Hello there bloggies!

Well wasn’t Day 6 of the Aussie Open unexpectedly eventful. Let’s dive into yesterday’s action:

Day of MarathonsThe lucky fans who got to go the matches in Melbourne certainly got their money’s worth. So many matches not only went the distance, but went a long time.

The headliner of the marathons was Nadal vs. Zverev. Sasha went up 2 sets to 1 but couldn’t summon the tennis and energy to oust the former champ as Nadal won the 5th set 6-2. But boy did Zverev display some fantastic skill and maturity. Get some meat onto those bones and boost the conditioning, and this guy is going to be someone to watch. And soon!

The women brought their own marathons with Ostenpenko vs. Pliskova and Gavrilova vs. Bacsinszky. Pliskova was down 2 breaks in the 3rd set, but somehow found a way to win it 10-8. She looked nowhere near her best, but found a way to push through. Winning and progressing when not playing your best is a mark of slam champ. Pliskova just passed a huge test.

The Gavrilova and Bacsinszky was always going to be complicated and that it was. Timea went up a break, before Dasha stormed back to serve for the match. Just for Timea to break her to get back on serve at 4-5; and then of course Gavrilova broke to win the match. Dasha doesn’t have the biggest weapons, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better fighter. Aussie Aussie Aussie!

Now I don’t like to be that negative on my blog, but I just need to get this out. This isn’t breaking news but many of the ESPN Commentators are just straight up awful. Now not all of them. Thank you Chris McKendry for holding it together. Mary Joe Fernandez and Darren Cahill offer solid insights, even though they are some  interesting conflicts of interest there. I even respect Brad Gilbert’s wealth of knowledge on the game. But lots of them harp on irrelevant events, get their facts straight up wrong (btw Pliskova in Serena’s half of the draw made the US Open final just a few months ago…a few of them forgot that tidbit), are ridiculously self-congratulatory, and can even be straight up condescending to the women’s game. The international and tennis channel commentators  you can stream are so much better.

Can we please get a Serena Williams vs Johanna Konta matchup?!? They have never played each other, and both are looking so so good. Especially after Williams surged past Bencic and Safarova; and Konta blasted through Wozniacki. What a way to really test Konta’s recent success. Popcorn please!

That’s what stood out to me on Day 6. What do you think about the open so far? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dr. F

 

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