February 24, 2017

U.S. Leads Germany 1-0 in Fed Cup After Outdated Stanza of German Anthem Sung as Day One is Shortened by Rain

U.S. Leads Germany 1-0 in Fed Cup After Outdated Stanza of German Anthem Sung During Opening Ceremony

(February 11, 2017) During the opening ceremonies of day one of the Fed Cup quarterfinal tie between the United States and Germany on Saturday in Maui, Hawaii, a World War II era stanza of the German National anthem was sung.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) issued an apology for the error in a statement:

“The USTA extends its sincerest apologies to the German Fed Cup team and all of its fans for the performance of an outdated national anthem prior to today’s Fed Cup competition,” the release said. “In no way did we mean any disrespect. This mistake will not occur again, and the correct anthem will be performed for the remainder of this first-round tie.”

 

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Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, who lost in the only completed match on Saturday was very upset about the anthem.

I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I never felt more disrespected in my whole life,” she said. “I’ve played Fed Cup for 13 years now, and it was the worst thing that has ever happened to me.”

Alison Riske, who defeated Petkovic 7-6(10), 6-2 also commented: “You know what, as it was happening obviously, we have no idea. News got around to us, and it’s extremely unfortunate. We have nothing but respect for the German team.”

“Obviously, that will not happen again.”

Alison Riske

 

For Riske, this was her first singles victory in Fed Cup.

“It mean(s) a lot when you play for your country. I’m always emotional when I talk about America. We’re lucky to be living here and to represent America. Any time we can, it’s a real honor.”

Petkovic was serving for the first set at 5-3, when Riske came back to force a tiebreak. At 3-3 in the tiebreak, play was suspended due to rain.

“I just tried to be the one that was more aggressive in the tiebreaker, because usually that person is the one who’s going to win the tiebreaker.

“Just tried to get out there after the rain break and go after it. Yeah, I did have four set points to win it. After that, I felt like I was in a better place mentally just to have one set under my belt.”

“I was fighting a lot of nerves,” she said after the match.” Like I said, we all want to win for our country, our team, our captain.”

“Considering all the conditions, it was a good quality match in the first set,” said the former top 10 Petkovic.” I just didn’t close it out. Yeah, maybe a little unlucky in few moments; maybe a little also few mistakes that shouldn’t have happened in the important moments.

“Then, as I said, she played fantastic second set.”

Coco Vandeweghe took a 6-3, 3-1 lead over Julia Goerges before rain halted play for the day.

The United States leads Germany 1-0 after the first day of play. They will resume play at 9:30 AM local time. Vandeweghe-Goerges will be completed, followed by reverse singles – Riske against Goerges,  Vandeweghe takes on Petkovic, and then the doubles match- Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Vandeweghe versus Laura Siegemumd and Carina Witthoeft.

The winner of this tie will take on the winner of the Czech Republic- Spain tie the weekend of April 22-23.

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ATP Tennis Results – Montpellier, Quito and Sofia

ATP World Tour 250 
Montpellier, France (+1 hour GMT)
6-12 February 2017 Surface: Indoor Hard
Open Sud de France
Montpellier, France

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2017

Singles – Semi-finals
[4] [WC] A. Zverev (GER) d [2] J. Tsonga (FRA) 67(6) 62 64
[3] R. Gasquet (FRA) d B. Paire (FRA) 62 62

Doubles – Semi-finals
A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) d P. Raja (IND) / D. Sharan (IND) 62 76(1)

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2017

COURT PATRICE DOMINGUEZ start 2:30 pm
[3] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [4] [WC] A. Zverev (GER)
After Suitable Rest – A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) vs [2] F. Martin (FRA) / D. Nestor (CAN)

ATP World Tour 250 
Quito, Ecuador (-5 hours GMT)
6-12 February 2017 Surface: Clay
Ecuador Open
Quito, Ecuador

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2017

Singles – Semi-finals
[3] P. Lorenzi (ITA) d [2] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 61 64
V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) d [4] T. Bellucci (BRA) 76(4) 76(3)

Doubles – Final
J. Cerretani (USA) / P. Oswald (AUT) d [2] J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG) 63 21 Retired

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2017

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
[2] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 
vs [3] P. Lorenzi (ITA) 


ATP World Tour 250 
Sofia, Bulgaria (+2 hours GMT)
6-12 February 2017 Surface: Indoor Hard
Garanti Koza Sofia Open
Sofia, Bulgaria

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2017

Singles – Semi-finals
[2] D. Goffin (BEL) d [4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 57 64 76(3)
[3] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d N. Basilashvili (GEO) 61 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
V. Troicki (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / M. Klizan (SVK) 36 76(5) 10-8

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2017

CENTER COURT start 3:00 pm
V. Troicki (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs M. Elgin (RUS) / A. Kuznetsov (RUS)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[3] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [2] D. Goffin (BEL)

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Miami Open Announces Player Field

Serena Williams

(February 8, 2017) Miami, FL – The 2017 Miami Open has announced their player field. The event at the Crandon Park Tennis Center will take place March 20- April 2.

The event received its 2017 official acceptance lists and with all 76 of the top ranked men and 70 of the top 73 ranked women currently entered, the Miami Open player field ranks among the best on the tennis calendar.

The player field features a combined 13 major singles champions.

The 2017 ATP acceptance list features 18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, World No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, World No. 2 Novak Djokovic, an 12-time Grand Slam winner and the three-time defending Miami Open champion, 14-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, and former US Open champions Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic.

The women’s field for 2017 features 23-time Grand Slam champion and eight-time Miami Open winner Serena Williams, seven-time Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams, two-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber, Olympic Gold Medalist and Miami native Monica Puig, and reigning French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza.

Qualifying rounds will be played March 20-21 and will determine 12 additional slots in each singles draw. The Miami Open will also award wildcards to five men and eight women. The main draw begins on Tuesday, March 21 as the women take the court, followed by the first round of the men’s main draw on Wednesday, March 22.

2017 Miami Open – ATP Acceptance List

(as of February 7, 2017)

Name, Country, Rank

Andy Murray, GBR 01

Novak Djokovic, SRB 02

Stan Wawrinka, SUI 03

Milos Raonic, CAN 04

Kei Nishikori, JPN 05

Rafael Nadal, ESP 06

Marin Cilic, CRO 07

Dominic Thiem, AUT 08

Gael Monfils, FRA 09

Roger Federer, SUI 10

David Goffin, BEL 11

Tomas Berdych, CZE 12

Grigor Dimitrov, BUL 13

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA 14

Nick Kyrgios, AUS 15

Roberto Bautista Agut, ESP 16

Lucas Pouille, FRA 17

Ivo Karlovic, CRO 18

Jack Sock, USA 19

Pablo Cuevas, URU 20

Alexander Zverev, GER 21

Richard Gasquet, FRA 22

John Isner, USA 23

Gilles Simon, FRA 24

David Ferrer, ESP 25

Tommy Haas #, GER 25

Pablo Carreno Busta, ESP 26

Sam Querrey, USA 27

Philip Kohlschreiber, GER  28

Gilles Muller, LUX 29

Albert Ramos-Vinolas, ESP 30

Steve Johnson, USA 31

Feliciano Lopez, ESP 32

Bernard Tomic, AUS 33

Mischa Zverev, GER 34

Marcos Baghdatis, CYP 35

Martin Klizan, SVK 36

Viktor Troicki, SRB 37

Juan Martin del Potro, ARG 38

Marcel Granollers, ESP 39

Fernando Verdasco, ESP 40

Joao Sousa, POR  41

Nicolas Mahut, FRA 42

Benoit Paire, FRA 43

Nicolas Amagro, ESP 44

Fabio Fognini, ITA 45

Paolo Lorenzi, ITA 46

Daniel Evans, GBR 47

Federico Delbonis, ARG 48

Florian Mayer, GER 49

Malek Jaziri, TUN 50

Karen Khachanov, RUS 51

Diego Schwartzman, ARG 52

Kyle Edmund, GBR 53

Jiri Vesely, CZE 54

Andrey Kuznetsov, RUS 55

Adrian Mannarino, FRA 56

Robin Haase, NED 57

Tommy Robredo #, ESP 57

Borna Coric, CRO 58

Steve Darcis, BEL 59

Jan-Lennard Struff, GER 60

Yen-Hsun Lu, TPE 61

Ryan Harrison, USA 62

Daniil Medvedev, RUS 63

Jordan Thompson, AUS 64

Juan Monaco, ARG 65

Stephane Robert, FRA 66

Alexandr Dolgopolov, UKR 67

Jeremy Chardy, FRA 68

Horacio Zeballos,  ARG 69

Hyeon Chung, KOR 70

Donald Young, USA 71

Dudi Sela, ISR 72

Gastao Elias, POR 73

Kevin Anderson, RSA 74

Andreas Seppi, ITA 75

Facundo Bagnis, ARG 76

Denis Istomin, UZB 77

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2017 Miami Open – WTA Acceptance List

(as of February 7, 2017)

Name, Country, Rank

Serena Williams USA 01

Angelique Kerber GER 02

Karoilina Pliskova CZE 03

Simona Halep ROU 04

Dominika Cibulkova SVK 05

Agnieszka Radwanska POL 06

Garbine Mugaruza ESP 07

Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 08

Madison Keys USA 09

Johanna Konta GBR 10

Venus Williams USA 11

Elina Svitolina UKR 13

Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 14

Elena Vesnina RUS 15

Timea Bacsinszky SUI 16

Barbora Strycova CZE 17

Caroline Wozniacki DEN 18

Coco Vandeweghe USA 20

Roberta Vinci ITA 21

Samantha Stosur AUS 22

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS    23

Kiki Bertens NED 24

Caroline Garcia FRA 25

Daria Gavrilova AUS 26

Yulia Putintseva KAZ 27

Daria Kasatkina RUS 28

Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 29

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 30

Kristina Mladenovic FRA 31

Timea Babos HUN 32

Shuai Zhang CHN 33

Anastasija Sevastova LAT 34

Jelena Ostapenko LAT 35

Monica Niculescu ROU 36

Ana Konjuh CRO 37

Laura Siegemund GER 38

Ekaterina Makarova RUS 39

Alison Riske USA 40

Katerina Siniakova CZE 41

Misaki Doi JPN 42

Alize Cornet FRA 43

Christina McHale USA 44

Eugenie Bouchard CAN 45

Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 46

Lucie Safarova CZE 47

Monica Puig PUR 48

Sara Errani ITA 49

Jelena Jankovic SRB 50

Andrea Petkovic GER 51

Shelby Rogers USA 53

Lesia Tsurenko UKR 54

Lauren Davis USA 55

Naomi Osaka JPN 56

Julia Goerges GER 57

Kristyna Pliskova CZE 58

Shuai Peng CHN 59

Yanina Wickmayer BEL 60

Johanna Larsson SWE 61

Sorana Cirstea ROU 62

Viktorija Golubic SUI 63

Pauline Parmentier FRA 64

Annika Beck GER 65

Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 66

Oceane Dodin FRA 67

Louisa Chirico USA 68

Danka Kovinic MNE 69

Lara Arruabarrena ESP 70

Ying-Ying Duan CHN 71

Heather Watson GBR 72

Catherine Bellis USA 73

Kirsten Flipkens BEL 74

Camila Giorgi ITA 75

Kristina Kucova SVK 76

Carina Witthoeft GER 77

Mandy Minella LUX 78

Jennifer Brady USA 79

 

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Powershares Series at Connecticut Open to Feature Blake, Chang McEnroe and Philippousis

TENNIS HALL OF FAMERS MICHAEL CHANG AND JOHN MCENROE TAKE ON FAIRFIELD’S JAMES BLAKE AND DEFENDING CHAMPION MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS IN POWERSHARES SERIES AT 2017 CONNECTICUT OPEN PRESENTED BY UNITED TECHNOLOGIES

 

Tickets For 2017 Connecticut Open Go On Sale In March

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn., February 7, 2017 – Tennis Hall of Fame inductees Michael Chang and John McEnroe will face Fairfield’s James Blake and defending champion Mark Philippoussis in a PowerShares Series event – the circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30 – at the 2017 Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, to be held August 18-26, at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, it was announced today by Tournament Director Anne Worcester.

