Djokovic, Federer Cruise; Berdych Stops Kyrgios Show at Australian Open
by Staff | January 22nd, 2016, 8:26 am
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Eight seeded matches, and eight seeded winners without upsets were featured Friday at the Australian Open, where title contenders Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer put potentially tough opponents in their place.


The world No. 1 Djokovic defeated No. 28 seed Andreas Seppi, who last year upset Federer in Melbourne, 6-1, 7-5, 7-6(6).

“It’s not easy to stay with him on the baseline, you know,” said Djokovic who was made to work in the second and third sets. “So I think that I started very well. A set and then a couple of breakpoints early in the second. Didn’t use that. He started serving well. I backed up half a step back. He started playing more aggressive tennis. Not as many unforced errors. I think I served my way out of trouble several times.”

He will next meet No. 14 Gilles Simon, who was a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 winner against Agentina’s Federico Delbonis.

The No. 3-seeded Federer defeated the player once known as “Baby Fed,” until his career stalled outside the Top 10. The Swiss in four sets defeated No. 27 seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

“Conditions, again, were very different indoors than they were against Dolgopolov in the second round,” said Federer, who sent Not-Baby-Fed to his seventh straight loss against a Top 10 player, playing under the closed roof. “Even night session plays different. Just got to manage these conditions a bit. I’m pleased. Wasn’t easy. I didn’t expect it to be against Grigor. It was a tough round, so I’m happy.”

Federer will next meet No. 15-seeded Belgian David Goffin, who topped No. 19 Dominic Thiem 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-5.

Also among the Top 10 winners were No. 6 Tomas Berdych shutting down the combustible No. 29 seed Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4; No. 7 Kei Nishikori defeating No. 26 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; and No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga edging unseeded Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-6(7), 7-6(4).

Berdych remained calm and composed while Kyrgios, who raced to a 6-1 third-set win, was seemingly rattled by every potential distraction, including at one point music that could be heard from another court.

Tsonga and Nishikori will next meet, and Berdych will take on No. 24 seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who on Friday upset No. 12 Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6(5), 7-5.

“Every time we played, it was a good fight,” Tsonga said of Nishikori. “We have a different style. Anyway, yeah, it’s going to be good I think — for spectator, for sure. For us, we’ll see. But anyway, I’m ready to battle.”

The eight matches on Saturday in Melbourne will be (4) Stan Wawrinka vs. Lukas Rosol, (16) Bernard “The Tank Engine” Tomic vs. John Millman in an all-Aussie, (13) Milos Raonic vs. (21) Viktor Troicki, (2) Andy Murray vs. (32) Joao Sousa, (10) John Isner vs. (18) Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, (23) Gael “Force” Monfils vs. Stephane Robert in an all-French, (8) David Ferrer vs. (31) Steve Johnson, and Dudi “Where’s My Car?” Sela vs. Andrey Kuznetsov.


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71 Comments for Djokovic, Federer Cruise; Berdych Stops Kyrgios Show at Australian Open

nits Says:

Nadal must be thinking today
what i have done???


AndyMira Says:

Nits..you’re funny..who’s side are you?Rafa?roger or Novak?


sienna Says:

Nadal is fishing for tuna.
Let him be. The bull has done enough. Every slam his legacy is fading. He needs to prove absolutely nothing.

Garros will be the last stand. Only a new clay crown can heal the soul. Then when he does another year passes by for djokovic.


tennismonger Says:

Forget “Baby Fed” – I’ve seen the future of tennis & it’s name is Pierre-Hugues Herbert!


tennismonger Says:

I’ve eve got a nickname for him TX, “Macras” – since his style is a JMac/Sampras hybrid…


Margot Says:

@tennismonger
I watched that match too and I thought what an attractive player he is to watch. Classic s and v. I thought he was real shrimp too, but only looked like that next to Joe. in fact he’s 6′ 2″
But he’s 25 in March, shouldn’t he be making bigger waves than something like 97 in the rankings if he is indeed “the future?”
Let’s be the founder members of the “Macras” fan club.


RZ Says:

@tennismonger – I haven’t watched him play yet but am aware of him as he’s an excellent doubles player. I’ll be sure to look out for him next time he’s playing singles.


tennismonger Says:

Margot, RZ -
Wow, he looked younger than 25 to me & I hadn’t heard of him before so I wrongly assumed he was in the Taylor Fritz cohort (I think he had just stomped Fritz too).

