Federer v Berdych, Querrey v Cilic; Wimbledon SF Picks And Pans
by Sean Randall | July 13th, 2017, 7:32 pm
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And then there was one. One of the Big 4 remaining, that is. After five rounds of battle on God’s green earth, only Roger Federer was left standing among the Big 4 at Wimbledon.

Rafael Nadal couldn’t complete his comeback against Gilles Muller. Novak Djokovic succumbed to an elbow injury and a hobbled Andy Murray was outgunned by American ace Sam Querrey.

Meanwhile, it’s just Roger Federer, a 35-year-old Roger Federer strolling on the lawn, reaching another semifinal and doing so without dropping a set. Just amazing.

As for Djokovic, it sounds like he’s going to finally take that break. It also sounds like he doesn’t want to do that, but his body is calling the shots now. And Novak’s got no choice. Plus, with baby number two coming, why not take a few months off, heal the injury – assuming it doesn’t need surgery which would likely end his season – and come back in the fall, or even at the start of next year, fresh like Federer did.

Any sort of time off will all but end the Andre Agassi experiment, though it may be over already. And I’m not sure what Mario Ancic brought. I do wonder why bring on Agassi if you know you have had this elbow issue for what Djokovic says has been over a year? It’s just strange. But then a lot has been strange with Djokovic since winning the French.

Murray has also hit the skids of late. Being No. 1 is no easy job and the Scot is finding that out the hard way. So too is his body. Murray came into Wimbledon as the defending champion and also with a bad hip. Well, he left Wimbledon without a title and a hip that’s apparently gotten worse.

You can see Murray struggling with his movement against Querrey, and Sam took advantage picking off Murray meatballs for easy winners in a runaway 5-set win.

While numerous players have had hips issues – Lleyton Hewitt, Gustavo Kuerten and Agassi – his doesn’t sound that serious. Let’s hope.

Federer, though, has been rock solid thus far and he rolled Milos Raonic as expected. Marin Cilic also advanced to the semifinals in a much tougher-than-expected battle against Gilles Muller who appeared to fizzle at the end.

So a surprising semifinal line-up is set, and thankfully everyone seems healthy! To my picks.

Marin Cilic v Sam Querrey
Cilic has won all four meetings with Querrey including two epics at Wimbledon. They played a 2009 5-setter and 2012 5-setter that went 5-and-half hours ending 17-15!

“We played few times,” Cilic said of Querrey. “Most of the matches were very tight, quite long, especially here. Both of those were five sets. I think Sam played really well this year. Even last year over here in Wimbledon. He’s got a big game, you know, potentially that can hurt anyone in the game. For me, I have to get ready fully, to be very focused on my own game.”

I don’t expect a reprise of their 2012 tussle, but we could see five sets again tomorrow. Why not! Both guys are in form, full of confidence and both playing in their first Wimbledon semifinal. And they are pretty similar in all the key categories – serve, backhand, forehand, return, etc.

But Cilic is the overall better player. He has the head-to-head edge and has been here before, winning the US Open back in 2014. Querrey just isn’t on familiar ground this deep in a Slam and I feel if Murray had been 100% – he was up a set and a break in that match – the American would be on a flight home right now. Querrey’s also played three straight 5-set matches and at some point the body collects. Like the taxman, it always collects.

The laid-back Querrey, though, isn’t fazed.

“I’ve had some tough grass court losses to him,” Querrey said. “I’m sure my coach Craig will look at those results, tweak a thing or two. I haven’t talked to him yet about it. Part of it’s mental, part of it’s physical. I’m going to go out there and try to keep doing what I’ve been doing these last five matches, and hopefully that will be good enough to win.”

Sam does have a big enough game to hurt anyone. And his groundstrokes are decent. But I lean to Cilic and his return game to sneak a break somewhere. In a tight one…
The Pick: Cilic in 5

Roger Federer v Tomas Berdych
Is there any hope for Berdych here? Sure! He beat Federer at Wimbledon before, should have beaten him in their last meeting in Miami and he’s made it this far winning five matches. So why not?

Well, it’s Tomas Berdych and the other guy is Federer, that’s why. And Federer’s playing so well right now having not lost a set. And he just played a near clone of Berdych in Raonic. Stylistically, there are pretty much the same. Tomas a bit better off the ground with Milos the edge in serving.

But I think Berdych will have a good day and play Roger tough. And he comes in with confidence.

“I’m probably in the best possible situation I can be right now,” said Berdych who is 6-18 vs Federer. “I had a pretty good run so far. Yeah, today I think was a little bonus of all the matches before. That’s just how it is.
Really, I cannot be in the better position before the Friday’s match.”

The problem is Roger’s sees the draw, sees opportunity and sees that he’s about to be 36 and this could be it. And what’s scary is Tomas probably sees it too, and he already has his bags packed.
The Pick: Federer in 4

Obviously the first match could go either way. The only thing that would surprise me is a blowout win for Querrey. In the second match, I could almost see Tomas getting hot and beating up on “old man” Federer. If the Czech can somehow control the middle of the court and get Roger moving, then he’ll have a shot. But it’s a real longshot.

ESPN has live coverage of both finals starting at 8am.


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154 Comments for Federer v Berdych, Querrey v Cilic; Wimbledon SF Picks And Pans

skeezer Says:

Great write up SeanπŸ‘


Angel Says:

Cilic in 4 and Roger in 3. Final Roger in 4.
That’s it so long


Daniel Says:

If Fed wins first set, agree, he will win in three. He is super sharp and grass his flick return short and low trouble the giants. Plus he is making few Unforced Errors the whole tourney and his serve is on fire.


