January 24, 2017

Venus Williams Reaches Australian Open Semifinals

Venus Williams

(January 23, 2017) Seven-time major winner Venus Williams has become the oldest woman to reach the Australian Open semifinals in the Open era. The 36-year-old veteran defeated 24th seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6(3) to reach the semifinals in Melbourne for the first time since 2003. Venus lost to sister Serena in the 2003 final.

The 13th seed has reached the final four in two out of the last three majors.

“It’s wonderful to be here – but I want to go further,” Williams said on-court after the match.

“To me, the semifinals is a steppingstone, just like the other rounds,” Williams said in her news conference. “It’s an opportunity to advance. The tournament is by no means over. It’s definitely down to the business end.

“I feel like I’m playing the kind of tennis I want to produce the results that I want.”

American CoCo Vandeweghe beat a second straight Top Ten player and major champion on Tuesday when she dismissed No. 7 seed  and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, 6-4, 6-0 to reach the Australian Open semifinals.

Vandeweghe upset No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber in the round of 16 on Sunday.
“I really wasn’t feeling all that great out there, funny enough,” Vandeweghe said after the match in an on-court. “I even told my coach out there, I was like, man, better get some toilet paper out there because, you know.”

“Once I got rolling in the second it was light a freight train, you couldn’t stop it.”

 

The world No. 35 will play Venus Williams in the semifinals. Williams has a 1-0 record against her countrywoman.

“Last and first time I ever played Venus was on clay so I hope it will be a totally different match,” Vandeweghe said. Williams defeated Vandeweghe at the French Open.

“It’s a great win for the U.S., Williams said about having two American’s in the semifinals. “To have that thought that there’s going to be at least one U.S. player in the final is great for American tennis.

“I’m sure she’s going to want to be in her first final. I’m going to want to be in only my second final here. So it’s going to be a well-contested match.”

Asked if she could win the tournament, Williams said:”Why shouldn’t I? I try to believe. Should I look across the net and believe the person across the net deserves it more? This mentality is not how champions are made. I’d like to be a champion, in particular this year. The mentality I walk on court with is: I deserve this.”

>More to follow….

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Kim Clijsters, Andy Roddick, and Paralympian Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch elected for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame

 

 

NEWPORT, R.I., USA, January 23, 2017 – Former world No. 1’s Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick have been elected to receive the highest honor in tennis – induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Joining them in the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, a 4-time Paralympic medalist in wheelchair tennis, being honored for her remarkable career. Additionally, two individuals will be inducted in the Contributor Category. Steve Flink, a distinguished tennis historian and journalist has been elected for induction. Vic Braden, a groundbreaking tennis instructor who was among the first to apply sports science to his instructional tactics will be inducted posthumously.

Andy Roddick, Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, and Steve Flink will take part in a special ceremony on court at the Australian Open on Tuesday evening to celebrate their induction for the very first time.

More than 20 Hall of Fame tennis legends will gather on court at Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open to officially welcome the Class of 2017. Among those slated to participate are Rod Laver, Margaret Court, Ken Rosewall, Pat Rafter, Stan Smith, Lindsay Davenport, John McEnore, and many more.

Of the honor, Roddick stated, “It’s really special. I love this sport and I love being part of it. I’m moved to know that my presence in the sport will be forever part of tennis history, and I am just incredibly honored to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. I look forward to the induction ceremony in Newport in July.”

Clijsters was unable to travel to the festivities in Melbourne, as she recently gave birth to her third child. However, the 2011 Australian Open champion will be recognized via video sent to the arena. Of the induction honor, she stated, “I feel very, very honored to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. It is a huge honor to be amongst a list of so many great tennis players who I admired when I was growing up, and some great players who I played with in my tennis career as well.”

International Tennis Hall of Fame President and 1987 Hall of Famer Stan Smith stated, “It’s a real pleasure to welcome these five remarkable individuals into the Hall of Fame. Kim, Andy, and Monique compiled outstanding careers, winning the game’s biggest titles and ascending to the world No. 1 ranking. Steve’s lifelong dedication to chronicling the sport’s happenings and history has engaged and educated fans around the world. And, of course, we remember Vic Braden, who transformed how tennis is taught and how athletes are developed. I’m very pleased to congratulate the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2017 and we look forward to celebrating them in Newport in July, and forever as Hall of Famers.”
ITHF Class of 2017_ Andy Roddick_ Kim Clijsters
The Class of 2017 will be officially inducted on July 22, during Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. Tickets for the Induction Ceremony will go on sale in early February. In addition, the class will be celebrated in a tribute exhibit opening in June in the Museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which will be displayed for one year.
Recent Player Category: Two World No. 1’s
One of six women in tennis history to simultaneously top the world rankings in singles and doubles, Belgium’s Kim Clijsters, was the world No. 1 player for 19 weeks and was ranked within the world top-5 for 250 weeks during her career. Bolstered by a powerful baseline game and remarkable defensive skills on court, Clijsters won four Grand Slam tournament singles titles. She is a three-time US Open champion (2005, 2009, 2010) and she was also the 2011 Australian Open champion. Clijsters won two major doubles titles, capturing both the French Open and Wimbledon titles in 2003.

Clijsters is a three-time champion at the WTA Tour Championships. She won 41 singles titles in all, including 7 WTA Tour Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 titles. She was a dedicated Belgian Fed Cup team member, leading the team to their first Fed Cup title in 2001 and into the finals again in 2006.

Clijsters retired from tennis in 2007, and then embarked on a second career in tennis with a comeback in 2009. That year, she went on to win the US Open, in what was just her third tournament back on the tour. She was unranked, unseeded, and a wild card entry to the event. Two years later, in 2011, she once again reached the world No. 1 ranking, five years after she had last been there.

Since retirement, Clijsters, now a mother of three, has been focused on her family. She remains engaged in tennis through Kim Clijsters Academy in Belgium, where many juniors train and through competing in Legends events at the Grand Slams.

Andy Roddick, of the United States, is a former world No. 1 and US Open champion. Roddick held the world No. 1 ranking for 13 weeks, and he was year-end No. 1 in 2003. Roddick finished the season in the top-10 of the ATP Rankings for nine straight years (2002 – 2010). He held rankings inside the world top-5 for 187 weeks during the course of his career.

In 2003, Roddick defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero to win the US Open title, closing out the match on three straight aces. He returned to the finals in 2006, and he was also a three-time finalist at Wimbledon. Roddick won 32 singles titles, including five ATP Masters 1000 tournaments. Roddick was a dedicated team member of the United States Davis Cup team for 10 years. In 2007, he was instrumental in leading the U.S. to defeat Russia for their 32nd Davis Cup victory.

Roddick is the founder of the Andy Roddick Foundation, a non-profit that is dedicated to offering enrichment programs for kids outside of the classroom to provide growth opportunities in literacy, STEM, art, and sports. Since retiring from the ATP World Tour, Roddick has stayed active in the sport, competing in WorldTeam Tennis and PowerShares Series events. He has also worked in broadcast for Fox Sports and the BBC.
Wheelchair Tennis Category: A 4-time ITF World Champion with Gold Medals in Multiple Sports

Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, of the Netherlands, is a former wheelchair tennis player who achieved the No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles. She was world No. 1 in singles for 126 weeks, and she spent a collective 264 weeks during her career in the world top-5. A passionate athlete from a very young age, Kalkman-van den Bosch was a competitive junior tennis player in The Netherlands, prior to her illness. She was diagnosed with cancer at age 14 and, as a result, was left paralyzed from the waist down. As she recovered, Kalkman-van den Bosch revised her dreams to be fitting of her life as a wheelchair user.

Kalkman-van den Bosch first embraced table tennis, because wheelchair tennis was still in its early years of development and had not been established in Europe. In 1984 she became a Paralympic Gold medalist in table tennis, and then switched her focus to wheelchair tennis in 1986. From 1992 to 1996, Kalkman-van den Bosch won four Paralympic medals in wheelchair tennis, three of them being Gold medals. She is the first and only female athlete to win Paralympic Gold medals in two different individual sports (tennis and table tennis).

In addition to her success in the Paralympics, Kalkman-van den Bosch was the ITF Wheelchair Tennis World Champion four times (1992 – 1995) and she was an 8-time singles champion in Super Series events. She was also the winner of the women’s title at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in 1994 and 1995, the first two years that the ITF’s year-end wheelchair singles championship was staged. Kalkman-van den Bosch’s career record of 151-25 singles record and her 53-7 doubles record puts her as one of the winningest wheelchair players of her era.
Monique Kalkman_ ITHF Class of 2017

Upon learning of her Hall of Fame induction, Kalkman-van den Bosch stated, “It’s such a great honor. To have wheelchair tennis celebrated on such a global stage is tremendous, and for my name and my career to be part of that celebration and to be forever remembered as part of tennis history is just a great, great honor.

She continued, “I think the work that the Hall of Fame does, along with the ITF, to celebrate wheelchair tennis is incredibly important. When a person is first injured in a life-changing manner, such as paralysis, there are not obvious role models for them to admire or emulate. By celebrating and promoting wheelchair tennis through the Hall of Fame, we are offering encouragement for recently injured people. It’s important for these people to understand what can be possible for them in their new situations, and I’m so grateful to be part of this.”

Kalkman-van den Bosch has retired from wheelchair tennis and is an active golfer today. She serves as a Wheelchair Tennis Ambassador for the ITF, working to promote the sport worldwide to expand the base of players of all ages and abilities. Additionally, she works as Manager of Participation at Welzorg, the largest supplier of equipment for people with disabilities in the Netherlands. Kalkman-van den Bosch is the founder of the Going4Golf Foundation, which promotes and provides opportunities for anyone with a disability to get involved with golf, with the intention of putting a positive swing in their lives.

Contributor Category: An Insightful Journalist and an Innovative Coach 
 
The tennis community worldwide is defined not only by the great champions and athletes on court each week, but also by the thousands of passionate tennis industry professionals who support the growth of the game. The Contributor Category honors individuals who have made exceptional contributions that have furthered the growth, reputation, and character of the sport, in categories such as administration, media, coaching, and officiating. There are two contributor inductees this year.
Vic Braden_ Steve Flink_ ITHF Class of 2017

A lifelong tennis enthusiast, Steve Flink of New York, developed his passion for the sport into a career as one of tennis’ preeminent historians and journalists globally. Flink began his career in tennis in the early 1970s when Hall of Famer Bud Collins hired him to help with research at Wimbledon and the US Open. By 1974, he was on staff at World Tennis magazine, where he was a writer and editor until 1991, eloquently sharing the stories of tennis tournaments around the world to readers at home. From 1992 to 2007, he was senior writer for Tennis Week. For the past ten years, he has been lead columnist for tennischannel.com.

Flink’s extraordinary knowledge of the sport is highly regarded around the globe, whether he is analyzing the most impactful moments and champions in tennis history or recalling statistics. Many of the game’s greatest champions have been known to defer to Flink when questioned on a stat in their own personal history.

Flink is the author of two significant historical books – The Greatest Tennis Matches of the 20th Century and The Greatest Tennis Matches of All-Time. Additionally, for 12 years, he authored player portraits for historian and Hall of Famer John Barrett’s annual book, World of Tennis. Flink has also extended his work into broadcast, including on-air work for ESPN and MSG Network. He also has spent more than 25 years as tennis correspondent for CBS Radio and as a statistician for ABC, CBS, and NBC.

“I have been so fortunate to have built an entire career around something I love so deeply. It has been my honor to transcribe to the world through my work the great moments and the remarkable personalities of tennis,” said Flink. “Across all these years, I never could have imagined that I would someday be recognized as a Hall of Famer and as a part of this sport’s history. I am so very humbled and honored to be recognized.”

Vic Braden was a tennis instructor, a transformative educator of tennis teachers, and lifelong student of the game himself. Braden was a pioneer in the scientific studies of the physics of tennis, and he dedicated his tennis career to bringing rational, research-based instruction to tennis in a way that made the instruction clear and enjoyable.

Braden combined his training as a psychologist, and his passion for the sport to create unique platforms to expand public interest and participation in tennis. He was involved in the development of some of the sport’s most successful players, including Hall of Famer Tracy Austin, and he trained the coaches of many of the game’s top professional players. However, his work was not solely focused on elite athletes, but was also highly focused on teaching tennis teachers, so they could engage recreational players in the sport in a meaningful way, thereby growing the game significantly.

Braden was the co-founder of the Coto Sports Research Center and the Vic Braden Tennis Colleges in numerous locations worldwide. He served on the board of the Vic Braden Sports Institute for Neurological Research. He was a professor at UCLA and served as a tennis coach at the University of Toledo. Braden was a skilled communicator as well. He produced engaging tennis training materials, was the author of six books, and was a frequent commentator on major network broadcasts of the sport. Braden will be inducted posthumously. He passed away in 2014 at age 85.
About the Induction Process

Nominees for Hall of Fame induction are selected from nominations submitted by the general public and tennis community. The ITHF Enshrinee Nominating Committee, which meets annually in June, then reviews all nominations and determines the ballot. The committee is comprised of 23 individuals from around the world with expertise in various areas of the sport. Individuals can be nominated in three categories – Recent Player, Master Player, and Contributor. There are no nominees in the Master Player Category this year.