Anyways, he has that kind of loose/economical style that says “can’t miss,” but as we’ve seen w/Grigor & many before him it’s not always about the style!

We’ll see but I do hope to see more of him in the future – he’s slick!


Margot Says:

@RZ
Yes he’s won a junior doubles slam, I think. Explains excellent s and v.
@tennismonger
I was surprised at his age as well, but after the match I googled him.
I second your wish to see more of him, and I’m certainly keeping an eye open.
Across the pond….so envious of this apparently bottomless pool of talent.
Who will there be after Andy? Bedene perhaps, but we nicked him :( Perhaps we should nick Nick!


RZ Says:

@Margot – are you sure you want to nick the next player most likely to be disqualified at Wimbledon? :-)

I’m curious to see what Kyle Edmund can do. Lots of talent there. I wish Dan Evans could get his head on straight. He plays well when he wants to.


RZ Says:

Heading into the first weekend of the AO, looks like Jalep has the lead in our bracket. I have taken my rightful place at the bottom of the heap where I expect to stay.


AndyMira Says:

It’s weird to see Sela vs kuznetsov will play today..it should be rafa..and he already defeat kuznetsov at Doha a couple of weeks ago..it’s easy to see him march to QF..but instead..like nits said..”what have i done”???


Angel Says:

If Rafa would have won in the first round I think he would have lost against Stanimal in the quaters eventualy, but all these are just conjectures.


AndyMira Says:

@Angel..agree with you..i think things happened for a reason..with his current form,he won’t survive for long..but if he reach QF,at least he will not loose points..don’t know whether berdych and kei can catch up with him after AO but they certainly will shorten the gaps..but since he lose so much last year,come IW,miami and clay hopefully he can once again generate the points as much as he can..


jane Says:

Craig O’Shannessy
‏@BrainGameTennis
POINTS WON Approach & Volley #AusOpen

#Djokovic 85% 47/55
#Murray 82% 18/22
#Berdych 80% 40/50
#Johnson 73% 30/41
#Federer 72% 56/78

players are coming forward …


Dave Says:

Thanks for the stats Jane. I really liked how Nole went forward to save one of the set points he faced against Seppi in the 3rd set. He has showed a lot of confidence and is actually coming forward even at important times in the match, like saving set points. That in itself shows more confidence and trust in coming forward.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Raonic is playing world class tennis right now. Everything working for him. His return is aggressive and working, his backhand is working, slice, volleys. And the serve is untouchable. Troickl is scratching and clawing to hold his serve. Raonic is winning his serve consistently to love or 15.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I had high hopes for Milos this year, I thought last year the injuries really set him back. I hope he can get back to some Slam semis.


Okiegal Says:

My new second favorite Spanish guy…..hubba hubba
Deliciano Lopez!!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Raonic is playing as well as I’ve ever seen him, or at the very least since the Kyrgios match at Wimbledon.
It seems he’s improved on a LOT of fronts. He is very calm and composed. Troickl is really showing amazing guts to just hold serve.


Dave Says:

Raonic looks awesome. It wouldn’t surprise me if he beat Stan in the fourth round. The weather report looks like cool weather for the next few days. Nothing really to hot for the rest of the tournament actually, according the forecast. Things can change though.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

When did Raonic get so tennis-smart? His tactics are amazing, let alone his shot-making.
Still, Troickl is really fighting to stay in this. Not giving up at all, against a juggernaut.


AndyMira Says:

If Raonic can produce this kind of perfomance when he meet with wawrinka in the next round..the’re surely be a firecracker..but then today and 2 days from now is a totally different story..


RZ Says:

I haven’t seen Raonic play in a while but I felt last year he was starting to improve but then the foot injury hit. Sounds like he’s back to where he was right before the injury.


Michael Says:

The Australian Open Authorities have insulted and snubbed a five Time champion by not adding his comments in the Lleyton video. Is this the way you treat a Champion ? Is it is the Betting racket which is responsible for this willful omission where they are also ironically the sponsors of this tournament and are set to lose if Novak defends his title successfully as the odds for him him are huge ?

