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January 23rd, 2015

Roger Federer: For Some Reason I Had Feeling It Wasn’t Going To Be Simple Against Seppi

Four-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer suffered his earliest defeat at the event in 14 years falling to Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(5) in the third round Friday.

Federer, who had won all 10 matches against the 46th-ranked Italian, actually won more points than Seppi, but as the Swiss acknowledged he just won the wrong ones.

Federer also led 4-1 and 5-3 in the second set tiebreaker but was unable to convert. Down two sets, Federer’s upped his game to win …

Posted by Staff @ 3:08 am in Australian Open | 11 Comments »

January 22nd, 2015

Djokovic, Murray Dominant Heading Into Australian Third Round While Federer, Nadal Are Ailing

After four days of uneven, sometimes exciting tennis, here’s what we know. No one has looked better in the men’s draw than Novak Djokovic. And then it’s Andy Murray.

That said, both guys (and good friends) have crushed absolute tomato cans. Djokovic’s two wins came over a qualifier named Aljaz Bedene and yesterday he whipped an overmatched Andrei Kuznetsov. And tomorrow he gets Fernando Verdasco. Fernando is a former Australian Open semifinalist and he’s got four wins in his career over …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:42 pm in Australian Open | 120 Comments »

January 22nd, 2015

Did Lleyton Hewitt Just Play His Last Match At The Australian Open?

Benjamin Becker did it again. The man who ended Andre Agassi’s career nine years ago on his home court at Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2006 US Open may have done it agains Thursday at the Australian Open stunning Lleyton Hewitt from two sets down.

Hewitt was playing in his 19th Australian Open, and at 33 with so many health problems the last few years and a sliding ranking, the question of retirement came up.

“I’ll sit down and think about …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:03 am in Australian Open | 15 Comments »

January 22nd, 2015

Serena, Venus Fight Into 3rd Rd. Thursday; Woz Upset in Oz; X-Notes

World No. 1 Serena Williams struggled with an old nemesis for a set on Thursday at the Australian Open, then introduced 2015 to the Russian veteran by dropping the hammer to move into the third round in Melbourne.

Facing Vera Zvonareva, the oft-tearful Russian who has beaten her twice in her career, the younger Williams sister was forced to fight to a 7-5 first set win before baking a bagel in the second set for a final 7-5, 6-0 tally.

“I had …

Posted by Staff @ 6:59 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 4 Comments »

January 22nd, 2015

Serena Williams On Sister Venus: She’s Always Been Very Mature And Very Regal

Serena Williams won the last ten games of her second round match against Vera Zvonareva at the Australian Open, then she met the press and spoke highly of elder sisters Venus who had won a short while earlier.

“She came in as a new face, a black woman that was shaking up the world,” Serena said of Venus’s arrival on the tennis scene 16 years ago. “She had all the pressure on her shoulders. I kind of came in behind her. …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:40 am in Australian Open | No Comments »

January 22nd, 2015

Andy Murray Hints At Double Standard Regarding His On-Court Injuries And Ailments

Andy Murray took a shot at journalists who criticize his on-court antics while at the same time they praise other player.

‘When I cramped and won in the us open last year I was a “drama Queen, unfit, needs to see a shrink, faker” weird…’ Murray wrote on twitter earlier today.

When I cramped and won in the us open last year I was a "drama Queen, unfit, needs to see a shrink, faker" weird…

— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) January …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:22 am in Australian Open | 18 Comments »

January 21st, 2015

Ouch! Watch This Australian Open Ballkid Get Hit In The You Know What [Video]

This poor ballboy at the Australian Open is the star of this viral video. The ballboy carried on unlike Adrian Mannarino who retired putting Feliciano Lopez into the third round.

Update:

No hard feelings. @feliciano_lopez apologises to Sam the ballkid for 'that serve' http://t.co/vpg8e93Sb1 #ausopen pic.twitter.com/eHIrx44MUV

— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 23, 2015

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:47 pm in Australian Open, Videos | 1 Comment »

January 21st, 2015

Ailing Nadal Escapes American Smyczek in 5 on Upset Day at Aussie Open

It was a thriller for international and Aussie tennis fans alike on Day 3 at the Australian Open where world No. 3 Rafael Nadal and homecountry hope Bernard Tomic pulled out late five-set wins to move into the third round in Melbourne.

The No. 3-seeded Nadal suffered physically and mentally in a 6-2, 3-6, 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-5 marathon win over American Tim Smyczek. The Spaniard said that after losing the third set to go down two sets to one, he started …

Posted by Staff @ 9:07 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 25 Comments »

January 21st, 2015

Rafael Nadal: I Was Suffering A Lot Today, I Was Dizzy, I Was Lucky To Have Finished The Match

Playing his first 5 set match in 1.5 years, Rafael Nadal had to fight not only his pesky opponent, Tim Smyczek, but also his body before prevailing 62, 36, 67(2), 63, 75.

Nadal looked well in control of the match at the start, but then in the second began to appear in distress. He left the court at the end of the set and then was visited by trainers and was given a pill in the third as his condition deteriorated.

Nadal …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:03 am in Australian Open | 5 Comments »

January 21st, 2015

Tim Smyczek: That Was Rafa’s C Or D Game, He Still Found A Way To Win, That’s Why He’s The Best!

In one of the best matches he’s ever played, American Tim Smyczek nearly pulled off the upset of the tournament, but fell in five close sets to Rafael Nadal 62, 36, 67(2), 63, 75 in the Australian Open second round earlier today.

The 27-year-old from Milwaukee led a visibly ailing Nadal by two sets to one, but the Spaniard roared back to deny the 112th ranked Smyczek.

Smyczek, who let Nadal have another first serve at 6-5, 0-30 in the fifth set, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:42 am in Australian Open | No Comments »


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