 

The Connecticut Open Men’s Legends Event, which began three years ago, is an official part of the PowerShares Series. McEnroe, Blake and Philippoussis returned to New Haven in 2016, while Chang will make his New Haven debut in the PowerShares Series. On Thursday, August 24, following the women’s quarterfinal, Chang will play Blake, and on Friday, August 25, following the WTA semifinal, McEnroe will take on Philippoussis, with the winners of each matchup competing in a final on Friday night. The men’s matches will be one set each.

 

The youngest ATP World Tour player to win a Grand Slam Singles Title, Chang returns to New Haven for the first time since 1995. Chang, who earned a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world, won the 1989 French Open crown at 17 years old and won 34 singles titles on the ATP World Tour. Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008, Chang is the current coach of World No. 5 Kei Nishikori.

 

“I have fond memories playing in the City of New Haven, and I look forward to coming back and participating in the PowerShares Series at the Connecticut Open,” said Chang. “The Connecticut Tennis Center is a great venue with tremendous fans, and it will be fun to compete against Fairfield native James Blake. Hopefully I can make the final and get a chance against McEnroe or Philippoussis and win the event.”

 

McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam singles and nine-time Grand Slam Doubles Champion, will be returning to New Haven for the third consecutive year. McEnroe boasts more than 150 singles and doubles championships in his career, and, in 1984, had one of the greatest seasons in the history of tennis when he won two majors (Wimbledon, US Open), 13 of 15 singles tournaments, and compiled an 82-3 record for the year, the best year-long winning percentage on the ATP World Tour. McEnroe was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.

 

Blake is a two-time Connecticut Open Champion, earning 10 singles and seven doubles titles on the ATP World Tour. The Fairfield Connecticut native returns to play in the Legends event for the third consecutive year. Philippoussis, a former top 10 player with 11 singles and three doubles titles in his career, returns for a second straight year. The Australian defeated 2017 International Hall of Fame inductee Andy Roddick and Blake to win the PowerShares Series at New Haven last year.

 

“The Legends Event is a fan-favorite at the Connecticut Open, and we strive to welcome some of the greatest players in the history of the game to New Haven each year,” said Worcester. “The Hall of Famers continue to flock to New Haven, as Michael Chang joins John McEnroe this year following 2017 Hall of Fame inductee Andy Roddick’s appearance in last year’s event. James Blake obviously has a huge following in Connecticut and Mark Philippoussis, who won the event last year, can still play electric tennis. We’re extremely happy with this year’s PowerShares Series lineup and look forward to another great event in New Haven.”

 

Fans can guarantee the best to the Legends matches by purchasing a weeklong or multiple session package. 2017 Connecticut Open ticket options include:

 

After Hours (Aug. 21-26) – Every evening session, including all Legends matches, and Saturday afternoon (WTA Finals)

 

Final 4 (Aug. 24-26) – Thursday evening (Quarterfinal/Legends), Friday day and evening (WTA Semifinals/Legends), and Saturday (WTA Finals)

 

Pick 4 (Aug. 20-24) – Choice of four early round sessions including Thursday evening (WTA Quarterfinal/Legends)

 

For those looking to see all 14 sessions of incredible women’s tennis plus both Legends matches, weeklong box seats are available and provide significant savings and a host of benefits.

 

For more information about the 2017 Connecticut Open, including multi-session packages, weeklong box seats, sponsorship packages, hospitality and becoming a volunteer, visit www.ctopen.org or call 203-776-7331. Daily tickets for the tournament will be on sale starting March 20.

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Powershares Series Schedule Announced

2014 PowerShares QQQ Tennis Tour Rings The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell

POWERSHARES SERIES FULL SCHEDULE FOR 2017 ANNOUNCED

(February 7, 2017) LOS ANGELES – PowerShares Series Tennis, the circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30, announced its full 2017 circuit of events starting March 30 in Toronto, Canada.

The 2017 PowerShares Series will also again partner alongside ATP and WTA events in Charleston, S.C., Newport, R.I., Winston-Salem, N.C., and New Haven, Conn. The series of one-night tournaments, featuring two one-set semifinal matches and a one-set final-round match played between tennis legends, will feature for a third straight year players making their own line-calls with the assistance of electronic line-calling.

The full 2017 PowerShares Series schedule, with player fields, is as follows:

* March 30: Toronto, ON (Ricoh Coliseum) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, Mark Philippoussis
* April 1: Charleston, S.C. (Family Circle Tennis Center) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Mark Philippoussis
* April 28: Birmingham, AL (Legacy Arena At The BJCC) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Mardy Fish
* May 17: Chicago, IL (UIC Pavilion) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis
* July 23 Newport, R.I. (International Tennis Hall of Fame) – Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake, Mardy Fish
* August 20 Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest University) – Andy Roddick, James Blake, Michael Chang, Mardy Fish
* August 24, 25 New Haven, CT (Yale University) – John McEnroe, Michael Chang, James Blake, Mark Philippoussis
* Lincoln, NE (Pinnacle Bank Arena) – to be announced
* Los Angeles, CA (Sherwood Country Club) – to be announced
* Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena) – to be announced

Each PowerShares Series event also features special VIP experiences, including hit-with-the-pros opportunities and special back-stage access. All ticket, experience and event information can be found at www.PowerSharesSeries.com.

Mark Philippoussis won the 2016 PowerShares Series season championship with tournament victories in Memphis, Tulsa, Newport, Winston-Salem and New Haven. Andy Roddick won four events during the 2016 season in St. Louis, Charleston, Los Angeles and Orlando, followed in third place by James Blake, who won titles in Chicago, Portland and Brooklyn. In 2015, Roddick won the PowerShares Series points title in his second year of competing on the series winning a record eight events in Los Angeles, Lincoln, Chicago, Austin, Little Rock, Dallas, Richmond and Minneapolis. The year before in 2014, McEnroe won the points title for the first time in the history of Champions Series tennis by winning events in Kansas City, Indianapolis, Nashville and Charlotte.

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Tennis Channel To Air USA vs. Switzerland Davis Cup Tie; Tennis Channel, Tennis Channel Plus to Cover Six Davis Cup Matchups This Weekend

(February 1, 2017) LOS ANGELES –Tennis Channel will provide complete live coverage of the U.S. Davis Cup team’s first-round competition against Switzerland in Birmingham, Ala., this weekend, with the first match underway Friday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. ET. Hall of Fame Captain (and Tennis Channel analyst) Jim Courier will lead the four highest-ranked American men’s singles players – John Isner, Jack Sock, Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey – into battle this weekend.

 

The meeting will consist of two singles matches on Friday, followed by the doubles match Saturday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. ET. Tennis Channel’s coverage concludes with the remaining singles play Sunday, Feb. 5, at 12 p.m. ET. Each match is worth one point, with three victories enough to secure a trip to the April quarterfinals to play the winner of this weekend’s Australia and Czech Republic competition.

 

The match-up is one of six carried live in their entirety on Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus this weekend. Beginning Thursday, Feb. 2, television and digital subscribers will be able to watch Davis Cup action between: United States-Switzerland (Birmingham) Australia-Czech Republic (Melbourne, Australia), Japan-France (Tokyo), Croatia-Spain (Osijek, Croatia), Serbia-Russia (Nis, Serbia) and Canada-Britain (Ottawa, Canada). The network will offer live look-ins at the Australia-Czech Republic and Croatia-Spain competitions. Viewers can also catch Davis Cup matches on-demand on Tennis Channel Plus, the digital subscription service available to everyone in the United States, regardless of whether they currently subscribe to the television network. Among the stars set to play Davis Cup this weekend are Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, France’s Richard Gasquet, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Britain’s Jamie Murray.

The United States holds a 3-1 record against Switzerland. The most recent meeting between the two nations was in 2012, when the United States beat Switzerland 5-0 in Fribourg, Switzerland. The Swiss team’s sole victory over the Americans came in 2001. However, Switzerland will be without newly crowned Australian Open champion and former World No. 1 Roger Federer, who in 2001 led the team to a 3-2 triumph over the Americans in Basel, Switzerland. The United States, which leads all nations in Davis Cup titles, has clinched the trophy on 32 occasions, the most recent in 2007.

 

As a player, U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier was on the 1992 team that beat Switzerland 3-1 to win the Davis Cup championship. For the 2017 edition, Isner holds 10 career singles titles and recently advanced to the finals at the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris in November before falling to World No. 1 Andy Murray. Sock started off the year by winning his second title at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, and comes into this weekend after an impressive third-round appearance at the Australian Open. Last year, Johnson captured his first ATP singles title at the Nottingham Open in England, and had his best performance at a Grand Slam in the fourth round at Wimbledon before falling to Federer. Querrey teamed up with Johnson at the Geneva Open in Geneva, Switzerland, to win their first doubles title as a pair in May, and enters this weekend’s match-up after falling to Murray in the third round at this year’s the Australian Open.

 

The Swiss team won the Davis Cup title for the first time in 2014 with the help of Federer and current World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka. This year’s team is captained by retired tennis player Severin Luthi and features Marco Chiudinelli, Henri Laaksonen, Adrien Bossel and Antoine Bellier.

 

Tennis Channel’s live Davis Cup coverage is as follows (all times ET):

Thursday, Feb 2:

7 p.m. – Singles Australia v. Czech Republic

9 p.m. – Singles Japan v. France (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

Friday, Feb. 3:

9 a.m. – Singles Croatia v. Spain/Singles Serbia v. Russia (Tennis Channel Plus)

3 p.m. – Singles Canada v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

4 p.m. – Singles United States v. Switzerland

8 p.m. – Doubles Australia v. Czech Republic

10 p.m. – Doubles Japan v. France (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

Saturday, Feb. 4:

10 a.m. – Doubles Croatia v. Spain/Doubles Serbia v. Russia (Tennis Channel Plus)

1 p.m. – Doubles Canada v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

3 p.m. – Doubles United States v. Switzerland

7 p.m. – Singles Australia v. Czech Republic

9 p.m. – Singles Japan v. France (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

Sunday, Feb. 5:

8 a.m. – Singles Serbia v. Russia (Tennis Channel Plus)

9 a.m. – Singles Croatia v. Spain

12 p.m. – Singles United States v. Switzerland/Singles Canada v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

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2016 Wimbledon Men’s Final Tale of the Tape: Andy Murray vs. Milos Raonic

88 RaonicAndy Murray bh

2016 WIMBLEDON

DAY 13 MEN’S NOTES

Sunday 10 July

Singles Final

 

 

2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v NO. 6 MILOS RAONIC (CAN)

 

(Seed) Player Country Age Ranking Best Wimbledon performance Best Grand Slam performance
(2) Andy Murray GBR 29 2 W  13 W US Open 12, Wimbledon 13
(6) Milos Raonic CAN 25 7 FR 16 FR Wimbledon 16

 

2016 Wimbledon sees the 130th staging of The Lawn Tennis Championships, which began in 1877 with Britain’s Spencer Gore defeating compatriot William Marshall 61 62 64 for the inaugural title. This is the 49th staging of The Championships in the Open Era, the first being in 1968 when Australia’s Rod Laver defeated countryman Tony Roche 63 64 62. 2016 Wimbledon is the 194th Grand Slam tournament of the Open Era.

