Djokovic Stans Tall, Escapes From Wawrinka Clutches In Australian Open Thriller; Federer, Serena Monday
by Staff | January 20th, 2013, 10:54 am

The first nine hours at the Australian Open Sunday were about as exciting as watching the clouds drift overhead. Then Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka took the court on Rod Laver and things got good. Real good. And if you stayed up for the entirety, jaw-droppingly good.

In what was supposed to be a one-way rout for Djokovic turned into a harrowing 5-hour rollercoaster of a match that ended around 1:45am local time with Djokovic somehow winning 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 12-10.

Yes, another mighty marathon won by Djokovic.

Early on, however, it was a lopsided start to the match in which the heavy favorite Djokovic quickly found himself down a set and 5-2 to the “other Swiss”.

On brink of going down two sets, the Serb, though, recovered thanks in maybe part to a sneaker change midway through the second set that righted his slippery footing and got his game back on song.

Djokovic ran off five straight games to steal the set. In the third, Djokovic broke at 4-4 after an exhilarating rally and then served it out.

Wawrinka managed a break point in Novak’s first service game in fourth but chunked a drop shot, and had another later. Things settled as the duo headed to a fourth set breaker. Wawrinka gained the early break, then led 6-3 before Djokovic narrowed.

Stan, still slugging groundstrokes, would be denied taking the breaker 7-5 and forcing a fifth.

Wawrinka immediately broke a deflated Djokovic to open the final stanza. Djokovic though broke right back and away we went. With Novak serving first, it was the Serb who was under more pressure in service games. The Swiss who was fighting some cramps held multiple break chances in multiple games, but just couldn’t covert, finishing 1/8 on break chances in that final set.

And in the end in the 22nd game of the match Djokovic finally broke through on his third match point with a scintillating backhand pass that will be talked about for years to come.

“He had many chances to be the winner of this match,” Djokovic said. “He had a better start; he had a lot of break balls in the third; he was a break up; he was the one being aggressive, being in the court. All the credit to him. I feel sorry that one of us had to lose. He definitely deserved to win.

“But I’m just thrilled to be able to fight once again up to the last moment. The fact is that I haven’t played nearly my best and I didn’t feel well on the court in terms of rhythm and ball striking.”

Said Wawrinka who had lost 10 straight to Novak, “I think it’s by far my best match I ever play, especially in five sets against the No. 1 player. Especially I was dealing with myself all the five hours, trying to always find solution, trying to always fight against me and against him to stay with him. At the end I was really, really close. For sure I’m really sad.”

Earlier, it was a day of straight sets wins and overall dull matches. Ekatarina Makarova made hear yearly pilgrimage out of her tennis cave to reach her second straight Australian Open quarterfinal after edging No. 5 seed Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-4. The German was suffering from a bad lower back that Makarova, who beat Serena Williams in that same round a year ago, capitalized upon.

David Ferrer then took advantage of an ailing Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. Nishikori had twice beaten Ferrer in three meetings, but this time because of a suspect left knee Ferrer dominated much of the match.

“Today I played very good, one of the best matches on my career in Australian Open,” said Ferrer after his eighth straight match win. “I’m very happy with my game. The result, it was in three sets, but the game, it was very, very difficult to beat Nishikori.”

Maria Sharapova followed by hammering Kim Clijsters protege Kirsten Flipkens into a pulp 6-1, 6-0. The former Aussie champ has lost just five games in five matches as she heads to a rematch with Makarova. Wasn’t there an issue with the collarbone? Oh well.

Elsewhere, Tomas Berdych blitzed Keven Anderson 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 to reach his third straight Australian Open quarterfinal. The match came to a close with a nail-biting 15-13 third set tiebreaker.

“I would say I felt much better,” Berdych said comparing this year to 2012. “The last year was a pretty, I would say, big year for me. There were many new experience that I learned. I hope that I’m gonna be able to profit from that. On the other hand last year I spend much more time on court. And, of course, every single piece of energy I’m going to need for the next match.

“So now I felt pretty good. I mean, I just play every single match by three sets. Everything was fine. I felt physically well. I hope that’s actually now the big match gonna waiting for me.”

Li Na reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since her 2011 French title, and she’ll meet No. 4 seed Agenieszka Radwanksa who drilled Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-4. Radwanksa has won all 13 of her matches this year and all 26 sets.

