Federer Tanks Tomic, Azarenka Survives Scare at Australian Open
by Staff | January 19th, 2013, 9:03 am
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Former world No. 1 and Australian Open No. 2 seed Roger Federer stood on the train tracks Saturday in the face of the oncoming Bernard Tomic “The Tank Engine” and said, “Not gonna happen.”

Federer subdued the young Aussie, who had brazenly talked-up his chances against the Swiss during the week, by an anti-climactic 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-1 score line.

Apparently unaware of his fall off in the third set, Tomic said afterward, “It’s just a matter of time when I get up to the big group of boys in the Top 10. I know I’m going to be in there with this attitude.”

Federer for his part in his post-match conference struggled to recall if Tomic had improved since the last time they played.

“I played him Cincinnati last time around,” Federer said. “That was a quick court, best of three sets. Over in a hurry really. I got off to a good start in that match, as well. Then it’s over quickly. I mean, I would think so. He’s obviously played today’s match very differently than he did play the last couple matches I played against him. Yes, I would think so. He has improved.”

In other words, “Eh.”

Besides the Swiss GOAT taking the stage, Saturday was ripe with upsets in Melbourne as unseeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy toppled No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(3), 3-6, 6-3, and No. 21 seed Andreas Seppi of Italy shocked No. 12 Marin Cilic 6-7(2), 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

“It’s the first time I’ve passed the second round here also in Australia, so it is very important for me,” Seppi said.

The Frenchman Chardy stuck to his plan in taking down the big-serving del Potro.

“I decided tactic before the match,” he said. “Since the first point to the last point, I play exactly the same. I stay very calm, very focus…I play slice with my backhand and I try to play short slice because like this he has to come in the court. After, with my forehand, I can go full power.”

In other Top 10-seeded action, No. 3 Andy Murray handled Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-4, 7-5; No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga cruised past Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic 6-2, 6-1, 6-4, and No. 9 Richard Gasquet recovered from a slow start to defeat Croat Ivan Dodig 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-0.

No. 13 Milos Raonic also topped No. 17 Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-4, and in the final match of the night, No. 14 Gilles Simon defeated French compatriot Gael “Force” Monfils 8-6 in the fifth.  

Raonic said he had suffered a fever the previous two nights.

“I felt like my body was aching,” said the big Canuck. “I didn’t really feel like I was struggling with energy. I just felt like every type of ache I had was magnified.”

In ladies action on Saturday world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka had to turn back a stern challenge from Jamie Hampton, eventually defeating the young American 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

In the second set Hampton took a medical time out, and in the third set was visibly bothered by injury.

“I have two herniated disks in my lower back,” Hampton said. “I just try to manage it on the court and slow down, take my time. When I got low it was really hurting, and there’s not really much you can do.”

Hampton was in control for the majority of the match against a player searching for her game.

“I don’t think it was the best performance, honestly, but in another way I can say I can play better, so that’s a positive note from there,� said Azarenka, reportedly now “coached” by the singer Redfoo, who she is also reportedly dating. She will next face Russian Elena Vesnina. “These kind of matches sometimes are more, brings better things for you in the future, because winning ugly, always means that you overcome something that you weren’t feeling great, you weren’t feeling all your shots.”

No. 3 seed Serena Williams continued her seemingly destined march to the championship with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Japan’s Ayumi Morita, and No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki topped the Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-3.

Lulled to sleep by the quality of opponents during Week One, Serena now entertains herself by seeing how high she can hit on the serve radar speed gun, on Saturday topping out at 128.7mph.

“I tried to hit it really hard,” Williams said. “I hit 207 [kph] the other day and I thought it was luck. But I did it again and I was like ‘Whew!’ I’m going to try to go for 210 [kph].”

In other seeded action No. 29 seed Sloane Stephens defeated Brit Laura Robson 7-5, 6-3 to gain the fourth round, and No. 14 Maria Kirilenko beat No. 20 Yanina Wickmayer 7-6(4), 6-3.

Three unseeded players moved into the fourth round when Serb Bojana Jovanovski defeated Japan’s ageless Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-2, 7-6(3); Russian Elena Vesnina upset No. 16 Roberta Vinci 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4; and former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova outlasted the backhand of Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Stephens will next face Jovanovski.

“Honestly I haven’t played my best tennis,” the American said in Serena-like fashion. “But, I mean, sometimes it’s just going to be like that. Sometimes it’s going to be ugly and you just have to work your way through. It hasn’t been the prettiest, but mentally it’s been beautiful. I mean, that’s really all you can take from that.”

Unseeded for the first time at a Slam since 2003, Kuznetsova will next face the former No. 1 Wozniacki.

Matches to look for on Sunday in Melbourne in 4th round action include (5) Angelique Kerber vs. (19) Ekaterina Makarova, (4) David Ferrer vs. (16) Kei Nishikori, (2) Maria Sharapova vs. Kirsten Flipkens, (13) Ana Ivanovic vs. (4) Agnieszka Radwanska, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. (15) Stanislas Wawrinka, (6) Na Li vs. (18) Julia Goerges, and a battle of big serve in Kevin Anderson vs. (5) Tomas Berdych.

 


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212 Comments for Federer Tanks Tomic, Azarenka Survives Scare at Australian Open

Polo Says:

Tomic said: “It’s just a matter of time when I get up to the big group of boys in the Top 10.”

I like this kid. He has great potentials and I do agree with him. Give him ten years and he will surely start beating the Big Four handily.


Jonathan @ peRFect Tennis Says:

Good match I thought from both guys. Tomic could have got the breaker. But Fed just too good again.

I don’t think Fed played his best tennis either, just hung tough and served well. Still the odd moment of genius too like that backhand half volley at 5-5 in the second set.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger seems to have a pattern of playing a high intensity match, but not able to backup in the next round. Having played a high quality match, I doubt how he would fare when he faces Raonic in the next round. If Raonic stays tough, he has a great chance specifically if the match happens in the day time.


