Federer, Nadal Face Qualifiers Monday At Australian Open; Can Tomic Handle Pressure?
by Sean Randall | January 15th, 2012, 10:48 am
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It’s a blockbuster opening day at the Australian Open Monday. With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal no longer 1-2 in the rankings, the two superstars of tennis now have the chance opportunity to be in the same half and play on the same days at Grand Slam tournaments, and that’s what we have tomorrow.

Federer begins his bid for a fifth Australian Open title against a fellow dad and qualifier named Alexander Kudryavtsev. And good luck to the 26-year-old Russian who I’m sure will have a memorable experience in his Grand Slam debut.

Nadal plays a similarly named American, Alex Kuznetsov. The 24-year-old Kuznetsov also qualified but has some pedigree: He was a 2004 French Open junior finalist. But now Alex faces the real French champion, Nadal.

Needless to say, both Federer and Nadal should have an easy time of it as they begin their 2012 Grand Slam campaign. Of course both players are harboring injuries. Federer’s had a back problem while Nadal’s been nursing a shoulder ailment that he says is now feeling much better.

“I didn’t have the perfect preparation in Mallorca during December because I had the problem with my shoulder,” Nadal said. “I had injury for two weeks. But after that I started very slow in Abu Dhabi, and in Doha I felt much better than what I thought. It was a very positive tournament for me. I’m very happy about the week here.”

In the match of the day 19-year-old Bernard Tomic will try to step up to the big leagues against Spanish vet Fernando Verdasco. This could be Tomic’s toughest test of his young career. In prior years, Tomic has been the underdog with little expectations and nothing to lose. Now, he’s a favorite at home against Verdasco who has to be hungry for a win after a poor 2011. And Verdasco was a semifinalist at Melbourne in 2009 so he’s had success on that court. But the Australian thinks the condition, which could be warm in the afternoon, favor him.

“I think if I played him at night, it would be much slower,” Tomic said of the daytime scheduling. “I think he likes it slow. To play him during the day, where it’s a little bit quicker, and a little bit more air can get in, I think it’s better for me.

While Tomic might have the form I give Verdasco a great chance to win. Regardless, there’s little doubt Tomic’s future is bright. That said, it will be interesting to see how he handles real pressure for the first time in his pro career.

One thing is for sure, the kid sounds confident of playing Fernando.

“I think, you know, the last six months he hasn’t really done much,” Tomic said of Verdasco. “I think it’s a good time to play him.

“Fernando’s got one of the best forehands,” he assessed. “If you keep the ball to his backhand corner, he’s not going to hurt you. He serves pretty decent and he moves really well. If you attack the backhand corner, that’s what I’m going to do tomorrow.”

Also Monday, darkhorse picks Juan Martin Del Potro, Mardy Fish, John Isner, Tomas Berdych and former finalist Marcos Baghdatis are all in action. If there’s one trouble match it could be Fish against the hard-serving Gilles Muller.

Veterans Tommy Haas and David Nalbandian are also on the schedule.

For the women, top ranked Caroline Wozniacki continues her quest for a first Grand Slam title. Defending champion Kim Clijsters returns for what is her likely final trip Down Under while No. 3 seed Victoria Azarenka and 2011 runner-up Li Na lead the challengers. Youngster Laura Robson plays Jelena Jankovic in what could be a good one.

ESPN2 will have all the coverage live starting at 7pm ET after all the football games.

MONDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE

Rod Laver Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – 1st Round
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[3] v. Heather Watson (GBR)
2. Men’s Singles – 1st Round
Bernard Tomic (AUS) v. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[22]
3. Women’s Singles – 1st Round
Kim Clijsters (BEL)[11] v. Maria Joao Koehler (POR)
Rod Laver Arena 7:00 PM Start Time
1. Men’s Singles – 1st Round
Alexander Kudryavtsev (RUS) v. Roger Federer (SUI)[3]
2. Women’s Singles – 1st Round
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[1] v. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)

Hisense Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
1. Men’s Singles – 1st Round
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) v. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[11]
2. Women’s Singles – 1st Round
Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) v. Na Li (CHN)[5]
3. Women’s Singles – 1st Round
Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[10] v. Laura Pous-Tio (ESP)
4. Men’s Singles – 1st Round
Alex Kuznetsov (USA) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]


Also Check Out:
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Del Potro, Isner, WTA Qualifiers Collect Titles Entering Oz Open
John Isner Doesn’t Care That There Are No American Men In The Top 20
Tomic Dazzles, Nadal Knee Pop Monday at Australian Open
Safina, Venus Lose Opening Round in Tokyo; WTA Circus Continues

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133 Comments for Federer, Nadal Face Qualifiers Monday At Australian Open; Can Tomic Handle Pressure?

jane Says:

Here are the ESPN picks. Only one picks Murray (which was just like with Djoko last year). Also P-Mac, who picked Nole last year and got it right, picks Fed this year:

http://espn.go.com/sports/tennis/picks/_/tournament/8

And there you can find the article in which Rafa talks about his differing opinions to Fed re: the length of the season.


