January 18, 2017

Kerber Advances in Three Sets, Venus Williams Moves Into Third Round at Australian Open

(January 18, 2017) No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber gave herself a birthday gift on Wednesday, a hard-fought 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-2 win over German countrywoman Carina Witthoeft.

The 29-year-old defending champion looked as though she was going to close out the match in straight sets,
but after taking a 3-2 lead in the second set tiebreak, her opponent amped up her game, while Kerber’s serve
vanished. Witthoeft won the next five points to send the match into a third set.

The two-time major winner had to overcome a break in the first game of the third set, but won four straight games to control the set. The fifth game saw Kerber having to fight off break points in long rallies to keep her edge.

“I was a little bit too defensive today, so I think that was the problem,” Kerber said. “When I was trying, I did, like, few more mistakes.

“So, yeah, I mean, I will try for the next round to really focusing on playing consistent from the first until the last point and not having too much up and downs during the match.

“I was doing I think a lot of mistakes like in the important moments. But at the end, I’m happy that I won the match. It was not so easy. The conditions were, like, also a little bit difficult today.
“At the end, I won, and this is all that counts for me.”

“Of course it was not so easy, especially also with the sun from the one side. But at the end, I was try my best. I’m through the next round, so, yeah, I’m looking forward to being now in the third round.”
During her on-court interview, the crowd serenaded her with the “Happy Birthday” song.

No. 13 seed and 2003 finalist Venus Williams advanced to the third round of the Australian Open, beating Swiss veteran Stefanie Voegele 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday.

Venus, who was scheduled to play doubles with her sister Serena later in the day, pulled out of the doubles with an elbow injury.

“I was really disappointed not to be able to play in New Zealand. I was hoping to have the capacity to play both events here, but at this point I just need to be careful and just try to maintain myself.”

Venus will play Ying-Ying Duan in the third round.
“I don’t know anything about her,” Williams admitted. “I have never seen her play. Zero, like zero. So I’m going to have to, yeah, see how it goes. Like, maybe get a scouting report in the warm-up when we hit the five minutes and kind of see how it feels.”

Other women’s seeds advancing on the day included eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 11 Elina Svitolina and No. 24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. American Alison Riske upset No. 20 Zhang Shuai 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-1.

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2017 Australian Open – Day 3 Men’s Preview

 

2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 3 MEN’S NOTES

Wednesday 18 January

2nd Round Top Half

 

Stan Wawrinka

Featured matches

 

No. 1 Andy Murray (GBR) v (Q) Andrey Rublev (RUS)

No. 4 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Steve Johnson (USA)

No. 5 Kei Nishikori (JPN) v Jeremy Chardy (FRA)

No. 7 Marin Cilic (CRO) v Daniel Evans (GBR)

No. 10 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Ryan Harrison (USA)

No. 14 Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Andreas Seppi (ITA)

No. 17 Roger Federer (SUI) v (Q) Noah Rubin (USA)

No. 27 Bernard Tomic (AUS) v Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM)

No. 31 Sam Querrey (USA) v (WC) Alex De Minaur (AUS)

 

On court today…

 

  • Andy Murray could reach a Grand Slam match-wins milestone today. A victory over qualifier Andrey Rublev would see the 3-time Grand Slam champion record his 178th match-win at the majors and equal Stefan Edberg in 8th place on the list for the most Grand Slam match-wins in the Open Era. World No. 156 Rublev, who recorded his first career victory at a major in the first round here, will be hoping to make life difficult for the world No. 1 as he looks to become the lowest-ranked player to defeat Murray at Tour-level.

 

  • Roger Federer is looking to maintain his record of always having reached the 3rd round here when he takes on qualifier Noah Rubin. World No. 200 Rubin faces a daunting task – the Swiss has not lost in the 2nd round at a major since falling to Sergiy Stakhovsky at 2013 Wimbledon.

 

  • Kei Nishikori lives to fight another day after being taken to 5 sets by Andrey Kuznetsov in his opening round here. The world No. 5, who has a perfect 4-0 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park, will hope for a smoother ride against Jeremy Chardy as he aims to record a 4th straight victory over the Frenchman and earn a place in the 3rd round for the 7th year in a row.

 

  • Alex De Minaur will hope to continue his dream Grand Slam debut when he takes on Sam Querrey for a place in the 3rd round. Aged 17 years 347 days, De Minaur will become the youngest man to reach the 3rd round at a Grand Slam since Rafael Nadal (17 years 243 days) at the 2004 Australian Open if he can find a way past the big-serving American.

 

 1 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v (Q) ANDREY RUBLEV (RUS)

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

Murray has never lost to a player ranked as low as No. 156 Rublev at Tour-level, with his worst Tour-level defeat coming against No. 154 Jean-Rene Lisnard at 2006 AMS Monte Carlo.

 

The lowest-ranked player to defeat Murray at a Grand Slam is No. 91 Arnaud Clement at the 2005 US Open – the only qualifier to have defeated Murray at a major. Murray has a 10-1 win-loss record against qualifiers at the majors overall.

 

MURRAY                                       v                                        RUBLEV

 

29                                          Age                                          19

1                             ATP Ranking (16 Jan)                            156

44                                         Titles                                          0

177-40                     Career Grand Slam Record                        1-1

46-11                        Australian Open Record                          1-0

635-175                              Career Record                                13-19

427-114                        Career Record – Hard                           10-12

5-1                                   2017 Record                                   1-0

5-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              1-0

23-9                          Career Five-Set Record                           0-0

9                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

184-107                      Career Tiebreak Record                          6-8

4-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            1-0

 

  • 5-time Australian Open runner-up MURRAY is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 9th straight year. He defeated Illya Marchenko 75 76(5) 62 in the 1st round. He is contesting his 12th straight Australian Open and 44th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Murray is bidding to record his 178th Grand Slam match-win today and equal Stefan Edberg (178-47) in 8th place on the Open Era list for the most Grand Slam match-wins (see Preview page 5).

 

  • Murray is bidding to extend his 12-match winning streak against qualifiers at Tour-level. He has not lost to a qualifier at Tour-level since falling to Santiago Giraldo at 2014 Madrid-1000.

 

  • Murray is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after losing 5 finals at any one Grand Slam. He finished as runner-up to Roger Federer here in 2010, and to Novak Djokovic in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016. Djokovic and Federer (at Roland Garros), Goran Ivanisevic (at Wimbledon) and Ivan Lendl (at the US Open), are the only players in the Open Era to lose 3 Grand Slam finals at one major before winning the title.

 

  • Murray is looking to win the title here and avoid becoming the first man in the Open Era to lose 6 Grand Slam finals at any one major. Lendl, is the only other man to have lost 5 finals at any one Grand Slam event – losing in the title match at the US Open in 1982-84 and 1988-89, but winning the tournament in 1985-87.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2016, Murray won his 3rd Grand Slam title and 2nd at Wimbledon, defeating Milos Raonic in the final. It was 11th Grand Slam final, but the first in which he had faced an opponent other than Djokovic or Federer. He also became the 3rd British man – and first since Bunny Austin in 1937 – to reach the Roland Garros final (l. Djokovic) but fell to Kei Nishikori in 5 sets in the quarterfinals at the US Open.

 

  • Also in 2016, Murray became the first player in history to successfully defend an Olympic singles gold medal after defeating Juan Martin del Potro in the final at Rio 2016. He won a career-best 9 Tour-level titles – including his first at the year-end ATP World Tour Finals, where he became the 17th man to secure the year-end No. 1 ranking after defeating Djokovic in the final. Two weeks earlier, he had become the 26th man to attain the world No. 1 ranking after reaching the final at Paris-1000.

 

  • Murray warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the final as No. 1 seed at Doha – his 13th final in his last 14 tournaments. He saw his 28-match Tour-level winning streak ended by Djokovic as the Serb won 63 57 64.

 

  • Murray is one of 6 Grand Slam champions who started in the men’s main draw here. Murray won the 2012 US Open title (d. Djokovic) and became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years in 2013 (d. Djokovic) before winning the title again in 2016.

 

  • Murray was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

 

  • Murray has played Davis Cup since 2005 and has a 30-3 singles win-loss record in the competition in 20 ties played, leading Great Britain to its first title since 1936 in 2015. Great Britain will face Canada in the World Group first round in Ottawa on 3-5 February.

 

  • Murray is coached by Ivan Lendl, who won the Australian Open in 1989 and 1990, and former world No. 121 Jamie Delgado.

 

  • Qualifier RUBLEV is bidding to reach the 3rd round on his Australian Open debut.

 

  • Rublev recorded his first Grand Slam match-win by defeating Yen-Hsun Lu 46 63 76(0) 63 in the 1st round here.

 

  • Rublev defeated Max Purcell (AUS) 64 67(6) 61, Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 64 76(2) and Peter Polansky (CAN) 64 46 63 in the 3 rounds of qualifying here. It was his first attempt to qualify for the Australian Open.

 

  • This is Rublev’s 2nd Grand Slam appearance. He fell in the 1st round in his only other appearance at a major as a qualifier at the 2015 US Open (l. Kevin Anderson). He failed to qualify in his 4 other attempts to qualify for a Grand Slam – at Wimbledon in 2015 and 2016, and at both Roland Garros and the US Open in 2016.

 

  • Rublev is bidding to record back-to-back match-wins at a Tour-level event for the first time. As well as reaching the 2nd round here, his career-best Tour-level results are reaching the 2nd round as a wild card at Delray Beach, Miami-1000, Istanbul, Geneva and Valencia in 2015, as a qualifier at 2015 Barcelona and as a wild card at both 2016 Chennai and 2016 St. Petersburg.

 

  • Rublev’s 1st round win over Lu here was his first Tour-level match-win since he reached the 2nd round at St. Petersburg in September (l. Joao Sousa), when Mikhail Kukushkin retired with a right arm injury with Rublev leading 63 4-1. Rublev won just 2 other Tour-level matches in 2016 – reaching the 2nd round as a wild card at Chennai (d. Somdev Devvarman, l. Stan Wawrinka) and defeating Robin Haase in Russia’s 4-1 Davis Cup victory over Netherlands in September.

 

  • Rublev won his first Challenger title in his first final in 2016 as a qualifier at Quimper (FRA) (d. Paul-Henri Mathieu) and ended his season with a runner-up finish at the Mouilleron Le Captif Challenger (FRA) (d. Julien Benneteau). He also reached the semifinals at the Orleans Challenger (FRA) (l. Norbert Gombos).

 

  • Rublev is bidding to defeat a Top 30 player at any level for the first time. The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 32 Pablo Andujar in the 5th rubber during Russia’s 3-2 Davis Cup victory over Spain in the 2015 World Group play-offs. The highest-ranked player he has faced is No. 4 Stan Wawrinka at 2016 Chennai, where he fell 63 62.

 

  • Rublev plays here on a career-high ranking of No. 152.

 

  • Rublev is a former junior world No.1 having topped the boys’ rankings for the first time in June 2014 after winning the boys’ singles title at 2014 Roland Garros. He finished runner-up in the boys’ doubles with Stefan Kozlov at 2014 Wimbledon and won two medals at the Youth Olympic Tennis Event in Nanjing later that year, winning boys’ singles bronze and boys’ doubles silver with Karen Khachanov. He was named 2014 ITF Junior World Champion.

 

  • Rublev has played Davis Cup for Russia since 2014, compiling a 4-2 win-loss record in singles and 4-0 in doubles. He helped Russia earn promotion back to the 2017 World Group, where they will play Serbia in Nis in the first round on 3-5 February.
  • Rublev is coached by Sergey Tarasevich.

 

 

 

 

 4 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v STEVE JOHNSON (USA)

Head-to-head: Wawrinka leads 1-0

2015     Roland Garros               Clay (O)            R32      Wawrinka          64 63 62

 

A 2nd career – and Grand Slam meeting – between these 2 players, but their first meeting on a hard court.

 

WAWRINKA                                     v                                       JOHNSON

 

31                                          Age                                          27

4                             ATP Ranking (16 Jan)                            30

15                                         Titles                                          1

120-44                     Career Grand Slam Record                      15-18

32-10                        Australian Open Record                          5-4

442-253                              Career Record                                96-96

246-141                        Career Record – Hard                           70-66

3-1                                   2017 Record                                   4-2

3-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              4-2

25-19                         Career Five-Set Record                           4-6

6                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         2

181-172                      Career Tiebreak Record                         55-63

1-2                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            2-0

 

  • 2014 Australian Open champion WAWRINKA is looking to reach the 3rd round here for the 9th straight year. This is his 12th Australian Open appearance and his 48th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Wawrinka advanced to the 2nd round after defeating Martin Klizan 46 64 75 46 64 in the 1st round on Monday. The victory improved his overall 5-set win-loss record to 25-19, and to 2-3 in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

  • Wawrinka has lost in the 2nd round at the Australian Open twice before – on his debut in 2006
    (l. David Nalbandian) and in 2008 (l. Marc Gicquel), the only occasions in which he has lost before the 3rd round in his 11 previous appearances here.

 

  • Last year here as No. 4 seed, Wawrinka fell to Milos Raonic 64 63 57 46 63 in the round of 16.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Wawrinka has won 3 Grand Slam titles at 3 different majors. He also won 2015 Roland Garros and the 2016 US Open, defeating Djokovic in both finals. In Paris, he became the 2nd Swiss player – man or woman – in history to win Roland Garros. 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. He is one of 6 Grand Slam champions who started in the men’s draw here.

 

  • 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.

 

  • JOHNSON is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 3rd straight year and equal his best Australian Open result.

 

  • Johnson advanced to the 2nd round here after defeating Federico Delbonis 63 63 64 in the 1st round on Monday.

 

  • Johnson’s best Australian Open performance is reaching the 3rd round in 2015 (l. Kei Nishikori) and 2016 (l. David Ferrer). This is his 5th Australian Open appearance and his 19th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Johnson’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the round of 16 at 2016 Wimbledon (l. Roger Federer). Elsewhere at the majors last year, he reached the 2nd round at the US Open (l. Juan Martin del Potro) but fell in the 1st round at Roland Garros (l. Fernando Verdasco).

 

  • Johnson is bidding to defeat a Top 10 opponent for the 3rd time. His career-best wins came against No. 10 Richard Gasquet at 2016 Queen’s and No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 2016 Cincinnati-1000. He has a 2-16 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition overall. The highest-ranked player he has defeated at a Grand Slam is No. 24 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in 5-sets in the 1st round at 2015 Roland Garros.

 

  • Johnson has lost both of the 2 five-set matches he has played here, falling in 5-sets in the 1st round in 2013 (l. Nicolas Almagro) and 2014 (l. Adrian Mannarino). He has a 4-6 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Johnson’s best result in 2016 was winning his first Tour-level title at Nottingham (d. Pablo Cuevas). He also reached the semifinals at Washington (l. Ivo Karlovic), reaching a career-high ranking of No. 21 afterwards, and 4 further quarterfinals. He plays here ranked No. 30.

 

  • Johnson won the men’s doubles bronze medal alongside Jack Sock at the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Event after the pair defeated Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil in the play-off for 3rd place. He also reached the quarterfinals of the singles event, narrowly missing the chance to play for a medal after losing to Andy Murray in a decisive set tiebreak.

 

  • Johnson won his first Tour-level doubles title in 2016, winning the title at Geneva alongside Sam Querrey (d. Raven Klaasen/Rajeev Ram).

 

  • Prior to coming here, Johnson reached the semifinals at Auckland (l. Sock) after a 1st round defeat at Brisbane (l. Grigor Dimitrov).

 

  • Johnson has played one Davis Cup tie for USA, helping them to a 3-1 victory over Uzbekistan in the 2015 World Group play-offs. USA will host Switzerland in the World Group first round in Birmingham on 3-5 February.

