Very entertaining AO so far?

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  1. FedererDropShot

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    It's sad that Rafa isn't here (yes it sounds like I'm lying because Rafa is troublesome for Roger) but so far, this AO has been so entertaining.

    Maybe the best AO in awhile?

    6. Anderson def. Verdasco in 5 --> I loved Anderson's striking.

    5. Simon def. Monfils in 5 --> Pushfest but so much drama. A french royale of clashing willpower. Both were physically not at their best...

    4. Chardy def. Del Potro in 5 --> Chardy does some beserk ballstriking against a Del Potro who was heading towards end of 2012/ start of 2013 in brilliant form having recorded 2 victories against Roger in indoor tournaments.

    3. David Ferrer def. Almagro in 5--> The 4th seed gets tested and overcomes Almagro with a 2 set deficit and Almagro had many chances to serve out the match. A superb comeback from one of the best defenders.

    2. Federer def. Tsonga in 5 --> I won't lie... Tsonga really scared me... He was winning close to 90% of rallies over 9 points and really took it to Roger with aggressiveness. The 2nd seed really was tested. Roger was lucky in some ways because could have gone either way. Tsonga played stunning tennis in terms of baseline exchanges but Roger's variety saved him. Roger Rasheed has really lifted up his game and I have a feeling he might break through at perhaps the FO or Wimby. But, I'm happy Roger won.

    1. Novak Djokovic def. Wawrinka in 5 --> So the 1st seed was tested first before Ferrer and Federer were tested with 5 setters. Djokovic is simply the god of absolute defence... He can push back 90% of supposed winners that comes at him.... The crowd was really excited.. Match could have gone either way but pushing was once again faithful for Novak and makes an epic 5 setter once again... Wawrinka's display of backhands was probably the best you'll ever see in awhile... The best match of this AO for sure and maybe top 3 match at least for the year.

    I hope David Ferrer vs Novak Djokovic & Andy Murray vs Roger Federer will live up to expectations.... Hopefully, even better than these matches...
     
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    I don;t think the semis will be better. Ferrer's could have long exchanges but a lesser version of Noel vs Ralph. Noel should take it easily, actually.

    I just hope Rodge takes out Andy easily. I can' stand Roger getting pushed, lol ! :)
     
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    I really think they'll be exciting - the fact they're so close to the end of a slam ramps up the intensity and atmosphere anyway; and we could be in for some epic rallies with those 4.

    It really is a shame Rafa isn't here, but those matches were all fantastic, especially the top 2.

    I know the WTA gets a bit of a pasting on here as well, but there have been some good matches and stories on that side as well.

    Totally agree, great tourny so far, gonna miss it on Monday.
     
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    Its up to par,,seeds 1,2,3,and 4 in the semi's. on the atp ranking front ferrer will pass nadal in world rankings, nadal lost his 2nd place points at AO.
     
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    Very entertaining. Way better than last year's, for example. Although, I still prefer the 2009's and the 2005's.
     
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    So the four top men's seeds reach the semis. This tournament has, in a way, typified the way mens tennis is right now. Leaving Ferrer aside, the only way anyone outside the top three can come close to beating one of them in a GS is by hitting a real purple patch (as Wawrinka did against Djokovic) and even then it doesn't guarantee victory. Other than that, the top three swat the others aside like so many bugs that seem to invade the courts in Melbourne.

    Ferrer is in the semis because he has taken over the mantle Murray had until his 2012 breakthrough year - excellent player, knocking on the door but never quite regarded as in the same league. Unfortunately, Ferrer neither has the in depth game, confidence nor time on his side to break through into the real elite club which the top three have made for themselves.

    I've deliberately left Nadal out of the above analysis as I'm talking about the here and now. If/when he comes back and if/when he comes back strong then the dynamics may shift.
     
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    I've been loving it. My only complaint is geography...I hate having to either miss the night matches or get up at 4:00 in the morning for them. I'll be doing that tonight for the Djokovic-Ferrer match, and it's making me dread it just a bit.

    Another match I really enjoyed was the Janowicz-Devvarman match. Coming back from two sets down is always fun to watch.
     
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    I have the same time zone issues, but I think it's great that it means the game is so global; and feel really lucky to have two Slams that are time-zone compatible with where I live!
     
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    We have had some great matches but we have missed the one two punch and the big serve forehand combo "big man tennis" Isner would have provided that so his withdrawal was a big blow to the tournament!
     
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    Not to me. It's still my least favorite slam and that's not likely to change any time soon.
     
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    But...it's still a slam!
     
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    I like it. I liked Roger's draw. His match with Tomic was particularly entertaining as well.
     
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    We saw some big serving + big forehands from Tsonga.
     
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    Exactly! And it lit up the tournament the quality of hitting from him and Fed! Isner would have done this in abundance! He beat both Federer and Tsonga with huge serve/forehand combo in the Davis Cup last year!
     
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    And I have to admit there's something fun about getting up at 4:00 in the morning for tennis. It's one of those silly little things that makes me feel like a "real" fan. Much better than the tape-delay broadcasts.
     
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    Would it be your FAV if Novak did not win in 08,11,12 here?
     
