Australian Open Frazzle Post: Breathe in. Breathe out. In. Out. In. Out.

The draws: ladies first – here. Men – here.

Roger plays Montanes second on Rod Laver Arena, while Hewitt and Baghdatis booked their second clash (hopefully less epic this time for the sake of my poor colleagues).

Serena has an interesting clash against Venus-conqueror CSN, who seems to only wake up during the Australian slam season. And Roger’s hitting partner Stefan Koubek is in the third round of a slam?

Shock surprise. He plays Fernando Verdasco on Margaret Court Arena.


Rod Laver Arena  11:00 Start Time

Alberta Brianti (ITA) v. Samantha Stosur (AUS)[13]
Roger Federer (SUI)[1] v. Albert Montanes (ESP)[31]
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) v. Venus Williams (USA)[6]

Rod Laver Arena  19:00 Start Time

Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[22] v. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[4] v. Shahar Peer (ISR)[29]

Hisense Arena  11:00 Start Time

Tathiana Garbin (ITA) v. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[7]
Serena Williams (USA)[1] v. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)[32]
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[3] v. Denis Istomin (UZB)

Hisense Arena  19:00 Start Time

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[10] v. Tommy Haas (GER)[18]

Margaret Court Arena  11:00 Start Time

Vera Zvonareva (RUS)[9] v. Gisela Dulko (ARG)
Juan Monaco (ARG)[30] v. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)[6]
Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[9] v. Stefan Koubek (AUT)

Show Court 2  Not Before:12:30

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[10] v. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[17]
(Legends’ Doubles 45 and Over) John Fitzgerald (AUS)/Anders Jarryd (SWE)  v. Mansour Bahrami (IRI)/Wally Masur (AUS)
Nicolas Almagro (ESP)[26] v. Alejandro Falla (COL)

Day 7

Rod Laver Arena  11:00 Start Time

Andy Murray (GBR)[5] v. John Isner (USA)[33]
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]

Rod Laver Arena  19:00 Start Time

Justine Henin (BEL) v. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)
Andy Roddick (USA)[7] v. Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)[11]

Hisense Arena  11:00 Start Time

Alona Bondarenko (UKR)[31] v. Jie Zheng (CHN)
Nadia Petrova (RUS)[19] v. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[3]
Marin Cilic (CRO)[14] v. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[4]


Maria Kirilenko (RUS) v. Dinara Safina (RUS)[2]

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54 responses to “Australian Open Frazzle Post: Breathe in. Breathe out. In. Out. In. Out.”

  1. Aggie says :

    Frazzling over this draw SO.MUCH. Andreev, really??:-/

    • dootsiez says :

      From what I saw at Hopmans, Andreev’s not doing too well right now. Although you never know with him, could turn up a different player anytime.

  2. Jack says :

    When the draw came out I was looking who Roger and Maria got. When I saw they got Kiri and Andreev, i thought it was funny …… well funny in a sorta “haha, kill me now!” way 🙂

    No, actually Maria 1st round isn’t that bad but with Roger, I keep getting flashbacks of that US Open match!!! Plus does Roger always get tough 1st round matches her?? he got Seppi last year as a 1st round match.

    Also a Lleyton Hewitt playing infront of a home crowd frightens me a bit. And I don’t even want think about the possibilty of playing Davy or Nando yet!

    Oh, and Maria betta not lose to Cibulkova or Safina or Jankovic or anyone in that quarter because I want her in the semifinals against Justine or Kim!!

    Grand Slams make me into a bit of a pyschotic lunatic….fun times 😀

    Anway, even though the draws are frazzle-worthy, I can’t wait for it to start now. So excited!!!

    • dootsiez says :

      Well it’s not certain that Lleyton will play Roger. He has to get past Baghdatis/Simon. I fear Roger v Baghdatis/Simon.

      Actually, it’s a slam. I fear everyone.

      As for Masha, I think it’s a good draw for her. Both the Williamses are on the other side and Kim’s not in her quarter.

      • Jack says :

        Masha does have a good draw. She can possibly get to the semi-final (hopefully getting revenge over Cibulkova & Safina for those FO losses)

        I think Maria should be a more afraid of Henin than Clijsters. Henin seems to give her more trouble in the past plus she has a marginally better head-to-head against Kim than Justine. But either would be a tough match!

