Things We Learned on Day 12 of the 2015 Australian Open

1. Repeat after me, ladies and gentlemen: Not all five-setters are epics.

If anyone ever questions that statement, please, you must just show them the tape of that Stan/Nole semi. (Then run far, far away because they will be very mad that you showed them such a thing.)

This is the best write-up of the match I have read–it compares it to Godfather III–and below I have posted some scattered tweets from the match, because it was so awful it needs to be documented:

2. This is a great piece in The Guardian on Murray and Mauresmo’s relationship:

Annabel Croft, the tennis commentator and former British No 1, says: ‘He definitely likes the way she works. I’ve watched her and she’s quite soft on the practice court, she puts the information across in a more feminine way. She’s not a hard taskmaster and I think he seems to like that.” Mauresmo has worked hard on Murray’s self-belief, and was instrumental in his decision to play a punishing schedule of tournaments during the autumn to haul his world ranking, which had sunk following back surgery a little over a year ago, back into the top 10 (“I wanted him to feel what it was like to win tournaments again,” she said).

But regardless of the Frenchwoman’s qualities, Croft says, “[Andy] loves to prove people wrong, and I feel like no matter what she’s telling him, he wants to prove to everybody that he made the right decision to hire her.”

3. This pass by Leander Paes, who is into the mixed final with Martina Hingis (where they will face Nestor and Mladenovic), is just ridiculous:

4. Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the women’s doubles title, which is pretty awesome. It was a great comeback tournament for BMS, who was injured for most of last year, and it was Safarova’s first Slam title of any kind.

Their celebration was pretty epic:

5. I wrote some things about the upcoming men’s final. First of all, here’s a column that looks at the history of the rival and examines whether Murray can finally beat Djokovic in Oz; and here’s a preview/prediction slideshow, where I announce that yes, I do think Murray will beat Djokovic in the final.

6. I want a fantastic, thrilling women’s final. I’m just going to keep believing that it is possible.

7. Sorry this is so short. I’m running on fumes, folks, but I’m loving every minute of it.

Lindsay is an author, a filmmaker, a long-winded blogger, and a huge tennis fan.

2 Responses

  1. qthetennisfan (@qthetennisfan)
    qthetennisfan (@qthetennisfan) January 31, 2015 at 6:52 am |

    women’s final was pretty good quality, I think Murray may take the edge on djoker (coming from a djoker fan)

  2. Moo Tennis
    Moo Tennis January 31, 2015 at 8:38 am |

    Loveee all the pictures of Lucie and Beth! 🙂

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