Monday, June 27, 2016

Latest USADA Testing Numbers


Last Updated: June 22, 2016

15 Athletes Selected
34 Total Tests

Athlete Name
Test Count

Robert C Bryan
6

Jamie Hampton
2

John Isner
2

Steve Johnson
2

Madison Keys
1

Varvara Lepchenko
1

Bethanie Mattek-Sands
1

Christina M McHale
1

Sam Querrey
1

Jack Sock
1

Sloane Stephens
2

CoCo Vandeweghe
2

Serena J Williams
5

Venus E Williams
5

Donald Young
2

317 comments:

  1. It is extremely weird that the testing is focused only in one bryan bother.

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    1. It has something to do with Bob Bryan missing a few tests a while ago, whereas Mike Bryan didn't.

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  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgyqAD5Z6_A

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    1. John Oliver puts a comedic slant on doping, but until you see how athletes like Aylssa Montano are loosing to "robots" it shows the real impact on the sport.

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  3. http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36638179

    lulz

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  4. http://edition.cnn.com/2016/06/28/tennis/roger-federer-tennis-wimbledon-statistics/index.html

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  6. A Wimbledon question from a Fed fan:

    Why is the #3 seed (Federer) in the same half of the draw as the #1 (DJokovic)? It used to be 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3 in the semis. What happened?

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    1. it has always been random where the 3 and 4 seeds go

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    2. I don't think that's true. The "reward" for being #1 seed was that in the semis you got to play someone "only" seeded 4th, while the #2 seed was forced to play someone more highly ranked, at #3.

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    3. I don't think I've ever seen the #4 seed automatically placed in the top half of the draw. Only the places of the #1 (top half) and #2 seed (bottom half) are fixed, and #3 and #4 are placed randomly. That's always the big question before the draw ceremony: in which half will the #3 and #4 seed be?

      Perhaps you're confusing the draw with the seeding system. Wimbledon uses a different seeding system where they also take into account the results of the past 24 months in grass court tournaments. That's why players can be seeded lower or higher than their rank.

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    4. It's always been random (supposedly - although I'm not convinced that draws aren't rigged. Call me a conspiracy theorist).

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  8. Roid rage?

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jun/30/world-no27-viktor-troicki-aims-volley-of-abuse-at-horrible-wimbledon-umpire

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    1. Nice bit of roid rage from Serena this afternoon also.

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    2. That was disgusting. The guy should be suspended for that.

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    3. @Northwestcircus what did Serena do?

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    4. When she dropped the first set she whacked her racket off the ground mltiple times and then threw it away along the ground. It hit a camera guy in the dugout.

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  9. Warwrinka and match fixing anyone? Just gone down in 4 to Del Potro......

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  10. I tuned in just after the 1st set tie break between Serena and McHale, and kept saying to myself "you're going to see some bullshit here", and oh look! I did. Battling Serena wins in 3 sets.

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  12. Querrey has taken a 2-0 lead in sets against Djokovic and the match is suspended. Will things get back to normal or Djokovic suffer a shock defeat tomorrow? Before the tourney began, I thought after the Nole-slam hype and all the talk of a calendar slam, Djokovic would be exhausted/under pressure and lose early at Wimbledon. That scenario has almost unfolded. Can Querrey win one more set and save tennis from embarrassment? Juicing or not juicing, one player winning everything on account of tennis becoming a stamina battle is just too painful to watch.

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    1. You can bet that Djokovic will turn it around in five sets. Reporters will then go on talking about his 'mental strength'...

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    2. Didn't they say they were upping the testing at Wimbledon? Just sayin'.

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    3. Djokovic probably juiced the clouds so it would rain and he could come out fresh as a daisy tomorrow.

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    4. Predictably, Djokovic is immediately up a double break. He was extremely lucky to have his match suspended yesterday just when his opponent was redlining, which will only happen a few days a year at most. Someone upstairs is a glutton for performance enhanced success. Not even the weather is going to cooperate in our plight.

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    5. Maybe the rain delay today will help Sam. Djokovic for sure spent the night hooked up to some kind of contraption. But the weather hasn't cooperated with his plan today.

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  13. Not-so-subtle Djokovic preparing his withdrawal from the Olympics (excerpt from ESPN.com headline):

    He is understandably keen to play in Rio, and hasn't been shy about saying so. He's officially on the Serbia team, too, but the world No.1 told a media conference at Wimbledon this week that even he is concerned about Zika.

    "I've been getting more and more information about it," he said. "Last few days I've been trying to reach out to as many Brazilian friends and acquaintances that I have, [to] get as much information [as possible].

    "When I get more information, I'll be able to make my final decision. But for now, I'm planning to go."

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    1. Zika ia a convenient out for any player wishing to avoid olympics testing. It will be interesting to see who actually shows up.

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  15. Djokovic looks like the old Djokovic right now. My guess he has cut down on his extra-curicular activities due to the supposed increased testing at W this year. He is a shadow of the player he has been all year.

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  16. He's out!!! Wimbledon must seriously be testing, at least the top player!

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  17. And Djokovic loses to the most unlikely player. Well done Querrey!

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  18. Djokovic out in four. Miracles do happen after all.

    Given his early exit here, I doubt he'll be playing the olympics.

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    1. I agree. He'll withdraw. Zika virus.

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    2. Health official Rory McIlroy warned him and his team, so of course he won't be there. Federer and Murray must be irresponsible twits to defy common sense and play the Olympics despite Zika, a convenient virus no one in the sports world will remember two months from now.

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  19. Great day for gluten.......

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    1. So funny. By the way, I think what we have witnessed this week is the real Djokovic. The Djokovic we would have seen the last five years if he hadn't given up gluten (insert eye roll). You remember, the one who used to retire from matches because of a sore throat or a problem with his contact lens. I have to admit, it was fun watching him demolish Nadal over and over again. But it became tiresome watching him win every tournament and listening to the commentators talk about him as if he were the son of God. it would be nice if some young guys would start winning something. Hopefully Djokovic is on the decline now (well, I guess that depends on what kind of testing they'll do at the US Open).

