The Tweener Podcast: Episode 3

It’s Episode 3 and we are wrapping it all up from the Australian Open. We give out our tweener of the week and talk about our lasting impressions from the year’s first grand slam. Featured this week is a discussion with Ben Rothenberg, a New York Times contributing writer who has been working hard in Melbourne. We talk about the culture that surrounds the tennis media. Finally we announce the first winner of our Stick It Wear?! Competition and give a sneak peak into next week. As always, all feedback is encouraged and appreciated!

Podcast Shortcuts

Intro–00:00
Tweener of the Week–01:19
Ben Rothenberg Opening–03:05
BR: Match Fixing–04:20
BR: Media Reaction–08:58
BR: Tennis Media Culture+Conflicts of Interest–12:20
BR: Big Brother Cams in Australia–21:49
Australian Open Look Back–23:55
Stick It Wear Shirt Winner Announced–31:30

Tweener Of The Week


(Tweener of the week honorable mention)
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Stick It Wear Shirt of The Week

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Australian Open Competition Winner: Kevin Craig
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Top 10 Statement Wins on the ATP World Tour in 2014

“Statement Win”–not only defeating your opponent, but accomplishing other victories in the process. Whether it be overcoming a lopsided head-to-head record, putting a beat-down on a top rival, getting your name out to the world, or simply playing your best tennis, a statement win is about more than just a notch in the win column. (See also: highlight win, signature win, etc.) 

2014 was another incredible year in tennis, and with the season wrapping up, The Tennis Nerds will look back and highlight some of the best moments from the past twelve months. We’ll try to stray from the norm–“Best points” “Best matches” etc–and give a little variety for our readers. You can find the Top 10 matches of the year just about anywhere. Today, I countdown the Top 10 Statement Wins of 2014. Comment if you agree/disagree or have thoughts on the best statement wins of the year!

10. Kei Nishikori d. Novak Djokovic 6-3 1-6 7-6(4) 6-3 US Open SF

Nishikori was the young gun who made the best breakthrough in 2014, finishing the year ranked a career high #5 in the world and reaching a Grand Slam final in the process. After two five-set marathon wins over Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka, few if any expected Nishikori to have much left in the tank for his Semifinal showdown with Novak Djokovic. He had been hampered by a recurring left foot injury for much of the summer, and looked out of the tournament when he took a medical timeout trailing two sets to one against Raonic. To add insult to injury, Nishikori had spent over 8 hours on court in his previous two matches. A windy day in Flushing led to some inconsistent play early, but after Djokovic won the second set 6-1, Nishikori looked on the ropes. He refused to give in to the sweltering heat of that day, and pulled off a shocking upset over the World #1. More shocking? He beat him at his own game.

9. Stan Wawrinka d. Roger Federer 4-6 7-6(5) 6-2 Monte Carlo F

The fact that Wawrinka is only on this list once is probably a huge mistake on my part. His 5 set epic over Djokovic was deserving, but I felt that this win was actually more significant in terms of mental strength. Coming into the final, Federer led the head to head matchup with his Swiss friend 13-1. FIFTEEN TO ONE. Federer owned his compatriot. Stan struggled not as much with forehands and backhands, but with his head. Mentally he was inferior. So when he lost the first set–playing pretty well–the outcome of the match looked clear. Federer was going to win his first Monte Carlo title. Wawrinka started to hold serve much easier in the second set, and although he gave up a break lead, the Lausanne native sealed the second set tiebreak with a serve and volley overhead winner. He ran away with the third set, tearing the cover off the ball on both wings. Federer was not playing poorly whatsoever, but Wawrinka was just too good.

8. Federer d. Murray 6-0 6-1 ATP World Tour Finals RR

By scoreline alone this one could have been number one. Andy Murray had a subpar 2014 campaign, but looked to be back in good form during the fall season. He won titles in Shenzhen, Vienna and Valencia to earn himself a spot in the World Tour Finals. His match with Federer was his final round robin match, and he needed a straight sets win to reach the semifinals. Playing in front of a home London crowd, Murray laid an egg, while Federer was on fire. If it weren’t for a few bad unforced errors at 6-0 5-0, Federer would have delivered the Scot a double bagel. Still, Federer proved that he was in far superior form, attacking second serves and approaching the net at will. He was off the court in 56 minutes, handing Murray the worst loss of his career.

