Greetings, tennis fans. A ittle crazy ove here Across the Water. Roger Federer, the six-time champion fell into a two-set hole and was lucky -- his words -- to escape against Alejandro Falla. All sorts of other stuff going on, too. Let's get right to the questions.
Greg andwer this question who do you think will be in the ladies finals?
Based on his form coming into Wimbledon, how would you rate Andy Roddick's chances for success at this year's championships?
Hey, Twin06: The form funtions on two levels. No one played better in the two US masters events, Indian Wells and Miami. Roddick made both finals and won in Miami. He didn't look great in his warmup at Queens to .... Dudi Sela. Not sure it matters, though. Roddick has already won the first set against countryman Rajeev Ram and has pretty clear sailing in this draw -- until the quarters, when he could see .... Mardy Fish. Don't laugh. He played great today against 17-year-old Bernard Tomic.
What does Roddick need to do to guarantee staying in the top 10? Quarters, assuming everyone right behind him don't make semifinal runs?
Sounds about right, Sammy. I'll check with my ATP friends...
Other than Court 3 being constructed, why was Justine Henin first match was on Court 12 while Nikolay Davydenko, who grass record is not stellar, goes first on Court 1 and Francesca Schiavone, who is not known as a grass player, was scheduled 3rd on Court 2?
Maybe the folks at Wimbledon have money ridi---oh, wait, that couldn't be. I think they're giving Davydenko a little late love (which he proved worthy of after digging out from two down) and the new French Open champ some respect. What has Henin done for Wimbledon? She never won here and skipped the previous two years.
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Greg,What is the big hurry with young players like Ryan Harrison?He is already 2-8 on the tour and should pass on those WCs and just try to win Challengers first.I know all these kids say they just want to be pros, well Harrison should stay in the minors till he is 19 and say no thanks to these WCs.
That's a good point, Dan. We see kids rushed -- hello, Donald Young -- and they sometimes get broken for ife. Look at John Isner, who went to college for four years, won a natonal title -- and is sitting around No. 20.
I noticed that one of your recent columns asks for "one good reason [Federer] won't reach the Wimbledon final." Would you say that today's match is one good reason?
I deserve that, Jordan. So, of course does everyone. As Fed just said, he was "lucky." My story shuld post son. Keep holding my feet in the fire...
He has been horrible since Davis Cup. His coach Bob Brett earlier today told colleague Ravi Ubha that it was his "youth" that has been causing inconsistent results. Still, a surprise, no?
hey greg, i heard that they are using a different grass at the big W this year, is it true?
Intriguing Tom. Not sure. Will inquire...
What happened to Cilic today? Hope all is well
Sorry, George. See previous answer.
Is everything ok? You look concerned in your picture?
Marc: Appreciate the sentiment. One day older, one step closer to the end.
What vulnerabilities, if any, did Federer show in that scare against Falla today??
How abou everything? Playing the same guy three times in four weeks is tough, but...Falla was reading his serve REALLY well. It kind of bugged Federer, who said, "Especially after playing him at Halle -- he should know he's supposed to lose."Fed's backhand was also super-shaky. We'll see how his confidence level is going forward.
Has Federer just lost a step at this point, which would account for the drop off in his game? The shanks are because he's not getting to the ball in time?
The consensus is that he's lost maybe a half step. really, that's what our analysts think. At this level, it's enough to make a difference. As Mardy Fish said earlier, he's hitting the best forehands of his life -- because he's getting to the ball quicker and has time to set up properly.
Let me give you some updates:Roddick up 6-3, 4-0 on Ram ... Djokovic just starting vs. Rochus ... Dent has split sets with Chela ... Hdewitt about to start with Maximo Gonzalez.
Do you think we can expect an epic final between Federer and Nadal like their previous two. If yes, who do you think will win?
Not so sure after Falla match. I have Rafa winning it all. I'll stick with that. Not sure Fed gets to final. Patrick McEnroe told me last week he wouldn't be surprised if Fed got upset on the way to the quarters -- and that was before his first-round stinker.
Now that Federer is through..is he in for a grind this year, or can get some straight set wins and back to the finals...
I ill predict straight sets in second round over Bozoljac. That's as far as I'm willing to go.
It's comments like that that Federer makes that make me think he's really not as classy as he tries to let on.
He's fine, Sammy. He has always been matter-of-fact truthful about his matches. When you win so many, people will say you're arrogant. But he's just telling it like it is. Today, he actually tried to crack a few jokes. I think he's trying to be more accessible ... in his later days.
Greg, I know we are always too quick to say Fed is done based on just a few questionable matches. However, I really think we may look back at the FO QF loss as huge. 1 week shy of tying Pete Sampras. Nadal has so few points to defend I think he will end the year #1 and Fed will never get back there. Your thoughts?
With you completely, Brian. See story soon to be posted.
Roddick looks like he's asking to be consistently aced up the T. And Ram is answering.
Not really, sam-Man. Roddick's about to go up two sets. Just getting a good workout.
Greg, are they expecting rain this year at Wimby?
Now why would you go and bring that up, Gerardo? Clear skies predicted for next several days. But you know it's coming ... this IS London.
What is up with all of the high seeds? So far, Berdych and Roddick are the only members of the top 20 who have played a set and not yet dropped one!
Greg, what is considered John Isner's best surface? How is he on grass? I have him going all the way to the 4th round.
Izzy, believe it or not, looks quite comfortable on clay. Hard, I think, is his best. Bending those high knees on grass is incredibly difficult for him. He could go to the fourth before running into Youzhny.
If you look at each of the top four men's seeds' brackets, who would be their toughest competition to get into the semis?
Fed: BerdychRodick: HewittNadal: No oneMurray: Querrey
What does it take to get an automatic invite to a Slam? A good run for Isner here and a good summer and he could be around the top 10 coming into the U.S. open. But he ended last year at 34 so he's not automatically in from that. Could you theoretically have a top 10 player not make a Slamt?
They cut off the invites in the middle 90s in terms of rankings, but wih withdrawls and so on, you can sneak in if you're in the top 100. No. Top 10 players will ALWAYS make it. There are 128 spots -- even subtracting 8 wildcards and 16 qualifiers -- LOTS of space. What are you doing in the Fall? can you get to NYC?
Are these courts that slick? Federer was slipping a lot and Ram just actually fell down when Roddick went behind him.
Someimes a ittle dicey first match ut of the bo. They've been watering and this was the very first match on Centre.
Another update: Tayor Dent is up two sets on Chela, but it's Chela serving at 5-6 in the third ... Roddick on serve in third, 1-2 ... Berdych thru in straights.
Greg Sharko of the ATP World Tour has this for your Andy Roddick rankings question: ...he should stay in Top 10 by winning a few rounds but hard to say this early on...he has 4510 pts. and 1200 coming off which would put him at 3310 and right now Tsonga is at No. 10 with 3185 pts.
The way Federer approaches majors he tries to play himself into them, eventually getting better with every match.. I think its fair to say that the Falla match might have just played him into the Tourney a little quicker. I don't think it is a bad sign after winning. It may have helped him actually, because I don't really think fitness is an issue with Fed. In all honesty I think his game takes a big step in the right direction going forward... Your thoughts?
You are on the spot, Zee...
How much pressure falls on Andy Murray if England get eliminated from the World Cup this week?
George: This is a GREAT question. We may find out.
What's the word on DelPo? Is he rehabbing yet? Dude looked outrageously good for somuch of last season.
Early returns ... OK. Not sure he'll defend title at US Open. That's a rough recovery when you have a forehand THAT huge.
Do you think Federer coming back from 2 sets down is more of a positive then him winning in straight sets, since it will give him the confidence he needs to win other tougher matches. Of is this more of a negative because now even more players think he can be beaten at Wimby.
Fed will take it as a positive. Really, isn't that all that matters.
It's funny that we get upset when are sports 'stars' are to cookie-cutter in their responses, and yet we crucify Federer when he speaks from the heart. We can't have our cake and eat it to. Would you put Nadal as favorite to win, and Roddick as your wild card?
With you, Ryan. I'll agree all of that.
Well, that was a wild hour. We're going to wrap it up, kids. One correction: Dent split the first two sets, losing the second-set tiebreaker to Chela. We will be back tomorrow, Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST...Talk with you then.
Greg will be back on Tuesday, chatting at 1 p.m. ET to take your Wimbledon questions!
Hey, tennis folks. Back at you on Tuesday, Day 2 at Wimbledon. No quite as eventful as Monday, but some interesting doings. Serena and Rafa and Sharapova have all won. Lots to discuss. Let's get after it...
Considering the way Djokovic has been playing of late, not to mention his 1st rd, can you see an upset versus Dent? Key stats for Dent are first serve and first volley for sure. I'm picking Dent in 4.
Justin, as much as I like Tayor Dent, and I spent a half hour with him yesterday, I say Djokovic in four. Dent plays a nice game -- he says he's channelling mark Philippoussis, the 2003 finalist here. Love to watch him go constantly forward. You have to figure, though Djokovic will find an equilibrium.
Who do you think will be the Men's & Women's Champions at Wimbledon?
Chris, give me Rafa and Serena. Federer and Serena are the local oddsmakers' picks.
Greg, I apologize for my naivete, but what is going on with James Blake? I saw he got straight-setted today. Is there an injury I do not know about or did his skills deteriorate that quickly. Thanks!
Nate: It's a long story. Declining skills, injuries, etc. Did not play well today, got into an on-court spat with ESPN analyst Pam Shriver and said aferwards he's thinking abut retirement. Lot going on there.
Great match by Nadal! If he keeps this up, it will be hard to beat him! For his sake, I hope he does!
Straight sets against Kei Nishikori. A good start indeed.
For the last 3 years on the WTA, the French Open Champion has not made it to the 4th round at Wimbledon, what is your opinion?
Master Ace: Another bid to join the ESPN research team. Interesting: The 2008 champ, Ana Ivanovic, and the 2010 champ, Francesca Schiavone, are both gone after one round. And the 2009 winner, Svetlana Kuznetsova, needed three sets to survive and advance. Oh, and Sam Stosur, the other finalist tis year -- gone. The French Curse, at least on the women's side, is in play.
Fabio Fognini is playing on 12 right now. I love watching him after the Monfils match at the French. His seemingly unconcerned style is very entertaining.
A delight. I sill think about that crazy French Open match.
Who is the older gentleman, with a white beard and hat who often sits in Federer's box at Wimbledon, but today was seated in Rafa's box? I have been seeing him for years at Wimbledon and am very curious to know who he is. Thanks!
Santa? Asked around here. Some folks think he might be a security guy.
i am all for murray. really pulling for him and hope he pulls it out this time. i wish him strength and mental toughness to handle the pressure AND the skill of the game. maybe this time is his time... g'luck Murray. (wow - close call for federer. .. i expect him to be right there in semi though)
Yeah, Flex. But every time Murray gets close to a big one, he shrinks. He starts centering the ball, afraid to make a mistake. needs to go fro some lines. Boris Becker, a BBC commentator here, says he needs to relax and have more fun. Easy for him to say. Murray trying to become first British man to win Wimbledon .... since Fred Perry in 1936.
fashion question: Watched the ESPN classic match with Venus and Serena. Has no one noticed that Venus always tugs at the top of any of her outfits, and that is where they are the most ill fitting? Can they/she not design a outfit that fits well in the chest?
