Favorite things about '08 Aussie Open

Aabye

Professional
Well, despite Novak Djokovic's win today (I was cheering for Tsonga), this was still a "happy Slam" for me.

Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order) matches, moments, etc. of this year's Aussie Open.

1. I love the new courts. Though I still liked the green color of the old courts better, I think we saw a lot fewer complaints with this new stuff. Overall, the made sure that the land of Oz kept its reputation as the "fairest of them all" (as far as courts, anyway), because we saw baseline bashers, super servers, and all-court allstars make their way through the match.

2. Baghdatis def. Safin. Prior to this match, the majority of the men's matches were straight foward affairs, and the top players were dishing out bagels by the dozen. This one set off a string of great five setters that really made this AO memorable. Baggy looked like he would take this match in straights, after he secured the first two sets pretty handily. And in the fifth he was able to overcome fatigue and cramping to finish Safin off. But for two sets, Safin was focused and playing his best for the first time in ages. The last time we saw him play like that I think, was Halle final '05. Let's hope he can regain that level for the rest of the year.

3. Federer def. Tipsarevic. Tipsy lost this match 10-8 in the fifth and set off a storm of Serbian success that culminated in Djokovic's victory in the final. Federer was not on the top of his game, but to a degree it was because Janko was everywhere, hitting back everything. He showed no fear, as he gazed through his goggles and across the net at the world #1.

4. Hewitt def. Baghdatis. Australia's native son versus their adopted son, they were cheering wildly for both. I was hoping that Baggy could come through. The release of the Baggy tape and the pepper spray incident that took place in the days before this match put a bad taste in my mouth, but this brought the focus back on what it should be: tennis. Hewitt had lost their previous match, but he was not going to go down in front of his home crowd on this night. He did what he does best, fight and counter-punch and that was enough to send a tearful Baggy home.

5. Kohlschreiber def. Roddick. I think in every one of the matches I watched the player I wanted to win, lost. But this match was superb, with the exception of Roddick's shameless display of bad temper. The winners were coming of both guys' racquects but Philipp was hitting all the lines. Over a hundred winners, and that backhand of his was amazing in this match.

6. Tsonga def. Nadal. I thought Tsonga had a chance to win this match if he won the first set, but I was not expecting him to take down Nadal like he did. Rafa himself said it best perhaps, "We have to accept today. He played unbelievable. Playing very hard the ball every time, serving unbelievable." This was an incredible display of an all-court player going all out. His touch at the net is better than so many of the current players, it is not even funny.

7. Djokovic def. Federer. Straights. What more do I have to say. I could add that Federer came in unprepared, or that he wasn't playing his best, but all credit to the Serb. I didn't watch this match live, nor watched it in its entirety, but I think I have seen enough to say that it was his superb play that won him this match, and had Fed played better the end result was almost most likely going to be the same, just prolonged a set or two.

8. Djokovic def. Tsonga. Nadal was also right when he said he did not think he could sustain that level. I already mentioned that I wanted Tsonga to win this match, but I was already going to be pretty happy whatever the result. After nearly three years of almost complete domination of the tennis world, we were going to have a new champion one way or another.

9. I didn't watch too much of the WTA, but I thought the mini-run of Casey Dellacqua was such a nice story for the local fans. She lost in the fourth round, but giving the dearth of Aussie female players, that is quite a good showing. And on an unrelated note, I guess Lindsay should not feel too bad about her play, seeing as how she went to the eventual champ.

I know I am leaving a lot out, but I just wanted to get the ball rolling, before I hit the sack.
 

cujays

Professional
what about james blake coming from 2 sets down?
the story of the AO was tsonga
i wish him the best
i hope he keep going
maybe he can make a run a the pacific life open
or at the miami master series event
 
Well, despite Novak Djokovic's win today (I was cheering for Tsonga), this was still a "happy Slam" for me.

Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order) matches, moments, etc. of this year's Aussie Open.

1. I love the new courts. Though I still liked the green color of the old courts better, I think we saw a lot fewer complaints with this new stuff. Overall, the made sure that the land of Oz kept its reputation as the "fairest of them all" (as far as courts, anyway), because we saw baseline bashers, super servers, and all-court allstars make their way through the match.

2. Baghdatis def. Safin. Prior to this match, the majority of the men's matches were straight foward affairs, and the top players were dishing out bagels by the dozen. This one set off a string of great five setters that really made this AO memorable. Baggy looked like he would take this match in straights, after he secured the first two sets pretty handily. And in the fifth he was able to overcome fatigue and cramping to finish Safin off. But for two sets, Safin was focused and playing his best for the first time in ages. The last time we saw him play like that I think, was Halle final '05. Let's hope he can regain that level for the rest of the year.

3. Federer def. Tipsarevic. Tipsy lost this match 10-8 in the fifth and set off a storm of Serbian success that culminated in Djokovic's victory in the final. Federer was not on the top of his game, but to a degree it was because Janko was everywhere, hitting back everything. He showed no fear, as he gazed through his goggles and across the net at the world #1.

4. Hewitt def. Baghdatis. Australia's native son versus their adopted son, they were cheering wildly for both. I was hoping that Baggy could come through. The release of the Baggy tape and the pepper spray incident that took place in the days before this match put a bad taste in my mouth, but this brought the focus back on what it should be: tennis. Hewitt had lost their previous match, but he was not going to go down in front of his home crowd on this night. He did what he does best, fight and counter-punch and that was enough to send a tearful Baggy home.

