Tomic Dazzles, Nadal Knee Pop Monday at Australian Open
by Staff | January 16th, 2012, 10:46 am
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The “Happy Slam” got even happier on opening day Monday when unseeded up-and-coming Aussie Bernard Tomic came from two sets down to upset No. 22 seed Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco 4-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in hot conditions at the Australian Open.


“It was probably one of the best matches for me that I played,” the 19-year-old Tomic said. “I haven’t played a lot of these five-setters. So being not that fit, it’s tough to put your mind to come through that, and I don’t know how I did it today…I’m so happy with myself.”

Verdasco, who said he suffered from stomach pains for much of the match, looked fitness-challenged in the heat, contributing numerous unforced errors against the off-speed game of the Aussie. 

“It was very hot out there,” Verdasco said. “I started feeling a little bit bad on the court. I think that after he won the third set he got confidence, and I didn’t really feel good ’til the fifth set…I think he played well and he deserve (to win) and he was fighting all the time.”

Tomic will next meet American Sam Querrey, who beat French wildcard Kenny De Schepper in straight sets.

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal supplied additional injury drama on Monday as the Spaniard revealed he heard a crack from his right knee the previous day.

“Yesterday afternoon happened the more strange thing ever happen to me,” Nadal said. “I stand up. I felt the knee a little bit strange…the knee stays with unbelievable pain…I have no movement on the knee.”

An MRI showed no issue with the knee, and on Monday the Spaniard rolled past American qualifier Alex Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-1, 6-1, his knee heavily wrapped.

“I started the match with a little bit of scare at the beginning and nervous because I was really disappointed yesterday,” Nadal said. “After the first 10 games that was scare, I started to play with normal conditions…The best thing is I felt the knee very well.”

Other Top 10-seeded victors Monday were (3) Roger Federer rolling past Russian Alex Kudryavtsev in straights, (7) Tomas Berdych defeating Alex Ramos of Spain in four, (8) Mardy Fish beating Gilles Muller in straights, and (10) Nicolas Almagro over Poland’s Lukas Kubot after losing the first set.

Unseeded Aussie Greg Jones attempted to join his compatriot Tomic as an upset winner, but failed to close the door after leading (13) Alexandr Dolgopolov two sets to none.

Also on the upset tip Monday were German Philipp Kohlschreiber toppling (25) Juan Monaco 6-0 in the fifth, Slovak Lukas Lacko edging (28) Ivan Ljubicic from two sets down, and Croat “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic straight-setting (31) Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer.

Other notable unseeded players into the second round were former Top 10ers David Nalbandian, Tommy Haas and Marcos Baghdatis.

Matches to look for on Tuesday in Melbourne include (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi, (4) Andy Murray vs. American Ryan Harrison, (15) Andy Roddick vs. Robin Haase, Uzbek Denis Istomin vs. (6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nicolas Mahut vs. (29) Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, Michael Llodra vs. “The Importance of Being” Ernests Gulbis, (9) Janko Tipsarevic vs. Dmitry Tursunov, and (19) Viktor Troicki vs. former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero.


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122 Comments for Tomic Dazzles, Nadal Knee Pop Monday at Australian Open

andres Says:

Do we really have to know every single ailment (real or imaginary) that Nadal is going through? This is getting ridiculous.


jane Says:

Some good matches today. I wonder if “The Importance of Being” will win one round?


Kimberly Says:

Everyone, Colin06 wants notes, please write him them on the AO bracket


Humble Rafa Says:

Do we really have to know every single ailment (real or imaginary) that Nadal is going through? This is getting ridiculous.

This is not “little”. My knee popped and cracked. Much more serious than choking on a banana.


Michael Says:

@Andres. Excuse me??? Nadal is in a press conference and is asked about the heavy strapping on his knee. He gives an explanation. So what is your problem?


Stella Says:

If I were Nadal I wouldn’t sit down during changeovers as his knee might “pop” again.:)


tennisfan Says:

What a mesmerizing performance by this youngster! I have completely become a fan of this talented player from Australia. What was more fascinating was to watch his mental strength more than his physical strength. Never once I saw him getting tensed, he played like a silent tiger ready to pounce upon his opponent when required. Just brilliant! He is the future of tennis : no doubt about it-http://bit.ly/ApT7ms


tennisfan Says:

What a mesmerizing performance by this youngster! I have completely become a fan of this talented player from Australia. What was more fascinating was to watch his mental strength more than his physical strength. Never once I saw him getting tensed, he played like a silent tiger ready to pounce upon his opponent when required. Just brilliant! He is the future of tennis : no doubt about it- http://bit.ly/ApT7ms


Humble Rafa Says:

If I were Nadal I wouldn’t sit down during changeovers as his knee might “pop” again.:)

Thanks for the very useful and practical suggestion. Any ideas on how I can avoid cramps at the presser? Bring my own trainer, who would massage my leg while I answer questions about the “the Arrogant one”?


