Nadal v Del Potro, Federer v Anderson; Wimbledon QF Picks And Pans
by Sean Randall | July 10th, 2018, 7:14 pm
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We are winding down at the season’s third Slam, and just seven men’s matches remain at Wimbledon as the quarterfinals are set to be played Wednesday.

While upsets hit the women’s draw hard, really hard, other than the collapse of Marin Cilic, the favorites in the men’s draw for the most part got through.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both have reached the quarters without losing a set. Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro lost just one, Kei Nishikori is in his first Wimbledon quarter and then there are the big men John Isner, Kevin Anderson and Milos Raonic.

So let’s break down what to look for tomorrow.

Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori
The fire appears to be back for Novak, and that’s a great sign for him and fans. The Serb has languished for much of the year but this week at Wimbledon he is alive and animated. And through four matches he’s lost just one set – to Kyle Edmund – and he comes off a very impressive thumping over Karen Khachanov.

En route to his first Wimbledon final eight, Nishikori’s done what he’s needed to do in wins over Nick Kyrgios, Ernests Gulbis and Bernard Tomic. Not the toughest of draws – especially when Kyrgios doesn’t show up – and I did see him more than once appear to be in some sort of distress over his right elbow.

The key here is Novak is playing well and other than that US Open semifinal, he’s dominated Nishikori winning 13 of 15 meetings. And they’ve never met on grass which is a better surface for Novak than for Kei.
The Pick: Djokovic in 3

Rafael Nadal v Juan Martin Del Potro
Conventional wisdom is Del Potro’s burnt out after a long 2-day, 4-hour plus win over Gilles Simon. But Delpo plays possum with the best of them. So I’ll ignore that. But I can’t ignore that fact Nadal has won his last two meetings with Del Potro in Slams at the US Open and last month at the French (and both times he went on for the title!).

Rafa looks really good. The dry conditions help and I just think on grass Rafa gets the very slight edge here.

That said, if Delpo serves good, attacks early in points, get off to a quick start, he could steamroll through Rafa. I just don’t think he will and Nadal wins a tight one.
The Pick: Nadal in 5

Roger Federer v Kevin Anderson
Defying Father Time, Roger Federer is at it again. The 36-year-old has looked nearly untouchable, especially on serve. But I think that changes against Kevin Anderson. The South African has been playing some of the best tennis of his career the last 10 months or so. And I expect him to finally give the Swiss a fight.

Roger, though, has never lost a set to Anderson in four meetings. And I look for him to go to the slice to chop the 6-foot-8 giant down to size.

While I think Anderson gets a tiebreaker, Federer gets through in the end.
The Pick: Federer in 4

John Isner v Milos Raonic
Who other than me wants to see this go five sets? Nicolas Mahut would surely take notice because these two on grass could easily play beyond 70-68 if they can get there. And this could get to a fifth.

Isner has won three of four and I give him the ever so slight edge here only because he’s been playing better this year than Milos, who’s been saddled by injury.

That said, Milos has the experience and is the more accomplished player in Slams.

So this is a really tough match to call. Raonic is probably the better returner (that’s not saying much) while Isner has the better serve (again, not much of a difference). John saved matchpoints over Ruben Belemmens while Raonic really hasn’t been tested – both have enjoyed easy draws. But since John struggled with the Belgian qualifier I think he might give up a few points that will make the difference.
The Pick: Raonic in 4

So if my picks hold – and I just don’t see any big upsets here – we are going to end up with three of the Big 4 in the semifinals which in 2018 is pretty amazing. And that means we’d be three sets closer to a Federer-Nadal final rematch. Crazy.

WEDNESDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori
2. Juan Martin Del Potro v Rafael Nadal

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Roger Federer v Kevin Anderson
2. Milos Raonic v John Isner


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515 Comments for Nadal v Del Potro, Federer v Anderson; Wimbledon QF Picks And Pans

Humble Rafa Says:

The Pick: Nadal in 5

I may pick my behind 5 times every set, but I am not going 5 sets with the Elf. Win or lose.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Good picks from Sean, good comments from HR, whats going on?

Well, we’ve been through a lacklustre first 4 rounds, but we finally have a great quarterfinal set up. True, many were hoping for Cilic, Kyrgios or Murray to stay late, but I think its more than made up for with a resurgent Novak and DelPotro. Raonic is a really good Wimbledon player in case anyone hasn’t noticed, and Isner and Anderson have quietly become steady forces at the ends of tournaments. Great to see Nishikori back, though I think Novak will blow him out of the water.


chofer Says:

People, I am starting to believe Nadal’s fate here is almost inevitable. When was the last time he played in a Wimbledon with no rain in two weeks!?? 2008? The courts are too dry and slow, the Sun is shunny. Rafa couldn’t hope for a better environment. I think his easy accees to the second week has some of the explanations above. >So much so, we have to ask ourselves where he’d gone all these years. Perhaps an usual rainy Wimbledon is the answer to all of this. Completeley changes the turf.

I think he wins in 4 over Delpo and ditto over Nole in SFs (although a 5 setter wouldn’t be a shock and a welcome back respite for the competitive Serb)

I’ve alredy said Roger is playing the F (unless a catastrophe) so I reserve my judgement about it before they both meet. Again.


chofer Says:

FWIW_

Delpo completely lost his timing on Fh on a horrible court to play on(court. 2) and Simon played his best match since his heydays in the topn 10. Both things explain the tigh result.

If Delpo doesn’t find his range with FH tomorrow he can also lose in three like he did in RG. Same situation after Cilic (he played like crap and could find a decent way to break a better player like Nadal) Stat of the match: 4 of 20 opportunities for breaking. No dialed in FH. Simon returned like Djokovic in spots. 27 aces in four sets. At least, the serve is fine:)


chofer Says:

It’s not about the movement here better than on clay. He moves like he moves. And beat 5 times Rafa with that same wheels. It’s about being effective with serve-FH combo to start with. Then, against Nadal, you need some extra: Return deep and BHDTL. The whole lot.


el_matador Says:

yep chofer,rafa is the outright favourite considering the way he’s playing & considering the conditon..but “u know I’m a dreamer”😎..delpo in 4👍


Mystic - Willow Says:

the only match i would see as been straight forward would be Federer against Anderson, the others will be close with sets been shared, other than that i agree in that it will be Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Raonic that get through to the semis ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

Delpo was suffering with an injury, and played a long five setter i think that could impact him too, and Rafa will move him around alot, playing alot of long points probably
….


FesExpress Says:

Mystic-Willow,

long five setter? Wtf


AndyMira Says:

Insyaallah Rafa in 3…If he wasting too many BP given,then maybe in 4…Hopefully,he will not spend too much time on court today!There’s Novak in semis to think about too!…

VAMOS RAFA!!…I LOVE U!!..WOOOHOOO!BRING IT ON!!


j-kath Says:

Roger will beat Anderson in 3 sets.
Delpo will get a set but Rafa will win.
Isner vs Raonic: Isner in 5. Raonic is not yet as sharp as he has been in a Slam.
Novak may well need 5 sets to take Nishikori….the later can have brilliant streaks…and its when these streaks come that could create the 5-setter. But Novak will win in the end (Nishikori hasn’t got sufficient overall stamina).

Good luck to them all.


Giles Says:

Oye Chofer. There is no rain forecast yet on the horizon so don’t get your hopes up!!


Madmax Says:

FesExpress Says:
Mystic-Willow,

long five setter? Wtf

July 11th, 2018 at 3:19 am

Fes,

That makes sense. What Willow meant was that the 5 setter could last more than 3-4 hours, could be 5 hours, that’s why it’s a longggggg 5 setter.


Giles Says:

Action packed day! Go Rafa!


lylenubbins Says:

I think Rafa and Novak both get through and whoever wins their semi wins the title.

That said . . . VAMOS RAFA!!!!


Daniel Says:

No better start for Federer, will play ahead the majority of match if he keeps holding.


Giles Says:

Go home Kevin!


el_matador Says:

some insane points in the nole-kei match already👏👏


Tennisfan20 Says:

Nishi can give good fight if he’s not injured. Kevin on the other hand will lay a giant egg


Tennisfan20 Says:

Nishi can give good fight if he’s not injured. Kevin on the other hand will lay a giant egg


Daniel Says:

Djoko was 3-1 and let the lead go, Kei broke back for 3-3.


FesExpress Says:

Vamos Federer

Vamos Kei


Margot Says:

Lol at FedExpress wanting Kei to win, as Fed will likely as not
slaughter him.
C’mon Nole, takes first set!


Daniel Says:

Djoko closed first set 6-3. 2 more to go for another semis after 8 Slams drought.


