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Australian Open 2009 reports and pics

Experimentee
01-14-2009, 03:26 PM
I will be going to the AO for qualifying and the first 4 days of the main draw, and will post any reports or pics in this thread.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

The weather today was very hot in the morning but cooled down as the day went on. Matches continued until about 10 or 10.30pm.

Joe Sirianni def Go Soeda 3-6 6-3 8-6

I arrived at this match in time to witness Joe's comeback from 0-5 down in the 3rd. Joe played really well, especially his backhand, as he hit many BH down the line winners. Joe had a lot of crowd support and showed a lot of heart and courage as he faced match points which he saved with great play. It was also a combination of Soeda choking as he hit quite a few poor shots to lose some of his service games. I was very impressed with Joe's attitude and his fight, and the win was well deserved.

Peter Luczak(AUS)[31] def.Andrew Coelho(AUS) 6-3 4-6 6-3

This was a poor match and painful to watch, definitely the worst match I saw today in terms of quality of play. The match was basically both of them trading simple errors, Coelho mainly hitting his BH to the bottom of the net and doublefaulting, Luczak framing his groundstrokes and doublefaulting too. Coelho was really in with a chance even though he wasn't playing well, until at 3-3 he inexplicably imploded and lost the next 3 games through strings of crappy UEs. Luczak will really need to pick up his game or he will be easily thrashed in the next round.

Andreas Beck(GER)[2] def Brendan Mckenzie(AUS) 6-1 6-2

I only saw a few games and could tell that it was not going to be competitive. McKenzie did not have the weapons to hurt Beck and was no match for him.

Marc Lopez(ESP)def. Hyung-Taik Lee(KOR)[7] 6-4 1-6 6-3

Lopez playing his usual pusher game, Lee was playing well in the 2nd set and beat Lopez like he should, but his form dropped a bit in the 3rd set. Lopez won a long 15 min game to hold serve and had the mental advantage from there. I left and when I returned Lopez had a break and Lee was unable to break back for the rest of the match.

Danai Udomchoke(THA)[27] def. Boris Pashanski(SRB) 6-1 6-3

I watched the last half of the 2nd set. Danai was playing really well and hardly missed a ball, which somewhat surprised me considering his recent form has not been so good. He was too consistent and quick for Boris, and should have won the 2nd set easier but lost a couple of really close games where he had chances.

Mathieu Montcourt(FRA)[22] def. Miguel Angel Lopez Jaen(ESP) 6-7(6) 6-2 8-6

A tense match with both players getting fired up. Lopez Jaen's looks were surprising, very fair and pale skinned for a Spaniard. Lopez Jaen had a break in the 3rd set but Montcourt did well to get the break back. At 6-6 Lopez Jaen appeared to have some pain in his wrist or arm, he had treatment on the change of ends but it appeared to bother him and he couldn't hold his serve.

Dominik Hrbaty(SVK) def. Michael Yani(USA) 6-1 6-4

I never thought I'd see Hrbaty play someone who hits the ball flatter than he does, but indeed this happened today. Yani is a short skinny guy who hits very flat. It was funny to watch their rallies, as the ball just kept getting lower and lower until someone hit into the net. Yani threatened Hrbaty's first service game by hitting a few great return winners, and had two break points, but Hrbaty managed to hold and from then on steamrolled through the set. Yani then improved his play in the 2nd set and managed a 3-0 lead, however Hrbaty regrouped and won the set 6-4. Hrbaty overall maintained a good level of play and hit many more winners than his opponent. Hrbaty's FH down the line was working well which is always a good sign. Yani tried his best but was outclassed by a better opponent.

Florian Mayer(GER) def.Sergei Bubka(UKR) 6-0 6-3

I only watched the first few games of this match but Bubka was playing atrociously and hit UEs on almost every shot. I guess it was a bad day for him so it's difficult to judge him based on that. Mayer did what he had to do to win.

Pavel Snobel(CZE) def. Ruben Bemelmans(BEL) 6-2 7-6(3)

Although the 2nd set was close Snobel was always in control and never really looked threatened. Bemelmans looked very young, small and skinny. He had nice looking groundstrokes and stayed competitive, and I expect he will get better with experience. Snobel now has the long ponytail look, with odd socks.

Xavier Malisse(BEL) def. Rajeev Ram(USA) 7-6(3) 7-6(4)

I watched most of the 2nd set. Both were playing well and holding serve comfortably, however Malisse was too good in the TB. Malisse was visibly agitated throughout the match, complaining about every single thing that he could possibly complain about, including people moving around, noise, and the colour of the ballkid's shirts. Perhaps he is somewhat indignant that he has been reduced to playing qualifying, I don't know what caused this but he did not look happy. It didn't seem to affect his game however.

Giovanni Lapentti(ECU) def. Marinko Matosevic(AUS) 7-5 7-6(6)

This was actually one of the best matches I saw today, both producing a very high level. Matosevic as usual getting very fired up and screaming "Ajmo" all the time, and really showing his feelings on court. MM can get a lot of pace on his FH and hit some great winners. Giovanni impressed me with his level of touch and feel, as he hit some of the best dropshots and lobs you could hope for. His game is just like his brother's and very entertaining to watch. Matosevic was in trouble in a few service games in the 2nd set but managed to fight and hold on. The set reached a tiebreak which included the best point I saw all day, with both players running all over the court, and ended with MM dropshotting and lobbing Giovanni, who ran back to retrieve the lob and hit a passing shot winner between the legs. MM's response was "How am I supposed to hit that?". MM managed to come back in the tiebreak with some great play, and had a set point, but wasted it with a netted backhand. Giovanni then got a set point and took it straight away to end this very entertaining encounter.

