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Roger stunned by Tsonga

29.06.2011 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger was upset by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals in Wimbledon today: 6-3, 7-6(3), 4-6, 4-6, 4-6.

“I think my game was plenty good enough this year to win the tournament, but unfortunately there’s only one who can win it, and the rest go home empty-handed,” Roger said. “That’s what happened to me today, but Jo played an amazing match.”

Roger started well, converting a break point in Tsonga's first service game and held the lead to take the set. He held in the second which he finally won in the tie-break.
But Tsonga broke our champ in the third set and went on to do so in sets four and five - to eventually end Roger's quest for a seventh Wimbledon crown.

 
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07/05/2011 | 10:47 AM
*contd* No-one talked about it much and it was only minor reports in sports pages. Metronome tennis or a slug fest as Boris Becker called it, like Sundays' final is fairly boring unless it's a very close match. Afterwards even the ghastly Brit. commentators (Tim Henman - OMG! what an idiot) agreed it was no vintage matchand could only talk about 'accuracy' and 'athleticism'. Only hope Tomic and Dimitrov bring more variety back to the game - but at least Roger's still around.
07/05/2011 | 10:37 AM
**Dutch lady** All of what you say is right, but it hasn't really worked because there can still be serving contests (Wimbledon final 2009 - up to a point, well, only partly) and interest in tennis is in decline, at least in Australia, US and UK, maybe different in Europe. The number of people playing tennis in UK declined by 490,000 in recent years and although Masters Cup seemed to be successful in London, it wasn't sold out and only hard core fans were interested.
07/05/2011 | 10:37 AM
**Dutch lady** All of what you say is right, but it hasn't really worked because there can still be serving contests (Wimbledon final 2009 - up to a point, well, only partly) and interest in tennis is in decline, at least in Australia, US and UK, maybe different in Europe. The number of people playing tennis in UK declined by 490,000 in recent years and although Masters Cup seemed to be successful in London, it wasn't sold out and only hard core fans were interested.
07/05/2011 | 10:10 AM
cont
I must say that I can understand why they tried to slow things down a little, because a match with for instance Richard Krajicek was mainly about serving and had hardly any rally in it. That WAS a little boring to watch, even for a fan like I was. So, it is no conspiracy, but partly a conscious decision, partly the evolution of tennis itself.
Roger is so talented and versatile, that he can play an all-court game even under these conditions. That is why he is so beautiful to watch.

Joke
07/05/2011 | 10:02 AM
cont.
Over the years other things in tennis have changed as well: racquets, strings, players hitting with extreme power and spin, fitness. All this makes it very difficult to play serve&volley, even if a player would want to. The returns are hit with so much force that the net-rusher has less time to get in a good position at the net. Because the balls are bigger it takes a little longer in the air, wich favors the receiver.
07/05/2011 | 09:54 AM
**Nochweiterroger,
As far as I know they slowed the courts down AND made the balls a little bigger (and thus slower), because they thought it would make grass tennis more attractive for the spectators. With all those big servers matches were often no more than big seving contests with hardly any rally. It was no conspiracy as you said, it was done to keep the viewers interested. On a pre-2000 Wimbledon court Lleyton Hewitt probably wouldn't have won his title from the baseline as he did.
07/05/2011 | 09:40 AM
*contd*
Plus the dominance of players from clay court countries... perhaps. Could it also be ATP thinks this kind of muscle bound game will appeal to 'youth'? They are clearly wrong as tennis is not gaining in popularity, sadly.
07/05/2011 | 09:38 AM
**YUKIMI** p 4 (currently)
I'm afraid you are wrong about a conspiracy to slow the Wimby courts for Murray, because they changed the grass in 2000 when Tim Henman was the great hope and he was a serve volleyer who needed a fast court. It is a mystery. I can only think that the whole move towards slower courts and clay court style game has something to do with manufacturers. It must be to do with making money and business in some way.
07/05/2011 | 09:20 AM
hi roger I have missed you not seeing you play look forward to friday.
Hope you are keeping well and the family give them my love.
speak to you soon. love Helen xxxxx
07/05/2011 | 09:07 AM
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Why they don't do a chat window? This site has at least 2000 users anytime.
Regarding the answers of Federer on the comments, I think that is not proper for him to argue with us, like ##Babboo# for instance :)...This comments are for us to chat, to share ours mournings, girefs, angers, sorrows, happiness.