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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20784 posts, RR: 62
Posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2235 times:

The fortnight starts off with a stunner. Darcis of Belgium knocks out Nadal in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4.


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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10253 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2225 times:
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Wow......

In other news, Federer wins his first-round match in 68 minutes.



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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7670 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2217 times:

shocked, totally shocked at that, ah well it makes it slightly easier for Fed to win another title.

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20784 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

Chris Evert commented on ESPN that the two weeks between the French and Wimbledon isn't enough, especially for the top players. She said next year's schedule gives them a three-week break, where the players will have more time to transition from the clay court to grass. Makes some sense.


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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10253 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2207 times:
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Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 3):
Chris Evert commented on ESPN that the two weeks between the French and Wimbledon isn't enough

Has it always been two weeks? I was actually very surprised to see that Wimbledon had started, so soon after Roland Garros ended. I knew they were close together, but I didn't think quite this close.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20784 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2204 times:

It's just the luck of the calendar. The French begins on the last Sunday of May, Wimbledon begins on the last Monday of June.

[Edited 2013-06-24 11:31:51]


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User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days ago) and read 2177 times:

If Hewitt/Isner match-up in the third round, hopefully whoever wins that can make it to the quarterfinals against Federer. That would be a good match to watch. Mahut/Murray in the third round could also be interesting.


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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10253 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2143 times:
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I felt this way last year as well, but geez, I'm not sure there's a more boring commentator than Boris Becker.

Too bad, cause I used to love watching him play when I was young.



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10253 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2138 times:
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Quoting AeroWesty (Thread starter):
The fortnight starts off with a stunner. Darcis of Belgium knocks out Nadal in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Just watched a replay of most of that match. Unbelievable - not often you see someone out-Nadal Nadal.



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User currently onlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2208 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2130 times:

I think Murray has the best shot to win the Gentlemen's Title. He won the Olympics at Wimbledon and beat Federer to do it. He is also the reigning US Open champ, so he has the ability and now he knows it. Federer is old in tennis years, which are worse than dog years. He also can get very whiny very quickly. While the grass lifts his game, his back is shaky and he no longer has the advantage of winning the first three games during the warm-up that he used to. As for Djokovic, apart from 2011 when he was able to disconnect from reality and play lights-out tennis for about 8 months, he can go on walkabout faster than just about any great player I've ever seen since McEnroe. I also get the feeling that he needs to play lights out tennis in order to win, with not a lot of thought or point construction. The other top guys do a better job saving their top gear for when they really need it. He's also a bit of a drama queen and if he plays Murray in the final the crowd will be squarely in the other guy's corner, which visibly irks him.

The women's tournament is Serena's to lose. Not much more to say. Barring an injury (based on her history it's not too far away), she has to have a really bad day--that's also coming, just not before August--and Sharapova or Azarenka have to have an awesome day. Sharapova didn't do herself any favors taking a jab at Serena in the press conference. Serena already has a massive chip on her shoulder and she holds grudges. About Azarenka, the fake tears she shed this morning was a rather sickening display. And I couldn't help but notice the number of slice backhands she hit, screeching while hitting a ball with next to nothing pace.

Quoting AeroWesty (Thread starter):
The fortnight starts off with a stunner. Darcis of Belgium knocks out Nadal in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4.

He wasn't moving well, that was obvious. But he was also blitzed off the court. Not much he could do about it.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 2):
shocked, totally shocked at that, ah well it makes it slightly easier for Fed to win another title.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say unless Murray and Djokovic both lose early that's not going to happen.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 2):
Chris Evert commented on ESPN that the two weeks between the French and Wimbledon isn't enough, especially for the top players. She said next year's schedule gives them a three-week break, where the players will have more time to transition from the clay court to grass. Makes some sense.

