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

by Sean Randall | 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 hand, breaking out to a 4-0 lead in the third set before the rains shifted the momentum yet again.

Querrey regained some footing after the delay, but Djokovic took the third convincingly 6-3. Order had been restored. Querrey had missed his chance to win last night. Or had he?

In the fourth, Djokovic again was sharp, however, he kept failing to convert break chances. Querrey, after early nerves, was working his way back to his Friday level. Yet, he too couldn’t convert. But he kept fighting.

Djokovic finally broke through at 4-4, and a fifth set and a fifth 0-2 comeback for the world No. 1 seemed inevitable. Incredibly, though, Djokovic couldn’t close the set. Unable to challenge to calls which would have gone his way, Djokovic watched Querrey break back for five all then held for 6-5.

Just as Djokovic was to serve to get to a fourth set breaker, the skies opened up again. My goodness!

Forty-five minutes later, Djokovic returned to the court and cooly forced the breaker which he then led 3-1 after a horrendous overhead miss from the Californian. Querrey once again looked finished. Somehow, he wasn’t.

Sam battled back, kept his backhand on mark and kept pounding that serve. And it worked. Djokovic lost the lead then lost his hammerlock on men’s tennis when an errant forehand went wide. Djokovic’s reign, for the moment, was over. Sam had won 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5).

Disbelief fell upon the tennis world.

Gone was Novak’s march toward a fifth straight Grand Slam. A calendar Slam and his 30-match Slam win streak. Gone his chance at a third straight Wimbledon title. Gone the greatest season of his career, or for anyone. Just like that. All gone.

First, full credit to Querrey for getting the job done when few thought he could. Especially after losing that third set.

He served well – 31 aces – and his groundstrokes really held up when they had to, particularly in that tiebreaker.

“It’s incredible to do it here at Wimbledon, the biggest tournament in the world,” Querrey told the BBC. “I’m so ecstatic right now. I played the break points well, kept delivering the big serves, and I fought hard in the tie-break. I’m so happy.”

And according to him, the weight of sleeping on a 2-set lead didn’t both him either.

“I slept great,” he said. “I’m a pretty relaxed guy. Had an easy dinner at the house. My parents are there, some friends, my girlfriend. We just kind of hung out. Nothing exciting. Got back here today and went to work. Just stayed the course, didn’t do anything special. Can be tricky with all those rain delays, but fortunately just went out there, served well the whole time, played a great tie-breaker at the end to get the win.”

After a bizarre Friday, Djokovic appeared much more settled and more engaged today. Had the match started in full this afternoon, you could see a scoreline like 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 for Djokovic. But Novak couldn’t overcome the hole he had dug for himself. It was just too deep.

“It’s disappointing, of course, losing at a Grand Slam hurts… There is no doubt about that,” said Djokovic. “I just wasn’t feeling the ball as well as I wished. But that’s sport.”

And who knows what’s really troubling the Serb. If you want to argue about the rain and the delays and the court scheduling, fine, but what happened yesterday? So something clearly is bothering Novak, but he’s not saying.

“Not really, but it’s not the time and place to talk about it,” Djokovic replied when asked if he was healthy.

And he didn’t want to talk about his practice session either. I guess we’ll find out eventually, who knows when and where. And who knows when he plays again. Cincinnati? Like Serena after losing the Open, this is going to take some time.

With Novak now out of the way, the spotlight and pressure shifts even more to new tournament favorite Andy Murray. And the 2013 champion capped off a comfy first week with a straightforward win over Australian John Millman 6-3, 7-5, 6-2. But the focus was Djokovic and the fact that now he’s the man to beat.

“If I were to reach the final, then it may have some bearing, but it doesn’t right now. My draw’s still exactly the same. The matches, in the next round especially, are tough,” said Murray. “The bookies don’t always get it right. Your job is to go out there and try to win the matches that are there in front of you. That’s what I’ll try and do.”

