Favorites Federer, Amped Djokovic Advance Into Round of 16 at Wimbledon
by Staff | July 8th, 2017, 4:49 pm
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It was smooth sailing for the Top 10 seeds on Saturday at Wimbledon as all five in action won in straight sets to advance to some mouth-watering match-ups in the round of 16 on Monday.


“Big 4″ members Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer looked sharp as the No. 2-seeded Serb doused the flame of streaking Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(2), and the No. 3-seeded Swiss held off the aggressive game of No. 27 Mischa Zverev 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-4.

The former No. 1 Djokovic was amped-up, yelling at the sky and the chair umpire during the contest, topping Gulbis who had previously shocked former US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro earlier in the week.

“Obviously when you’re playing well, then you’re feeling well, then you’re even more motivated — passionate to see how far it can take you,” the 30-year-old said. “The passion is back. I’ve been feeling better on the court.”

On Monday he will face Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who upset French countryman and No. 15 seed Gael Monfils in five sets 7-6(3), 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Federer said he is happy for the Sunday day of rest before facing No. 13-seeded former “Baby Fed” Grigor Dimitrov, who advanced when opponent Dudi Sela retired after losing the first two sets 6-1, 6-1.

“Every time I play against him he’s stronger than the time before,” the Swiss said of his almost mirror-image rival Dimitrov. “I’m ready for a tough one but sure again, another exciting match because he’s a great shotmaker.”

Other Top 10 winners were No. 6 Milos Raonic straight-setting No. 25 Albert Ramos 7-6(3), 6-4, 7-5; No. 8 Dominic Thiem beating American Jared Donaldson, who served for the first set, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2; and No. 10 Alexander Zverev who ended the run of Cinderella-story Austrian Sebastian Ofner 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Raonic will next meet the younger Zverev, and Thiem will face No. 11 Tomas Berdych, who overpowered David Ferrer 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

In a match suspended from the previous day, No. 24 Sam Querrey needed just one game, a service break, to finish off No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-5.

“It’s really the most anti-climactic way to finish a match,” said Querrey, who will next battle serves with unseeded South African Kevin Anderson.


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50 Comments for Favorites Federer, Amped Djokovic Advance Into Round of 16 at Wimbledon

Wog Boy Says:

Surprise surprise, it will be rainy Monday and Nole is playing on court #1, two matches out of four on court #1.


gonzalowski Says:

yeh you bet wog boy. Sir Andy and sir Fed under roof


Wog Boy Says:

Agree gonzalowski, if that’s the case it is Rafa’s second match on court #1 too, he played first round there, what a joke, fair share…don’t make me laugh;)


el_matador Says:

great performance by novak..I think he’s back!..this is novak’s chance to beat roger(hope that match happens as this rivalry produces the best quqlity tennis) in roger’s favourite surface when roger’s had a great run from the start of the year and everyone’s giving novak a slim chance(will feel like ’11 french semi,just role reversal)..and I am not comparing nole’s first 6 months of 2011(the best start to a year I’ve ever seen) to fed’s start this year but what fed has done this year(in his ‘grandpa’ years) is crazy too


el_matador Says:

raonic-zverev
novak-mannarino(would prefer monflis here,but mannarino is a great grass court player too)
roger-dimitrov
berdych-thiem

this is a blockbuster 4th round line up in bottom half,old guns and new guns..roger and novak both could be out before semi,who knows!

looking at the top half line-up,it’s full of “good but not quite good” guys from ancient times(maybe cilic can do something)..so a rafa-andy showdown is almost certain


skeezer Says:

@G
I dunno, based on RF last Slam win, AO seems his new fav surface ;)


Paco Says:

Mischa Zverev is just a journeyman. His playing from the baseline is one of the most fragile ones i have seen for a top 30.


Margot Says:

Nobody talking about Warde and Willis’ epic 5 set victory over Wimbledon champions Mahut and PHH? How odd!….;) Am really really hoping us Brits have, just maybe mind, found Andy’s successor. No, it’s not the tubby Mr Willis either.


