Fish, Schiavone Upset Wednesday at Australian Open
by Staff | January 18th, 2012
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Mardy Fish appeared sluggish, agitated and uninspired on Wednesday at the Australian Open in a four-set loss to Colombia’s Alejandro Falla, falla-ing 7-6(4), 6-3, 7-6(6).


“It’s my responsibility to put it behind me, you know, but I’m a human being,” said Fish on being bothered by Falla repeatedly asking for the trainer. “I see that guy’s called the trainer three, four times, however many times he was out there. It’s hot. And I;m down two sets to love, and I’m looking for anything to sort of gain the momentum a little bit…I didn’t get angry with the chair umpire. Just asked him how many times the guy is allowed to come for cramps.”

Top 10 seeds into the third round Wednesday were (2) Rafael Nadal straight-setting Tommy Haas, (3) Roger Federer receiving a walkover from German Andreas Beck who suffered a back injury, (7) Tomas Berdych topping Olivier “The Roach” Rochus in straights, and (10) Nicolas Almagro outlasting Grigor Dimitrov 6-0 in the fifth.

No. 16 seed John Isner survived a match point in a five-set win over David Nalbandian, triumphing 10-8 in the fifth.

“It was a lot of fun, first off,” Isner, who had to overcome cramping in the fifth set, said of the marathon match. “Very similar to my match here last year where I lost 9-7 in the fifth on that same court. So I tried. I told myself I didn’t want to repeat that effort. I wanted to actually win that one. It felt really, really good to win it.”

Unseeded Aussie teen Bernard Tomic continued his roll on Wednesday, losing the first set but defeating American Sam Querrey in four.

“The first set was very strange,” Tomic said. “He played very good, and I started questioning myself if he’s going to keep serving and playing like this whether I have a chance. But I got lucky, and he didn’t serve as good in the second. He gave me confidence.”

On the women’s side No. 10 seed Francesca Schiavone was tripped-up by an Italian countrywoman who knew her game well when Romina Oprandi beat the former French Open champ 6-4, 6-3.

Other upset victims were (16) Peng Shuai, who lost in straights to Czech Iveta Benesova, and (32) Petra Cetkovska, who fell to the hot-handed German Mona Barthel in straights.

Cruising into the third round in straight sets Wednesday were (1) Caroline Wozniacki edging past Anna Tatishvili 6-1, 7-6(4), (3) Victoria Azarenka dropping only one game against Aussie wildcard Casey Dellacqua, (5) Li Na easily defeating Aussie wildcard Olivia Rogowska, and (8) Agnieszka Radwanska easing past Argentine qualifier Paula Ormaechea.

“It’s just a small blister,” said Wozniacki on dealing with a foot issue during the match. “It was good just to tape it up and make sure that it was okay…I thought the first set I played pretty well. I stayed aggressive and made her run. Second set, she went a bit more for her shots, and I stepped back a little bit and she punished me for that.”

In former No. 1 action, (11) “Aussie” Kim Clijsters allowed France’s Stephanie Foretz Gacon only one game, and (13) Jelena Jankovic handled Taipei qualifier Chang Kai-Chen in straights.

Matches to look for Thursday at the Australian Open include (15) Andy Roddick vs. Lleyton Hewitt, (4) Maria Sharapova vs. American Jamie Hampton, Jelena Dokic vs. (9) Marion Bartoli, (9) Janko Tipsarevic vs. hot-handed Aussie James Duckworth, American Ryan Sweeting vs. (5) David Ferrer, (14) Sabine Lisicki vs. Shahar Peer, American Sloane Stephens vs. (18) Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Michael Llodra vs. (32) Alex Bogomolov Jr.


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56 Comments for Fish, Schiavone Upset Wednesday at Australian Open

Lulu Iberica Says:

Well, I’m sorry for Kimberly’s little guy that Fish lost, but other than that I don’t care too much! He was a brat out there! And there was that recent incident with Dimitrov, too. Can we please have one high profile American who doesn’t throw tantrums on court?


Humble Rafa Says:

Can we please have one high profile American who doesn’t throw tantrums on court?

I haven’t heard anything bad about Jack Sock, not yet. He is not high profile but there is hope for non-tantrum-throwing Americans in the future.

