Roddick, Federer Cruise, “B”-Squad Americans Struggle at Australian Open
by Staff | January 17th, 2011, 11:03 am
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The opening day in Melbourne looked like a microcosm of American tennis over the last few years, with Andy Roddick cruising, and the U.S. “B” squad struggling to stay around.


Roddick walked past Czech Jan Hajek 6-1, 6-2, 6-2, but fellow American and No. 18 seed Sam Querrey exited 8-6 in the fifth set against Poland’s Lukasz Kubot. Querrey looked to struggle on a blustery day in cooler conditions that Roddick described as “a bit weird.” Querrey exits in the first round on the heels of a fourth-round exit last year.

No. 16 seed Mardy Fish quickly found himself down two sets against Romanian Victor Hanescu, but threw in some aggressive serve and volley play to fight back 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.

“When I went off to my match, Mardy was trailing two sets and it did not look good,” Roddick said. “But he pulled it out and it was a great effort. I tell you what — Mardy would not have won that match two years ago.”

The few number of overall American men in the draw took a further hit when vaunted comer Ryan Harrison unceremoniously exited to unheralded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in straight sets.

Among the Top 10 seeds, world No. 2 Roger Federer looked unhindered in a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 win over a potentially tough opponent, Slovak Lukas Lacko. Other Top 10 winners, all in straights, were Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych and Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco.

No. 12 seed Gael “Force” Monfils looked like an early out when he went down 0-2 sets against Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker, but he kept his head against an opponent who has trouble finishing.

“I think he get tighter and then start to struggle physically,” said Monfils, who dropped three games in the last two sets. “I find a solution and then just dive on it. I just try to play simple, hold it, like move him a bit, he knows I can run. So it was just basic stuff in my mind. 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.”

Also on the upset tip, German Florian Mayer ousted No. 23 seed Nikolay Davydenko in four sets. No. 25 Al Montanes survived a meeting with German-Jamaican Dustin Brown 7-5 in the fifth.

Unseeded winners of note into the second round were Gilles Simon, Tommy Robredo, Kei Nishikori, Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, Philipp Kohlschreiber (d. fellow German Tomas Kamke in five), and Nicolas Mahut.

Federer spoke on next playing the Frenchman Simon, who he has struggled against in the past.

“It’s up to me to mentally try to forget those matches or remember the good things I did, because both matches we did play against each other were close,” Federer said. “I mean, one no excuses but I came in, it was the back issue at the Masters. But, look, he played well. He was on a great run there, playing the finals I think in Madrid, beating Rafa there. So he’s beaten the best in the world really. If he can do it once, he always feels he can do it again, which he did against me.”

Matches to look for Tuesday on the men’s side in Melbourne include (1) Rafael Nadal vs. Brazil’s Marcos Daniel, David Nalbandian vs. Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic vs. Jeremy Chardy, Karol Beck vs. (5) Andy Murray, Philipp Petzschner vs. (13) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, “The” Donald Young vs. (15) Marin Cilic, Dudi “Where’s My Car?” Sela vs. Juan Martin Del Potro, Jarkko Nieminen vs. (7) David Ferrer, and (24) Ernests Gulbis vs. Benjamin Becker.


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168 Comments for Roddick, Federer Cruise, “B”-Squad Americans Struggle at Australian Open

van orten Says:

if simon beats federer he ll win the tournament without losing a set..crazy ? i know


TGiT Says:

I hate Cahill on ESPN. He has decided the WTF finals do not count because the surface is so bad. Just because his beloved Rafa did not win.

Chump!


RogerFan Says:

TGiT – so glad you voiced that – I was incensed as well! That’s some messed-up logic. The other guy (don’t know his name) asks – so you think they should change the surface for Rafa? Cahill hesitated, and I am sure he thought they should, but he thought better to come right out to say it!


funches Says:

Or maybe he realizes the surface was Rafa’s worst and Federer’s best, as he stated.

So basically you’re saying you hate anyone who disagrees with you. It’s a hard way to live.


RogerFan Says:

Even so, he says he doesn’t count that one in the head to head because of the surface. So he is making up the rules for the h2h to come out in Rafa’s favor. That’s pretty mind-boggling to be a commentator and be so biased.


van orten Says:

the surfacee at the AO doesn´t suit nadal better than federer…people even experts should understand that both can win this tournament…and both can lose it even before the final ..


Kimberly Says:

the de bakker choke was so awful and actually painful to watch


TGiT Says:

No, he never said it is Federer’s best and Rafa’s worst. That would be reasonable. He simply said the whole WTF didn’t count. Like magic.

I don’t hate you.


