Djokovic Fit on Day 2 of Australian Open; Woz, Williams Sisters Advance
by Staff | January 20th, 2015, 8:54 am
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Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki needed to work in the first set against American former world No. 1 junior Taylor Townsend, but otherwise it was all butter for the Top 10 women’s seeds on Tuesday at the Australian Open.


Current world No. 1 Serena Williams led the charge, rolling over Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 6-0, 6-4

“As always, I had the jitters going out in the first match of a Grand Slam,” Serena said. “It’s never super easy to be the one that everyone wants to beat. So I always have to be a little bit above. But yeah, I felt okay. I definitely think I can improve a tremendous amount though.”

She will next face a player who has beaten her twice during her career in Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva, who continues her run back to form from a shoulder injury, defeating Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur 6-2, 6-3.

Other Top 10-seeded winners Tuesday were No. 4 Petra Kvitova over Dutchwoman Richel Hogenkamp 6-1, 6-4; No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska rolling Japan’s Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-0; and the No. 8 seed Wozniacki who overcame a tester in the first set to beat Townsend 7-6(1), 6-2.

The Woz will next meet former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who made easy work of American Sloane “Ranger” Stephens 6-3, 6-2.

“To be honest, I don’t look at this match like it’s an early stage — it’s just going to be another tough match for me,” said Azarenka, who hasn’t met Wozniacki on tour in approximately four years. “Being unseeded, it’s not a surprise that I have a tough draw or tough opponents in the early rounds. I just need to go through that. I will just accept the challenges…We always have tough matches. I just need to focus on myself, prepare the best I can and just compete.”

Three veteran seeds were dumped out in the opening round on Tuesday when Italian upstart Camila Giorgi outlasted countrywoman No. 12 Flavia Pennetta from a set down 4-6, 6-2, 6-3; surging American Madison Brengle likewise from a set down beat No. 13 Andrea Petkovic 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3; and Swiss Timea Bacsinszky rolled over No. 15 Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-4.

Lower seeds joining the top dogs in the second round were No. 11 Dominika Cibulkova who lost the first set against Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, No. 18 Venus Williams, No. 19 Alize Cornet, No. 20 Samantha Stosur, No. 24 Garbine Muguruza Blanco, No. 25 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, No. 26 Elina Svitolina, No. 29 Casey Dellacqua, and No. 30 Varvara Lepchenko.

The elder Williams sister is now 6-0 on the year after beating Wozniacki in the Auckland final.

“I felt good out there,” Williams said after coming back from a break in the first set to defeat Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-2, 6-2. “I felt like my serve was working, moving well, playing aggressive. She and I had a really tough match at Wimbledon last year, and even from the first game she was just hitting the ball so hard.”

Other notables into the second round on Tuesday were German Mona Barthel turning back talented Croatian comer Donna Vekic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2; Bulgarian veteran Tsvetana Pironkova ending Hobart winner Heather Watson’s Aussie Open early 6-4, 6-0; and the additional slew of American women advancements in Lauren Davis, Madison Keys, Nicole Gibbs, Irina Falconi who outlasted Kaia Kanepi 7-5 in the fifth, and Coco Vandeweghe who topped former Slam winner Francesca Schiavone.

In the final women’s match of the night, Australian Ajla Tomljanovic outlasted American Shelby Rogers 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.

On the men’s side the five Top 10 players in action showed how it is done early on at a Slam, with only David Ferrer dropping a set in moving into the second round.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic led the charge by dismissing Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-2, 6-4,

“It hasn’t been an ideal couple of weeks in terms of health and preparation,” said Djokovic, who looks to have recovered from the illness that contributed to an early-round loss at the ATP Doha event. “But I fought my way through. Now it’s behind me. I’m only looking forward. I think I did well in terms of responding to the slow start today, feeling a little bit rusty on the court. So hopefully the next one will be even better.”

The Serb said he was surprised by Bedene’s big serve and his difficulty reading it.

“The courts are playing a little bit faster than they were the past two years,” Djokovic said. “So if you have a big serve, know how to use it, it’s a big advantage on these courts.”

He will next meet Russian Andrey Kuznetsov, who topped Spaniard Albert Ramos 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3).

