Murray Wins, Baghdatis Tries Not to Puke in Heat at Australian Open

by Staff | January 20th, 2009, 9:16 am

Murray, Nadal Ease Into 2nd Round at Australian Open

Andy Murray, favored by many to win the 2009 Australian Open title even though the Brit has yet to win a Grand Slam title, is having the breaks fall his way. If the 100 degree heat and five-set matches become a factor late in the event, Murray can look back to the first Tuesday when he received a retirement from Andrei Pavel, who was 6-2, 3-1 down when quitting with a back injury.
“I would have liked to have been on court a bit longer,” Murray said. “It was quite tricky conditions. It probably didn’t feel it from the sides, but it was pretty windy on the court…I guess if you want to do well in the tournament, it’s good to conserve some energy.”

Murray was joined in the blowout category Tuesday by world No. 1 Rafael Nadal who clipped Christophe Rochus 6-0, 6-2, 6-2, the aforethought injured (5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who blitzed Juan Monaco with a bagel in the third set, and (14) Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco who bageled Adrian Mannarino in the first en route to a straight-set win.

“I played without pain,” said Tsonga, who retired with a back injury last week in Sydney. “So it was a nice match.”

Other seeded winners were (6) Gilles Simon (d. Pablo Andujar), (9) James Blake (d. Frank Dancevic), (12) Gael Monfils (d. Martin Vassalo Arguello), (13) Fernando Gonzalez (d. Lleyton Hewitt and cramps in five sets), (17) Nicolas Almagro (d. Nicolas Massu in five), (18) Igor Andreev (d. Peter Polansky in five), (22) Radek Stepanek (d. Nicolas Lapentti in four), (24) Richard Gasquet (d. Diego Junqueira in four), (25) Ivo Karlovic (d. Daniel Gimeno-Traver), and (31) Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer (d. Kei Nishikori).

Hewitt was upbeat despite his first-round exit.

“The guys that I’ve lost to, especially the last two weeks, they’re both Top 15 at the moment,” said Hewitt, who has played the Hopman Cup and Aussie Open since returning from hip surgery. “The two losses haven’t been the worst losses on paper. I probably could have easily won both those matches, as well. I think it’s a good springboard for the rest of the year.”

Only two seeds were dug-up on Tuesday, with (29) Dmitry Tursunov downed by Flavio Cipolla, and Israel’s Dudi Sela bouncing (30) Rainer Schuettler in four sets.

Unseeded players of note advancing into the second round were big-servers Ernests Gulbis (d. Albert Montanes) and Aussie Chris “Penthouse” Guccione (d. Nicolas Devilder), former Top 5er Ivan Ljubicic (d. Igor Kunitsyn in five), ironman Guillermo Canas (d. Dieter Kindlmann in five), and Croat Mario “Baby Goran” Ancic (d. Wayne Odesnik in four).

Highlights for Wednesday play include French comer Jeremy Chardy vs. (3) Novak Djokovic, Russian Evgeny Korolev vs. (2) Roger Federer, Aussie teen Bernard Tomic vs. Gilles Muller, (7) Andy Roddick vs. Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, Croat comer (19) Marin Cilic vs. wily Serb Janko Tipsarevic, (16) Robin Soderling vs. Marcos Baghdatis, Fabrice “The Magician” Santoro vs. (32) Philipp Kohlschreiber, and (28) Paul-Henri Mathieu vs. (LL) Amer Delic.

Williams Sisters Cruise, but Many Struggle in Heat at Aussie Open

The Williams sisters made a straight-set start to the Australian Open on Tuesday, with No. 2 Serena Williams beating the heat 6-3, 6-2 in little over an hour, defeating China’s Meng Yuan, and No. 6 Venus cruising by Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-3.

“It was really hot today,” Serena said of conditions that topped 100 degrees. “It was more of a dry heat. It wasn’t so much humidity out there, which is actually better than the humidity. But it was definitely extreme conditions…I think it was pretty important for me not to go crazy out there, try and conserve some energy. Keep in mind, I am playing doubles here, as well. I definitely want to do well in both events.”