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    2. Djokovic is claiming he's "exhausted" and his team is now claiming he has a shoulder injury (which didn't seem to bother him anytime this year). He's taking a page out of the Serena playbook - whenever you lose just have someone on your team let it slip that you are "injured" to save face. That way you can claim you didn't really lose!

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    3. Claiming injury after losses is a common practice among credible personalities such as Nadal, Djokovic or Serena. That way the myth of 'never beaten when 100% healthy' can be perpetuated without giving the opponent too much (or too little) credit.

      It seems entirely fitting that players who can't sustain the thought of an actual loss without resorting to some excuse would easily succumb to using means which may help not to lose in the first place.

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  20. Very clearly off the juice

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  21. I think doping is endemic in all sports, but I really do think the Zika virus is a separate issue. Given the potential effects of this virus ie producing severely disabled children. I wouldn't blame any sportsman or woman for pulling out of Rio. They should never have been put in that position. I wonder though if something is about to come out about Djokovic. He has pulled out of Davus Cup as well.

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    1. Don't think tennis federation would expose any top players. Sharapova was her own undoing. If they out Djoker, they'll have to expose Nadal as well. But Djoker was pretty hush hush in his press conference about what's going on. He just wanted to get outta there as quickly as possible & stay as far away from tennis.
      It's really great that other players now have a chance to win.

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    2. nah, zika is just the latest bogus excuse the dopers will be using

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    3. Disagree. Have you looked at the WHO recommendations on Zika? Let's not descend into complete conspiracy theories. Zika is real. It's effects are horrific.

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    4. These athletes are living in ivory towers, not in the Rio slums.

      "Let's not descend into complete conspiracy theories."
      +++Condescending little bitch.

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    5. PW - Was that really necessary? Ad hominem (ad feminem?) stuff doesn't belong here. You could both be right about Zika (it's real, but Olympians aren't at risk and can use it as an excuse to skip).

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    6. @ Picassowhat - your comment was incredibly offensive. There was absolutely no need for it. My opinion is as valid as yours. Personal attacks are not necessary. If you can not debate your point without abuse, then please don't debate. Zika is real. From what I have read, I have little faith that The Rio authorities are actually on top of it. One severely disabled child occuring as the result of the Olympics would be one too many. Some athletes might well use it as an excuse, but some might also have valid concerns. Labelling all the athletes who choose not to go as dopers does smack of a conspiracy theory to me.

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  22. I guess Federer can go to the Olympics. He'll be the only one. He's already got his four children. I doubt they'll be having any more. Maybe he'll get that elusive gold medal this time.

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  23. "Djokovic might have some serious problem with his eyes"

    So what is in my opinion the problem of Djokovic? I believe he heas a problem with his eyes and that can be a problem with nerve implications. I also spoke with Serbian colleagues who know him well before attempting to write here.
    Remember at Dubai when he surrendered denouncing a conjunctivitis problem, retired with Feliciano Lopez?


    Have you seen how many times he strangely mishit the ball today? More than ever. And have you noticed how many times he was broading enormously his pupils?

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    http://www.ubitennis.com/blog/2016/07/03/la-sconfitta-di-novak-djokovic-fa-piacere-molti-ma-qual-e-il-problema-del-campione-serbo/
    ( I've translated from Italian into English just a piece of the article )

    http://www.ubitennis.net/blog/2016/07/02/mystery-confusion-and-curiosity-surrounds-novak-djokovic-following-wimbledon-exit/

    Here is a cue about the root cause of his problem with the eyes:

    a) Given the fact that:

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/tennis-players-get-an-oxygen-fix-1454023796

    b) An abuse of "Oxygen Fits" can cause problems with eyes, here it is:

    http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/physical_medicine_and_rehabilitation/complications_of_hyperbaric_oxygen_treatment_134,148/

    Who knows...., we'll see!!

    Best regards.

    Fabrice

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    1. He does wear contact lenses so you might be on to something there.

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    2. @Jupiter

      I wrote in brackets:

      An abuse of "Oxygen Fits"

      that means that probably it isn't just a matter of abuse of "Oxygen Fits" because there are also other magic gases...!!

      I already pointed out some interesting links about the "Magic Gas" in the past posts!!

      Best regards.

      Fabrice

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  24. Two tournaments do their own independent testing, RG09 and Wim16....

    RG09: Djokovic loses in R3 to Kohlschreiber, Nadal loses to Soderling
    Wim16: Djokovic loses in R3 to Querrey, Nadal doesn't turn up.

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    1. @Arf

      thank you very much for your sharp comment!!

      What can we say?

      What a strange coincidence...!!


      All the best!

      Fabrice

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    2. Wow, is this true? These are the only two GS in the last seven years doing their own testing? This is wild.

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    3. If that is true then how come Serena is still in it? Maybe she'll lose today.

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    4. Serena in untouchable. She can do what she likes.

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    5. Does no one find it strange that Serena is still #1 in the world at 35? Or does everyone just accept that it is a weak era?

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    6. Oh, and Venus Williams at 36 years old, now in the SF of Wimbledon. Incredible. Especially for someone with Sjogren's Syndrome. A modern medical miracle.

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    7. I do find it very strange that Serena is still #1 but I also think it's a weak era full of mental midgets who crumble at the first sign of adversity. But let's be honest, Serena is being protected (as all the other top stars are - we only know about Sharapova because she told us she tested positive. I guarantee that tennis didn't want a Sharapova positive test to get out publicly). I'd bet my life savings, my investments, my IRA, etc. that Serena has tested positive on multiple occasions, we just have no idea when.

      By the way, soon-to-be 36 year-old Venus Williams, who allegedly suffers from both asthma and Sjogren's Syndrome, is playing her best tennis in quite a while and just got to the semifinals. Her TUE list must be impressive. If Sharapova was taking 30 pills, how many is Venus taking to deal with her "ailments?"

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    8. Venus is already 36. Her birthday was in June. But I was mistaken about Serena. She turns 35 in September.