FesExpress Says:

Kevin goating on return


Daniel Says:

Fed broken after 13 sets of holding serve. Anderson 2-0 second set, hmm


FesExpress Says:

Federer broken for the first time in this championship

Kevin was on fire in that game


Madmax Says:

A quick match so far. Come on Fed. You knew that Kevin was going to be dangerous. He’s been saying so for days.

Time to regroup and go for the goal.

FedEx this doesn’t surprise me.


Madmax Says:

Daniel, yup. These are the times when we are about to get hot.


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a defense lobby using all court, 15-40 Double BP for Fed to get the break back.


Madmax Says:

To be a Fed Fan is filled with both hope and certainty thrills spills and automobiles. It’s clear underneath it all federer is nervous.


FesExpress Says:

Simple FH netted


Madmax Says:

Daniel we are spoiled with Fed don’t you think?


Daniel Says:

Yeah, broke back. Now no more lapses.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Novak seems to be in form and as a Rafa fan i want him to make final and defeat Federer.


Anto Says:

Kei – Novak match is having a lot of good rallies.


FesExpress Says:

BP Kevin


FesExpress Says:

Saved

Chume Jetze you little beauty


FesExpress Says:

Game Federer

Believe


Giles Says:

^^^ ROFL. Everyone knows this is a walkover for fed. Pffffft


Tennisfan20 Says:

@Giles noone is watchinh that match even Fedfans watching Novak match (he’s hitting form)


FesExpress Says:

4-4

new balls

Good time to break here Federer


Tennisfan20 Says:

Wonderful rally


FesExpress Says:

BP Kei


FesExpress Says:

Break Kei after having to save several BPs in this set


FesExpress Says:

Kevin hitting as hard as he can and it works so far


Daniel Says:

Anderson playing deep shots this set, 0-30 danger for Fed, needs to hold and force breaker


Daniel Says:

Tiebreak

Djoko having a few close games but unable to broke Kei, who leads 5-2


Daniel Says:

Anderson is constantly hitting deep mid court pushing Fed back and he missing FH in the net, needs more top spin on this shots to avoid give the error. Wait to hit later later when his foot is more grounded.


Daniel Says:

Fed with 2 venom slices together mini break back, 2-2


Daniel Says:

Fed 4-2 up and Kei serving for second set, 1 ore shot for Djoko to break


Daniel Says:

2 set points on serve and Fed makes 2 FH errors in second shot, WTF?!?!?!


FesExpress Says:

Oh Federer


FesExpress Says:

Get in


Tennisfan20 Says:

What a mug is Anderson


FesExpress Says:

the hold from 0-30 down in the 12th game was key


Tennisfan20 Says:

Novak is not looking very good now


Giles Says:

TF20. Don’t worry I’m not watching that one way match. Just following scores. Joker match is more exciting.


FesExpress Says:

Hard hitting by Anderson


Giles Says:

Fed has the easy peasy QFmatch. The others have to fight for it. Such is his luck!


FesExpress Says:

Bh flick magician


AndyMira Says:

Yeah!…Will have to agree that Fed/Anderson’s match a little bit boring…But,that’s not Fed’s fault tho…His opponents who can’t keep up with his high level of tennis…As expected!Duh!!

And Nole/Kei’s match r awesome!…It’s such a shame this 2 matches playing at the same time…


Humble Rafa Says:

If you are looking for Bread and Mayo, you can find them in boys doubles.


Anto Says:

@AM, so true regarding both matches playing at the same time and the kei/nole match. Full of fantastic rallies


Berghain Says:

Didn’t Nadal play the US Open final against Anderson?


Madmax Says:

Sure thing Files. We all know Rafas gonna be a cake walk right?

Never ever underestimate an opponent. To do so is complete lunacy. At this point of a slam each player has a chance. Everyone knows this. Speaking for myself I never take things for granted and I doubt federer does either.

Come on my man; come on!!!!


Madmax Says:

Giles i meant. Hope you enjoy the match. I really do.


Madmax Says:

Andy Mira get double screen then you will be happy!!!


FesExpress Says:

BPs Kei

Kei has upped his game


FesExpress Says:

Now Keis turn to waste 3 Bps


FesExpress Says:

I dont mind winning Nole this match. Much tougher mentally to tackle Nadal than Kei.


Berghain Says:

Tennisfan20 Says:
Novak seems to be in form and as a Rafa fan i want him to make final and defeat Federer
_____

Are you hoping Rafa loses today. Pls explain.


FesExpress Says:

clutch game by nole


FesExpress Says:

These line judges are a joke


Daniel Says:

Fed and Anderson go for the lines almost all the time. Saw some parts of Djoko Kei and they are pretty conservative., hence a bunch of rallies, and they are also are 2 of the best returners that is.

Fed x Anderson some excellent points, slice variations, volley, everything, but my TV is not showing Djoko x Kei.


FesExpress Says:

Kei about to get broken


FesExpress Says:

Nole breaks


FesExpress Says:

Think Kei missed his chance.


Daniel Says:

Yeah, Djoko a break up 5-2. now close the set.


Margot Says:

Wow! Fantastic play from Nole, after a blip. C’mon!


Anto Says:

Its seems kei’s streak of good games is over. Now I expect Novak to finish this set and the match pretty comfortably.


FesExpress Says:

Doable BH pass netted


Daniel Says:

Djoko close third set and will serve first 4th set.

Fed MP now.


FesExpress Says:

6-2 Nole

Kei lost 4 games on the trot after having triple chances to go 3-2 up


FesExpress Says:

Federer shanked a BH on MP


FesExpress Says:

Kei breaks


FesExpress Says:

BP Anderson


Daniel Says:

Fed lucky Anderson threw it out.


FesExpress Says:

Oh man

Kevin choked on that point. He had so much time


FesExpress Says:

Another BP for Kevin


FesExpress Says:

Kevin breaks and will serve for thr 4th set


Daniel Says:

Fed asked for it. I knew it that MP was dangerous, when you don’t convert, broken next game. Played too strange this game, even tough Anderson returned great.

Anderson to serve for Third set now, a difference 1 point makes.

Djoko getting broken to begin 4th set.


FesExpress Says:

Federer has been bad in the 2nd week so far. Was better last week.


Daniel Says:

0-40, triple BP to return break and force breaker. C’mon!

Djoko also broke back


FesExpress Says:

“Double standards” Novak


Daniel Says:

Why didn’t he come to net after the inside out FH to volley and close,. Than missed in the net another FH


FesExpress Says:

WTF Federer
that was his point.

deuce


Daniel Says:

Anderson is tense, a bunch of second serves and Fed not capitalizing. His level dropped on 2nd set (where he steal and won winning less points) and this set.


FesExpress Says:

Anderson has no first serves and Federer can take advantage


Daniel Says:

UnFu%$^believaleb that he lost this game after 0-40 laying on his FH and second serves. Bizarre.


FesExpress Says:

Clutch by Anderson and chokey by Federer

Federer has to refocus. It could be all Tsonga 2011 again


Humble Rafa Says:

Let me know if you need me to order the ambulance. I see a lot of panic and pain. It doesn’t have to be.


Daniel Says:

And Fed was 1 set away from breaking his own record of 34 consecutive sets won in Wimbledon, now he has 2two 34 streaks;-)

Credit to Anderson who hung, saved MP and broke and held.

Fed will need to upper his level, he can’t play 3-4 points with no errors anymore.


FesExpress Says:

WTF Federer. He won the won on three occasiona nd still lost it


Daniel Says:

Djoko a break up. 3-1 on is racquet now to close and book his place in semis. About time!


FesExpress Says:

Kei is done it seems


FesExpress Says:

Scary serving by Anderson

He is dicatating the play.


FesExpress Says:

Maybe he isnt used to the Court 1 condition


AndyMira Says:

@Madmax!…Double screen?I’ve got my laptop,but can’t find any live stream…Do u know any madmax?

@Anto…Yeah!I wanna see whether Anderson can challenge Fed or not…At the same time Nole/Kei is too good to be missed!..Urgh!!!


FesExpress Says:

Federer cant read Anderson’s serve anymore


Humble Rafa Says:

Asian people and kind and polite. Also, when it’s time to leave, they know.

I wish other cultures followed this. Lucky to have Daniel around here, you know.


Humble Rafa Says:

He won the won on three occasiona nd still lost it

Some people have clearly lost it.


Daniel Says:

Djoko 1 game away.

Fed will have to do some magic to break Anderson. Or if Anderson feels the nerve again. He has chances end of last set in 2 straight games but couldn’t convert MP nor next game triple.

Have to do something more or count on Anderson mistakes.


FesExpress Says:

FH long man


FesExpress Says:

3 badly played points


Daniel Says:

Djoko MP now on Kei serve


FesExpress Says:

Federer cant deal with Kevins pace


FesExpress Says:

15-30

why is Federer losing such points


Daniel Says:

Fed lost some confidence, all momentum with Anderson.

