Federer Flawless Against Cilic, Wins Record 8th Wimbledon Title, 19th Grand Slam
by Sean Randall | July 16th, 2017, 4:10 pm
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He’s about to be 36, but that’s not a problem for Roger Federer. But it’s a problem for everyone else at the top of men’s tennis because after all these years – 17 of them – he’s still winning. The Swiss sorcerer continued to confound the very best in tennis winning a second Grand Slam of 2017, sweeping past Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to collect a record 8th Wimbledon title and 19th overall slam.

The Australian Open title was a fairytale. Then he proved it was no fluke winning Indian Wells and Miami. And now he runs through a stacked Wimbledon field without dropping a single set, and losing serve only four times.

How can this be? How does this happen? How can someone return after six months off the tour, fighting Father time, fighting the return of his nemesis Nadal, and perform as well as ever?

There just isn’t a good explanation for this one. Instead, you just savour it. You enjoy the ride.

“It is very special. Wimbledon will always be my favorite tournament,” Federer said following the 1-hour, 41-minute destruction. “My heroes walked the grounds here and walked the courts here. Because of them, I think I became a better player, too. To make history here at Wimbledon really means a lot to me just because of all of that really.

The match began a little rocky with both players on edge on an overcast day. Cilic extricated himself from a 15-30 right hole out of the gate. Federer did the same in his first service game.

Then, in a thunderbolt, Federer took charge. Cilic held a break chance in the fourth game at 30-40. Cilic missed a return and that was it. Thirty minutes later Cilic was sobbing down 6-3, 3-0 on the most famous court in the world. He was done-in by a man seven years his elder.

Cilic, who later confirmed he had blister issues from the Sam Querrey win, gathered himself, wiped away the tears and tried to make a match of it. But Federer was in full flight, ripping off love games like you rip open presents on your birthday.

With his emotions in check, and the outcome all but a certainty, Cilic played better in the third. But a late break sealed it and for the 8th time Federer finished the final Sunday on top at Wimbledon.

“I was just so happy that I was able to win here again because it’s been a long road, tough at times, but that’s how it’s supposed to be,” Federer added. “So to be Wimbledon champion for an entire year now is something I can’t wait to savour and just enjoy. It was super special. To be part of Wimbledon history is truly amazing.”

Federer didn’t drop serve in the final and only lost it four times all tournament. And Cilic could only manage just one break chance whereas Federer converted on 5 of his 10. While Federer cruised on his serve, Cilic really struggled with only 5 aces to Federer’s 8 and he won just 65% on first, 39% on second. Horrible numbers but a guy like him.

Unfortunately for Cilic, the 28-year-old said the blister prevented him from mounting a real challenge to Federer. A missed opportunity he knew, one that caused the emotional breakdown we all witnessed. But Marin showed that he’ll be a contender for some time.

“It was definitely an unfortunate day for it to happen. I got a really bad blister. I even felt it in the match with Sam Querrey in the semis. Fluid just came down under my callous in the foot,” said Cilic. “I want to thank the physios here. They helped. They were almost constantly with me the past 30 hours. They did as much as they could, but unfortunately I still felt the pain. Every time I had to do a fast reaction or fast change of movement, I was unable to do that.

“It was obviously very tough emotionally because I know how much I went through the last few months in preparation for everything. It was also tough because of my own team. They did so much for me. I just felt it was really bad luck,” he added. “But I really wanted to give my best and try as much as I could.”

For Federer, at his age, doing what he’s doing – winning Wimbledon for the first time without losing a set – is stunning. And even more so when you consider the image of him face first on the ground a year ago in a crushing, season-ended loss to Milos Raonic.

“You would have laughed if I told you I was going to win two slams this year,” said Federer. “I also didn’t believe that I was going to win two this year. I did ask everybody on my team sincerely if they thought I could win majors again. It was important that my team believed it. It wasn’t just me trying to carry the team; I need the team to carry me most of the time. When you’re doubting yourself, they reassure you.

“If you’re feeling too good, they make sure you come back to planet earth and put you in your place. The answer from them was always the same: if you’re 100% healthy, you’re well-prepared, and you’re eager to play, anything’s possible.”

Now, after two Slam titles, two Masters wins, the Swiss is looking like a serious threat to win the US Open and grab the year-end No. 1. If he keeps playing well – he’s only lost two matches and in both he had matchpoints – and Rafael Nadal clay domination doesn’t carryover to the hardcourts, he’s the favorite to do it.

But for now, the old man rules.


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109 Comments for Federer Flawless Against Cilic, Wins Record 8th Wimbledon Title, 19th Grand Slam

Rick Says:

Like I said, the housewife picked up her dress from the bargain store again. Federina must feels very powerful against with disabilities. Haha


madmax Says:

It’s truly a shame that some people cannot be respectful after such a glorious tournament. It’s very, very low.

Be quiet Rick. Silly boy.