Tz Says:

Nirmal Kumar, u are not a fed fan, are u? :)


skeezer Says:

“I feel so confident. This is the perfect time to play him,” Tomic said following a 4-set victory over Daniel Brands. “I think, you know, I’ve got a good attitude to win. I’ve beaten a lot of good players over the last past two weeks, especially Novak. I think I can do it if he wins his match. I’m ready.”

Had to re post this for Tomic…….hehe

Hey Tomicio, you still haven’t EVER taken a set off the Maestro on HC!!

That said, Atomic has got a big time game, and at times showed what an impact he could make in Tennis if he gets more consistent at what he does. If he is committed, he is not very far away, just needs more big time matches.

Fed is looking ominous himself(keep that serve going!). Beating 2 players in a row that have recently come off title wins. But what a sh!tty draw he has gotten. Now he has to face the biggest server left in the draw who is playing well also. Seems like Fed is playing in another tournament compared to the other top players……go Fed!


Tz Says:

“Beating 2 players in a row that have recently come off title wins”

a bit correction here, davydenko was a finalist


skeezer Says:

^I stand corrected, in overstating. My point however still stands in that the players he has faced alphabet been in great form and no other top opponet has had to face such quality


courbon Says:

@Skeezer-I agree about Federer having toughest draw.But playing Wawrinka, then Bedrych, then Ferer is not walk in the park for Novak…( I’m actually glad that he plays Bedrych and Ferer-it will make him tough if makes it to the final…)


courbon Says:

@Skeezer-To ad to your last post-Ferer and Bedrych are in the top form.


Esrelle Says:

I guess Tomic felt his win over Djokovic was a free ticket to a slam final or something. Years my boy, years!

Just ask Murray!!!


skeezer Says:

@courbon,

Birdh!t will be interesting if they meet up ;). Me hope Nole crushes Mr. Personality.


Remcom Says:

About the Federer-Tomic match, there’s also the aspect of fitness. I thought the youngster was breathing a bit harder, especially in the tie-break, and that probably compromised the consistency he needed to threaten the Swiss at that point. Federer seemed much more even throughout.

Fitness, Tomic will learn about that too in the coming years.

PK


alison Says:

Courbon Noles got some tough opponents in Ferrer and Berdych,but has great records against both players so i would give him the edge in those matches,Davids a nice guy,but i agree with Skeezer in that i would hope Nole crushes Berdych,as the guys such a jerk,even though i hate to say it as he is pretty cute lol.


alison Says:

Agree with Remcom,when i 1st saw a young Andy Murray facing Nalby at Wimby,he was this skinny weedy looking kid at exhausted by the end of that match,since then fitness wise hes come on in leaps and bounds and looks very fit,its something Tomic will learn as his tennis career continues to develope.


courbon Says:

@Alison and Skeezer:I think I can join both of you in disliking Bedrych.I know that Nole has a good record but you never know…Regarding Federer, he will come through and get to Semis with Murray-and then, I guess is 50/50…


Tz Says:

Skeezer, i did get what u meant with ur 1st post. I just couldn’t resist from correcting that one. Never mind :)


Brando Says:

Still early in the tournament but I must say Fed is playing the BEST tennis so far. His game and on court persona seems so sure, composed and smoothly crisp at the moment. And you know Fed is in form when his movement is seemingly effortless and without any glitch whatsoever. I said before the tourny that IMHO fed is BETTER when he has a tough draw from the start: it means he has to be switched on from the go and it grooves him mentally to be in a space where he is completely focused and looking to play his best tennis. He could win here the way he is playing, for sure!


andrea Says:

nice win for fed. just reading that monfils simon went almost five hours….yikes!


courbon Says:

@Brando-Same with Novak!AO, quite tough draw-wins tournament, US Open easy draw-loses…


Brando Says:

@courbon: true. IMHO he was playing scary good tennis prior to the final. Whilst I was extremely happy and pleased that Muzza won the USO, I still believe that nole had a bit of an off day and was the best player at tha USO overall. Despite this, all the top players need that bit of luck to win the first slam.


courbon Says:

You are right-I agree with Novak having a off day at US Open, but as Novaks fan I can not say it-otherwise I get abuse from other blogers!(joking off course…)Still, Murray is deservedly grand slam champion.Also, his tennis is geting better and better, and he is even brighter and charming as person this days.Regarding the AO-I’m start getting nervous…for f… sake I should enjoy watching tennis and not get more nervous but I guess thats my nature …(walking down and up the room, swearing Novak 100 times in one match…)
P.S.Glad to hear for your guy coming back soon.


Brando Says:

@Courbon:

Thanks re rafa. :-)

LOL, I understand completely the anxiety you refer to when you watch your fav, in this case the world no.1 nole for you. When rafa plays on clay even i get ridiculously anxious at times, so i completely understand your doing so- even though many would argue that rafa fans being anxious about rafa on clay and nole fans being concerned about him on HC is a bit over concerned unnecessarily so.

But one just cannot help it. Oh well.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Thanks, interesting stats.


tennisfansince76 Says:

after the upsets it looks like Fed and Nole have the tough qtrs. the other 2 not so much.


skeezer Says:

Tz @1:04
Alphabet shouldn’t have been in my post, 2 lazy to correct it . We’re good and thanks for the correction.


skeezer Says:

Jane re; stats….but the quality of there opponets matter, no?


