Federer, Murray Roll; Serena v Stephens at Aussie Open
by Staff | January 21st, 2013, 7:56 am
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Two of the “Big 4″ shrugged off the competition on Monday to move into the quarterfinals at the Australian Open when Roger Federer held off Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6(7), 6-4, and Andy Murray rolled Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

Murray said he had his problems staying focused against Simon, who was obviously not 100 percent after fighting through a nearly-five-hour match in his previous round against fellow Frenchman Gael “Force” Monfils.

“It was kind of tough,” Murray said. “After the first few games it didn’t feel that competitive. That’s why it becomes hard when the emotions aren’t quite into it.”

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also moved into the quarters after defeating French countryman Richard Gasquet 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.”

It’s going to be very difficult,” said Tsonga of next facing Federer. “I lost many times against this guy…I have to, how you say, un-respect him? Because if you respect him too much, then for sure you lost.”

Another Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy, gained the quarters after defeating Italy’s Andreas Seppi 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Chardy will next meet Murray.

The American contingent on the women’s side had a sterling day Monday as both Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens moved into the quarterfinals.

The younger Williams sister bulldozed Russian veteran Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-0.

“I’m really just out there doing the best I can, just fighting for everything,” said Serena, who is now one match from tying her all-time-best win streak of 21 matches. “I’m here to compete and do the best I can.”

Stephens defeated Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 to gain her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

“I’ll just treat it as another match,” said Stephens on next facing Serena, who has been a mentor for her on tour. “It’s still a tennis match and you have to go out and play your game no matter what.”

Former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova was also a winner, with the unseeded Russian outlasting former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 with aggressive play.

“I’m really happy with the result but disappointed with the second set because I think I got stuck there, said Kuznetsova, who won 23 of 25 net approaches during the match.

Kuznetsova will next meet world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who on Monday returned to her destructive ways in blowing out Russian Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-1.

Tuesday’s matches in Australia will be the quarterfinals of (4) Aggie Radwanska vs. (6) Li Na, an all-Spanish in (4) David Ferrer vs. (10) Nicolas Almagro, an all-Russian in (2) Maria Sharapova vs. (19) Ekaterina Makarova, and (1) Novak Djokovic vs. (5) Tomas Berdych.

 


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102 Comments for Federer, Murray Roll; Serena v Stephens at Aussie Open

Brando Says:

Excellent article for rafa fans.

Pete Sampras, the legendary 14 times GS champion, speaking about how the game misses rafa, agreeing with his return plan and how it needs him.

http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Pete-Sampras-says-Rafael-Nadal-is-missed-by-tennis-people-and-fans-articolo8008.html

“But there’s something missing in Melbourne. He’s great for the sport, and everyone wants to see him back at the top again.”

SPOT ON Pistol Pete!


sienna Says:

With so many of the seedings still intact it is very hard to think nadal would have had any chance.
Him skipping au open to rest for the golden swing seems to be the right play after all.
A little cowardly one couod add but smart planning indeed.

Nadal had every chance to enter Au open but choos to keep his winning% in tact instead of trying to reclaim slamhistory.

He would not have survived first week.


Tz Says:

he’s definitely being missed. specially when you see his replacement, david ferrer. i’m not belittling ferrer, he’s a great fighter. but his game is nowhere near arfa’s


Tz Says:

**rafa’s**


skeezer Says:

Somehow the the first post wants to defer to a very small quote from Sampras about Rafa? Uh?

Fed fought off another dangerous type player in Raonic. Great win, yet to lose his serve nor a set. Lets see, Davy, check, Tomic, check, Raonic, check. Would have liked to see the other 2 play these guys in succession. 31 and done? No so far it seems……

Enjoyed watchin Stephens playing this tourney, hope she continues on, a great tournament for her.

Hope Nole doesn’t get any Birdsh!t on him.


Giles Says:

Brando. Great article. All support much appreciated! #VamosKing


roy Says:

it’s generally only federer fans who claim he’s over the hill at 31.
the age excuse is handy in the era of nadal,djoker,murray.

federer looks as good as he ever has and in fact his serve looks better than ever. the stats prove it. the swiss has never had a surgery and the 30year old grandpa myth is unique to tennis. early 30s boxers are still happily in their prime. 35+ is a different matter perhaps.

federer will be a threat for years to come. but the standard of tennis has gone up and he is no longer without equal and in fact no longer the best.


