I think the only reason Roger Federer won this match is because Novak Djokovic was off his game today. I also believe since the the roof was closed on the centre court at Wimbledon this helped Federer serve.
I am stunned at this shocking upset! Federer defeated Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-3. I can’t believe Roger beat Novak so easily.
Last month in Paris, Novak destroyed Federer to advance to the French Open final. Maybe, Novak was sick and not feeling well and that’s why he lost? I am shocked that Novak lost I was certain since Rafael Nadal was bounced in the second round that the path was clear for Novak to defend his Wimbledon title.
Maybe, Novak is depressed about the death of his grandfather Vladimir?
Since Novak’s grandfather died in April, the spark is gone from his game he’s losing a lot of important matches. He lacks the intensity and desire he seems deflated and exhausted. Novak lost to Nadal in the finals of Monte Carlo, Rome, and the French Open. Now, Novak loses to Roger Federer a man he has dominated for the past two years! I am speechless here I can’t believe this!
Today, German tennis star Sabine Lisicki destroyed Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-3 in the women’s fourth round at Wimbledon. Lisicki has a lot of talent her serve is huge, excellent movement, volleys, and solid groundstrokes. The dilemma for Lisicki is her mind she tends to be mentally fragile when she faces the top women. However, today Lisicki held it together mentally and scored a huge upset over Sharapova. Since Sharapova reached the Wimbledon final last year she will lose a lot of points. Another German woman, Angelique Kerber blasted former world number one Kim Clijsters 6-1 6-1 she will face Lisicki next in the quarterfinals. The third seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland advanced easily defeating Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-3. Maria Kirlenko defeated Shuai Peng of China 6-1 6-7 6-3 she will face Radwanska in the quarterfinals.
In the bottom half of the women’s draw, reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova turned back Italian Francesca Schiavone 4-6 7-5 6-1. Kvitova will face Serena Williams in the quarterfinals she overcame a stiff challenge from Yaroslava Shvedova 6-1 2-6 -7-5. Tamara Paszek of Austria easily dispatched Roberta Vinci 6-2 6-2 she advances to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the second time in her career. Victoria Azarenka blasted Ana Ivanovic 6-1 6-0 in straight sets.
I am not surprised that Milos Raonic lost to Sam Querrey in the second round of Wimbledon because I knew it was going to be a tough match. Querrey defeated Raonic 6-7 7-6 7-6 6-4. On paper, Raonic was the favourite because he’s ranked number 21 and Queerey is ranked 64th. However, Querrey is a former top twenty player and he’s coming back from an elbow injury.
This is a terrible result because Rafael Nadal lost yesterday and the door was open for Raonic to do some damage at Wimbledon. Raonic was supposed to reach the fourth round at least and he already has beaten Andy Murray. Since Raonic is the twenty first seed losing in the second round just proves he has a long way to go before he can be considered a contender at a grand slam. Raonic has won three small events in his career but he hasn’t demonstrated that he is ready to take the next big step.
The question has to be asked is Milos Raonic just Canadian media hype? Are Canadians expecting too much from Raonic? In Canada, we have never had a male tennis player ranked in the top twenty five. I understand the excitement of having a talented young Canadian male player competing for Canada. However, Raonic isn’t even ranked in the ATP top twenty he’s currently ranked number twenty one. Raonic hasn’t beaten the big three Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, or Roger Federer. Raonic lost to Federer three times this year in in three set matches. Raonic is close but he still needs a lot of improvement in his game before the Canadian press should call this young man a contender.
How can Raonic be a contender to win Wimbledon when the kid isn’t even ranked in the top ten? I believe Raonic is too nice, too soft, too Canadian. After Raonic lost to Querrey he’s smiling and having a conversation with him. Why is Raonic smiling he just lost the match no need to smile. Where is the bitterness and the anger? Where is the rage? Raonic should be furious at himself for not coming through with the victory.
Milos is an attractive, intelligent young man and he’s very thoughtful but I am not sure if he has the killer instinct? Raonic seems to want to be liked by his peers on the ATP Tour the question is why? The professional tennis tour is competitive, but I am not sure if Raonic has that intense desire to become a champion? I am not saying Raonic needs to be rude but I think he needs to distance himself from the other players emotionally.
Raonic has never reached the quarterfinals of a grand slam event and he hasn’t won a Masters series title. The Canadian media are obsessed with Raonic’s big serve which is a weapon. Raonic also has a powerful forehand and he volleys very well.
However, a closer inspection of Raonic’s game reveals some weaknesses. First, Raonic’s backhand is a weakness and the other men on the ATP Tour have figured it out. Raonic has an excellent slice backhand but his two handed backhand he makes a lot of errors off of it. Raonic tends to hit his two handed backhand into the net a lot. Second, Raonic also has a poor break point conversion rate he doesn’t break serve enough. Raonic can hold his serve which is very important but he has difficulty breaking his opponent’s serve.
