Defending champion Novak Djokovic eased through to the last 16 of the Indian Wells Masters on a bad day for U.S. men's hopes, while leading female players Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki moved closer to a semifinal showdown.
I was watching Verdasco vs. Davydenko yesterday, and was just in awe on how complete of a player Nico is. Mentally, he's shown he isn't afraid of anyone. I mean, losing a two-set lead to take it in the fifth is impressive on any scale. What dawned on me while I watched the game was, where's all the Davydenko hoopla, fanfare, flashy endorsements, etc.? I almost know nothing of the man, but he can sure play a mean game of tennis, evidence by his recent wins over top tenners. It's a crying shame that a normal dude like himself doesn't get the attention (positive, that is) he deserves. --Dave Clerc, Mexico (land of tasty baby goat)
It's Saturday. It's Sunday. It's April. Regardless of what time it is in your precinct, here in Melbourne we're halfway through with our first major. Which means it's time for our 2010 Australian Open midterm grades
So, does the fact that Serena Williams can come off of a several-month layoff and beat the No. 5 seed in Australia: 1) make a mockery of the women's game or 2) speak as a testament to Serena's natural and maybe unsurpassed athleticism? For the record, I think Jelena Jankovic [whom Williams will face in the fourth round] is a more formidable opponent than Nadia Petrova. -- Chris Horton, Chicago