Fantastic Finish To Week One In Melbourne

Jan 20, 2013

After seven days of exciting tennis action at Melbourne Park, the first week of the 2013 Australian Open couldn’t have been capped off any better than by the fantastic fourth round night match between world No.1 Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka from Switzerland, both men battled each other for just over five hours which in itself is remarkable considering the first set won by Wawrinka was over in twenty five minutes, Djokovic found a way to edge Wawrinka in a classic five setter, 12-10 in the fifth, and it was clearly the match of the tournament so far and one that will have the Australian Open fans thirsting for more as the second week gets underway later today.

With the Grand Slam tournaments now allotting thirty two seeded players at the big events, we often don’t get to see too many significant upsets in the first week of a major event anymore, sure there will always be some of the top thirty two seeds in both the men’s and women’s draw who fall early and create a good storyline for the press but more often than not we see a procession of the top seeds, especially the men, making it through to the round of sixteen where the real action usually begins, Sara Errani (7th seed) and Petra Kvitova (8th seed) both fell early in the women’s draw but neither player was considered a major threat before the tournament begun, sixth seeded man Juan Martin Del Potro’s five set third round loss to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy was the biggest upset in week one of the 2013 Aussie Open but if Wawrinka had beaten Djokovic last night then that would have changed.

The men’s game certainly has a lot more depth with players ranked inside the top 50 consistently toppling some of the bigger names throughout the season, however more often than not the top 10 usually find a way to win especially over a gruelling five set match, but every now and then we see someone step up and play the match of his life and Stan “the man” Wawrinka certainly stepped up to the plate in Melbourne last night against the defending champion and No.1 player in the world, it’s an old cliche but it certainly rings true that sometimes neither player deserves to lose a classic match like Nole and Stan played last night, however in tennis there is always a winner and a loser and although Djokovic eventually won the battle, Wawrinka would have won plenty of respect from Novak and possibly gained some new fans across the globe after his tremendous performance.

Written by: Tono

(2) Comments

Adunar says:
Jan 21, 2013

Yes, Stan was a few points away from upsetting the mighty Novak in Melbourne, his best grand slam. That would have been a huge earthquake! I think Novak lost his Aussie Open during that match. He has 3 tough matches ahead of him and such a battle in his legs.

From my point of view, the player who impressed me the most this first week was Roger. He went past Paire, Davydenko, Tomic and Raonic with class, all in straight sets. Murray also won his matches pretty easily but it wasn’t at his best. If Roger can beat Tsonga and then take out Murray, he will be the favorite against any one. Novak will have so many hours of tennis in his legs if he reaches the final. And Fed would surely be the favorite against either Ferrer, berdych or Almagro. I’m thinking that the winner of the possible Murray/Federer match will win this tournament.

Tono says:
Jan 22, 2013

I tend to agree with your comments there Adunar, Roger has looked pretty sharp to me and the slightly quicker court surface this year seems to have him playing better than recent years, a long five set match in either his quarterfinal or semifinal may have the Maestro in trouble though so he will be hoping for reasonably fresh 31 year old legs if he makes the final on Sunday.

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