Australian Open Offers Some Interesting Opening Rounds

Paul SalmanSenior Analyst IJanuary 20, 2010

As James Blake does so often, he has lost another epic match. Blake’s net game really hurt him in this match.

Australia -- U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro held off James Blake in a marathon five-setter Wednesday, winning 6-4, 6-7 (3), 5-7, 6-3, 10-8 in 4 hours, 17 minutes on Hisense Arena, the second showcourt at Melbourne Park.

Del Potro is one name we should all pay attention too.

Another name we should pay attention too, and hope he makes a run as the next American is John Isner who won his second round match yesterday. Isner is ranked 28th, he is 24, he is a UGA alum and is 6-9 245, he is a big boy!

He has a big serve but height may actually hurt him long run because he has a very tough time getting the low balls and its rough on his knees. He is almost TOO tall for tennis. Injuries may be a factor hindering his longevity. Playing in college and turning pro at 22 in 2007 is a bit too old for tennis so we will see how his career plays out. Hopefully he does well as we need a young American to step up.

Andy Roddick won again last night 6-3 6-4 6-4, but not without some controversy.


I thought his actions were which is pretty disrespectful, however he did have a point and as always keeps things entertaining. He got some boos for his behavior, then got cheers when he clapped around the court and hit balls into the crowd. In his post match press conference he said: "To be fair, I was more wrong than I thought I was out on court," Roddick said. "It was a lot closer than I thought as far as when the call came. I thought I was going to be 100 percent right."

Andy is in the same bracket as Del Potro which sets up as a tough draw for him.

On the Women's side, Justine Henin beat number 5 Elena Dementieva. This was called one of the best 2nd round matches ever (men or women) in terms of match up because Henin is a former Number 1 and is making a comeback like Clijsters did last year. Henin comes in unranked but is much better than that. Tough one for Elena Dementieva as a 5 seed having to face an unseeded former #1.