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Flashback: Wimbledon 2002 what a tournament

Action Jackson
06-14-2005, 12:24 PM
Wimbledon 2002 was a very funny tournament and the strange results were everywhere and the fact that Hewitt won it, took nothing away from this.

The 3rd round

Hewitt (1) vs Knowle
Youzhny vs Escude (16)
Morrison (LL) vs Schalken (18)
Voinea vs Jan Vacek

Henman (4) vs Ferreira
Stepanek (q) vs Kratochvil
F.Lopez vs Schuettler (17)
Sa vs Saretta ( match of the top half)

Kafelnikov (5) vs Malisse (27)
Rusedski (23) vs Roddick (11)
The Poo (WC) vs Kiefer
Krajicek vs Srichaphan

Bastl (LL) vs Nalbandian (28)
Dent vs Arthurs
Pavel (15) vs N.Lapentti (22)
Clement vs O.Rochus

4th Round

Hewitt def Youzhny
Schalken def Vacek
Henman def Kratochvil
Sa def LaLo Lopez

Malisse def Rusedski
Krajicek def The Poo
Nalbandian def Arthurs
Lapentti def Clement


QF

Hewitt def Schalken
Henman def Sa
Malisse def Krajicek
Nalbandian def Lapentti

SF

Hewitt def Henman
Nalbandian def Malisse

F

Hewitt def Nalbandian

Dirk
06-14-2005, 12:25 PM
This was one of the oddest draws in the history of the game.

Action Jackson
06-14-2005, 12:25 PM
Full draw can be viewed here:

http://www.tenniscorner.net/index.php?corner=M&tourid=20020624WIM&drawtype=M&action=draw&print=yes

- Sampras losing to George Bastl at Lucky Loser in the 2nd round.
- Federer losing to Ancic in straight sets in the 1st round.
- Andre Sa making the quarter finals.
- Nalbandian and Nicolas Lapentti playing off for a semi final spot.
- Safin losing in the second round to Rochus
- Malisse beating Krajicek, then losing to Nalbandian in the semis

Puschkin
06-14-2005, 01:53 PM
I almost lost my passion for tennis after this tourney;)

Action Jackson
06-14-2005, 01:58 PM
This was one of the oddest draws in the history of the game.

All the more humorous for it.

gooner88
06-14-2005, 02:00 PM
Great memories!
When I discovered and became a Nalbo fan.
His fight and passion won me over, especially during the Lapentti and Malisse matches.

Scotso
06-14-2005, 10:49 PM
It was my favorite Wimbledon ever :p

DanEd
06-14-2005, 10:52 PM
great tournament

bad gambler
06-14-2005, 11:31 PM
No complaints of this tournament on my end :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Raquel
06-14-2005, 11:56 PM
Black Wednesday (I think it was Wednesday?) was a great day to watch everything happen.

Olly Rochus played so well in that match against Marat. He has great hands.

Henman v Ferreira was another dramatic match with Ferreira getting a terrible call in a tiebreak if I remember right and it swung that set.

Hewitt v Schalken was one of the best matches when Lleyton went 2-0 up in sets and then Sjeng won the next two and they had a really good battle in the 5th.

Nalbandian v Malisse was really exciting and Lleyton winning the whole thing was amazing. I hope Wimbledon 2005 has as many great matches.

Rogiman
06-15-2005, 01:26 AM
Probably worst Wimbledon ever

Dirk
06-15-2005, 01:32 AM
No Rogiman it was THE worst Wimbledon ever. Shouldn't even be debatable.

tennischick
06-15-2005, 01:46 AM
i find that i almost completely forget about a tournament once it is over. i'm weird that way but my tennis memory sucks. ask me what happened in Hamburg this year and i can only tell you that Roger won. i can't even remember whom he played in the finals. no kidding. i just cannot retain this type of information for any sport, not just tennis. so i am seriously impressed that you guys can remember back to Wimby 2002. :lol:

Rogiman
06-15-2005, 01:50 AM
Good for you ,chick, that means that unlike us you've actually got a life :p

tennischick
06-15-2005, 01:50 AM
Good for you ,chick, that means that unlike us you've actually got a life :p
is that the explanation for it then? good, i'm canceling the doctor's appt. :lol:

Rogiman
06-15-2005, 01:53 AM
is that the explanation for it then? good, i'm canceling the doctor's appt. :lol:

Strange that you can't remember the only Wimby in decades to have featured an Argie in the final :p

tennischick
06-15-2005, 01:55 AM
Strange that you can't remember the only Wimby in decades to have featured an Argie in the final :p
i'm not kidding -- i really don't remember this stuff.

but now that you cued me i can recall that Nalbandian did make to a Wimby final. much to my shock and surprise i must admit.

Rogiman
06-15-2005, 01:58 AM
but now that you cued me i can recall that Nalbandian did make to a Wimby final. much to my shock and surprise i must admit.

That whole tournament was one hell of a freakshow ;)

Raquel
06-15-2005, 01:59 AM
No Rogiman it was THE worst Wimbledon ever. Shouldn't even be debatable.
Worst Wimbledon ever? I must have selective memory and can only remember the good matches :lol:

I was just so happy Lleyton won it in the end. I can't remember most of the matches though.

sigmagirl91
06-15-2005, 03:50 AM
Wimbledon 2002 was the wackiest GS tournament I saw ever. I'm glad I was out of town for the later rounds; I was beginning to get bored of it quickly.

Chloe le Bopper
06-15-2005, 03:55 AM
Not too long ago I read the old threads from that tournament in the archives on wtaworld. It was a riot. Grass court lovers everywhere were having conniptions that "their" tournament was being ruined.

Hopefully we have another just like it this year. :angel:

Pea
06-15-2005, 04:15 AM
It was Xavier's biggest wins on grass ever!! He beat Kafelnikov, Rusedski, and Krajicek!!! Who would've thunk!!!!

Haute
06-15-2005, 04:19 AM
Pete's last Wimbledon :sad:

tennischick
06-15-2005, 04:21 AM
Pete's last Wimbledon :sad:
aha! there's my real explanation for forgetting. :haha:

just kidding...;)

WyveN
06-15-2005, 08:23 AM
2002 Wimbledon was bizarre.
1996 RG was strange as well, the following QF match ups you would expect on grass, not clay.

Kafelnikov v Kracijek
Stich v Pioline
Sampras v Courier
Rosset v Karbacher

World Beater
06-15-2005, 08:56 AM
2002 Wimbledon was bizarre.
1996 RG was strange as well, the following QF match ups you would expect on grass, not clay.

Kafelnikov v Kracijek
Stich v Pioline
Sampras v Courier
Rosset v Karbacher

except for the last one ;)

Action Jackson
06-16-2005, 06:28 AM
Viva the bizarre tournaments, well Wyver RG 96 it was so warm it might as well have been a hardcourt, but just the carnage at Wimbledon 02 was enough to keep me amused.

Experimentee
06-16-2005, 07:29 AM
I remember that well and it must be the only time, or one of the very few, that the winner only had to beat one top 20 player to win the tournament. It was very funny and I am a Lapentti fan and I was shocked that he reached the QF.