Joining Djokovic in the second round were fellow Top 10 seeds No. 4 Stanislas Wawrinka who lost only seven games against Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan 6-1, 6-4, 6-2; No. 5 Kei Nishikori who was tested in the first two sets against veteran Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6(1), 6-2; No. 8 Milos Raonic who was held to task against the Ukraine’s Illya Marchenko 7-6(3), 7-6(3), 6-3; and the No. 9-seeded Ferrer who came from a set down to beat Brazilian veteran Thomaz Bellucci 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-0, 6-3.

“I can feel that I have a lot of support here,” said the defending champ Wawrinka, who will next face Romanian Marius Copil. “It’s always nice to come back like that and to feel the crowd behind you.”

Seeded players that didn’t have that crowd-support love on Tuesday were the fast-sliding No. 16 Fabio “The Fabulous One” Fognini losing to Alejandro Gonzalez 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4; No. 21 Alexandr Dolgopolov who was upset by Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 6-3, 6-2; No. 25 Julien Benneteau who was sent home by Benjamin Becker 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4; and No. 27 Pablo Cuevas who was beaten down by German Matthias Bachinger 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-1.

Raonic will next face an interesting meeting with American “The” Donald Young, who defeated Tim Puetz 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

“It was what I needed it to be, especially with how well I served,” said Raonic of tiebreaks in the first two sets against Marchenko. “I probably should have stepped up and taken a few more risks on the return games. I felt at some points I got a little monotone with my game and I sort of stooped into a not-so-effective game plan, especially on the return side.”

Other unseeded winners of note were Canadian Vasek Pospisil benefiting from a wavering American Sam Querrey in five sets, former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt topping China’s Zhang Ze in four, and No. 2-ranked American Steve Johnson beating Brit Kyle Edmund in straights.

Hewitt will next meet the upset-minded Becker.

“Yeah, the motivation, the buzz is still there, absolutely,” said Hewitt on his 19th win at the Australian Open. “You know, I love walking through the corridors, the practice sessions on Rod Laver Arena, the week leading up to the Slam. The start of the Australian Open, there’s always a real buzz around anyway. But this is one of the things I really miss when I do eventually retire.”

Safely into the second round, some not without their struggles, were additional seeds No. 12 Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez potentially gassed after outlasting American Denis Kudla 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 10-8; No. 13 Roberto Bautista beating Austrian comer Dominic Thiem 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(5); No. 18 Gilles Simon; No. 19 John Isner; No. 30 Santiago Giraldo; and No. 31 Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco coming from a set down to beat Brit James Ward.

In the final entertaining match of the night, No. 17-seeded Gael “Force” Monfils came back from two sets down to school young fellow Frenchman Lucas “Everyone Out of the” Pouille 6-7(3), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.

Highlights on Wednesday in Oz are slim — in addition to Roger Federer, Genie Bouchard and Maria Sharapova in action, look for (3) Rafael Nadal vs. American Tim Smyczek, Samuel Groth vs. Thanasi Kokkinakis in an all-Aussie, (6) Andy Murray vs. Aussie Marinko Matosevic, and (7) Tomas Berdych vs. Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer.


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95 Comments for Djokovic Fit on Day 2 of Australian Open; Woz, Williams Sisters Advance

Dan Martin Says:

I have my predictions for Day 3 up at http://tennisabides.com So far things have held to form, but there are some awesome round 2 and potential round 3 matches on the horizon. We live in an era of few bad matches, and that is a great thing.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Some real marquee 2nd round women’s match ups in S Williams vs Zvonoreva and Azarenka vs Wozniaki.

Didn’t see Milos’ match but it smells like his return game hasn’t improved a ton in the offseason.

Becker vs Hewitt is a real throwback match, probably the oldest matchup of the season so far.


Margot Says:

Go “Special K!” Go “Poppit!” Better luck next time “Pou-Pou!”
Thought “Pou-Pou would give Monfils all sorts of fits but the M’s experience would get him through in the end. Didn’t see match but I guess that’s what happened?


