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#1181 04-07-2010 17:46:17

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Czuję wielki niedosyt i wielkie rozczarowanie. Chyba najgorszy dla mnie Wimbledon od bardzo dawna, być może najgorszy w ogóle, na jakim miałem okazję patrzeć.

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#1182 04-07-2010 17:50:59

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No, graty Rafa

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#1183 04-07-2010 18:30:05

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Gratulacje dla Rafy, turniej spoko. Szkoda że trzeba teraz czekać miesiąc na pierwszy porządny turniej. Do zobaczenia z trawą za rok


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#1184 04-07-2010 18:58:50

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Turniej był ciekawy do 1/2. Potem mecze były dość słabe i przede wszystkim pozbawione emocji; wygrał zdecydowanie najlepszy tenisista.

Słówko o IMO największym przegranym turnieju; Marej rozegrał w karierze 4 naprawdę ważne mecze z klasowymi rywali, będącymi w wysokiej dyspozycji(finały USO 2008 i AO 2010 z Fedem, półfinały Wimbla 2009 z Rodem i 2010 z Nadalem); wygrał łącznie jednego seta, to chyba mówi wszystko.

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#1185 04-07-2010 19:00:51

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Brawo RAFA

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#1186 04-07-2010 20:24:26

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Re: Wimbledon 2010

Dla mnie też jeden z najgorszych wogóle turniejów wielkiego szlema słaby finał chociaż do 1/4 było ciekawe

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#1187 04-07-2010 20:35:35

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Dokładnie, po 1/4 brak emocji. Dobrze, że tego finału nie oglądałem, ale zdjęcia Nadala z pucharem w rękach są wyjątkowo niestrawne.

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#1188 04-07-2010 20:44:48

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Re: Wimbledon 2010

Rafa bardzo pewnie. Mistrz Wimbledonu !. Ładnie brzmi.
Berdych niestety rozczarował, zabrakło waleczności i chyba wiary w to, że można sięgnąć po puchar. Mecz bez szczególnych emocji (ech!, gdzie te czasy z finałami Rafy i Rogera). Dla Czecha oczywiście gratulacje, może ten rok będzie przełomowy w jego karierze. Rafa - teraz na celowniku USO.

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#1189 05-07-2010 11:35:18

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Wimbledon: Nadal najlepszy po raz drugi

Rafael Nadal pokonał 6:3, 7:5, 6:4 Tomáša Berdycha w trwającym 2 godziny i 13 minut niedzielnym finale Wimbledonu. To ósmy wielkoszlemowy tytuł Hiszpana, lidera rankingu ATP. Po raz drugi, po dwóch latach, triumfował w Londynie, gdzie ostatnią porażkę poniósł w 2007 roku.
Nadal odzyskał tytuł, którego z powodu kontuzji nie mógł bronić w ubiegłym roku. W Wimbledonie w czterech ostatnich startach cztery raz grał w finale, ale wcześniej za każdym razem przeciw Rogerowi Federerowi. Po nowym sukcesie umocni się na pierwszej pozycji na świecie, a stary mistrz ze Szwajcarii spadnie na pozycję trzecią. 13. na liście ATP Berdych po ponad dwóch latach wróci w poniedziałek do Top 10.

Rok po najtrudniejszym okresie w karierze Nadal znów jest na szczycie, tak jak w 2008 roku, kiedy pierwszy raz sięgnął po dublet Roland Garros-Wimbledon. Teraz także liczy na zwycięstwo swoich rodaków-piłkarzy, wtedy w mistrzostwach Europy (udało się), tym razem w mistrzostwach świata (może się udać). Rafa na oczach wielkich postaci nie tylko sportu potwierdził, że jest tenisistą numer jeden na świecie.

Pięciosetowe mecze w pierwszym tygodniu były złą zapowiedzią wielkich wyczynów w fazie decydującej turnieju. Bramy do finału otworzyła Nadalowi wiktoria nad Murrayem, mecz z którym nazwał jednym z najtrudniejszych w życiu. Debiutujący w wielkoszlemowym finale Berdych niespodzianki nie sprawił, choć wcześniej odprawił Federera i Đokovicia. Czech miał momenty słabości w momentach decydujących: Nadal tylko na to czekał.

Rafa był do bólu skuteczny, ryzykując śmiałe ataki po błędach we własnych gemach serwisowych i wykorzystując serie pomyłek rywala. Berdych był przełamany dwukrotnie w pierwszej partii i po razie w dwóch kolejnych. Czech, który dysponuje podaniem potężniejszym, nie potrafi zachować przy nim regularności: w jednym gemie wszystkie zagrania mogą być wygrywające, ale w kolejnym może nie zanotować żadnego pierwszego serwisu. Problemy zaczęły się przy 3:3, gdy niesamowite zagranie wzdłuż linii Nadala poprzedziło błąd bekhendowy Czecha (0-40). Płaski kros Rafy dał pierwsze przełamanie, a kolejne było przy 3:5, gdy Berdychowi piłka "stanęła" na linii.

13 asów nie pomogło Czechowi, który nie był w stanie skorzystać z żadnego z czterech wypracowanych break pointów. Wszystkie szanse na przełamanie miał we wczesnych fazach setów drugiego i trzeciego. W trwającym 10 minut otwierającym gemie drugiej partii Nadal popełnił aż dwa podwójne błędy serwisowe i dał Czechowi trzy break pointy, ale przy każdym zrobił swoje. Ostatnia okazja dla Berdycha przy 1:1 w trzeciej partii, gdy panowie zaczęli wymieniać uderzenia slajsem, a Czech w końcu wpakował jedno w siatkę.

Gdy największą bronią danego zawodnika jest serwis i przegrywa go łatwo razem z setem, znaczy to, że w głowie jest wiele niepotrzebnych myśli. Berdych do zera, autowym forhendem, oddał gema, który dał Nadalowi podwyższenie prowadzenia w setach. Podobnie było w trzeciej partii, gdy jednak Rafa pokusił się o dwie (w tym przy meczbolu!) bajeczne piłki. Hiszpan wygrał bezpośrednio 29 pkt (o dwa mniej miał Berdych), zanotował pięć asów (cztery w I secie), popełnił 21 błędów niewymuszonych (Berdych miał 17).

MÓWIĄ FINALIŚCI

Nadal: Przy tej publiczności czuję się kimś specjalnym
- Po raz drugi wygrałem turniej, który był moim dziecięcym marzeniem. Nie mogę jednak porównać tego tytułu z poprzednim, bo wtedy spełniłem swój sen, a teraz go powtórzyłem. Nie mogę też wartościować żadnego z moich ośmiu tytułów w Wielkim Szlemie. Wimbledon jednak ma najlepszą na świecie publiczność, która szanuje wszystkich zawodników. Przy niej czuje się, że jesteś kimś specjalnym. Mogąc zagrać tutaj, dojść do finału i wygrać, to coś niesamowitego. Jest tu ze mną rodzina, team, przyjaciele, bo ważne, by mieć zawsze przy sobie swoich ludzi. Przed występem niczego nie oczekiwałem, bo nigdy tego nie robię. Chciałem walczyć o każdy punkt tak, jakby był to punkt ostatni w meczu. Wychodzę na kort i nie myślę o tym, co było. Ale jeżeli grasz w finale Wimbledonu i się nie denerwujesz, znaczy, że nie jesteś człowiekiem. Byłem dzisiaj trochę bardziej nerwowy niż wcześniej. Miałem trochę szczęścia, Tomáš pomylił się parę razy w ważnych momentach.

