Federer Flies Into Wimbledon Week 2, Monfils Answers Querrey; Nadal, Djokovic Return Sat.
by Staff | July 6th, 2018, 6:30 pm
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Roger Federer kept things rolling Friday at Wimbledon. The 8-time champ hinted he’d rather have played Ivo Karlovic instead of Jan-Lennard Struff in his third round match, but the German took out the big man in five sets. Today, though, Struff posed little threat to Federer who dominated in a 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 win.

“I’m happy I found a way today. Some moments where it can be frustrating because you’re not finding any rhythm, at times you’re more reacting than playing active tennis,” Federer said. “But it’s okay. I knew that going in. I’m just very pleased that I found a way in that first set, then also stayed calm in the second set.”

Federer has now won 10 straight matches at Wimbledon and he’s never lost in the third round there. The Swiss gets two days off before his next foe, Adrian Mannarino, on Monday.

Mannarino escaped from a break down in the fifth to beat towering 22-year-old Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3.

Mannarino won’t be the only Frenchmen on Monday. In a mild upset, Gael Monfils booked his spot in his first Wimbledon “Manic Monday” toppling American Sam Querrey 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Querrey, the semifinalist from a year ago, was in complete control on Monfils who needed treatment for a scary fall early in the second. But Monfils, with France winning their World Cup match against Uruguay, pumped up his serve and stayed perfect against Querrey at 3-0.

“I think I was playing good,” said Monfils. “I just had a bad service game at 5-6. I was timing the ball well, but he was serving big at the beginning. So it was tough for me to read his serve. I knew I just had to wait a little bit [and] be patient. I knew, for sure, [I would] have an opportunity on his serve. [I] just had to take them and keep doing what I was doing with my serve. That was the key.”

Next for Monfils in 4-time Wimbledon fourth-rounder Kevin Anderson. The big South African who made the US Open finals last year, cruised past German vet Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5, 7-5.

Another big guy also moved on as John Isner didn’t face a break point in win over Radu Albot 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. En route to his first Wimbledon fourth round, Isner has yet to lose serve all week. Next will be the exciting teen Stefanos Tsitsipas. The 19-year-old had no trouble with qualifier Thomas Fabbiano in a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 blowout win to become the first Greek man to make a Slam fourth round in the Open Era.

“It’s an amazing feeling, and I feel very proud that I represent Greece and that all of my hard work has paid off,” Tsitsipas said. “There is so much satisfaction. It’s just such a nice feeling to be the first from your country to do so, so it’s amazing.”

Guido Pella couldn’t follow-up his big win over Marin Cilic. The Argentine fell in straight sets to former UCLA standout Mackenzie McDonald. Playing his first Wimbledon, the 23-year-old McDonald continued his incredible run beating Pella 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(6).

McDonald’s opponent won’t be known until tomorrow as light halted Milos Raonic’s match with Dennis Novak at 6-5 in the third after the two had split sets.

In the final second round match, Alexander Zverev fell behind two sets to one to American Taylor Fritz, but upon resumption the German dominated winning 10 of 13 games for a 6-4, 5-7, 6-7(0), 6-1, 6-2 win. Afterward, Zverev admitted to being sick on Thursday.

“I had stomach pain the whole match… I had to throw up. The night over, I didn’t really eat anything. It was tough for me yesterday,” Zverev said. “Today in the warm-up I was actually maybe thinking about it, not to play at all. I was very low energy. I didn’t eat anything since yesterday. But then I thought, ‘Well, if I don’t feel well, it’s going to be one set. If I feel better, it might be two’. [I] thought I’d go out there and try. Actually, the adrenaline pumped in. I felt great out there.”

A big Saturday line up includes the veterans taking on the young guns as Rafael Nadal tests teen Alex De Minaur. Novak Djokovic meets Britain’s last hope, Kyle Edmund and Kei Nishikori collides with Nick Kyrgios.

SATURDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Alex De Minaur v Rafael Nadal
2. Angelique Kerber v Naomi Osaka
3. Kyle Edmund v Novak Djokovic

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Simona Halep v Su-Wei Hsieh
2. Ernests Gulbis v Alexander Zverev
3. Nick Kyrgios v Kei Nishikori

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM
1. Juan Martin Del Potro v Benoit Paire
2. Dominika Cibulkova v Elise Mertens
3. Matthew Ebden / Taylor Fritz v Jamie Murray / Bruno Soares


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266 Comments for Federer Flies Into Wimbledon Week 2, Monfils Answers Querrey; Nadal, Djokovic Return Sat.

el_matador Says:

as chofer said,delpo’s match vs paire will be very tough as paire is a great slice & dice player & can change the pace incredibly..but one think delpo has improved immensely because of his injury(he cant hit the 2-hander bh like he used too😭)is his slicing..so I hope delpo will be prepared..vamos!!


el_matador Says:

& as I pointed out yesterday,there are some awesome matches today..specially looking forward to khachanov-tiafoe,sascha-gulbis & nole-edmund..bring it on!!


Nitesh Says:

As per Kyrgios De minaur can cause problems for Nadal as his game is well suited for grass.


el_matador Says:

yep nitesh..de minaur should give rafa a good fight..if rafa blows him away too,then it will be clear that rafa means business in this wimbledon!


el_matador Says:

paire is playing with such power & missing not so many balls😭


el_matador Says:

but delpo is in the zone too..the bh looks so sharp,smacked some bh dtl winners too😎..delpo takes the 1st set,but high quality tennis from both guys..hope delpo retains his level & paire drops his level😂


el_matador Says:

never saw paire playing consistently at this high level for 1.5 hours(he’s a headcase too)..this is a great match..some great points👌


Humble Rafa Says:

As per Kyrgios De minaur can cause problems for Nadal as his game is well suited for grass.

Anyone who takes advice from Krazy Kyrgios is a head case just like himself, I am just saying.


el_matador Says:

finally paire plays 2 loose points in the breaker & delpo wins the 2nd set. vamos!!!


Humble Rafa Says:

As a former Wimbledon champion, I must be seeded 1. I am irked by this insult.


j-kath Says:

el_matador:

Whoops yet another “headcase” – now we’ve got Paire, Gulbis and Fognini…..”The three Nutters”??


Humble Rafa Says:

I hope when this match is over, no permanent harm is caused to the scary looking individual on the other side of the court. He is only 19 and life will throw a lot more at him.


Humble Rafa Says:

Some of you are confusing head cases with mental midgets. Refer to the Oxford dictionary to understand the difference.


Margot Says:

Kath: Paire is making Naughty Nick seem like a shy, little, wilting violet.
C’mon JMDP!


el_matador Says:

like that name j-kath👏😂


el_matador Says:

would be a good 3 men psychedelic rock band..paire-guitar,fognini-bass+vocal,gulbis-drums😂


el_matador Says:

unfortunately for me,paire isn’t playing like a headcase today..he’s playing like a true fighter..thought he would run out of gas when delpo broke him at the start of the 3rd..but alas


skeezer Says:

Nadal starting out on fire today. Aggressively hugging the baseline on returns, and just workin’ it with the FH.
#ominous


skeezer Says:

Court conditions couldn’t be any nicer for Rafa today. Balls are sitting up nicely.


