July 29, 2015

Novak Djokovic Versus Roger Federer: Tale of the Tape

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(July 10, 2015) Here is a look at the head-to-head record between 2015 Wimbledon finalists world No 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Roger Federer who will play the final on Sunday:

Head-to-head: Federer leads 20-19

2006     AMS Monte Carlo          Clay (O)           R64      Federer            63 26 63

2006     Davis Cup WG-PO        Hard (I)            R4        Federer            63 62 63

2007     Australian Open          Hard (O)          R16      Federer            62 75 63

2007     Dubai                           Hard (O)           QF       Federer            63 67(6) 63

2007     AMS Montreal               Hard (O)           FR        Djokovic           76(2) 26 76(2)

2007     US Open                      Hard (O)          FR        Federer            76(4) 76(2) 64

2008     Australian Open          Hard (O)          SF        Djokovic          75 63 76(5)

2008     AMS Monte Carlo          Clay (O)           SF        Federer            63 3-2 ret. (illness)

2008     US Open                      Hard (O)          SF        Federer            63 57 75 62

2009     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           SF        Djokovic           36 62 63

2009     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)           SF        Djokovic           46 63 63

2009     Cincinnati-1000             Hard (O)           FR        Federer            61 75

2009     US Open                      Hard (O)          SF        Federer            76(3) 75 75

2009     Basel                            Hard (I)            FR        Djokovic           64 46 62

2010     Toronto-1000                Hard (O)           SF        Federer            61 36 75

2010     US Open                      Hard (O)          SF        Djokovic          57 61 57 62 75

2010     Shanghai                      Hard (O)           SF        Federer            75 64

2010     Basel                            Hard (I)            FR        Federer            64 36 61

2010     ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I)            SF        Federer            61 64

2011     Australian Open           Hard (O)         SF       Djokovic           76(3) 75 64

2011     Dubai                           Hard (O)           FR                   Djokovic         63 63

2011   Indian Wells-1000         Hard (O)          SF       Djokovic                      63 36 62

2011     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           SF        Federer            76(5) 63 36 76(5)

2011     US Open                      Hard (O)          SF        Djokovic          67(7) 46 63 62 75

2012     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)           SF        Djokovic           62 76(4)

2012     Roland Garros             Clay(O)                        SF        Djokovic          64 75 63

2012     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         SF        Federer            63 36 64 63

2012     Cincinnati-1000             Hard (O)           FR        Federer             60 76(7)

2012     ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I)            FR        Djokovic           76(6) 75

2013     Paris-1000                    Hard (I)            SF        Djokovic           46 63 62

2013     ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I)            RR       Djokovic           64 67(2) 62

2014     Dubai                           Hard (O)           SF        Federer            36 63 62

2014     Indian Wells-1000         Hard (O)           FR        Djokovic           36 63 76(3)

2014     Monte Carlo-1000         Clay (O)           SF        Federer            75 62

2014     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         FR        Djokovic          67(7) 64 76(4) 57 64

2014     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           SF        Federer            64 64

2014     ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I)            FR        Djokovic           w/o (back)

2015     Dubai                           Hard (O)           FR        Federer            63 75

2015     Indian Wells-1000         Hard (O)           FR        Djokovic           63 67(5) 62

2015     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)           FR        Djokovic           64 63

 

This is the 40th meeting between Djokovic and Federer. This is the 2nd-most matches played in a head-to-head at Tour-level in the Open Era:

 

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal 42
Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic 40
Ivan Lendl v John McEnroe 36
Boris Becker v Stefan EdbergJimmy Connors v Ivan Lendl

Jimmy Connors v John McEnroe

3535
35
Andre Agassi v Pete Sampras 34

 

This is Djokovic and Federer’s 13th Grand Slam encounter which equals the record for most meetings at the majors:

 

  No. of GS match-ups Win-loss
Novak Djokovic v Roger FedererNovak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal 1313 Tied 6-6Nadal leads 9-4
Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal 11 Nadal leads 9-2
Ivan Lendl v John McEnroe 10 Lendl leads 7-3

 

This is the 3rd Grand Slam final meeting between Djokovic and Federer, and the 2nd consecutive Wimbledon final. They have split their previous meetings at this stage of a major. Federer won in straight sets at the 2007 US Open, and Djokovic won in 5 sets here last year. This is also just their 3rd grass court meeting. Federer won their first grass court match in the semifinals at 2012 Wimbledon.

 

This is their 15th meeting in a Tour-level final overall. Djokovic has won 9 of their previous meetings in Tour-level finals, including most recently at 2015 Rome-1000.

 

Federer and Djokovic are both former Wimbledon champions. Five former Wimbledon champions started the event here – 2013 champion Murray lost in the semifinals, 2-time champion Nadal lost in the 2nd round, 2002 winner Lleyton Hewitt lost in the 1st round in his final Wimbledon appearance.

 

DJOKOVIC                                      v                                      FEDERER

 

28                                           Age                                          33

6’2”/1.88m                                  Height                                  6’1”/1.85m

1                                    ATP Ranking                                    2

79,387,657                     Career Earnings (US$)                     90,936,289

53                                         Titles                                         86

199-34                     Career Grand Slam Record                     291-47

8 titles                       Best Grand Slam Result                      17 titles

51-8                             Wimbledon Record                             79-9

651-143                              Career Record                             1036-233

66-15                         Career Record – Grass                        142-19

47-3                                  2015 Record                                  40-6

6-0                             2015 Record – Grass                            11-0

25-8                          Career Five-Set Record                        23-19

4                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         9

180-108                       Career Tiebreak Record                      381-206

9-7                            2015 Tiebreak Record                           12-9

 

 

 

Road to the final

DJOKOVIC Time Time FEDERER
d. Philipp Kohlschreiber 64 64 64d. Jarkko Nieminen 64 62 63 2:031:32 1st round2nd round 1:331:34 d. Damir Dzumhur 61 63 63d. Sam Querrey 64 62 62
d. No. 27 Bernard Tomic 63 63 63 1:32 3rd round 1:21 d. Sam Groth 64 64 67(5) 62
d. No. 14 Kevin Anderson 67(6) 67(6) 61 64 75
d. No. 9 Marin Cilic 64 64 64d. No. 21 Richard Gasquet 76(2) 64 64
3:47
1:492:21
Round of 16Quarterfinals

Semifinals

1:342:33

2:07

d. No. 20 Roberto Bautista Agut 62 62 63d. No. 12 Gilles Simon 63 75 62

d. No. 3 Andy Murray 75 75 64

total time on court 13:04 (IBM time) 9:58 total time on court

 

  • Top seed and defending Wimbledon champion DJOKOVIC is bidding to win his 3rd Wimbledon title and equal his coach Boris Becker, who won the title here in 1985-86 and 1989. Just 5 men in the Open Era have won 3 or more Wimbledon titles:


Most Wimbledon men’s singles titles in the Open Era

1= Roger Federer
Pete Sampras
7
7
3. Bjorn Borg 5
4= Boris Becker
John McEnroe
3
3
6= Jimmy Connors
Stefan Edberg
Novak Djokovic
Rod Laver
Rafael Nadal
John Newcombe
2
2
2
2
2
2

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to win his 9th Grand Slam title and take sole ownership of 8th place on the all-time list for most major titles. He has won titles at the Australian Open in 2008 (d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), 2011 (d. Andy Murray), 2012
    (d. Nadal), 2013 (d. Murray) and 2015 (d. Murray); at Wimbledon in 2011 (d. Nadal) and 2014 (d. Federer); and at the 2011 US Open (d. Nadal).

