February 7, 2016

Novak Djokovic Wins 6th Australian Open Title for 11th Major Title

(January 31, 2016) Novak Djokovic captured his sixth Australian Open title on Saturday night defeating No. 2 Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6(3) in 2 hours and 53 minutes. For Djokovic this is his 11th major title placing him in a tie for fifth place on the all-time list with Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver. His sixth title in Melbourne equals Roy Emerson’s record.

Djokovic is a perfect 6-0 in Australian Open finals, while Murray is now 0-5, four of them to No. 1 Djokovic.

Djokovic has now captured the last three major titles, going back to Wimbledon, and four of the last five.

“I don’t take anything for granted, even though I won last four out of five Grand Slams, played five finals, it’s phenomenal,” said Djokovic. “No doubt that I’m playing the best tennis of my life in the last 15 months.”

“The fact that I managed to make history tonight and equal Roy Emerson’s six Australian Open titles. Very honored to be mentioned alongside legends of our sport by Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver, win as many Grand Slams as they did.

“You know, I can’t lie and say I didn’t think about it. Of course it was in back of my mind. Coming into the court I knew that I have a chance to make the history. Of course it served as a great motivation, as a great imperative to play my best.

“I tried not to think about it too much, but it was there as an encouragement, as a positive feedback, and a goal.”

As for the runner-up Murray, his next challenge will be fatherhood. The Scot’s wife is expecting their first child in the next two weeks, so he was on his way back home after the festivities.

During the trophy presentation he tearfully addressed his wife Kim: “You’ve been a legend the last two weeks. Thank you so much for all your support. “I’ll be on the next flight home.”

“I’m proud I got into this position – just quite looking forward to get home now.”

“I saw some of the stats just at the end of the match,” Murray said. “He won 25 more points than me, 26 more points. I had 25 or 26 more unforced errors.

“You know, I think I didn’t hit my forehand particularly well at the beginning of the match. I started to hit it better in the third set. But, yeah, that was it.”

Djokovic’s next mountain to climb is to win the French Open, the only major he has never captured.

“Very hungry” (to win Roland Garros). But wolf needs to eat a lot of different meals to get to Paris. Paris is a dessert.”

 

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Tale of the Tape: Novak Djokovic Versus Andy Murray

(January 30, 2016) Defending champion and No. 1 Novak Djokovic will take on No. 2 Andy Murray for the Australian Open title on Sunday. This will be the fourth time both men have met in the Melbourne final, with Djokovic winning all three of the previous times. here is a look at the head-to-head records and statistics of both men. Statistics provided by Grand Slam Media and the Australian Open Men’s information team.

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

At stake for the finalists, in addition to the prestige of the Australian Open title, is the following:

 

 
AUD$
ATP Ranking Points
Champion 3,400,000 2000
Finalist 1,700,000 1200

 

Who has the advantage?
For 5 out of the past 8 years, the man who played his semifinal second has been the one who won the final, so recent history would suggest that Murray has the slight advantage in winning the 2016 Australian Open title.

 

No. 1 v No. 2
This is first time the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds have met in the Australian Open final since No. 1 Djokovic defeated No. 2 Rafael Nadal in 2012. It is the 9th time the Top 2 seeds have met in the Australian Open final in the Open Era, with the No. 1 seed holding a 5-4 win-loss record against the No. 2 seed in finals here. Andre Agassi was the last No. 2 seed to defeat the No. 1 seed in the Australian Open final, defeating Pete Sampras in 1995.

The is the 3rd consecutive meeting between the Top 2 seeds at a Grand Slam. The last time the No. 2 seed defeated the No. 1 seed in a Grand Slam final was at the 2013 US Open, when Nadal defeated Djokovic.

Hard court heroes
Djokovic will equal Agassi in 2nd place on the list for most Open Era hard court titles if he wins the title here. Murray, meanwhile, is looking to take sole ownership of 5th place ahead of his former coach Ivan Lendl.
Hard court title leaders (Open Era)

Player

Hard court titles

Roger Federer 60
Andre Agassi 46
Novak Djokovic

Pete Sampras

45

36

Ivan Lendl 26
Andy Murray 26

ATP Rankings update…

Regardless of the outcome of the final, Djokovic and Murray will still occupy the No. 1 and No. 2 positions in the ATP Rankings when they are published on Monday 1 February.

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 21-9

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     Olympic Tennis Event    Grass (O)         SF        Murray             75 75

2012     US Open                      Hard (O)          FR        Murray             76(10) 75 26 36 62

2012     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           FR        Djokovic           57 76(11) 63

2012     ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I)            RR       Djokovic           46 63 75

2013     Australian Open          Hard (O)          FR        Djokovic          67(2) 76(3) 63 62

2013     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         FR        Murray             64 75 64

2014     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           QF       Djokovic           75 63

2014     US Open                      Hard (O)          QF       Djokovic          76(1) 67(1) 62 64

2014     Beijing                          Hard (O)           SF        Djokovic           63 64

2014     Paris-1000                    Hard (I)            QF       Djokovic           75 62

2015     Australian Open          Hard (O)          FR        Djokovic          76(5) 67(4) 63 60

2015     Indian Wells-1000         Hard (O)           SF        Djokovic           62 63

2015     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           FR        Djokovic           76(3) 46 60

2015     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           SF        Djokovic          63 63 57 57 61

2015     Montreal-1000               Hard (O)           FR        Murray             64 46 63

2015     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           SF        Djokovic           61 63

2015     Paris-1000                    Hard (I)            FR        Djokovic           62 64

 

Djokovic has won 10 of his last 11 matches against Murray. His only loss in that time came in the final at 2015 Montreal-1000. Djokovic has a 7-6 win-loss record against Murray in Tour-level finals.

 

Djokovic has a 6-2 win-loss record against Murray at the Grand Slams, and a 3-2 win-loss record against Murray in Grand Slam finals. The only player Djokovic has beaten on more occasions than Murray at a Grand Slam is Roger Federer (defeated 9 times).

 

It will be the 6th meeting between these 2 players in a Grand Slam final which puts them in 3rd position on the all-time leaderboard for most match-ups in a Grand Slam final.

 

                                                Most head-to-heads in Grand Slam finals (Open Era)

Head-to-head Grand Slam final meetings
Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal 8
Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal 7
Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray 6
Andre Agassi v Pete Sampras

Ivan Lendl v Mats Wilander

5

5

 

This is the 4th Australian Open final to feature Djokovic and Murray – the joint-most head-to-heads in any one Grand Slam final in the Open Era after Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal, who played each other in the final at Roland Garros 4 times in 2006-08 and 2011. There has only been multiple match-ups in the Australian Open final here on 2 other occasions – Jim Courier v Stefan Edberg (1992-93) and Johan Kriek v Steve Denton (1981-82).

 

Murray and Djokovic both feature on the list for most Australian Open finals reached in the Open Era. By reaching the final here, Djokovic has set a new record for the most finals reached here in the Open Era.

 

Player No. of AO finals (Open Era)
Novak Djokovic

Stefan Edberg

Roger Federer

Andy Murray

6

5

5

5

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

 

Djokovic has an 18-7 win-loss record against Murray on a hard court.

 

Djokovic leads each of the members of the big 5 – Federer (23-22), Murray (21-9), Nadal (24-23) and Stan Wawrinka (20-4) in their previous meetings.

Road to the Final

DJOKOVIC Time   Time MURRAY
d. Hyeon Chung 63 62 64 1:55 1st round 2:07 d. Alexander Zverev 61 62 63
d. (WC) Quentin Halys 61 62 76(3) 1:40 2nd round 1:31 d. Sam Groth 60 64 61
d. No. 2 Andreas Seppi 61 75 76(6) 2:21 3rd round 2:38 d. No. 32 Joao Sousa 62 36 62 62
d. No. 14 Gilles Simon 63 67(1) 64 46 63

d. No. 7 Kei Nishikori 63 62 64

d. No. 3 Roger Federer 61 62 36 63

4:32

2:07

2:19

Round of 16
Quarterfinals

Semifinals

2:30

3:20

4:03

d. No. 16 Bernard Tomic 64 64 76(4)

d. No. 8 David Ferrer 64 64 75

d. No. 13 Milos Raonic 46 75 67(4) 64 62

         
total time on court 14:54 (IBM time) 16:09 total time on court

 

DJOKOVIC                                      v                                       MURRAY

 

28                                          Age                                          28

6’2”/1.88m                                  Height                                  6’3”/1.91m

1                                    ATP Ranking                                    2

94,251,218                     Career Earnings (US$)                     42,435,316

60                                         Titles                                         35

213-34                     Career Grand Slam Record                     159-37

10 titles                       Best Grand Slam Result                       2 titles

56-6                         Australian Open Record                        45-10

697-146                              Career Record                              558-165

460-86                         Career Record – Hard                        380-107

11-0                                  2016 Record                                   6-0

11-0                             2016 Record – Hard                              6-0

26-8                          Career Five-Set Record                          19-7

4                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         8

191-111                      Career Tiebreak Record                      158-100

3-1                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            1-2

                                                                                

  • 5-time champion DJOKOVIC is looking to win his 6th Australian Open title and equal Roy Emerson’s record for most Australian titles.

Australian Open title leaders (all-time)

Player
Titles won
Years
Roy Emerson 6 1961, 1963-67
Novak Djokovic 5 2008, 2011-13, 2015
Andre Agassi 4 1995, 2000-01, 2003
Jack Crawford 4 1931-33, 1935
Roger Federer 4 2004, 2006-07, 2010
Ken Rosewall 4 1953, 1955, 1971-72

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to become the 10th man in history to win 6 titles at any Grand Slam event. Nadal tops the table with 9 Roland Garros titles.

                                               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
Roy Emerson Australian Championships 6 1961, 1963-67
Bjorn Borg Roland Garros 6 1974-75, 1978-81
Novak Djokovic Australian Open 6?? 2008, 2011-13, 2015, 2016??

                                               ** Challenge round played through 1911 at US Championships

  • Djokovic is bidding to become the first man to win 3 consecutive Grand Slam titles since he achieved the feat when he won 2011 Wimbledon, the 2011 US Open and the 2012 Australian Open.

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to win his 11th Grand Slam title and move into equal 5th place with Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver 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), 2014
    (d. Federer) and 2015 (d. Federer); and at the US Open in 2011 (d. Nadal) and 2015 (d. Federer).

 

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 Borg

Rod Laver

7= 10 Novak Djokovic

Bill Tilden

9= 8 Andre Agassi

Jimmy Connors

Ivan Lendl

Fred Perry

Ken Rosewall

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to win his 7th consecutive Tour-level title. He won the titles at the 2015 US Open, 2015 Beijing, 2015 Shanghai-1000, 2015 Paris-1000, the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals and 2016 Doha.
  • Djokovic is bidding to become the first player to successfully defend the Australian Open title since he achieved the feat in 2013 having won the event here in 2012.

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to become the 18th 1 seed to win the Australian Open title in the Open Era. The last Top seed to win the title here was Djokovic himself in 2015. The Top seed has won the title here in 7 of the last 10 years.

 

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

 

  • Djokovic has an 10-8 win-loss record in his 18 previous Grand Slam finals and a 5-0 win-loss record in Australian Open finals.

                                             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 63 64
2015 Wimbledon d. Roger Federer 76(1) 67(10) 64 63
2015 US Open d. Roger Federer 64 57 74 74
2016 Australian Open v Andy Murray???

 

  • Djokovic is on a 14-match winning streak in Tour-level matches. He hasn’t lost a match since he was defeated by Roger Federer in the round-robin at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals. He still went on to win the title there as well as at Doha. His longest winning streak came in 2011, when he won 43 matches in a row.

 

  • Djokovic is on a 20-match Grand Slam winning streak. He has not lost a Grand Slam match since he was defeated by Wawrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final. His longest Grand Slam match-winning streak is 27, which took in the titles at 2011 Wimbledon, the 2011 US Open and the 2012 Australian Open, and a runner-up finish at 2012 Roland Garros.

 

  • Djokovic has reached his 5th consecutive Grand Slam final and moved into joint-3rd place on the list for the most consecutive major finals reached in the Open Era. Just 2 different men in the Open Era have reached 5 or more consecutive Grand Slam finals.

 

  Player Consecutive Grand Slam finals
1 Roger Federer 10 – 2005 Wimbledon – 2007 US Open
2 Roger Federer 8 – 2008 Roland Garros – 2010 Australian Open
3= Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal

5 – 2015 Australian Open – 2016 Australian Open

5 – 2011 Roland Garros – 2012 Roland Garros

 

  • Djokovic has reached his 19th Grand Slam final and moved into equal-3rd place with Ivan Lendl on the all-time list of most appearances in Grand Slam finals.