Berdych: Najlepsze przede mną
- Największa różnica między nami polegała na tym, że nie potrafiłem wykorzystać szans, które otrzymałem. On przeciwnie, co pokazuje jak mocnym jest zawodnikiem. Wiele rotacji, mało błędów, agresywna gra i lewa ręka, która jest jego największą bronią: to czyni go niebezpiecznym na trawie. Trudno przygotować taktykę, kiedy rywal nie ma tak naprawdę słabych punktów. Jestem zawiedziony, bo mogło być lepiej. On jest najtrudniejszym przeciwnikiem w drabince, jest numerem jeden na świecie. Wolałbym grać bez takiego wiatru jak dzisiaj, bo jego gra bardziej do takich warunków pasuje. To, że pokonałem Federera, o niczym w kontekście finału nie znaczyło, bo każdy mecz jest inny. Z tego natomiast zaczerpnę przede wszystkim wiele doświadczenia i tak jak po półfinale Roland Garros postaram się je wykorzystać do osiągnięcia jeszcze lepszych wyników. Wielkie doświadczenie emocjonalne płynie już z tego, że mogłem wyjść na kort centralny w ostatni dzień turnieju. Przede mną dalsza praca na to, by znaleźć się w Top 5, gdzie chcę zostać przez kilka lat. Moja gra najbardziej pasuje na kort twardy i jeśli wierzyć statystykom przed US Open, to najlepsze przede mną. Nie wiem, czy zagram w przyszłym tygodniu w Chile w Pucharze Davisa.

http://www.sportowefakty.pl/tenis/2010/ … raz-drugi/

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#1190 05-07-2010 11:37:42

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Re: Wimbledon 2010

Wimbledon. Nadal zwycięzcą Wimbledonu

Lider rankingu tenisistów, Hiszpan Rafael Nadal zwyciężył drugi raz w turnieju na trawiastych kortach w Wimbledonie. W niedzielnym meczu pokonał 3:0 w setach Czecha, Tomasza Berdycha (6:3, 7:5, 6:4). To ósme zwycięstwo Hiszpana w turnieju wielkoszlemowym.

Londyńska publiczność szybko zapomniała albo nawet wybaczyła Hiszpanowi, że w piątkowym półfinale wyeliminował Szkota Andy'ego Murraya, ostatnią nadzieję na pierwszy triumf tenisisty gospodarzy w imprezie od 74 lat. Jako ostatni dokonał tego Fred Perry w 1936 roku. Oklaskiwała sprawiedliwie obu finalistów, a w pewnym momencie z tłumu dobiegł na kort krzyk "kocham cię, Rafa", który wzbudził gromki śmiech w przerwie między gemami.

24-letni Nadal był wyraźnie zrelaksowany i raczej pewny swojej przewagi. Mocno koncentrował się na grze i uniknął większych błędów czy przestojów. Cały czas kontrolował rozwój wydarzeń na korcie i starał się wywierać presję na mierzącym blisko dwa metry rywalu przy returnie.

Berdych po raz pierwszy znalazł się w opałach w siódmym gemie, w którym pozwolił Hiszpanowi odskoczyć na 40:0 przy swoim podaniu. Obronił pierwszego "break pointa", ale przy drugim został skutecznie minięty, gdy biegł do siatki.

Ponownie stracił serwis w dziewiątym gemie, w którym obronił asem pierwszego setbola, ale chwilę później jego forhend trafił w siatkę. W ten sposób po 34 minutach Nadal wygrał pierwszą partię.

Na otwarcie drugiego seta Czech nie wykorzystał trzech - ze swoich czterech w całym meczu - "break pointów". Dalej obaj pewnie wygrywali swoje podania do stanu 6:5 dla Hiszpana, który w 12. gemie przyspieszył grę, a ryzykowne uderzenia piłek po liniach pozwoliły mu przełamać rywala. Tym samym rozstrzygnął trwającą 54 minut partię na swoją korzyść.

Także w trzeciej części finału wyrównana gra toczyła się niemal do samego końca. Ją również Nadal wygrał zdobywając "breaka" w ostatnim gemie. Po dwóch godzinach i 13 minutach wykorzystał pierwszego meczbola, po którym rzucił się na kort i zrobił fikołka z radości.

- Finał Wimbledonu jest zawsze moim marzeniem, a trzymając puchar mogę powiedzieć, że dostałem więcej. Tomas masz wspaniały sezon, więc przepraszam za dzisiaj, ale życzę ci powodzenia na resztę roku - powiedział odbierając trofeum Nadal, który otrzyma również milion funtów premii.

24-letni Berdych przed miesiącem osiągnął pierwszy wielkoszlemowy półfinał na kortach ziemnych im. Rolanda Garrosa w Paryżu. W Londynie poprawił ten rezultat i jako pierwszy Czech od 1987 roku dotarł do wimbledońskiego finału (wówczas dokonał tego pochodzący z Pragi Ivan Lendl, choć grał już z amerykańskim paszportem). Niedzielny mecz z loży królewskiej oglądał Jan Kodes, jedyny triumfator z tego kraju (1973). - To były dla mnie dwa wspaniałe tygodnie, ale on dzisiaj był zbyt silny. W ciągu ostatniego miesiąca po raz drugi udowodnił, że jest wielkim mistrzem i przyznaję, że zasłużył na to zwycięstwo - powiedział Berdych.

Hiszpan chociaż od początku czerwca prowadzi w klasyfikacji ATP World Tour został rozstawiony z dwójką. Zarząd All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club uznał bowiem, że na "jedynkę" bardziej zasługuje Szwajcar Roger Federer, sześciokrotny triumfator imprezy (2003-07 i 2009).

Tenisista z Bazylei nie obronił jednak tytułu, wyeliminowany w ćwierćfinale przez Berdycha. Brak Federera w finale Nadal wykorzystał do zdobycia drugiego tytułu w Londynie. Pierwszy wywalczył dwa lata temu, po zaskakującej wygranej ze Szwajcarem 9:7 w piątym secie. W niedzielę zdobył ósmy tytuł w Wielkim Szlemie, w którym pięciokrotnie zwyciężał w Roland Garros (2005-08 i w tym sezonie) i raz w Australian Open (2009).
17:30
- 6:4 - Dramatyczny początek gema dla Berdycha. Przegrywa dwie pierwsze wymiany, później doprowadza do remisu. Nadal jednak zwycięża gema, seta i mecz. Hiszpan po raz drugi zwycieża na Wimbledonie, a po raz 8 w turnieju wielkoszlemowym!
17:22
- 5:4 - Nadal nie daje zdobyć Berdychowi ani jednego punktu, posyła asa i zwycięża gema.
17:20 - 4:4 - Czech wygląda na bardzo zmęczonego. Nie zmienia to faktu, że wygrywa swojego gema i doprowadza do remisu. Hiszpan jest piekielnie mocny.


17:13 - 4:3 - Nadal pewnie zwycięża własnego gema. Czy Czech wytrzyma presję ?


17:11 - 3:3 - Berdych, serwuje piekielnie mocno, nie oddaje ani jednej piłki Hiszpanowi, zdobywa asa i wygrywa gema. Mamy remis.


17:08 - 3:2 - Nadal zdobywa kolejny punkt, gem za gem. Bardzo zacięta gra.


17:04 - 2:2 - Berdych mimo poprzedniego wycięczającego gema, Czech doprowadza do remisu, tanio skóry nie sprzeda.


17:00 - 2:1 - Bardzo długi gem, Czech był bliski breakpointa, ale Nadal pokazał, że nie na darmo jest najlepszą rakietą świata i gema wygrał.


16:53 - 1:1 - Czech mimo niezbyt komfortowej sytuacji (przegrywa 0:2 w setach), gra do końca. Najpierw zwycięża swojego gema, w gemie kolejnym, przy serwisie Nadala, wygrywa 30:15.


16:49 - 1:0 - Nadal zwycięża pierwszego gema w III secie


III set


16:44 - 7:5 - Break dla Nadala, Czech jakby stracił animusz, popełnia niewymuszony błąd za błędem i ostatecznie przegrywa gema do zera


16:41 - 6:5 - Bardzo zacięty gem. Długie wymiany, bardzo silne podania. Do 30 wygrywa Nadal


16:37 - 5:5 - Berdych pewnie serwuje, po pierwszej przegranej wymianie, daje zdobyć punkty Hiszpanowi jeszcze tylko raz. Mamy remis.