Dave M Says:

This tournament is just amazing! So exciting this year. Love it!!


AndyMira Says:

Rog in 3,Cilic in 4…


Willow Says:

May the best man win, its unlikely ill get to see the final, as ill be working on our campervan ready for our next break, which is only a few weeks now, no horse in the race anyway ….


madmax Says:

Willow,

Try not to tempt fate –

Come on the fed! Great luck and all the best! Would have loved to have seen you live again at Wimbledon, but ticket sell out! :-(

Am sure this will be a fun match and that Fed’s game plan will work.


Willow Says:

Its not something i believe in Madmax fate ! ….


Willow Says:

Sam takes the first set ….


Mjj288 Says:

Sam’s level dropping in the second set. Got broken to 4-3


skeezer Says:

Cilic playing @ 2014 USO level, big shots, consistent. Sam is playing at a high level too. these guys are swinging it out!


JD Says:

Its Okay Skeezer, no need to be hyping about Fedex’s final opponent’s level…He can only beat who is on the opposite side..


RZ Says:

Squirrel – I see that you are on top of the women’s bracket. Good luck!


squirrel Says:

Hey Rz! Many thanks! Yeah, it’s a surprise for me, as this was my first time. I got lucky because I predicted great run by Muguruza which she is having, hehe. But for the men’s side, I’m nearing the bottom. And you? Enjoying Querrey-Cilic’s match? Who are you supporting? :)


RZ Says:

Congrats to Cilic, but also props to Querrey for playing a competitive match in his first major semi after having played 3 5-setters.


Daniel Says:

Cilic in finals. His serving stats were scary good, 25 aces in 4 ling sets, 88% first serves point won.


squirrel Says:

Yes, congrats Cilic. His shouting is so annoying though… can he relax a bit, geez..


RZ Says:

Squirrel, I was supporting Querrey, who I like because he’s a chill guy. But I never expected him to win it, and a 4-set close showing was good for him. As for the brackets, I’m in the middle for the women (I had a Pliskova-Kvitova final) and near the bottom for the men, though I might move up toward the middle if Fed wins the tournament since I picked him.


squirrel Says:

@RZ

Then I hope Fed wins for your sake! ;)


jatin Says:

Cilic playing amazingly well.
Hope fed comes out with all guns blazing against tomas.
Cilic being in a final is already getting me scared, but I am confident with fed’s current level.
Hope to see another sublime performance today
Comon champ..


squirrel Says:

I was supporting Querrey as well because he seems like a very nice guy, apparently he is at the top of the list of the nicest guys on tour.

I find Cilic very annoying and classless..


Margot Says:

OMG AM: it’s fisticuffs at dawn for us….;)
Much prefer Marin’s game so congrats to him. Think he has a chance of upsetting Fed, if it’s him in the final of course, albeit a small one, and every chance against Berd, if it should be him.
Squirrel: congrats to you. Have you got Muguruza to win?


squirrel Says:

I’m with you jatin, a bit concerned by Cilic’s level but I’m more confident of Fed’s current level. Even playing with sore knees last year he managed to beat Cilic in five. So I think and hope Fed can manage him in the final


Rick Says:

So glad that, Sam get beaten. Nice guy won’t win a GS. So he is the final. If Federina makes it to rhe final. He will beat him easily. We don’t need another Soderling. Federina is taking advantage of an easy draw again.


Daniel Says:

If berdych beats Fed and Cilil wins wimbledon beating Berdy in finals it will be the first slam run since 2005 that the winner didn’t have to beat One of the Big 4 in route to the title it could signal the change of times and dominance of Big 4 in Slams.


squirrel Says:

@Margot

Yes, I picked her to win! Like her very much ans felt very sorry for what happened to her at Rolan Garros..
But I kinda hope Venus will win..I don’t know, I really like both. What about you?


RZ Says:

@Rick – I don’t recall Soderling having a reputation as a nice guy.


RZ Says:

Thanks Squirrel! Would love to see Fed bag #19 here.


Rick Says:

Federina usually won his GS. When someone is hurt or injuried. He might has 18 GS. But he picked them up with bargain prices. Like at the Australian Open. He was playing guys like Gonzalez or Bagdatis in the finals. Fexerina is like a housewife who buys her dress from the cheap bargain stores.


AndyMira Says:

Yeah M!….Marin is sooo confident atm..and if his serves clicking beautifully this sunday,then watch out Rog!..he will got a very stern test from Marin…Btw..have u practice a winner speech?..Like, u know..”Thank u academy for this win,i want to thank my Clarissa,my sofa,my cow for standing with me through ups and downs this 2 miserable weeks..”..hehehhehehehehawhawhaw!!


Margot Says:

Squirrel: Well done. I like her very much too and wow, so much better on grass with Conchita in the box. Admire Venus so much too, so really am happy with either. Just hope the final is better than the disappointing semis.


AndyMira Says:

Btw M!…What is fisticuffs?


Margot Says:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_cattle “A cow” ???? Hope you mean one of these beauties AM…;) “Fisticuffs” is a bare knuckle fight m’dear. Lol, I think I might be in with a chance as you don’t even know what it means!


Daniel Says:

Fed already had a BP in Berdych’s first service game. Hope he keeps pressuring and steady on his own serve.


squirrel Says:

@Margot

Yeah hope for a great final too, semis were boring yesterday.

