A Look Back at January 2016 — Stunning Upsets, the German Uprising, and Bad Tennis Omens

Tennis fans were not prepared for the insane Gilles Simon / Novak Djokovic match whose combo of brilliance and disaster quickly overwhelmed us…

At the same time, Aga Radwanska was locked in a tense battle with another of those feisty Germans, Anna-Lena Friedsam…

A match that will likely haunt Gilles forever…

It wasn’t the day for scrappy contenders, as Aga eventually righted the ship in her match as well…

After dishing out a 2nd set breadstick, Aga was down 2-5 in the decider, until she sent a flurry of lobs and droppers at a physically-declining Friedsam, whose body broke down before she could close out the match.

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Things went awry for former Australian Open champion Stan Warinka, however, when he faced off against Federer’s Brisbane nemesis, Milos Raonic. Much angst ensued.

Though Stan fought back from a potential straight-set loss, the Rocket — who ultimately passed Stan for the #3 spot at the end of 2016 — triumphed in 5 sets.

We consoled ourselves with Stan’s epic fighting spirit and a hopeful clinging to cosmic patterns that turned out to be not entirely off-the-mark…

Go on to PAGE 7, where the STAGE IS SET for the SEMIS!

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