Sunday, January 28, 2018

Inspiration for the old guys

The Greatest of All Time, Roger Federer, has won his 20th Grand Slam, beating Marin Cilic at the Australian Open 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

To be honest, I thought he was out of gas when Cilic broke him twice in the fourth set. He came back hard and went up 30-love in the first game of the fifth set, then seemed to have exhausted himself in doing so when Cilic came right back to make it 30-30. But Cilic seemed to crack under the pressure, as he put a relatively easy shot wide to give Federer the advantage, and from that point on, Federer just poured on the gas.

Once he broke Cilic and held serve again to go up 3-0, it was over. What a legend.

The BBC's take on this cracked me up:
Federer, 36, becomes only the fourth player after Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf to win 20 or more major singles titles.
Yes, that's exactly why he's so well-regarded. Because he's the fourth-most-accomplished tennis player in tennis history....



Anonymous Aeoli Pera January 28, 2018 7:40 AM  

Yes, that's exactly why he's so well-regarded. Because he's the fourth-most-accomplished tennis player in tennis history....

Not even a hint of oppression in his physiognomy.

Blogger SteelPalm January 28, 2018 8:09 AM  

Heh, didn't realize Vox was a fan of tennis. And yeah, Federer continuing to win Grand Slams past when his career was supposed to be finished to a combination of age and injuries is amazing and inspiring. While I love Nadal too, and like Djokovic (a pox on the SJW scumbag Murray, though), Federer has always been my favorite since Agassi retired.

That BBC quote cracked me up, too. Anyone seriously comparing the woman's version of a sport to the male one is a soyboy wimp of the lowest order.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine January 28, 2018 8:44 AM  

It'd be fitting if they did special matches for him against each of those.

"Special" is exactly how they'd look too.

Blogger Cubby8126 January 28, 2018 8:45 AM  

Lebron james, 33, becomes one of4 players, after sheryl swoops, lisa leslie, and Diana taurasi to win 3 championships.

Blogger Nate January 28, 2018 8:57 AM  

"Federer, 36, becomes only the fourth player after Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf to win 20 or more major singles titles."

None of which could win a single game off him in a 3 set match.

Blogger SteelPalm January 28, 2018 8:57 AM  

@3 Azure Amarathine

See, that wouldn't be any fun. What would far more effectively prove the point is to have some lowly player from the Futures circuit (it goes Futures < Challengers < actual pro-level events) ranked 1000th in the world in a match against a top female player, and then laugh as he destroys her 6-1, 6-0.

Or, since white and America-hating SJW Serena Williams called out Tennys Sandgren recently for liking "Alt-Right" content on Twitter (he had found some right-wing content interesting, and made a few jokes) and demanded he apologize, they can play a match. Granted, Sandgren is in the top 100 and made the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, but one can grant him an exception.

Anonymous Elmer Fudd January 28, 2018 9:03 AM  

Williams herself once said, on The David Letterman Show, that she wouldn't stand a chance against the top male players. Johnny Mac famously amplified that by saying that any male player in the top 700 could beat Williams.

That being said, I like the women's game equally as much as the men's for two reasons:

1. longer rallies, with less emphasis on the power serve.
2. great legs.

Best stems on the women's tour? Sherapova's. Your mileage may vary.

Blogger SteelPalm January 28, 2018 9:07 AM  

@7 Elmer Fudd

That was many years ago, before the cancer of SJWs had spread so far. Back then, Serena was just a very talented tennis player with a fifth grader's level of intelligence and maturity writing a blog about her experiences at Wimbledon with laughable spelling and grammar mistakes.

And John McEnroe was not an embarrassing cuck sperging about zeeee Nazis like he is now, either.

Blogger Rick January 28, 2018 9:21 AM  

Pfft. Big deal. Me and Federer are tied for Le Mans wins.

