Seedings & draw for French open, 2012 Roland Garros Paris

Ok, now as the Italian Open,  2012 is over & with Rafael Nadal having won it, Here are the seedings that will be announced for French Open, 2012,

 

Here is the post on our Tennis site 

 

http://www.rogerfedererfans.com/forum/topic/290-french-open-2012-seedings-draw-of-roland-garros-paris/

 

 

 

Well, as the seedings of French Open, 2012 will be made after Italian Open, 2012, so, in this post, I will be discussing the various scenarios in which Roger Federer will retain world No. 2 after Italian Open, 2012 or will .

As I explained above, the following are the points of the Top 4, that ATP will announce in a few hours time.

1. Novak Djokovic : almost 11,200 points

2. Roger Federer : 9430 points

3. Rafael Nadal :: 9105 points.

4. Andy Murray : 7140 points

 

Continue reading the article on our Tennis site for a full comprehensive detailed discussion on this topic ::

 

http://www.rogerfedererfans.com/forum/topic/267-will-roger-federer-or-rafael-nadal-get-no-2-seeding-at-french-open-2012-after-italian-open-2012/

 

Can Roger Federer regain No. 2 Tennis Ranking from Rafael Nadal after Madrid Open & Italian Open 2012

These are the ATP points as last declared on April 30th, 2012
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So, now, as you can see after the triumph of Rafael Nadal at Barcelona Open, 2012, still the point difference between these two legends is 1290 points.

Since Roger Federer has to retain 360 points at Madrid Open by virtue of being semi-finalist in 2011 & 45 points at Rome (Italian Open) as he lost in 3rd Round in Italian Open, 2011.

 

 

 

Ok, now, that Roger Federer has regained No. 2 ranking after Madrid Open, I made a completely new post on what Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal need to do to retain/regain no. 2 ranking after Italian Open, 2012 to get the no. 2 seeding for French Open, 2012::

 

 

http://www.rogerfedererfans.com/forum/topic/267-will-roger-federer-or-rafael-nadal-get-no-2-seeding-at-french-open-2012-after-italian-open-2012/

 

 

 

Please read all further details as to how Roger federer can get back the No. 2 ATP Ranking from Rafael Nadal before French Open, 2012 (Roland Garros, 2012), on our tennis site ——————————————

 

http://www.rogerfedererfans.com/forum/topic/242-can-roger-federer-regain-no2-atp-ranking-from-rafael-nadal-after-italian-open-2012/

US OPEN over the last two Decades

Hello, welcome once again to my Blog. Today, I am gonna write about the US Open as seen by me during the last two decades :)

 

Well, must confess that since the Time Difference between New York & India is 9:30 Hours, so, it becomes really difficult to keep track of US open, but, still I have burnt enough Mid Night Oil in seeing many-2 Finals of the year’s Last Grand Slam :)

 

So, here’s my analysis of the last 20 US Open Championships :::

 

1990 ::  The Start of Golden Era of Pete Sampras & Start of Agassi Sampras rivalry @ Grand Slams

 

Must confess that I have very-2 faded memory of 1990 championship as I was quite young then, thou, I remember a few shots of the Semi Final between Agassi and Becker.

 

Defending Champion Becker congratulating Agassi after losing to him in the Semi-Final at US OPEN 1990…

 

Also, 1990 US OPEN championships marked the starting of the most famous rivalry between ANDRE AGASSI & PETE SAMPRAS..

 

On 9 th September – 1990, Sampras defeated Agassi in an absolutely one sided final 6-4 6-3 6-2 … This was Sampras’s first grand slam title..

 

Young Pete Sampras & Young Andre Agassi after the US OPEN 1990 FINAL…..

 

Pete Sampras posing with his first Grand Slam after winning the US OPEN 1990…

 

Surely, Sampras proved this true by winning his first Grand Slam at the age of 19….  If this Illustrated magazine had any idea as to what Sampras was going to achieve in the next 12  years, they would have written a Super Star is Born :) !!!!!!!!!

 

Also, 1990 US Open will be remembered because it was the only Singles Grand Slam title that Gabriela Sabatini managed to win..

 

The Young 20 year old Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina posing with her 1st and only grand slam Title after defeating Steffi Graf 6–2, 7–6 in the US OPEN final on 8th September 1990……….

 

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1991 ::  Most Remembered for Sampras’s comments & Jimmy Conors heroics

 

Unfortunately, this year Agassi lost in the 1st Round..

 

My memories of 1991 includes:

 

The most bizzare comment by Pete Sampras after losing to Jim Courier. After losing in the Quarter Final, Peter had famously or non famously said that he’s happy after losing the match as it was becoming difficult for him to handle the pressure of being the defending champion :)

 

Also, can never forget the heroics of Jimmy Connors. Then, he was aged 39 years old and got a wild card and still managed to reach the Semi Finals where in, he lost to Jim Courier.

 

The Legend Jimmy Connors reacts after winning his Quarter Final of US OPEN, 1991 at the age of 39

 

The Final was between STEFAN EDBERG from SWEDEN and JIM COURIER on 8th September, 1991..

 

Stefan Edberg won the US OPEN, 1991 title 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 by beating the young Jim Courier..

 

Stefan Edberg with the US OPEN 1991 trophy

 

Young Jim Courier congratulating the 1991 champion STEFAN EDBERG.

 

In another big result, Monica Seles won her 1st US open by defeating Martina Navratilova 7-6, 6-1 on 8th September, 1991

 

 

Seles with Navratilova at US OPEN FINAL, 1991

 

Also, Leander paes of India won the Boys Singles at the 1991 US OPEN…

 

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1992 ::  Continuation of the EDBERG domination

 

My memories of the 1992 US Open include the historic longest ever semi final played on 11th September 1992 between Edberg and Micheal Chang which Edberg won 6-7 , 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4….

 

Agassi unfortunately lost to Jim Courier in the Quarter Final..

 

The final of 1992 US Open was between Stefan Edberg and Pete Sampras played on September 13th, 1992…

 

Edberg defeated Sampras 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-2

 

The Legendary Stefan Edberg kisses the Trophy after defeating Pete Sampras to win the US OPEN, 1992…….

 

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1993 ::  Sampras the Star continues his Era


Agassi unfortunately lost in the Round-1 ………….

 

Pete Sampras won his second US OPEN on September 12 th, 1993…………

 

He defeated Cedric Pioline in the Final 6-4, 6-3, 6-3…………

 

Sampras posing after winning his second US Open title on 12 th September, 1993 ………..

 

 

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1994 ::  Agassi becomes the first unseeded Man in the Open Era to win US Open

 

Sampras lost in the 4th Round to Jaime Yzaga…….

 

Andre Agassi had a mediocre year & he wasn’t seeded in 1994….

 

Still, he displayed his best Tennis & went on to become the First Unseeded Man in the Open Era by defeating Michael Stich 6-1, 7-6 (5), 7-5 on September 11th, 1994………………

 

Agassi posing with his first US Open Championship Title on 11th September, 1994 …………….