Colin Says:

Margot, it’s good fun for people who can watch the BBC coverage, where you can look in on about 15 different courts,

Talking of doubles, have you noticed how well J Murray is doing in the mixed doubles with Hingis? We all know how he likes to be the boss in a doubles match, but from the bits I’ve seen, it appears Hingis is in charge. That’s fair enough, as she’s 5 years older and very experienced in top level singles. I bet Andy will tease him!


Amit Says:

Federer isn’t playing well.. He won’t win Wimbledon… His unlucky haircut is gonna be his undoing… 😐😐😑😑😠😠😠


Amit Says:

Federer is playing worst here I have seen in whole year.. Anyone who has got slightest bit focus,would beat him… And it will be nadal vs djokovic final with nadal winning Wimbledon… And getting closer to federer GS tally…😐😐😐


Giles Says:

Amit 6.32 am. ROFL


Betterer Says:

@Amit – Chill. Federer seems to be slightly affected by the cold, and also he didn’t seem to be putting even 50% effort till tiebreakers in last 2 matches. He is probably conserving energy for the second week, and we might be in for surprisingly high level performances.


James Says:

The way Federer has played the first week – he can’t win with that level. He will need to play better to beat either Nadal or Djokovic. He can beat others at current level.

Monday will finally reveal some useful information on who really is a contendor, since now, finally, we have some good matchups and tough matches.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Very unfair scheduling at Wimby.
Also noticed, that Halep, 2 seeded, did not play even 1 match on Centre Court…not even the match vs Azarenka from tomorrow will take place there.


pitchaboy Says:

A lot of guys were writing Federer’s level off at the AO out here and predicted he had no chance against Rafa.


t4t Says:

pitchaboy is right. It is hard to guage Fed’s level from the early rounds. Sometimes he looks invincible early but loses in the final, sometimes he looks unimpressive in early outings but wins the title. Fed maybe below par or he maybe conserving his energy for the later rounds. What we do know is that so far he hasn’t been impressive.


Daniel Says:

Fed is controlling more his FH, he is hitting a lot of top spins to move opponents. Grass is about quick reflexer and moving oponent firts. On HC he was driving the BH more because he knows that shot would get him a weak return. So far on wimbledon he is more patiant and wating the right shot to come in.

He served above 60% first serves in all his macthes and was broken only 2. Never was in danger of losing a set (saving Set point as Nadal had to do for example), even tiebreaks he took control early on.

Indeed monday may show us more Fed wise.

Beacause the other Big 4 have it easy: Djoko will saill, Nadal match depends on how well Muller is serving and can’t see Murray troubled by Baire.


Daniel Says:

Also now is the time to play great, his road will be Dimitrov, Zverev / Raonic, Djoko / Thiem and than Murray / Nadal final.


t4t Says:

Fed’s serve is definitely impressive and the most underrated weapon in his armory. Serve becomes more critical on grass. No small part of Sampras’ wins at Wimbledon were due to his amazing serve which lost a good part of its lethal edge on slower surfaces like Roland garros or Melbourne where Agassi actually fared better.


skeezer Says:

“Very unfair scheduling at Wimby”

Scheduling is always unfair in every tournament to players fav’s….lol. Fed fans could complain also….but they haven’t.


Giles Says:

Fed is Wimbledon’s darling. Anything to please him! Lol


Truth Says:

Serve is so important to Fed. Kind of like the luck Sampras had in a tougher tennis era.
As soon as the ready and willing true legends challenged these two all year, they crumbled.
Fed needed mental midgets like Benneteau & Monfils to gift him Slam wins.
Sampras had a blood disorder which caused severe fatigue.
He had trouble playing on clay & short matches at age 28-29. He was only great if glorified journeymen like Roddick were in Slams.
Fed struggled badly on grass against Roddick, his biggest, fat, surrendering lapdog.
He certainly wasn’t old but since his lapdog showed up, no one cared about excuses.
Fed was just beaten by flukes like Hewitt at Davis Cup & on grass.
When he lost often to Djoker, he decided to take long vacations and wait til Djoker lost interest or got injured.

