Serena Slumps to Ivanovic; Monday Australian Open Preview
by Staff | January 19th, 2014, 8:04 am
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The queen is dead — long live the queen?

Former No. 1 and current No. 14 seed Ana Ivanovic took what she felt was rightfully hers on Sunday at the Australian Open, coming from a set down to stun world No. 1 Serena Williams 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a round of 16 match.

The Serb, who had never previously won a set off Williams, took the match to the younger Williams sister. If she wasn’t breaking down the Williams backhand through long rallies, she was ripping effortless forehand winners past the Williams’ forehand side on critical points.

Afterwards the media coaxed Williams into talking about the back injury she had been dealing with on the practice court since beating Daniela Hantuchova.

“I made a tremendous amount of errors, shots I missed I normally don’t miss,” she said. “I haven’t missed since the ’80s. I’m just not used to missing those shots. She made some good shots, and I just made way, way, a lot of unforced errors…Maybe I wasn’t the best physically, but that had nothing to do with it. I think Ana just played a really good match. She did what it takes to win.”

Ivanovic ended the 25-match winning streak of the reigning No. 1.

“I had to remind myself all the time just to stay in the moment,” said the confident Ivanovic. “Because there were moments in the match where it could have gone either way. I could have just made a few more errors.  But I really just believed in my game and stepped up when I needed to…I just really enjoy competing. Like I said, I’m not afraid going deep against these top players. I feel ready, and I want to challenge everyone out there.”

In the quarterfinals Ivanovic will face Canadian upstart and No. 30 seed Eugenie Bouchard, who tamed both the Aussie crowds and unseeded homecountry favorite Casey Dellacqua 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-0.

“She beat Serena so she’s playing really well,” Bouchard said of Ivanovic. “We’re in the quarters now, so she deserves to be there. No one’s going to give it to me, so it’s going to be a good match.”

Bouchard, competing in her first Australian Open after quickly making the transition from the junior ranks, is the first Canadian into a Grand Slam quarterfinal in 21 years.

Also upset-minded was Italian veteran and No. 28 seed Flavia Pennetta, who out-grounded No. 9-seeded German Angelique Kerber 6-1, 4-6, 7-5. In the quarterfinals she will again have her hands full against No. 4 seed Li Na, who steamrolled No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-0.

“I would like to be back in the Top 20,” said Pennetta upon hearing her first Aussie Open quarterfinal will propel her back into the Top 20. “Of course my dream is to be back in the Top 10, but is gonna be tough. The season is so long. It just start. For the moment, it’s so good, so I hope to just keep going.”

Results on the men’s side Sunday were far less dramatic as the seeds fell in line to advance into the quarterfinals.

No. 2 Novak Djokovic led the charge, having his way with the upright Italian and No. 15 seed Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-0, 6-2.

“I felt from the start of this tournament that I’ve been elevating my game as the tournament is going on,” Djokovic said. “Every match is better. The general feeling on the court, all the shots, using the court position really well, being aggressive, playing my style of the game. That’s what I’ve done really well today overall from the first to the last point. I haven’t allowed my opponent to come back to the match.”

Djokovic also said his coach Boris Becker did not take offense at his on-court Becker impression.

“I’ve seen his face reactions,” Djokovic said. “The first impression, when I’ve done all the serves, he was happy and he is applauding.  When I said how he is today with his problems in the back and everything, he was not so happy about that. He was upset (smiling). But, no, it’s all for good laughs. It’s actually the first time after a long time I’ve actually done Becker imitation. I don’t know how I was. Was okay? I’m going to gain few kilos and have to color my hair in order to do the proper Becker imitation (media laughter).”

In the quarters the Serb will face No. 8 seed Stan Wawrinka, who in the last night match defeated No. 17 Tommy Robredo 6-3, 7-6(3), 7-6(5). The first serve made the difference for the Swiss, with Wawrinka winning 90 percent of his first serve points compared to 70 percent for the Spaniard.

“I know that he’s playing the tennis of his life in last 15 months,” Djokovic said of Wawrinka. “He’s Top 10 player now. He’s established himself in the top level. He won against some top guys in the big tournaments. He is confident. You could feel that mentally when he comes to the court, he believes in himself more. He can win against the top guys in the later stages of events. So, you cannot expect a clear favorite in that match.”

