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TA Australian Open wild card playoffs: December 14-20, 2009

smucav
11-08-2009, 09:01 PM
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=14731
TA Australian Open wild card playoffs
Tournament Dates: 14 to 20 December 2009
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, VIC
Entry: Free
Draw: 16 player draw (Men & Women)
Format: Round Robin

Main draw: Sunday, December 13, 2009, 1:00 p.m.

Men's player acceptance list (as of December 12, 2009):
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetId=RDM40149.684774919

Entry deadline: December 11, 2009
Seeding: December 7, 2009

1 Brydan Klein
2 (WC) Nick Lindahl
3 (WC) Greg Jones
4 (WC) Bernard Tomic
5 (WC) John Millman
6 (WC) Matthew Ebden
7 (WC) Kaden Hensel
8 (WC) James Lemke
9 (WC) Dayne Kelly
10 (WC) Matt Reid
11 (WC) Krishananth Balakrishnan
OUT (WC) Benjamin Mitchell
13 (WC) James Duckworth
OUT (WC) Maverick Banes
15 (WC) John-Patrick Smith
16 Jason Kubler (Optus 18s Australian Champion)

Alternates
IN Dane Propoggia
IN Stephen Hoh
1 Jaryd Maher
2 Highest ranked to sign in each day
3 Highest ranked to sign in each day

Winner will receive main draw entry into 2010 Australian Open.

Acceptances are based on the following criteria:

1. All athletes ranked ATP or WTA 250 or better (based on 7 December 2009 rankings release).
2. 18s Optus Australian Championships-Singles Winners
3. Australian Pro Circuit Points Race Winners

Remaining spots default to wildcards. The preliminary acceptance list will be available from 3 December 2009.

Roddickpova
11-14-2009, 08:54 AM
I cant wait to attend this! It is FREE!

Do you know what time the first match starts? Or will they release a schedule of some sort?

byledobiec
11-30-2009, 07:29 AM
When acceptance list comes out?

Action Jackson
11-30-2009, 07:32 AM
Matosevic has some back problems.

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2009, 05:50 PM
Junaid currently in very good form; Matosevic far from.

Could be a very interesting event with no clear favourite.

CooCooCachoo
12-03-2009, 05:50 PM
By the way, Feeney is not even on the list. Did he retire? :confused:

Ad Wim
12-03-2009, 07:50 PM
So Tomic is not certain of his WC?

And what a stupid date of this event, in the middle of the off-season...

smucav
12-03-2009, 09:12 PM
So Tomic is not certain of his WC?Only the winner of the play-off is guaranteed a main draw wild card.
And what a stupid date of this event, in the middle of the off-season...
Tennis Australia always holds the Australian national tournaments during late November-December:
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=14729

I doubt many players would prefer skipping ITF/ATP/WTA tournaments that offer points/prize money during the regular season to play a national tournament.

jmf07
12-07-2009, 01:11 AM
So Tomic is not certain of his WC?

And what a stupid date of this event, in the middle of the off-season...

Tomic will get a wildcard into the Australian Open but for some reason Tennis Australia forces guys like him and Ball, who are almost assured of getting wildcards, to play this event with the threat that they will not receive their wildcards if they don't atttend. If Gooch wasn't injured he would also have to play this event.

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 04:58 PM
So Tomic is not certain of his WC?

And what a stupid date of this event, in the middle of the off-season...

It's not a stupid date at all. It comes right after a series of ITF events in Australia, and is part of the warming up for the Australian Open. Most of these guys will play the AO anyway, as a bunch of them will get WCs and others will be in qualies.

Peta Pan
12-08-2009, 12:51 PM
It is a shame it starts on the Monday now. A few years ago it started on the weekend and I was able to go to the first couple of days, now I can only make it for the finals which doesn't seem so worth the 1 hour trip with not so many matches on.

grimilan
12-08-2009, 01:38 PM
It is a shame it starts on the Monday now. A few years ago it started on the weekend and I was able to go to the first couple of days, now I can only make it for the finals which doesn't seem so worth the 1 hour trip with not so many matches on.

Is it free entry to attend?

Labamba
12-08-2009, 02:02 PM
We will be live streaming all AO Play-off centre court matches beginning on Monday 14 December.

http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=14858

Labamba
12-08-2009, 03:44 PM
Davis Cup representatives Chris Guccione (achilles) and Carsten Ball (back) are sidelined along with hard-hitting Sam Groth (elbow).