It was so bad there aren’t even highlights on YouTube! (But here’s a Hotshot)

7. Novak Djokovic d. Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3 Miami F

Djokovic came into the Miami final having just won Indian Wells. He was attempting the difficult IW-Miami double in back to back weeks, and had to face one Rafael Nadal in the final. What unfolded was a comprehensive, dominant performance. Djokovic went at the Nadal forehand relentlessly, which opened his two best attacking shots; the inside out forehand and backhand down the line. He was in full flight on return, putting everything Nadal threw at him within feet of the baseline. The last few matches of this rivalry had been back and forth, with Nadal winning 3 of the last 5. You felt like this match would serve as a good barometer to show where each player was at, and it did. Match point was pretty decent as well.

6. Marin Cilic d. Roger Federer 6-3 6-3 6-4 US Open SF

Hard to find words for this one. Just a look at the score pretty much tells the story. After looking….shaky against Gilles Simon in the fourth round of the US Open, Cilic started playing the best tennis of his career. This match was astonishing in particular. His liability in years past was often his forehand, but he was outhitting even Federer on that side. He was standing up on the baseline, giving his opponent nothing to work with. Federer wasn’t great, but he also wasn’t bad, which made this result one of the most surprising of 2014. The crowd tried to get Federer into the match throughout, but Cilic silenced them on every occasion with booming serves and flat, penetrating groundstrokes. Cilic claimed his first win in six tries over the 17-time major winner, and went on to beat Nishikori for his first Grand Slam title.

5. Rafael Nadal d. Andy Murray 6-3 6-2 6-1 French Open SF

It was a down year by Nadal’s insane standard, but he managed to win his 9th Rolland Garros title in relatively simple fashion, dropping only two sets the entire tournament. His most impressive performance came in the semifinals against Murray, who appeared to be back in good form after struggling with his return from back injury. Murray had taken Nadal the distance in Rome just two weeks prior, and this semifinal had the chance to replicate that competitive scoreline. It didn’t. Things started off badly for Murray, and they didn’t get any better. Nadal had time on all his shots, and was dictating play from the get-go. Yes, Nadal is the undisputed clay court GOAT, but to beat one of his best rivals, only losing 6 games in the process was a massive effort.

http://youtu.be/UDS-Mgh7wbg (FFT disables embedded video)

4. Novak Djokovic d. Tomas Berdych 6-0 6-2 Beijing F

Beijing seems to treat Djokovic pretty well. He’s won the 500 event all five times he’s chosen to play it. In fact, he’s only dropped *THREE SETS* in 24 matches played. The final in 2014 was, in a way, just another dominant performance from the Serb. But this might have been the best match Djokovic has ever played. Save for getting broken at 6-0 5-0, the world #1 played flawless tennis. He broke Berdych’s serve six times and never looked troubled. The quotes from both players after the match tell the story.

Berdych: “I just said to my coach now that I probably played over 700 matches in my career, and I met guys like Andre, Roger, all those probably in their best times. But I have never, ever experienced anything like that.”

Djokovic: “This has been, in the circumstances, probably the best performance of any final in my career. I have played some great finals, had some convincing wins, some straight-set wins against top rivals. But with this kind of performance and with this domination result-wise, I mean it’s never happened.”

3. Roger Federer d. Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4 Shanghai SF

As stated in #4, Djokovic was playing unbelievably well during the fall swing. When Federer and Djokovic set the semifinal showdown in Shanghai, Novak was the betting favorite. Still, most in tennis expected a fascinating encounter. Well, it was fascinating. Djokovic played well, but the guy on the other side of the net was a different animal. Federer turned back the clock, and played as well as I’ve seen from him in years. The Edberg net-attacking gameplan coupled with an aggressive baseline game put Federer in vintage form. Vintage is a word that is used too often with Federer, but this really was a vintage performance. Federer halted Djokovic’s incredible 28 match win streak in China, sending a message that he was not going to finish the year quietly.

Federer: “It was a great match, I agree. I think I played very well. There was nothing in the game today that wasn’t working. I think it was a high-level match. I’m unbelievably happy with the way it went.”

Djokovic: “I think I did not play too bad.It’s just that he played everything he wanted to play. He played the perfect match. I think he’s going to tell you how he felt, but that’s how I felt he played. He played an amazing match.”

