Murray, Kyrgios Win Emotional Matches to Set Up Australian Open Quarters Date
by Staff | January 25th, 2015, 8:41 am
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No. 6 Andy Murray needed everything in his arsenal to defeat No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5 in the late match on Sunday at the Australian Open, moving into the quarterfinals against an opponent who will be bringing all of Australia to its collective feet.

Dimitrov looked to be taking Murray to an inevitable fifth set after going up 3-0 in the fourth, but at 5-3 Murray broke back, and in the process broke the will of the Bulgarian. The next three games featured a flurry of errors from Dimitrov, who in the final game looked on in disbelief as a Murray groundstroke clipped the net and dribbled over for a winner on match point to end an extended baseline rally.

Murray in the quarters will meet unseeded Aussie Nick Kyrgios, who achieved something Roger Federer could not at the 2015 Australian Open — beating in-form Italian Andreas Seppi, trailing 0-2 sets down before pulling out a 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5), 8-6 win.

“I just had to draw on my experiences of coming back from two sets to love,” said the tour rookie Kyrgios, speaking like a tour veteran. “Paid off in the end. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. When I saw I had finally won the match it was incredible…I think I’m just managing my emotions a bit better out there. I thought I was pretty composed for the whole match. When I needed to get into the crowd, I did that. They were unbelievable tonight. I think they were a massive part of that win. I’m just learning every time I step out on the court when to show emotion, when not to.”

No. 3 Rafa Nadal was a straight-set winner Sunday, rolling over No. 14 Kevin “Mr.” Anderson 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 after a dicey start to set up a meeting with in-form Czech and No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych, who topped Bernard Tomic in straights.

“I try to think point by point,” said Nadal, who fought off five break points in the 10th game of the first set. “I know with Love-40, losing that games with the first set and losing the first set against a player, a very good player like Kevin, he has big serve, and then he’s able to play good from the baseline, pushing you from the first ball. So I know that I going to play with lot of pressure during the rest of the match if I want to have chances to win.”

Berdych, in his eighth consecutive quarterfinal in Oz and facing an opponent who has been shaky in the month of January, is feeling the opportunity against the Spaniard.

“I’m feeling very good,” the Czech said. “It’s been a great, great run so far. I’m just really looking forward to [playing Nadal]. I’m going to have to add something extra again. I’m feeling strong both like physically, mentally. Just looking forward to the match.”

In women’s play Genie Bouchard sputtered, but in the end all four Top 10 players in action on Sunday at the Australian Open moved into the quarterfinals to set up one mouth-watering match-up in particular.

The No. 7-seeded Top 10 rookie Bouchard needed three sets to get past unseeded Romanian Irina Begu 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 — not the best of signs when next on her schedule is a quarterfinal meeting with world No. 2 Maria Sharapova, who was in devastating form in a 6-3, 6-0 overpowering display against No. 21 seed Peng Shuai of China.

“I feel like something, or someone, gave me another chance,” said Sharapova, who faced a match point against her in the second round versus fellow Russian Alexandra Panova. “I don’t think I did anything spectacular, but felt that I was consistent. I served smart at times. I returned quite well — I think that really helped me. I think I won the right points at the right time.”

Bouchard acknowledged she will need more of that if she is going to compete with the former Australian Open-winning Russian.

“It’s disappointing for me because I want to play so well and I want to be perfect. That’s not possible. It happens,” she said. “I think I started being a bit less aggressive, a bit too passive, and that’s not my game at all…I think I’ve progressed a lot since [last playing Sharapova], and, I definitely want to keep playing my game no matter what. Really kind of take it to her, go for my shots.”

Sharapova is now 8-0 in 2015 after winning the Brisbane title.

Also lining up a quarterfinal meeting were No. 3 seed Simona Halep and Australia-inspired and No. 10 seed Ekaterina Makarova.

Halep rolled past in-form Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-2, while Makarova straight-setted another player looking to attain past levels, topping German Julia “Gorgeous” Goerges 6-3, 6-2.

Wickmayer is No. 80 on the WTA Tour Rankings after almost cracking the Top 10 in 2010, while Goerges is at No. 73 after cracking the Top 15 two years ago.

