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  1. Karen
    Karen January 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm |

    Biggest disappointment for me was how meekly Sharapova went out against Li. This is a woman who lost 9 games through 4 rounds and then goes out and loses 2 and 2 in the quarters. Even worse it was not even the score but it was how she lost. Her movement, lack of Plan B and the look on her face that said she had basically given up on the match just made me shake my head

  2. Ophelia
    Ophelia January 30, 2013 at 11:15 pm |

    One of the things that struck me the most about this Australian Open was the “upcoming WTA prospects looking much more promising than ATP ones” trend that you pointed out. It really does look as if the shoe will be on the other foot in 5 years’ time with the WTA having a commandingly dominant elite and the ATP being awash in parity with up to 10 equal contenders at every Slam, much like in the early 2000s. The cycle of tennis keeps on turning…

    Also: you guys should do a #NeverForget post on the Djokovic-Wawrinka match some time since you didn’t do a liveblog for it. Maybe as a “Best Match of the Year” (I know that it’s still early and there could be even better matchs later on, but even then this match deserves to be preserved somewhere in this site’s archives!) recap in the vein of the Azarenka-Kerber one you did?

  3. goranGroan
    goranGroan January 31, 2013 at 2:57 am |

    Ferrer doesnt believe he can beat the Top 4 (well, other than Murray on clay), and thats not really surprising.

    Ferrer has amazing defense. Its incredible he can still run like someone in his mid-twenties. I really cant explain it. But, Djokovic-Nadal-Murray can out grind and out run him. They have better defense than him, and when it comes to who has better weapons its not even a fair fight. So why would he think he can beat them?.

    He has a horrible record against Federer. Ferrer has a great record against offensive players, like del Potro and Berdych, but he cant handle Fed. Ferrer can anticipate the attacks of some of the big hitters, but how can he predict Federer’s game? Roger has too much veriety, and he makes sure to use it so no one can predict his play. Big hitters like Berdych can move somewhat awkwardly, so if Ferrer returns a few balls hell catch them in an awkward position. But Federer’s footwork is flawless.

    I think its understandable that he doesnt have a lot of confidence against the Top 4.

  4. Master Ace
    Master Ace January 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm |

    As we wait for time until the French, it seems like to me that Del Potro(ATP) and Stosur(WTA) are going to be a one-time Slam wonder. On Stosur, she has won only 2 other titles in her career and on Del Potro, what has he done in his career other than the 2nd half of 2009. Stosur missed time in her career due to Lyme disease while Del Potro due to his wrist injury.

  5. MattV
    MattV January 31, 2013 at 1:58 pm |

    Rewatching the Djokovic-Wavrinka match made me realize 2 things:

    1) Djokovic deserves the AO title BECAUSE HE WON THAT MATCH. Had Wavrinka played anybody else (Murray, Federer) he would have beaten them. This was, bizarrely, a final match…in the 4th round

    2) It makes me appreciate Wavrinkas play even more. Sure, he played lights out and won the first set – anyone in the top 30 can do that. But the fact he then lost the next TWO SETS and didn’t cave in? Amazing..to maintain that level of play. If this guy could only stay like this, he could be top 5.

    Also noteworthy is the whole draw business – Federer was supposed to have a tough draw, so was Murray, but they waltzed to their eventual clash. Djokovic did have an “easy” draw, but ran into Vampire Wavrinka.

    And I think too much stock has been put into the up and commers..especially Raonic. Tomic has a future, but its a future, if he gets his head straight (though I like the arrogance – remember young Djokovic?). But Raonic is, I think, overhyped…

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