Action Jackson
06-16-2005, 07:45 AM
As much as I like Andre Sa, the thought of him making the quarters of Wimbledon and taking a set off Henman was a laugh.

Andre Sa's victims were Dupuis, Koubek, Saretta and Feli Lopez. Saretta in the 3rd round of a grass tournament hehehe.

Lee
06-16-2005, 07:51 AM
Saretta was in 3rd round of Wimbledon again in 2003. :p Actually, in 2002 he has a lot tougher opponents, ToJo in 1st round and Waske in 2nd.

World Beater
06-16-2005, 08:13 AM
what happened to vladimir voltchkov?

Chloe le Bopper
06-16-2005, 08:14 AM
what happened to vladimir voltchkov?
He got beaten up by some roid-raged Argies.

World Beater
06-16-2005, 08:16 AM
He got beaten up by some roid-raged Argies.
:lol: :haha:

Action Jackson
06-16-2005, 08:21 AM
Saretta was in 3rd round of Wimbledon again in 2003. :p Actually, in 2002 he has a lot tougher opponents, ToJo in 1st round and Waske in 2nd.

Saretta is probably still stunned at making to the 3R twice on grass.

Shabazza
06-16-2005, 12:39 PM
Saretta is probably still stunned at making to the 3R twice on grass.
:speakles:

Action Jackson
06-13-2006, 07:18 AM
Even the fact Hewitt winning Wimbledon doesn't diminish the joy of this great year at Wimbledon. We need another great Wimbledon like this and this will bring back the people to the game.

The memories of Flavio Saretta def Thomas Johansson in the 1st round 6-7(2) 6-4 7-6(4) 3-6 12-10

CmonAussie
06-13-2006, 08:30 AM
Even the fact Hewitt winning Wimbledon doesn't diminish the joy of this great year at Wimbledon. We need another great Wimbledon like this and this will bring back the people to the game.

The memories of Flavio Saretta def Thomas Johansson in the 1st round 6-7(2) 6-4 7-6(4) 3-6 12-10
:wavey:
I`ve got the feeling that 2006 Wimby might be a bit wacky too :p ,which of course bodes well for my man Rockly Llegs :cool: .Variety keeps the game interesting & somehow after Federer`s recent heartwrenching losses on clay I think this may just be the year has a shocker & losses early. If Roger does lose early then everyone will think they`ve got a shot at it ;) .Recent Wimbledon`s would suggest Roddick`s next in line to win if Federer stumbles BUT Andy`s got a major slump to overcome, so I don`t think it will be him :devil: .Watch out for Hewitt- he`s the ultimate opportunist :D .

Action Jackson
06-13-2006, 08:31 AM
A carnage Wimbledon would be hilarious to watch as long as Roddick doesn't win it.

CmonAussie
06-13-2006, 08:45 AM
A carnage Wimbledon would be hilarious to watch as long as Roddick doesn't win it.
:cool:
I was thinking the same thing :devil: .So tell me straight mate->>who would you honestly like to see winning it?...

Puschkin
06-13-2006, 08:50 AM
Even the fact Hewitt winning Wimbledon doesn't diminish the joy of this great year at Wimbledon. We need another great Wimbledon like this and this will bring back the people to the game.


It made me quit tennis for a while, though :p

Action Jackson
06-13-2006, 09:03 AM
:cool:
I was thinking the same thing :devil: .So tell me straight mate->>who would you honestly like to see winning it?...

Seriously I don't care as my previous answer said. Well my phobia to grasscourt tennis is well known and a lot of people on MTF actually make it worse, which takes skill.

CmonAussie
06-13-2006, 09:10 AM
Seriously I don't care as my previous answer said. Well my phobia to grasscourt tennis is well known and a lot of people on MTF actually make it worse, which takes skill.
:cool: Okie dokies I think I`ll let that one go through to the keeper :p . Anyway thanks for making your stance clear... :confused:

Action Jackson
06-13-2006, 09:15 AM
:cool: Okie dokies I think I`ll let that one go through to the keeper :p . Anyway thanks for making your stance clear... :confused:

It's not you actually. I love your over optimistic posts and they bring a smile to my face.

CmonAussie
06-13-2006, 09:22 AM
It's not you actually. I love your over optimistic posts and they bring a smile to my face.
:D
Cheers cobber...
Yeah my attitude to posting is inspired by Rafa`s attitude to playing :worship: , Nadal`s the eternal optimist & look where it`s got him. Better to look on the sunny side :angel: ,after all it`s only sport..
#Last night I was watching the Australia vs Japan World Cup Soccer match & I kept telling myself to be happy for the Japanese fans[whom i was surrounded by] yet that C`mon Lets Throw The Kitchen Sink at them :devil: feeling grew in me. Fortunately Aussie guts paid off over Japanese attrition & we secured a ripper pearler victory with 3-goals in the final 7-mins :eek: :worship: . Never underestimate mind over mater, that`s why I say Hewitt can still pull off another Wimby title :cool: - providing a few cards fall his way...

Jimnik
06-13-2006, 09:40 AM
Interesting draw. This was obviously Nalba's breakthrough. In hindsight, it would have been even more interesting to see Sampras beat Bastl and play Nalbandian in the 3rd round. I would love to have seen a match up between those two.

Krajicek v Malisse was quite a good match. I remember smuggling into court no.1 to watch it and it finished 14-12 in the 5th. If it hadn't been for Malisse, it would have been a reasonable draw. Rusedski or Krajicek vs Nalbandian in the semi-final wouldn't have been unexpected.

shotgun
06-13-2006, 01:47 PM
As much as I like Andre Sa, the thought of him making the quarters of Wimbledon and taking a set off Henman was a laugh.


Let alone making the quarters of a Slam.

shotgun
06-13-2006, 01:48 PM
Saretta is probably still stunned at making to the 3R twice on grass.

Indeed, he absolutely hates the surface. :lol:

R.Federer
06-13-2006, 02:18 PM
My most vivid recollection of this W was Malisse's malaise
At one point the commentators were debating whether it was a heart attack or asthma!

R.Federer
06-13-2006, 02:22 PM
what happened to vladimir voltchkov?
the Vladiator was, I think, drafted to play in one of the DC or Fed Cup type tournaments last year

Billabong
06-13-2006, 02:23 PM
OMG I remember:p This forum was about to be created:p!
One of the funniest Wimbledons I ever witnessed:D

DDrago2
06-13-2006, 02:28 PM
I started watching tennis again after Wimbledon 2003. That means that tournament you are discussing actually didn't happen.

Johnny Groove
06-13-2006, 02:46 PM
what about 02 AO? that was crazy as well with just about evreyone losing the first 2 rounds, :lol:

flip_fan
06-13-2006, 03:24 PM
hmmm 2002 wimbledon... a painful 2 day rain delayed r16 rd loss for Mark against Krajicek :7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 4-6...

oz_boz
06-13-2006, 05:26 PM
Bastl :banana:

But I would have liked a different outcome of the final.

RonE
06-13-2006, 05:37 PM
what about 02 AO? that was crazy as well with just about evreyone losing the first 2 rounds, :lol:

Most of the 2002 season was crazy. It was so unpredictable it was almost chaotic. Order was restored one year later and when I think of the gap between those two years it might as well have been two different centuries.

stebs
06-13-2006, 06:18 PM
hmmm 2002 wimbledon... a painful 2 day rain delayed r16 rd loss for Mark against Krajicek :7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 4-6...