Wog boy Says:

tennisfansince76,

Agree, Federer really got tough one and Nole is not far behind, Wawrinka, Berdych, Ferrer are no joke. I have seen two of Berdych matches and he is as smooth and silky (jane’s wording) as one can be. I enjoyed watching him, soft hands. Ferrer beat Baghdatis with no problems, fighting fit as always.

skeezer,

yes … no ;)


Wog boy Says:

It will be intersting to see Kevin Anderson today against Berdych, it should be cracker of the match. I like Anderson, looks like very nice bloke, played great in Sydney and lost to Tomic:(


skeezer Says:

Birdsh!t has never ever beaten Novak on HC, and Ferrer has only beaten Novak twice since 2004, a span of eight years.

Wawa 1-7 on against Nole on HC, the only win was way back in 06.

I don’t how you call Nole’s competition tough, sorry. Although there can be a first time for everything. At a Slam, with Noles form? Nada.

Back to my hole.


Brando Says:

Agree completely with Skeezer’s 6.07 posts.

YES, on paper it can be argued that nole has a tough route.

But in reality, it is more a PERFECT dress rehearsal for the final as opposed to encounter’s that shall see him being ousted from the tourny.

Right now Nole and Andy are virtually guaranteed their SF places.

Fed in his form is also pretty close to being certain to get there too.

Nole is pretty much CERTAIN of being in the final. Deep down NO NOLE FAN is going to deny knowing that obvious truth.

ONLY in the final can Nole face one of the ONLY 2 players who stand a chance of beating him here: FED or MUZZA.

NO ONE really stood a chance prior to the start of the tourny for many other than those 2 and nothing since then has changed that popular opinion!

Since the draw was made the main question has pretty much been:

Who faces Nole in the final- FED or MUZZA?


Wog boy Says:

Yep but lots of those matches were close, I hope that first time can wait until some other time:)

You should be happy with your man’s form, no.


jane Says:

Davy /Fed = 2/17

Paire and Tomic = noobs with nerves

:)


Wog boy Says:

You cannot win with two of you (Skeezer, Brando) back to packing up, for Melbourne. I hate packing, always forget something and nobody wants to help me packing.


jane Says:

^ Righto Wog boy – you’re going to have a blast!!!


Wog boy Says:

Tell them jane, tell them;)

Thanks, I will:)


skeezer Says:

^like I said, back to my hole ;). Have fun wogboy..

@jane

You mean Noles first 3 round opponets vs Feds? Ehem…..


jane Says:

Just teasing. But I did check rankings out of curiosity, and Steps is in fact the highest ranked opponent any of the top 3 has faced in 3 rounds, but Fed has had 3 in the top 50. Here are the rankings:

Nole’s: Mathieu, 60; Harrison, 62; Steps, 34; Wawa 17

Fed’s: Parie, 46; Davy, 40; Tomic, 43; Raonic 15

Muzz’s: Haase, 53; Sousa 100; Berankis 110; Simon 16

I do think Fed’s is the most difficult on paper, though Fed has a good record against most of his opponents, just like the other two do. Nole’s and Muzz’s draws have levelled out somewhat. Andy will have an easier QF (Seppi/Chardy) but a more difficult semi, assuming it plays out with Berd and Fed.

Having said all this, rankings don’t tell the whole story and nor do stats. Murray’s serving and break point conversion have been good, but Nole and Fed have hit more winners and neither of them has been broken. I just thought they were interesting so I posted them. I haven’t seen Fed playing because 2 of his matches have been night, so too late for me. I’ve seen two of Nole’s and two of Muzz’s and think both have shown strengths and weaknesses.

It’s hard to say what’ll happen. I sure didn’t see Chardy beating Delpo, but there you go. There was a good “racquet reaction” on that match at Tennis.com that touch on his simple strategy and how he stuck to it. And that, for example, is something numbers or stats can’t really capture.


lazlo Says:

Brando
Federer is looking great so far. Based on what I have seen so far I think he’s got a really good shot at this title.


DC Says:

Nole & Murray have the toughest draw – they will need to defeat Federer to either reach or win in the finals.


jane Says:

^ There you go! ;)


skeezer Says:

DC

LOL ;) Your timing was impeccable!

jane

Well, Chardy and Delpo was for sure a shocker. Just goes to show there are more than 1 Rosols out there….


Wog boy Says:

Had enough of packing, jane I watched Chrady and I think I even posted that he looked like Rosol. At the times he played like he was possessed, serving, FH it was like misiles now let see him next match. It didn’t help though that Drlpo doesn’t have B game and was frustrated.


Wog boy Says:

“Delpo” not “Drlpo”


the DA Says:

Just a sidenote: Serena and Andy win International Tennis Writers Association Female & Male Tennis Ambassadors of 2012. Djokovic and Wozniacki were the previous winners.


jane Says:

^ I know I saw a lot of the match too Wog boy; ESPN2 was flipping back and forth from Muzz’s match and Delpo’s. But apparently Chardy’s plan was to slice low, drag Delpo in, and then hammer the forehand. And he stuck to it. Even when his forehand went off and he hit is 20 feet out, he stuck to that plan. I guess it worked!


volley Says:

wog boy

dripo might have been a Freudian slip.


jane Says:

That’s nice DA. Congrats!


Wog boy Says:

Much the same when Delpo beat Federer at USO, Delpo stuck to his game plan and Federer was to stuborn to change his game believing he can outhit Delpo, and Federer has B game and C game and .. that is why it never made sence to me why he is so stuborn at the times.


the DA Says:

^ jane – the slicing tactic also works for Andy whenever he plays Delpo. JMDP not only gets lured in to be passed but is prone to errors because he hits his FH so hard & flat. Chardy also used the tactic to good effect against Muzz in the Cincy match. That’s why I also stress that the slice is underrated.


the DA Says:

^ That’s why I *often* stress that the slice is underrated.

