Federer is Back on Grass with No. 1 in Sight This Week; Stuttgart Preview
by Staff | June 11th, 2018, 1:23 pm
  • 175 Comments

It might look like this week’s Mercedes Cup is the “Roger Federer Open” with no other players ranked in the Top 15, but a minefield awaits the Swiss who is coming off an extended break after skipping the claycourt season.


By reaching the final in Stuttgart this week Federer can re-take the No. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal.

“I think that’s a bit of extra motivation,” Federer said of the No. 1 ranking perch. “But then again, having lost here last year in the first round, for me, it resets the goals as well, and just take it one at a time and don’t think too far ahead. Not that I did that last year, but on grass, margins are very slim. It’s not so simple, especially when you haven’t played in three months.”

Federer has not reached the final in Stuttgart in two attempts, last year losing in the first round to the now-retired Tommy Haas.

“I came back very strong and my reaction was very good after losing here against Tommy,” Federer said. “I didn’t drop a set for the rest of the grasscourt season, which I was very happy about. So I just hope I can find my rhythm and range a bit earlier. But very excited to be here. I’m motivated because of all these reasons. It’s been a while, I haven’t played matches, so I’m happy. Obviously I don’t want to be on a three-match losing streak…I want to break that as well.”

Federer will open against Mischa Zverev, who he is 5-0 career against, on Wednesday.

“I’m fresh, I’m healthy,” Federer said. “That’s why I’m happy and confident to be here that things can turn out very well for me this week.”

MERCEDES CUP
STUTTGART, Germany; surface: grass

Seeds: Roger Federer, Lucas Pouille, Tomas Berdych, Nick Kyrgios, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Denis Shapovalov, Milos Raonic, Feliciano Lopez

Floaters: Max Marterer, Benoit Paire

Notes:

Federer is 164-24 lifetime on grass with the best win percentage on the surface in the Open Era (.872). If he wins the title he can break his own Open Era record of 36 consecutive sets won on grass set in 2003-04…

The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…

Openers of interest are (4) Kyrgios in only his fifth tournament of the year struggling with injury vs. the riser Marterer, and (1) Federer vs. the net-rushing elder Zverev…

Federer’s likely road to the final will go through Zverev, (6) Shapavalov, (4) Kyrgios, and the defending champ (2) Pouille in the championship match…

Wildcards went to Berdych and Germans Yannick Maden and Rudolf Molleker…

Withdrawing from the tournament were French Open semifinalist Marco Cecchinato, Peter Gojowczyk, Chung Hyeon, David Ferrer and Gael Monfils…

Pouille, the lone former champ in the field, in last year’s final came from a set down to defeat Lopez.

 


You Might Like:
Roger Federer Bulks Up Grass Schedule, Adds Stuttgart
After 5 Years Rafael Nadal Has Won Another Grass Title [Video]
Roger Federer And Tommy Haas Play Tennis On Top Of Building In Stuttgart [Video]
Federer Announces Return of Grasscourt Season with ATP Stuttgart Crown and Return to No. 1
Pouille Wins 1st on Grass, Denies F-Lo in Stuttgart Final

Don't miss any tennis action, stay connected with Tennis-X

Get the FREE TX daily newsletter

175 Comments for Federer is Back on Grass with No. 1 in Sight This Week; Stuttgart Preview

Humble Rafa Says:

Folks.. Ping Pong tennis or 3 shot tennis back for those into short encounters.


lylenubbins Says:

Interesting to see if Roger breezes through, and also how Kygrios does


Daniel Says:

Love to see grass in first days, so nice!

I woulkd prefer him playign Youzhny. Misha is very dangerous with his accurate serve and volley and he got his foott on grass already.

Let’s see if Fed breaks the 2 match losing streak he got in Stutgart. 3 matches and he is back at #1.

This year could set the record for how many times the ranking changes between players and depending on how Wimby and USO go, there may be other players getting the top spot beyond Fedal.


skeezer Says:

Rather him win Wimby than get # 1. Both would be nice but that is just greedy. Not. Just goes to show what a great year he had so far. Has a chance to gain back # 1 in his first tourney back.
Word is just in Serena and Fed are the betting favorites @ Wimby.