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/star-aussies-in-australian-open-wildcard-playoff/story-e6frf9if-1225808396195

smucav
12-08-2009, 05:02 PM
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetId=RDM40149.684774919

ENTERED ATHLETES/ATP Ranking (as of 30 Nov, 2009)
Sirianni, Joseph 350
Kadir, Sadik 384
Junaid, Rameez 404
Smeets, Robert 436
Ebelthite, Colin 523
Roshan, Nima 623
Hubble, Adam 679
Propoggia, Dane 780
Balakrishnan, Krishananth 781
Maher, Jarryd 874
Klein, Matheson 912
Barker, Marvin 965
Thomas, Andrew 973
Duckworth, James 1012
Mitchell, Benjamin 1145
Eames, Jake 1208
Moore, Brendan 1464
Saville, Luke 1669
Maraga, Nat 1669
Banes, Maverick 1777
Hoh, Stephen 1806
Kubler, Jason NR
Stoker, kyle NR
Swaysland, Joey NR
Chaplin, Jarryd NR
Volmari, Todd NR
Look, Michael NR

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2009, 06:01 PM
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=14858

That is awesome :worship: Really great chance to see these guys in action.

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2009, 06:02 PM
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/star-aussies-in-australian-open-wildcard-playoff/story-e6frf9if-1225808396195

All three would normally be getting MD WCs anyway :lol:

willoughby
12-08-2009, 07:40 PM
That is awesome :worship: Really great chance to see these guys in action.

I guess this will be only for Australia :(

Ausie
12-09-2009, 08:51 AM
Philipousis?:rolleyes:

Peta Pan
12-09-2009, 12:54 PM
Is it free entry to attend?

Yes :)

Labamba
12-12-2009, 09:48 AM
The men’s field is: Brydan Klein, Nick Lindahl, Greg Jones, Bernard Tomic, John Millman, Mathew Ebden, Kaden Hensel, James Lemke, Dayne Kelly, Matt Reid, Kris Balakrishnan, Benjamin Mitchell, James Duckworth, Maverick Banes, JP Smith and Jason Kubler (Optus 18s Australian Champion).

http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11499&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=6521

Experimentee
12-13-2009, 01:09 AM
I'm surprised some of those guys were selected over the likes of Sirianni (done well here many times), Junaid (in good form) and Ebelthite (defending champion).

CooCooCachoo
12-13-2009, 01:12 AM
Mitchell, Duckworth and Banes? :eek:

I think Sirianni used up all his credit and shouldn't be getting anymore WCs at his age, but Rameez hasn't been sponsored nearly to the same extent, and is in good form. How Ebelthite wasn't selected is beyond me.

CooCooCachoo
12-13-2009, 01:14 AM
Oh and to see Scivetti in the women's field is hilarious. I've seen her play, and she seems to have a great on-court personality, but she's just a filler.

Chip_s_m
12-13-2009, 01:55 AM
I wouldn't be surprised to see JP Smith take the win here. He's off a lot of radar screens.

save ausdecline
12-13-2009, 08:45 AM
further discussion on http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=155158 (AO WC playoff draw streamed live on tennis.com.au and released)

save ausdecline
12-13-2009, 08:47 AM
Blue Group: Brydan Klein, Kaden Hensel, James Duckworth, Jason Kubler
Green Group: Nick Lindahl, James Lemke, Matt Reid, Ben Mitchell
Magenta Group: Greg Jones, John Millman, Dane Propoggia Dane Kelly
Yellow Group: Bernard Tomic, Matthew Ebden, JP Smith, Kris Balakrishnan

Labamba
12-13-2009, 04:41 PM
still don't know if this works outside Australia...

Monday OOP: http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM40160.9786399074

Live streaming for AO Play-off

Great news for Australian tennis fans keen for an early summer dose of world class tennis... Australian Open Play-off live streaming is here.

Top Australian talents Bernard Tomic, Alicia Molik, Brydan Klein, Casey Dellacqua and Olivia Rogowska headline the must-see viewing for the first day of live streaming of the AO Play-off from Melbourne Park tomorrow.

