Thursday, January 16, 2014

Del Potro stunned, Murray confuses us whilst Nadal and Federer sails on

Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina leaves the court for a break at the end of the fourth set during his men's singles match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 17, 2014. (Reuters)
 A massive shock has just occurred in one of the latest matches of the day. 5th seed Juan Martin Del Potro has been stunned by Spain's Robert Bautista Agut. Going in to this match Agut has never made it past the second round of a Grand Slam but that proved irrelevant in todays match. Agut produced an amazing 72 winners compared to Del Potros 53 (with Agut producing twice as many forehand winners as Del Potro). In addition to his his break point win rate was 5/8 compared to Del Potro's 4/17. The final scoreline was 46 63 57 64 75 making it by far the biggest upset of the tournment and Agut's first top 5 win of his career.

Australian Open 2014, Roger Federer v Blaz Kavcic: live 
Earlier on in the day Rodger Federer strolled in to the third round despite a close third set in his win over Slovenian Blaz Kavcic. In the first two sets it was all about Federer with the Swiss producing a impressive 34 winners compared to Kavic's 5 as well as an first serve average of 78%. world 99 Kavic did give Federer more of as work out in the third set forcing it to a tiebreak. In the tie break Federer broke Kavcic once more to take it 7-4 and therefore the match. Commenting about the first time in 10 years he played on the Hisense Arena he said:-
"I enjoyed it. It's not really different to Rod Laver Arena, really,"
"Dimensions feel the same. I don't feel like you need to make an adjustment. The crowds were really nice. Great atmosphere over there.
"Yeah, I was happy playing there."

Rafael Nadal was another seed who ease his way to the next round. Firing 7 aces and registering 74% of first serves in (winning 82% of them), he comprehensively beat Aussie youngster Thanasi Kokkinakis 62 64 62. In each of the set's Nadal broke his opponent early to enable him the margin to take each set. Ratio wise for every 1 error by Nadal he produced 2 winners in the match (19-39). Despite his lost numerous media reports praised the 17 year old Kokkinakis for his performance and not being overwhelmed too much during the match.Further more Nadal said:-
"He has fantastic potential, with a great serve and a great forehand. He has all the ingredients to be a fantastic player so I wish him all the best." 

Andy Murray in second-round action
Andy Murray gave a somewhat confusing performance in his 62 62 75 win over French world 235 Vincent Millot. Leading 3-1 in the first set, Murray quickly put his hand to his lower back after winning a point which brought back fears of that back injury he just had surgery on. Despite taking the first two sets it was clear that the spark Murray had in his first round encounter against Go Soeda just wasn't there but due to a lot of free points being handed his way he still manage to open a 2-0 cushion. Despite this Millot produce at times shots that would trouble any top 10 player in the third set. Clearly feeding off the adrenaline from this he surged to a unexpected 5-1 lead. Eveerybody was thinking that a forth set was now be inevitable but then something happened to Murray which I don’t think anybody could explain. It was like he just flicked a switch reverting back to the same form he had in the first round out of nowhere. Trailing 1-5 he staged an champion comeback by winning 23 consecutive points to take the third set and match 75 without showing any problem with his back. It might just be tactics but I don't think anybody knew what was going on in Murray's mind during his match today. Murray produced 25 winners and a uncharacteristic 31 unforced errors.

In the next round Marray should expect a harder test against Feliciano Lopez after the Spaninard's 64 76 64 win over Michael Berrer. In the close match Lopez fire 43 winners compared to the German's 29. Going in to the next match Murray has a 7-0 head to head over Lopez.

In other matches today,Gael Monfils continued his good start to the season by beating jack sock 76 75 62. This will lead to a rematch of the ATP Qatar final a couple weeks ago when he plays Rafael Nadal in the third round. That could be a very high quality match. Milos Raonic edged out Victor Hanescu in a close three setter (76 64 64). Raonic produced a impressive 27 aces and 63 winners in his matches! Finally awaiting the fast serving Canadian will be Grigor Dimitrov after his 63 63 76 win over Yen-Hsun Lu. Well it may not of meet Raonic's standard the Bulgarian still produced 15 aces and 36 winners.

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