Djokovic Finishes Off Nadal 10-8 In Fifth, Meets Anderson For Wimbledon Title; Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | July 14th, 2018, 6:49 pm
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Novak Djokovic had to dig deep, real deep, to earn one of his best wins in a very long beating, besting rival Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(9), 3-6, 10-8 today in a tight, gripping Wimbledon semifinal that was in doubt until the very end, just like it should have been.

“It really could have gone either way,” Djokovic said following the five hour, 15 minute battle. “It was very clear that very few things separated the two players. Basically, until the last shot I didn’t know if I’m going to win. I believed it but I knew that he was very, very close and he had some chances. These kind of matches you live for, you work for.”

The match was resumed with Djokovic up two sets to one. Last night, following the epic Anderson win over Isner, Djokovic and Nadal didn’t begin until after 8pm. And even with the roof closed, the two couldn’t finish before the 11pm country curfew deadline. And sure enough, the momentum Djokovic had at the end of last night, didn’t carry over to today.

Nadal began on serve and wow, what a first game. The two fought for 15 minutes with Nadal saving two break points to hold. A deflated Djokovic was broken at 15 right after, but more breaks would follow. A double fault to open Djokovic’s 3-4 game cracked the door and Rafa capitalized to break, then saved two on his own serve en route to taking the fourth.

On to the fifth. Another fifth.

And in the decider, the guys cruised on serve early until they each saved break chances in the second and eighth games. The tension was mounting. At 6-7, Nadal had to dig out of a 15-30 hole, then Djokovic was down 15-40 but survived. At 7-8, Djokovic held a match point on the Rafa serve but the Spaniard came up with a ridiculous drop shot to thwart it.

It only put off the inevitable. With Djokovic serving better and forcing the issue off the ground, he served out for 9-8 then Rafa broke at love for the win.

“I’m really, really pleased. I was very emotional after the match, as well, because it’s been a long 15 months for me, trying to overcome different obstacles,” Djokovic said. “To be where I am at the moment is quite satisfying.”

Nadal did himself well, but just couldn’t convert those break chances in the end.

“Normally I am very critical with myself,” Nadal said. “I hit great shots. I played aggressive. I missed balls, not too many, but I missed some ones. When you play with that intensity, with that level of risk, that level of passion, sometimes you go over.

“I think I played a great match. I have not much more inside me. I gave it my best, and that’s it. It’s fair to say that was a great match and he beat me. Well done for him.”

And the roof being shut probably didn’t Nadal’s cause. But you play the conditions. The Wimbledon Club does some weird things – 11pm curfews, doubles play five sets, day off on Saturday – and now this roof thing which today dictated that even though there’s not a cloud in the sky, the roof will remain shut unless both players agree to open it.

Well, I guess to that I would say why let them decide when the Club should. Players have little say in anything else – schedules, times, etc. – why change now? Does that mean in the future if on a perfectly sunny day both players could request the roof to be closed and they would?

Anyway, it probably didn’t help Rafa and I don’t blame Djokovic for requesting it to stay closed.

Now to the final…

Djokovic hasn’t won a title in over a year. And now against Kevin Anderson he will be the big favorite to win his 13th Grand Slam and 4th Wimbledon.

So will he?

Novak Djokovic v Kevin Anderson
I know Kevin Anderson is playing some of the best tennis of his career. To beat Roger Federer on grass, then somehow hold his nerve again and knock out John Isner 26-24 in 6 hours, 36 minutes, he’s doing a lot of things right. Djokovic, though, has won five of six though in their last meeting in the 2015 Wimbledon fourth round, Anderson led by two sets before losing in five.

“I don’t know if I’ll be the clear favourite in that one. I think we’re quite even,” said Djokovic. “He played the US Open final last year. He’s definitely playing the tennis of his life. He’s coming off from two epic marathon five-set wins. I don’t think he has much to lose really tomorrow. He’s going to come out with big serves and big tennis. Hopefully I’ll be able to weather the storm.”

The problem is two-fold. First, he’s playing Djokovic who has one of the best return games and is solid off the ground. Federer should have put Kevin away, he didn’t. Djokovic is better against the serve and off the ground than Roger.

Two, he just played back-to-back marathon matches and there’s no way he’s fit fresh. Not after 4 hours, 14 minutes against Federer, then the 6:36 against Isner. That’s too much. And too much for a guy who’s 32. Even with a day off, I’m sorry, he’s going to be feeling it.

And it’s going to be warm on Sunday with temperatures into the upper 80s. It’s not cement, but warmer weather isn’t going to help Anderson.

I know Djokovic played 5 hours, 15 minutes himself, but that was split over two days like a normal Masters type of event. Plus, has the Serb ever been fatigued of late? Hardly.

So I just expect Anderson to be at 75% and that means he’s slower afoot with some loss of speed and placement on his serve. And that should spell a whole lot of trouble for the big guy.

