We're checking in midway through the 2017 Australian Open, a tournament marked by the shocking upsets of Djokovic, Murray, and Kerber, as well as the Old Guard (Federer, Venus, Nadal) reminding us that they're still here. We do close reads of a few matches, take another look at Novak's slump, share our frustrations about cerain American players and commentators who should move on.
1:15 Old Guard re-asserts itself, plus upset shockers 3:40 Venus Williams is feeling herself 8:50 Nadal def. Zverev, in what could be a tide turner for Rafa 15:30 Djokovic stunned by Istomin - what's up with Novak? 24:15 Andy Murray goes out to Mischa Zverev 30:15 Grandpa Roger is back, beats Berdych and Nishikori 33:20 Johanna Konta is playing great tennis, will face SW 35:00 Ashleigh Barty reaches 3rd round in singles, beats Hingis/Coco in doubles 37:00 The Bad: Trump-supporting, early-losing, badly behaving American men 44:00 A digression on politics 50:15 Also Bad: TV Commentary 54:30 John McEnroe is mean, hypocritical, and obsessed with demeaning Nick Kyrgios 59:45 Kyrgios' press conference and our shifting feelings 65:20 Looking at some potentialities/possibilities of the second week (including a vocal performance from Jonathan)