Also advancing to a quarterfinal meeting were No. 3 David Ferrer and No. 7 Tomas Berdych. Ferrer needed to come from a set down to defeat unseeded German Florian Mayer 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-2, 6-1, while Berdych faced a mirror image of his game in No. 19 seed Kevin Anderson, but battered the South African 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.

“I have a good memories from last season, which is not that far ago,” Berdych said of facing Ferrer. “We play twice, in Bercy and in London. I beat him in London. That I play really well. The week before in Paris Bercy, I was very close. I lost to him in three sets. So, I’m going to have a plan and I hope it’s going to be the right one.”

On court Monday in Melbourne in round of 16 play are (3) Maria Sharapova vs. (20) Dominika Cibulkova, (13) Sloane Stephens vs. (2) Victoria Azarenka, (1) Rafael Nadal vs. (16) Kei Nishikori, (10) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. (6) Roger Federer, (5) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Garbine Muguruza, (8) Jelena Jankovic vs. (11) Simona Halep, (4) Andy Murray vs. Stephane Robert, and (22) Grigor Dimitrov vs. unseeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

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Serena Williams
has lost in the fourth round at two of her last three Grand Slams. Williams hasn’t won the Australian Open since  2010…That was the first time Ana Ivanovic has ever won a match point against a world No. 1… Novak Djokovic has won his last 28 matches. He’s also won 25 straight in Melbourne and he hasn’t lost a set… Tomas Berdych has won all 53 service games this week. Rafael Nadal also hasn’t lost serve… Novak Djokovic has reached 19 straight Grand Slam quarterfinals. Roger Federer leads all players having reached 36 in a row… David Ferrer has won four of six against Tomas Berdych on hardcourts… Victoria Azarenka has won 17 straight matches at the Australian Open… If Roger Federer loses to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, would Stanislas Wawrinka become the new Swiss No. 1? Discuss!…. Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka will play in the third straight hardcourt major… Tomas Berdych has beaten Kevin Anderson the last three years at the Australian Open… How many top-ranked players has Euginie Bouchard beaten this week? Um, none…. Andy Murray plays a lucky loser on Monday, how lucky is that while Federer drew Tsonga… David Ferrer has advanced to the quarterfinals at nine straight Slams… Kei Nishikori once took a set off Rafael Nadal…. Rafael Nadal has exactly 666 career wins. Ok…. No Japanese player has ever beaten Nadal… Roger Federer on player’s who look to their box the entire match or receive illegal coaching from their player’s box: “I feel like it’s like in school, you do your work. At home, you get ready for the test, and then the test, you don’t cheat and you try to do your best. I see it the same way in tennis.”…It’s Australian Open time, so it’s also time for the annual update on the troubled former world No. 4 Jelena Dokic. The Reader’s Digest version: she’s 30, she failed to win an Aussie Open wildcard, she played in the doubles, still trying to rebound from wrist surgery and mono, still not in great shape, still won’t talk about her dad who was banned from the WTA tour, is based in Melbourne, and will play low-level ITF events in the coming months… Aussie Marinko Matosevic melted down on court and in his post-match press conference after losing in five sets to Kei Nishikori. Among the histrionics were getting mad at fans for calling him “Mad Dog” (even though the nickname appears on his personal website) and getting mad at his box and coach Mark Woodforde for not being vocal enough in his support. “I wanted my coach to vocally support me, but he wouldn’t,” he said. “I’ve spoken about it before, but I don’t know. Not disappointed in the lack of support. Some players need verbal support, some don’t. I’m a player that likes it and needs it and wants it. So if my coach is just going to sit there and clap, I expect more.” — How about this, stop looking at your box every point like a WTA player and just play tennis and win the match?

 


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88 Comments for Serena Slumps to Ivanovic; Monday Australian Open Preview

andrea Says:

yay! bouchard is on a role. she beat ana last year but this a different breed of ana. i was very impressed on how she handled serena’s serves. blunted her power. serena’s back or no back trouble, that was a great win for ana – for not having taken a set off serena in previous four tries.

makes me wonder if it’s wawrinka’s time against novak finally….