All a matter of personal preference. I have heard some call it a mid-life crisis. She DID just turn 30.
David Nalbandian-What is the update on his conditon? Injury or injuries?
A two-fer for Beatrice. Hamstring is the issue now.
greg i will ask again because of twin 06 interference yestergay who will win the ladies finals ?and do you see maria making a comeback in tennis?
Howdy, Victor. I'll go with the chalk -- although the prospective 4th round match between Serena and Sharapova looks interesting. She hit a serve the other day at 121 mph - the fastest of her career, which means the shoulder is sound. Looked pretty good winning 12/13 games today. Still, hasn't beaten a top 10 player all year -- and hasn't played one, either.
hi i was wondering what you thought about Novak Djokovic's recent struggles. do u think he will ever be back to his old form?
At his age (23), you hope he can get back to where he as. Hard to say. Going five against Rochus under the lights in the first round was hardly encouraging.
greg .. i am noticed for sometime you are pro Nadal. Nadal has great clay court game... he won slams away when Federer was suffering from Mono. Overall Federer is a complete tennis player and i dont think Nadal is in top 10 in over all all court game.
Just calling them as I see them. Fed IS the best ever, with 16 majors. Rafa "only" has seven, but I think he's lookig better at the moment. Rafa wins a few more Frenchs and another Wimby and, maybe, a U.S. Open, he's in the top 10 easy.
A quick American update: John Isner on serve at 2-3 with Mahut ... Mike Russell up a set and on serve at 5-4 in the second. Still waiting on Vania King-Daniela Hantuchova.
You would think that would not be a problem Beatrice-Dallas. I'm just saying!
What are your thoughts on the Llodra/Roddick match tomorrow morning? How do you see it playing out?
Closer than you think. Llodra has a grass-court title and is a sticky wicket on the grass. Roddick in four?
Fognini just pumped his fist. The world may end!
Wednesday schedule just came out. If yuo're not completely absorbed in World Cup:Centre: Riddick-Llodra, Venus-Makarova, Djokovic-Dent.Court 1: Clijsters-Sprem, Korolev-Hewitt, Federer-Bozoljac.Also: Henin, Monfils, Berdych, Jankovic, Bartoli, Fish, Oudin.
That means you think Rafa will beat Soderling again. Shouldn't grass favor Soderling this time around? Previous meeting went to 5 sets on grass and that was "before" Soderlings breakthrough?! Think it will be much more even than the FO final
Good work, Olo. Yes, the way Soderling played at Roland Garros, I admit I wondered how his game would translate to grass. Fourth round here a year ago, and he looked good today. Had 13 aces and won 91 percent of his first serves. 15/17 at net -- thank you, Ravi Ubha, the human tennis computer.
Upset alert on 12. Fognini won the first set against Verdasco, 11-9 in the breaker.
Good call, Sam-Man. Cliff Drysdale and tennis editor Matt Wilansky had Verdasco as early exit (I just missed on Davydenko).
As much as I hate to say it after this last injury Blake should of cinsidered retirement before this match! His small window of opportunity 05-06 flew by so quick, and he did not do enough.
When are we going to see the next wave of American talent come through? We saw the aging Blake go down in straights, Roddick is on his way out in a couple of years, and the lengthy Californian and N. Carolina native are no spring chickens either. Are there any up and coming Americans to be on the look out for?
Ryan Harrison and the 17-year-old Andrea Collarini. He made the finals of the French Open junior boys. Born in New York, grew up in Argentina, now playing under USA colors with support of USTA. Aregentina is NOT happy.
greg do you think monfils will ever win a slam?
Watching him play in Paris some years ago, I thought the answer is yes. Tons of power and charisma, moves as well as anyone. But he never put it all together. I thought the same thing about Tsonga.
Considering Venus struggles in early rounds, if she can get by the big hitting Kleybanova who stops her from making the final? People say I'm crazy, but I'm picking Petrova to come through the top part of that section to be her semi match up.
I will not pick against the five-time champion. She may be 30, but I think she might have another major left in her.
That means that the Roddick match and the U.S. soccer match will probably overlap, unless Roddick can win in under 2 hours again.
Exactly, Sam. Incentive for Mr. Roddick to wrap it up in three. Really looking forward to US and England matches. Over here you can cu the tension with a knife.
Update: Wozniacki has won 11 of 12 games against Garbin. Malisse is up a set and on serve with Ferrero. Mike Russell wins second set tiebreaker to go up two sets. Fognini serving for second set against Verdasco.
Sorry: Isner just won first set against Mahut.
And don't look now, but Fognini is about to win the second set. He still hasn't pumped his fist again though...
There you go, Sammy...
But I just realized that Venus will probably overlap with the majority of the soccer match no matter what, unless Roddick's is a marathon. Bad luck for Venus there. No American or British fans will be at the match (England has a soccer matcha t the same time).
Thanks for the progrmming update.
Do you think Robin will take at least a set off Rafael if they played each other in the quarterfinals?
Yeah, man. He looks sharp.
Well, that's going to wrap it up for Day Two at Wimbledon. Thans to everyone who joined in. We'll be back for a full schedule on Wednesday, 1 PM EST. Talk with you then.
Greg got pulled away from Wednesday's chat due to covering the Isner-Mahut match. But he'll be back on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET to take your questions!
Greetings, tennis fans. Another manic day here at the All England Club. John Isner prevailed over Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set, the Queen has graced us with her first presence in 33 years and Rafael Nadal lost his first set to Robin Haase ... let's get after those questions, though I may have to step away briefly for an Isner press conference.
What is your take on the Queen of Tennis and Defending Champ, Serena Williams, not playing on Center Court in front of the Queen?
Afternoon, Rodney. At first I was a little taken aback, because Serena has been talking about how she's practicied her curtsey for the Queen. No worries .... she got to meet the Queen earlier today before lunch. Now she'll follow Ferrer-Serra on Court 2.
Do you think Petrova will give Henin problems like she did at the Australian Open earlier?
Yes, sir, Master Ace. That's why thismatch is our critic's choice for tomorrow.
what is the tourney record to aces? I believe Isner has now set the 1 match record...wondering how close he will get to the tourney record in this match alone..
Final count: Isner 112 aces, Mahut 103. Both guys obiterated the previous all-time record of 78, beonging to Ivo Karlovic in a Croatia Davis Cup match. Crazy.
There have been a lot of 5 set matches in the first 3 rounds. It seems like more than usual...what gives? Even a lot of the women are going all 3....craziness and scheduling nightmares!
Catrice: I blame the Queen. First time in 33 years and everyone is a little scrambled.
Marathon on 6. The doubles match is at 13-all in the fifth. It's crazy to think that what usually would be considered an epic match is just completely obliterated by Isner-Mahut.
Sammy, good to see your head is in the game. The top seeds, Nestor and Zimonjic are up 14-13 in the fifth against Murray and Marray. The Brits are serving to unlevel the match.
Update: Isner is still talking in the press conference. What a spectacular match. Interested in your thoughts on 70-68 in the final. He's saying that Andy Roddick brought some takeout back to the site for Isner and his staff last night. Nice touch.
De Bakker, who is playeing Isner next, won 16-14 in his 5th set. I'd have to think he wasn't anticipating playing 108 fewer games than his opponent.
With you, Dan. Izzy just described his state of mind last night as "delirious." He will celebrate with takeout food, a massage and as much sleep as possible.
Greg....with the epic Isner/Mahut match, and the Queen there has matches have certainly been overshadowed. Are there any suprises for you so far? Several matches have gone deep in the decider. They should all win in straights as no one will remember there 10-8s and 12-10s compared to 70-68!
Hey, Justin: How about this one? Nadal has now lost two of the first three sets to Robin Haase. He's trailing 5-7, 6-2, 3-6. Yikes. With Federer strugglng, Rafa had looked like the favorite. Maybe not?
How do they even recover after a match like this?
Jordan. They are world-class atheltes. Izzy will be sore but he swears he's going to be good to go Friday against de Bakker. We'll see.
I think Querrey lost that second set on purpose to give Isner some extra time to rest before their doubles match.
Hah! For the record, Querrey leads Dodig 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 and 1-all in the fourth...
Another U.S. update: Michael Russell played vaiently, but lost to Fabio Fognini in the fifth set 6-3. Only the marquee Americans are now left in the singles draw.
How come there was no tiebreaker
Nick. The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam that has a fifth-set tiebreaker. Very American. Hurry up and finish. I don't think this will drive the All England Club to change the rule. They rather like being contrary. Even had a special awards ceremony for Isner and Mahut.
what do you think about sharapovas chances?
Ryan: This is a very, very good question. Sharapova rolled earlier and with Serena coming up after Ferrer-Serra, they could meet in the fourth round. That would be a wonderful match featuring two former champions here.
Rafa fans: Nadal has just broken Haase and leads 2-0 in the fourth set. He looks pretty fired up.
I agree, just posted a comment on Pulse asking....Can you imagine if Nadal went out (I dont think he will) Isner would of had a good looking path of winnable matches after what we just experienced through him. I know Soderling is there, but Isner showed some grit/fight!
All you, Justin. Haase looks like he just tweaked something on a quick starts and stop.
Roger Federer is the greatest human in the history of civilization... Agree?
looed good in a suit visiting with the Queen, Yan Shen. No sure I'd go that far. Might not be in, say, Nelson Mandela's or Mother Theresa's class.
why is the crowd so against Nadal today?
Typical support for underdog. Sonds like they're warming up -- probably rooting for a fifth set.
With Querrey's match with at least a set you go, you have to figure that their doubles match for today was postponed. Or did they already withdraw from the doubles?
With Querrey still playing, they pushed doubles match to Friday. How Izzy is going to play two matches tomorrow, I don't know.
And Fognini is really starting to play emotional tennis. This tournament may be the breakthrough his career needs.
Did you notice that in the post-match memento ceremony, the official mentioned that the umpire controlled himself for so long? Was that a reference to Andy Roddick's having to use the bathroom tweet?
Very possibly. Izzy just said he had to go for a long time, but didn't want to ruin the flow of the match. Intereting thought; he knew they were playing for history.
Oh, and ironically, the Isner-Mahut winner will play De Bakker (who won the fifth set 16-14).
Do you think we will have Clijsters vs Henin, S Williams vs Sharapova and Wozniacki vs Azarenka matchups on Magic Monday?
Why not? it's already the best day in tennis with all matches on both sides going...after the day off on Sunday, we'll be ready to go.
Phillip K a legit threat to Roddick tomorrow?
I tend to think not, George. Roddick struggled early against Michael Llodra, but he is lights out on grass. The Special K is beatable -- for a three-time Wimbledon finalist.
