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Post by Guest on Thu 06 Jul 2017, 10:14 pm

Some of Today's Matches at Wimbledon.  Beginning of round three, where 32 battle to become 16, in the Mens & Womens Singles.  
Four British tennis players are hoping to make it to the last 16.

Centre Court
Azarenka vs H. Watson    
Nadal (4) vs Khachanov (30)  
Murray (1) vs Fognini (28)  
     
No.1 Court
Johnson (26) vs Cilic (7)  
J. Konta (6) vs Sakkari    

No.2 Court
Bedene vs Muller (16)
Tsonga (12) vs Querrey (24)  
     
No.3 Court
Nishikori (9) vs Bautista Agut (18)  
     
Court 12
Anderson vs Bemelmans    
     
Court 18
Paire vs Janowicz

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Post by lags72 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 1:48 pm

Great start from Heather Watson .... takes first set 6-3 v Azarenka

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Post by lags72 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 2:10 pm

But I fear it's slipping away from her now as Azarenka finds her groove.

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Post by temporary21 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 2:30 pm

Bautista agut was leading by 2 sets but has taken a bit of a bad fall apparently and hurt his knee. Still 2 sets to 1 up but the trainer is called

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Post by Guest on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 3:05 pm

Agut beats Nishikori three sets to one.  Halep is unwatchable - grunting to wake the dead.  Bedene not good enough for Muller - but put up a good effort.  Fingers crossed for Watson. Cilic leading Johnson two sets to love after tight second set but a break up in the third set.

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Post by lags72 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 3:15 pm

Cilic is a serious title contender in this form .......

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Post by temporary21 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 3:33 pm

Yeah I'd seriously back him even against roger quite possibly here

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Post by temporary21 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 3:33 pm

Good to see RBA wasn't affected by his slip

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Post by Guest on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 3:36 pm

Watson's run comes to an end beaten 36 61 64 by Azarenka. Hopefully Watson can use this as a platform to push to return to the top 50. Her main issue seems to be on the mental side of the game according to some.

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Post by Guest on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 3:44 pm

Nadal vs Khachanov.  Khachanov is a 6'6" 21 year old Russian whose first name is Karen.

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Post by lags72 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 3:51 pm

Yes, the indications that Heather's issues are more on the mental side do seem overwhelming.

IMHO she actually has all the shots in her armoury ; but it's shot selection and a safety-first mindset where she so often lets herself down.

That said, she certainly made things very competitive out there today, and full credit to her for that.

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Post by Guest on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 3:56 pm

Bit too noisy for my liking Nadal vs Khachanov, but Nadal has come out flying and is leading 4-0 in the first set.  Khachanov hasn't quite found his range but is hitting freely too. Khachanov is the same height as Medvedev, but whereas Medvedev looks tall, Khachanov is well proportioned - he doesn't "look" tall. The commentator says he is built like a garden shed. Khachanov breaks Nadal to love to win his first game of the match. Now 4-1 with Nadal leading by a single break. But khachanov now love 40 on his own serve.

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Post by lags72 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:01 pm

I have a theory that, in the wake of his incredible 10th title at RG, Rafa is keen to use whatever time remains of his playing career to ensure that his eventual legacy is not exclusively shaped by his clay court achievements.

His appetite is truly re-kindled, and he is once again hungry for titles at other Slams. Rarely have I seen him as focused, as enthused, and as motivated, as he is at this year's Wimbledon.

Rafa really will take some stopping.

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:05 pm

That first set was incredible by Rafa.. RG on grass Wink

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Post by Guest on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:06 pm

Rafa wins the first set in no time at all 6-1.  Rafa playing aggressively and lots of forehand winners. I think Nadal's grunting is showing his intent to win quick points. I don't seem to recall Rafa grunting in his early days.

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:12 pm

If grunting helps him win... then grunt away Rafa Wink

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Post by lags72 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:18 pm

Unless Rafa's level drops, this could all be over rather swiftly.

The grunting already blights the women's game far too much. Mercifully it is relatively rare on the men's tour. So far.

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Post by temporary21 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:19 pm

This is shaping up maybe to be a great second week. Nadal and cilic playing very well. Roger should improve. Djokovic and Murray look good

It's set up for some amazing matches... I hope

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:23 pm

Looks that way barring any shock results. The top guys are looking like they belong there but this is a GS and things happen in the second week !!!!

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Post by lags72 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:30 pm

I'd say Raonic is still in the mix. Yes, he's ended up in a number of TB's, as per usual. But he has won them all.

The fact that he has made a Final here will give him belief that he can do it again.

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:34 pm

If he doesn't retire first Smile

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Post by Guest82 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:34 pm

Haddie-nuff wrote:If grunting helps him win... then grunt away Rafa Wink

It's cheating though.

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Post by temporary21 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:35 pm

A raonic fed quarter might be interesting. However roger would need to be sluggish or Raonic improving

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:36 pm

Yeah well when its Rafa it would be considered cheating ... Sharapova well its just norm eh ??

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Post by temporary21 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:36 pm

I take it then when Roger grunts on his second serve that is also cheating then...

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:38 pm

And Andy Murray who squeaks

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Post by Guest82 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:39 pm

Sharapova is one of the biggest cheats in the game, on many different levels.

Yes, if Federer grunts it is cheating too.

Some difference between an "effort" noise for the odd shot and a grunt every single time they hit the ball.

