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    You are echoing my thoughts exactly.
    We go to Eastbourne every year and watch some of the tennis there. It's a lovely atmosphere and super tournament to be part of, especially getting within touching distance of Caroline Wozniacki, but the British contingent fold like a pack of cards and seldom get far.
    The prize money for a first round loser at Wimbledon is the best part of 40k so there's plenty to motivate you I would have thought.

    But once Wimbledon is over no-one seems that bothered about tennis for another 12 months.

    I fear that it will be a very long time again before we see another Andy Murray. I suppose Fred Perry was the best before Murray so we're going to have another very long wait and probably not ever again in my lifetime.

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    Are all the ball boys & girls at this year’s tournament a Wilson Keppel & Betty tribute act ?

    What’s with those hats ?

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    Amazing match between Anderson and Federer.

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    On a serious note, a defeat for Federer but has there been a better grass court player in the open era ?

    He has a fantastic serve people rarely talk about and I doubt there’s been a better backhand, maybe Laver apart.

    The Wimbledon courts have certainly “slowed” over the last couple of decades which has helped the baseliners, but his overall game is remarkable.

    Obviously it’s not possible, but I would love to a see a Wimbledon Championship featuring Laver, Borg, McEnroe, Sampras, Federer etc and see how these all time grass courts specialists would play each other.

    My money would be on Federer, but I wouldn’t rule out the “iceman” Borg.

    But my favourite would still be McEnroe !

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    In an incredible semi final, Kevin Anderson eventually overcomes John Isner 26-24 in the fifth !

    Isner was also involved in a mad five setter against Nicholas Mahut a few Wimbledon’s ago when he eventually progressed 70-68 in the deciding set !

    And to think of all the fuss about the Pancho Gonzales v Charlie Passerell match in the late 60’s !
    Last edited by RailwayRowdy; 13-07-18 at 09:52 PM.

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    It's been great entertainment this week, particularly the last two days. Nadal and Djokovic tonight is superb and as you say the Isner-Anderson game was incredible. It must surely mark the end of these very long fifth sets as Anderson will be knackered on Sunday.

    My favourite player is Federer - yes, I know, I'm one of the many. But his stylish play and graceful movement is a joy to watch. We have been so so lucky to see him, the King of Clay, and one or two others of the same generation. The best we have ever seen in all probability though I still have a soft spot for Rod Laver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSage View Post
    It's been great entertainment this week, particularly the last two days. Nadal and Djokovic tonight is superb and as you say the Isner-Anderson game was incredible. It must surely mark the end of these very long fifth sets as Anderson will be knackered on Sunday.

    My favourite player is Federer - yes, I know, I'm one of the many. But his stylish play and graceful movement is a joy to watch. We have been so so lucky to see him, the King of Clay, and one or two others of the same generation. The best we have ever seen in all probability though I still have a soft spot for Rod Laver.
    As you mentioned Rod Laver, I knew that he had done the Grand Slam on two occasions in ‘62 & ‘69. What came as a surprise was that he “only” actually won three other majors outside these Grand Slam years !

    Throughout the 60’s Australia produced a whole plethora of top players in addition to Laver such as Rosewall, Roche, Newcome and others I’ve forgotten. The women’s game also produced one of my favourite players in Margaret Court.

    What happened to that marvellous production line ?

    Lleyton Hewitt would stand out for the men (I won’t mention Kyrgios) and Sam Stosur for the women, but not too many names trip off the tongue in recent times.

    Maybe ripping up their grass courts didn’t help ?
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    Not much interest in tennis - us two apart!
    Roy Emerson was another Aussie great, but it is odd how their well has dried up.

    And I won't mention Bob Hewitt who was Australian but became a SA citizen and won loads of doubles matches with Fred Stolle & Frew McMillan. A shocking end to his glorious tennis career, but you can't tell what kind of person anyone is from their public persona as we've found out over here in recent years!

    Doubles doesn't quite seem such fun to watch as it used to be. I suppose the growing prize money has affected that.

    The MAN to watch if you ever get a chance is Mansour Bahrami. Still plays on the senior tour and more entertaining than an evening with Peter Kay. His autobiography is also fascinating to read. I've seen him a few times but he's still top value and great fun.

    I suspect the Americans have a good few players (as they should) coming through, judging by what I've seen of the juniors at Eastbourne and SW19 lately and it surely won't be long before they have a man at the top again. McEnroe, of course, was a wonderful player [and I do like his commentary] but a real brat on court. Was it around 80-81 when he beat Borg in that memorable final?

    Why are left handers better than right handers? Or is that a myth?

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    McEnroe always makes me smile with his little asides.

    He was talking about that final you mention in ‘81 and said that everyone always refers to that brilliant tie break that Borg eventually won. “But people never mention that I won the match and title” !

    On your point about Bahrami and entertainers, I always loved watching Fabrice Santoro. He played a style of tennis rarely seen with delicate shots with a vast array of spin which was in total contrast to the “boom boom” style of today.

    In today’s final, it’s difficult to look past Djokovic, especially after Anderson’s epic semi final win.

    Hardly sticking my neck out, but I’ll go for the Serb in 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSage View Post
    The MAN to watch if you ever get a chance is Mansour Bahrami. Still plays on the senior tour and more entertaining than an evening with Peter Kay. His autobiography is also fascinating to read. I've seen him a few times but he's still top value and great fun.
    I saw Bahrami play in the veterans doubles with one of my all-time favourites, Henri Leconte, on Ladies Finals day in 2012. It was absolute wonderful to watch - two players who regarded entertainment as a key role in their time on court. Brilliant stuff.

    Re Margaret Court - wonderful player but not a very nice person.

    I saw Newcombe play at Wimbledon in 1972 and saw Nastase and Tiriac playing in the doubles on the same day. I saw Sampras in 96 and also Jana Novotna. Interesting, the youngsters I had taken with me all thought the women's game was more entertaining than watch Sampras hit the cover off the ball!

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    Why are left handers better than right handers? Or is that a myth?
    Here's one theory :
    https://www.theguardian.com/science/...but-not-others

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