5 Sets in 5 Hours – You’re Djoking
In round four, the Serbian played Switzerland’s second player, and Federer’s doubles partner, Stanislas Wawrinka. Both elite players were evenly matched after five sets, and Djokovic said that he was “sad one of us had to lose.” However, it could have been a good thing it was close – not only as a remarkable spectacle for the fans – but for Djokovic. Last year, when he won the tournament, his final three consecutive matches were five set thrillers, could we see a repeat?
Round Four for Ferrer
David Ferrer certainly didn’t make too much hard work of his round 4 encounter with 16th seed Kei Nishikori. It was a straight sets win for the competitive 4th seed – 6-2 6-1 6-4, which means Ferrer marches to his fifth competitive grand slam quarter final – meaning the last time he didn’t make the final 8 was at the 2011 US Open. The pair fought out some intense rallies but ultimately the Japanese player couldn’t produce the goods when it mattered most and did make some costly errors, playing into the hands of the world number 5’s shots. Despite all that, the third set was quite a close one for large parts of it. Nishikori led 4-3 in the final set, the first time he got his nose in front in the entire match, but Ferrer produced his Spanish magic to claim a break and level – then going on to win.
Easy Ride for Andy
Number 3 seed Andy Murray breezed past Gilles Simon to get a place in the final 8. He won 6-3 6-1 6-3 and is still yet to lose a set in the Australian Open this year. The first set started well for Murray, who broke the world number 16’s serve straight away but then it was Simon’s turn to break back. However, Murray came back with a bang and broke to make it 3-2, after that he marched on to win the set after the Frenchman giften his opponent points with many unforced errors. Despite the 14th seed getting an early second set break, which turned out to be his second and last of the match, the US Open champion eased to a 6-1 second set win, breaking three times. The third set was also a walk in the park for Murray, defeating the exhausted Simon in straight sets. Next up is another Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy, on Wednesday. Chardy is the world number 36.
Roger and Raonic
Federer was able to quickly despatch another young hopeful yesterday in the shape of Milos Raonic. It started with them both mainly holding serve, apart from the occasional flurry of magic from the Swiss master. That was until we reached 4-3, in the second set tie-break. On this point, we saw true Federer, with his perfectly timed backhand, followed by a straight smash down the centre of the court. Roger went on to quickly finish off the tie-break, and he only lost two games in the final set. And we just need to mention the stats for the aces, Raonic had 19, and Federer 14, that’s 33 in 3 sets! Amazing! Federer will play Tsonga in his 35th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final.
A Bad Day for Serena Williams
The recently crowned Golden Slam champion had a bad day at the Aussie Open; losing 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to Sloane Stephens (who beat Laura Robson) in the singles. She also lost – with partner Venus – 3-6, 7-6, 7-5 to top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.