“Well, what can I say?” Radwanska said. “I’m just very happy that I can play on the very high level. Already 13 matches not even losing a set. Well, I hope I can keep going three more.”

And Nicolas Almagro reached his first Australian Open quarterfinal after Janko Tipsarevic retired in the second set.

On Monday, four-time Australian Open champ Roger Federer meets his second straight youngster. And like Bernard Tomic, Federer has beaten Milos Raonic in their first three meetings except the Canadian won sets in each one.

Andy Murray will clash with Gilles Simon, assuming the Frenchman is still alive after the exhaustive Saturday night marathon he played against his countryman Gael Monfils. Fellow Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet meet for the first time since 2009. Serena Williams, defending champion Victoria Azarenka, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and rising American Sloane Stephens are also in action as the fourth round comes to a close Down Under.

Rod Laver Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[10] v. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[1] v. Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[7] v. Richard Gasquet (FRA)[9]
Rod Laver Arena 7:30 PM Start Time
Serena Williams (USA)[3] v. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[14]
Milos Raonic (CAN)[13] v. Roger Federer (SUI)[2]

Hisense Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
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Not Before:12:30 PM
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) v. Andreas Seppi (ITA)[21]
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v. Sloane Stephens (USA)[29]
Not Before:5:00 PM
Gilles Simon (FRA)[14] v. Andy Murray (GBR)[3]

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54 Comments for Djokovic Stans Tall, Escapes From Wawrinka Clutches In Australian Open Thriller; Federer, Serena Monday

andrea Says:

nice work by kuznetsova to take out woz. she looked done and dusted but came up with some awesome points to break and then close it out. not sure what’s up with woz. another grand slam bites the dust.

jane Says:

Kudos to Chardy; it’s nice to see he’s backed up his win over Delpo.

jane Says:

Interesting: I thought Tsonga would run away with the match for a while there in the first set, but Gasquet has really come back into it now. Another 5 setter brewing??

skeezer Says:

Agreed, kudos to Chardy…he is no Rosol apparently ;)

skeezer Says:

Meanwhule, Stephens continues to kick butt, so far…..!!

Humble Rafa Says:

Will Canada declare a national holiday if Adopted Canuck beats the Arrogant One?

jane Says:

Well, Tsonga is through. So he’ll meet Fed, likely. I know I am forecasting, but here’s what the quarter finals will likely be:


Most unlikely of the bunch has to be Chardy! What a result for him. It must be his first grand slam QF.

Humble Rafa Says:

For some reason, your Humble Highness feels Shriekapova is going to kick the Big Lady’s butt. Big Lady will threaten the umpire and…..

Humble Rafa Says:

not sure what’s up with woz. another grand slam bites the dust.

She still looks pretty, according to some. Looks determine your career in women’s tennis. Woz makes more money than the Big Lady and her fashionista older sister.

Humble Rafa Says:

I bet Simone, the crazy Frenchman (oxymoron alert) won’t take more than 4 games from Mr. Lady Forehand.

jane Says:

Muzza with a break already.

alison Says:

Pretty straight forward for Andy,hes not playing brilliantly,he can play better definetly room for improvement,but no complaints as hes still getting through virtually unscathed,without dropping a set,just hope he can keep this run going,Chardy is next whos had a good run,but im caustiosly optomistic that he can come through this match.

steve-o Says:

@HR: 7 games.

Michael Says:

Roger is leading by two sets to love against Raonic. He should finish this in straight sets. Pretty tough draw for Roger but he has managed to navigate very well. Now, he is all set to reach his 35th straight quarters in Slams. It is just a ridiculous record unlikely to be surpassed in the history of Tennis. All records may be broken, but this one will stand the test of time.

steve-o Says:

Federer wins the second-set tiebreak and hits some brilliant returns to go a break up in the third.

Wog boy Says:

This is is not going to last much longer. Raonic is definitely limited player. He cannot hurt Roger.

Michael Says:

Roger is two breaks up in the third. It is almost finished. Roger is through to his 35th straight quarters in slams. What an achievement !!

john Says:

roger has not dropped his serve so far in this tournament
that is amazing .He is in his vintage best

Nirmal Kumar Says:

This match reminds me of 2005 and 2006 when Roger used to run through the entire set with just 2-3 UFE. I don’t think Raonic has done much wrong in this match. Raonic played almost a perfect tennis from his side. Just that Roger played some of the best baseline tennis he is capable of playing.

