Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by Loves_Shizuka, Sep 13, 2012.
Can't quite believe what I've just watched.
Geez. When will it end?
Wow I'm usually quite meh about tennis but I'm loving this Wimbledon !
This has been such a weird day. I don't really care about Roger losing...he was never going to win. His decline has been so rapid. But the injuries...ugh. I hope everyone will be okay and they'll be ready for the US Summer hardcourts.
Yes, #3 in the world. Such a rapid decline.
I think that's a little harsh, don't you? He won Wimbledon just last year, still in the top 5 in the world, French quarterfinal, and won Halle last week, most players would be thrilled. He's not 21 anymore, and everything comes to an end but a 'rapid decline'? Really?
Crazy, crazy day. I am kind of in shock. Well, hopefully the folks who are still standing will give us good matches. I'll try to look at this as an opportunity to watch players I don't normally see play... (But I don't want my glass to be half full. I want it to be all full, dammit!)
No pressure there then.
LOL at Roger being in a rapid decline. He won a major a year ago and made the next 3 major quarterfinals, at least. So rapid. lol
This is the craziest couple of days in the very early rounds at Wimbledon I have ever seen. I hope Murray can win the title now and if he doesnt choke he should. He is a better grass courter than Djokovic IMO. I never thought Federer was winning here but still thought he would make round of 16 atleast. Nadal's loss was much more surprising, but two straight years doing so poorly on grass, so maybe his knees just cant handle it anymore.
Serena's odds of the title actually might have gone from 99% to 95% as she will now face someone other than her pigeons Azarenka or Sharapova in the final. Still would be a shock if she loses though.
The favorites who are not playing today should thank their lucky stars, IMO.
With all the injuries, maybe it's a good thing Nadal went out first. Do less harm to the knees.
Petra Kvitova is the highest seed left in the bottom half, yet I still am not convinced she can win 4 matches to make the final. Probably Sloane Stephens to make the semifinals
Also, David Ferrer assured at #3 rank regardless of result
I am so gutted and bummed about Roger. I thought he would at least make the SFs. I wasn't ready for him to be out of the tournament. Rooting for Murray to win now.
Omg what an exciting Wimbledon. Sharapova, Nadal and Federer all out.
Serena and Nole have to win and this would be my fav Wimbledon ever.
Agreed - though let's not take anything away from Stakhovsky he was not backing down - even after losing the 1st set on the tie breaker. Many other players would have given up then but he kept battling away and Roger had no real answer to him.
This does give me permission to root for Murray - and as Federer, Tsonga and Cilic are all out he must be favoured to get to the final now. However as two of the favs have been toppled maybe others can be!!!
A good, solid win for Murray today amidst all the drama unfolding around him. And though people have been saying that Djokovic has an easy path to the final, Murray's now doesn't look too difficult either, after the unexpected exits of Nadal and Federer and with Tsonga (I want to cuddle him! : ) being too injured to carry on. That is unless one of the top two also falls foul of The Curse of Wimbledon 2013. It must be the 13 in the date - that would explain things.
Great result for "Dreddy" Dustin Brown earlier in the day, putting out Lleyton Hewitt in four sets.
Do you actually watch tennis?
Yep, definitely not taking anything away from Stakhovsky! He played some great tennis and didn't give up. I hope he can sustain this level of play. It seems to be too often the case that after a player upsets one of the big guns in the early rounds of a GS, they suffer a letdown in the next match.
What a crazy day. I bet British odds-makers are in shock. I'm gutted for Roger, but I think Scream-apova is the bigger shock. She's played so well for months, and then to lose to someone not even in the top 100?
ETA: I just noticed Darcis had to pull out as well. That really sucks for him, after such a great battle with Nadal.
Wow, Federer eliminated from Wimbledon the same day as the DOMA and Prop 8 rulings. It appears Christmas came early this year for me!!
Wow, the amount of falls at this years Wimbledon are so scary to watch.
I've been at Wimbledon the last three days - and yesterday, as you all know, was CRAZY.
I didn't get to see Fed as I only had ground tickets but I hear Stakh truly deserved it. We saw MLDB beat Sharapova - that was amazing. Maria fell/slid but Michelle played the match of her life and was in charge pretty much from the start. The crowd were loving her and she got alot of support as the underdog. She hits a very flat early ball, and reminds me a little of Azarenka.
Someone to really look out for is Petra Cetkovska. Her upset of Wozniacki has gone quietly by, partly because Woz fell and hurt herself, but believe me, Cet is talented. I saw her beat Vekic in round one as well, and she has a beautiful, elegant, almost old-skool game; variety, touch, slices, volleys, everything. Really looking forward to her third round with Stephens.
Monaco lost the opening set but came through pretty comfortably. He is very well built and bloody gorgeous in person
No words about Jankovic Sigh.
Gutted about Shvedova ....BUT... this is a huge opportunity for Kvitova. I hope she takes it.
I think it may be better to just hand Serena the trophy. Don't think there's anyone left that's half capable to take her.
This year Wimbledon has been so far one major WTF???!!
Well, since it has been one major WTF so far, let's make Serena play the matches before handing her the trophy. Who knows WTF will happen?
