January 16, 2008


Thanks to espn 360 I have found god.

He is currently rubbing Fabrice Santoro's nose in his own droppings.

God only knows what Fabrice Santoro has done to deserve this treatment.

God is blessing Rod Laver Arena with his divine countenance.

It appears that god will finish yet another match in Melbourne without losing a set.

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In 5 hours and 30 minutes a highly anticipated match between Marat Safin and Marcos Baghdatis will begin. It should be fun.

More after the match.

DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS - Nadal, Roddick, the Princess

A lot has gone on since I last posted. First of all, I want to thank espn for providing free coverage with 6 live cameras on espn 360. It was amazing flicking back and forth between all these matches. I really felt like a had a grounds pass, or 6 heads, whichever you prefer.

Ok, let's get to the tennis. I didn't say NFL football, I didn't say NCAA men's hoops, and I didn't say snow shoveling. Is that clear. Also, I've changed my watch to Australian time. I figured if you are going to commit you have to do what it takes. I must admit it fucked me up this morning as I woke up at 7 AM on Thursday. That's noon in SF on Wednesday. In other words, I slept in while I should have been blogging for the 3.56 million readers of this blog.

Here are some of the highlights from day 3:

1. Nadal is on track and steaming towards Federer. The pumped-up spaniard undressed italian Florent Serra, hitting 39 winners and only 16 unforced errors in an easy straight-set thumping. Nadal chipped in 9 aces and won 9 of 14 break points. Nadal is heading for a QF matchup with American Andy Roddick. Roddick also cruised, pelting German Michael Berrer with his usual formula: 10 aces, 34 winners and 6 service breaks later, it was practically over before it started.


I don't know about you guys (my 3.56 million readers) but I am very very very intruiged by a QF matchup between Roddick and Nadal. More on this development later.


2. Mardy Fish likes Australia!!! American Fish advanced to the quarters in '07 before being molested by Andy Roddick and his big game. It was by far his best major performance of his career. The 26 year old American must like it down under because he played near flawless tennis against 11 seed Tommy Robredo, in what was an upset of not epic, but still large proportions. Fish, ranked 43 in the world, was regularly serving at 130 mph, and not only that - he was hitting his spots with those bullets. Fish is now 20-20 in majors, and it would be great to see him improve on that this year. Unfortunately his buddy Andy Roddick is slated to pay him a visit in the round of 16.

3. The princess, Maria Sharapova, appears to be in pretty high form as she helped bring a collective yawn over a capacity crowd last night in Rod Laver Arena. Supermom Lindsay Davenport couldn't find her way and the Princess had her shellshocked from the early moments of the first set. Davenport never had a break point and the princess won 86 percent of the points where she got a first serve in. This was a sadomasochistic affair to say the least. After watching Maria's play in the first two matches, it is apparent that she is headed towards a QF match with Wonder Woman, Justine henin. That should be another highly anticipated affair.



Jelena Jankovic bounced back with a straight set win.
Amelie Mauresmo was challenged, but also won in straight.
Mauresmo and Jankovic are slated to meet in the round of 16.
Serena dominated her Meng Yuan of China, and also looks to be in tip form.

Drago-like russian Mikhail Youzhny advanced in 4 sets over italian Andreas Seppi.
Dimunitive kgb-like russian Nikolai Davydenko, the # 4 seed cruised in straight sets.
Youzhny and Davydenko are on course for a round of 16 match as well.


Roger aka god Federer will continue tuning up against frenchman Fabrice Santoro.
Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, James Blake, and David Nalbandian will also be in action.
Should be another fun one! Go to espn360 to see a blitz of tennis or check the Australian open website for up to the minute scores and match info.

Party on!