Even if he was 100%, I still don’t think Anderson wins. He would keep it closer, but I’d still go Djokovic. Novak is too close to come this far and blow it. A loss would be devastating – a la Cecchinato at the French. And I have to think he learned from that stunner. Plus, things have broken right for a win here for him.
The Pick: Djokovic in 3

Could we see an upset? After a crazy Wimbledon, why not one last surprise? And as I said, who saw Cecchinato beating Novak at the French? No one. So perhaps Novak gets nervous – and I think he will at times – while Anderson plays freely with almost no expectations. But Djokovic has won 12 Slams before, he just beat Rafa in a grinder so I just don’t think he gets derailed now.

Yup, he’s back. For now…

ESPN will have live coverage of the men’s final at 9am ET.


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133 Comments for Djokovic Finishes Off Nadal 10-8 In Fifth, Meets Anderson For Wimbledon Title; Who’s The Pick?

AndyMira Says:

Well…Whoever win today,they totally deserve it…I don’t mind whom…If Anderson win,it must be awesome for him to win his 1st…Not sure whether he can repeat his magic,but he’s in the final..i’m sure he’s very determine to win…

And if Novak win,it’s also very very good for his confidence & self belief….After the tough 2 years,Novak certainly deserves his 13th…May the best man win!!…C’mon!Bring it on!!


Wog Boy Says:

Congrats to Nole fans, commiserations to Rafa fans. Haven’t seen the match, but from what I read and heard (the messages on my mobile kept coming all night do at the end my wife kicked me out in the spare room) it was a battle of titans, surely, they never disappoint.

Cheers to VP and BBB, witty, sharp and loyal fans and other, MIA, Nole fans, it looks like your man is back;)

The travesty of the biggest rivalry in the history of tennis is that Rafa and Nole are stopping each other from becoming the real GOATS…on the second thought, they are the GOATS, real ones, the other one is fake news.

Of to the final of the World Cup where Nole and I are on the oposite sides of the fence, pleased with Belgium, they played the nicest football of all.

As for the final, let the better man win.


ChrisFord1 Says:

Kevin can play tough. He had Novak on the ropes a couple of years ago at Wimbledon and knows it is possible to take Novak down. And he is another player that constantly wants to improve, and he has considerably – 2015 and on. He’s 33, a superb player, and time is running out for a career capstone. (Though he could make Barclay’s Championships)

But Djokovic knows all this and maybe has the equivalent or greater hunger – he wants to be back, fully, totally, and knows nothing will show that like a Wimbledon trophy.

Both guys paid their dues to make the Final.
Hope it is a fine match.
Novak in 4.


Daniel Says:

Agree, Djoko in 3.
Anderson tends to start nervy and of Djoko gets an early break Anderson may feel mentally the effort to come from behind again. Also Anderson doesn’t go to the net as much as someone wtih hos height and serve should, so baseline with Djoko won’t cut it.

If Djoko indeed wins, hos “Slam slump” will be the shorter of big 3. Fed was 17 Slams with no title from Wimby 12’ to AO 17’ and Nadal was 11 Slams with no title from RG 14’ to RG 17’.

Djoko so far is “only” 8 slams with not title from RG 16’ to Wimby 18’. So he definetly has some room to increase. Also he will join them as over 30 yld winning Slams club.

This os just the best can happen to tennos right now. Create even more anticipation for USO.

Anderson can still (small chance) to be a new Slam winner and breka the teend since Cilic USO 14’


Hm Says:

Bad sportsmanship from Djoker, trying to keep the roof closed to get an advantage. He knows it’s an outdoor event and the roof shouldn’t be closed except for rain and light issues. How absurd they’re playing an indoor match in the day and they then open the roof for the womens final, just so Djoker can have indoor conditions against Nadal.


skeezer Says:

“In Spanish, he said: ‘It’s the umpire who decides about the roof, and if you start indoor, you have to end in the same conditions.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/07/14/novak-djokovic-clarifies-centre-court-roof-situation-reaching-wimbledon-final-7716775/?ito=cbshare


j-kath Says:

This has been an interesting and somewhat unusual Wimbledon – it leaves me with the sense that against the odds, Kevin Anderson will win today.


Margot Says:

That would be amazing Kath and not unpleasant! Nole must be knackered, so anything could happen!


Giles Says:

Vamos Kevin! 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾


Madmax Says:

Wog Boy Says:
Congrats to Nole fans, commiserations to Rafa fans. Haven’t seen the match, but from what I read and heard (the messages on my mobile kept coming all night do at the end my wife kicked me out in the spare room) it was a battle of titans, surely, they never disappoint.

Cheers to VP and BBB, witty, sharp and loyal fans and other, MIA, Nole fans, it looks like your man is back;)

The travesty of the biggest rivalry in the history of tennis is that Rafa and Nole are stopping each other from becoming the real GOATS…on the second thought, they are the GOATS, real ones, the other one is fake news.

Of to the final of the World Cup where Nole and I are on the oposite sides of the fence, pleased with Belgium, they played the nicest football of all.

As for the final, let the better man win.

July 14th, 2018 at 8:48 pm

Wog boy, YOU are the fake, Deal with it. Just deal with it. You don’t even have to bring up Federer, yet you did. You cannot even enjoy a rivalry between Rafa and Novak, because you are so incensed with ‘the other one’. Fake comment from a fake Novak non-fan. You don’t even deserve to be in the same room as Novak. He despises people like you who call themselves his fans, yet just look at what you say, what you preach. You preach hatred and you love it.


