Saturday, January 23, 2010

Aussie Open Day 6: Serena, Federer and Djokovic Dominate, Zvonareva and Azarenka to Square Off

After suffering a few hiccups in the first 2 rounds, Novak Djokovic played his best tennis of the Australian Open in double-breadsticking Denis Istomin in a routine victory. Djoko will play Lukasz Kubot, who won by default when Mikhail Youzhny withdrew, in the round of 16. In the other section of Nole's quarter, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated 18th seeded Tommy Haas 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, hitting 47 winners in the process. The Frenchman's 4th round opponent will be Nicholas Almagro, who comfortably subdued Alenjandro Falla in straight sets.

She hasn't been talked about much, but Caroline Wozniacki has been steamrolling her opponents, and the world number 4 did just so in a 6-4, 6-0 win over Shahar Peer on Friday. Joining Wozzi in the 4th round is Li Na, the Dane's next opponent, who was stretched to 3 sets by Daniela Hantuchova in the 7-5, 3-6, 6-2. Francesca Schiavone completely dictated play in her 2 and 2 upset of Agnieszka Radwanska, the 10th seed. The Italian will play Venus Williams, who secured a spot in the next round with a 6-1, 7-6 (4) win over Casey Dellacqua, the American's 3rd consecutive left-handed opponent.

Lleyton Hewitt and Fernando Verdasco, both located in the men's 1st quarter, were the beneficiaries of injuries to their respective opponents, when Marcos Baghdatis and Stefan Koubek both retired while down a set in their matches. In what is sure to be a captivating matchup, Verdasco, the 9th seed, will meet Nikolay Davydenko in the 4th round, who made quick work of the talented Juan Monaco, and is riding a wave of momentum after his 13th consecutive match win. Roger Federer also won with ease, eliminating Albert Montanes 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

For about the 100th time this week, Davy's press conference brought the LOLs. Here is an excerpt:

Q. If you had to marry another Russian tennis player, who would it be?


Q. Get married, like husband and wife.

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: If I married another tennis player? Man or woman? (Laughter.). I have already wife. I have my beautiful wife. I don’t want to have any ‑‑



Q. Sorry about that. (Laughter.)

The top section of the women's draw will feature 2 very exciting round of 6 matchups, as Vera Zvonareva and Victoria Azarenka both dominated in their 3rd rounders to ensure that the 9th and the 7th seed will meet. Serena Williams continued her plow through the draw when she gave up just 3 games to Carla Suarez Navarro. The top seed will play the home crowd fave, Sam Stosur, next.

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