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Post by sirfredperry Sat 29 Jun 2019, 8:56 pm

First topic message reminder :

Fair weather, at least for the first few days, beckons at Wimbledon. There's a roof on number one court, which is excellent news for those with tickets for that court and for the organisers if the rain arrives.

Djoko is my favourite for the title followed by Federer. Rafa has a difficult draw but how often have we seen tricky draws work out simply due to the fact that projected opponents fall by the wayside.

Difficult to make a case out for anyone outside the top three having a good run. Last year Anderson and Isner made the semis but have not played much this season. Not sure Tsitsipas or Thiem really have the game for grass.

Predicting a women's champion is far from straightforward. Barty is the new number one and with that terrific BH slice could do extremely well. Kerber looked very good in beating Halep at Eastbourne and Pliskova has a chance, although her Wimbledon record is woeful.

You can never rule out Serena and, as I said before the French, practically all the top players have a chance. Intriguing first-round match between Coco Gauff (aged 15) and Venus (aged 39).

This year sees a tiebreak kick in at 12-12 in the final set. It just remains to be seen just how much talk the BBC come up with before showing any action when they start the programmes. Thank God for the red button.


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Post by Henman Bill Mon 15 Jul 2019, 2:45 am

Still no BPS for Djokovic in the whole match so far. Surely he will get some and maybe even break in this set. Federer has to have a service game with some errors at some point.

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 2:48 am

Federer breaks and just needs to put all his focus and remaining energies into holding serve to take this to a fifth set.

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 2:51 am

Federer holds to love thus consolidating his break. He just needs to hold two more service games to take this into a fifth set.

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 2:54 am

Amazingly Federer gets the double break and is now serving for the fourth set.

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Post by Henman Bill Mon 15 Jul 2019, 2:55 am

5 breaks to none and losing...I've never seen such a thing....it's barely even possible.

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 2:59 am

Djokovic gets his first break point of the match but is unable to take it. Deuce.

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:01 am

Djokovic gets a second break point and takes it. So Federer ahead by one break in the fourth set 5-3.

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:02 am

Probably Federer tiring a little after the effort in getting the second break to go 5-2 up.

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:04 am

Djokovic holds to 15.  So again Federer has to focus and dredge up the last of his energy resources to serve out and take the match to a fifth set.

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:06 am

And Federer serves out to love. We are heading into a fifth set.

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Post by Henman Bill Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:07 am

Well I was right about Novak breaking in this set, but he did it at the least valuable time when already a double break down.

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:08 am

Federer, if he hasn't already taken his one allowed toilet break, needs to take it now, get a full blood transfusion and breath in some magical energy dust, to prepare him for the fifth set.


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Post by Henman Bill Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:08 am

In the game where Federer was broken, nice to see him win a long rally on the first break point. Not sure how many shots that was - 30 maybe.

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Post by laverfan Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:08 am

Interesting contest so far. One-set match with Djokovic serving first.

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Post by sirfredperry Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:10 am

So we're into a 5th and I'm still taking Djoko to take it. At least Fed won't lose now having not faced a BP!

Don't think Fed has ever won a GS final after being two sets to one down. Bit patchy to be considered a great match but some good moments. The 35-stroke rally towards the end of the 4th set was insane.

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Post by theslosty Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:11 am

Djokovic has become such a big point player it's like he's almost struggling to focus on the smaller points
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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:25 am

When Federer, Djokovic and Nadal retire I think the general interest in tennis as a spectator entertainment will plummet.

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:26 am

Federer in danger 15-40 on his serve. But saves two break-points and we have deuce.

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:28 am

Federer holds 2-2 fifth set. But Federer's energy levels are depleted.

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Post by Henman Bill Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:29 am

great defence, some ballsy shots, but the point at 15-30 where Fed hit a short ball novak was running before he even hit it, he knew it was coming...still I'm worried about the over use of short balls a bit...

