Thursday, July 1, 2010

Wimbledon Day 10

A Wimbledon Men's final without Rodger Federer! We are so used to Fed vs the rest.Tomas Berdych spoiled the record books and sent Fed packing for a two week holiday.Alarm bells went off when he lost to Hewitt in a pre Wimbledon event and his early round form has been below his previous Wimbledon's form.Federer fielded this question at his presser.

Q. You beat him almost every time you played him. Was he any different?
ROGER FEDERER: Like I said, I think he was a bit more consistent than in the past. I lost to him in Miami this year, where it was a really tight match as well.But from my end, obviously, you know, I’m unhappy with the way I’m playing. I couldn’t play the way I wanted to play. You know, I am struggling with a little bit of a back and a leg issue. That just doesn’t quite allow me to play the way I would like to play.So it’s frustrating, to say the least. Looking forward to some rest anyway.
Well Rodger you took the court and no excuses.We will miss you this year in the final however!How bad did Andy Roddick really play.Novak 
Djokovic made light work in his quarter final against Yen-Hsun Lu the chicken catcher from China and moves into a showdown with Berdych in the semi's.Novak has a real shot at the final in a match that could go either way.Hewitt you should be kicking yourself !

Jo Wilfred Tsonga made 37 unforced errors in losing to Andy Murray who made a miserly 14 unforced errors.Tsonga needs to simply hit more balls in at this stage of the tournament and show a little more "Heart"when things went against him.Both Nadal and Federer showed how to fight this tournament when the match was not going how they would like.Tsonga and the French clan seem to have this trait(head down syndrome).Toughen up!
Soderling raced to a 5-0 lead in the first set before Rafa got on the score board.After that Nadal started to work Soderling over stepping around and hitting forehand winners, slicing his back hands to change the pace and retrieving like no other on tour can.Soderling unforced error count was 35 to Nadal's 12.Soderling can not break the Nadal  "will" and became frustrated as he could not make in roads into Nadal's game.Soderling had an injury time out as Nadal was to serve for the set.It took the physio seven minutes to get to the court to asses Soderling and the injury which was a blister to his little toe.

Below are pictures of Day 9 of the winners from the quarter finals.

Ladies Semi Finals today and below are my selections and preview.

Vera Zvonareva (RUS) vs. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)

Both come into this match with good form both beating class players on the way to the Semi's.Will experience get Zvonareva the result , I am not so sure and one should not under estimate Pironkova.I'm going for Pironkova for this one but could go either way.

Serena Williams (USA) vs. Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Unbackable favourite Serena I have no doubt will win this match.Great to see a "lefty" in action in Kvitova.Maybe the fact that Petra is a left hander could be the only thing that may worry Serena.

Finally Nick Bollettieri had this to say in his preview on the Nadal-Soderling match.

If Soderling goes for the jugular, he will cut down Nadal again

Nick also predicted Soderling in three .Here is his preview.HERE

How wrong you were Nick! Obviously you missed a few fundamental human traits on this one!

Starting to get very tricky for those that are left .Ladies posting for today's matches should be attached to this post.Can Gabz go all the way.!

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