Federer v Dimitrov, Raonic v Zverev; Azarenka v Halep; Wimbledon Monday Picks And Pans
by Sean Randall | July 9th, 2017, 6:08 pm
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The so-called “Best Day in Tennis” takes place Monday at Wimbledon. While the schedule is loaded with all 32 players left in the men’s and women’s draws, it can be the most “Annoying Day in Tennis” because you can’t possibly watch everything!

And there’s a lot to see. And instead of just men, I’ll just run through all 16!

CENTER COURT (1pm)
Ana Konjuh (CRO) [27] v Venus Williams (USA) [10]: Venus is the only former champion left in the field and after Monday there could be none because this Croation kid is pretty good. Konjuh, 19, should have beaten Radwanska a year ago and she’ll be awfully tough against Venus. But experience prevails for the 5-time champ.

Andy Murray (GBR) [1] v Benoit Paire (FRA): Paire’s got a flashy game with a big backhand, nice serve, some fancy tricky shots, but that’s not enough to beat Murray.

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [13] v Roger Federer (SUI) [3]: Roger leads 5-0 over Baby Roger. Dimitrov, though, has been almost untouchable but when he plays the big guys he usually folds up. For that reason and that reason only I’ll take Federer, but an upset wouldn’t surprise me.

NO.1 COURT (11:30am)
Johanna Konta (GBR) [6] v Caroline Garcia (FRA) [21]: Garcia played well in Paris and has continued her form this week. But the girl who Murray once tabbed to be No. 1 falls to Konta.

Rafael Nadal (ESP) [4] v Gilles Muller (LUX) [16]: Tough match for Rafa but I think he gets through in four sets. Muller is in form and his serve gets hot then watch out.

Adrian Mannarino (FRA) v Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2]: Shouldn’t be an issue for Novak here.

NO.2 COURT (11:30am)
Angelique Kerber (GER) [1] v Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [14]: In the battle of the last two finalists, I like the Spaniard. Kerber’s been hanging on – granted, she won! But Muguruza’s sharpened things up this week and looks ready to make another deep run.

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) v Simona Halep (ROU) [2]: The best match of the day in the women’s draw (why is this on court 2?), I’m leaning Azarenka only because she’ll have less pressure than Halep who’s probably still got the bitter taste of the French still in her mouth.

Milos Raonic (CAN) [6] v Alexander Zverev (GER) [10]: Zverev got Milos on the clay a few months ago and while Raonic is much better on grass, I still like the German who’s more in form here.

NO.3 COURT (11:30AM)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [9] v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [7]: Kuznetsova leads this series 13-4 and she’s been the better player this week. Radwanska, though, can always surprise and she’s playing with house money after saving matchpoints against Christina Mchale.

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) [24] v Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [5]: If the good Coco shows up she’ll overpower Wozniacki. If the bad one does then Wozniacki wins.

Dominic Thiem (AUT) [8] v Tomas Berdych (CZE) [11]: I just don’t like Thiem’s loopy strokes on grass. Then again, I just don’t like Berdych. But the Czech gets the check mark here.

COURT 12 (11:30AM)
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) [13] v Elina Svitolina (UKR) [4]: Go with the momentum and that’s Ostapenko. She also won the Wimbledon juniors.

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [18] v Marin Cilic (CRO) [7]: Cilic is my pick to make the final. I’m sticking with him.

COURT 18 (11:30AM)
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) v Petra Martic (CRO): Martic is a former Top 45 player, coming back from injury. Rybarikova is also returning from injury. I think Martic is the better, strong player.

Sam Querrey (USA) [24] v Kevin Anderson (RSA): A slight edge to Anderson in what could be a very loooong match.

So that’s Monday. Probably the best matches are on Court 2. Also the Federer-Dimitrov could be a cracker. And like I said, maybe Muller has a hot serving day. Otherwise, the women’s match are actually more intresting.

ESPN will have live coverage from 7am ET.


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209 Comments for Federer v Dimitrov, Raonic v Zverev; Azarenka v Halep; Wimbledon Monday Picks And Pans

Raj Says:

Title could have been something like big4 line up….


Arnold Says:

Djokovic and the biggest cupcake draw once again. 1 seeded Opponent all the way to the Semi-finals, and people really ask why this match was moved to court no.1. Paaaleaase. This guy should be called MrCupcake. Tournaments are always giving this guy Cupcakes.


funches Says:

Reasonable picks, but I don’t see Dimitrov troubling Federer. He has not been a factor since February, going 10-10 in his 10 tournaments before Wimbledon, beating no one in the top 20 and getting handled comfortably by Lopez on grass at Queen’s Club.


J-Kath Says:

Agree with you Sean

- the most “Annoying Day in Tennis” plus the idiots at BBC will concentrate on the women’s matches in preference to the four top men players in action.


