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Australian Open

Update 17 Jan: Rough match for Milos, he'll be disappointed I think. Dimitrov moves on, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(10).

Genie Bouchard is still in though... She'll be playing up first versus unseeded Australian Casey Dellacqua in the night session on Rod Laver Arena tomorrow. She and her partner upset #11 seeds in doubles today too!

Update - 1030pm Eastern, 13 Jan:

Milos' match vs Hanescu should be starting now, but the extreme heat policy is in effect until at least 4pm local. The courts with roofs they can close will play on...

http://www.twitter.com/Tennis_Canada/status/423650637679570945

Update - 11pm Eastern, 13 Jan:

Milos "cruises" through to 2nd round (see Globe and Mail article here - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/canadas-milos-raonic-advances-to-second-round-at-australian-open/article16320799/), joining Genie and Vasek - lots of good news for Canada at this year's Aussie Open so far.  Dancevic is scheduled to play later, his match will be streamed on TSN.ca.

I wasn't able to watch - but I got this comment in from Andrew (sent from a Canmore, Alberta internet (IP) address) which was directed toward Milos. Very good comment, anyone else have anything to add?

Hey I was watching the game tonight. You played great. I noticed you changed your shirt and hat; and went downhill THERE IS A REASON FOR THIS! Your hat was a different brim and lower sitting your shirt was more reflective being white. This changed the light aperture from the court to your eyes. I seems harmless but it throws off your sight which can be devastating especially at 100 of mph. The brim how it sits the light reflection off your shirt

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Not such a great draw for Milos for the Aussie Open. First two rounds aside he’s got a tough path to go through after that. Dimitrov is tricky opponent who finished his 2013 pretty strong and will look to further his progress here. Del Potro I think has a pretty good chance of winning this tournament and he too has been playing very well. Nadal of course is the number one player in the world. Couldn’t have asked for a tougher draw in my opinion, but Milos does have the ability.

Pospisil will have 2 winnable matchups to start with groth followed by Ebden/Mahut. He then gets a rematch with Wawrinka. I thought he played very well against Stan a week ago before retiring with an injury. He earned quite a few break opportunities but was just unable to convert them. I look forward to this rematch and I hope the week off helped Vasek recover quickly.

Eugenie has a Chinese qualifier followed by an opponent that will be ranked around 100. Errani is up in the third round and while she is ranked 7th in the world she doesn’t seem to have a lot of success recently and seems like a favourable potential opponent for Bouchard. I see this as a pretty favourable draw for her, although I admit I am not as familiar with players in the WTA.

I do think there is a pretty good chance we see all three of the seeded Canadians into the third round. They seem to have avoided any potential landmines from the unseeded players in the early rounds. This should be a very exciting tournament to watch. [Sam]

Posted by Tomaso

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  1. Bouchard looked outstanding tonight. She responded really well after losing the first set and she just completely overmatched dellacqua from the start of the second set. Her future is really bright and I’m looking forward to the wimbledon rematch. Should be a really good one.

  2. Way too many sloppy Unforced Errors and Poor Service returns.
    Milos was the better player otherwise.
    Not sure if those areas of his game will ever improve.
    Sorry for the negativity.

    • It is definitely a part of his style of going for quick winners that brings about many of those unforced errors and I don’t see him changing that tactic any time soon. Can’t really take too much credit away from Dimitrov because he did play an outstanding match. He did a great job of neutralizing Milos’ net game which has been a big part of Raonic’s game hitting some great passing shots or putting the ball right at Milos’ feet making for a difficult volley. This really stood out to me and seemed to be the only part of Milos’ game that was off and it looks like a little bit more work on this is needed since the top players can all make trouble for him in this part of his game. I thought a tactic change could have helped since and maybe play a little less at the net, but of course this is a big part of his game now and its tough to get away from what has worked for him for a while now midway through a match.

  3. Vasek with what I’d say is the most efficient performance that I’ve seen from him. The score made the match seem a lot closer than it really was. Pospisil thoroughly outclassed Groth. The only thing Groth had going for him was a massive serve, which I thought Vasek did a good job of neutralizing. Vasek hardly had any trouble holding serving save for a couple of games early in the third set. More performances like this in the future will help him conserve his energy for matches deeper into tournaments, particularly with the scorching heat expected this week in Melbourne. His opponent in the second round will be Ebden, who was on court for a tough 5 set match lasting just over 3 hours while pospisil was on court for about 1 hour 45 minutes.

    Bouchard’s match wasn’t televised so I can only speculate but maybe some nerves a bit in that close first set before taking control in the second. She will face Razzano in the second round. Eugenie seems to have benefitted most from seeds dropping in the first round with Errani and Vinci both losing in straight sets. This should open things up for her to make a nice run here.

    Milos will be first up on court 8 tomorrow. Looking forward to another strong Canadian performance from him.

    There’s been some great tennis so far on day 1 of the Australian Open.

    • From Tennis Canada: “#ausopen day 2: Raonic v Gimeno-Traver will be shown live on TSN2 at 7pm ET. Dancevic v Paire will be streamed on TSN.ca at approx 11 pm ET.” Thanks TSN!


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