 

Prize money and ATP Ranking points

 

Today’s champion receives £2,000,000 in prize money, while the runner-up collects £1,000,000. In total, the men’s singles prize fund at 2016 Wimbledon is £10,856,000, a 5.1% increase on 2015. The winner is also awarded 2000 ATP Ranking points, with the runner-up receiving 1200.

 

ATP Rankings update

 

Murray will remain at No. 2 in the rankings regardless of the result of the final. If Raonic wins the title, he will rise to No. 5 when the ATP Rankings are released on Monday 11 July:

 

Projected rankings

Position Player ATP Ranking points
1. Novak Djokovic 15040
2. Andy Murray 9395/10195
3. Roger Federer 5945
4. Rafael Nadal 5290
5. Stan Wawrinka 4720
6. Kei Nishikori 4290
7. Milos Raonic 4285/5085
8. Tomas Berdych 3490
9. Dominic Thiem 3175
10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2995

 

No. 2 v No. 6

 

The last time the No. 2 seed faced the No. 6 seed in the final at a Grand Slam was at 2009 Wimbledon when No. 2 Roger Federer defeated No. 6 Andy Roddick in 5-sets.

 

Raonic is bidding to become the first No. 6 seed to win Wimbledon since Michael Stich defeated Boris Becker in 1991 – the only occasion in the Open Era that a No. 6 seed has defeated the No. 2 seed in a Grand Slam final.

 

The last No. 6 seed to win a Grand Slam title was Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open (d. Federer). The last time a No. 2 seed won a Grand Slam title was at the 2013 US Open, when No. 2 Rafael Nadal defeated No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

 

Grand Slam Final debut

 

Raonic is looking to become the 38th man in the Open Era to win their first Grand Slam title in their maiden final. The last man to win a Grand Slam title in their maiden final was Marin Cilic at the 2014 US Open.

 

Murray is making his 11th appearance in a Grand Slam final – but this is the first time he has faced an opponent other than Federer or Djokovic at this stage.

 

Match-win leaders

Raonic is looking to close the gap on Murray in 3rd place on the list for the most match-wins in 2016 so far:

Most wins in 2016*

Rank Player Win-loss
1. Dominic Thiem 48-13
2.

3.

4.

5.

Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray

Milos Raonic

Kei Nishikori

46-4

39-6

37-8

36-11

             *through 2016 Wimbledon semifinals; Players in bold are still active at 2016 Wimbledon

Raonic is also aiming to tie Murray at the top of the list for most grass court wins in 2016 so far:

Most grass court wins in 2016*

Rank Player Win-loss
1. Andy Murray 11-0
2=

 

 

 

Roger Federer

Steve Johnson

Gilles Muller

Milos Raonic

10-3

10-3

10-4

10-1

             *through 2016 Wimbledon semifinals; Players in bold are still active at 2016 Wimbledon

 

Most titles in 2016

 

Murray is one of the 7 men to have won multiple titles this year. In total, 24 male players have won at least one title this year – including Raonic who won at Brisbane.

 

Most titles in 2016

Novak Djokovic             6          Doha, Australian Open, Indian Wells-1000, Miami-1000, Madrid-1000, Roland Garros

Dominic Thiem              4          Buenos Aires, Acapulco, Nice, Stuttgart

Stan Wawrinka             3          Chennai, Dubai, Geneva
Roberto Bautista Agut   2          Auckland, Sofia

Pablo Cuevas               2          Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Andy Murray                 2          Rome-1000, Queen’s

Rafael Nadal                 2          Monte Carlo-1000, Barcelona

 

2016 Wimbledon match stats so far…

 

Player Aces Double Faults 1st serve points won 2nd serve points won Break points saved Service games win-loss
Andy Murray 52 6 78% 57% 19/27 85-8
Milos Raonic 154 28 83% 59% 22/27 116-5

 

Head-to-head: Murray leads 6-3

2012            Miami-1000                        Hard (O)           R32      Murray             WO

2012            Barcelona                          Clay (O)            QF       Raonic              64 76(3)

2012            Toronto-1000                     Hard (O)           R16      Raonic              WO

2012            US Open                           Hard (O)           R16      Murray             64 64 62

2012            Tokyo                               Hard (O)           SF        Raonic              63 67(5) 76(4)

2014            Indian Wells-1000              Hard (O)           R16      Raonic              46 75 63

2014            ATP World Tour Finals       Hard (I)             RR       Murray             63 75

2015            Madrid-1000                      Clay (O)            QF       Murray              64 75

2016            Australian Open               Hard (O)           SF        Murray             46 75 67(4) 64 62

2016            Monte Carlo-1000              Clay (O)            QF       Murray              62 60

2016            Queen’s                             Grass (O)         FR        Murray              67(5) 64 63

 

A 10th career meeting for Murray and Raonic. Murray is on a 5-match winning streak against Raonic, and has won both of their meetings at a Grand Slam, including at the Australian Open this year in the only 5-set match the pair have contested. Murray also won their only meeting on grass, in the final at Queen’s this year.

 

This is the first time that the finalists at Queen’s have met in the Wimbledon final since 1988. That year Stefan Edberg defeated Boris Becker in the Wimbledon final to avenge his loss to Becker in the final at Queen’s.

 

                          MURRAY                                       v                                        RAONIC

 

29                                          Age                                          25

6’3”/1.91m                                  Height                                  6’5”/1.96m

2                                    ATP Ranking                                    7

37                                         Titles                                          8

171-39                     Career Grand Slam Record                      57-21

52-9                             Wimbledon Record                             16-5

2 Titles                       Best Grand Slam Result     2016 Wimbledon Finalist

591-171                              Career Record                              244-111

101-17                         Career Record – Grass                         28-14

39-6                                  2016 Record                                  37-8

11-0                            2016 Record – Grass                            10-1

23-7                          Career Five-Set Record                          8-5

9                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

168-103                      Career Tiebreak Record                       155-93

11-5                           2016 Tiebreak Record                           20-6

 

Road to the Final

MURRAY Time   Time RAONIC
d. (WC) Liam Broady 62 63 64

d. Yen-Hsun Lu 63 62 61

1:43

1:40

1st round

2nd round

1:54

1:58

d. Pablo Carreno Busta 76(4) 62 64

d. Andreas Seppi 76(5) 64 62

d. John Millman 63 75 62 2:11 3rd round 2:16 d. No. 27 Jack Sock 76(2) 64 76(1)
d. No. 15 Nick Kyrgios 75 61 64

d. No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 76(10) 61 36 46 61

1:43

3:54

Round of 16

Quarterfinals

3:03

2:32

d. No. 11 David Goffin 46 36 64 64 64

d. No. 28 Sam Querrey 64 75 57 64

d. No. 10 Tomas Berdych 63 63 63 1:58 Semifinals 3:25 d. No. 3 Roger Federer 63 67(3) 46 75 63
         
total time on court 13:07 (IBM time) 15:04 total time on court

 

  • 2013 champion MURRAY is bidding to win his 2nd Wimbledon – and 3rd Grand Slam – title.

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon titles since Fred Perry, who won the title here from 1934-36.

 

  • Murray is bidding to win his 2nd Wimbledon title and become the 12th male player to win multiple Wimbledon titles in the Open Era after Roger Federer (7 titles), Pete Sampras (7), Bjorn Borg (5), Boris Becker (3), Novak Djokovic (3), John McEnroe (3), Jimmy Connors (2), Stefan Edberg (2), Rod Laver (2), Rafael Nadal (2) and John Newcombe (2).

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the 21st man in the Open Era to win 3 or more Grand Slam titles. If he wins, Murray would join Arther Ashe, Jan Kodes and Gustavo Kuerten in winning 3 Grand Slam titles in the Open Era.

 

  • Murray is bidding to end a 3-match losing streak in Grand Slam finals. Just 3 men in the Open Era, Murray included, have lost more Grand Slam finals in a row:

 

Player No. of consecutive Grand Slam final defeats
Ivan Lendl 4 – 1981 Roland Garros, 1982 US Open, 1983 US Open, 1983 Australian Open
Andy Roddick 4 – 2004 Wimbledon, 2005 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, 2009 Wimbledon
Andy Murray 4 – 2008 US Open, 2010 Australian Open, 2011 Australian Open, 2012 Wimbledon

 

  • Murray is bidding to avoid becoming the first man in the Open Era to lose in the final of the first 3 Grand Slam events of the calendar year. Jimmy Connors is the only man in the Open Era to lose 3 Grand Slam finals in one year – at the Australian Open (l. Newcombe), Wimbledon (l. Ashe) and US Open (l. Manuel Orantes) in 1975. Rafael Nadal is the only man in the Open Era to lose 3 consecutive Grand Slam finals – falling to Novak Djokovic in the final at 2011 Wimbledon, the 2011 US Open and the 2012 Australian Open.

 

  • Murray, who has a 2-8 win-loss record in Grand Slam finals, is looking to avoid losing his 9th Grand Slam final. Just 2 men in the Open Era have lost more Grand Slam finals than Murray.

 

Most Grand Slam finals lost (Open Era)

Ivan Lendl 11
Roger Federer 10
Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray

8
8

 

  • Murray is just the 8th different man in the Open Era to reach the first 3 Grand Slam finals in a calendar year. Rod Laver (1969), Bjorn Borg (1978, 1980 and 1981), John McEnroe (1984), Ivan Lendl (1986), Jim Courier (1993), Roger Federer (2006, 2007 and 2009) and Novak Djokovic (2015) have also achieved the feat.

 

  • If Murray, who has a 171-39 win-loss record at the majors, wins today he will take sole ownership of 10th place on the list for most Grand Slam match-wins in history ahead of Ken Rosewall. He is the leading British man of all-time in terms of Grand Slam match-wins.

                                                     All Grand Slams (all-time)

Rank Player Win-loss
1
2
Roger Federer

Jimmy Connors

307-51

233-49

3 Andre Agassi 224-53
4

5

6

Ivan Lendl

Novak Djokovic

Roy Emerson

222-49

223-35

210-48

7

8

Pete Sampras

Rafael Nadal

203-38

200-30

9

10=

Stefan Edberg

Ken Rosewall

Andy Murray

178-47

171-34

171-39

 

  • By reaching his 11th Grand Slam final, Murray has taken sole ownership of the record for most appearances in a Grand Slam final by a British man (since the Challenge Round was abolished at Wimbledon in 1922):

 

Player Appearances in a Grand Slam final
Andy Murray 11 – US Open 2008, 2012, Australian Open 2010-11, 2013, 2015-16, Wimbledon 2012-13, 2016, Roland Garros 2016
Fred Perry 10 – US Championships 1933-34, 1936, Australian Championships 1934-35, French Championships 1935-36, Wimbledon 1934-36

 

  • By reaching his 11th Grand Slam final, Murray has equalled Stefan Edberg, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander in 14th place on the list for the most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era. Only 3 active players have reached more Grand Slam finals than Murray – Roger Federer (27), Rafael Nadal (20) and Novak Djokovic (20).

