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AO Day Five: The Yanks

Posted by gauloises1 on January 23, 2010

(I have no idea why I’m doing this by geographical origin, but I’ve started, so I may as well finish.)

Two Americans are into the last sixteen after tough four set wins. Andy Roddick played brilliantly to resist a determined challenge by Feliciano Lopez, who was as good as I’ve ever seen him.

I had one of my moments of Roddick appreciation today. His work rate on the court is just phenomenal and his increasing willingness to adapt to the player he’s facing is really impressive. He could totally come out of this quarter, and it would be very well deserved.

He’ll be joined, perhaps more surprisingly, by John Isner, who’s started the year really well and built on his Auckland win for some serious momentum. Sadly his win came at the expense of the always-exasperating, always-entrancing Gael Monfils.

No more daily Bambi picturage. Sad face.

Isner faces Andy Murray next, and the way that both have been playing, an upset is far from out of the question. Although if he follows it with this celebration, I might have to not like him very much at all.

2 Responses to “AO Day Five: The Yanks”

  1. linz said

    I mean, I have to comment on this post….

    So. much. fun.

    I overfrazzled a bit on Andy- he’s still concerning me a bit with his serve (stats look good but timing isn’t fab) and his break point conversion, but Feli was on fire and Andy handled it well, so I’ll take it.

    I just couldn’t be prouder of Johny. I can’t believe he’s climbing closer to the top 20. TOP 20. It’s just incredible. So nice he’s having a run in a major that I can enjoy. Seriously though, last year he was ranked about 140 and was a complete afterthought. If you had told anyone that he would be the number 2 American right now, I’m not sure they would have believed you. He put in the hard work (that I wasn’t certain he would do , TBH) and it’s paying off.

    I love my boys. I feel like a proud mama.

  2. Nic said

    Hah! Thanks G for that truly horrific shot of Feli. The pretty has been completely wiped out of my mind. Like brain spring cleaning. Perhaps will improve my processing speed or be filled with usefulnesses… and stuff.

    And well done to Isner. He’s having such a good summer. Onwards and upwards. Although not much more with the upwards. I imagine it’s already difficult to cramp into a plane seat.

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