Melbourne sports broadcasters Brett Phillips and Peter Marcato lead the commentary team which begin the coverage of the AO Play-off from 9.45am.

The broadcast will include expert comments for a range of the country’s top coaches.

The coverage will focus on court 6 (the event’s broadcast court) but will feature scoring and news updates from around the venue throughout the week-long battle for that elusive Australian Open wildcard.

Viewers will also be able to make their comments on the website throughout the event.

The line up for the opening day is an impressive one. Comeback queen and former world No.8 Alicia Molik is first up against Victorian 18-year-old Jade Hopper.

That will be followed by potentially one of the women’s matches of the tournament between teenage number one seed Olivia Rogowska and former world No.39 Casey Dellacqua –the latter coming off an injury-riddled year.

Two-time junior Grand Slam winner Bernard Tomic is the first men’s match on the broadcast court. Tomic, the number four seed meets the newly-crowned US College champion and fellow Queenslander John Patrick Smith.

Rounding off the first day of action will be number one seed Brydan Klein from Western Australia against talented New South Wales teenager James Duckworth.

willoughby
12-13-2009, 11:06 PM
still don't know if this works outside Australia...

Livestream works perfectly here :D

Givenchy
12-14-2009, 05:58 AM
Duckworth def. Klein 4-6 6-3 7-6

Labamba
12-14-2009, 02:59 PM
Men
Australian Open Play-Off
Round Robin 1r [6] Matthew Ebden (WA) d. Krishananth Balakrishnan (NSW) 6-4 6-4
Round Robin 1r [4] Bernard Tomic (QLD) d. John-Patrick Smith (QLD) 6-3 6-2
Round Robin 1r [3] Greg Jones (NSW) d. Dane Propoggia (NSW) 6-1 6-4
Round Robin 1r [5] John Millman (QLD) d. Dayne Kelly (VIC) 6-2 6-4
Round Robin 1r Jason Kubler (QLD) d. [7] Kaden Hensel (QLD) 6-1 2-6 6-3
Round Robin 1r James Duckworth (NSW) d. [1] Brydan Klein (WA) 4-6 6-3 7-6(2)
Round Robin 1r [2] Nick Lindahl (NSW) d. Matt Reid (NSW) 6-4 7-6(4)
Round Robin 1r [8] James Lemke (VIC) d. Stephen Hoh (VIC) 7-6(4) 6-1

Labamba
12-14-2009, 03:14 PM
Livestream works perfectly here :D

and they have full matches on demand :)

Labamba
12-14-2009, 03:19 PM
Tuesday OOP: http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM40160.9786399074

Court 6
Holland vs. Dellacqua
Molik vs. Peers
Lindahl vs. Lemke
Tomic vs. Ebden

save ausdecline
12-14-2009, 11:41 PM
stream has been delayed

Labamba
12-15-2009, 08:55 AM
Men
Second Round
[7] Kaden Hensel (QLD) def [1] Brydan Klein (WA) 6-4 6-4
Dane Propoggia (NSW) def Dayne Kelly (VIC) 7-5 6-4
[2] Nick Lindahl (NSW) def [8] James Lemke (VIC) 5-7 6-3 1-0 ret.
[6] Matthew Ebden (WA) def [4] Bernard Tomic (QLD) 3-6 6-1 7-5
James Duckworth (NSW) def Jason Kubler (QLD) 3-6 7-5 6-0
[3] Greg Jones (NSW) def [5] John Millman (QLD) 6-3 3-6 6-2
Matt Reid (NSW) def Stephen Hoh (VIC) 6-2 6-4
John-Patrick Smith (QLD) def Krishananth Balakrishnan (NSW) 6-3 6-4

duong
12-15-2009, 10:01 AM
Kubler was not far from going through :yeah:

Jones, Lindahl, Duckworth and Ebden seem to have the best chance to go through.

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2009, 02:43 PM
Men
Second Round
[7] Kaden Hensel (QLD) def [1] Brydan Klein (WA) 6-4 6-4
Dane Propoggia (NSW) def Dayne Kelly (VIC) 7-5 6-4
[2] Nick Lindahl (NSW) def [8] James Lemke (VIC) 5-7 6-3 1-0 ret.
[6] Matthew Ebden (WA) def [4] Bernard Tomic (QLD) 3-6 6-1 7-5
James Duckworth (NSW) def Jason Kubler (QLD) 3-6 7-5 6-0
[3] Greg Jones (NSW) def [5] John Millman (QLD) 6-3 3-6 6-2
Matt Reid (NSW) def Stephen Hoh (VIC) 6-2 6-4
John-Patrick Smith (QLD) def Krishananth Balakrishnan (NSW) 6-3 6-4

Duckworth going great, but Jones and Ebden are looking the best at the moment.

