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Federer Faces Berdych Tonight At The Australian Open, Can He Win? Third Round Preview

Posted by Sean Randall on January 19th, 2017 @ 5:52 pm

In the match the tennis world highlighted in the men’s draw for the first week, it’s going down tonight at the Australian Open when Roger Federer takes on Tomas Berdych.

Federer leads 16-6 with a couple of wins coming in Melbourne – one last year – but this time and for maybe the first time ever, it’s Berdych who has to be the favorite.

And honestly, after seeing Federer struggle with Noah …

8 Things I Think I Thought About Novak Djokovic’s Loss To Denis Istomin

Posted by Sean Randall on January 19th, 2017 @ 5:09 pm

It’s happening. The decline of Novak Djokovic right before our eyes. In real time. We saw it with Roger Federer, we saw it with Rafael Nadal. Now, it’s Djokovic’s turn. It’s how the game works.

Is there a comeback? Was that loss to Denis Istomin Thursday at the Australian Open just a blip? Some thoughts.

1. Disbelief
Honestly, I thought Djokovic was susceptible to defeat in Australia, just not in the first …

Djokovic Stunned; Raonic Sick; Sick Friday Line-Up at Aussie Open

Posted by Staff on January 19th, 2017 @ 8:54 am

There was only one seeded upset on the men’s side Thursday at the Australian Open, and it was a doozy.

Unseeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, who was 1-33 against Top 10 players in his career, turned that around when he ousted No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic in a match that went the full distance 7-6(8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 in Melbourne.

“I didn’t expect what …

Thursday Aussie Open: Pliskova Says Opponents Stink; Serena Says Being Serena the Key

Posted by Jeremy Davis on January 19th, 2017 @ 8:11 am

Serena Williams is back to being Serena Williams and talking about Serena Williams in the second, third, and maybe even the fourth person.

The world No. 2 won through on Thursday at the Australian Open, defeating a tough unseeded opponent in Czech Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-4, then held court with the media regarding winning and being Serena, and remembering that she’s Serena.

“I knew that I wanted to jump out in the …

Denis Istomin: It’s Unreal To Beat Novak Djokovic In 5 Sets

Posted by Staff on January 19th, 2017 @ 6:15 am

Denis Istomin pulled out one of the biggest upsets at the Australian Open stunning No. 2 seed and six-time champion Novak Djokovic 7-6(8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4.

Istomin had never beaten Djokovic and had just one career Top 10 win in 33 tries before. But Istomin, who needed to win an Asia/Pacific wildcard event just to qualify, scored the best win of his career, taking out the Serb in five sets.

After, …

Novak Djokovic: I Was Not Pleased With My Performance, But Istomin Deserved To Win

Posted by Staff on January 19th, 2017 @ 6:10 am

Novak Djokovic suffered his earliest loss in years at the Australian Open tumbling out of the event he’s won six times in the second round tonight to the 117th ranked Denis Istomin 7-6(8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4.

After saving set points to win the second, it appeared Djokovic would run away with the match over the Uzbek he had beaten handily in all five previous meetings. But an early break in …

Kyrgios Melts Down, Evans Talks Shirts Wednesday at Aussie Open

Posted by Jeremy Davis on January 18th, 2017 @ 9:07 am

No. 14-seeded Australian Nick Kyrgios roamed every inch of his home stage in a complete meltdown performance on Wednesday at the Australian Open, failing to close out a 2-0 set lead in a 1-6, 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-2, 10-8 loss to Italian Andreas Seppi in the second round.

Amidst Kyrgio’s greatest hits on the night were some trademark tanking, screaming at his players’ box, and in the end getting booed by the …

Kerber Struggles Through, Barty Surprises Wednesday at Australian Open

Posted by Jeremy Davis on January 18th, 2017 @ 8:00 am

Playing a countrywoman, even a lower-ranked one, can be a difficult prospect for a top player due to familiarity, friendship, or a number of other contributors.

So it went on Wednesday for world No. 1 Angie Kerber, who on her 29th birthday struggled through into the third round after a 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-2 victory over unheralded 21-year-old German countrywoman Carina Witthoeft at the Australian Open.

“I was making a lot of mistakes …

Serena Williams Conquers Bencic, Yips at Australian Open

Posted by Jeremy Davis on January 17th, 2017 @ 8:48 am

Serena Williams has the yips.

You saw it much in 2016. Double faults on match points. Footwork going out the door. Pained look on the face.

On Tuesday at the Australian Open, leading Belinda Bencic 6-4, 5-0, it was another trip to Yip Town for the current world No. 2.

Bencic held for 1-5. Serena dropped serve. Bencic held at love. Serena double faulted on match point before finally closing it out. Win …

Nadal Says Body is Good; Murray, Federer On Deck Wednesday at Aussie Open

Posted by Jeremy Davis on January 17th, 2017 @ 8:02 am

Not No. 1, but still defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic aced a stern test in his opener Tuesday in Melbourne, defeating former semifinalist Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-2 to move into the second round.

“It feels like home,” Djokovic said after the match. “It feels like coming back to the place that I had an incredible amount of beautiful memories.”

A key to catching the No. 1 Murray will …

Wawrinka, Nishikori, Cilic Escape with Wins on Day 1 at Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 16th, 2017 @ 9:07 am

World No. 1 Andy Murray cruised, but three Top 10 seeds found themselves down a set in difficult encounters on Day 1 at the Australian Open.

No. 4 Stanislas Wawrinka came from a set down to defeat Slovak Martin Klizan in five 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, while No. 5 Kei Nishikori needed five sets to beat Russia’s hard-hitting Andrey Kuznetsov 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-2, and No. 7 Marin Cilic …

Halep Halted, Women’s Upsets Abound on Day 1 at Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 16th, 2017 @ 8:07 am

Three unseeded Americans stunned seeds, including a Top 5er, and a former No. 1 woke up healthy for an upset on opening Monday at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

American Shelby Rogers was patient in setting up points and knocking balls away during a comprehensive 6-3, 6-1 upset over No. 4 Simona Halep, who was addled by a knee issue. Rogers was joined on the upset tip by fellow Americans Coco …

Roger Federer’s Return Headlines Day 1 At The Australian Open; No. 1s Murray, Kerber On Court

Posted by Staff on January 15th, 2017 @ 12:45 am

Roger Federer will officially return to tennis Monday night in Melbourne when the 4-time champion takes on fellow 35-year-old Jurgen Melzer in the first round of the Australian Open.

Federer, who went 2-1 at the Hopman Cup exo, hasn’t played an official tour match since July against Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon semifinals. Since then, the Swiss has got his left knee back in shape and is ready to go in …

Serena Williams: 2016 Wasn’t A Great Season

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 15th, 2017 @ 12:37 am

Serena Williams is 35, she is No. 2 in the world and last year she made three Grand Slam finals, winning one. But that’s not good enough.

Serena returns to Melbourne newly-engaged and seeking her seventh Australian Open title, and with so many withdrawals from players like Victoria Azarenka, Madison Keys, Petra Kvitova and the continued suspension of Maria Sharapova, she’s the favorite once again.

But her road is tough right …

Angelique Kerber: The Challenge Of Staying No. 1 Is Different And Difficult, But It’s A Privilege

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 15th, 2017 @ 12:12 am

Like Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber is also top seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time this week at the Australian Open. The German’s life basically changed after saving a match point in her opening round win a year ago to Misaki Doi, and she’s never looked back. Following up her Australian Open win with a Wimbledon final and then a US Open title.

Kerber, however, now faces the pressure …