Tomic The Story; Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Breeze; Americans Ousted During Week One At Australian Open
by Sean Randall | January 20th, 2012
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Five days into the first Grand Slam of the tennis season and what have we learned at the Australian Open?

Bernard Tomic, who Friday won his second 5-set match of the week, might very well eclipse the achievements of his Hall of Fame countrymen Lleyton Hewitt and Patrick Rafter one day.

Just 19, Tomic already plays a unique, throwback-style of tennis that poses problems for many of today’s players who are programmed to play bang-your-head-against-the-wall bashing baseline groundstrokes. What a natural, instinctive edge for the Aussie. And above all, the kid is so cool under fire. Almost Federer-like.

Tomic’s big win over Alexandr Dolgopolov last night sets up a salivating showdown Sunday against Roger Federer. Thanks to a Wednesday walkover, the Swiss has only played two matches this week, one if you consider playing Ivo Karlovic something other than proper tennis.

But Federer has looked good so far (he’s won 22 straight matches since the US Open) and most importantly there are no signs of back trouble.

And no sign of injuries either for Rafael Nadal who has roared through three matches without dropping a set. Nadal had a shoulder questions coming in and then his knee flared up Sunday on the eve of the tournament, but the Spaniard played through and he really looks to be in remarkably good form.

And Nadal can stay healthy he should be in good shape for another round as he now takes on his good buddy Feliciano Lopez who knocked out John Isner Friday in five sets.

Speaking of Isner, the big man’s loss eliminated the American men from the draw meaning it’s first time in Open Era their won’t be a US male in the Australian Open fourth round. With Andy Roddick injured and close to retirement, Mardy Fish 30 and having the pressure of following up a career year, when will American men get back on top.

Ryan Harrison is the popular answer but the 19-year-old just can’t seem to get that big win like Tomic and Milos Raonic have had, and Isner may be too one dimensional to really go deep in a Slam.

Donald Young will likely never to get the Top 10, nor Sam Querrey.

While the future looks dim for American tennis, Novak Djokovic is going the opposite direction. Through two matches Djokovic is back to his dominating self. Sure, he hasn’t played anyone worth a lick – nor will he today against Nicolas Mahut – but he certainly looks like a man who’s very comfortable with himself on that Rod Laver court on which he’s won two Grand Slam titles.

Novak’s road should get much tougher on Monday when he takes on Raonic. I think the Canadian will use his power and serve to take out Hewitt.

With Tomic the talk, the spotlight isn’t as bright on Andy Murray and new coach Ivan Lendl. Murray lost his opening set to Harrison but has since kicked his game into high gear. Like Djokovic, he’s had a cushy draw but after tonight’s contest with Michael Llodra, things could get prickly with possible meetings with more Frenchmen like Gael Monfils and the JW Tsonga ahead in week two.

As for the women, Serena Williams is still the pick. Petra Kvitova, who’ll likely overtake Wozniacki as the No. 1 at the end of the event, was shaky the other day. Victoria Azarenka looks good as do former champs Kim Clijsters and Maria Sharapova, but Melbourne seems to be Serena’s town and until someone beats her you have to make her the favorite.

Matches start tonight in about two hours on the Tennis Channel with ESPN2 picking up coverage at 9pm ET.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN SATURDAY SCHEDULE

Rod Laver Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – 3rd Round
Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[27] v. Petra Kvitova (CZE)[2]
2. Women’s Singles – 3rd Round
Angelique Kerber (GER)[30] v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[4]
3. Men’s Singles – 3rd Round
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] v. Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
Rod Laver Arena 7:00 PM Start Time
1. Women’s Singles – 3rd Round
Greta Arn (HUN) v. Serena Williams (USA)[12]
2. Men’s Singles – 3rd Round
Milos Raonic (CAN)[23] v. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Hisense Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
1. Men’s Singles – 3rd Round
Frederico Gil (POR) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[6]
2. Women’s Singles – 3rd Round
Vania King (USA) v. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[21]
3. Women’s Singles – 3rd Round
Sabine Lisicki (GER)[14] v. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[18]
Hisense Arena 7:00 PM Start Time
1. Men’s Singles – 3rd Round
Andy Murray (GBR)[4] v. Michael Llodra (FRA)
2. Legends’ Doubles
Pat Cash (AUS) v. Mansour Bahrami (IRI)
Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) Cedric Pioline (FRA)