I imagine that would have been a thrilling match. :o

Action Jackson
06-14-2006, 09:30 AM
I started watching tennis again after Wimbledon 2003. That means that tournament you are discussing actually didn't happen.

You mean you watch tennis, the jury is out on that one.

propi
06-14-2006, 10:29 AM
1996 Wimby final was another WTF final :lol:
2002 was great, if only that could happen again :bounce:
But what I remember the most of it (I was in UK those days) is all the fuss against Nalbandián by British tabloids and their final laugh at his performance in the final vs Lleyton who was watched as the tennis saviour :rolleyes:

Action Jackson
06-15-2006, 05:40 AM
1996 Wimby final was another WTF final :lol:
2002 was great, if only that could happen again :bounce:
But what I remember the most of it (I was in UK those days) is all the fuss against Nalbandián by British tabloids and their final laugh at his performance in the final vs Lleyton who was watched as the tennis saviour :rolleyes:

Funny the English tabloids embracing Hewitt as a tennis saviour.

This is where Malisse had the 12 minute break cause of his elevated heart rate.

CmonAussie
06-15-2006, 05:51 AM
Funny the English tabloids embracing Hewitt as a tennis saviour.
.
:wavey:
What`s funny about that :confused: . Hewitt became the 1st counter-puncher since Agassi 92 to win the grass Slam :worship: , Lleyton showed that you didn`t have to have a huge serve [a la Sampras, Ivanisavic, Becker etc.] to succeed there. I believe that before Nadal became the power he is today he looked up to Hewitt :angel: as someone who had broken the conventional wisdom-> about what sort of players should be holding the gold trophy aloft :p .

Action Jackson
06-15-2006, 05:56 AM
:wavey:
What`s funny about that :confused: . Hewitt became the 1st counter-puncher since Agassi 92 to win the grass Slam :worship: , Lleyton showed that you didn`t have to have a huge serve [a la Sampras, Ivanisavic, Becker etc.] to succeed there. I believe that before Nadal became the power he is today he looked up to Hewitt :angel: as someone who had broken the conventional wisdom-> about what sort of players should be holding the gold trophy aloft :p .

Far from it. They didn't want a guy like Nalbandian to win it on his 1st attempt on the surface and it's not like Hewitt is a favourite of the press.

CmonAussie
06-15-2006, 06:05 AM
Far from it. They didn't want a guy like Nalbandian to win it on his 1st attempt on the surface and it's not like Hewitt is a favourite of the press.
:cool:
Oh i see where you`re coming from :devil: . What do you think the British Press reaction would be like now if Nalby pulled it off??..

iloveupeterpan
06-15-2006, 11:11 AM
ROGI [7].......
weird

gillian
06-15-2006, 02:24 PM
That whole tournament was one hell of a freakshow ;)

Perfect description of it. It was one of the least satisfying GS tournaments I've watched (well, along with the '99 French Open :-)

Action Jackson
06-18-2006, 08:31 AM
:cool:
Oh i see where you`re coming from :devil: . What do you think the British Press reaction would be like now if Nalby pulled it off??..

They'd still be in mourning after England losing in the World Cup.

Action Jackson
06-23-2006, 03:07 PM
Indeed, he absolutely hates the surface. :lol:

Saretta hates the surface so much, he isn't playing this year.

It'd be funny Vicente wins the clay challenger and then plays at Wimbledon and this would the perfect time for a carnage Slam.

shotgun
06-23-2006, 05:22 PM
Saretta hates the surface so much, he isn't playing this year.

Actually he is, will play Hyung-Taik Lee in the first round and if he wins, will set up a 2nd round showdown with Hewitt. :p

Action Jackson
06-23-2006, 07:37 PM
Actually he is, will play Hyung-Taik Lee in the first round and if he wins, will set up a 2nd round showdown with Hewitt. :p

He will win a match and then retire and go to Germany to watch some matches.

Matty
06-23-2006, 07:37 PM
Let's hope this year's Wimbledon can be just as good as 2002 :p

shotgun
06-23-2006, 08:34 PM
He will win a match and then retire and go to Germany to watch some matches.

This is his trademark, retiring from a Slam match only to be seen partying on the same day.

Action Jackson
06-23-2006, 08:38 PM
This is his trademark, retiring from a Slam match only to be seen partying on the same day.

Hehehehehe, that it is

Imagine if Gaudio makes the 3rd round this place will have a server meltdown.

shotgun
06-23-2006, 08:48 PM
Imagine if Gaudio makes the 3rd round this place will have a server meltdown.

Gaudio playing Van Gemerden in the 3rd round, what a highlight that would be.

Action Jackson
06-23-2006, 08:48 PM
Gaudio playing Van Gemerden in the 3rd round, what a highlight that would be.

That will top TV ratings.

Action Jackson
06-12-2007, 07:10 AM
Still a great event after all this time.

bad gambler
06-12-2007, 07:23 AM
:rocker2:

scarecrows
06-12-2007, 07:39 AM
Let's hope for a King vs. Dr. Ivo final
that would be interesting with both players playing basically the same game

FedFan_2007
06-12-2007, 07:54 AM
2003-2007 5-time Wimbledon Champion TMF :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2:

*bunny*
06-12-2007, 08:06 AM
How can I forget Wimbledon 2002!
It was the first time I got a centre court ticket from the public ballot, on men's QF day! ...and it rained most of the day and I got to see only about an hour's play. :sobbing: (I got a 50% refund though.)

scoobs
06-12-2007, 08:32 AM
What seems strangest to me is that, according to the first post, Henman played in the semis without appearing in the quarters - a remarkable achievement from him.

LeChuck
06-12-2007, 10:02 AM
Wimbledon 2002 was brilliant (apart from the final which should be erased from the history books :)). It was great to see 3 South Americans reaching the last 8, and the quarter-final between Nalbandian and Lapentti was an epic and Hewitt-Schalken was very entertaining also. My favourite match was the 4th clash between Nalbandian and Arthurs (who hadn't been broken once in his 3 matches prior to that).

ginnylegend
06-12-2007, 10:03 AM
Schalken should have won the QF.

LeChuck
06-12-2007, 10:09 AM
Hewitt went absolutely beserk at the umpire in that match as I recall. His face went a bright shade of purple. It was hilarious :lol: Schalken looked to have him on the ropes (he decided to constantly probe Hewitt's weaker forehand flank which worked a treat in the 3rd and 4th sets). It was a shame that he was edged out in that tight 5th set.

Action Jackson
06-12-2007, 10:10 AM
Sjeng nearly always came up short in the big matches and it would have been great a Schalken vs Nalbandian final.

fanancic
06-12-2007, 10:33 AM
- Federer losing to Ancic in straight sets in the 1st round

What a remember!! great match for mario ! he was very young...:worship:

Leo
06-12-2007, 01:07 PM
Yeah, poor Sjeng could have won the whole tournament if he was just a little bit stronger in the end of the QF. Hewitt was falling apart after the 2 sets lead. Can you imagine Sjeng a GS champ or Nalby a Wimbledon champ in his first senior grass court tournament? Remember Hewitt was the one to "save" the 2002 season after T. Johansson and Costa. :lol: At the time he was the only new ball with balls.

