Murray Lands in Nadal Quarter; Federer v. Djokovic Possible Australian Open SF
by Staff | January 14th, 2010, 9:54 pm
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The question mark of the 2010 Australian Open men’s draw was the landing spot for now No. 5 seed Andy Murray. The Scot who slip from No. 4 to 5 in the ATP rankings following the removal of his 2009 Doha title points proved costly as Murray may have to get through Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals to advance to his first Melbourne final four.

Roger Federer is again the top seed and his path in the first quarter could take him through local favorite Lleyton Hewitt in the fourth round with Fernando Veradasco or the red hot Nikolay Davydenko potential quarterfinal opponents. Former finalist Marcos Badhdatis also landed in the top quarter along with Ernests Gulbis.

No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic anchors the second quarter with a potential quarter clash with Robin Soderling or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tsonga could have to contend with Haas in the third round while Soderling and Nicolas Almagro appears a likely third rounder as well.

Four-time Australian Open semifinalist Andy Roddick opens with junior champ Thiemo De Bakker in a loaded third quarter. Roddick then could face countryman Sam Querrey in round three, big hitters Tomas Berdych or Fernando Gonzalez in the fourth round and Marin Cilic or Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarterfinals.

Murray and Nadal will likely fight for the supremacy in the final quarter. Murray may run into David Ferrer or Gael Monfils in the fourth round. Nadal could face tougher tests in a third rounder with Philip Kohlschrieber and Radek Stepanek in the fourth round.

The Australian Open begins Monday from Melbourne, Australia.


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21 Comments for Murray Lands in Nadal Quarter; Federer v. Djokovic Possible Australian Open SF

Fot Says:

I think the ‘wealth’ is spread evenly all over the draw. lol! I hope Roger proves he still has it and kick butt!


sar Says:

At the draw, McEnroe picked Murray to win.


Kimmi Says:

sar..yeah baby! murray to win AO..its about time.


Modern Tennis Training Program Says:

Murray has big chance of winning against Nadal.


jane Says:

The draw is not bad overall, though I do think it’s a little bottom heavy, with Murray/Rafa and Delpo/Roddick all down there, plus a number of the dark horses on the bottom too. But there are some toughies up top as well. Should be a GREAT slam!


Rick Says:

Told you, Fed Allstop always play the same players in his grand slams. I hope Simon Gillies gets through. Then Darth Federer would be a goner! Davydenko shouldn’t be problem to Federina in the grand slam. Murray should be able to takes out Nadal.


Kimmi Says:

If Murray plays like the way he did in 2008..aggressive..he will have a chane against nadal. But if he starts defending too much..then trouble.


Rick Says:

Soderling would just be another walk in the park for Djokovic. Is Tsonga that he should fears! That other is ready to avenge his final defeat at the 2008 final! Tell you what Kimmi! I have a feeling that, the best days for Nadal and Federer could be over!


sportincorp Says:

i cannot believe these draws that federer gets……he does not have anybody that can beat him in best of 5 format…….murray, delpo, cilic, roddick, and nadal are all in the bottom half……give me a break…….djokovic looked like crap in kooyong and davydenko cannot win in a best of 5 against federer……..

Q1 federer over verdasco
Q2 tsonga over djokovic
Q3 delpotro over roddick
Q4 murray over nadal

SF1 federer over tsonga
SF2 murray over delpotro

f federer over murray

as much as i hate to say it…….


Kimmi Says:

I don’t know how good Tsonga is at the moment, he has not impressed recently. unless he gets some magic and get a great run like 2008.

i am sure there will be one player who will come from nowhere and beat the hell out of top players. AO has a tendency to bring those kind of people. remember bagdatis, tsonga, Gonzalez etc..bring it on.


jane Says:

I believe it was in 2007 that Murray and Rafa played a fantastic match at the AO; they’re both different players since then. Still, I’d love to see a rematch here, this year.


Bjorn Borg Says:

Can we predict?
Simon or Hewitt could be tricky for Roger in the 4th Rd. Not sure whether he’ll have to play Kolya. If Kolya reaches the semi, who knows?

Nole’s road to R16 is not that difficult, except maybe Chardy and Youzhny. If Tsonga goes down early, Nole should secure semi birth without sweating. Soderling will not do better than 3rd Rd (or at best R16).

1st Semi final: Roger/Kolya/ Simon vs. Nole/ Tsonga

Del Potro or Cilic should emerge from the 3rd qtr. Roddick won’t probably reach qtr. If he does, I doubt he will get past Del Potro.

Murray’s only obstacle to R16 is Monfils.
Kohls is not an easy cookie for Rafa in the 2nd Rd.
2nd Semi final: Rafa/Murray vs. Del Potro/Cilic

None of these could happen? Final? Absolutely unpredictable.