Margot Says:

Significant Wog Boy wrote “your man?”


Madmax Says:

From Toni Nadal:

Once Toni Nadal(Nadal’s coach) said in an interview

“For all the youngsters out there who wants be a tennis player , try to work hard like Rafa , take inspiration as Rafa , don’t take Federer as inspiration, he is once in a generation player “

20 slams don’t lie. Unlike you Wogboy. Hater.


Madmax Says:

”Today I was playing my best tennis, trying lots of different things but nothing worked. When you are playing like that and he come sup with all those great shots, you even have to wonder whether he is from the same planet”.

Gracious Novak.

https://www.quora.com/Why-is-Federer-the-GOAT

I’ll let you read what rafa says about Fed, but you know Wogboy, you brought federer into this and you didn’t need to. Why? Because this is Novak’s day, his time, his absolute right to be in the final, but in true wogboy style, you spoil it with your pathetic bias.


Madmax Says:

Oki, Willow, I sent you a post on the other thread. This was a fantastic match, full of twists and turns, and courageous spirit, as it should always be. Again, could have gone either way. You could have split a hair between these two.


el_matador Says:

thanks sean for bringing up the wimbledon “hypocrisy” of letting the players decide on the roof thing when in all other sissues,they decide by themselves..
& I think this kills the “rooferer” notion..all say that novak is treated unfairly(& I think it’s right to some extent),but they went here with novak’s opinion over universally adored rafa..so roger is not that special & powerful eh?
& Nole is BACK!..so happy for nole-anderson final as I said it would be a fitting tribute to the classic they played in wimbledon.


Madmax Says:

“I’m really, really pleased. I was very emotional after the match, as well, because it’s been a long 15 months for me, trying to overcome different obstacles,” Djokovic said. “To be where I am at the moment is quite satisfying.”

Nadal did himself well, but just couldn’t convert those break chances in the end.

“Normally I am very critical with myself,” Nadal said. “I hit great shots. I played aggressive. I missed balls, not too many, but I missed some ones. When you play with that intensity, with that level of risk, that level of passion, sometimes you go over.

“I think I played a great match. I have not much more inside me. I gave it my best, and that’s it. It’s fair to say that was a great match and he beat me. Well done for him.”

Great, great comments. From the heart from Novak. So emotional. Yes, he is. Yes he is!

And from Rafa, yes, you played a great match Rafa. It could have gone either way. What a blessing you both are.


el_matador Says:

“if u start to play indoors,u have to end in the same conditions”..then if u start to play outdoors & rain comes,u surely have to wait for the rain to stop & end in the same conditions,right????..the logics of wimbledon organizers are pure “Trumpish”👌


chofer Says:

Time for Wimbledon organizers to update many things wrong:

1)That fifth set TB: YUP, none of the others use it except the US Open, so French and AO must follow NOW.

2) Sheduling attrocities: an Open Air Slam shouldn’t allow a match to start with the closed roof unless it’s raining, so re-schedule and use the extra Sunday )Monic Monday is even more atrocious) or MOVE THE FINAL TO MONDAY -the USOpen did it couple of times; nobody was hurted-

3) Revise that capricious and unjust tradition of seeding players as you see fit; it worked when the world was divided with clay and grass specialists circa the last century; an injured player with grass pedigree, a pregnant one, etc. perhaps don’t have time to add points to your own system and you punish them all. Why you don’t do that at Queen’s? Birmingham? Eastbourne? Buckingham Palace? You jerks.

4)MOVE TO THIS CENTURY! You slowed down the grass so you have equalized things but you don’t have a clue players nowadays don’t have a specialty at large. Even Nadal has won there Wake up!Respect what the 99.9% of the tournaments in the world DO except YOU: The rankings!


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax….. Regarding your comment on the split hairs….. you said it sister! Their head to head speaks volumes! Rafa had his chances but fell short. A great match, none the less…. I was on the edge of my seat….. thank you for the kind words!!


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax 6:46……. Great comment…….totally agree 100%!!


chofer Says:

The Nole-Rafa match is the best of the year bar none, thus far. It took me back to 4 years ago. The US Open will be red hot, hot, hot.


Wog Boy Says:

Margot says:

Significant Wog Boy wrote “your man?”

Do I have to ask you how and what to write? Next time have a decency and quote entire sentence with what I put at the end of the sentence. Besides, I am sure that person who I addressed understand perfectly well and know me well, it wasn’t intended for Revolutionary No Pasarn Margot.
I thought you are busy with organizing revolution on the London streets against democratically elected President of another country, your closest ally, instead you are trying to pick up fights with everyone on TX who doesn’t share your views, either political or how you are suppose to cheer your favorite.
I’ll make sure next time to ask you how to write, act or think, I don’t want to see you organizing another revolution against Wog Boy, though I don’t intend to go to Englad but you might decide to come to Sydney and we don’t need more leftists here, we have enough of them already.
Cheers No Pasaran Trump Margot.


fred stone Says:

Djoker played by the rules (roof stays closed on day 2 of semis)and won.
Stop your whining.


