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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #420 on: January 20, 2012, 06:28:21 AM »
the umpire is just blind or was he afraid to overrule against the local boy who clearly cheated in that second game of the final set? tomic raised his hand to challenge dolgo's shot but continued to play and that clearly threw dolgopolov off leading him to lose the point and express his displeasure towards tomic and the crowd......

overall i thought dolgo sliced way too much today.......tomic was never going to be bothered with the slices but the angles would have exposed his ordinary movement......i thought dolgo missed the trick there, he deserved to win this match.......

despite being just 19 tomic definitely doesn't move that well and i suspect he's going to be routined by federer in the next round unless fed has a little implosion of his own......
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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #421 on: January 20, 2012, 07:00:52 AM »
Oh sweet!  Fed vs Tomic next?  I will want to watch that, I hope it is a good one!
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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #422 on: January 20, 2012, 07:09:28 AM »
the umpire is just blind or was he afraid to overrule against the local boy who clearly cheated in that second game of the final set? tomic raised his hand to challenge dolgo's shot but continued to play and that clearly threw dolgopolov off leading him to lose the point and express his displeasure towards tomic and the crowd......

overall i thought dolgo sliced way too much today.......tomic was never going to be bothered with the slices but the angles would have exposed his ordinary movement......i thought dolgo missed the trick there, he deserved to win this match.......

despite being just 19 tomic definitely doesn't move that well and i suspect he's going to be routined by federer in the next round unless fed has a little implosion of his own......

He didn't admit that, so there is no way Dolgopolov can do unless there is replay.  :\

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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #423 on: January 20, 2012, 07:22:19 AM »
I think Tomic has played a large amount of sets and its time he takes a rest.
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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #424 on: January 20, 2012, 08:07:36 AM »
Real life / the need to sleep in order to deal with real life has meant that I have a lot of matches to catch up on!
But meanwhile, I note some reasonably interesting developments :

Day 4:  No surprises in Djokovic/Murray/Tsonga/Ferrer getting through. Poor Roddick - going out due to injury is a shame. Especially as he had previously played well here. With Isner also out, apparently this is the first time that an American hasn't made it to the 4th round in GS's in the Mens game ever since the days they played with bone raquets & stone balls!
Glad to see Nishikori / Raonic & Gasquet through.

Day 5 :   Federer/Nadal/Del Potro/ Berdych/ through in straights. The one I MUST watch is Dolgopolov / Tomic.
A Federer/Tomic match could be entertaining - I hope it's a good contest. Very well done to Tomic for remaining focused & getting through. I really like Dolgopolov's game when it's on song - if only he could string together some consistency.
I see Lopez ousted Isner, in another long match for the latter.   
Almagro through in straights against Wawrinka - another one who blows hot & cold. Pity - he has a beautiful game. Almagro did well to get through.  As did Kohlshrieber.   

Here is the schedule of play for day 6.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/index.html

The Mens schedule looks straightforward to me - the Nishikori / Benneteau match could be interesting, as could Tipsarevic / Gasquet. I hope Nishikori & Gasquet prevail.
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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #425 on: January 20, 2012, 09:23:27 AM »
I think Tomic has played a large amount of sets and its time he takes a rest.

regardless of that tomic goes down anyway......he just doesn't have the necessary footspeed to bother fed.......i was so looking forward to dolgo playing fed instead.......unless tomic serves out of his mind and fed has a bad day, it's going to be a comfortable 3 sets win to fed.......
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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #426 on: January 20, 2012, 09:33:46 AM »
Tomic has nothing to lose, has had lots of good match play & is no doubt buoyed up with his progress to date. Add to that that many players play out of their minds when facing a champion, and the fact that he is on home turf & there is a good chance that this could be more of a contest than some people predict.  Add Federer's wtf moments at times & hey! presto! Anything could happen.

 
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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #427 on: January 20, 2012, 09:36:11 AM »
Tomic has nothing to lose, has had lots of good match play & is no doubt buoyed up with his progress to date. Add to that that many players play out of their minds when facing a champion, and the fact that he is on home turf & there is a good chance that this could be more of a contest than some people predict.  Add Federer's wtf moments at times & hey! presto! Anything could happen.

 


I could see anything happening.  Fed is nowhere near invincible these days.  He does raise his game for the slams so he will come ready to play.  The bad thing for Fed is that he really has not had 3 consistent matches yet to start to hit his stride.  A walk-over and Ivo is not the ideal prep for a slam's second week.  This should be a good match though.
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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #428 on: January 20, 2012, 09:43:07 AM »
...I could see anything happening.  Fed is nowhere near invincible these days.  He does raise his game for the slams so he will come ready to play.  The bad thing for Fed is that he really has not had 3 consistent matches yet to start to hit his stride.  A walk-over and Ivo is not the ideal prep for a slam's second week.  This should be a good match though.
Indeed. From what I've seen of Federer so far, I'm not doing cartwheels of joy. Even up against the less compelling players, there is something absent about him - he seems distracted somehow. Perhaps that's just me looking through sleep weary eyes!  :)   That said, sometimes it takes a tough match to bring the game together, and this is what I'm hoping for.