It’s so pleasing to see Roger play this quality. Tennis looks so simple and elegant but utterly destructive for the opponent.

Michael Says:


It is good to hear praising words from you for Roger. Yes, he played near pefect Tennis to make a clean sweep. But, he has got tough opponents ahead in the form of Tsonga, Murray and finally Novak. Roger looks in fine fiddle, but the question is whether he can carry this form through. If he does, then he definitely has a chance to get his 18th major.

Sandra Says:

Wow federer has been really amazing so far this tournament. I hope he can keep this form up. He has some tough matches ahead but if he keeps serving like that and keep hitting the ball so cleanly he has an excellent shot at the title.

Nirmal Kumar Says:

Michael, If Roger can keep this form, he should be able to take care of Tsonga. Ofcourse Murray and Novak are different players altogether.

Roger typically has one or two bad matches per slam these days. I thought today would be one. I just hope his next match is not a bad one. It’s tough to go through entire slam without having a bad day.

alison Says:

Michael Personally i dont see it as a foregone conclusion that Novak will definetly make the fnal,ok im not saying he wont,but i dont see him as been as formidable,but more vulnerable than everybody including myself 1st thought,and just because he has good records against both Berdych and Ferrer does not make either of them a pushover,as they too are both playing fantastic tennis,and they may take alot of confidence by the way Stan played yesterday,and just like many fans want to see Rafa challenged on clay,i enjoyed the way Stan rose to the challenge yesterdy and i hope for the sake of the competition that other players can do the same,my two cents.

Sandra Says:

Nirmal kumar, thats what I’m afraid of. Like you said federer usually has atleast one poor day. I really hope that this slam will be an exception and that he can keep this level up for the next(potentially) three matches.

alison Says:

Have to say of the top 3 Roger is playing the best tennis so far,very sharp,i thought todays game would have been much trickier than it was but he came through with flying colours,Raonic simply had nothing to hurt him with,a good effort but the two players are certainly a class apart.

sienna Says:

Roger’s bad ‘days’ have come because of fatigue or freshness in the slams. He is totally up for it and without pretourney feels the need to focus 100%.

This is working out really well for TMF.
Anothersemi on the scorecard and a chance to balance h2h.

Brando Says:

@Nirmal Kumar:

What on earth are you doing complimenting fed?

I thought you were a rafa/ nole/ murray/ delpo/ insert anyone fan over roger, disguised as a concerned fed fan.

Seriously dude, don’t praise roger ever again since your cover may be blown!

sienna Says:

Of course meant to say that one more solid performance means another ….

Nirmal Kumar Says:

Brando..Looks like you have taken the role of moderator in this forum. LOL.

You are partly right that I’m a fan of many tennis players. I don’t see a problem in that.

Michael Says:


Yeah, I agree on the consistency aspect. Roger today is a pale shadow of his peak days. Understandable. He is 31 and counting. But despite these, he has no problems with players other than the top three. That shows his exceptional speciality. Even in 2012 he showed remarkable consistency and he was beaten only by the top players – Novak at the French, Nadal at Australian, Berdych at US Open and again Novak at World Tour Finals. Once again the start of this year has been encouraging for Roger and his fans. He is showing yet again to all those sceptics that he is still a class apart. I do not know whether Roger will win another major, but I am pretty sure that he will maintain his consistency at slams atleast by reaching the semis.

Michael Says:

Alison, Well nothing is for certain. Novak is beatable as Wawrinka has shown. I think he will be facing a strenous test in his next round against Berdych. Ofcourse Berdych has beat him just once but he has beaten him at Wimbledon. So, he may be fancying his chances considering the marathon match that Novak played in the fourth round. As regards, Ferrer, he has relatively a favourable H2H against Novak, but the question is if he can do it in a slam ? In my opinion, Berdych has more chances of beating Novak than Ferrer. Berdych has brute power which if hits the target can damage Novak. On the other hand, Ferrer is pretty much a defensive player and Novak handles such type of players well and that explains his hard court record against Rafa in particular. Not that Rafa is a one dimensional player, but I am talking about the strengths. To be pretty honest, I felt really sorry for Stan yesterday. Infact to tell you the truth, I would be more happy if a Berdych/Ferrer/Tsonga/Chardy/Almagro lifts the title. These guys never have won a major and if they manage to do it, it will be morale boosting and also will be a path breaking one and a trend setter. But the question is will it happen ? In the end, more than your play, it is the temperament that counts.

