Australian Open Day 1 Thoughts

Youngsters Dig Deep or Tomic is Houdini

Bernard Tomic failed to convert 3 set points, including a forehand sitter, late in the 2nd set of his match vs. Fernando Verdasco.  Tomic looked exhausted and dumped the 2nd set tiebreak.  Darren Cahill was discussing Tomic’s need for more fitness and this being a lesson for the young Aussie.

Instead, Tomic opportunistically stayed close in the 3rd set and won the set on a bad service game from Verdasco.  He even admits to playing dead early in the 3rd set making Verdasco think he had given up.  With the help of the Aussie crowd, Tomic rallied to take the match 4-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5. He may not be a young Jimmy Connors with such a comeback, but it was a serious escape artist victory.

Similarly, Alexandr Dolgopolov rallied from a 2 set deficit to defeat Greg Jones 1-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-2. Grigor Dimitrov also won in 5 sets over Jeremy Chardy. Winning 5 set battles is a big part of growing into a Grand Slam contender.  I think Dimitrov and Tomic can better explain needing 5 sets against talented and/or highly accomplished opponents.  Greg Jones is an unknown to me, but Dolgopolov survived and advanced so good for all 3 of these youngsters.

Delpo, Fish and Young

Sounds like a nice law firm, but all 3 advanced.  Juan Martin del Potro still looks a long way off of his 2009 form, but by advancing he has a chance to play his way into form.  Mardy Fish made short work of Gilles Muller in what had been considered an upset special.  Donald Young won in 5 sets despite dropping his 2 set lead.  Also, Dr. Ivo won in 3 sets over Jurgen Melzer.  Finally, Jarkko Nieminen retired against David Nalbandian.  Jarkko’s tune-up victory had a hint of a nice comeback story.

Post Script

5’6″ Olivier Rochus defeated 5’9″ Bjorn Phau in a match that all parents of athletic yet short of stature children should watch.


Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco’s apparel deserves some thought even if I am the wrong person to consider anything pertaining to fashion.  After tireless research, I uncovered the inspiration for his look.  Check out this link.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ben Pronin says:

    Dolgopolov is a match fixer. That’s why the scoreline looks as ridiculous as it does.

    1. Dan Martin says:

      He had another odd scoreline in the second round. I think Dolgopolov is really consistent in one sense but also loses focus. So he can go games without missing or making an error only to then play erratic tactically unsound tennis and vice versa.

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