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2012 Australian Open Reports from Hewitt=Legend, Photos, krystlel blogs

Action Jackson
01-11-2012, 11:19 AM
As per usual, I will do some reports from the qualies. It's not just my thread, anyone who was at the AO during qualies or MD can post in here.

Chances are most of us saw different matches which is a good thing.

It's that time of the year again, where I'm at the Australian Open qualifiying rounds which besides being free, relaxed and the hardcore fans attend have a much different vibe from the main draw, which is appreciated.

Melbourne it's known as the place where it's 4 seasons in one day, but that's the nice way of saying the weather is predictable as the bowel movements of baby. It was a frustrating for players and fans alike, combination of rain, sunshine, hail and strong winds made it difficult.

Farah vs. Veic

Found out the reason Farah didn't play qualies at Chennai. He had some achilles tendonitis which flared up badly, too bad this info wasn't forthcoming before the match. The conditions made this match tough, even then the Farah forehand is a work of art. There is no forward momentum into the ball or drive from the core, it's all arm, so when he mistimes the shot which happens at regular intervals, then it's fodder. Contrast his backhand is technically solid can go both ways, slices well, some good volleys.

Veic was playing his usual game working very hard defensively, the lack of weapons is made up for determination. Farah was having problems pushing up on the serve due to the leg problem, so Veic takes 1st set easily. Farah starts playing better from the baseline, the match became more of a contest. It wasn't always high quality this was mostly due to the conditions more than anything else, the courts were never going to be fast today. Some long games in the 2nd set, where Farah took the chances.

Farah had the momentum took an early break, then Veic broke back. The ending was poor as Farah double faulted twice in the game that Veic broke. Speaking of poor, the quality of linecalling was shocking in this match, they are too tight not to have linespeople on both sides of the court. Both guys were getting pissed off with the linecalls, they were probably better off calling the lines themselves. Hope Veic makes the main draw, the battler he is and Farah is playing main draw doubles.

Hajek vs. Fischer

Jan "Prostejov King" Hajek was meant to be playing Marchenko due to late withdrawals he ends up playing Fischer. Hajek was clearly the better player taking the 1st set 6-3, and just cruising along to *5-3 attempting to serve out the match, then this when things got interesting.

Hajek hadn't been making many errors at all hitting solid and deep groundstrokes moving Fischer around easily, wrongfooting him. When he served for the match he plays a donkey of a game to lose serve, even then it still didn't look like losing. Someone kidnapped Hajek and was impersonating him, either this or someone laid some good odds. Fischer takes the 2nd set 7-5.

Then the fun began Hajek was serving half paced serves, making hilarious errors when he was down 3-0, then it was just a question whether how many times a dropshot would bounce twice before the net or how far out it would be. That was a brilliant tank, that Kim Jong Il would have been proud of.

Ghem vs. Brzezicki

Brazil vs. Argentina, both guys of Polish descent and good friends as well. It was quite an entertaining match and a good standard from guys who are much better on clay, who hadn't arrived in the country not long ago.

Naturally there were quite a few breaks of serve, with neither having great serves and Brzezicki on the 2nd serve gets no leg drive at all so it's very attackable. Brzezicki, this is the man who when asked for reason he retired from a match cited "mental", so I have a soft spot for the guy. Another thing in common both are clearly better on the backhand side, Ghem using the single hander, slicing effectively when he needed to do and Brzezicki with his double hander. Ghem was slightly more aggressive so he was able to take the 1st set.

Second set had the same pattern, once they broke, then they couldn't hold their serve to confirm the break. Ghem served for match and he has a poor record of closing out matches, this was very clear to see why. No leg drive on serve, lack of movement when hitting groundstrokes, but he was able to get to the tiebreaker and the strangest moment of the day besides Carsten "Sideshow" Ball winning match happened at 4-1 in the tiebreaker.

After an extended rally Brzezicki hit an excellent shot screaming out "Vamoooooooos" before Ghem hit the ball and was awarded the point when Ghem missed it. Ghem was pissed off with the umpire said "come on, that put me off ", it was quite loud. He told the umpire to ask Brzezicki, as they are both good friends, so Polaco told the umpire and they replayed the point, which Ghem won. Then he was able to get his first win over Brzezicki in 6 attempts.

Bedene vs. Mertl

This was a cakewalk for Bedene, who had a good support group here and no it wasn't just screaming fangirls. He was fairly impressive but really didn't need to do too much as Mertl looked like a turkey stuffed at Christmas. Bedene has a good aggressive game, his 2nd round match with Lacko will be one of the better ones, can see Lacko being able to hit through Bedene's forehand on this surface, though who knows when Carsten Ball wins a match.

Luczak vs. Meffert

Luczak started off so rusty which is natural considering his last event was Stockholm indoors which he played after coming back from the beach in Bahamas 2 days before. This is his last singles event and all he has been doing is hitting with his son and Lleyton Hewitt. Meffert got an early break, but that was more through Luczak's ring rust so to speak, there was one highlight that showed how much of a woodduck showing Meffert put in today. Luczak hit a ball down the middle, it didn't move much and he was clean bowled or took an airswing. He wasn't moving his feet at all, either a few service winners, the odd groundstroke winner and plenty of errors.

As time wore on Luczak got more into the match, he started playing a bit better but not brilliant. He got over the line and the comment was "I don't know how I won that". Meffert playing like a donkey definitely helped. He plays the likeable Dane Freddie Nielsen who took out Rajeev Rampras in straight sets. Luczak will have to improve if he is trouble Nielsen who has started the season quite well.

Cabal vs. Schwank

Gordo Schwank has lost some beef for sure, that's good but not a fan of the short hair. I expect Argentine sportsmen to have long hair or at least to the shoulders. This was a bit of a mismatch as Cabal was feeling crap, too bad this info never comes in at the right time. He had a case of the runs wasn't able to move well at all, in fact he was flatter than the chest of a female sprinter. He showed some flashes, but his energy wasn't there and Schwank wasn't losing this at all, would be good if Schwank could make it.

Pospisil vs. Millman

This was Vasek's day alright, he didn't play that well but all those breaks went his way. Millman started well, was hitting more winners than errors and Pospisil was getting frustrated with this. Millman takes the 1st set, then the 2nd set becomes a bit of a break fest, a combination of good play from both guys, some lucky shanks going in on the big points, no one takes advantage as they get into the tiebreaker which was very competitive. Beautiful shank from Pospisil hits the line gets 6-4 then closes it out.

