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ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Day 9):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Day 9):

  • In the end, only Nadal was looking pretty in pink; Kyrgios gave us flashes of brilliance, but he showed weakness when it mattered most, and against Rafa providing any opening is normally lethal.
  • Zverev pounds out a convincing victory against Rublev, and readies for a tougher test in the next round.
  • Fed survives an Antietam type, blood and guts skirmish with Tennys, who brought a gimpy Roger to the brink of elimination; but 7 match points later, it’s the favorite who remains standing … and waiting for the winner of Djoker-Raonic.  Give the No. 3 tons of credit for hanging in against almost insurmountable odds.  For Sandgren, there may well be sleepless nights thinking about all those lost opportunities.
  • Steady Kerber just didn’t have the weapons in her tool kit to avoid getting run over in the third by Pavlyuchenkova.
  • Barty’s versatility gives less flexible Kvitova nothing but fits.
  • Sofia knocks out Jabeur.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (4th Round, Day 8):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (4th Round, Day 8):

— Temper-mental Fabio flames out in four against Tennys, tennis’ newest Tennessee tough guy.

— After some slow starting, Roger proceeds to dismember Marton.

— Team Dom readies for a concerted push through the quarters, after their Thiem punishes super pusher Monfils.

— Ashleigh left something to chance, before eliminating Riske and her ugly, but often surprisingly offensive, delayed forehand.

— Swiatek hits just a few too many into the bottom of the net against Anett.

— Mugsy doubles down on Kiki, whose weakling serve and limited mobility left her woefully unprepared for the ensuing hostilities.

— Wawrinka wakes up in sets 4 and 5, to take the initiative away from a generally defensive-minded Medvedev.  Stan is now playing some of his best tennis in years, and should be universally feared going into the second week.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 7):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 7):

  • Wolfman Khach was quite an animal, coming back from 2 sets down to force a final set breaker, but in the end it was happy hunting for killer Kyrgios.
  • Isner just couldn’t stand rallying with Stan.
  • Too tall an order for Verdasco to hang with lanky Zverev.
  • Raonic playing with a real itch to win his first major.
  • Too much of a reach to think short Schwartzman could hang with No. 2 Novak.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 7):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 7):

  • Better wake up and take some serious heed of Garbine, the un-seed, as she did proceed to clean Svitolina’s clock in what seemed like a NY minute.
  • Bertens dismantles Diyas and moves one step closer to standing at the winner’s podium.
  • Petra’s power game leaves Maria stranded and out on Sakkari.
  • 15 yr old Gauff’s effort in the Rd of 16 was nothing to scoff at, but in the third set she gets put on detention by strict disciplinarian Kennin.
  • Jabeur quiets Wang and an all hands Ons deck performance.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 6):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 6):

  • Cori’s story continues to build, as the 15 year old phenom surgically removes an ordinary Osaka from the tournament.
  • Sofia certainly wasn’t loafing as she sends Shuai away packing.
  • Swiatek navigates around the Vekic wreckage
  • Kontaveit takes flight and soars over Bencic.
  • Mertens returns from an incredibly productive bathroom break to break Bellis over and over and over again.
  • Halep didn’t feel like saving a place for Putintseva in the next round.
  • Pavly’s slight edge over Plisk involved more than just a few last name letters.
  • The trains are running on time in German, and Kerber’s reorg plan is definitely on schedule.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 6):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 6):

— Well looky here … another White Russian advances as red hot Rublev rubs out Goffin.

— Clad in punishing pink, Rafa pounds on Pablo, then cruises home for some late night paella.

— Gangly Querrey looks like a bit of a shrinky dink, as he gets sandbagged by rock solid Sandren.

— Fabio finds himself on the fast track to Round 4 with a pillorying of Pella.

— For those unlucky enough to have missed it, favored Fed barely escaped a monumental melee with Millman.

— Monfils gobbles up Gulbis, then leaves without paying the check.

— Sturdy Thiem blisters Fritz with a daisy-chain blitz of backhand bombs,

— Mighty Milos wasn’t about to let Tsitsipas get a pass … or a break for that matter.