(wish this site had an edit function)


jane Says:

Do we think Delpo moves better side to side then, than forwards and backwards?


the DA Says:

Absolutely.


jane Says:

That’s what I thought, but then when I think of his one grand slam win over Fed, it seems to me he came in to the net more then than he does now.


Wog boy Says:

volley,

You might be right.


Humble Rafa Says:

In the final 16, there are 2 Serbs, 4 Frenchmen (Chokmeisters all, chokseuse in French), 2 fellow Spaniards, 2 Swiss, 1 Japanese, 1 Canuck….


Humble Rafa Says:

Kerber lost to some-ova.


Kimmi Says:

makarova upset serena last year, she is on a roll here. she will probably lose to sharapova again.


steve-o Says:

IMO only Federer has a chance to beat Djokovic in the final. If Murray makes it to the final I don’t think he can do it.

On this surface, Djokovic can slide and retrieve balls and his return game is vicious. He’ll pummel Murray’s second serve with those returns that land on the baseline, and run him around with heavy groundstrokes.

At USO Djokovic almost came back from a two-set deficit. Here I think he would be able to come back even if Murray somehow won the first two sets, which I can’t see happening. A baseliner’s game simply cannot make a dent in Djokovic on this court.

Federer has a better serve, he makes first strikes, comes to net consistently, and he can fight off a lot of those Djokovic returns with his incredible half-volleys.

Every time Federer and Djokovic have played here, it’s been straight sets for the winner. If they meet, I predict it will again be straight sets, whoever wins.


Brando Says:

@Steve-O: I guess you were fast asleep last year when Muzza pushed nole to the brink in this very slam! LOL, if that’s the case then yes you are right Muzza has no chance in a GS final on a HC v nole- especially NOT even though he blew a 2 set lead against nole in a slam final only to show real character and bottle to win the 5th set when it looked like he had lost his chance to win! Your right he has no chance- I just do not know why many are foolish to think he does have a chance. Oh well, you tell them about their error Steve-O: free from bias and full of wisdom!


jane Says:

Ferrer is in wicked form by the looks of it.


the DA Says:

@ brando – yep, he was 1 point away from serving for the match. Memories are short.

Apparently Simon is in hospital and might not be able to play. I really hope not. Not just just for him but for Andy too. A W/O isn’t always an advantage (just ask Nole re: FO).


jane Says:

Oh my, why is he in the hospital DA? What happened?


Wog boy Says:

jane,

You are not wrong, I have seen him against Baghdatis.


Kimmi Says:

nishikori has a knee injury. he is not moving very well. he is making ferrer look good imo.


the DA Says:

I don’t know the details but a friend I was IM-ing heard it on British Eurosport. I’m on Swedish Eurosport and they haven’t said anything yet. Someone reported that he needed help walking after his match last night. Trying to scan the twitterverse to get more details.


Wog boy Says:

jane,
he did hove some problems last night but he avoided to say what kind of after match. His first serve was around 140km throughout the match, trainer had to come almost after every game, he asked umpire even for some fruit bars because he didn’t feel well, but yet he finished the match.


the DA Says:

heh..Chardy, who is currently playing doubles against the Bryans, just hurt his knee. Had to get treatment and tape. This section of the draw is starting to resemble a casualty ward.


jane Says:

Crazy, how sad for Chardy if he is out or hindered, especially after that performance y’day. Playing both doubles and singles; it seems like a lot. Then again, lots of players do it, and quite successfully too.

Wog boy, yeah, I was surprised by the Baggy scoreline. I do think Kimmi is right that Kei isn’t playing his best; he’s hitting a lot of errors. I am only half watching as have a movie on too…


Kimmi Says:

much better from nishikori in the third set but ferrer too stubborn.


Alok Says:

“Just teasing. But I did check rankings out of curiosity, and Steps is in fact the highest ranked opponent any of the top 3 has faced in 3 rounds, but Fed has had 3 in the top 50. Here are the rankings:”

Steps is about 7-8 years older, so why would you even consider him as a threat? Has he even won a singles title in the past two years?

You’re not teasing. You always do it, and it isn’t for fun but to emphasize how difficult your man’s draw is, NOT. I suppose even if he gets three players ranked 9998, 999, and 1000, you’ll say the same thing. If it’s not the ranking, it’s the scheduling, it’s the whatever, get a grip.

He’s got it made in the shade, and you know it very well. On the first day, the weather was cool and breezy, and you stated it seems like a hot one. Get real. he has by far the easiest draw, followed by Murray.


jane Says:

DA I found something about Simon’s elbow being problematic, but maybe it has to do with rallies like this too! 71 shots is mad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsBzWtUanBI#ws


the DA Says:

jane, I know, that’s the point where I called it a day. I was too exhausted to continue.

BTW, I just saw a tweet from a journo at Simon’s press conference. He has decided to play against Andy tomorrow saying: “I will try my maximum to give him a hard time.” Good on him.


jane Says:

Some people commented below the video that it was a horrid match; didn’t see it so can’t comment. But anyhow, good for Simon. Might as well give it a go. He got there and all.


jane Says:

Nico with a straightforward first set over Tipsy. Nico played really well at Abu Dhabi. I think he’s reached the QFs here before, or at least R16.

Wog boy, Looks like Maria is going for every game again.


Humble Rafa Says:

Looks like the Shriekapova Bagel & Breadstick Shop has opened again.


Wog boy Says:

HR,

Your condolences for Tipsy are welcome today, if you are going to send any?


jane Says:

Sharapova has had a bagel or a breadstick in every match.


Humble Rafa Says:

HR,

Your condolences for Tipsy are welcome today, if you are going to send any?

I have one Serb so deep in my head, I sometimes get confused. Uncle Toni says I should keep the Serbs out of my head. He says Swiss is OK, and he doesn’t mean Swiss Chocolate.