Murray will await the completion of the Nick Kyrgios-Feliciano Lopez match which was suspended at a set-all.

A few other winners were Steve Johnson who reached his first Grand Slam fourth round beating the beleaguered Grigor Dimitrov in four sets. Good win for Steve, but someone tell me, what is Grigor’s gameplan?

And Milos Raonic won his eighth straight over Jack Sock beating the American in straight sets – Raonic is looking mighty tough right now. And Kei Nishikori set up a US Open rematch with Marin Cilic on Monday.

Four matches suspended due to darkness will resume on Sunday. Along with the Kyrgios match, John Isner led JW Tsonga by two sets to one, Richard Gasquet led Albert Ramos Vinolas also by that score and Juan Martin Del Potro and Lucas Pouille had split sets.

Also tomorrow, Tomas Berdych takes on Alexander Zverev on Center Court. I think the teen can pull the upset.

1. Coco Vandeweghe (USA) [27] v Roberta Vinci (ITA) [6]
2. Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Annika Beck (GER)
3. Alexander Zverev (GER) [24] v Tomas Berdych (CZE) [10]
NO.1 COURT – 11:30AM
1. Sloane Stephens (USA) [18] v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [13]
2. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [15] v Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [22]
3. Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Joao Sousa (POR) [31]

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

mat4 Says:

Congratulations to Sam, who played an excellent match. Bad luck for Novak, but he couldn’t win forever, especially in this era of great players and tough competition.

I just hope his shoulder is OK and that he will continue to work and improve his game. His results speak for themselves and everything he wins from now on is pure bonus.

And no, I am not in exile, and I will continue to watch this interesting tournament, hoping for more great matches.

jane Says:

agree mat4… i’ll be watching & enjoying as well.

(and hoping there’s nothing serious going on with novak :O)

BBB Says:

I’m rooting for Andy, myself.

Wog Boy Says:


I hope you will read my post when you wake up, since that will probably the time they’ll let it through.
Firstly, thanks for the nice words.
As of lately I am not posting as often nor I will be posting as often for the reason that has nothing to do with Nole’s loss, I was always rebel and free spirit and never begged for anything, particularly not for the right to reply to nasty in insulting posts towards me or Nole. I intend to stay true to myself, that’s the only way I can respect myself.

Good luck to your man, of course I will be watching Wimbledon, I love tennis, I can see Andy / Milos final, it should be cracker of the match if it happens.

BTW, you asked me about voting yesterday at federal election, yes, I went out (it is compulsory to vote here) and gave my vote to Animal Justice Party and Australian sex party..I am serious. They didn’t make it to parlament, but I feel good, and that’s what matters to me.

mat4 Says:

I won’t be for any player, but there are a few matches I want to watch and hope for good tennis, and let the better player win.

Neither will I root against any player. Andy lost his last three finals, Fed too, so a win could be benefiting for both. I would be happy if DelPo managed to go deep in the tournament, but I don’t think he can make it to the end. Raonic looked good so far, and there is Jo, who could perhaps make an exploit, and he is a player I like to watch.

So, let’s wait an see.

Wog Boy Says:

For Nole fans,
I believe things happen for the reason, I believed in 2011 had Nole won FO he wouldn’t have won Wimbledon, and Wimbledon was much important at that stage of his career, the same applies now just in reverse, FO was much important for his career than Wimbledon, it was a missing link that is not missing anymore.

I am happy he wil start fresh again with no any streak pressure, nice man Sam Querrey made sure to relieve Nole of any streak pressure for the rest of the year..

MMT Says:

Murray is the #2 seed and just won his 5th Queen’s Club? I’m wondering why that’s a question – who else would it be? Federer? Raonic? Del Potro?

That’s neither sarcastic nor rhetorical: I’m honestly curious as to who else people would bet on?

danica Says:

Andy was the favorite even before Nole lost.