“I’m so happy that I beat today Julia,” said Makarova, who hasn’t dropped a set yet. “She’s [a] tough opponent. She’s in great shape. I’m so happy that I’m showing my good tennis here and already in the quarters; third time here in Australian Open.”

Halep is also feeling boosted by her run Down Under.

“A lot of confidence I have now because I didn’t lose a set,” Halep said. “I had good matches here in first week, so I’m really happy that I’m in second week now like last year. Here I started to play my best tennis in Grand Slams. So means a lot for me. I really have more confidence now to play the quarterfinals…I believe in my chance next round. So I have to make my game again to be aggressive and to serve well like today.”

Round 4 action will conclude on Monday with matches (11) Dominika Cibulkova vs. Victoria Azarenka, (1) Serena Williams vs. (24) Garbine Muguruza, (9) David Ferrer vs. (5) Kei Nishikori, (18) Venus Williams vs. (6) Agnieszka Radwanska, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Gilles Muller, (4) Stan Wawrinka vs. Gillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, the all-American Madison Keys vs. Madison Brengle, and (12) Feliciano Lopez vs. (8) Milos Raonic.

MONDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena 11:00am Start Time
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)[11] vs. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)[24]
Not Before: 2:00pm
David Ferrer (ESP)[9] vs. Kei Nishikori (JPN)[5]

Rod Laver Arena 7:00pm Start Time
Venus Williams (USA)[18] vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[6]
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Gilles Muller (LUX)

Margaret Court Arena 11:00am Start Time
Todd Woodbridge (AUS) vs. Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)
Mark Woodforde (AUS) Thomas Johansson (SWE)
Not Before: 1:15pm
Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[4] vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
Madison Keys (USA) vs. Madison Brengle (USA)


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90 Comments for Murray, Kyrgios Win Emotional Matches to Set Up Australian Open Quarters Date

KatH Says:

Well done Andy – wonder if Grigor’s coach will comment AGAIN on your lack of mental strength any time soon.

As for Grigor – he played pretty well and he showed his passion including destroying his racquet. Good luck to him in the future.

As for Andy – I guess it’s 50-50 between him and Kyrios – should be another good match.


Dan Martin Says:

I got all of the matches yesterday right (but I think I picked all of the favorites…). My picks for today’s matches are up now at http://tennisabides.com

I think Murray is in a good spot. No one is really talking about him, but he’s in the quarters having dropped only one set. Kyrgios is a talent who will have fan support, but he’s not favored. Rafa is at the level he wants so Berdych will need a huge effort to win.


jane Says:

kath, i tend to think higher chances for andy versus nick than 50/50. i’d say 65/35. but that’s mainly because andy handles big servers so well, as daniel noted on the other thread, and in addition i think nick could be tired from the marathon of yesterday which could mean he’ll fade away. i don’t know much about his fitness though.


skeezer Says:

Nick and Seppi was an awesome match. Seppi proved his match against Fed was no fluke, he has some very solid back court play. But Nick, when he can, just can over power people. If he can know when to play defense, play neutral, and when to turn on his overwhelming power he’ll be consistently at the top. But that is always the problem with the big boys isn’t it?


jane Says:

fun fact: ” The 19-year-old [Nick] made his second major quarterfinal, becoming the first teenager to make two major quarterfinals since… yes… Federer in 2001 (Roland Garros and Wimbledon of that year, before turning 20 in August).”


KatH Says:

to Jane
I know what you mean by assessing Murray higher than 50-50 v Kyrgios – that’s my instinct also – BUT (a)there is almost 8 years difference in their age: (b|) despite Andy expecting majority of crowd support for Kyrios it might a shout too far and (c) Andy may not be 100% back to his best (although one senses that he’s darned close).
Cheers


autoFilter Says:

jane,

Wow, that is certainly an interesting stat that I would not have guessed at all.


jane Says:

same autofilter. here’s another stat; and kath, this also explains why i see andy as far and away the favourite over nick.

” Murray over Kyrgios in 55 minutes last year in Canada, 2 and 2, 47% ret points won, 4 of 5 BPs converted.”

now, i don’t know how nick’s trained in the off-season and/or if he’s improved anything because i’ve missed his matches this year too. so you may know more than me in that regard.