Anna Says:

I think Nadal’s injuries are mentioned so often so his distractors can write their lame posts. It’s not like every little twinge that Fed experiences isn’t immediately reported as well. By the way, how is Feds back?


Thangs Says:

As much as I love Rafa, i feel he talks too much…He just should concentrate on tennis. He is being trapped into this mind game. Be careful Rafa! Opponents will take adv of this..Just be smart in locker room and in the press.


El Flaco Says:

Nadal’s serve looked very good in his 1st match. He has slowed his serve motion down slightly, maybe a little higher ball toss to give him more time to swing that slightly heavier racquet. At times last year it did appear he was quick serving with a low ball toss.


El Flaco Says:

Federer and Nadal had the same average 1st serve speed in their matches.(181/180 kmh)


Ajet Says:

I don’t like tomic as a whole for his cockiness. However, my liking or disliking wouldn’t matter much as the guy’s a sure shot future slam winner! And he showed even the mental strength today in defeating verdasco, he’s impressing more and more!


Kimberly Says:

Kvitova looked scary. Kind of like a female berdych, hard heavy shots


S Green Says:

OMD, Lorezi broke No. 1 player. How strange !!!
Not really, our new GOAT breaks back in jiffy.


jamie Says:

Djokovic will win the AO, according to the psychic.

His chart is perfect.


racquet Says:

Djokovich looks like he’s feeling the heat. Meanwhile Sabine Lisicki is having her blood pressure taken on court. It’s a scorcher today. Only the fittest will survive.


racquet Says:

whoops, where did that h come from? Djokovic of course.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Djokers improved FH from last year is showing its monster head again. All comers should look out. If Djoker can stand the heat, he’ll be busy making bagels in the kitchen.


racquet Says:

Just saw on the twitterverse that Mats Wilander is in hospital. Apparently he had a bad fall during the night and ruptured both kidneys! Hope it’s not as serious as it sounds.


jane Says:

Eek, sounds horrid, racquet: wishing Mats a speedy recovery, and Nole a speedy exit from the court – looks hot, especially now at peak heat time.


Miki Says:

Aaaand there’s the first bagel for Novak this year :)…and what a FH for the end of the set…


dari Says:

Nole using the heat down under as his oven for baking bagels!! Major forehand for the set.

Wilander did what?!! Wish him well!


Miki Says:

Nole is looking sharper and sharper as the match goes on. I hope he won’t have to play many matches in this kind of heat.


S Green Says:

With this win Djokovic is 20-0 against Italians since 2004.
It would be nice if he serves more bagels to his opponents than he did last year at AO.


racquet Says:

It’s a baking bonanza today. Sharapova dishing out her own bagel on Hisense and a break up in the 2nd. Looks like Murray/Harrison will be up quite soon.


jane Says:

Nole got the tweener winner, hee hee. Hard to gage form in the early rounds due to sometimes mismatches, but he is looking gooood.

Speaking of which, old Sharpie’s done some baking herself.


jane Says:

Oops, racquet – you beat me to Sharpie’s bagel. Should read before I post.


S Green Says:

Now Djokovic wins a point with a tweeni of his own Thanks to Vilas for inventing it and Sabatini for popularizing it.


jane Says:

Is Muzza /Harrison next?


S Green Says:

Double bagel for Lorenzi. He should be happy.


racquet Says:

Muzza/Harrison is on after the Sharapova match.


S Green Says:

Murray-Harrison is on Hisense after Masha match, Jane, so yes in a couple of minutes.


jane Says:

Thanks S Green and racquet.

Looks like Raonic is baking too. Lots of baking today, literally and figuratively.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

What a great Novak interview. Courier is an excellent interviewer, and Novak came across great: thoughtful, confident, down to earth.


al Says:

Rooting for Novak. Hope he don’t peak too soon… Or if not, peak all the way! :)


Skeezerweezer Says:

TV,

Agree with the interview. He has matured nicely. Game, interview, Seems far removed from the “oops”comments a few years ago. I think he is starting to get it that if you are #1, what role model for tennis are you going to project? Fed had it, and apparently Nole has taken notes. Others should take note also.


S Green Says:

Murray-Harrison is billed to be the match of the day. So far it has lived up to the expectation.


