Men’s Seeds Cruise, Federer Sets Up ‘Baby Fed’ Meeting at Australian Open
by Staff | January 20th, 2016, 8:52 am
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If the women’s side at the Australian Open has been a bubbling cauldron of uncertainty, injuries and upsets, the men’s side has been a peaceful stroll through the Aussie bush collecting flowers and occasionally stopping to solo on the didgeridoo.


There were no seeded upsets on Wednesday in Melbourne in 16 matches. All 14 seeds in action moving into the third round, some exuding far less effort than others.

In the former category put all five Top 10 seeds who on Wednesday failed to drop a set.

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic led the way with a 6-1, 6-2, 7-6(3) win over France’s unheralded Quentin Halys, joined by No. 3 Roger Federer navigating a tricky match with pal Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-5, 6-1; No. 6 Tomas Berdych strolling past Mirza Basic 6-4, 6-0, 6-3; No. 7 Kei Nishikori working past his American friend from their junior days Austin Krajicek 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3; and No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga topping Aussie Omar Jasika 7-5, 6-1, 6-4.

“Third set was a close set,” Djokovic said after subduing the French teen Halys. “Was a battle. Credit to him for fighting, for serving well. We got to a tiebreak where I held my nerves and played a solid tennis. He’s a powerful player, big forehand. He’s being aggressive every time he had an opportunity.”

Djokovic will next meet No. 28 seed Andreas Seppi, who defeated Denis Kudla 7-5, 6-4, 6-4, and last year stunned Federer in Melbourne.

Federer for his part tapped into his off-season training, which included practices with Dolgopolov, to handle “The Dog.”

“I’m a big fan of his game,” said Federer of Dolgopolov. “He’s explosive; got a great return, especially on the second serve. He’s got all the shots. Just for him it’s managing how to use what at what time. I’m very pleased with this win. I think it’s a tough second round. In my opinion, he’s better than a lot of the guys who are ranked ahead of him.”

The Swiss will next prepare for a tough third round against No. 27 seed Grigor “Baby Fed” Dimitrov, who on Wednesday got past Argentine Marco Trungelliti 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Other seeded victors into the third round were No. 12 Marin Cilic, No. 14 Gilles Simon who needed five sets to beat Russian Evgeny Donskoy, No. 15 David Goffin, No. 19 Dominic Thiem easily over Spanish veteran Nicolas Almagro, No. 24 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 in the fifth over Serb Dusan Lajovic, No. 26 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, and Aussie No. 20 seed Nick Kyrgios in straights over Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas.

Kyrgios will next try and keep “Bad Nick” under wraps in a meeting with the No. 6 seed Berdych.

“I know what he’s capable of,” the Aussie said. “He’s one of the best players in the world. I’ve played him a couple times. He’s going to be wanting to win as much as I’m going to be wanting to win, so it’s going to be tough.”

In all-unseeded highlights, France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert bageled American wildcard and Benoit-killer Noah Rubin 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 to advance into the third round.

Intriguing matches are all over the Melbourne grounds on Thursday, including (2) Andy “I’ll Bail If My Wife Goes Into Labor” Murray vs. Aussie big-server Sam Groth, (8) David Ferrer vs. Lleyton Hewitt in Hewitt’s possible swan song, (23) Gael “Force” Monfils vs. Nicolas Mahut in an all-French, (16) Bernard “I’ve Got a Good Draw” Tomic vs. Italian Simone Bolelli, (4) Stan Wawrinka vs. Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, (13) Milos Raonic vs. Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo, and (25) Jack Sock vs. upset expert Lukas Rosol.


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52 Comments for Men’s Seeds Cruise, Federer Sets Up ‘Baby Fed’ Meeting at Australian Open

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Good to see so many great players remaining on this side of the draw. Some intriguing matches Thursday, but the really great match-ups start Friday with Kyrgios/Berdych, Fed/Dmitrov, Goffin/Thiem.


skeezer Says:

Fed handled Dolgo very well all thngs considering. If he continues to serve that well he should get by Dimi. We’ll see.
@TV
Looking forward to some fireworks in the Kyrgios/Birdsh!t match.


Ben Pronin Says:

Seppi could be a handful for Djokovic. He played him tough at the US Open. I thought Novak was really lucky to get through that in straight sets.

Dimitrov could get a set or even take it to 5, but he’s maybe the worst closer on tour. Federer would literally have to hand him the match and we know that’s never going to happen.

I’m glad these early rounds are offering good opponents. The top guys are going to be in a good rhythm in the later rounds.