Daniel Says:

I think Murray handles big serves best because of the top 4 he is the one who return nore inside court so the ball returns fast to server. Nadal adapt as shown yesterday but was way back to hit his mid court high return, similar to what he does on clay. Fed block which allows servers to dictate a floating second shot. Djoko returns almost as great as Murray big servers but Murray excell from this 4 I think. He just take the time from serves and return a close to net fast ball. Djoko can return more agressively but Injust feel Murray handles big serves better nowadays.
Plus he have a perfect record agaisnt Aussie;-) Think he will be really favorite in that match but if Kirgios is to prevail it would be another Conderela story in AO, as seen manu years before.


jane Says:

interesting piece on nick the kid’s demeanour and how he might be the next j-mac, anger-wise. ;)

http://bloguin.com/attackingthenet/uncategorized/making-anger-advantage-nick-kyrgios-talks-game-well-mouth.html


Humble Rafa Says:

As usual, the internet is full of hateful anybody- but-Humble groups who have taken over forums and kicked their cats to the street.


skeezer Says:

Poor baby, Humble Rafa needs s hug.


Wog Boy Says:

The more I watch Kirgyos the less likely I will become his fan.

jane, I don’t think you can compare Nick with J-Mac, even if you didn’t like J-Mac’s tantrums on the court he would make you smile or lough, not Nick and his entourage, particulary father who is looking and acting and whistling like he is at a rodeo and not tennis match.

I feel for Seppi, and commend him for his demenour, it was hard to play in that atmosphere in Hinsense Arena, I wouldn’t like to see Nole in that situation, glad he didn’t have to play him in Melbourne.


jane Says:

i like seppi too wog boy. and i get what you’re saying about atmosphere. however, there is something about nick that i admire. certainly his game is exciting, and i kind of like that he has a renegade spirit. but to be honest, i haven’t seen enough of him to be as familiar as you – haven’t noticed his entourage either.

as for the j-mac comparison, did you read the article? what the writer is saying is that not many players can use their anger to their advantage. for the most part it derails players and they are better off focused. the writer is suggesting that, like j-mac, nick the kid may be an exception to that pattern. that’s all.


RZ Says:

Way to go Andy! BTW, this is Mr. Murray’s 16th consecutive grand slam quarterfinal (not counting the French Open he skipped in 2013). We hear a lot about Fed’s old and Nole’s current grand slam streaks, but this was the first I’d heard of Murray’s quarterfinal streak.


Emily Says:

I give Kyrgios credit for his comeback, but my attitude towards him has really changed. I saw him play Ferrer at the 2013 US Open and I thought he had a really interesting game. One year later, I watch him play Youzhny, when his court conduct nearly got him disqualified from the tournament. I have never heard of that happening with any other player and he really needs to mature as a person as well as a player.

I’m well aware he is only 19 years old, but that anger and aggressive demeanor I saw at the US Open, along with his entourage, has overshadowed the respect I had for his game.

That was an interesting article on his anger, but give me a mature Federer or Nadal any day.


Wog Boy Says:

jane, I read the article after I posted:(

Yesterday when Seppi went two sets up, Kirgyos was complaining and arguing with chair umpire even loudly using F bombs, complaining to his box “I can’t move”… “my legs are this and that” causing Jim Courier to question whether it is his back or what, but it was nothing, the moment he started to win he was fine.
As for the fans, I don’t know if it was shown overseas but people were queuing for hours yesterday to get a seats in Hinsense Arena, this is first year they open it for ground pass holders, meaning that lot of locals saw it as a chance to have good night out after spending a day in Melbourne park wondering around (downing beers:), it will be different in RLA, those tickets are bought in advance by the people from all over Australia who are coming to watch tennis and enjoy Melbourne. Kyrgyios will have vocal support but different vocal, tennis vocal support not a football one, that is good news for Andy fans.