Somdev Devvarman(IND)[28] def. Prakash Amritraj(IND)6-4 3-6 6-4

This was another great match which was high quality and very entertaining to watch the contrasting styles between an aggressive net player and counterpuncher. Devvarman's defensive play was very impressive, he was very quick, getting to most balls, and always got the ball down low on Prakash or hit excellent passing shots. Prakash won his points by being made to hit top quality volleys and making fantastic half volley pickups. I left after the first set which Devvarman could have won more easily as he had many chances to get two breaks. With his quality counterpunching game Devvarman can beat most players at this level but will need to develop some greater weapons to progress into the top 50 or so.


Will post pics from today at some stage.

Xristos
01-14-2009, 03:31 PM
Nice report. Did you see me at all?

Johnny Groove
01-14-2009, 03:35 PM
Nice reports dude, always great to read about first hand accounts of quali matches :cool: :yeah:

SloKid
01-14-2009, 03:39 PM
Thanks for the reports.
Nice report. Did you see me at all?
Were you playing? :D :D :D

Vida
01-14-2009, 03:41 PM
great report man, thanks. :lol: @ Malisse, hardly surprising.

HattonWBA
01-14-2009, 04:03 PM
Thanks for the report, did u catch any of Korolev or Odesnik, great report tho

Experimentee
01-14-2009, 04:10 PM
Pics of Wednesday can be found here:

http://s142.photobucket.com/albums/r88/Experimentee/Australian%20Open%202009/

Foxy
01-14-2009, 04:24 PM
Anything on seeds' practice sessions?

JolánGagó
01-14-2009, 04:31 PM
Thanx a lot :yeah:

Are you a second account?

Xristos
01-14-2009, 04:31 PM
Anything on seeds' practice sessions?

I only saw Fish and Massu but im sure Massu is not seeded.

Hugh Jaas
01-14-2009, 05:31 PM
I only saw Fish and Massu but im sure Massu is not seeded.

What happened to your thread X? the mods delete it or something?

You need to keep the mtf users updated on your progress.

valexie03
01-14-2009, 05:34 PM
Very interesting :worship: Thanks a lot :wavey:

mashamaniac
01-14-2009, 07:55 PM
Thanks mate.. it was really comprehensive !

CooCooCachoo
01-14-2009, 08:02 PM
Thanks so much, as every year. Your reports are always some of the most interesting I come across.

I had the same reaction when I saw Lopez Jaen for the first time. And it's not just his looks that are untypical; his playing style (not his game, but more his technique) seemed a bit different to me too.

Am very surprised to hear Luczak sucked so much, as he appeared to be in pretty good form judging from his scores in recent weeks. Maybe he wasn't expecting to have to play qualies.

Malisse :help: Always a pain. What the heck can be wrong with the colour of the ball kids' t-shirts? :shrug:

Hope you're having fun! And I hope you'll be watching some of Flavio and Marco ;)

CooCooCachoo
01-14-2009, 08:04 PM
Just checked your photos, and my God, Snobel really needs a haircut. That is nothing unusual for him, but the horrendous hair is waaay too long now.

meihaditalab
01-14-2009, 08:29 PM
thanks man, nice report :)

Frederico
01-15-2009, 12:31 AM
thank you for report, if you get a chance to see sorensen?

Action Jackson
01-15-2009, 12:37 AM
Great work and the Dom is on tomorrow.

Caio_Brasil
01-15-2009, 01:44 AM
Thanks, very interesting to read.

Glad to know good things about Giovanni :yeah:

cobalt60
01-15-2009, 01:50 AM
Thanks :yeah: Always great to read reports from someone with a good eye.
Enjoy yourself!

Baghdatis#1
01-15-2009, 01:51 AM
OT:
Xristos, how have the fans been treating Eleni Daniilidou? She's playing now. Are they still supporting her, or are they done with her?

Action Jackson
01-15-2009, 01:58 AM
Mr Tenispro Marcaccio is doing some coaching with Gio Lapentti.

Caio_Brasil
01-15-2009, 02:00 AM
Mr Tenispro Marcaccio is doing some coaching with Gio Lapentti.

Is Cacho really at Melbourne? :)

Action Jackson
01-15-2009, 02:07 AM
Is Cacho really at Melbourne? :)

Considering I saw the guy with my own eyes, that should answer your question.

flexeter
01-15-2009, 11:19 AM
great report! but I can´t recognize most of the players on the photos :( Only knew Soeda, Sirianni, Snobel, Hrbaty, Malisse and Lee. Could you please write names to all of them in the future? It would be very nice of you :)

Experimentee
01-15-2009, 01:22 PM
Nice report. Did you see me at all?

If I had seen you, you would surely have rated a mention in this thread. So no ;)

Experimentee
01-15-2009, 01:33 PM
Malisse :help: Always a pain. What the heck can be wrong with the colour of the ball kids' t-shirts? :shrug:


The ball kid's shirts are bright orange, you can see them in some of the photos. It was when the new ball kids were lining up by the side of the court, ready for the ball kid change. Malisse said something like it would be ok if their shirts were black, but because they are bright orange it distracts him :rolleyes:

Xristos
01-15-2009, 01:45 PM
If I had seen you, you would surely have rated a mention in this thread. So no ;)

I see.

Keep an eye out, il be at the grounds for the next 2 weeks.

Experimentee
01-15-2009, 01:48 PM
great report! but I can´t recognize most of the players on the photos :( Only knew Soeda, Sirianni, Snobel, Hrbaty, Malisse and Lee. Could you please write names to all of them in the future? It would be very nice of you :)

Yes I meant to do that but didn't have time to last night. If you look again all the pics have titles now.

Experimentee
01-15-2009, 03:10 PM
Thursday 15 January 2009

I spent most of the day watching women's matches as they were scheduled first. I did not watch many men's matches as it was quite late by the time most of them were on, however I will post something about what I did see.

