We are live at the 2015 Australian Open and I hope you folks had some time to catch a glimpse of the GOAT in his first round match against Lu. I got the timing wrong which means I am able to make a post today after all. It was what was expected from Roger as he won 6-4, 6-2, 7-5. I fell asleep in the third set, but it seems Lu was playing quite well there and Roger did well not to go to a tie-break. It was another good serving performance from Roger with 69% first serves, 9 aces, and 3 double faults. The break point conversion rate was on the low side with 4/14 converted, but it is the first round so no problem there. It was good to see Roger continued to attack the net at every opportunity which he did 43 times of which he was successful 30 times. The winners also outnumbered the unforced errors 57-37, so in the end a very efficient start and I expect it to keep getting better.
I liked the outfit, but the shoes should have looked like in the pictures
Of course, it is important not to get complacent and bored and I’m sure Roger is very aware of that himself. Next for Roger is Bolelli who defeated Monaco in four sets. You will remember Roger last played Bolelli in the Davis Cup semis last year where he won pretty comfortably in straight sets. The two have met three times in total and Roger is yet to drop a set. I assume they will play again on Wednesday and you would expect another comfortable victory for Roger. The other big news from our standpoint was that Nadal destroyed Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 and looks to be right back to his best. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. The guy is completely unpredictable and will probably keep cutting down opponents like they are nothing on his way to the semis. Unless he doesn’t. You just don’t know with him. Maybe he will suffer a dip in form again soon and lose but I am not making any predictions.
The semis is a long way away anyway so there is not any reason to think about Nadal from Roger’s point of view, but I will keep a close watch on him. He plays Smyczek next which will no doubt be another destruction. The first test will probably be against Rosol if there will be any, who only just survived his first round match in five sets today. We will see if he makes it though as he plays Sela next. As far as upsets go #11 seed Gulbis lost to promising local youngster Kokkinakis after the Australian saved four match points. I haven’t seen much from him, but he looks promising. He plays another Australian Groth next so I will follow how that goes. Another promising Australian youngster Kyrgios also had a tough five setter against Delbonis before advancing. He now plays Karlovic which I will also keep an eye on, and not only because the winner could face Roger in the fourth round.
The GOAT marches on
The chances are good that the winner there will face Roger in the fourth round if Roger gets that far because Robredo was the other seeded casualty after he had to retire in his match against Roger-Vasselin. Kyrgios is an exciting player whose game I like and I wouldn’t mind seeing a fourth round encounter between him and Roger, even though he could potentially be a danger(remember what he did to Nadal at Wimbledon). In the top half of the bottom quarter, both Murray and Dimitrov had straight set wins. Dimitrov won particularly convincingly against talented, but erratic Brown and another slam meeting between Dimitrov and Murray would be interesting(remember Dimitrov destroying Murray last year at Wimbledon). Well, that’s a wrap from me. Tomorrow we will see what’s going on in the top half. Looking forward to seeing what’s gonna happen between Thiem and Bautista Agut.
Amazing that Roger already pulled off the winner around the net post like it was nothing. Looking good..