Favorites Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Dominate On Manic Monday At Wimbledon
by Staff | July 9th, 2018, 6:26 pm
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Manic Monday at Wimbledon had all the stars as advertised and they didn’t disappoint. What did were the one-sided matches.

Former champions and fan favorites Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all cruised to victory with relative ease.

Federer opened play on Centre Court and after just 16 minutes, he was already up a set on Adrian Mannarino. Struggling with a groin, the Frenchman still managed to make a push, even holding break points on the Swiss, but Federer was too strong in the end in a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4.

“It was great to win that first set quickly. I always had that lead in the bag,” said Federer.

“It was important for me to keep focus. I knew that he was much better than the first set. I think he showed that and I was then able to put away a good Mannarino.”

Federer has now won 32 straight sets at Wimbledon and has held 81 straight times at his favorite event. Up next will be South African big man Kevin Anderson who advanced to his first Wimbledon quarterfinal by getting his first win over Gael Monfils 7-6(4), 7-6(2), 5-7, 7-6(4).

“I’ve played him a few times, and this was the first time I’ve ever beaten him,” Anderson said of facing the Swiss. “You just try to stay in the moment as much as possible, it’s one of most important things you can do.”

Anderson is 0-4 against Federer and has never won a set.

“All right, so obviously there’s not much explaining what needs to be done playing Federer, the greatest grass court player of all-time,” Anderson said.

“Right now I need to recover. It was a very long match for me, very gruelling. I’ll just enjoy getting through to the quarterfinals for the first time, recover tomorrow and then worry about playing Federer.”

Nadal was also on Centre and was supposed to be finally tested in the tournament by Jiri Vesely. But other than a grabbing a quick break in the third, Nadal rolled to a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

“Of course it’s an important result for me,” said Nadal. “But when I came here, I came here thinking that I could produce a good result.”

Nadal awaits the winner of the Juan Martin del Potro-Gilles Simon match. Del Potro led two sets to one before play was called at about 8:45pm. The two had battled for over 3:15.

With a match with Rafa on Wednesday, the Spaniard will be thrilled the longer they play.

Three-time champ Djokovic against looked sharp, blowing past the talented Russian Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to put him in his 10th Wimbledon quarterfinal. And he won just as the sun was going down.

“I’m very pleased,” Djokovic said. “He started off with a break of serve right away, he made couple of great shots. It wasn’t the best start for me, but I managed to re-break and just get back into the set. He’s got weapons, he’s got a big first serve, he’s got a big forehand, but I managed to get a lot of first serves back in play, make him play always an extra shot. I served well when I need to, accurately.

“It was really difficult conditions to play on. The last couple of games I couldn’t really see the ball very clearly, it was already getting very dark, and it was very windy throughout the entire match, so I just had to hang in there.”

The Serb has dropped just one set so far.

He moves on to meet Kei Nishikori. The Japanese completed his Slam quarterfinal set eliminating qualifier Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(10), 6-1. Gulbis put up a good fight and had chances to take the set in the third, but once Nishikori got the lead Gulbis, who had won three straight five set matches last week, withered in the fourth.

Serving big men, John Isner and Milos Raonic will meet on Wednesday in a quarterfinal after comfortable wins on Monday. Isner overcame mini-break deficits in both breakers to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6(8), 7-6(4).

“I’m very happy to be in the quarter-finals of a Slam. Not just Wimbledon. It’s been a while since I’ve been in the quarter-finals of any Grand Slam,” Isner commented.

Raonic dropped a set but got through former UCLA star Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2.

Tomorrow, the men have the day off with the exception of Delpo-Simon.


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95 Comments for Favorites Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Dominate On Manic Monday At Wimbledon

skeezer Says:

“I’ve played him a few times, and this was the first time I’ve ever beaten him,” Anderson said of facing the Swiss.
Anderson is 0-4 against Federer and has never won a set.”

Ahem.

Say what you will, but Novak is clearly back in form. Most ominous. I see a clash of Orcs coming.


