Federer Opens Quest for 17; Wozniacki, Henin, Sharapova on Court at Australian Open
by Sean Randall | January 16th, 2011, 6:41 pm
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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)[14]
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[1] v. Gisela Dulko (ARG)
Lukas Lacko (SVK) v. Roger Federer (SUI)[2]

Rod Laver Arena 7:00 PM Start Time
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)[21] v. Jarmila Groth (AUS)
Marcel Granollers (ESP) v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[3]

Hisense Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
Thiemo de Bakker (NED) v. Gael Monfils (FRA)[12]
Andy Roddick (USA)[8] v. Jan Hajek (CZE)
Venus Williams (USA)[4] v. Sara Errani (ITA)
Justine Henin (BEL)[11] v. Sania Mirza (IND)

Margaret Court Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) v. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[6]
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[28] v. Regina Kulikova (RUS)
Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE) v. Jelena Dokic (AUS)
Peter Luczak (AUS) v. Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)[17]
Margaret Court Arena 7:00 PM Start Time
Rainer Schuettler (GER) v. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[9]


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251 Comments for Federer Opens Quest for 17; Wozniacki, Henin, Sharapova on Court at Australian Open

Kimmi Says:

YAY! here we go!!


jane Says:

Cool we have so many participating in the Tennis X pool! Can’t wait to see how it all shakes down.


contador Says:

yessssss!


Kimmi Says:

sharpie better win today..


jane Says:

Can’t decide if I was mistake to put Monfils so deep into the draw, but I hope he lives up to the potential he showed at the end of last year.

And yeah Kimmi: Sharpie better win.


tennisfansince76 Says:

its good to be back in business. i see the prodigal son Gael Monfils still hasn’t learned how to play on a hard court. he must love to run. i can’t figure out whether he is stubborn or daft.prediction: he’ll get thru a few rounds and then either lose to a player who understands elementary hard court tactics or his legs give out. i shouldn’t speak too badly of him as he seems to be a favorite of some of the ladies on the board.


Kimmi Says:

sharapova settling down now. i think this should not be too difficult match for her.

Monfils is a difficult one to judge. havent seen him play an ATP tourny this year..only kooyong i guess.


Kimmi Says:

Nishikori up 2 breaks against fognini. Ooops fognini looks to get one break back.


contador Says:

nishikori is playing fast….wow…he just took the 1st set…go kei! foggy might come to life

you are probably right tennisfan76 but yes…allez le monf…please!


Kimmi Says:

benneteau pulled out due to injury and has been replaced by LL. ..and i picked him to win his first round. OUCH!! LL better win this match..


jane Says:

I picked nishikori, but I think he plays Davy next round, in which case I picked Davy.

I think La Monf will be okay … maybe … ??? I like De Bakker. What’s missing there; why doesn’t he win the big matches? He has a lot of talent, an all-round game. Maybe it’s concentration; he lets up and the more experienced guy pounces? He played great on clay last year, and his match with Tsonga at the FO was memorable.


jane Says:

I picked whomever Benneteau was playing; was it Monaco maybe?


jane Says:

Erm … la Monf broken with some erratic play, a wild forehand way wide of the court, a roll of his eyes and a hop by de Bakker. That’s the way…


Kimmi Says:

ah, monfils was 4-1 up, lets de bakker back in the match..now back on serve.


grendel Says:

Apparently it’s 60 degrees fahrenheit, although it may have increased since I heard. That’s ENGLISH summer weather. They say of Melbourne you can get all 4 seasons in one day. Presumably, this will affect the play. Some like it hot…Oops, sorry.

Didn’t know that Lacko fellow was 23. What’s he been up to all these years and suddenly he gives Nadal a fright?


contador Says:

yeah, i still think debakker just needs more time…he just broke back…monfils choked a little. he was serving for set.

oh no. this is not good for my bracket.

i like debakker. this would be a big win for him tho.

gruel killing my pick monaco atm.


Kimmi Says:

yes jane, he was playing monaco. ah, i actually picked monaco too :)) cant remember off my head who i picked on most of these first round matches. too many!


jane Says:

oops I picked Monaco too conty … the challenge makes all the matches so much more fraught. Don’t know if it’s good for my blood pressure. Maybe a gin and tonic would help?


Kimmi Says:

nishikori down a break in the second. this match is shaping up for a five setter?


contador Says:

hahahha….i love this, jane. i know ONE of my “go gulbis” brackets will occupy the bottom… i picked gulbis winning…every single match winner i want.

but this is not good for my serious bracket. i usually do well early rounds then fall. maybe i have reversed that trend.

debakker is fighting…tie break time. i have monfils winning i think 3 matches. oh no. suckered again by le monf?


Kimmi Says:

hmmm, rain $@%&%$?


tennisfansince76 Says:

re: contador yes i think you have. Monfils is a true grifter.


Kimo Says:

Maria’s serving yips are back with a vengeance in this 2nd set :(


contador Says:

i’m going looking for a nishikori – fognini stream :)

that fabio plays at his own peacock pace… i could imagine that match going the distance if kei cant close.


contador Says:

“grifter” lol… entertainer i prefer but his opponent is serious, thiemo.


contador Says:

debakker backhand down the line is a beauty


jane Says:

de Bakker gets the first set and is pumped! Can la Monf return in kind??


Kimmi Says:

debakker pumped up! takes the first set


Eric Says:

I normally don’t like criticizing players, but… Tanasugarn is old, fat, and slow. How is she still on the circuit? I’m asking seriously.


Kimmi Says:

nishikori breaks back


dari Says:

Gosh damnit Gael.
Oh well, I like thiemo, so even if my bracket is screwed up, ill be happy for his win. He’s in the top 5 for favorite names on the atp.
But guys, we’ve been watching 3 set tennis too long. This ia just the beginning!


jane Says:

I think I put Monfils through to the quarters versus Fed? Was I dreaming? LOL. He did well in Paris, obviously, beating Fed, and he was just in the final at Kooyong, so I thought … well, anyhow.


contador Says:

royal errors from le monf gives debakker the set.

focus gael…please.