      I don't think she'll win this Wimbledon, especially if they are doing independent testing. BTW I hate the way she ambles around the court. How can anyone enjoy watching her play? If it a an all-Williams final this year it will be a travesty for the sport.

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    10. Thanks for the correction. I didn't realize she had turned 36 already.

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    11. Serena has taken like five years worth of tennis off. If you look at her total matches played, she's played like more than 400 fewer matches than Federer. Venus took almost a full year off too.

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  25. Forget the US testing stats. What about the Russian ones? Drugsnetsova wins 6 out of the last seven games in her match against Sloane Stephens. Russian Epo still working well.

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    1. I think most elite player is using PEDs

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    2. Rdwanska is one of the few I'm not suspicious of. Doesn't have much power and plays with intelligence. Sadly she's getting hit off the court by the one dimensional power hitter Dominate Cibulkova.

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    3. Don't be fooled by lack of power or muscle ton. How bulked up is Lance Armstrong? If muscles were the answer in tennis, Stosur would have six Slams titles by now. Endurance, playing funny with blood, that type of doping, meldonium, is more likely to help someone in tennis. If you can get that second wind like Sharapova did against Halep in the French Open final, that's a big deal.

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    4. If muscles weren't the answer, how many grand slams would Serena have? She has dominated with her power. The way Radwanksa plays with guile and intelligence makes her less likely to be doping than other players (she also rarely outstays her rivals with greater stamina) but of course doesn't make her exempt as a possible doper.

      Then again everyone should be under suspicion these days. Just that for me, she's one of the least likely dopers.

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    5. @ Minding Monster, I agree with you about Radwanska. Her game is built on pure skill and tennis intellect. What she lacks is firepower and strength. That's why she loses so many slam matches that she is expected to win. On a good day, just about any power hitter can blast her off the court. If Radwanska could add just 10 - 15% more power to her game, she would have won a couple of slams by now. The fact that we haven't seen any suspicious increase of power in her game so far leads me to believe that she might be one of a few clean players among the top 20.

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  26. The TIU nails Danail Tarpov (#1109 in the world) for setting up a bet365 account in the name of his coach's son and allowing his bank account to be used to pay for bets... What a massive coup!

    http://www.tennisintegrityunit.com/media/44/danail-tarpov-given-suspended-sanction-for-breach-of-the-tennis-anti-corruption-program/

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    1. Amazing get for tennis! I'm sure they'll trumpet this as a sign that the TIU is "working."

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  27. Why is Jamie Hampton being tested when she's been out of the game since 2014?

    Also, JOKE @ her being tested more than Lepchenko who was given a silent ban for testing positive for Meldonium.

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    1. Probably because Hampton never officially retired - that's the only reason I can think of for her still getting tested. But still, wasting time testing Hampton who probably won't play again is a waste of resources.

      I absolutely agree on Lepchenko. She slipped under the radar because she tested positive around the same time Sharapova did. Hopefully she'll get tested more frequently in the coming quarters.

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  28. Federer getting a 2nd/3rd wind to stay in match. Cilic was blasting him off the court. Interesting how Cilic hasn't done too much all year & could make the semis in a few moments

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  29. How old is Federer again? a month shy of 35? I heard the commentators saying during the Murray-Kyrgios match that Federer was moving as well as ever and I did not believe it. But wow, he is indeed defying all logic here, now rallying from 0-2 sets behind against Cilic and running around the court like he is in his mid 20s. Didn't he have a knee surgery a couple of months ago and back issues that forced him to withdraw from the French Open? It is a joke. He must be a nature's miracle lol. Can't say I am surprised though, I called it during his mysterious knee surgery that he ws "preparing" for Wimbledon.

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    1. 2-2 in the fifth set. Jim Courier: Federer is moving better now than before. He does the hard work quietly in Dubai. We don't get to see it.

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    2. I get the feeling you're being a bit of a 'correctionist' against the Nadal/Djokovic suspicions on here. But yes, Federer had done well to come back. And Cilic choked away what should have been a 3-set win. But I wonder what on earth you must think of Djokovic or Nadal or the Williamses!

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    3. And Federer won. Looked fresh as a daisy in the 5th set and his level of play got better and better lol.

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    4. @Mystery

      They are certified dopers here. I can't possibly add anything more. But Federer's unreal acts at 35 also needs attention which he barely gets.

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    6. Now let's see if this 5 setter has any effect on Federer's next match. I would be hugely surprised if it does though. He seems to have "prepared" quite well from the way he played in that 5th set.

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    7. Any of the top players can go five sets no problem. As ever it is how they perform in the follow up matches that is the tell tail. My guess is that he'll struggle and his chances of winning the title are all but gone.

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    8. Look's like John Clarke isn't leaving this blog after all.

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    9. It wasn't exactly a physically exhaustive match though. Cilic's level dropped and Federer managed to get somewhat of a handle on his serve as well as growing in confidence as it progressed.

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    10. I honestly think the only reason Federer won that was because of his serve. He got himself out of so many holes because of it.

      @John Clarke I guess you missed Federer's 2014 USO where he had a marathon match against Monfils and then lost the SF against Cilic in straight sets. Or the 2012 Olympics where he had a marathon match against Del Potro and then lost the gold medal match to Murray, clearly having little energy left. We'll see what happens vs. Raonic, another huge server.

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  30. "Old Man" Federer comes back from 2 sets to love down for the 10th time in his career. Questions?

    Let's see how he recovers for his next match.

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    1. Agreed. Recovery is always the more important factor to look out for.

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    2. The match was 3:17 hours long.

      - "My legs were there, my back was there" - Federer to BBC. You don't say.


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    3. And how long was the average rally? 3-4 shots? Not exactly a grind. A fit club player could easily handle that over three hours. But if you hate Federer you will see proof of doping even when he sneezes. Cilic choked. But we already know he is a doper.

