The grass, the queue and the Henman Hill are parts of what makes Wimbledon such a unique sports events, the greatest tennis tournament.
‘Murray Mania’ has spread across UK, following Andy Murray’s historic win at The Queen’s Club, but Brits will have to wait at least another year to end its 73 years drought at Wimbledon as a rejuvenated Roddick ended Murray’s run.
Roger Federer became the greatest player in Grand Slam history as he beat Andy Roddick in five dramatic sets for a sixth Wimbledon and 15th major title.
The Swiss won 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 16-14 to surpass Pete Sampras’s 14 Grand Slam wins and regain the title he lost to Rafael Nadal in 2008.
Note for Nike and Federer: the jacket is RIDICULOUS, the 15 jacket is just too much.
Roddick was on the verge of retirement after being dumped out of Wimbledon by Tipsarevic in 2008, but his wife Brooklyn convinced him to keep trying. And 12 months after, with the help of new coach Larry Stefanki, he reached his third Wimbledon final after wins over Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Murray. Fitter, faster and with a new variety to his game, Roddick gave it all during a dramtic 5 sets final, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Federer broking Sampras record. Andy lost the final but won many fans along the way.
Lleyton Hewitt caused the tournament’s first upset, the 2002 Wimbledon champion crushed 5th seed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 7-5 7-5. Before overcoming the young Argentinian, his losing streak against top 10 players streched back 15 matches. Having returned to full fitness after a career threatening hip injury, Hewitt has displayed a far more relaxed attitude and increased maturity. Supported by the vocal fanatics, he reached the second week for the sixth consecutive year, and his first Grand Slam quarter final in 3 years. Andy Roddick ended his run after a 5 set thriller which was one of the best matches of the tournament.
The always vocal and colorful Fanatics boosted Hewitt’s and Stosur/Stubbs Wimbledon campaigns.
It was an all-Williams affair in finals again, but this time the younger sister prevailed. She won her third Wimbledon title (and first in 6 years) by beating sister Venus in straight sets 7-6 6-2.
With its Davis Cup team embarassing defeat against Lithuania in March, british tennis has reached a new low.
This loss – which costed captain John Lloyd his job – was Britain’s fifth in a row and they have now to face … Turkey(!) to avoid dropping into the lowest tier of the competition.
This Davis Cup disaster reflects how bad Britain is at tennis:
– Murray’s defeat at this year’s Oz Open final prolonged British Slam drought. Right after his semifinal win against Tsonga, Federer had joked that Britain had been searching for a male Grand Slam champion for about 150,000 years.
In fact it’s “only” 74 years: Fred Perry was the last to win a Slam in 1936 (he won Wimbledon and US Open that year).
– Murray is actually the only british player in the top 100 (France and Spain have each 12 players in the top 100). But like Henman and Rusedski, he is not a product of british tennis structure, as he spent many years at the Sanchez-Casal academy in Spain.
Alex Bogdanovic, the second best ranked (number 166 as of June, 10 2010) could be seen as the poster child of british tennis failure: the 26 yr old has received a Wimbledon wild card eight years in a row, losing in the first round everytime.
Only one semi-surprise today: Tomas Berdych’ victory over 4th seed Andy Murray.
– Schiavone, Wozniacki, Dementieva and Petrova are through to quarters. Henin finished off her match against Sharapova, she will meet Sam Stosur in round 4.
– Federer, Soderling, Berdych defeated their opponent in straight sets. It was even more easier for Youzhny: Tsonga retired after the loss of the first set due to injury.
More on today’s matches.
Quote of the day: Maria Sharapova “I gave the French fans what they wanted, a Justine win. Merry Christmas!”
Serena Williams (1) – Shahar Peer ISR (18)
Justine Henin (22) – Samantha Stosur (7)
Jelena Jankovic (4) – Daniela Hantuchova (23)
Jarmila Groth – Yaroslava Shvedova
Teimuraz Gabashvili – Jurgen Melzer (22)
Robby Ginepri – Novak Djokovic (3)
Fernando Verdasco (7) – Nicolas Almagro (19)
Thomaz Bellucci (24) – Rafael Nadal ESP (2)
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