Mats Merkel: From the Australian Open 2013, Day 6

Mats on court at the Australian Open

Mats on court at the Australian Open

Hello everybody!

Day 6 at the Australian Open – time is flying.

Before talking about Day 6 I would like to mention the outstanding performance of Maria Sharapova last night against Venus Williams.

Maria Sharapova celebrates winning a point during her match against Venus Williams

Maria Sharapova celebrates winning a point during her match against Venus Williams

The way she started the match and also how she handled the pressure when Venus was trying get into the match in the middle of the second set.

Maria’s hitting partner, Vladimir Volthckov, actually rolled his ankle earlier this week. So someone had to replace him for at least the hitting. Him and Thomas Hogsted always travel together with Maria and there is a phyiso/physical trainer (Juan Reque) who is very good. Apparently Maria got him to move to Los Angeles. His origin is Spain. Juan does a lot of work with power bands, resistance tubings and also agility bands. Especially in the warm ups.

I am looking toward to seeing her play again tomorrow.

This morning from 8:30am to 9:45am I had a practice session with Daniela Hantuchova who exited early here. We did about an 1,15h  work on groundstrokes. Live drills but also some feeding of balls from the basket.

At 10am I had a hit with Ayumi Morita. We did the warm up for her match later on Rod Laver Arena where she then faced Serena Williams.

Andy Murray practices on Rod Laver Arena

Andy Murray practices on Rod Laver Arena

Then Andy Murray had his warm up on Rod Laver Arena hitting with Daniel Vallverdu a former player. He is still wry young and him and Andy are great friends. Has has been traveling with Andy for at least 5 or 6 years now.

Also Jez Green the physical trainer is using the bands and tubings with Andy. The activation of the muscles is very important in order to guard against injuries.

At 11am I watched Jo Tsonga warm up for his match against Kavcic on Margaret Court later on.

 

He was trying rackets with different tensions. It is sunny but not very hot but that can always change.

When I was working with Jo he always had 12 rackets newly strung up. Six at a higher tension and six at a lower tension in order to be in the safe side.

 

The match preparation with Caroline Wozniacki was at 12:30 indoors. We were sticking to our routine. That’s what players like to do, create routines that they can hold onto.

Once the warm up with Caroline was finished it was actually already time to go to the match of Ayumi against Serena Williams at Rod Laver Arena.

Ayumi lost 1/6 3/6 but the result does not reflect how the match went at all. Ayumi was leading 3/0 in the second set but then was overwhelmed by Serena who served a 207km/h serve during the match.

Jeremy Chardy beat Juan Martin Del Potro in a thrilling 5-set match. He was leading 2 sets to 0 until Delpo started a comeback!

At 4/3 in the 3rd set Chardy managed to break Del Potro and go up 5/3. He served it out and he deserves a lot if credit for winning this match! Bien fait!

Further Tsonga beat Kavcic who was probably still recovering from his 4:45h match against Duckworth. See a picture After that Match of Kavcic below.

 

Kavcic gets treatment after a match at the Australian Open

Kavcic gets treatment after a match at the Australian Open

Young and talented US American Sloane Stephens beat Laura Robson! They are both the next generation to watch out for.

Sloane Stephens is scene here at the Australian Open during her match against Laura Robson.

Sloane Stephens is seen here at the Australian Open during her match against Laura Robson.

 

Canadian serving wonder Milos Raonic is 2 sets to 0 up against the German Philipp Kohlschreiber.

 

Monfils and Simon just started their battle on Hisense Arena.

 

I will kick back now and watch Federer vs Tomic. That will be a hell of a match!  Looking forward to it!

Take care

Mats Merkel

@matsmerkel

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