 

All-time Grand Slam men’s singles titles

1. 17 Roger Federer
2= 14 Rafael Nadal
Pete Sampras
4. 12 Roy Emerson
5= 11 Bjorn BorgRod Laver
7. 10 Bill Tilden
8= 8 Andre AgassiJimmy Connors

Novak Djokovic

Ivan Lendl

Fred Perry

Ken Rosewall

 

  • If Djokovic wins his 9th Grand Slam title at 2015 Wimbledon he will be the oldest player to win 9 titles at the Grand Slams in the Open Era:

 

Player Age on winning 9th Grand Slam title Grand Slam event
Bjorn Borg 24 years 2 days 1980 Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal 24 years 101 days 2010 US Open
Roger Federer 25 years 33 days 2006 US Open
Pete Sampras 25 years 167 days 1997 Australian Open
Novak Djokovic?? 28 years 51 days?? 2015 Wimbledon??

 

  • Djokovic has an 8-8 win-loss record in his 16 previous Grand Slam finals and a 2-1 win-loss record in Wimbledon finals. His only loss in a Wimbledon final came against Andy Murray:

                                          

                                             Djokovic’s record in Grand Slam finals

Grand Slam Final Result
2007 US Open l. Roger Federer 76(4) 76(2) 64
2008 Australian Open d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 46 64 63 76(2)
2010 US Open l. Rafael Nadal 64 57 64 62
2011 Australian Open d. Andy Murray 64 62 63
2011 Wimbledon d. Rafael Nadal 64 61 16 63
2011 US Open d. Rafael Nadal 62 64 67(3) 61
2012 Australian Open d. Rafael Nadal 57 64 62 67(5) 75
2012 Roland Garros l. Rafael Nadal 64 63 26 75
2012 US Open l. Andy Murray 76(10) 75 26 36 62
2013 Australian Open d. Andy Murray 67(2) 76(3) 63 62
2013 Wimbledon l. Andy Murray 64 75 64
2013 US Open l. Rafael Nadal 62 36 64 61
2014 Roland Garros l. Rafael Nadal 36 75 62 64
2014 Wimbledon d. Roger Federer 67(7) 64 76(4) 57 64
2015 Australian Open d. Andy Murray 76(5) 67(4) 63 60
2015 Roland Garros l. Stan Wawrinka 46 64 64 64
2015 Wimbledon v. Roger Federer

 

  • Djokovic is looking to become just the 7th man to win 200 Grand Slam matches in history. He overtook Rafael Nadal at this year’s Wimbledon and goes into this year’s final with a 199-34 win-loss record. The leading all-time performers are as follows:

 

Most Grand Slam match-wins (all-time)

Rank Player Win-loss
12 Roger FedererJimmy Connors 291-47233-49
3 Andre Agassi 224-53
45 Ivan LendlRoy Emerson 222-49217-48
67

8

Pete SamprasNovak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal

203-38199-34

196-28

910 Stefan EdbergKen Rosewall 178-47171-34

Note: active players in bold

 

  • Djokovic is through to his 4th final here and has moved into joint-8th place with Goran Ivanisevic for the most Wimbledon finals reached in the Open Era.

 

Wimbledon finals reached (Open Era)

Player No. of finals
Roger Federer 10
Boris BeckerPete Sampras 7
Bjorn BorgJimmy Connors 6
John McEnroeRafael Nadal 5
Novak DjokovicGoran Ivanisevic 44

 

  • Djokovic is just the 7th different man in the Open Era to reach the first three Grand Slam finals in a calendar year. Rod Laver (1969), Bjorn Borg (1978, 1980 and 1981), John McEnroe (1984), Ivan Lendl (1986), Jim Courier (1993) and today’s opponent (2006, 2007 and 2009) have also achieved the feat.

 

  • Djokovic is also bidding to be the first man to retain the Wimbledon title since today’s opponent in 2007. It has been 8 years since anyone retained the title at Wimbledon. This is the longest period without a successful title defence at any of the majors [see preview page 2]

 

  • Djokovic is through to his 17th Grand Slam final and has equalled Rod Laver in 5th place on the all-time list of most appearances in Grand Slam finals:

 

1 Roger Federer 26
2 Rafael Nadal 20
3 Ivan Lendl 19
4 Pete Sampras 18
5= Novak DjokovicRod Laver 1717
7= Bjorn Borg 16
Ken Rosewall 16

 

  • Djokovic has not played a Tour-level grass court warm-up event before Wimbledon since he played at Queen’s in 2010. He is one of just 7 different men in the Open Era to have won the Wimbledon title without contesting a grass court warm-up event – in 2011 and 2014. Bjorn Borg won all 5 of his Wimbledon titles straight off the clay court season:

Stan Smith        1972                 Andre Agassi                1992

Jan Kodes        1973                 Roger Federer              2007, 2009

Bjorn Borg        1976-80            Novak Djokovic             2011, 2014

Boris Becker     1989

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to record his 52nd Wimbledon match-win and take sole ownership of 6th place on the list for most Wimbledon victories in the Open Era. By defeating Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals here, Djokovic recorded his 50th Wimbledon match-win.

 

Player                          Win-loss

Jimmy Connors            84-18
Roger Federer              78-9
Boris Becker                 71-12
Pete Sampras               63-7
John McEnroe              59-11                           
Bjorn Borg                    51-4
Novak Djokovic            51-8

  • By defeating Cilic in the quarterfinals here, Djokovic recorded his 650th Tour-level match-win. Just 2 active players have won more matches than Djokovic – Roger Federer (1036 wins) and Rafael Nadal (740).

 

  • Djokovic is guaranteed to remain at No. 1 when the ATP rankings are released on Monday 13 July, regardless of his result here.

 

  • Djokovic’s 5-set win over Kevin Anderson in the round of 16 was his 4th career comeback from 0-2 down and improved his winning streak in 5-set matches to 5. It was his first 0-2 comeback since defeating Andreas Seppi at 2012 Roland Garros.

 

  • Last year here Djokovic won his 2nd Wimbledon title, defeating today’s opponent in 5 sets in the final. He was the first top seed to win the Wimbledon title since today’s opponent in 2007 and the 11th man to win multiple Wimbledon titles in the Open Era.

 

  • Djokovic has won 5 titles so far this year – at the Australian Open (d. Murray), Indian Wells-1000
    (d. today’s opponent), Miami-1000 (d. Murray), Monte Carlo-1000 (d. Tomas Berdych) and Rome-1000 (d. today’s opponent) – to extend his streak of winning at least 2 titles every year since winning his first at 2006 Amersfoort
    (d. Nicolas Massu). Just 2 of his 53 career singles titles have come on grass – at 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon.

 

  • In Grand Slam play so far this year Djokovic became just the 2nd man in history to win 5 or more Australian Open titles after Roy Emerson (6). He also finished as runner-up at Roland Garros – becoming just the 5th man in history to reach 3 finals at all 4 Grand Slams – before Stan Wawrinka ended his 28-match Tour-level winning streak in the final. This is his first event since then.