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    4. Certainly didn't expect that! Cilic did let Federer back into the match several times, especially in the 4th set when he had match points. At Fed, Venus, & Serena's age to make the semis @ Wimbledon, no one should certainly get a free pass on suspicions. It does remain to be seen how Fed plays against Raonic, another big server/hitter. But I thought Wimbledon was being strict on testing this year. Murray cruising past Tsonga now after wearing him down in the first set.

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    6. "A fit club player could easily handle that over three hours, But if you hate Federer you will see proof of doping even when he sneezes."

      I did say in a previous post that I expect world class athletes in top shape to be able to play 5 setters.

      Cilic went away mentally and Federer really stepped it up in the last two sets. I do agree that Cilic choked, as Federer saved his match points with second serves.

      This match Federer played is similar to his match against Haas at Roland Garros 2009, Falla at Wimbledon 2010 and Benneteau at Wimbledon 2012. Sure Federer's record in 5 sets is woeful compared to his contemporaries, but he’s had his fair share of coming back from the brink.

      As for how Federer will fare against Raonic, that remains to be seen. On one hand would expect him to lose but then again he’s played very little tennis this year so perhaps there’s more left in his tank.

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    7. Hmmmm I thought they were doing independent testing at this Wimbledon? Isn't that why Nadal withdrew and Djokovic lost early? So why is Federer still in it if he's doping? Did they suddenly decide not to test him?

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    8. Is UKAD testing at Wimbledon?

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  31. For you Richard:

    #Federer v #Cilic at #Wimbledon

    Rally Length

    WON 0-4 Shots (gold)
    Fed: 134
    Marin: 121

    5-8 Shots
    Fed: 30
    Marin: 38

    9+ Shots

    Fed: 6
    Marin: 3

    https://twitter.com/BrainGameTennis/status/750758217551056896

    Distance Covered (M)
    Federer: 2625.8
    Cilic: 2511.8

    Distance Covered/Pt. (M)
    Federer: 7.9
    Cilic: 7.6

    http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/stats/1502ms.html

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    1. Yes, most points were quite short - fewer than 4 shots. A five setter in 3 hours (less than 40 mins per set) is not a gruelling match physically. As I said above, a fit club player could comfortably manage three hours (and the points will be longer!)

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  32. Didn't expect Tsonga to take it to 5th after Murray's brutal beat down in 2nd. But now Murray is again brutally beating Tsonga down as if they r still in first set. Longer match than Federer vs. Cilic. Plus a lot more grueling points. So we also must ask how Murray will play against Berdych. He's no spring chicken either at 29.

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    1. What? Burdych is older. Played a five setter already and Tsonga had played one of the longest matches in Wimbledon history. C'mon people, everyone left in the draw has played a fives setter. No one has advantage. Most open grand slam in three years.

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    2. I mean ffs, anything other than a Murray win there would have been suspect.

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    3. Yes, Berdych is 30. It's amazing that three of the four semi-finalists are over the hill practically (well certainly in eras past they would have long retired) but this is truly a weak era right now, the 24-27 year olds, that's why the old guys are still winning everything. The new generation, the Zverevs and Thiems, may one day make tennis watchable again. I hope so.

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    4. Personally, I think this is the cleanest grand slam in years. Enjoy it. This is as good as it gets.

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  33. Don't agree. Just b/c Djoker is out, doesn't mean it's a clean slam. Sure He's the one that's been dominating everything but he's definitely not the only one doping. Both Williams sisters are in the semis with Venus having an autoimmune condition. Autoimmune conditions weaken you & exhaust you like crazy. Also, the most successful dopers are usually the one's with the most money cause doping costs a lot! The young guns out there don't have the kinda of money or connections that the older athletes who have won so much have. That's probably why you are seeing the older players dominating so much.

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    1. I don't trust any of it now. To me, it might as well be professional cycling. There may even be players with electronic motors in their shorts, for all we know.

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    2. "the cleanest grand slam in years"

      Obviously I was referring to the mens draw. Semi's without either a Nadal or a Djokovic for the first time more than ten years qualifies, no?

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    3. Two among... How many players are there? There are still two of the big doped four standing.

      Speaking of which:
      https://twitter.com/DavidLawTennis/status/751004297589055488

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    4. "There are still two of the big doped four standing."

      Those two need better dope.

      2016 Titles:
      Murray: 2 Federer: 0

      Yeah they are huge dopers.

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    5. @Lopi: By your logic Odesnik had to be clean as well since he wasn't winning those big titles, right? Correlating a lacking performance to a lack of PED usage still makes a very weak argument.

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    6. I agree that it's the 'cleanest in years' (which doesn't necessarily mean it's clean). Watching the range of men's qtrs yesterday was like watching Wimbledon in the old days really. Despite Cilic's presence.

      It's amazing how not having those two robot machines in the quarters let alone semis, has been pure bliss!!

      Kudos to Wimbledon for carrying out their own UK testing.

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    7. "By your logic Odesnik had to be clean as well since he wasn't winning those big titles, right?"

      LOL. Well if Odesnik hadn't been so stupid as to be caught with a suitcase full of PEDs, we might be watching him in the semis of Wimbledon. But seriously, PEDs alone can't make a player great. They have to have a little talent as well. Otherwise hey, maybe I could be a grand slam champion too.

      "Correlating a lacking performance to a lack of PED usage still makes a very weak argument."

      So....what's your argument?

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    8. You probably did not see a lot of tennis back in the day. There was hardly any serve and volley yesterday. Raonic was probably the only player who constantly tried to do it. And Murray vs Tsonga was a real battle from the back of the court. No wonder Murray dominated the fifth set after Tsonga ran out of gas. Does Murray ever lose a 5 setter against anyone other than Djokovic? 35 years old Federer looked fresher than 26 years old Cilic in the fifth. And fanboys here have already declared it a clean slam lol. It can't be the cleanest slam when the biggest doper of all time from Switzerland is still around doing unbelievable things at 35 after a knee surgery and back injuries in the last few months. He is just better than everyone else in PR.

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    9. My argument is that winning everything in sight w/ no signs of fatigue is indicative of PED usage, but not the other way around, i.e. not winning everything and showing signs of fatigue is not indicative of non-usage of PEDs.