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92 Comments for Tomic The Story; Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Breeze; Americans Ousted During Week One At Australian Open

Ben Pronin Says:

I hope Tomic and Dolgopolov have a healthy rivalry in the future. Their match was a lot of fun to watch. ESPN kept flipping to Del Potro’s match and it was amazing how boring it was compared to the Tomopolov match. The control they have on their slices is amazing and the way they both hit unreasonably flat is just astounding. I love it. But Dolgopolov needs to up his first serve percentage big time. As for Tomic, his only real weakness is his movement but it’s not all that bad for a big guy and his anticipation hides it well.

I think Federer will be too much for Tomic at the moment though, especially after playing so much tennis already.


grendel Says:

The Tomic/Dolgopolov match was pure fun. Ben says:”Dolgopolov needs to up his first serve percentage big time”. Just a hunch – but I suspect he can’t. It’s an incredibly eccentric action, and you just get this feeling, sometimes he gets it in, sometimes he doesn’t, and nobody knows when, least of all Dolgopolov. When it comes off, it’s damn near unplayable. Unfortunately, that comes at a heavy price. About Tomic’s movement – apparently the Aussie senior pros would all shake their heads when considering Tomic’s prospects. “The boy can’t move”, they’d murmur into their beers. But he is rectifying this, something to do with “growing into his body” as they say, for he’s only 19. There was one shot in particular I remember when Tomic contemplated smashing a Dogopolov lob, decided against, raced back, turned and went for a winner – not just a hopeful put back. he missed, but not by all that much and I thought he looked quite fast.

“Like Djokovic, he’s had a cushy draw ” -referring to Murray. He’s only had 2 matches, the first of which was against talented Harrison, who took the first set. How can you possibly say he’s had a cushy draw on this basis? And now it gets tricky.

Nadal, as always it seems, is the one who has a truly cushy draw. Three nobodies, and now Lopez who defers to him, and after that perhaps Berdych who long stopped posing a threat to Nadal – noone at all, really, till the semi. And if that’s Federer…..

Of course, you can argue that Nadal CAN’T have a difficult draw, he’s just too good. But that’s not quite true. Tomic could trouble him, as could Monfils and certainly Tsonga is far more dangerous to him than Berdych. But the real key is del Potro. If he’s really running into true form, then he is immensely dangerous – and whose quarter is he in? Not Nadal’s.

Most people seem to think a Nadal/Djokovic final is the most likely. Be interesting to see what role fitness plays in such a contest.


grendel Says:

“Three nobodies” – sorry, what can I have been thinking of? Two nobodies and a has been.


Kimmi Says:

petra is clicking today, pure demolition of kirilenko in this first set. mind you, kirilenko is not playing bad.

kirilenko game seem to give petra lots of rhythm, unlike suarez navarro who had lots of variety.


Kimmi Says:

hmm, kirilenko retires. thigh injury but petra was superb today, even if kirilenko was 100% she would have had no chance.

congrats to petra. it will start to get tougher from here.


Thangs Says:

Congrats Kvitova….Hitting winners right n left


Humble Rafa Says:

As for Tomic, his only real weakness is his movement but it’s not all that bad for a big guy and his anticipation hides it well.

Your Humble Highness feels that Mr. Tommy Boy needs to hide his arrogance. He has accomplished nothing worth mentioning in his career but he talks like The Arrogant One (I have a plan, I can beat him, etc..). In my Humble Opinion, that is not very helpful for a young man. It messes with your head, as Lady Forehand will tell you.

