Tag Archives: Australian Open

Funnies: Jeremy Chardy is Human

Normally, I would try to work up a nice hatred and disdain for Jeremy Chardy, given the way he pulled off the unlikely upset over DelPo in five sets at the AO. However, Chardy’s Kia Open Drive video is too … Continue reading

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Australian Open: What to Make of the No. 5-8 Men

In the calm pre-AO days, I was curious how the no. 5-8 players (Ferru, Berdy, DelPo, Tsonga) would fare at the first Slam of the year.  We’ve now reached the point at which the draw has been narrowed down to … Continue reading

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Australian Open: DelPo is First Top 10 Seed to Fall Out

Unseeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy pulled off the biggest upset so far at the AO, defeating 6th seed DelPo 6-3 6-3 6-7(3) 3-6 6-3. This was a shocking result, given the fact that DelPo reached R4 at all four Slams (he reached … Continue reading

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Australian Open: “To the Net? I Like to Make Winners on the Baseline”

DelPo’s frank statement about his baseline game goes against the general yearning for what is acknowledged to be the bygone era of serve and volley. Nevertheless, DelPo did make 16 ventures to the net and he won 14 of those … Continue reading

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Australian Open: Possible Statement of Intent

Playing against the same R1 opponent as last year, DelPo defeated Mannarino in straight sets, 6-1 6-2 6-2 (official match time: 1h 17 minutes).  Admittedly, the tricky Frenchman was not at his lefty-forehand firing and crafty volley-making best.  However, to downplay DelPo’s … Continue reading

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Australian Open: Two Days Before the Start

DelPo lost the AAMI Kooyong final to Lleyton Hewitt, 6-1 6-4.  From what I saw, he looked quite sluggish in the first set, while Lleyton was retrieving well and sending DelPo into a panicked state as to what his plan … Continue reading

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Day of the Innocents

Yesterday was El Dia de los Inocentes in Spain, which is the equivalent of April Fool’s Day.  Many top Spanish athletes took to Twitter to fool their followers.  Unfortunately, one top Spanish athlete was not in a joking mood: Rafa … Continue reading

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Post Oz-Open Swing & DelPo’s Spring Plans

This is a two-part post devoted to 1) The current 250-level tournaments this week and 2) Del Potro’s outlook, following his Oz Open performance: Part I: Gael Monfils will play doubles with his younger brother Daryl Monfils at the Montpellier tournament in … Continue reading

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Australian Open: Djokovic Claims his 3rd Oz Open Title

After a brutal five-set match that went 5 hours and 53 minutes, Djokovic defeated Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 for his fifth Grand Slam title.  Djokovic is now a 3-time winner at the Oz Open, which accounts for over … Continue reading

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Australian Open: Fedal x Novandy = Rafole

1. Rafa Nadal defeats Roger Federer, 6-7 6-2 7-6 6-4 This SF was an error-ridden contest that still pulled through with its share of tension and dramatic comebacks.  Rafa started shakily, making errors, while Fed started by displaying the solid … Continue reading

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