Federer Rolls Into Wimbledon Second Round with Win Over Lorenzi

Well, that was about the kind of start that was needed from Roger if he was going to have a chance at winning #18 at SW19. Roger looked quite impressive in a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Lorenzi. The break point conversion rate was poor again but other than that it was a very solid performance. If this was the second round I would be concerned about the break point conversions, but since it is first round I will let him off the hook. Everything else looked good. The serve was top notch again with 70% first serves, 9 aces, and only one double fault. The forehand was looking lethal at times and there was some nice backhand down the line shots as well. The returning, movement, and volleys all looked sharp as well. The break point conversion rate I expect to improve in the next round so this is as good a start as you could have asked from Roger.

The problem is the form of the rest of the top four. They are all looking awfully good too. Of course, an important match was the one between Nadal and Klizan, and I paid special attention to that. Nadal ended up winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, the exact same score he beat Klizan at the French Open with last year. In doing so, Nadal reached his 700th career singles win while Roger is currently on 957 wins, closing in fast on the 1000 milestone. Watching the first game of the match Klizan went up 40-0 on Nadal’s serve right off the bat and I thought the upset was on the cards again, but Nadal held serve with his usual tenacity. Klizan did, however, win the first set, and I was impressed with his game. He looked exactly like the kind of player that could upset Nadal because he had a big game and he was left-handed like Nadal.

The 2:1 winner to unforced error ratio were impressive as well

He looked mentally good as well because at 4-4 and 40-30 he pulled a huge psyche job on Nadal when Nadal had a second serve on break point down. Klizan moved way over to the middle of the court and left a big space open out wide, inviting Nadal to go to that side. It clearly confused Nadal as he double faulted and handed the break to Klizan, something you would never see under normal conditions. Klizan was also clutch at 5-4 and 30-30 when he went for a big second serve and pulled it off. It was exciting stuff, but Nadal broke almost immediately in the second set and then it was one-way traffic. Klizan could not keep up his level from the first set and went away mentally. It was depressing and disappointing after he had my hopes up. I have already said the first round will probably be Nadal’s biggest test.

And he did extremely well under the circumstances. I can now easily see him winning the title again. That said, I don’t give him a better chance than the rest of the big four. In my opinion, they all now have an equal chance of winning the title, which makes this a very interesting year at Wimbledon. After Nadal’s match, I was kind of disappointed and depressed, but then I decided just to enjoy the tournament as a whole. I still think Nadal is the favorite against anyone else than the rest of the big four, and I think he will make semis. But from there on it’s anyone’s title probably. I know I have said that Roger’s chances against Nadal is slim, but I don’t even want to look that far ahead. I just want to enjoy this highly fascinating tournament and not get caught up in expectations and hopes.

It was the black, not the gold

It’s not necessary to look ahead to the semis even because there are many other potential exciting match ups. In the top half of the draw, Murray already destroyed his second round opponent today and he is looking very sharp as well. Dimitrov is currently on and serving for the match right now. He is looking very good too and is my dark horse of the tournament. I obviously don’t think he will win it this year, but he can cause a big upset or two. He is drawn to play Murray in the quarters which is a mouth watering prospect. Then Djokovic destroyed his first round opponent as well and was looking just as impressive. It was good to see how well he is bouncing back after the French Open disappointment and he looks as desperate as anyone to prove himself by winning the title.

Each one of the big four desperately wants to prove something here, and they are all looking awfully good. Roger is playing again tomorrow against Muller after Muller took out Benneteau. Roger has played Muller three times and leads the head-to-head 3-0. Muller is a big server who can be a challenge on grass, but of course I expect Roger to get through in his current form. Nadal now plays against Rosol who he lost to in 2012. A lot of people seem hopeful that Rosol can do the impossible again but in my opinion that is like hoping lighting will strike twice in the same place. Rosol won’t be in the zone again and Nadal never gets upset consecutively by the same player. It is more likely that Nadal will utterly destroy Rosol. Well, I am off to watch Djokovic vs Stepanek.

Should be very interesting!

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Posted in Grand Slams, Wimbledon.

68 Comments

  1. “I can now easily see him winning the title again. That said, I don’t give him a better chance than the rest of the big four.”

    I think this is exactly the case, so it’s a very exciting year at Wimbledon!

    But on another note, I want to ask about a statistic, and want you all to know that I’m prepared to take a beating for it. :-)

    I’ve always though break point conversions could be a misleading statistic, and that games with break points could possibly be a more revealing indicator.

