Death to Heathmerica!
Death to Heathmerica!
I am a brave man, I am a coward. I am the tiger, I am the flower.
I am honest, and I'm a liar. I am vital, I am tired.
I am a free man, I am caught. From where I am, I see the top.
I am most importantly never concerned with what I am not.
Forever, more than just surviving.
THIS IS MY LIFE AND THIS LIFE IS MY DIAMOND
You're the worst live-simmer ever!
Death to SirBloodyIdiotmerica!
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Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas.
Davis 4-6 1-0 * Drake
After the disappointment of that set, Davis starts slowly to be 0-30 after dumping a volley into the net. He gets a lucky net cord next point, though, and advances to 40-30. A couple of deuces are played as he fails to close out the set, but he manages on his fourth game point as Drake fails to land a backhand in.
* Davis 4-6 2-0 Drake
Drake continues where he left off to skip ahead to 30-0, but he's reeled in by Davis who crafts a couple of nice points and finishes them off with winners to both sides of the court. 30-30 becomes 30-40 and a break point as Drake suffers his first double fault of the match, and with his first break point Davis moves ahead 2-0 as he just crushes a Drake slice down the line. His forehand is starting to warm up now!
Davis 4-6 3-0 * Drake
This is nice stuff from Davis as again he drops the first point of a game and comes back strongly. This time Drake makes a pair of errors on the forehand wing to give Davis 30-15, and then is probably a bit too defensive as Davis runs around a short backhand and crushes another forehand winner. There's no getting to that for Drake who goes to the change of ends down 0-3 needing to find a way back into the set.
* Davis 4-6 4-0 Drake
Trouble afoot for Drake as he falls back 0-30 after his second double fault of the set. He responds well with a couple of unreturned first serves, but Davis benefits from the Hawkeye technology which rules what looked to be a forehand winner from Drake just long. Break point number two for Davis for the set, and he makes no mistake with this one as he earns a 4-0 lead by outlasting Drake in a long forehand rally. Fist pump from Davis, while Drake directs a spray at his box.
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Davis 4-6 4-1 * Drake
Davis starts off well with an ace down the T, but he stuffs up a pretty routine forehand and watches as Drake moves to 15-30 with a lovely approach shot and volley. Davis draws level at 30-all, but Drake brings up his first break point of the set with a clean winner off a Davis first serve! Davis saves that with an ace, but double faults to hand Drake his second break point. He cannot convert this, but it is third time lucky after a third break point draws an error from Davis on the forehand side to help him claw back one break of serve.
* Davis 4-6 4-2 Drake
Drake coming back into this like a bullet. He's found his confidence and his mojo after losing it in the first four games of this set. He shoots out to 30-0 with a couple of quick points, and then finishes a longer rally with a fine forehand winner down the line. Three game points, but he needs just one as he aces Davis for 2-4.
Davis 4-6 5-2 * Drake
Drake really piling on the pressure here as he looks to return this set to serve. He gets 0-30 and then, with a big backhand that draws the error, has two break points at 15-40. Davis saves the first with an ace, and then comes to the net off a second serve to put away a volley. Gutsy move there. That type of point could win him the set as he closes out the game with two more aces. All on the Drake racquet now!
* Davis 4-6 5-3 Drake
Despite failing to convert his chances in that last game, Drake is really starting to put the pressure on the 23rd seed. After taking a 30-0 lead after some long rallies, Davis basically tanks the next two points and concedes to love. He looks happy to serve this one out, but the question really is whether he actually can!
Jason Hall on Davis: "He's tightened up considerably here. He really needs to serve out this set, or else he's in a lot of trouble."
Davis 4-6 5-4 * Drake
Is this Drake's chance? Davis double faults immediately and is clearly feeling jittery here. About ten minutes ago he looked like cruising through this set, but he's got to work for it now. His forehand misfires, but he challenges it anyway to regroup despite it being about four inches wide. 0-30 soon becomes 0-40 and three break points for the eighth seed as Drake pounds a forehand into the net. After blowing two last game, Drake doesn't make the mistake here as he finally does some work for himself to put the set back on serve with a great approach shot and overhead smash.
* Davis 4-6 5-5 Drake
This is where Grand Slams are won, my friends! Davis has blown a 4-0 lead here and Drake is not letting him off the hook. Serving to stay in the set for the third time, Drake again manages a game to love as his big weapons from the baseline are starting to frustrate Davis. He's not even having to do much as the forehand that was working so well for the big man are flying all over the shop. He's going to have to work for this from here.
