Day 11 – Australian Open. Woz and Halep make it. Edmund gone!

In terms of the bigger picture, today’s result was, in a way immaterial. I think British people need to remember how lucky we have been since 1996. Henman, Muzza and to a lesser extent Rusedski and now Konta have always given us a chance going into a slam. After Konta lost to Bernardara Pera in the second round it looked like us Brits were back in our hutch!

Check this little beauty out! Buzzin!


In Edmund we believe though. To be frank, Cilic dominated today and once again this tournament I was proved wrong. Edmund was never really in the match, he was always chasing his tail. The signs in the second were encouraging but once that was lost the match was as good as over. Especially in light of the third set where Edmund was clearly physically struggling! The Brit has clearly exceeded expectation in Melbourne and there are no doubts about that. I said the future looks bright and that hasn’t changed over one match which is the biggest match of his short career, bar none! Cilic’s experience showed today and he makes his third slam final where either Roger Federer or Hyeon Chung await the Croat. If you read my pre-tournament review I think I nailed Cilic on the head. We have seen the positive side thus far though.



Simona Halep outlasted Angie Kerber 9/7 in the decider. The German went a set and a break down before getting into gear. This was the one match too far for Angie though, she wasn’t at her best but managed to raise it in one last attempt. She even had match points but admitted to feeling tired as early as the first set. Halep has been in good form the last few rounds and her ankle may just have helped her, by taking a little bit of the pressure off. We will have a new Grand Slam Champion come Saturday because….


Caro Wozniacki beat Elise Mertens having dropped her level ever so slightly in the second set of her 6/3 7/6 victory. Aside from the Jana Fett second round, I think she has looked solid! For me, there are obviously going to be a few nerves flying around in the final. As Wozniacki was one of my tips, you can back Halep and guarantee yourself an easy time of it come Sunday. Especially if you don’t fancy squeaky bum time! As the betting suggests it’s virtually flip of a coin (Halep slight favourite). I read Woz has been on court for an hour and a half less, I thought it may have been more like 3 or 4 hours. Whoever holds it together better with what is at stake, will prevail here!


Fed v Chung later!

Andy Del Potro


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