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    This. I like it. Most good matches are from 4 am onwards for me (Europe), so if you wake up early, you can watch all morning. Stan-Djo concluded at 2pm, lovely.

    The USO is harder than the AO if you don't have a job and live in Europe.
     
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    Yea! It's funny, every time I turn it on something great happens. I didn't want to watch Djoker blow out Wawa, but I thought "Oh watch it for a few minutes", 5 hours of probably the best match I've ever seen later I was just jazzed.

    Tonights Fed match made me nervous, Tsonga CAN PLAY! That and Fed was off, I hate that, bad service game and missing stupid shots, but yea Fed is Fed and he seems to give 100% 100% of the time, but that could have gone Tsonga's way, two tiebreaks......We were biting our nails.

    Great tourney!
     
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  20. malbaker86

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    It misses Rafa but I think the tourney has been better than I expected.

    I'm glad the match ups haven't been too far off everybody's predictions which makes for more solid tennis
     
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    All the good matches happen at 3 in the morning! If I didn't have morning classes...
     
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    This years open has exciting matches for sure but seems a little flat overall. Still gotta love summer though
     
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    Flat tournament. Thats it.
     
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    Yep, very entertaining. I've been following this tournament pretty closely. Couldn't watch a lot of the matches but the ones I've watched were entertaining and there's really just a lot going on.
     
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    Why hasn't NSK spoken yet ? He'll probably comment on the entertainment value of the tournament after Fed loses :)
     
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    i like the amount of attacking in the tournament so far, and a bit of revival of the one handed backhand.

    Successful attacking tennis:

    - Chardy vs. Del Potro: Chardy came to the net so much, it was beautiful and effective. Great aggressive slice backhands to approach off of, yes, they are aggressive when they are that low and deep.

    - Tsonga vs. Gasquet/Federer: Tsonga great at the net, aggressive from the baseline. Fought to defend against match points/breaks rather than defensive grinding.

    - Tomic vs. Federer: While he was trounced by the master, he did put up more of a fight and showed that he's not just a baseline junkballer. Federer displayed what real tennis is in that match.

    - Brands vs. Tomic: So much successful serving an volleying from Brands. It was nice to see the lost art used on such a slow surface.

    - Almagro vs. Tipsy/Ferrer: Great to see him blast Janko away with the backhand before the guy gave up and good to see him being able to use aggressiveness strategically against one of the best defenders in the game, choke notwithstanding.

    - Wawrinka Vs. Djokovic: Stanislas' five hour display of how a one-handed backhand can not only go toe-to-toe with one of the best two-handers around, but also that an attacking style can be sustained for 5 hours against, arguably, best retriever in the game.

    Also worth mentioning is Nishikori's grit and attacking style despite the injury. Likewise Serena.
     
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    I think it's been pretty boring, to be honest. Shame, the AO is usually pretty exciting. As far as the first week of Slams, Wimbledon 2010 was pretty epic.
     
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    There is definitely a novelty about the AO. There's virtually no build up to it and the next largest ATP events are almost two months after it, yet, it holds huge implications for the rest of the year.

    Also, living in the U.S., it's definitely fun to be watching live, epic matches in the middle of the night (even on school nights)! I usually fall asleep with the TV on so I can get a few glimpses of the night matches. I always stay up to watch the final, though, and watch it through to its conclusion. I love this sport!
     
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  29. smoledman

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    Tsonga easily was the most exciting player of the event.
     
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    I suppose you'd fancy your chances against wawrinka or Almagro or Tsonga in a best of 5
     
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    It's a close call but I'd have to say Wawrinka in the 4th round was more exciting to watch, the way he pumped up the crowd, and the way he saved match points and heck the way the match ended itself, Wawrinka was getting the crown into it well after 4 hours and running around kicking the tennis balls like soccer balls, really enjoyed watching him

    Tsonga last night gave us a real treat, went all out served huge and stepped up, loved how graceful he was after he lost
     
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    you must live on another planet
     
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    Well, it did live up to my expactations!
     
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    Not really, the Wawrinka - Djokovic and Federer - Tsonga matches are the standout performances in an otherwise very ordinary tournament.
     
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    It was very entertaining until the Djokovic - Ferrer "match" happened. A disappointing semi-final really puts a damper on the whole tournament
     
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    You can't forget the excellent dramatic comedy that was Monfils-Lu. I also thought was Berdych-Anderson was high quality for a straight sets affair.
     
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    Nothing beats 2007.
     
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    Plus how Nadal is going to win 7-9 more AO titles. :)
     
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    The women side for me has been more fun to watch

    some great upsets some very low seeds all the way to the semi finals.

    Mens side...the top 4 were the 4 left and it will probably be a novak/murray final ...hopefully Murray winning the final can be the first big surprise of the mens tournament
     
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    I usually sacrifice sleep (and my productivity at work the next day) to stay up and watch the night matches (which start at 2:00 or 2:30 a.m. where I live), but just couldn't do it this year. So, I've missed some great matches. Sure, I record them on the DVR, but I never end up watching them after the fact, other than maybe a few highlights. It loses all of its impact.
     
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    2005 disagrees.
     
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