Humble Rafa Says:

#ominous

Thank you. I am very good at 3-shot tennis, I told you.


el_matador Says:

yep skeeze..& after the long game in which rafa broke de minaur,the kid’s resolve has broken too..hope he plays better in the 2nd set


el_matador Says:

rafa looks ominous indeed..


Nitesh Says:

2 sets gone in a hurry for De minaur.Feeling bad for the kid. As it is said there is no hidding place on Centre court.


skeezer Says:

Now they have moved over to the Halep match, much more interesting……


chofer Says:

As I expected, De Miniature too light yet for this Rafa. Delpo trounced him 6-2 6-1 in Miami. Now Rafa doing likewise.

Paire was the most bothersome opponent out of the top men. Plus, the heat he hates. But he’s too solid right now. The QFs are coming! Bring on the popcorn.

Pity he was not seeded fourth. Oh, well. I can’t shake this loose.

Ohh. good point there for Rafa! He’s being aggressive and love the heat on dry days.

I don’t care for the other side of the draw. Rofer is already in the Final. The battle is underground here.


chofer Says:

I meant Roger, woof.


chofer Says:

Edmund and Novak next. That’s what it was like to see Djokovic against Courier in the past. An opportunity not to let go.


skeezer Says:

Halep’s match is entertaining. Hsieh has some quirky enough shots to create some havoc.


skeezer Says:

Nadal – TIME VIOLATION
What else is new?


skeezer Says:

This womens match is amazing.


Daniel Says:

Nadal secures #1 at least till end of Canada Masters. Even if he loses next round and Fed wins Wimbledon both will defend their points, so Nadal lead remains.


skeezer Says:

HSIEH!
OMG.


Daniel Says:

Wow, Halep match point down. She was legion 5-3 third set a few minutes ago.


skeezer Says:

Halep tired to hit through her, I mean it looked like she was overpowering Hsieh, but, she wasn’t. Hsieh’s defense was amazing, and her creative shotmaking came through. Amazing match.


Daniel Says:

Halep out. Serena chance to add, only big name left.


Okiegal Says:

Congrats to my guy…….VAMOS!!

WTA…..all topsy turvy! What a match…..the 32 yr old hung tough……kudos to her for that……feeling sad for Simona….she is a gal I love to watch play…..oh well, another upset…. but her opponent today was FANTASTIC!!!


Giles Says:

Chofer. Did you mean roofer? ROFL


Giles Says:

Vamos Rafa! Into the second week AND keeps #1.


skeezer Says:

9 of the top 10 women are out.
Serena is calling…


skeezer Says:

“Rafa can do tweeners too!”
Yes, he had a good idol to follow ;)


Margot Says:

Good grief! Halep out now!
Indeedy Skeeze, Serena calling!


Margot Says:

And apropos of nothing, I love Sascha’s humour! Raising his eyebrows at a dozy linesman…


j-kath Says:

Indeedie Margot… Naughty Nick is Saintly Nick in comparison.
And – el_matador…..Del Potro taught him a lesson or two.U can breath easily again.
PS: Gulbis is mis-behaving (did you hear, he was sitting in Sasha’s chair and drinking from his bottle)!!!!!!


Margot Says:

^ Was he doing that in this match? Thought it was an earlier one.
Sascha has got his hands full again…again…


Okiegal Says:

I guess it pays dividends to have an idol. You admire them…. you watch them match after match….you study them…..then you beat them and have a winning result on the h2h stat….Admiration pays off!!


Okiegal Says:

Osaka’s tennis gear is a different look…… Kerber waltzing through this one……It’s almost over……I love Kerber too and it’s good to see her playing so much better.


skeezer Says:

“Admiration pays off!!”
Not quite. 20. #1 All time. Owned the Bull since 2015. Keep studying.


j-kath Says:

Margot: Yes, Sasha stared at him…..and the commentator
made the remark….might well have been accidental – especially as he is half way behaving himself due (perhaps) mention was made of his daughter and camera focused on a little girl 4/5 years?


Daniel Says:

Vesely serving 5-2 to take out Foggy.

Nadal to play first big guy with a big server. Let’s see if he breaks the not behind R16 current curse in Wimbledon.


Daniel Says:

not beyond, damm corrector!


Okiegal Says:

My comment on H2H always gets Skeezer speaking to me……Lol


chofer Says:

Sasha trading water. From the Edmund-Djokovic match we’ll get the next quaterfinalist.

I know I’ve said this three million times: Edmunds exactly like Courier. His whipped FH has the exact same grip. It’s his point ender. His BH grip with the non driving hand slightly more western than Courier’s flat continental is more natural. He’s taller and more consistent on serve. He’s red headed. It’s too much for me. Is Courier his idol or what?


skeezer Says:

Edmund looks good early on. Margot is resting comfortably behind the couch.


Okiegal Says:

Chofer says “Is Courier his idol or what” ???? Everybody has one, Roger’s idol is Rafa…….


Margot Says:

Skeeze: Have been watching footie, just amazing, now watching darling Sascha. Not that keen on Edmund, tho I wish him well. See he’s taken the first set, which is also pretty amazing..;)


FesExpress Says:

Gulbis you choker. Never change man.


Daniel Says:

Seems there will be some long matches today: Djoko lost 1st set, Zverev have to save SP to not go down 1-2 and Kachanov is rehearsing a comeback 2-0 up in forest set after losing first 2. Also Kyrgios still to play.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Come on Sasha, cant stand Gulbis ….


Daniel Says:

Djoko is putting a lot of return back, nut not playing great in BP’s when needed. Close contest.


Daniel Says:

Djoko in all Edmunds games, eventually he will break. But he can not lose serve, otherwise he could go down 0-2

Kachanov forces a fifth


Humble Rafa Says:

Advice from Pepe to the Egg Lover – Stay far far away from the baseline when playing on grass. It will give you peace and harmony.


chofer Says:

I have an Australian Open epiphany right now:

It goes like this: Cilic’s twin (that would be Delpo) beats an ailing Rafa in 5 in the QFs, then surprise semifinalist Edmunds in the Sfs and faces Federer in the F. The Outcome? 5 sets to…:))


chofer Says:

Rafa make amends in the US Open by defending his title and everyone goes home happy:))


Madmax Says:

Daniel Says:
Djoko is putting a lot of return back, nut not playing great in BP’s when needed. Close contest.

July 7th, 2018 at 1:10 pm

Daniel,

Am certain that Kyle made a request to the club asking to play AFTER the England -v- Sweden match. The England win has Kyle all fired up. I am so impressed with his spirit, his belief that he can win. It does something to the red blood cells, for certain.

I am now watching Gulbis though. This one really flies under the radar; doesn’t seem to care so much, always nonchalant with his skills. A pity, but am certain he could win this match if he had the will to.

He doesn’t.


Madmax Says:

Every time I see Novak lose a point, those shoulders curl up like an elderly gentleman.

He needs to get jiggy with it, before it is too late.

Novak Djokovic. Remember who you are are!


