Federer, Nadal, Serena Headline Star-Studded Monday At Wimbledon
by Sean Randall | July 8th, 2018, 6:58 pm
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The matches are a little ho-hum but many of the greatest stars in tennis will be out in full force Monday at Wimbledon. By tradition, the tournament plays all 16 men’s and women’s fourth round matches on the same day, which makes for quite a ticket and often, quite a scheduling challenge.

But with no Brits bumping the top names off Centre (sorry, Andy Murray is not bigger than Roger, Serena nor Rafa), it’s a crazy line-up on the most famous court in the world.

Roger Federer. Serena Williams. Rafael Nadal.

Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro are on Court 1 and Court 2, respectively.

Before I get to my picks for Monday, a quick look back at a wild week one at Wimbledon.

First with the women’s draw. It’s a mess. We know. We’ve seen so many different Grand Slam winners lately, so much unpredictability and I think we’ll see more of that in the week ahead. Sure, Serena Williams is the favorite but my guess is someone is going to take her down. And I have no idea who. Angelique Kerber? Daria Kasatkina? Jelena Ostapenko? Hell, maybe Su-Wei Hsieh wins it! Why not? Because no one is really ready to step up. It’s incredible. But it’s fun to watch each day to see the next top player to go down will be. Someone will fall tomorrow…

As for the men’s, the biggest surprise was Marin Cilic’s exit to of all people, Guido Pella. That didn’t make sense then and still doesn’t make sense now.

Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Dominic Thiem, Sam Querrey, etc., were all losses you could see coming. But Cilic? Nope. The guy’s been so solid and he seemed to be someone who, unlike a Dimitrov, was not going to lose to a tomato can the first week of Wimbledon and on grass and from two sets up. But it happened, and of course Pella then lost to Mackenzie McDonald Saturday. My gosh.

There wasn’t much to take from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Both played well (Fed’s been serving great). But they’ve had great draws, too, and that’ll change this week. (No, I still don’t see a Fedal final Sunday.)

Del Potro’s also looked really good and he’s done it against better competition, and so too has Novak Djokovic who brushed off a scary knee issue from his second round win to beat Kyle Edmund.

Borna Coric and Nick Kyrgios were disappointments, as was Frances Tiafoe who faded in five sets to Karen Khachanovic. But Stefanos Tsitsipas continues to shine and show why he’s going to be a Top 5 kind of player. The 19-year-old is electric and charismatic, and appears ready to become that next global tennis megastar.

So, to some fourth round picks…

Roger Federer v Adrian Mannarino: The lefty Frenchman is a decent, tricky player, but doesn’t have the weaponry to beat Federer on a surface like grass. This shouldn’t be too much trouble for Roger who’s serve has been nearly flawless.

Rafael Nadal v Jiri Vesely: Vesely is a big 6-foot-6 Czech who has been playing well (made the Antalya semis), but his serve just isn’t up to a Muller or Brown or Kyrgios level. But it should be good enough for a set.

Novak Djokovic v Karen Khachanov: Maybe the best match of the day. Khachanov is a big, strong kid who can power the ball. But Djokovic seems to have some fire in the belly and he’ll need it in this 4-set win.

Juan Martin Del Potro v Gilles Simon: Unless Del Potro is off, Simon won’t have much to hurt the Argentine with, therefore I think Delpo rolls.

Kevin Anderson v Gael Monfils: Monfils owns the big South African 5-0, but I think Kevin turns the tables and serves his way into the quarters in a tough 5-setter.

John Isner v Stefanos Tsitsipas: I really want to take the young greek kid here but I just don’t see how he breaks Isner’s serve and wins 2-3 tiebreaks.

Milos Raonic v Mackenzie McDonald: What a surprise to see the 103rd-ranked McDonald in a Wimbledon fourth round! And I think he’ll trouble Milos enough for a set.

Kei Nishikori v Ernests Gulbis: When did Ernests Gulbis become a thing again? After three straight five set wins, I have to think time is up for the Latvian. Nishikori been solid and all business.