Djoko wins, finally a Slam semis again since RG 2016.


FesExpress Says:

2 BPs Anderson

losing to Anderson would be an all time low after being 2 sets up


FesExpress Says:

ffs Federer ffs

wtf is happening


Daniel Says:

Damm it, Anderson breaks. Fed`s serve is not bothering him anymore, Anderson returning almost all and with some return winners also, pumped up.

2 games away from forcing a fifth set after saving that MP. Fed feeling nerves, as long time don’t see.

Let’s see if Anderson keeps his level or drop, he is not the strongest mentally, usually.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Madmax / Fedexpress what i meant was the Federer / Anderson match was the only match i could see been won in straight sets, the rest of them i think would be won in four or five, but i was wrong lol ….


Daniel Says:

2 aces this game, he is fired up. This will go five. Fed needs to at least make his game and force Anderson serve the set for him to serve first 5th.


Anto Says:

Anderson on fire now.


FesExpress Says:

at least let anderson serve it out and serve first Federer in the 5th


Mystic - Willow Says:

And it looks like Kev could even force a fifth, unless Federer breaks back, so not as straight forward as i first thought ….


FesExpress Says:

Tsonga 2011 like performance by Anderson so far


FesExpress Says:

15-15

Anderson serving enourmus


FesExpress Says:

How the hell will Federer turn this around?

30-30


FesExpress Says:

man good return but even better reply by Anderson

all going for Anderson


Mystic - Willow Says:

Who said this wasnt a great match ?


j-kath Says:

Margot: Doesn’t Andy look great…so rested – almost good-looking….

Anyway very well done to Novak, some of those exchanges between Kei and Novak were awesome.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Federer remembering who he is lol !


FesExpress Says:

BP Federer


FesExpress Says:

vuck

on the line


Mystic - Willow Says:

J-Kath hes Charlton Hestons love child lol ….


FesExpress Says:

fifth set

vuck vuck vuck


FesExpress Says:

losing is one thing but to lose from 2-0 sets up vs Anderson just sad


jatin Says:

Hope fed somehow up his game in this set
Comon Fed.


Anto Says:

Wow I did not expect this. But i still think fed will win. But in an unlikely scenario if Kevin somehow wins this match, I will probably die laughing (No offense fed fans).


Daniel Says:

Fed needs an early break, only way for him to relax and play more freely.


FesExpress Says:

Anderson lost the last 3 five setters

Federer won the last 6


Mystic - Willow Says:

Anto please dont do that ill miss your posts too much lol ….


jatin Says:

Anderson will surely miss some balls after zoning for like 3 sets straight. So fed has to wait and up his game.
One bad service game from him could be fatal now.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Hi Jatin ;-)


FesExpress Says:

Anderson firing bombs


AndyMira Says:

Oh!Thank u for the link TMR!!…Really appreciate it!!


FesExpress Says:

Danger times


FesExpress Says:

wtffff

0-30


FesExpress Says:

40-30

come on


FesExpress Says:

yessss

Hope this will give him some confidence


jatin Says:

Great hold. It was tough


FesExpress Says:

Delpo already wasted a 0-30 return game


jatin Says:

Hii Willow
Nice New name again ;)


FesExpress Says:

come on more of these DFs


FesExpress Says:

Slicing was the wrong idea


FesExpress Says:

Federer has no answers

Anderson giving him 2nd serves and still he cant win a point


Anto Says:

@Willow,

But thats not gonna happen anyway. Btw how many do you think Kevin will defeat fed here?


FesExpress Says:

good hold


jatin Says:

Fed is somewhat getting his forehand back.
3-2


Daniel Says:

Won’t be able to see end of match. Meeting now. Sh%*€t. Go Fed and go DelPo


FesExpress Says:

0-15
2nd serve
0-30
come on


FesExpress Says:

15-30

please win the next two points


Madmax Says:

Trying to focus….Kevin said he was dangerous…but now is the time for federer to really put it out there. JATIN good to see you.

It is what it is.


FesExpress Says:

2nd serve

30-30


Madmax Says:

Ah when things get to 5 setters in quarter finals it makes the courage stick or fly.

Come on Fed!!!!!!

Allez!!!!!


Humble Rafa Says:

But in an unlikely scenario if Kevin somehow wins this match, I will probably die laughing (No offense fed fans).

Some others will die crying but you will all end up in the same place.


FesExpress Says:

man

40-30 after 0-30


FesExpress Says:

just dont get broken now


Madmax Says:

Either way either way. Comes down to nothing to lose out there.


Margot Says:

Kath: Quite weird to hear Andy commentating rather than playing. Very nice tho., and of course he doesn’t feel the need, like some, to yap all the time! Praise the lord!


FesExpress Says:

0-30

feel this is it


Madmax Says:

FedEx you give me chills.

Federer come on you beauty of you wanna win this fight.
Come on!!!


FesExpress Says:

another tough hold from 0-30 down

yes


Madmax Says:

Margot it was great to see Andy. He has a carved out career and what an improvement on Castle asking Lloyd if he was wearing a vest.


jatin Says:

I cannot watch this anymore.
My heart is racing like bullet.
Fed survived some how. But for how long.
Still believing.


Madmax Says:

Come on Federer!


Madmax Says:

Jatin . Just stay. Its Fed.


RZ Says:

Anderson had Djokovic on the ropes a few years ago but then blinked. Is he going to blink today?
At least Fed served first this set.


FesExpress Says:

40-0 in no time

Fed has to hold now


Humble Rafa Says:

If your heart is beating too fast, come to center court. I am keeping things slow and boring.


FesExpress Says:

Deuce


FesExpress Says:

my eggs


FesExpress Says:

I feel that if Roger doesnt get the break he will get broken after this


Madmax Says:

Come on!!!!!!!


Madmax Says:

Come on!!!!!!!


FesExpress Says:

4-4

man


FesExpress Says:

5-4

please break


jatin Says:

Comon fed
Go go go


jatin Says:

Madmax
Yes. Still here. still believing


Madmax Says:

Come on@!!


Humble Rafa Says:

Reminder that there is another match going on where two great players are involved.


FesExpress Says:

5-5 my heart


RZ Says:

HR – unless the Fed-Anderson match turns into an Isner-Mahut match, we’ll have plenty of time to tune into said other match.


FesExpress Says:

6-5

Federer at some point you have to break him. DO it now.


Daniel Says:

Ever since second set Fed has multiple games with break chances and couldn’t convert. He needs one blip from Anderson.


Daniel Says:

0-30. 2 points away. This is it.


el_matador Says:

delpo is barely surviving..cant see any hope😭


FesExpress Says:

0-30

it has to be it. it has to be


FesExpress Says:

wtf


FesExpress Says:

how how how on earth


Humble Rafa Says:

Your idol will be assessed a penalty point for your obscenities in this forum.


FesExpress Says:

i am suffering

one point from 0-30 was needed but didnt get


jalep Says:

Oh dear, I don’t like to see Federer lose to Anderson or Isner or Raonic.

LOL the screaming for Federer when he was up 30 on Anderson’s serve. It’s not necessary to watch to know what’s going on.

But…Anderson holds 6-6 TB time. Doesn’t Federer specialize in these kind of moments – iirc.


Daniel Says:

Fed holding easy this last games and Anderosn going to deuce. Keep doing this Fed and eventually break will come.


FesExpress Says:

jalep, you are in this game far too long to know that there is no TB in the fifth bar USO


jatin Says:

No tiebreaker jalep
Fed has to break somehow


FesExpress Says:

15-30

one point of the next two please


FesExpress Says:

damn

30-30


jalep Says:

Okay so I misspoke. But Federer has been brilliant in these situations at wimble in the past.


FesExpress Says:

7-7 man


RZ Says:

Wasn’t Fed’s draw supposed to be rigged?
#sarcasm


FesExpress Says:

he isnt losing this game isnt he

wtf


FesExpress Says:

wtf is happening?


FesExpress Says:

if he gets broken from here bye bye


jatin Says:

Magic hold by fed there


FesExpress Says:

phew

8-7


Mystic - Willow Says:

Anto nah he will find a way lol ….


Daniel Says:

Nadal gets first ser after DelPo saving a bunch of BPs whole set. looks like Djoko x Nadal again in a Slam, 2 sets away.


FesExpress Says:

Delpo mugging as usual


jalep Says:

Fed hanging on by a thread. 8-7

Bah, Rafa took the first set from poor Delpo.


Daniel Says:

Anderson held 21 straight times after he was broken 3-1 up in second set. the longer it goes worst for Fed. O ly advantage is serving first.