2. Grigor Dimitrov d. Andy Murray 6-1 7-6(5) 6-2 Wimbledon QF

I’m guessing that many of you will think I’m putting this too high on the list. (And please, let me know what you think!) But when I first came up with the idea for this Top 10, this match was the first thing that came to mind. Murray(on the wrong side of this list for the third time) was truly playing well at Wimbledon through the first four rounds. He had not dropped a set, while Dimitrov had just scraped through a 5 setter with Alex Dolgopolov. But Dimitrov was on a mission during this quarterfinal. He had already made the QFs at the Australian Open, and won two titles in 2014–Acapulco and Bucharest. But the Bulgarian made his official arrival to the top of the sport at SW19, blowing Murray off the court in the process. After every game you thought that Murray would find a way back, but he didn’t come close. Dimitrov’s shotmaking was incredible, and his backhand slice proved critical in a straight set dismantling of the defending champion.

1. Nick Kyrgios d. Rafael Nadal 7-6(5) 5-7 7-6(5) 6-3 Wimbledon R16

Finally! Number 1. (It took way too long to write this) Is there really any other option here? Kyrgios, 19, went out onto Center Court at the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, and took out Rafael Nadal in stunning fashion. Nadal certainly did play poorly. The match was taken out of his hands by the young Australian, who was bursting with confidence. Kyrgrios’ win was pretty much the definition of a breakout performance. Ranked outside the top 100 at the time of their meeting, Kyrgios looked like he belonged from the onset. Dozens of aces, massive winners, and even a jaw-dropping tweener set the tone as Kyrgios shocked the tennis world. (Actually, he actually shocked the ENTIRE world because of the Drake Drama!)

Australian Open Preview +Picks

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Make sure your alarm clocks are set. Be sure that your friends and family are aware that you may be unreachable for the next two weeks. If you’re like me, your sleep schedule will be wildly unordinary for the next 14 days. The Australian Open is upon us, the first slam of the year, the “happy slam.” With temperatures set to break 100 degrees on multiple days in Melbourne, the heat will certainly test players happiness.

The draw was released on Friday, and more than a few were in uproar at the imbalance it produced. Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro and Roger Federer are all on the top half of the draw, leaving Novak Djokovic sitting pretty in his quest for his 4th Australian crown. But a draw is nothing more than a draw, and the matches still have to be played for potential matches to occur later in the tournament.

I think this year’s Aus Open will be the year of the upset. An upset winner is highly unlikely, but we could be in store for some deep runs by less than “elite” players. So let’s get into the picks!

Winner

Novak DjokovicI know, this is probably the 1000th time you’ve seen this pick. But to pick against Djoker would mean that I’m not a realistic tennis analyst. Look at his draw. Really the only danger he faces in route to the final is Stanislas Wawrinka, and that is real danger. If Stan the Man gets to the quarters, we could be in for another epic. But most likely Novak will cruise through his first 5-6 matches dropping maybe a set or two in the process. He is the best hard-court player in the world, as he proved during his 24 match winning streak to end 2013. Obviously he should face a great player in the final, whether that’s Nadal, Murray, or Del Potro. But none of those players have an easy road to get to their 7th match. The overall stress of playing 2-3 tough matches takes its toll and Novak will undoubtably have the clear edge in the final.

Dark Horse(‘s)

Ernests Gulbis–Although Ernie G is in Novak’s quarter of the draw, he has the firepower to take out anyone. He lost in straight sets to Rafa in Doha, but I think the court speed in Melbourne is just right for Gulbis’ style of play. He will have just a split second more time, and the ball will sit just a little higher; perfect for his elongated strokes and extreme grips. Of course Ernie could lose in the first round and make me look incredibly stupid, but you gotta show some faith right?

Gael Monfils–I’ve made a few comments on twitter in the last couple weeks talking about Monfils. From what I’ve seen, I think he’s ready for a breakout(or breakback?) 2014. The talent has always been there, but he looked as focused as I had even seen him in Doha. He lost a close 3-setter to Nadal in the final, but he was hitting the absolute **** out of the ball. If he is serving well, he is tough to beat, and Gael lives for the big moments in front of big crowds. The defining match for him will be the potential 3rd round rematch between Gael and Nadal, under the lights on Rod Laver Arena.

Grigor Dimitrov–I pick this guy….a lot. And usually he proves me wrong, by losing before the third round in Grand Slams. But my colleagues at Tennis View Magazine have had great reports for Dimitrov’s practice sessions. Apparently he is really hitting the cover off the ball, and with new coach Roger Rasheed, it’s time that Grigor made his move. 2014 will see Grigor inside the top 10. There. I  said it.