No. 9 seed Agnieszka Radwanska the highest-profile seeded loser Tuesday, was ousted by Kateryna Bondarenko 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-1 in a match where the Pole melted in the heat in the third, committing 51 overall unforced errors.

No. 4 seed Elena Dementieva avoided such fate when she shrugged off a second-set loss to beat Germany’s Kristina Barrois 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-1. Dementieva entered Melbourne after winning two titles in her first two events, and you wonder how much she has left in the tank.

“I think it was very tough match, especially because of the weather condition today,” Dementieva said. “And also it was not easy for me to come here after playing so many matches in a row. So I’m sure I wouldn’t have minded one or two extra days before. But those are kind of days you have to survive. I’m just very glad I was able to do it.”

Other players orchestrating upsets Tuesday were China’s Shuai Peng who downed (28) Francesca Schiavone, Sabine Lisicki topping (30) Aleksandra Wozniak, and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ousting (32) Tamarine Tanasugarn, all in straight sets.

Other seeded winners on the day were (8) Svetlana Kuznetsova (d. Anastasia Rodionova in three), (12) Flavia Pennetta (d. Mara Santangelo in three), (13) Victoria Azarenka (d. Petra Kvitova), (14) Patty Schnyder (d. Kristina Mladenovic from a set down), (18) Dominika Cibulkova (d. Chanelle Scheepers in a doubles bagel), (20) Amelie Mauresmo (d. Olga Govortsova), (21) Anabel Medina Garrigues (d. Isabella Holland), (22) Jie Zheng (d. Camille Pin), and (31) Alona Bondarenko (d. Olivia Rogowska from a set down).

Aussie Jessica Moore was a highlight winner among the unseeded, defeating American wildcard Christine Mchale 9-7 in the third set. Aussie Sam Stosur was another winner over Klara Zakopalova, as was former doper Sesil Karatancheva, who came from a set down to defeat Nuria Llagostera Vives.

Highlights on tap for Wednesday at the Aussie Open are the shaky (5) Ana Ivanovic vs. Italy’s Alberta Brianti, the embattled Jelena Dokic representing Australia vs. (17) Anna Chakvetadze, (1) Jelena Jankovic vs. Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, and (10) Nadia Petrova vs. Sania Mirza.

“I didn’t really have any goals or expectations for myself for the first three or four months of the year,” Dokic said. “I just wanted to work really hard and see what I can do. I’m just trying to work hard every day, every practice session, every gym session. For me, this is what I need to do right now. It would be great to be the No. 1 Australian, of course. But at this stage this is not my goal. I still have a long way to go.”


Temperatures exceeded 104F for a few hours Tuesday in Melbourne, yet no matches were stopped and the roof was never closed. The heat abated mid-afternoon as a wind change dropped the thermometer down to 80F, where it should hover for the next few days…

The Fab Four men lost a combined total of zero sets in the first round…

For playing little over a set Andrei Pavel earned over $13,000…

The U.S. only has two women and four men left in the field…

Talk about pressure and expectations — 16-year-old Bernard Tomic will headline the Rod Laver Arena Wednesday night against Gilles Muller. Tomic has one career match win, which came in the first round over Potito Starace. But will Bernie wear those funky shades under the lights?…

Andy Roddick’s coach, Larry Stefanki, has taken three different players to the Australian Open final — Fernando Gonzalez, Marcelo Rios and Yevgeny Kafelnikov (won)…

Andy Roddick and Serena Williams both play their best tennis in Melbourne in the odd years. That’s odd…

Would Christophe AND Olivier Rochus be able to beat Rafael Nadal? Nadal cannot lose his No. 1 ranking this week no matter what happens. Nadal is also 20-0 lifetime in the first round of Grand Slam matches…

Three former Australian Open winners are playing Wednesday in Roger Federer, Marat Safin and Novak Djokovic….