 

  • Johnson played college tennis. He was NCAA singles champion in 2011 and 2012, and became the first player in NCAA history to lead his school, USC, to a 4 consecutive NCAA team titles.

 

  • Johnson is coached by Craig Boynton.

 

 

 

 

  1. 5 KEI NISHIKORI (JPN) v JEREMY CHARDY (FRA)

Head-to-head: Nishikori leads 4-2

2011     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           R128    Nishikori           76(5) 62

2012     Acapulco                      Clay (O)            R16      Chardy              16 76(8) 60

2013     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)            R32      Chardy             64 61

2014     Tokyo                           Hard (O)           QF        Nishikori           64 62

2015     Paris-1000                     Hard (I)             R32      Nishikori           76(4) 67(6) 61

2016     Barcelona                     Clay (O)            R16      Nishikori           63 75

 

A 7th encounter for the pair, who have met once a year in each of the past 6 years, but their first at a Grand Slam.

 

Nishikori has won all 3 of their previous meetings on a hard court.

 

NISHIKORI                                      v                                        CHARDY

 

27                                          Age                                          29

5                                    ATP Ranking                                   72

11                                         Titles                                          1

61-28                      Career Grand Slam Record                      46-35

21-7                         Australian Open Record                         10-8

305-143                              Career Record                              208-211

215-100                        Career Record – Hard                         108-118

4-1                                   2017 Record                                   2-2

4-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              2-2

15-5                          Career Five-Set Record                          10-3

2                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

91-64                        Career Tiebreak Record                       103-115

1-1                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            0-1

 

  • NISHIKORI is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 7th straight year. This is his 8th Australian Open appearance and his 30th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Nishikori advanced to the 2nd round after defeating Andrey Kuznetsov 57 61 64 67(6) 62 in the 1st round on Monday. The victory maintained Nishikori’s record of never having lost a 5-set match at the Australian Open. He has 4-0 win-loss record in 5-set matches here and a 15-5 record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Nishikori’s best result here is reaching the quarterfinals in 2012 (l. Andy Murray), 2015 (l. Stan Wawrinka) and 2016 (l. Novak Djokovic). He is the only Japanese man to reach the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park in the Open Era.

 

  • At the 2014 US Open, Nishikori became the first Asian male to contest a Grand Slam final after defeating three Top 10 players – Milos Raonic, Wawrinka and Djokovic – in consecutive matches before falling to Marin Cilic in the title match.

 

  • In Grand Slam play last year Nishikori reached the semifinals at the US Open (l. Wawrinka), the quarterfinals here and the round of 16 at both Roland Garros (l. Richard Gasquet) and Wimbledon, where he retired with a rib injury while trailing Cilic 61 5-1.

 

  • Nishikori’s best result in 2016 was winning his 4th straight title at Memphis (d. Taylor Fritz), joining Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic as the only active players to have won 4 consecutive titles at a single Tour-level event. He finished runner-up at 4 further tournaments at Miami-1000 (l. Djokovic), Barcelona (l. Nadal), Toronto-1000 (l. Djokovic) and Basel (l. Cilic). He also won singles bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Event after defeating Rafael Nadal in the 3rd place play-off.

 

  • Nishikori warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the final at Brisbane, where he fell to Grigor Dimitrov.

 

  • Nishikori is the highest-ranked Japanese man in ATP World Tour Rankings history (since 1973). He had the nickname ‘Project 45’ as a major goal was to get him to No. 45 in the rankings, which would be one spot better than the highest by any Japanese man (Shuzo Matsuoka).

 

  • Nishikori plays here seeded No. 5 – his joint-highest seeding at the Australian Open. He was also seeded No. 5 here in 2015.

 

  • Nishikori is coached by Dante Bottini and Michael Chang. Chang finished as runner-up at the 1996 Australian Open, losing in the final to Boris Becker.

 

  • CHARDY is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 3rd time. This is his 9th consecutive appearance at Melbourne Park and his 36th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Chardy progressed to the 2nd round after Nicolas Almagro retired with a calf strain while trailing 4-0 in their 1st round match on Monday.
  • Last year here, as No. 30 seed, Chardy lost in the 2nd round to Andrey Kuznetsov.
  • Also at the Grand Slams in 2016, Chardy reached the 3rd round at Roland Garros (l. Stan Wawrinka), but fell in the 2nd round at both Wimbledon (l. Steve Johnson) and the US Open (l. Grigor Dimitrov).
  • Chardy’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the quarterfinals here in 2013 (l. Andy Murray). He upset 7th-ranked Juan Martin del Potro in 5 sets in the 3rd round – one of his 3 career victories against Top 10 opposition at the Grand Slams. He also defeated No. 7 David Nalbandian at 2008 Roland Garros and No. 8 David Ferrer at the 2015 US Open. He has a 3-13 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition at the majors overall.
  • Chardy’s highlights in 2016 were reaching 4 Tour-level quarterfinals – at Doha (l. Illya Marchenko), Sydney (l. Gilles Muller), Delray Beach (l. Del Potro) and Umag (l. Carlos Berlocq).
  • Chardy warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Auckland (l. Jack Sock) after a 1st round defeat to Murray at Doha.
  • Chardy has won 6 of his last 7 five-set matches. His only defeat in that time came in his most recent 5-set match against Grigor Dimitrov in the 2nd round at the 2016 US Open. He has a 2-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open and a 10-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.
  • Chardy had a successful junior career. He won the boys’ singles at 2005 Wimbledon (d. Robin Haase) and also finished runner-up at the 2005 US Open. He achieved a career-high junior ranking of No. 3 in September 2005.
  • Chardy is coached by Magnus Tideman. His fitness trainer is Frederic Lefevre and his physio is Jean Jacques Peyroutou.

 

 

  1. 7 MARIN CILIC (CRO) v DANIEL EVANS (GBR)

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

Cilic has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 51 Evans at the Australian Open since falling to No. 126 Ilija Bozoljac on his debut here as a qualifier in 2007.

 

CILIC                                          v                                         EVANS

 

28                                          Age                                          26

7                             ATP Ranking (16 Jun)                            51

16                                         Titles                                          0

84-34                      Career Grand Slam Record                        7-7

20-8                         Australian Open Record                          1-1

392-211                              Career Record                                26-35

251-123                        Career Record – Hard                           18-23

1-1                                   2017 Record                                   5-1

1-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              5-1

25-12                         Career Five-Set Record                           1-4

5                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

144-128                      Career Tiebreak Record                         17-19

0-1                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            1-1

 

  • CILIC is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 7th time. He advanced to the 2nd round by defeating Jerzy Janowicz 46 46 62 62 63 in the 1st round on Monday.

 

  • Cilic’s 5-set win over Janowicz in the 1st round here was his 5th career comeback from 0-2 down and improved his 5-set win-loss record to 6-2 at Melbourne Park and 25-12 overall. It was his first 0-2 comeback since Croatia’s 2014 Davis Cup Europe/Africa 2nd round tie with Poland, when he also defeated Janowicz.

 

  • Cilic is making his 9th Australian Open appearance and his 37th at a Grand Slam Last year here he fell to Roberto Bautista Agut in the 3rd round.

 

  • Cilic won his first major title at the 2014 US Open, defeating Kei Nishikori in the final. He was the first Croatian to win a Grand Slam title since Goran Ivanisevic at 2001 Wimbledon. He is one of the 6 Grand Slam champions who started in the men’s main draw here.

 

  • Cilic’s best Australian Open performance is reaching the semifinals as No. 14 seed here in 2010 (l. Andy Murray). He is the only Croatian man to reach the Australian Open semifinals in the history of the championships. He broke into the Top 10 for the first time as a result.

 

  • Cilic warmed up for the Australian Open at Chennai, where he fell to Jozef Kovalik in the 2nd round after receiving a 1st round bye.

 

  • In Grand Slam play in 2016, Cilic reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the 3rd straight year, falling to Roger Federer despite holding a 2-0 lead. He reached the 3rd round at both the Australian Open and the US Open (l. Jack Sock), but fell in the 1st round at Roland Garros (l. Marco Trungelliti) – his first loss in the 1st round at a major since 2011 Wimbledon.

 

  • Cilic’s best result in 2016 was winning his first Masters-1000 title at Cincinnati (d. Murray), where he extended his streak of winning at least one title every year since winning his first at 2008 New Haven. He also won the title at Basel (d. Nishikori) and finished runner-up at both Marseille (l. Nick Kyrgios) and Geneva (l. Stan Wawrinka). He reached 3 further semifinals at Queen’s, Tokyo and Paris-1000.

 

  • Cilic compiled an 8-3 win-loss record in Davis Cup rubbers to help Croatia reach its 2nd Final in 2016. He was just a set away from clinching the title for Croatia in the fourth rubber, before Juan Martin del Potro recovered to win in 5 sets as Argentina went on to complete a 3-2 comeback victory in the Final in Zagreb. Croatia will host Spain in the Davis Cup World Group first round in Osijek on 3-5 February.

 

  • Cilic is coached by Jonas Bjorkman, who reached the singles quarterfinals here in 1998 and 2002 and won the doubles title in 1998, 1999 and 2001.

 

  • EVANS is bidding to reach the 3rd round here and equal his best Grand Slam result.

 

  • Evans defeated Facundo Bagnis 76(8) 63 61 in the 1st round to record his first Australian Open match-win.

 

  • Evans’ best Grand Slam result is reaching the 3rd round on 3 occasions – as a qualifier at the US Open in 2013 (l. Tommy Robredo) and as a direct acceptance in 2016 (l. Stan Wawrinka), and as a direct acceptance at 2016 Wimbledon (l. Roger Federer).

 

  • Last year here on his Australian Open debut as a qualifier, Evans fell to Feliciano Lopez in the 1st round. He lost in the 2nd round of qualifying on both of his 2 other attempts to qualify here in 2010 and 2014. This is his 2nd Australian Open and his 8th Grand Slam appearance overall.

 

  • Evans’ best Tour-level results in 2016 were reaching the 3rd round at Nottingham (l. Pablo Cuevas), Wimbledon, Washington (l. Jack Sock) and the US Open – the only occasions in which he recorded back-to-back Tour-level match-wins in 2016. He didn’t attempt to qualify at 2016 Roland Garros to focus on the grass season.

 

  • Also in 2016, Evans won Challenger titles at Drummondville (CAN) (d. Edward Corrie), Taipei (TPE) (d. Konstantin Kravchuk) and Aptos (USA) (d. Cameron Norrie) and finished runner-up at Challengers at Dallas (USA) (l. Kyle Edmund) and Busan (KOR) (l. Kravchuk).

 

  • Evans warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching his first Tour-level final at Sydney (l. Gilles Muller). He also represented Great Britain at the Hopman Cup, losing to Federer 63 64, Richard Gasquet 64 62 and Alexander Zverev 64 63 in his 3 singles matches in Perth.

 

  • Evans is bidding to defeat a Top 10 player for the 2nd time. He recorded his first career victory over a Top 10 player by defeating No. 8 Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals at 2016 Sydney, ending a 4-match losing streak against Top 10 opposition.

 

  • Evans has a 1-4 win-loss record in 5-set matches – losing his only 5-set match at a Grand Slam to Wawrinka at the 2016 US Open despite holding a match point in the 4th set. His other 4 five-set matches have come in Davis Cup, with his only 5-set match-win coming against Martin Klizan Great Britain’s victory over Slovakia in the Europe/Africa Group I first round in 2012.

 

  • Evans has played Davis Cup since 2009 and was part of the British team that reached the World Group semifinals last year. Great Britain will play Canada in the 2017 World Group first round in Ottawa on 3-5 February.

 

  • Evans is coached by Mark Hilton.

 

 

10 TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE) v RYAN HARRISON

Head-to-head: Berdych leads 1-0

2016     Toronto-1000     Hard (O)           R16      Berdych            64 67(2) 64

 

Berdych has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 82 Harrison at a Grand Slam since falling to No. 109 Gael Monfils in 5 sets in the 1st round at 2013 Roland Garros.

 

                         BERDYCH                                      v                                      HARRISON

 

31                                          Age                                          24

10                            ATP Ranking (16 Jan)                            82

13                                         Titles                                          0

131-52                     Career Grand Slam Record                       9-20

39-13                        Australian Open Record                          2-6

585-304                              Career Record                               76-107

365-193                        Career Record – Hard                           58-76

4-1                                   2017 Record                                   2-1

4-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              2-1

20-8                          Career Five-Set Record                           0-3

2                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

201-165                      Career Tiebreak Record                         40-49

2-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            0-1

 

  • BERDYCH is bidding to reach the 3rd round at the Australian Open for the 7th straight year. He advanced to the 2nd round after Luca Vanni retired with a groin strain after Berdych had won the first set 61.

 

  • Last year here Berdych reached the quarterfinals for the 6th consecutive year, falling to Roger Federer 76(4) 62 64.

 

  • Berdych’s best Australian Open performance is reaching the semifinals in 2014 (l. Stan Wawrinka) and 2015 (l. Andy Murray). By reaching the semifinals here in 2014, he became the 2nd Czech man in the Open Era after Ivan Lendl to complete a set of Grand Slam semifinal appearances.

 

  • Berdych’s best result at a major is finishing runner-up at 2010 Wimbledon. He defeated Federer in the quarterfinals and Novak Djokovic in the semifinals before losing to Rafael Nadal in the final.

 

  • Berdych warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the semfinals at Doha (l. Murray).

 

  • Berdych’s best result in 2016 was winning his 13th career title at Shenzhen (d. Richard Gasquet). 9 of his 13 titles have come on a hard court. He also reached the semifinals at Doha (l. Djokovic), Marseille (l. Nick Kyrgios), Wimbledon (l. Murray) and St. Petersburg (l. Alexander Zverev) and 7 further quarterfinals.

 

  • In Grand Slam play in 2016 Berdych reached the semifinals at Wimbledon and the quarterfinals at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros (l. Djokovic). He missed the US Open with appendicitis, ending his run of 52 consecutive Grand Slam appearances.

 

  • This is Berdych’s 14th consecutive Australian Open appearance and his 53rd Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Berdych dropped to No. 11 in the rankings on 31 October 2016 – the first time he had been out of the Top 10 since June 2010. He has been seeded at every Grand Slam event he has played since the 2005 US Open and plays here – ranked and seeded – at No. 10.

 

  • Berdych started working with Goran Ivanisevic in August 2016. He is also coached by Luka Kutanjac.
  • HARRISON is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the first time and equal his best Grand Slam result. This is his 7th Australian Open appearance and his 21st Grand Slam overall.

 

  • By defeating Nicolas Mahut 63 64 62 in the first round here, Harrison has equalled his best Australian Open performance. He also reached the 2nd round here in 2013 (d. Santiago Giraldo, l. Novak Djokovic).

 

  • Harrison’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the 3rd round as a qualifier at the 2016 US Open (l. Marcos Baghdatis). He recorded a career-best win – and his 2nd career victory over a Top 10 opponent – by defeating No. 6 Milos Raonic in the 2nd round. His only other win against a Top 10 player came against No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov at 2015 Acapulco. He has a 2-26 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition overall.

 

  • Also at the Grand Slams in 2016, Harrison fell to Andrey Kuznetsov in the first round here, and failed to qualify at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

 

  • Harrison is bidding to record back-to-back Tour-level match-wins for the first time since the 2016 US Open. He recorded back-to-back Tour-level match-wins on just 2 other occasions in 2016, reaching the 3rd round as a qualifier at both Washington (l. Steve Johnson) and Toronto-1000 (l. today’s opponent).

 

  • Prior to coming here, Harrison reached the 2nd round as a qualifier at Auckland (l. Jack Sock). He lost in the 1st round of qualifying at Brisbane.

