Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wimbledon Recap

Hey Y'all. Galileo here.

Welcome to the final post from Wimbledon 2017. And we’ll open with a fun graph.

Comparing the Big 3 at Their Best Slam!

TITLES 10 8 6
FINALS 10 11 6
SEMIS 10 12 6
QF 11 15 9
Won/Lost 79-2 91-11 58-7
Win Pct. 97.5% 89.22% 89.00%

Firstly, we can deduce that Rafa is awesome on clay. But when you consider 10/15 of his slams have come in Paris it feels a little one-surface wonder. Novak Djokovic has won 50 per cent of his slams in one city. But Federer’s 8/19 is a lot less than half. He has won five each in New York and Melbourne plus that one in Paris. That’s where the longevity comes in. If the other two were to have that length of career they might also rack up some serious numbers. As it is, Federer is the only player ever to rack up five singles finals at every slam, in the men’s game in the Open era. Did you know that Chris Evert got to more finals at slam level than Martina? Well, it’s true.

You can draw your own conclusions from the data above. But in the men’s doubles, Kubot/Melo became the champions with a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6[3], 3-6, 13-11 victory over Pavic/Marach. It took four hours and 39 minutes with both sides going 3/9 on break points. Spectators eagerly watched the 390 points played. It was an incredible match that featured injuries, clutch serves, missed smashes and nerves from Melo. It had some superb rallies, and the last set is one of the best sets of doubles you’ll see for many a year. It was the perfect way for the Brazilian to ascend to number one.

And the women’s doubles match that followed was one of the worst things ever seen on Centre court. It was truly abysmal. Don’t watch that. But do see if you can re-watch the men’s doubles.

It was too easy in the end. Federer broke twice in the first set of his 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory and then Cilic got a blister. Or he called a trainer and then we knew. We knew about the injury, and we knew what was going to happen in the final. Federer looked fantastic from the off. He had a tough deuce early in the first set, but once he broke the match started to get away from Cilic mentally. Federer strolled through the next set 6-1 and then Cilic had a proper timeout. He had some pills and, much like Nadal in the 2014 Australian Open final, suddenly he was recovered enough to put up a fight in the third set. It was a foregone conclusion, of course, but he did turn up in that final set, he turned up and fought. Cilic cannot afford to let this affect his career or his mental state. He has to think about the fact Federer would likely have beaten him anyway and that he will get another chance. Jana Novotna got three. Marion Bartoli got two. Roddick got three. Nadal got three. Murray got three. He will be back. The stats are all irrelevant. He needs to move on. If he burned the tape that would be a start.

Afterwards this happened.

Cilic has, remarkably, stayed at 6th in the world. Roger Federer is now the favourite for the year-end top spot. He will play at most of these events - Cincy, Toronto, U.S. Open, Shanghai, Basel, Paris, London WTF. I would think he’ll play a minimum of six events and a maximum of eight. He might skip Paris because it is right after Basel. He may skip Toronto. But what Cilic has to do is go into the hard-court season and use all the lessons he has learnt, and all the experience he has now, to try to get slam number two.

That really is it for Wimbledon.

In Newport, Ivo Karlovic will defeat Adrian Mannarino in one semi-final. In the other it will be John Isner seeing off P-H Herbert. Dr. Ivo will defend his title.

In Bastad, in the top half Pablo Carreno Busta will defeat Karen Khachanov. In the other Andre Ramos-Vinolas will see off David Ferrer before losing in an all-Spanish final.

In Umag, Fabio Fognini beats David Goffin in the top semi. Gael Monfils will defeat Paolo Lorenzi in the bottom half but lose in the final.

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