Yeah, Conchita has really helped Garbine and I like her passion in supporting her as well.


AndyMira Says:

M!….Oh!no no no no!…Not that cow!!…that’s no beauty!…This is BEAUTY M!!…https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2014-07/11/10/enhanced/webdr08/anigif_enhanced-16277-1405090743-9.gif?downsize=715:*&output-format=auto&output-quality=auto

Btw…Ohhohohoho!..That’s what it means??..Hehehe..I usually just smackdown someone..not fisticuffs M…


Margot Says:

Lol that cow looks suspiciously like a horse! My cow has magnificent horns too…Yah boo!


squirrel Says:

sloppy game by Fed to get broken by the Berdie..


gonzalowski Says:

that ball from Fed to Berdych’s body??? that’s Fed’s sportmanship ! ;)


Daniel Says:

Yeah, tiebreak in the bag. Hope no more double DF to give back the break.


RZ Says:

@gonzalowski – is Berdych going to refuse to shake Fed’s hand now?


jatin Says:

Fed playing amazing so far.
Berydch is at a very high level as well. Hitting very cleanly. Hope fed can keep up his level and wrap it up in straight sets.


Daniel Says:

Berdych serving big down BP’s. Not having the Berdy moments so far.

High quality match


jatin Says:

@squirrel
Yeah. That is what makes me confident as well. He is playing far far better than last year wimby as well, so Clutch.


Margot Says:

Duno why Fed isn’t slicing and dicing Berd. Seems to want to outhit him from the baseline, which given the power of Berd’s shots at the mo., seems strange. Leads by a set, however Berd is playing well and whacking that ball.


Daniel Says:

That body shot was the right choice. The deo volley was leaning otside and Fed eas on the run with Berdych closing the DTL, tgere was jonpassing shot, only middle of the court. You just don’t risk losing a pount afraid to hit the body of the player who pressure you on the net. You just raise your racquet in sorry, as Fed did and move on.

One thing is when player have a sitter and can choose whatever side they won’t but ain at the body on pourpose. Anyone who plays know that.


Daniel Says:

Wow, wrist passing shot after beyimg wrong footed. Love ot!


jatin Says:

What was that bachand by fed .. wow
One of the best flick backhand I have ever seen him hit along with the one hit against andy in 2015 semis. Ridiculous.


Daniel Says:

15-30, 2 points from losing second set and Berdych hit an ace. Closing the door.

Berdych indeed raise his level when playing Fed latelly.


Daniel Says:

Seems we are heading to another tiebreak unless Fed does some magic or Berdych feels the pressure a bit. He will serve down 5-6 and he knows if he loses his serve he will be 2 sets down and match pretty much over.

Let’s see how he serves next game.


Daniel Says:

Federer still cleaing his nose during change overs. Guess he still has some cold raian ms going on


gonzalowski Says:

Hm RZ, Daniel, maybe you’re right and it’s not an ugly action, but don’t remember Nadal making such a shot; if he did, some people’d ‘kill’ him


Daniel Says:

Damm, heavy spank FH return winner. Mini break up


Daniel Says:

Flawless tiebreak, 3 straight FH winners: retunr, baseline and passing shot


gonzalowski Says:

ufff masterful tB again from Federer!


Daniel Says:

gonzalowski. Nadal made that shot plenty of times. Hence they raise their Hands immediatly afyer it and wait opponent to see their action. Just type on youtube. Nadal hitting body. All tennis players do, regardless of their rabkings. And all Big 4 had done it several times. It’s a regular shot, specially on grass with several net poonts.


Daniel Says:

Yesss. excllent return in the corner. 2 sets up.
1 set away from an historic 11th Wimbledon final and 11th in same Grand Slam.

Looks like this year is the veterans year. Think Fed and Venus will be winners.


Daniel Says:

Fed can reach Wimby final without dropping a set, don’t recall lst time that happened. And I don’t thibk anybody ever won Wimbledon without losing a set. A chance he can have on Sunday if he wins next set.


Daniel Says:

No mental letdowns. Keep the focus


kjb Says:

@daniel

Borg won in 76 without dropping a set I believe.


RZ Says:

@gonzalowski – it’s always a fair shot. It’s the player’s responsibility to ensure that he/she isn’t hit by the opponent’s ball.


tennis lover Says:

Fed needs to be careful in this set. Berdman is hitting the ball well. Fed still needs to be consistent and clever in shot selection for not letting another tie breaker happen in this match. He needs to be tactically sharp now. Rest of the things will happen automatically.


Daniel Says:

Fed with a silly mistake on BP. He was on the rally and tried the hardest shot instead of returning cross court deep. One of the few BO’ he played a second serve and point. Missed oportunity.


Daniel Says:

Fed a break up, too many second serves by berdycj in that game


Tony N Says:

Fed’s shot selection has been wrong on too many shots — almost trying to extend the match rather than end it more quickly. Instead of putting away balls he would typically put away, Federer seems (to me) to be deliberately hitting too many balls back to Berdych’s positional area to keep the rallies alive. He’s choosing to hit the wrong shots instead of ending the point. Sometimes getting cold as a consequence. Keeping the score close, and only raising his game when he really needs to to win the set. Federer’s expressions of frustration add drama to a match he really should be putting away more emphatically. My guess is Federer doesn’t want to beat Berdych too quickly and upset the Czech host (Berdych) of the Laver Cup in Prague.


