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Thoughts on the 2010 Australian Open

Early this morning the 2010 Australian Open wrapped up. I set my alarm for 3:30am to watch the men’s final, Roger Federer against Andy Murray. Roger was in pursuit of his 16th major championship while Andy was trying to win the first major for Great Britain since 1936. The match only went three sets, with Federer winning 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. At first glance those scores might look very lopsided but it was really a very close match. Both players made some extraordinary shots. Some of the classic matches Federer has had recently with Nadal and Roddick might have made this final seem anti-climatic.

While the commentators on television were rather critical of how Murray played I felt he played a respectable match. They thought he was tense, overly cautious, not aggressive enough, and feigning injury. I don’t think he played his best match, but he did force Roger to beat him. He did not self-destruct. He was picked apart by the greatest tennis player that has ever walked on the face of the earth. Murray has nothing to be ashamed of.

I’ve never been a Murray fan. When he first came onto the tennis scene as a brash, arrogant teenager I always rooted against him. His huge comeback win at Wimbledon two years ago against Gasquet started to win me over. He has matured as a person and as a tennis player, and his comments after the match this morning officially won me over. He was gracious toward Federer and grateful to his fans. I hope he wins a major in the next couple of years.

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Serena Williams won the women’s title, beating Justine Henin 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. I saw many of Serena’s matches during the tournament and she was hitting the ball well. In her semi-final match against Li Na she seemed to hit a wall of exhaustion, and I thought she might be in serious trouble in the final. But she improved her career Aussie Open final record to 5-0, pretty impressive.

Venus and Serena won the women’s doubles title and the Bryan brothers won the men’s doubles. This means that the four major titles (men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles) were won by a collective three last names (Federer, Williams, and Bryan). My research indicates this is an Australian Open record.

I thoroughly enjoyed the tournament. Now that I won’t be catching tennis at all hours of the evening and morning I can try to get back to a normal schedule. The 2010 Australian Open left me sleep-deprived and suffering from tennis withdrawal since the winter in State College is not conducive to playing tennis. But that happens every year.



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Tennis on the Radio

This afternoon I was planning to watch Federer play in the French Open semifinal. I saw that NBC had the rights to the game, so I flipped on NBC while I was working. The game being shown was the other match, which I knew would be won by Soderling because it was on a tape delay. I was annoyed at NBC for showing a match that had finished instead of a live match. I figured they would air the Federer match on delay after the Soderling match ended. When Soderling wrapped up his win NBC went to the Ellen DeGeneres Show, which was a most unpleasant surprise.

The Federer semifinal was not on television.

I decided to go to the French Open website to get match tracker updates. I was surprised to see radio coverage of the match available on the main page. So I listened to it.

Tennis on the radio is quite interesting. The play-by-play announcer must be fast. The pop of ball strikes can be heard, and on serves in the net the ball hitting the net cord is audible. The crowd also provides clues. For this match there were two color commentators. During points they would occasionally make an exclamation (“Oh!”, or “Brilliant!”, or “Amazing!”) to let the listener know the point was well-played. My favorite moments occurred between changeovers and delays when the commentators tried to outdo each other with poetic statements. I laughed out loud several times during the broadcast.

I’m thrilled Fed recovered from a 2-1 deficit to take it in five. I hope he wins on Sunday, though I won’t get to see the match live since I’ll be at church. Maybe I could listen to a radio feed?

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Wimbledon: Excellent Finals on Tap

Happy Independence Day, may the 4th be with you.

The Championships at Wimbledon have been progressing nicely. In the ladies’ draw upsets were common, yet two proven players reached the final. Venus and Serena Williams will play for the championship on Saturday. It’s an all-American affair. Venus and Serena are also playing as a team in the ladies’ doubles final, so one of them might pull off a dual championship.

Roger Federer has cruised to the final in the mens’ draw. He awaits Rafael Nadal, who is defeating Rainner Schuettler as I type this. Fed and Nadal should play an epic match on Sunday. Both of them are coming into it with all cylinders firing.

Anyone for tennis?

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Wimbledon: Upset Central

The big story in Wimbledon was Novak Djokovic getting knocked out early. Then that story was superseded by Maria Sharapova (and her tuxedo inspired apparel) getting knocked out early. Which was accompanied by Andy Roddick losing. Well, yet another upset has taken over. Ana Ivanovic, the number one seed in the ladies’ draw, was beaten handily today by Jie Zheng (6-1, 6-4).

With Sharapova and Ivanovic out, Jelena Jankovic has a golden opportunity to take over #1 in the world.

It’s good to see Nicole Vaidisova winning again. In her last match she defeated Casey Dellaqua easily (6-2, 6-4) and served very well. In addition to that, she only made 6 unforced errors in the match. When Vaidisova is serving big (she won 83% of her 1st serve points) and making few errors she is tough to beat. She faces Anna Chakvetadze next, which should be an excellent match.

Roger Federer is still cruising. He meets Lleyton Hewitt next. Hewitt is the last person not named Roger Federer to win a Wimbledon championship. I’m hoping we get to see another Fed vs. Nadal championship.

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