Djokovic Drops A Set At Wimbledon, Anderson Fizzles; Federer, Nadal On Centre Sat.
by Staff | July 5th, 2019, 7:11 pm
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Novak Djokovic joined rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in also dropping a set at Wimbledon. The defending champion still managed to get through 22-year-old Hubert Hurkacz 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4.

Hurkacz, who lost to Djokovic at the French, began to find his form late in the second, diving and giving it his all out there on Court 1, and it paid off. But Djokovic quickly broke in the third and cruised to his 10th straight Wimbledon match win.

“Credit to Hurkacz for playing well. He pushed me. He served well. He attacked the ball mid-court. He gave it all and played a great quality match,” Djokovic said. “I should have capitalized on my opportunities also in the second set. I wasn’t really on top of his second serve. I was a bit hesitant in the play, which wasn’t the case in the first two matches.

“But I think third set was great. Fourth set, as well, very solid. I’m really pleased with the way I finished the match.”

Djokovic will now meet 21-year-old Ugo Humbert who beat 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in a mild upset. Playing his first Wimbledon like his opponent, Umbert dominated the Canadian’s second serve and overcame a 5-2 second set hole.

“Pressure got to me, and… it got to a point where it was a bit embarrassing,” Auger-Aliassime said. “It was just tough. I just wasn’t finding ways. I think he just did what he had to do. It was solid.”

One Canadian did get through. Former finalist Milos Raonic rode his powerful serve to squash the hopes of American big man Reilly Opelka 7-6(1), 6-2, 6-1.

Raonic will now get Guido Pella who scored the stunner of the day beating up 2018 finalist and 4th-seeded Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(4) to make his first Slam fourth round.

“Without a doubt playing a lot of matches and being match tough, having a lot of confidence in that process, is very valuable,” Anderson said. “I haven’t had that right now.

“I’m sure that fact is in somewhere along the line. I thought today, even though I haven’t played , he was really a tough opponent. Obviously a tough grass season, but definitely some positives being back onto the match court, being able to play two tournaments, getting in a few more matches. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep progressing, find more momentum heading into the hard-court swing in the States.”

Benoit Paire advanced over Jiri Vesely and he’ll meet Roberto Bautista Agut who was a winner over Karen Khachanov.

Fernando Verdasco is back in Wimbledon week 2 in six years after rolling past the Italian Thomas Fabbiano. He’ll meet David Goffin who recovered from 4-1 down in the fifth to hand to keep Daniil Medvedev winless in five set matches.

“It was an amazing feeling,” said Goffin. “But I felt that I was a little bit the better player during the whole match. If you see all the rallies and how I felt during the match, I was feeling good and during the rallies I was a little bit more aggressive.

“But you never know with a player like Daniil, who sometimes is aggressive in just a few points, and then he serves, and then few aces, could be 4-1 like in the fifth. But I felt like I had the game and the shots to come back. Physically I was feeling great, as well.”

On tap Saturday, Roger Federer and Rafael return to face French opposition. Federer meets Australian Open semifinalist Lucas Pouille while Nadal gets rival Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Kei Nishikori also meets American Steve Johnson and Matteo Berrettini battles Diego Schwartzman in a all-seeded affair.

SATURDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:00 START
Ashleigh Barty (AUS) [1] vs Harriet Dart (GBR)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Rafael Nadal (ESP) [3]
Lucas Pouille (FRA) [27] vs Roger Federer (SUI) [2]

No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:00 START
Serena Williams (USA) [11] vs Julia Goerges (GER) [18]
Sloane Stephens (USA) [9] vs Johanna Konta (GBR) [19]
Joao Sousa (POR) vs Daniel Evans (GBR)


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81 Comments for Djokovic Drops A Set At Wimbledon, Anderson Fizzles; Federer, Nadal On Centre Sat.

Wog Boy Says:

Anderson should’ve never been seeded #4, Wimbledon seeding system is faulty, his quarter of the draw and consequently that half of the draw is ruined because of his seeding.
Rafa and Nole were right.


