Mats Merkel: From the Australian Open 2013, Day 11

Tennis, Tennis and Tennis!

“I am Fed Up” – that was a slogan a couple had as a print on their shirts. Red shirt with white letters! It is tough to really describe what happened in the match last night between Roger Federer and Jo Tsonga! All I can say is that it was an incredible match! The atmosphere on Rod Laver Arena was unbelievable!

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Tsonga, whose warm-up I watched yesterday with his coach Roger Rasheed at around 5pm, had a lot if supporters who were shouting to the top of their lungs, cheering for him.

They were battling each other and at 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-6 the fifth set had to decide would be the winner! Roger was able to break Jo early in the fifth set and converted that break through to the end to win the fifth set 6-3!
aacimageWell done to Roger and congrats to Jo for a great start into the season 2013! Jo Tsonga and his coach Roger Rasheed will continue to work with each other, which I think is great news!

Watch the highlights here: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/video/index.html#ooid=tsc2luODrJ8u-wPqP0jK7dYqbNWxNNar

Today the women’s semis will be played.

Maria Sharapova facing Li Na and Victoria Azarenka facing Sloane Stephens. I am very much looking forward to seeing how the results will look like at those two matches! I am sure the coaches have done their homework and looked at the statistics a little to come up with a strategy or a game plan.

In the meantime I am watching the next generation that is already out there! Now that it slows down the juniors get to play on the big show courts. That is of course an incredible experience for them!

aadimageAs it is a very hot day today I am also trying to stay cool here :)

aaeimageThe wheelchair players have also started yesterday, and there are some exceptional athletes! I admire them for how they are covering the court! The flexibility and the power they have to have to get to the ball is inexplicable!

aafimageFollow them on their website: http://www.itftennis.com/wheelchair/home.aspx

Mats Merkel
@matsmerkel

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