The Recent Player Voting Group, which consists of tennis media and Hall of Famers, votes on the Recent Player nominees. The Master Player & Contributor Voting Group, which consists of historians, Hall of Famers, and individuals who are highly knowledgeable of the sport and its history, vote on the Master Player nominees. To be inducted in either category, an affirmative vote of 75% of returned ballots is required. Votes are tallied by an independent accounting firm. For additional information, please visit www.tennisfame.com
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2017 Australian Open – Day 9 Men’s Preview

2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 9 MEN’S NOTES

Tuesday 24 January

Quarterfinals Top Half

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Featured matches

 

No. 4 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

No. 17 Roger Federer (SUI) v Mischa Zverev (GER)

 

 

On court today…

 

  • Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet at a Grand Slam for the 4th time – but the first time away from Roland Garros – on Rod Laver Arena today. While they are more than familiar with each other’s games, this will be their first meeting on a hard court in almost a decade having contested their last 6 encounters on a clay court. Tsonga is aiming to end a 3-match losing streak against the 2014 Australian Open champion and earn a place in the semifinals here for the first time since 2010.

 

  • Roger Federer will be looking to avoid becoming the latest of Mischa Zverev’s victims when the pair go head-to-head in the night match on Rod Laver Arena. Another surprise win for Zverev, who dropped as low as No. 1067 in the rankings in March 2015, would see him become the first German man to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam since Tommy Haas at 2009 Wimbledon. Federer won their last meeting 60 60 in summer 2013 and, while much has changed since then, the Swiss will have high hopes of reaching his 41st Grand Slam semifinal and his 13th here.

 

  • For the 10th time in the Open Era – and for the first time since the 2015 US Open – Switzerland’s Federer and Wawrinka are both through to the quarterfinals at the same Grand Slam event. When they have both featured in the quarterfinals at the same Grand Slam, Federer has gone on to reach the last 4 on 7 occasions, while Wawrinka has won his quarterfinal on just 3 occasions with Federer still left in the draw.

 4 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v NO. 12 JO-WILFRIED TSONGA (FRA)

Head-to-head: Wawrinka leads 4-3

2007     Metz                             Hard (I)             R32      Tsonga             67(6) 64 64

2011     Roland Garros             Clay (O)            R32      Wawrinka         46 67(3) 76(5) 62 63

2012     Roland Garros             Clay (O)            R16      Tsonga            64 76(6) 36 36 64

2013     Monte Carlo-1000          Clay (O)            QF        Tsonga             26 63 64

2013     Madrid-1000                  Clay (O)            QF        Wawrinka          62 67(9) 64

2014     Davis Cup (WG-FR)       Clay (I)              R1        Wawrinka          61 36 63 62

2015     Roland Garros             Clay (O)            SF        Wawrinka         63 67(1) 76(3) 64

 

An 8th career meeting for these 2 players, and their 4th at a Grand Slam.

 

This is just their 2nd meeting on a hard court – having not played each other on a hard court since their first meeting 10 years ago at 2007 Metz. Their last 6 encounters have come on clay.

 

All 3 of their Grand Slam meetings came at Roland Garros, with 2 of those 3 meetings going to 5 sets.

 

Tsonga is bidding to end a 3-match losing streak against Wawrinka, having not defeated the Swiss player since their quarterfinal meeting at 2013 Monte Carlo-1000.

 

Tsonga and Wawrinka are 2 of the 4 players aged 30 or over to reach the quarterfinals here from the 46 who started the men’s main draw – the most 30-somethings to reach the last 8 at the Australian Open since 1977, when there were 5. The Open Era record for the most 30-somethings in the semifinals at a Grand Slam is 3 – at 1968 Roland Garros.

 

Despite being separated in age by just 20 days, the 2 players never met at junior level.

 

WAWRINKA                                     v                                        TSONGA

 

31                                          Age                                          31

4                                    ATP Ranking                                   12

15                                         Titles                                         12

123-44                     Career Grand Slam Record                     112-35

35-10                        Australian Open Record                         34-9

445-253                              Career Record                              394-181

249-141                        Career Record – Hard                         264-117

6-1                                   2017 Record                                   6-1

6-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              6-1

25-19                         Career Five-Set Record                          15-9

6                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         4

185-172                      Career Tiebreak Record                       183-136

5-2                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            1-3

 

Possible semifinal head-to-heads

  Federer Zverev
Wawrinka 3-18 1-1
Tsonga 6-11 2-0

 

Road to the Quarterfinals

WAWRINKA Time   Time TSONGA
d. Martin Klizan 46 64 75 46 64 3:24 1st round 2:23 d. Thiago Monteiro 61 63 67(5) 62
d. Steve Johnson 63 64 64 1:52 2nd round 1:46 d. Dusan Lajovic 62 62 63
d. No. 29 Viktor Troicki 36 62 62 76(7) 2:32 3rd round 3:33 d. No. 23 Jack Sock 76(4) 75 67(8) 63
d. Andreas Seppi 76(2) 76(4) 76(4) 2:44 Round of 16 2:53 d. Daniel Evans 67(4) 62 64 64
         
total time on court 10:32  (IBM time) 10:35 total time on court

 

  • 2014 Australian Open champion WAWRINKA is bidding to record his 250th Tour-level hard court match-win today. If he wins today, he would become the 12th (or 13th if Monfils defeated Nadal on Monday) active player to record 250 Tour-level hard court match-wins. [NB written prior to Monfils’s match against Nadal]

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to reach to reach the semifinals here for the 3rd time. He is looking to reach his 8th Grand Slam semifinal overall. Just 3 Swiss men have reached a Grand Slam semifinal in history – Federer (40 semifinals), Wawrinka (7) and Marc Rosset (1).

 

  • The Australian Open is Wawrinka’s 2nd most successful Grand Slam in terms of matches won. He has a 35-10 win-loss record here, compared with 38-11 at the US Open, 32-11 at Roland Garros and 18-12 at Wimbledon.

 

  • By defeating Martin Klizan in 5-sets in the 1st round here, Wawrinka improved his overall 5-set win-loss record to 25-19. He has a 2-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

  • Last year here as No. 4 seed, Wawrinka fell to Milos Raonic 64 63 57 46 63 in the round of 16. This is his 12th Australian Open appearance and his 48th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Wawrinka’s best Australian Open result is winning the title in his first Grand Slam final in 2014 (d. Rafael Nadal 63 62 36 63). He was the first player to defeat the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds en route to a Grand Slam title since Sergei Bruguera won 1993 Roland Garros.

 

  • Aged 31 years 307 days, Wawrinka is bidding to become just the 3rd man in the Open Era to win 3 or more Grand Slam titles after turning 30 (see Preview page 4). Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall are the only players to have won more than 2 majors after turning 30, with each winning a total of 4 after the age of 30.

 

  • As well as the 2014 Australian Open, Wawrinka also won 2015 Roland Garros and the 2016 US Open, defeating Djokovic in both finals. At 30 years 71 days, he was the oldest man to win in Paris since Andres Gomez in 1990. At the US Open, aged 31 years 167 days, he became the oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall in 1970 and just the 5th man to win multiple Grand Slam titles after turning 30.

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2016, Wawrinka reached the semfinals at Roland Garros (l. Andy Murray) but fell in the 2nd round at Wimbledon (l. Juan Martin del Potro).

 

  • In 2016, Wawrinka won a career-best 4 titles for the 2nd straight year. As well as winning the US Open, he won his 3rd straight title at Chennai (d. Borna Coric) and won the titles at Dubai (d. Marcos Baghdatis) and Geneva (d. Marin Cilic). He also finished runner-up at St. Petersburg (l. Alexander Zverev).

 

  • Wawrinka warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the semifinals as No. 2 seed at Brisbane, where he fell to Kei Nishikori 76(3) 63.

 

  • Wawrinka is coached by Magnus Norman, who reached the semifinals here in 2000.

 

  • 2008 Australian Open runner-up TSONGA is bidding to reach the semifinals here for the first time since 2010.

 

  • 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 looking to reach his 3rd semifinal here. He also reached the last 4 in 2010 and en route to the final in 2008. Tsonga is the only Frenchman to have made the semifinals at the Australian Open more than once.

 

  • Tsonga has lost 5 of his last 6 matches against Top 10 opposition at the Grand Slams. His only win over a Top 10 player at a major in that time came at 2016 Wimbledon, when No. 10 Richard Gasquet retired with a back injury in their round of 16 match. 6 of his 13 career wins over Top 10 opposition at the majors have come at the Australian Open.

 

  • The Australian Open is Tsonga’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of matches won. He has a 34-9 win-loss record here, compared with 28-9 at Wimbledon, 27-9 at Roland Garros and 23-8 at the US Open.

 

  • By reaching his 5th quarterfinal here, Tsonga overtook Sebastien Grosjean (4 Australian Open quarterfinals) to take sole occupancy of 1st place on the list for the most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances by a Frenchman.

 

  • Tsonga has lost in the quarterfinals here on 2 occasions – in 2009 (l. Fernando Verdasco) and in 2013, when he lost to Roger Federer in 5 sets. Tsonga has a 15-9 win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 3-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.
  • Tsonga’s best Grand Slam result to date is a runner-up finish at the 2008 Australian Open (l. Novak Djokovic). He defeated three Top 10 players (Andy Murray, Gasquet and Rafael Nadal) en route to the final.

 

  • By defeating Thiago Monteiro in the 1st round here, Tsonga claimed the record for the most Grand Slam match-wins by a Frenchman ahead of Jean Borotra (108-23). He has a 112-35 win-loss record at the majors.
  • Tsonga warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Doha, where he lost to Tomas Berdych in straight sets. He also played a match at the Kooyong Exhibition Event, defeating Borna Coric 63 76.
  • Last year here Tsonga reached the round of 16, falling to Kei Nishikori in straight sets. This is his 10th appearance at Melbourne Park and his 36th Grand Slam overall.
  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2016, Tsonga reached the quarterfinals at both Wimbledon (l. Murray) and the US Open, where he retired with a left knee injury while trailing Djokovic 63 62. He reached the 3rd round at Roland Garros, where he retired with an adductor injury when leading Ernests Gulbis 5-2 in the first set.
  • Away from the Grand Slams, Tsonga’s best result in 2016 came at Vienna, where he reached the final
    (l. Murray). He also reached the semifinals at Auckland (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) and Monte Carlo-1000
    (l. Gael Monfils). Last year was the first year he did not win a title since 2010.
  • Tsonga is a former Top 5 player. He reached a career-high No. 5 in the world in February 2012 and plays here at No. 12.
  • Tsonga has played Davis Cup for France since 2008. He has played a total of 17 ties, achieving an 18-7 win-loss record in singles and a 24-8 win-loss record overall. France take on Japan at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo in the 2017 World Group first round on 3-5 February.
  • Tsonga is coached by Thierry Ascione.

 

 

 

 17 ROGER FEDERER (SUI) v MISCHA ZVEREV (GER)

Head-to-head: Federer leads 2-0

2009     Rome-1000       Clay (O)            QF        Federer             76(3) 62

2013     Halle                 Grass (O)          QF        Federer             60 60

 

A 3rd Tour-level meeting for the 2 players, but their first on a hard court and their first at a Grand Slam.

 

Zverev didn’t register a game in their most recent meeting at 2013 Halle – one of only 2 Tour-level double bagels Federer has recorded in best-of-3 set matches during his career. The other came against Gaston Gaudio in the semifinals at the 2005 Masters Cup.

 

Federer has lost to a player ranked as low as today’s opponent at the Australian Open just once before – on his debut here in 2000, when he fell to No. 54 Arnaud Clement in the 3rd round.

 

Possible semifinal head-to-heads

  Wawrinka Tsonga
Federer 18-3 11-6
Zverev 1-1 0-2

 

 

FEDERER                                       v                                        ZVEREV

 

35                                          Age                                          29

17                                   ATP Ranking                                   50

88                                         Titles                                          0

311-51                     Career Grand Slam Record                       9-17

84-13                        Australian Open Record                          5-5

1084-245                             Career Record                               86-125

668-135                        Career Record – Hard                           57-71

4-0                                   2017 Record                                   6-2

4-0                              2017 Record – Hard                              6-2

25-20                         Career Five-Set Record                           1-3

10                        Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

396-216                      Career Tiebreak Record                         49-54

1-1                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            2-3

 

Road to the Quarterfinals

FEDERER Time   Time ZVEREV
d. (Q) Jurgen Melzer 75 36 62 62 2:06 1st round 2:22 d. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 63 76(5) 64
d. (Q) Noah Rubin 75 63 76(3) 2:03 2nd round 4:10 d. No. 19 John Isner 67(4) 67(4) 64 76(7) 97
d. No. 10 Tomas Berdych 62 64 64 1:30 3rd round 2:22 d. Malek Jaziri 61 46 63 60
d. No. 5 Kei Nishikori 67(4) 64 61 46 63 3:24 Round of 16 3:34 d. No. 1 Andy Murray 75 57 62 64
         
total time on court 9:03  (IBM time) 12:28 total time on court

 

  • 4-time Australian Open champion FEDERER is looking to reach his 13th Australian Open semifinal and extend his record for most Australian Open semifinals reached in the Open Era.

