Anderson-Federer/Nadal-Del Potro

ibbi

Hall of Fame
#7
Wonderful day off tennis best since AO 2017. We still need a great ending though for this event pass AO 2017.
It's not going to have a dream final like that did, so I don't know that I see it passing it, but it's definitely the best second week any major has had since that one.
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
#10
Pair of great 5 setters at this stage in a major is rare, especially on the same day. Thoughts on them? Compare and contrast? Preference/
Weren't you saying that grass is boring, grass field sucks and Wimbledon should have switched to HC? Quite a sudden change as soon as Fed is out for some people.

Anyway, Fed-Anderson was great serving and great drama but not really high quality in other areas of the game. Nadal-Delpo on the other hand was a classic, best WImbledon match I've seen in years. It had it all, the great shotmaking, the momentum shifts, the emotion from both players (almost felt like a DC match in that regard), the tactical adjustments especially from Nadal when he started using the net and dropshots after going down 2-1 etc.
 
#11
Pair of great 5 setters at this stage in a major is rare, especially on the same day. Thoughts on them? Compare and contrast? Preference/
As a djoker fan , once Djoker won I wanted to go out for a walk .
But Anderson-fed & delpo- Nadal kept me glued to TV for another 6-7 hours
And left my chair only for pee breaks..
Amazing tennis day
Thoroughly entertaining .
 

K-H

Hall of Fame
#13
Weren't you saying that grass is boring, grass field sucks and Wimbledon should have switched to HC? Quite a sudden change as soon as Fed is out for some people.

Anyway, Fed-Anderson was great serving and great drama but not really high quality in other areas of the game. Nadal-Delpo on the other hand was a classic, best WImbledon match I've seen in years. It had it all, the great shotmaking, the momentum shifts, the emotion from both players (almost felt like a DC match in that regard), the tactical adjustments especially from Nadal when he started using the net and dropshots after going down 2-1 etc.
How did you manage to watch that match. I need time to recover when my favourite player loses. At least a few days.
 

ibbi

Hall of Fame
#14
Weren't you saying that grass is boring, grass field sucks and Wimbledon should have switched to HC? Quite a sudden change as soon as Fed is out for some people.

Anyway, Fed-Anderson was great serving and great drama but not really high quality in other areas of the game. Nadal-Delpo on the other hand was a classic, best WImbledon match I've seen in years. It had it all, the great shotmaking, the momentum shifts, the emotion from both players (almost felt like a DC match in that regard), the tactical adjustments especially from Nadal when he started using the net and dropshots after going down 2-1 etc.
Umm, I never said that it should be switched to hard courts, what the hell? I joked that I was surprised the players haven't demanded that happen yet.

I also don't think I ever said grass was boring, just that the majority of players right now don't have a friggin' clue how to play on it. The fact that we got 2 great matches in a day doesn't change that, it's just nice to appreciate when it happens.

Anyway, thank you for your second paragraph! :D I guess you are right, I just think the fiery crowd, and sort of unbelievable way that Anderson held his nerve in the biggest moments elevated the whole experience of that first match. Wouldn't expect such dramatic rallies from those two guys.
 
#17
Pair of great 5 setters at this stage in a major is rare, especially on the same day. Thoughts on them? Compare and contrast? Preference?
Delpo Nadal was a lot better in my opinion. Anderson deserves immense credit he was very clutch and always came up with the goods when it was required, but Federer was honestly woeful in the three sets I watched (3-5). He was wasteful, inconsistent on serve, and even more inconsistent on his groundies. They were flat out awful.

Honestly was painful watching how many routine misses Fed/Delpo combined for in their matches. So many ugly misses and frankly, inexplicable ones.

Nadal-Delpo seemed like way higher quality. And it's, oddly enough, Federer's fault that Anderson-Fed wasn't as quality.
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
#19
How did you manage to watch that match. I need time to recover when my favourite player loses. At least a few days.
Well I've been almost bedridden the last few days (nothing serious) so any tennis is welcome, I likely won't be able to watch much tennis later in the year (don't expect to have much free time) so again I'll watch any tennis available. Another thing is I never expected Fed to be even playing at 36-37 let alone still contending for the biggest titles so while I'm still sad when he loses I get over the losses more quickly. It has been one hell of a ride being his fan since 2001.

Also most importantly, Nadal-Delpo was a very entertaining match. I was rooting for Delpo but Nadal still amazed me on many points, definitely showcased more dimensions of his game than he usually does. I have my biases definitely but I always appreciate great tennis.
 
