Scott Morrison - photo below - the guy who kept him out of AO22 (or he did it to himself um) - lost in the election for PM so he's out (good job Australia!) ........so that's good news for Djoko I guess ........ for Australia 2023 .......not that he won't stay banned anyway...... but it's something that maybe helps him several months from now........and you know if he plays Australia he probably wins Australia always....... though maybe he could be knocked off there as he gets older....... Nadal however hasn't beaten him on a surface that isn't Clay in 9 years - since 2011 Dkokovic is 15-2 against him on non-clay courts. :
For now, still banned in Australia though and prohibited by law with playing the US Open in late August although that may be lifted - and of course he said he's willing to lose slams than give in ......we'll see about that. French and Wimbledon are ok for him to play.....
-Medvedev and Tsitsipas both looking good. Especially the former. These conditions are tailor-made for him. You add what Nadal was saying about the balls they're using catering to flatter hitters, and he has got to like his chances (excusing how the last two years here ended up for him...)
-Cannot believe Anisimova is out and to that lame-ass fucking troll girl too.
-Sad Coric is out. So much for that little hot streak.
-Sadder Stan is out. How many more times will we get to see him?
-Raducanu v. Gauff second round could be EPIC (more likely Coco sweeps her aside )
-Nadal continuing the pattern of the past 6 months starting strong and finishing unconvincing. The way his serve seems to fall apart is the worst part.
-Draper cramping after TWO SETS is both funny and sad.
-Murray/Berrettini, the years first dramatic epic. Shame Berrettini kind of tossed that final set breaker away before it got going, because the way he worked his way back into it after how Murray was toying with him the first two sets was great, and it had turned into a really awesome match that deserved a better ending. He'll be haunted by how he fucked up his match point for a while.
-Still, very happy for Murray (and Zverev).
-About three-quarters of the people who featured on Break Point are gone. Thanks, Netflix.
-The fucking RAIN. What is this, Wimbledon?
-Djokovic's soft draw now rendered all the softer by the fact that the two guys battling for the spot to face him, who would have done well to win games in the first place, will now not even get the days rest between matches.
-His performance, hitting the ball harder than Berrettini to make up for the dead balls and the slow conditions, was pretty amazing.
-RUNE. All the casuals crying about Kyrgios' exit, and the actual one to watch in that section of the draw nicely breezes through against one of the better first-round opponents you can have. Actually, talk of soft draws aside, if Novak has to go through both him and his bogeyman (Carreno-Busta) back to back, that'd be pretty impressive.
-If Casper Ruud gets through his next two rounds I'll be impressed.
-Muguruza's shit 2022 carrying over into 2023 is sad admittedly tough opponent though she had.
-That bottom half of the womens draw is a joke. Tough to call when the three best players in it (Sabalenka, Jabeur, Garcia) all like to wet the bed on the big occasion. Meanwhile, in the top half, Swiatek, Andreescu, Rybakina and Gauff (and Ostapenko) are all in the same quarter.
-Mac Mac played pretty much the perfect match against Rafa for one and a half sets. These conditions at this tournament are pretty perfect for him, (probably the flattest hitter on tour) particularly at night/under the roof, and following up his impressive first round win with this one was pretty epic.
-The hip can be a career killer in tennis. Hope Nadal's is not too bad.
-Glad they eventually got their scheduling back on track...
-Khachanov and Kublar played A 70 SHOT RALLY It is almost not worth watching night tennis at this tournament.
-Medvedev incredible again against Millman playing the best he has in years. Tough to see anyone stopping him before the semi-final. Korda in the next round will be an interesting test to see where he's really at.
-Tsitsipas also great, but with Sinner and Felix in his way he'll probably have it a lot tougher.
-Actually, it will be interesting to see if Sinner's skinny ass can take down the TANK that Fucsovics has turned himself into. Still, through two rounds he's been as good as anyone.
-Mannarino beating Isner so easily in the end tells you everything you need to know about this tournament.
-Gauff's maturity continues to amaze.
-That top half of that womens draw is shaping up so nicely. Could be some epic matches in the next round.
-Speaking of... Murray-Kokkinakis, Paul-Fokina, Ruud-Brooksby, Khachanov-Tiafoe, Hurkacz-Shapovalov, Korda-Medvedev, Cerundolo-Felix, Cressy-Rune (and more!) there's too many potentially great matches to even keep up with all over the mens draw. Interesting days ahead.