 

       Australian Open semifinals reached (Open Era)

Player No. of AO semifinals
Roger Federer?? 13??
Stefan Edberg 8
Ivan Lendl 7
Andre Agassi

Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray

6

6

6

                                                                                        Active players in bold

 

  • Federer is bidding to reach his 13th Australian Open semifinal and close the gap on Jimmy Connors in 1st place on the Open Era list for the most semifinals reached at any one Grand Slam event. Last year here, Federer took sole occupancy of 2nd place on the list after reaching his 12th semifinal here.

 

No. of semifinals reached at any one Grand Slam event (Open Era)

   Player No. of semifinals
Jimmy Connors 14 (US Open)
Roger Federer?? 13?? (Australian Open)
Jimmy Connors

Roger Federer

11 (Wimbledon)

11 (Wimbledon)

 

  • Federer is bidding to reach his 41st 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 41??
Jimmy Connors

Novak Djokovic

31

31

Ivan Lendl 28
Andre Agassi 26

 

  • Federer is bidding to record his 85th match-win at Melbourne Park and make the Australian Open his most successful Grand Slam event in terms of matches won and semifinals reached.

 

  Titles won Win-loss record Semifinals reached
Australian Open 4 84-13 13??
Roland Garros 1 65-16 7
Wimbledon 7 84-11 11
US Open 5 78-11 10

 

  • At 35 years 174 days, Federer is bidding to become the oldest man to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors (39 years 6 days) reached the semifinals at the 1991 US Open. By reaching the quarterfinals here, he has become the oldest man to reach the last 8 at a major since Connors at the 1991 US Open.

 

  • At 35 years 174 days, Federer is bidding to become the oldest man to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open since Arthur Ashe (35 years 177 days) reached the semifinals here in 1978. By reaching the quarterfinals here, he has become the oldest man to reach the last 8 at a major since Ashe in 1978.

 

  • Federer is one of the 4 players aged 30 or over to reach the quarterfinals here from the 46 who started the men’s main draw – the most 30-somethings to reach the last 8 at the Australian Open since 1977, when there were 5. The Open Era record for the most 30-somethings in the semifinals at a Grand Slam is 3 – at 1968 Roland Garros.
  • By reaching the quarterfinals here for the 13th time, Federer has extended his record for most Australian Open quarterfinals in the Open Era ahead of Stefan Edberg (10 Australian Open quarterfinals).

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Federer has reached his 49th Grand Slam quarterfinal, extending his record for the most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era ahead of Connors (41).

 

  • By defeating Nishikori in 5-sets in the round of 16 here, Federer improved his career 5-set win-loss record to 25-20. He has a 6-5 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

  • Federer is looking to become the 3rd man in history to win 5 Australian Open singles titles after Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson, who have both won 6 titles here [see Preview page 2].

 

  • At 35 years 174 days, Federer is looking to become the 2nd oldest man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after Ken Rosewall, who won 3 Grand Slam titles after turning 35. Rosewall won the 1970 US Open (aged 35 years 315 days) and the Australian Open in 1971 (aged 36 years 73 days) and 1972 (aged 37 years 62 days).

 

  • Federer played just 7 Tour-level events in 2016 after injuring his knee the day after his Australian Open semifinal. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus on 2 February and withdrew from tournaments at Rotterdam and Dubai. He returned with a quarterfinal finish at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) but, despite playing 4 further tournaments, announced on 26 July that he would miss the rest of the season, including the Olympic Games in Rio, due to the knee injury.

 

  • Federer dropped out of the world’s Top 10 for the first time in 734 weeks (over 14 years) in November 2016 and did not qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time since 2001. He plays here ranked No. 17 – his lowest position since May 2001.

 

  • Federer made his comeback from injury at the 2017 Hopman Cup, defeating Daniel Evans 63 64 and Richard Gasquet 61 64, but losing to Alexander Zverev 76(1) 67(4) 76(4).

 

  • In Grand Slam play in 2016, Federer reached the semifinals at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon (l. Milos Raonic), where he saved 3 match points to recover from 0-2 down and defeat Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals. It was his 10th career-comeback from 0-2 down, equalling Aaron Krickstein and Boris Becker’s record for the most career comebacks from 0-2 down. He withdrew from Roland Garros, ending his record streak of 65 Grand Slam appearances, with a back injury.

 

  • Elsewhere in 2016, Federer finished runner-up at Brisbane (l. Raonic). He also reached back-to-back semifinals at Stuttgart (l. Dominic Thiem) and Halle (l. Alexander Zverev) and the 3rd round at Rome-1000 (l. Thiem). He failed to win a title during a season for the first time since winning his first at 2001 Milan.

 

  • This is Federer’s 69th major appearance. He is in 2nd place on the list for the most Grand Slams played in the Open Era behind Fabrice Santoro (70) [see Preview page 5].

 

  • Federer has won 4 titles here – in 2004 (d. Marat Safin 76(3) 64 62), 2006 (d. Marcos Baghdatis 57 75 60 62), 2007 (d. Fernando Gonzalez 76(2) 64 64) and 2010 (d. Murray 63 64 76(11)).

 

  • Federer is a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion. His last title at a major came at 2012 Wimbledon
    (d. Murray).

 

  • Federer is coached by 2006 Australian Open quarterfinalist Ivan Ljubicic, and Severin Luthi.

 

  • Lefthander ZVEREV is bidding to become the lowest-ranked man to reach the semifinals here since No. 54 Marcos Baghdatis in 2006. If he wins today, he would become the lowest-ranked man to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam since No. 75 Marat Safin and No. 94 Rainer Schuettler reached the last 4 at 2008 Wimbledon.

 

  • Zverev is aiming to become the first German man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Tommy Haas at 2009 Wimbledon. Haas was the last German man to reach the semifinals here in 2007.

 

  • Zverev is bidding to become the 2nd German player to defeat Federer at a Grand Slam after Haas, who defeated Federer in 5 sets here in 2002. Federer has a 19-1 win-loss record against German players at the majors overall.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Zverev has become the first German man to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since Haas at 2013 Roland Garros. He is the first German to progress to the last 8 here since Haas in 2007.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Zverev is projected to rise to a career-high ranking of around No. 34 when the new ATP rankings are released on 30 January. If he reaches the semifinals here, he is projected to rise to around No. 23.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Zverev has recorded 4 straight Tour-level match-wins for the 2nd time in his career. He also recorded 4 straight wins in finishing runner-up at 2010 Metz (l. Gilles Simon) – his best Tour-level result prior to coming here.

 

  • By defeating Murray in the round of 16 here, Zverev recorded his first career-victory over a world No. 1. Ranked No. 50, he became the lowest-ranked player to beat a top seed at a Grand Slam since No. 86 Marat Safin defeated Andy Roddick at the 2004 Australian Open.

 

  • Zverev’s wins against No. 1 Murray and No. 19 Isner here were his first match-wins against Top 20 opposition at the Grand Slams. He has a 2-4 win-loss record against Top 20 opposition at the majors overall.

 

  • Zverev’s 5-set win over Isner in the 2nd round was his first career comeback from 0-2 down and improved his 5-set win-loss record to 2-3. It was his first 5-set match-win since he won his first 5-set match in qualifying at 2007 Wimbledon (d. Stefano Galvani).
  • By reaching the quarterfinals here on his first Australian Open appearance since 2011, Zverev has recorded his best Grand Slam result. This is only the 5th time he has advanced beyond the 1st round at a Grand Slam in 18 appearances at the majors.

 

  • Zverev’s previous best Australian Open performance was reaching the 2nd round on his debut as a qualifier in 2007 (l. Robby Ginepri). He fell in the 1st round on his 4 other appearances here – in 2008 (l. Tommy Robredo), 2009 (l. Juan Martin del Potro), 2010 (l. Lukasz Kubot) and 2011 (l. Janko Tipsarevic). This is his 6th Australian Open appearance and his 18th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • At the Grand Slams in 2016, Zverev reached the 2nd round as a qualifier at the US Open (d. Pierre-Hugues Herbert, l. Jack Sock). It was his first Grand Slam appearance since 2012 Roland Garros and his first Grand Slam match-win since he reached the 2nd round at 2009 Wimbledon (d. Dmitry Tursunov, Philip Petzschner).

 

  • Zverev failed to qualify for the Grand Slams on 11 occasions after his main draw appearance at 2012 Roland Garros before finally qualifying successfully at the 2016 US Open. He has successfully qualified for the majors on just 4 occasions in 21 attempts – including on his debut here in 2007. He failed in his only other attempts to qualify for the Australian Open in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

 

  • Zverev warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the 2nd round at both Brisbane (d. Alex De Minaur, l. Rafael Nadal) and Sydney (d. Nicolas Almagro, l. Pablo Carreno Busta).

 

  • Zverev dropped as low as No. 1067 in the rankings in March 2015 following injuries to his back, knee, ribs and wrist. He climbed back up to No. 50 in the rankings on 9 January 2017 after reaching the 2nd round at Brisbane and also plays here at No. 50 – his highest ranking since he reached a career-high ranking of No. 48 on 5 October 2009.

 

  • Zverev’s 2016 highlights include reaching the semifinals as a qualifier at Basel (l. Marin Cilic) and the quarterfinals as a qualifier at both Shanghai-1000 (l. Novak Djokovic) and Shenzhen (l. Richard Gasquet). He qualified for 10 Tour-level events in 2016 – the most of any player on record. He also won the title at the Sarasota Challenger (USA) (d. Gerald Melzer).

 

  • Zverev has won 2 career doubles titles – alongside Mikhail Youzhny at 2008 Halle and 2008 Tokyo. He entered the men’s doubles event here with Nenad Zimonjic – they defeated Dustin Brown/Albert Ramos-Vinolas 76(5) 62 in the 1st round, but fell to Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan 63 62 in the 2nd round.

 

  • Zverev is coached by his father, Alexander Zverev Sr.
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Australian Open Day 9 Schedule of Play for January 24, 2017

Australian Open Day 9 Schedule of Play for January 24, 2017

ROD LAVER ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
Venus Williams (USA) [13] vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [24]
Not Before: 1:00 PM
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) [7]
Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [4] vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [12]

ROD LAVER ARENA 7:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals
Mischa Zverev (GER) vs. Roger Federer (SUI) [17]
Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
Caroline Garcia (FRA) [1]/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [1] vs. Ashleigh Barty (AUS)/Casey Dellacqua (AUS)

MARGARET COURT ARENA 11:00 AM

Men’s Legends’ Doubles
Michael Chang (USA)/Todd Martin (USA) vs. John McEnroe (USA)/Patrick McEnroe (USA)

Not Before: 12:00 PM
Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
Ivan Dodig (CRO) [9]/Marcel Granollers (ESP) [9] vs. Bob Bryan (USA) [3]/Mike Bryan (USA) [3]

Men’s Legends’ Doubles
Jacco Eltingh (NED)/Paul Haarhuis (NED) vs. Todd Woodbridge (AUS)/Mansour Bahrami (FRA)

Not Before: 4:30 PM
Mixed Doubles – Round 2
Samantha Stosur (AUS)/Sam Groth (AUS) vs. Darija Jurak (CRO)/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED)
Not Before: 6:00 PM
Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)/Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs. Alex Bolt (AUS)/Bradley Mousley (AUS)

SHOW COURT 2 11:00 AM

Mixed Doubles – Round 2
Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) [5]/Lukasz Kubot (POL) [5] vs. Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)/Rohan Bopanna (IND)
Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
Raquel Atawo (USA) [11]/Yifan Xu (CHN) [11] vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) [2]/Lucie Safarova (CZE) [2]
Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [3]/Elena Vesnina (RUS) [3] vs. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) [12]/Shuai Peng (CHN) [12]

Women’s Legends’ Doubles
Nicole Bradtke (AUS)/Rennae Stubbs (AUS) vs. Iva Majoli (CRO)/Alicia Molik (AUS)

Mixed Doubles – Round 2
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) [1]/Mike Bryan (USA) [1] vs. Yifan Xu (CHN)/Fabrice Martin (FRA)

SHOW COURT 3 11:00 AM

Men’s Legends’ Doubles
Pat Cash (AUS)/Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) vs. Carlos Moya (ESP)/Mark Philippoussis (AUS)

Not Before: 12:30 PM
Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)/Andrea Petkovic (GER) vs. Eri Hozumi (JPN)/Miyu Kato (JPN)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 2
Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN) vs. Lucas Vuradin (AUS)
Mixed Doubles – Round 2
Saisai Zheng (CHN)/Alexander Peya (AUT) vs. Sania Mirza (IND) [2]/Ivan Dodig (CRO) [2]
Mixed Doubles – Round 2
Raquel Atawo (USA)/Robert Lindstedt (SWE) vs. Michaella Krajicek (NED)/Raven Klaasen (RSA)