Evgeny Korolev(RUS)[10] def. Alexandre Sidorenko(FRA) 3-6 6-4 6-0

I remember seeing Korolev a couple of years ago and thinking he had a lot of potential. For reasons I am not sure of, he doesn't seem to have progressed as he is still in quallies. I am still impressed with his game though. His forehand would be the best I have seen in this qualifying draw. The match was very close in the first two sets, with only one break deciding the sets. Both were playing well. Sidorenko made a few UEs to lose his serve at the end of the 2nd set, and after losing the set went downhill, while Korolev kept getting better. I guess the reason Sidorenko hasn't made the transition to the ATP tour is because of mental reasons such as today's match, because he seems to have the game and the talent, but lacks a bit between the ears. I hope both will fulfill their potential eventually.

Danai Udomchoke(THA)[27] def. Pavol Cervenak(SVK) 3-6 6-2 6-1

I didn't see the first set and I'm still not sure how Cervenak got a set as he was playing pretty badly in the 2nd and 3rd sets. Udomchoke was in good form and was just too speedy and too consistent. It was easy for Danai in the 2nd and 2rd sets. Tammy Tanasugarn was courtside to cheer him on.

Ryan Sweeting(USA) def. Josselin Ouanna(FRA) 6-2 5-7 6-4

Sweeting had some problems closing this out but got there eventually. Ouanna was running all over the court, and sliding to balls and doing the splits a la Monfils. I don't understand why Ouanna always hit a weak chip return in the middle of the court off every serve, even when Sweeting gave him a weak serve. Has he not heard of an aggressive return? I don't know if he normally plays like that but it was pretty bad. I remember that Ouanna did not really impress me last year either when I saw him, and he did reasonably well last year.


I don't generally like to watch practice sessions, I find them boring. However I saw Safin practice with Stakhovsky today, physically he looked fine.

Experimentee
01-15-2009, 03:16 PM
Pics from Thursday

Korolev:

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r88/Experimentee/Australian%20Open%202009/Qualifying2253.jpg
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r88/Experimentee/Australian%20Open%202009/Qualifying2252.jpg
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r88/Experimentee/Australian%20Open%202009/Qualifying2253.jpg
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r88/Experimentee/Australian%20Open%202009/Qualifying2253.jpg

Sidorenko:

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r88/Experimentee/Australian%20Open%202009/Qualifying2253.jpg
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r88/Experimentee/Australian%20Open%202009/Qualifying2253.jpg

Safin:

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r88/Experimentee/Australian%20Open%202009/Qualifying2067.jpg
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r88/Experimentee/Australian%20Open%202009/Qualifying2069.jpg
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r88/Experimentee/Australian%20Open%202009/Qualifying2071.jpg

Stakhovsky:

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r88/Experimentee/Australian%20Open%202009/Qualifying2072.jpg
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r88/Experimentee/Australian%20Open%202009/Qualifying2073.jpg

Truc
01-15-2009, 03:23 PM
Thanks a lot for the reports.

Ouanna's return is shocking indeed, I couldn't believe it when I saw him in Lyon.
He said in an article the other day that he's been working a lot on that shot which used to be purely defensive, now he's attacking in return too ^^ and that's why he has improved so much last year, etc. There's still room for improvement!
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20090112_144251_ouanna-la-valeur-de-l-exemple.html

Fired Up!
01-15-2009, 03:26 PM
Can you please post women's reports aswell? :awww:

Xristos
01-15-2009, 03:49 PM
Can you please post women's reports aswell? :awww:

It is "Mens"tennisforums.com in case you did not realise.

Fired Up!
01-15-2009, 03:54 PM
It is "Mens"tennisforums.com in case you did not realise.
Oh really? I had never noticed it.

Xristos
01-15-2009, 04:05 PM
Oh really? I had never noticed it.

It shows.

valexie03
01-15-2009, 04:41 PM
The ball kid's shirts are bright orange, you can see them in some of the photos. It was when the new ball kids were lining up by the side of the court, ready for the ball kid change. Malisse said something like it would be ok if their shirts were black, but because they are bright orange it distracts him :rolleyes:

Be sure to wear bright orange if you play against Malisse ;)

rrfnpump
01-15-2009, 04:48 PM
Your reports and pics are always appreciated, Experimentee. :yeah: :)

Maybe you can have a look at Phau v Bachinger? :p

GustavoM_Fan
01-15-2009, 05:01 PM
thnks Experimentee for the reports :worship:

great to see Cacho teaching his masteries to Joven Giova :clap2:
hard match vs Sela today :fiery: :boxing:

Deivid23
01-15-2009, 06:08 PM
Thanks, great reports and have fun there, mate.

I think Korolev´s lack of development has two big reasons. Lack of a proper coaching and not enough brain cells between his ears, hope I´m proving wrong, but I don´t think he will ever be remotely close to fulfill his enormous potential

gusman890
01-15-2009, 06:14 PM
Gotta love these trench-war like matches. Thanks for the reports!

but-it's-ok
01-15-2009, 07:38 PM
Thanks Experimentee,great job:worship:

Tennis-Chick
01-15-2009, 10:24 PM
Great reports! Did you see any of Louk Sorensen or Conor Nilands matches?

Thanos
01-16-2009, 11:54 AM
thanks for the reports

Experimentee
01-16-2009, 01:58 PM
Can you please post women's reports aswell? :awww:


http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=367060

Experimentee
01-16-2009, 02:02 PM
Great reports! Did you see any of Louk Sorensen or Conor Nilands matches?

Sorry I didn't see any of those.

Experimentee
01-17-2009, 11:04 AM
Friday 16 January 2009

Dominik Hrbaty(SVK)def. Riccardo Ghedin(ITA) 6-4 6-1

I slept in today so I arrived late just after 11am. Surprisingly Hrbaty was already serving for the match. I only saw the last game but Hrbaty looked good. Ghedin wasn't impressive and didn't look like he had anything to hurt Hrbaty with.

