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johnny crunch, Monday, 27 June 2022 14:01 (one month ago) link

Ons goes on.

Thunderstorm here in South London and enough rain to partially flood my kitchen, so a second weather interruption already. Just the two covered courts in action, and I've zero interest in Novak grinding out a four-set win, so Struff-Alcaraz it is. This feels like a five setter.

Michael Jones, Monday, 27 June 2022 14:17 (one month ago) link

Davidovich Fokina was serving at 76 64 53 40/0 vs Hurkacz two hours ago, felt cocky enough to play a needless tweener to discard one MP, lost the next seven points as well, then it poured down. He's now a break down in the fifth. Oops.

Michael Jones, Monday, 27 June 2022 15:58 (one month ago) link

won it in a fifth-set tiebreak, unfortunately

mookieproof, Monday, 27 June 2022 18:20 (one month ago) link

Sinner knocks out Stan W on the first day.

Murray through late under the roof.

Watson was losing, even later, when TV coverage stopped.

I think Murray played an underarm serve and won the point.

the pinefox, Monday, 27 June 2022 21:50 (one month ago) link

Watson levelled the match at something like 10:40pm, when they suspended play (you can't go beyond 11pm).

Michael Jones, Monday, 27 June 2022 22:05 (one month ago) link

Berrettini withdraws, +ve Covid test :/

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 11:19 (one month ago) link

As has Cilic

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 11:26 (one month ago) link

Jubb/Kyrgios - v enjoyable game so far.

Maresn3st, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 13:24 (one month ago) link

Nadal getting the runaround a bit while Serena waits to go on.

Maresn3st, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 17:15 (one month ago) link

yeah frankie cerundolo (ranked #41 but has never won a grand slam match) is playing well

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 17:39 (one month ago) link

Sweet Harmony.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 21:37 (one month ago) link

Dramatic match. Late nights watching Wimbledon feels very new to me. When we had no roof and no lights it all closed down by ... 9?

So BBC's TODAY AT WIMBLEDON, though in the schedules, is effectively defunct as there is always live play at that time?

I've decided, quickly enough, that I don't approve of constant post-match court-side interviews. After the final, OK, we're used to that. Doing it after every match (at least on Centre Court + #1?) seems wrong to me on various levels.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 22:04 (one month ago) link

The post-match interview with Kyrgios was kinda amusing in its own way, the lady was kinda being salty with him.

Suggesting that perhaps a future in commentary awaits because he was being his usual self, mithering loudly in the breaks at nobody in general, applauding Jubb when he got the better of him, complaining and being way too oversensitive about the crowd, of whom the most vocal ones were braying Aussies anyway.

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 09:21 (one month ago) link

I really want him to win a slam, just for the lolz.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 10:09 (one month ago) link

Centre Court has had a roof since 2009 (and Court no 1 since 2019) but it's pretty unusual for play to go so deep into the evening on the showcourts on days 1 and 2 (Nadal-Cerundolo and Struff-Alcaraz were very long), plus it was Sirandy and Sir-ena, so I guess BBC couldn't cut away to Clare B and John Mc talking about MATCH-UPS and DIGGING DEEP and WEAPONS and whether he/she really WANTS IT. I haven't watched much, if any, of BBC1/BBC2 coverage - it's all been court-hopping on iPlayer. Watson-Korpatsch on court 1 (suspended at 10:40pm?) was online only, I think.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 10:09 (one month ago) link

Indications that I don't follow the women's tour closely enough:
Kontaveit is number 2 seed?!
Alison Riske is now Riske-Amritraj! (Married Vijay's nephew three years ago, perhaps only now preferring the double-barrel)

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 10:24 (one month ago) link

Trying to get my work done quickly so I can watch Raducanu at 4:30, I'll keep an eye on Murray after.

If anyone has a tip for other potentially good games today lmk.

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 10:42 (one month ago) link

Ruud-Humbert (upset there, I suspect)
Chwalinska-RiskeAmtritraj (good Polish leftie from qualifying, another potential upset)
Sinner-Ymer

I'd love to see Kokkinakis take out Novak, but I think Monday was the day to catch him cold.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 11:06 (one month ago) link

Thanks so much!

I'll run Ruud/Humbert in the background while I'm trying to work, looks like the rain has delayed things.

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 11:16 (one month ago) link

Don't follow sport enough to have any idea on this but ... what on earth has Raducanu done to deserve such hate? (Where by "hate" I mean snarky headlines in the UK press).

djh, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 18:29 (one month ago) link

That's the UK press for you.