Kimberly Says:

van orten—agreed but then they would have nothing to talk about.


El Flaco Says:

Funches is the one who made a very condescending comment directed at posters here before the start of the U.S. Open saying Rafa had no chance. In his mind everyone was foolish for entertaining the possibility Rafa could win. He disappeared for quite a while after looking so foolish.


skeezerweezer Says:

For you fredquimby, wherever you are:

“fredquimby Says:

Lukas Lacko, who’s no slouch, to take out Federer in R1…. remember you read it here first!”

10-4, remembered….


TGiT Says:

Skeezer-

I remeber that one. Where are these crystal ball posters when they miss?


Skeezerweezer Says:

TGiT,

Yes! How dare they try to take away Sean Randall ‘s spectacular predictions. This is Sean’s house! Lol…

Not one to save posts, but couldn’t help that one :)


van orten Says:

now i know why cahill did not become feds coach:
he is a nadal fan and waits for uncle toni to retire ;-)


Nina Says:

Djokovic also cruised against Granollers and many people are now comparing him to his 2008 version. Is the old Nole self resurrected? I hope so. But next tests Troiki and Verdasco won’t be easy.

Interesting things about Nole’s match: his backhand was working perfectly, he won many points with it. I got to see a lot of those awesome bh down the line, his signature shot. His groundstrokes were crisp and accurate, forehand misfired a little, but otherwise good. Looks like the new head speed racket is giving him some extra edge because he was serving at an average speed of 194kmh, 7 aces, very good placement. Overall he looked very dangerous. I’m dying for a rematch of the USO semis 2010 against Fed.


Kimmi Says:

glad to verdasco winning his first match. he thinks he is playing well again. we will see!

next is tipsarevic!


Kimmi Says:

glad to “see”


dari Says:

well, we’re off to another day at the AO. I am excited to see how rafa is playing, though we know that the first matches aren’t always so indicative. ;)


grendel Says:

“I’m dying for a rematch of the USO semis 2010 against Fed.”
Is that because you feel Djokovic hasn’t got sufficient recognition for that victory, whereas beating a clearly in form Federer now could hardly be ignored and might even suggest Djokovic has Fed’s number?


grendel Says:

Contador and Kimmi

This is a nice article on Dimitrov, following his 1st round victory, by Steve Tignor. Contador, about halfway down the article, on your right, you’ll see a reference to a piece on Fognini by the same author. Definitely worthy of a chuckle or two.


skeezerweezer Says:

Nina,

I am not worried about Novaks ground game, imo his best attribute, along with an outstanding return game. That serve and transition game from the service line on in to net play is imo what is holding him back, as well as maybe a better “tactical” plan when playing the top guys.
But then who in the &@!*(? am I…What do I know? :)
Well…….saying that,,,,,,confidence cures a ton of ills.. This is not being overly critical, its just I am a fan of his also ( disclaimer; 2nd to Fed of course )and love his technique on his groundies. When he gets “it”, he’ll be #1.


Kimmi Says:

grendel – love the article. really looking forward to see this kid play. the court was not televised yesterday, hopefully they will have him on one of the show courts tomorrow. he plays a big name wawrinka.


Kimmi Says:

B. tomic is pummeling chardy at the moment. I should have picked the australian sensation..


dari Says:

I picked tomic.
Commentator just said Rafa’s opponent Marcos Daniel is 1-22 career on hard courts. I guess we really won’t get to see how Rafa is playing!


Kimberly Says:

Shoot, I picked chardy, I think forna few rounds too.

I see the new serbian girl won her match.


Kimmi Says:

rafa is on song!!

i am watching date-krumm vs radwanska, an interesting match. looks like the 40 year old krumm will beat a 21 yr old radwanska..amazing hey?


dari Says:

You BETTER call the trainer after a set like that.


Daniel Says:

Well Rafa serve is definitly only for the Grand Slam, he is serving like US open again.

I feel embarassed by my fellow Brazilian, he is not in at all. The problem with the lower ranked players is that when they have no belief they lose extremelly awfull.


NELTA Says:

I think Nadal will get the triple bagel. This guy Daniel is horrible. The commentator said he has 1 win and 22 losses on hardcourt in his career. I did not verify if this stat is correct. Daniel won only 4 points in the 1st set. Wow.


Kimmi Says:

bagel! i am getting a feedback from my commentator that daniel won just 4 points in the first set. the bull is here to stay!


Eric Says:

That is almost as bad as when Gulbis won only three points in the second set against Simon last week. :)


Kimmi Says:

so, rafa grandslam serve is back..be afraid everyone.


