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Australian Open Diary: Roger's New Shoes

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Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer wore a new pair of shoes on Thursday night. takes a look at the news and talking points at the Australian Open on the first Thursday.

Nice Shoes, Roger!
Roger Federer wore black shoes, with pink trim and pink shoelaces in his second round win over Nikolay Davydenko.

Talking to former World No. 1 Jim Courier afterwards, Federer joked, “It was time for a change from the red, blue, black and white ensembles. It is nice to experiment with the colours. I hope people like it? I wore a pink shirt a few years ago, so I hope this does well too." 

Do you think the design will catch on?

Murray’s No Fan Of Mum’s Cooking
Andy Murray doesn’t seem to think too much of his mother Judy’s cooking.

“My mum’s cooking was so bad. Terrible,” Murray admitted to the Australian Open website. “Everything was out of a can. So bad. The stuff that was nice was like the ready-made meals, but she used to always give us all the vegies and the corn was all out of tins. All of that stuff was not great.

“The only thing that I used to like, and still like now, is pears and custard. The pears out of the can and the custard. The custard’s got to be cold. I don’t like warm custard.”

Shorter Shorts
Are shorter shorts making a comeback? Journalists have noted that Tomas Berdych and Tommy Robredo seem to be wearing them at Melbourne Park this year. When asked about it, Murray said, “I actually wore a pair at Wimbledon, when I was with [my previous clothing sponsor] Fred Perry, that were short. Not quite like what Ivan [Lendl] and those guys used to wear on the court. I can't see a return to them, to be honest. They were a bit too short [and] didn't leave too much to the imagination.”

Tomic No Slouch On Serve
Bernard Tomic has got off to a strong start in 2013, compiling a perfect 7-0 record. He has not had his serve broken in his past four matches. En route to the Sydney title, the Gold Coast native won all 11 of his service games in his semi-final win over Andreas Seppi and 16 over Kevin Anderson in the final. So far this week, he has won 13 service games against Leonardo Mayer in the first round and 25 against Daniel Brands in the second round.

“I'm serving the best I've ever been serving,” said Tomic. “I'm finally using the best of my height. It's important to have a good serve at 6'4", 6'5". Now I'm serving really well, and that's why I'm winning a lot of matches."

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Speaking frankly about his game, Tomic added, “I had a few flaws in my game and I improved my serve a lot and my fitness. That's why I think I'm playing good tennis on the court. Hopefully I can keep it up, especially next round [against Federer].

“Before last year, I didn't really have the urge to improve. I was doing well. I mean, I got to No. 27 in the [Emirates ATP Rankings]. But I just felt that I started not training as much, not doing the right things, not committing, not focusing on the tennis court. Slowly I was sliding down. Then I got a wake-up call and I turned around.”

Tsonga Ready For Next Step
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 runner-up insists he wants to step up a level. “I have had some good results already, but I want to [take] the next step. It's maybe to win one [a major],” the World No. 8 admitted. “I'm doing everything to achieve these things. I don't have too many goals.”

Tsonga, who is now working with Australian Roger Rasheed, also explained the reason why he decided to appoint a coach after a long period without one. “You always try to improve something in your game or in your mind. Sometimes you have a coach and sometimes you need to be alone to… to think about all your game, all that you want [and] all your expectations.”

Match Of The Day
Slovenian Blaz Kavcic reached the third round for the first time in four Australian Open appearances with a hard-fought 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(3), 10-8 win over Australian wild card James Duckworth in four hours and 52 minutes on Show Court 3. The fifth set lasted 89 minutes in the 40 degrees Celsius heat. Kavcic squandered one match point at 5-4 and three at 6-5. Duckworth later admitted, “He fought hard as well. He didn't give an inch. He was too good today. I pride myself on my competitive ability and we both just were hanging on for dear life. Unfortunately he came away with it in the end.” After the match, Kavcic required medical assistance.

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