Third set was solid until Pospisil through 2 shanks and a double fault gets the break at 2-2. He was done 0-30 and then a brilliant non call from the linesman on the baseline missing a ball that was a long way out, too the point where we were sitting the baseline, it was closer to use than the baseline, that would have given Millman 0-40. He spits it after that and says to linesman "not good enough, you really should be doing a better job, than missing calls like this". After the incident, he was deflated, Pospisil sees this and was very good in closing out the match against a visibly frustrated opponent. Pospisil really should qualify from this section.

It's an interesting situation for Millman, he has been out for 6 months with shoulder problems, but for reasons unknown he has pissed off Tennis Australia in some manner. It's strange cause he isn't a controversial guy at all, maybe the fact he is articulate, well spoken and not part of the inner sanctum.

He had to use his protected ranking to get into qualies, when they should have given him a wildcard, especially after the excellent 2010 season he had, the shoulder issues were what halted his progress in 2011, hence leading to the ranking slide. Yet, they give one to sideshow Carsten Ball who doesn't deserve one because the man has been stinking up the court, that's his own fault and not injury related. It gets worse in that Millman won't get wildcards to the Aussie challengers, because it's not the tournament directors that decided it more like Tennis Australia.

Other News

Amir Weintraub the thoughtful and introspective Israeli struggled with the conditions against Crugnola, too slow for him and his opponent was playing well. Hope he is around tomorrow as I'd like to thank him for his blogs that he has contributed about the struggles with life on the tour at the lower levels, which most fans don't know or want to know about.

Poor Lajovic leading 5-0 40-0 in the 3rd set and loses to Viola 8-6, that is a bad choke, even though he done something to his leg at 5-2 and Andreas Egli the insurance salesman lookalike called the trainer.

Tomorrow thankfully there are mens matches early in the day, so there can be some more time off, sorry for the lack of photos at the moment, technology sucks.

Hewitt =Legend
01-11-2012, 11:31 AM
Great reports as usual mate.

Hajek tank was the highlight and Ghem/Brzezicki was good quality.

Action Jackson
01-11-2012, 11:33 AM
Will watch some of Niland, Brown, Zemlja, Zopp if I can.

Hypnotize
01-11-2012, 11:33 AM
Thanks, it's always great to read your reports.

tribalfusion
01-11-2012, 01:57 PM
Nice thread....thanks for the reports

madmax
01-11-2012, 02:07 PM
LOL at Hajek:haha: I was wondering what happened in that match after he lost his serve at 5*-4 in the second set

Henry Chinaski
01-11-2012, 02:21 PM
good job AJ

Or Levy
01-11-2012, 04:49 PM
Hi, I quoted the relevant parts and put it on Amir's facebook wall. Maybe it would cheer him up.

Everko
01-11-2012, 04:57 PM
Good job. You can do good when you aren't behaving biased. Can you add some pictures?

Shirogane
01-11-2012, 05:46 PM
*subscribes*

philosophicalarf
01-11-2012, 06:21 PM
Sweet, thanks.

Hajek :worship:

Sauletekis
01-11-2012, 06:28 PM
Very good read indeed. I didn't knew Ghem was a polish descender...

I would be very thankfull if you could do the Sousa - Menendez-Maceiras match report, in R2. :worship:

CooCooCachoo
01-11-2012, 06:49 PM
Thanks as always :yeah:

Action Jackson
01-11-2012, 08:32 PM
Hi, I quoted the relevant parts and put it on Amir's facebook wall. Maybe it would cheer him up.

That's fine, maybe he will around the courts later today.

Very good read indeed. I didn't knew Ghem was a polish descender...

I would be very thankfull if you could do the Sousa - Menendez-Maceiras match report, in R2. :worship:

Yes, Ghem is German/Polish and as for the Sousa match it depends on whether I can get to that one as long as it doesn't clash with someone else I want to see.

Will check out some of Jaziri's match as well.

rhinooooo
01-11-2012, 09:18 PM
Good stuff as always, mate.

SVK
01-12-2012, 02:58 AM
Hopefully you watched Zopp´s match, Ignatik wasted like 1000 MPs, would like to know how it looked there.

jmf07
01-12-2012, 04:17 AM
Great report and have fun

Action Jackson
01-12-2012, 08:57 AM
Thanks to the poor weather yesterday, there weren't too many matches today. They were the ones that were incomplete from last night or didn't get to start.

Plenty of drama today though in spite of the small quantity of matches. There was a bit of rain around early, nothing too serious but enough to stop play with the slippery lines. Best of all the organisers did the right thing and put the 2 main matches I wanted to see on courts next to each other. Got a core workout from turning the body to be able to see both matches.

De Bakker vs. Brown

This was the highlight pick of the 1st round of qualie matches and it didn't disappoint. Both of these guys had poor 2011s for different reasons.

The match played out fairly typically with Brown hitting some huge slapshot forehand winners, dropshotitis was rampant why hit the conventional when the dropshot is so much sexier. The drive forehand volleys around the knees. De Bakker was solid from the back, hitting some good dropshots of his own but more consistent and this was what got him over the line in a very hard fought match.

This match definitely had the highest per capita rate of good looking ladies that turn up to Aus Open qualies, normally there are only about one or two good ones, maybe it De Bakker's Dennis Bergkamp cat like moves that they were to see. De Bakker is in a pretty tough section, especially when there are certain sections of the draw that aren't strong at all.


Žemlja vs. Gremelmayr

Gremelmayr started off very well, using his forehand to dictate the play and working Žemlja around who wasn't too interested in moving his feet. The rain delay came at the right time for Žemlja just after the first set, cause he was getting run around big time.

In the second set Žemlja started serving better, but while he was creating a multitude of break point chances he was finding it difficult to break since Gremelmayr decided to become Goran Ivanisevic and start hitting aces break point down, he saved 7 break points with aces alone, impressive for a guy who doesn't have a massive serve. Žemlja was getting frustrated with Gremenisievic but managed to stay calm long enough to get the tiebreaker.

Žemlja had the momentum and an early break, had a few chances to get the insurance break where Gremelmayr kept up the seving exhibition. Gremelmayr besides serving huge when he was down was killing Žemlja with the dropshots, which Žemlja was always going crosscourt. Gremlin either hit the open court or lobbed him for a winner. Žemlja was able to get the final break being aggressive on the forehand and stepping in on short second serves, then served it out comfortably.