Okiegal Says:

@El Matador 6:51………Good point!!
@Chofer…..7:31…..Yep……needs to be revamped…….


Margot Says:

El-matador: Most excellent point re roof, but look out you mentioned the “T” word…eek 😞


j-kath Says:

el-matador and chofer:

Seriously, you might like to consider contacting Tim Henman re. issues with Wimbledon procedures etc. He is on the Wimbledon committee and as an ex UK top player a presentation by him on Player+Fan issues would at least lead to a discussion/review.

If Andy Murray had retired he would ensure that views/suggestions would be heard – (but hopefully he won’t retire for a handful of years yet).

PS: Please ask them to dispose of Andrew Castle while you are at it.!!!!!


j-kath Says:

At the start of Rafa vs Novak “Second” match the commentators did mention the Roof – in short, both players have to agree to change the “conditions” under which they first played for any change to take place. They didn’t agree so hence roof was closed. PS: Don’t shoot the Messenger.


BBB Says:

Those comments from Rafa are why I think he’s such a class act. Most people in his position are too competitive to acknowledge that they gave their best and the other guy won anyway.


Madmax Says:

chofer Says:
The Nole-Rafa match is the best of the year bar none, thus far. It took me back to 4 years ago. The US Open will be red hot, hot, hot.

July 15th, 2018 at 7:41 am

I agree Chofer. You are probably more than right.


Madmax Says:

Oki, I cannot imagine how you were feeling in the fourth set even, the passion on that court was unbelievable and the shots were magical at times. It was hard to tell, hard to breathe – but I would not change it for anything. We are fortunate, so very fortunate to be here and living this, right now.

Imagine all those later generations who will have missed Novak, Rafa, Federer, ‘live’. Poor them. Lucky us.

I have to give a thought to Kevin Anderson. The more I read about him and listen to his gentle voice, the more I would not mind him lifting a trophy later today. I do think though that Novak will take it and I am so happy for him because of the struggles he has had for the last 12 months. I have followed his story carefully and you have to feel grief but also pride at the way he has come back – no different to Federer coming back after injury, Rafa after his tendonitis a few years ago, and now it is Novak’t turn.

It should be a good match but I don’t think it will be anything like the 5 setter we have just experienced.


Giles Says:

Go Kevin Fed beater! 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾


Amit Says:

GOAT cant be two, just one.. lets see if it is Roger or Rafa.. lolzzz 😂😂😂


Czarlazar Says:

Saving all those break points in the fifth is proof that the real Nole is back. Upping the head to head against a fellow GOAT, in a five set GS match, is huge, and if he wins the final that would be even better. But even if he dies in his sleep this morning, Nole can rest easy that he’s rehabilitated his legacy of a true warrior and champion who has beaten the best on the biggest stages, again and again and again.


Amit Says:

Rafa i dont hate but root for Roger sake. Otherwise he is a cut above the rest! No doubt! I love fed playing style, thats only rwason am a fedfan.. slams arent everything in my eyes, though they are in the eyes of experts. So Rafa is actually Roger’s equal in my eyes. The guy is unbelievably phenomenal and scary good, to say the least! Rafa and Fed are equals actually.. And i really dont think Fed as better to Safin/Sampras either! Those are impossibly good players! Some achieved more, some achieved less! And that includes guys like Novak as well! And not to fotget the legendary Borg and that baddie mc enroe! Each can beat the other on a given day, no matter what, tbh!


Amit Says:

GOAT continues to elude us..


Daniel Says:

Djoko already broke, told Anderson tends to start slow, Fed also broke to star their match.


Amit Says:

And who can underestimate mr laver or even becker/erberg! All are special! But i like Fed solely for his playing style and talent quotient!


Amit Says:

Nalby never won a slam, murray too has little to show! Jmdp too a one-slammer! But none of them are ordinary! Fed rafa borg laver sampras novak becker edberg mcenroe safin and even murray/jmdp, they are all pretty cool!!!


Madmax Says:

Giles Says:
Go Kevin Fed beater! 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾

July 15th, 2018 at 8:57 am

I feel so sorry for Giles, but have to agree with him to GO Giles, Fed Hater.

Such a pathetic loser.


Madmax Says:

Amit Says:
GOAT continues to elude us..

July 15th, 2018 at 9:17 am

Amit, by tennis standards we are talking about the slam count and come on, you know the slam count is 20 and therefore the greatest tennis slam count is Roger. If people want to argue other stuff, that is fine.

Take care Amit,


Madmax Says:

Sloe start, yes, but no denying Novak is completely focused today. I expect a three setter. No more.


Okiegal Says:

@Wog Boy…. Hey your guy is back…I feel he is gonna take this title today! You are not through with him are you? Hey man…. don’t ever count out amazing athletes and as you pointed out a few weeks ago it was Novak that took out Roger and Rafa more times than I would like to count. So what if he went on walkabout when his life got a little haywire. He’s human…..and we all have our ups and downs. He’s got his old coach back . and just look at him now! Cut him some slack…..❤️ Is unconditional…..me thinks!!…….BTW you and I are on the same page concerning the political scene…..Wog have a great Sunday!!