Nice result. Unfortunately it can't undo the injustice from last year
Absolutely, goddamn right ^
It's funny what a year can do - I'm not saying Djokovic will win it now - a year later - but I damn sure am saying Nadal wouldn't have beat him last year and that's a swing of TWO slams (-1 / +1) over political bullshit .......
It's amazing what a year can do - like last year Nicole Kidman was winning her 2nd Oscar and Nadal was called "the GOAT" in a lot of places and on MAR - this year Cate Blanchett unleashed TAR for ffs - no one thinks Kidman is a Blanchett.......... and the guy who was thrown out of the country is now getting standing ovations.......... and will end up with what..........maybe 25 Slams? More?
It's as close to justice as you can get.........I mean in terms of message board revenge and stuff
-Before today, Andy Murray was in a 4-way tie with Federer, Boris Becker and Aaron Krickstein on 10 wins each coming back from 2 sets to nothing. He now stands alone at 11. Legend. To do that after the Berrettini match, in what was about 5 minutes shy of the longest match in the history of the Australian Open is fucking nuts.
-In 2019 Roberto Bautista Agut beat Murray here in 5 sets, and after the defeat Andy was given a retirement ceremony. 4 years later... The rematch
-Ons Jabeur looked like she almost died on the court today. Tough to tell if serious, or if she just choked again.
-Cannot believe Carreno-Busta fucked his match up (I can. He is a master of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory) Somewhere Novak Djokovic is sleeping easy tonight.
-Popyrin EPIC. Another member of Break Point goes down.
-Jenson Brooksby AWESOME against Casper Ruud. He's another of those flat hitters that these conditions cater to perfectly.
-Zverev going out is not that much of a surprise given how long he's been out, but that a pigeon shit on him in the process can't have done his ego any favours. They say that is good luck, but... He was winning the match when that happened...
Medvedev down 2 sets and now down a break in the 3rd to Korda...ya know, man, if Djokovic loses this tournament because of his hamstring - I may just give it up and admit Andy Murray is the GOAT or something ........... the vile Djoko gets an easy draw, his rivals knocked out (or about to be), all the conditions in his favor for play, a perfect Revenge Narrative.....come on dude, the tennis Gods are intervening in your favor ffs - get them to shoot dope into your hammy for the love of God......
-Medvedev embarrassingly passive. As conducive as these conditions were to his flat hitting, they are also HEAVY, and it looked like it was all too much for his bony frame to hit through.
-Korda, maybe the ultimate bed wetter on tour, might have had his coming-of-age moment. He tried so hard to hand the first set back to Medvedev again and again, but once he got it he went from strength to strength. He's technically such a good player I hope it is the start of big things for him. Not only was he hitting all the shots today, but his gameplan was super smart too. Good stuff. Great to see.
-Fucsovics bulking up and then blowing his lead against Sinner's skinny ass is hilarious to me. Sinner will probably be Tsitsipas' first real test. Must-watch match.
-Tiafoe and Khachanov had a contender for match of the tournament. Amazing stuff from both. One of those cases where it is sad to see one of them lose.
-Swiatek-Rybakina and Ostapenko-Gauff in the next round should/could be EPIIIIIIIC. Can't wait.
-Ben Shelton, 20 years old, never left the United States before, Falcons fan, into the 4th round after knocking out Aussie in straight sets in front of his home crowd. Beautiful.
-Sir Andy going down in a valiant effort, limping for half the match, but fighting till the end. The second set was amazing. Bobby Agoo such a slick dude.
-Rune and Rublev both looking good. Could be an amazing display of hitting in a couple of days.
-Djokovic-de Minaur will have a hell of an atmosphere. Novak will finally have an opponent who certainly has the game to keep him out there for a while and make him work and see what kind of shape he's actually in. Also kind of a mental midget too, so we'll see.
-LOVE that either Shelton or Wolf is going to be in a QF. Good for them. Sad for Brooksby, but Tommy Paul is great too even if he no longer looks like he just walked in off Jersey Shore. This resurgence in American mens tennis is cool to see. Wonder if any of them can stop Roberto
-DONNA VEKIC FOR THE SEMI-FINAL! What a career turnaround! GO GET IT, GIRL!