Federer Raonic, Djokovic v Berdych; Wimbledon QF Picks And Pans
by Sean Randall | July 11th, 2017, 6:56 pm
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We are down to just eight players at the Wimbledon Championships. And there’s no real, true surprise like we have with Magdalena Rybarikova’s Cinderella run in the women’s draw.

Looking back to the fourth round, the big story was Gilles Muller’s stunner over Rafael Nadal. Muller has been dynamite on the grass this season while Rafa has struggled in recent years, so in my mind it wasn’t a huge upset when you take history into account. But it was by how he did it, 15-13 in the fifth, holding his nerve and often beating Rafa from the ground late in that match.

All that talk of Rafa playing better than ever, well?

Muller used that lefty serve to jump out ahead then somehow, someway regrouped in the fifth when it looked like Nadal would run away with it. Truly an amazing performance from a guy playing his best tennis in his mid 30s.

To me, the loss means Nadal probably will never win Wimbledon again – there are a lot of power servers like Muller. But Rafa will be fine ahead for the hard courts and depending on what Federer does this week, he’s the favorite to finish No. 1.

Milos Raonic beating Alexander Zverev was a mild surprise to me. The 20-year-old let a set and a break lead slip, then maybe just ran out of gas in the end.

Kevin Anderson also looked depleted by the fifth against Sam Querrey. Tomas Berdych got past Dominic Thiem also in five, while Murray and Marin Cilic both rolled, and Grigor Dimitrov stunk it up (again) against Roger Federer.

So the quarterfinals are set. To the matchups we go.

Andy Murray v Sam Querrey
Can Querrey do it again? Beat another No. 1 defending champion at Wimbledon? I doubt it. Murray leads 7-1 and has beaten Querrey at Wimbledon in 2010. Querrey also comes in after 5-setters against Anderson and JW Tsonga. Both great wins, but those players are nothing like Murray who has one of the best return games and can play defense.

Murray had a bad patch against Fabio Fognini, but otherwise has been on song and only lost one set. Querrey, though, does give him the jitters.

“he obviously likes the conditions here,” Murray said. ‘He played really well last year. He’s had some good wins here, some tight matches as well. He’ll be confident going in.

“Obviously a big serve. Goes for his shots. Very aggressive player. So I’ll need to, you know, like today, I maybe played one or two service games in the first set that weren’t the best. Against him, you can’t really afford that. He’s not an easy guy to break. When he’s ahead, he can serve well. He’s a good frontrunner. I’ll need to make sure I’m serving well and, you know, not letting him dictate too much.”

“When he’s standing up on the baseline, hitting forehands, dictating, he’s a very dangerous player.”

And that is a key: Querrey’s court positioning. On grass, you cannot stand too far back. If Murray’s dropping balls short, Querrey can pick those off. Though as I said, it’s already been a long event for the American and the big servers just don’t seem to get to Murray on the grass.

“It’s going to be tough,” Querrey said. “I’ve played him in the past. Like in Australia, many times before that. He’s playing at a high level. He’s defending champion. No. 1 in the world.

“He loves playing here. The crowd is going to be behind him. But sometimes it’s fun to go out there and play where the crowd is behind the other player 100%. I’m going to try to play aggressive, hopefully play well, and can sneak out a win.”

And he’s right. Sam will have to serve lights out and hope Murray falls apart, which of late he’s been doing. So I can’t rule out Sam, but unless Murray’s hip is bad, this one goes to the No. 1.
The Pick: Murray in 4

Roger Federer v Milos Raonic
The rematch! Raonic toppled Federer in five here last year in the semis. This time, Federer’s healthy and playing better while Raonic isn’t at the same level. Injuries and inconsistency have plagued him all year. And he knows it and last year even with a bum knee Federer almost still won!

“Roger’s been the best player I think this year, hands down, when he’s been on court,” Raonic said. “But it’s not about six months or whatnot, it comes down to Wednesday, one day. So I just got to try to find a way to try to be better on that day.

“Things are a little bit different sort of in terms of momentum for both of us. It’s just about going out there and trying to really put together a good match.”

A lot will depend on Raonic’s serve and Federer’s return game – we know Raonic can’t return. And if Fed can avoid the breaker and get a few returns back, mix in a lot of chips, he’ll avoid peril.

“I got to bring the intensity, the focus that I’ve shown throughout this tournament, the mentality on the serve, first and second serve,” Federer said sizing up Zverev or Roanic. “Very few wrong decision making. Understanding what to do at what stage. Then on the return, keep going for it, keep staying aggressive. Positive attitude. I do believe good things can happen. I think because as they’re both big servers and big hitters, it’s pretty much the same against either one of them.”