    In other words, Roger broke almost every game in the first two sets, so I’d think (without having seen the match) that his return game was definitely on.

    If you get a break point, then it goes to deuce, then you get another break point, etc. – but eventually break the opponent’s serve – then isn’t that a case of doing your job on the return? If you can do that every time (which no one can of course) then I think stats should reflect that you never let a chance to break the opponent’s serve get away.

    As always I welcome instruction from everyone. I hope you’re enjoying this great tournament!

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  2. Hey Joe. That’s why one should look at both break points and break point conversions together. That combo shows what your talking about but break point conversions alone shows how you perform in the big points when the pressure is on. That’s why it’s so important because it’s those points that often determine the winner. I found the Gulbis Stakaofsky match very interesting for 2 reasons. First because Roger did not lose to a tomato can last year. This guy is good on the grass. Second because it shows just how incredible the big four are. This match demonstrated to me how freaking hard it is to perform on a high level tournament after tournament. Gulbis and even more so Stan have gotten super hot and gone far in a few tournaments, but being able to do that week in and week out for years and years is just insane. As I mentioned from the first round, Murray is looking super tough, the sound of the ball cleanly cracking off his racket is fantastic.

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  3. Thanks Eric!

    It’s a busy day here and I don’t have time for a long reply. But Murray is certainly looking determined to repeat!
    ;-)

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  4. Wow. You know what the match of the tournament could be? Murray Dimitrov. Boy, I hope I get to see that one. I leave on Tuesday night so maybe maybe not, right?

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    Joe Reply:

    Eric, I guess this is crunch time for you, eh? Very best wishes for a smashing success! (A ‘slamming’ success?)

    Roger is definitely NOT the only guy we cheer for on this site – and you’ll be at the top of our list too, for the duration – so please send us any news!

    What are your key dates, and how long will you be away?

    In any event, I hope that synchronicity thingy is going to help you and Roger both!

    I hope you get to see Murray and Dimitrov too. Murray has started so well that I hope he has a couple of tough struggles to tire him out before the later rounds!

    Best wishes,
    Joe

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    eric Reply:

    Hi Joe. Again that is so sweet of you to wish me well. I feel very much a part of a great community here. My timetable is a lot longer than in tennis. While there will be 3 smaller milestones along the way, the next big one that determines if I get into what I call the semis, should occur right around the new year. This trip tuesday is going to be fascinating for research as well as a few big meetings and I’ll be traveling for the entire month of July. I now I’ll have internet access intermittently, it just so happens that fri, sat, sun next week I definitely will not. What are the odds of that??? Anyway, not complaining, I will watch what I can monday and be in touch. I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Bromance going on here, guys? Awwwww….Haha! Good luck Eric! Watch out! Wimby and Work don’t really go well together. If Roger loses, you lose inspiration, if he wins, you will be too distracted! So for your own dear Slam’s sake, stay far away from Wimby!! He he!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Veronica, I was thinking exactly the same reading it :-) Bromance between two very sweet guys here. Our own Roger Federer/Marco Chuidinelli-Bromance? :-)

    By the way Eric….. have to say that…. I got a little bit jealous when you were “druling” over Ana !! It is not your fault, must be in the DNA of all men :-) She is such a sweetheart with a great smile and game. Hope she (or Serena) wins. Anyone except Maria. Wow, did that girl disappoint me at the RG final or what?? Gamesmanship much?? Never saw Halep play, but was so rooting for her. Maria really really disappointed me. I actually see her as the female Rafa…

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    Katyani Reply:

    Oh and Joe, thank you for your reply. I tried coming to this site through Google after opening Modzilla Firefox and Google Chrome, but it didn’t work. Still the same issues (commenting and it not showing)….

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey Katanyi,

    The reason I asked about other browsers was to see whether your security settings in that browser had been changed – but I guess that’s not the case since all your browsers are affected.

    Do you have a new firewall, or have you updated virus protection s/w recently?
    Any changes along those lines would affect all browsers…

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    Joe Reply:

    Bromance? Let me say this: ewwwwwwwwww!!!

