Good Draw For Nadal At Australian Open; Federer In Djokovic, Del Potro, Zverev, Wawrinka Half
by Staff | January 11th, 2018, 6:51 am
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The Australian Open men’s draw really is a tale of two halves. On the top of the draw, sits Rafael Nadal in the customary No. 1 slot, but few foes loom on that page.

In fact, in the entire top half, besides Nadal, Marin Cilic is the only other Grand Slam champion. And he got some great projected seeds in a third round clash with Damir Dzumhur, 16 John Isner in the fourth before the Croation Cilic, who also has a very agreeable draw. Nadal will open against Victor Estrella Borgos followed by the Mayer-Jarry winner.

In the second quarter, we find former Grand Slam finalists Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Kevin Anderson. But the young guns are everywhere with Andrey Rublev, Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock, Lucas Pouille, Kyle Edmund and Yoshihito Nishioka. And let’s not forget about one of the best first round matches between Denis Shapolvalov meeting Stefanos Tsitsipas. So the player that does come through will all but likely have to face one of these NextGen guys.

Moving to the third quarter, that is where we find the 14th-seeded Novak Djokovic along with fellow former champ Stan Wawrinka. Dominic Thiem, Alexader Zverev, Gael Monfils and Fernando Verdasco (who plays Roberto Bautista Agut) are also in there. The question is, how fit and healthy is Djokovic? The Serb opens against Donald Young but then could meet Gael Monfils in the second then Zverev in the fourth following by a Wawrinka in quarters. Yikes!

Federer once again anchors the last quarter. It’s not horrible but not easy either. He opens against Slovenian-Brit Aljaz Bedene, then the lanky German Jan-Lennard Struff before running into Richard Gasquet in the third round, and then Sam Querrey or Mikos Raonic in the quarters. Thomas Berdych, who meets Aussie teen sensation Alex De Minaur, is also in the mix.

Overall, the bottom half – with Federer, Djokovic, Wawrinka, Delpo and Zverev – is much stronger than the top. And of course there are all the health concerns, like with Nadal’s knees and Djokovic’s elbow.

Seeded Quarterfinals
Nadal v Cilic
Dimitrov v Sock

Thiem v Zverev
Goffin v Federer


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127 Comments for Good Draw For Nadal At Australian Open; Federer In Djokovic, Del Potro, Zverev, Wawrinka Half

Mridul Says:

Novak’s quarter is the toughest and Nadal’s is the easiest, no question about that.


Willow Says:

Anything can happen, i dont think many expected Novak to lose to Dennis Istomin last year but he did ….


Naderer Says:

Watch out for Nick Kyrgios


the_mind_reels Says:

You never know which Monfils will show up to a tournament, but if his recent success in Doha is any indication of his mental state, he may pose a very stern test for Djokovic in R2 assuming they both get there. Monfils’ court coverage against Rublev in the finals was insane!


Jaq Shivam Says:

Many times No 1 Sheeds find easy draw


Tennis Stud Says:

If Federer is the favorite to win this, he has his work cut out for him.


lylenubbins Says:

Lots of guys in Rafa’s half could take him out.


Truthsquad Says:

I have a strong feeling that Dimitrov is ready to claim this title.


gonzalowski Says:

Rafa – Dimi, possible SF.
two times I recall, Nadal exhausted after SF against him.


Willow Says:

For Rafa fans https://youtu.be/a82c71F5jG8 enjoy ….


SG1 Says:

I expect a solid tournament from Novak. Novak loves tennis and he’s got some grand slam ground to make up because of injury. Wouldn’t surprise me if he beat Federer and won the whole darn thing!


SG1 Says:

And it’s his best surface.


Willow Says:

If Novak doesnt win this AO , he will go to RG slamless for two years, Rafa bounced back and won on his best surface after two years without a GS, it would be interesting to see if the same happens with Novak ….


rognadfan Says:

‘This draw is so rigged to favor Roger!!’


skeezer Says:

^ LOL


Pamela Says:

rognadfan – why do you think the draw is so rigged to favor Roger? First of all RIGGED??? really? unless you’re being sarcastic, looks like Rafa has the best draw… Roger’s is filled with top players, many of which have won slams…

so, again, unless you are being funny… please explain.. I am not being snarky, just curious..


