- I was pleased to see Almagro get through. I've nothing against JJ, but it's nice to see NA get deeper in this event. And Tipsarevic's penchant for 5 setters continues, I see! Impressive effort for him to get past troublesome opponents & to stay focused & committed enough to get the win. Will he have anything left for his next match??
Good job by Nishikori too. I note that on this side of the draw, he's the only young "hopeful" left. For some peculiar reason, I don't take much interest in Anderson, yet he too has survived. Djokovic sails majestically onwards, the entertaining Stepanek meeting the end of his road as expected.
Here are the results for 18th January: Men's Third Round Scores: Day 5
Novak Djokovic (1) defeated Radek Stepanek (31); 6-4, 6-3, 7-5
David Ferrer (4) defeated Marcos Baghdatis (28); 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
Tomas Berdych (5) defeated Jurgen Melzer (26); 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
Janko Tipsarevic (8) defeated Julien Benneteau (32); 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Nicolas Almagro (10) defeated Jerzy Janowicz (24); 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
Stanislas Wawrinka (15) defeated Sam Querrey (20); 7-6 (8-6), 7-5, 6-4
Kei Nishikori (16) defeated Evgeny Donskoy; 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 6-3
Kevin Anderson defeated Fernando Verdasco (22); 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2Schedule for day 5 the 19th January:http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/index.html
On the given proviso that "anything could happen" I'm expecting Murray & Federer to get through in straight sets. Berankis can play well, but this match up is unlikely to give AM any strife. In the Tomic / Federer match, BT can play excellent tennis, but I'm hoping Federer wants to get further & will bring his required level of play with him when he plays this match.
Similarly, Del Potro ought to get past Chardy. The Simon / Mon Fils match could be well contested & I'm looking forward to the Raonic / Kohlshreiber contest. If PK's game is on, he could take out MR. Cilic / Seppi could be interesting too. I'd like Cilic to come through -Seppi is a work horse but inconsistent & I'm not a fan of his game, whereas I like the attacking game of MC. As for Dodig / Gasquet, I'd like to see RG through. I hope he doesn't implode.
I can hopefully watch some tennis live this weekend - "real" life permitting!