    I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the most interesting man in the world, but I hope those of you who are will please consider this, which I consider to be an accurate summary of my own knowledge about this topic:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrDWxhilPOs&feature=kp

    But I do want to say that I respect that Eric is making his way with his writing skill since that’s always been a dream of mine; my own hobby is writing poetic fiction that focuses on spritual or psychological truths. Think Rumi or Kahlil Gibran, then subtract all the brilliance…

    And on another note: I don’t think Ana has anything on you Katanyi!
    :-)

    I hope that last remark won’t offend anyone (you most of all Katanyi), and if so I hope I can ask for forgiveness, based on having recently been accused of bromance!
    :-)

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    eric Reply:

    “poetic fiction that focuses on spritual or psychological truths. Think Rumi or Kahlil Gibran”. Wow, that is very interesting. The Prophet was one of the first books I really connected with as a kid and found it incredibly inspirational. The best advice I ever got in regards to writing I’ll pass on to you. Writer’s write. Keep doing it as much and as well as you can and you will get better at it.

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    Joe Reply:

    Eric,

    Thanks, I will!

    And I’ll send you a link from another Gibran book for your enjoyment. It’s not the Prophet (which I think is more than wonderful) but it’s beautiful and little known: Mary Magdalen, On Meeting Jesus for the First Time (in case the link doesn’t work), in the book Jesus, the Son of Man (not trying to convert anyone here, just to share beauty).

    If I could write like this…. well, you know.

    http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks03/0301451h.html#4

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    Veronica Reply:

    Accused of bromance, Joe! Aww….. It’s one of the nicest things in life! Beautiful, “looking out for each other” kinda friendship between blokes. Think Roger and Stan/Marco; even Fedal!! That’s tennis royalty company you have in there, Joe! Ha!

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey Veronica,

    I have to admit – that IS good company!

    And btw, Ana doesn’t have anything on you either!

    :-)

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    eric Reply:

    No need to be jealous, Katyani. I know who will protect me when I’m in trouble.

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  5. Djokovic is my second favorite player – in the big four – but I’m not sorry to see him struggle in this tournament!

    Did Djokovic look strong? I know Stepanek is always a threat….

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    eric Reply:

    Djokovic is awesome. Incredible player, tons of heart, and I think a cool dude, too. You’ve also got to respect where he’s come from. Anyone know why Stephanek is so low ranked that he drew Djoko in R2?

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yes, all hail the Serbinator! Classiest loser ever; always congratulates and hugs the winner warmly. And who in all of tennis history concedes points to his opponents??!! How many times has he done it already?!! He is the GOAT in fair play, in my opinion. Under Becker’s eagle eyes, he is diligently practising his volleys. He had the toughest opponents so far among the top 4 so it’s safe to say he is really looking good and like a favourite; except Murray is also looking good as well, although he played lesser opponents. I think by 4th round, it should become clearer who among them will have the slight edge as favourite. And we would be able to gauge a bit more of Fedal’s forms after tonight! Can’t wait!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Veronica, sometimes Nole bugs the hell out of me, but I do like him and start liking him more and more (just, sometimes I have this feeling he is trying to follow Roger too much). But wow, what a match. Kudos to Radek. 35 years old, plays both singles and doubles and is still a big big threat to the top 4 :-) And ofcourse kudos to Nole. But, for some reason I cannot see him win Wimby. Mentally… he is somewhere where he should not be. Hope that if Roger doesn’t win Wimby, that Nole will. But I think Andy will make the final. And hopefully Roger will be waiting for him there and collect the trophy ofcourse :-)

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  6. Hello guys!

    Lots if story lines to follow and that is wonderful! At this point I am not really sure who the favourite to win the title is at the moment. Nevertheless, I agree with Ru-an regarding the desire of each of the top 4 to do well. Also I am following Dimitrov as well because so far he has impressed. Will see how the Dolgopolov match will go – it will be very interesting.

    As far as Roger – I am excited to see him play well and we’ll see. He has a chance but I can’t tell for sure what will happen. He really needs a big win again in order to get back in the game. I am not sure if it will against Nadal this year but that would absolutely amazing if it happens. Let’s see how tomorrow goes first! ;-)

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  7. Is this a Federer blog or Nadal blog? From the last month or so, tou have been showering heaps of praises on Nadal and bashing Roger up. Please change the blog name to Ruans Nadal Blog.. Give me a break!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I don’t appreciate this kind of comment at all. I have had them in the past and I find it cowardly, lacking imagination, and offensive. In fact I am going to make a rule that if someone uses it again they will get banned instantly. As for you I will give you the break you asked for. You are getting banned. If you ask very nicely I will allow you to comment again in the future.

