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|Jul-06-16|| ||Keyser Soze: Fed must win this one. He will never get that "easy" again. Without Nishikori, Djoko, Nadal, Wawrinka. He will never have this kind of chance again.
<hmm> why? You don't like Federer?|
|Jul-06-16|| ||HeMateMe: I like Fed, a great rep of his sport. But, he's already broken Sampras's record for majors. I'd like to see Scots boy Murray win it for the home crowd. Assuming the England crowd is rooting for Scotland...I don't always understand the Brits. The Brits don't always understand the Brits, either.|
|Jul-06-16|| ||saffuna: I watched long highlights of the Federer-Cilic match, and it looked like just tremendous play. Big hitting from Cilic, great backhands from Federer, not usually his strength, and big-time serving.|
When Federer was winning everything, it seemed whenever he got down 0-30 he would hit big first serves on the next two points. Seems he's doing that once again.
|Jul-06-16|| ||Keyser Soze: Granted. I also like a lot Murray, but would be sensational headlines seeing him lifting the trophy on last time.|
|Jul-06-16|| ||saffuna: I saw Murray won the second set easily and stopped paying attention, assuming he had a quick win against Tsongas. What a surprise to see he had to go to a fifth to win.|
I hadn't realized what a powerful forehand Tsonga has. It seems like he will break the ball. I wonder if it has been timed.
So Djokovic, Federer and Murray have all gotten into deep trouble this Wimbledon. Federer and Murray came back, Djokovic didn't.
|Jul-07-16|| ||saffuna: Serena in the final. I don't have anything against Venus, but I really hope Kerber beats her.|
Serena-Venus matches are dull, dull, dull.
|Jul-07-16|| ||saffuna: I see Chang-Philipoussis is playing in veterans doubles. That would be an interesting team to see, 6' 5" and 5' 9". Make sure to lob it over Chang.|
But sometimes doubles teams with players of different size and style of play work well, such as Hewitt-McMillan and Fleming-McEnroe.
|Jul-08-16|| ||HeMateMe: fed beaten by a pretty ordinary player. Well, he's what, 35? A great career, broke Sampras's majors record. |
I'd like to see Serena tie graf tomorrow. she has already lost two finals this year.
Hingis loses in the doubles semis.
|Jul-08-16|| ||saffuna: I don't know if I would call Raonic "ordinary." He has tremendous power, which works well on grass courts. Could only listen, not watch.|
By the way, the BBC radio broadcast is pretty good, lots of fun. It's obviously difficult to broadcast a tennis point but the BBC people do it pretty well.
One of the announcers would sometimes say "he hits it into the tramlines." I thought at first that meant a wild shot nearly into the crowd. Then on one point I realized it meant hit into the doubles alley (during a singles match).
|Jul-09-16|| ||HeMateMe: Serena, 22 majors! I think 22 is the real record. Court had all of those victories in Australia, but players weren't going down there in the 60s. It was a weak event.|
Serena was hitting aces at 124 mph. I think that's harder than Roscoe Tanner was serving with wooden racquets in the 70s, and he was the biggest hitter on the men's tour, at the time.
|Jul-09-16|| ||saffuna: Just a tremendous level of play in the Serena-Kerber match. Great hitting, running, serving, variety. It wasn't all that dramatic because Serena won the key points, but still great to watch.|
Serena seemed to hit aces on all the key points on her serve. Kerber would just throw up her hands and say "There's nothing I can do."
I think, or think it's worth thinking about, that these women players, using today's rackets and superstrings, could give a match to 1960s Laver or Ashe or Newcombe using wood rackets and gut strings. The power is there, the shots are there, and the speed around the court is not that far behind.
Now give Williams or Kerber wood rackets to play with and it would be no contest.
I saw Roscoe Tanner play with a wood racket many times, actually hit serves back and forth with him once when he used an earlier metal racket, and it was harder than Serena's serve. He hit consistently in the 130s.
But 125 is a very big serve, as hard as a typical serve by Federer or Djokovic.
|Jul-09-16|| ||HeMateMe: I think they would falter in returning the shots by the men, be it on serve or moving around the court. Different reaction time between men and women.|
I remember watching some of Connors v. Navatilova. He would simply hit the ball at her, as hard as he could, nothing fancy. She couldn't get a racquet on the ball.
|Jul-09-16|| ||HeMateMe: busy day for Serena. She and Venus annihilated some poor couple in the doubles finals. The sisters are 14-0 in GS doubles finals. They would probably be 30-0 if it interested them more.|
Navratilova has 34 GS doubles titles. 34! John McEnroe read that stat on the air at the US Open and said "That's obscene!" He and that Belgium guy Peter Something were good, but not 34 titles good.
|Jul-09-16|| ||saffuna: Peter Fleming?
He's from New Jersey, played at UCLA. Could easily have been a consistent top ten player, but never made the effort. Didn't seem to care.
|Jul-10-16|| ||saffuna: Men's final was a big letdown after the great women's final. Raonic just kept missing fairly easy shots, couldn't get his big serve in, and his approach shots sat up asking to be hit.|
Murray played smart, hitting balls around Raonic's feet so the big guy would have to keep bending down to get them.
I have to assume he played better than that against Federer, or else Federer is really on the way down.
|Jul-10-16|| ||HeMateMe: is this Murray's first Wimbly title? I'm glad he finally got one, after coming so close here before, in the semis and finals. He kind of plays like Federer, same sort of body, but without the same shot making artistry.|
Fed's age has made him just slightly vulnerable, enough to lose here to lesser players.
|Jul-10-16|| ||Keyser Soze: No, his second and third GS overall.|
|Jul-27-16|| ||strifeknot: Federer is done for the year.
<The doctors advised that if I want to play on the ATP World Tour injury-free for another few years, as I intend to do, I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover. It is tough to miss the rest of the year. However, the silver lining is that this experience has made me realise how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries. The love I have for tennis, the competition, tournaments and of course you, the fans remains intact. I am as motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis in 2017.>
|Jul-27-16|| ||Keyser Soze: Yeah that's sad. I wish I could seen him here..And my strong guess next year will be his last.|
|Aug-13-16|| ||dehanne: Who's Monica Puig?
Nice to see Del Potro rising up again though.
|Aug-13-16|| ||rogge: Del Potro ftw!|
|Aug-13-16|| ||saffuna: Top 50 player from Puerto Rico. Beat Muguruza badly in earlier round.|
|Aug-13-16|| ||dehanne: Good on her to win. There can still be surprises in the Olympics.|
|Aug-14-16|| ||dehanne: Heh didn't even know Hingis was competing in the Olympics. Good job, silver medal at 35.|
|Aug-14-16|| ||HeMateMe: hingis in Rio:
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