For the fed fans, this is a gem.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGrNJl29DwI


Rick Says:

The housewife stayed home. Only played for few months a year. This year Wimbledon is a tournament for the disabilities. Federina is the regular shopper from “The Dollar King.”


Berghain Says:

Yep Madmax,
Must be so butt hurt that Fed Won – hahahahaha.
Seriously though, wish someone could take this trash outta here. No one deserves to read such garbage.
Thx for the link.


madmax Says:

Berghain,

Agreed. Let’s keep it classy. Look at this:

Total hours spent on court during #Wimbledon 2017
Marin Cilic – 14 hrs, 28 mins
Roger Federer – 9 hrs, 56 mins#WimbledonFinal

Pretty incredible.

Rick needs to lie down. It must be overwhelming to be in the presence of greatness.


t4t Says:

Congrats to all Fed fans. He has really put a lot of distance between himself and his rivals!


Berghain Says:

Madmax,

That is crazy, it would be interesting to know stats from past Wimbledon Champs. I guess this could be record too.


Berghain Says:

Totally wrong I was Fed won wimbledon in 2006 in 9hours and 11 minutes. Borg probably holds that record, doubt you could find the stats on that though. Also SV style would make matches that much quicker.


Markus Says:

Rick, Federer wouldn’t even know that store where you shop at.


Okiegal Says:

Congrats to all Fed fans on his 19th slam! I would name each of you one by one but would leave someone out…..so sending a generic congratulations!! I am confident you all are busting your buttons! This is a great achievement for a guy his age! He’s playing flawless tennis!! GOOD FOR HIM!! I would liked to have seen a five setter……not the most exciting final…….but a great one for his fans!!


Weirddays Says:

Congrats to Federer.

But I have to say, worst Wimbledon and worst Rolland Garros ever. What a letdown after that amazing AO.

Hopefully US open will see everyone on top of their game so we can watch see some good tennis again.


skeezer Says:

Markus,
ROFL!

Fed, man you played a magnificent tournament, never broken, all in straight sets. An amazing run to you out of reach 19th Slam.

Amazing you won in the strong era? weak era? Who cares!! To all the jealous haters, you got your due, now enjoy the dung.

Thanks for all the congrats from the thread(s), respect!

Now, It’s a two man race for #1, and don’t think Fedal knows this! Going to be an exciting USO and year end finish.
Congrats Maestro! Flawless is right!


skeezer Says:

19. Long may that reign. Waaayyyy atop the ladder now.


chrisford1 Says:

Cograts to Federer and many of his fans. The decent fans.


AndyMira Says:

Hey hey hey!!..Millions of congrats to The Great Roger Federer and his loyal fans on here..Squirrel,Skeeze,Madmax,jatin,amit,Daniel,Berghain and other’s whom i forgot their name atm..sorry!…Enjoy this wonderful moment guys!!…U guys truly deserve it…Rog r AWESOME!!!


AndyMira Says:

Oh yeah,Fedex and Markus as well!Hehe…


J-Kath Says:

Somewhere I saw RZ announce that Margot and AM had won the Bracket – Awesome and Congrats. (Only because I didn’t enter) !!!!!! Okie – rush in with some emotifs please.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@Berghain plus Borg didn’t waste anytime serving like a lot of players today. If you ever watch 1977 semis Borg vs Gerulaitus watching the full match is almost like watching YouTube highlights.


Michael Says:

Would Roger have won against a blister-free Cilic in such an emphatic fashion ? It is hard to hazard a guess. But going by the awesome form he has so far displayed in the tournament, it would not be prejudiced to presume that he would have registered a comprehensive victory in the finals too. You cannot blame the victor for the misfortune of the loser.


Tony N Says:

Sean: “How can this be? How does this happen? How can someone return after six months off the tour, fighting Father time, fighting the return of his nemesis Nadal, and perform as well as ever? There just isn’t a good explanation for this one.”

Actually, there is a plausible explanation — I had posted in my first two posts (especially my second post) on Sean’s blog “So How Is Roger Federer Doing It?” on April 8.
http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2017-04-08/25788.php

In short, ‘The Mighty Federer’ of 2004-2007 had never really faded away much. For the seven years 2010 to 2016, Federer had been cruising through the tour at a lower level of training and performance. For 2017, he put in the extra conditioning, training and practice needed to capitalize on his talent and perform at this year’s level.