Nits Says:

As the grass is wearing off the matches will become baseline struggle not pleasing to eye. That’s why looking forward to Muller Nadal match.


Nits Says:

Although Cilic is playing good still I don’t see him making the finals today he will win.


gonzalowski Says:

Giles, indeed disrespectful for Nole and Rafa


Margot Says:

Nits: there’s a quiz on the BBC web site, don’t know if you can access it outside UK, it’s fun, you shown a bit of a match and asked a “What happened next?” question. Anyway, the grass is threadbare in all those past matches.


Margot Says:

Kath: Everything is on the red button. What I don’t like is the continual court hopping.


skeezer Says:

Wimbledon has made a special post box painted GOLD honoring Andy Murray. Unfair! ;)


skeezer Says:

Almost enjoy Paire playing then his game all of the sudden gets so goofy bad….well….ahem…


Daniel Says:

Cilic continuing his fine form, already 4-1 in third set versus Agut. He should prove a real test for Nadal in QF. Last year he trouble Fedeerer but he sure can play on great and if his serve is clicking he is dangerous. Anderson and Querrey 1 set a piece and Murray seems to be heading a frist set tiebreak with Paire, 6-5 Paire to serve.


RZ Says:

Cilic is definitely flying under the radar at this tournament. Not getting a lot of buzz despite the fact that he’s a strong grass court player.


Berghain Says:

Paire really needs a shave.
Shouting and grunting with that beard is a look that really doesnt suit him :))


RZ Says:

Who’d have thought that out of all the top French players (Tsonga, Monfils, Gasquet) and good grass court (Mahut, Herbert), the last 2 standing would be Paire and Mannarino?


Daniel Says:

Nadal loses first ser without a single Unforced error, this is grass, bert thin margins. Although wimbledon has a weird metric for UE, t’s always less than we actually few watching matches.

Murray 2 sets up.


gonzalowski Says:

Oh my, very well Muller, clear ideas.
The match started just bad for Rafa; on entering the court, hit with the door frame :)


Anto Says:

Nadal having trouble returning. Unless he does more on his returns, this can very well be an upset.


gonzalowski Says:

Nadal has lost the set with 0 UE!!!


gonzalowski Says:

Ah ok Daniel.
almost 70% on 1st serve Muller, and too the problem is that Rafa does not read the serve.
Nadal’s even encouraging himself with the failures of Luxembourgish, to cheer up.


J-Kath Says:

Margot:

Yip – pain in the derriere….and especially as my new TV’s red button ain’t user friendly.


Berghain Says:

oh man bad luck there for Rafa, he is in trouble now!


gonzalowski Says:

yes, combination of bad luck and nerves, and wrong doing!


Anto Says:

This match reminds me of Nadal Kyrios match in 2014 wimbledon. Nadal didn’t play bad at all. He was simply outclassed. Like he is being outclassed today.


joe strummer Says:

first decent grass player and humbalito is in trouble.


Anto Says:

Now its almost sure Nadal is gonna lose in straights.Now the really question is can Nadal ever win wimbledon again? I dont think so.


Daniel Says:

Nadal was broken second set after having BO on previous game, exactly like set 1.

Muller 2 sets up, hard to see Nadal coming back, still unable to break muller. If he gets an early break he can relax and start buildijg a possible come back. But if Muller keeps holding he has to protect hos serve.


J-Kath Says:

Well done Andy. Anderson or Querrey next.

I can’t believe the Nadal vs Muller – what the heck is wrong with Rafa?


gonzalowski Says:

I see it possible, still.
Rafa has trailed 3 times a 2-0; Two of them in Wimbledon.


gonzalowski Says:

Yes! Rafa enraged, fist high 4-1


gonzalowski Says:

Muller has never lost a game going 2-0 sets winning (37 times, hum)


BBB Says:

About scheduling – Murray is the defending champ, and #1. I don’t have a problem giving him preference. And it makes sense to schedule his match and Nadal’s match at the same time, as they are in the same part of the draw. That means you then choose whether to put Federer or Djokovic on Centre Court. Federer/Dmitrov is a bigger draw than Djokovic/Mannarino.

I say this as someone antipathetic to Federer, and sympathetic to Djokovic.


Van Persie Says:

Agree BBB,

But how comes, when Djoko is the defending champ, this does not count…last year he lost on court 1. At Australian Open, where he owns a record, he is always due to play also on MC…so I would not try to be “fair”


RZ Says:

Not watching any of the matches, but I could see Rafa pulling this off in 5 sets. All depends on how Muller serves. I would think Muller’s best bet would be to take it to a tiebreak in set 4.

