Federer, Djokovic Returns To Action Thursday In Halle, Queen’s
by Staff | June 20th, 2018, 11:43 pm
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It was a mixed day for US Open champions Wednesday on the grass at Queen’s. Marin Cilic edged Gilles Muller 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 while Stan Wawrinka wasn’t as fortunate falling to Wimbledon semifinalist Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-7, 6-1.

“It’s frustrating to lose it,” said Wawrinka. “I think the level is there. I think I’m moving quite well on the grass and I was feeling good. I had a lot of chances in the first set and I didn’t make it. He was playing really well. He’s a tough player to play on the grass.

“It was a tough match, but I think in general this is a positive loss for me. For sure, I’m sad and frustrated because I need to win matches.”

Querrey’s countryman Frances Tiafoe also won in three sets beating Leo Mayer, and Jeremy Chardy ousted Daniil Medvedev.

On Thursday, Novak Djokovic returns to face Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios takes on British No. 1 Kyle Edmund.

In Halle, upsets were the theme of the day starting with Dominic Thiem who was stunned by Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 7-5.

Kei Nishikori was also sent off by Karen Khachanovic 6-2, 6-2.

“I think today I just made too many unforced errors,” Nishikori said. “He was playing good but nothing special. I think I made so many mistakes and I think today I couldn’t make good serves and also I should have tried to stay a little bit more on the baseline. I think that all mistakes were from me.

Denis Kudla advanced over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roberto Bautista Agut eliminated Robin Haase 6-4, 7-5.

Roger Federer is back in action on Thursday against Benoit Paire. Borna Coric and Philipp Kohlschreiber are also on court.


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65 Comments for Federer, Djokovic Returns To Action Thursday In Halle, Queen’s

Insport Says:

I don’t think Kei, Wawrinka or Thiem are any good grass court players. I watched them live at Wimbledon last year and they didn’t impress me at all on grass.

Since Murray is out, I believe Federer and Cilic will be to strong this year as well at Wimbledon. Djokovic might be a suprise, but he is still not playing at his best like he used to.


Daniel Says:

Fed just got broken second set by Paire, will have to break back asap other third set.

Nick serving to force another tiebreak and try to close in 2.


FedExpress Says:

WTF Federer?

About to go 0-5 down in the 2nd


FedExpress Says:

Why go to Paires BH when you know Paire has a non existent FH?


FedExpress Says:

gets one break back

1-4


FedExpress Says:

Feds serve gone


Giles Says:

Go Benoit!


FedExpress Says:

5-2 Benoit


FedExpress Says:

5-3 Paire to serve for the set


FedExpress Says:

We are going into a 3rd set folks


Humble Rafa Says:

Since we have time before Wimbledon, some of you may want to order your pills ahead of time, have ambulance of stand by, inform your relatives, etc. It’s going to be a rough ride. Looks like the ship got a lot of rust and aged while it was sitting in the shipyard.


Daniel Says:

4-3, break and serve it out Fed!


Daniel Says:

BP gone. 4-4. At leats hold his own and wait for a shot in next 2 games before tiebreak.


minerva Says:

Benoit Paire really makes some boneheaded shot selections sometimes.


Daniel Says:

Looks like anbother thord set tiebreak it is. Fed is 1-2 this year having lost to DelPo in IW final and Kokki Mimai 2nd round. Won agaisnt Kyrgios last week. Can even things out with another win here.

Grass the margins are really small, specially for a player that gives no rhythm like Paire. In the past Fed used to play and win a lot of three setters on grass with several breakers, its expected.


Daniel Says:

Damm, MP gone.


Daniel Says:

C’mon Fed, keep the mini break and serve big.


Daniel Says:

3-1 to 5-3 Paire. He is going to lose.


Daniel Says:

MP Paire.


Daniel Says:

Saved, each had 1 MP so far. That tense moment in teibreka where is MP for each side every odd turning. Nerves!!


Daniel Says:

S#$%t, Paire MP oand serve. This is it


Daniel Says:

Turn of event, won 2 points on Paire serve and MP on his serve now


Daniel Says:

And he does it. Winning a match after saving 2 MPs, nice!

#1 lives for another day. Every grass match he plays from now on the #1 ranking will be on the line, similar to Nadal on clay season.


Daniel Says:

Djoko and Grigor both impecable on serve so far


FedExpress Says:

Yesssss

Ger in baby. That 2nd serve on the first serve and then thr FH right on the line. Man.