Forehand_lob Says:

As a reminder, join the inner messageboard’s contest! The rules can be found here:

http://www.tennisxforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=3873


alison hodge Says:

jane its funny as i thought murray would have been more of a favourite than rafa,still i suppose it puts less pressure on murray that way.also i dont know how you see it about what rafa said about roger,but i dont believe for one minute that rafa would say anything with any malice meant towards roger,probably the press twisting his words,and they probably would like to cause a bit of controversy knowing the two may meet each other in the semis imo, anyway they may be great friends as well as rivals,but thats not to say that they have to agree on everything surely,i would love to here swiss maestros take on it all.


Kimberly Says:

Tennis X Group tennis channel challenge here too

Submit your bracket here:
http://www.tourneytopia.com/RacquetBracketAussieOpenATP/kimberli254/default.aspx.

The deadline to enter is 1/15/2012 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Forehand Lob, i tried to join your contest but I was unable to figure it out. I will try again now.


jane Says:

Probably it’s about controversy alison. The ESPN site say a “rift” emerges between and that Nadal “calls out ‘gentleman’ Roger Federer as Pollyanna”. Did you read the article? I didn’t see Rafa use the word “pollyanna” ;).

Here are some quotes, and the link follows:

“I love the game and there’s a lot of things I’m grateful for. The game has allowed me to lead a fantastic lifestyle,” he said. “But to finish your career with pain all over your body, is that a positive? No.

“Maybe (Federer) has got a super body and he’ll finish his career like a rose. Neither myself, nor Murray, nor Djokovic are going to finish our careers like a rose.

“Tennis is an important part of my life, but it’s a tough sport. We’re not like him where it’s effortless to play. All of us, it’s a battle.”

http://espn.go.com/tennis/aus12/story/_/id/7464173/2012-australian-open-rafael-nadal-calls-gentleman-roger-federer-pollyanna


dari Says:

Can’t get my mind together for all these contests, but im sure all others will have a grand ole time
Let us know who wins!

As for rafa’s remarks, no big deal, but I find his “outbursts” of truth are fascinating. Surely roger has his troubles, too, though, that’s not fair to say its not a battle for roger! He’s 30 trying to keep up with the kids.

Anywho, the tennis starts in just a few hours and im very excited. Vika kicks it off and it should also be a good match with Bernie and verdasco!
Leggoooo!


alison hodge Says:

thanks for that link jane,and your right rafa did not use the word pollyanna,just the media hoping to make something out of nothing,we have a saying here in england i dont know if you have heard it where you are,never let the truth get in the way of a good story.


alison hodge Says:

dari your so lucky its midnight here in blighty when the tennis starts,and i have to get up for work so i will miss it tomorrow,i will record it and watch it all when i come home,looking forward to it should be a great tournament enjoy.


leo vixen Says:

Tomic may be right about it “being a good time to play Verdasco because he hasn’t done anything in the past six months” but he shouldn’t count his chickens before they hatch and shouldn’t come out “dogging” his opponents. It is usually difficult to understand the tone of an article or a quote and the media may take things out of context, but Tomic sounds a little too arrogant for his young years and for not having done anything yet with his career. Be careful, Bernard, it may come back to bite you in the ass.


Bailey Says:

Rafa didn’t use that word but he did have a dig at federer. Suggesting that he cares more about his image then the troubles of other players. which was totally uncalled for.


alison hodge Says:

bailey maybe it wasnt a dig,just a difference of opinion,if your a fan of one but not of the other,your more likely to see it that way though.


Bailey Says:

Well to suggest that he (federer) finds his image more important then the trouble of the supermajority is a dig to rogers person, I don’t really see how one could deny that but okay.


Wog boy Says:

@leo vixen:

That is exactly reason why I couldn’t worm up to Tomic since he appeared 2-3 years ago. He appears to me as very cocky guy. May be he is going to grow out of this.
While ago Nina wrote nice post about how do we pick players to follow. Tomic is not my pick. It doesn’t mean he is not good enough or that he is not going to be #1, I just cannot cheer for him.


Steve 27 Says:

Is funny Federer always plays first, his semifinal always plays on thursday is quite hilarious. However,in the memorable 2009 final did not help. We all know the end of the story when the swiss became “human”.


Daniel Says:

Tonight 2 of my passion collide: tennis and movies.

Don’t have any idea who will win best picture in tonight Golden Globe awards, most “open” in years.


jane Says:

Daniel, in the comedy / musical category I wouldn’t be surprised to see “Midnight in Paris” win. In the drama category it is tougher to know, but maybe “Hugo”? Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton may win acting awards. Anyhow, I agree that it is interesting and open.