Ben Pronin Says:

Skeezer, which one of those 4 guys that Roger beat would Djokovic or Murray have lost to?


skeezer Says:

^dunno, maybe none. But would have liked to see. At least it would be challenging..I thought Tomic with his recent success and with the home crowd court could have had a chance against Murray or Nole in the early rounds. Davy was coming In dangerous also. A very quick player when on can roll through people.

Gotta say re watching some the the Nole/Wawa match Stan looked in great shape and came to play. He was successful at attacking Nole but in the end he stayed back more and more and Nole then did his thing….


Sienna Says:

roy Says:
it’s generally only federer fans who claim he’s over the hill at 31.
the age excuse is handy in the era of nadal,djoker,murray.

It is still Feds era. WHen they all are retired then people will remember this episode in tennis as the Federer era. not Nadal, Murray or Djokovic.

On the tourney there are three players who can win this title.lets hope they reach all the semie. But I fancy Berdych for a shock finale at the start of season.


Humble Rafa Says:

“But there’s something missing in Melbourne. He’s great for the sport, and everyone wants to see him back at the top again.”

Thanks for the love, Mr. Smirky. I know you well enough to know why you want me back. The Arrogant One won’t win any more slams. Sleep well.


John Says:

Federer won the third 6-2 not 6-4


moam Says:

Though the Fed beat Raonic in a typically “Federerish” comprehensive straight-setter, the big Canadian is going to become a top 10 player. He has all the moves as well as great temperament.
http://martinstake128.wordpress.com/2012/10/06/milos-raonic-an-imposing-emerging-force/


Dan Martin Says:

tennisabides.com – I have my picks for today’s men’s and women’s matches up


Giles Says:

I don’t know if any of you have seen this before but I think it is hilarious! Just a bit of fun. @skeezer. I think you will enjoy this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miOwOT1FYig&feature=youtube_gdata_player


Brando Says:

@skeezer: ”
Somehow the the first post wants to defer to a very small quote from Sampras about Rafa? Uh?” there is no wanting to defer anything at all. Just a simple thing: saw a nice article re rafa, thought why not share it with others, especially rafa fans. End of. No one else seems to mind. Food for thought, that last point.


steve-o Says:

The number of breakpoints Federer has faced thus far in this tournament can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and he’s saved all of them.

His serving has been impeccable and he’ll need it in the quarters and beyond.


Tz Says:

“age is just a number” applies to federer and only to federer, nobody else. ha ha ha. very funny.

i’m sure it’s NOT going to be JUST A NUMBER when your fav starts aging and most likely starts losing more often than he used to early in his career:)


Humble Rafa Says:

“age is just a number” applies to federer and only to federer, nobody else.

Agreed. My age is an alphabet, not a number.


DC Says:

@it’s generally only federer fans who claim he’s over the hill at 31.
the age excuse is handy in the era of nadal,djoker,murray.

federer looks as good as he ever has and in fact his serve looks better than ever. the stats prove it. the swiss has never had a surgery and the 30year old grandpa myth is unique to tennis. early 30s boxers are still happily in their prime. 35+ is a different matter perhaps.
————————————————-
With age comes, mental as well as physical exhaustion and ability to recover, which affects not only your performance, but motivation etc.
MOst of Fed’s peers have retired or are in the process of exiting from the sport probably giving their last shot.
How many 31+ players do we have in the top 10, top 20 or 50.
Fed may not have slowed down, but he cannot recover as fast as he could and that would affect his performance in his subsequent matches.


laslo Says:

Fed looking good swatting a couple of young guns that were in his way. Still hoping for that Federer/Djokovic final.


Tz Says:

@DC

nice post.


Eric Says:

Federer puts a lot more effort into his conditioning than he did five years ago, which is one reason his tennis looks as good as ever (better in some ways). Too lazy to look for the quote now, but there was an interview very recently where he said, paraphrasing, “back in the day people knew, or thought, that if you got to two hours with Federer on clay, he’d get weaker. But now I want everybody to think I’m going to get stronger after two hours.”


jane Says:

“How many 31+ players do we have in the top 10, top 20 or 50.”

Good question; I’d like to know!

I do remember, however, that at the FO last year, there were more over 30 year old players than ever before playing in that event. Same at Wimbledon, I believe. There was an article about it, and how the top ten is the oldest one in a long time; it said players are having longer careers, due to technology and training. Maybe it was the NYTs?


