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Australian Open 2009

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Put Australian Open back, urges Djokovic

Defending champion Novak Djokovic joined the chorus of players calling for the Australian Open to be pushed back a fortnight after crashing to a shock semi-final loss to Jarkko Nieminen at the Sydney International on Friday.

Backing up Roger Federer's plea earlier this week to delay the start of the season's first grand slam, Djokovic said players needed more time to prepare for a hot Australian summer campaign.

"I think players need more attention because health is coming in the matter of question, really," Djokovic said after succumbing 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to Nieminen.

"You have a lot of pull-outs (in Melbourne each year) and you don't want to see that as a sponsor of the tournament or as a fan, that some of the top players in the top 10 are not coming to your events.

"Tennis is by far the longest season in sport and I think we should do something about it in the future.

"But, still, it's not only about the players. It's about the tournaments.

"It's about a lot of things. Hopefully we can make an agreement."

The world No.3 acknowledged a complete overhaul of the season schedule was not realistic.

"I don't think you can change everything from the start, from the bottom, because it takes a lot of energy and work," Djokovic said.

"As I said, it's not only about the players - tournaments - there is a lot of tradition and history everywhere around the world.

"The thing is that if you want to see the top players performing on the high level on every tournament, then we have to make an adjustable schedule."

Djokovic, who will open his title defence in Melbourne against a qualifier, said he was naturally disappointed to have lost to Nieminen but remained hopeful he could rediscover his form in time.

"It's always great to win a tournament prior to a grand slam, but he was better today," the top seed said.

"You have to give him credit for that. I just hope I will maintain my high level of performance.

"It wasn't really what I expected, especially today.

"My forehand didn't really work today and you could see in all the important moments he served to my forehand and I couldn't put the ball in.

"Just a bad day. But we keep on going."

Federer on Thursday questioned Djokovic's decision to switch racquet types from Wilson to Head in the off-season, but the Serb declined to enter debate over his reasoning.

"I don't want to talk about it now," said Djokovic, who framed several shots, especially volleys, against Nieminen in an error-ridden performance.

"I'm just trying to focus on Australian Open. I have to, well, accept the pressure of (being) the defending champion.

"This is a first-time experience. Try to accept it as a positive challenge."


So, my comment is, have the dates changed?  Couldn't Nole have done what Andy did - play last week and have a rest this week?  Or is he just having a bad couple of weeks, like another certain person? Very Happy


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Why stop at the Australian Open with only two weeks between the final of Roland Garros and the start of the poofy anti-Scottish English one (with a change of surface to boot) this would be more deserving of an extra week or two in between.
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Why stop at the Australian Open with only two weeks between the final of Roland Garros and the start of the poofy anti-Scottish English one



I know not of what you speak Very Happy
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Thanks for the Novak i/v Bev. So he's still not on form and with Tsonga possibly pulling out through injury ... actually I'm sorry about that because I think maybe Andy would have loved to have revenge for last year and the way they both play it would have been an excellent match. I must admit to a genuine liking for Tsonga - such a personality too! A tourney full of surprises I expect. cmon yeah
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Looking forward to this tournament.

Not sure what to make of Djokovic's for though....  Think I think he's either going to go out early or make the final.
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There's a spelling error in the mod notice... it says remaned.
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I doubt Nole would be willing to say this last year soon after winnng the event.
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 I must admit to a genuine liking for Tsonga - such a personality too! A tourney full of surprises I expect.


Funny that Ive kinda disliked Tsonga since last yrs events. Dunno why really he just came across a bit arrogant sometimes. Great tennis player though should be a cracking match if he plays Andy.

Also sorry if this was mentioned before but Sky Sports News say that if Nole wouldve beaten Nieminen he wouldve been world number 2. What a big miss.
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Im sooooooo excited i love the Australian Open w00t w00t w00t

Looking forward to Roddick will be a good start, Europsport will probably swith to Mel South after that.

If im still awake, Djokovic, Safin and Keothavong to look forward to in the early hours.

Good night of action with Del Potro on aswell. Ill be at college in the morning but ill watch the night session on BBC website drool drool drool

I made this topic so we can just post our thoughts on here as we watch. Lets hope my eyes let e stay awake.

Anyone else going all night??
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Sadly I have to be up early in the morning......  Frown   I'll do my best to catch Andy's matches though....  yes
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Oh well thats a shame, Im going to catch a few hours now before the Snooker at 8pm. A power nap you could say.
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Oh well thats a shame, Im going to catch a few hours now before the Snooker at 8pm. A power nap you could say.

Good plan.   goodjob  I am contemplating going swimming, but the temperature outside is putting me off.....  brrrrrrrrr.......
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Monday and Tuesday are mental so I'm out but from Tuesday night Rafa and Andy will be taking priority for a fortnight cmon yeah AO is my least favourite slam for some reason but it's still a slam and staying up makes it more exciting, vamos!!! yay
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I'll probably watch Mel but then go to bed.  I've got a Maths exam tomorrow so I can't be up too late Frown
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