COURT 7 11:00 AM

Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 2
Corentin Moutet (FRA) [5] vs. Vlad Andrei Dancu (ROU)
Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 2
Rebeka Masarova (SUI) [1] vs. Xin Yu Wang (CHN)
Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 2
En Shuo Liang (TPE) vs. Xiyu Wang (CHN) [3]
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 2
I-Hsuan Cho (TPE) [7]/Yuki Naito (JPN) [7] vs. Maja Chwalinska (POL)/Iga Swiatek (POL)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 2
Finn Bass (GBR) [8]/Trent Bryde (USA) [8] vs. Menelaos Efstathiou (CYP)/Eleftherios Neos (CYP)

COURT 8 11:00 AM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 2
Baijing Lin (AUS) vs. Carson Branstine (USA) [13]
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 2
Yshai Oliel (ISR) [4] vs. Matthew Dellavedova (AUS)
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 2
Astrid Wanja Brune Olsen (NOR)/Malene Helgo (NOR) vs. Hurricane Tyra Black (USA)/Jimena Rodriguez-Benito (USA)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 2
Toru Horie (JPN) [1]/Yibing Wu (CHN) [1] vs. Simon Carr (IRL)/Max Stewart (GBR)
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 2
Taylor Johnson (USA)/Nicole Mossmer (USA) vs. Yang Lee (TPE) [4]/Rebeka Masarova (SUI) [4]

COURT 10 11:00 AM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 2
Ekaterina Vishnevskaya (RUS) vs. Pei Hsuan Chen (TPE)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 2
Shinji Hazawa (JPN) vs. Jesper De Jong (NED)
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 2
Federica Bilardo (ITA)/Tatiana Pieri (ITA) vs. Ali Collins (GBR)/Jule Niemeier (GER)
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 2
Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (CAN) [3]/Carson Branstine (USA) [3] vs. Pei Hsuan Chen (TPE)/Naho Sato (JPN)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 2
Ryan Nijboer (NED)/Ajeet Rai (NZL) vs. Shinji Hazawa (JPN)/Alexey Zakharov (RUS)

COURT 19 11:00 AM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 2
Jodie Anna Burrage (GBR) [6] vs. Michaela Haet (AUS)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 2
Chun Hsin Tseng (TPE) vs. Menelaos Efstathiou (CYP)
Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 2
Mai Hontama (JPN) [10] vs. Mihika Yadav (IND)
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 2
Anri Nagata (JPN)/Thasaporn Naklo (THA) vs. Olga Danilovic (SRB) [2]/Marta Kostyuk (UKR) [2]
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 2
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) [5]/Kacper Zuk (POL) [5] vs. Jack Molloy (GBR)/Barnaby Smith (GBR)

COURT 20 11:00 AM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 2
Naho Sato (JPN) vs. Marta Kostyuk (UKR) [11]
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 2
Moerani Bouzige (AUS) vs. Duarte Vale (POR) [6]
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 2
Michael Vrbensky (CZE) vs. Mikhail Sokolovskiy (RUS)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 2
Finn Reynolds (NZL)/Duarte Vale (POR) vs. Maxence Broville (FRA)/Vlad Andrei Dancu (ROU)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 2
Siddhant Banthia (IND)/Kaya Gore (TUR) vs. Zizou Bergs (BEL) [6]/Yshai Oliel (ISR) [6]
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 2
Kody Pearson (AUS)/Adam Walton (AUS) vs. Yu Hsiou Hsu (TPE) [4]/Lingxi Zhao (CHN) [4]

COURT 22 11:00 AM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 2
Sofya Lansere (RUS) vs. Anri Nagata (JPN)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 2
Alexandre Rotsaert (USA) vs. Dan Added (FRA) [14]
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 2
Denisa Hindova (CZE)/Johana Markova (CZE) vs. Caty McNally (USA) [5]/Natasha Subhash (USA) [5]
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Chun Hsin Tseng (TPE)/Bang Shuo Yin (TPE) vs. Marvin Moeller (GER) [2]/Naoki Tajima (JPN) [2] To Finish 6-3 4-5
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 2
Emily Appleton (GBR) [1]/Jodie Anna Burrage (GBR) [1] vs. Oleksandra Andrieieva (UKR)/Sofya Lansere (RUS)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 2
Olukayode Alafia Damina Ayeni (USA)/Moerani Bouzige (AUS) vs. Chun Hsin Tseng (TPE) /Bang Shuo Yin(TPE) or Marvin Moeller(GER)[2]/ Naoki Tajima(JPN)[2]

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Serena Williams Moves into Australian Open Quarterfinals

 

Serena Williams

 

(January 23, 2017) Serena Williams overcame her greatest challenge so far at the Australian Open advancing to the quarterfinals on Monday with 7-5, 6-4 over Barbora Strycova.

There were seven breaks of serve in the first set and the No. 2 seed had 23 unforced errors. Williams needed 8 set points in the first set to finally close it out.

Williams was broken serving for the match, but immediately broke back to close it.

“I feel like it was really good for me to win on probably not my best day, which is always good, because sometimes you rely on one shot and if it goes off, and then, like, what happens now?,” Williams said

“It was really good for me to almost lose that so I know my other game is going pretty good, too.”
“She’s hard to read, she’s scrappy, gets a lot of balls back,” she said of her Czech opponent. “She definitely plays a different game than the other three players I played before.

“It was definitely — it gave me a different look.”

Williams will be playing No. 9 seed Johanna Konta of Great Britain for a place in the quarterfinals. Konta defeated Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-4 in her fourth round match.

“I have watched her game a lot,” Williams commenting on her next opponent. “She’s been doing really, really well, and she hasn’t lost yet this year, I don’t think.”

“Well, she’s been playing really well. She has a very attacking game. I know her game pretty well. I look forward to it.

“Like I said on the court, I have absolutely nothing to lose in this tournament. Everything here is a bonus for me. Obviously I’m here to win. Hopefully I can play better, I can only go better.”

 

Johanna Konta

“She’s one of the few players still playing I watched growing up,” Konta said of Serena Williams after the match. “It’s an incredible honor and I can’t wait to share the court with her.”

“I just hope we play a great match and that we bring a good level and so the crowd will enjoy it and will get into it.”

 

“I believe in my own ability,” Konta said. “I believe in the good things that I bring to the court, and I believe in my ability to fight till the very end.

“Now, there’s that and then there’s also an opponent out there, and this one’s going to be Serena Williams. I think it’s about playing, me going out there and doing what I want to do against her, and it will be about just staying focused on that. And if that brings me good things on that day, and if that puts me in a position to come through, then that’s great.

“But I’ve got to focus on the work and not think of whether I can or cannot beat her. Yeah, I just need to stay on the work.”

Thirty-four year-old Mirjana Lucic-Baroni reached her first major quarterfinal since 1999 Wimbledon when she beat American qualifier Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-2.

“It’s incredible now, said the veteran. “I mean, back then (1999) was kind of expected of me and it was normal. I won a lot as a junior. Then I won a lot as soon as I started playing pro. It was kind of normal. It was normal to win tournaments, normal to win big matches and go far. I mean, it was incredible, of course, but it was more normal.

“But now it’s been so long, it’s extra fun, it’s extra special, for sure.”

Lucic-Baroni will play the winner of the Karolina Pliskova – Daria Gavrilova.

“Pliskova I played a few times but always have super tough matches,” she said. “Obviously playing great tennis right now, probably the best tennis of her career. Doing amazing.

“Same for Gavrilova. We never played each other. I don’t think we have even ever practiced together.

“Yeah, right now I’m just going to relax, watch the match a little bit, see how they’re playing, what’s going on, worry about it tomorrow.”

Lucic-Baroni will face US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals. The fifth seed beat Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-3.

Asked about her match performance, the Czech said: “Not best. But it’s a win, so it counts. But for sure we all know I can play better.

“But it was enough. It was strange match, I would say, even from Dasha. I think she didn’t also play really well today. The conditions were definitely different compared to the other days, which was much warmer, more humidity, it was faster. Even with the roof closed, was everything like little bit different, I felt.

“Even I didn’t feel my game that good, I still think was like solid somehow. A few serves, I served well a few times, but not as the last match.”

On the men’s side of the draw, No. 9 seed 2009 champion Rafael Nadal pushed aside No. 8 seed Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the final eight. Nadal closed the match by winning the last four games.

Nadal will take on Milos Raonic, the third seed who defeated 13th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. The Canadian came back from a 1-5 deficit in the first set tiebreak to win the first set.

“Most of the match, it was quite inconsistent I think from both of us,” said Raonic who’s been nursing the flu this fortnight. “I was sort of there on the brink in the end of the third set, then turned it around. Made it really count, I think. After I held off those two breakpoints, I was able to reel off seven games or something along those lines. I was fortunate to get that point because it definitely could have been much longer.”

“I was very fortunate to get through today,” Raonic said. “There were moments where it wasn’t looking so good.”

No. 11 seed David Goffin is in the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time. The Belgian defeated eighth seed Dominic Thiem 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-2.

“I feel tired, but feeling so happy. It was a really good match. Not easy. I started the match really well. Was not easy to control the ball because the first two sets it was really sunny and the ball, it was bouncing really high, so it was not easy to control the ball.

“But, yeah, I’m feeling so happy that I found my way to find a solution in the second. I serve really well. Then I played two really good sets the third and the fourth.

“I’m really happy. It was a big fight, so I’m feeling really good.”

Goffin will play Grigor Dimitrov in the final eight.

“Of course, the ranking, it doesn’t matter the ranking they have,” said Goffin.

“Dimitrov, he won everything. He started the year really well. He won in Brisbane, a really strong tournament, Brisbane ATP 250. He was really solid this week.

“It’s going to be interesting to see the match now. I will prepare my match like always, like I did this week.”

Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov conquered No. 2 seeds Novak Djokovic’s conqueror – dismissing wildcard Denis Istomin 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-1. Istomin beat the six-time champion in the second round.

“It’s going to be a tough match, for sure, without a doubt,” said Dimtrov. “David is an excellent player. In a way I know what to expect from him. We’ve practiced against each other a few times this off-season. And he’s a very dangerous player.

“I just need to be ready mentally and physically for the battle. Honestly, there’s not much else you can say about that.”

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Australian Open Day 8 Schedule of Play for January 23, 2017

Australian Open Day 8 Schedule of Play for January 23, 2017

ROD LAVER ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 4
Barbora Strycova (CZE) [16] vs. Serena Williams (USA) [2]
Men’s Singles – Round 4
Dominic Thiem (AUT) [8] vs. David Goffin (BEL) [11]
Not Before: 3:00 PM
Mixed Doubles – Round 2
Casey Dellacqua (AUS)/Matt Reid (AUS) vs. Martina Hingis (SUI)/Leander Paes (IND)

ROD LAVER ARENA 7:00 PM
Women’s Singles – Round 4
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [5] vs. Daria Gavrilova (AUS) [22]
Men’s Singles – Round 4
Gael Monfils (FRA) [6] vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [9]

MARGARET COURT ARENA 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 3
Brian Baker (USA)/Nikola Mektic (CRO) vs. Bob Bryan (USA) [3]/Mike Bryan (USA) [3]
Not Before: 1:00 PM
Women’s Singles – Round 4
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [30] vs. Johanna Konta (GBR) [9]
Not Before: 2:30 PM
Women’s Singles – Round 4
Jennifer Brady (USA) vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
Not Before: 5:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 4
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [15] vs. Denis Istomin (UZB)

HISENSE ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Doubles – Round 3
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)/Kveta Peschke (CZE) vs. Ashleigh Barty (AUS)/Casey Dellacqua (AUS)
Men’s Doubles – Round 3
Henri Kontinen (FIN) [4]/John Peers (AUS) [4] vs. Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) [14]/Robert Farah (COL) [14]
Not Before: 3:00 PM
Men’s Doubles – Round 3
Sam Groth (AUS)/Chris Guccione (AUS) vs. Marcus Daniell (NZL)/Marcelo Demoliner (BRA)
Not Before: 6:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 4
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [13] vs. Milos Raonic (CAN) [3]

SHOW COURT 2 11:00 AM

Men’s Legends’ Doubles
Jacco Eltingh (NED)/Paul Haarhuis (NED) vs. Michael Chang (USA)/Todd Martin (USA)

Not Before: 12:00 PM
Women’s Doubles – Round 3
Timea Babos (HUN)/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) [2]/Lucie Safarova (CZE) [2]
Women’s Doubles – Round 3
Caroline Garcia (FRA) [1]/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [1] vs. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [13]/Saisai Zheng (CHN) [13]
Not Before: 4:30 PM

Women’s Legends’ Doubles
Lindsay Davenport (USA)/Martina Navratilova (USA) vs. Nicole Bradtke (AUS)/Rennae Stubbs (AUS)

Mixed Doubles – Round 2
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)/Horia Tecau (ROU) vs. Abigail Spears (USA)/Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL)

SHOW COURT 3 11:00 AM

Women’s Legends’ Doubles
Mary Joe Fernandez (USA)/Barbara Schett (AUT) vs. Iva Majoli (CRO)/Alicia Molik (AUS)

Not Before: 12:00 PM
Men’s Doubles – Round 3
Lukasz Kubot (POL) [7]/Marcelo Melo (BRA) [7] vs. Ivan Dodig (CRO) [9]/Marcel Granollers (ESP) [9]
Women’s Doubles – Round 3
Chen Liang (CHN)/Zhaoxuan Yang (CHN) vs. Raquel Atawo (USA) [11]/Yifan Xu (CHN) [11]