Eavis Has Left the Building (Tom D.), Wednesday, 29 June 2022 18:37 (one month ago) link

Well, yes.

djh, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 18:47 (one month ago) link

But they seem peculiarly happy to see her ... not win.

djh, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 18:47 (one month ago) link

Yeah, hard to know what the papers think, she did get pretty much bulldozed by Garcia today, despite the goodwill from the crowd.

Murray in trouble right now.

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 19:03 (one month ago) link

1 of these lads will make a semifinal btw

ugo humbert
goffin
tiafoe
bublik
norrie
stevie johnson
tommy paul
jiri vesely

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 19:21 (one month ago) link

Davidovich Fokina’s luck doesn’t last another final set t/b - was quite hard to watch as there was a spider on walkabout on the main camera lens!

Another late night on Centre…

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 19:33 (one month ago) link

Isner's curse

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 19:40 (one month ago) link

And Van Rijthoven takes out Opelka. Not a single tour level win until he got a wild card in Rosmalen and won the tournament. So that’s seven straight wins!

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 19:49 (one month ago) link

isners 0-8 record with 1 service break ever (!?) vs andy was misleading… those matches were all 2010 - 2016, isners a better player than he was then and murray obv is not what he was then

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 20:02 (one month ago) link

I didn't even know ADF got a point penalty at 7-9 in the t/b vs Vesely, which ended the match. This is what happens when you're half-watching on your phone with the sound off.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 21:57 (one month ago) link

I've never seen Kyrgios play doubles but he's last on at court 18 sometime after his main game on court 2, given what a whiner he is, that might be entertaining.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 30 June 2022 08:51 (one month ago) link

Fact of the day:

It's a measure of how long Richard Gasquet has been around that his win over (then) world #2 Medvedev in Geneva a few weeks ago meant that he now has wins over opponents ranked every spot between 1-100. (He beat #1 Federer in Monte Carlo 17 years ago!) I hope the ATP make a little commemorative book of coins, like the ESSO FA Cup Centenary one I had as a kid. Les Exploits De Gasquet. Foreword by Guy Forget. Skip the bit about the Miami strip club and the cocaine.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 30 June 2022 11:40 (one month ago) link

Tim vR is very fun to watch. big strokes, big sh bh! plus comes off as just mentally solid. hope he sticks around awhile and gives everyone hell.

andrew m., Thursday, 30 June 2022 15:36 (one month ago) link

Dude, just leave your nose alone, I wish I had a red button option that cuts away just before Nadal serves.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 30 June 2022 16:21 (one month ago) link

Swiatek dropped a set! Alert the authorities.

Shapo sprayed his way to a 4-set defeat vs Nakashima. Stockport lad Broadby loses 11 games in a row vs Schwartzman but turns it around to win. Mertens saved match points in the fading light last night and outlasted Udvardy on the resumption today: possibly even longer than Tan-Williams (and Tan, trashed by her doubles partner for pulling out of that event, is through another round in singles). Huge win for Boulter over Pliskova. We had a 14-12 deciding t/b in the women's doubles. It's all going on.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 30 June 2022 16:58 (one month ago) link

And Kyrg-Kokk appear to have excused themselves from the doubles (Kyrg was on fire earlier, so I assume it's Kokk).

Michael Jones, Thursday, 30 June 2022 17:00 (one month ago) link

Oh bum, I was looking forward to that, I've been looking in on 18 periodically and was going to ditch Nadal for it.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 30 June 2022 17:02 (one month ago) link

And it's Kyrgios-Tsitsipas in r3. That has to be Saturday evening on Centre, right?

Michael Jones, Thursday, 30 June 2022 17:26 (one month ago) link

or 2 again?

Nadal getting dragged around way more than he should be at this early stage.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 30 June 2022 17:28 (one month ago) link

I like Broady, gonna look out for his next game.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 30 June 2022 20:09 (one month ago) link

I was shocked to discover that Jack Sock is still playing, and was up 2 sets 0 in the second round when his match was suspended today.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 30 June 2022 20:13 (one month ago) link

Looking at the order of play today, I was wondering Michael do you have any recs? Much obliged.

Maresn3st, Friday, 1 July 2022 09:00 (one month ago) link

tiafoe/bublik should be entertaining

johnny crunch, Friday, 1 July 2022 09:52 (one month ago) link

Thank you!