 

  • Harrison reached the semifinals of the boys’ singles at the 2008 Australian Open. He was also a quarterfinalist in the boys’ singles at the 2005 US Open and reached a career-high junior ranking of No. 7.

 

  • Harrison is coached by Peter Lucassen.

 

 

 

 

 14 NICK KYRGIOS (AUS) v ANDREAS SEPPI (ITA)

Head-to-head: Kyrgios leads 2-0

2014     US Open                      Hard (O)           R64      Kyrgios             64 76(2) 64

2015     Australian Open            Hard (O)           R16      Kyrgios             57 46 63 76(5) 86

 

A 3rd career meeting for the pair. Both of their previous meetings have come at a Grand Slam, with Kyrgios winning on each occasion.

 

The last time the pair met, in the round of 16 here in 2015, Kyrgios recovered from 0-2 down for the 2nd time in his career to reach the quarterfinals here for the first time.

 

Kyrgios has only once lost to a player ranked outside the Top 30 at a Grand Slam – when he retired with a right hip injury while trailing Illya Marchenko 46 64 61 in the 3rd round at the 2016 US Open.

 

                          KYRGIOS                                       v                                         SEPPI

 

21                                          Age                                          32

13                            ATP Ranking (16 Jan)                            89

3                                          Titles                                          3

26-14                      Career Grand Slam Record                      46-47

8-3                          Australian Open Record                        13-11

76-45                                Career Record                              310-332

44-25                          Career Record – Hard                         141-176

1-0                                   2017 Record                                   1-0

1-0                              2017 Record – Hard                              1-0

4-1                           Career Five-Set Record                         20-15

2                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         4

52-38                        Career Tiebreak Record                       114-147

0-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            1-1

 

  • KYRGIOS is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 3rd straight year. He defeated Gastao Elias 61 62 62 in the 1st round. This is his 4th Australian Open appearance and his 15th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Last year here Kyrgios reached the 3rd round, falling to Tomas Berdych. Elsewhere at the majors in 2016, he reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon (l. Andy Murray) and the 3rd round at both Roland Garros
    (l. Richard Gasquet) and the US Open, where he retired with a right hip injury while trailing Illya Marchenko 46 64 61.

 

  • At the 2015 Australian Open aged 19 years 280 days, Kyrgios equalled his best Grand Slam result by reaching the quarterfinals (l. Murray). He became the youngest man to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals since Andrei Cherkasov in 1990. He was the first Australian to reach the last 8 at the Australian Open since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005 and only the 3rd Australian man to reach the quarterfinals here as a teenager after Brad Drewett and Pat Cash.
  • Kyrgios also reached the quarterfinals at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Milos Raonic). Ranked No. 144, he defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 to become the lowest-ranked player to defeat a world No. 1 at a Grand Slam since No. 193 Andrei Olhovskiy defeated Jim Courier in the 3rd round at 1992 Wimbledon.

 

  • Kyrgios won his first 3 career titles in 2016 – winning at Marseille (d. Marin Cilic), Atlanta (d. John Isner) and Tokyo (d. David Goffin) to become the first Australian to win 3 or more titles in a year since Lleyton Hewitt in 2004. He reached 3 further semifinals – at Dubai, Miami-1000 and Estoril – and climbed to a career-high ranking of No. 13 on 24 October. He plays here at No. 13.

 

  • Prior to coming here, Kyrgios played at the Hopman Cup, where he defeated Feliciano Lopez 63 64 and Adam Pavlasek 75 64 before falling to Jack Sock 62 62.

 

  • Kyrgios is one of the 6 former Australian Open junior singles champions to reach the 2nd round here from the 7 who started in the men’s main draw. Kyrgios won the junior title in 2013, defeating compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis in the final.

 

  • Kyrgios was ranked 1 in the Junior rankings in January 2013 after winning the title at the Junior Australian Open. He also won the boys’ doubles title with Kokkinakis at 2013 Wimbledon.

 

  • Kyrgios is one of the 11 Australian men who started this year’s Australian Open main draw – the most to start in the main draw here since 2003 when there were also 11. The last Australian man to win the title here was Mark Edmondson in 1976.

 

  • Kyrgios entered the men’s doubles event here with Daniel Evans. The pair will play Dusan Lajovic/Viktor Troicki in the 1st round.

 

  • Kyrgios has played Davis Cup for Australia since 2013. Australia will play Czech Republic in the World Group first round at Kooyong on 3-5 February.

 

  • Kyrgios is currently without a coach. His fitness trainers are Will Maher and Matt James.

 

  • SEPPI is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 4th time.

 

  • Seppi advanced to the 2nd round after defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu 64 76(4) 67(3) 75 in the 1st round on Monday. It was his first Tour-level match-win since he reached the quarterfinals at Antwerp (l. Kyle Edmund) in October.

 

  • Seppi’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the round of 16 on 4 occasions – at 2012 Roland Garros (l. Novak Djokovic), the Australian Open in 2013 (l. Jeremy Chardy) and 2015 (l. today’s opponent), and at 2013 Wimbledon (l. Juan Martin del Potro).

 

  • Last year here Seppi reached the 3rd round, falling to Djokovic 61 75 76(6). This is his 12th Australian Open and his 48th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2016, Seppi reached the 2nd round at both Wimbledon (l. Milos Raonic) and the US Open (l. Rafael Nadal) but lost in the 1st round at Roland Garros (l. Ernests Gulbis).

 

  • Seppi’s best result in 2016 was reaching the semifinals at Nottingham (l. Steve Johnson). He reached 4 further quarterfinals – at Sofia (l. Martin Klizan), Nice (l. Dominic Thiem), Halle (l. Florian Mayer) and Antwerp.

 

  • Seppi has won 3 career singles titles – at 2011 Eastbourne (d. Janko Tipsarevic), 2012 Belgrade (d. Benoit Paire) and 2012 Moscow (d. Thomaz Bellucci).

 

  • Seppi reached a career-high ranking of No. 18 after reaching the last 16 of the 2013 Australian Open. He dropped to No. 100 in the rankings on 17 October 2016 – his lowest ranking since July 2007 – but plays here at No. 89.

 

  • Seppi has lost 17 of his last 18 matches against Top 20 opposition. His only victory over a Top 20 player in that time was against No. 14 David Ferrer at 2016 Halle.

 

  • Seppi has lost 8 of his last 9 matches against Top 20 opposition at the Grand Slams. His only win over a Top 20 opponent in that time came at the 2015 Australian Open, when he defeated No. 2 Roger Federer to record his first win over a Top 10 player at a major.

 

  • Seppi has been coached by Massimo Sartori since 1995.

 

 17 ROGER FEDERER (SUI) v (Q) NOAH RUBIN (USA)

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

Federer has not lost to a player ranked as low as today’s opponent since losing to No. 249 Sergio Bruguera at 2000 Barcelona. The lowest-ranked player he has lost to at a Grand Slam is No. 154 Mario Ancic at 2002 Wimbledon and the lowest-ranked player he has lost to at the Australian Open is No. 54 Arnaud Clement on his debut here in 2000.

 

FEDERER                                       v                                         RUBIN

 

35                                          Age                                          20

17                            ATP Ranking (16 Jan)                            200

88                                         Titles                                          0

308-51                     Career Grand Slam Record                        2-2

81-13                        Australian Open Record                          2-1

1081-245                             Career Record                                  3-7

665-135                        Career Record – Hard                            3-6

1-0                                   2017 Record                                   1-0

1-0                              2017 Record – Hard                              1-0

24-20                         Career Five-Set Record                           1-0

10                        Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

395-215                      Career Tiebreak Record                          5-4

0-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            0-1

 

  • FEDERER is bidding to maintain his record of always having reached the 3rd round here. He defeated qualifier Jurgen Melzer 75 36 62 62 in the 1st round on Monday night.

 

  • Federer’s 1st round win over Melzer improved his win-loss record against qualifiers at the Grand Slams to 25-1. His only defeat to a qualifier at a major came against Mario Ancic in the 1st round at 2002 Wimbledon.

 

  • Federer has not lost in the 2nd round at a Grand Slam since 2013 Wimbledon, when he fell to Sergiy Stakhovsky to suffer his earliest defeat at a major since losing in the 1st round at 2003 Roland Garros.

 

  • 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).

 

  • Last year here Federer reached his 12th Australian Open semifinal, taking sole occupancy of 2nd place on the Open Era list for the most semifinals reached at any one Grand Slam event after Jimmy Connors (who reached 14 semifinals at the US Open). Aged 34 years 176 days, he was the oldest man to reach the semifinals here since 35-year-old Colin Dibley in 1979.

 

  • 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. 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. Andy 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). He is one of 6 Grand Slam champions who started in this year’s men’s singles main draw.

 

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

 

  • Qualifier RUBIN is bidding to reach the 3rd round here and record his best Grand Slam result.

 

  • Rubin equalled his best Grand Slam result by defeating fellow qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo 67(4) 75 36 62 62 in the 1st round here. It was his first career 5-set match.

 

  • Last year here as a wild card, Rubin recorded his best Grand Slam result on his Australian Open debut by reaching the 2nd round (d. Benoit Paire, l. Pierre-Hugues Herbert). He fell in the 1st round on his only other Grand Slam appearance as a wild card at the 2014 US Open (l. Federico Delbonis).

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2016, Rubin fell in the final round of qualifying at the US Open (l. Karen Khachanov) and in the 1st round of qualifying at Roland Garros (l. Dennis Novikov). He didn’t attempt to qualify at Wimbledon. This is the first time he has qualified for a major in 5 attempts.

 

  • Rubin defeated Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) 57 64 64, Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) 64 36 62 and Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 62 64 in the 3 rounds of qualifying here. It was his first attempt to qualify for the Australian Open.

 

  • Rubin is bidding to record back-to-back Tour-level match-wins for the first time. By defeating Fratangelo in the 1st round here, Rubin recorded his 3rd career Tour-level match-win. His only other Tour-level match-wins came in reaching the 2nd round as a wild card at both the Australian Open and Delray Beach (d. Sam Groth, l. Jeremy Chardy) in 2016. He fell in the 1st round in all 5 of the other Tour-level events he has contested.

 

  • Also in 2016, Rubin reached the final at the Stockton Challenger (USA) (l. Frances Tiafoe) and the semifinals at the Maui Challenger (USA) (l. Di Wu). He reached 2 further Challenger quarterfinals at Sarasota (USA) and Tallahassee (USA) and also finished runner-up at the USA F8 Futures.

 

  • Prior to coming here Rubin played at the Noumea Challenger (CAL), where he reached the 2nd round (d. Mats Moraing, l. Adrian Menendez-Maceiras).

 

  • Rubin is bidding to defeat a Top 20 player for the 2nd time. He won his only previous meeting with a Top 20 player when he defeated No. 18 Paire in the 1st round here last year.

 

  • Rubin reached a career-high ranking of No. 166 on 6 June 2016. He plays here at No. 200.

 

  • Rubin reached a career-high junior ranking of No. 6 in January 2013. He won the boys’ singles title at 2014 Wimbledon, defeating Stefan Kozlov in the final, and also reached the quarterfinals at 2012 Roland Garros (l. Filip Peliwo). He never contested the boys’ singles event here.

 

  • Rubin is coached by Stan Boster and former US Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri, who reached the round of 16 here in 2004.

 

 

 27 BERNARD TOMIC (AUS) v VICTOR ESTRELLA BURGOS (DOM)

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

2014     Rome-1000 Qualifying   Clay (O)            R32      Estrella Burgos             75 63

2014     Bogota                         Hard (O)           SF        Tomic                           76(2) 67(5) 76(5)

 

A 2nd Tour-level for the pair and their first at a Grand Slam. Tomic won the pair’s only previous Tour-level meeting, in 3 tiebreak sets, at 2014 Bogota.

 

Tomic has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 103 Estrella Burgos at a Grand Slam since he lost to No. 179 Daniel Evans in the 2nd round at the 2013 US Open. The last time he lost to a player ranked outside the Top 100 was at 2015 Newport, when he fell No. 156 John-Patrick Smith in the 1st round.

 

 

                            TOMIC                                         v                              ESTRELLA BURGOS

 

24                                          Age                                          36

27                            ATP Ranking (16 Jan)                            103

3                                          Titles                                          2

38-27                      Career Grand Slam Record                       5-11

16-8                         Australian Open Record                          1-2

160-140                              Career Record                                78-64

115-87                         Career Record – Hard                           33-36

1-1                                   2017 Record                                   1-0

1-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              1-0

8-3                           Career Five-Set Record                           6-4

2                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         2

92-78                        Career Tiebreak Record                         34-24

0-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            1-0

 

  • TOMIC is bidding to reach the 3rd round at the Australian Open for the 6th time. This is his 9th consecutive appearance at the Australian Open and his 29th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Tomic advanced to the 2nd round with a 62 61 64 victory against Thomaz Bellucci in the 1st round on Monday.

 

  • Tomic’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals as a qualifier at 2011 Wimbledon (l. Novak Djokovic). He was the youngest man since Boris Becker in 1986 to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

 

  • Last year here, Tomic equalled his best Australian Open performance by reaching the round of 16
    (l. Andy Murray). He also reached the round of 16 here in 2012 (l. Roger Federer) and 2015 (l. Tomas Berdych).

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2016, Tomic reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon (l. Lucas Pouille) and the 2nd round at Roland Garros (l. Borna Coric), but fell in the 1st round at the US Open (l. Damir Dzumhur). He played just 5 matches after the US Open for the rest of the year after struggling with an ongoing abdominal strain.

 

  • Also in 2016, Tomic finished runner-up at Acapulco (l. Dominic Thiem) and the semifinals at Brisbane and Queen’s, losing to Milos Raonic on both occasions. He reached 5 further quarterfinals at Sydney, Quito, ’s-Hertogenbosch, Cincinnati-1000 and Shenzhen.

 

  • Tomic reached a career-high ranking of No. 17 after reaching the semifinals at 2016 Brisbane. He plays here at No. 27.

 

  • Tomic has won 3 career titles, all of which have come on a hard court – at 2013 Sydney (d. Kevin Anderson) and at Bogota in 2014 (d. Ivo Karlovic) and 2015 (d. Adrian Mannarino).

 

  • Tomic warmed up for the Australian Open at Brisbane where he fell to David Ferrer in the 1st round. He also played at the Sydney Fast4 Exhibition Event, where he defeated Dominic Thiem in the shortened format, and at the Kooyong Exhibition event, falling to David Goffin 62 64 and Gilles Simon 63 in a single set match.

 

  • Tomic is one of 11 Australian men to start this year’s Australian Open main draw – the most since 2003 when there were also 11. He is looking to become the first native champion to win the Australian Open men’s singles title since Mark Edmondson in 1976.

 

  • Tomic is one of the 6 former Australian Open junior singles champions to reach the 2nd round here from the 7 who started in the men’s main draw. He won the 2008 Australian Open boys’ title aged 15 years 3 months, defeating Yang Tsung-Hua in the final. He was the youngest winner of the title since Ken Rosewall in 1950. He also won the 2009 US Open boys’ singles title (d. Chase Buchanan). Stefan Edberg is the only player to have won both the junior and senior title here in the Open Era. He captured the boys’ singles title in 1983, before winning the men’s singles in 1985 and 1987.

 

  • Tomic has played Davis Cup for Australia since 2010. Australia will play Czech Republic in the World Group first round at Kooyong on 3-5 February.

 

  • Tomic is coached by his father John.

 

  • ESTRELLA BURGOS is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the first time and equal his best Grand Slam result.

 

  • Estrella Burgos recorded his first Australian Open match-win by defeating Aljaz Bedene 76(2) 75 06 63 in the 1st round here.

