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Wimbledon 2009 – Federer vs Kohlschreiber – Live TV

TV links at end of this post.

Having successfully advanced to the third round of Wimbledon without having dropped a set, Roger Federer faces what could be a stiffer challenge in German Philip Kohlschreiber today.

Kohlschreiber has lost in all three previous encounters between the two, but has shown a lot of form this year – most notably having beaten Novak Djokovic in Roland Garros.

The match will be starting Friday at 13:00 local time

Here are the best links for free TV coverage over internet – we’ll check and update these when the match starts.

If none of these are working, try the listings at Myp2p, RojaDirecta, Atdhe, Fromsport , Channelsurfing. Also refer to this post for more information on watching TV over the internet, or feel free to leave a comment to report good or bad links (no registration required).

Roland Garros Final 2009 – Live TV Streams (Free)

Roger Federer vs Philipp Kohlschreiber

Option 1: Wimbledon Live TV - English

Option 2: Wimbledon Live TV - English

Option 3: Wimbledon Live TV –  Sopcast software needed (Channel 6029)

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Wimbledon 2009 – Federer vs Lu – Live TV

TV links at end of this post.

With Rafael Nadal recovering from his injury in Mallorca, the way is seemingly open for Roger Federer to claim his record-smashing 15th Grand Slam title in Wimbledon.

Today, Roger plays  Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei.

The match will be starting Monday at 1pm local time

Here are the best links for free TV coverage over internet – we’ll check and update these when the match starts.

If none of these are working, try the listings at Myp2p, RojaDirecta, Atdhe, Fromsport , Channelsurfing or Football366. Also refer to this post for more information on watching TV over the internet, or feel free to leave a comment to report good or bad links (no registration required).

Roland Garros Final 2009 – Live TV Streams (Free)

Roger Federer vs Yen-Hsun Lu

Option 1: Wimbledon Live TV - English (recommended)

Option 2: Wimbledon Live TV –  Sopcast software needed

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Wimbledon, Adios!

Hard to let go of...

Hard to let go of...

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of Wimbledon.

In a statement after today’s exhibition match which he lost to Stanislas Wawrinka (4-6 7-6 (8-6) 10-3 ), Nadal announced he will not be defending his title this year.

Rafa said, “Not to play Wimbledon is one of the toughest decisions in my career but the decision was made easier because I don’t feel ready to compete at 100 percent.”

“I don’t feel like I’m ready to play in a tournament that is as important as Wimbledon.

“I tried everything, I tried hard in the last week to get in the best condition and today was my last test. I didn’t feel terrible but I was not at my best.”

Nadal’s withdrawal leaves Roger Federer in pole position to battle for the title. If he successfully claims the championship, Roger will be Number One again on the ATP rankings – only an outright win will be sufficient to regain this honour.

Nadal has not indicated a likely return date, making it clear that his priority was to return to full health.

Best wishes Rafa, you are still young, and we look forward to seeing you back at full strength and with renewed, pain-free vigour!

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Rafa to play pre-Wimbledon Exhibition?

Rafael Nadal has received an invitation from the organisers of the Hurlingham Club warm-up event, and responded positively to possibly taking this up.

After having withdrawn from Queens, Rafa is short on grass match time, and has said that he is hoping to play as it would be a  ”good test for my knee.”

Let’s hope that this is a positive indication that Nadal’s knee tendonitis is responding favourably to treatment.

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Steffi Graf on Rafael Nadal

Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf

Seems like Rafa has a big fan in Steffi Graf, the seven (yes seven!) time Wimbledon champion and wife of André Agassi.

Here’s a beautiful quote from ‘Abendzeitung.de’:

“If you watch Rafael Nadal play tennis, you can only respond with amazement and great admiration. He is an incredible athlete with so much discipline, so much concentration and someone who likes to put a lot of passion into every point”.