Thiem is down 2 sets to 1 against Berdych. No big surprise there, considering Berdych has better grass court credentials than Thiem. But hoping that Thiem can take it in 5.


Van Persie Says:

Sean,

To answer your question, why Halep vs Azarenka were scheduled in court 2. It has to do with Nastase and Tiriac ignoring the ITF in Madrid. Respect to them both, Nasty and Tiriac, for doing so. Hope they will continue.


Berghain Says:

Dimitrov playing solid tennis. This is going to be a nail bitter. Cmon Fed.

Hoping Nadal pulls through so we get a Rafa-Cilic match.


Daniel Says:

Muller will have to hold his serve in first few games. He can’t allow what happened in third set. He is serving first fourth set so later in the set the pressure will be bigger on Nadal.


BBB Says:

VP – you make valid points. I do think Djokovic gets the short end of the stick. I just think today’s schedule is hard to quarrel with.


Van Persie Says:

BBB,

Yes, we could say that today has good arguments for the scheduling.


Berghain Says:

VP you should be thanking them, look now you can watch the good match on center court :) :P


Daniel Says:

Fed closing first set without much problem, pushing the trigger in 9th game.


RZ Says:

Re: court assignments – as long as Wimbledon keeps it’s “everyone plays on the 2nd Monday” schedule, there will always be several players who will get shafted with the court assignments for their 4th round matches. I think the bigger issue is the overall scheduling for each day so far. For example, Venus is a 5-time champion but today was the first time she was on Centre Court.


RZ Says:

Theim nabbed set #4. Onto a 5th set against the Birdman. Thiem has better fitness than Berdych so maybe he can pull this off. Come on Team Thiem!


Van Persie Says:

Berghain,

Haha. Like you a lot, but I’m sticking with Rafa. ;)


Van Persie Says:

A part of me wants Rafa win, the other one wants him to lose. Am fine with both versions.


Berghain Says:

VP fine by me, maybe they can play for 2 more hours and then it rains :) hihi


Daniel Says:

Muller serve deserting him fourth set, lot’s of second serve, including DF. Saved 3 BP’s from 0-40 but Nadal get the break. Nadal otoh is serving better and better. Looks like another fifth set today.

Querre vs Anderson went to five. Nerdy and Thiem are in fifth. Zverev x Raonic 1-1 so far in third and Nadal a break up serving to consolidate the break.


Daniel Says:

Federer only lost 6 points on serve so far. Break up in second set.


Van Persie Says:

Berghain,

Looks sunny out there. Muy guy will finish his opponent in 3 quick sets. :D


Berghain Says:

7 double faults from Dimitrov so far. Hes serve has really let him down today.


Daniel Says:

Fed 2 sets up.


Berghain Says:

VP I agree – the luxury of facing unseeded players nah. ;)


Daniel Says:

Nadal to serve for fourth set 5-4 and force a fifth. Think if he closes the set he will be hugely favorite to make the comeback. Muller is not able to pressure his serve anymore and didn’t have a BP since set 2. So unless he is able to serve really big, above 70% first serves in will be hard for him to win.


gonzalowski Says:

by numbers, better at serve today Rafa than Muller 16 aces 1 double F, 19 and 8 Giles


J-Kath Says:

Thiem is a hard worker – but lacks the magic – Berdych on the other hand is trying to imitate Roger and prior to retirement wants to make his mark – and is doing so – Good work Tomas (be kind to him folks – he’s got an expensive wife.


Daniel Says:

Zverev closed third set and Berdych serving for the match.


skeezer Says:

Meanwhile, on the “Marquee” court, Fed’s form is back, so far so good. Serve, FH BH all good overall. He’d better close in it in 3 however, Grigor is too good to tank it it.


RZ Says:

Ugh, Berdych won his match. But Thiem seems to have given him a sufficient workout so that Berdych won’t trouble Djokovic much in the next round.


Van Persie Says:

Vamos Rafa!


BBB Says:

LOL JK. He’d have been fine if he’d stayed with Safarova….


RZ Says:

Hahaha BBB – I was thinking the same thing.


skeezer Says:

Fed playing sublime atm, drop shot extraordinaire of the tournament, and the sellout crowd acknowledges with cheers.


FedExpress Says:

Uhhhhhhhhhh

Fed why?


FedExpress Says:

Classy response from the Swiss maestro. Will serve for the match.


Daniel Says:

Fed into QF. Hope they move Djoko’s match to Centre Court now. 18:50 local time. Djoko has to start as soon as possible and win in 3 sets under 2 hours.


J-Kath Says:

BBB & RZ: Now I’m showing my ignorance – Denis the wee Canadian or some night club someone or other…..?

See Roger has won – no surprise!


FedExpress Says:

Perfect. Sublime. Genius.


