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July 2nd, 2015

Rafa Hits Rock Bottom Thurs. at Wimbledon; Friday Highlights

You knew it was going to be a match if you knew their history — unheralded German-via-Jamaica’s Dustin Brown beating Rafael Nadal last year at the ATP event in Halle.

Fluke? No. That was when Rafa was even functional.

This year, the same Dustin Brown, but a mentally decimated Rafa. If you were into online tennis betting, you bet the house. And you won.

On Thursday at Wimbledon Dustin Brown became the fourth consecutive non-Top 100 player to beat Nadal at Wimbledon, triumphing …

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:53 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 85 Comments »

July 2nd, 2015

RIP: Rafael Nadal (2003-2015)?

All great athletes rise, all great athletes fall. Falling and failing, that’s what’s happening right now to Rafael Nadal.

Earlier today, as many of you saw, Nadal was sent out of Wimbledon for the fourth year in a row by a player who had no business beating a former No. 1. After head-scratching losses to Lukas Rosol, Steve Darcis and Nick Kyrgios, today the man who ended his grass season and effectively ended Nadal’s hopes of ever winning another Wimbledon, …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:08 pm in Wimbledon | 87 Comments »

July 2nd, 2015

Watch This Incredible Front Tweener From Roger Federer Today At Wimbledon [Video]

While Rafael Nadal continues his struggles, Roger Federer had no trouble whatsoever crushing American Sam Querrey 64, 62, 62 in the Wimbledon second round.

During the win. Federer had time for this incredible front tweener lob, which eventually won him the point.

“He’s got that aura around him. You know, today he hit that shot between the legs,” Querrey said. “He hit some amazing shots. You want to go over and give him a high-five sometimes.”

Said …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 4:16 pm in Best Shots, Videos, Wimbledon | 4 Comments »

July 2nd, 2015

Highlights From Dustin Brown’s Win Over Rafael Nadal In The Wimbledon Second Round [Video]

Here are the highlights from Dustin Brown’s improbable, stunning 75, 36, 64, 64, win over 2-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal today in the second round.

The loss was Nadal’s fourth straight at Wimbledon to a player ranked 100 or lower.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 4:05 pm in Videos, Wimbledon | 2 Comments »

July 2nd, 2015

For The Fourth Straight Year A Triple-Digit Ranked Player Beats Rafael Nadal At Wimbledon [Chart]

Rafael Nadal suffered yet another shocking loss to player ranked 100 or lower today at Wimbledon. Who would have guess that when the 2-time Wimbledon champion lost to Lukas Rosol in 2012, that was just the start.

On Thursday, Nadal fell to German Dustin Brown 75 36 64 64 on Centre Court in the second round. It was Brown’s second win over the former No. 1 in as many years. And the 30-year-old is now 2-0 against Nadal.

Nadal reached the finals …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 3:55 pm in Charts, Wimbledon | 26 Comments »

July 2nd, 2015

Thanks for the Input Ladies, But Men’s Tennis is Just Fine

This Wimbledon has been rife with women telling the men’s tour what they need to do.

Judy Murray, the British Fed Cup captain and mum of Andy Murray, says the men need to adopt the WTA’s heat rule which allows 10 additional minutes between sets when the “heat stress index” tops out.

“I think the men should adopt it as well, especially because they have to play five sets,” said Mrs. Murray. “And a slam is such a tough thing to play …

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 1:22 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 22 Comments »

July 2nd, 2015

Stan Wawrinka Thinks Novak Djokovic’s Return Of Serve Is The Best Shot In Tennis

Thanks to John McEnroe and Brad Gilbert’s banter, the players at Wimbledon this week have been asked about the best shots in the game.

Stan Wawrinka offered his pick taking Novak Djokovic’s return of serve as the shot he’d like to have.

“I will take Novak return,” Wawrinka said. “Because he’s so good. He make you play all the time. He always find solution how to return each player. Always putting yourself under pressure even when you’re serving.”

This year, Djokovic ranks …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:13 am in Wimbledon | 21 Comments »

July 1st, 2015

Serena and Venus One Win Away; Federer v Querrey Thurs. at Wimbledon

World No. 1 Serena Williams and her sister Venus are one match away from a titanic fourth round meeting, while the men’s No. 5 seed exited Wimbledon without setting foot on the court on Wednesday at the All England Club.

Serena Williams needed less than an hour to beat Timea Babos 6-4, 6-1, setting up a meeting with Brit No. 1 Heather Watson and her supporting Wimbledon fans.

“I think it will be a huge advantage for [Watson],” said Serena of the …

Posted by Staff @ 5:43 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 153 Comments »

July 1st, 2015

John McEnroe Says Stan Wawrinka Has The Greatest Shot In Tennis History, Brad Gilbert Responds No Way [Video]

On Monday during ESPN’s Wimbledon coverage, outspoken John McEnroe declared Stan Wawrinka’s backhand the greatest shot he’s ever seen in tennis. Today, while seated next to McEnroe on the set, Brad Gilbert revealed his best shots in the history of the game.

Gilbert says Pete Sampras and Boris Becker have the best serves and shots ever in the game. He rates Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Ivan Lendl’s forehands as tops in that category.

Former pupil Andre Agassi, Gilbert said, had a …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:37 am in Videos, Wimbledon | 22 Comments »

July 1st, 2015

Slumping Eugenie Bouchard Wants This “Learning Experience” To Be Over

Having now lost 10 of her last 12 matches and exiting in the first round at Wimbledon after reaching the finals the year before, Eugenie Bouchard is searching for Answers.

“I definitely felt tight in the first set,” Bouchard said after losing to Ying Ying Duan yesterday. “But I also felt very unprepared for this match. That’s unfortunate.”

The 21-year-old added that the ab injury that forced her out of Eastbourne has not healed.

“I have a grade 2 tear in my …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:19 am in Wimbledon | 1 Comment »


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