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Djokovic Dominates Nadal For 7th Australian Open Title, 15th Grand Slam

Posted by Staff on January 27th, 2019 @ 9:12 am

Billed as another epic between two tennis greats and longtime rivals, the much-hyped 53rd meeting between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal was over about 10 minutes into the match.

Djokovic came out supremely focused and in full flight winning 12 of the first 13 points over a shell-shocked Nadal who simply was outclassed and overmatched on the final night of the 2019 Australian Open.

The Serb handed Nadal one of the …

2019 Australian Open Final Open Thread: Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal

Posted by Staff on January 26th, 2019 @ 10:37 pm

The season’s first Grand Slam will be decided tonight as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal renew their rivalry tonight at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

The duo have met 52 times prior with Djokovic holding a slim 27-25 lead.

Both players enter the final fit and fresh. Nadal enjoyed two days off his destruction over Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Spaniard is into his first Australian Open final without losing a set.

Djokovic has …

Osaka Outlasts Kvitova For Australian Open Title, No. 1 Ranking

Posted by Staff on January 26th, 2019 @ 10:10 am

We have a new Australian Open champion and a new World No. 1 on the WTA, her name is Naomi Osaka. The 21-year-old Osaka showed the poise of a veteran to outlast Petra Kvitova 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-4 to claim her second straight Grand Slam title Saturday night in Melbourne on Rod Laver Court.

“For me, I feel like it hasn’t really sunk in,” Osaka said. “Maybe in the next tournament I …

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal For The Australian Open Title, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on January 26th, 2019 @ 9:50 am

After 13 days, it’s really no surprise we have Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal left at the Australian Open. The two last played Down Under in a memorable, memorizing 5-hour, 53-minute epic in 2012 that will live on as one of the all-time great finals. Tomorrow, I just don’t think we’ll see a sequel because seven years later, I don’t think either player could make it that long without certain …

Djokovic Pounds Pouille At Australian Open, Sends Message To Nadal

Posted by Staff on January 25th, 2019 @ 8:27 am

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic successfully set up what should be a tremendous final Sunday night at the Australian Open after pounding Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals today. It was a night of near-perfect tennis for Djokovic.

“Obviously today was a perfect match for me from the first to the last point,” said Djokovic who improves to 34-0 as the top seed at the event. “I executed everything …

Tsitsipas Can’t Understand How Federer Has Ever Beaten Nadal

Posted by Sean Randall on January 24th, 2019 @ 7:16 pm

I give this Stefanos Tsitsipas kid a lot of credit. He’s trying to figure things out. He wants to win. He thinks he knows how but in this sport it isn’t that easy. And yesterday after getting a free tennis lesson from Rafael Nadal, he was left scratching his head.

Tsitsipas had played well against Rafa in the Canadian final last year, but last night was a blowout, and …

Novak Djokovic v Lucas Pouille In Australian Open SF #2, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on January 24th, 2019 @ 7:02 pm

So one finalist is set for the Australian Open title Sunday, his name is “Ruthless Rafa”, because that’s what Rafael Nadal has become. More on that below. But first, today or tonight, we’ll determine who’ll face Nadal on Sunday and it’s between Novak Djokovic and Lucas Pouille.

Let’s get to it.

Novak Djokovic v Lucas Pouille
I’ll just start out by saying I don’t give Pouille much of a chance here. He’s had …

Osaka Outlasts Pliskova To Reach Australian Open Final, Will Meet Kvitova For Title

Posted by Staff on January 24th, 2019 @ 8:04 am

Naomi Osaka was ranked No. 72 a year ago. On Saturday, she’ll play for the No. 1 ranking and her second straight Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

Riding a 12-match Grand Slam win streak, Osaka edged Karolina Pliskova today in the semifinals 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. The 21-year-old dominated the first set with her serve and groundstrokes, and punished Pliskova’s mediocre second serve. She led by a set and a …

Nadal Slams Tsitsipas To Reach 5th Australian Open Final

Posted by Staff on January 24th, 2019 @ 7:27 am

On a sweltering semifinal Thursday night at the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal gave another free lesson to highly touted rising star, Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Already having clobbered Alex de Minaur and Frances Tiafoe, the Greek was thought to be a much more formidable foe. He had just soundly defeated Roger Federer and Roberto Bautista Agut. He had won titles. He had beaten Novak Djokovic before and he nearly took a set off …

Rafael Nadal v Stefanos Tsitsipas In Australian Open SF #1, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on January 23rd, 2019 @ 11:33 pm

The first Australian Open men’s semifinal takes place later tonight Melbourne time (or in the wee hours of the morning depending where you are) with Rafael Nadal taking on the Greek upstart Stefanos Tsitsipas.

This was supposed to be the Nadal-Roger Federer semifinal, but you can thank Tsitsipas for taking care of that. Instead, we get Nadal against maybe the next Federer? I don’t know and we won’t know for years …

Pliskova Overcomes 5-1 Deficit To Stun Serena At Australian Open; Women’s SF Thurs.

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2019 @ 7:06 am

Karolina Pliskova did the unthinkable Wednesday afternoon at the Australian Open. The Czech was down 5-1 and a match point in the final set to Serena Williams yet somehow managed to come back and win six straight games and stun 7-time champion 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to reach her first Australian Open semifinal.

“I think it’s going to be the best comeback ever so far in my life,” Pliskova said.

Pliskova actually …

Djokovic Gets Retirement From Nishikori, Pouille Ousts Raonic; Nadal v Tsitsipas Thurs At Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2019 @ 6:54 am

Novak Djokovic barely had to break a sweat Wednesday night at the Australian Open thanks to a retirement from Kei Nishikori with the Serb up 6-1, 4-1.

“As they say, this is exactly what the doctor ordered for me after that match two nights ago, not to spend too much time on the court,” said Djokovic who played a long match in the previous round against Daniil Medvedev.

“I’ve had plenty of …

Nadal Dominates Tiafoe, Tsitsipas Next In Australian Open SFs; Djokovic Tests Nishikori

Posted by Staff on January 22nd, 2019 @ 7:17 am

Stefanos Tsitsipas’s breakout run continued at the Australian Open. The Greek backed up his big win over Roger Federer by stopping the 9-match win streak of Roberto Bautista Agut 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2) to reach his first (of many?) Grand Slam semifinal.

“I knew that win against Federer was important, played a huge role in my image, like who I am,” Tsitsipas said. “But I knew that the biggest challenge …

Kvitova Cruises Into Australian Open SFs, Collins Keeps Winning; Serena v Pliskova Wed.

Posted by Staff on January 22nd, 2019 @ 6:53 am

Little-known American Danielle Collins kept her Cinderella run going at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Just 48 hours after destroying former champion Angelique Kerber, the feisty Floridian came from a set down to defeat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 and reach the Australian Open semifinals.

“This has all been a really incredible experience,” Collins said. “Obviously it’s my first time playing main draw here in Australia, so I think that’s …

Novak Djokovic: A Couple Things (Injuries?) Have Surfaced

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 21st, 2019 @ 10:37 pm

Following a late-night win over Daniil Medvedev, Novak Djokovic hinted of injury issue or illness he may be carrying at the Australian Open.

The Serb won a 4-setter during which he took a tough tumble, but his hip/leg appeared ok. But could there me more?

“It was not the fall,” Djokovic said. “It was not particularly the fall. It was just, you know, a little bit of fatigue, a little bit of …