Berghain Says:

Little bit of drama there in the end but he did it. Awesome.


skeezer Says:

Fed is through! Magnifique 👍


Daniel Says:

Nadal serving under pressure, 4-5, Muller 1 game away from his best win of his career.


RZ Says:

@J-Kath – I think you are referring to the posts about Safarova? She and Berdych dated for several years. I think they broke up around 5 years ago.


skeezer Says:

Kinda hoping Raonic wins, Fed has to want some revenge from last years loss here.


Berghain Says:

sht. double fault. match point Muller. Ace. 1 more match point.


Berghain Says:

Nadal saves 2 match points – nice! game point for 5-5


gonzalowski Says:

Rafa saves 2 match points !!! 5-5


steve-o Says:

Fantastic win for Federer. In QFs without a set dropped!


Daniel Says:

Damm Nadal, after he made he DF to give Muller the 15-40 and 2 MP I thought he would lose. But Muller made some crucial mistakes and Nadal good serves. But Muller is holding easy.

Last 3 straight games Nadal lost first point.


Daniel Says:

Raonic forcing fifth set.


Berghain Says:

Nadals grunting is getting louder and louder.


BBB Says:

Will they move the Djoker match to CC? This is where it seems ridiculous not to, given the late hour and status of the Nadal/Mueller match.


FedExpress Says:

Muller choking


Berghain Says:

Omg hahaha Muller is imploding, cant hit a ball.


RZ Says:

@BBB – they may not move it because the Court 1 crowd paid for 3 matches and would only get 2 if they move the match. But it definitely makes sense to move it to Centre due to the late start. There’s a chance that match can finish if they start it on Centre due to the roof.


Margot Says:

Just had urgent message from AM via Clarissa, to send my sofa straight away ;)


BBB Says:

It’s particularly tough with no tiebreaks in the fifth. Could go on for another half hour.

Stupid not to play a match with Centre Court empty.


Berghain Says:

Nadal has hit 20 aces. Has he ever done that before in a match?


AndyMira Says:

Aha!aha!ha ha ha ha huk huk huk!!…very funny M!!


Berghain Says:

Nadal is standing so far back on I cant see him on the screen when he returns :))! This is grass… Move forward, someone tell him!


Margot Says:

Poor Clarissa, struggling a bit over the ocean now, it’s windy, but she’ll do it! Hang on AM!


RZ Says:

@Berghain – just read on Twitter that today’s match is a career high for Nadal in term of aces.


Berghain Says:

thx RZ. 21 now and counting.


AndyMira Says:

Hurry up M!!…Rafa is going to win now!!There’s no much time!!


Berghain Says:

BAd news for Nole fans, there can only be 2 more hours of play.


gonzalowski Says:

buf great serving from Muller this 5th set


RZ Says:

I have a meeting starting soon. I have a feeling that I’ll come out of this meeting and these guys will still be playing.


RZ Says:

If they start now, I expect Nole will finish his match within 2 hours. I think if they play on Centre, there may be a 3rd hour of play available.


gonzalowski Says:

Oh please Rafa, finish this… I’m fed up with tension!!!


gonzalowski Says:

another 2 match point saved arrghhh! 10-10

It’s verified Nadal has finished his preparation and conditioning in the grass


Van Persie Says:

would be something, if Nole plays on Centre court today, finishes his match today and Rafa continues his maych also tomorrow


Daniel Says:

Da this match is tense. Muller sacedm Multiple BPs and next game Nadal saves 2 MP more. Saved 4 already.


gonzalowski Says:

poor Nole… he has benn harmed by scheduling/schedulers


gonzalowski Says:

Oh Rafa doesn’t see because the reflection of one panel!!!


J-Kath Says:

RZ: Beginning to remind me of Isner 3-days match?????


gonzalowski Says:

People has covered it with clothes!!1 :)


Daniel Says:

Nadal saved another 0-30 game. Eventually think he will break Muller spirit.


Van Persie Says:

Schedulers can make it even better. Rafa continues tomorrow and Nole is scheduled afterwards. :)


Van Persie Says:

^^ and WTA match begore Rafa


gonzalowski Says:

VP lol !
bad business a 5th set with a good server, we see.
Rafa father’s hair has become white with all this.


Van Persie Says:

^before


BBB Says:

This is now a sixth set! I don’t want to be either of these guys tomorrow.


Daniel Says:

Nadal served under pressure 8 times alresdi since 4-5. 2 tines faced multiple MPs and a few times 0-30 or 15-30 and he came through


gonzalowski Says:

12-12 and 3 more challenge options for Rafa

In this match I gave myself time to record CDs, clean the house, exercise, shower, wathsup to stay for a beer, and later suspend the appointment, have a conference on the phone, and prepare dinner


Berghain Says:

Feel sorry for Rafa, that was a tough match to lose.


gonzalowski Says:

Ufff :( well deserved, Muller!
I think he was simply better. Dissapointing loss for Rafa and fans


Willow Says:

WOW Well done Giles Muller richly deserved, gutted for Rafa, but lovely to seeing that warrior and fighting quality back again ….


