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January 25th, 2017

Nadal Steamrolls Raonic to Set Up Dimitrov Semi at Australian Open

“He beat me two weeks ago in Brisbane, so I decided to go more inside the court on the return,” Nadal said. “I knew there were going to be tough moments in the match, he has one of the top two serves on the tour and he’s able to play so aggressive on the return.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:28 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 50 Comments »

January 15th, 2016

Australian Open Women’s Preview: Buckle Up, Here Come the Injuries

Add to that the world No. 1 did not receive a favorable draw, with former No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova in her path prior to the semifinals, and it doesn’t look good for the defending champ.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:06 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

January 31st, 2015

Nobody Beats Sharapova 16 Times in a Row; Except Serena for 19th Slam Title

Sharapova fought off match points early in the tournament while Serena survived multiple three-setters, a sickness bug, and in the semifinals was tested in a first-time meeting with the bruising game of American teenager Madison Keys.

Posted by Staff @ 8:35 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 19 Comments »

January 17th, 2015

Australian Open Women’s Preview: Serena, Sharapova, Yawn.

Yawn. Again. Where are the early match-ups? Only one in this quarter, with former world No. 2 and No. 27 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. French riser Caroline Garcia.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 1:47 am in Australian Open | 2 Comments »

January 25th, 2013

Murray Outlasts Federer in 5, vs Djokovic in Aussie Open Final

In the final set a slowing Federer could not stop an increasing flow of unforced errors as Murray jumped out to a 3-0 lead before closing it out 6-2. In the fourth set Federer had broken to force the tiebreak, and ran through Murray 7-2 to force a fifth and deciding set.

Posted by Staff @ 8:16 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 116 Comments »

January 16th, 2012

Woz Wins Under Radar; Clijsters Clunky Start at Australian Open; X-Notes

World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is not a morning person: “I’m not a morning person. I like to sleep. I like to sleep during the day as well. I like my naps. And I feel good in the evening.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:04 am in Tennis | 2 Comments »

January 16th, 2012

Tomic Dazzles, Nadal Knee Pop Monday at Australian Open

“It was probably one of the best matches for me that I played,” the 19-year-old Tomic said. “I haven’t played a lot of these five-setters. So being not that fit, it’s tough to put your mind to come through that, and I don’t know how I did it today…I’m so happy with myself.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:46 am in Tennis | 122 Comments »

January 30th, 2011

Murray Moping; Oz Open Redux; ATP/WTA Previews; Tennis-X Notes

Notes: Four-time champ Fernando Gonzalez is missing with injury; draw looks like the Argentine Open, with seeds Nalbandian (vs. Barlocq) and Monaco (vs. M.Gonzalez) facing tricky all-ARG openers with practice partner countrymen; Bellucci beat Monaci in last year’s final; in addition to Gonzo winning the event four times, other notable past winners are French Open champ Gustavo Kuerten (2000) and French runners-up Guillermo Coria (2001) and Alberto Berasategui (1994).

Posted by Staff @ 1:07 pm in Tennis | 101 Comments »

January 29th, 2011

No Li Way as Clijsters Wins First Australian Open Title

“I finally feel like you guys can call me Aussie Kim, because I won the title,” Clijsters told the crowd after the match. Clijsters picked up the nickname Aussie Kim when she used to date Australian former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt. “I’ve been coming here for many years and you guys have always been amazing. I really appreciate it. It helps so much when you’re fighting to win the title.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:56 am in Tennis | 16 Comments »

January 27th, 2011

Djokovic Beats Federer in Testy Meeting to Gain Australian Open Final

Down two sets to none, Mr. Nice Federer disappeared, and Hardcore Roger reared his head. Federer appeared to talk to Djokovic during the Serb’s service preparation as Djokovic went into his extensive pre-service ball bouncing. Federer glared at Djokovic’s player box and complained to the chair umpire about excessive cheering, talking and noise. After losing the second set, perhaps to get in the Serb’s head, Federer took a rare bathroom break.

Posted by Staff @ 7:14 am in Tennis | 321 Comments »

January 27th, 2011

Fragile No. 1 Wozniacki Loses; Clijsters v Li in Australian Open Final

“I made a lot of mistakes in the first set and in the beginning of the second set, but after I saved match point I thought, ‘Okay, now’s your chance,’” Li said. “It’s tough playing against her. She’s running — I felt some of my shots were winners but every time she got the ball back. It’s tough for everyone to play against.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:43 am in Tennis | 17 Comments »

January 26th, 2011

Henin Again Announces Retirement from Tennis After 2011 Australian Open Loss

“I turn, and this time, an incredible page of my life,” Henin said on her website. “What a wonderful trip, I have experienced during all these years. Today I am calmer and I can create positive and rewarding look back on this experience in my life…Finally and most importantly, thanks everyone. Thanks for standing by my side during all these years. I will never forget your support and your loyalty.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:20 am in Tennis | 17 Comments »

January 25th, 2011

Federer Lines Up Djokovic, Woz Wins Tuesday at Australian Open

On the court in Wednesday quarterfinal action will be (25) Petra Kvitova vs. (2) Vera Zvonareva, and (12) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. (3) Kim Clijsters.

Posted by Staff @ 9:54 am in Tennis | 457 Comments »

January 23rd, 2011

Roddick, Sharapova Exit Unceremoniously at Australian Open

Francesca Schiavone defeated Svetlana Kuznetosova in 4:44, the longest women’s ever in Grand Slam play. The third set went three hours.

Posted by Staff @ 11:08 am in Tennis | 29 Comments »

January 22nd, 2011

Tomic, Stosur Mark Aussie Exit from Australian Open; Raonic Rises

“I thought it was over at 4-love,” Tomic said. “Just shows how much he can come back. Against these guys, especially in the Top 10, you can’t afford to lose concentration. That’s the important part. Physically-wise he’s a machine…”

Posted by Staff @ 9:20 am in Tennis | 68 Comments »