Zopp vs. Ignatik

Hewitt = Legend saw most of this match whereas I only saw parts, so he'll give you a better and more detailed description. Ignatik early just wasn't making errors at all from the baseline and hitting some class volleys. Zopp just kept hanging in there and saved 5 match points. Ignatik took a timeout at *7-7 0-15 and was also getting coached. Great win for Zopp, he had good support there as well.

Zopp vs. Ignatik

Hewitt = Legend saw most of this match whereas I only saw parts, so he'll give you a better and more detailed description. Ignatik early just wasn't making errors at all from the baseline and hitting some class volleys. Zopp just kept hanging in there and saved 5 match points. Ignatik took a timeout at *7-7 0-15 and was also getting coached. Great win for Zopp, he had good support there as well.

Naso vs. Reid

This was a very tight match, not exactly the best quality. Reid has a big serve for a small guy which he was using well and Naso was fighting hard. The real issue in this match was on Reid's match point after an extended rally. Naso hits a backhand down the line which was called out from the linesman, he starts walking over for the handshake. Reid is about to celebrate and then the overrule from the chair umpire on the far side. It's very hard to tell that was a clear mistake and the overrule was delayed.

Reid was about to argue didn't bother, but once Naso got the final break then it was all done served it out easily.

Jaziri vs. Smyczek

Have never been impressed with Smyczek and this hadn't changed. Jaziri was irritated with the conditions, but can see he has some ability and the game is clearly suited to the clay.

Davydenko and Kavcic were training together, there were a few people who still recognised him. He was low profile when he was top 10, will be interesting to see what court assignments he gets if not playing one of the bigger players.

Tomorrow will see Lacko/Bedene, Crugnola/Phau, Luczak/Nielsen, Zemlja and Ghem matches, then again who knows how it will end up

Hewitt =Legend
01-12-2012, 10:07 AM
Just a quick summary of the Zopp match:

Jurgen Zopp Vs Uladzimir Ignatik

Was looking forward to witnessing this encounter from the moment I laid my eyes upon the draw. It had tremendous potential with the Belorussian Ignatik possessing all of the shots combined with being a headcase, and the Estonian Zopp who fights for every point and never gives up. Also some cracking surnames from both here as well. And the match certainly lived up to my lofty expectations. Ignatik was on fire for a set and a half, combining lethal serving with miraculous shotmaking. There was nothing Zopp could do, Ignatik simply refused to make an unforced error and was serving out of a tree. Didn't help that the Estonian was having a poor serving day at this point in time. Ignatik takes the opener 6-2 and opens up a 4-2 lead in the second before the light drizzle that had been falling since the commencement of the match turned into something heavier. Play was suspended for about an hour and it was exactly what Zopp needed to clear his head and devise a game plan to combat Ignatik's baseline domination.

The break didn't seem to bother Ignatik however, with the Belorussian easily holding serve again to go ahead 5-2. Zopp held easily and it was time for Ignatik to serve out the match. Up to this point Ignatik had barely made an unforced error but when you're serving for the match that all changes, even for the better players. He threw in a double fault and dumped a backhand into the net before he found his game again to hit some more winners to go up 40-30 and match point. Zopp saved the first match point after a long extended rally before hitting a courageous off forehand where Ignatik could barely get his racquet onto the ball. Back to deuce and Ignatik serves another bomb. 2nd match point. Another long rally before Ignatik hits a backhand long. Two more draining rallies and Zopp wins both of them to break back and get back on serve. Ignatik is pissed but there is more to come. Zopp holds again, but not without a fight with the game going to several deuces and the Estonian saving a third match point. He holds and then breaks Ignatik for the second consecutive time. He proceeds to serve out the set to 15. Ignatik is going nuts at this point, smashing his racquet on the chair and throwing his towel out of the court. Swearing to himself he buries his head in his towel then decides to take a comfort break just as they wer about to go back on. This is the thing with Ignatik, he has all the shots and was an excellent junior but he is a massive headcase and mentally he is not up to the week in week out grinds of the main tour.

He finally returns to the court and is looking calm and relaxed. Ignatik is back to making no errors and serving bombs. He puts more pressure on Zopp's service games and eventually breaks and holds his own serve until 5-3 again and once more he's serving for the match. And once more his game breaks down combined with Zopp fighting hard and not missing on the important points. Zopp saves another match point with some lucky netcords and shanks during a 30 shot rally. It goes to deuce again and Ignatik has another chance but Zopp refuses to miss and Ignatik makes the error. Zopp proceeds to break and Ignatik completely loses it. He throws his racquet at the fence and gives us the finger. I had planted myself down with about 10 rowdy Estonians and we were cheering loudly for Zopp to make it through. At the change of ends Ignatik is clearly getting coached, they were not even bothering to hide it and he receives a warning. Ignatik then got angry over the limited powerade flavours that were available. Deadset, the guys a complete nutter. But he somehow got himself composed to go ahead 30-40 on Zopp's serve to bring up his 5th match point. This was the best rally of the match. The pair trade heavy blows from the baseline before Zopp hits a forehand down the line and approaches the net. Ignatik hit the pass back down the line and the ball clips the tape and rapidly travels above Zopp's head. The Estonian shows quick reflexes to get the volley back deep into the court and Ignatik attempts a lob and Zopp successfully puts away the overhead. Ignatik loses it again, shouts at us and then his coach and then punches the back wall. Zopp holds and it is 5-5. The pair then both settle down and hold until 7-7 before Ignatik starts getting tired and calls for a medical timeout. There was nothing wrong with him, he was just physically and mentally spent. Zopp breaks and wins the match to 15 on his serve.

He showed tremendous fight and courage throughout and simply refused to miss when he was down match points on 5 occasions. The Estonians were happy as was I and Ignatik left the court swearing under his breath. Very entertaining and high quality stuff, probably the best match I've seen so far this week.

Deivid23
01-12-2012, 10:13 AM
Great stuff, thanks man

Action Jackson
01-12-2012, 10:36 AM
Brilliant summary of the Zopp has to back up tomorrow

Hewitt =Legend
01-12-2012, 11:12 AM
I guess I'll post a couple of photos as well.

From the first day, classic Melbourne weather, rain and hail in summer:

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Veic hits a forehand during his victory over Farah:

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Ghem just before the vamos call from Brzezicki:

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Weintraub, the blog specialist:

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Johnny Millman in the sexy pink get up:

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The Great Estonian Zopp hitting a backhand:

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MariaV
01-12-2012, 12:23 PM
I had planted myself down with about 10 rowdy Estonians and we were cheering loudly for Zopp to make it through.

