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Drained Andy Murray Considered Pulling Out Of His Match Against Bernard Tomic

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 25th, 2016 @ 7:48 am

It’s been a tough, emotional few days for Andy Murray at the Australian Open. The Scot’s father-in-law Nigel Sears suffered a health scare Saturday night during Ana Ivanovic’s loss while Murray was also on court. After the match, Murray skipped any press obligations and immediately went to the hospital.

Sears has since been cleared and on his way home to England, but Murray whose wife is expecting a child in a …

After Losing To Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka Said He’s Been Sick The Last 10 Days

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 25th, 2016 @ 7:29 am

Following a tough 5-set loss to Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka revealed he’s been feeling sick the last 10 days.

“I’ve been sick since 10 days now,” Wawrinka said after the 3-hour, 45-minute loss. “Still trying to get into the second week. Couldn’t really be at my top. When you play a top guy like Milos, it’s difficult. You need to be 100% to have a chance to beat him.

“Today he push …

Victoria Azarenka Is A Peyton Manning And A Cam Newton Fan

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 25th, 2016 @ 7:23 am

Resurgent Victoria Azarenka has stormed into the Australian Open quarterfinals without losing a single set after beating Barbora Strycova 62, 64 to remain perfect in 2016. Azarenka has Angelique Kerber next who she just beat in the Brisbane final.

Today, though, was also the NFL Championship games won by the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Pathers, two teams with an Azarenka connection. And look at how excited she was to learn …

Why Is Betting Allowed On Mixed Doubles Anyway?

Posted by Sean Randall on January 25th, 2016 @ 12:13 am

Another alleged match-fixing story has hit the wires this evening. The NY Times reports the latest suspicious match involves an Australian Open mixed doubles between Lara Arruabarrena and David Marrero against Andrea Hlavackova and Lukasz Kubot.

All the money ($25K or more) went on Hlavackova and Kubot to win and they did. So the issue? Well, people don’t bet that much on mixed doubles. Per the report, comparable mixed …

More Gael Monfils Being Gael Monfils [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 24th, 2016 @ 11:06 pm

Gael Monfils in full flight:

Of course he was visited by the trainer right after.

After the 4-set win over Andrey Kuznetsov, he spoke about the dive.

“I will do it. It’s like instinct,” Monfils said. “Like some soccer player, I don’t know how to say it in English, but they jump and they do it. It’s just natural. I always say, people think is like why I …

Djokovic, Berdych Survive 5-Set Scares, Federer Barely Breaks Sweat in Oz

Posted by Staff on January 24th, 2016 @ 9:38 am

It was anything but a Serene Sunday in fourth round play on the men’s side at the Australian Open. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was pushed to five sets in an eventual victory, as was No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych, who set up a meeting with Roger Federer.

The top-seeded Djokovic struggled with his game but eventually outlasted the French hitting wall and No. 14 seed Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-7(1), 6-4, …

Serena v Maria Comes to Pass with Wins Sunday at Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 24th, 2016 @ 8:56 am

World No. 1 Serena Williams and former No. 1 Maria Sharapova will square off in a blockbuster quarterfinal at the Australian Open after both players advanced on Sunday in Melbourne.

Williams was in typical devastating form as she took apart unseeded Russian Margarita Gasparyan 6-2, 6-1. The No. 5-seeded Sharapova had to work a little harder, holding back No. 12 seed Belinda Bencic 7-5, 7-5.

“I played her in the first round …

Simona Halep To Undergo Nose Surgery, Will Miss Over A Month

Posted by Staff on January 24th, 2016 @ 8:06 am

Simona Halep announced earlier today that she will miss over a month to recover from surgery on her nose to clear up what sounds like a sinus infection.

Halep said the surgery will force her out of Davis Cup, Dubai and Doha. She hopes to be back in the first week of March for her title defense at Indian Wells.

“It comes with great sadness that I’m announcing that I will need …

Gilles Simon: I Know A Lot Of Players Wanted Me To Beat Novak Djokovic Today

Posted by Staff on January 24th, 2016 @ 6:18 am

Gilles Simon nearly pulled off the upset of the day over the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, but his bid fell short in a 6-3, 6-7(1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

With no one even close to Djokovic until today, Simon talked about what it takes to beat Djokovic among other things.

Q. How would you describe that match? How do you feel at the moment?
GILLES SIMON: I don’t feel good. It was …

Novak Djokovic: I’ve Never Even Been Close To 100 Unforced Errors In A Match, But There’s A First Time For Everything

Posted by Staff on January 24th, 2016 @ 6:03 am

It took 4 hours, 32 minutes, but Novak Djokovic advanced in the end beating a spirited Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-7(1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. The win put the World No. 1 into his 27th straight Grand Slam quarterfinals (Roger Federer holds the record at 36 straight) and his 9th in a row at the Australian Open where he has won five times.

Djokovic, though, didn’t play his best tennis. Hardly. He sprayed …

Bernard Tomic Says Roger Federer’s Level Is No Where Close To Where Novak Djokovic Is At

Posted by Sean Randall on January 23rd, 2016 @ 9:20 pm

The Aussie have a great future in tennis, but it’s going to be a controversial. Nick Kyrgios is a PR nightmare and Bernard Tomic isn’t much better. The lax-looking Tomic advanced yesterday over John Millman, and then afterward took some shots at Roger Federer.

Earlier in the month, Federer commented that Tomic still has a long way from the Top 10.

Tomic then said Saturday that basically Federer is a long …

Murray v Tomic Next on Aussie Radar; Djokovic, Federer Up Sunday; X-Notes

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2016 @ 8:54 am

The lower half of the men’s draw advanced in metronomic fashion on Saturday in Melbourne, with no seeded upsets setting up some blockbuster fourth round matches moving into the weekend.

No. 2 seed Andy Murray led the charge, unaware that his father-in-law had collapsed on another court, defeating No. 32 seed Joao Sousa 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

“At the beginning I think he was extremely aggressive, very intense,” Murray said …

Super Sunday! Federer, Djokovic, Serena And Sharapova Headline Start Of Australian Open 4th Round

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2016 @ 8:37 am

The middle Sunday features one of its best line-ups ever with four former champions in action. The women are on early with Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams just one win from a quarterfinal collision.

Sharapova begins the day with a first-time meeting against rising 18-year-old Belinda Bencic.

“An impressive player,” Sharapova said. “A newer generation that’s already established herself in the past season, beaten a lot of top players. It’s a tough …

Muguruza Muggled; Serena, Maria Featured Sunday at Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2016 @ 8:20 am

Unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova was the belle of the Australian Open ball on Saturday, moving into the fourth round after a 6-3, 6-2 upset over world No. 3 Garbine Muguruza Blanco of Spain.

“The plan was just to play the best tennis I can and hang in there,” said Strycova, who hadn’t won a set off Muguruza in two previous meetings.

Muguruza pitched in with 32 unforced errors to Strycova’s 16. The …

Ana Ivanovic’s Coach And Andy Murray’s Father-In-Law Nigel Sears Collapsed At The Australian Open [Video]

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2016 @ 6:39 am

In a frightening scene, Ana Ivanovic’s coach Nigel Sears collapsed Saturday night at the Australian Open. The incident took place after Ivanovic won the first game of the second set over Madison Keys. Sears, who per ESPN TV reports, wasn’t feeling well before the match, got up from his coaching box to leave the stadium but fell going up the staircase on the way out.

The match was stopped for about …