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  1. scoobs
    scoobs January 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm |

    You guys learn so many things, it’s humbling 🙂

    Anderson had a decent end to the season in Paris, gave Berdych quite a time of it, good to see he’s started the year in the same vein.

    1. Juan José
      Juan José January 20, 2013 at 7:05 am |

      We try to keep learning, Chris! It’s good for the mind.

      Seriously speaking, I’m enjoying having to write this little (shared) column every night, because it forces me to think back about things that are noteworthy, but got washed away by some recent event (that might not be as noteworthy. So it’s a nice little exercise for the memory.

      About Anderson – he seems to be having a nice late-20s resurgence. It was sad to see him double-fault away the break in the third set of the Sydney final – he had been playing very well until then.

  2. Matt (secondservehack)
    Matt (secondservehack) January 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm |

    Re: return of serve, it does seem to be something that plagues many of the “next” generation, which is kind of strange considering that three of the big four make so much hay out of their returns and the fourth, Federer, is the master of the lunging, point-neutralizing high chip return. It’s for this reason that I don’t see Tomic having much luck against Federer tonight (tomorrow??). Federer’s first serve is top notch and he won the highest percentage of points on his second serve of anyone on the tour last year. Tomic has been serving beautifully for a month, but Federer will get a lot of those big serves back into play and it will be up to a likely nervous Bernie to finish the point off. Add this disadvantage to the fact that Tomic still doesn’t move well enough to defend very well against Federer’s offense and I see a relatively straightforward victory for Federer. But it would be fun to be wrong.

    1. Juan José
      Juan José January 20, 2013 at 6:58 am |

      I really liked your comment, Matt. You’re spot on, particularly on the comments about Federer.

      I really don’t understand how these young guys falter so badly on the return of serve. There’s not one of them that has even decent instincts, and a prime prospect like Tomic does nonsensical things like backpedal before hitting some returns. It’s as if all their coaches didn’t watch much of the Big 4 era.

  3. Annie
    Annie January 18, 2013 at 7:15 pm |

    Hi guys, just wanted to let you know that I’ve been reading your old chats and am enjoying
    this blog immensely. I especially liked your chat about how you fell in love with tennis. There
    were alot of references to TW and that’s where I got to know you, Linz, and JJ. Maybe this place
    will be a nice substitute for me now that I don’t frequent TW anymore (it’s just so different now!).

    I’m following the AO this year but it’s not the same without the heavenly creature 🙁 I don’t know
    who is going to beat Maria. I wish I liked her but the shrieking is intolerable to me. My dream would be a Ferrer win but that’s not realistic.

    The AO is my favorite slam. The exotic location on the other side of the world, the extreme conditions and the middle of the night viewing all contribute to why I love it so much!

    1. Amy
      Amy January 20, 2013 at 6:17 am |

      Thanks for the kind words, Annie!

    2. Juan José
      Juan José January 20, 2013 at 6:56 am |

      I’m very glad to hear you’re liking the site, Annie! And as you know, being married to a Nadal fan allows me to say that I can understand how you feel about this specific Australian Open. Hopefully Nadal can indeed come back in South America – I think he should use this kind of schedule from now on – no need to play on hardcourts more than it’s absolutely necessary.

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