But I feel Fed eill need a little help form Anderson. 2 UE and a few second serves and a game with no ace to have a chance


Mystic - Willow Says:

Hi Jalep too, good to see you ;-)


FesExpress Says:

I feel that Anderson has more chances to break Federer than Federer Andersons serve


jatin Says:

How can fed break anderson serve ?


FesExpress Says:

But this match has taken Federers hope of winning wimbledon.


Daniel Says:

Federer superior in all stats bar BP convertion rate. And even if he loses his game to love he will win more points than Anderson.

C’mon Fed, make some magic.


jalep Says:

Rafa is in monster form at this point. But I was very pleased with Nole’s performance vs Kei. Kei got a set. But it was quite a good win, I thought. Go Nole!

Come on Federer, you ate the fish-eye on Running with Bear Grylls, you climbed the ice fal…you can do it! For Fed fans if you have not seen it:
https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Roger_Federer/57560/roger-federer-enjoys-crazy-journey-with-bear-grylls-video/


jalep Says:

Hello Mystic – Willow. How you doin’ today?


FesExpress Says:

9-9

when will this end?


Madmax Says:

Thiis reminds me of the A Rod final back in the day, on and on it went. I had to get some air.

This is a mammoth match and one that whoever comes out, will need to rest. Rafa must be laughing and so much Novak.

This is sport and this is why we love it so much!

Come on Fed!

Seriously dudey, come on!


Mystic - Willow Says:

All great Jalep, looking forward to my up and coming camps and road trips my dear ;-)


Humble Rafa Says:

when will this end?

It sometime in the second set. Now, it’s just going on to make your life miserable.


Daniel Says:

When was the last time Fed played more than 4 hours?


FesExpress Says:

Anderson serving bombs


FesExpress Says:

What a FH missed


Mystic - Willow Says:

^ And hope your well too, and enjoying the tennis, Novak looked very good ^ ….


Madmax Says:

Daniel Says:
When was the last time Fed played more than 4 hours?

July 11th, 2018 at 12:12 pm

Daniel, good point. AO I think, but also Wimbledon before that.


Mystic - Willow Says:

post for Jalep


Madmax Says:

You have to love the spirit. You have to love sport.


Daniel Says:

21 games and none have BP so far. Not even the Roddick 09’ final nor Isner Mahut was so consistant


fred stone Says:

At 74-all in the fifth set play was called due to darkness.


FesExpress Says:

Federer only reacting


Mystic - Willow Says:

Rafa the only one of the top 3 to have not dropped a set so far, who saw that one coming ?


jalep Says:

Post for Jalep? Is that it? lol

I like your new beautiful Moniker, Mytic – Willow.


Madmax Says:

Relax and chill.

The only person here who needs a time violation is you Fes/Fed Ex. You are really really bad at your supporting your man. You spoil it for us here. Get a grip for Godsake.

Get a grip.

This is excruciating enough as it is.


FesExpress Says:

11-11

I fear the worst tbh


Humble Rafa Says:

To be honest, this is not good tennis. Each player holding serve till eternity with no BP is non sense.


Madmax Says:

Jatin,

I read J-kaths comment earlier, about this being in straights and something inside me had the haunting feeling of Anderson’s words. “I’m dangerous”. And let’s face these opponents have nothing to lose. Nothing. Pressure is on Fed and he really felt it today. Closing in on another of his goals and the darkness this time has saved him, whether tomorrow his legs will be like jelly, whether he will be buoyed up – who knows? Whether he comes out with shoulders slunk – no. This cannot and will not be.

God, his team had better regroup tonight.

As I have always said, so proud to be a Federer fan. So proud Roger. But, you give me a racing heart beat today, but I love this! that he is here. Still fighting.

Fight some more Roger.

Fight.
Some.
More.


j-kath Says:

Mystic Willow: Hey lass, you having me on re. Andy? Charlton Heston? I don’t mind either way?

Margot: Have we ever heard such intelligent comments…Andy pauses then say “as long as it is sparingly”….nor does the combined threesome babel on e.g. previously I heard Andrew Castle refer to some unheard of player from 1934 – who was runner-up somewhere!!!!!! Who cares? Relevance?

Wow! Anderson has taken Fed’s serve.


FesExpress Says:

cia bye bye

vuckj


Daniel Says:

Its over, Anderson breaks. He refused to lose.

The game that cost Fed the match was the 0-40 5-6 in Third set. He had 1 FH away from forcing breaker.

Unless Anderson really chokes now serving for the match. I’ll rather he lost straight not having MP.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Jalep lol 12.13 was for you hun, just forgot to put your name at the begining, so i did the little arrows thinking it would be underneath, but everyone here types too damn quick lol, anyway sorry for rambling thanks for saying you like my new monikor ;-)


Margot Says:

He’s lovely Kath Wub. So knowledgeable, so honest, so sparing with his comments, so nice about both players. He’s a gem.


Madmax Says:

Regroup. Regroup.


Anto Says:

Match point Anderson.


Anto Says:

Unf***king believable.


Madmax Says:

It’s unbelievable. But it is what it is.

We move forward.


Mystic - Willow Says:

J-Kath Lorraine Kelly once said Andy had a look of a young looking Charlton Heston ….


RZ Says:

Wow. Well congrats to Kevin Anderson (who seems like a really nice guy and a hard worker). Frankly I’d prefer to see him in the final than Isner or Raonic.


jatin Says:

Its Over
Great fight Roger. But Anderson was too good. Congrats for the victory.


Van Persie Says:

:), thank you, Kevin


Humble Rafa Says:

Losing matches like has a special place in your brain. It stays forever.


Daniel Says:

He did it. He could be in yet another Slams finals.

A big server guarantee in finals. Can either one of them: Anderson, Isner or Raonic beat Djoko x Nadal?

At least finals will be a clahs in styles.

I am very curious to see Isner now, as he is unbroken this tournye so far.

Huge dent for Fed’s year. Now worst it could happen is Nadal winning this Wimbledon, but I got a feeling Djoko is ready now.

DelPo still strugling to hold serve. But at least not a wahsout yet.


Anto Says:

One of the best comebacks I have every seen. And that too against Federer in a Wimbledon match.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Wow did not see that one coming congrats Kev, Mrs Anderson looks so happy, beautiful lady too ….


el_matador Says:

holy moly joly jesus marry joseph..condolences to fed fans


Madmax Says:

RZ,

Exactly. Always wish the opponent the best and Kevin was different this time, with his message.

No matter.

Good luck to Rafa and to Novak – Wimbledon continues.

Thanks Roger for all the thrills and the hope of getting another wimbledon. Perhaps next year, perhaps not.

Not a spell binding match, but it has some good points and I think we are way too greedy. We are.

I am really coming to terms with this being Fed’s last year, though perhaps one more, but not much more than that.

I’ll watch the other matches now -

Good luck Willow and Oki. All the best now. :-)


Jeykey Says:

Awesome… Congrats Kevin

Thanks nole for making roger play at court1.. Look what happens when they change the court.. Last year, they put Nadal in court1 for R4 with Miller..


Margot Says:

Well played Anderson. Commies to Fed fans. A heck of a fight from both. Blimey! I didn’t think Fed would get to the final but never in a trillion years lose to Kev, thought he’d lose to Cilic. There you go!


Madmax Says:

The thing is, Anderson will get knocked out the next match. He will be too damn tired to move!

So this is a Rafa win. Hands down.


el_matador Says:

this wimbledon is rafa’s to lose now..


Mystic - Willow Says:

Anto your still alive thank goodness ….


Madmax Says:

el_matador Says:
holy moly joly jesus marry joseph..condolences to fed fans

July 11th, 2018 at 12:31 pm

El Mat,

It is really okay. These days, everything is beautiful. With him playing, I am blessed. The losses are easier to get over now and have been since 2010. Fact. For me anyway.

I’ll still watch the tournament. It’s Rafa’s to lose and that will be amazing. Double slam this year.

Roger COULD come back for USOpen, but somehow, I think this is it now for slams. 20 is a great number. Am happy with that. If Rafa beats that, good luck to him. :-)


Van Persie Says:

My brandy and Gershwin’s rapsody went so well witb the last couple of games ;)


Daniel Says:

DelPo double BP on Nadal 4-4 second set, virtually set point. If he wins one of next 2 points than there is a match here also.


RZ Says:

Madmax – can’t be sad for Federer. As much as I have been a fan of his, he does have 20 slams. However, I am a little miffed that you never told Fed to get jiggy with it! That could have made the difference today. :-)


AndyMira Says:

Sorry to all loyal Fedfans…I guess it wasn’t meant to be for Fed this year…

And big big congrats to kevin & his fans…He’s UNBELIEVABLE!!…I thought Fed will blown him away in just 3 sets..but,clearly he has other ideas…


Daniel Says:

DelPo serving for second set now. Let’s see if he holds. 1-1 anything can happen.