Kimmi Says:

I should add verdasco in the list of hot players. Murray/nadal us open 2008 is what murray needs to bring. Whichever nadal turns out will have no chance.


Naresh Says:

Kohls has not been playing that well at the start of the season, whereas Stepanek has started very well, reachig the final of the Brisbane tourney. I’d put Wawrinka in the mix too, he can definitely pull a big upset. Lubijic is another dark horse, he has the experience and if he does click he could go pretty far if not all the way. Verdasco’ beens in solid form too, he thrashed Djoko at the Kooyong classic.. I know it doesn’t really count, but 6-1, 6-2 is not the sort of beating u want to take before the start of a major ! Murray has looked really good up until now, except for the match against Robredo, which he lost, he was on fire at the Hopmans Cup.. he put in a lot of 1st serves and his backhand down the line was working like a dream. If he comes in with the same form, he’s gonna be pretty tough to beat !


sar Says:

Kooyong web site:
Saturday January 16th from 1pm
Bernard Tomic V Novak Djokovic
Pre match entertainment
Eric Weideman from 1927
Followed by the final
Fernando Verdasco V Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Followed by
Pat Cash V Henri Leconte


sar Says:

Robredo beat Murray and Verdasco beat Novak. I don’t think that determines what will happen at AO.
What’s odd is that Tomic is playing Novak at Kooyong?


margot Says:

Please don’t predict Andy for the final. He needs to sneak under the radar. I hope he can play himself into good form.
jane: Djko’s draw looks very promising doesn’t it? Wheeeeee!


sar Says:

I don’t know who will win. I can’t predict anything with this slam.

I am hoping that Baggy finally bags a title in Sydney.


Fot Says:

“sportincorp Says:
i cannot believe these draws that federer gets……he does not have anybody that can beat him in best of 5 format…….”

Hey sportincorp – I don’t care where you put Roger (top or bottom) – there are not too many players that can and/or have beaten him IN a best of 5 format. Period! Roger doesn’t have that amazing SF streak in grand slams by chance! So the draw is what it is.


SATISHNADAL Says:

HEY FOT WELL SAID I DO HAVE THE SAME FEELING HOW MANY SLAMS WILL HE MEET THE SAME DJOKOVIC AND DAVYDENKO WHOM IDONT THINK COULD TAKE FEDERER TO A FIFTH SET . TAKE THE HOT 3 PLAYERS NADAL DELPOTRO AND MURRAY ALL THREE IF THEY HAVE TO WIN HAS TO PLAY 3 BACK TO BACK BIG MATCHES (Q,SF,F).THAT PUTS FEDERER AN EASY CAKE BECAUSE HE WONT BE TESTED UNTIL FINAL AND ANY OF THE ABOVE THREE WHEN REACH FINAL WILL BE EXHAUSTED BECAUSE OF THE GRUELLING TWO PREVIOUS MATCHES.

THE BIGGEST JOKE IS JOHN MCKENROE PICKING MURRAY AS FAVOURITE EVERY YEAR HE DOES THE SAME JOKE WHEN TENNIS DRAW IN SLAMS WILL HAVE AN EVENLY CONTESTED DRAW.


madmax Says:

Always excuses from Rick. Getting kind of boring now Rick. Yes, this is probably the most “open” Open, ever with so many great players vying for the trophy, which is why it is going to make watching the open 2010, that much more exciting than ever before. Are you saying the draw is rigged, Rick? What if Rafa had that draw? I suppose that wouldnt have been rigged! As someone said, computerised draw, it is what it is.

Similar to recent draws with football (soccer), where England always play Germany – just hilarious! They still have to play and they still have to win – whoever they are playing again. You play the ball, not the opponent.

Some posters (I think on another thread, doubting federer’s motivation – this is the last time I am going to post anything on this, so I would ask people to change the record please.).

John Mcenroe (much as I like it when he reports for the BBC at wimbledon), does go on about murray an awful lot. Saying the same old -!**

Only eight players have won grand slam singles titles after becoming fathers; only American Jimmy Connors managed the feat more than once.

Federer is confident it will be business as usual when he kicks off his Open campaign against Russian Igor Andreev despite the pressures and different preparation that fatherhood will entail.

“There’s always going to be speculation once you have a family, you look at history and see some players don’t win when they have a family,” Federer said.

“The hunger’s still there – I’m working as hard as I have been, I haven’t just been babysitting.

“I’ve been putting in the big hours and I feel my game’s where it’s supposed to be.”

Go federer! Looking forward to seeing an “on” serve – that is the key to his matches – even in teh early rounds!

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