I’m still not feeling the even days Down Under. Especially now that the one, the only, the totally dreamy French slugger, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, is out of the tournament. He went down to Alexandr Dolgopolov in a torturous, horrendous, almost inexcusable scoreline: 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Speaking of Frenchies I like who lost today (seems they always lose, eventually, don’t they?) here’s Alize Cornet after putting up a 6-7, 3-6 fight vs. Kim Clijsters. I knew she named her dog Andy, after Roddick, but I didn’t realize that he was anything more than a school girl crush to her:
I’m also bummed that John Isner lost to Marin Cilic 4-6 6-2 6-7(5) 7-6(2) 9-7.
AND, before I forget, I’m mega bummed that Venus Williams was forced to retire on Friday night. It’s sad to think of her packing up all those spangly, unworn body stockings. I hope she gets a chance to wear seven in a row again (eight, if she makes the Wimbledon Ball.) The hole she leaves in the draw is making me obsess over something Pam Shriver said earlier this week – Elena Dementieva should have postponed her retirement by a few months.
Who is this Milos Raonic, besides the 20-year-old Canadian qualifier who hit 31 aces on his way to victory over Mikhail Youzhny on Saturday? Well, he’s a big server – hitting the fastest serve of the tournament so far at 143 mph. He’s right-handed with a two handed backhand and loves the hardcourts. He’s currently ranked 152 in the world and will soon crack the top 100. He’s the first Canadian into the Australian Open round of 16 in the Open Era. Darren Cahill is calling him the most promising of the up-and-coming youngsters.
What else. . .He’s ethnically Serbian but calls Ontario home. His family left Podgorica, Montenegro, part of the former Yugoslavia, when he was three years old. His parents are engineers in Canada, but most of his family – including his brother, sister and grandparents – now live back in Montenegro. So does his uncle, apparently:
Q. You mentioned before your uncle being the vice president. Of what?
MILOS RAONIC: Montenegro.
Q. The country?
MILOS RAONIC: Yes.
Raonic used to train in Montreal, but moved to Barcelona three months ago to work with former pro Galo Blanco at his academy, which is Tennis Canada’s official European training center. But really all that matters to him right now: he’ll be David Ferrer’s round of 16 opponent on Monday.
Something interesting happened during the Bhupathi/Paes vs. Monaco/Lopez doubles match (the Indian super stars won 7-6, 6-4.) When big personalities and big hairdos collide? You try to figure it out:
Mahesh sheds some light on this fight:
Q. Why did they (Monaco and Lopez) get upset?
MAHESH BHUPATHI: We always do play a very aggressive style of doubles. That’s what’s given us all our good results. They, being two singles players, they’ve probably never seen it before. They probably were taken aback a little bit. They were probably not happy that we used the word ‘vamos’. I don’t think they have a patent on that one. Small things like that added up. Kept adding to their frustration that we were playing good tennis as well.
Okay, now I’m getting in bed with Rafael Nadal (and Bernard Tomic on the TV.) Hope the boys show me a fun time!