Forehander
06-12-2007, 01:53 PM
lol, definitely this was the downhill of tennis. I got sick of it due to the stupid baseline-only style final.

aussie_fan
06-12-2007, 02:53 PM
I remember before the 4th round matches were played, john newcombe on channel 9, saying that arthurs and scud could face each other in the semis :lol:

Great tournament though, espcially with Hewitt winning in the end, on of the wierdiest draws in the history in tennis.

Hendu
06-12-2007, 07:49 PM
The final, was Nalbandian's first match in the Central Court. :tape:

http://www.elsalvador.com/deportes/2002/7/8/WIMBLEDON.JPG

Johnny Groove
06-12-2007, 07:52 PM
Look at how fit Nalby is :eek: :eek:

sykotique
06-12-2007, 08:13 PM
Most of the 2002 season was crazy. It was so unpredictable it was almost chaotic. Order was restored one year later and when I think of the gap between those two years it might as well have been two different centuries.

Johansson winning the AO against a mentally AWOL Safin.

Costa pulling out an RG win over heavy favourite Ferrero.

Hewitt surviving the carnage around him to defeat baby Nalbandian.

Sampras and Agassi jumping in a time machine and taking the US Open with them.


Absolutely insane year.

Action Jackson
06-15-2007, 07:39 AM
The final, was Nalbandian's first match in the Central Court. :tape:

http://www.elsalvador.com/deportes/2002/7/8/WIMBLEDON.JPG

Those were the years.

Action Jackson
06-16-2007, 06:45 AM
Yeah, poor Sjeng could have won the whole tournament if he was just a little bit stronger in the end of the QF. Hewitt was falling apart after the 2 sets lead. Can you imagine Sjeng a GS champ or Nalby a Wimbledon champ in his first senior grass court tournament? Remember Hewitt was the one to "save" the 2002 season after T. Johansson and Costa. :lol: At the time he was the only new ball with balls.

Well defined.

Burrow
06-16-2007, 12:14 PM
Hewitt went absolutely beserk at the umpire in that match as I recall. His face went a bright shade of purple. It was hilarious :lol: Schalken looked to have him on the ropes (he decided to constantly probe Hewitt's weaker forehand flank which worked a treat in the 3rd and 4th sets). It was a shame that he was edged out in that tight 5th set.

and whos face was a bright shade of purple after the final match?

Burrow
06-16-2007, 12:15 PM
Johansson winning the AO against a mentally AWOL Safin.

Costa pulling out an RG win over heavy favourite Ferrero.

Hewitt surviving the carnage around him to defeat baby Nalbandian.

Sampras and Agassi jumping in a time machine and taking the US Open with them.


Absolutely insane year.

i thought it was a good season, variety and mixture whereas now it is boring.

LeChuck
06-16-2007, 12:29 PM
and whos face was a bright shade of purple after the final match?

No-one's. Why?

marcRD
06-16-2007, 01:38 PM
Johansson winning the AO against a mentally AWOL Safin.

Costa pulling out an RG win over heavy favourite Ferrero.

Hewitt surviving the carnage around him to defeat baby Nalbandian.

Sampras and Agassi jumping in a time machine and taking the US Open with them.


Absolutely insane year.

:eek: :lol: :lol:

Yeah, the year before the storm....

Adler
06-16-2007, 02:47 PM
Wimby 96 was also crazy. Washington playing against Radulescu for a semifinal spot is a classic, along with Stoltenberg in the semis and Krajicek winning

azinna
06-16-2007, 03:39 PM
Well, Krajicek deserved that one. Found it funny how he really did piss Sampras off with that head-to-head (Quote: "I'm not supposed to lose to this guy.")

Wouldn't mind a repeat of the latter half of 2002. Feds' still on track for greatness, so things can afford to be shaken up a bit: Anyone for a Wimbey final btw Rafa & Nole? Or Kuerten and JCF at the USO?

Action Jackson
06-24-2008, 04:37 AM
Nothing beats Wimbledon 1996:p :

http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/3590/femmenuewimbledon200013qk1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Well she put Mal off his game.

2002 was still the best one for results, but 96 was a close second and the above picture was the highlight of that Wimbledon.

Knightmace
06-24-2008, 05:06 AM
Weidest tourney ever.

Haute
06-24-2008, 05:46 AM
Wasn't this the year that Court 2 really gained its notoriety as the graveyard court?

NyGeL
06-24-2008, 06:59 AM
i want more pics from that girl

JediFed
06-24-2008, 07:57 AM
12/32 seeds surviving after the 3rd round? :eek:

No wonder Nalby made the finals.

Action Jackson
06-27-2008, 06:56 AM
2008 isn't as good, just needs an early Nadal or Federer loss, but good to see some funny things happen.

fast_clay
06-27-2008, 08:42 AM
**** the ****ing ***** you little boddy dazzler...!!! go you good ****ing thing... get the **** in.... **** **** its **** and grab the bull by the fluff of the scrote...

CCOOOMMMMEEEE OOONNNN!!!

Becker's Volleys
06-27-2008, 10:08 AM
No Rogiman it was THE worst Wimbledon ever. Shouldn't even be debatable.


Not as bad as '96 when Mal Washington managed to get to the final. On the contary Krajicek played some excellent tennis that tournament and his dismatling of boring yank Sampras in the quarters remains one of my fave matches ever. Justice was done when he won the title. :D

Becker's Volleys
06-27-2008, 10:27 AM
who would you honestly like to see winning it?...


I'm on the Safin bandwagon. :)

Becker's Volleys
06-27-2008, 10:50 AM
... whilst we're at it does anybody else remember the memorable 4th round epic between Philippoussis and Krajicek that year. A rollercoaster five-setter in which Krajicek prevailed 6-4 in the final set. Four of the five sets went to tie-breaks, what a match!

marcRD
06-27-2008, 01:45 PM
Ivanisevic should have played Wimbledon 2002, he actually would have a chanse to defend his title with a good draw. Now that would be an almost as big surprise as his crazy wildcard run in wimbledon 2001.

Becker's Volleys
06-27-2008, 02:01 PM
I thought Rafter would've had a good chance to win it in 2002- shame he didn't give it another go. It's fair to say that he must've been devestated at the manner in which he lost the previous years final, not taking anything away from Goran.

pesto
06-27-2008, 02:05 PM
I'd forgotten what Nalby looked like before he discovered Fray Bentos pies.

I'd also forgotten the streaker (http://argikon.wordpress.com/2007/12/01/a-history-of-sports-streaking/) in the final.

Machiavelli
06-27-2008, 02:07 PM
Ivanisevic should have played Wimbledon 2002, he actually would have a chanse to defend his title with a good draw. Now that would be an almost as big surprise as his crazy wildcard run in wimbledon 2001.

his right shoulder prevented him of defending his title :sad:

I still remeber the chaos of 2001. when he finally won it, whole Croatia, and especially his hometown Split were celebrating...

It was destiny for him this run 2001.; but as Tiriac once said who knows what he could have achieved if he had beaten Aggassi in that first final; he was the huge favourite in that match.......