S Green Says:

What’s happening with Murray, margot?


dari Says:

Ummm, what is going on in this match? Harrison taking it to Murray. Doing a lot of the things Murray does to others!
Fun to watch for a while, but Murray’s got to turn this around


mat4 Says:

Andy is not playing well. Probably the heat, and I expect him to find his range. Lots of forehand errors.


racquet Says:

I expected Harrison to come out all guns blazing and so he has. Can he keep it up? Murray better start stepping up quick.


mat4 Says:

Thinking about it: there has to be a reason why no coach wants to work with Andy full time.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Ugh, me suspects margot is switching between tea and now irish whiskey….


Skeezerweezer Says:

BTW,

Lendl in hospital, any latest news? Bummer


mat4 Says:

Harrison is a bit tense. Just lost his serve.


racquet Says:

^no coach wants to work with Andy full time

Source please?


Miki Says:

Skeezer, Lendl in hospital? Wasn’t that Willander?


Skeezerweezer Says:

Oops ya ma bad :(.


S Green Says:

Is it Murray playing awful or Harrison playing awesome? Maybe, both a little bit.


mat4 Says:

I don’t know if Harrison id doing this on purpose, but I have to believe he does. He is not too aggressive, he changes the pace, he isn’t trying to hit corners, and he plays on Andy’s forehand.

@Skeezer: You were a bit early. Just saw Lendl in the public. But if Muzza continues like this, he will certainly finish in a hospital.


racquet Says:

He’s a little tentative and edgy. Not surprising with a first time opponent.


dari Says:

These points need to be shorter, Andy


Skeezerweezer Says:

mY USA homie Ryan played a great first set but me thinks Andy with margot cheerin on will be to much for my american homie in the end ;)


Skeezerweezer Says:

^ besides…I picked Andy to win this in the bracket challenge, so you da man Andy!!,


Nikola011 Says:

“Late on Saturday evening Mats sustained a fall in his apartment which caused him to be taken to a local hospital in Melbourne,” the posting said.

“He sustained a laceration to one of his kidneys. This caused internal bleeding. The bleeding has ceased as of 7:00 am this morning. He will be out of commission for a while.

“We will keep you updated on his condition if things change. Thanks for everyone s concerns and enjoy the Open!”


jane Says:

Murray dropping a set to a hot young opponent isn’t a bad thing as long as he can turn it around.

That was a long tiebreak for Tipsy and Turv!


mat4 Says:

Andy’s forehand is really a liability.

There is a lot of discussion about what should Andy do to win a slam: he should be positive, focused, play his best tennis…

But let’s not forget that he played against better players in those finals.


Wog boy Says:

@Skeezer:
Jameson is good stuff, more then good:)

Thanks for nice words about my man, I agree:)

Jim Courier is exelent commentator.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Nikola011,

Thanks.

Murray CAN move alot better. C’mon now Andy, get with it. Ryan, your playin awesome buddy ;)


Skeezerweezer Says:

Mat4,

Re; Andys FH. But don’t tell Humble Rafa that……;)


mat4 Says:

@Wog boy:

I like Jason Goodall and Robbie Koenig the most, but I agree that Jim is excellent.

What a point!


mat4 Says:

@Skeezer:

No need to worry. The Humble One is obsessed by the Arrogant One. Doesn’t have time for other mortals.


Michael Says:

Murray has dropped a set against Harrison, I hope he turns this around.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Wow..Ryan only 19… Alot of upside with someone so young, win or lose ;)


Skeezerweezer Says:

Mat4…lol ;)


racquet Says:

What a pass down the line. Much better! Muzza breaks.


Leon Says:

At last! Andy breaks! At the limit of his possibilities! Unlucky draw, really, to have such a 1st round opponent.
But what a progress the youngster made, I remember him vs Stakhovsky at the USO. Much more matured now.
Turning point?


Wog boy Says:

Mat4, you are noy wrong about them but they don’t do AO. Jim is on Channel 7 and John mc. Is on FOXSPORT. I am on the break and watching Stosur in Coffee shop. She is just about to bomb out.


mat4 Says:

Harrison lost patience. Hopefully he will revert to a more disciplined game. If he learns to control his temper, he could be the next big thing.

Stosur on Eurosport. Remember her when she was pretty.


mat4 Says:

Wog:

The Bomb there was the Romanian.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Wow muscles Stosur OUT. Too bad. Know she was playing for the homies and her hood :(


Skeezerweezer Says:

Ok gang, we all know second set is Andys….prediction on the 3rd?


racquet Says:

Muzza looking more relaxed now. 5-2.


mat4 Says:

@Skeezer:

Probably Muzza. But if Harrison recovers his composure and wins the third, he will win the match.