And speaking of Opens, tennis too! Woot. ;)


dari Says:

I enjoy many things about tomic- including no fear attitude. My hope, Wog boy, is that he will grow IN to his cockiness, that is that his tennis catches up to his confidence and he has great tennis years to back up this attitude that OS not yet sipported by results.
A good way to start is to win today. Go Bernard!


Daniel Says:

Jane,

I think the Artist wins comedy, some say is the slight favorite for this years Oscar. Male Act is a toss up, a lot if big names and Leo is due for some recognition, so do Brad.

Very exciting, and the worst part is my TNT channel is somehow blocked so I will have to watch online and alternate with Australian. But the match I want is tomorrow Morning: The Fed!


jane Says:

Oh right, forgot about “The Artist” – haven’t yet seen it but the reviews are great. Hope you enjoy, and also Fed’s match. :)


Wog boy Says:

@dari

You are righ, there is no luck of confidence and self belief, that is for sure. Can he back that up with results, we will see?
I hope you are right, because Australia desperately needs good player.
For todays match , Verdasko is notmine cup of tea either, so I am neutral.


S Green Says:

I am so ready for this Slam and hope to get into some sports writing (maybe 5+ articles in 2 weeks would be nice) and help enhance viewing experience. 1st two matches I am keen to watch tonight are DelPo’s and later Tomic’s. Hello T-Xers !!!


tennisfan Says:

I think there is more to Rafa comments than just criticism. This has just come one day before AO, which certainly raises an eyebrow on the intentions. Although I respect that Nadal is fully entitled to have his own opinion but to voice it like this really questions the integrity of the once known as most humble player in tennis. Probably negative attitude creeping in Nadal now?
Nadal/Federer Controversy: Is There Something More To It? http://bit.ly/xbY8yU

Just can’t wait now for the SF clash between both these Titans of tennis!


S Green Says:

If P-Mac and Pam Shriver predict Fed to win AO 2012, that’s bold. I may be predicting after the 1st week but for now my hunch is that 2 out of the top 4 may go out before the semi.
As for Rafa’s comments, his un-embellished language aside, he started speaking out more of his true feelings since the beginning of 2010. I find it refreshing.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Hmmm… What is going on with Delpo? He’d better get it together!


S Green Says:

What the heck is Del Potro doing? It’s been miserable to watch him struggle in the 1st set. OK, the 1st set was just practice session.


Dory Says:

Hello everyone, I’m Dory, big fan of DjokerNole, Roger the GOAT and JMDP (and Tomic).

Del Po is playing “lazy” today.


Kimmi Says:

agh!! I missed to submit women bracket :(

What is up with radwanska???


Kimberly Says:

Upset day in the air maybe? Giants about to take down green bay, delpo radwanksa struggling, uh oh, my boy is playing today


El Flaco Says:

Maybe Kimberly. Delpo, Almagro and Davydenko all lost the 1st set.


Dory Says:

The giant was woken up. Sometimes I feel DelPo always unnecessarily loses a set in a match.


Kimberly Says:

Mattek sands radwanska crazy first set


Kimmi Says:

ah, mattek sands took it. wouldnt count out radwanska though..


Lulu Iberica Says:

Glad Del Potro woke up. Yeah, Mattek-Sands and Radwanska is very entertaining! I like Radwanska OK, but I must say I’m happy for Bethany!


Wog boy Says:

Hello Dory, my name is Wog boy and I am an alcoholic.
Just joking, that how I greet my coustomers before I take them to do wine tasting.
Please to meet you.
I am big fan of Nole-Nolito, Andy the Braveheart and Delpo the Man.
I am pi…d of , because I can not watch any of the games this week because I took next week off to go down to Mexico ( south of border), Melbourne.
I am sure all of you posters will keep me well informed about
games.
Lets go Delpo, lets go.


Dory Says:

Bernie vs Verdasco on!


andrea Says:

yay..australian open…2012 tennis season here we come…

on the movie front, i have a feeling ‘the help’ might win drama…feel good, showcases african americans. i’d love the artist or midnight in paris to win in comedy.

but disappointed that sons of anarchy overlooked again in TV drama. as good as breaking bad….


Lulu Iberica Says:

Ugh…ESPN is not showing me Tomic Verdasco!


S Green Says:

Verdasco looks awkward in red/yellow clown outfit but the colors seem to suit the grandeur of Rod Laver Arena and its boisterous crowd. Anyway Tomic match looks more exciting than the DelPo match, in part due to the opponent’s stature.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Darn it, Bernie, you are gonna screw up my bracket!


S Green Says:

Tomic missed one easy shot from the mid court when he had break point to go 5-4; after that, he disappears in the next 3 games to hand over the set to Verdasco. Switch to DelPo match.