Daniel Says:

Again Novak missing multiple BPs. 8th now.

Kachanov a break up in 5th.

Don’t think Kyrgios x Kei will finish today. Unless Zverev finishes Gubis in 4 and Kyrgios keeps serving 30-40 aces per match.


Daniel Says:

Eventually Edmund would crash, to many games under pressure. Djoko to serve for the set. Mentally he seems right there.


Daniel Says:

Djoko and smash, classic


Madmax Says:

ABSOLUTELY Daniel. He is not Novak Djokovic for nothing. Probably feeling the weight of the crowd against him on centre court too. Not easy, when Kyle is the favourite. Novak is going to have to get over this mentally.


Daniel Says:

Gulbis break in 4th, bad for Kyrgios who probably won’t finish his match today. He will have to fins his match on Monday and play another one, because there is no play tomorrow. Unless they move his match to centre court and play under lights with roof closed.


Daniel Says:

Kachanov wins and Zverev in yet another 5 set, what is his problem in Slam matches?!?!

Djoko breaking to open 3rd set. Broke last 2 straight games, clear message.


RZ Says:

Props to Madmax for telling Djokovic to get jiggy with it


FesExpress Says:

Daniel, they should move the kei kyrguos match. Anything else woukd be stupid.

Think Kyle has issues with one finger on his right hand.


chofer Says:

Djoko recovering his mojo back.


Margot Says:

“Jiggy?” :0


Madmax Says:

RZ! That’s all he needed. Sometimes he forgets who he is and what he is capable of. It distresses me when I see Novak play like a Novice and not a Novak sometimes!

Daniel, you know, Ernests stresses me. He comes from nowhere. Plays like a charlatan – really. We know he has skills, but what does he do all year and where has he been? Then he just rocks up and plays like this.

Zverev has a way to go if he is going to beat Ernests and assert himself. It’s not looking good for him. He has already played a 5 setter, most recent match and is not fresh.

Frustrating.

Ernests is too frustrating for words. He just does this time and time again.

Can’t believe this.

Pull yourself together Zverev!


Margot Says:

Meanwhile looks as if Sascha is going out to Batty Boy. Boooooo :(


Madmax Says:

Gulbis is just toying with Zverev. He really is.


Madmax Says:

Zverev had better start playing tennis and not practising. Can’t believe this.


FesExpress Says:

Zverev going home.unless gulbis chokes


Margot Says:

Agree with you about Gulbis, Mad Max. Looks as if Sasha is getting a bagel too. Yuck :(


Madmax Says:

It’s always those players that walk on and say to themselves they have nothing to lose.

Gulbis training on alcohol and no practice and is about to walk off the court beating Zverev.

Zverec, get your act together. Come on! Make it a match at least!


Madmax Says:

Margot, I don’t mind you know, if a player puts up a fight, gives themselves a chance, but Zverev has more or less given up with those slinking shoulders.

Put them back! Head up! Come on!


Mystic - Willow Says:

Kyle getting frustrated with the amount of times Novaks bouncing the ball ….


Madmax Says:

Gulbis?

He is the dark horse. Really is.


Madmax Says:

Zverev, stop with the baby looks and man up!


Madmax Says:

Awful shot there. Awful. Embarrassing. Seeded 4 at Wimbledon. Shameful.


Madmax Says:

Better, now more of this. MORE.


Margot Says:

Madmax the match against Fritz was pretty full on, perhaps its exhausted him. But agree with you about fighting to the end, why I like Thiem/Tsitsipas and others so much.


FesExpress Says:

Gulbis you beauty. Long time no see

Where tf have you been?

Immense talent


skeezer Says:

Gulbis has played big against the big players on occasion. Really no surprise that he is capable of taking down a top player.
For Z, remember the guy is still a kid, lots of time to get good!

Djoker seems in control now. His lazer court locations on his groundies is impeccable.


Madmax Says:

Margot Says:
Madmax the match against Fritz was pretty full on, perhaps its exhausted him. But agree with you about fighting to the end, why I like Thiem/Tsitsipas and others so much.

July 7th, 2018 at 2:06 pm

Margot, I know. I get what you are saying. I don’t mind if Zverev loses to Gulbis, that is not the issue, because we all know what Gulbis can do. He has beaten both Roger and Rafa but he is so fickle with his play. It’s when a player gives up, like Zverev has in this set pretty much. And we remember the times when Roger, Rafa, Andy, Novak have had their back up against the wall and they have all turned the match around to their favour, this is what the younger generation need to learn. They don’t have that steel needed at times like this.

No one is denying Gulbis’ talent FesE, you miss the point.


skeezer Says:

“Gulbis training on alcohol and no practice…”
I must learn this method, a quite enjoyable way to train and win.


RZ Says:

Madmax, if I had the time, energy and talent for it, I would edit a video of Djokovic dancing to “Gettin’ Jiggy With It”


Daniel Says:

Zverev getting baggled. At least ig Kyrgios wins in three he may finish today. 1 h and 50 min more of light. He can do it.


Madmax Says:

and then watch Gulbis go out next round. No consistency.

Damn. Gulbis is so charming. He is so funny, saying he practises! No. Gulbis does not practise.


Madmax Says:

RZ,
RZ Says:
Madmax, if I had the time, energy and talent for it, I would edit a video of Djokovic dancing to “Gettin’ Jiggy With It”

July 7th, 2018 at 2:12 pm

Make the effort. Do yourself proud!


Madmax Says:

skeezer Says:
“Gulbis training on alcohol and no practice…”
I must learn this method, a quite enjoyable way to train and win.

July 7th, 2018 at 2:12 pm

Skeezer,

You know this to be true. Gulbis is the original bad boy of tennis. Kyrgios could learn a thing or two.


FesExpress Says:

Madmax, when did Gulbis beat Nadal? He was close but never beat him ;-)

Come on Gulbis


RZ Says:

Edmund seems to be playing with the strategy to keep hitting the ball to Djokovic. Is Djokovic was making a ton of unforced errors and going big, that might work but it’s not going to serve him well at all.


FesExpress Says:

Kyle done.


RZ Says:

Anyone have Gulbis making the 2nd week in their bracket?


Margot Says:

Gulbis came through the qualifying. Obviously done him good so far, but expect him to run out of steam in the not too distant future. Alcohol will only take you so far…;)


Margot Says:

Nole breezing through now, as expected. 2-1


Madmax Says:

FesExpress Says:
Madmax, when did Gulbis beat Nadal? He was close but never beat him ;-)

Come on Gulbis

July 7th, 2018 at 2:17 pm

You are correct FesE (are you FedE?), it was 10 years ago, he took a set off him, correct? But you are right. It was a close match and even taking a set off Rafa is incredibly tough.


Madmax Says:

Or, did they play an exhibition? You would know and please let me.


Madmax Says:

Margot,

Hes a naughty boy. We all know that, but it has got him this far. I think he has been lucky. A tired, disinterested Zverev, not pleased that he didn’t show up today.


Daniel Says:

No RZ, but I had Zverev losing next round if he was to play Kyrgios.