KitinovRules
06-27-2008, 02:09 PM
Not as bad as '96 when Mal Washington managed to get to the final. On the contary Krajicek played some excellent tennis that tournament and his dismatling of boring yank Sampras in the quarters remains one of my fave matches ever. Justice was done when he won the title. :D
Yes, it should be a much better final if Tod won that SF match.

Action Jackson
06-27-2008, 02:31 PM
Best match of Wimbledon 2002.

Saretta over Thomas Johansson 6-7(2) 6-4 7-6(4) 3-6 12-10 in 4hrs and 21 minutes.

ChinoRios4Ever
06-27-2008, 11:03 PM
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! :tape:

nice memories GWH :yeah:

too bad we didnt have tv coverage of Wimbledon that year here in Chile :sad:

Merton
06-28-2008, 04:16 AM
Ivanisevic should have played Wimbledon 2002, he actually would have a chanse to defend his title with a good draw. Now that would be an almost as big surprise as his crazy wildcard run in wimbledon 2001.

No chance, his shoulder was shot by the end of 2001, even though he tried to play at the beginning of 2002.

Action Jackson
06-09-2009, 10:52 AM
Disgrace that this Saretta/ToJo match wasn't on TV.

This Wimbledon was memorable, though Hewitt winning wasn't great, the drama with Malisse as well.

BackhandMissile
06-09-2009, 11:11 AM
Didn't want to make another thread for this, but the 1992 Wimbledon Quarter finals line-up is a legend fest.

McEnroe
Forget

Becker
Agassi

Sampras
Stich

Ivanisevic
Edberg

(Winners in bold). Agassi defeats Ivanisevic in the finals.

Must have been one of the most entertaining weeks in tennis history.

Action Jackson
06-09-2009, 11:18 AM
Poverty stricken lineup compared to 2002.

FairWeatherFan
06-09-2009, 11:32 AM
Without a doubt a strong candidate for the worst grand slam in history.

asmazif
06-09-2009, 12:34 PM
still can't believe Malisse didn't beat Nalby that day.

Action Jackson
06-10-2009, 06:20 AM
still can't believe Malisse didn't beat Nalby that day.

The whole heart issue didn't help him.

Action Jackson
06-19-2009, 12:56 PM
Would be funny if something like this happened again.

RonE
06-19-2009, 12:58 PM
One of the worst if not THE worst grand slam in modern history :o

.-Federers_Mate-.
05-31-2010, 11:52 AM
ah the memories, was at this tourney, remember seeing ancic-fed, lapentti-pavel and nalby-bastl

what a tournament :worship:, hope this year can eclipse it ;)

Start da Game
05-31-2010, 04:24 PM
2002, 2004, 2005.......among the worst wimbledons of all time........

Diprosalic
05-31-2010, 04:35 PM
pre federer post sampras. the only time where this could happen.

MisterQ
05-31-2010, 05:51 PM
pre federer post sampras. the only time where this could happen.

Although I do know what you are getting at, it's not a given that either of those players would have beaten Hewitt that year if they had met him in the tournament. Hewitt at that stage had a 4-2 record against Federer, and Hewitt easily beat Sampras on the fast hard courts of the US Open the previous fall.

It's true that Wimbledon 2002 featured many bizarre losses by top players. It was one wacky tournament. But I dislike the general trend these days of dismissing the peak years of Hewitt -- a consistent champion who was feared and respected in his day. (And I wasn't even a fan... ;) )

Action Jackson
06-01-2010, 01:58 PM
Hewitt was excellent in those 2 years, he loved playing serve/volleyers.

rocketassist
06-01-2010, 02:00 PM
pre federer post sampras. the only time where this could happen.

Yep, let's slate Hewitt when he was fucking brilliant at the time and his later peak years coincided with Federer's peak years.

Lleyton would love to be at his peak now with Fedal past it and Djomurpotro all being nothing special..

Diprosalic
06-01-2010, 02:02 PM
But I dislike the general trend these days of dismissing the peak years of Hewitt

not dismissing hewitt. just saying sampras generation was nearly done and federers did not quite start yet.

.-Federers_Mate-.
06-06-2011, 06:49 PM
BUMP. I attended this wimbledon. The whole thing was just epic.

Fat Camel
06-06-2011, 07:03 PM
I'm waiting for something like this happen again.
So pity i was only seven and knew almost nothing about tennis.

StevoTG
06-06-2011, 07:37 PM
Yep, let's slate Hewitt when he was fucking brilliant at the time and his later peak years coincided with Federer's peak years.


Yup. People always talk about how many slams that Roddick was deprived of by Fed because he lost 4 slam finals to him. But in 2005 Hewitt lost to Fed at the semis of Wimbledon and the USO, and given the form he was on and his record against Roddick at the time, he would most likely have won those two slams. Oh well, ifs and buts count for nothing. (Btw, I'm not trying to put Roddick down here. He's one of my favourite players and has stayed at the top longer than Lleyton, but in 2005 Hewitt was a better player)

As for those who put down Hewitt's Wimbledon win, I guess it's easy to forget that he has 6 other titles on the surface that doesn't even have enough events to be called a season. At 19 years old he won Queens, beating Ivanisevic and Pioline en route to the final where he beat Sampras in straights. People forget (or are ignorant towards) how good Hewitt was at his best.

As for the draw and how the event unfolded. It's almost hard to imagine these days.

Clydey
06-06-2011, 09:34 PM
Yep, let's slate Hewitt when he was fucking brilliant at the time and his later peak years coincided with Federer's peak years.

Lleyton would love to be at his peak now with Fedal past it and Djomurpotro all being nothing special..

Physically, Hewitt has nothing over the top 4. I don't care what stage of his career you refer to, his game has nothing over the current top 4.

Chase Visa
06-06-2011, 11:39 PM
Most of that season was retarded. At the Aus Open iirc none of the top 5 seeds made it past the 2nd round :lol:

The important thing is that it was the last Grand Slam won by an Aussie :cool:

guga2120
06-06-2011, 11:40 PM
pre federer post sampras. the only time where this could happen.

Wrong, Lleyton in prime could have done well, against either, especially Pete, and 2002 was what 4 years after Sampras was the top player in tennis.

Action Jackson
06-07-2011, 08:00 AM
BUMP. I attended this wimbledon. The whole thing was just epic.

You should be honoured attending this event.

.-Federers_Mate-.
06-07-2011, 11:03 AM
You should be honoured attending this event.

Was just fantastic. Love wimbledon. Was at the lapp vs Pavel game when i took a break from Rusedski and before hand. Thats the kind of match you would have loved.

Some other memorable matches i saw were Fed live for the first time (ouch, he annoyed me then before i became a fan) - The Kavelnikov vs Malisse match and Rusedski-Roddick games were amazing. My seats on centre wernt great but still. Loved every minute of it. Great day that was. Also watched Kiefer vs poo on the big screen. my fave day of attending for sure

Other matches i saw were Henman and Hewitt play two nobodies. The day before the Rusedski epic

still have my Krajicek signed program.

What a tourney!

gaitare
06-07-2011, 11:14 AM
Too bad that rosy-cheeked moron Krajicek got past beyond 4th round at Wimbledon again, I thought a win and a semi were already much too much for him.