Lukasz Kubot(POL) def. Somdev Devvarman(IND)[28] 4-6 6-4 7-5

Very long match with many tight games. Devvarman wasn't playing well at all and made many loose errors off relatively simple balls. Not great as he wasn't exactly going to hit Kubot off the court. Devvarman was up a break in the first set but then played a loose service game to give the break back. However at 4-4 he was able to break serve again and serve out the set. Early in the 2nd set Devvarman played a very bad game on serve and Kubot got the early break, with Somdev unable to break back for the rest of the set. Early in the 3rd set they had a really long game on Kubot's serve, with Somdev getting the break to lead 4-2. However he wasn't able to capitalise on this mental advantage and lost his serve straight away. Kubot did well to rebound and play well again after losing the long game. He played a pretty good match and stayed solid throughout. He managed to put the ball out of Somdev's reach with great volleys, not really an easy thing to do considering how well Somdev runs and passes. At 5-5 Kubot got the decisive break, and on the change of ends Somdev called the trainer (I am not sure what injury or if there really was an injury). I left at 6-5 when Somdev had the trainer and later saw that Kubot was successful in serving out the match.

Marco Chiudinelli(SUI) def. Karol Beck(SVK)[19] 6-2 7-6(6)

I arrived to see the last half of the 2nd set. The set was close and both were playing quite well. In the tiebreak Beck had the early 4-1 lead due to some errors from Marco, but Marco managed to level it with some great play. Beck had set points but Marco also saved these by hitting good serves and winners, and then Marco was able to capitalise on his set point. Marco was really pumped up when he won, yelling and pumping both his fists a few times. I guess this meant a lot to him.

Experimentee
01-17-2009, 02:19 PM
Saturday 17 January 2009 - Final round qualifying

Evgeny Korolev(RUS)[10] def. Danai Udomchoke(THA)[27] 6-3 7-5

When I arrived I went to see this match first. Korolev had won the first set and they were starting the 2nd set. Korolev was again impressive, hitting his groundstrokes with great power especially on the forehand. Udomchoke was consistent but there was not much he could do if Korolev's shots went in. Korolev went up a break and had chances to close out the match at 5-3 and at 5-4 but had a bit of a lapse and made a few UEs, and Udomchoke took advantage to level the score at 5-5. Korolev held his serve again and at 6-5 up played an excellent game to break serve for the match. Overall Korolev played very well and Udomchoke didn't play that badly. Korolev should be a dangerous opponent in the main draw.

Lamine Ouahab(ALG) def. Ryan Sweeting(USA) 6-4 3-6 8-6

I was interested in this match as I had not seen either player before. Ouahab has a nice game, he is a good solid baseline player and likes to hit the angles and the dropshots too. Sweeting likes to be aggressive on both sides and go for the winners from the baseline. Ouahab was the slightly more consistent player. Sweeting didn't seem to be playing his best and was shouting at himself a lot. Ouahab was up a set and played a terrible game to give Sweeting the break in the 2nd set. In the 3rd set Ouahab kept being up a break but losing it due to nerves and UEs. Finally he managed to close it out late in the 3rd set after a long battle.

Dominik Hrbaty(SVK) def. Marco Chiudinelli(SUI) 6-1 6-3

After seeing Chiudinelli play well against Beck I thought he may have given Dominik a few problems. It was not to be. Dominik was in red hot form, playing pretty much his best tennis. He was just smacking winners everywhere and Marco couldn't do anything about it, apart from running along the baseline trying to retrieve Dominik's shots. Marco didn't play badly at all but his best shots were coming back at him with interest. Hrbaty very quickly went up 6-1 3-1. The games Marco won were because he started going for broke and making the winners, in some rallies he was hitting his balls on the line, they had to be that good to beat Hrbaty today. I was so happy with Dominik's form, I was not sure that I would ever see him play this well again after all he's been through. At 3-1 Hrbaty had a little bit of a lapse, he still set up the points well but missed a few of the finishing shots. He lost two service games with many points like this. However at 3-3 he got it together and eliminated the unforced errors, breezing through the last 3 games. Both sides of the court were packed with spectators and Hrbaty had a lot of crowd support. Dominika Cibulkova was actively cheering him on, sitting next to his new fiancee. Today Hrbaty played some of the best tennis I have ever seen from him, granted it was against Chiudinelli but the way he was hitting his shots he would have beaten most players. After I match I commented that anyone in the main draw who has drawn a qualifier should be very afraid after this performance by Hrbaty. He is easily the best qualifier I have seen this week and I expect him to do well in the main draw.

Experimentee
01-17-2009, 02:23 PM
Pics from Friday are posted here:

http://s142.photobucket.com/albums/r88/Experimentee/Australian%20Open%202009/Australian%20Open%202009%20qualifying%20day%203/

stzenit
01-17-2009, 02:54 PM
You made some interesting reads,Good Work and i hope you continue. I am going to Australian Open first week :) Really want to see Korolev V Moya!!!

Psichogauchovna
01-17-2009, 03:37 PM
thanks so much :)

Experimentee
01-17-2009, 03:49 PM
Pics from Saturday here:

http://s142.photobucket.com/albums/r88/Experimentee/Australian%20Open%202009/Australian%20Open%202009%20qualifying%20day%203/Australian%20Open%202009%20qualifying%20day%204/

CooCooCachoo
01-17-2009, 04:33 PM
Thanks again. Good to hear that Marco wasn't playing bad, but that the loss was due to Dominik's great play.

Unfortunately no report on Flavio :(

gulzhan
01-17-2009, 05:15 PM
Thanks a lot for reports! :yeah:

Action Jackson
01-18-2009, 07:24 AM
Thanks again. Good to hear that Marco wasn't playing bad, but that the loss was due to Dominik's great play.

Unfortunately no report on Flavio :(

Here is a report of one Cipolla match that I saw.