And it would probably be the same result.
The pick: Federer in 4

Marin Cilic v Gilles Muller
All credit to Muller for making his first Wimbledon quarterfinal, but the run ends here. Cilic beat him at Queen’s last month in three and I think Wednesday will be the same number of sets.

I just don’t think the 34-year-old Muller recovers after that 4-hour, 48-minute win over Rafa. And Cilic has to be fresh as a daisy.

“It’s quite high, considering I’m playing really well last few weeks,” Cilic said of his confidence. “I have been extremely good on grass court season and also after finishing clay court season. With all the parts of my game, really satisfied everything is working extremely good. The level is, I would say, quite solid. It’s not probably the best possible but definitely really, really solid, and considering with that, returning well, serving well. I’m moving on the court really good. So with everything, really satisfied.”

The key will be the first set. If Cilic jumps out early, it’s over. If Muller can get a quick break, maybe he can ride his serve and ride his confidence to another upset. But I just don’t see that.
The Pick: Cilic in 3

Novak Djokovic v Tomas Berdych
Djokovic was a little peeved about not getting his match in Monday. And he should be. But Andre Agassi and Mario Ancic will get him refocused on Tomas Berdych even though he owns the Czech 25-2.

The problem is we saw Djokovic shaking out that arm against Adrian Mannarino today. Is it something or is it nothing? We don’t know.

I do know that head-to-head and I do know Berdych just doesn’t match up well against Djokovic. Novak exploits Tomas’s lack of speed and gets too many ball back. If he’s healthy, I don’t see any reason that won’t happen tomorrow.

That said, Djokovic could come out flat like at the French and Berdych gets through. Andre and co. won’t let that happen.
The Pick: Djokovic in 5

Of the three, the biggest surprise for me would be Raonic beating Federer. Maybe Muller over Cilic. Murray and Djokovic have been fighting some niggles, and both Querrey and Berdych can get hot and have done it here – Berdych beat Federer and then Djokovic en route to the Wimbledon finals in 2010.

But with Zverev out and Muller running on fumes, all signs point to more Big 4 dominance.

Depending on your tastes – Center Court or Court 1 – ESPN and ESPN2 will have live dual coverage of both courts from 8am ET! Get ready!


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166 Comments for Federer Raonic, Djokovic v Berdych; Wimbledon QF Picks And Pans

Master-Yoda Says:

“I’ve played on all different speeds. But I think some variety would be nice, some really slow stuff and then some really fast stuff, instead of trying to make everything sort of the same. You sort of protect the top guys really by doing that because you have the best possible chance to have them in the semis at this point. But should that be the goal? I’m not sure.” From Federer interview Nov 13, 2012 on Martyn Herman. Did the new gen best chance beating big 4 came at Australia this year with a (2007 speed) new court (zverev Dimitrov Nishikory Raonic)? Must be a coincidence. Both Novak and Rafa got helped by the courts slowing down 2008 Au & Wimb 2010 or 11 Us open American players complain officially that the court slowed down drasticaly hurting their chanches. 2012-3 all courts are now slow. Also Federer got helped cause with a fast court he could have 1 or 2 slams more but he would be hit of the court be young people in most matches. And Berdych and Ferrer and all those 30 plus are there because of that..


FedExpress Says:

Berdychs H2H vs Nole has to be one of the worst in the history of the game.


Colin Says:

There are so many threads on this Wimbledon, I can’t be bothered to confirm who made the complaint (was it Margot?), but the BBC was blamed for showing women’s matches when the top men were playing. British viewers like me have a choice of about fifteen courts where there is play. You have to have a license, but old folk like me get that free of charge. I assume the BBC is selective as to which matches other countries are allowed to show.


Margot Says:

^ Not guilty m’lud. And many of the WTA matches have been a damn sight more entertaining than many of the men’s.


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/genny_ss/status/885058056744308737
How about this then??
Bias in all its glory!
Anything for the old man!!


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/yolitatennis/status/884863458944188416
And yet more cr@p from the Wimby organisers!


madmax Says:

Looking like a great line up for the QFs. Cannot wait to watch them.

As always, come on Federer! You are doing the business right now, keep up the great work.


madmax Says:

FedExpress,

Are you going to be in a positive frame of mind this afternoon; have you been working on the mental positivity of late? :-)


squirrel Says:

@Madmax

hahaha good question! I hope he’ll be calm because honestly, he’s stressing me out sometimes, although I really appreciate the enthusiasm and the devotion to our man!

