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Australian Open Update

Some interesting round 2 action yesterday…Ferrer up 2 sets & a break and can’t close it out?  Ouch for the Todd Squad!!!  I watched from mid 4th set on, and Bagdhatis’ shotmaking was exquisite…reminded me of Marcelo Rios, a finalist here in 1998 (if you remember that it was Peter Korda who beat him, you’re truly a tennis diehard like me).
Juan Monaco almost lost to 72nd ranked Michael Llodra, but down 2 sets to none, he won the 3rd set tiebreak and then destroyed the French doubles specialist 6-1, 6-3 to advance.
In our draft, we missed out on 7 guys in the last 32 – Lukasz Kubot – a 27 yr old journeyman out of Poland…Feliciano Lopez – the inconsistent Spanish vet once ranked 20th in the world…Stefan Koubek – an older, grinding journeyman who qualified – hats off to him…Florian Mayer – looks like a tall Tweety Bird, once 33rd in the world, now 60…Denis Istomin – a tall, talented 23 year old from Uzbekistan who also made the 3rd round at the US Open last year…Florent Serra – the French vet who won a tight 5 setter over Jarkko Nieminen in the 2nd…and finally, veteran Colombian journeyman, Alejandro Falla.   All of these guys will be heavy underdogs in their 3rd round matches, with Falla (playing Almagro) and Kubot (playing Youzhny) having the best chance to pull off upsets.
Interesting 3rd Round Matchups:
Korolev – Gonzo ….korolev turns 22 next month and has top 20 talent…Gonzo a finalist in 2007…I’ll take Gonzo in 5.
Hewitt – Bags….what a match, the crowd should be crazy for that one. Bags in 4.
Tsonga – Haas….Tsonga in 4, but the German vet is tough Down Under.
Cilic – Wawrinka….I think they just played recently with Cilic winning?  Cilic in 4…
Karlo – Ljub…Interesting…tough call…I’ll take Ljub in 4

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