Sunday, 25 January 2009

Bad Day for Serbia

The loss of Ana Ivanovic in the third round has seemingly taken its toll on her fellow Serbians, the once mighty trio seems to have lost the plot! After the expected loss of Ivanovic came the 4th Round match up between Jelena Jankovic and Marion Bartoli. I doubt many would have predicted an upset, though we do have to remember Bartoli does at points find something in her to take out the top seeds - maybe this time Daniel Craig was sitting in the audience!
Well anyway Jankovic lost quite badly 6-1, 6-4; what's even worse was that the day before I'd actually labeled her as a finalist hopeful - but her loss has taken me back to earth - in that shes unlikely to win a Grand Slam this year. But's it's amazing to think how unpredictable this years Roland Garros will be - I'm expecting a final of Dinara Safina vs. a 1st time finalist in a Grand Slam; Dementieva could possibly swap for Safina or if Svetlana Kuznetsova plays better.

Novak Djokovic came out on a night session to play Marcos Baghdatis. I'd always labeled this match as something Djokovic needed to look out for; not that he would lose but a possible 5 setter could occur. The first set was terrible for Baghdatis but it eventually became extremely tight; the next two sets being a 6-7, 7-6 affair. Luckily Novak was able to end it at 4 sets or we could have seen his match last until 4am - anyone remember Lleyton Vs. Marcos which went until 4:30am!
Well remember yesterday when I wrote off Berdych as a threat, well what does he do against Federer - nearly toppling him over! I guess I can't write him off after that performance but imagine if he didn't choke towards the end; how amazing would it have been that Federer lost before the QF!
Well anyway besides Marin Cilic I got the 4 quatrefinalists in the bottom half of the draw right. Supposedly Del Potro was playing amazingly so hopefully we'll see a delayed shock of Federer losing before the semis instead. Novak is going to have a tough time against Andy Roddick but hopefully playing someone in the Top 10 would allow Djokovic to up his game.
Another little add on; currently it's possible for the Top 8 seeds all to make the quatrefinals - when was the last time that happened?
Oh and on the womens side it is so exciting because if Serena doesn't win the Grand Slam we would have a first time Grand Slam winner! Hopefully that would be either Safina or Dementieva because I wouldn't be able to imagine anyone else winning - though Serena all the way!

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