Little love for Tomic

ND: Fault, deuce, thirty-all. We've heard it all and more Miss Magpie, aka Kristen, throughout an amazing start to the Australian Open tennis championships.

How are you coping after Little Lleyton's defeat and Bernie's wipeout because of injury?

KA: Poor Lleyton... he gave Andreas Seppi a two-set lead and nearly pulled off another Melbourne Park miracle. 

It was classic Hewitt, on the brink of defeat and then comes storming home. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. 

Bernie, on the other hand, just can't catch a break. 

The young Aussie retired hurt and the Aussie fans let him know how they felt, booing him off the court. 

Tomic needs to get his body right if he is ever to compete at an elite level.

​I am still a fan though. 

What did you think of Pat Rafter turning back the clock and playing doubles?

ND:  Was fantastic to see Pat back on court.

The reflexes were nowhere near as sharp as in his heyday, but Pat and Lleyton put in a great performance against a talented doubles combination.

Was amazed that Bruce McAvaney would hint at Hewitt and Rafter teaming up for the doubles rubber in Australia's upcoming Davis Cup clash.

That's just ludicrous.

KA: It was surely a joke. 

As much as I love Pat, there are some much younger players ready to give the Davis Cup a red-hot crack.

The likes of Thanasi Kokkinakis, Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson have really impressed me this week. 

I think Australia has a bright future in men's tennis. 

Casey Dellacqua is also on fire this week. 

It looks like her two tournament win in Bendigo late last year have given her some great match play for the tournament. 

ND: Was amazed by how well Casey played on Wednesday afternoon.

Spent my DDO, that's Doley's Day Off, watching a fair bit of tennis at home and at Mum and Dad's.

It's a great way to beat the heat, Magpie.

By the way, you know it's really hot when the Magpies and other birds are not chirping so much.

What an experience for Kokkinakis against world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, and for the Hot Shots from the Bendigo program (pictured) who were on the Hisense Arena court for a hit before Tuesday's play at the Open.

KA: It has been a great tournament so far and the best is yet to come. 

I think Serena Williams will be the one to beat in the women's draw, but on the men's side it is a little harder to predict. 

Novak Djokovic is in hot form, but you can't go past world number one Rafael Nadal. 

ND: It's going to take a miraculous performance to stop Serena's run to another title.

There's not too many of us, but the left-handers have ruled the court many times - Laver, McEnroe, Navratilova, Nadal - what a quartet. 

Unlike Westy's feat last week, where he started and finished the column, it's over to you for the final word.

KA: Your so kind Doley. 

Hopefully, the blistering heat cools down and the players can show why they are the best in the world and why the Australian Open is one of the best tournament's on the calendar.

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