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Federer Sneaks Through After Mannarino Mid Match Retirement

The Swiss had just forced a fifth set when Mannarino was forced to retire with a knee injury.

Roger Federer is through to the second round at Wimbledon, courtesy of a mid-match retirement by Adrian Mannarino.

The Swiss had just started serving in the opening game of a fifth set decider when Mannarino threw in the towel, having injured his knee a game earlier, leaving the score at 6-4, 6-7(3), 3-6, 6-2 after 2 hours and 44 minutes of play.

Mannarino, making his 10th Wimbledon appearance and getting to play on Centre Court on his birthday, slipped in the seventh game of the fourth set, injuring the inside of his right knee, which rendered him unable to put any weight on it.

Federer will next face another Frenchman in the shape of Richard Gasquet in the second round on Thursday.

Quick Match Recap

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Federer won the toss and elected to serve. Mannarino, hoping to celebrate his thirty-third birthday with a huge win, looked set to receive an early gift as a poor start from the Swiss gave him a 0/40 window. 

Federer needed to settle quickly, and he did so, saving all three break points and then holding to lead 1-0.

After failing to convert, Mannarino then had to save two break points himself to level for 1-1.

A more confident hold from Federer put him 2-1 up, and he soon had two more break points but could not seal the advantage.

Another quick hold moved him 3-2 in front, with the Swiss finding his feet on serve.

Mannarino then hit two double faults in his next service game but recovered to level.

Game seven resulted in another speedy hold, meaning Federer had won ten points in a row on serve, but the Frenchman continued to hang tough, holding to thirty for 4-4.

More of the same put the Swiss 5-4 in front, and in game ten, he came up with a flick of the wrist to set up two set points, converting the second with a backhand pass to take the set.

The second set kicked off with yet another comfortable hold, thanks to Federer winning 88% of points behind his first serve, highlighting that the first serves landed (just 52% up to that point) rarely, if ever, determines the outcome of a set or match.

Mannarino had to fend off deuce to level for 1-1 and then won two points in a return game for the first time since the opener.

From there, it was the Frenchman's turn to build some momentum, holding to love for 2-2 and creating two break points in the fifth game, but he was unable to convert.

No more opportunities were to come Mannarino's way in the set, but he was able to hold his own on serve, winning 96% behind his first delivery over six games as he forced a second set tie break.

Into the tie break and with Federer's forehand timing from the baseline missing, Mannarino moved up an early mini-break for 2-0, and despite handing it back, he was soon back in front with a double mini-break for 4-1 after more mistimed Federer forehands.

4-1 was quickly 6-1, and although Federer won his next two service points, Mannarino converted his first set point on serve to level at one set all.

The former Rosmalen champion was aided by 12 winners to just 5 unforced errors, compared to Federer's 13 winners to 19 unforced errors.

The third set started with Mannarino pegged back to deuce from 40-15, but he held firm to lead 1-0.

Federer's forehand woes then continued as more errors handed Mannarino the early break for 2-0.

An instant response was needed, and although Mannarino saved two breakpoints, Federer ramped up the aggression to break straight back for 1-2 before a speedy hold put him level at 2-2.

However, the momentum was short-lived as Mannarino held for 3-2 then broke Federer to love for a 4-2 lead thanks to some nifty returning.

Another comfortable hold put Mannarino up 5-2, and although Federer held for 3-5, he was not perturbed holding with a classic lefty serve out wide + volley putaway for two sets to one lead.

The fourth set started with Federer needing to save a breakpoint in his opening service game; buoyed from the hold, the Swiss could up his intensity, breaking to fifteen for 2-0.

Federer held to love consolidated the break for 3-0 and quickly turned that into 4-1 thanks to some more quickfire points.

The sixth game presented Federer with a chance to secure a double break, but Mannarino used his cat and mouse style tennis to escape for 2-4.

Midway through game seven, Mannarino slipped midpoint and hurt his knee. The physio was called, and after a brief stop, Federer held for 5-2.

With Mannarino looking subdued and unsure if his knee could hold his weight, he went into winner or miss mode, dropping serve as Federer took the set 6-2.

A retirement looked imminent, and although Mannarino started the fifth set, as soon as Federer won the opening point, a disappointed looking Mannarino knew he could not continue and handed Federer the victory.

