Federer Falls As Nadal Wins Wimbledon Thriller; Isner, Anderson Advance To Big Man SF
by Staff | July 11th, 2018, 6:59 pm
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What a quarterfinal day at Wimbledon. With the Big 3 – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic – there were high hopes of another all-star semifinal with the greats of the game. But it wasn’t meant to be as Djokovic and Nadal both advanced, but Federer blew a third set match point and lost in five sets to the 6-foot-8 Kevin Anderson.

The day began with Djokovic and Federer split on both show courts. After much, alleged, lobbying Djokovic got his wish and was placed on Centre, at the expense of Federer who, for the first time since a 2015 quarterfinal against Gilles Simon, was out on Court 1.

But Federer didn’t look bothered by the new surroundings, grabbing an immediate break on Kevin Anderson and the Swiss cruised out to a set led. Anderson returned the favor breaking Federer early in the second, snapping the Federer’s 85-game service hold streak at Wimbledon. Federer got the break back and managed to sneak out the tiebreaker. Things were good for Federer.

And they looked even better when Federer held a matchpoint in the third during Anderson’s service game at 4-5. The South African held and Federer would never get that close to winning again. Anderson broke Federer, took the set, then got another break in the fourth to force a decider.

With Federer missing forehands and Anderson’s serve online and firing, the momentum was going with the underdog. Federer kept pressing but Anderson, who was 0-8 in sets against Federer at the start of the day, just wouldn’t cave and held his never, serving from behind all set. And eventually serving 11-all, Federer mixed in his first double fault of the day and then Anderson broke on the next point. He then served it out for the biggest win of his career 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 in 4 hours, 14 minutes.

“The first set felt great,” said Federer. “[I was] reading the serve. He wasn’t getting many aces. When I was on, I was making him play. From the baseline I felt like I could mix it up and play aggressive. There was a lot going on.

“As the match went on, I couldn’t surprise him any more. That’s a bad feeling to have. It’s not like it hasn’t happened before. I’ve been in many, many matches like this… I couldn’t come up with enough good stuff for him to miss more. I think that was the key at the end.”

Federer suffered his third loss in a Slam when up two sets following Tsonga at Wimbledon and Djokovic at the US Open, both in 2011.

”[It was] just a bad day from my side, except the first set,” added Federer. “After that, I never really felt exactly 100 per cent. That has nothing to do with my opponent. It was just one of those days where you hope to get by somehow. I could have. I should have.”

Anderson, who made the final at the US Open, was playing his first career Wimbledon quarterfinal.

“I have already gotten tons of messages from support back home,” said Anderson. “Obviously at this sort of event, playing against an opponent like Roger is going to have a lot of coverage. Again, I really hope it’s an example of sticking to your dreams and keep believing in yourself. I always say I was in the same position, it’s not easy coming from South Africa, it’s very far from the tennis scene…

“I felt the first set obviously wasn’t great for me,” said Anderson. “I was a little bit unsettled starting the match out. I thought I settled down much better in the second set. Even though I lost it in a tie-break, I felt I played a much, much better set of tennis.

“Obviously in the third set, I just tried to compete as hard as I could. I was able to hold serve throughout. Obviously [Federer] had that one match point, but I played a good point and was able to get that break. I feel like once I did that, I really settled down well and felt pretty comfortable out there.”

For Federer it was his earliest loss at Wimbledon in five years and snapped an 11-match win streak at the Club. He was trying to win his 9th Wimbledon and 99th career title. Both, now on hold.

“I think I had my chances, so it’s disappointing,” said Federer. “No doubt about it. He was consistent. He was solid. He got what he needed when he had to. Credit to him for hanging around really that long.”

Meanwhile, on Centre, Djokovic and Nishikori split the first two sets then the Japenese had chances to grab a lead in the third with Djokovic serving 2-all, 0-40, but the Serb turned on the jets and took 10 of the last 12 games to win it 6-3, 3-6. 6-2, 6-2.

“I think we were quite even until the middle of the third set, then I managed to step up and play up a gear,” said Djokovic who has now won 13 straight over Nishikori. “I ended this match really well.”

It’s Djokovic’s 8th time in the Wimbledon semifinal and first at a Slam since the 2016 US Open.

“I feel if I have to compare the game that I’ve played, the level of tennis that I’ve had those years and today, I think it’s pretty close,” said Djokovic. “I like the level of tennis that I’m playing right now. I really do. I think with the performances I’ve had, I deserve to be in the semi-finals. I don’t want to stop here. I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy.”

