This week on the Changeover Podcast, hosted by Brodie of Mind The Racket, we discuss the men’s and women’s finals of the Australian Open, and take a look at what’s ahead next week.
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Enjoyed the podcast. Quick thought on the Australia Day fireworks. Their inability to move finals around probably has everything to do with what TV wants. The finals both start at 0730 PM local time, and I doubt the Australian station would want the match moved out of primetime to, say, 0500 PM to avoid conflicting with the fireworks display. Last year’s men’s final could have started at 0400 PM and still had the delay late in the fifth set. The other option is to start after the fireworks, but they wouldn’t want a match starting at 1000 PM. Seems like it will be one of those inconveniences that just exists.
Speaking of fireworks in Melbourne, remember that Federer vs Nadal 2012 semifinals were delayed for a few minutes and once play resumed, Nadal won set 2 easily while the other 3 played were tough.
Also, on the Azarenka vs Stephens match, I believe Stephens held serve only twice the entire match (once per set) but point well taken on how Stephens should have handled the MTO. In that match, Stephens had numerous chances to close out games but failed
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