 

  • This is Djokovic’s 11th consecutive appearance at Wimbledon and his 43rd straight Grand Slam overall, which puts him in joint 10th-place with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on the list for most consecutive Grand Slam appearances in the Open Era.

 

  • Djokovic won his 8th straight Davis Cup singles rubber and also the decisive doubles with Nenad Zimonjic in Serbia’s 5-0 World Group first round victory over Croatia in Kraljevo in March. Serbia will play Argentina in the quarterfinals in Buenos Aires on 17-19 July.

 

  • Djokovic is the only male Serbian Grand Slam champion and also the only Serbian man to appear in a Grand Slam final.

 

  • Djokovic is coached by 3-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker. He has also been coached by Marian Vajda since June 2006. His wider team includes physios Miljan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch.

 

 

  • 7-time Wimbledon champion FEDERER is bidding to become the first man to win 8 Wimbledon singles titles. Martina Navratilova (9) and Helen Wills Moody (8) are the only women to have won 8 or more singles titles here.

 

  • Federer is also bidding to become the second man in history to win 8 titles at any Grand Slam event. Rafael Nadal became the first man to achieve this feat by winning his 8th Roland Garros title in 2013.

 

Most titles at the same Grand Slam tournament

Player Grand Slam Titles Years
Rafael Nadal Roland Garros 9 2005-08, 2010-2014
Richard Sears US Championships 7 1881-87**
William Renshaw Wimbledon 7 1881-86, 1889
Bill Larned US Championships 7 1901-02, 1907-11**
Bill Tilden US Championships 7 1920-25, 1929
Pete Sampras Wimbledon 7 1993-95, 1997-2000
Roger Federer Wimbledon 7 2003-07, 2009, 2012

** Challenge round played through 1911 at US Championships

  • Federer, who is 33 years 338 days old, is bidding to become the oldest Wimbledon champion in the Open

Era. The oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open Era is Arthur Ashe who was 31 years 360 days old when he won the title here in 1975. The oldest woman to win Wimbledon is Navratilova, who was 33 years 263 days when she won the 1990 title.

 

  • Federer is also looking to become the 3rd oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era after Ken Rosewall, who won titles at the 1972 Australian Open (37 years 62 days), 1971 Australian Open (36 years 73 days) and 1970 US Open (35 years 315 days), and Andres Gimeno, who won 1972 Roland Garros (34 years 306 days).

 

  • Federer, who won 2012 Wimbledon aged 30 years 335 days, is looking to become the fifth man in the Open Era to win 2 or more Grand Slams titles after turning 30. Andre Agassi was the last man to achieve the feat, winning the Australian Open in 2001 at 30 years 274 days and again aged 32 years 272 days in 2003.

Players aged over 30 to win 2 or more Grand Slams (Open Era)

Player Titles won aged over 30 Years
Rod Laver 4 1969
Ken Rosewall 4 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972
Andre Agassi 2 2001, 2003
Jimmy Connors 2 1982, 1983

 

  • By winning his 17th Grand Slam title at 2012 Wimbledon, Federer extended his lead at the top of the all-time Grand Slam titles list in men’s tennis. Bidding for his 18th major title here in London, he now targets the records of the 6 women who have won more Grand Slam singles titles:

All-time Grand Slam singles title leaders (men and women)

Rank No. of titles Player
1. 24 Margaret Court
2. 22 Steffi Graf
3. 20* Serena Williams
4. 19 Helen Wills Moody
5= 18 Chris EvertMartina Navratilova
7. 17 Roger Federer

*Serena Williams could win her 21st Grand Slam title if she wins 2015 Wimbledon

 

  • Wimbledon is Federer’s most successful Grand Slam event in terms of titles won, matches won and finals reached. He hasn’t reached a Grand Slam final away from Wimbledon since he finished as runner-up at 2011 Roland Garros.

 

Titles won Win-loss record Finals reached
Australian Open 4 75-12 5
Roland Garros 1 65-16 5
Wimbledon 7 79-9 10
US Open 5 72-10 6

 

  • Federer has a 17-8 record in Grand Slam finals, going into today’s match:

Federer in Grand Slam finals

Event Result
2003 Wimbledon d. Mark Philippoussis 76(5) 62 76(3)
2004 Australian Open d. Marat Safin 76(3) 64 62
2004 Wimbledon d. Andy Roddick 46 75 76(3) 64
2004 US Open d. Lleyton Hewitt 60 76(3) 60
2005 Wimbledon d. Andy Roddick 62 76(2) 64
2005 US Open d. Andre Agassi 63 26 76(1) 61
2006 Australian Open d. Marcos Baghdatis 57 75 60 62
2006 Roland Garros l. Rafael Nadal 16 61 64 76(4)
2006 Wimbledon d. Rafael Nadal 60 76(5) 67(2) 63
2006 US Open d. Andy Roddick 62 46 75 61
2007 Australian Open d. Fernando Gonzalez 76(2) 64 64
2007 Roland Garros l. Rafael Nadal 63 46 63 64
2007 Wimbledon d. Rafael Nadal 76(7) 46 76(3) 26 62
2007 US Open d. Novak Djokovic 76(4) 76(2) 64
2008 Roland Garros l. Rafael Nadal 61 63 60
2008 Wimbledon l. Rafael Nadal 64 64 67(5) 67(8) 97
2008 US Open d. Andy Murray 62 75 62
2009 Australian Open l. Rafael Nadal 75 36 76(3) 36 62
2009 Roland Garros d. Robin Soderling 61 76(1) 64
2009 Wimbledon d. Andy Roddick 57 76(6) 76(5) 36 1614
2009 US Open l. Juan Martin del Potro 36 76(5) 46 76(4) 62
2010 Australian Open d. Andy Murray 63 64 76(11)
2011 Roland Garros l. Rafael Nadal 75 76(3) 57 61
2012 Wimbledon d. Andy Murray 46 75 63 64
2014 Wimbledon l. Novak Djokovic 67(7) 64 76(4) 57 64
2015 Wimbledon v. Novak Djokovic

 

  • Federer is looking for his 2nd victory over a player ranked No. 1 at a Grand Slam. His only previous victory over a world No. 1 at a major came against today’s opponent in the semifinals at 2012 Wimbledon. He has a 1-5 win-loss record against world No. 1 players at the majors overall.

 

  • Federer is in 2nd place on the Open Era list for most match-wins at Wimbledon with a 79-9 win-loss record. Jimmy Connors heads the list with an 84-18 win-loss record here.

 

  • Federer is the most successful active player on grass with a 142-19 career win-loss record and goes into today’s final on an 11-match winning streak. His career-best winning streak on grass is 65 matches (2003 Halle – 2008 Wimbledon final).

 

  • Federer won the Wimbledon junior boys’ title in 1998 and is one of only 4 boys’ champions to have also won the men’s singles title here.

 

Player Boys’ champion Men’s champion
Bjorn Borg 1972 1976-80
Pat Cash 1982 1987
Stefan Edberg                1983 1988, 1990
Roger Federer 1998 2003-07, 2009, 2012

 

  • Federer has reached his 10th Wimbledon final and extended the all-time record that he took sole ownership of at 2012 Wimbledon.

