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Post  Sniper on Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:35 pm

What a huge time of year for the UK. 20/20, The Ashes and of course, the greatest Grand Slam of them all, Wimbledon.

Coverage starts tonight with Fed opening proceedings on Centre Court (now with retractable roof!!).

An upset already with 17th seed, James Blake losing in straight sets.

My tip is Federer (surpise surprise) and Ivanovic in the Womens.

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Post  Rivergirl on Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:49 pm

Oh yes, I love Wimbledon. I did Pat Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt's websites from 1998 to 2006 so my whole life was tennis. I went to Wimbledon in 2001 and camped and queued on the pavement for two weeks, wanted to experience it. It was Pat's last Wimbledon and he was defeated by Goran Ivanesevic in the final. I know it was Goran's dream but it was also Pat's. What an experience Wimbledon was, will never forget it. Pat gave me his Wimbledon towel, in fact I have quite a few souvenirs from Pat, even some of his hair when he shaved it off. Pat and his family are the most wonderful, down to earth people you could ever meet.

I am also with the Fanatics and followed the Davis Cups around going to the 1999 final in Nice and 2001 final in Spain plus a Zurich one and the Aussie ones. Went to all the player parties, the things I could tell What a Face . Not doing so great the last couple of years at DC tho.

Real shame that Rafa had to pull out of Wimbledon. Now that Roger has his confidence back he'll probably go through to the end and it could be a Roger/Andy final. Wouldn't the Brits love that. I can just see it now. Murray Hill! As soon as Rafa went out in the French Open I knew that Roger would go on to win. It was the only way he could as he had become intimidated by Rafa especially so after the Aussie Open and had lost confidence.

I really hope that Sam Stosur and Jelena do well
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Post  norfolk on Mon Jun 29, 2009 5:44 pm

Pity about Sam and jelena, all our hopes are now on Lleyton

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Post  norfolk on Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:23 pm

is this the place to comment on the 'heat' of wimbledon this year?

After a very cool start to their summer, England is having a nice warm one now!

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Post  Rivergirl on Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:09 pm

I guess so Norfolk Smile There was a heatwave in 2001 too when I was there although it's funny to see 30+ classified as a heatwave when you come from Australia Smile
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Post  Sniper on Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:33 pm

A mighty effort by Lleyton overnight against Roddick. If Lleyton had a serve that was say 20% better, he would survive longer and win more cheap points. It is tough to beat top ranked players over 5 sets and expect to win titles.
Federer continues his merry way dismantling the big serving Ivo Karlovic. Big Ivo certaiinly has an impact in Grand Slams. I remember him knocking over Hewitt early doors a few years ago. Federer cruises into his 21st Grand Slam semi final and faces Tommy Haas. The other semi between Roddick and Andy Murray promises to be a cracker. Would love to see Murray win, as The Fed owns A-Rod.

I have lost interest in the ladies draw (sorry girls!!). I'm sure one of the Williams sisters will win!!

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Post  Rivergirl on Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:47 pm

Yes awesome effort by Lleyton last night! His match didn't finish till 5.15am here so late night for us diehard tennis fans lol

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Post  Sniper on Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:01 pm

RG, with a 4yo and 8mth old I can't stay up late these days to watch Tennis/Cricket etc. Would have been a great match to watch.

Only a freakish performance will see Federer get beaten on what arguably is his favorite service. Despite his greatness, I continue to shake my head at his attire when he arrives on court lol!

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Post  Rivergirl on Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:30 pm

Hey Sniper, yes I can imagine you need as much sleep as you can get with two young ones. Also people that work can't stay up that late although I did when I worked but I used to be able to exist on not much sleep until I had a couple of heart attacks. Yes it was a great match, very close and in those instances it's always sad there has to be a loser like the Roddick/El Aynaoui match at the Aus Open in 2003 when Roddick won 21-19 in the 5th set. Yes don't you love Roger's attire. Maybe he's trying to compete with the Williams sisters lol

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Post  Sniper on Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:05 am

Well it is another Williams sister Wimbledon Final.

Serena took 3 sets to win in the longest womens semi-final in Wimbledon history. Venus on the other hand, totally destroyed Safina 1 & 0. Can't remember the last time the number 1 player in the world lost a match when only winning 1 game!!!

Looking forward to staying up tonight for the Mens Semi's. Very Happy

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Post  Rivergirl on Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:45 pm

Yes you couldn't get two more different semis from the Williams sisters. Looking forward to the mens semis tonight after the Bombers match

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Post  droughtbreaker on Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:56 pm

Yet another Williams sisters final. <yawn> That's a major problem with tennis, it is very prone to certain players dominating for years.

Happy that Lleyton lost. I know a lot of people would be irate with me for saying that but seriously I can't stand the guy, he's an attention seeking brat with a huge ego.

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Post  Sniper on Sat Jul 04, 2009 8:00 am

My worst fears came to reality, with Fed facing A-Rod. Fed has had a dream run, with having to face Haas in a semi and then A-Rod to claim another Wimbledon title. He was always going to be hard to beat with Rafa withdrawing, but he would have had a tougher task if he faced Andy Murray. Not saying Fed is already home, but A-Rod needs a minor miracle to knock over Fed.

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Post  norfolk on Sat Jul 04, 2009 8:48 am

Gonna watch the Tour de France instead Cool

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Post  Rivergirl on Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:11 pm

Well what a final that was. Roddick was playing well enough this Wimbledon to give Roger a run for his money and he sure did. The last set was so long, 95 mins, (the longest in Wimbledon history) that I nodded off briefly at 11-11 to wake up and see Roger holding the trophy when he won at 16-14. Well done to Roger, good to see your friend Pete Sampras come to watch his amazing record broken plus legends Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver! Now it's all over I can get some sleep!

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