González/Massu d. Kafelnikov/Youzhny  6-3 7-6(5) 0-6 4-6 6-1
The biggest upset of the day. The Chilean's came out fighting and the Russian had no answer for them in the last set, great match :yeah:
09-21-2007, 12:34 PM
Serb in First Final
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA-- Novak Djokovic is through to his first Grand Slam final in his first Grand Slam appearance. The young Serb beat 3rd seed Potito Starace of Italy in 4 sets, 6-3 7-5 6-7(1) 7-6(3). Breezing through the first two sets holding all his service games, Starace started to fight back in the third and fourth sets. With both players being broken in the third, it went to a tiebreak but Starace showed his mental strength losing just one point in it. The fourth set was another epic battle, going to another tiebreak, Starace went 3-0 and looked comfortable but the Italian doubled faulted and lost control of the match there after, with Djokovic winning 7 points in a row. “It’s amazing. I’m still in shock, I can’t believe. It was a good match, there wasn’t too many mistakes through-out the match from me, which was what I was looking for. In the first tiebreak I was very nervous, and wasn’t focused, once it was over I was very angry with myself for it, but I made up for it in the next set.”
In the final, to be played on Saturday, Djokovic will play number one seed Jan-Michael Gambill of America. The American has already one title to his name this year, the coveted Master Series Sydney title, and will certainly be the favourite for the title here too. “He is a great player,” commented Djokovic, “He deserves to be the favourite, but I think I have what it takes to beat him. I was confident going into this tournament cause I knew I had what it takes to get to a final, and I have proven that, but I’m not happy with that now. I have nothing to lose on Saturday, I will just go out there and fight for it.”
It wasn’t all good news for Djokovic on Thursday, as he and doubles partner Roger Federer lost their doubles quarterfinal against Stefan Edberg and Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 7-6(3) 2-6 5-7 6-3. “I was very tired going into that match, and I felt I showed that, I put all my energy into the singles match, but we still played OK. Roger and I are good friends and I love to play doubles with him, it’s a pity we lost but I still got Saturday to think about.”
Novak Djokovic will play Jan-Michael Gambill on Saturday on the Rod Laver Arena. “I love playing on Rod Laver I think I have only played there twice but they were great experiences.”
Gambill/Roddick  d. Edberg/Nieminen 7-5 6-2 2-6 7-5
Congrats to Jan-Michael and Andy!! Jan-Michael didn't show any effects of winning his first Grand Slam just before this match. Great match! :yeah:
Edberg/Nieminen :sad: :hug:
09-22-2007, 01:11 PM
The double for Gambill :hatoff:
09-23-2007, 09:17 PM
:woohoo: GAMBILL!! :D :worship:
09-23-2007, 09:55 PM
Jan Michael Grabs First Grand Slam Of Season & His Career
Jan Michael Gambill is a grand slam champion. Jan Michael won his first slam title at the Australian Open this evening. Jan knew he couldn't let this opportunity go and it would take the greatest fight and desire of all to take out the competition. In the semifinal  J-M Gambill def.  M Youzhny 6-1, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-1. Jan had now taken out two top ten players in route to the final and it seemed his confidence was sky high and his experience would prevail.
"Youzhny is one tough player. He always gives me troubles and his ground game is very tough. He hits the ball so hard accurate. But I love the pace it brings and when I'm serving well and my whole game is clicking, I think I can do better. I was just starting out the match better but then suddenly will be better than me. I stepped it up because I wanted to be back in the final. I wanted to have chance to win a grand slam title on my favorite surface."
In the final Gambill enjoyed a better start, taking the first set 6-3 and dazzling the crowd with an array of spins and angles. Djokovic couldn't cope with Gambill's shots, and struggled to find her rhythm, particularly off the forehand wing. He also appeared to be the more nervous of the pair, and that contributed to the comfortable scoreline.
But Novak wasn't prepared to give up. The 20 year-old started to control the rallies with her clean groundstrokes, and levelled the match by winning the second and the third set 7-6 6-2.
In the fourth set Djokovic led 4-1 and he was serving for the match at 5-3, but Gambill played good tennis, and Djokovic hits the a few unforced errors, so Gambill came back and won the set in tiebreak.
The final set was Gambill's set. He played unbelievable tennis, he hits 15 winners and only 3 unforced errors. Djokovic was tired unfortunately, so he lost it 1-6.
The match score was 6-3 6-7 2-6 7-6 6-2. The match which lasted 3h 55 mins can become the best match in FMTL history as it was full of excitment and emotions.
'I can't really put into words how happy and shocked I am at the moment,' said Jan Michael. 'Coming into the tournament I knew that I could cause a few surprises, but to win the title is a brilliant achievement. Novak is a fantastic player so to win against his makes this victory even more special. Hopefully he'll win one of the other Slams to make up for this disappointment, because he's a great boy off-court.'
'I haven't got much time to rest, but I'll fly back to California and celebrate this with the rest of my family. Then I'll head over to Europe and try to win another title.'