Aussie Open is Davydenko's coming-out party, more mail
• Taking a two-set lead and then closing in the fifth is all the rage these days. (See
If we're being honest, coming into this tournament, Davydenko was known principally for two things: his anonymity and having his name dragged through a match-fixing scandal. This tournament has given Davydenko a chance to express himself and his personality. He's been funny and outgoing and quirky. (Try and YouTube his postmatch interview with
• There will be no Nadal-Federer match after Murray beat Nadal. (Hear my rant on injuries on the audio portion.) We'll happily settle for Henin-Serena.
• As he did in his playing days, McEnroe tends to take this event off. Surely he'd prefer to remain in balmy New York and avoid the harsh conditions in Melbourne.
• Good question. A prize to the first correct answerer (respond via
• At this stage in their careers, Serena is going to be the favorite against Venus just about every time. But the psychodynamics are so exceptional, who knows? I give Henin a real chance against either. She gives them a look that other players don't. She has such a full toolbox. And she's a masteress at finding escape routes. Still, I'm sticking with my pick of Serena.
• This question came up twice today. The answer is no. And, barring exceptional circumstances, they don't get paid to show up to the Tier I events or Masters Series events either. It's the little guys, the Rotterdams and the Bangkoks that have to cut the checks. It's an age-old tennis discussion but if the players were to threaten the Slams for more revenue -- or the top players demanded an appearance fee -- would they be able to effect change?
• Again, the seeds 1-4 are in four quadrants, but then 5-8 are sprinkled randomly. So Murray (5) plays Nadal (2) in the quarters. Ironically had the tournament followed typical seeding, four plays five, meaning Murray would have played
• Trivia: Lagardere Unlimited represents both Henin and Petrova
• When does a decade start, anyway?