Davis 4-6 5-6 * Drake
What a turnaround this has been! Could this be the new world number three? Drake gets a slice of luck - and a chunk of the net - as a return that looks to be crashing into the net stops dead and drops to bring up double break point. Drake apologies, but he clearly doesn't mean it. He takes advantage of BP #1 in a more convincing style as he unloads with a 92 mph forehand winner which takes the chalk. Davis challenges it, but it is more out of hope than anything and he needs to stop the rot to stay in this final.
Davis 4-6 6-6 Drake
Well where Drake got some luck last game, Davis has his own at 30-30 here after getting a look at a Drake second serve. Half-way through a rally, Davis hits a forehand deep and Drake watches it sail out - or does he? The umpire calls it long, and Drake realises what a mistake he's made and decides to challenge it anyway. Biggest point of the match so far, and Hawkeye proves Drake's mistake. With a break point, Davis somehow keeps his hopes alive by coming to the net and showing his solid volleying game to send the set to a tiebreaker.
From Sven Oxenstierna on Twitter: "lol wta."
Davis 4-6 6-7 (5-7) Drake
Serving first, Drake slams down a big ace before dumping a backhand into the bottom of the net. An extraordinary twenty-shot rally ends with Davis sending a ball long to hand Drake the first minibreak of the tiebreak to make it 4-2 before he picks up another ace to make it 5-3 with his first serve after the change of ends. A beauty of a backhand forces an error from Davis to bring up three set points for Drake. Aces 10 and 11 sensationally save two of those, but Drake is too cool and the serve-and-volley puts him on the cusp of the title at two sets to love!
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Vimes tells it how it is:
Now, that's a choke.
Taste it, ****.
* Davis 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 0-1 Drake
We're back underway in the third set, and Drake begins strongly with a whippy forehand down the line for 30-0. He makes a bad error on his backhand side, but benefits from Davis' inability to return a second serve. 40-15 becomes deuce as Davis shows some solid defence, but Drake serves his way out of trouble to get on the board in the third.
Davis 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 1-1 * Drake
Davis really has to put the disappointment of the last set behind him, but he starts badly with a big double fault and then an error on the backhand side for 0-30. He fights back to level, but Drake canes a forehand for 30-40 and his first break point of the set. Davis saves that with another ace to, and then finishes the game quickly with some serves that Drake cannot get much on.
From davidbmatthews3 on Twitter: "Davis' ability to serve his way out of trouble is pretty impressive. He's done that all match expect for the last part of the second set."
* Davis 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 1-2 Drake
There's starting to get a bit of pattern here as Drake starts strongly and concedes a couple of cheap points to Davis through errors. Still, he's not really troubled here as he serve-and-volleys twice to hold for a 2-1 lead.
Jason Hall on the BBC: "The consistent depth of Drake's hitting is unbelievable. Davis hasn't been able to consistently get his forehand working for him because he's spending his time camped behind the baseline."
Davis 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 2-2 * Drake
Just what the doctor ordered for Davis as, after a tough service game to start the set, he gets an easy one to stay with Drake. A couple of big serves set up 30-0 and then Drake sends a backhand wide. Longer rally at game point, but Davis finally steps up to a Drake slice and cracks a trademark inside-out forehand winner to hold. Take that, Jason Hall! He's playing catchup here, so these love games help to keep the pressure on the eighth seed.
Jason Hall on the BBC: As if on cue… "That's what he needs to do more of."
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It's gonna take a miracle to win this.
* Davis 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 2-3 Drake
You feel Davis has to make his move soon or this match is going to slip through his fingers. All Drake this game as he won the points himself and handed Davis one with an unforced error. There isn't much time left for Heath if he continues to park himself so far behind the baseline even though he will drop points if he tries to step up.
Davis 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 2-4 * Drake
Drama! Yet another ace from Heef allows him to recover for 30-30, but he follows it up with what he thinks is a winner. Drake looks to his box before challenging, and Davis is seriously not pleased about how long he took before making that decision. "Come on, mate," he says to the chair umpire. Nevertheless, Hawkeye shows the ball was about a quarter of an inch wide to give Drake a break point. That's all he needs as he approaches the net for more success and puts away a volley to move just two games away from his first Grand Slam title!
* Davis 4-6 6-7 (5-6) 3-4 Drake
Yet again, Davis applies CPR to himself with a ballsy break with his back against the wall. Drake falls behind 0-30 and needs a first serve more than anything. He manages to get to 15-30, but Davis attacks a second serve with a strong backhand to bring up two break points. Drake gets a good first serve out wide that Davis cannot get back into play, but the 23rd seed steps inside of a second serve that he plants down the line to return this set to service!
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