 

  • By reaching his 3rd Wimbledon final, Murray has equalled Stefan Edberg, John Newcombe and Andy Roddick in 10th place on the Open Era list for most Wimbledon finals reached.

 

  • If he wins today, Murray will close the gap on Novak Djokovic in 6th place on the Open Era list for most Wimbledon match-wins.

 

Wimbledon Win-loss*

Jimmy Connors                         84-18

Roger Federer                          84-11

Boris Becker                             71-12

Pete Sampras                           63-7

John McEnroe                          59-11

Novak Djokovic                         54-9

Andy Murray                            52-9    

Bjorn Borg                                51-4

Stefan Edberg                           49-12

Goran Ivanisevic                       49-14
Ivan Lendl                                 48-14

              *Through the semifinals at 2016 Wimbledon

  • In 2013, Murray became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years – since Perry in 1936 – after defeating Djokovic 64 75 64 in the final. The triumph, on his 8th Wimbledon appearance, saw him go 2nd on the list for the most attempts before winning the Wimbledon title behind Goran Ivanisevic (14).

 

  • Murray won his first Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open, becoming the first British man to win a Grand Slam title since Perry at the 1936 US Championships. He defeated Djokovic 76(10) 75 26 36 62 in the final.

 

  • Murray is on a 6-match winning streak in 5-set matches. He has a 23-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall and a 4-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon.

 

  • Murray is on a 11-match winning streak having warmed up for Wimbledon by winning his 5th Queen’s title (d. Milos Raonic), becoming the first man to win 5 titles at the tournament. 7 of his 37 career singles titles have come on grass.

 

  • Murray’s 1st round win over Liam Broady was the first all-British men’s meeting at a Grand Slam since the 2006 US Open when Tim Henman defeated Greg Rusedski in the 1st round. It was the first at Wimbledon since 2001 when Barry Cowan defeated Mark Hilton in the 1st round and Tim Henman defeated Martin Lee in the 2nd round.

 

  • Murray has won 2 singles titles in 2016. As well as winning the title at Queen’s, he also won Rome-1000
    (d. Djokovic). In Grand Slam play this year he reached the final at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros, losing to Djokovic on both occasions. He was the first British man since Bunny Austin in 1937 to reach the Roland Garros final.

 

  • By reaching the 2016 Roland Garros final, Murray joined Jim Courier (won Australian Open and Roland Garros, lost Wimbledon and the US Open) and Fred Stolle (won Roland Garros and the US Open, lost Australia and Wimbledon) as the only 3 men in history to have won 2 of the 4 Grand Slam titles and finished as runner-up at the other 2.

 

  • Murray helped Great Britain to reach the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals for the 3rd straight time earlier this year. He won both of his singles matches and combined with his brother Jamie to win the doubles in the first round tie against Japan. He has been named in the Great Britain team to face Serbia in the quarterfinals in Belgrade on 15-17 July.

 

  • Murray will defend his singles gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Event. He will play in the singles and doubles event (with his brother Jamie). It will be his 3rd Olympic Games after 2008 Beijing and 2012 London.

 

  • Murray reunited with Ivan Lendl, an 8-time Grand Slam champion and a finalist here in 1986 and 1987, at 2016 Queen’s. His assistant coach is Jamie Delgado, who played at Wimbledon 23 times (at any level).

 

  • RAONIC is bidding to become the first Canadian man in history to win a Grand Slam title. He would become the 55th different man to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era and the 150th different man to win a major title in history.

 

  • Raonic is the 2nd Canadian player – man or woman – to reach a Grand Slam final after Eugenie Bouchard, who finished runner-up at 2014 Wimbledon.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to become just the 4th man in the Open Era to win his first grass court title at Wimbledon. Michael Stich (1991), Andre Agassi (1992) and Novak Djokovic (2011) are the only men to have won their first grass court title here.

 

  • Raonic is looking to become the first player outside of the ‘Big Four’ (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic and today’s opponent) to win Wimbledon since 2002, when Lleyton Hewitt won the title here. He is also the first player outside those 4 to reach the final here since 2010, when Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych.

 

  • Raonic’s compatriot Denis Shapovalov has also reached the boys’ final here. The last time a nation had representation in both the men’s final and the boys’ final at Wimbledon was in 2009 when USA’s Andy Roddick finished runner-up in the men’s event and Jordan Cox finished runner-up in the boys’ event.

 

  • The last time a nation had representation in both the men’s final and the boys’ final at a Grand Slam was at 2014 Roland Garros when Spain’s Nadal won the men’s event and Jaume Munar finished runner-up in the boys’ event. The last time a man and boy from the same nation won a Grand Slam was at 2002 Wimbledon when Lleyton Hewitt won the men’s event and Todd Reid won the boys event for Australia.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to win the Wimbledon title on his 6th appearance here. Arthur Ashe, Stefan Edberg, Jan Kodes and Richard Krajicek all won Wimbledon on their 6th appearance here.

 

  • Raonic is the looking to become the first non-European title winner at Wimbledon since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002. The last non-European man to win a Grand Slam title was Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open. Roddick was the last non-European finalist here in 2009; Kei Nishikori was the last non-European Grand Slam finalist at the 2014 US Open.

 

  • Raonic plays here at No. 6 – his highest seeding at Wimbledon. His highest Grand Slam seeding came at the 2014 US Open, where he was seeded No. 5.

 

  • Aged 25 years 196 days, Raonic is bidding to become the youngest man to win Wimbledon since Djokovic (aged 24 years 42 days) in 2011. He would be the youngest man to win a Grand Slam title since Djokovic (24 years 252 days) at the 2012 Australian Open.

 

  • Raonic is looking to record back-to-back match-wins against Top 3 opposition for the first time. By defeating No. 3 Federer in the semifinals here, Raonic ended a 5-match losing streak against Top 3 opposition. He has a 5-23 win-loss record against Top 3 opposition overall and a 1-4 win-loss record against Top 3 opposition at the majors.

 

  • Raonic has defeated a Top 10 player on grass for the first time to improve his win-loss record against Top 10 opposition on grass to 1-4.

 

  • Raonic sits in 2nd place on the list for the most tiebreaks won at Tour-level in 2016.

 

Tiebreaks won at Tour-level in 2016

John Isner 22-17
Milos Raonic 20-6
Gilles Muller 18-11
Dominic Thiem 18-13
Sam Querrey 17-11

 

  • Last year here, as No. 7 seed, Raonic fell to Nick Kyrgios in the 3rd round. This is his 6th straight appearance at Wimbledon and his 22nd appearance at a Grand Slam overall.

 

  • By defeating Goffin in the round of 16 here, Raonic recorded his first career comeback from 0-2 down. He also defeated Federer in 5 sets in the semifinals to record his second 5-set match-win at Wimbledon and improve his win-loss record in 5-set matches to 8-5.

 

  • By reaching the final here Raonic has recorded his best Grand Slam performance. His previous best result at a major was reaching the semifinals at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Federer) and at the 2016 Australian Open (l. today’s opponent).

 

  • Raonic’s 2016 highlights also include winning his 8th career title at Brisbane, where he defeated Federer in the final, and finishing runner-up at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Djokovic). He lost in the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas).

 

  • Raonic will compete in the singles and doubles (with Vasek Pospisil) at the Olympic Tennis Event this summer after the ITF announced the Rio 2016 entries on 30 June.

 

  • Raonic was born in Montenegro but moved to Canada in 1994. He started playing tennis age 8.

 

  • Raonic added 3-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe to his coaching team at 2016 Queen’s. He also works with former world No. 1 Carlos Moya, who reached the round of 16 here in 2004, and Ricardo Piatti. His fitness trainer is Dalibor Sirola and his physiotherapist is Claudio Zimaglia.

 

****Statistics provided by the ITF and Grand Slam Media

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Roger Federer Rallies From Two Sets Down To Reach 11th Wimbledon Semifinal

(July 6, 2016) Roger Federer kept his hopes alive of winning a record eighth Wimbledon title when he rallied from two sets down and saved three match points to beat ninth seed Marin Cilic 6-7(4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(9), 6-3 to reach the semifinals on Wednesday on Centre Court. It was a little revenge for the Swiss who was destroyed by Cilic in the 2014 U.S, Open semifinals.

“Well, a lot happened out there,” Federer said to the BBC about the tenth time in his career coming back from a two-set deficit. “I knew I was in so much trouble in the third, and then again in the fourth.”

“I’m really, really pleased and just ecstatic I was able to come through somehow.”
The win for the third seeded Federer marks the 11th time he’s reached the semifinals of the All-England Club, tying Jimmy Connors and he also claims a record 307th match victory at a major, passing Martina Navratilova at 306. He also equaled Jimmy Connors with number of match wins at Wimbledon at 84.

This will be the 17-time major champion’s 40th major semifinal.

“I fought. I tried. I believed, and in the end I got it done, and so it’s great on so many levels,” Federer said to media.

Federer will face No. 6 seed Milos Raonic in the final four. The Canadian stopped the run of 28th seed American Sam Querrey, who upset Novak Djokovic in the third round, 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.
Also advancing to his second Wimbledon semifinal was No. 10 Tomas Berdych beating No. 32 Lucas Pouille 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-2.

2013 Wimbledon winner and No. 2 Andy Murray held off No. 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (10), 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1 for the last spot in the final four on Centre Court.

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2016 Wimbledon – Day 10 Men’s Preview

Sam Querrey Fila

2016 WIMBLEDON
DAY 10 MEN’S NOTES
Wednesday 6 July
Quarterfinals
Featured matches

 

No. 2 Andy Murray (GBR) v No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
No. 3 Roger Federer (SUI) v No. 9 Marin Cilic (CRO)
No. 6 Milos Raonic (CAN) v No. 28 Sam Querrey (USA)
No. 10 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v No. 32 Lucas Pouille (FRA)

A quick look at the quarterfinalists…

Player    Country    Age    ATP Rank    Best Wimbledon Performance    Best Grand Slam Performance    Grass Court Titles
(2) Andy Murray     GBR    29    2    W  13    W US Open 12, Wimbledon 13    7
(3) Roger Federer    SUI    34    3    W  03-07, 09, 12    17 titles    15
(6) Milos Raonic    CAN    25    7    SF 14    SF Wimbledon 14, Aus Open 16    0
(9) Marin Cilic    CRO    27    13    QF 14-16    W  US Open  14    1
(10) Tomas Berdych    CZE    30    9    RU 10    RU Wimbledon 10    1
(12) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga    FRA    31    12    SF 11, 12    RU Aus Open 08    0
(28) Sam Querrey    USA    28    41    QF 16    QF Wimbledon 16    1
(32) Lucas Pouille    FRA    22    30    QF 16    QF Wimbledon 16    0

•    7-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and 2013 champion Andy Murray are both looking to progress to the final 4 and climb the list for most Wimbledon semifinal appearances. Federer is looking to equal Jimmy Connors’ record of 11 Wimbledon semifinal appearances while Murray is looking to reach the semifinals here for the 7th time.