Americans(The less Popular One’s)

Tim Smyczek–Had to include Smee in this post. He adds to the stacked top half of the draw. He will play Roberto Bautista-Agut in the first round. RBA is in good form, reaching the SF in Auckland, where he blew a set and break lead to John Isner, eventual champion. Tim is using a new racket in 2014, and as long as he takes out RBA he will meet Delpo in the second round, which should be fun to watch.

Denis Kudla–I really like Kudla, I think he has one of the higher ceilings among young Americans. He is VERY fit, and solid as they come off the ground. He qualified into the tournament and will face Florian Mayer in the first round. Mayer is a really good player, but I think Kudla takes this one in 5. He will then could face Mikhail Youzhny. Again, it should be fun.

As Brad Gilbert says: Who ya got and scoreline?

 

The Final Stop

Djokovic Paris Champion

As the final round robin event approaches, there hasn’t been a field as wide open as this one for many years. Almost all players in the field you could make an argument for them taking home this prestigious crown in the Barclay’s ATP World Tour Finals. In this preview, I will go through player by player from each group and break down their chances. We will start with Group A.

Rafael Nadal: No one had expected Rafa to come back the way he did this year, winning the French and US Open titles. He has only lost 5 matches all year with a spectacular 68 – 5 record. Adding on to the 2 slams, Rafa has won 8 other titles, including 5 Masters 1000 titles. However, since the indoor hard court season has started, Nadal has struggled a bit on the fast hard courts. He has not won a title since the US Open. In the 3 tournaments he has played since then, he has lost to Djokovic, Del Potro, and Ferrer in these tournaments. Despite his struggles on the hard courts, I still see Nadal moving on through his portion of the round robin due to the lack of consistency from the others, besides Ferrer, to beat him.

David Ferrer: There might not be a hotter player on tour right now than David Ferrer. Going into Paris, I did not expect him to do well after a horrific indoor season with losses to some pretty low quality players. This does not include Dimitrov or Youzhny in the last 2 weeks. But the losses to Florian Mayer and Joao Sousa stuck out to me. But I think Ferrer shocked all of us when he knocked off Nadal in the semis and had many chances to stun Djokovic in the finals. I think Ferrer will surprise us again and go 3 – 0 in his section of the round robin and advance to the final rounds.

Tomas Berdych: It has been another solid year for the big hitting Czech. Berdych is certainly one of the most dangerous players out there on indoor courts like these. It’s the consistency that is a concern for me. He didn’t make it past the quarterfinals of any Slam this year and I think that has something to do with it. It’s more of the belief factor for Berdych. Does he really think he can hang with the top guys on a daily basis? He has been close on several occasions, but I have not seen enough consistency from him throughout the year to make me think that he could take out Nadal or Ferrer right now.

Stan Wawrinka: This has certainly been one of Wawrinka’s best years on tour. He is currently at an all time high in the rankings at #8 and is certainly deserving of that. His semi final run at the US Open this year was phenomenal and also played very well in Paris, where he had the battle with Gasquet, and Australia, where he played the possible match of the year against Djokovic. The only problem with Stan here is that the indoor hard courts are his least favorite surface, and I think we all witnessed that a bit when he got slammed by Novak last week in Paris. But that does not mean opponents should look him over. He is still very dangerous, and very powerful off the ground. If he beats Ferrer and Berdych, I like his chances to advance. But I still think Ferrer is too solid right now. Nevertheless, just someone to keep your eye on as the week progresses.

Here is the Group B preview now.

Novak Djokovic: Novak certainly looks like he playing the way he was back in 2011. He is full of confidence and has not lost a match since the US Open final. He beat Nadal in Beijing and also took both the Masters 1000 titles in Shanghai and Paris. There is no one playing better ball than Djokovic right now. That being said, he was not favored a kind round robin group. Delpo and Roger landed in his group and those are 2 guys that are playing some good ball as well. I still like Djokovic to advance and he is my pick to win the title for the second straight year.

Juan Martin Del Potro: Another fantastic year for the big Argentinian. He has returned to one of the game’s most elite players. He took the title in Basel for the second straight year. He crushed Nadal in Shanghai before losing a tight match to Djokovic in the final. Despite his loss to Roger in Paris, I think it will benefit his cause for London for a few days of extra rest. Delpo, Roger, and Novak will all battle for the 2 spots into the elimination rounds (sorry Gasquet). I do think Novak will prevail, but you can’t tell much apart from Delpo and Roger right now and I am looking forward to how this turns out.

