Murray v Tomic Next on Aussie Radar; Djokovic, Federer Up Sunday; X-Notes
by Staff | January 23rd, 2016, 8:54 am
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The lower half of the men’s draw advanced in metronomic fashion on Saturday in Melbourne, with no seeded upsets setting up some blockbuster fourth round matches moving into the weekend.

No. 2 seed Andy Murray led the charge, unaware that his father-in-law had collapsed on another court, defeating No. 32 seed Joao Sousa 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

“At the beginning I think he was extremely aggressive, very intense,” Murray said of Sousa. “He was getting into position to dictate a lot of points with his forehand. Once I started to hit the ball a little bit cleaner towards the end of the match I was able to get him in his backhand corner and dictate more of the points. It was tricky.”

Murray’s next test will be against homecountry favorite and No. 16 seed Bernard Tomic, who defeated Aussie compatriot John Millman 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-2.

Other Top 10 winners were No. 4 Stanislas Wawrinka subduing upset expert Lukas Rosol 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(3), No. 8 David Ferrer rolling over No. 31-seeded American Steve Johnson 6-1, 6-4, 6-4, and No. 10 John Isner coming from a set down to beat No. 18 Feliciano Lopez 6-7(8), 7-6(5), 6-2, 6-4.

Awaiting Wawrinka in the next round is No. 13 seed Milos Raonic, who defeated No. 21 Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

“He’s a tough player, for sure,” said Wawrinka who is 4-0 career against the Canadian. “Never lost [to him], but it’s always been a tough match. He’s been playing really good since the beginning of the year, winning the first title in Brisbane against Roger [Federer] in the final. He’s trying to improve. He’s trying to win big titles. It will be a difficult match.”

Isner dropped 44 aces on F-Lo to set up a meeting with Ferrer.

“It’s a very tough opponent, especially for me, the way he plays,” Isner said of F-Lo. “He certainly has given me trouble in the past. Also, it’s been a little while since I’ve been in the round of 16 at this tournament. It feels great. I’m very relieved to get through, want to keep on going.”

Isner is 1-6 career against Ferrer. The winner of the match-up will meet the Murray-Tomic victor in the quarterfinals.

No. 23 Gael Monfils and Russian Andrey Kuznetsov also set up a meeting after the Frenchman beat countryman Stephane Robert 7-5, 6-3, 6-2, and Kuznetsov held off Dudi Sela 7-5, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(4).

“Was never easy to play against Stephane,” Monfils said. “He’s going for some shots, some crazy ideas, some crazy tactics. I feel I manage to win in straight set, and I think I did pretty good on that.”

On the schedule for Sunday in Melbourne are (1) Novak Djokovic vs. (14) Gilles Simon, (3) Roger Federer vs. (15) David Goffin, (6) Tomas Berdych vs. (24) Roberto Bautista Agut, and (7) Kei Nishikori vs. (9) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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loves eating dates during matches for energy: “Dates are I think one of the fruits that give you the low glycemic index, which is very important, because you don’t want to have a strong shot of sugar and then it takes you down very rapidly like, okay, I don’t want to name certain brands. It’s not the place. Dates are something that I’ve been consuming on the court for a while now.”…Hey everybody, no shit match fixing wasn’t on Andre Agassi’s radar — he came up in the pre-internet age and shot right to the upper echlon of the game. He wasn’t slogging for years at Futures events scraping for money. Not a revelation nor a story…Austrian Daniel “Crazy Dani” Koellerer, who was banned from men’s tennis for match fixing, says the Tennis integrity Unit is a joke and  tennis encourages a gambling culture. “Match-fixing is a big problem in tennis, but I don’t want to name names,” he told The Australian. “I’m not a bitch of the ATP. It’s a big problem but it is the ATP’s fault. As long as they take money from betting companies to sponsor tournaments it’s always going to be a problem.” According to the Australian, “Koellerer claimed his ban rested on evidence provided by a serial drug cheat, whom he said agreed to testify against him in return for having his sentence for a positive doping test reduced from 24 months to 12. Although not naming him, the player in question is believed to be Wayne Odesnik…”…One blogger who has downloaded and analyzed the match-fixing data dump has identified Lleyton Hewitt as the aforementioned Grand Slam-winning match fixer. Other names of suspected players in flagged matches according to a story by Vice Sports include Andreev, Bogomolov, Chela, Dodig, Ebden, Gabashvili, Gimeno-Traver, Golubev, Hajek, Istomin, Lacko, Montanes, Russell and Tipsarevic…Hewitt has been so injured the last few years, it’s hard to believe that didn’t influence this “data” calling him out…Vice Sports statement from Buzzfeed: “As our stories state, the analysis of betting data does not prove match-fixing. That’s why we did not name the players and why our investigation went much wider than the algorithm and was based on a cache of leaked documents, interviews across three continents, and much more.”…Hey, if tanking matches was an automatic match-fixing certainty, then Bernard Tomic would be banned from tennis for life…We are shocked — SHOCKED, we say – that people think the ATP may have done a shitty job of regulating itself before the Tennis Integrity Unit was put together. Why wouldn’t you throw Andre Agassi a bone when crystal meth turns up in his pee cup? You’ve got to look out for No. 1, and that’s the ATP brand…Roger Federer is the first man to win 300 matches at Grand Slams, that’s GOAT-feed there.


