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Post by Guest Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:20 am

So we are nearing the business end of Wimbledon.

Federer is up against Robredo looking to avenge his US Open defeat last year.

Nadal will face the new kid on the block Kyrgios.

Wawrinka is up against Lopez and Raonic will face Nishikori.

On the ladies side Sharapova against Kerber.

Kvitova, Lisicki and Halep all in action.

Interestingly enough Wimbledon is the only event not to have Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray all clash in the Semi's. So could we see that duck get broken?

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Post by CaledonianCraig Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:27 am

I won't see any of today's play due to work (or tomorrow's) but will follow it on my phone's Wimbledon app.

Roger will have too much for Robredo me thinks as long as he is relatively consistent.

Nadal to win in straight sets.

Lopez to use his grass court skills to beat Stan.

Raoniv V Nishikori is tough to call. A lot depends on how well Raonic can return Nishi's serve and if he can then will say Raonic to win in four or five sets.

Enjoy the tennis everyone.
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Post by Guest Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:27 am

So a bit of trivia.

Can you name the 4 occasions when Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray occupied the Semi Final spots at the same time at a Slam?

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Post by 88Chris05 Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:33 am

Off the top of my head....

US Open 2008, French Open 2011, Australian Open 2012 and, erm.....US Open 2010, maybe?
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Post by The Special Juan Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:33 am

Sabine on first - I'll watch that. Wawrinka v Lopez could also be good one but aside from that there's nothing really inspiring on today.
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Post by Guest Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:36 am

88Chris05 wrote:Off the top of my head....

US Open 2008, French Open 2011, Australian Open 2012 and, erm.....US Open 2010, maybe?

3 out of 4. Good memory indeed.

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Post by sirfredperry Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:43 am

Wonder if Robredo will upset Fed again following the straight-sets win at USO last year?
That was then, when Fed was having back trouble and was between racquets, as it were.
Could be tricky for Fed today, but he did have an unblemished record against Tommy before that. Fed, though, did lose to Berdych at Wimbledon and then lost another slam match to him. Ditto for JWT. Omens?

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Post by FedsFan Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:43 am

legendkillarV2 wrote:So a bit of trivia.

Can you name the 4 occasions when Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray occupied the Semi Final spots at the same time at a Slam?

I think it was the 2011 US Open that is the missing one. I recall the 2010 US Open being Fed/Novak and Nadal/Youzhny.
Murray lost to Wawrinka that year in the third round think.


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Post by Guest Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:43 am

Wawrinka Slammed the organisers yesterday:


‘For sure I was disappointed,’ Wawrinka said. ‘If you look for this week, me or Lopez or Isner have to play three matches in three days. Five-set matches. It’s terrible for the body.
‘I was expecting them to move matches, move maybe juniors or doubles, to make my match or the Isner-Lopez match first on when they started again at 5.00pm or 6.00pm when it stopped raining.
‘They played doubles five-set match on Saturday on many courts. I was surprised because they told us (their match was suspended), but then they start to play all matches. It was a perfect day to finish actually and they play so many matches.

‘They said for security reasons, they didn’t want to put our match on a small court. But Kei Nishikori was playing on a small court. All the other matches were playing on small courts.’

He added: ‘You cannot do anything. You have to accept. They do what they want and you just follow. They just say what's going to be the schedule and that's it. Even if you want to talk to them, they're not going to change anything. They don't listen the player. They just do what they think is good for them.
‘I'm used to it here. They just do what they think is good for them and that's it. Normally, if the player starts to talk to the referee, they never change the decision. You have to accept it.’

All England Club officials insisted that 'major marquee players' - of which Wawrinka is one due to his Grand Slam success - must be scheduled on show courts as 'expected by paying public and TV audiences alike'.

Scheduling guidelines also state that players with 'a large fan following will usually, by necessity, be scheduled on courts offering the greatest security'.

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Post by Guest Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:46 am

Djokovic also questioned the scheduling and also raised the point of Middle Sunday being looked at:

"I had a couple of days off and was then scheduled to play today on Center," Djokovic told reporters after his straight sets win over Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"No interruptions, played the whole match under the roof, didn't think about the rain. This is the advantage of being scheduled on Center Court.

"But I understand why Wawrinka was complaining because we have this tradition here of not playing any match on the middle Sunday. This tradition was broken a couple of times and I remember a few years ago it was the case when they actually had to play a few matches," added the Serb.

"I think we have to rethink about this Sunday inbetween because the day was beautiful. There was no rain and the whole day there was no match played. No other grand slam has this particular rule.

"We all know tradition is something that is nurtured here at the All England Club and we respect that. But there are some rules I believe should be updated, changed for the better for the schedule and for the better of the players."


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Post by Guest Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:50 am

FedsFan wrote:
legendkillarV2 wrote:So a bit of trivia.

Can you name the 4 occasions when Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray occupied the Semi Final spots at the same time at a Slam?

I think it was the 2011 US Open that is the missing one. I recall the 2010 US Open being Fed/Novak and Nadal/Youzhny.
Murray lost to Wawrinka that year in the third round  think.

That is correct.

Australian Open 2012
French Open 2011
US Open 2008, 2011

So hopefully the Fab 4 can make it here too.

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Post by Josiah Maiestas Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:50 am

^ Which is why I will always prefer Australia and USO (get rid of 5th set TB) than Wimbledon's posh snobs. Why not let them play on CC late on Saturday? Didn't Murray finish a match after 11PM there one year?
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Post by Mad for Chelsea Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:52 am

legendkillarV2 wrote:So a bit of trivia.

Can you name the 4 occasions when Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray occupied the Semi Final spots at the same time at a Slam?