Ben Pronin Says:

Also not to be a downer but I’m pretty sure Dolgopolov’s name will appear on the list of match fixers.


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer, can’t wait for the Nick/Berdy match. Nick has got the tools for sure…if he matures and settles down a bit…..I think he will get to the top ten soon. He is a hard hitter for sure and can serve big. I will have to admit, he’s fun to watch. I had to give up on the match last night…went to bed at 2:00….I knew he was gonna win that one.


RZ Says:

Looks like I will be rooting for Berdych to win a match for once in my life.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

When Kyrgios is on, he’s one of the most entertaining players in tennis. As a person, don’t care for him but he could be an exciting dark horse if he makes it to the next round, while we all probably see QF as the end of the road for Berdych.

They will be hitting the snot out of the ball, and hopefully one will get Cilic in the next round for more of the same. If Nick or Berdych get through, Fed will present quite a change of pace after two rounds of heavyweight ball mashing.


Okiegal Says:

@RZ…I can’t believe what I am about to say atm….but I hope Nick wins because he is under probation and from what I got to see of the match he had calmed himself down and was rather docile acting….but something could have flared after I went to bed. He has the right stuff just needs to mature!


Okiegal Says:

@TV….was working on my post…I’m slow as a snail and I agree with everything you said…he needs to grow up and when he does that he will have more fans than ever…..because people like exciting matches and he is someone who can bring that to the table! I will give him another chance!


RZ Says:

@Okie – Are you feeling okay? :-) I certainly hope Nick matures. He has a good game to watch and a bright future ahead in tennis. But I don’t hold out too much hope for more maturity in the next year, especially as his family seems to encourage his antics.


Okiegal Says:

Staff, it’s time to give the “Baby Fed” crapola a rest…….


Okiegal Says:

RZ, as I stated…I can’t believe I said I wanted him to win…..curious how far he could go. Yes u r right if his family encourages it, shame non them. I truly think he could be a beast. The think that goes with super hard hitting is wrist injury….ask DelPo…..

In answer to your question, I am dieting and it’s making me delirious….Ha Haa


Humble Rafa Says:

It takes a lower ranked player to beat the Egg Lover. The Arrogant One and Humble are too afraid.

Remember, the Egg Lover does choke.


Chrisford1 Says:

Kyrgios has some bad family influences that are hardly the beacons of the blessings of diversity…but he also has some pretty good counsel coming from tennis bodies in Australia, agents, and players that see his talent and are giving him advice he is apparently trying to heed – not to become another Tomic.

Failing that, or until he is seen as trying hard to not be a tool – efforts to beat the dickheaded ways out of him before he is a top 10 player will be ongoing.


Dave Says:

He is a product of his environment. As the saying goes. It’s not surprising that his family supports his antics if he is the way he is. He had to learn it from somewhere. Good influences around him can change that. It does take a lot of time and effort and most importantly humility. Learned behavior from childhood is no easy thing to change.


MMT Says:

I agree that both Tomic and Kyrigos are the result of over-active/over-involved family. But far from enabling, I believe the problem is the pressure they feel to support their entourages of several grown men/women who have dedicated their livelihoods to the careers of these young men.

Secretly they seek to please their supporters, but outwardly misbehave when they think their results will not elicit the praise they seek – a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy so that they don’t have to face the very real prospect that if they committed and did everything the right way AND STILL FAILED to succeed, they’d have nowhere to hide emotionally. By acting out they have a ready made excuse for their failure.

Well, that’s a bit of psycho-babble, but their family don’t really enable them – they’re not children anymore – but by virtue of their near total support of these “kids” they suffocate them with the pressure to succeed.


sienna Says:

indeed. look at Djoker!

but seriously the egglover choking back in the day….. when his relatives took the moneytrain only for him to choke away leads…..


Dave Says:

Your right. The problem is that they can’t break free of their over controlling families and become extensions of their families and not their own individual person. Seeking glory through children is terrible. Look at MY son play tennis. My son is the best. He is My son. It becomes about the parents glory and not about the son whatsoever. It’s sad really.


Dave Says:

completely suffocating a kid is not love. Being overcontrolling is not love. It’s really showing a lack of love. Unforunately the parents had to learn it from somewhere as well and it is often passed down to them. The family cycle can be broken though. Again it’s no easy feat.


MMT Says:

Dave – there’s also the very real financial element: many of these players were supporting their families financially as children. The financial security of the entire family often depends on their results.

