Wednesday, June 29, 2011

wimbledon memories

Day 9 and men's quarter finals are about to start.

I use to often go to Day 7 and 9 of the tournament when it was within driving distance.  Now on the other side of the world I have to stay up late to watch the tennis action.

some tennis memories:
  • getting past several stewards (I had tickets for a different court) to see Martina Navratilova for my first visit to Centre Court
  • on the old number one court being enthralled as Bergeria overcame Pat Rafter 13-11 in the 5th set
  • I saw Pete Sampras play many times, after all he won Wimbledon 7 times, the last being in 2000. Seeing him play there, it was the expectation he would win, just like when a young guy named Rodger faced him in 2001.  The crowd got behind him then went into startled silence 5 sets later when Federer went through.

In 2001 4th round

Rodger Federer in 2004 quarter final against Lleyton Hewitt

10 years later and again Federer is there on day 9 - ideally I would like to see him progress to play (the brillant young Aussie) Tomic in the semis, with Nadal and Murray in the other

Update: Tomic puts up a good fight, surprisingly Federer loses from 2 sets up, leaving Djokovic v Tsonga & Nadal v Murray for the semis

not everything goes to plan - Llyton Hewitt
(4th round 2004, which he eventually wins)

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