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66 Comments for Murray v Tomic Next on Aussie Radar; Djokovic, Federer Up Sunday; X-Notes

sienna Says:

its ok to blast odesnik for obvious reason.
#1 needs to be handled with extra care.
Novak the Faker would be suitable nickname.


J-Kath Says:

There’s a rash of articles re. what Federer said about Tomic…to paraphrase….he is no-where near getting into the top ten, etc.

Tomic replies: “and Federer is nowhere near Djokovic”…

Pity Tomic and the Fed. aren’t in the same half and about to face each other on court.


Margot Says:

^ Fight! Fight!
So does Wog Boy like Atomic now, I wonder…;)


Chrisford1 Says:

“Roger Federer is the first man to win 300 matches at Grand Slams, that’s GOAT-feed there.”

It says that the player had longevity, played in many Slams, and usually went deep. Doesn’t look at how strong the competition was, etc.

Behind Federer are similar players with a lot of rounds at Slams. Connors,Agassi, Lendl, then Djokovic

===============
The names are finally leaking. Hmmmm. Australia was not happy this “Scandal!” was timed to damage the Australian Open. Doubt they will be any happier with the biggest named fish supposedly has just retired with high honors – Leyton Hewittt


sienna Says:

tomic misses the point Federer is making. But ok he picks his with Fed … Doser .. thsat surely is the wrong play for tomici.

but kick in gear for Murray mania…..


jane Says:

just read that in the news about tomic. i guess he felt slighted by roger? i mean, he has stated his goal for *the season* is the reach the top 10; he hasn’t stated he thinks he should be in it right now.

just saw about nigel sears too. i wonder if it was the heat?

how hot is it in melbourne anyhow … are you still there wog boy? what are conditions like?


Margot Says:

jane, apparently its happened before. Heart probs?


jane Says:

was just reading margot; i didn’t even know he was coaching ivanovic!! wow, how awful. hopefully he is okay. : /


Markus Says:

Ivanovic will probably get another coach again. That girl has no idea on what she’s doing. And she’s not even blonde.


Wog Boy Says:

Margot,

I am warming up to Tomic…;)

jane,

I am back in Sydney, but weather in Melbourne hasn’t been hot since Tuesday and that’s how it is going to stay until the end of the AO, lousy weather with temperatures in twenties with lots of rain, as the matter of fact, they are predicting last four days rain, if you want to experience English weather, safest bet is to go to Melbourne.


Wog Boy Says:

Agree with Markus:)


Wog Boy Says:

To add, Ana had excellent coach, Nemanja Kontic, with whom she had best year since 2008, that was 2013/24 and she sacked him for no reason midway through 2014 and was going downhill since. The only reason she went back to Nigel is being in England with her fiancé, as I stated before,I think it is time for her to get married. Last night she had break after break in the second set and keep losing them until she lost the set..and next one and the match. It is so painful to watch her if you cheer for her and I do cheer for her.


NK Says:

Fed never said in the last two years he wanted to be at the level of Novak. Nor did he say he wanted to get back to number one. All he said is that he wanted to win five tournaments, which he clearly did in 2014 and 2015.