Madmax Says:

Slowwww start.


Madmax Says:

Oki, don’t show your sweet soft side to Wogboy, an utter bully here – never a novak fan. I’ve seen Novak play twice, what a winner! Wogboy already aiming fire at Margot, for no reason. He does this such is his angry temperament, someone with little tennis knowledge, doesn’t know his history, similar to trump (with a small t).


Amit Says:

Okie

Me too with you and wogboy from political perspective, lolzzz 😂😂😂


Amit Says:

Tennis wise i differ from you guys though 😜😜😜


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax 8:54 Sometimes during Rafa’s when the set is at a low and things aren’t going his way I just flat give up…..then BOOM BABY he can turn things around on a dime and then I scratch my head and think how could I ever doubt you?? He’s a fighter but lost the battle yesterday…….but a great match!!

Agree…Novak has this one from what I’m seeing so far…. but as I’ve said many times…tennis is a fickle sport……..🌿🌿

It’s Sunday gotta get to church!! Happy Sunday TXers!!


Daniel Says:

First set in the bag. C’mon Djoko, finosh this in 3 so i can wath Cup final wuthout having to change channels back and forth


Daniel Says:

Djoko has to good a return for a deprived Anderson, he is winning 34% of returnibg ganes this tourney, since first rounds hos return game is on.

This will be a pretty easy straight win, max Anderson makes 1 set go 6-4.


Madmax Says:

Daniel,

Yup. Agree witcha

Anderson must be sore as hell.


skeezer Says:

Giles,
Apparently your muscle emoji’s aren’t working.


BBB Says:

Poor Kevin. The shanks are rough.

That said, if his serve warms up you never know.


Okiegal Says:

@Amit 9:33……We are all our own persons with our personal views, values and opinions. That’s life!! It’s impossible for 10 people to agree on any one thing much less a planet full of people. It takes 12 people to agree in felony trials…….lots of hung juries!! Can’t agree in sports either… even the interpretation of the Bible differs……..I guess disagreeing makes life challenging!! Have an agreeable Sunday Amit!! Lol


Madmax Says:

skeezer Says:
Giles,
Apparently your muscle emoji’s aren’t working.

July 15th, 2018 at 9:53 am

Hey Skeezer, thanks that you are back. Big baby Giles can’t do anything but whinge cry and bwahhhhh bwahhhhh.


Okiegal Says:

Rafa’s muscles are working fine…..Nadal #1 in the world atm….no complaints here!! 💪💪 VAMOS!!


Okiegal Says:

Joker prefers roof…..duh…..
Rafa prefers no roof…….duh…..But Wimby powers that be have weird logic regarding this issue……me thinks….correction…me and Rafa thinks!! 🙄🙄🙄
😝😝😝


RZ Says:

I thought Anderson would be putting up more if a fight. He needs to move his feet more if he wants to handle Djokovic’s groundstrokes better. He isn’t lining up properly to hit them back.


skeezer Says:

Ok,
They aren’t working for Kevin. They didn’t work against Djock ;)

It’s obvious what is going on the court atm
1) Kevin has not played anyone this tourney who is has a return of serve like this guy.
2) Kevin’s legs are gone, pretty easy to tell, which is why he is spraying the ball alot today.


skeezer Says:

What is amazing to me is Nole can actually be playing better. Hard to fathom what he has done this tournament, but he has not played perfect by any means. If he continues this form, he will be a monster on the summer run on HC.
____

Daniel, what if he wins Wimby AND USO, and a few Masters on the way, where will that put him in the rankings by years end?


Giles Says:

Madmax. Considering the h2h with Andersen and Fed, what do you make of fed’s rip roaring loss to Kevin, fed having a match point along the way. Can you explain please?
I can just imagine your disappointment. Were you pulling your hair out? Biting your nails? Hiding behind the sofa?
ROFL


el_matador Says:

this match is bad,bad,bad(except for the nole fans)..but good that nole is BACK..a true legend /m\

people,have u watched the scenes in Croatia now..the whole country is jumping up & down with a band party leading them😍😍..go Croatia!!!


Daniel Says:

Skeeze, Djoko winning today (1 more set) place him in contention for year end #1

Nadal will go to 5.760 pts in race, Fed justabove 4.000 pts and Djoko 3.400.

As long as Nadal doesn’t win USO which will place him in 8000 range together with points he will do in NA masters anybody cab finish #1 this year, incluidng DelPo and Zavrev who are also above 3.4000 pta range. All these players like HC and we know is Nadal worst part of the season apart from USO where he has lots of sucess since 2010, winng 3 of last 8.

Djoko will have won 4 of the last 8 Wimby also.

USO will be key, bur more so for Nadal as he can almost secure Year end #1.
We’ll enter USO with 3 different winners and I am sire Dhojo will be a contender now for everythig he plays, as Federer. Djoko finals in Queens where he had MP and Wimbledon winner, the momentum with him. Maybe he finally wins Cincy to complete the Masters set.