Humble Rafa Says:

I want to play the Egg Lover. It will be a match for the ages – Time Viloation galore. You bounce the ball 24 times, I can wipe my face for 45 seconds.


RZ Says:

Bracket update: Ken has taken the lead. Ken’s bracket is the one that doesn’t have Cilic making the semis, so there may be no stopping Ken from winning. I’m somehow holding on to 2nd in a tie with EG.


el_matador Says:

well as I said,simon is a huge pain..even if delpo wins,he’ll be knackered tomorrow..& if u have to be 110% fit vs a guy in the world,that’s surely rafa..so the wish of giles has been granted..a massive work out for delpo..


el_matador Says:

but I’m already proud of delpo(even if he loses vs simon)..after so many injuries,surgeries & adjustments to his game..he’s still fighting & delivering some joy every now & then for his fans..couldn’t ask for anything more..
#VamosDelpo


el_matador Says:

looks like nole might be “back”😉..great..he’s one of the greatests ever..so dnt want him to fade away..
khachanov didn’t play that badly as the score suggests..& he was fatigued after that fight vs tiafoe..I’m sure khachanov will improve & be a slam contender in the future..fingers crossed..


Mystic - Willow Says:

Anderson said in his match interview i never beaten him when talking about Federer ….

As for Novak yeah he seems to be getting back to top form, he was very good against Karen, likewise Rada against Veseley ….


gonzalowski Says:

“clash of Orcs”.. “You bounce the ball 24 times, I can wipe my face for 45 seconds”…. 😂😂😂

RZ, being the last of the bracket two times in a row, can you get kicked out of Tx ???


Tennisfan20 Says:

Next opponent for Rafa will be very tough then Nole then Roger , its one hell of a draw on the other hand fed draw remind him of his golden era (03-07)


Tennisfan20 Says:

Anyone has mobile stream of Delpo match??


Madmax Says:

It’s spicing up Tennisfan – can’t believe it is going Simon’s way. Delpo needs to get jiggy with it.


Madmax Says:

You can try this livestream Tennisfan


Madmax Says:

Delpo is on the fight back trail.


FedExpress Says:

Delpo you bloody choker. Why peak vs Federer only?

Served for the match. Had 4 MPs in total. Got broken.


Madmax Says:

He’ll do it. Give him a break FedEx.


Madmax Says:

It’s a cracking match. Just think how Delpo is feeling right now. It’s the fight or flight mode. That adrenalin which is pumping through.


Madmax Says:

Probably a tie breaker and then he will kick himself if he doesn’t serve for the match again.

There’s hope. Always hope.


Madmax Says:

It’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.


FedExpress Says:

Both tire themselves out for tomorrow. They wont have enough to even make it competitve vs Nadal.


Madmax Says:

and now he serves to stay in this set.


Madmax Says:

FedEx,

I disagree. I tell you why. This is, at most, a 3 setter today, think of it as a fresh match.

They are both used to playing on court for 2 hours. If this was a masters tournament, they would be playing the next day.

No problem. It is what it is.


Madmax Says:

Tie breaker FedEx


Daniel Says:

DelPo served for the math and was broken. Now 2 points away in breaker to going 5. Even if he comes through, this DelPo won’t beat Nadal.


Daniel Says:

MP on Simon serve.


FedExpress Says:

Delpo wins but he has no chance vs a fresh Nadal. Will eat his slice BH alive.


Margot Says:

Well played JMDP. Only one left who can challenge Fed/Nadal/Nole. Gotta fix that forehand tho., horrible at times. And well played Geeloo too.


Madmax Says:

FedEx

Leave it be.

He can rest and recover and certainly has the power to beat anyone. He is lethal.

