Djokovic Retires from Rigged Wimbledon

So Djokovic had to retire in his match against Berdych after trailing 7-6(2), 2-0 due to his old arm injury after having to play two days in a row when Wimbledon could have let him play on Center Court on Monday.

First of all, I have lost interest in this tournament after the biased behavior of the organizers. This will be my final blog post about the 2017 Rigged Championships unless Federer loses which is highly unlikely. It is more likely that he will win Wimbledon without dropping a set.

I don’t feel like a tournament which favors certain players over others with their scheduling deserves another post from me unless it is to celebrate their failure to get what they want. They already failed to get one of their favorites past the quarterfinals when Murray lost to Querrey which was great but if Federer wins the tournament they would still have gotten their way.

Federer winning a record 8th Wimbledon title is what they want to see and now they have helped to eliminate his nemesis through ridiculous scheduling. Djokovic was in pain from the start and hardly moved out of second gear. When he lost the first set it was obvious he wasn’t going to complete the match.

It was the old arm injury that never properly healed after he completed the personal slam. Djokovic is just as responsible for his retirement as Wimbledon but it doesn’t excuse Wimbledon’s pathetic behavior in any way. It was obvious to anyone who knows something about tennis that he never properly recovered from the historical 2015-16 run.

He was burned out and never gave his body the rest that it was constantly calling for. If Djokovic had taken the entire last year off and used a protective ranking he would be in a better position than he is now. In the last year, he achieved very little on the court and only made his arm worse.

I already realized Djokovic was doomed at the beginning of the clay court season. In hindsight, Djokovic should have shut it down post US Open last year. But he also kept making mistakes like playing Acapulco instead of sticking to his original schedule. At the beginning of the clay court season, I was already very concerned because I knew he was taking more risks by playing.

I knew at any time during the clay court or grass court seasons the injury can come back. So I was never very optimistic about him playing the clay or grass court seasons but you are going to try to hope for the best after he decided to keep going. And sure enough, the arm came back to haunt him at the worst possible time.

Just as it looked like he was finding form again and before he would face Federer in the Wimbledon semis. But he probably wouldn’t have beaten Federer if he was 100% healthy anyway. So unknowingly Wimbledon may have done him a favor with the schedule. He wouldn’t have wanted to give Federer the satisfaction of beating him if he wasn’t at his best.

But again, that doesn’t excuse Wimbledon in any way. They made it clear who they want to help win the tournament. It’s like they realized Federer can’t beat Djokovic so they had to give him a little extra help to achieve the most profitable and sensational plot. It is actually quite sad that he may win his record 8th Wimbledon title under these conditions.

It reminds me of the changed court speed in Melbourne this year that helped shape the perfect script for Federer to win his 18th slam. This kind of bias from the capitalist model is just one of a million reasons that a GOAT can’t be determined. Djokovic is seen as the outsider so he doesn’t get the kind of assistance Federer gets.

I don’t care about slam titles for determining the GOAT anymore. Not as much as most people anyway. Deciding on GOAT is now an entirely personal thing for me. When people call Federer the GOAT that is just part of the mainstream sensationalism that makes ignorant tennis fans feel like they are supporting the best and that therefore their lives are somehow more meaningful.

Our whole society is based on a lie. And that lie is that some of us are superior to others. The same rigged system that exists in sport exist in politics and it is slowly but surely destroying us. It is this whole idea of superiority due to race, religion, country, gender, sexual orientation or whatever the case may be. The capitalist system is a rigged system based on inequality. And in the meantime, we are destroying the very planet we live on.

I don’t want this to be a political discussion but tennis is a part of this whole system. It’s not a fair system based on equality.

 

Djokovic Fills Final Quarterfinal Space at Wimbledon

Djokovic defeated Mannarino 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-4 in the final fourth round match today after Wimbledon unfairly refused to let him finish his match yesterday on Center Court. As if that was not enough of an insult, they scheduled his match for the quarterfinals for the third match in a row.

We are talking about a 3-time Wimbledon champion here not some grass court novice. You would think they will let Federer or Murray play on Court 1 at least once and the fact that they play all their matches in the same conditions also gives them an unfair advantage.

I mean it’s just shameless stuff that they aren’t even trying to hide. But what they don’t seem to learn from experience is that these kinds of things only motivates Djokovic and makes him play better. And today he remarked how poor the condition of Center Court is this year so he probably doesn’t mind playing on Court 1.

He also played on Center Court today so at least he won’t have to adjust to Center Court again after three matches on Court 1 if he makes the semis.

As for his match today, I missed the first set and a half due to the changed starting time and he wasn’t playing that great when I joined but the important thing is that he recovered from a break down in the tiebreak and won in straight sets. Apparently, he was playing great in the first set and a half too.

