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loved the Federer Stakhovsky match, he played the game of his life, and seeing his wife literally overwhelmed was amazing. Seems like a thoroughly nice guy and talked about her in the press interview.

Have to agree with the captain sometimes the stars are aligned and Murray has the best chance he has had, as long as Djokovic is off.

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I would say Murray is a better grass court player than Djokovic; he doesn't have to hope Djokovic is off if they meet in the final. Murray moves so much better on this surface, whereas Djokovic definitely struggles to move as effectively side to side as he does on hard courts. I'm not even sure Federer being out is that much of an advantage as I fully expected Murray to win if they met in the semis. Nadal was by far the more significant obstacle in the bottom half for Murray.

People are talking about this as if it's a sudden changing of the guard, but that happened almost a year ago (and Federer has been in decline for longer than that, as sad as that is to accept). Obviously Rafa remains amazing on clay, but Murray and Djokovic were clearly the best two players in the world at the back end of 2012, and even Rafa's amazing run this year (all but one tournament of which was on clay) was never likely to continue through the US hard court season.

The fact is that Federer has dropped off pretty badly in the last six months, and his reduced schedule has definitely affected this sharpness from match to match. He can still produce amazing performances, but from match to match his level is fluctuating more than ever before. The QF streak has been under serious threat for some time, so it's really not surprising to see it finally go. However, I won't pretend to be wise after the event, because I never saw this coming. What is so shocking is that it happened at Wimbledon, and that it happened to a guy who isn't actually all that great (I actually saw Stakhovsky lose at Wimbledon last year, and while he's got a nice game it's not like he's 100+ in the world for no good reason. He is not an up & coming kid: he's in his peak, and ranked pretty much where he should be ranked). Now admittedly he played very well yesterday, but everyone talking about this as the return of serve & volley tennis is forgetting Federer beating Zverev (another S&V specialist) 0 & 0 at Halle just two weeks ago. As well as Stakhovsky played, if Federer had played with that level of consistency and freedom again, we'd still be saying that it's not possible to beat the big guys with that style of game in 2013. Does anyone really think Stakhovsky's game yesterday would have earned any reward against Murray or Djokovic? It's sad to say, but Federer's policy of endlessly chipping backhand returns from the ad court was a mistake which Djokovic and Murray just wouldn't have made - and wouldn't have had to, with their superior two-handed backhands.

To me Federer seemed slow, passed incredibly badly, failed to really penetrate with his forehand, and volleyed tentatively when at the net - and it's not like he was facing a world great passer. I really don't want to take anything away from Stakhovsky because he was great and I love attacking tennis, but he couldn't have played how he did if Federer hadn't been poor.

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Once Federer and Nadal leave the game, I think we may start to see Djokovic and Murray dominate. Dimitrov and Raonic look promising, but I don't see anyone coming up that looks to be in the same class as the current top four.

There's a huge void where the next generation should be. Raonic hasn't pushed on and is looking one-dimensional, Tomic is inconsistent, Dimitrov has some game but can't put it all together, Goffin has the game but not the physical size.

A more likely challenge in the short time might come from Tsonga, if Rasheed can make the mental improvements needed to take him to the next level. He has the game (as does Berdych, but I've given up waiting for him to take the next step).

It's all a bit of a worry, and we really need some young stars pushing through. In the meantime, Murray and Djokovic should have some fun racking up the slam wins.

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Wow. This Wimbledon is going insane! Love it, come on the underdogs.

ITF introduce a Bio-Passport in March 2013, lots of players withdraw or underperform at Wimbledon.

I wonder if the two are linked somehow....

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And besides, they don't play consecutive days at the slams. As opposed to the other events such as those in the Masters Series, which are arguably more physically demanding for precisely that reason.

Ironically, given the speed of points and matches, and presence of a roof (and good weather to date) Wimbledon is actually one of the least appropriate tournaments to use to make this point. The French would indeed be much more relevant, since it involves longer rallies and the rainfall there did cause them to play three days running (see Rafa's rant).. but best to ignore that since it produced no evidence whatsoever for this argument.

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I managed to get centre court tickets for yesterday, which was nice as I usually go with my Dad but gave up my ticket to my sister this year. It was good to see Novak and Serena but I wish their opponents had put up more of a fight. I last saw Djokovic at Wimbledon 6 years ago and you can really see the difference in how far he's come on since then.

It was good to at least see Murray in the royal box too.

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To people who go to Wimbledon, whats the best way to get to see some tennis without pre booked tickets - rock up and head for the hill? I remember there being a queue system for returns and early leavers etc, where does one hed for this if its still around?

I got my tickets from ticketmaster the day before. Just keep refreshing the page at 9am and hope for the best! I'd been trying for a few days with no luck but made it through on Friday. Maybe I got lucky because it was my birthday...

Otherwise just turn up to the queue pretty early and you'll get in to the grounds, which is still definitely worth it.

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I'm not sure how easy it is to do these days, but a few years back coming along for a handed-back grounds pass in the second week was a great move. On a nice evening you could get in the grounds for next to nothing and see a few hours' quality tennis - mostly doubles, and often vets or juniors, but quality still exceptional and very much worth it.

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I got my tickets from ticketmaster the day before. Just keep refreshing the page at 9am and hope for the best! I'd been trying for a few days with no luck but made it through on Friday. Maybe I got lucky because it was my birthday...

Otherwise just turn up to the queue pretty early and you'll get in to the grounds, which is still definitely worth it.

How much did you pay ?

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No queue with tickets. You get to walk past all those queuing with an overwhelming sense of smugness.

Grounds pass courts (all except Centre, 1 & 2) start at 11.30, so check the order of play this evening and head for whichever takes your fancy. The more popular ones will fill up v quickly, so if there's one you particularly want then aim to get to the gates for 10.30 and head straight there to grab a seat.

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Lisicki v Serena has been excellent so far. I find the women's game interminably boring most of the time, as Williams blasts yet another no-hoper off the court, but this is great stuff so far & it would be fantastic if they can keep it up.

Edit: I spoke too soon, it seems.

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