Humble Rafa Says:

Not. Just goes to show what a great year he had so far.

Winning the Aus Open and sitting on your rear end for 3 months does not make a great year

#reality check


Dennis Says:

To Humble Rafa: Any year in which you win a major (oh, and win Rotterdam to get back to #1 at age 36 1/2), is a great year (even if you win nothing the rest of the year).


j-kath Says:

Skeezer: Linking Serena with the Fed may not be in the latter’s favour – (the lady may not yet be match-ready)???


Daniel Says:

Djoko accepted a wildcard for Queens, huge filed there if Nadal and Andy indeed play.
Last title Djoko won was Eastbourne gras last year. Maybe it will bring him some luck. Good choice, he needs matches.

Murray could play Nadal or Djoko R32 there.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Great little line-up for a 250. Grass, the return of Roger, and an exciting grass-tennis field (Kyrgios, Raonic, Shapovalov, Lopez, Berdych, Kohls). Bring it on!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Or, an 8-time Wimbledon champ, two Wimbledon finalists, two grass specialists, and two of the most exciting and powerful young players. Solid.


skeezer Says:

These player fields for the grass have better quality than the sludge tourney we just saw. Figures.
Solid.


Hm Says:

Federer versus Nadal, 20 versus 17. How many people mention that Federer has played 20 more grand slam tournaments for that advantage, 72[Fed] versus 52[Nadal]? Andyway, Rog has cycled off now and is ready to go. Bring on Wimbledon!


Humble Rafa Says:

These player fields for the grass have better quality than the sludge tourney we just saw. Figures.
Solid.

When the dominant player on grass is weak and wimpy, that’s what you get. A strong field.


Humble Rafa Says:

sludge tourney

words you use define who you are. It was a grand slam. Loyalty to an individual rather than to the sport causes you to say things like this.

I hope you (and your cats) find peace somewhere.


lylenubbins Says:

Grass might be just what Novak needs. By the end of the clay season he was hitting the ball well but running out of gas.


RZ Says:

@lylenubbins – I agree. Novak has had success on grass and the points are shorter, so it may be good for him to play there before the summer hard court circuit.


SG1 Says:

Humble Rafa Says:


Winning the Aus Open and sitting on your rear end for 3 months does not make a great year #reality check

Winning the Aus Open and not playing another tournament all year is still a really good year. At the pro level, it’s not how much you play, it’s how much you win.


Topspin Says:

Humble Rafa Says:


Not. Just goes to show what a great year he had so far.

Winning the Aus Open and sitting on your rear end for 3 months does not make a great year

#reality check
——————————————————————-

I always thought that ‘rear end’ is a term more associated with you, humble rafa and I am sure that even you agree to it.
Why provide people with reasons to nit’pick’, literally & figuratively, on your rear end?
At 36, winning the Aus Open makes a great year – regardless of you being Nadal or Federer, regardless of you sitting idle for the other 10 months, regardless of you not regarding Federer, regardless of you comprehending the above points.


Humble Rafa Says:

At the pro level, it’s not how much you play, it’s how much you win.

If His Highness’s fans will limit their talk in proportion to His play, we can all live in peace (though not as peaceful as peacenik Egg Lover).


skeezer Says:

^rubbish


Markus Says:

Let’s see whar Nadal does at 36.


Rick Says:

It’s better than someone being a turtle for last three months. Lol


Humble Rafa Says:

Let’s see whar Nadal does at 36.

You can start comparing our performance since we both turned 30. Truth is revealing even to the ignorant.


Humble Rafa Says:

skeezer Says:
^rubbish

Even your English has turned magical for the grass court season.

Wow. What’s next – bollocks? Bloody tennis matches?


Rick Says:

The turtle waited five years for Djokovic and Murray to get injured, to win another Wimbledon. Why not wait another three months? 😀


The Arrogant Goat Says:

The more I read HR’s posts, the more I realize that the Humble in his name is accidental because what he really is is an idiot. Federer as he always does, uses his brains. He is 36, almost 37, so why waste your energy on a surface that demands so much physical effort than real tennis ability that clay demands? Run, run, run, hit 1 thousand balls until the other guys dies of exhaustion.