  3. LJ says :

    i’m iffy about roger’s draw but I think Nole’s & Rafa’s quarters have more minefields, Delpoop has the most cake.

    but this:

    Kuznetsova’s quarter: Dementieva, Clijsters, Henin, Petrova, Pennetta, Cirstea

    PHWOAR, how loaded is THAT quarter?

    • dootsiez says :

      Really. I actually think Roger and Del Poop got the minefields with Davydenko, Verdasco and Cilic for Poop. Dangerous players.

      Rafa’s draw is difficult with Murray in it, but I don’t see the likes of Isner taking him down.

      Nole got the cupcake of the lot – no one dangerous before the quarters, and then he’s either going to get Soderling (injured), or Tsonga (post-injury, mercurial, FRENCH).

      Poor Kuzzy though 😦

      • LJ says :

        yeah okay open re-analysis i agree, ugh, so not looking forward to rog vs kolya quarters, I’ll be peeing my pants in the stands

        …if he gets to quarters that is…omg…okay no bad thoughts

    • Mia says :

      Sveta’s quarter is the bomb. And why, oh why, did the tennis gods throw Justine and Kim in the same quarter as Sveta and Lena?

      And Roger gets Igor for his 1st? And he has Simon over whom he is winless? And Davy for possible quarters? Ye, tennis gods, have I not earned enough good karma points to rub off on Roger? *Frazzling*

      • dootsiez says :

        It’s not certain that he’ll get Simon.

        He’ll only play one player out of Simon/Baghdatis/Hewitt.

        Gilles Simon, as far as I know, is struggling a little. Got bagelled by Bernard Tomic in Adelaide. As for Davydenko, I’ll worry about him when he himself makes it into the quarters. That’s not a guarantee with Fernando Verdasco in the picture.

  4. stelle95 says :

    Ernie/Pico WOOO 🙂

  5. meretricula says :

    tbh I think Rafa might be happy Mandy’s in his quarter, given the alternatives. Mandy has a really terrible h2h against Rafa for some reason, even on hard. curious to see how Tsonga/Sod and Roddick/Gonzo shake down.

    • dootsiez says :

      What’s their hardcourt record since 2008 though? Muzz won at the US Open and in Abu Dhabi. Rafa won in Indian Wells.

      But you’re right – I’m not too worried about Rafa v Muzz. Keep your fingers crossed for a hot day match, with a light breeze swirling around Rod Laver Arena and we’ll see how Mandy handles it.

      • meretricula says :

        I mean, yes. at the same time, Indian Wells was a massacre and if you can trust anything that comes out of Rafa’s mouth at a press conference, he was ready to fall over from exhaustion by the time USO ’08 came around. idk, for whatever reason I get the impression that Mandy is more intimidated by Rafa than he is by, say, Nole or Roger. either way, I’d still way rather Mandy than Davydenko or Sod! it’s a tough life out there for a Rafa fan. =D

        • dootsiez says :

          Well, I’m thinking Rafa would rather play Sod right now given Soderling’s on a 4 match losing streak. But you’re right, if it came down to a choice between Murray and Davydenko, Rafa probably would’ve chosen Murray than Davydenko with a shiny H2H record of 5-4.

  6. Jack says :

    You know how the Australian Open always throws a suprise semifinalist or finalist like Tsonga 08 and Nando 09. Do you think there’ll be one this year??

    Usually Murray gets them so I’m going to make a wild prediction and say John Isner to be a suprise semifinalist/finalist.

    Even though he’ll have to beat Rafa to do that, so……

    • dootsiez says :

      I love Isner, but I don’t see him getting past Rafa. Taking down Roddick at the US Open was one thing, taking down Rafa is quite another. John Izzy is not the fittest guy out there.

  7. Mimsie says :

    I am so not down with that potential Chennai final rematch.

    Steps vs. Dr. Ivo, though, that I am looking forward to.

    Nole’s quarter is just eyecandy. mm.

  8. pban says :

    whaa ….. Andreev ,Simon ,Davy 😦 can there be a worse draw and is Nole in his half?

    • dootsiez says :

      I actually don’t think it’s that bad.

      And yes to Nole, the number I used for each quarter represents its position in the draw.

