Saturday, January 23, 2010

Some tall ordering

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.

(Photo: Getty Images)


Shelia said...

Hi Van, Happy New Year! I hope that all is well.

I'm glad that we're entering the 'bit more sleep' phase of the AO. I was wiped this week. Did you see Tsonga and Haas yesterday? Great performance by Tsonga.

I've got my eye on Murray v Isner and Petrova v Kuznetsova tonight. Something ought to shake out of those two matches.

van said...

Hey Shelia! Happy New Year (and happy belated birthday) to you! There's been some great matches out there with I'm sure more to come!