having our cake… but not eating it

Not always about US: Turns out that this Nike Slam Shock tank, being worn by the likes of Gael Monfils (above) and Juan Martin Del Potro (in lime) at the 2010 Australian Open, isn’t available for sale in the U.S. Too bad, since we prefer it to the Slam Shock Crew. Perhaps grass is always greener…?

Still, if you feel the need to channel your inner gargantuan Argentine, pick up Delpo’s Zoom Breath 2K10 shoes, $100; and his Slam Shock Woven Shorts, $50; both at nike.com.

from roddick, we’ll take what we can get

We were on the edge of our seats as the fifth set of that Cilic/Roddick quarterfinal went underway, not knowing whether the experience of the top-ranked American could get him out of that two-set hole he dug, or if the nothing-to-lose attitude of the Croatian newcomer would get him to his first major semi.

In the end, Roddick’s bothersome shoulder (he tweaked it near the end of his match against Gonzo) rendered two of his fingers numb, leading to a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3 win for Cilic.

Subtle stripes: As you know, Andy is no Venus Williams; he’s perfectly content playing in plain, drab clothing. So you bet we were happy that he welcomed some bright stripes on the collar of his Lacoste performance polo.

No word yet on when this’ll go on sale. We’ll let you know as soon as we get info.

More pics: A few more pics of the polo (also in black) after the cut…

as dreaded, nadal’s knees give out

When we at TSF started talking about our Aussie Open men’s picks — at least from the bottom half of the men’s draw — none of us thought that Rafa Nadal would be the last man standing.

And in fact, his knees thought the same thing. The Spaniard’s grinding game, coupled with the rough courts of at Melbourne Park, ultimately led to his undoing in a quarterfinal match against fifth seed Andy Murray. The defending champion (and second seed) retired from the match while trailing 0-3, two sets down. And lest we forget that Murray actually had a chance at winning the match — Nadal with a lame knee or not — the Scot reminded us at his post-match presser:

“I didn’t know when [Nadal] hurt his knee, when he started feeling it, but from my side, I played very well… I deserved to be up when the match stopped.”

Up next for Murray is a semifinal against Marin Cilic, who scalped yet another top-ten player by beating Andy Roddick 7-6 (4), 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3.

Trojan Horse: Nike decided to dress Nadal in a bold-colored crew (with pinks and oranges) along with hombre plaid shorts. Not exactly menacing, but when your game is doing all the talking, it doesn’t really matter what you wear. Note the Nadal/Nike toro logo on the upper of Rafa’s Courtballistec 2.3s, a special make-up; the retail version has a swoosh.

Buy: Rush and Crush Tee, in white and orange blaze, $60; Rush and Crush Shorts, in white/orange and brown (sold out), $60; Rush and Crush Jacket, in orange blaze (sold out) and white, $100; Bandana, aster pink, $15; Courtballistec 2.3 Men’s Shoe, White/Orange Blaze, white, and black, $120; all at nike.com.

More pics: Detail shots of Nadal in (and out of) his outfit after the cut…

for tomic the teen, a bubblegum shirt

Local fave Bernard Tomic gave the Aussies a great performance during his second round loss to Marin Cilic at the 2010 Australian Open. The score: 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 4-6.

The 14th-seeded Cilic’s still in, scheduled to face Andy Roddick in the quarters after fending off Stan Wawrinka and upsetting Juan Martin Del Potro in the fourth round. (That last one was a five-setter, too!)

Draw: See how the men’s draw is filling out here.

We’re all about the multi-color version of Nike‘s Rush and Crush shirt — that’s the one Nadal‘s wearing in orange — with its whimsical colors that complement the bright blues of the Melbourne Park courts.

Buy: Nike Rush and Crush Crew in white (sold out) and orange blaze, $60, nike.com.

More pics: See a few more looks at Tomic’s tee (plus what he wear to Kooyong) after the cut…

a whole lotto yellow

Kudos to Francesca Schiavone for taking these flirty white and yellow Lotto pieces all the way to the fourth round of the 2010 Australian Open (with an upset of 10th seed Agnieszka Radwanska along the way). The Italian and 17th seed even took a set from Venus Williams before losing.

But I’m not gonna lie: I’m curious to see how this dress would look on someone with more, uhm, boobs.

More: Note the frills on the skirt and the sheer material used as accent pieces. See pics after the cut…

hewitt goes down in style

We’re still not sure where all this Lleyton love is coming from, but we’re going with it: look at his shoes from last night’s fourth round Australian Open match against Roger Federer. Cute, no? Too bad he lost in straight sets against the tourney’s top seed.

Draw: Up next for Roger is Nikolay Davydenko. And while the Russian’s had his number as of late (with wins against him and Nadal at London and Doha), R-Fed can breathe a little easier after it took Kolya five sets to take out Fernando Verdasco in their fourth-rounder. (Draw: Men’s singles.)

(image via Getty Images)

it’s “asia’s” slam, after all…

Two snaps to Zheng Jie for being the first (of two!) Chinese players in the women’s quarterfinals at the 2010 Australian Open. She upset 31st seed Alona Bondarenko 7-6 (5), 6-4. The 2008 Wimbledon semifinalist will vie for a spot in the semis in Melbourne against Maria Kirilenko.

We love the hidden print in the (half!) pleats of her ANTA skort. Note the monogram (“Z”) on the back of her dress.

Up close: More pics of Jie’s dress after the cut…