Australian Open 2015: Day 3 Preview

Day 3 sees the men take on each other in the second round. Below are the scheduled matches and my thoughts on a few of them.

Simone Bolelli (ITA) vs [2] Roger Federer (SUI) – Federer should get through this in straight sets. He will look to carry on in the same form he displayed in his opening round. This is the last match of the morning session on Rod Laver Arena and he will find the faster conditions to his liking.

Tim Smyczek (USA) vs [3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) – Nadal should get the win without losing a set here. He opens the evening session on Rod Laver Arena after the day match on Monday.

[6] Andy Murray (GBR) vs Marinko Matosevic (AUS) – Murray in three. I have a feeling one of them will be a tie breaker. The Aussie crowd will be loud for this one.

[7] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT) – Berdych should win this one. Melzer owns two victories in their head to head (against 3 losses) but the last one came 8 years ago.

Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs [10] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)

[14] Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Ricardas Berankis (LTU)

[20] David Goffin (BEL) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) – This will be a fun match to watch as both guys are known for their shot making.

[22] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs Bernard Tomic (AUS) – This will be a Loud match, no doubt. And I am pretty sure we will see some spectacular shots as well.

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs [23] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) – This will be an interesting match and again a loud one. Kyrgios will work the crowd but might get frustrated against Karlovic’s relentless barrage of aces. The crowd will try to get into it by booing the big Croatian’s errors and double faults but he is too experienced to let that get to him.

James Duckworth (AUS) vs [24] Richard Gasquet (FRA)

Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs [26] Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

[28] Lukas Rosol (CZE) vs Dudi Sela (ISR) – Hope Rosol takes this one so that we can witness Rosol vs Nadal in the next round.

[29] Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs Andreas Seppi (ITA) – The winner will be expected to take on Federer in the next round. Federer leads Chardy 2-1 but all those 3 matches went the distance whereas he is unbeaten against Seppi in their 10 matches.

Joao Sousa (POR) vs [32] Martin Klizan (SVK)


Federer breezes through his opening round match

Roger Federer faced Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan in his opening match at this year’s Aussie open and he proceeded to win in routine fashion.  The 6-4 6-2 7-5, straight sets victory was a typical Federer opening match at a grand slam where he expends just enough energy to get the job done without feeling the need to crush his opponent. Sending out a message to the opposition is not his style.

The Swiss man, looking for his fifth Australian Open title, started in fine fashion, breezing through his service games while putting immense pressure on Lu’s. He finally got the break in the 5th game of the opening set and after taking the set 6-4, went two breaks ahead in the second set to lead 5-2.

But that’s when things got interesting as Lu finally got his teeth into Federer’s service game. The Swiss didn’t help his own cause with a couple of double faults. But he managed to hold in the end and in the process take the second set 6-2.

The beginning of the third set saw Federer again struggle on his serve. He later attributed it to the changing conditions as the evening transitioned to nightfall. The duo would hold until the eleventh game where Federer stepped up his level and broke Lu. He then served out the routine win without any fuss.

Overall it was a good match for Roger. He displayed his attacking style of tennis throughout the match and although he made a few errors, he still stuck to his game plan. Lu also played well, trying to stay with Roger despite the obvious gap in level & skill and making sure Federer earned this victory. There were enough Federer specials in this match to please his fans including a sumptuous drop shot and an insane backhand winner he hit between the net post & the ball kid into the corner!

Federer faces Italian Simon Bolelli next who took out Juan Monaco. Hope that is a night match so that he gets used to the conditions. Inevitably the latter round matches will be night affairs and we don’t want unfamiliar conditions to play a factor in those clashes.

Also happy Birthday Stephan Edberg! 🙂