Gulbis is not reliable, will not even hype about him as he may lose (bad) at ay time.

At least him versus Kyrgios could be fun. Hoping for Kyrgios to win fast ad finish today.


Madmax Says:

Jamie Murray through Margot. That’s some good news at least.


FesExpress Says:

I dont think he has beaten Nadal at all.

Deserved winner in the end. Should have won the 3rd.


Madmax Says:

Let’s go Kei and K, should be full of entertainment!

Kei has beaten Kyrgios 3 times. I think it will change today.


Madmax Says:

FesExpress Says:
I dont think he has beaten Nadal at all.

Deserved winner in the end. Should have won the 3rd.

July 7th, 2018 at 2:25 pm

Put your glasses on and read my posts 2.21


Madmax Says:

Oh No.

It’s Andrew Castle talking. Ugh.


Madmax Says:

This is a fast game already. First set, Kei in control.


Madmax Says:

WoW!

What a shot!

Kei has muscles!


Madmax Says:

Talk about focus. Focus.

Are you listening Zverev?


Okiegal Says:

Y’all know how I am on h2h…. Rafa 7 Gulbis zip……FesExpress was right …


Margot Says:

Lol Daniel I did too but Kei is up 3-1 already!


Madmax Says:

Okiegal Says:
Y’all know how I am on h2h…. Rafa 7 Gulbis zip……FesExpress was right …

July 7th, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Oki. We know. Read my post please at 2.21.


Margot Says:

Naughty Nick giving up now! WTH. Kei leading 5-1


Daniel Says:

Edmund stealing the point, he knows it kicked 2 times. Bad sportsmanship Hope Djoko break now.


Okiegal Says:

Novak sent a loving kiss to the crowd….. he won’t get love from the Brits doing that!!


Daniel Says:

He even look to umpire right after to see what he would call. tsk tsk


Margot Says:

Nick being killed out there. Lloyd says Kei has handcuffed Nick and for once I agree with him.


Daniel Says:

Seems Kyrgios is in one f those days he just doesn’t feel like playing. Looks Kei will win pretty fast, already a break up in second set.


Daniel Says:

Hate this kind of behavior and the crowd cheering it winning when stealing. Ball kicked twice, clear for everybody to see including the umpire. Djoko should be pissed off. Hope it triggers him. Discusting.


BBB Says:

ESPN says Kyle lost the point three times – double bounce, ball was also out, and he touched the net. Crazy.


Margot Says:

Madmax: You didn’t think Sascha was trying, what on earth do you think of Nick? Hopeless at the mo.


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax 2:38…… Since you said “please” I will scroll scroll scroll my boat right up there and have a look see…..I’m not too busy atm to adhere to your wishes!!


Daniel Says:

And he let go of his racquet, but don’t know if it was after the ball kicked in Djoko’s side.


RZ Says:

BBB. That is poor officiating! Even if it was hard to tell if he hit the ball after a second bounce or if he hit the net before the point was over, the fact that the ball was out should have completely decided the point.

But Kyle should have going up to the next touch. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you get to the ball before or after a double bounce, but that net touch wad obviously way before the point was over


Margot Says:

Nick won a game! Wheeeee! He walks like an old man, wish he’d get some Pilates.


Okiegal Says:

Brad Gilbert gave Jake Garner a yellow card….poor old Jake….he will have to hear about hus bad officiating 4-ever…….


Daniel Says:

Justice prevail, Djoko to serve for the match.


FesExpress Says:

Wtf kyle


Madmax Says:

Margot Says:
Madmax: You didn’t think Sascha was trying, what on earth do you think of Nick? Hopeless at the mo.

Margot, it’s the fact he gave up in the fifth set. Not that he wasn’t trying through the tournament, I expected more from him Margot. As for Nick, another inconsistent player with plenty of skill and talent, but he is lead by his temper and needs to work it out. I am sick of people saying ‘he is young’. He is old enough to know how to behave. Don’t you think? Rebel or no rebel. Learn Nick. Learn.

Oki, I can be polite sometimes. You don’t have to do anything. We are not buddies on this site, and I am not a part of your clique, nor do I want to be. You are free to look, or not.


Okiegal Says:

^^^^his bad officiating……I know you guys are sharp enough to have figured that out… but I wanted to make sure you know that I’m a good speller… but not a good typist…..


FesExpress Says:

Kyrgios woke up


Madmax Says:

Margot Says:
Nick won a game! Wheeeee! He walks like an old man, wish he’d get some Pilates.

July 7th, 2018 at 2:58 pm

Margot,

I’ve said that before. Those shoulders. Like an elderly gentleman, and yet he looks so mean. Like he means business. Cannot imagine an 85 year old looking mean somehow!


Daniel Says:

RZ, He knew the ball kicked twice hence he not even celebrate and immediately look to umpire.
Cheater!

Glad Novak won in the end and scream it all out.


Margot Says:

Mad Max: He’s trying now, very! Oh lordy what would you do with him? 3 2 in 2nd.


Madmax Says:

Margot,

You need to coach him. You are the only one who could put up with his temperament.

He is getting jiggy now. Just like Novak.


Okiegal Says:

Oh Madmax I’m disappointed….I thought you might be extending an olive branch like I did to you once long ago……but I understand your feelings toward me and that’s OK…..Cheers to you….🥂 or 🍻 or 🍷?? Name your poison!! Have a lovely evening and enjoy Wimbledon 2018!! Okie


BBB Says:

I don’t see Kyle as someone who behaves badly so I’m going to assume he didn’t realize it bounced twice and that he was so flummoxed he didn’t pay attention to touching the net….


Madmax Says:

Okiegal Says:
Oh Madmax I’m disappointed….I thought you might be extending an olive branch like I did to you once long ago……but I understand your feelings toward me and that’s OK…..Cheers to you….🥂 or 🍻 or 🍷?? Name your poison!! Have a lovely evening and enjoy Wimbledon 2018!! Okie

July 7th, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Oki,

I accept the olive branch. I extend it to you.


Madmax Says:

Sneaky shot by Kei. I love these sneaky, unexpected shots from either player.


RZ Says:

I’ve been on the end of a close double bounce where it’s really hard to tell if the ball hit the ground the second time before hitting the ball. So I can cut Kyle some slack on that. But the net touch was obvious. As was as the out ball. He should have conceded the point.


RZ Says:

Madmax, now I have to go looking for video of Nick dancing too? :-)


Madmax Says:

RZ Says:
Madmax, now I have to go looking for video of Nick dancing too? :-)

RZ,

I’m waiting…


Madmax Says:

It’s tense.


Madmax Says:

Wow!

Fantastic shot! A reflex, however, the shot was in!


Madmax Says:

Nick has a 5th set in him. You watch.


Madmax Says:

Kei is so damn fast today.


Margot Says:

Kei playing better than I’ve seen for ages and ages.


Madmax Says:

Margot I know. I almost don’t recognise this mini power house. If he is to do this in straight sets, I think that would be incredible. Nick is fighting back.


Madmax Says:

I think he would have to break Nick now, otherwise I think Nick has every chance of stealing this set.