 

                                                        Wimbledon finals reached (all-time)

Player No. of finals
Roger Federer 10
Boris BeckerArthur Gore

Pete Sampras

7
Bjorn BorgJimmy Connors

Rod Laver

6

 

Federer has also reached his 26th Grand Slam final and extended the all-time record that he took sole ownership of at 2009 Wimbledon.

Grand Slam finals reached (all-time)

Player No. of GS finals
Roger Federer 26
Rafael Nadal 20
Ivan Lendl 19
Pete Sampras 18
Novak DjokovicRod Laver 1717

 

  • Last year here Federer reached his 9th Wimbledon final – and his 25th Grand Slam final overall – but lost to today’s opponent in 5 sets. He has a 6-4 win-loss record in 5-set matches here and a 23-19 five-set win loss record overall.

 

  • In 2012, Federer equalled William Renshaw and Pete Sampras’s record of 7 Wimbledon titles by winning his 17th Grand Slam title overall (d. Andy Murray). He also won the title at Wimbledon in 2003-07 and 2009.

 

  • This is Federer’s 17th consecutive appearance at Wimbledon and his 63rd straight Grand Slam event, which extends his record for the longest streak of consecutive Grand Slam Open Era appearances [see Preview page 6]. Since making his Grand Slam debut as a wild card at 1999 Roland Garros he has missed just one major, failing to qualify for the 1999 US Open.

 

  • Prior to coming here Federer won his 8th title at Halle – and his 86th title overall – after defeating Andreas Seppi 76(1) 64 in the final. He became just the 3rd man in the Open Era to win at least 8 titles at a single tournament, joining Rafael Nadal and Guillermo Vilas.

 

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

 

  • Federer is coached by 2-time Wimbledon champion Stefan Edberg and Severin Luthi.

 

 

 *Statistics provided by the International Tennis Federation

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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer Reach Wimbledon Final with Straight Set Victories

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(July 10, 2015)

It will be a repeat of last year’s Wimbledon Gentlemen’s final on Sunday when No. 1 Novak Djokovic faces No. 2 Roger Federer. Both men had straight set wins in their respective semifinals on Friday.

Two-time winner Djokovic defeated No. 21 seed Richard Gasquet 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-4 to book a spot in his fourth Wimbledon final and his 17th major championship final. Seven-time Wimbledon titlist Federer bested 2013 champion Andy Murray 7-5, 7-5, 6-4.

“The first set was really close,” said Djokovic who played the first semifinal of the day. “I thought Richard played some really good tennis, especially from the backhand side. It was really difficult for me at times to play any kind of ball to his backhand side because he was really going for it, especially down the line. He made a lot of winners. He used the chipped backhand, slice variety as well.”

“Winning the first set tiebreak was psychologically very helpful for the rest of the match.”

“I tried to do my best,” Gasquet said.  “I did a good first set.  I did some great backhand.

“But, of course, I would like to do a little bit better then after that.  I tried to be aggressive.  I try my best.  I did a good match.  It was tough to do better.  Sometimes I did mistakes in the tiebreak, of course.  Some backhand I could put on the court.

“It was 2‑All, then it was 7‑2 very fast after that.  It wasn’t good.  He never miss on some returns.  He serves well.  That’s why he’s No. 1 in the world.”

The second semifinal of the day provided stunning hitting and rallies of the highest quality by both players. Despite the straight-set score the match was extremely close.

“Andy’s been playing very well for the season,” Federer said to the BBC after the match. “There is so much expectation riding on the match. I’m unbelievably happy. I played so well in the biggest occasion today.

“I’ve been serving very well for the entire tournament. I wasn’t broken against one of the best returners. I kept the pressure up and went for my shots. I mixed it up like I usually do and kept pushing forward and staying focused. It all worked out really well.”

“He served fantastic, apart from the first game where I had the chance there,” Murray said. “Didn’t really have any opportunities. Then, you know, that puts pressure on you.”

“Obviously I got broken right at the end all of the sets. But I didn’t actually play a bad match. Played pretty well.”

“Today I was clearly able to play very well from the start,” Federer elaborated.  “The beginning was always going to be an important part of the game.  I had to save breakpoint first, then I was able to start rolling on my serve.  Played a great game to break.

“So, I mean, definitely one of the best matches I’ve played in my career.  I don’t know, the first set, I don’t remember point by point, but it was definitely really, really solid.”

 

The win puts the Swiss in his 10th final at the All-England Club, 26th Grand Slam final, which will make him the oldest finalist at 33, since 39-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1974. He is seeking a record 8th Wimbledon title and 18th major.

“Doesn’t matter whether it’s No. 8 or No. 1,” Federer said, “Wimbledon finals is always a big occasion.”

Federer on playing Djokovic in the final: “Well, I mean, it’s great to play Novak anywhere these days, you know, because he’s a great player.  He’s had great success, unbelievable success actually, throughout his career.  But especially now the last few years, he’s been unbelievably dominant, especially on the hard courts, then he improved on the grass.  On the clay, he’s one of the best, if not the best.

“He’s become very match‑tough.  He always shows up.  It’s tough to beat him.  You know, he’s been very injury‑free.  He’s been good for the game.

“For me, I don’t really think about the match we played against each other last year.  I just remember it was unbelievably thrilling.  The crowd really got into it.

“I’m just happy personally for myself to be back in a finals.  Whoever that’s going to be against, it’s always a big occasion.  That is Novak, the world No. 1, it obviously adds something extra.”

“I need to keep it up for one more match,” Federer said, “to really make it the perfect couple of weeks.”

The Serb, who comes into the final as the defending champion, will be playing in his fourth Wimbledon final.

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Williams Beats Sharapova, Will Face Muguruza in Wimbledon Final

 

(July 9, 2015) Serena Williams continued her 11 year win-streak against Maria Sharapova on Thursday, beating the 2004 Wimbledon champion 6-2, 6-4 to reach her eighth Wimbledon final and 25th major final overall. It was the world No. 1’s 17th straight win over the Russian.

Williams is now just a victory away from winning a fourth straight major title, a “Serena Slam” as she dubbed it when she won four straight majors in 2002-03. Should she win on Saturday it would be her 21st major title and third leg of a calendar grand slam. The last woman to win a Grand Slam was Steffi Graff in 1988.

Williams overpowered the Russian with 29 winners and 13 aces.

“At least I made it to a final of four,” Williams said after the match. “That’s pretty good. That’s pretty good.”

Williams is now on a 27-match win streak in majors.

“I think it definitely gets better,” she said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the final here. I just feel really good just to be in another final, so it’s really cool.”

Williams last won Wimbledon in 2012, she has five titles at the All-England Club.

“I always expect her to play the best tennis against myself and a few other elite players,” Sharapova said. “She does always come up with great tennis. You have to be able not to just produce your best tennis, but more. Obviously it hasn’t happened for me.”

“I think she had better depth than I did on her shots.  That certainly makes a big difference.

“I think one of the things she does extremely well is to take her from a defense position into the offense again.  I was not able to do that.”

“Well, it’s never easy to beat such a great player who’s had such a wonderful career,” Williams said. “So, you know, I don’t know. “Whenever you play someone that you know, has beaten you before, you really get really focused, I think. That’s what I do.

“Whenever I know I have to play Maria, I know I have to be focused because she wasn’t the best in the world for no reason.”

