In the article you will see that Roger’s arm was indeed bothering him against Davydenko, but ‘it wasn’t something that hurt him that much that he couldn’t play’. He also admits that Davydenko was the better player, but that his arm will be fine for the Australian Open. A lesser player may have pulled out of the match against Davydenko, but Roger finishes the match and doesn’t look for any excuses afterwards. Gotta love his attitude. Of course Roger is not going to say it, but I’m sure his arm bothered him quite a bit in the Davydenko match. The good thing is that it’s nothing serious and he will be ready for the Australian Open. He has already been training at least two hours a day in Melbourne, so obviously the arm is fine.
Then you will see that Del Potro has withdrawn from Kooyong as well due to a writs injury. I don’t think it’s anything serious. Probably just a precautionary measure to make sure he is fit for the Oz Open. Del Potro is for me one of the big favorites along with Roger and Rafa. If he is healthy I think he will be very tough to beat. He has beaten Roger in their last two meetings which were both important matches. The Oz Open courts wil suit him very well too. Another player who has beaten Roger of late, Robin Soderling, has also pulled out of Kooyong due to an elbow injury. Also, it seems Djokovic wasn’t giving much effort is his match today againt Verdasco, because he lost 6-1, 6-2. So it doesn’t look like Kooyong is having much luck this year.
You’d have to say it was a pretty pathetic effort from Djokovic. There are people who pay for tickets and want to see competitive tennis, and no way should Djokovic lose that easily to Verdasco. What is he doing anyway? Shouldn’t he be trying to get some confidence going before a major? Anyway, the Oz Open draw will be done in a few hours, after which I will make a post and do a preview to the first major of the year. The draw is pretty important and I’m looking forward to see what it will look like. Most importantly I want to see Del Potro in Nadal’s half. After that I don’t care much. Of course it wouldn’t hurt if Roger gets Roddick or Soderling in his quarter, but I think the number 5-8 seeds are pretty equal and Roger should be able to beat all of them.