While I don’t expect much in the way of drama from Federer-Mannarino and Nadal-Vesely, Djokovic-Khachanov and Isner-Tsitsipas should be a lot of fun. I think Djokovic will make the Russian hit too many balls which will lead to errors. But if Khachanov has a big serving day – his serve isn’t as good as it should be – then maybe he can get the upset.

As for Tsitsipas, the game is there, the question is can he break Isner? I’m not sure.

Gulbis is on a streak so when he gets hot he’s awfully dangerous. I just think he’ll finally cool down on a hot day in London.

Enjoy the matches everyone!

MONDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Roger Federer v Adrian Mannarino
2. Serena Williams v Evgeniya Rodina
3. Jiri Vesely v Rafael Nadal

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Angelique Kerber v Belinda Bencic
2. Gael Monfils v Kevin Anderson
3. Karen Khachanov v Novak Djokovic

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM
1. Karolina Pliskova v Kiki Bertens
2. Kei Nishikori v Ernests Gulbis
3. Juan Martin Del Potro v Gilles Simon


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141 Comments for Federer, Nadal, Serena Headline Star-Studded Monday At Wimbledon

chofer Says:

Khachanovic FTW!:))

Really Sean, you type fast and don’t re-read your own stuff? Bad, baaad. Otherwise, I think you have better judgement than Steve Tignor. Yes, I think Kevin Anderson will turn the tables on Monfils. He’s playing lights out. He was overwhelming Schwartzmann in his worst surface, in Paris, playing the best tennis of RG besides Nadal, then brainfarted in a minute. That’s why I think, on grass, Anderson will roll Monfils. La Monf will show his tricks; the South African is serving and playing with the most purpose I’ve seen in his life. And let’s be honest. Gael could breain fart as fast as him. So, the match is Anderson’s to me.

A propos, how are you all doing with the brackest so far? I want to know who has the better % on the men’s draw.

I think, too, the women are a mess (since long ago), therefore, I find funny this site only considers typing a WTA Top Ten and not the ATP’s. Do you read your posters? Do you ever read this site at all? Who’s in charge if this? There’s a mess not only in the WTA. Take care.


chofer Says:

I hope Delpo plays like he did against Feliciano against Simon. That’s my wish for tomorrow.

That Delpo can beat Rafa. I’m pretty sure. You should have seen him blasting returns with two hands crosscourt or DTL against a more than decent LEFTY serve. Watch out.


FesExpress Says:

As long as delpo doesnt waste billion BPs like in the first set in the RG semi he has a chance


skeezer Says:

Great lineup for Monday. Hopefully no time violations. Play on!


el_matador Says:

delpo on court 2 again👹..means I will have to buy some expensive internet package(s*ithole country) in ma mobile to see the match..vamos juan!!!
#BringOnRafaShowdown


skeezer Says:

Fed bagels Marrio first set. Keep it up Maestro!


Daniel Says:

16 min first set. But he waste 4 BP’s in second set opening game. Should have break already to keep the break up in second set. Mannarino able to keep the ball on court for longer now, but even so, without a big serve not much he can do.


FedExpress Says:

If Federer somehow loses this set in the TB


chofer Says:

Roger imposing his persona at Wimbledon like rafa at RG. Wins first set in 15 min. Ridiculous.

Meanwhile Gulbis girlfriend doesn’t move a mucle on her face. She don’t care about many but, what does she care? Enigma of the day.

FedExpress

It’s all mental, like Roger here. You just don’t think it’s possible to get even a set. They transform themselves in beasts on their respective turfs. I don’t think Rafa fancies facing Roger here, It’s not 2008.

We’ll have to wait for the US Open. As the great Ivan Lendl said: hard courts are the big equalizer. Rich and beggars all come flocking to Queens.