The 33-year-old Williams will face 21-year-old, the 20th seed Garbine Muguruza, who defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. She’s the first woman from Spain to reach the Wimbledon final since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario did in 1996.

The Spaniard is 1-2 against Williams, with her lone win coming in the second round of last year’s French Open 6-2, 6-2, her worst loss in games in a major tournament.

“You work all your life to achieve Grand Slam final, to be in this situation,” said Muguruza.  “It’s like a dream, like a present after the hard work.”

“I think is the best final you can play,” the Spaniard added.  “You know, to have Serena in the Wimbledon final I think is the hardest match you can have.

“If you want to win a Grand Slam, when you dream, you say, I want Serena in the final.  She’s like one of the best players in all these years.  So it’s obviously I think the best challenge to have.”

“Because she has like so many good things.  She’s stronger, good mentality, good shots, power, confident.  You know, a lot of things that make her a great player.”

“It’s definitely not an easy matchup,” Williams said.  “She actually has a win against me.  We had a tough match the last time we played.  And she’s given me problems in the past.

“So this time I have to just, you know, go in it like have fun and do the best that I can, just try to stay positive and stay focused.”

“I lost to her last year, I believe.  It was an eye‑opening loss for me, “Williams noted.  “Some losses you’re angry about, and some losses you learn from.  That loss I think I learned the most from in a long time.

“I got so much better after that loss.  I was able to improve a lot.  I worked on things.

“I didn’t see the results straightaway.  But months later I started seeing the results more and more.  I learned so much from that.  You know, sometimes as much as you don’t want it or as bad timing as it could be, I don’t want to lose to anyone at a Grand Slam.  But unfortunately, I did.

“But it was really an experience that helped me say, Okay, Serena, you want to be the best, you’re going to have to do certain things and you’re going to have to improve certain things.”

“I’ve been in this stage,” Serena added.  “I’ve won so many Grand Slam titles.  And, you know, I’m at a position where I don’t need to win another Wimbledon. I could lose tomorrow.  Sure, I won’t be happy.  But I don’t need another Wimbledon title.  I don’t need another US Open.  I don’t need any titles to make it.

“Every time I step out on court, the practice court, the match court, I do look at it as a more fun time because it’s not as much stressful as it was. Like getting to 18 was super stressful for me.  It was fun, but I was so stressed out.

“After that, I’ve just been really enjoying myself.”

The Ladies’ final takes place on Saturday.

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USTA Launches 2015 US Open Wild Card Challenge

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 9, 2015 – The USTA today announced the launch of the 2015 US Open Wild Card Challenge, which will once again utilize the USTA Pro Circuit to award wild cards into the US Open.

 

In the US Open Wild Card Challenge, the American man and American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA ranking points at two of three select USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events this summer will earn main draw wild cards into the US Open. Only Americans who did not earn direct entry into the US Open are eligible.

 

All tournaments will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com. Tournaments can also be followed on the USTA Pro Circuit’s smartphone app by searching “procircuit” in the app store.

 

The University of the Pacific $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger, a new $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s event in Stockton, Calif., kicks off the wild card challenge the week of July 13. The men’s component of the wild card challenge will begin the following week.

 

The US Open Wild Card Challenge will consist of the following events:

 

USTA Pro Circuit Women’s Events

  • University of the Pacific $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger, $50,000, Stockton, Calif. (week of July 13)
  • FSP Gold River Women’s Challenger, $50,000, Sacramento, Calif. (week of July 20)
  • Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, $50,000, Lexington, Ky. (week of July 27)

USTA Pro Circuit Men’s Events

  • Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger, $50,000, Binghamton, N.Y. (week of July 20)
  • Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, $50,000, Lexington, Ky. (week of July 27)
  • Comerica Bank Challenger, $100,000, Aptos, Calif. (week of August 10)

The USTA first used this US Open wild card format for its 2012 wild cards, won by Steve Johnson and Mallory Burdette, both of whom reached the third round of the US Open. In 2013, Bradley Klahn and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards, with Klahn winning his first-round match. And, last year, Nicole Gibbs reached the third round of the US Open (her career-best Grand Slam result), while Wayne Odesnik earned the men’s wild card. The USTA also utilizes this wild card challenge format for the French Open and Australian Open.

 

The 2015 US Open main draw will be held Monday, Aug. 31, to Sunday, Sept. 13.

 

Information on the US Open Wild Card Challenge will be available at www.procircuit.usta.com and on Twitter through @USTAProCircuit.

 

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World TeamTennis begins 40th season on July 12

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (July 9, 2015) – Just hours after the last ball lands on the lawns of Wimbledon, professional tennis returns to the United States on Sunday, July 12 with the 40th season of Mylan World TeamTennis. The professional team tennis league co-founded by Billie Jean King began over 40 years ago, and returns in 2015 with seven teams competing in two conferences.

 

Mylan WTT joins an elite club as only the fifth U.S. professional sports league to reach the 40-season milestone, alongside Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and the National Football League.

 

From its colorful courts to unique no-ad scoring system, Mylan WTT has been a pioneer in the sports world with many of the league’s modernizations recognized and adopted by others. In addition to being the first professional sports league to feature men and women competing equally on a team, Mylan WTT has showcased advancements such as cumulative scoring, on-court coaching, playing let serves, Extended Play and Supertiebreakers, and allowing fans to keep balls that have been hit into the stands. During a Mylan WTT match, fans are encouraged to cheer for their team while enjoying the music played between points.

 

The signature multi-colored courts will have a new look this year with an updated color scheme, featuring a combination of purple, red, blue and green court colors used at pro tour events and international competition.

 

Also new in 2015, the league introduces an on-court service clock which counts down 25 seconds from the end of a point to the next serve. The first time violation per set is a warning and additional violations will result in the loss of first service or point penalties.

 

Fans will be able to tune in for more than 45 hours of live match coverage on ESPN3. The league will televise matches on national, regional and local cable networks that reach over 80 million households throughout July and August, and weekly highlight shows will recap the best matches along with standings, stats, and player interviews from both conferences. The season preview show premieres on Tennis Channel on Sunday, July 12 at 5 p.m. ET.

 

National TV matches featuring Andy Roddick (Austin Aces), Serena Williams (Washington Kastles), Bob and Mike Bryan (California Dream), and Eugenie Bouchard (Boston Lobsters) will air on Altitude Sports, Comcast Sportsnet outlets, Mediacom, MSG, and Tennis Channel. The 2015 Mylan WTT Finals will air live on ESPN3 on Sunday, August 2, at 11:30 a.m. ET, with ESPN2 joining the action at 1:00 p.m. ET.

 

Leif Shiras returns as the play-by commentator for all matches. Shiras will be joined by an analyst team including Katrina Adams, Rennae Stubbs, Mark Knowles, and sideline reporter Luke Jensen.

 

Six of the seven Mylan WTT franchises return to this revolutionary tennis format, joined by the newly-created California Dream, which brings the league back to the Northern California region.

 

A stacked roster headlines each team with a mix of next generation talent, current stars and No. 1s that span generations, ranging from 20-time major champion Serena Williams (Washington Kastles) and the world’s best men’s doubles team in Bob and Mike Bryan (California Dream) to the world’s top junior Taylor Fritz (San Diego Aviators).