Match Stats

  Roger Federer Adrian Mannarino
Aces 16 5
Double Faults 3 6
First Serve % In 68/112 (61%) 83/130 (64%)
Win % On 1st Serve 50/68 (74%) 63/83 (76%)
Win % On 2nd Serve 27/44 (61%) 20/47 (43%)
Net Points Won 29/35 (83%) 14/25 (56%)
Break Points Won 4/13 (31%) 2/8 (25%)
Receiving Points Won 47/130 (36%) 35/112 (31%)
Winners 54 36
Unforced Errors 45 31
Total Points Won 124 118
Distance Covered 6031.2m 6173.6m
Distance Covered/pt. 24.9m 25.5m

Highlights

Thoughts on the Match

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It’s awful. It shows that one shot can change the outcome of a match, a season, a career. I wish him all the best and I hope he recovers quickly so we see him back on the courts. He could have won the match in the end. Obviously, he was the better player, so I definitely got a bit lucky.

You don’t get many walkovers throughout a career and you try also not to have it happen to yourself. It’s a reminder of how quickly it goes. But of course, I’m obviously happy I can get another chance for another match here. I worked very hard and in the end, I enjoyed myself out there today. It was great fun until the end, obviously. Federer on the circumstances surrounding his win.

A bittersweet end to this match and seeing an opponent have to retire is not good for anyone involved, especially not the injured party, but for both Federer and the fans courtside, it's always a bit awkward.

From Federer's side, he'll take it as it means he gets a second match on Thursday after being outplayed for large parts of this one.

Whereas Mannarino will leave London exceptionally disappointed that he slipped on the baseline when he was in with a realistic chance of recording a big victory in front of a Centre Court crowd, all on his 33rd birthday.

In terms of how the match played out, after saving the breakpoints in the opening game, I thought Roger played a decent first set, using the slice to force Mannarino to try to generate pace off his forehand, which worked well.

However, from the middle of set two, Fed slipped into a more monotonous play level, which allowed Mannarino to find his groove from the baseline.

Once he had the rhythm, he plays like the ball is on a piece of string, and he can work the angles brilliantly. His shots look like powder puff stuff, but with his takeback, it's hard to read where he's going and like Federer said, his shovel-like backhand bamboozles a lot of players.

That forced Federer into action, but he could not find that forehand potency, missing way too many of them, including four straight errors in the second set tie break.

The third set was more of the same, and his serve also tailed off, but in the fourth, something clicked back into gear, and he was able to play with more urgency and dictate play again. 

Had the fifth being played and no injury had occurred, I would have made Fed a slight favourite given momentum. Still, with his level bouncing around from good to dreadful often within individual games, it wasn't a certainty, but I'd like to think his experience from that Falla match all those years ago would have paid off.

Final Thoughts

  • The level in sets 1 and 4 need replicating over an entire match
  • His forehand misfired too many times
  • It looks like it will take a while for him to free his mind and play instinctually. Paganini et al. can only show him the door. He has to walk through it. 🙂

Predictions vs Richard Gasquet

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Federer is next up for fellow veteran Richard Gasquet after he defeated Yuichi Sugita in four sets over on Court 15.

Federer leads the H2H 18-2, and it's been ten years since Gasquet last won a set against him, so he has a huge mental edge going into the match.

However, most of Fed's matches so far have been a bit of a struggle, so it'd a surprise if it was the plain sailing we're accustomed to.

Gasquet has little to hurt Federer with, but he's got two Wimbledon semi-finals to his name, and I expect another close match with Federer winning in four sets.

What did you guys think of Federer's performance? Predictions against Gasquet? Let me know in the comments.

Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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93 Comments

  1. Interesting to see RF make so many unforced errors. He did show some moments of brilliance which I guess can provide him with some confidence. First serve and net play will be key moving forward!

      1. There *were* what I called a couple of “David Foster Wallace gurgle” (was it gurgle?) moments, even among all the dross 🙂

      2. I think it can’t have been gurgle, because didn’t the sound bring your partner running from the other room?

  2. Unfortunately cant see a deep run this year, but QFs would be a good result if he can make it there

  3. Fed can’t make his body do what his mind wants it to with much consistency.

    His confidence in his shots is very low.

    I don’t have any confidence in them either!

    So I’ll just hope for the best, but gird myself for the worst.

  4. Couldn’t watch the first two sets but as for the last two games Roger fired a couple of marvelous aces, so clearly he was recuperating from missing the first sets. Just hope we’ll see him through at least two more rounds, its such a joy watching his style on court.