Olejniczak vs Cipolla : Lucky this was a tennis match and not a boxing match. Olejniczak is in the wrong sport, he should either be a nightclub bouncer, playing for the Polish rugby team or chopping wood for something. This being said glad it was a tennis match, Cipolla basically took the piss with this lack of pace and short slices and moved the big Polish tank around the court, then drop shotted him. The bouncer did well to get a game, maybe he intimidated Cipolla at the change of ends and told him to give him a game, or he'd beat him up.

CooCooCachoo
01-18-2009, 10:19 AM
Thanks for that :lol:

Flavio outsmarted Dawid there. Still, the Pole must have had a major off-day not to have won any service games, when he actually has a pretty good serve.

Venle
01-18-2009, 10:39 AM
Thanks guys :)

Action Jackson
01-18-2009, 11:58 AM
Tijn, it was hilarious.

I will post a couple of other matches that Exp wasn't at.

Sela vs. Zemlja : On paper this should have been a comfortable win for Sela, but this was anything but the case, in fact this is what is known as an old fashioned choke. Zemlja had four match points and on two of them the likable Slovene really duffed them. The first one was a smash that was taken inside the service line, the smash was well hit, but it lacked direction. The court was packed now and there was a small but vocal section of Israelis supporting Dudi, and the other side were mostly Zemlja fans on the second match point that he choked away, there was a big rally with Zemlja bossing the point and was able to hit a big forehand and Sela hit a weak return and Zemlja came in for the put away volley, but had lumberjack hands and instead of hitting a short angle to win the point, he hit it long and his chance was lost. Sela then was able to come back and then break and eventually serve out the match. Zemlja must have been so down after this match, especially the way he lost it.

sheeter
01-18-2009, 05:18 PM
Thanks for the reports! I enjoy the way you write about them

Action Jackson
01-18-2009, 10:47 PM
Thanks for the reports! I enjoy the way you write about them

Experimentee is the one who writes them well.

Experimentee
01-20-2009, 01:59 PM
Monday 19 January 2009

Today was an extremely hot day and it did not cool down until about 7.30pm. I spent most of the day in the arena formerly known as Vodafone as I was struggling with staying in the sun for too long on the outside courts. I had very nice front row seats on the end of the court and it was actually very relaxing and much cooler in the Hisense Arena.

Dominik Hrbaty(SVK) def. John Isner(USA) 7-6(4) 2-6 6-2 7-5

Hrbaty was playing well and in good form but Isner was just serving so well at the start that it was impossible to break him. Isner served an incredible number of aces and also served a lot of mean kickers, which kicked about 2-3 metres high, Hrbaty had no chance to return them even if he jumped. Hrbaty had many break points in the match but Isner hit a big serve on most of them. However despite the great serve, if Hrbaty got the return back he was more likely to win the point. Isner won the 2nd set because he went on a roll with this big forehands and they all landed in for winners. He broke Hrbaty twice by teeing off on his serve with his big forehand. Hrbaty was in trouble on serve in the first game of the 3rd set but managed to fight to save break points and then hold. Isner then missed a few first serves and Hrbaty was able to break, and he never looked back from there.

Juan Martin Del Potro(ARG)[8] def. Mischa Zverev(GER) 6-3 6-4 6-2

Del Potro was in good form and was just too powerful and consistent for Zverev, whose serve volley game didn't really work against such a powerful player. Zverev looked to have a bit of a problem with his leg in the 3rd set, and he lost 6 games in a row from 2-0 up.

Marat Safin(RUS)[26] def. Ivan Navarro(ESP) 6-3 6-3 6-4

Marat looking great, he was always in control and had too many weapons for Navarro.

David Nalbandian(ARG)[10] def. Marc Gicquel(FRA) 6-1 4-6 6-2 6-3

I only saw the last half of the 3rd set, in these games Nalby didn't look to be playing his best but was better on the important points. He always looked in control of the match and when he held serve after a long game at 3-3, I knew that he would win 6-3, and that he did.

Evgeny Korolev(RUS) def. Carlos Moya(ESP)6-3 6-1 7-6(7)

I intended to see more of this but the match was too quick and when I arrived it was already the closing stages of the 3rd set. Korolev was looking great, his forehand was much bigger than Moya's once famous forehand. This could be Korolev's year if he keeps up his good form, I can see him in the top 20 eventually.

Janko Tipsarevic(SRB) def. The King(ESP)4-6 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-0

I was in and out of this match for most of it, and saw the entire 5th set. This was the best match I have seen Oscar play on hardcourt, he has certainly improved. Oscar did a very good job of keeping the balls deep. Tipsarevic certainly wasn't playing his best and was not as consistent as he normally is. The 5th set was closer than the score, Oscar had many chances to break but hit stupid errors on the break points. Janko will need to improve if he is to have any chance against Cilic.

Fabrice Santoro(FRA) def. Juan Carlos Ferrero(ESP) 6-3 6-2 6-7(5) 6-2

This was quite an entertaining match, as is usually the case with Santoro. Santoro was slicing everything and moving the ball around well, Ferrero was making a lot of errors off the low balls. Ferrero improved in the 3rd set and cut down his errors. In the 4th set Santoro got an early break to lead 2-0, and then struggled on serve in the next game. On game point for Santoro they had a long rally with Santoro ending up at the net, Ferrero hit the pass, Santoro stretched and threw himself at the ball, as he hit the drop volley he lost his racquet, almost throwing his racquet at the ball, after he made contact the ball it just cleared the net, and backspinned back into the net. After this shot of the match Santoro went down on his knees put his arms over his head, and stayed like that for about a minute. After this Santoro lead 3-0 and Ferrero was not able to come back.

VolandriFan
01-20-2009, 02:20 PM
Well written reports, thanks.

Did you get a chance to see Fognini or Cañas?

