Monday, January 26, 2009

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat James Blake

Jo-Wilfried TsongaThe good ship Murray hit a rock named Verdasco and floundered as predicted. This should show all those uppity Brits who’ve expected nothing less then a Murray coronation and perhaps put the Scot in his place (for a while anyway) showing that winning hit-and-giggle tournaments in the desert doesn’t mean a lot. Blake swung and missed against Tsonga who didn’t appreciate the fireworks. Tsonga thinks he’s playing better than last year, we’ll be the judge of that.

It was a day of retirements in Melbourne as Monfils, Zheng and Azarenka all left for an early shower. Cibulkova might have joined them but her match was over too quickly as Elena the (almost) great carved her up with detached abandon. Serena escaped and will probably account for Kuznetsova but if Dementieva repeats today’s performance then Serena must improve substantially. Suarez Navarro triumphed as expected but her test will come against Dementieva.

Monfils looked too good against Simon who is now in uncharted territory and may be well-matched against Nadal. Jet Boy had little trouble against Gonzalez. Just accept that he’ll hit some unplayable forehands now and then and settle down to grind him out. It’s what Nadal does daily. Verdasco is still zooming upwards and on momentum alone has to be considered a chance now. It’s more likely that he’ll wake up one morning and realise he’s in a Major quarter-final (or semi-final) and implode in a concoction of nerves and reality. And then go out and get himself another hot girlfriend.

Apparently Jelena Dokic is a mental giant. And can win the whole shebang. That’s right load her up with expectations, I’m sure she can handle them being a mental giant and all.

Margaret Court Arena (the third biggest court in Melbourne Park which has unreserved seating for people with grounds passes) will get a roof in the future. Also some shade for the fans throwing chairs in Garden Square.

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