Eric Says:

And stupid Chardy… Tomic will definitely rise into the top 20 or 30 within 2011 or 2012, I think, but tonight needn’t have been his moment. I guess Lopez will beat him next round but still… I think Jeremy was a bit hungover or something; so many double faults, so many UEs…


Daniel Says:

And he made 2 DF in 4 service games so far, which means he is forcing serve, going for it. I am sure he doesn’t want to play two best of 5 in semis and finals as he did last time he won AO.


Kimmi Says:

australia sensantion tomic beats chardy in straights set.

date krumm with double break..poor radwanska, apparently she is coming back from the injury. stress fracture injury..


Kimmi Says:

federer was wondering “why doesnt rafa serve like that all the time?”


Daniel Says:

This smash even I can hit:)


Gannu Says:

nadal’s draw is a joke.. just chking again.. its full of fellow chokers and spaniards.. yuck… feels that draws are rigged these days.. everytime nadal gets the fellow spaniards in their quarters…!


skeezerweezer Says:

dari,

“Marcos Daniel is 1-22 career on hard courts.”…

hahahahaha…

skeezer; “should be a cracker”.

@margot,

No fair..I see you have two entries in the challenge….lol….and on top of that you are kickin butt…go margot!


skeezerweezer Says:

Next round for Rafa: Cahill


dari Says:

Get off the court daniel


skeezerweezer Says:

This guy either does not want to move, can’t move, afraid to move, doesn’t know how to move, oh…wait….thank goodness…over to the womens match and it’s during a changeover…whew! Oh wait back to Rafa…and the guy has taken knee bandage off his knee……now we will see some real tennis. Geez…feel bad for the guy now..


Kimmi Says:

i think daniel will hold here….


Eric Says:

This is truly disgraceful. He should get off the effing court if he isn’t even going to try.


Kimmi Says:

sorry, i was watching another match. what happened to daniel..he retired. oh no, rafa needs practice. daniel should finish the match!


Eric Says:

And there he goes. Thank god.


Kimberly Says:

Daniel reties, good. Even I was not enjoying that. Worst match so far. Who knows hownrafa is playing. Anyone would have looked good against that guy. Pathetic.

Hopefully something better up next.


jane Says:

Rafa looked good, as usual. But yeah, Daniels wasn’t much to write home about, though he tried.


Daniel Says:

For Nadal a dream start. He is fresh and in round 2 already.


Daniel Says:

Nadal was very charismatic in his interview and he respected Daniel’s decison.


jane Says:

Hey I should’ve done more than one pool – margot, you are rocking the bunch!! :)


Daniel Says:

Well Kimberly, Pathetic is retiring when you are 3 games from losing, as Nadal did last year. The guy was hurting from the beggining.


Kimmi Says:

date krumm was 2 breaks up before radwanska injury time out. now back on serve..she cant keep the ball on court.


dari Says:

Oh, nice. My pick ebden taking a set from Russell. There is still hope!


Kimberly Says:

Daniel, if nadal was hurt and concerned about his knees he should have retired that minute. I was referring to the entire match as pathetic. I the guy was hurt he should have pulled out and let a lucky loser play.

Radwanskas trainer may have done the trick. Feel bad for date krumm.

The people in rod laver must be seriously POed. Two terrible matches so far. I think I am plummeting in the brackets too.

Skeez, I wrote a comment on your page, I think. Just saying hi.


skeezerweezer Says:

Jane…

Yeah jane! Let’s file a protest against margot…she is wery wery sneakeee..:)

Daniel&Kimberly

Yeah that match sucked for all parties involved. Regardless, I agree Rafa looked ready to play this tourney, physically and mentally, so Kimberly you have to feel good about that :)


Kimberly Says:

Dolgopolov up a break.


skeezerweezer Says:

@Kimberly

Thanks. Where was that you wrote?


Kimberly Says:

If you look at the standings you should see points tiebreak and comments. You can write comments on your page and other peoples. Nice way to say hi to people. I think you can see all comments on a section smack talk?


Kimberly Says:

Another bad day for the americans so far.


Eric Says:

Delpo and Sela playing now. Let’s go Sela, prove my prediction right! :)


Eric Says:

Well, maybe not. Oh well.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

DelPotro started slow, missing his big forehands. Sela looked better actually for the first few games. But DelPotro seems to have found his range and confidence and is hitting some nice shots and moving well. Its early in the match, but he may be recovering fast.


scineram Says:

Delpo looks good so far. I will say it is not Nole or Mandy, who will take over the tennis world after the Fedal Era, but him. Mark my words.