In the history of tennis, Federer is a unique player in terms of his unrivaled talent and performance potential. He always had the capacity for the exceptional performance he has demonstrated (a) in 2017 so far as well as (b) in the one-year period between 2011 US Open and 2012 Cincinnati. However, during much of the seven years after the 2010 Australian Open (February 2010 to 2016), Federer entered most tournaments with only about 60 to 80% preparation (less fitness conditioning, less training, less practice, less confidence) than he has done for this 2017 year and also had done in late 2011/early 2012. Many observers mistakenly presumed Federer was terminally fading due to aging — but his relatively mediocre performances were really symptoms of lack of self-confidence and consistent form due to his under-preparation (because he was distracted by several other bigger off-court priorities in his life and he already achieved whatever he wanted on the ATP Tour by 2010 Australian). So why is Federer performing so well this year? It is not sorcerer’s magic. Federer is “in shape like he hasn’t been for a while”. In late 2016, he invested several months into an intensive training block which has made him fit, well trained, well-practiced and confident once again. This allowed Federer to capitalize on the potential of his new racquets and execute his tactics. Had Federer put in the same level of intensive training in early 2010 or early 2013 or early 2016, he would also have achieved great things in those years. But he wasn’t as focused on training in those years, even though he hates to lose once he gets on court.

That said, I think Federer performed at a higher level in Indian Wells than he has in the grasscourt season.

Put Federer’s 2017 racquet in the hands of 2004-2007 Federer, his level of performance in those days would have been even higher.


Leo Says:

Rog! Go for 20!

It was a drama-free final. Marginally better than the ladies final. Disappointing. But thats how it goes. Not all 19 can be dramatic wins. You take the good with the bad.

Keep going!


Humble Rafa Says:

Aren’t you guys glad I was around to win all those grandslams. Otherwise, this would be something like 33rd grandslam for the Arrogant One.

If you were not impressed, no need to worry. His own kids didn’t know what the fuss was about and were uninterested.

#perspective


skeezer Says:

Fed is 9-0 against top-10 players this year.
Booyah!


Humble Rafa Says:

skeezer Says:
19. Long may that reign. Waaayyyy atop the ladder now.

Skeeze,

Congratulations. Even a dead clock is right twice a day.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

So incredible. What an achievement, what a year in tennis. WeirdDay pointed out the letdowns of RG and Wimbledon, but both tournaments were pretty interesting up to the finals.

I’ve been away most of the week, and just watched the recording of the match. Today’s match wasn’t much to talk about, except that Roger was using the aggressive BH he had used against Rafa in Oz and the early Masters event, but which had been missing in some of his earlier grass matches. He was going for the BH flat or topspin, even on on ROS against CILIC!! and making them.

So, however much Cilic fell away after the first few games, Roger brought the “Shot of 2017″ and was nailing it.

He has said he plans on a full schedule to finish the year. What a race between he and Rafa we are in for . Who is going to be a spoiler to those two dominating? Will it be Murray/Novak/Stan? Raonic or Cilic? Or Thiem, Zverev or Kyrgios?

In a way, as crazy as this may seem, Roger is almost in the position Novak was the last few years: its hard to see who is going to stop him. He could potentially make serious hay while the sun shines. I mean, he already has- but this may not be over yet.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Someone on one of these threads also brought up the issue of Fed’s competition here, and I’ll just reiterate what that poster said: many have pointed out that Fed didn;t have to face Novak, Andy or Rafa at this tourney- but those guys, this tourney, were not the competition for Fed. Its 6 years now since Rafa contended at Wimbledon, and Andy and Novak’s slumps have been pretty convincing. While most years, those three would define Roger’s opposition, the Wimbledon that threesome seemed only as threatening as some of the younger big hitters: Raonic, Cilic, Zverev, Thiem, Kyrgios, as well as Dmitrov.

If we would have named contenders before the tournament (as we did), the consensus was around those ten players. Subtract Rog, that means 9 real threats.

Roger went through three of those 9. That’s a tough road. And he was never down a break, let alone a set! Thats pure dominance of the biggest tournament on the calendar.


skeezer Says:

Well said TV!


Daniel Says:

Should Federer return to #1 he will be the oldest to be #1, passing Agassi and if he ends Year End #1 again, for a 6th time he will tie Pete Sampras in that record and will increase his 302 weeks at #1. If he stays healthy and play 5-7 more tourneys as he is schedule to do and keeps winning, which is very hard to not see him winning any more titles this season. He is in the driver seat. Historically he always archives more points than Nadal and he is just 550 pts behind Rafa in race. And Nadal played a lot this year already (53 matches with a 46-7 recorded) compared to Federer’s 33 (31-2 record). Nadal may skip some tourneys to not burn out.


Daniel Says:

Also, the Big Four are back in top #4 rankings, even if for just a few weeks. If Djoko doesn’t defend his title in Montreal, Wawa will pass him.


Daniel Says:

The 4 Big Tourneys Federer played he won: AO / IW / Miami / Wimbledon. How long will that streak last.


AndyMira Says:

@JK….Thank u mucho for the congrats!..Hehe..it’s just pure luck on my part!..But M!…oh boy!She’s truly a genius!!…Always!…I mean,very spot on on aces to be a champion!!Oh my God!!Hahaha….

