In a strange, yet high quality, match that saw Rafael Nadal robbed of vital points by poor line calls repeatedly, Rafa has battled the huge serves and powerful, flat ground strokes of Tomas Berdych to book a place in the Australian Open semi finals. It took Nadal four hours and 16 minutes but he eventually walked away with the 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 win that finished right at midnight.
Both players had early break point opportunities but were unable to convert, Nadal fighting against the booming serve of Berdych and incredibly flat ground strokes.
The 12th game of the first set went for over 8 minutes with Berdych having triple set point. His incredible defensive skills saved the second break point as he somehow stayed alive in a point he should have lost multiple times. Despite a fourth point for Berdych, Rafa dug deep and forced a tiebreak. Read more »
I think it’s safe to say that even though we’re only just into the first day of the second week that this has been the strangest Australian Open ever.
There have been a significant number of injuries on both the men’s and women’s side but at the time of writing there had been an incredible 8 retirements and 1 withdrawal on the men’s side alone.
Rafael Nadal injured his knee getting up from a chair but played on. Kim Clijsters re-sprained her troublesome ankle but played on. Li Na seemed to be the kiss of death for ankles knocking both Anabel Medina Garrigeus and Kim Clijsters to the ground in the early stages of their first set. Read more »
Rafael Nadal is one of the fairest men in tennis and he wont be impressed by Tomas Berdych’s snub of his compatriot Nicolas Almagro. It’s not the first time Rafa will have been irritated by Berdych’s behaviour so it’s going to make for an interesting quarterfinal particularly given how well Nadal plays when he’s irritated and how much the crowd now hate Berdych.
So here’s an old clip of Nadal telling Berdych that it’s not OK to silence the Spanish crowd. The clip is from Madrid 2006 and you’ll need to skip to 6.50. It seems Tomas likes to ruin perfectly good matches with bad behaviour Read more »
Rafael Nadal was too good for his countryman and good friend Feliciano Lopez today, handily beating him 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Lopez was crippled by his own errors, his backhand repeatedly breaking down
Despite an exchange of breaks early in the second set Nadal steadied, reducing his unforced errors and cruised to the finish line as a frustrated Feliciano struggled to make in roads in the match. Read more »
This years Australian Open is a tough one to call, mostly because there are a few niggling injuries in the top 15 and quite a few who are yet to show form that warrants their high ranking.
Then there are a few variables.
Sam Querrey is returning after a lengthy and serious injury time out but according to American insiders is playing well. David Nalbandian is always dangerous and overflowing with potential but always seems to come up short or injured, much like Lleyton Hewitt. Read more »
Tournament favourites and top seeds Tomas Berdych and Petra Kvitova for the Czech Republic have won the diamond encrusted balls at the Hopman Cup in Perth defeating the French team of Marion Bartoli and Richard Gasquet 2-0.
Unbeaten world number two Petra Kvitova seemed unhindered by and back niggles she had had the previous day when she had clutched at her left lower back before losing the thoracic rotation in her shots. Petra had struggled with her serve, appearing to be dragged down by her poor posture on the right thorax for a good portion of the third set against Caroline Wozniacki. Read more »
Roger Federer has secured a spot in his 100th career final. It’s somewhat poetic that his 100th final will be at the World Tour Finals in London to cap off a successful few weeks for the Swiss Maestro. Federer will face Jo Wilfried Tsonga in the final on Sunday.
Federer beat David Ferrer in the semifinals 7-5, 6-3 and if he can lift the trophy for a second consecutive year he will have claimed his 70th career title. Read more »
David Ferrer has notched up an impressive 6-3, 6-1 win over Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic. While Djokovic may have called it his worst match of the season, Ferrer was delighted with his performance which has secured him a spot in the semifinals of the World Tour Finals after he also beat Andy Murray in straight sets on Monday.
It’s a great result for probably the most consistent player on the circuit for a number of years. Ferrer’s 18 winners to Novak’s 11 gave him an advantage but it was Nole’s implosion with 33 unforced errors to Davids 18 which ultimately crippled him. Read more »