Eric Says:

Oh come on guys, winning a tiebreak isn’t the same as winning three sets. Monfils will come through.


Kimmi Says:

all you guy thinking its over for la monf. it is five set match.

eric, you are right about fat and slow!


Eric Says:

…I hope!


Kimmi Says:

sam querrey is letting the second set go..he is down two breaks.


dari Says:

Eric’s question is worth asking, as well as why is Maria sharapove letting such a player in the set with her?!


Eric Says:

Sharapova’s horrible serving issues are giving Tanasugarn opportunities, yes, but that just means that Maria needs to get her head in the game mentally on serve. 30% of Tanasugarn’s points are from Sharapova’s double faults.


dari Says:

Maria’ s dress- I’m diggin’ it.


dari Says:

Maria’s ground strokes and even defense looked fine. Serve nerves to be to be worked out. Way to get the W. Maria. Shoulda filled out a ladies bracket.


Kimo Says:

Eric, Maria’s problem is not mental. At least I don’t think it is. When you roll the first set in just 25 minutes, and then in your first serving game in the 2nd set you double-fault three times in one game (including missing five serves in a row), it’s not about mental fragility. Her serve has become a liability because of the poor technique she uses to protect her shoulder.

It’s more like what Djoko was experiencing in early 2010.


Kimmi Says:

I think monfils should worry now. down a break in the second!


Kimberly Says:

Dari, I have marries dress, wore it today to play in support of her so she would win.


contador Says:

grendel, whatever his age or why the rank…very easy on the eyes, lacko.

yeah dari…when picking this time i completely forgot how long these matches can go…at least when looking at early rounds.

querry can drop a set and still be okay i think but monfils is in trouble


Kimberly Says:

Maria, iPad autocorrect is not helpful.

Contador, I am still reeling from looking at your first go gulbis bracket. Was raonic in the quarters? Would love u to be right about some of them!


Daniel Says:

Monfils is going down, unless DeBakker chokes.

Can’t believe we are wayching AO now, long nights ahead of us.


Kimmi Says:

fish vs hanesco is on..not sure about fish form. i have hanescu winning this..


Daniel Says:

Anyone watching the Golden Globes and AO at the same time? I think Jane is, as per her backgorund.


contador Says:

lol!! it’s my fantasy. go gulbis! picking for 2014 AO bracket or something.


Kimo Says:

Daniel, does anyone watch these award shows anymore? The awards go to movies we never heard about, and if we have heard about them we certainly don’t care to watch them.

Those who still watch award shows probably wanna see the dresses, sort of like a tennis fan who only watches to see what Sharapova and Nike have been up to.


dari Says:

I filled out my bracket in five mins.
Hanescu/fish was one that I had a question about. Mardy hasn’t done a thing this year. I was just trying to be patriotic.
Hanescu will always have a chance in my heart.
Kimberly- good pick on the dress. Ive been wearing tshirts over my dresses even indoors, I will have to wait till spring to try that one, its not one you wanna cover up ;)
Kubot playing some lovely points.


contador Says:

smart move kimmi…i have fish winning…didn’t feel great about it. hanescu can choke tho. hoping old fish is starting slow and not injured, sick or something. fish needs his serve working.


Kimo Says:

Picking Monfils, Gulbis, Gasquet or (insert name of former prodigy here) is just a recipe for heartache and a lot of bad tennis.

All grandslam winners shows improvement every single season until they win one. Monfils has probably already peaked and will not someday become more aggressive. If he coulda, he woulda. Gulbis doesn’t take tennis seriously. Gasquet is too mentally fragile.

I’m done rooting for these guys. My hope is that they crash out early and often so that we can see some real tennis.


Daniel Says:

It’s beacuse I am a movie fanatic as well!


Kimo Says:

As for Woz’s dress: good grief. Stella McCartney should put down the scissors and measuring stick before she hurts somebody.

It looks like a f*&^ed up prom dress. No, scratch that. It looks like a f*&^ed up prom dress under-dress.


jane Says:

Don’t think La Monf will come back from two sets down; dari I feel like you. I will be happy for de Bakker if he gets this big win, but (a) I hope he uses it, and (b) it’ll ruin my pool. : /


Kimo Says:

Daniel, everybody is. But movies that win are, more often than not, box office flops. There’s gotta be a reason for that. You know, before the start of this century, movies that won awards were pretty big at the box office too. It’s not like movies that people go to watch all suck. Something’s wrong here.

Ok, movie fan. Name one Kate Winslet movie you’ve seen this past decade that was not named “Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind”.


Kimberly Says:

I have never forgiven hanescu for destroying my Wimbledon bracket blowing multiple match points. I picked fish. And nikishori. I think I picked benneteu! Whonwas the LL?


contador Says:

on my real bracket i picked more “patriotic” than usual. having fish, querry, isner, even harrison all winning.

tend to go for the frenchies too. picked benneteau. and he’s out.

who is the lucky loser filling in?


jane Says:

Daniel, how’d you know!? I am also desperately trying to get work for tomorrow done, lol.


dari Says:

I hope I picked nishikori. I think I did…


Kimmi Says:

wozniacki is on court. hopefully she wins quickly. i want to see federer. hopefully he comes in around 10:30 pm eastern


jane Says:

I liked Black Swan, and I suspect it’ll win, and it was a success at the box office. So what you say isn’t always true. Good god Angela Jolie is looking lovely in that green frock. And Julienne Moore makes me want red hair every time I see her! Some day I am gonna do it.


