If the quality of tennis is high I'm not really fussed. I know most of the players, and those I don't I'll get to know through the 'stories' at Wimbledon, ie beating the big players. As Cno says, it's nice to see a bit of s&v, I'd like to see how Murray would cope with this coming at him. Stakhovski's serve is superb tho and his ground stroke style seems to be modelled on fed.
If Fed goes out, there's nobody in Murray's half of the draw that you'd regard as a title contender. I know Ferrer's on Djokovic's side of the draw. I think del Potro and Berdych are, too.
While I enjoy a close match between any two players, I love watching the really big names slug it out, simply for the quality of tennis. Berdych and del Potro are excellent players, but their games are pretty unexciting to watch.
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I haven't seen volleying like that since Henman retired......forgot how much I missed it. It's the way the game should be played on grass (imo).
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There are ominous signs that Federer is finding another gear.
I know what you mean, but this match is no less exciting and of no lower quality for the fact it only has one big name. If the quality is high then the name doesn't matter to me. The only point is high quality is more probably with the established top players. I'm also pretty patriotic with sport (don't know why, I'm not about anything else) and am a particular Murray fan, so his half opening up is an exciting prospect for me.
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My earliest tennis memories are the likes of edberg and Becker and I was well into the era of Sampras, Krajicek, ivanesivic, Ferreira, rafter, Herman etc. I hadn't really either how much I missed it. Equally two huge serving serve volleyers lacks the excitement that fed and Murray bring to it. Today's matches (Hewitt and fed) have been brilliant for the mix of styles and seeing whether established base liners can adapt their game to combat a style they're not used to playing against. Fed may yet do it. Fascinating stuff
I only just noticed, but Stakhovsky's other half looks uncannily like Mila Kunis.
She is hot!
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Blimey!.....Hope it's not a one match wonder.
I take it all back. Murray will now lose to somebody nobody's ever heard of (as he has a tendency to do) and it's Djokovic's title.
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Probably. I think beating one of the top seeds takes too much out of lower ranked players, physically and emotionally. They tend to flop thereafter.
Murray's back had better hold up; and he needs to hunt down some slip-proof footwear.
And he seems like a lovely chap too. I love how lucid and thoughtful tennis players are. A world away from footballers.
That would seem in keeping with what's happened in the tournament so far, though surely normal service will resume hereafter.
The highest remaining seed in Murray's half of the draw is Nicolas Almagro (#15). An injury seems more likely to end Murray's tournament early than any player left in his half. In other words, if he looks after himself, he should be fine.
That said, I wouldn't rule anything out after today. A fiver on Robson for women's champ almost sounds a sensible bet.
Not always. House rules prohibit me from linking to a video of Rusedski's famous (and highly entertaining) centre court outburst.
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