Not that I'm wishing an injury on her of any kind, but I would like to see someone else win.
Sloane Stephens' half looks pretty open -- nice opportunity for her to make the semis.
Also, Serena has lost in Slams before when she wasn't suppose to. Not that I would bet on it happening based on the play she is playing. Really none of the top women losing is as shocking to me as a Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, or Murray losing in the early rounds. It just seems like in the last few years or so there have been more upsets on the women's side so it doesn't surprise me as much.
Let's hope it happens again (Serena losing). Then it will become interesting. Let's have some young and up and comer do some damage and arrive on a stagnant women's tour... or let's have a Kimiko Date go far and be the oldest champ ever... just, anything to make this year more interesting for the ladies.
Sad to see Rafa go, devastated to see Roger go.... come on, let's knock out Djokovic too and see if we can't get Murry and GBR a Wimbledon title!!! The stars have aligned for it, so let's go the distance!!
I really thought Roger would win Wimbledon, especially after Nadal lost in the 1st round. Afterwards, I only saw Murray as the obstacle to the final, and thought Roger would beat Novak.
This outcome simply shows how much Nadal is in Roger's head. When Nadal goes out early at a slam, Roger struggles in his next match. It happened at 09 FO, 2012 Wimbledon, and now 2013 Wimbledon--the difference being he couldn't pull off the win this time. Roger's return game was AWFUL, and the few UFEs that he had were mainly on the big points.
I hope that what is arguably the biggest upset of Roger's career ends the Federer/Annacone player/coach relationship. Roger needs a coach who motivates him, and Paul's not doing that anymore. I also liked the suggestion made by Cahill (or was it Gilbert?) that Roger should consider changing racquets.
Duane - did you happen to catch the excellent commentary from Courier and NYT/IT reporter Christopher Carey (who is great in skating pressrooms) -- Carey said he would like to administer truth serum to Roger's trainer, to get a fuller story about his back. Guess the feeling is (as FSUers have mentioned) both Fed and (more so) Nadal are downplaying physical issues, similar to how Sampras and Agassi may have done toward the end of their careers. Agree Fed was way, way off and the loss was a huge shock.
Hearing Ferrer's ankle is a problem.
Didn't catch the commentary. I don't think Nadal came into Wimbledon injured, but might have hurt it during his 1st round match. I think Roger's problem is between the ears.
I hope Ferrer is okay!
What do you mean? Can you elaborate?
"I think a lot of people were happy when Nadal sort of lost. I think Roger was very happy," said the young Aussie. "I think he got ahead of himself, then things turned around. The players that I think don't get too ahead of themselves, focus on their matches, have the best chance of winning."
Actually I think Sharapova's loss is the biggest shock so far (well, maybe on a par with Fed) as Tracy Austin said. She's been so consistent these last eighteen months, and although she lost fourth round here last year, it was to Lisicki - hardly a bad loss at Wimbledon. Losing 2nd round here to a player ranked 131 who's barely won matches this year is
But yea Fed was a shock too, of course.
It's bizarre that Nadal, Federer, Sharapova, Hewitt and Wozniacki - all former no.1's, all lost to people ranked outside the top 100
Darcis - 135
Stakhovsky - 116
Larcher de Brito - 131
Cetkovska - 179
Jankovic just about kept face by losing to someone ranked no.98
I for one LOVE upsets; it's good to shake shit up and, particularly on the men side, things have got a little predictable these last few years.
And that's why, as much as I admire Serena, I want someone else to win; Kvitova or Stephens would be great! Or Lisicki perhaps? Long shots, but you never know!
Poor Tomic, another athlete victim of the foot-in-mouth disease......for our greatest entertainment
I never thought i would ever read Tomic and victim in the same sentence. Tomic is really an unique piece, he suffers from a lot weird diseases.
Sounds like he should take his own advice and focus on himself and not sound off about anything & everything to the press. This is the 2nd thing he's said this week that has made me want to sit him down and yell at him Tyra style until he stops being such a brat.
Still upset about Rafa & Roger going out so soon, but this made me laugh this morning http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323419604578571424106109666.html
That's awesome, morget!
They'll be back, with bandannas ironed and folded.
Thanks for posting morqet:
I agree Sharapova is the biggest upset. However I think grass is fast becoming her weakest surface, and in many ways has been her weakest surface since 2008 in fact. She has only made it past the round of 16 once since 2006 now, and her movement and footing on grass looks awful most of the time. Her serve is no longer a strength for her, or even a good reliable stroke, and that was a big part to her being a strong grass player in 2004-2006. Peoples expectations of her on grass are too much, she can still make a deep run if she gets a dream draw and some players choking ala Wimbledon 2011 or Olympics 2012 but grass is by far her most vurnerable surface these days. She is nothing like the grass courter who beat Serena and Davenport to win Wimbledon in 2004 anymore.
I think part of her loss was her being downright petrified of possibly playing Serena in the final on grass. She knew it would likely look something like the Olympics. On clay she atleast was eager about the challenge, as daunting as it was. On grass it would be another total humiliation if she somehow scraped into the final vs Serena.
I don't think Roger's recent rash of losses is because he's injured or too old. I think it's all mental.
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