Berghain Says:

Well played Fed, I hope he can get his 8th tomorrow.


Berghain Says:

Lol Roger talking about Cilic:
“After he crushed me at the US open, I hope he doesnt play that well again(laughing)”


Daniel Says:

He did. Whole clay missing decision has payed of. 11 straight matches win on grass and a chance for a record 8th Wimbledon title. Remarkable!!


Margot Says:

Well played Fed. Well played Cilic. Hope it’s a cracker!


tennis lover Says:

Today, at times Federer seems to be flustered, annoyed, confused. He made wrong shot selections many a times. Sometimes, His shots were not up to mark. In between that, he has kept his cool and displayed RF magic. Maybe it is cold that has distracted him. But, he can’t have this erratic let down final. He needs to be on the top of his game and always charge from get go. Hopefully, he can straight set Clic. What Cilic did him in US open, Roger will perhaps do the same on coming Sunday. But, for that to happen, he needs to be physically, mentally and tactically to the point from the beginning till the end of the match


steve-o Says:

Somewhat nervy match from Federer, he definitely wants this title. Still he got the job done in the face of tough opposition from Berdych, and without dropping a set! Good luck Sunday to him and to Cilic! C’mon Roger!


Truth Says:

Aw, Tony. Boohoo. The cupcake draw allows Fed to fake admiration for weak servebots.
Look how he bowed down to weak servebots with fake profuse praise and compared Roddick losses to Fed with losses to Nadal.

The clown is the phoniest, blubbering baby when he loses to the biggest star, not a weak slam opponent that had easy draws vs. other servebots.


J-Kath Says:

Sorri Everybody but I got bored with the match and stopped watching – I found Berdych too cautious and Fed not very inspiring (perhaps didn’t have to be). And that life-sucking creature Andrew Castle – Well obviously I had to shut up his drooling and put him on OFF for most of the match.

Hopefully the final will be more exciting. Ah well, we’ll find out on Sunday. Good luck to you all for your favourite.


jatin Says:

Sublime performance by fed once again. Yet to lose a set.
Just want him to Deliver this type of play again in the finals..
Go fed go. He is handling the big servers very well. First Raonic, then berydch. I hope he will continue to do this in Cilic match.


rognadfan Says:

The False Guy’s head is about to burst from the utter jealousy. Hope he doesn’t commit a crime. Envy and hate are dangerous things!

His guys draw was so tough, his elbow gave up!. Damn! #hater#1.


rognadfan Says:

Today’s play from Roger was way too nervy as . Luckily, the guy across the net is not really known ‘deliver’ it when ti comes to big matches. So, in a way fed got away with some nervousness and too many poor execution of shots and decision-making. If Cilic returns well, Sundays headline could just miss the history that everybody is thinking will be made.


J-Kath Says:

Berghain me dear: Don’t stay in tomorrow to see Federer as he’s not there until Sunday.


James Says:

Yeah, cupcake draw for Fed. Because Djoker couldn’t even last two sets in the QF. Murray was brave, but hip gave away. Nadal blinked at 13-13 in the 5th set. Yeah, these three are really solid and played great at this wimbledon, while Fed got a cupcake draw. So easy to straight set raonic or Berdych at wimbledon, right? After all, they are just big servers, big hitters, and merely finalists here before – and yeah, much younger (at least Raonic).

And yeah, has to face the lowly Cilic in the final. So easy.

Even Nadal doesn’t have 11 finals in a slam. this is Fed’s 11th at Wimbledon. Lets see if he can make it 8 out of 11.


J-Kath Says:

Margot how come you forgot to tell AM that Highland cattle are Scottish???
!!!!!!!!!!! A little bit like Andy – the best there is….wish I could do emotifs like Okie.


Temple Says:

Although i’d love Federer to write history on Sunday, it’s not a foregone conclusion. On the contrary, today’s semi was rather like a warning: 4 or 5 hawkeye wrong challenges in a row, clearly demonstrating nerves (must be a first for Federer), more 2016 type of shanks that he would like and a general reluctance to display his whole arsenal, especially drop shots and slices. This is nerves plus lack of confidence.

If Roger Federer tries to out-Cilic Cilic in the final, he is toast in 3 quick sets. But he can avoid going down to the wrong -ic by frustrating the big hitter, engage him into rallies, break his rhythm. A younger Fed could take a page out of Nadal’s book, even on grass, make some rallies longer and wait for the inevitable Cilic unforced to come up. But this Fed, nope and, actually, if he loses the first set, I don’t see him easily coming back, regardless of last year’s heroics.

Of course, good luck to Federer, a true tennis virtuoso, who has made this sport bigger than what it deserves to be with his artistry. Just watching the Cilic – Querry servebots semifinal today (nothing personal, they are both cool guys) and also watching the so-called NextGen hitting mindlessly, without the need to construct a point, gives us a glimpse of what tennis will be like in the near future. The longer Federer stays in the game, the better for the game.


Berghain Says:

J-Kath thanks :P, definitely was not thinking when I wrote that.
I respectfully demand you cheer for Roger tomorrow :)

Yes I agree about the match, Federer looked uninspired and angry in the 3d set, on missing a break point I heard him say “scheiße mann”. Which I haven’t heard before. His voice was also strange so maybe he isnt feeling 100 percent and wanted to get off court asap. Berdych made some mistakes but Fed also missed some opportunities. Thank god for that serve – he saved lots of break points. Cilic is playing so solid from the back Im not convinced Fed is going to win it – really hope so though. One things for sure, if Fed wins the tennis world is going to explode!