 

Tennis’ top Americans continue to call Mylan WTT home, with Williams playing her seventh season after a stellar start to her WTA season, winning both the Australian and French Open titles. Her Kastles’ teammate is her sister Venus Williams, who joined the World TeamTennis Ownership Group in 2013 along with former No. 1 Andy Roddick who will play for his hometown Austin Aces this summer.

 

The Kastles also welcome back five-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Hingis for a third straight season. With three-time Mylan WTT Coach of the Year Murphy Jensen at the helm, the Washington Kastles are aiming for a record-breaking fifth straight King Trophy, having already written their names in the record books after winning a 34th consecutive match in 2013, surpassing the NBA’s 1971-72 Lakers. Washington is on the road in Boston for the first match of the 2015 Mylan WTT season at 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.

 

Bob and Mike Bryan have been the most dominant doubles players of the last decade and will anchor the California Dream for three regular season matches. The Bryans are the winners of three ATP World Tour titles in 2015, with Mike capturing the French Open mixed doubles title with Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

 

Fritz is in the midst of a career-defining season, winning the Easter Bowl Championships to start a spring that would lead him into his first-ever Grand Slam boy’s singles final at the French Open. His efforts across singles and doubles saw him rise to No. 1 on the ITF junior rankings in June, and his big game is already translating onto the senior rankings. On Tuesday, June 23, Fritz won his first-ever ATP World Tour main draw match in Nottingham, U.K. The 17-year-old makes his Mylan WTT debut with the San Diego Aviators.

 

The 52-match schedule for the three-week season of Mylan World TeamTennis runs July 12-August 2, with the regular season concluding on July 29. Conference championships are scheduled for Thursday, July 30, and the 40th season concludes with the Mylan WTT Finals, on Sunday, August 2 on the home court of the Eastern Conference Champion.

 

For more information, visit www.WTT.com.

 

 

 

 

MYLAN WORLD TEAMTENNIS 2015 BROADCAST AND STREAMING SCHEDULE 

(7:00p local start unless otherwise noted)

Visit www.WTT.com/TV for more information.

 

DATE                                       MATCH                                                               MARQUEE 

Monday, July 13                   Philadelphia      @      San Diego

Tuesday, July 14                   Austin                 @      Washington                 (Venus Williams – WAS)

Thursday, July 16                 California           @      Austin                           (Andy Roddick – AUS)              NATL TV

Monday, July 20                   Washington      @      Philadelphia                 (Serena Williams – WAS)

Tuesday, July 21                   Boston                @      Washington                 (Serena Williams – WAS)         NATL TV

Thursday, July 23                 San Diego          @      California                     (Bob & Mike Bryan – CAL)      NATL TV  *7:30pm

Saturday, July 25                  San Diego          @      Springfield                   (John Isner – SPR)

Sunday, July 26                     California           @      Philadelphia                (Bob & Mike Bryan – CAL)      *8:00pm

Monday, July 27                   Philadelphia     @      Boston                          (Eugenie Bouchard – BOS)

Tuesday, July 28                   Boston                @      Philadelphia                (Eugenie Bouchard – BOS)      NATL TV

Springfield         @      San Diego                    (Madison Keys – SAN)

Wednesday, July 29            Boston                @      Washington                 (Eugenie Bouchard – BOS)

Thursday, July 30                 Western #2       @      Western #1 – Mylan WTT Western Conference Championship (time TBD)

 

Thursday, July 30                 Eastern #2         @    Eastern #1 – Mylan WTT Eastern Conference Championship

 

Sunday, August 2                 Mylan WTT Finals             Western Conf. Champion @ Eastern Conf. Champion

11:30am ET start – ESPN 3 WITH ESPN2 JOINING FROM 1-3pm

 

 

Mylan WTT schedule of playwww.WTT.com/schedule

Mylan WTT rosterswww.WTT.com/players

Broadcast schedule – www.WTT.com/TV

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Josh Groban to Highlight Opening Night Ceremony at 2015 U.S. Open

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 09, 2015 – The USTA today announced that singer, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban will perform at the Opening Night Ceremony for the 2015 US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  The ceremony will be carried live by ESPN 2 on Monday, August 31 as part of the cable network’s comprehensive coverage of the US Open.

 

Groban, who has entertained fans across the globe with his multiplatinum albums and DVDs (selling more than 30 million worldwide), live performances, and comedic film and television appearances, will perform a selection of songs from his seventh studio album – Stages.  Released in April of 2015, Stages is a collection of some of the greatest musical theater songs.

 

Groban joins the ranks of great artists who have performed at the US Open over the years, including: Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Chris Botti, Gloria Estefan, Ariana Grande, Rob Thomas, and many others.

 

In addition to the musical performance by Groban, the ceremony will also feature an appearance by tennis legend Billie Jean King who will join USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams on court to welcome the fans to opening night.

 

The Opening Night National Anthem performer(s) will be announced at a later date.

 

Groban first broke through in 2001 with his self-titled double-platinum debut, followed by 2003’s multi-platinum Closer, and 2006’s double-platinum Awake. In 2007, he became the best-selling recording artist of the year thanks to sales of Awake and his blockbuster Grammy-nominated Christmas album, Noel —  the best-selling album of 2007. At the end of 2010, Groban released the Rick Rubin-produced, platinum-certified Illuminations. All That Echoes followed in 2013, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, Groban’s first No. 1 debut and third chart-topper. All That Echoes racked up a host of positive reviews from major media outlets, including The New York Times, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and USA Today. His global arena tours routinely sell out, including his 2013 All That Echoes tour, which included 60 shows in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and North America.

 

On April 28th, Groban released his seventh studio album, Stages. Recorded with producers Humberto Gatica and Bernie Herms in both Los Angeles and London’s Abbey Road (with a 75-piece orchestra), Stages features songs from Les Misérables (“Bring Him Home”); Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel (“You’ll Never Walk Alone”); Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George (“Finishing the Hat”), Sweeney Todd (“Not While I’m Around”), and Into the Woods (“Children Will Listen”); The Fantasticks (“Try to Remember”); A Chorus Line (“What I Did For Love”); Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera (“All I Ask of You”), The Wizard of Oz (“Over the Rainbow”), and others.

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Djokovic, Federer and Murray Advance to Wimbledon Semis, Wawrinka Knocked out in Five Sets by Gasquet

 

(June 8, 2015) Top three seeds Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray reach the semifinals of Wimbledon easily on Wednesday with straight set wins. Richard Gasquet spoiled a potential “top four” party in the last four, when he upset No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in five sets 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9.

For the Frenchman, this will be his third major semifinal. “I’m the worst,” Gasquet said with a grin, “when you see Federer, Djokovic and Murray and me. There is something, I want to enjoy it.”

Gasquet will face off against Djokovic, who reached his 27 Grand Slam semifinal, defeating U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. It was the world No. 1’s 650th win on tour and 50th at Wimbledon.

“I came out with the right intensity, moved well all over the court, tried to get as many returns back in play,” said Djokovic. “I didn’t allow Marin to come back to the match. It was a close game when I was serving for the set. I think that helped my confidence to feel better afterwards.”

“It was great to watch them go backhand-to-backhand today,” said Djokovic about the Wawrinka – Gasquet match. “Some great points, great exchanges.”

Djokovic discussing his match-up against Gasquet said, “the experience of being in these final stages of Wimbledon many times is going to help me.” The Serb is 11-1 against Gasquet.