Gotta pick the right battles…key to winning.


lazlo Says:

ALOK
I really like Steps even though he rubs people the wrong way sometimes.


courbon Says:

@Wog Boy:Bon Voyage mon ami…Tipsa is finished.


Wog boy Says:

HR,

Good one:)


Wog boy Says:

courbon,

Well, it is not all that bad. This is first time he made fourth round at AO. Now he can enjoy little bit of Melbourne with his beautiful wife.


courbon Says:

You are right there, no bad week off work.Well, I got some private work to do so I’m off to work.Have a good trip and speak to you later.

Humble Rafa, Jane, Laszlo and others have a good day/night-enjoy the tennis.


andrea Says:

sheesh. maria just stomping on the competition. another blow out.


Margot Says:

Everybody’s favourite..not, looked unbeatable in the first two sets, but Anderson put up a gr8 fight in the third and credit to him.
Absolutely terrific tie br8!
Noticed Big Bird doesn’t like low shots that make him bend his knees, especially volleying. Nole are you listening…;)
BTW is Big Bird the only man on the planet who looks better with a cap on? Just asking..


alison Says:

Margot agree Berd has played great thus far,and i thought for a minute Kev might grab the 3rd and push it to a 4th all in vain,have to say im with Kimberly i like Thomas looks with or without the cap,and IMO he has a gorgeous smile,even if i do think the guy is a total jerk,and hope Nole (presumably even though hes a break down,still early days though against Wawa)would give him a beatdown and teach him a lesson.


the DA Says:

Nole starts slow, Wawa starts hot. The result? Wawa up a double break.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

It’s a nice startup for Stan in this match. Double break up. We may end up seeing some of best tennis from Novak as the match progresses. Most like Stan can’t keep up this level from more than a set. Interesting and something Novak needed in this tournament.


the DA Says:

Huh, Stan breaks Nole for the 3rd time and takes the first set in 25 mins. No need to worry yet. I fully expect Nole to come roaring back. Wawa is playing well though.


Wog boy Says:

NK,

I hope you are right, Nole came out cold and that can be costly. Wawrinka has nothing to lose, he is hitting freely.


the DA Says:

Nole seems to have problems with his footing or shoes, he’s slipped several times. Nole gets the break and then gets broken back.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

The returns Novak is starting to get in the 2nd set is just crazy. Can’t see him loosing this set by any chance.


jane Says:

Just woke up. Nightmare apparently. Nole with 35% returns to Stan’s 63%. Nole with just over 50% first serves. More than double the errors. Egads. Should back to sleep. Horrible.


the DA Says:

Wow, Wawa breaks again! He’s in the zone. Leads 3-1.


the DA Says:

jane, you can’t abandon Nole yet. Remember, it’s Wawa – he’s known to get tight.


Margot Says:

Can’t believe my eyes here! Expecting Stan to go off boil any mo…..but still amazing tennis. Stan always causes Andy no end of probs though.
Is it my eyes or is “Beefy” a little less so?
jane- comms still backing Nole :)


Tz Says:

What the…! Is novak injured?
Can’t watch the match for some reason, just following the scores. What’s wrong with nole? Or is wawrinka playing superb?


jane Says:

Definitely Stan has lost weight.


steve-o Says:

One break lead is not enough to win this set. Anyhow, I doubt Wawrinka can maintain this level for much longer.


Margot Says:

stan playing astonishing, Tz


jane Says:

Yep Stan is in the zone. And Nole is playing mediocre, not nearly as good as his previous matches. Way more errors than winners. Oh well, I guess this is it. :(


Nirmal Kumar Says:

More errors piling from Stan and Novak getting back his movement. Will be really surprised if Novak does not break Stan now.


Tz Says:

Thanks for telling, margot

come on, novak. don’t get out of the tourny this early!


the DA Says:

There you go jane, Nole breaks back.


steve-o Says:

Told you, one break is not enough. Now Djokovic has been let off the hook and he’ll come back. Unless Wawrinka somehow breaks him in the next game.


alison Says:

Agree Wawa chokes serving for that 2nd set,would have been exciting to see Novak have to claw his way back from 2 sets down,Novaks finding his range now,will probably seal this match in 4.


Sandra Says:

As usual wawrinka is choking.


the DA Says:

Back to the program. Nole breaks to lead 6-5.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Novak is just showing us why he could probably be the greatest HC player ever. When he gets his movement, he is as good as Rafa on clay.


Margot Says:

Normal service resumed :) jane/Wog boy can start to breathe :)
Stan’s first serve deserted him when he most needed it. Now much more tentative.


Sandra Says:

Ever? I doubt it. I would rate Sampras and fed above him.


Van orten Says:

Wow i woke up at 6:1 5:3 and 30:15 for wawrinka. This is a bad joke . The worst choke i have ever seen really.. Some gs missing there for nole to become greatest on hc ever i suppose. What a bad joke


steve-o Says:

Will probably be a bagel set for Djokovic.


Sandra Says:

Wawrinka wil probably lose the next two sets easily


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Sandra..I believe stats are still in favour of Roger and Sampras. But having seen all three play at their best, I can’t see both Sampras and Roget beat Novak at his best. It’s just my opinion.

Infact I would call Novak an underachiever if he has less slams than Roger in HC by the end of his career. Let’s see. I’m confident he would get there comfortably.


Sandra Says:

Nirmal Kumar I wasn’t really revering to the stats which are obviously still in their favour. I just think peak fed or peak sampras would beat peak novak more times then not. On the slower hc it would be perhaps even with fed, he would beat sampras imo, but on the faster hc and indoor court I can’t see novak beating them.


Van orten Says:

Someday his luck will run out


alison Says:

Great match,and nice to see Novak really tested,would have loved to have seen Nole battling back from two sets down,i would hazard a guess he will pull this out in 4 sets now,shame Stan choked when serving for second set,but credit to him that he hasnt just fallen to pieces.