Yay, that's great! :D :D Many young Estonians have travelled/moved to Australia (incl. Melbourne) lately, good to see some of them around for Zopp. :D

Thanks to everyone for all the great reports and photos. :hatoff:

cobalt60
01-12-2012, 12:32 PM
Great reports; thanks!

Clydey
01-12-2012, 05:19 PM
Good stuff, AJ.

fran70
01-12-2012, 10:27 PM
Great job guys! looking for more and enjoy your time there:yeah:

Xristos
01-13-2012, 01:07 AM
Great reports, keep them coming!

SKozak
01-13-2012, 06:54 AM
Any impressions about Molchanov's win against [1]Soeda?

Fleck
01-13-2012, 09:53 AM
Hi, Have you watched some matches today? Thanks for reports!

Action Jackson
01-13-2012, 10:48 AM
Today began with the usual rubbish weather, overcast with a few showers nothing serious, but enough to make the court wet and delay the start of play.

Nielsen vs. Luczak

There was a quite good crowd relatively speaking for this match as Luczak is one of the more likeable characters on tour,. plus this being his last singles tournament as well.

Nielsen was on fire in the 1st set, just teeing off on forehands serving well and just dominated Luczak with aggressive play to take it easily.

The second set Luczak was able to get more penetration on his forehand, improving the depth of the groundstrokes that he was able to take a 5-2* lead, but got a bit passive when serving the set out. In addition to this Nielsen was still going for it was able to get back the momentum he had in the 1st set running away with the set and match 7-5.

Today it was just the case of Luczak probably not having enough matches plus Nielsen who was very aggressive and match hardened. Luczak was just outplayed in this match, which in many ways makes it easier unlike getting a call overruled against you on match point when not a clear mistake, which will be spoken about later. Hope to get to see him play doubles next week.

Lacko vs. Bedene

Thought this would be a good match, it was everything but. Lacko played very well and showed up Bedene's weakness on this surface, he doesn't move well enough on the hardcourts yes plus he needs to get more speed endurance which will happen as he gets older and hopefully remain free from serious injuries.

It's easy to see why Lacko is suited to hardcourts, the game is a perfect fit for his aggressive play and he really should qualify, though who knows at this event.

Ghem vs. Duclos

Excellent win for Ghem who really should have won this in 2 sets. It wasn't the greatest standard of match cause both guys didn't play well at the same time, but from a festival of donkey crap. First set was close, Duclos seemed to do more damage on the forehand, but the tiebreaker was more through Ghem's lack of concentration he let it to 6-1, but wasn't running that back.

Ghem lifted his game, playing good aggressive tennis from the baseline, defending when he had to with the slice backhand but using his single hander to finish points and work the angles. He had an early break in the 2nd, but played a poor game to lose it, but still kept up the baseline play mixed in with some excellent volleys both short angles and deep punched ones, served out the set easily.

The momentum continued for Ghem who broke, had chances for a double break, then lost his serve. Duclos was hitting shorter and shorter, which Ghem playing near the baseline was able to take advantaged, got a break then served for the match. Ghem isn't usually very good at serving out matches, but at 30 all hits a good one out wide, then serves an ace. He has a big chance of making main draw for sire.

Veic vs. Viola

Veic the little Croatian warrior who is all heart had a match point against Viola, then there was a stunning overrule on a non clear mistake and Veic needless to say was pissed off. Viola escaped again at the end of the match, Veic smashed his racquet into the court 5 times just to make sure it was broken.

It's the classic thing when the players make a mistake they are punished but when officials do, then they don't normally pay the consequences for it.

Gojowczyk vs. Zemlja

Gojowczyk played quite well not so many errors, but he was not that much better than Zemlja. It was just a poor day from Zemlja, feeling flat and moving so slowly, even less foot movement than usual. Maybe he should done some interval training on the bike beforehand.

He was lethargic and got smoked in the process.

Zopp vs. Rodrigues

Jurgen Zopp what a fighter does it again, another long match and he outlasted Rodrigues this time, It's good that he has the Estonian support there, even Kanepi made an appearance for the 1st set.

Rodrigues second serve is like Nieminen and Seppi's on their worst day, but for something so slow and short Zopp had a hard time attacking it.

Seems like the no treatment for cramp rule is being abused, it was pretty obvious Rodrigues when down with cramp, but got a three minute medical timeout for it. After the timeout he tried the Hingis underarm serve, Glad Zopp won, hope he has one more good match left in him.

Kravchuk will be still crying in his pillow at *10-11 30-30 absolute sitter of a mid court forehand with nothing on it and he dumps into the net, then Bolelli takes the match. If Nielsen played like he did today then he will make salami out of Bolelli.


Awful day for Crugnola, yes Phau has massive calves that guys have been training in the gym for 15 years and will never achieve but he isn't that good.

Zampieri getting double bagelled by Huta Galung, wonders whether he had the overs/unders or an illness.

Hewitt =Legend
01-13-2012, 10:57 AM
I'll just do the Zopp/Rodriguez match as AJ and I were pretty much at the same matches again, he'll probably do a round up of the others. Very brief this time as I'm feeling lazy:

Jurgen Zopp Vs Mathieu Rodriguez

The Estonians were back again, but it quickly became apparent they hadn't worked on their cheerleading skills overnight. The continuous yell of "Zopp Zopp Zopp Zopp etc" isn't the most creative chant in the book but I'll be damned if I wasn't going to sing it along with them. Rodriguez, the Frenchman that is clearly Spanish is a Verdasco lookalike and I got the impression he's good mates with the old mirror as well. First thing that struck me about this bloke - the second serve is definitely up there with the worst in the game. It makes Nieminen and Wozniacki look like Ivanisevic. Deadset, my Grandma could get more speed on the delivery.

Zopp opened up a 3-0 lead in what seemed like a couple of seconds before he completely imploded and forgot how to hit the ball over the net and in the court. Rodriguez has got no weapons and just gets everything back and this began to frustrate the Estonian immensely. Rodriguez won the next four games in a row before they both held serve to go into a tiebreak which the Frenchman took 7-4.

Zoppmeister upped the ante in the second, hitting through the court and putting pressure on the Rodriguez forehand which was definitely the weaker wing. Pretty routine here, Zopp takes the second 6-3. Games go on serve until 8-7 when suddenly Rodriguez rolls over in pain with cramps. He was yelling and screaming and the trainer had to be called. Second match in a row that this has happened to Zopp deep into the third. The next part is the funniest. Rodriguez limps back to the baseline and is about to serve at 40-30 when out of nowhere he throws in an underarm serve! Zopp, clearly caught by surprise, somehow manages to get it back into play before the Frenchman easily accounts for the short reply. The crowd, including myself, weren't to happy here and some people let the guy know this. Zopp saved a couple of break points at 9-9 before breaking for the match on his second opportunity with a crisp forehand volley cross court.