It is good that Novak is not distracted by such murky going on behind the scene and is showing great composure, patience and grace when he is answering press conferences. He has acquired great fluency in an alien language and is able to express himself and his feelings in the most impressive fashion !!

Way to go Champion !!


Margot Says:

@RZ
Somewhere I read that Kyle’s style is like Berd’s…..Nooooo :(
If nicking Nick is a no no, we’ll nick Atomic then, that’ll please Wog Boy ;)


Wog Boy Says:

Michael,
We had our disagreements and we probably will have them in the future, but thank you for this very accurate post about the way Nole is treated by AO, it is disgraceful (understatement) this is the time for Boris Becker to earn the money he is paid, everything possible has been done to distract and derail Nole,
it is so obvious and so shameful. I am sad that this is happening in the country I am calling home.


Tennisfan Says:

Wawrinka has been looking pretty good. Wonder if he has another stellar slam-run left in him.


Wog Boy Says:

Margot,
I just can’t refuse any of your requests..


Margot Says:

@Wog Boy
Excellent, please send Atomic registered delivery a.s.a.p. Courbon knows my address ;)
Just watching “nick Nick” playing mixed doubles, thought he’d find that hard and sure enough….so much “poaching” going on and unsuccessful “poaching” too. Giving a shout for Mirza, she is a terrific doubles player. Like Dodig as well, bless.
@jane
Any stats for Rafa?
There’s lots of pics/footage of AndAmie doing loads of volleying drills. Yay :)


Wog Boy Says:

…and to prove my point from my earlier post, tomorrow Nole is playing day match and Roger prime slot, night match in RLA..


Wog Boy Says:

Margot I promise I’ll watch Tomic, but please don’t ask me to cheer him…best I can do is to stay indifferent (which is really hard), but my family won’t, they can’t stand him and eight uot of ten Aussies that I know feel the same..


Michael Says:

Wog Boy @ 1.26 am,

True, we all have opinions and exchange it and that is the reason such forums and social network sites/blogs are essentially structured for and ie. to give the commoner a chance to outlet their perception of things and have some stimulating discussions !!

I never took our difference of opinion very seriously and always appreciate others views as I know that there is nothing called as black and white and there are two shades to everything.

That said, it is really a great insult to Novak and he certainly doesn’t deserve it being the No.1 seed in the tournament and being a defending Champion. It is his message which should have been prominently highlighted in the Lleyton video even more than Roger or Rafa or Andy or anybody for that matter !!

Strangely, Novak has never enjoyed the adulation of the World, Press and the Sports enthusiasts like Roger and Rafa and has been vastly undermined despite all his stellar achievements in the field of Tennis which are no less than any of the legends. He has not been getting his due respect and that makes me aghast.


sienna Says:

wtf
why is Murphy allowed to scream and curse towards his opponent?


sienna Says:

wogbaby gtfooh!

djokovic is a cheating overreacting hater. Whos only concern is the poor people of serbia. And just like shows whats happening in your former country.


Giles Says:

Oh dear, is joker being treated badly by the AO and this after winning the tourney 5 times? Lol. He truly is the unloved #1.
Poor joker.


madmax Says:

Tennisfan Says:
Wawrinka has been looking pretty good. Wonder if he has another stellar slam-run left in him.

January 23rd, 2016 at 1:27 am

Tennisfan,

Know what you mean. We have all been talking about it. Wawrinka is not so much the dark horse these days, but prime time TV.

We have been talking at work about how under rated he is.

I mean, his shots. Just look at them, together with his style of play.

Really awesome player.


madmax Says:

Giles,

Every player should be treated fairly in terms of when they play day or night schedule.

Problem is, the TV companies have a lot to say about it – I remember a thread about this at the USOpen last year.

Federer has had his fair share of days and of nights at the slams over the years.

Then there are the player requests too. Rafa requested a day match because he loves the sun, to play in the heat.

I think, over time, it does work itself out though. So, wondering if anyone has any stats out there to support the day and night schedules and any references to players’ requests (only those that have been reported – allegedly – tricky I know, but interesting if they can be found.

Remarks like that though Giles, show your ignorance and immaturity.


