Women’s semifinals looked like first rounds, the final like a fourth round. Serena Williams is obviously the HUGE favorite to retain her title. Williams has a 5-1 head-to-head record against Zvonareva and is definitely favorite to win the final. However, Zvonareva already has a victory over Williams at Wimbledon 2010 – together with compatriot Elena Vesnina she beat defending champions Serena and sister Venus in the women’s doubles quarterfinals.
Serena’s path to the final:
|R1||Michelle Larcher de Brito||6–2, 6–2, 6-2|
|R2||Anna Chavektadze||6–0, 7-5|
|R3||Dominika Cibulkova||6-0, 7-5|
|R4||Maria Sharapova||7-6(9), 6–4|
|QF||Na Li||7-5, 6-3|
|SF||Petra Kvitova||7-6(5), 6-2|
Men’s Wimbledon tennis statistics:
Open era records (since 1968):
Most titles, singles: Pete Sampras, 7 (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000) and Roger Federer, 5 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012)
Most titles in a row, singles: Bjorn Borg, 5 (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980) and Roger Federer, 5 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Most titles, doubles: Todd Woodbridge, 9 (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000 (with Mark Woodforde), 2002, 2003, 2004 (with Jonas Björkman))
Most titles, mixed doubles: Owen Davidson, 3 (1971, 1973, 1974 (with Billie Jean King))
Most titles, all events: Todd Woodbridge, 9
Youngest winner, singles: Boris Becker, 17
Longest men’s final by time: Rafael Nadal d Roger Federer, 2008, 4 hours and 48 mins
Longest men’s final by games: Roger Federer d Andy Roddick, 2009, 77 games
Longest men’s match by time: John Isner d Nicolas Mahut, 2010, 11 hours and 5 mins
Longest men’s match by games: John Isner d Nicolas Mahut, 2010, 183 games
Once again, future number 2 Novak Djokovic missed a big opportunity to qualify for a Grand Slam final. Like in Roland Garros, he benefited from an easy draw, but disappointed in the last rounds of the tournament. Berdych was simply better in every area of the game, and won in straight sets 6-3 7-6 6-3.
We always knew he was talented but so inconsistent. It seems that everything changed this year: he stunned Roger Federer in Miami and lost the final to Andy Roddick. He also reached Roland Garros semifinals last month after wins over John Isner, Andy Murray and Mikhail Youznhy.
It will be Tomas first Grand Slam final who became the first Czech player to reach the men’s final at the All England Club since Ivan Lendl in 1987, who was defeated by Pat Cash. The only Czech to win the men’s title was Jan Kodes in 1973.
Berdych’s opponent in final is Rafael Nadal, who also qualified in straight sets 6-4 7-6-4 over Brit hero Andy Murray.
“For years lots of archive Wimbledon footage has been kept under lock and key. Most of it is owned by four companies, so that the public only see it when program producers at channels choose to licence it from these various companies and private owners like IMG.
However, the British Pathé film archive has now opened itself up to the public online, meaning that lots of brilliant Wimbledon videos have surfaced for the first time, including a rare interview with Fred Perry, not to mention numerous films of finals, and the public can watch all of these for free.
Here is a YouTube video showing previews from some of the clips. There are also fantastic crowd shots, shots of celebrity spectators and behind the scenes footage of court maintenance as well as an interesting piece on the manufacturing of tennis balls.”
I don’t know about you but I really like watching these old videos with champions like Suzanne Lenglen, René Lacoste, Fred Perry and so on. You can watch some previews online or buy clips (30£, pretty expensive).
A repeat of a match played 12 months earlier at the same stage, this encounter between Pat Rafter and Andre Agassi is one of the most memorable Wimbledon semifinal ever. Ok, I’m totally biased because Rafter is my second all time favorite
player (after you know who). But this match is really entertaining and with high quality tennis: definitely a classic.
Two very contrasting styles: Agassi’s returns and passing shots vs Rafter’s serve and volley.
Some ex Ball Boys just can’t stop balling. Watch out this awesome video, Ball Boyz II Men first single: End of the court. Enjoy!