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    Eric Reply:

    Oh man, them’s fighting words.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Sam. We and you can be Roger fans and admire some of Rafa’s accomplishments too. It is possible. It doesn’t make us or you an automatic Rafa fan :-)

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    Joe Reply:

    Come on back, Sam.

    Ruan is a very fair person and values objectivity a great deal.

    Many on this site have expressed their dislike for or disapproval of Nadal – I, for one, don’t consider him to be about fair play – and that’s frankly a very euphemistic description of my perception of Nadal.

    And I think you may have made your last post with tongue partially in cheek (i.e. jesting in part), and it just caught people the wrong way.

    But Ruan has encouraged us to consider and acknowledge Nadal’s good qualities as a competitor and tennis player, and quite rightly so.

    Anyway, that’s a quick review of some recent history on this site. We’re all Federer fans here!

    But I think Ruan would agree that we do welcome honest opinions, good sportsmanship, serious questions, and mutual support here.

    So come on back if any of that sounds like you.

    Best,
    Joe

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    Ru-an Reply:

    He’s gonna have to beg me hard Joe. Not sure it’s worth the effort for him. After more than five years of hard work on this blog in support of Roger Federer I find that kind of comment extremely offensive, ungrateful, and disrespectful. I can’t believe I allowed people to get away with that in the past. From here on it’s an instant and permanent ban.

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    Joe Reply:

    Ok please accept my apology Ruan.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    For what? You did nothing wrong.

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    Joe Reply:

    You’re a good man Ruan.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks but you are a better man.

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    Joe Reply:

    Ruan!

    I’m very humbled by your words, and although I don’t agree with you (this time!) I’ll still try to live up to them. At least, I’ll try to be a better man than I have been.

    Your words of kindness are a treasure to me. When I’m an old man, I’ll still cherish them.

    Thank you.

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  8. not at all cool to bash the writer of this blog. That’s my $0.02. As far as watching tennis today, I loved the Djokovic vs Stepanek match. When Stepanek got the bad call and he challenged it, that to me was an instant classic. I really enjoy watching him play especially when he won Davis Cup. Overall, I’m really liking what I’m seeing this year at Wimbledon.

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    Eric Reply:

    Me too. Loving it. Really excellent tennis being played every day.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I love you guys and the discussions we are having here. Yes the Djokovic vs Stepanek match was classic. I didn’t catch all of it because I had to sleep but what I saw was great tennis.

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  9. Just watched highlights. I thought his volleys were fantastic. And Roger in White and moving on grass is so gloriously regal and the most natural thing in the world! How many times has Roger slipped on the lush green in all his years at Wimby? I think I can count them with just my 10 fingers! At this point in time, I think Murray looks like the favourite. He has been outstanding playing with confidence and urgency. Although they have just started, Amelie could be just what Murray needs. Lendl manned him up and now Amelie relaxes him. I’m already salivating for Grigor v Murray! So many great matches, we are spoilt for choice. Did anyone watch Tomic v Berdych? Some great ball striking there. The balls sounded so crisp coming from those two giants rackets. Tomic played out of his mind. Novak v Stepanek was so entertaining. The Worm’s reputation for great entertaining matches is guaranteed. And does anyone think Roger’s past year conqueror could be a dark horse this year?! I do! Roger’s gotta be sharp against Muller; a lefty, has an unreturnable serve and grass is his fav surface. Definitely a dangerous second round for Roger. As for Rosol, if he repeats, he can hang up his racket immediately, his name will be revered for all ages to come! And, oh, Sam, welcome to this Federer blog “that heaps praises on Nadal and bashes up Roger”. Is that what it is, this blog?! Oh, I must be in the wrong place! I’m getting out of here, Ru-an! Hahahahah!! Allez!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Hi Veronica, lots of chatting going on on Ru-ans page, some of it is very juicy…can hardly keep up reading it all. Am keeping my eye on Nadal/Rosol match…outcome??? We shall see. Roger’s match will be coming up when TV coverage will switch to soccer….Hope to catch some of his match sometime. Veronica, I want you to go back to Ru-an’s previous blog and read my reply to you and Elizabeth about “hair-gate”. Looks like we will be seeing Roger’s curls flying after all….smile, smile. Sorry about the fright I gave you.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Veronica Reply:

    Dear Dolores! I read your hair gate watch on the previous post and had replied to you there! I hereby appoint you as our hair gate keeper, Dolores! Haha! And yes, the curls were flying last night and didn’t I JUST LOVE them!! He looked so handsome and so young too! Certainly didn’t look like a father of 4 and I think, looks younger than Djokerdalray!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Dear Veronica, So sorry I missed your reply on Ru-an’s previous blog….however, I just checked it again, it was there. Blame the ole’ age gate! You are a darling, love your enthusiasm and you knowledge of tennis. Agree, Roger looks 100% better with his locks flying…also, he is a well-mannered young man, an idol for the younger generation. Yes, his racquet did the talking on yesterday’s match against Muller, I saw only the 2nd and 3rd set. Waiting to hear Ru-an’s thoughts on this performance. Am keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed for the next match….it is one match at a time, Veronica. C’mon, Roger!
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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  10. Ruan! Don’t get beat up if Nadal wins Wimbledon, if you are really a tennis fan as you said insisted in your blog, then you would still appreciate tennis even if Nadal surpasses Federer. Times change, and records are meant to be broken, isn’t that the never-ending cycle of life?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You are right Khuong. I am still too biased, but I’m changing fast. I already said in this post that I just want to enjoy this exciting event and not spoil it with favoritism and expectation. So I don’t think there is really a problem. I know Roger only has a one in four chance of winning this.

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  11. You guys watching this?! Can lightning strike twice?! Rosol’s got that look in his eyes again……. Quote of the tournament from McEnroe regarding Nadal “2 years ago he went to see a knee doctor after he lost. Tomorrow if he loses, he would be seeing a psychiatrist”!!!

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  12. I’m not worried yet. Last time Rosol came back after the momentum was against him twice. He plays well over five sets (against Nadal at least).

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  13. Well I won’t be surprised or discouraged if Nadal wins this match. In fact I think it would be nothing short of remarkable if Rosol could beat him twice in a row at Wimbledon.

    And it’s good to see Nadal have to go an extra set or two as well.

    My only concern is that this win might actually galvanize Nadal, and kick his level of play into high gear.

    I actually shudder at that thought. Ruan doesn’t just have hunches for no reason, as we all know.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah he won Joe. Hard to see him being stopped now. He’s probably winning the title.

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Well much as we all hate it amd I am including Sam, how can we be surprised when Nadal wins. We don’t have to like it but you have to say (through
    clenched teeth) just too good for Rosol! I thought Rosol had him but Nadal just dug his teeth in and the rest is history…do you think we could get him a 9 match ban? C’MON ROGER !!!

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  14. Eh, we shouldn’t worry about Nadal. Just Roger.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    That is actually very true Chris.

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    Joe Reply:

    But easier said than done!
    :-)

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  15. Hey guys, I don’t know about you guys, but I am very proud of Rosol. He fought and fought till the end. But Rafa is Rafa. Will play patiently and patiently and patiently till…. the opponent makes a mistake and keeps making them.
    To be honest, most of the time I still give kudos to Rafa for winning a match he should have lost by hanging on and hanging tough. But that was NOT today. Today he was just about… well, let me play so that Rosol (who took the most chances by the way) will make errors. Today… no kudos to Rafa. He won, but in a bad way. Congrats to Rosol.

    Come on Roger, show (you know who) how to play….

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    zaph Reply:

    I’m sorry that is complete non-sense, as anyone who has played tennis can tell you. I know players like Rosol, who can hit a hot streak, and blast winners onto the lines.

    They can never keep it up, it is a bad way to play the game. Rosol might blast his way through a few rounds, but he is always going to self destruct. Anyone who thinks that is how you play knows nothing about tennis.

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    Joe Reply:

    Zaph,

    Is your point that Nadal can wait out streaky players, or that you know a lot about tennis? And why did you start your post by saying that you’re sorry?

    Do you think it’s possible to share opinions in a way that adds to others’ knowledge, without suggesting that they know nothing? If you do, then why did you choose the approach you chose?

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    zaph Reply:

    Because these are the standard anti-rafa rants we get, because he dares to beat Federer.

    Rosol doesn’t just go for winners on every ball against Nadal, he does against everyone and it doesn’t work.

    Tennis is about control, about picking the time to hit the winner, go for more. Rosol doesn’t do that, he is one of those players I dislike. Like Karlovich, not a great player, but can blast anyone away on his day.

