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  1. Indio

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    Here are some tennis trivia questions to challenge you:

    1. Who predicted that Boris Becker would win Wimbledon 85?

    2. What is Paul-Henri Mathieu's unique claim to fame?

    3. a) What is unique about Roger Federer's 2007 (going back to the beginning of the Open era, and probably earlier)?

    b) What is unique (I won't use that word again) about six of RF's Wimbledon titles?

    4. After Ivan Lendl defeated him seven consecutive times in 1981-82, what change of tactics did John McEnroe effect in order to reverse the trend (until 1985, IIRC, when Lendl took over the rivalry once and for all), as stated in his book?

    5. Andy Murray said that he likes to have sex prior to a match (I don't know whether he meant the night before or the day of the match). A female player then said more or less the same thing. Who is she?

    6. Which male player, in consecutive Wimbledons, in the 1990s, pulled off two big upsets (of serve and volleyers) in the first round?
     
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  2. Enigma

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    I think 5 is Schiavone?
     
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  3. forthegame

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    Really? I cannot believe he would say such a thing...
     
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  4. Enigma

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    Yeah, answer to #5 is Schiavone
     
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  5. Mustard

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    My mother. And she did, when Becker injured his ankle at 1984 Wimbledon against Scanlon. She said to a friend "He'll be back next year to win Wimbledon".

    Was it Ion Tiriac?

    The 2002 Davis Cup final in France. It's 2-2 against Russia, and Mathieu faces Youzhny in the decisive fifth rubber. Mathieu takes a 2 set lead but eventually loses. Youzhny won 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.

    Mathieu also blew a 6-1, 5-1 lead against a yips-ridden Coria at 2006 Monte Carlo and eventually lost. In 2006, Mathieu gave Nadal one of his toughest matches at the French Open to date, where Nadal won 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in 4 hours and 53 minutes.

    The first man to win 3 majors in 3 different calendar years?

    I don't know off the top of my head.

    Attacking the net with more vigour, being more aggressive in his play in general. In other words, he was more determined to play the matches on his own terms, and not Lendl's. He also switched to a new graphite racquet in 1983, although he did beat Lendl once in 1983 with a wooden racquet.

    Francesca Schiavone?

    Derrick Rostagno. He beat John McEnroe at 1990 Wimbledon by 7-5, 6-4, 6-4, and beat Pete Sampras at 1991 Wimbledon by 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4. Although the 1991 Wimbledon Rostagno vs. Sampras match was in the second round.
     
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  6. Moose Malloy

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    Bryan Shelton

    Kriek after losing to him in the final of Queens


    Some of your other questions are phrased a bit poorly and probably have more than one answer. I'm sure there are many 'unique' things about Mathieu.
     
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  7. Indio

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    Correct answers so far:
    1. Kriek, and Mustard's mother, apparently, but I've never met the woman so that answer isn't the first choice.
    5. Schiavone
    6. Bryan Shelton, who defeated Stich #2 in 1994 and Krajicek #12 (12, but more dangerous than players like Chang and Bruguera, who were seeded ahead of him).

    My "unique" questions are not easy to phrase in other ways. When the answers come out, you'll see that the achievements were quite special, although Mathieu's is something that may be memorable only to him.
     
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  8. PDJ

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    I only knew one answer, but fascinating nonetheless.
     
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  9. PDJ

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    And frankly I don't care how you phrase the questions given you taking the time & trouble to set the quiz. Thoroughly enjoyable and I'm intrigued by the answers.
     
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  10. Indio

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    Answers:
    1. Johan Kriek

    2. Mathieu was the last man to beat Pete Sampras in an ATP tournament, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 2nd round, Long Island.

    3. a) In 2007, Federer became the only man in the Open era to defend all three majors won in the previous year, in this case 2006. Yes, the other answer, three majors won in three different years is also correct, but is it worth asking something that every serious tennis fan knows?

    b) Federer is the only baseliner with a one-handed BH to win Wimbledon in the Open era, and probably well before that as well.

    4. In his book, which I no longer have, McEnroe said that he began hitting more approach shots down the center of the court in order to deny Lendl angles for passing shots.

    5. Schiavone is the female player.

    6. Bryan Shelton, #85 in 1994 and #150 in 1995, beat Stich and Krajicek respectively, without dropping a set to either one.
     
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  11. Flash O'Groove

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    Mathieu is also the last player to have beaten Gustavo Kuerten.
     
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    Really? Hold on. Many on here says Roger is a great volleyer, and true all-court player, or even a serve and volley player.

    Now we are calling him a baseliner.?
     
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  13. Indio

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    If it looks like a duck and it walks like a duck...
     
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    . . . then it must be Federer.
     
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  15. HRB

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    This rocks...TT should think about making a Trivia/Quiz section with the format where we can answer the questions in real time and post results! Basically like the Quiz websites.

    Obviously the OP can supply plenty of hard questions.
     
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  16. Enigma

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    Can you make another Quiz Time?
     
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    Mac played much more to the middle against Lendl from 1983, so to deprive Ivan of those angles he loved so much...
     
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    My xmas dinner may be spoiled after reading Schiavone and sex in the same sentence.
     
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  19. Indio

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    A born-in-Italy friend of mine says that all she needs is a little makeup.
     
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  20. Indio

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    I'll make another one. It'll be coming out soon.
     
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  21. Stuart S

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    I know the answer's already been given (Johan Kriek). Here's a little more on this:

    Kriek predicted this one week before the start of Wimbledon, after he himself had just been beaten in the final at Queen's by Becker (6-2, 6-3). I recall watching the final, and Becker served 11 aces in those two short sets. At the press conference, Kriek said: "That's one of the best right-hand serves I've ever played against. If Becker plays like that every day at Wimbledon, I don't care who the hell he is, he's going to win the title."

    I remember thinking, he could well be right here!
     
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