 

  • Estrella Burgos’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the 3rd round on his US Open debut in 2014 (l. Donald Young).

 

  • Estrella Burgos is bidding to record back-to-back Tour-level match-wins for the first time since winning the title at 2016 Quito (d. Thomaz Bellucci).

 

  • Last year here, Estrella Burgos fell to Daniel Brands in the 1st round. He also fell in the 1st round on his debut here in 2015 (l. Jurgen Melzer). This is his 3rd Australian Open appearance and his 12th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2016, Estrella Burgos reached the 2nd round at Roland Garros (d. Illya Marchenko, l. Feliciano Lopez), but lost in the 1st round at both Wimbledon (l. Marcel Granollers) and the US Open (l. Joao Sousa).

 

  • Estrella Burgos’s 2016 highlight was defending his title at Quito, a year after becoming the first player from Dominican Republic to win a Tour-level title at 2015 Quito (d. Feliciano Lopez). He also reached the final at the Cali Challenger (COL) (l. Darian King) and 2 other Challenger quarterfinals.

 

  • Estrella Burgos is bidding to end an 11-match losing streak against Top 30 opponents. His last victory over a Top 30 player came at 2015 Barcelona, when he defeated No. 9 Marin Cilic. He has a 4-15 win-loss record against Top 30 players overall but has never beaten a Top 30 opponent at a Grand Slam.

 

  • Estrella Burgos is a former Top 50 player. He broke the Top 50 for the first time after winning the Morelos Challenger (MEX) in 2015 and reached a career-best ranking of No. 43 in June 2015. He ended 2016 at No. 102, the first time since 2013 that he has finished a year outside the Top 100.

 

  • Estrella Burgos holds multiple Davis Cup records for Dominican Republic. He has played in 45 ties, won 41 singles rubbers, 21 doubles rubbers and played for 18 years – all records for Dominican Republic players. In 2015, he helped Dominican Republic into the World Group play-offs for the first time, where the team lost 4-1 to Germany. Dominican Republic hosts Chile in Santo Domingo in an Americas Zone Group I first round tie on 3-5 February.

 

  • Estrella Burgos is currently without a coach. His fitness trainer is Matias Rizzo.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. 31 SAM QUERREY (USA) v (WC) ALEX DE MINAUR (AUS)

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

Querrey has not lost to a player ranked as low as De Minaur at Tour-level since he fell to No. 315 Daniel Munoz-De La Nava at 2010 Madrid-1000.

 

                         QUERREY                                      v                                     DE MINAUR

 

29                                          Age                                          17

32                            ATP Ranking (16 Jan)                            301

8                                          Titles                                          0

40-39                      Career Grand Slam Record                        1-0

10-10                        Australian Open Record                          1-0

286-236                              Career Record                                  2-2

197-151                        Career Record – Hard                            2-2

1-1                                   2017 Record                                   2-2

1-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              2-2

4-10                          Career Five-Set Record                           1-0

1                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

142-143                      Career Tiebreak Record                          2-0

  • 2017 Tiebreak Record                                    2-0

 

  • QUERREY is bidding to reach the 3rd round here for the 5th time and equal his best Australian Open result.

 

  • Querrey’s best Australian Open result is reaching the 3rd round here on 4 occasions – on his debut here as a wild card in 2007 (l. Tommy Robredo), and as a direct acceptance in 2008 (l. Novak Djokovic), 2013 (l. Stan Wawrinka) and 2014 (l. Fabio Fognini). This is his 11th Australian Open and his 40th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Querrey’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals at 2016 Wimbledon (l. Milos Raonic). He defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the 3rd round to become the first American to beat a world No. 1 at Wimbledon since Kevin Curren defeated John McEnroe in the quarterfinals in 1985. He was the first American to beat a World No. 1 at a Grand Slam since Andre Agassi defeated Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals at the 2002 US Open.

 

  • Querrey fell in the 1st round at the other 3 Grand Slams in 2016. He retired with cramping at 2-sets all against Dusan Lajovic in the 1st round here, before falling to Bjorn Fratangelo at Roland Garros and Janko Tipsarevic at the US Open.

 

  • Querrey warmed up for the Australian Open at Brisbane, where he fell to Diego Schwartzman in the 1st round. He finished as runner-up in the doubles event with Gilles Muller, falling to Thanasi Kokkinakis/Jordan Thompson.

 

  • Querrey won his 8th career-singles title at 2016 Delray Beach (d. Rajeev Ram). 6 of his 8 career titles have come on a hard court. Also in 2016, he reached the semifinals at Memphis (l. Kei Nishikori), Acapulco (l. Dominic Thiem) and ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Nicolas Mahut).

 

  • Querrey is a former Top 20 player, having recorded a career-high ranking of No. 17 in January 2011. He plays here at No. 32.

 

  • Querrey has entered the men’s doubles event here with Donald Young. They will play defending champions Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares in the 1st round.

 

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

 

  • Wild card DE MINAUR is bidding to reach the 3rd round here on his Grand Slam debut.

 

  • Aged 17 years 347 days, De Minaur is bidding to become the youngest man to reach the 3rd round at a Grand Slam since Rafael Nadal (17 years 243 days) at the 2004 Australian Open. By reaching the 2nd round here, De Minaur is the youngest man to reach the 2nd round at a major since Borna Coric (17 years 298 days) at the 2014 US Open.

 

  • De Minaur advanced to the 2nd round here after defeating Gerald Melzer 57 63 26 76(2) 61 in the 1st round on Monday. It was his 2nd career Tour-level match-win and his first 5-set match.

 

  • De Minaur warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the 2nd round as a wild card at Sydney, where he defeated Benoit Paire for his first Tour-level match-win before retiring against Andrey Kuznetsov with an abdominal strain. He also qualified at Brisbane, where he fell to Mischa Zverev in the 1st round.

 

  • Last year here as a wild card into qualifying, De Minaur fell to Kimmer Coppejans in the 1st round of qualifying. It is his only attempt to qualify for a Grand Slam. He entered the junior event here, reaching the semifinals of the boys’ singles (l. Jurabek Karimov) and winning the boys’ doubles title with Blake Ellis.

 

  • De Minaur’s best result in 2016 was reaching his first Challenger final as a qualifier at Eckental (GER) (l. Steve Darcis). He also reached the quarterfinals at the Mouilleron Le Captif Challenger (FRA) (l. Peter Gojowczyk) and finished runner-up at 2 Futures events in Spain.

 

  • De Minaur climbed over 1000 places to raise his ranking from No. 1551 at the end of 2015 to No. 354 by the end of 2016. He plays here at a career-high ranking of No. 301.

 

  • De Minaur reached a career-high junior ranking of No. 2 in February 2016. He finished runner-up in the boys’ singles event at 2016 Wimbledon (l. Denis Shapovalov) and reached the semifinals of the boys’ singles at the 2016 Australian Open. He was part of the Australian team that finished runner-up at the 2013 World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov, losing 2-0 to USA in the final.

 

  • De Minaur lives in Spain with his family after his parents closed their business in Sydney. He returns to Australia each year for the summer tournaments.

 

  • De Minaur is coached by Adolfo Gutierrez.

All statistics courtesy of the Grand Slam Media team, Australian Open Men’s Information Team and the International Tennis Federation.

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Australian Open Day 3 Schedule of Play for January 18, 2017

Australian Open Day 3 Schedule of Play for January 18, 2017

ROD LAVER ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 2
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) vs. Venus Williams (USA) [13]
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Angelique Kerber (GER) [1] vs. Carina Witthoeft (GER)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Noah Rubin (USA) vs. Roger Federer (SUI) [17]

ROD LAVER ARENA 7:00 PM
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Samantha Crawford (USA) vs. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) [7]
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Andy Murray (GBR) [1] vs. Andrey Rublev (RUS)

MARGARET COURT ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 2
Elina Svitolina (UKR) [11] vs. Julia Boserup (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Jaimee Fourlis (AUS) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [8]
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [4] vs. Steve Johnson (USA)

MARGARET COURT ARENA 7:00 PM
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Shelby Rogers (USA) vs. Ashleigh Barty (AUS)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Bernard Tomic (AUS) [27] vs. Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM)

HISENSE ARENA 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 2
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs. Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5]
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) vs. Julia Goerges (GER)
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Shuai Peng (CHN) vs. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
Not Before: 6:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [14]

SHOW COURT 2 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 2
Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [24]
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [12] vs. Dusan Lajovic (SRB)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Serena Williams (USA) [15]/Venus Williams (USA) [15] vs. Timea Babos (HUN)/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
Men’s Singles – Round 2Alex De Minaur (AUS) vs. Sam Querrey (USA) [31]

SHOW COURT 3 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 2
Alison Riske (USA) vs. Shuai Zhang (CHN) [20]
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Tomas Berdych (CZE) [10] vs. Ryan Harrison (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) [10] vs. Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Daniel Evans (GBR) vs. Marin Cilic (CRO) [7]

COURT 5 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Rohan Bopanna (IND) [15]/Pablo Cuevas (URU) [15] vs. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)/Maximo Gonzalez (ARG)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Robert Lindstedt (SWE)/Michael Venus (NZL) vs. Andre Begemann (GER)/Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Christina McHale (USA)/Asia Muhammad (USA) vs. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [13]/Saisai Zheng (CHN) [13]
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)/Michaella Krajicek (NED) vs. Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO)/Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)

COURT 7 11:00 AM

Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Eri Hozumi (JPN)/Miyu Kato (JPN) vs. Ellen Perez (AUS)/Olivia Tjandramulia (AUS)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Robin Haase (NED)/Florian Mayer (GER) vs. Alex Bolt (AUS)/Bradley Mousley (AUS)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs. Viktor Troicki (SRB) [29]
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Mona Barthel (GER) vs. Monica Puig (PUR) [29]

COURT 8 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 2
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) vs. Ying-Ying Duan (CHN)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
John Isner (USA) [19] vs. Mischa Zverev (GER)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Karen Khachanov (RUS) vs. Jack Sock (USA) [23]
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) vs. Coco Vandeweghe (USA)

COURT 10 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Facundo Bagnis (ARG)/Federico Delbonis (ARG) vs. Brian Baker (USA)/Nikola Mektic (CRO)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) [11]/Horia Tecau (ROU) [11] vs. Philipp Petzschner (GER)/Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)/Andrea Petkovic (GER) vs. Monica Niculescu (ROU) [9]/Abigail Spears (USA) [9]
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Jocelyn Rae (GBR)/Anna Smith (GBR) vs. Sania Mirza (IND) [4]/Barbora Strycova (CZE) [4]

COURT 12 11:00 AM

Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) [6]/Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) [6] vs. Chen Liang (CHN)/Zhaoxuan Yang (CHN)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Darija Jurak (CRO) [16]/Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) [16] vs. Alizé Cornet (FRA)/Magda Linette (POL)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Caroline Garcia (FRA) [1]/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [1] vs. Belinda Bencic (SUI)/Ana Konjuh (CRO)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Karin Knapp (ITA)/Mandy Minella (LUX) vs. Naomi Broady (GBR)/Heather Watson (GBR)

COURT 13 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 2
Malek Jaziri (TUN) vs. Alexander Bublik (KAZ)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs. Dudi Sela (ISR)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Malek Jaziri (TUN)/Stephane Robert (FRA) vs. Ivan Dodig (CRO) [9]/Marcel Granollers (ESP) [9]
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) [32] vs. Kristina Kucova (SVK)

COURT 14 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Henri Kontinen (FIN) [4]/John Peers (AUS) [4] vs. Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)/David Marrero (ESP)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Liezel Huber (USA)/Maria Sanchez (USA) vs. Madison Brengle (USA)/Arina Rodionova (AUS)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Luke Saville (AUS)/Jordan Thompson (AUS) vs. Dominic Inglot (GBR) [16]/Florin Mergea (ROU) [16]
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Sara Errani (ITA)/Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) vs. Daria Gavrilova (AUS)/Daria Kasatkina (RUS)

COURT 15 11:00 AM

Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE)/Nicole Gibbs (USA) vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) [2]/Lucie Safarova (CZE) [2]
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)/Gilles Muller (LUX) vs. Cheng-Peng Hsieh (TPE)/Tsung-Hua Yang (TPE)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Kimberly Birrell (AUS)/Priscilla Hon (AUS) vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS)/Shuai Zhang (CHN)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)/Jiri Vesely (CZE) vs. Marc Polmans (AUS)/Andrew Whittington (AUS)

COURT 19 11:00 AM

Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [3]/Elena Vesnina (RUS) [3] vs. Shuko Aoyama (JPN)/Makoto Ninomiya (JPN)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Wesley Koolhof (NED)/Matwe Middelkoop (NED) vs. Julio Peralta (CHI)/Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Jerzy Janowicz (POL)/Marcin Matkowski (POL) vs. Fabio Fognini (ITA)/Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)/Benoit Paire (FRA) vs. Bob Bryan (USA) [3]/Mike Bryan (USA) [3]

COURT 20 11:00 AM

Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Lauren Davis (USA)/Megan Moulton-Levy (USA) vs. Destanee Aiava (AUS)/Alicia Smith (AUS)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Matthew Barton (AUS)/Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs. Vasek Pospisil (CAN) [12]/Radek Stepanek (CZE) [12]
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) [27]
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Diego Schwartzman (ARG) vs. Steve Darcis (BEL)

COURT 22 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Nicholas Monroe (USA)/Artem Sitak (NZL) vs. James Cerretani (USA)/Philipp Oswald (AUT)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Guillermo Duran (ARG)/Joao Sousa (POR) vs. Marcus Daniell (NZL)/Marcelo Demoliner (BRA)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Danka Kovinic (MNE)/Laura Siegemund (GER) vs. Demi Schuurs (NED)/Renata Voracova (CZE)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [5]/Marc Lopez (ESP) [5] vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)/Gerald Melzer (AUT)

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Six-Time Champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams Begin Quests for Seven Title with Wins

Serena Williams

(January 17, 2017) No. 2 seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic took their first steps in their quest for a seventh Australian Open title on Tuesday, each winning in straight sets.

 

Djokovic beat Fernando Verdasco in the first round of Melbourne 6-1, 7-6, 6-2. Verdasco almost beat the Serb in Doha earlier this month. He had five match points and could not close the  match. Djokovic came back to win the match and the tournament beating No. 1 Andy Murray in the final.

 

“I’m very pleased with the first round, considering I had one of the toughest first-round draws, definitely considering his form, how well he played in Doha,” Djokovic said. Just overall I’m feeling good about my performance.

 

“It was about 10 days ago, the match that we played. So, of course, you still have traces of, I guess, that match, emotions and everything that has happened.

“I use it in a way to just analyze and to get myself prepared for what’s coming up, to just be able to do things better than I’ve done that day in Doha. Even though I won the match, I thought I hadn’t played as well as I did tonight. Starting off a match as I did out of my blocks was obviously very satisfying to experience.

Serena Williams had to hold off a late surge by her first round opponent former Top Ten player Belinda Bencic, winning 6-4, 6-3. The 22-time major champion is now 65-1 in the first rounds of majors.

“I think it was pretty good,” Williams said after the match. “I mean, she’s a really good player. So I think I was able to start out well.

“I just wasn’t as aggressive as I was during those games. You know, she started playing better.

“I made a few errors on some key points, but for the most part, I still was going for everything and I was able to close it out.”

I feel like she’s definitely been having a lot more power. Obviously she beat me in Canada the last time we played, but I really don’t remember much about that match. I do remember — I just felt like she was doing really well.

 

The recently engaged Williams came into her news conference wearing a shirt which said “Equality.” Williams is engaged to Williams to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Williams said: “with today being Martin Luther King Day, it’s important to spread the message of equality, which is something he talked about a lot and he tried to spread a lot, is equality and rights for everyone.