Fed has also acknowledged openly that currently Novak is at a level much above anyone else.

Instead of taking Fed’s comments seriously in the spirit in which they were intended, Tomic resorts to cheap nonsensical retorts. A few years ago, Fed talked about Murray’s defensive game and him waiting for the other guy to make an error. While Murray’s game has improved quite a bit since, against Novak and Federer he still plays defensive and has achieved no success.

People like Fed know what they are talking about. It will help players like Tomic to listen to them instead of snapping back with a heavy dose of childish sarcasm.


Markus Says:

Why would anybody care what Tomic says? His words have as much weight as his tennis accomplishments.


Wog Boy Says:

I guess Roger is after new signing for his stable, he doesn’t really have any marquee name, the only two marquee players he has are not that anymore, one due to injuries the othe due to …various reasons..


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t think anybody managed to accomplish so many tankings in such style as Tomic The Tank Engine, so he does have accomplishments in tennis..


Wog Boy Says:

Joking aside, Tomic has declared few times before and as recently as few days ago that his idol and best player ever is Roger, that’s why he was probably hurt with Roger comments, I am sure his father John is going to sort out the problems in his style…with Roger..


Markus Says:

Does Tomic have a clothing deall? If so, they should design a special tank top for him.


jane Says:

yeah i think tomic was hurt more than anything. as for why anyone would care, perhaps it’s because they were about roger and novak? the telegraph wrote a whole article about it!


jane Says:

ha ha Markus. tank top. maybe dimitrov can give his to tomic … er, on the other hand, maybe the tank top suits grigor too. ;)


Dave Says:

It’s funny how if Federer says ANYTHING it’s okay. But if anyone else does, it’s childish or wrong. Federer is only a human being. Just like all of us. There are no double standards here.


RZ Says:

I have to agree with Federer. Tomic has stateddy he wants to make the top 10 but then quit a match he was winning because he wasn’t interested anymore after being assured a top 16 seed at the AO. Doesn’t seem like top 10 mainstay behavior to me.


RZ Says:

^ stated. (Stateddy?? Seriously autocorrect??)


Markus Says:

Exactly, RZ. Somebody so skilled like him but habitually tanks should be investigated for match fixing.


Markus Says:

Federer makes sense when he talks, that’s why.


Dave Says:

As immature as Tomic has been in the past, his comment made my wife and I laugh out loud. Federer has no idea if Tomic is near the top ten. In fact 17 is actually not to far off of the top ten now. I don’t think a lot of people would be surprise if he is in the top 10 fairly soon. At least Tomic was stating facts. He is a lot closer in ranking points to the top 10 than Federer is to Nole. Also, behavior is not a prerequisite for being in the top 10. His behavior won’t need Federer’s stamp of approval in the end.


Dave Says:

Nobody can look into the future. So going by current form and ranking points, Tomic is stating facts. 1005 ranking points behind the guy in 10th place, isn’t that far off right now, let alone in the future. Being 8,625 points behind is really far behind. Both decided to give their opinion on the subject.


Wog Boy Says:

I too believe that Tomic will make top10 this year, I did put him on my TX list same as I believe that Kyrgios will make top10, they both have quolity and ages behind (top10 are getting to old to hope they have any hope of staying there for much longer) but I just can’t cheer them, Kyrgios killed my last hope that I can changed my mind about him and start occasionally to cheer him with his antics two night ago.
I also think that it wasn’t really appropriate to judge your colleagues who is playing with you on tour the way Roger fid it and does it every now and then (Andy, Nole, Stan…) and it is sort of habitual behaviour for Roger, for the reason, but never did that to Rafa…for the reason too, Rafa is in his head.
It is not appropriate even if you are 17 times GS, since they are your colleagues and you are stll active player, you are not their daddy or retired.


Dave Says:

I’m not big on Tomic or Kyrgios either. But behavior in Tomic’s case has nothing to do with him making the top 10 or not. Lots of guys have been badboys on the court and been number 1. John Mac, Jimmy Connors. etc. Roger can say anything, and get away with it wogboy. His opinion is just an opinion. I can’t cheer for them either.