Nadal followed against Juan Martin del Potro and the match billed as the one to watch on the day lived up to the hype. Nadal won it in a bruising 4 hours, 48 minutes 7-5, 6-7(7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Points were long, games were long, sets were long and even the numerous falls were long as both players left it all on the court, slipping, sliding and tumbling to the turf.

“I am very happy the way that I survived a lot of important points in that fifth set,” said Nadal. “I think I did a lot of things well. I went to the net. In general terms, [it has] been a positive match. Only negative thing is I played almost five hours, and I had the chance maybe to play less winning that second set.

“For the rest of the things, great news, semifinals of Wimbledon again. Great match, emotional match for both of us and for the fans, too. Great feelings.”

Del Potro, who lost to Nadal in the semifinals of both the US Open and French, showed no signs of fatigue after playing Monday and Tuesday, powered his serve to 33 aces and cracked 77 winners but it wasn’t enough.

“Once Rafa breaks my serves, then the match becomes difficult for me,” said del Potro. “I had also my chances to break back in the fifth, and I missed some forehands. I think the key of the match was only three, four points in the end, and he took the chances.

“I think I played really good tennis today, but Rafa is Rafa, you know,” he added. “Sometimes you play your best tennis and it’s not enough to beat him. But I’m glad with my tournament. Physically I’m okay. That gives me confidence to keep going in the future.”

John Isner and Milos Raonic rounded out quarterfinal day and it was the American getting the win and a berth in his first Grand Slam semifinal 6-7(5), 7-6(7), 6-4, 6-3.

“Pure elation right now. Very, very happy to be in this position right now in the semifinals. With how I’m feeling physically and mentally, I’m in a very good spot. I think I can keep doing damage here,” Isner said. “This is amazing. It’s by far the best Grand Slam I’ve ever played in my career, and I’ve been playing for 11 years. I’m super happy. To do it here at Wimbledon makes it even a little bit more special.”

Rallies were few and far between (Isner did get the better of them) as both guys pounded serves (56 combined). Raonic had chances in the second set breaker to take a 2-set lead but failed to capitalise. And once Isner got the first break of the match in the third, he had his way with the Canadian who was treated early in the match for an upper leg injury which he would later call a possible muscle tear.

The men have the day off to recharge before the semifinals on Friday which will pit Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal and then big men John Isner against Kevin Anderson.


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65 Comments for Federer Falls As Nadal Wins Wimbledon Thriller; Isner, Anderson Advance To Big Man SF

Rick Says:

Roofers get beaten on grass again. GOAT? WHO? LOL


Jeykey Says:

Good day for tennis..


RZ Says:

Today’s results have made the bracket results change by quite a bit. i thought Ken was going to skate to victory on the strength of not having Cilic as a semifinalist. But then Federer lost and affected his bracket as well as the brackets of the other 23 of us who had pick Fed to get to the semis. Your new leader is Dave! He has a good shot at winning the whole she-bang. Out of the 8 possible scenarios for the semis and final, Dave would win the whole bracket in 4 of them. The other possible winners are AM and Ertorque/Cy, who each woudl win in 2 scenarios. You can see all the scenarios at https://www.tourneytopia.com/RacquetBracketWimbledonATP/TennisXersWimbledon2018/pool/whatif.aspx


chofer Says:

I only knew Anderson was playing lights out since RG and told so. I didn’t expect that turnaround.


AndyMira Says:

Oh really RZ??I’m in that scenario too??Ohohohoho!!…Can’t believe it!!


ChrisFord1 Says:

Djokovic – RAfa, their record setting 52nd meeting. And when you are Big 4, most H2Hs are at the SFs and above, with a round robin, the two have met only 5X in QFs. Rafa has won the last two matches they played.

Fed-Novak is 22-23, with only 3 QFs or below. All in 2006/7 with Fed winning all three.

Rafa-Fed is 23-15, with Fed winning the last 5. Only 4 matches QF or less.

Rafa Murray is 17-7.6 QF or below. The most unequal matchup in the big 4.
Fed-Murray is 14-11. 4 QF or below. FRom 2014 on, the two have met only 5 times, all won by Federer.
Djokovic Murray H2H is 25-11.