Eric Says:

Well all right, I’ll bite – Fed and Ferrer the only 30+ in the top 10, obviously. Tommy Haas, Youzhny, Fish, Melzer in the 20s. Stepanek, Benneteau, Roddick (ha) in the 30s. Davydenko in the 40s.

So 20% of the top 50 are over 30 years old – interesting.


El Flaco Says:

Tennis isn’t golf so even if your strokes are as good as ever you still have to factor in movement which affects your ability to get in the best possible position to make shots. Go back and watch some old Fed matches from 2004-2007 and you will see he was quicker back then. During that time Fed was undefeated against Roddick, Hewitt, and Haas who were also at their prime playing ages by the way. Post prime Fed has 4 losses to these players even though all three of them were not as good as when Fed was undefeated against them from 2004-2007.


skeezer Says:

roy doesn’t know the distinct difference apparently between bxing and tennis. walking ( for the most part ) in a 24×24 is waaayyy different than running in a 120×60 for 5 hours…..

Fed is a freak, but age will come eventually. The senior tour starts at age 30.

That said in some respects he has played some of his best tennis ever this past year….a Slam and back to #1 at 30 ain’t bad ;)


Daniel Says:

C’mon, age is just a number?!?! Conveniently since Nadal, Djoko and Murray benefit the most of this number as they beat Fed consistantpy ever since Fed was past his prime, 2008 and beyond. The only one who beat Fed during his prime was Nadal and that pretty much on clay. From 2004-2007 you can count in 2 hands how many non clay matches Federer lost.

His greatest achievement so far is stend the test of time. He is the first to win 5+ Slam post 26 and won at 30 as well.

Let’s see if the other ones can stand that long…


Atom Says:

Way to go FED …. lets go for 18 th ….


vinod2vin Says:

Just want to say that FED has been an awesome role model for me . Not that i am a player or something. He is a great family guy with great responsibility where we can able to catch upto him .


Humble Rafa Says:

Way to go FED …. lets go for 18 th

18th what?

You have to wait forever.


skeezer Says:

@brando.
Touché


andrea Says:

wow. fed just mowing thru his draw. maybe tsonga brings out more troubling arsenal. kinda figured simon would go away. he looked obliterated after the monfils match.


skeezer Says:

Ben,

On second thought when has Rafa, Nole, and Murray ( me thinks the latter might have ) had as quality early round opponets as Fed in a Slam(Davy,Tomic, Raonic)?


Brando Says:

WTF!

Went over to the ATP website to see the h2h between NOLE and BERDYCH and was completely shocked to see the resutls:

- Overall: 11 – 1 in NOLE’S favor

- Nole’s ONLY loss was on his weakest surface: grass

- Out of the last 15 sets on HC, nole has won 13/15

- One of the 2 nole lost was a TB and the other a INDOOR match

WOW!

Nole completely OWNS this guy and will most certainly win IMO!

Straight sets win for nole, with maybe a tight first set is my pick!


Eric Says:

Skeezer, how about Murray just at the very last slam – 2012 US Open. We all agreed that was a very rough draw. In the early rounds Andy had to beat Ivan Dodig (maybe less promising but still a better player than Tomic — has wins over Soderling, Rafa, Raonic), Lopez (Andy barely won – 76 76 46 76), and Raonic. Perhaps not coincidentally, you may remember that Murray got that trophy too…


skeezer Says:

Eric,

Thats the reason I made the disclaimer with Muzza, didn’t have time to look but it seemed he has some tough stuff to go through in past Slams. Keep in mind Muzza was seeded for the most part #4 or worse the past years so his draw technicallt should be tougher…..


sienna Says:

Huh seedings for #4 are comparable with #1.

Why keep ignorant if you can get the knowledge about stuf like that?