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Post by sirfredperry Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:33 am

2-3 on serve in the 5th

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:33 am

Djokovic quickly goes 40-0 on serve, suddenly Federer pegs him back to Deuce, then Djokovic takes the next two points to hold and leads 3-2 fifth set on serve.

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Post by kemet Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:34 am

Great match from Federer, but Novak is still looking the better player, if by just fine margins

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:37 am

Federer's serve again being pressurised:
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Djokovic breaks. That is probably that. 4-2 in fifth set to Djokovic.

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:38 am

Federer spent too much energy on Djokovics previous service game - going from 40-0 to 40-40 - but it was wasted energy because Djokovic held serve.

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Post by kemet Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:39 am

No name Bertie wrote:Federer spent too much energy on Djokovics previous service game - going from 40-0 to 40-40 - but it was wasted energy because Djokovic held serve.

Roger is failing to execute on too many big points

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:44 am

Unbelievable Federer breaks back in a titanic game. Federer must now be running on fumes.

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Post by Henman Bill Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:45 am

Federer's level has dipped this set. Both players looking tired but Novak handling it better.

The point where Federer got broken his approach shot was poor. Perhaps he could have hit it harder, and certainly deeper. That was a disappointing one.

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Post by sirfredperry Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:48 am

From 2-4 to 4-4. It's not over yet

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:49 am

Federer holds to 30, 4-4 final set. But there are no easy games at the moment.

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Post by kemet Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:53 am

Sudden death service game for Roger now against arguably the greatest returner in the history of tennis....

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Post by sirfredperry Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:53 am

Fed to serve to stay in the match at 4-5

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:54 am

Djokovic holds to 30. 5-4. Pressure now swings onto Federer as he is now serving to save the championship.

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 3:57 am

Federer holds to 30, and was at one point 30-30. 5-5

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Post by sirfredperry Mon 15 Jul 2019, 4:02 am

5-6 now after Djoko produced terrific diving volleying winner to help hold.

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Post by Henman Bill Mon 15 Jul 2019, 4:09 am

Federer still playing a lot of short balls with mixed results...so many is he just totally exhausted? Novak looks tired, but Federer is the only one playing like he's tired.

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 4:10 am

So far in this match Federer has run 4.4 km and Djokovic has run 4.3 km. And of course this is sharp acceleration and deceleration sprints and changes in direction - not the leisurely pace of a middle to long distance runner.

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Post by theslosty Mon 15 Jul 2019, 4:12 am

Probably for the first time in the match Novak appears to be edging the play at the moment
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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 4:18 am

Federer serving for the match!

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Post by sirfredperry Mon 15 Jul 2019, 4:18 am

Unbelievably, Fed to serve for the match....

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 4:24 am

Djokovic saves two championship points. Back on serve 8-8.

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Post by sirfredperry Mon 15 Jul 2019, 4:24 am

BACK ON SERVE 8-8. Djoko has saved MPs against Fed before .

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Post by kemet Mon 15 Jul 2019, 4:26 am

Novak's winning this....

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Post by Henman Bill Mon 15 Jul 2019, 4:28 am

agreed...maybe even in the next game...

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 4:29 am

Any chance of a final set tie-breaker?

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Post by sirfredperry Mon 15 Jul 2019, 4:32 am

9-9!

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Post by theslosty Mon 15 Jul 2019, 4:45 am

At least Fed hasn't crumbled after those 2MPs a la USO 2010/11
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Post by EdWoodjr Mon 15 Jul 2019, 4:56 am

Greatness on display. Then again, with £2.35 million to the winner, there ought to be.

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Post by No name Bertie Mon 15 Jul 2019, 5:09 am

EdWoodjr wrote:Greatness on display. Then again, with £2.35 million to the winner, there ought to be.  
Federer should have gone for a sex change and then competed in the Women's tournament for the same amount.  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9e_Richards


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Post by kemet Mon 15 Jul 2019, 5:09 am

Ten years later, and Roger Federer does an Andy Roddick.

Novak Djokovic is a deserving champion.

This is a devastating loss for Federer though....

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