ChrisFord1 Says:

Servebot vs. Servebot, Legend vs. Legend.
Anderson Isner is unfortunately 3-8. They haven’t played since spring 2015 at Indian Wells. So Isner winning the last 5, 2012-2015, isn’t that valuable a stat.


chofer Says:

ChrisFord1

Wouldn’t have happened if they would have respected Delpo’s seeding.

I’m tired of “explanations” about Wimbledon “traditions”.

You work like a horse all year to get a seeding. Respect it!

How about antecedents on hard courts or clay to get special seedings at the US Open and RG, respectively? Bollocks.


chofer Says:

Isner vs Anderson SF if what Wimbledon deserves, really. I wish one of the two win it all to piss the Wimbledon masterminds.

I’m forgetting sometjing: Congrats the Nadalites here on your endless warrior. But, most of all, Nadal himself. Pumped up with the match with Djoker. The other match, sorry not sorry.


el_matador Says:

olympic semi vs fed,wimbledon semi vs novak,now this..too many heartbreaking defeats for delpo in grass..but it is what it is..vamos delpo!!


el_matador Says:

rafa is just the best fighter ive seen in a tennis court..never,ever gives up..& nothing to say about his tennis skills👏..those bloody drop shots yesterday..
but as I said b4 the tournament,I’m gonna root for novak after delpo in this tournament..allez novak!!


el_matador Says:

within 2 months I’ve to put up with liverpool’s heartbreaking loss in the ucl final,argentina’s painful exit in the wc & now this heartbreaking delpo loss..quite a year eh?..but as liverpool’s great manager shankly famously said “if u cant support us when we lose,don’t support us when we win”
with each heartbreak,the love grows even stronger..you will never walk alone delpo☺


chofer Says:

I’m basically new here. So you won’t find me ranting about something I’ve been telling in the old forum of tennis.com for years, and here since the RG SF about seedings at Wimbledon and why I though, at that moment, a 4th. seed for Delpo would be important.

You won’t find me ranting about anything really (I think I am a respectful person)but since nobody really listens and I think I am right on this one I decided to leave this site for a minute and came back to my “old” forum to publish this, already a cause of stir.
straight-up
It’s an old fight of mine, against what I consider a fascist tradition of “selecting people” with suspicious criteria. And how that is not only a fascist practice, byb dedinition, but also can backfire (and I hope it does!)

Sorry my Brit pals here. Nothing against you. The tormentors are the ones who “select” one ober the other. All of them I think, are bureocrats at Wimbledon and not Englishman at large
BUT THIS PRACTICE HAS TO STOP!!

Here’s my reaction. I said it’s an old one. But enough is enough.

“If Wimbledon would stop its unbelievable bellybutton-like “tradition” of seeding players because of past year antecedents on grass (how about doing so for clay, hard courts and so and so?) we wouldn’t have a match between Isner and Anderson in a SF, while the other will have two legends who will pick their eyes off. Of course, my sour grapes about seedings at Wimbledon is not new. I’m ranting about it since the old days of livefire here.
The point being: you work like a horse all year to get a proper seeding, and all of a sudden someone who has reached only a QF in GS is being considered higher than Delpo (that being Sasha “I’m still not competitve at GSs” Zverev), who got sidelined by injuries for more than three years and still managed a bronze medal at the lawns, playing one of the most memorable three-setters against the best grass court player ever and another 5 set thriller to one of the three best modern era players ever. He lost the third thriller to the third one in that trio of legends… in a QF.

Eat my shorts Britons. I’ll be rooting for Anderson or Isner just to see you pissed off. Your politness won’t fool anybody. You really think you are the Center of the Universe. You deserve a novelty champion in his 30s, both of whom never reached a QF before at Wimbledon.

You can make your seedings for next year with them: I can see them being 3 or 4. Anything goes with your particular selection process. A fascistoid one to be loud clear.”

There. Sir it up. I’m in the mood for breaking unjust traditions. Like they went with yellow balls in 81, years after the others Slams. I REALLY hope Isner and Anderson wins it, just for all I’ve said.

They would deserves it, why not? But like “Blurred Lines”, one too many times catching but also so derivative and annoying and ridiculosly offensive that its novelty will ends up in a coughin, forgotten and forever rotten. Nobody will remember it without blushing it. “Macarena” anyone? That’s what could happen on Sunday. Why not? It’s been a crazy and wild Wimbledon.

And the bureocrats decided to get all hands on the rankings one more time. Changing the whole system that’s been perfectioned over 35 years. To “select” their chosen one.