Didn't seem to hurt her too much. The seven-time Roland Garros champion only once lost before the semi finals of Wimbledon, which she won three times with a game completely ill-suited to grass (and would've won more had it not been for a gal named Martina), won them both in the same year at least once, and six times played both finals in the same year.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 4):
Has it always been two weeks? I was actually very surprised to see that Wimbledon had started, so soon after Roland Garros ended. I knew they were close together, but I didn't think quite this close.

Yup. And for about thirty years the collective "they" have been squawking about it. The two-week break doesn't seem to hamper the best of the best. The greatest of the greats (barring Pete Sampras, who was never going to play well on the clay) have either won them back to back or performed well at both events, and the ones who complain are usually ones who haven't performed well at one or the other. Nadal (twice), Federer, Borg (thrice), Laver, Edberg played both finals back to back in '89 winning one, Agassi (1999 won Roland Garros and was runner up at Wimbledon), Lendl, Graf four times won them back to back, and more than once won one and played the finals at the other, Serena, Evert, Navratilova, Sanchez-Vicario, Seles, Hingis, Margaret Court, and the list goes on. This is, IMHO, a talking point, and nothing more. A week of extra practice isn't going to make that much of a difference--the top players will still perform like the top players. Agassi, the 1992 champ said more than once said he avoided extra practice on the grass because it screwed up his swing. It makes the game great to have such a challenge. And the fact that so many of the greats have done it means that it's not such a problem.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 7):
I felt this way last year as well, but geez, I'm not sure there's a more boring commentator than Boris Becker.

I get the feeling when I hear Boris Becker speak that he is translating German to English in his head word-for-word, and a lot of his personality gets lost in the process.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 7):
Too bad, cause I used to love watching him play when I was young.

I was more of an Edberg fan myself. Nobody has ever volleyed better.

[Edited 2013-06-24 22:16:37]

User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10253 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days ago) and read 2077 times:
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Quoting luckyone (Reply 9):
I get the feeling when I hear Boris Becker speak that he is translating German to English in his head word-for-word, and a lot of his personality gets lost in the process.

His personality, and anything actually useful or interesting to hear.  
Quoting luckyone (Reply 9):
I was more of an Edberg fan myself. Nobody has ever volleyed better.

I miss volleyers. Was always a big Pete Sampras fan growing up. Was quite happy to see Darcis doing some volleying against Nadal.

I watched the replay of most of Federer's match last night too. He looked like classic Federer again (of course, he didn't have much of a challenge, but anyway...).



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User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3401 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Thread starter):
The fortnight starts off with a stunner. Darcis of Belgium knocks out Nadal in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4.

I have to wonder about the health of Nadal considering he was out for a good portion of last year. Even though he won the French which was expected because he is the undisputed kind of clay he did have to fight it out against Djokovic in the semis to a 9-7 fifth set win. Obviously with this result he hasn't recovered from the French open.



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10253 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2051 times:
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Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 11):
Obviously with this result he hasn't recovered from the French open.

He wouldn't say anything about it in the post-match interview, but his knee looked less-than-100% as the match went on. He grabbed it a couple times, and wasn't hitting many topspin backhands (or was running around them to hit a forehand....more than usual).

Nevertheless, Darcis played a hell of a match to beat him.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20784 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2009 times:

Sharapova goes down in the second round! Larcher de Brito wins in two sets.


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User currently onlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2208 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 13):
Sharapova goes down in the second round! Larcher de Brito wins in two sets.

And I thought the Sharapova-Azarenka matches were the peak of loud. This one must've been ear-splitting.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20784 posts, RR: 62
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1996 times:

A total of 7 players have withdrawn from competition today, including Nadal-beater Steve Darcis.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/tennis...-2013-injuries-mount-seven-1999585



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10253 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1994 times:
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Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 15):
including Nadal-beater Steve Darcis.

That's a shame. Was looking forward to seeing what he would do.

Man, incredible injury retirement list: Isner, Tsonga, Azarenka, Darcis, Cilic....