“With that, Nike and all the Nike athletes really want to be a part of this movement, especially, again, being that it’s Martin Luther King Day. And we really just want to speak up about things that we believe in and talk about equality.”

 

Rafael Nadal who won the Australian Open in 2009, back from a wrist injury beat Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the second round. Nadal lost in the first round last year to countryman Fernando Verdasco.

Nadal: “I think I played solid match, no? It was great to be back on the big stadium. I feel the support of the people, love the people. That is something that is very special for me. Just happy to see the court like this and the people supporting me. So just can say thanks.

“I am happy the way I am playing. I had good weeks of practice. Never easy the first round. Is always little bit more nerves at the beginning. I didn’t play against an easy opponent. The way that he plays is not a conventional game. You know, he change a lot of the rhythm of the point, you know, changing with a slice, then he hit a winner. Then he play little bit slower ball. Is not easy to read his game, no?

“So just am happy the way that I played. I played good all the key points. That’s very important for me.”

 

In the match of the day, 37-year-old veteran Ivo Karlovic won a five-set marathon lasting five-hours and 15 minutes beating Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-7 (6), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 22-20.  The match  set a record for most number of games (84) at the Australian Open in matches with tiebreaks. The Croatian  set a record for the tournament hitting 75 aces.

“It was real difficult match,” Karlovic said. It was also difficult mentally because I was down 2-0. I had to also fight against him and against my own head, you know. So it was definitely really difficult.”

“This is what I will, after my career, remember. If it was easy match or I lost easy, I wouldn’t remember. But this one definitely I will remember forever.”

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Australian Open Day 2 Schedule of Play for January 17, 2017

Australian Open Day 2

Schedule of Play for January 17, 2017

ROD LAVER ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [5] vs. Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Belinda Bencic (SUI) vs. Serena Williams (USA) [2]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Florian Mayer (GER) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [9]

ROD LAVER ARENA 7:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs. Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [3]

MARGARET COURT ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) vs. Johanna Konta (GBR) [9]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Dustin Brown (GER) vs. Milos Raonic (CAN) [3]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Heather Watson (GBR) vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS) [18]

MARGARET COURT ARENA 7:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [15] vs. Christopher O’Connell (AUS)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Daria Gavrilova (AUS) [22] vs. Naomi Broady (GBR)

HISENSE ARENA 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 1
Alexander Zverev (GER) [24] vs. Robin Haase (NED)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [6] vs. Denisa Allertova (CZE)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [17] vs. Arina Rodionova (AUS)
Not Before: 5:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Omar Jasika (AUS) vs. David Ferrer (ESP) [21]

SHOW COURT 2 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) vs. Caroline Garcia (FRA) [21]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Reilly Opelka (USA) vs. David Goffin (BEL) [11]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Jordan Thompson (AUS) vs. Joao Sousa (POR)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Barbora Strycova (CZE) [16] vs. Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS)

SHOW COURT 3 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) vs. Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Elena Vesnina (RUS) [14] vs. Ana Bogdan (ROU)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Dominic Thiem (AUT) [8] vs. Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Gael Monfils (FRA) [6] vs. Jiri Vesely (CZE)

COURT 5 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 1
Jared Donaldson (USA) vs. Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Kyle Edmund (GBR) vs. Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Jennifer Brady (USA) vs. Johanna Larsson (SWE)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Kayla Day (USA) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER)

COURT 7 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [30]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) vs. Alex Bolt (AUS)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [13] vs. Guido Pella (ARG)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Danka Kovinic (MNE) vs. Saisai Zheng (CHN)

COURT 8 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Luksika Kumkhum (THA) vs. Naomi Osaka (JPN)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Sara Errani (ITA) vs. Risa Ozaki (JPN)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Blake Mott (AUS) vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA) [18]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Tommy Haas (GER) vs. Benoit Paire (FRA)

COURT 10 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 1
Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) vs. Donald Young (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Lin Zhu (CHN) vs. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Gilles Muller (LUX) vs. Taylor Fritz (USA)

COURT 12 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Irina Falconi (USA) vs. Xinyun Han (CHN)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Frances Tiafoe (USA) vs. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Mandy Minella (LUX) vs. Magda Linette (POL)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Hyeon Chung (KOR) vs. Renzo Olivo (ARG)

COURT 13 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 1
Gilles Simon (FRA) [25] vs. Michael Mmoh (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Donna Vekic (CRO) vs. Lizette Cabrera (AUS)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Camila Giorgi (ITA) vs. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) [12]

COURT 14 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) vs. Oceane Dodin (FRA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Alizé Cornet (FRA) [28] vs. Myrtille Georges (FRA)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs. Borna Coric (CRO)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Denis Istomin (UZB) vs. Ivan Dodig (CRO)

COURT 15 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 1
Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [32]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Maria Sakkari (GRE) vs. Anett Kontaveit (EST)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Adam Pavlasek (CZE) vs. Andrew Whittington (AUS)

COURT 19 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Anna Blinkova (RUS) vs. Monica Niculescu (ROU)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) [30] vs. Peter Polansky (CAN)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) [20] vs. Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs. Qiang Wang (CHN)

COURT 20 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Timea Babos (HUN) [25] vs. Nicole Gibbs (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) vs. Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) [31]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs. Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [28]

COURT 22 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Karin Knapp (ITA) vs. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Radu Albot (MDA) vs. Carlos Berlocq (ARG)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Daniil Medvedev (RUS) vs. Ernesto Escobedo (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Ana Konjuh (CRO) vs. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)

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In First Major Match as No. 1, Andy Murray Moves Into Second Round of Australian Open

(January 16, 2017) Coming into a major for the first time in his career as the No. 1 seed, Andy Murray had to hold off a game Illya Marchenko of Ukraine a 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-2 to advance to the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.

Marchenko hit 46 winners to 62 unforced errors in the match to Murray’s 25 winners and 27 errors, but the winner broke his opponent’s serve six times.

The Scot has never won in Melbourne, but has been a finalist five times including the last two years.
Marchenko made 62 unforced errors, compared with Murray’s 27.

“I don’t think it was the best match, to be honest,” Murray said. “You know, the conditions there were pretty different to what we’ve been practicing. Last week’s been pretty cool. A lot of days, it’s been overcast. The temperature of the court is much cooler. When it’s like that, the ball is bouncing a bit lower, a bit easier to control the ball. I was a bit tentative because of that.

“And, yeah, didn’t serve that well either. So you end up having to work really hard on a lot of your service games when it’s like that.
“It just was tough.”

“I didn’t move that well,” he explained. “That’s how it felt anyway. But sometimes that can also be down to the conditions, as well. The ball’s flying through the air a little bit quicker, so the ball is coming onto you faster than what it was the last few days. Maybe wasn’t reacting as quickly as I would have liked.

“But, yeah, maybe also nerves there first round as well. It’s maybe normal to feel a little bit slow on your feet or a bit heavy-legged in the first round.”

Murray, recently receiving a knighthood by the Queen of England, on top of becoming No. 1 in men’s tennis, talked about his feeling about being on top of the tennis world.

“It’s been great. I think because it’s taken me so long to get there, obviously I want to try to stay there, but also I feel like I’m mature enough now to handle it. Maybe, you know, if it happens when you’re very young, you might feel extra pressures, the responsibilities might feel a bit much. But I think because I’m much older and more mature, it’s been good.”

Next up for the World No. 1 is qualifier Andrey Rublev.

“I know a little bit about him,” Murray admitted. “I never hit with him or played against him, but I’ve seen him play before and he goes for it. He doesn’t hold back. You know, he hits a big ball.”

“I saw him play a couple of years ago at the US Open against Youzhny. I watched a bit of his match there. I thought he was very good. Clean ball-striker. Like I said, goes for it.

“Obviously when you get out there, things look a little bit different than they might on the TV or on the video. But try to watch a bit the next couple of days and hopefully go in with a good strategy. I’ll need to work some things out myself when I’m out there.”

 

Kei Nishikori

Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori had to battle for a five-set win over Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-2 in 3 hours and 34 minutes.

The man from Japan had a 5-2 lead in the fourth set tiebreak, but Kuznetsov won the next four points and won the set to sent the match to a fifth set. Nishikori dominated the final set by breaking his opponent’s serve twice.
“I think I let him come back fourth set,” said Nishikori. “I should have finished that set. Especially I was up tiebreak, but I think he played well from the beginning. Fifth set I start playing much better. Yeah, it was tough, really tough match.”

Nishikori will not be playing in the first round of Davis Cup for Japan when they host France.

“I’m not playing because the schedule, it’s gonna be too tight. Going South America, Rio and Buenos Aires, and if I play Davis Cup, that’s way too much, you know, for my body and Indian Wells and Miami is coming up after. So I just decided not to play.”

Murray was also asked about Davis Cup:
“I think tennis needs a great team competition. Davis Cup has been there. I think almost everyone I know, like, in the media, all of the tennis players, everyone seems to be in agreement that the format needs to change.
“I sat in a room with all of the guys on the player council, and nobody was for the neutral venue. There were many things discussed that could change Davis Cup, we thought for the better. A lot of players agreed upon. None of that’s been done yet.

“The only thing that I think has been agreed is a neutral final, which I don’t know many people that think that’s a good idea.

“So, yeah, I do think it needs to change. If the top players aren’t playing, the event loses value. So, yeah, we’ll see what happens in the next 18 months or so, see if there’s anything we can do to make it better.”

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Venus Williams Advances to Second Round of Australian Open

Venus Williams

(January 16, 2017) Seven-time major champion Venus Williams opened up her Open Era record 73rd major with a tough 7-6(5), 7-5 victory over Kateryna Kozlova on the first day of the Australian Open on Monday in Rod Laver Arena. The 13th seed came back from a break down in the first set and 0-2 in the tiebreak and overcame 48 unforced errors for the win.

The American lost in the first round last year in Melbourne to Johanna Konta, who is now in the WTA Top Ten.
Venus Williams is the oldest competitor in the women’s singles event at 36.

“It’s never easy playing the first round, Williams said after the match. “You’re just trying to find the rhythm.”
“She played amazing. It’s very satisfying to get through a match against an opponent who is on fire.”
Williams talked about the very competitive first set:
“I like to control the match. I think eventually the momentum was shifting and I could control the match, and I haven’t really played in a while.

“So it was kind of hard to go out there and think, oh, it’s going to be perfect rhythm. But after the first set I felt more rhythm. Hopefully going through the tournament, I will just feel more and more rhythm.”

During her news conference, Venus was asked questions about her sister Serena’s recent engagement:
“She’s much smarter than I am. That’s pretty much… She’s a wise woman. She’s actually getting a real life.
“She’s paving the way, once again, for me. Maybe I’ll grow up.”

“Yeah, he’s a super nice guy that — you never know how the things are going to end. In this case, it’s not gonna end, so it’s great.”

The 2003 finalist will player winner of Kurumi Nara – Stefanie Voegele in the second round.

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Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt added to BNP Paribas Showdown at MSG

Andy Roddick

New York, NY (January 16, 2017) – Tennis legends Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt will join the star-studded lineup for the 10th anniversary of the BNP Paribas Showdown on Monday, March 6, it was announced today.   Roddick and Hewitt will join Juan Martin del Potro, Kei Nishikori, Venus Williams, Garbiñe Muguruza, Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock in the annual tennis showcase at Madison Square Garden, which coincides with “World Tennis Day” activities.

 

Hewitt, who announced his retirement from the professional tour last January, is back to renew his rivalry with fellow veteran Roddick who retired after the 2012 US Open.  The two former World No. 1 players have produced a combined 62 tournament wins which includes Hewitt’s Grand Slam titles at the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon Championships, as well as Roddick’s Grand Slam victory at the 2002 US Open.

 

“I played the World Tennis Day event in Hong Kong a few years ago and love the concept of a worldwide celebration of tennis,” said Hewitt.  “I am really excited about playing Andy at Madison Square Garden which is one of the great venues for our sport. Should be an exciting night for everyone.”

 

“Playing at Madison Square Garden is a bucket list item for any entertainer, especially for a tennis player … that’s normally saved for rock stars and basketball players,” added Roddick.  “To play Roger there in 2012, it was such an amazing atmosphere … when I got the invite to come back, I was going to do everything I could to make that a reality.”

 

The two are tied at seven wins each in head-to-head competition.  Hewitt will make his Madison Square Garden debut while Roddick returns to the BNP Paribas Showdown for the second time.

 

Roddick and Hewitt will square off in an action-packed night that also features del Potro, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist taking on No. 5 Nishikori, while former world No. 1 Venus Williams squares off against French Open champion, Muguruza.  Kyrgios and Sock will provide a glimpse of what the future has in store for tennis fans when they take to the Garden court.

 

Over the course of its decade at Madison Square Garden, the BNP Paribas Showdown has become a must-see event, from superstar Pete Sampras showing a younger Roger Federer he can still play in the inaugural matchup in 2008, to last year’s electrifying performances by Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Stan Wawrinka and Gael Monfils.  The event has also hosted a who’s who in the world of tennis, including: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl, Mike and Bob Bryan, John and Patrick McEnroe, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Monica Seles and Gabriela Sabatini.

 

The 10th anniversary BNP Paribas Showdown is produced by MSG Sports and GF Sports. Tickets start at $35.00 and are currently on-sale. They can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at www.thegarden.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

 

The BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden will once again headline a full day of nationwide activities as part of “World Tennis Day,” a global tennis participation effort. All events promote tailoring the game to players 10-and-under with smaller racquets, lighter balls and modified scoring.

 

 

 

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Shelby Rogers Knocks Out Fourth Seed Simona Halep at Australian Open

 

(January 16, 2017) In the first major upset of the Australian Open on day one, American Shelby Rogers, ranked 52 in the world, knocked out fourth seed Simona Halep of Romania 6-3, 6-1 in Rod Laver Arena on Monday.

For Halep, this was the second straight year and fourth time over the last six years that she’s been ousted in the first round of the Australian Open.

“I think I played great today, trying to be aggressive going out there,” Rogers said. “My game plan worked. Just move forward, hit your shots, be really aggressive. When I’m doing that, I am playing well. Very happy with how I did today.”

 

Simona Halep

“Definitely she played well,” Halep said. “I think she played very high standard. I had pain at my knee.

“For me, in the second set, was difficult to move anymore, but she deserved to win. She was aggressive, and she hit very strong, the balls.”

“I’m never thinking to withdraw a tournament, because it’s not in my inside,” she continued.

“But I tried. I had some anti-inflammatory before the match, and the previous days. But when you have the tension of the match, official match, the pressure, it comes harder.

“So I had harder pain, and I couldn’t do what I wanted.”
Rogers, who made a big breakthrough at a major in 2014, when she reached the last eighth of the French Open, talked about what she took away from that run – “the biggest thing I took away from that was just that I can compete with the top players in the world and I’m good enough, you know. And little things here and there I need to work on, but I’m here. I need to believe in myself, and, yeah.

“So I have definitely carried that away from the French Open and just been enjoying it a little bit, I think. There has been a lot of positive feedback, which has been nice.

“Just trying to keep that going.”

Rogers hit 26 winners, breaking Halep’s serve four times.

“I have had a couple good weeks leading up to Melbourne,” she said. Rogers warmed up for Melbourne by reaching the quarterfinals of Hobart. “I started well in Brisbane and had a couple of good matches in Hobart, as well. It’s nice to feel like you have had some matches already, which is a really nice thing.

“I wasn’t here last year, actually, so it’s extra special for me.”

The 24-year-old Rogers from Charleston, South Carolina, will play the winner of the Ashleigh Barty and Annika Beck match in the second round.