This should relly be stopped. Like the white balls of yore.


el_matador Says:

chofer,
I respect the English for do many things like Pink Floyd,Iron Maiden,Black Sabbath,football etc but as u said they think they’re so damn special..I’m proud for this slogan of liverpool “we’re not english,we’re scousers”😍
& it feels very satisfactory to see all the english fans going nuts & committing violence after their defeat last night☺
#ItsNotComingHome


el_matador Says:

*so many things


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Umm chofer, we have a SF between Isner and Anderson because Isner beat a former Wimbledon finalist and Anderson beat an 8 time Wimbledon champ. Had their opponents prevailed, how would you blame Wimbledons ranking system?

When you have a Big 3, by necessity, 2 will land in the same half of any draw.


chofer Says:

TV

I’m not arguing the merits of the winners. I don’t think Anderson vs Isner will attract flock of posters like Nadal.Djokovic. But that’s another discussion.

All I’m saying is more profound. This seeding system is atrocious. Delpo should have been seeded fourth in place of Cilic. Why? Because he’s the number 4 player in the world.

This seeding system is both capricious fraudulent. Simple as that. You either understand what I’m saying or not.


el_matador Says:

tv,
how would u feel if cecchinato gets seeded ahead of say someone like nole in the nxt years’ french just because he made semi this year?


el_matador Says:

& I know there are not enough tournaments in grass..but the hard courts of australian open & the us is not same..every tournament is different..so should we use “special” seeding process for every tournament?


chofer Says:

elmatador

That’s sort of the point. Is Delpo being punished for having four wrist surgeries and four full years robbed of grass play? I think so. But even if he was healthy enough and had have like, three Wimbledon SFs in his resume, the seeding system would be still fraudulent in my view if he were ranked lower thigher 10th. at the moment if his ranking were far lower than that.

I know the masterminds at Wimbledon have a calculator for this “stuff” It’s still unfair, unjust and dirispectful for a player (any player) who has worked his ass off to come back or whoever who has been having a banner year like both Isner or Anderson.

It’s called a ranking for something. But the traditionalist won’t understand my POV. I think it’s so un-democratic to the reality of players and their progress, it’s ridiculous.

And YES, Delpo would have landed in the Roger quarter. And would have probably face Isner or Anderson and lost anyway. But that’s beside the point. For these people, even Zverev has more pedigree on grass. Perhaps a Stuttgart or Halle final is more valuable in their calculators,. I don’t know. Still. I want to argue the system, not the players.


el_matador Says:

exactly chofer,if delpo cant avoid roger/rafa till the semifinals after working so hard after so many injuries to become the no. 4 in the world,then what’s the point of ranking at all?..maybe they should skip the whole “seeding” thing & make random draws..would make the things more interesting & unpredictabe..roger-rafa 1st round anybody?


gonzalowski Says:

Giles, hahaha

chofer I think that you are exaggerating, I do not think Delpo has had a bad draw, it’s 7 years ago that Rafa did not reach QF, it was expected that I would not have had to face him.
English people, in general, like to be special, yes, they are happy to have a differentiated system of their own, but I do not think that it harms anyone in particular, in this case of WB.


Margot Says:

Ho hum…where to start:
1) I really dislike sweeping generalisations as in ” Britons…You really think you are The Centre of the Universe…” Actually no, not all of us do. Heck I don’t even think the earth is the centre of the universe.”
2) I don’t for one minute condone football hooliganism but if you think it’s an English speciality, think again.It’s getting worse and that’s part of a tide of fascism that’s sweeping Europe and the USA and we should all be very afraid.
3) Of course JMDP should’ve been seeded at 4. It’s nonsense not to, but Wimbledon isn’t going to change any time soon unless perhaps the players took up this issue. Where is Billie Jean King when you need her
4) A far more unsavory issue for me is the fact that genuine tennis lovers like me sit out on the ground in the scorching sun on Henman Hill while minor royals and celebs get prime seats on Centre and 1 while Andrew Castle and co faun over them. Of course we could all buy debenture seats for £1000 a pop…And don’t get me started on debenture….
5) But the worst aspect of this tournament for me was the shameful way the crowd behaved towards Nole in his match against Edmund. Wimbledon crowd used to be polite and well mannered, you may sneer chofer but these are fine characteristics, but not any more apparently. Since BREXIT every small minded Little Englander seems to believe that their disgusting views are OK and to be shouted from the stands at Wimmbledon.
6) Yes, I’m very angry about BREXIT and despairing too, and ashamed of my country, but not because Wimbledon is class ridden, elitist and traditional in far too many ways,tho that is indeed part of the problem.


