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January 30th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Presser: My Level Of Performance Against Stan Was Not Where I Wanted It To Be

Novak Djokovic advanced to his fifth Australian Open final Friday after a 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 5-set win over Stan Wawrinka. The win avenged Djokovic’s loss to the Swiss a year ago in the quarterfinals and put the Serb just three sets from a fifth Australian Open title, 8th overall.

On Sunday, Djokovic will meet childhood rival Andy Murray for a 24th time. The two have split five prior Grand Slam final meetings with Djokovic leading Murray 15-8 overall, winning …

Posted by Staff @ 10:16 am in Australian Open | 1 Comment »

January 29th, 2015

Djokovic v Wawrinka For The Right To Play Murray In The Australian Open Final, Who’s The Pick?

Before I get to tonight’s second Australian Open men’s semifinal, a quick look back at last night. Tomas Berdych came out of the blocks firing, playing much like he did Rafa. The problem for Berdych was Andy Murray wasn’t going away. After trading breaks, Berdych, who led 5-3, took the opening set in a grueling, physical 77 minutes.

At the end of the first, some words may or may not have been exchanged, depending upon who you listen to. Regardless, Murray …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 1:32 pm in Australian Open | 281 Comments »

January 29th, 2015

Andy Murray: I’m Very Proud Of Making My Fourth Australian Open Final!

Playing in what was one of his best matches since his triumphant 2013 Wimbledon title, Andy Murray ousted Tomas Berdych in four sets 6-7(6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 earlier today in the semifinals at the Australian Open.

Murray advances to his eighth career Grand Slam final, fourth at the Australian Open where he came up just short in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

But early in the match there was tension. During the off season Murray parted on unfriendly terms with longtime assistant coach …

Posted by Staff @ 9:29 am in Australian Open, Videos | 52 Comments »

January 29th, 2015

Lleyton Hewitt Announces He’ll Likely Retire After The 2016 Australian Open

Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt ended speculation by announcing that he will hang up the racquets for good after the 2016 Australian Open. After which Hewitt will assume the role of Davis Cup captain, replacing interim coach Wally Masur who will step in immediately after Pat Rafter announced he will dedicate more time toward player development.

“I’ve thought long and hard,” Hewitt said Thursday. “I plan to play the Aussie Open next year and most likely finish then. Obviously for me …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:23 am in French Open | 1 Comment »

January 29th, 2015

Novak Djokovic’s Newborn Son Stefan Was Watching Him Play Wednesday

We got out first glimpse of Novak Djokovic’s new son, Stefan, courtesy of a tweet from his wife, Jelena, during the Milos Raonic win.

Ajde tatice! Come on daddy! #NoleFam #AusOpen2015 @DjokerNole @AustralianOpen pic.twitter.com/Q3UYGGLYA6

— Jelena Djokovic (@JelenaRisticNDF) January 28, 2015

Jelena gave birth to Stefan on October 21.

Because of the time difference it was early afternoon for Djokovic family who stayed in Monte Carlo.

“I can say definitely that it’s the best, most joyful …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:13 am in Australian Open | 2 Comments »

January 29th, 2015

Serena, Sharapova, Murray Into Aussie Open Finals

Serena Williams ended the fairy tale run of Madison Keys on Tuesday at the Australian Open. Now she will play the wicked stepmother in an attempt to give Maria Sharapova another beating in their lopsided career rivalry.

The world No. 1 Williams held back the future, turning back the huge-serving fellow American Keys 7-6(5), 6-2, matching the explosive Keys ace for ace to gain the first set.

“I was just happy to get through it today,” Williams said. “And I think …

Posted by Staff @ 7:49 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 3 Comments »

January 29th, 2015

Serena Williams: I Love Playing Maria Sharapova, I Think It’s Fun

Serena Williams moved a step closer to a 19th career Grand Slam Thursday at the Australian Open, defeating fellow American Madison Keys 7-6, 6-2 in the semifinals.

The 19-year-old Keys who beat Venus a day earlier matched Serena power for power for much of the affair, pounding aces and slugging winners from the baseline. But 5-time Australian Open champion wouldn’t be denied.

Serena finished with 13 aces and 19 winners, and the 33-year-old won the contest on her ninth match point …

Posted by Staff @ 7:46 am in Australian Open | No Comments »

January 29th, 2015

Maria Sharapova: I Will Do Everything I Can To End My Losing Streak To Serena And Win The Title

Russian Maria Sharapova advanced to her 10th career Grand Slam final cruising past countrywoman Ekatarina Makarova 6-3, 6-2 Thursday at the Australian Open.

After a tight start, the 27-year-old Sharapova dominated Makarova, who was making her second straight Grand Slam semifinal appearance, at one point running off six straight games.

Sharapova moves into her fourth Australian Open final after winning it in 2008. But she’s luck to still be around after saving two match points last week in the second round to …

Posted by Staff @ 7:19 am in Australian Open | 2 Comments »

January 28th, 2015

Andy Murray v Tomas Berdych In Thursday, Who’s The Pick? Wawrinka, Djokovic Advance

The first men’s semifinal is on tap tonight at the Australian Open. So much for hoped-for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal showdown, but both lost to guys they owned. Instead, it’s a rematch of the 2012 US Open semifinal between former finalist Andy Murray and Nadal-conqueror Tomas Berdych.

But first a word on Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka sure showed up Kei Nishikori bullying his way past the US Open finalist 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(6). But for a lapse at the …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 9:15 am in Australian Open | 206 Comments »

January 28th, 2015

Keys Stuns Venus, Will Face Serena In Australian Open SFs; Sharapova v Makarova

For the second time in three years American women’s tennis has a new star. Two years ago Sloane Stephens broke through at the Australian Open stunning Serena Williams. Today, another 19-year-old Madison Keys did the same to Serena’s big sister, overcoming a break deficit in the third to beat Venus 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to reach her first career Grand Slam semifinal.

“First of all, I’m very happy I’m into the semifinals, but the moment’s definitely sweeter being able to play Venus …

Posted by Staff @ 7:43 am in Australian Open | 14 Comments »


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Rankings
ATP - Jan 19 WTA - Jan 19
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Ana Ivanovic
6 Andy Murray6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Tomas Berdych7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Milos Raonic8 Caroline Wozniacki
9 Marin Cilic9 Angelique Kerber
10 David Ferrer10 Ekaterina Makarova
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