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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Posted (10 months 7 hours ago) and read 2070 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, 9400 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (10 months 6 hours ago) and read 2060 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, 6665 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 months 6 hours ago) and read 2052 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, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 3, posted (10 months 6 hours ago) and read 2050 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, 9400 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (10 months 6 hours ago) and read 2042 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, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 5, posted (10 months 5 hours ago) and read 2039 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, 2401 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (10 months 4 hours ago) and read 2012 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, 9400 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (9 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1978 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, 9400 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1973 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 offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1965 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, 9400 posts, RR: 27
Reply 10, posted (9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1912 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, 3334 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (9 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1891 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, 9400 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (9 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1886 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, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 13, posted (9 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1844 times:

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


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User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1836 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, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 15, posted (9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1831 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, 9400 posts, RR: 27
Reply 16, posted (9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1829 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, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 17, posted (9 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1821 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, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 18, posted (9 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1819 times:

Federer out in the second round!


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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6665 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (9 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1816 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 offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3244 posts, RR: 45
Reply 20, posted (9 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1814 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, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 21, posted (9 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1812 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 offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3244 posts, RR: 45
Reply 22, posted (9 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1800 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 21):

Very true.

Cheers,
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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 23, posted (9 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1789 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 offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1783 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.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 25, posted (9 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1809 times:

Quoting luckyone (Reply 24):
The Fed lost his streak at five (2003-2007) when he lost to Rafa in the '08 final.

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 of the stats.



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User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2401 posts, RR: 5
Reply 26, posted (9 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1787 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 18):
Federer out in the second round!

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 Brown, Nicolás Almagro, Jerzy Janowicz, Jürgen Melzer, or Serhiy Stakhovsky. From that group, only Melzer has been to a grand slam semi-final before (2010 French Open).



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 27, posted (9 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1781 times:

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 this year.


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User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1709 times:

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 looked EDGY today playing Date-Krumm, a player who has next to nothing to hurt her with. Serena's next match against Sabine Lisicki will be interesting to watch.

Sloane Stephens continues to step up when it matters. I'm hoping she'll at least make another semi, where if the draw holds she'll meet 2011 champ Kvitova. But anything can happen with Kvitova.


User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 29, posted (9 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1666 times:

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 the big moments--we hardly ever see that happen. When you follow players enough you see their ticks, and Serena turns on the drama when she's edgy. Historically she doesn't settle down in close matches, and it showed at the end of the third today. Her feet weren't underneath her, she was flailing and snatching at balls. I think it also shows what happens to Serena when her serve is equaled or bettered: her ground game isn't nearly as solid and her forehand gets shaky because she's not able to rely just on that amazing serve.

This makes Saturday's final automatically much more enjoyable as without a Williams to contest it the outcome is much less certain. With Serena in a final you can almost guarantee she will win.

[Edited 2013-07-01 08:01:13]

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 30, posted (9 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1663 times:

Quoting luckyone (Reply 29):
outplayed in the big moments

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 at winning, as we have in the past. I think that's true, and we're going to see more exciting tennis coming up. The whole tournament is up for grabs.   



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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6665 posts, RR: 3
Reply 31, posted (9 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1626 times:

I'm happy to see her fat arse dumped out of the tournament.

Quoting luckyone (Reply 29):
but she was outserved the entire match

Lisicki has the fasted serve in woman's tennis, so no wonder she out-served Serena.

Now if my dreams come true the evil serb will also get dumped on his arse.


User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 32, posted (9 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 31):
Now if my dreams come true the evil serb will also get dumped on his arse.

His face reminds me of a pelican when he's looking down.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 31):
Lisicki has the fasted serve in woman's tennis, so no wonder she out-served Serena.

Actually she has "only" the fifth. Venus still holds the record for fastest.


User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6665 posts, RR: 3
Reply 33, posted (9 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

Quoting luckyone (Reply 32):
Actually she has "only" the fifth. Venus still holds the record for fastest.

Here is the list of fastest serves Lisicki holds the record.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fastest_recorded_tennis_serves


User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 34, posted (9 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1577 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 33):
Here is the list of fastest serves Lisicki holds the record.

Fair enough. When I checked that same list her name was fifth on the list.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 35, posted (9 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1556 times:

One of the following will be the new ladies champion at Wimbledon 2013:

Lisicki
Radwanska
Bartoli
Flipkens

I may be leaning towards Flipkens after seeing her play today.

And now Chrissie Evert has backed Flipkens in the post-game wrap-up on ESPN2.

[Edited 2013-07-02 11:24:05]


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User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 36, posted (9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1516 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 35):
And now Chrissie Evert has backed Flipkens in the post-game wrap-up on ESPN2.