Meanwhile Nishikori already knows this is not piece of cake like Kyrgios. Gulbis girlfriend smirks. Means a tornado is coming to London. Monic Monday plays on Wednesday. Gulbis girlfriend enters the draw and wins the whole tournament just with her wizardry. She’s the first ever woman to win without ever picking a raquet. Serena freaks out and starts running nude at the lawns, just like Brit old days. She’s get caught by the police and starts an international incident. World War begins again.

That’s what happens when you play ALL the matches in one day.


FedExpress Says:

Federer mugging just like Gulbis

If you dont take your chances when they are presented you pay for it in the end


chofer Says:

FedExpress

Lighten up! You’re the moppiest Fedfan I’ve ever known. Suddenly is even and you’re cursing. Sheez!


FedExpress Says:

Federer does tend to struggle after dominating the first set

many examples like last year vs Berdych in Miami. Vs Djokovic in Montreal 2010.


chofer Says:

“Struggle”. I though that means we have a tennis match, no? It doesn’t mean losing.


chofer Says:

He’s playing a flesh and blood person, not a cutboard there.


chofer Says:

Let’s hope the Court 2 (where Pliskova lost and Nish is in trouble) doesn’t turn out an Elephant Cemetery like the Kazan Stadium at WC (where, Germany, Argentina, Brazil all lost)

I’ll blame Gulbis girlfriend if that happens:))


skeezer Says:

40-50% chance of rain 5-6pm.


Daniel Says:

Too many 0-30 games he didn’t convert this set.


Margot Says:

Gulbis takes first set and Kei seems injured- again, again again…This Gulbis looks very scary indeed. Came through the qualifiers and it’s showing.


chofer Says:

“I have to think time is up for the Latvian” says Sean Randall. I think you didn’t think that in depht, Sean. Gulbis just lost three points on serve in one set and four games.
You have time to put the names in the ATP top ten now.


FedExpress Says:

Wtf is Federer doing?


chofer Says:

skeezer

That’s awful except for Roger and Rafa. Well, Rafa under a roof is another player. But it’s awful anyway. So many matches left!

I’ll blame Gulbis grilfriend for that.


Amit Says:

Thanks freakin goodness fed dug himself outta hole in the 8thgame at least!


skeezer Says:

Fed almost broken. Thought he started playing way to casual. Pick it up!
@Margot
RE; Kei so true so true. And he is all surface Mr. Injury.


FedExpress Says:

15-30

simple FH sent wide


FedExpress Says:

Good FH to bring up BP


Daniel Says:

finally, break to serve the match out.


chofer Says:

Gulbis girlfriend has a little Nishikori doll (more little) and pinching Nishi’s arm. I saw her! She’s a vodoo wizard.


FedExpress Says:

Yessss

Federer serving for the match


Amit Says:

Chofer @ 9.52 am.. LOLZZZ 😂😂😂


Amit Says:

Hope fed serves it out without fuss!


Tennisfan20 Says:

Vesley is very Tough opponent for Rafa , i’m worried.


FedExpress Says:

QF baby


skeezer Says:

Really wonder how he feels about his play the last 2 sets. Based on today, his form has got to get better. As he gets further in the tourney, he will need more than his serve. Onward Maestro!


chofer Says:

FedExpress

Roger won. You can leave the Lexotanil now.


Amit Says:

Allez!! Allez!!! Allez Federer!!!!!! 🙌🙌🙌


Amit Says:

Fed has easy draw at least. Rafa has much tougher draw tbh. He still may have to face djoker or jmdp


Amit Says:

Djoker in particular looking good. He is likely to beat Rafa, should they clash..


Amit Says:

JMDP is likely to lose to Rafa, if it happens.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Roger is looking very solid but he might get in trouble if he faces in form novak


Tennisfan20 Says:

@Amit i don’t think we Rafa fans are looking forward to jmdp match, our main concern today is today’s match.


chofer Says:

If it rains today, we’ll lock back at Middle Sunday like a wasted day. I’m already pissed off at how Wimbledon selects their seedings. I hope Delpo can complete his match today against french wall Simon.

If not, I’ll blame Gulbis girlfriend.