Emily Says:

I only saw the end when I woke up at 6, but Monfils seemed more low key than usual. He wasn’t yelling after winning the set, he just seemed to really want to win. However, I didn’t see his reaction at the end of the match.


RZ Says:

@Emily – Monfils said something like he told his mother he’d be good this year. That may explain the calmer behavior.


andrea Says:

what has happened to sloane stephens? she’s really on a downward slide. mind you, never fun to see azaraneka in the first round but in general sloane seems to have lost her mojo.


Emilia Kicovic Says:

Hope Djokovic will be fit for the next rounds!
Let’s disperse all viruses around him!


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Never fun to hear Azarenka in any round. Its such a shame- like her game and personality but can’t stand that noise.


SG1 Says:

andrea Says:
what has happened to sloane stephens?

——————

Watching the match with Azarenka, I couldn’t help but ask the same question. She seems to hit a big ball but her backhand is a liability. Does anyone else find her game to be somewhat imprecise? She plays too many balls to the middle of the court. When she plays close to lines, it seems liker her chances of making an error really go up compared to her peers. Am I imagining this?


SG1 Says:

TV…agreed, that noise from Azarenka is probably the most annoying sound coming from a pro tennis court these days. Sharapova’s noise is right up there too.


RZ Says:

I don’t like either but find Shriekapova to be much more annoying. Her grunts are screams and they get louder as the match gets more intense. At least Azarenka makes the same whooping noise no matter what is going on. I don’t like it, but it’s not as aggravating.


RZ Says:

@Andrea and SG1 – also Sloane has been going through coaching changes. That probably affects her game too. Hopefully this is a sophomore (or junior) slump and she’ll get it together soon.


Kimberly Says:

I feel that this year Sloane needs to break through or she runs the risk of fading into journeyman status. She hits super hard, has a good serve but her backhand is imprecise and I wasn’t overly impressed with her movement.

Look us americans are guilty of the same thing as the aussies. any show of promise and we are all over the person with expectation—although we have had the womens frontrunner for the better part of a decade, we are still searching for her successor. And the mens game, at this point I think we have given up hope.


Wog Boy Says:

“Didn’t see Milos’ match but it smells like his return game hasn’t improved a ton in the offseason.”

TV, to answer your question, no he didn’t, Marchinko is not the player Milis needs two TB to win the match, I watched the match. I was watching Wawrinka / Ilhan match, the most boring match of the day, I left RLA to watch Milos in Hinsense Arena and it was old Milos with improved BH side but no return game.
Nole’s match was most entertaning match of the day and it was full house (empty seats you can see are the people on the sunny side that couldn’t handle sauna environent. That Slovenian dude was serving excelent and his ground strokes were impressive, he was hitting the ball freely without any fear.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “Milos” not “Milis”


SG1 Says:

Yup. Milos looked lost on the return. Really lost in fact. When I watch him return, I think two things:

1) He should take a step back for starts.
2) He bobs his head all over the place (rocking left and right) while waiting for the return. This has to make it harder to focus in on the toss of his opponent. Seems like it would be better to keep is head a little more still and lightly swing the racket from side to side to stay relaxed.

I’m not a tennis coach but he has to change something if he’s going to get through to those top guys and ultimately beat them.


SG1 Says:

Not related to his tennis, but Milos is definitely an awkward interview.


Daniel Says:

Murray is spanking some balls, excellent first set for him so far.


jane Says:

yes, and andy was also running down a lot. matosevic got a bit better in the second set, but he’s not going to trouble andy hitting double faults and errors. he can’t hold a candle to andy’s speed around the court, and he’s played an exceptionally clean match.

meanwhile, it’s looking like sharapova is going out in round 2. lots of the women’s seeds falling.


jane Says:

baggy fed a breadstick and a bagel to howdy-doodey goffin ;) and viktor just bageled l.mayer both are through in 4 sets.


Wog Boy Says:

Excelent match by Troicki, this time Mayer was victim. Keep it up Viktor.