FedExpress Says:

Congratz all Fed fans. Daniel, madmax and all the others i forgot to mention..
This guy takes my breathe away. I am still in awe.


FedExpress Says:

Temple, Cilic is a known choker. Federer has all the tools to beat him hence starts as the favourite.


J-Kath Says:

Berghain:

I can promise you I will not cheer for Cilic whether it be tomorrow or Sunday – don’t know why I don’t like him.


chrisford1 Says:

FedExpress – Any player save maybe Rafa can choke. Fed has many times.
Cilic has choked as well, but his larger problem is that he has underperformed all his career given the talent and physical gifts he has (he moves better than any established big man in the sport)
More like Stan…he is nearly invincible when he is on…but he is rarely “on” for a whole tournament.


RZ Says:

Had to step away toward the end of the match. Glad to see Fed through in 3. Hopefully he can win 3 more sets on Sunday! It sounds like he has a cold – some commentators noted that he was blowing his nose on changeovers.


steve-o Says:

Federer was definitely nervy and more vocal than usual; there was something off about him. Maybe he ate some bad seafood. Maybe the twin boys kept him up late. Any number of reasons he could have been a little off today.

Federer certainly ain’t telling–he won in straight sets, talking about why he might have been off his game would just be rubbing it in.

To win tournaments, you have to win matches even when you’re not feeling it. Federer did his job, he posted three sets in his column. Producing transcendent, gorgeous tennis isn’t part of the job description; it’s a bonus.

Much more important for him to peak in the final, and I’m sure he will raise his game for that. Should be a fun match!


RZ Says:

There will be British champion at Wimbledon this weekend! The mixed doubles final will ensure that. Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis, the number 1 seeds, will take on Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson, the defending champions.


Berghain Says:

J-Kath
I also dont like him. Though Fed said hes one of the nicest guys and had only good things to say about him.
I think maybe its his face, when he is on court he looks so angry – its creepie.


madmax Says:

RZ,

Fed has had a cold since the middle of Wimbledon. He will be fine.

J-Kath!

#And that life-sucking creature Andrew Castle – Well obviously I had to shut up his drooling and put him on OFF for most of the match.”

Hilarious! Andrew Castle is jaw achingly unfunny, uncharismatic, zero personality. Why do they still have him on BBC?

Truth, you seem to be having problems with haemorrhoids right now? Preparation H might help.


madmax Says:

Thought that Berdych gave a really good fight. Super close match. Thought he looked ungainly however at certain points, some of his shots were rushed (especially at the net), he certainly did not have the movement at points. Having said that, I thought that Berdych did hold his game really well.

Federer, played a solid match and kept his cool in the tie breakers. Well done.

Fed ex, the calmness suits you. :-)


Miles Says:

Madmax – he’d have to apply it orally!


Tony N Says:

unTruth,

Everyone else… except you… would understand the meaning of the word β€œdraw”. Federer had the toughest draw of the Big Four players. In R1, Federer had former No. 13 and now No. 84 Dolgopolov (who has beaten Nadal twice, including on grass) while in R3 he was slated to meet M Zverev (conquerer of No. 1 Murray at the Australian Open). A β€œcupcake draw” is when a top player has fodder ranked No. 589 and No. 136 in his section, like Djokovic did :)

Funny how the ‘weak servebot’ No. 15 Berdych beat Djokovic in just one set before the biggest star surrendered. Funnier how the ‘weaker servebot’ No. 26 Muller outcompeted and beat the biggest star Nadal. Funniest how the even ‘weaker servebot’ No. 28 Querrey outcompeted and beat the big star Murray. Djokovic, Nadal and Murray all lost without even facing the ‘tough servebot’ No. 6 Cilic.

Hmmm… maybe these β€˜biggest stars’ chose to retire or lose early to ‘weak servebots’ rather than advancing to a future round where they risk losing to a top-form Federer. Why is it that the biggest stars become weak in the knees and try to avoid Federer whenever he is in top form? They become the biggest stars only when Federer has mononucleosis, injury, is off-form or cruising at three-quarter effort through the tour.

As for Roddick, he beat Nadal in both 2008 and in 2010 – both years when Rafa ended the year as No. 1 player. If your big stars choke and lose to ‘weak servebots’, don’t expect them to handle former No. 1 Roddick.

Now take a deep look in a mirror to see the phoniest, blubbering baby clown staring back at you:)


pitchaboy Says:

There is a reason Fed and Cilic are playing the final: they were the two best players in this tournament. Overall,Fed has been better; today, Cilic’s level was better than Fed. The first set will be crucial. If Fed takes it, it will be a rout. If Fed loses it, it will be a dog fight.


skeezer Says:

“Any player save maybe Rafa can choke.”
Rafa never chokes? Who said that? Let me guess….
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DevvnU-sAJ8
——

Way to go Roger Federer! Another all time record final. Hope he can stay focused and bring the mojo. Cilic is a better version of Bird, an we all saw the scoreline today Fed vs Bird. On paper this one is going to be close, real close.


Berghain Says:

Tomas Berdych Wimbledon 2017 semi-final press conference
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MlTuTJEtZo&ytbChannel=Wimbledon
“I dont see anything that would indicate that Roger is getting older”. :)


skeezer Says:

Bird’s service returns were on fire today, Fed had a harder time getting free points off his serve. He(Bird) was reading Feds serve extremely well overall.


pitchaboy Says:

Cilic was also doing that with Sam’s serve. He was able to block them back using his big reach. I do believe, though, that Bird’s ground game is slightly superior to Marin’s.