Wog boy Says:

skeezer,

With all due respect for your knowledge, I mean it, partly apart of Tomic match Federer hasn’t been tested so far, hasn’t been pushed. I was last night at the match in the same section with your fellow Americans who are tavelling the world just to watch the tennis, and they said the same I said, all of them and they know tennis. In not one single moment Raonic was a threat. Sorry jane and other Raonic fans but his ROS is non existant, his footwork (movement) was/is very ordinary, his FH wasn’t/isn’t so great, BH very bad … From what I have seen, as I said on the other thread, very limited player. Can he improve? I doubt it. can he be good top20 player? that would be his maximum. The only exciting thing last night was that I had the acces to Champions bar with that ticket, your fellow Americans don’t travel cheap, they were the best seats in the house, right behind base lane, first few rows. You could almost touch Federer, not that I wanted;)
I have to ask you for one favour skeezer, can you tell your man to change the sport shoes? It is a pain for the eyes to watch him running in that strong flourescent pink colour, I think Nike design them to distract oponents;)


jane Says:

Wog boy, no need to apologize. While it’s nice for Canada to have a top 20 guy, Milos’ game doesn’t excite me that much so far; I can see it needs improvement. BTW, this article confirms a lot of what you said about the match. I’ve been trying to read the reactions for all the night matches I miss just to get a sense of things:

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/01/australian-open-federer-d-raonic/46117/#.UP3UU5jHaQI


the DA Says:

@ Eric – agreed. Wimbledon wasn’t an easy draw either. Davydenko > Karlovic > Baghdatis > Cilic > Ferrer > Tsonga.


Cupcake Says:

Its true that as players age, their physicality mental focus wanes which makes it more difficult for them to be consistent over a longer period of time. But that’s exactly why Federer took 2+half months away from the tour – to recharge his physical and mental batteries. He admitted he wasn’t sure if it was the right decision before the AO started – but looks to me very much like it was. His physical and mental batteries seem to be firing on all cylinders so far.

I’d be very happy to see Federer go all the way in the AO. I am sick and tired of reading/hearing the media ‘experts’ mention the World No 1 + 3 all the time, as if the World No 2 doesn’t hardly exist.


subo Says:

pete says nadal is missed i do not miss rafeal nadal picking his ass smelling his fingers and playing with his dirty hair he will come back juiced as ever


Wog boy Says:

Cupcake,

Some of us were seak and tired of reading about world #1&#2 for a years like world #3&#4 didn’t exist. It is our time now, don’t you think it is just fair?


Wog boy Says:

jane?

Thanks, That will be right.


Wog boy Says:

“jane,” and not “jane?” I hope mat4 is not around to see my mistake;)


Humble Rafa Says:

pete says nadal is missed i do not miss rafeal nadal picking his ass smelling his fingers and playing with his dirty hair he will come back juiced as ever

You are a class act! Keep it up.


Humble Rafa Says:

The quarter final between the Unkempt One and the Spanish Choker is at noon. I wish they would start the match at 3 am and be done by 5 am, so the rest of the world need not sit through that torture.


skeezer Says:

Wogboy

Karlovic use to be a guy nobody wanted to face eay in the draw although his ranking never proved his dangerous. I know Fed hasn’t been pushed, but that IMO is his fabulous play against opponets who have been hot recently. Just trying to point out on paper he had a very tough early round so far :)


skeezer Says:

^early….

Are you seeing any more matches?


Wog boy Says:

Stan the man is better player than any of three that Federer played, Berdych is better and more dangerous than Tsonga and to put todays Harrison and Stepanek against todays Davydenko and Tomic I am pretty sure that Nole’s draw wasn’t any eaisier than Roger’s, IMO.


Wog boy Says:

skeezer,

Yes, that one last night wasn’t planed. The ticket was gift from my coustumers on sunday before I left Sydney, good people. I by tickets where ordinary people are going not VIP seats;)
I am just about to leave hotel and will stay at AO until end of the day and tomorrow again the same. So i am going to see twice your man.


Humble Rafa Says:

Wogboy,

Next time, translate your comments into English. LOL.


Wog boy Says:

“buy”


Wog boy Says:

HR,

Is my english so bad, sorry:(


steve-o Says:

Li on fire, breaks Radwanska twice in a row. Just ripping winners left and right.


Kimberly Says:

Li na wins, radwanska shots can’t penetrate the court


skeezer Says:

“So i am going to see twice your man.”

I am humbled. ;)


jane Says:

I was kind of hoping Aggy would come through but I like Li a lot too – she’s funny. :))

Wog Boy, don’t worry. I think we get your drift.


steve-o Says:

@Wog boy, are you going to paint your face with the French flag this time?


Wog boy Says:

steve-o,

I tried Canadian, it didn’t work. I might as well try French one:)


Kimmi Says:

can almagro keep it up, he is doing very well so far. serving big.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Thanks, I hope you do get my drift.