Nalby :hearts:

Action Jackson
06-18-2011, 04:45 AM
Lapentti and Pavel, lots of crafty play there. This guy only liked the long distance matches.

Action Jackson
06-12-2012, 01:26 PM
10 year anniversary of this great event.

Chase Visa
06-12-2012, 01:51 PM
Let's hope there's similar carnage for it's 10 year anniversary. :lol:

ossie
06-12-2012, 02:54 PM
QF

Hewitt def Schalken
Henman def Sa
Malisse def Krajicek
Nalbandian def Lapentti

SF

Hewitt def Henman
Nalbandian def Malisse

F

Hewitt def Nalbandian

what a mugfest :facepalm:

asmazif
06-12-2012, 03:01 PM
/amazing

leng jai
06-12-2012, 03:04 PM
Haas would have steamrolled these gimps easily if he played :facepalm:

Chris Kuerten
06-12-2012, 03:12 PM
Schalken = GOAT

leng jai
06-12-2012, 03:15 PM
Schalken = GOAT

Stiff GOAT.

Chris Kuerten
06-12-2012, 03:18 PM
t91ya0HPEIg

Bitches be jealous of that forehand.

You don't see that anymore in this clown era.

rocketassist
06-12-2012, 04:52 PM
Schalken was such a class player on grass. So much court craft.

TigerTim
06-12-2012, 04:55 PM
Tim bent over to Lay Lay 24/7, NID :angry:

Still, Lay Lay was great in the day, he would win a slam or two today if he was at his peak

asmazif
06-12-2012, 04:56 PM
yay, multiple Schalken fans. Love the guy - wicked sick on grass, brilliant to watch.

Shinoj
06-12-2012, 05:01 PM
Action jackson, Why is it such a favourite for you? I thought it was one of the worse Wimbeldons ever. So many injuries/absentees that year.

Anyways Hewitt was the Pre Match Favourite and out of nowhere Nalbandian made the Final. nalbandian with a Short hair.

TigerTim
06-12-2012, 05:04 PM
maybe it was due to the significant slowing of the grass 2001-2002? :scratch: or did they slow the grass in 2001

Shinoj
06-12-2012, 05:07 PM
I was disheartened with this Wimbeldon. I thought for sure Hewitt is going to dominate Tennis for years.:facepalm:. But then a certain Federer Emerged.

Shinoj
06-12-2012, 05:08 PM
Compels me to think if i practised a 15 20 days before this Wimbeldon, I would have atleast reached the Semis. And with some luck on my First Serves would have won the whole damn thing.

Burrow
06-12-2012, 05:18 PM
The main things I remember from this tournament:

1. Escude being a big disappointment, losing to Youzhny who lost easily to Hewitt, who Escude beat the previous year in an epic.
2. Krajicek playing well out of absolutely nowhere. Who knows what would've happened had he beaten Malisse.
3. Malisse having chest problems against Nalbandian. I was extremely disappointed.
4. Agassi being hammered by Srichaphan.
5. Henman being dismantled by Hewitt.
6. Sampras going out to Bastl on Court 2.

Exciting.

LeChuck
06-12-2012, 05:21 PM
Schalken's marathon matches at Wimbledon really were something else. He had 8 5 set matches in total at Wimbledon I think.

Unfortunately he lost all of the more epic ones, 8-6 in the 5th to Gambill in 1998, 13-11 to Courier in 1999, 20-18 to Philippoussis in 2000 and 7-5 to Hewitt in 2002. Hewitt steam-rolled everyone else that year apart from Schalken.

3 South American players in the quarter-finals was good fun.

I dislike Hewitt but many don't realise just how much more aggressive he was back then He was actually getting a lot more free points on his serve as well (he even served 4 aces in a row in his 3rd round match against Julian Knowle in 2002).

Burrow
06-12-2012, 05:23 PM
I was disheartened with this Wimbeldon. I thought for sure Hewitt is going to dominate Tennis for years.:facepalm:. But then a certain Federer Emerged.

Federer was far from the main problem. Hewitt was losing to players he wouldn't have lost to in 2001 and 2002. In fact, he beat Federer in that Davis Cup match from 2 sets down late that year. He barely finished inside the top 20 in 2003.

Rafaspin
06-12-2012, 05:29 PM
I remember the australian media and indeed most tennis fans thought Hewitt would go onto win multiple slams - the odds of 02 Wimbledon been Hewitts last slam would have been a thousand to one the day after he won it.

Infact when cleaning out my garage about 6 months ago i found a box of my mothers readers digests from 10 years ago and one was printed a week after Hewitts wimbledon win and had a cover story/article talking Hewitt up as a guy who would win double figure grand slams.

rocketassist
06-12-2012, 05:29 PM
maybe it was due to the significant slowing of the grass 2001-2002? :scratch: or did they slow the grass in 2001

They first slowed it for 2002 but it's been slowed significantly since then.

LeChuck
06-12-2012, 05:38 PM
I was already a Nalbandian fan by then and I quite enjoyed his 4th round match against Wayne Arthurs who hadn't been broken once in his first 3 matches with their contrast in styles.

David withstood a barrage of aces from Arthurs and did manage to break him. It must have sucked for Arthurs to be broken just once in 4 rounds and still get eliminated.

I remember Arthurs's match against Dent in the 3rd round. Dent was getting exasperated that he couldn't get a look in on Arthur's serve. When he was finally able to return one, he did a lap of honour around the court which was pretty funny.

I would love it if we had another slam like that with pure carnage and seeded players tumbling out left, right and centre. It would be a welcome relief from seeing the same players lining in grand slam semi-finals all the time.

Shinoj
06-12-2012, 05:55 PM
Federer was far from the main problem. Hewitt was losing to players he wouldn't have lost to in 2001 and 2002. In fact, he beat Federer in that Davis Cup match from 2 sets down late that year. He barely finished inside the top 20 in 2003.


I remember those days, Hewitt was the main player. He was destined to Rule the Mens Tennis. He looked over rated to me. But thats what it was.

Couple of Years Earlier when he was playing at SW19 there were reports that Girls were Clamouring on him. And i had no idea. He didnt look Good Looking at all. Also his game lacked Power.

Leo
06-12-2012, 05:57 PM
I remember this tournament well. Complete mess with Sampras going out to Bastl, Agassi to Srichaphan, Kafelnikov to Malisse, Ferrero to LL Morrison, etc. Rafter retired a year too soon! Except that actually Hewitt has his number by then and likely would have beaten him.

Some of my memories/comments below in red.

Wimbledon 2002 was a very funny tournament and the strange results were everywhere and the fact that Hewitt won it, took nothing away from this.