Jim Pearce, Stefano Capriati, Damir Dokic – these men did not have financial security beyond the earnings of their children, and they travelled the world with the entire families in tow at very early stages of their children’s careers.

That too creates enormous pressure to which, eventually, many of these players succumb.


Dave Says:

Ya, that’s crazy. I actually didn’t know that. I can’t imagine dealing with that kind of pressure.


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t think you should generalized and put all families in the same basket and look at all of them through the same glasses just because of few bad examples. Particulary you can’t compare Kyrgios and Tomic family, completely different families and different upbringing, Nick the Kid mother is academic, brother is solicitor, sister is aspiring actress and father is …well Greek painter who runs (or use too) his own business. Does Nick behaves, perfectly, definitely no, but don’t blame the family, he was given the choice in his life, he wasn’t pushed or forced into the tennis for the benefits of his parents, some people are just simplifying the things sometimes.


Dave Says:

I agree with part of your statement WogBoy. The only thing I don’t agree with is that they have come out and totally supported his bad behavior. If you think that a person’s family doesn’t have any influence on a person’s life, that is a mistake. You live with them day in and day out for your whole childhood. In Nick’s case, it seems pretty obvious that he was influenced by one of his parents behavior at some point.


Dave Says:

Your right that there is no point in blaming anyone, because that doesn’t make things better. It’s just passing the buck, as we say in English. And it’s true that we are responsible for our own individual actions. That’s how it works. With many families, there is huge family loyalty. And it can be hard to break free of family influence. The only other option that I can think of if he didn’t learn his behavior from either parent, is that they didn’t discipline him and enabled and allowed the behavior throughout his childhood. So, than as a young adult, he acts like a self entitled spoiled little brat.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,
Of course he was influenced, but today kids are growing in virtual world compare to my generetion or previous ones. Parents have much less control to their behavior due to so many things that kids have access today, starts with internet, they live in virtual world and we are losing control over them.


Dave Says:

Good point as well Wog Boy. Very true.


J-Kath Says:

I actually like Kyrios – that said the Stan “affair” was nasty….I found the comments made by his brother who seems a waste of space)re. that incident even worse.
Hopefully Kyrios’s tennis will do the talking for him in the not so far off future.

I wonder why we are not commenting about Thursday’s play there are some tricky matches about to erupt.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
Have you ever had chance to hear young people talking between each other freely, not knowing that somebody can hear them, I am not talking about boys, but girls too. I use to do extended excursion with schools here in Sydney, mostly private schools. Keep in mind that educational system in Australia is ve British, private schools, nine out of ten are segregated, eithe boys or girls. I was horrified being able to hear some girls conversation when they thought they are safe from teachers, not knowing I can hear them. They were so explicit and detailed in talking ng about certain things that usually had to move away or to star coughing to make sure they know I can hear them.
First thought that came to my mind was, are my girls like this, sadly second thought was, well just because they are mine it doesn’t mean they are different and we have never spoken or behaved that way in my house. Am I (we) to blame their parents or myself for that kind of language or behavior, no I don’t think so, that is the world we are living in:(


Pauly Says:

Federer is a class act … He might not be in his prime at 34 but he can still play well.
Good all round player only thing that hurts him
Poor backhand


Margot Says:

As some folk are “not talking about today’s matches” Kath ;) I’ll “talk” to you instead.
Looks as if our Andy done good! A bagel and a breadstick no less. Will try to get the highlights somewhere.
C’mon!


Wog Boy Says:

Sam Groth can’t run and can’t jump, I don’t know how he plays tennis, to honest, but he is a good man.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ to be honest


Margot Says:

Verdasco in trouble. What a surprise….not.
@Wog Boy
Haven’t I read somewhere that Nick said he wan’t to play, was it football? and was pressured into playing tennis.
Anyway throwing my hat in with Nick. Stan behaved like a wuss, sorry Emily just my HO. Nick is just what tennis needs to attract “youf.” Go wash your mouth out with soap RZ…;) A commentator was saying at his last match suggested he shouldn’t have a permanebt coach at the mo., because it would be too intense.
Oooh just heard Andy has had the “fastest serve.”
Assume it means at the AO 2016, not ever!
C’mon.


Wog Boy Says:

Margot,

Nick wanted and played basketball, always plays wirh Monfils when they are on tour.
Sam Groth wanted and played AFL, commonly known as Aussie Rules Football.


Margot Says:

Cheers Wog Boy, so was there parental pressure to play tennis, you think?


