Djokovic Dominates Anderson Early, Hangs On For 4th Wimbledon Title, 13th Slam
by Staff | July 15th, 2018, 5:37 pm
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Novak Djokovic officially marked his return to the upper echelons of tennis winning his first Grand Slam title in over two years Sunday at Wimbledon, with a convincing victory over Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) for his fourth title at the Championships.

“I would like to congratulate Kevin,” Djokovic said after. “I was quite lucky to get through. I’m very grateful to everyone who has been supporting me. The last couple of years haven’t been easy, facing for the first time a severe injury. I had many moments of doubt and didn’t know if I could come back. But there’s no better place in the world to make a comeback. I always dreamed of holding this trophy as a boy. This is a sacred place for tennis. It’s very special.”

Djokovic, who had not won a title of any kind in over a year, broke Anderson right out of the gate and raced quickly to a two set lead. Anderson had come off of a 6 hour, 36 minute marathon on Friday and looked sluggish and stiff, and could hardly challenge the former No. 1 who didn’t show much sign of fatigue following his 2-day epic with Rafael Nadal.

Credit to Anderson, though, in the third he picked his game up and behind his rocket serve, began to force the issue. After cruising to service hold after service hold, Djokovic’s delivery began to fall short as the title drew closer allowing Anderson to gain a handful of set point opportunities to extend to a fourth. But the Serb swatted two set points at 4-5 and three more at 5-6.

The missed chances weighed on the 32-year-old Anderson who lost five straight points to fall behind 5-1 in the breaker, and minutes later, Djokovic was a Grand Slam champion again.

“The first game I got a break of serve, which was a perfect possible start,” said Djokovic. “After that I cruised for two sets. In the third set, he started hitting his spots with the serve much better. He started swinging through the ball, making less errors. He was the better player in the third set, without a doubt. I was just trying to hold on and keep my composure in decisive moments. I served well, played some good shots when I was set points down and then played a perfect tiebreak to finish.”

Djokovic struggled for the first half of the season following right elbow surgery, but has worked his way back into form, quicker then even he expected.

“I did not expect to be back in the top shape already here in Wimbledon so quickly,” said Djokovic. “If you asked me after Roland Garros, I would probably maybe doubt that. At the same time there is a part of me that always believes in my own abilities, believes in my own quality of tennis. Whenever I come to the tournament and a Grand Slam, especially, I believe I can have a good opportunity to fight for the trophy.

“My ambitions are quite high. I think maybe I went against myself, especially the first few months post-surgery, because expectations were so high that I could not understand why I could not perform and play on the level that I’m used to,” he added. “But I want to thank all the people who were really close to me and really believed in me, as well.”

Anderson was playing in his second Slam final in the last year, and the former University of Illinois star has proven he’s no fluke after knocking out defending champion Roger Federer on Wednesday, then the incredible win over Isner. He’ll also move to No. 5 in the rankings.

“It was a tough start for me,” said Anderson. “You always have high hopes. Going into the match, I was hoping to draw on some previous experiences, playing at the US Open in the final, obviously playing Federer a few days ago. But I didn’t really find my form the way I wanted to. Of course, my body didn’t feel great. I don’t think you’re going to expect it to feel great this deep into a tournament when you’ve played so much tennis.

“But I was definitely quite nervous starting out the match. I didn’t play great tennis in the beginning. I tried my best to keep at it. I definitely felt much better in the third set. I thought I had quite a few opportunities to win that third set, especially a couple of the points where Novak hit a couple balls. I thought they were actually going out, managed to land right on the line. I would have loved to have pushed it to another set, but it obviously wasn’t meant to be.”

Djokovic’s 13 Slam titles are one back of Pete Sampras. More importantly, the win puts him right back in the mix with the hard courts coming up. The Big 3 are back.


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101 Comments for Djokovic Dominates Anderson Early, Hangs On For 4th Wimbledon Title, 13th Slam

Daniel Says:

Forgot to mention earlier, what was Djoko’s son? Round face, deep pool like blue eyes saying “daddy, daddy” and pointing Jelena’s lap. Just super uber cute!
Also Djoko’s genuine joy looking at his family. Amazing!

Anderson also join Cilic with 2 Slams losses oit of last 4. That is tough, but its sports.