Everyone loves Delpo. Fed fans, Nadal Fans. He has to be the most liked player for so many different reasons. He is just very, very likeable. :-)


el_matador Says:

man that was some nerve-wracking set & match..specially the game delpo broke back simon & the game simon broke back delpo when delpo was serving for the match..no wonder simon has scored wins over all of the “big 4″ in his career..respect to him


FedExpress Says:

Delpo, i dont find him likable. He is a faker in my eyes. Fakes injuries.


el_matador Says:

now revenge time vs rafa😉..kidding aside,delpo has to be very efficient with his serve & at the net tomorrow..he missed some easy volleys vs simon,cant do that vs rafa..& cant afford to lose 1000 break chances like he did in the 1st set at french..but rafa is the outright favourite so nothing to lose..bring it on!!
#VamosDelpo


Daniel Says:

At leats he get it done in breaker and only 1 long set today. No need to practice anymore and go rest and prepare for tomrrow.

He lost last 2 in Slams to Nadal rather easy apart from USo 17′ firts set, as if Nadal is in his head.


FedExpress Says:

Kerber wins


el_matador Says:

fedex,go see a psychiatrist..& dnt spend so much time in hating others when ur feddy darling is not playing..as I said in the french,just take a photo of ur feddy darling & jerk off to it..cheers..


Daniel Says:

In the woman side at least Kerber and Ostapenko, both former Slam winners, are in Semis. Serena soon to join them, so only 1 spot could be a potential first time slam finalist: Bertens or Gorges


FedExpress Says:

Of the last 6 sets 5 sets Delpo played vs Nadal were incredibly one sided.


Daniel Says:

Yeah FedEx, but his is a surface nadla is not much confidance lately, and DelPo has a power serve. So, maybe Nadla will be a bit more pressure also and feel some nerves, whereas in RG don’t evne need to mention and last year USO DelOPo was still climbing.

This is a surface he loves and that affect his mindset. Also he is fit whereas in RG he was comign back from injury.

Think will be a close match, but the feeling that if Simon can force him a bunch of breakers and 7-5 sets, Nadal can do better.

Its a differnet day and DelPo may start zooning.


RZ Says:

gonzalowski – no penalties for bad bracket predictions. But now I am on alert that you will be the US Open bracket surprise winner. :-)


Daniel Says:

Serena lost first set, will have to do it in 3.


rognadfan Says:

FedExpress says ‘Delpo, i dont find him likable. He is a faker in my eyes. Fakes injuries.’

Wow, that is hateful. It’s one thing to not find one likable. But stating that he fakes injury is clearly out of the hate that you have stored in your mind. I don’t understand it. Do you watch tennis just to see if your guy wins?(I know you close your eyes when Fed is about to loose) or also watch for actual game that is being played on two sides of the net?
Unfortunately, I have to write this to a fan of Federer, arguably the greatest ever to lift a racket.
But clearly you need to clear your mind when you watch tennis.


Mystic - Willow Says:

urgh disgusting comment at 9.48 am hello moderators ?


Mystic - Willow Says:

Giorgi taking it to Serena go Giorgi ….


FesExpress Says:

Serena playing the angry star trick card.


FesExpress Says:

@rognadfan

Last years thiem match perfect example. If that wasnt faking then i dont know.


Okiegal Says:

The commentators brought the fact up that The Gentle Giant was out of sorts yesterday….. disgruntled by having to play on outside court #2……..He hit himself in the head with his racquet….. reminiscent of Youzney a few years back. He drew blood!! Wow….easy does it guys!! 🤕🤕🤕……LOL!


Okiegal Says:

Just announced Fed will be playing on Court #1 tomorrow….Making a big deal out of it….won’t phase Roger in the least…….


FesExpress Says:

Last time Nishi didnt bend over to Nole was USO 2014.


Humble Rafa Says:

Just announced Fed will be playing on Court #1 tomorrow
-

The deal is when he gets back on center court, he can have the remote to the roof in case he needs it. Sounds like a fair deal to me.


Giles Says:

Willow. 9.48 am?? There’s no comment at that time.


Giles Says:

Oki. Who’s Mommy?


Daniel Says:

Serena 1 game away from semis!


j-kath Says:

Mystic Willow: They must have removed the comment at 9.48…Giles couldn’t find one, neither can I.


j-kath Says:

Giles – Perhaps Oki is talking about new mother, Serena?


