For me, the pick of the men's draw is Federer vs. Gasquet. This should be a cracking game. I think that although Gasquet is still quite young, he still has the potential on grass to push Federer all the way.
The pick of the women's draw would have to be Mirza vs. Dementieva. This game could provide a big upset with Dementieva seeded 7.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 18833 posts, RR: 64 Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days ago) and read 998 times:
Quoting Oli80 (Reply 2): Is the tv coverage better for Wimbledon than the French?
Not really. Same stupid franchise rules. Cable during the week, then 3-hour tape delay on NBC for the first weekend and the semi's, then the finals live. The theme music is better for Wimbledon though. Dah-duh-dah-dut-dut-dut-dah-duh-duh-dah-dut-dut-dut-dah, dut-dut-dut-dah!
Oli80 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 685 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 6 hours ago) and read 943 times:
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 6): Bah, rain delay. I woke up this morning to the Federer-Roddick 2005 final and thought WTF?
That's got to piss you off, waking up early to a re-run. Oh well, today should be good weather and play all day. I have court 1 tickets for tomorrow, so fingers crossed for sunny weather (which it should be according to BBC weather).
Gasguet isn't doing as well as I thought he would. I don't think he put up much resistance in the first set (mind you, I didn't see it). And Hingis is doing well, winning the first set 6-2 before being rained off.
Legoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3301 posts, RR: 44 Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 6 hours ago) and read 941 times:
Ahhhh dam the rain!!!
I spent an hour and a half cheering at the TV, hoping Andy Murray would win against David Nalbandian! I never noticed the big R in the top corner indicating it was a reply. DAMN!!!!
So after an hour and a half of cheering, Andy Murray was winning by two sets, then sue parker comes on the screen.....'Andy Murray won the first two sets, then fatigue came in to play and he lost the next three sets...that was a great match and of course everyone will reember that match for LAST YEAR'.
DAMN!!! What a waste of 2 hours of my life cheering at a reply! DOH!!
Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 9): ESPN2 just broke in to the Agassi match to carry the last game of the Henman match. Imagine, 5 sets in his first round, then has to play Federer next!
Sad to say that I missed the match. Was at work Does set up a good 2nd round fixture. I am a bit surprised that Gasguet didn't pose more of a threat to Federer. I had predicted this as one of the good round 1 matches. How wrong was I.
The Agassi game looks like it could turn into a long one! Come on Agassi!!
Oli80 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 685 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 881 times:
Wow! What a day yesterday. Turns out we had front row tickets for court 1 opposite the umpire's chair (so no impeded view either)!! Amazing seats!!! My pictures will follow later today maybe (at work now).
We saw the Sharapova game, Roddick game, the last part of the Ancic game and the Hingis game on court 1.
We also wondered around a bit and saw the end of the Ivanovic game, saw the first set of the Mirza vs. Dementieva game, saw Vaidisova finish off Bonderenko and at the end we also saw the last bit of the Santoro Berdych game (which almost resulted in a fight between the two!).
One of the highlights for the day was watching Agassi and Nadal warm up on adjacent courts in the practice court area. Nadal is much taller than I thought, maybe because he wasn't wearing those ridiculous shorts.
Actually, another highlight of the day was seeing Ana Ivanovic come off court, wearing white, hot and sweaty so her dress was quite, uhmmm, put it this way, I enjoyed the view!
Anyway, tried to sneak into the Henman Federer game but got busted, so didn't see any of that. Just wanted to taste the atmosphere.
The only downside to yesterday was that it was hot, didn't have much to eat and drank lots of beer and got home quite late. Up at 6.30 am to go to work and absolutely shattered! And I've got my own tennis tonight!!
Off to Wimbledon again on Saturday to watch the 3rd round games and some doubles. Just ground tickets on Saturday, but that is the beauty, all 3rd round matches played on one day (men and women) so lots of good games on the outer courts.
Oli80 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 685 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 872 times:
Quoting VHVXB (Reply 17): So who has impressed you so far through out the tournment
Federer has obviously done very well. Gasguet was in good form coming off the back of the Nottingham win, but Federer had no problems with him whatsoever. Henman (although not in good shape) was pushed aside with ease as well, and on Henmans beloved centre court too.
Seeing Sharapova yesterday made me think that she has to be in with a good chance. Smashnova isn't a bad player, but Sharapova just demolished her.
I don't think Roddick will do it this year. He looked very uncomfortable yesterday against Tipsarevic in the first set and struggled through the first 3.
Should be a great tournament though. And the weather (thank god!) looks like it will hold out.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 18833 posts, RR: 64 Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 863 times:
Quoting Oli80 (Reply 16): Wow! What a day yesterday. Turns out we had front row tickets for court 1 opposite the umpire's chair (so no impeded view either)!! Amazing seats!!! My pictures will follow later today maybe (at work now).
Wow is right. I wanna see those pix! Sounds like you had a great time.
Hey AeroWesty, sorry, but I haven't had time this evening.
I had my own tennis league tonight, which I kicked ass in!!
