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Nadal Sharp, Kyrgios Wins Epic At Australian Open; Federer, Djokovic Return Sun.

Posted by Staff on January 25th, 2020 @ 8:55 am

Rafael Nadal rolled into the Australian Open fourth round with an airtight 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over friend and countryman Pablo Carreno Busta.

Nadal, who hasn’t lost to a compatriot in three years, played some of his best tennis during the 1 hour, 40 minute destruction which saw the world No. 1 drop just 10 points on serve while pounding 42 winners to only 7 unforced.

“It’s my best match of the …

Muguruza Motors Past Svitolina At Australian Open, Pliskova Upset; Coco Mania Resumes

Posted by Staff on January 25th, 2020 @ 8:42 am

Three more Top 6 women’s seeds fell Saturday at the Australian Open. A year from removed from stunning Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova suffered her first loss in seven meetings to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in a grinding 7-6(4), 7-6(3) in nearly 2-and-a-half hours.

“I am really happy, it was a lot of fun,” said Pavlyuchenkova. “I really enjoyed it and even had goosebumps after some points. To get a win and beat Karolina …

Federer Fights Past Millman At Australian Open, Tsitsipas Tsent Off; Aussies Face Russians

Posted by Staff on January 24th, 2020 @ 10:18 am

Novak Djokovic kept rolling in his title defense at the Australian Open. The 7-time tournament champion routed an overmatched Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in just under 90 minutes of play.

”Definitely one of the best serving matches I’ve had lately, inspired by my coach, Goran Ivanisevic,” said Djokovic who lost just eight points on serve. “There are a lot of technical details you can talk about, but sometimes less is …

Gauff Stuns, Serena Gets Stunned At Australian Open, Wozniacki Retires; Halep, Svitolina-Muguruza Sat.

Posted by Staff on January 24th, 2020 @ 8:17 am

After a relatively upset-free start to the Australian Open women’s draw, all hell broke loose Friday for the third round.

Serena Williams had lost just one game in a 44-minute demolition of Qiang Wang at the US Open last fall, but the No. 1 from China, a huge underdog, stunningly turned the tables on the all-time great in an afternoon shocker in Melbourne.

Wang sent an early message quickly getting more games …

Former No. 1s Halep, Kerber, Pliskova Sail Into Australian Open 3R; Osaka v Coco Fri.

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Three players who have played during the final weekend at the Australian Open all advanced to the third round with relative ease.

2016 champion Angelique Kerber cruised past Australian wildcard Priscilla Hon 6-3, 6-2. The German has lost just nine games in two matches. The 32-year-old now gets Camila Giorgi who upended 2-time Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova.

“The first rounds are always not so easy,” said Kerber. “It doesn’t matter if you …

Nadal Powers Into Australian 3R, Thiem Survives; Federer Seeks Revenge On Millman

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2020 @ 8:53 am

Rafael Nadal advanced to the Australian Open powering past Federico Delbonis in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-1 Thursday night. The Spaniard has now won his last eight in Grand Slam play and 26 of his last 28 at this level.

Nadal will have a day off before turning on Sunday to meet countryman Pablo Carreno Busta. He’s just five wins from tying Roger Federer at 20 Slam titles.

Dominic Thiem was nearly …

Gauff Outlasts Cirstea At Australian Open, Serena Wins; Pliskova, Halep Headline Thurs.

Posted by Staff on January 22nd, 2020 @ 8:20 am

Coco Gauff continues to amaze. The 15-year-old sensation was down 0-3, 0-30 in the third set to veteran Sorana Cirstea but somehow came back to beat the Romanian 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 on a blustery day to reach the third round at the Australian Open.

Down in the third, the Delray native locked in cut down on errors and found her mark, cracking winners off both wings. Then avoided peril as Cirstea …

Djokovic, Federer Cruise At Australian Open, Dimitrov Gags; Nadal Resumes Quest For 20

Posted by Staff on January 22nd, 2020 @ 8:11 am

The top men had another easy day at a windy Australian Open day 3. Novak Djokovic showed dominant form crushing Tatsuma Ito 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in just 95 minutes.