Willow Says:

Pamela i think Rogernad fan was being sarcastic, just getting in before certain quarters chime in with the whole rigged draw cliche ….


Daniel Says:

Willow,

Actually Nadal was in a spam of 11 Slams without a title, from RG 2014 to RG 2017, almost 3 years.

Novak’s last Slam was RG 2016, so applying the same standard he would have until RG 2019 to rpove himself;-) Any Slams sooner he would have fared better than Fedal after their long Sapm with no title. Fed was 17 Slam without a title.


Willow Says:

Daniel lol, i actually realize that now sorry ….


j-kath Says:

For me there are 3 top players: Rafa, Roger and Nole in this GS.
A few Good players – yes….but they’ll have to be on a roll to win the title.


Madmax Says:

Another cupcake draw for Rafa. Seriously. ANOTHER cupcake draw for Rafa. First the FO, and now the AO.


Willow Says:

When it comes to RG Rafa can beat almost anybody blind folded, when it comes to any other GS he can also beat anybody, but also lose to anybody, especially if he plays a big hitter, Isner always makes me nervous OK hes not the best mover but those booming serves are hard to break, and Dimi pushed Rafa to the absolute limit a year ago, and Cilic is dangerous against the top players ….


Willow Says:

J-Kath who are you pulling for ?


rognadfan Says:

Thanks Willow for clarifying what I thought was pretty obvious.
But I wouldn’t be surprised if these rigged draw drummers will still manage to beat that drum.


Willow Says:

These draws are made in front of profesional pannels, so i dont believe i rigged draws as it wouldnt say much for the integrity of the sport if they did it, for any one particular player, Rafa has quite a cushy draw which can happen to any player, but a “CUSHY” draw and a “RIGGED” draw are two completely different things, same as “SCHEDULING” just wanted to clarify this as sometimes my posts get misinterpreted ….


j-kath Says:

Willow: Also don’t believe in rigged draws but I do believe that Schedules are open to suspicion and response to requests by influential players via their spokesperson/coach/representive.

I’m going for Nadal…(a)I don’t think Nole will yet be back to top form..so just hope to see him do reasonably well. (b)The arrogance of some of Roger’s fans who act as if they are totally the reason for Roger’s success means I hardly ever bother to watch him because of the cloying OTP of some of his fans who in effect applaud themselves. So boring and predictable.


Willow Says:

Thanks J-Kath thats why i said they were all different things, i was accused of saying the draws were cushy for Federer at the USO, which i didnt say he had, when in actual fact the thing i was actually talking about was the scheduling, some players as i didnt believe it fair that some always get favorable slots is all, you got it girl two completely different things, two completely different things ….


Willow Says:

J-Kath what i get irritated with is people trying to put words to my mouth, its as if the want to make a quarrel out of anything you say sometimes, like Okie says making a federal case out of anything ….


Humble Rafa Says:

As long as the Kia Motors guys is speaking at the trophy presentation, nothing matters. Not the draw, not the winner. His English is what life is made of – full of puzzles.


Willow Says:

What ?


fred stone Says:

It speaks in code, a la Haiku Rafa.


Wog Boy Says:

You are confusing Japanese for Korean, don’t do that, they are not best of friends.


j-kath Says:

Humble Rafa: Someone has spiked your coffee….please call Uncle Toni immediately.


j-kath Says:

PS to Willow: Rafa knows how to handle the big servers….plus Isner is too happy right now – he got married recently.
Still dewy-eyed…..got happiness in his veins rather than the steely determination to beat a Top Player.


Okiegal Says:

@Willow….I still stand by the “making a federal case out of everything said” comment……..still going on……

@JK 4:26……Agree with EVERYTHING you said in this comment…….I hope you are finding a peace this month….I for one know how difficult that is to achieve….but I’m still a tough old bird from Oklahoma………wearing my flip flops all winter long is proof!! Lol

PS JK….tickled to have you on board with us Rafa fans! We welcome you!!