Update: Rafa has won the fourth set -- at 6-0!!!! The 2008 champion has some serious momentum on his side...
Well, that's it for today. Have to run down and catch up with the Bryan Brothers, who are hoping to set the all-time doubles record here. See you tomorrow, Friday, at 1 pm, EST...
Warm greetings from Wimbledon, my tennis friends. Welcome to our last chat of the first week of the fortnight at the All England Club. To update you on the happeneings Friday, Roger Federer is up a set and 4-3 on Arnaud Clement and Andy Roddick is up a set and 2-1 on Philipp Kohlschreiber. Venus Williams has won, as have Novak Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic. Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin both won their matches and will meet -- for the 25th time -- on Monday in the fourth round. Finally, John Isner lost in straight sets to Thiemo de Bakker -- after playing the longest match in tennis history over the last three days.On to the questions....
Roddick looks unbeatable right now with a great serve percentage and having only made 1 unforced error in the entire first set. What do you think his chances of winning it all are?
I'd say the same as usual. He's been to the final here three times -- losing to Federer every time. This year, however, Fed looks vulnerable. Roddick would play the winner of Djokovic-Hewitt and then, presumably, Federer in the semifinal. Not sure he has the pop to beat Rafa -- although he beat him in Miami.
If Serena should meet Sharprivia who do yo thin has advantages
Welcome aboard, EB. That will be determined tomorrow and, yes I think both women will win. Just looked up the head-to-head and Serena has a commanding 5-2 edge. She's won four straight, going back to -- you guessed it -- 2004 Wimbledon, when Sharapova took her down at the age of 17 on her way to her first major title. Shrapova, recovering from a shoulder injury, is serving better, but not as well as Serena.
greg what did you make of jelena ;s match today?
Pretty clean, Victor. She looked really good and is through to the round of 16. Next she faces Vera Zvonareva -- and then the winner of Clijsters-Henin. Now THAT should be a contest!
I would like for the WTA to do something about the incessent screeming. It makes the matches difficult to watch!
Th Serena Williams-Larcher de Brito match was brutal. Nice to have that behind us.
I almost used the word epic in a question earlier... then I felt like the word epic had been forever redefined for us this past week. Almost everything is just insignificant in comparison. I think people will remember that match more than the championship (unless Murray wins).
I'm with you, Sam Man. Izzy did an interesting thing yesterday. After the match concluded at 11 hours and 5 minutes, he did more than two hours of press, working the rounds on the roof of the broadcast center. He probably knew he was going to lose anyway, so why not get the name out there. Acording to the Bryan Brothers his Twitter followers are now greater than theirs and, after appearances on Good Morning America and The Today Show, he IS a household name.
Your take on the Defending champ, Serena, not playing on Center Court in front of the Queen.
I heard a rumor that they didn't put Serena in front of the queen because they felt that the queen would find her screaming unladylike and offensive. Any truth to that?
Rodney, Sammy always has his ear to the ground. Serna was a bit surprised she wasn't in front of the Queen, but it wouldn't have mattered. As soon as Murray won -- in two hours, sharp, the Queen packed up and went home.
What is the word on Kuzzy? She has really been struggling this year...is it injuries? Also, Ana I equals Ana K....I mean, she also had a Grand Slam in doubles
Sevta just has seemed listless all year long. maybe she relaxed a ittle after winning the second Slam of her career at last year's French.
Do you think Soderling has a much better chance of beating Nadal on grass than on clay if they meet in the fourth round?
I'm going to say yes, Isiah. Soderling has massive, flat strokes. A ot will depend on the conditions. So far it's been dry, hot and fast. Rain is supposedly coming in on Monday, which will slow things down. They would meet in the quarters.
I think McEnroe mentioned this during the French Open final, but Nadal often tries to hit overheads on the fly rather than letting the ball bounce. This leads to a lower percentage of winners. Any thoughts on this? Is he the only one?
Guys will usually try to pick it on the fly, Wilson. The lower percentage is probably marginal when it comes to these world-class athletes.
The Isner/Querrey doubles match was just officially postponed. You have to think that Isner is going straight to sleep now.
Once again, Sammy on the pulse. This happened immediately after his singles match. A good call. Remember Querrey did the same thing to him at the French, pulling out of doubles after he lost in singles and went home for some much-needed R&R. fair is fair.
your coleague ravi just told the world roddick has no chance of winning another slam. your thoughts mr. garber?
I tend to be more optimistic. He was a shaky backhand volley away from winning No. 2 last year. Ravi Ubha -- sitting next to me -- does not think Roddick will get that opportunity again. I, on the other hand, could see him beating Federer and, perhaps, Rafa in the final if everything fell into place. Kind of a destiny thing.
do you think it's going to be a wiiliams final ?
Actually (not to sound like an American homer), I do, Ivan. Venus looks like money and we'll know more about Serena after she plays Shazza (as they call her here) in the fourth round.
Is Fed looking better today or is the competition worse?
Both, Matt. Clement is one of the few guys around to have multiple wins over Fed -- but that was before Fed was Fed. This is a good matchup for him and he's now up two sets and serving at 2-all. good news -- better news -- for Fed fans.
Update: Big moment in Roddick-Kohlschreiber match. Roddick up 5-4 in the second and has a love-15 lead on PK's serve...
Make that love-30...
People don't give Mahut enough credit. He played most of a doubles match last night also. And he's coming back onto court 18 for a fourth straight day today.
Indeed, he was shattered after that result. You should have seen his face when the officials were trying to give him a few parting gifts. Did NOT want to be there.
Update: Roddick squanders two break points and is serving at 5-all in the second set. Kohlschreiber has a beautiful one-hand backhand that stood up o that test.
Another update: Federer has three break points at 4-2 in the third... and he's done it. Serving for match at 5-2 in third. And then he gets two days off before an encounter with Jurgen Melzer. Tomas Berdych, meanwhile, is now in a fifth set with Denis Istomin.
My question is do you think Henin will be Clisters, and why is no one talking about JJ? Is this just considered to not be her surface? if she holds it, Vera Z might beat her
I think Clijsters will beat Henin. She's won both brawls this year already and seems more focused on tennis. She said in her press conference that she was in a hurry, because she wanted to have a second child. JJ-Zvonareva on grass is a tossup. Z made the fourth round here two times previously.
Fed wins 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 .... and order is restored to the universe. Bring on Melzer, who is playing the best tennis of his life.
Hewitt looks incredible. We may have a setup for an incredible quarterfinal match here.
Roddick-Hewitt, sounds good ... except Kohlschreiber is up in the second-set tiebreaker 2-0. Make that 2-1.
I actually think it was very inconsiderate all the interivews etc. Healthwise, etc they should have been given the chance to rest, and certainly a chance to compose themselves in private before all the press being in their face. Poorly handled in my opinion. Mahut was so upset
True enough, but I think Izzy was just going for the big cash grab. Can't you see him doinjg an Energizer battery commercial? Or an energy drink?
Isner looked like a punk in his 2nd round match...I don't care how tired you are, this is Wimbledon.
A bit harsh, Jake. The kid was out on his feet.
FED FED FED FED FED FED FED!!!!!!
Oh, boy. Save it for Melzer...
Do you think Melzer has a chance to beat Federer on Manic Monday?
As well as he's been playing .... uh, no.
Roddick back on serve in tiebreak at 3-4....
Now up 5-4.
Her just looked like that spoiled tennis kid that everyone who played in their youth came across now and again. Lazy, uninterested, already making excuses. Harsh? Maybe, but true.
We respoect all opinions here - whether they're right or wrong.
nasty tiebreak between Roddick and Kohlschreiber. Roddick facing set point, serving at 5-6.
And, he's done it. Kohlschreiber -- who saved three set points -- wins the second set 7-6 (5). We have a game here.
How disappointing will it be for Andy Roddick if he loses before the final this year?
An appropriate question to ponder just now, George. Pretty disappointed, I'd imagine.
And that's going to wrap it up for the first week -- a crazy five days at the All England Club. We'll see you back here on Monday for the greatest day in tennis. All eight round-of-16 matches on both the mens and women's sides. We know already that Henin will play Clijsters and Djokovic will meet Hewitt. If we're lucky, we'll also get Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova.Have a terrific weekend.
greetings, tennis fans. Welcome to Middle (Manic) Monday at Wimbledon when all 32 round-of-16 players are in action at the All England Club. All of the women's matches are complete. Here are the quarterfinal matchups:Serena Williams vs. Na LiPetra Kvitova vs. Kaia KanepiKim Clijsters vs. Vera ZvonarevaSvetana Pironkova vs. Venus WilliamsFederer, Berdych, Tsonga and Berdych are all through as well, but Andy Roddick is down two sets to one to Yen-Hsun Lu.Let's go right to the questions...
Should we be worrying about Rafael Nadal after his struggles in putting away his last two opponents? Likewise, was our concern for Federer overblown?
Good question, Jordan. I'd say that's the theme of the tournament on the men's side. There were 28 five-set matches here through three rounds -- the most in 16 years. Federer seems a little steadier and we'll see how Rafa's knees look. He's up next on Court No. 1 against Paul-Henri Mathieu.
Will the bosses of Wimbledon ever do anything about the obnoxious screaming, screeching, noise-making at contact with the ball from today's players? Do the people who control tennis care about sportsmanship? At all?This stuff is ugly, it's unnecessary, it covers up the sound of the ball on the racket, and it's gamesmanship that ought to have been prohibited many years ago.
The Serena-Sharapova match was partcularly, uh, impressive when it came to decibels.
whu does the williams sisters play in Doubles?
They are through to the quarterfinals and are awaiting the winner of Bensova-Strycova and Vesnina-Zvonareva...
If Kim was to win Wimbledon defeating Venus and Serena in the process(like she did at USO), what would this mean to her legacy?
It would be a pretty darn big deal, no. Serena, though has 12 Grand Slam titles. Kim, at the moment, has two.
In your digital serve on Sunday you were saying you thought Nadal," Wasn't there, and he played 5 sets twice". But Robin Haase was serving over 75 percent first serves in the first 3 sets, and served 28 aces, while Nadal only had 2 of 2 of break points, and break point conversations on his serve. His match against Philipp Petzschner he also only suffered 1 of 2 break points, on his serve, and Philipp hit 25 aces and Nadal had 4 of 14 break points . It seems more like his opponents have come to the plate and played great, and Nadal has come through some hard matches, but is it really fair to say he isn't playing well.
I think it's a combination, Chris. You saw him under duress against Petzschner. I've never seen hi lose his composure the way he did when he got hit for that coaching warning. Afterward he taked candidly about his knees and it made you start thinking about last year. Really looking forward to this match; they are hitting warmup serves right now.
How good did Federer look today and what problems will Berdych pose for him on Wednesday?
Federer seems to have stabilized his game. He was never threatened by Mellzer, who got to the semifinals in Paris. Brdych is a HUGE threat -- he beat him in Miami. Some folks here thing TB will win.
