Showing posts with label australian open. Show all posts
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Monday, January 28, 2019

Djokovic claims record seventh Australian title

Djokovic claims record seventh Australian title
Djokovic claims record seventh Australian title

Novak Djokovic claimed a record seventh Australian Open crown after beating Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3.

Moving past Pete Sampras into outright third on the all-time list of Grand Slam winners, Djokovic will head to Roland Garros looking for a second "Nole Slam", having already swept all four majors in 2015-16.

Only Federer's 20 and Nadal's 17 outstrip Djokovic's tally of Grand Slam trophies, but on the strength of the champion's virtuoso performance at Rod Laver Arena, they will be looking nervously over their shoulders.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Djokovic into Australian Open final, faces Rafa next

Djokovic into Australian Open final, faces Rafa next
Djokovic into Australian Open final, faces Rafa next

Novak Djokovic was about as perfect as can be in his semifinal at Rod Laver Arena. Didn't miss much. Almost couldn't, really.

It was a performance so flawless, so fantastic, that it was easy to feel as if only one man on the planet might have a chance of preventing Djokovic from claiming a record seventh Australian Open title: Rafael Nadal. As it happens, that is who he'll face in Sunday's final.

Djokovic never relented, not for a moment, while making an unheard-of total of five unforced errors against an overmatched Lucas Pouille en route to a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 semifinal victory that lasted less than 1 1/2 hours.

"I guess you're driven by some force that takes over you, and you feel divine. You feel like in a different dimension," Djokovic said. "It's quite an awesome feeling that we all try to reach and stay in. Probably the biggest challenge, I think, is how to repeat that, how to stay there for as long as you possibly can."

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Nadal beats Tsitsipas for fifth Australian Open final

Nadal beats Tsitsipas for fifth Australian Open final
Nadal beats Tsitsipas for fifth Australian Open final

Rafael Nadal beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 to reach the Australian open final.

Coming into the match, it seemed like Tsitsipas would give Nadal a challenge. In the round of 16, Tsitsipas came back from a set down to beat Roger Federer. But Nadal looked masterful throughout. In the final set, Tsitsipas didn’t win a single game.

Nadal is 32, and is doing his part to rebuff the narrative that younger tennis players — the next generation of stars — is ready to take over. Three of Nadal’s last four Australian Open opponents have been young. He beat 19-year-old Alex de Minaur in the round of 32. He beat 21-year-old Frances Tiafoe in the quarterfinal. And Tsitsipas, Nadal’s most recent vanquished foe, is just 20.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Djokovic through to semi-finals after Nishikori retires

Djokovic through to semi-finals after Nishikori retires
Djokovic through to semi-finals after Nishikori retires

Novak Djokovic reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open for a seventh time on Wednesday after eighth seed Kei Nishikori retired hurt when trailing 6-1 4-1 in their quarter-final.

Top seed and six-times champion Djokovic will meet Frenchman Lucas Pouille, a maiden Grand Slam semi-finalist, on Friday for a place in Sunday's final.

Rafa Nadal and Greek wunderkind Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet in the other semi-final on Thursday.

Lucas Pouille reaches Australian Open semis

Lucas Pouille reaches Australian Open semis
Lucas Pouille reaches Australian Open semis

Lucas Pouille reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the first time with a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-4 win over Milos Raonic.

Pouille entered the quarterfinal 0-3 against Raonic but targeted the big-serving Canadian's second serve and won points on 35 of the 62 he faced. Pouille also protected his serve, and was broken just once in the match.

He has been working for a couple of months with Amelie Mauresmo, who won two major titles as a player and had previously worked as Andy Murray's coach.

"She's the right state of mind. She knows everything about tennis. It's not about being a woman or a man. It doesn't matter," Pouille said in an on-court interview when asked about the rarity of a top-ranked male player working with a female coach. "You just have to know what you're doing - and she does."

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.

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.

Tiafoe takes on Nadal hoping to keep dream alive

Tiafoe takes on Nadal hoping to keep dream alive
Tiafoe takes on Nadal hoping to keep dream alive

Having already changed the lives of his immigrant parents, Frances Tiafoe is hopeful to build on his own stature in the game as he prepares for an Australian Open quarter-final clash with Rafa Nadal on Tuesday.

American Tiafoe, the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone, recalled his humble beginnings after stunning Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday to reach the last eight at a major for the first time in his career.

"I told my parents 10 years ago I was gonna be a pro tennis player and change their life. Now I'm in the quarter-finals of a Slam. I can't believe it," world number 39 Tiafoe said.

Nishikori beats Carreno Busta to reach quarters

Nishikori beats Carreno Busta to reach quarters
Nishikori beats Carreno Busta to reach quarters

Kei Nishikori battled from two sets down to outlast Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7(8) 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4 7-6(8) in an epic encounter on Monday and book his place in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Dragged into a five-set dogfight for the third time in four rounds, Nishikori struggled to deal with the physical and mental strain early on as Carreno Busta took a two-set lead but the eighth seed clawed his way back to level the contest.

Raonic ends Zverev’s Aussie run

Raonic ends Zverev’s Aussie run
Raonic ends Zverev’s Aussie run

Alexander Zverev smashed his racket into the court eight times in frustration after he went 4-1 down in the second set against Milos Raonic.

By that time it was all but over as the big-serving Canadian rolled to a 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory on Monday to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the fourth time.

Raonic dropped the opening game but then rebounded by winning the next eight.

Zverev held serve to end that streak, but was broken again two games later and that tipped him over.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Video: Stars Shine At ATP World Tour Photoshoot

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Video: Stars Shine At ATP World Tour Photoshoot

ATP World Tour Uncovered brings you behind the scenes as the stars of the ATP World Tour participate in an annual photoshoot at Melbourne Park, and hear what the likes of Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov and others have to say about how much they enjoy it.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Video: Thiem v Kudla match highlights (2R) | Australian Open 2018

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Video: Dominic Thiem v Denis Kudla match highlights (2R) | Australian Open 2018

Match highlights from the second round of Men's Singles on Day 4.

Video: Dominic Thiem press conference (2R) | Australian Open 2018

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Video: Dominic Thiem press conference (2R) | Australian Open 2018

Dominic Thiem's press conference following his win in his second round match at the 2018 Australian Open.

Video: Gael Monfils Australian Open 2018 Shot of the day

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Video: Gael Monfils Australian Open 2018 Shot of the day

Even by Gael Monfils' standards, this passing shot against Novak Djokovic was unbelievable.

Video: Berdych v Garcia-Lopez match highlights (2R)b | Australian Open 2018

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Video: Tomas Berdych v Guillermo Garcia-Lopez match highlights (2R)b | Australian Open 2018

Highlights from Tomas Berdych's victory over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open.

Video: Novak Djokovic on court interview (2R) | Australian Open 2018

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Video: Novak Djokovic on court interview (2R) | Australian Open 2018

Novak Djokovic speaks immediately after his 2R win over Gael Monfils.

Video: Donskoy v Fognini match highlights (2R) | Australian Open 2018

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Video: Evgeny Donskoy v Fabio Fognini match highlights (2R) | Australian Open 2018

Fabio Fognini comes back from a set down to win in his second round match against Evgeny Donskoy at the 2018 Australian Open.