Giles Says:

Madmax. My comment wasn’t meant for you to pick up on. But of course you have to interfere and play Daddy O. Now go back to your classical music. Lol


danica Says:

Sienna and Giles as well as those who are doing all these dirty tricks aiming to distract Novak – all your antics speak more about yourselves and nothing about Novak.


Giles Says:

danica. Lol. Do you think joker is reading comments on here? I don’t think so. Therefore how is it possible to distract him, eh?


danica Says:

Oh Giles, I never hinted that Nole reads this. I just put you and Sienna in the same basket together with the AO officials, sneaky little British and Italian journalists and other such non factor creatures. Because really, all those media dirty tricks that we discuss here every year are meant to distract. On the other side, they show their pain and jealousy and envy because it is not one of their favorites who is the best world’s best player.


Giles Says:

^^^ Wooohoooo!


Dave Says:

You think this is honestly going to distract Nole? Than you obviously don’t know Nole very well. He is not going to let any of this get to him. They tried to distract him at Wimbledon with the coaching comment that they decided to twist around. That didn’t work. He still won wimbledon. The WHOLE crowd tried to get to him against Federer at the U.S. Open last year. Again, it didn’t work. Nole has matured a lot over the years and is going to focus on one match at a time, one set at a time, one moment at a time. Just assign him on a tennis court, night or day, doesn’t matter, and he will play. Just because other people want to give into stories and drama, doesn’t mean that’s what he is doing. He is to disciplined for that at this point.


bojana Says:

Dave,

Obviously there are people who want to distract Novak.Hope You are right that Novak is strong enough to overcome all distractions.


Markus Says:

This lack of adulation for Djokovic is what maotivates him to keep improving. Let it stay that way. Ultimately, he will achieve heights in tennis that even Federer and Nadal have not reached. The respect of the tennis world is building up, maybe already there. The adulation will come later, maybe not to the level of Federer but he will have his fair share.


AndyMira Says:

Sorry to interrupt..but people getting snub is not new..just 2 or 3 weeks ago,the world greatest actress Meryl Streep has been snubbed at Golden Globe..and Meryl as we all know is a very very influential & powerful person more than novak..politics is everywhere..as long as there is person who think with their kneecap..thing like this will never stop..back to novak..i agree with Dave..he’s not a wet behind the ears player anymore..he’s matured and his confidence is sky high..thing like this will only give him extra motivation to reach his goal…


Dave Says:

Nole is going full tilt at all the records. He absolutely won’t stop fighting with everything he has, until he has nothing left to give. Nole can use anything for motivation. In the western world when a football player in the NFL or Basketball player in the NBA is saying arrogant comments or misguided comments, they call it bulletin board material and it only gets the other team more amped up and more motivated to win. With Nole, it’s the same.


sienna Says:

when he loses half acht step he is done.
They will blow him of court.

2 more years tops. Maybe Fed will even run him down.


elina Says:

Markus maybe like Lendl?


elina Says:

It’s a concerted effort to throw Nole off his game with this deliberate snub and constant questioning innuendo about match fixing desperate for another slam for Roger.

Novak is fuelled by it now just like the US Open rabid crowd.

Nole will smash Rogers records in time.

A win here and in Paris and he will own all of the slams at the same time which in many fans eyes with his other many achievements will vault him above Roger for goat status already.


Markus Says:

Yes, elina, like Lendl. He never got the adulation when he was playing. The media never liked him, often ignored him or gave him bad press because he was the antithesis of the players they want to promote, like McEnroe in spite of his boorish behavior. Lendl was a much better player than McEnroe or most of his contemporaries. But now that they are no longer active and Lendl is not beating up on their chosen ones, Lendl is finally getting the respect and adulation he deserved all along. The press and all those tennis bigwigs are doing the same thing to Djokovic. But in the end, they will fail because Djokovic is a great player. Even his staunchest critic cannot deny that.


Giles Says:

Soooo, why are the joker fans getting irritated if they think these snubs will only catapult joker to more success, eh?


sienna Says:

Lendl never got adulation?

That is ridiculous. Lendl was considered aan legend whilest playing the game.
what kind of galaxy are you living?

I feel this site is out of balance. This site needs awaking real. Balance must be brought.


madmax Says:

Markus,

It is also what is out there, what is said in the public, some people can’t forget, or move on.