•    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille are both through to the quarterfinals here for France – the 2nd straight year that 2 Frenchmen have featured in the last 8 at Wimbledon, but only the 2nd time since 1991. A surprise win for both Tsonga, who faces No. 2 seed Andy Murray on Centre Court, and Pouille, who takes on No. 10 seed Tomas Berdych on No. 1 Court, would see 2 Frenchmen feature in the semifinals at Wimbledon for the first time since 1929.

•    First time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Sam Querrey is looking to give USA its first Wimbledon semifinalist since 2009 when he takes on fellow North American Milos Raonic on No. 1 Court. The big-serving Canadian has his own goals however, as he aims to become the first Canadian player to reach the last 4 at SW19 on multiple occasions.

NO. 2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v NO. 12 JO-WILFRIED TSONGA (FRA)    

Head-to-head: Murray leads 12-2
2007    Metz            Hard (I)        QF    Murray        63 63
2008    Australian Open    Hard (O)    R128    Tsonga        75 64 06 76(5)
2009    Montreal-1000        Hard (O)    SF    Murray        64 76(8)
2010    Wimbledon        Grass (O)    QF    Murray        67(5) 76(5) 62 62
2010    Shanghai-1000        Hard (O)    QF    Murray        62 62
2011    Queen’s        Grass (O)    FR    Murray        36 76(2) 64
2012    Wimbledon        Grass (O)    SF    Murray        63 64 36 75
2012    ATP World Tour Finals    Hard (I)        RR    Murray        62 76(3)
2013    Queen’s        Grass (O)    SF    Murray        46 63 62
2014    Miami-1000        Hard (O)    R16    Murray        64 61
2014     Toronto-1000        Hard (O)    QF    Tsonga        76(5) 46 64
2014    US Open        Hard (O)    R16    Murray        75 75 64
2015    Davis Cup (WG-QF)    Grass (O)    R2    Murray         75 76(10) 62
2015    Montreal-1000        Hard (O)    QF    Murray        64 64

A 15th career meeting between the 2 players.

Murray has won 3 of his 4 Grand Slam meetings with Tsonga – including at Wimbledon in 2010 and 2012. His only defeat to Tsonga at a Grand Slam came in their first meeting at a major at the 2008 Australian Open.

Murray has a 5-0 win-loss record against Tsonga on grass, but has dropped a set in 4 of their 5 meetings on the surface.
Possible semifinal head-to-heads
Berdych    Pouille
Murray    8-6    1-0
Tsonga    3-7    1-0

MURRAY    v    TSONGA

29    Age    31
2    ATP Ranking    12
37    Titles    12
169-39    Career Grand Slam Record    104-33
50-9    Wimbledon Record    28-8
589-171    Career Record    372-172
99-17    Career Record – Grass    44-17
37-6    2016 Record    21-9
9-0    2016 Record – Grass    4-0
22-7    Career Five-Set Record    15-7
9    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    4
167-103    Career Tiebreak Record    173-126
10-5    2016 Tiebreak Record    8-7

Road to the Quarterfinals
MURRAY    Time        Time    TSONGA
d. (WC) Liam Broady 62 63 64
d. Yen-Hsun Lu 63 62 61    1:43
1:40    1st round
2nd round    2:00
1:23    d. Inigo Cervantes 64 76(5) 64
d. Juan Monaco 61 64 63
d. John Millman 63 75 62    2:11    3rd round    4:25    d. No. 18 seed John Isner 67(3) 36 76(5) 62 19-17
d. No. 15 Nick Kyrgios 75 61 64    1:43    Round of 16    0:24    d. No. 7 Richard Gasquet 4-2 ret. (back)

total time on court    7:17    (IBM time)    8:12    total time on court

•    2013 champion MURRAY is bidding to record his 100th Tour-level match-win on grass. If he wins today, he would become just the 2nd active man to record 100 Tour-level match-wins on grass after Roger Federer (151 wins).

•    Murray is looking to reach his 7th Wimbledon semifinal and equal Novak Djokovic and his coach Ivan Lendl in 6th place on the Open Era list for most appearances in the last 4 here:

•    Murray is bidding to reach his 20th Grand Slam semifinal and take sole ownership of 8th place on the Open Era list for most Grand Slam semifinals reached. Federer (39 semifinals*), Djokovic (30) and Rafael Nadal (23) are the only active players to reach the last 4 at a Grand Slam on more occasions than Murray. [NB *Written prior to Federer’s quarterfinal match.]

•    If he wins today, Murray will equal Bjorn Borg in 7th place on the Open Era list for most Wimbledon match-wins. By defeating Nick Kyrgios in the round of 16 here, Murray recorded his 50th match-win at Wimbledon and took sole ownership of 8th place on the list of Open Era match-wins here. His victory over Millman in the 3rd round was his 49th Wimbledon match-win, moving him ahead of his coach Ivan Lendl.

Wimbledon Win-loss*
Jimmy Connors            84-18
Roger Federer            83-10
Boris Becker            71-12
Pete Sampras            63-7
John McEnroe            59-11
Novak Djokovic            54-9
Bjorn Borg            51-4
Andy Murray            50-9
Stefan Edberg            49-12
Goran Ivanisevic        49-14
Ivan Lendl            48-14
*Through the round of 16 at 2016 Wimbledon

•    Murray is bidding to extend his 26-match winning streak against Frenchmen at the Grand Slams. The last Frenchman to defeat Murray at a major was today’s opponent at the 2008 Australian Open. Murray has a 27-3 win-loss record against French players at the Grand Slams overall.

•    Murray is on an 18-match winning streak against French opposition at Tour-level. He has not lost to a French player at Tour-level since falling to Gilles Simon at 2015 Rotterdam.

•    The last time Murray lost to a player ranked outside the Top 10 was at the 2015 US Open, when he was defeated by No. 14 Kevin Anderson in the round of 16. Since then all his losses have come against Top 5 opposition.

•    Murray is through to the quarterfinals here for the 9th consecutive year. He has lost in the quarterfinals here twice before – in 2008 (l. Nadal) and as defending champion in 2014 (l. Grigor Dimitrov). This is his 11th Wimbledon appearance and his 42nd Grand Slam overall.

•    By reaching his 9th consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal, Murray has moved into equal-4th place with John McEnroe and Pete Sampras on the Open Era list for the most quarterfinal appearances here. Only Jimmy Connors (14), Roger Federer (14) and Boris Becker (11) have reached more Wimbledon quarterfinals in the Open Era.

•    By reaching his 9th straight Wimbledon quarterfinal, Murray has equalled Pete Sampras in 3rd place on the list for most consecutive Open Era appearances in the last 8 here behind Jimmy Connors (11 consecutive appearances) and Roger Federer (10).

•    By reaching the quarterfinals here, Murray has now reached the quarterfinals at 21 of the last 22 Grand Slam events he has contested since falling to Stan Wawrinka in the 3rd round at the 2010 US Open. The only time he has failed to reach the last 8 at a major in that time was when he fell to Anderson in the round of 16 at the 2015 US Open. [NB. He missed 2013 Roland Garros with a back injury.]

•    Murray is on a 5-match winning streak in 5-set matches. He has a 22-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall and a 3-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon.

•    Murray’s 1st round win over Broady was the first all-British men’s meeting at a Grand Slam since the 2006 US Open when Tim Henman defeated Greg Rusedski in the 1st round. It was the first at Wimbledon since 2001 when Barry Cowan defeated Mark Hilton in the 1st round and Tim Henman defeated Martin Lee in the 2nd round.

•    Murray is bidding to become the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon titles since Fred Perry, who won the title here from 1934-36 [see Preview page 2].

•    In 2013, Murray became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years – since Perry in 1936 – after defeating Djokovic 64 75 64 in the final. The triumph, on his 8th Wimbledon appearance, saw him go 2nd on the list for the most attempts before winning the Wimbledon title behind Goran Ivanisevic (14).

•    Murray won his first Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open, becoming the first British man to win a Grand Slam title since Perry at the 1936 US Championships. He defeated Djokovic 76(10) 75 26 36 62 in the final. He was one of the 3 Grand Slam champions through to the quarterfinals here from the 6 to start in the men’s main draw along with Marin Cilic and Roger Federer.

•    Murray is the leading British man of all-time in terms of Grand Slam match-wins with a 169-39 win-loss record.

•    Murray is on a 9-match winning streak having warmed up for Wimbledon by winning his 5th Queen’s title (d. Milos Raonic), becoming the first man to win 5 titles at the tournament. 7 of his 37 career singles titles have come on grass.

•    Murray has won 2 singles titles in 2016. As well as winning the title at Queen’s, he also won Rome-1000
(d. Djokovic). In Grand Slam play this year he reached the final at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros, losing to Djokovic on both occasions. He was the first British man since Bunny Austin in 1937 to reach the Roland Garros final.

•    By reaching the 2016 Roland Garros final, Murray joined Jim Courier (won Australian Open and Roland Garros, lost Wimbledon and the US Open) and Fred Stolle (won Roland Garros and the US Open, lost Australia and Wimbledon) as the only 3 men in history to have won 2 of the 4 Grand Slam titles and finished as runner-up at the other 2.

•    Murray helped Great Britain to reach the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals for the 3rd straight time earlier this year. He won both of his singles matches and combined with his brother Jamie to win the doubles in the first round tie against Japan. He has been named in the Great Britain team to face Serbia in the quarterfinals in Belgrade on 15-17 July.

•    Murray will defend his singles gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Event. He will play in the singles and doubles event (with his brother Jamie). It will be his 3rd Olympic Games after 2008 Beijing and 2012 London.

•    Murray reunited with Ivan Lendl, an 8-time Grand Slam champion and a finalist here in 1986 and 1987, at 2016 Queen’s. His assistant coach is Jamie Delgado, who played at Wimbledon 23 times (at any level).

•    TSONGA is bidding to reach the semifinals here for the 3rd time and equal his best Wimbledon result.

•    Tsonga is bidding to reach his 7th Grand Slam semifinal and close the gap on Rene Lacoste in 3rd place on the list for most Grand Slam semifinals reached by a Frenchman in history.

Grand Slam semifinals reached by a Frenchman (all-time)
Jean Borotra
Henri Cochet    15
15
Rene Lacoste    11
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga    7??

•    Tsonga is bidding to reach his 3rd Wimbledon semifinal and climb the list for the most Wimbledon semifinals reached by a Frenchman in history.

•    Tsonga’s best Wimbledon performance is reaching the semifinals on 2 occasions – in 2011 (l. Novak Djokovic) and in 2012 (l. today’s opponent).

•    Tsonga is bidding to record his 29th Wimbledon match-win and take sole ownership of 5th place on the list for the most Wimbledon match-wins by a Frenchman. By defeating Richard Gasquet in the round of 16 here, Tsonga equalled Gasquet and Rene Lacoste in joint-5th place on the all-time list.

•    Tsonga is one of 2 Frenchmen to reach the quarterfinals here along with Lucas Pouille, It is the 2nd straight year 2 Frenchmen have reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and only the 2nd time since 1991 that 2 Frenchmen have reached the last 8 here. The last time 2 Frenchmen reached the semifinals at a Grand Slam was at the 2001 Australian Open (Arnaud Clement, Sebastien Grosjean). The last time 2 Frenchmen reached the semifinals at Wimbledon was in 1929, when Henri Cochet went on to defeat Jean Borotra in the final.

