And he seems like a lovely chap too. I love how lucid and thoughtful tennis players are. A world away from footballers.
Not always. House rules prohibit me from linking to a video of Rusedski's famous (and highly entertaining) centre court outburst.
Sure, on court and off court are very different. There was some swearing controversy with fed at the last Wimbledon final IIRC. But off the court Rusedski is a charming and engaging bloke and frequently has some interesting thoughts about the game.
Anyway, we're missing the main point: about both Robson and federer it seems I was right and you were wrong
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The highlight of Wimbledon so far has to be the qualifier Dustin Brown. What a cool dude. Wicked.
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I don't agree with this at all. As with the rest of the top four until this tournament, he is a paragon of consistency when it matters. His last disappointing grand slam result was a third round loss in the 2010 US Open to Wawrinka, even then hardly an unknown.
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OT tho, what did you make of Robson's win? I only saw the highlights but a lot of people seemed quite excited by it.
It took longer than that!
It felt like longer, I just didn't want to be (too) rude
She played really well and bossed the game. As we've noted before, there's still a lot of work needed, especially her foot speed and positioning.
It seems there are several young women players starting to break through. I think the next few years will be crucial. If Robson hasn't cracked the top 20 by 2015, I doubt she'll ever compete at the very highest level. She hit a ****load of clean winners yesterday, though.
I might send it back yet!
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I know - I'm only being facetious, it's very easy to bandy about tennis predictions and much harder to deliberate over spending hundreds of pounds on av equipment.
Some of what I've read said movement seemed to be improved this match, although still with a huge amount of work to do. It's a very positive sign if she's moving in the right direction. She seems to have big enough weapons to compete in the top ten and the second week of majors if they can be deployed consistently. I agree we should know whether that will happen in the next couple of years, although the top forty of women's tennis is so volatile it will only take a few good results at the right tournaments to break into the top twenty. I suppose an exciting prospect is that her game is probably most suited to grass so if she does progress as some people are predicting then she becomes a contender at Wimbledon.
Her movement looked OK against Kirilenko, but it was her serve that was the revelation - was it 93% first serve points won in the first set or something? She started to wobble again at the end when she was serving for the match, but hey.
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Robson's nerves are another obstacle to her progress. She seems to wobble and throw in countless errors when matches get tight. You can't compete at the highest level if you can't close out matches, or play your best tennis under pressure.
Robson faces a player ranked well below her today. Not that this means anything in the context of this tournament so far.
Coverage is starting imminently.
I anticipate a good half-hour of hyperbolic commentary ("The most shocking day in Wimbledon's history"), interspersed by montage sequences of players hobbling and falling over to the Casualty theme tune.
It could be worse, I guess. They haven't played this yet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ-27rdwJPs
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