@M…Billions of congrats to u My Queen!!…Woohooo!!…U deserve it!!Hopefully u will also shine brightly in USO Bracket…

@RZ & jalep….I want to take this opportunity to express my utmost gratitude for your hardwork just so we’re all be able to participate and enjoying ourselves in this contest…If only u guys living near me,i certainly will give u guys a VIP treat[that involves chocolate cakes for RZ and very delicious chicken curry for jalep!] as a thank u gift…as we’re not,please accept my million thank u for everything!…Much hugs and kisses from a far away land!!Woohoo!!


Tony N Says:

Humble Rafa,
#realperspective is having the humility to realize:

- You won your first 12 Grand Slams (mostly orangy-dusty) because your elder mentor gave you a big advantage when he played with an obsolete tiny-head racquet (while you played with the latest high-tech big-head racquet)

- You won your 14th Grand Slam (the orangy dusty one) because your elder mentor gave you an advantage by skipping the tournament (if your mentor had entered, he might have also won that title and you would have lost your fifth match in a row to him… so lucky you got the other Swiss guy who was drained by his 5-setter with Murray)

- At Wimbledon, you were so eager to lose to your elder mentor again you soon lost to an elder… to the wrong elder (from Luxembourg) instead of the right elder (from Switzerland).

- You lost to a low-ranked player… who lost to the Top 6 player… who lost easily to your elder mentor.

- You lack ‘humble’ when you demand to play on center court to make excuses for losing to the wrong elder.
http://www.ibtimes.com.au/rafael-nadal-accuses-wimbledon-organisers-preferential-treatment-i-wanted-play-centre-court-1556723

- Your fanboy Steve Tignor tried to dampen your elder mentor’s success by fantasizing: “But there was a sense during this fortnight that fate, or the tennis gods, were colluding to push Federer to victory. It felt, from the start, like a re-coronation. Rafael Nadal, Federer’s great rival, lost 15-13 in the fifth set in the fourth round. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, champions here the last four years, were felled by injury in the quarterfinals, while Cilic was slowed by a blister.”
Gosh, Federer would never have won much if he lost 16-14 in the fifth set or allowed injuries and blisters to lose matches or retired after losing just one set.
In reality, the tennis gods colluded to save you, Djokovic and Murray from facing and losing to Federer. If you guys could not even beat low-ranked players, the gods realized you guys were in no shape to compete against your elder mentor on grass. It is frustrating to Federer that every time he is in top form you avoid him.
As Tennis Channel’s expert Steve Flink concluded: “The way (Federer) was moving, returning, and serving, he almost certainly would have won, regardless of Cilic’s woes. Federer was primed for this tournament and won it for the first time since 2012. He is to be commended. The Swiss will turn 36 on August 8. He has played two Grand Slam tournaments in 2017 and has taken both. He appeared in two Masters 1000 events in March and April and was victorious each time. He won in Halle on the grass. So Federer has captured five of the seven tournaments he has played in 2017 and in both losses he had match points—against Evgeny Donskoy in Dubai and Tommy Haas in Stuttgart. The view here is that Federer is the clear long term favorite to win the U.S. Open… It may be quite some time before he loses any of the momentum he has gained across a sterling 2017 campaign.”


squirrel Says:

@AndyMira

Thanks! And big congrats to you for winning the bracket! And to Margot too!


AndyMira Says:

@Squirrel!!…You’re mostt welcome!!..and i’m not winning the Bracket Squirrel!….M did!..She beat me on the TB with 8 aces..and i predicted 12 aces…and she’s right!!Incredible!!hahaha….


squirrel Says:

hahahha, wow, good guest but still, you got the same points as M, and that’s hard! hehe so big congrats, u deserve to celebrate it!! :))


AndyMira Says:

Hahahaha!…Yeah Squirrel!I can’t stop laughing when i know M beat me when she guessed the aces right!…I mean,this 1/1000,000 chance squirrel…and she’s right!Hehehe…

Oh btw Squirrel…i accepted your FB request…sorry,a little late to do that…i’m out of town and internet was sucks!!Urgh!!

Oh congrats to u too on the 4th place right?4th is not bad Squirrel!….Hey,u wanna sharpen your talent on TDC?Me,M,Amit are already there Squirrel…If u want to join us,this the link k?U go there and u can browse a group…u can join any group Squirrel but me,M,Amit,jalep are in jalep wildguess…We’re very honoured for u to join us Squirrel!..C’mon!!

http://www.tennisdrawchallenge.com/


Giles Says:

Tony N. are you for real man? Have you actually bothered to read the drivel you have wtitten?? Stupid person!!
All the fedfans are punch drunk! 😡😡


squirrel Says:

Wow great! Thank you for much for inviting me! I will definitely join you guys! Yayyy, so exciting!