IR (I for idiot, aka HR) also needs to explain why Nadal feigns injury most of the time when plays are on a surface other than clay then magically becomes superfit when the clay season is on. He just goes through the motion on other surfaces. He wins some every now and then during those few times he tries to avoid embarrassment for his skewed records that is overwhelmingly clay.


Rick Says:

Soderling is waiting for him to thank him. 😁


Humble Rafa Says:

I am bringing my own lawn mower, fertilizers, etc. Can’t trust the British to do anything right. Next thing you know, they will make Charles their King.


Margot Says:

HR: S.E. England has been so dry you wont need lawn mowers, bring a watering can instead. BTW the British may make Charles king, but they will never make Camilla queen.


gonzalowski Says:

Margot, I posted here before, I read a nice/funny book with the queen as the protagonist,
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, in case someone wants to, it’s very short


j-kath Says:

Margot: Agree weather – it usually takes 2 locals an hour to cut my grass – yesterday it took 10 mins! Surprised re. Camilla rejected as Queen – nobody seems that bothered now-a-days…??? My personal view is Charles is too old anyway – they should skip a generation.


Willow Says:

Gonzo the late comedy author Sue Townsend wrote a series of funny books, one was called Queen Camila very funny it was too ….


Willow Says:

I Dont have grass i live in a flat ….


gonzalowski Says:

Willow aha, I’ll remember the author. Alan Bennett’s novel is a fiction very respectful and affectionate with the queen, although very sharp with what is around.
Don’t have grass either, just a ‘dracaena’ :)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Shapo and Kohls out early. That takes some interest out of the draw. Fed is on now against the S+V Zverev. Hope we get a Kyrgios/Fed semi, and Raonic gets through the other side. Raonic seems on the cusp of breaking back to his former level, and he’s one of the best on grass.


gonzalowski Says:

just watching Fed match, Mischa going so many tiemes as he can to the net, playing well.
I prefer indeed clay or hard game, grass is “pim, pam, pum”. Of course, if you are very precise, and you make many winners, like Federer, the points are short; admirable, but I prefer clay game.


FedExpress Says:

wtfffffffff

typical Federer move

chances to break, doesnt take them

Zverev breaks without doing much


FedExpress Says:

First set Zverev

FFS Federer FFS

what was that


FedExpress Says:

didnt Fed beat Misha 6-0 6-0 on 2013


FedExpress Says:

wtaf is Fed trying to do?

2 Bps, 2nd serves on both. and cant keep the return in the court


Madmax Says:

No expectations. Federer can play, win, lose in the lead up to Wimbledon, just get the grass court practise in.

Come on Fed! Step it up on the grass now, before you give the above an attack of the heart.

Federer certainly needs to sharpen up, but there’s time.


Madmax Says:

No expectations. Federer can play, win, lose in the lead up to Wimbledon, just get the grass court practise in.

Come on Fed! Step it up on the grass now, before you give the above an attack of the heart.

Federer certainly needs to sharpen up, but there’s time.

He beat Misha in Halle, 2013, as you know FedExpress. But this is a different year, and a different Federer.


Humble Rafa Says:

All of you are lucky to witness a player playing at 36. Winning or losing doesn’t matter, just enjoy.

-Unknown loser


FedExpress Says:

Allezzzzzzzzzzzzz

Onto the next round


Daniel Says:

Fed again struggling a bit in Stutgart but came through in the end. He had several chances in first 3 games of Mischa first set. At leata he break the 2 losing streak here. And next round should be easier. Semis match than can be more dangerous with either Kyrgios or Lopez in a match with #1 on the line.

Every tourney this year since Rotterdam in Februrary #1 was on the line.

IW Fed defended,
Mimai he lost
Than all 5 clay events Nadal played he could lose, loss for a week afer Madrid.

This week again on the line and next weeks as well if Fed reaches finals as he will defend Halle tirla and Nadal can regain with Queens semis.