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2017 Australian Open – Day 1 Men’s Preview

 

2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 1 MEN’S NOTES

Monday 16 January

1st Round Top Half

 

 

Featured matches

 

No. 1 Andy Murray (GBR) v Illya Marchenko (UKR)

No. 4 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Martin Klizan (SVK)

No. 5 Kei Nishikori (JPN) v Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)

No. 7 Marin Cilic (CRO) v Jerzy Janowicz (POL)

No. 10 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v (Q) Luca Vanni (ITA)

No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Thiago Monteiro (BRA)

No. 14 Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Gastao Elias (POR)

No. 17 Roger Federer (SUI) v (Q) Jurgen Melzer (AUT)

No. 27 Bernard Tomic (AUS) v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)

 

On court today…

 

  • World No. 1 Andy Murray and 4-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer open their 2017 Grand Slam campaigns today. Murray, who this year will bid to avoid becoming the first man in the Open Era to lose 6 Grand Slam finals at any one major after 5 runner-up finishes at Melbourne Park, takes on world No. 93 Illya Marchenko in the third match on Rod Laver Arena, before Federer headlines the night session with his first Tour-level match in over six months against qualifier and fellow 35-year-old Jurgen Melzer.

 

  • 2014 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka will look to maintain his record of never having lost in the 1st round here when he opens the night session on Margaret Court Arena against Martin Klizan. A surprise win over Wawrinka would give lefthanded Klizan his first Grand Slam match-win since the 2015 US Open and see him end a 9-match losing streak at Tour-level.

 

  • Nick Kyrgios will hope to maintain his record of always reaching the 2nd round at the Australian Open when he faces Gastao Elias in the last match on Hisense Arena today. Along with Alex De Minaur, James Duckworth, Sam Groth and Bernard Tomic, Kyrgios is one of 5 Australian men in action today from the 11 who start the main draw here – the most since 2003.

 

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is looking to record his 109th Grand Slam match-win today, which would see him move ahead of Jean Borotra at the top of the list for most Grand Slam match-wins by a Frenchman.

 

1 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v ILLYA MARCHENO (UKR)

Head-to-head: Murray leads 1-0

2011     Australian Open            Hard (O)           R64      Murray              61 63 63

 

Murray won the pair’s only previous meeting, a 2nd round clash here 6 years ago.

 

Murray has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 93 Marchenko at Tour-level since falling to No. 118 Alex Bogomolov Jr. at 2011 Miami-1000. The lowest-ranked player to defeat Murray at a Grand Slam is No. 91 Arnaud Clement at the 2005 US Open.

 

                          MURRAY                                       v                                    MARCHENKO

 

29                                          Age                                          29

1                              ATP Ranking (9 Jan)                             93

44                                         Titles                                          0

176-40                     Career Grand Slam Record                       8-15

45-11                        Australian Open Record                          2-5

634-175                              Career Record                                57-78

426-114                        Career Record – Hard                           48-54

4-1                                   2017 Record                                   0-1

4-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              0-1

23-9                          Career Five-Set Record                           2-5

9                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

183-107                      Career Tiebreak Record                         36-32

3-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            0-2

 

  • 5-time Australian Open runner-up MURRAY is contesting his 12th straight Australian Open and 44th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Murray has not lost a 1st round Grand Slam match since the 2008 Australian Open (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga).

 

  • Murray is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after losing 5 finals at any one Grand Slam. He finished as runner-up to Roger Federer here in 2010, and to Novak Djokovic in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016. Djokovic and Federer (at Roland Garros), Goran Ivanisevic (at Wimbledon) and Ivan Lendl (at the US Open), are the only players in the Open Era to lose 3 Grand Slam finals at one major before winning the title.

 

  • Murray is looking to win the title here and avoid becoming the first man in the Open Era to lose 6 Grand Slam finals at any one major. Lendl, is the only other man to have lost 5 finals at any one Grand Slam event – losing in the title match at the US Open in 1982-84 and 1988-89, but winning the tournament in 1985-87.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2016, Murray won his 3rd Grand Slam title and 2nd at Wimbledon, defeating Milos Raonic in the final. It was 11th Grand Slam final, but the first in which he had faced an opponent other than Djokovic or Federer. He also became the 3rd British man – and first since Bunny Austin in 1937 – to reach the Roland Garros final (l. Djokovic) but fell to Kei Nishikori in 5 sets in the quarterfinals at the US Open.

 

  • Also in 2016, Murray became the first player in history to successfully defend an Olympic singles gold medal after defeating Juan Martin del Potro in the final at Rio 2016. He won a career-best 9 Tour-level titles – including his first at the year-end ATP World Tour Finals, where he became the 17th man to secure the year-end No. 1 ranking after defeating Djokovic in the final. Two weeks earlier, he had become the 26th man to attain the world No. 1 ranking after reaching the final at Paris-1000.

 

  • Murray warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the final as No. 1 seed at Doha – his 13th final in his last 14 tournaments. He saw his 28-match Tour-level winning streak ended by Djokovic as the Serb won 63 57 64.

 

  • Murray is one of 6 Grand Slam champions to start in the men’s main draw here. Murray won the 2012 US Open title (d. Djokovic) and became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years in 2013 (d. Djokovic) before winning the title again in 2016.

 

  • Murray was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

 

  • Murray has played Davis Cup since 2005 and has a 30-3 singles win-loss record in the competition in 20 ties played, leading Great Britain to its first title since 1936 in 2015. Great Britain will face Canada in the World Group first round in Ottawa on 3-5 February.

 

  • Murray is coached by Ivan Lendl, who won the Australian Open in 1989 and 1990, and former world No. 121 Jamie Delgado.

 

  • MARCHENKO is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the first time since 2011 and equal his best Australian Open result.

 

  • Marchenko’s best Australian Open performance is reaching the 2nd round on his Grand Slam debut as a qualifier in 2010 (d. Carlos Moya, l. Nikolay Davydenko) and as a direct acceptance in 2011 (d. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, l. today’s opponent).

 

  • Marchenko’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the round of 16 on his last appearance at a major at the 2016 US Open (l. Stan Wawrinka). He broke into the Top 50 in September 2016 as a result and reached a career-high ranking of No. 49 on 26 September. He plays here ranked No. 93.

 

  • Marchenko has lost in the 1st round in 10 of his 16 Grand Slam appearances – including at the Australian Open as a qualifier in both 2012 (l. Sergiy Stakhovsky) and 2015 (l. Milos Raonic) and as a direct acceptance in 2016 (l. Omar Jasika). He didn’t attempt to qualify here in 2013 and failed to qualify in 2014. This is Marchenko’s 6th appearance at the Australian Open.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2016, Marchenko lost in the 1st round at both Roland Garros (l. Victor Estrella Burgos) and Wimbledon (l. Julien Benneteau).

 

  • Marchenko warmed up for the Australian Open at Doha, where he fell to Ivo Karlovic in the opening round. He also fell in the first round of qualifying at Sydney (l. Christopher O’Connell).

 

  • As well as reaching the round of 16 at the US Open, Marchenko’s best results in 2016 were reaching the semifinals at Doha (l. Rafael Nadal) and the quarterfinals at Acapulco (l. Bernard Tomic). He also won the title at the Recanati Challenger (ITA) (d. Ilya Ivashka) and finished runner-up at the Segovia Challenger (ESP) (l. Luca Vanni).

 

  • Marchenko is playing against a player ranked No. 1 for the first time today. He has a 1-7 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition, with his only win coming against No. 7 David Ferrer in the first round at 2016 Doha.

 

  • Marchenko has played Davis Cup for Ukraine since 2008. He helped Ukraine reach the World Group play-offs last year, where they lost 5-0 to Japan. Ukraine were handed a bye in the 2017 Europe/Africa Zone Group I first round.

 

  • Marchenko is coached by Tibor Toth.

 

 

 

 

 4 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v MARTIN KLIZAN (SVK)

Head-to-head: Wawrinka leads 1-0

2010     Casablanca       Clay (O)            R16      Wawrinka          64 06 64

 

A 2nd career meeting between the 2 players, but their first on a hard court and first at a Grand Slam.

 

                        WAWRINKA                                     v                                         KLIZAN

 

31                                          Age                                          27

4                              ATP Ranking (9 Jan)                             35

15                                         Titles                                          5

119-44                     Career Grand Slam Record                      14-20

31-10                        Australian Open Record                          3-4

441-253                              Career Record                              106-108

245-141                        Career Record – Hard                           54-61

2-1                                   2017 Record                                   0-2

2-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              0-2

24-19                         Career Five-Set Record                           4-7

6                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

181-172                      Career Tiebreak Record                         52-45

1-2                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            1-2

 

  • 2014 Australian Open champion WAWRINKA has never lost in the 1st round here. This is his 12th Australian Open appearance and his 48th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • The last time Wawrinka lost in the 1st round at a Grand Slam was at 2014 Roland Garros, when as No. 3 seed he was defeated by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. He was the first reigning Australian Open champion to lose in the 1st round of the subsequent Roland Garros since Petr Korda in 1998.

 

  • Last year here as No. 4 seed, Wawrinka fell to Milos Raonic 64 63 57 46 63 in the round of 16.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Wawrinka has won 3 Grand Slam titles at 3 different majors. He also won 2015 Roland Garros and the 2016 US Open, defeating Djokovic in both finals. In Paris, he became the 2nd Swiss player – man or woman – in history to win Roland Garros. 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. He is one of 6 Grand Slam champions to start in the men’s draw here.

 

  • 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 has a 24-19 win-loss record in 5-set matches, but a 1-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

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

 

  • Lefthander KLIZAN is looking to record his first Grand Slam match-win since the 2015 US Open and end a 5-match losing streak at the majors.
  • Klizan is also looking to end a 9-match Tour level losing streak. He has not won a Tour-level match since defeating Enrique Lopez-Perez in the 1st round at 2016 Umag (l. Andrej Martin).
  • At the Grand Slams in 2016, Klizan fell in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Roberto Bautista Agut), at Roland Garros, where he retired with neck pain while trailing Taro Daniel 36 46 75 64 3-0, at Wimbledon (l. Mikhail Kukushkin) and at the US Open (l. Mikhail Youzhny). His last match-win at a major came at the 2015 US Open, when Florian Mayer retired from their 1st round match due to cramp.
  • Klizan’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the round of 16 at the 2012 US Open (l. Marin Cilic). He recorded his first win over a Top 10 player when he defeated No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2nd round.
  • Klizan’s best Australian Open performance is reaching the 3rd round as a lucky loser in 2014
    (l. Stephane Robert). This is his 5th straight Australian Open appearance and his 21st appearance at a major.
  • Klizan’s best results in 2016 were winning the titles at Rotterdam (d. Gael Monfils) and Hamburg (d. Pablo Cuevas). He also reached the semifinals at Sofia (l. Viktor Troicki). He missed 10 weeks of the year after retiring from his 1st round match at Indian Wells-1000 with a foot injury, returning at Roland Garros, and dropped to No. 51 in the rankings on 6 June – his lowest ranking since September 2014.
  • Prior to coming here, Klizan lost his opening match at Chennai (l. Aljaz Bedene) and retired with a foot injury while trailing Andrey Kuznetsov 26 61 3-0 in the 1st round at Sydney.
  • Klizan is bidding to end a 7-match losing streak against Top 10 opposition. He has not defeated a Top 10 player since defeating No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals at 2014 Beijing. He has a 3-13 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition overall.
  • Klizan was ranked 1 in the ITF Junior Rankings in 2007 and won the boys’ singles title at 2006 Roland Garros (d. Philip Bester). He contested the boys’ singles event here in 2007, losing in the 3rd round as top seed to eventual champion Brydan Klein.
  • Klizan is coached by Martin Hromec. His fitness coach is Ivan Trebaticky.

 

 

 5 KEI NISHIKORI (JPN) v ANDREY KUZNETSOV (RUS)

Head-to-head: Nishikori leads 2-1

2010     Eastbourne                   Grass (O)          R32      Kuznetsov         64 3-1 ret. (hip injury)

2016     Roland Garros             Clay (O)            R64      Nishikori          63 63 63

2016     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         R32      Nishikori          75 63 75

 

A 3rd Grand Slam meeting between the 2 players, who twice met at the majors last year. Nishikori has won both of their Grand Slam meetings – at Roland Garros and Wimbledon – in straight sets.

 

This is their first meeting on a hard court.

 

                         NISHIKORI                                      v                                    KUZNETSOV

 

27                                          Age                                          25

5                              ATP Ranking (9 Jan)                             48

11                                         Titles                                          0

60-28                      Career Grand Slam Record                      17-15

20-7                         Australian Open Record                          5-3

304-143                              Career Record                                66-77

214-100                        Career Record – Hard                           38-37

3-1                                   2017 Record                                   3-2

3-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              3-2

14-5                          Career Five-Set Record                           3-3

2                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

91-63                        Career Tiebreak Record                         27-27

1-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            0-0

 

  • This is NISHIKORI’S 8th Australian Open appearance and his 30th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Nishikori has lost in the 1st round at the Australian Open once before – on his debut here in 2009 (l. Jurgen Melzer).

 

  • Nishikori’s best result here is reaching the quarterfinals in 2012 (l. Andy Murray), 2015 (l. Stan Wawrinka) and 2016 (l. Novak Djokovic). He is the only Japanese man to reach the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park in the Open Era.

 

  • At the 2014 US Open, Nishikori became the first Asian male to contest a Grand Slam final after defeating three Top 10 players – Milos Raonic, Wawrinka and Djokovic – in consecutive matches before falling to Marin Cilic in the title match.

 

  • In Grand Slam play last year Nishikori reached the semifinals at the US Open (l. Wawrinka), the quarterfinals here and the round of 16 at both Roland Garros (l. Richard Gasquet) and Wimbledon, where he retired with a rib injury while trailing Cilic 61 5-1.

 

  • Nishikori’s best result in 2016 was winning his 4th straight title at Memphis (d. Taylor Fritz), joining Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic as the only active players to have won 4 consecutive titles at a single Tour-level event. He finished runner-up at 4 further tournaments at Miami-1000 (l. Djokovic), Barcelona (l. Nadal), Toronto-1000 (l. Djokovic) and Basel (l. Cilic). He also won singles bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Event after defeating Rafael Nadal in the 3rd place play-off.

 

  • Nishikori warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the final at Brisbane, where he fell to Grigor Dimitrov.

 

  • Nishikori is the highest-ranked Japanese man in ATP World Tour Rankings history (since 1973). He had the nickname ‘Project 45’ as a major goal was to get him to No. 45 in the rankings, which would be one spot better than the highest by any Japanese man (Shuzo Matsuoka).

 

  • Nishikori plays here seeded No. 5 – his joint-highest seeding at the Australian Open. He was also seeded No. 5 here in 2015.

 

  • Nishikori is coached by Dante Bottini and Michael Chang. Chang finished as runner-up at the 1996 Australian Open, losing in the final to Boris Becker.

 

  • KUZNETSOV is bidding to maintain his record of always reaching the 2nd round here.

 

  • Last year here, Kuznetsov recorded his best Grand Slam performance by reaching the round of 16
    (l. Gael Monfils). He was the first Russian man to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open since Nikolay Davydenko in 2010.

 

  • Kuznetsov is contesting his 4th Australian Open and his 16th Grand Slam overall. He reached the 2nd round on both of his other appearances here in 2013 (d. Juan Monaco, l. Kevin Anderson) and 2015
    (d. Albert Ramos-Vinolas, l. Novak Djokovic). He was ranked too low for direct entry here in 2014 and didn’t attempt to qualify.

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams last year, Kuznetsov reached the 3rd round at both Wimbledon (l. today’s opponent) and the US Open (l. Rafael Nadal), and the 2nd round at Roland Garros (l. today’s opponent).

 

  • Kuznetsov warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the semifinals at Sydney (l. Daniel Evans). He also played at Doha, where he fell to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 1st round.

