Apia International-Sydney

edmondsm

Legend
Didn't see a thread for this tourney. Harrison just took out Isner. Hopefully Ryan is going to break through this year. He's looked very promising but just never grabbed any big results/points.
 

GRANITECHIEF

Hall of Fame
Isner seems to have plateaued a bit and Harry playing well. I'm hoping SamQ puts together some good wins and, if so, is well on the way to becoming USA #1.
 
I think big John is still carrying an injury.

Tomic could actually win this thing, not a lot left to stop him.

His Q/F could be fun to watch, two very unusual players on court together..
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Isner is allergic to Kagaroos and withdrawn from the Aussie open. and flying away from the Kangaroo dust.
 

edmondsm

Legend
That's rough. Carrying that big frame around a tennis court is not easy for those knees and ankles. Hope John recovers quickly.
 

westside

Hall of Fame
Anderson through to the final after a final set that lasted 74mins.

Tomic v Seppi on right now. 5-5 in the first and has only lasted 30 mins. Tomic complaining about the heat.
 
I saw him play Matosevic the other day, I think the extreme heat is putting a lot of the fans off, they're all staying home to watch it in the air conditioning.
 

Oz_Rocket

Professional
Maybe seeing Tomic is a chance of making the final which is on Saturday and later in the day people are holding off?
 

dhdriver

Rookie
Hmm Tomic into the final. Second week in a row that a young player made it to their maiden final. I hope he breaks through!
 

edmondsm

Legend
Benneteau still chasing that elusive first ATP title. Crazy given how much time he's spent in the top 50 and better. Gotta wonder if he's developed a mental block at this point.
 

Oz_Rocket

Professional
Just heard the revised weather forecast on the news. 43-45 degrees celcius (110+F) for western Sydney.

Tomic was affect by the heat in the first set today so sounds like he had better be prepared for worse tomorrow.
 

Leelord337

Hall of Fame
Watching the Live women's final w/Cibulkova vs Radwanska and the funny thing is Ashley Harkleroad is commentating alongside Leif Shiras. There is tension in the air and Lief isn't his usual peppy suave self sitting next to the ex playboy model, LOL thats more entertaining to me than the tennis
 
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merwy

G.O.A.T.
Benneteau still chasing that elusive first ATP title. Crazy given how much time he's spent in the top 50 and better. Gotta wonder if he's developed a mental block at this point.
yep, if he had used one of those match points he would have a decent shot at the title against Tomic.
 

edmondsm

Legend
Can we talk about Radwanska's 6-0 6-0 smackdown in the women's final? lol. Talk about a nice way to start the season
That's crazy. How many times has there ever been a double bagel in a tour final, men's or women's? That has to be very rare. Watch out for Radwanska. This might be her tourney to lose.
 

egn

Hall of Fame
That's crazy. How many times has there ever been a double bagel in a tour final, men's or women's? That has to be very rare. Watch out for Radwanska. This might be her tourney to lose.
The Graf 88 French Open final is the one that really sticks in my head.
 

egn

Hall of Fame
who is this calm, cool and collected Tomic, that appears to be giving it his all?
 

TheNatural

G.O.A.T.
Anderson had Tomic on the back foot all 2nd set, but Tomic stepped it up and played a lot tougher in the 3rd, great performance. 2 points to go
 

rufus_smith

Professional
who were the tennis channel commetators for tomic-anderson? I watched for an hour I never heard or saw their names. I like the color guy who seemed Australian.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Great for Tomic to land his first title and on home soil too (he did win at Kooyong last year but that is not an ATP-recognised tournament).

It's the best possible response to all the flak he's been getting lately. It should boost his confidence no-end ahead of the AO.

Once you start taking home trophies, it can get to become a habit! :wink:
 

Borrelli

Semi-Pro
I really don't understand how Tomic won this match playing as passive as he did. Seems like Anderson was the dominant player, pounding aces, forehand winners and coming to net. I mean what real weapons does Tomic possess? He doesn't serve big, his forehand is incredibly flat and tends to fly on him. His backhand slice can be decent but has the tendency to sit-up because he doesn't move his feet all that great and hits from a defensive position. His 2-handed backhand is decent but not Murray or Djokovic like. Again his movement leaves a lot to be desired. I can't see how he could possibly have top 10 potential but good on him for winning his first title.
 

merwy

G.O.A.T.
I really don't understand how Tomic won this match playing as passive as he did. Seems like Anderson was the dominant player, pounding aces, forehand winners and coming to net. I mean what real weapons does Tomic possess? He doesn't serve big, his forehand is incredibly flat and tends to fly on him. His backhand slice can be decent but has the tendency to sit-up because he doesn't move his feet all that great and hits from a defensive position. His 2-handed backhand is decent but not Murray or Djokovic like. Again his movement leaves a lot to be desired. I can't see how he could possibly have top 10 potential but good on him for winning his first title.
As many commentators have already said, he reads his opponents game very well and knows how to react to it. Put lets put that one aside for now. His serve actually is pretty big in my opinion, not raonic like, but I've seen him hit a lot of aces. He's got the weirdest forehand of literally everyone I know or have seen play. Because everyone just swings from right to left by rotating their torso, but Tomic uses his arm like some kind of whip where he generates the power from that snap. I don't know who the hell taught him that or why but it's unusual and players must be at least a little surprised by it. His flat shots are pretty powerful too, and he can hit those mean camouflaged dropshots. His backhand is pretty strong too. Actually his groundstrokes remind me of Berdych's but not as reckless. His footwork could be better but it's not that bad imo, none of the youngsters have really good footwork. Most importantly: He hits the ball hard, deep and places them well. And he doesn't make many mistakes, what else is needed?
 

Borrelli

Semi-Pro
As many commentators have already said, he reads his opponents game very well and knows how to react to it. Put lets put that one aside for now. His serve actually is pretty big in my opinion, not raonic like, but I've seen him hit a lot of aces. He's got the weirdest forehand of literally everyone I know or have seen play. Because everyone just swings from right to left by rotating their torso, but Tomic uses his arm like some kind of whip where he generates the power from that snap. I don't know who the hell taught him that or why but it's unusual and players must be at least a little surprised by it. His flat shots are pretty powerful too, and he can hit those mean camouflaged dropshots. His backhand is pretty strong too. Actually his groundstrokes remind me of Berdych's but not as reckless. His footwork could be better but it's not that bad imo, none of the youngsters have really good footwork. Most importantly: He hits the ball hard, deep and places them well. And he doesn't make many mistakes, what else is needed?
Hmm, I'm not so sure about that. I mean, it wasn't like he was coming to net when he hit a great offensive shot and knew that it was going to trigger a weak response from Anderson. Also, he stood out in the doubles alley to return serve in the deuce court to protect the wide serve but Anderson just hammered aces up the tee. Not sure how that was reading Anderson's game all that great but he won the match so credit to him I just don't see him having top 10 or even 20 potential with his current game.
 

Bendex

Professional
Hmm, I'm not so sure about that. I mean, it wasn't like he was coming to net when he hit a great offensive shot and knew that it was going to trigger a weak response from Anderson. Also, he stood out in the doubles alley to return serve in the deuce court to protect the wide serve but Anderson just hammered aces up the tee. Not sure how that was reading Anderson's game all that great but he won the match so credit to him I just don't see him having top 10 or even 20 potential with his current game.
His game is evolving. Two months ago his serve was crap, no knee bend. Now it's a weapon all of a sudden. Last year he had no footwork. Now he's taking little steps between shots (except when he gets tired and forgets).

What is more likely to hold him back is his appalling attitude.
 
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