Daniel Says:

Nirmal,

If he matches Fed Slam count on HC he can be the greater baseline HC. You can see in thismatch that he just doesn’t come to the net. Several times he hit a short ball from Wawa and just return to e back of the court instead of going forward.

I can’t honestly believe a player can be consider the greatest if he doesn’t master all aspects of the game.


Daniel Says:

He has time to develop a better net game, but he will have to got there eventually.

In the last game he came to the net and hit a bad drop volley and lost the point to the audience delight. I doubt he will come in anymore in this match after that:)


courbon Says:

@Alison. Match is not finished…Great match for you maybe, not for me.Uhhh….


Daniel Says:

Wow,

What a point. Wawa had to win the point 3 times as Djoko refused to miss the court. Hope they can hold the level in the fifth. But knowing Wawa history of choking, still Djoko as favourite.


the DA Says:

Wow, that was some 4th set. Fully expect Nole to ramp it up and win the 5th.


alison Says:

Courbon lol i agree you would have to be some sort of sado masocist to enjoy watching your fav going 5 sets,but its great from a neutral point of view,i would think Nole would still pull this out though,and the advantage is hes serving 1st in the 5th set,imagine how us Rafa fans felt against Isner 1st round RG in 2011,glad i was at work that day or i probably would have suffered a heart attack.


courbon Says:

This is not good…


the DA Says:

Uh-oh, Stan breaks right away.


courbon Says:

@Alison
I know what you mean…even if he pulls through, this is not a good sign for him beating Bedrych.


courbon Says:

Thats it.I can not watch it!I’ll go and cut the wood with axe, get frustration out…I’ll come back in hour.


Daniel Says:

Damm,

This match is on fire!
Djoko using way more angles to trouble Wawa and dictate the point.


van orten Says:

this is tense


jamie Says:

Nole is not winning the AO.


jamie Says:

Taken to 5 by Wawa is a bad sign. Reminding me of 2010 Nole…


boss Says:

jamie:

then who is? Murray or Federer? the only other person I can think of is Del Po and he is gone…


jamie Says:

If he is taken to 5 by Wawa(LOL!), imagine what the likes of Murray, Berdych and Federer can do…

With each passing AO, Nole looks less dominating. His best AOs were 2008/2011.

Last year he won by a hair, could have easily lost the 5 setters in the SF and final.


Humble Rafa Says:

It will be interesting to see if the Unknown Swiss can do it.


the DA Says:

Nole has made some simple FH errors at key moments tonight.


the DA Says:

Nole saves one BP with a drop shot, Stan misses on the other 2. Tense moments!


the DA Says:

Stan has 4 BPs and can’t convert. This may be the decisive moment.


Daniel Says:

Both come in to the net way more: shorten points and the quality of passing shots is not e same.


Nadalista Says:

I thought enforcing the time between serves rule was supposed to shorten the length of matches?


sub023 Says:

Funnily enough it has. This match, in spite of already being seven games and 16 points longer than the 2012 AO final, is still over an hour shorter.


Nadalista Says:

Hmmm, with Stan the Man not being the epitome of base line grinders………


Daniel Says:

Novak 2 points away from winning. The closest anubody gotso far.


the DA Says:

MP to Nole.


Daniel Says:

Wow, this is away to save a match point!!!


Daniel Says:

WTF!!!!!!


the DA Says:

This is incredible, I’ve never seen Wawa play so well…or clutch.


Daniel Says:

MP#3 think this is it


Michael Says:

Perhaps destiny wants Novak to win this one. Wawrinka was up one set to love and again a break ahead in the 2nd and was serving for the set at 5-3, 30 love. Novak came back and evened and then won three straight games. Again in the fifth set, at 4-all and Wawrinka having the advantage in Novak’s serve, he hit a ferocious return which landed in but the umpire called out and Wawarinka didn’t mind to challenge and then Novak held his ground. The match is still proceeding. But I have to give Novak the edge at this moment although Wawrinka played a brilliant match and also deserves to win.


Daniel Says:

Wwwwoooooooowwwwwwww

Sensational!!!!!


Humble Rafa Says:

The “Best Backhand in Switzerland” couldn’t get it done. Sucks for Arrotards. Others are fine.


Michael Says:

Novak has won. But all credit to Wawrinka who played a brilliant match but was not lucky. But this win of Novak could drain him out and he may face rough weather when he faces Berdych in the quarters. Although considering their H2H you have to say Novak is the favourite.


van orten Says:

i feel for wawrinka …4 game points again in that last one …a shame…but djoker the cat..just never dies


the DA Says:

What a way to end it. Match of the tournament by a mile. Feel bad for Stan, he looks devastated. Jane, you can breathe again.


Humble Rafa Says:

Nothing drains the Egg Lover. He sits in an oxygen chamber for 4 hours, he is fine. Don’t worry


Daniel Says:

Poor Wawa, leave the court crying.

I wonder what time Djoko will sleep: massage, shower, it, transport? Basically a day lost because he won’t be returning to court today. Only for his quarter agains a fresh and who didn’t lost a set, Berdych

But he is Djolo, marathon man!!


jane Says:

Stan played the match of his life – KUDOS to him. Wow, and wow again. It was torture from my standpoint, but also so very admirable to see him play like that. Tough loss for him to take. :(

Phew, phew for Nole, but if he doesn’t get the return and forehand issues worked out, I don’t like his chances versus Berdych at all. At least he’s done one special thing – he’s topped Lendl in reaching most consecutive grand slam QFs. Fed is way at the top but Nole is second. :)


Wog boy Says:

Good Lord, Good Lord, Good Lord, Good Lord …


Brando Says:

Novak wins as expected. But surely this match is bad news for him and good news for the opposition I would imagine.


van orten Says:

djoker said for stayin so long 1000 times


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

Are you not making a judgement too early about Novak being the greatest Hard court player ? What he has done so far. He has three Australians and just one US Open. Does that make you feel that he is the best Hard courter ? He has also won two World tour finals and 9 Master series tournaments. When you take Roger, he has won 5 US Opens and 4 Australians but has also won six World tour finals and also 15 Master series tournaments. Roger is also miles ahead in terms of semis and quarters at Hard court master series events. Give some more time to Novak. He is 25 and is still playing. He has more to prove if he is to be considered the greatest hard court player.