I had to google that “drift” one.


jane Says:

Wog boy, are you there, or when do you go? Are you seeing Nole tonight, OMG I am so jealous!

I haven’t been watching but just checking scores. I am kind of surprised too to see Almagro ahead, but he did play super-well at Abu Dhabi.


Kimmi Says:

almagro going down the line with that backhand is good. it will help him in this match if he keeps it up.


jane Says:

More interesting is that Nico has only 45% first serves in so far. Odd. Usually Ferrer is such a great returner; you’d've thunk he’d've exploited that first serve deficiency or is Almagro’s 2nd serve so great? Guess I gotta watch.


Kimmi Says:

another down the line backhand, he breaks.
Can almagro beat ferrer at last ????????


jane Says:

Nico’s backhand is bringing back memories of Stan’s the other night! Blistering.


skeezer Says:

wog boy, yes Stan is quality. But Nole has faced only one man of such in the early rds. That is my point. Fed faced 3 very dangerous players. Besides Stan, who has Nole faced early?

Anyways I am moving on, beat this down to a pulp and is getting old, its all behind us now and looks like we have some exciting tennis ahead. Who would have thunk Tennis would thrive without Rafa Nadal in the draw? Doh!


skeezer Says:

Wow Nico taking it to Ferrer? Who woulda thought?


skeezer Says:

Wish it was Birdsh!t Nico was thumping here. I hope I will see that one day….:)


Kimmi Says:

it could be final between chardy and almagro. AO is know to bring the odd name once in a while.


Kimmi Says:

he he there goes the racquet. ferrer is furrious. another break, two more games for almagro.


jane Says:

Commies saying they think Ferru has just played too much tennis. He should’ve taken the week off before this major.

Kimmi, Almagro vs. Chardy in the final – gotta admit, I’d kind of like to see that! :)


Kimmi Says:

one more almagro :) can he finally get the monkey off his back


Kimmi Says:

wooo, best game for ferrer, now almagro to serve it out.

jane – still don’t believe he can beat ferrer.


Kimmi Says:

oh noooo!


Kimmi Says:

no..break!

he can’t beat him!


jane Says:

Nico broken serving for the match. Let’s see what this means. He’s definitely letting Ferrer dictate more right now.


Kimmi Says:

ok, this is going 5 sets


Eric Says:

First sign I’ve seen that Ferrer actually cares about the outcome of the match came after Almagro saved double break points when serving for the match. Don’t be too shocked if Ferrer manages to take the next 3 sets…


Kimberly Says:

And that sums up Nicolas almagro. He will lose this much for sure.


Kimmi Says:

c’mon almagro. cheering for him!!!


Kimmi Says:

ok, stopped cheering for almagro. he is going to lose


Kimberly Says:

Kimmi I like almagro but I fear u r wasting your energy cheering for him. He has come mentally unglued and I fer his window has closed. Like ferrer too,


Eric Says:

Hey the guy just needs one quick break and the match could be his – Ferrer’s still got a long road. But yeah… my monies are on David now.


Kimmi Says:

he broke first twice, and got broken back right away. seriously!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

ah!! almagro serving for the MATCH again.

C’mooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon


Kimmi Says:

how hard is it to serve this out almagro


Kimmi Says:

SERIOUSLY!!


Kimmi Says:

broken back!! well, at least he never reach match point. that would hurt more.


Kimmi Says:

3RD time almagro serving for the match


jane Says:

3rd time’s a charm? Or 3 strikes and you’re out?


skeezer Says:

Ok, the time limit issue is settled. The players have adapted, playing well, and has made the matches more entertaining for the fans (the match here between the Spaniards playing at a great fair pace! ).
All these matches have been well timed and no complaints from players. Even Nole, who has taken extra time in the past, as accepted and adapted well. Kudos to him.

Now the question remains, will Rafa impose his will and slow down the game when he is back or will Tennis finally get over this ridiculous slow down in between points that was invented, and taken advantage of, Rafael Nadal.


Kimmi Says:

break back immediately. tie breaker!


Kimmi Says:

its hard to watch almagro in this match.


skeezer Says:

Nico, dude, u need to play clutch when it counts(especially when you have the advantage). Otherwise you’ll never ever win a big match!


Kimmi Says:

almagro is injured. if he loses this tie breaker, thats it


Kimmi Says:

that is the end.


Kimmi Says:

almagro might as well lose. he has no chance in the semi.

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