COURT 7 11:00 AM

Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 2
Tristan Boyer (USA) vs. Yu Hsiou Hsu (TPE) [2]
Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 2
Tatiana Pieri (ITA) vs. Taylor Johnson (USA) [2]
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 1
Hurricane Tyra Black (USA)/Jimena Rodriguez-Benito (USA) vs. Mihaela Lorena Marculescu (ROU)/Ayumi Miyamoto (JPN)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Joshua Howard-Tripp (RSA)/Nikolay Vylegzhanin (RUS) vs. Kody Pearson (AUS)/Adam Walton (AUS)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Finn Bass (GBR) [8]/Trent Bryde (USA) [8] vs. Alexander Crnokrak (AUS)/Dane Sweeny (AUS)

COURT 8 11:00 AM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 2
Emily Appleton (GBR) [4] vs. Seone Mendez (AUS)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 2
Alexey Zakharov (RUS) vs. Alexei Popyrin (AUS) [7]
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 1
Ana Biskic (CRO)/Alana Smith (USA) vs. Anri Nagata (JPN)/Thasaporn Naklo (THA)
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 1
I-Hsuan Cho (TPE) [7]/Yuki Naito (JPN) [7] vs. Patricia Apisah (PNG)/Amber Marshall (AUS)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) [5]/Kacper Zuk (POL) [5] vs. Francesco Forti (ITA)/Mattia Frinzi (ITA)

COURT 13 11:00 AM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 2
I-Hsuan Cho (TPE) vs. Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (CAN) [7]
Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 2
Olga Danilovic (SRB) [5] vs. Shuyue Ma (CHN)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 2
Maxence Broville (FRA) vs. Alberto Lim (PHI) [16]
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 1
Gabriella Da Silva Fick (AUS)/Kaitlin Staines (AUS) vs. Olga Danilovic (SRB) [2]/Marta Kostyuk (UKR) [2]
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Alberto Lim (PHI)/Alexandre Rotsaert (USA) vs. Yu Hsiou Hsu (TPE) [4]/Lingxi Zhao (CHN) [4]

COURT 19 11:00 AM

Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 2
Zsombor Piros (HUN) [15] vs. Benard Bruno Nkomba (AUS)
Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 2
Zeel Desai (IND) vs. Jule Niemeier (GER)
Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 2
Elena Rybakina (RUS) [16] vs. Denisa Hindova (CZE)
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 1
Baijing Lin (AUS) [6]/Xiyu Wang (CHN) [6] vs. Astrid Wanja Brune Olsen (NOR)/Malene Helgo (NOR)
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 1
Violet Apisah (PNG)/Zeel Desai (IND) vs. Yang Lee (TPE) [4]/Rebeka Masarova (SUI) [4]
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Olukayode Alafia Damina Ayeni (USA)/Moerani Bouzige (AUS) vs. Jesper De Jong (NED)/Philip Henning (RSA)

COURT 20 11:00 AM

Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 2
Federico Iannaccone (ITA) vs. Alexander Crnokrak (AUS)
Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 2
Gabriella Da Silva Fick (AUS) vs. Chengyiyi Yuan (CHN)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 2
Ergi Kirkin (TUR) [11] vs. Chase Ferguson (AUS)
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 1
Maja Chwalinska (POL)/Iga Swiatek (POL) vs. Lisa Mays (AUS)/Ivana Popovic (AUS)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Jack Molloy (GBR)/Barnaby Smith (GBR) vs. Chase Ferguson (AUS)/Benard Bruno Nkomba (AUS)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Chun Hsin Tseng (TPE)/Bang Shuo Yin (TPE) vs. Marvin Moeller (GER) [2]/Naoki Tajima (JPN) [2]

COURT 22 11:00 AM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 2
Eleonora Molinaro (LUX) vs. Yuki Naito (JPN) [14]
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 2
Yibing Wu (CHN) [1] vs. Finn Bass (GBR)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 2
Matteo Martineau (FRA) vs. Rinky Hijikata (AUS)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN)/Michael Vrbensky (CZE) vs. Zizou Bergs (BEL) [6]/Yshai Oliel (ISR) [6]
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 1
Taylor Johnson (USA)/Nicole Mossmer (USA) vs. Eunhye Lee (KOR)/Satoko Sueno (JPN)

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2017 Australian Open – Day 8 Men’s Preview

 

2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 8 MEN’S NOTES

Monday 23 January

Dominic Thiem

Round of 16 Bottom Half

 

Featured matches

 

No. 3 Milos Raonic (CAN) v No. 13 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)

No. 6 Gael Monfils (FRA) v No. 9 Rafael Nadal (ESP)

No. 8 Dominic Thiem (AUT) v No. 11 David Goffin (BEL)

No. 15 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v (WC) Denis Istomin (UZB)

 

On court today…

 

  • Milos Raonic – the highest seed left in the draw following Andy Murray’s exit on Sunday – will look to secure his place in the quarterfinals here for a 3rd straight year when he takes on No. 13 seed Roberto Bautista Agut on Hisense Arena. The world No. 3 has won all 4 of their previous meetings, dropping just one set in the process, and will hope for another strong showing against the Spaniard as he targets a place in his 6th Grand Slam quarterfinal. Bautista Agut, who has lost all 6 of his previous appearances in the round of 16 at the majors, is aiming to breakthrough to the last 8 at a major for the first time today.

 

  • Gael Monfils and Rafael Nadal will meet for the 15th time, but only the 3rd time at a Grand Slam, when they go head-to-head in the night match on Rod Laver Arena. Nadal is eyeing a place in his 30th Grand Slam quarterfinal, which would see him close the gap on Ivan Lendl in 5th place on the list for most Grand Slam quarterfinals reached in the Open Era. Meanwhile, a second straight appearance in the last 8 here for Monfils, and a 9th Grand Slam quarterfinal overall, would see him move into joint 3rd place alongside Sebastien Grosjean and Henri Leconte on the list of most major quarterfinals reached by a Frenchman.

 

  • Novak Djokovic’s conqueror, Denis Istomin, will hope to continue his dream Australian Open when he bids for a place in his first Grand Slam quarterfinal against Grigor Dimitrov. The Uzbek is bidding to become just the 2nd wild card in the Open Era to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open after Tomas Smid in 1983, and would become the lowest-ranked man to reach the last 8 here since 1989 if he can upset the Bulgarian.

 

 3 MILOS RAONIC (CAN) v NO. 13 ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT (ESP)

Head-to-head: Raonic leads 4-0

2014     Paris-1000                     Hard (I)             R16      Raonic              75 76(7)

2015     St. Petersburg               Hard (I)             SF        Raonic              62 76(2)

2015     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           R32      Raonic              64 67(3) 76(5)

2016     Queen’s                        Grass (O)          QF        Raonic              61 64

 

A 5th career meeting between the 2 players and their 4th on a hard court, but their 1st at a Grand Slam.

 

Bautista Agut has won just one set against Raonic – at 2015 Shanghai-1000.

 

RAONIC                                        v                                 BAUTISTA AGUT

 

26                                          Age                                          28

3                                    ATP Ranking                                   14

8                                          Titles                                          5

61-23                      Career Grand Slam Record                      34-17

22-6                         Australian Open Record                         11-5

264-121                              Career Record                              171-109

187-76                         Career Record – Hard                          113-72

5-1                                   2017 Record                                   7-0

5-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              7-0

8-5                           Career Five-Set Record                           7-3

1                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

164-102                      Career Tiebreak Record                         58-44

2-1                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            1-1

 

  • RAONIC is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 3rd straight year.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to reach his 6th Grand Slam quarterfinal and extend his record for the most Grand Slam quarterfinals reached by a Canadian player – man or woman – in history:

 

Player Grand Slam quarterfinals reached
Milos Raonic 5 (Australian Open 2015-16, 2014 Roland Garros, 2014, 2016 Wimbledon)
Carling Bassett-Seguso 4 (1983 Australian Open, 1984, 1986 Roland Garros, 1984 US Open)
Eugenie Bouchard 4 (2014-15 Australian Open, 2014 Roland Garros, 2014 Wimbledon)
Robert Powell 3 (1908, 1910, 1912 Wimbledon)

 

  • Raonic is bidding to record his 5th victory over a Top 20 opponent at the Australian Open. 4 of his 7 Grand Slam wins against Top 20 players have come here – against No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny in 2011, No. 19 Philipp Kohlschreiber in 2013, No. 14 Feliciano Lopez in 2015 and No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in 2016. He has a 7-12 win-loss record against Top 20 players at the majors overall.

 

  • Raonic advanced to the round of 16 here for the 5th time after defeating Dustin Brown 63 64 62, Gilles Muller 63 64 76(4) and No. 25 seed Gilles Simon 62 76(5) 36 63 in the opening 3 rounds. This is his 7th Australian Open appearance and his 24th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • If he wins today, Raonic will face either No. 6 Gael Monfils or No. 9 Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. He is level with Monfils at 3-3, but trails Nadal 2-6 in their previous meetings.

 

  • Last year here as No. 13 seed Raonic recorded his best Australian Open result by reaching the semifinals (l. Andy Murray). He was the first Canadian man – and only the 2nd Canadian player after Eugenie Bouchard – in history to reach the semifinals here.

 

  • Raonic recorded his best Grand Slam result at 2016 Wimbledon when, as No. 6 seed, he became the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam final, falling to Murray 64 76(3) 76(2). Elsewhere at the Grand Slams last year, he reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas) but fell in the 2nd round at the US Open (l. Ryan Harrison).

 

  • Raonic won his 8th career title at 2016 Brisbane (d. Roger Federer) to maintain his record of winning at least one title every year since winning his first at 2011 San Jose. All 8 of his career titles have come on a hard court. Also in 2016, he finished runner-up at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Novak Djokovic) and fell to Murray in the final at both Queen’s and Wimbledon. He reached 5 further semifinals.

 

  • Raonic reached a career-high ranking of No. 3 on 21 November 2016 after reaching the semifinals at the ATP World Tour Finals, where he fell to Murray in the longest 3-set match in the tournament’s history at 3 hours 38 minutes. He plays here on the same ranking of No. 3.

 

  • Raonic warmed up for the Australian Open as top seed and defending champion at Brisbane, where he fell to Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals.

 

  • Raonic became the first Canadian to be seeded in the men’s singles at a Grand Slam event in the Open Era at 2011 Roland Garros. He plays here seeded No. 3 – his highest Grand Slam seeding.

 

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

 

  • Raonic started working with former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, who reached the semifinals here in 1992, ahead of the 2017 season. He is also coached by Riccardo Piatti.

 

  • BAUTISTA AGUT is bidding to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for the first time.

 

  • Bautista Agut advanced to the round of 16 here for the 3rd time after defeating Guido Pella 63 61 61, Yoshihito Nishioka 62 63 63 and No. 21 seed David Ferrer 75 67(6) 76(3) 64 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Bautista Agut has equalled his best Grand Slam performance. He has reached the round of 16 at a major on 6 other occasions – here in 2014 (l. Grigor Dimitrov) and 2016 (l. Tomas Berdych), at the US Open in 2014 (l. Roger Federer) and 2015 (l. Novak Djokovic), at 2015 Wimbledon (l. Federer) and at 2016 Roland Garros (l. Djokovic). This is his 6th Australian Open appearance and his 18th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • If he wins today, Bautista Agut will play either No. 6 Gael Monfils or No. 9 Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. He trails Monfils 0-3 and Nadal 0-1 in their previous meetings.

 

  • Bautista Agut warmed up for the Australian Open by winning his 5th career singles title at Chennai (d. Daniil Medvedev). 3 of his 5 career titles have come on a hard court.

 

  • Bautista Agut is bidding to defeat a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam for the 2nd time. His only win against a Top 10 player in 10 previous attempts at the majors came against No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro in the 2nd round here in 2014.

 

  • Bautista Agut has lost 7 of his last 8 Tour-level matches against Top 10 opposition. His only win in that time came against No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals at 2016 Shanghai-1000.

 

  • Bautista Agut’s best results in 2016 were winning the titles at Auckland (d. Jack Sock) and Sofia (d. Viktor Troicki). He also finished runner-up at Winston-Salem (l. Pablo Carreno Busta) and in his first Masters-1000 final at Shanghai (l. Andy Murray), and reached the semifinals at St. Petersburg (l. Stan Wawrinka) and 5 further quarterfinals.

 

  • Bautista Agut reached a career-high ranking of No. 13 in October 2016 after reaching the final at Shanghai-1000. He plays here at No. 14, but seeded No. 13 – his joint-highest Grand Slam seeding. He was also seeded No. 13 here in 2015.

 

  • Bautista Agut has 7-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches. 6 of his 10 five-set matches have come at Melbourne Park. He has a 4-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches here.

 

  • Bautista Agut has played Davis Cup for Spain since 2014. Spain won promotion back into the World Group in 2016 after a two-year absence. They will play Croatia in the World Group first round in Osijek on 3-5 February.

 

  • Bautista Agut is coached by Tomas Carbonell and Pepe Vendrell.