Kimmi Says:

“I wanted my coach to vocally support me, but he wouldn’t,” he said. “I’ve spoken about it before, but I don’t know. Not disappointed in the lack of support. Some players need verbal support, some don’t. I’m a player that likes it and needs it and wants it. So if my coach is just going to sit there and clap, I expect more.”

LOL! How funny.


Polo Says:

roy, do you feel better now?


Hippy Chic Says:

Whats going on jeez i wonder if there is such a thing as moderation on this site,letting that post by Roy @ 10.32am get through,staff please remove that post its offensive to women and its racist too.


the DA Says:

Someone isn’t taking her defeat too well.


ANTHONY Says:

Ana played fantastically the best I’ve seen from her in years. However, if serena was not injured, then she had a very off day. She was moving terribly always out of position and often hit with diminished power, even her usual “passion” seemed missing. Clearly moving to the backhand was awkward and difficult. But kudos to ana as she really did play fantastically.


James Says:

What the hell are you trying to say, Roy? Not the best post I’ve seen from you.


James Says:

It’s unfortunate that every time Kei plays good in a slam, he runs into Nadal, RG last year and now AO. I’d have liked Kei’s chances against Tsonga, Dimitrov, even Federer, but I think he loses in straight sets against Nadal tomorrow.


WTF Says:

Is Bouchard a French Canadian or canadian canadian? The name sounds very french, but she doesn’t speak in a french accent.


Okiegal Says:

@Roy

Poor Roy……you just showed your ignorance with that post. Bringing up weight, beauty and race……was in poor taste! Agree with Chic, as I always do, post needs to be removed!!


mat4 Says:

If I remember well, french Canadian were the first Canadian, sorry, after the First Nations.


Okiegal Says:

Matosevic must be a grouch by nature. His only claim to fame in the tennis world was knocking over Rafa’s water bottles and then looking over at him to see his reaction. That was too funny…..He needs to take a chill pill before matches. He’s a riot!! I’ll bet his coach thinks do too.


WTF Says:

She’s from Quebec or Montreal (can’t remember which). I thought that was French town? Her name sound French also. But she speaks english like an ordinary canadian (outside of the french part of canada).


WTF Says:

She’s been getting a lot of hype at the moment. She’s 19. It’s her first AO and she’s through to the QF.

That sounds impressive but the more I think about it, 19 (she’s 20 next month) is a bit late to be playing your first AO, and there are plenty of women who’ve done more by the age of 19. I think Martina Hingis won the AO 3 times by that age (and a couple of other slams too).


mat4 Says:

I think that Jane is happy about her.


Polo Says:

Steffi Graf was 19 when she won her calendar year Golden Slam. That was the best season for any tennis player, male or female.


Steve27 Says:

Eugenie has all the credentials to become the next superstar of women’s tennis. On and off the court. With almost 20 years, if she continues that way and conquer great victories, will lead more children to follow her footsteps and Canada is not a shadow of its neighbor as it has been. She and Raonic and Pospisil have a great chance that tennis become a little more popular in the country of the lakes.

An article about this:
http://afanobsessed.sportsblog.com/posts/529860/canada_is_tennis_next_superpower.html


the DA Says:

@Polo – Yep. Another astonishing record of Graf’s is reaching 13 consecutive Grand Slam finals. She also reached the final of every tournament she played in a period stretching longer than 12 months – I’ve forgotten the precise. Mind boggling.

Those are a couple of reasons I’m reserving judgement on the women’s GOAT debate.

((Steffi))


Polo Says:

I agree, the DA, Steffi has the most mind boggling tennis achievement. It does not matter who the media call the women’s GOAT. If it is not Steffi, they have a lot of explaining to do.


marko Says:

@Polo

While Steffi Graf is definitely one of the greatest players, I always felt that her achievements after April, 1993 should be treated with a bit of an asterisk. That asterisk, in my opinion (and it’s only an opinion) means that she’s not really part of the GOAT debate since there were more accomplished players without such asterisks.

Gotta remember that at the time Monica Seles had just defeated Graf in 3 of the 4 slam finals they last played. Not to mention that she was undefeated at the AO (after just beating Graf at the AO final in Jan. 1993), and three-time defending champ at both the AO and FO.

Of course, noone can say with certainty what might have happened had things turned out differently, but it seems likely to conclude that Graf would’ve had fewer titles and records had Seles been able to continue playing.