16:33 - 5:4 - W tym gemie Nadal nie pozsotawia złudzeń, kto jest najlepszym tenisitą świata. Gładko zwycięża Czecha, nie dając mu wygrać nawet jednej wymiany.


16:29 - 4:4 - Czech, nie pozwala Hiszpanowi na przełamanie, i ogrywa Nadala do 30.


16:24 - 4:3 - Nadal wraca do gry. Oddał Berdychowi tylko jedną piłkę, mocno seruje i świetnie gra forehandem. Piłkami posyłanymi raz w jeden, raz w drugi róg, ''każe'' Czechowi biegać po korcie.


16:21 - 3:3 - W grze Czecha widać ogromną determinację. Bardzo szybko wygrywa własnego gema.


16:18 - 3:2 - Ten gem obfitował w bardzo długie wymiany i dużo błędów Nadala. Hiszpan wydaje się zmęczony. Berdych od stanu 40:0, zdobywa 30 punktów


16:13 - 2:2 - Berdych w tym secie, po raz drugi wygrywa gema przy swoim serwisie, nie dając Rafie zdobyć ani jednego punktu. Czech, nie powiedział jeszcze ostatniego słowa.


16:09 - 2:1 - Hiszpan, dzięki niewymuszonym błędom Czecha wygrywa gema do 15.


16:06 - 1:1 - Czech zwycięża swoejego gema, nie oddając ani jednej piłki Nadalowi. W kolejnym gemie jego dobra passa trwa, zaczyna od 15:0


16:01 - 1:0 - Hiszpan dwa razy w siatkę i Berdych ma break-pointa. Nadalowi udało się doprowadzić do równowagi i po długiej walce na przewagi finalnie zwycięża.


15:50 - 6:3 - Berdych popisuje się dwoma asami (2 z 3 w tym meczu), ale mimo to nie jest w stanie nawiązać już walki z Nadalem. Przegrywa do 30, kończąc zagraniem w siatkę. Gładkie zwycięstwo Nadala w pierwszym secie, choć do stanu piątego gema prowadził Czech.


15:45 - 5:3 - Czech wyraźnie wybity z uderzenia. A Nadal znacznie przyspieszył i bombarduje Berdycha potężnymi odbiciami. Gem wygrany do zera


15:42 - 4:3 - Berdych próbuje przeganiać Nadala po korcie, ale Hiszpan fantastycznie odpowiada uderzeniem tuż przy linii. Dzięki temu prowadził 40:0 i wtedy spróbował skrótu... jednak nieudanego. Kolejny break-point jednak wykorzystany i pierwsze przełamanie w tym meczu stało się faktem.


15:37 - 3:3 - Nadal prowadził już 40:0, ale Berdych popisał się m.in. fantastycznym returnem i wygrał dwie wymiany. Jednak wobec asa serwisowego Nadala był już bezradny


15:33 - 2:3 - Jak na razie bez przełamań, każdy kolejny gem dla podającego. Berdych wygrywa do 15.


15:29 - 2:2 - Berdych fantastycznie bronił się przed kolejnymi smeczami Nadala, aż w końcu zagrał przy linii tak, że Hiszpan nie sięgnał piłki. Kolejne wymiany jednak na jego korzyść i wygrywa do 30.


15:24 - 1:2 - Berdych wygrywa swoje podanie 40:15, a Nadal w ostatniej wymianie popełnia niewymuszony błąd trafiając piłką w siatkę


15:20 - 1:1 - Nadal rewanżuje się Czechowi tym samym - szybki gem do zera i mamy remis


15:17 - 0:1 - Pierwszy gem bez historii. Berdych wygrywa do zera i wychodzi na prowadzenie


15:15 No to zaczynamy! Pierwsza wymiana dla Berdycha przy jego podaniu


15:10 Zawodnicy już rozgrzewają się na korcie, piękna pogoda, gwiazdy na trybunach. Wszyscy gotowi na wielkie widowisko, miejmy nadzieję, że Nadal i Berdych sprostają tym oczekiwaniom.


Przed meczem:

Tenisista z Majorki chociaż od początku czerwca prowadzi w klasyfikacji ATP World Tour został rozstawiony z dwójką. Zarząd All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club uznał bowiem, że na "jedynkę" bardziej zasługuje Szwajcar Roger Federer, sześciokrotny triumfator imprezy (2003-07 i 2009). Ten nie obronił jednak tytułu, gdyż w ćwierćfinale wyeliminował go Berdych.

Jego porażka otworzyła Nadalowi drogę do drugiego londyńskiego tytułu. Pierwszy zdobył dwa lata temu, po nieoczekiwanej wygranej z Federerem 9:7 w piątym secie.

W niedzielę Hiszpan może zdobyć ósmy tytuł wielkoszlemowy. Pięciokrotnie wygrał Roland Garros (2005-08 i w tym sezonie), a raz triumfował w Australian Open (2009). Jest faworytem bukmacherów firmy bwin, którzy jego szanse oceniają jako 1,26:1, natomiast rywala w stosunku 3,45:1.

Będzie to dziesiąty pojedynek Nadala z Berdychem, a bilans jest korzystny 7-3 dla Hiszpana, który wygrał ostatnich sześć meczów, w tym w ćwierćfinale Wimbledonu w 2007 roku.

24-letni Berdych (nr 12.) odnotował najlepszy wynik w karierze i jest pierwszym Czechem od 1987 roku, który dotarł do wimbledońskiego finału. Pochodzący z Pragi Ivan Lendl wówczas grał już szósty rok z amerykańskim paszportem. Przed miesiącem osiągnął pierwszy wielkoszlemowy półfinał na kortach ziemnych im. Rolanda Garrosa w Paryżu.

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The Championships - Day Thirteen Diary

ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the news and talking points at The Championships on the second Saturday.

What The Papers Are Saying

Patrick Kidd, in The Times, introduces readers to David Spearing, the honorary steward who has manned the player guest box at Wimbledon since 1974. “Spearing sits with the lower-seeded player’s family. ‘People ask me who I am supporting but I have to be impartial,’ he said. ‘Many of those parents have become close friends. The Henmans, Murrays, Federers and Williamses, you see them every other day, every year for ten years. It’s amazing how pleasant the families are to each other. There is much more shouting and shows of support than there used to be, but they are generally sporting.’ He adds that Robbie Federer, the father of Roger, is also helpful. ‘He always cleans up after Roger’s matches, taking away the rubbish,’ he said. How very Swiss.”

Security guards have been sharing gossip with Gaby Woods of The Telegraph. "At the wrought-iron gates where VIPs enter Wimbledon in shiny black cars, a gang of young guards is laughing. It’s the end of the day, after two semi-finals – they’re a little sunburnt, a little sweaty under their striped ties and stiff black caps, and they’ve seen just about everyone come and go. 'We’ve got loads of goss here,' says one. Such as? I ask. 'Rafa’s always losing his pass. And he likes biscuits!'"

The Wimbledon web site divulges what happens to the 54,000 used tennis balls at The Championships. “The used balls from matches come back 'automatically' from courtside, as part of the precision-machinery personnel who operate during matches. The price of the used balls has not changed in about a decade. The price of your donation to good tennis causes is £1 each or £2.50 for a tin of three. Last year, £15,000 was raised from used ball sales. This was donated to the British Schools Tennis Association's ‘Wimbledon Balls for Schools Scheme’.”