Eric Says:

T.V., exactly my impressions. I actually picked Sela for the upset here in my bracket because I was unimpressed with Delpo last week and Sela is such a fighter. Of course, the match is nowhere near over, but I’m starting to regret my pick. I thought that Delpo would be making many more errors and didn’t expect his FH to be quite so cracking. Sela isn’t playing that great at the moment either.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Man, I think Sela’s playing pretty good. DelPotro is just CLUBBING some forehands now and Sela’s putting up a good fight. Vocal fans, very exciting match so far.


Eric Says:

Well, I only have one eye on the match now – I was mainly referring to the game where he lost serve and then Delpo’s following one. But now it looks like he is doing pretty well again. I hope this isn’t in straights, at least.


scineram Says:

What a second serve ace on BP!


Eric Says:

Yeah, see, that game there — that was what I expected!


dari Says:

Of course I want delpo to win, but I am just happy to see him play. Everyone just has such nice things to say about him-commentators, fellow players.
Can’t wait for him to catch back up in his tennis.
C’Mon JM, get that break back!


Kimberly Says:

I wonder what the betting odds on del port are in this tourney. I remember actually thinking they were way short last time I checked. He looks good. I think I have him winning this match and losing to baggy.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Regardless of Delpo ‘ s result, u can obviously see by his monster FH, serve and BH he is going to be Rafa’s big hurdle in the future of staying #1. He is just lacking movement and consistency from not playing., but his monster game is like no other, a new bull has arrived and Rafa better tally up th GS titles while he can. There will be a new Sheriff in town very soon.


jane Says:

Murray began strong. Disappointing that Delpo lost his lead; hard to say what will happen in this match.


jane Says:

scineram what do you mean by “take over the tennis world”? Get to number 1?


contador Says:

chardy choker!! shouldn’t say that since i didn’t see the match but he had to have assisted tomic…

just home from a long day….grrrrrrr bad day for my picks. at least i can count on rafa and hopefully murray. cilic won, yay… i quess it’s not that bad a day.

what’s wrong with ferrer in the process of getting a breadstick in the 3rd ? vamos! or is he done? as in too much tennis. or having a breather.

GO DELPO! fight. he looks tired already. dudi can run for days.

my rank is better in the wta bracket….and i barely know of the players. didn’t even bother looking at profiles or h2h!


Eric Says:

Chardy didn’t choke – that implies an inability to close. He was just never there. The third set was closest – he had 2 match points, then lost in a TB. Not really choking. Tomic was really on fire.


dari Says:

If I hadn’t “met” roger first AND Rafa wouldnt have won that Wimbledon ’08 match, I could be a massive Rafa fan.
Just saw him on an ESPN interview. Great kid.
When I SEE him speak its harder for me to distrust his humility and simplicity.
I hardly admit it, but i also love to watch him play (except for that boring wimby final this year).
My favorite thing is to watch him run out into the doubles alley on the backhand, stop, put his feet together and stretch for the shot. Every time I think its just out of his reach,he’s just too off balance, but he so often gets it in.
Ah well, my allegiance is to Mr. Federer and while I can admire Rafa for a moment here, my focus must remain with roger.
Kill em dead, fed.


Eric Says:

This tiebreak is INTENSE. Sela misses two set points…then a third…what will happen???


dari Says:

Whew! Delpo got some major luck- his return barely made it over the net then Dudi shanks the backhand
Come on, JM!


jane Says:

Dudi-where’s-my-car-Sela choked a little there; had the set on his racquet.


contador Says:

Grendel @ 7:38pm

thanks for the tignor link! lmao at his desciption of fogini!! hahaha….that’s why i love watching him…bound to be some drama, count on it!

and of course dimitrov…oh to be there last night at court #10!

thanks Eric. i know a choke but like i said, finally watching a match now. well then, good on tomic . just frustrated at my own bad picking. it’s all good. would be good to see tomic have a chance to play rafa.


jane Says:

The crowd, oddly enough, seems totally behind Dudi!


Eric Says:

contador, haha, yeah, of course. Me too – I can’t believe Tomic won, let alone in 3. Is the little brat growing up?


jane Says:

Okay I want this set to END already, :)

conty, I picked Mr. Chardy too. : /


Eric Says:

Delpo badly messing up at the net, but he’s just an iron wall on Sela’s set points. How long can this go on?


Eric Says:

UGH. I can’t believe how many set points Sela missed.


scineram Says:

Delpo wins insane tiebreak of the year. 15-13 in 20 minutes.


jane Says:

Ferrer won. Also, Andy M up a break in the second set.