S Green Says:

Murray’s interview is dripping into all other channels. Annoying audio glitch.


S Green Says:

OK, that was for less than a minute. It’s all fixed and back to normal.


Kimberly Says:

I think I picked verdasco. Can’t stand tomic’s game, it’s just so odd. Poor mattock sands.


jane Says:

I think i picked Tomic in both draws. Hotsauce is usually a draw crasher though, so I should’ve known and picked him in at least one of them.

Davy is taking a nosedive in the 5th set, sheesh, and Berdych lost the second set.


S Green Says:

Finally DelPo is able to take out Mannarino. Nice win and Kavcic is not a threat in the next round, but the Argentine has a long way to go to be considered as a contender.
The condition appeared to be slow this afternoon; imagine how slower it gets under a cooler condition, e.g. at night. It could be because of overly fluffy ball as well as the Plexicushion’s relative roughness, which has been the same since 2008.


bstevens Says:

Very poor quality match between Verdasco and Tomic. Points are mostly won (lost is more accurate) because of unforced erros. Tomic’s forehand reminds of Murray’s as they both have an unnatural hitch in it that causes the forehand to break down in crucial moments. Two sets to love for Verdasco, but not inspiring tennis from either.


dari Says:

Glad delpo was able to wake up and win!
As for Bernie, he has had so many chances, and he is showing he cant handle the heat nor the big moments today :/


bstevens Says:

Karlovic up 2 sets and break over Melzer. I wouldn’t want to face that scary serve of his.


jane Says:

dari “As for Bernie, he has had so many chances, and he is showing he cant handle the heat nor the big moments today :/”

Yep, disappointing, totally.


Kimberly Says:

Bstevens, no one wants to play ivo karlovic even the greats generally have to beat him n tiebreakers.


Kimberly Says:

I know tonic is a hot player but I just can’t feel him or dolgopolov, they both seem like total junkers to me.


Kimberly Says:

Aree Dari, tomic missed a total sitter on set point


mat4 Says:

@Kimberly:

“I know tonic is a hot player but I just can’t feel him or dolgopolov, they both seem like total junkers to me.”

Agree.


jane Says:

Well. Tomic gets a set, that’s good.


mat4 Says:

Just to add that it is not only about his tennis. I know I should be tolerant, he is so young… but this boy is so stupid…

@humblerafa: Could he be the next Arrogant One?


jane Says:

The thing about Dolgo is that he is utterly unorthodox and totally inconsistent. I can’t see him doing much more than, say, Gasquet but I could be wrong. With Tomic, I feel like he still needs more time and then he could be a force.


mat4 Says:

@jane:

what a horrible prospect…


jane Says:

mat4, Nole thinks that too. :)


S Green Says:

I just wish Tomic displayed a little more of his idiosyncratic style (impromptu shot making when barely any space to swing apparently existed), but unfortunately he seemed to be laboring to fit into an out-of-sort textbook style, and that I found too monotonously homogeneous. Be that as it may. I am hoping he wins the 4th set and make it a match.


jane Says:

Hi S. Green! I hope it goes to a 5th too, and then, come what may.


S Green Says:

If stupidity and total inconsistency were to produce a player of Dolgopolov’s caliber and success(ranked 13), I could beat him in those two categories:-)


jane Says:

I think Dolgo is very talented but he is just so up and down. I don’t know if I can see him winning a slam. Can you S Green?

The jury is still out on Tomic too.

Speaking of young guns, Dimitrov had chances on Chardy’s serve, which he didn’t convert, and now he is facing triple break point.


dari Says:

I dont think tomic is just a junk baller. He has a great fh at times. Let’s see what he will do in the fifth. He shoukd take it all the way since he has come this far to get it to the fifth!


Michael Says:

All the best to Roger and Nadal. I am eagerly awaiting their semi-final clash along with Murray-Djokovic. That will be a real treat for Tennis Fans. I am not sure if anybody can stop Novak considering the form he is in at the moment. If all things goes well and the injury and heat factor doesn’t bother Novak, he is sure to lift this trophy.


Al Says:

Is Vedasco becoming everyone’s comfort food nowadays?


jane Says:

Momentum is clearly with Tomic now, but in a fifth anything can happen.


S Green Says:

Hi Jane,
“Can you [see] S Green [Dolgo winning a Slam]?”

Maybe more than Verdascos of this world. Pardon me if I exaggerated since we are just having conversation. How can I rule out any Top 20 player?

Anyway, I am glad Tomic is finally playing some tennis.


Michael Says:

Roger Federer is not doing enough to challenge the authorities about the problems faced by players at the top of tennis. He finishes his career as fresh as a daisy because he is physically privileged, but neither Murray nor [Novak] Djokovic and I are fresh as a daisy.”