In all, 12 5-setters in the first round, eight alone on Tuesday…

Jeremy Chardy is the same age as Novak Djokovic, 21…

Andy Roddick has lost two career sets in seven matches against Xavier Malisse…

German qualifier Florian Mayer is ranked No. 450…

David Nalbandian is three wins from 300…

Andrei Pavel announced his retirement, apparently, maybe, following his loss to Andy Murray in Melbourne that was cut short with a chronic back injury. “I don’t want to try it again,” he said. “I don’t want to damage my health. I played in enough tournaments, I guess.”…

Jelena Jankovic writing for The Age: “Looks can be deceiving. I may look quite strong and quiet from the outside when you don’t know me, but I am not really like that. I am a positive person who laughs a lot and am always happy, but deep down on the inside, I am also a very sensitive person. Believe it or not I am a bit of a crier! I do tend to be quite emotional and cry easily. It is not something that I particularly like about myself, but that is how I am as a person. I am not as cold as a rock. But I don’t pay too much attention to what others say about me.”…

You can blame marketing agency The Big Shot for the ATP’s space-age “Feel It” campaign, complete with PR douche-speak: “ATP were very interested in seeing how original content could be used taking an editorial approach leading to all aspects of communication,” said Matt Donegan and Oliver Russell, joint managing directors of The Big Shot. “‘Feel it’ was a video content brief that has turned into a truly global advertising campaign. We are now looking at how we can further develop the campaign on other platforms.”…

Jelena Jankovic on her new clothing line and shoes: “Yeah, you have seen the dress on the court. I think it’s a nice dress. You know, I like the green. It’s bright. It’s a quite comfortable dress. I think it looks feminine. No, I also like my shoes. The whole outfit is kind of coordinated. I have white and green shoes. I have my little wristband, my dress. I think it looks like — I’m happy that I’m working with this new company, which is called ANTA. This dress I haven’t designed, but in the future I will be working with a designing team and I will have my own dresses and a whole range of clothes with my name on it. So it’s quite cool. You know, I’m happy, really happy about it. They are new in tennis. For me, it’s an honor that they have chosen me as their first spokesperson. They want to grow in tennis, as well, worldwide. They want to have a big name.” The deal with the China-based sportswear company is reportedly worth $5.1 million over three years…

Andy Roddick on new ATP CEO Adam Helfant: “I actually was lucky enough to have dinner with him the other night. I was pretty impressed. He didn’t come in with kind of this braggadocio attitude of what he’s done, whatever. He kind of came in and he had his notepad and his pen and he asked questions and he wrote down notes. He didn’t come in like a know-it-all. He was kind of very concerned about a number of issues. If he didn’t quite understand it, he would ask why we thought that. It was an impressive meeting, that’s for sure. After the meeting, I was glad that they had chosen him.”…

Jelena Dokic is taking bids from clothing sponsors…

American Taylor Dent after returning to tennis from three back surgeries, losing to fellow American Amer Delic in the first round in Melbourne: “I was wracking my brain thinking of stuff I wanted to do, and honestly nothing gave me the fire in my belly like competing and playing professional tennis. So I said if I get the chance I’m going to take it, and I’m going to try to be better than I was.”…

From TVNZ on last week’s ATP Auckland event: “After working up the courage for few days, one female reporter decided to try a light hearted line of Spanish on Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro. ‘Sos muy bueno, un Potro.’ Loosely translated, this Argentine slang means ‘You are very handsome, a bit of a hottie.’ ‘No, soy muy feo,’ he replied laughing. There was a moment of confusion, but what the good-natured Del Potro had said was ‘No, I’m very ugly.'” After winning the Auckland title, Del Potro sat outside on the stadium eating a meal from a paper plate, chatting with friends and fans and enjoying the outdoor after-tournament party festivities on the grounds…

Marcos Baghdatis on the difficult heat at the Aussie Open: “The conditions, the sun, the sun, it’s just very strong. Just even being out there, you cannot breathe. I just want to, you know, puke. But I’m happy I went through.”…

