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Posted Fri Jul 3, 2009 12:20PM
Best man won
shank_ali
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Posted Fri Jul 3, 2009 12:37PM

Well i missed the first set as i was late in from shooting butterflies...


The young man looked quite jaded in the fourth set and Roddick did deliver a first class service game throughout the match.


Murray did well to recover from 2-5 in the 3rd set and even had a set point in the tie-break but alas it was not to be this year.


I hope it's a close final like the epic last year....
SoopySue
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Posted Fri Jul 3, 2009 5:47PM

At least it was fairly close - Roddick apparently being the King of the Tie-break. Both men served a lot of aces, which IMO made it a pretty boring game.


Was I the only person who thought Bjorn Borg looks very like Richard Gere?
risamay
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Posted Fri Jul 3, 2009 6:55PM
What a great match. Both Andys played like champs.
Whiteway
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Posted Sat Jul 4, 2009 1:06AM
BBC summed it up, 'Murray lost to an inspired Andy Roddick'.

I'm sure Murray will improve further, there's lots that he can learn from this defeat.
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Posted Sat Jul 4, 2009 3:58AM

I'm afraid that I'm in the camp of Murray dislikers. He comes across as surly, spoilt, dismissive and arrogant. (The mis-heard swear word incident demonstated this.) Roddick on the other hand comes across as polite, generous and yet utterly determined.


I'd love to see a Brit win Wimbledon but I'd rather see someone who I feel is a better ambassador for Britain win it and I am happy to wait a while. (I also don't think that Murray is yet in the same league as Federer / Nadal etc when it comes to consisent brilliance balanced with temperament required to win Grand Slams.)
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Posted Sat Jul 4, 2009 4:13AM
Murray made the mistake of expressing his pro-Scottish (some might say anti-English) sentiments early on in his career. I do feel that he would be in the camp of Scots people who would want to see England lose in a World Cup Final, no matter what the opposition. As a result, to see him trying to rouse the Wimbledon crowd in his favour leaves me with mixed feelings.

Fortunately, this attitude does not extend to all Scots.
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Posted Sat Jul 4, 2009 3:38PM
Posted By RollingEarth:
He comes across as surly, spoilt, dismissive and arrogant.

Wow. This is the first time I've seen him play (and I haven't heard him interviewed), and that wasn't my first impression of him, at all. He seemed perfectly nice enough, to me.
RollingEarth
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Posted Sat Jul 4, 2009 4:16PM
^^ Nah, nasty man.
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Posted Sun Jul 5, 2009 11:53AM
A final that never really hit the heights, despite being 16-14 in the fifth set. Andy R. may never be closer to lifting the trophy.
SoopySue
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Posted Sun Jul 5, 2009 12:00PM
Posted By Whiteway:
A final that never really hit the heights, despite being 16-14 in the fifth set. Andy R. may never be closer to lifting the trophy.

Don't know about them, but I'm all washed out.
shank_ali
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Posted Sun Jul 5, 2009 12:38PM

Well Federer started the game clean shaven and had a 6 o'clock shadow at the end...


Roddick should of really converted one of those 4 set points he had in the second set.Fatigue caught up with and Federer finally broke his serve to become the greatest mens champion ever (15 grand slam titles )
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Posted Sun Jul 5, 2009 1:08PM
So disappointed that Federer won. God I hate that guy. But Roddick gave him a good run for the money. Can't complain. Great match.
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Posted Sun Jul 5, 2009 1:18PM
^^Ah so you hate someone unjustifiably too!!?? Glad to hear it! Gutted for Roddick - I would have loved to see him win it. However, Federer is a genius, even on a bad day like today.
risamay
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Posted Sun Jul 5, 2009 1:25PM
LOL I dislike Federer's lack of modesty (to the point of open hatred), even if he is the greatest men's tennis player of all time. If that's unjustifiable hate, well. So be it
SoopySue
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Posted Sun Jul 5, 2009 5:04PM
Posted By risamay:
LOL biggrin I dislike Federer's lack of modesty


Gosh, it's clear I don't follow tennis all over (just Wimbledon) as I've never thought he was anything other than modest in any of the interviews I've seen. Though he was just interviewed just now and it was mentioned that he was really bad tempered as a junior (I don't remember him from then) and he explained how he made himself change.


I guess when Andy Murray's pushy tennis mum put a racket into his hand when he was two, she forgot the charm school lessons aka 'media training'.
risamay
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Posted Sun Jul 5, 2009 6:32PM
It's a very understated and matter-of-fact "I am the greatest" sort of attitude that Federer has. When he won the French Open last month and the interviewer on the court - was it John McEnroe? - said to him something like, "So I guess this proves that you just might be the greatest tennis player of all time" Federer's reply was something like, "Yes, I probably am the greatest player of all time." Straight face. No shame. Just like stating that the sky is blue, chocolate is yummy, and I probably am the greatest player of all time. So what else is new?
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Posted Mon Jul 6, 2009 11:14AM
^^^well numbers in hand he is, but no worries Nadal will win at least 16 GS
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