It would be great for Andy to win again. I will be rooting for him, Sasha and Milos. Will pay my weight in gold to see Andy play if he comes to Belgrade for the Davis Cup tie.

(PS: Incredibly hot here. After the British Isles, the GBR team will be fried :((. Totally not appropriate venue for this match).

mat4 Says:


What’s question? Who did you address? You posted after me — is that anything I should clarify in my post?

Dan Martin Says:

I’ve got my Middle Sunday (!) picks up at – Novak did something amazing. It did come to an end, but I think his accomplishment of 4 straight majors will shine as more time passes. For now, he needs to get healthy and the remaining members of the draw all have to do what they can to seize opportunity. It should be a fun second week.

chrisford1 Says:

Disagree with Sean that what could have been Novak’s greatest season just went *poof*.
Statistically, maybe 2015 with the Finals in every Slam and 8 of 9 Masters and the World Championships will be regarded on paper as a better season. But this is the year of many Legend milestones met and many more possible in 2016. Olympics, Cincinnati, USO, a chance at 5 or more Masters Titles, a chance to tie Federer in year-end finishes at #1, and # of ATP Championships at 6.
With Djokovic gone, I am sort of torn between Murray and Raonic. A Murray victory would put him in the hunt for making #1 some time in 2016, 17. And Andy Murray deserves a time as #1 ranked – as good as he is. But there is Milos, who 2 years ago I selected as a future Wimbledon winner while saying he will never be a regular big event winner on Tour.

Margot Says:

MMT is referring to the question in the title of this piece.
As there seem to be some “demonic” comments on here, but I’d like to say I think you are a saint! So pleased you “found” tx.
What Nole has accomplished in the last two years is simply astonishing. No need for his fans to feel sad.

jane Says:

that’s right margot. time to celebrate his run rather than mourn, as dan martin implies.
there’s lots of exciting tennis still to come; murray has an excellent shot at a second wimbledon title; there are lots of youngsters are still kicking around in the draw, not to mention lots of oldersters too. ;) as mat4 says “let’s wait and see”. middle sunday coming up.

Van Persie Says:

I would be also happy for Andy, if he would get the trophy at Wimby this year. He proved, that he’s Nr. 2 in the world for good reasons, and I also like him.
Margot, May I also get a saint certificate? :)

Margot Says:

Lol Van Persie, you are so nice, I shall give you two!

J-Kath Says:

Pouille + Del Potro: Apparently some very bad blood running between these two….lots of shouting and accustions during their interrupted match. Match continues today.

Who will win Wimbledon? I’m saying Raonic while praying that I’m wrong.

FOOTBALL: New song composed for Welsh team.

mat4 Says:


“Who will win Wimbledon? I’m saying Raonic while praying that I’m wrong.”

I really am not sure, although a slippery grass could be an advantage for him. The favourites are, so far, the usual ones, although Murray played better on grass this year than Federer.

I know that you fav is Murray: in best of 5, especially if it’s sunny, he has a clear advantage against Milos, although a final is never easy.

If you wrote it to avoid jinxing Andy… OK.

Margot Says:

If Andy had lost to Milos at Queens, I’d be agreeing with you, but as he didn’t, I’m not.
Long, long way to go tho.

J-Kath Says:

Mat4: I had the same doubt Milos v Andy at Queens. I usually like the best of 5 for Andy….but that darned serve of Milos troubles me….

And Yes, Margot & Mat4: Mustn’t get ahead of ourselves…that would be jinxing him. PS: Does the Bracket contest jinx or not jinx?

J-Kath Says:

OK Wogboy:

Glad you are sanguine re. Nole. He will return totally refreshed and possibly a burden removed from his shoulders.

PS: I read an article re. Australian policy on refugees and saw pictures later where they are “housed”. I still find it difficult to believe…but if there is some truth in it, I would also have voted for the Animal Trust Party and the Australian Sex Party.

skeezer Says:

Its a mind boggler to read some comments here from novak fans that they are “relieved” that he lost.
Nole wouldn’t have entered the tournament looking to lose. Its not him. This is arguably the most coveted Slam of all. This is what the Champions play for, and everyone from Australia to Serbia knew what all time record was in play.