Okiegal Says:

Giles….. Serena….. her opponent may be a mommy too… but the Mom I’m cheering on is Serena! I thought of that after I hit send….too late to fix it!!


j-kath Says:

Skeezer: Re. Novak – Yes he is certainly improving fast – but he was so tetchy, uncertain of himself in the first set of his last match – then he improved – but he’s not yet a good bet to win like he used to be.


Okiegal Says:

@JK…. there’s one at 9:41 that made my eyes bug out on stems!! 😳😳😳


Madmax Says:

That’s the one oki that willow was talking about. Sad when people have to resort to that.

FedExpress Says:
Of the last 6 sets 5 sets Delpo played vs Nadal were incredibly one sided.

July 10th, 2018 at 9:42 am

FedEx, either put up or shut up. Really. Delpo is not a faker of injuries. We are lucky that he ever had to return to tennis with the operations he has had on his wrist. He is back and remember at one point in his career, was part of the big 5, before injury struck him. Unless you have a medical background and actually have factual evidence of him faking his injuries, it’s a bit rich.

I remember how incredibly well he played against Federer in the Olympics. He denied Roger a Silver medal. That match went on and on – he is a real competitor and he fights. It will be a great match against Nadal, but he will have to keep his head about him. I expect Nadal to come through, but not without a fight.


el_matador Says:

well madmax,I wont respond to the other 2 as I don’t give a damn about them..but I respect u,so I’ll respond to u..
fedex has always been spreading hatred,talking nasty things whenever a player cant beat rafa or whenever a player beats roger..he did it about delpo in the french open match vs rafa too..when he talked about delpo faking injury today,I couldn’t take it anymore..if somebody talks something unfair,nasty..I’ll counter that with something nasty too..
& maybe u don’t know,I had some heated exchange here with wog boy,calmdownplease etc when they talked nasty about roger..they claimed I was a roger fan😂
I have nothing against roger..I always refer to him as GOAT here..but when people like fedex talks bollocks,I have to talk some bollocks about their favourite to hurt them..
I hope u,skeeze,jatin etc don’t get offended by that post..


SG1 Says:

I think the Nadal-Del Po match up will be all about how well Del Po gets into Nadal’s service games. Del Po is a strong returner and with the higher bounce at this years tournament, I think we’re going to see some breaks of serve in that match. Even with Del Po’s match today, this one between Nadal and Del Po on grass is pick ‘em…and I’m picking Del Po because I think he’s going to win the whole damn thing.


Mystic - Willow Says:

9.41 am sorry


Mystic - Willow Says:

And i dont think Delpo was faking injuries, hes a player thats always been susceptible to injuries anyway, and theres so much at stake with a possible qrts of GS so it wouldnt make any sense ….


Daniel Says:

SG1,

Picked DelPo in my bracket to beat Nadal also.

He is in later rounds in Slam consistamtly and is within a shot at #1 also. He already is a threat this Wimby and will be so in USO again.

Would be great to see him play a Slam final again, but he has an herculean task agead of him: Nadal, than 90% sure Djoko and most likelly Fed in finals. If he wins this Wimbledon (a toyrbey Big 4 own since 2003) beating this 3 all time greats, it will be the greatest Slam run ever.


Mystic - Willow Says:

When it comes to moderation Sean and the staff always did have had a strange idea about the type of posts that get through moderation , ce la vie ….


Humble Rafa Says:

People are getting too excited and saying very bad things. What’s going on with this forum.

Do you need a goat owner with broken Spanglish to teach you manners?


Margot Says:

Mystic-Willow: You can’t expect Sean and co to read every post on here. Heck Sean probably watches tennis a lot of the time…;) If you object to a post you have to be pro-active and email them.


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax…… I figured she had the time wrong because the TX staff is very lenient on x-rated comments. So nosy old me read them all with my magnifying glasses!! Lol 🌿


j-kath Says:

Ah yes!