Leon Says:

4 or 5 sets, Andy all the same methinks


jane Says:

Andy should wrest control of this match now, though Harrison has shown resolve. I can’t see him winning two more sets versus Andy. Bad luck draw for Harrison or he might’ve gone a round or two more. He has plenty of potential, as others have noted.


Wog boy Says:

Mat4:
She use to have nice female voice, not anymore. I did say she will not go pass few rounds but even I am surprised by first round exit. Romanian bomb was too good, today:)
Is Andy playing better now, I have to go back to work:(


mat4 Says:

It’s over. Harrison just stopped thinking.


racquet Says:

Andy stepping it up now. Breaks right away. Haha those chanting Andy fans are hysterical.


Leon Says:

Excellent break. Seemingly, no way back?


mat4 Says:

@Wog:

Yes. He will win. Harrison is doing everything to make him feel comfortable.


jane Says:

The “A-N-D-Y” tank top fanboys are cute, lol. See? Early break. Andy will be fine.


S Green Says:

Looks like this is it for Harrison. He took a set off Murray. May not be much of a highlight in his resume, but he is young and showed a great potential for future.


jane Says:

With Harrison two things I noticed: he plays too far back at times, and is basically reactive. He is not looking to dictate or control points but is merely reacting to Andy M. Also, more errors are creeping into his game – shots long, wide, etc.


Leon Says:

Youzhy out. Gulbis, naturally, too.


racquet Says:

Andy is being more pro-active now, shortening points where possible. I like it. The question is: how long before Harrison blows his top?


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

That’s the trick, Jane. Play in the middle, change pace and let Andy “dictate” with his “lady Jankovitch FH”. You have to be Roger Federer to beat Andy attacking.


jane Says:

I thought “THe Importance of Being” Ernests might win a match when he took the first set versus Llodra, but then, nah.

Actually Murray’s draw isn’t shabby after this: X-Man retired, so he’ll play Riba (I think?) next, and then after that he will likely play Llodra.

racquet, yes, Murray has looked more lively too; his footwork has been better, less sluggish. Maybe the heat was getting to him at first?


racquet Says:

^^You have to be Roger Federer to beat Andy attacking

Yeah, that was evident in Shanghai 2010. lol


Leon Says:

Yes, jane, reactive is the right word. But so far not much of tantrum, broken rackets, etc. Because of a too serious opponent?


racquet Says:

jane, I think it was just being tight due to the unkown factor of playing Harrison. It’s the 1st match too.


jane Says:

Tipsy and Turvy are still at it, in set four.


mat4 Says:

@Racquet:

I forget to write: “… and it doesn’t work every time…”


mat4 Says:

Murray is just those force fields in SF films.


jane Says:

mat4, so you think attacking is not the way to go with Muzza then? Not sure I read you right. Be more poetic please? ;)


Skeezerweezer Says:

Mat4,

Force field…;) good analogy.

jane…tipsy and turvy…well played ;)


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

Andy is arguably the best defensive player in the game now. To attack, you have to play risky angled shots, or to go to the net. Just watch what’s happening to Harrison whenever he tries to be more aggressive. While Andy has missed a lot of forehands from the middle of the baseline, he almost makes no error on the run from his FH corner, and his crosscourt backhand is also dangerous.

No, you have to patiently press his forehand, change the pace and wait for a shorter ball, then finish the rally with a winner. Andy’s inside out forehand can be effective, and he has a good deeply angled crosscourt forehand, but when he has to play it from the middle, he relies on the speed of the opponent ball, and he usually waits for the ball, he doesn’t get it on the rise, in the court.

Harrison did it in the first set. He hit all his backhand down the line, down the middle, he avoided Andy’s backhand, he didn’t give much pace to Andy’s forehand and got his chances.

At the beginning of the second set Andy started to go to the net to change the rhythm and throw the boy out of balance, and he managed to do that.


racquet Says:

^^that’s a pretty good analysis. I’m in complete agreement for a change.


mat4 Says:

Then, Andy is like the chessplayer Victor Kortchnoi: he is excellent in destroying the opponent’s conception, but he sometimes lacks a game plan of his own. So you play his forehand, you let him think, and while he’s thinking, you sneak a winner. If it doesn’t work, you start all over again. That’s what Djoko did in the second set of the final last year. In the third, Andy finally found a solution and started attacking.


jane Says:

Agree mat4 that Murray’s running forehand is lethal, and his anticipation makes him incredible at defence too; he seems to know just where the ball will be. I hadn’t noticed Harrison avoiding Murray’s backhand. I have noticed a few balls that Harrison hit to the middle of the court, really deep, which pushed Andy back, but he still generally takes control of those rallies.