Tennisfan20 Says:

What happend to muh heatwaves favouring Rafa and ball bouncing? It looks like it gonna rain and roof on


chofer Says:

Roger is sweating in the interview?? What the hell is happening there? Is it humid today?


chofer Says:

C’mon Gulbis girlfriend. Pinch the Nish all over and get this over quickly. Rain is coming!


Tennisfan20 Says:

Come on Kei


chofer Says:

Tennisfan20

He’s moving at a glacial place. Perhaps it’s too hot out there. Gulbis girlfriend has unleashed hell!


skeezer Says:

Tennisfan20
Rain chances are only today, then no more.


Margot Says:

chofer: UK, and London especially, as hot as heck and as humid as a Turkish bath. But cooler than yesterday!


chofer Says:

Margot

I know:)) I can’t stop teasing Gulbis girlfriend, tho.


j-kath Says:

Chofer: Gulbis is ac5tually married to his “girl-friend” and they have a child.


Tennisfan20 Says:

I’m not sexist but i’m least intrested in watching WTA but i’m forced to watch it instead of other interesting men matches. I don’t think WTA will survive for long if they stop organising men and women event at same time. I wonder how popular men’s tennis would have been if this femimist sjw agenda was not pushed down fans throat.


chofer Says:

She’s a character from a Mel Brooks movie. So deadpan it’s hilarious.


chofer Says:

j-kath

Thanks for the info. Gulbis wife, then:))


Tennisfan20 Says:

Can anyone tell me if centre court start playing slower after qf or it is just a meme ? Its 4th round and i dont think its any slower than it was on day 1.


chofer Says:

Tennis fan20

As full grass of day 1 tends to dissapear from the baseline as the matches go on, surface tends to get slower and bounces crazier.


Tennisfan20 Says:

@chofer if you look Wimbledon pre 2000 you would see no grass on court but now grsss is still there on court even till final (bar baseline) i can agree with bouncr part(still not sure) but it hardly reduce speed much.


Tennisfan20 Says:

I want to watch kei match but they’re showing women matches 😢


chofer Says:

tennisfan20

Pre 2000, serve and volleyers took out the grass nerby the net, not the baseline. You can tell by the no grass spots how the game was played then and now.
And no, don’t reduce speed so much but grass is not nearly as quick as it was then. They began to let it grow a little more and I think they’ve changed the type of seeds, too.


Tennisfan20 Says:

@chofer not just near the net but till final hardly any grass was left on the court (pre 2000) still court played very quick, i don’t think court slowing down and becoming green clay hold any truth.


chofer Says:

If Serena doesn’t win this, it will be a catastrophe. Unless Kerber is in the opposite side of the draw and save the day.
We can have a Marion Bartoli situation here. It happens once in a Blue Moon.


chofer Says:

Tennisfan20

“i don’t think court slowing down and becoming green clay hold any truth! It is THRUTH. I’m nor saying so, ALL the players are aware of this. Just ask Roger Federer, who debuted at Wombledon when the grass was quicker. Or the Williams sisters. Everyone said so, not ME.


RZ Says:

Not necessarily Chofer. A win by some of the other women could herald the rise of a new star.


chofer Says:

RZ

There are TOO MANY stars already in the WTA, I grew up when things where steadier and people flock to see women’s matches.Because we couls identify with one or two and cheer for them.

Don’t cheat ourselves, please. There are clearly blank spots in the stands when women play these days (just take a look) and only ONE comment in this site for the Halep thread in this site last time I checked out.

I’m not happy for this, tough.


Tennisfan20 Says:

I’m not talking about old grass, everyone knows old grass played faster. I’m talking about post 2000 grass playing as green clay in second week. Can you give me any speed stats ?


chofer Says:

Tennisfan20

I can’t. I can only believe players words if that’s enough. I’m sure you can find speed stats if you google them.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Men’s tennis doesn’t get exposure (bar few top seeds) due to WTA matches being pushed down fans throats , imagine how many casual viewers tennis would have if they get to see non fedal matches on tv.