 

1 Roger Federer 27
2 Rafael Nadal 20
3= Novak Djokovic

Ivan Lendl

19

19

5 Pete Sampras 18
6 Rod Laver 17
7= Bjorn Borg 16
  Ken Rosewall 16

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to record his 57th match-win at the Australian Open and take sole ownership of 2nd place on the list for most Australian Open match-wins in the Open Era.

 

Player Win-loss
Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic

Stefan Edberg

80-13
56-6

56-10

Andre Agassi 48-5
Ivan Lendl 48-10

                                                            

  • Djokovic’s victory over Simon in the round of 16 here extended his 5-set match-winning streak to 6-matches. He hasn’t lost a 5-set match since he was defeated by Wawrinka in the quarterfinals here in 2014. He has a 26-8 five-set win-loss record and a 5-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park.

 

  • Djokovic has won 16 of his last 17 Tour-level matches against Top 10 opposition. His only defeat in that time came to No. 3 Roger Federer in the round-robin at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals. He has won 13 of his last 14 matches against Top 10 opposition at the Grand Slams, with his only defeat in that time coming against No. 9 Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final.

 

  • Last year here Djokovic won his 5th Australian Open title, defeating Murray 76(5) 67(4) 63 60 in the final. This is his 12th Australian Open and his 45th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Elsewhere at the majors in 2015, Djokovic won the titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, defeating Federer on both occasions to take his major total to 10. He also reached the final at Roland Garros, losing to Wawrinka. He became the 3rd player in the Open Era to reach all 4 Grand Slam finals in a calendar year after Rod Laver (1969) and Federer (2006-07, 2009).

 

  • Djokovic won 11 titles in 15 finals in 2015 and in so doing finished the year with a prize money haul of $21,592,125. He finished the year ranked No. 1 for the 4th time after winning his 4th consecutive ATP World Tour Finals crown.
  • Djokovic warmed up for the 2016 Australian Open by winning his 60th career singles title at Doha (d. Nadal).

 

  • Djokovic started working with 2-time Australian Open champion Boris Becker in 2014. He has also been coached by Marian Vajda since June 2006. His wider team includes physios Miljan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch.

 

  • 4-time Australian Open runner-up MURRAY is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after losing 4 finals at any one Grand Slam. He finished as runner-up to Roger Federer here in 2010, and to today’s opponent in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Federer and Ivan Lendl are the only players to lose 3 Grand Slam finals at one major before winning the title in the Open Era.

No. of final appearances at one Grand Slam event before winning first title (Open Era)

Player
No. of appearances in the final at any one Grand Slam before winning the title
Years
Andy Murray 5 Australian Open finals?? Lost 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015
Roger Federer 4 Roland Garros finals Lost 2006, 2007, 2008. Won 2009
Ivan Lendl 4 US Open finals Lost 1982, 1983, 1984. Won 1985

 

  • Murray is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win the Australian Open title after losing 4 finals. Marat Safin is the only player to lose multiple finals at the Australian Open before winning the title, having lost the final in 2002 and 2004 before winning the title in 2005.

 

  • Murray is looking to avoid becoming only the 2nd man in the Open Era to lose 5 Grand Slam finals at any one major. Lendl is the only man in the Open Era who has lost 5 finals at any one Grand Slam event – falling in 1982-84 and 1988-89. He won the US Open in 1985-87.

 

  • If Murray wins the title for the first time on his 11th Australian Open appearance, he will set a record for most Australian Open appearances before winning the title.

 

                    Number of Australian Open appearances before winning the title (Open Era)

Andy Murray??

Petr Korda

Stan Wawrinka

Thomas Johansson

Ivan Lendl

Marat Safin

11??

9

9

8

7

7

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the first British man to win the Australian Open since Fred Perry defeated Jack Crawford in 1934.

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the 21st man in the Open Era to win 3 or more Grand Slam titles. He is also looking to become the 16th man in the Open Era to win at least 3 of the 4 Grand Slam titles.

 

  • Murray is bidding to defeat a No. 1 ranked player at a Grand Slam for the 3rd time in his career. His only wins over No. 1 players at the majors came against Rafael Nadal in the semifinals at the 2008 US Open and against today’s opponent in the 2013 Wimbledon final. He has 0-4 win-loss record against players ranked No. 1 at Melbourne Park and a 2-10 win-loss record against players ranked No. 1 at the Grand Slams overall.

 

  • Murray has lost 11 of his last 12 matches against players ranked No. 1. His only victory in that time came against today’s opponent in the final at 2015 Montreal-1000.

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the 5th reigning Davis Cup champion to win the subsequent Australian Open men’s singles title in the Open Era. Djokovic was the last player to achieve the feat, winning the 2010 Davis Cup with Serbia followed by the 2011 Australian Open. The feat has been achieved on 4 occasions in the Open Era:

 

Davis Cup Champion Australian Open men’s singles champion*
Serbia – 2010

USA – 1992

Sweden – 1987

USA – 1969

Novak Djokovic – 2011

Jim Courier – 1993

Mats Wilander – 1988

Arthur Ashe – 1970

*Each won at least one live singles rubber in winning the previous year’s Davis Cup Final

 

  • Murray won 11 rubbers in Davis Cup last year to help Great Britain win Davis Cup for the first time since 1936. He was the first man to win 8 live singles rubbers in one year since the introduction of the World Group in 1982. Great Britain defeated Belgium 3-1 in the Final in Ghent.

 

  • Murray is a 2-time Grand Slam champion, defeating today’s opponent for each of his major victories. He won the 2012 US Open title and became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years in 2013. He is contesting his 11th straight Australian Open and 40th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • By reaching the final here, Murray has closed the gap on Fred Perry for the most appearances in a Grand Slam final by a British man (since the Challenge Round was abolished at Wimbledon in 1922):

 

Player Appearances in a Grand Slam final
Fred Perry 10 – US Championships 1933-34, 1936, Australian Championships 1934-35, French Championships 1935-36, Wimbledon 1934-36
Andy Murray 9   – US Open 2008, 2012, Australian Open 2010-11, 2013, 2015-16, Wimbledon 2012-13

 

  • By reaching the final here, Murray has taken sole ownership of 13th place on the list for the most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era with 9. Only 3 active players have reached more Grand Slam finals than Murray – Roger Federer (27), Rafael Nadal (20) and Novak Djokovic (19).

 

  • Murray is looking to win his 46th match at Melbourne Park and take sole ownership of 6th place on the Open Era list for most Australian Open match-wins. He is currently level with Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal on 45 wins at Melbourne Park.

 

  • Murray and brother Jamie are the first brothers to reach the finals in both the men’s singles and men’s doubles events at a Grand Slam since Reggie and Laurie Doherty at 1906 Wimbledon. Laurie Doherty won the singles Challenge Round that year while Reggie and Laurie Doherty finished runners-up in the men’s doubles final. Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares will play Daniel Nestor/Radek Stepanek in the doubles final on Saturday.

 

  • By defeating Raonic in 5-sets in the semifinals here, Murray improved his win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open to 2-3. The only other 5-set match he has won here came in 2013 when he defeated Federer in the semifinals. He has won 7 of his last 8 five-set matches, with his only defeat in that time coming to Djokovic in the semifinals at 2015 Roland Garros. He has a 19-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Murray has come from 0-2 down to win a 5-set match on 8 occasions. The last time he came back from 0-2 down to win a match was against Adrian Mannarino in the 2nd round at the 2015 US Open.

 

  • Murray is the leading British man in history in terms of Grand Slam match-wins with a 159-37 win-loss record. He sits in 11th place on the list for the most Open Era Grand Slam match-wins behind Boris Becker (163-40).
  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2015, Murray reached the semifinals at Roland Garros (l. today’s opponent) and Wimbledon (l. Federer). He fell to Kevin Anderson in the round of 16 at the US Open – the first time he had lost before the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam since the 2010 US Open.

 

  • Also in 2015, Murray won 4 titles including his first titles on clay at Munich (d. Philipp Kohlschreiber), where he became the first British player to win a Tour-level clay court title since Buster Mottram at 1976 Palma, and Madrid-1000 (d. Nadal). He also won the title at Queen’s (d. Anderson) and Montreal-1000 (d. today’s opponent).

 

  • Murray warmed up for the Australian Open at the Hopman Cup. He won 2 of his 3 singles matches in Perth, defeating Kenny de Schepper and Alexander Zverev, but losing to Nick Kyrgios.

 

  • Murray is coached by 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo.

 

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Andy Murray Rallies to Reach Fifth Australian Open Final

(January 29, 2016) No. 2 Andy Murray rallied from two sets to one down to beat No. 13 Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2 to reach his fifth Australian Open final. He’ll play defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday. Murray has lost to No. 1 Djokovic in three previous finals.

The Canadian Raonic began the match by breaking Murray’s serve at love. Raonic made the hold stand to win the first set 6-4. In the second set Murray broke serve in the 12th game to capture the second set 7-5. The third set saw both men stand toe-to-toe into the tiebreak. Raonic jumped to a 5-2 lead in the tiebreak and closed it out 7-4.  In the fourth set Murray took Raonic’s serve in the seventh game and saved four break points in the next few games to prevent Raonic from getting back into the set.

Raonic took a medical time out in the fourth set for an upper right leg injury and was visibly hampered in his movement on the court after that.

Raonic was broken to open the fifth set and broke his racquet in anger and frustration. Murray ran up a 4-0 score and did not have to look back.

Raonic made 78 unforced errors in the four-hour and three-minute match.

Murray goes into the final against 10-time major winner Djokovic with a 9-21 record, having lost 3 finals to the No. player. The will be the Scotsman’s ninth major final.

In his on-court interview he talked about what he needs to do to beat the world No. 1: “I need to keep my game plan very well, not have any lapses in concentration and just play the best I can.” 

“He loves playing on this court, we’ve played a bunch of times here. Hopefully it can be a different result.”

Asked about his injury, Raonic said: “Just a difficulty to push off my leg with my adductor midway through the third set. That’s what it was.

“It’s unfortunate. Probably the most heartbroken I felt on court, but that’s what it is.”

“Five finals is a great achievement,” Murray said. “You can’t take that away from me. I should be happy about that. There’s very few players that will have made five Australian Open finals, so I have to be proud of that achievement.

“Obviously when you get to the final you’re disappointed if you don’t win. But, I mean, I’ve obviously played very good tennis here. I’ve given myself many opportunities to reach the finals. Seven straight quarterfinals, as well.

“I have a very good shot on Sunday if I play my best tennis, like I said. I need to do it for long enough to have a chance. I’m aware of that. I don’t think many people are expecting me to win on Sunday. I have to just believe in myself, have a solid game plan, and hopefully execute it and play well.

“But, you know, the previous disappointments, it’s one tennis match. Doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past really. It’s about what happens on Sunday. People like to read into what’s happened in the past, but Stan beat Rafa in the final here. I don’t know, I don’t think he’d ever won against him in like 13 attempts. When he beat Novak here, the same thing, as well.

“There’s no reason it’s not possible for me to win.”

Earlier in the day,  No. 1 seeds  Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (1), 6-3 to win the women’s doubles crown. The team has now won three straight majors and 36 consecutive matches.

 

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Tale of the Tape: Andy Murray Versus Milos Raonic

Rod Laver Arena

Andy Murray and Milos Raonic will meet in the semifinals of the Australian Open on Friday night inn Melbourne. Here is a look at their head-to-head records.

 

2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v NO. 13 MILOS RAONIC (CAN)

Head-to-head: tied 3-3

2012     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           R32      Murray             w/o (knee)

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

2012     Toronto-1000                Hard (O)           R16      Raonic              w/o (ankle)

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

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

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

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

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

 

Murray and Raonic have split their previous meetings at 3 each and are also level in their previous hard court meetings, having won 2 each. They have met at a major just once before, Murray winning in straight sets on his way to his first Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open.

 

Murray and Raonic are bidding to ensure their respective nation has representation in both the men’s singles and men’s doubles finals at this year’s Australian Open. Murray’s brother Jamie and Raonic’s countryman Daniel Nestor have both reached the men’s doubles final here. The last time there was a British man in both the singles and doubles finals at a Grand Slam was at 2012 Wimbledon when Andy Murray finished runner-up in the men’s singles and Jonny Marray won the men’s doubles title. The last time British men reached the singles and doubles finals here was in 1935 when Fred Perry finished as runner-up in the singles and Perry and Patrick Hughes finished as runner-up in the doubles. The feat has never been achieved by Canadian players.

