Well, I must admit I was wrong about Federer getting to the Wimbledon final. Shock horror peeps but I was right that Djokovic would beat Nadal in the other semifinal. Federer did not manage to beat Kevin Anderson and will not be in the Wimbledon final today. Anderson did very well to pull the match back from match point down and win no doubt about it.
The issue is this Federer has blown a golden opportunity not reaching this Wimbledon final today. If Federer had got to the final today I believe he would be playing and beating Djokovic. Djokovic is still in the process of coming back from injury and with the masterful way Federer has been playing up until the Anderson match you have got to believe Federer would have won the final today against Djokovic. Today would of not only been revenge for the 2014 Wimbledon final a defeat that Federer should have won only for a missed smash in the 5th set but also it could of set the tone against Novak and physiologically been vital for Federer. Federer has been amazing since returning in 2017 but Novak has managed to avoid Federer for 18 months this was an opportunity for Federer to get Djokovic on the court and get a massive grand slam win against Djokovic and in all honesty, Federer has fluffed it up. Roger may never get a better chance to get to another Wimbledon final and win, think about beat Anderson, Isner and Djokovic to win a 9th Wimbledon title. I think Djokovic will only gain strength from today if he wins today and he is likely to against Anderson I can see Novak going on to the US open with another Wimbledon title under his belt how can Novak not be the favourite to win the US Open. Federer’s defeat to Anderson has given all the initiative back to Djokovic at the worst possible time. I believe Federer will massively regret this loss and possibly one of his best opportunities to beat Novak on the grass at Wimbledon.
And on a side note, I’m very disappointed that once again Nadal has managed to avoid playing Roger on grass as I believe Roger would have an even easier time against Nadal on grass right now. It’s a real shame that every time Federer does play well at Wimbledon Nadal has been beaten early or not been on Federer’s side of the draw. The bottom line here is this Federer has dominated Nadal over the last 5 matches that will continue if Roger can ever get him on the court and Federer had a big opportunity to beat Djokovic in a Wimbledon final before Novak gets back to his best, Federer may regret not taking this golden opportunity.
Today’s Quarter finals
Federer vs. Anderson – Federer win in 3 sets. Federer is in the form of his life you could argue the Federer of 2018 is better than the Federer of 10 years ago at his peak.
Isner vs Raonic – Raonic in 5 sets. Could be a really tight match two big servers think raonic will prevail.
Djokovic vs Nishikori – Djokovic in 4 sets. Djokovic should have enough to match nishikori’s powerful ground strokes.
Nadal vs Del Potro – All depends how Del Petro plays but if he plays at high level I could see Del Potro pulling through in 4 sets. Nadal isn’t great on grass this in the first time in 6 years he has managed to reach quarter finals at Wimbledon.
Federer vs Raonic – Federer in 3 sets Fed is just awesome at the moment.
Djokovic vs Del Potro or Nadal – Djokovic in 4 sets whether it is Del potro or nadal I don’t think either can beat djokovic on grass
Final – Federer vs Djokovic – Federer in 4 sets. Federer to win a 9th Wimbledon totally amazing. I would love to see Nadal get to the final and get hammered by Roger but I can’t see nadal getting pasted djokovic unfortunately.
Federer is the best player in the world right now it’s a real shame he can’t play both nadal and djokovic because right now federer would toast them both but hopefully he will get to beat one of them in the final on Sunday if all goes according to plan. I think Djokovic will be in great form by US Open and I would say Novak will be the favourite to win the US Open in September.
Rattled Nadal is acting like a petulant child over Federer’s playing schedule. Nadal’s people have been briefing out to the press that Nadal won’t miss big events like Federer. Nadal has said things like “There (are) tournaments that I can’t imagine missing on purpose. I don’t see myself missing Monte Carlo on purpose. I don’t see myself missing Wimbledon purpose, or the US Open, Australian or Rome.” Nadal is upset because right now Federer has Nadal right where he wants him rattled and under pressure both on the court and off it.