Can wait for NA HC to start and more great matches. And no 5th sets marathon anymore, Wimby have its share for more than a year. 🙏


Humble Rafa Says:

Congratulations to the Egg Lover. He was better than everyone but that backhand down the line is missing. Without that, hard courts can be tough.


ChrisFord1 Says:

Humble is right. For some reason, Novak decided to play percentage tennis and go away from one of the deadliest shots any of the Big 4 has. Then when he has tried it sporadically, it hasn’t been as reliable as it once was and Novak has lost confidence in it.
Time to practice, practice, practice until it comes back.

(Djokovic also has another deadly shot, but this one is deeply feared by his own fans – the Djokosmash. They worry he is going to break his toes one day in one of his classic misexecutions of the overhead smash.


Nitesh Says:

Both Djokovic and Nadal had a great tournament. A fatigued Anderson had no chance against a motivated Djokovic.Nadal must also be satisfied although it was a tough loss against Djokovic. He played very well against Djokovic with his not so favourite grass surface with roof closed.


Nitesh Says:

As Djokovic is highly motivated now to win everything to compensate for his lean phase.This creates problem both for Fedal.It creates more problem for Federer I guess For Federer next wimbeldon is a year away and to keep himself motivated for that is not easy.


Nitesh Says:

Now US open will be very very intresting. Top three contenders will be Djokovic, Nadal and Federer.Next three who have the capabilities but the big three are not bulging. Cilic, Delpotro and Anderson. Maybe they might caught them on a off day. Possible but unlikely


Nitesh Says:

Federer has surprised again & again So you never know. This wimbeldon was best of many years. Great quarters, great semis and a dudd final.


Madmax Says:

I think that Novak has shown incredible integrity and honour in his post match speech at Wimbledon. He is, I have always said, the most gracious man when it comes to heaping praise on his opponents and there is no better loser either. I don’t know where he finds this stream of words when he is feeling so low. It’s obvious that he never thought he would return to where he had been before, at the pinacle of his career. What I find admirable is Novak’s true heart. For all the racquet smashing, the growling, the odd snarky remark during a tournament play, at the end, he is able to find the words which resonate with the fans, with the people who know him best of all, his coach, and his family, his whole team, who never give up on him. When Novak speaks to the crowd, he does so with a raw honesty.


Madmax Says:

Nitesh Says:
Federer has surprised again & again So you never know. This wimbeldon was best of many years. Great quarters, great semis and a dudd final.

July 16th, 2018 at 12:39 am

NItesh,

Yes, Federer has done incredibly well – when you think of what he has achieved the whole year.

Remember, Federer’s tennis season officially began on 30 December 2017, with the start of the Hopman Cup. This season saw Federer solidifying his career best start to a season at 17–0 (21–0 if including victories at the Hopman Cup). His previous best start had been 16–0 in 2006 – so just say that one more time. 12 years on, this has been his best season start.

Phenomenal.

He’s won the Australian Open, Rotterdam, reached the final of Indian Wells, he won the Stuttgart Open, reached the Halle final, reached Wimbledon quarter finals. For anyone else that would be an incredible season – but for Federer, as he has not won everything, he hasn’t done well. Yet, he has!

I believe his will to win will carry him forward to the USOpen where he has the capacity to reach the SFs, but it’s a matter of the will, the mindset, the hunger. Is it still there?

HELL YEAH!


Daniel Says:

Djoko rise to #10 in the world within reach of top 8 dependong on perfomance in NA Masters. Is hard for him to get a top 4 seed, ubkess he win both Masters and even so will depend on Zverrv, DelPo, Anderson results. So, more likely he willenter USO with a top 6-8 tank, which will have a 50% chance either Nadal or Federer draw him in their QF. And even so, who ever draw him in semis will get the tougher draw.


Nitesh Says:

@ Madmax Now we have all top three succeeding at grand slams this year. What else all fans need?
To summarise what impressed me most at wimbeldon
The Roar of Djokovic,
The heart of Nadal,
and Will of Anderson


rognadfan Says:

What a comeback for Nole. Watching his match against Kachanov I thought he had a real shot of making the finals. Final was kind of foregone conclusion. But the Nole-Rafa semi gave all the tennis fans could ask for, and then some more. So, in the end it was great.
Congrats to Nole.