 

6 GAEL MONFILS (FRA) v NO. 9 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP)

Head-to-head: Nadal leads 12-2

2005     AMS Monte Carlo          Clay (O)            R64      Nadal                63 62

2006     AMS Rome                   Clay (O)            SF        Nadal                62 62

2008     AMS Paris                    Hard (I)             R16      Nadal                63 62

2009     Doha                            Hard (O)           QF        Monfils             64 64

2009     Rotterdam                     Hard (I)             SF        Nadal                64 64

2009     US Open                      Hard (O)           R16      Nadal               67(3) 63 61 63

2010     Madrid-1000                  Clay (O)            QF        Nadal                61 63

2010     Tokyo                           Hard (O)           FR        Nadal                61 75

2011     Barcelona                     Clay (O)            QF        Nadal                62 62

2012     Doha                            Hard (O)           SF        Monfils             63 64

2014     Doha                            Hard (O)           FR        Nadal                61 67(5) 62

2014     Australian Open           Hard (O)           R32      Nadal               61 62 63

2015     Stuttgart                       Grass (O)          SF        Nadal                63 64

2016     Monte Carlo-1000          Clay (O)            FR        Nadal                75 57 60

 

A 15th career meeting between these 2 players, but only their 3rd at a Grand Slam event.

 

Monfils won just 6 games in their only previous meeting at the Australian Open in 2014.

 

Both of Monfils’ 2 wins against Nadal came on a Doha hard court – in 2009 and 2012. Nadal has won 6 of the 8 hard court meetings.

 

MONFILS                                       v                                         NADAL

 

30                                          Age                                          30

6                                    ATP Ranking                                    9

6                                          Titles                                         69

85-39                      Career Grand Slam Record                     206-31

24-11                        Australian Open Record                        48-10

394-221                              Career Record                              811-175

249-133                        Career Record – Hard                         386-118

3-0                                   2017 Record                                   5-1

3-0                              2017 Record – Hard                              5-1

15-12                         Career Five-Set Record                          18-8

2                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         3

159-110                      Career Tiebreak Record                       200-132

1-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            0-1

 

  • MONFILS is bidding to record his 250th Tour-level hard court match-win today. If he wins today, he would become the 12th active player to record 250 Tour-level hard court match-wins.

 

  • Monfils is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 2nd straight year and become the 5th Frenchman in history to reach multiple Australian Open quarterfinals. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5 quarterfinals), Sebastien Grosjean (4), Guy Forget (2) and Yannick Noah (2) are the only Frenchmen to reach multiple quarterfinals here.

 

  • Monfils is bidding to reach his 9th Grand Slam quarterfinal and equal Sebastien Grosjean and Henri Leconte in joint-3rd place on the list for most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances by a Frenchman in the Open Era.

Most Grand Slam quarterfinals reached by a Frenchman (Open Era)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 15
Yannick Noah 10
Sebastien Grosjean

Henri Leconte

Gael Monfils??

9

9

9??

 

  • Monfils is looking to record his 25th match-win at the Australian Open and equal Sebastien Grosjean in 2nd place on the list for most Australian Open match-wins by a Frenchman in the Open Era.

 

                  Most Australian Open match-wins by a Frenchman (Open Era)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 34
Sebastien Grosjean 25
Gael Monfils 24
Fabrice Santoro

Richard Gasquet

Gilles Simon

22

22

22

Figures correct through the 2017 AO 3rd round and also include Tsonga’s round of 16 win on Sunday

 

  • Monfils is one of 2 Frenchmen through to the round of 16 here along with Tsonga. The last time 2 Frenchmen reached the quarterfinals here was in 2013, when Tsonga and Jeremy Chardy reached the last 8.

 

  • Monfils is bidding to defeat a Top 10 player at the Australian Open for the first time. The highest-ranked player he has defeated here is No. 11 Marcos Baghdatis in 2007.

 

  • Monfils is bidding to end a 5-match losing streak against Top 10 opposition. His last win over a Top 10 player came against No. 7 Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals at 2016 Toronto-1000.

 

  • If Monfils wins today he will play either No. 3 seed Milos Raonic or No. 13 seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals. He is level with Raonic at 3-3 but leads Bautista Agut 3-0 in their previous meetings.

 

  • Monfils advanced to the round of 16 for the 3rd time after defeating Jiri Vesely 62 63 62, Alexandr Dolgopolov 63 64 16 60 and No. 32 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 63 76(1) 64 in the opening 3 rounds. This is his 12th appearance at the Australian Open and his 40th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Monfils’ 1st round victory here was his first Tour-level match win since he defeated Kevin Anderson in the 2nd round at 2016 Shanghai-1000 (l. David Goffin). He had previously not played a Tour-level match prior to his opening match here since withdrawing with a rib injury after losing his opening 2 round robin matches at the ATP World Tour Finals.

 

  • Last year here Monfils reached the quarterfinals for the first time on his 11th Australian Open appearance, moving him into joint-2nd place with Mark Woodforde on the Open Era list for the most attempts before reaching the last 8 here. He fell to Milos Raonic 63 36 63 64.

 

  • Monfils’ best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals at 2008 Roland Garros, where ranked No. 59 he lost to Roger Federer 62 57 63 75, and at the 2016 US Open (l. Novak Djokovic).

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2016, Monfils withdrew from Roland Garros with a virus and fell to Jeremy Chardy in 5 sets in the 1st round at Wimbledon. He has a 15-12 win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 3-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

  • Monfils’ 2016 highlight was winning his 6th career title at Washington (d. Ivo Karlovic). He also finished runner-up at both Rotterdam (l. Martin Klizan) and Monte Carlo-1000 (l. today’s opponent) and reached 3 further semifinals.

 

  • Monfils reached a career-high ranking of No. 6 on 7 November 2016 and ended the year inside the Top 10 for the first time. He plays here ranked No. 6.

 

  • Monfils is a 2-time Davis Cup finalist, having helped France to the finals in 2010 (l. Serbia) and 2014
    (l. Switzerland). France will play Japan in the World Group first round in Tokyo on 3-5 February.

 

  • Monfils narrowly missed out on achieving the Junior Grand Slam in 2004 after winning the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. His preparation for the junior US Open that year was hampered by a knee injury and he lost in the 3rd round to Viktor Troicki. He was named 2004 ITF Junior Boys’ World Champion. He is the only former junior Australian Open champion to reach the round of 16 from the 7 who started the men’s main draw here.

 

  • Monfils is coached by former world No. 39 Mikael Tillstrom, who reached the quarterfinals here in 1996.

 

  • 2009 Australian Open champion NADAL is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 9th time and join Novak Djokovic in joint-3rd place on the Open Era list for most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances

                                    Most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Player No. of appearances
Roger Federer 13??*
Stefan Edberg 10
Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal

9

9??

Ivan Lendl

John Newcombe

8

8

Active players in bold. *Written prior to Federer’s round of 16 match with Nishikori

 

  • Nadal is bidding to reach his 30th Grand Slam quarterfinal and take sole ownership of 6th place on the list for most Grand Slam quarterfinals reached in the Open Era ahead of Pete Sampras.

Most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Player No. of appearances
Roger Federer 49??*
Jimmy Connors 41
Novak Djokovic 37
Andre Agassi 36
Ivan Lendl 34
Rafael Nadal 30??
Pete Sampras 29
Andy Murray 28

       *Written prior to Federer’s round of 16 match with Nishikori

 

  • Nadal is bidding to record his 49th Australian Open match-win and take sole ownership of 4th place ahead of Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl and Andy Murray on the Open Era list for the most Australian Open match-wins.

Most Australian Open match-wins (Open Era)

Player Win-loss
Roger Federer 83-13*
Novak Djokovic 58-7
Stefan Edberg 56-10
Andre Agassi

Ivan Lendl

Andy Murray

Rafael Nadal

48-5

48-10

48-12

48-10

Active players in bold. *Written prior to the conclusion of the Federer v Nishikori round of 16 match

 

  • Nadal is bidding to end a 4-match losing streak against Top 10 players. He has not defeated a Top 10 opponent since defeating No. 6 Kei Nishikori to win the title at 2016 Barcelona.

 

  • Nadal is bidding to defeat a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam for the first time since he defeated No. 2 Novak Djokovic to win the title at 2014 Roland Garros. He has lost both of his last 2 meetings with Top 10 players at the majors – falling to No. 7 Tomas Berdych at the 2015 Australian Open and No. 1 Djokovic at 2015 Roland Garros.

 

  • Nadal advanced to the round of 16 here for the 10th time after defeating Florian Mayer 63 64 64, Marcos Baghdatis 63 61 63 and No. 24 seed Alexander Zverev 46 63 67(5) 63 62 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • By defeating Zverev in 5-sets in the 3rd round here, Nadal ended a 3-match losing streak in 5-set matches and improved his 5-set record to 18-8. He has a 6-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park.

 

  • If Nadal wins today he will play either No. 3 seed Milos Raonic or No. 13 seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals. He leads Raonic 6-2 and Bautista Agut 1-0 in their previous meetings.

 

  • Nadal is bidding to win his 2nd Australian Open title and become the first man in the Open Era – and only the 3rd man in history – to win each of the 4 Grand Slam titles twice. Roy Emerson and Rod Laver are the only players to have won each Grand Slam on two or more occasions [see Preview page 3].
  • Last year here Nadal lost in the 1st round for the first time in his career, falling to Fernando Verdasco in 5 sets. It was just the 2nd time that he had lost in the 1st round at a Grand Slam, having also lost his opening match at 2013 Wimbledon (l. Steve Darcis).

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2016, Nadal reached the round of 16 at the US Open (l. Lucas Pouille), but gave a walkover in the 3rd round at Roland Garros and missed Wimbledon due to a left wrist injury. This is his 12th appearance at Melbourne Park and his 47th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Away from the majors, Nadal’s best results in 2016 came during the clay court season when he won back-to-back titles at Monte Carlo-1000 (d. Gael Monfils) and Barcelona (d. Kei Nishikori). It was his 9th title at both events, and took his career total to 69 titles. Nadal also reached the final at Doha (l. Djokovic) and the semifinals at 5 other tournaments.

 

  • Also in 2016, Nadal won his 2nd gold medal at the Olympic Tennis Event after clinching the men’s doubles title alongside Marc Lopez at Rio 2016. He narrowly missed out on a medal in singles, falling to Nishikori 62 67(1) 63 in the bronze medal play-off.

 

  • Nadal is looking to win his 15th Grand Slam title and close the gap on Roger Federer in the list of all-time Grand Slam title holders. He is currently joint-2nd with Pete Sampras on the list behind Federer (17). He is one of the 4 Grand Slam champions through to the round of 16 from the 6 who started this year’s men’s main draw.

 

  • Nadal’s best performance at the Australian Open is winning the title in 2009 (d. Federer). He also reached the final in 2012, losing to Djokovic in the longest men’s Grand Slam final on record at 5 hours, 53 minutes, and in 2014 (l. Stan Wawrinka).

 

  • Nadal is aiming to win his first hard court tournament in over 3 years. He has not won a hard court tournament since defeating today’s opponent to win 2014 Doha. His total of 16 hard court titles is the 4th highest among active players (behind Federer, Djokovic and Murray).

 

  • Nadal warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Brisbane (l. Raonic). It was his first tournament since October, when he lost to Viktor Troicki at Shanghai-1000, after he pulled out of Basel, Paris-1000 and the ATP World Tour Finals with a wrist injury.

 

  • Nadal has been coached by his uncle, Toni Nadal, for his entire career. He added former Australian Open finalist Carlos Moya to his team ahead of the 2017 season. His fitness trainer is Rafael Maymo.

 

 

 

 8 DOMINIC THIEM (AUT) v NO. 11 DAVID GOFFIN (BEL)

Head-to-head: Goffin leads 4-3

2014     Acapulco Qualifying       Hard (O)           QF        Goffin               36 61 76(1)

2014     Queen’s                        Grass (O)          R64      Goffin               64 62

2014     Kitzbuhel                       Clay (O)            FR        Goffin               46 61 63

2014     Basel                            Hard (I)             R32      Goffin               76(4) 63

2015     Marseille                       Hard (I)             R16      Thiem               5-1 retired (back pain)

2015     Gstaad                         Clay (O)            FR        Thiem               75 62

2016     Australian Open           Hard (O)           R32      Goffin               61 36 76(2) 75

2016     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           QF        Thiem              46 76(7) 64 61

 

An 8th Tour-level meeting for the pair and their 3rd at a Grand Slam. Goffin won their first meeting at a major in the 3rd round here last year, but Thiem won their quarterfinal meeting at Roland Garros later in the year.

 

Goffin leads the head-to-head 2-1 in Tour-level hard court matches. They have also contested two Tour-level finals, with Goffin recovering from a set down to win his first Tour-level title at 2014 Kitzbuhel, and Thiem defeating Goffin for his 3rd career title at 2015 Gstaad.

 

Goffin has never defeated a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam before – his best Grand Slam win came against Thiem, then ranked at No. 20, here last year.