Tennisfan20 Says:

You can’t cause its your fantasy same way you guys think Rogers weak era opponents were as good as Nole, Federer, Murray etc. Even though when its clear Murray alone made more finals than Hewit and Roddick combined lol.


j-kath Says:

Tennisfan20….And it’s a great match now that Nishikori got his pain-killers. I even enjoyed Gulbis’s tirade when he lost tiebreak in 2nd set – he held fingers up at his Coach and the Coach simply returned the gesture – the wee wifey grinned – knows her hubbie well.


chofer Says:

Tennis needs identifiable and reliable rivalries. >None of them are women’s right now.

There was an interview early thies year between Evert and Navratilova about who were they thinking could be a rivalry nowadays. One said Serena-Pliskova (sure!) the other said she wouldn’t know. Not even Serena and Sharapova is one. It was an uncomfortable question for both, whom surely wanted to get a boost for the tour. Enough said.


chofer Says:

the wee wifey grinned

J-kath

Even you noticed that! LOL.


Tennisfan20 Says:

J-K is Kei’s injury serious? If not for his injury Kei could’ve been a slam contender, poor guy.


Daniel Says:

Raonic through QF and Isner on tiebreak second set (1 set up) with Tsisi.
Looks like Fed guarantee to play one of them in semis.


chofer Says:

I’m asking myself what would happen when the pain killers effect would cede. I want Nishikori to win. But, at the same time, I don’t want an injured player to pass to get a poor match or a bye to the next opponent.

Dilemma.


chofer Says:

Someone could please tell me the forecast for Wednesday’s QFs?


Giles Says:

No point in Kei winning this match, he’ll only give joker a W/O!


RZ Says:

Margot – please send your Greek beau some love. The Tsitsi-bus needs to regain its momentum.


chofer Says:

Things on Central Court getting quick. As expected.


el_matador Says:

rafa,nole & depo matches will play out in almost the same time..& here I was thinking the scheduling of the french open was the most stupid..this obsession with “tradition”(seedings,Sunday break) is utter bollocks


chofer Says:

Now Gulbis is the injured one. I don’t think this match will end properly. And Nishis double fault!!


chofer Says:

el matador

Completely 100% agree!!


chofer Says:

Agassi was the first one who mocked that, not only wearing the mandatory white but completely shaving his chest, too:)) Hard to believe this is the land of the Sex Pistols, he.


chofer Says:

Nishi’s chicken out against someone who can’t run. I saw this already.


chofer Says:

If Nishi’s wins the TB he should roll over Gulbis the last set.
Get it done already!


chofer Says:

Anyways, I can’t see the Japanese winning on grass over Djokovic. Unless the Serb produce some of his strange walkabouts of late. But he was so pumped up with Edmunds…


chofer Says:

I changed to see Rafa. The Gulbis-Nishi match too up and down. Not good.


chofer Says:

Rafa’s volleys better than he’s given credit for. But that’s something Rafaelites already know.


chofer Says:

Rafa’s returning closer to the baseline that I’ve seen him at the US Open. Somewhere, Thiem is learning something.


chofer Says:

Rafa’s serving very well. Perhaps fate really wants a revival of the final with Roger 10 years ago. People surely wants that: they’re using masks of both of them.

But the masks are horrible!


chofer Says:

A serve to the body is one good way to neutralize Rafa on this surface. If you put the first serve in…


el_matador Says:

chofet,what do u think of khachanov?nobody mentions him when talking about “young guns”..I think he has a great future..looking forward to see how he performs vs nole ton8


Margot Says:

RZ: I tried, I REALLY tried :(
chofer: 25C and a “gentle breeze.” Cooler than it has been, but hotting up towards the weekend.
Lol Kei tried and tried to give the tie break to Gulbis, but he wasn’t having any. Walking wounded now and Kei serving for match at 5-1. MASSIVE choke now if he should lose.
But elbow next round?


el_matador Says:

