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After victory over Janowicz Rafa is no.3 in rankings.
First semi-final between Pospisil and Raonic will start today not before 13.00 (th European time 21.00h), the 2nd between Novak and Rafa not before 20.00pm (the European time 2.00h). Last meeting on the hard court between Novak and Rafa was last Year at Australian Open. In the last 4 match on the hard court Djokovic won.2013

My experience at Wimbledon 2013

I’m studying in London at the moment, so I was really looking forward to getting a chance to watch wimbledon live. Having recently won the French Open, I thought there was a good chance I would get to watch my favourite player as well. But it wasn’t to be. Rafa crashed out in the 2nd round, much like the previous year. I was really upset to be honest.

But, wimbledon is still a great tournament and I didn’t want to miss it for anything. So last minute, I tried to get my hands on any tickets I could get. I was able to get a ticket for centre court – Ladies Quarterfinals. Li Na vs Aga Radwanska and Kvitova vs Flipkens. I must confess that I hadn’t followed much of the WTA except maybe finals of grand slams. But I think Aga is cute and a tactical player. It was a very close match and I was glad she won! The next match kept alternating between amazing forehand winners by both players and then just as many unforced errors. No matter which match you watch though, being at centre court, Wimbledon is a grand experience. The atmosphere is classy. It was an amazing feeling to be a part of this beautiful venue. Some pictures are attached:

Li Na vs Aga Radwanska

Li Na vs Aga Radwanska

Wimbledon Centre Court

I loved the experience. So much so that I returned the same night to join the queue at Wimbledon Park at 1 a.m in the morning for a chance to watch the Men’s quarterfinals. My queue card number was 1013. There would be 500 Centre court and 500 court no. 1 tickets on sale the next day so I was really depressed that I wouldn’t make it, but the people there reassured me that many get kicked out of the queue for not adhering to the rules (you cannot leave the queue for more than half an hour at any given point.) I should’ve known better and got myself a tent but I tried to be brave and instead got drenched as it started pouring that night. This meant that I ended up staying up all night, but it was all worth it. By the time we got access the grounds it was about 10 a.m. So I spent a total of 9 hours in the queue but eventually got my hands on tickets for court no. 1. As soon as we entered the grounds at exactly 10:30 (which is a ceremony in itself), I had the chance to watch the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic practice on one of the outside courts. He’s not my favourite player but it felt crazy to be able to watch the top tennis player in the world from up close. He was literally just a few feet away.

Practicing

Practicing

With the quarterfinals starting only at 1 p.m., I had to the chance to watch some other matches going on at the non-show courts. Of course, I got myself some strawberry and cream as is the tradition at wimbledon and it was delicious. I had amazing seats at Court No.1. I couldn’t believe that I was actually watching the mens quarterfinals from the third row. The match itself lived up to it’s hype, though I felt Berdych gave away the match to the world No. 1. The match was much closer than what the score seems to represent.

Nole vs Birdman

Nole vs Birdman

How high does the ball go?

 

 

Winner

Overall, the wimbledon experience is something I will never forget and I hope to return some day and watch the champions play.

Twitter: @HeardInTown

Tennis Technology: Racquets of the Big 4 Federer Nadal Djokovic Murray

Just read this really great article called “Tennis Racquet Technology: How The Big 4 Differ” which outlines the racquets of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray.  This article gives you great insight into how the technology of each racquet suits the players style and form.  It also addresses tennis string tensions and string types as well.

Roger Federer

The Wilson BLX Pro Staff 90

Novak Djokovic

Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro

Rafael Nadal

Babolat AeroPro Drive

Andy Murray

Head YOUTEK IG Radical Pro

 

Key Points

  • Roger uses the smallest racquet on tour
  • He also strings at the lowest tension of the top 4 to offset the loss off power caused by the frame he uses
  • Federer’s racquet has the thinnest beam and is the most “traditional” compared to the others making it harder to play with
  • Nadal strings at 55 lbs on both crosses and mains whatever the court surface or conditions
  • Djokovic has the densest string pattern to suit his flat hitting style
  • Federer, Murray and Djokovic all use a gut and synthetic set up on their strings, Nadal uses full poly

Read the full indepth article here

VIDEO Novak Djokovic celebrates foundation launch 1 day after Wimbledon loss

Just one day after his loss to Andy Murray at WimbeDONE, the world number 1 talked about his match and his passion for his foundation in this video.