Klein :spit: Not doing well at all.

Labamba
12-16-2009, 08:54 AM
Men's results day 3 Australian Open Wildcard Play-off
[1] Brydan Klein (WA) d. Jason Kubler (QLD) 6-3 7-6(4)
Matt Reid (NSW) d. [8] James Lemke (VIC) 6-4 7-6(4) (corrected score)
[4] Bernard Tomic (QLD) d. Kris Balakrishnan (NSW) 6-2 6-1
[3] Greg Jones (NSW) d. Dayne Kelly (Vic) 7-5 6-4
[7] Kaden Hensel (QLD) d. James Duckworth (NSW) 6-1 6-7(6) 6-1
[6] Matthew Ebden (WA) d. John-Patrick Smith (QLD) 6-2 6-4
[5] John Millman (QLD) d. Dane Propoggia (NSW) 6-2 6-2
[2] Nick Lindahl (NSW) d. Stephen Hoh (VIC) 7-5 6-2

duong
12-16-2009, 09:38 AM
if I don't miss it, Ebden, Lindahl, Jones and ... Hensel are going through to next round (Hensel and Duckworth both have two victories but Hensel beat Duckworth, whcih must prevail, I think).

CooCooCachoo
12-16-2009, 12:11 PM
Ebden looks to be the favourite at the moment. Both him and Jones should be getting MD WCs though; Ebden has been doing well in the Australian Futures and Jones is still young.

Labamba
12-16-2009, 12:11 PM
if I don't miss it, Ebden, Lindahl, Jones and ... Hensel are going through to next round (Hensel and Duckworth both have two victories but Hensel beat Duckworth, whcih must prevail, I think).

two from each group go through ;)

Labamba
12-16-2009, 12:13 PM
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11499&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=6558

Tomic through to quarters

Teenage sensation Bernard Tomic will face Greg Jones (NSW) in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open Play-off after both qualified from the round robin stage today.

Coping well with the scorching 39-degree heat at Melbourne Park, Queenslander Tomic qualified thanks to a 6-2 6-1 win over Kris Balakrishnan. Jones eased past Victorian Dayne Kelly 7-5 6-3. 17-year-old Tomic and Jones, 20, are two of Australia’s most promising young players. Tomic is the winner of two junior grand slam titles, while Jones was runner-up at two junior grand slams. Both have also made huge strides forward in the men’s game.

Thursday is a rest-day at the Australian Open Play-off. When the competition resumes on Friday, the other quarter-final action will see Kaden Hensel (Qld) take on Matt Reid of New South Wales; in-form Western Australian Matthew Ebden plays John Millman of Queensland. James Duckworth scraped into the last eight to take on fellow New South Welshman Nick Lindahl in the last eight, despite suffering a final stage round robin 6-1 6-7(8-6) 6-1 defeat to Hensel in Wednesday’s round robin matches.

Top seed in the play-off Brydan Klein missed out on a place in the last eight, despite beating highly-rated 16-year-old Jason Kubler 6-3 7-6(4) to notch up his first win of the round robin stage following defeats to Hensel and Duckworth. “I played pretty average this year in the play-off, which is due to lack of match practice … but I know I'll play better over the summer,” said Klein.

In the women’s play-off, Olivia Rogowska (Vic), Alicia Molik (SA), Casey Dellacqua (WA), Marija Mirkovic (Vic), Sally Peers (Vic), Jessica Moore (WA), Monika Wejnert (Qld) and Shannon Golds (Qld) all secured places in the quarterfinals.