”He was playing pretty aggressive and flat, with not too many unforced errors in the second set. I just managed to somehow find my way,” Djokovic told the crowd. “From my side, my serve helped me a lot to get out of …

Sharapova Ousted, Halep Stumbles But Survives At Australian Open; Serena Wed.

Posted by Staff on January 21st, 2020 @ 9:24 am

Maria Sharapova edged closer to retirement Tuesday at the Australian Open where she couldn’t hold a 4-1 lead in the second to Donna Vekic and lost it 6-3, 6-4.

“I can speak about my struggles and the things that I’ve gone through with my shoulder, but it’s not really in my character to,” Sharapova said. “So, you know, I was there. I put myself out there. As tough as it was, …

Nadal Rolls In Australian Opener; Federer, Djokovic Return

Posted by Staff on January 21st, 2020 @ 9:01 am

Rafael Nadal opened his 2020 Australian Open in emphatic fashion hammering Hugo Dellien 6-2, 6-3, 6-0. The Spaniard, who went 12-1 in hard court Slams last year, is now just six wins from matching Roger Federer’s 20 Grand Slam total haul and winning a second Career Slam.

“It’s been a solid start. I think the third set was a great set. I think I played a very good level of tennis,” …

Djokovic, Federer Winners At A Wet Australian Open; Nadal Tuesday

Posted by Staff on January 20th, 2020 @ 9:14 am

Tournament greats Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer opened with comfortable wins Monday at the Australian Open.

On during the day, Federer was over in just 80 minutes as he powered past American Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Not for a 38-year-old playing his first match of the season.

“I haven’t played proper matches in many, many weeks, and probably 95 per cent of the guys are coming here with matches,” Federer said. …

Coco Does It Again To Venus, Serena Tough At Australian Open, Barty Rallies

Posted by Staff on January 20th, 2020 @ 8:55 am

On a big opening day at the Australian Open, young phenon Coco Gauff stole the show yet again, putting away a game Venus Williams 7-6(5), 6-3 in the first round Monday.

Gauff, who stunned the 7-time Slam champ back at Wimbledon, jumped out early leading 5-3. But she couldn’t convert on three set points and the opening stanza went to a decider in which the youngster dug in and snatched it.

Gauff …

Blockbuster Opening Day At Australian Open Features Federer, Djokovic, Serena, Venus v Coco

Posted by Staff on January 19th, 2020 @ 11:45 am

The Australian Open kicks off with a mega-blockbuster schedule Monday featuring many of the greats in the game. A total of 62 Grand Slam titles will be on display on Rod Laver Arena with Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka and Ash Barty in action.

Osaka and Serena might face some resistance in talented youngsters Marie Bouzkova and Anastasia Potapova, respectively.

Federer opens 2020 as a big favorite over Steve …

Nadal, Djokovic Closing In On Federer; Australian Open Picks And Pans

Posted by Sean Randall on January 19th, 2020 @ 10:00 am

Here we go again. It’s like that song lyric, “Nothing changes on New Year’s Day”, because that’s tennis. Nothing does seem to change year-to-year or in the case of men’s tennis, decade-to-decade because the guys at the top seem to be cemented there. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer continue to own men’s tennis and it’s not ending. Not yet.

So the Big 3 are it in Australia but there’s …

Roger Federer: Rafa And Novak Will Pass My Grand Slam Title Record, And It’s OK

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 17th, 2020 @ 1:35 am

In a new interview with the AP, Roger Federer admits that he thinks that rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will surpass his Grand Slam record haul of 20 titles. Nadal is just one behind at 19 but Djokovic is four from the Swiss.

The excerpt:

“I think the way it’s going, obviously, Rafa and Novak will win more, because they’re that good. And the season they had (in 2019), again, …