Nadal, Tsonga, Murray, Gonzalez, Blake into next round


Rafael Nadal displayed exactly why he is world No. 1 with a clinical 6-4 6-2 6-2 roasting of Germany’s Tommy Haas in a match competed in a carnival party atmosphere on Saturday night.

Quick facts
Nadal had just eight unforced errors to the made 25 by Haas
The Spaniard had 53 winners, while Haas had 25
Nadal converted on six of his 18 break point opportunities, while the German capitalised on his sole break point chance
The top seed won 20 of 23 points where he came to the net

World No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced into the fourth round of Australian Open 2009 on Saturday, ousting qualifier Dudi Sela of Israel in a 6-4 6-2 1-6 6-1 victory.

Quick facts
Tsonga’s fastest serve was 220km/h
Tsonga’s average first serve speed was 190km/h, faster than Sela’s quickest of the match at 172km/h
Sela didn’t serve an ace for the match, while Tsonga served five
Tsonga hit 36 winners, 17 more than Sela, but also had 36 unforced errors to his opponent’s 25

Andy Murray’s quest for his first Grand Slam title remained very much alive after the men’s fourth seed brushed off Austrian Jurgen Melzer 7-5 6-0 6-3 in a spine-tingling display at Hisense Arena on Saturday night.

Quick facts
Murray committed just 10 unforced errors, while Melzer had 30
The Scot served eight aces and no double faults
Melzer won 31 of 53 points when he came to the net (58 per cent), while Murray was successful with 11 of his 19 net approaches (58 per cent)
Murray’s fastest first serve was clocked at 216km/h

Fernando Gonzalez has triumphed over No. 24 seed Richard Gasquet in one of the best matches in recent Australian Open history – a 3-6 3-6 7-6(10) 6-2 12-10 thriller that featured extraordinary shot-making by both players and 165 winners in total.

Quick facts
Both players won 191 points for the match, and Gasquet won more points in the final set (71-67)
The final set took 88 minutes
Gonzalez clubbed 85 winners to Gasquet’s 80, with 63 of them coming in the final three sets
Both players served seven double faults, while Gonzalez won the ace count 14-11
Gasquet made 58 unforced errors; Gonzalez had 51

James Blake has continued his impressive vein of form at Australian Open 2009, coasting into the fourth round after defeating 18th seed Igor Andreev 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-1 at Hisense Arena on Saturday.

Quick facts
Blake ventured into the net 47 times, winning 32 points
His 37 winners eclipsed his opponent’s total by 16
Blake broke Andreev’s serve five times during the match, while Andreev broke the American just once
Blake made 36 unforced errors to Andreev’s 29

012409 saturday /info-photo via Australian Open / Getty Images


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