Rafael Nadal, Wimbledon 2014

Sabine Lisicki vs Julia Glushko

With the retirement of the 2013 champion Marion Bartoli, the 2013 champion, last year’s runner-up Sabine Lisicki was asked to play the prestigious opening match on Centre Court. She needed less than an hour to beat No. 79 Julia Glushko 6-2 6-1.
Lisicki has been struggling with shoulder and wrist injuries all year and has not confirmed (yet) her run to last year’s final. Do you think the German is a contender for the title?

Sabine Lisicki

Sabine Lisicki

Sabine Lisicki

Rafael Nadal vs Martin Klizan

Beaten by Lukas Rosol in the secound round in 2012, beaten by Steve Darcis in the first round last year, Rafael Nadal has survived an early scare but rallied to defeat Martin Klizan 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3 and reach the second round.
With this victory, Nadal joins the 700 wins club: he is the 11th player in the Open Era to win at least 700 matches in his career and the first to accomplish the feat since Roger Federer at Roland Garros in 2010.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal
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2014 Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club:

Wimbledon guided tour – part 1
Wimbledon guided tour – part 2
Wimbledon Centre Court roof
Court 3 : a new Show Court at Wimbledon
Waiting in the Queue to Wimbledon
Wimbledon Museum: The Queue exhibition
The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum: Player Memorabilia

Fashion and gear:

Marketing:

A trip down memory lane:

Wimbledon Trivia
Wimbledon past champions: stats and records
Wimbledon ‘s biggest upsets
Wimbledon memories: Mrs Blanche Bingley Hillyard
Wimbledon memories: Charlotte Cooper Sterry
Wimbledon memories: Dora Boothby
Portrait of Wimbledon champion Ann Jones
Wimbledon 1969: Laver’s getting beat by an Indian
Rod Laver – John Newcombe Wimbledon 1969
Bjorn Borg – Ilie Nastase Wimbledon 1976
Portrait of 5-time Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg
Wimbledon 1976: Chris Evert defeats Evonne Goolagong
Portrait of Virginia Wade, winner in 1977
1981: First Wimbledon title for McEnroe
1982: Jimmy Connors defeats John McEnroe
1984: John McEnroe defeats Jimmy Connors
1985: Boris Becker, the man on the moon
Portrait of 3-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker
Wimbledon 1988: An era ends as Graf beats Navratilova
Wimbledon 1988: Edberg a deserving new champion
Portrait of 2-time Wimbledon champion Stefan Edberg
Wimbledon 1991: the first Middle Sunday
1992: first Grand Slam for Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi: thanks to Wimbledon I realized my dreams
1993: Pete Sampras defeats Jim Courier
1994: Pete Sampras defeats Goran Ivanisevic
1996: Richard Krajicek upsets Pete Sampras
1997: Pete Sampras defeats Cédric Pioline
2000 Wimbledon SF: Pat Rafter defeats Andre Agassi
2000 Wimbledon Final: Pete Sampras defeats Pat Rafter
2001 Wimbledon 4th round: Federer defeats Sampras
Wimbledon 2010: Rafael Nadal defeats Tomas Berdych
The Spirit of Wimbledon: a 4-part documentary by Rolex retracing Wimbledon history

Recaps:

Polls:

Will Andy Murray retain his Wimbledon title?

  • No (80%, 45 Votes)
  • Yes (20%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 56

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Who will win Wimbledon 2014?

  • Roger Federer (31%, 14 Votes)
  • Rafael Nadal (24%, 11 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (24%, 11 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (13%, 6 Votes)
  • Milos Raonic (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Stan Wawrinka (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Richard Gasquet (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ernests Gulbis (0%, 0 Votes)
  • David Ferrer (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 45

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Who will win Wimbledon 2014?

  • Maria Sharapova (41%, 12 Votes)
  • Serena Williams (21%, 6 Votes)
  • Other (14%, 4 Votes)
  • Li Na (10%, 3 Votes)
  • Simona Halep (7%, 2 Votes)
  • Victoria Azarenka (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Petra Kvitova (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Agniezska Radwanska (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jelena Jankovic (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Angelique Kerber (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Dominika Cibulkova (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

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Rafael Nadal Wimbledon outfit

14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will compete in London wearing the 2014 Premier Rafa Crew, redesigned Nike Premier Rafa Jacket, and the Nike Gladiator Premier 7-inch Shorts.

Rafael Nadal Nike outfit
Roland Garros 2014 final

Thanks a lot to Simon for sharing his pictures and feelings on Nadal‘s triumph:

Since our tickets are the cheapest, we sat waaaay up and in the corner. However, it was still an amazing experience since court PC is cozy. As a Rafa fans and with Rafa struggling during clay court season, we had doubts if we would see him in semis and final, haha! Needless to say, the final was even more nail-biting! First time seeing Rafa in a Slam final live was mesmerizing!! I’m surprised there are so many chanting. Basically after every point, someone yelled out something. The atmosphere was simply unbelievable. Of course, it was even greater that Rafa prevailed and won his 9th RG title!! I am feeling blessed that I get to see this moment :)))))

Nadal vs Djokovic

Nadal vs Djokovic
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Rafael Nadal’s road to the final

Rafael Nadal

Round Opponent Score
R1 Robby Ginepri 6-0 6-3 6-0
R2 Dominic Thiem 6-2 6-2 6-3
R3 Leonardo Mayer 6-2 7-5 6-2
R4 Dusan Lajovic 6-1 6-2 6-1
QF David Ferrer 4-6 6-4 6-0 6-1
SF Ernests Gulbis 6-3 6-3 3-6 6-3
Novak Djokovic’s road to the final

Novak Djokovic

Round Opponent Score
R1 Joao Sousa 6-1 6-2 6-4
R2 Jérémy Chardy 6-1 6-4 6-2
R3 Marin Cilic 6-3 6-2 6-7 6-4
R4 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 6-4 6-1
QF Milos Raonic 7-5 7-6 6-4
SF Ernests Gulbis 6-3 6-3 3-6 6-3

Who will win between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic? Please share your thoughts.

Who will win Roland Garros 2014?

  • Rafael Nadal (40%, 108 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (29%, 79 Votes)
  • Roger Federer (21%, 57 Votes)
  • Stanislas Wawrinka (4%, 10 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (1%, 3 Votes)
  • David Ferrer (1%, 2 Votes)
  • John Isner (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Richard Gasquet (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 269

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Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal reached his ninth French Open final after his 6-3 6-2 6-1 demolition of Andy Murray on Friday.

Andy Murray:

He played a great match. He missed hardly any balls. He served very well. His forehand, especially with the conditions the way they were today, was incredibly hard to control. As soon as he was inside the court he was hitting the ball so close to the line.

Toni Nadal:

I think he played one of his best matches at Roland Garros

Nadal will face Djokovic who ousted Gulbis in the other semifinal. Nadal and Djokovic will face for the 42nd time on Sunday, the Serbian has won their last 4 meetings. So, who’s your favorite for the final Rafa or Novak?

Roland Garros 2014 - Rafael Nadal & Andy Murray 01

Rafael Nadal

Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal

Roland Garros 2014 - Rafael Nadal 05

Roland Garros 2014 - Rafael Nadal 06

Andy Murray

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Rolland Garros 2014 - Rafael Nadal & Andy Murray 02

Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray

Rafael Nadal

Andy Murray

Rafael Nadal

Thanks a lot to Jérôme Chainay for the pictures!