For Rafa, semi is a great result at SW19 although that is not what a champion like him really wants to settle for. Still, I think even Rafa himself realizes that on grass it’s tough for him to come past through the likes of Nole when they play their best. It’s just not his best surface. Nonetheless what a fight he fought there.

That tall semi had to be that crazy for not to be dull, imho. But the players pay a heavy toll for that. And the tournament is about 80-90 percent to blame for that, the next 10-20 percent, their own games.

I hope the all slams now implement fifth set tie breaks. If not immediately at 6-6, may be after some extra service games. I recall Daren Cahill making this point while commenting the match.
Something analogous to football would really be a perfect solution to this madness that’s waiting to happen every year.
Let the game go to extra 3 games (9-9) and then tie break. I could not agree more with that vision (In fact even US open should do it this way, IMHO).
Then again SW19 is known for continuing even the stupidest of traditions alive. But this time I hope they listen.


Markus Says:

The world just got back in it’s proper orbit. The Big Three are still the holders of the last seven majors. Federer may be showing his age but with Novak back and Nadal playing even better than he was, put those two in separate draws in any tounament and I sense another lost generation: Lost Gen 2.


skeezer Says:

This was also a rare occasion (Like 2008) where the conditions favored heavily for Rafa. Mostly dry, hot weather dried out the courts and made the bounce at least like a HC. Rafa got his time to hit the ball with his big swing, and, the big bounce he loves. That said, that kinda stuff doesn’t’ bother Nole (in form) and he has the audacity to hit too Rafa’s FH at will. Amazon stuff.


skeezer Says:

rognadfan,
“Then again SW19 is known for continuing even the stupidest of traditions alive. But this time I hope they listen.”
Hey they put on a roof didn’t they ;). Fingers crossed.


Markus Says:

Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, they are all great champions who are very nice people and respectful of each other. It is their fans (not all but many) who ruin everything and takes the fun out of enjoying the individual and collective talents of these three by their self-serving amd selfish remarks when their favorite loses. These bad fans are what drive other fans to dislike any of these three. I like all three. I am amazed by their talents. I applaud the achievements of each of them. It is their foolish fans who I hate.


SG1 Says:

Great win for Novak and his fans. Once Federer was out, it really felt like this was Novak’s tournament to lose and with the expectations on him…he delivered. He is a little better on grass than Rafa when they’re both right and in what was the defacto final, he pulled through.


SG1 Says:

Looking back on the last couple of weeks, I was really surprised by two results. I was stunned by Roger’s loss from two sets up and also stunned by Milos’ loss to Isner. Up a set with a serve that’s on par with Isner’s and a superior groundstroke game, Milos lost the last two sets 6-4, 6-3 to a man that would have a hard time returning a beach ball. I know that Milos is still on the comeback trail but this tournament was a significant opportunity lost.

Roger will most definitely kick himself (…if he hasn’t already) over what happened in his match. The door was open for a 9th title. We’ll see how the USO goes. There is the motivation of winning a 6th USO title which nobody has ever done in the Open Era.


BBB Says:

Lots of truth here:

Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, they are all great champions who are very nice people and respectful of each other. It is their fans (not all but many) who ruin everything and takes the fun out of enjoying the individual and collective talents of these three by their self-serving amd selfish remarks when their favorite loses. These bad fans are what drive other fans to dislike any of these three. I like all three. I am amazed by their talents. I applaud the achievements of each of them. It is their foolish fans who I hate.


ChrisFord1 Says:

Shall we not forget “even Andy”?? Because in speculation on who might be tough in hardcourt season, Andy Murray said prior to Wimbledon that he is almost fully recovered and was planning on playing the hardcourt tournaments – but had decided not to play Wimbledon because of the higher risk of injury on grass from slips and falls.
Djokovic is back and I hope Andy can rejoin the Legends..

*************************

Markus has a good observation:
(The Big 4 have won the last 7 Wimbledons) “I sense another lost generation: Lost Gen 2.”

Fifty years from now, fans, when they are not arguing on who was the GOAT of the Big 4, will probably have that MArkus observation used all the time when mention is made on how good the Big 4 was – will say “So good!” that they not only beat their peers, but turned back two generations of players after that – and hogged most Masters, Slams, Championships, and Olympic gold medals.