Ronn Says:

Wog Boy, I’m not buying it. Djoko always rises to the occasion when he plays Rafa or Roger so Rafa being “battle-hardened” will have nothing to do with the results barring ant major upset, Djoko will be well rested if he makes the final and it is Rafa who should be worried. Just remember last year when Rafa made it to the semis white hot while Djoko was still finding his footing and Djoko still found a way. If they do meet in the final, the result won’t be as close as it was last year and Djoko will win. And Rafa making the finals is no guarantee. He still has some tough matches ahead and although I give him a slight advantage if he meets Roger in the semis, a sure win is no guarantee. Let’s just see how it goes. We all know Djoko ups his game in the second week so Djoko should be in top form if he can avoid an upset.


Wog Boy Says:

Ok Ronn, I stand corrected. I like when VP or you disagree with me, that’s mean that I am most likely wrong, not that I am right often anyway.

There is one thing that I disagree though, I think that 37 years old doesn’t stand a chance against Rafa if they are to meet, unless they close the roof. Watching matches on central court this year it looks to me that court is slower than before, the grass looks like my buffalo grass mowed on 6, nice and cushy. By the time SF comes it will be even slower with higher bounce, first week bounce is lower.


j-kath Says:

Idle piece of info. that caught my attention.

Fabio Fognini has an interesting opponent today – at least his name is interesting TENNYS SANDGREN – even the last name almost translates into tennis surfaces. His South African mother met his USA father at a Jo’burg tennis club. She schooled Tennys at home giving more attention to his tennis than academic subjects.


Daniel Says:

Nishikori already in R16
Foggy out
Querrery quietly making his move winning in straights, could be a real test for Nadal in QF if he serve is clickin.
Schwartz takes 1st set vc Berretini
Kuku 2 sets up vs Struff.

If this hold, Fed’s path more easy, will have Schwartz in R16 and Kei or Kuku QF.

Tsonga clearly slowly compared to what he once was. Only chance is to make his serve and maybe steal 1 tiebreak, and that is the best he can do.

Looks like Fedal is inevitable unless Querrey makes the upset.


Daniel Says:

Awful match by Tsonga, Nadal even outacing him 10-8 with his poor return. Nothing works other than a few great drop volleys vintage Tsonga. Other than that, clueless on court and Nadal will win without even facing a 40-40 game on his own serve.


Daniel Says:

Nadal is not missing the court today


Daniel Says:

Nadal not missing the court today, going for the lines and everything working. One of those days he is in the zone.


Daniel Says:

Federer backhand not clicking today, had 3 30-30 on Pouille games and missed backhands next points


Daniel Says:

Backhand is awful: Netting, shanking.

Back of the court already spent and deep balls close to middle baseline uneven kicks


Madmax Says:

Wog Boy Says:
Ok Ronn, I stand corrected. I like when VP or you disagree with me, that’s mean that I am most likely wrong, not that I am right often anyway.

Agreed Wog Boy. Not often, but you try to show some gentlemanly qualities sometimes.

The seeding at Wimbledon has always been an issue and is unlikely to change anytime soon.
We have to accept this is Wimbledon. It is world class tournament, everyone who knows anything about tennis respects the rules and unfortunately for some, people will always moan about this – just accept.


Madmax Says:

Daniel,

I agree. He seems slow to me. I feel a little uneasy about this, he seems grumpy today. Hopefully he will get into his rhythm, still early days, but Pouille is certainly holding fast.

It is unfortunate he is approaching the match, with what seems to be an awkward game.

Rusty.


Madmax Says:

Confidence is the key. Isn’t that the case to everything though Daniel. Wimbledon is no different. That backhand is not working today, that is for sure.


Madmax Says:

Daniel Says:
Backhand is awful: Netting, shanking.

Back of the court already spent and deep balls close to middle baseline uneven kicks

July 6th, 2019 at 12:07 pm

I wish he could hear you Daniel.


Madmax Says:

Poetry in motion with some of these shots, just needs the consistency now Daniel.

Come on!


Madmax Says:

Argh…some of these shots.