Roger Federer: Glimpses of the old Roger were seen last week in Paris. He finally got some revenge against Del Potro in the quarterfinals before falling to Djokovic in 3 sets in the semis. Roger has a great chance to advance here because of the surface. There might not be a better surface suited for Federer’s game than in London right now. But like I said before, you can’t tell much apart from Roger and Delpo right now.

Richard Gasuqet: It has been a good year for Gasquet as he reached his first semi of a Slam since the Wimbledon semis all those years ago. He playing solid ball right now after reaching the quarters in Paris and winning in Moscow. Unfortunately for him, he is surrounded by 3 grand slam champions and power hitters. Gasquet could have made a run in the other group, but he does not have much of a shot here. He has a combined record of 4 – 24 against Djokovic, Federer, and Del Potro. Good luck Richard. He should put on some big shots though with that beautiful one hander.

Semi – final predictions:

Djokovic d. Nadal

Federer d. Ferrer

Final predicition:

Djokovic d. Federer

Enjoy the last full week of tennis everyone!

Cincinnati Weekend Recap

Nadal champion

 

For the first time, Rafael Nadal captured back to back hard court titles. First in Montreal, and yesterday in Cincinanti. The Spaniard showed no signs of injury in his knees and grinded his way to victory, taking out Tomas Berdych in the semis on Saturday and upset minded John Isner yesterday.

 

The matchup with Isner was most intriging because Nadal didn’t even have a break point but still ended up winning in straight sets. 2 typical tiebreakers when going up against the big serving American. Credit to Nadal though for coming through in the tiebreakers and holding serve time in and time out.

 

Big confidence booster for Isner though. He had been struggling for most of the year and picked up some great wins here against Mayer, Gasquet, Raonic, Djokovic, and Del Potro. I do question his choice to play Winston Salem though. He may be the 2 time defending champion, I am afraid he will run out of gas by the late stages of the Open.

 

Speaking of the Open, we have one week until day 1 of the open and one day till the start of qualifying! The US Open Playoff Singles final is today between former collegiate starts Jeff Dadamo and Matija Pekovic. The winner gets a wild card into the qualies. We will be back with Winston Salem coverage and US Open qualifying coverage, specifically focusing on the Americans in the group. Enjoy the tennis!

Cincinnati Early Round Recap

Nadal Yellow   It’s good to be back! Before I start with the main draw of Cincy, I just want to say that I was very impressed by the play of American youngster Mackenzie McDonald in qualies. He defeated 2 tough opponents in Nicolas Mahut and Steve Johnson to advance to his first ATP main draw. He was beaten down by David Goffin in the first round, but it’s good to know that American tennis has some bright young players that we can look forward to, As for the main draw, most of the matches have been fairly straight forward with all the top seeds advancing to the round of 16. I am going to break down the action by each quarter.

Novak Djokovic’s quarter: Djokovic was given no trouble today as he improved to 8 – 0 against Argentinian Juan Monaco by a score of 7 – 5, 6 – 2. Djokovic has a fairly routine route to the semis as he will play Goffin in the next. Goffin has plenty of talent, but no one (except Nadal right now) can stay with Nole from the baseline. Goffin did pick up a great win against red hot Vasek Pospisil in an epic tiebreaker in the third. Goffin saved 3 match points. As for the other part of the quarter, Milos Raonic continues to make an impact on the ATP. He recently became the first Canadian to crack the top 10 and has now picked up 2 solid wins to begin his campaign in Cincy. He defeated American youngster Jack Sock in three sets in the first round and then fought off Serbian big shot Janko Tipsarevic today. Tipsy picked up a good win against Sam Querrey in the first round. As for American #1 John Isner, he pulled off what could have been the biggest win of his year by upseting #8 seed Richard Gasquet in straight sets. I really thought this would be a tough one for Isner, but he looked a lot more aggresive today with his forehand and I think it flustered the Frenchman a little. Should be quite the serving display tomorrow when Isner and Raonic face off tomorrow,