 

  • As well as reaching the round of 16 here, Kuznetsov’s 2016 highlights include reaching 5 quarterfinals – at Doha (l. Nadal), Marseille (l. Marin Cilic), Barcelona (l. Philipp Kohlschreiber), Geneva (l. Lukas Rosol) and Winston-Salem (l. Pablo Carreno Busta). He climbed to a career-high ranking of No. 39 after reaching the quarterfinals at Barcelona and plays here at No. 48.

 

  • Kuznetsov is on a 3-match winning streak in 5-set matches, having not lost a 5-set match since falling to Dudi Sela at the 2013 US Open. He has never played a 5-set match at the Australian Open and has a 3-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Kuznetsov won the boys’ singles title at 2009 Wimbledon, defeating Jordan Cox 46 62 62 in the final. He won 6 singles titles and 4 doubles titles as a junior, reaching a career-high junior ranking of No. 3 in 2009.

 

  • Kuznetsov has won just one of his last 13 matches against Top 10 opposition, defeating No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in the 2nd round at 2016 Miami-1000. He has a 2-14 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition overall.

 

  • Kuznetsov has been coached by his father, Alexander, since 1997.

 

 

7 MARIN CILIC (CRO) v JERZY JANOWICZ (POL)

Head-to-head: Tied 1-1

2012     Paris-1000                     Hard (I)             R32      Janowicz           76(6) 62

2014     Davis Cup (EA1-2R)       Hard (I)             R4        Cilic                  36 67(5) 64 61 63

 

A 3rd hard court Tour-level meeting for the pair, but their first clash at a Grand Slam. Cilic recovered from 0-2 down to defeat the Pole in 5-sets in their most recent meeting – in Davis Cup in 2014.

 

Cilic has never lost to a player ranked as low as No. 278 Janowicz at Tour-level. The lowest-ranked player he has lost to at Tour-level is No. 221 Marius Copil at 2012 Beijing. The lowest-ranked player Cilic has lost to at a Grand Slam is No. 168 Thierry Ascione as a qualifier at 2007 Roland Garros.

 

                             CILIC                                          v                                      JANOWICZ

 

28                                          Age                                          26

7                              ATP Ranking (9 Jan)                             278

16                                         Titles                                          0

83-34                      Career Grand Slam Record                      21-16

19-8                         Australian Open Record                          6-4

391-211                              Career Record                                95-89

250-123                        Career Record – Hard                           64-56

0-1                                   2017 Record                                   0-0

0-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              0-0

24-12                         Career Five-Set Record                           7-5

4                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         2

144-128                      Career Tiebreak Record                         57-48

0-1                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            0-0

 

  • CILIC is making his 9th Australian Open appearance and his 37th at a Grand Slam

 

  • Cilic has lost in the 1st round at the Australian Open once before – on his debut here as a qualifier in 2007 (l. Ilija Bozoljac).

 

  • Cilic won his first major title at the 2014 US Open, defeating Kei Nishikori in the final. He was the first Croatian to win a Grand Slam title since Goran Ivanisevic at 2001 Wimbledon. He is one of the 6 Grand Slam champions to start in the men’s main draw here.

 

  • Cilic’s best Australian Open performance is reaching the semifinals as No. 14 seed here in 2010 (l. Andy Murray). He is the only Croatian man to reach the Australian Open semifinals in the history of the championships. He broke into the Top 10 for the first time as a result.

 

  • Cilic warmed up for the Australian Open at Chennai, where he fell to Jozef Kovalik in the 2nd round after receiving a 1st round bye.

 

  • In Grand Slam play in 2016, Cilic reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the 3rd straight year, falling to Roger Federer despite holding a 2-0 lead. He reached the 3rd round at both the Australian Open (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) and the US Open (l. Jack Sock), but fell in the 1st round at Roland Garros (l. Marco Trungelliti – his first loss in the 1st round at a major since 2011 Wimbledon.

 

  • Cilic’s best result in 2016 was winning his first Masters-1000 title at Cincinnati (d. Murray), where he extended his streak of winning at least one title every year since winning his first at 2008 New Haven. He also won the title at Basel (d. Nishikori) and finished runner-up at both Marseille (l. Nick Kyrgios) and Geneva (l. Stan Wawrinka). He reached 3 further semifinals at Queen’s, Tokyo and Paris-1000.

 

  • Cilic has lost 3 of his last 4 five-set matches, despite having won the first 2 sets in all 4 of those encounters. He has won 5 of his 7 five-set matches at Melbourne Park and has a 24-12 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Cilic compiled an 8-3 win-loss record in Davis Cup rubbers to help Croatia reach its 2nd Final in 2016. He was just a set away from clinching the title for Croatia in the fourth rubber, before Juan Martin del Potro recovered to win in 5 sets as Argentina went on to complete a 3-2 comeback victory in the Final in Zagreb. Croatia will host Spain in the Davis Cup World Group first round in Osijek on 3-5 February.

 

  • Cilic is coached by Jonas Bjorkman, who reached the singles quarterfinals here in 1998 and 2002 and won the doubles title in 1998, 1999 and 2001.

 

  • JANOWICZ is bidding to record his first Grand Slam match-win since 2015 Roland Garros and end a 5-match losing streak at the majors.

 

  • Janowicz is looking to record his first Tour-level match-win since reaching the 2nd round at 2015 Vienna (d. Dominic Thiem, l. Steve Johnson). He missed 6 months of the 2016 season with a knee injury and played just 3 Tour-level events last year, falling in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. John Isner), the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Event (l. Gilles Muller) and at the US Open (l. Novak Djokovic).

 

  • Janowicz played mainly on the Challenger circuit in 2016, taking part in 6 Challenger tournaments. His best results were winning the title at the Genova Challenger (ITA) (d. Nicolas Almagro) and reaching the quarterfinals at the Meerbusch Challenger (GER) (l. Clement Geens) – the only occasions in which he recorded back-to-back match-wins at any level in 2016.

 

  • Janowicz is a former Top 20 player, having reached a career-high ranking of No. 14 in August 2013. He dropped to No. 282 in the rankings in December 2016 – his lowest position since June 2010. He plays here at No. 278, but using a protected ranking of No. 94.

 

  • Janowicz’s best Australian Open performance is reaching the 3rd round – on his Australian Open debut in 2013 (l. Almagro), in 2014 (l. Florian Mayer) and in 2015 (l. Feliciano Lopez). This is his 5th straight Australian Open appearance and his 17th Grand Slam appearance overall.

 

  • Janowicz’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the semifinals as No. 24 seed at 2013 Wimbledon
    (l. Andy Murray). He was the first Polish man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal.

 

  • Prior to coming here, Janowicz fell in the 2nd round of qualifying for Auckland (d. Krisjanis Stabins, l. Michael Mmoh). He also played at the Kooyong Classic Exhibition Event – defeating Yoshihito Nishioka 76 76 and Tommy Haas 57 64 10-4.

 

  • Janowicz is bidding to defeat a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam for the first time. He has a 5-14 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition at Tour-level, with his last win over a Top 10 player coming against No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov at 2014 Cincinnati-1000.

 

  • Janowicz is currently playing without a coach.

 

 

 

 10 TOMAS BERDYCH v (Q) LUCA VANNI (ITA)

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

The last time Berdych lost to a player ranked as low as No. 160 today’s opponent at Tour-level was at 2009 Rotterdam when he fell to No. 478 Grigor Dimitrov. The lowest-ranked player Berdych has lost to at a Grand Slam is No. 140 Stephane Robert in the 1st round at 2011 Roland Garros.

BERDYCH                                      v                                         VANNI

 

31                                          Age                                          31

10                             ATP Ranking (9 Jan)                             160

13                                         Titles                                          0

130-52                     Career Grand Slam Record                        0-2

38-13                        Australian Open Record                          0-0

584-304                              Career Record                                 5-14

364-193                        Career Record – Hard                            1-6

3-1                                   2017 Record                                   0-0

3-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              0-0

20-8                          Career Five-Set Record                           0-0

2                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

201-165                      Career Tiebreak Record                          7-6

2-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            0-0

 

  • BERDYCH is bidding to reach the 2nd round at the Australian Open for the 12th straight year. He has lost in the 1st round here just once before, in 2005 (l. Guillermo Coria).

 

  • Last year here Berdych reached the quarterfinals for the 6th consecutive year, falling to Roger Federer 76(4) 62 64.

 

  • Berdych’s best Australian Open performance is reaching the semifinals in 2014 (l. Stan Wawrinka) and 2015 (l. Andy Murray). By reaching the semifinals here in 2014, he became the 2nd Czech man in the Open Era after Ivan Lendl to complete a set of Grand Slam semifinal appearances.

 

  • Berdych’s best result at a major is finishing runner-up at 2010 Wimbledon. He defeated Federer in the quarterfinals and Novak Djokovic in the semifinals before losing to Rafael Nadal in the final.

 

  • Berdych warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the semfinals at Doha (l. Murray).

 

  • Berdych’s best result in 2016 was winning his 13th career title at Shenzhen (d. Richard Gasquet). 9 of his 13 titles have come on a hard court. He also reached the semifinals at Doha (l. Djokovic), Marseille (l. Nick Kyrgios), Wimbledon (l. Murray) and St. Petersburg (l. Alexander Zverev) and 7 further quarterfinals.

 

  • In Grand Slam play in 2016 Berdych reached the semifinals at Wimbledon and the quarterfinals at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros (l. Djokovic). He missed the US Open with appendicitis, ending his run of 52 consecutive Grand Slam appearances.

 

  • This is Berdych’s 14th consecutive Australian Open appearance and his 53rd Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Berdych dropped to No. 11 in the rankings on 31 October 2016 – the first time he had been out of the Top 10 since June 2010. He has been seeded at every Grand Slam event he has played since the 2005 US Open and plays here – ranked and seeded – at No. 10.

 

  • Berdych started working with Goran Ivanisevic in August 2016. He is also coached by Luka Kutanjac.

 

  • VANNI is bidding to record his first Grand Slam match-win on his Australian Open debut.

 

  • Vanni came through qualifying here after defeating Federico Gaio (ITA) 57 62 63, Alexander Sarkissian (USA) 36 63 62 and Jan Satral (CZE) 46 64 64.

 

  • Vanni is making his 3rd Grand Slam appearance. He fell in the 1st round on his Grand Slam debut as a qualifier at 2015 Roland Garros (l. Bernard Tomic) and as a lucky loser at 2015 Wimbledon (l. James Ward).

 

  • Vanni lost in the 1st round of qualifying at all 4 Grand Slam events in 2016, falling to Daniel Evans at the Australian Open, Daniel Gimeno-Traver at Roland Garros, Grega Zemlja at Wimbledon and Alejandro Gonzalez at the US Open. He has failed to qualify on 7 of his 10 attempts to qualify for the majors – including at the Australian Open in 2015 (l. Maxime Authom) and 2016.

 

  • Vanni plays predominantly on the Challenger circuit. He won 3 Challenger titles in 2016 – at Segovia (ESP) (d. Illya Marchenko), Brescia (ITA) (d. Laurynas Grigelis) and Andria (ITA) (d. Matteo Berrettini).

 

  • Vanni is bidding to end a 5-match Tour-level losing streak and record his first Tour-level match-win since reaching the 2nd round at 2016 Chennai (d. Jan-Lennard Struff, l. Aljaz Bedene).
  • Vanni’s career-best result is reaching his first Tour-level final as a qualifier at 2015 Sao Paulo (l. Pablo Cuevas). He has recorded a Tour-level match win at just 2 other events – reaching the 2nd round at both 2015 Madrid-1000 (d. Bernard Tomic, l. Simone Bolelli) and 2016 Chennai.

 

  • Vanni reached a career-high ranking of No. 100 in May 2015 after reaching the 2nd round at Madrid-1000. He plays here at No. 160.

 

  • Prior to coming here, Vanni fell in the 1st round of qualifying at both Doha (l. Nikoloz Basilashvili) and Sydney (l. Gastao Elias).

 

  • Vanni is coached by Fabio Gorietti. His physical trainer is Gianfranco Palini.

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 JO-WILFRIED TSONGA (FRA) v THIAGO MONTEIRO (BRA)

Head-to-head: Monteiro leads 1-0

2016     Rio de Janeiro   Clay (O)            R32      Monteiro           63 36 64

 

Monteiro upset Tsonga in 3 sets in the pair’s only previous meeting, on clay in Rio de Janeiro last year.

 

                          TSONGA                                       v                                      MONTEIRO

 

31                                          Age                                          22

12                             ATP Ranking (9 Jan)                             83

12                                         Titles                                          0

108-35                     Career Grand Slam Record                        0-0

30-9                         Australian Open Record                          0-0

390-181                              Career Record                                  6-9

260-117                        Career Record – Hard                            0-5

2-1                                   2017 Record                                   0-2

2-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              0-2

15-9                          Career Five-Set Record                           0-0

4                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

182-133                      Career Tiebreak Record                          1-3

0-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            0-0

 

  • TSONGA is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 9th time. This is his 10th appearance at Melbourne Park and his 36th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • If he wins today, Tsonga will move ahead of Jean Borotra at the top of the list for most Grand Slam match-wins by a Frenchman. He is currently tied in first place with Borotra (108-23), with a 108-35 win-loss record at the majors.
  • Tsonga has lost in the 1st round here just once before, on his Australian Open debut as a wild card in 2007. He lost in 4 sets to Andy Roddick, in a match that included the longest tiebreak in Australian Open history, with Roddick winning the first set tiebreak 20-18.
  • 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, Richard Gasquet and Rafael Nadal) en route to the final.

 

  • 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 for the 7th time, losing in straight sets to Kei Nishikori.
  • 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 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 and Nicolas Escude.
  • Lefthander MONTEIRO is making his Grand Slam debut today.
  • At the Grand Slams in 2016, Monteiro lost in the 1st round of qualifying at Roland Garros (l. Ruben Bemelmans), Wimbledon (l. Julian Reister) and at the US Open (l. Daniel Brands) – the first occasions in which he had attempted to qualify for each major. He was ranked too low to enter qualifying for the Australian Open last year.
  • Prior to coming here, Monteiro lost to Daniil Medvedev in the 1st round at Chennai before falling to Daniel Evans in the 1st round as a qualifier at Sydney.
  • Monteiro’s best results in 2016 include reaching his first Tour-level quarterfinals – as a wild card at Sao Paolo (l. Pablo Cuevas) and as a qualifier at Gstaad (l. Robin Haase). He also won his first Challenger title at Aix En Provence (FRA) (d. Carlos Berlocq) and reached further Challenger finals at Lyon (FRA) (l. Steve Darcis) and Santos (BRA) (l. Renzo Olivo).
  • Monteiro broke into the Top 100 on 15 August 2016 and reached a career-high No. 80 in October after reaching the semifinals at the Santiago Challenger (CHI). He climbed over 300 places in the rankings during the previous 8 months, having started 2016 ranked No. 463. He plays here at No. 83
  • Monteiro has a 1-1 win-loss record against Top 20 opposition. He defeated No. 9 today’s opponent in the 1st round at 2016 Rio de Janeiro but lost to No. 14 David Goffin in the opening rubber during Brazil’s Davis Cup World Group play-off defeat to Belgium last September.
  • Monteiro made his Davis Cup debut in September 2016, losing in straight sets to Goffin as Belgium defeated Brazil 4-0. Brazil will play the winner of the Americas Zone Group I first round tie between Ecuador and Peru in their next Davis Cup tie on 7-9 April.
  • Monteiro is coached by Carlos Matos and Joao Zwetsch.

