Jan 15 press roundup

The announcement of the draw has brought out the press – even if a good chunk of them can’t tell their Rochuses apart.

Serving it up (Photo by REUTERS/Tim Wimborne)

Serving it up (Photo by REUTERS/Tim Wimborne)

Australian Open stars head to Melbourne bars

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal spent Wednesday night enjoying the Japanese delicacies at Crown restaurant Nobu.

Working Without Net – a kind of bizarre article full of circus references.

[Hurry, Hurry. Step right up!] No player commands more attention on center court than Rafael Nadal, and the showstopper’s whipping forehand is the best shot under the Big Top.

Murray the favorite Down Under

Andy Murray is the “it” pick. Roger Federer is the sentimental choice. But we’re sticking to logic, and what makes more sense than world No. 1 Rafael Nadal?

Nadal, Murray in same half at Open

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal is on course to meet Andy Murray in the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Nadal, Murray in same half of Australian Open draw

Nadal begins his campaign against Belgian Christophe Rochus and could face unseeded former world number one and Australian finalist Lleyton Hewitt in the fourth round.

The Open is here, even if Aussies are not

Nadal has not gotten past the semi finals in either of the hard court slams – the Australian and U.S. Opens – but famously claimed Wimbledon over Roger Federer on grass last year. This suggests he’s been underachieving on the supposedly “neutral” hard courts.