Thanks for accepting my friend request too, you’re so nice :)


AndyMira Says:

Hehehe…Yayyy!!We’re also very excited to have u in our group Squirrel!…And jalep is a great leader..she must be happy to know that you will join us soon…

Hey Squirrel!…if you’re hurry,u still can pick for Umag,Bastad and Newport for ATP…Bucharest for WTA…i don’t know what’s time left for u to make a pick but here at my place there’s still 4 hours left..and WTA 2 hours left…If u wanna make a pick,just go to the BRACKET and click ATP EDIT k?The same goes for women…Hurry Squirrel!if u want to make a pick!!There’s not much time left!!


AndyMira Says:

And Squirrel!..Thanks to u too for willing to be my friend on FB!..And you’re also very very nice and kind…U know,willow always praised u here…telling us how she missed u,one of the nicest poster’s here…and i’m very honoured to get to know u Squirrel!!…Woohoo!!…Hip hip hooray for our new friendship!!


squirrel Says:

Owhhh thanks so much for the lovely words, you’re too sweet. I think you are the nicest posts here, always respectful and alwyas lovely words for everyone, I really like your warm presence here!! Willow too! So happy to have all of you great people here :))))

Hip hooray indeed for the new friendship!!

I’ll hurry up for the bracket! :)


squirrel Says:

Thank you AM for the instructions, I’ve just submitted the ATP ones. How do we see the points and standing? hehe, sorry for the question :)


squirrel Says:

oh ok, just got it, so much fun!! Can’t wait to enter for more! hihi, you made my day :)


J-Kath Says:

Yes Andy Mira: Just realised Margot got the Aces right as well- that is actually amazing – expect she will be in the Royal Box next year and you will be just a row behind her. Will you wave to us less brilliant mortals?


AndyMira Says:

Hehehehe…I’m so happy you’ve made it squirrel!!Really i am!!…Yayyyy!!…and i’m pretty sure jalep and M too!…I wish Okie,willow,JK and other’s will join us there!..but so far none of them eat my bait!hahahaha…That’s okay,i will never stop trying!U hear that gals??

Oh!btw Squirrel…as soon as the deadline are closed,the Brackets automatically show our names,points and ranking…oh1!to make things much fun,u follow the match via Flashscore/tennis Squirrel…it’s sooo exciting to see whether our picks win the match or not…

Oh Squirrel!!…Thank u so much for your nice words as well…but,no no no no no…i’m not that nice..there’s other nice poster’s that eclipsed my ‘nice’ Squirrel such as Danica[it's a shame,she's rarely posting nowadays]…RZ,M,JK,Okie,Willow,Dave[i miss his nice,fair and balance post very much]..just to name a few…and i hope u will be a permanent resident on TX from now on Squirrel…it’s so wonderful to have a nice and kind poster’s here…hehe..sorry for the long post!hahaha…


squirrel Says:

owh thanks so much AndyMira, ok I promise to try and be a permanent resident here. You too?? :)


AndyMira Says:

@JK….Hahaha!…M is deserves to be there!…I’m just a lucky loser who’s just lucky enough this year..that’s all JK…


AndyMira Says:

Oh!…If u promise to be here..then i will too…although sometimes things got pretty ‘hot’ in here and we had to get out for a while..to take a fresh air…i just came back from my said ‘vacation’..hahaha…


squirrel Says:

Oh poor you, yes it’s important to get out when it’s too hot. Global warming indeed! :)


tennis lover Says:

I want to move to next stage now. It is time for Federer to look into slam no 20. An astrologer who correctly predicted Australian open and Wimbledon for Federer this year has predicted 20 grand slam is very much possible for the great Roger Federer back in 2013 when he was having his worst time in his career. His longevity, motivation and hunger to win by him predicted correctly at that time. That astrologer also predicted that neither Nadal nor Djokovic are astrologically destined to cross Roger Federer in slam tally once all of them retires. Even, astrology can sometimes by quirky, however this man was spot on with his prediction.

Now back into the business, If Federer is healthy, hungry and motivated, he has a very realistic chance to win Grand slam number 20 from upcoming US open to next Wimbledon. But, we do not want to look that far. With this family and team aside, he will be rightly conditioned hence unlike djokovic, his motivation is unlikely to drop. Rumor has it say that Djokovic went on to bang girls after winning French open last year thus brought dispute within his family. In order to shake things up he tried to rekindle himself with all love and peace talk with lunatic pepe Imaz. However, this is not our concern. Our man will be perfectly hungry and motivated and this US open swing we are gonna see his destructive Neo backhand back again. Feddy bear should target the following tourney:

1. Cincinnati
2. US open
3. Shanghai Masters (Fast court perfectly suited to Fed’s game where he beat red hot Djokovic in 2014 with a score line of 6-4, 6-4 in the final)
4. Basel Indoor
5. ATP year end tournament.