Don’t think this have ever happened in ATP for so long.


Giles Says:

Nadal is not playing Queens!


Giles Says:

Daniel. For goodness sake, you and your typos! What is Halle tirla?


Madmax Says:

Way to Go Daniel!

Love reading your posts, Yes, agreed, everything is on the line, but you have to admit it makes for a more exciting journey between Roger and Rafa, I really don’t think the other one minds so much

These are very special times. To be savoured and to be enjoyed.


Willow Says:

Giles aww Nadals not playing Queens ?


Willow Says:

yeah probably wise to rest given the amount of tennis hes played the last few weeks, hope he plays an exho to prep for Wimbledon though ….


Willow Says:

Gonzo there was a true story film called Lady in a Van starring Dame Maggie Smith, about a woman called Miss Shepherd that parked on Alan Bennetts drive and lived there for a couple of years, quite funny and quite sad ….


j-kath Says:

Saw that film, Willow: Maggie Smith looked like she could do with several baths during that film…yes, funny and sad as U say.


Daniel Says:

Yeah Madmax,

Gives it an extra awe to what they are doing this last 18 months. Amazing!

Giles,

C’mon, you as an avid twitter reader should know that “Halle tirla” is halle title LOL. My bad😜

Had an 80% chance Nadal wouldn’t play Queens. Although he hasn’t play that much this year, only 30 matches. But the last 8 weeks were intense with 25 matctes and 4 titles. He is 32. Needs a mini reat for Wimbledon. His chances there depends most on his draw in first 4 matches.


jalep Says:

Rafa goes to his grass tennis grounds in Mallorca to practice and then he’ll go to UK and play Hurlington and other exhos before Wimb.

This^^ ingo is from the Rafans on TG.
https://www.elespanol.com/deportes/tenis/20180612/nadal-renuncia-jugar-queens/314469075_0.html


Willow Says:

Thanks for the info Jalep ;-)


jalep Says:

info not ingo lol

Federer played terrible the first set, I thought then got it together with some help from Mischa not playing inspired tennis in the decider.

It’s all good in Stuttgart. Pouille won his match vs teenage German young gun named Molleker


jalep Says:

Your welcome Willow…
It’s from Augusta08. She knows everything Rafa.


Humble Rafa Says:

FedExpress Says:
Allezzzzzzzzzzzzz

Onto the next round

Vamos is always better. Allez sounds like a disease.


Willow Says:

Fedexpress i worry about you lol ….


Daniel Says:

Love FedEx live mood swings:-)


Willow Says:

An obsession with Federer winning, and the same about Nadal losing ….


fred stone Says:

Doctor Freud has entered the room.;)


Humble Rafa Says:

There is no place like Mallorca. Can’t imagine people living anywhere else.


skeezer Says:

Fed back on Grass, Rafa running away again. Lol.


Humble Rafa Says:

I plan to play on grass. The run away knows he who he is and so do his fans.

# cheap shot


skeezer Says:

Cheap shot? Your the king of cheap shots, remember? No employment yet at the local Comedy Club?
History repeats itself you missing a grass tourney. Did you forget your lawn mower?


Rick Says:

Rooferer is rusty. Fortunately, the king of cheap shots chose not to play at Queen’s, where all the good players are. Or else, he would gets bury. And skeezer gets a life. Don’t spend your whole life on a message forum. Ciao! Adios!


chofer Says:

67 comments already for Stuttgart and H’bosch?

Make it 68!


Tennis lover Says:

Rafa fans are extremely doped if they think their idol is going to topple Fed Maestro in over all slam haul at the end of their career. I am challenging each and every RAFA fans here to prove me wrong..I am going to see you in five years time that who ends up having more Grand slam- Rafa or Roger. I am predicting Federer will end his career with 5 more Grandslam than Rafa.


Humble Rafa Says:

I am challenging each and every RAFA fans here to prove me wrong

I challenge you to write proper English first.


youyong Says:

Why are you challenging the fans when it is only the player who can prove you wrong or right?


Margot Says:

Kath, Bennett would not allow woman in the van use his bathroom. She was allowed in his drive but not his house. Compassion limited. Went off him when I read that in the book.