Grrr..is it complacency?


Daniel Says:

Pouille returning all Fed’s serve. 40-0 game and even had to save BP.


Madmax Says:

Crap decisions by Fed right now. Not going his way. Another break point.


Madmax Says:

Daniel,

He is playing, and sailing too close to the wind right now.

Come on now! Let’s come on now Fed!


Daniel Says:

At least he held Madmax, minimum tiebreak. But I am worried about his serve. Not winning a lot of free points. Just 1 ace


Dave Says:

Poulle has played well. But his second serve return has been absolutely terrible. Has he made one? His first serve return has been great. So strange against Federer.


Madmax Says:

Daniel and Dave,

Fed is making some crazy decisions. There is no need for him to chip, as you say, just hit the ball on the return and get it in between the lines. No need for fancy shot making, certainly not at this point.

I hate these ‘Perhaps he’s…’

Those last two shots were pretty awesome, but I feel consistency is necessary D&D.

Come on now. 2 set points.

Can he do it?


Madmax Says:

1 set point gone.

Come on. 1 more.


Madmax Says:

To me,

Fed was lucky guys. I was not impressed with the way he played during that first set. Am I being too harsh?

For me, he has to do this in straights, otherwise Pouille is gonna cause a whole lot of trouble.


Madmax Says:

Daniel Says:
At least he held Madmax, minimum tiebreak. But I am worried about his serve. Not winning a lot of free points. Just 1 ace

July 6th, 2019 at 12:26 pm

May be he skipped a practice this morning? HE NEEDS TO PRACTISE HIS SERVE. WITHOUT DOUBT.


Truth Says:

Fraud thinks it’s 2014. Not anymore.


jatin Says:

Fed in full flow now. Some sick shot making in this set already.


jatin Says:

Its VINTAGE fed right now on court.


Daniel Says:

Running away with the match now, 4-0 30-30 serve


jatin Says:

Poullie is very solid today. Surprisingly Schwartzman is winning against Berrettini.


Daniel Says:

Fed will need to find another gear next week and serve better if he is to beat Nadal and Djoko back to back. They won’t give him this many 2nd serves misses as Pouille did today.

Berretin forces a fifth and Kuku having MP versus Struff


jatin Says:

Don’t worry Daniel. He will find that extra gear.


Madmax Says:

Thanks Daniel. Jatin, for the comments. I have to say, the match – whilst some sublime shotmaking by Federer – he has not made it easy to watch. He should be finding his groove by now, and either way, I want to hear what he says in interview because right now, this match is not over, not by a long shot. He needs to secure this second set and then really, go up a gear to win the match. I think he has been far too laid back and if this match is a wake up call for him, then so be it. However, the top players will smash him if he plays like this. on an inconsistent basis. He will not be allowed to get away with it.

He has seemed ‘limp’ at certain points of the match. Disappointing in some points and majestic in others. He cannot be this inconsistent Daniel, Jatin.


jatin Says:

Yes Madmax, He has been inconsistent at times especially in his BH returns today but poullie played really well in the 1st set as well. He is a very solid baseline player.
I kind of enjoy these tough fed matches because you get to see the problem solving abilities of fed a lot more. Like how he solve it today by chipping his backhand returns instead of top spin which changed the match completely.
I remember last year fed crusing through the 1st 4 rounds and then lost to Anderson. His hand was injured at that time though but these early tests are always good. He will raise his level with the opponent’s. He almost always does that at Wimbledon. So Relax and Enjoy the ride ;)


Madmax Says:

Jatin,

I hear you. Everything you have written is the case, the truth and absolutely right.
Just wondering with the draw…it looks tough from hereonin. Is Fed playing Nadal in the SF and Dj in the final? —-that’s if they both go through to the SF? If so, this is going to be an awesome meeting.


jatin Says:

Yes Madmax, quite tough. Beretinni next who is playing solid grass court tennis this year, then potentially Nishikori.
Lets see if we get Fedal this time. Querry won’t be easy for Rafa in the quaters.