Maresn3st, Friday, 1 July 2022 10:07 (one month ago) link

It's a measure of how long Richard Gasquet has been around that his win over (then) world #2 Medvedev in Geneva a few weeks ago...

Veteran poster Michael J there, still pulling off effortless prosodic dropshots after two decades on the ILx circuit.

Piedie Gimbel, Friday, 1 July 2022 10:20 (one month ago) link

He's one of the more experienced guys on the TOUR, but he keeps showing up and showing that he has the WEAPONS to go deep here. In this thread.

the pinefox, Friday, 1 July 2022 10:32 (one month ago) link

It's not the strokeplay, it's making it to the court I find difficult these days.

Tiafoe-Bublik for sure, also Mertens-Kerber and Basilashvili-VanR.

I'll keep an eye on the stats for Sinner-Isner, just to see if Long John is maintaining that servebot accuracy. I think the fact that we can't have 13+ game final sets might help him. I really don't mind if one of the 2m-tall bullet boys win it this year. It used to be my worst nightmare - the triumph of anti-tennis. Anything but Novak.

Michael Jones, Friday, 1 July 2022 10:40 (one month ago) link

Isner should probably achieve his 'number of aces' world record today, I'm sure there will be a 48" clip on the Wimbledon YT page about it this evening.

Maresn3st, Friday, 1 July 2022 10:51 (one month ago) link

One of the best things about yesterday was the suspension of play.

I work on headphones mostly and all those different channels' worth of ambient rain and crowd sounds, exquisitely rendered with expensive BBC location mics was lovely.

Maresn3st, Friday, 1 July 2022 11:22 (one month ago) link

"The one who looks like she had about 700 drinks"

willem, Sunday, 10 July 2022 14:50 (four weeks ago) link

Lol, this is just bollocks.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 14:51 (four weeks ago) link

I know, he's like 'let me just get this ace out the way and then I can talk to the umpire'

MaresNest, Sunday, 10 July 2022 14:51 (four weeks ago) link

Djokovic has got a ton of experience but even then these antics might test him

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 14:52 (four weeks ago) link

idk, it's pretty transparent all this kicking up dust over nothing

MaresNest, Sunday, 10 July 2022 14:53 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah looked good. Incredible set of tennis. Don't know whether Nick can hold it together. Masses of chaos.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 14:55 (four weeks ago) link

Lol at these successful, dfs

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 14:57 (four weeks ago) link

Lol @ Djoko slipping. Mad fucking game.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 14:58 (four weeks ago) link

I can't quite figure him out, it's like tension is his fuel and the potentially destabilising effect on the opponent is a plus, but Novak's dgaf attitude almost makes it worse, idk?

MaresNest, Sunday, 10 July 2022 14:58 (four weeks ago) link

Could do with less blather about Wills and Kate and their weird 40 year old son.

Eavis Has Left the Building (Tom D.), Sunday, 10 July 2022 14:58 (four weeks ago) link

Hewitt's commentary has been superb btw. Just keeping to tactics, calling the shape of the match right, not getting involved in moralising about Nick's behaviour.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 14:59 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah totally, I do like Mac tho', for a horrible moment I thought Pat Cash was gonna be in there

MaresNest, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:00 (four weeks ago) link

Djoko holds to 0

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:02 (four weeks ago) link

Now Djoko is mad

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:03 (four weeks ago) link

How long before someone says 'brinkmanship'

MaresNest, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:04 (four weeks ago) link

Goes to deuce. Some terrific play here..

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:05 (four weeks ago) link

Df for break.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:05 (four weeks ago) link

oh he mad now

MaresNest, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:06 (four weeks ago) link

Beating himself..

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:06 (four weeks ago) link

I feel another 8 grander coming

MaresNest, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:07 (four weeks ago) link

Novak like 'tra la la...'

MaresNest, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:08 (four weeks ago) link

fork in the ass time

MaresNest, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:11 (four weeks ago) link

4-4, with Djoko marginally better

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:46 (four weeks ago) link

Nick to serve..

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:46 (four weeks ago) link

how are these poshos out there in blazers and sweaters wrapped around the neck?? insane

kyrgios just making slightly too many errors to hang with finals-form joker imo

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:46 (four weeks ago) link

Miracle get from Novak and it's now 30/all

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:48 (four weeks ago) link

The serving has been fantastic from Kyrgios. 5-4.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:49 (four weeks ago) link

uh oh that drop shot made novak mad..

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:54 (four weeks ago) link

febrile shit

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:58 (four weeks ago) link

Amazing..