  5. Yucky match by Roger, more of the same from Halle, it seemed to me, with the forehand misfiring and the first serve fairly absent? But oddly, I was never that worried – unlike the Stakhovsky match, where I was feeling from early on “Oh no, he’s not going to win this one” – probably thinking he’d win in 5, and needed the match play. I certainly think he was just starting to really get going a bit and remember how to play in set 4 (and work out where the lines were on the court!), and think he might well have walked, at least, if not run, away with set 5 had it been played – although it’s true that he might have had another wobble. It’s difficult to predict at the moment. What I am slightly worried about, due to the abrupt ending, is whether he got enough momentum in his play to get his groove back and come out strongly in his next match, or whether we’ll have to rewind and watch more messy play, doubts and overthinking.

    But poor Mannarino – to be doing so well, have a possible upset in sight and then to have that horrible injury … 🙁 I hope it’s not as bad as it looks, and that he will recover quickly. And now I see Serena’s slipped and injured herself, too 🙁

    1. Yes,agree with everything you say.I thought it was a poor match from Fed with all those mis hits and unforced errors but I too always thought that he was going to win.I think the fifth set would have been over quickly,but with Fed these days,who knows.
      As for Mannarino,what a sad end to his birthday,I hope it is not too serious.That sappy,slippery court is a menace.

    2. I think 4 sets was enough for him to get used to conditions etc. Were a few longer rallies too as Mannarino was in charge from the baseline.

      I think Mannarino will be ok pretty quickly, looked like it might be one of those things that hurts for a few days but then is fine with just rest.

  6. Federer is serving approximately 4-5 miles below his average from circa 2019, not moving as well as 2-3 years ago, his confidence is low, especially on the forehand. I’m sure Mannarino played a good match, but it is worth remebering that the guy had a 9-17 record coming into this tournament. If Federer has serious problems beating him I cannot see Roger making a deep run in this tournament.

    1. Ah, do you have his serve speed numbers from Wimbledon early rounds 2019 vs 2021 so far?

      Mannarino did play well. 9-17 is a bit misleading as he played 7 tournaments on clay where he is fairly hopeless, On grass, he is 53-37 lifetime, and 25% of his career wins are on it, plus his only title. And grass must only account for about 10% of the tournaments he’s played in his career.

      1. I think he was nearer 200km/h then he is now. I dont think that the speed is the biggest problem, its that he doesnt hit the spots so good anymore! He usually hit the lines, now he is 2 decimeter or more in.

      2. I don’t have the exact stats, but from what I remember throughout the whole Wimbledon 2019 (and in fact throughout most of the 2018-2019 period) Federer was averaging 114-116 mph on his first serve. I am not sure whether he could maintain similar serving speed nowadays in a match lasting 3-4 hours. That said, I agree that the speed is not the biggest problem in itself, serve placement and disguise are more important. I just think that the decrease in serve speed shows that either physically Federer is not back to the preinjury level of fitness or that he lacks confidence to push his body harder (which would be understandable). I am also not diminishing Mannarino, he is a good player, but if he gives Federer so much trouble on grass (think about their meeting in 2018) then it is hard to see Roger progressing further than 4th round, maybe a QF.

      3. Yes true, in the 2 previous Wimbledon matches, he has dismissed Mannarino pretty easily. I guess Basel showed he can be dangerous though and that was in 2017 when Fed was flying so all things considered it’s not a bad performance.

  7. You said it all. Has to do it himself, trust his shots and his body. His FH was shocking at times but at least he steadied the ship in set 4 and didn’t do a Halle.
    If he can get thru Gasquet and feel better about his game then he’ll start to loosen up.
    Allez
    Thought his net play was solid tho! More please

  8. I think Fed will win against Gasquet.
    To digress,I thought Sasha Zrerev looked very impressive (and handsome) .Certainly looks better in Whites than that awful black sleeveless vest thing.Serve was pretty good too😊

  9. It’s just quite bizarre watching Roger at the moment. I don’t understand how he keeps winning first sets then his level disappears. You’d think he would get belief and confidence from taking the first sets but it’s the complete opposite! Odd. I used to get to a point in his matches when I knew he’d win and could relax…no such thing anymore!

    Ps. Loved seeing the “RF” logo back on his match shirt!