If you can tolerate the atrocious, mind numbing and stupid dress sense, Venus is not bad. She evens the family tantrum factor.


billyboy512 Says:

Always wanted to hear a player acknowledge the concept of having fun out there. They play tennis for living, for goodness sakes. Thank you, John Isner. You are now a new favorite.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Yeah, Humble Rafa, Venus does not throw tantrums, but she is on the way out. I hope Jack Sock is able to make it big! I saw an interview with young American Sloane Stephens and she seems like a totally lovely person — hope she can make it, too!


Kimberly Says:

I changed the bracket photo to reflect the theme of the day.


RZ Says:

Thank you for including Wozniacki among those who “cruised.” It’s amazing how negative the TV commentators have become about anything she does. The girl was serving at 4-5 40-15 in the second set after winning the first, and was described as being in a world of trouble by Pam Shriver. Anyone else would have been described as being on serve.


Lou Says:

Nadal is showing some good positive signs on the court! He is hitting his shots with more power and aggression. His movement has also become better. If we look at his stats from 2011 and this year so far (Rafael Nadal- Early Signs Of Improvement! http://bit.ly/wvSe0f ), he is playing better and winning more % points on his first serve.

As Andre Agassi once said that if you can keep you unforced errors between 5-10 at AO in each set, you have a good chance of winning the set. Nadal seems to be following it with just 31 unforced errors so far in this tournament. Good sign for Rafa camp!


van orten Says:

..nothing new ..very rafa like and he will cruise to the semis where roger will wait and i dont expect much of that encounter because every star lines up in his favour in GS matches (at least the last 3-4 gs matches they played )so i dont care anymore

that horrible (rafa)party playing that same old song is going to be spoiled by the djoker !!!!!


Thangs Says:

@Lou, I am worried that he is still hitting the shortballs which allows the opponent to hit outright winner on DL or crosscourt…espn2 illustrated this in yesterdays match…Hass was hitting good winners which I beleive because of Rafa’s previous short ball that lands in opponents comfort zone.

Hope he improves in forthcoming matches.


El Flaco Says:

Here is the video of Baggy’s temper tantrum. I emailed tennis-x to post it as a separate blog item.

http://nation.foxnews.com/must-see-video/2012/01/18/tennis-player-goes-ballistic-aussie-open-destroys-four-rackets


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Thangs- yes, as good as Rafa looked, he did leave a lot of balls short.


Humble Rafa Says:

he did leave a lot of balls short.

I always do that. Moonball..moonball, scramble…moonball….scramble…part of gameplan


Angel Says:

Djokovic is gonna stick those moonballs into Nadal’s behind. Jejeje.


Daniel Says:

Kimberly,

Congrats on your beautiful family, loved the photo as if imply: why not mommy?!


Wog boy Says:

It looks like Nole is going to start earlier his match, thanks to Maria and Serena.


Kimberly Says:

Daniel, thanks. I like them most of the time!

Serena bagels in the first, struggles in the second, but gets through. Apparently Serena is playing mixed doubles with Andy roddick.

Sharapova looked strong but she always does until that match that she doesn’t. I’m not optimistic.


S Green Says:

Number 1 Djokovic begins with a love game, unlike last time.


Humble Rafa Says:

What is wrong with The Egg Lover. It is 1-1 in the first set. I didn’t think his form would drop this precipitously. This is a major development and none of the so-called journalist are covering this.


laslo Says:

I think Serena is an egg lover. She only plays four tournaments a year and could beat any man.


S Green Says:

His Royal Highness Humble Rafa, FYI, Giraldo has the ability to trouble Djokovic.


S Green Says:

Giraldo breaks !!! I don’t know if Djoko can take this lightly.


S Green Says:

Alright, Giraldo is avenged with 2 breaks. With that, Djoko finally wraps up the set in 41 minutes. It took a while for the No. 1.


S Green Says:

Looks like after breaking Djokovic in the 5th game, Giraldo seems to have felt he accomplished his goal, and as a result loses next 7 games without much resistance.


racquet Says:

wow! Just got up to see Ferrer down 2 sets to 1 against Sweeting. Is he playing badly or is Sweeting playing the match of his life? As if Djoko needs his passage made any smoother. hehe

Djoko is cruising at the moment. Quelle surprise.


steve-o Says:

Kvitova vs. Suarez Navarro. Much as I like Kvitova, I’m rooting for the underdog.


jane Says:

Nole looks good. Loved that lob in the final game.


racquet Says:

1 set all in the Kvitova match. She’s over-cooking her forehand – lots of errors. Better get her act together quick.


steve-o Says:

After losing the first set 2-6, the underdog wins the second by the same score.

Kvitova is powerful but not mobile. She can be outmaneuvered. Suarez Navarro is nimble, moves the ball well, and is consistent. And she is a wonderful shotmaker.

Kvitova’s having to go for too much too early to avoid being outrallied. But she ain’t #2 for nothing.


S Green Says:

Steve-O, bow to your prediction of 7 under games.


racquet Says:

Uh-oh. S Navarro breaks.


jane Says:

S. Green, oops yeah, even I couldn’t stay up for Tomic and Querrey and I am on the West coast.

Good point steve-o. Kvitova doesn’t have the movement of a Steffi, I don’t think. But wow, such power.


S Green Says:

Yes, Jane, Djokovic looked incredibly sharp and was hitting balls clean. After that 1 break he suffered, he suddenly raised his level and stayed that way through out. Job well done.


steve-o Says:

@S Green: Thank you. Glad to see I was right!


racquet Says:

Kvitova steadies the ship, breaks back and gets another.


S Green Says:

It would be nice for the old USA if Sweeting somehow manages to win but can he do it?


S Green Says:

As I was doubting, Sweeting is broken with foot fault, of all the things. How miserable that is !!!


racquet Says:

Ferrer scrapes through in the 5th. Kvitova wins. Muzza up in a few.


Kimmi Says:

Phew!! petra!


steve-o Says:

Ferrer has won. ESPN has once again covered an obscure American with a dull game, only to see him lose.

Congrats to Kvitova, she is a tough cookie and she definitely knows how to win. I do feel for Suarez Navarro, she’s been constantly injured for much of the last couple years. I wish she could play a full season for once, that game is just too beautiful to go to waste.


S Green Says:

Vania King sang a few lines on the court (after winning the 2nd Rd). I have to say she’s good, bit of Sinatra-like.


Kimmi Says:

WWOW! vania king can sing very well. congrats to her for the win.


Thangs Says:

Congrats Kvitova/Ferrer….


racquet Says:

Muzza cruising. 2 breaks and 4-0 up.


steve-o Says:

Harrison was Murray’s toughest early-round opponent. ‘Till the quarters, his draw is pretty cushy.


Lulu Iberica Says:

I’m happy about all the winners — Vania King, Ferrer, and Kvitova. Muzza is about to bake a bagel, maybe. Time for bed!


jane Says:

Murray’s in baking mode.


Kimmi Says:

muzza could bake. nishikori not doing well.

great tennis but too late. time to sleep.


racquet Says:

I wouldn’t call Monfils cushy.


mat4 Says:

@jane:

Did you watch Novak’s match?

How did he play?


jane Says:

Hi mat4, :) just heading off to sleep, but yes, I caught about the last half of Nole’s match and he was playing very well: precise, sharp, and fast. With some nice variety, too, saw one great lob, drop shots, volleys, all mixed in with the usual baseline onslaught. He served fairly well, though perhaps not enough firsts in. But he was winning a large percentage of firsts and seconds too. He says he’s been working on placement (not necessarily power) with regards to the serve. Must be off to sleep, perchance to dream. Talk soon.


mat4 Says:

Good night, jane.


racquet Says:

Interesting scheduling tomorrow. Nadal on at 11:00am followed by Fed. Wonder if Dr. Ivo secretly likes that.


racquet Says:

Murray through comfortably in 3.


tennisfan Says:

Djokovic won easily today. Pretty easy win. The way he is playing-looks like he will reach easily to SF.Its good to see him trying to improve his game like trying to come to net more often and drop shots.
I read this article on his interviews since 2007 and saw how he has gradually achieved his goals so far! Very very inspiring. Evolution of Novak Djokovic- Australian Open (2007-2012)! http://bit.ly/xO8U7D


BT Says:

Roddick has just retired down 2 sets to 1 against Hewitt.


Angel Says:

I can’t wait to see how Djokovic is gonna teach another tennis lesson to the pathetic spaniard. I’m so excited.

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