Humble Rafa Says:

Daniel Says:
S#$%t, Paire MP oand serve. This is it

If you start typing in your native language of Japanese, no one will understand you.


Daniel Says:

Do not see Fed losing to Ebden nor Kulda / Sugita semis, so he is virtually in finals already.


skeezer Says:

Humble Rafa Says:
“If you start typing in your native language of Japanese, no one will understand you.”
You should talk.


skeezer Says:

Paire played some inspired tennis, despite his tantrums. Fed’s greatness came through in the end, although he could have played much better. Onward Maestro!


rognadfan Says:

Daniel,
You didn’t see saving MPs against Paire either, did you?;)
Heck, I didn’t see it going to 3 set, let alone the third set TB and almost a begal; And Paire’s FH is ordinary at best; infact flatout flawed to be a pro FH.

Sugita has solid strokes, Kudla pretty much same thing.
So, I’d not count the chickens like that.

That said, the probability of your statement at 12:04 PM being correct is very very high. :)


Giles Says:

Fed is so lucky. That’s what is carrying him through! 😡😡😡


FedExpress Says:

Lol Dimitrov

Losing in 2nd/3rd rounds nowadays.


FedExpress Says:

Paires FH is a joke for a top 100 player. Just like Gasquets.


the_mind_reels Says:

@Giles: argh! 15 years of luck is enough already! C’mon…that’s experience right there. :P


Humble Rafa Says:

Fed is so lucky.

When luck meets preparation, luck won’t know what hit it. My preparation is going well.

Buy lawnmower – Done
Buy Fertilizer – Done
Get old white grand father clothes – Done
Go fishing everyday – Done.
Plan for vacation the second week of Wimbledon – Done.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed looked sharp today. Backhand was cracking, though not like Paire’s. His problem, other than Paire’s shot making, was that he didn’t seem to adjust his tactics to take advantage of Paire’s FH problems. Hopefully Ivan will give him a smack and straighten him out.

Just saw a bit of Novak, but he looked good. More like defensive 2011 Novak than the 2013 aggressive version. His new serve looked good, but I hope it can protect his elbow. It looks quite jerky. This could be a tennis-history changing match. Dmitrov is solidly in the middle of the top-ten, and at his best on grass. If Novak can take him out easily, he must be closer to the Slam challengers than the bridesmaids like Dmitrov.


Margot Says:

Novak was good but Grig was absolutely awful. Early on he served two double faults and then collapsed. His game totally depends on his serve. Lol just saw Naughty Nick, hiding under a hood, being cross-examined by Aussie journos about his swearing. Asked how he felt about the BBC having to apologise for his language. Replied, “I don’t care!” And nobody else does either Nick!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Raonic has dropped out with a right pec strain. That could be knocking out one of the best challengers for Wimbledon.


j-kath Says:

Yes Margot: Naughty Nick in that outfit…I had to look thrice!!! And then roared at his “wha dare meddle wi me” style answer.

Put my “money” so-to-speak on Nole winning against the gorgeous Grigor, who is continuing his poor showing….think he’ll be firing his coach shortly and sending him back to Andy.


Tennis Lover Says:

Today Federer’s timing on the shots were inconsistent. He seemed lost at the middle of the match. If Fed plays with the kind of focus and intensity of Nadal, improves his 2nd serve and break point conversion rate, he will be unbeatable in Wimbledon


Daniel Says:

rognadfan,

On grass coult totally see Fed and Paire playing three tiebreaks. There is a few group of players that really like grass and none of the reamingin on Fed´s draw do. Not even Cori or Seppi, so its his toruney.

For example, any match for Federer with Cilic, Kyrgios, Muller, Querrey, Dimi (if he gets his act togerther), Murray, DelPo, Anderson, Isner or Raonic I could easily see a final set tiebreak coming.


Daniel Says:

Could easily see Djoko finals now and if its Cilic there, with his record he is heavy favorite. If its kyrgios will be interesitng to see after both losses last year. But even so, it could also be querrey or Lopez (defending champion) so he will have beatne a grass court specialist

It would be odd if Djoko’s last 2 titles comes on grass (Estabourne last year). If he does win Queens, he will be one of top 5 favorites for Wimbledon for sure behind Federer, Cilic, in the pack with DelPo and Nadal (more so because its a Slam and he lost last 3 Slams matches in 5 sets: Fed AO 17′, Muller W 18′ and Cilic AO 18′).


