Roger Federer v Tomas Berdych, Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori, Serena-Sharapova; Australian Open QF Picks And Pans
by Sean Randall | January 25th, 2016, 6:00 pm
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It’s about the very best possible line-up you could ask for on this start of two days of men’s quarterfinal play at the Australian Open. As many predicted, the top 4 seeds in the top half survived four rounds to arrive into today’s contests, though they took different routes.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic had to withstand 100 unforced errors and the steady, if annoying, play of Gilles Simon in a 5-set thriller.One hundred errors or even 300 it doesn’t matter, Djokovic won. That’s what winners do. And fitness shouldn’t be a factor.

Tomas Berdych had his own five setter on Sunday against Auckland champ Roberto Bautista Agut.

But hardly a sweat for Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori who both blew out their respective foes, David Goffin and the ailing JW Tsonga. And two have lost just one set each as they enter the quarters. That changes today.

On to my picks.

Roger Federer v Tomas Berdych
Of course I’m not picking Tomas Berdych. Unless he’s playing someone ranked in the 30s or lower, you can rarely count on him to win these big matches. Yes, he beat Rafael Nadal a year ago in Australia and also has some big wins over Federer back at Wimbledon in 2010 and at the US Open. But here I think Federer, who leads 15-6, is playing better and Tomas just isn’t what he once was even though the court, according to Roger, may be in the Czech’s favor.

“I think the court suits him,” Federer said. “I think this sort of flatter bounce and faster court is good for his serves, good for his returns. It’s a fast court. I think for his kind of game it’s good.

“I think I matched up well against him as of late. Then again, we haven’t played that much. He played very well here last year in exactly these conditions. I was very impressed how he played against Nick.”

Since the 2015 Australian Open, Berdych has promptly lost 11 straight matches to Top 5 players winning just ONE set. That includes three blow out losses to Federer last year.

“I mean, it’s Roger, so it’s always going to be a huge challenge to play him. It’s the quarterfinal of a slam,” Berdych said. “I like my chances. I’m just looking forward to that match.”

Well, I don’t like your chances, Tomas. Get a set, yes. Win? Not really.

Despite some shaky patches, Federer continues to take care of business. He’s seen better days, but Federer’s been efficient and effective and I think that’s what he’ll be tonight against Tomas. As long as he has a good day, Federer prevails.
The Pick: Federer in 4

Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori

I keep going back to Nishikori’s win over Djokovic at the 2014 US Open semifinals. It’s one of the biggest surprises of the last 4-5 years. And I have think Djokovic hasn’t forgotten about it either.

Revenge!

Nishikori, though, is playing really well right now. I know he got a hobbled Tsonga, but he took care of Phil Kohlschreiber and Guillermo Garcia Lopez, so he’s got to be feeling confident. Plus, he’s got that US Open win in his back pocket.

“I think the biggest thing is he doesn’t miss,” Nishikori said. “He doesn’t give you easy points, any free points. I have to, you know, be the one to dictate. I think he’s serving well, too. It always makes tough player.

“Yeah. I’m ready to beat him again.”

I think this will be a very close match, maybe even five sets. It will be fun to watch the backhand exchanges here and the baseline dynamics. They are two of the best. But Djokovic proved the other day that even when he’s not at his best (blame that on Simon!), he can still win. That’s the difference.
The Pick: Djokovic in 4

Serena Williams v Maria Sharapova
When you’ve won 17 straight over your hated rival, you don’t want it tp stop. And I don’t think that happens here. Maria is getting closer. She played well in the final last year and I think because it’s a quarter that helps her here – Serena’s so much togher in the finals.

So I think Sharapova gets a set, goes 7-5 in the third but Serena just loves beating Maria more than…I dunno winning Slams?
The Pick: Serena in 3

It should be a great day of tennis. If I see an upset it’s Berdych then Sharapova and then Djokovic. As much as I’d like to see Kei win – just to shake things up – I don’t know how he does it unless Novak comes out really flat.

Like I said, if Roger’s having an off day. If he’s sick, he could easily lose. And Maria’s been playing well.

Coverage begins at 7pm ET on the Tennis Channel. ESPN takes over at 9pm.


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209 Comments for Roger Federer v Tomas Berdych, Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori, Serena-Sharapova; Australian Open QF Picks And Pans

Ben Pronin Says:

“I think the biggest thing is he doesn’t miss,” Nishikori said.

Ironic.


jake Says:

Federer in 3
Kei in 5
Sharapova in 2


Wog Boy Says:

jake Says:
Federer in 3
Kei in 5
Sharapova in 2

January 25th, 2016 at 7:28 pm
………..

Let me guess who is your favorite player,hmm..


jane Says:

sharapova in 2? that’s a risqué pick.

berdych struggled last round. fed’s hardly played!
berd’s best chance may be to draw out the match?

kei’s had a couple tougher matches but cruised vs tsonga. we all know novak was horrid last match, lol. kei will want to be super accurate like he was in their us open match.

but i am clearly hoping novak comes through. idemooo!


jane Says:

gosh darn it! was really hoping popsicle and sock would go deeper, but it’s looking like they’re going to lose. : /


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Sharapova pretty gutsy, but Serena is such a killer. Sounds like she’s sick though, maybe sun stroke.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Man, she looks fit though.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Serena looks ready to puke. You wouldn’t know it when the balls in play. She is tough as nails.


Dave Says:

Azaranka looks like the only one that has a chance to stop Williams this year from winning it all. At least from what I have seen. I haven’t watched a lot this year.


