Monday, March 24, 2008

'Serb'-ing notice

I know, the headline's kinda corny, but I couldn't resist!

Well, the first big non-Slam tournament of the year has come and gone, with Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic (the Serbs who inspired my "witty" headline there!) taking the titles. I saw Djokovic making the finals as I mentioned in an earlier post, but his opponent was someone I never thought could do what he did in a million years: Mardy Fish. I've thought Mardy has missed plenty of opportunities over the past few years to do big things, but he really put it together this week.

But even without Mardy wiping out the top half of the draw there, I don't think it would've mattered who Djokovic was going up against looking back on it now. Novak can do some Federer-type things this year.

Ana Ivanovic took out perennial bridesmaid Svetlana Kuznetsova pretty handily. And after winning this title, the biggest of her young career so far, it was refreshing to hear her talk about going for Slams now. I thought she was kind of more Kim Clijsters-like than Justine Henin: too nice and not focused enough to seal the deal at the big ones. But it sounds like that's not the case, and good for her.

(Photos: Getty Images)