Madmax Says:

Margot Says:
Well played Anderson. Commies to Fed fans. A heck of a fight from both. Blimey! I didn’t think Fed would get to the final but never in a trillion years lose to Kev, thought he’d lose to Cilic. There you go!

July 11th, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Margot, it is all good. It really is.

Such suffering we go through when watching our faves play. But I wouldn’t change a thing. Nothing.

This is Anderson’s day; not a great match, but it showed he had the courage which stuck.

A great win for him.

Roger can rest now and I am certain he lost so he could watch the football final on Sunday! Right?


BBB Says:

I saw Kevin Anderson at the DC tournament – he is ripped. TV doesn’t do it justice. He’s not your garden variety big man.


el_matador Says:

delpo isn’t playing that badly..but with that post-injury medicore bh,he can do nothing vs rafa..rafa is just wearing him out..& delpo shanked some fh & bh in crucial points(the result of rafa’s inhuman defence)..sad but nothing to do..rafa is just too good
#VamosDelpo


Anto Says:

Now a very bad game from Nadal gifts Delpo a break. So Nadal going to loose a set now.


Humble Rafa Says:

this wimbledon is rafa’s to lose now..

If I get through this pickle.


Madmax Says:

36 year old legs, how many matches in them?

Wow Roger. Just Wow.


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax…..Hey girl I did not see that coming. Commies to you and your fellow fans. I wanted to see another Fedal finals, but heck you gotta get to the finals first. My guy just got broken so here we go . Nothing etched in stone when it comes to this sport we love…… so fickle! Thanks for the well wishes regarding Rafa…… but it’s a tough old row to hoe from here on out!! 🌿


Madmax Says:

BBB Says:
I saw Kevin Anderson at the DC tournament – he is ripped. TV doesn’t do it justice. He’s not your garden variety big man.

July 11th, 2018 at 12:37 pm

Really? Then you are right. TV does not do him justice, but you can tell he does have a great personality. He looks skinny though.


SG1 Says:

Crazy as it seems, I actually think this is Novak’s tournament to lose. His game is better suited to grass than Rafa’s and I don’t think that either Anderson or Raonic can serve well enough to get through him.


Madmax Says:

RZ Says:
Madmax – can’t be sad for Federer. As much as I have been a fan of his, he does have 20 slams. However, I am a little miffed that you never told Fed to get jiggy with it! That could have made the difference today. :-)

July 11th, 2018 at 12:36 pm

RZ!

I did! In an earlier post!


SG1 Says:

But I’m still picking Del Po to win the whole thing.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Rafas to lose ?, he aint beaten Delpo yet, then theres Novak who looks very good, i hope he wins W, but im certainly not counting any chickens yet ….


el_matador Says:

I knew that rafa would break back😂😂..too inevitable😭


Okiegal Says:

If there is any Kevin Anderson fans here a big CONGRATS! He went toe to toe with Fed and came out on top…..a great match with lots of great shot making! What a match to behold!!


Humble Rafa Says:

For a clutch example of raising your game when it matters, tune in to the center court.


RZ Says:

Madmax – sorry, I didn’t see it (and I even did a search for jiggy). Oh well. In that case we can only blame Fed for not getting jiggy with it!


Daniel Says:

DelPo just got broken back serving 30-15 up. He lost a chance to get a set, but now probably will go to a tiebreak and play more unnecessary points. Same thing happened against Simon where he couldn’t serve a set out.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Commies to Fed fans Madmax, Daniel etc, Okies right this sport is so fickle ….


el_matador Says:

madmax,
that’s the spirit👏..I just hope we get to see fed playing till at least 2020..& he has won enough in his career..it doesn’t always have to be about winning..


Humble Rafa Says:

.it doesn’t always have to be about winning..

Power of low standards.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Okie not a fan, but not a not a player i dislike either, seems an all round nice guy, his wife is stunning, and she looked so happy today ….


BBB Says:

Madmax, I had seats right up front and was really surprised. So many big guys are a bit doughy, but he is pure muscle.


el_matador Says:

many rafa fans were insulting anderson as if he was a pub player b4 the match & in the first 2 sets..now he’s quite good,eh?😂
#hypocrisy


Mystic - Willow Says:

Not me i always believed Anderson to be dangerous, many were saying last years USO final was a foregone conclusion, i didnt !


el_matador Says:

as if it was necessary..seems like lady luck sold its soul to rafa too😭😂
#VamosDelpo


Van Persie Says:

Oh, DelPo…


Daniel Says:

Oh, and the curse on Court #1 upsets continues. Forgot about that.


el_matador Says:

the bh of delpo is just pathetic😭..& yet he’s giving this ominous rafa a good fight..I’m proud to support this guy..if only he could hit his bh like pre-surgery years😭


Daniel Says:

DelPo saves 3 set points to tie 6-6 in breaker.


Anto Says:

Nadal served a double fault on set point. That sucked.


Daniel Says:

DelPo takes second set, interesting. Will serve first third set. saved 3 SP. Let´s see how the third plays. To have a chance he needs to do it in 4.


Van Persie Says:

Wow 1-1

Dos gardenias para ti, DelPo ;)


Colin Says:

Sad to see Roger missing so many opportunities, but good to see Kevin Anderson holding his nerve so well.

Where does this leave all those who have been saying Roger will play until he’s about 50? He is – justifiably – a proud man, and I think he’ll retire unless he ends the season well on hard courts.


jalep Says:

By crackie, Delpoh won the 2nd set TB!

Really am sorry about Fed losing today. Commies to Fed fans. I had hopes he’s beat Anderson.


Margot Says:

Good grief! Rafa double faults in the tie, got nervous I guess, and it’s one set each.


el_matador Says:

it’s hope that kills..vamos delpo anyway!!!😍


el_matador Says:

van persie,
good to see u back☺


Van Persie Says:

Thank you El_ mata,:)

Full sommer for me, posting now and then, but this is a good day to find some time for tennis…it can get even better :)

No hate towards Rafa from me. Just like DelPo. Vamos DelPo!!


Margot Says:

VP: Nole looking good. Mojo back! Adorable pictures courtesy of the BBC, of Nole playing tennis at Wimbledon with his son. And JMDP is playing better and better. Rafa has a fight on his hands.


Anto Says:

Del porto has started to play very well, serving very well too. I have a feeling Nadal wont be able to break del porto serve. And since nadal has started making mistakes he will probably be broken.


Daniel Says:

Isner and Raonic already in first tiebreak, hope they finish this match in 4 sets, no more long fifth for the day;-)


j-kath Says:

Madmax & Skeezer and other Fed. fans:

Roger lives to fight another day – he’s a fighter and there’s no youngster (and not many others) who would have won that match against him.

It was simply the highlight of Anderson’s entire professional life – he’s never done it before and he’ll never do it again. Next time Roger will win.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Rafa has a fight on his hands, never doubted it for 1 minute !


FesExpress Says:

What can you say? Deserved loss in the end. Will hurt for a bit. But he hasnt been the same Roger since the WTF though he won AO.

I dont think he will win the USO. Maybe Basel and another HC.

The trend of losing matches by having MPs is worrying.

bye bye


j-kath Says:

Van Persie: Kei can be stunning and kudos to him – Novak had to work and he did…..He Is Back! Congratulations.


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

Thank you for the info.:)

Did not have the time to watch Nole today:(
First semis since FO 2016 is a good performance for him.
I am sure his next match will be much tougher :D


FesExpress Says:

If Rafa loses I could bear Feds loss

Hope Nole wins the championship now


Humble Rafa Says:

Some of you have asked where’s Skeeze. He has gone to the doc to get neutered (well not himself, his cats).


Humble Rafa Says:

If Rafa loses I could bear Feds loss

It’s people like you who destroy the universe. Deal with your loss yourself. If I lose, somehow that makes you feel better. It shows what kind of person you are. Pathetic.


Van Persie Says:

Thank you, J-K.
I am glad he went a step further at this tournament.

Fedex,

You will be expected here on Friday, in order to support Nole :)


Truthsquad Says:

Pathetic is thinking your’re humorous when you demean players and other commentators with your sexist and xenophobic comments.


FesExpress Says:

Delpo powdering his wrist

hmm


Daniel Says:

4-4, decisive moments in third set and potentially the match. DelPo needs at least 2 more holds to force anoither breakr. Can not be broken and if Rafa has a bad game he can win this set. If he goes down 1-2, Nadal will cruise fourth set.


Amit Says:

Fed lost.. sad thing for me.. 😐😐😐


Amit Says:

Nole must win wimbledon now.. Best of luck nole


Amit Says:

Anyone except Rafa must win wimbledon now to save Federer the blushes…


Amit Says:

Bright side is i would rather see Fed lose to.Anderson than Rafa/Nole.. 😉


Humble Rafa Says:

Anyone except Rafa must win wimbledon now to save Federer the blushes

Another chicken.