“Words fail to come out of me to describe his game appropriately. I’ve rarely seen anyone who approaches a ball with so much attention. With such passion and joy that it makes it great fun to watch him. With him, you can associate everything that makes tennis so beautiful.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself!

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Good News – Rafa off to Wimbledon!

Great news for Rafael Nadal fans.

After exhaustive tests in Barcelona over the last 36 hours, Rafa announced that he would be travelling to London next Tuesday, June 16th in preparation for Wimbledon.

After the bad initial news of Rafa’s withdrawal from Queens last week, Nadal’s chances of retaining his position as Number One on the ATP rankings have been boosted by this announcement, as well as Roger’s decision to pull out of Halle. This “symmetric” outcome means both players will drop the 450 points they won last year by not defending their respective titles.

Here is the full text of the announcement, from Nadal’s website:

“I have been playing with pain on my knees for some months now and I simply can’t go on like this. The pain was limiting certain movements in my body, which affected me mentally as well.”

“After the tests and with the appropriate treatment, we have decided to travel to London next Tuesday, June 16th.”

“I am going to give my 200% to be ready for the most important tournament in the world. The tournament that I always dream about. I will not go out and play, especially on the Wimbledon Centre Court, if I am not 100% ready to play.”

“I have 2 difficult weeks ahead of me, especially because I won’t be doing what I like doing most, which is to play tennis, but I will be working on my recovery through physiotherapy treatments as well as recovery work on the specific muscular area.”

Doctor Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, the Spanish Federation doctor and Managing Director of the Mapfre Medical Tennis Center:

“After the appropriate tests (MRI, Ultrasound scans and gammagraphy) Mr. Rafael Nadal suffers from insertion tendonitis in the superior end of both kneecaps with a light osseous edema.

His treatment will involve oral anti-inflammatories, physiotherapy as well as progressive muscular exercises for both quadriceps’s.

Following the 48-hour treatment, Mr. Nadal will gradually get back into training.”

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Bad News – Federer out of Halle

Roger Federer announced on his website today that he had pulled out of the Gerry Weber Open (Halle).

Roger said that he felt “exhausted after his French Open win” – and apologized to the organizers and fans for the withdrawal.

With Roger out, perhaps there is a sort of balance between Nadal and Federer, after Nadal also pulled out of his usual Wimbledon warm-up tournament Queens. Although Nadal’s situation looks somewhat more serious (knee injury), they both now go into Wimbledon “cold”, and it will interesting to see how the break affects them.

Fingers crossed that Roger (and Rafa) both return refreshed and rejuvenating for another classic Wimbledon adventure later in the month!

Here is what Federer wrote to his fans on the website:

Dear fans

I am sorry to announce that I have decided to withdraw from this week’s Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.

I sincerely apologize to the tournament organizers, my competitors, and my fans in Germany. I only hope they will understand that I still feel emotionally overwhelmed and exhausted by the incredible events of the past few days. It is hard for me to admit, but I simply cannot imagine giving my best effort in another tournament right away and I don’t want to risk injury if I am not 100% prepared. I need to rest and recuperate.

I look forward to returning to Halle in 2010 to go for my sixth title. It is one of my favorite events on the ATP World Tour.

I also want to thank all of you for your unbelievable support these past two weeks. You are the best, and you helped me make a dream come true.

Roger

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Roger wins Roland Garros – NOW he’s the greatest of the Open Era?

Can we now call Roger Federer the greatest of the Open Era?

That is the question on everyone’s lips after Roger Federer beat Robin Soderling 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-4  to claim the French Open on Sunday.

With this victory, Roger’s all-time achievements are looking, well, unparalled? As I believe it is impossible to compare the pre 1968 environment with that of the Open Era, let’s look at how he compares with others that have dominated tennis since 1968.

Career Grand Slam – only André Agassi has achieved this proof of all round versatility.

