Hello and welcome to our discussion of the recent Wimbledon tennis tournament. We are joined by our sports reporter Shaun Cronin and Stephen Higgins from Setanta. Welcome lads, so what did you both think of this year's tournament?
Hi Pete, a brilliant tournament. Great story lines all over the place
Thought it was an excellent tournament following a slightly boring French Open. Grass court tennis at Wimbledon is a vivid memory for me as a child and I thought this years competition gave us all the trills and spills you’d expect from SW19.
@stephenhiggins10 Any in particular that stood out?
I think the Rosol upset over Nadal was historic. A guy who is 26 and had only 18 career wins before beating the World No.2. Incredible
@Shaun Cronin Is it easier to play tennis on a grass surface? Would that be why there is more scope for excitement?
@stephenhiggins10 Yes, that was some story alright, but was Nadal's early knock-out good or bad for the tournament?
Well it was good for Andy Murray's tournament. I couldn't see him beating Nadal in a semi or final. As a whole, maybe it was good. We got to see Roger equal Sampras' record and saw the Scot in a warmer light.
Rosol was like a man possessed in that game. Loved how he upset Nadal’s routine and just stared through him. It truly was a man having the best game he will ever have, hitting winners from everywhere on the court against one of the best players to ever live.
Do you think it will affect the Spaniard's confidence?
I don't think so. Rosol played his career match, the one he tells his grandchildren. That was Nadal's earliest grand slam loss since 2005...so he's doing alright!
@stephenhiggins10 Agreed, Murray would never have got to the final otherwise. This was his best chance ever to win Wimbledon, what with Djokovic being knocked out by Federer too, so do you think he will ever win a grand slam?
@Peter Towe Its not easier Pete but it does suit big hitters more as the ball goes through the court faster. Even though the courts have slowed down dramatically over the last few years its still the best surface for me.
On the grass courts, Shaun is right. It's hard to move well on grass, takes brilliant footwork hence Del Potro's struggles. On the other hand, it rewards big servers and big ground strokes as we saw with Rosol, who blew Nadal off the court basically.
@Peter Towe On the Murray winning a Grand Slam I think he will but it will be after Federer retires as it will open up the draw more but he will have to improve his forehand and second serve if he is to do it.
@stephenhiggins10 Wait a minute, Rosol blew Nadal off the court. I thought Nadal was supposed to be the big hitter, apart from Djokovic.
As for Murray, I think he will win one. He has to keep a positive, attacking mentality though. He often withdraws into rallying with opponents because he's comfortable defending. He can't do that and beat the top three.
Also Murray will have to do everything in his power to get to World No.2 at least when Federer retires so that he only has to play either Rafa or Novak in a final and not both in a single tournament.
@Shaun Cronin There was talk that Ivan Lendl, Murray's coach, was working on that but it didn't seem to work out in the final, especially in the later sets when the Fed dominated. Do you think he will ever fix this, or is it a case of early days for the Lendl/Murray partnership?
The only way to really beat Nadal is knock him off balance. It takes a lot of power and most importantly consistency. Djokovic did it all of last year when he targeted the Spaniard's forehand in particular. In the past Soderling and Tsonga have also had success. But it is rare generally.
We'd love to get everyones views out there so feel free to join in with your comments!!
Once Federer does retire, will he be seen as the greatest men's player of all time?
@Peter Towe Its early days Pete. Also to be fair the volley Roger played at set point in the second set is one of the greatest shots in Wimbledon history. I fancied Murray to win the tie-break and we could be talking about the first Scot ever to win Wimbledon today. I also think closing the roof suited Federer more as his indoor record is unbelievably good.
@Peter Towe Roger says he is not but he unquestionably is the best all court player ever.
I think he is the best ever. He holds all the records, in the most competitive era ever. He has the grand slam. His return to No.1 approaching 31 years of age is an incredible achievement.
His talent is also untouched. He always comes up with a few shots that noone else could produce. He's so talented I'd say he could play with a cricket bat and do alright.
@stephenhiggins10 Am I right in saying next week he takes Pete Sampras's record of most weeks at No.1?
Others would say that Pete Sampras, Bjorn Borg or Rod Laver was the best. They had more competitors than Federer didn't they?
@Peter Towe With all due respect to that era I think we are living in tennis's greatest time.
Yeah you're right Shaun. Sampras never got past the semi at the French though. Borg and Laver are his main competition. Laver won two grand slams in 62 and 69. He surely would have won more but wasn't allowed participate in the intervening years because he turned professional.
@Shaun Cronin Plus Federer has only won a single French Open.
@Shaun Cronin And Scotland have a competitor right in the middle of tennis' greatest time. Why not Ireland?
True Pete, but when you look at all the great players, their respective playing styles lend themselves to certain surfaces. Federer is an attacking player so his best surface is grass. Nadal is incredibly consistent and is at home on clay.
@Peter Towe That is because Rafa Nadal is the best clay court player that has ever lived along with Borg.
@Jonathon Lenihan I think he would have as well Roger is as good at the net and would have had to many answers from the back of the court.
Federer's return on grass is extraordinary. He has nullified all the big servers in his time at Wimbledon.
Ireland's Conor Niland has retired from tennis. Will we ever have someone to compete at the Grand Slams?
We are all talking about Rafa and Roger don't forget Novak is has won the Aussie Open this year, got to the final of the French and semis of Wimbledon. It's a great time for the sport.
@Peter Towe This is Stephen's favourite subject!
Unfortunately due to the lack of funding/organisation, it doesn't look promising
@Shaun Cronin Yeah, it really sets up the Olympics. Who do you think will come out on top in that?