Wimbledon Notes: Dr. Ivo an Ace, Federer Grass Foes
by Staff | June 30th, 2009, 2:38 pm


Three 2008 Wimbledon semifinalists are back in the 2009 semis as Serena, Venus and Elena romp in the quarterfinals…
8 different countries are in the men’s QF…

“Dr.” Ivo Karlovic hasn’t dropped serve in eight matches this grass season…

For the first time since 2006 the Top 4 seeds have reached the women’s SF…

31-year-old Tommy Haas is the oldest player in the tournament…

Venus Williams has now won 19 straight matches at Wimbledon including 33 consecutive sets…

Venus is the oldest in the women’s draw at 29…

Dinara Safina has reached the semifinals at all four Grand Slams, same as her brother…

Andy Murray is gunning for his 200th career match win come Wednesday…

Andy Roddick has won four straight over Lleyton Hewitt…

Ivo Karlovic has smashed a tournament-best 137 aces, and he hasn’t faced a break point since the first round…

Andy Roddick has won 13 straight tiebreaks…

Six of eight remaining men have won a grass title…

Tommy Haas and Novak Djokovic have Grand Slam wins over Roger Federer. And Lleyton Hewitt has a grass win plus a best-of-five set win over the Swiss…

Novak Djokovic has the most match wins on the tour (47)…

Forecast: Continued warm and dry…

From the Reuters blog: “The trouble with a match as riveting as Andy Murray’s against Stanislas Wawrinka is that it’s very hard to find something good enough to follow it…and women’s quarter-final day at Wimbledon was singularly unable to do so.”…

KUALA LUMPUR BACK ON TOUR! REJOICE! — The ATP World Tour confirmed that Kuala Lumpur has been added to the 2009 calendar’s Asian Swing. The Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, will be held indoors at the 16,000-seat Putra Stadium at the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex, beginning Sept. 28. The five event Asian Swing beginning in September will include Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Tokyo and Shanghai.

Roger Federer on the passing of the King of Pop Michael Jackson: “Sure, a very sad moment I think in the music world. You know, he touched many people. Same for me. But I’ll obviously still listen to his music for many more years to come. I remember, I don’t know, back maybe in ’88 or ’89, he came to Basel. I was outside of the stadium, because there was such excitement that he would come. I was still very young. I think I went there with my sister, and we just listened from the outside, you know. Yeah, always listened to his music. And, yeah, it’s sad. You know, it really is.”

DAVENPORT BABY #2 — Former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport became a mother for the second time on Saturday, giving birth to a daughter, Lauren Andrus Davenport Leach…

Long-time Mark Philippoussis coach Peter McNamara of Australia has become a coach at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, and according to the academy will “coach a future new member of the Elite Team.”…

THE FAUX HAWK AND THE WORM — From The Wall Street Journal: “In the tennis world, Fernando Verdasco is on a tear. Not only has the 25-year-old Spaniard shot up to No. 8 in the world rankings, he has already dated two of the most sought-after bachelorettes on the women’s tour, Ana Ivanovic and Gisela Dulko. Recenty he has become close with Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, though she says they’re just friends. Defending the title of ATP playboy, though, is Czech Radek Stepanek. He was engaged to Martina Hingis, is dating Nicole Vaidisova and is known for charming ladies with his sense of humor and a victory dance he calls “the worm,” which he debuted at a player party in the Austrian Alps several years ago after a big win and a little too much Schnapps. “Everyone was very impressed,” recalls Mr. Stepanek, adding that he hopes his popularity with beautiful women, a subject of much speculation on tennis forums, is “because of who I am as a person.”…

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21 Comments for Wimbledon Notes: Dr. Ivo an Ace, Federer Grass Foes

vared Says:

Jane, here is what a poster said about Haas/Djok match. Maybe that will give you some hope.

“31 year old Haas whose worst surface is grass and who never made a slam final even on his best surface in his prime years is not a tough draw.”

jane Says:

Thanks vared :)

Still think it’s 50/50 based on their last match and Haas’ form here, maybe even Haas still fave. But we’ll find out soon enough.

Tennis Freak Says:

Verdasco vs. Stepanek who-gets-the-most-beautiful contest is entertaining that something is going on in their lives besides tennis.
These days, Gisela Dulko and Ana Ivanovic are listening to Stewart’s “I don’t wanna talk about it” how you broke my heart. Wozniacki’s best song right now is UB40’s Don’t Break My Heart.
The rest is for Von to fill in.

Skorocel Says:

“Ivo Karlovic has smashed a tournament-best 137 aces, and he hasn’t faced a break point since the first round…”

137 aces in 4 matches – that’s roughly 34 aces per match! If I remember it correctly, Goran Ivanisevic, who as far as I know is the all-time leader in the most aces fired in (any) tourney category, has managed to hit around 210 aces (during his famous Wimby 2001 triumph), so if Karlovic somehow advances to the final and serves like this, he may end up with around 240 aces… LOL!