Madmax Says:

This is not an easy match Jatin. Feels uneasy. So he is going to have to kill this now, otherwise it will be a fifth set.


jatin Says:

Poullie playing amazing tennis this set again. Not giving up at all.


jatin Says:

Lets see if he can get a break here


Madmax Says:

Yep. Fed is grumpy. When he gets grumpy, his emotions take over and he plays to lose.

Let’s see if he can get this set Jatin. He’s got to control his emotions though. Been here before.


Madmax Says:

He does not make it easy for himself Jatin.

Stay the course Fed. Come on!


Madmax Says:

Aggressive shot by Fed. It was needed Jatin. He is grabbing these shots from way down deep.


Madmax Says:

He’s gpt to break Jatin!


Madmax Says:

Come on Fed. Come on. It’s wide. Match point.

Come on! Screaming in his ear! COME ON!!!


Madmax Says:

Crazy. Crazy.

Just play the point Fed. Play it!


Madmax Says:

No pressure eh Jatin. :-)


jatin Says:

He has got the mini break


Daniel Says:

4-1 Tiebreak, 1 more mini break as insurance in next 2 points


Madmax Says:

Hungry bear again guys.


Daniel Says:

Wrong side, should went BH DTL, inside court, couldn’t miss this shot to go up 5-1


jatin Says:

Fed at his usual business in the tiebreaker madmax.


Madmax Says:

Keep calm Fed and cool.

Pouille is playing way too good.


Daniel Says:

5-3, 1 more good serve.


Madmax Says:

Either way guys, either way.


Daniel Says:

Yeah, triple MP. Return on court.


Daniel Says:

He is threw.
Berretini next who is playing really well on grass.

But he has to improve his serve, 54% of first serves won and just 6 aces for Federer in 3 sets with 2 long sets is way to low. Even Nadal had 10 aces today in 12 service games.

Hope he saves best for last. On paper he should be heavy favorite against Berretin and Kei/Kukusyn in QF.

Nadal will have it a bye next round and than Querrey can be a real threat.

But seems like Fedal is almost inevitable now.


Madmax Says:

Jatin, Daniel. I want to talk about this match. It was a match that I felt Federer could have lost, and I don’t say that on a matter of probabilities. He just seemed inconsistent to me. From start to finish.

This was a relief watching this match. He is certainly going to have to go back to the drawing board, as the score did not really do Pouille justice.


Giles Says:

ROFL. You fedfans really crack me up. #cakewalk


Madmax Says:

and you know guys, I thought perhaps he was not fully into it, that perhaps for a moment, he might have taken his eye of the ball, there were no audible ‘come on’s! Roger’s trademark, and then, we heard it, and then I knew he still wanted to win, that badly, the emotion was raw and he was back on track. No doubt, he will revisit this match because he has a lot to improve on.

What do you think?


Madmax Says:

Jatin, Daniel, I am surprised Giles is not around to bleat and moan and whinge – it is unusual for them to be so quiet – don’t you think? Probably sticking pins in Nic.


Madmax Says:

Good luck to Murray.

J-Kath and Margot if you are around, good luck and really hope that Murray is on the up and up. He played brilliantly today and that gives some hope for a return to the singles mens match. Hopefully, next year.

Some incredible shot making by Murray.


jatin Says:

I think the 1st set could have gone either way as Poullie had 2 break point opportunities there. So Fed did well to hung in there. He wasn’t very solid off the return in that set either.
But apart from that, I think he played super solid. His forehand especially was firing. He even hit a lot of running forehands coming forward which used to be his trademark at this prime. So I really enjoyed his level in the last 2 sets.
And as Daniel said, He could improve on the 1st serve department.


Daniel Says:

Indeed Madmax, He seems a bit casual. Alternating brilliance with some awful misses. But overall was still solid, broke to close 1st and 2nd set and was intense tiebreak.

But against tuff opponent who would return everything and make him hit an extra shot (Nadal and DJoko) he would lose in straights with todays form.