Eric Says:

These players are dead level tennis-wise right now, but if that TB was any indication, Sela is just going to choke whenever he has a set in his grasp.


scineram Says:

Well, I mean Delpo could be the next number 1 after Fedal, or just being at the top with Rafa after Fed is gone. I do believe he is destined for more than Đoker or MAndy or anybody else.


margot Says:

Morning u all! Woke up very early, checked score and lo and behold Andy is still playing and on Beeb! Match looks a bit low key though and awful John Lloyd commentating!


dari Says:

MAndy sure knows how to hit a running fh, though.


jane Says:

Okay scineram. I guess we’ll see. The key will be to not get injured, obviously. I sometimes wonder if his movement could be exploited because of his size/height. So far, Murray has a v. good H2H with him @ 5:1. Murray can neutralize Delpo’s power, or has been able to in the past. Anyhow, don’t have a crystal ball, so will just have to wait it out. I am interested, anyhow, to see how Delpo makes out here; I think I put him in until the quarters, which would be a good beginning to his comeback.


margot Says:

jane: checking results :( opposite of rocking, am sinking big time eg. Had charming Mr C doing rather well…. Did WTA and did not know many, many of players so chose on basis of whether I liked their names. So someone called “Charmaine Sleepers” or similar… is also destined for gr8 things :)


jane Says:

You’re tied for second margot!


margot Says:

Was that yesterday? Cos today looks rubbish! :)


noleisthebest Says:

Right now Sean Randall is busy writing a breathless blog titled, “Rafa feeds Daniel a bagel”!

Ooops, sorry….. forgot he only does that when it’s Rafa at the receiving end……..


contador Says:

Mandy is on espn2 and yeah….he hit that running FH…really great at getting to those…faster than simon…

tough to dropshot murray too…he gets there!

dammm. no camera on court 18…..gulbis – becker . not feeling good about my picks :/ gulbis is always a rollercoaster – he’s not reliable


margot Says:

Hmm, is it me or are Andy’s ankles strapped….:(


jane Says:

Well, Andy is looking good, ankle straps or no. Like the lime green actually. You’re looking at the under-sox-wrap margot? That could just be protective. Don’t a number of players do that?


contador Says:

yay delpo!!!

ernie starting off terribly.

don’t know about andy’s ankles …is it his socks? if they are taped, it sure isn’t bothering his speed….wow. murray looking good


dari Says:

Did you see that forehand from Murray?!?! I only saw the ball case he was so far outta court. I know he moves well, but WOW.


jane Says:

conty ernie is down a break. :(


dari Says:

The wrap on Andy’ ankle, preventative or not, is more than the usual. He’s moving great, so it shouldn’t be anything to worry about.


dari Says:

Bracket is down the toilet. I never made one revision, even after the qualies filled in. :/


margot Says:

jane ‘n dari :) re socks!
Beck upped his game and giving Andy a bit of a work out….but not 2 good please ;)
So envious of u guys with loads of matches on normal tv :(


jane Says:

Beck retires; ah well, Murray would’ve won anyhow.


jane Says:

dari, I didn’t revise after the quallies were filled in either; would’ve picked dimitrov probably last night, etc. And then Davy and Querrey and Chardy all hurt me, esp Davy who I had in the quarters I think.


margot Says:

jane: me 2 re Davy. But interesting two new young players, Dimitrov and Tomic, stepping up. Tomic hyped for ages but never seen him play.
Sorry re Beck but at least Andy got a sort of match practise.


Fot Says:

This was my laugh of the day! Thanks for posting so we could remember what was said! lol!

For you fredquimby, wherever you are:

“fredquimby Says:

Lukas Lacko, who’s no slouch, to take out Federer in R1…. remember you read it here first!”

10-4, remembered….


margot Says:

skeeze@ 9.12: As 24 hours is a long time in politics, so it is a very long time in tennis. Do not worry my friend, I will be bottom in two ticks ;)


jane Says:

Delpo through with some wicked forehands.


contador Says:

trying to stay awake to see delpo win! but trying not to look at live socore…..gulbis losing…..

delpo wins!!! only picked him to win one match but would be thrilled if he went deep. he’s such a gentle giant…gotta love him.

sorry dudi…always like watching you.

will check the tourneytopia bracket damage in the morning. g’nite

may the best one win of nalby and hewitt!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Aww, man, I’m finding myself rooting for and really liking Del Po. He was very endearing in his interview with Shriver. I guess I’d like to see him do well until he gets close to playing my favorite lefty.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@margot,

Ur man looked very good today. Looks like he is ready to make a run. But so is the rest of the top 4, no?