ChrisFord1 Says:

Another race that is on again is who between Rafa and Novak will have the most Masters when they are done. Djokovic surpassed Rafa by 3, had his two years in limbo as Rafa got 5 dirtpen Masters and now Rafa leads 32-30.
(Fed has 27, Andy 14 and could end up 4th or 5th bes all-time)

And it would be nice for Novak to win Cincinnati and get the wierd clay trophy. Cincinnati and Indian Wells are great places for fans.


RZ Says:

Lucky 13!


Daniel Says:

CF1,

Regarding Maters title, Nadal hasn’t won a non clay Masters since Cincy 2013, but he has won 6 of last 5 years. So he is averaging 1,5 Masters per year. Assuming he has 2 more full dominat clay year (more age related as he will be 34 when 2020 clay seasonn ends), so he realisticalyl has a 35 Matesr sum.

Djoko is at 30, so he needs to wins at least 1 Masters this year, if not 2 to be back in contention. But even if he starts winnign 2 next year till 34, he can also target 37-38 Masters.

Federer will depend if he wins any this year still.Since 2014 he won 4 Masters in second half, 1 per year. So he can end above 30, specialyl if he wins 1 or 2 this year. But hard to see him reachign 35. Unless he wins 2 this year and one of IW or Miami next year to be with 30 before seocnd half.

Race seems to be between Djoko and Nadal and that depedning on how long Nadal clay dominance level will remain (he is 32 now) and if Djoko starts winnign Masters again. His last was Canada 2016, 2 years ago, a 17 Masters drough hiatus.


Amit Says:

Daniel

Fed won 2 masters in 2017. Indian wells and miami 2017. :D


Daniel Says:

Amit,

Actually he won 3 (Shangai also against Nadal), but I was talking about Master after clay season, second half, which is his strong part of the season.


Amit Says:

Omg daniel i forgot about shanghai!!😱😍😍😍


Amit Says:

I think fed will.win cincinnati this year at least..


Mystic - Willow Says:

Madmax if your reading i cant find the post your talking about, as ive been away for a week, but thanks anyway, regarding the Novak / Rafa rivalry i dont mind the rivalry itself, but i dont share the same enthusiasm as everyone else, more to do with all the over bearing cliches that come with it afterwards, wont elaborate ill leave it there ….


Colin Says:

I can only applaud Andy Murray’s resolute refusal to involve his kids in his professional career, to the extent that we don’t even know the name of his younger daughter.

Nole is a master of pleasing the fans, and his son stole the post-match show at Wimbledon. I’m sure Sophia Murray is just as cute, but we aren’t likely to see her at a tennis match for some time yet, possibly not while Andy is still playing.


Humble Rafa Says:

I can only applaud Andy Murray’s resolute refusal to involve his kids in his professional career

Have you seen them? After you see them, you will know why.


j-kath Says:

Humble Rafa:

You got it HR – you recognised Kim and Andy Murray are the most beautiful couple on the circuit and their kids are doubly gorgeous. Most generous of you to comment
so positively – lots of other fans are very jealous.

Lovely to “talk” to you.


Madmax Says:

Mystic – Willow Says:
Madmax if your reading i cant find the post your talking about, as ive been away for a week, but thanks anyway, regarding the Novak / Rafa rivalry i dont mind the rivalry itself, but i dont share the same enthusiasm as everyone else, more to do with all the over bearing cliches that come with it afterwards, wont elaborate ill leave it there ….

July 22nd, 2018 at 7:23 am

Willow, I am not sure what you are referring to now, it’s been a while since Wimbledon.

We can start a new conversation though. Did you enjoy the tournament and what are your aims/goals for the rest of the year MW?


Mystic - Willow Says:

Madmax i didnt see either final as i was away, saw the semi then went away for the week, i felt a bit bitter as Rafa didnt convert those set points in the third set, and i wont get into the whole roof thing, as its in the past now, however congrats to Novak and his decent fans on the forum, thanks but ill skip the link though as i read something on teletext which was similar, so ill leave that for fans of his, theres still plenty here ….

As for my plans if you mean me personally then ive still got alot of camps that we are going on,dont even think about tennis when im away, but if you mean my hopes for tennis, i would hope my favorite finishes off the year fit and healthy thats it ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

Beautiful Margot ….


Margot Says:

I love it too Mystic-W. Ella’s voice is gloriously unique and wonderful. Hope HR gets the message about Andy and Kim…;)


Colin Says:

As a jazz fan, I love the instrumental version of “Summertime” by the great Sidney Bechet on soprano sax. The old time jazzmen sang on their instrument, whereas modern jazz players all too often concentrate on playing as many notes as possible.