Maybe is part of him conserving energy. I believe ext week Monday he will be more ON since the get go. He knows what is at stake and he had 2 good matches ahead, with no Raonic/Anderosn like danger as last 2 times he lost.


skeezer Says:

No forget eh Nadal still has Querrey to deal with first hehe…


Dave Says:

Nadal played the best of the big 3 in 3rd round matches for sure. Fed needs to get his backhand return dialed in. It was horrendous today. Nishikori’s Coaches had a game plan this major to make sure he is more efficient so he actually has energy in the second week. Sure enough, he hasn’t dropped a set. I might be wrong, but if he is at 100% he has and could take Federer to 5 sets in the QF’s. Nadal is on a 15 match winning streak and is full of confidence right now. Bautista Agut is I think on a 3 match winning streak against Djokovic and is possibly getting in his head a bit. I could see him taking Djokovic to a long 5 set match. Seedings to me aren’t that important. It’s all about who is playing well right now. Like Skeezer just said, Nadal still has to deal with Querrey. And even though he isn’t seeded, is a lot more dangerous at Wimbledon than a lot of the seeded players this year.


skeezer Says:

Djoker, quite possibly, will not face a seeded player until the semi finals.Nadal, even worse, will not face any seeded players until the finals, guaranteed, Meanwhile, Fed started facing seeds since the third round, and will be facing seeded players from now all the way through (Nish will get by KuKu).
Who has the cakewalk?


j-kath Says:

Madmax: Thanks for your good wishes re. Andy…still has an eye in and doesn’t seem to have any pain – so maybe we’ll see him gingerly try singles as long as they are not 5-setters. PS: I suggested you ask Kimberley re. Margot.

Skeezer: Nishikori – he really is 2nd class these days. He will not trouble Fed. PS: I noticed Fed. initially plays as fast as he can but then slows down…Poulie always seemed to be on the edge i.e. having skills to work his way thru but seemed to be sticking to a plan that failed.

Nadal will beat Querrey.
Novak will squeeze by….
I think either one of these two will win.


Wog Boy Says:

I can see that Nole is playing second match in a row on court 1, court that doesn’t bring nice memories to him, court that he usually struggles on and plays different to central court.


Wog Boy Says:

^^
At least he is not treated as bad as another world #1, it is so disrespectful what are they doing to Barty, she is playing on Monday second time, not on court #1, but court #2 .
She managed to play only one match on central court in the first 4 rounds.


skeezer Says:

It takes a player to beat another player, not a court.
JK,
Was only responding to a Nadal fan here who continually thinks a certain player has a cakewalk. I am more inclined to agree with Dave, whereas a player like Querry, who is in form, successful on grass, unseeded, can be a bigger threat than a seeded player. Its about matchups too, as Dave is worried about Agut, and rightfully so as he has given Djoker fits.
Overall Imo the draw has opened up pretty good for the top 3, am sure they are ok with it and could have been alot worse.


Andy Mira Says:

Hahahaha…Thank u so much for your believe in Rafa JK!!….Love u!!…Wooohooo!!

I bet,Skeezer must be reallyyyyyy pi#$ed/jealous even more at Rafa after read yor prediction!…Hehehe
Expect more vicious jibe will be thrown at Rafa after this!…


Wog Boy Says:

“It takes a player to beat another player, not a court.”

Hmm, interesting observation, I wonder why certain one openly requested to play only on RL Arena and only night matches, his request was granted by sleezy Craig Tiley, except one day match (still on RL Arena) on the nice and cold day. Year after year.


skeezer Says:

Whatever WB. Bottom line is Fed is not afraid to play in any condition(heat wind) nor surface, including blue clay. Can’t say that for the congested one.
AM,
Just the facts Mam. Tsonga is a ghost of himself still. Obvious. To Rafa’s credit he is playing really well, and appreciate he is hugging the BS more on grass. Good results should follow until someone can push him back.


