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Wimbledon: Federer was great, Djokovic was simply better

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TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – Roger Federer was simply brilliant. He looked like the player who won seven Wimbledon titles. So how did Federer lose this match? He just happened to be playing a better player on this day. By James Beck

 

Roger Federer was simply brilliant. He looked like the Roger Federer who won seven Wimbledon titles.

The Swiss great couldn’t have played much better. He had plenty of firepower in his strokes and serves, maybe even more than when he was winning this title what seemed like every July.

He moved flawlessly, totally focused on the task. He appeared to be as free as his twin daughters.

Federer Turned Back The Pages Of Time

It was as if Federer had turned back the pages of time and was in his heyday on his favorite court. He was that good.

If you didn’t know the score, you would be telling everyone that Federer had won his eighth Wimbledon title. He was that spectacular. His backhand had the consistency of a machine gun. Simply amazing.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Federer play better, and I believe I have watched all of his finals at Wimbledon.

He abounded with energy. He covered the court as thoroughly as the grass had when this tournament started two weeks earlier.

Djokovic Was Simply A Better Player This Day

How did Federer lose this match?

He just happened to be playing a better player on this day.

Yes, Novak Djokovic also was a player for the ages. He looked almost clumsy at times as he stumbled and fell often.

But that was only because the great mover was moving too quickly when he attempted many of his 180-degree turns.

If Djokovic had been content to move at a slower pace, then Federer indeed probably would have won this Wimbledon title.

Not only was Djokovic’s 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 win over Federer the second Wimbledon title for the Serbian, it was his seventh Grand Slam title.

Tale Of The Grass — Live Dangerously

In the first week, the grass was too green.

In the second week, the grass was too dead.

There was no neutral ground at this Wimbledon.

It was almost like driving an automobile. If you moved/drove too quickly, it was possibly hazardous to your well being.

Djokovic lost his footing and fell so often that it was truly amazing that the Serbian wonder prevailed against Federer.

Even Federer tasted the grass a time or two.

Knight In Shining Armor Shone Brightly

Federer wanted this title so badly. That was obvious.

He realized that the clock is ticking, and he may never get another chance like he had on Centre Court on Sunday. With their hero heading into a fifth set with momentum, Federer lovers the world over had to be feeling pretty good. Their knight in shining armor was definitely shining.

He could sense that this Wimbledon could belong to him very shortly. Oh, how sweet the thoughts of an 18th Grand Slam title.

Eighteen Slams Might Have Put Nadal Away

A title at Wimbledon might have put Federer’s Grand Slam total out of Rafa Nadal’s reach. Federer obviously was well aware of that possibility as he appeared to be heading home at Wimbledon.

As it is, Nadal didn’t play that badly himself at Wimbledon. He just happened to run across a teenager who was on fire to defeat the Spaniard. Nick Kyrgios played awkwardly, looked even more awkward in his movement and strokes, but everything the 6-4 Australian hit seemed to find the court for a winner against Nadal.

And yet, the next day Kyrgios looked like a high school player in the quarterfinals against big Milos Raonic. Kyrgios appeared to give little effort in dropping the last three sets in the four-set match.

Raonic A Sleeping Giant Who Didn’t Wake Up

As meekly as Kyrgios went out in that quarterfinal, Raonic performed maybe at a lower level in a straight-set loss to Federer in the semifinals. Raonic had only his serve. The big Canadian was a sleeping giant who never woke up against Federer.

Raonic slumbered around the court against Federer, looking like he was stuck in the grass.

The odds are pretty good that no one will hear much about Kyrgios until next year’s Australian Open. If he goes to New York, Kyrgios likely will get lost in the crowd.

The broadcasters suggested Kyrgios might be the next great player. That kind of hype might have been his biggest ally at Wimbledon, and apparently Nadal believed it. In retrospect, Kyrgios might have been a flash in the pan.

James Beck is the long-time tennis columnist for the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier newspaper. He can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com

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Rafael Nadal Hoping Coronavirus Will Not Spoil His Olympic Dreams

The 19-time grand slam champion speaks out about the worldwide outbreak.

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World No.2 Rafael Nadal has said he is hopeful that a remedy can be found to contain the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak in order to stop what he describes as ‘fear’ erupting.

 

Several countries have declared major medical emergencies in order to tackle the illness, which also goes by the name of Covid 19. It is believed to have originated in China, where the most infections and deaths from the illness have been recorded. However, Iran is also struggling with an outbreak, Italy has quantified 11 towns, Saudi Arabia is preventing foreign pilgrims from entering their country and Japan has closed schools.