Sandra Says:

Congratulations Novak. Great match. Too bad for wawrinka.


the DA Says:

Yes, I bet Berdy watched that match in his pajamas eating popcorn and grinning.


Michael Says:

I heartily feel for this poor guy Wawrinka. If only he had challenged that crucial break point in the fifth set, he would have been in the driver’s seat. But that was not to be.


Margot Says:

Brilliant, intriguing match.
Well played Nole, iron man in the end.
Felt so sorry for Stan.
Oh Nole fans, Nole fans…really felt for you too. It’s usually Andy in situations like that! And it’s horrible.


Michael Says:

Novak has won. But the question is how he is going to fare in the quarters against Berdych. It was a very taxing match for Novak and it should have hurt him both mentally as well as physically. Will Novak live upto the challenge ??


steve-o Says:

What a Herculean effort from Wawrinka! Sad that he lost, but Djokovic is no.1 for a reason.

Djokovic is not going to be drained. Berdych will be thrashed quite soundly, I expect. This was a bad day from Djokovic combined with Wawrinka playing the best tennis of his life. Next match he will be magically recovered, via the “egg” or whatever means he uses.


Margot Says:

PS Nole will be fine against Big Bird. Remember last year?


Brando Says:

@the DA: LOL, Wawa’s performance will definitely give heart to the likes of Berdych and Ferrer. If they do not beat him chances are they shall run him ragged at this rate. Novak needs to improve his game greatly on this showing!


steve-o Says:

I don’t recall Murray ever having gone to 12-10 in the fifth set.

No matter how far anyone goes, they’ll always live in the shadow of Isner and Mahut. At least for the next century or so.


Brando Says:

@Margot: no one is question novak’s fitness for the next match- we know that will be fine. It’s his form that people are trying to gauge. It shall be interesting to see what unfolds in the next one.


Michael Says:

Stevo-o,

Well Novak is No.1 for a reason. But at 4-All in the fifth set and Wawrinka up a break point where he hit a ferocious return which landed well in and the umpire called out. Only if he had challeneged that, then things could have been different.


volley Says:

at least we’ve been spared from the journalists creating another verb like Rosoled. if stan had won they might have said Djokovic had been Wawa-ed.


Brando Says:

From the BBC website: The defending champion is into his 15th straight Grand Slam quarter-final, which surpasses Ivan Lendl and puts him third on the all-time list behind Roger Federer (34) and Jimmy Connors (27).


jane Says:

It could be a Pyrrhic victory of sorts, hard to say. I am more concerned about his returns this whole tournament, and his forehand tonight. But at least he made the quarters and lives to play another day.

steve-o: agree with these points – ” This was a bad day from Djokovic combined with Wawrinka playing the best tennis of his life. ” and “they’ll always live in the shadow of Isner and Mahut. At least for the next century or so.” – hope so!!!


Polo Says:

Why Wawrinka would not challenge a close call on break point is difficult to understand. He does not know how to take advantage of the challenge system. He would feel even worse now with this loss.


jane Says:

Brando, I guess the wiki page is wrong then; they have Fed at 34, and then Nole/Lendl. They don’t have Connors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennis_Records_Open_Era_(Singles_Men)


steve-o Says:

Michael: true, but he really should have closed out that second set. He lost five consecutive games from 5-2 up. That was the real chance he had.

Over such a long match, there will always be a few bad decisions by the officials that might turn the match. One just has to accept them.


jane Says:

^ Yeah, Nole’s comeback into the second was crucial. But Stan didn’t stop fighting. He was obviously so close.


van orten Says:

the courts are quicker. last year he would have crushed him…so u want to beat djoker? serve as stan did all night


Wog boy Says:

Well Wawrinka took it to Nole and had Nole on the ropes, but towards the end of the match he became to cocky and his body language was putting Nole down, and I didn’t like it so cry baby, cry. Do I feel sorry for him, not a bit. How many times he had trainer in, he almost beat Simon and Monfils from the other night in that department. I know somebody will say it was injury, well that is rubish we all know that.
How Nole is going to recover I got no idea but I know I will be their to cheer him on tuesday, win or lose doesn’t matter, he proved tonight that he is the champion.
AJDEEEEEE NOLEEEEEEE


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Just curious..did Stan run out of challenge in the 5th set when he did not challenge the crucial call?
As Michael pointed out, he had the match in his racquet.


Wog boy Says:

About that bad call, Wawrinka could challenge it but he opted to trust umpire, well tough luck. Next time don’t be stingy, use your challenge.


Michael Says:

Steve-O,

Yeah. Umpires make mistakes. But no excuse to Stan as a player. He took that decision not to challenge and he paid for it. You cannot fault Novak for it. Who knows even if Stan was up 5-4 and serving for the match, things could have been different for he would have been nervous when serving for the match. So anything could happen in the match. I think this is a lesson for all players that they should challenge when they have that option. If there is one player who uses this rule wisely, I would say it is Rafa. He has got powerful eyes and will never let go a challenge. Wawarinka has to take a leaf out of him.


Ben Pronin Says:

Stop play and challenge an obvious call early in the fifth set? No problem. Challenge your own shot deep in the fifth set to break? Not a chance. Stan Wawrinka = 0 logic.