Be humble like Your Highness and he will do well.


Steve 27 Says:

Grendel such a pathetic fan you are!. At Wimbledon last year did not have to face Del Potro, Fish, Murray and Djokovic. At the French Open against Soderling, Murray and Federer. All these players are nobody, no. Last year it faced in the third round Tomic, Cilic in the fourth round, before his unfortunate injury against Ferrer, of course, possible quarterfinal opponent of Djokovic. What we always pathetic fans like you is Nadal’s rivals are all maimed and those of others, especially Federer, are all tough opponents, please give me a break. Karlovic was rival of Nadal two years ago. It was a match of 4 sets, as may have been the Federer match yesterday. As a blind fan from Federer, you wish Nadal will play against opponent possibly most dangerous rivals as Tsonga, Del Potro, well, are just speculations. Today the only opponent who can beat the best of 5 sets to Spaniard is the Serbian, others are possibly nobodies like you disrespectfully you call low-ranking tennis players. There are none so blind as those who will not see the obvious.


steve-o Says:

Kvitova’s toughest opponent in the quarter was Suarez Navarro for sure. A linear power player like Ivanovic, who’s all forehand, has nothing to hurt her with.

Theoretically Bartoli could trouble her, but except for that she’s probably going to be in the QFs.

The two players who could cause Kvitova problems are Serena and Clijsters. Clijsters, because she moves so well (and moves the ball well too), and Serena, well, because she’s Serena. She won’t have to deal with Serena until the semis, and Clijsters is in the other half.

Serena’s condition is a cipher, but she has won this tournament as an unseeded player before, so I wouldn’t count her out.


Wog boy Says:

“The boy can’t move” nicely said and it is going to get worst with his boulky body. John McEnroe, if someone reads between the lines, was of similar opinion last night. For difference of Wally Masur and Pat Cash, he was pretty cautios about Tomic future, basically wait and we will see.
And yes, he laied at press conference about challenge and wasn’t even covincing. But he got away with that thanks to umpire not looking his way, so couldn’t see.


El Flaco Says:

Tomic walks flat footed like a duck or a penguin with his feet pointing out at an angle. Ljubicic walks the same way. I don’t recall any fast tennis players that walk like that. It doesn’t appear very ergonomic. Would you want to drive a car with the wheels angled out? Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, and Murray all walk with their feet pointing straight forward.


Duro Says:

“I know sort of a way to sort of play him in a way”
:-)))


Wog boy Says:

It looks like girls are doing favor to Novak so he can play his match earlier, like two days ago :)
Good girls :)


skeezerweezer Says:

Steve 27

This is how Rafa won the ’10 USO. Beating Verdasco then Youzny to get to the final. Before that in the draw? LMAO. Haha friggin ha. Tough enough for you?

That said, the way I see it, your seeded # 1 you should get the easier draw. You notice there is no complaining when Rafa or Fed was seeded #1 from there fans of a tough draw. If anyone should be complaining the last few years it should be Novak, his historical draws for a top guy was tough, but the #3 seed usually gets the toughest draw, for obvious reasons.


Kimberly Says:

Nadal had a brutal draw in Wimbledon last year. And he got to the final. He had a tough draw at the French. He was seeeded number one for both those events. Yes, USO 2010 he had an easy draw. But look back at Wimbledon 2011, where he was the number one seed, he had Raonic slated for the third until he got injured, delpo in the 4th, Fish but was seeded for Berdych (the finalist of the previous year) Murray, and then the Djokovic. Murray/Djokovic/Fed didn’t have nearly as tough a draw. And the French he got Soderling in the quarters, two time finalist. Murray had Chela, which would be a great 3rd round match, Djokovic had no one, but if he had it would have been Fognini and Federer had Monfils. Hello????!!!!!!