Nadal and Murray also lucked out when Djoker got injured or mentally ill and wimpy.
Fedalray narcissists said Djoker had no chance of winning masters, Davis Cup, year end championships & Slams in 2010.
Truth always reveals itself in 50 years (long after the decades of Djoker excellence).


t4t Says:

When was scheduling unfair to Fed?


skeezer Says:

At what FO scheduling was unfair ro Rafa?


t4t Says:

skeezer, Why are you asking about FO? How is that relevant? Ha ha, I get it. The scheduling was never unfair to Fed!


t4t Says:

Fed fans are a lucky lot as their fave always gets the best scheduling at all the slams including FO. Not that I am complaining. Fed is the most marketable star and the grand slams want to pamper and showcase their golden goose. Don’t blame them.


Truth Says:

Marketable? I have no desire to see the Fed coddling sheep on Eurosport, Espn and skysports. They take things for granted when many other difficult & entertaining matches are going on because their daddy had to be praised profusely for slicing to overpaid journeymen and holding the handbag & “special” jacket.
Coincidentally, like weak era Hewitt’s Wimbledon fluke, the 2003-5 and 2009 Wimbledons were among the worst slams in history.
2012 Wimbledon was also similar to waterboarding.
Servebot AndyRoDdick was considered a hero for legends of tennis. That’s why he was inducted into the hall of fame. Not for tennis, but for Federer lapdog beatdown highlights.


J-Kath Says:

Agree Wogboy: Was astounded with Nole’s court change. To some degree I can forgive them with Andy (with slight tongue in cheek) but it is evident that Roger gets best timing/best court…Yes I was away on tasks but saw most of top matches because they were copied for me and so could see them any time)and my view at this stage is that Rafa will beat all contenders.


t4t Says:

Re scheduling, I don’t have any complaints. Being fair would mean giving all 256 players, men and women, an equal opportunity to play on CC. Because of limited slots, the only way they can do so would be to randomly draw names. Does anyone here think it would be a sensible decision if Fed or Djokovic were drawn to play on Court 18? Clearly some sensible method has to be there in selecting the matches for showcasing on CC. Obviously Fed is always a big draw and Andy being the local boy is also a big draw.The scheduling is done keeping all these other factors in mind and not how many times Djokovic or Nadal got to play on CC. What about the others ranked lower?


kjb Says:

@t4t its quite simple. They put the matches that the majority of people want to see on CC. If they didn’t do it this way and put 2 men or women ranked 250, no one would buy tickets and in a few years yhere would be no Wimbledon. The tournament doesnt care about being fair. They are a business, and are in it for the $$$, Fed puts the most people in the seats, anywhere and everywhere.


J-Kath Says:

t4t: Wimbledon usually puts each of the top 4 Grass ranked players at least once on a court other than Central – perhaps they still will – but so far it hasn’t taken place….I say that but also notice there is now movement on that front. Scheduling is less of a pattern – that seems to be decided mostly on who is judged as the most popular overall crowd-pleaser or on perceived entitlement…shan’t go further down that route.


skeezer Says:

This has been discussed so many times, ugh. Tournaments have a market to sell, and at times they put the most marketable Match on the marque court(s).
Its the way it is.


skeezer Says:

Rafa bas had great scheduling and draws at FO. Why pick on Fed? Same same.You earn your privileges by winning and being popular.


J-Kath Says:

Skeezer:

Picking on Fed.? I don’t think so. Facts are facts. However, the no.1 and no. 2 players should be recognised – despite Wimbledon’s Grass rankings Andy and Nole are still Nos. 1 & 2 at Wimbledon. However, I believe that the final this year will be between Nadal and Federer and if I’m right next year Fed+Nadal will have earned their positions.


skeezer Says:

J-Kath,
I mentioned two factors, you did not mention the other. Also don’t forget Fed has a long winning tradition ( 7 Wimbys ) and basically is a legend in his own time at Wimby. And Wimbledon is adamant about holding on to tradition. HIs marketing powers are unmatched in todays game.
I think if you thought about the draws the big 4 have, and not the scheduling, you would recognize what is more important to your Fav( hey, they got recognized lol ).
I am not complaining that Fed has to face Dimitrov, then Zverev/Raonic, Djoko/Thiem and than Murray/ Nadal in the final. to claim the prize. However, I would take Fed playing on court 18 with a wimpy draw anyday if that made it easier for him to win it all.’
Just sayin’


t4t Says:

I think Fed has the easiest draw so don’t know what skeezer is complaining about. I am sure any of the other three would have been glad to exchange with Fed.
I just checked the scheduling at French Open and found Nadal was scheduled on Suzanne Lenglen on the opening day ( not PC which is the Center Court) and he was again scheduled on SL the next week. So not clear what scheduling advantages skeezer says were given to Nadal. Would skeezer please clarify? I must remind everyone that nobody else brought up the subject of French Open and Nadal. It was skeezer who brought it up.


skeezer Says:

“I think Fed has the easiest draw ….”
Lol…lets compare….you first.
Regarding FI, did not say RN was on center court EVERY match, but mostly he was. No complaining there, he EARNED it.


t4t Says:

It appears Fed played on Center Court everyday when he was #1 and even after he lost that ranking he played in several slams only on Center Court. But none of the other 3 (except Andy at Wimbledon after 2014) have played on Center Court throughout any slam even when they were #1. Djokovic is the leader in slams at Australian Open and Nadal at French Open. But Nadal played on SL two times in the latest French Open. So clearly Fed is favored. But why is he favored? I think Li Na had more fans than him but wasn’t a fixture on Center Court. Fed is favored because of his sponsors.


kjb Says:

“So clearly Fed is favored. But why is he favored?”

Because he sells the most tickets………everytime, everywhere.


kjb Says:

@Truth

“Fedalray narcissists said Djoker had no chance of winning masters, Davis Cup, year end championships & Slams in 2010″

Thats just cuz Roddick was serving Djoker beatdowns on the regular in 2009 (3 Masters) and 2010 (AO).


J-Kath Says:

Skeezer:

Other posters have responded to your comments. No need for me to add to it. I get bored pretty quickly. My latest gripe is against the Commentators – if someone tells me that Tim Henman is a 4 times semi-finalist at Wimbledon one more time there’s nothing I won’t do to shut them up.


Wog Boy Says:

“Because he sells the most tickets………everytime, everywhere.”

Are you saying that Central court wouldn’t be sellout if Rafa and Nole are playing instead?


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
Thanks


Berghain Says:

” Fed is favored because of his sponsors.”

That is such nonsense. People want to see Federer play, that’s why all his matches are on center Court.


t4t Says:

Berghain,
“People want to see Federer play, that’s why all his matches are on center Court.” Your source?


t4t Says:

skeezer
“Regarding FI, did not say RN was on center court EVERY match, but mostly he was. No complaining there, he EARNED it.”
Can you explain why you brought up French Open and Nadal? I still cannot figure out the relevance.


t4t Says:

As for Fed’s draw, sorry I misspoke. Of course he had a difficult draw. starting with the first round!


Berghain Says:

t4t
Very funny. Do you need a ‘source’ to tell you the sun has come out in the morning?

Federer is just more beloved and popular than the rest. Just deal with it.

Btw Li Na was big in China – that’s it. No comparison. Federer has a global fan base.


Truth Says:

Roddick pretended to love Fed’s every word and move.
Roddick was constantly on Wimbledon center court…for losing.
Draws were so weak that an underwhelming amount of money was the only thing that mattered.
Poor Fed fans are desperate.
They admit that winning’s not what matters the most. Easy draws mattered the most for Fed.
Even Fed let Roddick win their last match.

Roddick didn’t do much when his master Djoker destroyed him on grass.
Djoker kept waiting for Roddick to beat the idol Fed on grass. Oh well.
Roddick lost to another Serb Tipsarevic at Wimbledon instead. Lmao
Isner had to reduce himself to beating Fed on clay. At least that’s better than what Roddick ever did.

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