UPDATE - First set . Federer's throwing it. Unforced errors at critical moments, the opposite to the usual champion's game. The crowd has no idea. No tension in the match. Royals in the Box. It looks like the championship will be 'Murray's'. But let's watch another set or two. Watch the Unforced Errors count, especially when they come in critical points. (13 Federer to 3 Murray at end of second set)
UPDATE - Third set. 7.10 PM Murray had a nasty fall at the net on the still wet grass. It might be hard for Federer to throw the game. Murray's not looking good. Federer's going out of his way to lose points. He doesn't want to win the third set.
Alex Salmond in the Royal Box, looking concerned since Murray's fall. David Cameron also looking worried (booed from Henman Hill when his face appeared on BBC). Murray's play is not what it was. But Federer's still supplying the necessary unforced errors to keep Murray in the game.
Ten deuces in the sixth game. Federer decided to go ahead and kill the game. It was getting embarrassing. It's going to be easier to lose his service where he's in control than Murray's!!! Not so...Murray's in trouble and cannot play at a good enough level for Federer to disguise the throw. Yet It's still UNFORCED ERRORS - Federer now a staggering 30 in total (17 in one set) (more than a set's worth altogether). Murray 16. Even with all that lot, Federer's won the third set. He can't throw it to Murray. Murray's collapsing. It was the rain that did it, not Federer!
The inevitable will happen, unless Federer can engineer some more double faults and unforced errors smartish. No. He's wrapping up now. No more Mr Nice Guy. A cut to David Cameron showed a face of resignation. Up until the fall, it was all going the other way. The walk out to the loo occurred not long after that point, and maybe his instructions were changed.
The moment Murray fell a second time. Politicians knew their best electoral fuel was spilling.
'Best to kill it off, Roger. Thanks for trying. People will notice if you notch up 50 Unforced Errors. 30 is already the all time record for a Wimbledon Final.'
British pride is mollified by Murray's being in the Final. The Murray show, like the Henman one, will run and run. Just look at that emotion after the match. Media and political gold dust. No wonder the politicians were queuing up to bask in Murray-reflected glory - but the plan has gone awry.
The commentators, always sharp as razors, are blaming the closure of the roof!
Watch the clip carefully. Federer sets up Murray winners, which he keeps missing. Injuries and big stage nerves prevent him winning the set, which Federer then takes.
ORIGINAL POST. I watched the Men's Doubles Final. The match was so obviously thrown, it was ludicrous. I had my doubts about Tsonga throwing the match against Murray yesterday, especially the final set, when he made so many unforced errors in series, it was as if he was being paid to do it.
Wimbledon's Royal Patron knows the score
At least Murray was giving it his all.
But the doubles final with the British and Norwegian pair, Marray and Neilson was a farce. They stood at the net and volleyed balls to their opponents who were glued to the base line, but not once did they offer a lob. The rallies were non-existent. It was if all parties to the game knew the result that was fixed in advance, and just played out as dramatic a performance as they could. All did the clenched fist gesture at a rally win, and looked suitably stern at the loss of a point. It was just like a TV wrestling game with the moves worked out and choreographed in advance. Don't get me wrong. You have to be a damned good player of any sport to throw a match and make it look like you were trying to win. These are real professionals, and they know what's required.
This is Jubilee Year and there have to be British winners. Murray tomorrow is unlikely to beat Federer. But maybe Federer too understands the etiquette of the game. Virginia Wade was the unlikely winner of the Womens Singles in the Silver Jubilee Year 1977. Now they're at it again. Tennis never looked duller. The days of McEnroe/Borg, and the Woodies are well gone. This is TV theatre at its worst. Wimbledon, a place I've visited time and time again over the years where I've seen great matches live, seems lost.
BBC? Read the pathetic hype.
EARLIER SPORT FIXING as reported by T.J.STOKES