FedExpress Says:

haha maria. just retire. come back when serena has retired.

wtf does serena wear?


FedExpress Says:

Fed is so bad today.

smash fail. And every bh into net on important points.


jane Says:

okay well: i am now hoping nestor/stepanek win it all then, for the “old brigade” ;)


FedExpress Says:

Fed u lucker

sp fed


FedExpress Says:

And into the net


FedExpress Says:

Fed grunting


FedExpress Says:

Have a feeling bird wins the TB


Goran Says:

Hi Jane,…well, Tecau/Rojer have also lost the match today. I did cheer for them…


FedExpress Says:

Bh winner


FedExpress Says:

Was feds point until that miss


FedExpress Says:

4-3 after 4-1


FedExpress Says:

Why tf is grunting so much when hitting power shote


FedExpress Says:

Joke


FedExpress Says:

Joke. Netcord is todays feds friend.


jane Says:

hello goran, yeah they are older too. admittedly i don’t follow doubles too closely. but nestor, 43, and steps, 37, must take the cake for age, no?


FedExpress Says:

Break fed in the 2nd

that put volley vs nadal on sp in 2012 destroyed birdshit


FedExpress Says:

Berdych got schooled


Markus Says:

This guy is 34?


FedExpress Says:

Now lose te set afte wasting 3 consecutive bls


sienna Says:

Fedexpress said items best a few comments ago.


FedExpress Says:

Victory


Margot Says:

Fed made Berd look as slow as the proverbial snail. Both looked as hot as heck, even Fed.
The ball kids come on dressed as if in preparation for a nuclear holocaust and most of the players don’t even cover their heads. Weird.


skeezer Says:

Fed rocked. anyone notice this past year his ROS improvement?
Where is *elina* when it really matters?
Oh wait, Rafa is out….


squirrel Says:

True skeezer, very impressive performance from roger. His return was just on point today. Can’t remember it was ever this good. Just hope he brings this same form against Djokovic. One can only hope..


sienna Says:

nice easy low profile under the radar win.
Not after epic schooling Murphy in Wimbly semi.
This keeps the hunger and state of mind like hunter not to confident. Just the right mindset to give the finger one more time.


Tennisfan Says:

So glad that Fed redeemed himself from last year and made the semis!


jatin Says:

Skeezer, I have. He is returning much more efficiently. Even using slice backhands more often these days.
Today, he played some amazing tennis against a power hitter like berdych. Loved the match.
Who cares whether he win or lose now. He defeated all these new generation guys with some authority and now he defeated a player who used to give him a lot of trouble in their previous GS encounters.
I hope he plays his best against most probably Novak and I am sure he will. Its not GS finals anymore.
To take some more positives, he peaked in his semi finals match in the last 2 GS against Murray and Stan.


Sarah Says:

Oh, you Bird.hit, how you choked…you could have than much more…bloody Kyrgios would have than more than you today!!!


Sarah Says:

edit: would have done more..


Pauly Says:

Sharapova played good first set got unlucky net cord … Unlucky but her serve let her down bigtime
Pity coz she played well in moments
Sharapova has never been the same since her shoulder rotar cuff surgery … Can’t serve as well as before & that’s one big reason serena is winning 18 matches in a row !
Still Maria is a champion but Serena’s serve is just too strong … She out powers Nadal in serving !

Roger great play today but when Djokovic comes around it’s different … Federer must be ultra aggressive or fave another loss . Nishikori no chance tonight … 3-0 sets easy
Nishikori hasn’t got the game to worry Djokovic

As I said Federer vs Djokovic
Murray vs Raonic semis


Sarah Says:

Now I can only hope, Nole will not play like he did on Sunday


Pauly Says:

Sarah

Nole must get past Federer first
Don’t be worried about nishikori he’s just a puppet
Sunday Nole might not be playing if Federer can serve well


Sarah Says:

Pauly, Somehow I am more afraid of Nishi at the moment…I do not have the semis in mind yet


nits Says:

NIshikori is no puppet although sometimes he looks like a puppet LOL


Pauly Says:

Sarah

Nishikori could never beat Nadal in the past I recall so he waited for Nadal’s level to drop plus his leg speed to slow before he had any chance … Djokovic won’t lose to Nishikori
Look at the US open
He lost to Nishikori there only to let cilic win his first grand slam it was a gift to cilic … Nishikori is not grand slam winner !

Nole in 3 sets Federer is danger man


danica Says:

Pauly,
I think Sarah was referencing the bad match Nole played last Sunday, not saying she hoped he would not play bad next Sunday.

My thinking is like Sarah – don’t count chickens… Thus, let’s see if Nole can overcome Nishi. Even though Nole is Nole, I am never at ease when he plays any of the top guys. So, Nishi will be a big challenge and obstacle. If he wins that, chances against Roger are 50:50. Roger plays great and this showing today was amazing. Such speed. Such court coverage. He flies over the court. He is everywhere at the same moment. Alors, Novak needs to be at his best to win semis. I will not be in the least surprised if he loses. But, let’s see how he plays today first.


Sarah Says:

Hi Danica,

Thank you :) I think exactly like you.
Nole idemo!


danica Says:

Idemo! Hell yeah! :)
Thanks Sarah ;)


Dave Says:

I watched the first Set, and turned it off after Berdych choked. He let Federer off the hook in the first set. Federer’s backhand is still not in form and hasn’t been in form all tournament. Dimitrov didn’t make Federer pay for the backhand being off, and Berdych didn’t either. Federer played better after the first set, but was relaxed by then after Berdych continued to choke worse and worse. Not taking anything away from Federer, he grinded it out, but this was no where near Federer’s best.