BBB Says:

I’m surprised to see Rafa losing in 5-setters. But gracious as always, signing autographs after a tough loss.


Atom Says:

sorry rafa fans … Wow Muller no expressions whatsoever .. complete opposite of Nadal


Daniel Says:

Muller finally did it after so many 0-30 games.

My bold prediciton in Racquet bracket that nadal eould lose ealry again was right. Had him losing third round. There is a reason he didn’t reach QF since 2011. Whanever he faces a devent grass court player he loses. It doesn’ make hik a lesses grass player, he jad his momemts from 2006-2011 but grass and hil is not meant to be anymore. And this lorves that mainly peiple making prediction for him winning were hype after RG. This is completly different than clay.

My take ja the ones who easy wins will be in semis: Murra x Cilic and Fed x Djoko (assuming Djoko wins easy against Maanrino as he should, even with f$& up schedule).


chrisford1 Says:

Ouch! Down goes Rafa in a thriller. But a Rafa full of heart and fighting to the very last. Qualities on top of many more exceptional qualities that make this “one dimensional player” a legend.
Creds to Muller. He has lost some close, big matches before. This one didn’t get away from him (but nearly did after blowing a 2 set lead).


gonzalowski Says:

thougher mind maybe today Giles Muller’s one, which is a great achievement by him.


Daniel Says:

And nadal lost winning more points, more points on second serve, career best ace day and with more BP chances, but on grass margins ate thinner.


joe strummer Says:

humbalito is only good for clay. no more titles outside of dirt.


Willow Says:

Firmly behind Murray now lol ….


Margot Says:

Sorry all you lovely Rafa fans. Muller was simply epic!


Daniel Says:

Also Nadal losing ealry will make run for #1 more interesting. Who ever wins here, Murray or Djoko will be back in the hunt. And Federer winning place him close to returning to it also. hope all remaing big three reaches semis and one guarantee in finals out of Fed x Djoko of that mach indeed happens


FedExpress Says:

Cool. Muller deserved it. Good fight from Nadal.


gonzalowski Says:

as Alberto Berasategui says, the passing has not worked for Rafa today


Van Persie Says:

Damn Rafa, but congrats to both for the battle. Mueller is for Rafa, a bit, like Wawa for Nole


steve-o Says:

Great battle from both Muller and Nadal, and congrats to Muller!


Truth Says:

Muller was like “Why didn’t I do this 10 years ago?”
He picked up where he left off at the 2005 U.S. open. Taking out the trash.


Willow Says:

Thanks Margot, i dont see it as being the end of the world, its only a tennis match, im behind Murray now ;-)….


Daniel Says:

What about Djoko’s match, any news?! It doesn’t ahow in tomorrows prder of play for Center nor Court 1


Pamela Says:

Margo – I HATE THE COURT HOPPING. I am in the states and ESPN is showing the matches are 2 channels…. I work, so coming home at 6:00 always makes it difficult…. I will watch Roger and Dimtrov and coco (she lives near me.. I have a soft spot for her.. saw her play her first “professional” big girl’s game at La Costa (Mercury) maybe 5-6 years ago… I love Carolyn as well.


Willow Says:

Of course Rafa is a legend , who said otherwise ? jeez ….


Humble Rafa Says:

Well, it was a tough loss. Nothing to be ashamed of. I lost to a guy who has a serve and nothing else. In many ways, it was not tennis. It was a Servathon. Servathons are won by servers.


Margot Says:

Daniel, it’ll be tomorrow.


RZ Says:

@J-Kath – a couple of times I almost posted a (not very good) joke that they were aiming to beat the Isner-Mahut record, but each time it looked like it would be done before then.

With such a long match, I’m guessing Cilic will get an easy win over Muller.


Ronn Says:

Djoko’s match has been postponed until tomorrow. I have no idea if he’ll finally get center court or not. If he prevails, he will then have to play the Birdman on Wednesday. Wimbledon is a joke. Putting Djoko on court#1 for every single match as the #2 seed while Federer gets center court every single time although he’s ranked #5. Where’s the fairness in that?


BBB Says:

Having defended Wimbledon scheduling earlier, I’m now going to ask WTF. Why cancel it at 8:30pm? Why not make the decision earlier so the guys can get a workout in, or dinner, or whatever? Leaving aside that once the Federer match was over they should have put Djokovic and Mannarino on Centre Court and gotten on with it.