Okiegal Says:

Nick gets on my last nerve. I would be ashamed for him to be from my homeland. I didn’t care for Mac either. He was an embarrassment to the USA. He always acted like a spoiled brat, just like Roddick. Nick dropped the f-bomb more than once, uncalled for. Why they don’t get fined for such behavior I’ll never know. He’s a show out and annoying. Can he play tennis??? Yes he can…..but he needs to tone it down a notch…..imho….I hope Andy takes him to the wood shed…..and btw, Seppi showed so much class in an ever so rowdy biased venue. I like this guy…….he’s the one who deserves a hug for keeping himself above reproach in an arena who didn’t have one fan on his side, with the exception of his box. Will Andy handle it as well as Seppi?? We will see……C’mon Andy…… watch your mouth and keep it clean…..he’s been guilty of dropping the f-bomb too!!


queen Says:

That Australian Greek or something is absolutely annoying. Both Tomic and him need good spanking so much attitude like they already conquered the world. Both need uncle Toni to train the sH$t out of their little bums. Shame.


Patson Says:

There cannot be two players with more contrasting demeanors than Seppi and Fognini. Props to the guy for his coolness.


Patson Says:

Compared Seppi to Fognini because they’re both from Italy.


Nusi Says:

Seppi behaved like a Gentleman throughout, Nick like a spoilt brat.

In golf his conduct would have likely resulted in a near life ban.

Trouble is swearing is now seen as ‘cool’ for the kids watching as is throwing the racquet.

He’s an out and out show-boater for mine.

Showed little respect for his opponent Seppi too.

Shouting out aggressively ‘come on’ after Andreas dumped a poor backhand into the net.


jane Says:

eh, i hear what all are saying, but well-behaved can be kind of dull after awhile. i think he did get a fine for his f-bombs, btw. i read that somewhere.

anyhow, i didn’t see the match so others may have more reason to be rankled than me. but i think he plays a mercurial brand of tennis, and that he is a little bit unhinged is fun. like safin or j-mac, or yes, even murray (the telegraph has a piece on nick that compares him to a younger andy), a player who isn’t always fastidious can be interesting. certainly nole was criticized a lot too for his cockiness. his family was too. i like it. let them be young rebels. they almost all get tamed in the end anyhow.


Wog Boy Says:

@Patson,
They are both from Italy but Seppi is from South Tyrol, Northen Italy disputed region, they are Austrians and Seppi’s first language is German, they have autonomy within Italy, beautiful region.


jane Says:

agree about seppi being a great guy and player though, but some contrast is good. it’s certainly got everyone talking. kygrios will get punished. you can count on it.


jane Says:

wog boy, about the atmosphere at that match, i just read this:

“Grand Slam tennis might not have seen this sort of raucous atmosphere since the People’s Monday at Wimbledon in 2001 when Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia beat Patrick Rafter of Australia in a final that had been delayed by rain from the previous day.”

also murray said this about the kid:

“He’s dangerous; he’s unpredictable; he’s entertaining,”

more here for anyone interested:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/sports/tennis/nick-kyrgios-is-nicknamed-the-wild-thing-with-good-reason.html?_r=0


Wog Boy Says:

jane,
I like when I have Nole fan and can disagree with, like with mat4 on the other thread. You also like Gulbis and I can’t stand the bloke:)
As for Kirgyos, just before AO ha said in an interview something like or in this lines “I know lot of people think I am cocky and maybe brat but if you want ti be great player you have to be cocky (or whatever), all great players are”., well he is wrong.


jane Says:

cheers wog boy; indeed, no worries. i’ll have to see more of him and see if he starts to rub me the wrong way too.


Wog Boy Says:

jane,

Thanks for the article, I like the way it written, great:)


Wog Boy Says:

Since there is no thread for todays matches, Cibulkova is trashing Azareanka so far.


jane Says:

vika was up a break in set 1 too but cibulkova came storming back. let’s see what happens in set 2.


Wog Boy Says:

Azarenka raised her game in the second, can Cibulkova follow?


skeezer Says:

Jane,
Nice stat @1:54.
All this “don’t like Nick” is funny, he’s only 19, give him a chance to mature. Some of you Nole fans remember when Nole was younger and brash also? Yep he was!
Yes the kid at times does not behave in all the ways a pro should, but give this kid a pass for now and enjoy his game.


Wog Boy Says:

“Some of you Nole fans remember when Nole was younger and brash also? Yep he was!”

