that he can overcome some blips.

My bracquet is still alive as I had Mureay winning the while thing. But will still cheer Fed all the way. Maybe he will still have 2 great matches left in him. Against Rainic he doesn’t even need to have an spetacular match as it’s a different ball game, but if in finals he can produce the same tennis and serving day he had agaisnt Murray last year that will be something.

Any of the 4 winning I am Ok with, even Berdych overcoming a chocker in finals stigma. He always had the power game to be a Slam winner (like Cilic).


FedExpress Says:

berdych has a good records vs murray


Van Persie Says:

Well done, Andy


Markus Says:

Oh, heck! Andy won right before my eyes.


RZ Says:

Thanks goodness! Breathing a sigh of relief now…
I think the tougher match today will be helpful for Murray in the next round as he had it much too easy in his first 4 matches.


James Says:

wow, after the long 4th game, this was a quick 5th set by Murray. He should make it to the final, because his opponent is, well, Berdych, so we know that Berdych will be Berdych and choke.

The toss up is Federer Raonic. If Federer has legs left, he should beat Raonic – Raonic doesn’t move as well as Cilic, nor has as good a backhand – his serve is lethal though, and net game has really picked up. But he’s got to be tired too, after 5 sets with Goffin and 4 with Querrey – can’t be fresh either. But he’s young…..


jalep Says:

Reckoned you wouldn’t mind losing to Kimberly in
the Bracket Challenge, Daniel. 😉
It’s going to be tough to make the final for
Federer, imo.

2 great QF’s today.

Yay Andy!


Daniel Says:

jatin,

This will be a time I’ll be gladdly happy to be wrong and lose. Let Kimberly have the trophy😜

But would be really happy for Murray to win amother Wimby, he is too could a grass palyer to have only one. Also after 2 Slam losses this year will be too much, so don’t want a Fedurray final. Hope one winnand the other and lose and the winner go on to win the title and keep Big 4 hold on Wimbledon one more year.


jalep Says:

Raonic v Federer
Murray v Berdych


Willow Says:

Thanks for the up date Jalep, and what great tennis we witnessed today, YAY Andy ….


Daniel Says:

Not jatin, jalep, sorry😱


jatin Says:

Daniel
To be totally honest, I would love to seea fed vs berdych final with fed coming off as a winner ofcourse :)
Even I would not like to see andy losing another final.
Lets see how things unfold.

@ Willow
I agree, loved the matches. See you on Friday.


jatin Says:

Daniel
Nah, its fine ;)


Daniel Says:

Yeah, also Raonic hasn’t yet reachba Slam final and Fed is a perfect 10-0 in Wimbybsemis where he produce one of the best performances of his career. Rapnic showed that he can fee the pressure and I just think Fed’s varaation will work. If Fed wins first ser or first set tiebreak than I thibk will be easiee than we expect. If Raonic is able to win firat set or firat set tiebreaker than it will be tense.

I can see Raonic lising in straights as he’a done before when he hyped him too much bit I can’t see Fed beingg blown off court like only a Cilic could do (USO 14′). So, think Fed is favorite in that one. Raonic won’t be able to pressure Fed’s serve the way Cilic did today and that wilgive Fed more room to breathe.


jalep Says:

I knew you meant me, Daniel.
Never have a problem reading your
posts or knowing what/who you mean.

Yes, nice surprise. Willow.
Outstanding tennis both QF’s on center court.

Isn’t there a Welsh soccer/futbol game on?


Willow Says:

Jatin nice to see you here ;-)) ….


Markus Says:

Ok, jatin, I’d root for Murray to lose in the semi-final. That way, Andy will have no chance to lose in the final…or win another Wimbledon.


jalep Says:

I have not been paying attention to Milos’ tennis. Is he terrible at reading
Federer’s serve, Daniel?


Willow Says:

Markus you are so mean lol ….


RZ Says:

The real winners today were the folks lucky enough to have Centre Court seats. Two amazing quarterfinals.


J-Kath Says:

Kudos to all Federer fans. He wants his 18th GS bad….no harm in that.

To us rare speciments….the Andy fans (+our 2nd tier)..he did not play as well as he should have today. But I truly think Tsonga was at his very best. We’ll see what happens.

Cheers to Everyone.


jane Says:

so far the collision course is still on.
seems unlikely that milos or tomas can spoil it.
although does anyone know if this stat is correct? i read it today:
fed hasn’t won the match following a 5 setter (that went the distance obviously) since 2012.
true or not?


jalep Says:

Match times: Murray/Tsonga 3:57 :: Cilic/Federer 3:22

Berdych/Pouille 1:58 :: Raonic/Querrey 2:34


Willow Says:

Come on Murray, dont care whom you play in the final, just win the whole thing ….


RZ Says:

@Jane – that is probably correct (and difficult to Google based on the nuance). I can’t remember Fed playing 5 setters in the last few years other than that US Open match against Monfils and the 2014 Wimbledon final.