Daniel Says:

C’mon Jane, you teach film?!…


jane Says:

^ that was to Kimo re: theory that winners are box office flops.


jane Says:

Yes I guess that gives me away Daniel! So what are you cheering for tonight? :) I mean, besides “who” in tennis. “Which” films?


Daniel Says:

To me Inception ruled! But I liked all and think The Social Network is gonna win, it has won all prestigious critics choice all over country.

We agree in something else Jane, love redheads!

Back to tennis, Monfils is going down. Debaker is one of those talented players who needs to crossover in the mental department, smae as delPo did.


Kimberly Says:

Ugggh fish! Pull it together!


Kimberly Says:

Querrey gets broken. Back on serve in set 3 one a piece.


Kimberly Says:

Ugggh, I have monfils to the quarters! Not first day.


jane Says:

Wow Monfils isn’t even going out in a battle, but rather a huge nosedive – reeeeerrrrrm Pukkkhhhhh! Crash bang, out.


Kimo Says:

Yeah, jane. You proved me wrong with a movie that made $72 million dollars worldwide. I didn’t say movies that are nominated aren’t liked. I said they aren’t watched. There’s a difference. And it’s because of that difference why TV ratings for award shows drop every single year.


contador Says:

this is my worst start ever, jane…thanks le monf.


jane Says:

I liked Inception too; I liked that a big budget film went for a kind of risky topic. Yes, Fincher is due for some awards so the Social Network will likely win.

And Fish and Querrey losing too; my pool is dried up already, lol. Oh well, at least I won’t get hung up on it.


Kimo Says:

Monf has maximized his potential. Heck, I’d even say he’s an overachiever considering he made it to the Top 20.


jane Says:

okay Kimo, “The Social Network” made lots and was watched lots, so let’s wait and see. I get your point. But movies / awards shows aren’t supposed to pander to the widest possible audience, at least not all of them, since we’re talking about art. There are always exceptions too, like Rocky, and Titanic, and Avatar, and Gladiator. Of course Dark Knight too. These were all widely nominated and watched films that won in a number of categories.


Kimmi Says:

davydenko on court with florian mayer. that will be a match to watch. this querrey match is not a classic!


Kimberly Says:

La monf is not going to dig deep. This is over.

Fish needs to pull it together. Fast.

Dulko is the prettiest of all thebplayers in my opinion.


Daniel Says:

Kimo, Kate is one of my faves, she was red head in Titanic and I fell in love. I saw almost all her movies.

But I see your point, sometimes critics just wants to go against the crowds, to show we they dictate play. Although we are the ones buiyng movie tickets!


Daniel Says:

Well, Sharapova won fast and Wozniacki is heading the same way, at least we got to see Fed without looking like a zombie tomorrow.


Kimo Says:

The last big movie that won the best picture oscar was Gladiator (or was it American Beauty? too lazy to google). After that, it’s been pretty much all independent films, which I don’t mind, but obviously there’s a big difference now between what we like and what the critics like. A movie like “Forrest Gump” would stand no chance with today’s critics. Heck, even Gladiator wouldn’t stand a chance.

But it’s not like we, movie-goers I mean, aren’t to blame. After all, the last decade was mired in crappy sequels, and people still watched them.

Nominating movies like “The Dark Night” and “Avatar” are done to attract viewers. They don’t stand a chance at winning. The Globes have more room to play because they have categories. The Oscars don’t. I’ll play you a million dollars if “The Social Network” will be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and won’t even come close to winning it.


Kimmi Says:

monfils fighting..what a game this is. de bekker better win, if he loses this he could lose the match


Kimo Says:

Kimberly Says:

“Dulko is the prettiest of all thebplayers in my opinion.”

I second that.


contador Says:

dulko is pretty. still think ana wins the beauty contest of the wta.

yeah…i give up on watching fish. my brackets are bottom feeders of tennisx, particularly if davydenko loses! and mayer up a break.

fognini nishikori is a fun match…but kei better win this tb….hahahaha fognini won the tb!! typical nothing to lose clutch drama playing from fabio.

still alive in the suicide draw from scineram’s link. all simon has to do is beat lu tonight. then lose to federer, of course. provided federer beats lovely lacko.


jane Says:

“Social Network” just won best screenplay.

Long game, Monfils trying to break but … so far holding, deuce.


Kimmi Says:

davydebko broken early. ya yayai!


dari Says:

I think I’ve got a soft spot for a few Germans, love kohls and i decided in my bracket that Daniel brands could beat stakhovksky :/
Wozniacki showing why she’s no.1!


Kimmi Says:

de bakker holds the marathon game. bye bye la monf!


Kimberly Says:

Dulko is small so she gives me hope for myself as a player.

So angry with fish and querrey. Hope the Americans can pull it together. Andy roddick and federer on soon.


dari Says:

Boy, did I get exited for Monfils in that 4-2 game.


Kimmi Says:

debakker serving for the match but he is very TIGHT!


Kimberly Says:

very tight, monfils breaks!


Kimmi Says:

oh no de bakker. horrible game. double faults and la monf gets another chance


jane Says:

de Bakker broken: is this Monfils’ comeback or too little too late??


Daniel Says:

Wow, nerves creeping in! what was that shot Debakker miss when 15-30. Disastrous game, will it be one of those best of 5 drama match?


jane Says:

Querrey about to eat a bagel. Fish still losing. Sheeesh.


Kimberly Says:

Where was de baker at that 5 4 game. Monfils served four aces? I mean I want la monf to win but sheesh. Really bad stuff.


Kimberly Says:

WTD querrey? Breadstick?


Lulu Iberica Says:

Come on La Monf, get it together now! But, seriously, what happened to De Bakker?


Kimo Says:

De Bakker choked big time.


