Monthly Archives: January 2016

Odd things can happen in tennis

Rafael Nadal’s “genealogy” in this year’s Australian Open is rather unusual:

In the 1st round he was defeated by Fernando Verdasco,

who in the 2nd round was defeated by Dudi Sela,

who in the 3rd round was defeated by Andrey Kuznetsov,

who in the 4th round was defeated by Gael Monfils,

who in the 5th round – quarterfinal – was defeated by Milos Raonic,

who in the 6th round – semifinal – was defeated by Andy Murray,

who in the 7th round – the final – was defeated by Novak Djokovic.

Does this place Nadal at the 128th and last position in the tournament? Not necessarily, by logic, but from a practical point of view, naturally.