Willow Says:

Tennis Lover im a Rafa fan, however he is not my idol, as i dont dont do idols when it comes to rich and famous celebrities, or sports personalities, they were only my late parents, and i dont see any Rafa fan on this particular thread laying claim that Rafa will surpass Roger anyway, and as Youyong says its only the players themselves that can prove that theory true, if it ended tomorrow Rafas got 17 GS still pretty incredible even if he doesnt catch Federer ….


gonzalowski Says:

Willow and girls, thanks for the info about lady in the van, it’s some story!

and, yes I’m glad because Rafa is again on the run to catch Fed’s slams number, but we can’t know for now, if I’d have to bet on it 5.000 £…
… I’d suffer before deciding!


j-kath Says:

Margot: I didn’t read the book – but I know what you mean – and poignant pictures remain in my head from that driveway…


el_matador Says:

kyrgios-marterer..gonna watch this match while waiting for the world cup to start..bring it on!!


gonzalowski Says:

el_matador you watching the Russia-Nigeria?? 😃 now you like football


el_matador Says:

russia-saudi arabia..yeah I wouldn’t be thinking of being excited about this match anywhere anytime..but that’s the beauty of the world cup


gonzalowski Says:

yes it’s true, each team playing for his country, and a lot of supporters indeed feel that something important is being played. The teams are super-motivated.
Do you support Argentina, el_matador? two finals in a row, World cup and America cup isn’t it? uau it’s a lot, there are people who do not value it, however.
There would be some justice if they win it this year.


Humble Rafa Says:

Overheard conversation involving a wife and husband in Switzerland.

You have 4 kids. And you stay home all the time. Who is going to feed them? God?


Tennis lover Says:

Can Saud Mollahs play football?


skeezer Says:

Overheard conversation involving a HR and self in Mallorca..

You have 0 kids. And you stay home away from grass. What do you do? Fish?


pitchaboy Says:

Humble Rafa should be aware that it is “grass time” which means the GOAT will be out grazing.


Daniel Says:

Glad all favorites won in Stuttgart: Lopez x Kyrgios and potential Berych x Raonic semis on the other side.
Fed could play Kyrgios in semis and Berdy/Raonic finals, would be great. 2 were already Wimbleodn finalis tand Kyrgios quarter finalist. All with grass pedigree.

Also, both matches Fed lost this year were in third set tiebreaks, so he is hard to beat.


Humble Rafa Says:

Overheard conversation involving a HR and self in Mallorca..

My agents are reporting that they haven’t seen a man with 10 cats in Mallorca. That will be quite a sight when you get here with your entourage.


SG1 Says:

Humble Rafa Says:

Overheard conversation involving a wife and husband in Switzerland.

You have 4 kids. And you stay home all the time. Who is going to feed them? God?

———————

GOAT Response: Look around honey. We’re doing just fine.


SG1 Says:

GOAT Response Continued: We can let the other players win a few tournaments here and there. I am a fair, generous and democratic man.


Humble Rafa Says:

GOAT Response Continue: When you see me cry when other players win, it’s not out of jealousy, it is out of joy for their win.


Humble Rafa Says:

GOAT Response Continued: I recommend we as a family of 6, cry together, when another player wins.


Humble Rafa Says:

GOAT Response: Look around honey. We’re doing just fine.

645 sq. ft house for 6 is plenty. Lenny and Leo are happy to sleep in the bathroom.


skeezer Says:

“10 cats in Mallorca.”
You own that many? I thought you only have 2, both Mallorcan. I have 2 dogs, not cats. But you knew that.


Humble Rafa Says:

Men who own cats never admit it and say they own dogs. Doesn’t work with reasonable men and women.


skeezer Says:

Wow HR is bothered. When the humor goes down hill, so does the man.


skeezer Says:

“Men who own cats never admit it …”
Makes sense why you’ve never admitted it.


Willow Says:

Thank goodness for the football ….