Kimmi Says:

monfils back on the match


Kimberly Says:

Ryan Harrison getting pummeled


Kimo Says:

I still see De Bakker winning.


Kimberly Says:

La monf takes the set. Still has a pulse. One of he worst chokes by de bakker I have seen in a long time.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

What a choke from DeBakker!


jane Says:

Monfils back in it! Yeah what happened to Harrison so far? I picked all these Americans to win: fish, querrey, harrison, and isner…

best supporting actress went to …. Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

If he tried to just play tennis instead of making every shot so cute and clever he might get somewhere.


jane Says:

OMG… Christian Bale looks even better, if it’s possible, with long hair. Wow. Hot. wow.


dari Says:

Jane, Christian bale will reel me in to the gokden globea talk. Great actor, I know he is Welsh, but I have heard him on tv just talking like dickey from the fighter? I saw he won, did he have his Welsh accent for the acceptance?
He and Casey affect are tremendous performers who need more awaRd


dari Says:

Casey AFFLECK!


jane Says:

dari, lol, yes that should draw you in. :) I didn’t notice an accent. Fincher just won best director for “The Social Network” – Daniel was right, this film is doing very well!


jane Says:

Ah, Monfils breaks in the 4th set… this one will likely go five now.


dari Says:

LET’S go, kohls!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Kimo, I was curious and checked wikipedia and in the last decade only one Best Picture winner, last year’s The Hurt Locker, was truly esoteric. The Lord of the Rings, A Beautiful Mind, Million Dollar Baby were all successful and pretty mainstream. Of course, I generally watch movies with good reviews as I don’t like to waste ten bucks on schlock. Not that I always agree with critics.


Kimberly Says:

Monfils takes set four. If monfils wins this it will win then choke of 2011 so far.

Looks like fish is pulling it together. Congrats tonstakhovsky and Monaco. Fish seems to be coming back. Kubot has nothing left in the tank.


dari Says:

How is johnny depp that town?
How is halle berry still that hott?


dari Says:

Another extended first set in the first round for an American
;)


Eric Says:

allez gael…


Daniel Says:

Natalie just won. I was hoping for Nicole, fell in love in Moulin Rouge, red heads!:)


Kimmi Says:

querrey OUT!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Querry is such a frustrating player! And what is wrong with Fish? I guess if I’m going to root for an American, it’ll be Isner. All he’s got is a serve, but at least with him you know what you’re going to get.


Kimmi Says:

federer to come. LETS GO FED!!


dari Says:

Poor Sam, poor bracket :(
Monfils may be making us all eat our words


Kimberly Says:

Querrey just looks like he doesn’t care. Well kimmi in see you have stakhovsky moving in that section yes. Good pick.


Daniel Says:

Unbelievable Debakker! His mind must be 50 years on limbo.

The problem is Monfils isn’t going to do any harm. He is winning this on experience, if he is not going down today, pretty soon.


jane Says:

Querrey is out! Monfils comes back from the brink and saves my pool, at least it’s not totally dry. :)


Eric Says:

Don’t count on Isner for anything. his form last week was pathetic.


jane Says:

Daniel, I haven’t seen Nicole in Rabbit Hole, but I did see Natalie and she was phenomenal. However, Jennifer Lawrence is truly a revelation in “Winter’s Bone”, an esoteric but totally underrated film that people should see. It’s just so. good. Congrats to Colin; still need to see King’s Speech.


Kimmi Says:

La monf! thanks kimberly. at least i got one correct.

fish making a come back?


jane Says:

Monfils turned it around, or more like de bakker came out of the over half baked. Flop. Oops Thiemo. Back to the drawing board. Up two sets serving for the match, you wanna pull those out. But even the top guys have unravelled from time to time, well most of them.


jane Says:

over should be oven. Ruined my metaphor. :)

Going to watch Fed and Lacko because Lacko is supposedly cute, per conty. Ooo wicked rally from Fed.

“Social Network won” – okay Daniel, you’re on the mark. Time to put some money down on the tennis!


dari Says:

FIRE Chris mckendry


Daniel Says:

Jane,

Didn’t saw Rabbit Hole either, Natalie totally deserve it.

The problem is, the Oscar will go exactly like this, I just hope they give Inception one of Best Original Screenplay, Soundtrack or Editing. Hans Zimmer Score was amazing, my ringtone is BRRRRRRRRRRR! BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR…

Fed started strong but let a 0-30 game slip away where he could impose himself right from the beggining.


Kimberly Says:

Worst choke I’ve seen in awhile by debakker. Maybe fish is coming back.


dari Says:

what a forehand for the break, rog. love it


Eric Says:

Wow Hanescu’s net play was atrocious in that game. What on earth happened…


Kimo Says:

From early on in the match, some of the strokes Roger hit are pretty impossible.


Daniel Says:

Fed’s forehand is on fire!


jane Says:

Okay dari Christian totally has an accent; I was clearly not paying attention before. GOD he is so hot. Phew. Fans self copiously.

conty, Lacko is okay on the eyes too, but not amazing or anything. :) Fed will win easily by the looks of it; everything firing on all cylinders thus far.


Daniel Says:

Wow, the drops are on fire also.


Kimo Says:

Everything is working for Roger. First set wrapped in 22 minutes :)


Kimmi Says:

what a set rog..bring some more :))))


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Clinic from Fed in set 1.


dari Says:

whoever said lacko was a looker- im not impressed

as for roger’s tennis. VERY impressed

i stopped watching the awards, what’s the rundown?


Andrew Miller Says:

22 minutes. Unreal. Lacko seems like a good player too, some Baggy in him. Fish locked in a fifth set.


Eric Says:

Wow, 6-1? I stopped watching at 2-1 and it looked like Lacko might hold serve a couple of times before Fed broke through. Guess not. Our man is here to play! :)


Andrew Miller Says:

Is it me or does Lacko sport the Baggy style of play?