Daniel Says:

There is only a few players who can actually win Wimbleodn this year: Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, DelPo, Cilic and Murray. Only past Slam winners. Can not see Thiem or Zverev doing any damage. Dimi is off, Kyrgios may go deep but when things gets really tuff he crumbles.

Raonic virutally out of the picture, so is Berdych who lost 7 out of 8 matches he played. And other big serves (Isner, Querrey, Anderson, Sock, Lopez) may get a big win and that’s about it.


rognadfan Says:

Daniel,
Other players you mentions, I totally agree. But still Paire, though seems pretty comfortable on grass, with that big(ish) serve- should have been easy picking for fed if he was not playing like crap. IMHO.


Margot Says:

VP: where are you? Commentators were saying Novak can win Wimbledon this year, on current form :)


Margot Says:

Daniel: Just seen your post. Andy cannot win Wimbledon this year and may not even enter.


j-kath Says:

Daniel: Repeat Margot: Andy is more Unlikely to play Wimbledon than play it. If he plays it, he’d have to spread chicken pox to grown up men to win it this year – try 2019.

VP: I’ve also hoped to “see you” (and WB) here – your guy is coming good….have you deserted us?


Daniel Says:

Margot,

I included him, bacause Wimbledon is basically a Slam we don’t have a first time Slam winner win it, since Federer in 2003. Nadal, Djoko and Murrya all won’t it after they had already won another Slam. His pedigree alone and 2 titles there for me place him higher above alomost everybody else.


Daniel Says:

Maybe he gets an easy draw, like nadal USO 17′. Fed and Nadal could lose first week, happen before and suddenly a draw open up for him. With a day rest in between and him play mostly on centre court is doable, specially if he doesn’t play lçong matches. By what I saw in Kyrgios match almost all aspects of his game are there bar endiurance, which can grow with match play.

Of course, out of all I listed, he is the least “favorite”. But if he plays, I’ll pick him above Thiem, Zverev, Dimi, and Big servers co. any day.


Humble Rafa Says:

Are Asia Man 1 and Asia Man 2 substitutes for each other? They don’t seem to play at the same time.


Humble Rafa Says:

Argentina has a messy problem.


rognadfan Says:

They are f**ked upnow. Not that they had any great hopes going into the tournament but still. That was horrible.


Amit Says:

Daniel

Agree 100%!!! If Kyrgios can fix up his mind, then he alone has the talent among all youngsters, to actually win a GS!!! He is heads and shoulders above the rest of the pretenders! And queen grigory is a joke!! What spanking from novak, LOL 😂😂😂


Amit Says:

Kyrgios is unbelievably talented!! Sky is the limit if things go his way, or rather he makes up his mind to make it so happen!


Willow Says:

Amit completely agree, he just needs to STFU sometimes and concentrate, rather than letting the negative stuff get to him, he relishes playing the top four, could be a dark horse at Wimbledon ….


Willow Says:

Castle thinks it will be another Fedal final at Wimbledon hmm ….


Margot Says:

Daniel: Andy has accepted a wild card into Eastbourne. Will make a decision about Wimbledon next week.


j-kath Says:

Margot: Guess you heard Sue Barker…..apparently both Stan W. and oor wee Andy have both confirmed they play Wimbledon…..Goodness qracious me – I give Andy all my excellent advice and he ignores it.


Margot Says:

Kath: didn’t hear Barker and my info is decision will be made next week. More sensible to see how he does at Eastbourne before he decides.


Okiegal Says:

Regarding Nick….. he’s a head case….. do head cases win slams? I will go a step further…. he should, he’s got the game to do it, but does he have the wisdom? We will see……should be interesting to see how it all unfolds…….


Humble Rafa Says:

Regarding Nick….. he’s a head case….. do head cases win slams?

You have a call from Simona on line 1.


jalep Says:

Margot, Congratulations for picking Dr. Buzz in your bracket. Sheesh I thought Elina would get revenge and she tried but Dr. Buzz has every bit as much endurance as Elina and many more shots.

Wow I like Mihaela Buzarnescu but I hope Kvitova can beat her! However this Romanian is playing with the confidence and skill of a multiple slam champ.


jalep Says:

What a match that was!

Anyway I’m liking Nole’s chances to win Queens or at least make the final 🤗

And I hope it’s a Naughty Nick vs Nole final!!


Humble Rafa Says:

Naughty Nick

Crazy Nick is more appropriate.


Okiegal Says:

@Humble…..LOL! Well, the WTA is a horse of a different color! BTW my phone line has been tied up all morning……he he

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