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The Australian Open has been a wonderful tournament to watch, and a godsend to those of us with abnormal sleep schedules.  But apparently the recent rash of upsets has CBS’s Sportsline website a little perplexed. The image below is of a headline on their front page:

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So either the tennis experts over at CBS have completely counted out 38th-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, whose upset over Nadal in the semis was a work of art, or they can’t quite wrap their heads around the idea that for the first time in 3 years Roger Federer isn’t competing in the finals of a Grad Slam.  Can you blame them for that?

Novak Djokovic, who has been a household name for about a year now (in my house, mind you, which is a very tennis-minded house), ousted Fed from the Aussie Open last night in straight sets.  Federer, though still brilliant at times, played a bit sluggishly and the speedy Djokovic took full advantage of that.  Djokovic also came up big on his first serves, nailing two aces when Federer had set point in the final game before the tiebreaker.

My brother is a Novak Djokovic fan, so we were happy to see Federer go down.  But the implications outside of New Jersey are a bit greater; if Federer can lose in straight sets once on a hard court surface, who can say it won’t happen again?  It seems that someone has finally cracked his riddle, and if Roddick, Blake, Nadal and others are smart they’ll go over this match with a magnifying glass to see if they can find that special thing Novak did that no one else ever could.

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