On YouTube, you can find an unrivalled version of “Reckless Blues” by Bessie Smith, accompanied by Louis Armstrong on cornet, recorded in, I think, 1929. She was the greatest of all blues singers, yet Armstrong’s cornet is as moving and expressive as her voice.

Come to think of it, Ella said that her singing was influenced by Armstrong’s vocals.


chrisford Says:

Mystic CT Willow – It may be too late in his career to change, but one day, Rafa may overcome his belief that whenever he sees a roof above him instead of sky, he is doomed. He wins everywhere else with very positive W-L numbers, but his indoor record is truly abysmal.

As for sportsmanship, there is sportsmanship and there is a champion wanting to improve his odds by not giving a foe what they want to make it “fairer”, and ruthlessly exploiting weaknesses. On clay, Rafa has refused Djokovic and many other players request to water the court down when he had to concur. If the ball was bouncing high, Rafa would not consent to watering it down even at the usual times on Tour. So other players have tried to take that out of Rafa’s hands and have the courts watered every other set or before play starts if the court has been baking in the sun all day. Like others, Rafa pounces on weakness. Federer’s achilles heel, Gasquet’s needing time to set up his backhand, and facing certain players that become irritated and distracted when he takes too long guarantees more slow play.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Chris Ford 1 if you say so, i know when it comes to Nadal your not exactly keen on the guy, with your side ways compliments, and you never really have given him credit when he beats your favorite, its always terms like lucky, Novak not at his best, Novak was unlucky, what you enjoy about the rivalry is the Novak domination in the rivalry, why wouldnt you it only enhances your favorites legacy even more ? but for the record your favorite isnt exactly a saint either when it comes to taking time in between points, and has also done his fair share of that are a bit sketchy, Wimbledon is an outdoor tournament ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

Chris Ford 1 by the way whats the CT in the middle of Mystic Willow could you elaborate please ?


Madmax Says:

Mystic – Willow Says:
Madmax i didnt see either final as i was away, saw the semi then went away for the week, i felt a bit bitter as Rafa didnt convert those set points in the third set, and i wont get into the whole roof thing, as its in the past now, however congrats to Novak and his decent fans on the forum, thanks but ill skip the link though as i read something on teletext which was similar, so ill leave that for fans of his, theres still plenty here ….

As for my plans if you mean me personally then ive still got alot of camps that we are going on,dont even think about tennis when im away, but if you mean my hopes for tennis, i would hope my favorite finishes off the year fit and healthy thats it ….

July 22nd, 2018 at 2:02 pm

Willow,

We can only all hope for that for our players, to make sure that we continue battling it out here on this forum, right?!

Just heard that Federer has withdrawn from Toronto, he will lose 600 points, but still remain at No. 2, unless Delpo goes on a streak. That would not surprise me.

Just want Roger to be making these clever, careful decisions, so that we can see him for at least another year. I can’t imagine tennis without him. Of course, it will go on – a bit like John Mcenroe who does go on and on, and on, and on and on.

That man. he is still everywhere giving interviews living off his fame from 175 years ago. Seriously MWillow!


Giles Says:

CF. Always FOS! Never change!


Mystic - Willow Says:

LOL Madmax battling it out on this forum, my life is as a whole lot better when TX aint part of it to be honest, as most days i cant stand the sight of it, i just wont give anybody the satisfaction of driving me away ….


ChrisFord1 Says:

Mystic CT, home of the seaport, museum, acquarium, sail design and fabrication biz. The movie Mystic Pizza was filmed there. A lot of festivals, shopping as a popular tourist destination. A tad pricey but we went after the Pilot Pen Open in CT. 3 days and didn’t run out of things to do.


ChrisFord1 Says:

Giles, every one knows Rafa was taught gamesmanship and still utilizes it. He wants to win and will crush any opponent he can crush and will camp out on a players weakness and any hindrance from injury. And Fed, Novak, Andy are no different.

But that thing with his loss of confidence playing indoors is real and in his head.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Chris Ford 1 not sure what any of that has to do with me or my monikor, which is spiritual by the way ….