But I for one am having a sharp eye on you ( and your twice entry ). This trickery is….well….not fair says I. Me thinks you are part of a grander scheme to secretly win the bracket challenge and thus, your ways up here are lulling us, yes especially yours truly, into a feeling of blissful tennis while you stomp on all comers involved in the ………”Bracket Challenge”.

I am hurt, felled, knickerbackered, shackled, and feel neutered. Sniff.

:)


jane Says:

Yeah, Delpo was sweet. Both Baggy and Gulbis losing… Sigh. Soda is winning though. It’s tough to get a strong sense of form in these early matches as the opponents are often so far apart in seeding or am unfamiliar with them in some cases etc. Wish Hewitt vs Nalby was at a time I could watch it. I picked Hewitt…


steve-o Says:

Go Del Potro, winning his first match in a major in nearly a year.

I’m happy he made it past round one, hope he can keep going for a while longer.


margot Says:

skeeze: how nice to have such a good laugh so early in the morning :) :) :) Brackets do not change much until final, I don’t think.
So far I’ve put good money on Chardy, Davy, Istomin and Gulbis….look what’s happened :( Must be bottom now ;)
Am sneakily doing another one far, far away and secret from tennisx and different, find them gr8 fun, and was second there, briefly. Some folk had NO points which must mean they thought Fed would lose to Lakko…tee hee, I am truly a giant among them..;)


Skeezerweezer Says:

Delpo wins one, allrighty then! Baggy loses? Gulbis too? Well, I never was good at “assuming”.

@margot
:)

Goodnight troopers too late for me….


M Says:

dari, you can be a FEDAL fan. We are a small, but selective group. :-)

We are also often maligned, but our rivals are the best in the world and get along brilliantly, and our loyalty is not misplaced.

Join us!


M Says:

What I meant to say was that our heroes whom we support are rivals who are the best in the world.

Must sleep. The AO always wreaks havoc with my sleep schedule, argh.


Gannu Says:

Clijsters double bagels safina!! wat a fall from grace


Eric Says:

Ouch… Ivanovic loss, what gives? Kudos to a new (to me) Russian though, strong skills there.


dari Says:

What a final set in the makarova/ivanovic match! Ana held off at least 6 match point for a while, but couldn’t hold out any more :/
Still some great tennis, I wish Ana the best in continued improvement.
M – thank you, but I am very happy as I am, Fed for Life ;)


Gregoire Gentil Says:

oops Dinara. oops Ivana. Different case, but tough for both.


Gannu Says:

two former no 1s lost in 1st round!!! happens!! Who can forget steffi’s loss against lori mcneil in wimbledon!


Gannu Says:

seems Tsonga is also gone! for all the hype abt tsonga being a top 10 player!


steve-o Says:

Tsonga has taken it into a fourth set. If he can manage to drag it into a fifth, who knows what will happen. He’s got the momentum of the crowd on his side now, and he’s had time to get used to Petzschner’s weird game.

It ain’t over til it’s over.


steve-o Says:

Tsonga now up 3-1 in the fifth.

Petzschner is a tricky player–he’s whippet-thin but he gets incredible pace on that flat forehand, good serve, good slice, good volleys. He gave Nadal fits at Wimbledon, also played a close straight-set match against Djokovic at USO.


Gannu Says:

You are right Steve-o.. good come back by Tsonga.. thought even he is gone!!!


Gannu Says:

Meanhwile Hewitt poised to take a two set lead.. good


Daniel Says:

Nalbandian is imploding right now. He was 2-0 and now is losing 5-2, almost losing serve to handle Hewitt the third set.


Gannu Says:

Good i atleast like Hewitt’s attitude and fighting spirit.. if he meets rafa in quarters it would be quite interesting and hewitt has beat rafa at aussie open way back ago!! ofcourse things have changed now ;-) but hewitt will atleast not choke mentally which is the best part abt him.. he will put a fight


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I only saw the first set of DelPo/Sela but I agree with Scineram and Skeezer. Whatever happens this week, DelPo is coming back and he’s coming strong. His H2H with Murray is irrelevant, all those losses were pre-breakthrough, remember what an insane learning curve DelPo took in ’09. He had huge inconsistencies yesterday but he wasn’t afraid to rip those shots. If he’s this good this soon, he’ll give Baggy a run for his money, and even if he loses, he’ll get a lot of small tournaments in before the clay starts, then a lot more matches before the French. I think he’ll be a force by then, I think he’ll be seeded (ie top 32) for Wimbledon.

Also very excited that Milos Raonic won- plus Dolgoplov and Dmitrov, a lot of exciting young blood into round two.


