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Thanks for the video. I was glad Juan Martin D. won last night....one of my favorites. I still am on the fence on Justin Henin. She is good for the game but I just cant stand her...lol.

Watching Djockavic now...mmmmmmm...he's so hot....

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The umpire that was at the end of Serena's outburst will be officating at the Australian open, will they cross paths?

She did umpire at the Medibank tournament in Sydney but weren't on the same court at the same time.

Are you referring to the line judge or the umpire? I would be more interested in seeing her cross paths with the line judge, though I doubt we'll see her in Australia.

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Are you referring to the line judge or the umpire? I would be more interested in seeing her cross paths with the line judge, though I doubt we'll see her in Australia.

I guess it would be the line judge, the one that foot faulted her.

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Juan Martin playing todaywub.gif and John Isnerwub.gif. Glad my Tommy won last night.wub.gif I stayed up till 2 am to watch the ending...lol

lol, I can see that you were able to stay up and not have a little cry about it. Unlike a certain a Aussie player that had to have a little whinge about playing until after 2.00 am.

When I heard that I was thinking, hmm you want to be a professional tennis player you need to take playing matches that will go to the early hours of the morning, if other players can do so can you.

AUSTRALIAN teenager Bernard Tomic went bravely out of the Australian Open last night then blasted organisers for scheduling him to play past his bedtime.

Tomic, 17, ranked 291 in the word, said the early morning finish of 2.10am may have cost him the chance to score an upset win over Croatia's Maran Cilic.

The 17-year-old pushed the world No.14 to the brink in a five-set marathon at Melbourne Park but said after 3 hours and 48 minutes on court fatigue caught up with him.

Tomic said it was "ridiculous" a player of his age was forced into that time-slot and a day fixture might have enabled him to reverse the gallant 6-7(6-8) 6-3 4-6 6-2 6-4 defeat.

"To finish at this time, it's tough. You know, look, I have no excuses, but I think if I'd have played during the day, which I requested, it could have been all changed. I think I should have won," Tomic said.

"But I'm proud of the way I played. It's difficult for me, I had the same problem last year.

"After 1am, 2am, for a 17-year-old to go out and play, it's difficult. For the people I requested to play during the day, and it didn't happen, I think it's ridiculous."

Tomic's match started about 10.20pm.

He said in no other sport would competitors be forced to play at such an hour and quipped he would have to start booking in 2 a.m. practice sessions to prepare himself.

"Especially me, at my age, it's difficult," he said.

Tennis fans wary of the hype surrounding Tomic must now be believers after he went down 6-7 6-3 4-6 6-2 6-4 and pushed Cilic to the brink .

"I'm very tired," a relieved Cilic said before praising the efforts of his young Australian opponent.

"He's very uncomfortable to play, he serves good and hits a lot of flat balls. I think he is going to be a tough player to play (in the future)."

Former Open champion Jim Courier summed it up best in Channel Seven commentary when he said: "He is not the No.291 player in the world, not tonight.

"Tomic played the match of a top-20 player, something which many good judges say he will be sooner rather than later, showing great poise and nerve mixed in with some killer groundstrokes and a consistent serve.

All through the night the Gold Coast prodigy showed that he belonged in the pressure-cooker environment of Rod Laver Arena in the second round of a Grand Slam.

After being broken early in the match, the youngster fought back midway through the first set to get back on terms to force a tie-break.

With an unexpected shower changing the conditions on centre court and forcing the roof to be shut as play continued, Tomic kept his game together during the tie-break and it was two basic unforced errors by Cilic which handed the teenager the opening set after 67 minutes.

Tomic raced to a 3-1 lead in the second set before the big Croatian finally found his rhythm, reeling off five straight games to finish the set with an ace in just 33 minutes.

At that point everything pointed to the 198cm Cilic doing what he was expected to do given his status in the game and the fact he was coming off his best season of his career.

The 21-year-old made his first Grand Slam quarter-final at last year's US Open where he defeated Andy Murray and lost to eventual winner Juan Martin Del Potro.But Tomic is something special.

Instead he was the one who flicked the switch, racing to a 3-0 lead.

Cilic came back but was lucky to level proceedings at 4-4 after a Hawk Eye challenge denied the Australian the break of service he'd already begun celebrating.

Cilic wasn't as lucky with his next service game with a string of unforced errors - he had 13-4 for the third set - handing Tomic the set.

Unfortunately, it soon became obvious tiredness was infiltrating the young Australian early in the fourth. He sensibly decided to shut up shop, conserving energy for the fifth set which didn't begin until 1.15am.

The ploy worked with the deciding set an intense struggle in which Tomic held his own until he had his serve broken in the ninth game.

After that he had nothing to give with the petrol tank empty following the longest tennis match of his life. Cilic now plays 19th seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round.

I do think that if he had won he wouldn't have complained.

It wasn't the organiser's fault that there was a really great women's match on before hand that went over 2 hours and that his match was 5 sets.

If he want's to play with the big boys then he needs to grow up, or stay on the junior cuircut.

Will get off my soapbox now lol.

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LOL..and he is 17 and so young...why is he complaining. Its not like he doesnt party late at his age...lol

Juan Martin won and so did John Isner....yipeewub.gif

That is right 2.00 am is early for the kids that are out night clubbing.

I remember back in 2008 a match that didn't finish until nearly 5.00 am. And they are playing each other again tonight.Hewitt v Baghdatis.

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That is right 2.00 am is early for the kids that are out night clubbing.

I remember back in 2008 a match that didn't finish until nearly 5.00 am. And they are playing each other again tonight.Hewitt v Baghdatis.

Yup...wish I was 17 again. Staying up till 2 am now isnt much fun when u have to get up for work early the next morning...lol.

I'm going to have to tape the Hewitt vs Baghdatis match. It will be on at 2 am here tonight but I am not staying up tonight...lol. It might well be another up all night match.laugh.gif

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Yup...wish I was 17 again. Staying up till 2 am now isnt much fun when u have to get up for work early the next morning...lol.

I'm going to have to tape the Hewitt vs Baghdatis match. It will be on at 2 am here tonight but I am not staying up tonight...lol. It might well be another up all night match.laugh.gif

Oh to be at a age that I can do that. I remember getting home at 5.30 am after a night out and out the door again at 10.00 am for another night out (4 day weekends where I may have gotten about 16 hours sleep in total). Lucky if I can make it to midnight these days.

The Hewitt/Baghdatis match turned out to be a bit of a fizzer, left the room for about a minute during the 2nd set and come back to see Hewitt talking to Courier.

A little of topic and back to the "Hit for Haiti" they showed a bit of Rodrick during his part and he went up to a line judge and said "Are you really going to foot fault me during a charity match, you know that Serena is sitting just over there." Every one including Serena had a good laugh.

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Ugh..can't stand Andy Roddick. He is such an a s s h o l e! I wish Fernando would have beaten him.

I was hoping Verdasco would win! Daveydenko is so boring to watch.

Del Porto gone...sighsleep.gif

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Hmm the women's final can be interesting after the last time Serena played a Belgium woman that was making a come back lol.

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Serena: Serving

Lines Woman: Foot Fault

Serena: AGAIN!! Didnt I say the last time I was going to shove this fing ball in your throat??

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As for the men......GO FEDERER!!!

I can't stand Andy Murray!

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