Blogger Jon D. January 28, 2018 9:27 AM  

Yeah he’s really incredible to watch, though I’m more a Nadal fan :). For physical things like tennis or football or whatnot it becomes harder in mid 30s but it’s a matter of exercise and eating discipline at that point. People knock it but that’s why I do the Tom Brady diet these days and I feel way better for it even as a non athlete.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr January 28, 2018 9:31 AM  

36? By shooting standards, that's quite young. :)

At the MLAIC World Championships in 2016, I don't think there were more than two or three medalists under 40.

Blogger Rough Carrigan January 28, 2018 9:31 AM  

At the height of her career Margaret Court lost, badly, to 50+year old Bobby Riggs. He actually played that match to win. Comparing Court's record to Federer's is like comparing the record of some guy who played in A level minor league to that of Babe Ruth or Hank Aaron.

Blogger bob kek mando January 28, 2018 9:37 AM  

i think that after Roger retires from the Men's Circuit?

that he should put on a skirt over his shorts and proceed to win 20 majors in the Women's Tour.

over the age of 40.

because he identifies as Bruce Jenner.

Blogger Nate January 28, 2018 9:39 AM  

"Williams herself once said, on The David Letterman Show, that she wouldn't stand a chance against the top male players. Johnny Mac famously amplified that by saying that any male player in the top 700 could beat Williams."

a long time ago Ivan Llendl bet Martina Navratilova she wouldn't win a single game against him. If she did... he would give her his house.

She wouldn't take the bet.

Blogger Matthew January 28, 2018 9:42 AM  

Elmer Fudd wrote:Best stems on the women's tour? Sherapova's. Your mileage may vary.

I'm partial to Eugenie Bouchard.

Blogger Salt January 28, 2018 9:58 AM  

On September 20, 30,492 fans squeezed into the Houston Astrodome to witness the so-called “Battle of the Sexes,” while an estimated 90 million people worldwide watched on television. King entered the court a la Cleopatra, riding in a gold litter held aloft by toga-wearing members of the Rice University men’s track team. Riggs, meanwhile, came in on a rickshaw surrounded by scantily clad women known as “Bobby’s bosom buddies.” King then presented Riggs with a squealing baby pig and in return received a large “Sugar Daddy” lollipop. In keeping with the carnival-like atmosphere of the contest, King wore blue suede sneakers, and Riggs played the first three games wearing a yellow jacket with the “Sugar Daddy” logo on the back.

Over the years, rumors surfaced that Riggs threw the match for money. Just last month, a former assistant golf pro in Florida told ESPN that he had overheard two mob bosses discussing Riggs’ proposal to lose intentionally. In return, Riggs allegedly had $100,000 in gambling debts wiped clean. Riggs himself never admitted to this, nor did the executor of his estate. Moreover, a mafia lawyer accused by the former assistant golf pro of arranging the fix didn’t mention it in his tell-all book, even as he took credit for, among other things, playing an indirect role in President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. “That was not really in Bobby’s interest in any way to lose that match,” King told ESPN.

Yet she still remains best known for a single victory. “I know that when I die, nobody at my funeral will be talking about me,” she once said. “They’ll all just be standing around telling each other where they were the night I beat Bobby Riggs.”

Blogger tuberman January 28, 2018 10:12 AM  

I do not often watch anyone play tennis, but when I watch today's guys play closely, I am astounded by the talent.

The Williams sisters have masculine upper backs which allow a serve close to the speed of males. Two lesbo wymen run the Narrative on female tennis, allowing what?? ... Two Black females with huge muscular backs and a guy speed serve, and they do not work out any harder than other females. HMMM!? Wink, wink.

Martina and Billy-Jean should be dealt with like the rest of the Witches. Short trial....? Anyone, and I mean anyone giving major support to the Narrative is not a minor, or acceptable Player, as they are Political (by their own definition) and they are the enemy.


Jack Foster at the age of 41 ran a 2:11 Marathon, so at 5 minutes per mile for the 26.2 miles. He came close to that several more times up until he was 44, winning several international marathons.

Blogger pyrrhus January 28, 2018 10:20 AM  

"A penny for the old Guy."

Serena doesn't count, since she has repeatedly refused steroid tests and, through the miracle of Black Privilege, not been suspended...

