Australian Open 2014 – week 2, Wednesday

We had the biggest upset of the tournament today as Djokovic, who has won the title for the past 2 seasons went out 9-7 in the 5th set to Wawrinka.

 

Halep v Cibulkova has been covered for Shark Tips.  I think we have a decent chance of 3 sets. I will be in the TradeShark Tennis members’ chatroom for the WTA matches.

 

Azarenka has won all 7 of her matches with Radwanska since 2012. Only one of those matches was in 2013. That was in Doha on a hard court.  Radwanksa hasn’t managed to win a  single set in their last 5 matches.

Azarenka is defending champion and has avoided any drama so far. All her matches have been won in straight sets.

Radwanska plays a little more aggressively than she did a year ago but if anything that suits Azarenka even more. Radwanska may be able to nick a set but it will need a poor performance from Azarenka for her to let this one slip.

 

Nadal was finally tested in he 4th round by Nishikori. He still didn’t drop a set though, winning 7-6,7-5, 7-6.

Dimitrov dropped sets to Raonic and Bautista Agut.

They have played 3 times and Nadal won them all in 3 sets. The Spaniard took the opening set each time.

At the start of the tournament Nadal was complaining about the speed of the courts. As the temperature in Melbourne has dropped so has the speed of the courts.

Sometimes Dimitrov’s sliced backhands can be ineffective and Nadal’s topspin forehand will force some errors from that wing.

You’d have to fancy Dimitrov to take a set. Djokovic going out today must have given Nadal a huge boost. He has only won the title once and that was in 2009. This could be his year.

 

Murray takes on Federer. I have covered the match for Shark Tips. I’m not convinced that Murray is fully fit after the surgery and he doesn’t have confidence in his back.

Federer has been working with Stefan Edberg and  so far his influence seems to be a positive one.

This could be a long match.  I will be in the chatroom in the morning.

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