“It’s disappointing, of course, losing at a Grand Slam hurts… There is no doubt about that,” said Djokovic.”-

Rewatched on youtube a condensed version of the match(no changeovers, just the points). Did not see any “injury” issue with Novak(maybe mental injury?), Sam’s BH held up well against Novak,
Nerves of steel with those serves against the greatest returner in the game, and Querrey just outsmacked him for the most part.

BBB Says:

I thought Querrey played well too. Someone yesterday was suggesting he didn’t. Novak was mentally out of it, IMO. Understandable, but still. And he commented after the FO that he needed to thank his family for putting up with him. I can see it being the cumulative strain of getting the career slam, and as a coincidence the grand slam was added in, which magnified the pressure exponentially.

As for Wog Boy’s posts getting moderated – Tennis-X, some consistency, please. If you’re going to put Wog Boy in the queue, then (if you haven’t already) please deal with posts describing another human being as ISIS. It’s beyond the pale.

skeezer Says:

It happens. Fed got outsmacked a few times too by big guys on their good days. Tsonga, Bird, Delpotro. When the big guys are hitting like that you just hang in there and hope and wait for a drop. All credit to Sam for he most part he didn’t falter. I thought for sure those rain delays would help Nole, but Sam held hmself and his game together no matter what.

Van Persie Says:

Skeezer, No Nole fan was glad, that Nole lost. Neither was Nole. But we are not very disapointed about that. The most Fans expected him to lose at Wimby at some point, but not so early. Novaks main goals for this year are: FO (he got it) and a Golden Medal in Rio.

Van Persie Says:

I am posting here since January this year and I remember well, the majority of Novak supporters was desperate for Nole to get the FO, and not all 4 GS from this year. Post for Skeezer :)

skeezer Says:

You read too much into my post. Read it again. I don’t think Nole “expected” to lose @ Wimby, nor his he “relieved” by the loss, that is not how a Champion plays the game. He was trying his best to get a calendar Slam and get another consecutive Slam. It just goes to show how difficult a calendar slam is and why so few have it. Has he accomplished enough? In sports, its never enough until you quit.

Van Persie Says:

I just said, no Novak is glad and hereby relieved that he lost. I have the feeling, that you and others are so disapointed, that we are noy very hurt, that he lost yesterday. He already achieved something that nobody did: 4 in a row, 3 different surfaces. Already amazing. Why should we suffer now? :)

Van Persie Says:

Correction: no Novak fan

skeezer Says:

“no Novak is glad and hereby relieved that he lost.”
LOL, whatever you say VP.

Van Persie Says:

And we hope now for career super slam from Novak ;) Would be awesome, if he would achieve it :)

skeezer Says:

Nice to know you represent(we) the entire Novak fan base on the planet and a seemingly direct telepathic power into Novaks brain.

Van Persie Says:

Zverev will lose today, I guess

Van Persie Says:

Well, Skeezer, I guess I know better then you, what most Novak fans think about Novak, but I will stop now the chat with you, there are some matches in progress ;)

skeezer Says:

Yes VP same here. Isner is in his usual Wimbledon marathon 5th set TB. This time with Tsonga lol..

Van Persie Says:

I guess Isner will win. He’s advantage in TB’s

Van Persie Says:


Markus Says:

Some fans of Djokovic are relieved and in some ways happy he lost. So, am I. Like them, I am so relieved that he lost his chance to win a true Grand Slam this year and maybe, ever. Whew! What a relief for his fans and me, too. Congratulations then for losing so early at Wimbledon. Cheers!

skeezer Says:


jane Says:

sigh, isner… he’s pretty much ensured that neither he nor tsonga will go further in the tournament. meanwhile delpo said he was tired and not used to back-to-back matches; well he’s hardly played in 2 years so i guess that’s not surprising.

meanwhile, nick played well. i watched the last 2 sets. 28 aces, 48 winners, 72% first serves. zverev, though, seems too green; he is losing to berd, down 2 sets.