Wog Boy Says:

I loved Jimmy Connors, I loved Nastase, I loved Safin…

We basicaly agree on all main points Dave.


Dave Says:

Who is your pick for the match Wog Boy?


Dave Says:

Tsonga vs Nishikori


Chrisford1 Says:

Wog Boy is correct. Roger gets away with sore loserhood at times and his out of the blue disparaging of other players.
Fans of the sport can see it is obvious that Fed is magnanimous in victory but struggles to be gracious in defeat. And knows that there is a certain way to give advice to newer players. It is professional to tell a rookie or player who is messing up just how F’ed up they are behind closed doors – but public criticisms should be done with sensitivity unless you are the one especially aggrieved (Stan after Kyrgios’s sledge did not have to be diplomatic. )
Andy did that with Tomic. You 1st praise their ability and say they could get better, tell the media that provoked the response with their questions that yes, there is room for improvement with a person, and then offer to help out if the player cares to seek them out.
With Fed, sometimes, it is just an insouciant back of the hand to others foibles, then he strolls regally on…


Dave Says:

I completely agree, Chrisford1. Very good points.


van orten Says:

Jesus h Christ


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,
If Tsonga caches fire I see him as a winner, but as of lately that fire doesn’t happen often so I’ll give advantage to Nishikori, the only thing that I don’t know how serious Nishikori’s wrist injury was, though I suspect that it was real issue, Nishikori is well coached by Chang in all departments of the game:)


Dave Says:

looking at the first set, Nishikori all the way. I like Tsonga and would like to see him play well though. Maybe he will start to play better in the 2nd set. The first set has been a disaster.


AndyMira Says:

Totally agree with NK @ 4.04pm,Tomic as young player should take the legend advice and use it to his advantage..not bashing back to them in such a manner..no wonder he’s not improve much considering the almost complete package that he has..you should be humble sometimes and not too pigheaded..then maybe you will taste a sweetness of glory someday.


jane Says:

kei is kind of scary…


Markus Says:

Tsonga is done. Nishikori is playing exremely well.


Markus Says:

By the way, Federer is nearer to Djokovic than Tomic is to the 10th ranked player, nowhere near.


Wog Boy Says:

jane, Tsonga never had good return game.


Dave Says:

8625 points behind to 1005 points behind. Who’s closer? It’s not even close


jane Says:

wog boy I know but still: Kei scare me. he’s making mincemeat of Jo. Anyhow one match at a time. Gilles first …


Wog Boy Says:

Nishikori wasn’t that good against Spaniard previous round who is just top30 player. Lopez just couldn’t sustain aggressive and accurate game, but still took one set and fought close the other three.


Dave Says:

Tsonga is playing way below his normal level. Also, kei tightened up and was up 5 to 1 and 40 love and lost 3 games in a row to a below par Tsonga, who doesn’t seem to be moving very well today. Also, Tsonga has been returning very badly in this match, making kei look even better in that department. Nole has to win fair and square Jane. That’s what we want to see. Beat the best players to win the title. Kei is playing well, still not at Nole’s level.


Dave Says:

Tsonga is playing way below his normal level. Also, kei tightened up and was up 5 to 1 and 40 love and lost 3 games in a row to a below par Tsonga, who doesn’t seem to be moving very well today. Also, Tsonga has been returning very badly in this match, making kei look even better in that department. Nole has to win fair and square Jane. That’s what we want to see. Beat the best players to win the title. Kei is playing well, still not at Nole’s level.


jane Says:

well kei makes me nervous, admittedly. he’s beaten novak at a slam and plays a similar brand of tennis.

anyhow novak has to beat wily gilles first so i don’t want to jump ahead.

and fed plays goffin, who is fed’s admitted fan! it must be strange for these guys when they play younger guys who idolized them.


Dave Says:

Kei is the hardest QF match for Nole out of the 4 possible opponents. It will be a good test. No doubt about it. Simon, might get a set tonight. No more though. He just doesn’t have the fire power to push Nole to 5. i’m going to say Nole in 4. If Nole is playing really well, it will be in 3


jane Says:

cool dave: hope you’re right. :)


Wog Boy Says:

jane,
Correct, one match at the time.