  9. JFK says :

    Andreev R1? Well hey at least it’s not that Julien Beneateau guy, right? And Simon for the 2nd round..oh gosh I wasn’t expecting these tough matches so early. Gah.

    • pban says :

      Its actually Simon or Baghdatis or Hewitt in the fourth round , I am so not comfortable with Andreev in the 1st round Hyperventilating like a hysterical loony since I saw the draw this morning , 2007 this draw would have been a piece of cake…… not now.But then its a slam we are talking about, needless to say I am worried.

      • dootsiez says :

        LOL pban,

        Look at it this way, if Roger can’t win against a player like Andreev, he obviously has no way in hell of winning the tournament.

        I’ve watched Andreev’s matches in Sydney and at the Hopman Cup, he’s no where near the level he was at back in 08.


        • pban says :

          I know doots but that does not soothe my frazzling nerves, but then they are always on hyperactive mode during a slam. OK here goes one match at a time( I just hope II have enough matches to frazzle about )

        • stelle95 says :

          Andreev didn’t impress me at hopman cup – but his accent sure did (Y) 😀

  10. flo says :

    Nadal drew Murray therefore he got the worse draw. QED.

    But really, the men’s field is as deep as I can remember and nobody has a fluff draw. Even Djoko’s is not that easy.

    But the worse quarter is that Kuznetsova draw: Henin, Clijsters, Dementieva? And even Penneta? I thought she was Aussie Kim; and that draws were rigged. It’s awful, except for tennis fans.

    Serena, Li Na, Clijsters, JJ (coin flip with Shara)?

    • dootsiez says :

      “Nadal drew Murray therefore he got the worse draw. QED.”

      I only half agree with that.

      Off the top of my head, I think their H2H is 6-2 in favour of Rafa, no? Given the choice, who do you think Rafa would’ve picked – Davydenko (5-4) or Murray? I agree with one of the comments here: Murray’s a toughie for anyone given his hard court record alone, but less for Rafa than for anyone else, especially in Australian conditions.

  11. grace says :

    Roger has a tricky and potentially very difficult draw.
    The quarter is going to be crazy & the 22 semis streak lasting for like 5 years could end here.
    Fans being tested again…

  12. Chairman, Federer Puny Arm Society says :

    Davydenko is a very good player. Whether he can get it done in the slams remains to be seen.

    I always thought he would win atleast 1 slam. Aussie Open seems to be obsure place to do it. Wimbledon & US Open are way too high profile for Davydenko. He is better on hard courts, so the French is out of question.

    Thomas Johansson, here come Nicooooooolaaaaaaaaaai Daveeeeeedenkoooooo.

    • dootsiez says :

      LOL Chairy, you’re comparing Davydenko to Thomas Johansson?

      I don’t see it. And I actually think Davydenko has a better chance at the US Open or on clay than here in Aus. Has nothing to do with obscurity: the few times I’ve seen him play here, he does not deal well with the conditions down under. Whereas he’s much more at ease over in New York and Paris.

      I could be wrong, but theoretically dude’s gotta get past Verdasco, Federer, Djokovic, Nadal/Murray/Del Potro to win. All best-of-five. Color me retarded if that happens.

  13. whynotme says :

    Well am I the only one NOT frazzling over the draw right now ? LOL I mean to me the only thing that mattered was where Del Poop would be and he’s in Rafa’s half so it’s great. I believe Roger can beat for sure everybody else, and if he doesn’t well it means he’s simply not good enough to win the AO.

    And we’ll see how everything unfolds, but should the semifinals record be broken, it’s no big deal because it’s already unbeatable, and we all know it’s bound to be broken really soon. Well I’m saying that now, but in the middle of the Davy quarterfinals, should they meet, it may be a whole lot different 😀

    The only think that would really REALLY upset me is if he loses AGAIN in the final because it will be sooo frustrating, especially if it’s again against Rafa or Del Poop. Anyway, can’t wait for the matches to start!!

    • dootsiez says :


      del Potro wasn’t my main worry going into the Australian Open, hence I wasn’t hugely relieved to see him on the other side.

      I’m not okay with the semifinal streak being broken here – Fed’s not too far from the Sampras record of weeks at No 1, I’d like to see him break it.

      But aside from that, I’ve got your typical slam frazzles, nothing extreme. It’s not the easiest draw, but easy draws don’t help you once you’re into the second week.

