Big Sam Querrey (above) who let America down today.
The great man took to his Australian Open title defense today in style. Lukas Lacko, a perhaps capable Slovak in anotheer setting, was treated to the full reportoire by Roger, who won 9 out of the first 10 games, in only 36 minutes. The match had the feel of an exhibtion with Federer throwing in several backhand drop shots, that left the opponent and the crowd in a daze. The oohs and aahs came a plenty, for Federer, decked out in tennis whites with stylish yellow accents, serving big, setting up points with the deadly forehands, slice backhands, and finishing them in style at the net, where he dominated.
Check out these stellar match stats:
Roger needed but 1 hour and 24 minutes. A different story entirely for our American boys and girls. Samurai Sam Querrey, frankly, got punked by Poland’s Luckas Kubot, in a spot where, let’s face it, it was a must win for the American. Querrey does not seem to have the steele of his friend and counterpart, John Isner. We were not surprised, with Querrey being easily upset by Alexander Dolgopolov, world #49, in his first match of the year in Sydney last week, where he was seeded first. The Ukrainian bombed serves on his way to an easy 6-4, 6-3 win in 62 minutes. Sam is the one who is supposed to be bombing the serves and ripping huge forehands, but he played timid tennis last week, and again today, and deserved to lose. This morning Kubot was the agressor, making an astounding 49/69 points at net. Kubot played the right way, and dug in after losing the first and third sets, continuing to play all or nothing tennis. Kubot blitzed Querrey 6-1 in the 4th, and then took the extended fifth set 8-6. Querrey looked lost while Kubot looked like he wanted to win. Good win for the Pole, 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6 in 3 hours and 20 minutes, and smacked an impressive 75 winners on his way to victory.
Mardy Fish, looking lean and mean, but lost early versus Victor Hanescu, dropped the first two sets before figuring his opponent out. In the end, Fish had an impressive 5 set victory in which he struck 70 winners and won 36/48 of his approaches, showing nice touch and smart instincts as far as when to get in to net. Fish moves on, 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in 3 hours and 32 minutes.
At the moment, we are waiting for Venus to pull through against Sara Errani. She suffered an early break of serve, but righted herself to take the 1st set 6-3. A few nervous moments for Lady V, who did notoriously little in the way of traditional match preparation leading up to this year’s Australian.