But listen, they all get good draws and bad draws. Murray has an awful draw this time, an awful draw last year here, and many brutal draws. I remember 2010 Djokovic’s Wimbledon draw was so bad that I started laughing when i saw it, it was like from 4th round on Hewitt (who had just won Halle), Roddick (previous year finalist), Federer (6 time champ), Rafa. Then he beat Hewitt, roddick no showed and lost to lu, fed no showed and lost to Berdych, and then he lost to berdych. But my point is each of them have had a “cupcake” and each of them have had a “brutal” draw. And sometimes the draw the looks brutal suddenly opens up with no shows so you never know.


jane Says:

“But listen, they all get good draws and bad draws.”

That’s true Kimberly. :)


grendel Says:

Kimberley, I bow to your knowledge. My memory was selctive – as usual!


Kimmi Says:

djokovic is very good but his matches are becoming boring. seriously, is he so good or his opponents are so bad?


Kimberly Says:

i don’t know kimmi, but i wish they would switch to another match or mahut would just retire and save us the next 12 or so games of waiting to watch a better match. Sorry Nole fans. I guess on the other hand if it was fed (for you) or rafa (for me) we might find it enjoyable to watch?


Kimberly Says:

at least mahut got a game. However, I fully expect milos if he gets by hewitt to get at least 4 games per set for at least two sets. Maybe even a tiebreak. If serve works very well maybe even one set max in a tiebreak. But the party ends there. Although who knows. Maybe another bagel bagel breadstick combo.


jane Says:

Kimmi, I’d say it’s a combo of both. The Giraldo was a little more competitive, as Giraldo is younger, the same age as Nole, and he is ranked 54, a pretty decent player methinks. Meanwhile, Mahut is 30 today and he’s injured, plus Nole is serving well, etc. Even I am wandering out of the room occasionally. It’s difficult to watch a player who’s injured. I remember when Nole was beating Berloq in a lopsided match at the USO, it was still fun to watch imo because Berloq kept getting into rallies and playing some good points. But Mahut seems kaput.


Kimmi Says:

bartoli about to go out.


grendel Says:

Tsonga looked good even if weak opponent. But I’m thinking whoever beats will know he’s been in a match. He’s running into top form. One backhand of his comes to mind. Right from the corner of the lefthand court – the position was such you would have expected a defensive shot – he drove the ball with great power cross court. It wasn’t a winner, but it was demonstrative of his strength, comparable to Becker’s – the obvious difference being that whilst Becker had a one handed bh, Tsonga seems these days almost equally at home with both.

I like steve-o’s comments on Kvitova. Didn’t catch her today, but she was pretty woeful against Suarez – did stick it out, though. Sharapova was impressive, although 6-1 6-2 against Krebe didn’t tell the whole story. Up to 2-0 in the 2nd set, Sharapova was imperious. And her first serve percentage phenomenal, I think 80% at one stage, and only one double fault thru the entire match. Krebe, who had been exuding misery, bafflement and a general wish to be elsewhere, suddenly came to life at 0-2, and fought three closely contested games, two of them very long. It looked to be a match, and Sharapova started looking just a little bit iffy. First serves were still going in, but they were short. Mistakes crept in, and Krebe started to look remarkably Germanic. And then as unexpectedly as the tap had been turned on, the flow ceased and the match ended as it had begun, a bit of a display from Sharapova and not much else. On this form, Sharapova could give Serena a battle.


Daniel Says:

Interesting stat, over the last 4 years the player who begin the year as #1 didn’t finish as so:

- 2008 Fed – Nadal
- 2009 Nadal – Fed
- 2010 Fed – Nadal
- 2011 Nadal – Djoko
- 2012 Djoko – ????


jane Says:

“On this form, Sharapova could give Serena a battle.” grendel, this is so encouraging to hear; I hope you’re right. I’ve not been able to see any of her matches, but the scorelines have looked great.

What about Gasquet too? Is he finding form? Again, I haven’t seen him play, but it seems like he’s been slowly and steadily making his way through. In which quarter is he?