Andy Murray reached his 150th match won at a Grand Slam on Wednesday when he stopped Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. For the Canadian Posposil, it was his first appearance in a major quarterfinal.

Murray said of the win: “I needed to (step up) because at times, (he) was serving really well, (which) made it very difficult for me. Then I just managed to, at a few key moments, come up with some good shots. Third set was tricky, as well, because I had a bunch of break points. When you don’t take them, obviously you start to think about that a little bit. Overall, it was a good match.”

 

Murray will face Roger Federer for place in the final. Federer bested Gilles Simon, the 12th seed 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 to reach his 10th Wimbledon semifinal and 37th major semifinal overall, to keep his hopes of winning a record eighth title at the All-England Club alive.

Federer won his last major at Wimbledon in 2012 when he defeated Murray, but then about a month later, Murray defeated Federer for the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics.

“We both like to look back at that summer,” said Federer. “Me, not so much at the Olympics; him, probably not so much at Wimbledon.”

Federer is 12-11 against Murray and is 9-0 in Wimbledon semifinals.

“I’m very happy to be in the semis again,” said Federer. “The road is long getting here. But still I feel like I’m fresh and I’ve got energy left in the tank for hopefully a great match with Andy and then we’ll see. But I’m looking forward to it.

“It’s been good so far. I felt like I played a very solid last year or so, especially on the grass I’ve done very well. I’m happy to keep it up here now. This is obviously now crunch time when you want to show if your game’s really up to par.”

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Rafael Nadal, John McEnroe Compete At 2015 Johnny Mac Tennis Project Benefit at SPORTIME Randall’s Island Wednesday, August 26

Rafael Nadal is ousted in the third round by fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in Miami.

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NEW YORK, July 8, 2015 – It will be a great night of tennis for a great cause when 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal joins Hall of Famer and fellow former World No. 1 John McEnroe, plus other tennis stars, legends and celebrities, on Wednesday, August 26, for a gala evening to benefit the Johnny Mac Tennis Project. The benefit night will take place at SPORTIME Stadium on Randall’s Island.

In the main event of the evening, the Spanish superstar will compete against another top ATP professional or legend to be announced. The evening will also include pro-celebrity doubles action, featuring Johnny Mac and friends, promising junior players from the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, a lively auction and great hospitality, with all net proceeds to support the efforts of Johnny Mac Tennis Project, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

JMTP provides scholarships, coaching, transportation and other financial assistance to qualified young tennis players in the greater New York area, as well as introducing the sport to hundreds of new junior players each year in the neighborhoods surrounding Academy locations. JMTP benefit nights in previous years have featured Bjorn Borg (2011), Andre Agassi (2012), Jim Courier (2013) and Novak Djokovic (2014). JMTP and Sportime Clubs, home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, have already provided over $2.0 million in scholarships and no cost programming to young players in NYC and its surrounding communities. SPORTIME Randall’s Island has been the flagship location of JMTA since 2010.

Rafa has meant so much to tennis and I’m excited that he’s agreed to be a part of this great cause,” said McEnroe. “He is a first-class individual and has proven to be one of the best players of all time. His participation is a perfect continuation of the tradition of this important annual event.”

Nadal, 29, is one of just 10 players to win the Career Grand Slam (nine French Open, two Wimbledon, two US Open, one Australian Open), among his 66 career singles titles. The Mallorca native first reached No. 1 in 2008, returning in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 while finishing in the top three nine times in the past 10 years. His 14 Slam titles tie him for second all-time with Pete Sampras, behind Roger Federer (17).

As ferocious a competitor as tennis has ever produced, steely in his resolve, unwavering in his convictions, McEnroe was a left-hander who played with singular verve and sparkle. A New Yorker with rare talent, his imagination knew no boundaries. McEnroe’s touch on the volley was golden, and his match playing instincts were remarkably sound. He claimed the US Open crown four times and was victorious at Wimbledon three times. He was an American Davis Cup stalwart, and many believe he may be the greatest doubles player of all time.

Tickets start at $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.JMTPBenefit.com/rafa.

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Serena Williams, Sharapova, Radwanska and Muguruza Reach Wimbledon Semis

 

(July 7, 2015) Serena Williams kept her hopes for a fourth straight major alive on Tuesday, rallying to defeat Victoria Azarenka, taking 10 out of the last 13 game to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 and reach the Wimbledon semifinals. Williams blasted 17 aces and 46 winners en route to her 26th straight Grand Slam match win.

“It’s been up and down, up and down, but somehow I’m still alive. I don’t know how,” said Williams. “So we’ll see what happens, but I’m just happy to still be here.”

“I can’t lie and say I’m not disappointed, because that’s a normal reaction,” Azarenka said. “But it is what it is. It was a high quality match. I can’t say I went out there and didn’t play well – we just saw why Serena is No.1. I haven’t seen her play like this, honestly, even the last matches before that.”

“I feel like Victoria and I always have really wonderful matches. She’s always able to push it to three sets, we always have some great three set matches,” Williams said to media.

“Whenever I see her name I get excited, because I feel like there’s going to be an opportunity to see how well I’m doing. We play each other pretty much every tournament. I’m getting used to that.”

“I’ve been really proud of her and her comeback,” Williams said when asked about her post-match hug at the net. “I told her in Madrid, ‘Man, you’ve gone through a lot. I really support that. I really support you coming back.’ And we really get along off the court. She’s so sweet – we always text each other when we’re doing well.

“She’s a really nice girl. I really admire her because she’s so intense on the court, but the second she comes off the court, she’s just so different. It’s really interesting to see. It’s super respectful.”

“I have a lot of respect for Serena,” said Azarenka.  “We have a great friendship off the court.  You know, once the match is over, we put it out a long time ago.  We’re going to put it out all on the court.  She played a great match and I respect that.”

Williams, who is now 37-1 on the year is looking to complete a second “Serena” Slam with a Wimbledon trophy, which would mean she would be holding the last four major trophies. She did this in 2002-03.

Winning Wimbledon would also give her the third leg of the calendar-year Grand Slam.

Next for the world No. 1 and 20-time major winner, will be the fourth seed Maria Sharapova who bested unseeded American youngster CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-2.

“I’ve played five matches already, I’ve faced different challenges, matches, opponents, circumstances – the first four matches I was playing quite well and got the job done in two sets,” Sharapova said.

Sharapova led 6-3, 5-3 when Vandeweghe made a comeback.

“Today, serving for the second set, I could have made it easier,” Sharapova said. “It went to a third, but I still got the job done. I have to be pleased with that, that I’m in the semifinals again here after so many years.”

“I thought I relished it pretty well,” said the young American about her fortnight.  “I enjoyed my experience.  I enjoyed the crowd out there.

“I didn’t enjoy the result too much.  But I’m sure tomorrow I’ll be feeling even less happy about this, at least body‑wise.

“It’s been a long two weeks, playing singles and doubles here.  So I’m happy with my progress through the tournament, and I’m happy with the whole experience of it.”

Williams owns a 17-2 record against Sharapova, including a winning streak against her at 16 in a row.

“Definitely no secrets between each other’s games,” Sharapova said.

“But, I mean, look, I haven’t played Serena here in 11 years.  That would be an incredible moment for me to step out on Centre Court against her again.”