 

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1995 ::   Year of Sampras Agassi Rivalry

 

1995 saw one of the most fantastic finals.. Sampras & Agassi both were in prime forms. If Sampras’s pistol speed service could destroy any defence, Agassi’s returns could virtually match any fast moving pistol…..

 

I still remember having seen the Final Match on 10th September, 1995….

 

It was an awesome match with both Players matching shot for shot…

 

Finally, Sampras won in the most intense battle defeating Agassi 6-4, 6-3, 4-6 , 7-5………………….

 

 

Agassi congratulating Sampras after Sampras defeated him to win the US OPEN, 1995……….

 

PETE SAMPRAS posing with the trophy After winning US OPEN 1995

 

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1996:   Year of Controversy in Seeding and Sampras continuing his Era

 

1996 will always be remembered for the controversial decision of USTA to give higher seeding to US players.

The 1996 US Open men’s singles draw had a highly controversial seeding dispute. There were accusations of American favouritism as world number 3, Michael Chang, and world number 8, Andre Agassi, were seeded above their world ranking at numbers 2 and 6 respectively. Other players seeded above their world ranking included world number 6, Goran Ivaniševi?, being seeded at number 4 and Richard Krajicek, the world number 7, being seeded at number 5.

Some other players were seeded below their world ranking, including world number 2, Thomas Muster, who was seeded at number 3, Boris Becker, the world number 5, seeded at number 6, and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the world number 4, seeded at number 7. Becker pulled out of the tournament with an injury and Kafelnikov was so angry at his seeding demotion that he withdrew from the tournament in protest and flew home to Russia…

 

Sampras, Chang & Agassi & Ivanisevic reached the Semis…….

 

Agassi lost in the Semis to Michael Chang on 6th September, 1996 in straight sets…..

 

While Sampras defeated Ivanisevic in the other Semi Final in 4 sets…

 

In the Final played on 6th September, 1996 , Sampras defeated Michael Chang 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (3)……….

 

Sampras posing after winning the US OPEN 1996

 

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1997 ::  The year of Patrick Rafter

 

The Unseeded Agassi lost to Patrick rafter in Round 4th in 4 sets…

 

While  Sampras also lost in the 4th Round to Petr Korda in five intriguing sets…

 

The Final was between Patrick Rafter and Greg Rusedski on 7th September, 1997 and Rafter defeated  Rusedski 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

 

Patrick rafter posing after winning his 1st US Open title in 1997..

 

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1998 ::  Another Year of Rafter magic

 

Agassi once again lost in the 4th Round, this time to K Kucera in 5 sets

 

While Sampras lost to Rafter in the Semis in 5 tough sets..

 

The final was between Patrick Rafter and his fellow countryman Mark Philippoussis on 13th September, 1998…..

 

 

Rafter defeated Mark Philippoussis 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 on 13th September  1998 to win his 2nd Consecutive US Open…

 

 

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1999::  The Year of Agassi :) ))))))))))))

 

Sampras withdrew from this year championship because of Back Problems..

 

Agassi displayed some of the best Tennis to reach the Final where he played Todd Martin…

 

Agassi posing with the US OPEN trophy after winning his second US OPEN after defeating TODD MARTIN 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 in 5 tough Sets on 12 th September, 1999.…………….

 

After winning the US OPEN title, Agassi became the Number 1 after 6 consecutive years of Sampras being the Number 1…….

 

The Indian express duo of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi reached their 1st US OPEN MENS DOUBLES FINAL where they lost, but won many hearts..

 

Also, Mahesh Bhupathi & his Japanese partner Sugiyama won the Mixed Doubles Title that year :)

 

Mahesh bhupathi & Ai Sugiyama posing after winning the US OPEN Mixed doubles championship on 12th September, 1999………….

 

 

It was an all American year as the Young Serena Williams also won the Ladies championship in US OPEN , 1999. So, the then US PRESIDENT CLINTON Meeting Agassi & Serena Williams in the WHITE HOUSE in September 1999…

 

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2000 :::::::::::   The Year of Marat Safin !!!!!!!

 

Agassi unfortunately lost in the 2nd Round to A. clement..

 

While Roger Federer playing his 1st US OPEN in 2000 lost in the 3rd Round to Juan Carlos Ferrero…

 

The Final was played between the Young Sensation Marat Safin and the Legendary Veteran Pete Sampras…

 

Twenty-year-old Russian Marat Safin defeated four-time champion Pete Sampras 6-4 6-3 6-3 to win the US Open men’s singles championship 2000 for his first Grand Slam title on 11th September-2000 …

 

Young Sensational Marat Safin posing with his 1st and only US OPEN TITLE on 11th September 2000

 

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2001 ::: The Year of Lleyton Hewitt & another Heart Break for Sampras

Roger federer lost to Andre Agassi in the 4th Round 6-1, 6-2, 6-4..

 

While Andre Agassi lost to Pete Sampras in 4 sets in the Quarter Final played on 5th September, 2001… The Beauty of this match was that all 4 sets went to Tie-Breakers and there were no Break of serves at all

 

The Young sensational Lleyton Hewitt displayed some awesome tennis and set up the Final clash with Sampras…

 

Lleyton Hewitt played an Awesome Final to Defeat Pete Sampras 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-1 to win hi first US Open Title on September 9th 2001 at the age of 20…

 


 

After winning the US OPEN , 2001 at the Age of 20, Lleyton Hewitt became the youngest man in the history of ATP rankings to be Number one…

 

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2002 ::   Last Hurray for the Great Sampras & Last Match of Sampras Agassi Rivalry  !!!!!!!!!!

 

Fedex lost in the Round 4th to Max Mirnyi….

 

Going into the 2002 US Open, Sampras was generally regarded as a spent force having crashed out of Wimbledon in Round Two to an unknown 145th-ranked Swiss.

 

Thou, Agassi was in fine form and Sampras stunned every one to reach the Final and set up a clash with his Arch rival Andre Agassi……

However, Sampras  thrilled the home crowds at Flushing Meadow by beating old adversary Andre Agassi in the final in what turned out to be his last-ever tournament…

 

Pete Sampras displayed awesome display of his prime form by Defeating Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 on 8th September, 2002 to win his 14th and his last Grand Slam……………..

 

Pete Sampras, the great champion kissing his last Grand Slam:)

 

 

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2003 :: The Year of Andy Roddick and the most emotional Retirement ceremony of Sampras!!!

 

Firstly, a few pics of his emotional retirement ceremony

 

 

 

SAMPRAS with Boris becker and Jim Courier

 

Crying Bridgette Wilson ( wife of Pete Sampras ) with their 1st Son named Christian Charles

 

Crying Bridgette Wilson ( wife of Pete Sampras ) with their 1st Son named Christian Charles

 

PETE SAMPRAS waving to the Crowd with his 8 month son Christian Charles

 

 

Roger federer lost to David Nalbandian in the 4th Round…

 

Rafael Nadal playing his first US Open lost in the 2nd Round…

 

Andre Agassi lost in the Semi Final to Juan Carlos Ferrero..