Writing in the Daily Mail, Alan Fraser discusses the merits of watching tennis on the Hill by Court One at Wimbledon, but just what exactly should we be calling it now? “Ever the gent, Mike Henman — yes, a brother — provided a couple of ground passes on Friday for one of his employees. ‘For Murray Mount?’ she asked on being handed the tickets. Henman was aghast. He took them back before relenting, allowing a valued member of staff to spend the day watching Andy Murray in a corner of England that for many will always be Henman Hill. Names are important. With Henman, it was easy. What else could it have been but Henman Hill? With Andy Murray, it is more complicated. Murray Mount or Murray Mound? Murray Mountain? Hill, Hump, Mount, Mound, Mountain, no matter which, they gathered in their thousands on the basis that watching with like-minded individuals invariably enhances the experience.”

Murray Mania

As fans flocked away from the All England Club and up Church Rd. to Southfields tube station on Friday evening, many stopped to have their photos taken outside PWP with a life-size cardboard cut-out of Andy Murray with the words “I’m sorry” in a speech bubble.

Three-time Wimbledon winner Boris Becker says aggression is the key if Murray is to win a Grand Slam championship. Writing in The Telegraph, the German said: “Andy Murray is not destined to always fall short. I really believe that he has a slam in him. In truth, Murray played as well as he could have done yesterday. He has not reached his potential yet. But he has to make small but important changes to his game if he actually wants to win a major. He has to be prepared to alter the way he instinctively thinks about the way he plays. He has to play the way he did yesterday, but all year round, until it becomes second nature. So that whenever he has that small chance, like that set point in the second set, he can take it instinctively. He is too smart, too motivated, not to do that.”

The Daily Mail is running quotes from five-time Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg, who told BBC Scotland that he firmly believes that Murray will win a Grand Slam championship title one day. “I was very impressed. Watching the match yesterday, if Nadal did not play as well as he did then Murray would have won. But Andy should be satisfied with what he did in Wimbledon. He played really well. Everybody had doubts before Wimbledon about how he would play, but he had a great tournament. Unfortunately, he played against Nadal, who was the better player that particular day.”

Writing in his column for the Independent, Nick Bollettieri declares that Nadal was simply too good against Murray in the semi-finals, but that there is much more to come from the British No. 1. “Too darn good. Sometimes you just have to raise your hands and say you were beaten by a better man and that's what Andy Murray had to do yesterday. The Briton gave almost the best of himself – while letting a few, key chances get away – but in all honesty I think that Rafael Nadal's form is just so hot, even a top-level Murray performance would probably not have been good enough. So, what next for Murray? Good things, surely. He's still in the ascendant. Murray is still young, 23, and there are years of Slam opportunities opening up in front of him. He's been a real contender at this Wimbledon, and I see no reason, physical, technical or mental, why he cannot continue to be a contender for years to come.”

Looking Ahead To The Final

World renowned tennis coach, Nick Bollettieri, writes in the Independent that Nadal will have too much experience for Tomas Berdych when the pair meets in the Wimbledon final on Sunday. “They're the same age – 24 – and while Nadal more than lived up to his youthful billing, Berdych has taken longer to shine. Nadal has won the last six meetings on the trot, however. Nadal has the big-stage experience, and temperament. Bombs from the baseline will only get Berdych so far. I think they might get him a set, at most, but I take Rafa to cement his position as the world's best player.”

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How The Wimbledon Final Was Won

Second-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal  has captured his second title at The Championships after he defeated No. 12 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 victory in two hours and 12 minutes on Sunday. Nadal, with a 14-match winning streak at Wimbledon, has now won eight Grand Slam championship crowns and 41 tour-level trophies.

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Here is how the match was won.

FIRST SET
Berdych started confidently in his first major championship final, dropping just one point in his first three service games. But Nadal began to impose himself at 3-3. Capitalising on two groundstroke errors and hitting a running forehand winner past Berdych, Nadal converted his second break point opportunity at 15/40 with a powerful backhand crosscourt return winner. He confirmed the break with a love hold for 5-3, before Berdych – who hit his 100th ace of the tournament for 15/30 – lost patience during a long baseline rally and gifted Nadal an error. Nadal sealed the 34-minute opening-set 6-3, with a forehand return down the line that his Czech opponent could not scramble back. It was Nadal's 15th straight set won against Berdych, who hit 48 per cent of first serves into court. Nadal won 92 per cent of first deliveries.

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SECOND SET
Nadal, not playing at his very best level, came under immediate pressure in a 10-minute first game, which saw him commit five unforced errors and save three break points with two attacking forehands and a big second serve. Berdych lost the first point in three straight service games, but continued to resist adopting the tactic of serve and volley. At 5-6, 0/15, Berdych hit a drop shot half volley that Nadal quickly reached and pinned his opponent with a backhand. Berdych, who had hit seven aces during the 54-minute set, then committed two forehand errors to hand Nadal a commanding lead. Nadal had won 11 of 13 points on approach to the net.

THIRD SET
Berdych was unable to reel off winners off short balls, as he had done against Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in previous rounds. So the Czech reverted to Plan B, attacking the net. It almost paid off, but Nadal saved one break point at 1-1, 30/40, when Berdych netted a sliced backhand off a short rally. At 4-5, Berdych battled back from 0/30 but he fired a mid-court forehand long at deuce. Nadal converted his first championship point with a cross-court forehand winner that left Berdych motionless at the net.

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The Championships - Day Fourteen Diary

ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the news and talking points at The Championships on the second Sunday.

What The Papers Are Saying

Before Rafael Nadal had even stepped on court for his Wimbledon final date with Tomas Berdych, talk had already begun that he is ready to assume the unofficial mantle of ‘best player ever’. “When they pack away the strawberries, calm the parched grass and close up this marvellous old institution for another year, Rafael Nadal's name should be written all over the 133rd edition of Wimbledon. If he beats Tomas Berdych in the final this afternoon the amazing Spaniard will be closing in on Roger Federer for the unofficial and hotly contested title of best player in the history of the game,” says The Guardian. “Nadal said after winning his fifth title in Roland Garros that it was ridiculous to suggest he could ever match Federer's records. Such humility stems, most probably, from his own doubts about his tendinitis, which he manages but will never be rid of. One player here who is in little doubt about who is the best player in the world at the moment is Andy Murray. ‘He's the best player in the world,’ Murray said. ‘He hasn't lost here [at Wimbledon 2010]. I've said it for a few years, I love watching him play.’”

In its reflection on the Wimbledon final, the New York Times wrote that the blustery conditions on the All England Club played into Nadal’s hands against the flat-hitting Berdych. “Minutes before the match started, in the ESPN booth high above Centre Court, the commentators Dick Enberg and Patrick McEnroe said they believed the conditions favored Nadal against the big-serving, risk-taking Berdych, the challenger from the Czech Republic. Not only had it rarely rained during this tournament, making the grass harder and allowing for higher bounces, but wind shot through the All England Club early Sunday morning. That, too, worked better for Nadal, whose furious, spin-heavy groundstrokes leave a higher margin for error.”

BBC pundits John Lloyd and Greg Rusedski both gave their analysis on Nadal’s strong display in his 10th major final. “You felt Tomas Berdych had to win the first set but he was a bit nervous when he came out and Rafa Nadal's standard was so high from the beginning. Rafa just didn't let him in, Berdych's weapons were neutralized,” assessed Lloyd, Great Britain’s former Davis Cup captain. Added 1997 US Open finalist, Rusedski: “Once Rafa Nadal got the initiative it was one-way traffic - Berdych created a few break points but couldn't convert them. And Rafa can win the French Open and Wimbledon one after the other because he can adjust and has the strongest mind - when people were writing him off because of injuries, he came back better. Unfortunately for all you Federer fans out there, this guy's going to be number one for a long time.”

Spanish Sports paper, Marca is hoping history will repeat itself by Spain going on to win the World Cup following Nadal’s success at Wimbledon and Roland Garros. “Success for Rafael Nadal and the Spanish national football team has gone hand in hand. Both Nadal and La Roja (“The Reds”) have done their bit for Spain to go through a golden age in sport and now in 2010, we could have a repeat of what happened two years ago. Rafa Nadal has won the same Grand Slams this year that he won in 2008 and Spain is performing strongly in South Africa as it looks to win the World Cup for the first time. On 6 July 2008, Nadal made history by winning Wimbledon and becoming the first Spaniard to do so since Manuel Santana in 1966. Seven days earlier, Iker Casillas had lifted the second European Championships trophy in Spain’s history. Now, in 2010 is seems the same sequence could be happening. On 4 July, Nadal won his second Wimbledon title and in seven days time (11 July) La Roja could be competing in the World Cup final. Nadal has done his job, now it’s the turn of Vicente del Bosque’s team.”