RZ Says:

Plain silly that they never put the other match on Centre Court. The organizers could have come up with a contingency like “if the 5th set goes to 6-6, then we’ll start play on Centre instead.” Djokovic and Mannarino should give them hell about their poor (or perhaps lack of) decision-making.


Van Persie Says:

Djoko tomorrow at 12 PM on CC


skeezer Says:

“I lost to a guy who has a serve and nothing else”.
That is pretty bad then, no? LMAO.

Muller actually played well from the BL, good enough anyways. At times he good take it to him from the BC. But it was his S&V that won the day.


Mjj288 Says:

BBB, as someone else mentioned, people for Court 1 have paid for 3 matches. Moving the match when those fans can’t switch would be unfair.

Is Djokovic worse of? Yes. Fortunately, he will probably not be challenged in his match tomorrow. Also, this isn’t his first rodeo. He will adapt, hopefully.

And why does Fed get more Centre Court matches? Wimbledon likes making a profit like everyone else. Also, his match-ups are more interesting.


Truth Says:

That’s why Djoker is the true champ. He went through mistreatment and emotional anguish. No fakery like Fed fakery.
Fed and Nadal needs cupcake draws.


Van Persie Says:

Djoko should retire. I think, ITF would not give a damn, but this has been just humiliating


Truth Says:

*need


skeezer Says:

^huh?


Daniel Says:

Yeah Skeeze, specially considering Nadla hit several aces when 0-30, 15-30 down. Imagine of he didn’t have those 23 aces, match would be over way sooner.


Van Persie Says:

And Wimby should give the money for his match back to spectators. Simple as that


Daniel Says:

Also think they never ever play 4 matches on centre court in a same day. Grass maintencance policy. But since all marches were pretty quick, they should have.


Truth Says:

They had easy quick matches for Fed so why should they force the best player on court 1?
If they can’t fit 4 matches on court 1, why schedule the best player there at 8:30-11 P.M.?
Fed complained about darkness. No wonder they had to please their princess. It’s still year 2004, really.

Draws are so easy. Why not bring clown Roddick back on court?
He would’ve lost in 3 sets to Nadal.
Deluded Fedal fanboys would love it.


BBB Says:

Mjj, as it is, they didn’t get to see the match. So that argument is unavailing.

I also don’t accept the premise – that people buy tickets for CC or Court 1 with the expectation of a certain number of matches. As if they would turn down the tickets if they got 2 matches instead of 3.

How does Wimbledon make more or less of a profit if Federer is on Centre Court vs Court 1? The demand for tickets far exceeds the supply.


Van Persie Says:

Could be, but I will no longer watch this traditional BS this year.

Good luck to your favorites, the ones who are still in the game!


RZ Says:

Daniel – do you know if Nadal’s loss today take him out of the running (for now) for the #1 ranking? I think he had to reach the final to get to #1 here.


J-Kath Says:

“gonzalowski Says:

“…..we see Rafa father’s hair has become white with all this.”

And so has mine.

Never in a month of Sundays could anyone imagine Rafa’s marathon today. So sorri for his fans.


J-Kath Says:

RZ: Rafa’s loss today and being no. 1 – is dependent on how far or how short Andy goes.


Mjj288 Says:

BBB,
The fans who had tickets on Court 1 will get to see the match tomorrow.

I have never been to Wimbledon, but tickets cost more for Centre Court than Court 1 (30-60% more based on this article https://www.wimbledondebentureholders.com/articles/the-case-for-buying-court-one-tickets-at-wimbledon/).


Emilia Says:

Ronn,
There is not fairness in life and on courts either — you are right.
Hope Djoko will prevail on Wednesday if he wins tomorrow which should be a piece of cake and not cupcake.


Mjj288 Says:

That article also mentions the sway the TV and sponsors have on the matches and they want Federer, Murray and attractive female players.


BBB Says:

Assuming the fans who attended today can attend tomorrow and don’t have travel obligations, or work, or other commitments.

Sticking it to the guys doing the work out of an abstract notion of fairness to the fans is silly, especially when those fans were just treated to two outstanding matches.

The price of tickets is irrelevant. There is unsatisfied demand. You could put me on Centre Court in Week 2 and it would be sold out.


J-Kath Says:

What bugs me the most is that there was no advance info. on the Nole match when it became clear that the Rafa match would run to 5 sets…no-one had planned for it – no-one from BBC had checked with the Wimbledon team what they were planning. I personally hoped it would be under roof with lights – but no-one thought to explain their actions to the public.


CrowleY Says:

O think its unfair to djokovic and nadal. Fed and murray are playing all of matches on cc because of what ?? They have more fans?! Then make a poll and give the trophy to the one who win.


Truth Says:

Djoker decided to sabotage his career, then he couldn’t play on time at Wimbledon.
I’m sure he knows how stupid his life became.