Dave Says:

I’m glad Nole switched shoes for this match. Back to the dark shoes.


Pauly Says:

Nishikori won’t do nothing
It’s Federer that can win his 18th slam at 34 it would be great & well deserved also


Dave Says:

Not with the backhand being off, Nole wouldn’t have let him get away with it being that off in any match. Federer has to straighten it out to have a chance. Nole will pick on it and break it down more than ever during rallies. I still don’t think this match against Nishikori is guaranteed. Anything can happen. Nole will need to improve from his last match. See what happens.


Gypsy Gal Says:

My god does Mats Wilander Never STFU?….


Giles Says:

Alison. Lol. Mats reminds me of you.


Dave Says:

6 to 3 Nole first set. Still not impressed with Nole yet. Nishikori gifted Nole the break. Up 40 to love and loses 5 points in a row. Double faulted badly on break point. Nole needs to return better. Serving still looks good for Nole. Groundstrokes look somewhat better. Still want to see more though.


Pauly Says:

The puppet is getting thrashed
Boring match


Pauly Says:

How the hell did this idiot make the quarter finals


van orten Says:

Come on nole showwww no mercy!!! But first pretend playing badly..headschaking and talking to the sky inclusively..


FedExpress Says:

nishi useless as it gets. broken from 40-0 up in last set. now broken again and cant break back so save his life.mug


Dave Says:

again, Nishikori lets Nole off of the hook. Nole is better than last match, still not up to par though.


van orten Says:

He has almost got broken..suicide alarm for me..he is invincible..he should win every match 6:0 6:0 6:0 . I am sooo dissapointed…is nole in crisis ? Is the whole world against him after all ?..how can he play like that…???


Sarah Says:

Dave, many thanks that U keep us informed, about his play. I am at work and cannot watch it:(
Could not take the day off..


Sarah Says:

And van orten, many thanks to you also :)…I can watch the match also through Fed fans eyes :)


danica Says:

Nole’s body language sucks.


Dave Says:

Your welcome Sarah. Nole had triple break point to go up a double break and Nishikori took his game up a notch and saved all 3. 2 to 1 Nole, Nole to serve.


Sarah Says:

Dave, Danica, I can watch the scores once in a while, but I am not allowed to watch the match…I would be fired :)))))
I am more interrested in knowing, how he plays.


Dave Says:

3 to 1 Nole. Nishikori gifted him that game. No great winners by Nole. Still waiting for him to kick it up a gear. Doesn’t need to with all of the Nishikori unforced errors.


Dave Says:

What a point by nole. Great speed. Double break chance for Nole.


Sarah Says:

Dave, hopefully he wants to save the best for Thursday :)


Dave Says:

4 to 1 Nole. Double break up in the second set.


Pauly Says:

Worst match all Australian open
Whoever predicted the puppet would win is living in fantasy island


Pauly Says:

Danica

I told you only Federer stands between Nole & number 11


Gypsy Gal Says:

I had high hopes of this been such an exciting match,but its a bit boring,waiting in vain for Nishi to make it a contest….


Dave Says:

Nole holds serve in about 1 minute. 5 to 1 Nole second set.


Dave Says:

Better game from Nishikori. 5 to 2 Nole. Serving for the second set.


Sarah Says:

Van orten, my love, where are U?


Gypsy Gal Says:

I Didnt think Kie would beat Novak,but i just thought it wouldve been more of a contest TBH,even the crowd have gone very quiet now….


Gypsy Gal Says:

I must admit Van Ortons post at 4.18am has made my morning,so funny….


Sarah Says:

Was funny indeed, I like that guy/girl :)


Giles Says:

Lol. Just feast your eyes on his eyes – satan’s eyes.


Dave Says:

What a shot by Nole. Full stretch backhand down the line. Wow.


van orten Says:

Well I am awake now. So my mourning sarcasm that blurred the reality is fading away slowly now.
And the reality is …the same procedure as every year every match every set ;)


Dave Says:

6 to 2 Nole. 2 sets to love. Saves lots of break points to get out of that game. Nishikori is playing better. His returns were very good the last game. Medical time out Nishikori. Groin injury they are saying. He is going off court for treatment.


Pauly Says:

Nishikori the puppet is injured
Great hopefully this match will end soon
What a joke


blah Says:

what is wrong with djoker’s serve? im following along on the website and his 1st serve % is at 50, some 1sts are below 110 mph in speed and some 2nds are 78 mph?


Margot Says:

Nole in ruthless efficient form, Kei injured, yet again. Haven’t I read those headlines before somewhere? ;)
Thought it might be more competitive TBH :(


danica Says:

Sarah,
Not a very exciting match to be honest. Nole is a tad bit better than in his previous match, he makes less errors, but also very few amazing points. There are some nice backhand diagonals on both sides but again, nothing to lose sleep over (hint to me: maybe I should go get some sleep before I get fired tomorrow at work when nothing gets done :) ). They are both sub par, Nishi specially.

To summarize: Nole not playing good, just so so.
Nishi too bad.
Match overall – kind of uninteresting.


danica Says:

Pauly,

Roger surely has a chance. Big chance. This Nole is beatable. If Nole plays the finals, do you not think Andy has a chance? Maybe even Milos?


danica Says:

PS:
Novak can’t hit the first serve. More often than not, they end up caught in net.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Danica your ever the voice of reason….


Giles Says:

Come on Kei, beat the Serb.