Statistic Of The Day

It is the first time since 1995 that Wimbledon has been rain-free, causing BBC pundits Andrew Castle and Tim Henman to render the Centre Court roof simply an expensive parasol for those sat in the Royal Box!

Tweet Of The Day

Following Nadal’s Wimbledon success, World No. 2 doubles pairing Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan were quick to send their congratulations to the Spaniard, and also give props to US Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe for correctly predicting the score.

“Happy 4th of July. Congrats to Rafa on his 2nd Wimby. Impressed that @patrickmcenroe predicted Rafa 3,5,&4. He nailed it.”

To which McEnroe responded: “Got a little lucky Bros-not like u boys on the dubs court! Time for 62”

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Singiel :

Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2] def. Tomas Berdych (CZE)[12] 6-3 7-5 6-4

Debel :

Jurgen Melzer (AUT)/Philipp Petzschner (GER) def. Horia Tecau (ROM)[16]/Robert Lindstedt (SWE)[16] 6-1 7-5 7-5

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WIMBLEDON, England -- Wimbledon attracted a record crowd for the final Sunday of the Grand Slam tournament.

The All England Club said Monday that 32,036 spectators came through the gates Sunday, which featured Rafael Nadal's straight-sets victory over Tomas Berdych in the men's final.

The figure beat the previous record of 30,867 on the final Sunday last year.


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Tramlines: Deja-vu, no?

Whilst the rest of the country has been basking in 25 degree heat enjoying traditionally rain-affected events such as Wimbledon and Glastonbury, Tramlines has been chained to its desk in a suburban office with very few windows and an over-zealous air-con machine.

And so you can imagine Tramlines's confusion when Monday morning dawned to the news that Rafael Nadal had been crowned Wimbledon champion and that Spain were in the last four of a major football tournament.

"Has some Groundhog Day-esqe freak of nature meant its 2008 again?" was the first thought that ran through Tramlines's mind as it stumbled into work at an ungodly hour.

Apparently though it is still very much 2010. Shame.

Still, Nadal did indeed romp to his second French Open-Wimbledon double (just like 2008) and Spain, alongside Germany, the Netherlands and Uruguay, are through to the last eight of the World Cup.

In fact, Spanish sporting paper As reports that Nadal has already been in contact with the Spanish team, sending them text messages of support and encouragement.

They will need it to get past (whisper it) Germany first if they are to complete what the Spanish media is reporting would be a "golden double".

But if their football team can muster anything like the single-minded determination that Nadal has displayed over the past few months, you wouldn't count it out.

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Now, Tramlines isn't one for jumping on the bandwagon and joining everyone in shouting from the rooftops that Roger Federer is finished as a major force in tennis.

Apart from anything else, TL thinks the 16-times Grand Slam winner simply deserves more respect than that.

But it would agree that Federer's failure to reach even the last eight at Wimbledon is the end of an era.

Ignore the fact that Federer's quite frankly outrageous record of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals came to an end at last month's French Open.

This was Wimbledon. And Federer had at least been in the final every year since Australia's Lleyton 'Mongrel' Hewitt lifted the title way back in 2002, losing only once to Nadal in THAT final two years ago.

All of a sudden Federer's unbeatable aura has gone, replaced by something a little more stroppy and a lot more "attackable", as American commentators Tracy Austin and John McEnroe like to say.

The manner of Federer's really very narrow win over Colombian Alejandro Falla in the first round and his subsequent four-sets defeat to Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals, was the perfect illustration that players just aren't frightened of the Swiss maestro anymore.

They know that if they play the match of their lives they can beat Federer. Not only that; they also know that if they keep at him and at him for a time approaching four hours then he will likely contribute to his own defeat with some slightly rash, frustrated shots.

Having said that, of course Federer can still win more Grand Slams.

Never mind the fact he has slumped to the, ahem, lowly position of world number three in the new set of world rankings; never mind the fact this is the first time in years that he has reached the half-way stage of the season with only one title to his name.

Federer is still more than capable of winning major titles - he's just not as dominant as he once was.

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RANKINGS

Nadal further plumps his cushion at world number one, having been unable to play the grass-court season last year and therefore having no points to defend.

Novak Djokovic moves into second for reasons already mentioned (see above) while Andy Murray stays at fourth after his second straight Wimbledon semi-final appearance.

French Open finalist Robin Soderling moves up one spot to fifth while Tomas Berdych's run to his maiden Grand Slam final sees him jump from 13th to eighth.

Andy Roddick's failure to repeat his run to the final in SW19 means he drops two places to ninth.

In the women's rankings, former world number five Vera Zvonareva is, unsurprisingly, the biggest mover of the fortnight.

The Russian, who was sidelined for much of 2009 with a nasty ankle injury, leaps up from 21 to ninth, while Serena Williams's defence of her title means she extends her lead at the top.

Sister Venus, on the other hand, endured a tournament to forget by her standards, failing to reach the final in either the singles or the women's doubles and drops from second down to fourth.

Jelena Jankovic, therefore, leap-frogs Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki into second, while Sam Stosur and Kim Clijsters both move up one to fifth and seventh respectively.

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QUOTES OF WIMBLEDON

Winner: "I can catch a chicken. I can show you. Yeah, serious. I can catch a chicken." - Erm, thanks for that insight Lu Yen-Hsun. Not exactly what we had in mind when we asked for a little more information about the little-known player from Chinese Taipei.

Runner-up: "Just met the Queen. What an honour. I was so nervous, thought I would completely shank my courtesy" - Laura Robson, Tramlines salutes you for coming up with a phrase we never ever thought we'd hear.

Wooden spoon: "I don't want to get into what was said. I mean, it was private conversation. That was why nobody wanted cameras or anything there to pick up everything that was getting said. It was a private conversation." - come on Andy Murray, throw a dog a bone. It's not everyday you get to meet the Queen.

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A-BOG v A-BOG

It's not often you get to celebrate a gladiatorial contest of the magnitude that is A-Bog v A-Bog. Forget the World Cup; this is the competition that really separates the boys from the men.

And the win this week goes to A-Bog (GB) as Alex Bogdanovic reached the second round of Wimbledon qualifying before losing a 6-3 3-6 22-24 epic to Frenchman Nicolas Mahut (seriously, what is it with that guy and long matches?)

Alex Bogomolov Jr, on the other hand, lost in a boringly normal scoreline of 1-6 6-2 6-4 to South Africa's Rik De Voest.

Standings: A-Bog (US) 10-8 A-Bog (GB)

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THIS WEEK

Not too much to report with all the big names taking a well-earned break post Wimbledon.

But there is ATP Newport, featuring that man Mahut as well as Americans Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey.

Meanwhile, the women, lead by Flavia Pennetta and Aravane Rezai, head to WTA Palermo and WTA Budapest.
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Review of Wimbledon 2010

The 124th Championships, a Royal tournament thanks to the first visit to the All England Club by Her Majesty the Queen for 33 years, was also a record-breaking occasion in many ways, most notably in that unforgettable first round men's singles between John Isner of the United States and France's Nicolas Mahut, which smashed every existing record in the sport. Then there was the wonderful weather, which ushered the tournament to a prompt conclusion and was described by the All England Club's historian, Alan Little, as "the sunniest I can remember". And finally, there were the champions, Rafael Nadal clocking up various new marks by winning the men's championship for a second time, and Serena Williams, who rounded out in thunderous fashion a decade in which she and her sister Venus have utterly dominated the women's singles.