To all TXers: Enjoy watching your favorite in the Aussie Open…..I’m ready for whatever is gonna happen down under!🐊🐊🐊


RZ Says:

The Racquet Bracket has been set up! Link is https://www.tourneytopia.com/RacquetBracketAussieOpenATP/TennisXersAussieOpen2018. Entries must be made by Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 7pm Eastern Standard Time (I believe that is midnight in Greenwich Mean Time)


AndyMira Says:

@WB…R u going to watch De Minaur play today?And what do u think of how far he can go at AO considering he’s playing 2 semis B2B..i know he’s still young but playing 3 straight weeks and this time the Bo5?


AndyMira Says:

RZ!…Thanks for the link sis!


Daniel Says:

Picks submitted. DelPo will be back in top 10 on Monday. Hope he remains there after AO and go climbing to top 8.


fred stone Says:

RZ
When will qualifiers’ names be added for a name choice?


tempie Says:

Roger once again gets a cushy draw!. Novak, Wawa, Delpo are all returning from injuries. The ones in Rafa’s path are players currently in form.
Roger will get all the night slots too which is a huge advantage where daytime temperatures can kill.
Easy peasy for the darling.Number 20 on the way!


tempie Says:

Also Roger’s Quarter is a practically a walk over. No one there has ever been a threat for him.
In Rafa’s half we have young players in form.Yet some fans here say he has the cushy draw.Seriously?


Wog Boy Says:

AM,
Yes, I am going. Good question, one way it might be better for him to lose to have some rest, but then again, he can make big statment bu winning Sydney International and then jus play as good as he can AO without big expectations. With a game he is playing atm he can definitely win this tournament. He so light on his legs, lightening speed, and plays so effortlessly that I honestly think either way he will be ready to make some waves at AO, thoug he already made big waves, everybody is in disbelief of what they are seeing from this 18 years old, day in day out in the last two weeks.


AndyMira Says:

WB!….Oh my God!!..Alex is sooooooo AWESOME!!haha…I can’t believe what i saw from him so far!..His game is so matured!..He can play that good coz he’s so confident on court atm..seeing him play & made winner’s from everywhere while on the run reminds me of the established player’s especially the likes of Rafa,Nole,Andy,Fed..

U know WB,i picked him over Berdych in 1st Rd…and if he win,he’s going to meet again very possibly with Paire in 3rd…I really hope he can go far at AO …He’s definitely one of my fav now!…Thank u for your opinion WB..Hope u will enjoy watch him play today okay?


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks AM, I certainly will and you are right, even with great defense and retrieving quality he is making winners from all positions and doesn’t back off, by mid second set last night he had something like 25 winners and he is not serving aces, to short for that:) He desperately needs anothe 5cm, he is only 18, it might happen.


Wog Boy Says:

One more thing, he has a game to beat Berdych, he likes big hitters.


J.S. Says:

RZ
Are you doing a bracket for AO….It’s my fav and I want to win this one :) Maybe waiting for qualifiers to finish?
I will keep checking back, let me know!
TY


AndyMira Says:

Yeah WB!..he’s certainly got everything to beat Berdych today not only his game..He’s got a very high confidence by beating 5 Top player’s so far..he’s got enough match play compared to Berdych..he’s got momentum and most importantly IMO,his mental strength are much stronger than Berdych..not only that,Berdych even before his injury lay off already suffered a dip of form & always got bundled out in early rounds in tournaments..so,i’m not surprised if Berdych are going to be another victim of “The Demon”…Hey,u know his new nickname is The Demon WB?…Yeah!…his nickname totally suit him!Hehe…


AndyMira Says:

Sorry!..not TODAY but next week!..hehehe….too xcited!


AndyMira Says:

And yeah WB!…He don’t have a trouble at all with big hitter’s!….The averages of FLo serves is around 200kmh and Alex manage it like a champion!Hohoho!…he’s incredible for such a young lad!


Wog Boy Says:

He reminds me on my favorite French actor, Jean-Paul Belmondo, nothing perfect on their faces, actually everything is asymmetrical but yet very likable.


AndyMira Says:

Yeah WB!…Very likeable!