 

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 5):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 5):

  • Brute force notwithstanding, Serena’s lost a few steps, and her groundies are no longer wired tight. EVERYBODY WANG QIANG TONIGHT! EVERYBODY WANG QIANG TONIGHT!
  • Dart misses her targets and gets stopped by Simona.
  • Pavly packed too much punch for Taylor T.
  • Kontaveit had it just ight against Tormo.
  • Ash Friday goes very well for Barty.
  • Yulia puts away Dan-yell.
  • Carla submits to the Iga sanction.
  • Riske-reward definitely favors Alison.
  • Encounter with Sakkari is no pleasure cruise for Keys.
  • Woe is Wozniacki as she’s floored by Jabeur’s jabs.
  • Lauren Davis eliminated by Elina.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 5):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 5):

  • Seppi almost had barrel-chested Stan over a barrel … but we were playing tennis, not horseshoes or hand grenades.
  • Another sexy good showing by Alexei
  • Performance fantastico for Verdasco
  • Gael force winds quell hurricane Karlovic
  • Replay of Russo-Japanese conflict goes the way of Andrey
  • John still looks great, but is this year going to be any different for Isner?
  • You didn’t hear any Belgian jokes being told in and around Ct. 8, with Goffin stoppin Hugues-Hebert.
  • Khach hatches another great escape in a cliffhanger 5th set breaker.
  • Nick looked pretty slick in 4-set win over Gilles the quick.
  • Time for KA to take a schvitz, after getting stepped on by Taylor Fritz.
  • No surprise as Novak and Nadal have no problem advancing.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 4):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 4):

  • Serena bludgeons her way past testy Tamara.
  • Madison finds a good avenue for advertising her power.
  • Mugsy slugs her way past Tomijanovic.
  • Diyas apparently hasn’t exhausted her diet of upsets.
  • Plish knows how to dish out the winners in straight setting Siegemund.
  • It’s over for No. 20 Muchova.
  • Germany’s Kerber u-boats her way into the next round … still operating under the sonar.
  • Cornet was largely out of tune against Vekic.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 4):

 

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 4):

  • Feisty Fognini uses his steady saunter to silence the crowd and stop Thompson in 5.
  • Ernests holds sway in making his way past Bedene.
  • Nobody did Filip a favor when they fed him to Fed in Rod Lavor.
  • It took a while, but Domineering Dom methodically defused Bolt.
  • Pedro Martinez won’t win any Cy Young for his misadventure against Medvedev.
  • True to form, big favorite Zverev dawdles but manages to slip past eager Egor.
  • Laconic Lajovic lets his racket to the talking as he makes short work of Polmans.
  • John Isner looks fresh .. for now .. as he lays claim to the third round.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 3):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 3):

  • Consistency (and ground strokes) curiously abandoned Amanda, as she takes a dive Down Under against Diyas.
  • Lauren Davis waylays Leylah.
  • Garbine overcomes a bagel to shelve Shelby.
  • Smart money did not cast it’s lot with Lottner.
  • Siegemund successfully lays siege to Coco on Ct. 22.
  • After a close first set, Brady’s points did not come in bunches against Halep.
  • Nice win for No. 26 Dan-yell.
  • Harriet darts to victory against Doi.
  • The ageless Suarez Navarro sinks Sabalenka.
  • A second Cori-story is emerging, with another plot twist that now engages Naomi.
  • Binkova didn’t blink against Paolini.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 3):

 

 

 

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 3):

  • It was mission imPospisil today for Vasek against Dr. Ivo’s wrists of fury.
  • Paire will be stewing about this bad beat against Cilic and his happy feet.
  • Seppi finds just enough separation to avoid a Kecmanovic’s lien.
  • When it came to games after the 1st stanza, Evgeny didn’t get many against Verdasco.
  • Hometown boy Boit becomes a local hero when he outlasts Vinolas.
  • Rublev wins more rubles by ousting O’Connell.
  • Daddy long legs Danill bits Tiafoe in the heel and doesn’t let go.
  • Jaume has a Munar lading in the 2nd Round.
  • Since we’re early in a major, no surprise that David hits all the Goffin corners (not to mention the lines).
  • Gadfly Gilles relies on his famous wheels in running circles around Pablo.
  • Slamming Sammy berates Berankis 6-4 in the 4th.
  • No relief for ITO against no-nonsense Novak.
  • Nick definitely carried the big stick in slapping down Sonego.
  • Taylor pins a double-up loss on Tallon.
  • Isner reaffirms his status as the tyrant of tie-breakers.
  • Anderson and Zverev answer their respective bells.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 2):

 

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 2):

— “What me worry” Paire nearly stubs his big toe against Stebe, but the best beard in sports … survives.  Sorry Harden, Paire’s is without compare.

