Down The Line at Down Under

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - - 0 Comments

Men’s circuit in tennis has been a debut especially when it came into Grand Slam events. It was the Serbian Novak Djokovic who ended the fairytale run by Frenchmen Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in the 2008 Australian Open men’s final. It seems Djokovic who was also nicknamed Nole, was very fit to win the title. The 2 time defending champion of the Swiss masterclass, Roger Federer somehow ended his reign in the semifinal against Djokovic, lost to the Serb 5-7, 3-6, 6-7(5-7). The Swiss explained that the lost in the most important Grand Slam tournament was due to the glandular fever he caught before the event. It was a miserable starting of his career in 2008 and continues when he failed to overcome the current world number 1, Spainard Rafael Nadal in Roland Garros and the Wimbledon. Somehow, he managed to win 3 ATP titles (Estoril, Halle, and Basel), the US Open and Beijing Olympics (gold, doubles w/Stainslas Wawrinka).

What about Nadal? In last year’s action in Australian Open, he lost to the unseeded Tsonga in straight sets 2-6, 3-6, 2-6, also in semifinal. This might be his challenge for a new world number 1, to win his first Australian Open title. He also need to defend his top ranking as it might be Roger Federer to dethrone him by the end of 2009, according to a poll made by the ATP website.

By the way, there are some new and old faces and are expanding their fullest ability. These players are such as 2008 US Open runner-up and recent Qatar Exxon Mobil Open champion, the Briton’s Andy Murray, former champion Andy Roddick, the uprising Argentine’s youngster Juan Martin Del Potro and Australian hope and former world number 1 Llyeton Hewitt. Maybe it is the beginning of the year, so they are quite ready to face tournaments, especially the coming Australian Open that will be held in Melbourne starting 19 January 2009. The year-starting Grand Slam event offers champion a USD10,42,240 prize money. Every players qualified in this tournament should be having their very intense training right now besides participating some tournaments which are held currently.
Now, Djokovic, you have to be careful. At anytime the event started, these men will take your title away. And lets the challenge begin!
19 January 2009 - 31 January 2009

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