FesExpress Says:

best volleyer they called him


FesExpress Says:

3 SPs

Come on Delpo you faker


Daniel Says:

Wow, triple SP for DelPo 0-40 to go 2-1 up and serve first fourth set.


FesExpress Says:

booooooooooom

Set Delpo


Amit Says:

Humble Rafa:

You are one pig…


jalep Says:

Ho ho ho….Delpo got another set! But it’s far from over.

(just following livescore)


Anto Says:

Well this seems to be it. Nadal losing when he is tested.Well the sad part is this was Nadal’s best chance at winning it and I dont see another chance/draw like this. But ever since his 2017 comeback , everything he does is bonus for me. So not really sad


Amit Says:

Anto

Dont give up.. your guy can still win W.. i dont hate Rafa but i love Fed just enough to wish see him stay always clear of Rafa.. i sound mean often but hope you understand man by nature can be selfish and I am a selfish man atm for Fed sake..


Daniel Says:

A difference 1 point makes, seems Nadal could suffer same fate as Fed. He was 6-3 Tiebreak second set and Delpo sabved all 3 SP, and now instead of him being 2-0 up and maybe even winning in straights he is 1-2 down.
A lot to be played still, but DelPo will serve first and as he is servign better and better, slight advantge to him. There is a long time Nadal doesn’t perform a combeack in Wimbledon, he almost did last year 0-2 down agaisnt Muller.

If DelPo keeps holidng his serve, after 4-3 the pressure will be on Nadal.. Its about time delPo gest a big win over him, specially after last 2 losses in USO and RG.

A Djoko x DelPo smeis may be awesome as these 2 produced some great clashes. The winner winnign this Wimby would be great after Fedal dominated last 6 Slams and Djoko strugles and DelPo overcoming several surgerys. Any of them against the giants and I am happy.


FesExpress Says:

As long as the GS gap between Nadal and Fed remains the same I am happy

If Nadal wins Wim he will overtake Feds GS tally.


FesExpress Says:

wrist problems by Delpo


Daniel Says:

Raonic x Isner in tiebreak #2. Go Raonic and finish this off before it goes the distance and lights fade.


Giles Says:

Amit. How old are you? Pfffffft


Tennisfan20 Says:

@FedEx if i was a fedfan i won’t worry about Nadal chasing 20 . Reason is this Nadal is neither clutch nor a fighter. He loses matches even when he plays better , also he gets defensive on many big points. Against Roger, Muller he choked on many break points. Today he was better player for 3 set yet he’s trailing .


Tennisfan20 Says:

I’m sorry to say but Rafa choked this match and gifted it to Delpo.


Amit Says:

Giles

My age wont matter if Fed retires with higher slam tally


Tennisfan20 Says:

@Amot dont worry This Rafa of last 4 years is a choker.


Daniel Says:

Isner takes the second. Who ever wins the third I am suporting to win 4th. So far no BP.

DelPo and Nadal holding easy foruth set so far.


FesExpress Says:

0-30

Delpo why?


Amit Says:

Woah at least england leads croatia in football 😍😍😍
Hopefully england saves the day for me winning the world cup..


Daniel Says:

Hum, DelPo 0-40, 5th set looming. Unless he fires 3 bombs


Margot Says:

Rafa upping the anti!


Amit Says:

At least djokovic looks good to win wimbledon.. #SilverLining


Tennisfan20 Says:

Rafa playing like a mug


Tennisfan20 Says:

@Amit calm down bhai This Rafa not gonna win 20. He’s not Rafa of 2008-13.


Madmax Says:

FesExpress Says:
What can you say? Deserved loss in the end. Will hurt for a bit. But he hasnt been the same Roger since the WTF though he won AO.

I dont think he will win the USO. Maybe Basel and another HC.

The trend of losing matches by having MPs is worrying.

bye bye

July 11th, 2018 at 1:26 pm

FES/FED EX, I thought you said, bye bye, which is the best thing you have said all day in my view.

If Rafa overtakes Federer in slam count, he will have earned it, that makes him the GOAT in terms of tennis standards. However, Federer is far beyond the Grand Slam counts, there are so many other things that he has achieved that Rafa has not, but I shall not go there, because Roger is all the better for Rafa, and Rafa is all the better for Roger. They have history, and they will also get together in their dotage, such is their respect and genuine friendship for one another. Fortunate is the understatement.

and when you hate FES/FED Ex, you invite it into your life, onto this forum, and that can only sound the death knell at some point. Tennis X’rs like you are not real fans.

It is YOU who fakes it. Not Delpo.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Problem with Rafa is he doesn’t try to get second break to seal the set.


Amit Says:

Tennisfan20

Bhai are you indian?? 😎


Madmax Says:

Aye yie yie – what a match this is turning out to be.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Haan bhai Amit


Tennisfan20 Says:

Delpo had literally zero return game today get he’s leading lol.


jalep Says:

Rafa wins this set and it will need to be settled in five sets. Might not be much of a set if Rafa has already ground Delpo into a fine powder.

Jeepers, I hope Isner/Raonic go on and on and on….Like Isner/Mahut.

😜


Daniel Says:

DelPo has to at least hold and force Nadal serve the set out and serve first 5th set.


Tennisfan20 Says:

@Jalep Rafa can break bit he’s not even trying to , he wants to serve out i think , it has backfired him before.


j-kath Says:

Miscellaneous: Saw this in an article re. Andy Murray’s one off stint at Commenting:

: “Fans have been delighted with his deadpan comments and quips so far, and are demanding to see more of the two-time Wimbledon champion on their screens”.

Complimentary as it is – my wish for Andy is On Court doing what he loves most: (2nd wish: His work with UK junior tennis would-be stars) – anything else is gratuitous.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Lol Nadal choking 2 set points again.


Tennisfan20 Says:

When was the last time when Nadal won in 5set?lol


jalep Says:

Well, Rafa is serving for the set now and…why is it taking so long?


Margot Says:

2 sets all now. Rafa much more aggressive in that set, needs to keep it up if he is to win.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Jalep Rafa is not old Rafa who was clutch domt worry my fed fan.


jalep Says:

Actually I want don’t care with one wins Tennisfan20. Nole has a better chance – he’s my pick to win Wimbledon.


Tennisfan20 Says:

@Margot he was awesome for 2 set then he in tb he started to go 20m to return serve and get defensive. He did same mistake against Muller when he went back 20m behind baseline to return in 5th. In 2017 ao final he could’ve broken Roger twice after getting a break but he unnecessarily went defensive.


Tennisfan20 Says:

@Margot he was awesome for 2 set then he in tb he started to go 20m to return serve and get defensive. He did same mistake against Muller when he went back 20m behind baseline to return in 5th. In 2017 ao final he could’ve broken Roger twice after getting a break but he unnecessarily went defensive.


el_matador Says:

madmax,
huge respect for ur 2:21 post👏👏..I wont get involved in any discussion with fedex today because I don’t want to say anything bad about fed just because of a clown poster here..


jalep Says:

I win a trip to the Galapagos my bracket wins.


Tennisfan20 Says:

@ Jalep my old tennis experience tell me the same, Novak is going to win Wimbledon.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Delpo will be too gassed to face Noval , Novak literally got this in his bag.


Margot Says:

TF20: Default position. Difficult to re-learn.


Tennisfan20 Says:

@Margot he’s somewhat defensive in his mindset and it reflect in his game, he cant be aggressive through out the match.


el_matador Says:

well maybe delpo will lose the match now but I’m already proud of him for the way he fought against rafa..I just hope delpo can be injury free..just want to see him playing tennis regularly..


Margot Says:

jalep: I went for Nole in one of my multiple bracket entries…..;) Watch Isner win it all now. Dear God please no…..


Tennisfan20 Says:

Wtf with these weakarss slice? He had point ready for taking and he net the slice?


Margot Says:

TF20: Andy does same. Sooo annoying.


Tennisfan20 Says:

@El metador i respect deplo but he was nothing special today and his serve and Rafa choking kept him in lead and may be win him match.


jalep Says:

Shoot me if Isner wins, Margot.


Joshua Says:

I am surprised of people always singing Fedal slam final. The last time we had one was 2017 AO, which I would not have considered recent if not for Fed’s FO hiatus. But b4 that one, they last met in a slam final in 2011 FO. That definitely is not recent! Fed losing to Kevin is a surprise, what isn’t to me is no Fedal Final. That used to happen in the past, a very long long time ago.

No Fedal slam final again. I promise you.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Rafa still slicing when point is ready, height of cjoking lol


Van Persie Says:

What a point, amazing match!


jalep Says:

That’s a bit extreme but uhg, if Isner or Anderson win Wimbles. I’ll have to accept giant tennis.