The Star studded gala with the likes of Gerard Butler, Jonathan Ross, Caroline Winberg, Erin O’Connor and Naomi Campbell all came out to support Novak’s foundation for his own Serbian country. Even the royals made an appearance in the persons of Sarah Ferguson and her daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie at London’s Roundhouse.

There was a mock tennis court where some of the stars showed off their tennis skills in formal wear! Goldie Hawn hitches up her gown as she challenges daughter Kate Hudson to a match in their heels.

Joking about: Jeremy Piven and Novak Djokovic both attempted to do the splits much to everyone’s delight

The Novak Djokovic Foundation raises funds in the hope that every child in Serbia, the tennis star’s native country, can have the necessary education and resources to lead productive and healthy lives.

The tennis star’s girlfriend, Jelena Ristic, is the full-time executive director of the charity.

Novak Djokovic raises £1.2m for children’s charity

Watch VIDEO of his speech & Read the full story here http://dailym.ai/185rECC

The Great Britain Wait is OVAH!

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After 77 Years, Great Britain has a Wimbledon champion. Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic in an impressive straight set victory  (6-4, 7-5, 6-4) to claim what many call the most prestigious title in tennis.  Have a look at his post match interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAZBtnAuRh0

VIDEO ESPN Wimbledon Men’s Preview

Seven-time champion Roger Federer could face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon — their earliest meeting in any Grand Slam.

The draw Friday for the grass-court Grand Slam placed the third-seeded Federer and No. 5 Nadal in the same half. Federer is the defending champion at the All England Club, while Nadal is a two-time winner.

Home favorite Andy Murray, who is seeded No. 2, is also in the same bottom half and could meet Nadal or Federer in the semifinal. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic is in the top half and has a much easier path to the final, facing a possible semifinal against No. 4 David Ferrer.

Nadal and Federer have met in three Wimbledon finals but have never played each other before the semifinals of any Grand Slam tournament. In 2008, they played one of the greatest finals on the London grass, with Nadal prevailing 9-7 in the fifth set to claim his first Wimbledon trophy.

Last year, Federer won his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title by beating Murray in the final. Murray, who later beat Federer for the Olympic gold at Wimbledon, will be bidding to become the first British player to win the men’s title since Fred Perry in 1936.

The other possible men’s quarterfinals are: Djokovic against No.7 Tomas Berdych; Ferrer vs. No. 8 Juan Martin Del Potro and Murray against No.6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

read the full article here

http://espn.go.com/tennis/wimbledon13/story/_/id/9409816/roger-federer-face-rafael-nadal-quarters-wimbledon

Nadal wins French Open Semi-Final defeating superman Djokovic in dramarama 5 sets 5 hours

Another epic showdown between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal with Rafa coming out on top.  After over 5 hours of play these two champions fought with everything they had left asking each other who was more fit, who had more left in the tank, who could take the grueling punishment of 5 hours of baseline battering.  With no tie break left in the 5th set, it was an John Isner worthy endurance marathon of focus and stamina.  Surprisingly neither play was close to giving up or requiring medical treatment in the end.  Both players looked eager to win and unable to give up.

Head to head Rafa leads 19-15 and he has a telling 12-3 record on clay against the Serb, but the record on clay gets to a 3-3 draw during the last 2 years and Nole won the last one in Monte-Carlo (but Rafa won the last one in Paris in last year’s final). Now Nadal is 20-15 and 13-3 on clay.

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N. Djokovic
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Semifinals
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R. Nadal
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Jun 7, Completed