Mats Merkel: From the Australian Open 2013, Day 10

As the draw is getting smaller and smaller there are 4 matches today.

Two quarterfinals for the women and two for the men. First on Victoria Azarenka vs Svetlana Kuznetsova. A tight first set between the two where Kuznetsova was leading 4-1 but Azarenka came back to win the set 7-5.

1Victoria+Azarenka+2013+Australian+Open+Day+ZzowWJK8QqGlThen an unexpected result occurred when Serena Williams lost to Sloane Stephens in three sets 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. A great result for the young and upcoming American tennis talent! Congratulations and best of luck for the next round!

Andy Murray cruised into the semis with a win over Jeremy Chardy. Come on, Andy!

2Australian-Open-2013-1I watched a lot of junior matches today! There are some good players out there but it will take them some time to really appear on the TV screen and play the big tournaments. The average age in the ATP Top 100 is around 27 years, which shows how strong the field is and how tough the competition is! After having played the junior events they have to start playing futures and challengers to earn points and get a chance to play qualifications at the smaller tour events. Experience and the years of training are definitely an advantage for the “older” players and give them an edge! So still a long way to go or the juniors who are participating at the junior gran Slams. Some of them will turn pro and others will use their tennis to finance their studies and go play college tennis. No matter what they will decide to do – GOOD LUCK!!!!!

I had a very nice meeting today with a family that I know from my home town in Germany (Baden-Baden). One of the sons now lives in Melbourne and has opened up a business here in Melbourne organizing tours around the city.

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Check it out - http://www.lanternghosttours.com/. Maybe one day you might be in Melbourne and want to do such a tour.

Just a couple of moments ago the match between Roger Federer and Jo Tsonga has started! I watched Tsonga’s warm up earlier today.

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I am very much looking forward to it especially because I got tickets to the match!

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Jo has his own fan group here.

6australianimageI am sure it will be an exciting match! Enjoy the tennis!

Here the order of play for Day 11: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/schedule16.html

Mats Merkel

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