  10. The most important thing is that he survives to fight another day, and that he’s healthy. For that I’m grateful.

    On grass the margin between playing too aggressively and playing too passively is infinitesimally tiny…at Halle Federer spoke of how it was mentally draining for him, after being away from the tour for so long, to constantly try to take the initiative and seek to make the plays. That seems like it’ll be his biggest challenge.

    I think these baseline grinders are going to cause trouble for Federer because of his inconsistent form. His level will dip seemingly out of nowhere and he’ll have lulls where he starts serving poorly or mistiming his groundstrokes. That could be costly against an opponent whose level stays steady.

    The upside of such opponents is that the match is more on his racket; if he gets his game together he can take the offensive and start using his all-court skills and variation to impose himself. A big server, power player, or a net-rusher could blitz a rusty Federer off the court before he had a chance to get into the match, but there’s less danger of that from these grinders.

    Gasquet might be manageable because he can be pretty inconsistent himself (and he needs a lot of time on the ball to prepare for his shots), but after that it will get tougher. If he makes it to QFs Medvedev will probably be waiting, and I’d love to see that matchup. The Russian has improved out of sight in the last couple years, he plays a very cerebral, patient kind of baseline game, and he’s way underrated on grass (even after winning in Mallorca). Federer will have to play his best tennis to come through that one.

    Feel bad for Mannarino, it’s awful to have such a nasty present on your birthday. Hope he heals up fast.

    1. It was an impressive win for Medvedev yesterday, Struff is a tricky 1st round.

      Do you have the link to the interview where he said Halle was mentally draining? I’ve not read it…

      1. Here is a link:

        https://www.tennis-tourtalk.com/75536/federer-unhappy-with-play-attitude-after-halle-loss

        The quote is:

        “It was not a good attitude from my side. I was disappointed in the way I was feeling on court, the way things were going, that I’m not getting better spells and all that stuff. I just think that the whole difficulty of the comeback got to me as well as little bit. How much I have to push on every point to try to make things happen and I realized it was not going to be my day.”

  11. Shaky win for Roger with his misfiring forehands and not so reliable anymore services almost handing him a first round loss. Given Roger’s form and confidence level, it will be a tight 4 set win against Gasquet. I still think, with his movement and experience, he should make the second week.

    1. The good thing about making the second week at Wimbledon only requires 3 matches, one half of the draw usually has played 4 by the time week 2 rolls around 😀

  12. Glad to see him talking about enjoying himself & having fun.

    Overall I was encouraged by his ability to come back from slips in – execution? Concentration? Starting with the poor service game, leveling the ship, then getting freed up in set 4 after looking, in set 3, like he was mentally potentially going the way he did in Halle. It’s good to see the level he needs is there – somewhere – and he seems to be working his way back to producing it. As you say, if he can play at a set 1 & 4 level consistently, & build on that, he can probably go far.

    Gasquet is somebody he knows super well – haven’t they been playing since since juniors? Unless Fed goes completely off the boil, I don’t see Gasquet producing anything different enough to trouble him.

    I like his shirt. Except for the distracting and obnoxious red squares obviously.

      1. Lol Alison, it’s true that I have to remind MYSELF “Well, I SAID what I wanted was for him to have fun!”

    1. Doubt they played in Juniors? Gasquet was playing Nadal in juniors in 1999 when Fed had already gone pro.

      18-2 H2H though, many meetings on the pro tour. Gasquet beat him in the first meeting.

      1. Yes you’re right, he’s really Nadal’s contemporary. They’ve “only” been playing their entire pro careers…

  13. Fed played much better at RG. Not sure what is going on with Fed on grass. Not consistency in any of his shots. Even his movement on grass is suspect when it looked much improved at RG.

    1. Maybe it has to do with slippery grass and him being more cautious not to get injured, so I hope he gets through next round when grass will become less slippery and court will be harder which might give him more stability. Also, there is a factor of slower conditions in paris which allowed him to position himself better for shots than here or in Halle. I’m sure it’s just him getting used to that pace of court and if he gets to second week, anything is possible. 😉

      1. Sounds weird. The master of grass expected to play better when there is no more grass anymore on the court? New surface for Fed? Grass without grass? Another one – gravel without gravel? Hard court but not so hard? New special ATP Tour for Fed only?

    2. Need to see how his 2nd match compares to R2 at the French. Fed has played many 1st rounds at SW19 and looked cautious, average etc. He has said many times even in his pomp, you can’t just go flying around the court in the early rounds otherwise you’ll be slipping.

