September 27, 2016

Djokovic, Murray, Federer and Nadal Headline US Open Men’s Field

Novak Djokovic

NOVAK DJOKOVIC, ANDY MURRAY, ROGER FEDERER, RAFAEL NADAL

HEADLINE 2016 US OPEN MEN’S SINGLES FIELD

Field Features Five Former US Open Champions

and Includes the World’s Top 98 Men

From the USTA: White Plains, N.Y., July 20, 2016 – The USTA today announced that defending US Open champion and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, world No. 2 and reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, five-time US Open champion and world No. 3 Roger Federer, and two-time US Open champion and world No. 4 Rafael Nadal headline the men’s singles field for the 2016 US Open Tennis Championships. The field includes five former US Open singles champions, including Djokovic (2011, 2015), Murray (2012), Federer (2004-2008), Nadal (2010, 2013) and Marin Cilic (2014).

Each of the world’s top 98 men received direct entry into the US Open, representing 38 countries.

The 2016 US Open will be played Monday, August 29, through Sunday, September 11, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Men’s Singles Championship is presented by Mercedes-Benz.

Djokovic,who has reached the singles final in Flushing five out of the last six years, leads the men’s field as the world No. 1 and defending US Open champion. The Serbian won his 12th major championship at the French Open in June to complete the “Career Grand Slam,” and held all four major titles until Sam Querrey ended his 30-match win streak at Grand Slams in the third round at Wimbledon.

Murray, of Great Britain, won his third major and second Wimbledon title this month after finishing runner-up to Djokovic in this year’s Australian and French Open finals. Murray, the reigning Olympic Gold Medalist, defeated Djokovic in the 2012 US Open final to win his first Grand Slam championship.

Federer, of Switzerland, is the all-time leader with 17 major singles titles, and was bidding for his eighth Wimbledon title this summer before falling to Milos Raonic in the semifinals. Federer is competing for his sixth US Open title, which would surpass Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors for the most US Open men’s singles titles in the Open Era.

Nadal, of Spain, is a 14-time Grand Slam champion who won his 69th career ATP World Tour title in Barcelona this April. He has not played competitively since withdrawing from the French Open in June with a wrist injury.

Also included in the men’s singles field are: No. 5 Stan Wawrinka, of Switzerland, the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open champion; No. 6 Kei Nishikori, of Japan, a 2014 US Open finalist; No. 7 Milos Raonic, of Canada, who reached his first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon this month; No. 8 Tomas Berdych, of the Czech Republic, a former world No. 4 and 2016 Wimbledon semifinalist; No. 9 Dominic Thiem, the 22-year old Austrian talent; No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, of France; No. 11 David Goffin, of Belgium; and No. 12 Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion.

Canadian Vasek Pospisil, ranked No. 98, is the last man to receive direct entry into the field of 128. Six players used a protected ranking to gain entry, including Nos. 39 Julien Benneteau, of France, and Janko Tipsarevic, of Serbia, No. 56 Brian Baker, of the United States, No. 81 Thanasi Kokkinakis, of Australia, No. 89 Dmitry Tursunov, of Russia, and No. 94 Jerzy Janowicz, of Poland. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held August 23-26, while the eight remaining spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.

American men who received direct entry are No. 16 John Isner, of Greensboro, N.C., No. 25 Steve Johnson, of Orange, Calif., No. 26 Jack Sock, of Lincoln, Neb., No. 29 Sam Querrey, of Las Vegas, No. 56 Brian Baker, of Nashville, Tenn., No. 57 Donald Young, of Atlanta, and No. 67 Taylor Fritz, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, is entered as an alternate and would be making his first appearance at the US Open since 2013.

Among the players competing in the US Open Qualifying Tournament will be the winner of the seventh annual US Open National Playoffs – Men’s Championship, held during the Emirates Airline US Open Series’ Connecticut Open in New Haven, Conn., prior to the US Open Qualifying Tournament. The USTA created the US Open National Playoffs in 2010 to allow players 14 and older, regardless of playing ability or nationality, to vie for a spot in the US Open Qualifying Tournament via one of 15 sectional qualifying tournaments.

The July 18 edition of the Emirates ATP Rankings was used to determine the US Open main draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.

The 2016 US Open will mark the culmination of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the North American summer season of seven ATP World Tour and WTA events that began this week in Stanford, Calif.

The US Open is the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world. 2016 marks the second year of an 11-year partnership between the USTA and ESPN, which will see the US Open carried on the ESPN family of networks through 2025. During this year’s US Open, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to air nearly 130 hours of live match play with more than 1,200 hours of first-to-last ball coverage to be seen on ESPN3 on WatchESPN, which will also be available via the US Open website – USOpen.org.  In the continued expansion of its US Open coverage, ESPN will feature play from up to 12 courts.

US Open tickets can be purchased: at USOpen.org; by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

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Andy Murray Wins Second Wimbledon Title

(July 10, 2016) Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon title on Sunday with a 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(2) victory over No. 6 seed Milos Raonic. The world No. 2 has become the first British man since Fred Perry 1934-6 to win multiple Wimbledon titles.

Raonic, Canada’s first player in the Wimbledon final had no answers to in trying to break Murray’s serve. Murray was a wall which Raonic could not penetrate making only 12 unforced errors in the entire match. Raonic was broken once in the match, in the seventh game of the first set.

“This one’s going to sting,” Raonic said of the loss.