Daniel Says:

Seems like Fed is hitting the ball exactly where he wants and how he wants, a lot of variety of spin, power, placement…


Kimmi Says:

how did lacko bagel rafa! so far i dont think we will see fed being bageled! keep going rog


Kimo Says:

Roger’s back is acting up. I know it. He never grunts when serving.

I hope I’m wrong.


Kimmi Says:

davydenko in danger of losing. he is down 2-1 sets and a break


Kimo Says:

Ok. False alarm.


Daniel Says:

There is a long time since Fed last played 10 games in a row like this, amazing!


Kimmi Says:

kimo – federer does grant sometimes when he serves, I ahve heard him doing that so many time. no biggy!


dari Says:

kimo- please, no back scares.
if it means anything, i have heard roger grunt a few times on a serve.
and he is trying some different things on his serve now, maybe a little grunt comes out of a bigger effort :)


Daniel Says:

His serve percentage is actually low, Kimo may have a point.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

This is just brilliant play from Fed. He’s giving Lacko nothing to work with.
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this kind of magic.


Daniel Says:

Tennis lesson’s for free, admission ticket.


Daniel Says:

Damm, 2 bad calls and he is break!


Kimmi Says:

lacko breaks. some great challenge there!

lets go fed!


Kimo Says:

Kimmi Says:

“kimo – federer does grant sometimes when he serves, I ahve heard him doing that so many time. no biggy!”

In the USO final of 2009, Fed played magnificently in the first set. In the beginning of the 2nd set he grunted on serve for the very first time and was never the same for the rest of the match. He double faulted 11 times. He said he was fine afterwards, but I doubt it.

I dunno. I have to keep my eye on him for a while to be sure.


Kimo Says:

LOL, the crowd was hoping for a tweenie there :DDD


Gannu Says:

Wow…feels so happy to see feddy bear play so well!! Hope our man gets his 17th one on jan 30th!


jane Says:

Okay Fed and Roddick are utterly cruising, but so many of us thought Davy was back; I picked him to the semis versus Nole. But now he is in very real danger of going out – just 4 or so games away. Wow, upset city today.


Gannu Says:

lacko getting “whackoed” ;-)

Emperor at his majestic best!


Kimmi Says:

OK federer! another 25 minutes, i can go to bed :)


jane Says:

Lacko is lacking … sorry, just couldn’t resist.


Kimo Says:

2 sets in 51 minutes. Loving it so far.

TBH, Lacko is much better than the scoreboard suggests, but Fed is a bad match up for him. Lacko hates variety, and he’s up against the master of variety. Lacko likes his rallies to be fast paced exchanges from the baseline. Fed is throwing the entire stroke arsenal at him. He doesn’t stand a chance.


Gannu Says:

Yes kimmi…and i can work ;-) I am in office and watching this.. ;-)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Davydenko is destroying my bracket!!


dari Says:

Yes! At least my pick f. Gil came thru 9-7 in the fifth!


Eric Says:

Damnit, I had Davydenko up through the third round against Verdasco…


Kimo Says:

Fed is running after balls a lot more than he used to in the past. I think that’s Annacone’s influence.


jane Says:

Davy breaks and now is broken back … can he survive? Doesn’t look like it. But it does look like Fish may come through. I feel a little sorry for Lacko; routs like this must be awful for the one on the other side of the net, and i stopped watching because it was not too exciting, for me anyhow…


Kimmi Says:

WHAT A RALLY FROM FED! Great to watch this guy!


contador Says:

Gannu! high fives!!

unfreaking believable!

wow wow-o. watching fed god mode tonight.

lovely lacko fighting back this 3rd set…but what a fed lob point!!

davy might be losing….


Kimmi Says:

pity! fed did not break there. C’mon fed!


contador Says:

davy remains a bracket killer. nail in the coffin.


Gannu Says:

Yes contador high fives… Damn happy to see our man playing so well.. he has to maintain for another 2 weeks for the time being ;-)


Kimmi Says:

he needs to take those break points in this third set though. go fed!


contador Says:

oops fed….don’t lose all those bp’s

nice service game feddy but close this out in straights, please.

and fish wins! it’s a miracle


dari Says:

mardy saves my bracket and himself a lot of heartbreak.
way to go, fish!
sorry vic.


dari Says:

c’mon roger. stay focused. finish this up fasst!


dari Says:

who’s the guy next to severin in fed’s box?
little bit bigger of a guy, kinda tan, usually wears his jacket zipped up high?


SkeEzeRWeezer Says:

Hi yall!

Fed reverting back to sit at neutral baseline here in the 3rd. Hope he knows what he is doing. Possibly knows he can handle Lacko from the long baseline rallies…so? Like that attackin stuff earlier. Go Fed!


Gannu Says:

BP cnversion in 3rd set has been bad for feddy bear ;-(


Gannu Says:

WOWO what a backhand!


Gannu Says:

Sublime!


Kimo Says:

The “Serena foot-fault line judge” is judging the left sideline in the Fed-Lacko match.


Kimmi Says:

great break fed! serve for the match!


Kimo Says:

Great match from Fed. Wouldn’t change a thing.


SkeEzeRWeezer Says:

How did this guy get a Bagel on Rafa? Is he that good or is Fed in the “OuTer LimiTs”? Two breadsticks….go Fed! This fan is impressed. Bring on Simon!


contador Says:

got it finally fed!

now serve it out, c’mon.

matchpoints….okay got it!!!

wasn’t the tan, bigger guy zipped up annacone


contador Says:

dimitrov smokin’ golubev…..


dari Says:

Way to go Rrroger!


dari Says:

conty- other side!


skeezerweezer Says:

“Classic” post on court interview from Fed! Class Rog…all class…good luck here on…


Kimmi Says:

contador – dimitrov what??? Go Grigor!