el_matador Says:

1)we are talking about wimbledon & wimbledon represents britain hence that “generalisation”..sorry that if it offended u..I know that u’re an open minded,liberal person & u should know that which people I was talking about..but sorry again for “generalisation”
2)I know that hooliganism isn’t an english thing.
in fact they will come up far,far behind russian,italian,south american hooligans if a football fight occurs(euro match vs russia 2 years ago proved that)..I was just happy to see england lose beacause of the way english people(except mersyside) treat liverpool & the incident of death of 96 liverpool fans & other issues(don’t want to start another football rant here again😂)
3,4,5,6)agreed


FedExpress Says:

Federer has been playing shiit since IW. I dont think he has fully recovered from the Delpo loss. His decision making had been poor. 3 times he had 0-30 in the 5th set and he couldnt even get one BP chance.

20th time he lost when having MPs. And then 5th time frome being 2 sets to love up.

Yesterday Nadal and Djokovic demonstrated mentall power under the utmost pressure (Nole in the third when he saved 3 BPs and Nadal in th3 last two sets).

It hurts.


el_matador Says:

“it hurts”..songs to ma ear
I wish science would enable us a world where fedfans like skeeze,jatin,madmax,daniel etc watch federer’s matches in our universe but u have to watch federer’s matches in a parallel universe where federer loses every tennis match☺


j-kath Says:

I note above comments and I have lots of sympathy for all views. And yes, I agree mostly with Margot, except on no. 3. I think there is a genuine case for Wimbledon to operate the seedings based on successes on grass as it is the shortest tennis season and some recognition of that seems reasonable. At the end of the day the question is does it really affect outcomes? We all know what happened yesterday.


el_matador Says:

“short season”,I think I addressed it in ma 12:16 post..& “short” or “long” is relative..we have 5 1000 masters in outdoor hard courts,3 in clay & 1(+YEC) indoor..so should clay & indoor tournaments use special seeding too?


el_matador Says:

& not “affecting the outcome”..if delpo was seeded 4,he would not have to face rafa in the quarters..so I think it would affect the outcome(I’m not saying delpo would win if he had face someone other than rafa/roger,but he would surely have a better chance of winning)


Humble Rafa Says:

It still feels good.


Margot Says:

Apology accepted el_matador. TBH it was chofer who really upset me with his comment about all the British blah, blah,blah. Of course I am British, but I see myself as Welsh first, then European. The only thing I’ll admit to getting nationalistic about is Rugby!
People seem to think I’ll automatically support Edmund/Watson/that new guy who seems to have been parachuted in from New Zealand via America. Um no! It’s how you play the game that’s important to me, rather than where you come from. Actually wanted Nole to win that particular match because of 1) the crowd 2)I much prefer his style of tennis.


j-kath Says:

el-matador: I’m sorry, but I don’t agree…there’s all sorts of permutations if one pursues that line. That said, Del Potro has had a number of debilitating injuries so your concern is natural.

Should the other GS’s introduce a levelling according to surface, I obviously would have no problem with that.


Mystic - Willow Says:

I Remember been asked about what i thought about Brexit, and when i gave my opinion, needless to say it didnt go down very well, same thing with football only a couple of weeks ago, , so i guess some things should be left of a tennis forum ….


Margot Says:

^ Nobody forces anyone to give their opinions, but if you do, expect to be challenged. It’s the nature of the beast.


Truth Says:

Lol @ Fed and his cowardly fanboys Brad Gilbert & John/Pat McEnroe.
They are still crying about Fed’s genius wimbledons.
It goes to show that having Swiss backhand & serve weaknesses don’t prevent Wimbledon luck wins, with weak draws.
Arrogant clown Brad Gilbert says “A kind of match Roger never loses”.
Then he says Isner has a high win possibility if Nadal faces him. Does Brad ever stop lying?!