Blogger pyrrhus January 28, 2018 10:23 AM  

@14 The FBI files of wiretaps produced several years ago revealed the Riggs definitely threw the match to settle gambling debts with the Mob. King's "victory" was just more fake news, and the Mob cleaned up off the suckers...

Blogger Cecil Henry January 28, 2018 10:26 AM  

The BBC: a portrait in resentment and envy.

They make themselves most laughable when they try to hide it.

This is how you behave when you want to tyrannize the world, but want to mask you motives with benevolence.

Anonymous VFM #6306 January 28, 2018 10:31 AM  

Bobby Riggs crushed Margaret Court in the "Mother's Day Massacre." I guess that makes him the greatest women's tennis player of all time.

Anonymous JAG January 28, 2018 10:33 AM  

Remember when everyone thought Rhonda Rousey could beat up male world class fighters? Fun times.

Anonymous JAG January 28, 2018 10:34 AM  

Also, Federer won his 20 without needing a career long abuse of steroids like Serena the She Hulk did.

Blogger VoodooJock January 28, 2018 10:44 AM  

Karsten Braasch might have something to say on the Williams' sisters' abilities....

Anonymous Philipp January 28, 2018 10:45 AM  

As a die-hard tennis fan (from Switzerland), I am happy to see that you watch tennis, too, Vox. Needless to say I am very happy today (and relieved).

Anonymous scott January 28, 2018 11:16 AM  


During the 1998 Australian Open, sisters Serena and Venus Williams boasted that they could beat any man ranked outside the world's top 200. The challenge was accepted by Karsten Braasch, a German player ranked No 203 (his highest ranking was No 38). Before the matches, Braasch played a round of golf in the morning, drank a couple of beers, smoked a few cigarettes, and then played the Williams sisters for a set each, one after the other. He defeated Serena, 6-1, and Venus, 6-2. Serena said afterwards "I didn't know it would be that hard. I hit shots that would have been winners on the women's tour and he got to them easily."

Blogger Dave January 28, 2018 11:25 AM  

What's a Vikings fan to do, the Pro Bowl doesn't start for another 4 hours. Thank goodness they moved it from prime time this year.

Anonymous Dave January 28, 2018 11:59 AM  

Cubby8126 wrote:Lebron james, 33, becomes one of4 players, after sheryl swoops, lisa leslie, and Diana taurasi to win 3 championships.

You nailed the gist of it, but holy sh!t; are you taking grammar lessons from Nate?

Anonymous m January 28, 2018 1:09 PM  

The folks in Racine, WI were pretty proud of Billy J. King........her sponsor was Snap-On Tools. ")

Anonymous Elmer Fudd January 28, 2018 1:11 PM  

@26 Scott

Even better, Braasch smoked cigarettes and sipped beer during the changeovers!

Years later, when reminded of the pounding she and Venus had taken, Serena nervously claimed that she "didn't remember" taking part in the event.

Chalk that up to the steroids ...

Blogger Quilp January 28, 2018 3:04 PM  

If Federer is one of the "old guys" I guess I better start shopping for a nice rocker and a good whittling knife. But yeah, impressive.

Blogger Crush Limbraw January 28, 2018 3:48 PM  

Old guy? I have grandkids half his age!

Blogger John (not the pope) January 28, 2018 4:57 PM  

@ 15 & 7
Elize Merton.
nut said.

Blogger John (not the pope) January 28, 2018 4:58 PM  

Bloody auto-correct... "'nuf said"

Blogger Thomas Howard January 28, 2018 11:34 PM  

Federer is an inspiration, thanks for pointing it out. I still have a copy of his one and only match against my previous tennis hero, Pete Sampras. Probably in my top five all time Wimbledon matches.
I haven't had to find other tennis players to root for in a quite a long time. Maybe this new American kid will be the next to take the torch, but hopefully not any time soon.

Blogger Thad tuiol January 29, 2018 1:18 AM  

The BBC has to be the number one SJW-converged media organization going, and there's quite a lot of competition for that spot.

Anonymous Opus January 29, 2018 4:23 AM  

The BBC is vile.

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