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NFT: Spoilers: Wimbledon Semi's All Set

Popeye : 7/12/2017 1:38 pm
Of the four left Fed was the only one who dominated today. It's all set up for him with all the big names out, but does it really matter who's on the other side of the net? Fed's tearing it up, and that advanced tennis age of 35? Still at the very top of his sport? Leading the charge of all the 30+s who are taking over the game. Amazing athlete. I just love watching his all-court game, he's never boring like all the base liners out there (you know who you are). Fed's got every shot in the book while also inventing some along the way, and he does it all with flair and elegance and class. Simply amazing.
its crazy to me that there hasn't been  
UConn4523 : 7/12/2017 1:44 pm : link
a young gun, or even multiple young players stepping up. How Fed, Nadal and Djokovic are still at the top of the sport at age 30-35 is crazy. Heck, Murray is 30 and Wawrinka is 32 as well, rounding out the top 5 in the world.
Unprecedented, right?  
Popeye : 7/12/2017 1:52 pm : link
What an amazing generation of talents, and the oldest of all of them seems to be playing the best tennis of his life.

Rooting for a Fed-Querrey final.

Something of a light has gone on for Querrey, he seems more relaxed. But I don't think he has the game to get past Cilic. Cilic seems really motivated right now. Let's hope Sam gives him a good fight.

Can't see Berdych standing up to Fed right now, but I stopped predicting sporting events a long time ago.
If it goes to seed, it'll be tough for Federer and Cilic to  
Mad Mike : 7/12/2017 1:56 pm : link
top their match from last year, but I'm sure Cilic would love some payback, and in the finals no less.
RE: its crazy to me that there hasn't been  
Essex : 7/12/2017 2:07 pm : link
In comment 13526419 UConn4523 said:
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a young gun, or even multiple young players stepping up. How Fed, Nadal and Djokovic are still at the top of the sport at age 30-35 is crazy. Heck, Murray is 30 and Wawrinka is 32 as well, rounding out the top 5 in the world.


I think I am right about this, a player born in 1989 or later has not yet won a grand slam. The generation after Nike/Rafa (fed being a few years older) just stunk. Cilic and Del Potro (both born in 88)have had their moment, but Cilic has been inconsistent and suspended for doping. Del Porto might have been a great but for injuries. But Raonic, Monfils, Dimitrov, Nashokori have all been huge disappointments.
Fed and Cilic are both at a higher level  
Popeye : 7/12/2017 2:08 pm : link
than last year. I agree, that would be one helluva match.

Cilic and Querrey have had some epic matches, though not since 2012. Sure would be nice to see an American male step up to the plate in a big spot, and play big. It's been a while.
Nole  
Essex : 7/12/2017 2:08 pm : link
Not Nike (autocorrect)
Missed the Cilic-Muller match  
mfsd : 7/12/2017 2:12 pm : link
but I imagine Muller was gassed after his marathon 5th set win over Nadal - made it to 5 sets vs Cilic then likely ran out of steam
Essex, good points.  
Popeye : 7/12/2017 2:13 pm : link
I was expecting Thiem to rise at Wimbledom but he fizzled too. He's got time and the game for big things, maybe he just played too much tennis this year. The others you mentioned just can't get over the hump, very disappointing. But not as disappointing as all the French men. There's so many quality French players on the tour but get any of them within sniffing distance of a grand slam and they just wilt.
mfsd, re: Muller  
Popeye : 7/12/2017 2:16 pm : link
I always liked his game just because he's such a dinosaur, as am I, so I always root for him and Mischa Zverev and their serve-&-volley games. Anything to combat those base line drones that I find so very boring to watch.

Everything seems to be coming up Aces  
gmen9892 : 7/12/2017 2:37 pm : link
For Feds. Would love to see him and Querrey in the final. Can't lose situation. Its been a pleasure to watch Federer do his thing year after year. Effortless.
RE: mfsd, re: Muller  
mfsd : 7/12/2017 2:42 pm : link
In comment 13526455 Popeye said:
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I always liked his game just because he's such a dinosaur, as am I, so I always root for him and Mischa Zverev and their serve-&-volley games. Anything to combat those base line drones that I find so very boring to watch.


I admittedly haven't seen much of Muller before catching most of the Nadal match, but that was a lot of fun to watch - to your point, in large part bc of the contrast in styles. Saw some brilliant net play in the little bit of the Querrey win over Murray I saw this morning too
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