Zopp dropped his racquet to the ground and flung his arms over his head in celebration. He saluted the crowd that had stuck with him and then posed for a group photo with the Estonian contingent. Good bloke and hopefully he can qualify for his first grand slam tomorrow. One things for sure, he has definitely earned it.

Hewitt =Legend
01-13-2012, 11:16 AM
Saw a bit of this one as well. might as well add it:

Berankis Vs Bautista-Agut

Richard started off slowly, quickly going down a break against the feisty Spaniard. He managed to break back at 5-3 however, and took the opener in a classy tiebreak. Bautista is a bit of a headcase but his fiery temperament didn't seem to get in the way of his play as he put the first set disappointment behind him to go up an early break again. He was still having arguments with the umpire and linespeople, convinced they were out to get him. Even complained about the balls, they were fine. This time he managed to hold his serve throughout the set to take it 6-3. Berankis was fading and this was very evident for everyone to see. Bautista, the guy can hit a very flat ball that penetrates deep into the court and Berankis was struggling to get any depth on his reply. Berankis was also gesturing to his back towards the end of the third, hope it's nothing to serious. Bautista easily takes the third 6-1.

Dr.Slice
01-13-2012, 11:24 AM
I'll just do the Zopp/Rodriguez match as AJ and I were pretty much at the same matches again, he'll probably do a round up of the others. Very brief this time as I'm feeling lazy:

Jurgen Zopp Vs Mathieu Rodriguez

The Estonians were back again, but it quickly became apparent they hadn't worked on their cheerleading skills overnight. The continuous yell of "Zopp Zopp Zopp Zopp etc" isn't the most creative chant in the book but I'll be damned if I wasn't going to sing it along with them. Rodriguez, the Frenchman that is clearly Spanish is a Verdasco lookalike and I got the impression he's good mates with the old mirror as well. First thing that struck me about this bloke - the second serve is definitely up there with the worst in the game. It makes Nieminen and Wozniacki look like Ivanisevic. Deadset, my Grandma could get more speed on the delivery.

Zopp opened up a 3-0 lead in what seemed like a couple of seconds before he completely imploded and forgot how to hit the ball over the net and in the court. Rodriguez has got no weapons and just gets everything back and this began to frustrate the Estonian immensely. Rodriguez won the next four games in a row before they both held serve to go into a tiebreak which the Frenchman took 7-4.

Zoppmeister upped the ante in the second, hitting through the court and putting pressure on the Rodriguez forehand which was definitely the weaker wing. Pretty routine here, Zopp takes the second 6-3. Games go on serve until 8-7 when suddenly Rodriguez rolls over in pain with cramps. He was yelling and screaming and the trainer had to be called. Second match in a row that this has happened to Zopp deep into the third. The next part is the funniest. Rodriguez limps back to the baseline and is about to serve at 40-30 when out of nowhere he throws in an underarm serve! Zopp, clearly caught by surprise, somehow manages to get it back into play before the Frenchman easily accounts for the short reply. The crowd, including myself, weren't to happy here and some people let the guy know this. Zopp saved a couple of break points at 9-9 before breaking for the match on his second opportunity with a crisp forehand volley cross court.

Zopp dropped his racquet to the ground and flung his arms over his head in celebration. He saluted the crowd that had stuck with him and then posed for a group photo with the Estonian contingent. Good bloke and hopefully he can qualify for his first grand slam tomorrow. One things for sure, he has definitely earned it.
Thanks for the report.

I am really hoping Zopp will do Estonians proud tomorrow and makes it to the main draw.
How has his game looked so far?

Hewitt =Legend
01-13-2012, 11:39 AM
Thanks for the report.

I am really hoping Zopp will do Estonians proud tomorrow and makes it to the main draw.
How has his game looked so far?

He's been solid, it's been taking him a while to get going though. He'll be in the ice baths tonight and hopefully will be fresh tomorrow against Smyczek. Serve could improve a bit as well, not getting as many free points as he'd like I'd imagine.

v-money
01-13-2012, 08:49 PM
Any impressions about Molchanov's win against [1]Soeda?

I guess no one bothered to watch this one. Have never heard of this Molchanov guy and he's already 24. I watched some highlights from his QR1 match vs Andrew Harris but it was hard to tell if he was any good or if Harris was just really bad (ranked 1229), but the score indicates a convincing win over Soeda. Should have a good chance against Serra who had a really poor 2011.

Also the ATP site says that he is coached by Oleksandr Dolgopolov (Sr., I assume). Would be interesting to see Dolgopolov Sr. coaching a player who is not his son in the Australian Open main draw. I bet that hasn't happened very often. (Maybe ever?)

Three Ukrainians still remain alive in qualifying and I really hope some can qualify for the main draw.

Deathless Mortal
01-13-2012, 09:13 PM
Any impressions about Molchanov's win against [1]Soeda?

I guess no one bothered to watch this one. Have never heard of this Molchanov guy and he's already 24. I watched some highlights from his QR1 match vs Andrew Harris but it was hard to tell if he was any good or if Harris was just really bad (ranked 1229), but the score indicates a convincing win over Soeda. Should have a good chance against Serra who had a really poor 2011.

Also the ATP site says that he is coached by Oleksandr Dolgopolov (Sr., I assume). Would be interesting to see Dolgopolov Sr. coaching a player who is not his son in the Australian Open main draw. I bet that hasn't happened very often. (Maybe ever?)

Three Ukrainians still remain alive in qualifying and I really hope some can qualify for the main draw.

http://www.youtube.com/user/australianopentv#p/l/fdOR1rUjixk

The whole Soeda-Molchanov match is here (under a wrong title, but it's Molchanov, not Cervenak), so if you're interested, you can see it here. :wavey:

Action Jackson
01-14-2012, 07:12 AM
Final day of qualies is a special day, where there is so much on the line not just financially, but ranking points wise which will help the financial side of things.

Ghem vs. Bautista-Agut
It was a good standard match but frustrating at the same time as well. Bautista was solid in the 1st set and apart from one poor service game didn't make many mistakes. Ghem was playing well but too passive on the big points in return which cost him in this set. Many occasions he wasn"t aggressive on 30 all or 30-40 points. He played a poor tiebreak, whiich changed the momentum of the match and second set.