James Says:

Its not just about match time – the important stat is points played and distance run. Murray ran about 30% more than Federer today. If you combine 4th round and QF, Raonic has also spent quite a bit of time on court, 9 sets, run a bit of a distance. I think the difference here is age – Fed is the old man here, almost 35, will take longer to recover.

Hard to predict how his body will react on friday. Or Murray’s. Berdych had a long one too, against Vesely, and is no spring chicken. Strange how a 25 year old Raonic is the “baby” amongst these – considering Borg retired at 26.


jane Says:

thanks rz. i remember monfils 2014 at the USO, maybe one vs tsonga at AO, and simon at FO?
but yes i can’t recall too many 5 setters either.


jalep Says:

I didn’t post the match times to say it’s just about match times.

Posted because the time difference in all of the QF’s is interesting. To ME.

Federer in general plays faster — gets matches done quicker than many
maybe most on tour. Brown and Kyrgios I think set the record for quickest
5 set match this Wimbledon: 2 hours and 5 min.

You go looking for points played and distance run and post those stats.
I was curious about time spent watching. Fed/Cilic was over fast for a
5 set match.

Recovery time is a whole different story. I never intended to get into that!


skeezer Says:

Raonic is not a natural long rally player. It is his nature to serve big and follow up shortly to the net when he can. This could be good if Fed is not recovered from the Cilic match fully.
Feds serve is the key for him, as it has been this entire tournament. If he serves well, it will keep him in the match and give him the opportunities to steal a break here or there.
Very surprised how well Fed was moving in the last 2 sets, he was not moving well early ( Cilic’s bomber groundies didn’t help either ).
Congrats Murrya and his fans, Tsonga was formidable, but Andy held his resolve in from of his fans.


skeezer Says:

A good day for Tennis, a great day for the Game.


J-Kath Says:

Will be surprised if Tomas wins the GS. He’s good but, yes but..?
Hopefully Andy will play better than he did today. That said,
Jo has been at the top of his game in this GS. Pity both he and Andy
couldn’t have progressed. Really like Jo.

Fed. did better than I expected. So did Cilic. How good will Milos be?
Milos is the one I’ve thought could do better than I wanted him to do. He’s
a bit boring. apologies to his fans.

So now for my hits:
Markus @ 3.11pm: Well done.
FedExpress @ 3.41pm. Dream On.


J-Kath Says:

Margot:

Really sad. If Wales had had their full star-team. They are still heroes.
….
Mr.Murray did his damnest to lose tonight against a very improving Jo.
Let’s be grateful for small mercies. PS: Where was his first serve?


jane Says:

“Pity both he and Andy
couldn’t have progressed. Really like Jo.”

ditto j-kath.

“Raonic is not a natural long rally player. ”

you think skeezer? ;) definitely not!
but you have to admire his desire to be the best he can be and to try as hard as he can.
i do, anyhow.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@jane I respect Raonic’s diligent improvement of his game but his game does not inspire like some of the other top players


Danica Says:

Congrats to the winners and their fans. Great stuff in the first pair of semis. Couldn’t see the second.
Can’t imagine what’s going through Marin’s and Ivanisevic’s head.


J-Kath Says:

Jane: And Jo has immensely improved…there’s the rub.


J-Kath Says:

Goodnight Everyone : Now 15 minutes after midnight chez moi.


Okiegal Says:

Skeezer…your thoughts on KD?? I asked you the other day and I guess you did not see it or chose to ignore it….either is OK……Just curious how a loyal GSW fan took this news.

Back to tennis….Great matches today. Lots of excitement and fun!. Congrats to Fed and Murray fans!!


jane Says:

tfs76, i’d agree.


skeezer Says:

Ok,
KD? You kidding me? Ya Mon!! ;)
Sorry he left, but he gave you 8 great years……our turn ;)


skeezer Says:

Thanks danica, courban u too saw you earlier. 🎾


lookahere Says:

Fed’s with the malice finger wave.
Desperate for approval of his luck draw.
Repulsive as usual.
It’s Cilic that was handed a Slam because Novak was sluggish.
fed actions speak louder than words. Fed needs to get over his bombastic self.
Hope Raonic or Berdych prevails.


jatin Says:

Marckus
Its not like that. Andy could definitely go all the way. It was more of a wishful thinking on my part ;)
Berdych hasn’t troubled fed since his US open victory 2012, and we all know murray is a lot tougher than berdych to play.
I would certainly won’t like the prospect of andy vs fed final as it would hurt immensely if fed losses his 4th GS final in a row and i won’t feel too good about andy losing as well as he has lost so many finals.
It could be different for everyone. Many would be rooting for Milos vs andy finals as well.
Anyway, i think we will get the andy vs fed finals anyway. I don’t think raonic could trouble fed like cilic did. His ground game is not that devastating or his return game for that matter.
Berdych could be tricky for andy but i think he will go through.
Root for andy Marcus, he is your favorite for a reason :)

Hey willow, thanks and nice to see you too


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer…..Okay, thanks for the feedback! I’ll take Curry! Lol Thunder fans are upset with him, but I’m not. He had great years with Oklahoma and brought us lots of exciting basketball moments! Best of luck to him!

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