Willow Says:

N.I.D Congrats to Federer and fans on another final, was hoping he would meet Sam in the final, agree with Squirrel about Cilic really cant stand the guy, hope for a well contested final even if i wont see it ….


Truth Says:

Creepy looking? You got Cilic face confused with Fed’s face.

Would you expect Cilic to
-smirk like the ultimate loser before playing
-lose focus & fake laugh to hide inferiority complex
-make annoying jokes for no reason
-give little effort
-praise opponent non-stop
-grunt louder & louder and tell the crowd to get ready for the gift you’re handing to the opponent
(like Roddick the precious sycophantic lapdog)?
Weren’t those things considered normal for the 2001-2006 era?


Ahfi Says:

Agree with Pitchaboy (July 14th, 2017 at 4:58 pm). If Federer wins first set, he will relax to some extent and play lights out. But if he loses the first set, he is going to battle till he can’t no mo. He will not give up easily. Neither will Cilic anyway. Cilic seems extremely confident. Watch out Fed… Don’t be nervous.


Okiegal Says:

Yep ……they all choke…. Fed choked 14 times against Rafa…that looks so bad for proper GOAT status…..
Here ya go JK……πŸ’ͺ the πŸ‚ πŸ‘£πŸ‘£πŸ‘£ all over the 🐐 on 14 different occasions! 😊😊😊😊

Let’s hear it for the “old” dogs in the up coming finals! Go Vee and Roger!!


Daniel Says:

Guys, some perspective. We know Cilic can get hot but he will have to find that 5% range of his tennis nirvana in order to win. He was pished to five by Muller and Querrery was a break up in 4th set.

Federer hasn’t lost a set and Cilic has to win 3!!!

In 2014 and 2015 where Federer was nowhere near this level nor confidence it took Djoko 5 (an almost choke in 2014) and than 4 sets inn2015. Djoko who was on a superhuman level 2015.

Yes Cilic can produce that USO 2014 form, bit than he had 3 straight awesome displays. This wimbledon he hasn’t face anyone close to the caliber of Federer. I mean, Muller and Querrey, c’mon.

Ir would be a huge, huge upset if Cilic beat Fed and in order to do so, the match will probably go to 4 tough set or five. And Fed eould have to have something lingering or cold getting worse.

He has the experiece, 29 Slam final. Knwos he os delivering in slams latelly reaching almost all semis and beyond of his last 8 played.

I give Cilic an 10% chance, because Federer is old and the cumulative matche scab catch him. He may have an pff day out of knowere.


Michael Says:

Roger didn’t play his best while Berdych was on top gear and so uncharacteristic by not making his usual DFs and netting the ball and yet the match ended in straight sets only because Roger displayed his magical Tennis at big moments and outclassed his opponent. This gives you an idea of the roll Federer is in at the moment. At 36, even to reach the quarter finals would be an extraordinary effort, but Roger surpassed all expectations and gave himself a good shot for No. 19 despite being handed with a brutal draw.I n the finals anything can happen and it depends on what kind of Cilic turns up – erratic or the kind we saw in the US open ? Roger can safely handle both provided he doesn’t display the desperation, nerves and emotions as he did against Berdych which affected his game. He should go with a free mind having nothing to prive and nothing to lose. Is 18 not enough to prove his greatness ??


madmax Says:

Miles Says:
Madmax – he’d have to apply it orally!

July 14th, 2017 at 4:35 pm

Agreed Miles.

Great post by TonyN, who put Truth in his rightful place.

Sunday: I think will be a dogfight. Have you seen how hungry Cilic is? Pressure will be on Fed and he will have to work for it. Fully expect him to win, but at this stage, what he has achieved so far has been magical.


Truth Says:

You must be joking. Poor Fedal floons.
Fed lost to Roddick in 2003, 2008 and 2012.
No one truly cares about the fake Hall of Famer. LMAO
He let him win in 2012 to throw him fake glory, then Roddick became roadkill in the next match.

Fed escaped 3 match points vs. Roddick at Masters Cup 2006.
The draw was so easy and he barely escaped.
Roddick never did well on indoor hardcourt.
Only rarely when draws collapsed for him. He sucked badly. Even Nadal did better than the Texas clown.

He barely read fat Roddick’s predictable serve and needed him to be exhausted with his embarrassing, mindless ballbashing at 2004 Wimbledon.
He sluggishly got through 2009 Wimbledon, acted so freaking arrogant with a classless stupid speech which made “his dear pal” Roddick cringe.
Roddick talked back to him in disgust, so it wasn’t the sweetheart Fed that the fake fans expected.
No surprise. Every fake rivalry was a “joy” to Fed.


FedExpress Says:

Roger will gove this an extra care. Was close in ’14 and ’15. Close to reach another final last year. For a player of his calibre he doesnt want to lose his 4th wimbledon final. Think Federer will dial in like in the Halle final. And I think we read too much into his cold. Think last week it was an issue but this week.


Madmax Says:

I hear you Fedexpress…easy to get hunger up in the head…*sound all nasally*. He’s in charge of his body.

I’m just thinking; what an honour it will be, to walk through those corridors, down those steps in the actual centre court building, surrounded by the press, by history, it really is awesome what Roger Federer has achieved so far. Think for a minute. Never in his wildest dreams could he have thought he would be in this position 12 months on. He must be pinching himself.