Danica Says:

Same lousy scheduling for Nole like last year. Not surprised.

Sorry to all Rafans. I couldn’t watch the match but was secretly :) following the score. Time and again I thought how I’m glad Rafa is not my #1 guy. I would go crazy.

Anyway, Rafa lost a tight fight after a phenomenal clay season. He is still the one to beat at the moment.

Congrats to Muller. He will lose the next round. That’s how it goes.


BBB Says:

JK – exactly so. There’s some mumbo-jumbo from the AELTC about security concerns and the number of fans on site making it dangerous to move the match to CC, but it doesn’t make any sense as stated, and it certainly doesn’t make any sense to wait until 8:30 to decide they can’t play.


RZ Says:

@J-Kath – thanks. I know that Djokovic also has a shot at #1 if he wins the title, depending on how Andy does. I read all the scenarios on the ATP site but they were all based on how far each guy goes (with the exception of Djokovic’s scenario) and not much more information.


Margot Says:

Extremely bad management from Wimbledon organisers and very unfair to Nole and Mannarino. They could’ve played on CC until 11pm.


pitchaboy Says:

No doubt Wimby messed up the schedule today. But to claim that this is some sort of conspiracy to help Fed or to say that Fed and Rafa had cupcake draws (while Novak has a “nothing burger” draw with no name players till SF) is ridiculous. Novak has not yet run into a seeded player and wont do so until QF where he will meet a “has been” called Berdych. So Novak fans, get over it.


Berghain Says:

Couldnt stop laughing when I saw this
Rafael Nadal bangs his head ahead of Muller clash at Wimbledon 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRs6mYeycII&ytbChannel=Wimbledon


gonzalowski Says:

lol :)))
hahaha


kjb Says:

@Berghain

Hahaha. Thanks for sharing the video.


Wog Boy Says:

Yes BBB, just rubbish excuse from organizers, it was simple disrey, Nole was furious and had big argument with them before match was postponed.
They did that to him last year when he was absolutely the best player in the world who had just won NCYGS, they did that to him this year and we are talking about tournament that should have plan A, B, C all the way to Z in place due to the imprtance and tradition of the tournament.
I can see him losing tomorrow if Agassi doesn’t manage to calm him down.

Sorry for Rafa fans, didn’t see that happening:(


J-Kath Says:

CrowleY:

The Nos. 1 & 2 on grass are currently ranked (in Wimbledon terms)the best two current best grass players (eg Andy and Nole) and both should be treated with the utmost respect. So why Federer?. Evidently in Roger’s case, he is the most popular and hence is the biggest draw. If this is true (and probably is) …we can only assume that MONEY is the main motivation of who plays where and when.


Wog Boy Says:

” should say “disrespect” not “disrey” , I invented new word


gonzalowski Says:

J kath, Wogboy Danica thanks in name of rafans


skeezer Says:

” I can see him losing tomorrow if Agassi doesn’t manage to calm him down.”
ROFL!


BBB Says:

WB, we’ll see, but Djoker plays better when he’s got a chip on his shoulder.

JK, I think it’s defensible that RF was on CC, as the match with Dmitrov looked good on paper.


Wog Boy Says:

BBB,
They met last year at Wimbledon and though Nole won it was anything but easy match, anyone who saw that match knows it, particularly Nole fans, as for a “chip on his shoulder”, not necessarily, I can recall few matches when he had it and underperformed it, Nishikori at USO, Sam last year at Wimbledon … we’ll see.


Daniel Says:

RZ, with thos loss Nadal can not be #1 right afer Eimbledon.

If Murray loses to Querrey (doesn’t reach the semis) and Djoko wins the trophy, djoko will be #1 after Wimbledon. If Andy wins next match, he is still #1 after wimbledon reagrdless of what happens.

If Fed wins wimbledon he will be less than 600 race points away from Nadal, meaning he can enter USO Race lider.

Murray and Djoko even woth wimbledon title will be 3000 pts away from Nadal in race points.


Wog Boy Says:

On top of that if he wins he has to play Berdych next day, always dangerous on grass, jus beat Zverev and I won’t be surprised if they put possible Nole/Berdych match first thing in the morning next day;)


BBB Says:

Fair point WB.