You just can’t compare Nole at 19 and Nick at 19, just not comparable, there is nothing they have in common at that or any other ages.


skeezer Says:

I am talking about maturity, not necessarily age. Although age usually is a factor. Of course its comparable.


jane Says:

and vika loses her lead in the third…will this be like set 1 and cibilkova runs away with it?


mat4 Says:

WB:

When did we disagree? Never…

WB, Skeez:

Is this the start of a war between you two?

Anyway, while I agree that there are a lot of differences between Novak and Nick Kyrgios, why should anybody care what they said at 19? I am sometimes ashamed of what I thought at 40, so…

The important is how they play. The rest is just… irrelevant.


jane Says:

mat4, ha ha. me too, re: later year utterings… ;)


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,
I don’t need a war but I can handle one if I have to. When somebody says:
“Some of you Nole fans remember when Nole was younger and brash also?”

And you know that you are actually the only Nole fan on this thread that was talking negative about Nick, then you know that it is addressed at you, somebody is stocking you, somebody is after argument but doesn’t have a decency to address you. All what I can say in that kind of situation is , bring it on baby. I left the other thread and took Patson’s advice but I am not leaving this thread.


mat4 Says:

Anyway, a few impressions.

In the bottom half, Murray-Dimitrov seemed to be a great match. Wached some of it, but not everything. I am probably still ill, since I caught myself rooting for Murray, but, honestly, how could a fan of MSh like me root for Dimitrov? Pure jealousy, I admit.

Berdych is playing the best tennis of the tournament so far, and if he wasn’t Berdych… but, let’s say, Kyrgios, I would pick him for the final. He serves well, and his FH is devastating. I didn’t notice nothing new, he just plays a good brand of tennis, left, right, deep, fast. He destroyed Troicki, and made Tomic look slow, even slower than he is.

Didn’t watch Rafa, just some highlights against Anderson, so it means nothing.

Kyrgios showed heart and determination, he has a good game, but he doesn’t move well. I am disappointed for Seppi, who played well, but that’s sport.

In the other half, Novak doesn’t play that well, but, on the other side, he serves very well. Muller could be a dangerous opponent, and Novak’s main problem is that he can’t get any rhythm before the semi, where he could face Nishikori or Stan, and he won’t be well prepared for such a match.

On the other side, he still has to make the semi. While I think that he will probably beat Muller, the QF could be very tricky, whoever he plays: both Milos et Deliciano are excellent players, although I think that Verdasco played better then both so far.

Nishikori didn’t play his best, but he finds it usually when he has nothing to lose, or when he is too tired to think. It could be against Ferrer, although I root for Ferrer.

GGL is another pleasant surprise and he seems to play well again. Unfortunately, you can’t find highlights of his matches in this tournament. I hope he plays a good match against Stan.


Patson Says:

@Wog Boy

Aaah didn’t know that. Interesting.


jane Says:

well, that’s all she wrote for vika, but ciblkova was a finalist last year and clearly loves the court.


Wog Boy Says:

“stalking” and not ” stocking”


skeezer Says:

Wog boy,
Ok, if that is what you need, then here…”I was addressing you”.
Re; socking
I am not.
Any post is open to anyone who wants to address it. Just ask HR.
I like Nick, you don’t. Fair enough.


mat4 Says:

My picks for tonight:

Wawrinka – GGL: while a surprise wouldn’t surprise me, Stan is still the man to beat.

Nishikori – Ferru: while I am not sure that Nishikori will play well, Ferrer will certainly find a way to lose.

Raonic – Lopez: Here, I bet on Lopez. He has a good serve, he is better at the net, and the fact that he is lefty will help him return Milos’ vicious kick. And he has nothing to lose, and that could be the key of the match. BTW, I am biased.

Djokovic – Muller: I guess that it will be a close affair, but Novak should win it, although he didn’t distinguished himself returning Verdasco’s serve, but it is the second lefty in a row, and he should put more serves back in play.

My picks for the other half:

Rafa – Berdych: Berdych plays better so far, so I don’t know.

Murray – Kyrgios: Murray, although you never know.


mat4 Says:

You just get the impression that Wawa is underestimating GGL, who is a very steady and intelligent player.


mat4 Says:

OK. Nothing to see here. Wawa will easily win this match if he doesn’t start hallucinating.


skeezer Says:

@mat4
I think what your seeing is there rivalry is close, so I think the match ( especially the first set ) was measured play by both.


mat4 Says:

@skeez:

GGL is an underestimated player. He has all the shots, he moves well, he is good in defence and he remains very composed and steady for long stretches. Unfortunately, he lacks a bit of power, his serve is not good enough, and he matured late.

