Thursday, January 28, 2010

Australian Open 2010 Day 12 Open Thread

My least favorite day of the Australian Open. It's not a final, but there's only one singles match scheduled on the day.

In my men's preview after the draw came out, I only got one semifinalist correct. He plays the world No. 1 tonight.

I'm going with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in five sets.

Order of Play For Friday, 29 January 2010

Rod Laver Arena 15:00 Start Time

Not Before:19:30

3. Men's Singles - Semifinals
Roger Federer (SUI)[1] v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[10]

31 comments:

Tennisfan said...

Roger hasn't been impressive entire tournament. Wishing he is just saving his best for last (2).

Jason said...

I REALLY want to see this match.. but it will play at 12:30am (my time), and I've got a midterm tomorrow at 9am! And I can't sleep now, since I am studying... What do I do?? I need guidance!

Karen said...

Jason, go study. You can always catch it on youtube or on replay on some tv station somewhere

b said...

What about the women's doubles final? it's playing right now and is quite good so far. First time I saw B& H break the sisters (they got the break right back)

Karen said...

I am watching it as well. Very good match so far. Very intense. You can tell that BluBer have been doing their homework on the Sisters. I dont think there is a lot of love between these 2 teams

Karen said...

This is a good one: Serena Williams - top half sponsored by Nike, bottom half by St. Vincent's Hospital. They say she also has a sponsorship deal with Band Aid. They also say it takes 45 minutes to wrap Serena's legs as there is an underlying wrap and that it is quite tight

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b said...

Karen -

I noticed the dramatic improvement too.... the last couple times they played the williams just made bluber look ridiculous.... this time they're putting up a great fight, lots of breakpoints and the early break 1st set showed that they came with a different game plan

I can't stand liezel but Cara is definitely one of my favorite players..... I think she truly is one of the best small players out there and definitely one of the best volleyers, male or female

She does well in mixed, doubles etc no matter who she is paired with

Karen said...

It was not about power Martina, they both played some fantastic volleys. They actually won the match on a backhand volley. Fantastic match.

b said...

Yaay, they won, didn't look like they were going to take that game..... I really wish this FINAL had been scheduled later in the day, to give more opportunities for better attendance - regardless that was awesome

From what they are laughing about it seems Venus had the score wrong and didn't realise they were at 5-3 in the final game

So funny the camera's picking up their conversation!

Pamela said...

That was nice. It's just enhancing an already extraordinary resume. I have to think that it gives Serena a little more confidence or motivation.

I love to hear squeals of happiness when players win. lol It's just cute.

Karen said...

From the look on Cara Black's face, I dont think this team is going to last the year. On one of the changeovers they were arguing with each other, so much that the commentators could hear them.

Karen said...

Pamela yes it is cute. I wish that Venus/Serena would not have their own conversations while the presentation ceremony is going on. Very poor form.

Karen said...

You could thank the fans as well Venus.

lilac said...

Nice. Serena enters the singles final with great practice and a winning state of mind. Henin/Rodriguez is toast. I'm sure they'll try to drop shot Serena to death. Won't work.

b said...

@karen
"You could thank the fans as well Venus."
yes i noticed that as well..... serena also forgot the fans in her amazing win in 2007 - perhaps b/c she had to wait past one of the world's longest runner up speeches...

re: your comment conc cara black.... i would be very surprised to see them break up it seems they have a great arrangement re: common heritage and family arrangement (their husbands travel with them and serve as coaching/support staff)...
do you know what the argument was about?

that said.... i don't see how anyone can bear liezel as a partner for an extended amount of time like that..... it's clear she is a great competitor though.... If there had been a point for Cara to lose it I think it would have been years ago in 07 when liezel floated to the press that cara was changing her citizenship to SA so that they could "win a medal for the continent"..... which cara later insisted was not true and it caused her family some problems
we of course can see where liezel's loyalty lies, within a few months she subsequently became an over the top patriot (and i believe pushed raymond off the olympic team after years and years of faithful fed cup service)

b said...

