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Australian Open 2012
Posted 22 January 2012 - 02:33 AM
Clijsters just had an amazing comeback against Li Na, hurting her ankle in the first set and down a set and 6-2 in the second set tiebreaker, she won six straight points, took a 5-1 lead in the 3rd, and held on at 6-4.
Also, Berdych/Almagro (both top 10 players) had some entertaining fireworks. Almagro hit Berdych in the shoulder with a hard shot, Berdych thought it was a sitter and cheap shot, and thus didn't shake his hand after winning a tough four setter. The crowd did not agree and booed the crap out of him during the entire post-match interview, they will be ugly during his next match against Nadal (not that it would probably matter either way).
Posted 22 January 2012 - 02:34 AM
Karlovic (won a tough, close match)
Tomic (tonight, the Aussie kid has been playing well)
Posted 22 January 2012 - 03:40 AM
He was slicing and dicing through his first matches and I figured Federer would overpower him.... And what do you know, it's 4-4 in the first set and he is matching power with his finesse.
Going to be fun watching him develop. Also, his girlfriend is ridiculous and ESPN shows her constantly.
Posted 22 January 2012 - 03:48 AM
Posted 22 January 2012 - 03:58 AM
Is what happened to Berdych frowned upon, like an unwritten rule, because if the guy is standing at the net why not pound it at him? Seemed smart.
Well, if one player is at the net and the other one has a short, easy shot that he can go anywhere with, then it's frowned upon to hit it right at him.
But that wasn't what happened at all, Almagro had a running forehand that was far from an easy shot, it was a huge point (5-5, 4th set, love-30), and he still apologized immediately. Patrick McEnroe thought Berdych was insane for the way he overreacted, and said if he was Almagro, he'd have been throwing down in the locker room afterwards (as a side note, the thought of Patrick McEnroe "throwing down" with anyone makes me laugh).
Posted 22 January 2012 - 11:53 PM
Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:28 AM
Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:30 AM
Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:31 AM
Where the hell did Nishikori come from? He's been a revelation this tournament.
Cross post, but he's had a good year, he's never been healthy before. He even beat Djokovic in November, only one of two non-injury shortened matches he lost in 2011. Here is a piece on him from before tonight:
Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:19 AM
Interesting. And pretty impressive - beating Tsonga on hard court (twice) and Djokovic on any surface is pretty good. Although I thought Djokovic was battling a shoulder injury in his second loss.
Cross post, but he's had a good year, he's never been healthy before. He even beat Djokovic in November, only one of two non-injury shortened matches he lost in 2011. here is a piece on him from before tonight:
Edited by cannonball 1729, 23 January 2012 - 03:29 AM.
Posted 23 January 2012 - 11:22 AM
Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:21 AM
Federer/Del Potro up next, I'm excited.
Posted 24 January 2012 - 02:34 AM
Posted 24 January 2012 - 02:38 AM
That was ridiculous. There's no way DelPo played that badly. Federer was just on another level today.
Federer making light work of Del Potro. Thought Del Potro would give him more of a test but Federer's playing great at the moment. Making it look easy. Hope the next QF is more of a match.
Posted 24 January 2012 - 03:36 AM
Posted 24 January 2012 - 04:01 AM
Yeah, I'm pumped for Fed/Nadal on Thursday if it comes to pass. Fed finally looks as good as he did when he and Nadal were having those epic battles in the finals back in 2008/2009.
He was amazing against Tomic too, he knows he will need everything he has to get by both Nadal and Djokovic consecutively.
Posted 24 January 2012 - 05:06 AM
Posted 24 January 2012 - 05:30 AM
And I'm hoping Novak's quarter final is a 4 hour grind versus Ferrer.
Posted 24 January 2012 - 05:54 AM
Posted 24 January 2012 - 06:12 AM
Posted 24 January 2012 - 06:56 AM
This match on now has been very entertaining. Berdych had the match on his racquet an hour ago but couldn't win the set. I'm surprised at how deep Rafa is defending. If Berdych hits in a nice rhythm then he'll win, but he has no mental strength, and has given away too many easy points.
I'm really surprised at how weak Nadal looked an hour ago but he's recovered and hitting much closer to the baseline now.
Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:05 AM
Berdych serving, and hits a 135mph serve right at Nadal. If it were any of us, it'd hit us in the sternum and we'd need an ambulance. If it were any other player on the tour, they might get a racket on it but definitely not getting the ball to the net.
What does Nadal do? He slides to his right, hits an inside-out forehand hard enough to land right at Berdych's feet. Berdych scrambles, hits a weak reply and three shots later Nadal wins a point against a serve he had no business even returning.
Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:38 AM
Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:45 AM
Posted 24 January 2012 - 09:35 AM
Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:24 AM
Should be a great atmosphere at night in Melbourne.
Posted 24 January 2012 - 02:04 PM
During the tiebreaker, a Berdych shot landed out, and Nadal returned it, then challenged the call. Chair umpire Carlos Bernardes wouldn't allow the challenge because Nadal hadn't immediately stopped play, but Nadal responded by saying he didn't challenge immediately because he thought the linesman had called it out.
The replay showed the ball was out.
"Carlos, I'll tell you something, you never get one right, not one correct overrule," Nadal said in Spanish. "You're not here as a spectator. You know that ball was out."
Posted 24 January 2012 - 05:12 PM
From the ESPN writeup of Nadal's QF match:
Well the linesmen made themselves the story last night. It was a grand slam quarterfinal match and it looked like it was being officiated by people who's previus gig were at an U-14 club championship in Brisbane. They were just laughably bad, sometimes making calls in anticipation of the ball being out before it landed other times being a second or more late making calls
It cost Byrdech in the second set where he got really frustrated, burned his challenges in a bad way one of which on a ball that really wasn't close but was called out like a second late, and then he had no challenges left when a bad call came so went into a mental funk for a game and dropped his serve
Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:18 PM
We all know Rafa is going to pound the BH but if Federer can turn the tables and start pounding Rafa's BH then he'll have a great shot. He also really needs to convert his BP chances. If he goes 1/17 or whatever ridiculous percentage again then I am going to poke my own eyes out.
Posted 25 January 2012 - 03:32 AM
A long match is all i ask for, five, six maybe seven hours, five sets, come back tomorrow.
Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:45 AM
This has been a good match so far but Ferrer just doesn't have enough in his game to damage Djokovic.
Posted 25 January 2012 - 05:22 AM
Posted 25 January 2012 - 05:30 AM
If Ferrer gets a set then this will go 4+ hours.
Djokovic is certainly looking vulnerable at the moment.
Posted 25 January 2012 - 06:00 AM
Posted 25 January 2012 - 06:09 AM
Still hoping this goes 3 hours or more.
2:14 through 2 sets, although this one is going much more quickly so far.
Posted 25 January 2012 - 06:29 AM
Posted 25 January 2012 - 06:39 AM
Posted 25 January 2012 - 01:51 PM
Apparently, he's sick or something:
He looked like he was tired mentally, too. He just didn't look up for running all over the court. I don't know, something to watch out for when he plays Murray I suppose. It's the second match in a row that he's looked a bit lazy and tired in parts. It's not unforced errors or anything like that, but he just looks tired for some reason.
Djokovic rubbed the back of his upper left leg on several occasions, looked on the verge of being physically sick in the second set and buried his head in towels several times during breaks. During the third set, a tired-looking Djokovic sat down on a linesman's chair during a line-call video challenge by Ferrer.
"I was lucky to get out of the second set, it was a big mental advantage to get two sets up," Djokovic said. "I don't have any physical issues, but today I found it difficult to breathe. You have to hang in there."
Edited by cannonball 1729, 25 January 2012 - 01:51 PM.
Posted 25 January 2012 - 05:15 PM
Nadal over Fed in 5
Djokovic over Murray in 4
Djokovic over Nadal in 4
Posted 25 January 2012 - 07:24 PM
Nadal v Feder - i just want a long match. Federer should win. He's playing better than Nadal, well within himself, in command of his game. Nadal seems to be struggling a tiny bit...looks a little vulnerable, whilst Fed looks like his old serene self. All four of them have a great shot. I hope Lendl's been saying the right things to Murray. His problems are mostly between the ears, Mentally, Lendl was very strong and preparation and fitness wise was a beast.
Posted 25 January 2012 - 09:34 PM
Kvitova over Sharapova
Clijsters over Kvitova
Federer over Nadal
Djokovic over Murray
Federer over Djokovic
Posted 25 January 2012 - 10:09 PM
Federer over Nadal in three.
Djokovic over Murray in four.
The best final from a tennis perspective would probably be Federer v Djokovic anyway, given how well both are playing and how they usually play attacking, offensive tennis.
Posted 26 January 2012 - 12:04 AM
Posted 26 January 2012 - 12:36 AM
Posted 26 January 2012 - 01:29 AM
IF Sharapova wins her semi the final is gonna be a scream fest
This would probably be the best thing for the women's game, because people would make such a big deal about it, they'd probably finally try to legislate against it going forward. It's ridiculous, even the announcers were saying that earlier tonight.
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