Madmax Says:

Giles Says:
Madmax. Considering the h2h with Andersen and Fed, what do you make of fed’s rip roaring loss to Kevin, fed having a match point along the way. Can you explain please?
I can just imagine your disappointment. Were you pulling your hair out? Biting your nails? Hiding behind the sofa?
ROFL

July 15th, 2018 at 10:16 am

Giles,

I don’t know what match you were watching, but I was watching a 5 set thriller that ended with a resilient win from Anderson. Perhaps it was rip roaring for you because you seem to thrive whenever Federer loses, hence the laughter which came from you. For me, I find your behaviour more than childish. As you asked me, I do think that the match point was a really tense moment for him. I think that he was nervous at that point. I can say to you that no, I was not pulling my hair out, nor biting my nails, nor hiding behind the sofa. i enjoyed the match. I am better equipped to deal with Fed’s losses these last couple of years and I hope he continues to play for another 2 years to reach the 2020 olympics, I think that would be an awesome time to go – but whatever he decides, I will continue to watch him.

How did you take Rafa’s loss yesterday Giles – did you cope okay, did you see it coming or were you able to handle his loss like the gentleman you are not?

It’s always tough when our players lose, but that is the beauty of our sport and I love it.


skeezer Says:

Giles,

Cool it with the sour grapes already.

“what do you make of Rafa’s rip roaring loss to Djock, Rafa having a match point along the way. Can you explain please?
I can just imagine your disappointment. Were you pulling your hair out? Biting your nails? Hiding behind the sofa?
ROFL”

See how easy it is to turn you own words? Rafa and Fed, both went the distance, pushed their opponents to the edge, none was a rip roaring loss, but tight nail biters, proving yet once again their high quality of play. You just can’t get through these guys easily, even as they age.


Madmax Says:

Also, Giles, the h2h. Yes, Fed was on a roll with that, facts don’t lie, but also Anderson put out a dangerous statement and has been working hard on changing his mindset more. It worked for him and I can only congratulate him and wish him good luck in the final.


skeezer Says:

Awesome stuff as usual Daniel thanks. Sounds like a FUN summer for Tennis!


Giles Says:

Madmax. Regarding yesterday’s loss, all I really saw was bad sportsmanship from joker on the roof issue. That’s it.


Giles Says:

Joker is going to have a hard time finding blades of grass to chew! It’s all mud now! Lol


Margot Says:

Mad Max: Thankyou for your support. Really didn’t understand that response. Quite bizarre.Especially as old Nole seems back.
Meanwhile Nole’s ROS making inroads into Kev’s serve as expected. Nole’s own serve much improved.


skeezer Says:

Does it matter if a player has bad sportsmanship or not when winning a match? If he wins, and plays by the rules, he gets the trophy.
Would you take Rafa winning yesterday with bad sportsmanship or him losing with good sportsmanship?
That said, ( and I had already posted the link ) this was NOT Djock’s decision, it was out of his hands, he just opined his preference. Nothing un sportsmen about that.

Giles till trying to dig up sh!t and losing as usual. Keep a twitting.


Madmax Says:

Margot,

No need for thanks. Not at all. We often battle, and disagree, but I think perhaps certain person misunderstood where you were coming from. Probably was drunk – move on from it and do your thing which is great.

Giles Says:
Madmax. Regarding yesterday’s loss, all I really saw was bad sportsmanship from joker on the roof issue. That’s it.

July 15th, 2018 at 10:37 am

Giles, well if you read the rules, you would see that BOTH players have to AGREE, but let’s face this. You always will have something to complain about in life. That is part of your character. It’s a real flaw. Take a course to improve your mindset, it could help you, but I don’t think so.


Madmax Says:

Is Anderson fighting for the third set? Or is it a loss cause.


Giles Says:

Madmax. Nothing to do with rules. If that was the case, they wouldn’t have asked joker what his preference was.


fred stone Says:

Djoker beat rafa, not the roof. LOL LOL LOL


Giles Says:

^^^ Laugh at your own jokes. Very apt.


fred stone Says:

Unfortunately, you are the joke poster around here.
Your reading comprehension remains low.
Tell me, how did the roof beat rafa?
Those two 6-3 sets he won disprove everything you’re saying.


BBB Says:

Once again skeeze is a true gent. I agree with this entirely.

What is amazing to me is Nole can actually be playing better. Hard to fathom what he has done this tournament, but he has not played perfect by any means. If he continues this form, he will be a monster on the summer run on HC.


Daniel Says:

Yeah!!! At last he is back. 4th Wimbledon in last 8 years and 13th Slam.

Next year he can also pass Sampras. Who would have thought 3 players can reach/surpass 14 in lass than 20 years.

USO just got more interesting and Year End #1 is fully ON.


Margot Says:

Well played Nole, so pleased for him after his years in the wilderness, he’s BACK!
And so pleased for VP and BBB and all his other sane, normal fans on here, you know who you are!
Fantastic 3rd set too.
BBB: here’s one for our collection, “If he serves more first serves, he wouldn’t need to serve second serves.” Thanks to Tim Henman for that!


RZ Says:

Congrats to Djokovic and his fans here. I knew he would win a GS again but didn’t expect it here. Such a golden age of tennis.


skeezer Says:

^Ditto on the congrats. BBB & VP especially who have consistently stuck in out over 15 most and kept a position here.
Special congrats to Kevin, two GS finals, the guy has turned into a legit top player.


