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Roger Federer: This Is Huge For Me, My Season, My Career, It’s A Big Moment!

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 6th, 2016 @ 6:50 pm

Roger Federer put together one of his greatest comebacks of his career this afternoon at Wimbledon coming from two sets down to beat Marin Cilic 67(4), 46, 63, 76(9), 63. It was Federer 10th career time he’s come from two sets down to win.

“This is huge for me, my season, my career,” said Federer. “I’m very, very happy. I’ve had some good comeback, but this is on Centre Court at …

Andy Murray, Roger Federer Make ‘Big 2 and Friends’ in Wimbledon Semifinals

Posted by Jeremy Davis on July 6th, 2016 @ 5:15 pm

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is out. Rafael Nadal is sidelined. But two of the former fabled “Big Four,” and two perennial Top 10ers looking to step it up, moved into the Wimbledon semifinals on Wednesday.

Actually Milos Raonic is looking to step it up while Tomas Berdych is more like, “Eh.”

No. 2-ranked Andy Murray fought through an emotional five-set win, beating No. 12 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(10), 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, …

Roger Federer, Andy Murray On Wimbledon Collision Course? QF Picks And Pans

Posted by Sean Randall on July 5th, 2016 @ 8:42 pm

So who is going to take advantage of what will be a Novak Djokovic-free weekend at Wimbledon? Is it British hero Andy Murray? What about the aging wonder Roger Federer, who hasn’t won a Slam in four years? Or maybe an outsider like JW Tsonga or Tomas Berdych who finally breaks through? Perhaps Milos Raonic gets the serve humming, or Sam Querrey continues his Cinderella run? Hell, Lucas Pouille? Another …

Surprise Elena Vesnina Joins Angelique Kerber, Williams Sisters in Wimbledon Semis

Posted by Staff on July 5th, 2016 @ 12:05 pm

No. 50-ranked Elena Vesnina was the happy odd-woman-out on Tuesday when she joined world No. 1 Serena Williams, former No. 1 Venus Williams and Australian Open champion Angie Kerber in the semifinals at Wimbledon.

The unseeded 29-year-old Vesnina advanced into the semis with a 6-2, 6-2 drubbing of No. 19-seeded Dominika Cibulkova.

“I held my level for the whole match and I’m just so happy,” Vesnina said “I knew she was in …

Roger Federer, Andy Murray Lead Favorites Into Wimbledon QFs; Nick Kyrgios Show Over

Posted by Staff on July 4th, 2016 @ 4:02 pm

Crowd favorite and current GOAT Roger Federer led the top players into the quarterfinals on Monday at Wimbledon, where the All England Club patrons saw the Swiss No. 3 seed reach a record 14th Wimbledon quarterfinals round, tying the record of Jimmy Connors.

The seven-time champ beat unseeded American Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 to set up a meeting next with No. 9 seed Marin Cilic.

“I would have never thought that …

Both Williams Sisters Serena, Venus Into Quarters, Agnieszka Radwanska Toppled at Wimbledon

Posted by Jeremy Davis on July 4th, 2016 @ 3:08 pm

The quarterfinals at Wimbledon are set, and it contains both Williams sisters (the only Americans left), this year’s Australian Open winner, two unseeded players, and only four Top 10 players.

The Williams sisters led the charge of (the only) 35+ age players as world No. 1 Serena overcame some early adversity to steamroll former world No. 2 and current No. 13 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-0, and the No. 8-seeded Venus …

Nick Kyrgios Wins, Says He’s Ready for Andy Murray Monday at Wimbledon; Roger Federer Returns

Posted by Staff on July 3rd, 2016 @ 6:10 pm

While seeded only 15th, Aussie upstart Nick Kyrgios has seen world No. 1 Novak Djokovic make his exit from Wimbledon, and thinks he can do similar damage when he plays former champ and world No. 2 Andy Murray.

The easily-combustible Aussie kept him temper in check on Sunday when he defeated No. 22-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4.

