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#21 Don Quixote

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 12:19 PM

That famous fortnight has begun, with Rafael Nadal for the first time going down to defeat in the first round of a Grand Slam event, no less. Anybody catching the early action?

 

Also, thanks for the new tennis option.


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 12:25 PM

http://www.wimbledon.com/index.html



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 12:36 PM

Yeah, that really changes things for Federer.  Now, instead of Nadal in the quarters, he's looking at somebody like Isner or Wawrinka.


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 12:36 PM

Federer and Murray cruise, meanwhile.



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 12:38 PM

Yeah, that really changes things for Federer.  Now, instead of Nadal in the quarters, he's looking at somebody like Isner or Wawrinka.

 

It will be interesting to see how far Isner can get, speaking of. If he can win in the next round it will be his first third-round appearance.



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 12:45 PM

Murray's best chance this year.
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Posted 24 June 2013 - 01:47 PM

Nadal will likely never win a Major on a surface other than clay again. With his knees he's nearing the end of his career. He's 27 but physically as old as, if not older, than a 31 yr old Fed.



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 01:56 PM

That famous fortnight has begun, with Rafael Nadal for the first time going down to defeat in the first round of a Grand Slam event, no less. Anybody catching the early action?

 

Also, thanks for the new tennis option.

 

I saw most of the match. Quite surprising, but Nadal just didn't have it today.

 

I'm hoping for one last Wimbledon title for Fed.



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 02:05 PM

I was just sitting here thinking, God damn Hewitt has been around forever.  He's old as dirt.

 

I looked it up and I'm about 6 months older than him.

 

The hell did I put the bourbon?


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 02:17 PM

Rooting for Fed as usual and will continue to root for him until the US puts out a male tennis player worth rooting for.


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 02:27 PM

Wow..Nadal loses in straight sets in the first round.

 

Pretty incredible.

 

Always root for Fed though.  Great player. 


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 02:28 PM

Wow..Nadal loses in straight sets in the first round.

 

Pretty incredible.

 

Always root for Fed though.  Great player. 

 

Not just a great player, but humble enough too.


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 02:34 PM

Not just a great player, but humble enough too.

I have never heard a bad word spoken about him.


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 02:42 PM

I was just sitting here thinking, God damn Hewitt has been around forever.  He's old as dirt.

 

I looked it up and I'm about 6 months older than him.

 

The hell did I put the bourbon?

 

Old man Hewitt just beat 11th seed Wawrinka in straight sets, so he's got some life left in him.

 

Big opportunity for Isner to reach the quarters now, and the field just keeps thinning for Federer.



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 11:52 PM

Yeah, good for Hewitt I say - represented the "old guys" pretty well today. Although he annoyed me earlier in his career (to me he looked very much the smug prick then), I'm glad he still catches notice every now and then. He's been a fine player, but got left behind in the major tournaments once Federer really got going and some guys a little younger (and often taller) joined in the fray.

 

Nadal didn't want to talk about his knee, citing it as just "an excuse." It will be interesting to see how he physically progresses from here. He was obviously favoring the knee late in the match, but even earlier on there wasn't that usual movement, on several occasions. Hopefully he will be in the mix for the U.S. Open. Shotwise, the backhand, especially the slice, wasn't there, and he had no confidence in that side. Many of his other go-tos, including his drop shots, weren't there, either. I don't know how many times he hit the net cord.


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:11 AM

Djoker!


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:06 AM

Rooting for Fed as usual and will continue to root for him until the US puts out a male tennis player worth rooting for.

 

Same here, though I would love to see Murray win at Wimbledon as well.

 

And I can't follow tennis as closely as I used to, but are there even any up and coming American men who could slide into the GS picture?  What a depressing time for US men's tennis.



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:09 AM

And by the way, speaking of old men, how about Tommy Haas?  Didn't realize he was up to #13 in the world.  Not bad for 35!



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 08:28 AM

Welp, so much for Isner and his opportunity.  He retired 2 games into his next match with a knee injury.  The guy that beat Nadal also dropped out because of injury.  And age caught up with Hewitt, who was actually healthy enough to play but still lost.

 

Federer looks to have a pretty clear path to the semis now.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 12:56 PM

Welp, so much for Isner and his opportunity.  He retired 2 games into his next match with a knee injury.  The guy that beat Nadal also dropped out because of injury.  And age caught up with Hewitt, who was actually healthy enough to play but still lost.

 

Federer looks to have a pretty clear path to the semis now.

 

Dropping like the proverbial flies, eh?

 

Haven't been able to keep up with the past couple days due to some family obligations. Same for tomorrow. C'est la vie.






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