The 3rd round

Hewitt (1) vs Knowle
Youzhny vs Escude (16)
Morrison (LL) vs Schalken (18) Morrison had beaten Ferrero on CC in an absolute crap of a match. JCF still recovering from his major disappointment in Paris.
Voinea vs Jan Vacek

Henman (4) vs Ferreira
Stepanek (q) vs Kratochvil
F.Lopez vs Schuettler (17)
Sa vs Saretta ( match of the top half)

Kafelnikov (5) vs Malisse (27) Yevgeny's effort was pathetic in this. Really, with Sampras and Agassi out, he should have made a much better effort bc a final was attainable.
Rusedski (23) vs Roddick (11) Everyone was calling this GOAT Rusedski after this match. NBC commentators thought he had a chance to win it all. Then he lost to Malisse, lol.
The Poo (WC) vs Kiefer
Krajicek vs Srichaphan :hearts: Krajicek

Bastl (LL) vs Nalbandian (28)
Dent vs Arthurs
Pavel (15) vs N.Lapentti (22)
Clement vs O.Rochus

4th Round

Hewitt def Youzhny Misha had lost to the other Aussie, Pat, in the same round the year before. Second of many 4R at Wimbledon for him. Was being touted as an up-and-comer.
Schalken def Vacek
Henman def Kratochvil I remember this match so vividly. Kratochvil had his chances but kept blowing it, Henman was a little lucky. I think this was also the day Henman was sick and needed the trainer to administer sea salts as not to pass out on court!
Sa def LaLo Lopez

Malisse def Rusedski LOL.
Krajicek def The Poo Good one.
Nalbandian def Arthurs
Lapentti def Clement


QF

Hewitt def Schalken This was Hewitt's big test in the tournament. Had to scrape this one out, from my memory. Schalken was always tricky on grass with his flat strokes.
Henman def Sa NID with this matchup.
Malisse def Krajicek Super long match and I was very disappointed, wanted Krajicek to make the final from the bottom half.
Nalbandian def Lapentti

SF

Hewitt def Henman
Nalbandian def Malisse

F

Hewitt def Nalbandian

rocketassist
06-12-2012, 05:59 PM
Hewitt was the Djokovic of his time but with less power on his ground game but more touch/feel/skill. He was fast, fit, agile and he deflected powerful hitters' missiles twice as fast. It took a big performance to beat him at Wimbledon and the US Open, but he never got to grips with clay and even his own slam where the slower conditions (conditions that seem like carpet compared to 2012!) meant he could be overpowered by someone who could hit through the court more.

Leo
06-12-2012, 05:59 PM
The main things I remember from this tournament:

1. Escude being a big disappointment, losing to Youzhny who lost easily to Hewitt, who Escude beat the previous year in an epic.
2. Krajicek playing well out of absolutely nowhere. Who knows what would've happened had he beaten Malisse.
3. Malisse having chest problems against Nalbandian. I was extremely disappointed.
4. Agassi being hammered by Srichaphan.
5. Henman being dismantled by Hewitt.
6. Sampras going out to Bastl on Court 2.

Exciting.

I forgot about that development, too. Malisse had the nuttiest five-setters in that tournament.

Also: DN's first match on CC the entire tournament? THE FINAL. Ridiculous, it was.

Chris Kuerten
06-12-2012, 06:00 PM
yay, multiple Schalken fans. Love the guy - wicked sick on grass, brilliant to watch.Three Wimbledon QF's in a row!

Pretty impressive for a guy with his limitations (not meant disrespectful, but you know what I mean). I still have nightmares about that loss to Hewitt in 2002.

Leo
06-12-2012, 06:02 PM
Hewitt was the Djokovic of his time but with less power on his ground game but more touch/feel/skill. He was fast, fit, agile and he deflected powerful hitters' missiles twice as fast. It took a big performance to beat him at Wimbledon and the US Open, but he never got to grips with clay and even his own slam where the slower conditions (conditions that seem like carpet compared to 2012!) meant he could be overpowered by someone who could hit through the court more.

For those couple of years, Hewitt was scary. He was a monster who knew how to play matches from start to finish. He was also unlikable, so he was easily the villain of men's tennis (and then with Roddick too).

Remember Hewitt vs. ATP? :lol:

rocketassist
06-12-2012, 06:06 PM
Three Wimbledon QF's in a row!

Pretty impressive for a guy with his limitations (not meant disrespectful, but you know what I mean). I still have nightmares about that loss to Hewitt in 2002.

Schalken was a pure grasscourt specialist in an era of surface specialists such as Seb Grosjean, Alexander Popp and Mario Ancic. Great guys to watch on grass.

LeChuck
06-12-2012, 06:07 PM
To be fair quite a few pundits said back in 2002 that they didn't expect Hewitt to go on to dominate the men's game.

I remember on the BBC after the final, even the notoriously fairweather McEnroe and also Pat Cash both said that Hewitt needed to make major changes to his game if he wanted to win the title again.

They actually both tipped Roddick to emerge and dethrone Hewitt and become the main man in men's tennis I recall.

Rusedski's demolition of Roddick in the 3rd round was very impressive, and with Sampras and Agassi both out from that half of the draw, many members of the British media thought he had a great chance of reaching the final. Along with his 3rd round destruction of Ferrero in 2001 (admittedly JCF was nowhere as good on grass back then as he would become later in the decade), that was one of his best ever performances at Wimbledon.

asmazif
06-12-2012, 06:10 PM
I was already a Nalbandian fan by then and I quite enjoyed his 4th round match against Wayne Arthurs who hadn't been broken once in his first 3 matches with their contrast in styles.

David withstood a barrage of aces from Arthurs and did manage to break him. It must have sucked for Arthurs to be broken just once in 4 rounds and still get eliminated.

I remember Arthurs's match against Dent in the 3rd round. Dent was getting exasperated that he couldn't get a look in on Arthur's serve. When he was finally able to return one, he did a lap of honour around the court which was pretty funny.

I would love it if we had another slam like that with pure carnage and seeded players tumbling out left, right and centre. It would be a welcome relief from seeing the same players lining in grand slam semi-finals all the time.

Exactly, would be great fun.


Things that I remember about the tourny:


Schalken first W QF - his epic v Hewitt, went on to make 3 consecutive.
Andre Sa legending his way to the quarters (and taking a set v Henman)
Malisse injury problems during his Nalby epic in the SF (and always remembered it was Seed No. 27 v No. 28 :lol:)
Malisse back to back epics in the previous 2 rounds (v Krajicek and Rusedski)
Lapentti making the QF and his epic scoreline v Nalby (five 6-4 sets)
Then-unknown Ancic playing like an absolute demon v Fed (and then going out in straights)
Lalo's emergence
Rusedski winning his first Roddick grass encounter (easily)
Arvind Parmar not doing well.
Getting worried that Hewitt would dominate for years and wins lots more slams
The Scud-Krajicek 4R epic
Obvs the Bastl-Sampras match
Gambill winning a match (but losing disappointingly early again)
Not watching the final (and arriving home just at the end, very much disliking the result)

Action Jackson
06-12-2012, 07:18 PM
Schalken was a pure grasscourt specialist in an era of surface specialists such as Seb Grosjean, Alexander Popp and Mario Ancic. Great guys to watch on grass.

Sjeng could play on all surfaces, think he was better maybe on hardcourts but loved the grass.

Burrow
06-12-2012, 10:33 PM
They first slowed it for 2002 but it's been slowed significantly since then.

They changed the grass in 2001. It's easy to recall 2002 as the change for obvious reasons.

