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2018 Australian Open Final Open Thread: Roger Federer v Marin Cilic

Posted by Staff on January 27th, 2018 @ 6:27 pm

Roger Federer will seed a record-tying sixth Australian Open title Sunday night in Melbourne against Marin Cilic. Federer has been flawless thus far at the first Grand Slam of the tennis season, winning every set in his title defense.

The Croat comes in off wins over Pablo Carreno Busta, Rafael Nadal and in the semifinals Kyle Edmund.

Federer has won 8 of 9 against Cilic including two wins last year both in …

What Does Caroline Wozniacki’s Australian Open Title Mean for 2018? And Serena?

Posted by Jeremy Davis on January 27th, 2018 @ 12:59 pm

There would be a first-time Grand Slam winner between the two long-time slamless players in the 2018 Australian Open final. And it was Caroline Wozniacki holding her nerve to win Saturday in Melbourne, in the process taking back the No. 1 ranking for the first time in six years.

The Woz triumphed 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-4, in steamy conditions in Rod Laver Arena that had both players battling fatigue and injuries and …

Roger Federer v Marin Cilic For The Australian Open Title, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on January 27th, 2018 @ 9:01 am

So, a Wimbledon rematch in the Australian Open final is set, and it’s 5-time champion Roger Federer facing first-time Melbourne finalist Marin Cilic.

Federer rolls into the final without losing a single set all week – quite the contrast from a year ago. And that after a 1-hour or so lesson he gave to 21-year-old Hyeon Chung who has apparently taken this Novak Djokovic idol thing too far already by retiring …

2018 Australian Open Women’s Final Open Thread: Simona Halep v Caroline Wozniacki

Posted by Staff on January 26th, 2018 @ 10:24 pm

It’s the match for everything. For the No. 1 ranking. For the Australian Open title and for a first career Grand Slam. Both World No. 1 Simona Halep and No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki are in their third career Grand Slam finals, and both have come up just short before.

Halep finished twice runner up at the French Open, including last year where she was twice with three games of victory.

“The way …

Federer Into 30th Grand Slam Final After Chung Retires With Blisters In Australia

Posted by Staff on January 26th, 2018 @ 8:28 am

It was an easy day at the office, as they say, for Roger Federer. The Swiss probably didn’t need any help but got it in his Australian Open semifinal against Hyeon Chung who retired down 6-1, 5-2, 30-30 because of a blister.

“I’m just happy I’m in the finals, to be honest,” said Federer. “That was the goal before the match today. I was able to get there. Not under the …

Halep, Wozniacki for 1st Grand Slam Title at Australian Open and No. 1 Ranking

Posted by Staff on January 25th, 2018 @ 8:50 am

Australian Open organizers got their dream final on Thursday in Melbourne when world No. 1 Simona Halep and No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki advance to the championship match, where one player will win their first Grand Slam title with the No. 1 ranking also on the line.

Halep advanced after a marathon 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 win over No. 21 seed and former No. 1 Angie Kerber, who has been the hottest player …

Cilic Dumps Edmund To Reach Australian Open Final; Federer v Chung Friday

Posted by Staff on January 25th, 2018 @ 8:21 am

Marin Cilic booked a spot in his first Australian Open final Thursday night in Melbourne easing past Brit Kyle Edmund 6-2, 7-6, 6-2.

Cilic, who made the Australian Open semifinals in 2010, never was broken in the match, and pounded 11 aces and only lost five points on first serve.

“I’m quite happy with the performance. Obviously when playing in the semifinals when there is a lot at stake and not losing …

Kerber v Halep, Woznaicki v Mertens On SF Thursday At Austalian Open; Cilic-Edmund At Night

Posted by Staff on January 24th, 2018 @ 11:32 am

It’s semifinal Thursday at the Australian Open. The women are on first with Caroline Wozniacki and Elise Mertens who each look for their first Australian Open semifinal.

Mertens enters her first Grand Slam semifinal riding a 9-match win streak, and she hasn’t dropped a set all event in her Melbourne debut.

“Of course everything is possible in tennis,” Mertens said. “If you believe in yourself, then anything can happen. But of course …

Halep Turns Around Crap Start to Set Kerber Semi at Australian Open

Posted by Jeremy Davis on January 24th, 2018 @ 8:25 am

World No. 1 Simona Halep and former No. 1 Angie Kerber set up a blockbuster Australian Open semifinal when both players moved through their quarterfinal matches on Wednesday in Melbourne.

Halep had little trouble — in the end — with another former No. 1, dismissing No. 6 seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-2, while the No. 21-seeded Kerber brushed past No. 17 Madison Keys 6-1, 6-2.

While Halep lost only five games total, …

Federer Beats Berdych Again At Australian Open, Chung Stops Sandgren

Posted by Staff on January 24th, 2018 @ 7:56 am

Roger Federer earned his 20th win over Tomas Berdych Wednesday night in the Australian Open quarterfinals with a 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-4 victory.

It wasn’t easy early as Berdych grabbed an early break for 3-0 but he couldn’t serve it out. Federer saved two set points and confidently took the breaker and effectively the match.

A dismayed Berdych didn’t mount much of a test after that. The pair exchanged three straight …

Rafael Nadal’s Leg Injury Not Serious, Will Return For Acapulco

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2018 @ 11:19 pm

Good news for Rafael Nadal fans. A day after retiring to Marin Cilic in the fifth set of their Australian Open quarterfinal with what looked to be a bad right upper thigh/hip injury, Nadal’s MRI in Melbourne didn’t show any serious.

According to the release from his camp, Nadal has a “grade 1 injury of his Illiopsoas on his right leg (iliopsoas refers to the joined psoas and the iliacus muscles).”

Nadal …

Federer-Berdych, Kerber-Keys Highlight QF Tuesday At Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2018 @ 7:10 pm

Who’ll fill the last four semifinal spots at the Australian Open. We’ll find out Tuesday in Melbourne. On a very loaded schedule, both former champions Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber return along with top threats Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova and Madison Keys.

Up first on Rod Laver is a battle between the big-hitting Keys against the tactical Kerber. Kerber leads 6-1 including a win at the 2013 Australian Open. The two …

Mertens Upsets Svitolina, Sets Wozniacki Meeting at Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2018 @ 9:43 am

Betting favorite and No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina was sent out of the Australian Open on Tuesday by unheralded and unseeded Elise Mertens, who cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 win behind some brilliant all-court tennis.

“I have so many mixed emotions,” the Belgian said afterwards. “I gave it all today, I fought. I got a little stress at the end so I played my game and it went well today…I tried …

Injured Nadal Retires To Cilic At Australian Open; Edmund Stuns Dimitrov For First Slam SF

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2018 @ 8:34 am

The upsets and surprises kept coming Tuesday at the Australian Open. A day after Novak Djokovic was ousted, Rafael Nadal followed, in disheartening fashion retiring to Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals down 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2, 2-0 with what appeared to be an upper right leg issue.

Nadal held the lead by two sets to one but at some point in the fourth the World No. 1 injured that upper right …

Rafael Nadal: I Don’t Know The Injury, Tomorrow I Will Have An MRI

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2018 @ 8:08 am

Rafael Nadal is out of the Australian Open after retiring to Marin Cilic down Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, 2-0 because of an upper right leg/hip injury.

Nadal was leading 2 sets to 1 when, he said, he felt something going for a dropshot in the fourth. Nadal received treatment and took some pills, but hobbling in the fifth it was clear the World No. 1 could not go on. …