Experimentee
01-20-2009, 02:30 PM
I saw the end of the match today between Canas and Kindlmann. Canas was just running around as usual getting every single ball back, and eventually Kindlmann would make the error. Canas was still running really well deep into the 5th set.

Ferrero Forever
01-21-2009, 11:48 AM
I'm glad you liked Ferrero Santoro too and didn't just focus on the statistics of the match as most people have been doing. It was a brilliant match, and I"m glad you thought that too:)

Experimentee
01-21-2009, 02:41 PM
Tuesday 20 January 2009

Another day of extreme heat, it reached 40 degrees but cooled down after about 2pm. It then became quite windy after the cool change.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga(FRA)[5] def. Juan Monaco(ARG) 6-4 6-4 6-0

Excellent match from Tsonga, he served well and dominated with his big forehand. It is really awesome to see Tsonga's power live, and he looks so effortless when he generates this power. No signs of any physical problems, but I noticed that his back was heavily taped when he changed his shirt. Monaco didn't play a good match but most of the time Tsonga was aggressive from the first shot and didn't give Monaco a chance to play well.

James Blake(USA)[9] def. Frank Dancevic(CAN) 6-4 6-3 7-5

Blake played a great match and always looked to be in control. He was also aggressive with his backhand, as well as his forehand, and it paid off. Dancevic didn't play badly for his standard, but was outplayed.

Richard Gasquet(FRA)[24] def. Diego Junqueira(ARG) 6-7(5) 7-6(3) 6-3 6-4

I watched the end of the 2nd set and part of the 3rd. Gasquet wasn't playing his best match but Junquiera was playing well and was better than I expected him to be. He has the same service motion as a lot of the Argentines and likes to be aggressive with his forehand. He hit quite a lot of forehand winners. Gasquet as usual hit many awesome winners with his backhand.

Fernando Verdasco(ESP)[14] def. Adrian Mannarino(FRA) 6-0 6-2 6-2

Verdasco was playing well but his opponent did most of the work for him. Mannarino just made way too many unforced errors and was trying to be aggressive with forehand but had trouble keeping his balls in and deep. Verdasco attacked a lot and hit many winners. The match was not competitive so I didn't stay for long.

Jurgen Melzer(AUT)[31] def. Kei Nishikori(JPN) 7-5 6-2 6-1

I saw the 2nd and 3rd sets, and Kei was playing terribly, while Melzer was solid. I saw Kei's match in Brisbane vs Mathieu where he was injured and he played much worse than that today. The heat may have contributed, as it was close to 40 degrees with no shade on the outside court. Kei is not the fittest player physically and he seemed to lack energy out there and didn't really seem to care at the end, he just looked like he wanted to get off the court. There were many Japanese fans urging him on with flags and banners, but he couldn't produce anything for them.

Andreas Beck(GER) def. Colin Ebelthite(AUS) 7-5 6-1 6-0

I saw this from about 5-5 in the first set, after Ebelthite had already choked his 5-3 lead. Almost every point was a baseline rally ending with an Ebelthite error. Ebelthite completely fell apart and he lost 14 out of 15 games from 5-5. Beck was impressive though, very consistent solid groundstroking.

Igor Andreev(RUS)[18] def. Peter Polansky(CAN) 5-7 3-6 6-4 6-3 6-4

I was there for the 5th set after Andreev had just come back from 0-2 down in sets. The match was of a high standard with both playing well, but Andreev clearly had the upper hand as Polansky was struggling to hold almost every service game and Andreev was holding easily. Polansky came to the net quite a bit and Andreev hit some excellent forehand winners. A well deserved win from Andreev.

Radek Stepanek(CZE)[22] def. Nicolas Lapentti(ECU) 3-6 6-3 6-4 6-4

I watched the 2nd and 3rd sets of this. Neither seemed to be playing their best and the match wasn't of a great standard. Most of the games seemed to be quite long, especially on Lapentti's serve, as he struggled in a lot of his service games. Lapentti just made a lot of errors and it was inevitable that he would be broken at least once in each set. After the 3rd set it was clear Lapentti would lose as his level just wasn't good enough.

Experimentee
01-21-2009, 02:45 PM
I'm glad you liked Ferrero Santoro too and didn't just focus on the statistics of the match as most people have been doing. It was a brilliant match, and I"m glad you thought that too:)

Yes it was very entertaining, maybe you just have to be there to appreciate it. I was thinking during the match that you must have been there and been disappointed Ferrero was losing, but it was a great atmosphere and a lot of fun anyway.

martine2
01-21-2009, 02:50 PM
Thanks for all the reports! It is much appreciated :D

Xristos
01-21-2009, 03:26 PM
Any sign of the Xristos?

JolánGagó
01-21-2009, 03:29 PM
Xristos how come you weren't at the Baggy match?

Xristos
01-21-2009, 03:40 PM
Xristos how come you weren't at the Baggy match?

Were you at the match? I was watching Del Potro.

Action Jackson
01-21-2009, 10:54 PM
Koubek vs. Youzhny : This was the best performance of the day for me. Koubek started very well and was in the mode where nothing was going to get past him and also he wasn't being passive, which can happen at times, when he gets in the lead. Had a positive feeling about this match beforehand, not exactly sure why, but glad this one worked out.

Youzhny didn't look himself, but confidence is a funny thing, great when you have it and when you don't, the opposite is just as true. It was still warm when they played and a bit of a swirling breeze, which Koubek used to keep Youzhny off balance and also changed the spins which helped him. Koubek the times he lost serve, he broke back straight away, he had to be careful not to throw away the 3rd set, and have the momentum shift against him. Excellent all round performance from the El Fashionista, his match with Monfils should be entertaining, if he brings this form.

Hanescu vs. Herynch : Lurch was down 2 sets and Hernych served for the match in the 3rd set and on one of his match points, he double faulted it away. Hanescu started serving better and using his backhand with more impact and was able to take the next 2 in tiebreakers.