All time Grand Slams – Fed’s 14 titles match Peter Sampras’ record, and who knows how many more the man from Switzerland still has in him

All time Grand Slam Finals – Equal with Ivan Lendl’s record of 19 Grand Slam finals

Wimbledon - Federer won five consecutive men’s titles at Wimbledon from 2003-07 – only Bjorn Borg has matched this

Time as Number One -  Until he was knocked off his perch by Nadal, Roger was the top ranked player on the ATP listings for a record 237 consecutive weeks

US Open – Record for most consecutive US Open titles at five (2004-08)

Yes, when measured up on many counts, Federer is simply the best… unless…

…we look forward five years, and compare him with what might be.

Which of the above could an enduring Rafael Nadal beat, should he survive the inevitable injuries, weight of expectations and emerging new champions?

Only time will tell – for now, it is time to celebrate Roger :) . Congratulations, Mr. Federer!

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Roland Garros Final 2009 – Federer vs Soderling – Live TV

Roland Garros - French Open 2009

TV links at end of this post.

Well who would have picked it? We all felt fairly sure of ourselves that at least one of our two favourite players would be featured in Sunday’s final, but I think you would have received a few sniggers if you had said before the show started that Roger would make it through but not Rafa!

Roger Federer reached the final for the fourth year in the row after a tight five set battle over Juan Martín del Potro, finally winning 6-3, 7-5, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4.

Robin Soderling will be in his first Grand Slam final after a dream tournament in which he has overcome Rafael Nadal, Nikolay Davydenko and Fernando Gonzalez in convincing fashion.

It will be a royal battle, and the Swede will not change his style – he has nothing to lose and everything to prove, and we can expect him to come out swinging, and really take the match to Roger.

My pick is for the experience and intense desire of Roger to be the telling factors – a win in four sets to the Swiss, 14 Grand Slams, and finally a career collection of all four biggies. Wow. Let’s see if he can do it! We at Nadal vs Federer will be shouting the loudest!

The match will be on Sunday at 3pm local time

Here are the best links for free TV coverage over internet – we’ll check and update these when the match starts.

If none of these are working, try the listings at Myp2p, RojaDirecta, Atdhe, Fromsport , Channelsurfing or Football366. Also refer to this post for more information on watching TV over the internet, or feel free to leave a comment to report good or bad links (no registration required).

Roland Garros Final 2009 – Live TV Streams (Free)

Roger Federer vs Robin Soderling: UPDATE - Game over, Federer won 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-4

Option 1: French Open Live TV - English (recommended)

Option 2: French Open Live TV – Romanian, Sopcast software needed - Channel 71301

Option 3: French Open Live TV – French,  TV Ants software needed, high resolution

Category: All, News - Nadal

Rafael Nadal Injured – Pulls out of Queens

Last year in Wimbledon

Last year in Wimbledon

Sadly, Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s grass-court tournament at Queen’s.

Rafa said:

“I have been having some problems in the past months with my knees, that’s no secret, that did not allow me to compete always at 100 percent.

I need to work with my team to recover well, work on my physical condition to be at my top form and get ready for the grass to play at Wimbledon.

I hope I can be ready to compete by then.”

Nadal therefore misses out on appearing at Queens for the first time since 2005, and won’t be able to defend the title he won last year for the first time.

It will also make a full preparation for Wimbledon a little more difficult.

Wishing you all the best Rafa for a quick recovery!

Full quote from Rafa’s website:

I am very disappointed to not be able to come this year to Queen’s, defend the title I won last year and enjoy playing there in front of that very knowledgeable crowds. To play in London has always been special for me, to play at the Queen’s Club an honour and the fans in the UK are among the best I have ever seen, always supporting me since the first time I played there.

I have been having some problems in the past months with my knees, that’s no secret, that did not allow me to compete at 100% always.

I need to work with my team to recover well, work on my physical condition to be at my top form and get ready for the grass to play at Wimbledon. I hope I can be ready to compete by then.

I am really sorry and I hope that the people at the Club will still want me to come next year.

Rafa