BBB Says:

Margot, that’s borderline Yogi Berra right there.


AndyMira Says:

He went so suddenly,and he comeback so suddenly…And just like that he won!…That’s a true champ!…Much congrats to Nole & all his fans…Enjoy it!U guys deserve it after 2 long very painful years…

A very special congrats too to my darling jalep who i’m sure must be very very happy atm…Hey!…don’t drink too much river water when u rafting!!…


AndyMira Says:

Hey M!…U win TourneyTopia Boss??


Madmax Says:

I am so pleased for Novak Djokovic. He will have fought for his children. For his newborn. Now he can watch the football!

Well done to Nole, so glad you are back Novak. You deserve this.

Bless you.

Kevin Anderson, what an incredibly hard working tennis pro you are. Thank you for giving me a whole new insight into your strength of character and your passion.

Great end to the tournament.


jatin Says:

Congrts Djokovic and his fans.
He is back with bang. That’s what Legends do.
Very happy for him.


Giles Says:

Madmax. Just listen to yourself. You’re such a drama queen. LMAO


skeezer Says:

Nole now has 14 Slams, only 3 behind a guy who has most of his Slam count at one Tournament. Based on what Nole has down in the past, he can easily reel off another 3 in a year if his form holds and injuries also. We’ll see……:)


j-kath Says:

Well, all you Novak fans – he did it and well done too – I thought he wasn’t quite ready but am delighted to be proved wrong – his success also plants a little bit of hope that wee Andy can also start enjoying tennis again

Finally – I reserve a big hug for Kevin and admire his courage….and he’s also a very nice guy.

What shall we all do now? Work, work and more work (and the dentist) Ouch.


RZ Says:

Congrats to Dave for winning the bracket, edging out JB by one point.


RZ Says:

BTW I take credit for Djokovic’s win. It was the bracket photo of him eating grass that did it. 😁


Giles Says:

Skeezer. Lolol. You are always the only one counting. Nobody knows what lies ahead, especially not you!!


j-kath Says:

Skeezer: I think it is 13 including today’s????????????


Van Persie Says:

Thanks to all, who congratulated, for the congrats.

Lucky GS 13 for Nole.

All the roules which should change at Wimbly, were on his side for once ;) hehe

As my father says, all great champions are b*tches, more ore less :D

I was more enthiusiastic yesterday, tbh :)

Cheers to all Nole fans! He looks to be really back.


Giles Says:

Skeezer. Lolol. You can’t even count correctly. J-K rumbled you! Pfffft


skeezer Says:

Yep my bad its 13. Still, He will be within striking distance soon enough.


Van Persie Says:

Congrats Les Bleus! Lacoste has 2 reasons to celebrate after all.;)

Congrats to Kevin and Croat FB team for an amazing tournament !


BBB Says:

Cheers VP 🥂

But let’s not forget the point against Edmund, which Edmund lost 4 different ways, and still won.


Wog Boy Says:

3am here and I feel good, sorry Nole, it wasn’t meant to be for your team, FRANCE is the World Champion, no Tompson songs for Croatia after game this time.

mat4, where ever you are CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
Second best world anthem is to be played, well done FRENCHIES.

…ohh yes…and Nole won Wimbledon..as expected…


Wog Boy Says:

When was the last time Crocodile won GS?


Van Persie Says:

BBB,

;) raise my glass back. Do not have emoji available.

Ok, that point can be human error. It happens..

One more thing, that Wimbly, and not only, could change:quality matches on Centre courts in early stages, instead of some not high ranked local players against other “no names”. Fair eniugh ? ;)


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Marion Bartolli, I think? Was she at Lacoste? Laisy to check…


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
What about men?


Wog Boy Says:

Okie, thanks.


Wog Boy Says:

The sky is crying for Croatia losing the final😉


Van Persie Says:

WB,

No idea. Perhaps this happened before my time…


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

😂 well, they got their money back.


j-kath Says:

Van Persie @ 1.24pm

Says:
“One more thing, that Wimbly, and not only, could change:quality matches on Centre courts in early stages, instead of some not high ranked local players against other “no names”. Fair eniugh ? ;)”

Dream on. The saving grace is that in the early stages there are quite a number of channels on BBC to choose from in early stages.


Wog Boy Says:

Just remainder for those whiners, few years back at FO Nole asked repeatedly for court to be watered in 4th and 5th, chair umpire said only if both players agree, Rafa flatly refused and he was within his rights to do so, only idiot would give advantage to his opponent.
So stop whining.


j-kath Says:

Skeezer: Good answer –

Giles bet U had gave a smile too.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
Thanks, you know why.


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/genny_ss/status/1018549847463301120?s=21
Hey Wimbledon, take a page out of this book! # Shambles


Van Persie Says:

Get it , JK :) all good

Will be out as I feel sooo good , that Nole won, and I want to keep this feeling as long as possible.

All the best to all TXers! Starting to love everyone, just like Nole does ;)


j-kath Says:

Wogboy: I switched on the football a minute before the French goalie gave Croatia their 2nd goal – hilarious.