Margot Says:

Daniel @ 1.02. Usually I understand your phone speak but “toyrbey” has me flummoxed. Looks like “Tory.” EEEK! Say it’s not so…;)


el_matador Says:

daniel & sg1,
I think delpo would have to land around 70% 1st serves in to have a chance..would also have to come to the net whenever the chance arises & be good at the net(he missed some easy ones vs simon)..the longer the rally goes,its always advantage rafa..so delpo has to play lights out & paint the lines..but anyways,I’m already happy that he’s made the quarters here..& there is no shame in losing to rafa & roger..
#VamosDelpo


Humble Rafa Says:

el_matador,

We at Tennis-X have a 1 million word limit for a day. Even when a tennis player reaches enlightenment, that limit applies. Kindly comply with the rules.


j-kath Says:

If anyone’s interested, Sue Barker brought Andy Murray in for a blether with her and Tim Henman – evidently Andy has been asked to be Assistant Commentary tomorrow pm. – think it is around the time Rafa plays. PS: Andy looked well and confirmed he would play Washington in a couple of weeks.


Humble Rafa Says:

Okie,

Since you like those type of comments, I ask that you come by after the WTF (that’s a real tournament name, you know), this site will be taken over with p0rn.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…… Regarding my post at 11:02……… Did you notice my emoji had a bandage on his head? Lol I do believe there is an emoji for every occasion!!


Daniel Says:

Margot, It’s tourney lol. You know me, I have to keep you guys with an open mind for new words;-)

Yeah el_matador, he needs to keep points short for him to be efective with his serve all match long. He needs an above 65% first in for sure. If Nadla keeps retunring too much, points will get longer, he may get tired and his serve will drop power and precsion in later rounds, and that is when Nadal makes his assault. The shorten he keeps the games the better. Even the ones he has chances, either he breaks right form the get go, or doens’t embroil the games too much. Nadal likes those battles to drain his opponents, make tham second guess and oportunites loss cost them.

Keep the points / games short is the mindset, both on serve and return.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Margot theres no point ….


j-kath Says:

Okiegal: Re your post to Margot – just wanted to say I use that emoji quite often in emails – but I simply don’t know how to use them here – maybe a good thing as I love them and force friends/family to drink – at least that’s what they tell me…if I were less trusting, I might question that….ahem!


Mystic - Willow Says:

J-Kath i saw Andy and Tim chatting with Sue , it was quite funny the discussion they were both having, im looking forward to them both comontating together on the Rafa and Delpo match together ….


skeezer Says:

el_matador,
All good ;)
RE: Delpo’s chances. If he doesn’t take that first set……..


j-kath Says:

Mystic-Willow: Yes, I usually sigh at these types of chat – but it was fun…and as long as Andy annunciates clearly he’ll bring some reality in commenting on the match (and we’ll not have Andrew Castle who knows less than every poster on Tx. and he’ll not talk non-stop like John Mac.).

Loved the relaxed camaraderie with Henman and Murray.


Madmax Says:

J-Kath,

So good to see Andy back, even in this capacity. This will be his second career once his tennis career is over, at age 38, I am sure.

El Matador, I ignore Wogboy. Bores the hell out of me. Called himself a Novak fan once, but then berated him at every corner, he has some good friends on this site though, and am pleased I am not one of them.

Willow/Oki, Rafa is on a roll, as you know – as long as it’s a good match, eh? That’s what we like, to earn a place in the next round. I do expect Rafa to come through, but I also expect Delpo to start off really strongly and to kill him with his serve but for the first set only. After that, I do believe that Rafa will crush him.

Anderson has been quoted as saying. ‘I am dangerous’, (not me!), but him. He is certainly setting out his stall and saying to Roger, ‘Come and get me, bud’. I like it. I like the fact that everyone is fighting for their turf right now. This is match fit time and this is war at Wimbledon, (but with a heart).

Bring it on, I say!


Mystic - Willow Says:

Madmax whatever happens is all cool with me, if he beats Delpo then great, but if not then i will concede that the better player won simple as that, i wont see the conclusion of the tournament as im going away on Saturday morning unless my father in law has it on, but ill record the match anyway ….


Humble Rafa Says:

Good that the Arrogant One will be playing in the graveyard court. How the mighty has fallen.


gonzalowski Says:

Giles good twitter :)


j-kath Says:

Margot: Hoped you’d seen it. Andy was Andy full on. It was a great interview.

