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Federer, Sharapova cruise

There have been some interesting matches already in the first week of the 2008 Australian Open but Roger Federer has so far been very clinical and so was Maria Sharapova when she beat Lindsay Davenport.

In Federer's first match against Diego Hartfield, the top seed won two sets without losing a match and then won the the other set 6-3. This was remarkable especially who somebody who missed the Kooyong Classic warm up tournament due to illness.

In the second match, the defending champion easily brushed aside Fabrice Santoro to reach the third round. I think he will be properly tested in the second week as he meets tougher opponents but at this rate its hard to see who can stop him.

I was impressed by Sharapova when she beat former champions Davenport in her second round match. It was a far much better performance compared to her performance against Jelena Tosic in the first round.

Another thriller was the match between Marcos Baghdatis and Marat Safin. At the end of the second set it looked like Baghdatis would round up the match in straight sets but Safin claimed the next two sets to set up the fifth set in a match that went past midnight local time.

Baghdatis will next meet Lleyton Hewitt and that could be end of the Hewitt's participation in the tournament if Baghdatis can repeat his performance from the first two sets.

...Safin-Baghdatis match is one of the best I have seen so far. We have seen brilliant displays, but this one was brilliant as a match. And the see-saw nature, and the wonder Safin ran out of fuel in the end.

I was impressed by the way Baghdatis hit those low angled shots with such power. Safin ran out steam as shown by the ineffectiveness of his crucial weapon, the serve in the last set. With Baghdatis looking winded at the end of the fourth set, he found new energy which surprised Safin and when he went 3-0 up, I knew he had done enough to win the match.

Safin was a slow starter last night and some of his shots and movement lacked could see that he is capable of doing better by the way he responded when his back was to the wall, a couple of times. Its sad when you see players with so much potential not blossoming.

Safin has had a career of underachievement. Hewitt relies on grinding out results, going toe-to-toe with opponents and wearing them down.....should be interesting after Baghdatis' resilience last night

Thanks Mbareboy, I was surprised to see Baghdatis lose the third and fourth having started so well but its good he recovered in the final set to win.

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