“I love playing Maria,” Williams said.  “I think she brings out the best in me.  I think I bring out the best in her.  I thought we had a wonderful final in Australia.  It was very entertaining.  She played really well.

“For me, I don’t feel like I have any pressure going into this match.  We both actually lost early last year.  We both are kind of enjoying this moment and one of us will be in the final.”

The other semifinal will pit No. 13 seed and 2012 Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska against No. 20 Garbine Muguruza.

Radwanska beat No. 21 Madison Keys 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3. Muguruza defeated No. 15 Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-3 to reach her first major semifinal.

“I couldn’t feel any better, I’m just so happy I managed to stay in that match. It was very tight and I just tried to play it point by point, game by game,” Radwanska said. “That’s how you have to play it and in the third set one break was the difference.”

“I’ve seen a few of her matches this tournament and she’s playing great tennis,” Radwanska said. “She’s actually playing very similar to Keys so I think it could be a similar match.

“It’s the semifinals so, of course, there’s nothing to lose. All the players are playing great tennis. I’m just going to fight for each point and try to play my best. One day’s rest and I’ll be ready to go.”

“It’s amazing, I’m so happy. It was a very tough match,” said Muguruza, the first Spaniard to reach the Wimbledon semifinals since Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario in 1997. “The last game was a very intense one, so there was so much relief after that.”

“It’s very hard to achieve this, so I’m very proud and happy for Spain also! All this experience helps you a lot and makes you believe that you can do it. So I’m going to be confident and ready for the match.”

Novak Djokovic completed a five-set match held over from Monday, due to darkness with a win over to reach the Gentlemen’s quarterfinals 6-7(6), 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-4, 7-5.

The world No. 1 will play Marin Cilic on Wednesday. The other men’s quarterfinal match-ups include: Roger Federer vs. Gilles Simon, Andy Murray vs. Vasek Pospisil, and Stan Wawrinka vs. Richard Gasquet.

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Serena Williams Beats Sister Venus To Reach Wimbledon Quarters

 

(July 6, 2015)

On the second Monday of Wimbledon, it was “Sister Act” part 26 as No. 1 Serena Williams defeated her sister and the 16th seed Venus 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals. It was the younger sister’s sixth victory of the last seven, raising her head-to-head record to 15-11.

“I just thought,`Wow, I’m 33, and she just turned 35. I don’t know how many more moments like this we’ll have.’ I plan on playing for years, but you never know if we’ll have the opportunity to face each other,” Serena said after walking off the court. “I just took the moment in, and I thought, `We’re at Wimbledon.’ I remember when I was 8 years old, we dreamed of this moment, and it was kind of surreal.”

“When that moment is over, it will be over,” Venus said, shrugging her shoulders. “It’s not now.”

Tuesday’s win puts Serena closer to winning her 21st major title, fourth in a row, keeping hope alive the possibility of a Grand Slam should she win at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

“I no longer answer questions about Grand Slams,” Serena told media.

“It’s been six years since we played each other,” Serena said.  “I just really was enjoying the moment out there.  It was such a great vibe, such a great situation to be in, when we were both so young and dreaming of coming to Wimbledon.

“Not only did we fulfill our dreams, we both won it five times.  That’s pretty amazing.

“I just had an opportunity to reflect on that.”

Serena Williams will play Victoria Azarenka on Tuesday for a spot in the semis. Azarenka defeated Belinda Bencic 6-3. 6-2.

I’ve had a couple of tough matches with Victoria,” Serena said.  “It doesn’t matter who I play, I’m going to be ready.  I’m going to have to be ready.  She’s due to win big and to do really well.”

“I look forward to tomorrow.  I feel like my tournament has finally begun.  This is where I feel really comfortable in a Grand Slam.”

“Well, the key is for me, I still need to find it because I haven’t beat her in the Grand Slam,” said Azarenka.  “So for me, I still have to find that extra step to go a little bit further.

“But she’s a great player.  I mean, one of the greatest players of all time.

“I just try to really focus on what I have to do instead of thinking who is on the other side and try to execute my game.

“I think I have been playing pretty well, trying to climb and put my game together more and more.  So I’m just trying to focus on tomorrow, is another day, another match, and keep it simple.”

Two more Americans join Serena Williams in the quarterfinals – Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe. Keys beat qualifier Olga Govortsova 3-6, 6-4, 6-1while Vandeweghe beat French Open finalist and sixth seed Lucie Safarova 7-6(1), 7-6(4)

“I mean, every moment there is a breakthrough whether it’s in a WTA tournament or in a Grand Slam,” Vandeweghe said.  “Yes, this is the farthest I have ever gone in a Grand Slam and I’m playing really well at this time, but, you know, I’m not really considering it like, wow, a breakthrough.

I mean, I had set goals of what I wanted to do, and because I’m achieving it doesn’t mean it’s a breakthrough.  I think it’s stepping stones more than a breakthrough.  You know, I would more say it’s on the lines of it’s been a while coming because of what I felt that I have dedicated to my game of tennis.”

Vadeweghe will face Maria Sharapova next. The 2004 Wimbledon champion beat Zarina Diyas 6-4, 6-4.

 

“I think there is still going to be the nerves,” Madison Keys said about reaching her second major quarterfinal.  “It’s second quarter and it’s against a different person.  But I think there is at least some, Okay, I have done it before, I have been through it, I know what to expect.

“No matter what, it will be fun and will be exciting, and I just have to go out and try to focus on the match.”

Garbine Muguruza had the upset of the day when she ousted fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4.

“I went very like focused and prepared because I knew that she was going to try to do a long and physical match against me,” the Spaniard said. “So I think I used my opportunities of the short balls, good shots, the serve.  I think I played really good.  This helps me a lot against these types of players.”

On the men’s side of the draw Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson will have to complete their match on Tuesday. Djokovic lost the first two sets in tiebreaks and won the next two. Play was halted on Court 1 due to darkness.

Marin Cilic awaits the winner in his quarterfinal.

Roger Federer and Andy Murray moved into Wimbledon’s “elite 8.” Second-seeded Federer won 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 over No. 20 Roberto Bautista Agut. Murray bested Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

The other men’s quarterfinal pairings are: Roger Federer vs. No. 12 Gilles Simon, Andy Murray vs. Vasek Pospisil, and Stan Wawrinka vs. No. 21 Richard Gasquet.

 


Ladies’ Singles – Fourth Round

(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (16) Venus Williams (USA) 64 63
(4) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 64 64
(20) Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. (5) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 64 64
CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. (6) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 76(1) 76(4)
(13) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (28) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 75 64
(15) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 16 75 62
(21) Madison Keys (USA) d. (Q) Olga Govortsova (BLR) 36 64 61
(23) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (30) Belinda Bencic (SUI) 63 62

Gentlemen’s Singles – Fourth Round

[2] Roger Federer (SUI) d. [20] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 62 62 63
[3] Andy Murray (GBR) d. [23] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 76(7) 64 57 64
[4] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. [16] David Goffin (BEL) 76(3) 76(7) 64
[12] Gilles Simon (FRA) d. [6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) 63 63 62
[9] Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Denis Kudla (USA) 64 46 63 75
[21] Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. [26] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 75 61 67(7) 76(6)
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d. [22] Viktor Troicki (SRB) 46 67(4) 64 63 63

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