Kimo Says:

Skeeze, he is pretty good, but the way Fed is playing today, he didn’t have a chance. Rafa is a decent match-up for him, but Fed is too much.


Gannu Says:

yeps skeez classic interview by Fed. Fed is all class.. ;-) Love him to death ;-)

So its gonna be one amazing two week journey again i guess through the slam matches with all you fed fans ;-)


TGiT Says:

The big guy on the left his Roger’s physio and the guy on the right is Annacone.


Kimmi Says:

unfortunately i have to SLEEP! its not healthy kimmi to stay up the whole night and then work the whole day tomorrow. grrrrr!


dari Says:

Ok, I think we all know who anacone is!
TGIT, Thx. I kinda figured that, because I have seen him for a while, but he is bigger than I would expect.
Name? Is he the French one, former tour physio?


contador Says:

no stream on court 10, but yeah dimitrov took first set 6-1….keep it going grigor! 2-2 2nd set.

oh, that was the guy TGIT. but what a performance by fed!

now lu needs to wear out simon a lot but not quite beat him so i can stay in the suicide draw.


dari Says:

Roddick looking good, too. Ought to sleep, though I want to see Djoko.


contador Says:

was it mirka? j/k


dari Says:

Kohls making a comeback!


Kimmi Says:

florian mayer is a very tricky player. he spins a lot of shots. and got a good net game too. davy probably found it difficult to live with that kind of play.

Hope davy bounces back!


Kimmi Says:

me too, sleep time. good night all.


dari Says:

Yeah conty, that’s who it was!
I think I saw her mouth “wow” when they cut to her after he won match point.


Kimmi Says:

hope dimitrov wins. good luck young man


jane Says:

Dimitrov cruised through the first set, but Golubev may be coming back in the second; interesting too that Wawa is down a break too. Kohls is coming back. Troicki no probs so far. Rod lost as many games as Fed: 5.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Davy out? Tell me that didn’ t hurt someones bracket..ugh!


contador Says:

grigor gets the second set break ….now hold! and he does! 5-3 dimitrov in the second….break him again for the set!

florian mayer over davy. the end. never make tennisx’er leaderboard now, lol….


Steve Says:

Roger absolutely amazing, back to his best like in 2004-2007, possibly!

I don’t prefer to be so harsh but I’m absolutely disgusted by Roddick’s play (ok that’s harsh…), he should know he will never beat the top 5 playing like this and therefore I think he should start playing matches in an aggressive manner. Ok, he still has a few matches to practice but there was no intention whatsoever.

Anyhow, Fed played delicious!!!!!!


contador Says:

okay no ….grigor must be having more trouble with golubev. no surprise. or his foot is off the gas…

but NO choking when serving for set! c’mon grisha


dari Says:

OH good, wawa back on serve


contador Says:

he got it! 2 sets to dimitrov….one more and i won’t care my brackets are shattered. big win for the bulgarian if he can do it!


jane Says:

double bagel for Bartoli. Tursonov has turned tables on Troicki in the second set. Dimitrov should beat Golubev in straights; man I should have gone back and changed my picks after the quallies were put in. Kohls broken back in the 5th; Montanes and Brown on serve in the 5th.


jane Says:

Well I am not doing too badly on quallies: didn’t get Dimitrov as didn’t know, but I got Mahut right. Montanes just beat Brown 7-5 in the 5th, Kohls still locked in it, Berdych is cruising…


contador Says:

can’t remember the details of my wta picks….woz for the trophy …

and i can’t tell yet if changing picks after they were slotted helped or not.

dimitrov wins in straights!

trying to stay up for simon v lu match but fighting to stay awake.


margot Says:

Huh! All right for u guys, u gotta be an insomniac to watch from the UK ;)
Yep, skeeze, thanx Davy, that’s me screwed :=(
jane, saw “The King’s Speech” thought it very, very good, sad, moving, extremely well acted and I’m no Royalist; apart from my taxes making them live in a goldfish bowl seems cruel to me. Thought “Avatar” rubbish and “Hurt Locker” over-hyped, not seen SN.


Eric Says:

Ouch, Wawa up 0-40 but couldn’t convert any of the BPs. :(


jane Says:

Wawa is a bit of a grinder; seemed like that match took a long time, or maybe I am just tired. And Simon just lost the first set. Oh well, off to sleep.


Gannu Says:

Wow India’ Sania Mirza takes the first set against Henin 7-5.. very impressed.. well done Sania


mat4 Says:

Watching the results and waiting for the Nole match. Dodig has won the first set against Karlovic. It’s not over, but it seems fine.

We soon will know what to expect from Djoko.


dari Says:

Nole had has “only lose 5 games” match too! I only saw a little but he looked great as well! The serve is on!


mat4 Says:

Watched the match and compared its stats with the match Federer – Lacko, that I didn’t see. Look very similar.

The serve seemed good, although it could be a bit more precise: fastest 206 km/h, average first 194 km/h, it is about 10 km/h faster thant three months ago.

The FH isn’t working well enough, though it is deep and well angled.