Michael Says:

By quirk of circumstances, the most brutal of draws can turn out to be the easiest by rapid elimination of heavy weights. So, one need not be despondent just by being delivered with one which might also turn lucky.

Of all, it is the draw of Djokovic which is the group of death and he indeed has to leave no stone unturned to survive.His task has become more arduous after his injury lay off and also the fact that he hasn’t fully recovered. Who knows, may be like Roger last year, he can produce a nasty surprise defying doomsday predictions by his critics. Federer on the other hand has a very tricky draw and as always he wouldn’t be bothered about who is standing against him in the net but only his own game, which if it gathers rhythm can produce masterclass shattering the hopes of every one of his opponents. Rafa has the easiest of draws and we can heavily fancy his chances getting to the late stages. It is the absence of Andy which would be heavily felt. Australian open is one of his favourite tournaments where he has reached five finals buy couldn’t convert one to a trophy accumulation.


Margot Says:

Thank you RZ.
Have a great time Wog Boy! AO on my bucket list.
Love De Minaur, “The Demon” too. Hope he can make some HUGE waves at the AO.
Ahem, ahem AM…I saw him first…;) Wog Boy and I had a conversation about him simply ages ago m’dear…more ;) Re Barty, didn’t she stop playing tennis for a while? V. promising junior I seem to remember.


AndyMira Says:

M!…Oh!U too??Oh no!!…U spot him first?When?I don’t remember u talking about him with WB here!..Hehe…just kidding M!…He’s amazing right?I’m speechless when i saw him play M!….

Oh btw…2,3 weeks ago,i already post a link here re.Ash M..i warned u to pay special attention to her this year when u make a pick..and hey!she made a final in Sydney M!..beating Daria Gavrilova in 3 sets a while ago…YAYY!!!…Oh!missed u in a Bracket u know…U missed 2 whole weeks Witch From Welsh!!


Wog Boy Says:

Margot, thanks, I’ll do my best to have good time, here (tonight) and in Melburne:)

Barty switched to cricket for year or two and last year decided to come back to tennis. It looks like playing cricket did well for her, tennis wise.


Margot Says:

AM: I forgot all about Jalep’s challenge :( But have been fighting off a horrible virus so my challenge picking brain would’ve been addled anyway :( . Is Jalep doing a WTA AO?
Lucky you Wog Boy! Fab-u-lous!


AndyMira Says:

Oh!Really M?R u okay now?Hope u r coz u’re the defending Champion M![woohoo!]..U needs your genius brain when u make a pick for Bracket M…

Bout jalep…i don’t know whether she’s going to do WTA Bracket M…i lost contact with her for a while now…let’s see in a couple of days okay?If not,then we have to contend with just TDC…

Oh!..Our Angie also looks really good atm M!…it looks like she’s back to her old form when she won slam 2 years ago..i certainly gonna pick her to go deep….Best of luck to u Champ!!


Margot Says:

Thank you darling AM. God luck to you too.


Willow Says:

RZ I filled out my picks, but i dont see my name on the list of pickers, took me so long so i really dont want to have to go back and fill it all out again, what is it ive done wrong ?


Willow Says:

Margot dear Jalep hasnt been on TG or FB for weeks now, dont know where she is, i really miss her :-(


AndyMira Says:

Willow…jalep has been AWOL for 2 1/2 months now..not just weeks..i’ve been crazy with missing her too…

M!…Thank u very much for your best wishes too!..


AndyMira Says:

WB…Is it possible that our Demon being feeling a little bit fatigue now?He’s making a lot of UE’s that he didn’t do yesterday…Hope he can recover in the 2nd sets…


Willow Says:

AndyMira heartbreaking isnt it, ive kept the e.mails she sent me so ill try to get in touch with her again, thats if she even has the same one now, hope shes OK as its just not like her :-(

On a happier note the AO starts im looking forward to it, just hope Rafas dialed in from the word go, also still having plenty of messages on FB from a certain person, christmas, new year, birthday etc, seem to have a bit of a connection lol ;-)


Willow Says:

AndiMira i love that youngsters all court game, hes an exciting up and coming talented player, definitely one to watch for the future ….


gonzalowski Says:

De Minaur on fire now, oh he’s soooo young!!!

