2011 Australian Open – Day 7 Notes and Observations
Robin Soderling vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov
- Dolgopolov is fantastic when stretched out wide to his forehand and hits his underspin forehand with an open stance. This shot is deep and gives him time to get back into position.
- Soderling started out with an easy first set, but Dolgopolov soon began to show that he is not a fluke. He is so smart on the court. His balance and speed make it possible for him to pinpoint his shots wherever he wants.
- Soderling did not throw in the towel and came back to win the fourth set 6-4. The fifth set proved to be too much for Soderling as he became frustrated and his forehand began to fly all over the place.
- When Soderling came in he had no chance as well. Dolgopolov set up his passing shots and that was the end of Soderling. Dologopolov won the crowd over and Soderling was shocked.
Jurgen Melzer vs. Andy Murray
- Murray has been so quiet, but his results have been loud and clear.
- It makes no difference who you play in the third round because they had to win a few matches to get there, but the lefty Melzer seemed to be no match for Andy.
- What was very obvious to me is the ease Andy plays with. His movement makes him a candidate to be on Dancing with the Stars!
Milos Raonic vs. David Ferrer
- David Ferrer is number seven in the world and his game is not that complicated. He owns the baseline and moves with complete ease. His experience and mental toughness were very crucial after losing the first set.
- Raonic is no flash in the pan himself. He has given a loud message to the world that he will be a force to reckon with down the road.
- His serve alone will give him a chance to be in the heat of every battle. His excitement and serving to one of the best returners was too much for him. This tournament will be the start of a very successful pro career.
Rafael Nadal vs. Marin Cilic
- There are not many words to describe Rafael Nadal. He is so special both on and off the court and his family, including his uncle and his father, are reasons why he is at this point today.
- His interviews are really fun to watch. He has simple, but almost humorous answers that further explain why he is a champion of champions! Let’s add how kind he is to the spectators especially with children who think of him as a superstar.
- His family and how they worked with him should be a T.V for kids and parents alike to enjoy.
- Nick’s Note: Nadal should be an example of a role model across all sports and athletes should strive to be more like him.
Flavia Pennetta vs. Petra Kvitova
- Petra is a huge striker no matter where she is on the court.
- Flavia has great wheels and makes very few errors. Her consistency forced Petra to overhit resulting in unforced errors.
- Great to see a few Italians in the second week, but where are the Italian men??
Iveta Benesova vs. Vera Zvonareva
- I could write and write but Vera is a completely new and confident person with her mental approach to the game.
- All of my coaches and students at IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy find it hard to believe that she trains all day on the court and in the gym and still feels she should do more. My compliments to her team of coaches and trainers.
Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Shuai Peng
- Peng gave it all and then some but Radwanska did the same. It was a war obombs flying everywhere! In the end Radwanska moved on even though this match could have gone either way.