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t know, but looking at his atitude and atitude of his parents and sibilings, I don’t think so. They are layback easygoing family.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “I don’t know Margot” should say… Sorry, bad manners..


Margot Says:

:) Wog Boy
Verdasco out in spite of Sela losing his nerve when serving for the match. V served 2 dubs in the tie but coms muttering about him being injured/sore or someat.
And Jo Konta through. Really like her. Great attitude, improved by working with a Spenish “mental coach,” whatever that is.
Go Jo!


Wog Boy Says:

Yes Margot, Rafa must be pi..d of now, I just watched Troicki going through to third roun and running to catch my plane for Sydney, it was nice being in Melbourne, but I have bills to pay, back to work tomorrow.
Information for Nole fans, tomorrow night, Kyrgios is playing in RLA, Nole in MCA, meaning Roger plays day match in RLA, me thinks.


Sarah Says:

WB, Danica and other Troicki fans, forgot to congratulate you for Troicki today :)

WB, Guess what I am eating now. I bought Cipiripi yesterday :)


danica Says:

Sarah,
Thank you! ;) I am a bit surprised that Viktor is managing to win. He is a good player but more often than not he manages to loose when he shouldn’t have to. A bit of a head case too ;) although it seems like that’s in order now :). I thought there would be a bit of a let down after winning Sydney. Glad I am mistaken.

I hope you enjoyed Cipiripi ;). Wow, you reminded me of my childhood. Is it sold in Romanian stores or was it brought to you by someone from Serbia?


Sarah Says:

Hi Danica,

We can buy them from some stores in Romania, at least in Timisoara :)
You know, before 1989 it was almost the only chocolate, that I could get…we were lucky in Timisoara, because we got Cipiripi and other things from the Serbia. My mother was always happy with Subco :)…


Gypsy Gal Says:

Not sure which thread to post this on,but nice exchange between Rusty and Daveed at the net there at the end,Daveed playing homage and saying Leyton was his tennis hero giving him a signed shirt,now now the players old and youug playing homage too,Leytons fighting back the tears, so is his family and team,and the children have come onto the court,ah so sweet,sad to see you go Rusty you will be missed :((….


danica Says:

Sarah,
I am sorry, I don’t know what Subco is/was :((.

My parents visited Romania a few years ago and sent me some really nice post cards. One is of course from Castle Bran. The other from Castle Peles. I have it in mind to tour it. Sigishoara is on my “a must see in life” list ;)


danica Says:

GG,
Nick also gave a great homage to Rusty. I cannot imagine the emotions he went through. Great career and one of the greatest tennis competitors. I remember time when it seemed like Roddick and Hewitt were the only ones winning tournaments ;)


Sarah Says:

Well, we used to say Subco to Vegeta, I do not know why :)

Yes, Sighisoara is a lovely city,but the entire Transilvania is beautiful..and the mountains too :)


danica Says:

Ah, Vegeta, now we’re talking :). It’s from “komsije” ( our neighbors :)) but I don’t know if there’s a kitchen anywhere in Serbia without either Vegeta or Zacin C (Serbian version).

Guys, have a nice day and chat ;). Gotta go to bed, am getting up in about three hours. Enjoy the great matches at the AO. Tomic currently 2 sets up.


Sarah Says:

@GG, I will miss Rusty aswell …but I am glad he will be the mentor from Kyrgios :)


Colin Says:

I visited Transylvania in 1972, when Romania was a very different place, ruled by the charming Causescu couple.

As a Dracula enthusiast, I didn’t want lovely sunny weather (though we had some) but wanted the pictures I took of Bran Castle to look appropriately sinister. In reality the place had little to do with Vlad the Impaler, but it has the right character.

I saw Sigisoara, and got a picture of the wall plaque marking Vlad’s birthplace. Another thing I got was a bout of mild food poisoning, as did most others on the trip!

P.S. Another place I loved was the village museum in Bucharest.


Sarah Says:

Hi Colin,

Nice to hear this…well, I was not yet born in 1972.
Castle Bran is not my favourite castle in Romania: we have the Corvin Castle, the Peles,and other places…but every tourist wants to see the Bran Castle. I am amused :)


Tennisfan Says:

Wow I can’t believe it was Hewitt’s last ever singles match! Time flies! Hope he will have a positive impact on Kyrgios as a mentor


Margot Says:

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2016/jan/21/sam-groth-v-andy-murray-australian-open-2016-second-round-live

No, not an excuse to post a link to Andy…;) Don’t need one but paragraph 2 has very nice comments from Andy about Hewitt.

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