Not the greatest match, but THE greatest player

Federer flies at Wimbledon

Federer flies at Wimbledon

Still trying to figure out how Roddick lost the Wimbledon Final. Up a set and 6-2 in the 2nd set tiebreak and Fed not able to break him… it was all over. That one shanked high backhand volley was the turning point. Amazing how a 4 hour match with a 30 game final set can come down to just one shot.

But The King won… that’s why he IS The King and THE best player of all time. No arguments. 15 Grand Slam singles titles… and counting!

The grittiest Aussie ever?

Well he didn’t make it to a semi-final showdown with the great white British hope, but Lleyton Hewitt had his best tournament and played his best tennis in years.

He cruised through the first week then came from 2 sets down to beat Stepanek in 5, winning the last three 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. Then he steps out in a Quarter Final against the massive serving Roddick and just fell short – 6-3, 6-7 (12-10), 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-4 in a match that lasted three hours and 55 minutes! You gotta hand it to Lleyton… he is all heart.

The Hewitt "C'mon" at this year's Wimbledon

The Hewitt "C'mon" at this year's Wimbledon

Now Roddick gets to dent Murray’s aspirations in one semi, while The King takes on surprise semi-finalist, Tommy Haas in the other. Federer was awesome against Croatian giant Ivo Karlovic in his straight sets win, while Haas knocked off that perennial disappointment Djokovic. Can’t see anyone stopping Fed from becoming the greatest Grand Slam Singles winner ever on Sunday.

15 Slams seems a certainty for Fed.

After just one match he may already have played the shot of the tournament. Did you see that point towards the end of the 2nd set against Lu from Chinese Taipei? Lu hit a brilliant angled high backhand drop volley with Federer well behind the baseline. The Swiss genius chased towards the spectator stands, hit the ball below the height, yet around the net post, just missing the ballboy’s head for an outright winner down the line. Unbelievable!

Early days, but with Nadal not playing, the expectations of a nation weighing Murray down and Djokovic being Djokovic, you’d have to say Federer is almost a near certainty to break the all-time Men’s Grand Slam Singles record held by Pete Sampras. Winning the French has to have lifted a load from his shoulders and he looked like he was really enjoying himself back on ‘his’ court at the All England Club. Go Fed!

Sam looking good ahead of Wimbledon

First a semi-finalist on clay at the French and now a first-up straight sets win on grass at Eastbourne… Slammin’ Sam Stosur’s looking good ahead of next week’s start of the greatest Grand Slam of all.

After knocking off German Sabine Lisicki 6-2 6-1 on Monday in the first round at Eastbourne, Sam now faces world No.9 Caroline Wozniacki. They’ve met twice before and honours are even. What a buzz for the Aussie (now ranked 18 in the world after Paris) if she can take out another ‘Top Tenner’ in the lead up to Wimbledon. (Maybe another quick call from Layne Beachley might help add to Sam’s new ‘take no prisoners’ attitude.)

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