All the Americans are out of the tournament. Two Serbians, one Frenchman, one Swiss and one Russian are left.
Both Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivonovic are from Belgrade, Serbia. The one and only time I was in Belgrade (Beograd) was July 1977! It was in Yugoslavia then. So was Skopje, Macedonia and Zagreb, Croatia which I visited on that trip also. I wonder if Belgrade is still as beautiful? Hey, maybe with the strength of the Serbian tennis players, a Tier III tennis event could be held in Belgrade!
The big surprise of the Australian Open has been unseeded Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Yesterday, Tsonga beat number 2 seed Rafael Nadal to earn a place in the finals. I had the opportunity to watch Tsonga play in the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon last October. He was a very powerful player in that tournament as well and made it to the semi-finals.
Tonight, the number one player in the world, Roger Federer plays Djokovic at 1:30 mountain standard time. I have to work in the morning so I will be recording that match!
The rest of the tournament was very exciting! Djokovic beat Federer in straight sets. Tsonga pushed Djokovic to four sets in the men's final. Maria Sharapova reclaimed her form to win the final over Ivonovic. The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open that begins in May.