Nadal is under current pressure because he currently has about 4,000 points he has to defend on clay while Federer has nothing to defend as he rightly skipped the clay court season last year which proved to be a masterstroke. Federer also has the edge in the wider bigger picture as Federer has a lead on the Grand slam titles which has extended to 4 with 20 titles for Roger to 16 titles for Rafa. In titles, overall Federer leads 97 to 77 and world titles fed leads 6 to 0.
I think the fact that Nadal is complaining about Federer’s playing schedule shows that Nadal is feeling the pressure and is rattled. Nadal is losing the battle to Federer on the court and off it which is why he is lashing out with these childish digs at Roger. Right now Federer owns Rafa on the tennis court having beaten him in the last 5 matches. Nadal had a very simple but effective strategy against Federer in the past play to Roger’s weaker backhand and he wins but the problem now is over the last 3 years Federer has massively improved his backhand and Rafa has no answer to it. It’s a sign of frustration on Rafa’s part that he knows he can’t beat Roger on hard-court, indoors and grass with the improved backhand. But Nadal is also frustrated because with Federer rightly skipping the clay court season Nadal has no opportunity to play Roger on his best surface clay.
Federer is following the right strategy to give himself the best chance of getting the best results where he plays his best tennis. Fed is doing the right thing by missing the clay court season he is preserving his body, resting for the better chances which are grass, hard-court and indoors also it avoids long gruelling matches, possible injuries and hopefully will extend his stellar playing career even more. By doing this fed is fresh and ready to give him the best chances to win on his better surfaces. Fed is smart he doesn’t need to play the clay for every one French open Nadal can win fed can win one or multiple of the Australian Open, Wimbledon or the US open. Federer is right to engage Nadal on his terms on hard-court, grass and indoors when Nadal doesn’t get knocked out early of course.
Nadal knows if Federer extends his career and extends his leads there is no way Nadal can surpass Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time. Rafa can’t catch Federer he knows and it’s eating him alive.
Nadal will have 6 good weeks in the clay court season but the rest of his season is usually disappointing, patchy, sporadic and unconvincing. That’s Nadal’s problem he is great on clay but average on the other surfaces that is why Federer ultimately will go down as the goat of tennis the greatest of all time and Nadal won’t.
After many months of consideration, I have come to the conclusion that I no longer want to be involved with UKIP or indeed with British politics anymore.
UKIP since the referendum has been in a state of disarray. UKIP is now into yet another leadership contest its 4th leadership contest in 18th months. The party is in a complete and utter mess and I can’t see it recovering. The party has had three terrible leaders since Nigel Farage stood down. The party has had no leadership, direction, strategy or narrative for its existence since the referendum.
I have tried on numerous occasions to set out what the party had to do to modernise and change. UKIP could have been an effective opposition by broadening the message beyond Europe and immigration and by changing the tone of the party. Banging on about burkas at the last general election was stupid and talking more about Islam will destroy the party. Sadly this central issue of the party’s political strategy has been ignored for far too long and I’m afraid UKIP has simply run out of political capital, credibility and time. I announce today that I am resigning from UKIP.
I am also announcing today that I am resigning from British politics too. I’m afraid the sad truth is UKIP has self-destructed since the referendum it will not listen, change or modernise therefore it will die. And given the current state of the two old dead parties, May’s Blairite Tories and Corbyn’s hardcore socialists I like millions of other British voters are effectively politically homeless.
In closing, I am very disappointed and disillusioned with the state that British politics is in. It could have been so much different but alas we are where we are. We don’t live in a true democracy we live in an unfair controlled democracy where only two parties can win. Our political system doesn’t allow change. Our bias first past the post system makes sure only labour or the Tories can win. We live in a two party dictatorship and I for one have come to the conclusion that things in this country will never ever change. I no longer can justify wasting my time, effort or money on the lost causes that are UKIP and British politics.