Where is the humble Nadal in such outrageous comments that transpire now and then ?? Is it proper for Nadal to criticize a Champion like Roger and that too at the start of a major ?? How he has come to the premature conclusion that Roger is not doing enough to challenge the Authorities ?? Infact he is now World No.2 and Roger is only No.3, why can’t he and Novak press their problems and get that addressed. Yes Mr Nadal, Roger is physically privileged because of the way he schedule his tournaments and also by the way he plays his Tennis with ease, elegance and grace which is a treat to any Tennis Fan who wants to see high quality Tennis, while you are a grinder who taxes his body so much to win a match. You cannot complain and that is your style which you cannot change. You can only envy Roger on this. But the question to Nadal is it is in his domian to limit the number of tournaments he plays ? Roger cannot do it for him. Just simple as that.


jane Says:

Dimitrov is coming back in set two; not sure what’s up with Dolgo. I don’t know the Aussie he is playing nor can I see the match. But hopefully he comes around.

S Green, yeah, it’s true: top 20 players are right there in the mix so you never know; plus Dolgo has been in QFs at a slam already so he knows what it takes to get to the second week.

It’s tough to say what’ll happen in the 5th set with Hotsauce vs.Tomic. I thought momentum was with Tomic but sometimes experience prevails in situations like this.


mat4 Says:

Nando will choke.


S Green Says:

Agree, Jane, about the experience.
This is about time Bernic raise his game and counter and gain the experience.


S Green Says:

Verdasco plays really gutsy next 4 points, and Bernic fails to utilize his chances (2 BPs). Sad.


mat4 Says:

No! He got mad after that wrong call. Go, Fernando, beat that ugly Tomic!


Humble Rafa Says:

The Arrogant One had it coming for a while. Just saying.


jane Says:

Verdasco just saved himself. For a minute there I was reminded of his double faults versus Rafa in that 5 set, gazillion hour marathon they had here a few years ago.

Dolgo broken in the second set now. :/ He had that injury in Brisbane, with the foot I think. I wonder if that’s an issue here?


jane Says:

Break point.


jane Says:

Verdasco has been playing well when facing bps. Brave and aggressive.


andrea Says:

tomic better hope he can pull this one out or he might be eating his pre match words.

not sure what to make out of the nadal commentary other than it is what it is. for whatever reason federer is a freak of nature of tennis…his body holds up well, his disposition is positive and he does enjoy the tour…i guess he doesn’t feel the need to gripe about the length of the tour cos it doesn’t bother him…but that doesn’t mean the issue shouldn’t be addressed.

i doubt nadal meant anything snide by what he said.


mat4 Says:

It seems that Verdasco will lose. It will be a miracle if he manages to steady himself.

Ditto…


jane Says:

Broken by Tomic. Bad miss on that forehand by Verdasco. Tomic came in on the second deuce and that turned things in his favour. Verdasco just would not come in, and didn’t know how to deal with some of those short or mid court balls.


jane Says:

Good last point. Aussies are excited. They will be madly rooting him on in each match; it won’t be easy for his opponents.

Too bad for Verdasco.


S Green Says:

Is it not sometimes beautiful to see stupidity, ugliness, and absolute junk-balling wins.
Congrats to Tomic and to “his” intellectual poverty of stupidity and physically deformed, disfigured appearance (reference: Immanuel Kant’s “Observations on Feeling of Beautiful and Sublime”).


jane Says:

Now can Dolgo come back from two sets down? Against an Aussie?


dari Says:

Well Bernie loves the drama, no?
And that slappy forehand was what I was talking about.
Thought he wasn’t gonna hack it, but he fought through!!


bstevens Says:

Good comeback win by Tomic. Nice to see him play more aggressively towards the end and targetting Verdasco’s backhand.


jane Says:

Tomic feels like a future star, for whatever reason; he just does. Maybe it’s his confidence, his varied game, I don’t know.

Dimitrov losing the third set.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Dang! And great! I picked Hot Sauce but secretly hopin for Tomic. Oh well, c’mon Tomic, make some noise!


mat4 Says:

I am horrified.

I hope he will play Fed. Just for the pleasure to read his pre-match presser: “His backhand is weak, and that’s where I am going to play… It is a good time to play Roger… he had a bad year, and his back hurts…”


Kimmi Says:

what a match! TOMIC comeback. Kid is growing. hot sauce pissed. great job tomic.


BT Says:

Great win for Tomic. As an Aussie, I’m really pumped with the win. He is just in time as Hewitt’s star is really fading. I hope he can back up on Wednesday for his next match!


Dory Says:

Typical Verdasco meltdown and typical 2 sets to 0 down comeback with crowd backing the countryman. Very cliché. Though I am very glad Tomic won (I wanted him to win anyways), he should be more focused and mentally stronger in the next rounds. Let’s hope he reaches at least fourth round where he will have to beat Karlovic or Federer, after beating Sam Querrey and Dolgopolov on the way.


