APIA final, Tomic retires and Australian Open

apia-international-sydney-2014It’s the summer season and tennis is always a big part of it! Tonight there’s the APIA tennis final which is between 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov and Serbia’s Viktor Troicki. It will be an interesting match, considering that both players are top seeded within the tournament and will probably be tired from already playing two matches on the same day (Friday). The APIA final is being nationally broadcasted on 7Two from 4pm onwards.

From the way Tomic has behaved lately, I’m quite sick of him and wish that he actually retired early. A favourable draw in the Australian Open is not a valid reason for retiring early in the quarter final of APIA. As Todd Woodbridge said, “I understand the difficulties about preparing for the Australian Open and wanting to be fresh but you’ve got responsibilities to the tour and responsibilities to the fans and the tournament”. At the very least, he could have played out the match since he was already losing 6-3 for the first set and was 0-3 in the 2nd. His odds of winning the Australian Open are quite slim already because his fourth round match up (if he makes it that far) is likely to be against Andy Murray.

Australian Open Men’s Singles Draw came out yesterday and the top seeds are looking to have a relatively easy start to the Grand Slam.

First Round Matches:
1. Novak Djokovic vs no.51 Hyeon Chung, Korea
2. Andy Murray vs no.81 Alexander Zverev, Germany
3. Roger Federer vs no.117 Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia
– There’s no chance of a Australian final match up between Federer and Djokovic, as they are on the same side of the draw this year.
4. Stan Wawrinka vs no.265 Dmitry TGursunov, Russia
5. Rafael Nadal vs no.47 Fernando Verdasc, Spain

Perhaps a more anticipated first round match is between Lleyton Hewitt and fellow wildcard entrant James Duckworth. If Hewitt can beat his Australian companion , there will be a second round showdown against 8th seed David Ferrer!

Provided Nick Kyrgios is playing his best, there’s a chance that he will confront Federer who is in the same draw as him. Exciting times for tennis ahead!


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