Firstly, look at this writer, Chris Chase. There is only one thing I have read from him, (which was ‘borrowed’ from another writer). He reports such a lot of nonsense. Example:

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/01/roger-federer-reacting-maria-sharapoava-second-set-grigor-dimitrov-david-goffin-tennis-players-waiting-to-start-match-delayed-australian-open

Saying that Federer was ‘annoyed’. Far from it.

With Novak, I believe he is much more popular than people would make out and I think the press have a lot to do with that.

This is a year old no, but Perry makes some good points.

http://www.oregonlive.com/the-spin-of-the-ball/index.ssf/2014/06/why_dont_tennis_fans_love_nova.html

I think that fans do love Novak. It could be because (as was nadal), some think that Federer’s records are the best ever, and for me, they are.

I think there is still a lot of love in the house for Novak. Although some of his fans are not so nice.


madmax Says:

With Chris Chase I meant to say, one thing that he wrote that I found remotely interesting or ‘true’, the rest, I have found very trashy about players.


madmax Says:

I want to ask the question, what ever has happened to Ernsts Gulbis?


madmax Says:

Considering at one point, he was the future, wanted to get to no. 10, be number 1. It is just so sad with players like this, full of potential for so many years, then out in the first round. Yet, he IS so talented.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Ernest Gulbis doesnt seem particulaly relevant these days,he either loses first or second round in almost every tournament he plays,i cant remember the last time he went deep anywhere except for the FO beating Roger in 2014 i believe,although people are free to correct me if im wrong….


Markus Says:

Thanks for the the articles, madmax, at least for one of them. The first one was, as you said, nonsense. It was pure fiction, not even a good one.


Markus Says:

I used to like Gulbis but he has become a waste of space. Just like the guys who beat Nadal and then loses in the next round.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Novak has the coolest fans on this forum,theres only a couple a can think of that come across as being too rabid,and thankfully one doesnt post that often anyway….

The best Federer fans are not the regular posters like Madmax,Jatin,Rishi,Squirrel….

And there aint many Nadal or Murray fans left anymore….

As Okie said she doesnt post as often as everything is about the number 1,and as she said they are busting their buttons,and who can blame them?….

Forums can be lonely places….


Gypsy Gal Says:

I went of the beaten track a bit,but when ive watched Novak,there always seems to be a heavy contingent of fans cheering him on,and im sure he has a huge following in Serbia….


Gypsy Gal Says:

An overacting hater i can only see one here?….


Gypsy Gal Says:

I think Novak is some way off surpassing Roger,sure he has his own records,in other areas Roger and Rafa have theirs….


jane Says:

as we all remember, the french press, fans and FO didn’t treat rafa too well for a very long time. he wasn’t their darling.

margot, sorry i don’t – that was a tweet from “the braingame” guy and i guess he just listed the top 5?

gypsy, i’m curious: why do you bring up fans, and who is fans of whom, so much? last time we talked about this jalep got upset so i won’t get into it, but i really do feel like people who are fans of whichever players at this site talk amongst everyone regardless, so hopefully it doesn’t matter too much or make you feel too left out. i know what you mean about wanting to share/chat about our faves, but we can always go to their individual forums too as an option for that? don’t feel lonely because everyone is still talking to each other regardless.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jane sorry to Jalep if shes reading,but sometimes personally you feel intimidated and out of your depth,and like your getting in the way….


jane Says:

you should NOT feel that way gypsy. sure; there are people here who know way more about technical aspects, etc, but so what! we can still talk tennis.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Fair enough Jane….


danica Says:

Dave,
Nole was visibly irritated at his presser when asked about that match with Santoro. I mean, this was big time disrespectful to Santoro called “The Magician” (for a reason) as well. So, no one is capable of winning against the big guns?! Simon had the best answer when asked about this: “Yeah, Novak is so bad that we all let him win.” :)

But there is one thing that I am sure about – the more you disrespect Novak (remember him being asked to act as a clown on Orthodox Christmas in Doha?), the better he will play. I suggest all these haters google the word “inat” and see where he is gonna get his strength. So, in that respect, I agree with you. He will get motivated to stick it to all of them.

Idemo BRE Nole!

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