How the guard is changing in the tennis world. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have both been eliminated from the Australian Open, and if Andy Murray is EVER going to win a slam, the door is open to him here. David Ferrer obviously benefitted from his time in Auckland at the Heineken Open, and will be a match for Murray today. But Novac Djokovic, the 2008 champion must now be the favourite; he looked in commanding form defeating the Fed Express last night, and best of all, he has a day off today; we love this quote from the Herald:
Instead, after Nadal was eliminated by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in an injury-induced straight-set loss Wednesday, and now Federer heading home, it will be Djokovic in the final against either Andy Murray or Ferrer - they play their semifinal on Friday.
"I'm looking forward to watching that match tomorrow from my bed with some popcorn," Djokovic said.
Advantage Djokovic!! In the women's draw, Kim Clijsters goes up against Li Na of China in the final, with not a Williams in sight. It will be interesting to see if Clijsters makes good her promise to her coach to shave her head if she wins another grand slam title!
Cricket has been a bit of a non-event this week, but hopefully there will be some action this weekend. In the meantime it's Delhi 2010 revisited as Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India's most famous cricket ground has been deemed unfit for play in the ICC World Cup which is now just 23 days away. Is anyone surprised?
What else is there? The Phoenix had yet another away loss on Wednesday night, but can move into the top six with a win at home tomorrow against Newcastle, and the Breakers continue to lead the Aussie NBL, having had a week off. Michael Campbell has had another horror start to a tournament in the European PGA, and another cyclist has been found to be a drug cheat; plus ce change!
That's all that we can think of this week; it's over to you ...
PS - we've just seen that Kevin Muscat has been banned for eight weeks for his thuggery in the Melbourne derby at the weekend; so he should have been!