Archive for January, 2010

Australian Open – Day 10

Some strange things are happening on the courts. The person that seems to be the busiest are the ATP and WTA Tour trainers. Andy Roddick came into his match with a knee concern against “Marin County” Cilic. After two sets down, the trainer comes out and does a lot of work on his shoulder. It looked like Roddick was going to pull out and then he starts to play phenominal tennis. It seemed like Cilic wasn’t sure what was going on and he seemed to lose his focus in the third and fourth sets. Then at two sets all, thinking Roddick has this match under control, Cilic reaches back for one more gear and guts it out 6-3 in the fifth. The guy has played three five-setters, a four-setter and over 18 hours on court. He’s the marathon man and you have to figure he’s got to be dog-tired.

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Australian Open – Day 9

The elite eight are set in both the men’s and women’s draws . It’s kind of unusual that the two winners in each draw will be into the semifinals and will only have to play two matches in the last five days of the tournament. It’s the only Grand Slam that splits the semifinals and it is unusual.

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Australian Open – Day 8

After the blowout Saturday we had arguably the best day of tennis yesterday. Could you say timber? Big John Isner and Dr. Ivo Karlovic acquitted themselves well but they were no match for Murray and Nadal, respectively, as we thought. Murray and Nadal had a little too much game but both big men could hold their head high as both competed extremely well. And I really believe Isner has a legitimate chance to be Top 10 this year.

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Australian Open – Day 7

What a disappointing day of tennis on Saturday. Only one of the eight men’s matches was competitive with two retirements and one walkover on the day. The only competitive match was Tsonga beating Haas 7-5 in the fourth. That was very entertaining tennis as Tsonga battled back from 2-5 down in the fourth set. A very interesting note that Jo-Willy has never played a five-setter. The Frenchman is now placed in a great place in the draw and I think we’re headed for a Djokovic-Jo Willy quarterfinal. Jo Willy has won four of the six previous meetings. Youzhny never took the court but red cards to Stefan Koubek, a qualifier, who pulled out at 6-1 against Verdasco because of a fever. It better be a real high fever.

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Australian Open – Day 6

What a strange day of tennis yesterday. They say every time you come to the park you might see something you’ve never seen. First of all we get 95-degree weather for the first time only to see the temperature drop 25 degrees by the end of the day. That’s why they say you get four seasons in Melbourne in a day.

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