— Novak loses a set but hardly breaks a sweat while stuffing Stuff.

— Japan’s latest sensation, the Tasumian Devil outguns Gunneswaran.

— Homeboy Millman seen milling around the 2nd Round, and the locals are pleased.

— Fabulous escape by Fabio from the ridiculous reach of long tall Reilly.

— To the dismay of most of the ladies in the crowd, little Agut wins another Spanish Civil War over over lover boy Lopez.

— Dusan dusts off Kyle Edmund.

— More tennis for Tennys.

— Leonardo definitely needed to be more on the ball against Tommy Paul.

— Stan narrowly avoids collateral damage against Damir.

— Gulbus takes a big gulp and fortifies himself in four.

On the “Mid-January Affect” CDST Show (Part 2):

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On the Mid-January Affect CDST Show (Part 2):
— Best of the Western trailers is on display as we showcase “The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid” (Cliff Robertson as Cole Younger, with his curious bullet proof vest and Robert Duvall as Jesse James, escaping from the scene of the crime dressed in old lady’s garb), “The Long Riders” (Keach, Carradine, Quaid and Guest brothers) and “The Wild Bunch” (William Holden’s performance as Pike will make you hold your breach, Robert Ryan is the ever captivating lawman on his trail, Warren Oats gets drunk and gets married and Borgnine is, well, Borgnine) …
— We can’t see our way from staying away from Tennessee … looks like our glasses were fogged up (and Andy was doing more on the sidelines than ordering up from the Denny’s menu)
— Eric’s attempt to lecture on the colonization of Australia … despite never having made the trip (boy was my ass sore after going there)
— ChabDog does a mini-handicap of the Aussie Open Men’s field, but is handicapped without his top 32 list (we need more than the picture of Berdych and Queen Ester)
— White men can’t jump … and neither can John Isner, but on his smash down serve, it doesn’t matter.
— Santa is beard boy? And then she saw Jimmy Connors … how exciting … except that it did conjure up images of Cousin Eddie from Vegas Vacation
— Watching pre-game for Chiefs-Titans and admiring all the sharp dressed men
— Nailing the trivial question about non-participants in the NFC Championship game since 1991 (Tank gets it faster than he can eat blueberry pancakes)
— Time to put an APB out for Massachusetts Maaahk? He needs to show up for his job interview in Vegas, where he’ll be lifting as a bouncer and Ubering/Lyfting as a driver.
— No Andy Reid isn’t losing weight; he’s just dressed in black.
— Troy P. is definitely head and shoulders ahead of his competition for the Hall.
— An extended discussion of Plunkett vs. Eli for enshrinement at Canton. Going back in time to remember the Just Win Baby Raiders of the mid-70s to mid-80’s (The Tuz = O.W. Matthews from North Dallas Forty/Lester the Molester/Snake/Mark Moving Van Eeghen/Cliff “Speed Kills” Branch/Jack Tatum/Mann and Guy as kicker and punter)/Todd “Renaissance Man” Christensen
— Frank joins the fray and makes impassioned bids for voting in Coach Flores and Drew Pearson
— And would somebody please explain how Gastineau did not get in … let alone Klecko
— Diagramming an Italian Dog (pizza bread, potatoes and doggies, with very optional ketchup) (got to eat them in New York, because that’s where they have the good water)
— All about the infamous no-show watcher for the Bloomfield Ave. water tower in Newark, and how to get a park named after you by doing but living offa the graft
— What’s up with RU b-ball; Scarlet Knights are finally up for the fight, maybe for the first time since ’76
— Big doings in the Big 10
— Don’t even try to give the host grief for the Bruins being in ruins
— Some unforgettable clips with The Gipper
— Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting … and so is Sunday morning

Aussie Open (Day 1):

Day 1 Update:

  • A focused Osaka drops many big ones in a day 1 demolition
  • Like a rolling stone gaining mass and traction, it’s rocks off for Gauff as the 15-year old phenom blows up tennis’ 2nd rock from the sun … the very sour Venus Williams
  • Japan’s other Nish deters Djere
  • Slammin Uncle Sammy kills off Borna
  • In a real Guido move, Pella puts Smith in a straight set jacket
  • Berankis is money in the bank against Baena
  • Fucsovics decides not to fuss much with Shapo
  • Fed puts Stevie Johnson out of his ever lovin misery of mediocrity
  • Brother Dim makes short work of Londero, in a throw-up style shirt that resembles a Xmas sweater gone rogue

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