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 construction. The woman knows the tactics of the game beautifully (aside from a confounding statement about how Sam Stosur's best shot was her backhand), but she has rarely ever predicted winners of matches, much less tournaments (think back to how many years she predicted a Hingis win at Roland Garros). In addition, she seemingly has difficulty filling dead air (I was just discussing this with a friend of mine this morning actually, he brought it up and I must say I agree) without sounding like she's trying too hard to be smart.

I'm hoping Lisicki continues her beautiful form and takes the tournament. Anybody else I don't think of (admittedly purely opinion) as having the mettle of a Grand Slam Champion. I thought Kvitova had a chance, but she sprayed balls left right and sideways, and proved that it's difficult to swing a racquet with your hand around your neck. Radwanska is a toss up. She's the type of player that club players should be, but she doesn't have that something that makes you go "Wow! she's really good." She's steady and she plays smart, but she's not likely to win majors because quite frankly I hit the ball harder than she does. The fact that Li Na (today's Hana Mandlikova) let her get away with serves that were barely topping 60mph is pathetic. Now, having said that, she's the only one of the four to have played for a major title, and she's by far the steadiest of the lot. She could indeed walk away with the Venus Rosewater dish if she plays a nervy big hitter, though I doubt many would call it an inspiring performance.

[Edited 2013-07-02 20:31:07]

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 37, posted (9 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1474 times:

Murray vs. Verdasco starting on Centre Court momentarily. I love the way that The Independent framed the story this morning:

Wimbledon 2013: Andy Murray wary of quarter-final banana skin against Fernando Verdasco

Quote:
After a Wimbledon with more twists and turns than a fairground ride, Andy Murray will be determined not to become the latest big name to fall from the roller coaster here this afternoon. The 26-year-old Scot is just one win away from equalling Fred Perry's British record of 13 appearances in Grand Slam semi-finals and will give Fernando Verdasco, his opponent on Centre Court, the greatest respect, despite the Spaniard's lowly position at No 54 in the world rankings.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 38, posted (9 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1469 times:

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 stay in the set. But then he loses it, now down two sets to love. Argh!

[Edited 2013-07-03 09:16:07]


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User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 39, posted (9 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1423 times:

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 three games. She'll face Lisicki, whom I hope takes the title on Saturday. She played a very typical Lisicki match, streaky! In the third set leading 3-0, Aga looked all-of-a-sudden rather weary, and she started trying to hit with, and out hit Lisicki, which was really dumb. Lisicki fed off the power and found a groove and eventually took the match.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 40, posted (9 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

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 out of tennis snacks!

Bloomberg reports if Murray claims the Wimbledon title, it could be a $75 million payoff:

Murray Seen Netting $75 Million by Ending U.K.’s Wimbledon Wait



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User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 41, posted (9 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1340 times:

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 edgy and a bit erratic against Del Potro today in his semi. He misfired on the backhand quite a bit early in the match and blew a couple match points in the fourth. This is why he lost the semis at Roland Garros, and if he had been playing a speedier opponent he probably would've lost today too. DelPo wasted quite a few opportunities to come into the net and put away balls, but he chose not to and it allowed Djokovic to recover, and he ended up winning a lot of points he had no business even hanging around in. Murray has a much better return of serve than DelPo, and he's not afraid to come into the net. And the crowd will be firmly and unabashedly behind Murray, which has rattled Djokovic in the past. If both men are playing well, I think Murray has the edge on the return and at the net.

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 42, posted (9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

6am really is too early for tennis! I thought the Brits were more civilized than this.  


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Reply 43, posted (9 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1280 times:

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 slam title.


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 44, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1245 times:

::rub eyes:: Okay, who else is up and awake to watch Andy Murray break Britain's 77-year men's championship drought?


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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 7951 posts, RR: 26
Reply 45, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1221 times:

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.


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 46, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1211 times:

At the rate they're going, it could be 1am for you after a 3-set Murray win!  


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 47, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1201 times:

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 2013-07-07 08:25:21]


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User currently offlineCPH-r From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5911 posts, RR: 3
Reply 48, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

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 collapse.

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 49, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1192 times:

Quoting CPH-r (Reply 48):
And Murray takes the first game of the third set, it's almost inevitable by now, barring some bizarre collapse.

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 from 2 sets to love down was Henri Cochet in 1927.



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User currently offlineCPH-r From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5911 posts, RR: 3
Reply 50, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1183 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 49):
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 from 2 sets to love down was Henri Cochet in 1927.

So either a 77-year old record or a 86-year old record falls today 


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 51, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1172 times:

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.   