Giles Says:

CF. ROFL. You talkin’ about rafa’s gamesmanship?! Look no further than joker with all the injuries he faked in the past but which finally caught up with him. Hope he turns over a new leaf and stops his fakery. How about the ball bouncing? 15 or more times. Geeeeez!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I’ve been travelling and haven’t had a chance to post. Just want to say, congrats to Novak, its amazing to have him back. I missed the finals, but watched both sides of the Rafa semis and that was a classic, one for the history books. It was one of those matches that actually bodes well for both players. They were both magnificent. I thought it was so much more exciting than their famous Oz final, which was a defensive snoozefest.

Novak has taken a lot of abuse on this site over the last year, even from many so-called fans. I hope some of those will rethink their attitudes towards him. He had a long slump, by tennis standards, but man, what a way to come out of it. Is he serving better than ever?

Superb semifinal, and a superb storyline for Novak. I’m very upset that Federer couldn’t get further, but that’s sport. The Rafa/DelPotro quarters was another that actually bodes well for the loser as much as the winner. DelPotro is only getting better, folks. Unless his wrist problem returns, he’s not going away.

So look, I’m a Fed fan, and was thrilled with his success over the last year and a half, but let’s face it, the tour was boring. There were only two contenders, and they hardly played at the same time. Now, Novak is back, Del Potro is right in there, and Anderson is now a 2 time Slam finalist within the last year. Tour is MUCH more interesting this way. I hope Andy and Stan can find their way back into the mix too.

Regarding gamesmanship, I’ll just say that as a fan, I can’t stand the long stalls of either Rafa or Novak and wish the umps would further rein them in. But their games, which I never used to love, are more exciting than ever.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

CF1, great point on Lost Gen2. It is certainly looking that way right now.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Just saw that Nole fired the Guru, at Vajda’s urging, before Wimbledon. Not sure if this has been discussed elsewhere on tennis-x. Looks like it paid immediate dividends.


Madmax Says:

Giles Says:
CF. ROFL. You talkin’ about rafa’s gamesmanship?! Look no further than joker with all the injuries he faked in the past but which finally caught up with him. Hope he turns over a new leaf and stops his fakery. How about the ball bouncing? 15 or more times. Geeeeez!

July 24th, 2018 at 10:59 am

Giles, you are always complaining. You have to accept that Rafa’s greatness aside, CF1 is correct on the bathroom breaks. It is what it is so stop your whining.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Not saying Rafa is perfect , but Novak is certainly no saint either with some of his on court shenanigins, in the interest of fairness ….


Giles Says:

Madmax. What bathroom breaks? If there were any, were they abnormal?


Truth Says:

Fake is the fake sportsmanship awards given to Fed to promote
Unpopular tennis. That failed because most people DIDN’T like Fed’s lies and insults.
He discredited Djoker until he lost the Masters, and 4 Slams vs. Djoker.
Just wait until more clay beatdowns on Fed.
Fake finger waving.

Fed kept whining about the wind stopping him from beating Djoker in
2009. That was after he cried hysterically because Nadal and Djoker
beat him and stopped him from winning 25 straight matches like when was Roddick showed up against him.
This is the same insufferable “man of integrity” that bragged
about his beautiful childhood this week.
The same clown that Nadal bows down to.
Too bad nadal became FED’S WHIPPING BOY.
Despite the nonsense in Djoker’s head, Djoker will be winning the
Real Matches.


Humble Rafa Says:

Looks like His Arrogance is not playing Canada. What a joke!


skeezer Says:

^Really? Time for you to take another bathroom break.
#betterjoke


Giles Says:

https://www.odt.co.nz/sport/tennis/tennis-federer-takes-well-timed-toilet-break
Skeezer and Madmax. Just forrrr you. I do like the last line, “ Oh, and I had to go to the toilet too”. What a joker.


Giles Says:

https://www.odt.co.nz/sport/tennis/tennis-federer-takes-well-timed-toilet-break
Hey skeezer and Madmax. Just forrrr you. I do like the last line, “ Oh, I had to go to the toilet too”. What a joker!


Giles Says:

Sorry for double post.


Margot Says:

OMG :0 Fed last took a toilet break in 2010? He must have the most amazing bladder……


skeezer Says:

Giles,
You had to go back 8 years to find that Fed took a bathroom break? Why don’t you also troll google to find out how many MTO’s he’s abused also?
My goodness man you are obsessed! ;)
Hint; you don’t want to start a battle about that.


