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Milos Raonic: After The Injury, That’s Probably The Most Heartbroken I’ve Felt On A Tennis Court

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 29th, 2016 @ 9:13 am

Milos Raonic had the win in sight, but his body let him today Friday night in the Australian Open semifinals. Playing in his first semifinal in Melbourne, Roanic led the heavily-favored Andy Murray by two sets to one when the 25-year-old injured his adductor early in the fourth set.

Raonic, who was trying to become the first Canadian man to ever reach a Grand Slam final, only won four games after …

Andy Murray Wears Out Milos Raonic to Reach Fifth Australian Open Final

Posted by Staff on January 29th, 2016 @ 9:06 am

Fans got their money’s worth in the second men’s semifinal at the Australian Open on Friday when Andy Murray overcame a 1-2 sets deficit to defeat Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2 to gain the final against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

It will be the fifth Australian Open for Murray, who has never raised the trophy. The 28-year-old Murray has won Slam titles at the 2012 US Open and …

Andy Murray v Milos Raonic Australian Open Semifinal, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on January 28th, 2016 @ 12:58 pm

OK, so who really wants to play Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final Sunday? Anyone? Well, it’s down to either Andy Murray or Milos Raonic.

Murray, of course, has lost to Djokovic in the Australian final no fewer than three times. Raonic? Well, this is his first trip to the semifinals in Melbourne and it probably won’t be his last. The 25-year-old has really been playing well this year going …

Novak Djokovic: I Played Flawless Tennis For The First Two Sets, No Doubt About It

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 28th, 2016 @ 9:02 am

In one of his best, most dominating performances of his career, Novak Djokovic defeated rival Roger Federer 61, 62, 36, 63 in the Australian Open semifinals Thursday night.

Flawless Djokovic has now won 13 straight matches at the Australian Open as he seeks a record-tying 6th title there, and overall an 11th career Grand Slam. He’s never lost in the semifinals or finals in Melbourne (11-0).

Djokovic also pulls ahead of Federer …

Roger Federer: You Guys Think I’m Old, But I Can Run For Hours And I’m Not Scared Of Players In Their Prime!

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 28th, 2016 @ 8:49 am

After a very rough start Roger Federer at least made it respectable in a 61, 62, 36, 63 loss to Novak Djokovic Thursday night in the Australian Open semifinals.

Federer, who dropped only one set all tournament going into the match, was overwhelmed early winning just three games

Q. Was it disappointing that after you took the third set that you had to stop for the roof closing?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, yeah. …

Here’s That Incredible Point Won By Roger Federer In His Final Service Game Against Novak Djokovic [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 28th, 2016 @ 8:34 am

Serving 15-30 at 3-4 in the third set, it was one of the best points of the Australian Open but it wasn’t enough for Roger Federer who would not win another one after against Novak Djokovic:

“Top hundred,” Federer joked about where he’d rank the point.

“But it was a nice point and great ovation. I was very happy I got as much support as I did. …

Dominant Serena Williams To Face Angelique Kerber In 2016 Australian Open Final

Posted by Sean Randall on January 28th, 2016 @ 7:47 am

No surprises in the women’s semifinals today as favorites Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber both advanced to Saturday final in straight sets.

After a day off yesterday, Serena was on first and she came out swinging against Agnieszka Radwanska, jumping out to a 7-0 lead before the World No. 4 got her teeth into the match.

Serena’s lull didn’t last long as she broke Radwanska late to win the match 6-0, …

Novak Djokovic Blows Out Roger Federer To Reach Sixth Australian Open Final

Posted by Sean Randall on January 28th, 2016 @ 7:22 am

It was ugly early if you were a Roger Federer fan. Thursday night in the Australian Open semifinals, the much hyped Federer-Novak Djokovic showdown was as lopsided of a match as you will see on the men’s tour.

In Serena-like fashion, Djokovic, the 5-time champion, stormed out to a 6-1, 6-2 lead in about an hour behind an array of breathtaking shotmaking and plain old excellence.

Djokovic was firing on all cylinders …

Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer In The 2016 Australian Open Semifinals, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on January 27th, 2016 @ 12:17 pm

Boy do Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer play each other a lot. It seems every tournament they both enter, they end up meeting, often in the finals. Except Thursday night at the Australian Open where they will clash a round before, in the semifinals.

After Djokovic got the edge in last season 5 wins to 3, their head-to-head is now deadlocked at 22 apiece. And right now all the numbers are …

Azarenka Out, Konta Kruises, Tennis-X Notes

Posted by Staff on January 27th, 2016 @ 8:27 am

Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka’s outsider shot at the Australian Open title was squashed by a German on Wednesday in Melbourne, while unseeded Brit Johanna Konta gave fans even more to cheer about my moving into the semifinals.

The No. 14-seeded Azarenka was unable to take advantage of a break of serve late in the second set, seemingly losing nerve against No. 7 Angie Kerber 6-3, 7-5.

“Mentally I didn’t commit myself …

Murray Wins, Raonic Sets Canadian History at Aussie Open

Posted by Staff on January 27th, 2016 @ 7:46 am

No. 2 seed Andy Murray moved one match away from a fifth Australian Open final, and perhaps a first-time win in Melbourne, but in his path will be a giant Canadian.

Murray on Wednesday handled No. 8 seed David Ferrer 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3, advancing to a semifinal against No. 13 seed Milos Raonic, who shut down the theatrics of No. 23 seed Gael “Force” Monfils 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

“I think …

Andy Murray v David Ferrer, Milos Raonic v Gael Monfils; Who’ll Make It To The Australian Open SFs?

Posted by Sean Randall on January 26th, 2016 @ 4:51 pm

Things went according to form on the first day of the Australian Open quarterfinals. Will that continue Wednesday? Well, that depends on what you consider form.

First, to yesterday. Tomas Berdych did what he does best, and that’s being content losing to the Big 4. Berdych hung tough early, forced a breaker but that was about it. He did manage an early break in the third but the match was effectively …

Super-Intense Serena Sends Sharapova South; Aggie Awaits at Aussie Open

Posted by Staff on January 26th, 2016 @ 9:14 am

If you blinked you might have missed Tuesday’s women’s action at the Australian Open, where the Serena vs. Maria “blockbuster” missed the “block” and was simply a “bust,” and Aggie Radwanska likewise made mincemeat of an opponent.

No. 5 seed Maria Sharapova briefly looked like she was possibly going to turn around her lopsided “rivalry” with Serena Williams — until she didn’t.

The Russian took a 2-0 break lead in the first …

World No. 1 Djokovic vs World GOAT Federer in Aussie Open Semifinals

Posted by Staff on January 26th, 2016 @ 8:44 am

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and world GOAT Roger Federer lined up a mouthwatering semifinal at the Australian Open on Tuesday after both players humbled Top 10 opponents in Melbourne.

Djokovic dissected No. 7 seed Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, and the No. 3-seeded Swiss stopped No. 6 Tomas Berdych 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-4.

“I sort of had a good start,” Nishikori said. “But when I lost the game with my serve, everything …

Novak Djokovic Says Roger Federer’s Backhand Is Better Now Than 5-6 Years Ago

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 26th, 2016 @ 7:59 am

After straight set wins today over Top 10 foes, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will meet for a 45th time Thursday night in Melbourne at the Australian Open.

Djokovic and Federer met eight times last season with the Serb taking five including wins in the last two Grand Slam finals. And here we go again in the new year.

“He’s trying lately to come to the net more, kind of shorten up …