Category: All, News - Federer

Paul Annacone, Federer’s new “coach”

Paul Annacone

Most players on the ATP circuit have a coach, but pinning a full time trainer to Roger Federer has been an elusive sport.

There was a time, long long ago when he did have coaches – Peter Lundgren in his formative years until 2003, and Tony Roche from 2005 to May 2007. Now he has a “sort of” coach in Severin Luthi – the “sort of” being a recognition that although the Swiss Davis Cup captain goes everywhere with Federer, his role has not been formalised.

Now, it seems that he will “spend some days with Paul Annacone” and “explore our relationship through this test period”.

Here’s hoping that the ex Sampras and Henman coach can work well with our champion, and that the result will be a fine tuning of his normally fine tuned game.

Category: All, News - Nadal, Results - Nadal

Rafael Nadal – King of Grass!

Congratulations, Rafa on the great Wimbledon victory.

To come back from a tough year with the strain of injuries, the toil of regaining match performance and the heart break of family separations to reclaim the Wimbledon crown is truly the mark of a champion.

Some would say it is premature to proclaim Nadal the “King of Grass”, but to reach four finals and win two titles in four years is historic in magnitude, particularly given that each of these performances followed close on the heels of tiring clay court titles at four French Opens.

And when you consider that the two Wimbledon were lost to none other than our famous Greatest of All Time, Mr. Roger Federer, well, as Rafa would say about others but modestly not of itself… it’s unbelievable.

Now I am hoping that Rafa will be pacing himself with one clear goal in sight – the US Open.

He is already the all time record holder for number of Masters titles, and he can afford to use these as practice, focusing on improving his technique and hard court game rather than chasing every last ball to the death and grinding those delicate knees to powder.

If he can temper his innate passion to win every single point, game and set and match, I believe Nadal can arrive at Flushing Meadows at the end of August in fine match fitness, brimming with confidence and with a great chance to improve on the semifinal finishes of 2008 and 2009.

I can just see him placing that last major missing from his Grand Slam trophy cabinet.

Vamos!

Category: All, News, News - Federer, Results - Nadal

Wimbledon Final – Nadal vs Berdych

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UPDATE- Match over, Nadal won 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 and claimed his second Wimbledon Championship title

Rafael Nadal has a 7-3 lead in the head to head against Tomas Berdych, which hides an even worse record for the Czech in that Nadal won the last 6 matches in a row.

But that was the old Berdych, and nobody is doubting that this Wimbledon final will be a close one.

I pick Rafa in 4 sets. But if Berdych can show the consistency in long flat shots and strong serve over 3 sets in a row, Nadal would have to be at an incredible level to overcome him. Just ask Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer!

Below are the best links for free TV streams over internet that we could find from our wide range of checked sources.

We’ll check and update these when the match starts.

Wimbledon Final 2010 – Live Tennis on TV Streams (Free)

Rafael Nadal vs Tomas Berdych

Match starts at 2pm local time, 1pm GMT

Option 1 - Wimbledon Tennis Live TV -  Excellent, English. Use Internet Explorer.

Option 2 - Wimbledon Tennis Live TV – Good, English

Option 3 - Wimbledon Tennis Live TV - Good, English

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Wimbledon – Nadal vs Murray

UPDATE – Result – Rafael Nadal beat Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4

Probably the match of the tournament! At least until the final, anyway :) .

Rafael Nadal will play Andy Murray for a place at the Wimbledon final.

Rafa has a 7-3 lead in the head to head but not even the most one sided Nadal fan (yes, me) could disregard the fact that Murray has pulled that back from a lead Rafa held in 2008 of 5-0 in his favour.

In recent encounters it has been tit for tat – with injury, fatigue or bad form taking the air out of what should otherwise have been great matches.

Wimbledon 2010 is looking like an epic clash!

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

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Wimbledon Semifinal 2010 – Live Tennis on TV Streams (Free)

Rafael Nadal vs Andy Murray

Second match on centre court, should start some time after 3pm local time, 2pm GMT

Option 1 - Wimbledon Tennis Live TV -  Excellent, English

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Category: All, Rivalry

Nadal vs Federer – Is the Rivalry Over?

With Roger Federer’s shock loss to Berdych in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, where does this leave the tremendous rivalry between Nadal and Federer that this website pays homage to?

While I’d love to hope that it isn’t over, I have room for doubts:

- There have now been six (counting Wimbledon) Majors since Rafa and Roger slugged it out in that epic Australian Open five setter in 2009.

- Head to head matches have crashed from a high of six meetings in 2006 to just one in 2010 to date – details as follows:

2004 x 1 (They met once)
2005 x 2
2006 x 6
2007 x 5
2008 x 4
2009 x 2
2010 x 1 (to at least August when they should both play the Toronto Masters Series)

- Rafa’s knees kept him out for a good chunk of last year, and Roger’s back and possibly even age and hunger could keep him out longer over the next year. Who know’s when Nadal’s body could give out again?

So please give me hope! I am dying for some repeat performances, some head to head battles at the very highest level – and am praying that they both manage to meet in the semis or finals at the US Open.

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