TENNIS: Australian Open 2012 Discussion Thread

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    Jan 15, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
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    The first Grand Slam of 2012 kicks off tomorrow. Last year was one of the most exciting in tennis history, and things could possibly be even better this year. With so many stories going into this slam, who are your picks to make history and win it all?

    My picks:

    Men:

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    My pick on the men's side is the defending champion Novak Djokovic. I might be a little biased since Novak is my favorite player (and crush lol), but until beaten he has be to considered the favorite. As the number one player in the world, holder of 3 of the last 4 slams, and having beaten Federer/Nadal numerous times last year, Novak has a good chance to defend his title.

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    My second choice is Andy Murray. I feel that Andy will find inspiration from Djokovic's 2011 season and surprise everyone this year. Before last year, the only names you heard going into slams were Federer and Nadal. Djokovic showed that it was possible to break through, and I believe that this could be the year that Andy Murray finally does it.


    Women:

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    I'm picking Serena Williams to win this years Aussie Open. The 5-time Champion did not play after her loss in the US Open final and comes into the year fresh. I think she wants to prove that she's still the best female player after a disappointing end to the last slam. Also, she has a pretty good draw.

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    My second pick is Maria Sharapova. She's a little under the radar with Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters coming back, young guns Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka showing promise, and Caroline Wozniacki being world number one. If she can make it past early threats, she could make a run and stun everyone.
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    Jan 15, 2012 5:27 AM GMT
    Wow almost forgot about this, thanks for the reminder.

    I've always been a Federer fan, it's repetitive but I wouldn't mind seeing another Federer Grand Slam win. It's an uphill fight against Nadal and Djokovic though. I seem to remember Murray breaking down in finals and semifinals...maybe he'll get his shot if he can hold under pressure. And as always I hope we get a decent showing from USA: Fish, Roddick, John Isner or even Donald Young.

    For the women, I'm hoping Stosur can pull off a home court win. I'm still put off by Serena's pouting at their US Open final.


    Was just clicking through the draw and saw this guy Philipp Petzschner. Wouldn't mind seeing more of him either icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 15, 2012 5:40 AM GMT
    I've never really been a Federer fan, but his results speak for themselves. He still has some good tennis left in him, but it will be very hard for him to beat Nadal in the semis and either Murray or Djokovic in the final.

    And yeah, good choice with Philipp Petzschner icon_smile.gif

    but how about this...
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    Jan 15, 2012 6:05 AM GMT
    I always thought Tsonga looked a little funny, but if the men want to play shirtless I'm not complaining. Murray's not bad without his shirt:

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    In fact, they should just make the dress code shirtless.


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    Jan 15, 2012 6:14 AM GMT
    I think Andy Murray is attractive, especially with no shirt on. It's just his whiney attitude that throws me off a little.
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    Jan 15, 2012 6:25 AM GMT
    Yup, he needs to leave the tantrums behind.
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    Jan 15, 2012 7:39 AM GMT
  • Pr0digy

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    Jan 15, 2012 7:46 AM GMT
    Pr0digy's Prediction

    Men's Semis

    Federer v Nadal

    Djokovic v Tsonga

    Final

    **Completely Bias toward Federer to Win*** I WISH IT WOULD HAPPEN!!

    Women's Semis

    Meh.. don't care.... I want Serena to win the whole thing either way. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 15, 2012 7:48 AM GMT
    Quick correction to Snype...

    Serena has played 2 matches already this year... the warmup tourney. During her second match she sprained her ankle while serving for it. She claims she's virtually recovered from but not 100%
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    Jan 15, 2012 7:58 AM GMT
    Pr0digy saidQuick correction to Snype...

    Serena has played 2 matches already this year... the warmup tourney. During her second match she sprained her ankle while serving for it. She claims she's virtually recovered from but not 100%

    Oops, I wasn't really clear with how I said it. I saw the ankle incident live and it looks really bad but, like you said, she says that she's fine.
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    Jan 15, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    Snype said
    Pr0digy saidQuick correction to Snype...

    Serena has played 2 matches already this year... the warmup tourney. During her second match she sprained her ankle while serving for it. She claims she's virtually recovered from but not 100%

    Oops, I wasn't really clear with how I said it. I saw the ankle incident live and it looks really bad but, like you said, she says that she's fine.


    for women: i'm going with
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    for men: i'm going with murray.
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    Jan 15, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
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    Jan 15, 2012 4:40 PM GMT
    If Djokovic and Serena can stay healthy, they can win it all.
    But I would not mind if Federer snuck in there icon_biggrin.gif
    Also Maria is my second choice for the women.
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    Jan 15, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    Paxton saidIf Djokovic and Serena can stay healthy, they can win it all.
    But I would not mind if Federer snuck in there icon_biggrin.gif
    Also Maria is my second choice for the women.


    is maria playing? thought she was out with an injury
  • Pr0digy

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    Jan 15, 2012 5:03 PM GMT
    ... my question is Why Murray?!

