20 January 2012

Day 5 at the 2012 Australian Open

Garden Square at Melbourne Park is one of the best public spaces in grand slam tennis, probably second to Henman Hill at Wimbledon in my opinion. A huge screen and lots of tables and chairs are set out so that people on grounds passes can watch all the big action without shelling out tickets for Rod Laver Arena. It's a great spot if you get in early, and today was a perfect day to enjoy Garden Square and it was a rather chilly, cloudy day!

I decided to sit in Garden Square this morning to watch Rafa take on Lukas Lacko of Slovakia. I think the first point was 20+ strokes, and the second game took nearly 10 minutes. There were some great rallies but they usually ended in Rafa's favour. He moved through in straight sets and will meet Feli Lopez who took out John Isner in five sets.

The rest of the day was doubles action for me, and the best by far was Svetlana Kuznetsova/Vera Zvonereva vs Julia Goerges and Kaia Kanepi. 

So much awesome on one court - I was stoked. And then it wasn't a great match to start. Julia and Kaia seemed to net everything and then the Russians just turned it on! Sveta is so talented and the match turned into a shotmaking clinic by the Russians - amazing stuff.

Sveta and Vera won the first 10 games before Julia and Kaia managed a game, and they'd win three in a row before the Russians got it back together and closed out a 6-0 6-3 win. Really enjoyable match.

Photos from today:

Rafa ready
Lukas Lacko
Into the fourth round

Apparently today's interview had better questions
Kaia and Julia in doubles action
The awesome Sveta


Kaia and Julia win their first game down 6-0 4-0

Vera was pretty good today

The awesome Vera and Sveta

Smiling heaps despite a 6-0 6-3 loss

Love this photo - you'd have thought the Russians lost

They clearly had something important to discuss

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