Even if you go to Graf’s wiki page you’ll see that 1993-1996 are titled “Second period of dominance”..

I still can’t believe that Gunter Parche served no jail time whatsoever..20 years later that still pisses me off immensely!!!


Polo Says:

Like what I said, whoever picks anybody other than Graf as the female GOAT has a lot of explaining to do.


marko Says:

@Polo

Specifically what additional explanation(s) do you require beyond what I’ve provided?


Bad Knee Rules Says:

———-
Specifically what additional explanation(s) do you require beyond what I’ve provided?
———-
Don’t bother.
By the age of 19 Monica had 8 GS titles!!


the DA Says:

“it seems likely to conclude that Graf would’ve had fewer titles”

Maybe, maybe not. Anyway, it’s pure conjecture. The 3 out of 4 wins in slam finals were a streak – not each one was a blowout, there were tightly contested battles. IMHO you could compare it to Novak’s streak against Nadal from 2011-12. Yet Rafa adjusted and regained the upper hand, so it’s feasible that Steffi could’ve done the same. We’ll never know.

The tipping point for Steffi is her mastery of every surface winning each slam 4 times or more. Seles didn’t seem at all comfortable on grass. To me it’s a tragedy that we were denied the possibility to experience a rivalry to equal Evert/Navratilova.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Graf is the greatest of all time. But Seles seemed to be on the way.

Who do we like tonight in Federer vs Tsonga? I like Fed for this. I think he’s dude a big win. And to him, now, a round of 16 against a top tenner is a big match.

Rafa-Kei should be fun, probably for a set. But I think Rafa will run away with it after a while.

Congrats to Ana. Sounds like Serena was hurt, but still a huge win.

Of course, I hope Bouchard takes her out in a match-up that will be very easy on the eyes. Best looking match for 2014, I’d wager.


moam Says:

Hated to see Serena lose this one, but Ivanovic played a stellar match.
Again, I wonder if the pressure of being such a heavy favorite to win derailed Serena. Only she knows for sure.
http://martinstake128.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/ivanovic-sinks-serena/


pigoonse Says:

@Tennis Vagabond

Bouchard vs Ivanovic

Best looking match-up for 2014 AND easy on the ears too.

Best looking match-up in ATP. Suggestions anyone?
Sexy Steps and …?


pigoonse Says:

Chapeau Dominika Cibulkova!


Polo Says:

At the age of 19, Steffi has won a Golden Slam. Nobody else has one. Here’s something about “could haves”, they never happened. Therefore, they do not mean anything and count for nothing in any argument.


Polo Says:

Ok, now back to real time. For Stephens, I hope you are mentally prepared to be cheated again by Azarenka.


Kimmi Says:

Very impressed with Simona Halep. Great play defeating Jankovic with a bagel in the third set. She now plays Cibulkova in the qtr final. What an opportunity for both player.


Kimmi Says:

This is a very good draw for grigor. Good opportunity to make his first grandslam qtr final here.


Kimmi Says:

Stephens plays Serena really well but loses to Azarenka poorly all the time. I wonder if it is a match up thing. 3 & 2 is a poor scoreline.


Kimmi Says:

Nice job Grigor :)


the DA Says:

Ooh that did not look good at all. Rafa grabs his knee and gives it a few worried looks. Hope it isn’t serious. Kei is really holding his own out there. Seems he’s been studying some Nole matches.


Slice Tennis Says:

Rafa’s ground game seems to be non existent. Nishi is winning most of the rallies. Rafa is hanging on only with his serves.


Slice Tennis Says:

Rafa lucks out the set mainly due to loss of concentration of Nishi.
Still a tough road ahead for Rafa in this match.


van orten Says:

warning for coaching for rafa..nothing against nishikori but he should have lost 6:1 the first set..what a bad tie breaker..jesus..waste of time watching it


van orten Says:

yeah the da rafas knee looks bad.. he is def. injured hope he keeps playing though till wimbledon and then takes off a few weeks to get his knee healed…hope he is fine. vamos rafa pls take care of your knee..yours a fan


the DA Says:

Kei is playing superbly. Rafa’s game is remarkably off yet he still wins the TB. He’s also made a few whopping errors in set 2. Rafa will probably win in straights :)


the DA Says:

Nadal’s head is somewhere else today. Down a break in the 2nd. Now I’m off to Hisense.