I think he’ll cruise in the next couple of rounds. In Brisbane Murray also started with some weaker matches and he got stronger and stronger as the tournament wore on. Maybe it’ll be the same here.


racquet Says:

Muzza now 2-1 sets up. Tipsy wins.


andrea Says:

stosur already out? she’s gotta be bummed with that performance…


mat4 Says:

@Jane:

He has to find his rhythm, yes. But if he plays the way he usually does, he should make the semi without much problems. I don’t see him having much problems with JWT.


racquet Says:

He should really go to the net more with those hands.


Wog boy Says:

What kind of match was Janko’s? I am reading stats and unless they are wrong this is what they say:
JT : DT

ACES 28 : 9
UNFORCED ERROS 4 : 5 !!!!
NET APPROACHES 0 : 0 !!!!
WINNERS 28 : 9

Anyway, good on you Janko.


jane Says:

In the end, a good contest for Murray. He was tested a little bit but came through nicely. Good match, some exciting points.

What do people think about the other Andy? I have no idea on his form; I know he lost 2 of 3 matches at KooYong but that’s an exo so it’s tough to know how much he was putting into it. Now he meets Haase, another big server.


racquet Says:

Yes, a test as I expected. Harrison is definitely going places. It’ll be interesting to see how he matures.

As for Roddick, I have a sinking feeling about his chances. However, Haase can blow hot and cold so it could be a long see-saw affair.


racquet Says:

Apparently there’s a brouhaha in the twitterverse developing about Federer being put on Hisense tomorrow. C’mon, Nadal’s seeded 2 and was on there yesterday. Why not the No.3 seed?


racquet Says:

Roddick is playing very well at the moment, more aggressive than usual. Entertaining match so far.


margot Says:

S. Green, whole match on far too early even for this Murray maniac :)
However, did see last few games and was very pleased to see Andy at the net. More please.
Looked like a typical Andy match to me. Slow nervy start against someone he’s not played before and who has absolutely nothing to lose. Incidentally the highest ranked opponent any of the other top 4 had to play.
Conditions looked brutal. Thought someone said it was gonna be cool there. Is this Australian “cool?” Help!


racquet Says:

Well well, Roddick takes the 2nd. Completely confounded my expectations. Maybe all those expert picks saying he’d be knocked out early fired him up.


jane Says:

^ Yeah, but they didn’t fire up Zvonareva. ;) Istomin isn’t an easy first rounder for Tsonga. But like Haase, he too blows hot and cold.


Wog boy Says:

@Margot:

I was the one that said it is going to be cool:(
Blame it on weatherman, they say it is going to cool down after tomorrow, don’t bash me up if they are wrong, please;(


margot Says:

Wog boy, of course I won’t and HR said same too….would not dare bash him….
Meanwhile, someone unknown to me, but could be a new moniker for HR as he’s called Danai Udomchoke….. wonder what “choke” means in Thai, is giving Simon all sorts of fits. Plays just like him too.
Yes, Roddick looks as if he’s about to ruin my bracket :( Not surprised though, Haase is such a wuss.


boxy Says:

Does anyone why ‘grendel’ not posting here anymore?


Humble Rafa Says:

Mr. Lady Forehand got away easy today. That forehand is as wobbly as it was last year. He lacks confidence on that side on big points.

So basically, all his opponents try to do, is to make him hit “regulation” forhands, nothing fancy, keep hitting to FH and he will capitulate.

Fix the FH, fix the head.

Chokers are impossible to work with. They drive you nuts. On the women’s side, established honorable chokers like Jana Navotna won grandslams. I don’t think it can be done on the men’s side, definitely, not with a Lady Forehand.


margot Says:

Shame for his first nervy match, Andy wasn’t able to avoid a top 100 player on his youthful way up, with nothing to lose…..like the other 3 in the top 4.


laslo Says:

Is there video of the Courier on-court interview with Novak?


Humble Rafa Says:

It’ll be interesting to see how he matures.

Ryan Harrison is like John Mcenroe. Better not argue with him or he is going to take you and nail you to the wall. That’s where he is going.

He has some game, unlike Roddick (One trick pony with an attitude and a beautiful wife).


margot Says:

Johnny Mac, with a wooden tennis racquet = the GOAT
I’m holding judgement on Ryan.

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