@ Karen

"It was not about power Martina, they both played some fantastic volleys. They actually won the match on a backhand volley. Fantastic match."

So Martina was claiming the "too powerful" racist nonsense again? Did she watch the match?

Dapxin said...

morning all.
eagerly awaiting the final.
And Tsonga is my man.

Whole Sight said...

First set over.

Someone got a match? Need to set Tsonga on fire.

Dapxin said...

Tsonga is going home without a fight.

pffffffff!

Whole Sight said...

I guess T. is really stiff & sore - that plus F. playing well is taking it out of him. Still hard to believe he won't take a set here. Much different match so far than I ever imagined.

Toheeb said...

Just did some reading, looks like Federer is not the biggest Murray fan. From the articles i could find, he has been taking shots at Muarry since the bookmakers made Muarry the fav to win last year's Assuie open. He laughed off the fact Murray was favored and said Murray has never won a Major yet.

And it does not help that Murray has a winning record over Federer and unlike Nadal, Murray does not go out of his way to praise Federer. He has also critized Murray's defensive style of playing.

And even in his post match interview after beating Tsonga today, the dude still had subtle shots at Murray. Should be a fun Match-up. Federer in Four is my prediction.

Beth said...

I guess my 'snack' prediction was right.

edma1022 said...

Wow, I did not expect this. Not this. The man's full of surprises. Now I would be so disappointed if he don't bring down Murray. I hope Murray saw this. The mental advantage should be enormous.

Matt said...

I'm still hoping Murray scalps the Monogram in the final. RF's reign of terror needs to end! I do not care who beats him... Someone needs to bring this guy back down to earth!

Karen said...

Morning All. I was tired and I had to go to bed.
I think the argument between Cara and Liezel concerned a point that was being played where they were both coming to net and then they got lobbed, they both ran back to get the ball and there was a bit of miscommunication there and they lost the point and ended up being broken.
As to Liezel I think she is the main reason why you will not see the WS play Fed Cup again. She has made herself the spokesperson and defacto captain of the team. I dont think that MaryJo has any control over her at all.
@Toheeb, I dont think the Murray disdain from Federer has just started. Everyone and their mother has been saying it for years that Murray plays too defensively. The fact is that at the time that Fed said it, it was considered him being a bit sour grapey since he had just lost to him. He has always emphasised that if Andy wants to win the big ones he has to work on his fitness as well as try and become more offensive. Use his height and speed more. He said the same thing about DelPo and Rafa. These guys have taken to heart everything that he has said about them and turned it around and used it to beat him. The thing is that I think Fed would make either a very good commentator or an excellent coach. The fellow knows tennis. Love him or hate him, the fact that he has been winning majors without a coach in his corner says a lot.

Jason said...

I guess there wasn't much of a match to see, huh? Still disappointed that I couldn't wake up to read about an epic though, :(

chad said...

@Karen

You're certainly right about Roger making a great coach or commentator. In his presser the other day someone asked him about watching tennis matches. He said he didn't watch them to analyze or prepare. He just watches them because he loves tennis. That is refreshing and nice to see from such a great champion.

However, last night after trouncing Tsonga, someone asked him about feeling the need to still win a major and his response:

>>>>>
ROGER FEDERER: I feel a need for myself that I spent three weeks here and I don't want to just give away a match. So I will make sure I will make it as hard, as tough as possible for my opponent. Hope I can play another good match.

I'm really where I want to be. Being back in a Grand Slam final is always an amazing thrill for me.
>>>>>

That doesn't sound like a whole lot of 'need' to me. I'm picking Murray in 5 and the tears of Darth Federer on Rod Laver once again.

Beth said...

Not that anyone is really paying attention at this point but I just read this piece on Rafa's knee injury. Looks like 4 weeks no playing.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5hXUsYUPdvlFeRN7jii-HEKCVY1Ag

b said...

Karen thanks for explanation.... will respond more later

b said...

thx beth - of course the million dollar question is, why was he going to play rotterdam anyway....... 4 weeks isn't long and he could even consider skipping until cllay season..... Watching a healthy rafa play is a wonderful thing