Marat Safin, who says he is competing in his last Australian Open (and last year on tour): “I don’t want to get stressed. I don’t want to plan anything. I want to play and be relaxed, no stress. Whatever comes, comes. It’s great for me. Just try to be in shape, be able to run around the court. Like this it’s much easier to play tennis. At least I want to enjoy it. I don’t want to suffer anymore. I don’t want to get stressed. I don’t want to feel bad on the court anymore. No expectation. No stress. No drama. Just play, enjoy. Whatever comes, it’s great. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t…Tennis is stressful, of course…You don’t want to play any more because, like I said, it’s too much stress.” — Stop beating around the bush, are you trying to make a statement about being stressed? Is it something to do with stress?…

38-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm, the Japanese qualifier and former Top 10er, says she will play the qualifying at the remaining three Slams in 2009…

The testy Novak Djokovic on mentally making the switch to his new racquet: “I already done it, so I don’t want to talk about it anymore.” The Serb failed to reach the final in his first two events of the year…

Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt says look for him in the Top 10 again: “I’m still as driven and motivated as I think I’ve always been. Probably more so after having the injury, having to put in all the hard yards to try and get back, just to get back on the court, doing a whole heap of rehab, fitness stuff, just to be able to play here. If the motivation wasn’t there, then I wouldn’t be playing. So for me, I still feel that I’ve got things to do in the sport. I still feel I can get back into the Top 10 and push those better guys at the top of the rankings. I’ve obviously got to play a lot more matches, get in that rhythm of hopefully being a hundred percent fit on the court and playing week in and week out as well.”…

The ATP Auckland final between 6-foot-6 Sam Querrey and 6-foot-6 Juan Martin Del Potro is believed to be the tallest final in men’s tennis history…

Georgina Chang, ESPN-Star Sports presenter and host, asked about her least-favorite interview encounters: “[Maria] Sharapova is cold and unfriendly. Once she just stood and glared at me as we waited for the cameraman to frame the shot. All I had said to her was ‘Hi, Maria!’ But she was suddenly all smiles and girly when the camera rolled…she is arrogant, unfriendly…I know plenty of her male fans are hissing at this, but her likability rating on the tour among players, officials and now the media is very low. She’s probably got a nice side, but doesn’t feel it’s necessary to be decent to people in general.”…

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38 Comments for Murray Wins, Baghdatis Tries Not to Puke in Heat at Australian Open

john Says:

Thank God Guillermo Canas survived his match against Dieter KIndlmann. It was poor day for the Argentinean players. A total contrast compare how did they fared in Day 1.

If you don’t mind, what do you think about the prospect of Juan Martin Del Potro and David Nalbandian in the second round?

Lloyd Walters Says:

You wrote:
“The ATP Auckland final between 6-foot-6 Sam Querrey and 6-foot-6 Juan Martin Del Potro is believed to be the tallest final in men’s tennis history…”

Wrong !!!

Check Las Vegas 2008 final – Querrey v Kevin Anderson, the loser Anderson being two inches taller than both Querrey and Del Potro at 6 foot 8 inches.

jane Says:

Nadal played a great opening match. Rochus is a digger, but Rafa sent him packing. I am surprised to see how well Tsonga did against Monaco given that he was in doubt for the event a week ago! Maybe he’s back in the mix for the title…

Leftykick Says:


Rafa looked awesome!
Getting a lot of free points from his serve aswell.

Good to see a healthy Tsonga again.
However, I fear that he will not stay the distance in the heat and wind of Melbourne.

Are the Australian Open and The French Open the toughest slams physically?

mem Says:

rafa’s presence on the court is unmatched! although he has a ways to go before he reaches the finished line and there are no guarantees, still, he is simply beautiful! vamos rafa!

Von Says:

“Thank God Guillermo Canas survived his match against Dieter KIndlmann. It was poor day for the Argentinean players. A total contrast compare how did they fared in Day 1.”