    An example of a better big hitter is someone like Tsonga, someone who doesn’t just hit hot streaks, but actually knows how to construct a match.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Tsonga is a moron.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Zaph, you are completely right about one thing: I have never picked up a racquet, I have never played tennis and I have like 5% knowledge of tennis. I have, even in my first comment here ever, never made a secret about that. I am one of those people who only began to follow tennis because of Roger. But…. does that mean that I cannot comment about tennis? You don’t have to know everything about it in order to comment on a tennissite right?? And also, believe me I am one of the few Roger fans who also admire some things about Rafa (not a lot and I am not a fan either). If he wins, I don’t like it, but do appreciate the fact that he fought to win. But NOT against Rosol. In my not-knowledgeble-opinion Rosol took risks, big risks and I admire that far more than someone who just plays and literally waits till the opponent makes a mistake and then keeps making them. Personally… my knowledge of tennis is that much that I don’t like defensive play all the time and I love offensive play where one takes risks, even if it means losing points or the match.
    I hope I explained it well Zaph.

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    Eric Reply:

    Actually Katyani, Zaph is not only rude, but he’s wrong. Let me ask you Zaph, what is the right way to beat Rafa Nadal. To trade ground strokes with him and think that you’ll out consistent him or wear him down over the course of the match? Is gat what you’d do? That’s occasionally worked for one guy on the planet, Djokovich. Or do you have to be super human talented and throw every shot in the book at Nadal, dazzling him with your brilliance and keeping him off balance and unable to get into his grove. There’s only one guy in the history of the sport with the lights out talent to accomplish that, occasionally – Roger freaking Federer. No one else has ever been able to beat Rafa consistently and the only way that anyone aside from those two guys EVER beats Rafa is by playing exactly the way Katyani accurately described what Rosol did. By crushing the ball every time, aiming for the lines and trying to blow Nadal off the court without getting a chance to play his game. That’s how Stan did it too. Is it hard to keep that up for an entire match? You bet. But that’s his only shot, it worked last time, and almost worked again. I commend the guy for not letting Nadal run him back and forth like a monkey like he does to everyone else. So give Katyani a break and be nice, especially when you’re the one who’s wrong!

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Hi Folks, not being a tennis player myself but as a tennis fan I think that Rosol gave it a shot and it very nearly paid off again! Just that Nadal was that bit more determined that it wasn’t going to happen. Just as determined as Roger was that he was not going home early this year….I wouldn’t mind it if he aced everyone off the court!!!!

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    Joe Reply:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I think you, Katanyi, and Eric have the right of it. Rosol really went after it! He also played well, almost all the time. He didn’t sit back and wait to ‘lose more slowly’. I really, really like the fact that he doesn’t seem to be intimidated by Nadal. And I thought he showed excellent sportsmanship when he congratulated Nadal after the match.

    But the best part, IMHO, is that he went after it!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Eric, I love the fact that you know exactly how to say something with all those terms you use. All I got was “Rosol took the most chances” :-)
    Great, supergreat comment and completely true. Only 2 players on earth who can beat Rafa regularly: Roger and Novak. Oh… and lets not forget ofcourse Davydenko :-)

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Joe, I really like Rosol, but the best thing about him is that he is not afraid or intimidated by Rafa…. and that he is a little bit (not a lot !!) taken back by Roger. All comes down to respect for someone you want to beat but admire (Roger and Nole) and someone you just want to beat (Rafa) :-)

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Elizabeth, sooooooo true what you wrote “wouldn’t mind it if he aced everyone off the court!!!!”. Feel exactly the same. Come on Roger, don’t mind ‘what it takes’ (fairly ofcourse) as long as you are the one holding that golden trophy :-)

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  16. Hi Ru-an, will be anxious to read your analysis of today’s Roger/Muller match, I was excited about it, saw only the 2nd and 3rd set.
    Veronica, Roger’s curls were flying!
    Best,
    Dolores

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  17. Just to copy over some stats I commented on Jonathan’s blog:

    44 Winners to 5 Unforced Errors.
    Four breaks of serve.
    Only nine points lost on serve in the entire match, not a single break point opportunity for Muller and if I recall correctly not a single 30-30 or deuce point on Roger’s serve.
    If I have any of this wrong let me know, this is just from memory.

    PS: Yes, the opponent was not particularly tough, but for the first time in months I could sit back and just admire some incredible shots from Roger, without thinking constantly that he could lose. In all his other matches in the past few months there have been shaky moments at crucial times, when serving for sets, matches, break points. None of that today. I’m impressed I must say.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/stats/day11/1224ms.html Unbelievable match stats.

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