Kimmi Says:

zheng is a tricky player. once she is in the rally she moves the ball well. somehow the two handed on both side from bartoli seem to restricting her from reaching lots of balls.

Draw opens up for petra. she has ivanovic next who could be tough.

Zvonareva is also out, though i dont think she would have given serena any trouble. she does not have a good form for some reason.


Wog boy Says:

@Daniel:

- 2012 DJOKO – DJOKO


grendel Says:

http://eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/
Bizarre photo of Djokovic – at first glance, I thought, who is this old man?


Wog boy Says:

Jane, Gasquet is playing Tipsy right now and he up 5 : 2 :(


Kimberly Says:

I just don’t think sharapova will give Serena a battle. I already feel defeated on this match assuming it happens. Sorry but Maria’s had pace does nothing to bother Serena who can hit it back harder and heavier. Anything Maria can do Serena can do better and so much more variety. I don’t think Ivan bear to watch that match if it happens. Bartoli gone, zvonereva gone they said.


Kimmi Says:

lol grende. unlike federer who looks very relaxed when hitting his BH slice. lots of other players dont really look good when hitting the ball. This photo is not too bad.


Kimberly Says:

I hope Gasquet wins. He’s way hotter than tipsy I would rather watch him for another match or two


Kimmi Says:

too much baking from nole today.


Kimmi Says:

sharapova could surprise you kimberly. serena has not looked unbeatable either..


Kimmi Says:

Happy Birthday mahut!!


Wog boy Says:

Kimberly, the way it is going at the moment your wish might come true.


grendel Says:

True, if Serena is on song, there’s not much Sharapova can do about it. But if she’s even a little bit off, she is vulnerable to people playing blinders, as we saw at the US. And I suspect Sharapova is in the right shape to play a blinder. Meanwhile, apart from the usual great ground strokes – which have on occasion certainly tested Serena – there were two wonderful instinctive shots which will linger in my memory.One was a half-volley lob, from way back, perfectly placed. The other was a whistling bh winner taken very low down. But the main thing is, the serve looked pretty safe – gutsy, really, given the history.


Kimberly Says:

Kimmi—-Serena looked horrible in Australian open 2007, right until she met Maria in the final that barely got started before it ended, Serena has a history of looking shaky and then boom, all of a sudden she goes in that unbeatable Serena zone,


skeezerweezer Says:

@K,

Well I don’t agree Rafa’s draw was “Brutal” last year, but more like “normal”. He actually had someone to play before a qtr final or semi for once that year compared to 2010.

That said, me stands by my comment that a #1 seed deserves a privileged spot in the draw, they earned it. And Rafa, when #1, duly deserved his position in the draws, just like Djoker, just like Fed.


jane Says:

Ha ha, Maria gave a great interview. I’d love to see her ironing.


grendel Says:

Sharapova hit one drive volley, and they did a slow motion replay, and as she hit the ball, her eyes were closed. Is that normal?


Kimberly Says:

I like Serena sharapova matches about the same as I like djokovic nadal matches


jane Says:

^ LOL grendel. Maybe you’re being serious, but that read hilariously.


Thangs Says:

so boring matches today….Missing Fedal..


Kimberly Says:

Skeetz, Wimbledon 2010 he played soderling in the quarters, ao 2010 he had Murray in the quarters (which he lost/retired but would have lost) they all get good draws and bad draws


Duro Says:

Three matches, 10 games lost. Out of 64…

Not bad.

Classy from Mahut to play till the very end and happy birthday to him, of course.

Nole, you look ominous. Stop intimidate people.

Good night all.


Kimberly Says:

Ugly match with lisicki and kuznetsova.


Kimmi Says:

will turn on gasquet vs tipsa match. i bet it is interesting.