Andy Mira Says:

Skeeze…U implied that Rafa’s draw is ‘meh’…and Roger’s draw is tough…that!..i don’t agree!…

Just bcoz they’re unseeded players that doesn’t mean they’re an easy oppponents @ not dangerous Skeeze….I bet no one likes to be drawn against Nicky ..and i bet,they’re all very relief to see he landed in Rafa’s section…even Fed…

Querry like u said is a grass court specialist & always dangerous on grass…i think u still remember he took out both Novak & Andy in the past too…When i see Thiem has to face him in the 1st rd,i was not hesitate at all to pick him instead of Thiem in my Bracket…

And Cilic too…he always can pose a danger on any surface with his big hitting/serve..and he was supposed to meet Rafa in R4..tho i am very surprised he lost this early!

And Tsonga,even tho he still not in fine form after coming back from injury,i don’t think we can rate him as less dangerous coz he’s an ex Top Tenner..he will always be a good/dangerous player esp on grass/hard with his huge serve…tho yesterday,maybe he was having one of those days when everythings not going his way…or simply too overwhelmed by super confident Rafa..donno…

But u just can’t say Rafa’s draw is easy Skeeze…They’re not…okay?It’s just that Rafa handled them brilliantly so far…and insyaallah will keep doing so until he meet with Fed,and i think he has a chance..insyaallah!…

Vamos Rafa!!…Love u!!


Dave Says:

It seems like Court 1 does cause problems for top players sometimes. Federer lost to Anderson. Djokovic lost to Querrey. I don’t want to be confrontational or anything. But I firmly believe that the outcomes would have been different had those matches been on center court. If Evans had won, I thought for sure it would be Nadal and Federer on Center court on Monday. As soon as Sousa won, I thought it would be 50% chance of Djokovic or Nadal because both opponents are so so and nothing more at this point. Tsonga was awful today, even for his comeback standards. He was terrible really. He just didn’t seem ready to fight today. Where Pouille never gave up the whole match. Pouille’s decision making at times really wasn’t good. Going for backhand down the lines and pulling the trigger way to early in rallies when he wasn’t even being threatened in the rally on some big points. I wasn’t that impressed with Federer today to be honest. His backhand absolutely needs to be better off the return and in general if he hopes to win Wimbledon.


j-kath Says:

To some degree, we’re all agreed. I am personally chuffed that all 3 of the “big” boys are thru to 2nd week.


Madmax Says:

j-kath,

I hear you – I agree – there is a certain calmness knowing that Fed, Rafa and Novak are through.

Nadal said of his previous match:

“I didn’t face a break point,” a proud Nadal said afterwards. “That’s because my serve worked well. I have been playing aggressive, with not many mistakes and being very precise. I did a lot of things well. That’s why the numbers are positive.”

who could argue with this description of his game? I have been more than impressed with Rafa this tournament, he is totally switched on and focused – I knew that his anger and passion inside he would push Nic aside and after his pathetically jealous news conference about Rafa, Nic should be taken aside and told a few home truths. He is such a baby.

Daniel, turning to your comments:

Daniel Says:
Indeed Madmax, He seems a bit casual. Alternating brilliance with some awful misses. But overall was still solid, broke to close 1st and 2nd set and was intense tiebreak.

But against tuff opponent who would return everything and make him hit an extra shot (Nadal and DJoko) he would lose in straights with todays form.

Maybe is part of him conserving energy. I believe ext week Monday he will be more ON since the get go. He knows what is at stake and he had 2 good matches ahead, with no Raonic/Anderosn like danger as last 2 times he lost.

July 6th, 2019 at 2:17 pm

I really hope that you are right. I read Rafa’s comments about his own game, and can really hear his passion through his words. Fed, right now, way to casual and so I am hoping Daniel, that your ‘conservation of energy’ plan is exactly his game plan for now. He was though swinging horribly I thought against Pouille. No matter the magnificent shots here and there throughout his match, he was not consistent and he put himself in danger in my view. I thought at one point that Pouille would steal the fourth set and then what?

Thankfully, Federer woke up. If he plays like this again, he will not be so lucky, especially against Berrettini – and as for Rafa, he is the one to beat right now.

Novak, I think has not been ‘battle tested’ yet.

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