I don’t like this man-bearded-hipster style like Paire’s, and less in an sportman!, so uneasy


AndyMira Says:

Yeah Willow…Heartbreaking…very!I felt very relief when she joined TDC last week..That means she’s okay..

About De Minaur…Welcome to the ‘Demon Bandwagon’ Willow!Hehe..Yeah!..He’s everything & more!Definitely!..


Wog Boy Says:

AM,
Most of those UE came with balls with no or little pace on them. Paire did his homework just can’t stay focused. De Minaur is yet to master playing against balls with little or no pace. He is safe now, double break.


Willow Says:

Gonzo agree on the BP facial hair, only one man i know can get away with that much, anyway i love this youngster, he seems to be relishing playing these big matches ….

AndiMira thats great so alls not lost, did she interact with you on there then ?


AndyMira Says:

WB….Oh!..understand!…It’s good to see him still standing so strong when he’s so tired mentally & physically right?And he won!!!!Wooohooo!!….I can see how hectic in the stadium now WB!!….YESSSS!!


Wog Boy Says:

Yes, nice atmosphere though unnecessary cheering BP double faults. When it comes to sport, Sydney is miles behind Melbourne.


AndyMira Says:

No Willow…We can’t interact with anyone on TDC..unlike on TourneyTopia..TDC is just a quiz where we can pick & see our daily progress on matches..that’s all..

I hope she will come to us soon willow…Life without her is no meaning…Dramatic!Dramatic!Hehehe…


AndyMira Says:

Yeah WB!….Some of spectator’s cheering makes paire a little bit rattled..U’re gonna watch tomorrow’s final WB?Hope u will give us a live analysis again…


Wog Boy Says:

No, I am leavin early for Melbourne, I’ll watch it in the Hotel wiyh bottle of chilled wine


gonzalowski Says:

So many good tenists and sportmen in general in Australia


Margot Says:

Thanks for the feedback Wilow and AM. Do hope jalep is OK. Perhaps she’s just extra busy?
Wow! Our little demon rocks!


AndyMira Says:

Oh!Okay WB!…Have a safe trip to Melbourne okay?And hope u will enjoy your time there…Good night WB!


AndyMira Says:

You’re welcome M!…About jalep..i think she just want to be alone for a while..she’ll come back when she’s ready…

Yeah!…Our little demon is AWESOME!…I can’t believe between both of them,he’s the one who’s still standing strong..that shows how mentally tough he is…It’s a shame tho..he’s bound to meet with JMDP in 3rd at AO M…Urgh!…That’s tough considering he maybe fatigue from B2B playing this 2 weeks[if he passed Berdych & paire's test in 1st & 2nd round tho]…Hope he will…


Wog Boy Says:

Gonza,
De Minaur is more Spaniard then Aussie. He was born here, but went back to Spain at the age of five and stil lives and practice there, Alicante, comes occasionally to Australia but still calls Australia home regardless. Thanks God for that, he avoided bad influence from Tomic or Kyrgios.


gonzalowski Says:

Anda! I heard something but didn’t know hehe bad influeneces…
I read he trains with Hewitt now


Daniel Says:

Micahel,

Fed´s draw is tricky, because he has potentially 3 players who beat him in Slmams beofre: Raonic R16, Berdych or Delpo QF and in semis Djoko (who beat him many times in finals). But apart from DelPo, all have some question marks. Raonic is not in his Wimby 2016 form, Djoko nursing an injury and many think he won’t reahc semis, the only in form is DelPo, who was the only one to beat Fed in a slam. But I think conditions in AO hurt DelPo, he prefer the night matches in NY.

It’s a trick draw bt may very well be an easy one if the “names” don’t perform. As its the case with most draws.

If Nadal wasn’t coming back form in jury he would be a lock for final with his draw, I mean, most of the players in his draw he never lost to, only Kyrgios beat him once in Wimbledon 2012 and he is not a sure thing to face him in semis. Dimi can play him tough but he will need to go a step further. On paper Nadal has a dream draw. He won’t lose first 3 rounds and unless Isner serves 40+aces won’t lose to him either.