I heard PMac on ESPN radio this weekend. He may want to take back that "Roger looks vulnerable and Andy has a soft match coming up" comment.
Tht's why the play the games, George. Roddick, FYI, serving at 2-all in the fourth. Ooops. Now 3-2.
If Federer were to play Roddick in the semifinals, who would win?
let's see if Roddick can dig out of this one-set hole before we start advancing him to the semis.
Does Andy Murray have any chance to win this tournament?
Weirdly enough, Jordan, I think he does. Everyone -- Federer, Nadal, Roddick, even Djokovic -- have struggled here at some point. Murray is the only man not to have lost a set so far...
I think Nadal should be called out for taking that injury timeout. There was clearly nothing wrong with him. Bad sportsmanship to do that at 1-2 before his opponents servive game. What is your opinion?
A ot of people (Boris Becker, Patrick McEnroe) questioned Rafa's injury -- even as it happened. I'll give him a pass.
What has Roddick done this year that makes everyone think he is ready to win Wimbledon? Seems like he has gotten a lot of rest
he's tweaked up his game some more, to the point that he's super-fit and has a more complete arsenal. He got to the finals in Indian Wells and Miami and, after a dreary French Open, looks to be in decent form. He's 30-all on Lu's 2-3 service game. Big spot.
Sharapova have been looking great what do you think are her chances at the open? and do u think kim could take out venus?
Like Shazza's chances going forward. Seems like she just needs a few more tight matches with top players. believe it or not, that was her first match of the year against a top 10 player. Kim could definitely take out Venus. She's playing with a great sense of urgency. Today, Groth actually out-hit Venus in more than a few rallies.
Are we only answering the cupcake questions today or what?
Dude, we're taking any and all questions...
Greg, is there a bonafide argument to be made that women do in fact deserve less prize money at the majors for playing best of three? I mean, should I earn the same salary as someone in my department if, say, I only work 3 days a week while they work 5...?
There you go. There are quite a few folks in the game (men, of course) that think it's not fair to the men that women get equal prize money and often play half as long. What do YOU all think?
who will win the mens
I'll take Soderling right now, based on form.
Was Victor Hanescu in the wrong? Monetary fines and spin-doctoring aside, what actually happened?
Some drunk kids were really working him over, heckling, taunting. They were arrested eventually but should have been removed earlier. Replays showed what looked like spit coming out of hismouth. Tough to say, but that little episode cost him $15,000.
Great point on the obnoxious screaming. How come I was able to watch S Edberg get to #1 in the world and I never heard a peep out of him? Why do you think Maria/Serena carry on like they do?
It's just a big yell-fest. Who can hit bigger, who can yell louder. Watching Groth against Venus, I was struck how silent she was. It IS possible to play quietly.
Update: Roddick serving at 40-40 30-all. Another sticky wicket.
any news or updates on capriati? what are people saying there?
The TMZ report has been confirmed by multiple sources and when you mention this to tennis people, they just sigh. That's what Pam Shriver did wehn I asked her about it. She said Capriati has been in the spotlight for exactly 20 years -- and that's a lot of pressure. She STILL has yet to retire. Three years ago, she told the New York Daily News she was sometimes depressed and had suicidal thoughts. Very sad story.
DO YOU THINK SERENA CAN WIN IT ALL OVER AGAIN
Sure, mark, why not? If she keeps serving ike that, Sharapova said, no one will beat her.
what do you think of maria chances for the rest of the year?
Tevon: She was very upbeat afte losing today, which I take as a good sign. Certainly a threat at the Open.
Roddick update: Serving at 4-all...
With Nestor and Zimonjic AND Dlouhy and Paes eliminated, do you believe that the Bryans will win 4 matches in 5 days to break the tie with the Woodies?
Master Ace: Like you, I noticed that they have los their greatest threats to the title, No. a and No. 3. Like their chances for record-breaking No. 62. Better here than, say, Cincinnati.
Venus and Serena never play the warm up grass matches before Wimbledon, and yet they still dominate at Wimbledon. What do you believe is the reason that they can do that at Wimbledon year in and year out?
They have learned over the years to go home to Miami after the French and just work on their game. Serena said she hit a on of serves -- and it's showing. Venus is just the best grass-court player of her generation. Who needs a warmup?
Roddick holds, 5-4. Will try to break Lu for fourth set.Sam Querrey down two sets to Murray, but on serve at 4-3.Nadal already up 3-1 on Mathieu.
Are Murray/Soderling the two dark horses right now to win?
In the quarters, not so dark, my friend.
If Serena gets past Na tomorrow, what problems can Petra or Kaia give her in the semifinals?
Don't imagine so.
Soderling in the 5th?
maybe not, George. Ferrer is battling him. 4-all on serve in the fifth...
Why is Marat Safin in town?
Like everyone else, just here to soak up the sun and fun. Might be playing old-man exhibition.
Greg, What kind of influence can coaches really have during a match? Nadal seems to be constantly communicating with his Uncle.. However, Federer never seems to be looking over to his box due to lack of coach.. Ps like I said after round 1.. I think federer is gaining Steam.. still hoping for Fed - Nadal..
Coaches can -- and DO -- call some shots during matches. The interesting thing, post match, that Rafa said was that Uncle Toni talks a lot. He didn't deny that Toni coaches him from the box, but that he was doing it for THAT match. Struck me as an honest comment.
Update: Soderling trying to serve to 5-all against Ferrer in fifth.
do you think a lot of people acctuly cheer for nadal
Yeah, man. Lot to like.
Update: Roddick at 6-5, trying to break Lu (again). has already lost two tiebreakers. When was the last time that happened?
Would you say from Nadal's match against Paul-Henri Mathieu, that more then likely it will be a straight sets win for Nadal, that this could help him out with getting more rest for his body, for a possible match against Sodering/Ferrer?
I'm with you, Chris. Looks solid so far. Of course, Soderling won the first set and eventually unraveled.
Serena will have to pick up her game and her serve against Na Li whom has a chance for an upset if Serena is not on form
Serena's form has been quite good. This was the fist match she didn't have a 6-0 bagel.
I agree, it seemed like Rafa was a bit irritated by Uncle Toni at that point when he received his warning. I also don't think Rafa intentionally used injury timeouts as a way to disrupt his opponent's flow.
two quick notes: Soderling up love-40 on Ferrer's serve at 5-all ... Roddick in a fourth set tiebreaker.
Roddick down 0-3 ... looking at losing three tiebreakers.
Roddick, who was trailing 0-3, wins tiebreaker wih an ace, 7-5. Yikes. Lives to fifth set, where he should be favored. Also, Soderling escapes in fifth against Ferrer, 7-5.
I know he gets ridiculed a lot but Novak has played really well thus far, thoughts on him making a push?
He'll get winner of Roddick-Lu, and with thatmatch at 3 hours and 33 minutes, he's got an advantage.
Is Roddick just not playing well today? (not able to watch)
Roddick's playing fine. The kid from Taipei is just playing out of his mind. He beat Murray in the first round of the Beijing Olympics.
Do you think Sharapova had a chance today if she had won the tiebreak?
she probably wins the match.
What, besides being healthy, does Tsonga have to do to move his game to the next level? he is such a great personality
Agreed, Catrice. Needs to stay healthy --mentally and physically. Very fragile in all respects. Talent is out of this world.
Update: Rafa has won first set against Mathieu, 6-4...
Folks that's it for me. Have to go write a few stories for ESPN.com. Thanks for making this chat fly by. I'll be back tomorrow, Tuesday, at the same time (1 PM EST) with four women's quarterfinals to discuss. Cheers.
Greeting, tennis folks. Just coming up for air on anther frantic day at The Championships. As you know, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters, wo most experts saw in the semifinals, both lost. Instead, we have Vera Zvonareva vs. Tsvetana Pironkova. In the other semi, it's Serena Williams versus Petra Kvitova. Time for your questions, including Wednesday's men's quarters....
Is Kvitova the real deal or is this just a great run?
Hey, Nathan. She's a good player, but she benefitted from Kanepi's lack of nerve. Kanepi had five match points and couldn't convert one. I think Serena will knock her off the court.
What problems does Tsonga present to Murray and Lu to Djokovic tomorrow?
Welcome aboard, MA. Tsonga, when he's healthy, can beat anyone. He got to the Aussie final in 2008 and he's playing like that right now. Lu layed out of his mind against Roddick, but Djokovic looks like vintage Djoker. Did you see him tear his shirt off after beating Hewitt on Monday? Told me he's not thinking too much -- and that's a good thing.
Gerg, is it pretty much in the bag for Serena at this point? What the heck happened to Venus and Kim!? Looks like the Williams dominance at Wimbledon will continue - if one can't win the other will.
Here are the facts: Serena has 12 majors and the other three semifinalists have .... zero. Venus last won here in 2008 and you have to wonder after today's performance if she'll ever win it (or any other Grand Slam) again.
Why is everyone so surprised by how well Justine and Kim are doing? Other getting used to match play and travel, it is not as if they have been out injured or anything or that their level was poor. If anything they have had time to train without injury and come back fresher than some of the players whom have continued on tour playing with injury, justine especially since Kim is running after a toddler. In that regard, I think they have somewhat of an advantage, especially with no ranking points to defend.
Just seems, Catrice, that they're having a tough time thisyear geting over the top. Justine was tentative in both her losing matches in Paris and London. And I thought Clijters' lack of match preparation following the foot injury was telling today.
Do you think Pironkova have one more upset in her game against Zvonareva on Thursday?
The way she's playing you have to wonder. Zvonareva, though, has been to a semifinals before (Aussie 2009) and I think will embrace the moment.
do you think querrey can make a grand slam semi or even a final? or is he doomed to float between 10-25 for his whole career?
Hey, Harris. Fair question. He told me recently going further in the Slams was his greatest priority. He's a standard top 20 player, but winning ATP 250s wont get you any higher. After watching the Murray match yesterday, I think he needs to play smarter and construct points better -- like Murray did. Not sure he's going to make that step.
Does everyone play out of their mind when beating Andy Roddick? Maybe he just doesn't have it between the ears. He has had way too many early round exits when expectations were high. Could this be the reason he made the final last year when no one expected anything....
Greg, what do you think about the big swede's chances of pulling the upset tommorow against Rafa? The grass surface should be more conducive to Soderling's game correct? I'm liking Soderling to win the match in 4 sets.
Weirdly enough, Lanka, that's my prediction in today's Grass Stains notebook, to be posted soon. A fascinating matchup, based on the history...
What do you think of Rafa's chances at getting to the finals? I think it will be difficult. All 3 players left in his 1/2 of the draw have recorded big wins over him in majors in the past.
Difficult, but not impossible. let's see if he can get by Soderling -- who, by the way, was in my restaurant (Quotidien, in Wimbedon Village) for breakfast.
Which favorite is most likely to get upset tomorrow?
In roder, Rafa, Federer, Murray, Djokovic....
Who will be the next American to win a Major tournament?
