Hi everyone. Time for a fresh Crisis Center to start the evening session on Rod Laver Arena, where Rafael Nadal will play Gilles Simon. Please keep your comments focused on the tennis until after the match is over.
We've just finished watching the match between Fernando Verdasco and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Verdasco's imperious form today secured him the victory over four sets, and has also ensured that this year's Australian Open will have at least one new face in the men's final - the match between Nadal and Simon will determine whether that face will definitely belong to a Spaniard or to a bolter (I believe that's the Aussie term for the rather traditional appearance of an unexpected high-performer in the final). We already know that there will be at least one new face in the women's final: Serena Williams is the only former champion left in the draw, and none of the other contenders have previously reached the final here.
As always, enjoy the rest of the day's tennis.
-- Rosangel Valenti