Coronavirus has also had an impact on various tennis events with a string of Chinese ITF and Challenger events cancelled. Meanwhile on Sunday, the final of the ATP Bergamo Open in Italy was cancelled due to concerns. Making it the first time an European event has been impacted by the threat posed by Coronavirus.

“I hope it is controlled, that a remedy is found and this uncertainty is stopped, this psychosis, this fear. It is the most important thing, not only for the Olympic Games, but for humanity, “ Nadal commented on the issue following his second round win at the Mexican Open.

One of the biggest sporting events is also under threat – the Olympic Games. This year’s edition will be held in Tokyo, Japan. IOC council member Dick Pound has recently said the sporting event will be cancelled if there is ‘world health at stake.’ The World Health Organisation is currently working with Olympic organizers, who are keen to empathise that they have no intention of cancelling the event.

“Our basic thoughts are that we will go ahead with the Olympic and Paralympic Games as scheduled,” Committee chief executive Toshiro Muto recently told Japanese reporters.
“For the time being, the situation of the coronavirus infection is, admittedly, difficult to predict, but we will take measures such that we’ll have a safe Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Nadal is one of many tennis players hoping to win a gold medal later this year. The Spaniard is already a three-time Olympic after competing in 2004, 2008 and 2016. He has previously won two gold medals. Claiming the singles title in 2008 and the doubles trophy alongside Marc Lopez in 2016.

“Regarding the Olympic Games, to say that it is one of the most special events in the world. It is a unique experience to be there and I consider it the most difficult tournament to win because you only have two or three chances in your career, “ Nadal commented.

The Olympic tennis tournament will get underway on July 25th. It will be held at the Ariake Coliseum.

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Novak Djokovic reaches the semifinal in Dubai for the ninth time in his career

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Karen Khachanov 6-2 6-2 in one hour and six minutes to reach the semifinal at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament for the ninth time in his career.

 

Djokovic dropped 13 points in eight service game and converted on five of his nine break points. He dropped his serve only once in the first set.

Djokovic held serve with a drop shot winner in the third game and broke serve at love with a forehand return down the line winner in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. The 2020 Australian Open champion held his serve with a drop shot winner in the third game and broke serve at love with a return down the line winner.

Djokovic held serve at love with a volley winner to consolidate the break. The Serbian player went up a double break earning his chance to serve for the set, as Khachanov netted a backhand in the sixth game. Khachanov pulled one break back after a forehand error from Djokovic, as the Serb failed to convert a set point in the next game. Djokovic got another break in the eighth game to clinch the opening set 6-2 on his third set point in 32 minutes, as Khachanov hit a backhand into the net.

Khachanov fended off a break point in the second game of the second set before Djokovic earned a break at love in the fourth game with a lob. Djokovic sealed the second set with another break at 5-2.

“I don’t know if I am playing the best tennis of my career. That’s a big statement, but I am feeling and playing well.  I like the conditions, but in windy conditions it’s not easy to serve and find rhythm. I know it wasn’t Karen’s day, but I think I played a very solid match. I am trying to be in the present and execute my game plan”, said Djokovic.

Djokovic set up a semifinal against Gael Monfils, who won the all-French clash against Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-3 after 73 minutes. Monfils broke serve twice in the fifth and ninth games to win the first set 6-3 and went up a 5-1 lead with two breaks. Gasquet pulled back one of the two breaks, as Monfils was serving for the match at 5-1. Monfils served out the win on his first match point.

Monfils is seeking his third title of the year after winning two consecutive tournaments in Montpellier and Rotterdam.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches his second consecutive semifinal in Dubai

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Last year’s finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas came back from one set down to beat Jan-Lennard Struff 4-6 6-4 6-4 reaching the semifinals at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for the second consecutive year.

 

Struff earned three set points at 5-4 in the opening set. Tsitsipas recovered to 30-40, as Struff hit two forehands into the net. The German player converted his third break point chance to win the first set 6-4 after 45 minutes.

Tsitsipas earned an early break in the first game of the second set, as Struff hit a forehand long at 15-40. Tsitsipas rallied from 15-40 down, when he was serving for the second set at 5-4, and converted his second set point with a forehand down the line winner.

Struff fended off four break points in the first game of the decisive set. Tsitsipas earned the decisive break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 and sealed the win on his first match point. Tsitsipas will face Daniel Evans, who beat Andrey Rublev 6-2 7-6 (11-9).

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