•    Tsonga has lost 14 of his last 15 matches against Top 2 opposition. His only win over a Top 2 player in that time came against No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the round of 16 at 2014 Toronto-1000. He has defeated a Top 2 player at a Grand Slam once before – when he defeated No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals at the 2008 Australian Open.

•    By reaching the quarterfinals here, Tsonga has taken sole occupancy of the record for the most Grand Slam match-wins by a Frenchman:

•    By reaching his 4th Wimbledon quarterfinal, Tsonga has equalled Cedric Pioline in 1st place on the list for the most quarterfinal appearances here by a Frenchman in the Open Era.

•    Tsonga’s 5-set win over Isner in the 3rd round was his 4th career comeback from 0-2 down and his 2nd 0-2 comeback at Wimbledon. He also came back from 0-2 down against Roger Federer here in the quarterfinals in 2011. Tsonga has won all 6 of the 5-set matches he has contested at Wimbledon and has a 15-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    By defeating Gasquet in the round of 16 here, Tsonga ended a 6-match losing streak against Top 10 opposition on grass. It was his first win over a Top 10 player on grass since he defeated Federer in 5-sets here in 2011. He has a 4-8 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition on grass overall.

•    Last year here, Tsonga lost to Ivo Karlovic in the 3rd round. This is his 9th Wimbledon appearance and his 34th major overall.

•    Tsonga’s best Grand Slam performance is finishing as runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open. Unseeded, he defeated 3 Top 10 players before losing to Djokovic in the final.

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Tsonga reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. Kei Nishikori) and was forced to retire with an adductor injury in the 3rd round at Roland Garros when leading Ernests Gulbis 5-2.

•    In 2016, Tsonga’s best performances are reaching the semifinals at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Gael Monfils), the quarterfinals at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Djokovic) and the round of 16 in Melbourne.

•    Tsonga’s best grass court result is reaching the final at 2011 Queen’s (l. Murray) and the semifinals at Wimbledon.

•    Tsonga has been named in the French team to play against Czech Republic in the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals on 15-17 July in Trinec.

•    Tsonga will play in the singles and doubles (with Gasquet) at the Olympic Tennis Event after the ITF announced the Rio 2016 entries on 30 June. Tsonga is an Olympic silver medallist in men’s doubles – he and Michael Llodra lost to Bob and Mike Bryan at the 2012 Olympic Tennis Event, which was held at the All England Club.

•    Tsonga reached the semifinals at 2003 Junior Wimbledon, losing to eventual champion Florin Mergea. He also won the 2003 US Open boys’ title and finished the year ranked junior world No. 2 behind Marcos Baghdatis.

•    Tsonga started working with Nicolas Escude, who was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2001, and Thierry Ascione, who lost in the 1st round here in 2004 and 2008, in October 2013.

NO. 3 ROGER FEDERER (SUI) v NO. 9 MARIN CILIC (CRO)
Head-to-head: Federer leads 5-1
2008     Paris-1000         Hard (I)     R16     Federer         63 64
2011    Monte Carlo-1000     Clay (O)     R16     Federer     64 63
2011     US Open         Hard (O)     R32     Federer    63 46 64 62
2012     Shanghai-1000        Hard (O)     QF     Federer        63 64
2014     Toronto-1000         Hard (O)     R16     Federer     76(5) 67(3) 64
2014     US Open         Hard (O)     SF     Cilic         63 64 64

A 7th Tour-level meeting between the 2 players and their 3rd at a Grand Slam but their first on grass. They have split their previous 2 Grand Slam meetings.

Federer and Cilic are 2 of the 3 Grand Slam champions left in the men’s main draw along with Andy Murray. In 2012, Federer equalled William Renshaw and Pete Sampras’s record of 7 Wimbledon titles by winning his 17th Grand Slam title overall (d. Andy Murray). He also won the title at Wimbledon in 2003-07 and 2009. Cilic won his first major title at the 2014 US Open, defeating Kei Nishikori in the final. He was the first Croatian to win a Grand Slam title since Ivanisevic at 2001 Wimbledon.

Possible semifinal head-to-heads
Raonic    Querrey
Federer    9-2    3-0
Cilic    1-1    4-0

FEDERER    v    CILIC

34    Age    27
3    ATP Ranking    13
88    Titles    14
306-50    Career Grand Slam Record    81-32
83-10    Wimbledon Record    21-8
1079-244    Career Record    365-199
151-22    Career Record – Grass    48-22
20-6    2016 Record    23-13
9-2    2016 Record – Grass    7-2
23-19    Career Five-Set Record    23-9
9    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    4
393-214    Career Tiebreak Record    134-123
7-4    2016 Tiebreak Record    7-13

Road to the Quarterfinals
FEDERER    Time        Time    CILIC
d. Guido Pella 76(5) 76(3) 63
d. (Q) Marcus Willis 60 63 64    2:06
1:25    1st round
2nd round    1:50
2:51    d. Brian Baker 63 75 63
d. Sergiy Stakhovsky 62 67(6) 64 64
d. Daniel Evans 64 62 62    1:27    3rd round    1:50    d. (Q) Lukas Lacko 63 63 64
d. Steve Johnson 62 63 75    1:37    Round of 16    0:45    d. No. 5 Kei Nishikori 61 5-1 ret. (rib)

total time on court    6:35    (IBM time)    7:16    total time on court

•    7-time Wimbledon champion FEDERER is looking to take sole ownership of the record for the most Grand Slam singles wins by a man or woman in history. He has a 306-50 win-loss record in Grand Slam matches and is currently joint top of the list with Martina Navratilova (306-49) ahead of Serena Williams (302-42*) and Chris Evert (299-37). *Through the quarterfinals at 2016 Wimbledon.

•    Federer is bidding to record his 84th match-win at Wimbledon and equal Jimmy Connors who heads the list for most Wimbledon victories with an 84-18 win-loss record here. Federer has an 83-10 win-loss record at Wimbledon.

•    Federer is bidding to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the 11th time and equal Connors at the top of the list for most appearances in a Wimbledon semifinal.

No. of Wimbledon semifinals (Open Era)
Jimmy Connors    11
Roger Federer    11??
Boris Becker    9
John McEnroe    8
Pete Sampras    8

•    Federer is bidding to reach his 40th Grand Slam semifinal to extend the record he broke at 2012 Wimbledon for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances:

Grand Slam semifinals reached (Open Era)
Player    No. of GS semifinals
Roger Federer    40??
Jimmy Connors    31
Novak Djokovic    30
Ivan Lendl    28
Andre Agassi    26

•    Wimbledon is Federer’s most successful Grand Slam event in terms of titles won and matches won and is his 2nd-most successful Grand Slam event in terms of semifinals reached, behind the Australian Open.

Titles won    Win-loss record    Semifinals reached
Australian Open    4    80-13    12
Roland Garros     1    65-16    7
Wimbledon    7    83-10    11??
US Open    5    78-11    10

•    At 34 years 336 days, Federer is looking to become the oldest man in the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon semifinals since Ken Rosewall (39 years 246 days) finished as runner-up here in 1974. He would also be the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Andre Agassi finished as runner-up at the 2005 US Open aged 35 years 135 days.

•    Federer has reached the quarterfinals here for the 14th time and equalled Jimmy Connors’ record for most Wimbledon Open Era quarterfinals reached.

•    Federer has reached his 48th Grand Slam quarterfinal. By reaching the quarterfinals at 2014 Wimbledon, he took sole occupancy of 1st place for the most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era ahead of Connors.

•    Federer’s 3rd round victory over Evans was his 150th Tour-level grass court match-win. He is the most successful active player on grass with a 151-22 career win-loss record.

•    Federer is in 2nd place for the most consecutive Wimbledon appearances with 18 behind Connors, who has 19 consecutive appearances here. Federer is also 2nd to Connors (21) for most total appearances at Wimbledon.

•    Federer is bidding to become the first man in history to win 8 Wimbledon titles. He would become just the second man in history to win 8 titles at the same Grand Slam event. Rafael Nadal became the first man to achieve this feat by winning the 8th of his 9 Roland Garros titles in 2013.

•    At 34 years 336 days, Federer is looking to become the oldest man in the Open Era to win Wimbledon. He would also be the oldest man to win a Grand Slam since Ken Rosewall won the 1972 Australian Open aged 37 years 62 days.

•    Last year here Federer reached his 10th Wimbledon final – and his 26th Grand Slam final overall – but lost to Novak Djokovic in 4-sets.

•    Federer holds the Open Era record for the most career grass court titles with 15 titles on the surface. In addition to 7 titles at Wimbledon, his other 8 titles were won at 2003-06, 2008 and 2013-15 Halle.

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Federer reached the semifinals at the Australian Open (l. Djokovic) and withdrew from Roland Garros with a back injury. It was the first time he had missed a Grand Slam since the 1999 US Open and ended his record run of 65 consecutive appearances at the Grand Slams.

•    Prior to coming here Federer failed to defend his title at Halle, losing 76(4) 57 63 to Alexander Zverev in the semifinals.

•    Also in 2016, Federer reached the final at Brisbane (l. Milos Raonic) and the semfinals at Stuttgart (l. Dominic Thiem). It is the first time that he has failed to win a title before Wimbledon since 2000.

•    Federer will represent Switzerland at the Olympic Tennis Event this year after the ITF announced the Rio 2016 entries on 30 June. He will be one of 2 Swiss men in the singles (alongside Stan Wawrinka) and will also play doubles with Wawrinka. This will be Federer’s 4th Olympic Games – he won individual silver at London 2012 and doubles gold with Wawrinka at Beijing 2008.

•    Federer is coached by former world No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic, who reached the 3rd round here 3 times, and Switzerland’s Davis Cup captain Severin Luthi.

•    CILIC is bidding to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time. He would become just the 3rd Croatian man to reach the last 4 at Wimbledon in the Open Era after Goran Ivanisevic (1990, 1992, 1994-95, 1998, 2001) and Mario Ancic (2004).

•    If Cilic reaches the semifinals here on his 10th Wimbledon appearance he will be equal 3rd on the list for most attempts to reach the last 4 here:

•    Cilic has won just one of his last 21 matches against Top 3 players. His only victory in that time came against today’s opponent at the 2014 US Open. 2 of his 3 victories over Top 3 opponents have come at the majors – he also defeated No. 2 Andy Murray at the 2009 US Open.

•    Cilic has reached his 3rd Wimbledon quarterfinal and tied Ancic in 2nd place on the list of appearances by Croatian men in Wimbledon quarterfinals. Ancic reached 3 quarterfinals – in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Ivanisevic tops the list with 7 quarterfinals here.

•    By reaching the quarterfinals here Cilic has equalled his best Wimbledon result. He also reached the last 8 here in 2014 and 2015, losing to Djokovic on both occasions. This is his 10th straight Wimbledon appearance and his 35th Grand Slam overall.

•    Cilic is on a 5-match winning streak in 5-set matches. He has not lost a 5-set match since he was defeated by Djokovic at 2014 Wimbledon. He has won 5 of his 8 five-set matches at Wimbledon and has a 23-9 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Prior to coming here, Cilic reached the semifinals at Queen’s (l. Murray) but lost to Radek Stepanek in the 2nd round at Stuttgart (following a 1st round bye).

