Tomas Berdych has done it again, ending the run of Roger Federer in a Grand Slam, beating him 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Berdych also beat Federer in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2010 where he had his best career result as a runner up in the tournament.
Federer came unstuck due to combination of his own errors and the spectacular power and flat hitting of Tomas. Federer has seemed the favourite after securing extra rest when Mardy Fish withdrew with a health issue from their fourth round match – a walk over never seeming to impact Federer negatively before. Read more »
With David and Victoria Beckham among the famous faces in attendance for the Wimbledon gentlemen’s final, Roger Federer and Andy Murray battled for history. If Murray won he would be ending a 76 year drought at Wimbledon for players from the UK and winning his first Grand Slam. If Federer won he would win his 7th Wimbledon title, 17th Grand Slam overall and re-take the number one ranking equaling Pete Sampras’ time spent at number one.
It was Roger who created history and Andy who, again, went home defeated by both Roger and himself. Federer won his 17th Grand Slam 4-6 ,7-5, 6-3, 6-4 once again leaving the UK without a champion. Read more »
Spaniard, and clay court specialist, David Ferrer has beaten Juan Martin del Potro in a convincing display that leaves little doubt that David has been working on consistently improving his game and form.
Pocket rocket Ferrer was relentless as he ripped winners and chased everything down to book his quarterfinal spot against Andy Murray with the 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win. Read more »
Rightly so Ivo Karlovic has said he’s going to request a review of the enormous number of foot faults calls against him in his match against Andy Murray after suggesting the officials were biased towards their home grown ‘hero’.
Interestingly, as if to strengthen his position that he’s not prone to foot faulting, he didn’t commit one in his doubles match.
“Today, funny, but there was no foot faults today all match. I believe I will make an official complaint. Read more »
Croatian Ivo Karlovic has made a career based (pretty much) on one shot – his serve. Yesterday Andy Murray beat him 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 7-6 in a match where Ivo has 11 foot faults called against him.
Without seeing footage of all the ‘offending’ serves it’s hard to know for sure what happened but it seems absolutely absurd that a man who makes his money from his serve would make that many errors. Read more »
It happened in the exact same spot that Juan Monaco went down a few days earlier.
Julien Benneteau was pushing Andy Murray, locking heads with the Scot at 5-5 in the first set. He slid into the corner to retrieve a ball when he hit a bad patch in the court and twisted his ankle horribly. As he lost his balance and fell (screaming in pain) he put his right hand out to break the fall. Instead he damaged his wrist and you can almost see his elbow breaking – the mechanics of which will likely leave him with ligament damage. Read more »
There is something about the Indian Wells-Miami hard court swing that seems to consistently destroy Rafa Nadal’s troubled knees. Today Rafa announced that he would not continue with the tournament by withdrawing from his semifinal match against Andy Murray.
There are two ways you can look at this latest set back:
1)It’s about self preservation.
Nadal’s been having trouble with his knees since the Australian Open (and years before that). His right knee locked up and he could barely move it when he stood up from a chair.
He stood up from a chair.
He wasn’t sprinting, twisting or changing directions he was just standing up after sitting down. To say this is unusual is an understatement. Since then, despite six weeks of training and rehab, Rafa hasn’t been right. Read more »