Shocking exit for Federer


36 straight quarter final streak in grandslams ended.

Shocked by the served and volley game.

Federer-Stokhvosky

Stakhovsky made it. He never done before.

Looks like another Rosol.

all expected for Fedal quarters and happened like this.

firs break of serve came in 3rd set 11th game. That’s too much quality in services from two players.

“I’m still in disbelief that actually happened. Magic. Beating Roger on his court where he is a legend is special. He’s the greatest player, the biggest name, and a decent man everyone admires. I couldn’t play any better. I played my best tennis and still it was almost not enough to beat Roger Federer. When you play him at Wimbledon, you play two people – you play Roger Federer, and then you also play his ego and his Centre Court history. I just hoped he wouldn’t get too far ahead of me so I would have a chance to stay in the match and that’s what happened. I got a little tight in the fourth set but I did everything I needed to and wanted to. I’m incredibly happy” – Stakhovsky

“The 24-hour rule applies. Don’t panic at this point. Go back to work and come back stronger. Usually I do turnarounds pretty good. This is clearly not what I was hoping for here. He was uncomfortable to play against, but I expected serve-and-volley because he often does it. Credit to him for closing it out under enormous pressure. I’m very disappointed I couldn’t find a way to win. I had opportunities, a foot in the door, but I couldn’t do it. I wish [the 36 quarter-finals] were not going to end here but I have no choice other than to accept it and move on. It doesn’t feel like the end of an era for me because I still have plans to play for many more years to come. Some finals haven’t hurt this much. At least having lost I didn’t have to go through a trophy ceremony with this one.” – Roger Federer

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Rafa lost to Steve Darcis in first round of Wimbledon


Last year, It was Lukas Rosol who smashed Rafa with his wildest down the line forehand winners. Now it is Steve Darcis who defeated Nadal with his smooth and fine game.

At the beginning of the match I felt that Darcis has week game, he relied on only his quick serve. Weak forehand and backhand. No power in them. But as match progress, he started hitting with power, with confidence. And Nadal played his game quiet normally.

Another upset for Nadal in straight years(Photo : ATP Facebook)

Please don’t say he was not 100% fit. He was able to play his natural game from the beginning of the match. But only thing is , he might be nervous in first round because he didn’t has any match practice after Roland Garros final.

Credit to Steve Darcis, who hold his nerves in the crucial moments and eventually made another upset for Rafael Nadal at wimbledon.

“Nobody was expecting my win today. OK, Rafa didn’t play his best tennis today, but I knew the first match on grass is always difficult…I tried to do what I like to do, come to the net as soon as I can, not play too far from the baseline…I think I did great today…I think I don’t know what to say right now I’m really happy.” – Steve Darcis

“I don’t know! The only thing I can say and I can do is keep working hard and keep giving me chances…I hope to have a few more years to play here and to play at the right level. I was not able to play great this year and last year obviously, but I will try.It’s tough – but life continues. This is a sport of victories, not the losers. Nobody remembers the losers…and I don’t want to remember the loss.” – Rafael Nadal

“In sport these things can happen but it was a surprise.” – Murray on Nadal loss

Meanwhile Murray and Federer reached second round.

World No.1 Novak stunned again


Back to back exits before reaching semis atleast for Novak Djokovic. This happened less than 2 weeks in two ATP masters. One exit when he faced Baby Federer, Grigor Dimitrov in the second round of Madrid open, and today in quarter-final match in Rome against Tomas Berdych.

I guess everybody would have changed the focus from this match when Novak was at 6-2, 5-2 lead. But suddenly the Birdman Berdych from Czech Republic played an inspiring comeback tennis and eventually took the second set with 7-5. With his strong and wide serving power he literally thrashed Djoker. Nole was not able to return those serves properly. And in the third set, Berdych broke Novak and took the set with 6-4.

For Novak Djokovic, two time champion of Rome Masters lost to Dimitrov last week and today to Berdych. He spoiled hope of many people, a Nole – Rafa match in semis.

“One day you have to break [the run] and I am happy that it was today. It was a great game and I am happy. I was trying to stay positive from the beginning. He didn’t give me a single chance. I was trying to stay there and there are matches when you don’t get a single chance, but then if you get one, then you are ready. Then everything could turn the other way and this is what happened.” – Tomas Berdych

“I lost concentration and started to play more defensively, [I played] a bad game at 5-3 and I made some unforced errors. At this level you have to take advantage of the opportunities and I lost this game by myself.” – Novak Djokovic

 

Federer finds no excuses for his loss


Roger federer felt very bad about his performance against Kei Nishikori. He is going straight to practice court, he was unable find his rhythm in the play except in the second set. He went for so many unforced errors. He was playing in the first round also with struggling game play, but got away easily with Stepanek, but this time, the Japanese raising player converted his break point opportunities and won his dream match.

Kei Nishikori and Roger Federer at Madrid open

“I’m going to go back to the practice court, train hard, and make sure I don’t have these kinds of days anymore.I was lacking control from the baseline, and that pretty much carried through from start to finish. I’m pretty disappointed with my play. I’m not sure how well Kei thought he played. I didn’t think he had to play his very best either, which is even more disappointing. At least I’ll come out with some ideas of what I need to work on, Clearly the ball flies here and it’s faster, so that makes it sometimes trickier to find your rhythm. We’re so accustomed to always finding that rhythm eventually, so it’s even more disappointing if you never really find it, which was the case today.  Credit to Kei. He got it done and was more solid in the wind. He played better than I did, so the better guy won today, that’s for sure. ” – Roger Federer Continue reading