I noticed that Nole is trying to follow good shots to the net more than he did.


mat4 Says:

Dodig just made a break in the 5th.


contador Says:

Jane, i like “lacko” ….he was able to bagel rafa. not easy to do even if rafa had a fever. plus i “fancy” lacko as the quiet charming type and it’s a hair thing? he’s not christian bale but i don’t think anyone in the atp achieves that level of movie star looks – i prefer athletes (with some brains) over pretty boys ( with brains tho actors often don’t need much) any day. like djoko – not a pretty boy but …very fun watching and huge heart abd personality.

as actors go i like anything with kevin spacey or especially javier bardem….not exactly hot maybe but…penelope cruz and i agree about him…lol…anyone able to pull off a role like he played in, “no country for old men,” and make me feel sympathetic toward his character is sort of brilliant imo. i think it’s the voice and eyes too? i dunno. it all varies.

but i also think dolgo is “cute” so, there you go. okay. it’s dolgo’s tennis i actually like…very cute serve : )

they have not updated the bracket challenge, i see. but, still i suck. picking davy and going “patriotic” was not a good idea.

simon won in 4. was hoping lu would have taken him to 5. watching simon match when i fell asleep…..wow, simon is speedy and in good form. he better be tired or he’s a problem .

last match of the morning: dr. ivo losing to dodig and yet it is amazing, looking at ivo’s “winners” and ace count…poor ivo.


grendel Says:

“Fed reverting back to sit at neutral baseline here in the 3rd. Hope he knows what he is doing.”

Skeezer, actually, I thought that was encouraging from Fed. He’d come down from the extraordinary standards of the 2nd set (which itself was a slight comedown from 1st) and didn’t – as he has been doing last couple of years or so – try and brazen his way thru, but played calm and waited for the Lacko errors to come. That bodes well for the future.
mat4 – the stats may be similar, that’s all. Federer’s tennis was simply unworldly, but I do understand why this doesn’t appeal to those who are mainly keen on competition. My son and I clash on this.
after busily watching scoreboard in qualies, missed the Dimitrov match! sounds like the boy gave a good account of himself – surely they’ll show him v. WaWa.
re Tanasugan being “fat and slow” – she was carrying quite a big injury. de Bakker, too, I saw with a slight limp at one stage, which might account for his collapse.
jane, I second margot on Kings Speech which I saw yesterday with younger son. We were both very touched. I have to hide my face sometimes, I don’t know with what success. Just out of curiosity, I asked him what his schoolfriends (he’s 15) made of royalty, and the answer was interesting – neither pro nor anti, they are barely aware it exists. It is indifference, not hostility, which will bring it down – it will just fade away like some thin mist. I think that is a pity because I rather like the unreal. Elder son is starting a film society at Uni for HK films. I hope he has better success than he does with us.
Talking of Natalie Portman, saw her other day as a child actor in Leon – another touching film, mainly due to the French gangster. Unusual for a child star to become adult star? Also agree with you about Winters Bone (lovely title..). Sometimes minority films can be a bit precious, but this was tough and textured and utterly real – can’t see it ever being popular, though.


grendel Says:

Contador – I thought Lacko was very composed, he did not get down on himself, kept his humour and nearly came back in the 3rd. I hope he goes places, and don’t see why he shouldn’t – he has a decent game, a powerful fh and an excellent temperament.

Agree with you about Javier Bardem – only seen him in that film, but what a presence. That brooding presence, as a male, I can feel the erotic charge without of course wanting to act upon it – but that’s not just a dispassionate observation. There’s a tremendous physicality about him which you can’t help responding to – all the more so because he appears to be utterly unaware of it himself. And this, too, gives force to his peculiar moral sense, which comes across in a very disturbing way, at least it did for me anyway.

Really look forward to Fed/Simon – reckon that’s going to be more than 3 sets. What about Dimitrov, eh? I suppose he may have been lucky in the sense that as a qualifier, he was absolutely match tight unlike his oppoenent. He won’t have that advantage against WaWa – but you’ve got to give him a small chance?


grendel Says:

been looking at Djokovic’s match on tape – should revise my earlier comment. It is true when Federer is on he is simply – as SG once put it – surreal, there is nobody like him either now or in the past so far as I can see. But he is always beatable – if he comes off that pedestal, danger tends to loom. And Djokovic looked pretty awesome today. He’s going to take some stopping by anyone imo. He’ll enjoy the stronger competition (Troicki, Almagro) which will simply strengthen him, and he will only be tested, I would guess, in the quarters. With Davy out, the danger man may be Verdasco, not Berdych. Verdasco looked very impressive, maybe he too has found his form at the right time. This looks like being an exciting open – 4 (the usual) players who stand almost equally good chances of winning and 2 more (Soderling and Verdasco) who could do some serious upsetting. At a pinch, might go all the way, at least Soderling.


margot Says:

oi u Fed fans, film talk is consolation for us wot don’t support him. If u talk film u must support Andy and Nole or we’ll send dodgy men with violin cases to duff u up….
but TV another matter, Grendel did u c Zen? Couldn’t follow first one, had to have it explained!…..but have really enjoyed rest and OMG Rufus Sewell..suited and booted……….oooph….


MalaMo Says:

I just don’t think Fed will have any problems with Simone on Wednesday…his confidence is so high, it’ll be a completely different ball game from their last two meetings. I’m going with Fed in three.


tennis coach Says:

Novak impressive!


jane Says:

margot, grendel, thanks for your takes on “King’s Speech”; I have had plans to see it twice but life stepped in. Also, glad to hear you agree about “Winter’s Bone” grendel: the sense of pace and place in that film are special, the uncle – his acting! – and Lawrence, who is a revelation, the way she takes that family (that role) and throws it on her back and carries it. She was a joy to behold. Southern gothic, it seemed.

conty, agree with you that brains are of the essence. But Christian Bale – a Welsh man – is no pretty boy actor! I know he did that one mainstream thing in Nolan’s batman, but overall, his roles testify to his thoughtfulness, as do his interveiws. I liked Spacey best in Usual Suspects. Agree with you on Bardem, such a great actor and those eyes, so soulful it’s like you could fall into them. I think that’s why in No Country, when he plays that soul-less killer, that void coming at you, he’s so startling. How could those eyes be blank. Yet there are. Terrifying!