Djokovic turned his mind off & played insanity games with himself instead of playing tennis.
That’s why Fraud got his fake wins and sycophant butt kiss treatment.
Nadal will luck out with easy draws. The crowd cheers help him stay playing, as usual, in 4 hour 48 minute marathons.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Margot true, but i was asked about it by you, and you didnt seem pleased with my answer, you said i think youve made a huge mistake, so its also the nature of the beast that not everyone will agree with you, i was called a racist by CDP when he used to post, which is something i definitely am not, and i didnt care for it, i dont mind people disagreeing with me, but i dont expect people to take things to a personal level, as i say i wont mention politics or football ever again ….


Margot Says:

^ I still think you’ve made a huge mistake. The end.


Mystic - Willow Says:

I Dont but no hard feelings, i have my reasons, ill agree to disagree the end ….


Daniel Says:

chofer,

Regarding Wimby system, that is why I remember in 2001 or 2002 Guga Kuerten #1 player in the world boycotted it, because he would get down to #3 or #4. The tourney ended up without the #1 player.

Imagine if this year Cilic was closer to Nadal in ATP ranking, Nadal could have drop to #3 seed and that would be unfair, regardless of his last grass results. He is the #1 for a reason.

I too think this should be changed, keep the rank, specially as it was introduced not long time ago, it’s not like the white tradition that goes on for a century.


lylenubbins Says:

So incredible and inspiring how Nadal is able to fight through adversity, missed opportunities, anxieties, etc. and triumph.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…..My maiden was Johns…. I think a derivative of Jones……. 5 brothers named Johns/Jones came to the US from Wales. I wish I didn’t have a flying phobia, Wales would be the first place I would go……Spain would be next….. I would try to catch a glimpse of my muscle man …..Lol 💪💪


RZ Says:

@Am – I think you win in the scenarios where Nadal wins the tournament.


Margot Says:

OKgiel: One of my aunts became “Maggie Johns” when she got married. We are bound to be related…;)


Okiegal Says:

OMG!! That is crazy! I was curious if the Johns name was still running rampant in Wales! It’s a small world, no?? Wouldn’t it be weird if I was kin to Aunt Maggie’s hubby??
Far out, man!!!


SG1 Says:

I don’t have any particular issue with John Isner or Kevin Anderson winning Wimbledon. They’ve done their time and put in the work. I don’t think it will happen but if it did, they would be deserving champions.


RZ Says:

Margot and Okie – I had two coworkers, one African-American descent and the other Italian-American, who, after working in the same office for perhaps 10 years, figured out that they were 5th or 6th cousins. It really is a small world. :-)


SG1 Says:

I’ll bet Fed wished he had a little more of Anderson’s firepower in his 1-2 punch yesterday even if it meant his game was a little less whimsical.


Giles Says:

“ firepower”? Lol. The man is gonna be 37 years old in a few days.


j-kath Says:

Daniel: U are good with the calculations – will Roger and Del Potro gain any “grass-success” benefit for reaching the Wimb. quarters when they play Wimb. next year?


Humble Rafa Says:

Big servers with no tennis game to speak of have won Wimbledon. So Tallner could win it, so could Tallovic.

Just ask the angry Goran. 25 aces a match and you are set.


Wog Boy Says:

That’s what happens when you dump NIKE, they dump you on Court 1 and put Nole on Central Court in QF match, if he stayed with NIKE that would’ve never happened!

On the other note, who cares for tennis when you have best ever organized World Cup in Russia, the winner is Russia, btw, this is last time I cheered Englad😡😡😡
The world cup is so much better without Penaldo, Pessi and Roly Poly Neymar, couldn’t resist to the best add I’v seen recently:
https://youtu.be/hNiRwHgF3V8


ChrisFord1 Says:

Points:

1. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in Novak’s camp and home and not subject to a NDA – able to write a book about his bizarre excursion into the Twilight Zone. Is he back from it? He had a chance to be in the GOAT discussion, and gave away 2 years…the problem being, obviously, more than a physical injury to his shoulder. His wife has caught some heat. IMO, deservedly so.

2. On British fans and the subgenres of English, Scots, Welsh, N Irish, expat and Indian/American/whatever Anglophiles – I hate the hooligans disrupting actual sporting venues, but I thought it hilarious that some yobs trashed an IKEA store in celebration of beating Sweden. Hope they get arrested and prosecuted, but it happened in Londonistan, where beleaguered authorities say they lack resources to investigate and prosecute armed robbers and violent Muslim extremists.

