tiggymalvern: (action!)
So Roger Federer won his eighth Wimbledon title without ever dropping a set, matching Nadal's romp through the French last month. I guess he just had a point to make. It was certainly the easiest Wimbledon final he's played in a very long time. I love the attitude he's taking this year, though, saying screw the world rankings and all that crap, he's just going to play tennis when he wants to, and when he wants to, he wins. Why the hell not?

I did feel sorry for Venus yesterday, I wanted her to win. I remember watching when she first won Wimbledon, just turned twenty, and she bounced around with practically the world's biggest smile; she was adorable. It would have meant the world to her to win again after all the issues she's had with illness, but I guess it meant too much, because after she lost that tight first set, her game just collapsed. Sad to see, but she was so gracious in her interview afterwards, and big smiles again talking about her sister.

I know they'll both have to stop being major competitors some time in the next few years, but meanwhile they're amazing to watch.
tiggymalvern: (action!)
I didn't think he would get the 18th slam, not after so long. Damn. I had hope when he kept reaching finals, but he kept losing to Novak, and then he got injured again, and I thought the chance was gone.

And another Roger - Rafa match at that, it seems crazy. I honestly thought he'd thrown it away when he came out with that string of errors early in the fourth set. In years past, he would have caved against Rafa in the fifth when he went a break down, but he didn't. Wow.

And now I really need to go to sleep, but I'm just too bouncy.
tiggymalvern: (fangirling!!!)
Roger Federer was awesome today. Sunday's match should be epic.

Meanwhile, on the third day of the first Ashes test, England were looking fabulous at 236/5. Then somewhat less outstanding at 245/8. It was nice of the ninth wicket partnership to put over 40 more runs on the board :-)

The Aussies now have a target of 412, higher than the score of any innings so far. But they have a full two days to do it in, and all the time in the world to play some very safe cricket. It's going to be an interesting couple of days...

ETA Well, sadly the tennis wasn't epic. Roger played some fantastic shots, and he certainly made his chances, but he also made too many mistakes on too many big points. You don't win Wimbledon by making twice as many unforced errors your opponent, no matter how good the rest of your game.

The cricket went rather better, after Australia collapsed as spectacularly as England did, only earlier in the batting order. Of course, the less said about the second test, the better...


Jul. 4th, 2014 10:29 am
tiggymalvern: (action!)
So the old guard saw off the newcomers. Will it be Nole for 2 or Fed for 8? Sunday should be interesting :-)
tiggymalvern: (action!)
So Roger Federer's ridiculous record-breaking run of brilliance and consistency is over. 36 consecutive grand slams reaching quarter finals or better, nine years of never having an injury or a bad day in the first week.

No Nadal, no Federer - Andy Murray must be starting to get Big Ideas about this year's Wimbledon.
tiggymalvern: (action!)
Write off Roger Federer at your peril. He's heard it all before.

I don't care that he was playing a Brit, I still wanted him to win and show he's still got it, and he did. It was good to see Andy put up a strong, consistent fight, though, instead of bottling it like he's done in the past. I felt sorry for him at the end, there, struggling through his speech. Just not sorry enough to want him to beat Federer. Ever.
tiggymalvern: (tennis fedal)
Federer beat Nadal in the World ATP finals, yaaaay!!

Don't get me wrong, I like Rafa, just not as much as I like Roger. And Rafa had won too many of their matches recently, it was time for some payback.

Mostly, I just love watching these two play each other, with the feeling that they're so well matched, despite very different play styles. I also love the fact they both genuinely like one another, which is so rare in such big rivals - Boris Becker's line in the commentary about the unlikelihood of him ever hugging Ivan Lendl after a match made me laugh :-) And yes, there are the athletic bodies, with nice muscles. I can appreciate the sport and still be shallow, too.

Then, of course, there was the first Ashes test, which was just plain weird. I understand the concept of changing weather conditions and the potential effect on a wicket, but I'm still scratching my head over how the hell England could score 260 all out in the first innings, and 571 for 1 declared in the second. That difference seems a little absurd!
tiggymalvern: (fantastic!)
So England won the Twenty20, yay! (With major contributions from a couple of South Africans, but such is the nature of sport XD)

And simultaneously (of course it had to be simultaneously :-( ) tennis had its first Federer/Nadal match in a year, in the final of the Madrid Masters. A pretty decent match, though it's sad it ended with several errors from Roger. But Rafa has to be by far the favourite for the French Open, the way he's playing on clay right now.

I swear, though, there must be an escalating conspiracy between Rafa and his sponsor to put him in the ugliest clothes they can design. Maybe it's deliberate, to emphasise his contrasts with Roger....

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