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

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

  1. sunama

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    I don't believe that Sharapova, has the consistency to be No.1 on merit. Azarenka, for me, is a better player than Sharapova. She has held the No.1 ranking for quite some time now, which in itself is not an easy thing to do.

    Certainly, Serena (if she could avoid injuries), would be No.1. In fact, she could well be No.1 in 24 hours (if Azarenka loses), despite suffering from injury in the last few weeks.

    If both Djo and Murray play at 100%, for me, there is only 1 winner - Djokovic. But certainly, there is very little in it, now. I think Murray is no longer starting the big games as underdog (as he used to). My understanding is that Murray has worked a lot on his fitness, which allows him to play a high quality game for 5 sets (2 years ago, he couldn't play high quality for more than 3 sets).

    I think we are in for 2 close matches in the next 48 hours.
     
  2. Davey_Pitch

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    I honestly don't think Murray's fitness was ever an issue (except as an 18 year old), his problem was always mental. He'd lose focus mentally, which would cause his level to drop, not his fitness (in my eyes anyway). Being as fit as possible, certainly with Djokovic around, and if Nadal returns to his previous level, is definitely something anyone needs to try and beat them over 5 sets.
     
  3. Snax

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    Is anyone else peeved at how slow the courts and balls are now? Players are hitting shots that should be winners and that are being chase down by opposition. There is an element of improved fitness in this but a large chunk is the balls just sitting up on contact with the court.
     
  4. semi-pro waster

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    I don't know if anyone else was watching the womens final but I had to turn it off - Azarenka's cooing as she hit every shot was starting to grate on my nerves and I only watched maybe 10 games so I'd hate to play against that noise. There seemed to be an awful lot of unforced errors as well from both players.
     
  5. Snax

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    Li Na has been the more aggressive and has hit some beautiful shots but she is not streaking ahead because of her unforced errors. Bless her she has turned her ankle twice and damn near knocked herself out in one fall.
     
  6. mmj_uk

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    I'm rooting for Li Na purely on the basis that she doesn't have any sort of habitual grunt.
     
  7. smit101

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    Completely forgot to watch Murray last night!:o (working late) Well done Murray lad!
     
  8. Craig1981

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    The coverage for the final is starting now on BBC1. Good luck Murray!! :D
     
  9. xxalxx

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    He looks a bit tired, but a good comeback for that game :)

    Crowd seem to have sided with Murray though.
     
  10. Pigeon_Killer

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    Match's already living up to expectations :cool:
     
  11. xxalxx

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    Time to fire up the BBQ methinks
     
  12. Cosimo

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    Quite a match so far.

    Djokovic 5-4.
     
  13. Pigeon_Killer

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    Fancy Djokovic so far. Feel he's playing slightly better.
     
  14. Craig1981

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    Agreed, though I am hoping Murray will pull off a win.
     
  15. xxalxx

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    Commentators here making a lot of his bad choice of footwear! (This should explain random shots of his silver trainers if you are getting the oz feed :) )
     
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  16. Cosimo

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    Easy game and Djokovic 6-5.
     
  17. Cosimo

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    Tie break time.
     
  18. Craig1981

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    6 - 6 now. That was well played by Murray.
     
  19. Pigeon_Killer

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    Murray's not serving well at all so given he lost both tiebreakers against Fed whilst serving well you've got to fancy Djokovic here.
     
  20. Jimbeam3678

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    I'm far from a tennis expert but some of this stuff is bordering on ridiculas