Although, I don’t think today would be a problem against Raonic, I think a straight set is very possible. However, friday against most liekyl Djoko…that’s a different story…


Daniel Says:

Federer can get a payback grass run this wimbledon: Raonic who beat him last year, Djoko in finals in 14′ and 15′ and Murray in Olympics final 12′. All on this court last time Fed played them on grass.


chrisford1 Says:

Hard to say Djokovic is back, because no one knows…back from what? Including Djokovic.


Willow Says:

Berdych in 2010 if he were to beat Novak, unlikely as that seems ….


squirrel Says:

I predict either Murray or Djokovic will be upset, and I’m leaning towards Djokovic…

@Daneil: yes, you’re right, he could revenge all his last losses to these players. that would definitely be sweet! one can wish!


Willow Says:

I Think Muller will be easy pickings for Cilic, im thinking the match will be an anti climax ….


squirrel Says:

@Willow

Agreed


squirrel Says:

Is RZ here??

Sorry I coudln’t reply to your last message. I’m sorry to see you moving down the ranking in the bracket challenge!


Willow Says:

Hi Squirrel how are you ? ….


squirrel Says:

Good thannks, and you? Sorry to see your Rafa lost…but he fought so hard, you should be proud. So, you’re all behind Andy today? He’s looking good now against Sam!


squirrel Says:

Murray with Set 1! Although Querrey seems to be holding easier than Murray, so it will be an interesting second set.


Berghain Says:

WOW, was not expecting to see Muller serving for the 1st set.


Willow Says:

Squirrel yeah all good thanks, just didnt appreciate the pot shots from posters about my personal life, i mean how dare he ?, anyway had a lovely break, now back to the tennis, and fully behind Murray now, i had no expectations about Rafa at SW19 so not really shocked or dissapointed to be honest ….


AndyMira Says:

Hey Willow!!…have a nice vacation??I hope u’re not eat pizza while at home!!…and eating while sitting on the grass!Urgh!!lovely!!…But,u will make big boss at glass and plate factory bankrupt u know!!hahaha…


Daniel Says:

Murray broke first in second set but was broken right after. It´s a Slam QF, we can´t expect things to go all easy with him. But hope he wins in the end.

Muller causing Cilic trouble, 15-30 on Cilic game and if he break, he´ll serve for second set.


squirrel Says:

Set 2 to Queerey, wow what a backhand!


Sirius Says:

people were picking cilic over nadal!


squirrel Says:

@Willow

Oh yeah, you were n vacay! how was it?? on a sunny beach?

Pot shots about your personal life? I didn’t know, how dare he! Hetars are gonna hate, let them be, you’re fabulous!


Daniel Says:

Murray losing second set, but already a break up in third set.


steve-o Says:

Müller’s chances of victory have gone down significantly. His best shot was winning in straights. Now it’s one set all and his fitness could become an issue. Not to mention, the more looks Cilic gets at the lefty serve, the more likely he is to start returning better.


t4t Says:

I think Wimbledon is quite shameless. They have again scheduled Djokovic on Court 1.


Berghain Says:

t4t
Old news. Dont you look at the schedule?


Berghain Says:

Murray is making life hard for himself. Up a break in set 2 and 3 and now he is serving to stay in set 3!


Daniel Says:

Murray getting broken serving for third set, damm it!


Berghain Says:

t4t
Btw Djokovic played on Centre Court yesterday.


Truth Says:

Fed was beaten by Tsonga and Nadal on grass. Lmao
He needed major luck at the Australian Open vs. Berdych
And French Open vs. Djoker & Del Po.
Berdych, Djoker & Delpo should be embarrassed that they lost.
Why are Fed fans so butthurt that Djoker didn’t lose so much?

Insecure glory hunters.
It’s not Djoker’s fault that he humiliated Roddick on grass.
Even Fed whined about grass speed.
Center Court, smugness, manbag, gold shoes, embroidered jacket & trophy aren’t enough for the ballerina?


Berghain Says:

Muller hanging in there.
Murray looking good. Hope he finishes this off quickly. Dying here for the Fed match to start.


RZ Says:

Hi Squirrel, on now. Thanks for your commiserations but it’s okay. I can’t win them all. Consider me the Stan Wawrinka of the racquet brackets. I either have a victory (unexpected as it may be) or go down in flames. :-)


Daniel Says:

At least he regroup in time for tiebreak. Let’s see if he closes in 4.


Truth Says:

Wake up, Sam, the best US male grass player.

Poor Roddick. Hope he’s watching.


Berghain Says:

what is Murray doing, how can this be! Querrey up a double break in the 4th. NFW


skeezer Says:

Muller is backing his win over Nadal nicely. Good showing by him, although I still think he is not going to win this one.


Daniel Says:

Cilic 2 sets to 1. Looking good for a 4th set victory as he finally broke Muller.

