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|Jun-28-12|| ||shivasuri4: Rosol breaks in the third game of the third set and then holds to lead 3-1! Do we have an upset here?|
Raonic won the first set tiebreaker against Querrey 7-3. Cilic awaits the winner of this clash.
|Jun-28-12|| ||shivasuri4: <19:42 Boom. Yet another massive ace down the middle from Lukas Rosol and he effortlessly serves out the set to level the match against Rafael Nadal. And that sound you hear is hundreds of journalists frantically leafing through their ATP guides for information about Lukas Rosol.>|
<19:48 According to his official profile, Lukas Rosol plays with a two-handed backhand "on both sides." Maybe they forgot to add the words "of the net" or maybe "of the ocean". Who knows?>
Both the above excerpts from the official website's daily blog.
Rosol is still up a break at 5-3 in the third. Things not looking good for Nadal.
Querrey- Raonic at 2-2 in the second after the latter having won the first set.
|Jun-28-12|| ||shivasuri4: Rosol takes the third set 6-4.
Querrey breaks Raonic to go up 4-3 in the second.
|Jun-28-12|| ||shivasuri4: Raonic broke back and then held serve to lead 6-5. Tiebreaker coming up, I guess.|
Nadal- Rosol at 3-2, on serve, in the fourth.
|Jun-28-12|| ||achieve: Amazing Rosol, get back to you later, <shiva>...|
|Jun-28-12|| ||shivasuri4: Querrey took the second set tiebreaker 9-7 and then holds serve in the first game of the third set after saving a break point.|
Nadal finally breaking through Rosol's serve, twice, to win the fourth set 6-2. Play suspended now on Centre Court.
|Jun-28-12|| ||shivasuri4: Ha, sure, <achieve>, the football semifinal is almost certainly more interesting. |
Querrey- Raonic 2-1, on serve, in the third set.
Am off here for today!
|Jun-28-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Had to step away for what appears to be the final game. I really can't believe Nadal got knocked out in the first week. Rosol was happy afterward, of course, but also sort of apologetic for having knocked out Nadal.|
So now only one of the top three can play in the final. I guess this opens it up for Murray to get there, along with a lot of others.
|Jun-28-12|| ||Eyal: According to what I read in a certain sports forum by someone who is a facebook friend of Nadal, the pictures posted there of how he celebrated all night Spain's win over Portugal in the Euro semi-finals can explain quite a lot about why he lost today... (but regardless, kudos to Rosol of course).|
|Jun-28-12|| ||achieve: <can explain a lot> |
Be my guest!!!
Seriously though, this one off is unexplainable, and if you pursue to explain 93-99 miles per hour returns this way...?
This is just history of a guy that hit completely unabandoned, kept at it, and pulled it off, against a much higher ranked opponent.
Now, why the latter could emerge is a tough one, but it should keep the stat guys rightfully busy.
Any aces that would have been returned?
Any of the 99 mph strokes that Nadal could have handled?
A completely deserved victory, and a daring one at that.
|Jun-28-12|| ||KKDEREK: Yes!! Go fed, pass through Djoko and make it..|
|Jun-29-12|| ||achieve: As was said here before the draw has opened up ... Slight understatement, and not just for Murray... I think Rosol has set an example of what is possible if you take your chances on Grass and go for the big shots, even on this slower grass at Wimbledon compared to say 10 years ago. At the moment I'd pick Raonic and Murray to get to a final, provided that Rosol comes down from his cloud 9 ... That fifth set was unique; I can not remember having seen anything like that before.|
Rosol is a potential finalist, really, and based on the tennis he played and the immense self-belief he displayed, one ought not question his chances, even though the pressure will only mount as the rounds progress.
His next opponent eg will try and grab the headlines by beating wonder man, and so it goes on and on...
Also fantastic for Mens Tennis in a way, and really inspiring for anyone outthere playing sports.
|Jun-29-12|| ||shivasuri4: <achieve>, both Raonic and Murray can't get to the final as they are in the same quarter, perhaps you meant either of them will get through.|
Federer just needs to win the title here to be the top seed for the Olympics.
|Jun-29-12|| ||achieve: <Shiva> Correctemente...|
I read the brilliant article you linked, and lots of little gems of narrative skill in there as well...but this little passage really hit me:
<When Bryant is in the game and Battier is on him, the Lakers’ offense is worse than if the N.B.A.’s best player had taken the night off. “The Lakers’ offense should obviously be better with Kobe in,” Morey says. “But if Shane is on him, it isn’t.” A player whom Morey describes as “a marginal N.B.A. athlete” not only guards one of the greatest — and smartest — offensive threats ever to play the game. He renders him a detriment to his team.>
Bang bang... HELLO!!
Open the door please?
Brilliant article and study really of what to look for and what to disgard and how to interpret "Statistics".
Thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking read.
|Jun-29-12|| ||achieve: Ideally I should have written: "From the players left in <that half> I'd pick Raonic and Murray to get to a final" as obviously both can by rule and definition <not> get to a final, or they'd be in fact playing Doubles!! ;) --- "or" would have been better though, either of those two... But there are more candidates, would have to look up the draw again.|
Re Federer, if he wins the thing it'll be a cascade of "records":
1. World #1 (thus top seed at any tournament that were to follow)
2. a of course record 17th slam
3. Catching up with Sampras' record of weeks at #1
And probably the list is much longer.
|Jun-29-12|| ||shivasuri4: Federer will also become only the third man to win a single major 7 times if he wins the title here.|
Among other candidates, there is the out-of-sorts (for now) Tsonga, and del Potro.
|Jun-29-12|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: This is a weird Wimbledon.
a) rain stops play -- check
b) the strong players go through -- check out N'.... Erm. Nadal, Venus and my favourite Danish darling Caroline are out in the singles.
England to win a final and revive Fred Perry!
|Jun-29-12|| ||achieve: <shivasuri4: Federer will also become only the third man to win a single major 7 times if he wins the title here.> That was the one, yes, getting level with Sampras and Rafa.|
About out of sorts Tsonga, perhaps ypu know something I don't but his 1st rd vs Hewitt was a stellar performance and he said he felt very good. And after losing the first set in his 2nd rd he blew straight through... But I did not see the play, or that something bothered him.
If not then I assure you Tsonga is hot and ready, and to my knowledge far from out of sorts.
Ferrer-Roddick will be great; Ferrer is in superb form, Roddick seems rejuvenated.
Raonic will find Querrey a tough nut to crack, and then Cilic awaits.
Man from nowhere Bryan Baker came out of the Blue to do well on the european claycourts, and is very strong at Wimbledon, as well!
|Jun-29-12|| ||shivasuri4: <achieve>, I was mirroring the following subconsciously. http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news...
Yes, I expect Ferrer- Roddick to be a close contest, with the former winning in 5 sets.
The last time Federer played Benneteau in 2009, the latter won. This time, I expect a straight set demolition by Federer.|
|Jun-29-12|| ||shivasuri4: Querrey- Raonic is the only match in progress now, the former leading 4-3 in the third; still on serve.|
|Jun-29-12|| ||shivasuri4: The third set in Querrey - Raonic went to a tiebreaker yet again, and the former prevailed 10-8.|
Meanwhile, Stepanek is serving at 2-2 against Djokovic.
Troicki is 2-4 against Monaco in the first set.
|Jun-29-12|| ||shivasuri4: Querrey serving at 5-4 in the 4th set, leading 2 sets to 1.|
Long ninth game between Djokovic and Stepanek, and the latter holds serve, score 5-4.
Troicki came back to win the first set 7-5.
|Jun-29-12|| ||shivasuri4: Oh well, Querrey takes the fourth set 6-4 and thereby the match.|
Stepanek won the first set 6-4 against Djokovic, but gets broken to start the second set.
Troicki has broken early in the second against Monaco and is now serving at 2-0.
|Jun-29-12|| ||achieve: Well, great stuff, "as it happens" ;)
Also well spotted that Tsonga obviously complained a lot, and the headline may be a tad misleading, but you obviously were right.
I'm rooting for Del Potro and Tsonga, as always, and Djoko losing the first set is a bit of a surprise, but Stepanek is a bit crazy, fast serve, flat strokes, he may even get 2 sets off Novak.
I'd been out so have to catch up now on the latest, with my fav Raonic clobbered by the big american... It's all happening this year!
|Jun-29-12|| ||achieve: <In The Telegraph, Ian Chadband writes that, "what made this all the more astonishing was that it actually did not feel remotely like a fluke - <<<Rosol, who has never won an ATP tournament, and has never really achieved anything of note in a decade on the circuit, played a match of utter spellbinding brilliance.>>> Where it sprang from, not even this 6ft 5in beanpole could fathom." Chadband also noted how Nadal and Rosol appeared to bump shoulders during one change of ends: "Rosol didn't look like a man easily intimidated.">|
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