A lot of Raonic’s matches have 7-6 scores because he’s not breaking serve enough and hoping to win the set in a tiebreaker. In order for Raonic to reach the top ten he needs to break his opponent’s serve. Raonic’s coach Galo Blanco need to help Raonic realize he’s got to improve his return game if he wants to become a champion.
Raonic only broke Querrey’s serve once despite having five opportunities to break his serve.
Third, Raonic’s movement isn’t the best he moves okay for a six foot five man but he isn’t quick. Raonic needs to improve his movement on the court.
Fourth, I think the Canadian media is to blame because the expectations are simply too high for Raonic. He is only twenty one years of age he needs more time to mature mentally and physically into his body. Finally, I think Raonic needs to improve his fitness he’s skinny but he needs some definition on his body he seems rather fragile. Raonic doesn’t have the ripped abs and muscles like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Also, if Raonic was more physically fit he wouldn’t get tired in his tennis matches.
Spanish tennis stud Rafael Nadal has lost in the second round of Wimbledon! This is one of the biggest upsets in tennis history! Wow I wasn’t expecting Rafael Nadal to be bounced in the second round of Wimbledon! However, Lucas Rosol of the Czech Republic upset Nadal 6-7 6-4 6-2 3-6 6-4!
Rosol was fearless he served huge, attacked the net, and robbed Nadal of time to set up for his groundstrokes. Rosol just overpowered Nadal there was nothing he could do everything Rosol was doing worked.
This is a shocking result because Nadal is an eleven time grand slam champion and he’s ranked number two in the world. Rosol is currently ranked number one hundred in the world.
Now that Nadal is out the bottom half of the men’s draw is wide open for Andy Murray and Andy Roddick to potentially reach the Wimbledon final.
This is a golden opportunity I feel for Murray to finally win a grand slam singles title. Nadal has an incredible record against Murray but now that Nadal’s gone this is a chance of a life time for him to finally win Wimbledon.
Once again, Australian tennis star Samantha Stosur is unable to rise to the occasion she loses in the second round of Wimbledon to Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands.
Rus defeated Stosur 6-2 0-6 6-4 and she played fearless tennis. Rus was smart, she attacked Stosur’s weak backhand and she just broke it down. Stosur hit numerous backhands into the net or long.
Tennis experts and fans have wondered why does Stosur do so poorly at Wimbledon?
Sam has only reached the third round of Wimbledon once in her entire career. Stosur has a huge first serve, excellent second serve, and a big forehand. Stosur also volleys very well but her backhand is weak and her mind is fragile.
A few weeks ago, Stosur lost in the French Open semifinals in a shocking upset to Italian woman Sara Errani. Today, Stosur seemed uncertain on the court she lacked composure and I think she needs to see a sports psychologist. I also believe Stosur needs to develop a better two handed backhand. Stosur’s one handed backhand is excellent she is able to slice and keep the ball low. Why didn’t Stosur use the one handed backhand on the slick grass court?
It looks like the expectations of being a grand slam champion have gotten to Stosur. Stosur won’t admit it, but her poor performances at the Australian Open and Wimbledon championships indicate she doesn’t like being the favourite. The reason Sam won the US Open over Serena Williams last year is nobody expected her to win. Stosur has a terrible record in WTA finals she’s 3-11 in her career.
Stosur has so much potential and a lot of talent but she just fails to play her best tennis when she needs to. It is so sad to see such a talented player end up being just a one slam wonder like Gabriela Sabatini and Jana Novotna.
Last year, Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic did the unthinkable he won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open, and dominated men’s tennis. Djokovic also won ten titles and only lost six matches in 2011. At the beginning of 2012, Djokovic won the Australian Open for the third time barely defeating Rafael Nadal. However, Djokovic’s last title was the Miami Masters in March.
Djokovic lost the Monte Carlo, Rome, and French Open finals to Rafael Nadal. Nadal’s is the greatest clay court player in men’s tennis history. Djokovic is the reigning Wimbledon champion if he does not defend his title he will probably lose the number one ranking.
I think one of the reasons Novak is less dominant this year is due to the fact his beloved grandfather Vladimir died in April. The emotional and psychological trauma of his grandfather’s death has affected Novak’s game.
I believe Rafael Nadal is the only man who can seriously challenge Novak at Wimbledon. Since Roger Federer lost to Tommy Haas in the finals in Halle Germany, I am not sure if Federer can challenge Nadal and Djokovic. Federer has lost in the quarterfinals the past two years to big hitters Tomas Berdych and Jo Wilfred Tsonga.