Kimberly Says:

i thought Delpo looked pretty good last night. you could see the rust but those powerful shots. Hmmmm, I will relook where he is in the draw. I took him out next round to Baggy but maybe further? I guess depends on where he is. Don’t know if he can take out a true top tenner.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

This blatant coaching by Nalby’s idiot- passing him an f’ing note??- is really turning me against him.


Juiz Says:

It was a tablet


Daniel Says:

At 6-6 it is the fourth straigh game with break points. Tense!


Daniel Says:

Wow! Slice backhand passing on the rumning.


dari Says:

Nalby wins it with the lob!


Daniel Says:

Fantastic lobby to win a thriller. Congrats Nalbandian!


Kimberly Says:

FOr all of those interested

Kimmi is in first place in our bracket challenge and Margot is in second!


Kimo Says:

Gannu Says:

“Clijsters double bagels safina!! wat a fall from grace”

It only shows that we were not being unjust when we were down on her when she was no.1.

According to australianopen.com, she is the first former no.1 in the Open Era to be double-bageled at a slam. What an accolade!!!


Kimberly Says:

Ivanovic lost but seems to still have positive attitude. At one point I thought she was the worst former number 1. She seems confident she will get back in top ten and I think so two.

Safina is the worst former number 1 ever. And JJ not so hot either. At least Ivanovic won a slam too.


Kimo Says:

Ivanovic was unlicky with the aodominal injury coming right before the tournament. I hope she has the maturity to not allow herself to be disappointed by such a loss.


Kimo Says:

I meant “unlucky” and “abdominal”


grendel Says:

I saw 3 points only of Delpo. He was set point down against Sela – and then proceeded to blast 3 unreturnables. That’s enough. The guy is an absolute champion. Cannot be learnt. He had it, still has it. The rest is rust. Little bit of time. Agree with Scineram – health permitting.

Tomic has grown about a metre in last couple of years, and for his size, has strangely muted serve. But the quality is at last showing, and he’s only 18. Defeat of Chardy no fluke.


jane Says:

Agree with tennis vagabond re: young bloods in round two. I am esp. happy raonic won. Delpo looked good indeed. I think i have him to the quarters in my draw. To be seeded for the french he needs a lot of points though doesnt he? He is 245 rankings. But i suppose that is not until april and there are some hard court masters coming. Re: murrays h2h with delpo, just to clarify, i believe a number of those wins were in 2009, pre & post uso win. As for whether he can keep that advantage? Time will tell.


jane Says:

Oh and nalby ruined my pool even further, but kudos to him for the win.


skeezerweezer Says:

Wow go to sleep thinkin Hewitt wins and Baggy is out, wake up and Hewitt is gone ( must have been quite a match ) and Baggy wins. He must have found out Delpo won and wants to take on the big guy…who wouldn’t? Me wants to see some more monster FH’s….should be fun :)


guy Says:

hewitt nalbandian match even better than their QF 5 setter. really did live up to the hype.


guy Says:

the match point nalbandian saved with a drop volley,quite silly


Daniel Says:

Nalby winning is great but from Nadal quarters, the only one who can give him a match is Cilic, if he gets that far. You got have a killer serve to even have a chance aganist Nadal (unless you are Davydenko), something Nalbandian doesn’t have anymore.


skeezerweezer Says:

Dang, and I have DVR..should have recorded that match :(.

@Daniel

Probably true about Nalby. But ya think Hewitt would have fared any better against Rafa?


margot Says:

grendel: thanx 4 kind comments re Andy on previous. I travel hopefully but hope I’m not still on the dang road two years from now :(
I saw Avatar in 3d at 02 arena. Think I was most upset by the dodgy politics, suddenly peaceful, gentle, blue creatures become crazed killers. Why couldn’t they have settled the whole thing with a game of chess? Agree that rubbish can be fun though, Daniel Craig as James Bond for one and also enjoyed RED with darling Dame H as an assassin, complete codswallop but such fun! Re Rufus S, the eyes have it but he’s got a nice bod. too, could’ve become a sports person, right shape.
I’m withholding judgement on Delboy, don’t think u can be quite so dismissive of Andy’s H2H as TV but I also feel Delboy will be prone to injury. That height plus that weight of shot. I seem to remember he had shoulder probs b4 wrist.
skeeze: r u “Davy Crockett”?


DavyCrockett Says:

margot,

No …….”I” am He. and AM will win.