 

THIEM                                         v                                        GOFFIN

 

23                                          Age                                          26

8                                    ATP Ranking                                   11

7                                          Titles                                          2

23-12                      Career Grand Slam Record                      28-18

6-3                          Australian Open Record                          7-3

127-84                               Career Record                              146-105

59-51                          Career Record – Hard                           95-65

5-2                                   2017 Record                                   4-1

5-2                              2017 Record – Hard                              4-1

3-2                           Career Five-Set Record                           8-4

1                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

52-51                        Career Tiebreak Record                         40-46

1-2                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            1-1

 

  • THIEM is bidding to become the first Austrian man to reach the quarterfinals here since Stefan Koubek in 2002. Just 3 Austrian men in history have reached the last 8 here – Peter Feigl (1978), Thomas Muster (1989, 1994, 1997) and Koubek (2002).

 

  • Thiem is also bidding to become just the 2nd Austrian man in history to reach multiple Grand Slam quarterfinals after Muster, who reached a total of 9 Grand Slam quarterfinals between 1989 and 1998.

 

  • Thiem is looking to defeat a Top 20 player at a Grand Slam for the 3rd time. He has never defeated a player ranked as high as No. 11 today’s opponent at a Grand Slam, with his career-best win at a major coming against No. 12 Ernests Gulbis in 5 sets at the 2014 US Open. He has a 2-6 win-loss record against Top 20 opposition at the majors overall.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Thiem has recorded his best Australian Open performance. His previous best performance here was reaching the 3rd round as No. 19 seed last year, falling to today’s opponent. This is his 4th straight Australian Open and his 13th consecutive Grand Slam.

 

  • Thiem defeated Jan-Lennard Struff 46 64 64 63, Jordan Thompson 62 61 67(6) 64 and Benoit Paire 61 46 64 64 in the opening 3 rounds

 

  • If he wins today, Thiem will play either No. 15 Grigor Dimitrov or wild card Denis Istomin in the quarterfinals. He is level with Dimitrov at 1-1 but leads Istomin 2-0 in their previous meetings.
  • Thiem recorded his best Grand Slam performance by reaching the semifinals at 2016 Roland Garros (l. Novak Djokovic). He became the 3rd Austrian man in history to reach a Grand Slam semifinal after Muster and Jurgen Melzer. He also broke into the Top 10 for the first time at No. 7.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2016, Thiem reached the round of 16 at the US Open, where he retired with a right knee injury while trailing Juan Martin del Potro 63 3-2, but fell in the 2nd round at Wimbledon (l. Jiri Vesely).

 

  • Thiem won 4 titles in 2016 – at Buenos Aires (d. Almagro), Acapulco (d. Bernard Tomic), Nice (d. Alexander Zverev) and Stuttgart (d. Philipp Kohlschreiber). He was the only player other than Andy Murray to win titles on clay, grass and hard court in 2016. He qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time, defeating Gael Monfils in the group stage but losing to Djokovic and Milos Raonic.

 

  • Thiem warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at both Brisbane (l. Grigor Dimitrov) and Sydney (l. Daniel Evans) after receiving 1st round byes.

 

  • Thiem has never lost a 5-set match on a hard court. He has a 3-0 win-loss record in 5-set matches played on a hard court, and a 3-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall. He won both of the 5-set matches he contested in 2016, defeating Gastao Elias in the first rubber of Austria’s Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2nd round tie against Portugal and John Millman in the 1st round at the US Open.

 

  • Thiem is seeded No. 8 here – his joint-highest seeding at a Grand Slam. He was also seeded No. 8 at Wimbledon and the US Open last year.

 

  • Thiem has played Davis Cup for Austria since 2014. Austria has been given a first round bye in Europe/Africa Zone Group I this year and will play the winner of the tie between Belarus and Romania in the 2nd round on 7-9 April.

 

  • Thiem is a former junior world No. 2. He reached the boys’ singles final at Roland Garros as No. 14 seed in 2011, losing to Bjorn Fratangelo 36 63 86 and won the 2011 Orange Bowl (d. Patrick Ofner).

 

  • Thiem is coached by Gunter Bresnik.

 

  • GOFFIN is bidding to become the first Belgian man to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open.

 

  • Goffin is looking to become only the 2nd Belgian man to reach the quarterfinals at 2 different Grand Slam events after Jean Washer (1924 Wimbledon, 1925-26 Roland Garros). He is also looking to become the 5th Belgian man to reach multiple Grand Slam quarterfinals:

 

Belgian men to reach quarterfinals at a Grand Slam (all-time)

Paul de Borman 1904 Wimbledon
Willie de Warzee 1904, 1908 Wimbledon
Jean Washer 1924 Wimbledon, 1925-26 Roland Garros
Jacques Brichant 1956-59 Roland Garros
Philippe Washer 1957 Roland Garros
Filip Dewulf 1997-98 Roland Garros
Xavier Malisse 2002 Wimbledon
David Goffin 2016 Roland Garros, 2017 Australian Open??

 

  • Goffin is bidding to reach the quarterfinals and equal his best Grand Slam result. He reached the quarterfinals at 2016 Roland Garros (l. today’s opponent), becoming just the 2nd Belgian man to reach the last 8 at Roland Garros after Filip Dewulf (1997-98) and only the 3rd Belgian man in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal after Dewulf and Xavier Malisse (2002 Wimbledon). He rose to a career-high ranking of No. 11 as a result – and plays here on the same ranking.

 

  • If he wins today, Goffin will record his 8th Australian Open match-win and tie Malisse and Christophe Rochus at the top of the list for the most Australian Open match-wins by a Belgian man in history:

 

                                               

 

        Australian Open match-wins by Belgian men (all-time)

Player Win-loss at Australian Open
Xavier Malisse

Christophe Rochus

8-12

8-10

David Goffin

Olivier Rochus

7-3

7-11

 

  • Goffin is looking to defeat a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam for the first time on his 10th attempt. The highest-ranked player he has defeated at a major is No. 20 today’s opponent in the 3rd round here last year. Overall, he has a 4-32 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition.

 

  • If he wins today, Goffin will play either No. 15 Grigor Dimitrov or wild card Denis Istomin in the quarterfinals. He trails Dimitrov 0-1 but won his only previous meeting with Istomin at 2016 Wimbledon.

 

  • Goffin progressed to the round of 16 here after defeating qualifiers Reilly Opelka 64 46 62 46 64 and Radek Stepanek 64 60 63, and No. 20 seed Ivo Karlovic 63 62 64 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Goffin has become the first Belgian man to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open on multiple occasions. Xavier Daufresne (1994), Christophe Rochus (2000) and Olivier Rochus (2005) are the only other Belgian men to have reached the last 16 at Melbourne Park.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Goffin has equalled his best Australian Open result, having also reached the round of 16 here in 2016 (l. Roger Federer). This is his 4th Australian Open appearance and his 19th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • By defeating Opelka in 5 sets in the 1st round here, Goffin improved his 5-set win-loss record to 8-4. He has won 6 of his last 7 five-set matches, with his only defeat in a 5-set match in that time coming against Milos Raonic in the round of 16 at 2016 Wimbledon. He has a 1-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

  • At the Grand Slams in 2016, as well as reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, Goffin reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon, but lost in the 1st round at the US Open (l. Jared Donaldson).

 

  • Goffin’s best results in 2016 are finishing runner-up at Tokyo (l. Nick Kyrgios) and reaching 4 further semifinals, including at back-to-back Masters-1000 events at Indian Wells (l. Raonic) and Miami (l. Novak Djokovic).

 

  • Goffin warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the 2nd round at Doha (d. Robin Haase, Fernando Verdasco). He also played at the Kooyong Exhbition Event – defeating Bernard Tomic 62 64 and winning a single set against Ivo Karlovic 76.

 

  • Goffin has played Davis Cup for Belgium since 2012. He helped Belgium reach its first Davis Cup Final since 1904 in 2015, which they lost 3-1 to Great Britain in Ghent. Belgium will play Germany in the World Group first round in Frankfurt on 3-5 February.

 

  • Goffin was taught to play tennis by his father, who is a tennis coach at the Barchon Club in Liege.

 

  • Goffin is coached by Thierry Van Cleemput and trains with the Belgian Tennis Federation in Mons.

 

 15 GRIGOR DIMITROV (BUL) v (WC) DENIS ISTOMIN (UZB)

Tour-level head-to-head: Dimitrov leads 1-0

2009     Besancon Challenger (FRA)       Hard (I)             R32      Istomin             36 62 76(3)

2014     Shanghai-1000                          Hard (O)           R64      Dimitrov            63 63

 

A 2nd Tour-level meeting between the 2 players, who also met on the Challenger circuit 8 years ago.

 

Dimitrov has never lost to a player ranked outside the Top 100 at a Grand Slam. The lowest-ranked player to defeat him at a major is No. 95 Joao Sousa at the 2013 US Open.

 

DIMITROV                                      v                                        ISTOMIN

 

25                                          Age                                          30

15                                   ATP Ranking                                  117

5                                          Titles                                          1

36-25                      Career Grand Slam Record                      33-34

14-6                         Australian Open Record                        10-10

224-142                              Career Record                              197-209

137-91                         Career Record – Hard                         111-127

8-0                                   2017 Record                                   3-0

8-0                              2017 Record – Hard                              3-0

5-5                           Career Five-Set Record                          14-7

0                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         3

92-76                        Career Tiebreak Record                        101-86

2-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            2-0

 

  • DIMITROV is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 2nd time and equal his best Australian Open result.

 

  • Dimitrov’s best Australian Open result is reaching the quarterfinals here as No. 22 seed in 2014 (l. Rafael Nadal). Last year here he fell to Roger Federer in the 3rd round. This is his 7th consecutive Australian Open appearance and his 26th major overall.

 

  • Dimitrov advanced to the round of 16 here for the 3rd time after defeating wild card Christopher O’Connell 76(2) 63 63, Hyeon Chung 16 64 64 64 and Richard Gasquet 63 62 64 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • Dimitrov’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals at 2014 Wimbledon. He defeated defending champion Andy Murray in the quarterfinals before losing to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. He broke into the Top 10 for the first time afterwards at No. 9.

 

  • At the Grand Slams in 2016, Dimitrov reached the round of 16 at the US Open (l. Andy Murray) and the 3rd round at both the Australian Open (l. Federer) and Wimbledon (l. Steve Johnson). He fell to Viktor Troicki in 5 sets in the 1st round at Roland Garros. He has a 5-5 win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 2-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

  • Dimitrov’s best results in 2016 were runner-up finishes at Sydney (l. Troicki), Istanbul (l. Diego Schwartzman) and Beijing (l. Murray). He reached 4 further semifinals – at Delray Beach, Cincinnati-1000, Chengdu and Stockholm.

 

  • Dimitrov has won all 3 of his previous meetings with wild cards at the majors – defeating Lucas Pouille at 2013 Roland Garros, Ryan Harrison at the 2014 US Open and O’Connell in the 1st round here.

 

  • Dimitrov reached a career-high ranking of No. 8 in August 2014. He dropped as low as No. 40 on 18 July 2016 – his lowest ranking since February 2013 – but has since climbed back up the rankings and plays here at No. 15.

 

  • Dimitrov warmed up for the Australian Open by winning his 5th career title – and first since 2014 Queen’s – at Brisbane (d. Kei Nishikori). 3 of his 5 career titles have come on a hard court.

 

  • Dimitrov finished 2008 as 3 in the ITF Junior Rankings after winning the boys’ singles titles at Wimbledon (d. Henri Kontinen) and the US Open (d. Devin Britton).

 

  • Dimitrov has played Davis Cup for Bulgaria since 2008. He has a 16-1 singles win-loss record in Davis Cup and a 20-4 overall win-loss record. Bulgaria will host – and compete in – the Europe/Africa Zone Group III event in Sozopol in April.

 

  • Dimitrov was part of the ITF 14 & Under European Team in Europe in 2004-05 and the ITF 16 & Under European A Team in Europe in 2006, funded by the Grand Slam Development Fund.

 

  • Dimitrov started working with Dani Vallverdu, former coach to Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych, in July 2016. His physio is Azdine Bousnana.

 

  • Wild card ISTOMIN is bidding to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for the first time.

 

  • Ranked No. 117, Istomin is bidding to become the lowest-ranked man to reach the quarterfinals here since No. 300 Goran Ivanisevic in 1989. If he wins today, we would become the first player ranked outside the Top 100 to reach the quarterfinals in Melbourne since No. 105 Mikael Tillstrom in 1996.

 

  • Istomin is bidding to become just the 2nd wild card in the Open Era to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open after Tomas Smid in 1983. By reaching the round of 16 here, he has became the 7th man in the Open Era to reach the round of 16 as a wild card at the Australian Open and the first since Lleyton Hewitt in 2012. Juan Martin del Potro was the last wild card to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam – at the 2016 US Open.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Istomin has equalled his best Grand Slam result. He also reached the round of 16 at 2012 Wimbledon (l. Mikhail Youzhny) and at the 2013 US Open (l. Andy Murray). He is the only Uzbek player (man or woman) to reach the last 16 at a Grand Slam.

 

  • Istomin advanced to the round of 16 here for the first time after defeating qualifier Ivan Dodig 61 64 36 75 for his first Australian Open match-win since 2014, No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic 76(8) 57 26 76(5) 64 and No. 30 seed Pablo Carreno Busta 64 46 64 46 62.

