As expected, Youzhny did not have any answers in his quarterfinal match against Federer. At least Mika has a sense of humor about it though. He asked Andre Agassi, who was sitting in the royal box with William and Kate, for advice. Not sure even Andre could help you with that, Mika.
If there is one thing we have learned this grass season, it’s that being a line judge is dangerous business. Thankfully, this time it was purely accidental. And since she’s okay, it’s rather funny too.
And how sweet was Jo checking to make sure she was okay. I know many a girl who would take a ball to the face to get Jo’s attention…
On-court coaching in the ATP? Sort of. In Troicki’s match against Djokovic yesterday, a fan shouted out some advice. Strangely enough, Vik took it…and won the point. See, we fans, we know our stuff
Because nothing says you are not a petulant child than smashing your racquet while you’re losing…
After all the ups and downs we have seen in the career of Ernests Gulbis (and, let’s face it, there have been many more downs than ups) who would have thought that he would be able to step up and beat a top 10 player on the biggest stage in tennis? But that is exactly what Ernie did today. Sure, that forehand looked wonky (really, what’s going on with that?), but he was by far the more solid player on the court, both physically and mentally.
Is Ernie likely to continue his good form in the second round? Err…let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s just enjoy this one solid step forward. And the awkward shots of Berdych flailing around
And speaking of flailing, is it really *that* much of a surprise that Isner lost today? Not to take anything away from Falla, but after losing at the French, Isner did his usual grass court preparation…of playing exactly ZERO matches. Got to wonder what the plan is there. Grass is by far his worst surface, and the only person he has ever beaten at Wimbledon is Mahut. No, I’m not being sarcastic, he’s only beaten Mahut twice. Wouldn’t some sort of a warm-up tourney make sense? So Isner showed up looking rusty and without the rock-solid confidence that led him to wins over Fed and Djokovic earlier in the season. Needless to say, despite the Coca-Cola endorsement, his Olympic hopes are not looking good.
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Djokovic won Wimbledon in his first appearance in the final, defeating Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. With his win today, Novak has emphatically stamped his mark as the current top man in the game. 2 slams, only 1 loss in 7 months, and the number one ranking. 2011 definitely does not suck for Nole fans. And for golden trophies that prefer tender kisses to Rafa bites.
So what’s next for Djokovic? First things first: it’s time to par-tay! You thought the celebrations when Serbia won the Davis Cup were epic? Somehow I think what’s going down in Londontown and Belgrade tonight will put those timid fetes to shame.
Party on, boys, party on
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Novak Djokovic defeated Jo-Willy Tsonga 7-6, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 in the semifinals of Wimbledon today. Not only has Novak reached his very first Wimbledon final, but he will become the #1 player in the world for the very first time in this career.
Who would have thought a year ago, when Djokovic slunked out of the semis in an ugly loss to Berdych, that he would improve this much, both physically, and more importantly, mentally. He maintained a steady focus throughout the match against Tsonga. When Jo came back in the 4th set, he did not panic, or mutter at his box, or smash his racquet. He pushed all negativity aside, kept his cool, and wrestled back control of the match.
So congratulations, Nole. You have worked hard and earned the top spot. Now keep this level up on Sunday against Rafa!
Another Wimbledon, and another day of heartbreak for Andy Murray fans. You can literally see the hope die in their faces. Why do they do this to themselves year after year? Well, there are some tried and true methods that they use to deal with their annual bout of grief:
Some choose to see no evil…
Others hear no evil, and still more can say no evil
But most just stare dumbly in disbelief and dispair. What an emo nation the UK is
Oh well. At least these people are happy. VAMOS!
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