Wog boy Says:

Pay attention, when Ana serves she closes her eyes, no wonder she is missing.


jane Says:

Lisicki is making a nice comeback, that lob was fabulous.


skeezerweezer Says:

Yeah just saying his draws overall in 2011 imho weren’t brutal and he did not produce,,,,,,so( well wait a sec…he did get to a heck finals )? You are right you get good ones and bad ones…and who whoever wins the title, well that is all that matters. And with that…I do not disagree. Same applies to the all others. My point in the beginning of commenting, was, well, you get #1 seed, you must have earned it, and with that comes privileges in when the draw is made. You know, you have played tourneys. that darn # 1 seed gets byes, etc, and doesn’t play anyone worth squat until much later.

BTW…I like Skeetz….tx ;). Second BTW, Heat beat LA Stinkers without Wade…..gotta feel good.


Kimberly Says:

Set point lisicki for one a piece.

Wog boy, richardnhas blown two set leads before.


Kimberly Says:

Rafa had a tough draw at Wimbledon and the French (which last time I checked he did win). He had an easy draw at the us open for the second year in a row but bad luck in landing in the section that had to play several consecutive days due to the rain. But in the end that benefited him against Murray as Murray had a tougher match against isner than rafa did against roddick who had a tougher match against ferrer than rafa did against mueller. So did it hurt him against novak, no none of those matches were as taxing as novaks match against federal so it all evens out in the end, this one has a tough draw, this one has too many walkovers and loses rythym, this one had a tough match…..it all evens out. And I will state fornthebrecord, in general rafas draws are not easier than anyone else’s or harder if you span the years, not cherry pick a few particular tournaments,


jane Says:

Wow, Gasquet is cruising. Ferrer has a good record versus him, but you never know. They’ve not played since 09.


skeezerweezer Says:

K,

Ok your argument bodes well.

Darth Vader; “impressive!” ( breathing sounds before and after )


Kimberly Says:

Gasquet ferrer could go either way


racquet Says:

Monfils dropped the 1st set and looks very woozy. Trainer called. Not looking good for him.


jane Says:

I was just coming on here to see what’s up with La Monf. Did they say why the trainer was called racquet?


racquet Says:

No explanation, but he had to leave court for treatment.


racquet Says:

One commentator just said that it’s something with his lower back. Overheard trainer saying he needs to hang on until painkillers kick in. His movement is certainly hampered.


racquet Says:

This match has run the gamut from Greek tradegy to French farce. The crowd are willing Monfils on with every shot. You get the feeling that he’s only continuing because he doesn’t want to let them down.


margot Says:

Morning everyone :) Perfect time for Andy’s match :)
Monfils looking slow and injured? :(
Watching Nishikori too. Isn’t he a pocketful of delight :) So good at the net too :)
S Green hi! Wanted to say how much I like Suarez-Navarro also. What a beautiful backhand she has :) Bummer about all the injuries :(


Humble Rafa Says:

Do the clowns running the Aus Open know that their real time scoring on the website is screwed up…and has been for a few days. People don’t live in caves anymore.


racquet Says:

Morning. Ready for some serve/volley and brilliant passing shots?


blah Says:

I have full faith in gasquet to take down djokovic =D, (not really, he’ll probably lose to ferrer in 5 after going up 2-0, but i can dream)


Epsilon Says:

Many people, here and elsewhere, take one of two polarized positions:

1: We don’t know the future so nobody can’t tell who is going to win AO.

2: You can’t live without thinking or preparing of the future so I’m 100% sure Novak will. Haven’t you seen how he is playing? Or Federer’s days of winning slams are over. Mark my words!

Is it really that hard to grasp that you can make predictions based on what you have without this crazy sense of absolute knowledge? Is it some sort of teenage-like desire to prove oneself and impress others?

This should be evident by itself without examples. But what if there is a million example in history of predictions of things much more important than tennis that were made so surely and then proven utterly wrong?!

Even in tennis examples are been twisted and ignored… and at times unexplicably sided. Steve 27 says that Agassi and Roswell are big exceptions. So why can’t Federer be one?!