Murray double break down in fourth set, that match will go to fifth and I don´t know who will win now, wide open.


Daniel Says:

At least these QF are well contested matches so far.

Too bad I can´t watch them, only checking scores.


skeezer Says:

Notice, at least on grass, Cilic has a better serve and a better one two punch than Nadal. This is basically why he is controlling Muller at this point.


RZ Says:

Have Andy’s injuries resurfaced? From what I’m reading, it sounds like he’s not moving.


Daniel Says:

Murray should at least hold to force Querrey serve fourth set and he start serving fifht. He is playing set point down on his serve now.


Daniel Says:

He was broken again and Querrey will serve first fifth set. Can Querrey do it again, beat #1 player and defending Champion in back to back years?


Berghain Says:

2-2
Going to a 5th.

RZ
German commentators are saying he looks like his hip isn’t right. He only won 12 points in the 4th set


RZ Says:

Guessing this is over now. Shame that Andy’s injury couldn’t have stayed away for one more set.


gonzalowski Says:

Yes, he moves a bit strange… (and, IMO, it doesn’t mind to him to show it)


Berghain Says:

Murray fans, sorry to say but i think Murray is going out :(.
2-0 Querrey


RZ Says:

Reading that Andy hasn’t called for the trainer. Why now?


squirrel Says:

WTF? Andy is gonna be the one to be upset?? :(


RZ Says:

^should be “why not?”


skeezer Says:

@CF1
When you have the Muller’s and the Querry’s, the Brown’s, the Rosol’s, etc beating the top 3 of 4 players what kind of era are we in?


Mridul Says:

It’s Roger’s tournament to lose from here


James Says:

Murray was pretty much hobbling againts Paire in the last match. Had it not been for the mental weaknesses that Paire often displays, Murray could have lost that one too. He is clearly injured.

These guys are 30+ now. If they don’t take suitably long breaks and just play through 12 months, injuries are very likely.

Fed is the smartest schedule manager of all.


squirrel Says:

@RZ

Haha, it’s no shampe to be a Wawrinka of the bracquet. At least you’re one of the Big 5 :)

Hope you’re enjoying the match.


t4t Says:

Murray has some physical issues. Seems to be on one leg. Maybe the hip?
Looks like the Gods ( not just Wimbledon guys) favor Fed. Nadal bangs his head, Murray has a sore leg/hip. Now Djokovic and Cilic are our only hopes but they don’t really inspire that much confidence.


Margot Says:

Andy is clearly hobbled. Very sad for him now. Dunno how long this will take him out of the game. Hip injury now, horrible. Hasn’t retired tho., giving Querrye a proper win, what a gent. Love him to bits.


squirrel Says:

Oh such a shame for Andy. He had said before the tournament that he would defend his title through the pain. He is doing it now, but the pain must be too much. What a champion..


Daniel Says:

And he lost serve 4 straight times now, seems match is over, Querrery 3-0. Too bad to lose due to injury.

Open the door for Djoko, if he wins the Tournament he will be back to #1 and with a Slam. Suddenly 1 good tournament and everything changes.


Margot Says:

RZ: he went in with hip/groin problems. You can’t call the trainer in those circumstances.


Truth Says:

All those Djoker matches took a toll on Murray.
It’s not Sam’s fault that he’s better than Hewitt, Safin & Roddick on grass.


skeezer Says:

@Margot,
I was wondering if his hip/groin was going to haunt him this tourney. At times he looked great running around but he has always had a slight limp when he was just walking. It looked like he was managing it but ……doesn’t look good atm


Daniel Says:

t4t, “our” only hopes?!?! Yours only hope.

Because the majority of fans wants a Federer win, for a record 8th Wimbledon title, even the Wimbledon organizers and the preferential Ceentre Court in all matches;-)


Berghain Says:

“Now Djokovic and Cilic are our only hopes”
What a pathetic thing to say. another anti-fan.


RZ Says:

@Margot – I think he can call the trainer though. It wouldn’t result in much (maybe just a massage or some painkillers) but maybe he knows it wouldn’t help. Such a shame.


gonzalowski Says:

watching from tv, they seem exaggerated Murray’s gestures… but I suppose it’s a great emotional situation


RZ Says:

Well I’m off to sulk somewhere for a little while. :-(


Berghain Says:

Sorry to all Murray fans. I was really rooting for your guy today.


J-Kath Says:

Margot:

Stopped watching Andy early on – when he started hobbling. Such a shame. It’s all over bar the shouting.

Been watching Muller vs.Cilic on the red button.


Joshua Says:

Wanted a tough match for Andy, I never knew He would lose it.