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Murray now serving for the championship in the third after being down 1-4 in the second set. Amazing day of tennis on Centre Court.

[Edited 2013-07-07 09:12:45]


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User currently offlineCPH-r From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5911 posts, RR: 3
Reply 52, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1193 times:

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 2013-07-07 09:14:58]

User currently offlineCPH-r From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5911 posts, RR: 3
Reply 53, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1184 times:

And there it is, Murray wins! What an insane last game that was.

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 54, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1186 times:

IT'S DONE! Well done, Murray, and about time, too!   


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User currently offlineWolbo From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 476 posts, RR: 1
Reply 55, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1168 times:

Most famous Scottish victory ever.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/10/Flag_of_Scotland.svg/800px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 56, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1146 times:

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?  


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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13046 posts, RR: 78
Reply 57, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1136 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 56):

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?  

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 hopefully at the top of his game left.
Be a nice testimonial.

But that's just me, I suspect Liz will be getting her sword arm limbered up.


User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 58, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1130 times:

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 Kate there, but I may be confusing a different year. You'd think this would be an event that at least one of them would show up for.

Congrats to Murray! He played a very smart match by not trying to out-slug Djokovic, but rather ended up taking a lot of air out of the ball, hitting with a lot of different spins and paces, preventing Djokovic from getting into a rhythm. The biggest difference indeed turned out to be Murray's return. He put a lot of hard serves back in play and out-aced Djokovic. Djokovic has obviously squared up his mental game, but his biggest liability is still between the ears and he was clearly rattled by the crowd.

[Edited 2013-07-07 10:34:53]

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13046 posts, RR: 78
Reply 59, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1129 times:

Quoting luckyone (Reply 58):
Speaking of the Queen,

The PM was there.
Too many and the spectators will look like an establishment job lot.


User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 60, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1121 times:

Quoting GDB (Reply 59):
The PM was there.

While definitely a positive presence, Mr. Cameron isn't part of the House of Windsor.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 61, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1115 times:

Quoting luckyone (Reply 58):
Speaking of the Queen, where was she or another high profile of the House of Windsor?

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-shaped on the court?

Interesting wrap-up from the Guardian's live coverage:

Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon – as it happened

Quote:
So this weirdest and wackiest of Wimbledons ends in the most wonderful way. What an incredible performance it was from Murray. Who would have predicted he could down Djokovic in straight sets? Though it felt more like a five-set victory, considering the match lasted over three hours. His opponent wasn't quite at his best, but nonetheless it was a brilliant display from a man who knew it was his moment: he wasn't about the repeat the tears of last year, he knew after the Olympic gold and US Open win that it was his time to triumph. And when he was behind in the second set, and it got tough in the third set – especially when he lost those three match points – he didn't blink. Credit Lendl for that. That's the added value his coach has has brought to his psyche. He's become such a formidable competitor, one who is now a two-time grand slam champion and on course for many more majors.



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7631 posts, RR: 23
Reply 62, posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1072 times:
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Great game of tennis. Some absolutely brutal rallies. Finally, a British winner! Congratulations to Andy Murray. Very well done indeed.


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User currently offlinebongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3475 posts, RR: 3
Reply 63, posted (9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 990 times:

Quoting luckyone (Reply 58):
Speaking of the Queen, where was she or another high profile of the House of Windsor?

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 much preferring the sport of Kings. Thus she has left it to him to do the honours each year.

Her last visit to Wimbledon was for the ladies final in 1977, until yesterday that was the last British singles victory at Wimbledon, the day Virginia Wade beat Betty Stove.

I'm sure there's some minor Royals who woudl attend the opening of an envelope if invited who would have appeared if asked, but do we want to keep seeing princesses Beatrice and Eugenie ?

The only member of the senior Royals who appears to avidly support tennis is the Duchess of Cambridge, it wouldn't have been a good idea for her to be there yesterday as with the birth of her baby imminent the excitement might well have proved to be too much.


User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 64, posted (9 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 946 times:

Quoting bongodog1964 (Reply 63):

Her last visit to Wimbledon was for the ladies final in 1977, until yesterday that was the last British singles victory at Wimbledon, the day Virginia Wade beat Betty Stove.

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. She then conversed with Murray for about ten to fifteen minutes outside the court, which they showed on television. I remember Andy Murray kept picking a wedgie, and I couldn't help but think "dude you're picking at your butt in the presence of the Queen!"


User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6604 posts, RR: 11
Reply 65, posted (9 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 941 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 56):
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?


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 Olympics last year with many of the other gold medalists.

Next award will undoubtedly be the BBC sports personality of the year, in December.



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