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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 …

Zverev Gets Rocked By Raonic At Australian Open, Djokovic Needs 4; Nadal v Tiafoe In QFs

Posted by Staff on January 21st, 2019 @ 8:49 am

In a rematch of their 2017 Wimbledon fourth round match, Milos Raonic once again got the better of Alexander Zverev, but this time even easier winning 6-1, 6-1, 7-6(5).

The two traded breaks in the first two games, then Raonic just ran away from a very lackluster German winning 11 of the next 12 games. Zverev finally found some form in the third, but still couldn’t manage a break chance. He …

Osaka, Pliskova Thunder Into Australian Open QFs, Serena Handles Halep

Posted by Staff on January 21st, 2019 @ 8:17 am

Naomi Osaka won her 11th straight Grand Slam match Monday at the Australian Open, coming from a set down to deny US Open semifinalist Anastasija Sevasatova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Osaka just beat the tricky Sevastova 6-4 in the third a few weeks ago in Brisbane, and this match followed a similar pattern with the Latvian taking the first then Osaka coming back and holding off Sevastova.

“I think the biggest thing for …

Down 61 41 To Milos Raonic, Alexander Zverev Decided It Was Time To Destroy His Racquets

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 21st, 2019 @ 12:00 am

After a horrendous start, Alexander Zverev did about the only you could down 61, 41 to Milos Raonic, and that’s obliterate his racquet win eight epic smashes at the Australian Open.

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Zverev is no doubt feeling the pressure of having never won a Grand Slam or reached even a semifinal. And now with players …

Roger Federer On NextGen: I’ve Heard That Story For 10 Years

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 20th, 2019 @ 11:51 pm

While Federer has suffered losses to several of these younger players – Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Borna Coric – he’s not completely sold that they will be the future.

“I’ve heard that story the last 10 years. From that standpoint, nothing new there,” Federer said.

“About Stefanos, I think he’s definitely done a really nice job now the last year and a half. I mean before that, too, obviously. …

Federer Targets Return On Clay, Possibly Farewell On Clay?

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 20th, 2019 @ 11:12 pm

Following his loss last night to Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roger Federer told the European media clay is likely in his future this year.

After completely skipping the last two years, Federer sounds intent on returning to the surface for the first time since 2016 Rome.

“It’s a bit of a desire. I’m in a phase where I want to have fun and I’ve missed not doing it,” said Federer

“I don’t feel it …

Tsitsipas Tstuns Federer At Australian Open; Nadal Rolls, Tiafoe Pulls Upset Again

Posted by Staff on January 20th, 2019 @ 8:41 am

Rafael Nadal rolled into his 11th Australian Open quarterfinal, beating longtime foe Tomas Berdych 6-0, 6-1, 7-6 in fourth round play on Monday. Nadal, who now leads the Czech 20-4, had to save a set point serving 5-6 in the third, but otherwise was in command.

He had one of these days where he wasn’t on his game,” Nadal said.

In three matches Nadal has yet to drop a set whereas his …

Kvitova KOs Anismova, Barty Wins Epic Over Sharapova; Serena v Halep Mon. At Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 20th, 2019 @ 8:18 am

Petra Kvitova ended the fairly tale run of 17-year-old Amanda Anismova, crushing the teen 6-2, 6-1 in the Australian Open fourth round on Sunday.

Kvitova, who won Sydney last week, has now won her last nine matches, and thus far in Melbourne, no one has been close to touching the 2-time Slam winner.

The Czech will now face Ashleigh Barty in a rematch of their incredible Sydney final.

“It will be different, for …

Favorites Djokovic, Zverev Cruise Into Australian R16; Nadal, Federer Face Tests

Posted by Staff on January 19th, 2019 @ 8:37 am

The top men’s names continued to roll at the Australian Open. On pretty dull day of tennis in the men’s draw, Novak Djokovic ran his mark to 31-0 at the event as a top seed getting through Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.

Djokovic had a bit of a blip in the third leading by a break and in control before Shapovalov reeled off four straight games to push a fourth. …

Halep Hammers Venus, Serena Wins At Australian Open; Kivtova Gets Another Shot At Anismova

Posted by Staff on January 19th, 2019 @ 7:51 am

It was a mixed day for the Williams sisters who will not meet on Monday at the Australian Open. Serena did her part to set up a fourth round meeting whacking 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska 6-2, 6-1.

But in the evening, World No. 1 Simona Halep dominated the 38-year-old Venus 6-3, 6-2 canceling the sister showdown.

“I think she played pretty flawless today,” said Venus. “Only 12 errors. Unfortunately, I had almost three …

Easy Day For Federer, Nadal Who Dominate Youngsters At Australian Open; Djokovic Duels Shapovalov Next

Posted by Staff on January 18th, 2019 @ 9:02 am

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both faced tests from young NextGen players Friday at the Australian Open, and not surprisingly, both passed those tests with flying colors.

In the afternoon, Federer had no trouble in putting away 21-year-old American Taylor Fritz 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 to win his 17th straight Australian Open match and reach his 17th fourth round at the event.

Federer will next take on a younger player in Stefanos Tsitsipas …

Sharapova Sends Off Wozniacki, Anisimova Impress Again; Venus v Halep Sat.

Posted by Staff on January 18th, 2019 @ 7:19 am

Maria Sharapova collected arguably her best win since returning from a doping suspension in 2017, beating defending champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to reach her 11th fourth round at the Australian Open.

“It was a good win. I feel pretty happy about it,” the 2008 champ Sharapova said.

“A match that I looked forward to and when the draw came out obviously I had to get there first and so …

Raonic Ousts Wawrinka In 4 Breakers, Djokovic Advances; Nadal v De Minaur Fri

Posted by Staff on January 17th, 2019 @ 9:00 am

In the best match thus far on Rod Laver in the men’s draw, former semifinalist Milos Raonic ousted 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka in a grueling four tiebreak match 6-7(4), 7-6(6), 7-6(11), 7-6(5) to reach the third round at the Australian Open.

Raonic pounded 39 aces and perhaps was helped by a late third set roof closure due to rain.

“A few points here and there,” said Raonic who won two more …

Serena Slams Bouchard, Halep Survives At Australian Open; Wozniacki v Sharapova On Tap

Posted by Staff on January 17th, 2019 @ 8:04 am

Thursday’s marquee women’s match went as scripted with 7-time champion Serena Williams slamming Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2 in an Australian Open second round encounter.

Bouchard had been a former Australian semifinals, and was back on the rise, but the Canadian was no match for Serena.

“It wasn’t an easy match tonight,” said Serena. “Genie has been to the finals of Wimbledon and the semifinals of other Grand Slams, so I said, ‘You’ve …

Federer, Nadal Post Australian Open Wins, Americans Score Upsets; Djokovic v Tsonga Thurs.

Posted by Staff on January 16th, 2019 @ 8:09 am

Tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were both straight set winners in the second round on Wednesday at the Australian Open.

During the day, Federer won his 16th straight match in Melbourne easing past British qualifier Dan Evans 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-3.

It was far from vintage Federer as the Swiss really never got control of the match until the third.

“I think he’s a good player,” Federer said of Evans. “I’ve seen …