 

  • Istomin’s 2nd round win over Djokovic saw him become the lowest-ranked player to defeat a No. 2 seed at the Australian Open. It was just his 2nd victory over a Top 10 opponent in 34 attempts and his first win over a Top 10 player at a major.

 

  • Istomin’s 5-set wins over Djokovic and Carreno Busta here improved his win-loss record in 5-set matches to 14-7. They were his first 5-set match-wins at the Australian Open, having lost both of his previous 2 five-set matches here to Andreas Seppi in 2013 and 2015.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Istomin has recorded his best Australian Open result. His previous best result here is reaching the 3rd round in 2010 and 2014, losing to Djokovic on both occasions. He is contesting his 11th Australian Open and his 35th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Istomin is bidding to record 4 consecutive match-wins at a Tour-level event for the 4th time in his career. He also achieved the feat in finishing runner-up at both 2010 New Haven (l. Sergiy Stakhovsky) and 2012 San Jose (l. Milos Raonic), and in winning his first career title at 2015 Nottingham (d. Sam Querrey).

 

  • If he wins today, Istomin will play either No. 8 Dominic Thiem or No. 11 David Goffin in the quarterfinals. He trails Thiem 0-2 and Goffin 0-1 in their previous meetings.

 

  • Istomin earned a wild card into the 2017 Australian Open after defeating Duck Hee Lee to win the Asia Pacific wild card play-off in December 2016. He had saved 4 match points against Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the semifinals.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Istomin has recorded 3 straight Tour-level match-wins for the first time since he won the title at 2015 Nottingham.

 

  • Istomin’s best results in 2016 were reaching 2nd round at Miami-1000 (l. Andy Murray), where he ended a 7-match Tour-level losing streak, Marrakech (l. Pablo Carreno Busta), Madrid-1000 (l. Tomas Berdych) and Geneva (l. David Ferrer).

 

  • Also in 2016, Istomin finished runner-up at Challengers in Tashkent (UZB) (l. Konstantin Kravchuk) and Astana (KAZ) (l. Yoshihito Nishioka).

 

  • Istomin dropped out of the Top 100 for the first time since January 2010 after losing in the 1st round as defending champion at 2016 Nottingham. He dropped as low as No. 144 in October – his lowest ranking since July 2008 – but plays here ranked No. 117.

 

  • Last year here Istomin fell to Bernard Tomic in the 1st round. He also fell in the 1st round at both Roland Garros (l. Juan Monaco) and the US Open (l. Rafael Nadal).

 

  • Istomin warmed up for the Australian Open at the Bangkok Challenger (THA), where he fell to Christian Garin in the 2nd round.

 

  • Istomin broke his leg in a car accident in 2001 while travelling to a Futures event in Tashkent. He spent 3 months in hospital and did not touch a racket in 2 years, with doctors doubting he would ever play competitive tennis again.

 

  • Istomin has received support from the Grand Slam Development Fund, receiving travel grants in 2004.

 

  • Istomin is coached by his mother Klaudiya Istomina.
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Vandeweghe Upsets No. 1 Kerber, Venus Williams Reaches Australian Open Quarterfinals

 

(January 22, 2017) Defending champion Angelique Kerber has joined fellow No. 1 seed Andy Murray as both top seeds lost on Sunday. Kerber lost to American American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-2, 6-3 in the night session at the Australian Open.

CoCo Vandeweghe

Vandeweghe moves into the quarterfinals against Garbine Muguruza, who beat Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-3. Murguruza won last year’s French Open.

“It’s really special to play a No. 1 player at any stage in any round,” Vandewege said in her on-court interview with Renee Stubbs. “I believe this is my first number one win, so I will take that.”

“It was a tough match, and of course I’m disappointed,” Kerber said. “But I was not feeling the ball at all tonight. I was not playing good from the first point.

“So, yeah, it was not my day and not my match, for sure.”

“I was trying tonight, as well, everything. But, yeah, I missed a lot and I make a lot of unforced errors. So this was not my game like I play normally.”

“It’s the first time I’ve ever beaten a world No. 1. And especially at a Grand Slam, I think it makes it that much sweeter,” Vandeweghe said.

?I just felt like I was really executing my game well, keeping her on the back foot, and just kind of playing within myself. So that’s what I felt was going on on the court.”

“We’re two totally opposite players. I would expect myself to have more winners as well as more unforced errors than she would have. So in that fact, I mean, that’s kind of an expected stat that I would have more than she would.

“I mean, what the number would end up being is kind of up to how well I’m hitting my spots and how well I’m playing out there against an opponent.”

“We’ve played a lot, a couple of times,” Muguruza said about playing the American in the quarterfinals. “It’s 1-1 head-to-head. She’s a tricky player. She has a lot of power, full shots, serve, everything. She can play very well.”

“It’s an interesting matchup because she holds a different aspect to a playing style of she’s an aggressor, as well,”  Vandeweghe commented. “She is going to play that way, and no other way.”

“For me it depends on if I can match it, as well as if I can beat her to that punch of getting first strike, first play.”

With Kerber’s loss, should Serena Williams win the tournament, she would move back up to the No. 1 ranking.

Andy Murray lost to No. 50 Mischa Zverev in four sets earlier in the day.

No. 50 Mischa Zverev Beats No. 1 Andy Murray at Australian Open; Roger Federer Advances in Five Sets

Venus Williams, reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the second time in the last three years by beating qualifier Mona Barthel 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday in Melbourne.

 

The 36-year-old American, seeded 13th, the oldest player female singles player left in the draw, has not dropped a set entering the final eight.

 

“I was born to play tennis,” Williams said in her on-court interview. “I found my calling. I was meant to do this.”

This will be the 37th career major quarterfinal she has played.

 

 

Williams will play 24th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova who was the first player to reach quarterfinals defeated Russian countrywoman and 8th seeded two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-3 in 68 minutes.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova photo courtesy of Taste of Tennis

This will be the Russian’s first-ever Australian Open quarterfinal.

 

“It feels amazing,” she said. “I’m really happy with my first quarterfinal here in Australian Open.”

 

“I have a lot of memories, because I, yeah, won it twice in juniors and was showing some good tennis, as well, also in the pros, but never achieved something, like, big here.”
“I feel much fitter, as well. And again, I repeat like I’m enjoying a bit more, like I take it a bit differently now.

“Yeah, I feel like I’m showing some good tennis at the same time, as well, and so just trying to put everything in pieces.

“Yeah, but again, I’m not going, like, super excited about it. I just take match by match, and, you know, I want to do even better.”

“Today I played a qualifier, and she hardly ever missed,” Williams said. “So it doesn’t matter who you come up against, they are coming and they want to win, too. They have nothing to lose.
“I’m going to be focused on winning one round at a time and focus on doing what it takes to be there.”

“I know her game,” Williams said of her next opponent. “I have played a lot of matches this tournament kind of not knowing what to expect. That can be a little — it’s a whole different approach.

“Now I have played her. I know what to expect. So I can almost already be settled in before I get to that match. So it’s a good thing.”

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No. 50 Mischa Zverev Beats No. 1 Andy Murray at Australian Open; Roger Federer Advances in Five Sets

Andy Murray

 

(January 22, 2017) World No. 50 Mischa Zverev surprised top seed Andy Murray 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Sunday. With the second- round exit of No. 2 seed and six-time winner Novak Djokovic, this marks the first time since 2002 that neither one of the top two men’s seeds reached the final eight in Melbourne.

Mischa Zverev is  the older brother of Alexander Zverev, who lost to Rafael Nadal on Saturday in the fourth round. The elder Zverev is left-handed and plays an old-school serve and volley game.

Zverev broke Murray’s serve eight times during the match. He’ll play the winner of the Kei Nishikori – Roger Federer match for a spot in the semifinals.

Zverev is the first German to defeat a No. 1 player at a major since Boris Becker did it in the semifinals of Wimbledon back in 1995.

“It’s the shots he was coming up with when he did come forward,” Murray said in his news conference. “I mean, he came up with some great pickups, you know, reflex volleys especially at the end of the match when it was tight. That was tough because I was hitting some good shots, chasing some good balls down.

“Just wasn’t meant to be. He served very well when he needed to, especially when he was behind in games. Yeah, he deserved to win because, you know, he played great when he was down, and also in the important moments.

“I was kind of behind in the last couple of sets the whole way. But the first two sets, I had chances. I was up a break I think in both of them pretty early. Couldn’t convert my opportunities.”

“Right now I’m more disappointed for myself. Obviously it’s a tough one to lose. Obviously, you know, I wanted to go far in this event. It’s the earliest I’ve lost here for, I don’t know, a long time. So I’m disappointed right now.

“Like I said, credit to him. He came up with great, great shots and played a really, really good match. You know, you always finish matches you lose with things you maybe could have done a bit better, but he played some really good stuff.”

“Yeah, definitely the best match of my life, not only because it was a best-of-five set match, it was at a slam,” Zverev said. “I don’t know. It was just incredible.”

Asked about the key to his success: “I believed in myself. I believed in my game. I believed that playing serve and volley against him and slicing a lot, trying to destroy his rhythm was going to work, which it did in the end.

“I felt comfortable going, like, three, four sets, even though it wasn’t that hot, but it was still pretty warm. I felt like I could hang in there with him, you know, sometimes rally and come in quickly. I feel like everything just worked out well.”

Zverev will move up in the rankings to No. 35.

 

Zverev will be taking on his idol Roger Federer in his quarterfinal match. Federer defeated fifth seed and 2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori in five sets 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 during the night session.

 

This was Federer’s 200th win against a Top Ten player. The 35-year-old Federer is now in his 49 major quarterfinal.

At 35 years 174 days, the 17-time major winner is the oldest man to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors did it at 39 years 6 days at the 1991 US Open.

Federer played just 7 Tour-level events in 2016 after injuring his knee the day after his Australian Open semifinal. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in February and withdrew from tournaments at Rotterdam and Dubai. He took off the rest of the year after Wimbledon, returning to the tour in January to play the ITF mixed-event, The Hopman Cup before playing the Australian Open.

This will be Federer’s 13th Melbourne final eight.

“I kind of thought it was a good chance because I felt like probably he’s going to have a couple of good sets, I was going to have a couple of good sets” Federer said of his chances in the match. “If you can’t defend them, you know, it gets split, and then the match moves on, then you’re deep into the match.

“So, yeah, I mean, I didn’t expect him to play this well from the start. That put me on the back foot for the remainder of the match to some extent. But I was able to wrestle it back in my favor.

“Got into the match myself. Started to play the good sets I was talking about that I knew I could. The question was could I hang with Kei till the very end. I was able to do that, so I’m super happy.”

 

 

 

Reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka is in the final eight. He defeated Andreas Seppi 7-6(2), 7-6(4), 7-6(4). He’ll play the winner of the Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Dan Evans match.

Stan Wawrinka

“Well, was a tough and close match, that’s for sure,” Wawrinka said to media. “Three tiebreak, almost three hours. Was very close.

“I think we both play really well. Tough conditions. Good conditions, but quite fast. So it was interesting to play against him.

“I think I find a good way how to be aggressive, to mix the speed on the court today on important points, important moment, and to take advantage of that.”

“I think this match was the best match of the tournament so far, that’s for sure. Again, I’m not really worry about trying to improve every match, trying to play better or not. I know that my level is there, that physically I’m feeling good. So most important is to win, to still be in the tournament.

“I’m really happy to make the quarterfinal again. It’s a big result. I’m going to enjoy tonight and get ready for the next one.”

Wawrinka will take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga next. Tsonga defeated Dan Evans 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

“Tsonga always been there,” Wawrinka said of his next opponent. “Always been around the top 10. He was No. 5 in the world. He made the final here. He made the semifinal in each Grand Slam.

“It’s going to be just an interesting match.”

“It’s going to be a tough match,” said Tsonga. “I know he’s playing really good. It’s going to be important for me to be good in this match and play my best level.

“I think I will be ready, so… Yeah, it’s going to be a good challenge for me to play against Stan.”

More to follow…..

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Bryan Brothers Retire From U.S. Davis Cup Team

(January 21, 2017) After 14 years participating in Davis Cup, the US doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan are retiring from the team. The twins made the announcement on their Instagram account:

The Bryans’ Davis Cup record is 24-5. Back in 2007 the were part of the team that won the Davis Cup over Russia. They are the most successful doubles team in history winning 16 major titles, Olympic gold in London in 2012 as well as a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

The 38-year-olds are currently in the third round of the Australian Open.

 

 

Katrina Adams, CEO USTA: “On behalf of the USTA, I would like to thank Bob and Mike Bryan for their years of outstanding play and unwavering commitment to the United States Davis Cup team.  Since 2003, they have served as grand ambassadors for our sport and our country, brilliantly exemplifying the spirit and sportsmanship of international team competition, both on and off the court.  We will never forget their role in clinching the final in 2007, winning the trophy on American soil as part of the U.S. team.  We thank them for all that they have meant in raising the profile of Davis Cup play and in helping to grow the game in communities across this country, and we wish them continued success as they compete at the Australian Open, and beyond.”

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