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Roger Federer Is The Shortest And Least Powerful In The Wimbledon SF, But He’s The Favorite

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 13th, 2017 @ 5:17 pm

With his main rivals out, Roger Federer is the clear-cut favorite to win another Wimbledon. The 7-time tournament champion is joined in the semifinals by newcomers Sam Querrey and Marin Cilic, and former finalist Tomas Berdych who is his next opponent. But even after thumping Milos Raonic, Federer is wary of the pitfalls ahead in this 2-round tournament.

“Being the favorite or not the favorite doesn’t matter,” Federer said. “These other …

Venus Williams Tries to Rewrite Record Books in Wimbledon Final

Posted by Staff on July 13th, 2017 @ 1:49 pm

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams defeated Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday to gain her ninth final at the All England Club.

“I’ve played a lot of finals here, it’s been a blessing,” Williams said. “I can’t ask for more, but I want a little more.”

The 37 year old is attempting to become the oldest Grand Slam champion in the Open Era, since 1968.

Konta had two break point opportunities at …

Murray Upset, Djokovic Retirement Causes Chaos; Federer Cruising at Wimbledon

Posted by Staff on July 12th, 2017 @ 3:03 pm

An upset of world No. 1 Andy Murray and the retirement of former No. 1 and champion Novak Djokovic left Wimbledon in chaos on Wednesday, and Roger Federer sitting in the catbird seat.

Murray, bothered by a hip injury, was dismissed in five sets by Wimbledon giant-killer Sam Querrey 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-1.

“I didn’t start my best but kept with it and kept swinging and I hit my groove in …

Federer Raonic, Djokovic v Berdych; Wimbledon QF Picks And Pans

Posted by Sean Randall on July 11th, 2017 @ 6:56 pm

We are down to just eight players at the Wimbledon Championships. And there’s no real, true surprise like we have with Magdalena Rybarikova’s Cinderella run in the women’s draw.

Looking back to the fourth round, the big story was Gilles Muller’s stunner over Rafael Nadal. Muller has been dynamite on the grass this season while Rafa has struggled in recent years, so in my mind it wasn’t a huge upset when …

Halep Ousted as Wimbledon Semis Set; Pliskova the New Default No. 1

Posted by Staff on July 11th, 2017 @ 6:13 pm

Czech Karolina Pliskova won at Wimbledon on Tuesday without even taking the court.

Like many players who’ve back-doored themselves into the No. 1 ranking while Serena Williams was absent, Pliskova will ascend to the No. 1 ranking at the completion of Wimbledon due to another early loss by current world No. 1 Angie Kerber at Wimbledon, and today’s loss by Simona Halep at the All England Club.

Halep, who could have taken …

Novak Djokovic Unhappy With Wimbledon Moving His Match To Tuesday

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 11th, 2017 @ 1:49 pm

Understandably, Novak Djokovic was unhappy with Wimbledon decision to move his fourth round match against Adrian Mannarino to Tuesday. Djokovic-Mannarino was to follow the Rafael Nadal-Gilles Muller epic, but when that match ran long, Wimbledon had the option as early as 7pm to move Djokovic to an empty Centre Court.

But the tournament opted to not to move due to safety concerns with fans rushing to get into Centre. So …

Rafael Nadal Wasn’t Happy With His Wimbledon Court Assignments

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 11th, 2017 @ 10:47 am

Following a tough loss to Gilles Muller in the fourth round yesterday, 2-time champion Rafael Nadal sounded off on Wimbledon for putting the same players on Centre Court. Nadal, who lost to Muller on Court 1, played two of his four matches on Centre while rivals Roger Federer and Andy Murray were on Centre for all four of their matches. And that didn’t sit well with Rafa.

“I like playing more …

Rafael Nadal Hilariously Bumped His Head In The Tunnel At Wimbledon [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 11th, 2017 @ 10:33 am

It was a sad finish for Rafael Nadal yesterday after getting stunned in five sets by Gilles Muller 15-13 in the fifth. But before the match, there was a lighter moment involving the Spaniard.

