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Also John McEnroe is talking absolute bollocks on the BBC right now.
Business as usual, then.

What a sad way for Raducanu's amazing run to end. Really hope she is OK. Not nice for Tomljanovic either, who has never reached a slam quarter final before and I'm sure didn't want it to happen like this.
 
Khachanov isn’t exactly part of the “#NextGen,” but good on him as well, he’s got such a massive power game, he shouldn’t be floundering in second or third rounds.
I admit I forgot about him, but he does deserve a mention. Going into the tournament, the only under 30s with a quarter final appearance to their name were Lucas Pouille (who seems stuck in a slump), Nick Kyrgios (I think this one explains itself) and Bernard Tomic (who you could be forgiven for forgetting was once halfway decent; he certainly has). The further the young contingent go, the more they can build a fanbase, so even if Novak takes the title this year (which I still expect) there will be some "names" with grass court pedigree to root for in the years to come.

I still can't call the women's title at all; Barty looks entirely beatable, Sabalenka is still mentally brittle, Pliskova has let herself down so many times before and I'm not convinced Kerber has enough left in the tank.
 
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Karen despite having a pretty poor record so far this year hasn’t been playing awful. A lot of times he has come up just a bit short. Hadn’t felt like he was lost on the court like it can when players of his talent levels are seeing those results. The struggle to close out that fifth set has been the story of the season though - but at least this time he got there in the end.
 
Pliskova becomes just the sixth active player (I'm including Clijsters although I'm still shaky on whether she counts as "active") to reach a semifinal at every slam.

Everyone else in this exclusive club has won at least two.
 
Ashleigh Barty - Angelique Kerber
Karolina Pliskova - Aryna Sabalenka

!!! great line-up for the Women's semifinals. There might be something about Wimbledon getting and making the top players to do well as there rarely have been any HUGE surprise competitors that managed to get past the QFs in recent years, namely Vesnina (2016), Strycova (2019), both world class doubles players and Rybarikova with a PR in 2017.
 
Worst Wimbledon since Wimblegeddon.
I think this may have been a bit premature?

Still tough to call, but something about Sabalenka's performance today is giving her the edge for me. Given her poor slam record up to now, I thought the pressure of her elevation to number two seed would get the better of her, but to the contrary - she looks stronger with every match.

Really interested to see how the Matteo-Felix match goes tomorrow.
 
I really think this is it. Once he'd lost that first set he was never in the match, and I don't see him hanging around into his forties if he's no longer going to be in serious contention for titles.
 
Forzza!!

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I’m not sure Roger wants his last Wimbledon match to be having been bageled in the third set.
I'm sure Serena doesn't want her last Wimbledon to be her only injury retirement and second first round defeat at a slam in 79 appearances either, but at their age with all that they've achieved, they may well be wondering if another shot (which may or may not go any better) is really worth the effort.
 
he/him
Well, Barty just hit 38 winners to 16 unforced errors against Kerber. I have to feel like the only things standing between her and the title are a possible choke on her end and an out of her mind Sabalenka performance.

I don't necessarily consider Ashleigh a big match player but she is a big name player and she will relish facing either Sabalenka or Pliskova in the final. Her record against other elite players is absurd.
 
I was really rooting for Aryna today but Karolina is so winning the final if she just keeps serving this way.

Aryna looked sad/upset or both at the handshake, hope she won't be too disappointed, plenty more chances for her to come.
 
I was really rooting for Aryna today but Karolina is so winning the final if she just keeps serving this way.

Aryna looked sad/upset or both at the handshake, hope she won't be too disappointed, plenty more chances for her to come.
It wasn't even a handshake, they just touched rackets like everyone was doing after the tour resumed last year.

Karolina is approaching 30, has been in the top tier for years and let chance after chance slip by to grab one of the big prizes, even in an era where nearly every slam is up for grabs. How much does she want it? Because Ash definitely wants it.
 

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