Madmax Says:

Andrew Castle has to be the most boring ever conversationalist ever to walk grass courts.


Margot Says:

Commies are gob smacked too, Mad Max. Unfortunately it’s Lloyd and Castle so it means nothing. Blimey Nick just served up a game of aces!


Madmax Says:

If this match does not complete tonight, Nck will come out fighting tomorrow and it will change the dynamics.

Kei knows he has to win this tonight.


Margot Says:

chofer is right about Nick. Game plan, game plan? What game plan?


Madmax Says:

John and Andrew. Boring voice over men. I think I prefer John McEnroe at a push. More tone.


Madmax Says:

Margot, it’s getting dark. I fear they may call an end to the match tonight, very shortly.


Madmax Says:

Andrew Castle asking John Lloyd whether he is wearing a vest.

OMG:


Okiegal Says:

@ Madmax….. Thanks…. I’m seriously very pleased about that. I have decided life is too short to carry ill will toward another human being. I got a good report from my doctor yesterday and I’m blessed. So I have turned over a new leaf….. I’m going to be a kinder person and watch my tongue to try not to incite a riot like I’ve been guilty of in the past! Now this might be a weed, but it’s my olive branch to you today! 🌿 Okie


Margot Says:

Inside out backhand volley from Nick. Fabulous. Agree Mad Max, yet another fatuous comment from Castle.


Madmax Says:

Okie, you already are a good human being. You do not need to apologise for speaking your mind. It’s a great site for differences and thank the Lord for that. I am not offended by anything you say. I appreciate honesty and you are entitled to say as you think fit. No hard feelings.

Good that you are in good health.


Okiegal Says:

I did not see this coming in the Kei/Nik match. But it ain’t over til the fat lady sings


Madmax Says:

Come on Kei. Finish it now. It’s probably gonna go to a tie break, and then they will end the matches for tonight.


Madmax Says:

Kei serving for the match. I think Nick will hold on though. Another blast of aces probably.

Come on Kei. See what you can do.


Margot Says:

Peter Fleming is my favourite commentator at Wimbledon. Whenever Castle asks him yet another awful question, he pauses, he sighs, he tries not to be rude…he is lovely.


Madmax Says:

Andrew castle talking about fire exits and battersea power station.

Hand to mouth, boring.


Madmax Says:

Margot Says:
Peter Fleming is my favourite commentator at Wimbledon. Whenever Castle asks him yet another awful question, he pauses, he sighs, he tries not to be rude…he is lovely.

July 7th, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Yes Margot. I do agree with you. Completely. He is a gentleman, very dry and has royal blood.


Madmax Says:

Match point again.


Madmax Says:

OMG. Everyone.

This is a cracker!


Okiegal Says:

I’m certainly not counting Nick out. And on his old man look….if my Mom was his Mom ….. she would have him walking around the house with a book on his head for his stooped shoulders…..I had to…..Lol. He saved three match points…..but it’s over! Kei the winner!!


Madmax Says:

Match point again.
Amazing. he got it.

Wow

The best he has ever played. Unbelievable.


Margot Says:

Stupendous match from Kei. Amazing. Wow! Nice talking to you Mad Max. Glad you got a good report from your doc, OKgiel. Take care. Night folks.


Madmax Says:

What a nice guy Kei is. Very strong in attitude, but soft in speech.


Okiegal Says:

Madmax… Thanks…. you just made me cry!! Wow what nice things you just said to me. You are right… we don’t have to agree….but we can disagree in a nice pleasant way! Thanx again and appreciate your well wishes regarding my health….. sweet of you!! I’m in a happy place right now!😄😄😄


Okiegal Says:

Tennis is over for the day so I’m gonna put on my cowboy hat and go to the Ada, Okla rodeo tonight!! 🤠🌿


Madmax Says:

Good night all. Day off from Wimbledon matches tomorrow. Enjoy your evening everyone!

Sweet Okie.

X


Okiegal Says:

Thanks Margot! Yes….I’m happy about my results…watching a small cyst on my kidney……I had to have a procedure and I passed the test! Good feeling to hear I’m OK!! Thanks again… appreciate it!!


Okiegal Says:

You too Madmax…….have a good one!! 😘🌿


Okiegal Says:

My favorite commentator is Killer Cahill…….


Giles Says:

Thank goodness that low life NK is out. Well done Kei.


Madmax Says:

Was it you Daniel, earlier saying about Edmund? I’ll have to check but I am pretty sure that Edmund would have known the ball bounced before he hit it. Not good with the sportsmanship here.

As reported on the Wimbledon site

t’s not often you can say that a player should have lost a break point twice over, but that was the case with Edmund serving at 3-3 in the fourth set. Replays indicated that the ball had bounced twice before Edmund hit his shot, though ‘hit’ might be putting it a bit too strongly as his racket fell from the hands just before he made contact. What is more, his shot landed wide, as confirmed by Hawk-Eye on television, though Djokovic didn’t challenge.

Novak was class today.


Madmax Says:

RZ,

It was you and you were right. Edmund was lucky to get away with that. He should have owned up to it. He didn’t. That was a bit naughty, have to say.


j-kath Says:

Gosh – I come to all this very late…any comment I make will probably will be lost in the mist of time:

1) I didn’t recognise Nick this evening – I thought it was my grandfather.
2) I don’t dislike Kyle but I was delighted Nole won and that Rafa won and others, etc.- I find myself wanting the established guys to keep on winning (with a space for Andy should he return) rather than a number of the newbies…few of which I dislike but few of which I Yet depend upon.
3) As I’ve tentatively said before, they don’t really fully understand the need for the dedication to keeping fit and continuous training…they think because they are young – they assume they are fitter and better than their “elders”. And they are yet to prove themselves right.

That said the combination of youth, enthusiasm and real potential collectively is hard to resist – and one can only hope for the future.

Love tennis but so glad none this Sunday. Everyone have a peaceful, restful enjoyable day…no matter what religion you are.


Daniel Says:

Yeah Madmax,

I think Djoko was so disturbed that he saw the ball kick twice, he even forgot to challenge as it was a close call also. He was so focused that he already won the point that he didn’t even though about it properly.

Great win for Kei, long time he didn’t have a comprehensive win like this.

But I think Fed and Djoko are sure bets in semis now. Anderson may take a set, but he can’t hold mentally for too long and Fed will exploit his weakness.

Djoko seems like a wall from the back of the court again and returning amazing. The Nadal x DelPo potential is hard to predict. DelPo seems to be folding against Nadal lately but as grass he will have more free points he may play more freely, will see.

I still think is Fed x Djoko final as my bracket pick.


Okiegal Says:

@ JK 6:28….. I agree whole heartedly with your 1, 2 and 3! Great post! 🌿


Humble Rafa Says:

Somethings in life have to be earned. When the Elf or the Egg Lover reach the final, a committee of Gentlemen will decide whether they can play or center court. If an adverse decision is made, the Arrogant One will play on center court where as his opponent will play on court 1 on Sunday. This way, a fair and impartial final is possible.


Humble Rafa Says:

But it ain’t over til the fat lady sings

No need to bring Serena aka Big Lady into this, OK.


