Break Points: January 10, 2014

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Notable results:

  • Sydney (Final): Tsvetana Pironkova d. (5) Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4
  • Sydney (Semis): (1) Juan Martin del Potro d. (4) Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-2
  • Sydney (Semis): Bernard Tomic d. (Q) Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-3
  • Auckland (Semis): Yen-Hsun Lu d. (1) David Ferrer 6-5, 7-6(4)
  • Auckland (Semis): (3) John Isner d. Robert Bautista-Agut 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4
  • Hobart (Semis): (7) Klara Zakapalova d. (1) Sam Stosur 6-3, 6-2
  • Hobart (Semis): (Q) Garbine Muguruza d. (Q) Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-0, 6-1

News and Links:

This crazy story from Jon Wertheim about Camila Giorgi and her father failing to repay investors in her career is an absolute must-read.

While we’re talking about the financial struggle that is the tennis tour, this is a great interview with No. 475 Mitchell Krueger by our friend Challenger10s.

Robin Soderling will be commentating the Australian Open final for Swedish Eurosport.

Juan Martin del Potro thinks that Bernard Tomic has a chance of upsetting Rafael Nadal in the first round of the Australian Open:

“He’s very smart,” Del Potro said of Tomic. “For sure it’s going to be a great experience for him playing on center court against the No. 1 in the world. And also he has the chance to beat Nadal. He’s a great player. I think if he has to take one place to have chance to beat Rafa, maybe he will take Melbourne on the Rod Laver Arena. Could be a good chance for him. Also Rafa is really tough player. First round Grand Slam, five sets, it’s not easy to beat him.”

John Carlin, who collaborated with Rafael Nadal on his autobiography, spoke with Rafa for the Financial Times:

“People say I am playing more aggressively, higher up the court, that I am conserving my energies better, playing more astutely than before,” says Nadal, as the riverboat approaches the Millennium Bridge. “I don’t like that. It’s not the point. My success has been a mental success. I wanted to prove to myself that I could compete at the highest level again. That’s the challenge that’s driven me this past year. It’s a question of pride. It’s been a personal battle. Because, let’s be clear, my knee still hurts me today. After winning at Indian Wells [in California] early in the year I was limping for 48 hours. I have played every game this year with anti-inflammatories, without exception. I have no choice if I am to remain the player I know I can be in the face of my body’s limitations. And that constant battle with myself is what motivates me as much as anything else.”

An excerpt from Bernard Tomic’s press conference, talking about this jacket:

Q.  I got to ask you about your jacket.  Looks like it’s something for martians.  Did you pick this?
BERNARD TOMIC:  It’s from space.

Q.  Does this mean you’re out of this world at the moment?
BERNARD TOMIC:  No, it’s cool.  It’s a very cool jacket.  It’s really unusual.  I know.  I like it.  (Smiling.)

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