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2017 Australian Open Women’s Final Open Thread: Serena v Venus

Posted by Staff on January 27th, 2017 @ 5:56 pm

Serena and Venus Williams, two of the most famous sporting siblings clash once again, this time in Melbourne and for the 2017 Australian Open women’s singles title.

With a title, Serena will win an Open Era record 23rd career Grand Slam, moving her ahead of Steffi Graf’s 22. And she’ll also win a record 7th Australian Open title and return to the No. 1 ranking.

The 36-year-old Venus is already the …

Grigor Dimitrov: Rafa He’s Such A Fighter, Such A Competitor, It Was An Honor To Play Him

Posted by Staff on January 27th, 2017 @ 10:39 am

In the match of his career, Grigor Dimitrov fell just short of reaching his first career Grand Slam final, losing a 4-hour, 56-minute semifinal to Rafael Nadal Friday night at the Australian Open.

Dimitrov had won three straight over Top 10 players, had beaten Nadal in Beijing and overall was riding a career-best 10 match win streak.

The Bulgarian No. 1 was trying to become the first from his country to ever …

Nadal Wins Marathon Dimitrov Encounter, to Face Federer in Australian Open Final

Posted by Staff on January 27th, 2017 @ 10:37 am

The dream has been realized.

Rafael Nadal will face Roger Federer in the Australian Open final after the No. 9-seeded Spaniard edged Grigor Dimitrov in five sets 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 on Friday night in Melbourne.

Dimitrov, playing inspired, fearless tennis, was denied a first Grand Slam final appearance by the former No. 1 who broke the Bulgarian’s serve at 4-4 in the fifth set, then after a long …

Rafael Nadal: I Cannot Lie, It’s Special To Play Roger Federer Again In A Grand Slam Final

Posted by Staff on January 27th, 2017 @ 10:25 am

Rafael Nadal won his 13th straight Grand Slam semifinal beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-4 in an epic 4 hour, 56 minute semifinal thrill ride.

Nadal was made to fight hard against the 25-year-old Bulgarian who had snapped a 7-match losing streak against the Spaniard in Beijing last fall. Dimitrov entered on a 10-match winning streak off a Brisbane title.

Nadal advances to his 21st career Grand Slam final, fourth …

Nadal Takes On Dimitrov In Australian Open SFs, Who’s The Pick? Roger Federer Redux

Posted by Sean Randall on January 26th, 2017 @ 10:09 pm

The last spot in the finals is up for grabs tonight in Melbourne. Already into the Australian Open final is one Roger Federer who edged Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 in a 3-hour thriller last night.

Federer continued to show he can beat time and beat the very best, scoring his second Top 5 win of the tournament (both in 5 sets) in his 14th straight win over …

Stan Wawrinka: I’m Really Sad And Disappointed, But I Know I Tried Everything

Posted by Staff on January 26th, 2017 @ 10:00 am

Stan Wawrinka fell just short of another Australian Open final. The reigning US Open champion had his 12-match Grand Slam win streak snapped by countryman Roger Federer 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 in just over three hours.

Warwinka was blown out the first two sets but fought back to level things. However, couldn’t convert and early break point in the fifth and then was subsequently broken thanks to a double fault.

Wawrinka …

Roger Federer: Injury Timeouts Are More Mental, But He Took One So I Did Too

Posted by Staff on January 26th, 2017 @ 9:46 am

it was his second Top 5 win in five sets of the tournament, but the Roger Federer did it. The Swiss 35-year-old rolled back the clock and stunned No. 4 seed and reining US Open champion Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3.

Federer struck quickly, breezing to a two set lead. But Wawrinka, who had left the court for medical purposes after the second, gained an early break in the …

Federer Wins Emotional Physio-Calling Battle Over Wawrinka to Gain Australian Open Final

Posted by Staff on January 26th, 2017 @ 8:04 am

Roger Federer held off a furious comeback by Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka on Thursday night at the Australian Open, winning in five sets 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 to become the first player into the 2017 final in Melbourne.

