Thursday, January 29, 2009

DAY 12, GETTING NOSTALGIC

Well, here we are, with three more matches to digest and the rest of the 2009 Australian Open a great big blur in our rearview mirror. But before we forget everything that happened here and remember only the finals, let's take a look back at the 10 most scintillating moments of the first tennis major of the 2009 season:

10. The Fans.
This one is not an actual moment, it is just a general shout-out to the spirit of the fans in Melbourne. Never before have I seen such cookiness. Reminds me of Halloween in San Francisco. Crazy fans of all nationalities, faces painted and bodies painted; Wild and beatiful creatures, expressing their creativity and love for the sport (and braving the oppresive heat to boot), how can you not give them a spot in the top ten?

9. Gilles Muller over Feliciano Lopez in the first round, 6-3, 7-6(7), 4-6, 4-6, 16-14
The first upset of the tourney always deserves a little respect, especially with a 30 game 5th set!

8.
The Williams sisters playing doubles
It is a pleasure to watch either one of them play singles, but man, what a treat to get both of them on the court at the same time! Definitely far better than watching them lick the inside of Oreo cookies with the Manning brothers.

7.
Directv's interactive coverage of the early rounds
Watching every match live with interactive scoreboards and draws is like being in tennis heaven, getting free lessons from Fed and Nadal.

6. Dinara Safina's 4th round thriller against Alize Cornet
Talk about snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. What a match. Hopefully we'll see more and better from Cornet as the year progresses.

5. Gonzo over Gasquet in 5 sets, third round match

The match of a lifetime for anyone who was lucky enough to be in the stands on Margaret Court to see it. Gonzo, down 2 sets, turned the clock back to 2007, at least until he met Nadal in the 4th round.

4. Serena's houdini act in the quarters to get by Kuznetsova
Proving once again why this 9-time major champion is perhaps the premier clutch performer in woman's tennis (Especially when the roof is closed!)

3. The resurrection of Jelena Dokic
Is there anything more beatiful than being born again? Once down and out, Jelena Dokic has made it through the wilderness to overcome her own personal demons. She entered the Open as a Qualifier and ended it in the quarterfinals as a legitimate contender for the title. The stuff of dreams indeed.

2. Federer's comeback vs. Berdych in the 4th round
If roger aka our heavenly father goes on to win his 14th major here, this match could go down in history as a definitive federer gutcheck match. Just pure magic!

1. TBA
I'll leave this one up to the Fed or Nadal, I'm sure they'll pull through!