Wog Boy Says:

jane, I watched Viktor’s match, Mayer not is push over, but Viktor was just very steady and focused, credit to him. On the wau out, Jack Reader was passing by taking congrats for Viktors win and I told him ” Jack, you did a good job with Viktor”, he looked at me thinking and said “No mate, he should have won in straights”, he is a character, him and Viktor have a right chemistry for each other. Dolgo made mistake when he parted with Jack Reader, look where is he now.


jane Says:

good for viktor and his coach wog boy. i didn’t see the match, but viktor worked his way back, fighting hard through challengers. who will he play next round?

i can’t believe it – sharapova is the queen of hanging on by her fingernails. she just fought off at least 2 match points.


Wog Boy Says:

I this is it for Viktor, next one is Berdych, but you never know.


jane Says:

yeah; tomas is 5-1 over viktor and he’s high on love right now, having just got engaged. but this is all good for viktor, working his way back.

unbelievable sharapova…. i know she’s done this a million times, but still.

andy just a game away. he’s played a clean focused match from what i saw.


Daniel Says:

Matosevic played an horrible match but even so Murray was great through out.


Wog Boy Says:

jane, you are right, Viktor is now firmly top 50 player and can only gain points until end of July, doesn’ have to play qualificatons any more (in Sydney he played eight matches in eight days, flew to Melborne and played Vesely next day) less than six months ago he was #847!!

You are right about Maria too, she is female Rafa:)


jane Says:

wog boy, wow, that’s crazy how quickly viktor’s made it back up the ranks!

true, daniel: so many errors from matosevic (49 in 3 sets), but andy stayed in the zone.


Daniel Says:

Courts seems way more fasten today that last 2 rounds, and todays was the first actually hot day out there.

Wog Boy, do you sense this or is just my eyes?


Wog Boy Says:

When we are talking about Andy, he should talk with Mayer about second serve, his second serves were 170-180 km/h and they were really good serves, he is fine player to watch too.


Wog Boy Says:

Daniel, it was bloody hot yesterday and it much the same, yestrday I was lucky, I had seats in the shade, but today on court #8 it was no shade to hide, my back side is soaking wet and I am still laying in the shade on the grass waiting to dry out. I want to go to watch Dimitrov but i’ll give it a miss for the first set or so, I need a beer..very big one:)


jane Says:

daniel, i thought the balls were flying yesterday watching some of the wawrinka match.

wog boy, is it as humid today as yesterday? could that be why it seems faster?


Daniel Says:

I just have a sense that today points are shorter. Looking at some points now in Fed match and is super fast paced. Dimitrov match as well, not seeing the usual big AO bounce.


Wog Boy Says:

jane, more of the same, the courts are faster, Nole said the same thing.


Wog Boy Says:

Faster or no, Roger has to pray for Rafa not to make SF.


Daniel Says:

Wow, Bolleli just broke Fed serve and is playing quit great so far, his BH is exclent.


Wog Boy Says:

Bolleli is a good player, I saw him in Sydney against Troicki, he was serving for the match but cracked under the pressure.


Daniel Says:

Nadal on form is always a treat, he reached finals last 5 Hard Court Slams he played winning two.


Daniel Says:

Correcting, last 4 HC Slams.


Daniel Says:

Boleti playing above his usual self, he can get this set but can see he sustaining this level for long, eventually he will have to realize what he can achieve no?


Wog Boy Says:

Bolleli will crack, he is mentaly week.


jane Says:

daniel, every time you spell “threat” as “treat” you make me smile. it’s the perfect twist. probably rafa’s fans like it too. ;) or maybe you do mean “treat”??

i kind of assumed roger would break back in set 1 but i guess not. dan martin thought this match might go 4 sets; that’s what he predicted/wrote at his site.


Daniel Says:

He got the first set. Let’s see if he can keep it up. Looks like today is not a good day for second seeds.


Daniel Says:

Federer seems to have a blister in one of his fingers, he was looking at it a few times during the match but was not affecting much because he was serving great apart from the game he was broken.


jane Says:

fed has a blister on his pinky.


Daniel Says:

Jane,

I always do this mistake kkk


Michael Says:

As many others in the forum, I do get a sense that the courts are faster and more livelier than they have been in the past. Who will be favoured by such conditions is hard to tell at this stage, but players like Roger, Berdych, Nishikori, Andy etc. might relish it.