In defeating the 12th seed, Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 Nadal confirmed his clear status as world No.1. He became the first Spaniard to win Wimbledon twice and he again matched Bjorn Borg's 1980 mark and Roger Federer (2009) by coming from triumph at the French Open on clay to capture Wimbledon on grass, just as he had done two years ago. Nadal had been unable to defend that 2008 title last summer because of knee problems but his return to action this year has been sensationally successful as he swept unstoppably through the clay court season and then won the world's premier prize and the one he covets most of all, Wimbledon.

Nadal needed only two hours 13 minutes to do the job, the quickest men's final since Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick in 2005, and Serena Williams did an even more rapid job in the women's final on the preceding day. She dismissed Russia's Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2 in 67 minutes to complete an astonishing decade of Wimbledon domination by the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus. Between them they have captured the women's title nine times in the 11 years since the Millennium and, says Serena, they intend to be back next year to carry on the good work.

In stark contrast was the Isner-Mahut first round marathon, which stretched over three days, lasted 11 hours five minutes and totalled 183 games before Isner staggered away the winner 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68. The final set alone lasted just over eight hours. Both men shattered the record for aces in one match, previously held by Ivo Karlovic at 78. Isner delivered 112 and Mahut also cracked the century with 103. An exhausted Isner crashed out to Thiemo De Bakker of Holland in the next round, collecting just five games.

The tournament was notable for the number of men's five-set matches in the early rounds. Nadal himself survived two of them, against Robin Haase of Holland and Germany's Philipp Petzschner, and another, between the third seed Novak Djokovic and Olivier Rochus of Belgium, saw the only occasion on which the Centre Court roof was closed, due to lack of light rather than the threat of rain. That five-setter also produced another Wimbledon record, the latest-ever finish to a day's play at 10.58pm.

The top six men's seeds all survived into the fourth round, the first time this has happened at Wimbledon since 2001 but then the unexpected happened to several of them. Andy Roddick, seeded fifth and three times a Wimbledon runner-up, crashed out in the fourth round to Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu, ranked 82 in the world, in another five-setter.

Then in the biggest shock of the whole fortnight, the No.1 seed and defending champion Roger Federer was overpowered in four sets by Berdych,, the first time in seven years he had failed either to win the title or reach the final. Berdych next took out Djokovic in straight sets, while in the bottom half of the draw the rapidly-improving Nadal saw off sixth-seeded Robin Soderling and then the home hope, Andy Murray, in the quarters and semis.

In the women's singles Maria Sharapova, the only other former champion in the draw besides the Williams sisters, was unfortunate to find herself in the same quarter of the draw as Serena Williams, and paid the price of not yet having fully recovered her form following shoulder surgery last year. Though Venus Williams, a five-time champion, fell in the quarter-finals and Kim Clijsters, winner over Justine Henin in the all-Belgian clash between two women who had retired from the sport and then decided to return, was also a shock loser to Zvonareva in the quarter-finals, Serena Williams powered on irresistibly. She served 89 aces, beating her own record set last year.

In the doubles, the men's title went to an unseeded pair, Austria's Jurgen Melzer and Germany's Philipp Petzschner, playing only their seventh tournament as a team. In an event which lost its top seeds and two-time defending champions Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic as early as the second round (to a British team, Chris Eaton and Dominic Inglot), Melzer and Petzschner defeated the 16th seeds, Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Romania's Horia Tecau 6-1, 7-5, 7-5.

The women's doubles was won by an American-Kazakh combination, Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova. Also unseeded, they overcame the Russians, Elena Vesnina and Zvonareva, 7-6, 6-2. For Zvonareva, it provided the second Centre Court disappointment in the space of a few hours following her singles loss to Serena Williams, and came after the Russians had caused the surprise of the event in the quarter-finals by eliminating the top-seeded Williams sisters 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The mixed doubles championship, at least, fell to a seeded combination, Leander Paes and Cara Black, the second seeds, This India-Zimbabwe combination beat Wesley Moodie of South Africa and Lisa Raymond (United States) 6-4. 7-6.

The boys' singles was captured by Hungary's 13th-seeded Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 6-4 against Benjamin Mitchell of Australia, and the ninth seed, Kristyna Pliskova, won the girls' singles title in impressive fashion, dropping just one set on her way to a final against Japan's Sachie Ishizu. The 10th-seeded Ishizu, who had put out the British hope Laura Robson at the semi-final stage, provided stiff opposition before Pliskova came through 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

There was also Hungarian success in the girls' doubles for Timea Babos who teamed with Sloane Stephens of the United States to beat Russia's Irina Khromacheva and Elina Svitolina, the top seeds, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2. The boys' doubles, an all-British final, was won by the wild cards Liam Broady and Tom Farquharson 7-6, 6-4 against Lewis Burton and George Morgan.

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Quotes of the tournament

"Quarters is a decent result. Obviously people think quarters is shocking, but people would die to play in the quarter-final stages of Grand Slam play. It's not something I'm used to doing, losing in quarter-finals, because it's not something I've done in the last six years."
Roger Federer reflects on the positive side of his shock quarter-final exit.

"I can catch a chicken. I can show you. Yeah, serious. I can catch a chicken."
Lu Yen-Hsun shows he's a man of many talents.

"So obviously I'm not pleased with this result, but I have to move on. What else can I do? Unless I have a time machine, which I don't."
Venus Williams on losing her quarter-final to Tsvetana Pironkova and the possibility of time travel.

"Uhm, no, you know, at the moment I'm just really focused on not saying 'uhm'. I read something on the Wimbledon website. The person that types it all in [the press conference stenographer] said that I start every sentence with 'uhm.' So right now I'm just trying not to do that."
The 2008 girls' singles champion Laura Robson on her newly discovered verbal tic.

"Her curtsey is unreal. If she ever demonstrates it for you, it's going to blow your socks off."
Venus Williams reveals just how much work Serena has put in preparing to meet the Queen.

"My coach actually, believe it or not, said jokingly before the tournament started that I'll be able to play 10 hours."
Record breaker John Isner proves that there is many an understatement spoken in jest.

"At this moment, it's really painful. But it was amazing to play these three days. We played the greatest tennis match ever at the greatest place to play tennis."
Nicolas Mahut on losing the longest match in Grand Slam history to John Isner.

"Yeah, I don't want to get into what was said. I mean, it was a private conversation. That was why nobody wanted cameras or anything there to pick up everything that was getting said. It was a private conversation."
Andy Murray remains tight lipped about his conversation with the Queen after her first visit to The Championships since 1977.

"Yeah, of course she's beatable. She's a human being. She's not a machine. I mean, it's very difficult to beat her. You have to play your best. But, you know, if you do, you can do it."

Vera Zvonareva following her final round defeat to Serena Williams.

"If I am, I want you to personally take me off and escort me off the court. There's no way I need to be out here at 38."
Serena Williams shunning the suggestion that she could possibly be playing here for another decade.

"I think the biggest difference between us was that when he get a chance, he just took it."

Tomas Berdych on the reason he finished on the losing side.
"Just can I say thank you very much for all the organisation and all the crowd, because when I am on the court they make me feel unbelievable."
The final word to Mr Nadal. Champion and gentleman.

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The best of Wimbledon shorts

While the world's tennis stars took care of the serious business out on court, Wimbledon.org captured the lighter side of the tournament in 'Tennis Shorts'.

Even before the tournament started the world's best female players were fighting it out for honours of the red carpet kind, descending on London for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour pre-Wimbledon Party. Serena, Ana and Maria hold court with a difference.

The All England Club welcomed back some familiar and well-loved faces including Amelie Mauresmo, who took on a temporary coaching gig supporting Michael Llodra for the grass court season (A familiar face), the self-proclaimed Spice Girls of tennis Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova (Return of tennis Spice Girls) and tour favourite Kim Clijsters, embarking on the first Wimbledon campaign of her second career (Puppy love).