He awaits either Rafael Nadal or Grigor Dimitrov, who will play Friday night.

“I couldn’t be happier right now,” said Federer. “I felt like everything happened so quickly at the end, I had …

Serena Williams, Venus Set Up Improbable All-Williams Final at Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 26th, 2017 @ 7:56 am

Few tennis fans thought they would ever see another all-Williams Grand Slam final from the mid-30s-aged sisters, but it’s going to happen in Melbourne in 2017 as both No. 2 seed Serena and No. 13 Venus Williams fought through to the final with wins on Thursday at the Australian Open.

Serena Williams ended the Cindarella run of Croatian comeback player Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 6-1.

“It felt really good because I felt like …

Federer v Wawrinka In The Australian Open SFs, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on January 25th, 2017 @ 11:00 pm

The men’s semifinals are set at the Australian Open, and who would have believed about two weeks when the draw was made that a Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal final would be in play. Well, not only is it in play, it’s a serious possibility.

Tonight, Federer faces his good buddy Stan Wawrinka. Tomorrow, it’s Rafa taking on Grigor Dimitrov. So Roger-Rafa? Why not!

First to yesterday. Nadal saved six pivotal set points in …

Serena Wins, Sets Thursday Meeting with Unlikely Lucic-Baroni at Aussie Open

Posted by Staff on January 25th, 2017 @ 10:25 am

The vaunted serve of fast-rising Brit and No. 9 seed Johanna Konta met the legendary service return of No. 2 seed Serena Williams on Wednesday at the Australian Open. The result was a breezy 6-2, 6-3 quarterfinal win for the former No. 1 American.

In the second set Konta held serve from 0-40 down then broke for a 3-1 lead, but it was all the Brit had as she wouldn’t win …

Nadal Steamrolls Raonic to Set Up Dimitrov Semi at Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 25th, 2017 @ 8:28 am

Tales of Rafael Nadal’s physical and/or mental demise have seemingly been greatly exaggerated.

The No. 9 seed and former No. 1 made a statement on Wednesday at the Australian Open, taking down No. 3 seed Milos Raonic in straight sets 6-4, 7-6(7), 6-4 to move into the semifinals.

Raonic appeared uncomfortable from the get-go as he was unable to overpower the former No. 1, who refused to miss from the baseline. The …

Roger Federer: I Didn’t Even Know Stan Was In My Section Of The Draw Until A Few Days Ago

Posted by Staff on January 24th, 2017 @ 9:18 am

Roger Federer reached the semifinals at the Australian Open for the 13th time in 14 tries on Tuesday night by thumping Mischa Zverev 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

Federer smacked 65 winners during the 3-set, 92-minute affair and it set up a showdown with countryman Stan Warwinka. Federer owns Wawrinka winning 18 of 21 meetings and all 13 matches on hard court.

After his win over Zverev, Federer talked about facing …

Venus, Vandeweghe Book All-American Australian Open Semifinal

Posted by Staff on January 24th, 2017 @ 8:49 am

No. 7 seed Garbine Muguruza, as unseeded American Coco Vandeweghe said, was the first to blink, setting up a blockbuster all-American semifinal at the Australian Open that doesn’t include two Williams sisters.

Tied at 4-4 in their Tuesday quarterfinal match, Vandeweghe let numerous break point opportunities go by until the Spaniard Muguruza double faulted to give the American the break and a 5-4 lead. From that point Vandeweghe did not lose …

Wawrinka Wins Tsonga Stare-Down, Sets Up Federer Meeting at Aussie Open

Posted by Jeremy Davis on January 24th, 2017 @ 8:29 am

No. 17 seed Roger Federer moved into the Australian Open semifinals on Tuesday for the 13th time in his career, defeating Germany’s Mischa Zverev 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 to set up a meeting with Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka.

Federer’s astonishing numbers included 65 winners and just 13 unforced errors.

“If someone would have told me I’d play in the semis against Stan, never would I have called that one for me,” Federer said. …