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- Chris Chase | Busted Racquet – Thu, 26 Jan, 2012 3:23 PM EST
- Chris Chase | Busted Racquet – Thu, 26 Jan, 2012 7:45 AM EST
Roger Federer didn't have a Rafael Nadal problem on Thursday night at the Australian Open, he had a Roger Federer problem.
The 16-time Grand Slam champion was plagued by inconsistent groundstrokes, periods of malaise and a puzzling game plan in a 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 loss to his longtime rival.
Nadal played spectacular tennis for the first two sets, losing a tight tiebreaker then dominating the second frame, before adopting a more defensive strategy that pressed Federer into making mistakes. The world No. 3 obliged.
Federer hit 63 unforced errors in the match, including a lazy overhead at the baseline that sailed wide on a break point opportunity in the final game. He had trouble putting away points that should have been his, then went for winners when he should have been content to let things play out. Early in the match he was fond of coming to the net and closing off one side of the court, leaving the rest wide open for Rafa to hit a passing shot. Its implementation was bizarre. Sticking with it when Nadal exposed its flaws was suicidal.Read More »from Federer stumbles, loses again to Nadal in Grand Slam showdown
- Chris Chase | Busted Racquet – Thu, 26 Jan, 2012 7:07 AM EST
There are a number of Australian punters in the NFL. After looking at the quick hands of this ballboy during Thursday's Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal match, there may be some room for some wide receivers from down under.
I'll have to check the stats, but I think that grab gives the kid the same number of receptions that Green Bay Packers receivers had in the playoffs.
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- Chris Chase | Busted Racquet – Thu, 26 Jan, 2012 5:29 AM EST
Whoever first referred to the Australian Open as "the people's Slam" clearly wasn't thinking about folks in the United States. The 3:30 a.m. ET start time of Thursday's semifinal between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was only convenient for insomniacs, graveyard shift workers and hosts of network morning talk shows.
That didn't stop tennis fans nationwide from staying up late (or getting up early) to watch the 27th meeting between the rivals. In between pouring cups of coffee and doing jumping jacks to stay awake, Busted Racquet was checking Twitter to monitor the condition of all those tennis fans whose Thursdays promise to be bleary-eyed.
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- Chris Chase | Busted Racquet – Thu, 26 Jan, 2012 3:43 AM EST
Australian teen sensation Bernard Tomic allegedly locked himself in his house and accused a police officer of wanting to hit him after he was ticketed twice for separate driving incidents on Thursday.
The 19-year-old was driving with his girlfriend, Donay Meijer, in his orange BMW when he was pulled over for "showing off" in a restaurant district.
Details are sketchy on what happened next, but published reports suggest that a forsenic policeman tried to pull over Tomic again a few hours later, but the Wimbledon quarterfinalist kept driving until he was parked behind the gates at his house. The Herald Sun reports five policemen were waiting for Tomic, who then refused to exit the premises.
"I don't know what's wrong," he later told reporters. "It's like I killed somebody."
An inspector told the Courier Mail that Tomic was "reasonable and understandable" during the process and that he couldn't determine whether the tickets were deserved.Read More »from Bernard Tomic and girlfriend in bizarre standoff with police
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