  14. I think that Jonathan is on to something. Clearly, Roger is still cautious and playing with some mental blocks but I feel like at least he fought today and didn’t allow himself to lose the match even after he dropped sets 2 and 3.

    That was a positive. Also, he finally turned the winners to unforced errors ratio into the positive column, which to me is the biggest indicator of what his current level is. In Halle, even in the first match that he won, he had a negative ratio. And of course before set 4 today, he was in the negative ratio again but at least he was moving in the positive direction.

    Gasquet would be a perfect match for him because he can get his rhythm from the baseline back. That would be required if he wants to progress further in the tournament.

  15. Not too much to add here. The inconsistency is a worry though. Lots of slippery courts today.
    I did enjoy the Shapo vs Kohly match and the NK vs Humbert one.
    The Queen is out early again. I do feel for the players who put so much into the preparation for grass, new outfit, etc and get knocked out in the 1st round.
    Come on Roger!

    1. Slippery grass is something special? Grass is dangerous just because of this “feature”. Mannarino got it by injury. Fed got it but moving with too much of fear of slipping.
      What about playing grass indoors?

  16. Just happy that Fed is onto the next round…. he hasn’t played enough matches… his movement seemed decent and some shots were just outstanding – like the backhand flick from behind …… we’re all so used to him walking through his opponents that his struggle is getting to us…. but he has had 2 surgeries and just to be back here and serving up some aces is huge for me….I love tennis and I watch most matches…. but when FedEx walks onto the court, just something happens…. no one else inspires this level of joy….

  17. The real show of the day was Nick vs. Ugo. No chance for Fed to defeat one of them in the form from yesterday.

      1. Humbert is the man for the (near) future. Probably on every surface. Nick is still a big thing in tennis. His problem is, he only accept big matches. Or he tanks, retires, goes home .s.o. Somehow I understand him and even like 🙂
        It was the same in Australia. Nick had also a long pause before and has beaten Humbert the same way as here and lost to Thiem after leading 2:0 in Thiem’s only top match this year.

    1. Yes, enjoyed that Nick.Ugo match even though I only watched the last 15 minutes of it. Thought the ball striking was very good from both sides; powerful and superb running/coverage.

  18. John – couple of points and want to hear your view
    1) The sluggish nature of Roger’s movements seems to be more related to scare of slipping and getting injured, especially after the two knee surgeries, it might be career ending injury. Look what happened to Serena later. Can’t they apply some sort of fogging over the grass like they do in cricket to make it less dangerous to play for the players?
    2) Well, dont they take me wrong on this. What I want to say is, the Britishor or rather Wimbledon seems to be stuck with good traditions but not doing enough create level playing field for all the players in the draw. Last two days it was raining and not all first round matches completed yet. There are 27 matches still to be completed on men’s side, god knows how many on women’s side. But organizers are happy to start 2nd round of the top half on Center Court. I understand Center Court and Court 1 are for big matches but when rain wreck havoc, can’t they consider prioritizing completing 1st round matches instead of starting 2nd round? This can create problems for the players who end up playing consecutive days and are at disadvantage. I know may be other majors doing the same.

    1. I don’t know about cricket. What is the “fogging” of grass in cricket?
      In my understanding grass in Wimbledon is just called “holy” because it is as it is. I do assume, they know everything about grass for tennis. Because I’m living in the nature, I guess, grass must be slippery. If it’s not, it’s maybe more dangerous. We have many sports on grass – soccer, (imagine non-slippery grass in soccer), we have hockey on grass) – players need special shoes and special training .
      Federer has won all his Wimbledon crowns on a slippery grass and had never problems with that. Now he has. Because he’s old and injured. So let’s go to play on a floor? We don’r have more injuries on grass than on hard courts, probably less on clay.
      If Fed could not deal with fears of falling and getting another injury after so long rehab, practicing and playing some matches, he will never do it. IMO no matter what’s the surface. You can move securely on every surface but if you need to go over your limits, every surface is dangerous.
      If you thought Mannarino, not Fed’s fears, if I’m not wrong, Mannarino slipped away just where grass is partly gone, so you have place with and without grass. That’s where it’s really dangerous. Players are falling close to the net, trying to catch a drop-shot or stop-volley and I can hardly recall someone getting injured there.

    2. Hi,

      1. What is fogging? I played cricket for many years, never heard that term, and I can’t recall the grass ever being made safer?