Sarah Says:

Danica, Thank you for this information…I hope Nole has no injury issue…


Dave Says:

Nishikori upping his level. I hope he forces the best out of Nole. I’m not impressed with Nole’s level so far. Playing not to lose.


Dave Says:

Break point Nishikori.


Sarah Says:

@ Van Orten, glad you are with us. So, it seems that we will meet on Thursday, as predicted by you last week ;)


Dave Says:

Break Nishikori. He won’t go away yet. Nole doesn’t deserve to win it in straight sets. 2 to 0 Nishikori. He better up his level and get back in this set.


danica Says:

GG, haha, thank you ;)


Dave Says:

double break chance. Nole actually swinging freely for the firs time in the match.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Seriously i like Kie,but this is absolutely pathetic….


Dave Says:

Break back Nole. On serve. 2 to 1 Nishikori.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Break back pftt….


danica Says:

Break back.


blah Says:

Kei aiming for the 100 UE stat


Sarah Says:

according to your comments, it looks like 2 lame persons are playing on Rod Laver, come on, Nole!


van orten Says:

Even if it is clearly an easier path for fed ..but who on earth wants nishikori to win except for the Japanese fans …he is horrible and completely overrated..ajde nole hahaha


Dave Says:

triple break point Nishikori. Nole playing not to lose again. Terrible play and great play by kei.


danica Says:

Just watch, there will be another break back. For Nishi.


danica Says:

There we go.


Dave Says:

Nishikori breaks to love. Nole was WAY to passive in that game and Nishikori jumped all over him.


van orten Says:

Thursday mourning Sarah!!!..I took a vacation this week ..and blood pressure drugs and a bottle of finest scotch


Dave Says:

triple break point for Nole now.


danica Says:

Aaaaand, another rebreak coming :)


madmax Says:

Strange though it seems, I have always pegged Novak as my no. 2 player in terms of likability. He is such a nice guy, humble, good looking, talented, patriotric, kind – at least that is the way that he is portrayed and I have no reason to believe otherwise.

Which is why it never ceases to amaze me when comments from Wogboy and Calmdownplease just don’t get the fact that you can like other players for all their imperfections.

You are a hater here Wogoby and a bully. You bully people when they disagree with you, and you call others haters when they share an opinion, dare to enter into any form of discussion.

The amount of haters (novak fans . of which I am one, but NOT a hater of him), here always slating Roger, it is you who is the worst.

Not only that, you then represent yourself as a marriage counsellor, the be all and know all of all marriages?

Get a life Wogboy. Get a life.


FedExpress Says:

wtf is kei trying to achieve. cant hold. shake hands and go home u pathetic loser. break back again


Dave Says:

Nole returns to the favor and breaks to love


danica Says:

There we go again! :))


Gypsy Gal Says:

Danica im not not one of those people thats anyone but Novak i think hes an amazing player,i was just hoping for more of a contest,Kie breaks and then cant hold serve dissapionting when you want to see a contest….


Sarah Says:

break-rebreak??? is this a girls match???


blah Says:

this is turning into the wta


madmax Says:

Gypsy, I pegged Roger in 3 to beat Berdych in straights.

Got it right!

So I guess the semi final will be Novak and Federer (could have been the final). It will be exciting, but this is where I think that Fed will lose to Novak who is just too good right now.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Van Orton lol,but i presume when you say drugs you actually mean prescription drugs?….


FedExpress Says:

i think playing nole not in the final and knowing that he can beatand push him unlike others gives fed a great chance

nole is fav tbf but not alwqys the favourites win


Sarah Says:

@ Wow Van Orten, sound good :) HAve you invited also Mary JAne?


Pauly Says:

Terrible match
Puppet go home
You’ll never win grand slam


danica Says:

GG, I know you are not “anyone but..”. Neither am I. Whoever wins, deserves. Also, whoever wins this (Novak most likely) – good luck against Roger.


Dave Says:

Nole holds serve. 3 games to 3. Third set


FedExpress Says:

even berych played better


Dave Says:

Best rally of the match. Nole wins it. 40 all.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Madmax it was the middle of the night where i am im afraid,Fed was actually my favorite till Nadal came along,Novaks a nice guy and i appeciate his achievements,but was never a player that i ever rooted for or against and didnt grab my attention one way or the other TBH….


Dave Says:

Best game of the match for Nole. He really looked focused. Break Nole. Serving, up 4 games to 3.


Pauly Says:

Danica

Why were you so concerned ?
I told you the puppet would lose 3-0 sets
He’s not grand slam worthy


Gypsy Gal Says:

Although Mat4 says he wishes i was a Novak fan….


van orten Says:

Game set and match nole..for gods sake this fucking *ap is a tennis disgrace..always faking injuries . And playing like Shit..

I work in a hospital ..so of course prescription drugs hahaha…but Sarah , mj is a good friend of mine too..haven’t seen her for a while maybe on Thursday she ll come by


Gypsy Gal Says:

Yeah i do love Kei,but i dont think hes GS winning meterial anymore to be perfectly honest….


van orten Says:

Game set and match nole..for gods sake this lovely *ap is a tennis disgrace..always faking injuries . And playing like Shit..

I work in a hospital ..so of course prescription drugs hahaha…but Sarah , mj is a good friend of mine too..haven’t seen her for a while maybe on Thursday she ll come by


danica Says:

Pauly,

because I don’t underestimate any player. I know that Nishi is fierce and fast and has great ground strokes. He moves well. He is a Nole version. And he already beat him at GS. So, you never know.