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:58 (four weeks ago) link

Should've perhaps challenged that, but aces for the win.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 15:59 (four weeks ago) link

That umpire should get two medals for this final lol

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 16:00 (four weeks ago) link

Kyrgios makes Djoko play one more shot for a change

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 16:01 (four weeks ago) link

Shit, awful return from the 2nd ..

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 16:04 (four weeks ago) link

Tb

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 16:04 (four weeks ago) link

Lol at Djoko pulling that

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 16:07 (four weeks ago) link

Oh damn, what a rally

MaresNest, Sunday, 10 July 2022 16:08 (four weeks ago) link

Excellent point after: 4-1 and on his way..

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 16:09 (four weeks ago) link

Simon Pegg getting a lot of stick :)

MaresNest, Sunday, 10 July 2022 16:09 (four weeks ago) link

Kyrgios is going to punch Sue Barker in the post match interview.

Eavis Has Left the Building (Tom D.), Sunday, 10 July 2022 16:11 (four weeks ago) link

Roger Federer...is the 3rd best player of all time. Sigh.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 16:13 (four weeks ago) link

Kyrgios actually looking relieved

MaresNest, Sunday, 10 July 2022 16:13 (four weeks ago) link

I want Kyrgios to scream at Prince George

— Labour Accelerationists (@LabourAccel) July 10, 2022

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 10 July 2022 16:36 (four weeks ago) link

It's always sad, welp, I wonder how long they leave the whole shebang up on Iplayer? I fancy going back and watching some missed matches in a day or two.

MaresNest, Sunday, 10 July 2022 16:43 (four weeks ago) link

I've posted about this before, but the most extraordinary (and, for me, distressing) aspect of Djokovic's career is his third-act near-invincibility when it matters. His first 16 Slam finals, up to age 28 (when he'd been #1 or #2 for four years, generally considered peak or near-peak Novak): 8-8. His last 16 Slam finals: 13-3. This includes a two-year period when he was injured / refusing surgery / off-form and not winning anything. Everything since summer 2018 has been a nightmare!

Keep hearing how he's not quite the player he was, and how much more vulnerable he is in early rounds, but I can't remember the last time he faced a real threat in the first week (Tiafoe, Melbourne 2021?). If Kyrgios had been in his segment of the draw, might have been a different story. Doesn't matter how wretched his form might be for an hour, he'll find a way back in, and it's over. As soon as he broke Sinner early in the third set on Tuesday - that was it. From my perspective, it's the equivalent of the Liverpool injury-time winner. You know it's coming. Never in Djoubt.

Nostalgic for the days when players you didn't like just faded away in their 30s. Imagining a timeline where a newly-focused Becker beat Sampras, Hewitt and Federer to collect early-'00s majors. Ugh. Might have kept him out of trouble.

Michael Jones, Monday, 11 July 2022 10:14 (four weeks ago) link

Older players in tennis (men and women's), men's golf are doing better and winning big things later. Look at Ronnie in the snooker as well, who is much more solid now than when he was younger.

The work that has been done on fitness, diet, sports psychology, surgeries (the work on Andy's hope, or Nadal at the French). Throw in the vast experience you accrue at that age, which is the usual plus people used to talk about. That can be an explosive combination.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 11 July 2022 10:41 (four weeks ago) link

*Andy's hip

xyzzzz__, Monday, 11 July 2022 10:41 (four weeks ago) link

Someone like Nick is an old style sportsman. No coaches, berating the umpire for old style disruption, not much work with a psychologist(?)

Not playing a full schedule and talking about his mental health aside is at least some evidence of self-care. But would anyone be surprised if he never made another slam final again?

xyzzzz__, Monday, 11 July 2022 10:46 (four weeks ago) link

Borg quit at 26, Carousel for everyone. (Kidding, Federer exempt anyway).

On the bright side, Novak now down to #7 in the rankings and, for as long as he's barred from entering Aus/N America, that's not going to improve.
(If Wimbledon had been carrying points, I think he'd be #4 (Rafa up to #2), with Norrie at #8 and Kyrgios up to #16. As it is, Nicky K stays in the 40s. Federer now has no ranking for the first time since Sept 1997).

Michael Jones, Monday, 11 July 2022 10:53 (four weeks ago) link

Older players in tennis (men and women's), men's golf are doing better and winning big things later. Look at Ronnie in the snooker as well, who is much more solid now than when he was younger.

... and football.

Eavis Has Left the Building (Tom D.), Monday, 11 July 2022 11:13 (four weeks ago) link


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