While waiting in the hallway of Court 1, Nadal did his customary pre-match warm-up jumps. Except Nadal, perhaps not being accustomed to being in Court 1, hit his head on the top of the door way! You …

Nadal Shocked, Djokovic Delayed in Monday Wimbledon R16 Matches

Posted by Staff on July 10th, 2017 @ 8:53 pm

Luxembourg’s favorite son and No. 16 seed Gilles Muller stunned No. 4 seed Rafael Nadal for the biggest upset at Wimbledon on Monday, outlasting the Spaniard in a five-hour battle 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13.

“Definitely the biggest win,” said Muller, who beat a teenaged Nadal 12 years ago at Wimbledon. “Playing one of the guys who is dominating tennis again this year.”

Muller will next face No. 7 Marin Cilic, who …

Kerber, Woz Upset; Halep Eyes No. 1 in Quarterfinals at Wimbledon

Posted by Staff on July 10th, 2017 @ 8:49 pm

Upsets abounded on Monday at Wimbledon as the world No. 1 and No. 5 seeds were upended at the All England Club, paving the way for a new No. 1.

Former runner-up and No. 14 seed Garbine Muguruza claimed the biggest scalp, taking down No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

“For me, I’m still looking forward to the next months,” said Kerber, who will now lose the No. 1 ranking …

Federer v Dimitrov, Raonic v Zverev; Azarenka v Halep; Wimbledon Monday Picks And Pans

Posted by Sean Randall on July 9th, 2017 @ 6:08 pm

The so-called “Best Day in Tennis” takes place Monday at Wimbledon. While the schedule is loaded with all 32 players left in the men’s and women’s draws, it can be the most “Annoying Day in Tennis” because you can’t possibly watch everything!

And there’s a lot to see. And instead of just men, I’ll just run through all 16!

CENTER COURT (1pm)
Ana Konjuh (CRO) [27] v Venus Williams (USA) [10]: Venus is …

Led By Federer, Nadal And Djokovic, Big 4 Dominate Week One At Wimbledon

Posted by Sean Randall on July 9th, 2017 @ 5:41 pm

We have reached the midway point of the 2017 Wimbledon championships. The two words that stand out from week one on the men’s side: Big Four!

That’s because the Big 4 dominated the opening week once again. Together at the top of Wimbledon for the first time since 2014, the quartet in sum managed to drop just one set, that by Andy Murray Friday against Fabio Fognini.

Roger Federer looked sharp, though …

Favorites Federer, Amped Djokovic Advance Into Round of 16 at Wimbledon

Posted by Staff on July 8th, 2017 @ 4:49 pm

It was smooth sailing for the Top 10 seeds on Saturday at Wimbledon as all five in action won in straight sets to advance to some mouth-watering match-ups in the round of 16 on Monday.

“Big 4″ members Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer looked sharp as the No. 2-seeded Serb doused the flame of streaking Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(2), and the No. 3-seeded Swiss held off the aggressive game of …

Struggling Kerber Keeps on Winning at Wimbledon; Monday’s Round of 16 Set

Posted by Staff on July 8th, 2017 @ 4:09 pm

World No. 1 Angelique Kerber continues to look less than comfortable on the Wimbledon lawns, but continues to win as she earned a Sunday rest and a spot in the round of 16 come Monday at the All-England Club.

Down a set and a break, the German benefited from nerves by American opponent Shelby Rogers in a 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 victory.

“She was hitting the balls very hard,” Kerber said of the …

Rafa Wins, But In for Wet Monday?; Djokovic, Federer on Saturday at Wimbledon

Posted by Jeremy Davis on July 7th, 2017 @ 5:21 pm

Unseeded Benoit Paire on Friday defeated Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz 6-2, 7-6(3), 6-3.

Not the most exciting news, until you consider the explosive French up-and-comer next faces world No. 1 Andy Murray, who hasn’t exactly been lighting-up the Wimbledon lawns with confidence this week.

Murray for his part needed to come back and win the final five games against No. 28 seed Fabio Fognini to avoid a fifth set, eventually prevailing 6-2, 4-6, …