Joshua Says:

Wanted a tough match for Andy, I never thought He would lose it.


steve-o Says:

Hope Murray can recover quickly from this injury, clearly he was not right physically today. Congratulations to Sam Querrey on his first major semifinal.


AndyMira Says:

Borrow Clarissa to bring my utmost heartfelt commiserations to Andy’s amazing fans M,RZ,JK…Andy is a great champion and he goes down as a great champion that he is…C’mon Andy!!Keep on fighting!!


skeezer Says:

Commies to Andy’s fans. Too bad about the hip/groin thingy. Congrats to the American! His win over Novak @2016 Wimby was not a fluke. Well done over Tsonga this year also.


gonzalowski Says:

it’s a pity, sorry for Murray, and fans


James Says:

There’ll be a first time wimbledon finalist now in that half of the draw. I would love to see Muller get there, at this age – though its highly unlikely. Most probably Cilic will be the finalist from that half.


RZ Says:

I’ll come out of my sulk-fest momentarily to congratulate Sam Querrey, who’s always seemed like a good guy.


Danica Says:

Wow Sam! Congrats. Two #1 and two Wimbledon defending champs. Some fine achievement for his resume.

(Sigh) What can one say? I hope Andy restores his health soon. I know he was playing injured :(. Really, really sorry you guys, Andy’s fans. I’ll just say what you already know – he’ll take a needed rest, heal properly and he’ll be back.
:(


J-Kath Says:

Thanks AM and other kind posters. Might be a while before we see Andy again – and I was hoping to see him at the WTF at the O2 – doubt he’ll be there


RZ Says:

Thanks all for the commiserations. I guess the quarters with an injury and lack of match play on grass is a good result. I just hope that Andy takes a month or so off to heal up properly in time for the hard courts.


Daniel Says:

Cilic up a break 3-0 in fith set.

Enough of five sets for the day. Hope Fed and Djoko wins easier.


Truth Says:

Sam is a Slam legend.
You don’t need to fluke a Slam to be legend. Tell that to Roddick.

Murray’s overrated because Fedal fans pretend Murray is the second best here.
When Djoker is totally gone, he & Fed look “perfect”… lmao
Arrogant Fed doesn’t deserve more hopes of slams with his luckfests, horrid tiebreak & 5 set record.
This Fed special treatment Slam’s no better just because he is here.
Get over yourselves, smug people.


RZ Says:

Props to Muller for pushing his match to 5 sets after his long match 2 days ago, even if he’s not putting up my resistance in the 5th set.


Margot Says:

Thanks for all the commiserations you lovely tennisxers. xxxxxxx Just hope Andy takes some decent time off now the No 1 is slipping out of his grasp, perhaps he can. Hugs to Kath and RZ. AM: Clarissa arrived safely ta, she was crying too. :’(


Berghain Says:

wahhh awesome passing shot by fed for the break!


jatin Says:

Fed playing great so far. Hope he gets through this in straights. :)


jatin Says:

What a way to break by fed. Blazing all the guns in this match so far


jatin Says:

Sorry for Andy fans, but he tried his hardest. Querry was just amazing the last 2 sets.


jatin Says:

Its Cilic vs querry Semis . Who would have thought.


Daniel Says:

Fed already up a break. Good, avoid tiebreaks and long sets against Raonic which is always dangerous.


Daniel Says:

Fed 13/14 first serves point win. Only lost 3 points on serve and more than 70% first serves in, 1 UE. With this stats he is untouchable.


jatin Says:

Daniel
He looked awesome all tournament. And now he has found another gear.
Hope to see fed vs novak semis.


steve-o Says:

Federer with the first set. Raonic made 75% of first serves but still got broken!


skeezer Says:

Fed got the first set in the bag. Getting good looks at Roanics serve so far. C’mon Maestro!


the_mind_reels Says:

Fed up a set and a quick break to start the second. He’s 2/3 on BP chances, winning 95% of his first serves, and otherwise playing very cleanly (19 winners vs. 2 UE). Impressive stuff so far.


Humble Rafa Says:

My sympathies to Scotland, UK and all other nations harmed by Mr. Lady Forehand’s loss. When you carry the weight of many nations on your shoulders, somethings happen to your shoulder and those countries.


Daniel Says:

7 service games by Fed so far and he lost only 1 out of 24 points on his first serves. Let´s how long can he keep it up. Jiust 2 UE in 14 games played.


Berghain Says:

Roanic is getting demolished. If he doesnt hit a crazy first serve he can hardly win a point.


jatin Says:

FED ON FIRE …. what a sight


RZ Says:

I just hope Fed can keep it up. I don’t mean for this match, for his next matches (assuming he goes on to win today). Been burned in recent years by his maestro performances in the quarters/semis, to then play flat next round.


