Really?? That's nasty!! Were you watching the match? What was the overall level of play??That's a shame, was hoping for a close match. Marat never looked like breaking and seems to still be struggling with his returning - that was his 2nd biggest problem last year after his FH.
Andy won 93% of points when his 1st serve came in, which is high even by his standards. Safin just doesn't get any read on his serve.
I saw the 2nd set. Some of the rallies were quite good, Andy's defences have definitely improved and he was the more patient out there (although I guess it doesn't say much when you're playing Safin). But still too many careless errors from Marat, maybe it was windy out there but you would still expect him to put away a high BH which use to be his bread and butter shot.Really?? That's nasty!! Were you watching the match? What was the overall level of play??
I hope you're rightI wouldn't use this match to gauge performance levels at the Aus Open. It's scorchingly hot here today, and they're making them play in heat which would have stopped play at the Aus Open. I think whoever wins this match comes down to who could cope with the heat best, and since Roddick has that powerful serve, he can get points over quicker, so that would have assisted him to victory. Don't worry Safin fans, I saw him play live yesterday and he was brilliant. The conditions were warm but still nice yesterday, only 30 degrees. His game has definetly improved.
Just because they don't win the AO doesn't make it a curse. Andy will be well satisfied if he makes the SF again. I don't think he expects to win slams any time soon.Typical Safin
one good match followed by a dud defeat
and as the Kooyong winners (Agassi was the exception) usually dont go on to win the AO, best of luck in the final A-Rod.