 

The Final was between the Young Sensation Andry Roddick and Juan Carlos Ferrero…

 

 

Andy roddick defeated J.C. FERRERO 6-3 , 7-6 (2), 6-3 on 7th September 2003 to win his first US open Title

 

This victory ensured that Roddick too reached the number 1 ATP ranking..

 

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2004 : Starting of Federer Era !!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Rafael nadal again lost in the 2nd round…

 

The Match of the championship was the semi Final clash between Roger Federer and Andre Agassi on 10th September, 2004………………

 

Roger defeated Agassi in a tough 5 setter 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 ……….

 

The Final was between Roger federer and Hewitt…

 

KIng Roger federer defeated Hewitt 6-0, 7-6(3), 6-0 to win his first US OPEN TITLE in an one sided final played on 10th September 2004……..

 

 

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2005 ::  The Continuance Of Federer’s dominance

 

If Roger finesse was impressive this year, Agassi’s perseverance was equally impressive. Agassi battled severe pain and had to take injection virtually before every match.

 

The great veteran battled extreme pain and won 3 consecutive matches ( 4th Round, Quarter final, Semi Final of US OPEN , 2005) in tough 5 setters beating Malisse, Blake & Ginepri…

 

Nadal for a change reached 3rd Round and lost to the Wild Card enterant James Blake who had a fabulous 2005 US OPEN….

 

Final was between Roger Federer & Andre Agassi

 

Federer & Agassi with their US Open, 2005 trophies

 

Roger Federer defeated Agassi 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(1), 6–1 on 11th September, 2005 to win his second consecutive US Open and this was to be last Grand Slam final for the Great Andre Agassi…………

 

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2006 :::: Federer’s dominance and the Last Sight of the Great Agassi at US OPEN

 

Andre Agassi had announced before the start of US Open that he will retire after US Open, 2006…………

 

Still, he some how managed to win the 1st two rounds in spite of extreme pain.. In the 2nd round, he defeated Baghdatis in tough 5 sets…

 

His last match happened to be against the German qualifier Becker..

 

Agassi lost 5-7, 7-6, 4-6, 5-7 on 3rd September, 2006

 

It was one of the most emotional matches that US Open has ever been privileged to see…

 

Some of the rare pics of that emotional day :::

 

 

 

 

It was so emotional to see Agassi calling it a day after almost 20 years of dominance of fans hearts,…

 

Andre  Agassi & Steffi Graf on Agassi’s retirement day..

 

In other results, the 2nd seeded Nadal reached the Quarter Finals where he lost to Mikhail Youzhny in 4 sets………….

 

Federer continued his fine form and reached finals yet again and set up the title clash with Andy Roddick….

 

 

 

Roger federer defeated Andy Roddick 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 on 10th September, 2006 to win his third straight US Open title

 

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2007 ::  Federer’s dominance continues & Rise of Djokovic

 

Rafa lost in the 4th Round to David Ferrer……

 

En route to the Final, Federer had dropped just one set and was in the pinnacle of his forms….

 

Djokovic had a tougher 3rd and 4th round but still was looking in prime form

 

Federer’s reaction after beating Djokovic in the US Open Final, 2007

 

 

Roger Federer won the US OPEN 2007  final 7–6(4), 7–6(2), 6–4, against Novak Djokovic on 9th September, 2007….. This was his fourth successive US OPEN TITLE……..

 

King Roger Federer displaying his US OPEN TROPHY to the crowd @ Times square on 10th September, 2007..

 

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2008 :::::::::: Another year of Federer’s dominance & rise of Andy Murray

 

 

Also, for the first time, Rafael Nadal reached the Semi Finals at US Open where he lost to Andy Murray on 7th September, 2008…….

 

Djokovic lost in the Semi Finals to Roger Federer……

 

The Final was between Andy Murray and Roger Federer

 

Roger Federer was the defending champion, and won  the US OPEN 2008 final 6–2, 7–5, 6–2, against Andy Murray on 8th September, 2008..

 

This was Federer’s fifth consecutive US OPEN TITLE……..

 

 

Roger Federer kissing the US OPEN trophy after winning it for the fourth consecutive time in 2008…….

 

 

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2009 :: The Flawless Del Potro & Federer’s tweeners  & Mom’s day out :)

 

 

2009 was the year of Rains.. The entire schedule was badly disrupted due to rains..

 

Also, in the mens draw, Federer , Nadal, Del Potro & Djokovic reached the semi finals.

 

While Murray lost in the 4th Round…

 

Also, I will remember 2009 US Open for Federer’s 2 tweeners :) … The shot between the Legs, one that he played in the 2nd Round & one that he played against Djokovic in the semi final :)

 

Roger federer most famous tweener in the 2nd round of US OPEN, 2009 played on 31-AUGUST-2009

 

Federer’s tweener played against NOVAK DJOKOVIC in the US Open Semi Final on 13th September-2009… He won that s/f match 7-6, 7-5, 7-5..

 

Del Potro showing some awesome tennis defeated NADAL 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 in an one sided semi final played on 13th September, 2009…………….

 

The Final was set up between ROGER FEDERER and Juan Martín del Potro

 

Because of rains , the Final match scheduled on Sunday 13th September, 2009 had to be played on Monday the 14th September, 2009

Federer had won the FRENCH open and wimbledon that year and had reached the Australian open Final

 

While Del Potro was raw , young & in fine form

 

Federer won the first set 6-3..

 

But Del Potro won the 2nd set tie-breaker 7-5

 

Third set federer won 6-4

 

Del Porto won the fourth set tie breaker 7-4

 

and in the 5th Set, he proved too fit for Federer winning 6-2

 

 

Juan Martín del Potro reacts after defeating Roger Federer in the US OPEN 2009 final, 6–3, 6–7(5), 6–4, 6–7(4), 2–6 on 14th September, 2009.

 

 

 

For a change, Federer didn’t have tears after a final loss as 2009 was the happiest year of his life both personally and Professionally. His wife gave birth to his twin Daughters in July, 2009 :)

 

In a dramatic result in the Women’s draw, the Mom Kim Clijsters defeated Serena Williams in the semi final on 12th september, 2009…

 

Clijsters won in the final on 13th September 2009 , defeating Caroline Wozniacki to win her 2nd US Open title. Clijsters also became the first unseeded player and wildcard to win the tournament, and the first mother to win a major since Evonne Goolagong in 1980.

 

Kim Clijsters with her daughter after winning the US OPEN 2009 title at Flushing Meadows ..

 

 

Caroline Wozniacki posing with a smile after losing to Clijsters in the US OPEN 2009 FINAL..

 

Kim Clijsters her daughter and her husband posing with the US OPEN trophy outside Nasdaq at Times Square………..

 

 

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2010::: Year of Rafeal Nadal & Another Mom’s day out :)

 

Del Potro withdrew due to an Injury….