      So all in all, not a bad draw for Fed. He’ll get some practice and hopefully get into the second week feeling good about his game.

  14. pban says :

    I agree with you here doots, delpowas not my main worry here, in fact he was just one of them. Nole or delpo in the semis is even stevens as far as I am concerned and you do expect a top 10 player in the quarters and the choice being between Davy, Murray, Roddick and JoWilly …..surprisingly RAndy is the least favourite of mine here(I just feel that a Fed loss lies around the corner and I don’t want it during a slam). I am bummed about his first round though , Fed does get it rough,Seppi last year reeshie at wimby in 2006 ,what is it with him and first rounds 😦

    • dootsiez says :

      pban – who cares about a first round as long as Roger wins?

      I’d rather he has a tough first round and plays himself into good shape for the second week, than to have complete cupcakes as he did back in 2008 with Diego Hartfield and Fabrice Santoro round 1 and 2.

  15. breadstix says :

    Simon, Lleytos and ANDREEV. Eff me, and I’m not even half way down his quarter yet. But even as I’m clawing my face now, I can’t say I’m not looking forward to the matches! 😀

    I hope nobody makes Roger blubber again.

  16. FortuneCookie says :

    ESPN writers’ picks for the men:

    And the women:

    Lack of Fed surprises me,same for Serena,Clijsters not in the slightest…I’d definitely say Ana as a sleeper too (I’m thinking 4th round,quarters at a push though),and Nadal defending his title is an interesting one,but I just don’t see it happening…The fact he hasn’t won a title in a while isn’t an issue (before AO 09 he hadn’t won one since the Olympics!),but he hasn’t beaten a top 10 player in an ATP match in 8 months!

    • dootsiez says :

      ^ Not picking Fed is the new black in tennis, no? Even I’m picking Murray – if I’m right I’m obviously a genius. If I’m wrong, Simon Reed’s going down as the Death Kisser of tennis.

      Re Rafa, he hasn’t beaten a top 10 player for a while, and his chances are probably not as good as some of the other contenders, but knowing how quickly things in tennis change, it really wouldn’t surprise me if he turns all that around with a singe match.

      Beating Mandy should do it.

  17. pban says :

    The latest news is that Simon has withdrawn with a knee injury…… idea what that means for Fed but Iwas not really expecting Simon to get past Hewitt or Baghdatis.

    • dootsiez says :

      It means nothing. I’m with you – since Fed was due to play one of Simon/Baghdatis/Hewitt, and my bet was on Hewitt or Baggy to come through there anyway.

      Pity we have one less Frenchie in the draw.

  18. Chairman, Federer Puny Left Arm Society says :

    You have to admire Roger for arranging this fundraiser for the Haiti disaster.

    Word on the street is that, many of the top players refused to participate because they wanted to be “ready” for AO.

    Look forward to the mommy/daddy team.

    Kudlos to Rafa, Andy and Serena.

    I will not congratulate the Aussies – Hewitt, Stosur and Clijsters. It is YOUR tournament and your country.

    (My apologies to the chocolate loving country of Belgium. If they call a player, Aussie Kim, you lose your right to associate with her. Besides, it is illegal to produce this many fantastic female players. You can afford to lose one).

    • dootsiez says :

      That’s just unnecessarily harsh.

      The Australian Open belongs to Tennis Australia and the ITF, not to individual players. I think Hewitt and Stosur made an enormous sacrifice when they agreed to do this on the eve of the Oz Open.

      It cannot be easy to think about charity work when the weight of the nation’s expectations are resting on your shoulders.

      Much less to have people dismiss it as anything other than honorable.

      And I don’t know where your “word on the streets” came from, but from what I heard, all the players Fed asked said yes.

  19. girl from michigan says :

    OMFG… that exhibition was flippin’ hysterical. Rafa/Nole chestbump was gold.

  20. girl from michigan says :

    Dootsiez, were you at the exhibition? We need a full report! and pictures.

  21. JFK says :

    Maria 😦 ;'(

  22. pban says :

    OMG!!! I couldn’t see the match, my mobile server was down and hence lack of score updates, I think I must have had a zillion heart attacks .Was he as bad as the score suggests or was Andreev playing out of his skin?

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