Month: July 2019

today

I arrive to Centre shortly before Djokovic and Goffin walk on Court. Good equal rallies between them and Goffin breaks for 4-3. Novak then takes the next 11 games for a bagel and 2-0 in the third. At 3-1 Novak saves three break points before coasting to a 6-4, 6-0, 6-3 win. Good stuff.  Meanwhile, RBA is up two sets to one over Pella on Court 1. There’s a 30 min break before Roger and Kei take the court to wild applause. Kei breaks the opening game and Roger winds up facing 0-2, 0-40, saves that game but despite a couple chances loses the first 6-4. Excellent play from both and credit to Kei for prevailing.  Roger roars back, dominating the second for 6-1. Kei gets down 0-30 in the opening game of the third, recovers to 40-30 and holds after three deuces. They both hold until Kei serves at 3-3, 15-40. A 19-stroke rally and serve winner deuce it. Kei eventually loses serve after four deuces and four break points. Fantastic drama and play here. At 5-4 Roger has to save a break point but eventually holds for 6-4. Meanwhile Rafa is serving 6-5 in the first to Querrey and holds for 7-5. The first three games of the fourth are tightly contested but go to serve. Kei gets to 2-2. 15-40 but still holds. They hold to 4-4, where Roger breaks and holds for the match. I’m very pleased because it looks like he’ll play Rafa in the semis.  Richard

drop down

the Fed holds his start balance and just drop downs from that spot bonus tossing hand make a side 4

day 8

First match for me is with Lucy and Sue in the new radar seats on Court 12. Bright, sunny and mild weather as we see Strycova vs Mertens. Mertens takes the first 6-4 and they trade breaks to start the second. 
Mertens continues playing well and Strycova is down 2-5.
Meanwhile, on Court 2, Riske has Barty on serve, 1-2 in the third. Strycova recovers to 5-6 and I leave for Nadal vs Sousa. Strycova later wins in three. 
Meanwhile, Barty has lost to Riske on 2. Wow. 

Rafa crushes Sousa in taking the first four games, holds twice for 6-2 and puts Sousa down a break in the second. 
The second goes 6-2 and Rafa has two sets in 1:06. The way he’s playing it won’t be long. 
A great rally at 1-1, 30-30 in the third sets up break point for Rafa and he takes it for 2-1. He gets another break later to get the third 6-2. What a beat down. Rafa was fantastic and from row A it was amazing. 
I swap tickets with Sue so she can watch Konta and I watch Coco Gauff on Court 1 against Halep. I join as Halep is up a break and holds for 6-3. Coco plays many good shots but is not ready yet to dismiss a top player. 
Halep gets a break for 2-0 but Coco corrects for 1-2, then loses her serve the next game. Coco reaches 2-5, 15-40 but holds. Halep holds for 6-3 and the match; the crowd gives enthusiastic support to both players. Coco will be a future force. 

Next up on Court 1 is Humbert vs Djokovic. They hold serve until Novak breaks for 3-1 with the help of a 20-stroke rally at 1-2, 30-30. Good play from both but Djokovic is sharper on his shots and prevails 6-3 in the first. Konta and Kvitova split on Centre so I get another set of Djokovic before going over for Roger. 
I note the Bryans are in trouble 6-7, 2-6 against Mahut/Roger-Vasselin. They later lose in the fourth. 
Novak breaks for 2-1 in the second and Humbert is clearly coming up short in power, placement and consistency. I leave to reclaim my seat on Centre. I learn later that Novak wins in three having never been behind in the match. 
Next up on Court 1 is Humbert vs Djokovic. They hold serve until Novak breaks for 3-1 with the help of a 20-stroke rally at 1-2, 30-30. Good play from both but Djokovic is sharper on his shots and prevails 6-3 in the first. Konta and Kvitova split on Centre so I get another set of Djokovic before going over for Roger. 
I note the Bryans are in trouble 6-7, 2-6 against Mahut/Roger-Vasselin. They later lose in the fourth. 
Novak breaks for 2-1 in the second and Humbert is clearly coming up short in power, placement and consistency. I leave to reclaim my seat on Centre. I learn later that Novak wins in three having never been behind in the match. 

I arrive outside Centre with Konta serving 5-2, 15-30 and watch the score as the game goes through six deuces and two match points before Kvitova breaks and holds. I get in my seat to see Jo take the match. The British love it. 

Next up is Roger vs  Berrettini and I worry Roger may have his hands full. He goes up 5-1 with ease and holds for 6-1. 
Meanwhile, the Bryans lose in a fourth set tiebreaker. Too bad. 

Berrettini begins the second with a 137 mph ace and holds. He’s broken next serve and Roger’s up 2-1. He gets a second break and takes the second 6-2. Just too commanding. 
Berrettini fluffs a touch shot at the net and is broken the first game of the third. At 0-2 Roger gets a break point on an amazing leaping backhand volley. Two points later he converts for 3-0. Berrettini finds himself serving 1-5 at only 1:09 in the match. Roger

Fognini

Yesterday Fogging said wimbledon should be blow up– complaining that the court was horrible– the courts are horrible– every day the courts gets more beat up presenting 2 different surfaces– if you made the pros play on a cracked hard court they would go nuts

Coco fever

I saw Rafa at age 16 on court 7 at the Open– he looked pretty good for a kid–We were at Wimbledon watching a 18 year old Boris Becker–he looked pretty good for a kid– he just kept on winning– Coco looks pretty good for a kid– hopefully she is the future– go Coco