Here's a good article, found it on wikipedia.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1815724,00.html

"In 2001, Wimbledon tore out all its courts and planted a new variety of groundcover. The new grass was 100% perennial rye; the old courts had been a mix of 70% rye and 30% creeping red fescue. The new lawn was more durable, and allowed Wimbledon's groundsmen to keep the soil underneath drier and firmer. A firmer surface causes the ball to bounce higher. A high bounce is anathema to the serve-and-volley player, who relies on approach shots skidding low through the court. What's more, rye, unlike fescue, grows in tufts that stand straight up; these tufts slow a tennis ball down as it lands.
Ivanisevic and Rafter were able to blast their way through the new grass because an exceptionally rainy two weeks had kept the courts soft. But the ground eventually dried, and baseliners have excelled since; in men's tennis, Roger Federer, who serves and volleys only around 10% of the time, has reigned supreme"

"But not everyone was happy with the new surface, especially those who contend the change may have robbed England of its best chance of crowning a homegrown Wimbledon champion since Perry took the title in 1936. Tim Henman, a serve-and-volley player, made four Wimbledon semifinals, but says the new grass forced him to alter his natural game midcareer. "I remember sitting at a change-over in 2002 in utter frustration and thinking 'What on earth is going on here? I'm on a grass court and it's the slowest court I've played on this year.' " Veteran tour pro and former Wimbledon doubles champion Jonas Bjorkman says the slower grass courts have homogenized the professional game. "There is a danger that we will have only one type of player soon because everyone is growing up on courts that are roughly the same speed," he says. To underline the point: Federer's great rival, Rafael Nadal, is widely considered a clay-court specialist, but has still made the final at Wimbledon the last two years.
"There was a time when clay-court [specialists] wouldn't even make the trip [to England]," Bjorkman said after losing to Nadal at the Artois Championships, a warm-up event for Wimbledon. "Now they hardly even need to adjust their game."

Bjorkman seen it coming!

TigerTim
06-12-2012, 10:39 PM
If Henman thought Wimbledon was slow is 2002 what would he think now :eek:

This year could be similar conditions to 2001 :)

Mr.Michael
06-12-2012, 10:46 PM
This sure was a "classic".

It would have been great if Krajicek could have beaten Malisse. It was really close. He could have been Goran part 2.

It was also sad that besides Sampras, this was the last time Krajicek played at Wimbledon. Pete playing and losing against Bastl on court 2 was just incredible. I actually never really understood why Pete didn't come back one last time. Wimbledon was such a great place for him and his last moment was walking out after a defeat to Bastl!

Srichaphan beating Agassi was just brilliant.

The rain was very dominant in the latter stages of the tournament. Which Wimbledons were really wet? I remember '91 and '97 being horrible in the first week and of course 2007 was quite bad in the second week.

Fedex
06-13-2012, 03:11 AM
Wrong, Lleyton in prime could have done well, against either, especially Pete, and 2002 was what 4 years after Sampras was the top player in tennis.

lol Lleyton had some very good years in 04 and 05, where he might have surpassed what he did in 01 and 02 if he wasn't getting slapped around by Fed in every major.

Topspindoctor
06-13-2012, 03:12 AM
2002 Wimbledon represented a classic case of mug era.

Fedex
06-13-2012, 03:14 AM
This sure was a "classic".

It would have been great if Krajicek could have beaten Malisse. It was really close. He could have been Goran part 2.

It was also sad that besides Sampras, this was the last time Krajicek played at Wimbledon. Pete playing and losing against Bastl on court 2 was just incredible. I actually never really understood why Pete didn't come back one last time. Wimbledon was such a great place for him and his last moment was walking out after a defeat to Bastl!

Srichaphan beating Agassi was just brilliant.

The rain was very dominant in the latter stages of the tournament. Which Wimbledons were really wet? I remember '91 and '97 being horrible in the first week and of course 2007 was quite bad in the second week.

Sampras didn't come back because he had the perfect ride out into the sunset, beating Agassi in the finals of the US Open just a few months later. Had that not transpired, I can't imagine that he wouldn't have come back in 2003.

karelduin
06-13-2012, 12:42 PM
I still find it ridiculous that for a Quarterfinal of a Grand Slam they put Lapentti and Nalbandian on a non-televised outsidecourt because they weren't big names.

Action Jackson
06-16-2012, 05:25 PM
I still find it ridiculous that for a Quarterfinal of a Grand Slam they put Lapentti and Nalbandian on a non-televised outsidecourt because they weren't big names.

It's Wimbledon lots of ridiculous things happen.

mooncreek
06-16-2012, 06:12 PM
The first week was such a mess! We've had quite a few ladies draw end up like this lately.

By the time of the quarterfinals, I was thinking to myself: everyone of importance is out except for that annoying Hewitt and, of course, he's on Henman's half of the draw so there will be no reason to watch the final. I may not be a Federer fan but I've never deliberately skipped watching any of his Wimbledon finals.

Sapeod
06-16-2012, 06:24 PM
Wimbledon's grass has slowed down so much since then. They need to speed up the courts so we can more grass court specialists.

This is the year that I started getting into tennis. I remember wanting Henman get his first slam. Too bad he didn't. I'm pretty sure this was the first Wimbledon I really watched from start to finish.

TigerTim
06-16-2012, 06:28 PM
If only someone had taken out Hewitt, the guy dominated Henners like no other, mind you when he lost the next year to Ivo Henners lost to Grosjean in the Quaters :o. Great Wimby though :) The Sampras match was epic, mind you he was fading fast on grass, 2001 being taken to 5 by that random British part timer :lol:

Corey Feldman
06-17-2012, 12:09 AM
i remember 4th round here: Henman v Kratochvil

one of the worst stress matches ever, he was ill and i think he went 2 sets down, kept breaking and being broke again - rain delays every 20 minutes

well somehow close to dark he came back to win in 5

anyway Hewitt put him out of his misery a few days layer.

BauerAlmeida
06-17-2012, 12:20 AM
I remember wanting Henman get his first slam. Too bad he didn't.

So this is nothing new for you. You'll get over it.

Corey Feldman
06-17-2012, 12:21 AM
So this is nothing new for you. You'll get over it.:lol:

Mercury
06-17-2012, 12:34 AM
Remembering tournaments like this makes me so friggin mad at Nalby. The man has the talent and should have won at least 1 GS. You damn Argentine :(

Caesar1844
06-17-2012, 12:36 AM
At the time I remember being glad that Hewitt beat Henman. If I had known that Henman would be the last elite serve-volleyer and would never win Wimbledon, I probably would have wanted the result to go the other way.

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
06-17-2012, 11:02 AM
great memories

10.years

ten
years

wow

Allez
06-17-2012, 12:05 PM
Wow Nalby's rolling back the years with his imminent win at Queens. The only one left from that era is Roger :worship:

Matt01
06-17-2012, 12:11 PM
Remembering tournaments like this makes me so friggin mad at Nalby. (


Why? He got a cakewalk draw to the final and then got embarassed by Hewitt :facepalm:

Hian-GOAT
06-17-2012, 01:35 PM
Until scrubs like Murray will stay in Top 50, we will never see such good tournaments.

Action Jackson
06-26-2013, 02:45 PM
Still the most bizarre Wimbledon, but the 2013 is trying hard.

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07-13-2014, 12:17 PM
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