Van Persie Says:

Well, was wrong with Isner hehe ;) happy for Jo
Hope I am also wrong with Zverev

Margot Says:

Hooray! Tsonga saves tennis! And why is Sue Barker drooling about the match? Why oh why?
Kath: never mind about Raonic, Nick looks a bit good at the mo. Andy’s gonna have his hands full alrighty. Thank goodness his ROS and back hand are a bit better than Lopez’s….a bit ;) Honestly that umpire deserves a slap tho., time warning to Nick at match point. Idiot.
jane: Zverev played a long match yesterday, thought he might be knackered, and, of course, “green” as you say.

jane Says:

margot i am happy for jo, too, but i think he’ll be spent? doesn’t he have to play tomorrow again!? so marathon, plus playing a few days in a row may do him in.

zverev up a break in the third margot, but not sure if he can come back from 2 sets down.

Margot Says:

I think so jane and don’t think he’s the fittest cookie in the jar at the best of times.
Hoping Zverev can come back, but, like you, doubt it.

J-Kath Says:


Great minds!! That is what I was thinking as I watched the match. I comforted myself by the thought that Nick is erratic – (and quickly dismissed my second thought that so is Andy). Its the erratic bit that’s worse with Nick – he seems to make up his mind simultaneous with a weird-wonderful never-seen-before shot. How do you figure that out?

elina Says:

Dr. Tsonga has successfully contained the Isner pox o tennis, a particularly virulent strain.

Allez Jo!!!

Daniel Says:

Sad DePo lost, thought he had a real shot at QF.

A lot lf French players doing fine, Tosnga and Gasquet will guarantee 1 in QF, Plus Mahut and Poulie can win also.

Zverev is killing my draw, Berdy double break up in fourth, He is reading Zverev serve and returning with relative easy. This could be a great break for Berdych to make semis, nect Vasely and than winner of Tomic x Poulie.

Daniel Says:

Djoko will regroup fine, once HC starts he will be almost unstoppable again, still my pick to defend his USO, a Slam he has a 9 yerar semis or better with 6 finasl. He others are much more vulnerable there than he is. Grass first qeek is trick, USO vert few can beat him in best of 5.

J-Kath Says:


Good to see your comment. He/she/it goes under “Marchand” on Grandstand…..same dangerous comments as on Tennis X.

J-Kath Says:

Jo plays Gasquet tomorrow. Shame.

Giles Says:

Still yapping Daniel? Lol

Margot Says:

Watching Vesely playing at the mo. He’s another one looking very dangerous. He moves awfully well for a giant and obviously has a giant’s serve but his ground strokes aren’t too dusty either. More than likely he gets through and then I’m expecting Berd to fall to him.

Tennis Lover Says:

So, demon monkey Djoker is gone…We underwent a long excruciating period of his trickery and awful gimmick at circus. I tell you what is this djoker guy is demon, sam has killed the demon to save tennis from the Apocalypse. Now, people who dare to compare him with Federer must know Federer is an Angel and Djokovic is a demon. A demon can not and will not out rank, out weigh and out power and angel. All hail Sam the demon hunter

Margot Says:

And Vesely goes through, be very scared Berdy.
@tennis lover
I’m assuming that’s an attempt at satire, because, if it isn’t, I am very scared FOR your sanity.

Van Persie Says:

Lol. Archangel Roger :)

Van Persie Says:

Well Markus, thanks for the congrats. Am now really happy, that Nole lost. Rogers fanbase reveals itself ;)

chrisford1 Says:

Markus – Like them, I am so relieved that he lost his chance to win a true Grand Slam this year and maybe, ever.