Bautista got more confidence started to play around the baseline pushing Ghem further back, using the angled forehand to expose Ghem's movement on that side which isn't as good as the backhand. Ghem was returning poorly hardly adjusting his return stance, it's not like Bautista has a huge serve. There were some well constructed points from Ghem using the angled forehand and volleying, but there weren't enough it was comfortable in the end.

Happy that Freddie Nielsen qualified, played aggressive tennis, had good support and Wozniacki was there yet she was hardly pestered at all. The forehead is a work of art and could land a plane on it.

Lukas Lacko qualified comfortably whereas Jurgen Zopp did it the hard way, yes it went 3 sets again. He was up 6-2 *5-3 but got so tight losing the next 4 games in a row. Thankfully he was able to win the match comfortably at the end, he was so tight but he prevaled.

After the match great photo with Zopp with 13 Estonian fans who travelled down, plus the Aussie contingent who followed all his matches . Lucky his name isn't Zop cause that means dick in Maltese.

More people training on site today. Fabio "the Fog" Fognini the man was strutting up a storm. On the backhand side he was out the singles sideline and hits a perfect drop volley with backspin, with that strut.

Andreas Seppi didn't train well at all, when he does scream he does it in Italian, though German is his first language and better for swearing. Get the shit out now and take down Gasquet.

Daniel Gimeno-Traver arrived yesterday, thankfully he doesn't play on Monday, that extra day is needed to get over the jet lag.

Saw Nalbandian training with Milos Raonic, the backhand was pretty sexy. Dogs Balls was training on the next court, the coach Jack Reader is a legend of a coach. He looks like anything but a tennis coach and this works perfectly for Dolgopolov.

De Bakker is now working with Ivica Ancic.

Haven't seen my mate Roddick yet, but I bet he is still a tool

Doomach777
01-14-2012, 09:44 AM
Can someone name courts covered with cameras ? Thanks.

Hewitt =Legend
01-14-2012, 10:15 AM
Nielsen Vs Bollelli

Huge day for the veteran Dane with a chance to make the main draw of a slam and a little extra pocket money to go with. Bollelli had scraped through the previous round 11-9 and would have been a little heavy in the legs. Games went on serve in the opening set and at 5-4 and SuperBol serving, Nielsen had three set points but was unable to convert. It was funny, each time on the deuce court he hit a backhand winner and then on the ad side he would make an unforced error. Went into a tiebreak and there were some shocking calls and overrules from the linespeople and umpire here. Bollelli serves an ace that was about 4 metres out but the umpire calls it good and Nielsen protests which is something he doesn't do often. One nutcase Italian next to us who had the grumpiest face in the world actually told Nielsen to shut up and loud enough so he could hear. Nielsen ignored him but couldn't regain his composure, losing the tiebreak and the first set.

To his credit the Dane didn't go away and stepped up his game in the second with his aggressive flat ballstriking penetrating deep into the court and putting pressure on Bollelli's baseline game. Wozniacki and her Dad had turned up opposite us and it was hilarious that nobody had approached her for pretty much the entire match. Good that she is supporting here fellow Dane though, Nielsen is mates with her Football playing brother and they got to know each other better at the Hopman Cup as well. Nielsen plays well and takes the second 6-4.

Bollelli fades away like only he can do and struggles to devise a plan B to navigate Nielsen's flat hitting. Nielsen grabs the early break and runs away with the third 6-2. The grumpy Italian is not happy and runs away in a huff. Funny stuff and great to see Nielsen get up, the man was cool as a cucumber after qualifying, has a tough one against Anderson in the main draw.

Zopp Vs Smyczek

Yes it was that time again where we were back at the Great Estonian Zopp's mission to make his grand slam debut. We were nestled in nicely again with the Estonians who had brought an extra flag this time but the classic chant was ever present. They were telling us that Zopp's coach couldn't afford to travel down with him so he was down here by himself so they decided to follow him around Australia, they were in Brisbane as well. Zopp starts off well and gets the early break, hitting some crisp winners and keeping the unforced errors to a low. Smyczek doesn't do much, just gets the ball back and waits for the error. Zopp wasn't making to many of those in the opener though, grabbing another break and serving out the set 6-2.

The start of the second was very similar with Zopp snatching another break and he would soon get the chance to serve out the match. But the thought of a maiden grand slam appearance crept into his head and it was all to much for him, conceding the game to love and proceeding to lose the next four games to surrender the set 7-5.

Zopp breaks again in the opening game of the third but fails to consolidate and it's back to 1-1. Good old Zopp in for another tough and long three setter it seemed at the time. But Smyczek lost his rhythm and Zopp capitalised and broke and held to take out the match 6-2, 5-7, 6-3. The man let out a huge roar of celebration and came over to us and gave us all a high five. Then took a photo with the Estonians who were kind enough to let us into the shot. Nice bloke and got a winnable draw in the 1st round taking on Aussie Wildcard James Duckworth. Should be on a showcourt, will be a great first match.

cardio
01-14-2012, 10:49 AM
Nielsen Vs Bollelli

Huge day for the veteran Dane with a chance to make the main draw of a slam and a little extra pocket money to go with. Bollelli had scraped through the previous round 11-9 and would have been a little heavy in the legs. Games went on serve in the opening set and at 5-4 and SuperBol serving, Nielsen had three set points but was unable to convert. It was funny, each time on the deuce court he hit a backhand winner and then on the ad side he would make an unforced error. Went into a tiebreak and there were some shocking calls and overrules from the linespeople and umpire here. Bollelli serves an ace that was about 4 metres out but the umpire calls it good and Nielsen protests which is something he doesn't do often. One nutcase Italian next to us who had the grumpiest face in the world actually told Nielsen to shut up and loud enough so he could hear. Nielsen ignored him but couldn't regain his composure, losing the tiebreak and the first set.

To his credit the Dane didn't go away and stepped up his game in the second with his aggressive flat ballstriking penetrating deep into the court and putting pressure on Bollelli's baseline game. Wozniacki and her Dad had turned up opposite us and it was hilarious that nobody had approached her for pretty much the entire match. Good that she is supporting here fellow Dane though, Nielsen is mates with her Football playing brother and they got to know each other better at the Hopman Cup as well. Nielsen plays well and takes the second 6-4.