5. Kohlschreiber def. Roddick. I think in every one of the matches I watched the player I wanted to win, lost. But this match was superb, with the exception of Roddick's shameless display of bad temper. The winners were coming of both guys' racquects but Philipp was hitting all the lines. Over a hundred winners, and that backhand of his was amazing in this match.

6. Tsonga def. Nadal. I thought Tsonga had a chance to win this match if he won the first set, but I was not expecting him to take down Nadal like he did. Rafa himself said it best perhaps, "We have to accept today. He played unbelievable. Playing very hard the ball every time, serving unbelievable." This was an incredible display of an all-court player going all out. His touch at the net is better than so many of the current players, it is not even funny.

7. Djokovic def. Federer. Straights. What more do I have to say. I could add that Federer came in unprepared, or that he wasn't playing his best, but all credit to the Serb. I didn't watch this match live, nor watched it in its entirety, but I think I have seen enough to say that it was his superb play that won him this match, and had Fed played better the end result was almost most likely going to be the same, just prolonged a set or two.

8. Djokovic def. Tsonga. Nadal was also right when he said he did not think he could sustain that level. I already mentioned that I wanted Tsonga to win this match, but I was already going to be pretty happy whatever the result. After nearly three years of almost complete domination of the tennis world, we were going to have a new champion one way or another.

9. I didn't watch too much of the WTA, but I thought the mini-run of Casey Dellacqua was such a nice story for the local fans. She lost in the fourth round, but giving the dearth of Aussie female players, that is quite a good showing. And on an unrelated note, I guess Lindsay should not feel too bad about her play, seeing as how she went to the eventual champ.

I know I am leaving a lot out, but I just wanted to get the ball rolling, before I hit the sack.
What a nice observation. I agree with all your comments. Thank you for writing this up; it will help us remember a great tournament. The only thing I remember about WTA is the picture of two gorgeous finalists. Yah, Slavs!!
 
10. the two beauties in the womens finals.

11. sharapovas destruction of justine henin. not that i don't like justine, but just an amazing performance by sharpie.

12. maria's great turnaround from last year and her exorcising demons from previous years tough losses.
 

Grimjack

Banned
13. Nadal's cementing his legacy as a gutless coward, afraid to step up and win a match he should have no trouble at all controlling, simply because he's afraid of his own shadow as soon as he leaves the comfort of the dirt.
 
T

TennisandMusic

Guest
13. Nadal's cementing his legacy as a gutless coward, afraid to step up and win a match he should have no trouble at all controlling, simply because he's afraid of his own shadow as soon as he leaves the comfort of the dirt.
Yo...that's way over the top. What's your take then on Murray, Gasquet and Youzhny?
 

WhiteSox05CA

Hall of Fame
This was a great tournament this year. I, for one (and maybe the only one), liked that someone other than Federer was in the final. It was much more interesting. I love grand slams. I can't wait for the rest.
 

Max Winther

Semi-Pro
I liked spending all of first period at school on ESPN360.com and knowing that at any time, I could watch some outstanding tennis.

I also liked dodging the pro match results forum so that i could see for myself who won. Also, avoiding the "bottomline" on ESPN2.

All in all, one of the best tournaments I will probably ever see.
 

Nadal_Freak

Banned
13. Nadal's cementing his legacy as a gutless coward, afraid to step up and win a match he should have no trouble at all controlling, simply because he's afraid of his own shadow as soon as he leaves the comfort of the dirt.
Trying to take the lead in *******ism I see. Ninman I believe still has the lead in that department. Keep throwing in some more worthless BS and you catch up. :D

Of course seeing Fed going down in straight sets was my favorite part. Djokovic was incredible in that match. That wicked running crosscourt forehand moving to his right was awesome.
 
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i thought all of the matches were good, i am a big fed fan but i kind of like the fact the tournament was a sobering experience for him. Its good to see that still anyone can win on any given day.
 
what about Su-Wei Hsieh? she made it all the way to the 4th round losing to Henin after going through one week of qualifying. good for her and Taiwan.
 

tacou

G.O.A.T.
the 3rd round
a few cool women's matches (plus kirilenko is beautiful)
federer lost
tsonga is the man
federer did not win
 

lethalfang

Professional
13. Nadal's cementing his legacy as a gutless coward, afraid to step up and win a match he should have no trouble at all controlling, simply because he's afraid of his own shadow as soon as he leaves the comfort of the dirt.
I'm not exactly a Nadal fan.
In fact, as to my "what not to like" department, Nadal and Sharapova have something in common in my mind: neither of their games is aesthetically pleasing or visually graceful.
But you never question their dedications to tennis and their wills to win.
 

Sentinel

Bionic Poster
Very good OP. Nice to have a positive thread (or at least attempt to start one :) ).

The Kohlshreiber match was a favorite (being an old 1h'er). He just seemed to take it to another level. Was sad he didn't go further than Roddick.

The Fed-Tipsy match. It's sad Tipsy could not go further too. Hope he maintains this level. Great match!!!

Baggy vs Hewitt: started boring, but became great, pity Bags could not win.

TSONGA !!! Sad he lost, but cmon this is not the end of the world. Hope to see more of him. Hope it is a case of "a star is born".

Wake up calls !!! My favorites: Federer, Nadal, Henin.... You need to raise your games now. Fed will have to exert himself to stay at #1, Nadal should not take #2 forgranted. And Henin, those beautiful strokes and #1 ranking mean nothing if you get pounded.

Hopefully this slam will make them raise their levels.

Maybe its also a wakeup call for the Williamses, unless its too late now.
 
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