Michael Says:

I have pretty much lower expectations from Roger. I am happy that he is maintaining his quarter final streak. Anything else would only be bonus. I am realistic.

jane Says:

alison, quite the about-face in your thoughts about Nole. :) That’s more along the lines of what I thought before the tournament began. But then again, who knew? There can be upsets, of course, but clearly a lot depends on form – the player’s own and his/her opponent’s too. I agree that both Berd and Ferrer appear to be in solid form.

“I would be more happy if a Berdych/Ferrer/Tsonga/Chardy/Almagro lifts the title” – yeah, Michael, but which out of all of that group is most likely to ever win a slam? I’d have to say Berdych first with Tsonga second and Ferrer third. Both Berd and Jo can blow a player off court if they zone. And both have wins over the top guys. And both have been in slam finals.

Still, I’d say Murray or Fed are faves to win the tournament thus far. Murray’s expended *very* little energy and he has a good record versus Fed. So his chances are looking good, imo. Fed, meanwhile, has been sharp from the beginning, and he has an excellent record versus Tsonga too. The tricky match would be beating Murray.

I haven’t rule out Nole’s chances entirely, but I just have a lot of doubt after the form I saw in the Stan match, which nonetheless was a great match and created a lot of buzz! The AO site even has a mini-movie of it. :)

the DA Says:

jane – “I’d say Murray or Fed are faves to win the tournament thus far”

I’m not sure I agree about Andy. Despite his winning yesterday (and against Berankis) I didn’t like what I saw. I think the Chardy match is going to be either an upset or a murraycoaster, especially if it’s a day match.

Margot Says:

Difficult to gauge Andy’s form as he hasn’t been tested yet. But I agree with the DA,his form is questionable for me and he doesn’t seem too sharp.
I think the Chardy match could well be nerve wracking for Andy fans, but something Andy can do these days is dig out a win when he’s not playing that great.
So here’s hoping :)

jane Says:

I didn’t see last night as was asleep, but I thought Andy looked good against Berankis. I mean, I know he was broken once or twice, but he always broke right back and he handled him with no real issues. Hard to say about Chardy. Andy is 4-1 over him and while Chardy beat Andy in Cincy last year, I think Andy might’ve been less motivated or even not 100% after Wimbledon/Olympics. He had pulled out of Canada the week before. I did see Chardy against Delpo and he looked good, but he had a very specific strategy that I can’t see working against Andy; he can’t exploit Andy’s movement because it’s excellent, and nor will mixing pace bother Andy. Margot’s right too; Andy has been much better at grinding out wins. So I still like his chances to get to the final and even win it all. But I guess you never know. I didn’t expect Nole to nearly go out to Stan either. So there you go.

Brando Says:


‘I haven’t rule out Nole’s chances entirely,’

To steal a J-Mac line:


The guy is a 3 time AO winner, defending champion, winner of the last 2 AO, king of HC over the last 2 years and you are contemplating ruling his chance out JUST because he nearly lost in a performance that Wawrinka said was the best of his career!

Come on now Jane: Seriously, your taking pessimistic thinking to a new level with that thought!

He’ll be fine, and more than likely will end up in the final as EVERYONE still expects him to do so as prior to the Wawa match.

In the final v Fed or Muzza: who knows what shall happen.

But to even contemplate or entertain the thought of ruling out the guy’s chances just because he had one tough match- sorry but that is pretty fickle IMO.

You should back your fav and give him ALOT more credit than that.

He’s made of stern stuff and one tough match DOES NOT affect his ability to win at all.

Nor does it lessen his chance in comparison to others such as Muzza.

Many still and i would say the majority expect him to win this AO: and it’s for many reasons that FAR OUTWEIGH the struggle of one tough match that he won.