Michael Says:

Verdasco is the most unlucky player in this planet. How many times he has foregone a two set lead and lose the match ? It has happened against Tomic today. I can only feel sorry for him.


S Green Says:

Probably, for those interested in serious philosophy, Tomic’s victory over the level-headed beautiful Verdasco may be best understood in terms of Georges Bataille’s “base materialism” in that the absolutely marginalized figure (a disfigured, anarchic= without any anchor to earn your favorable rating) partakes in the overthrow of the conservative foundation of old school definition of class, text, and aesthetics, thus breaking the institutional limits and opening a new venue of action. And that I find beautiful.


Humble Rafa Says:

Verdasco is the most unlucky player in this planet. How many times he has foregone a two set lead and lose the match ?

Hello! It is called choking. He deserved it most of the time.


mat4 Says:

Humble Rafa:

When it comes to choking, Nando is a reliable value.


jane Says:

Dolgo is coming back. Come to think of it, he played a few 5 setters here last year. Maybe he was just finding his groove? Not sure about Dimitrov, but he has to win the next two sets too.


margot Says:

Go Atomic! Hands off him you guys, he is a future slam winner.


Humble Rafa Says:

Tomic’s victory over the level-headed beautiful Verdasco

I don’t know where to start. Let me just say that using level headed and Verdasco is not a good idea.


jane Says:

Dimitrov and Dolgo both going into fifth sets simultaneously. Not sure I can stay up, but come on young guns.


jane Says:

Dolgo is looks like he’ll go safely through now, Dimitrov is hanging on in the fifth after getting a break back. Monaco and Khols are just starting the fifth, Young’s up a break in the fifth, and Ljub about to go five sets too. Lots of 5 setters it seems.

Rafa serving for set one.

I definitely can’t stay up. zzzzzzz…


bstevens Says:

Dimitrov prevails 6-4 in the 5th. I hope he goes far in this tournament.


Dory Says:

Nadal is scary good. His infinite source of energy and power is back. Scares me really.


Michael Says:

Dory,

“Nadal is scary good. His infinite source of energy and power is back. Scares me really”

You cannot judge based on his performance against qualifiers. You need big matches to judge the state of his game.


Wog boy Says:

Margot, sorry but I have to say this :)
I just read what Tomic said after the match, you have to read it and tell me what do you think , he said he was playing dead in the first few games in third set to outfox Verdasko etc. etc. Is he serious or …. I have to agree with mat4, after reading and listening Tomic. I am just worried that grounding is going to be really painfull for the young Tomic. He is definitely full of himself. Promise, no more bagging Tomic:-)


Wog boy Says:

Sydney Morning Herald, site . Tennis section.


Seth Says:

“I love the game and there’s a lot of things I’m grateful for. The game has allowed me to lead a fantastic lifestyle,” he said. “But to finish your career with pain all over your body, is that a positive? No.

“Maybe (Federer) has got a super body and he’ll finish his career like a rose. Neither myself, nor Murray, nor Djokovic are going to finish our careers like a rose.

“Tennis is an important part of my life, but it’s a tough sport. We’re not like him where it’s effortless to play. All of us, it’s a battle.”

Nadal said his knees, hips, back and ankles were prone to soreness because “every year the ball flies quicker, there’s more intensity. The surfaces are hard.”

Perhaps if Rafa can’t stand the heat, then he best get out of the kitchen.


someone Says:

LOL Rafa complaining about tennis being a tough sport and bitching about how unfair it is that Fed can play so effortless and he can’t. How are the Rafa fans gonna defend him about his constant bitching?


Michael Says:

Got a chance to read Nadal’s presser after his first round victory in which he is adamant not to even express his apology to Roger for making such an outrageous and uncalled for statement. If this is the respect he is having towards Roger, then how can they have a good relationship ?? Davydenko too has joined Nadal’s bandwagon in grouping against Roger. Nadal must be reminded of the fact that what majority thinks is not necessarily correct. Majority in this World believes in spiritualism but doesn’t mean that it is correct. Just a case of exception.


pro rafa Says:

Just missed seeing Rafa winning by a hair’s breadth…. But was treated to some of the most beautiful and utterly elegant tennis from the 16-time Grand Slam champion…. He was just firing aces at will against the hapless Kudryavtsev who to his credit played some eye popping shots and held serve with much aplomb for most part of the first set
Waiting for Murray and Nole to take center stage next :)


Wog boy Says:

I am neither Nadal nor Federer fan but i can asure you, Michael, that on this one, Novak, Andy and 9 out of 10 are going to jump on this bandwagon, I wouldn’t call it Nadal’s. That has been in brewing for a long time, Federer is going to stay alone on this one. The only thing that is strange ( or may be not) is timing. I would say, premeditated, by Nadal.