•    In Grand Slam play in 2016, Cilic reached the 3rd round at the Australian Open (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) but fell in the 1st round to Marco Trungelliti at Roland Garros. It was the 7th time he had lost in the 1st round at a major in 34 Grand Slam events.

•    Cilic’s best results in 2016 are is reaching the finals at Marseille (l. Nick Kyrgios) and Geneva (l. Stan Wawrinka).

•    In 2012 Cilic contested the 2nd longest men’s singles match in Wimbledon history, defeating Sam Querrey 76(6) 64 67(2) 67(3) 1715 in the 3rd round in 5 hours 31 minutes.

•    Cilic has won 14 career singles titles, most recently at 2015 Moscow (d. Bautista Agut). Just one of his titles has come on grass – at 2012 Queen’s when he defeated David Nalbandian by default. Cilic was trailing 76(3) 3-4 when Nalbandian was defaulted for unsportsmanlike conduct after kicking the front of a sponsor’s advertising board which struck a linesman’s leg.

•    Cilic reached the quarterfinals of the boys’ singles at 2005 Wimbledon (l. Robin Haase). He finished the year at No. 2 in the ITF Junior Rankings behind Donald Young after winning junior Roland Garros (d. Antal van der Duim) and reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and the US Open.

•    Cilic has been named in Croatia’s team to face USA in the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals in Portland, Oregon on 15-17 July.

•    Cilic will represent Croatia at the Olympic Tennis Event this year after the ITF announced the Rio 2016 entries on 30 June. He will be one of 2 Croatian men in the singles (alongside Borna Coric) and will also play doubles with Marin Draganja.

•    Cilic is coached by 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic.

 

NO. 6 MILOS RAONIC (CAN) v NO. 28 SAM QUERREY (USA)
Head-to-head: Querrey leads 2-1
2012     Wimbledon    Grass (O)     R64     Querrey     67(3) 76(7) 76(8) 64
2012     Paris-1000     Hard (I)        R16    Querrey    63 76(1)
2013    San Jose    Hard (I)        SF    Raonic        64 62
2013     Miami-1000    Hard (O)    R32    Querrey    w/o (strep throat)

A 4th career meeting for the 2 players and their 2nd at Wimbledon. Querrey won on that occasion, which was also the only time the players have met on a grass court.

The match will be the 19th time in the Open Era that Canadians have faced Americans in the men’s singles at Wimbledon. There have been 11 wins for Americans and 7 wins for Canadians in that period, but Raonic won the the 2 most recent encounters, defeating Jack Sock this year and in 2014.

Of the 8 sets that Raonic and Querrey have played, 4 have been decided by tiebreaks. Both players are in the Top 5 on the list for most tiebreaks won at Tour-level in 2016. Raonic is in 2nd place, having won 20 tiebreaks, while Querrey is 5th with 17:
Tiebreaks won at Tour-level in 2016
John Isner    22-17
Milos Raonic    20-5
Gilles Muller    18-11
Dominic Thiem    18-13
Sam Querrey    17-11

Both players have recorded their first 5-set wins from 0-2 down at Wimbledon this year. Raonic’s win against David Goffin in the round of 16 was also the first 5-set match that he has contested at Wimbledon and improved his win-loss record in 5-set matches to 7-5. Querrey defeated Lukas Rosol in 5-sets in the 1st round, improving his win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon to 2-4 – he has a 4-10 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

Querrey could re-enter the Top 20 – at No. 20 – for the first time since July 2013 if he wins this match (and Lucas Pouille loses his quarterfinal with Tomas Berdych). He has a career-high ranking of No. 17. Raonic will remain at No. 7 provided he reaches at least the same stage as Tomas Berdych. He will move up to No. 5 if he wins the tournament.
Possible semifinal head-to-heads
Federer     Cilic
Raonic    2-9    1-1
Querrey    0-3    0-4

RAONIC    v    QUERREY

25    Age    28
7    ATP Ranking    41
8    Titles    8
55-21    Career Grand Slam Record    39-37
14-5    Wimbledon Record    12-8
242-111    Career Record    281-226
26-14    Career Record – Grass    49-30
35-8    2016 Record    24-14
8-1    2016 Record – Grass    8-3
7-5    Career Five-Set Record    4-10
1    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
155-92    Career Tiebreak Record    138-136
20-5    2016 Tiebreak Record    17-11

Road to the Quarterfinals
RAONIC    Time        Time    QUERREY
d. Pablo Carreno Busta 76(4) 62 64
d. Andreas Seppi 76(5) 64 62    1:54
1:58    1st round
2nd round    3:22
1:36    d. Lukas Rosol 67(6) 67(5) 64 62 12-10
d. Thomaz Bellucci 64 63 62
d. No. 27 Jack Sock 76(2) 64 76(1)    2:16    3rd round    2:58    d. No. 1 Novak Djokovic 76(6) 61 36 76(5)
d. No. 11 David Goffin 46 36 64 64 64    3:03    Round of 16    2:00    d. Nicolas Mahut 64 76(5) 64

total time on court    9:11    (IBM time)    9:55    total time on court

•    RAONIC is bidding to reach his 3rd Grand Slam semifinal and tie Eugenie Bouchard for the most Grand Slam finals reached by a Canadian player – man or woman – in history.

Player    Grand Slam semifinals reached
Eugenie Bouchard    3 (2014 Australian Open, 2014 Roland Garros, 2014 Wimbledon)
Milos Raonic    2 (2014 Wimbledon, 2016 Australian Open)
Carling Bassett-Seguso    1 (1984 US Open)
Robert Powell    1 (1908 Wimbledon)

•    Raonic is also looking to become the first Canadian player – man or woman – to reach multiple semifinals at Wimbledon. At 2014 Wimbledon, he became the first Canadian man to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam since Robert Powell in 1908.

•    Raonic is aiming to reach 2 Grand Slam semifinals in the same year for the first time. In January, he became the first Canadian man to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open (l. Andy Murray).

•    If he wins today, Raonic will tie Kei Nishikori for 4th place on the list of most Tour-level match-wins in 2016:

2016 Tour-level match-wins*
Dominic Thiem    48-13
Novak Djokovic    46-4
Andy Murray    37-6
Kei Nishikori    36-11
Milos Raonic    35-8
*Through round of 16 at 2016 Wimbledon

•    Raonic has lost just one of his last 17 meetings with American opposition. His only defeat in that time came at 2015 Miami-1000 when he lost to John Isner. He has a 26-9 win-loss record against Americans overall.

•    By reaching his 5th Grand Slam quarterfinal, Raonic now tops the list for the most Grand Slam quarterfinals reached by a Canadian player – man or woman – in history. He has also reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in 2015 and 2016, 2014 Roland Garros and 2014 Wimbledon. Bassett-Seguso and Bouchard have 4 Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances each and Powell has 3.

•    By reaching this stage, he has also become just the 2nd Canadian player – man or woman – to reach multiple quarterfinals here, after Robert Powell reached this stage here in 1908, 1910 and 1912.

•    Last year here, as No. 7 seed, Raonic fell to Nick Kyrgios in the 3rd round. This is his 6th straight appearance at Wimbledon and his 22nd appearance at a Grand Slam overall.

•    As well as reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open, in Grand Slam play this year Raonic also reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas).

•    Prior to coming here, Raonic reached his first grass court final at Queen’s (l. Murray).

•    Raonic’s 2016 highlights also include winning his 8th career title at Brisbane, where he recorded his 2nd career win over Federer in the final, and finishing runner-up at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Djokovic).

•    Raonic plays here at No. 6 – his highest seeding at Wimbledon. His highest Grand Slam seeding came at the 2014 US Open, where he was seeded No. 5.

•    Raonic will compete in the singles and doubles (with Vasek Pospisil) at the Olympic Tennis Event this summer after the ITF announced the Rio 2016 entries on 30 June.

•    Raonic was born in Montenegro but moved to Canada in 1994. He started playing tennis age 8.

•    Raonic added 3-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe to his coaching team at 2016 Queen’s. He also works with former world No. 1 Carlos Moya, who reached the round of 16 here in 2004, and Ricardo Piatti. His fitness trainer is Dalibor Sirola and his physiotherapist is Claudio Zimaglia.

•    QUERREY is bidding to become the first American man through to the semifinals at a Grand Slam since Andy Roddick reached the semifinals here in 2009.

•    By reaching the quarterfinals here, Querrey has recorded his best Grand Slam performance. His previous best Grand Slam performance was reaching the round of 16 on 3 occasions – at 2010 Wimbledon (l. Andy Murray) and at the US Open in 2008 (l. Rafael Nadal) and 2010 (l. Stan Wawrinka).

•    Querrey is looking to record his 50th Tour-level match win on grass. He has a 49-30 win-loss record on grass, compared to 40-52 on clay and 192-142 on hard court.

•    No. 41 Sam Querrey is bidding to become the lowest-ranked player to reach the Wimbledon semifinals since No. 75 Marat Safin and No. 94 Rainer Schuettler both reached the semifinals here in 2008.

•    Querrey is the first American man to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon since Mardy Fish fell in the last 8 in 2011. He is also the first American man to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam since John Isner and Roddick fell in the last 8 at the 2011 US Open.

•    By defeating No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the 3rd round, Querrey became the first American to beat a world No. 1 at Wimbledon since Kevin Curren defeated John McEnroe in the quarterfinals in 1985. He was the first American to beat a World No. 1 at a Grand Slam since Andre Agassi defeated Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals at the 2002 US Open. He was the first man to defeat Djokovic before the round of 16 at a major since Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated Djokovic in the 3rd round at 2009 Roland Garros.

•    Querrey’s win against Djokovic was his first win against Top 10 opposition at a Grand Slam – he had lost his previous 9 matches against Top 10 opponents at the majors. Prior to this tournament, the highest-ranked opponent he had defeated at a Grand Slam was No. 14 Ivo Karlovic in the 3rd round at the 2008 US Open.

•    Last year here, Querrey lost to Roger Federer in the 2nd round. This is his 9th Wimbledon appearance and his 38th Grand Slam overall.

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Querrey retired due to cramping after the 4th set of his 1st round match against Dusan Lajovic at the Australian Open and lost to Bjorn Fratangelo in the 1st round at Roland Garros. By reaching the quarterfinals here, Querrey has won back-to-back matches at a Grand Slam for the first time since the 2014 US Open, where he lost in the 3rd round to Djokovic.

•    In 2012 Querrey contested the 2nd longest men’s singles match in Wimbledon history, losing in the 3rd round to Marin Cilic 76(6) 64 67(2) 67(3) 17-15 in 5 hours 31 minutes.

•    Prior to this tournament, Querrey’s best grass court result is winning the title as No. 7 seed at 2010 Queen’s
(d. Mardy Fish). He has also reached 2 other finals on grass – at 2009 Newport (l. Rajeev Ram) and 2015 Nottingham (l. Denis Istomin).

•    Querrey warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the semifinals as No. 5 seed at ’s-Hertogenbosh, losing to eventual champion Nicolas Mahut. He also reached the 2nd round as No. 5 seed at Nottingham (l. Marcos Baghdatis) but fell in the 1st round at Queen’s (l. Roberto Bautista Agut).