      2. The scheduling has been a mess tbh, massively unfair on some players, like Otte yesterday, didn’t get on to finish his match that was deep in the fifth until late in the day.

      1. Quite agree. I think Wimby should have moved more matches onto the roofed courts yesterday. Was anything played on Centre after the abortive Serena match?

      2. Fogging could be something known from agriculture. Kind of spraying an area with a “fog” of some chemicals.
        But does grass need to be made less dangerous? Are hard courts not dangerous?
        Grass is used in some sports since ages. You can either have a good grass for tennis (=Wimbledon – some other tournaments have the grass “from Wimbledon”, like Mallorca) or a bad grass.
        The issue with scheduling in slams is a problem since slams exist, I guess. Like Craig Tiley told in Australia (about some guys having better accommodation and lighter quarantine than others) – you are better, you get a better deal 😉 Some think, it’s “deserved”. The same way rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer all over the world.

  19. Sorry – may be I used a wrong word – fogging. Not finding a right word. What I meant is, applying the heating mechanism to evaporate the underlying moisture.

    1. Ah, I’ve never heard of that either, is that in India?

      It’s not something I have seen in the UK before. Like undersoil heating? Football pitches have it but that’s for frost and ice, not much else.

      1. Yes. They use to remove the dew on grass, especially during the night games played in winter. Cricket is a summer only game in UK..so probably not required. 🙂

  20. Roger escape 1st round exit by sheer luck. Poor Mannarino, having to retire on his birthday and playing so well. Its probably his only chance to beat Roger grass. Thank the tennis gods for letting us watch Roger for another match, he is now a lamb up for slaughter to be honest. His form comes in huge spikes..its going to be very daunting for the man himself to manage. He needs to get through first week to gain some confidence. Slippery grass isn’t help hence maybe Roger can play with a free mind. Only good thing about Roger’s next match, he has played Gasquet often enough, just hope for an easier match.

    1. Gasquet is quite good on grass and can move well, but is wek mentally. Here’s the chance for Roger. Chardy would be too much. If Roger gets through first week, he can only meet higher caliber opponents, able to beat him.
      Confidence? Roger is as always confident in his strokes, but not in the movement and will by no mean be more confident in the movement after some matches with lot of running. You cannot win a tennis match not being able to move. Mannarino just had “only” this deficit before the 5th set.

    2. I think Roger clearly raised his level in set 4 which I hope is the reference for the next games. So until 4:2 15:15 he was definitely the man on the court in Set4, even before Mannarinos injury…

      1. Right. Roger raised his level in 4th set, but at the same time Mannarino dropped.
        Both were under pressure. Fed was under pressure of losing the match. Mannarino was under pressure of potentially missing the big opportunity. It’s well expressed in serve stats of both. While Fed raised clearly his serve stats, Mannarino’s drop was even more visible.
        In such situations you can never tell, what’s the reason and what’s the effect. Maybe both. In the 5th set (if it was to be played) both would be under pressure (Fed additionally of playing so long match and how he recovers before the next) and hard to speculate what could have been the result. Assuming Fed would win, the bad thing would be to have 5 sets in the bone. Especially if there was be a fight again and the 5th set go the distance.
        Next match Roger should start with this raised level or it may be another long match. Not so good, even if won.

  21. Interesting insights from NK about the grass court conditions this year…
    “Guys for you watching at home, it should be fast in here. It’s turf. It should be fast,” a visibly-annoyed Kyrgios said.
    “That’s grass court tennis. They’ve made it slow. This isn’t grass anymore. This is slow. It’s a joke.
    “Stop cutting it so f***ing short man. It’s so short isn’t it? Start watering it too. Make it a grass court again.
    “Make it a grass court again will you please? Thanks. This isn’t grass anymore bruv.”

    https://www.express.co.uk/sport/tennis/1456223/Nick-Kyrgios-rages-Wimbledon-grass-Ugo-Humbert-ATP-Tour-tennis-news

    NK unplugged, as always – I like him more & more !

    1. Without Nick tennis would not be the same. But he never tells anything if you plug him in 😉
      Someone should record his loud discussion with himself and make a funny book from them 🙂 I like him (both game and the approach to tennis business and the life in general) since many years 🙂

      1. Hope he survives 2 next boring matches to beat Zverev&Berrettini and meet Fed in SF 🙂

  22. Do you have curfew in London, Jonathan? Even for Wimbledon fans, who must be double-jabbed or tested and don’t have to wear masks? Weird.