Daniel Says:

Bolleli woke up today and decided to smack the hell out of the ball, he is super aggressive and is paying of. The way they are playing this can go 5 sets in less than 3 hours.


jane Says:

wog boy, schedule’s out for tomorrow; you were right – hewitt at night again.


Wog Boy Says:

jane, absolute disgrase and disrespect, would they do that to Roger or even Rafa…,NOOO!!
Who is Hewitt to have two times in a row prime slot and best player in the world to play day matches, I sensed they are going to do that, I am filthy!


jane Says:

do you think nole would ask for day? wawrinka got day again on the other court; they gave milos night.


Daniel Says:

Dimitrov lost tiebreak after a way better second sext than Lacko. He should have been 2-0 up now and will have to play 4 sets.


Daniel Says:

Dimitrov double faulted on set point agains, nerves still showing.


Danica Says:

Wog Boy,
well, Hewitt is a local boy, local hero. Of course he would get a prime time slot.

Kuznetsov shouldn’t be a problem for Nole even on 100F heat + humidity. It’s maybe better to play those early matches against weaker opponents during the day, but have a night match with more potent rivals.


jane Says:

fed missed his break chances last game; looks like he’ll take them this time.


Wog Boy Says:

Why would he ask for day time match when he knows that tomorrow is going to be hotest day so far ( 36 up degrees). He is still not 100%, he doesn’t need that sh$t.
I have to try to change flight for tomorrow so I can stay and watch him.


Daniel Says:

Wow, Federer got a defense ball in the corner to get a break, will serve for second set now.


Wog Boy Says:

Danica, doesn’t matter, even NY wouldn’t do that. Answer me please, would they do that to Roger?


jane Says:

looks like fed’s got a handle on things now. suspect chardy/seppi could be a long one.

but i am off to sleep. enjoy the tennis anyone who’s in a better time-zone.


Danica Says:

Wog Boy,
I don’t think so. But both you and I know the reasons pretty well :/


Wog Boy Says:

Agree Danica, my mobile is going dead, of for another Heineken:)


Margot Says:

Yay! Andy- 2 down 5 to go!
@Wog Boy
Loving your on the spot commentary! Go have a huge beer, you are doing lots of heavy duty….watching ;)
AO definitely on my bucket list. It’s Judymoo’s (Judy Murray) favourite slam too.


sienna Says:

dont like it when he surrenders sets like that. It could have gone much worse.

but he is well into this tournee and he could settle and have relative low profile next 2 rounds.


van orten Says:

Wow Nadal is on fire…doubt anybody can beat him this year …


tennisfan Says:

Nadal loses 2nd set


Margot Says:

The curse of the commentator strikes again!


Wog Boy Says:

What is going on in RLA, Rafa lost second set !! I am watching history in making in Hinsense Arena, young Kokkinakis, he is one set behind but not everything is lost.

BTW, Margot thanks and it is a Happy Slam indeed, people are just enjoying and having a fun.


van orten Says:

Nadal calling the trainer…smyczek should smell blood now but will most likely implode soon…


Daniel Says:

What is happening wake up and commentaries are saying he is not feeling well as if kind of sick, dizzy on court? Right now he is talking a lot with his box as if saying what is happening with him. Also that he went to toilet and throw up. If indeed is bad he can revoker if win here but the point is if he will be able to survive not feeling well.


Daniel Says:

Nadal is not playing like he can but his opponent seems not to want to win the match, gave a bunch of unforced errors and Nadal got a break in fourth set. Nadal looks exhausted but can be pumped up by crowd and force opponent to play a fifth set against him, which will be totally new for him.


Daniel Says:

Smyczek had the match on a platter for him with Nadal sick and couldn’t capital, now they will play a fifth set and my take is Nadal will win it. If he had some medication it may have start working and he will also go for his shots more. Last game Smyczek served Nadal was abandoning points to conserve energy to serve for the set.
The only bad aspect for Nadal is that he will serve second but if he feels better he will win it. Let’s see how Smyczek is physically as well.


Wog Boy Says:

Rafa’s FH is back, he’ll win this one, so he should.