Perhaps the most popular visitors of the fortnight were cool cat David Beckham - who came along to check out Andy Murray's semi-final against Rafael Nadal (Beckham turns Robson's frown upside down), and the Queen, whose royal visit brought Wimbledon fans to their feet and the caused a frenzy in the Twitterverse on the first Thursday of the fortnight (Dining with the Queen and Tweeting #HerMaj).

The John Isner v Nicolas Mahut was one of the biggest stories of the tournament in every sense of the word, spawning a plethora of blogs befitting the longest match in Grand Slam history. Number crunching Isner v Mahut told the tale in numbers, while Tennis unites sports fans highlighted the cross-continent appeal of the 11-hour and six-minute 6-3 3-6 6-7 7-6 70-68 marathon.

As ever, fashion was a hot topic of conversation throughout the fortnight.Venus Williams sported a dress designed in honour of music legend Tina Turner (Venus on song in the fashion stakes), Serena dipped into her big sister's jewelry box (Serena's great jewel heist), we analysed the on-court fashions (What the stylish players are wearing) and even fans in the legendary Wimbledon queue got into the act (Styling it out in the Wimbledon queue).

Elsewhere, the sun shone and sunscreen walked out of the pharmacy door (The heat is on), players filled the 'twitterverse' with talk of compatriots' success (Clijsters flies the flag for Belgium) and their new websites (Murray ups the online ante), we witnessed Murray fever (Evans in Murray's corner and Dame Kelly backs Murray) and we saw ABBA slide down the charts of Wimbledon's musical-going players (Mamma Mia! Here we don't go again).

And, when all was (almost) said and done we discovered that, while some of the tournament's top seeds had failed to live up to their billing, traditional objects of desire at the Wimbledon Shop held true to their rankings in 2010 (Living up to top billing).

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Memorable moments of Wimbledon 2010

Members of the wimbledon.org team reflect on memorable moments and matches from the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. What are your most memorable moments of this year's Championships?


Marathon man Mahut - Drew Lilley (15 June)
On the second day of qualifying, back in mid-June at the Bank of England club in Roehampton, Alex Bogdanovic was trying to earn his way into the main draw on merit after eight years' of wild-cards and eight first round defeats. He had won his opening round and was confident of getting through, finally proving to the British public that he was a player to be reckoned with. He took the opening set with some big services, and though he dropped the second, he was looking confident as the third began. After a drizzly first day, the weather had improved and the sun came out to greet the decider, to the delight of the healthy crowd. The fans were looking forward to some good tennis, and they were treated to the unexpected delights of a third set that went the distance. Break chances were few and far between, but when Bogdanovic double-faulted to go 0-40 down at 10-10, it looked as if the writing was on the wall for the lefty. To the delight of the fans, he dug deep and won five points in a row, serving big particularly from the deuce court. Both players then settled back into a rhythm on service, but the deciding break finally came in the 45th game, to the chagrin of the hundreds of supporters who were basking in the late evening sunshine on the bank alongside the court. Bogdanovic lost, and the score line read an incredible 24-22 in the decider. And his adversary on that fateful day almost three weeks ago? An unheralded Frenchman by the name of Nicolas Mahut. Like deciding sets at Wimbledon, Mahut was built to go the distance...

Mahut beats Bogdanovic in four hour thriller


Putting a lid on it - Sally Easton (21 June)

The Championships has been blessed with glorious weather this year, which is rather ironic since the Centre Court is now the proud owner of a retractable, transparent roof, which is designed to ensure continuous tennis coverage in the event of rain. Notwithstanding that it didn't rain at all during the fortnight, the roof was used on the opening day of the Championships - to counter bad light.

No.3 seed Novak Djokovic had been struggling in his opening match against Belgium's Olivier Rochus. He was two sets to one down, and as the light was fading, the men were sent back to the locker room. More than 40 minutes later the men were back. The roof was closed. The lights were on. The atmosphere conditioning system was working to a tee. The audience was ensconced, and enthralled by this small moment of history. Djokovic scraped through his match in five. And more than this, it was the latest finish in Wimbledon history - the courtside clock had ticked over to 10:59. Such a record is unlikely to be beaten, as planning constraints require play to finish no later than 11.00pm.

Djokovic downs Rochus under the roof


Isner v Mahut: the prelude - Paul Kiernan (22 June)

My memory of The Championships, for once, does not come from grass courts of The All England Club but from the cupboard we affectionately known as the Wimbledon website production office. In the afternoon of the first Wednesday, the editor pointed out a match going on Court 18. "It's 12-12 in the fifth set between Isner and Mahut. It probably won't come to much, but keep an eye on it just in case." The rest, as they say, is Wimbledon history.
Wimbledon's 10-hour tussle set for third day


Eye on the ball - Lee Goodall (22-24 June)

Like many people, I'll remember the 2010 Championships for the John Isner-Nicolas Mahut marathon. I noticed the scores at around 12-12 in the fifth set and was asked by my editor to "keep an eye on it". It was my job to research and report the records that were broken as the second afternoon of the match unfolded. I started by watching them set a new mark for 'most aces in a Wimbledon match' and by the evening they'd re-written the history books. The quality of tennis was phenomenal considering how long those guys had been on court. Of course, Isner was never going to survive his second round match but the duo will forever be remembered for one of the greatest sporting battles ever witnessed. And, almost as importantly for our sport, they put tennis onto front pages all over the world.

Isner finally triumphs in longest ever match


Unpredictable epic - Sarah Edworthy (24 June)

I loved the way the Isner v Mahut match 'wallpapered' the first three days of the 2010 Championships. It was so gloriously unpredictable. Wherever I went on my quest to find off-court culture, there it was on a TV screen in the background. I caught the culmination of it on a TV in the official Championships Hairdressing salon where two players were having their hair cut. To hear their comments of admiration and respect for these two guys, their peers on the Tour, was very salutary. So, too, was the way they wanted John Inverdale to drop asking questions of the defeated Mahut. It was a touching human moment at the culmination of a superhuman display.

Marathon match all the talk of the locker room


A right royal visit - Helen Gilbert (24 June)
The Queen's visit was the highlight of the tournament for me. I was standing on the press balcony waiting for Her Majesty to walk past Court No.14. There was a real buzz among the crowds that had gathered to see her; much chatter and laughter. Then the strangest thing happened. As the Head of State began to approach St Mary's Walk, a hushed silence enveloped the grounds. People stopped talking and moving in a mark of respect and admiration. They weren't told to do it. It just happened naturally. It was a surreal moment; a sense of history unfolding before your eyes and being a part of it. Absolutely incredible.

The Queen visits Wimbledon


Little Aussie battler - Rob McLean (25 June)
Watching Lleyton Hewitt defeat Gael Monfils to reach the fourth round was remarkable considering what the Aussie has been through with injury in the last two years. The 29-year-old Australian had a second hip operation at the start of the year and most observers felt that would be the beginning of the end for the 2002 Wimbledon champion. Hewitt came into the event on a high after beating Roger Federer in Halle and his form held up to the extent that he was looking like a dark horse for the title. Monfils, at 23, has all the talent but was too erratic and Hewitt once again showed the fighting spirit reminiscent of Jimmy Connors.

Hewitt edges past erratic Monfils

Lu knocks out Roddick - Ronald Atkin (28 June)

In a memorable Championships, my most memorable moment was Yen-Hsun Lu's five-set victory over Andy Roddick in the fourth round. Lu is one of the fairy tales in a tough, professional tour: the son who was required to take financial care of his family in Taipei because of his father's early death. After knocking out the fifth-seeded Roddick, three times a Wimbledon runner-up, Lu talked about his late father's career as a vendor of live chickens and how he used to help him snare them. Catching chickens and putting them into cages was, he claimed, something at which he was accomplished, offering to show a media conference how it was done.