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    10. "You probably did not see a lot of tennis back in the day."

      Huh? LOL.

      The lack of serve and volley is the result of the slowing of the courts, even the grass, which was once the fastest surface. I'm sure 34-year-old Federer would love to be able to come in more often to end points early but he can't do that as much on the slowed-down grass.

      Maybe if organizers hadn't homogenized all the court surfaces we'd be seeing more variety in the game at the moment instead of the grind-feats from the baseline that favour players like Nadal and Djokovic.

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    11. True, there was more serve and volley 'back in the day', I guess I was referring to the fact that there was actually, at least by today's standards, some skill and some volleying on display, and no foregone-conclusion grindfests from Djokovic (or Nadal, but we are getting used to him not being around as much).

      No one said this slam is clean either. Just that it's been the 'cleanest' in years (on the men's side). The fact that Djokovic, Nadal, and Ferrer are not boring us to death with their endless robot play, makes this statement a fact as far as I'm concerned.

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    12. A fact is different from an opinion. What you said is an opinion (which is fine) not a fact. I find Nadal far more exciting to watch than pusher Murray or servebot Raonic. Although I do admit that Federer is perhaps the most easy on the eyes. But it remains an opinion nonetheless.

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    13. @John Clarke "Does Murray ever lose a 5 setter against anyone other than Djokovic"

      You understand that Tsonga played a 19-17 fifth set on Sunday, right?

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    15. "35 years old Federer looked fresher than 26 years old Cilic in the fifth."

      Federer isn't 35 yet and Cilic is going to be 28 in September. But let's not let facts get in the way of trying to prove a point. LOL.

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    16. Are you saying "facts" and correcting a statement because 34 and 27? This blog and most of its readers are a joke.

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    17. Are you saying "facts" and correcting a statement because 34 and 27? This blog and most of its readers are a joke.

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    18. "Are you saying "facts" and correcting a statement because 34 and 27? This blog and most of its readers are a joke."

      well when someone is using the players' relative ages to make their point that one is doping and one isn't they should probably at least get the ages correct. Apparently the only "proof" that Federer is doping is the fact that he's old and his opponents are young and therefore he should be losing. Maybe you should look at his record and then look at Cilic's record and that may give you a clue as to why he is still able to beat him even though he's an old man in tennis terms. The only time Cilic beat Federer was after Federer played a 5 set match against Monfils, which, although not extremely long in terms of 5 setters, was still gruelling. Since the ability to recover after long matches is an indictor of possible doping then that fact is probably important and worth taking into consideration.

      And if you think this place is such a joke why are you here? I guess that says something about you.

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    19. Points worth considering:

      1) The match was just over 3 hours with the vast majority of points ending in 4 shots or less

      2) Federer had little time on court prior to this match.

      3) Federer still visibly tired

      4) Federer is nowhere near as good or as quick as he used to be.

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    20. Cilic can be a head case at times. The game was on his racket and he blew it. But I'd be surprised if Fed beat an in form Raonic. That said, the points in that match will be short too.

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    21. Let's keep in mind that Federer has had a pretty cushy draw this year. He's had one tough match and that was Cilic. I don't think he'll beat Raonic but we'll see.

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    22. doping doesn't do wonders forever

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    23. Federer is not 35 yet?????

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  34. Very interesting:

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jul/06/wada-blood-bags-operation-puerto-

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  35. That Serena Semi vs Vesnina was a joke. At this rate I can see Serena dominating much younger girls well into her 40s and beyond.

    I'd almost feel sorry for Vesnina if it wasn't for that ridiculous "Iya" she makes on every shot. About time that this kind of shouting out on was cut out of the game

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  36. Very strange story about Bartoli. She claims to have some weird mystery virus. Or maybe years of doping have finally caught up with her.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tennis/2016/07/07/wimbledon-2016-marion-bartoli-admits-to-fearing-for-her-life-aft/

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  37. Federer looked on his last legs in the fifth set. Despite being up 2 sets to 1 he just couldn't keep pace in the 4th and especially 5th. Credit to Raonic too, he showed some toughness unlike Cilic.

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    1. Yes. He looked utterly exhausted & his knee was aggravated. He was showing his 9 year age difference today. It would be nice to see a new champion crowned this year.

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  38. Federer - worst doper in history? Or the one clean player who still gets tired and loses matches in a fight, not injury withdrawal?

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  39. Well there you go. Federer had nothing left after the 4th set. But sure he's a doper. Like I said, he needs better dope.

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  40. Where are all the "Federer is a doper" posters? Come on. Let's hear it now. I want you to come here and let us all know how Federer is the biggest doper in the game right now at 34 years old. What? ***crickets***? Why am I not surprised.

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    1. Federer continues his pattern of losing a match after winning a 5-setter. And the 5-setter wasn't even that grueling. It's one thing to win a 5-setter, but another to keep on winning afterwards.

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    2. @Jenny

      Wrong stat. Federer had outstanding record after 5 setters until a couple years ago. Even doping can't reverse age but what he has been doing in the last 2 years is highly suspicious. If there was no Djokovic (who is 6 years younger) he would have won Wimbledon 2014, 2015, US open 2015 and quite possibly Australian Open this year. That is outstanding at one's absolute physical prime, let alone at 33-34.

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    3. Some stats for you guys:

      "Since start of 2012, Federer is 1-6 in matches after a win that took 3+ hours. His win over Cilic took 3:17. Recovery not what it once was?
      https://twitter.com/sportdw/status/751336425661067264

      Roger Federer has never won two 5-sets matches in a row #Wimbledon
      https://twitter.com/WeAreTennis/status/751433321658380288

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      One of the most grueling matches I've seen is 2005 Rome final between Federer and Nadal. If Federer had won that (he's was a break up in the final set and had match points), would you have viewed that as suspicious?

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    4. During his prime, Federer would follow a 5-set victory, with a 3 or 4 setter. He wasn't winning consecutive, grueling 5-setters (ala Nadal at the 2009 Australia Open).