SG1 Says:

Had a feeling Fed was going to put the boots to Milos.


Daniel Says:

Nadal will have a good shot to be #1 after Canada Masters. He will enter Canda 195 behind Murray (already remving Murray´s 90 pts from R16 last year).

Even if Djoko wins Wimbledon he will be 520 pts ahead of Nadal and will defend 1000 ots in Canada. If Murray doesn´t play Canada, or lose ealry and Djoko doesn´t win there and Nadal reaches Semis he will be #1.

Even if Federer wins Wimbledon and Canada.

So, anyone not Murray nor Djoko winning Canada and Nadal going deep (doesn´t need to win there) and he will be #1 after Canada.

He will again have another shot in Cincy as Murray defends finals points and with this injury a big question mark for NA HC summer.

After Wimbledon the #1 will have less than 8000 ATP ranking points with 4 players between 7900 (maybe) and 5500. Strong race with big advantage for Nadal and Fed who didn´t play last 3 months in 2016.


Daniel Says:

Fed 2 sets up in 1 hour, looking like the DImitrov match. Hope he keeps the focus and finish in three without tiebreak or set going far.


Daniel Says:

Djoko and Berdych, solid so far. None faced a BP entering tiebreak. Overall Djoko stats better, 85% first serves in.


Daniel Says:

Federer level dropped third set, 2 Double Faults, more errors and not winning a lof of second serves. Dangerous game where he already saved BPs, Raonic can serve for third set if he loses this game. Time to serve big.


Daniel Says:

Djoko lost first set in tibereak to Berdych. Yellow lights


gonzalowski Says:

Nole kind of injured too? hope no


J-Kath Says:

Looks like Nole and Andy follow each other – Nole also hampered with injury.


steve-o Says:

Phew! Federer overcomes 4 BP and levels at 4-4. Great mental strength!


Margot Says:

Just thinking that Kath, he can’t serve and now is having a medical time out.


RZ Says:

gonzalowski, J-Kath, and Margot – I read after yesterday’s match that Nole has a shoulder injury. Normally Berdych would be a fairly easy target for him but not with an injury.


gonzalowski Says:

f***** scheduling for him !
shame WB


Daniel Says:

Damm, Djoko just retired? Was checking scores Berdy 2-0 in second and suddenly marked as he won.

What happened, his elbow?!


Berghain Says:

Djokovic retires. are you fkn kidding me!?


Daniel Says:

I mean, shoulder?


Humble Rafa Says:

Old Egg Lover returns. MTOs and all.


tennis lover Says:

Even though I do not like Djokovic I was hoping for Federer and Djokovic semi-final. But, it all flashed out..Now, I think Cilic has a great chance to bag his first Wimbledon. Federer still will have to earn it in hard way. 8th Wimbledon is not given as a gift


Margot Says:

Jeez it’s the injury slam, alrighty.
Daniel, looked like shoulder and elbow.


gonzalowski Says:

don’t know, he was hitting strangely bad sometimes


Daniel Says:

Federer to serve 5-6 and force a breaker. Hope he is able to keep his great tiebreak record this season. Finish Raonic and does’t allow him to grow in this match.


Daniel Says:

This is too show everybody that after 30 yld you are old in tennis. Look how many injuries the Big 4 had latelly after they recahed that seniority age.

Djoko was a fitness wall untill beginnijg last year, than he doesn´t seem to play 2 mothsn without an injury. Murray seems was target of a vodu. Nadal don´t even mention. Fed had surgery.

We were spoiled big time, but reality is after 29 players can hardly play a ful schedule un harmed.


Humble Rafa Says:

Nadal don´t even mention.

Excuse me? I am a spring chicken.


Daniel Says:

Federer down a minibreak early on. Starting to fell unsettled. With this Murray and Novak news anything can happen at this point.


Humble Rafa Says:

Public service announcement.

call your doctors. Call your ambulance. Hug your pets, bad times coming.


AndyMira Says:

Sorry Dani and all Novak fans…Wish him the speedy recovery and will return to tour as soon as possible…


RZ Says:

@Daniel – you may be right, but part of the issue is that neither Andy nor Nole took off a decent amount of time to get over their various issues.


Daniel Says:

MP Federer. Overcoming a 0-3 deficit


Daniel Says:

Match over. Semis without losing a set. Sole survival of Big 4.


squirrel Says:

Omg..what a tiebreak from the Maestro, so so proud of him!!!

Sorry Nole’s fans…not fun when he’s injured!