    Murray hasn't had that much of a great year last year, this surface doesn't suit his game as much as the hardcourts of the u.s. open would.

    Let's say hypothetically, the top 4 players did make it to the semi's. Do you really think he'd be able to beat either of those guys?

    Nadal can convincingly beat him on any surface... The Djoker is playing some incredible tennis over the last year and would surely carry over to this one... and then Federer, who is the greatest of all time (if plays his best can beat anyone)
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    Jan 15, 2012 5:06 PM GMT
    Also.. if not Serena, i wouldn't mind Clijsters winning. She is hands down the sweetest/most adorable and most deserving to win. ** carrying around a little toddler with her to each tourney**

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    Jan 15, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    i think in mens singles there is definitley noone to win the tournament besides top4-djokovic,nadal,federer,murray.........never been a fan of andy murray,so hopefully he wont win, but im pretty sure djokovic,nadal and federer will go into the semi-final, and then anything can happen;)

    womens singles is completely a different story.
    I definitley think serena and kim clijsters are top favourites, but u gotta count in for the title viktoria azarenka( since she is in pretty good form,winning very strong tournament in sidney),petry kvitova-even tho she is very unpredictable,but i think if she finds her game, she is very dangerous;
    Then there is caroline wozniacki-world number one, not in the best form, but she is soo hungry for the grand slam title to proove everyone that she must win a grand slam sooner or later;
    after those 5 players, there is maria sharapova-u should never forget about her.
    then Na Li-last years winner-also can be very dangerous, but very unpredictable.

    In my opinion between those 7 players one will win in the title;)

    correct me if i forgot to mention someone

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    Jan 15, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
    Azarenka v Serena or Clijsters ... she'd always lose.

    The worst no.1 of all time (Wozniaki) v Serena or Clijsters... she'd always lose in straights!!

    Na Li has disappeared the last ... year almost.

    Petra would have a greater chance v. any of those girls with a huge forehand and serve. If she shows that her defensive skills have improved i can see her going far. But as I remember she solely plays offensive. So again, Serena and Clijsters who can overpower her and play better defense would get the upper hand.

    1 thing I am curious is to how Sam Stosur comes to terms with being down under with a slam under her belt!
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    Jan 15, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    Pr0digy said... my question is Why Murray?!

    Murray hasn't had that much of a great year last year, this surface doesn't suit his game as much as the hardcourts of the u.s. open would.

    Let's say hypothetically, the top 4 players did make it to the semi's. Do you really think he'd be able to beat either of those guys?

    Nadal can convincingly beat him on any surface... The Djoker is playing some incredible tennis over the last year and would surely carry over to this one... and then Federer, who is the greatest of all time (if plays his best can beat anyone)


    he's the perennial underdog. i have family living in the uk, i just want them to have something to celebrate. can u imagine having to live with the knowledge that your country produced the spice girls?
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    Jan 15, 2012 6:57 PM GMT
    Pr0digy said... my question is Why Murray?!

    Murray hasn't had that much of a great year last year, this surface doesn't suit his game as much as the hardcourts of the u.s. open would.

    Let's say hypothetically, the top 4 players did make it to the semi's. Do you really think he'd be able to beat either of those guys?

    Nadal can convincingly beat him on any surface... The Djoker is playing some incredible tennis over the last year and would surely carry over to this one... and then Federer, who is the greatest of all time (if plays his best can beat anyone)

    The guy is so talented. As soon as he figures out how to be aggressive during the big matches (which he is definitely capable of), then he has a chance to win a major IMO.
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    Jan 15, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
    ??? He has a very aggressive game. He's a tactical player. He has a few weapons... big serve, great ground game..but not to beat the 3 top players who are leagues above everyone... given the distance between murray and the top field is vast.. but the ones above are just so much better.

    Hahah, And that was all one giant fragmented sentence!!
  • Spiritreaver

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    Jan 15, 2012 7:19 PM GMT
    I have and will always be a Djokovic fan, so he's my pick like every slam. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 15, 2012 7:41 PM GMT
    m'kay
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    Jan 15, 2012 8:32 PM GMT
    Tsonga and Wozzzzzzzzzzzniacki
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    Jan 15, 2012 8:51 PM GMT
    Pr0digy said

    The worst no.1 of all time (Wozniaki) v Serena or Clijsters... she'd always lose in straights!!



    No, the worst No1 female is either Safina or Jankovic. At least Wozniaki sustained the ranking for two years. She won't be there for much longer, though.

    My picks:
    Men - Djovokic, though would love to see Federer take it
    Women - Kvitova, though would love to see Sharapova take it