Another: Tell anybody late 2010 about how dominant Djokovic would be. What?! That guy?! He should be lucky to win a slam, may be AO since he won it before. But let him meat Nadal at clay and he will be routed.

Humble Rafa gives rationale for why no slam no longer suits Federer, forgetting that these reasons were used inversely against Nadal few years ago and why he probably wouldn’t win any slam outside clay. And don’t tell me Nadal was on his way up unlike Federer now. I started watching tennis intermittently since 2008 or 2009 until I became more of a full-time fan and that’s because of Federer. Even in these couple years, if you haven’t seen Federer adapt to age and refine his style to keep competing, then you should revise yourself.

Make predictions all you want. You may be right, but just don’t be so “….” sure!

Sorry for the looong post but it had to come out.


Epsilon Says:

Corrections:
on clay
any longer.


racquet Says:

1st set to Murray. Playing like a dream on the whole. Monfils making one of his unlikely comebacks in the 5th.


margot Says:

Really nice match. Gotta say Andy looking awesome and highly focused. Hasn’t glared at his box once, ITT highly scary, I guess.
Yes, bit of a miracle going on for Monfils..;) But K awful at finishing.


racquet Says:

Kukushkin scrapes past Monfils.


racquet Says:

Meanwhile Andy marches on 4-2 in the 2nd. Liking the his stats so far: 34 winners, 8 UFEs, 72% 1st serve, 13/15 at the net.


racquet Says:

Stunning rallies, including an outrageous one to win the 2nd set.


Wog boy Says:

Something wasn’t right in this match, Kukushkin and Monfils. Something is fishy, as commentator said and I agree ” we were taken for a ride in this match”. Officials should have a good look at this one.


racquet Says:

Murray through in 3 clinical but highly entertaining sets. Wish it had gone on a little longer.

Now let’s see how Rusty is dealing with Raonic.


Colin Says:

Epsilon – “Agassi and Roswell”? I didn’t know the little green men played tennis!


margot Says:

Very entertaining first two sets.
Awesome from Andy, boy was he moving well. Gr9 court side interview too.
Can the Ivan effect be working already?


alison hodge Says:

i agree with kimmi and kimberly,jan 20th 10.40pm and 10.49pm,a combination of both,djokovic looks very good yeah,but the matches have been dismally one sided,yawn hope his next opponent,can give him more of a test,at least rafa,roger and andys games have been competitive,but so far djokovics games have been very dull,sorry jane and the rest of noles fans.


alison hodge Says:

margot andy looks like hes really enjoying himself out there,and yeah a great interview,and a great cometitive match,played in such great spirit,and i have to say im feeling very positive about this year for our guy,if not here somewhere this year i would put money on him winning a slam,go andy.


racquet Says:

^^Gr9 court side interview too

Loved the comment about getting hammered.


margot Says:

alison, he looked so happy and pumped up in the court side interview,wasn’t that good to see? Such an entertaining first two sets. Lovely shots and tricks from both. Such fun!
Didn’t see Monfils match? Wog boy, what is prob?


margot Says:

racquet, as he doesn’t drink, must’ve been an example of dry humour, which interviewer of course, did not get!


Mg Mg Says:

Raonic can’t keep the ball in play.


alison hodge Says:

margot must be ivans influence lol, yeah great match,great fun i think we are looking at a new andy,bring it on.


Epsilon Says:

Colin:
:)
Sorry. Was reading about it a couple a days ago. Must have been lurking somewhere in my head.

Thanks!


Wog boy Says:

Margot, nothing looked genuine, to put it plainly. I wish I can tell you in Serbian, it would be much eaisier to find the words. So many wierd things happened, it looked like Monfils didn’t want to win, even his double fault to finish the match was miles away, he was sort of pumping himself up but didn’t look genuine, Russian was behaving wierd. Monfils could retire if he was injured, I had feeling he could win a match if he wanted. This is GS and deserves more respect. Anyway that is how I saw it, maybe I sm not right but commentator was harsher.