Berghain Says:

Yesss! Fed through.


squirrel Says:

Semi without dropping a set…wow..


gonzalowski Says:

my god, how easy (and well) plays Roger, impressive how he has come up from 0-3 on TB: serving Raonic, he has commanded that two points


Vasco Branco Says:

If there is still some sense in Novak’s head he will take the rest of the season off to heal his body and reset mentally


steve-o Says:

Yessssss! Federer comes through the tiebreak (great fight from both men) to move into the semifinals in straight sets!


steve-o Says:

Sorry for Djokovic, hope he recovers quickly too.


rognadfan Says:

Damn! Wimbledon concluded today for many non-tennis fans and haters of course.

Feel bad about Nole’s retirement but the omens were there even in the last match. So, it’s not out of the blue to be really ‘shocking’. Pretty unfortunate nonetheless!
It’s just a pity he had to go out this way.
Was looking forward to Nole-Fed match since the draw came out.
Murray hang’s on to the #1 ranking.


Miles Says:

I assume Truth is lying down in a dark room somewhere?

I’ve been saying for a while on this site that Novak has an underlying fitness problem (it isn’t imo a psychological issue)- he’s clearly had it for 12 months.

I wouldn’t be surprised if it led to a premature retirement.

I think we are finally seeing the demise of the top 4 dominance – although no-one has told Roger!


tennis lover Says:

Here is what I have to say to those who suspects Roger of having some kind of drug for miraculous win at the age of 36. If anybody drugs in tennis it is Dojokovic and Nadal and it helped them to win many slams specially with their fringe talent, boring, uninspiring, one dimensional and labored style of play


Daniel Says:

Yes RZ, Fed took 6 months off. He listen to his body after Wimby loss last year. Than leasten aain after IW/Miami and took clay off. Now is payign off. He is in a good postion with an excellent record agaisnt all remaing players. Berdych is not in top of his games, and Cilic or Querrey will be in their first Wimby final whereas Fed would be on hi 11th if he beats Berdych.

Nadal also took time off, several times actually and was able to return strong. Murray also had time off after his back surgery and returned strong also.

The only one who didn’t took a big abscence was Djoko, but seems with every passing month he may choose that.

It´s the consistency thing that vanished with age. One match you play superhumn like and in the next one beatbale. Was like this with Fed when he started declining, sbme with Nadal and the same is happening with Murray and Djoko.

Remmeber Djoko Rome agaisn Thiem and dropping agaisn Zverev, his QF mathc. This touney he loked great untill today.
Can´t see that changing. The Big 4 will never be all fully fit at the same time again, and they will alternate patches of great play.

That is reflecting in rankings, #1 total points dropped and 4 players have chances but clealry the race seems more and more to be between Fed and Nadal till year end. Specially now that Murray and Djoko out with injuries. Djoko didn´t go beyond QF in 3 Slams and Murray only 1 semis.


Daniel Says:

Think final will be Fed x Cilic with Fed prevailing for #19 and returning to top 3. Will be 500 pts awat from Nadal in #1 race.

Cilic is not in the form of USO 2014, he is dangerous, but to take 3 sets off Fed on grass on this form is hard to see. They will have to play the matches of their lives.

Fed grows when other Big 4 loses and he knows he won´t get a better oportunity than this. Finally having to win a Slam without having to beat another Big 4 player.

Just hope if he reaches Wimby finals he wins after his 2 losses, otherwise better lose to Berdy and Wimby has a new Wimbledon Champion.


Margot Says:

Nole saying in interview that it’s his elbow.


Daniel Says:

When was the last time Djoko had to retire in a Slam match, think was 2009 AO?

Indeed agaisnt Mannarino somebody mentioned that he was feelign and moving his arm. He could have worsen it there and today just couldn´t handle. Hope is not anything chronicle.


gonzalowski Says:

tennis lover, I don’t really know about you are saying, but
there’s a french ex-minister (a person who can manage more information than you and me) waiting for a trial on october for saying things similar to the one you have said.

And well, I don’t think roger dopes, anyway…


Jatin Says:

I will remember that tiebreaker forever.
Fed lost the first 3 points. Then he hit an amazing passing shot, followed by best forehand return of the match against raonic 1st serve, the a great volley, followed by another sitting volley, and then hit one of the most amazing round forehand which curves inside the court. He follows all of this up with an ace and finally it was over with Raonic’s error.
Hope fed can keep this level for 2 more matches. He is playing sublime right now.

Sorry for Novak fans, it was sad to see him retiring from a match. Hope he will recover soon.


Giles Says:

Daniel. The word is chronic not chronicle! Lol
You jinxed joker!!