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:41 pm

Oh give it up Guest... if it was considered cheating then the Umpires would do something about it ... really Rolling Eyes

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:42 pm

Rafa's opponent is grunting every single time.. so Rafa is playing a cheat

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Post by Guest82 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:47 pm

I think the whole of tennis is dug into a hole with the likes of Sharapova and Azarenka to be honest. They should have been stopped years ago. I actually can't watch some womens matches because of it.

Mens isn't quite so bad. But Rafa is one who, as ever, pushes the limit of gamesmanship. In my opinion, of course, and he's not the only one.

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Post by lags72 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:48 pm

temporary21 wrote:A raonic fed quarter might be interesting. However roger would need to be sluggish or Raonic improving

Yes, I think it would be a serious test for Federer, given how inconsistent he looked yesterday.

Speaking of Raonic : I was just musing that the mere thought of Raonic beating Rafa must be the stuff of extreme nightmares for H-n ..... !

He's managed to do so just twice so far - but of course never at a Slam. And I'd say the chances of that happening over Bo5 are extremely remote. BUT ....if it did ........ then I fear H-n might be in need of intensive trauma counselling and psycho-therapy ...... Cool

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Post by Guest82 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:51 pm

Raonic struggled with Youhzny yesterday. I don't think he will be troubling either Federer or Nadal this Wimbledon.

I don't think he will get past Alex Zverev in R4.

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Post by lags72 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:53 pm

You could be right Guest82.

Then again, things can - and do - change quite dramatically, from one round to the next. We have seen all manner of weird happenings at Slams over the years.

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Post by temporary21 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:55 pm

Yes. That's why he'll need improvement. Which he's capable of

The fact that people get angrier about Rafa pushing the rules, sometimes understandably, than actual cheats who dope and throw matches... says a damn lot

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:56 pm

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temporary21 wrote:A raonic fed quarter might be interesting. However roger would need to be sluggish or Raonic improving

Yes, I think it would be a serious test for Federer, given how inconsistent he looked yesterday.

Speaking of Raonic : I was just musing that the mere thought of Raonic beating Rafa must be the stuff of extreme nightmares for H-n ..... !

He's managed to do so just twice so far - but of course never at a Slam. And I'd say the chances of that happening over Bo5 are extremely remote. BUT ....if it did ........ then I fear H-n might be in need of intensive trauma counselling and psycho-therapy ...... Cool


Absolutely the thought of Rafa being beaten by a Robot is what nightmares are made of... Shocked

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Post by Guest82 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 4:57 pm

lags72 wrote:You could be right Guest82.

Then again, things can - and do - change quite dramatically, from one round to the next. We have seen all manner of weird happenings at Slams over the years.

Of course, that is why we keep on watching.

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 5:00 pm

temporary21 wrote:Yes. That's why he'll need improvement. Which he's capable of

The fact that people get angrier about Rafa pushing the rules, sometimes understandably, than actual cheats who dope and throw matches... says a damn lot


Temp the mere thought that Rafa dares to breathe at all  is cheating to some.. he straightens his water bottles.. that must be cheating surely Wink

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Post by temporary21 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 5:02 pm

Konta sails through 

The nations gonna ramp the pressure on her now. It would be a huge ask for her to go all the way though

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Post by lags72 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 5:04 pm

Haddie-nuff wrote:


Absolutely the thought of Rafa being beaten by a Robot is what nightmares are made of... Shocked

I feel for you, I really do.

Let's hope you don't have to suffer the same nightmares a third time !

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 5:07 pm

This is this year's Rafa we are talking about lags Wink anyways don't waste your sympathy I'm a big girl now and I can take it.. Cool

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Post by lags72 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 5:12 pm

I've been saying myself from day one of Wimby that Rafa is as strong a contender here as anyone.

The more I see of this 2017 version of him, the more I'm convinced he will make the Final - which brings him right back to Number One. And that would be quite some achievement, given all that has happened in recent years.

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 5:16 pm

I'm not just a fan of his tennis lags.. I'm a fan of the man himself. How he picks himself up time and time again and comes back to win is what I so admire about him. He never gives in when even the most loyal of his fans (me included) despaired a year ago and thought he should retire. But he proved me and many others so wrong and I'm glad he did. I would love to see him win Wimby but I'm satisfied with the Rafa I see today

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 5:25 pm

Rafa is getting into long rallies ...base line slogging... mistake Rafa

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Post by lags72 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 5:57 pm

Probably the standout performance, within the men's draw, of the tournament so far.

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Post by Guest on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 7:22 pm

Murray wins the first set but Fognini up a break in the second. Commentator Becker says Murray allowed Fognini back in the match when Murray was in the ascendency.

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Post by Guest on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 7:31 pm

Fognini wins the second set to tie the match at one set all.

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Post by Guest on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 7:40 pm

Murray roaring in an attempt to wake himself up and find more intensity.

Murray is terrible making hawkeye challenges.

Fognini is playing well - he looks to be in good physical health - excellent movement.

Murray is playing below the level he is capable of.

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Post by temporary21 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 7:44 pm

But now an ankle issue for fog. Shame if that has a bearing

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Post by Guest on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 7:45 pm

The match can change quickly. From saying Fognini was moving really well - he know seems to have a problem with his right ankle.

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Post by Guest on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 7:48 pm

Murray seems to be playing passively and his strokes are lacking depth.  But Fognini having difficulty holding onto his current serve - and he is broken. Murray up a break in the third set.


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