I can't really comment considering I haven't seen any matches besides the first set of the final. You can attribute that to Australia's peasant coverage of tennis on free to air television. I do have a Haas-Blake DVD on order which should arrive soon.
Djokovic - Stepanek (high quality and drama)
Blake - Santoro (fun to watch santoro lob Blake)
Blake - Haas (high quality and drama)
Djokovic - Monaco (monaco is a warrior)
Ferrer - Nadal (Ferrer's aggressive play)
Blake - Koubek (Impressed by Koubek's play)
Roddick - Federer (Roddick came to play)
Wawrinka - Lopez (Wawrinka had chances but choke)
Wawrinka has never played Lopez
09-11-2007, 12:40 PM
Too bad he lost to Monaco in the next round. Typical Gordo,, wsa he injured?
Yes, he strained a stomach muscle.
09-13-2007, 03:22 PM
1. Djokovic v Stepanek - Epic match, nice contrast of styles, dramatic, engaging from start to finish, high quality.
2. Haas v Grosjean - Very entertaining and enjoyable to watch between two all-court players, though it was lacking in drama and tension maybe. I didn't watch the first two sets though.
3. Calleri v Hewitt - If there was a match I'd like to rewatch, this would be it. Spectacular shotmaking from Calleri hitting winners from every position in the court, particularly off the backhand.
4. Federer v Roddick - Roddick threw everything at Federer and the effort he put in made it hugely entertaining to watch - Roddick was like an energiser bunny out there. As usual in Federer/Roddick matches, the winners/unforced error ratio was very good.
5. Ferrer v Nadal - The court speed from both players was on full display in this match and Ferrer played an excellent match. As usual, anytime Nadal comes up against a player playing aggressively and consistently, it is usually a good match to watch.
6. Blake v Haas - Fast paced match with both players going for their shots.
7. Blake v Santoro - Some very fun rallies in the last two or three sets of the match, very exhausting on Santoro's end. I didn't really get into it in the beginning though. The drama of Blake trying to win his first five set match and Santoro cramping added to the tension.
I would have liked to have seen Ferrer v Nalbandian (only saw parts of it) and Moya v Kohlschreiber.
On the women's side, the best matches were:
1. Venus v Henin - Some of the best rallies I've ever seen on the women's side. I would have love to see a highlights package of this match.
2. Peer v Vaidisova - Some very exhausting rallies in the third set which was fun to watch.
3. Jankovic v Venus - A bit patchy but a closely contested and a good match between an excellent offensive player vs an excellent defensive player.
09-13-2007, 04:19 PM
I watched the last set of Haas Vs Grosjean. Definitely some impressive netplay going on by both players. They obviously know how to take advantage of the situation with sneaky net approaches. Haas was really ripping those backhand cross court approach shots. Just beautiful.
09-13-2007, 07:01 PM
Djokovic vs. Stepanek
Haas vs. Blake
Moya vs. Kohlschreiber
09-13-2007, 08:06 PM
I thought the first set of Federer - Lopez was pretty good too.
Well, most of the first two sets were phenominal for Lopez. My jaw just dropped at his ferocious serve and level of play, which had me wondering out loud what he was smoking these days. Once Fed began to assert himself, however, Lopez looked like a completely different player after that, and normality returned.
For my money, the Nadal/Ferrer match was the most entertaining. I couldn't believe the kind of body blows they traded and the almost-impossible ball-retrieving, set after set after set. If Ferrer can continue to play like that, he should be a threat for a long time to come. Didn't know much about Juan Monaco, but I turned into a fan watching him battle it out with Djokovic.
The Blake/Santoro match was also exhilarating (Santoro's crafty play was entertaining but also irritating at times, since he wouldn't go away!) I was very relieved to see Blake finally win a five-setter, but accordingly even more depressed to see him lose the very next one. Guess I've come to terms that this is the extent of Blake's talent and mental toughness. Some people, while nice and talented, just don't have that extra something that champions have, but that's OK.