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    5. Federer would have won more than 40 slams if not for the presence of Nadal and Djokovic. I assume if he were a doper, he would have won 50???

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      You're right there.

      I've said in the past that out of the top 4 players, Nadal and Djokovic are the ones who to me stand out the most as candidates of PED use, the other two to a lesser extent (though that doesn't mean they're playing clean).

      In regards to Federer, yes he hasn't won a slam since 2012, but his 2014 and 2015 season were excellent. Whilst I'm not suggesting that he was using PEDs during that entire period, it's not outside the realm of possibility. He's an elite athlete, after all.

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    7. You're right, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Federer (or anyone) could be doping.

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  41. "As for how Federer will fare against Raonic, that remains to be seen. On one hand would expect him to lose but then again he’s played very little tennis this year so perhaps there’s more left in his tank."

    Federer loses in 5. His serve dipped after the fall.
    Meanwhile Raonic wins yet another 5 set match marathon.

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  42. Oh boy what a performance from the 34 years 11 months old after a 5 setter in the last round. He was playing better and better as the match went on. On ESPN Darren Cahill and Chris Fowler mentioned at least 10 times how much better he was moving in the 3rd and the 4th set and how much faster he was serving. Luckily for Raonic he somehow managed to steal that 4th set and in the 5th set Federer's serve went off after that fall. Good for tennis though. It would have been really terrible for the sport if a 35 years old (after a knee surgery and back injuries in the last few months) had won the title after beating much younger opponents in tight matches. I mean the guy could have won 3-4 majors in the last 2 years if not for Djokovic who is 5 years and 9 months younger. As I said before either a nature's miracle or the biggest doper (pioneer of doping in tennis.

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    2. Why are you assuming that I missed it? This is about Federer. Nadal gets talked about all the time. Besides, I don't remember numerous occasions. I remember one, 2013 when he was 26-27, huge difference from 34-35. Anyway, Nadal is a certified doper here. Let's talk about the one who has the status of a saint yet has done some pretty "unbelievable" things in his career.

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    3. Raonic had also payed a five setter. They both looked tired imo.

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    4. You probably did not watch set 3 and 4 when Federer was moving like a Gazelle and serving 10-15 mph faster than the first set. Raonic never looked tired to me. But he is 25, at his absolute physical prime and almost a decade younger than Federer. So it is not as suspicious.

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    5. I mentioned Nadal because Federer would not have been the first to win a slam after returning from an absence (Serena Williams, Nadal). And if he'd done it, it would have definitely been a red flag.

      And I did watch the entire match. Federer, if he took his chances should have won in 4 sets. Inexplicable collapse at 5-6 (40-0) in set 4.

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    6. In defense of Federer (who may be as guilty of doping as the next player), the arc of his movement seemed pretty natural to me and exactly what happens when you get older. You start out a bit stiff and it takes a bit of time to find your game. Once you loosen up, you play your best tennis; that is until your body decides it's done. So Roger playing better in sets 2, 3 and parts of 4 makes perfect sense. And his drop in play and his body's inability to fully shake off the fall is exactly what I would expect.

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    8. "But he is 25, at his absolute physical prime and almost a decade younger than Federer. "

      Yes, but are you aware that Raonic was also a client of Dr. Angel Ruiz Cotorro? Cotorro whose expertise is being a "licensed physician for completion of doping control.

      http://www.marca.com/2011/02/27/tenis/1298845960.html

      It's already been discussed here in the past.

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    9. Definitely not pioneer of doping. I would say pioneer in advanced and ultra sophisticated doping. The pseudo-robotic transformation type. At least, this will quiet his fans who tend to reason as if they were drunk and delusional.

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    10. I think he is Nadal's doctor too. So maybe you are onto something here but the improvements that I have noticed in Raonic are mostly skill related (better volley, backhand, slice, composure etc). Let's see what he does in the future.

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    12. "I have noticed in Raonic are mostly skill related (better volley, backhand, slice, composure etc)"

      It doesn't really matter. If an athlete takes EPO in practice, they would be able to practice for longer periods improving said skills. And about composure, PEDs can give you that in abundance. When you know you can outlast your opponent especially during a physical match, half the victory is already yours.

      Oh and I do think that Cotorro is one of those Doctors who dopes/doped up his clients (Raonic, Nadal Nalbandian included).

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  43. Federer plays 'real tennis', the classic game with effortless strokes, impeccable footwork. Rosewall played a Wimbledon semi at the age of 39, and he played until he was 43 years old. Leave Fed alone!

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    1. I agree. Federer is playing the way a great champion, probably the greatest of all time, should be playing at his age. He's still competing but unable to win the big titles. Five setters are too much for the old man. If he was doping he'd still be winning majors. But he isn't. I thought he had a chance this time because the two biggest dopers in the game were absent and Fed had an easy peasy draw. But it wasn't meant to be. Because he's clean. Maybe he should dope and get his GS numbers up so his record is untouchable.

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    2. Oh lord. Ken Rosewall played tennis at a time when even a 50 year old could have had a real go. Rosewall was 5'7". Show me a player who can win majors or even be in the top 30 with that height now. Completely different era. Now in a homogenized physical era, only a fool would think that Federer does not require physical effort. What he is doing at 33-34 is unbelievable. He runs almost as much as his opponents through his seemingly effortless steps, serves at mid 120s and has powerful ground strokes. The comparison with Rosewall is hilarious.

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    3. @John Clarke, if u r gonna pick on Federer, to make it fair u should also question Murray & Raonic. U say without Djoker past 2 years, Roger would have won 3 slams. Fine. Agreed. Fair enough. But what about Murray who just played a grueling 5 setter at the age of 29, who has Lendl in his camp again to what just mentally uplift him all of a sudden to win Wimbledon this year. How many titles/slams would Murray have won without Djoker in his way? He plays similar to Djoker in that he is a tireless backboard who gets to sooooo many shots & hits it with substance. He is tearing Berdych apart right now. I'm not convinced Wimbledon is testing every player, especially fanboy fav Murray. Not convinced Raonic is playing clean either.