 

RAFA, Mikhail Youzhny, FEDERER & Djokovic reached the semis…

 

Rafa had a very easy win over Mikhail Youzhny

 

While in a stunning display of Tennis , Nole defeated Roger in 5 sets on 12th September, 2010 in the semi final…

 

The final was set-up between RAFAEL NADAL & NOVAK DJOKOVIC on 13th September, 2010……………

 

 

 

RAFAEL NADAL posing with the US OPEN 2010 trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–2 to win his first career US Open title. It was his ninth career major and Nadal completed the Career Golden Slam with the win. Nadal became the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open all in the same calendar year, and became the first male player in history to win Grand Slams on clay, hard court and grass in the same calendar year.

 

 

RAFAEL NADAL & NOVAK DJOKOVIC posing with their trophies after Rafa deafeated Nole on 13th September 2010 to win his 1st US OPEN title in 2010..

 

 

In the ladies draw, Kim Clijsters defended her her 2009 title, after she won 6–2, 6–1, against Vera Zvonareva in the final. This match lasted only one hour on 12th September 2010 to become the champion of US OPEN 2010

 

 

kIM CIJSTERS posing with the US OPEN 2010 trophy with her daughter, yet another Moms day out at the US OPEN :)

 

What an accomplishment for Kim to win second consecutive US OPEN :)

 

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2011 :::  Please make your guesses :)

 

Thanks for reading, do comment which of these years & which amongst of all these great champs, you remember the most ??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


WIMBLEDON over the last two Decades

 

Hi again, welcome once again to my world :-) …. The last 12 days have been very hectic because of plethora of Pending works, Almost Daily traveling & of course, the much awaited Lunar Eclipse :-)

 

 

After the wonderful response that I got to the post on the French Open, of course, the next post can and has to be on Wimbledon :-)

 

What makes Wimbledon so very special?

 

Every one knows the Great history, Tradition and the Old world charm, the dress code  and the touch of royalty still prevalent at this greatest Grand Slam ..

Most importantly, the theme music of Wimbledon is indeed one of the best-est and the most pleasing music that I have ever heard and the great Fervour with which ‘Duke’ meets the Ball Boys & Girls makes it so so special for every one involved with this great game of Tennis :-)

 

Aah, for a foodie like me, the word Strawberries & Cream firstly reminds me of SW 19 & Wimbledon :-) ….

 

Wimbledon has always been so special & will always be so special because Leander Paes as a Junior won his 1st Grand Slam here & Also, my all time favorite (Non-Indian) Tennis Player won his 1st Grand Slam in 1992 :-)

 

Wimbledon Over the years as seen by me :-)

 

1989 & 1990 :::::::::

 

Thou, as you all know, I’ve been following this great game since 1989, so      have faded memories of the Boris Becker’s winning moments in 1989  & Stefen Edberg’s come-back in 1990………Also, have seen the highlights of Becker’s winning moments in 1985 & 1986 many-2 times in these last two decades !!!

 

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1991 ::::  Year of Michael Stich

 

I remember 1991 championships so very well because I got to see all the four matches that John McEnroe played that year & of course, my 1st real sight of the massive service of Peter Sampras………

 

Unfortunately, Agassi lost in the Quarters, thou, must say, that he impressed every one that year !!!

 

Eventually, Michael Stich won the final by defeating Boris Becker 6-4 7-6(4) 6-4 on 7th July, 1991….

 

I still remember the flawless tennis that Stich displayed that evening, the awesome fast & accurate service & the quality of returns was mind-blowing !!

 

Michael Stich after winning this great trophy on 7-7-91

 

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1992 Year of happy beginning of Andre Agassi :-)

 

IF you are carefully reading my post, you would have noticed the smiley after the year.. Of course, for the obvious reason :P …. Read on !!!!!!

 

Till my last breath, can never ever forget the 1992 Wimbledon :-) ..

 

Of course, the biggest high light as you all know was the fact that Agassi won..

 

But, few other matches that I remember from that year:

 

Goran Ivanisevic defeating Pete Sampras (only time he managed to defeat Sampras)…

 

McEnroe playing his last semi & fighting till the last point as if it was the 1st point …

 

But, frankly the real Master-piece was the Grand Finale…

I still rate it as the best ever final with the happiest possible ending :) ))

 

This great final was played on 5th July, 1992 & it was an awesome contest of Ivanisevic ‘s serve & Agassi’s Returns !!

 

I still remember, The first set tie-breaker was an example of flawless serving by Goran.. His 4 aces (2 of them coming on 2nd serve) showed his true character…………..

 

Thou, the first set was a #CliffHanger, some how, Agassi managed to break Goran once in the 2nd set & also in the 3rd set…….Thou, 4th set was a disaster for Andre, he managed to again break Goran in the 8th Game of the 5th set to win the final set 6-4 :)

 

6-7(8) 6-4 6-4 1-6 6-4

 

 

Agassi in a victorious mood after defeating Ivanisevic in an epic 5 setter played on 5th July, 1992….

 

 

 

Andre Agassi & Steffi Graf, at Wimbledon 1992 Champions’ Ball on 6th July 1992 .. Possibly, it was their first meeting (thou, I can’t confirm that)..
Here are some more rare pics of Graf & Agassi taken in 1992..
Agassi Graf
Champions ball in 1992 :-)
Agassi Graf
Andre Agassi Steffi Graf
Andre Steffi

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1993 ::   Start of Sampras’s great Era

 

 

I will always remember the 1993 Wimbledon for three reasons:

 

1… Start of Sampras’s winning Era @ Wimbledon

2….  Epic 5 set clash between Sampras  & Agassi in the #QuarterFinal on 29-June-1993.. It was the start of a great rivalry that entertained the whole universe for almost a decade !!!

 

 

Jana Novotna crying on the shoulder of the Duchess of Kent after losing the 1993 Wimbledon singles final.. She led 4-1  40-15 in the 3rd set against Steffi Graf in the final on 3rd July, 1993,  still she lost the set 6-4 and thus the match & the championship to Steffi…

 

Some rare pix of the same :::::::::::

 

 

 

 

 

In the final Played on 4th July, Pete Sampras defeated Jim Courier 7-6(3), 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-3 to win his 1st Wimbledon & 2nd grand slam

 

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1994 : Sampras all the way !!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Unfortunately, Agassi lost in the 4th Round to Todd Martin on 27th june…

 

Thou, must tell that Goran Ivanisevic was looking the man in form & he reached the Final…

 

Frankly, every point of that final match is still in my mind and I can still visualise every point of that Final Played on 3rd July :)

 

Thou, Ivanisevic served like a true champ in set 1 7 set 2, but Sampras was too good for him in the tie-breakers of both these sets …. 3rd set was an absolute formality as Goran had literally given up after losing the 2nd set & the set ended in about 22 minutes much to the dis-appointment of every one…

 

The Final score line was 7-6(2), 7-6(5), 6-0

 

 

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1995 : Sampras ‘s hat-trick

 

Agassi had a fab year and was seeded no.1 for 1995′s wimbledon & was considered as the biggest challenger for Sampras….