Back him as he has earned that FAVORITE tag!

jane Says:

“and more than likely will end up in the final as EVERYONE still expects him to do so” – Um, ESPN picked Berdych in 5 sets.

Anyhow, I just didn’t like his form versus Stan. His forehand was off and so was his return. He didn’t return well against Steps either. I know Stan played amazing, including serving great, but Nole hit some forehands way off. Tonight’s match will tell a lot. Berd beat Fed at the USO and took Andy to 5 sets. He and Nole are 1-1 at slams. I am not being unrealistic to be concerned.

the DA Says:

It’s not the dropping serve so much, because he’s so good at breaking back. In the Berankis match he had timing issues on his groundstrokes and it was still an issue last night – 24 simple UFEs against someone who wasn’t challenging him. Maybe it was hard to perform well in an emotionally flat match, I don’t know. Just hope he can sort that out because the Andy of the last 2 matches is not going to threaten Fed if they meet.

I agree about Cincy and the post-Wimby/Olympics hangover. We’ll see. I’d rather be pessimistic and pleasantly surprised.

jane Says:

True, DA, Andy said it was hard to concentrate in his match with Simon I guess. So that was probably it. I didn’t notice the timing issues vs Bernakis, but you’re a better scholar of the game. Like you, I am never overly confident and prefer to hope for the best and see what happens. And also gaging expectations on what I’ve seen, score lines, etc. Hence the doubt about Nole’s form. Murray, Fed and Ferrer haven’t dropped sets, nor has Berd I don’t think, and meanwhile Nole played over 5 hrs. Eeps. That makes me wonder to say the least. :)

Brando Says:

Re Berdych: Come on now- do you honestly believe that many back Berdych over Nole in that one? LOL, i bet many would disagree with ESPN on that one!

‘I am not being unrealistic to be concerned.’

Fair enough. I do understand your concerns, and they do seem to be valid ones.

I just object to the notion of folks ruling out Nole’s chances of winning here due to his struggle in one tough match.

He won at the end of the day and is on a 18 match winning streak here at the AO.

I bet Berdych would love to be in his position going into tonight’s match, with that kind of streak and momentum behind him.

jane Says:

Brando, I specifically said I don’t rule out his chances; I’ve just become more skeptical. Just like alison above, who now thinks it’s not a foregone conclusion that Nole will make the final (even though before it began she was saying just give him the trophy now kind of thing). And you yourself said you think Fed’s playing the best tennis so far. I merely added Muzza to the equation – based on form, they’ve looked the most consistently good. As to what you say about momentums/streaks, sometimes those streaks can also build added pressure, i.e., have the reverse effect, and the player who – as is commonly opined – “has nothing to lose” can swing more freely against the guy who’s trying preserve/defend that streak. Do you know what I mean? I think that was the case with both Chardy and Stan here so far; they just took it to the other guy.

Anyhow, I know Nole’s record; I love his game. But there might be some changes in his form. I need to see more to know for sure. I won’t be surprised if he wins and I am backing him. But I won’t be utterly shocked if he doesn’t etiehr. Not after the close shave the other day.

And why did he cut his hair anyhow; doesn’t he know about Samson!? : /

Brando Says:


‘Do you know what I mean?’

I do understand what you mean Jane, and i do feel most of your concerns are valid.

I just do not agree to the viewpoint that maybe nole’s chances of winning are shaky that’s all.

But then again: maybe it’s easy for me to feel confident about him in this manner as i have the luxury of being free from worry and concern regarding his form as i’m not a fan of his?

Could be the case.

Either way: I DEFINITELY do not blame you for thinking as such. I understand why you do so, it’s just I kindly disagree that’s all.

Either way: hope nole gives a whooping to Mr Personality!

jane Says:

^ :) Fingers crossed Brando. He needs a dominant performance, but if he squeaks through, fine. We’ll see.

steve-o Says:

Berdych cannot attack the way Wawrinka did. He’s a pure baseliner.

Wawrinka kept tagging Djokovic with the DTL backhand, and his forehand was on fire. Berdych’s two-hander isn’t as aggressive. Plus his stamina is suspect.

Djokovic will have a little more time to respond, and he’s very dangerous when you give him time.

