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PARTAY!

One of the BEST. MEN’S FINALS. In a long time. 17 slams, 7th Wimbledon, back at No 1. One week away from breaking another Sampras record (weeks at No 1).

Despite the slow start, the Federer who came out after the rain delay was simply Jesus Fed.

So to all those weak era theorist, to all those who claimed Federer would never win another slam, to all those who said he should retire.

But most of all, to all of you who stood by the champion and enjoyed this journey, each step of the way …

Since it’s 4am on a Monday morning in Australia, ANALYSIS LATER PARTAY NAOOOO!

xx doots

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Wimbledon Ladies’ Final: Peerless

There isn’t a lot about Serena Williams that has not been said yet at this point in her career. She’s strong, she’s powerful, she serves with an air of unshakable, unthinking belief and authority. Above all, Serena Williams is one of the most resilient athletes in the history of sport, coming back time and time again from injuries, personal tragedies and media freakouts to dominate simply because domination is the natural essence of her character.  Read More…

Federer In Two — Parts, Not Sets

There’s still business to be tended to at Wimbledon… for both Roger Federer and the Picket Fence Fuccheine Yeaaaaacht Sweats Of Excellence blogging empire. We’ll handle Federer’s situation in two parts.

PART ONE: BEATING THE DJOKER IN HIGH-STAKES POKER

One of the more unpleasant aspects of the immediate aftermath of Federer’s victory over Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon semifinals was this line of thought, voiced by more than a few tennis tweeps on my timeline: “If Roger doesn’t beat Andy Murray, the Djokovic win will be a waste.”

There’s no point in making an appeal to emotions or worldviews here. To use country language, “How’s about we rustle up some facts?” Read More…

HI-FIVING A MILLION ANGELS!

So what he lost a set?

So what he looked like a retard and a half trying to serve out the final set?

ROGER FEDERER. Serving like his name was Pete Sampras. Believing like his name was Melanie Oudin. Slut walking like his name was Tyra Banks.

ROGER FEDERER. Almost 31 years young. Almost a world No 1. Almost a Wimbledon Champion.

ROGER FEDERER. Still a legend, still a contender, and still the BEST HAIR ON THE ATP WORLD TOUR.

“Analysis”? WHAT ANALYSIS? A ROUND OF FEDRINKAS ON THE HOUSE. (More on the match later. LET’S PARTAY LIKE IT’S 2009!)

Why Can’t He Do That All The Time?

It’s one of the great fallacies in sports: the belief that in a tournament, one day’s play is not just relevant, but definitive, in determining both expectations and outcomes in future rounds. This forms the basis for assessing Roger Federer’s chances at Wimbledon after his quarterfinal win over Mikhail Youzhny… and before his monster semifinal against Novak Djokovic.

Let’s step outside tennis for a bit: After Italy slogged past England in a labored, plodding Euro 2012 quarterfinal decided by penalty kicks, the conventional wisdom quickly kicked in: Germany would destroy Italy in the semifinals. Sure, the Germans had reason to be the clear favorite, but the Italians — unbeaten against the Germans in international tournaments since 1920 — were being written off prematurely by most pundits. A few wise souls reserved judgment, but the vast preponderance of public opinion said that the Germans would waltz past the Azzurri. Read More…

Wimbledon Day 9: The Winning Logic.

It’s a shame that she stumbled over Virginie Razzano in Paris, because we missed that process in every grand slam tournaments where Serena Williams gradually plays herself into form and self-confidence. She might’ve been messy, disengaged, and left fumbling for her game in the early rounds, but as many champions do, Serena has this ability to rise to the occasion as the tournament enters the quarterfinal and semifinal stage.

Coming into the match, Kvitova was the logical favourite. Despite her mediocre performance in 2012 so far, Petra has sailed through the Wimbledon draw looking fit, focussed and sharp. Serena, on the other hand, was coming off her worst ever grand slam result at Roland Garros, struggled in the early rounds against Zheng Jie and Shvedova. Read More…

Wimbledon Women’s Preview: A Conference of Anti-Experts.

With the men’s draw out of the way, PJ, LJ et moi got together for a chat about the ladies’ draw. Pictures from the pre-Wimbledon party. 

Doots: Alrighty. Let’s get started. First thoughts on women’s draw? I feel like every year for the past few years, Wimbledon has always been about what the Willians Sisters will or won’t do, and this year, it’s been the least about them in a long while.

PJ: I have to admit I am in camp “wanting a Williams to win”. Especially Venus where Wimbledon is concerned.

Doots: I think it might be too much of a long shot for Venus.

PJ: Hey, I live in Delusion Land, no?

LJ: I think she’ll be dangerous in the early rounds, but I’m not too positive on current form.

Doots: What do we think about Kvitova? I thought she was royally screwed for Roland Garros given her form going into it, but she actually acquitted herself respectably.

LJ: Her game is just so funky, I don’t know what to think. I feel like she has the potential to really beat anyone, but … but …

Doots: Funky’s one way to describe her game: when she’s on, she is shotmaking genius, when she’s off, she is an unthinking idiot. Her game doesn’t leave much room for grey.

PJ: the Female Dolgopolov, but maybe a lot less crazy.

LJ: Yes, I definitely agree with the Female Dolgo characterization, but she managed to hold it together for a slam.

PJ: Speaking of danger in early rounds, Pironkova to meet Shrieky in the second round. Now that I have mixed thoughts about: [Pironkova is a] two-time semifinalist, [but] she has the equal potential to beat herself into submission. It’s like she does nothing for the whole season and is just waiting for WImbledon to attack or something.

LJ: I thought Shreiky had an okay draw until I realised she has both Pironkova AND Lisicki in the 4th round.

Doots: Well why don’t we get onto Shrieky’s draw then. She has the Aussie ARod for her first round; most likely – Pironkova second round.

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Wimbledon Men’s Preview: A Conference of Anti-Experts.

Doots: Alright bitches. Let’s get down to business. First thoughts on Wombly draw?

PJ: Looks good for the Old Man, looks good for Rafa, whatever for Djokovic and LOLOLOLOL for Muzzface.

LJ: I’m overwhelmed by the amount of WTFckery 1st round matchups we have.
Kohli vs Haas: WHYYYYY? Both would have made good runs to 4th round.  Read More…

Philosophy 179 – Yes, It’s A Graduate School Course

Dear Picket Fencers,

Honesty is not always the best policy. There are moments in life when other people aren’t ready to handle tough truths, moments when the soothing or polite lie is necessary.

This is not one of those times.

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Homogeneity.

I have seen the FUTURE, bitches, and holy hell, the future looks exactly the same.

Excuse the appearance based over-generalisation. Anyone with a decent knowledge of women’s tennis would understand that the randomized shotmaking of Kvitova, the mobility and precision of Vika, the pitbull presence of Sharapova and the simple formula of BOOM-BOOM make these 4 ladies all different and individual in their on-court presence.

Well … kinda.

Whereas the French Open in the last few years has served up a kaleidoscope of players in its latter stages, Wimbledon continues to be the slam dominated by a single narrative. Wimbledon 2011 post-Williams dynasty has left women’s tennis with a quartet of grunting, walloping, fist-pumping, big babe, blond ladyballers between whom 90% of the general public cannot differentiate. Read More…