citizens for the sideburns of roger federer

While I’ve heard complaints about Roger Federer‘s pre-Aussie Open haircut — how it looks too similar to the hairdos of everyone from Liza Minelli to Jimmy Connors — I must say it’s refreshing look, and complementary to the classy Nike outfit he’s wearing at this first major of 2009. (One tip, though: he needs to keep the bandana from riding too far up his forehead. Apart from that, he’s golden.)

Next step: I say Roger should show up at Indian Wells with some sideburns (or mutton chops, even). Are you with me? I’m starting the Facebook group!

Scoreline: His fourth round match against the erratic Tomas Berdych kept us at the edge of our seats for all five sets: 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. (Meanwhile, Nadal has yet to drop a set…)

Looking forward: Up next for the second seed — and our pick to take the title — is the lanky Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals.

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cnbc on nadal’s “wardrobe malfunction”

We had a chance to weigh in on Rafael Nadal‘s new Nike look when CNBC’s Darren Rovell put it under the business microscope.

So did the sports giant make the right move with this sartorial switch? Rovell thinks so. In fact, it’s the only way to make their relationship with this tennis thoroughbred financially viable.

Read: See the entire post at CNBC.com.

charmed, i’m sure

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I’ve got to be honest: I never would have thought that the Jelena making the quarterfinals of the 2009 Australian Open would be Dokic and not Jankovic.

The Yugoslav-born Australian, who received a wildcard after winning a qualifying event, has become the Cinderella story of this tournament. She overcame years of depression, injuries, and emotional abuse from her father to reach the final eight. Her scalps along the way: Anna Chakvetadze, Caroline Wozniacki, and Alisa Kleybanova (who took out Ana Ivanovic).

The high-quality fourth-round match between Kleybanova and Dokic ended with a 7-5, 5-7, 8-6 scoreline. She next faces Dinara Safina, who held off two match points to win over 19-year-old Alize Cornet 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. (Cornet had match points serving 5-3 in the third set.)

Lucky charms: Dokic will need all the luck she can get. She’s been pushed to three sets for all her matches so far, and rolled her ankle in the third set against Kleybanova. Will she one of the last women standing at Saturday’s final?

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janked out: bartoli defeats top seed

Marion Bartoli and her sweet teeth gnawed at the inconsistent game of top-seed Jelena Jankovic in their fourth round match at the Australian Open. The sixteenth-seed used her piercing two-handed groundstrokes and powerful returns of serve to put the Serb on the defensive throughout the 6-1, 6-4 match.

No more Reebok: Ms. Jankovic and Reebok didn’t renew their contract (which expired at the end of 2008), and instead she signed an agreement with ANTA Sports, a company based in Fujian, China with a logo surprisingly similar to Diadora‘s. (What is it with Chinese companies aping this stuff?) They’ll team up to develop a range of products under the “JJ” brand.

Their first outing wasn’t so bad — an homage to Australian sports in the form of a green empire waist baby doll dress printed with a yellow logo. She accessorized with white shoes and a three-color wristband.

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rafa’s costume change, part deux

Rafa‘s new-and-improved Nike look had a second incarnation in the form of his day match kit, which keeps the same basic themes from his night outfit but swaps charcoal for pink in his Bold Crew Tee, putting an exclamation point on the hypermasculine Nadal’s ability to feel comfortable wearing anything on the court.

The Australian Open top seed strutted on the Plexicushion catwalk that was his second round match against Croatian Roko Karanusic. He dispatched Karanusic in straight sets: 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.

The check pattern on Rafa’s shorts — compared to the novelty print overlays they splayed on his capris — are a nice preppy touch. And those white dots evoke both whimsy (they look like twinkling stars) and a hard edge (they look like studs, too).

Of course, no outfit would be complete without matching shoes. His Cages-dressed-as-Ballistecs are in the white/volt/turquoise colorway.

One more: See the outfit in action here.

Buy: Nike Bold Crew Men’s Tee, $55, nike.com.

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a matador in the stands

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No matter what you think about chair-throwing, face-painting, flag-waving, appendage-swinging Australian Open tennis fans, you gotta hand it to ‘em. Where else would you see a matador in the stands? A MATADOR.

It’s going to be a long time before this sighting in the stands can be toppled as the best ever.

Scoreline: Rafael Nadal continues to bulldoze through the draw, taking out Tommy Haas-been 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the third round. The top seed will next face the hard-hitting Fernando Gonzalez. Unfortunately for Gonzo, he had to play 22 games in that fifth set before defeating Richard Gasquet. Alas, he won’t be facing Rafa with a full tank o’ gas.

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uhm, you said it was a “show” court, right?

From the AP: The Williams sisters were en route to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Japan’s Ayumi Morita and Germany’s Martina Muller when the man, wearing only a shirt, sprinted across the sidelines and made several dance moves before heading toward an exit.

Day 5 was also marked by Ana Ivanovic‘s loss in women’s singles and an all-out brawl (involving flying chairs, apparently) amongst spectators at the Nole/Amer Delic match.

Yawn: The watermark is covering his ding dong, but still, NSFW.

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what’s sharapova to wear when peter som peters out?

Maria Sharapova the fashionista will have one less fashion show to attend at the Fall 2009 fashion week in New York City (next month). One of her favorite designers, Peter Som, has split with its business partner, leaving him without the moolah to present a proper a fall collection.

Masha showed up at his Spring 2009 show back in September in a beautiful silver and black number. She even showed newbie (and Olympic darling) Nastia Liukin are thing or two about navigating the event.

“I couldn’t believe how fast the show was,” Nastia revealed to WWD. “I was with [Maria] and she told me it’s all about the preshow, the interview and the pictures!”

Browse: See Som’s entire Spring 2009 RTW collection — along with a review of the show — at style.com.

(masha images via Getty Images; Som runway stills via WWD.com)

fashion focus: still no morigami at fila japan

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We don’t even know if Akiko Morigami is still with Fila Japan, but here’s what the company is doing for their first 2009 collection.

The women get a polka dotted outfit (Akiko would have rocked this, right?), while the men get a more subdued polo, with the pop coming in the form of this green and mustard warmup.

Browse: See the rest of the 2009 goods at Fila.co.jp — men’s and women’s.

(screengrabs from fila.co.jp)