It was the reverse for The Americans on Day 1, they kept falling one after the other except for three (3) of them. I was most disappointed by Querrey’s elimination.

Von Says:

Free live streaming for the AO.

osazone4real Says:

nothing can be taken from the match nadal just played, he was just played someone he was better than,the guys return of serve is not impressive thats why nadal had so many aces, and hence from the first shot nadal has him on the run,also the guys serve is not fantastic so no pressure on the nadal serve,this reminds me of what he just did to santoro and his run last year he looked invicible.Until he plays a big server like Ivo and he beats him convincely then I will agree that he has some chance for the title.

As for Rusedki saying that murray will beat nadal,but at what cost? I still think murray does not still have the game to curb nadal on any surface without him losing alot energy but first nadal has to get there.

Personally I still favor fed for this title, that is if Djoko does not meet fed but if
djoko meets fed he most likely win it.

But all this prediction are still too far in the future and the top four draws can open or tighten.

And by the way is zola a lady,I always thought zola was a guy?

Leftykick Says:

Thanks a bunch for the link Von!

osazone4real Says:

I used to play this game with shital green(where is he) and you see how many you can get. aiming for 70%
Everybody is invited(Jane expecting your picks) .

1.Djoko vs jeremy chardy: Djoko
2.Fedex Vs Korolev: fedex
3.bernard tomic vs Gilles muller: Giles muller
4.safin vs garcia lopez: Safin?(i want him to win)
5.JMDP vs Florian mayer: JMDP
6.Dominik Hbarty vs David ferrer:david ferrer
7.Wawrinka vs brydan klein:Wawrinka
8.Santoro vs kolschreiber:santoro*(not sure)
9.Berdych vs Brian:Berdych
10.Roddick vs x.malisse:Roddick*(hope his back is ok)
11.Marin cillic vs Tipsy:Tipsy*(not sure)
12.Soderling vs Baghadatis:Soderling*(not sure)
13.Simone Bolelli vs fish: fish
14.Paul-Henri Mathieu vs Delic:Paul-Henri Mathieu
15.Robredo vs Troiki:Tommy Robredo
16.Nalby vs Yen-Hsun Lu: Nalby

jane Says:

Von, yes, thanks for the link: TSN’s coverage has been spotty so far. Also I agree with you about Querrey. I thought this slam might be a real chance for him to continue his movement upward. He’s good on clay though, too, so there’s that to look forward to. I thought that young American girl (Micale?) was a bright spot for the future of American ladies tennis; she lost due to the cramps but she’s got some power and is a feisty competitor. And she’s a mere 16!

jane Says:


Nadal’s serve did look good, or so I thought, but mem says Rochus isn’t a great returner; I didn’t know that about him. I just know Rochus has had some good results in the past, and has even pushed the likes of Federer (on clay I think it was…)

Anyhow, it is early to know, but Nadal and Roddick both looked strong in their first rounders.

I like tennis bullies Says:

did federina lose yet?

osazone4real Says:

jane dont confuse oliver rochus with christophe rochus.this is christophe rochus, it was oliver who pushed fed

Von Says:

Leftykick and jane:

You’re welcome. I hope it works. I’m fed up with the Tennis channel. They show the ESPN re-runs, and of course ESPN shows more of the commentators with their coffee talks and less of the tennis.

I believe you’re talking about Olivier Rochus — he’s the one that pushed Fed and they are good friends. Olivier’s brother Christophe, who’s not as good a player, is the one who played against Nadal.

Yes, that 16 year-old is one of the US hopefuls. We have a couple more — Coco Vanderwighe and Asia Muhamad (who’s from Agassi’s Academy).