If he can bag championship trophy from this 5 tournament, he will end up being number 1 at the end of the year. It is realistically possible for him to win in this 5 tourney, if he remains healthy and motivated. At the end, what a year we are having as a Fed fan. Don’t be complacent yet. Our man is not complacent himself. There is more to savor when the man is great Roger Federer. Thanks to all.


squirrel Says:

Thanks tennis lover, great post. Yes, I would love for him to only play these five touneys and win them all, and in the process, secure no 1 spot to tie sampras’ record. Rest and break are still his key to his year’s success, so I hope he skips Canada and Paris indoor to rest. Exciting times ahead, especially US Open, can’t wait! :)


gonzalowski Says:

Congratulations to Fed and his fans!!
Impressive of Federer, how easy (in appearance).
I regret that he has won his 19 GS, difficult for Rafa to catch him already …
Awesome statistics for Roger


Markus Says:

I hope people will stop addressing Humble Rafa as the real thing. Rsfael Nadal is a great playet who admires and says nice things about Fedetet who is his friend unlike this impostor who only pists derogatory and absurd inanities about Roger. Nadal is a truly nice and humble person. This fake Nadal only serves to provoke posters to say negative things about Rafa.


skeezer Says:

gonzalowski,
Thanks! Rafa is having a great year also, he is playing well enough to have a chance @USO. Fit & healthy, he has more wins this year ahead. He surpassed Sampras this year who at one time held the all time Slam record. And most important, in imho, La Decima! Has been a great year for Fedal fans!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Yes Skeeze, if not for Fed, Rafa would have two slams and at least one hardcourt masters in 2017! He is having a spectacular year.

Tennis Lover: Rog made comments before about playing a ‘full schedule’ from Wimbledon on. I doubt he will keep to that, but I think the break will be after USO.

He will play 1 or both summer masters events and USO, and then I predict he will take a small break in the indoor season: perhaps he’ll play Paris and Basel, but I doubt he will travel to the far east. Too exhausting, too much time wasted travelling, too much chance to get sick.

Wouldn’t surprise me if he takes a break from USO to WTF. The breaks have been working for him pretty darn well.


squirrel Says:

Yes TV, great point, he should play Paris instead of China Open to avoid the hassles of travelling.


AndyMira Says:

Hey Squirrel!…I just checked the Brackets…and your name is on top of the world!!…Hahaha…Wish u and M the best of luck for this weeks Brackets k?Woohoo!!


Daniel Says:

The only problem with Paris Bercy it’s back to back weeks with Basel, where he should go deeps pr win. But indeed, seems right to stay in Europe.

Also, USO ends Sept 10 and Basel only starts Oct 23rd. 45 days withoug playing if he skips Shangai. Think will moslty depend on how well he does in NA Masters and USO. One thing is clear the format with a day rest in between is vital for him. He was able to do well in IW and Miami becaise of tgat. In later staged when he had to play QF/Semis and finals almost back to back he eas feeling the “age” and tiredness.


squirrel Says:

@AndyMira

Haha you made me laugh, I was on the top for Bastad, lol. But how come you didn’t enter this one??


lylenubbins Says:

I just had to sit through two obnoxious Navy pop up ads to get to the site. Please tennis-x, luv this site but will abandon it if I must deal with that bs


J-Kath Says:

Andy Murray has returned from Switzerland after seeing a “hip” Specialist – but no comment from Andy’s team.


AndyMira Says:

Squirrel!…Hahaha..yeah,on top of the world[for now that is!hehe] in Bastad…

as for not enter this weeks Bracket…lol Squirrel!…i had a very tough encounter with Muller…and he kicked me pretty bad on the fifth sets!…he crushed my spirit and i still can’t find the motivation to live,let alone fill the Bracket…Hehehe..just joking Squirrel!…Actually just arrived from my hometown…soooo tired and still suffered from flu…don’t have an energy to even think about Brackets…But,i hope u and M will have another positive week once again squirrel!…Good luck okay?


skeezer Says:

Fed really just has 1 more 5 set format left this year, which is ideal. Agree Daniel as you get older you need to allow more time to recover between matches or else. He is in a great position the rest of the year to compete for more wins. Never thought I would say that @36!


AndyMira Says:

Jk!..I hope we will hear only a good news from Andy and his team after this….


squirrel Says:

@AndyMira

Poor you, take care, drink plenty of waters and sleep and rest!! :)


AndyMira Says:

Hehe…Thanks so much squirrel!!..I will follow your advice Boss!!


RZ Says:

@AM you are welcome. Glad you and the others join the bracket to play. makes it fun, even on those occasions that I come in near the bottom. You were so close this time! It’s as if Margot won a 5th set tiebreak on a hawkeye challenge.


squirrel Says:

Yeah thanks RZ for the wonderful bracket.

Lol at hawkeye challenge finish between AM and M! :)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Another key will be that Fed just went through possibly the easiest Slam championship of his career in terms of body wear. Very few hours on court, only broken a few times, proper rest days between matches.