Michael Says:

Wog Boy,

Is it a calculated mind game played by Nadal after the draw was revealed ?? We never know ?? But Davydenko is not upset with the tight schedule but he has only differences on the prize money issue. I haven’t heard from Novak and Murray on this ?? So I would wait to hear their comments too on this issue. But Nadal has been disrespectful to Federer. That is plain and simple to understand.


Brando Says:

Guys you can’t blame rafa on this one. Apparently there was a meeting about the ranking system/ calender year and everyone was in agreement for a change EXCEPT for roger. Obviously the other players would be pi***d at that to a degree. Nadal called roger out on this, and he did say to the media post his match today that he maybe should not have, but as davy has shown he isn’t and most likely won’t be the only one who has a problem with roger about this. It is what it is, the media is just creating headlines out of nothing, as always, here. Obviously those who do not take to rafa shall crucify him for this.


Wog boy Says:

I don’t think that Novak and Andy are going to get involved in this, they have more important things to worry about right now, just that they are going to support rescheduling of overcrowded calendar, to clarify. They would be stupid to be allowed, in the midlle of GS, to think about anything else but how to win it, and that is when the timing of Nadal’s outburst is becoming rather strange.


Michael Says:

Brando,

There is no reason for the players to be upset with the tour calendar. Nobody compels them to play all the tournaments thoroughout the year. They need to pick and choose and be selective. Probably, jealousy is playing a factor here because some of the players to shore up their rankings play many tournaments and this places added pressure on the other players to follow suit.


Michael Says:

Wog Boy,

I agree with you on this. Might be psychologically Nadal is a demoralized lot today because of all that happened during 2011 when a man named Novak punctured his self-confidence.


Michael Says:

Just read the Presser from Roger after his first round win and what a gentle man he is ?? He touched on the issues Nadal raised and was very particular that the players should not take this too far. Players strike should be the last option according to him and he also kidded Nadal in a way when he said that all these things should not be discussed in the Presser. Nadal should feel guilty about the remarks he made against Roger in the heat of the moment. The least he can do is to offer a simple apology.


Drake Says:

I actually heard patrick mcenroe on sirius radio during a pre tournament special say that from the every day tour players he has talked to there is resentment that Nadal is speaking out for his own self interest and “apparently at the players meeting last night, in the open portion, there was some backlash towards a proposal that Rafa and his team presented”. He also said that there are rumblings in the locker room, that over the past few months Nadal has not been the easy going guy he used to be. Pretty interesting if true.


madmax Says:

Federer:

“I kind of heard it,” he said. “I saw him Sunday afternoon. I didn’t know he spoke to the press. He said, ‘Yeah, it was fine.’ Mentioned a few things here and there. I was, ok, whatever. Then I read the comments. So, things are fine between us. I have no hard feelings towards him. I’m completely cool and relaxed about it. He seemed the same way — or at least I hope so.

“We can’t always agree on everything. Back in the day he used to say, ‘Whatever Roger decides, I’m fine with.’ Today he’s much more grown up. He has a strong opinion himself, which I think is great. It’s what we need, especially on the council. It’s been nice working with him.”


Brando Says:

It is funny how if that’s what patrick McEnroe said then that his brother, john McEnroe, supports nadal and the players if they want to strike over certain issues. LOL, such a divisive issue even for the McEnroe brothers:-)


Drake Says:

@brando well it was what he heard of other players say not necessarily his own view.


van orten Says:

Roger very easy on rafa and yes rafa had a knee crack on sunday morning with worst pain ever;) how is your knee now humble rafa???


Brando Says:

@drake: he may have, that I won’t argue about. Clearly this is a divisive issue, and equally clearly rafa isn’t the only one who feels how he does about these issues- some sources suggest the majority share his views. Either way, quite frankly speaking I don’t really care much about this and just hope, as a rafa fan, that he and the others just get on with the tennis. It’s the 1st slam of the year, that should dominate the headlines!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Tomic is winning me over. I picked him in my bracket just for some excitement, but I didn’t really like him. Watching the first two sets I was thinking, “Wow, Verdasco hasn’t even had to do anything special and he’s just cruising along.” Then, Tomic started making a lot of clever shots, quick changes of direction, really mixing it up. Of course, Nando also choked, as he has often done. With his experience, there is really no excuse. Whether you like him or not, you’ve got to admire him coming back from 2 sets down and his mental strength. His comments are rather arrogant, but on the court he seems very self-contained.