As for Nadal / Lopez - please, lets not wait on ceremony. I don't even expect a decent challenge here. Just give the win to Nadal.
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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #429 on: January 20, 2012, 09:54:52 AM »
...I could see anything happening.  Fed is nowhere near invincible these days.  He does raise his game for the slams so he will come ready to play.  The bad thing for Fed is that he really has not had 3 consistent matches yet to start to hit his stride.  A walk-over and Ivo is not the ideal prep for a slam's second week.  This should be a good match though.
Indeed. From what I've seen of Federer so far, I'm not doing cartwheels of joy. Even up against the less compelling players, there is something absent about him - he seems distracted somehow. Perhaps that's just me looking through sleep weary eyes!  :)   That said, sometimes it takes a tough match to bring the game together, and this is what I'm hoping for.

As for Nadal / Lopez - please, lets not wait on ceremony. I don't even expect a decent challenge here. Just give the win to Nadal.

Nadal in an easy 3 sets.
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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #430 on: January 20, 2012, 10:32:18 AM »
Tomic has nothing to lose, has had lots of good match play & is no doubt buoyed up with his progress to date. Add to that that many players play out of their minds when facing a champion, and the fact that he is on home turf & there is a good chance that this could be more of a contest than some people predict.  Add Federer's wtf moments at times & hey! presto! Anything could happen.

Any time I see the ole "so and so has nothing to lose" I laugh.  Nothing to lose?  How about the match?   How about ....advancing in a major?  :rofl_2:  Just substitute, Tomic IS A HUGE UNDERDOG and delete "has nothing to lose."  If Tomic wins it will because he is playing great tennis and getting better by the minute, not cuz he has nothing to lose.  Another favorite of mine is "they're due!"   :rofl_2:  The Buffalo Bills were DUE to win their 4th Super Bowl appearance cuz they lost their first 3  :rofl_2:
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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #431 on: January 20, 2012, 10:55:32 AM »
Plus, Tomic and Roger played in Davis Cup earlier this year and Tomic did win a set.  Now, I can guarantee you that their match will be at night (AO night), which is about 2:00 am for me, unfortunately.  BUT....as much as the crowd loves Roger - they will probably be 90% for Tomic, so it'll probably feel like a Davis Cup atmosphere.  Roger did say (in his interview), that he hoped Tomic would come through to play an Aussie at the Australian Open.  Personally, I feel like he really gets up to those kinds of matches.  He always played Hewitt really well when they played at the Australian Open, so I hope Roger will come through

I didn't even bother to watch the Del Po match because I knew it would be a blow-out.  And it was.

I don't think Lopez is playing well enough to bother Nadal.  He has beaten him before, but I don't think he'll beat Nadal next.  In fact, I actually don't even think Lopez will get a set.  He is too inconsistent right now.  But we will see.


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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #432 on: January 20, 2012, 11:53:15 AM »
I don't understand how this is the favorite slam of so many people when no one is awake to watch or discuss the mstchy.

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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #433 on: January 20, 2012, 12:00:00 PM »
I don't understand how this is the favorite slam of so many people when no one is awake to watch or discuss the mstchy.

Tennis fans are a curious bread.

I guess SOME folks have to go to work - maybe?  Anyway - I don't!  I usually stay up or tape the matches I want to see.  I didn't go to bed until around 4:30 am the night Roger played.  But if he plays Sunday, 7:00 Aussie time, that would be about 2:00 am Saturday (Dallas time) and I have to be at my part-time job (at church) at 7:45 am....so I might have to go to bed early (miss some early matches)....and get up and just stay up for Roger's match live.  My point is that the AO time difference is just so...... DIFFERENT!   :rofl_2:

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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #434 on: January 20, 2012, 12:08:51 PM »
I'm glad you told me what your point was,  because I would never have found one.

Anyway, my comment isn't directed at you. It's directed at everyone who says the australian open is their favorite slam. I can't understand how that can be if you can't stay up and watch the matches
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« Reply #435 on: January 20, 2012, 12:14:32 PM »
I'm glad you told me what your point was,  because I would never have found one.

Anyway, my comment isn't directed at you. It's directed at everyone who says the australian open is their favorite slam. I can't understand how that can be if you can't stay up and watch the matches

It's called "being caught up in the moment."  Come May, everyone's favorite will be the FO; June - Wimby....
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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #436 on: January 20, 2012, 12:18:55 PM »
I think that's a big part of it. Another big part is that people feel like the regular season ends after the u s open. It's a long wait for meaningful tennis between september and january
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« Reply #437 on: January 20, 2012, 12:26:54 PM »
Hey Capitano, I've never understood the "he has nothing to lose" one of the most ignorant :innocent cliches, too.
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« Reply #438 on: January 20, 2012, 12:56:17 PM »
I think that's a big part of it. Another big part is that people feel like the regular season ends after the u s open. It's a long wait for meaningful tennis between september and january

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Re: 2012 ATP Australian Open
« Reply #439 on: January 20, 2012, 12:57:15 PM »
Hey Capitano, I've never understood the "he has nothing to lose" one of the most ignorant :innocent cliches, too.

Great minds think alike!   :gleam:
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