• Djokovic, Ferrer take the court on Saturday in Melbourne

    1/21/12 12:33 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Djokovic, Ferrer take the court on Saturday in Melbourne Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic and No. 5 seed David Ferrer will be in action at the Australian Open as week one winds to a close.

    Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Nicolas Mahut

    World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will take on France's Nicolas Mahut, who made headlines as John Isner's opponent in the 70-68 Wimbledon fifth set that remains that longest tennis match ever. Djokovic has been rolling through this tournament, with the Serb barely breaking a sweat in his first two rounds. Mahut, though he has a huge first serve, isn't likely to offer much resistance to Djokovic.

    Djokovic is one of the best returners in the world, and he has been nearly invincible off the baseline. Mahut is a rare breed who will serve and volley when given the chance, but Djokovic has no problems with his passing shot.

    Prediction – Djokovic in straight sets.

    David Ferrer (5) vs. Juan Ignacio Chela (27)

    Though Juan Ignacio Chela is a seeded player, the Argentine racks up most of his rankings points on clay. Ferrer is a good clay courter, but his baseline play and speediness around the court translates well to hard courts. The Spaniard is one of the few players to defeat Novak Djokovic in 2011 and he already has a title to his name (Auckland) in 2012.

    Chela actually has a winning record over Ferrer, but both of the matches he won were back in 2004. Ferrer won their most recent encounter, but even that was back in 2007.

    Prediction – Ferrer is simply a superior player on hard courts. The Spaniard in straight sets.

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cherylmurray , 1/21/12 4:35 AM

Mahut is injured. This is as good as a walkover.

samprallica , 1/21/12 5:05 AM

Yep, he's hobbled. Credit to him for playing the match out.

cherylmurray , 1/21/12 5:11 AM

Yep. His birthday too, major props for turning up and playing it out.

So many commentators are surprised that Nole is playing well, based on how he performed towards the end of last year. I'm really starting to question their so called expertise - how on earth was Federer favoured by the majority of these baboons?

samprallica , 1/21/12 5:19 AM

18 of the last 22 games for Ferrer

RickyDimon , 1/21/12 6:32 AM

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
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