1st match was 6-2 6-2. In the second set, I was 3-2 up and the guy called 2 consecutive shots long. It was a joke because the white dust from the line popped up so we had to play both points again. Cheating Bastard! Anyway, I was enraged, and it worked a charm, because he only won 1 point in the remaining games.
Second match was against tougher opposition, but I really stepped up my game. 6-0 6-0. Played some of the best tennis this year with some amazing gets. I really wanted it more than he did.
Anyway, enough about me
The Nadal match today was great. Quite a comeback, but in all fairness, seeded at number 2, he should have done much better. Leaves for a very entertaining 3rd matchup between him and Agassi (which will be on Saturday). I wonder what court that match will be on. If I had money to bet, I would put it on Agassi. He appeared to be hitting the ball quite well the other day. nice and flat for the grass. Nadal, I think, hits with too much topspin for this surface, and more importantly, his game is seriously lacking net play.
Will try and post the pics tomorrow, if not, it will be Sunday. But will have double pics then (Wednesday and Saturday)!!
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 18833 posts, RR: 64 Reply 24, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 827 times:
Quoting Oli80 (Reply 23): I had my own tennis league tonight, which I kicked ass in!!
Heh, sounds like you did!
So did you get to see Nadal today? We got Agassi/Nadal on TV this morning, and Murray/Roddick this afternoon (something like 5 1/2 hours delayed). It was funny to hear them go on about England just having lost their WC match when I knew that result hours ago.
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25 AsstChiefMark: Here's a recording of Maria Sharapova getting spanked: LINK Oh baby, baby.... Mark [Edited 2006-07-02 02:50:49]
26 Legoguy: Well Murray today was brilliant. The game was thrilling the entire way through with Murray pulling some great shots out of the bag. Will be great to s
27 VHVXB: Yeah it was a good win by Murray knocking off the fomer Wimbledon champion Roddick in straight sets too. He has alredy had same big wins under his be
28 Legoguy: True but hopefully he will be back as a comentator. I was abitsad to see him going off for the last ever time! Venus Williams defeated...but...yea I
29 VHVXB: Yeah true she hasn't been in good form lately. Lets hope he wins his last grand slam would be a fitting end. So who does Murray meet in the next roun
30 Legoguy: Ive no idea, but whoever it is, Im with Murray 100% of the way!!!
31 VHVXB: Just checked the draw and Andy Murray plays Marcos Baghdatis this years Australian RU should be a good game. If he wins he either meets Hewitt or Dav
32 Gkirk: Aye, especially as he has said he doesn't like the English
33 VHVXB: Oh yeah thats right he his Scotish isn't he?
34 Oli80: Roddick hasn't won Wimbledon. The only slam he has won was the US open. Baghdatis looked quite good against Grosjean last night. Hit some great shots
35 AeroWesty: Thanks for all your reports from the courts. Different perspective than what comes across from the TV. Glad to hear you had another great day there!
36 Legoguy: Once I think about it, even though Im british...I tend to support Scotland more!! Although I was supporting England in the world cup and Button in th
37 AeroWesty: Except on very rare occasions, I can only think of one in recent years, the Middle Sunday is dark on the courts.
38 Aleksandar: Great report. Thanks! Now, you forgot to mention strawberries. Little Ana is getting better and better and she is a fighter always ready to risk. Hav
39 Oli80: I do like watching her play. I saw her play last year on the middle Saturday too, only then she was beaten by Mary Pierce. This year however, she loo
40 VHVXB: oh yeah thats right he was runner up twice before.
41 Aleksandar: It seems that Ana is not too impressed with Mauresmo, espcially after last year's Roland Garros when she won, but everything is possible. In case Ana
42 Alessandro: Aerowesty, isn´t the first Sunday, members day at Wimbledon? Nadal in the QF, I´m impressed of him.
43 Oli80: What a great days tennis yesterday. Here are the results for the men's competition: R STEP'EK Cz 14 bt F VERD'CO Sp 28 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-2 L HEW
44 Legoguy: He played so badly. I wonder where his performance disappeared to? Maybe next year! Not taking anything away from Baghdatis, he played quite well!
45 VHVXB: Baghdatis Hewitt match should be a good one. I'm hoping for a Hewitt Federer final I agree but the Sharapova Dementieva will be a good match but I thi
46 Oli80: Well, I guess it is no surprise that the 4 top seeds went through. WOMEN'S SINGLES RESULTS Quarter-final: M SHAR'VA Rus 4 bt E DEM'EVA Rus 7 6-1 6-4 J
47 AeroWesty: I'm not sure what you mean by Member's Day. I always thought the Middle Sunday was when they watered and groomed the courts for the following week. G
48 Mhodgson: Am I right in thinking that to win a match, a woman can play just two sets (obviously, subject to results), yet men must play 3?
49 AeroWesty: Correct. Best of 3 for the women, best of 5 for the men.
50 Oli80: But before you mention equal pay , the women have said that they will gladly play best of 5 if it means getting the same prize money as the men. It's
51 Mhodgson: Thats actually exactly what I was thinking Fair enough if they actualy choose to play best of five, though.