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      Querry was asked after his 4th round match and he said that he was not tested even once. So much for improved testing!

      As for Murray, I personally think that everyone of the big 4 are sophisticated dopers and that include Murray too. He is just not as successful because he is not as good as the other 3 purely as a tennis player. I mainly focus on Federer because he hardly gets a mention here and he has managed to build this "above all suspicion" image though PR and also his game which is good to watch.

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    6. Either Djokovic is toning down for the Olympics or he was ill or disinterested. I doubt there is any serious testing going on at this tournament.

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    8. With regards to the big 4 being sophisticated dopers, I agree and think it extends to more members of at least the top 20. The big 4 have distinct weapons, technical prowess and mental strength that sets them apart as players. Dope or no dope, this has usually been the case. What is interesting to me is that the players who make up the fringe of the dominant circle have far greater staying power than they used to, even as recently as the last decade. That to me is a red flag.

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    9. "Querry was asked after his 4th round match and he said that he was not tested even once. So much for improved testing!"

      Nadal and Djokovic must be kicking themselves for falling for the idle threat that they would be tested more. LOL.

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    10. Where was it reported that there would be additional testing? It sounds like the standard loser targeted test.

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    11. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-tennis-wimbledon-doping-idUSKCN0XO290

      http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2016/04/reports-wimbledon-participants-will-be-subjected-increased-drug-testing/58265/#.V3_3E1dEyCQ

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    12. Thanks for the links Lopi. Increased testing they say yet it would seem Querrey was only tested once. As you said Djokovic and Nadal must be kicking themselves if they did indeed lose/pullout out of precaution.

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  44. There have been times when I've thought Federer may be doping in the past, some of them as recently as last year. But not the last two matches, his movement seemed to be very 35 year old like for a great athlete.

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  45. The grueling 5 setter against Tsonga had zero effect on Murray. He is absolutely demolishing Berdych.

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  46. @John Clark "The grueling 5 setter against Tsonga had zero effect on Murray. He is absolutely demolishing Berdych."

    You're an idiot. Forget the fact that Murray is the better player and Berdych has had a patchy season. Berdych has also played a five setter and been on court quite a bit longer, struggling with pretty mediocre players. On top of that he's had to contend with rain delays and had to play 4 straight days. And its showed with all the unforced errors he racked up. As with the Tsonga match, it would have been more suspicious if Berdych had beaten Murray.

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    1. Let me see you defend Djokovic in that fashion when he beats down a constant top 10 player and a former Wimbledon finalist like Berdych after a tough 5 setter in the last round that lasted for 4 hours. I am not an idiot but you are definitely a Murray fanboy who uses every possible excuse to defend Murray. The fact is that Murray looked completely fresh and his last match had no effect on him. That's great recovery, regardless of how you want to spin it.

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    2. Its difficult to tell how fresh Murray really was when his opponent has been out of form and dished up 30 unforced errors in 3 sets. There is just no anomaly to this result. Its entirely in line with what any reasonable observer would expect. It simply proves or disproves nothing.

      There is however a glaring anomaly at this tournament that certainly shines a light. Notice of enhanced drug testing and Djokovic and Nadal are nowhere to be seen. And for that matter Ferrer, Wawrinka and Nishikori. I'm also slightly suspicious of Thiem, whose great run of form seems to have hit a brick wall at the biggest tournament of the year.

      It's 2013 all over again, when they brought in the bio passports.

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    3. Yes. Exactly. Whoever said this is probably the cleanest slam in years was right. They didn't even need to increase testing at this Wimbledon. All they needed was to threaten it and poof. The dopers all fled. Lol. The Olympics will be the same. Let's see who shows up.

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    4. "Yes. Exactly. Whoever said this is probably the cleanest slam in years was right. They didn't even need to increase testing at this Wimbledon. All they needed was to threaten it and poof. The dopers all fled. Lol. The Olympics will be the same. Let's see who shows up. "


      And yet, Serena is on the verge of adding 2 more Grand Slam titles to her collection tomorrow...

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    5. You still don't get it that the reason why Serena is playing in the finals is because she doesn't dope. You mind must be locked out so bad that you can't even think of any other possibility

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    6. You probably think Venus is doping at 36 with little chance of winning anything. What made it competitive in the first place is that the other girls were doping to catch up

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    7. "You still don't get it that the reason why Serena is playing in the finals is because she doesn't dope. You mind must be locked out so bad that you can't even think of any other possibility."

      Yeah, and pigs can fly. No offense dude, but you must be the biggest joke on this blog. Just a few months ago, you went on the record to say that none of these players could perform without all the extra help they can get - Serena included.

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    8. "Its difficult to tell how fresh Murray really was when his opponent has been out of form and dished up 30 unforced errors in 3 sets. There is just no anomaly to this result. Its entirely in line with what any reasonable observer would expect. It simply proves or disproves nothing."

      - There is no anomaly because you don't want to see it as a fan. Like I said, you would be the first one to accuse Djokovic under similar circumstances but when someone points his fingers at Murray you get all antsy!

      "It's 2013 all over again, when they brought in the bio passports."

      - You mean when Nadal and Djokovic were #1 and #2?

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  47. Breaking News!!!

    Andy Murray exploit to the top thank to Gyrotonic exercise, cantaloupe melon and 5,000 calories a day!!

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jul/05/andy-murrays-secret-weapon-gyrotonic-yoga-and-cantaloupe-melon

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon-andy-murray-to-cut-out-the-pre-match-pasta-at-sw19-a7101756.html

    When he started his tennis career, he had a giraffe's neck, a huge Adam's apple and he looked like a skinny scarecrow, but now he has a powerful neck, his original huge Adam's apple is gone for ever and his body looks like an Olympic swimmer's body! !

    What can we say?

    Miracles of his 5,000 calories personal diet per day and Gyrotonic!!

    Oh, Yes!!!

    Best regards.