Madmax Says:

Easy to get *bunged* up in the head; with the sinuses; there’s been a lot of heat and bugs around this year.


Madmax Says:

And thats just coming from truth FedEx!


Danica Says:

Congrats to Roger fans, you really have a lot to be proud and happy about.

On the other side, it must be painful to be Berdych fan. I was hoping he would be able to repeat the 2010. but it was not to be. He’s just being himself again.

I will not dismiss Cilic’s chances in the final. I would have prefered Sam the man :) but Cilic was a bit more focused today in the last set. I imagine Roger can also come out nervous knowing that he is a favorite and that he has a chance to make history. It must add pressure even to him.


Danica Says:

Tony N,
Your last post was quite unfair.


Ahfi Says:

Thank God we finally know why Fed won 18 slams. There was something wrong with all his opponents in those final matches. Wow. Some people are just super smart to figure out these things. I need to find a way to increase my IQ to get to this level of thinking.

Hey, what was wrong with the people he defeated along the way before getting to the finals? I guess those were half dead players! Geez.


Willow Says:

^Okies post was all tongue in cheek, no need for such a sarcastic response ^ ….


squirrel Says:

Yes, Okie’s post is nice, thanks Okie for that. I always miss your posts. How are you by the way?


Willow Says:

Michael when it came to the FO, you were saying just give the trophy to Rafa, as the only player that couldve defeated Rafa was Novak who got knocked out, doesnt the same standard apply now with Roger ?, probably not given Rogers a player you like, rather than Rafa a player you dont partucularly care for, just curious ….


Willow Says:

Squirrel we chat on FB quite alot, you should get on there too ….


squirrel Says:

I’d like that! how should i get on there?


Willow Says:

Well you set up an account with your e.mail address, name and date of birth etc ….


Willow Says:

And a password, the instructions are pretty self explanatory , good lucky, hope you get there Squirrel, let me know here, and my real names ALISON HODGE so we can chat on there too :-)


J-Kath Says:

Daniel: @ 8.39pm.

Muller defeated Rafa – one can hardly assume lack of ability as you seem to imply……even though I’m not pining away with love for Cilic………

Okiegal: I see you are torturing me again – and me such a simple trusting wee soul…….tears are pouring down my cheeks.


squirrel Says:

Haha, no I have facebook, I meant how can I join your group or contact you there? ;)


Willow Says:

Send me a friend request Alison Hodge, Okie is Janis Rowsey, Andi Mira is Andi Mira ….


squirrel Says:

ok will do! :)


Willow Says:

Thats not my real hair in my profile picture lol :-)


squirrel Says:

hehe, very nice hair, looks natural to me :)


Michael Says:

Willow – Let me say this and put it bluntly. Roger is not dominant on Grass as Rafa is on Clay and he has challengers. Although Roger’s record on Grass is imposing and out of the world, yet he has been bested in so many finals which exactly gives Cilic a slimmer of chance. Rafa on the other hand has been invincible and infallible on Clay beaten only by Soderling and Novak.He hasn’t lost any final in Rolland Garros unlike Roger on Grass and so therein lies the key difference. In my opinion, Novak is the only player who can beat Rafa in a final of the biggest clay court tournament. Roger tried many times but couldn’t succeed even beating Rafa once even in his prime. And so I thought that Novak’s exit cleared the path for Rafa. But the Novak of today is a pale shadow of his former self and would be buried alive by both Roger and Rafa if they happen to meet in any format.


squirrel Says:

Although I hope I got the right Alison Hodge :)


Willow Says:

Coloured braids im my hair, also wearing a flower garland around my head, a cloak, with a broach on it, and a fairy style dress, did you send a friend request, im from GB too ? ….


squirrel Says:

I did, I think I got the wrong one! ops, let me try again!


squirrel Says:

I think it’s good now :)


Willow Says:

^Hariri Mustafa right ?^


Willow Says:

I Also have a slogan that says cute across it, with a rainbow, i rememberance of little Bradley Lowery that passed away last week ….


squirrel Says:

Yes :)


Willow Says:

Cool ….


Rick Says:

Federer “The Dollar King”. Hahaha


AndyMira Says:

Hey Wil!I think you’re a little bit wrong sis!…My account name is Mira Andi…not Andi Mira….squirrel feel free to send me a friend request k?


Berghain Says:

Is the entire TX staff on a Booze cruise?

Where are the write-ups for the semi-finals played, and upcoming Final?


squirrel Says:

Thanks Andy Mira! i’ll add you 😊


Truth Says:

Of course Nadal didn’t lose clay finals, he either took 4 month vacations or lost to Djoker and Soderling.
Like his “pal” Fed, they conveniently didn’t lose finals when they avoided losing, choked & tanked many matches. They’re not GOATS for nothing…
The media has to slobber over them to sabotage his opponents’ ability to win.
Fed required arrogance and the media propaganda to scare off the overhyped servebots and weak servers.
Nadal needed extreme luck against Djoker who lacked self respect but didn’t lack talent.
Fed just had a greedy character but lacked talent on clay and was extremely overrated on grass.
If you throw Fed enough bones at Cincinnati & Slams, he’d eventually bite and get praised profusely by his fanboys.

Fedal take a lot of time off, but get praised like they’re “gods”.
If Djoker takes 4 days off, it’s because he’s a loser that never truly dominated real players (not tennis hater & Fed gloryhunter Roddick, Gonzalez, Baghdatis) week after week, final after final for years.
That’s Fedal fanatic “glory hunter logic”. Fakest fanatics whose only purpose is to troll with lies.