Djokovic has not lost a set since Eastbourne now and although the highest ranked player he played since then was Monfils he is looking quite good. There were still unforced errors against Mannarino but you won’t expect him to bring his best form yet and the main thing is that his fire and mojo seems to be back.

There is an injury concern now because he took an MTO against Mannarino for his old arm problem but hopefully, he can keep that at bay until the end of Wimbledon. He does not have a day before the quarterfinals to rest his arm now but he did have Sunday and Monday off.

He plays Berdych who he leads by an astonishing 25-2 in the head-to-head and if he can get through that he will have another day of rest. At least there are no irritating WTA matches tomorrow and the weather forecast is good so this time Djokovic should be able to finish his match.

The quarterfinal stage is where Djokovic usually raises his game when he is playing well and he needs to put in a good performance if he wants to be in good shape before facing Federer. But with Djokovic, it has been just one match at a time this Wimbledon and I am not looking past Berdych especially with the injury concern.

And besides, Federer still has to beat Raonic who he lost to last year.

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Raonic beat Federer last year when Federer was struggling with an injury but you never know. Raonic has come under the radar a bit and had an impressive win over Zverev. He is a guy who plays with a lot of self-belief and can surprise you. I would say Federer is the favorite but Raonic is no pushover like Dimitrov.

Murray plays Querrey and as far as I’m concerned all Murray’s matches are boring but he is British so he plays every match on Center Court. I hope Querrey spoils the hopes of the biased Wimbledon organizers but I am not betting on it. Murray should win.

Finally, Muller plays Cilic and Cilic should definitely win that after Muller upset Nadal in that marathon match. Probably Cilic will win in straight sets or something.

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Nadal Crashes Out of Wimbledon to Muller in Classic

The first casualty of the big 4 at Wimbledon this year is Nadal who was ironically looking the best of the big 4 in the first week. This is why first-week form means very little and why the real tournament begins in the second week. That is when the real favorites play their best.

Muller’s 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 victory in 4h47min over Nadal today was easily the best match of the tournament so far though and surely one of the best Wimbledon 4th rounds ever. There was great drama and when Nadal leveled at two sets all you thought he would get the job done.

Especially after Muller blew 4 match points. That is usually the situation in which Nadal excels. But this is grass and Nadal have not been past the 4th round at Wimbledon since 2011. So much for all the hype after Nadal’s French Open title and now he can’t get back to #1 after Wimbledon either.

Nadal just isn’t a very good fast court player and grass isn’t even fast anymore compared to the 90s. So all credit to Muller for getting the job done after missing so many chances and having so much reason to get despondent. Credit to Nadal as well for the way he bravely fought. I really thought he would prevail in those circumstances but Muller just kept a poker face and finally broke the deadlock.

Muller is almost 35 years old now and is playing the best tennis of his life. Nadal’s serve improved a lot and he served 23 aces in the match which is a personal best for him. He is an infinitely better mover and athlete than Muller but this is not clay so, in the end, Muller’s big lefty serves and volleys triumphed.

Nadal was also 2/16 on break points which didn’t help his cause. But again it is grass and it is a little harder to break serve against a big server than on clay. This result is a good break for Cilic who will face a tired Muller next after beating Agut with ease.

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Murray had a straight-set win over Paire and will play Querrey next who defeated Anderson in five sets. In the bottom half, Federer had an easy 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win over Dimitrov which is pretty pitiful from Dimitrov but Federer seems to have raised his game which again proves that the first week means little.

He will play Raonic next who defeated Zverev in five sets. That’s a good effort from Raonic who defeated Federer in last year’s Wimbledon semis in that classic match. I don’t see any way in which he will repeat that result this time, however. Federer is playing much better this year.

Then Berdych also defeated Thiem in five sets which is a good result for Berdych given his recent struggles.

Finally, because of the long match between Muller and Nadal on Court 1 Djokovic’s match against Mannarino got postponed until tomorrow. Now they will be first on Center Court instead of last on Court 1. I think they could have moved Djokovic to Center Court when Federer and Dimitrov finished.

Djokovic seems to get screwed over a lot. It already seemed unfair that he and Nadal were on Court 1 for the second time while Federer and Murray have played all their matches on Center Court. And now he must play two days in a row again.

I’m not complaining because now there is tennis I can watch tomorrow and I don’t think it will affect Djokovic negatively anyway. At least his draw has been easy and if he wins he faces Berdych who he owns 25-2. He also gets to play his next match on Center Court and at a better time. I don’t think it helps to look at the negative side of things and I don’t think Djokovic does either.

If he defeats Mannarino and Berdych he will arrive in the semis in the same condition had he played his match today. A similar thing happened at the 2016 French Open and we all know how that turned out. So I am looking forward to the match tomorrow to see if Djokovic can improve once again.

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