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January 30th, 2009

Verdasco Chokes in Fifth Against Nadal; Williams Win Doubles at Australian Open

Serving at 4-5 in the fifth and past the five-hour mark, Verdasco was undone by nerves. Verdasco double faulted to give Nadal a 40-0 lead, then two points later double faulted on match point.

Posted by Staff @ 11:09 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 92 Comments »

January 28th, 2009

Serena Saved by Roof, Federer Slams Djokovic at Australian Open

Roger Federer says Novak Djokovic is a quitter and a whuss — to paraphrase: “He’s not a guy who’s never given up before; it’s disappointing,” Federer said of Djokovic throwing in the towel in the fourth set against Andy Roddick. “I’ve only done it once in my career. Andy Roddick totally deserved to win that match…I’m almost in favor of saying, ‘You know what, if you’re not fit enough, just get out of here.’ If Novak were up two sets to love, I don’t think he would have retired 4-0 down in the fourth.” Ouch!…

Posted by Staff @ 9:46 am in Tennis | 48 Comments »

January 27th, 2009

Djokovic Melted by Roddick, Federer Next; Dokic Loses at Australian Open

“I had cramping and soreness in the whole body,” Djokovic told reporters. “I think the people could see that I was struggling with movement. I couldn’t serve the way I served in the first two sets. That third set I just started dropping 20, 30 kilometers per hour first serve. Obviously it was much easier for him to return. He saw that longer rallies are not comfortable for me at that point, so he was using it wisely. Really unfortunate way to end my Australian Open 2009. I really tried my best, but sometimes you can’t fight against your own body.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:57 am in 2009 Season, About, American tennis | 34 Comments »

January 26th, 2009

Lothario Verdasco Tops Murray at Australian Open

Murray said the loss could not be attributed to any mounting pressure, but to the play of Verdasco, who not only showed his powerful repertoire of serving and crunching forehands, but a deft touch with dropshots, slices and lobs to keep the Brit on the move.

Posted by Staff @ 10:09 am in Tennis | 31 Comments »

January 24th, 2009

Gonzalez Wins Marathon at Australian Open; Dokic Owes Drug Dealer, Rusedski Un-retires

“She arrived out here broken and penniless and Johnny was the one who took the punt on Jelena,” family friend Glen Schirmer, who worked as Dokic’s dietitian at Giannarelli’s request, told the newspaper. “At his own expense he housed, fed and trained both her and her boyfriend for months. He said he knew that one day he’d get the money back from her. He liked her and he thought she deserved a second shot at it. He felt really sorry for her and they became very, very close. She was trying to get a start again but nobody wanted to touch her, so Johnny took her on.” — One of life’s lessons Jelena, never stiff the mob…

Posted by Staff @ 11:05 am in Tennis | 30 Comments »

January 23rd, 2009

Djokovic Escapes, Ivanovic Out, Hot Dokic at Australian Open

A man naked from the waist down danced across the court during the Williams’ sisters doubles match — presumably coming straight from the Beer Garden. Good effort at the “Happy Slam”…

Posted by Staff @ 10:12 am in Tennis | 59 Comments »

January 22nd, 2009

Venus Loses, Federer v Safin Today at Australian Open

Blake won in straight sets, but his opponent was flummoxed by a loud courtside fan who loudly cheered for Chaunac during and between points. Chaunac eventually snapped, dropped some f-bombs on the fan and waited for security to escort him out.

Posted by Staff @ 9:37 am in Tennis | 27 Comments »

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2 Rafael Nadal2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Na Li
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6 Milos Raonic6 Maria Sharapova
7 Tomas Berdych7 Angelique Kerber
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