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January Off Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on January 1st, 2018 @ 10:10 am

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Rafael Nadal’s Leg Injury Not Serious, Will Return For Acapulco

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2018 @ 11:19 pm

Good news for Rafael Nadal fans. A day after retiring to Marin Cilic in the fifth set of their Australian Open quarterfinal with what looked to be a bad right upper thigh/hip injury, Nadal’s MRI in Melbourne didn’t show any serious.

According to the release from his camp, Nadal has a “grade 1 injury of his Illiopsoas on his right leg (iliopsoas refers to the joined psoas and the iliacus muscles).”

Nadal …

Federer-Berdych, Kerber-Keys Highlight QF Tuesday At Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2018 @ 7:10 pm

Who’ll fill the last four semifinal spots at the Australian Open. We’ll find out Tuesday in Melbourne. On a very loaded schedule, both former champions Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber return along with top threats Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova and Madison Keys.

Up first on Rod Laver is a battle between the big-hitting Keys against the tactical Kerber. Kerber leads 6-1 including a win at the 2013 Australian Open. The two …

Mertens Upsets Svitolina, Sets Wozniacki Meeting at Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2018 @ 9:43 am

Betting favorite and No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina was sent out of the Australian Open on Tuesday by unheralded and unseeded Elise Mertens, who cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 win behind some brilliant all-court tennis.

“I have so many mixed emotions,” the Belgian said afterwards. “I gave it all today, I fought. I got a little stress at the end so I played my game and it went well today…I tried …

Injured Nadal Retires To Cilic At Australian Open; Edmund Stuns Dimitrov For First Slam SF

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2018 @ 8:34 am

The upsets and surprises kept coming Tuesday at the Australian Open. A day after Novak Djokovic was ousted, Rafael Nadal followed, in disheartening fashion retiring to Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals down 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2, 2-0 with what appeared to be an upper right leg issue.

Nadal held the lead by two sets to one but at some point in the fourth the World No. 1 injured that upper right …

Rafael Nadal: I Don’t Know The Injury, Tomorrow I Will Have An MRI

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2018 @ 8:08 am

Rafael Nadal is out of the Australian Open after retiring to Marin Cilic down Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, 2-0 because of an upper right leg/hip injury.

Nadal was leading 2 sets to 1 when, he said, he felt something going for a dropshot in the fourth. Nadal received treatment and took some pills, but hobbling in the fifth it was clear the World No. 1 could not go on. …

Nadal, Dimitrov Bid For Australian Open Rematch; Svitolina Seeks First Slam Semi

Posted by Staff on January 22nd, 2018 @ 8:26 pm

We are down to 8 in each draw at the Australian Open. Today, the quarterfinals begin with star-studded line-up today.

In the afternoon on Rod Laver, Hobart champion Elise Mertens meets Brisbane winner Elina Svitolina for a spot in a first Grand Slam semifinal for either player.

“I have my plan, what my, you know, what I have to do on court and just, you know, go out there and fight …

You like My Su-Wei Style? On Guard!; Keys, Kerber Line Up Quarterfinal at Australian Open

Posted by Jeremy Davis on January 22nd, 2018 @ 9:54 am

World No. 1 Simona Halep was in no mood for welcoming up-and-coming stars at the Australian Open on Monday, dismantling Japanese riser Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-2 to move into the quarterfinals.

“Maybe I get used to the pain and I’m not thinking that much that something can happen,” said Halep of the ankle she’s complained about after every win. “Just taking every point. I’m trying to play 100 percent, which I …

Chung Stuns Djokovic At Australian Open, Surprising Sandgren Next; Federer To Face Berdych In QF

Posted by Staff on January 22nd, 2018 @ 8:08 am

In a tournament full of surprises, Hyeon Chung may have pulled the biggest one yet, stunning 6-time champion Novak Djokovic 7-6(4), 7-5, 7-6(3) in the Australian Open fourth round Monday night in Melbourne.

After a flurry of double faults from the No. 1, Chung burst out early on Djokovic, racing to a 4-0 lead. Djokovic, though, found the range on his serve and leveled, but errors spelled doom for the Serb …

Favorites Federer, Kerber, Djokovic v Chung Monday At Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 21st, 2018 @ 5:27 pm

The last 8 spots in the quarterfinals will be filled Monday at the Australian Open. Former champions Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic head toward a Friday semifinal, but first they have work to do.

Federer is finally featured in the afternoon against little-known Hungarian Marton Fuxsovocs. The 25-year-old Fucsovics had never won a Grand Slam match until this week, and until last fall in Basel had never reached an ATP quarterfinals. …

Wozniacki Rolls Into Quarters; No. 1 Halep v Osaka Monday at Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 21st, 2018 @ 9:05 am

No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki defeated No. 19 Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-0 to move into the quarterfinals at the Australian Open on Sunday, setting up a meeting with No. 39-ranked Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.

“I think being almost out of the tournament, you have nothing to lose after that,” said Wozniacki who came back from 1-5 15-40 in the final set in her opening-round match. “You just go out there and …

Nadal Survives The Schwartz At Australian Open; Dimitrov Downs Kyrgios In Thriller

Posted by Staff on January 21st, 2018 @ 8:17 am

Rafael Nadal had to dig deep to defeat Diego Schwartzman in a tough 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3 win to reach his 10th Australian Open quarterfinal and keep his No. 1 ranking.

Nadal was out in front early with a set and a break but the diminutive Argentine kept pushing and pushing the action. Cracking winners off both wings. And after Nadal blew three break leads, Schwartzman made him pa taking the …

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Looking Good At Australian Open; Zverev Looking Ugly

Posted by Sean Randall on January 20th, 2018 @ 8:16 pm

So three rounds down at the first Grand Slam of 2018, four more to go, and what have we learned at the Australian Open?

The Good
Roger Federer – I wouldn’t say a great start, but positive and he’s certainly playing good enough to win here. Plus, his draw is a joke with Marton Fucsovics tomorrow then likely Tomas Berdych. I think the Czech will actually put up a fight this year, …

Dimitrov v Kyrgios, Nadal, Wozniacki Headline Start Of Australian Open Fourth Round

Posted by Staff on January 20th, 2018 @ 4:43 pm

The marquee match-ups continue at the Australian Open. The fourth round begins with a blockbuster night encounter featuring home hope Nick Kyrgios against Grigor Dimitrov. The two just met a few weeks ago in Brisbane with Kyrgios winning en route to the title.

“I feel like my level is there,” Kyrgios said of Dimitrov. “He’s had a couple great wins this week. I know it’s going to be tough. He loves …

Kerber Shatters Sharapova Comeback Dream at Aussie Open; Saturday Results

Posted by Staff on January 20th, 2018 @ 9:02 am

Maria Sharapova said she wanted to play Grand Slam champions to see where she was — but when she got a look on Saturday in Melbourne, she didn’t particularly like the results.

The Russian was smoked 6-1, 6-3 by an in-form No. 21 seed and fellow former No. 1 Angie Kerber. The German is 12-0 this year if you count the Hopman Cup exhibition and claiming her first WTA title of …

Zverev Flames Out Again At Australian Open; Djokovic Is Hip, Federer Advances

Posted by Staff on January 20th, 2018 @ 7:56 am

High hopes came crashing down once against for Alexander Zverev. For the fourth Slam in the five the much-hyped youngster failed to close out a match. Today, the 20-year-old was up by 2 sets to 1 against fellow NextGen Hyeon Chung before the Korean took control over the last two sets to register a stunning 5-7, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 to advance to the fourth round at the Australian Open.

“I …