Australian Open 2016 Official Thread

Who will be the champion??

  • Djokovic

    Votes: 64 60.4%
  • Federer

    Votes: 11 10.4%
  • Murray

    Votes: 12 11.3%
  • Wawrinka

    Votes: 5 4.7%
  • Nadal

    Votes: 5 4.7%
  • Berdych

    Votes: 2 1.9%
  • Nishikori

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Ferrer

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • Raonic

    Votes: 3 2.8%
  • Other

    Votes: 3 2.8%

  • Total voters
    106
  • Poll closed .

lud

Hall of Fame
Damn Tomic is sometimes so irritating. With this 'I don't give a damn' attitude. Like we are stupid, and we don't know that he WANT to win matches,tournaments and majors.
 

tipsa...don'tlikehim!

Talk Tennis Guru
I don't know what kind of injury it was, just put the stream at 3-3 and noticed Bolelli could not move at all, Tomic must be sadistic for making this match last until 7-5 :)
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
12/2 W/UFE for Stan. 68% first serves in. 8/7, 72% for Stepanek.

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Stan's ace count has been picking up. Very low at WTF. Shoulder injury.
 

Bad_Knee

Professional
These forums seem quiter than usual for a slam...Nobody has even made a federer vs dimitrov thread yet. What's going on? Is the Djokovic dominance scaring/boring people away?
 

stephan_58

Rookie

stringertom

Bionic Poster
These forums seem quiter than usual for a slam...Nobody has even made a federer vs dimitrov thread yet. What's going on? Is the Djokovic dominance scaring/boring people away?
Check again, there was a Young Artist vs Old GOAT thread begun as soon as the matchup was set.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
1. If Rafa was beaten in straight sets in the first round, wouldn't it have looked worse?
2. Yes, he lost to an unseeded player. But that unseeded player can play world class tennis, and isn't a no name ham n egger. Verdasco, when he is on has one of the most dangerous forehands out there.

Should Rafa have lost? No, he should have actually won in straights if it wasn't for a few points in the first set tie break. Was it a tough loss? Yes, of course, he was prepared to go deep. Did he have the toughest first round opponent? I think this is unquestionable.
I feel better. @tennis_commentator ?
 

Terenigma

G.O.A.T.
These forums seem quiter than usual for a slam...Nobody has even made a federer vs dimitrov thread yet. What's going on? Is the Djokovic dominance scaring/boring people away?

Its the Australian open, id wager the majority of the people here are from Europe or America and the matches take place at roughly night time for both give or take a few hours. Its always the most quiet slam and we've had no really dramatic matches so far. Im sure it will pick up as we progress, starting tomorrow.
 

Garhi Shot First

Hall of Fame
Stan's ace count has been picking up. Very low at WTF. Shoulder injury.
Yes, I think he had a MTO on his shoulder back at Shanghai vs Cilic? I'm glad he's recovering from it. He's such a snowball effect kind of player (if that's the right way to put it). When his first serve is working, his confidence seems to build on itself, but when it isn't, the self-doubt is what builds up and every other part of his game falls to pieces.

On that note, it was pretty tough to watch Fed SABR him last year at USO, but it was a very effective strategy by the maestro. :(:oops: He knows Stan too well.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Its the Australian open, id wager the majority of the people here are from Europe or America and the matches take place at roughly night time for both give or take a few hours. Its always the most quiet slam and we've had no really dramatic matches so far. Im sure it will pick up as we progress, starting tomorrow.
Today will be awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've already made plans for Friday night (Saturday matches) as the most interesting match is Ferrer v Johnson. This tournament is blowing hot and cold.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
A different surface at USO. My point is with Rafa out of the way Stan is looking very dangerous. Hot serving on top of the rest of the game would be unbeatable.
 