He is emerging from Wimpy much fresher than he likely anticipated!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Haha, “Wimpy”


Daniel Says:

Yeah TV, think he is rested and he has momentum. Also think he will play Canada Mastesr in 3 weeks time, but wuith the eye on Cincy, as he did this year with Stutgart / Halle. The one he really wanted to win was Halle, one week before Wimby. Cincy is the same, fast court, he has huge sucess there (Thik is the only tournament he never lost a final) and 1 week before USO. If he wins Canada, fine, as long as it´s not too taxing on him.

Will also depend on Murray, Djoko and the field. HC there are more threats and Masters since R16 you face tuff oposition, so is more tricky. The question mark now is Murray. Djoko is amost 100% out for Canada.


Berghain Says:

Playing In Canada is definitely not a good idea, so Im thinking he will withdraw. We all saw how gassed Fed was after playing back to back Masters 1000. Knowing he had a long break afterwards helped him pull through mentally. If he did play Montreal and go deep or win it, then Cinci and Win it, there would be a good chance he is spent in the later rounds at the US open. Better to play Cinici and go into the US open fresh.


skeezer Says:

TV,
“He is emerging from Wimpy much fresher than he likely anticipated!”
Yes, he has, lol ;)


SG1 Says:

When Federer is fresh (physically & mentally) and completely injury free, he’s still the guy. His interviews pointed to his health and training being the primary reason he’s been able to have the year he’s having. If you want to stay healthy, don’t play anymore hard court tennis than you have to. One tune up and then off to the USO. The great thing about majors is that they allow you a little time to play yourself into shape. Federer won’t play anyone in the first couple of rounds that will pose any threat to him in a 3 out of 5 format so the first week will serve as the tune up (if he even needs one).


SG1 Says:

Is it just me or does Cilic not have a very big first serve for a guy of his stature?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Behrgain, I think you are right, but I wish he would play Montreal so i could go see him!


Pamela Says:

Well, thank you to all who congratulated us fed fans… Such a great moment. I am never mentioned on here, b/c I have not been around here as long as all of you and that’s okay. I love reading all the comments and respond when I find it appropriate… too bad to the sore looser Rick… even he can’t make this win any less sweeter. He should take a page out of Humble Rafa’s book for this specific win. It is obvious that Humble Rafa does not like Roger, but this post was devoid of insults as it should be… Why would Roger’s children, especially the boys be interested… it’s more for Roger, so he knows his children were able to witness him making history… the children will be able to see this any time they want as it is recorded… it was a wonderful win even though Cilic was not 100%.. Roger played beautifully. I am looking forward to the hard court season. I used to love watching the women at the mercury tournament (it changed names several times. was other insurance companies and than something else) down the street from my home in La Costa California. I saw Coco who lives in Rancho Santa Fe (which is close) play her first professional match in La Costa… I used to volunteer, but the tournament left… Anyway, sorry to digress… Congrats to Roger…. he defied all odds :) great day for us fed fans


Humble Rafa Says:

After great thought, I have decided that 10 of anything is better than 8 of anything. Eight is small, in fact smaller than 9, definitely smaller than 10.


skeezer Says:

^18 is better than anything. Go think some more.


gonzalowski Says:

maybe Fed could even avoid competing from now to USO, and still be able to dispute it (not recommendable, anyway)


Markus Says:

I disagree, skeezer. 19 is better than 18 and is better than any number below. Notice the below, which is synomymous with beneath, under, lesser .,.


skeezer Says:

Markus! Yes! 19..


Markus Says:

This what Humble Rafa does. That fake Nadal provokes other posters to say something negative towards Nadal. I respect and admire Nadal and his accomplishments are gargantuan but HR is fishing for other posters to lash at Rafa.


rognadfan Says:

SG1, Not sure what you meant by ‘the guy his stature’ but he is as tall as Delpo and Raonic(?). I think they all are listed as 6’6”. So, his stature and the serve are nicely aligned, IMO.
That said, until Goranisevic coached him, his serve was not that great, I think he used to bend his knees too much and also body too far backwards while serving. But in 2014 he modified his serve that made his serve such a great weapon. I mean fed had so much problem in 2014 regularly playing that serve. I remember, Cilic hitting ace after ace in that match and Roger is one of the most difficult guys to ace.


rognadfan Says:

Also, I have watched him play up close, he…. is….TALL.


Humble Rafa Says:

Skeeze,

How do you keep track of your cats? 19 is the same as 18.

#counting


Tony N Says:

Giles, ask yourself before you posted your drivel: “are you for real man”? Are you “a stupid person”?? Are you “punch drunk”?
Why did you not direct your comments to Humble Rafa? Is it because you condone what Humble Rafa says due to your double standards? Or is it because you are Humble Rafa?
I had predicted a few years ago that Federer would likely get to 20 slams… so yeah, I am for real.
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/rafael-nadal-camp-continues-attack-wimbledon-after-roger-federer-andy-murray-get-centre-court-nod-1629858

Giles, why do you think Nadal has not bothered to publicly congratulate Federer on winning Wimbledon? After all, Federer quickly congratulated Nadal on winning his FO.
https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/nadal-didnt-congratulate-federer.594681/

After all, most experts agree that Wimbledon is the most important of the four slams. As Tennis Channel expert Steve Flink noted: “Nothing, of course, matters more than Wimbledon”


J-Kath Says:

Agree AM – Let’s hope it was minor and he stops hobbling about.


