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  1. Similar to Djokovic last night, there was no danger of Nadal not winning that one. Both the goats in the quarters without getting out of third gear: Djokovic v Sinner Norrie v Goffin Kyrgios v Garin Nadal v Fritz I think the only players that can stop the Rafa/Novak final are Sinner and Kyrgios. Probably a year or two early for Jannik, but he’s definitely got the game and the serve to cause Djokovic problems and would say there’s a chance of an upset there. A Nadal v Kyrgios semi is what everyone wants, guaranteed drama and tantrums that could go either way.
  2. Bit of an upset on court two there. 19th seed Alex De Minaur two sets up, cruising and has two match points in the third set. Loses them both, and Chilean Cristian Garin goes on to win it in five to reach his first ever grand slam quarter final. He will play the winner of Kyrgios and Nakashima, the Aussie currently 2-1 up.
  3. 1. Queens Park 2. Dundee 3. Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4. Arbroath 5. Cove Rangers 6. Partick Thistle 7. Ayr United 8. Hamilton 9. Raith Rovers 10. Morton
  4. Van Rijtoven played well, but there was never any real danger that Djokovic wasn’t winning that. He looks in ominously good shape and I’d be fairly surprised if he doesn’t win it, again. Half the quarter final places are taken: Novak v Sinner Norrie v Goffin
  5. That’s the last 16 there, some cracking matches. Sinner v Alcaraz the stand out in the first section, two future superstars. A 20 year old against a 19 year old for the right to face (surely) Novak in the last 8. Norrie has found himself in a nice little spot in the draw. One of him, Paul, Goffin or Tiafoe will be in the semi, and he’s the highest ranked and highest seeded of them, no reason it can’t be him. An all Aus quarter final looks likely in the third section, Kyrgios v De Minaur would be a cracker if they both can past their respective unseeded opponents. Hard to see Rafa not making the semi in the final section. If he stays fit and firing, none of those other three players will cause him much problems. I’ll go for a semi line up of: Novak v Norrie Rafa v Kyrgios And Novak to beat Nick in the final…
  6. Oh yeah hitting a live ball at an opponent is fair game and is the best shot in a lot of situations, particularly in doubles. Much more tricky to return a volley hit right at you than hit within your wing span. In the mixed doubles in particular you’ll often see the guy smack a close range volley right at the lady. Nasty, but effective.
  7. Ridiculous drop shot to win it there, what a match. Kyrgios has so much natural talent, if he had the head for it he’d be a multiple major winner already. If he can keep it together for the next week (unlikely), he’s more than capable of winning the whole thing.
  8. Wait, you don’t think Ukraine is going to become a member of the EU, do you?[emoji28] Suggest googling North Macedonia and the EU for an example of the way the bloc treats candidate countries. They’ve been a candidate since 2005, and they’re still not in the club, even after they changed their name to keep the Greeks happy. Turkey have been a candidate since 2004 and they’re nowhere near joining. The platitudes of bureaucrats like Van Leyden is to try and distract from the fact their purchasing of Russian gas is funding Vlad’s war machine. Ukraine is at the back of the queue.
  9. Lot of easy wins today. Straight set wins for Djokovic, Sinner, Paul, Norrie and Alcaraz. Delighted Norrie got his first weeker major monkey off his back, and his last 16 tie against Tommy Paul looks very winnable. He’s ranked above him, after all
  10. Watching Sinner take a two set lead on the old clogger Isner there. John thumped down a 136mph serve in the tie break - his fastest of the match. The 20 year old smacked it back at him, won the point and then won the tie break. He's a cracking young player, can see him going far and winning majors.
  11. There's championship teams in England interested in him. Aberdeen and Hearts are interested in signing him in the same way we are. Nice to ask, but we don't have any realistic chance.
  12. That was the sixth seed she just beat there. Sara Sorribes Tomo or Harmony Tan in round three. She'll fancy herself against either of them.
  13. Great win against a tough opponent, and well deserved. First ever time in a grand slam third round, she's got a great chance of getting to the second week now. Go on Katie
  14. Love these stories, heard so many of them. Reminds me of the Only An Excuse sketch with the tartan army foot soldier voting no in the privacy of the polling booth. She’s lied to you once before, think she’s telling the truth this time? I suspect this poll is Brit Nat propaganda, but interesting none the less.
  15. Yeah Isner too good in the end. He surely wont be troubling the second week though, never mind the business end of the tournament. Expect Sinner to mop him up no problem next round. Sore one for Murray, this was a kind draw and he couldn’t take it to a fifth set. Back to the hard court for Andy now, he’ll surely be at the US Open. Beyond that… who knows.
  16. Isner not even running for what looked like a makeabke drop shot in Murray’s service game there. Big clogger saving his energy to serve it out.
  17. Seems like it. In the olden days whenever Murray drew the 6’6+ big serving guys like Isner, Karlovic, or Cillic to a lesser extent you knew he was going to beat them. His returning has always been superb and those big guys don’t have much else going for them. He needs to find that kind of form again in the next 20 minutes, or I suspect this will be his last ever match at Wimbledon.
  18. He’s got on top of Isner’s serve every other time he’s played him, which is why he always beats him. Unlike the youngster Ruud, Isner never has been - and never will be - in a grand slam final. That third set should be the turning point, if Murray’s body can last five sets. Two long past it old guys going the distance. Plenty of errors and good fun coming up, and tired legs afterwards. Jannik Sinner will surely beat whoever the winner is in the next round.
  19. You’d think Murray would rather be playing the 23 year old French Open finalist than a never has been 37 year old John Isner right now? Murray’s game is taylor made for isner, which is shown in their 8-0 head to head record. Disappointing first two sets with that in mind, Andy’s not dealing with the serve at all well. Long way back but if he can win this third set I’d fancy him to get through.
  20. Pity for Radacanu, but not surprising. Seems a long way a way off now, but if she can get her fitness and form back she's certainly got more majors in her at some point. Still, even if she never hits another tennis ball she would go down as the greatest British female player for 50 years.
  21. In the unlikely event there is a pretendy referendum in 2023, i and many other unionists will be boycotting it. I expect YES to return a banana republic 90%+ of the vote, and for the result to be ridiculed and ignored. Just like what happened in Catalonia in 2017, actually.
  22. I think if Murray could have picked a seeded player to face in the second round, he'd have picked Isner, this is a great draw. He's the archetypal big serving clogger, the kind of player Murray has mopped up with ease with his returning game throughout his career. They've played eight times previously, and Murray has won the lot. And of course Isner is 37, two years older than Andy, this is no improving up and comer. If Murray can stay fit he will surely win this. 7-6 , 7-5, 6-7, 6-1.
  23. Serena out first round, superb. Great win for Tan.
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