 

Possible semifinal head-to-heads

  Djokovic Federer
Murray 9-21 11-14
Raonic 0-5 2-9

 

MURRAY                                       v                                        RAONIC

 

28                                          Age                                          25

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

2                                    ATP Ranking                                   14

35                                         Titles                                          8

2 titles                        Best Grand Slam Result                   2 semifinals

158-37                     Career Grand Slam Record                      48-19

44-10                        Australian Open Record                         19-5

557-165                              Career Record                              216-103

379-107                        Career Record – Hard                         159-64

5-0                                   2016 Record                                   9-0

5-0                              2016 Record – Hard                              9-0

18-7                          Career Five-Set Record                          6-4

8                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

158-99                       Career Tiebreak Record                       139-88

1-1                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            4-1

 

Road to the Semifinals

MURRAY Time   Time RAONIC
d. Alexander Zverev 61 62 63

d. Sam Groth 60 64 61

2:07

1:31

1st round

2nd round

1:26

2:55

d. Lucas Pouille 61 64 64

d. Tommy Robredo 76(6) 76(5) 75

d. No. 32 Joao Sousa 62 36 62 62 2:38 3rd round 1:46 d. No. 21 Viktor Troicki 62 63 64
d. No. 16 Bernard Tomic 64 64 76(4)

d. No. 8 David Ferrer 64 64 75

2:30

3:20

Round of 16

Quarterfinals

3:44

2:17

d. No. 4 Stan Wawrinka 64 63 57 46 63

d. No. 23 Gael Monfils 63 36 63 64

         
total time on court 12:06 (IBM time) 12:08 total time on court

 

  • 4-time Australian Open runner-up MURRAY is bidding to reach the final here for the 5th time and move into joint-2nd place on the list for most Australian Open finals reached in the Open Era.

 

Player No. of AO finals
Novak Djokovic*

Stefan Edberg

Roger Federer*

Andy Murray??

5

5

5

5??

*The winner of the Djokovic v Federer semifinal will reach their 6th Australian Open final

 

  • Murray is bidding to reach his 9th Grand Slam final and close the gap on Fred Perry for the most appearances in a Grand Slam final by a British man (since the Challenge Round was abolished at Wimbledon in 1922):

 

Player Appearances in a Grand Slam final
Fred Perry 10 – US Championships 1933-34, 1936, Australian Championships 1934-35, French Championships 1935-36, Wimbledon 1934-36
Andy Murray 8      – US Open 2008, 2012, Australian Open 2010-11, 2013, 2015, Wimbledon 2012-13

 

  • Murray is bidding to take sole ownership of 13th place on the list for the most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era with 9. Only 3 active players have reached more Grand Slam finals than Murray – Roger Federer (27*), Rafael Nadal (20) and Novak Djokovic (18*). [*Written before the Djokovic v Federer semfinal.]

 

  • Murray is looking to win his 45th match at Melbourne Park and tie Pete Sampras and Nadal in joint-6th place on the Open Era list for most Australian Open match-wins.

 

  • Murray and brother Jamie are bidding to become the first brothers in the Open Era to reach the finals in both the men’s singles and men’s doubles events at a Grand Slam. Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares will play Daniel Nestor/Radek Stepanek in the doubles final on Saturday.

 

  • Murray has a 1-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open. The only 5-set match he has won here came in 2013 when he defeated Federer in the semifinals. He has won 6 of his last 7 five-set matches, with his only defeat in that time coming to Djokovic in the semifinals at 2015 Roland Garros. He has an 18-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Murray has come from 0-2 down to win a 5-set match on 8 occasions, including in his most recent 5-set match against Adrian Mannarino in the 2nd round at the 2015 US Open.

 

  • Murray has reached his 6th Australian Open semifinal and moved into joint-4th position on the table for most appearances in the last 4 here in the Open Era.

 

              Australian Open semifinals reached (Open Era)

Player No. of AO semifinals
Roger Federer 12
Stefan Edberg 8
Ivan Lendl 7
Andre Agassi

Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray

6

6

6

Pete Sampras

Mats Wilander

5

5

                                            

 

  • Murray has reached his 18th Grand Slam semifinal and extended his record for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances by a British man ahead of Fred Perry (13 semifinals). Murray has reached the semifinals at the Australian Open 6 times, Roland Garros 3 times, Wimbledon 6 times and the US Open 3 times. He has an 8-9 win-loss record in Grand Slam semifinals and a 4-1 semifinal win-loss record here:

 

                                            Murray’s Grand Slam semifinal appearances

Grand Slam Opponent Result
2008 US Open Rafael Nadal d. 62 76(5) 46 64
2009 Wimbledon Andy Roddick l. 64 46 76(7) 76(5)
2010 Australian Open Marin Cilic d. 36 64 64 62
2010 Wimbledon Rafael Nadal l. 64 76(6) 64
2011 Australian Open David Ferrer d. 46 76(2) 61 76(2)
2011 Roland Garros Rafael Nadal l. 64 75 64
2011 Wimbledon Rafael Nadal l. 57 62 62 64
2011 US Open Rafael Nadal l. 64 62 36 62
2012 Australian Open Novak Djokovic l. 63 36 67(4) 61 75
2012 Wimbledon Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d. 63 64 36 75
2012 US Open Tomas Berdych d. 57 62 61 76(7)
2013 Australian Open Roger Federer d. 64 67(5) 63 67(2) 62
2013 Wimbledon Jerzy Janowicz d. 67(2) 64 64 63
2014 Roland Garros Rafael Nadal l. 63 62 61
2015 Australian Open Tomas Berdych d. 67(6) 60 63 75
2015 Roland Garros Novak Djokovic l. 63 63 57 57 61
2015 Wimbledon Roger Federer l. 75 75 64
2016 Australian Open v Milos Raonic ???

 

  • Murray has lost in the semifinals here once before, falling to Djokovic in 5 sets in 2012. He is contesting his 11th straight Australian Open and 40th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Murray has reached his 18th Grand Slam semifinal and moved into joint-10th place with Boris Becker on the Open Era list for most Grand Slam semifinals reached. Federer (39 semifinals), Djokovic (29) and Nadal (23) are the only active players to reach the last 4 at a Grand Slam on more occasions than Murray.

 

  • By reaching the semifinals here, Murray and Johanna Konta ensured Great Britain had male and female representation in the semifinals at a Grand Slam for the first time since the 1977 Australian Open when Sue Barker and John Lloyd reached that stage.

 

  • Murray is the leading British man in history in terms of Grand Slam match-wins with a 158-37 win-loss record. He sits in 11th place on the list for the most Open Era Grand Slam match-wins behind Boris Becker (163-40).

 

  • Murray won 11 rubbers in Davis Cup last year to help Great Britain win Davis Cup for the first time since 1936. He was the first man to win 8 live singles rubbers in one year since the introduction of the World Group in 1982. Great Britain defeated Belgium 3-1 in the Final in Ghent.

 

  • Murray is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after losing 4 finals at any one Grand Slam. He finished as runner-up to Federer here in 2010, and to Djokovic in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Federer, at Roland Garros, and Ivan Lendl, at the US Open, are the only players to lose 3 Grand Slam finals at one major before winning the title in the Open Era.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2015, Murray reached the semifinals at Roland Garros (l. Djokovic) and Wimbledon (l. Federer). He fell to Kevin Anderson in the round of 16 at the US Open – the first time he had lost before the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam since the 2010 US Open.

 

  • Also in 2015, Murray won 4 titles including his first titles on clay at Munich (d. Philipp Kohlschreiber), where he became the first British player to win a Tour-level clay court title since Buster Mottram at 1976 Palma, and Madrid-1000 (d. Nadal). He also won the title at Queen’s (d. Anderson) and Montreal-1000 (d. Djokovic).

 

  • Murray warmed up for the Australian Open at the Hopman Cup. He won 2 of his 3 singles matches in Perth, defeating Kenny de Schepper and Alexander Zverev, but losing to Nick Kyrgios.

 

  • Murray was one of 3 Grand Slam champions through to the semifinals from the 7 to start in the men’s main draw here. Murray won the 2012 US Open title (d. Djokovic) and became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years in 2013 (d. Djokovic).

 

  • Murray is coached by 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo.

 

  • RAONIC is bidding to become the first Canadian man in history to reach a Grand Slam final.

 

  • Raonic is looking to become just the 2nd Canadian player – man or woman – to reach a Grand Slam final. Eugenie Bouchard is the only other Canadian player in history to reach a Grand Slam final – at 2014 Wimbledon.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to reach the final on his 6th Australian Open appearance. Boris Becker is the only man in the Open Era to reach the Australian Open final on his 6th appearance here.

 

  • Raonic is looking to become the first non-European male finalist at the Australian Open since Fernando Gonzalez finished as runner-up in 2007. The last non-European man to reach a Grand Slam final is Kei Nishikori at the 2014 US Open.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to become the first player ranked outside the Top 10 to reach the Australian Open final since No. 38 Jo-Willfried Tsonga in 2008. The last player ranked outside the Top 10 to reach a Grand Slam final was No. 11 Kei Nishikori and No. 16 Marin Cilic, who faced each other in the 2014 US Open final.

 

  • Aged 25 years 35 days, Raonic is bidding to become the youngest player to reach the Australian Open final since Novak Djokovic (aged 24 years 252 days) in 2012.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to defeat a Top 2 player for the 2nd time in his career. He has a 1-12 win-loss record against Top 2 opposition overall, with his only victory coming against No. 2 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals at 2014 Paris-1000. He has lost all 3 of his career meetings with Top 2 players at the Grand Slams in straight sets.

 

  • If he wins today Raonic will extend his 9-match Tour-level winning streak to 10 and record his best Tour-level winning streak. He has not lost a match at Tour-level since losing to No. 7 Rafael Nadal in the 3rd round at 2015 Shanghai-1000. By defeating Monfils in the quarterfinals here he equalled his best Tour-level winning streak of 9 straight wins in 2012, which took in a singles victory in the Davis Cup first round, the San Jose title and a run to the semifinals at Memphis.

 

  • Raonic is looking to become the first man to reach the Australian Open final having won a pre-Australian Open warm-up tournament since Stan Wawrinka in 2014. A warm-up winner has gone on to reach the Australian Open final on just 3 occasions since Doha champion Federer went on to win the title here in 2006.

 

  • Raonic is looking to become only the 4th No. 13 seed to reach a Grand Slam final. A No. 13 seed has reached a Grand Slam final on 3 occasion – Pat Rafter at the 1997 US Open, Andre Agassi at 1999 Roland Garros and Alex Corretja at 2001 Roland Garros.

 

  • By defeating No. 21 seed Troicki, No. seed 4 Wawrinka and No. 23 seed Monfils here, Raonic has defeated 3 seeded players at a Grand Slam for the first time. The only other time he has recorded back-to-back match-wins over seeded opposition at a major was in beating No. 22 Michael Llodra and No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny at the 2011 Australian Open.

 

  • By reaching the semifinals here, Raonic has become the first 13 seed to reach the last 4 at a Grand Slam since David Nalbandian at the 2003 US Open. He is the first No. 13 seed to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open since seeds were introduced.

 

  • By reaching the semifinals here, Raonic has equalled his best Grand Slam result. He also reached the semifinals as No. 8 seed at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Roger Federer). He became the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal after Robert Powell at 1908 Wimbledon.

 

  • By reaching the semifinals here, Raonic has become the first Canadian man to reach the Australian Open semifinals. Bouchard is the only other Canadian player – man or woman – to reach the semifinals here, falling at this stage in 2014. Raonic and Bouchard are the only Canadian players to reach multiple Grand Slam semifinals.

 

  • Raonic warmed up for the Australian Open by winning his 8th career title as No. 4 seed at Brisbane, avenging his defeat to Federer in the 2015 final with his 2nd career victory over the Swiss. All 8 of Raonic’s career titles have come on a hard court.

 

  • The Australian Open is Raonic’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of matches won. He has a 19-5 win-loss record here, compared to 11-5 at the US Open, 10-5 at Wimbledon and 8-4 at Roland Garros.

 

  • By reaching the semifinals here, Raonic has recorded his best Australian Open performance. His previous best Australian Open result was reaching the last 8 here last year as No. 8 seed (l. Novak Djokovic). This is his 6th Australian Open appearance and his 20th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2015, Raonic reached the 3rd round at both Wimbledon (l. Nick Kyrgios) and the US Open (l. Feliciano Lopez). He missed Roland Garros with a right foot injury, which required surgery in May 2015.

 

  • Raonic’s best result in 2015 was winning the title at St. Petersburg (d. Joao Sousa). He also finished as runner-up at Brisbane (l. Federer) and reached the semifinals at Indian Wells-1000 and Rotterdam. He ended his season after Shanghai-1000 in October due to a hip injury.

 

  • Raonic reached a career-high ranking of No. 4 in May 2015 after reaching the quarterfinals at Madrid-1000 (l. today’s opponent). He finished the year in the Top 20 for the 4th straight year and plays here at No. 14.

 

  • Raonic became the first Canadian to be seeded in the men’s singles at a Grand Slam event in the Open Era at 2011 Roland Garros. He plays here seeded No. 13 – his lowest Grand Slam seeding since 2013 Wimbledon.

 

  • Raonic has played Davis Cup since 2010 and helped Canada reach the quarterfinals last year. Canada will face France in the 1st round in Guadeloupe on 4-6 March.

 

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

 

  • Raonic started working with former world No. 1 Carlos Moya at the 2016 Australian Open. Moya finished runner-up here in 1997 before going on to win Roland Garros in 1998. He is also coached by Riccardo Piatti.

 

 

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Murray Wins, Ivanovic Loses as Nigel Sears Collapses in the Stands

 

(January 23, 2016) Nigel Sears, father-in-law to Andy Murray and coach of Ana Ivanovic became ill during Ivanovic’s match against Madison Keys on Saturday. Ivanovic lost to Keys 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, while Murray defeated Joao Sousa 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the fourth round.

The No. 2 seed Murray will play Bernard Tomic in the round of 16.

Ivanovic was leading Keys 6-4, 1-0 when he collapsed and was taken to a nearby hospital. The match was delayed for almost an hour and the players went off court until play resumed.

Keys evened up the match be taking the second set. Ivanovic jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the final set, but Keys rebounded winning six of the next seven games to close out the match.

Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic and Madison Keys in lieu of having news conferences gave statements after their respective matches. There were no on-court interviews:

 

Ana Ivanovic:

What would you like to say?
ANA IVANOVIC: Obviously it was a tough match. I played so well. First set, I won it. I felt like I produced some good games, created some opportunities. But she came back strong with a very powerful game.

I thought the third set she served better than me. She could get more on the first shot because of the serve. I felt that was the big difference in the third set.

Obviously the atmosphere and the crowd throughout the whole match was definitely supporting you a lot. Did you feel that?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. As soon as we walked on the court, that was amazing feeling. Yeah, I really wanted to win and have a chance to come back. The crowd was just really amazing don’t.

Despite not winning the match, have you been encouraged by the form you’ve shown here?
ANA IVANOVIC: Definitely it was a good match from the beginning on. It was a high level. Like I said, she came out with some firing strokes towards the end of that match. She stepped it up. It went her way.

Obviously a little bit disappointed but a lot to look forward to.

 

Madison Keys:

Great comeback. Talk us through how that match went for you.
MADISON KEYS: Yeah, I had chances in the first set. Wasn’t really able to convert. Had one bad service game. Then kind of just a battle throughout the whole second set. A little bit of slow start in the third.

I managed to kind of get it back and figure it out, fight back and get the win.

What did you tell yourself towards the end of the second set when you were down?
MADISON KEYS: I think it was just, you know, try to get one more ball, one more ball; just stay in it; make her win it and not give it to her.

You love playing in Australia. You did well here last year. Great crowd support. What is it about the Australian Open that makes you perform so well?
MADISON KEYS: You know, I love whenever I come here, every city I visit. It’s one of my favorites. I just think Australians are so welcoming. I think after last year, I kind of created somewhat of a fan base.

Coming back to that is always great. Even tonight, even playing Aussie Ana, I definitely had some of my own fans.

Talk about your potential two opponents, Zhang and Lepchenko.
MADISON KEYS: You know, Lepchenko, I’ve played her a couple of times. We’re both from the States. I know her well. I don’t know if we’ve ever played a match. Yeah, we have. She beat me. She can be tough and crafty.

Zhang, we’re so happy for her now. She’s won not only one, but two main draw matches. That’s great for her. I haven’t played her since three, four years now. Obviously she’s playing well if she’s had the upsets that she’s had, so either match will be tough.

 

Andy Murray:

How do you feel the match went?
ANDY MURRAY: I thought I struggled. At the beginning I think he was extremely aggressive, very intense.

You know, so he was getting into position to dictate a lot of points with his forehand. Once I started to hit the ball a little bit cleaner towards the end of the match I was able to get him in his backhand corner and dictate more of the points.

It was tricky. I didn’t feel great. You know, the match against Groth, though I returned well; I didn’t get to hit that many groundstrokes; didn’t feel I was in a great rhythm; wasn’t hitting the ball clean at the start.

He was hitting the ball great, close to the lines, and making me do a lot of running.

Yeah, I just tried to keep fighting. At the end I was actually hitting the ball well and felt better at the end. It was good to get through that one.

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Murray Dominates Groth, While Ferrer Sends Hewitt into Retirement at the Australian Open

(January 21, 2016) No. 2 seed Andy Murray extended his unbeaten streak against Australian players with a dominant 6-0, 6-4, 6-1 second round win over big-serving Sam Groth on Thursday at the Australian Open.

After the 91-minute match, the Scotsman paid tribute to the retiring Lleyton Hewitt: “He was someone I loved watching growing up. His attitude toward competition I loved,” Murray said. “He fought, well, fights extremely hard to this day. He still has the same passion to win.

“He was an idol for me, I actually named one of my dogs after him because he was someone that I loved growing up.”

Murray, who is an expectant father, with his wife due to have the baby next month, has made it known that if his wife goes into labor during the tournament, he will fly home immediately.

Murray’s next opponent in the third round is the 32nd seed Joao Sousa. Murray assess his challenger:
“This is maybe the third time I played him here. We also played at the French last year. He’s almost the opposite to Groth really. Plays predominantly from the back of the court. Very solid from the baseline. Doesn’t obviously serve so big, but makes a lot of returns.

“He’s a very good mover. Good athlete. He wins. He knows how to win matches. He understands the game well and he gets the most out of his game.

“So, you know, if I play well, I got a good chance obviously. But, you know, he’s the sort of player that if your level’s not quite there, he’ll make it very tough for you, as he did when I played him at the French Open. I was in a bit of trouble against him there.”

Lleyton Hewitt’s singles career ended at the hands of No. 8 David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday night. This was the former No. 1’s 20th Australian Open.

“Left nothing in the locker room. That’s something I can be proud of,” said Hewitt after the match joine on the court by his three children. “My whole career, I’ve given 100 percent.”

Hewitt, who played his first Australian Open in 1997, won his first title at the age of 16 and was ranked No. 1 at age 20, was joined on court by his three children after he match.

“I felt like this was the perfect place to finish,” he said.

“Out on the court obviously you got so many things going through your head. You’re trying to soak it up as much as possible out there one last time,” Hewitt said in press.

“You know, it was an unbelievable atmosphere out there. A couple of the roars during the match tonight was as loud as I’ve ever played in front of. I was getting goosebumps at times. Obviously just watching the video and hearing those great players talk about you in that light, you know, was pretty emotional.

“Especially when I got back in the locker room, I guess that hits you a little bit more then. When I’m with my close friends and coaching staff that have helped me so much out, yeah, it’s sort of a strange feeling because you’re obviously disappointed not to keep going, but obviously proud of everything we’ve done as well.”

2014 Australian champion, 4th seed Stan Wawrinka advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 win over 37-year-old veteran qualifier Radek Stepanek.

“Really happy,” said the Swiss. “Was a good match in general. Three sets win against Stepanek, Hisense Arena.”

“Two match, two victory. Today was a really good level on the tennis side. Just focus every match, trying to rest between, trying to be ready for the next one.”

Other men’s seeds advancing were No. 10 John Isner, No. 13 Milos Raonic, No. 16 Bernard Tomic, No. 18 Feliciano Lopez, No. 23 Gael Monfils, and No. 31 Steve Johnson.

Rafael Nadal conqueror Fernando Verdasco was conquered 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) by Dudi Sela. Other surprises among the men’s seeds included No. 25 Jack Sock who lost to to Lukas Rosol and No. 30 Jeremy Chardy who fell to Andrey Kuznetsov.

On the women’s side of the draw – Ana Ivanovic’s match was delayed when a fan fell down some stairs. The Serbian defeated Anastasija Sevastova ‘s 6-3, 6-3.

Other seeds advancing were third-seeded Garbine, No. 7 Angelique Kerber, two-time Australian Open champion and 14th seed Victoria Azarenka and No. 15 Madison Keys.

The upsets continued on the women’s side as Japanese qualifier Naomi Osaka beat No. 18 Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-4. Other seeds to fall on Thursday included No. 11 Timea Bacsinszky, No. 19 Jelena Jankovic and No. 30 Sabine Lisicki.

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2016 Australian Open – Day 2 Men’s Preview

Rod Laver Arena

2016 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 2 MEN’S NOTES

Tuesday 19 January

1st Round Bottom Half

Featured matches

 

No. 2 Andy Murray (GBR) v Alexander Zverev (GER)
No. 4 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)

No. 5 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
No. 8 David Ferrer (ESP) v (Q) Peter Gojowczyk (GER)

No. 13 Milos Raonic (CAN) v Lucas Pouille (FRA)

No. 16 Bernard Tomic (AUS) v Denis Istomin (UZB)

(WC) James Duckworth (AUS) v (WC) Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Adrian Mannarino (FRA) v Sam Groth (AUS)

 

On court today…

 

  • Former Australian Open champions Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka begin their latest Melbourne campaigns today. Nadal faces a repeat of his epic 2009 semifinal against Fernarndo Verdasco, which lasted 5 hours 14 minutes and preceded his only title in Melbourne, in the 3rd match on Rod Laver Arena. Wawrinka, meanwhile, heads to Margaret Court Arena to take on Dmitry Tursunov, who is contesting his first Grand Slam match since the 2014 US Open after 13 months on the sidelines with a foot injury.

 

  • Andy Murray, a 4-time runner-up here in Melbourne, begins his 40th Grand Slam with a 1st round clash against Alexander Zverev in the 2nd match on Margaret Court Arena. The pair met for the first time at the Hopman Cup earlier this month, with the 2-time Grand Slam champion defeating 18-year-old Zverev in straight sets.

 

  • Both the youngest and oldest players to start in the men’s main draw are in action today. Qualifier Taylor Fritz, aged 18 years 95 days, begins his Australian Open campaign against fellow American and No. 25 seed Jack Sock in the 4th match on Court 14. Qualifier Radek Stepanek, aged 37 years 65 days, will bid to become the oldest man to win a match at the Australian Open since Bob Carmichael (38 years 183 days) and Ken Rosewall (44 years 62 days) in 1978, when he takes on qualifier Tatsuma Ito in the 4th match on Court 20.

 

  • Lleyton Hewitt begins his final Australian Open against compatriot James Duckworth in the night match on Rod Laver Arena. It’s a 20th straight appearance at Melbourne Park for Hewitt, which puts him in equal-4th place on the list for most appearances at a single Grand Slam. Hewitt and Duckworth are 2 of the 7 Aussies in action today.

 

 

NO. 2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v ALEXANDER ZVEREV (GER)

Head-to-head: first meeting

2016     Hopman Cup                Hard (I)            R2        Murray             63 64

 

MURRAY                                       v                                        ZVEREV

 

28                                          Age                                          18

2                             ATP Ranking (18 Jan)                            83

35                                         Titles                                          0

153-37                     Career Grand Slam Record                       1-2

39-10                        Australian Open Record                          0-0

552-165                              Career Record                               18-24

374-107                        Career Record – Hard                           5-11

0-0                                   2016 Record                                   0-0

0-0                              2016 Record – Hard                              0-0

18-7                          Career Five-Set Record                          1-1

8                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

157-98                       Career Tiebreak Record                         8-12

0-0                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            0-0

 

  • 4-time Australian Open runner-up MURRAY is contesting his 11th straight Australian Open and 40th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Murray is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after losing 4 finals at any one Grand Slam. He finished as runner-up to Roger Federer here in 2010, and to Novak Djokovic in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Federer, at Roland Garros, and Ivan Lendl, at the US Open, are the only players to lose 3 Grand Slam finals at one major before winning the title in the Open Era.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2015, Murray reached the semifinals at Roland Garros (l. Djokovic) and Wimbledon (l. Federer). He fell to Kevin Anderson in the round of 16 at the US Open – the first time he had lost before the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam since the 2010 US Open.

 

  • Also in 2015, Murray won 4 titles including his first titles on clay at Munich (d. Philipp Kohlschreiber), where he became the first British player to win a Tour-level clay court title since Buster Mottram at 1976 Palma, and Madrid-1000 (d. Rafael Nadal). He also won the title at Queen’s (d. Anderson) and Montreal-1000
    (d. Djokovic).

 

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

 

  • Murray warmed up for the Australian Open at the Hopman Cup. He won 2 of his 3 singles matches in Perth, defeating Kenny de Schepper and today’s opponent, but losing to Nick Kyrgios.

 

  • If he wins today, Murray will take sole occupancy of 8th place on the list for the most Australian Open match-wins in the Open Era. He is currently level with Wayne Ferreira on 39 wins at Melbourne Park. If he reaches the final here, he would tie Pete Sampras in 7th place on 45 wins.

 

  • Murray is one of 7 Grand Slam champions to start in the men’s main draw here. Murray won the 2012 US Open title (d. Djokovic) and became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years in 2013 (d. Djokovic).

 

  • Murray is coached by 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo.

 

  • ZVEREV is looking to reach the 2nd round here on his Australian Open debut and equal his best Grand Slam performance.

 

  • Zverev is making his 3rd appearance at a Grand Slam. He reached the 2nd round on his Grand Slam debut at 2015 Wimbledon (d. Teymuraz Gabashvili, l. Denis Kudla) and fell in the 1st round as a qualifier at the 2015 US Open (l. Philipp Kohlschreiber). He has attempted to qualify for the majors on 3 other occasions, including unsuccessfully here in 2015.

 

  • Zverev’s best Tour-level result in 2015 was reaching the semifinals at Bastad (l. Tommy Robredo) and the quarterfinals at Washington (l. Marin Cilic). He also won the title at the Heilbronn Challenger (GER)
    (d. Guido Pella), breaking the Top 100 at No. 85 for the first time as a result. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 74 in June 2015 but plays here at No. 83.

 

  • Zverev warmed up for the Australian Open at the Hopman Cup, where he won 1 of his 3 matches – defeating Kenny de Schepper but losing to Nick Kyrgios and today’s opponent.

 

  • Zverev is a former junior world No. 1. He was named 2013 ITF Junior World Champion and went on to win the boys’ singles title at the 2014 Australian Open (d. Stefan Kozlov). He also finished runner-up in the boys’ singles at 2013 Roland Garros and helped Germany reach the 2013 Junior Davis Cup Final (l. Spain).

 

  • Zverev is one of 8 former junior Australian Open champions in this year’s men’s main draw. Stefan Edberg is the only player to have won both the junior and senior title here in the Open Era.

 

  • Zverev received the ATP Star of Tomorrow Award in 2015 for being the youngest player in the Top 100. At 2014 Hamburg he became the youngest player ever to reach an ATP 500 semifinal aged 17, falling to David Ferrer.

 

  • Zverev’s brother, Mischa, attempted to qualify for the Australian Open, falling to Taylor Fritz in the final round of qualifying.

 

  • Zverev is coached by his father, Alexander Zverev Sr. His physical trainer is Jez Green, who used to work with Murray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v DMITRY TURSUNOV (RUS)

Head-to-head: tied 1-1

2008     Sydney                         Hard (O)           R32      Tursunov          63 63

2013     Kuala Lumpur               Hard (I)            QF       Wawrinka         26 63 76(3)

 

A 3rd career meeting between the 2 players. Tursunov won their only meeting in Australia 8 years ago.

 

WAWRINKA                                     v                                     TURSUNOV

 

30                                          Age                                          33

4                             ATP Ranking (18 Jan)                             –

12                                         Titles                                          7

103-41                     Career Grand Slam Record                      38-40

28-9                         Australian Open Record                          5-8

397-234                              Career Record                              229-207

214-128                        Career Record – Hard                        150-132

4-0                                   2016 Record                                   0-0

4-0                              2016 Record – Hard                              0-0

22-18                         Career Five-Set Record                          12-8

6                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         3

157-155                      Career Tiebreak Record                       110-88

0-0                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            0-0

 

  • 2014 Australian Open champion WAWRINKA has never lost in the 1st round here. This is his 11th Australian Open appearance and his 44th Grand Slam overall.

 

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

 

  • Last year here as defending champion Wawrinka reached the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic 76(1) 36 64 46 60.

 

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

 

  • Wawrinka won his 2nd Grand Slam title as No. 8 seed at 2015 Roland Garros. He became the 2nd Swiss player – man or woman – in history to win Roland Garros after defeating No. 1 seed Djokovic 46 64 63 64 in the final. At 30 years 71 days, he was the oldest man to win in Paris since Andres Gomez in 1990.

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2015, Wawrinka reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon (l. Richard Gasquet) and the semifinals at the US Open (l. Roger Federer). It was the first time he had reached the quarterfinals at all 4 Grand Slams in a calendar year.

 

  • Wawrinka had a career-best season in 2015. As well as winning his 2nd Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, he also won the titles at Chennai (d. Aljaz Bedene), Rotterdam (d. Tomas Berdych) and Tokyo
    (d. Benoit Paire). It was the first time he has won 4 titles in a single season. He also reached 5 further semifinals.

 

  • Wawrinka warmed up for the Australian Open by successfully defending his title at Chennai. He defeated Borna Coric in the final. It was his 12th career title and 4th at Chennai, having also won there in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

 

  • Wawrinka is currently working with Magnus Norman, who reached the semifinals here in 2000.

 

  • TURSUNOV is contesting his first Grand Slam match since the 2014 US Open and is looking for his first Grand Slam match-win since 2014 Roland Garros.

 

  • Tursunov spent 13 months out of the game due to a left foot injury after the 2014 US Open, making his comeback at 2015 Moscow where he failed to qualify in singles but won the doubles title as a wild card with Andrey Rublev. He has played just 2 other events since then, losing in the 1st round at the Ortisei Challenger (ITA) in November 2015 and in the final round of qualifying for the Bangkok Challenger
    (l. Frederik Nielsen) prior to coming here.

 

  • Tursunov is bidding to record his first Tour-level match-win since 2014 ’s-Hertogenbosch, when he defeated Bradley Klahn in the 1st round before giving a walkover to Thiemo De Bakker due to a left foot injury.

 

  • Tursunov is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 5th time. His best Australian Open performance is reaching the 3rd round as No. 21 seed in 2007 (l. Tomas Berdych). He fell in the 2nd round on his last appearance at Melbourne Park in 2014 (d. Michael Russell, l. Denis Istomin).

 

  • Tursunov’s best Grand Slam performance is 2 round of 16 finishes at Wimbledon in 2005 (l. Sebastien Grosjean) and as No. 27 seed in 2006 (l. Jarkko Nieminen). This is his 9th Australian Open and his 41st Grand Slam appearance.

 

  • Tursunov is bidding to end a 3-match losing streak at the Grand Slams. He has not won a match at a major since reaching the 3rd round at 2014 Roland Garros (l. Roger Federer).

 

  • Tursunov is a former Top 20 player, having reached a career-high ranking of No. 20 in October 2006, after winning his first career title at 2006 Mumbai (d. Berdych). He plays here on a protected ranking of No. 89.

 

  • Tursunov is a 7-time singles titlist. 5 of his 7 career singles titles have come on hard court – with his last title on the surface coming at 2008 Metz.

 

  • Tursunov is on an 8-match losing streak against Top 10 players. The last time he defeated a Top 10 player was at 2013 Cincinnati-1000 when he defeated No. 4 David Ferrer. He is bidding for his 3rd victory over a Top 10 player at a major – and his first since he defeated No. 4 Ivan Ljubicic at 2006 Wimbledon.

 

  • Tursunov entered the men’s doubles here with Alexandr Dolgopolov. The pair will play No. 16 seeds Pablo Cuevas/Marcel Granollers in the 1st round. Tursunov has won 7 career doubles titles.

 

  • Tursunov is coached by Vitaly Gorin at the Gorin Tennis Academy in Sacramento. His fitness trainer is Jason Stacy.

 

 

5 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) v FERNANDO VERDASCO (ESP)

Head-to-head: Nadal leads 14-2

2005     Doha                            Hard (O)           R16      Nadal               62 64

2005     AMS Miami                   Hard (O)           R32      Nadal               62 62

2005     Stuttgart                       Clay (O)           R16      Nadal               63 62

2006     Queen’s                        Grass (O)         R16      Nadal               26 76(3) 76(3)

2007     AMS Indian Wells         Hard (O)           R32      Nadal               64 64

2008     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           R16      Nadal               61 60 62

2009     Australian Open          Hard (O)          SF        Nadal               67(4) 64 76(2) 67(1) 64

2009     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)           QF       Nadal               63 63

2009     Madrid-1000                 Clay (O)           QF       Nadal               64 75

2010     Monte Carlo-1000         Clay (O)           FR        Nadal               60 61

2010     US Open                      Hard (O)          QF       Nadal               75 63 64

2011     Cincinnati-1000             Hard (O)           R16      Nadal               76(5) 67(4) 76(9)

2012     Barcelona                     Clay (O)           SF        Nadal               60 64

2012     Madrid-1000                 Clay (O)           R16      Verdasco          63 36 75

2015     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           R32      Verdasco          64 26 63

2015     Hamburg                      Clay (O)           R32      Nadal               36 61 61

 

Nadal and Verdasco have met at the Australian Open once before in the 2009 semifinals – their epic 5-set match lasted for 5 hours 14 minutes and is the 2nd longest match (in terms of duration) in Australian Open history. Nadal went on to win his only Australian Open title that year while for Verdasco it is his best Grand Slam performance and saw him break the Top 10 for the first time as a result. This is a 4th Grand Slam meeting for the 2 players but their first since the 2010 US Open.

 

Nadal leads the head-to-head 14-2 but Verdasco has won 2 of their last 3 match-ups, ending a 13-match losing streak to Nadal at 2012 Madrid-1000. Nadal has also won 6 of their 7 hard court encounters and all of their previous meetings at the majors.

 

Nadal and Verdasco are 2 of the 16 lefthanders to start in the men’s main draw. Nadal was the last lefthander to win the title here in 2009. They are also 2 of the 15 Spanish men to start in this year’s draw. Spain has the highest representation of any nation here.

 

NADAL                                         v                                     VERDASCO

 

29                                          Age                                          32

5                             ATP Ranking (18 Jan)                            45

67                                         Titles                                          6

198-29                     Career Grand Slam Record                      91-50

45-9                         Australian Open Record                        20-12

771-161                              Career Record                              430-311

367-108                        Career Record – Hard                        195-164

4-1                                   2016 Record                                   1-1

4-1                              2016 Record – Hard                              1-1

17-6                          Career Five-Set Record                         21-18

3                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         5

192-120                      Career Tiebreak Record                      164-173

0-1                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            2-0

 

  • 2009 champion NADAL is bidding to maintain his record of always having reached the 2nd round at the Australian Open. This is his 11th appearance at Melbourne Park and his 44th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Nadal is bidding to win his 2nd Australian Open title and become the first man in the Open Era – and only the 3rd man in history – to win each of the 4 Grand Slam titles twice. Roy Emerson and Rod Laver are the only players to have won each Grand Slam on two or more occasions [see Preview page 2].

 

  • Last year here Nadal lost to Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals. It ended Nadal’s 17-match winning streak against Berdych which was the joint longest winning streak in a Tour-level head-to-head.

 

  • In 2015, Nadal won 3 titles at Buenos Aires (d. Juan Monaco), Stuttgart (d. Viktor Troicki) and Hamburg
    (d. Fabio Fognini). This is the joint fewest titles he has won in a season since 2004 when he won one title. It was also the first year he failed to win a Grand Slam title since 2004.

 

  • At the majors in 2015, Nadal lost in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros to Novak Djokovic. It was just his second defeat in 95 best-of-5 set matches and ended his 39-match winning streak at the French Open. He lost to qualifier Dustin Brown in the 2nd round at Wimbledon and to Fabio Fognini in the 3rd round at the US Open.
  • Nadal is looking to win his 15th Grand Slam title and close the gap on Federer in the list of all-time Grand Slam title holders. He is currently joint-2nd with Pete Sampras on the list behind Federer (17). He was one of 7 Grand Slam champions to start this year’s men’s main draw.

 

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

 

  • Nadal has never lost in the 1st round at the Australian Open. He has only lost in the 1st round at a Grand Slam once before – to Steve Darcis at 2013 Wimbledon.

 

  • Nadal warmed up for the Australian Open at Doha, where he lost in the final to Djokovic.

 

  • Nadal is coached by his uncle, Toni Nadal, and his fitness trainer is Rafael Maymo.

 

  • Lefthander VERDASCO is contesting his 13th consecutive Australian Open and his 51st Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Verdasco recorded his best Grand Slam result here in 2009, when he lost to today’s opponent in the semifinals.

 

  • At the Grand Slams in 2015, Verdasco reached the 3rd round at the Australian Open (l. Novak Djokovic) and at Wimbledon (l. Stan Wawrinka) but fell in the 2nd round at Roland Garros (l. Benjamin Becker) and the US Open (l. Milos Raonic).

 

  • Verdasco’s best results in 2015 were reaching the semifinals at Ecuador (l. Feliciano Lopez) and Houston (l. Sam Querrey). He recorded back-to-back wins at just 6 tournaments and ended the year ranked No. 47, his lowest year-end ranking for 12 years.

 

  • Verdasco warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the 2nd round at Doha (d. Malek Jaziri, l. Djokovic).

 

  • Verdasco has won 6 career singles titles, most recently at 2014 Houston (d. Nicolas Almagro). 2 of his titles have come on hard court – at 2009 New Haven and 2010 San Jose. He is a former Top 10 player, having reached a career-high ranking of No. 7 in 2009, but plays here at No. 47.

 

  • Verdasco has played at every Grand Slam event since making his debut at 2003 Wimbledon. This is his 51st straight major. Only 2 men have a longer active streak: Roger Federer (65) and Feliciano Lopez (56).

 

  • Verdasco entered the men’s doubles here with Robin Haase. They will play Colin Fleming/Jonathan Erlich in the 1st round. Verdasco has won 7 career doubles titles.

 

  • Verdasco is coached by David Sanchez and Sergio Perez. His fitness trainers are Jesus Rivera-Huidobro and Claudio Soliva.

 

 

8 DAVID FERRER (ESP) v (Q) PETER GOJOWCZYK (GER)

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

FERRER                                        v                                   GOJOWCZYK

 

33                                          Age                                          26

8                             ATP Ranking (18 Jan)                           223

26                                         Titles                                          0

130-51                     Career Grand Slam Record                       2-5

35-13                        Australian Open Record                          0-3

659-313                              Career Record                               10-15

308-166                        Career Record – Hard                            8-9

2-2                                   2016 Record                                   0-0

2-2                              2016 Record – Hard                              0-0

20-11                         Career Five-Set Record                          1-2

4                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

148-131                      Career Tiebreak Record                          7-7

1-0                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            0-0

 

  • FERRER is contesting his 14th successive Australian Open and his 52nd Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Ferrer has not lost in the 1st round at a Grand Slam event since 2005 Wimbledon, where as No. 17 seed he lost to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. He fell in the 1st round here on his Grand Slam debut in 2003 (l. Hyung-Taik Lee) and again in 2005 (l. David Nalbandian).

 

  • Ferrer’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the final as No. 4 seed at 2013 Roland Garros, where he lost in straight sets to Nadal. At 31 years 68 days, he was the 4th oldest man to reach the Roland Garros final.

 

  • Ferrer’s best Australian Open performance is reaching the semifinals as No. 7 seed in 2011 (l. Andy Murray) and as No. 4 seed in 2013 (l. Novak Djokovic).

 

  • Last year here Ferrer reached the round of 16, losing to Kei Nishikori. Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2015, Ferrer reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros (l. Murray) and the 3rd round at the US Open
    (l. Jeremy Chardy). He missed Wimbledon with an elbow injury, ending a run of 50 straight Grand Slam appearances.

 

  • Ferrer warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the semifinals at Auckland, losing to Jack Sock. He fell in the 1st round at Doha to Illya Marchenko.

 

  • Ferrer finished 2015 at No. 7 in the rankings – the 6th consecutive year he has finished in the Top 10. He won 5 titles in 2015, the most titles he has won in a calendar year since 2012. He won the titles at Doha
    (d. Tomas Berdych), Rio de Janeiro (d. Fabio Fognini), Acapulco (d. Kei Nishikori), Kuala Lumpur
    (d. Feliciano Lopez) and Vienna (d. Steve Johnson). He played just one event between Roland Garros and the US Open due to an elbow injury.

 

  • Ferrer started working with Francisco Fogues in 2015.

 

  • Qualifier GOJOWCZYK is looking for his first match-win at the Australian Open. This is his 4th appearance at Melbourne Park and his 6th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Gojowczyk has lost in the 1st round in all 3 of his previous appearances at the Australian Open – as a qualifier in 2012 (l. Donald Young) and 2014 (l. Victor Hanescu), and he retired with cramping as a direct acceptance in 2015 (l. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez). He failed to qualify here in 2013.

 

  • Gojowczyk defeated Brydan Klein (GBR) 75 62, Frances Tiafoe (USA) 63 62 and Alexander Kudryavtsev (RUS) 36 76(3) 62 in the 3 rounds of qualifying.
  • The only other Grand Slam event Gojowczyk has contested is the US Open, where he reached the 2nd round as a qualifier in both 2013 (l. Evgeny Donskoy) and 2014 (l. Milos Raonic). At the majors in 2015, he lost in the 1st round at the Australian Open and failed to qualify at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open.

 

  • Prior to coming here, Gojowczyk fell in the 1st round at the Happy Valley Challenger (AUS) (l. Alexander Sarkissian).

 

  • Gojowyczk’s best results in 2015 came on the Challenger Circuit. He won the title at Nan Chang (CHN)
    (d. Amir Weintraub) and reached the semifinals at Ningbo (l. Yen-Hsun Lu). He played in 3 Tour-level events, winning just one match at Chennai (d. Alejandro Falla, l. Roberto Bautista Agut).

 

  • Gojowyczk is looking for his 2nd victory over a Top 10 player, having defeated No. 9 Raonic at 2014 Halle. He has a 1-3 win-loss record against Top 10 players overall.

 

  • Gojowczyk is coached by Lars Uebel. He trains at the Sport-Scheck Allwetteranlage in Munich.

 

 

13 MILOS RAONIC (CAN) v LUCAS POUILLE (FRA)

Head-to-head: Raonic leads 1-0
2016     Brisbane           Hard (O)           QF       Raonic              64 64

 

A 2nd straight meeting in Australia this month for the 2 players. Raonic defeated Pouille en route to winning his 8th career title at Brisbane.

 

RAONIC                                        v                                       POUILLE

 

25                                          Age                                          21

14                            ATP Ranking (18 Jan)                            90

8                                          Titles                                          0

43-19                      Career Grand Slam Record                       1-7

14-5                         Australian Open Record                          0-2

211-103                              Career Record                               18-23

154-64                         Career Record – Hard                          12-14

4-0                                   2016 Record                                   2-1

4-0                              2016 Record – Hard                              2-1

5-4                           Career Five-Set Record                          0-1

0                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

137-88                       Career Tiebreak Record                         13-5

2-1                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            1-0

 

  • RAONIC is bidding to maintain his record of always having reached the 2nd round here.

 

  • Last year here as No. 8 seed Raonic recorded his best Australian Open result by reaching the quarterfinals (l. Novak Djokovic). This is his 6th Australian Open appearance and his 20th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2015, Raonic reached the 3rd round at both Wimbledon (l. Nick Kyrgios) and the US Open (l. Feliciano Lopez). He missed Roland Garros with a right foot injury, which required surgery in May 2015.

 

  • Raonic’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals as No. 8 seed at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Roger Federer). He became the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal after Robert Powell at 1908 Wimbledon.

 

  • Raonic’s best result in 2015 was winning the title at St. Petersburg (d. Joao Sousa). He also finished as runner-up at Brisbane (l. Federer) and reached the semifinals at Indian Wells-1000 and Rotterdam. He ended his season after Shanghai-1000 in October due to a hip injury.

 

  • Raonic reached a career-high ranking of No. 4 in May 2015 after reaching the quarterfinals at Madrid-1000 (l. Andy Murray). He finished the year in the Top 20 for the 4th straight year and plays here at No. 14.

 

  • Raonic warmed up for the Australian Open by winning his 8th career title as No. 4 seed at Brisbane, avenging his defeat to Federer in the 2015 final with his 2nd career victory over the Swiss. All 8 of Raonic’s career titles have come on a hard court.

 

  • Raonic became the first Canadian to be seeded in the men’s singles at a Grand Slam event in the Open Era at 2011 Roland Garros. He plays here seeded No. 13 – his lowest Grand Slam seeding since 2013 Wimbledon.

 

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

 

  • Raonic started working with former world No. 1 Carlos Moya at the 2016 Australian Open. Moya finished runner-up here in 1997 before going on to win Roland Garros in 1998. He is also coached by Riccardo Piatti.

 

  • POUILLE is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the first time and equal his best Grand Slam result.

 

  • Pouille’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the 2nd round on his Grand Slam debut as a wild card at 2013 Roland Garros (l. Grigor Dimitrov). It was his first Tour-level match-win.

 

  • Pouille has lost in the 1st round in 6 of his 7 Grand Slam appearances – including as a wild card here in both 2014 (d. Alex Kuznetsov, l. Dusan Lajovic) and 2015, when he fell to Gael Monfils in his only career 5-set match to date. He failed to qualify here in 2013.

 

  • Pouille warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Brisbane (l. today’s opponent). It was just the 6th time he has won back-to-back matches at Tour-level.

 

  • Pouille is bidding to defeat a player ranked in the Top 20 for the 3rd time. Pouille has a 2-6 win-loss record against Top 20 opposition, having defeated No. 20 Fabio Fognini at 2014 Paris-1000 and No. 16 David Goffin for the best win of his career at 2016 Brisbane.

 

  • Pouille’s best results in 2015 were reaching his first Tour-level semifinals – as a lucky loser at Auckland
    (l. Adrian Mannarino) and as a qualifier at Hamburg (l. Fabio Fognini). He also reached quarterfinals at St. Petersburg and Moscow, losing to Roberto Bautista Agut on both occasions, and finished as runner-up at the Mouilleron Le Captif Challenger (FRA).

 

  • Pouille reached a career-high ranking of No. 23 on the junior circuit. He reached the quarterfinals of the boys’ event at the 2011 Australian Open and the 2nd round as a wild card at 2010 junior Roland Garros. He was a member of the French team that finished runner-up to USA at the 2008 World Junior Tennis Finals.

 

  • Pouille entered the men’s doubles event here with Adrian Mannarino. The pair will play Victor Estrella Burgos/Santiago Giraldo in the 1st round.

 

  • Pouille is coached by Emmanuel Planque.

 

16 BERNARD TOMIC (AUS) v DENIS ISTOMIN (UZB)

Head-to-head: Tomic leads 3-1

2012     Brisbane                       Hard (O)           QF       Tomic               63 76(4)
2012     Monte Carlo-1000         Clay (O)           R64      Tomic               64 63

2013     Davis Cup                     Clay (I)             R4        Tomic               46 62 62 63

2014     Washington                  Hard (O)           R32      Istomin             64 76(6)

 

TOMIC                                                   v                              ISTOMIN

 

23                                          Age                                          29

17                            ATP Ranking (18 Jan)                            59

3                                          Titles                                          1

30-23                      Career Grand Slam Record                      28-30

12-7                         Australian Open Record                          7-9

133-117                              Career Record                              185-190

99-74                          Career Record – Hard                        107-119

4-2                                   2016 Record                                   0-2

4-2                              2016 Record – Hard                              0-2

7-2                           Career Five-Set Record                          11-6

2                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         2

80-64                        Career Tiebreak Record                        92-79

2-2                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            0-0

 

  • TOMIC is bidding to record his 100th career hard court match-win today.

 

  • Tomic is bidding to reach the 2nd round at the Australian Open for the 7th time. This is his 8th consecutive appearance at the Australian Open and his 25th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Tomic’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals as a qualifier at 2011 Wimbledon (l. Novak Djokovic). He was the youngest man since Boris Becker in 1986 to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
  • Tomic’s best Australian Open performance is reaching the round of 16 in 2012 (l. Roger Federer) and 2015 (l. Tomas Berdych).

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2015, Tomic reached the 3rd round at Wimbledon (l. Novak Djokovic) and the US Open (l. Richard Gasquet) and fell in the 2nd round at Roland Garros (l. Thanasi Kokkinakis).

 

  • Also in 2015, Tomic defended his title at Bogota (d. Adrian Mannarino) and reached the semifinals at Delray Beach (l. Donald Young). All of Tomic’s 3 career singles titles have come on a hard court.

 

  • Tomic warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the semifinals at Brisbane (l. Milos Raonic) and the quarterfinals at Sydney, where he retired with fatigue and dizziness while trailing Teymuraz Gabashvili 63 3-0. He plays here on a career-high ranking of No. 17.

 

  • Tomic is one of 9 Australians starting in the men’s draw here. He is looking to become the first native champion to win the Australian Open men’s singles title since Mark Edmondson in 1976.

 

  • Tomic is one of 8 former junior Australian Open champions in the draw. He won the 2008 Australian Open boys’ title aged 15 years 3 months, defeating Yang Tsung-Hua in the final. He was the youngest winner of the title since Ken Rosewall in 1950. He also won the 2009 US Open boys’ singles title (d. Chase Buchanan). Stefan Edberg is the only player to have won both the junior and senior title here in the Open Era. He captured the boys’ singles title in 1983, before winning the men’s singles in 1985 and 1987.

 

  • Tomic is coached by his father John.

 

  • ISTOMIN is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 6th time.

 

  • Istomin is looking to record his first match-win of 2016. Prior to coming here Istomin lost in the 1st round at both Brisbane (l. Mikhail Kukushkin) and Sydney (Andreas Seppi).

 

  • Last year here Istomin fell to Seppi in 5-sets in the 1st round. He has lost to Seppi in both of his 2 five-set matches at Melbourne Park but has an 11-6 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Istomin’s best Australian Open performance is reaching the 3rd round here in 2010 and 2014, losing to Novak Djokovic on both occasions. He is contesting his 10th Australian Open and his 31st Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Istomin’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the round of 16 at 2012 Wimbledon (l. Mikhail Youzhny) and the 2013 US Open (l. Andy Murray). He is the only Uzbek player (man or woman) to reach the last 16 at a Grand Slam.

 

  • Istomin’s best result at the Grand Slams in 2015 was reaching the 2nd round at the US Open, where he retired with a right leg injury against Dominic Thiem. He fell in the 1st round at the Australian Open, Roland Garros (l. Nick Kyrgios) and Wimbledon, where he retired with fatigue against Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

 

  • Istomin’s best result in 2015 was winning his first Tour-level singles title at Nottingham (d. Sam Querrey). He reached 3 further quarterfinals at Montpellier, Bastad and St. Petersburg and finished the year ranked inside the Top 100 for the 6th straight year. He plays here ranked No. 59.

 

  • Istomin has won just one of his 14 previous matches against Top 20 opposition at the Grand Slams. His only win over a Top 20 player at a major came against No. 15 Nicolas Almagro at the 2013 US Open. He is on a 4-match losing streak against Top 20 players at Tour-level, with his last win over a Top 20 opponent coming against Ernests Gulbis at 2015 Dubai.

 

  • Istomin entered the men’s doubles here with Aliaksandr Bury. The pair will play No. 14 seeds Treat Huey/Max Mirnyi in the 1st round. Istomin has won 3 doubles titles, including one with Bury in their 2nd tournament together at 2015 Gstaad.

 

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

 

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

 

  • Istomin is coached by his mother Klaudiya Istomina.

 

 

(WC) JAMES DUCKWORTH (AUS) v (WC) LLEYTON HEWITT (AUS)

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

Duckworth and Hewitt are 2 of the 9 Australian men to start in the main draw here vying to become the first homegrown champion since Mark Edmondson in 1976. This is just the 2nd all-Australian 1st round match-up at Melbourne Park since 2004. The most recent one in 2013 also featured Duckworth, who defeated Benjamin Mitchell in 5 sets for his first 5-set match-win.

 

DUCKWORTH                                   v                                        HEWITT

 

23*                                          Age                                          34

129                            ATP Ranking (18 Jan)                           308

0                                          Titles                                         30

4-12                       Career Grand Slam Record                     147-63

3-4                          Australian Open Record                        31-19

16-30                                Career Record                              615-261

12-22                          Career Record – Hard                        371-157

1-2                                   2016 Record                                   0-0

1-2                              2016 Record – Hard                              0-0

3-4                           Career Five-Set Record                         32-25

0                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         6

15-15                        Career Tiebreak Record                      171-157

0-1                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            0-0

                                                                                       *Turns 24 on 21 January

 

  • Wild card DUCKWORTH is looking to reach the 2nd round here and equal his best Grand Slam result.

 

  • Duckworth earned a wild card into the main draw after winning the Australian Open wild card play-off. His final opponent, Benjamin Mitchell, withdrew ahead of the final to be with his girlfriend for the birth of their first child.

 

  • This is Duckworth’s 5th straight Australian Open appearance and his 13th Grand Slam overall. He has lost in the 1st round in 8 of his 12 previous appearances at the majors, including as a wild card here in 2014
    (l. Roger Federer).

 

  • Duckworth’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the 2nd round at Melbourne Park as a wild card in 2012 (d. Jurgen Zopp, l. Janko Tipsarevic), 2013 (d. Benjamin Mitchell, l. Blaz Kavcic) and 2015 (d. Kavcic,
    Richard Gasquet), and as a direct acceptance at 2015 Wimbledon (d. Malek Jaziri, l. Sam Groth).

 

  • Elsewhere at the majors in 2015, Duckworth lost in 5-sets in the 1st round at Roland Garros (l. Andrea Arnaboldi), and at the US Open (l. Hyeon Chung).

 

  • Duckworth’s best results last year came on the Challenger Circuit. He reached the final at Kolkata (IND)
    (l. Radu Albot) and the semifinals at San Luis Potosi (MEX) (l. Guido Pella). He reached 2 Tour-level quarterfinals at Brisbane and Nice. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 82 in April but plays here at No. 129.

 

  • Prior to coming here, Duckworth reached the 2nd round as a wild card at Sydney (d. Inigo Cervantes Huegun, l. Jeremy Chardy) and lost in the 1st round as a wild card at Brisbane to Dominic Thiem. He reached his first career doubles final at Brisbane with Chris Guccione, losing to Henri Kontinen/John Peers.

 

  • Duckworth has entered the men’s doubles event here as a wild card with countryman John Millman. The pair will face Lukas Dlouhy/Jiri Vesely in the 1st round.

 

  • Duckworth reached the 2010 Australian Open boys’ singles quarterfinals as a wild card (l. Gianni Mina). He also reached the semifinals of the boys’ singles event at Roland Garros and reached a career-high junior ranking of No. 7 in July 2010.

 

  • Duckworth’s grandmother Beryl Penrose was women’s singles champion at the 1955 Australian Championships.
  • Duckworth is coached by Ben Mathias. His physical trainer is Ian Prangley.

 

  • 2005 Australian Open runner-up HEWITT is making his 20th – and final – Australian Open appearance, extending his record for the most Australian Open appearances ahead of Fabrice Santoro (18) [see Preview page 3]. He is in joint-4th place in the list for the most appearances at a single Grand Slam.

 

  • Hewitt is also making his 66th Grand Slam appearance overall, which puts him in 3rd place for the most Grand Slams played in the Open Era after Fabrice Santoro and Roger Federer [see Preview page 5].

 

  • In his 19 previous appearances at Melbourne Park, Hewitt has fallen in the 1st round 7 times.

 

  • Prior to coming here, Hewitt teamed with Jarmila Wolfe as the Australia Gold team at Hopman Cup. Hewitt defeated Jack Sock but lost to Jiri Vesely and Alexandr Dolgopolov in the round-robin.

 

  • At last year’s Australian Open, Hewitt lost in the 2nd round in 5-sets to Benjamin Becker. He is on a 6-match losing streak in 5-set matches. Hewitt has a 7-6 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open and a 32-25 5-set win-loss record overall. He hasn’t won a 5-set match at Melbourne Park since defeating Marcos Baghdatis in the 3rd round in 2008 in a match that finished at 4:34am.

 

  • All 3 of Hewitt’s Grand Slam appearances in 2015 ended in 5-set defeats. As well as losing to Becker in the 2nd round here, he lost to Jarkko Nieminen in the 1st round as a wild card at Wimbledon in a match where the final set finished 11-9, and to Bernard Tomic as a wild card in the 2nd round at the US Open. He did not play at Roland Garros.

 

  • Hewitt is a former Grand Slam champion, having won the 2001 US Open (d. Pete Sampras) and 2002 Wimbledon (d. David Nalbandian). He was one of 7 Grand Slam champions to start in the men’s main draw here.

 

  • Hewitt finished runner-up here in 2005, becoming the first Australian to reach an Australian Open final since Pat Cash in 1988. He lost to Marat Safin 16 63 64 64 and had carried a hip flexor injury throughout the whole tournament.

 

  • Hewitt has entered the men’s doubles event here with Sam Groth. The pair will play Dusan Lajovic/Viktor Troicki in the 1st round.

 

  • In Davis Cup play in 2015, Hewitt helped Australia to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2006, where they lost to eventual champions Great Britain 3-2. He has been named as Australia’s Davis Cup captain and his first tie in charge will be against USA in Kooyong on 4-6 March.

 

  • Outside of the Grand Slams and Davis Cup, Hewitt played a limited schedule in 2015, contesting just 6 other tournaments. He won 4 matches all year – 2 at the Grand Slams, one in Davis Cup and one at Washington. He plays here ranked No. 308.

 

  • Hewitt is coached by Tony Roche and Jaymon Crabb.

 

 

ADRIAN MANNARINO (FRA) v SAM GROTH (AUS)

 

Head-to-head: first Tour-level meeting

2007     Great Britain     Futures             Hard (I)             R32     Groth               64 76(4)

2014     Knoxville           Challenger        Hard (I)             FR        Mannarino        36 76(6) 64

 

 

MANNARINO                                    v                                        GROTH

 

27                                          Age                                          28

48                            ATP Ranking (18 Jan)                            67

0                                          Titles                                          0

16-23                      Career Grand Slam Record                       6-8

3-6                          Australian Open Record                          2-3

77-109                               Career Record                               32-43

54-73                          Career Record – Hard                          19-32

0-1                                   2016 Record                                   0-2

0-1                              2016 Record – Hard                              0-2

3-3                           Career Five-Set Record                          1-0

0                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

34-47                        Career Tiebreak Record                        36-29

  • 2016 Tiebreak Record                                  0-3

 

  • Lefthander MANNARINO is bidding to reach the 2nd round and equal his best Australian Open performance. He reached the 2nd round here in 2011 (d. Ryan Harrison, l. Richard Gasquet), 2014
    (d. Steve Johnson, l. David Ferrer) and 2015 (d. Blaz Rola, l. Feliciano Lopez). Last year he retired in the 2nd round with illness.

 

  • Mannarino’s best Grand Slam performance is a round of 16 finish at 2013 Wimbledon (l. Lukas Kubot) – one of just 3 times he has advanced beyond the 2nd round at a Grand Slam in 23 previous appearances. This is his 7th appearance at Melbourne Park and his 24th major overall.

 

  • At the majors in 2015, Mannarino reached the 2nd round at the Australian Open, Wimbledon (d. Michael Berrer, l. Gael Monfils) and the US Open (d. Konstantin Kravchuk, l. Andy Murray) but fell in the 1st round at Roland Garros (l. Jurgen Melzer). He led Murray by 2-sets-to-love at the US Open before falling in 5-sets. His 5-set win-loss record is 3-3.

 

  • Elsewhere in 2015, Mannarino reached his first Tour-level final at Auckland (l. Jiri Vesely) and also finished as runner-up at Bogota (l. Bernard Tomic). He reached the semifinals at Delray Beach (l. Ivo Karlovic). He reached a career-high ranking of No. 27 after his run to the final at Bogota and plays here at No. 48.

 

  • Mannarino warmed-up for the Australian Open by winning the Noumea Challenger (CAL) (d. Alejandro Falla) but lost in the 1st round at Sydney to Nicolas Mahut.

 

  • Mannarino is coached by Marc Gicquel, who reached the 3rd round here in 2008. His fitness trainer is Pascal Supiot from the French Tennis Federation.

 

  • GROTH is looking for his first match-win of 2016. He is on a 5-match losing streak having not won a Tour-level match since the 2015 US Open.

 

  • Groth recorded his best Grand Slam performance here last year when he reached the 3rd round
    (l. Bernard Tomic). He also reached the 3rd round at 2015 Wimbledon (l. Roger Federer). This is his 4th Australian Open appearance and his 9th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Also at the Grand Slams last year, Groth reached the 2nd round at the US Open (d. Alexandr Dolgopolov, l. Tommy Robredo) but lost in the 1st round at Roland Garros (l. Pablo Cuevas).

