Monday, January 26, 2009

Day 8, Quitters galore

Damn, I guess we now know the difference between the Australian Open (different cheerleaders, see above?) and the NFL. 3 matches came to abrubt halts yesterday as Gael Monfils, Victoria Azarenka, and Jie Zheng all retired due to various injuries before the end of their matches. It's something that is unfortunate, but in the kind of heat that occurs at the height of the Aussie summer, it's not altogether surprising. Especially given the fact that this tournament comes at the beginning of the year when not all the players are prepared for grueling 5 setters.

But don't let these trifling matters dampen your enthusiasm for what has been a very entertaining tournament thus far.

After red hot (just ask the ladies, or his last 4 opponents) Fernando Verdasco took a 5-setter over favored Andy Murray yesterday, finally a top 5 seeded man was upset. But 4 of the 5 top seeds still remain and the quarterfinals, which start today, boast some sure to be epic matchups.

Check these out, my fellow tennis afficianados:

1. Andy aka Izod Roddick v. Novak aka screw you New York Djokovic, in a rematch of their 2008 U.S. Open quarterfinal, won by the Joker in 4 sets.

2. Roger aka our heavenly father Federer v. Juan Martin aka the streaker Del Potro. As a big fan of Del Potro, I'm really excited to see what kind of tennis he plays in this his second straight major quarterfinal. He's gonna break through at some point, but after seeing Fed defend his turf against Berdych on Saturday, we all know it's going to take a valiant effort, i.e, no quitting kid.

3. Rafa aka short sleeve Nadal v. Gilles aka the rabbit Simon. Simon has been playing great tennis for the last six months so don't count him out (though it is pretty hard to imagine him winning here).

4. Jo Wilfreid aka float like a butterfly Tsonga v. Fernando aka eye candy Verdasco. Tsonga, last years surprise finalist is gonna have to bring every ounce of his heavyweight flair against the reborn Verdasco, who is flying high after knocking off # 4 Seed Andy Murray yesterday.

So, there you have it, 4 mouth watering matchups, worth setting your watches by.

If I wasn't out playing tennis all day I'd have more time to tell you how I feel about the woman's draw. Click here and form your own opinions.
G'day all!