We are about 30 minutes from the start of the 2011 Grand Slam tennis season. At the Australian Open today we have Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick in action for the men. The women have a good lineup with Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Justine Henin and Venus Williams.
Federer begins his quest for a fifth Australian Open and 17th overall Slam against Luckas Lacko. The 23-year-old Lacko made some noise a few weeks ago by feeding Rafael Nadal a rare Bagel in Doha. Lacko, however, has just three Slam match wins to her name. Federer 208.
Djokovic, the 2008 champ, is on late tonight/early morning against the Spaniard Marcel Granollers. The two have never met.
Roddick, who curiously plays well in Melbourne during odd years, is also in a first-time meeting with 27-year-old Jan Hajek.
Among the best men’s matches today are Gael Monfils v. Thiemo de Bakker, Kei Nishikori v. Fabio Fognini and Mardy Fish v. Victor Hanescu. Looks for possible upsets in all those matches.
Maybe the best match of the day is the Wozniaci v. Gisela Dulko Rod Laver showdown. Dulko has scored the upset before and Wozniacki has looked wobbly since her racquet switch, but I think the Dane boars through this one.
MONDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE (showcourts)
Rod Laver Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) v. Gisela Dulko (ARG)
Lukas Lacko (SVK) v. Roger Federer (SUI)
Rod Laver Arena 7:00 PM Start Time
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) v. Jarmila Groth (AUS)
Marcel Granollers (ESP) v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Hisense Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
Thiemo de Bakker (NED) v. Gael Monfils (FRA)
Andy Roddick (USA) v. Jan Hajek (CZE)
Venus Williams (USA) v. Sara Errani (ITA)
Justine Henin (BEL) v. Sania Mirza (IND)
Margaret Court Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) v. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v. Regina Kulikova (RUS)
Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE) v. Jelena Dokic (AUS)
Peter Luczak (AUS) v. Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
Margaret Court Arena 7:00 PM Start Time
Rainer Schuettler (GER) v. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
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