*chofer..I’m a little high


chofer Says:

el matador

He’s the Dopelgagnger of Delpo when Delpo could hit his two handed BH fully. His FH has a twitch I don’t like, resemblance to Edmund’s, but is very effective. He’s surely top 10 material.
He also has said Delpo was his favorite player growing up. And it shows. He moves really well. I see young taller player moving better and better as years passes. In ten years, nobody will see this as a weakness. I like him. Unlike Raonic or Isner, he has more tools in his arsenal. BTW, that’s a match I don’t want to see in the QFs. They should play only best of 5 tie.breaks and be done with it.


chofer Says:

Margot

Thank you!! That really spells well for Rafa’s chances. Fate, fate…


chofer Says:

The camera at the net is the best invention at Wimbledon since straberries and cream. I’ll give them that.

Amazing volley technique by Rafa showed.


chofer Says:

Anderson is winning two sets to none, as Sean and me predicted in spite of 0-5 record. Tignor should retire of predictions. He sucks.


Margot Says:

chofer: Isner only allowed to play 5 set tie breaks? What a splendid idea!
I play fantasy tennis and Kach is usually one of my key players.


chofer Says:

Rafa serving really really well. Especially wide. That’s good for the surface. He hardly serves to the body. He’ll need it for certain Nole or Roger.


chofer Says:

Margot

Both Isner and Raonic when they face each other:)) Otherwise, what a pain in the ass!! Imagine a rally of a total two points average!


el_matador Says:

chofer..one more thing,regarding delpo..do u think he should come to net more vs rafa?..there are many instances where delpo smacks 2-3 “potential winners” & rafa just hangs in there sending some moonballs & delpo ultimately makes an UE(this is how rafa won the 1st set point vs delpo in french)..I know rafa is a good passer but there are some situations where it would be difficult even for rafa to make a good passing shot & still delpo lets rafa send moonball again..& delpo’s volley is not that bad either….thoughts?


chofer Says:

chofer..one more thing,regarding delpo..do u think he should come to net more vs rafa?

el matador

Franco Davin ruined Delpo’s game for six years by teaching him ONLY how to defend. That’s why he’s tougher on clay than similar, tall rivals. His new coach, Prieto, was a doubles player, and he already perfected his slice and encouraged him to get to the net more. He made Delpo worse on clay and better on faster surfaces.

As for the Rafa match. The way he’s playing and the weather gives me pause now. Of course if he opens a hole with FH he needs to come forward. It’s the only way on this surface. Regardless if Rafa passes him. Or lobs him.

Anyway, the key will be serving near the 70s overall and not letting Rafa be comfortable with returns. We alredy know Rafa moves better. So the key is not offering him a target. Especially on his BH side. He won’t be allowed to invert too much to hit his FH, so he needs his BH working full time. Both slice and drive.

He will need his BDTL a lot, expecially. He’s been hitting it more and more. Unlike their US Upen match last year.

Rafa’s still the favorite. But with an on fire Delpo you never know… The bad part is that Rafa was getting in his head lately. Let’s see. I think it’s going to be totally different than the FO anyway. Delpo likes grass better. He despise clay and is adamant to tell so. He stood no chance against him and he said so even before the match started. Confidence is an underrated weapon, too.

Then again, not even Thien took a set off Rafa in RG. Confidence is what makes Rafa virtually unbeatable in Paris, too. He’s playing really well on grass thus far… But I need to see if his confidence takes a stumble here. It can happen here since he’s not has passed the QFs since 2011. If not here, then where? I like to be positive:))


chofer Says:

That is. If he passes Simon. Looking good the Frenchman today.


Humble Rafa Says:

chofer..one more thing,regarding delpo..do u think he should come to net more vs rafa?

What makes you think the Elf can get to the net before I hit a pass and the ball hits the back board and comes back to the net?


chofer Says:

HR

I want to see that confidence when he faces another mobile backboard:))


RZ Says:

The Sunday break is annoying, but they do it as a courtesy for all of the local residents who have to put up with the insanity that comes with the tournament for more than 2 weeks (if including qualifying and promotional events at the club).