By the rules of tennis, 4 majors in a row is defined by the main rules and governance body, the ITF, as a Grand Slam. One sort is a non-calendar year Grand Slam, the other is a calendar year Slam. Both sorts have the same level of difficulty. And despite the claims of that “retarded” fan contingent, both are “true”, both are “real” records.
Like other pro sports, rules are such in tennis, that win streaks are not bounded by a ‘season’.

For the sake of illustration, Federer won 24 consecutive Finals reached until that ended with the arrival of ‘real’, ‘true” competition, in the form of Nadal in 2005. But should that streak be discredited and tossed out because those wins ‘failed’ to happen in a single season?
Roger also has a 41 match win streak – is it lessened because it was spread over two seasons while other win streaks of slight less magnitude happened to start in January and were done and bounded in 1 season??

chrisford1 Says:

From ATPwatcha on another blog – When the score comes up and Judy realizes her son doesn’t have to play Djokovic:


kjb Says:


Its not the same level of difficulty at all. In a calander year slam you have to adapt to all 4 court surfaces hard, clay, grass and hard. Steffi is the only person to do it and Laver and Budge played 3 grass and 1 clay. For Djokovic, he played back to back hard court slams. Although his feat is awesome and to can call it a grand slam as much as you want it is not as difficult as a calandar year slam due to 4 distinct surface changes.

kjb Says:


A calandar slam also wpuld be completed in a 9 month window. Djokoslam took 11.5.

emilia Says:



Tennis Lover Says:

Novak plays the game the way Lucifer tried to defy God…He is actually being a lucifer, I mean the father of all demon. His form of tennis represent that very lucidly. Meanwhile, Federer’s form of Tennis represents Godly work, it means obeying God, so he represent the Archangel Micheal, I don’t understand how the people compare lucifer with an archangel?? Lucifer got the beating from Sam…Who saved the tennis from the apocalypse

Temple Says:

As a Djokovic fan, I am indeed relieved by this result, no bull. Had not Querry put Djokovic out of his misery, Novak would struggle, perhaps until the final, where Andy would swallow him whole, him and his confidence.

The Calendar Year Slam may be a record, but it is not THE record. If Djokovic had got it, he ‘d possibly rest on his laurels and could even have gotten stuck to 14 GS forever.

I’d rather see ND winning US open plus 2+2+1 in the next three years and enjoy the look on the face of those who are ecstatic about him not completing the Calendar Year Slam farce.

Willow Says:

Sorry to Novak and fans, but no disgrace,hes still having the year of his life, i thought when he won the third set he would turn it around, and go on to win, he wasnt his usual self and the shoulder was bothering him,and WTF ? bad officating two calls clearly in, never the less i think Sam deserved the win, and Novak will take some time out to get ready for USO swing, and im sure he will bounce back, but for now congrats to Sam Querry, and an opening now on that side of the draw foe someone new, or Federer getting number 18, or Andy winning W for the second time, all wide open now for someone else for sure, have to say although Novaks won W 3 times, and hes still amazing on the surface though dont get me wrong, i think its his most vulnerable GS, i could never see him losing early at any of the other 3 GS, my two cents ….

Willow Says:

But i certainly dont buy the BS about him being glad that he lost, he certainly didnt look it, hes an amazing champion with a huge ego, as they all have, we have a saying here show me a good loser, and ill show you a loser, its not in his DNA ….

Willow Says:

What the hell are you talking about Tennis Lover ?, for gods sake, Novak is a tennis player, whos only crime was being the best in the world, and probably the best ever, for goodness sake give the guy a break, and show some respect ! ….

kjb Says:


Dont pay any attention to tennis lover. Like, baa, he just posts to try and get a rise out of people. A troll.