3fees

G.O.A.T.
2] Andy Murray (GBR) d. Sam Groth (AUS) 60 64 61
[4] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Radek Stepanek (CZE) 62 63 64
[8] David Ferrer (ESP) d. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 62 64 64
[10] John Isner (USA) d. Marcel Granollers (ESP) 63 76(6) 76(2)
[13] Milos Raonic (CAN) d. Tommy Robredo (ESP) 76(6) 76(5) 75
[16] Bernard Tomic (AUS) d. Simone Bolelli (ITA) 64 62 67(5) 75
[18] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) d. Guido Pella (ARG) 76(2) 67(4) 76(3) 67(8) 64
[21] Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. Tim Smyczek (USA) 64 76(5) 76(4)
[23] Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 75 64 61
Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. [25] Jack Sock (USA) 76(6) 76(5) 63
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) d. [30] Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 64 76(5) 76(5)
[31] Steve Johnson (USA) d. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 63 62 62
[32] Joao Sousa (POR) d. Santiago Giraldo (COL) 63 75 36 61
Dudi Sela (ISR) d. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 46 63 63 76(4)
John Millman (AUS) d. Gilles Muller (LUX) 46 64 62 46 75
Stephane Robert (FRA) d. Rajeev Ram (USA) 61 67(6) 46 75 75
 

swordtennis

G.O.A.T.
Sousa's first win against Giraldo I believe, so maybe the way to look at it as this was an awesome win for Sousa. Of course, he's toast against Murray, so is Sousa any good on clay?

nice did not know that good pickup. He is good on clay prob his best surface. He could give Murray a good run. He tends to win the first sets then mentally starts choking in big matches.
 

Flint

Hall of Fame
As good as the Murray-Groth scoreline looks for Murray (6-0 6-4 6-1), there is a cause for concern in there.

He was 3-1 up in the 2nd set and was pegged back to 4-4. This indicates that his level is still dropping for a brief period for whatever reason during the middle of a match.

He's good enough to beat players like Groth and Zverev even with his level dipping during a match.
But against Wawrinka and Djokovic....
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
nice did not know that good pickup. He is good on clay prob his best surface. He could give Murray a good run. He tends to win the first sets then mentally starts choking in big matches.
Actually, his two titles are indoor HCs, one in '13 and one in '15. He made two clay finals in '15, losing to Thiem (Umag in straights) and Bellucci (Geneva in straights). He won @Valencia, beating RBA from a set down. He lost a final in St. Pete to Raonic.

He is not a specialist vs Murray...0-3 in '15 and only the lone set won @RG. This is a rematch of last year's 3R @AO, won by Murray 6-1 6-1 7-5.
 
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Krish872007

Talk Tennis Guru
As good as the Murray-Groth scoreline looks for Murray (6-0 6-4 6-1), there is a cause for concern in there.

He was 3-1 up in the 2nd set and was pegged back to 4-4. This indicates that his level is still dropping for a brief period for whatever reason during the middle of a match.

He's good enough to beat players like Groth and Zverev even with his level dipping during a match.
But against Wawrinka and Djokovic....

I would only worry against Djokovic though. Wawrinka/Federer can also have these mid-match dips (especially Stan)
 

KeithL

Rookie
Weather is bad all day. Thunderstorm and pouring rain at the moment. So most likely only the matches on the 3 main courts will be played/completed today.
 

swordtennis

G.O.A.T.
Actually, his two titles are indoor HCs, one in '13 and one in '15. He made two clay finals in '15, losing to Thiem (Umag in straights) and Bellucci (Geneva in straights). He won @Valencia, beating RBA from a set down. He lost a final in St. Pete to Raonic.

He is not a specialist vs Murray...0-3 in '15 and only the lone set won @RG. This is a rematch of last year's 3R @AO, won by Murray 6-1 6-1 7-5.

Interesting.
Clay he is 35-34
indoor he is 32-21
I could have sworn I have watched him several times when up against the top guys play a close first set or even win it and then go on to get swept for the rest of the match.
 

Cortana

Legend
These forums seem quiter than usual for a slam...Nobody has even made a federer vs dimitrov thread yet. What's going on? Is the Djokovic dominance scaring/boring people away?
Well, I think nobody believes that Djokovic will loose here. Not even the players on the tour.
 

3fees

G.O.A.T.
[7] Kei Nishikori (JPN) d [26] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 75 26 63 64

[15] David Goffin (BEL) d. [19] Dominic Thiem (AUT) 61 36 76(2) 75

Cheers
3Fees :)
 
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