I’m so sad about the mis-understanding between yourself and Margot – I assumed she read your initial posting as a withdrawal from supporting Novak….

Anyway, great success for Novak….looks like he’s completely over his problems.

Onwards, I hope.


Wog Boy Says:

Jk,
I accept that I probably overreacted in the heat of the moment.
Yes, one of the stupidest goals I have ever seen and that in the WC final.
Thanks again C U for USO:)


j-kath Says:

Wogboy: Indeedie. Thanks.


Daniel Says:

ATP Race update:

1 – Nadal: 5.760 pts
2 – Federer: 4.020 pts
3 – Zverev: 3.855 pts
4 – Del Potro: 3.380 pts
5 – Djoko: 3.355 pts
6 – Thiem: 2.995 pts
7 – Cilic: 2.915 pts

Thiem and Cilic to have any chance need to win USO.


mat4 Says:

Hello Wog!


Giles Says:

It’s really laughable seeing these fair weather fans come out of the woodwork! Shame on you for deserting your fave in times of distress! #Bandwagoners


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax…..I’ve been interacting with Wog Boy for a few years on TX… we’ve had a spat or two……but it’s all good! He’s been away awhile since Novak was out of commission due to those pesky injuries. He just got disgusted with some of his faves’s life choices. He likes to speak his mind….I guess we all can be opinionated but it can be done in a nice manner. 🌿🌿

If someone addresses me … say Okie, Oki but not Ok. Because if you say Ok…..I don’t know if you are saying something is okay or Ok to shorten Okiegal…….See my dilemma?? Lol My main problem is trying to remember my comments way back up there..,,..in case ok was intended to be directed to me…..Y’all confused yet? I certainly am!🤪🤪🤪


Okiegal Says:

I’m really vague on all the Novak fans by name…, So here is a generic CONGRATULATIONS to all of you guys who I know are happy beyond belief!! Yeppers, the boy is back!! I know you all are glad to be back in the mix!!


ChrisFord1 Says:

Mat4 – A lot of times France has a great team in many sports but they underplay compared to their potential and get knocked out. Same with individual sport athletes from France.
Not this time, at the World Cup.
France stayed in the hunt and finally showed in the semis and the finals why they were regarded as significantly better than the other nations squads (even Germany before World Cup play started).

Congrats to the small nation of Croatia as well – for their first final and lots of thrills.
And the Belgians….who took Brazil out by storm then beat England in the consolation match.


Okiegal Says:

@Giles…..I could never desert Rafa…..he’s too special!!


Bob Lewis Says:

Roll the trophy down the ramp,
Once again Novak is Wimbledon champ.
Oh he will likely get some more,
Today let’s celebrate number four.
He takes away his opponent’s verve,
with history’s best return of serve.
The Serb doesn’t have to brag and gloat,
4 Wimby titles for Club of Goat.
With Roger, Pete, Bjorn and Rod,
Novak is a true tennis God.
That’s no slight for those who lack,
You just miss the cut, ol’ Johnny Mac.
Everyone say it out aloud
No weirdo butt pickers are allowed.
Grass will always be greater than the dirt,
though that’s not exactly a red alert.
Before Novak marches on ahead,
remember he would have beaten the Fed.
Like to win? Go play poker.
Nobody beats a healthy Djoker!


ChrisFord1 Says:

As for Djokovic – welcome back to where he belongs. He was in the conversation as possibly being thought of on the same level as Roger and Rafa, then two years of Walkabout while no “hot young gun” was able to become the New Djokovic and stop Roger and Rafa from scooping up all the winnings and piling on their trophy counts – diminished that thought.

The Djokovic hiatus did show that without him, the Duopoly would have romped 2011-2016, great for their fans, but as bad for tennis as 20 years of the William sisters hurting the woman’s sport as competitive and compelling.

Novak has now passed Roy Emerson in the Slamcount stat casual fans love so, to 4th place, one behind Sampras. And while Rafa leads him 32-30 now thanks to 4 dirtpen titles after Djokovic went down by injury and midlife crisis, Djokovic probably will win more in the end.

Seriously, GOAT talk is going to have to wait until all 3 retire, the picture changed in 2008, in 2011, in 2016 in ways few predicted for the 3 players, no doubt will change again before all three retire – in a manner that will impact the GOAT debate.

And just as I got a kick out of Federer’s great privilege in having his kids witness his final acts as champion, I got delight from seeing little Stephan there to take in the whole closing ceremony spectacle – all the people! the flags! royalty! And know his dad was the center of it. It’s all true, what he and mom said!


Daniel Says:

CF1,

Don’t forget 2017 changed the scanrio for good. Federed did need anyone in hos was as he beat nadla and won 2 Slams. Nadal follwo suit bu Roger set the standard.

Djoko will need to win at least one of the next 2 HC to be fully back in comversation. As Fedal each won 3 Slams in last 2 years and so far he has 1. Baby steps for him, but just for him to actual win so soon afyer injury is surgery is encouraging.


Okiegal Says:

Giles @ 4:52……….Great tweet and totally agree!!


Margot Says:

Agree: Best matches I saw were Rafa v JMDP and Rafa v Nole.

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