 

The high light of this year championship was the superb semi-finals played on 7th July-1995…….. What was most special that the number 1, 2, 3, 4 seeded players reached the Semis (a very rare site indeed)……………….

 

In the 1st Semi, Boris becker defeated Agassi in tough 4 sets… Who can ever forget the camera pointing again and again on Barbara & Brooke after every point ;-)

 

While Sampras defeated Ivanisevic in one of the finest semi-final played at center court in a very tough 5 setter…. That match was a match of big serving & Aces after Aces ………….

 

The Final played on 9th July, 1995 saw Becker playing a marvelous 1st set .. But after winning the 1st set, Becker ran out of gas and Sampras won 6-7 (5), 6–2, 6–4, 6–2

It was Sampras’ 6th career Grand Slam title and his 3rd consecutive Wimbledon title………..

 

 

 

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1996 ::  Finally Sampras loses & the year of Richard Krajicek winning the championship & MaliVai Washington winning all the hearts & ofcourse, the Henman-ia striking everywhere :)

 

 

1996 championship reminds me of the continuous rains & the fact that Agassi lost in the 1st round to a Qualifier :( … That indeed was the worst phase of Andre as we all know, with all those allegations & Brooke Shields leaving him, he really was going through a real bad phase at that time :(

 

 

The second big surprise or rather the biggest surprise happened on 3rd July when the Tall & Big Serving Richard Krajicek from Netherlands defeated the reigning three time champ Pete Sampras in 3 straight sets 7-5, 7-6, 6-4…

 

 

It was an amazing match of real big serving & certainly a match that can never be forgotten for the sheer number of aces & real big serves…

 

This would prove to be Sampras’s only loss at Wimbledon between 1993 and 2000.

 

 

Another aspect worth mentioning here is the rise of Tim Henman.. The then hope of the entire Great Britain :) .. His fan following increased by leaps & bounds not only in England but through out the Globe.. The mad rush of fans who cheered for him in the Quarter Final match against Todd Martin was so touching , thou, Henman lost, but, still he won many hearts…

 

 

That was very heartening to see because last year, he became the first player ever to be disqualified from the Wimbledon tournament in 1995. The young Henman thrashed a ball in a fit of pique during a doubles match, striking ball girl Caroline Hall on the head.. He made a public apology after the incident…

 

Ivanisevic unfortunately lost out in the Quarter Finals again…

 

Another big surprise was the rise of Washington :) .. I mean, Malivai Washington.. Not only, his sheer Athleticism but the ability to continuously smile impressed every one..

 

 

Thou, Richard Krajicek defeated Washington 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 on 7th July, but Washington impressed all !!!

 

 

 

Richard krajicek posing with the Trillion Dollar trophy :-)

 

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1997 :: Return of the Emperor Sampras & Martina Hingis winning her only Wimbledon title  !!!!

 

 

My interest in 1997 was the lowest in all these years mainly because of the fact that Agassi wasn’t playing…

 

 

Also, my 2nd favorite, Goran Ivanisevic lost out in the 2nd round in an epic 5 setter to Magnus Norman in a 7 hour match that took 3 days to end because of Rains.. The 5th set score-card was 14-12 & it was probably the best match of that year !!

 

 

Also, Henman once again reached the Quarter Finals by displaying awesome fighting spirit & amazing serve & volley game.. It was during this year that

Henman Hill & Henmania became world famous :)

 

 

Sampras ‘s toughest match was the 4th Round match vs. Petr Korda which he won in tough 5 sets…

 

 

Finally, after defeating Becker in the Quarter final, he had an easier semi-final against the double specialist Todd Woodbridge..

 

Finally, Sampras defeated Cedric Pioline 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 on 6th July, 1997 to prove that he is the true and deserving champion….

 

For the first time, questions were asked about his game & he answered his critics in the best possible way !! Kudos !!! The expression says it all !!

 

Also, in the women’s championship, Miss Swiss Martina Hingis (the Teenager sensation) won her 1st and the only Wimbledon singles title…

 

 

It really turned out to be Sweet 16 for Hingis :)

 

 

 

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1998 :::  Sampras again & Ivanisevic heart-break once again & Finally happiest moment of Jana Novotna’s Life !!!

 

Once again, Agassi fans were disappointed as he lost in the 2nd round to Tommy Haas :(

 

In Another impressive match , Mahesh Bhupathi gave a very very tough 5 set fight to the 5th seeded Carlos Moya in the first round…

 

Henmania once again continued, with Tim Henman reaching the semi-final & eventually, losing out to Sampras..

 

Ivanisevic had a great tournament with flaw-less gutsy serving.. The match of the tournament was his semi-final vs. Richard Krajicek .. The match lasted almost 5 hours & Goran won 15-13 in the final set.. I indeed was privileged enough to have seen the whole match live !!!

 

Probably, that semi-final exhausted Ivanisevic , still he gave a tough fight to Sampras in the final on 5th July-1998…

 

Ultimately, Sampras won 6–7 (2–7), 7–6 (11–9), 6–4, 3–6, 6–2 … Goran & all his fans were left in tears as Ivanisevic was completely drained after these back to back exhausting matches !!!

 

 

Champion Sampras posing with the trophy !!

 

 

 

As they say real happiness comes after Tears… Who can ever forget Jana Novotna crying on the shoulders of the Duchess in 1993, finally,  after defeating Venus Williams in a close quarterfinal, Novotná avenged the previous year’s loss by ousting Hingis in a semifinal and veteran Nathalie Tauziat in the final. She became the oldest first-time Grand Slam singles winner in the Open Era at age 29 years and nine months…

 

 

The expression says it all :-) …. Do I need to say any more??

 

 

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1999 :: Return of  Sampras – Agassi rivalry !!!!!!!!

 

1999 saw the return of Sampras & Agassi’s epic rivalry…. 1998-99 was the turn around year for Agassi, he was really playing the best tennis of his life..

 

After having completed the career slam in the French Open just two weeks back, Agassi was considered as the hot favorite..

 

Henmania continued this year too and Henman once again reached the semis where he lost to Eventual winner Sampras……..

 

Unfortunately, Todd Martin proved too good for Goran Ivanisevic in the 4th Round and possibly, time was running out for Goran and every one had started saying, Goran might out turn out to be the best Grass court player, never to have won Wimbledon..

 

The sheer quality of the tennis played by Sampras on 4-July-1999 was just out of the world… Agassi tried every trick in the book to do something to break Sampras’s momentum but nothing succeeded……

 

After two hours & 22 mins of sheer brilliance, Sampras finally won 6–3, 6–4, 7–5….

 

With this victory, Sampras equalled Roy Emerson‘s record of twelve Grand Slam titles….. Sampras’ victory of Agassi in the final is often cited as one of his greatest performances……….

 

 

Salute to the Great champ..He really was too good for Agassi that day… If two Agassi’s were playing that day, then only could Sampras have been challenged a wee bit !!!!