Fedal was busy playing half dead clowns that Fedal fanatics desperately avoid mentioning.
Year 2004-2009 clowns that couldn’t play well 350 times on indoor and outdoor courts,
(not more than 700 tournaments because they quit to hide their misery & failures).
Nalbandian and Hewitt beat Fed many times.
According to Fedal fanatics, this proves that these players were better than Murray & Djokovic.
No underrated healthy player loses to Roddick & Hewitt between age 22-30.


AndyMira Says:

Hehe…Yeah,u do that squirrel!…btw…r u still on top in WTA Bracket?If so,congrats k?You’re sooo genius!


squirrel Says:

I am!! Thanks Andy mira! No, not genius at all, I was just super lucky!

I’m very happy for Garbine, she deserves it!

What do you think? Do you like her?


Daniel Says:

JK,

These days anyone with a decent serve can beta nadal in wimbledon. Next year is almost like we will be waiting the draw to see who will beat him before QF. I did ot this year but picked Kachanov eorng before Muller. He is not “Slam” material. Cilic is but Culic strugled with both him and Querrey and Fed can do anyhtong they do better bar spanking a first serve


Giles Says:

Presumptuous much Daniel πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ˜«So you wait to look at the draw and see who can beat Rafa before qf?? You’re a mean spirited so and so!! 😑😑😑😑


Willow Says:

Sorry Andi Mira, or rather Mira Andi lol ….


J-Kath Says:

Daniel: Your opinion.


Okiegal Says:

@Squirrel>>>>>>OOPS! You did send me a request before I had read all of the above comments…..I didn’t accept because I didn’t know you…..Friend me again and I will add you as a friend. So sorry…..didn’t mean to be an unfriendly jerk! Forgive please!!

Willow is correct….tongue in cheek…..intended for only one poster and he know who he is….but all in fun!!!

Love those little emoji thingies JK!

All alone and listening to golden oldies…..mop in hand pretending my partner is Patrick Swayze of Dirty Dancing fame………very boring Saturday evening. I did make it to Stratford, OK to the annual peach festival…. Bought peaches…..the Loring peach is the best peach on the planet. Big as a softball and sweet as sugar…..they have made me very chatty today!! I’m high on natural sugar!!! LOL Hope all of you are having a great week-end! Oh…. I’ve got a hot date tonight…..things are looking up….. hopefully it wont be too boring…….He He


Willow Says:

Okie boring Saturday evening here too, contemplating watching some more classic TV boxset, a series called Northern Exposure, all about a doctor that moves to Alaska to a town called Cicely with the Native Americans to set up a practice, or 50 Shades of Grey, and 50 Shades Darker, lol on the Dirty Dancing mop thing ….

And i friended Squirrel this morning on FB, real name Hariri Mustafa ….


Okiegal Says:

@Willow….Felt so bad about not accepting Squirrel’s request. Hope for another chance to accept!
Hey girl……The old mop partner will work in a pinch! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

@ JK πŸ‘β€οΈπŸ’ƒ πŸ‘β›„οΈπŸ’ͺπŸ’ & 🀠!!!


Okiegal Says:

Willow I have never watched that series but I’ve heard it’s good. We lost the Hastings music store. It closed down and I don’t have anywhere to rent movies anymore…….grrrr!!!!


Okiegal Says:

@squirrel…..I’m doing just fine and thanks for asking! I’ve been spasmodic lately on TX. I’ve been busy. But I do hop in and out on occasion. Went to a rodeo last night and I’m going to a local country and western music show tonight…….so busy nights but boring days! Please friend me again ok???


Daniel Says:

Giles,

Considering his past record in Wimbledon since 2011 and the way he is still titlest on HC since Doha 2014 (more than 3 and a half years) I assumed / predicted he wouldn’t go far these Wimbledon. Which turn out to be right. My bracket had him losing in R3.

There is a reason he hasn’t reach a single Wimbledon QF in last 5 times he played. And I don’t expect anything different next season, if he plays at all.

This year he was on super form after RG without dropping a set and his personal best least games won, and even so come up short in Wimbledon yet again, battling al the way.

He is not losing to big names: Rosol, Darcis, Kyrgios, Brown, Muller. It doesn’t take rocket science and even with me not liking his game, It is a clear pattern, all of those players had great serves bar Darcis.

So, my point is, Nadal knows deep down he is done ref Wimbledon. He always complains, bad for his knees, talks about serve only etc… He just plays because he is competitive and is tradition and his sheer will power wants to deliver there again. But very unlikely. Year after year he came short and he is not getting any younger. He will be 32 next year and he is no Federer on grass.

So, come Wimbledon next year, when making my draw prediction, I will asses which players from his side will have the best shot in upsetting him, again.
Will do the same if Fed plays RG, which I doubt he will ever play again. Maybe only in his last season, as part of a farewell tour, if he announces in advance. No heart feelings.


Willow Says:

Michael @ 5.17 am July 15th, thanks for the reply, but Federer dominated the tour for years not just one GS, so wheres the difference, Rafa has only really dominated RG nowhere else, your post came across as been quite bitter, simply because Novak whom you like had lost at RG,and another that had dominated the tour for a year, and Rafa a player you dont really like made another final, seems OK when your favorite dominating rather than a rival, your post seemed a bit unfair ….

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