Polo Says:

Nishikori is playing superbly but is there really any doubt as to who will win this match?


the DA Says:

Andy cruising through 6-1 3-0. This is the first time I’ve seen everything firing. He looks great. Gives me a bit of hope.


Polo Says:

Gilbert is the female version of Mary Carillo. Very pedantic and so annoying.


metan Says:

Kei is playing fantastic game !!!


the DA Says:

Even though it looks like he’s going to lose, Kei should walk away encouraged from this performance. Rafa looked rattled. Meanwhile Andy keeps cruising – up 6-1 6-2. Everything working for him today. just a few blips.


Polo Says:

Dimitrov is about to get avaluable lesson in his next match. I hope he makes the most out of it. V


jatin Says:

Robert strikes back. Wow. Comon you can win this set now


Kimberly Says:

Nadal won the match playing his B-C game. As he often does in early rounds of tournaments. And against top 20 players. He will raise his game in the next few rounds.


the DA Says:

Utter nonsense from Andy. Now I’m doubting again.


jatin Says:

One of the best tennis i have seen from Robert. He is playing sublime even though muraay is playing amazing too.


jatin Says:

Andy broke his racket. I knew it was coming


the DA Says:

Robert is playing good but it’s inexcusable to let 4 MPs slip away. grrr….smh


Steve27 Says:

What a warrior this Nishikori is!
Unlike the Italian clown, Kei lost with honor, as a whole samurai. The best match so far. And as always, Rafa wins major points, which are worth gold. Vamos!


Kimberly Says:

The racket break was necessary. Helps Him release the annoyance of having to play a fourth set that way it doesn’t fester. He will take care of this in the fourth. Wish I could sleep tomorrow will be a disaster and my
Kids are home for school


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

Our guy had a tough one today. His serve saved his bacon, me thinks. Kei played a fantastic match. I am anxious to see the stats.

Your guy Andy is gonna have to play another set. Hope he can pull it out.

Rafa plays Grigor next. That could be a tough one too. Rafa better speed things up a bit. Those lady umpires aren’t showing any mercy…..but it is a rule. She tagged him for on court coaching. He had other problems besides Kei. It is 2:30 am and I guess I will watch Roger and JWT. Should be a good one. I am picking Roger as the winner.

Vamos Rafa!!


the DA Says:

Finally Andy gets his head together and leads 4-1. Favorite schmavorite. Get this done. I want to see the Tsonga/Fed match!!


the DA Says:

That Robert is a character. Amazing to think he’s been stuck in challengers for so long. Oh well, I guess he needed the extra cardio work and to face a test. The QF is what I hoped for and I think that’ll be what I get.


jatin Says:

Roger is playing some sublime tennis too. Won the first by 6-3.
The most interesting thing is he is coming to net far more than he normally do and quite successful in it too. Seems like an edberg effect.


jatin Says:

Hard to believe if he is the same roger. So far, 28 net approaches and successful in 24 of them. WOW


jatin Says:

Seems like roger is pulling is 2006 form back. He is ruthless.


van orten Says:

tsonga is favourite fed is old blah blah..next round murray favourite because fed is old blah blah


Thomas Says:

Federer is playing solid tennis. Tsonga isn’t playing badly either.


jatin Says:

@van orten
With this from, fed could beat murry too :)

And yeah, where are those fed is OLD fans now.


the DA Says:

Fed is playing very well but Tsonga has made some terrible decisions and poor shot decisions. Plus Jo hasn’t returned nearly as well as he did in last year’s match.


jatin Says:

tsonga has lost his mind. Feeling bad for him though.


jatin Says:

WOW. Jo willi still has something in tank. Amazing reaction.


Thomas Says:

Tsonga still fighting, that is very good to see. nevertheless, Federer’s serve has been unbelievably good-courier and hewitt made mention of this.


the DA Says:

Jo’s return stats are deplorable: just 4 points won off of RF’s 1st serve, and only 18% return pts won.


Polo Says:

I’m holding off my comments until thiis match is over.


