Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Nadal beats Tiafoe, reaches Australian Open semis

Nadal beats Tiafoe, reaches Australian Open semis
Nadal beats Tiafoe, reaches Australian Open semis

Rafael Nadal defeated Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in just 107 minutes to advance to the Australian Open 219 semis.

Nadal will next play Stefanos Tsitsipas, who knocked out Roger Federer in the fourth round and Roberto Bautista Agut in the QFs.

"For me is always the same: you are in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam, you can't expect an easy opponent," Nadal said.

Tsitsipas into Australian Open semi-final

Tsitsipas into Australian Open semi-final
Tsitsipas into Australian Open semi-final

Stefanos Tsitsipas showed resilience and maturity to power into a fairytale Australian Open semi-final Tuesday after sweeping past Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

Roger Federer's conqueror had to contend with dropping his serve early in each of the first three sets to the 22nd seed before coming through 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) in 3hr 15min.

"It all feels like a fairytale almost," said the 20-year-old after holding his head in his hands in disbelief and sinking to the floor on Rod Laver Arena.

"I'm just living the dream, living what I've been working hard for," Tsitsipas added.

Pospisil off ATP for three months after surgery

Pospisil off ATP for three months after surgery
Pospisil off ATP for three months after surgery

Vasek Pospisil will miss the next three months of ATP Tour events following successful back surgery, Tennis Canada announced on Monday.

The world singles number 74 underwent the operation on Friday in New York to ease back pain that had been nagging him since an injury sustained in October at the ATP Paris Masters.

"After exhausting multiple options, it was determined that the best course of action was for Vasek to undergo surgical microdiscectomy to repair his herniated disk," spinal physician Frank Cammisa said.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Roger Federer Knocked From Australian Open by Stefanos Tsitsipas

Roger Federer Knocked From Australian Open by Stefanos Tsitsipas
Roger Federer Knocked From Australian Open by Stefanos Tsitsipas

A veteran right-hander with an all-court game and a one-handed backhand, the hands-down greatest player of his era, was trying to dodge an upset in a fourth-round match of a Grand Slam tournament against a former junior world No. 1 with long hair, a flowing one-handed backhand and no fear.

In their first official head-to-head meeting, Pete Sampras, then 29, could not hold off a 19-year-old Roger Federer, who won in five sets at Wimbledon in 2001.

Video: Federer can't get past Australian Open security

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Video: Federer can't get past Australian Open security

Maybe Roger Federer isn't as famous as we thought.

Turns out that even he must carry his tournament ID to get where he's try to go at the Australian Open.

Rules are rules, after all.


Djokovic passes Medvedev test to reach quarter-finals

Djokovic passes Medvedev test to reach quarter-finals
Djokovic passes Medvedev test to reach quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2 6-3 to reach his 10th quarter-final at Melbourne Park.

The night after Roger Federer was stunned by Greek tyro Stefanos Tsitsipas, there was another sniff of an upset at Rod Laver Arena as 22-year-old Medvedev rocked the Serb with a furious assault of power hitting.

Yet the Russian wearied in the constant attrition during Monday's fourth round match, and top seed Djokovic ended up cruising to victory soon after midnight, having passed easily his biggest test at what had been a sweat-free tournament.