I don’t like the first round matches of the top 10, especialy the top 4, because they play the qualifiers and very low ranked players who are lost against them. That said, I don’t place much emphasis on Roddick’s win.

jane Says:

osazone4real!! Thanks! That’s why I was confused. I was mixing up the Rochuses! Now it makes more sense.

jane Says:

And Von – thanks to you too for the clarification.

osazone4real Says:

jane u r welcome; just watching US make history may tennis also prosper in US under his tenure(LOL)

Von Says:


The picture on that link is very good. How do you like Tipsy’s glasses and, racquet, they match with his shirt and shirt? I suppose strawberry red is the color for the AO, becaue quite a few players are using the color. Fed’s bag is the same color..

Von Says: is working also. bedlam has broken out between the Serbs abd Croats.

jane Says:

Tipsy is a character. He’s not wearing the nostril openers today though! Looks like Cilic will take care of him but it’s tough to say this early in the match.

Too bad about the rowdy crowd. I hate all that chanting.

Kroll Says:


Rochus was an embarrassment but I agree that Nadal’s serve definitely seems better, which is a good thing since he Had to find a way to compensate for the ridiculous outfit. And he seems to be playing a little flatter which he absolutely needs to, to win at AO.

Interesting game but really..Too much time on your hands?

I must say tennis coverage in the US is the worst I ve ever seen. I guess not growing up here and watching Sampras-Agassi dominating tennis I assumed that it would be an exalted sport here. Oh well…

Ezorra Says:

Kroll says:

“…which is a good thing since he Had to find a way to compensate for the RIDICULOUS OUTFIT.”

Absolutely true! Oh God… WHY? WHY????

jane Says:


Long time no talk. I was barely getting used to the polo shirt and white shorts and Rafa changes again. I definitely do not like the neon wristband / headband.


I’m watching the Djokovic vs. Chardy match at the moment, which is heading quickly toward a first set tiebreak. Chardy is good! I haven’t really seen him play much before. He’s got a great serve and is not afraid to come into net. Djokovic looks pretty good overall, but not spectacular so far. He’s been serving well but he’s not been able to do much on Chardy’s service games.

jane Says:


I just saw your picks now (I know – I miss Shital too but I think he’s working on big things, like his PhD! Like you, I hope he visits us soon).

I am awful at predictions because I am too much of a pessimist. I’ll chime in next round maybe, as this one’s already underway.

Well Novak finally got a service break, and right when it counted, to take the first set. But I am keeping my eye on this Chardy fella. He can play, and he’s not too hard on the eyes, either. Yet another good Frenchie. What are they putting in the food in France? Or maybe it has something to do with their tennis association….

You’d think with all the talent – Gasquet, Tsonga, Simon, maybe this guy? – they’ll pick up a slam one day in the near future.

jane Says:

Once Djoko got a read on Chardy’s serve, he came alive and cruised through the second set. When his serve & return games are clicking he’s great from the back of the court. His second serve has been particularly impressive tonight. Hope he can keep it up!

andrea Says:

i love nadal’s shirt – his biceps seem to bulge out of them…guess he couldn’t get a custom fit. i read somewhere that he changed up his outfit to try and project a more mature image to cash in on more sponsor opportunities.

i guess capitalism eventually hits everyone. even the pirate.

jane Says:

Safin sure looked in good form tonight; I am looking forward to his and Federer’s match (presuming Fed will make it through the next round…).

NachoF Says:

Best two points ever!! Roger Federer is truly the GOAT!

Blah Says:

Nalbandian goes down in five sets to Lu! so much for hoping roddick and nalby runs into each other. Guess Nalby doesn’t have a shot in slams anymore. His game is going and he is getting fatter. Roddick has a much better chance in the slam now. But I think he would have to play MUCH more aggressive if he runs into Djok. he would get crushed if he plays “defensive” tennis against him because his defensive tennis is just not good enough to hold off djokovic.

NachoF Says:

I think Federer will crush Safin’s spirit early in the match and that will be it.

Polo Says:

There goes one of my darkhorses, Nalbandian. Roddick must be seeing sun light break through this dark cloud of a draw he got. Nalbadian is out. Roddick’s nemesis in last year’s AO was ousted by Santoro. Roddick is such a disciplined workhorse, some good must come out of it and would be well deserved. I don’t know what Von did to me but I think I am developing a soft spot for Andy.

