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**Australian Open** Tennis Jan 14th - 27th

Discussion in 'Sports Arena' started by jrodga2k5, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. jrodga2k5

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    **Australian Open** Tennis Jan 14th - 27th

    First Grand Slam of the year :D

    Not looking forward to the terrible match times however which plague this tournament for me :(

    However onto the draw courtesy of the BBC:

    All in all a decent draw for Novak Djokovic who should see himself go through the gears en route to the final.

    Andy Murray however despite being on the better side of the draw (Federer over Djokovic) he has a more trickier route to the final.

    Hasse will prove a tough match for a first round opponent so he'll need to come out all guns blazing as any slip ups could be capatilised on. Potential QF against Del Porto, who's finding something near to his best form again, before potentially a SF against Federer. So it certainly won't be easy for him.

    I do expect this year, with the absence of Nadal (Apart from clay of course :p), to be the year Novak and Andy are battling for Number 1 in the world. Hopefully Andy now has that added edge to his game after winning the US Open and it will be very interesting if these two match up in the final of the Aus!

    I'm going to go for my usual prediction of Andy to win it ;)
     
  2. One More Solo

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    I'm hoping Murray can make another final, and maybe go one better. :D Fingers crossed.
     
  3. KingBrian

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    It is possible, Rafa is not going to be playing this AU unfortunately, since Andy was enjoying the absence of him in 2012 I'm sure he will be taking advantage of the opportunity again. I can see him going far.

    Overall I think Novak will take it.
     
  4. ic1male

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    How do we watch this on Freeview? Is it on ITV4 now? Nothing on the BBC except the finals it seems.
     
  5. jrodga2k5

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    BBC have been cutting back for years, they started only showing Murray matches/finals and then just the finals...Wimbledon is the only tournament they continue to cover fully.

    Eurosport appears to be where the action is for the Australian Open, I actually quite enjoy their coverage, 2nd to Sky :)

    Also Murray has the chance to begin the first man to win back to back Open titles from the first win since 1956.
     
  6. djcj

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    Just placed my bets for the first round matches, love a bit of tennis betting :D
     
  7. jrodga2k5

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    ...14-20 matches then :p
     
  8. jrodga2k5

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    Tournament starts with women's tennis :rolleyes: off to sleep I go then :p

    Accumulator placed...14 matches for a massive return of approx £25.00 from £5. :p

    Backed Murray to win the tournament @3/1
    Stake: £25.00
    Returns: £100.00
     
  9. Caseh

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    I actually prefer Eurosport's coverage to all the tennis, to any other channel.
     
  10. jrodga2k5

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    I can agree it's definitely of a high quality. :)

    Novak through in straight sets 6-2, 6-4, 7-5.

    Heather Watson through to round 2, was down 2-6 but eneded up winning the next two sets 6-3, 6-2.

    Sharapova won easily 6-0, 6-0.
     
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  11. djcj

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    I normally place 3 separate accumulators on all the grand slam events for the first round with approx 10 selections in each with a £30 stake for each. Normally get £100-150 which gets put straight onto round 2 matches and so on. Most I won was £3000 at Wimbledon one year from an initial £30 stake and just keep rebetting :)
     
  12. KingBrian

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    Gonna be a good tourny! pumped
     
  13. jrodga2k5

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    Just a shame about the match times...

    Although Murray is first out tonight/tomorrow(for the Aussies) at 11pm, hopefully a straightforward match so I can get a decent sleep :D
     
  14. jrodga2k5

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    Seems like Murray is on at Midnight...will see how I go :p

    Only got some training tomorrow so I should be good for it!

    Cruising so far, 4-1 up and 2 breaks.
     
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  15. rogan

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    was a decent match, i fell asleep during the 3rd set but it was all over 4 games in
     
  16. jrodga2k5

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    Yeah I agree, from what I seen he was playing to a decent level which cannot be said for some of his early matches in tournaments! Gets a kind of break for a few rounds against lesser opposition really so time to tune up.

    Few of the seeds dropping out early, could be a few shock results this year.
     
  17. Tute

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    Since getting a job I can't really justify watching the Australian Open. :D

    Think Murray will make the final, but Novak will win it overall. Would be happy to be proved wrong mind.

    Be interesting to see also how far Watson/Robson get as well.
     
  18. jrodga2k5

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    It sucks I know :p Although Andy's 3rd round match should be on the Saturday(Aus), my guess is that we'll have him on court in the late session this time so 8am GMT Saturday (Purely guesswork). That would work for me.

    Anyhoo...woke up to the news that Andy won again in straight sets 6-2,6-2,6-4. Eased off in the 3rd it would appear but was an as you'd expect performance.

    Playing Ricardas Berankis next who had shot up the rankings and then suffered quite a few injuries. Hammered the 25th seed Mayer, 6-2 6-3 6-1, so should prove to be a tough match. According to the BBC he is the former Juniors Number 1 and enjoys a spot of Spear Fishing :D
     
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  19. doodah

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    Robson down one set but a break up in the second :)
     
  20. jrodga2k5

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    2 breaks down in the 3rd...looks like it's game over for her.