Michael Says:

Wog Boy,

You said what I wanted to say. Yes, it was Wawrinka’s fault not Novak’s.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Michael, I said he could become the greatest player, I did not say his the greatest player now.

I remember people talking about Roger could become the greatest player starting 2004. So, let’s see how he goes on with his career. But I’m quite confident he would be the No 1 challenger in HC’s for next few years. Let’s see.

I can’t remember when Roger beat Novak in a HC slam. Roger is still playing his best tennis. I don’t think age is an excuse for Roger. If he can beat Novak at FO and Wimby, he should have been able to beat Novak in HC’s.

Let’s see. Maybe AO 13 is his chance.


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

No he had the option with him, but he didn’t use it. It was criminal.


Sandra Says:

@Wog boy I highly doubt wawrinka would fake and injury, he’s not that type of player.


Brando Says:

Re the challenge: Wawa could have challenged. He didn’t. End of story!


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

Why do you forget the Cincinatti Master finals last year ??


Michael Says:

That is life and that is the way it goes. You can feel for Wawrinka but he didn’t use his head properly in a very important situation.


Sandra Says:

nirmal kumar, Federer isn’t playing his best tennis. He isn’t for years. It’s unfair to compare cuurent federer to prime novak.


Michael Says:

Roger beat Novak in straight sets at Cincinnati last year.


the DA Says:

Jim Courier asked Nole if he thought his body would recover in time for the next match and he replied yes because “it was only 5 hours”. hehe

I wonder if anything so dramatic awaits tomorrow?


skeezer Says:

volley,
Errr…Rosol is no Stan…..Stan has proven he can play at at high level consistenly(thus his ranking)…..Rosol?

—–

One has to wonder why the Racket change before a Slam? The wondering FH makes me wonder as well as other timely UE’s …


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Michael, I was talking about the slams. It’s just my opinion. Let’s wait for some more time. But I definitely see the potential in Novak.


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

What you have got to say about the 2011 US Open when Roger was two match points up ? Agree, Novak took his chances and won. But he was lucky on that day. All said and done, I agree. Novak has great potential and will scale great heights.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I believe this match would make Novak a well oiled machine. He needed such match before his quarters against Berdych. Let’s hope Berdych makes a good match. He has the game to take the fight to Novak. But I doubt he can beat him.


van orten Says:

hhaahahhahahah yes djoker is unbeatable on hc he is the best ever hahah …come on he is the best defensive player out there and if you take it to him and you deliver on big points you can out play him as fed did about 16 times…


Wog boy Says:

Sandra,

Even commentators (Him Courier and Hewitt) noticed that he was running like a rabbit, playing soccer with tennis ball (same leg) and retrieving everything from every side of the court, after every massage. His leggs were tired and he was bying the time and massage to recover. He had to much at stake, biggest win of his carrier, he would do anything to get across the finish line first, I got no doubt about that whatsoever.


Michael Says:

As Roger rightly put it, Novak is not just a defensive player. He combines offence with defence strategically. It just doesn’t make any sense to call him a defensive player.


Sandra Says:

@Wog boy I guess we will have to agree to disagree then.


van orten Says:

of course he is offensive too but winner ue ratio he is claerly more on the defense,he admitted it himself after the match, he just tried to hang in there and he did as always nowadays


Wog boy Says:

skeezer,

I am going to watch your man and Raonic tomorrow, actually tonight it is alreado 3am and I cannot sleep. Nole, Nole what are you doing to me? I had my lovely American customers who came from Melbourn today to Sydney (they were watching first week of AO) and when I told them I am going to Melbourn they gave me spare ticket for monday night. It is is tour operator from Cali who is doing only the tennis tours around the world. I will wave to you ;) You cannot miss me.


Wog boy Says:

Sandra,

Fair enough, that is why we are here … to debate. Sometimes agree sometimes not.


skeezer Says:

Wogboy,

Will look for you, wear the swiss flag on your face so I can’t miss u on the Tele…….lol….j/k.

Have fun. Were you live there the Nole/Wawa match? What a great match!

PS yeah Tennis Tours Biz is pretty popular here…


Wog boy Says:

skeezer,

No I am still in Sydney, catching flight in 3-4 hours, do you mind if I put Canadian flag on my face, it is similar colour, and they speak english too;)


Alok Says:

Yhis was by far the best match at the AO this year. Wawa gave it his all and it’s a shame he had to lose.He’s earned bucket fulls of respect.

I think Wawa deserved to win, and I’m sure he’s beating up on himself about the second set, when he was leading 5-1, but his route to the R16 wasn’t an easy one.

These are the kinds of matches the journeymen have to play against each other, and the reason why they are all done in when they get to R16 or beyond.

The top 20 players need to step it up and take it to the top guys, not lose the match in the locker room. Then they would all be on equal footing, and not have lopsided matches.

I can’t explain how I feel about Stan losing, as I’m lost for words, but can only say I feel great respect for him and I hope he wouldn’t lose heart but keep on keeping on.

Before the match Darren Cahill said the 2nd set Fed/Tomic was the best set of tennis he’s seen for a very long time.


Alok Says:

Stan played Djokovic similarly to how he plays Fed. he gives it his all.

I think stan was genuinely in pain with his groin muscles. even the comms stated it appeared that something was wrong with his movement. that said, we should believe Stan. Djoker did the same thing the Tsonga in their 08 Final, he called for the trainer, and ….


Alok Says:

Djokovic was sliding all over the place.

I tried sliding like he does on our club court and I had groin and calf pain for days. I don’t know how he does the sliding with his feet in a side-way position and so stretched out.

I remember Clijsters used to do that, but for her it was painful. She stated most days when she woke up she felt as though somebody was beating up on her body while she was sleeping.

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