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20784 posts, RR: 62
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1986 times:

Jeez, if Federer goes down today, that would make it 7 voluntary withdrawals plus Sharapova and Federer beaten. He's down 2 sets to 1 against Stakhovsky of Ukraine, and looked like he was starting to falter at 5-5 in the third.


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20784 posts, RR: 62
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1984 times:

Federer out in the second round!


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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7670 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1981 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 17):
Jeez, if Federer goes down today, that would make it 7 voluntary withdrawals plus Sharapova and Federer beaten. He's down 2 sets to 1 against Stakhovsky of Ukraine, and looked like he was starting to falter at 5-5 in the third.

Bugger he's gone. Unfortunately for Fed it's really starting to look like age has caught up with him.


User currently onlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3344 posts, RR: 45
Reply 20, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days ago) and read 1979 times:

Weirdest day of tennis in a Grand Slam ever?

Cheers,
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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20784 posts, RR: 62
Reply 21, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days ago) and read 1977 times:

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 20):
Weirdest day of tennis in a Grand Slam ever?

Overall damage-wise yup, but we still haven't seen another day like Chang v. Lendl at Paris.



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User currently onlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3344 posts, RR: 45
Reply 22, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1965 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 21):

Very true.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20784 posts, RR: 62
Reply 23, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1954 times:

ESPN has completed a good hour of commentators with that deer-in-the-headlights look. But not once did the attention turn to which player is positioned best to win the tournament after today's carnage, it was more like a wake.

This very well may be Murray's year as mentioned earlier, finally a Brit winning Wimbledon again.

I didn't realize how much was riding on this year for Federer record-wise. He's tied with Sampras for most victories at seven, and with Borg for the most consecutive victories at five. He could have been title-holder of both of these alone for a significant number of years if he'd won this year.



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User currently onlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2208 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 23):
He's tied with Sampras for most victories at seven, and with Borg for the most consecutive victories at five. He could have been title-holder of both of these alone for a significant number of years if he'd won this year.

The Fed lost his streak at five (2003-2007) when he lost to Rafa in the '08 final.


