Djokovic Dominates While Murray Drops A Set; Federer, Nadal Return At Australian Open
by Sean Randall | January 17th, 2012, 4:58 pm
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Novak Djokovic all but continued right from where he left off his 2011 Grand Slam season by dominating. In his 2012 opener, Djokovic thrashed 30-year-old Paolo Lorenzi 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 to win his 15th straight Grand Slam main draw match.

“Obviously I want to get a good start of the year in my first official match in this season,” Djokovic said. “I have decided not to play the opening week of the year in order to get ready well for Melbourne. I’m satisfied with the overall performance today.”

Even more revealing was the fact Djokovic scored the win in very hot conditions, which often get the best of him.

“It took me, you know, a couple games to get into the right rhythm,” he said. “You know, it’s a bit difficult conditions. I think it was really the hottest day since I’ve arrived here, so trying to get used to that.”

On a rather dull day on the men’s side, JW Tsonga also advanced in four sets over Denis Istomin. Tsonga’s compatriots Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils were also winners.

American Andy Roddick was impressive in the heat. Roddick ousted Robin Haase in straight sets in a rematch of their 2011 third round encounter. Seeded down to No. 15 this year, Roddick is still intent on getting back to the top, and his plan is to schedule better.

“I want to make sure each time I go out there I’m ready to play,” Roddick said. “I feel like last year, you know, it was the hardest one I’ve had, you know, physically. And I think, therefore, mentally. It was tough to start and stop. I felt like I was playing out of shape a lot of the time. At the Open, I even played well, but I couldn’t sustain it physically for long enough. It just caught up to me. You know, so I think my days of playing 26 events a year are probably done. But however many I do play, I want to make sure that I’m ready to rock each time.”

On Thursday Roddick will meet Lleyton Hewitt in a renewal of their great rivalry. Almost running on fumes, Hewitt rallied from down 5-1 in the fourth to close out German lefty Cecil-Marcel Stebe.

“He’s obviously a quality player,” Hewitt said. “A couple of those matches have been extremely tight. Obviously, the Grand Slam at Wimbledon could have gone either way, fifth set. Played him a couple times at Memphis, won the first set and lost three in tight threesetters there, as well. Just haven’t been able to get those one or two points against him when I needed them.”

And in the match of the afternoon for the men, two-time Australian Open finalist Andy Murray did his usual one-set sleepwalk before righting the ship against Ryan Harrison 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

Is Murray better or worse under new coach Ivan Lendl? It’s hard to say right now but he’s an undeniable 6-0 with the tennis great.

Today as the second round begins, Roger Federer is back on against German Andreas Beck. Rafael Nadal tests that back knee and shoulder against another guy with a history of injury problems, Tommy Haas. “Medic to Rod Laver Court”.

In the evening, Bernard Tomic tangles with big-serving Sam Querrey in what should be a good match. Querrey has the firepower to stay with anymore and if Tomic gets too defensive with his game and court positioning he could be in trouble.

In another good one, big John Isner clashes with former Australian semifinalist David Nalbandian. If healthy – a big IF – Nalbandian will be extremely tough for the American.

Speaking of big men, Ivo Karlovic, Juan Martin Del Potro and Tomas Berdych are also in action.

ESPN2 and Tennis Channel have all the live coverage starting at 7pm ET.

Rod Laver Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – 2nd Round
Olivia Rogowska (AUS) v. Na Li (CHN)[5]
2. Women’s Singles – 2nd Round
Kim Clijsters (BEL)[11] v. Stephanie Foretz Gacon (FRA)
3. Men’s Singles – 2nd Round
Tommy Haas (GER) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]
Rod Laver Arena 7:00 PM Start Time
1. Men’s Singles – 2nd Round
Sam Querrey (USA) v. Bernard Tomic (AUS)
2. Women’s Singles – 2nd Round
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[3] v. Casey Dellacqua (AUS)