Giles Says:

^^^ Hint – do you really want me to dig up more dirt on your fave??


Giles Says:

https://youtu.be/YuZoygqSGik
Skeezer. What dya think of this? Me? Pffffft


j-kath Says:

Margot – Suddenly saw the “bathroom break” scenario – and I was going to say more or less what you said…..anyway gave me a real chuckle.


Giles Says:

Lol. “ a real chuckle”.
The second and third links are more recent.
He does take bathroom breaks, believe it or not!
And not because he needs the bathroom breaks per se, there is a hidden agenda attached to each one of them.


j-kath Says:

Giles:
I’d rather just keep on chuckling – but I do remember a final with Andy at Wimbledon who was on a roll -and then Roger took a break and on his return the roof was closed and Roger turned the match around…..Andy won the following Wimb. I think it was against Novak.


Giles Says:

Hey skeezer and Madmax. So far we’re up to 4 bathroom breaks. I’m sure there are many more. Lol


Madmax Says:

Hi Giles,

I am here. What point do you want to make? I cannot be bothered to read the whole thread here, but what is your point?
Are you wanting to discuss Rafa’s bathroom breaks, you need evidence, is that what you are saying? Okay Giles, I can help you out here: The problem is, there are just too many to post, but I can start you off.

http://nymag.com/daily/sports/2011/06/rafael_nadal_and_the_dark_art.html

The account of Nadal seeking medical attention mid-match took place on Monday during his fourth-round victory over Juan Martin del Potro. After days of speculation about his injury, he dismissed Mardy Fish on Wednesday, telling reporters that he was using a heavy anesthetic to numb the pain.

Yet it also could have been, mutatis mutandis, from any number of recent episodes. Just last year at Wimbledon, in the third round, Nadal called for the trainer on numerous occasions en route to a bumpy five-set victory yet never appeared injured, a tactic his opponent characterized after the match as “pretty clever.” He did the same thing to disrupt Federer’s rhythm during the first set of this year’s French Open final. In each instance the timing was impeccable, and unsportsmanlike.

This was this year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQQs33w_nls


Madmax Says:

Giles,

What anout Medical Time Outs? Do they count?

https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Rafael_Nadal/51284/john-mcenroe-questions-medical-time-out-rules-after-rafael-nadal-s-injury/

John McEnroe is never banal when he speaks about tennis. And his commentary match on Tuesday when Rafael Nadal was dealing with a right leg during the fourth set of the quarter-finals meeting against Marin Cilic, was really interesting. McEnroe thinks the rule about medical timeout could be reviewed, as it is used too often, despite in cases like this, the player was really suffering.

‘Do you have to have an injury that occurs during the match? Are you able to say I’m a little tired can I have a rub on my legs? Is that considered a medical timeout? I’m sure any spot in a tennis player’s body, if you press hard enough it’d hurt’, McEnroe said. ‘I need to study up on this. I do feel like it’s being abused – and I’m not saying it’s being abused right now – but the timing of these timeouts very rarely are coincidental. Bathroom breaks etc. And if it’s within the rules you can’t blame them. I think they should be adjusted.’


Madmax Says:

And finally, those times of bouncing the ball over and over and over again, bring on the clock Giles, bring on the clock!

Perhaps more than any other professional tennis player, Rafael Nadal is a creature of habit.

Grand slams have had a time limit of 20 seconds for a number of years but the rule is rarely enforced and top players like Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic regularly flout it with drawn-out preparations to serves.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/tennis-open-time/update-1-tennis-atp-to-discuss-time-violation-rule-with-players-idUKL4N0AH0B820130112

Rafa has breaks of up to 30 seconds between points. Just stating a fact Giles. Just stating a fact.

Tell me what your point was again please?


Giles Says:

Madmax ROFL at you especially as you find your last link “ really funny”! There’s nothing funny about it, just your imagination.


Giles Says:

Hey Madmax. Did you read the link about fed taking an MTO so he could have a massage? Now that is funny!


j-kath Says:

Grand Slams did have a go at 20 seconds but it was back to 25 at Wimbledon


skeezer Says:

Giles,
I don’t have the time to search and post all of Rafa’s plethora of MTO’s and “breaks” ( like even to wanna change his shorts ). You can troll the internet for all those if you want. You trying to compare Feds has me ROFL.


