Mats Merkel: From the Australian Open 2013, Day 9

Another great day of tennis today!

First, Na Li beat Agniezka Radwanska in a high level match. A lot of long rallies with the better end for Na Li with a score of 7/5 6/3. The former coach of Justine Henin seems to really have a positive impact on her! Li’s husband has been doing a lot of roadwork in the past years especially since Na’s former coach Thomas Hogsted switched to work with Maria Sharapova. Carlos Rodriguez, Na Li’s current coach, has been with her since shortly before the US Open 2012. You can really see that he has certain things he wants his players to do during a match. Na Li is definitely playing more offensive meaning she is going to the net or at least playing a couple of swing volleys after the opponent has been pushed into the corner.

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Another 5 set match was played by the two Spanish players, Almagro and Ferrer. They were battling each other out there for hours. Almagro was up two sets to love serving for the match at 5/4 in the third but couldn’t serve it out. Ferrer grinded his way back into the match to win in five sets 4/6 4/6 7/5 7/6 6/2.

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Mats Merkel: From the Australian Open 2013, Day 8

Forget what I wrote yesterday about the Monfils-Simon match!

Djokovic and Wawrinka took it to another level last night! The match lasted 5:02h and they were pushing each other until the very end! A new highlight of the tournament and for sure a great victory for Djokovic but an outstanding performance!

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Tough day today for Caroline Wozniacki who lost in the third set to Svetlana Kuznetsova. The match took nearly three hours.

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We actually had a good warm up this morning. But the match started already during the warm up when Kuznetsova came about 20min earlier to warm up behind our court during Caroline’s warm up.

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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.

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