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Li Na wins her first major title at French in 2011

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It’s nice to report a first Grand Slam title for a tennis woman who has tried so hard.  Li Na beat Schiavone in two sets with a 7-0 tiebreak in the final set. I think that she is 29. She beat Sharapova and Azerenka on the way to the title. No mean feat!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/06/04 at 15:43

Yes I watched Roger Federer finally beat JM Del Potro in 5 at Roland Garros yesterday

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My sense was that I saw a much more experienced player finally beat a more overpowering hitter of ground strokes and booming service game. He did it by tennis guile,  better physical and mental conditioning and deeper experience. But now since he is one match away from a new record of 15 majors, the talk is about his legitimacy as the greatest player of the Open era. Here is an excerpt of that talk in the Sports section of the NY Times:

What is clear is that if Federer wins on Sunday, he will belong on every short list of Grand Slam tennis greatness. Only five men have won all four major singles titles during their careers: Fred Perry of Britain, Don Budge of the United States, Emerson, Laver and Agassi. Budge and Laver are the only men to have completed true Grand Slams, and Agassi is the only man to have won his titles on three different surfaces, because he played after the Australian Open and the United States Open switched from grass to hardcourts.

If Federer wins, his achievement at all four majors will be without equivalent. He has won three titles and reached four finals in Australia. He has reached the final four times in Paris. He has won five titles and reached six finals at Wimbledon. And he has taken five titles at the United States Open.

He has achieved all this in a seven-year span and is still just 27.

“It is amazing,” Annacone said. “If he wins in Paris and someone tells me he’s the greatest ever, I can totally understand why they would say that. But the most exciting part is it’s still an unfinished book. Let’s enjoy the rest of the book.”

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/06/06 at 01:33

A year ago it was Raf and Roger. Now it’s Raf, Roger or Andy

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Andy Murray
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This quote from an NY Times article explains what has happened in Grand Slam Tennis matches:

Rafael Nadal is no longer the only hobgoblin in Roger Federer’s closet. Andy Murray has taken up residence after extending his winning streak over Federer, the former master of men’s tennis, to four consecutive matches.

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Federer sat atop the world rankings for a record 237 consecutive weeks until his inability to beat Nadal bumped him to No. 2 in August. Nadal is 13-6 against Federer. But Murray is now 6-2, including those four consecutive victories since October. The assumption that Nadal and Federer will play for the championship of any important tournament no longer seems inevitable.

But Julian Barnes has written “There is nothing to be frightened of“. So take heart Roger, you are human  and you can be beaten on any given day, after all.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/03/29 at 04:47

A more vulnerable & human Federer

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Liz Robbins wrote some apt words on Sep 4 about Roger Federer’s very human reactions to unforced errors and clear winners during his quarter final match which he won in 3 tough sets:

But it has been clear for some time — since Federer revealed that he had mononucleosis this past winter — that he is not the same player who barely broke a sweat as he marched to his fourth straight United States Open title last year.

Federer may not say much about his fall from the No. 1 spot, which came six weeks after his epic five-set defeat to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, or acknowledge any loss of foot speed or confidence.

The only clues he offered Thursday were audible. “Ai-yee!” and “Whoo-hoo!” Federer yelled after unforced errors. And when he set up match point in the third-set tie breaker, he blurted out a jarring “Come on!” before moving on to the semifinals in a Grand Slam tournament for the 18th consecutive time.

“I guess for a while I put my head down in the matches and just tried to keep that unbelievable run I had going instead of trying to disturb myself with, you know, any sort of reactions,” Federer said. “Maybe it’s a time where I can show a little bit more and it comes out.”

His vulnerability has made him more emotional, more human, too.

I wonder if Tiger Woods, who is recovering from his own touch of frail humanity (his bad knees), will return with is own Zen-like focus on championship performance.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/09/19 at 08:52

Roger Federer won the US Open, but is he back to winning form?

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I watched most of the quarters, semis and all the final today. Roger’s play was impressive and most important he won handily in 3 straight sets. But I believe that Andy Murray had is best Open tennis behind him today, especially when he beat Rafa Nadal.

The game is much more competitive today than it was even a year ago. Raf Nadal can win most of the time. Djokovic, Del Proto, Muller and most of all Andy Murray can beat Federer or Nadal some of the time.

So it will be interesting to see how Roger works his way through to win his 14th+ Grand Slam title. Lots of good tennis ahead!

In case you are interested Roger is still #2 in ATP ratings and Andy Murray is #4, while Rafa Nadal is still #1.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/09/08 at 15:53

Roger Federer still holds his world #1 ranking this week

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but not for long. To put another nail in that outcome he lost two straight sets to James Blake in the Olympics 2008 quarter-finals yesterday. Fact is till then he had only lost 1 set to Blake in 8 matches in which he beat Blake, sometimes decisively sometimes not so.

When asked by Charlie Rose a few weeks ago, Pete Sampras seemed sure that Roger F would win this year’s US Open. I don’t think that is any kind of a foregone thing, especially in Roger’s own mind I respectfully submit!

Oh I don’t believe for a minute that he is over the hill in competitive tennis. But he must find within himself the drive and heart to reset his course to win two more slam events + 1 to beat Sampras’ record of 14 grand slam tennis victories that ended with a win at the US Open over Andre Agassi.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/08/14 at 06:26