Tag Archives: Dustin Brown

Wimbledon. Fools rush in, and win.

28 Jun

Roger Federer Wimbledon loss

Strange days indeed: Roger Federer in the gloom. His 9 year run of Slam 1/4 finals or better all over, red rover.

I loved the quote from tennis star maker Nick Bollettieri yesterday. “Who knows what the hell is going to happen? You really have no idea.” This said following a day when Wimbledon was rocked by both shock defeats and withdrawals. Bad enough that The Championships lost Rafa on day one, but this was like “the perfect storm.” Federer, gone. Sharapova, gone. Azarenka, gone. Tsonga, gone. Jankovic, gone. Isner, gone. Hewitt, gone. Wozniacki, gone. Cilic, gone. Ivanovic, gone. The only winners – most probably the guys selling the program – as hapless fans had to research who they were looking at.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOrIv8sB4vg

Kamikaze net rushing was the tactic of the day – and strangely it worked. Sergiy Stakhovsky was a throwback to days of old, looking to get in to the net at every opportunity against a flat Roger Federer. And rastafarian Dustin Brown simply flattened Little Lleyton with his el toro charges to the net. On this day serve and volley was alive and kicking. This Wimbledon is looming as a case of last man standing. – watch the you tube clip for THE most famous last man standing…

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Lleyton done and dusted

26 Jun

Brown 

Qualifier Dustin Brown crashes down another ace.

Swashbuckling dreadlocked and carefree. No not Captain Jack Sparrow, not Bob Marley. It’s tennis journeyman, German Dustin Brown. Brown was in scintillating form out on Court #3 at Wimbledon against little Aussie battler Lleyton Hewitt. Hewitt had his loyal fanatics egging him on but, to use one of their AC/DC motivational songs – was Thunder Struck by Brown’s all out assault.

Dustin Brown is a Jamaican beanpole. 6′ 5″ and 78kg, he speaks Jamaican, German and English and today played the match of his life. Brown (Dreddy to his friends) spent his early pro career driving from event to event in Europe in his camper van. No five star hotels for him. He came into the match ranked 189 in the world. Lleyton Hewitt had coach Tony Roche scout information on him, he didn’t have much to go on, he’s “unpredictable” you could almost hear Coach Roche say – and neither Roche nor Hewitt would be much the wiser after this match. 

Brown served enormously – 21 aces – but more than that, served to solid target areas in the big points. A telling statistic in the match, Hewitt had 10 break points and could only convert 1 of them, by contrast Brown only had 6 break points but converted 5. Hewitt appeared flat, and was unable to answer the barrage from Brown. 74 winners from Brown’s racket, saw Little Lleyton looking skyward and wondering what was coming next. Brown, unpredictable right to the end, left the court in tears, a very happy camper.

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