Humble Rafa Says:

Finishing up business on court. But did anyone notice how well I am playing? Anyone?

Or all of you still drooling over from the match earlier today?


chofer Says:

HR

If you see outside your humblesness you will find many praises for Rafa here. Something you don’t have for the rest. You have your moniker all wrong, Sir.


el_matador Says:

when simon was a top 10er,me & my brother used to say that he’s like a “poetic french wall”..well today he’s proving that again..a proper pain in the arse..but delpo is playing BOSS..hope it continues..vamos!!


Daniel Says:

See that Nadal broke the not beyond R16 curse, and winning 4 matches without dropping a set. And he has a stellar record in Wimbledom QF and semis, maybe a Fedal 10 year 2008 anniversary looming?!

Anderson and Monfils in a tight match, tiebreak 4th set.

DelPo won tiebreak 1st set easily, hope that makes him play free remaing match, he should close it in 3.

waiting the Djoko x Kachanov, if Djoko will keep the good form. Even eith this Kei ressurgence, making a Slam QF again, on grass he shouldn´t trouble Novak much if his serving is working. But that can be a long match also.


RZ Says:

el_matador – I have friends who complain that Simon is a boring player to watch. It’s because he plays high percentage tennis (a lot of cross court shots to get the best clearance over the net). Not the most thrilling tennis viewing, but certainly effective. Makes him a pesky opponent who doesn’t miss often (even if he doesn’t hit that many winners)


Humble Rafa Says:

See that Nadal broke the not beyond R16 curse, and winning 4 matches without dropping a set. And he has a stellar record in Wimbledom QF and semis, maybe a Fedal 10 year 2008 anniversary looming?!

Your Japanese player, Asia Man I isn’t doing bad. Congratulations to your continent.


Daniel Says:

Federer path to finals defined: Anderson QF and Isner/Raonic semis.

Nadal’s path most likelly: DelPo QF and Kei/Djoko semis.


j-kath Says:

Chofer @ 12.03pm

Even you noticed the masks were horrible!
Pay back time…Ahem!


chofer Says:

I predicted all three Big Birds a good Wimbledon (Isner, Raonic and Anderson)and they all have reached the QFs now.

Game on!

Delpo fastidious with the bounces. He should calm down a little.
BTW, Court 2 is indeed in worse shape than Central Court. But you get what you get.


el_matador Says:

man the broadcasters in the indian subcontinent is stupid of another level..I was hoping after the rafa match was over that they would show the delpo match & I wouldn’t have to watch it in mobile anymore..guess what?..they’re showing the f-ng doubles match in the centre court..morons..I remember they didn’t show a fed-tsonga aus open match so that they could show india’s bloody cricket match in 2 channels in 2 languages😂..& my country(bangladesh) has become just like another state of india..they control what we can watch in tv..sometimes I wanna cry..


Okiegal Says:

KK a nice looking lad….. Margot, my cougar claws are coming out! Lol….. He drew first blood but Novak trying to get it back….let’s see how it shakes down….ralley time….


Okiegal Says:

Novak did it!!


Margot Says:

OKiegal: One of the British commies was saying how many players there are with first or second name beginning with “K.” And here’s a double K!


RZ Says:

Margot and Okie – or even in the middle of their names somewhere. K surprisingly seems to be one of the more common letters among tennis players’ names


Humble Rafa Says:

I am sure Ms. Karen had a tough time as a boy.


Madmax Says:

Margot,

What did we say about Gulbis yesterday? (or day before?) – that he would lose the following match because the focus isn’t there. Right in one!

Ah well, no worries. He gave us all a little bit more belief.

Wow, got to say, our players are doing us proud right now.

Well done Federer! Now it starts to get as serious as it can be. Anderson is no slouch and did extremely well today. A big hitter. Federer had better get his contacts in.


Humble Rafa Says:

Not surprised that African Man 1 is playing well. He will make a good opponent for me in the final. I understand I cannot pick my opponents like others can. Just saying.