      1. … and a darkness factor for the outside courts? I think that’s why the RBA match was called today. I think maybe some of the terminology may be getting used where it oughtn’t.

      2. Is this imposed by authorities or internal Wimbledon rule? Just to be different? If it’s internal, do they call it curfew?

      3. Hmmm … does similar exist for Wembley? But well, soccer has limited time for the match.
        Well, I understand – historic, imperial and conservative traditions, like The Queen or Hyde Park 😉

  23. How did they push Murray into third round, is a big scandal. Let’s me think on the year 2013, when they sent heavily doped Stakhovsky to oust Fed in second round and heavily doped Darcis to oust Nadal in the first round. Both then disappeared from tennis (silent ban I guess) for a half year or more with round sums in their pockets. Finally Murray won the title, but it almost failed because of Jerzy Janowicz, who was then better than they thought and probably didn’t offer him enough money to tank.

      1. This IS true. Even more. How it came, that both Federer and Nadal were drawn in the same quarter? Both Federer and Nadal were playing on their usual level. Somehow Stakhovsky and Darcis were playing better. The QF was then Janowicz/Kubot (you may have heard about Kubot having some decent success in doubles, but it was later with Melo) instead of Fed/Rafa. Janowicz was 203 cm tall and served regularly 230-250 kmh. His top career started year before in Paris Bercy, where he defeated Kohlschreiber, Cilic and (!) Murray losing the final to Ferrer.
        I can prove it only logically of course.
        Janowicz i indeed injured, but mentally. He is gambling (Internet games for money) since almost a decade. Bresnik was trying to help him, just because he have seen potential in him and this kind of madman was just Bresnik’s taste. But Janowicz was not ready for the hard work.

      2. Interested to hear what you think about the final with Djokovic? 😄 Djokovic didn’t even take a set off Murray that final.

      3. @Tennisfan
        Well, this was no more interesting for me, so I have never analyzed this match and of course not watching it. After Rafa and Fed out I was even not watching my compatriots playing QF (instead of Fed and Rafa).
        Maybe Djokovic was tired after 5-setter with DelPo in SF. Or The Queen in person asked him to lose 😉 It was just planned to make Murray Lord, wasn’t it?

      4. @PRF agreed, I rarely watch Djokovic also. I don’t deny his tennis is good but sometimes a little boring and I can’t stand the way he acts on court, especially after matches he’s just won.

      5. @Tennisfan
        Other than you, I like Djoker’s antics more than his game (to watch). But of course I’m full of respect of his brain game (reading the game, finding most uncomfortable positions for opponents), which is his biggest skill. Plus some others, including accuracy and consistency.
        He possesses also a special skill to take advantage from hostile crowds 😉 Maybe kind of war complex (he survived Belgrade bombing by so called allies).

  24. Excellent match from Sasha .Serving well and excellent at the net,formerly a weakness.
    And still handsome😊
    As for Sir Andy,that break to close the roof was jolly helpful,plus the crowds efforts on his behalf.Kudos to his gallant and courteous opponent who had to put up with cheers every time he lost a point.

    1. That’s the difference. Nationalism in sports. Not affecting Federer, because you don’t see any Swiss Fedfan in the crowd. They all are the Fed-Nation, right? Maybe in Basel, but not sure. Swiss have no understanding for tennis.
      Another case is Rafa, just because of Spaniards being the best tennis crowd worldwide. They are tennis connoisseurs. They don’t scream but clap. Everyone gets applause after good point. You play Nadal in Barcelona or Madrid and you get more applause than him. Just another level of culture. Next best is German, Aussie and US. The worst is French, Brits follow closely 🙁 Sorry. I’m Pole. Polish crowds are maybe even worse, but there is not much opportunity for Poles in tennis.

    2. Is Sasha more handsome than Roger???
      “Crowds efforts” is something I hate, especially in such a gentlemen’s sport like tennis. Wherever it happens. Crowds efforts for Federer are to some extent justified, because they have nothing to do with nationality 🙂 Maybe no more gentlemen’s sport?

  25. My prediction for today. After 1:1 (Gasquet wins first) in sets Gasquet follows his countryman behind the baseline. Gasquet is quite prone to injuries and retirements during the match.

    1. Not a French day today in London. Monfils gone. Chardy gone. 2 French doubles (Mladenovic. Garcia) gone.
      Who’s next? 😉

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