Serena, in four days.
The Wimbledon Scheduling Committee seems clueless. Venus again on Court 2. And, why can't there be 2 women's matches on Centre Court. Those stuffy English goofs need to get a clue and you should tell them that, Greg.
Fair. How about Rafa (No. 1 in world) on Court No. 1 tomorrow?
do you think we will ever see any of the top players play doubles in the majors? I can't imagine how much fun as a fan it would be to see fed or nadal go for the doubles in a major.
You mean men, right? Probably not going to happen. FYI: Hingis-Kournikova up now on Court No. 2 vs. Hobbs and Smith of GBR.
Of the following four players, who wins a Grand Slam first.. Roddick, Djokovich, Soderling or Murray..
Great question. Soderling and Murray could do it here. Been burned too many time waiting for Murray to start going for lines under pressure. I'll take the Swede...
what did you see in the cjitsers match today?
A letdown match after Henin in the quarters. What does it say about her that SHE looked unstable against Zvonareva?
Greg, is there any player(s) in the history of women's tennis that you would pick to beat Serena (assuming both players play their best) in a best of 3 set match where each set is played on clay, grass, hard.
You're on fire, Lanka. I'll go with Martina Navratilova.
What do you think of the Murray/Tsonga match? Do you think that the hard hitting from Tsonga, to the defense play from Murray could produce an upset?
Think it's a wash, Chris. Ravi Ubha, sitting next to me likes Tsonga. Me, too.
does anybody actually care about tennis?? Let me rephrase that, "does anybody actually care about tennis, outside of sharapova and kournakova?
Apparently folks DO care about tennis -- if chat numbers mean anything.
Tsonga has a great serve, great movement from a big guy and has great ground strokes that could really give Murray difficulty tomorrow, do you think that all those things have to be working to beat him?
Yes, and so far in this tournament he's been able to call on all those things.
Obviously the All-England Club are not huge Rafa fans, giving him Court 1 twice in a row, and of course giving Fed the #1 seed.
Exactly, Daniel. Lots of love for the six-time champion. He was last in the receiving line to meet the Queen, too.
After Robin Sodering's struggle yesterday against David Ferrer, only serving 19 aces but double faulting 11 times, and how well Nadal is playing, do you think that Nadal will pull off a straight sets win against Robin Sodering?
For some strange reasons, I like Soderling. call me crazy, but...
Also what do you think of the match against Roger Federer, and Tomas Berdych? I have thought from the beginning of the tournament that Berdych was the man to upset Federer in the quarters, especially after his win against Federer in Miami, and his play in this tournament has been excellent with few unforced errors, and lots of winners.
I was at the match in Miami and was very impressed with Berdych, who seems to have learned to command those nerves. He was my sleeper choice and he came through.
Whos going to win between Spain and Portugal?
Spain easily. Maybe 3-1?
Is Djokovic the new Roddick, in that his amazing consistency at being good but not great is making him both a disappoinment (for not winning another slam) and underrated at the same time?
Good take, Daniel. Like his chances tomorrow better than anyone's, though.
Is that win against Hewitt, when popular belief was against him, just the type of thing to finally get Djokovic back into the right track mentally?
Do reporters always ask such bad questions as they did to Roddick yesterday? Who was the reporter who set him off?
Sometimes bad questions get great answers. I believe the questioner was Matt Cronin, a pretty good interviewer...
What odds would you put on Berdych tomorrow? I bet on him at 100/1 in Vegas before the tourney.
That number is coming down all the time, Jared. I think he's 40-60 to beat Fed.
Can Djokovic go all the way?
The way this tournament is playing out? Maybe.
Berdych, to me, will always be the guy who packed in it against Roddick at the US Open with an upset stomach. Fed in 3.
They said the same stuff about Zvonareva, too.
Please rank your three favorites to win this tourney in order.
Serena, Serena, SerenaSoderling, Rafa, Fed
do they have Hawkeye on Court 1 too? Or only Centre Court?
On Centre, Court 1 and 2....
In a earlier post, you were talking about why the All-England Club doesn't like Rafa. It seems over the past 4 years when he has played Wimbledon, his draw allows seems to have opponents that have caused him trouble, or beaten him in the past. Do you think the draw is setup that way to possibly get him eliminated?
You aren;t the first to suggest that. Look at Murray's draw and tell me if that was a cupcake path....
Any chance that people are a bit too excited about Soderling. I mean, he has two huge wins in his belt, but one was against a weaker Nadal, and he came up small in both Slam Finals he played in. I have more trust in Tsonga, for some reason.
Just to follow up on Daniel's Djokovic take, he already just made his 12th QF in 14 slams (the third best out there behind Fed's 25 straight and Rafa's 14/16), and if he wins he will make his 8th career SF. Not bad for someone as ridiculed as he is.
That's the truth. I just wish he would stop the Jankovic-like drama. happened just yesterday with a touchy stomach muscle.
Also, Roger sat next to the Queen at lunch last week. Now, what do he have to do to win Wimbledon? Most likely after Tomas if he win, will be Novak then the bottom half winner.
Yeah, man. Do-able, very do-abe. But then again you can say that about everyone left but Lu.
Doubles update: Hingis-Kournikova up 5-1 on Hobbs-Smith .... The Bryam Brothers won in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals. Next: Modie-Norman. A win here gives them 62 doubles titles, one better than the Woodies' all-time record.
What match was the best one today in your opinion? And, what player,other than Serena, impressed you today?
Pironkova over Venus. Played well enough to win -- with some help from Venus.
Very true. Andy Murray's draw is pretty easy. I remember back in 2007 I was listening to Radio Wimbledon, and one of the commentators said," Rafa just throws junk balls at his opponents". Is it the fact that he beats Federer that bugs them so much?
Greg, do you think the depth of the men's game has improved over the past several years? I'd argue that guys like Falla, Bozoljac, Nishikori, Petzchner etc would be top 50 guys had they played in the 90s. But today their rankings are much lower than that which suggests more depth.
The game is deeper on BOTH sides today. Look at what happened to Venus and Clijsters -- they had, what, nine majors between them and they got beat by two players with ... none.
The Murray draw was a joke, at least compared to the other three. I don't mind the number one seed getting an easier draw (like in most other tournaments in other sports), I just mind who they gave that seed too, but giving Murray that draw was a joke.
At least Andy Roddick didn't utilize the injury timeout yesterday.
Nice sense of humor, PP...
Do you believe that Moodie/Norman will be The Bryans toughest opponent on the way to 62? I think so.
Could be, since the top seeds are already gone, most importantly Nestor-Zimonjic and Dlouhy-Paes.
Greg, one of the determining stats in many of the big Federer v. Nadal matches has been break point conversion rates. In my opinion to erase break points you have to a) be a big server (ala Roddick) b) be very mentally tough and bear down on those points c) all of the above. We know Nadal doesnt generate a lot of free points with the serve so a) and c) are out. Is Rafa just more mentally tough than Federer is that the reason for the break point stats in their matches?
At the French, when his (excellent) serving came up, Rafa volunteered that he reads the ATP weekly stats and that, yes, he was No. 1 in saving break points -- the definition of mental toughness, no?
Greg, any update on the Jennifer Capriati situation? She was my favorite player growing up on the women's side.
Weird item on wire. Boyfriend, Dale DaBone, a porn star, claims Capriati gets depressed every time a Grand Slam event is played. Well, Wimbledon WAS being played at the time she went to the hospital. Ao said she was unhappy over his return to the, uh, business.
Reason rafa is on Court No. 1 is that they HAVE to put Murray on Centre ct and Rafa's match has to be scheduled at the same time as Murray's (same half )
Understood. Just a bad break. Hey, why do they HAVE o put Murray on Center. Maybe that's why he's so tight all the time.
Greg, is the disparity in the surfaces less today than it was back in the 90s or earlier? Seems to me like there are less surface specialists today. The Spaniards and South Americans arent withdrawing from Wimbledon with "injuries". And all of a sudden we are seeing guys pull off the Euro Double (granted its taken two of the all time greats to do it).
Lanka. Everyone says today's player is more of a global citizen and, therefore, less surface-specific in his or her game.
What has J Capriati been doing since leaving tennis? She must get WTT offers etc? Seems like the players have a somewhat close community...
She STILL hasn't officially retired. Everyone here is so sad for her.
Shouldn't there be a masters series 1000 on grass. Right now, it almost seems like grass is the weird sideshow surface, not clay, which has a whole two month season.
Good thought, David.On that note, we will bid farewell for another day. I'll be back or Tuesday's loaded men's quarterfinals day at 1 PM EST. Thanks to evryone for participating.
Warm greetings from the All England Club. An awful lot going on today with the men's quarterfinals. As you know, Federer has already ost. We can chat bout that as well as the two matches still going. Rafa is two games from beating Soderling and Murray-Tsonga is a dead heat with split tiebreakers.To the questions....
Greg-great call, you said Federer had a very tough quarters matchhow did you know?
Patrick McEnroe, a week before the tournament, told me that. I just scammed it. Seriously, you could see it coming. Now he's out in back-to-back major quarters for the first tim since ... he was 19 years old.
Tsonga has the physical and mental prowess to stay in the game and win. He just has to be sure to not let any silly errors get him down and out of focus.
The story of his life, Donald. Needs to finesse his way through this one.
Federer is exactly 1980 points ahead of Djokovic right now. With the Djoker gaining at least 360 from his semifinal appearance and Federer losing 1640 after his quartefinal exit, Federer will drop to #3 in the world this Monday.
You've done your homework (again), Sammy. Yes. ATP confirms Fed will be No. 3 -- for first time in seven years. End of an era, I think.
Who will be in the final on Sunday between Berdych and Djokovic?
Got a weird feeling it will be Djokovic. He looks like the guy who won Down Under, under control but just a little bit crazy.
People will say that this is just another in a line of Federer losing to big hitters. But i didn't see that today. Berdych didn't blast Fed off the court like Soderling did at the French. He actually seemed to outplay Federer and came up with great plays on the big points, not just hard hits. He did hit the ball harder than Roger, but I feel like that is not the reason he won, especially in the final two sets.
What did you think of Rafa's coaching violation the other day? I'd like to see more chair umps enforce that rule more. Otherwise, just do away with the rule. Shouldnt Justine be called for this more often? I cant even remember Justine being called for it at least in the matches I've seen of hers over the years.
Glad to see you're back, Lanka. Yes, this could be called on virtually every player -- in every match. Justine's coach Carlos Rodriguez told my colleague Ravi Ubha the other day that she needs to stop looking to his box after every point. It's too much dependence.
Porn Star? That story is crazy. Very troubling...
Crazy stuff, I know, George. Just reporting what appear to be the facts. Everyone here hopes that Capriati is OK.
I dont think Jennifer ever officially retired did she? Heck, Kimiko Date came back at 39, is there even a sliver of hope that she can come back if she can fix her shoulder and wrist?
That's exactly what Pam Shriver told me...