Thomas Says:

@theDA
That’s mainly due to federer serving well. Also, you have to take into account that Jo isn’t a great returner like Djokovic or Nadal.


the DA Says:

haha…the way Jo wasted that high sitting ball on BP. So typical. After Monfils, Tsonga is the most frustrating player to watch. All that thwarted talent.


the DA Says:

@Thomas – Yes he’s serving well but Nole, Rafa and Andy would all have done more with the returns.


Thomas Says:

@theDA
Well, you are right about that. The next match against murray will be tough for him.


van orten Says:

andy clearly the favourite in the match vs fed. i believe 3 sets will do it. he will return every first serve of roger. no chance rog go home and play with your kids


jatin Says:

van orten
You cannot be serious ? Or is it a sarcasm :)


van orten Says:

;-)


the DA Says:

I’m not taking anything away from Fed’s performance. He played excellently, the best I’ve seen in a long time. However, that was poor from Tsonga and he knows it.

Based on Fed’s form tonight Andy might be able to make it competitive for a while, but I don’t think it’s going to be as high quality as last year’s match. If Roger’s serve is a little off, Andy might stand a chance. If Andy has a brain fart like today in the 3rd set, he’ll lose in straights. We’ll see.

Roger just said that he thinks Andy’s BH is better than his. Watch twitter explode. hehe…


Gordo Says:

Who would have thought Federer would have had the most efficient result of today’s men’s matches:

Against Tsonga Federer offered 1 break chance but was not broken, and lost a total of 72 points in his match.

Against Nishikori Nadal offered 10 break chances and was broken 4 times, and lost a total of 110 points in his match.

Against Robert Murray offered 6 break chances and was broken once, and lost a total of 103 points.

Against Agut Dimitrov offered 5 break chances and was broken once, and lost a total of 100 points.


Nirmal kumar Says:

Roger has the habit of playing one great match and play a poor match to lose. So expect a pretty average match from Roger in the Quarters.

But today’s match was a good one from Roger.


the DA Says:

Just reading through his presser and found this interesting morsel from him when asked about coming to the net:

“I was actually coming in a lot at the beginning of my career because I didn’t feel I was good enough off the baseline against the great baseliners that were still in the game in my time: Hewitt, Ferrero, Safin, Nalbandian, Agassi.”

“Eventually in 2003 I probably realized I can actually also hang with them from the baseline and beat them. That’s when everything changed. Conditions got slower. I improved from the baseline. My movement got solid. I was fit. That’s then when I went on a run.”

So Federer is confirming that the slower conditions helped him to improve his baseline game and start his successful run of winning titles and slams. How about that?

(just to add fuel to the slower surfaces debate) ;)


WTF Says:

If we’re talking about women’s GOAT, it’s pretty hard to argue against this record:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Court


WTF Says:

Golden grand slam is overrated. Margaret Court also won one, but there was no olympics during that year, so she was ineligible for golden slam, but would have won it if it was available (and by the way Tennis was not an olympic sport in her time).

She holds the record for singles titles with 192 (92 in open era).

Also the record for slams won. 24 singles GS, 19 doubles, 21 mixed doubles, with a multitude of different partners.

4 fed cups.

If GOAT is decided by numbers as it seems to be for men, her numbers obliterate Steffi’s.


Margot Says:

@ the DA
Just joined Eeyore’s world :( after today no way is Andy beating Fed, Rafa and Nole.
Just hoping he can get a set off Rog and make it a bit competitive.
Luv Eeyore 2


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal i didnt actually see Rafas match because of work,but im watching highlights now,and indeed Kei played some amazing tennis,but Rafa still managed to come through in staights sets somehow,the guy is as tough as old boots mentally,i hope as you say he speeds up as i wouldnt like to see him lose a point at a crucial time in a match as i would be gutted,im looking forward to his match against Dimitov whos also playing very well,so i hope hes dialed in,i just watched highlights of Andy too,and besides a wobble in set 3 he still looked pretty good IMO,and great to see that Roys post has actually now been removed.


Hippy Chic Says:

The gateway has really opened for some new talent on the womens side to really make a breakthrough,im delighted that Cibulkova beat Sharapova,i hope she can carry that form into the next match,i dont actually have a favorite female player,but its great to see things opening up and not so predictable for a change.


hawkeye Says:

Steffi Graf is the GOATess of All Time!!!


hawkeye Says:

the DA Says:
January 19th, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Indeed, the DA, indeed.

+1

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