I like to watch him, especially on clay, where his all round game looks good. His patterns of play are well thought, he uses the slice cleverly, and occasionally he rushes to the net.

On the other side, Stan is sometimes easy to frustrate when he can’t hit through a player.


mat4 Says:

This last point was school play by GGL. The final backhand was beautiful. He changed pace, spin, height, direction to counter Wawa’s power, and he managed to win the point.


skeezer Says:

Mat4,
But isn’t the fashion of the game today , “must hit through the player” to win? Lol.
This is why i like the complete player for the long haul who can play all phases and turn it on when appropriate ….defense/nuetral/offense. The top 4 have these quailities and use them well.
However, once in awhile, the big hitter can go through these guys and win the big match, but not consistently.


mat4 Says:

Wawrinka is so vulnerable to pace and spin changes… I asked myself how Novak managed to beat him so easily after that AO QF. He just stopped to give Wawa rhythm. Here GGL uses changes very cleverly.


mat4 Says:

But big serves help…


mat4 Says:

Poor GGL. He had his chances, but he managed to lose that TB, despite having four set points.


mat4 Says:

Meanwhile, Nishikori looks impressive, against the Cinderella of contemporary tennis, David Ferrer.

If Nishikori can hit that flat for a whole match with such a level of success, difficult to see him losing.


jane Says:

so: any predictions between kei and wawa? or are we there yet? ;)


mat4 Says:

@jane:

I still root for Ferru.

But the way Nishikori played that first set, he could be the favourite to win the tournament.


skeezer Says:

jane..not yet. Ferrer has the early break in the 2nd. These 2 are battlers, don’t think this match will go easy either way.
I would pick Kei to get through though. He is a younger better Ferrer.
Wawa vs.Kei? Flip a coin.


mat4 Says:

skeez:

Ferru is playing his heart out, but Kei is clearly better here.

I think he will beat Wawa, although it will be close.


skeezer Says:

mat4
Kei can open the court up so well at times with his baseline game. The fact that he is doing it to a guy who covers the court very well gives it more credence!
vs. wawa yeah I would give him a slight edge also. But what Wawa shows up?


mat4 Says:

On the other side, to quote Toranaga from Clavel’s famous novel: “a man can have a lot of things, but he always can have patience”.

Kei has almost everything, but he definitely lacks patience.


jane Says:

“Wawa vs.Kei? Flip a coin.”

sort of what i was thinking. kei beat wawa in that classic at the us open but it was so so close!


skeezer Says:

Mat4-jane
Enjoy the rest of the match. Time for some shut eye..;)


mat4 Says:

I don’t know whether to agree or not. I have the impression that tennis is evolving at a very fast pace in the last few years, and that technology, stats, are used more than ever.

In the case of Wawa, I just feel that he has been “read through” lately.

But he has a better serve, Nishikori likes to play in rhythm — something that suits Wawa — so…

On Kei side, he has a better FH (in fact, he moves better, so he can hit his FH efficiently from any position, especially with an open stance), and he moves better. So, yes, who knows. Anyway, when two players are 4th and 5th in the world, the difference can’t be big.


mat4 Says:

I’ll switch to Raonic – Lopez…


tennisfansince76 Says:

@mat4 once thing to consider with wawa this year is that he is having some sort of arm/ elbow problem. The commentators mentioned that he is serving about 10 km/hr slower than last year. Last year he served with excellent power and precision all thru the ao something he could not maintain through the year. If his serve stays this way I do not see him beating Kei or nole


jane Says:

hmmm f-lo levels the match…first set lost here by milos i believe.


mat4 Says:

TF76:

You could be right. I just checked the stats (but didn’t compare with last year): fastest serve 224, but avg serve speed DTT was 198 and 189 respectively. Overall avg speed 188. It wouldn’t be so bad if he hadn’t served most of the time on the T (50 vs 35). He made 63% of first serves, which is a bit better than his avg of 59%.


