|Wednesday, 19 January 2011 00:25|
Andy Roddick beat Igor Kunitsyn of Russia for the second time this means Roddick will go into Round 3 for the ninth time.
When placing your bets know that this is how it looked: 7-6 (7), 6-2, 6-3. Roddick's friend and U.S. Davis Cup teammate Mardy Fish made a second-round exit, the No. 16 seed losing 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to Tommy Robredo. Japan's Kei Nishikori beat Germany's Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-3, 0-6, 6-3.
In other action, Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych needed four match points, struggling to finish it off with his serve in the last game, to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. Now all the talk in Melbourne will be about Rafael Nadal and his pursuit for a Rafa Slam.
The Spaniard played only 11 games in his opening match Tuesday, the match curtailed because of Marcos Daniel's injured left knee. Not content to extend his Grand Slam string of 22 match wins with the 6-0, 5-0 scoreline, Nadal went to the practice courts to work on his serve. That's the element of his game he thinks he needs to improve to become the first man in 41 years to hold all four majors at once.
Second-seed Roger Federer, seeking yet another Grand Slam trophy to add to his case, faces a stern test in the Frenchman Gilles Simon tonight on Rod Laver Court. Simon is coming into this tournament underseeded after two injury plagued seasons.
When betting on tennis know that the Frenchman is healthy now, and owns one of the few winning records against Federer in tennis, going 2-0 against the Swiss in their two meetings. If Federer has his sights set on stopping Rafa Nadal's "Rafa Slam" himself, he's going to have to beat the tough Frenchman to do it.
Meanwhile, eighth-seeded Andy Roddick faces his next test tonight in Russian Igor Kunitsyn. Roddick hasn't won a Slam since the 2003 U.S Open, and the American is out to prove he's got what it takes to do it again in Melbourne. Day 3 of the Australian Open 2011 gets underway tonight, when a trio of the top 20 women's players in the world take the court in second-round battles.
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who rolled through her first ever match as the top seed at a Grand Slam, takes on the plucky American Vania King in her second-round clash. While King poses little real upset potential to someone playing at Wozniacki's level, she could easily draw her into a prolonged battle, the last thing Wozniacki needs right now.
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.