Djokovic is going to pulverize Berdych, then scoop up the resulting mush, put it in a blender, and then pulverize it again.

alison Says:

Jane my apologies i guess there is no such thing as a foregone conclusion,i suppose i just got carried away with the tag of favorite,and the so called cake walk draw that turned out to be not such a cake walk after all,after all games are played on a court on on a blog,so anything can happen i was just trying to be honest then,just like im trying to be honest now,and to say give a player the trophy now was completely ludicrous and i admit that now,anyway Berd is playing great but Nole has a great record against him,and Nole is still here fighting for the title,no player can be expected to play at top level all the time,but he got the w against Stan and thats all that matters its as cut and dried and as simple as that,tomorrow as they say is another day,so dont give up on Nole hes the world no1 and for a good reason,enjoy the game,no offence meant honestly.

jane Says:

steve-o, lol, you think? Very true about Stan, and especially the backhands which were laser-like and as Nole said, utterly unpredictable; he couldn’t anticipate where they were going to end up!

alison, no apologies needed! At all. I’ve done the exact same thing myself, i.e., I have thought the same re: Fed at Wimbledon in the past or Rafa on clay. But yeah, in the end, they all have to fight their way through, play their matches, and be prepared for surprises. The fact that they’ve been so consistent is pretty amazing.

Margot Says:

jane, Nole just needs to dink little balls right down low at Berdych’s feet, Big Bird just can’t bend his knees and as steve-o says doesn’t like coming forward too much either.
Just like Andy beat Soderling at the WTF a couple of years ago.
That’s the way to do it :)
Agree with the DA again, Andy’s timing is off so far. Unheard of UEs

Michael Says:

Jane, I second your thoughts on the favourites leaving out the top three. As you said, it is Berdych who has the biggest chance and may be Tsonga following him. But I rule out Ferrer as well as Almagro. They doesn’t have the weapons to win a Major.

As regards your favourites amongst the top three, it seems you are somewhat sceptical about Novak’s chances may be considering his form. But there have been precedence in the past where the player peaks when they approach the quarter/semi and final stages. May be Novak is reserving his best for the later stages of the tournament. Who knows ? That being said, both Andy as well as Federer have good chances to win this one. So as of now it is wide open and that is good to keep the viewers interest.

Michael Says:

At the beginning of the tournament when the draw was released, it appeared that Andy was having the toughest draw in the tournament, but now he is having a very easy route not being much tested. It is Roger who is having the toughest draw to encounter.

Alok Says:

geez, djoker played 3 easy matches, including old Steps, who couldn’t harm him, and then one 5 setter, with a day’s rest, so why would he not be able to bounce back? Many other top 4 players have done it. What about those other journey men who have to play back to back 5 setters and are still able to get to the QFs? suddenly, he’s not the favorite due to one match? What if he was 31 yrs old and playing guys who are a decade younger? sorry, but I don’t get it.

“It is Roger who is having the toughest draw to encounter.” Absolutely.

I never thought Murray’s draw as the toughest of the top 4, just Fed’s. And, to prove it, he’s just beaten big serving Raonic and look who’s waiting for him? Tsonga another big hitter and playing his best tennis. Then, if he gets through Tsonga, he’ll meet Murray, who hasn’t been tested at all.

Michael Says:

A familiar pattern is emerging out of the Almagro Vs Ferrer match. Almagro lead by two sets to love and now it is two sets all. It is now advantage Ferrer all the way. He should reach the semi-finals in all probability.

Michael Says:


Really a very brutal draw for Roger. And still if he goes on to win this edition of Australian Open, what a raving performance that would be at 31 !? The fans are thrilled by this cherishing prospect, but Roger is still a long way to go. The immediate challenge is Tsonga, possibly Murray and Novak.

alison Says:

Michael @January 21st 10.23am completely agree with your post,no disrespect to Novak and fans but i would also actually love to see a new AO champion,whether its Andy Murray or indeed like you say someone whos never won a GS before,and as much as i like Rafa i would say the same at the FO,i could just imagine the headlines had Soda won one of those FO finals he was in,or Berdych had he won that wimbledon final in 2010,it would be terrific if Novak were to complete his career GS at the FO,or again some other player whos never won a GS,you can be a fan of one or even two particular players,but i see no harm in actually from time to time in backing a different or even a new racehorse,after all theres no law against it,its not exactly a crime,ater all its not their personal property.

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