Margot Says:

Interesting discussion on here folks :)
I saw Kyrgios play Rafa at Wimbledon and I’m in the “don’t like” camp. I actually thought he was disrespectful towards Rafa, but I totally take your points jane a) tennis needs different personalities and b) a certain amount of “disrespect” is needed for these young players to defeat the older guys.
It’s all down to personal perception any way:
You see confidence, I see arrogance
You say tomayto, I say tomarto etc
However, what exciting times for Aussie tennis. Its been in the doldrums for so long. And, sitting here in the UK Wog Boy, I can tell you I’m horribly envious!
Meanwhile Go Kei, much prefer his tennis to Stan’s and Go Lopez! 1 set each in that one.


mat4 Says:

The stats for the previous matches don’t look impressive either, but you can’t really know.

But who is Marius Copil? He served 17 aces against Stan and had a serve at 242 km/h. Ranked about 200th.


jane Says:

sadly i have to do this thing called sleep. if my inner nole alarm goes off i am sure i’ll be compelled to crawl out from under the covers and peak at the score. otherwise, ajde! enjoy the tennis. really hoping for radwanska to come through.


jane Says:

*peek, i mean


Danica Says:

Jane,
Venus won. Nole is next but I too have to go to sleep. So, ajde from me as well, but I will have to check the result when I get up (in a few hours – maybe they’ll still be playing?! :) )


mat4 Says:

Nole breaks. The first two points were… pure luck, were they?


mat4 Says:

Novak has a big problem against big servers: he needs some points to be played to get some rhythm, to find his range, and there is absolutely no play in this match.


mat4 Says:

So suddenly he starts missing easy FH, common BH, he could even get cold…

The avg rally length is 3 shots…


mat4 Says:

Just what I said… Nole could lose that match.


mat4 Says:

Longest rally of the match… 3,7 shots (0,7 because the last shot was 7 inches from the line).


mat4 Says:

To sum it up:

Wawrinka made it with a little bit of luck.

Nishikori dominated Ferrer.

Raonic… well, he served.

Novak… well, he returned.

Joking aside, tough semis with no clear favourites.


Wog Boy Says:

Absolutely annoying match, and there is one more coming in two days time!


Wog Boy Says:

If anybody tells me that S&V is exciting I am switching to synchronized swimming.


jamie Says:

2015 Slam winners

AO Djokovic

FO Nadal

Wimbledon Murray

USO First time slam winner


Emily Says:

I think if Stan brings the game he was playing at the end of last year, he gets his revenge on Kei. I was in Ashe for that QF and it was so close that either guy could have won the 5th set. Stan needs to up his level and cut down on the unforced errors, but I think he’s hedging when he says that he won’t use what he learned last year in order to win. The elbow is a concern, but he really upped his 1st serve percentage, which has sometimes been his undoing (see WTF semis). He needs to bring his A game, but he does like being underestimated. Hopefully, the defending champ finally gets to play on RLA.

It’s going to be a tough match and people are favoring Kei, but last year no-one thought Stan would win his QF against Novak. I’m personally hoping history repeats itself and we get another Stan/Novak AO clash.


jane Says:

just got up to peek; other than bp conversion, nole’s stats look great. strong serving stats and 47 winners to 16 errors. hopefully he can play well versus milos. this side of the draw has played out as expected to the quarters.

disappointed that radwanska lost though. :/


Okiegal Says:

Kei Nishikori………WOW! He waltzed through the Ferrer match with the greatest of ease. He looked so scary good……everybody in his path better watch out, he’s looking amazing! I’m wondering just how much of an issue is Stan’s elbow, another variable to add to the mix. The AO is getting more exciting with each match…….


Colin Says:

It may not be making headlines, as it’s doubles, but have you noticed Andy is not the only Brit left in the tournament? Brother Jamie and his Aussie partner Peers lost, but Dominic Inglot and his Romanian partner Florian Mergea took out the Bryan Brothers in straight sets!


RZ Says:

@Colin – yes I saw that. Great win for Inglot and Mergea. Shame that Murray/Peers lost, though.


judee Says:

Jamie you said nadal will not win another slam right?


jamie Says:

@judee

Nadal will win roland garros this year.

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