 

And in the Doubles champ, the Indian express duo of Leander Paes & Mahesh Bhupathi won their 1st Wimbledon Doubles :) ….

 

 

 

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2000 :::  Sampras the Undisputed Emperor @ Wimbledon

 

2000 WIMBLEDON again reminds me of the never ending rains & the heart-breaking loss of Tim Henman to Mark Philippoussis in the 4th Round..

 

Goran Ivanisevic had withdrawn from the championship because of Injury & his best days were clearly behind him as all the pundits were saying that year..

 

That year, again, every one was predicting  a Sampras vs. Agassi final, but, that was not to be as Partick Rafter played a flaw less match to beat Agassi in a tough 5 setter in the semis on 8th July :( ((

 

Another big surprise of the year came from Qualifier Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus who reached the semis and lost out to Sampras in straight sets…

 

Final was played between Rafter & Sampras.. Rafter was looking in fine form & his confidence was sky high after having defeated Agassi in the semis..

He continued his fine form by winning the 1st set tie-breaker 12-10… That was an amazing nail biting Tie-Break & I remember almost every point even after 11 years :)

 

2nd Set again went in to Tie-Break, but this time, Sampras didn’t miss a single 1st serve & won the Tie-break 7-5..

 

Next two sets were easy for Sampras and thus, he won 6-7(10) 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2 on 9th July, 2000 to

 

Legendary Peter Sampras posing with the trophy after defeating Rafter on 8th July-2000 & thus securing record breaking 13th Grand Slam title at Wimby.. He battled through tendonitis in his right shin and a painful back injury in the process. This victory was his eighth consecutive win in a Grand Slam final (starting at 1995 Wimbledon), which still remains a record. After this victory, Sampras did not win another title for more than two years….

 

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2001 : Year of  Perseverance, Justice and ROGER FEDERER vs Pete Sampras & yet another Heart-Break for Henman …..

 

Year 2001 will always be remembered

 

  1. It was the first time that in the Championship that 32 players were seeded after immense protests from clay court specialists..

2.   2 July, 2001Federer ended Sampras reign.. It was the only time when these two Great champs clashed in any ATP event..

 

Federer who was 19 at the time won 6–7(7), 7–5, 4–6, 7–6(2), 5–7 in the fourth round, ending Sampras’s 31-match winning streak at Wimbledon…

 

 

 

 

The Teenager Roger being congratulated by Sampras on 2nd July-2001… Setting of Sampras Era & Rise of Roger’s dominance !!!  ROGER FEDERER vs PETE SAMPRAS …It was the 1st time, when the whole world saw the amazing talent named Roger federer and his Tears of Joy !!!!!

 

 

However, Roger lost to Tim Henman in the Quarter Finals in a tough 4 setter where in he lost two sets in tie-breakers..

 

3..  2nd year running, Andre Agassi reached the semis & again had to face the awesome Patrick Rafter in the semis… Again, it was a cracker of a match with Rafter again winning 8-6 in the final set :(

 

 

4..  It was considered Henman’s best chance to win wimbledon as Sampras had lost and he had reached Semis without any difficulty………

 

But, bigger than anything that happened in 2001 is the story of Goran Ivanisevic.. The big serving , temperamental & emotional Croatian…

 

Because of consistent injuries, his ranking had fallen to his career lowest. But ALL ENGLAND LAWN TENNIS CLUB had the courtesy to give him a wild card & that gave him yet another shot @ SW19 :)

 

Probably, this was the time, when he was the real under dog and expectations were lowest…

 

He played brilliantly to beat Carlos Moya in the 2nd Round, Andy Roddick in the 3rd Round, Greg Rusedski in the 4th Round,  Marat Safin in the QF….

 

Goran’s real big test came against Tim Henman on 7th July-2001 and luckily, I was privileged enough to have seen that whole match live…

 

Henman won the 2nd  and 3rd set and was leading 5-3 in the 4th set tie-breaker before Goran won 4 points in a row or as some people will say, henman choked once again :( …..

 

Finally, Ivanisevic facing the anguish of the entire crowd , won the final set 6-3 much to the disappointment of the whole center court……

 

As they say, an Ending can be called an Ending only if it has an Happy Ending and certainly it was proven true in case of Goran Ivanisevic

 

Mark 9th July-2001 as the date when a true deserving fighter got what he really deserved the Most ….

 

In a match filled with immense emotions and mind-blowing tennis, Goran Ivanisevic defeated patrick rafter 6-3 3-6 6-3 2-6 9-7 after 4:30 hours of mind blowing tennis…………..

 

9th July-2001

These tears touched every one’s heart ~~After all those lost Finals & Semi, this victory meant so much for him !!!

The Emotion, Expression says it all.. Really, he deserved winning the championship at least once and glad that he won.. If by chance, U haven’t heard, do see the video in which he gave the most emotional speech ever after winning this prestigious trophy…. That really made every one cry with him !!!

 

Thus, Goran in the 124 year old history became the 1st player in the Wimbledon history to get a wild Card and go on to win the Wimbledon championship !!!

 

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2002 ::: Good Bye Champion Sampras, yet another choking by Henman & year of Hewitt !!

 

Year 2002  reminds me of

 

  1. Sampras’s last wimbledon.. Unfortunately, he lost in the 2nd round to a Lucky Loser Qualifier named G Bastl.. The date was 27-June-2002.. Good bye Champ :-)

 

Champion Sampras leaving the Center Court for the last time in his Career on 27-June-2002…

 

2.  The other big surprise of this year was the emergence of the young player from Thailand

Paradorn Srichaphan …

 

He played absolutely mind-blowing tennis to beat Andre Agassi in the Second Round.. Thou, he lost in the 3rd Round to Krajicek, but, still he had impressed every one with his amazing athleticism..

 

3.. And also, since Goran Ivanisevic had partially retired from Professional Tennis, so for a change, the reigning champ didn’t play the 1st match, so, the first match was played by the No. 1 seeded Lyeton Hewitt…

 

4..  Federer for the 1st Time in his 11 year Wimbledon history (Updated till 2011) lost in the 1st Round to Mario Ancic in straight sets..

 

5.. Henmania continued this year & as usual, Henman reached Semi Finals once again and unfortunately, once again choked against the Super Fit & Top Seeded Lyeton Hewitt :( ((

 

Final was between hewitt & Nalbadian and I must admit it was the most one sided final match of the last two decades…

 

Hewitt won 6-1 6-3 6-2 on 7th July-2002 in an amazing display of flaw less tennis ……..

 

 

Lyeton Hewitt posing with the trophy after defeating David Nalbandian on 7th July 2002 to Win the Men Singles’ Wimbledon in 2002….

 

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2003 :: The Emergence of Roger Federer Fedex :-)

 

Year 2003 reminds me of the young and dashing Long Haired Federer….

 

In other results , Agassi lost out in the 4th Round to Mark Philippoussis..

 

Ivanisevic was still in partial retirement mode..

 

Henman for a change lost out in the Quarter finals to Sebastien Grosjean..

