Monday, January 26, 2009

Roddick-Djokovic Fireworks Tonight

R16: Roddick def Robredo 
7-5, 6-1, 6-3
R32: Roddick def Santoro
6-3, 6-4, 6-2
R64: Roddick def Malisse
4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1), 6-23

Here's the quarterfinal match we've all been waiting for. Admit it: we're tuning in to watch the Djokovic-Roddick quarterfinals to see some fireworks. Everybody remembers what happened at the USO last year. We are thinking: is this payback time? Will Andy have another mental meltdown on the court and flip out on the chair umpire? Will Novak lash out at the crowd for not supporting him enough? Is somebody going to break down and cry, or call for the medic? Tune in tonight to find out! They are scheduled third on Rod Laver Arena tonight, "not before 15:00 GMT" says the AO website which is around 11:00PM EST in the U.S. Check out the world clock here for times in your area.

Here's a short preview of match: "No love lost as Djokovic meets Roddick" [Tennis Talk]

Bragging Rights: Once Upon A Time, Serena Beat Andy

...way back when they were like, ten. Serena doesn't think a rematch is necessary. She said she won by 6-1. He said 6-4. Who do you believe?

Related articles:
• "Serena Williams still savouring Andy Roddick 'win' 16 years on" [Times Online].
• "Roddick winces under weight of Serena boasts" [Reuters].
• "No rematch with 'sweet kid' Roddick, says Serena" [AFP].

Schadenfreude: What Big Four?

Fernando Verdasco defeated the undisputed favorite to win the Australian Open, Andy Murray 6-2, 1-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6 in the fourth round.

Sorry, Andy (UK). There's no "Big Four" or "Fantastic Four". There's only the big two (Nadal, Federer) plus one (Djokovic).

The British press gobbles down a massive piece of humble pie. Eat up!

Related articles:
• "Flying under the radar" [Australian Open website]
• "Roddick ready to crash Djoker's party" [ESPN]
• "Butterfly Feet" [ blog]
• "Roddick ready to rejoin the conversation at slams" [USA Today]
• "Forgotten Andy Roddick firing" [Herald Sun]
• "Confident Roddick is keen to regain lost ground" [The Peninsula]
• "Rebuilding Roddick all about taking him out of comfort zone, says new coach" [Sydney Morning Herald]

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