Dave Says:

Nole is upping his level. Playing more aggressive and solid. 5 to 3 Nole. 1 game away.


El_matador Says:

Nishikori is making UE for fun..really lovely ‘match’ to watch..


calmdownplease Says:

‘Wogboy and Calmdownplease just don’t get the fact that you can like other players for all their imperfections…’

Unlike Perfect Roger?
hehe
No MM dear, I draw a line betwixt Fed Fans that have Novak as second fav and ‘Fedovic’s’ on the prowl for their next high.
You are clearly the former if Novak is your second fav.


Pauly Says:

Danica

Only Federer can challenge Nole


Gypsy Gal Says:

Van Orton lol,i was just messing,of course i knew what you meant,i work in a care home so when they say drugs it makes me laugh as i know they actualty mean medication ;))….


Sarah Says:

well van orten, I will try to have the day off on Thursday, otherwise I will have to stay to my coffee and cigarrettes…How I envie you…


Dave Says:

Solid hold by Kei. Nole to serve for the match at 5-4


blah Says:

he was injured right? he almost got broken more than he held


Sarah Says:

Well done Nole :)

Wish you all a lovely day or evening :)

Danica, Good night! :) You cann sleep good now ;)


Dave Says:

What a winner to end the match. He played his best in the 3rd set.


Sarah Says:

@Van Orten: Thursday: Same time and same place? :)


calmdownplease Says:

‘Only Federer can challenge Nole’

In a GS there is scant evidence of that!


Wog Boy Says:

This was hard to watch, Nole is completely off, he was there for taking, he is mentally flat and drained.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,

Third set is the only set worth mentioning, you are right.


calmdownplease Says:

Obviously, most of the top players over the training block period have had special meetings about the coming year. Kind of like Churchill in his war bunker, with the theme of ‘What can we possibly do to stop Novak?’
Simon was the first to be able to lay down his cards, and with some success. I wonder who else has a solution to this vexing issue?


van orten Says:

It’s 80:20 on Thursday …but one I know for sure …fed will bring it to nole ..and if it is not enough there is nothing else to do than clapp your hands ..and accept defeat.


Wog Boy Says:

Nishikori wasn’t injured, that’s Chang’s school, he just wanted to disrupt Nole’s rythm and he managed, but couldn’t convert the brakes. He was running like a rabbit when needed.


Dave Says:

Nole was very solid in the 3rd set Wog Boy. Nishikori upped his level and Nole countered and upped his level higher. His forehand looked solid tonight. His serving has been consistent. Hit return game was back to peak mode in the 3rd set. He was solid when he needed to be tonight. I am glad he didn’t practice at all on his day off. He is fresh now after a match of barely over 2 hours. I know I sound like a broken record, but the Federer backhand has not been in form all tournament. Federer was in much better form going into the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals last year, from a backhand standpoint. Plus Nole has been in Feds head in the best of 5 matches and in World Tour Finals. Fed will need to overcome this mental block to have any chance, and somehow hit his backhand better than ever before. Will be a tough ask over 5 sets. Nole has to go in the favorite at this point.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “breaks”


calmdownplease Says:

Yes if one plays Novak on the baseline…
What’s the point? you aren’t going to win anyway.
It’s best to try other things but if your skills aren’t up to the execution, then it’s
BYE BYE!


Margot Says:

van orten, you are rockin’ “rocket man!” self medication obviously suits….;)
Disappointing matches, Nole and Fed so far above their opponents.


calmdownplease Says:

`Fed will need to overcome this mental block’

At this stage It’s worse than even the Nadal block, I think.
Or close.
Time and time again last year the whole thing looked pointless
Fed has had a good tournament however, nothing breathtaking so i think he can make a real go of it, before he loses.


madmax Says:

calmdownplease Says:
‘Wogboy and Calmdownplease just don’t get the fact that you can like other players for all their imperfections…’

Unlike Perfect Roger?
hehe
No MM dear, I draw a line betwixt Fed Fans that have Novak as second fav and ‘Fedovic’s’ on the prowl for their next high.
You are clearly the former if Novak is your second fav.

January 26th, 2016 at 5:29 am

You have become very boring CDP. It’s fun though to you listen to the non-important drivel you do so well.


blah Says:

with fed and nadal in the past, and recently as stan has shown against djoker, when all else fails,one just has to try to hit them off the court and hope the shots are landing in that day


calmdownplease Says:

‘self medication obviously suits’

Well, I have always been a fan of this kind of approach ;0)


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,

Nole is too tense, just listen and look at his every on court interview), he doesn’t hit freely, he is late to position his body properly for the shots therefore doesn’t have a confidence to go for his usual shots, and it is in the head and body for whatever reason. When he was moving his way in the third set he was hitting his good shots. Let’s hope that he can up his game for Thursday, with this level Roger is going to eat him alive.
To be honest, I am happy he made another GS SF, but as I said during Simon match I don’t hold high hopes for this AO, and it is not I don’t trust Nole, I just don’t want to elaborate something that is out of Nole’s hands and control.


jane Says:

yes, novak!! cute interview, “let’s go mama!” :)
fed vs nole #45 to follow …


calmdownplease Says:

@madmax

Whats your problem you obnoxious dullard?
You mischaracterized me and although I normally scroll past your asinine warblings, I though I should correct you in this instance, somewhat in your favour, I may add.
Tsk, nothing will make you happy will it?