 

While Defending champ, hewitt lost out in the 1st Round to a Qualifier..

 

The Highlight of the tournament was the emergence of Federer.. He dropped just one set through out the tournament and displayed his all round game..

 

His final match was against Mark Philippoussis on 6th July 2003 and he won 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-6(3) and became a house hold name world over…

 

This was Federer’s first Grand Slam Title and it really meant so much for him & these tears tell the whole story !!!

 

 

 

6-July-2003 fedex posing with his 1st Wimbledon title :)

 

 

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2004 ::  Federer once again !!!!

 

In the results that come to mind

 

Agassi missed this year’s wimbledon due to knee Injury..

 

Goran Ivanisevic made a come-back for the last time and lost in the third round to Lyeton Hewitt…

 

Tim Henman once again lost in the Quarter Finals much to the dis-appointment of every one :(

 

Before the final, The biggest scare for Fedex came against Lyeton Hewitt in the Quarter Final & Roger won that match quite comfortably 6-1, 6-7, 6-0, 6-4 …….

 

The Final was between Federer and Roddick on 4th July-2004..

 

Roddick won the first set 6-4 …

 

But Federer bounced back to win the next 3 sets,  7-5 7-6(3) 6-4….

 

This time for a change Federer Lost 2 sets in his journey to win his 3rd Grand Slam and 2nd consecutive Wimbledon !!!!

 

Federer crying in joy after winning his 2nd wimby on July 4th, 2004…

 

The champion :-)

 

Another Result worth mentioning : Maria Sharapova won her first wimby

 

while Martina Navratilova & Leander Paes won the mixed doubles title

 

 

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2005 ::: & its  Federer Again !!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

My memories of 2005 include:

 

Rafael Nadal playing his 1st wimbledon and losing in the 2nd Round..

 

Agassi again missing the Wimbedon..

 

Henman losing out in the 2nd round :(

 

Andy Murray playing his 1st Wimby !!!

 

probably, this year saw Federer playing the best-est tennis of his life. He was absolutely flawless & faultless through out the championship..

 

Thou, he lost one set to Kiefer in the 3rd Round and that too in a tie breaker, apart from that he never looked losing a set…

 

He once again demolished Hewitt in the semi final in straight sets..

 

The final once again was between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick on 3rd July-2005 ..

 

This time Federer was in the form of his life and looked like as if he was playing on a different level..

 

Federer won 6-2 7-6(2) 6-4 to win his 3rd consecutive Wimbledon

 

 

Federer in tears after completing his hat trick of Wimbledon !!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Federer in his changed and better looking hair style posing with the trophy on 3rd July-2005  :)

 

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2006 ::: Start of Federer Nadal rivalry @

Wimbledon & Good Bye Agassi !!!!

 

My memories of 2006::

 

The young & energetic power house Nadal beating Agassi in straight sets on 1st July-2006 in the 3rd round.. It was Agassi’s last ever Wimbledon & probably, this victory gave Nadal the confidence that he could play & win even on Grass !!!

 

Agassi reacting after losing a point

 

 

Agassi’s last Hurray @ Wimbledon.. His last wave to the crowd.. We all really miss him and will always :P

 

Tim Henman lost out in the 2nd Round as he was unseeded that year and ran against the Top Seeded Federer !!!!

 

Federer had a dream run to the Finals & for the first time reached the Final without dropping a set…

 

on the other hand, Nadal was finding his feet on the Grass court.. He had a very tough 2nd Round match & Probably, beating Agassi in the 3rd Round gave him the confidence that he could play & succeed even @ Grass…

 

His next three matches cemented his grass court play..

 

The Final was scheduled on 9th July-2006 between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal…

 

Of course, no one gave Nadal any chance before the final…

 

Inspite of the fact that Nadal lost the 1st Set 6-0, still, he gave tough fight to Roger in the 2nd set and took the set to tie-break …He won the 3rd set tie-break…

 

Finally, Roger won 6-0 7-6(5) 6-7(2) 6-3 in the final to win his fourth successive Wimbledon title

 

 

Roger in his customary blazer after winning his 4th Consecutive Wimbledon… This was the 1st time that Fedex posed with this Blazer :)

 

 

9th july-2006 marked the Start of Federer Nadal Rivalry @ Wimbledon

 

 

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2007 :: Continuance of Federer Nadal rivalry , year of rains & Good bye Henman !!!

 

 

If you are noticing this post closely, you would have noticed that I have always been a fan of Henman and will always reckon him a the best ever player never to have a grand slam…

 

After beating Carlos Moya in an epic 5 setter in the first round with the final set score card reading 13-11, unfortunately, Tim Henman lost out in another 5 setter to F lopez :(

 

Henman’s last Good bye to this great championship !!! in my view, he still remains the finest ever player never to won any slam :(

 

TIM Henman is out. “14 YEARS OF HURT,” says the Mail. “HOW WIMBLEDON ALWAYS ENDS IN TEARS FOR TIGER TIM.”

 

Also, 2007 was only the 3rd time when the first Sunday or people’s Sunday had to be used for covering the lost matches because of  never ending rains..

 

Also, it was the first year when men and women players were offered equal prize money…..

 

King Roger didn’t lose a set in the first 4 rounds and made easy weather of ferrero after losing a set in the Quarter Final & easy semi final match against Gasquet..

 

On the other hand, Nadal had a tougher fight leading to Quarters..

 

Djokovic unfortunately got injured in the 3rd set & had to withdraw from the semi-final after having won the 1st set & losing the 2nd………….

 

So, the final was scheduled between Federer & Nadal on 8th July-2007…

 

Every one was again expecting a tough win for Roger….

 

roger some how won the first set tie-breaker 9-7… 2nd set was won by Nadal 6-4,,,,,,, Roger won the 3rd set again in the tie-breaker…………

 

While Nadal bounced back to win the 4th set 6-2 and fedex bounced back to win the decider 6-2…………..

 

Thus, Roger Federer won his fifth consecutive Wimbledon to equal the record of Björn Borg, defeating Rafael Nadal in five sets in the final…..

 

Roger posing after winning his 5th Consecutive wimbledon on 8-July-2007

 

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2008 ::: The Rivalry continues but this time Nadal Defeats the King Federer

 

2008 biggest memory is the best-est Wimbledon final in over 2 decades ……………..

 

Roger had an easier route to the Final.. He didn’t lose a set en route to the Finals….

 

While Rafa also lost only 1 set and defeated crowd favorite Andy Murray in straight sets in the QF……

 

The all time best-est Final between these two arch rivals was played on 6th July-2008…..

 

It was the longest championship match in Wimbledon history with play lasting four hours and 48 minutes, and with two rain delays. The event stretched over seven hours ending just before nightfall….

 

Nadal began well, winning the first set 6–4 in just under an hour, and taking the second by the same scoreline, despite having been down 4–1 at one point..

