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I am really looking forward to this tournament, it promises to be a great tournament and perhaps an extension to the new Djokovic Murray rivalry at the top of the game. Djokovic has always been mentally tougher, but Murray recently has been able to overcome that. Murray has a dreadful attitude and his swearing and foul mouthed rants do put me off, which is why I hope DelPo gets through to the final. Tough one to call and I wouldn't make Djokovic as strong as a favourite as the bookies are making him. Let's see, hoping for a Djoko vs Del Po final, with Djokovic pipping him in 5 sets.

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Id love to see DelPo win it, hope he does beating Murray and Novak on the way. Would be good to have a new slam winner. Think Murrays attitude has improved a lot recently, I never liked him because oif his on court behaviour, and he was always a bit dulll.. kinda grown on me now though.

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Be nice if somebody different like JWT could win it, but likely it will be one of the Big Three. Rafa wants to be right for the clay season. Defending the French Open title is his biggest priority.

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i dont know how sure is raja about his return last time i read a article thats true to its sources, he wasnt going to comeback any soon and the problem he was having was indeed a bad one

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I wouldn't believe any of the nonsense that the FO means more to Rafa to than any other, all 4 of the Slams mean a lot. In fact it's probably more critical for Rafa's claim to being an all round great player if he wins the other slams cause at the moment his GS count is heavily saying he's a clay court player. Rafa will be back, but it will be several weeks, perhaps months before he will be anywhere near the level he was. Tennis is much poorer without him, I'm not even a Rafa fan and I'm saying this. Tennis with the big 4 fighting it out in the Semis was a spectacle if ever there was one. Chalks, JWT doesn't seem like he has that extra reserve to pull energy from should it be required to win. Novak, Rafa, Federer and even Murray recently have shown that when they need to, when their backs are agaisnt the wall they can will themselves over the line. I think I became a fan of Novak because he's probably the greatest in any sport ever, to produce his best when he's well and truly up against it.

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O NO. TWO OF My favorite players drawn against each other in the first round. HEWITT VS TIPSAREVIC. Hewitt plays great in Austalia. I so want him to do well as always, but hard to see Tipsarevic go down so early. Tipsarevic also won chennai Open Last week. Meanwhile Hewitt is back in great form. He beat Berdych in semis and then Del Potro in Kooyong Classic final last week. So a great first round match.

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That's why I love tennis grand slams, it's match after match after match the first week, so you have a choice and you usually end up with a few exciting ones. But Almagro vs Janowicz already looks to be one of the matches of the next round. Cricket sucks in comparison, in fact I'd go so far as to say cricket scheduling is a bag of **** compared to Tennis. An entire tournament done inside 2 weeks, so the finalists will have played 7 games in 2 weeks. Unlike thew cricket world cup which goes on for months, I should say drags on and on for months. We haven't seen any major upsets so far, I'm talking abotu men's tennis. So bode's well for next week. Upsets can be fun, but in the overall scheme of things, they rarely do good for a tournament as you end up with one crap player making it easier for a good player.

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Apparently last night's Somdev's match will be remembered forever by the Austrlian Open crowd. Court 8 witness not only a classy 4 hour match, but also saw a situation where one of the player went nuts on the court afte the ball wasn't called out Check this video out http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/video/diM2pmODpBVg8AkSD0A54yZrG3AgY1Gv.html#ooid=diM2pmODpBVg8AkSD0A54yZrG3AgY1Gv

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Apparently last night's Somdev's match will be remembered forever by the Austrlian Open crowd. Court 8 witness not only a classy 4 hour match, but also saw a situation where one of the player went nuts on the court afte the ball wasn't called out Check this video out http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/video/diM2pmODpBVg8AkSD0A54yZrG3AgY1Gv.html#ooid=diM2pmODpBVg8AkSD0A54yZrG3AgY1Gv
Som played well ...but was absolute carnage in other three sets...may be he should improve his fitness levels ..

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What a 5 setter between Tipsarevic and Benneteau. And here we are Kevin anderson has just won the 4th set tie break. Verdasco-Anderson als omoves on to 5th set.. Brilliant. Bring it on.
Not surprising that Verdy v Anderson was en epic, both are pretty much identical in playing style. Verdasco was a top player but has slid down the rankings a bit. Sad to see him lose, always thought he was an exciting player to watch. I remember watching him lose a brilliant match vs Rafa a few years ago at the Aus Good result for Tipsy but was hoping Baghdatis would put up mroe of a fight vs Ferrer Looking at the draw some exciting matches potentially- Fed could face another young talents in Raonic in R16 if they both win their next matches... also Tsonga v Gasquet could be a exciting match if they win their next ones..meanwhile other half of the draw has some corkers too. Novak vs Wawrink, Anderson V Berdych (hoping T-Berd has a great tourno)

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Not surprising that Verdy v Anderson was en epic, both are pretty much identical in playing style. Verdasco was a top player but has slid down the rankings a bit. Sad to see him lose, always thought he was an exciting player to watch. I remember watching him lose a brilliant match vs Rafa a few years ago at the Aus Looking at the draw some exciting matches potentially- Fed could face another young talents in Raonic in R16 if they both win their next matches... also Tsonga v Gasquet could be a exciting match if they win their next ones..meanwhile other half of the draw has some corkers too. Novak vs Wawrink, Anderson V Berdych (hoping T-Berd has a great tourno)
Yes, the game you talking about the game when Verdasco was born. That's when he gained the most news when the stretched Nadal to the corners. It was an epic 5 setter. Anderson was serving really well but Berdych is a great reciever. Anderon would need to more then just serve well against Tomas. He would need to make sure he scores lot of "Winners" I believe Berdych will win that in 4 sets. Regarding Federer's draw, I believe Milos Raonic won't really give him much of a battle. Federer should be able to play his serve out with ease. Serve is his weapon and you need more than that to beat federer in a 5 setter.

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Yes- what a match. Wawrinka really turning it on, always been a gifted player so great to watch... that one handed backhand is a thing of beauty. Never the most consistent though. Still Hope Novak wins

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