ChrisFord1 Says:

Amazing matches at Wimbledon and in the QFs of the World Cup. Good to see Novak Djokovic is almost back from that Twilight Zone episode he stumbled into, but I think Kyle will be a great British player even if he is not as good as Andy (99.99% of men playing winning tennis as kids or teens never got close to Andy’s level, and 99.7% of pros never will.)
Don’t think any Brit or Croat is left, right?
At Wimbledon, that is.
Another game they can cheer for upcoming.
And props to Russia. Just as in tennis, in a classic, they deserved to win, but for the penalty kick wildcard luck having to be done because there has to be a winner, somehow. I’ve always thought as an American, meaning as a “soccer” sad sack, that we hate offsides near the scoring box rules in other sports because we like more ability to score and win by aggressive play. But I think it would be a better way of deciding these sort of matches than just extra time where no one wants to be THAT aggressive then the penalty kick guesswork and only 4 players deciding a match outcome. Like Fifa to try “no offsides!” rules in effect for extra match periods.


Okiegal Says:

Humble….don’t bring Serena into this…….she deserves more respect than that…. after all she’s the best female player ever!! She might not be a little skinny thing…..but she’s proved that her size didn’t hold her back! Kudos to her for all she’s accomplished! She’s amazing!! Be nice!! OK???


RZ Says:

Well said Okie!
I’m glad you got good news from your doctor


BBB Says:

Lay of poor Humble. He’s gonna have a baby, life threatening blood clots, and then become the favorite in a major in his mid thirties.


Okiegal Says:

@RZ….. Thanks regarding my doctor’s appointment! Appreciate your concern! Enjoy the second week of Wimby! 🌿


Mystic - Willow Says:

Fantastic performance from Kei , didnt expect him to beat NK so handily, picked NK for the win in my bracket as i figured he was the better GC player, wheres that been Kei ?


j-kath Says:

Taa Okie – nice that you responded – I thought I’d posted too late…….

and you continue improving your health.
K.


j-kath Says:

BBB: We have been missing you.


BBB Says:

😘

This is cray: “He also said he asked to challenge Edmund’s winner with Hawkeye once he realised the chair umpire wasn’t going to acknowledge the double bounce, but was told it was too late.”

I wonder what Jake Garner’s career trajectory will be henceforth.


Okiegal Says:

@JK…. Thank you for the well wishes! This year’s Wimby has me scratching my head??? I bet the bracket challenges are all askew……LOL!! 🌿


Madmax Says:

BBB,

Novak got badly treated I felt over what Edmund did. Yet afterwards, he defended Edmund, I am trying to find the exact comments as I thought Novak was so gracious when he spoke at interview about the incident. He didn’t have to be I think that despite Edmund ‘scrambling’ for the ball’, he would have seen if it had bounced and I think he knew that he should have owned up, but in the heat of the moment, literally, who knows? We never will.

Edmund’s racquet actually touched the net, meaning Djokovic should have been awarded the point at the end of it all, and he didn’t so this point, should have gone to Novak. I don’t understand why it didn’t. It was clear for all to see.

Of course the crowd got behind Edmund, but he was a bit of a bad boy yesterday.

Novak is a gracious player, but the crowd were aggressive towards him yesterday. I just hope that he gets over it quickly.

Edmund still has a lot to learn in my view.


Madmax Says:

BBB,

Here is one of the reports, with an explanation.

https://metro.co.uk/2018/07/07/novak-djokovic-blasts-unfair-wimbledon-crowd-booed-kyle-edmund-win-7691390/

BBB, found it – if you are interested and this is why Novak really is a class act.

Djokovic had cooled down after his win and said Edmund didn’t deserve any criticism for showing what some may label dubious sportsmanship by playing the double bounce.

https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/novak-djokovic-fights-back-after-being-robbed-in-w/3461807/


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I’m thrilled to see Novak, Rafa, DelPotro and Milos back to having a great run at Wimbledon. Of course, Federer as well, but he was the most expected to. But have to say, this is the lowest quality 16 players in the second week of a slam since– well, the French was pretty bad too, wasn’t it? The men’s game is just not what it was a few years ago.


j-kath Says:

Tennis Vagabond:

There has been a lot of unexpected early exits….Grigor, Sasha, Stan, Thiem, Cilic, Kyrios et al (and also in the WTA….) seems we got the unexpected losses in week one rather than week two.


Mystic - Willow Says:

IMO The thing is with Novak he just isnt as popular as Federer and Nadal, who are loved wherever they go, and playing a Brit on CC wont have helped much either, and hes another player at fault when it comes to time violations hes also at fault, and Kyle had every right to be pissed off with all the ball bouncing, having said that the ball was clearly out anyway, and bounced twice, Kyle shouldve showed better sportsmanship end of ….


Madmax Says:

TV,

I disagree with your comment. How can you say that with the incredible run Fed had at the beginning of the year? People always go for Federer at Wimbledon, but that is not to say that it is a done deal. The first week is over and we have a wealth of talent heading into week 2. Certainly, the younger players seem to be having difficulties adapting to the rigorous training required to stay at the top. We have been talking about these guys breaking through now for 2 years and yet, here we still are talking about Fed and Rafa and Novak, (Andy has a pass for this one, but only because of his injury, am certain he will return and blow everyone away at the USO). I think the ‘supposed’ generation are not working hard enough. I do and I think the next generation who blew out Thiem’s, Zverev’s, Kygrios’ deserve their place. They are taking things seriously. Really, it is about time.

Lowest quality of 16 players in week 2? You could turn that around to say, may be they are the next generation, if they have beaten the ‘supposed next generation’ and the quality of their tennis, overwhelmed those players who were expected to go far. We must not discount that.

The likes of Karen Khachanov, Jiri Vesely, well, they deserve their place in the second week, do they not? Surely the quality of their tennis far outweighed the expectations we had of our new generation of players, who still have a lot to live up to, and who also seem to be taking way too long to reach the finals of any grand slam. May be they need one more year to develop? Not certain why either. Perhaps it is the fact they are dealing with the reputation of Fed, Nadal and Djoko, and that sits in an uncomfortable place in their minds.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Thiem lost early at Wimbledon, but made the final of the FO, so the new generation are finally making some noise ….


Madmax Says:

…but they are not consistent Willow. Our guys, Fed, Rafa, and now Novak is returning, have been making noise pretty consistently. It cannot be the case that Thiem’s reaching the final is seen as consistency, because it isn’t. It’s a start, for certain, but then he lapses. Why?

And don’t get me started on Gulbis. He has a completely different training schedule to anyone which is filled with debauchery.


Mystic - Willow Says:

True Madmax still early days though, and please call me Mystic Willow ;-)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Max, I’m as excited for Fed’s resurgence as anyone, but this is not like where we were a few years ago with a Big Five and then a solid second tier that were there consistently for week 2- Berdych, Ferrer, Tsonga, etc.

The top half was already a dud when it was down to Fed and Raonic as big names. Now the bottom half has lost Kyrgios and Zverev. Its just not that compelling.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Its so boring T-X staff can’t even be bothered with a write up every day!