The schedule for the quarterfinals on Friday will be released on Thursday afternoon.

duong
12-16-2009, 12:23 PM
phew : they make it such a long competition :lol:

CooCooCachoo
12-17-2009, 10:46 AM
Reid is in? That means Lemke must have withdrawn, because according to the scores Lemke has two wins and Reid only one.

save ausdecline
12-17-2009, 11:44 AM
Reid won two matches

smucav
12-17-2009, 03:31 PM
ORDER OF PLAY Friday 18 Dec 2009:
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM40160.9786399074

Labamba
12-18-2009, 10:45 AM
Men
Australian Open Play-off – quarterfinals
[2] Nick Lindahl (NSW) d. James Duckworth (NSW) 6-0 2-0 ret.
[5] John Millman (Qld) d. [6] Matthew Ebden (WA) 6-7(4) 6-4 7-5
[7] Kaden Hensel (Qld) d. Matt Reid (NSW) 6-4 7-6(4)
[4] Bernard Tomic (Qld) d. [3] Greg Jones (NSW) 6-3 6-4

Labamba
12-18-2009, 10:46 AM
Court 6 – Starting at 11:00 AM – Watch the action from Court 6 live on www.tennis.com.au

Casey Dellacqua (WA) v [6] Sally Peers (Vic)

Followed by

[2] Nick Lindahl (NSW) v [5] John Millman (Qld)

Followed by

[4] Bernard Tomic (Qld) v [7] Kaden Hensel (Qld)

Court 7 – Starting at 11:00 AM

[1] Olivia Rogowska (Vic) v [3] Jessica Moore (WA)

duong
12-18-2009, 12:45 PM
Good performance by Tomic :yeah: : I kind of expected it actually ;)

I think he should reach the final, but winning may be more difficult :shrug:

Labamba
12-19-2009, 08:47 AM
Men
Australian Open Play-off – semifinals
[2] Nick Lindahl (NSW) d. [5] John Millman (Qld) 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6(3)
[4] Bernard Tomic (Qld) d. [7] Kaden Hensel (Qld) 7-6(4) 6-4

Labamba
12-19-2009, 09:05 AM
Starting at 11:00 AM

Australian Open 2010 Women's Playoff Final
Casey Dellacqua (WA) vs. Olivia Rogowska (VIC) [1]

Followed by

Australian Open 2010 Men's Playoff Final
Bernard Tomic (QLD) [4] vs. Nick Lindahl (NSW) [2]

CooCooCachoo
12-19-2009, 01:45 PM
Wow, Millman taking out Ebden. Tomic will get a MD WC regardless, so I hope that Nick can clinch it. His relationship with TA isn't exactly harmonious, so my guess is that if he doesn't win tomorrow, he will have to play qualies anyway.

Hopefully Olivia can take the women's one. Still can't believe she didn't finish off Safina at the US Open. I am not a fan of Dellacqua. Both girls are shoe-ins for a main draw WC though, as is Molik. Moore's win over Molik might give her a good chance too, even if she underperformed throughout the year and burnt up a bit of her credit.

CooCooCachoo
12-19-2009, 01:46 PM
Lindahl Edges Out Millman in a Thriller



Melbourne Park, 19 December 2009
Tom Kelly
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM40166.7315400926&blobType=portait Nick Lindahl gives a backhand everything during his semifinal against John Millman.
Kangaroo Photos
Second seed Nick Lindahl will have the chance to snare an Australian Open 2010 wildcard after winning his semifinal against plucky Queenslander John Millman, 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6(3).
A former junior Australian Open runner-up, Lindahl continued his impressive form this week, having won all three of his round-robin matches before disposing of James Duckworth in the quarterfinal stage.
The match attracted a sizeable crowd on the AO Play-off’s feature court, with healthy numbers cheering both Lindahl and No.5 seed Millman during an entertaining contest.
The players traded a number of long rallies, winners being sent to all corners of the court with impressive ease.
After sharing early breaks, games were locked on serve until a first-set tiebreaker, which Millman closed out 7-2 after being gifted a few loose points.
Lindahl fought back in the second, however; keeping his intensity high and moving his opponent around the court. He needed only one break of serve, closing the set out 6-3 and evening the contest.
Again games remained on serve in the deciding set, although Millman – serving first – came within two points of victory when up 5-4.
But the No.2 seed proved too strong in the tiebreaker, taking it out 7-3 and securing a place in tomorrow’s final where he’ll face the winner of Bernard Tomic and Kaden Hensel.
Speaking after the match, Lindahl said he was happy with the way he played against Millman.
“I’m feeling a bit tired now, but [I’m] pretty happy; it was a good match today. Fitness-wise I’m feeling really well, but I still feel I can improve a bit – hopefully tomorrow.
“I think [Millman] started to get a bit tired – he had a tough match yesterday. I had a pretty easy match ... I just kept moving him side to side and attacked well.”
The No.2 seed said he was on target with his goal coming into the play-off.
“Of course I came here to win it, and I’ve been training pretty hard the last month – especially on fitness, I’m feeling fit.
“I feel confident... I just want to play my best tennis and see how I go. I’ve been defending really well and today I attacked pretty good, so hopefully I can put both of those together tomorrow.”

