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|Jul-06-12|| ||HeMateMe: I would still like to see just one of the majors played with wooden rackets, preferably Wimbledon. Lets have some more points last longer than 4 seconds, on the mens side.|
Changes ARE possible. They have outlawed certain clubs in golf. There is a certain driver that gives a sort of elastic bend near the head when hitting the ball, that has been banned from pro golf. It give the player an extra 10 yards, on average, off of the opening tee shot. Of course weekend duffers can buy it, and the pro shops can't keep it on the shelves.
In swimming they went retro, and banned those nylon buoncey suits, after swimmers knocked over a slew of world records while using them. It might have screwed up the results of one of the Olympics, not sure.
I think Federer would be ever better playing wood v. wood, then he is now, if that's possible. A lot of the best players would still be there, of course, if only wooden rackets were used. But--on the women's side? I think that army of 6-1 ball bashers from Russia would be halved. More 5-5 girls with great touch and shot making ability would be able to compete. When's the last time you saw a girl out there who didn't look like Lebron James's kid sister?
|Jul-06-12|| ||shivasuri4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttoX...|
Have you seen this one before, <achieve>?
|Jul-06-12|| ||achieve: <Shiva> The link oddly has my Cloud Antivir activated...|
Can you please type out the full code (after 'watch?)? Then I can try pasting it directly on a YT page.
Meanwhile Federer has drawn first blood, let's see if he can back it up, serve it out....
|Jul-06-12|| ||achieve: Oops, 6-3 in 24 minutes. Federer in top gear here, with the closed roof.|
|Jul-06-12|| ||Jim Bartle: HeMateMe: Strings are a lot better today, not just the rackets.|
The biggest change I see with the new rackets and strings is the ability to hit hard and accurately on the short hop, the half volley from the baseline. Even the top pros couldn't do that fifteen years ago, maybe with the exception of Agassi and a couple other guys.
|Jul-06-12|| ||achieve: Middle of the third set the level is insane.
Both players not backing away from the baseline, playing at a murderous pace.
Not sure if I have seen this level, speed and control, before.
|Jul-06-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Great play by both. Unnamed announcer says after a great point, "Federer sometimes gets into these moods where he says to himself, 'I am just not going to miss'."|
|Jul-06-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Don't want to do play by play, but Federer's play on that break point to win the third set was just incredible. Djokovic's as well. We'll be seeing that one replayed hundreds of times.|
|Jul-06-12|| ||achieve: Just look at Federer move, like the wind, at 31 he is hovering over the surface like a seasoned dancer...|
Each forehand is a threat, Djokovic though is on his heels, but that's as far as he can reach, for now.
Nole will come back, though. But praise where praise is due. Federer at times majestic in every sense of the word.
|Jul-06-12|| ||shivasuri4: Well done, Federer. That's a record 8th Wimbledon final. The no. 1 ranking is in your hands now. Just one win to go!|
|Jul-06-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Not a single tiebreak. That's a big surprise to me. Never even got to 5-5, the first break determined every set.|
|Jul-06-12|| ||shivasuri4: Indeed, <Jim Bartle>, and both of us were wrong with our predictions! I too expected at least one tiebreak. Though this was a very good match, I wouldn't call it great. Djokovic didn't fight hard enough, like in the French Open final. Not that that takes anything away from the Swiss, who made very few unforced errors today and played an outstanding match. He would have won anyways.|
|Jul-06-12|| ||achieve: Big surprise why? The match developed under your very eyes? Slumps early in the set? Yes, a couple, so there you have your early breaks, but great play and determination towards the set ends.|
I prefer this type of powerful serving out.
No tiebreaks last year against Nadal, so I do not see the point here. The sharpness of the shots and consistency made for a rapid fire shoot out most of the time. Thank goodness.
I am glad that Federer and Djoko can actually serve it out, for once the serve is being hit with authority again. That's been a while. And backed up, as a rejuvenated Federer showed.
I've been announcing along with Henman and many others that Federer was busy preparing something worthy of showing his twins, and this is what he delivers now.
Under normal circumstances I don't see a final going to Murray or Tsonga, but who knows, a lot of energy has gone into this major major clash with Djokovic.
Lots of pressure though on fed for the final, but he's got the shoulders, unlike Andy, so let's see if the initial "nothing to lose" attitude that will serve a Murray will last.
Murray though will have the support of an entire nation.
|Jul-06-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Well, Murray is now 0-2 or 0-3 in major finals, and the country is desperate to have a Wimbledon men's champion. I'd say that's a lot of pressure.|
Federer served great and backed it up. Only lost serve once in four sets, excellent.
|Jul-06-12|| ||HeMateMe: Fed wins; this is Murray's chance, as Fed is no longer a kid. That assuming that Murray gets past his semi's opponent.|
|Jul-06-12|| ||Olavi: Interestingly, Federer is 7-8 down to Murray, all matches having been played on hard courts.|
|Jul-06-12|| ||achieve: Will Federer have to win the final to regain world ranking #1?|
He'll be ready, as will murray, this might be his chance in a lifetime.
Pressure abound, but who will zoom in and start playing the ball and create history as a consequence?
Looks Tsonga isn't up to it, so Murray will have to take the honors facing Federer in a wimbledon final on Sunday afternoon.
|Jul-06-12|| ||achieve: Does Murray have the tools?
Yes he does - he just needs to weld it all together mentally to reap the fruits of his labour.
Then hope and believe he can take Federer for a few runs around the court. Nole left a seat, will Murray take it?
|Jul-06-12|| ||shivasuri4: Meanwhile, the Williams sisters reach their ninth Wimbledon doubles finals, and will aim for their sixth title here.|
Murray up 2 sets now. He should close it out soon.
|Jul-06-12|| ||shivasuri4: watch?v=ttoXVwmuX1I&feature=share <achieve>, that's the part you asked for. Federer doing a William Tell here; video from 2010.|
|Jul-06-12|| ||HeMateMe: I'm rooting for Murray; has it all, the record grand slams, the money. I think this would be the first Brit win at Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977.|
|Jul-06-12|| ||shivasuri4: <achieve>, yes, Federer will have to triumph in the final for that.|
|Jul-06-12|| ||Shams: I can't see Murray winning this, much as I'd love it. Federer has the tactics, the confidence and the mental discipline. Murray will have to beat him three times, as it were: in the opening, the middlegame and the endgame.|
|Jul-07-12|| ||HeMateMe: Sounds like your channeling your inner Alekhine.
The olympic tennis tournament will be held on the wimbledon grounds. All whites clothing will not be enforced for this. Djokevic and Rafa will be carrying their country's flags out onto the stadium in the opening night ceremonies, quite a feather in the cap for tennis. It's expected that Fed will also represent Swit., carry the flag on opening night.
I would have bet Spain would have picked one of its famous footballers to carry the flag; I guess Rafa is just as big a star.
|Jul-07-12|| ||kellmano: The Spanish football team is largely under 23. I don't know if any of the big names will be there.|
Should be fascinating tomorrow. Despite the fact that it's being played in Britain, most British tennis fans I know (including me) will be supporting Fed.
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