Amit Says:

AndyMira, Willow, Gonzalowski, Anto, Okie and other dear Rafan Friends of mine:

Sulerduper Mega Congrats on Rafa’s French Open Triumph!!!😀😀😀 Your guy is such a great player that he seems destined to become the unanimous GOAT superceding my guy in GS count! However Fed still would be my personal sentimental GOAT.. Regardless Fedal both are insanely inhumanely unreally legendary champions!!! 😀😀😀💪💪💪👌👌👌👍👍👍 GOATs indeed… 😍😍😍


Amit Says:

^
Btw Rafa can win wimby 2018 too imo.. he can do anything.. 💪💪💪 insane player him!!!😨😨😨


Amit Says:

Whats up with this derisive type talk about cats???😠😠😠 i love cats!!! I would prefer a cat over dog anyday of my life!

HR
A cat is way smarter than you i see.. why else you’d worry about a certain famous swiss feeding his 4 kids???!!! Even cats know better!


Willow Says:

Amit great post, thanks for all the congrats ….


skeezer Says:

@el_matador
Kyrgios – Marterer was a good match!

Soccer fans:

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2018-05-03/28226.php

Am sure June is coming..


Willow Says:

Skeezer sorry for hyjacking a Federer thread ….


Willow Says:

^ Sorry meant to add, what i found tiresome was HR and the cat talk, when it shouldve been about tennis, unfortunatly i dont get this tournament where i am, Rafa or no Rafa, i wouldve still liked to have seen the matches this week, as there looked to have been some great match ups ^….


gonzalowski Says:

thanks Amit! nice posts

Humble R. lol 😂😂😂 GOAT Response Continued:

don’t worry honey, it will be some weeks of work… then I’ll skip half summer season… and it’s my turn to sleep in bathroom

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y35/CG_Brouwer/RogerFederer/dorky%20pictures/funnyRogi1.jpg


el_matador Says:

gonzalowski,
the country I’m from(bangladesh) is divided into brazil & argentina fans..my first wc was in 2002(when argentina were hot favourite yet were knocked out in the 1st round lol)..when I saw my uncle & my whole village crying like babies after argentina were out,I was confirm that I was in love..that uncle of mine died in the last wc just before the argentina-belgium qf(I was in campus,he was in home)..in the group match vs iran(I was still home as holidays weren’t over),I remember him jumping around the room wildly when messi scored that cracker in the dying moments..I miss him badly…VamosArgentina!!


el_matador Says:

& I dnt care whether they lost 3 finals in a row or haven’t won a trophy for 1000 years..in club level,I’m a liverpool fan(who haven’t won the league for 29 years)..the passion,the hope,the heartbreak..these all make the love even stronger..oh & btw,messi is the GOAT..


el_matador Says:

skeeze,
yeah it was a good match..hope we get to see roger-kyrgios & raonic-poullie semis & a roger-raonic fanal..


Andy Mira Says:

Hahaha…..Thank u mucho Amit!!…You’re one of most nicest Fedfans i’ve ever known buddy!!…

Now…the attention r switch to The Maestro!…I wish him all the best fof grass campaign amit!I certainly will pick him when i make a pick for Brackets soon!..

About Rafa winning Wimby….heh heh…i’m not so sure buddy!


Okiegal Says:

@Amit 3:47………What a super nice comment from you regarding Rafa! Thanks a bunch for the congrats……… this is also from Andi Mira! Appreciate your kind words! The 2 Rs are both amazing and I hope they both maintain good health and keep entertaining all of us tennis lovers for a long time to come!

VAMOS! 💪💪


gonzalowski Says:

el_matador, nice story, sorry for your uncle.I was once visiting Darjeeling and met some tourists from Bangladesh, they invited me to a pakora?, very kind of them. It did not do me very well to my gut, though.
Good luck for Argentina


gonzalowski Says:

Giles, what!!
hope Feliciano ‘clear room’ into the finals…


Humble Rafa Says:

https://twitter.com/bryansmithrisi/status/1007311880581349376?s=21
WTF!!!

Does Mr. Judy Murray know this? Not a way to treat Mr. Deliciano.


Daniel Says:

Raonic in semis, goof for him winning 3 matches. But I am afraid he is too injury prone to be consistantly top 10.