Daniel Says:

Will do a what was the name of that guy who posted the astrology, j something?;-)

She predicted in the start of the tournament that Fed had the best astrology and the other Big 4 were not good. All lost before semis. Who ever interested can check the blog.

http://www.sallykirkman.com/wimbledon-tennis-predictions-2017/


Giles Says:

The woman isa fed fanatic Daniel!!! Lol


tennis lover Says:

This audacious and atrocious Djoker and Nadal fans never seems to amaze me…They have to dig their own grave for being delusional and absurd. Let me remind this harsh truth, both Nadal and Djokovitch will remain behind the Roger in slam tallies once all of them retires. This is how destiny chooses the path for Roger being the greatest of them all.So stop bragging and brandishing your useless words


BBB Says:

The schedule is ridiculous and needs to be addressed. Surely the answer isn’t for the best players to all take off chunks of time with injuries.

However, the players undermine their argument that the schedule needs to be reduced when they play exhibitions.


CrowleY Says:

tennis lover, how old are you, 8 or something !?


J-Kath Says:

From something one of the Commentator’s said: you are not supposed to play if you are already carrying an injury that could impact on your game (and which could lead to withdrawal)!!!! I guess both Andy and Nole felt they could get thru – which is possibly why Andy didn’t retire mid-match because we all knew it was his hip …. and why Nole’s injury was stated as being his elbow and not his shoulder.

I expect they both hoped they could win in 3 sets and give them time for further recovery two days later.


Daniel Says:

Giles,

Nevertheless, she was bang on. She not even said Fed is gonna win, she just pointed that his astrology was better than the other Big 4.

Anyway, I just like to read this astrolgy predictions for fun. But this one so far was bang on.


Mjj288 Says:

Andy and Nole are both getting and older and know their chances of winning majors is decreasing. Being that close to a title they both strongly covet, not surprising they tried to gut it out.


madmax Says:

Willow Says:
I Think Muller will be easy pickings for Cilic, im thinking the match will be an anti climax ….

July 12th, 2017 at 8:03 am

Willow – made me smile – this was a fantastic match!

Wayyyyy toooo gooooo Rogerrrrrrrrrr!

So, so proud.


J-Kath Says:

Mjj288: Yes and No. Two months ago they were 29 – and it’s not as though its the younger lot that are challenging.


Truth Says:

MJJ, Djoker is nothing like Murray. Murray isn’t very slim & agile and gets injured all the time. Murray’s always hyped up as the best player.

Djoker denied he was wrong for stopping hard work.
When he sabotaged himself, the lowlives rubbed their hands & make him the laughingstock.
His body isn’t the type that gets battered or damages his career.
He went insane with his obsession with curing his brother Marko’s depression. He got what he deserved after this week of his whining about having no motivation/reason to fight.
I said he wasn’t mentally there and that’s what happened.
The injuries were just natural when he didn’t give a damn for a year.
At least Querrey & Berdych can have strong matches without commentators talking about what Djoker did with his poor stupid brother & guru.


skeezer Says:

Master Class performance by Fed,
@Jatin re: tiebreak. Yep will remember that for awhile :)

Fed got his revenge. Healthy and fit, he showed Roanic he is not the same player her faced last year at Wimby. Too bad Djoker went down was looking forward to the beatdown by Fed. Probably a good thing for him, hope his recovery is short.
It doesn’t get any easier for Fed, he has next a guy who has manhandled him before. Hope he holds form. Good news is he has already played a really good big server, so hopefully he sees Birds serve just as well. Bird is better off the ground though, and weaker off the transition game.


Andrew Miller Says:

Nadal may have one more big Wimbledon run in him. But the big four overall may not! Only one of them is in the semifinals, where Berdyxh, Querrey, and Cilic have a shot at the title. Can’t make this stuff up.


Okiegal Says:

Sorry to all of Andy fans……clearly not up to par health wise. My sympathies to Novak fans too. His injury was surprising to me. If it was mentioned prior to the match I missed it. I believe Roger is looking at his 8th Wimby title. Maybe the tennis gods will have mercy on his opponents and keep it from happening ……… lol


Truth Says:

Cakewalk Fed took vacations to avoid losses but he ridiculed anyone that took a break. Of course he’s fresh & acting fake.

His trolls are proven fake fans of other players.
Gloryhunters brag about old age & Fed, but cry when their Fed is injured.


madmax Says:

Oki, too soon for any of that type of thought! – one match at a time and the remaining players, well, the first final for a while with a new opponent. Could be two new opponents facing each other – hopefully Federer will continue to be in the zone.

A great tournament for him so far.


madmax Says:

2003 Wimbledon —
2017 Wimbledon

42 semifinals overall


madmax Says:

Breathe. Whatever – but WoW – even at this stage, 42 semi finals overall.

Oh boy.


the_mind_reels Says:

@madmax: it is a remarkable stat. That’s 80% of the majors he’s played in that time.

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