Daniel Says:

So now we know the potential guys to beat Novak this AO: Kei in Quarters, Fed/Berdy in semis and Murray/Wawa/Raonic final.

This 6 guys will try, but still think Novak takes this Slam fairly easy. Maybe he lost 2 sets in the process and that’s it.

If Murray lost a set to Souza, he sure can find it hard against Wawa or Raonic,let alone Novak. Hope we get a Fed/Berdy quarters to see how that will unfolds.

Hoping for a quick Serena win so I can see Novak play tonight (still haven’t saw anything from him) and just quick highlights from Federer.


Daniel Says:

Simon has no chance, Djoko will eat his serve up. Only chance for him to get a set is if Djokovic is serving horribly.

The courts seems fast tough so Simon could counter punch for a while


Dave Says:

I want to see Nole put it into a higher gear tonight. He hasn’t had to put it into a higher gear yet.


danica Says:

Nole was not impressive in his match against Seppi. Hope je ups his game tonight.


Wog Boy Says:

danica,
You are right, he was tense and moody, but in his interview after the match he said that MCA is little bit slower and more importantly with lower bounce, that suits Seppi’s game, but not so much his, he just couldn’t hit through Seppi. Nole always struggled on lower bouncing courts with players who are picking up the ball early and hitting flat, they are pushing him behind base line and he struggles and plays passive.


Daniel Says:

Commentaries saying that Simon said that he would have all support from locker room because people can’t stand to be humiliated by Djoko anymore! Is that any true to it or just Simon playing mind games?

Fernando Melligene, former Brazilian tennis player, said it is not the first time he hears something similar. But he found it hard to be truth.

First for me.


Daniel Says:

Seems a trend this AO, the players now entering in this back and forth verbals, first Tomic and Fed and now Simon.

Pretty curious to see what Djoko will say in presser after he wins tonight.


Chrisford1 Says:

I thought that was the buzz, Damica, the writers talked a subpar Nole and he said that he had room for improvement because it was touch and go in the 2nd set on after Seppi upped his game.

But then I saw the part of the match I had to record due to other needs (like making dinero). And my impression was Seppi was playing well enough to send Federer packing again in yet another Slam should he have drawn Seppi. Seppi loves plexicushion. I saw some good stuff from Djokovic – seems as if he is trying to bring back the BHDTL again as a regular thing, and he is moving to net, volleying and even Djokosmashing with confidence. Still does some dumb shots, mainly drop shots that sit up and volleys he mysteriously hits right back at his opposition – but he is winning 6 of every 7 moves to net and that is the only stat that really matters. And Becker is a part of this, have no doubt. Finish points faster, save energy, help preserve the legs for a longer career. And Boris telling Nole with his reflexes, touch, hand-eye coordination he should have been doing this more.
The match before, he even hit a Federeresque leaping, spinning, overhead backhand against Halys


AndyMira Says:

Simon has a chance to win if novak keep playing like this..he showed his human side today..and simon must keep his head together..keep focus..be aggressive..keep novak running..he seems uncomfortable under the hot sun.


jane Says:

nah, nothing to do with the sun.
it’s the persistent counter punching of simon.
novak is also not timing so well tonight.
and simon just gets everything back
the ultimate reactive player?
but let’s go noleee!


jane Says:

daniel, simon and novak are on friendly terms, sharing baby pictures etc. simon also said “oh novak is nothing; we’re all losing because we’re match fixing” – in other words, the allegations are stupid and silly. and as for the locker room comment, that’s no different than when fed was dominant and a player would get a win over fed. all the locker room would give him a pat on the back for breaking through. it’s not mind games; it’s true! :))


nits Says:

finally Novak saves game after so many break points now it wil be all novak ride. But still novak’s error are now in 70′s


Colin Says:

Daniel, you never learn, do you. Simon won’t win a set, eh? You were right there, at any rate. He’s won two.

DON’T PREDICT. IT’S A MUG’S GAME!


Daniel Says:

Yes Jane, Meligeni got it wrong, he thought he was taking a dig at Novak’s behavior. But Sion was just saying the obivious.

Colin, Djoko is better than that, on a regular day that match wouldn’t go to 5.

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