It's Australia Day and the end of a pretty memorable week, one way or another.
First of all, Federer out of the Australian Open??? Impossible, you say. Nope, I say...I watched it with my own eyes on live tv last night. For the first time in forever, Roger Federer has been beaten, by young upcoming Serbian mimic Novak Djokovic. Which means that the final is going to be something else to watch tonight. Because Djokovic plays a virtual unknown who rocketed into the final from out of nowhere...Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.
Tsonga is the image of a young Mohammed Ali...down to the swagger, but not as exaggerated, and I reckon he's got Ali's mojo, too. He came out the other night to play (and beat) Nadal. You could see by his body language that he had nothing to lose, so therefore was relaxed and played to win...and did. No worries, mate.
You may or may not have heard about the disastrous flooding in North Queensland. The small mining town of Emerald was worst hit, with an open cast mine 3 km in length and about 100 metres deep nothing but an inland sea. A gantry had been moved to what was thought to be higher ground where it would be safe. However, it was swept back to its original site by the water.