Madmax: At least Andy will know more than some of the noise others spout. He may indeed make it a second career, but more likely he will prefer to continue supporting young players as he is already treading those waters.

I miss WogBoy – yes, he does respond to aggro. and possibly rouses similar in others – but then he’s not the only one…we all have opinions and like him sometimes we are right and sometimes not. Because he called Novak “this, that and the next thing” is similar to what I’ve thought and sometimes said about Andy. I think we all do it to our favourites to various degrees.

Anderson will not whack Federer – he may play one very determined set which he will lose – then finito. Delpo is far from his best and Rafa may struggle but Rafa will win.


The Arrogant Goat Says:

Wogboy is the phoniest poster in TX. This guy has no loyalty to anyone. A fake Djokovic fan who grovels at him when he was winning but when Novak started to lose, he was the first and the hardest to kick him down even more. Not just Novak but all those who love him, his friends, his brother, his family, his wife. Outside of that, he treats everybody like dirt. Say yes to everything he says and he will deceive you into believing he is on your side but try to take a stand against any of his self-serving comments and you will see the real guy, this self-centered grandiose guy whose true loyalty and love is only to himself.


j-kath Says:

The Arrogant Goat

So sad to hear that you personally have fallen foul of Wogboy – I think fans of a player are often the toughest critics of their favourite…I know I am.

Hope you will enjoy the rest of Wimbledon – perhaps you are a fan of Novak – if so, you must be pleaed that he has recovered from all his adversities and looking good again.


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax…….. Regarding my fave……who knows what will happen?? Win lose or draw, I’m just pleased as punch he’s still playing!!! Hopefully he will get past DelPo today!! 🌿


Okiegal Says:

@Humble Rafa 1:22 ….. Well, I guess that could spice up my life a bit…..things around my house are definitely G-Rated!! Lol I’m an angel! 😇😇😇

@RZ……In love with the emojis!! I think they are so clever. Kudos to the person who invented them. 👍👍


Madmax Says:

J-Kath,

Am sure Wogboy is reading these comments and will appreciate that you miss him. I for one, don’t. I don’t come on here to make friends, just to express an opinion, sometimes I support with facts, but what I do know is that he is controversial, and he certainly has not been a support to Novak when he was going through his dark times. That’s his right. It is not the way that I would behave, but then he is not me. We are all different. We say things sometimes people like/dislike, but we continue, we carry on, we move forward.

At the end of the day we are tennis fans per se – and we all have our idiosyncracies. I just don’t happen to find his conversation very edifying. Your opinion differs, and that is the beauty of this site.


Madmax Says:

Oki,

I understand. But look. Rafa has done so, so well this year. Swept the floor with the clay tournaments, really. What an incredible, incredible year. It would not surprise me in the slightest if he picked up the trophy.

I had a bet with a friend early on that we would have a repeat of the 2008 final, but that Federer would win. My heart is on overdrive right now with this thought.

That is my hope; yours is the direct opposite. One of them has to win Oki! Let’s dream, let’s dream on!

For now. Back to the facts. Yes, Delpo is going to be tired. Rafa is not. However, if Delpo has a chance of winning, he will need to come out on killer mode in the first set. He will need to be fast and he will need to be hitting very clean serves, with a high percentage of first serves in. If not, this is the chance that Rafa will have, on the second serves and he will beat him this way. A lot of us have talked about Delpo not having the movement across the court. This would be correct, but – his movement has improved. His legs though will probably not have recovered from the build up of lactic acid – but perhaps he has a secret ingredient – may be he has got some compression gear, ice cold baths, he is going to be taking those inflammatories, peanut butter, bananas, nutrition – let’s face it, he is going to have to throw everything at Rafa. He can do it Oki, but he won’t.

I fully expect Rafa to come through, in 4 sets. Perhaps even 3.

Stay strong.


j-kath Says:

Madmax:

My response re. Wogboy was to Arrogant Goat and was non-challenging – I’m not interested in developing the conversation further.


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