I always hope for Nalbandian to win a major but I am almost sure now that it will not happen. If he is really “lazy” as some reports say, well, losing is the prize for that.

Federer and Djokovic were impressive in their second wins. If Novak continues his progress, he may just play himself to a formidable form and get used to that new racket by the second week.

Safin, though I wish for him to do so well especially if this is indeed his final year on tour, should not be that much of a problem for Roger. But who knows? Anyway, whoever wins there would be fine for me. I just hope he would not lose to the next guy in line or that win would just be a waste.

Happy for Baghdatis and wish for him to go deeper but will probably not win.

I was not impressed with that Delic kid from Australia.

The ESPN commentators are as usual, extremely annoying. Do they get paid per word? They talk incessantly and seem to try to outdo each other in making the most insipid remarks. And why does Dan Cahill keep whispering? Does he think he can be heard on the court? If he thinks so, it would be better for him to shut up. He gives the most biased and trite comments anyway. Mary Carillo, as always, is very amused by her own remarks which she repeats interminably.

jane Says:

Polo, LOL – I like your take on the commentary. They need to show more tennis and less yacking!

Oh Nalby. We should know by now, never, never, never to expect anything from you. That’s precisely when you’ll disappear.

Roddick, on the other hand, is the measure of consistency and his time in the top ten is testament to that. May he continue on his way! I hope he and Djokovic meet as I think it would be a good match, and I think it could go either way.

I agree with NachoF that it’s unlikely Safin can do much to hurt Roger unless he just plays loose and free, having no pressure to do well. It’d be nice if the match is at least a well fought one.

Tennis King Says:

Ha ha ha ! Hi folks!

Von Says:


“I don’t know what Von did to me but I think I am developing a soft spot for Andy.”

Ha, ha. I used the gentle art of persuasion! I’m happy you’re beginning to see things a little differently. Remember:

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt”.

Von Says:


The ESPN commentators have a motto: “We strive to NEVER be accused of bevity” which is the soul of wit, BTW. Do you hear “any wit” emanating from Carillo, aka “Chatty Kathy”, who is in love with her own voice?

Watch the live streams, it’s a lot better that way, because you get to pick and choose which matches you want to see instead of jumping around only seeing bits and pieces of a few matches.

I echo your sentiments with respect to the ESPN commentators, but believe me you ain’t heard nuttin such as the likes of Gimelstob, then you’d really want to pull your hair out. I’d rather listen to Dick Endberg and Bud Collins than to Gimelstob. I believe we are being punished for wasting so much precious time watching tennis.

Giner Says:

jane Says:

“Nadal played a great opening match. Rochus is a digger, but Rafa sent him packing. I am surprised to see how well Tsonga did against Monaco given that he was in doubt for the event a week ago! Maybe he’s back in the mix for the title…”

I only saw the ending, but he was imperious. Serving out the match to love, he hit 4 big forehand winners. I like the way he is playing.

“Marat Safin, who says he is competing in his last Australian Open”

I’m skeptical about him retiring. He has a history of saying one thing and doing another. How many years has he threatened to quit now? He lost a first round at Wimbledon once and said he’d never be back. He was back the following year. Safin will be back in 2010. There are players older than him that are still on the tour.

Not much comment on the Gonzalez-Hewitt match? I’m guessing it wasn’t televised for you guys. I saw the entire match, and it was an incredible match. Gonzo is just amazing to watch (one of my favourite players to watch). His forehand is just awesome. It was a laser that day, hitting every corner of the court and seemingly never missing. He did shank a lot of balls unfortunately.

In the 2nd and 3rd sets he was in the zone, and everything he touched turned to gold. It was a spectacle like you’d only seen a handful of times from even Federer. He made Hewitt look like a junior, and that’s no easy thing to do. He should have won AO 07. If he could play like this every day, he could win any title.

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