Willow Says:

While i agree that Federer is the greatest ever tennis player, and one of the greatest sportsmen ever, i dont see him as “THEE” greatest sportsmen ever, as all sports are different, its apples and oranges, and unfair to all the others in their own sporting greatness, but i expect if tennis is your favorite sport, and Federer is your favorite player, you will probably say he is anyway, for me is OTT worshipping, no hard feelings though folks ….


AndyMira Says:

RZ!!…Yeah,i can’t stop from laughing everytime i think about this…God!..It’s so fun to determined a winner like this!…Hope it will happen again next time!!Hehe…

Oh,sorry your campaign this time not so positive okay RZ?I wish u a very best in USO Bracket okay?


AndyMira Says:

Hey Squirrel! and Mridul too!…jalep want me to give u guys many congratulations on her behalf for became a Champion and took a 2nd place on WTA Brackets…She’s very sorry for not be able to come here and do it herself…Ermm,she’s had a little accident a few days ago and unable to use her hand atm…so,typing is sucks!…And she hope u guys will participate again in USO Bracket next month…


Danica Says:

Sincere apologies for not coming here sooner although it was on my mind for two days already. Wanted to congratulate Roger’s fans on the 19th GS title. Enjoy! Truly a great achievement.

Having said that, I could repeat word for word what Willow said. Comparing other sports is ridiculous and making Federer now the greatest sportsmen ever even more so. It is purely in the eye of a journalist who writes as an adoring fan and not as an objective observer. Federer is the most accomplished singles, male tennis player in Open Era. His records and results speak for themselves. I would think that that’s more than enough.


Willow Says:

Thankyou Danica, more than enough, for goodness sake YES ! ….


Danica Says:

Wimbledon is the most prestigious being the oldest. Players dream of winning Wimbledon. Wimbledon first. Everything else comes later. However, in terms of importance, Wimbledon is just one of four Grand Slams. It is equally hard to win it, it is also played in the best of five format, you also need seven wins. 30, 40 years ago, Slams were not that important. Players skipped them if they so liked, Borg never bothered to go to Australia. Today however, the four tournaments are equal.


Willow Says:

Danica your on fire, whatever the GS whatever the surface, they are all important ….


gonzalowski Says:

Tony N,
it seems true Rafa didn’t publicly congratulate Federer on winning Wimbledon, not on twitter o media.
Well I don’t know if it’s the normal doing that…
If they are not friends (which I do not know), and if he doesn’t rejoice over victory, for some reason, do not criticize him for it; It’s ok not to be a hypocrite IMO


squirrel Says:

@AndyMira

Convey my thanks to jalep for organizing this. Oh poor soul, I hope she’s doing ok, tell her my best for a very speedy recovery!!


Giles Says:

Tony N. Since your post is FOS I will not demean myself to respond to your comments and questions.


AndyMira Says:

@Squirrel!…Insyaallah,i will tell her later….


SG1 Says:

rognadfan Says:

Also, I have watched him play up close, he…. is….TALL.

—-

That’s what I’m saying. He’s 6′-6″ tall and most of his 1st serves are in the low to mid 120′s (mph). His biggest serve was 134 mph. Big guys (similar in stature to Cilic) like Isner and Raonic can get the serve into the high 140′s and perhaps higher. Just seems that if he could have served bigger, he would have kept Federer out of more of his service games. Cilic has beaten Federer on several occasions so this isn’t the only factor but grass really rewards guys who can crash the first serve. Especially guys like Cilic who can back it up with big groundies!


skeezer Says:

SG1,
It looked like his blister was on the bottom of his foot, above the arch before his toes. If it was the one(foot) he uses to push off for serving it could have had an impact on his power. Haven’t looked what his avg was in earlier matches though…..


James Says:

HR

19>15. In fact, in tennis singles slam terms, 19 >> 15. Maybe too much math for you, but that’s the fact.

After 30 years age, the slams come very slowly anyway.


Roger is CLASS Says:

What is the always morbid arrogance of HR?  Is this fool a man or a woman?


Roger is CLASS Says:

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rognadfan Says:

SG1,
My bad, I missed that “not” in your post.
It’s true that his serve is not among the biggest.
But pretty big nonetheless, right! May be his groundstrokes are much much better compared to these big servers, he never really bother to bring it up to high 130s or 140s. Just like Delpo. Also, I haven’t seen delpo hitting 140 or even high 130s. And these two are the big guys with a movement that is much closer to 6.0 players relative to the other bigger guns.


Daniel Says:

DelPo doesn’t have much accuracy on his serve, Cilic has better placement I think, hence he got more free points.

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