Margot Says:

@CDP
Really?
Surely not…..;)


calmdownplease Says:

‘Nole is too tense, just listen and look at his every on court interview), he doesn’t hit freely’

Er he has a hard core habit of now stepping up when it matters, big time.
If anyone is to beat him here, they will have to do something very special regardless of how he looks right now.
But he has been in unbeatable mose for a long time now, it has to be said.


calmdownplease Says:

*mode


Gbati Says:

As expected Djokovic puts behind his horrid performance against Giles and dispatches Nishikori(in an improved performance, which was nice to see)… Looking forward to his semi-final clash against Roger. I predict a Novak win 3 sets to 1.


Dave Says:

Wog Boy. Nole is so comfortable playing Federer in big matches and plays much less tense than Federer does. Nole was still very solid today Wog Boy. I think you are feeling like I was after the Simon match. That took a lot out of me as well. If you re-watch the 3rd set, Kei was playing very good tennis and Nole was playing better and at a high level. Nole is ready. I have no doubts at this point. I still take nothing for granted and nothing is a guarantee, but Nole played smart today and kind of pulled a Simon on Kei today. He let Kei force the issue and make the mistakes this time.


Gbati Says:

Lol… ”Mama” to win the Australian Open


van orten Says:

Sarah and all the others from today ..till Thursday


Dave Says:

All the pressure is on Federer. The fans are crazy for him all over the world, including Australia. He knows with every loss against Nole at a major head to head, it hurts more and more and only gives Nole more confidence in their big matches head to head. Just look at the first set against Berdych today. Did you see how many backhands Federer hit into the net? Nole does what Nadal has done for years, just punishing the ball deep and hard into the backhand corner of federer, pinning him there until he makes an error. When he needs a big point, that’s what he knows he can do. Federer doesn’t hit the one handed backhand down the line to counter it even close to as good as Wawrinka. That’s why Stan gives Nole trouble.


Wog Boy Says:

Was that fedfanatic with initials MM talking about me, I missed that one, if she was talking about me and I didn’t even mention her nor I do care about her miserable existence, can I ask her politely just to FO, somebody pass the message thanks, thanks.


Tom Says:

Wog boy- eat him alive in a best of 5??? Hahahaha!!!
Yeah, and the roof looks like it might be closed due to storms. It will be so enjoyable once No1e stomps Roger AGAIN in the final knowing that most of Roger’s fans might become more unhinged like the Rafanatics are right now. Maybe the crowd will boo him like the New York crowd did. We saw how that worked out- “This is Sparta!!!” LOL…


calmdownplease Says:

FO?!?

Do you mean that she should ‘French Open’?
In this tennis themed site, that is surely what you meant.
Right WB?
;0)


Dave Says:

Tom, who do you feel plays better with the roof closed on Rod Laver? Federer or Nole? Who likes those conditions more? does it speed the court up? or slow it down? To me the court still seems slower here than at the U.S. Open. I don’t think they are the same speed as some suggest.


Tennisfan Says:

I know Fed isn’t going to beat Novak. His chances at another major are really low anyway. Many Fed fans just like seeing him go deep in slams and watching his matches. We’re not that withdrawn from reality to think he’s going to beat Nole at the latter’s best major.


Wog Boy Says:

@Dave @CDP,

I need you right now right here, your opinions are soooo calming, thanks:))


calmdownplease Says:

I’m not Tom but I think Novak.
The heat is and always has been more of a problem for Novak than the seemingly unsweatable one (although with age comes less durability).
AO is faster now than before but I can’t believe it’s the same speed as the USO.


Wog Boy Says:

CDP,

Yes, that’s what I meant;)


calmdownplease Says:

I’m here for you WB!
Until maybe the final, that is…
;)


Wog Boy Says:

Ok Tom,
I do get your point, thanks. I need to cheer up:)


Dave Says:

Wog Boy. My secret is this, Detach yourself from Nole and look at it from a completely objective perspective as if you don’t support any player. Look at all of the history, matchups, data, etc, etc from a completely objective standpoint. Even if Nole wasn’t my favorite player, I would feel exactly the same about the Federer match up. I only want to see things with players as they actually are and not from an unrealistic veiwpoint, that’s just false comfort and doesn’t work. Even if Nole is number 1, I won’t have my head in the clouds about how he is playing. I will be the first to admit when he is playing bad or not. How many times has Nole raised his game in the last year once he gets to Semi-Finals and Finals? It’s all about match ups as well Wogboy. If Federer played with no nerves, it would be a lot closer call. But looking at it from an objective perspective is that he always plays with extra nerves against Nole and therefore doesn’t play his best. Step back and look at it from a non supporter of any player and that is my secret of the day.


Wog Boy Says:

Tom,
Nole won’t have crowd with him against Roger, he knows that, but it will be nowhere near as bad as in NY.


Dave Says:

The only reason I was Kei, was because Nole played 4 hours and 32 minutes of physically and mentally(more than I have ever seen before) draining tennis. I really wasn’t sure how fresh he would be. Now that he wasn’t physically or mentally pushed in this match, only playing 2 hours and 7 minutes and barely getting upset the whole match, he will be totally 100% fresh and restored back to normal Nole again.


Dave Says:

The only reason I was worried about Kei


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,

That is much eaisier to say than to do, in my case, my genetic code is not letting me do that, I wish I could, it would save me lot of trouble in my entire life:)


Dave Says:

I agree that the heat has been a problem for Nole in the past, but the forecast isn’t even going to be that hot and the Semi-finals are night matches, so no direct sun hitting you whatsoever. That will be huge for Nole. The final is forecast to be a high of 23 degrees. So not hot at all.