FedExpress Says:

if fed meets cilic in the quarters i fear that he will outhit like at the us open. comically cilic can do it one set vs nadal, nole and murray (more recetly at querns) but not over the full distance but vs fed he starts to goat. and he cant beat kei after the us open win

semis vs raonic will be too much. raonic is hungry for success after his teary out vs murray but he can hurt murray really. he needs more than a serve and billions of coaches to beat him.

murray in the final is a lock for me. dont know in the top draw. cilic or raonic

FedExpress Says:

noke achieved something unique (weak era or not). i applaud him for that. i know i call him a lucker but it is more heat of the moment stuff.

but fed and nadal have also unique moment. fed won from 04 to 07 10 out of 15 Grand slams.

nadals dominance on clay and french open also cannot be ignored

all three achieved something which the other hasnt done.

kjb Says:


Agree about Cilic. Its to bad Fed isnt playing how he was a year ago. He would definetely be abld to get his 18th now with Djoker out. But I think Cilic, kei, and Milos have a real chance to knock him out this year. And if he makes the final, Murray is playing great.

BBB Says:

fedexpress – I really appreciate your post and wish we saw more of them. Each is a striking champion and I’ve felt lucky to be able to watch them all.

BBB Says:

The Demon seems to have a H2H lead on the Angel. What does God have to say about that? Or he is a Satanist himself?

J-Kath Says:

To SEAN RANDALL and Tennis X et al.

Dear Sean

Would you please get in touch with me by my private email which you have. Please treat this request seriously re. what I indicated yesterday.

danica Says:

FedExpress @ 5.02 pm.
Great post.

Willow Says:

Disagree with what someone said above, as i dont necassarily think Novak is an automatic shoe to win the USO, the USO is the most open GS there is, and has not been dominated by any one particualar player in recent years, Rafa, Andy, Kie have all beaten Novak there, hes not dominated the USO the way he has the AO, he will still be the favorite there though ….

Giles Says:

And besides the USO crowd don’t particularly like him!

Willow Says:

Well thats neither here nor there really, hes won the title twice, the point is, he hasnt dominated the USO the same way as he has the AO ….

madmax Says:

Giles Says:
And besides the USO crowd don’t particularly like him!

July 4th, 2016 at 6:20 am

Giles, what on earth has that ever got to do with anything? Who cares who likes who on a tennis court. The crowd? They are there to watch.

I’m sure the players don’t give a monkey’s about whether they ‘like them’ or not. They must be so used to it by now.

I think there is plenty of support to go around.

Giles Says:

madmax. That’s where you’re wrong. Players don’t like getting booed on court, it distracts them. They’d much rather have the crowd support which makes life that much easier on court

Giles Says:

madmax. BTW have you ever watched a joker match in front of an alien crowd? Did you watch Madrid a few years ago with joker and Grigor? Alien crowd heckling joker and joker’s response to them with “SMD”?
If you Havnt watched it, I suggest you do. :)

Ahfi Says:

I remember saying after the US Open last year that Djokovic was playing so well but at the same time, I just did not believe he was going to win all 4 slams in 2016. The only problem I had then was that, I couldn’t picture the scenario under which he would lose a slam this year or who would be able to defeat him. Well, even though I stopped making that my problem long ago, I guess the scenario showed up without any more effort from me! Good luck to everybody who is hoping to carry the trophy in Djoker’s absence. There are quite a few happy campers! I reluctantly predict a brand new champion. My fav has too many errors going on at this time …what can I say?

Baa Says:

Nole won 4 straight slams & battled a resurgent Nadal.
The public likes to backstab Nole by
claiming that he failed miserably.
As if Querrey is nobody on grass.
It’s not his duty to impress the clowns that try so hard to
make him lose self respect & his best player status.
Fed doesn’t deserve a final berth because
the youngest (zverev, Kyrgios)
guys aren’t blind. They said they had much tougher early rounds
than him & Fed never needs to beat
several good or mature guys for many years.
After all, the “joke” nole’s the
most successful adult out of Fed’s “doormats”.

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