 

The third set was interrupted by rain delays but the players returned to finish the set with a tie break, which Federer won by seven points to five. The fourth mirrored the third by also going to a tie break, in which Nadal took a 5–2 lead. Nadal was on serve but served a double fault and then was forced by Federer in to a hitting a backhand into the net. Later in the tie break, Nadal had two championship points, including one on his serve, which he squandered, with Federer triumphing 10-8, and forcing a final set….

 

The fifth set went only four games before another rain delay; the score was 2–2 (40–40) when they returned….

 

During this break, the most notable comment was by Vijay Amritraj who mentioned if Nadal loses this match, he will  be emotionally drained and it will take him almost 6 months to 1 year to get out of this Trauma……..

 

Nadal eventually prevailed, winning the final set 9–7, at 21:16 local time. Nadal celebrated his win by climbing to his family in the crowd, including coach Toni Nadal, and then traversed a roofed area to shake hands with members of Spanish royalty

 

Every Pundit including McEnroe & Amritraj Hailed it as the best-est Tennis ever match they have ever viewed in their long life……..

 

Final score card read Nadal beating Federer 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(8), 9–7…………….

 

 

Nadal after winning his 1st Wimby on 6-July-2008

 

 

Great Rivals & great ambassadors of this great game

 

Federer in tears after losing his 1st Wimbledon final….

 

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2009 :::   The Return of the King Roger & the new Leader in Grand Slams !!!!

 

2009 Wimbledon will be remembered for the following reasons::

 

— First time, Andy Murray reached the Semis of Wimby where he lost to Andy Roddick !!!

 

— Nadal withdrew due to Knee Injury…

 

Federer enroute to Finals just lost one set..

 

While, Andy Roddick had a much tougher journey… His QF match against Hewitt was very close…

 

The Final between Federer & Roddick was played on 5th July-2009 and this match was almost equivalent to Last Year’s final, if not better ….

 

Thou, Federer lost the first set, but he was lucky enough to win the next two Tie-Breakers by the thinnest of Margins…..

 

The 4th set was won by Roddick 6-3….

 

The 5th Set was a nail biting and never ending set…..The duration of the set was close to 2 hours and Finally fedex won that set 16-14……..

 

Final score read as 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 16-14 …. Phew !!!!!!!!

 

Federer’s victory gave him his 15th career Grand Slam title, to make him the most successful male player in Grand Slam history…..

 

Federer reacting after winning this epic 5 setter !!!

 

5th July-2009 … Will Roddick be ever able to win a Grand Slam again??

 

How Just.. Sampras was present at the time when Federer beat his record of 14 Grand Slams !!!!!!!!

 

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2010 :::  The Year of  Nadal & the Marathon Match

 

2010 will always be remembered for the super marathon match between John Isner & Nicholas Mahut….

 

It became a record-setting match, spanning three days, 23rd seed John Isner, attempting to win his first ever match at Wimbledon, faced off against qualifier Nicolas Mahut in the first round, on 22–24 June. They were both locked in the 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7), 7–6(3), 59–59 stand-off, when the match was suspended due to darkness for the second straight day after a total of 9 hours and 58 minutes. Isner had already served a world record 98 aces by that time, with Mahut scoring 94 aces, both breaking Ivo Karlovi?’s previous record of 78…………….

 

The second day’s play alone was at 7 hours 8 mins, longer than the longest previous complete match, and is therefore also the longest session of tennis played in a single day. Isner eventually defeated Mahut 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7), 7–6(3), 70–68….

 

The match lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes, and the fifth set alone lasted 8 hours and 11 minutes…….. The match has been noted as officially the longest match ever in a Tennis Open in terms of both times and games………….

 

 

When ever I remember that match, I still pinch myself to confirm if I’m dreaming, but here’s a proof for you if you are still Doubting…  Isner vs Mahut…

 

For the first time Since 2002, Federer lost prior to Final @ Wimby…

 

Tomas Berdych of Czech republic defeated federer 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 6–4 in the QF much to every one’s surprise…

 

Berdych proved he wasn’t an one match wonder as he defeated Djokovic 6–3, 7–6(9), 6–3 in the SF………..

 

While, Nadal had a couple of 5 setters in the 2nd & 3rd Round..

 

but, in the Semi Final, he completely Destroyed Andy Murray 6–4, 7–6(6), 6–4

 

The Final was played on 4th July 2010 between Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych ……..

 

Rafa defeated Berdych 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 to win his 2nd Wimby & his 8th Grand Slam………………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rafael Nadal posing after winning the 2010 Championship

 

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2011 :: Will it be Rafa winning his 3rd Title or will Murray or will Djokovic win his first title ??

 

Do have your say ->>>>>>

 

a. Who will win this year’s championship?

 

b. Which was your favorite finals amongst these 20 Wimbledon championship?

 

 

Also, do Enjoy this #SUNRISE  over The Queue at @Wimbledon in #Wimbledon Park on the 2nd Day of Wimbledon (21-June-2011 at 4:53 am BST)

 

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Biggest HighLight of 2011 Wimbledon for me :) ))

 

My two of the most favorite Sports Men Sachin Tendulkar & Roger Federer meeting @ WImbledon on 25-June-2011

 

 

Sachin being introduced as the guest of the day @ Royal Box… Was great to see the applause that he got that day :) )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As sachin tweeted, amazingly Fedex has good knowledge about cricket, that was good to hear :) .. Will savor these pix till eternity !!!

 

Besides, all these fantastic moments, I will always remember 2011 as the year where federer for the 2nd consecutive time lost in the Quarter Finals :(

 

Unfortunately, this time, Fedex lost to the younger, quicker and better-serving Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the quarterfinals on 30th June-2011 :( ((

 

Even after winning the first two sets 6-3 & 7-6…

 

He lost the next three, 6-4 , 6-4 & 6-4 :( (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

 

Is this the End of Roger’s Era ??

 

I certainly hope it isn’t because he is surely looking quite fit & hungry…….

 

While, Djokovic on the other hand was quite lucky and had an easier route to the Finals & defeated Tsonga in the semi-finals in 4 sets on 1st July, 2011..

 

While Rafael Nadal showed his true class by defeating Andy Murray in the 2nd Semi-final even after losing the first set.. It was an absolute Majestic performance by Nadal & he showed why he is rated so highly…………..

 

And in the Ladies final, Maria Sharapova couldn’t repeat her 2004 heroics & lost to the 21 year old Petra Kvitova from Czech Republic…

 

In an absolute Mahnificient display of some majestic serving, the Tall left hander won 6-3, 6-4 on 2nd July-2011……….

 

The perfect Petra on the left with the Runner-up maria Sharapova !!

 

Will Novak Djokovic assert his World No. 1 credentials or will Rafael Nadal get his ‘Revencha’ ??
My Prediction : It will be Rafa in 4 or 5 sets.. Do have your say  !!!

 

As far as I remember both left handed singles winner in Wimbledon were in 1983 and 1984, when McEnroe and Navratilova won. Incidentally, Navaratilova is Czech born..we got another Czech woman winner this year…lets see whether history repeats itself or not..