3. Margot – America and Europe are not turning to fascism or any other tired, overused 80 year old WWII meme. They are moving towards realism and national self-interest and away from the decay and decline of their nations under liberal idealism, obedience to an unelected ruling elite, and Open Borders.


fred stone Says:

The wedgie king doesn’t like the rules of tennis but the governing body has different plans.

https://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/shot-clock-implemented-in-us-summer-swing-2018


BBB Says:

The precursor to fascism is the concentration of economic power, which is precisely what we’re seeing. That is neither a left issue nor a right issue, as the left in the United States have supported the Trump Administration’s effort to enforce the laws on the books. It is the courts that have thwarted the effort.


Daniel Says:

J-K,

Fed will still have 75% of his Wimbledon 2017 title (as his best grass tourney for 2 years before Wimby 2019) plus last 52 weeks grass points, which will include Wimby 2018 QF plus what he achieves in Stuttgart and Halle next year.

So yeah, for WImby 2019, this years Wimby will count as last 52 weeks grass pts plus best result in 2017. Fed and Cili will still benefit above everybody else due to their title and final in 2017.


Okiegal Says:

@RZ 12:49….. Genealogy research is the most interesting thing I’ve ever done. I was doing research in Barren County, Ky. Some of my ancestors once owned the property where the Mammoth Cave was discovered…. the owner was on my mother’s side and he married a distant relative from my dad’s side of the family. It was just crazy. After further research I discovered that a distant relative of my husband’s had at one time bought the same property!! Yes it’s a small world for sure!!


Margot Says:

CF!: I know you are a Trump lover. And I know what I know.


Colin Says:

Londonistan? What utter nonsense!

And the moronic Trump still believes there are No Go areas ruled by Muslims where the UK police are scared to go. I am the least brave person you could find, yet I still travel to Aldgate East tube station, which was closed after the London bombings. There I go to a shop (run by Muslims)to buy blank video discs at low prices. I never feel any sense of danger, unlike the many American tourists who were scared to come here during the IRA bomb campaign.

I live about a mile from Hammersmith bridge, and I was wakened at 4 AM a few tears ago when a splinter group calling itself the REAL IRA tried (in vain) to blow it up. My flat is above a business run by Iranians, with whom I am on friendly terms. My dentist was born in Iran. The vast majority of Muslims in the UK are just trying to earn a living.

When I hear Americans sneering at “Liberal Idealism” I think about the US Ambassador in London during the 1930s,who was deeply anti Semitic, and hated the idea of America entering the war. He was a pal of the first British woman Member of Parliament, Nancy Astor, who was American by birth and as anti-Semitic as he was.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Thank goodness i dont live in America having Trump as president, its bad enough living over here having skeletors grandma as prime minister, both are an olive short of a pizza ….

Anyway i think the SW19 winner will come from the Rafa / Novak winner, cant see Isner or Anderson beating either in the final, having said that i couldnt see Anderson beating Federer but he did, im pulling for Rafa, but what an amazing achievement it would be for Kev if he beat Federer and then either Rafa or Novak in the final, assuming he gets through Isner ….


jalep Says:

Oh that’s nice to know – Mystic-Willow. I’m glad you can see the orange baby in a diaper as he truly is. And I’m afraid we are stuck with him and it’s a nightmare and an embarrassment every waking moment.

As for Wimbledon, may the best man win between Rafa and Nole. It feels like Rafa is just too strong. Although if it’s giant tennis vs Rafa – of course I’m rooting for Rafa in the Final. Worst case would be Isntner tennis winning.

Enjoy your weekend 🤗 Go Rafole!

High five’s and hugs to dear Margot.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Jalep cant stand the bloke, he really has some crazy ideas to say the very least ….

As for tennis Nole goes to bed with the 2 sets to 1 advantage, disapointed that Rafa didnt take his chances in that third set, looks like Nole is back in the groove, however we will see what tomorrow brings, doubt i will see any tennis tomorrow sadly even if i am looking forward to going away, im only pleased it was Anderson that made the final i like his tennis only slightly better than Isners, but i think the winner will come from Nole or Rafa, although stranger things have happened, like Anderson beating Federer, never saw that one coming lol ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

^ And i hope you have a great weekend too Jalep, and enjoy both finals, BTW take no notice of certain posters that take a dig at you, they are not fit to lick your shoes clean ^ ….


Amit Says:

Lost Nike, lost Wimbledon.. uniqlo doesnt win you slams imho.. 😑😑😑


Amit Says:

Hate uniqlo.. unlucky outfit..


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