David Ferrer’s quarter: Even though Ferrer and Del Potro both advanced to the round of 16, the real story of this quarter has been Ryan Harrison. Ryan picked up a huge win against Dolgopolov in the first round before his match up with Ferrer. Now given both of their game styles, u would think Ferrer would easily out grind Harrison. But from what I saw, Ryan was extremely aggresive. A completely different player that looked way more confident that he usual did, Ferrer did end up wearing Harrison down to win 6 – 4 in the third, but there is no doubt that the help from Brad Gilbert has certainly helped Ryan progress in his career. The big upset in this section was my boy James Blake defeating the Polish cannon, Jerzy Janowicz. Jerzy boy was certainly not at his best and James took advantage of that. Surprisingly, it was Blake’s defense that won him a lot of points. Blake lost to Dimitry Tursunov today in straights. Tursunov will play Ferrer tomorrow, The other part of the section was straight forward with Del Potro and Lopez advancing to play in the round of 16 as well.

Rafael Nadal’s quarter:

This is easily the most difficult quarter of the whole draw starting tomorrow. The only “surprise” was when Grigor Dimitrov defeated Nicolas Almagro. But Dimitrov is so talented that I wasn’t really shocked by that. Nice win for Brian Baker over Denis Istomin to get his campaign back on track after his injurt in Melbourne all those months ago. The round of 16 matchups can’t get much better in this quarter with Federer playing Haas and Nadal playing Dimitrov. That should be quite tasty.

Andy Murray’s quarter:

Murray cruised by Youzhny today in straights and will take on Frenchman Julien Benneteau tomorrow. Radek Stepanek had a nice win over Fabio Fognini in the first round before falling to Benneteau. Tomas Berdych also advanced easily over Jarkko Nieminen. The most surprising win came to Tommy Robredo over Stan Wawrinka. Both have had exceptional years though but Stan cracked the top 10 this year so that is certainly a surprise. But all of his should know better than to count out the Spaniard after what he did at Roland Garros. Robredo will be up against a stern test against Berdych tomorrow.

Enjoy everybody!

The Wimbledon Final- What it Means For Both Players

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The Wimbledon Men’s Final is set, and the fans could not ask for much more. It was a crazy tournament, with numerous seeds going down in the early-going, but in the end, the top 2 players in the world stated the course and set a blockbuster final. Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray. These two have played 18 times before, and although Djokovic only leads 11-7, he is 3-1 in Grand Slams against Murray. This match is very significant  for each player, so let’s break down what this match means to each man.

Novak Djokovic- For Novak, this match means redemption. We all know the story; he was up a break in the fifth set of his epic semifinal clash with Rafa Nadal at the French Open when he made a huge mistake by touching the net on an easy put-away. He ended up losing that match, and it was one of the toughest losses in Novak’s career. He said at the beginning of the season that his goal was to win the French Open, and he failed, which makes this match all the more important. It would be huge for Nole to come back right and win Wimbledon, and get redemption for his defeat at the French Open.

Andy Murray- For Andy, this match means…everything. I know that seems like a bit much, but it’s the truth. He has the expectation of a nation on his shoulders, and nothing other than a win will be good enough. He reached the final last year, and if he loses in the final again this year it will be a huge disappointment for him and for the UK. It’s an unfair burden to put on one man, but that’s what happens when the last British man to win Wimbledon was Fred Perry in 1936. The pressure will be immense, but that’s nothing new for Murray. He’s matured over the years, and he plays for himself rather than for the UK. This match means everything to the man they call the Muzzard.

The Matchup- These guys play very similar game styles, and so matches tend to go very long. Both guys would be labeled counter-punchers, but they both have the ability to play agressive. The winner of this match will be the one who dictates play better with the serve and forehand, because both have unbelievable 2 handed backhands. Also, the player that attacks their opponents 2nd serve most effectively will most likely come out on top.

Who has the Edge? 

Forehand- Djokovic

Backhand- Murray

1st Serve- Murray

2nd Serve- Djokovic

Return- Even

Movement on Grass- Murray

Intangibles- Djokovic

The Winner Will Be… Andy Murray. This one is so hard for me to pick. If this was anywhere but Wimbledon I would have picked Novak, but this just seems like Murray’s year. I don’t particularly like either player, but both have unbelievable physical fitness and mental strength. For me, the difference is going to be the crowd. The Djoker look irritated in his semifinal match that the crowd was for Delpo, and it’s going to be so much worse tomorrow. Murray will ride the wave of emotion from himself and the crowd, to win this one in 4 tight sets.

Thoughts?