Humble Rafa Says:

Staff is getting Arrogant One’s laundry done. Will be back on Monday.


Humble Rafa Says:

Now the bottom half has lost Kyrgios and Zverev. Its just not that compelling.

Humble Highness is still here to provide excitement.


Madmax Says:

TV,
Now you have explained a little more, I am inclined to agree with you. I think we both agree actually in terms of ‘what the hell happened the second tier players?’, They are fooling us all I think. WHERE IS THE CONSISTENCY, THE COMMITMENT THE DETERMINATION THAT ROGER, RAFA, NOVAK HAVE AND CONTINUE TO POSSESS? They want more? Is this the only thing that separates the first tier of players then the second tier. I just don’t know. When you think about it, we have been talking about his for 2 or 3 years now on this site and we remain at the same impasse.

What is to say though that the players (little known, as you said), aren’t the real deal? but don’t get me started on Gullbis – I can’t think straight with him, he turns everything upside down because he pops up after a few late nights and a beer or two, then gets through to the quarter finals. He makes no sense to me.


Madmax Says:

TV,

Perhaps it is this:

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/08/john-mcenroe-mellowed-killer-instinct-wimbledon-bjorn-borg-roger-federer

“Perhaps it’s easy for me to be a backseat driver,” he continues, picking up his pace. “But it seems to me like Nadal and Federer are still hungrier than the guys coming through. How is that possible? Yes, they are incredible players, so that intimidates a lot of people. But they are taking something from you – so you’d expect their opponents to be angry. I just see too much resignation.”

I understand what Mac is saying.


Madmax Says:

Giles. I can answer that.

No. He isn’t. He looks forward to a rematch, if he gets that opportunity.


Madmax Says:

The above is said with information in support. He wants to play his very best and he therefore needs to assess his schedule in the most beneficial way to him. You seem to forget that Roger is a great clay court player. We tend to forget just how good Roger Federer is on red clay. Federer’s record has established him as one of the great clay-court players of the Open era. Nadal may have a huge winning margin over him on this surface, but Federer has been the second best clay-courter in the world by some distance.

His record speaks for itself. He has won the French Open once and has been a losing finalist three times. He won Hamburg — where the clay is the heaviest and slowest in Europe — four times before the German Open was demoted from Masters Series status. He has won Madrid once and has been a finalist once in the two years that the Spanish event has been played on clay and has also won lower-ranked clay events at Gstaad and Estoril. In Monte Carlo, he has been a finalist three times. He also has been a finalist in Rome twice.

So you know Giles, you can beat up on him but these are the facts. Credit where Credit is due.


Giles Says:

Lol. “ if he gets that opportunity”.
Well, fed keeps pulling out of the clay court season. He should play on clay as he’s quite good on that surface as I remember it. Rafa will be waiting!


Okiegal Says:

Rafa Nadal admits he would prefer not to face 8 time champion Roger Federer should he get to the final…..I’m sure no more than Roger Federer would want to meet the 11 time Champion at the Frenchie…….I watched Rafa’s presser when the question was posed to him…. it was really funny….. He said I’m notta stupid… the room broke out in laughter. You can always depend on Rafa being honest. If he has a choice of Roger or Monfils….he’s gonna prefer Monfils. If Roger has a choice of Rafa or DelPo at the FO he’d prefer to play DelPo. It is what it is…. two amazing players that excel on two different surfaces…..


ChrisFord1 Says:

“And don’t get me started on Gulbis. He has a completely different training schedule to anyone which is filled with debauchery.”

But that is the brilliance of Gulbis. Able to last 15 years as the talented dark horse who can take down any player on a day when he is in his groove. And all with late night parties, opera, drugs and drink and supermodels in large but measured portions. All while skipping the drudgery of practices at times, and knowing that when he wraps up his tennis hobby he may be the 2nd richest player next to Federer, Inc.


Truth Says:

Djoker has many activities. He pretended he worked really hard to climb out of the trap of manipulation by his guru & brother, but he partied a lot, then he sank into depression along with his brother Marko and thought he waved a magic wand to solve family problems. He got injured but shrugged it off and suffered the consequences. Djokeclown is insane like Gulbis.
Lmao at Jelena cheering in the clown Wimbledon stands, harder than I’ve ever seen.

Lol at FED. No one worries about Fed’s smug BS and money. He’s boring enough. Fans of other sports aren’t interested in Fed. I barely paid attention to Djoker meltdowns the last 3 years, yet fake Fed is now considered “bold, young & magical” again.


ChrisFord1 Says:

Madmax – ” Nadal may have a huge winning margin over him on this surface, but Federer has been the second best clay-courter in the world by some distance.”

While I join you in saying Federer is a great player, he is only the 2nd best clay courter by some distance until Novak Djokovic arrived in full form.
Then he has to be relegated to the 3rd best clay courter of his era. Slightly behind Novak in success on that surface, with Djokovics wins and close losses against Nadal on clay tipping the scales. (Fed can take consolation that he was the only one capable of stopping Novak at the FO in 2011, and the Calendar Year Grand Slam, and he did. And peak Fed on grass was better than peak Novak on grass and Ernests Gulbis will raise his bong to both)
Djokovic and Federer are the two that are the ones that have become champions on all surfaces, including the big ones, and in both indoor and outdoor venues. Nadal has a horrific record indoors. And Andy’s glaring career weakness is on the surface his skillset, speed, and style of play was best suited for – clay.


skeezer Says:

“fed keeps pulling out of the clay court season.”
What are you talking about? You keep bringing that up like it all has to do with Fed bring afraid of Rafa. Why would he be afraid after beating him multiple times(5 to be exact, 4 in Finals) at a ripe old age since 2015? ROLF.
The real reason is because he wants to pass Clay to rest his body, same as last year. apparently it is working as his year. He is 53-6 with 6 titles, 2 Slams.

This is now, not old news, Rafa IS A F R A I D.
https://metro.co.uk/2018/07/07/rafael-nadal-confesses-wants-roger-federer-dumped-wimbledon-7691170/

Bawk!


AndyMira Says:

Yeah Skeeze!….Rafa IS AFRAID of Roger!…Everytime they meet..he pee’d his pants…


skeezer Says:

AM,
You joined late to the party, but giles has a history of instigating, posting negative sh!t on Fed. My posts are not directed towards you. I mostly will post Rafa junk when Fed gets unfairly and untruthfully attacked. Take heed. This is not your party.


AndyMira Says:

Skeeze…I know your post not directed at me…But when u talk bad sh!t about Rafa!…It’s splashed all over my face too Skeeze!….I also know about Giles talking sh!t all the time about Fed…And honestly…I don’t like that too!…Same as u!…But,it’s not fair to us nice Rafans when u want to aimed at Giles..but the bullets still blows our knickers too!…Heck!Miss jan sometimes can’t come here bcoz her heart won’t allow her to read such sh!t from u Skeeze!

