Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Quarters line-up in wimbledon and the WC

Really sad today, as Roddick went out of wimbledon. He was beaten by a certain Y Lu. Once again, it was a 5-setter and once again he lost only one service game through out the match. The same was the case when Roddick lost to Federer in last year's final. With time starting to run out, and only one slam under his belt, Roddick and all his fans (including me) are starting to get a little desperate now. Lets hope he gets the US Open'10. Lu will now face Djokovic in the quarters. The other quarters are Tsonga against Murray, Soderling vs Nadal (interesting game this one), and Federer against the big-hitting Berdych.

Chile Vs Brazil reminded me of Arsenal Vs Chelsea. Chile played the pretty game, but Brazil were the clinical ones. Chile had some nice one-touch youthful passing, but Brazil had the experience at the back and indeed in front of the goal. It was a case of one pass too many as they tried looked for that elusive goal. And once they were 2-0 down they committed too many people too often and were punished by the otherwise unimpressive Robinho whose needed only one-touch to pass the ball into the Chilean net. Kaka also has not found his best form yet and that must worry the 'Samba Boys' going into the match against the Dutch. Brazil vs Holland....thats a really mouth-watering encounter on the cards. Inter team mates Lucio, Maicon and Caesar against Sneijder. Van Persie against former team-mate Gilberto. Robinho against De Jong.

I expect Spain to beat Portugal tomorrow and the Paraguayans are favorites against the Japanese despite the presence of Honda, who has been one of the players of the tournament.

Germany Vs Argentina in the next round is going to be very interesting, with 2 teams in contrasting styles. It will be determination and physical strength of the Germans against fluid passing of the Argentinians. Interestingly for Argentina, they played Mexico in the pre-quarters in the last world cup also and then they lost to Germany. This time, having beaten the Mexicans again, they will be hoping for change of fortunes in the quarters. Ghana vs Uruguay is the other quarter-final and I will be strongly behind Ghana in this one.

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