Tennis Freak Says:

You are about what 20 now? You were 10-11 years old when Ivanisevic won that final. It is amazing how you keep those stats off-the-sleeve ready ! I watched that match and I remember he was hitting a lot of aces, but the numbers don’t stay in my head. I have to write them down somewhere in my tennis logbook.
Maybe, this time I’ll remember if Karlovic wins the whole thing. But that’s not gonna happen. He’s going down tomorrow.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Definitely nervous for Fed, but less so after watching his interview talking about how he enjoys the challenge of playing the good Dr. Plus his won-loss.
Afraid it will be a boring match, like Fed/Soderling but ten times worse. All serves.
The Roddick/Hewitt match will be intense, but also likely boring tennis as the two are quite unimaginative players.
Ferrero/Murray should be good, and Haas/Djokovic could be the best of all, but we likely won’t get to see EITHER on TV as they are not the marquee players!

skeezerweezer Says:

It was awesome to see FED giving some props to MJ’s passing. To MJ: No debating here, GOAT!!! RIP MJ

tennisbebe Says:

“It was awesome to see FED giving some props to MJ’s passing.” This was not unique to Fed – all of the players were asked about MJ in their pressers. Fed’s original reply was “What does this have to do with tennis?”.

vared Says:

Fed’s original reply was “What does this have to do with tennis?”.


Von Says:

tennisbebe: “Fed’s original reply was “What does this have to do with tennis?”.

Precious. LOL. He probably was given some counsel/advice and changed his tune. It reminds me of when he was asked about the Althea Gibson celebrations at the USO a couple of years ago, he answered something along the lines of: ‘who’s Althea Gibson, I never heard of her.” Does Fed play tennis or what? Hilarious!

TennisFreak: “The rest is for Von to fill in.” Yeah sure, I’m the pop queen, right? You wish! ha ha.

Von Says:

“Three 2008 Wimbledon semifinalists are back in the 2009 semis as Serena, Venus and Elena romp in the quarterfinals…”

Oh my Lord, Staff is becoming more creative by the minute. The ladies will be romping on Thursday. Will they be wearing romper suits while romping? LOL.

scineram Says:

Who the hell is Althea Gibson?

Von Says:

Google it.

tennisbebe Says:

Von says: “…Staff is becoming more creative by the minute. The ladies will be romping on Thursday.”

The ladies romp and Federer pummels.

“He probably was given some counsel/advice and changed his tune.” Yes, he definitely had more time to compose a response for when he was next asked the question. Several of us were commenting how idiotic it was that the press was asking MJ questions of the players on Friday & Saturday – just fishing for a story – so I thought Fed’s initial response was classic.

Skorocel Says:

Tennis Freak: To tell you the truth, I was just celebrating my 19th birthday when Goran Ivan-ace-ovic won in Wimby :-) I remember that tourney very well, since I was on a holiday at my grandmom back then… I clearly recall that Fed’s win over Sampras (and also his subsequent loss to Henman in the quarters). The final between Pat and Goran (which was played on Monday) was really one helluva heartbreaker! Though the match itself wasn’t exactly a thing of beauty (in 99 % of the cases, the rallies lasted no longer than 3-4 shots), the final set was as tense as it gets, AND, the atmosphere in the stands… Well, I’ve followed the sport of tennis since 1993, but frankly, I’ve NEVER seen such crazy atmosphere as was in that Wimby 2001 final, NEVER! One would think he’s seeing a football match:-)

Tennis Freak Says:

My bad. I don’t know why I thought you are only 20-21. Your posts show the maturity of a vet. You are a vet.
I started closely following tennis around ’91-’92, almost about the same time as you did. Before that, I watched a few Slams here and there.

Thanks for refreshing my memory of that 2001 final.

Already impatient for tomorrow’s matches to begin.

tennisbebe Says:

I remember that year – Goran beat Tim Henman in the SF thanks to a well-timed rain delay that came when Henman had the momentum, was up in the match and was playing beautifully. The Brits were crushed. Then the Monday final vs Rafter – I was heartbroken when Rafter lost, and so was he obviously as he retired shortly thereafter.

sports fan Says:

Federer is going to be severely pushed by karlovic, but will prevail in 4 extremely tight sets…….

Semis……..Federer def. Djokovic (5 sets)
Finals…….Federer def. Murray (4 sets)

Federer= 15 majors

Roger That Says:

Michael Jackson HAS everything to do with tennis. Why I heard he had a new kind of footwork, it was called “The moonwalk”.

scineram Says:

If I have to google it why should Federer care?

Skorocel Says:

Tennis Freak: I would rather call it a vet with an occasional childish way of thinking :-) LOL!

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