Willow Says:

Picked Zverev to beat Novak , and to face Nadal in the final, and Federer to lose to Delpo, but who knows, its just a bit of fun anyway ?


Willow Says:

Just dont have much enthusiasm for another possible Nadal / Djokovic clash, the AO isnt exactly the happiest hunting ground, for either of my two favorites ….

Michael Andy Murray isnt playing the AO, so not really sure why you brought him into it ?


j-kath Says:

RZ: Just to advise you that I shan’t be doing a Bracket because as we all know I would Win easily – so I don’t want to upset my TX-friends (and future friends)….no need to thank me, I know everyone will be very grateful.

Hugs to Everyone.


Willow Says:

J-Kath lol no i will ;-)


j-kath Says:

Okiegal:

Despite a roof incident that damaged a tooth and today’s goodbye to it in the Dentist’s chair – I’m improving on the bigger issues. Thank you for your delicate, thoughtful enquiry.

Re. Rafa….I’ll get my crystals ready….however, given the 10 hour time difference between UK and Aussieland, I may be snoring at crucial moments….so you need to keep up the positivity.

Seems we can’t count on “Humble Rafa” on Tx at the moment – he’s on a different planet.


Margot Says:

Lol Wog Boy! Our wee demon must avoid bad influences from “Naughty Nick” and “Terrible Tomic” at all costs….
Daniel: Isn’t Berd a busted flush? And there must be ? over Raonic surely.
Kath: We are all humbly grateful…….*cough cough*
Willow: JMDP was playing surprisingly well last year, so I’m picking him to get to the 2nd week at least.


j-kath Says:

As a consequence of my sacrifice, you will win it, Willow dear and I shall applaud you selflessly.


j-kath Says:

Margot: Was hoping you had retired for a wee nap after your recent “unwellness”. Watch that cough, my dear, sounds quite nasty.


Daniel Says:

Yeah Margot,

To me the real danger is DelPo, specially as he is in the final in Aukland tonight. He is getting better each month. He beat Fed before and defintely can do it again. Fed agaisnt DelkPo usally is super sharp or tentative.

Djoko also huge question, he can very well lose to Monfils in R2 or can reach semis (beatig either Zverev or Thiem, both he can also lose) to face Fed/DelPo. And if there he must be feeling great and with his record in AO semis (6-0), than watch out.


RZ Says:

Willow – I didn’t see your name among the entries so far. Maybe you accidentally clicked the link to enter the main bracket (not our group’s) instead? Sorry that happened. It is a pain to fill these out sometimes!
J.S. – Looks like you found the link. Glad you didn’t miss the deadline this time. :-)
Fred Stone – Qualifying is finishing up today (weather permitting) so my guess is that the qualifiers names will be added tomorrow.
J-Kath – Thank you for giving the rest of us a chance to win! :-)


Madmax Says:

I do not think for one moment that Roger is the favourite. He has pushed his body as far as it can go, reading a lot about his training regime. How much longer. It’s phenomenal what he has achieved already, deservedly so.

The person who I think is finally peaking is Dimitrov. I think he has everything to prove this AO.

If Roger can win the AO, this time around, I would be shocked. I believe he can go deep, but there is something about having been there, done that. Not so sure he is so determined this time around, I really do hope so.

Good luck Roger.


Okiegal Says:

Wog Boy, you better go easy on the wine, it might make you do something wild and crazy…..🤪🤪🤪


SG1 Says:

Feel like Stan is a little due (though he did get to the FO final last year, I think). Won a major in each of the previous 3 seasons until the last one. It’s a surface (assuming it’s a little slower than last year) that plays into his strengths. I’m going to pick Stan the Man to get Slam #4. He’s not getting any younger. Time’s running out to get the slam count up.