#20
Well I've been almost bedridden the last few days (nothing serious) so any tennis is welcome, I likely won't be able to watch much tennis later in the year (don't expect to have much free time) so again I'll watch any tennis available. Another thing is I never expected Fed to be even playing at 36-37 let alone still contending for the biggest titles so while I'm still sad when he loses I get over the losses more quickly. It has been one hell of a ride being his fan since 2001.

Also most importantly, Nadal-Delpo was a very entertaining match. I was rooting for Delpo but Nadal still amazed me on many points, definitely showcased more dimensions of his game than he usually does. I have my biases definitely but I always appreciate great tennis.
hope w/e it is you get better soon
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
#24
Federer definitely let his slip away (no real excuse for not closing out a match on match point after being up 2 sets and a break). Kudos to Anderson though for taking advantage of Fed's carelessness and punishing him in the only way appropriate.

Nadal-Del Potro felt like much more a match of equals where it could have gone either way almost from the start. You never knew until the very last point was struck who would emerge the vistor.
 
#25
Federer definitely let his slip away (no real excuse for not closing out a match on match point after being up 2 sets and a break). Kudos to Anderson though for taking advantage of Fed's carelessness and punishing him in the only way appropriate.

Nadal-Del Potro felt like much more a match of equals where it could have gone either way almost from the start. You never knew until the very last point was struck who would emerge the vistor.
wait he was up a break as well? he got broken twice in the 3rd set? mofo
 
#26
Exciting to see Anderson, a true good guy, win. Quality service games, quality returning, quality strokes. He upped his game.
Disappointed to see Nadal win. That grass was ridiculously slow.
 
#34
Peeking at the google live scores every now and then while at work, sucked big time, especially following the 5th set of Fed/Anderson. I envy you, Nadal/Delpo sounded like real fun.
Lolz, I did the same. I kept checking on Fed's scores and it was so annoying. The cherry on top was Rafa trolling me until the end of the work day as well. Terrible day. Hopefully Novak wins on Friday!
 
#37
Your eyes should be your source. One poster described it perfectly earlier in the match thread.
Missed it. I woke up in the middle of set three, and I planned to watch the whole thing tonight. But I figured I'd watch Fed take it. All he needed was on break. Then I could not stop watching and was almost late to work.

At the time I started watching I heard more grunting than I've ever heard from Fed. What did he injure?

I'm not going to watch the first 2 sets now. It's too depressing.
 
#40
Missed it. I woke up in the middle of set three, and I planned to watch the whole thing tonight. But I figured I'd watch Fed take it. All he needed was on break. Then I could not stop watching and was almost late to work.

At the time I started watching I heard more grunting than I've ever heard from Fed. What did he injure?

I'm not going to watch the first 2 sets now. It's too depressing.
His knee. His movement was off.
 
#42
His knee. His movement was off.
If you are right, that's really bad news. Same knee? I thought he looked horrible from the time I started watching, and I saw nothing pointing to that earlier in the tournament. He just did not look like the same player. Has he confirmed your suspicion?
 
#43
If you are right, that's really bad news. Same knee? I thought he looked horrible from the time I started watching, and I saw nothing pointing to that earlier in the tournament. He just did not look like the same player. Has he confirmed your suspicion?
I don't think it will affect him longterm but it's a wasted opportunity. He should've played Isner in the SF and would've had a 50/50 chance in the final.
 
#44
Missed it. I woke up in the middle of set three, and I planned to watch the whole thing tonight. But I figured I'd watch Fed take it. All he needed was on break. Then I could not stop watching and was almost late to work.

At the time I started watching I heard more grunting than I've ever heard from Fed. What did he injure?

I'm not going to watch the first 2 sets now. It's too depressing.
What Anderson did in set three; first save MP on his own serve, then break Federer's serve, and then take the set from 0-40 down, is an incredible effort.

Didn't see any injury. But I saw a tentative Federer on BPs both ways.
 
#45
nadal delpo match made me like watching wimbledon again.... the slips, the intensity, forehand winners... thats tennis entertainment at its best.....fed anderson match, there were a lot of aces hahahahaa...
 

Colin

Professional
#48
I'm watching on DVR after knowing the results so I'm doing a director's cut and turning them into three-set matches. Much better that way.
 

ibbi

Hall of Fame
#49
Not much you can do when a big guy like Neo is murdering the ball and not willing to trade 4-5 stroke rallies.
Ah, that's not fair! The amazing thing about the match was that when they got into rallies it was Federer who was folding and not Anderson! Fed's defense was on point, he extended rallies, and Kev just kept on living with him.
 

aman92

Hall of Fame
#50
One of the best days of tennis I can remember. The first match purely for the unexpected outcome out of nowhere and the second for the consistent quality on display throughout. Hard to argue against better days entertainment wise
 
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