I tell u what!…If u want to hurt Giles,it’s up to u…But please lay off Rafa..He don’t deserve the unfair treatment from u Skeeze…And so is Fed…They both r very very amazing athletes…Peoples should respect them all….But if u still want to talking bad sh!t about Rafa…then..i have no choice but be your shadow Skeeze!…U mark my word!


skeezer Says:

Oooooo…..


BBB Says:

Thanks Madmax. I am a big Novak fan, in part because while I don’t like his MTO practices, I otherwise find him to be a genuine sportsman. That said, I really enjoy it when the crowd is nasty to him because he becomes hysterically acerbic, locks down, and crushes whoever’s on the other side. You’d think people would learn. Yesterday he made an exceptionally vulgar gesture with his tongue in the direction of a heckler, which the networks have since excised from their replays.


AndyMira Says:

Hehehehe…..Yep Skeeze deeaaaarrrrr!!


skeezer Says:

Dear?
ROFL


AndyMira Says:

Yesss Skeeeeze!!…DEAR is MUUUUCCHHHHH BETTER THAN ANY INSULT!….


AndyMira Says:

Hehehe….Welcome Boss!!….But,i’ve already read this article Skeeze…And Rafa is an honest man…And he’s not ashamed to admit that Rog is a very tough competitor for him..much more so at Wimby…Like Rafa said..he’s not stupid Skeeze!…Urgh!!


skeezer Says:

👍


Margot Says:

Chris Frord @ 5.50 Thanks to daddy’s money, Gulbis may well have started out as the 2nd richest player to Fed!


Margot Says:

No wonder poor Sacha ran out of energy set 5. What a shame.


Mystic - Willow Says:

If Rafa doesnt want to face Roger here at Wimbledon , then i would take that as a compliment rather than an insult, its testament to Feds greatness, same with Federer facing Nadal at the French open ….

As for Rafa having a crap record indoors yeah he does, but still has multiple GS on all 3 surfaces, so he too is an all court player, still the only thing that matters, or rather the most important thing is 20, 17, 12 ….


j-kath Says:

Willow: Have U changed your name to “Mystic Willow” or is this a new poster?


Giles Says:

AM. Why are you attaching so much importance to skeezer’s posts? I don’t, I take him with a grain of salt!
Just chillax! 😉


AndyMira Says:

Giles…If u noticed,i just ignore Skeezer’s post all this time…But,i’m start getting sick & tired of it lately…Once in a while i will respond to his BS..Btw…we’re just ‘playing’…didn’t we Skeeze?Hehehehehawhawhaw….

Oh!…You’re also make Rafans life very difficult on TX Giles…I wish u’re not hard on Fed…But,i also knew u wouldn’t change…


Giles Says:

AM. Don’t worry, fedfans can take it, they’re very thick skinned. And no. I won’t change!!


AndyMira Says:

Hahahaha…Yeah Giles!…Somehow i already knew your answer even before i was born!!


Giles Says:

AM. At the end of the day, it’s all good fun, except when Skeezer gets really nasty! ROFL


AndyMira Says:

Oh God Giles!!,…Skeeze said you’re nasty…and you said,he’s nasty!….Urgh!!…And i’m squashed in the middle like a mashed potato!!…Like Margot said…EEEEEKKK!!!…

Oh btw Giles…Have u seen this??…

https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/videos/Rafael_Nadal/57445/rafael-nadal-on-his-way-to-do-groceries-by-bike/


Giles Says:

AM. Lol. Yes I have.


Okiegal Says:

@AM… as I have said before……..nothing gets past Giles! LOL 🌿


AndyMira Says:

Oh yess Ma’am!!…Hehehe…


Madmax Says:

Giles Says:
Lol. “ if he gets that opportunity”.
Well, fed keeps pulling out of the clay court season. He should play on clay as he’s quite good on that surface as I remember it. Rafa will be waiting!

July 8th, 2018 at 4:46 pm

Giles, I actually find you fairly boring on this site nowadays. You come up with nothing new.

Margot, you beat me to it! Exactly. Gulbis, a bit like Trump with ego and riches. it was all daddy’s money.

Having said that, think I need to give Gulbis a bit more credit. He is a daddy now. Can you believe it? I can’t. I watched his press interview yesterday, he was so calm and collected, very different to the Gulbis of old. He also looks like my plumber, Chris. I have to look twice sometimes!

Back to the initial point. Federer is a great clay courter and if it means that he misses the clay court season to give himself a chance of winning another slam at Wimbledon, it really is a no brainer Giles. And when I said, ‘If he gets that opportunity,’ I meant IF Rafa should get to the final. It is never a given, ever with tournaments like these and to think so, is to invite danger.

Oki, agreed. I could not have said it better myself.

Chris Ford:

This is from a discussion at tennis warehouse and I think it is a valid one regarding Fed’s position on clay courts. So what say you Chris Ford?

know this thread will devolve into the usual, but hopefully I/we can pick through and have some decent posts. But, anyway, here goes.

We all know Rafa is the consensus King of Clay, although some may still prefer Borg. It is indisputable that those two are the best. After that, it isn’t so clear.

For example, is Gustavo Kuerten with 3 French Opens in 3 finals appearances a better clay court player than Roger Federer with 1 French Open in 5 finals appearances considering who Federer’s losses were to during that span. His record at RG in that span is 45-7. 45-2 vs. players not named Rafa Nadal. The year Nadal was upset, Federer won the title. His other two losses were to Robin Soderling (the only man to ever beat Nadal at Roland Garros), and Novak Djokovic. Certainly no slouches.

People like to compare eras and transpose different games into different eras and speculate how courts have slowed. Let’s transpose Federer to the Sampras/Agassi era. People like to do that and say he wouldn’t have won on the fast grass against Sampras. Maybe not. But, I argue that his slam total wouldn’t have been drastically different because…

1) he would have dominated Roland Garros in that era considering he rarely loses to anyone other than the consensus greatest clay court player ever
2) considering he ended Sampras’ reign at Wimbledon, it seems likely he’d have at least got one win there, if not a couple
3) his hard court performance would have been pretty much the same


Giles Says:

Madmax. Sorry dear that you find me boring but I’m not here to entertain you!


Mystic - Willow Says:

J-Kath yeah slighty new monikor ;-)


Giles Says:

Alison. How many times have you changed your moniker over the years? Lol


j-kath Says:

Mystic-Willow: Shall we expect a new, teasing writing content and/or style to match your new moniker?

Just kidding.


Madmax Says:

Giles Says:
Madmax. Sorry dear that you find me boring but I’m not here to entertain you!

July 9th, 2018 at 10:25 am

Oh but Giles, you are so entertaining though. I guess you wear schoolboy shorts? That’s how I imagine you. A bit silly sometimes.

Margot, I’ll write to you on the new Fed thread.


Giles Says:

^^^ You wear big red blouses and I wear schoolboy shorts. Lol


Mystic - Willow Says:

J-Kath lol no same old, same old, not sure if thats a good or bad think lol ….

Glies i like a change every now and then lol ….


j-kath Says:

Mystic-Willow:

You can choose mood swings e.g. “today I feel very mystic” or “I’m feeling very willowy today, folks”. Hey that could be fun too. Could be useful…..


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