J-Kath Says:

Wog Boy

A final – rather weak comment before I hit the sack – “disrey” should be the new word for total “disarray” and you should send it to Collins/Webster – otherwise the Americans will claim it – think of the royalties you will lose!


joe strummer Says:

funny how cunning brits plotted to mess up djokovic. and that orchestrated media attack about adultery. brits have no class after all.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

Thanks, didn’t think about that, on my way claim it…the new word:)


Truth Says:

Fed is not the most popular. Maybe among the morons in Thailand, Switzerland, Germany and China.
Not in South America, USA and most of Europe.
He is the golden clown of the idiots on tv and radio.
Tennis is not about money. It’s about talent. Fed’s not the best player. These fake tennis organizers are not tennis fans.
No one with one brain cell believes Fed suffered any hardship with his many crap opponents the last 14 years.


skeezer Says:

Who just beat Zverev?
—-
All this whining about the schedule. If anyone has a valid complaint first start with the Women.
First it was because Novak didn’t get to play yet on CC. Now he is scheduled to play on it. Now it’s whining that his opponent could be dangerous cause Novak beat him in straight sets last year? It’s not like Novak has a hard draw either……
(Now …..ust waiting for the shoe to drop)…..whooop there it is!

@Truth,
Apparently you know a lot of Fake fans, Fake players, Fake organizers, etc, etc, etc.


fred stone Says:

The head-banger video from a different angle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU-dSBZyioY


Okiegal Says:

C’mon Andy!

Thanks for the sympathies to us Rafa fans……yes a tough loss but Muller deserved this one! A hard fought battle from Rafa. I gave up after the 2nd set. Then Rafa storms back. I was so happy about that. He finally made a match out of what was a very dismal start!

@Joe Strummer 6:24

I had a private conversation on Facebook with Andi Mira about this very thing. I told her the media was messing with Novak’s head……but I did not know which news media was responsible for the tasteless article……..


Pitchaboy Says:

Ironic. I guy called Truth with eminently fake news.


J-Kath Says:

Joe Strummer:

Many thanks indeed. Been trying for centuries to overcome our “no class at all” society. But it is a struggle as we have to put up with people from Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland. Any suggestions so we can meet your aspirations?


fred stone Says:

edit.. longer version… before and after.


Wog Boy Says:

“Lapsu lingua lapsus calami”,
meant to say Thiem not Zverev, glad for Raonic too.


gonzalowski Says:

Rafa has complaint to spanish media about,WB scheduling, “they always play the same on the central”


Wog Boy Says:

^^^
“Lapsus linguae lapsus calami”


joe strummer Says:

@J-Kath: return all plundered goods across centuries to their rightful owners. that’s a starter.


Wog Boy Says:

Looking at stats, Rafa stats looked very good, he even had 23 aces, haven’t seen the match, wrong time zone, the only thing I can think as the reason is bad BP conversion, 2 out of 16?

gonzalowski, after Nole played second match on court #1 he said that plays differently than CC and didn’t feel quite comfortable on it.

Anyway, no surprise there, Federer played all his matche on RLA too, the only court that was sped up, proven by Jim Courrier and hawk eye, all other courts (MCA, Hisene arena..) were unchanged from previous years, I remeber watchin Raonic vs Simon on Hisense, Raonic couldn’t hit through Simon.


skeezer Says:

Rafa went six months without giving up a single set at the Grand Slams.
Apparently, Muller is a Tennis God.


skeezer Says:

Nole will be done before breakfast time. 3 straights before a chance to pour some Jo.


J-Kath Says:

7.12: Joe – sorri for your loss. I’ll check my attic.

Seriously – don’t be so daft.


t4t Says:

I think poor Nadal must have got concussed by that bad bang on the head.
I hope Andy makes it to the final.


Wog Boy Says:

If Rafa was rugby league player, by rules, he would have to be accessed for concussion by doctors…


Truth Says:

Fedal kissers drink the Fedal Kool Aid and had to eat humble pie. Djoker disappeared mentally, so these posers got all excited about Fedal finals. No other player exists…
John McEnroe started crying about Djoker being Tiger Woods-crazy.
Why are insecure Fed apologists attacking Djoker fans? Unfairness is unfairness. Facts are facts.


Okiegal Says:

@WB^^^^ He banged his head really hard and got a big laugh out of it when it happened……but in his presser he was asked about it and I assume he was annoyed by the question plus he just had just lost the match. He said no no no it was relaxing …..I do believe he got his English mixed up with his Spanish…….Maybe he meant to say taxing???? LOL


skeezer Says:

If the Church was complaining about scheduling, they would be championing the case with the Womens side, but they don’t. It’s all about me me me not about you you you…True colors exposed;

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/sports/tennis/in-a-cozy-setting-at-wimbledon-the-womens-game-suffers-an-indignity.html


kjb Says:

@Okiegal

I think he said “small accident”. When they cut back to Brad Gilbert he thought he said “relaxing”. I had to rewind it to hear what he had actually said…


Okiegal Says:

@kjb……..I heard relaxing too…..I guess I will have to listen again…….


Truth Says:

I know they’ll cry their little hearts out when Fed lifts the trophy.
This is not tennis. It’s Fed Tennis and Nothing Else Matters.

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