Dave Says:

Wog Boy- It does take practice for sure. With practice, it does get better for sure. If you have time, watch the movie peaceful warrior. It’s based on true events and quite an amazing, inspiring movie. It really tells a person how to do what I am saying, in simple terms they can understand.


madmax Says:

calmdownplease Says:
`Fed will need to overcome this mental block’

At this stage It’s worse than even the Nadal block, I think.
Or close.
Time and time again last year the whole thing looked pointless
Fed has had a good tournament however, nothing breathtaking so i think he can make a real go of it, before he loses.

January 26th, 2016 at 5:49 am

Remember though CDP that Fed is the only man to beat Nole this year, and twice.

Who knows? This could happen again, but likely not.

Anyway, the best man will win on the day and I think it could go to fed if he plays solidly as he has, I don’t think SABR will work against Novak though.

Can’t wait.


madmax Says:

calmdownplease Says:
FO?!?

Do you mean that she should ‘French Open’?
In this tennis themed site, that is surely what you meant.
Right WB?
;0)

January 26th, 2016 at 6:07 am

What a comedy double act you are!

Pure pleasure to read.


Pauly Says:

Get past Federer

Nole will win 11 th slam most likely against his pidgeon Murray
Pity Wawrinka wasn’t playing great this year


Dave Says:

Federer is closing in on Murray for the Number 2 spot again. Murray has to make the final to retain it. If Fed wins on Thursday, he goes back to number 2, unless Murray wins the AO. Federer gains 630 points minimum after AO.


Daniel Says:

Djoko has a perfect record in AO semis, 5-0 so far and an even better record, 5-0 in finals. So, my money is on him.

Now ee the two matches that matter and most likely it will be Fed (assured) and Murray. Who are the two players together with Wawa who were able to beat him last year in important matches. He sure will want to continue his dominance over them and I expect him to find another gear.

Of course is not all innhis racquet but the others know that if they don’t play their A+ game no shot because even with Novak at B level last matches he is yet in another semis.

And his final streak is at 16 now, going for 17. Last time he had a big streak Fed break. But that was 5 years ago.

Hoping for another great match between the two!!


calmdownplease Says:

Don’t try and engage me in your correspondence ANY FURTHER here Fed Fan.
Fed, for the record, hasn’t beaten Novak in a slam for nearly 4 years and if he couldn’t do it back then, he sure isn’t doing now.
Anyway, I’ve no interest in doing anything other than making fun of you now.
So SHOO!

`The final is forecast to be a high of 23 degrees. So not hot at all..’

Ah okay.
Then is still favours Novak!
Djokovic played that 10hr thing with Nadal a while back when it rained and it was far from being a quick indoor surface (although the court is quicker now). I just don’t see it as a problem for Novak.
Bar the recent RR at the WTF (which was avenged quite swiftly & easily)Roger hasn’t beaten Novak indoors for over 5 years.
All conditions suit Novak here and as Number 1 he won’t let go without a fight to the death that even Nero would be impressed by.
fed fans and any other fan can only hope for a dip in form in order to pounce.


Wog Boy Says:

Daniel,

Roger broke Nole’s indoor streak in O2 just over month ago.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,
I have to find that movie and watch and see if I can practice that, thanks.


Dave Says:

I have been able to do it completely with other sports that I like. I am still working on it with Tennis though. It’s still a work in progress. It’s getting better than before though. I hope you enjoy the movie. I have seen it twice now. This is something that Nole definitely practices, judging from his comments, I can tell he knows so much about the subject, and lives this way much of the time.


calmdownplease Says:

For the record, I don’t think Novak is unbeatable here, and he certainly hasn’t looked it either.
I’m judging his chances on previous tournaments when he has looked quite cr*p for the most part, but then by the semis, BAM!
If he can’t quite replicate that again and is bored of winning all the time, like the proverbial serial killer wishing to finally get caught….
All bets are then off, I would say, both in the semis and or if that goes to 5…
Winning can have a funny effect on people sometimes, but he hasn’t shown too much signs of taking his eyes off the prize so far.
That’s for sure!


Michael Says:

Well, the good thing is that the Maestro is in another semi finals of the Australian Open while the bad thing is that he is meeting Novak there.

Now coming to Roger’s performance, it was just an impressive exhibition of sleek Tennis at its best in grandeur and excellence. If at this age, he is able to dispatch a greatly talented player like Berdych, then we have to give full marks to Roger for defying the limitations of Natural laws and automatically becomes a Tennis God.

Now he meets Novak who outclassed Nishikori in straight sets in a match that was not upto the expected standard with the later making too many Unforced errors and looked jaded shanking at will.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Michael i enjoy your posts,its just the over used cliches that im not so keen on….


Dave Says:

I feel the same as you cdp. Anything can happen on any given day. Nole seems to get really focused and amped up for big matches and really goes for it. He will fight until the last point, that is one thing we can be sure of. Maybe Federer has a new game plan that he has never tried against Nole. If Federer does something new, it could throw off Nole a bit. Maybe he will do what Raonic is doing and rush the net more than in any other match previous. You gotta think Federer will try something new at this point. Especially in a best of 5 set match. Nothing is certain yet.


Michael Says:

Now coming to the chances of Roger beating Novak, well I believe he can do it considering how well he is playing so far in the tournament with sheer master class. At the other end, you have Novak, who is not looking that sharp and looking highly vulnerable and it just looks like he has lost his rhythm a little. But he is a man who is know for reserving his best in the later stages of the tournament and it is where Roger has to feel a little circumspect about his prospects.

Nevertheless, if Roger is able to execute his master class performance, he might be able to stage an upset. But the question is will Novak allow him to play his game and dominate in the court ? Many times in the past we have seen Roger performing impressively in the early rounds of the tournament only to wilt where it matters and one hopes that may not be the case this time and we have a very competitive match.


calmdownplease Says:

@dave

Well that’s what little ‘Simon’ did after all.
I DO like Novak, but i am bored of his dominance now
Time for a SHAKE UP!


Michael Says:

Alison @ 7.36 am,

So, you mean to say that I am grinding the same flour. Well, you are right. I have to try something really better. The problem is that most of the phrases have been flagrantly used and there automatically arises some drought of thought process !!


Jeez Says:

Excerpts from the Interview 2nd about Tomic’s comment & last 2 about Kyrgios
Q. What would it mean to you to win one more major or maybe more, but in this era of Novak, if you were to get over the line one more time?
ROGER FEDERER:
I mean, a lot, yeah. It’s part of the reason why I guess I’m still playing. I feel like I’m competitive at the top. I can beat all the guys on tour. It’s nice now that in the last three slams that I’ve been as consistent as I have been.

I’m playing good tennis, fun tennis for me anyway. I really enjoy being able to come to the net more like back in the day. So I’m very pleased.

It would mean a lot to me, no doubt about it.

Q. I’m not sure if you heard Bernard Tomic’s response to some of your comments. Colloquially to a lot of people it feels like a kid having a go at a great. Maybe not having a go, but being disrespectful. Do you feel disrespected?
ROGER FEDERER:
I said a lot of things in Brisbane, you know. I guess only a small part got taken out of it. It’s a bit out of context, in my opinion. Then you feed it to a player, he reacts, might be frustrated, and then he goes even further.

You know, I’d like to see anybody succeed, you know, and anybody make their move. Especially to top 100 first, top 10, World No. 1. If everybody could be that, I wish that for everyone.

To be quite honest, when I walked out of the press room I thought I was somewhat tough, but at the same time I was fair because I said nice things about him. But then I checked his ranking. I didn’t know his ranking was as high as it was, to be quite honest.

I thought he was like 50 or 60 and he was top 20. That was my bad, to be honest. But I don’t check the rankings every day. I came from the off-season. I had no clue what was going on anymore. That was my bad.

But I still believe it’s a big difference top 10 for a week or for a year or for multiple years, and getting there is not easy. It’s a lot of dedication, a lot of hard work. There’s a lot of guys who have the potential right now, not just him. That’s why I think it got brought up in many ways.

It was, I thought, quite funny, because I knew what I said and I knew what I didn’t know then when I said it. It was kind of funny, I thought.

Q. There’s been a lot of talk about Nick Kyrgios. What are your thoughts about him?
ROGER FEDERER:
Nick, I know him a little bit more than Bernie. I wonder if I’ve ever practiced with him. Of course I’ve played him a few times now.

Nick came to Switzerland that one time. We practiced before his big run at Wimbledon maybe. I was already unbelievably impressed at his sheer power, his talent, his potential, all that. It goes way back.

I think he’s a great player. I think he’s enjoyable to watch. I know some people might not like it. I like it. He’s got a lot of personality. Might take it far to some extent, but I think he’s a great player. He’s got sick power, and it’s going to take him a long way.

I just think the next couple years are going to be so crucial for him, and I just hope he’s aware of that fact.

Q. What advice would you give him if you had the chance to sit down one-on-one? Right now he’s trying to win over the Australian public, but he’s yet to do that.
ROGER FEDERER:
Yeah, look, I don’t know. It’s going to be a process, you know. It just takes time for people to get to know you. I had the same thing. I felt very misunderstood many times when I was younger. I felt like I had to put in a lot of work with the press so they first knew who I was so they could relay the messages to the public, the broader public, the right way.

So in a way I always feel like it’s really interesting and nice to see a youngster grow up in the public eye. But then at the same time, you also have the negatives, you know.

Of course, he’s fighting that a little bit. But I think he’s doing okay now, better now. He needs to, obviously, for what happened last year. The advice I would give him, just that he’s aware of the fact how important the next couple of years are. Otherwise the train leaves the station and you’re maybe not on it.

It would be a pity to waste talent and all that even more so in this day and age because I feel talent brought you further back in the day. Just talking about a guy who has talent and potential, I can’t hear it anymore. Too many guys have talent. Too many guys are working hard. I don’t believe in that very much anymore.


Gypsy Gal Says:

CDP Im with you on this one,i have nothing against Novak,but i feel its time we had someone else winning something now….


calmdownplease Says:

Yup GG
Here’s hoping that a ‘saviour’ is around the corner,
Ahem


Chrisford1 Says:

What I will miss unless there is a comeback is the gladiator fests between Novak and Rafa. The Delpo ones. My favorite type of tennis.
With Rafa, Madrid 2009 to French Open 2014m it was 2 world class athletes without a gram of quit going at it hammer and tongs. And the del Potro and Stan matches along those same lines against Novak.
Fed comes close to that except when he plays Rafa and wilts and quits. But yes, the 2014 Wimbledon between Nole and Fed was a high level fight to the bitter end. Best match of 2014. Of course I don’t want such a 5 set gladiator duel in the semis – to see Djokovic drained before the Final. Rather he gets the Slam win to set up the drama for the French Open to an even higher level.


Daniel Says:

Yeah Wog Boy, forgot about that.

Even so, noght match still think Djoko will come through and win the whole thing. Like I said of he wins next 2 matches in straight wouldn’t surprise me at all.

Fed to have any chance needs the first set.

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