Let me say something on the Sam Stosur match last night , a truly great player must play to their potential every round to win a grand slam alas Stosur always has that side which she cannot produce her top form each round and thus although she said in a post match interview last night she played well , I always have doubts for her to get through to the final because of the inconsistency in her game.The commentators give her too much hype , constantly raving that her serve is one of the best in the womens game.Come on guys!!!!! she gets broken far to much for that accolade.
Rafael Nadal stopped the last Australian Bernard Tomic in the Main draw singles, Tomic does show promise and is easily head and shoulders ahead of an ordinary pack of Australian up and coming juniors and players.If you look on my Ayers Rock picture I still thing those pictured on the Rock will come through to the last four. I feel like if have gone two five setters and look forward to a little slower day today!.
Here is a little piece I found on Raonic
A native of Montenegro (his uncle is the vice-president) who has lived most of his life in Canada, Raonic spent his youth poring over tapes of Sampras matches and building a game that was similarly based around a monster serve—“I’ve got a good shoulder on me,” Raonic says. You could see that his serve, which Raonic believes is already among the game’s best (he’s really not that cocky), allowed him to take a Sampras-like approach to his match with No. 10 seed Mikhail Youzhny.
“I feel like I serve like probably one of the top guys on the tour," he said. "It allows me to play more freely also on the return games, because I know most of the time I will be holding. So it allows me to take less pressure on myself, whereas I feel it also puts more pressure on the other guy.” (Confident, yes, Raonic does seem to be that—call it the civilized version of cocky.)
Even when Raonic was broken in the second and third sets, which he was more regularly than he might have expected, he played borderline-risky, opportunistic tennis on Youzhny’s serve. Raonic prefers to rip rather than rally on his forehand, and he loves to go for an outright crosscourt winner on his return from that side. He also put two backhands smack on the sideline to break Youzhny early in the third set.
But as big as he tries to hit, Raonic says he has a plan. When one reporter implied that he was enjoying the youthful freedom to crack the ball with total abandon, Raonic quietly protested. “I was trying to do what I thought was the percentage play," he said, "or if I felt I had an opportunity to try something riskier. But I wouldn’t say I was really just letting the ball fly off my racquet, not knowing where it’s going.” Indeed, Raonic doesn’t just bash to bash or rally to rally. He hits with purpose and aggression, and has to accept the errors that come with that aggression.