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Australian Open#1
Posted: 1/20/08 at 7:03pm
...anybody watching?

There has been some amazing tennis!
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re: Australian Open#2
Posted: 1/20/08 at 7:06pm
I'm watching.
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re: Australian Open#2
Posted: 1/20/08 at 7:06pm
Well, you know I am re: Australian Open

Been some surprises so far, and very close calls for some. The quality seems high - and VERY international, which is lovely to see.

I'm all for things that bring us together, rather than divide.
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re: Australian Open#3
Posted: 1/20/08 at 7:10pm
I bet you had a few heart flutters on Saturday, DG.
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re: Australian Open#4
Posted: 1/20/08 at 7:15pm
Hep - it wasn't the easiext match to watch re: Australian Open But honestly, I think he needed an experience like that to fully get him engaged in the tournament. He came in without the benefit of a warm-up, and then was so dominant in the first two rounds. I think this will focus his attention and energy - which isn't the best news for the rest of the field!

All-in-all, he showed us - again - the mark of a true champion: being able to win when you're not at your best. AND with humility and grace, as always.
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re: Australian Open#5
Posted: 1/20/08 at 7:23pm
There have been quite a few surprises this week.

I do recommend a visit to Melbourne Park. The atmosphere is usually quite fun and reasonably priced tickets are not difficult to come by. The only problem is the tyranny of distance.
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re: Australian Open#6
Posted: 1/20/08 at 7:26pm
Hep - all I need to see are the pics of all those gorgeous Australian men with no shirts on, drinking beer and ready to have a good time!

And the pics of the park are so wonderful - as are all the pics of Melbourne they show, actually.
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#7
Posted: 1/20/08 at 7:38pm
Updated On: 2/21/09 at 07:38 PM
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re: Australian Open#8
Posted: 1/20/08 at 7:48pm
I have been watching and enjoying it very much.
I saw the epic Federer bout, and the Roddick loss, along with a couple really fun Sharapova wins.
Exciting stuff so far.
I stand corrected, you are as vapid as they say.
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re: Australian Open#9
Posted: 1/20/08 at 7:56pm
Actually, the Hewitt match didn't finish until 4:30 am Melbourne time. It's all Roger's fault. re: Australian Open
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re: Australian Open#10
Posted: 1/20/08 at 7:57pm
*sigh* I actually DO like watching Maria play, but I can NOT have the sound on!

I'm still rooting for my ladies, the Williams'. Venus is looking awfully shakey, but the girls better watch out for Serena - she came in with intent.

Andy's third round match with Philipp Kohlschreiber has been my favorite so far. Not because Andy lost (I actually like him - and wish he could 'break through' to some real consistency,) but because the tennis was riveting. Hihg, high caliber stuff from both of them.
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re: Australian Open#11
Posted: 1/20/08 at 8:08pm
Quite right, DG. The overall standard of play has been high. It is quite impressive when you consider that it is early in the new season. In most cases, the form from lead in events has not really held up in this tournament.

I couldn't agree more about Sharapova. The Queen of Scream can have the court to herself as far as I'm concerned. I have never really warmed to her.

Serena is improving each round. A frightening thought. Talk about intimidating. The Williams sisters are also playing doubles together. Saw them dispatch the number 2 seeds a few days ago.
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#12
Posted: 1/20/08 at 8:19pm
Updated On: 2/21/09 at 08:19 PM
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re: Australian Open#13
Posted: 1/20/08 at 8:32pm
I think I read that this Open has the highest number of ranked players ever - and it seems to be showing!
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re: Australian Open#14
Posted: 1/20/08 at 11:02pm
I take it that DG is busy watching Roger.
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re: Australian Open#15
Posted: 1/20/08 at 11:02pm
Aaaaargh - the top seed is playing the 13th seed in Laver Stadium, and ESPN2 is showing the Blake match re: Australian Open
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re: Australian Open#16
Posted: 1/20/08 at 11:04pm
It's 2-2 and still on serve in the first set.
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re: Australian Open#17
Posted: 1/20/08 at 11:06pm
Hep - I monitor it through the live score feed on the official site - but I want to SEE them . . . uh, play tennis. Yeah. It's all about the tennis re: Australian Open
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re: Australian Open#18
Posted: 1/20/08 at 11:07pm
Of course it is.
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re: Australian Open#19
Posted: 1/20/08 at 11:12pm
It looks like Venus buckled down quite a bit. Her unforced errors were way down, which is crucial for her. She could still get more of her first serves in, though. She took full advantage of her break advantages, and that's great. I really would love to see her win it all.
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re: Australian Open#20
Posted: 1/20/08 at 11:13pm
ESPN2 has switched over to the Federer match, in case you hadn't seen that yet.

Sharapova's screaming doesn't bother me at all.
I actually rather enjoy it. re: Australian Open
Serena looks ready to dominate all the way through though, and as shaky as Venus was looking she has come around and has the easier draw.
I stand corrected, you are as vapid as they say.
Updated On: 1/20/08 at 11:13 PM
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re: Australian Open#21
Posted: 1/20/08 at 11:15pm
Thanks, Smarty - see y'all later re: Australian Open
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re: Australian Open#22
Posted: 1/20/08 at 11:17pm
You know, that's one naughty penguin.

Enjoy, DG.
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re: Australian Open#23
Posted: 1/20/08 at 11:41pm
That Federer/Tipsarevic match was truly epic. I'm watching now. I haven't had a tennis fix since last August so I'm glad to be able to watch again.
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re: Australian Open#24
Posted: 1/20/08 at 11:44pm
You are correct hep, correct indeed.

I really wish they would just play the blasted Federer match, but no they can't stand to show that if they are on serve.
I stand corrected, you are as vapid as they say.