Eric Says:

Well my bracket is totally ruined. I went with head over gut in both Hewitt-Nalby and Sela-Delpo and called both wrong. But where’s the fun in everyone making the easy picks anyway? But this will screw me deeply if Nalby and Delpo go deep…


grendel Says:

Contador:”and of course dimitrov…oh to be there last night at court #10!” Well, here’s a tiny weeny taster:
“http://www.boozho.com/view.php?v=2f336d1d” We’re getting way ahead of ourselves – but supposing Dimitrov beats WaWa. Not very likely, but suppose. Then it wouldn’t be so outlandish for him to beat Monfils, should it be him. Roddick beckons – surely a step too far, but it’s not out of the question. Then who? It’s da man. Now most non-Bulgarian people who are eagerly scritinising Dimitrov tend, for obvious reasons, to be Fed fans. Doubtless this will change once Dimitrov gets more generally known, but for the moment this is so. So suddenly we all have to do a 180 degree turn – bit uncomfortable, eh?


the_mind_reels Says:

@ Tennis Vagabond:

Calm down. As Juiz said at 8:17am, it was a tablet that Nalbandian proceeded to take with water. He was on the verge of cramping.


grendel Says:

margot – next time some crazed motorist parks his rangerover type vehicle just ahead of me, forcing me to stop; leaps out of his phallic monstrosity and comes storming across, ears wagging and face purple, I shall calmly wind down my window and politely ask him if he fancies a game of chess. I’ll let you know the response.

re Sewell’s nice bod. Yes, well, you’ll forgive me if I overlooked that, but I see what you mean. Scrum half, perhaps?

re Delpo – yes, injury may always be a problem, but we used to say that about Nadal. Frankly, he’s never injured any more, just has the odd snuffle. You sort of feel a huge frame must be vulnerable – but in practice, is it? It would be quite good to plot a graph, perhaps two. One, plotting height against injury, another plotting weight against injury. You could use the top 200 say as a reasonable sample. I wonder if we would necessarily get a straight line with a positive gradient (the intuitive suspicion) – or would the results be far more random?

About Murray/Delpo – I think Murray likes hard hitters, gives him a chance to weave his magic. But delPo is such an exceptional hitter that i doubt if this holds any more. So I would say: Murray to beat delPo if he is at all of. But if delPo is at the top of his game, he will overwhelm Murray. Mind you, is there anyone he wouldn’t overwhelm?


Kimberly Says:

Eric, my husband got hosed when davy lost, he actually picked him to the semis.

I picked Nalby to lose to Ferrer and Delpo to lose to baggy. I think Delpo may go to 4th round now til Murray. Then he will get totally dusted. Nalbandian will be exhausted by the time he gets to Ferrer so I’m still feeling good about that pick.

I however, have Le Monf beating ROddick and getting to the quarters which based on his performance (should have lost had de Bakker not done an epic choke) is a big stretch. I think he’ll go out to Wawa likely but if by some slight chance not Roddick will take care of business.


Nina Says:

Grendel said: “I’m dying for a rematch of the USO semis 2010 against Fed.”
Is that because you feel Djokovic hasn’t got sufficient recognition for that victory, whereas beating a clearly in form Federer now could hardly be ignored and might even suggest Djokovic has Fed’s number?

Yeah, exactly, you nailed it.

Also because I think both are at their best moment.

Great match between Nalby and Hewitt, already such a thriller in the first round. Amazing stuff, just gutted that Lleyton didn’t make it.

Biggest upset for me Davydenko. Gulbis was kind of expected, he’s so unpredictable, but I expected more from Kolya, specially since he was playing great again. Big disappointment.

On the girls side, shocked about Ivanovic’s loss and Dinara’s double bagel. These two are surely going through tough times. I’m sorry for both of them.

Rest of the top players cruised in their first day just like it is expected from them, but no less difficult a task. We always give so many things for granted.

PD. Why people call Andy Mandy now? is that a secret joke?


contador Says:

grendel – great get on the court #10 bulgarian video! impossible to find anything like that on youtube anymore…youtube used to have those public uploads almost as they were video’d but it seems something now prevents these videos….??

http://www.boozho.com/view.php?v=2f336d1d

steve tignor described him best…

maybe we all get ahead of ourselves with g-force…but hoping he has a great 2011. go grigor! i’ll be awake to watch him play wawa but the latest scheduled matches – federer v simon at 7pm in melbourne are impossible from my time zone. still say simon is playing his best tennis recently…not at all an easy one for federer.


margot Says:

DavyCrockett, I know u r skeeze…now just take that silly hat off ;)


contador Says:

looking at the schedule for tonight, on the wta side i see rebecca marino is playing schiavone 3rd match on margaret court….look forward to seeing how marino can do. i liked her serve is what i recall from watching her last summer.


scineram Says:

There are two Andys in the top 10 now. For disambiguation they are RAndy and MAndy.

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