The men and women have hit the midpoint at the Australian with the round of 16 matches kicking off. My bracket sheet looks pretty good with 11 of the 16 men and 10 of the women I picked making it this far. (Here's my new slogan: Tennis Talk, Anyone?: If we get half of our calls right, we're happy!)
One thing about today's matches, which promise to be some good ones, really stood out to me: You have two tournament favorites, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, going against two of the biggest servers on tour, John Isner and Ivo Karlovic, respectively. Now, Isner hasn't lost a match this year and Ivo's Ivo, meaning you never know what's going to happen with that monster delivery of his. Can one of the giants (in stature) beat one of the big guns?
Pre-tournament, I picked Murray and Nadal to make it to the quarters and I'm sticking with that call. But I don't think I'll be too shocked if one of the members of the 6'9"-and-above set got out with a win.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.