Herynch was struggling in the conditions and Hanescu looked fresher, big Vic was broken, when Hernych took chances and it came off and Hernych had another chance to serve it out at 6-5, but was broken easily. Hanescu then won the next 3 games, not making errors and taking advantage of Hernych's tiredness.

Serra vs Karanusic: Great win for Roko, no fix involved here, This was a funny match, there were a few Aussies cheering for Roko, they had money on him for sure. Serra was getting pissed off with the fans, and after the match he wanted to have some words with these guys.

Serra got a couple of dead netcords and didn't acknowledge. Roko pulled off a couple of screamers, he was on the backhand side, then Serra placed it in the forehand corner and he hits a squash shot forehand angle that landed on the line for a winner. He was struggling with cramps, he broke for 5-3 and Serra was up 40-0 and then when Roko served for the match, he was down 0-40 and got out of it.

Ferrero Forever
01-22-2009, 06:00 AM
Yes it was very entertaining, maybe you just have to be there to appreciate it. I was thinking during the match that you must have been there and been disappointed Ferrero was losing, but it was a great atmosphere and a lot of fun anyway.

Aww. Well I was the girl in the front row with the little spanish flag on a stick constantly yelling out hehe:) And yeah of course I was disappointed that he lost, but it was just so awesome to watch him fight back, the match had a magical quality to it, and once he lost I wasn't so disappointed because both players put on such a show. And I had a great day with him before, since he actually remembered me and started a little conversation with me, and we had a photo together, so I couldn't have asked for more:)

Experimentee
01-23-2009, 03:52 PM
Wednesday 21 January 2009

Today the weather was a bit cooler than the other days this week, being only about 30 degrees. This was also a day of record crowds, with the biggest crowd ever at the AO. This resulted in the courts being overcrowded all day, and it was very difficult to get into any court if you didn't already take a seat at the start of the day. Crap scheduling decisions also meant that some of the more popular matches were on the smaller courts, while the bigger courts had some matches which no one wanted to see. I managed to get into the matches I wanted to see, but it meant that I had to stay on the same court and not move around as much as I would not be able to get my seat back.

Yen-Hsun Lu(TPE) def. David Nalbandian(ARG)[10] 6-4 5-7 4-6 6-4 6-2

I arrived when the 4th set was starting and I soon noticed that Lu was playing much better than Nalbandian was. I wondered how Lu was two sets to one down despite this. Lu really played a terrific match, taking the ball early and taking time away from Nalby, who was really in crap form and made loads of errors off easy shots. Nalby was getting very agitated during the match, smashing balls, racquets, signs and anything that was there to be hit. Most of the crowd were behind Lu and they were all really impressed with how he was playing against his more fancied opponent. He also had a lot of Taiwanese support. Lu should have won the 4th set 6-2 but choked when serving it out for the first time, but regrouped to serve it out the 2nd time. In the 5th set Nalbandian was again outplayed. The last game when Lu was serving for the match was very long and Lu was very tense, but he managed to play a great last few points to close it out. Lu was really excited to win and said in his interview that he wouldn't be able to sleep that night, so cute.

Andy Roddick(USA)[7] def. Xavier Malisse(BEL) 4-6 6-2 7-6(1) 6-2

Due to the previous matches being so long this match started late at about 8pm and finished very late at night. Malisse was playing great tennis at the start, he was returning Roddick's serve well to his backhand and starting the rally from there, obviously Malisse was winning most of the rallies from back of the court. It was pretty funny to see them avoiding hitting to the other's forehand like the plague and trying to hit a forehand themselves whenever they could. In the 2nd set Malisse went off the boil and played a really crap set. He rebounded in the 3rd set and was up an early break, but played a really bad game on his serve to give Roddick the break back. Games remained on serve until they reached the tiebreak, which was full of errors from Malisse. I left after the 3rd set tiebreak as it was obvious that Roddick would run away with the 4th set.

Marin Cilic(CRO)[19] def. Janko Tipsarevic(SRB) 6-2 6-3 4-6 6-3

There were fan groups in this match from both sides, however they were not as fired up as I expected them to be. They were not actually that noisy and were quite peaceful, from what I saw anyway. I saw the 4th set and Janko seemed quite solid, but Cilic's serve and groundstrokes were just too good.

Marcos Baghdatis(CYP) def. Robin Soderling(SWE)[16] 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-3

The Swedish fans were lining up to get into this match, and were already chanting and singing in the line when the previous match was still on. Gotta love how keen those Swedes are. The match itself was not that great from what I saw in the first set and a half. Both players were below their best, and in the first set Marcos had a number of break points in different games but failed to take them, while Robin took his opportunities. The match had a football like atmosphere with the loud fan groups, but the tennis was very uninspiring and I almost felt like falling asleep at times. In the 2nd set Marcos was making errors all over the place and Robin was solid. When Marcos was 4-0 down in the 2nd I decided I'd had enough of this crap tennis and left, as Marcos looked gone. I returned to this match later, and to my surprise Marcos had won the 2nd and 3rd sets and was 5-3 up in the 4th. No idea was happened to Soderling. In the last game he made many unforced errors and Marcos hit one great passing shot. Marcos was very happy to win, and displayed his usual showmanship, getting down to his knees and kissing the court.

David Ferrer(ESP)[11] def. Dominik Hrbaty(SVK) 6-2 6-2 6-1

Hrbaty played by far his worst match of the tournament, maybe the worst I have ever seen him play. His forehand completely broke down and he couldn't hit a ball into court. Ferrer played very well, he only made about 5 unforced errors in the whole match and served incredible, probably the best serving I have seen from Ferrer.

croat123
01-23-2009, 05:48 PM
a lot of the chants in the cilic tipsarevic match were pretty vulgar actually. but yeah, i expected the fans to be louder.

