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Entries from January 2017

Episode 177f: Australian Open Day 10-12: Dream Finals

January 27th, 2017 · Comments

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Tennis got everything it ever wanted! ...right?

Ben and Courtney break down the double-dip dream dates of the unexpected vintage Venus-Serena and Federer-Nadal finals that this Australian Open will conclude with. How did the matches go that got these four stars here, how will the finals themselves go, and how should we feel about them? Also, all the props in the world to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

Is some tampering of expectations in order for the finals? Probably. But still, let's revel in this moment. We're excited, you're excited, and we're excited that you're excited. It's all very exciting

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · serena williams · stan wawrinka · australia · australian open · roger federer · women's sports · 2017 Australian Open · coco vandeweghe · grigor dimitrov

Episode 177e: Australian Open Day 8-9: Growing Old, Moving Up

January 24th, 2017 · Comments

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With the Aussie Open halfway between quarterfinals and semifinals, Ben is rejoined by Courtney to assess all the fun. Has this Slam been satisfying? Depends on if you're into role reversal, really. The men have been wild and the women have been mild, but it should be setting up for great finishes on both tours, we hope!

Speaking of saving the best for last, this sport is aging like a fine wine and Ben and Courtney just want to drink it all up. And we also raise a glass to Mike Cation, normally the voice of the US challenger circuit, who made his Slam debut here in Melbourne. His enthusiasm for our world is contagious, and we hope you're infected in all the best ways.

Also, CoCo, Venus, and more. Cancel the noise and tune in. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · serena williams · angelique kerber · roger federer · women's sports · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · 2017 Australian Open · coco vandeweghe · grigor dimitrov · andy roddick · johanna konta

Episode 177d: Australian Open Day 5-7: Zverevving Up for the Second Week

January 22nd, 2017 · Comments

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The surprises continue on Day 7 of the Australian Open, where both #1s lost Sunday. Angelique Kerber went out to CoCo Vandeweghe (not a huge shock) and Andy Murray went out to Mischa Zverev (a huge shock). 

First, to talk about both Zverev brothers and some German tennis in general, Ben (alone today as Courtney is out sick) talks to Petra Philippsen, a German freelancer.

Then, with the draws collapsing around them, Ben brings on Japan's Aki Uchida and Melbourne's Matt Trollope for an Asia-Pacific perspective on how the second week might shake out. There's a lot to reassess, a lot to rejigger, and a lot to cope with. And a lot to predict! 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · women's sports · venus williams · kei nishikori · garbine muguruza · milos raonic · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · 2017 Australian Open · mischa zverev · coco vandeweghe · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev

Episode 177c: Australian Open Day 4: Djokovic Derails

January 19th, 2017 · Comments

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Day 4 was a day of upsets in Melbourne. No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska got blitzed by Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (as Courtney flagged), but the biggest story was six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic stunningly falling in five sets to 117th-ranked wildcard Denis Istomin.

To assess Novak's slide, as well as other perceptions of him in Serbia and the wider world, Ben chats with Belgrade-based Saša Ozmo, a journalist for Sport Klub Srbija. How did this slide start for Novak, and what are reasonable expectations for him going forward? 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · novak djokovic · australia · australian open · 2017 Australian Open · serbia

Episode 177b: Australian Open Day 3: On Losing, With Peter Polansky

January 18th, 2017 · Comments

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It's only three days into the Australian Open, but 160 players have already lost in the singles draws (355 if you add qualifying losers). We hardly knew ye! But let's get to know ye?

For our second Melbourne mini-show, Ben sat down with #132 Peter Polansky, a Canadian lucky loser who fell in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday, dropping out in the brutal heat of a fifth set against Pablo Carreno Busta. He talks about his ups and downs in Melbourne (he's the only player to have lost twice here), and what it's like toiling away week-in, week-out on tour, as well as his passion outside the sport. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · australian open · 2017 Australian Open · canada