Update: Rafa beats Soderling, who looked to be hurt. Final is 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1. He's into the semifinal opposite the winner of Murray-Tsonga.
What do Kvitova have to do and pull off another upset against S Williams tomorrow?
Hope that she's all served-out, MA. I noticed in her doubles match (a surprising loss in the quarters to Vesnina and Zvonareva) that Serena had some of that athletic tape on her right shoulder. Hmmmmm....
i hear federer lostand djokivic won. but what,a going on wiyh andy murray so far>
Murray is typically centering the ball too cautiously. Tsonga down a break in third set, but has two break points.
At least Venus didn't claim injury in her press conference like Roger did. Was there a reason to mention the back and leg?
Great point, Catrice (do people call you Cat?): There was a lot of eye-rolling when Fed dropped the injury card in his press conference. Felt like a rationalization/excuse to me. As Berdych and other have said, everyone's hurting at this point in the tournament.
Hey have you ever realized the when Rafael Nadal plays that every time a point is won or every time there is a stoppage he picks a wedgie? My dad and I were watching and he pointed it out to me and he does it every time!
As we say in TV, Nate, this just in. It's a nervous tic/routine for Rafa. I'd like to see Djokovic bring back his Rafa impersonation. The wedgie pick is the best part.
So another good day for Rafa. So what are you thoughts on the Rafa match?
His knees looked OK and Soderling was the one who was physically hurting. He's where he wants to be. Going to sit back, get a massage and hpe Tsonga-Murray goes another few hours, no?
Greg, why do you dislike Federer? I've never seen a sports columnist so eager to write about an athlete's decline as you have been to write about (what might be) Federer's.It's borderline unprofessional. What do you have to say for yourself?
I don;t dislike Fed at all, Gary. As a reporter, I know there is a keen interest in his matches -- more than any other player. And, because he has produced such a breathtaking record in Grand Slams, he invites the greatest scrutiny. It is a fact of life that skills diminish over time. This is THE story in tennis right now. Just doing what the job requires. For further reading, check out my Fedtrospective, in which I celebrate the 11 Grand Slam titles I've seen him win in person.
Why did everyone think Soderling would win? As I said as long as Rafa served well and no knee issue he would win
Credit to you.
Do you think Rafa will win it all now, he just finished off Soderling a moment ago.
Better bet for a title than anyone in the tournament, outside of Serena.
No calendar year grand slam for the Williams Sisters in doubles...I'm surprised that they lost, I would think that the French would have been their obstacle, definitely not Wimbledon.
True enough, but four in a row is impressive. Only two other women's teams ever did that.
I always used to hate Wimbledon.
Even though you won the title here in 1992?
Rafa was down 5-0 in the first and really starting taking control of the match around the time Federer lost. Coincidence?
tell me who plays who for the men,s semis friday.
Come on, Victor. Get onto Wimbledon.org and study the draw. It's Rafa vs the winner of Murray-Tsonga and Berdych vs. Djokovic.
Is Federer slowly on the way down?
Not so slowly. First timeout in back-to-back quarters at majors since 2001.
Tsonga is looking tired after he blew the 2nd set. So much for scheduling so that every one gets a chance..mary said this is Tsonga's first time on Centre Court. Shame he didn't get to play here before today. I still think the courts play differently and the crowd is against him
Crowd heavily against him. Murray serving for critical third set.
Speaking of the win by Vesnina and Zvonareva, how were they able to pull off the win against the Williams Sisters and stop the Calendar Slam?
I watched the match, MA, and it looked to me like the Williams were a little less than fresh. Venus, like she did in losing yesterday, seemed a little sluggish. Zvonareva, of course, is still alive in both singles and doubles.
Does Serena put herself into the G.O.A.T discussion with another Wimbledon win in a few days?
Quniton: Margaret Cour Smith won 24 Grand Slam Singles titles, Steffi Graf won 22, Matina navratilova and Chris Evert have 18 each. Serena, with all due respect, would have 13 if she wins on Saturday.
Is it me or have the Bryan twins been struggling a little bit in grand slams? They have lost a couple of finals to Nestor/Zimonjic and when that team is eliminated, the Bryans can seize the opportunity...
It's not you, Zack. Back to back poor performances. I think the pressure of the record might be playing in their heads a bit. Thy'll probably break record in Cincinnati or someplace like that.
What will it take for Venus to get back to old form and win some tournaments, and possibly a grand slam?
She needs to play a lot less and focus on the big ones, sort of like Federer has in recent years. Venus has always ben willing to travel to small tournaments, but at the age of 30 she needs to trim down her schedule.
How do you think the ratings will be if Petra pull off the upset against Serena tomorrow?
Oh, boy. I'm sure NBC would be thrilled.
If Serena is injured, i think she will still make it to the final, but possibly get upset by Zvonereva in the final. I'm not counting out an upset on the Ladies' side, but would love to see Serena pull it out after all the craziness.. Rafa too.
for whom is Rafa rooting? Murray or Tsonga?
Murray beat him in this year's Aussie Open, so I'm guessing Tsonga....
Does this defeat mean the end of Roger's era?
Of course not. It just means the field has caught him and, going forward, it's going to be very difficult. Wimbledon is the tournament most conducive to his game. He's won six times here. To lose in the quarters is tough because next year he'll be pushing 30 when he next takes to the grass.
Over/Under: 4 more grand slams for Fed in his career?
Brian, I'd put it at 2...
go nadal and serena
Do you find Fed's post-match comments uncharacteristically ungracious? I expect better from my (former?) favorite player...
Agreed, Sean. See the story we just posted on the tennis page.
I'd like to see people give Federer more slack. The man had babies, is dealing with the twilight of his career and still wins a tourney this year and made the quarterfinals. Comparatively, Nadal lost his best tournament last year and completely missed Wimbledon due to an injury. It seems liek Federer's biggest mistake is even playing in a tourney injured because peopel will just think it's an excuse ala 2008 with mono.
You're probably right, but in the 24-hour news cycle, you've got to ask these tough questions. Oh ... His wife had the babies, Scott.
Which has been a more difficult year for Federer: 2008 or 2010?
Great question, Jordan. I'd say 2008 because he didn't win until the last Slam. This year he won out of the box in Australia -- kind of takes the edge off when you alrady have a major in the can.
is wimbeldon over if serena and nadal lose
For NBC it is.
At least I still have my Wimbledon record. Thank you, Tomas
Navratilova/Shriver or Williams/Williams...who would win?
Good question. I'll take the retro lefty-righty combo...
How was the atmosphere with the Hingis-Kournikova match?
Pretty jamming,John. Photo pit was overflowing. Fans everywhere. Problem was they're both 29 and they were playing some elder ladies from Great Britain. Put them out there against Vesnina and Zvonareva and let's see what they can do.
Rafa was just nervous, especially after all the controversy. Soderling needs to berate the umpire. He fired Rafa up by making him mad with that call. He thought about that, the fine and the injury timeout whispers and it made him mad.
Rafa sitting in a good spot, right now.
What is the one thing you like about Wimbledon?
You can buy a can of used balls for just three pounds (two for five). They've only been used for seven games and still have the actual blades of grass on them. Used a can playing today on the public park across the street.
Weren't we asking if Federer was declining back in 2008? And didn't he come back in '09?
Yes and yes. This, however, feels different. See stats in posted story. A little creepy, I'm afraid...
As they cameras followed them from the court Venus looked liked she was visably limping. I also aid they had too much of a break. Had they played doubles between singles matches it would have been a different result for Venus yesterday and doubles today. I don't think they'd played since Friday?
Look at you breaking it down. We could use you on The Pulse.....
Serena still needs a couple more Slams to have a seat at our table.
Greg I have to say your one of my favorite writers at ESPN, but I remember from yesterday you picked Sodering, and I just have to rub it in a little. :)
That's why they play the games. Soderling's due in press in about 50 minutes. Curious if he'll discuss his injury.
With the way Rafa played today, i expect a Rafa-Berdych finals eventhough most think its going to be against the djoker.
Like the call...
Will we ever see an Agassi/Graf mixed doubles team?
I think we have -- in those Longines commercials...
How far do you think Federer win fall by the end of this year??
About where he is in terms of rankings. The question is, can he motivate himself for the North American tournaments? As Pam Shriver was saying, he could use a win or two to get his confidence back before the U.S. Open.
FYI: Murray serving for the match against Tsonga. The crowd on Centre Court is pretty stirred up.
What are the expectations for Federer going forward? I didnt think Berdych played that great, but he did enough to win. Who do see going into the US open as the favorite?
US Open favorites (hardly original: Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Roddick. last year's Final Four, exchanging Roddick for Del Potro, who may not play following wrist surgery.
Federer's return of serve cost him the match today. I guess I have to let go the default against Roddick at US Open however that stomach may have gotten sick again if Fed didn't flub that 2nd serve return on break pt...
How much do you think you can draw from the Aussie Open Match between Murray and Nadal, as he was injured and clearly not the playing at the level at which he's playing at now.
Fair enough. We will now find out. Nadal vs. Murray on Friday. Sweet matchup. Can the Brit end the long drought for the men of Great Britain? It's been since 1936.
With all due respect to you Greg I think some people look at the quality of the players, each person played, etc when looking at GOAT. Conversely, you also have to figure that players today play with better equipment, physical conditioning, more comfortable travel, so many things. I think that conversation is always silly when you look at everything. Can we not just enjoy what we have now and respect what came before? What makes Serena special is she has had ankle, knee and personal problems. She didn't even play what, 4 ro 6 slams?,and others not healthy. Can't play WHAT IF in sports.
Good analysis, but I'll still go with the raw numbers...
what is your take on the marathon match
I'm still tired, Gavin. So is John Isner. A life-altering match, I think. He and Mahut will always be linked by that 70-68 fifth set.
I think Federer has won his last slam. His aura of invicsibility and big game mojo carried him to victories over soderling in 09 and Murray in 10, that is now gone too.Greg-I hate how Roger always complains when he loses, today was even worse, Nadal would never do it. Someone should tell Fed about his 07 victory over Nadal who clearly was in his head but got hurt.
If Fed bounces back to win the U.S. Open (he looked awesome last year and was in control of the final before simply being outplayed by JDP, who was cracking shots like nobody's business), will 2010 be seen as a success or failure? For a guy to be quickly heading into the twilight of his career, winning two of the four majors would still be quite a feat, wouldn't it? The guy has been too great for his own good, it seems.
if nadall wins will he be #1 in the world
He already is.
Federer isn't done. He is now just playing to everyone else's level. For the past seven years we have all watched him play to his own level, and that was far better then most on a regular basis. In retrospect, He has won a Grand Slam this year, and so has Rafa. Does that mean that he has had a bad year?.. Lets ask Murray if he would consider winning one grand slam a successful year?.. or Roddick if that is a successful career... I still think he has the game and the gas to earn a few more slams.
