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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Posted by Tom Gainey on January 22nd, 2016 @ 10:10 am
Every player has his quirks. Rafael Nadal picks his pants, arranges his water bottles just so. Roger Federer doesn’t sweat, he likes to put his hair back under his headband and Andy Murray makes odd jaw movements from time to time.
But what about Novak Djokovic? The world No. 1 does that thing with his eyes when he;s returning serve, but more interestingly he’s one of the few players who consumes …
Posted by Tom Gainey on January 22nd, 2016 @ 9:53 am
Meet the last Australian standing, Daria Gavrilova. The spunky 21-year-old just became an Australian citizen, and now she’s broken through to her first Grand Slam fourth round after outlasting Kristina Mladenovic 11-9 in the final set.
After the match, she gave one of the best on court interviews:
“I am very emotional,” Gavrilova said. “I mean, you can see all my emotions. I get frustrated with myself, and I guess I show …
Posted by Staff on January 22nd, 2016 @ 8:26 am
Eight seeded matches, and eight seeded winners without upsets were featured Friday at the Australian Open, where title contenders Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer put potentially tough opponents in their place.
The world No. 1 Djokovic defeated No. 28 seed Andreas Seppi, who last year upset Federer in Melbourne, 6-1, 7-5, 7-6(6).
“It’s not easy to stay with him on the baseline, you know,” said Djokovic who was made to work in …
Posted by Staff on January 22nd, 2016 @ 8:05 am
Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has arguably been the hottest player this first month of the 2016 tennis season, losing just 20 games in seven matches so far. On Saturday, the former No. 1 resumes her bid to win a third Australian Open against rising star Naomi Osaka.
The 18-year-old Osaka, whose dad is from Haiti and mom from Japan and who was actually born in Osaka, qualified and hasn’t lost a …
Posted by Staff on January 22nd, 2016 @ 7:52 am
World No. 1 Serena Williams dialed it back to — well, 2015 — on Friday at the Australian Open where rising Russian Darya Kasatkina felt the American’s wrath.
Committing only eight unforced errors to 27 winners, Williams dismissed the Russian 6-1, 6-1 in a power display to advance to Week 2 and a meeting with another Russian, Margarita Gasparyan who defeated Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 6-4. …
Posted by Tom Gainey on January 22nd, 2016 @ 12:17 am
Roger Federer was next on Rod Laver waiting to go on after the conclusion of the Maria Sharapova-Lauren Davis match. With Sharapova down up a set but in the second set tiebreak 5-4, Federer was hoping for a quick turnaround from the Russian so he could get on court.
And his hopes improved when Davis missed an easy volley during a 27-point rally that would have given her a 6-4 …
Posted by Staff on January 21st, 2016 @ 8:33 am
It’s quite a line-up Friday at the Australian Open. Former champions Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are all in action for the opening of the third round.
Sharapova and Federer are on the day session against Lauren Davis and Grigor Dimitrov, respectively. Federer has beaten Grigor in all four prior meetings but the Bulgarian grabbed a set most recently in Brisbane earlier this month.
Grand Slam finalists …
Posted by Staff on January 21st, 2016 @ 8:13 am
The long career of Lleyton Hewitt ended Thursday night somewhat fitting as the Australian great lost to man who plays just like him, David Ferrer, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
Ferrer, who says he still has an autographed shirt from Hewitt, outclasses the former No. 1 in front of packed Rod Laver Arena all supporting one of their legends.
“I came out, I gave everything I had like always and left nothing in the …
Posted by Staff on January 21st, 2016 @ 7:07 am
No. 14 seed Victoria Azarenka, a darkhorse title candidate now that she’s injury-free at this year’s Australian Open, moved into the third round on Thursday with a 6-1, 6-2 demolition of Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic.
“It’s just only going to get tougher, so I really want to keep that focus and that intensity and that determination,” the former No. 1 said after the win. “Really that’s what I’m looking for, to keep …