Bollelli fades away like only he can do and struggles to devise a plan B to navigate Nielsen's flat hitting. Nielsen grabs the early break and runs away with the third 6-2. The grumpy Italian is not happy and runs away in a huff. Funny stuff and great to see Nielsen get up, the man was cool as a cucumber after qualifying, has a tough one against Anderson in the main draw.

Zopp Vs Smyczek

Yes it was that time again where we were back at the Great Estonian Zopp's mission to make his grand slam debut. We were nestled in nicely again with the Estonians who had brought an extra flag this time but the classic chant was ever present. They were telling us that Zopp's coach couldn't afford to travel down with him so he was down here by himself so they decided to follow him around Australia, they were in Brisbane as well. Zopp starts off well and gets the early break, hitting some crisp winners and keeping the unforced errors to a low. Smyczek doesn't do much, just gets the ball back and waits for the error. Zopp wasn't making to many of those in the opener though, grabbing another break and serving out the set 6-2.

The start of the second was very similar with Zopp snatching another break and he would soon get the chance to serve out the match. But the thought of a maiden grand slam appearance crept into his head and it was all to much for him, conceding the game to love and proceeding to lose the next four games to surrender the set 7-5.

Zopp breaks again in the opening game of the third but fails to consolidate and it's back to 1-1. Good old Zopp in for another tough and long three setter it seemed at the time. But Smyczek lost his rhythm and Zopp capitalised and broke and held to take out the match 6-2, 5-7, 6-3. The man let out a huge roar of celebration and came over to us and gave us all a high five. Then took a photo with the Estonians who were kind enough to let us into the shot. Nice bloke and got a winnable draw in the 1st round taking on Aussie Wildcard James Duckworth. Should be on a showcourt, will be a great first match.

Thanks for the report. It surprises me that Zopp `s coach cant afford to travel to Australia, he has to be only player in main draw without coach/ physioterapist present in slam tournament! I know Kanepi has a good team there, I hope Zopp at least can get some proper massage after matches/ practise .

Hewitt =Legend
01-15-2012, 12:44 AM
Thanks for the report. It surprises me that Zopp `s coach cant afford to travel to Australia, he has to be only player in main draw without coach/ physioterapist present in slam tournament! I know Kanepi has a good team there, I hope Zopp at least can get some proper massage after matches/ practise .

Kanepi has been watching parts of his matches and they get along great so hopefully she can lend him some physios :lol:

philosophicalarf
01-15-2012, 01:23 AM
Can someone name courts covered with cameras ? Thanks.

Rod, Rainbow Arena, whatever the third stadium court is called, and 2/3/6/8

SKozak
01-15-2012, 06:43 AM
http://www.youtube.com/user/australianopentv#p/l/fdOR1rUjixk

The whole Soeda-Molchanov match is here (under a wrong title, but it's Molchanov, not Cervenak), so if you're interested, you can see it here. :wavey:

Many thanks :)

Kat_YYZ
01-15-2012, 08:00 AM
Rod, Rainbow Arena, whatever the third stadium court is called, and 2/3/6/8

Hisense?

fran70
01-15-2012, 07:27 PM
Thanks for the reports! It`s great to see you had such fantastic time:yeah: .

Brentos
01-15-2012, 07:48 PM
Hisense?

margaret court. I little research wouldn't do amiss...

This thread seems interesting. SO far the reports a bit boring, maybe pedestrian like. In the future when writing a report, add your own personal twang, humor things up and try to add little happenings in the match. Makes it a much more enjoyable read for us viewers. I can afford tickets to go to Rod Laver and Hisense for most of the week. I am seriously considering contributing...

jmjhb
01-15-2012, 09:00 PM
Don't bother, Brentos, it'll just be self-obsessed bullshit. In fact it'll just be an entire page of:

I can afford to watch matches live
I can afford to watch matches live
I can afford to watch matches live
I can afford to watch matches live
I can afford to watch matches live
I can afford to watch matches live
I can afford to watch matches live
I can afford to watch matches live
I can afford to watch matches live
I can afford to watch matches live

Why bother?

To the real reporters here, top work so far :yeah:

Sonja1989
01-15-2012, 09:02 PM
Thanks for the fantastic reports everyone!! :hug: :smooch: :kiss: :worship:

Action Jackson
01-16-2012, 10:55 AM
Falla vs. Fognini

This match was all about the Fog, he was at his peacock strutting best. Even when he was down, he managed to walk around as if he owned the event. He has no confidence issues at all.

Back to the match Falla while not as talented as the Fog when it comes to shotmaking. He was more disciplined with his game, worked the angles to break down Fognini's backhand. There was a good crowd at the match, quite a few Colombians, some supporting the Fog.

Jose Perlas man who coached Costa, Ferrero, Moya and Tipsarevic before working with the Fog, he must be shaking his head as to why he's working with him. Fognini has talent, slapped some huge forehands, but he just doesn't care at best of times. Falla was solid and broke down Fognini's resolve.

There were plenty of antics here, the Fog annoying the ballkids, having a running dialogue with the umpire. "What are you doing in the chair, do you want to go home early tonight or something", when he made an overrule. He threw his racuquet a few times once into the net, another tinme he almost hit a ball kid. He got a code violation and puffed the chest out once he got coded. Plenty of entertainment, at least he can perform at the player party.

Brentos
01-16-2012, 11:23 AM
On training...

Gasquet and Nishikori were training together. Both in good nick. Saw Roddick for about 20 minutes. He was shocking. Worst i have ever seen him play. No forehand at all. He is going down on hisense tomorrow. Ferrer looks motivated as does Isner. Both will go deep.

Federer and Nadal were in great shape. Esp Federer. I was front row for both (had to fork out for it, but ofcourse due to my profession, i can afford). Will elaborate and post more in other topics in an hour or so. Exhausted right now.

hotdog
01-16-2012, 11:29 AM
I guess you haven't read the reports here Brentos. Plenty of good stuff mentioned with lots of personal touches.

PS Don't bother with reports from Rod Laver etc...any Tom Dick or Brentos can see those matches for themselves. Get out to the outside courts and bring us some reports from there.

Brentos
01-16-2012, 11:36 AM
I saw some action from the outside courts.

Bits and pieces from Dolgo vs Jones,Dimitrov vs Chardy, davydenko vs cipolla and fish vs muller. Otherwise Nadal vs Q, Federer vs Q and Delpo vs Mannirini as well as bits of various practice.

Tomorrow looks good. Gave away my rod laver night and day tickets. Money doesn't bother me. I'm filthy rich. Tsonga vs IStomin should be sweet. Cant decide between the tipsaveric and Raonic matches...