Don't you think folks are too quick to call the downfall of roger ? He has put up incredible results over the last several years that most likely won't ever be repeated. Should it be held against him if he goes out in the quarters in 2 straight majors ? I don't think so. Pete and Andre have lost in the early rounds of a major before even in their prime and they still won a couple majors each after their prime based upon talent alone. And frankly Roger has won a major this year as well which for the year to win even one major is a good result. Don't think folks should hold Roger to the superhuman standard he created if nobody else can back it up. I think he has a few more major titles in him over the next few years. Even if he doesn't win another one, he will always be the best in my mind regardless what folks try to say now.
Ben, this topic has lit up the chat. Thanks for your contributions -- thank you all. See you back tomorriw for another 1 PM EST chat. This time we have women's semis and can look ahead to the men's semis...
Howdy, fans of tennis. Just wrapping up after the women's semifinals. Serena Williams is through to the final and looking for her 13th Grand Slam singles win. Vera Zvonreva is in her first major final. They'll meet on Saturday.On Friday, we have two nice men's semifinals: Rafael Nadal vs. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic vs. Tomas Berdych.On to the questions...
When was last time a Brit was in the Semi's? or Finals? It has been awhile, hasn't it? (Maybe the queen should come back more often!!!)
Eric: You can't imagine the pressure on Andy Murray tomorrow. Here is the lead of Neil Harman's story today in the Times of London: The colossal shadow of Rafael Nadal will be cast tomorrow across Andy Murray's ambition of becoming a grand-slam champion for the first time on the courts that have condemed British men to 74 years of torture."Fred Perry, 1936, last Brit man to win Wimbledon...
who do you like Rafa vs Murray? For some reasons I get the feeling that so called tennis experts predict Murray win, like Sod over Rafa today.
because he's won seven Grand Slams. Until Murray wins his first, you have to go with the major experience.
I still have a hard time picking against federer at the US open.
You are not alone, Zee.
There's one record I'd like to see Federer match, or top: Lendl reached 8 straight U.S. Open finals, 1982-1989. Federer needs 2 more to tie, 3 to break. Thoughts on whether he can do it?
Looks like a longer shot after what transpired here, Mats.
When Del Potro comes back, can he push Federer down to 4?
Got a few points to defend. Maybe not for awhile.
A little premature to start burying Fed, right? It's not like he's losing 2nd/3rd round in majors (think Sampras vs. Georg Basl). I still like his chances at the U.S. Open this year ...
A ot of folks will be thinking like you are.
What's with Serena's pink shorts? Those certainly aren't white.
Sammy: I don't think undergarments fit into the all-white protocol here at the All England Club. technically, her dress is off-white -- she called it strawberries and cream.
Do you think Murray will be aggressive tomorrow against Nadal like he was at the Australian Open earlier?
I hope so, MA. Murray's MO is to center the ball and get passive when he starts getting tight in big matches. The funny thing is, he's got the shots to win big matches. He needs to go for the lines -- the way the Williams sisters consistently do -- if he's going to break through at a major.
Greg tell Mike (PA) to go back and listen to Nadal's interview with JMAC after winning the French. All he talked about was how hurt he was for the past year.
It's part of the landscape, George. Personally, I didn't like Fed playing the injury card. He's been too good for too long to do that.
In your view, what won the match today for Zvonareva?
Her newfound composure.
Hey Greg, what's the head-to-head between Nadal & Murray as of today please?
rafa has a 7-3 edge, but that's deceiving. After Nadal won the first five, Murray has won three of five, including this year's Aussie Open, when Rafa retired trailing in the third set. A sweet match on Friday.
If you are betting your own money, what happens sooner: Federer wins his 18th slam (2 away); or Rafa wins his 10th slam (3 away)?
I'd lean toward Rafa, since he can get one right here.
Is there any reason to doubt Federer's injury claim?..
Many doubt it -- did you see signs in the match? Grimaces. Limps, etc? I watched a replay this morning and I didn't see anything....
Federer ranked #3 will have an impact on his draws going forward.. Which means we may see Rafa - Fed.. but Earlier then we would like at the US open. I think this might help roddick with a little luck from the draw.
Good call, Zee. Hadn't thought of that...
Berdych vs Djokovic? Thoughts? I have Djokovic winning in 4. He's playing the way he was in Australia 2008, he's hitting the ball with the same strokes. He looks back.
Daniel: All true. I actually think it's a tossup. Berdych is through to his second straight semifinal at a major. Amazing.
do you have a score prediction for the ladies' final?
Give me Serena 7-6 (5), 6-4....
I'm 23, and I loved Agassi and Sampras, but no tennis player has really made me want to watch on the mens side since, even Federer, Nadal, Rodick, Djokovich, don't care. So, any good news of the mens side that will make me watch more then Wimbledon and women's tennis each year?
Did you see Juan Martin del Potro win the U.S. Open? Smoking stuff. Hope he comes back soon from his wrist injury.
Is anyone actually a fan of the Williams sisters?
I (and many others) enjoy watching them play.
Will the Williams sisters ever actually give credit to their opponents? Everytime they get beat, its always an excuse. Venus never gave credit to Pironkova who outplayed her.
She did give Pironkova a little credit. Sort of.
I think the difference between Federer and Sampras at similar parts of their career is that there are players in their prime right now. From 1999-2002, it was still Sampras/Agassi/Rafter. Those guys aged together. There were young guys, like Fed, Hewitt, Safin, but no young guy really in his prime. Federer has those guys now.
Solid analysis, Daniel...
how many more slams do you see left in fed?
Yesterday the group put the over/under at two. Seems about right, no?
So, now that Rafa has passed that test, are most of the experts going to doubt that man again?
Of course, keeps things interesting. The way he plays, he's always going to be susceptible to injury.
Greg, why does your chat not clear each day? Each day, you have to scroll through to where the current days chat starts at. Get someone in IT on that, stat!
Wow, Nate. I'll pass that along to the Powers That Be.
Will it be weird if at the US Open, The big question leading into the draw is who gets Federer in their half, Nadal or Djokovic?
In a word, yes.
JMAC said yesterday the Wimbledon grass looked like the old grass. What do you say?
Yeah, Abel, I'll buy that. Burnt, brown, scorched -- and pretty fast. Just like when Pete and Goran used to hit those pea-sized serves.
I still don't understand why many automatically pick Murray over Rafa on Hard and Grass. Okay Murray has success recently on hard, but it's still 4-3 on hard for Rafa and Murray's success on hard doesn't make him the clear favorite over Rafa. For some reasons Rafa still doesn't get much respect outside of clay despite his records. Last time I checked Rafa has two majors outside of clay: that's more than anyone active other than Federer and Hewitt. Too many times people automatically pick Sod, Djoker, Delpo, Murray, and even Roddick over Rafa automatically on non-clay surfaces. Except for very few tennis writers including you, Greg, why is there not much respect for Rafa on hard and grass matchups against these players? It's not like he's playing against Fed circa 04-07?
Pretty good stuff, RN. Group's thoughts?
Are we starting to see the end of Federer's reign? That's two QF exits which was unheard of until now.
Last time he went out in back-to-back quarters at majors? When he was 19 years old...
I think Roger can still improve some more with his tactics and game plan and not so improvising, all rivals now are fixated with attacking his backhand and are finding their way. for example, his bh slice is a killer but at times seems embarrased to use it. What do you say?
The thing that's impressive about the players at this level is that they always try to get better. If you don't, you fall behind. Roger's backhand is WAY better than it used to be. The probelm he had against Berdych was movement. At age of almost 29, not sure there's much he can do about that...
More upside going forward: Berdych or Soderling? To me its Berdych. Can't really explain why.
Money question. Like Berdych, too. Watching him play Fed, it was like Del Potro at last year's US Open. Kind of a we-have-seen-the-future kind of moment.
I totally agree with RN. Rafa is somehow underrated. Honestly. what has Murray, Djokovic, Soderling done to deserve the benefit of the doubt over Rafa. Sure, Murray's beaten him before, but that Aussie Open match was tight (with Nadal up a break in both sets), and the US Open one is pretty much negated by the hammering Rafa layed on him in Wimbledon. I think it is generally because it is not interesting to pick Rafa all the time, and because of Federer's dominance from 2004-2007, what Rafa is doing doesn't seem dominant enough to force people to pick him unconditionally.
I don't like Fed bringing up the injury either. If you are looking for a sign during the match, he was hitting 89 mph second serves.
Bu he talked about pain so bad he couldn't focus. Needed to see evidence of that. I remember watching the match and wondering why he was spraying so many errant shots around. I'm sure he was hurting on some level.
Rafa gets no respect outside of clay due to his poor play at the US Open and summer series. Aust doesn't mean that much and he squeaked out a win over Fed at Wimbledon. He is still dominatly a clay court player in many people's eyes.
Here's the deal, George. In addition to five Roland Garros titles, Rafa has managed to win the Aussie and Wimbledon. Those two alone are more than Djkovic, Berdych and Soderling together. I think he's going to win this itle, too. Which would give him two Wimbledons in three years and four finals appearances...
who wins the ladies final serena or vera?
Victor: A monumental upset if Serena loses -- which is what it would take. After the quarters, John McEnroe said on the BBC he's stand on his head of Serena lost. Mary Carillo, who works with J-Mac on NBC, said she'd join him. Would be fun to see.
Let's not forget that Rafa's reached the US Open semis the last 2 years- it's not like he's played terribly there
True enough, Raj, But he always looks so tried and worn down. Needs to cut back his sked a tad more to have a chance there.
Murray beats Nadal tomorrow. If he doesn't, I'll buy you lunch Day 1 of the US Open....
...or maybe stand on your head?
If two straight semis is "poor" performance (he's also won a summer masters before as well) there's not too many players who haven't had poor play at the US Open and Summer Series.
Part of the reason they are giving Murray the edge is because he has 'home court" advantage, he was not tested much in the early rounds, which makes his play look good. Rafa has struggled and obviously the injury issue. Tsonga exposed Murray yesterday and you can see that he is not playing as well as thought. Unlike needing the serve with Soderling, Rafa will need to return well tomorrow and make Murray pay on any second serves. Murray's movement has improved, but I don't think it is as great as Rafa. Rafa also needs to get him moving and hit the corners. Sorry, media hype...Brit,Scot, in England and the fact that Rafa quit in the AO. That is why Murray is favored. Have NO IDEA why everyone thoiught Soderling would beat him
Duly noted, Catrice.
If somehow Murray reaches final here, which I give about 10% chance tomorrow, what are the chances of him choking again in final? He choked twice already. why not 3 times? He himself said his favorite surface is hard. Plus at Wimby with all those Brit eyeballs staring at him? Please. Anyway I think that Berdy-man would give Murray much more trouble than Djoker. Assuming Berdy wouldn't choke in his potential 1st major final, he wouldl blast his laser shots all over Murray. In any case, I see Djoker vs Rafa final personally.
Ten percent seems harsh, TF. I give him a 40 percent shot. You keep wondering when it's all going to come together...
Roddick vs Rafa? Who's better on grass? Many commentators pick Andy?Both have 3 Wimbledon finals vs same oponent? Rafa on his way to his forth. Rafa has won 1. I pick Rafa. Who do you pick?Commentators have problems recognizing Rafa can win outside clay consistently with his unconventional style of play.
Abel. I agree. I did a story a few years ago (when Rafa broke through here). I sat with Uncle Toni, Rafa's coach, and he explained how Rafa adjusted his clay game to grass. He plays closer to the baseline, hits flatter, more offensive shots, etc. Goig forward this is the way he must play to cut down those long rallies and save his body wear and tear.
Rafa got trashed in both of those semi's at the Open when people expected him to win. He got crushed at the Open by James Blake. These things linger in people's minds.
In mine, too.
Similarly, Murray got thrashed in both of the two Finals he's played in. Also the James Blake one was 2005, and the '08 loss to Murray was in 4 tight sets.
Daniel, you are a bulldog. One of these days, I imagine, it will come together. What are the odds of it happening here -- after 74 years of futility?
Well, that's it folks. Need to get some stories done and prepare for Friday's two big men's semifinals. See you back here tomorrow for one last chat from Wimbledon, at 1 PM EST.
Warm greetings, one last time from the All-England Club. We've already seen Tomas Berdych defeat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal is up two sets on Andy Murray in the second semi.Let's get to the questions...
WHY has every match other than Nadals been televised??? Got to watch Federer lose to Berdych and right now Nadal is beating Murray and it's not televised. What is wrong with you guys??? C'MON!!! I don't want to watch it after it's over!!
Why are we watching reruns of old women's tennis games when there is live men's action at Wimbledon. Has anyone at ESPN heard of Rafa - or do we have to keep watching Serena 'til she gets dumped out of the tournament?
This is a typical complaint. Here's how I understand what's going on. NBC, ESPN and Tennis Channel are all rights-holders for the US. On weekends and down the stretch, NBC has the (paid) right to protect one match each day. In this case, it's the Nadal-Murray match. This means that ESPN can't until after the NBC taped version of the match is completed. Not sure why NBC doesn't show the match live...
I always hear that Federer last lost in back-to-back quarterfinals when he was 19 (coincidentally at the French and Wimbledon). Although technically true, that statistic is deceiving. In 2003, when he was 21, Federer had a 4th-round Australian and 1st-round French Open defeat, each of which was worse than a quarterfinal knockout.
I noticed that, too, when I was looking up the stat, Jordan. I think it's relevant, though, because it makes you realize how long he's been at this level ... a decade, really.
Is Tsonga really out for 2 months with a knee injury? I told you he was injured. You could see it messing with his mind in the match
Yes, that's what we're hearing.
This, from my tennis editor, Matt Wilansky: ESPN2 will re-air the match at 8 PM EST and you can get up-to-date results on ESPN.com's The Pulse...
FYI: Rafa, down a break at 3-4, just had a break point, but Murray escaped. No, advantage Murray for 5-3....
What will Berdych have to do on Sunday to win his first Slam?
Play like he did against Fed and Djokovic. Fearless.
Update: Rafa with another break opportunity. Murray, moving foreward, forehand into net. Now 4-4....oh, boy.
what is the body language of Murray now in the 3rd set?
About what you'd expect: Bad.
Do you really think Fed only has 2 slams left? The man could win the Open and put on another 2 next year. If he is really injured that played a factor dont you think
I suppose he could. He's surprised the doubters before, hasn't he? Rumors swirled today that he had an MRI to check his injury...
Greg I appreciate that you are one of the few commentators who has acknowledged that while Federer might be on the downside of his career, it's only because he has been at such a high level for almost a decade.
You have to balance the equation...
Hey Greg, Does Murray have it in him to come back from being down two sets?
Not sure he has it in him. Murray is actually playing pretty well. Rafa's just better. Remember, this would be his fourth straight final in his last four appearances here -- understanding that he missed last year with aching knees.
Update: Rafa's suddenly up 5-4 with Murray serving to stay in the match...
From 2004 Wimbledon up until the 2010 Australian Open this year, either Roger Federer or the person that beat him won the major tournament/tilte....I'm going with Berdych this year for the 2010 Wimbledon Title winner
Admire the confidence, but Rafa looks pretty righteous right now.
Was Djokovic trying to play like Roddick today because of Andy's success against Berdych? Slice backhand and loopy forehand. It didn't work for him. He should have just played his game.
After winning the 2008 Aussie, Djokovic has not been back to a final in 10 majors. Hmmmm...still the youngest semfinalist here, a week younger than Murray.
Rafa two points from the match, looking at second serve....
Foehand goes long...30-all...
Greg apprecioate the balanced answer. I am a Sampras fan, I like fed. I just hate how people are saying Fed will win only 1 or 2 more slams. They did this to Pete in 98 when he was losing early wins Wimby 98,99,00. Would you be willing to post if Fed wins Open, that he could put on another 5 before career is over?
Nadal has match point at 30-40...Murray skips into weird forehand shot and it goes long. Rafa is through to final -- in straight sets.
Man, what a dominant performance.
Have you been surprised at Berdych strong play throughout the championships? Since he has only gotten to one final this year which was in Miami and lost to Roddick. Is it his coming out party as one of game's top players?
Found himself around Miami, then reached semis in Paris and now finals here. Great to see, no?
Also Greg something no writer has mentioned at all. Since 08 French Roger has made every slam final up until this past French. Do you think these last 2 slams will make him more determined given how competitive he is?
Yes, I do. He's always responded to that kind of pressure.
So, we're looking at a Nadal-Berdych final ... your thoughts out there???
Nice embrace at net. Nadal and Murray touched cheeks. Class acts.
Greg who's going to win the final?
Give me Rafa in four. I picked him going in ... have to stay with it, though Berdych's calm is impressive.
If Rafa wins Wimbledon, does he hav a chance in your opinion to win the US Open? Also, where will Berdych be ranked after this tournament?
Berdych will win in 4 sets
Greg. You the man! Unlike Darren Cahill who still doubts Rafa even on grass, both you and I got this one, right! Now Rafa vs Berdy in fianl. I'd say 3 sets win for Rafa to win his 2nd Wimby.
Neve "easy" TF. Berdych is pretty dialed in right now.
I've never been to England, let alone Wimbledon, but it seems as though the grounds of the club- while pristine, are small and cramped...How is the fan experience there if I ever got the chance to go...
Wimbledon is actually bigger than you think. A nice, charming place. Still, I like Roland Garros better.
Nadal wins the title but still gets beaten at the US Open. Does Novak pass Fed in the rankings now?
Excited that Nadal won. What did you think of the pressure Murray faced during the key points at 5-6 in the tiebreaker and the 4-3 lead in the 3rd set and dropping serve twice? Do you think that the pressure Murray faced with Federer being out of the tournament, and the British press weighed on him a lot?
Of course it did. The papers here are brutal. At the end, Murray just kept making mistakes. Even Rafa said he felt sorry for him -- and I believe him.
Djokovic looked like he wasn't even in it in the match against Berdych. What was up?
The usual Djokovic performance. Seemed to have issues breathing again.
What does Gael Monfils need to do to break through as an elite player? Does he have a chance to win a major, maybe the U.S. Open or the French?
Not sure it is going to ever happen, Dan. He's very close to elite, but just can't make that last push -- the way Berdych did in the last month.
So, how do the losses here affect Roddick and Djokovic? Do they come back strong at the U.S. Open? Rafa may be in the same half as Federer, disadvantage to trying to get the career slam?
Roddick showed incredible resilience after losing here last year 16-14 in the fifth set. Djokovic usually manages to regroup, too. He's still only 23 -- believe it or not.
Nadal is looking excellent. Berdych may pose some problems to Nadal with his big serve and groundstrokes. However, I see Nadal winning in 4 sets
nadal in straights
OK...Berdych vs. Rafa.....for Berdych to win, he is going to have to serve well and hit forehands like Soderling at the 2009 French Open in his match vs. Rafa to keep Rafa constantly on the move. For Rafa to win, he just has to be himself. :) I actually think this will be a good match. What do you think Greg ?
Rafa in 4.
If Berdych can bring the level he showed against Roger...Berdych wins. He needs to come just guns blazing.I am going Rafa in straight sets
With Federer being knocked out of the tournament by Berdych, do you think this is going to affect Roddick even more knowing that the man that has stopped him in 3 finals, and his opportunity to get into the finals, could really affect him for the rest of the year, but maybe the rest of his career?
No, I think the guy is very mentally tough. He's done a lot with what looks like a (relatively) limited skill set, compared to, say, Del Potro or Berdych...
Has anyone noticed Serena's timing is off, ground game is not coming together and she is not coming to net like she did last year (especially against ED)? Will it come together tomorrow? Is this our last chat? I will miss you and Ravi. Can't wait for the U.S. Open, although I'll probably get fired. This is addictive
Hah. Too much tennis. You can relax for a month, now, before Flushing.
What are you hearing about Del Potro's status?
same we heard before ... still might miss U.S. Open. Now it looks like Tsonga and Henin will miss, too.
Has there ever been a player more mentally tough than Rafa? Even after double faulting at 5-5 in the second set breaker against Murray he regrouped to win those points. Does anybody get inside Rafa's head at all?
Well said, Ashok.
Hopefully Tsonga will still continue to be a solid top 15 performer. Hard to keep coming back from niggling injuries, ask Nalbandian, but Tsonga's attitude is much better. Neither have the physiques that you think of for tennis
I've noticed Fed's backhand is not nearly what it was in his prime. Very similar thing that happened to Pete. This more then anything else seems to be the reason for a general decline in result. Agree?
You're not the only one to point this out. Agreed.
If Rafa wins Sunday and ties Agassi does he need the U.S. Open to be considered somewhat of his equal? I know you said you go by the numbers, but Andre has the career slam, including the Olympic medal. All Rafa is lacking is the U.s. Open, he alreay passed him in Masters titles
Good thought, Catrice. U.S. Open woud change the way Rafa is viewed by history -- because you know he'll get a few more Roland Garros titles...
Seems a bit of a joke that Novak is the #2 player in the world. They need to develop a two year results system.
BYW, I read yesterday from Brit press how over-excited they are for potentially having 3 Brits in final (men, boy, and girl). Now that they all lost today, they only have boy's double to root for, I guess. They have two teams in semi. Or maybe they all lose, too. That would be irony. First football and now tennis beatdown.
Is it possible, TF, that you have too much free time? Seriously, the BBC cut awway from the Berdych-Djokovic match to show Laura Robson in girls' singles. Seriously.
I have to say the mode of the commentators on Radio Wimbledon dropped so much after Nadal won the 2nd set. What was the mode of the fans and British press after he toke the 2nd set? Also after Murray lost the match the two commentators said they were taking the rest of the day.
Henman Hill, packed with 5,000 spectators, was silent. Spooky.
Well, that's going to wrap things up from Wimbledon. Thanks for the great ride the last two weeks. Look forward to chatting soon when the U.S. Open rolls around later this summer.