Madmax Says:

FedExpress Says:
If Federer somehow loses this set in the TB

July 9th, 2018 at 8:54 am

Are you the same as the new ‘FeSExpress?’

Relax FEDEX, you do yourself, (and us) serious harm with your depression.

Fed did extremely well. On a roll. Hope he takes that momentum forward to the next match.

Allez Roger! We love you!


Margot Says:

HR: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_(name)
Happy to assist in your education.
Mad Max: Was actually impressed by Gulbis at first, but he got injured, fell awkwardly. Kei didn’t start with nearly the same intensity as against Nick, also seemed to be bothered by an elbow injury. But as the match progressed he seemed to forget it and played much better.
VP: We were shown, thanks to the BBC, such cute pics of Nole playing tennis with his wee son on one of the courts.


FedExpress Says:

So after Simon takes the 3rd set the match wont be finished today and Delpo wont beat Nadal either if he somehow goes through this round.


FedExpress Says:

He has to play tomorrow and possibly the day after.

Nadal and Federer got fortunate draws so far it has to be said


Giles Says:

Well done Simon winning the third set.


FedExpress Says:

BTW same scenario for Delpo like at the RG before meeting Nadal

His match vs Cilic was also suspended.


j-kath Says:

Well done Novak – U did well -


Madmax Says:

FedExpress Says:
So after Simon takes the 3rd set the match wont be finished today and Delpo wont beat Nadal either if he somehow goes through this round.

July 9th, 2018 at 3:49 pm

Fed Express, forever the optimist. You have a point here, but it could also work the other way. He won’t need to practise and if he can get two straight sets tomorrow FEDEX, and use this as a practise session, he will be fine – just get some serious massage and physio – he is a hardened athlete.


Madmax Says:

When Federer gives these hour long interviews over and over, after he has finished a match – to so many journalists, and does it willingly – I find him so inspiring. He then switches languages with ease. What an asset to this sport. What an ambassador for the game.


Madmax Says:

J-Kath, Novak did indeed. I am so pleased for him. Good luck to Novak in this tournament; it is great to see him back.


FesExpress Says:

CC looks like green clay now. When Federer played the first match on it last monday it was all green in the baseline area.


jalep Says:

Oh Chofer, this page was a good read because of you. Thanks 😂


Humble Rafa Says:

HR: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_(name)
Happy to assist in your education.

Uncle Toni has told me I need to get smarter every day.


Humble Rafa Says:

CC looks like green clay now. When Federer played the first match on it last monday it was all green in the baseline area.

FesEX,

Let me explain grass court tennis to you in a way you can understand. It’s a life cycle similar to a man’s hair. You start with a full head of hair, slowly go bald in areas where you really need them (eg. like the baseline). It gets really embarrassing, so you close the roof (or put on a hat) and act like no one will notice.

Complicated stuff, hope you get it, if not I will send you to Margot for more education.


j-kath Says:

Okey-doke Madmax….not totally sure Novak is the completed article yet – he was pretty nervous 1st set – however, whatever happens, he has shown he’s on his way back.


Humble Rafa Says:

Uniqlo is good at making shirts that show off the nipple.

#xisca observation


ChrisFord1 Says:

Best I’ve seen Novak play in 2 years.
The sport is better off with multiple champions, not just two.
Not that Djokovic playing well again was savored by the British fans who are embracing Brexit fueled World Cup nationalism again.

I have to say video of the yobs trashing the IKEA store after Sweden lost was pretty funny and nationalism is brewing in Sweden as well.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…….
@RZ………….
I was thinking the same thing too with all of the KKs. TBH I used KK because I couldn’t spell the dude’s last name…..there I confess!! Lol. 🤠🤠


Tennisfan20 Says:

If i was a fed fan i would never be worried about Rafa chasing 20. This rafa of last 4 years is not clutch and lose matches that he should’ve won(Muller, Ao open2017) he gets defensive when he needs to play aggressive on important point, today he was better for 2.5 set and still trailed.

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