Wimbledon giant killings and Murray's chances
What does the defeat of Nadal mean?
There were two giant killings at Wimbledon yesterday. Andy Murray cut down 6' 10" Ivo Karlovic while Lukas Rosol pulled off one of the biggest shocks in the tournament's 126-year history by defeating Rafael Nadal.
But both losers put some of the blame the authorities at SW19 rather than allowing all the credit for their opponents. Karlovic was furious after being called for 11 foot-faults - indeed an extraordinary number - at crucial points in the game. The Croat was further incensed when a press officer confused his nationality at the post-match press conference but then made the same mistake himself. Accusing a line-judge of patriotic favouritism he fumed: "I'm angry because I don't expect it here, even against the English guy who they want to win."
Meanwhile, Nadal who had played a strong comeback fourth set to level his match was unhappy at having to wait 40 minutes as the roof was closed before resuming for the fifth.
"Closing the roof wasn't great, but that is sport," Nadal conceded.
Rosol, 26, has been on the professional scene for years while making little impact. He is a doubles specialist who, until this year had never played a professional match on grass, failing to qualify for Wimbledon five times. In the run-up to the championships, he didn't make it into the main draw for Eastbourne.
The shock caused by the victory by the world number 100 puts some perspective on the stranglehold held on the sport by Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
But it also potentially opens up the draw for Murray, who was expected to meet Nadal in the semi-final. That's happened for the past two years with the same result. Murray will still have to progress past Marcos Baghdatis, probably Marin Cilic and likely David Ferrer in the quarters.
His semi-final opponent now looks set to be the dangerous Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, tipped by many to take Murray's place in the top 4.
What sour grapes!!!
Nadal ONLY waited 40 minutes for the roof but if it was rained off he would have waited longer.
Shame on these two players for throwing their dummies out of the pram!!
i am enjoying the tennis very much but was disappointed to see rosol spitting just like the footballers do now. hope this disgusting habit doesnt carry on. how did we manage all the years
previously. i also love the football. wish it would stop.
Perhaps Murray and Rosol shud play doubles together.....one can get gobby and the other can gob all over the court!!!!
I still believe, that this result was the most unbelievable in the history of tennis at Wimbledon. Okay so 100 to 1 outsiders are a common occurrences at horse racing, but I do not take anything away from Rosol, glad he has established himself onto the tennis scene with a bang beating Nadal. In boxing when George Foreman annihilated the likes of Joe Frazier, and Ken Norton in the way he did, two and two did not add upto four for Muhammad Ali to challange him for the heavy weight title. We all know what Ali did to prove that two and two does not always match up. So, do not think just because Nadal lost, Murray has a chance. This was one of the off days lots of top sportsmen encounter, and in my opinion Nadal still has a lot of improvement left, and will return with absolute determination.
I support Murray but the officials were really bias yesterday because he is the home favourite.Karlovic was right to speak out about it. As for Nadal he played quite poor last night but Rosol was spectacular. Andy Murray will still probably get beat in the Quarters or the Semis. I dont think he will reach the final
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