Wog Boy Says:

Jesus, this Smyczek is painting the lines!!


Daniel Says:

Wow, 5-5 0-15 and Smiczek did a swing volley instead of waiting the ball to kick just to hand the ball in Nadal, 0-30. Think Nadal will break now, he is more in return games than the other way. Just a matter of time now.


Daniel Says:

Nadal to serve for the match, Smiczek can’t break in two sets can’t believe he could do it now, unless Nadal DF or something.

Another overcoming adversity win for Nadal. Two days he can recover whatever was hampering him.


van orten Says:

Smyczek ?? You will never hear of this guy again …he didn’t want to win today. Completely gifted Nadal 4 and 5th sets but .as for Nadal…I think he will undermine his chances even more from now on..he doesn’t look matchfit ..


Daniel Says:

Smiczek allowed Nadal to replay a point where somebody from the crowd yelled, talk about being a good sport. This 2 points away from losing a fifth set match.


van orten Says:

Wow Nadal again on his knees..what a fighter what a warrior…what a match…Nadal normally beats that guy in straights..don’t know guys but is Nadal sick or just lacking matches ..he looks vulnarable..weirdly vulnerable…guess it will not matter when he meets his two favourite opponents in quarters and semis..he ok be fine..me thinks


Giles Says:

What a Champ Rafael Nadal. Bless you!


Giles Says:

Rafa was cramping on court. Miracle win!


Felipe Says:

And now Nadal will face another all time great…Dudi Sela.


Daniel Says:

Nadal was very lucky today, if he was facing a better opponent he could have lost this match.

He said on court he felt the humidity and lack of match play affecting his fitness, he needs to overcome it to Fed x Murray semis. In his path he has now Sela, Gasket or Anderson and Berdych. Think Anderson is the bigger threat right now due to big serve big forehand game and not a mental collapse against Nadal as gasket or Berdych. If he plays Gasquet and Berdych back to back no way he loses, unless something like today happen again. But seems this tourney will be a roller coaster for him. Have to see next match if he find Youzhny form again or if this match will linger him.


Wog Boy Says:

^^are you going to ask Pope for beafitication?


Wog Boy Says:

^^ not for Daniel


Solomon Says:

was Rafa ill, did he practise yesterday and what medicine did the trainer give him


van orten Says:

I mean when if not now Federer has a real chance to finally beating Nadal again in a grand slam match..Nadal cannot be fit and apparently isn’t..


Giles Says:

Solomon. Rafa was ill, he had abdominal cramps and was vomiting between sets. Hopefully he will recover for his next match. What a fighter, what a warrior.
Vamos Champ!


Felipe Says:

I agree….Nadal path to semis is amazingly clean…only Anderson ON FIRE can do some damage, maybe Berdych who has beaten two lefties (falla and meltzer) and maybe the engagement can inspire him to bring some balls to center court.
If Murray Dimitrov happens, it must be played at RLA, night session


Giles Says:

Bloody joker has spread his virus around!


Wog Boy Says:

“Bloody joker has spread his virus around!”

No way, this is Spanish influenza, born an bred by Dr Fuentes;)


Karthick Says:

Vamps Rafa! Really happy for you and thanks for giving us a wonderful time by your tennis! You are always an inspiration and will be forever! Best of luck for next round!


Karthick Says:

I believe tim has won the hearts of many fans for his sportsmanship behaviour, especially being 6-5 down. A standing salute to this gentleman! Rafa did acknowledged that!


Wog Boy Says:

Go Simona, you are the best.


Emily Says:

Waking up at 6 and seeing Rafa in a 5th set was a bit of a shock. Congrats to those who stayed up, but I assumed Rafa would win after seeing his form against Youzhny. I do think Smycek is a talented player and he often does well at the US Open, but this would have been on another level. If Rafa was throwing up, I’d assume it was a bug rather than match fitness, but was he cramping as well? He looked sluggish in that 5th, but I was pretty sure he would win anyway.

Maria definitely had a lucky escape and now Rafa was pushed to 5. Looks like the tournament is getting interesting and maybe I should stay up for these 1st week night matches, even if it means I’m exhausted the next day.

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