Lulu Iberica Says:

^ “Whether you like him or not…” Him = Tomic


Brando Says:

@lulu: I like tomic alot. Sure he’s got a cocksure attitude, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. He ain’t afraid of the big boys- the likes of djokovic, Murray publicly say he’s got great potential and of all the young guns coming through, he does seem to be a GS winner, potentially, moreso than the others. I like him.


margot Says:

Wog boy: I laughed and laughed when I read your quote about Tomic and I continued laughing as I read the article. It’s just a teenager mouthing off, giving excuses about why he wasn’t playing so good! Harmless and not to be taken seriously. I also laughed, in a more muted way, when I read that he’s said that it was a good time to be playing Verdasco because V. hadn’t been playing so well for the past 6 months. And V. agreed with him lol!
The press will soon fire brimstone down on him and he’ll rapidly learn to speak in platitudes, like poor Andy had to.
BTW Andy M and Andy R supported Rafa about the scheduling, last year some time and, surprise surprise, got loads of scorn and derision from the media and some posters here and elsewhere.


prnc Says:

Not sure of the exact rules (please enlighten if known) but the players are required to play a certain number of tournaments, in a certain mix of master’s and others, in addition to the 4 majors. Because of this mix, it is almost impossible to have a downtime within the season which goes from January to December, unlike, say baseball that has a April to September season, or football, basketball, and any of the other professional sports. If a player, like Nadal, reaches the finals, he has played 7 matches in the tournament. Obviously, the players losing in the earlier rounds play many fewer matches, so the scheduling issue is not as big a deal to them.


S Green Says:

Fanship/ fandom is like a monarchical system where zealot fans play the fantasy sports of protecting their king-god’s crown, freely deploying the art of intellectual dishonesty of various degrees; which is mostly born out of intolerance and often leads to ganging up and bullying the different, the unfit, the reluctant, or in Julia Kristeva’s term, the abject, etc. Considering this evolved and firmly stabilized culture of the cyber species called fans, one cannot help but be reminded of prehistoric, pre-civilization, barbaric era. This was the same conclusion I drew long ago in early 2007 on this site (a couple of Resident Evil might remember) and sadly it has not changed a bit.


S Green Says:

On top of that, if you want to exist and be naturalized on the planet T-X, the creatures of fandom tell you, you have to say stupid stuffs, agree with their most intolerant views, show allegiance to their king-God and build alliance with one group or another, gang-harass the abject, This is how you can be meaningful in the utter darkness of meaninglessness. Once you are immersed in the business of deriving excitement and pleasure from this newly naturalized position, you cannot see what you have become and you won’t remember what you were before coming here, the good old you irretrievably buried down under. Yet, I am here, all confused about the length of my new tenure.


alison hodge Says:

brando great post its probably much ado about nothing,rafa has always had great respect for roger,but that does not mean to say that they have to agree on everything,and i dont think for one minute that rafa said what he said out of malice,the media have a way of twisting words to suit themselves,and knowing that the two may face each other in the semis it adds a bit of spice i suppose,although maybe rafa should have chose his words a bit more carefully,anyway i agree lets put it to one side and enjoy the tennis,and hopefully we will get the two great men against each other in the semis.


alison hodge Says:

well from a british point of view,a dissapointing day,with the girls all crashing out,and james ward too,which leaves our little red devil,so heres wishing our andy a sucessfull ao,firstly good luck against harrison tomorrow,then go muzza all the way to the final,go get that trophy.


steve-o Says:

I don’t think Nadal’s comments are malicious, but they show a lack of perspective and empathy for the lower-ranked players.

Shortening the schedule decreases the number of tournaments and affects lower-ranked players, who have to play as many tournaments as they can in order to make a living. Traveling around the world and staying in hotels is expensive, and not everyone on the tour can afford to do that all the time. Having a coach, physio, and support team on top of that is beyond the means of many journeymen.

Even if a player has star potential, he’ll have to play a lot of tournaments to gain experience, ranking points, and exposure to fans so they can become established.

So it’s important to have a long season with many tournaments all over the world.

Nadal never faced the kind of adversity that young players confront in trying to make a career: he was always provided top-notch equipment and facilities by his rich family, and he was coached for free by his uncle. Never had to pay for any of it.

He didn’t spend much time as a journeyman, either: winning his first title after only a year or so on the tour, and winning his first French Open title at 19. He was making plenty of money from tennis at an early age and he never worried about lack of support.

So he has little personal understanding of what shortening the season would do to others’ careers.

Apparently there was a meeting about the ranking system/ calender year and everyone was in agreement for a change EXCEPT for roger.

Really? Nadal may claim and believe he speaks for the majority of players, but I rather doubt it.

When people say wildly exaggerated things like “everyone except Roger was in agreement”, I take it with a grain of salt.

The situation is likely to be a lot more complicated than what Nadal would have us believe.


Michael Says:

Steve – Well said and I agree with your views. Federer is the voice of reason whereas Nadal is the voice of absurdity. True, Nadal never was a journeyman but Roger was and he understands the trials and tribulations of lower ranked players better than any other player.

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