Okiegal Says:

@JK…..Stay off the roof…..Santa Claus you ain’t!! Sorry about your tooth….be careful!!
Appreciate all the help you can give Rafa….the crystals sound like a great idea….he will need all of the help he can get…….not his best sur-frace you know. I really don’t expect him to go deep considering the recent knee injury. I think it will be an interesting slam this year, especially with the return of Novak. I just wish Andy was well too. Injuries suck!!
@Margot………..Will the Demon, Naughty Nick or the Wee one put you behind the sofa?? Lol I really have a tough time enjoying any tournament when my fave is missing. I believe you handle that better than most. Looking forward to his return!

@AM….I am so ready for our private chats during the Aussie Open……I will be home every night and day when it starts…..I will be glued to my big screen TV watching each drop of sweat hit the court! It’s summertime down under!!


AndyMira Says:

Miss Okie…I’ll always be here…U can find me anytime u want okay?At your service Boss!!hehe…


Margot Says:

Okgiel: I shall have a very pleasant AO sitting ON my faithful sofa, for a change. No stress for me, siree
AM: Do hope Angie has got some confidence from a terrific Hopman. Sascha too, he’s rather gone off the boil. Good to see him coming to the net during the doubles, even with a 50%, if that, success rate…ho hum….


Margot Says:

SG1: hope you’re not putting your house on that. Don’t forget Norman wont be there. Will be interested to see how Stan does without him.


j-kath Says:

Okie: I get my fireplace cleaned every year for Santa Claus…so don’t worri about him. Ladders and me are joined at the hip (until the wind blows and there’s no-one to put a steady hand on my big derriere).

Should have put this on the “Off-Tennis” strand – but what the heck us Andy fans want to solicit every ounce of sympathy we can get.

Allez Rafa.


AndyMira Says:

M!…Not only our Angie succeed at Hopman but..it really gives her back the confidence & self belief that was gone from her the last 2 years…also beating Venus a couple of days ago cemented her confidence so much more..u know she’s going to play Ash in Sydney final tomorrow right?So..Our Angie is back M!Woohooo!!..But,i also likes Ash very much…so..doesn’t matter who win…

Bout Sascha…he’s in off form atm M…he didn’t even play at Brisbane or this week’s tourney..so,i don’t know how far he can go without enough match play…i took him out in 2nd or 3rd..haha..but not definite yet…


Willow Says:

RZ im thelolre now thankfully Lalaland ;-)


Willow Says:

there now ….


RZ Says:

@Willow – great!
I need to remember to make my pics tomorrow.


JS. Says:

I know everyone is talking about the draw. BUT I had the
hardest time with top 1/2 of bracket.
I think I blew it with Berdych vs AU wonder…hmmm!

And, Rafa’s 1st match could cause him trouble
I hope not, But not underestimating him!
Peace!


J.S. Says:

I know everyone is talking about the draw. BUT I had the
hardest time with top 1/2 of bracket.
I think I blew it with Berdych vs AU wonder…hmmm!

And, Rafa’s 1st match could cause him trouble
I hope not, But not underestimating him!
Peace!


J.S. Says:

Also, . del Potro plays final tonight…..is he RF biggest threat, I think so!


AndyMira Says:

J.S…I have a serious question re.DelPo…U said he’s the biggest threat to Roger…but..can he do that when he played till final this week..and have to play Bo5 for 2 weeks..that means he have to play 3 straight weeks..he lost to Rafa in semis at USO last year due to fatigue…can he win against Roger who’s much more fresh than him?


J.S. Says:

AndyMira,
I am watching now – you are probably right about him! But, my point
is the upper half is much more dangerous, No?
I had the hardest time w/ the upper half bracket…Sock, Zverev, Gasguet, Kyrigios, and AU boy wonder (who did I forget)
Just thinking Rafa’s draw isn’t as Cush as others think!


J.S. Says:

Oh crud…add Dimitrov to that list! :)


AndyMira Says:

Yeah J.S!…The upper haly is much more dangerous me thinks..I wonder why people said Rafa’s draw is easy..Sure,the the first 3 rnd maybe not as tough but imo every player’s are tough for Rafa coz he just came back from injury but those 3 can be a good test for him to build his game going forward….and he probably get Dolgo in 4th…Dolgo as we all know is a very dangerous player with his game style…and if Rafa pass that..he will very likely to meet with Cilic and then Dimi/Nicky which is a very in form player’s atm ..