Also should i start the day with Gasquet vs Seppi or Nishikori. Leaning on Gasquet right now.

MariaV
01-16-2012, 11:39 AM
Kanepi has been watching parts of his matches and they get along great so hopefully she can lend him some physios :lol:

Yeah should be no problem.

Thanks for the report. It surprises me that Zopp `s coach cant afford to travel to Australia, he has to be only player in main draw without coach/ physioterapist present in slam tournament! I know Kanepi has a good team there, I hope Zopp at least can get some proper massage after matches/ practise .

Umm, he's still working with Pasi Virtanen, no? :o Maybe he has other commitments in Finland or smth. :shrug:

jmf07
01-16-2012, 12:13 PM
I saw some action from the outside courts.

Bits and pieces from Dolgo vs Jones,Dimitrov vs Chardy, davydenko vs cipolla and fish vs muller. Otherwise Nadal vs Q, Federer vs Q and Delpo vs Mannirini as well as bits of various practice.

Tomorrow looks good. Gave away my rod laver night and day tickets. Money doesn't bother me. I'm filthy rich. Tsonga vs IStomin should be sweet. Cant decide between the tipsaveric and Raonic matches...

Also should i start the day with Gasquet vs Seppi or Nishikori. Leaning on Gasquet right now.

Congrats on winning the lotto. Judging by some of your posts it will be gone soon enough.

krystlel
01-16-2012, 01:04 PM
I've written my report now
http://www.tennis-brain.com/2012/01/australian-open-2012-day-1-blog.html

Xristos
01-16-2012, 01:20 PM
Great day of tennis today!

Hewitt =Legend
01-16-2012, 09:06 PM
So far Brentos' reports have been very enlightening.

Can't wait for more :D

Action Jackson
01-16-2012, 09:53 PM
Great day of tennis today!

Hope for the same today.

rocketassist
01-16-2012, 10:12 PM
Good reports, loving the Fog being the antagonist although I only cheer him against Boredo.

Brentos
01-17-2012, 12:56 PM
Stunning day at the tennis. Beat day one for sure.

Matches i saw...

- Gasquet vs Seppi
- Raonic vs Volandri
- Tipsaveric vs Tursonov
- Monfils vs Marinko Matosevic
- Granollers vs Levine
- Simon vs That old asian vet
- Tsonga vs Istomin

Gasquet looking better than last year. For once he looks fit. Raonic was shocking. The scoreline might look lopsided but don't read into it. His serving wasn't as good as i have seen it. His ball toss was very low. He got annoyed with himself over little things way too much. Tolld his coach to shut up. The coach said "don't fight me, fight him". Not many people here either, which was surprising considering the hype. Volandri is a limted player, really easy to play against and Raonic matchup is his worst nightmare. Couldn't handle the second serve kicker with that limp one hander. He was getting overpowered. Volandri's shots just sit up in the hitting zone and made it easy for milos. He's flashy Volandri but isn't strong enough.

The tipsaveric was boring, really boring. Janko as per usual acted like an asshole, trips the ball kids like shit. He's going home when he faces gasquet. Court 18 is a horrible court. Lots of obstacles that block the court and when up high on one side, you cant see a thing. Lots of people just use it to see the practices on court 16. Berydch was looking very ominous. Big clean hitting. Very consistent and he looked happy out there. I didn't recognize him at first. Shaved his head. Surprised Gulbis lost. Saw some of his practice in the morning and he was hitting the ball very well. Lu is looking sharp. One to watch. Strikes the ball nicely and has a pleasing technique. Nalbandian is much fitter than last year. Has come here to play. No pot belly, no mucking around.

Monfils match was fun. That's all. Mirror image of all his other mca first rounders. I'm very tired so i'm going to have to wrap this up quick. Granollers vs Levine was garbage. Levine is the type of player who doesn't go away. Good atmosphere tho for what it was. Granollers has a very irritating grunt. Granollers was coasting but looked like he was sick late in the fourth. Kept bending over coughing and looking as though he would vomit. Eventually he had enough and took a timeout. When to the toilets and let it all out. Came back soaking wet. Which as weird and won comfortably. He would have won in 4 if he wasn't sick. Ferrer and Feli Lopez were here in attendance. Ferrer always looks very cool in his shades. Always looks very laidback and friendly. Pity he has such a boring game. Saw some Simon. Guy he played looked like an idiot. Ridiculous outfit. Nothing really to saw here. Simon was losing in the second. Too casual. Love the new outfit. Tsonga vs IStomin was match of the day. Stunning. Match and Atmosphere. Digging Tsongas new gear. Would love to elaborate on this match but too tired. Jo had a lot of success on the passing shot and fed off the loud crowd. Which was totally in his favour. Istomin played out of his mind. Hits a really clean, deep ball. Strong of both wings and has a massive serve. Got unlucky a bit. Did well to comeback in the fourth but Jo outplayed him. Great match. Stadium was complete full. Right next door Ana Ivanovic was playing. Full house again. Made for a great environment in Melbourne park. Went over to troiki match but it was full.

Stacked lineup Tomorrow.

Baghdatis vs Wawrinka is a must. Lucky i have the money to get front row laver tickets on Thursday night. Hewitt vs Roddick !!!

cheers Brentos

rhinooooo
01-17-2012, 01:48 PM
Baghdatis vs Wawrinka is a must. Lucky i have the money to get front row laver tickets on Thursday night. Hewitt vs Roddick !!!

cheers Brentos

:worship: This Brentos is good

krystlel
01-17-2012, 01:55 PM
Day 2 report:
http://www.tennis-brain.com/2012/01/australian-open-2012-day-2-blog.html

rocketassist
01-17-2012, 03:25 PM
:worship: This Brentos is good

These people always get what's coming to them.

AHo2pXO_XAI

krystlel
01-17-2012, 10:38 PM
I don't think you can get front row tickets just for having more money...

You need to be able to buy them very early also, unless if you get them off eBay (and there happen to be some available)?

krystlel
01-18-2012, 07:40 PM
Day 3 report:
http://www.tennis-brain.com/2012/01/im-back-now-from-australian-open.html

Sonja1989
01-18-2012, 08:40 PM
Thanks krystlel, great job as usual. :smooch:

RIboy
01-18-2012, 08:41 PM
good stuff, i appreciate it :yeah:

krystlel
01-20-2012, 01:13 AM
Day 4 report:
http://www.tennis-brain.com/2012/01/australian-open-2012-day-4-blog.html