Wog boy Says:

Hewitt making me eating my words.


Lou Says:

Tomic is playing good but I don’t think so he has the gams as of now to defeat Federer. Federer is looking in good form and has already defeated Tomic once before in Australia. Infact if we look at their game analysis so far in AO,Federer is playing better than Tomic ( Federer vs. Tomic: Clash of Two Generations? http://bit.ly/AysC9T)


grendel Says:

Wog boy – Monfils had a back injury.Kukushkin should have wrapped it up earlier, but he froze. Monfils was doing little more than keeping the ball in play. As the match continued, he seemed to loosen up a bit – but, you know – backs. There’s always that fear.

For Murray fans, Frew Macmillan had this to say at the beginning of the third set, having first pointed out that Murray had 30 winners (18 on the bh), Llodra only 3: “maybe it [the huge winner toll]is a sign that Murray has rediscovered that real potency on the bh. I thought that really for much of the latter part of last year Murray’s forehand was actually the telling factor in his ground strokes, whereas his backhand always used to be considered, certainly by me, as just about the best there was”.

The 3rd set was exhibition stuff since Llodra has never come back from 2 sets down, and is not going to reverse such a record at the age of 31, against Murray of all people. His mind was already, in Frew’s mind, focused on his doubles, which he now took very seriously. Since the name of Ivan Lendl had come up – would he approve of Murray’s Santorian jinks – and Macmillan remarked that he once had to pull up Lendl in a doubles match at Queens. Macmillan, as one of the greatest ever doubles players, took doubles pretty seriously, and he took exception to Lendl pratting about. Macmillan seemed sceptical of Lendl’s repute for dry humour – he himself is a lovely exponent of it – and pointed out that what Lendl found killingly funny was hitting another player with the ball, preferably as hard as possible. Personally, I don’t think the dry and the burlesque are mutually exclusive. Necessarily.

Kimberley – you make your point again, and again with eloquence (and forebearance for those of us with slanted eyes…) Even so, I’d like to try this one out. I have no evidence, no pile of statistics to point to, only a memory programed to be selective. I’ll throw this one your way, for what it is worth. In my instinctive perception (possibly wishful thinking as one poster pointed out just before the start of this tourney) that Nadal tends to get the easy draws, I tend to discount the French and Wimbledon. That’s because, until the sudden advent of Djokovic Superstar, I tended to regard those two tourneys as Nadal’s for the taking, and so it hardly mattered what draws he got. It was the US and the AO – somehow, he seemed usually to get an easy ride. And by the way, a further thought occurs. If Murray continues to look this good, it might begin to seem that the real threat to Djokovic will be Murray and not Nadal. And yet, for once, Nadal is drawn against Federer, whom he hardly knows how to lose against in 5, and he can only play one out of Murray and Djokovic.

This is how we of the prejudiced brigade tend to think. We ignore balance, and look resolutely on the dark side.


Wog boy Says:

Grendel, lets say that commentator influenced me too much….but still….hmmmmm….i don’t know???


Lulu Iberica Says:

Yes, prejudiced brigade, indeed, grendel! Everyone is always harping on Fed being in Novak’s half of the draw, and now that he’s in Rafa’s that is problematic as well??? I will not deny that Rafa has sometimes gotten easy draws, but I think some people would only be satisfied if he had to beat the rest of the top 10 to win a slam!


Queen Says:

Jez people your comments r so retarded.


grendel Says:

“Everyone is always harping on Fed being in Novak’s half of the draw, and now that he’s in Rafa’s that is problematic as well??? ” Ah, but Lulu, they are different sets of people. The first lot are Djokovic fans who are convinced there has been an international conspiracy on the part of tennis federations all around the world (headquarters – Mars). The second lot are some prejudiced Federer fans – like me! Actually, in a way, I’m glad Federer might meet Nadal in the semi, because I think he has a better chance of beating him there than in the final.

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