Hisense Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
1. Men’s Singles – 2nd Round
Tomas Berdych (CZE)[7] v. Olivier Rochus (BEL)
2. Women’s Singles – 2nd Round
Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) v. Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[13]
3. Women’s Singles – 2nd Round
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[1] v. Anna Tatishvili (GEO)
4. Men’s Singles – 2nd Round
Andreas Beck (GER) v. Roger Federer (SUI)[3]

Margaret Court Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – 2nd Round
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) v. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[20]
2. Women’s Singles – 2nd Round
Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[10] v. Romina Oprandi (ITA)
3. Men’s Singles – 2nd Round
John Isner (USA)[16] v. David Nalbandian (ARG)
4. Women’s Singles – 2nd Round
Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[8]
Margaret Court Arena 7:00 PM Start Time
1. Men’s Singles – 2nd Round
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)[21] v. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)


Also Check Out:
Djokovic Advances In Dubai, Federer Returns Wednesday; Murray Wins, Isner Falls In Mexico
Rafael Nadal Sets Return To Tennis At… Abu Dhabi?
Nadal Collides With Melzer; Bombers Berdych, Soderling Battle at French Open Semifinals
Federer Dominates While Bouchard Chokes On Bagel Sandwich; Serena, Djokovic Wednesday
Djokovic Tries To Defend Canadian Open And Win First Title Since Miami

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121 Comments for Djokovic Dominates While Murray Drops A Set; Federer, Nadal Return At Australian Open

Lou Says:

Djokovic’s performance was very impressive and just went on to show how fresh he is after taking the first week off this year. Infact a glimpse at today’s match stats (Novak Djokovic’s First Round Victory: Repeat of 2011 Performance! http://bit.ly/Ac9UmF ) will show that his game was a replica of how he played the entire year. Good sign for Nole camp, if he can continue to play like this- he can be really lethal again this year.


Kimmi Says:

fish is seeing what federer saw at wimbledon. hope he can fight out of this.

always wondering, why Alejandro Falla ranking has always been so low. the boy can play if he needs to.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Nole looked great, absolute control
Murray’s body language was at its worst in the first set, grabbing his legs to feign pain when he missed a shot, yelling at his box and generally looking like he wanted to take the ball and go home. Good for him for keeping up his level of play until Harrison cracked, but I find it hard to imagine this as a champion’s mindset.


Kimberly Says:

I think a big question for tomic will be how recovered from the five setter against hotsauce. I have the feeling he is not the fittest player. Never liked players like Tomic who win by making their opponents play bad (although i’m sure there is a large contingent here that may say rafa is this type of player) Pure junker. The sportscasters say he caresses the ball, this is a matter of opinion, i would use the word chop.


Kimberly Says:

please please please do not let fish lose


Kimmi Says:

fish in trouble. ok, we had lots of come back on the first day..still have faith in him.


andrea Says:

yea, that falla is unpredictable. he can come out with guns blazing at times. not sure what he doens’t do better. kohlschreiber is the same – he plays a very nice game and has the goods but never seems to get beyond a certain level.


Kimberly Says:

Crap!!!!!! Fish is in trouble, big trouble, Please please Mardy, roger did it in 2010 Wimbledon as I’m sure many many fed fans here remember, wtf isnupnwith this guy falla


Kimberly Says:

He just checked the scores, he is crying


Kimberly Says:

We are watching the heat, who are also losing but he checked the australian open app on the iphone, I hoped he would go to sleep and maybe not know until after the comeback or loss.


Kimmi Says:

fish is broken in the third. its going from bad to worse. now he needs to break back..soon!


Kimmi Says:

break back! yes! now go win the set.


Kimberly Says:

I think fish will come back, I just can’t bear the alternative.


Kimmi Says:

the come back is starting


S Green Says:

Is there a good tennis match tonight apart from DelPo’s? (Response to Sean Randall: “On a rather dull day on the men’s side”).
Has anyone noticed Lesia Tsurenko? She’s pretty.

Just trying to fit in (JTTFI) on both instances:-)


Kimmi Says:

fish serving for the set and gets broken..hmmm! dramarama!


Skeezerweezer Says:

C’mon Fish! Dang!


Humble Rafa Says:

I feel sorry for Hass. Good guy but getting his behind handed to him.

Have a soft spot for Haas. Get injured, recover, come back. Rinse and repeat 25 times. You have just summed up Haas’ career.


El Flaco Says:

It looks like Rafa will be doing some baking today.


S Green Says:

Who dat fish? Jelly fish on tennis court?


Skeezerweezer Says:

Courts playing super duper slow right now. Rafa gotta be lovin that. Fish Falla looks like blue Clay.


Humble Rafa Says:

Skeer

This is nothing. At night the courts play even slower. One reason the Arrogant One will never win another Aus Open. Last year, The Arrogant One didn’t even bother putting up a fight against the Egg Lover. He couldn’t hit through the ball and he knew it.


Kimberly Says:

Falla has looks like he has no legs left, if fish can just take this set he will win the match. Like the heat who ended up putting a whomping on the spurs but were losing my last post, but 0-2 in the breaker not good


Daniel Says:

Skeezer, Thought the same. Fish is almost never going to the net!


Kimmi Says:

falla is playing well, that was a good lob


Daniel Says:

Fish should have come to the net before, this point was all his and he lost. COuld be it!


Daniel Says:

S..t Bracket killer. It was due for some upset this Az


Kimmi Says:

2 match points falla. fish find it hard to hit thru falla


Kimmi Says:

hmm umpire over rules on match point. falla pissed. fish saved 2 match points


Kimmi Says:

fish is given a life line..then he shanks the FH..oh dear


Kimmi Says:

Falla wins. he played well..he deserves it. fish did not have it today.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Fish at 6 all, duck hooks a sitter FH, not good. Then a weak attempt at a high BH volley. Wtf Fish? Out. Sorry Colin :(. He did not come wanting to play today. My bracket hosed again.


S Green Says:

Fish was dazed and confused in the desert heat today under the fierce assault of the Colombian. Oasis was nowhere in sight. Colombian purple haze proved to be just too good !!!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Now Rafa against a one hander and old (33) LMAO. Game over. Training match.


Kimmi Says:

haas refuse to be baked. good for him.


Kimberly Says:

Nadal playing terrible since I started watching


El Flaco Says:

It looks like I spoke too soon. It was 4-0 Nadal now it is 5-4.


Kimberly Says:

Grrrrrrrr


Skeezerweezer Says:

@k..trust me…Rafa will come through. Like Haas a lot but time has past him by…..


Kimmi Says:

two aces to save the break point and get set point. big serve again to close the set.


Skeezerweezer Says:

And…..there ya go


Kimmi Says:

c’mon delpo. 2 sets up.


Daniel Says:

A Champion is a champio, Nadal after 5-1, 5-4 serving for the set Break point down and he hit 2 aces and another excellent first serve to close the set.

Now raised his level to break right at the start and break Haas sprit with it after some Rafa like defense.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Nadal has found his form now, looking very good.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

What? Walkover for Federer!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Haha, so many have said Fed needs a few lucky breaks to come his way to win another Slam. Here’s one! How about Fish knocked out, DelPotro looking beatable… Still has Rafa to get through though.


Daniel Says:

My sister is drooling in this match: Rafa’s body and Haas face:)

She loves tennis like me, but everytime Haas plays is the same, she doesn’t care a thing about the match.


Skorocel Says:

Indeed Daniel. Those last 3 serves were just what Nadal needed in that particular stage of the match. Meanwhile, Federer just got a walkover win over Beck.


dari Says:

There were a couple of excellent serves from nadal to take the set!
Walk over for federer? He REFUSES to play Hisense, huh?
Haha
What’s the details on that?


Skorocel Says:

Great BH from Haas!


Daniel Says:

Wow, What a point. Damm it, I have to sleep! But I am totally waken by AO, need a pill.


Kimmi Says:

what!! i was waiting to see the maestro. i guess i have to wait some more.

His back probably needs that.


skeezerweezer Says:

@Daniel…

“Need a pill”

Daniel…..ur a true fan ;)


Daniel Says:

The courts look really slow, several times you see somebody hit a hard swing and even so the opponent has time to return.

Rafa serve really seems more powerful, maybe the heavier racquet worked?!


skeezerweezer Says:

Daniel,

You are correct. The courts are horribly slow. When it is like this, you can setup forever with a big backswing to hit anything, and get most anything. Boring. Atari Pong. No creativity in shot making allowed. Only one style is allowed. Bang from baseline. Cross, up the line, cross, cross, up the line, badda bing, badda boo. But for sleeping it is better than counting sheep, works for me. But for some I guess they likey. Too each thier own.


El Flaco Says:

Daniel,

I mentioned this on another thread. Nadal has slowed his service motion slightly. Last year he was almost quick serving with a low ball toss. The toss is a tad higher this year to give Nadal more time to wield the heavier racquet. We will see how it works out as we go deeper in the tournament.

In their 1st match Fed and Nadal had the same average 1st serve speed(181/180 kmh)


Kimberly Says:

Austalian open insomnia officially kicked in. Once my heart started racing in the fish tiebreaker any hope of sleep for several hours gone. And nothing tonshownur a kid who will be hysterical when he wakes up. When he went to bed I told him falla looked exhausted and fish would come back and win.


Wog boy Says:

Today is nowhere near as hot as it was yesterday. It should stay like that until sunday, then monday, tuesday hot hot.
How is Delpo’s game , anybody watching?


racquet Says:

Great match between Haas & Nadal. Good to see Haas playing so well after his troubles.

re: the Fed walkover, the tennis gods surely smile upon him.


Humble Rafa Says:

My knee popped and cracked. We have to wait and see if this is temporary.


jane Says:

Good luck for Fed with the walkover, especially in this case because of the back.

Looks like Haas is keeping it pretty close with Rafa.

Fish is out, wow. I kind of suspected that might happen; he did well in KooYong after doing poorly at Hopman.

Glad that Delpo is finding some form.


racquet Says:

I don’t remember Haas having such a powerful forehand. He’s really pounding it today.


jane Says:

Rafa’s form looks fantastic in some moments but it’s like he’s still working his way into his best form.


Ben Pronin Says:

The Australian Open surface is soooooo slow.


racquet Says:

@Jane

yep, scary good. Nadal takes it in 3. Still, I’m glad to see Tommy playing so well. Always liked his game.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@ben, yeah boring slow.

Congrats to Rafa.

In the taking off t shirt contest me thoight no one could beat the rafaness. But Haas, at 33, gave Rafa a beatdown in the take off t shirt contest showing the better physique and abs. Haas, you da man!


racquet Says:

The other day some player – can’t remember who – said the courts are playing slower than clay! Is that even possible?

Nalby breaks against Isner.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Ladies and gents, welcome to the French Open East. What happened to the Grand Slams that really meant something? Now they are just difeerent locales, same sh!t. Oh well….


jane Says:

Nalby just broke Isner. Would love to see Nalby win that match even though I think I picked Isner. Also hope Dimitrov beats Almagro, Dolgo beats Kamke and Baggy beats Wawa.

S Green, Querrey versus Tomic could be a good match; unfortunately, I’ll be sound asleep by then so won’t be able to watch it.


jane Says:

racquet, that’s crazy: slower than clay? And yet, meanwhile, clay is playing faster – I seem to remember talk at the FO last year that it was playing faster. So, hard courts are slow and clay is fast? What the?!


Kimberly Says:

I will give rafa a B performance at best but that’s ok. Save the a game for when it’s needed.

Wow loving the court speed for him though.

But it’s ridiculous, the long rallies are because no one could penetrate the court. No wonder fish lost to falla,

I can’t tell who is who in the wozniaki match they are both wearing red,


Kimberly Says:

Congrats to McHale but the Americans are struggling Maybe due to slow courts?


madmax Says:

He REFUSES to play Hisense, huh?
Haha
What’s the details on that?

January 17th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Dari,

This is what Fed said:

Rumours circulated at Melbourne Park that Federer wasn’t happy at being cast off the tournament’s centre court for the first time since 2004, but the former No.1 said it wasn’t a concern.

“When the draws are such that me and Rafa (Nadal) are in the same section, and you have (Bernard) Tomic, I guess, I expect it to happen. Especially when I saw that Rafa played an Hisense the first day, I expected my second round match was going to be there, too,” Federer said.

“Yeah, I mean, I was excited. I wasn’t disappointed to hear that I was going to play there, to be quite honest.”


jane Says:

Kimberly, “No wonder fish lost to falla,” and Isner is losing to Nalby.

One thing, though; I thought when it is hot, generally the courts play faster?


steve-o Says:

@Skeezer: but you can’t slide at AO like you can on clay. Unless you’re a madman like Djokovic.

I was amazed that Haas could make any winners at all, with the ball bouncing so high.

Glad that Federer can get a little extra rest, even if it means I won’t be able to watch him tonight.


Humble Rafa Says:

All surfaces must play slow. That’s the way I like it.


Kimberly Says:

Hot and dry=fast

Hot And hmid=sloooow

Just watch the matches. It’s slow. Fitness and speed are going to be a huge factor with long points,


Kimberly Says:

The big hitters are going to have to hit a few extra shots, wonder how that will impact Serena as we know her game is great but question her fitness level.


dari Says:

Madmax, was absolutely just joking. I hadn’t even read fed’s comments, but thought it was funny that its been 8 years since fed was off rod laver and then gets a walkover.

AO insomnia factor is incredible. Have to shut it down, pronto!


Skeezerweezer Says:

“Unless you’re a madman like Djokovic.” lol so true.

Point is, all of us here know Fish is a very solid hard courter, and this hard court is not like the true american hard courts. Yeah he played bad, but could not hit through the court. Sorry, it sucks. Thank God there is a indoor season for a nice contrast to prove ones ability on varied surfaces.
So Nowadays? The only difference is you have to slide? Heck, you can do that on an early morning match on wimbys grass with some dew still left from the early morning fog. Too bad grass went the way of the weaktit. Looks like Pong is here to stay. Skeezer whining…out.


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t mind the occasional long “ooh-aah” rally but what’s happening at this event so far is absolutely ridiculous. We were all too quick to be impressed with the Djokovic-Nadal USO final because every match looks like that one and then some so far. I never would’ve guessed that Ryan Harrison could sustain a 42 shot rally… and win the point… against Murray! But seriously though, maybe they should speed it up next year, for the sake of the viewers and the players. No wonder they complain about the length of the season, with rallies like these…


Humble Rafa Says:

Dear Australian Open organizers,

Americans can’t win on slow surfaces. Please speed it up for American’s sake. That way they can reach the 3rd round in most tournaments.

Thank You

US Cry baby Association


jane Says:

Well Isner’s back in it, but Young will be snacking on either a bagel or breadstick in this second set, after losing the first set 6-3. Not looking good for the Donald.


Michael Says:

By the look of it, it appears Novak is in terrific form and will be the man to beat. I would like a Novak-Nadal final to surface yet again. That will be quite interesting especially after the six consecutive defeats Novak has inflicted on Nadal.


Kimberly Says:

Nalbandian basically gifted is ever the second set and probably the match,


jane Says:

Yeah, true. Nalby was up a break in the second set too. Anyhow, he’d better win now, up two sets. Hope he can hold on.

Young may be coming back, but he makes too many errors. He can play so well when everything is clicking, but it just doesn’t click consistently enough.

Dimitrov/Almagro just starting, but I am too tired to stay up.


racquet Says:

Isner is losing his cool. Breaks a racquet and complains to the umpire about something. Never seen him behave like this. What’s rattling him, Nalby’s good form or his vocal supporters?


margot Says:

jane, good morning from me :)


van orten Says:

Karlovic again wins a breaker..this guy is a nifgtmare..really unhappy fed has to play him next


racquet Says:

Fed has only lost to Dr. Ivo once in 10 meetings.


van orten Says:

Since that loss he won all their meetings…but still One feels incomfortable watching it…u have to wait for that monsterblock return!!!!!


racquet Says:

Yeah, Fed will probably be practising returns a lot tomorrow.

Karlovic/Isner/Raonic matches are a snooze for me. Having said that, the Isner/Nalby match has been quite entertaining today.


racquet Says:

Here we go 6-6 in the 5th, no tiebreak, in the 5th hour. That’s often the problem with Isner matches; neither he nor the victor have enough gas left to make past the next round.


racquet Says:

Drama on MCA.


racquet Says:

Isner wins 10-8 in the 5th. Poor Nalby, he played so well.


alison hodge Says:

i was hoping nalby would come through,and he should have to be honest,but marathon man isner does it again,and a much better quality match than the one at wimby verses mahut two years ago,i know his game isnt for everyone but big johns a fighter with a lot of heart,nalby will be gutted.


Nims Says:

Nice win for Nadal. But I still see his basic flaws which he had last year. He hit so many balls in the middle of the court. Haas with his SHB could not take advantage of it, also Haas serve was aliability. Nadal is still not in form to beat Novak but probably he can beat the rest of the tour.


Chico Says:

The commentators were haling Isner-Nalby the match of the tournament thus far.. Dramawise I concur, but the tennispart in the end was ..excrusiating to watch.

At 5-6, Nalbandian leaves the court. Isner clearly hasn’t read Agassis “Open”, he sits down, WRENCHES hes knee over the other and sits down all the time. When Nalby gets back the knee is so stiff hes movement is to down to 50% from the 75. Isner hangs on with the serve. Nalby gets to “matchpoints” in Isners service game where in both of them he makes an unforced error when simply putting the ball in court would have been enough. If not for a winner then for a putaway. Isner klings back with a second serve ace at deuce :).

Then, the umpire overrules Isners serve from wide to ace. Nalby takes a loong time before challenging, walking a bit towards the ballmark. Umpire denies the challenge, Nalby cant take it, takes almost two minutes(?) before play resumes after the head umpire from the sideline has been consulted. No replay or hawkeye for the viewers (maybe for the best, either way maybe even too much fuel for aftertalk), Nalby looses it, Isner grabs the momentum and keeps the serve, gets Nalbandians clearly weaker serving in play, and matchpoint is a duel at the net, which Nalby again “should” have won. Result: a furious Nalby running hustling off the court while Isner makes shirt-ripping gestures to the crowd :D!!

I mean, in the end: Isner grit – Nalby streetwisdom 1-0, but there were mistakes all over the place and the level of play was below challenger level. It was made more evident when the feed switched straight to the Dolgo and Kamke who were also at 6-6 in the fifth :D! You gotta love it. The difference was right in your face.

And the umpire, why didn’t he let Nalbandian challenge? Ok rules maybe :), but we are in the heat of the action, surely it would have added to the drama, not knowing that Nalby would go ballistic. I stress though that that the biggest mistake was made by Nalby by loosing it.
The crowd was also so loud that it added to the confusion, tipping the call towards allowing Nalbandians challenge as he started from the mental position of Isners crucial first served having been called out.

But the drama, oh wey :)! And the aftermath, poor Nalby as he has only himself to blame :/..


Michael Says:

Alison, It is a pity that Nalbandian could not get through. He is such a gifted player but the villian turned out to be his own body with which he could not compete with. If not for it, I am sure he would have sailed to great heights. Nevertheless, Isner comes through and appreciate him for his performance. He has his task cut out against Nadal, if he manages to meet him.


racquet Says:

Tomic beats Querrey. Up next….Tomic. What a match that’ll be (in theory, anyway).


racquet Says:

Whoops, I meant up next Dolgo.


racquet Says:

And btw, Dr. Ivo came through in 4 and will be meeting Fed.


Ajet Says:

”racquet Says:
And btw, Dr. Ivo came through in 4 and will be meeting Fed.”

OH NO! I’m really worried! :(
Why isn’t karlo on rafa’s side???!!!


Ajet Says:

tomic will beat dolgo, you heard it here first! ;)


Ajet Says:

I think last year’s 5 setter between nalby and hewitt at oz was one of the definitely highlight matches of last year, it was full of beautiful shot-making and drama? Doesn’t anyone else think so??

Sadly though, nalby lost this year to isner. I like isner though due to the fact that he is the 1st one to push nadal to 5 sets at RG 11, no bloody mean feat!!

However, I just love federer, marat and nalbandian: the three undoubtedly most tlented player of federer era…
And I sure think nalbandian as the greatst underachiever in tenns history considering the fact that he could make a very well playing federer look quite ordinary during the AO 03 and USO 03, to be honest.


Wog boy Says:

Nalbandian did have case to argue,very much so. Just umpire arrogance and stupidity, though that is not the reason why he lost. For that one he has to blame himself.
Alison, i agee, one of the unluckiest players when it comes to injury, he had quality for GS, pitty :(


Chico Says:

0-2 and a break down. Baggy just bagged four rackets, three of them without even taking them from their plastic bags. Bad baggy, no way of respecting the stringers efforts. Or was it critique maybe?

Broke back.

Wawas bh looking sweeet.


Wog boy Says:

Azarenka finished job in no time, part of the crowd lost the plot including commentators , particulary Tood Woodbrige, trying to justify screaming from the crowd that went on and on even during court interview. Azarenka dignified.


alison hodge Says:

good to see aza remaining so dignified,grown up as a person,even though the judy murray glasses joke went down like a lead balloon,two great solid performances so far,and looking very solid,could be a real contender,though time will tell.


alison hodge Says:

i agree with you ajet.nalby hewitt was just about the best match at last years final,just like the isner/nalby match this morning,nalby imo should have won,and if i remember rightly he lost last year,talk about unlucky,a.rod and hewitt should be good there battles are usually exciting to watch,and im watching baggy and stan,which is exciting momentum swinging this way and that way.


alison hodge Says:

sorry best match at last years ao.


Wog boy Says:

Alison, that one didn’t work, with glasses, you are right.
Baghdatis match sounds like football match. Melbourne is the second biggest Greek city, after Athens:-)


alison hodge Says:

wog boy marcos seems to have very passioate fans wherever he goes,i do love marcos lovely personality,just a shame about the temper tantrums,i would love to be there sounds like a great atmosphere,i wonder if hes one of the most passioatly supported players on the tour.


Wog boy Says:

Yes he is definitely likeable person, but Wawrinka played better tonight, he was sharp. Time for bed.


alison hodge Says:

wog boy yeah i agree stan was the better player,very good solid match from him.


Kimberly Says:

mark my words, the tomic hype in Australia will be comparable to the Tebow hype was in US last week.


Lulu Iberica Says:

I agree with Nim’s assessment that at the moment Rafa looks good enough to beat everyone but Nole. The problem is that he loses momentum lately. Yes, he came through this match fine, but Rafa of old would not allow so many break backs by his opponents. He needs that mental toughness and consistency to beat the very top guys. As for the short balls they come and go — at some points he was hitting much deeper. And to whoever mentioned it above, yes, Haas whipped Rafa’s butt in the shirtless contest! ;)


Humble Rafa Says:

Yeah, Fed will probably be practising returns a lot tomorrow.

Slow courts. Dr. Ivo can serve big, just not as effective. Predict 1 tie break and one 7-5 set.


jane Says:

Chico thanks for the summary of Nalby/Isner drama. I missed the end of the match so it was good to hear it from someone who watched.

Morning margot. :) The boys play today, woot!

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