25 AeroWesty : You're right, I didn't even think about that that didn't make sense. I must have mushed it all together in my mind while listening to and reading all
26 mke717spotter : Now coupled with Nadal's loss, one of the following players will make it to the semi-finals: Łukasz Kubot, Benoît Paire, Adrian Mannarino, Dustin B
27 AeroWesty : Murray easily takes out Robredo in straight sets in the third round. If he keeps playing this well, I think it's certain we'll see Murray in the final
28 luckyone : Del Potro is flying low under the radar, but he has yet to lose a set as of today. He could make some surprises if he hasn't hurt his knee. Serena loo
29 luckyone : Serena Williams just went down to Sabine Lisicki in three. Serena was 3-love in the third, but she was outserved the entire match, and outplayed in th
30 Post contains images AeroWesty : After the slaughter last week, Chrissie Evert said that we're just not seeing the lower-ranked players choking at the end when they still have a shot
31 KiwiRob : I'm happy to see her fat arse dumped out of the tournament. Lisicki has the fasted serve in woman's tennis, so no wonder she out-served Serena. Now if
32 luckyone : His face reminds me of a pelican when he's looking down. Actually she has "only" the fifth. Venus still holds the record for fastest.
33 Post contains links KiwiRob : Here is the list of fastest serves Lisicki holds the record. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fastest_recorded_tennis_serves
34 luckyone : Fair enough. When I checked that same list her name was fifth on the list.
35 AeroWesty : One of the following will be the new ladies champion at Wimbledon 2013: Lisicki Radwanska Bartoli Flipkens I may be leaning towards Flipkens after see
36 luckyone : Without intending to be Flippant, I wouldn't put much stock in much of anything Chris Evert says that doesn't pertain to ball striking and point cons
37 Post contains links AeroWesty : Murray vs. Verdasco starting on Centre Court momentarily. I love the way that The Independent framed the story this morning: Wimbledon 2013: Andy Murr
38 AeroWesty : Thrilling 28-ball rally won by Murray right when he needed it, at down the first set and 5-3 in the second set with a break against Verdasco needed to
39 luckyone : What an incredible comeback by Murray! I really hope he wins this thing!! Bartoli in all her quirkiness won this morning against Flipkens and dropped
40 Post contains links AeroWesty : Jeepers, 5 hours for the Djokovic/del Potro snoozefest. I really wanted del Potro to win, oh well. If Murray/Janowicz takes 5 hours as well, I may run
41 luckyone : After all the hullabaloo, upsets, and talk of weakness in tennis, the Gentleman's final will be contested by the No.1 and 2 seeds. Djokovic looked edg
42 Post contains images AeroWesty : 6am really is too early for tennis! I thought the Brits were more civilized than this.
43 GrahamHill : I don't usually follow tennis, let alone women's tennis, but congratulations to Marion Bartoli. It's not every year we have a French winning a grand s
44 AeroWesty : ::rub eyes:: Okay, who else is up and awake to watch Andy Murray break Britain's 77-year men's championship drought?
45 Post contains images Aaron747 : Easy to watch in Japan - GMT + 8 Although I have a feeling this one won't be over till well after 1 am for me if they go 5 sets.
46 Post contains images AeroWesty : At the rate they're going, it could be 1am for you after a 3-set Murray win!
47 AeroWesty : Criminy sakes alive! Murray has come from behind 1-4 to serve for the second set at 6-5! And he wins! Murray up 2 sets, one set left to go.[Edited 201
48 CPH-r : Absolute scorcher of a final day at Wimbledon. And Murray takes the first game of the third set, it's almost inevitable by now, barring some bizarre c
49 AeroWesty : Yes, I'd think so. A tweet republished on the Guardian's live coverage blog of the game says that the last time someone won a Wimbledon men's Final f
50 Post contains images CPH-r : So either a 77-year old record or a 86-year old record falls today
51 Post contains images AeroWesty : I'd rather it be the 77-year-old record today. Next year Murray can break the then 87-year-old record by flubbing up the first two sets in the final.
52 CPH-r : Murray will take it home. The confidence he showed to take it to 5-4 in the third was incredible. Murray serving for game, set and match![Edited 2013-
53 CPH-r : And there it is, Murray wins! What an insane last game that was.
54 Post contains images AeroWesty : IT'S DONE! Well done, Murray, and about time, too!
55 Post contains links and images Wolbo : Most famous Scottish victory ever.
56 Post contains images AeroWesty : So what's the protocol for the Queen's honour's list? Does Andy get a life peerage out of this, or something less ostentatious?
57 GDB : Nothing is automatic. Andy will likely get a gong, myself while I think it would be well deserved I'd give it a few years. Murray has plenty of time
58 luckyone : Speaking of the Queen, where was she or another high profile of the House of Windsor? I saw Camilla during the first week, and I could've sworn I saw
59 GDB : The PM was there. Too many and the spectators will look like an establishment job lot.
60 luckyone : While definitely a positive presence, Mr. Cameron isn't part of the House of Windsor.
61 Post contains links AeroWesty : I figured they didn't want to give him the jitters. Didn't one of them show up for a high-profile match a few years ago, only to have it all go pear-
62 RussianJet : Great game of tennis. Some absolutely brutal rallies. Finally, a British winner! Congratulations to Andy Murray. Very well done indeed.
63 bongodog1964 : The Queens cousin the Duke of Kent is the president of the All England Tennis Club (Wimbledon) The Queen is acknowledged as not being a tennis fan mu
64 luckyone : Her last visit was in 2010. She stayed for one match, to watch Andy Murray beat Jarkko Nieminen, and then left after Murray stepped off the court. Sh
65 oly720man : He may need a few more championships before becoming Lord or Sir. He got the OBE for services to tennis, and presumably in part on the back of the Ol
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