Experimentee
01-24-2009, 04:11 PM
Thursday 22 January 2009

Today was very hot and humid, so it was uncomfortable even in the shade. In the afternoon it cooled down and was extremely windy which caused a lot of problems with ball tosses. Anyway there were many great matches despite the wind.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga(FRA)[5] def. Ivan Ljubicic(CRO) 6-7(4) 7-6(8) 7-6(7) 6-2

This was the best match I saw live all week. There was still a good crowd for this despite it being played late in the day/evening. Most of the crowd were for Tsonga but Ljubicic still had a lot of supporters. They both played at an insanely high level, with many more winners than unforced errors. I must say I was surprised to see Ivan play this well as he hasn't been in great form over the last couple of years. He was serving really well, hitting his backhand winners and defending like crazy getting a lot of Tsonga's shots back. Tsonga was also playing well and had more opportunities on Ivan's serve than Ivan had on his serve. Tsonga was down in the 2nd and 3rd set tiebreaks after losing the first set. The tension in these tiebreaks was incredible, and Tsonga really played well and went for his shots and ended up coming back in both tiebreaks and winning. The crowd was just going crazy when he was coming back, and it was a really great atmosphere. Sometimes the crowd were a little unruly, there were some drunk corporates sitting near me who were really getting into it and cheering loudly for their player, and one got a little over excited and yelled out after Jo hit a big serve, but then Ivan got the serve back and the point continued. The wind went out of Ivan's sails after he lost the third set tiebreak, and in the 4th set his level went down and it was easy for Jo. They both really played a great match but Jo was better on the important points in the tiebreaks, and fought really hard even though he could have lost in straight sets. Ivan will improve his ranking if he continues to play like this for the rest of the year.

Mario Ancic(CRO) def. Ivo Karlovic(CRO)[25] 5-7 7-5 4-6 6-4 6-3

This was a pretty boring match although I still ended up staying for most of it out of interest as to who would get broken next. Predictably the match was dominated by serves, but strangely there were no tiebreaks as one player would falter and lose their serve at the end of each set. Karlovic was the worse player under pressure in the 5th and ended up losing his serve twice in the 5th set. There was hardly any atmosphere in this match, most of the seats were empty and only started to slightly fill up at the end of the match. There were Croatian fans in their colours but they were very quiet during the match, confused about who to cheer for.

Igor Andreev(RUS)[18] def. Ernests Gulbis(LAT) 6-4 6-4 5-7 3-6 6-4

After the Tsonga match I went to watch this and it was in the 3rd set. Both players were hitting so hard, especially Gulbis, it was amazing to watch. They had many long rallies with consistent hard hitting from the baseline. Andreev tried to mix it up sometimes with a few slice backhands, Gulbis was mixing his ball bashing with many drop shots. Andreev called the trainer a few times to rub his stomach, and Gulbis played some great points to break serve and win the 3rd set. He carried his momentum on to win the 4th set and go up a break in the 5th set. Andreev had Gulbis in trouble early on in the 5th set on his service game, but after Andreev failed to break then I thought Gulbis had it. However Andreev was really lifting his game and managed to break Gulbis back with some great shots, and then got another break to take the set and the match. It was a great fight from Andreev and he really improved his play to win the 5th set. It wasn't a huge choke from Gulbis, he could have played better but didn't play terribly, Andreev had to go out there and take it and he did, and deserved the victory.

Experimentee
01-24-2009, 04:17 PM
Any sign of the Xristos?

Yes I caught a glimpse of Xristos on final day quallies, dark hair and a blue shirt. I am sure we will all be seeing more in the future :)

Experimentee
01-24-2009, 04:28 PM
Another thing, I really wish the tournament would get its facts right about the players. For example in the Del Potro match after he won the announcer said that it was his first Australian Open, also in the interview they said to him "it's your first Australian Open, how are you finding it?". They could at least do some better research before embarrassing themselves in front of the players and also giving wrong info to the public most of whom don't have a clue about anyone besides the real superstars of the game.

Also the ushers who let people in the courts at the change of ends should really learn when the change of ends are so they can properly do their job. Its really not that hard. When Baggy beat Soderling, the umpire announces the score, the crowd goes crazy, he was celebrating and carrying on, was on his knees in the middle of the court, then someone outside asks the usher whether the match was over, and she replied that she didn't know! Some things I saw really amazed me.

Xristos
01-24-2009, 05:12 PM
Yes I caught a glimpse of Xristos on final day quallies, dark hair and a blue shirt. I am sure we will all be seeing more in the future :)

That would have been me. :)

Ferrero Forever
01-25-2009, 11:08 AM
Another thing, I really wish the tournament would get its facts right about the players. For example in the Del Potro match after he won the announcer said that it was his first Australian Open, also in the interview they said to him "it's your first Australian Open, how are you finding it?". They could at least do some better research before embarrassing themselves in front of the players and also giving wrong info to the public most of whom don't have a clue about anyone besides the real superstars of the game.

Also the ushers who let people in the courts at the change of ends should really learn when the change of ends are so they can properly do their job. Its really not that hard. When Baggy beat Soderling, the umpire announces the score, the crowd goes crazy, he was celebrating and carrying on, was on his knees in the middle of the court, then someone outside asks the usher whether the match was over, and she replied that she didn't know! Some things I saw really amazed me.

I couldn't agree more with you. The security are also driving me mental. They pick you up for tiny things, like what sort of camera you have, if you've got something that looks like an esky, if it looks like you're taking videos when you just want to get the action photo. Yet they don't stop people walking when its not change of ends, I've seen courts without anybody on them making sure nobody enters the court, and the day after the chair throwing incident they didn't even check my bag, just patted it down. Thats my little rant for the day anyway

Experimentee
01-26-2009, 01:23 PM
AO Day 1 pics up here:

http://s142.photobucket.com/albums/r88/Experimentee/Australian%20Open%202009/Aus%20Open%202009%20Day%201/