US 2008: Federer beat Djokovic, Murray beat Nadal, Federer won the final.
French 2011: Nadal beat Murray, Federer beat Djokovic, Nadal won the final.
US 2011: Djokovic beat Federer (from 0-2 down), Nadal beat Murray, Djokovic won the final.
2012 Australia: Djokovic beat Murray, Nadal beat Federer, Djokovic won the final.

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Post by Mad for Chelsea Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:53 am

I promise I started writing that post before LK posted the answers, honest Very Happy

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Post by Guest Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:53 am

He did against Baghdatis in 2012.

Credit to Baghdatis who could've stopped play.

The US Open and Australian Open have the benefits of night matches though.

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Post by Guest Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:54 am

Mad for Chelsea wrote:
legendkillarV2 wrote:So a bit of trivia.

Can you name the 4 occasions when Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray occupied the Semi Final spots at the same time at a Slam?

US 2008: Federer beat Djokovic, Murray beat Nadal, Federer won the final.
French 2011: Nadal beat Murray, Federer beat Djokovic, Nadal won the final.
US 2011: Djokovic beat Federer (from 0-2 down), Nadal beat Murray, Djokovic won the final.
2012 Australia: Djokovic beat Murray, Nadal beat Federer, Djokovic won the final.

2014 Wimbledon Murray to win the final? Fingers Crossed

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Post by Mad for Chelsea Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:57 am

re the scheduling, I agree with all those who say they should have put an extra match on CC on Saturday, the last scheduled match finished pretty early, and there was more than enough time to play another one. Really the organisers should have done everything they could to make sure Wawrinka and Lopez had played their R3 matches on Saturday. I do understand the point about wanting them to play on TV courts (and no doubt the TV companies want it too), but with middle Sunday out, a decision should have been made. It's simply not right to ask players to play 5 matches in 7 days in Bo5 IMO...

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Post by The Special Juan Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:29 am

legendkillarV2 wrote:He did against Baghdatis in 2012.

Credit to Baghdatis who could've stopped play.

The US Open and Australian Open have the benefits of night matches though.

I remember it well. The final game had to be started before 11pm Saturday night otherwise they would have had to come back on the Monday. Massive credit must go to Baghdatis there because he didn't try to slow it down or try anything dodgy.
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Post by The Special Juan Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:50 am

Shvedova loves grass. I remember she had a golden set against Errani here a couple of years ago. She's broken the darling of Wimbledon in the first game of the match.
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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:02 pm

Lisicki's serve looking dodge
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Post by The Special Juan Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:03 pm

Lisicki can't serve, Shvedova can't return. The German somehow leads 3-2 (on serve).
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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:04 pm

Lisicki breaks here
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Post by The Special Juan Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:10 pm

A Sharapova-esque performance here on serve so far from Lisicki.
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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:14 pm

Lovely play from Lisicki
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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:16 pm

How did Lisicki get this far into the draw (when the first week is fast and serve friendly) with that many DFs?
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Post by sirfredperry Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:22 pm

Halep and Lisicki both win first set 6-3. Halep attacking with hardly any UEs and Diyas attacking with far too many

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Post by The Special Juan Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:35 pm

Someone has just suggested than Wimbledon be turned into a hard court tournament. I suggest they are burned at the stake.

Lisicki breaks back in the 2nd. She leads 6-3 2*-3.
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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:41 pm

The Special Juan wrote:Someone has just suggested than Wimbledon be turned into a hard court tournament.  I suggest they are burned at the stake.

Lisicki breaks back in the 2nd.  She leads 6-3 2*-3.

Not painful enough.

A) nothing ever should be turned into HC. Nobody needs any more HC
B) we need more grass
C) it's Frak Wimbledon. Sacrilege.
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Post by Guest Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:42 pm

Wow Halep didn't waste any time there!

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Post by The Special Juan Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:46 pm

An example of what confidence can bring to your game. The Stanimal is up next.
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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:50 pm

Come on Sabine!
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Post by kingraf Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:07 pm

I've got a huge crush on Kerber, but I'm not sure I'm prepared for a MaSha vocal performance
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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:07 pm

Neither player playing even vaguely well
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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:09 pm

Dodgy time to call for the trainer
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Post by The Special Juan Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:10 pm

I don't agree with this. She can't just sit down and expect the trainer to come out.
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Post by kingraf Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:13 pm

Quite the questionable time out.. Sabine looks gorgeous glistening with sweat...
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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:15 pm

Trainer was working the biceps head attachment, now the scapula, that's rotator cuff areas, hope she hasn't actually torn something
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Post by The Special Juan Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:16 pm

Shvedova has every right to be incensed.
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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:17 pm

Shvedova can feel pretty dubious about all of that
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Post by The Special Juan Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:24 pm

Looks like a possible neck strain?
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Post by Guest Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:25 pm

I can hear Sharapova from here in Eastbourne!

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Post by kingraf Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:27 pm

Kerber is the pick of the bunch for me. Drop dead gorgeous. Kerber for the win.
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Post by The Special Juan Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:29 pm

For whom the bell tolls, Sabine... Sad
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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:29 pm

Whilst I'm not sure they'd like us talking about their looks and not their tennis, Lisicki, Bouchard and the knocked out Cornet are all lovely. And Ana
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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:31 pm

The commentators are right, Lisicki is Djokovicing
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Post by The Special Juan Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:31 pm

Azarenka is very underrated.
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Post by Guest Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:31 pm

Federer serving for the 1st set.

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Post by Jahu Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:31 pm

Any of them will do, lets not be picky. You lot are some VIP Celeb posh rich guys?

Be simple  Laugh 
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Post by ChequeredJersey Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:32 pm

Kirilenko too. Something about tennis players, imagine there are some lovely men for the ladies too
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Post by Guest Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:32 pm

And takes it.

This could be a short match!

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