Tennisfan20 Says:

@Joshua never say never ,anything can happen with pathetic field


Margot Says:

jalep: if that happens we shall have to have a suicide pact. He’s threatened to invite Trump to the semi if he gets there. Just no :(


Tennisfan20 Says:

Rafa gifted that game to delpo


Tennisfan20 Says:

Deuce again


jalep Says:

Trump to Wimbledon? No just no. lol he’ll have to go through a gauntlet of protesters 😀


Margot Says:

OMG JMDP hitting the turf is quite some sight.


Margot Says:

Nice exchange when Rafa ended up in the crowd.


Van Persie Says:

That old lady from the crowds was very lucky to have Rafa all over her :)


Tennisfan20 Says:

Rafa in trouble😢


Okiegal Says:

Gymnastics anyone?? Tuck and roll by Jaun… Rafa’s event the balance beam….. lol! What a game!


jalep Says:

Go Milos! Win that match!!


Tennisfan20 Says:

Rafa choking again


Tennisfan20 Says:

Milos?no Love for Sir Jhon Isner??😢


Tennisfan20 Says:

Rafa again got opening on Delpo serve game, will he capitalise?


Madmax Says:

Joshua Says:
I am surprised of people always singing Fedal slam final. The last time we had one was 2017 AO, which I would not have considered recent if not for Fed’s FO hiatus.

Wrong Joshua. It was only this year. January. 7 months ago. That is recent in my books!


Tennisfan20 Says:

2 bps for Rafa


Madmax Says:

At 36 years and 173 days Federer is the oldest male winner of a Grand Slam title since Ken Rosewall won here in 1972 at the age of 37 years.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Why such a poor approach shot rafa


Margot Says:

Fantastic play and fantastic back hand winner from Rafa to break.


FedExpress Says:

Think Nole has to deliver then and beat Nadal


Tennisfan20 Says:

Let’s see of Rafa build up on this break


Tennisfan20 Says:

Damn Rafa why coming to net? Tire him from baseline


Madmax Says:

The tournament is Rafa’s to lose. I really think that Novak will play well, but the nerves and the emotion will get to him.

This match though, it could be in the final.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Guess luck doesn’t favour Nadal in best of 5 these days.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Shit man , dont choke and gift back him break.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Shit man , dont choke and gift back him break.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Shit man , dont choke and gift back him break.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Nadal in chokimg mode again.


Okiegal Says:

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much falling down…….looks a lot like 🏀🏀🏀!!


jalep Says:

Nole has passed a couple important tests of nerves – give him a B- for the first one vs Edmund – Today Nole got an A vs partisan crowd for Kei.


Okiegal Says:

Rafa’s drop shots on 🔥 today…. but that last one … not so hot!


Van Persie Says:

Looks like we will have Nole vs Rafa on Friday.
Do not see DelPo coming back in this match. He’s tired and Rafa looks fired up.


Tennisfan20 Says:

This is the problem with Rafa, he doesn’t try to get the cushion if there’s an opening in game(0-30 up) he did same mistake in 2017 AO final


jalep Says:

Hope Delpo will be stronger for NA swing.


Tennisfan20 Says:

@Jalep it seems Novak fans have same victim complex as Novak.


FedExpress Says:

Anderson or Isner will be in WImbledon final

vuck


Tennisfan20 Says:

That casual approach on Delpos serve can bite back rafa in this game.


Daniel Says:

DelPo had chance to break back. 4-3 nadal serving, 2 more chances for DelPo. Let’s see if Nadal feel some nerves.


Tennisfan20 Says:

@FedEx they’ve earned it.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Rafa channelising his famous 5th set choke lol


Van Persie Says:

DelPo not giving up. Nice!


Daniel Says:

Another BP for DelPo gone.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Lmao Rafa snatching defeat from clutches of victory. He had same chance to get 2nd break against Fed in ao final but he realxed.


Okiegal Says:

@ Margot…..Pulling your tricks.. I’ve taken to the couch! Eeeeek!!!


Tennisfan20 Says:

Nadal playing short ball and hoping Delpo miss .


Daniel Says:

Long game, that was DelPo’s final stand. He needs to hold and try 1 more game but Nadal will be pumped after holding this game.


Okiegal Says:

WOWZER! What a hairy game….z


Tennisfan20 Says:

Rafa wants to rely on his WTA serve to Close the match instead of trying to break Delpo again?


Okiegal Says:

What a shot by DP!!


Tennisfan20 Says:

Anyone who wins today will get gassed and rekt by Djokovic 😲.Nadal should’ve closed the match in 3 or 4, 2nd set choking can cost hin dearly


Madmax Says:

Almost fitting that both Fed and Rafa both went to a fifth set today, in honour of 2008, best match ever played – even though their opponents different.

Love the fact that Federer fought. Rafa is fighting and will win.

Honorable.


Tennisfan20 Says:

3more points


Okiegal Says:

DPs service games very comfortable…….that was quick… too quick for my liking! Lol


Madmax Says:

Oki. Hairy yes. I’m dying for you.


Tennisfan20 Says:

2 more points


Tennisfan20 Says:

Wtf Rafa trying his best to choke.


Daniel Says:

Nadal serving for match.


Tennisfan20 Says:

Damn again from 0-30 he started playing damn defensive tennis


Tennisfan20 Says:

Djokovic must be Laughing out hard for getting a gassed opponent in next round.


Madmax Says:

He did it guys. Relax.

Well done to the Raf.

Oh, but so sorry for Delpo. Really. Such a giant of the game and he fought so hard. Was in the lead, you have to feel sorry for him. Everyone loves Delpo and will continue to do so.

Head up now Juan Martin.


el_matador Says:

juan martin del potro,you will never walk alone☺


Humble Rafa Says:

At age 100, I can still get it done. Feel like a man.


BBB Says:

Lovely sportsmanship.


Daniel Says:

DelPo seems like a good omen for Nadal. Last 2 times he face him he won the Slam, will this be a third?

Still feel is Djoko’s tourney now. Let’s see.


Madmax Says:

Tennisfan,

Rafa is the duracell bunny, if anyone can turn this around, he can. Remember the 5 setter against Verdasco, oh my, in the semis of Australia, then in the final, he beat Fed? Remember?

This means nothing. This guy is fit. Fit as a bull.


Giles Says:

TF 20. Your comments are really sick. Are you sure you’re a rafa fan? Pffffffft


Humble Rafa Says:

If I win Wimbledon and the US Open, can I get to 20 in my lifetime.

#thougths


Daniel Says:

Too many heartbreaking losses on grass for DelPo.


Madmax Says:

el_matador Says:
juan martin del potro,you will never walk alone☺

July 11th, 2018 at 3:52 pm

I have such tender respect for Del po.


Van Persie Says:

Congrats to DelPo for such an amazing performance. He had his chances today.
Rafa looks great at this Wimbledon…and not very tired.
Congrats!

..and Nole-Rafa it is :)


Margot Says:

Best match of the tournament. Fabulous play from both. Well done. Fans of both players must’ve been in pieces! AM are you OK? Your man done good. Andy so sweet and appreciative too. Love that man :)


Giles Says:

Vamos Champ! Into the semis!


Madmax Says:

Daniel Says:
Too many heartbreaking losses on grass for DelPo.

July 11th, 2018 at 3:54 pm

This is the life Daniel. What to do? What to say? Just to continue to support him and remember that he has a lot of love from fans around the world. He really has. He is so popular on tour amongst the players.


Humble Rafa Says:

This means nothing. This guy is fit. Fit as a bull.

Thanks Madmax. You are one of a handful of people who recognizes my greatness. It’s all hard work.


Margot Says:

OKgiel come out! Come out from behind the sofa! All safe now.


Okiegal Says:

Commies to DelPo fans..,.he fought so hard to break Rafa. Just a great entertaining match!! I was on the edge of my seat! A big CONGRATS to my guy!!! The next one should be a cracker for sure!!


Humble Rafa Says:

I knew the moment I decided to bring my lawn mower that I was going to go far at this Wimbledon.


j-kath Says:

Margot – ditto 3.54pm.

I also wanted Rafa to win – but hats off to Delpo who played like a warrior.


Nitesh Says:

What a match phew!!.Both of them gave everything. Delpo is very much loved already. Will be more loved & respected after this encounter.


Humble Rafa Says:

Delpo is very much loved already. Will be more loved & respected after this encounter.

I couldn’t agree more. He is a good loser. Everyone loves a good loser.