Athletes can sometimes seem brainless, which is why I like Murray and Nole because I like their characters. Nole’s favorite film was not Gladiator, but was Slumdog Millionaire – speaks volumes these things. :) Murray is clever on and off the court, with his wry (even sly) interviews. In fact these two may lack the very singlemindedness of some champions, which could be good or bad. Good because they seem so interesting; bad, in that they may not be focused enough? Although surely J-Mac had other things on his mind besides tennis, and has always seemed a well rounded type to me, what with his talk show, rock band et al. Then again who knows.

mat4 thanks for the update on Nole’s match; will have to tape or stay up for the next one. I hope he can go one round further maybe, and smash, wham bam into Fed in the semis. Maybe even, gasp, win!? Although Fed did look superlative. Still, the heart screams – Go Nole!!!! Go Murray!!!!! :))) Let’s be villains and upset the Fedal so many want. mawhahaha.


mat4 Says:

Grendel, I just compared the stats, mainly because of the speed of serve, just like I said, I didn’t watch Fed because of the time zone. That stats don’t mean much, I agree.

Jane, I think that Nole can play much better. I know that sometimes, with his way of destroying the opponent’s game, playing according the circumstances, one has the impression that the guy over the net is out of shape and has a false understanding of the match, but I still think he can do better. [By the way, Granollers served well, tried to play from the baseline, then to be more aggressive and go to the net, but nothing worked: a few lobs were spectacular.]

The rebound was slow and high, so Nole managed to be at the right place for the BH, that he played quite well (lot of winners down the line). But I think that he can step into the court a bit, because the FH is maybe to short. It seems different with the new racket. Expecting the analysis of experts.


Eric Says:

“re Tanasugan being “fat and slow” – she was carrying quite a big injury. de Bakker, too, I saw with a slight limp at one stage, which might account for his collapse.”

Well that would explain Tanasugarn. She often couldn’t make it from one doubles alley to the other quickly enough to return workmanlike shots from Sharapova, it was a little pathetic. Although she did have good, consistent shotmaking.

And about de Bakker – he definitely seemed to be just about dead in the last set. I don’t know if he was ‘injured’ per se or just sore, tired, and exhausted.


jane Says:

mat4 didn’t see the match but have looked at highlights of his play from AO 2008 and his shots, including his forehand, were very deep. At least if his forehand is short (i.e., he doesn’t want to risk hitting long and increasing errors) I hope he can take advantage of some good angles (saw more of that end last year, I thought) and of course down the lines. He needs to hold that baseline and not retreat back. He’s best from there, dictating. Anyhow … hoping for a good showing. That it’s only round one and he can play better is not a bad thing.


mat4 Says:

There is a great comment from Patrick Mouratoglou about Novak: future number 1 etc. I read it on French, but I think you can find it on Eurosport UK in English. I like Mouratoglou more and more…


mat4 Says:

Here is Mouratoglou’s comment:

“Novak Djokovic – He’s for me the number one threat to Nadal and Federer. He’s the fittest one contender, really determined and high on confidence after this triumph in the Davis Cup where he was unbeatable. And finally because he owns a very complete game.

Here is a player with “eventual next number one in the world” written on the back. It’s bad luck for him to be born in 1987 and to play at the same period as the two giants. Hewitt was luckier and got to sneak in the throne between the Sampras-Agassi era and the Nadal-Federer’s one.”

And the link for Novak’s fans:

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/patrick-mouratoglou/article/1049/


Eric Says:

Oh please. Agassi had some of his best results – almost half of both his slams and masters crowns – in the period when Hewitt was in the top 5, although they only played twice (in 2004 and 2005, after Agassi’s second prime). And Hewitt and Sampras played together seven times (mostly in 2000 – when Sampras was still great) and split them 4-3 in Sampras’ favor.

And as for Federer, Hewitt simply peaked earlier; he was one the first of the now-common teenage superstars. Federer needed more time to develop mentally.

There was no “sneaking in between eras.”


grendel Says:

Eric – re de Bakker, this is Monfils’ take (from the staff on new thread):“I think he get tighter and then start to struggle physically… But I know Thiemo a bit. I know sometimes he snap in the head. It’s a weakness for him. So we play with that.” I wonder what Monfils sounds like in French – he’s a real honey-pot in English.

mat4
I don’t know Djokovic’s game that well. But if he can really play better, as you say, then everyone else had better watch out. To me, he had grandslam winner written all over him. Trouble is, there are one or two other like that….
margot – I really enjoyed the Wallanders (both Swedish versions and even the Kenneth Branagh wasn’t bad) and on the strength of that, gave Zen a look in. Not altogether sure about the logic – after all, English production. Yeah, tortuous plots – definitely helps not to fall asleep because watching tennis at all hours. I have a slightly different take on Sewell to you – but he has a nice twinkle in his eye and I suspect if he didn’t have his mother living with him, he’d have dirty washing all over the floor – man of my owb heart. b.t.w. re Avatar which you say is rubbish. But rubbish can be enjoyable sometimes, like crisps or pop or cartoons, and I saw it in the imax in Bradford, and I found it visually stunning, the 3d really worked for me. Don’t ever want to see it again, mind. but nor do I want to regurgitate my crisps. They did a satisfactory job first time round….incodentally, if Murray is as impressive as his buddy Djokovic, you’ve got nothing to worry about.


skeezerweezer Says:

“The rebound was slow and high”……is this really the synopsis for court conditions this year? If so, seems like Rafa country to me….and his fans should be very happy….


mat4 Says:

Grendel: I think so, though it is probably just my impression.

skeezerweezer: heard it from Mauresmo, and noticed Djoko’s consistency on his BH.


mat4 Says:

skeezerweezer: “heard it”, because it is a video clip on Eurosport FR.


skeezerweezer Says:

@mat4

Got it thanks.


dari Says:

grendel- what’s a honey pot?


grendel Says:

dari – shall we say, a sweet and slightly loopy charmer?

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