Roddick stunned by world No.82 Lu

Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova's first press conference - Alix Ramsay (29 June)
The return of Anna Kournikova and Martina Hingis to The Championships produced a thundering of hooves in the press room. Red-blooded reporters - aficionados of the topspin backhand pass to a man, natch - stampeded towards the interview room after the pair's opening match in the Ladies Invitation Doubles. Once behind the microphone, Kournikova, she who had been Greta Garbo-like in her playing days when it came to dealing with the press (she always wanted to be alone), simply would not shut up. Of the 2,780 words uttered in the press conference - and that includes the journalists' questions and the moderator's attempts to wrap it up - 1,545 were spoken by Kournikova. She simply would not allow Martina to get a word in edgeways. Even when the question was directed at the Swiss Miss, Kournikova butted in with an answer. By the end of it, Hingis sat and smiled while her partner blathered one and on. Methinks that unless Anna K allows Martina to share just a little more of the spotlight, this retirement doubles partnership lark may not last too long.
Return of tennis spice girls

Federer knocked out by Berdych - John Burns (30 June)

Going into this year's Championships, a number of questions surrounded Roger Federer. After an indifferent run of results after winning the Australian Open in January, the six-time Wimbledon champion was beaten Robin Soderling in the quarter-finals of the French Open, ending a streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi-final appearances. He would then lose to Lleyton Hewitt in the final of Halle. At Wimbledon, he was forced to come back from two sets behind to win his opening match against Alejandro Falla and was taken to four sets by Ilija Bozoljac in the second round, but as the tournament progressed, he appeared to be getting back in his groove, with straight sets wins over Arnaud Clement and Jurgen Melzer. In the quarter-finals though, Federer - hampered by his own admission by leg and back injuries - could not do anything about Berdych's power tennis and was beaten by the Czech in four sets. It was a pivotal moment in the tournament: Federer was a huge presence at Wimbledon with seven consecutive final appearances at The Championships and he would be absent from the last days of the event for the first time since 2002.

Six-times champion Federer stunned by Berdych


Star of the future - Mike Burke (2 July)

Oliver Golding, a lanky seventeen year old from Great Britain, wowed the crowds in the boy's singles and courted the media with entertaining post-match press conferences.The boy from Twickenham, powered his way to the semi-finals of the boys' singles, accompanying Laura Robson at the latter stages of the junior event, the first time since 1972 that Great Britain had a boy and a girl in the semis. After a memorable campaign Golding showed his star qualities in his press conferences. The calm, confident, friendly former child actor spoke his mind clearly and told tales of his past and present and even found time to give us an excellent impersonation of Rafael Nadal, a golden moment at this year's Wimbledon.
Golding's Got Talent


Stalking Beckham - Charlotte James (2 July)

Being in the same postcode as the delightful David Beckham, albeit separated by three centimeters of commentary box Perspex, was one of the moments of the tournament for me. Of course my eyes were glued to Nadal and Murray during games, but at the change of ends… Well, show me a red-blooded female of my age who wouldn't sneak a sideways look at HRH (His Royal Hotness) Beckham if he was sitting 20 meters to the left. The best bit? When he ruffled Brooklyn's hair, his son swatting his hand away impatiently. "Daaaaaaad! You're embarrassing me on national television!"
Robson's frown turned upside down by Beckham

Zvonareva's struggle - Nigel Powell (3 July)
Vera Zvonareva had kept her emotions in check throughout the tournament but on ladies' final day the floodgates opened. When Zvonareva walked on to Centre Court against Serena Williams, there was a surge of support for her from a crowd keen to help the underdog. That support turned to sympathy as the Russian was crushed by Serena's power. At the end of the match, the emotion of the final and her disappointment at the way she played proved too much for Zvonareva. Her face crumpled and she began to cry. She struggled through the on-court post match interview and trophy presentation, fighting back more tears. Sadly, there was to be more sorrow for Zvonareva later that afternoon. In the women's doubles final, she and her partner Elena Vesnina lost the first set tie-break and she cracked again as another final looked like slipping away. At the change-over after the pair dropped the first set, she was in floods of tears and buried her head in a towel. She remained emotional for the rest of the match, as TV cameras zoomed in on her misery. At the end, she was so distraught at losing two finals that she threw a towel over an offending TV camera.

Perfectionist Zvonareva criticises her performance

Nadal and Williams win Wimbledon - David Bates (3-4 July)

While the finals themselves did not have the excitement of recent years, the winners of the 2010 men's and ladies' events were worthy champions. Serena Williams was in imperious form and didn't lose a set during the tournament. With a dominant serve (she served 89 aces during The Championships) and powerful ground game, Serena was superb. After beating Vera Zvonareva in the final, she did a dance for joy in the AELTC Clubhouse, while clutching the Venus Rosewater Dish - a trophy she has now won four times - tightly to her chest. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal was taken to five sets in early round matches against Robin Haase and Phipp Petschner, towards the end of the tournament, he was magnificent. A breathtaking performance against Andy Murray in the semi-finals, was followed by a comfortable win over the dangerous Tomas Berdych in the final, to claim his second Wimbledon title.

Nadal overjoyed at winning title he loves the most

Superb Serena smashes her way to fourth title


Rain, rain, stay away - Ian Baker (4 July)

The English rain has in the past been synonymous with Wimbledon. Who could forget Sir Cliff Richard's impromptu display in previous Championships after overcast conditions had intervened? But we have not seen a single interruption due to rain in the entire 2010 Championships, the first time that has happened since 1995. It is a joy to see so many happy faces enjoying the consistently bright sunshine in such beautiful surroundings. Thousands on the hill watching tennis in front of the big screen while eating ice creams and strawberries and cream while sipping their cold drinks. That is the real Wimbledon.
The Heat is On

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Cześć wszystkim. Dopiero co wróciłem z wakacji (super było) i akurat tak się złożyło że trwały podczas Wimbledonu. Cóż regularnie czytałem jednak forum więc doskonale zdaję sobie sprawę co się działo przez cały turniej, niestety. Od siebie teraz bym dodał swoje krótkie podsumowanie.

Zdecydowanie jestem pozytywnie zaskoczony postawą Berdycha. Ma chłop b. dobry sezon, a jednak brakuje mu wygranego turnieju żeby był znakomity. Tomas zaprezentował kawał dobrego tenisa, serwis, ataki były zabójcze prawie dla każdego. Nie spodziewałem się że Czech może zawitać w finale i powalczyć o tytuł, a jednak stało się to co się stało. Również mecz Isner-Mahut mnie wprawił w zdumienie - ile można grać ? Federer zagrał blamaż. Myślałem że już zaczął coś grać kiedy odstawił Melzera, a tu Berdych go rozbija. Murray również zagrał lepiej jak sądziłem - spodziewałem się że góra ćwierćfinał zrobi, a tu obronił punkty z zeszłego roku. Novaczek znowu jakimś cudem przebił się do ćwierćfinału - nawet półfinał zgarnął. Bądź co bodź ale pewne pokonanie Hewitta na trawie świadczy że Serb coś jednak grał. Nadal również mnie zaskoczył. Kiedy mówiono przed turniejem że on może wygrać zawody to ciśnienie mi podskakiwało .... no i stało się.


I teraz to czego nie mogłem przeboleć przez kilka dni. Roddick Ty ofermo, baranie i gamoniu znowu spierdzieliłeś sprawę. Ja rozumiem że miałeś gorszy dzień, coś nie szło no ale żeby przegrać mecz w takim stylu - wstyd . Ja nie wiem co Ty żeś sobie przed meczem założył, że wyjdziesz i filigranowy Tajwańczyk się przestraszy -  ...... . Szkoda mi nerwów, jak można przegrać mecz w takim stylu? Z deka grałeś lepiej, a nawet patrząc na staty pomeczowe miałeś ogólnie więcej wygranych punktów - k...a. !!!! Ja czekam na ten tytuł - i to ma być za rok, a jak nie to z Larrym pogadam. Teraz trenuj i masz Waszyngton wygrać.


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