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Australian Open 2015 - The Other Players

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Seems Novak's issues were to do with recovery after long rallies. At least that is what he said in his press conference.

http://www.ausopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2015-01-30/201501301422624447763.html
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Stan described himself as being 'mentally completely dead and no battery' coming into today's semi.

http://www.ausopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2015-01-30/201501301422623396700.html
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No doubt someone will find out what he meant. I suspect that he sees Andy playing well and is hinting that an excuse is applicable if he loses. He does that and develops injuries during critical matches!
Just seen the articles posted. I will read them with interest. Such a contrast between players and their reaction to defeats. Andy and Federer rarely make excuses and admit they were beaten. Rafa, Novak (& now Stan ?) claim exhaustion or injury not that they were beaten fair and square?
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Katie Swan. Only 15. Lives in the US.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11379806/Katie-Swan-Britains-new-tennis-Queen.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/australianopen/11380106/Australian-Open-2015-Katie-Swan-says-holiday-tennis-lessons-kick-started-her-career.html

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Who proof-reads these articles?

"Swan made he made her junior debut at Wimbledon last year but lost in the first round to Romania's Ioana Rosca. "

Still, nice insight. She's from Bristol too.
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Who proof-reads these articles?

"Swan made he made her junior debut at Wimbledon last year but lost in the first round to Romania's Ioana Rosca. "

Still, nice insight. She's from Bristol too.

The national press is sloppy as hell these days. For anyone under about 40, the standard of education under GCSEs has been pretty ropey.
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No doubt someone will find out what he meant. I suspect that he sees Andy playing well and is hinting that an excuse is applicable if he loses. He does that and develops injuries during critical matches!
Just seen the articles posted. I will read them with interest. Such a contrast between players and their reaction to defeats. Andy and Federer rarely make excuses and admit they were beaten. Rafa, Novak (& now Stan ?) claim exhaustion or injury not that they were beaten fair and square?

   Interesting point. You can never trust unequivocal statements like this. Could be a smokescreen, a red herring, or a losing scenario narrative, but Andy will not waste time second guessing the motives. A fully fit and engaged Djokovic is what they will expect on the day as I do.
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I missed the semi so thanks for all the comments.  Also from Russell Fuller on the BBC tennis website -

"The Djokovic of Friday would lose to the Murray we saw on Thursday, but the four-time champion does have the chance to perform significantly better on Sunday.

"It was a peculiar and disjointed match: Djokovic appeared flat and suggested that playing too defensively had sapped his reserves of energy."


Novak himself was downbeat after the match - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-31/australian-open-downbeat-djokovic-wants-improvement-in-final/6059324 - but whilst there's no doubt about the poor level of his performance, he isn't above indulging in mind games, something an oblique reference to perhaps having something wrong with him physically could be, so I expect him to have done his usual remarkable recovery come Sunday and come out firing on all cylinders.  He's had one bad match so he certainly won't be looking to have another here.
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I missed the semi so thanks for all the comments.  Also from Russell Fuller on the BBC tennis website -

"The Djokovic of Friday would lose to the Murray we saw on Thursday, but the four-time champion does have the chance to perform significantly better on Sunday.

"It was a peculiar and disjointed match: Djokovic appeared flat and suggested that playing too defensively had sapped his reserves of energy."


Novak himself was downbeat after the match - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-31/australian-open-downbeat-djokovic-wants-improvement-in-final/6059324 - but whilst there's no doubt about the poor level of his performance, he isn't above indulging in mind games, something an oblique reference to perhaps having something wrong with him physically could be, so I expect him to have done his usual remarkable recovery come Sunday and come out firing on all cylinders.  He's had one bad match so he certainly won't be looking to have another here.

Then I am expecting Murray to push him to his limits - and further.
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QUEEN! QUEEN! QUEEN! QUEEN!

6th Australian Open!!!!!!!!!!!!!

19 SLAMS!

YESSSSSSSSS

PS: PASSES NAVRATILOVA AND EVERT ON NUMBER OF GRAND SLAM TITLES! GO FOR STEFFI GRAF NOW SERENA!!!!
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Great final that. Awesome from Serena considering how ill she was. Not sure what that hinderance thing was about. If that's the case then surely it should be a hinderance everytime Sharapova hits the ball shouldn't it?
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Serena didn't even play that well the whole tournament.  Just goes to show that she doesn't have that much competition in the women's game     (so long as doesn't beat herself)
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Congrats Serena. clap clap

I missed the last few games and was hoping Serena could finish it without going to a third set because she was clearly struggling. Maria is just plain boring to watch in these match-ups. She couldn't even read the serve too well for an entire 1 and a half sets. Didn't expect her to stretch it to 7-5 in the end.
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QUEEN! QUEEN! QUEEN! QUEEN!

6th Australian Open!!!!!!!!!!!!!

19 SLAMS!

YESSSSSSSSS

PS: PASSES NAVRATILOVA AND EVERT ON NUMBER OF GRAND SLAM TITLES! GO FOR STEFFI GRAF NOW SERENA!!!!
lol  Only the other day you were telling Serena to retire!  I didn't watch the match, but many congratulations anyway!
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