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January 20th, 2011

Young Tomic (AUS), Raonic (CAN), Berankis (LTU) Shine in Men’s Upsets at Australian Open; X-Notes

Matches to look out for on a loaded Friday in Melbourne include (2) Roger Federer vs. Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, (19) Stan Wawrinka vs. (12) Gael “Force” Monfils, an all-Serb in (29) Viktor Troicki vs. (3) Novak Djokovic, (8) Andy Roddick vs. Dutchman Robin Haase, Kei “Special K” Nishikori vs. Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, (6) Tomas Berdych vs. (28) Richard Gasquet, and (14) Nicolas Almagro vs. (17) Ivan Ljubicic.

Posted by Staff @ 9:09 am in Tennis | 30 Comments »

January 19th, 2011

Wozniacki King, Venus a Battered Queen at Australian Open; Tennis-X Notes

“It’s a tough third round, Kuznetsova, even she has been a little more in trouble in the last maybe year or two years,” Henin said. “I think she remains a great player, and physically she has a lot of qualities: big forehand, great serve.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:16 am in Tennis | 18 Comments »

January 19th, 2011

Federer by the Gilles, Survives Beating Simon in Five Sets at Australian Open

“Every time we played we go the distance, so hopefully we don’t play each other any more,” Federer joked. “It showed what a great mover, return player he is. I wasn’t playing poorly either to lose the third and fourth set, I really think Gilles took it to me, but you remain positive, I worked hard my entire life, I’m happy I won and I’m still in the tournament.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:30 am in Tennis | 27 Comments »

January 18th, 2011

Unfit Ivanovic Crashes Out; Safina Double Bageled at Australian Open

“If I would know the answer, I guess I would do different things,” said a despondent Safina after consuming the double bagel. “I don’t know. I didn’t know how to win a point. Basically came to this thing. I didn’t know. I was sitting in the changeover and I was like, ‘Okay, at least how can I get a chance to hurt her?’ There was nothing that I could hurt her. Embarrassing…It’s really to scratch the head and to think what the hell I’m doing. It’s not that I don’t want. I want. There’s no doubt about. I want to come back and I want to play better. But now to find answers how I can come back…First to find the reason what’s going on, what are the mistakes, and then to work on them. Not to go blindly on the court and killing your ass for like five hours. Sometimes it makes no sense.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:59 am in Tennis | 11 Comments »

January 18th, 2011

Nalbandian Trips Hewitt in Marathon; Nadal Cruises at Australian Open

Matches to look for Wednesday in Melbourne include (8) Andy Roddick vs. Russian Igor Kunitsyn, Fed nemesis Gilles Simon vs. (2) Roger Federer, Janko Tipsarevic vs. (9) Fernando Verdasco, (6) Tomas Berdych vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber, (16) Mardy Fish vs. Tommy Robredo, Davydenko-killer Florian Mayer vs. Kei Nishikori, (25) Al Montanes vs. the resurgent Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, and (29) Viktor Troicki vs. French dress-wearing Wimbledon iron man Nicolas Mahut.

Posted by Staff @ 10:22 am in Tennis | 19 Comments »

January 17th, 2011

Henin Survives, Nerves and Upsets on Day 1 at Australian Open

“We worked for six years together,” Sharapova said. “After a really long period of time, I think a few things become a routine. I think from both of our perspectives it was really a good move to bring in a new voice, a fresh perspective into the team. You know, he was within that transition. We all talked about it as a team. Michael is like a brother to me. We talk all the time. Obviously it’s different not having him at a tournament after so many years. Yeah, I mean, it’s part of an athlete’s career…It’s a break for now. I haven’t really had a new coach for many, many years.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:51 am in Tennis | 12 Comments »

January 17th, 2011

Roddick, Federer Cruise, “B”-Squad Americans Struggle at Australian Open

The few number of overall American men in the draw took a further hit when vaunted comer Ryan Harrison unceremoniously exited to unheralded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in straight sets.

Posted by Staff @ 11:03 am in Tennis | 168 Comments »

January 15th, 2011

Ferrer, Simon, Li, Groth Win Titles Leading Into Aussie Open; Tennis-X Notes

“I think it was a very good week,” Nalbandian said. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes you play good and lose, sometimes you play bad and win. Sport is like that. Today I lost. I will try to play better every day.”

Posted by Staff @ 7:23 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

January 14th, 2011

Wozniacki Something to Prove at 2011 Australian Open; Preview [OPINION]

The Dane’s path to the quarters would likely have to go through Gisela Dulko (a tough opener), Tamira Paszek, Cibulkova, Bartoli, and Henin. Not likely to happen considering she enters Melbourne on the heels to two exhibition losses and a first-round WTA tournament exit, all the while trying to figure out how to play with her new Yonex.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 1:06 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

January 13th, 2011

Clijsters Knocking Wozniacki from No. 1 Imminent in 2011: OPINION

Wozniacki is a paper No. 1, and cannot beat the biggest guns in the game in the form of Clijsters (0-2 career head to head), Serena Williams (0-2), and Venus Williams (0-4). Everyone else is a level below at the Grand Slams, the level the Woz will soon join. I predict she will lose pre-quarterfinals this year in Melbourne. For Woz fans (me included), hopefully she can regain her game, since she is great for the game: easy on the eyes, well spoken and someone who makes do with what she has in the terms of her on-court approach.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 3:27 pm in Tennis | 32 Comments »

January 30th, 2010

Serena Williams Gives Henin Power Lesson for 12th Slam Title

“Of course disappointed, when you lose in the final of a Grand Slam, especially in three sets, and I got a few opportunities that I haven’t been able to take,” Henin said.

Posted by Staff @ 9:50 am in Tennis | 44 Comments »

January 29th, 2010

Serena v Henin: 2010 Australian Open Final Preview

The pair have some history, most notably the “talk to the hand” incident at the 2003 French Open, where the Belgian held up her hand during one of Serena’s first serves, but the chair umpire did not let the American replay the point, and Henin denied any wrongdoing. Henin subsequently won in a three-set grinder, and Serena was left a crying mess in her post-match conference, accusing the Belgian of “cheating, lying and fabricating.”

Posted by Staff @ 7:17 am in Tennis | 2 Comments »

January 29th, 2010

Federer Stomps Tsonga, Teases Murray Entering Australian Open Final

“I know he’d like to win the first [Slam title] for British tennis since what is it, 150,000 years?” Federer joked to the crowd after the match regarding Murray. “The poor guy who has to go through those moments over and over again…”

Posted by Staff @ 6:36 am in Tennis | 108 Comments »

January 27th, 2010

Serena Williams Wins, Venus Doesn’t in Oz

“In tennis you have to close it out,” Venus said. “It’s not like there’s a clock ticking and then suddenly it’s over. You just have to close it out. I didn’t do that today.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:47 am in Tennis | 11 Comments »

January 27th, 2010

Tsonga Ousts Djokovic, to Face Federer at Aussie Open

Tsonga raced to an early 2-0 lead in the fifth set, and by the end Djokovic could do no more than flail at balls as the Frenchman clinched victory and a well-earned Federer meeting.

Posted by Staff @ 8:43 am in Tennis | 155 Comments »

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