Fed first set in the bag with no trouble. He should sail for a straight set win. Semis will be more dangeorus with both Lopez or Kyrgios.

Berdych Slump continues, even tough he won 1 match out of last 7. Ouch!


skeezer Says:

Fed wins the first and up a break in the 2nd. Looks like a new stick or newly painted one?


Daniel Says:

Fed had lost only 4 points on serve before this game, now he lost 5 this game alone. Time to serve big, hold for 5-3 and face no BP whole match.


Daniel Says:

Serving for the match 0-30, another tense game coming.


skeezer Says:

imo Fed looks still very rusty. His serve is the only dominating thing in this match. Lots of ground errors, ROS, etc. He better sharpen up in the coming matches.


Humble Rafa Says:

He better sharpen up in the coming matches.

No one in the forum gives me advice on how to play on clay. People assume that I am the expert and leave it to me.

#genius helpers


Daniel Says:

Onto next round.

Skeeze, maybe Stuttager grass is too fresh for him right now and him coming off almost 3 months off. The main thing for grass season is there, his serve. As long as it’s working the rest will click, and staying healthy.


Giles Says:

Fed has built his career on these cr@p 250 events.


skeezer Says:

Damiel yeah I hope so.
Giles, his career stands on 20 Slams, you get there by playing the smaller tourneys.


Daniel Says:

This is the third straight year he is playign a 250 and he hasn’t won last 2, so no difference at all.

1 min away from getting back to #1, at least for 1 more week. If he than defends Halle, 4 more weeks until Wimby mid week.


skeezer Says:

“The difference between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer”
20.
Hmmmmm..


Tennis lover Says:

It is Nadal who built his career on clay where he alone happens to play good. A weak era clay great-Rafael Nadal.


Giles Says:

Your maths is flawed. Not 20 but 3.
11.14 am


Daniel Says:

Fed x Kyrgios it is. 3 tiebreaks in the making.


Humble Rafa Says:

Daniel Says:
Fed x Kyrgios it is. 3 tiebreaks in the making.

Dear Japanese Daniel,

Someone in that match has a tendency to choke tie breaks.


skeezer Says:

Love the jealousy posts by the Rafans here. Fed is playing, Rafa all of the sudden is allergic to grass, and the jealous stuff comes out lol. Keep em comin’


skeezer Says:

Fed vs Kyrgios, won’t miss it!


skeezer Says:

“A weak era clay great”
Well said.


Daniel Says:

Any news on Andy and Queens, he is still on tournament list?! Draw will be out tomorrow, Halle also.


Okiegal Says:

Hey Giles…..Have you seen the latest GOAT debate article? If not dig it out…. you will like! Now, I am behind on TX reading …. since it’s all about Roger atm…….so someone may have already posted it…..not sure……


j-kath Says:

Andy is playing Queens – unless he pulls a muscle tonight..ahem.

So is Nole…and quite a few other big names. Tough event.


Giles Says:

Delpotro out of Queens.


Tennis lover Says:

Both Nole and Andy playing Queens are not gonna make it a strong tourney..Both are like number 22 and number 100 something. They are also having some dark issues clouding their brain.So Halle is the tournament to watch out before Wimbledon.


Berghain Says:

Federer returning and and winning a few matches at an atp 250 certainly brings out some interesting characters. Nice they can enjoy there free time.


Daniel Says:

Giles, Where did you read DelPo out? Don’t saw anyhting in internet so far.


Margot Says:

Kath: I understood Andy is deciding tomorrow whether to play or not.


Tennis fan Says:

Someone talking about others being jealous. I guess he should see himself in the mirror, he’ll find the real one


skeezer Says:

“Someone talking about others being jealous”
Just stating the facts mam.


j-kath Says:

Margot: There’s always articles that print guess-work on what he/she /is deciding….hence my “unless he pulls a major sinew tonight”. But this time he does seem to committed – God help him. Hoping for signs of improvement if nothing else. Inshallah!


Willow Says:

The Kyrigios / Federer match should be interesting , Federer in two, possibly three tight sets, my prediction anyway ….