 

 

 

14 NICK KYRGIOS (AUS) v GASTAO ELIAS (POR)

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

                          KYRGIOS                                       v                                          ELIAS

 

21                                          Age                                          26

14                             ATP Ranking (9 Jan)                             81

3                                          Titles                                          0

25-14                      Career Grand Slam Record                        0-5

7-3                          Australian Open Record                          0-0

75-45                                Career Record                                22-38

43-25                          Career Record – Hard                            4-17

0-0                                   2017 Record                                   1-2

0-0                              2017 Record – Hard                              1-2

4-1                           Career Five-Set Record                           0-4

2                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

52-38                        Career Tiebreak Record                         10-11

0-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            2-1

 

  • KYRGIOS is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 4th straight year. This is his 4th Australian Open appearance and his 15th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Last year here Kyrgios reached the 3rd round, falling to Tomas Berdych. Elsewhere at the majors in 2016, he reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon (l. Andy Murray) and the 3rd round at both Roland Garros
    (l. Richard Gasquet) and the US Open, where he retired with a right hip injury while trailing Illya Marchenko 46 64 61.

 

  • At the 2015 Australian Open aged 19 years 280 days, Kyrgios equalled his best Grand Slam result by reaching the quarterfinals (l. Murray). He became the youngest man to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals since Andrei Cherkasov in 1990. He was the first Australian to reach the last 8 at the Australian Open since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005 and only the 3rd Australian man to reach the quarterfinals here as a teenager after Brad Drewett and Pat Cash.
  • Kyrgios also reached the quarterfinals at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Milos Raonic). Ranked No. 144, he defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 to become the lowest-ranked player to defeat a world No. 1 at a Grand Slam since No. 193 Andrei Olhovskiy defeated Jim Courier in the 3rd round at 1992 Wimbledon.

 

  • Kyrgios won his first 3 career titles in 2016 – winning at Marseille (d. Marin Cilic), Atlanta (d. John Isner) and Tokyo (d. David Goffin) to become the first Australian to win 3 or more titles in a year since Lleyton Hewitt in 2004. He reached 3 further semifinals – at Dubai, Miami-1000 and Estoril – and climbed to a career-high ranking of No. 13 on 24 October. He plays here at No. 14.

 

  • Prior to coming here, Kyrgios played at the Hopman Cup, where he defeated Feliciano Lopez 63 64 and Adam Pavlasek 75 64 before falling to Jack Sock 62 62.

 

  • Kyrgios is one of 7 former Australian Open junior singles champions to start in the men’s main draw. Kyrgios won the junior title in 2013, defeating compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis in the final.

 

  • Kyrgios was ranked No. 1 in the Junior rankings in January 2013 after winning the title at the Junior Australian Open. He also won the boys’ doubles title with Kokkinakis at 2013 Wimbledon.

 

  • Kyrgios is one of 11 Australian men to start this year’s Australian Open main draw – the most since 2003 when there were also 11. The last Australian man to win the title here was Mark Edmondson in 1976.

 

  • Kyrgios has played Davis Cup for Australia since 2013. Australia will play Czech Republic in the World Group first round at Kooyong on 3-5 February.
  • Kyrgios is currently without a coach. His fitness trainers are Will Maher and Matt James.

 

  • ELIAS is bidding to record his first Grand Slam match-win on his Australian Open debut.
  • This is Elias’ 6th Grand Slam appearance. He lost in the 1st round on all 5 of his previous appearances at the majors – at Wimbledon in 2013 (l. Alexandr Dolgopolov) and 2016 (l. Radu Albot), as a qualifier at Roland Garros in both 2014 (l. Diego Schwartzman) and 2015 (l. Benoit Paire) and as a direct acceptance at the 2016 US Open (l. Sergiy Stakhovsky).
  • Last year here Elias fell to Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the 1st round of qualifying. He also fell in the 1st round on his only other attempt to qualify for the Australian Open in 2015 (l. Peter Torebko).
  • Elias’ 2016 highlights include reaching back-to-back semifinals at Bastad (l. Fernando Verdasco) and Umag (l. Fabio Fognini). He also reached the quarterfinals as a qualifier at Sao Paulo and as a direct acceptance at Stockholm.
  • Elias warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the 2nd round as a qualifier at Sydney
    (d. Christopher O’Connell, l. Dominic Thiem) after a 1st round loss to Jozef Kovalik at Chennai.
  • Elias’ best surface is clay. He has a 16-19 Tour-level win-loss record on clay, compared with 4-17 on hard courts and 0-2 on grass.
  • Elias is bidding to record his 3rd career win over a Top 20 opponent. His career-best win came against No. 7 Gael Monfils at 2016 Stockholm. He has a 2-5 career-win loss record against Top 20 opposition overall.
  • Elias has never won a 5-set match. He has lost all 4 of the 5-set matches he has contested.
  • Elias was a member of the International 18 & under Junior team to Europe 2007, supported by the Grand Slam Development Fund.
  • Elias is coached by Fabian Blengino. His physical trainer is Cassiano Costa.

 

 

17 ROGER FEDERER (SUI) v (Q) JURGEN MELZER (AUT)

Head-to-head: Federer leads 3-1

2010     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         R16      Federer            63 62 63

2010     US Open                      Hard (O)           R16      Federer            63 76(4) 63

2010     Paris-1000                     Hard (I)             QF        Federer             61 76(4)

2011     Monte Carlo-1000          Clay (O)            QF        Melzer               64 64

 

A 5th career meeting between the 2 players, who grew up in juniors together, and their 3rd at a Grand Slam. This is their first meeting in almost 6 years, with Melzer defeating Federer for the first time in their most recent meeting at 2011 Monte Carlo-1000.

 

Federer has won both of their Grand Slam meetings – and both of their hard court meetings – in straight sets.

 

Federer has never lost to a player ranked as low as today’s opponent. The lowest-ranked player he has lost to at Tour-level is No. 249 Sergio Bruguera at 2000 Barcelona. The lowest-ranked player he has lost to at a Grand Slam is No. 154 Mario Ancic at 2002 Wimbledon and the lowest-ranked player he has lost to at the Australian Open is No. 54 Arnaud Clement on his debut here in 2000.

 

FEDERER                                       v                                        MELZER

 

35                                          Age                                          35

17                             ATP Ranking (9 Jan)                             296

88                                         Titles                                          5

307-51                     Career Grand Slam Record                      59-52

80-13                        Australian Open Record                        14-12

1080-245                             Career Record                              348-332

664-135                        Career Record – Hard                         178-171

0-0                                   2017 Record                                   0-0

0-0                              2017 Record – Hard                              0-0

24-20                         Career Five-Set Record                         17-19

10                        Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         2

395-215                      Career Tiebreak Record                       146-157

0-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            0-0

 

  • FEDERER is bidding 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).

 

  • Last year here Federer reached his 12th Australian Open semifinal, taking sole occupancy of 2nd place on the Open Era list for the most semifinals reached at any one Grand Slam event after Jimmy Connors (who reached 14 semifinals at the US Open). Aged 34 years 176 days, he was the oldest man to reach the semifinals here since 35-year-old Colin Dibley in 1979.

 

  • 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. Milos Raonic). He also reached back-to-back semifinals at Stuttgart (l. Dominic Thiem) and Halle (l. 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.

 

  • Federer has never lost in the 1st round here in his 17 previous appearances; the last time he fell at this stage of a Grand Slam was as No. 5 seed at 2003 Roland Garros (l. Luis Horna).

 

  • 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. Andy 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). He is one of 6 Grand Slam champions to start in this year’s men’s singles main draw.

 

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

 

  • Qualifier MELZER is bidding to record his first Grand Slam match-win since the 2015 US Open and reach the 2nd round here for the 9th time.

 

  • Melzer is bidding to record his first Tour-level match-win since he reached the 2nd round as a wild card at 2016 Vienna (d. Roberto Bautista Agut, l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas).

 

  • Melzer came through qualifying after defeating Joris De Loore (BEL) 62 36 63, No. 13 seed Taro Daniel (JPN) 63 62 and No. 20 seed Rajeev Ram (USA) 62 36 63 in the 3 rounds of qualifying.

 

  • This is Melzer’s 13th Australian Open appearance and his 53rd Grand Slam overall. His best result at Melbourne Park is reaching the round of 16 in 2011 (l. Andy Murray).

 

  • Melzer’s best Grand Slam result is a semifinal finish at 2010 Roland Garros. He upset No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic 36 26 62 76 64 in the quarterfinals for his first-ever comeback from 0-2 down, before losing to Rafael Nadal 62 63 76 in the semifinals.

 

  • Melzer underwent left shoulder surgery on 27 November 2015 and did not play between September 2015 and May 2016, returning in qualifying at the Poprad-Tatry Challenger (SVK). He dropped as low as No. 550 in the rankings on 19 September 2016 – his lowest position since he first earned a professional ranking in December 1999. Melzer is a former world No. 8 but plays here ranked No. 296.

 

  • Melzer played just 4 Tour-level events in 2016. His best result was reaching the quarterfinals as a wild card at Kitzbuhel – ending a run of 10 straight defeats against Top 20 opponents with victory over Dominic Thiem, before losing to his brother Gerald Melzer. He reached the 2nd round as a wild card at Vienna and defeated Illya Marchenko in 5-sets during Austria’s 3-2 Davis Cup defeat to Ukraine, but fell in the 1st round as a qualifier at Moscow (l. Pablo Carreno Busta). He also reached Challenger quarterfinals at Mons (BEL) and as a wild card at Eckental (GER).

 

  • Melzer missed 3 of the 4 Grand Slams in 2016 but did attempt to qualify at the US Open, where he defeated Tennys Sandgren (USA) but fell to Guido Andreozzi (ARG) in the 2nd round of qualifying.

 

  • Melzer warmed up for the Australian Open by attempting to qualify at Chennai. He defeated Steven Diez (CAN) but fell to Hyeon Chung in the 2nd round of qualifying.

 

  • Melzer is coached by Markus Hipfl, who reached the 2nd round at the Australian Open in 2002.

 

27 BERNARD TOMIC (AUS) v THOMAZ BELLUCCI (BRA)

Head-to-head: Bellucci leads 2-1

2012     Stuttgart                       Clay (O)            R16      Bellucci             76(6) 63

2013     Indian Wells-1000          Hard (O)           R128     Tomic               64 63

2016     Shenzhen                      Hard (O)           QF        Bellucci             62 62

 

A 4th career meeting for the pair but their first at a Grand Slam. The pair have split their 2 meetings on a hard court.

 

                            TOMIC                                         v                                      BELLUCCI

 

24                                          Age                                          29

27                             ATP Ranking (9 Jan)                             62

3                                          Titles                                          4

37-27                      Career Grand Slam Record                      22-31

15-8                         Australian Open Record                          5-8

159-140                              Career Record                              185-192

114-87                         Career Record – Hard                           65-98

0-1                                   2017 Record                                   0-1

0-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              0-1

8-3                           Career Five-Set Record                           8-7

2                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         2

92-78                        Career Tiebreak Record                         94-87

0-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            0-1

 

 

  • TOMIC is bidding to reach the 2nd round at the Australian Open for the 8th time. This is his 9th consecutive appearance at the Australian Open and his 29th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Tomic’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals as a qualifier at 2011 Wimbledon (l. Novak Djokovic). He was the youngest man since Boris Becker in 1986 to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

 

  • Last year here, Tomic equalled his best Australian Open performance by reaching the round of 16
    (l. Andy Murray). He also reached the round of 16 here in 2012 (l. Roger Federer) and 2015 (l. Tomas Berdych).

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2016, Tomic reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon (l. Lucas Pouille) and the 2nd round at Roland Garros (l. Borna Coric), but fell in the 1st round at the US Open (l. Damir Dzumhur). He played just 5 matches after the US Open for the rest of the year after struggling with an ongoing abdominal strain.

 

  • Also in 2016, Tomic finished runner-up at Acapulco (l. Dominic Thiem) and the semifinals at Brisbane and Queen’s, losing to Milos Raonic on both occasions. He reached 5 further quarterfinals at Sydney, Quito, ’s-Hertogenbosch, Cincinnati-1000 and Shenzhen.

 

  • Tomic reached a career-high ranking of No. 17 after reaching the semifinals at 2016 Brisbane. He plays here at No. 27.

 

  • Tomic has won 3 career titles, all of which have come on a hard court – at 2013 Sydney (d. Kevin Anderson) and at Bogota in 2014 (d. Ivo Karlovic) and 2015 (d. Adrian Mannarino).

 

  • Tomic warmed up for the Australian Open at Brisbane where he fell to David Ferrer in the 1st round. He also played at the Sydney Fast4 Exhibition Event, where he defeated Dominic Thiem in the shortened format, and at the Kooyong Exhibition event, falling to David Goffin 62 64 and Gilles Simon 63 in a single set match.

 

  • Tomic is one of 11 Australian men to start this year’s Australian Open main draw – the most since 2003 when there were also 11. He is looking to become the first native champion to win the Australian Open men’s singles title since Mark Edmondson in 1976.

 

  • Tomic is one of 7 former junior Australian Open champions in the draw. He won the 2008 Australian Open boys’ title aged 15 years 3 months, defeating Yang Tsung-Hua in the final. He was the youngest winner of the title since Ken Rosewall in 1950. He also won the 2009 US Open boys’ singles title (d. Chase Buchanan). Stefan Edberg is the only player to have won both the junior and senior title here in the Open Era. He captured the boys’ singles title in 1983, before winning the men’s singles in 1985 and 1987.

 

  • Tomic has played Davis Cup for Australia since 2010. Australia will play Czech Republic in the World Group first round at Kooyong on 3-5 February.

 

  • Tomic is coached by his father John.

 

  • Lefthander BELLUCCI is bidding to reach the 2nd round and equal his best Australian Open result.
  • Bellucci’s best Australian Open performance is reaching the 2nd round in 2010 (l. Andy Roddick), 2011
    (l. Jan Hernych), 2012 (l. Gael Monfils), as a qualifier in 2014 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) and as a direct acceptance in 2016 (l. Steve Johnson). This is his 9th consecutive appearance at Melbourne Park and his 32nd Grand Slam overall.
  • Bellucci’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the round of 16 as No. 24 seed at 2010 Roland Garros
    (l. Rafael Nadal). He was the first Brazilian to reach that stage of a major since Gustavo Kuerten at 2004 Roland Garros.
  • At the Grand Slams in 2016, Bellucci reached the 2nd round at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon
    (l. Sam Querrey), but fell in the 1st round at both Roland Garros (l. Richard Gasquet) and the US Open
    (l. Andrey Kuznetsov).
  • Bellucci’s best result in 2016 was reaching the final at Quito (l. Victor Estrella Burgos) and the semifinals at Shenzhen (l. Tomas Berdych). He also reached the quarterfinals at both Moscow (l. Philipp Kohlschreiber) and at the Olympic Tennis Event in Rio de Janeiro (l. Nadal).
  • Prior to coming here, Bellucci lost to Nicolas Mahut in the 1st round at Sydney.
  • Bellucci is a former Top 30 player, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 21 in July 2010. He has won 4 Tour-level titles, all of which have come on clay, at Gstaad in 2009 (d. Andreas Beck) and 2012 (d. Janko Tipsarevic), at 2010 Santiago (d. Juan Monaco) and at 2015 Geneva (d. Joao Sousa). Clay is the only surface on which he has a positive win-loss record.
  • Bellucci has played Davis Cup for Brazil since 2007, compiling a 19-15 singles win-loss record. Brazil will play the winner of the Americas Zone Group I first round tie between Ecuador and Peru in their next Davis Cup tie on 7-9 April.
  • Bellucci was a member of the ITF International Junior Touring Team in 2004, supported by the Grand Slam Development Fund.
  • Bellucci is coached by Joao Zwestch.

 

**** All statistics courtesy of the Grand Slam Media Team at the Australian Open and the International Tennis Federation.

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