Humble Rafa Says:

One of you ladies should go check on Skeeze.


j-kath Says:

Van Persie: Rafa and Nole – both should be in the final – alas…

As for Roger: Very balanced interview – the end of it, he says: “I’m alright”. I’m happy to retain the supremos”


Joshua Says:

@Madmax You’re wrong, Fed beat Cilic and not Rafa #AO2018


AndyMira Says:

M!3:54pm…Urghh!!…My hearts hurt!!…Stupid Rafa!..Didn’t he knows that abusing a women’s heart is unmacho??

Btw…LOVEEEEE hearing Andy’s commentating Boss!!Hehe…God!Miss him so much!!…Xan’t wait to see him at Washington…

Btw2]…Your Novak or Rafa Bracket has a chance to win Boss!!…Woohooo!!


AndyMira Says:

I mean..’CAN’T WAIT’!..Hehe..Sorry!..Typing in the dark!!


j-kath Says:

jalep: What do you suggest we do with Trump in Scotland?
Dig up his golf course?


Anto Says:

Vamos Rafa. Now hope Rafa can recover well and defeat Nole. Hope for another 5 setter.


Madmax Says:

Every defeat hurts, especially when you’ve been as successful as Federer, a man who has mopped up 98 titles in his career. His disappointment afterwards was obvious. “I don’t know how long it’s going to take me [to get over it]” he said. “Might take me a while, might take me half an hour. I have no idea what it’s going to be. Of course, the goal is to come back here next year. I wouldn’t call it unfinished business. I felt like I did some good business here in the past already. So I’m all right. Just disappointed now.”

He is the world No 2 and holds the Australian Open title, so it is not as if he is not playing great tennis. He will have his chances again. But this is one that got away.

Joshua,

I do apologise. You are correct. I cannot believe that time has gone so fast and thanks for putting me right and in my place!


Daniel Says:

Lots of close matches today. Hope semis are this also.


Madmax Says:

Daniel, it has been a great day for sport. A great day.


Madmax Says:

Sadly, looking like England are going out unless they pull off a miracle. I will never understand how people say they are going to win the final, when the semis have not even been won. It’s so disheartening. They will never learn.

Never mind. This is sport.


Madmax Says:

Head up now Roger. Head up. So proud of your achievements and we continue to love you.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/11/roger-federer-mortal-wimbledon-kevin-anderson-tennis


Humble Rafa Says:

Heard on the internet.

An English Roger Federer fan is having a miserable day.


Mystic - Willow Says:

So delighted about Rafa ;-), what a fighter Delpo is, so disapointed about England:-(


Humble Rafa Says:

Willow,

No one has said it yet, so I will. Your “2 Name Strategy” is not good for the tennis god.


gonzalowski Says:

well done Rafa!!!, how hard the delpo…
hope Nadal ‘ll be fit for the SF, another hard one…
the pass to the final and the h2h with Nole at stake.

nº1 for a lot of weeks from now, it seems, yes! Djoker is lot of weeks ahead, anyway, Rafa would need to be nº1 for almost a year more to catch him


gonzalowski Says:

… and above all me 1 point to leave the last standing at the bracket


Madmax Says:

HR,

You need to go into retirement for the not-so-funny-I’m trying too hard to get a laugh-wanna be a clown and am one -

You are very boring to read these days, past days, all days.


Madmax Says:

So I guess Roger loses a fair few points for losing 2 rounds early.

Dash and bolder!


j-kath Says:

Just heard England out of World Cup – the team were brilliant young men and they made it an exciting contest for all football fans across all nations of the UK.
Well done for the real commitment and depth of their efforts.


Madmax Says:

This is how honorable Rafa is and Delpo.

No words.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOeZtQhbDwg

Amazing Rafa, humble and caring. Delpo. A great champion.

Turning to Roger. 2 sets up and match point. Arghhhhhhhhh. Now I can scream.


Madmax Says:

Big big congratulations to Anderson. What a match. Roger’s match to lose and he did. Anderson did not give in or give up. That is the mark of a champion.

Roger has it all, he really does, but I suspect too, a bit of the mental edge gets tight and he becomes too complacent. Come on Roger! Fight back. Come back.

With Anderson, sorry, but he is out the next round. That’s the boring bit.


Amit Says:

Well played Rafa indeed.. though he is my guy’s biggest rival, he deserves props for being such a phenomenal tennis player! I am absolutely unable to wait to see the Rafole semi!! And the winner of that match is the winner of 2018 W!!! 💣💣💣 CRACKER SEMI!!! Without Fed, the xcitement of the other semi lessens imo though! And the final is a foregone conclusion in fed’s absence, i dare say! Rafole semi winner is the W champ already!!!


C!P! Says:

I for one think Humble Rafa , is very funny ,so keep it up ,one of the few intelligent and knowledgeable people in here :)
Good matches overall with drama ,many great points ,good for tennis!


Amit Says:

England lost too in worldcup! It sucks! However Croatia looks every bit the new champion to me! Doubt France can stop it!


Daniel Says:

At this point the ATP race for #1:

- Nadal: 5.760
- Fedeerer: 4.020
- Zverev: 3.585
- Delpo: 3.380
- Djoko: 2.075

If Nadal wins it, will be hard for him to lose #1 ranking as he will finish Wimbledon with 3.000 pts ahead of Fed. Only if Fed wins USO.

If Nadal loses to Djoko so far Fed has gained 910 pts faetr RG and Nadal 720 (semis loss). That still represents Fed winnign more points than him, as usually happend after RG.

If Djoko wins it he can get back in contention closer to DelPo and preventing Nadal from adding more.

Thae Nadal x Djoko semis will weight huge in Slams count. A potential final for Nadal mean #18 within reach and #20 really possibility next year or 2020.

Djoko winning, he may wins his 13 and getting back in conversation, proving he also can win Slams after 30. And USO just around the corner. Also stopping the Fedal dominatiuon of last 6 Slams in a row


Amit Says:

Fed still can win a wimby though! Impossible to give up on TMF!!!


C!P! Says:

personally i’m more afraid of Anderson than Djoko for Rafa , over here and at this moment!


Okiegal Says:

@Humble Rafa 3:59…….I felt the need to reply to this comment. I clearly remember you bringing your lawn mower to the USO in 2013 too! My all time favorite celebratory move!! I looked through the emojis and tried to find a lawn mower, but no luck! Here’s a 🚲 instead, go big some prawns!!


Okiegal Says:

^^^^go buy some prawns……. not big…. but I guess you could buy some big prawns!! Lol


ChrisFord1 Says:

Had to work today. Missed 2 classic matches (Fed Vs Anderson, Delpo-Rafa) and a very fine Nish-Djoko match.)
Would like to see Kevin beat Isner to escape a boring Isner vs. anyone Final. I’m rooting for Djokovic, obviously over, Nadal, in their latest high stakes match.

Pain of defeat has no greater a suffering victim than a Brit who is also a rabid Federer fan. Except maybe Fed himself. When in his pro career in the last 15 years has he been up 2 sets, a match point in the 3rd, and walked off a big loser?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed’s loss was indeed a shocker, not just given the players, but given that 1-pt-away position. That’s sport, though. Anderson was amazing. He has really established a full game after so many years being known for his serve. His forehand looks tailor-made for grass, it skids so low.

Fed played well. It was a great match, and I’m sorry to see my guy lose. With 8 wimbledons on his shelf, as he said, its not exactly right to say he has any unfinished business here. Still, we hope for more.

The Rafa/DelPotro match was another classic. Rafa is showing that he deserves #1, and that the loss of speed I thought I saw two years ago as part of a fatal decline was just a blip. How many times has this guy defied expectation? I should add, I’ve rarely been a fan of Rafa’s tennis, I’ve often found it boring, but he goes on spurts of more-aggressive or more creative tennis that are just brilliant, and he is surely on one now. His tennis was incredible. So much variety, so much jaw-dropping.

And if that’s true of the top player in the world, what does that tell you about Del Potro, who is still a few years younger, still improving from his comeback, and who was a whisker away today? I sincerely hope he will bag a couple more slams and we can talk about a Big 6. He has always had the potential to be mentioned in the same breath as these legends, I hope we can see that fulfilled a bit more.

The Novak. He’s back, baby. He looks, actually, like the man to beat. His walkabout, his lost weekend, is over. Dude is for real, and his semifinal should be legendary.


Anto Says:

Holy S**t, We have 500+ comments in this thread. When was the last time this happend? See this is what happens when most members of the big4 are playing in the latter stages of a GS.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Nice embrace between Rafa and Delpo at the end there made me cry, as usual i doubt the Nadal haters care, yet anything negative and they cant wait to pounce, colour me surprised :-/


Mystic - Willow Says:

Lovely embrace between Rafa and Delpo, but as usual the haters dont seem interested in anything positive about Nadal, anything negative they wouls soon be quick to pounce :-/


Mystic - Willow Says:

sorry for duplicate post, didnt come up the first time


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