•    Querrey’s best result this year is winning his 8th career title at Delray Beach (d. Ram). He also reached the semifinals at Memphis (l. Kei Nishikori), Acapulco (l. Dominic Thiem) and ’s-Hertogenbosch.

•    Querrey entered the men’s doubles here with Steve Johnson. They lost to No. 14 seeds Radek Stepanek/Nenad Zimonjic 76(4) 63 in the 1st round.

•    Querry is coached by Craig Boynton, who also works with Steve Johnson.

NO. 10 TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE) v NO. 32 LUCAS POUILLE (FRA)
Head-to-head: first meeting

Berdych and Pouille meet for the first time. It is Berdych’s 15th Grand Slam quarterfinal while Pouille has reached this stage for the first time.
Possible semifinal head-to-heads
Murray    Tsonga
Berdych    6-8    7-3
Pouille    0-1    0-1

BERDYCH    v    POUILLE

30    Age    22
9    ATP Ranking    30
12    Titles    0
129-51    Career Grand Slam Record    6-9
36-12    Wimbledon Record    4-1
569-295    Career Record    35-35
57-24    Career Record – Grass    4-4
27-12    2016 Record    19-13
4-1    2016 Record – Grass    4-2
20-8    Career Five-Set Record    1-1
2    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
191-158    Career Tiebreak Record    23-8
9-7    2016 Tiebreak Record    11-3

Road to the Quarterfinals
BERDYCH    Time        Time    POUILLE
d. Ivan Dodig 76(5) 57 61 76(2)
d. Benjamin Becker 64 61 62    3:24
1:24    1st round
2nd round    2:05
1:28    d. (Q) Marius Copil 64 46 64 61
d. Donald Young 64 63 63
d. No. 24 Alexander Zverev 63 64 46 61    2:40    3rd round    2:48    d. Juan Martin del Potro 67(4) 76(6) 75 61
d. Jiri Vesely 46 63 76(8) 67(9) 63    3:56    Round of 16    2:56    d. No. 19 Bernard Tomic 64 46 36 64 10-8

total time on court    11:24    (IBM time)    9:16    total time on court

•    BERDYCH is bidding to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon for the first time since he reached the final here in 2010.

•    Berdych is also bidding to become the 3rd Czech man to reach multiple Wimbledon semifinals after Jan Kodes and Ivan Lendl. They are the only Czech men in the Open Era to reach the last 4 here. If Berdych wins today and reaches his 6th Grand Slam semifinal he would equal Jan Kodes in 2nd place on the list of most Grand Slam semifinals reached by a Czech player. Ivan Lendl heads the list with 27 Grand Slam semifinal appearances ahead of Kodes (6) and Berdych (5).
Czech men in Wimbledon semifinals (Open Era)
Player    Year
Jan Kodes    1972-73
Ivan Lendl    1983-84, 1986-90
Tomas Berdych??    2010, 2016??

•    By defeating Jiri Vesely in the round of 16 here, Berdych improved his win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon to 5-0. He has a 20-8 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Berdych is through to his 3rd consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal, having also reached his 6th straight quarterfinal at the Australian Open (l. Federer) and his 3rd quarterfinal at Roland Garros (l. Djokovic) earlier this year.

•    By reaching his 4th quarterfinal here, Berdych has taken sole ownership of 2nd place on the list of Czechs with most appearances in the Wimbledon quarterfinals ahead of Kodes (3). Lendl tops the list with 7 Wimbledon quarterfinal appearances.

•    Berdych is through to his 15th Grand Slam quarterfinal. He is in 2nd place behind Lendl (34) on the list of Czechs with the most appearances in Grand Slam quarterfinals.

•    Berdych’s best result here – and at a Grand Slam – came as No. 12 seed in 2010 when he finished runner-up. He defeated No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals before losing to Rafael Nadal 63 75 64 in the final. Last year here as No. 6 seed he fell in the round of 16 (l. Gilles Simon). This is his 13th consecutive Wimbledon appearance.

•    As well as reaching 3 Grand Slam quarterfinals, Berdych’s other 2016 highlights include reaching the semifinals at Doha (l. Djokovic) and Marseille (l. Nick Kyrgios) and the quarterfinals at Dubai (l. Kyrgios), Miami-1000 (l. Djokovic) and Madrid-1000 (l. Andy Murray).

•    Berdych warmed up for Wimbledon at Halle, where he fell to Marcos Baghdatis in the 1st round.

•    One of Berdych’s 12 career singles titles has come on grass – at 2007 Halle (d. Baghdatis).

•    Berdych has been a permanent fixture in the Top 10 since 5 July 2010. He has been seeded at every Grand Slam event he has played since the 2005 US Open and sits in 2nd place behind Federer (59) on the list for the most consecutive seedings at a Grand Slam with 44. He plays here seeded No. 10 – his lowest Grand Slam seeding since 2010 Wimbledon when he was seeded No. 12.

•    Since making his debut at the 2003 US Open, Berdych has played in every Grand Slam event. This is his 52nd straight Grand Slam appearance which puts him in 6th place on the men’s list for the longest streak of Open Era Grand Slam singles appearances.

•    Berdych will play in the singles and doubles (with Radek Stepanek) at the Olympic Tennis Event on 6-14 August after the ITF announced the Rio 2016 entries on 30 June.

•    Berdych is a 2-time Davis Cup champion, having helped Czech Republic to the titles in 2012 and 2013. He was part of the Czech team that defeated Germany 3-2 in the 2016 World Group first round in Hannover in March. Czech Republic will play France in the World Group quarterfinals on 15-17 July.

•    Berdych is currently without a coach, having split with Dani Vallverdu following Rome-1000. His fitness coach is Azuz Simcich and his physio is Per Bastholt.

•    POUILLE is through to the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for the first time. Prior to this tournament, his best Grand Slam performance was reaching the 2nd round at Roland Garros as a wild card on his Grand Slam debut in 2013 (l. Grigor Dimitrov) and as No. 29 seed in 2016 (l. Andrej Martin).

•    If he wins today, Pouille will become the 11th man in the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon semifinals on his 2nd appearance. The most recent man to achieve the feat was Jerzy Janowicz, who reached the semifinals on his 2nd appearance here in 2013.

•    Pouille is bidding to become the first No. 32 seed to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam. The lowest seed to ever reach a Grand Slam semifinal is No. 31 Rainer Schuettler at the 2003 Australian Open.

•    By reaching the quarterfinals here Pouille is projected to rise to a career-high ranking of No. 21 unless Sam Querrey reaches the final. If he wins today, Pouille could rise as high as No. 18. He will also become the No. 4 ranked French player (behind Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils) after surpassing Benoit Paire and Gilles Simon.

•    Pouille has won 3 of his 8 meetings with Top 10 opposition. His career best win came against No. 8 David Ferrer at Miami-1000 this year. This is his first meeting with a Top 10 opponent at a Grand Slam.

•    Pouille’s win against No. 19 Tomic was his first win against a seeded player at a Grand Slam. It was also his first  5-set match win, having lost his only previous 5-set match to Gael Monfils at the 2015 Australian Open.

•    Pouille is one of 2 Frenchmen to reach the quarterfinals here along with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, It is the 2nd straight year 2 Frenchmen have reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and only the 2nd time since 1991 that 2 Frenchmen have reached the last 8 here. The last time 2 Frenchmen reached the semifinals at a Grand Slam was at the 2001 Australian Open (Arnaud Clement, Sebastien Grosjean). The last time 2 Frenchmen reached the semifinals at Wimbledon was in 1929, when Henri Cochet went on to defeat Jean Borotra in the final.

•    Last year here on his Wimbledon debut, Pouille lost in the 1st round to Kevin Anderson. He has lost in the 1st round in 7 of his 9 previous Grand Slam appearances. He failed to qualify here in 2014. This is his 2nd Wimbledon appearance and his 10th Grand Slam overall.

•    By defeating Copil in the 1st round here, Pouille recorded his first Tour-level match-win on grass and ended an 8-match losing streak on grass at any level. He had won just 3 matches on grass at Tour, Challenger or Futures level prior to coming here – in qualifying for the main draw at 2013 ’s-Hertogebosch.

•    Prior to coming here, Pouille fell in the 1st round at both Stuttgart (l. John Millman) and Halle (l. Kei Nishikori).

•    Pouille’s highlights in 2016 are reaching his first Tour-level final at Bucharest (l. Fernando Verdasco) and his first Masters-1000 semifinal as a lucky loser at Rome-1000 (l. Andy Murray). He also reached the quarterfinals at Brisbane (l. Milos Raonic), the round of 16 at Miami-1000 (l. Gilles Simon) and the 3rd round as a wild card at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga).

•    Pouille broke into the Top 50 for the first time at No. 31 after reaching the semifinals at Rome-1000 and reached a career-high ranking of No. 29 after reaching the 2nd round at Roland Garros. He plays here ranked No. 30. He was seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time at 2016 Roland Garros at No. 29, but plays here seeded No. 32.

•    Pouille reached a career-high ranking of No. 23 on the junior circuit. He reached the quarterfinals of the boys’ event at the 2011 Australian Open and the 2nd round as a wild card at 2010 junior Roland Garros. He never played at junior Wimbledon. He was a member of the French team that finished runner-up to USA at the 2008 World Junior Tennis Finals.

•    Pouille has entered the men’s doubles here with Adrian Mannarino. The pair lost to No. 1 seeds and compatriots Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut in the 1st round when Mannarino was forced to retired with an elbow injury.

•    Pouille is set to make his Davis Cup debut for France later this month after Yannick Noah named him in the team for the World Group quarterfinal against Czech Republic in Trinec on 15-17 July alongside Tsonga, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

•    Pouille is coached by Emmanuel Planque.

****Statistics provided by the ITF and Grand Slam Media

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Serena and Venus Williams Reach Wimbledon Semifinals

(July 5, 2016) Serena and Venus Williams could be on a path to another family final. No. 1 Serena Williams had a 6-4, 6-4 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, while sister Venus joined select company beating 96th-ranked Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6(5), 6-2 to reach the semifinals at 36-years-old. Venus joins Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King as the only players to reach a major semifinal after turning 36.

 

“The good part is I always felt like I had the game,” said the eighth seeded Venus after the match. “This is always a plus, when you know you have the game. So you just have to keep working until things fall into place.”

 

This is the first time since 2009, that both sisters have reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in the same year.  Both went on to reach the final where Serena won.

 

“I love playing the game, I always have,” Venus said. “When you’re winning matches it makes it that much sweeter. I can’t lie about that.”

 

“The wins and the losses they all lead to these big moments,” Venus said to media. “You can’t always have this big moment. If you’re Serena Williams, I guess that happens a lot. As Venus Williams, this is an awesome day.”

Venus will take on Australian Open champion and No. 4 seed Angelique Kerber who beat No. 5 Simona Halep 7-5, 7-6 (2). Kerber has a 3-2 career edge in head-to-head meetings against Venus.

 

Serena will play 50th-ranked Elena Vesnina who beat Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2. Vesnina’s victory makes her the first unseeded woman in the final four of Wimbledon since 2010.

“It would be great,” Serena said about the chance to play her sister in the final on Saturday. “Obviously, she’s such a tough opponent. But I want her to win so bad – obviously not in the final if I’m there. But, if I’m not there, I desperately want her to win.”

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