willoughby
12-20-2009, 05:47 AM
Lindahl won 6-7 6-1 4-6 7-6 6-3 after saving MPs in the 4th set.

save ausdecline
12-20-2009, 06:05 AM
Lindahl wins the AO play off in a tight 5 setter. so he gets one.

Labamba
12-20-2009, 10:54 AM
Lindahl won 6-7(6) 6-1 4-6 7-6(8) 6-3 after saving MPs in the 4th set.

Lindahl saved 5 match points :eek:

and in the women's final Dellacqua saved 3 match points :lol:

Labamba
12-20-2009, 10:56 AM
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11499&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=6583

Lindahl outlasts Tomic in epic final

Nick Lindahl has defeated Bernard Tomic in a five-set thriller at Melbourne Park to win the AO Play-off and a wildcard into Australian Open 2010.

Lindahl saved five match points in the fourth set to overcome a determined Tomic in front of a large crowd, 6-7(6) 6-1 4-6 7-6(8) 6-3.

After the match a relieved and elated Lindahl told the media that he would prepare differently for his second tilt at the Australian Open.

“[I'm] really happy but I'm really tired and really sore everywhere but I'm really happy and excited.

“Yesterday [against John Millman] I was two points away from defeat, today I was one point from defeat, so I'm really proud of myself to hang in there.”

The first set was a struggle as both players felt each other out, probing for weaknesses in each other's game. Tomic used his backhand down the line to great effect as he burnt Lindahl a few times, with the set ending in a tiebreaker, which Tomic won 7-6(6).

The wheels fell off for Tomic in the second set as Lindahl took control and the set 6-1. Tomic even tried advancing to the net late in the set but was sent back to the baseline by a sublime Lindahl backhand passing shot.

Set point was a similar story as Lindahl finished the set off with a flourish coming in the form of a high-reaching crosscourt backhand volley that left Tomic stranded in no man's land.

The third set mirrored the first as games went with serve until the tenth game when Tomic broke the status quo and snatched Lindahl's serve and the set 6-4.

The irrepressible seventeen year old played one for the highlight reels on set point when he retrieved a Lindahl smash and elegantly popped the ball back over Lindahl's head and into the corner for a winner.

But it was the fourth set that had the assembled crowd on the edge of their seats. Tomic jumped out of the blocks like a headstrong horse on Cup day to take a 3-0 lead before Lindahl had even saddled up. At 5-2 Tomic was looking like an almost certain starter at the Australian Open, but Lindahl wasn't finished yet.

The 21 year old kept his head and saved five match points before taking the set himself in an epic tiebreaker 7-6(8).

In the final set Lindahl got the decisive break in the sixth game as he took a 4-2 lead. Both players held serve for the duration of the set, which Lindahl took 6-3.

It was a disappointing end for Tomic who got himself into a winning position and, just like Olivia Rogowska in the women's final earlier in the day, he just wasn't able to finish it off.

Following the match Tomic was asked if he'd be thinking about those missed match points tonight: “I had a few match points, but I'm gonna get over it tonight, so hopefully I can get it out of my mind by tomorrow,” he said.

“I should've changed something up but, then again, tennis is tennis – you make a few mistakes like that and it can cost you and it did today. But Nick played good tennis and there was no excuses, he just played the good shots at the right time.”

Lindahl will now focus on his training ahead of Australian Open 2010, which starts January 18.

For Tomic, the nervous wait begins to see whether or not he will be granted one of the few remaining discretional wildcards into the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

CooCooCachoo
12-20-2009, 11:42 AM
Nervous wait? Hardly. He knows he is getting a WC.

Good job Nick :yeah: