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USTA Reports US Open Attendance Over 700,000 for Fifth Time

FROM THE USTA -FLUSHING, N.Y., September 12, 2012 – The USTA today announced that the 2012 US Open, driven by two of the most compelling singles finals in the tournament’s 131 years, was one of the most successful years in the tournament’s history.  Total attendance topped 700,000 for the fifth time finishing at 710,803.

 

Television viewership of the three-set women’s singles final featuring Serena Williams defeating Victoria Azarenka on CBS Sports was the highest since 2002, with 17.7 million viewers watching all or part of the match.  The men’s five-set thriller where Andy Murray captured his first Grand Slam victory by defeating Novak Djokovic was seen by 16.2 million viewers on CBS Sports, the most viewers to watch a men’s singles final since 2007.  This year’s was broadcast in 180 countries around the world, and aired on CBS Sports, ESPN and Tennis Channel in the U.S.

 

The tournament’s official website, USOpen.org, generated more than 325 million page views and was accessed by more than 11.7 million visitors worldwide; the fourth consecutive year unique visitors have topped 10 million. More than 2.8 million hours of free live streaming was viewed by fans domestically.  The free streaming was available across computers, mobile devices and tablets.

 

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US Open Finals & Andy Roddick Tribute on ESPN Classic

ESPN Classic will air the US Open Finals as “Instant Classics” today, Tuesday, Sept. 11, starting at 5 p.m. ET  The Women’s Final – Serena Williams earning her 15th Major championship in a three-set thriller over top-ranked Victoria Azarenka – will be seen first, followed at 8 p.m. by a five-hour telecast of the Men’s Final between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.  Murray captured his first Major victory by edging the defending champion in a five-set marathon.

In addition, ESPN Classic will pay tribute to the now-retired Andy Roddick with an 18-hour, five-match marathon of great matches starting Wed., Sept. 12, at noon.  The schedule includes his 2003 US Open semifinal and final and the epic 2009 Wimbledon Final against Roger Federer:

 

Date Time (ET) Match
Wed, Sept 12 Noon 2003 Australian Open: Roddick vs El Ayanoui
  5 p.m. 2009 Wimbledon Final: Roddick vs Federer
  10 p.m. 2003 US Open Semifinal: Roddick vs Nalbandian
Thur, Sept 13 1 a.m. 2003 US Open Final: Roddick vs Ferrero
  3 a.m. 2012 US Open: Roddick vs Del Potro

 

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Novak Djokovic – In His Own Words

Here is the post-match news conference with Novak Djokovic who lost in the US Open final to Andy Murray in five sets.

An interview with: NOVAK DJOKOVIC

Monday, September 10, 2012

THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

 

Q.  Is gonna be the first question in English for you:  You come from Serbia; you are our brother; you showed you are brave; we love you and we admire you and we are very proud to have you as a Serbian.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Thank you.

 

Q.  So how do you feel about this final today?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Well, any loss is a bad loss, you know.  There is no question about it.  I’m disappointed to lose the match, but in the back of my mind I knew that I gave it all.  I really, really tried to fight my way back through.  I had a great opponent today.  He deserved to win this Grand Slam more than anybody, I’m sure, because over the years he’s been a top player.  He’s been so close; lost four finals.  Now he has won it, so I would like to congratulate him.  Definitely, you know, happy that he won it.

 

Q.  As you just said, any loss is a bad loss.  Andy has been so close so many times.  You and Roger and Rafa have all said at various times it’s bound to happen for him to win one.  If there is any consolation in the loss?  You know, is it nice to see Andy finally ascend to that hierarchy?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  As I said, it’s nice, definitely.  There is no doubt that he deserves to win the Grand Slam.  I mean, playing so consistently well and winning against the top players for many times on many surfaces.  He has proven today that he’s a champ and he deserves to be where he is, no question about it.

 

Q.  I mean, he looked like a man possessed out there tonight.  Obviously with the gold medal and just not giving up out there.  You have played him so many times on big arenas.  Talk about the way he played tonight.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  He played well.  I mean, it was a struggle for both of us, you know, to deal with the conditions.  Yeah, you know, at times we made a lot of unforced errors; at times we played some great points.  Two sides of the court with two different conditions, you know.  Playing down the wind and against the win is a huge advantage or disadvantage the way you look at it.  But it was the same for both of us.  The beginning of the fifth set was the turning point.  Was crucial, you know.  I should have not lost the two breaks in a row.  After that, it was really tough to come back.  And, you know, I definitely congratulate him, because he came up with big serving when he needed to.  I’m just satisfied and proud of my achievement, you know.  I know that I gave it all.  That’s always the goal.

 

Q.  The way you fired that last return of the match kind of reminded me of the return you had last year against Federer.  Did you have similar preparation towards that point as you did a year ago?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Yeah, obviously he was 5‑2 up in serve and 40‑15.  I mean, I didn’t give up.  I mean, I had trouble moving already for last couple of games.  I knew that my only chance really was to go for the shots.  It didn’t work this time; it worked last year.  That’s sport.

 

Q.  Memorable night.  Can you remember running so much in a single match?  Do you think it contributed to what looked like cramping up towards the end?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  I think we both did a lot of running.  Yeah, it was unfortunate really to not be able to come up with big shots at the right time.  Yeah, it forced me to go for winners or mistakes.  Unfortunately I did a lot of mistakes on the 2‑4 in the fifth and lost the crucial break.  After that, it was just a routine hold for him.

 

Q.  Obviously he, not enjoys, but handles these conditions very well.  You don’t like them.  You didn’t like them in your previous match.  You know, you got unlucky with net cords and everything else.  I think it would be very easy for you to say, This is not going to be my night.  Obviously the first two sets it looked that way.  How did you push through that and get to a fifth set?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Well, I had matches to this similar in my career, especially in the last two years.  We had a long around five‑hour match in Australia as well earlier this year.  I really tried mentally to be out there and physically always push myself over the limits, you know.  It’s a Grand Slam final and you want to win.  There is no question about it.  We both wanted this trophy.  We were very hungry for it.  You know, if I won that first set and had some chances maybe the match would go a different way.  But look, you know, there is no reason to go back and say, What if?  What if?  He’s a Grand Slam winner and he deserves to be there.

 

Q.  Talking about the match, can you talk about the frustration and angry at the conditions?  You fought to the fifth set.  Do you think maybe the start of the match was the key to it?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Well, we were both frustrated.  It’s the same for both players, you know.  It’s just the way you handle it.  Even though I was two sets down I still believed I could come back to the match.  I played really well third and fourth.  Yeah, a little bit slow start of the fifth and cost me the victory today.

 

Q.  Every year the journalist have to decide who is the best player of the year.  This year since 2003 is the first year that there are four players who won four different majors, but he won the Olympic Games plus he was in the final in Wimbledon.  Do you think right now even if the year is not over he deserves to be possibly the No. 1 of 2012?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Well, I’m not a journalist.  (Laughter.)  I guess it’s on you to decide.

 

Q.  I want to ask you to just reflect on your year, which has been a tremendous year and a lot has gone on.  I want to ask particularly what was physically going on with you at the end of the match?  What was the problem?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Well, it was great two weeks for me overall.  I played really good tennis when I needed to.  Today it was just not meant to be.  You know, we played almost five hours.  A lot of running, a lot of rallies.  I think that says enough about the effort that we both put, you know, physical, mental effort.  This time I didn’t win the match, and that’s sport.

 

Q.  You had some good early wins and then you had some real tough times.  You were in the shadow of Rafa and Roger.  You hung in there, kept on going, and then you scored your incredible breakthrough.  Andy now has persevered through many, many losses and has broken through.  My question is:  How does a pro deal with that?  How does he keep on going?  How does he keep his arc of his career going upward?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Well, I think in my experience it was just a matter of belief, really mentally to mature and to understand what you need to do to become a Grand Slam champion and to become the best in the world.  Andy has all the capacity he needs, all the talent on the court.  He’s dedicated; he’s professional.  He has proven that many years already, you know, with his results.  Us four, you know, we are taking this game to another level, and it’s really nice to be part of such a strong men’s tennis era, you know.  Obviously last couple of years ‑‑ I mean, I’m sure he’s gonna answer better ‑‑ but it was a necessary experience for him also to understand, you know, what he needs to do to be in the position that he is today.  So it was kind of similar story for me couple years back.  You know, he has done it.

 

Q.  Two years ago after the final you mentioned Rafa made one step; last year you made giant step; this year four different men can day, four gentlemen, four musketeers.  What do you think about today’s men’s field?  It’s so competitive, so close.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  I’m not sure what’s gonna happen next couple of years.  Obviously nothing is predictable.  You know, I’m trying to think about myself.  As I said, it’s a privilege to be part of this era.  It’s obvious that the four of us, you know, we get to the later stages of every single Grand Slam.  Andy winning tonight makes it even more competitive and more interesting for people to watch it.

 

Q.  Does it change your approach for the fight for No. 1 in any way?  Andy Murray winning today, does it change in any way your approach to the fight for No. 1?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  No.  My approach is always the same, you know.  I’m going to continue on to do what I’ve done so far.  I have a great team of people around me.  Being No. 1 of the world this year, end of this year is, yes, one of the objectives.  I’m going to try to recover from this and move on.

 

Q.  You seemed to play a lot of slice tonight especially on the backhand side especially early in the match.  Was that a tactic to adjust to him or to adjust to the wind?  Both?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Well, yeah, the conditions were requiring a lot of change of pace and variety.  I think we both used the slice efficiently, you know.  It’s really difficult to predict because the wind was blowing very strong from all parts of the court.  You know, sometimes ball just sits there and you have to make an extra step to come to it.  You know, it was difficult to play, yeah.

 

Q.  You came around the net to congratulate him and hug him in a very sporting gesture.  You’re the first person he sees in an extremely historic moment for Britain.  What did he seem like to have having won it and what did you say to him?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  What I said is what I said to you, that he deserves to win and I’m glad that he has won this trophy.  I mean it.  I mean, it must feel great for him.  It’s his first Grand Slam.

 

Q.  Could you see on his face…

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Yeah, I mean, you know, at that point a lot of emotions go through your mind.  He’s gonna answer better how he feels.

 

Q.  Going back to the match a little bit, you spiked that ball into the stands to win the fourth set; can you take us into the into your mind going into the fifth set?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  I was serving against the wind the first game.  Was 30‑15 up; he played couple good points; then, you know, 4‑2, to make a break, I didn’t ‑‑ it was a bit lucky shot.  But, look, you know, that’s sport.  You know, you are lucky; the opponent is lucky.  You can’t affect that.  You try always to fight and give your best.  Fifth set was decided in first couple of games.

 

Q.  Not many people in Britain can remember the Fred Perry match in 1936.  You have to be I guess in your 90s to have any memory of that.  Do you think that the gold medal match for Andy Murray gave him the self‑confidence, the self‑belief that was the critical psychological issue for him?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  It’s again a question for him, I think.  He’s gonna answer better.  But from looking at it from the side, I mean, he definitely changed his mindset, I think, you know, towards the big matches.  I mean, he has won gold medal in his country.  A lot of expectations.  He has won it in a very impressive way in finals, so it must have been a great confidence boost for him.

 

Q.  I wasn’t here for the first question.  When you played in Australia the long, long match, and this one, can you compare them?  Was this more difficult because of the wind?  Also, you were more tired then or today?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Well, you know, conditions are there, and you have to adjust as a player.  Both of the Grand Slams are played on hard court but obviously a different setting, a different conditions that you’re playing.

 

Q.  The rhythm?  Everything?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Well, yeah.  I mean, as I said, it was obvious.  We had to make a lot of improvization with the shots.  We had to try to stay in there and stay focused and be in a good balance.  You know, the wind was doing everything to keep us out from balance.  So it was tough to play in.

 

Q.  That match in Australia he only had obviously started working with Ivan Lendl.  Now they have been working together for eight months.  What are the main differences that you see?  Is it mainly mental or is there a change in his game?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  I think it’s mental in the end mostly.  He has maybe couple of adjustments in his game.  Maybe he goes for forehand more than he used to.  But, you know, he was he was always out there one of the best players to play in the men’s game last couple of years.  It was always a challenge to any of us on any surface.  I think it was mental for him in the end to really, you know, make a breakthrough.

 

Q.  What’s the key for you to get over this?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Have days without tennis.

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Andy Murray Finally Wins Major, Defeats Djokovic in Five Sets for US Open Crown

 

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Scotland’s Andy Murray had become the first man from Great Britain since Fred Perry  won the US Championships in 1936 to win a major title by defeating Novak Djokovic 7-6(10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 for the 2012 US Open title. The victory comes in his fifth major final.

The match which went 4 hours, 54 minutes was highlighted by many long, stirring rallies.

After No. 4 Murray gritted out the first two sets, Djokovic surged to even the match. In the fifth set Murray broke the Serbian  twice to take a 3-0 lead. Djokovic retrieved one of the breaks back to get to 1-3, but Murray surged again to take control closing ou t the set and the match 6-2.

“Novak is so, so strong. He fights until the end in every single match,” Murray said. “I don’t know how I managed to come through in the end.”

“It was incredibly tricky conditions,” Murray said while receiving the trophy. “After the third and fourth sets it was tough mentally for me… Novak is so, so strong. He fights till the end in every single match and I don’t know how I managed to come through in the end.

“It was close to five hours and I’ve had some really long and tough matches. I just managed to get through.”

“I really tried my best,” Djokovic said.

“It wasn’t to be. I want to congratulate Andy for his first Grand Slam.  He absolutely deserves it. I gave it all. It was another tremendous match to be a part of.”

“Any loss is a bad loss. There is no question about it. I’m disappointed to lose the match, but in the back of my mind I knew that I gave it all. I really, really tried to fight my way back through.”
“It was an incredibly tough match, and obviously it felt great at the end,” said Murray to media.” ‘Relief’ is probably the best word I would use to describe how I’m feeling just now. [I'm] very, very happy that I managed to come through because if I had lost this one from two sets up, that would have been a tough one to take.”

“I had a great opponent today, said Djokovic. He deserved to win this Grand Slam more than anybody, I’m sure, because over the years he’s been a top player. He’s been so close; lost four finals. Now he has won it, so I would like to congratulate him.”

Murray who is coached by Ivan Lendl now shares something in common – both men won their first major in their fifth major final.

 

Murray will move past Rafael Nadal and become the No. 3 player in the world when the new rankings come out this week.

Next target for the 25-year-old Scot is No. 1:

“That is the next step,” said Murray. “To do that, you need to be consistent throughout the whole year. That’s something that Novak and Roger and Rafa have done incredibly well the last few years. He made it very, very difficult for guys to get up there. I’m definitely going to try. It’s something I’d love to do, to get to No. 1. It’s a very tough thing to do.”

(Much more to follow)

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Stosur and Bryan Brothers win US Open Sportsmanship Awards

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., September 7, 2012 — The USTA today announced that Samantha Stosur, Bob and Mike Bryan have received the first-ever “US Open Sportsmanship Award” presented to the male and female professional tennis players who best demonstrate excellence in sportsmanship throughout the Emirates Airline US Open Series and the US Open.  The awards were presented to the winners at the US Open by USTA Chairman of the Board and President Jon Vegosen and Sportsmanship Selection Committee Chairman Todd Martin.

“Great sports make a sport great and Samantha Stosur is a perfect choice for the US Open Sportsmanship Award,” said Vegosen.  “Samantha is a phenomenal player and also exhibits the type of quality and tradition in our sport that we want to showcase. When someone like Samantha has accomplished as much as she has and is still a class act, it shows that character is really important in the game and in life.”

 

“I feel extremely honored to accept the Sportsmanship Award,” said Stosur. “I always try to compete hard and growing up watching my idols, I admired the players who were graceful in victory or defeat. It was a surprise to receive the award and nice to take home the beautiful trophy, although not quite the big one I was after.”

 

“Bob and Mike are both great champions and gracious competitors, making them the perfect choice to receive the US Open Sportsmanship Award,” said Vegosen. “Through all of their accomplishments on the court, Bob and Mike have exuded the class and integrity that exemplify what makes tennis such a great sport. Their success continues to set a perfect example for future generations.”

 

Bob and Mike Bryan won the 2012 US Open men’s doubles title to break the Open Era record for the most Grand Slam team titles with their 12th major trophy. The Bryans passed Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde in the Open Era and tied John Newcombe and Tony Roche for the all-time record. The Bryans also won the Emirates Airline US Open Series event in Toronto this summer and reached the semifinals of the Series event in Cincinnati.  Off the court, Esurance, the official car insurance sponsor of the US Open, teamed up with the Bryan brothers and USTA Serves this summer to support two tennis programs benefiting at-risk youth.

 

Eligibility requirements for winners include participating in at least two Series tournaments, as well as the 2012 US Open.  In addition to a handsome trophy, each US Open Sportsmanship Award winner receives a $5,000 donation to the charity of his or her choice.

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Djokovic versus Murray – Tale of the Tape

 

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – No. 2 Novak Djokovic will play  No. 4 Andy Murray for the US Open Men’s singles championship on Monday.  Here is a look at the their head-to-head records. Statistics provided by the International Tennis Federation.

 

Men’s Singles Final

NO. 2 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 3 ANDY MURRAY (GBR)

 

 

US Open Series

As first-place finisher in the US Open Series, Djokovic has already guaranteed an extra $500,000 in prize money by reaching the final here and could receive a bonus $1,000,000 for a total payout of $2.9 million should he win the tournament – which would be the biggest payout in tennis history.

 

US Open champions

24 different men have won US Open titles in the Open Era. The number could increase to 25 should Murray be crowned champion.

 

 

Different champions

Australian Open

25

Roland Garros

25

Wimbledon

19

US Open

24

 

 

2012 match-win leaders                          2012 hard court leaders

 

Rank Player Win-loss   Rank Player Win-loss
1 Novak Djokovic 60-10   1 Novak Djokovic 35-3
2 Roger Federer 59-8   2 Roger Federer 31-3
3 David Ferrer 58-12 3= Tomas Berdych 28-9
4= Juan Martin del Potro 52-14 Juan Martin del Potro 28-9
Nicolas Almagro 52-17   5= Andy Murray 25-5
——- —————————— ————     John Isner 25-9
7=  Andy Murray 46-11    

 

 

 

ATP Rankings Update…

Regardless of the outcome of the final, Djokovic will still occupy the No. 2 position and Murray will move up to
No. 3 in the ATP rankings when they are published on Monday.

 

 

No. 2 v No. 3…

This is the first Grand Slam final to feature the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds since 1995 Wimbledon, when No. 2 Pete Sampras defeated No. 3 Boris Becker. This is the 4th US Open final in the Open Era to be contested by the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds after 1982, 1983 and 1992.

 


Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 8-6

2006     AMS Madrid                  Hard (I)             R16      Djokovic           16 75 63

2007     AMS Indian Wells          Hard (O)            SF        Djokovic           62 63

2007     AMS Miami                   Hard (O)            SF        Djokovic           61 60

2008     AMS Monte Carlo          Clay (O)            R16      Djokovic           60 64

2008     AMS Toronto                Hard (O)            QF        Murray              63 76(3)

2008     AMS Cincinnati              Hard (O)            FR        Murray              76(4) 76(5)

2009     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)            FR        Murray              62 75

2011     Australian Open           Hard (O)           FR        Djokovic           64 62 63

2011     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)            SF        Djokovic           61 36 76(2)

2011     Cincinnati-1000              Hard (O)            FR        Murray              64 3-0 ret. (right shoulder injury)

2012     Australian Open           Hard (O)           SF        Djokovic           63 36 67(4) 61 75

2012     Dubai                           Hard (O)            SF        Murray              62 75

2012     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)            FR        Djokovic           61 76(4)

2012     London Olympics          Grass (O)          SF        Murray              75 75

 

A 2nd Grand Slam final and just a 3rd Grand Slam meeting for these 2 players who are only separated in age by one week.

 

Murray and Djokovic are the closest Grand Slam finalists by age. Murray is 7 days older than Djokovic. The previous closest Grand Slam finalists were Guillermo Vilas and Jimmy Connors at the 1977 US Open. Vilas was 16 days older than Connors.

 

Murray defeated Djokovic in the semifinals en route to winning a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Tennis Event last month. Their meeting at the Australian Open earlier this year was Murray’s last 5-set match. Djokovic enters today’s final on an 8-match winning streak in 5-set matches.

 

DJOKOVIC                                      v                                       MURRAY

25                                           Age                                           25

6’2”/1.88m                                   Height                                   6’3”/1.90m

2                                    ATP Ranking                                    4

38,905,183                   Career Prize Money (US$)*                   21,542,497

6,022,425                     2012 Prize Money (US$)*                     2,395,110

31                                         Titles                                         23

134-26                      Career Grand Slam Record                       99-27

5 titles                        Best Grand Slam Result                Runner-up 4 times

39-6                               US Open Record                               28-7

454-121                               Career Record                               369-118

282-68                          Career Record – Hard                          253-71

60-10                                  2012 Record                                  46-11

35-3                              2012 Record – Hard                              25-5

17-5                          Career Five-Set Record                           12-6

3                          Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          6

131-78                        Career Tiebreak Record                        106-65

12-9                            2012 Tiebreak Record                            14-5

*earnings as of 27 August 2012

 

Road to the Final

DJOKOVIC

Time^

Time^

MURRAY
d. Paolo Lorenzi 61 60 61

1:13

1st round

2:15

d. Alex Bogomolov Jr 62 64 61
d. Rogerio Dutra Silva 62 61 62

1:39

2nd round

1:51

d. Ivan Dodig 62 61 63
d. No. 31 Julien Benneteau 63 62 62

1:37

3rd round

3:53

d. No. 30 Feliciano Lopez 76(5) 76(5) 46 76(4)
d. No. 18 Stanislas Wawrinka 64 61 3-1 ret.

1:33

Round of 16

2:00

d. No. 15 Milos Raonic 64 64 62
d. No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro 62 76(3) 64

3:06

Quarterfinals

3:00

d. No. 12 Marin Cilic 36 76(4) 62 60
d. No. 4 David Ferrer 26 61 64 62

2:32

Semifinals

3:58

d. No. 6 Tomas Berdych 57 62 61 76(7)

total time on court

11:40

16:57

total time on court

^ Scorecard time

 

  • Defending champion DJOKOVIC is bidding to become the first man to retain the US Open title since Roger Federer in 2008.

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to win his 6th Grand Slam singles title and join Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg in joint-10th place for most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era.

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to win his 4th straight hard court Grand Slam, having won the 2011 and 2012 Australian Opens and the 2011 US Open. He is on a 27-match winning streak at hard court Grand Slam events. Only Roger Federer has a longer winning streak at hard court Grand Slam events with 40 consecutive victories from the 2005 US Open through the 2008 Australian Open.

 

  • This is Djokovic’s 9th Grand Slam final overall. He has a 5-3 win-loss record in Grand Slam finals going into today’s match:

 

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 v Andy Murray???

 

  • Djokovic has reached his 4th US Open final and moved into joint-7th place with Bjorn Borg for most appearances in the US Open final in the Open Era behind Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras (8 US Open final appearances each), Jimmy Connors (7), Andre Agassi and Roger Federer (6 each), and John McEnroe (5).

 

  • Djokovic has also reached his 3rd consecutive final at Flushing Meadows and moved into joint-4th place with John McEnroe and Pete Sampras for most successive finals reached in the Open Era. Lendl heads the list with 8 straight US Open finals, Federer is second with 6 and Jimmy Connors is third with 5.

 

  • At 2012 Roland Garros Djokovic became the 9th man in the Open Era to reach the final at all 4 Grand Slams:                       

 

                             Age to complete the set of Grand Slam final appearances (Open Era)

Player Completed at… Age^
Jim Courier 1993 Wimbledon 22 years 321 days
Rafael Nadal 2010 US Open 24 years 101 days
Andre Agassi 1995 Australian Open 24 years 275 days
Roger Federer 2006 Roland Garros 24 years 307 days
Novak Djokovic 2012 Roland Garros 25 years 19 days
Stefan Edberg 1991 US Open 25 years 232 days
Ivan Lendl 1986 Wimbledon 26 years 121 days
Rod Laver* 1969 US Open 31 years 31 days
Ken Rosewall* 1971 Australian Open 36 years 73 days

^ Age as at the end of the tournament

* Also reached all 4 Slam finals in the pre-Open Era

 

  • Djokovic has reached the semifinals at all 4 Grand Slams in a calendar year for the 2nd straight year. He is just the second man to reach all 4 semifinals in a calendar year on two occasions after Roger Federer in 2005/06/07/08/09.

 

  • The last time Djokovic was defeated by a player ranked lower than today’s opponent at a Grand Slam was at 2010 Wimbledon, when he lost to No. 13 Tomas Berdych in the semifinals.

 

  • Djokovic has won 4 of his last 5 matches against Top 10 opposition. His last loss came against No. 1 Roger Federer in the final at Cincinnati-1000. He is on a 3-match losing streak against Top 3 opposition.

 

  • Last year here Djokovic won his first US Open title after defeating Nadal in the final. He saved 2 match points in his semifinal against Federer to become the first man since Roddick in 2003 to win the title here having saved a match point. This is his 8th consecutive appearance at the US Open and his 32nd straight Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Djokovic won his 5th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open earlier this year after defeating Nadal in the longest-ever Grand Slam final. He finished runner-up at Roland Garros (l. Nadal), bringing an end to his bid to hold all 4 major titles at the same time, and he lost to Federer in the semifinals at Wimbledon. He is the only Grand Slam champion left in the men’s main draw from the 5 to start.

 

  • Djokovic is the only male Serbian Grand Slam champion and the only Serbian man to appear in a Grand Slam final. Only one other Serbian man has reached a Grand Slam semifinal in the Open Era, Slobodan Zivojinovic doing so at the 1985 Australian Open and 1986 Wimbledon under the Yugoslavian flag.

 

  • Djokovic has won 3 titles so far this year, all of which have come on hard court. As well as his Australian Open title, he won Miami-1000 (d. Andy Murray) and Toronto-1000 (d. Richard Gasquet).

 

  • Djokovic won the US Open Series after taking the title at Toronto-1000 and finishing runner-up at Cincinnati-1000. If he wins the title here he will earn an additional $1 million in prize money. The last player to win both the US Open Series and the US Open was Roger Federer in 2007.

 

  • At the London 2012 Olympic Tennis Event Djokovic lost the men’s singles bronze medal match to today’s opponent. He also carried the flag for Serbia in the Opening Ceremony.

 

  • For the second successive year Djokovic entered the US Open as the 2012 hard court leader. Following the semifinals here he has a 35-3 win-loss record on hard court in 2012, ahead of Roger Federer on 31-3.

 

  • Djokovic has been coached by Marian Vajda since June 2006. His wider team includes physios Miljan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch.

 

  • MURRAY is bidding to win his first Grand Slam title in his 5th major final.

 

  • Murray is bidding to avoid becoming just the second man in history to lose his first 5 Grand Slam finals. Only Fred Stolle lost his first 5 major finals – at 1963 Wimbledon, the 1964 Australian Championships, 1964 Wimbledon, the 1964 US Championships and the 1965 Australian Championships. Stolle went on to win 2 Grand Slam titles.

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the first British men’s winner at any Grand Slam event since Fred Perry won the US Championships in 1936. He is bidding to end an 8-match losing streak by British players in Grand Slam finals:

 

British men in Grand Slam finals since the 1936 US Championships

Grand Slam Player Opponent Result
1936 US Championships Fred Perry Don Budge Defeated 26 62 86 16 108
1937 French Championships Bunny Austin Henner Henkel Lost 61 64 63
1938 Wimbledon Bunny Austin Don Budge Lost 61 60 63
1977 (Dec) Australian Open John Lloyd Vitas Gerulaitis Lost 63 76 57 36 62
1997 US Open Greg Rusedski Pat Rafter Lost 63 62 46 75
2008 US Open Andy Murray Roger Federer Lost 62 75 62
2010 Australian Open Andy Murray Roger Federer Lost 63 64 76
2011 Australian Open Andy Murray Novak Djokovic Lost 64 62 63
2012 Wimbledon Andy Murray Roger Federer Lost 46 75 63 64
2012 US Open Andy Murray Novak Djokovic ???

 

  • This is the 287th Grand Slam event since a British man last won a major title. Murray is one of 4 British men to have reached a Grand Slam final since Perry’s victory at the 1936 US Championships.

 

  • The last British player, man or woman, to win a Grand Slam singles title is Virginia Wade at 1977 Wimbledon.

 

  • Murray is just the second British player, man or woman, to reach consecutive Grand Slam finals in the Open Era. Ann Jones reached the final at 1969 Roland Garros and 1969 Wimbledon. The last British man to reach consecutive Grand Slam finals was Fred Perry, who finished runner-up at 1936 Roland Garros before winning 1936 Wimbledon and the 1936 US Open – the last time that a British man won a Grand Slam.

 

  • Murray is through to his second US Open final 4 years after he broke through to his first Grand Slam final here in 2008 (l. Federer). He is just the second British man to reach multiple finals at either the US Championships or the US Open. In US Championships history, Fred Perry is the only Briton to reach more than one final here:

 

British Players in the US Championships/US Open finals

Year Player Opponent Result
1894 Manliff Goodbody Robert Wrenn Lost 68 61 64 64
1897 Wilberforce Eaves Robert Wrenn Lost 46 86 63 26 62
1902 Reginald Doherty William Larned Lost 46 62 64 86
1903 Laurie Doherty William Larned Won 60 63 108
1933 Fred Perry Jack Crawford Won 63 1113 46 60 61
1934 Fred Perry Wilmer Allison Won 64 63 16 86
1936 Fred Perry Donald Budge Won 26 62 86 16 108
1997 Greg Rusedski Pat Rafter Lost 63 62 46 75
2008 Andy Murray Roger Federer Lost 62 75 62

 

  • Murray is the only British man in the Open Era to reach multiple Grand Slam finals. Since the abolition of the Challenge Round Fred Perry is the only British player, man or woman, to reach more Grand Slam finals than Murray. Perry reached a total of 10 Grand Slam finals, winning 8 titles.

 

  • By reaching the final here Murray will overtake Rafael Nadal as world No. 3 when the ATP Rankings are released on Monday 10 September. Murray reached a career-high ranking of No. 2 in August 2009.

 

  • This is Murray’s 8th consecutive US Open appearance and 28th major overall. Last year here he reached the semifinals (l. Nadal).

 

  • Murray has won 5 of his last 6 matches against Top 10 opposition. His only loss came against No. 3 Federer in the Wimbledon final this year.

 

  • By defeating Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals here Murray qualified for the year-end ATP World Tour Finals for the 5th straight year. He has finished No. 4 in the year-end rankings for the last 4 years.

 

  • Murray’s 3rd round victory over Lopez was his 250th career hard court win. Just 7 other active players have won 250 or more hard court matches – Roger Federer (520 wins), Andy Roddick (426), Lleyton Hewitt (340), Tommy Haas (304), Novak Djokovic (282), Rafael Nadal (277) and James Blake (272) – through the semifinals here.

 

  • In Grand Slam play this year Murray reached the semifinals at the Australian Open (l. Djokovic), the quarterfinals at Roland Garros (l. David Ferrer) and finished runner-up at Wimbledon. He was the first British man to reach the Wimbledon final since Bunny Austin in 1938.

 

  • Murray’s 5-set defeat to today’s opponent at the 2012 Australian Open ended a run of four 5-set match wins. He hasn’t played a 5-set match since then.

 

  • Murray won the gold medal in the men’s singles at the London 2012 Olympic Tennis Event, defeating Federer in straight sets in the final. He also won his 19th career hard court title at 2012 Brisbane (d. Alexandr Dolgopolov) – he is in joint 4th place for most hard court titles among active players.

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the first man to win the US Open and an Olympic singles gold medal in the same year.

 

  • Murray played 2 US Open Series events prior to coming here. He gave a walkover to Milos Raonic in the 3rd round at Toronto-1000 with a knee injury and he lost to Jeremy Chardy in the 3rd round as defending champion at Cincinnati-1000.

 

  • Murray is bidding to become just the 3rd man to win both the US Open boys’ and men’s singles titles after Stefan Edberg and Andy Roddick. Murray won the boys’ singles title here in 2004 (d. Sergiy Stakhovsky).

 

  • Murray started working with 8-time Grand Slam champion Ivan Lendl at the beginning of this year. His fitness trainers are Matt Little and Jez Green, and his physiotherapist is Andy Ireland.

 

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Victoria Azarenka – In Her Own Words

An interview with: VICTORIA AZARENKA – Post -Match interview after losing the US Open final to Serena Williams

Sunday, September 9, 2012

THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

 

Q.  You played a great match out there today.  I mean, at the end you really looked absolutely devastated.  Did you feel like you just let this one get away?  What are your thoughts?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Yes, as you mentioned, you know, I think it was a great match.  Being so close it hurts deeply to know you don’t have it, you’re close, you didn’t get it.  But at this moment, you know, I have no regrets.  I felt like I gave it all there, you know.  Could it have gone my way?  Probably, yes.  But it didn’t.  It really, really hurts.  You know, those emotions come out and you feel sad, but it’s time to really realize what happened today.  You know, it was a great match.  It was close but not for me.

 

Q.  There are a lot of positives.  Getting to a Grand Slam final in and of itself is such a remarkable accomplishment.  You can look back on the summer as maybe a breakthrough summer for you.

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Definitely.  It’s a great achievement, there is no doubt.  It’s kind of difficult to sink everything in at this particular moment, because right now I feel sad.  I feel proud of myself in one way, but still sad.  But in few days when I go home, you know, I’ll be more than happy, you know, with the summer.  I think I’m in pretty good shoes, you know, sitting here as a finalist of the US Open actually for my first time.

 

Q.  Is it possible to explain how tense you were feeling at the end?  Looked like every single point was so important.

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Yeah, it was.  At this moment it feels like there is no room for a mistake, you know.  There is no room for a wrong decision.  So it’s absolutely tense and so close that you feel like you have to know what you’re doing, you know.  You have to be confident.  You have to trust yourself.  I did.  I really did.  It just felt like a few shots were just, you know, really close or at the top of the net.  But I have to be positive, you know, because I feel like these kind of matches ‑‑ every time I play Serena, it really pushes to be better, to improve, to move forward.  I have to be thankful to her for that, you know, as well.

 

Q.  Early on it was not going your way.  You had said you have to do something different.  What did you do to really turn the tide of that in the second set?  It was an amazing sort of switch that you were able to pull off.

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  I felt like I was returning much better.  I was preparing my opportunities to dictate, not let her dictate.  So that was important, to kind of make sure that no matter what the score is, no matter how good Serena is gonna play, I have to stay alert, and when I have opportunity to make sure that I’m on it.  And I really did that today.

 

Q.  You never played a Grand Slam final before this year.  You produced some of your best tennis in these two Grand Slam finals against Sharapova and Serena, both of whom had won Grand Slam titles before.  What do you think it is about your personality that allows you to bring out this best tennis at these most important matches moments?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Well, I’m not too bad of a player, I think, right?  So when you play at these stages you don’t expect anything else.  You know, you have to come out and show your best tennis.  There is no stepping back.  There is last match.  You know, as important as semifinals or quarterfinals, every round you play, the final round is always going to be the most important all the time.  All those high stakes, I feel like when the task is more difficult for me it’s more exciting.  You know, I don’t know, that fear, adrenaline is coming, something that you never experienced before, you know, you have to stand tall and just face it.  So I feel like this brings the best out of me, you know, those conditions, that motivation that I have to produce absolute best.

 

Q.  You were winning most of the baseline rallies in the second set and the third set.  When you came off your chair at 5‑4 to serve for the match, did you feel like, Yes, this is in my control; I can do it, or did the nerves just kind of get to you?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Well, it was both.  It was definitely a lot of self‑belief in myself, but I felt like there was just too many one‑, two‑shot rallies that didn’t allow me to grind it a little bit, you know, the way I like it, and not really make me feel in control at that particular moment.  I felt like I didn’t create enough a little bit myself.

 

Q.  Did you also feel like in that game when you served for it that she would definitely step up and play well?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Well, there was no other choice for her to do, so, yeah, in the back of my mind I had that coming.  So that maybe was a little bit of hesitation for me.  But I have to say, you know, Serena produced some amazing tennis.  I feel like I could have done a little bit better, but there was nothing that I did absolutely wrong.

 

Q.  Great tournament.

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Thank you.

 

Q.  You were talking about how Serena pushes you every time.

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Yeah.

 

Q.  What makes her so great?  Is it the serve?  The mental part?  Can you break it down for us?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Well, the serve is definitely the biggest asset, you know.  If you look in both of our games, it’s the biggest difference, you know, if you take it simple.  And the mental, you know, she never gives up.  You know, she’s a great champion.  She knows how to play.  I don’t know.  But definitely the serve is what stands out the most out of all the game, you know, assets.  But she’s definitely the toughest player mentally there is, and, you know, she’s got the power.

 

Q.  And mentally when she was making her push back in the third set, what went through your mind on the mental side in terms of, Here comes Serena?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  I didn’t think about that.  I just tried to stay focused on myself, you know, because that’s what was helping me throughout the whole match, you know, to try to be focused on what I have to do.  Of course being aware of what she’s going to do against me, but mostly trying to stay focused on my execution.

 

Q.  I want to ask you, going back to something you said a few answers ago where you thanked Serena for the way she pushes you and makes you strive to play better.  You said something to that effect during the awards ceremony out on the court.  If you could elaborate on that.  You’ve played 11 times and she’s beaten you 10 times.  Do you really feel grateful for having her in the game in your era and that she does bring that out in you, your best?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Well, hell, yeah; but in the other way, if she wasn’t there, I mean, I probably would have won more titles.  (Laughter.)

 

Q.  That’s my question, because some people would resent the other player.

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Yeah, but I will not take anything back.  I think she’s brought ‑‑ for me she’s the greatest player of all time.  She took the game to the next level.  As I said before, she makes me all the time to make sure that I’m taking my game, my personality, my physical aspect to the next level.  So, you know, having few of the players like that in the women’s tour right now is something priceless, you know, something that you cannot take away.  It’s the people who, you know, like Maria, like Petra those kind of girls, they always push me to be better.  I mean, it’s great opportunity, so I have no regret.  Today I was close.  I’m going to have for sure another opportunity to make something better.  That’s what I’m looking for.

 

Q.  You’re a very positive person.  I know you have taken positives away from this match.  How eager are you to return to the practice court and then play Serena again?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Well, I’m not going tomorrow or after tomorrow.  Trust me on that.

 

Q.  Why not?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  (Laughter.)  Well, because I feel like I deserve a little bit of rest.

 

Q.  I’m kidding.

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  You know, I feel like I always try to improve everything in my game.  I improved a lot my serve, which was a bigger gap between me and Serena, for sure.  So definitely physical aspect that I would like to step another level, because I feel like there is a lot of room of improvement.  Now the game becomes so physical that you have to keep pushing yourself.  Serena shows a lot of people how important it is right now.

 

Q.  Before the match, Agassi was talking about the sound of the crowd and how it sounds like a jet plane and a heartbeat, all this stuff.  You were in the middle of that cauldron and you were focusing on your game, but what does it feel like to be in a US Open final on that stage?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  It’s amazing, absolutely.  I feel like I’m in a place that I belong, you know.  It’s something that you will never be able to describe really with words, because that feeling that you get, that energy, you know, that something special, all eyes on you waiting for you to serve or return or see what you’re gonna do, it’s absolutely incredible.  It’s something that, I don’t know, we wake up every day for, you know, to feel that incredible atmosphere.  You know, I mean, no words describe.  It was not for me most of the time, because fair enough, but it was incredible.

 

Q.  After one of the crazy points, I think it was in the second set, you actually smiled to the crowd and looked happy.  Is it possible actually to have fun in a Grand Slam final?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Oh, it was a lot of fun.  Maybe wasn’t showing on my face expression, but it was a lot of fun.  It was great, you know, to be out there for ‑ I don’t know how long we played, two hours‑something ‑ that special moment.  It was absolutely fun.

 

Q.  You talked about your now‑famous grandmother.  When you get a personal moment just to share the personal side of this, what will you say about this great effort which just fell short in this drama?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Well, I just got a message from my family, and they said, We love you.  So I don’t need any other words to feel from them.  That’s the most important.

 

Q.  The spirit between you and Serena on the court afterwards was very nice.  It was a nice scene.  Can you speak a little bit about your energy with her.

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Well, we never had a problem with each other.  I truly admire her as a person, as a tennis player.  But I feel like, you know, there goes beyond just a tennis player when you connect with somebody.  Absolutely I admire her.  It was honest feelings, you know.  I congratulated her with all my heart because I felt like she absolutely deserved the win, you know.  She was the best player out there today.

 

Q.  Were you planning any special dances or celebration in case you won?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  I got my moves.  I don’t need to do the special dances.  When I win, I’ll do it.  But what’s important to prepare when you didn’t win?  (Laughter.)  I can dance all my night today.

 

Q.  Obviously you came at her in the second and she showed some fragility.  Things were breaking down a little bit for her.  Were you surprised by that?  Because she’s known for being so strong.  Or is that understandable in the moment with everything?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Well, she’s a human being, you know, who has two feet, two legs, you know, two hands.  It’s understandable.  Plus, you know, I felt like I came up to do something different to provoke those opportunities.  It wasn’t something, Oh, I’m going to…  she will start to miss, because that will never happen, really.  I felt like I provoked her and I was just trying to stay in that moment to make sure that I keep it rolling.

 

Q.  After the first set, were you sure that at some point in the second set, yes, I’m going to find my game?  Yes, I’m going to get this match and it’s going to be close or I have a chance of winning it?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Well, of course, otherwise I would just pack my bags and go home, seriously.  I feel every time I play I had this great advice from one very special person that said, When there is still a point, you always have a chance.  So I always have that mindset.

 

Q.  Who was that special person that gave you that advice?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Can I keep it to myself?  (Laughter.)  Thank you.

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Serena Williams wins Fourth US Open Title, 15th Major

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Two points away from losing, Serena Williams regained her poise and her game to stop No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 to capture her fourth US Open title on Sunday night, her 15th major title overall.  Williams won the last four games to win the title. Azarenka was serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set but was broken by Williams.

“I was serving at 3-5, at 30-all I figured I could serve that game out and just make her serve for it.” Williams told media. “It’s the least I could have done. And I hadn’t been holding my serve very well. After that I thought I could just force another game – and obviously I never give up. I never, never quit. I have come back so many times in so many matches. I wasn’t too nervous. I competed really well. I never stopped competing, no matter what, and sometimes if you can just go out and compete, then you can continue to do well.”

The final was the first three set affair in New York since 1995.

Williams has gone 26-1 this summer since her first round loss at the French Open in late May. Her run includes titles at Wimbledon, the Bank of the West Classic, the Olympics and now the US Open.

“I came into the summer knowing it was going to be a long summer,” Williams said. “But I could do well if I just put my mind to it. I knew I could just be a good player and a champion this summer, but I never expected to win all these titles. Everything has been so amazing.”

Williams is the first woman to win Wimbledon and the US Open in the same year since she herself did it in 2002.

Williams is the first 30-something to win the US Open since 1987 when  Martina Navratilova. Williams was a five-year-old at the time. Williams will tur 31 on September 26th.

“I honestly can’t believe I won, I was preparing my runner-up speech, ” said Williams on-court after the match.

“At the moment it’s tough. But Serena deserves to win. I’m honored to stand with such a champion here,” Azarenka said on-court after the heart-breaking loss.

“I definitely gave it all today. You know, stepping out of this court today I will have no regrets.”

“For me she’s the greatest player of all time, ” Azarenka told media. “She took the game to the next level. Having players like that on the women’s tour right now is something priceless – something you cannot take away. Today I was close. I’m for sure going to have another opportunity to make something better. That’s what I’m looking for.”

 

 

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Errani and Vinci Victorious – Capture US Open Doubles Title

 

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci added to their major championship trophy case on Sunday with their win over Czechs Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-2 for the US Open women’s doubles title. Errani and Vinci won the French Open title in June.

The doubles partners and best friends who had to face each other in the singles quarterfinals, will be No. 1 and No. 2 in doubles when the rankings come out this week.

In addition to the doubles success, Errani became the first Italian woman in the Open Era to reach the semifinals of the US Open. She lost to Serena Williams.

Errani is currently ranked No. 10 in singles.

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Peliwo wins US Open Junior Title

 

From Tennis Canada – Filip Peliwo of Canada won his second major Junior singles title of the season on Sunday at the US Open.

The 18-year-old completed his junior career with a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 victory over Liam Broady of Great Britain to give him a second junior Major singles crown in 2012 after making Canadian tennis history along with Eugenie Bouchard at Wimbledon this summer. The win is Peliwo’s first over Broady in three tries. On Saturday, he became the first player since Mark Kratzmann of Australia in 1984  to reach all four junior Grand Slam junior boys’ singles finals in the same year at the Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open. By capturing the title in Flushing Meadows, Peliwo also becomes the first boy since Grigor Dimitrov in 2008 to win the Wimbledon and U.S. Open junior singles titles in the same year.

Peliwo will once again be ranked No. 1 in the world on Monday. He also occupied the top spot on the world junior rankings after being crowned champion at Wimbledon. Peliwo will be in Montreal this week to serve as a practice partner for the Miele Canadian Davis Cup team who are preparing for their World Group playoff tie against South Africa next weekend at Uniprix Stadium.

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