 

  • Groth’s best results in 2015 were quarterfinals finishes at Brisbane (l. Milos Raonic), Stuttgart (l. Viktor Troicki) and Washington (l. Kei Nishikori). He won 2 Challenger titles at Taipei (TPE) (d. Konstantin Kravchuk) and Manchester (GBR) (d. Luke Saville). He reached a career-high ranking of No. 53 in August but plays here ranked No. 67.

 

  • Prior to coming here, Groth lost in the 1st round at both Brisbane (l. Hyeon Chung) and Sydney
    (l. Federico Delbonis). His defeat to Delbonis at Sydney ended a run of 5 straight victories over lefthanded players. He has an 8-4 win-loss record against lefthanded players overall.

 

  • Also in 2015, Groth helped Australia reach the Davis Cup World Group semifnals, where they lost to eventual champions Great Britain 3-2. In the quarterfinals against Kazakhstan, he won the doubles rubber with Hewitt and the 1st reverse singles rubber against Mikhail Kukushkin as Australia fought back from 0-2 down to record a historic win.

 

  • Groth has entered the men’s doubles event here with Hewitt. They will play Dusan Lajovic/Viktor Troicki in the 1st round.

 

  • Groth was one of 9 Australian men to start in the main draw here vying to be the first homegrown champion since Mark Edmondson in 1976.

 

  • Groth is coached by Ben Mathias.

 

 

All statistics courtesy of Grand Slam Media and the Australia Open Men’s information team.

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Andy Murray and Milos Raonic Among ‘ATP Aces for Charity’ Grant Recipients

From the ATP World Tour: (January 5, 2016) LONDON – The Milos Raonic Foundation, and Unicef, supported by Andy Murray, have been selected among nine recipients in the ATP ACES For Charity grant program for 2016. Grants of $/€15,000 will be awarded to a total of nine charitable causes, nominated by ATP World Tour players, tournaments and alumni.

In addition to Murray and Raonic’s causes, respectively supporting children affected by the conflict in Syria and teens with cerebral palsy, a total of seven grants will benefit youth through programmes worldwide: Santi Giraldo’s Foundation in Colombia, ACEing Autism in the United States, the TJOMMIE Foundation in South Africa, the Ronald McDonald House in Australia, and the Japan Wheelchair Tennis Association.

ATP ACES For Charity grants have also been awarded to the Paul and Carolyn Flory Fund, created in memory of the long-time Cincinnati Tournament Director, in the fight against cancer, and to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to assist those affected by the recent flooding in Chennai.

Entering its sixth year in 2016, the ATP ACES For Charity program is a global initiative aimed at giving back to communities where ATP World Tour events are played, as well as recognising and supporting tournament, player and alumni charitable initiatives. Since 2011, the grant programme has awarded 67 grants totalling more than $800,000 in donations.

The recipients of the 2016 ATP ACES For Charity grants are:

Santiago Giraldo: Santi Giraldo’s Foundation supports children from less privileged socio-economic backgrounds, with a goal of inspiring them to learn sport values, pursue their dreams and live decent lives. Founded in 2014, the project is based on the platforms of sport and education, and aspires to expand beyond Pereira to the rest of Colombia and Latin America. The ATP ACES For Charity Grant will be used to sponsor players with equipment, training and at tournaments.

Ivo Karlovic: ACEing Autism, nominated by its ambassador Ivo Karlovic, operates under the tagline of “Connecting Kids Through Tennis”. It aims to provide meaningful benefits to children with autism, their families and communities by utilising unique tennis programmes, including Kids’ Day clinics at ATP World Tour events. ACEing Autism currently impacts more than 500 children in 35 cities across 16 U.S. states, and aspires to double the number of children served by overseeing 75-100 program sites.

Andy Murray: Unicef, the world leading children’s organisation, promotes the rights and wellbeing of children around the world and runs programmes to advocate for lasting change. Andy Murray, a Unicef UK supporter for the past two years, has participated in a variety of campaigns, including Unicef UK’s #BeatDisease appeal to raise awareness and funds to keep children safe from disease. Since September 2015, Murray has supported Unicef’s work for children in emergencies, spurred on by the child migrant and refugee crisis.

Milos Raonic: The Milos Raonic Foundation, founded by the Canadian and his family in 2012, has a mission to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to remove economic, physical and other barriers that might prevent them from becoming healthy, production member of society. The foundation is currently targeting its support to programmes for children with disabilities. The Foundation will match the ATP ACES For Charity grant, donating $30,000 to support the Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s SportFit programme aimed at teens with cerebral palsy.

Jacco Eltingh & Paul Haarhuis: The former World No. 1 doubles players are ambassadors of the TJOMMIE Foundation. Founded in 1999 in The Netherlands, it aims to provide poor and vulnerable South African children with support, motivation and inspiration so that they can fully develop themselves and become more resilient. The foundation reaches at least 10,000 children and their families through its cooperation and support of children’s projects of the NGO Ndlovu Care Group, which provides both medical care and socio-economic help in the Limpopo and Mpumalange Province.

Brisbane International presented by Suncorp: Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland (RMH SEQ), the Brisbane International’s Charity of Choice, provides accommodation and support services for seriously ill children and their families who live more than 50km from the treating hospital in Brisbane. Funds from the ATP ACES For Charity grant, along with a $250 donation for every ace served on Pat Rafter Arena during this week’s tournament, will help fund the new Ronald McDonald House South Brisbane, anticipated to open by mid-2016.

Aircel Chennai Open: The Aircel Chennai Open aims to do its part in assisting those affected by the recent flooding in Chennai, with the ATP ACES For Charity grant going towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The Chief Minister’s Relief Fund organises flood relief measures for the distressed in Chennai and across the State of Tamil Nadu. Its wide scope of rehabilitation work includes housing and infrastructure development; provision of food, medication and essential relief materials; free medical check-ups; and compensation for losses.

Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati): The Paul and Carolyn Flory Fund, which operates under the motto “It Started With Tennis, It Ends With a Cure”, was created in memory of the long-time Cincinnati Tournament Director and his wife, who together orchestrated more than $10 million in giving toward fighting cancer. The Flory Fund directly benefits the Barrett Cancer Center at the University of Cincinnati. The ATP ACES For Charity donation will assist with hiring and retaining key medical personnel, acquiring advanced diagnostic equipment, and funding research retreats for top doctors and researchers.

Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships (Tokyo): Through the Japan Wheelchair Tennis Association and Shingo Kunieda, the World No. 1 wheelchair player, the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships aims to introduce children to wheelchair tennis and start a junior tournament. The ATP ACES For Charity grant will be used for the cost of courts and balls, as well as to buy and repair wheelchairs for tennis.

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Edmund Beats Murray To Win Tie Break Tens In London

(December 5, 2015) Kyle Edmund won the inaugural Tie Break Tens at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday evening and took away more money than he had earned all year.

The 20-year-old Briton produced a sensational barrage of power-hitting to beat his compatriot Andy Murray 10-7 in a high-quality final.

Victory for Edmund meant he took home the $250,000 prize. His year-to-date prize money had been $205,654, and his career prize-money $410,583.

‘It was an honour for me to be here, I really enjoyed it’, said Edmund, afterwards. ‘The fact that I was successful made it even better. I’m very pleased. It’s important to use the money smartly. The best thing is to invest it in my career. If I invest in support and trainers, it’s going to help me on court.’

John McEnroe, who had been part of the field, was impressed with what he saw from the 20-year-old.
‘I liked what I saw, he’s made some great progress,” said McEnroe. “He’s a better athlete than I thought, his backhand was more solid. He’s got a huge forehand, he pops that serve and he rose to the occasion. He’s got huge upside.’
The anticipation ahead of Tie Break Tens had been building at Champions Tennis all week.

The six-man field comprising Edmund, Murray, McEnroe, David Ferrer, Tim Henman and qualifier Xavier Malisse (who earlier beat Younes El Aynaoui to earn his place), had been split into two-round robin groups and competed in a series of fast-paced, first-to-ten point tie-breaks.

In Group 1, McEnroe, 56, thrilled an excited crowd inside the Royal Albert Hall by rolling back the years and volleying exquisitely. He stayed neck and neck with Henman before eventually being edged out, and then led Malisse 7-1 with some of his best tennis in years. Suddenly, the McEnroe juggernaut came juddering to a stop as he lost nine points in a row.

They were joined in the final four by Murray and Edmund. The British pair both overcame World No.7 Ferrer to progress from Group 2.

The semi-finals turned out to be one-sided affairs; Murray clinically beat Henman 10-1 before Edmund saw off the spirited challenge of Malisse.

In the final, Edmund defied the odds and managed to avenge his Group stage loss to Murray. Edmund used his sledgehammer forehand to devastating effect and not even Murray’s renowned defensive skills could prevent Edmund from dominating the baseline exchanges and coming through 10-7.

What Did The Players Think Of Tie Break Tens?

Edmund: ‘I thought it was very exciting. I didn’t know what to expect but I think the crowd enjoyed it. I certainly enjoyed it. With tennis it’s always so serious so it was nice to actually have some fun out there and see that emotion of players you don’t normally see. It’s like the 20-20 version of cricket, it’s quick, it’s sharp, it gets the crowd involved.’
Murray: ‘I thought it was good, it was quick. It was nice to be on the court with Tim and John. John is a legend of the game and the format was good.’

McEnroe: ‘I liked it, I felt good. I played well but sort of choked a little bit at the end. Tim actually played some good ball to win a couple of big points. I got cocky I think when I was up 7-1 against Xavier, I thought it was over and started thinking about the semis – that’s a mistake that no athlete should make.’

What is the future for Tie Break Tens?

Matthew Pryke, Tournament Director: ‘We are delighted with how our inaugural Tie Break Tens went as part of Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall. Everyone seemed to have a great time, whether playing, spectating, or watching on Sky Sports, and that’s the whole point. Kyle was a very worthy winner, but all of the players competed hard and made the evening a huge success. We believe Tie Break Tens can complement the current Tour and add value for the tennis fan with its quick-fire, tie-break format, and we intend to stage further events around the world in 2016 and beyond.”
For full results and more information: www.tiebreaktens.com
Champions Tennis runs from 2nd to 6th December at the Royal Albert Hall.

During the week of Champions Tennis, Henman, debutant James Blake, defending champion Fernando Gonzalez, Xavier Malisse, Younes El Aynoui and Sebastien Grosjean have contested an ATP Champions Tour event. John McEnroe, Mats Wilander and Henri Leconte are playing legends singles matches against each other, and also joining the field to play amongst the doubles action are Mansour Bahrami, Pat Cash and Jamie Murray.

On Sunday, Henman will face Gonzalez in the ATP Champions Tour final, with a singles exhibition between McEnroe and Leconte. In doubles, Bahrami, Blake, Cash and Wilander.
Written by David Law
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Great Britain Wins 2015 Davis Cup Ending 79-year Drought

(November 29, 2015) Great Britain defeated Belgium 3-1 to win the 2015 Davis Cup in Ghent on Sunday when Andy Murray clinched the title when he defeated David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.

 

This is Great Britain’s tenth Davis Cup title, placing them third on the all-time list behind USA (32 titles) and Australia (28 titles). This is Great Britain’s first title since 1936, with the gap of 79 years being the longest gap between Davis Cup titles in history.

Britain is the only country to have participated in all Davis Cup completion since it began in 1900.

 

Andy Murray has become the first player to win eight live singles rubbers in a calendar year since the introduction of the World Group in 1981. He is just the third player to achieve an 8-0 World Group singles record in a calendar year. The others were Joh McEnroe and Mats Wilander.

 

Murray is only the second player to win 11 live singles and doubles rubbers in World Group history after Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic in 2005. He is the first player since Pete Sampras in 1995 to win three live rubbers in a Davis Cup Final.

 

Andy and Jamie Murray are only the third set of brothers to win the Davis Cup title after fellow Britons Reggie and Laurie Doherty (4 titles: 1903-06), and Bob and Mike Bryan of USA in 2007.

 

 

GREAT BRITAIN defeated BELGIUM 3-1

Venue: Flanders Expo, Ghent (clay – indoors)
David Goffin (BEL) d. Kyle Edmund (GBR) 36 16 62 61 60

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 63 62 75

Andy Murray/Jamie Murray (GBR) d. Steve Darcis/David Goffin (BEL) 64 46 63 62

Andy Murray (GBR) d. David Goffin (BEL) 63 75 63

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Kyle Edmund (GBR) not played

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