    PS as far as Raonic exploit, some months ago I wrote a detailed post on this blog that pointed out the fact that Raonic shared with Nadal a special Spanish doctor who had started his career as a doping specialist...!!

    Maybe Raonic has just found someone even better than that special Spanish doctor or maybe that the special Spanish doctor has just found the magic potion just right for him!!

    Who knows....!!

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    1. @Fab "When he started his tennis career, he had a giraffe's neck, a huge Adam's apple and he looked like a skinny scarecrow."

      He was also only 18.

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    2. Yes, most 18 years olds look like that.

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      @Lopi

      You both are wrong!!

      Here is a video in Rome 2008 ( Murray vs Del Potro ) in which Mr. Murray at 21 was still with a giraffe's neck, a huge Adam's apple and he looked like a skinny scarecrow!!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkhkYBO0KeU

      And that is three years after he had turned pro in 2005 when he was 18!!

      Not just some months after but three years after!!

      Quite different!!

      Anyway, just one year after 2008, in 2009, Murray started to look like an Olympic swimmer!! Here he is:

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1196930/So-secret-Muscles-Murray.html

      As usual in these cases, it only depended on excellent diet, excellent trainings, bla, bla, bla, bla..!!

      WHat a strange coincidence....!!

      @Lopi

      As far as "Yes, most 18 years olds look like that"

      No Way!!

      If you are 18 and you are already a professional athlete, it involves that you have trained seriously since the first years of your teens ( 13-15 ) and your body has already transformed in different ways in comparison with boys/girls of the same age who just have a normal life!!

      Best regards.

      Fabrice

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    4. Lol look at Delpo in that video. Wonder what his diet consisted of...!

      Re, Murray. Fab you have to be careful with photos like that as they are often enhanced to confirm the narrative of the article. Just google Murray's 2009 Wimbledon match v Roddick and you will see he's not a huge amount bigger than in 2008. And of course in 2008, despite what you say, he is still discernibly bigger than 2005. Then if you google the 2011 Aussie Open final you'll see he's getting gradually closer to the build he is now, but not quite, and of course he is still only 23 there.

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    5. @Northwestcircus

      1)I haven't said that Delpo was in good shape, he was also very slim at those times to be a professional athlete, we were talking about Murray and not about Delpo!!

      2a) Andy Murray on Alexander Zverev who is training with Jez Green, Murray’s ex-fitness coach, here it is:

      “He is a completely different athlete from me, different build,” Murray said. “I would imagine the training Jez is doing with him is completely different too. Jez is experienced working with a young player coming through, with me – and that can help."

      Source: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jan/17/andy-murray-alexander-zverev-australian-open

      Alexander Zeverev is very long-limbed by nature like Murray was at his age and that was his original body structure by nature, the only difference is that Zverev (198cm) is 8 cm taller than Murray ( 190cm ) but for Murray he has a different build, a bit strange to say the least!!

      2b) Jez Green, Murray’s ex-fitness coach, now Alexander's fitness coach:

      "The concept endorses the methodology that elite tennis athletes must condition "movements, not muscles". "

      Source: http://jezgreen.com/biography

      Considering the physical transformation of Murray, from a skinny scarecrow to looking like an Olympic swimmer ( in four years time, from 2005 to 2009, and in the meanwhile he had to compete and train very seriously at the same time!! Unless a person believes in genetic miracles...!! ) this statement by Jez Green is a bit strange to say the least!!!!

      Best regards.

      Fabrice

      PS it's quite impossible to be very tall and very long-limbed by nature, competing and training seriously at the same time as a professional athlete and furthermore in the meanwhile to put up a lot of muscles with just a very good diet!!

      Unless a person believes in flying elephants!!

      In that case, it's possible!!


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  48. Federer's dope puts him to sleep. Like a baby. All that's missing is a tantrum. (For that you look to Serena, the Strong Man of Women's Tennis,)

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    1. Wimbledon 2016

      Fastest serve of Serena Williams: 123mph
      Djokovic: 122mph
      Nishikori: 122mph
      Ferrer: 117mph

      As usual, nothing to see here.

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    2. Men don't care as much about power as they do about placing the ball. Serve speed doesn't mean a damn thing

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  50. It really astounds me that so many people on this blog seem to be willing to vouch for Murray's cleanliness. Personally, I have been suspicious of Murray ever since I read that he gives his team a urine sample to analyze every morning. To me, that kind of behaviour just reeks of a player who's trying to test the limits of his doping program...

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    1. It is odd. Why would anyone test their own samples privately? Does he think that the ITF could sabotage it? If Murray is so keen to prove his cleanliness, perhaps he should be releasing his results to the public so experts can analyze them if they wish.

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    2. @Shadow

      1)Another thing that is quite suspicious, here it is!!

      How about no sport journalist ( better still: storytellers! ) has ever asked Murray the following obvious and important question:

      "Mr. Murray, you often say that you are totally clean, hence, why have you hired Ivan Lendl as a tennis coach?
      Ivan Lendl, when he was a professional tennis player, had also worked with Mr. Victor Conte who has been the absolute protagonist in the Balco doping scandal, don't you think that your behaviour is a bit strange to say the least?"

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/drugsinsport/8396065/What-is-the-Balco-scandal.html

      2) Another thing that is very suspicious, here it is!!

      How about no sport journalist ( better still: storytellers! ) has ever asked Murray the following obvious and important question:

      "Mr. Murray, you often say that you are totally clean, hence, if you don't have anything to hide, why haven't you given up the time slot in Anti Doping Tests Out of Competition?"

      Here it is how Anti Doping Tests Out of Competition really work and why the time slot is of crucial importance for tennis players' tricks!!

      My first two posts signed as "FabFarn" on:

      http://tennishasasteroidproblem.blogspot.it/2016/02/2015-itf-anti-doping-statistics-per.html

      Further analysis about the same subject:

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-3141796/Athlete-Lauryn-Williams-reveals-advised-cheat-21st-century-style-microdosing-seen-golden-ticket-dopers-wanting-trick-testers.html

      All the best!!

      Fabrice

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