Willow Says:

Having both Andy and Nole playing Queens will make it an interesting tourney, both are still multiple GS champions regardless of their rankings, shame about Rafa and Delpo pulling out though ….


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Kyrgios plays his best against the best. These two have a ridiculously tight head to head so far. I believe EVERY set played has been a tiebreak. Fed getting older… Kyrgios getting older… Should favour Kyrgios, but I don’t think he’s had a great season. I’m sure he’ll bring his best tomorrow, but I think Fed will find ways to break him down.
If Fed can get a trophy over Kyrgios and Raonic on grass, that’s a good start to the short season.


Andy Mira Says:

I can’t wait to see Andy playing at Queens…but if he decide not to play…i’m very okay with that too…Personally i want him to join Rafa in playing exhos at Hurlingham or elsewhere where he can test his hip in a not so fierce tourney…Queens as we all know r joined by a couple of elit players who’s no doubt will offer a very high standard of tennis…and i’m not sure Andy’s ‘new’ hip ready for that….

But..whatever he decide….I will support u Andy!C’mon!!..U can do it!!


Amit Says:

I dont like fed vs kyrgios matches coz kyrgios is very dangerous against biggies.. 😕


Amit Says:

I am a big andy fan as well.. hope he returns to tour asap and pick uo even a couple more slams!😍


Margot Says:

Like your style Amit, re Andy, but not holding my breath.


Humble Rafa Says:

Don’t know if Mr. Sir Weak Forehand will win a few slams. He is mentally so weak that he is the leader of the mental midgets group. Can’t imagine him having a second wind like the goat and goat owner.


Margot Says:

^ Yawn.


Colin Says:

Oh dear – Andy gets Kyrgios in the first round at Queen’s! If Andy is a bit rusty, as he’s bound to be, Nick has the skills to take advantage.


Andy Mira Says:

Ohohohoho!….HR still not learned anything after 2016…Kick his a@$ some more Andy!!


RZ Says:

So excited that Andy is back!


Daniel Says:

Damm, so Kyrgios can potentially have wins against all Big 4. But Andy is the one who deal with him better, 5-0 HxH.

Raonic already in finals.


Humble Rafa Says:

Queens is now called Fever-Tree Championships. Oh okay.


skeezer Says:

Roanic moves on. Fed is next.
Yeah baby, Tennis is back.


skeezer Says:

Fed has a super start on his service game. Looking better.


Daniel Says:

Bad tiebreak, didn’t won a single free serve point. The better player the first set having BPs but lost the set.

Let’s see if they will play 2 more or Kyrgios gets the job done in 2. 7 tiebreaks played, bizarre.


FedExpress Says:

wtf is Federer doing?


FedExpress Says:

There were times when Federer dominated big servers. the days are gone now.


j-kath Says:

Daniel – It is bizarre. Has Fed. ever lost a tiebreak in such a manner?


FedExpress Says:

j kath, vs Delpo this year lolllllllllll


FedExpress Says:

Breakk


FedExpress Says:

TB pattern broken

Kyrgios tanking this set.

3rd set coming


FedExpress Says:

please no montreal 2007 repeat


FedExpress Says:

KYrgios again goating on his serve


FedExpress Says:

Fed looks tired


FedExpress Says:

Serve contest


Daniel Says:

Fed didn’t face a single BP, he is dominant on serve. This looks like will go to another tiebreak or if Kyrgios makes 2 DFs again and miss a FH or not serve aces. He is going for aces al the time.


Daniel Says:

4-4, 2 more chances for each.


Humble Rafa Says:

Did you all end up in the during the third set?


Humble Rafa Says:

*in the hospital


Colin Says:

I live close to Queens Club (about 20 minutes walk), and right now it’s raining in my street. I was looking forward to watching Andy’s comeback on TV, but there may well be rain tomorrow too, and there is no roof at Queen’s. One slip and an awkward fall, and Andy could be set back months and miss Wimbledon.

Top story: Halep, Wozniacki Lead Loaded Wuhan Field; Kerber v Keys, Svitolina v Sabalenka Tues.