Giles Says:

Hey skeezer. You carry on laughing, I’m laughing even more! Seriously, fed taking an MTO so he could enjoy a good massage! LMAO


chrisford Says:

One thing about Djokovic is that he tends to speed up when playing a quick worker, but when it is Rafa, he does not get impatient, but sloooooows down adapting to Rafa’s pace, especially when Rafa is not being held to a shot clock.

PS – One day Rafa will be honest and admit that his greatest rivalry is with Djokovic, not his lopsided and many less matches played h2h with Federer. With Fed dropping NIke, maybe Nike will now allow him to dispense with the Fedal hype Nike helped create.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Djokovic is another player that can drive his opponent to distraction with his slow play, and his bouncing of the ball a gazillion times, the Fedal rivalry is still the biggest draw in tennis not matter which one wins, the overated Rafole rivalry is just more even thats all ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

When it came to his rivalry with Djokovic Rafa always said i like a challenge but im not stupid, and he always said how amazing Roger was / is ….


BBB Says:

TV – Djoker was cranky and edgy during his matches, which was excellent. Vamos amor y paz. You can focus on that after you retire.

Also, Can people please get a grip? Every player, being human, does some crap that other people can take issue with. Whatever.


Madmax Says:

Margot Says:

OMG :0 Fed last took a toilet break in 2010? He must have the most amazing bladder……

July 28th, 2018 at 8:50 am

The funniest comment ever Margot!


Madmax Says:

Willow,

The rafedal (does that sound good?), is historic. No doubt about this.

I just hope in future matches these seconds that go by when Rafa bounces the ball, I just hope they stop. If it is against the rules, then players should be penalised. It is as simple as this. This goes for every player, but you have to admit that Rafa is the worst at this.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Madmax hes one of the worst, Cilic, Delpo, Novak with the bouncing the ball a gazillion times, so no ill say hes one of the worst, still Novaks your second favorite so i can understand why you wouldnt want to see any wrong doing on his part, he once bounced the ball 75 times between seves ….


Margot Says:

Cheers Mad Max, couldn’t resist just too silly dragging stuff up from 8 years ago.


Giles Says:

Margot. So pleased you were able to amuse Madmax. Must have made your day!! Goodness knows she needs cheering up. Well done Margot!
Lol. You even got a chuckle from J-K!


Margot Says:

Dearest Giles….please don’t assume you know what “makes my day.” Now please, for all our sakes stop yanking up stuff from the age of the dinosaur.


Giles Says:

In 2008 Rafael Nadal won Wimbledon which is classified as the greatest match ever.
Oops sorry, that is from the age of the dinosaur!
😉😄


Margot Says:

That kind of neolithic news is completely acceptable, tho of course may be open to dispute, because it celebrates rather than denigrates.


j-kath Says:

Bit late in the day to ask – but I thought Madmax was one of the weaker sex, i.e. Male?


Giles Says:

Margot. So now you want to decide what news is acceptable and what isn’t? I don’t think so.


Margot Says:

Giles: only IMHO of course. But you know posting “news” 8 year old toilet breaks is a little absurd, IMHO.


Giles Says:

Margot Blame Madmax . She drove me to it. :)


Okiegal Says:

“ Digging Up Bones” is an old country western song sung by Randy Travis….. Giles is always digging…….just like archeologists are always looking for dinosaur bones…..that hobby never gets old! Giles, don’t retire you pick and shovel yet!!
🤣🤣🤣 Gile’s digging is no more than retaliation…… just taking up for our guy just like everybody else on this forum takes a stand for theirs! It’s simple to figure out. Like Mystic Willow says….Rafa is one of some players that are slow…………….


Okiegal Says:

@Giles 10:24…. Now that’s funny!! I love Andy…….he makes me smile…….. When Andy won his slams….I love his demeanor after the wins……. always very composed……..he is truly my second favorite! He possesses a great sense of humor!


Giles Says:

Hey Oki. Loved your post. One Rafan to another. 👍👍👍👍😍😍😍


Okiegal Says:

@ Giles 11:06……..Boom baby……. you got it!!! We cool! 😎😎


j-kath Says:

Giles:
Says:
“Lol. You even got a chuckle from J-K!”

I hope U haven’t allied me with that well-known dour Scot – if so –
ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED.


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