Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Australian Open: Day 1 Summary

Day 2 at the Aussie Open is about to start, so here’s a quick summary of what happened on Day 1.

Seeds Who Progressed

Andy Roddick [7], Roger Federer [2], Novak Djokovic [3], Juan Martin Del Potro [8], Marat Safin [26], David Nalbandian [10], Mardy Fish [23], Tomas Berdych [20], Philipp Kohlschreiber [32], David Ferrer [11], Robin Soderling [16], Paul-Henri Mathieu [28], Tommy Robredo [21], Marin Cilic [19] and Stanislas Wawrinka [15].

Match of the Day

Feliciano Lopez [27] vs Gilles Muller

Muller won 6-3, 7-6, 4-6, 4-6, 16-14, after 5 hours and 34 minutes. The last set was 99 minutes alone, longer than most matches on the women’s side!! The shocking statistic from this match is that both players’ first serve percentage was 100%. How weird is that?!?! Does that really mean that neither player served any faults?!?! I find that extremely hard to believe, but you can see it in the match statistics page right here

Fallen Seeds

27th seed, Feliciano Lopez, became the first seed to fall in the men’s singles draw after losing an epic 5-setter against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. It must be heartbreaking to lose like that, after 5 hours and 34 minutes.

Quote of the Day

“No expectation. No stress. No drama. Just play, enjoy. Whatever comes, it's great. If it doesn't, it doesn't.”

Marat Safin’s expectations for the current season. How very Marat of him I must say!?! Interesting philosophy!! You can read the full interview here...

Through in Five

Besides Muller’s marathon match against Lopez, David Ferrer [11] was among the players who booked their second round spots after 5 gruelling sets. Ferrer overcame Germany’s Denis Gremelmayr 6-4 in the fifth, while Janko Tipsarevic battled past Spain’s Oscar Hernandez, with a bagel in the final set. Amer Delic also needed 5 sets to outlast his fellow American, Taylor Dent.

Headline of the Day

Tsonga healthy and ready to play!!!

The 2008 Australian Open runner-up was in doubt for the Aussie Open after suffering a back injury that forced him to withdraw from his quarterfinal in Sydney last week. Thankfully the 5th-seeded Frenchman confirmed his recovery and is set to face Juan Monaco on Tuesday.

Match to Watch on Day 2

Fernando Gonzalez [13] vs Lleyton Hewitt

Two former finalists will face off on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday. Gonzalez, a finalist in 2007, owns a 3-2 record lead over the Australian, who lost in the 2005 finals to Marat Safin.

Check here for more info on this match-up.

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