“My attitude was great today — very, very happy with the …

Serena Williams Wins, Lines Up Kuznetsova Monday; CoCo Hot at Wimbledon

Posted by Staff on July 3rd, 2016 @ 6:02 pm

World No. 1 Serena Williams returned to her ruthless ways on Sunday, taking apart young German Annika Beck 6-3, 6-0 to set up a round of 16 meeting with two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova at Wimbledon.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Williams said of meeting the former world No. 2-ranked Russian. “We both are ready for this match. You know, we’re both going to give it our heart, as we …

Petra Kvitova Sent Out Of Wimbledon; Madison Keys, Simona Halep Advance; Serena Sunday

Posted by Sean Randall on July 2nd, 2016 @ 7:31 pm

With little fanfare, 2-time champion Petra Kvitova was bundled out of Wimbledon today by giant killer Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 7-6 in the second round.

The match was scheduled for Thursday but didn’t finish until late Saturday, a circumstance that didn’t help the Czech.

“I just think that in the important points, she didn’t really miss, and I felt that I have to really go for it, which I tried to do …

Down Goes Novak Djokovic! Sam Querrey Comes Up Big In Wimbledon Stunner; Andy Murray The New Fav?

Posted by Sean Randall on July 2nd, 2016 @ 7:15 pm

Who would have believed a man who hadn’t won a Grand Slam match in a year would dethrone Novak Djokovic? That’s just what happened on this “Super Saturday” at Wimbledon.

As we went to bed last night, unheralded American Sam Querrey led Djokovic by two sets. On the brink of one of the great upsets in recent times. But the upon resumption, as many predicted, a re-dedicated Djokovic seized the upper …

Novak Djokovic: I’m Not 100% Healthy And I Don’t Want To Talk About It Here

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 2nd, 2016 @ 3:42 pm

So what happened to Novak Djokovic? The Serb suffered his first loss in a Major in over a year today falling to American Sam Querrey 76(6), 61, 36, 76(5).

“Congratulations to Sam, he played a terrific match, he served very well,” Djokovic said. “Part of his game was brutal today, he made a lot of free points with his first serve. He overpowered me.”

The loss crushed Djokovic’s hopes of becoming the …

Serena And Venus Survive Scares At Wimbledon; Former Finalists Radwanska, Bouchard Saturday

Posted by Sean Randall on July 1st, 2016 @ 7:15 pm

There was some inkling going in that it might be a tough day for the coming 11-time combined champion Williams sisters at Wimbledon. Serena was up against Christina McHale who had taken a set off her in Miami and pushed her to a tiebreak in Rome. And the second round match lived up to the billing.

Serena lost a sloppy first set after missing some chances, then found her …

Novak Djokovic Down 2 Sets To Sam Querrey at Wimbledon; Roger Federer Only Man Into 4th RD

Posted by Sean Randall on July 1st, 2016 @ 6:54 pm

Things got real interesting today at the water-logged Wimbledon event. Because of the unending rains, only a dozen or so matches were completed, including another Roger Federer rout. But what caught everyone’s attention was the two set hole world No. 1 Novak Djokovic finds himself in tonight against Sam Querrey.

Odds were slim for Querrey to do much of anything against Djokovic who had won eight of nine against the American. …

Murray Wins, Thiem Ousted By Vesely On Catch-Up Day at Wimbledon; Federer, Djokovic Friday

Posted by Staff on June 30th, 2016 @ 11:42 pm

Andy Murray led the charge as players caught up with a full day of play without rain on Thursday at Wimbledon.

The No. 2-seeded Murray overcame an early deficit to defeat Taiwan’s unseeded Lu Yen-Hsun 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. “Randy” Lu had earlier in his career beaten Murray at the Olympic games.

“The first set was tough — I went a break down,” said Murray, who righted the ship to turn a match …

Muguruza, 11 Seeds Upset Thursday at Wimbledon; Serena, Venus Friday

Posted by Staff on June 30th, 2016 @ 11:40 pm

World No. 2 Garbine Muguruza’s thoughts of challenging Serena Williams for the world No. 1 spot got reset on Thursday when the Spaniard was stunned in the second round at Wimbledon by unseeded Slovak Jana Cepelova 6-3, 6-2.

The 23-year-old Cepelova, ranked No. 124, beat last year’s finalist after, in 2015, stunning Simona Halep on the same court.

“I have some great players beaten so I’m very satisfied,” said Cepelova, who also …