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Dear readers, There will be more posts up in the next 36 hours, but watching the match along with familial commitments have made posting those in the near term impossible.  Enjoy the two weeks we as tennis fans were treated to. Thanks, Dan

2012 Australian Open Men’s Final: Live Commentary

My grammar could be dicey as I am typing in real time Expect Sentence Fragments First Set Nadal 4 – Djokovic 2 Rafa held off several break points to consolidate the break.  Nole is upset that he is not moving well.  Rafa is serving pretty well and has his sneer out in full force.  I…

Victoria Azarenka Wins the 2012 Australian Open

The New Queen I knew that Victroia Azarenka was playing well, but I picked against her thinking that the moment of a first Grand Slam final would be overwhelming.  I was wrong and saw a player with steely nerves.  Azarenka won her first Grand Slam title and claimed the #1 ranking.  Her game is ideally…

My 2012 Australian Open Final Picks – Women’s and Men’s Predictions

Women’s Final: Victoria Azarenka vs. Maria Sharapova I refuse to make any jokes about how noisy this match is likely to be.  Azarenka has cleared a number of mental hurdles at this event.  She played admirably well at the 2011 Year End Championships.  Beating Kim Clijsters after being rolled in the second set speaks well…

Australian Open Quarterfinal Predictions

Men’s Picks (Winner’s Name in Bold) 1 Novak Djokovic vs. 5 David Ferrer – Djokovic should win, but Ferrer is going to be tougher than Hewitt was.  My guess is Nole raises his game and wins in 3 or 4 sets. 4 Andy Murray vs. 24 Kei Nishikori – I think Murray calmly makes another…

Australian Open Sweet 16: Men’s Predictions

As much as I love the early rounds of Grand Slams, the matches that lay ahead of us all look to be of a high quality.   Grand Slam events are set up a lot like the NCAA college basketball tournament.  Rather than wait for a sweet 16 in March, we have one in January. …

Australian Open Day 6 Men’s Picks

Quick Picks Predicted Winners in Bold Jo-Wilfried Tsonga already advanced so no need to pick here. Andy Murray should beat Michael Llodra in straight sets.  Llodra has enough talent to take one set, but I don’t expect Murray to be troubled. Novak Djokovic should win easily vs. Nicolas Mahut. David Ferrer should beat Juan Ignacio…

2012 Australian Open Day 5: Tomic d. Dolgopolov & US Washout

6 Quick Hits Roger Federer winning the 1st set vs. Ivo Karlovic made his match fairly simple.  Playing from behind against a huge server can cause some anxiety. Jelena Jankovic sets up a match against Caroline Wozniacki.  To hammer an obvious point, both players need some validation at majors. Juan Martin del Potro vs. Phillip…