J.S…Sock is out of sort atm..he lost in his 1st match this week in Auckland..i guess he still drained mentally after he gave everything at WTF last year..and so is sascha..


Amado Bustamante Says:

I beg to disagree with those guys saying Rafa’s draw is easy.
IT IS NOT !! A lot of players in the top half are fit & can give Nadal a true test. I see Dimitrov giving him a hard time again as the previous years. I hate Dimitrov facing Nadal in the SF as he drains Nadal. I see Federer has a much easier draw as he is to face mostly old & veteran players he knows how to beat even blindfolded.


Amado Bustamante Says:

I beg to disagree with those guys saying Rafa’s draw is easy.
IT IS NOT !! A lot of players in the top half are fit & can give Nadal a true test. I see Dimitrov giving him a hard time again as the previous years. I hate Dimitrov facing Nadal in the SF as he drains Nadal. I see Federer has a much easier draw as he is to face mostly old & veteran players he knows how to beat even blindfolded.


Michael Says:

@Daniel – You made some very good observations.

But I think Roger will fancy his chances more against the likes of Raonic and Berdych with this scintillating form he is in at the moment. It is the likes of Novak and Del Potro who would have a fighting chance against him and ofcourse Rafa.. It is remarkable that at 36, he is sitting pretty and almost invincible in such a young man’s sport and that too in a grand slam extending to 5 sets if it warrants, which shouldn’t be happening at all. But Tennis always has the propensity to produce nasty shockers where we can expect the unexpected. Who knows, this Australian open can herald the take over of new generation with the rise of Zverev or even Theim.


Michael Says:

@ Willow, I am aware that Andy isn’t playing which is a huge disappointment. I only said that his absence will he heavily felt in a tournament he has dominated as no other in his career despite not winning even once which he truly deserves.


Willow Says:

Michael good to see you here, even if we dont agree on things most of the time ….


gonzalowski Says:

De Miñaur coming back, bit of a thriller now. long exchanges, Medvedev looks very tired now; it’s true that De Miñaur is very good playing with pace, as Wog boy said.


Wog Boy Says:

Congratulation to both, that was a triller, Medvedev deservedly won, it was hard to keep cool against DC type of crowd and only one lonely person in his box.

Yes Gonza, the moment Medvedev started to take pace of the balls and afd little bit of spin then wait for clear situation to pounce De Minaur “The Demon” started to struggle.

One Scottish lady must be happy with result?:)


Willow Says:

It was a fantastic match, what a fighter De Minaur is, just ran out of steam in the end, great advert for tennis ….


Wog Boy Says:

What a great and cheeky speach by Medvedev! Thumbs up young man, you won over Aussie fans👍👏


Willow Says:

Very nice ;-)


Willow Says:

Just goes to show there can be fantastic matches played that dont begin and end with just the top 4 ….


gonzalowski Says:

yes agree, willow.
both of them are mind-tough! and they did’t play with much variety, natural at their age.

$44,055 prize for Alex, 150 pts., at 18 years old!! :) (double for Medvedev)


Willow Says:

Gonzo thanks for agreeing not many do with me here thats for sure lol ….


j-kath Says:

WB:

“One Scottish lady must be happy with result?:)”

Do you mean “She with the addled brain? i.e. Me?”

It is true I have, previously expressed a belief in Medvedev – and I can’t think of another Scottish lady posting on Tx.

Anyways, am sure your wee Aussie, Alex, will be back and back et al.


Willow Says:

J-Kath enjoy it girl, you deserve it ;-)


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
Yes, I meant you, but definitely not addled brain. Medvedev thoroughly deserved to win and I liked how eloquent and witty person he turned out to be. I have to go back on his match against Fognini. He was well on his way out, Fognini was set and break up, playing really good tennis and had no business in losing that match, but Fognini being Fognini started to have his typical brain farts, one after another, Medvedev stayed composed and won the match.


j-kath Says:

Wogboy: I like it, especially I like it vs. Fognini who needs a good slap on the wrist occasionally. And taa to Willow as well for her wee compliment……wow, I’m now off to try my hats on, hoping they’ll still fit.

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