Murray, who last won the title back in 2013, was very emotional about the victory, was in tears in his chair after the match. During the trophy presentation, the Scot talked about his feelings.

“Last time, I was so relieved. I felt, just so much stress and pressure and didn’t really get the chance to enjoy it as much,” he said.

“This is the most important tournament for me every year,” Murray said in his on-court interview. I’ve had some great moments here and also some tough losses. The wins feel extra special because of the tough losses. I’m proud to have my hands on the trophy again.

“I played really good stuff today. Milos has had a great few weeks on the grass and had some unbelievable wins. His match against Roger in the semis was a great, great match. He is one of the hardest workers out there, always trying to improve and get better.”

“It’s been a phenomenal two weeks and a phenomenal week just before that at Queen’s,” said the 25-year-old Raonic. I keep plugging away every single day to give myself chances. There’s nothing I want more than to be back here.”

Just three weeks ago, in the Queen’s Club tournament Murray beat Raonic in three tough sets.

Murray is now 7-3 against Raonic.

 

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2016 Wimbledon Men’s Final Tale of the Tape: Andy Murray vs. Milos Raonic

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2016 WIMBLEDON

DAY 13 MEN’S NOTES

Sunday 10 July

Singles Final

 

 

2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v NO. 6 MILOS RAONIC (CAN)

 

(Seed) Player Country Age Ranking Best Wimbledon performance Best Grand Slam performance
(2) Andy Murray GBR 29 2 W  13 W US Open 12, Wimbledon 13
(6) Milos Raonic CAN 25 7 FR 16 FR Wimbledon 16

 

2016 Wimbledon sees the 130th staging of The Lawn Tennis Championships, which began in 1877 with Britain’s Spencer Gore defeating compatriot William Marshall 61 62 64 for the inaugural title. This is the 49th staging of The Championships in the Open Era, the first being in 1968 when Australia’s Rod Laver defeated countryman Tony Roche 63 64 62. 2016 Wimbledon is the 194th Grand Slam tournament of the Open Era.

 

Prize money and ATP Ranking points

 

Today’s champion receives £2,000,000 in prize money, while the runner-up collects £1,000,000. In total, the men’s singles prize fund at 2016 Wimbledon is £10,856,000, a 5.1% increase on 2015. The winner is also awarded 2000 ATP Ranking points, with the runner-up receiving 1200.

 

ATP Rankings update

 

Murray will remain at No. 2 in the rankings regardless of the result of the final. If Raonic wins the title, he will rise to No. 5 when the ATP Rankings are released on Monday 11 July:

 

Projected rankings

Position Player ATP Ranking points
1. Novak Djokovic 15040
2. Andy Murray 9395/10195
3. Roger Federer 5945
4. Rafael Nadal 5290
5. Stan Wawrinka 4720
6. Kei Nishikori 4290
7. Milos Raonic 4285/5085
8. Tomas Berdych 3490
9. Dominic Thiem 3175
10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2995

 

No. 2 v No. 6

 

The last time the No. 2 seed faced the No. 6 seed in the final at a Grand Slam was at 2009 Wimbledon when No. 2 Roger Federer defeated No. 6 Andy Roddick in 5-sets.

 

Raonic is bidding to become the first No. 6 seed to win Wimbledon since Michael Stich defeated Boris Becker in 1991 – the only occasion in the Open Era that a No. 6 seed has defeated the No. 2 seed in a Grand Slam final.

 

The last No. 6 seed to win a Grand Slam title was Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open (d. Federer). The last time a No. 2 seed won a Grand Slam title was at the 2013 US Open, when No. 2 Rafael Nadal defeated No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

 

Grand Slam Final debut

 

Raonic is looking to become the 38th man in the Open Era to win their first Grand Slam title in their maiden final. The last man to win a Grand Slam title in their maiden final was Marin Cilic at the 2014 US Open.

 

Murray is making his 11th appearance in a Grand Slam final – but this is the first time he has faced an opponent other than Federer or Djokovic at this stage.

 

Match-win leaders

Raonic is looking to close the gap on Murray in 3rd place on the list for the most match-wins in 2016 so far:

Most wins in 2016*

Rank Player Win-loss
1. Dominic Thiem 48-13
2.

3.

4.

5.

Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray

Milos Raonic

Kei Nishikori

46-4

39-6

37-8

36-11

             *through 2016 Wimbledon semifinals; Players in bold are still active at 2016 Wimbledon

Raonic is also aiming to tie Murray at the top of the list for most grass court wins in 2016 so far:

Most grass court wins in 2016*

Rank Player Win-loss
1. Andy Murray 11-0
2=

 

 

 

Roger Federer

Steve Johnson

Gilles Muller

Milos Raonic

10-3

10-3

10-4

10-1

             *through 2016 Wimbledon semifinals; Players in bold are still active at 2016 Wimbledon

 

Most titles in 2016

 

Murray is one of the 7 men to have won multiple titles this year. In total, 24 male players have won at least one title this year – including Raonic who won at Brisbane.

 

Most titles in 2016

Novak Djokovic             6          Doha, Australian Open, Indian Wells-1000, Miami-1000, Madrid-1000, Roland Garros

Dominic Thiem              4          Buenos Aires, Acapulco, Nice, Stuttgart

Stan Wawrinka             3          Chennai, Dubai, Geneva
Roberto Bautista Agut   2          Auckland, Sofia

Pablo Cuevas               2          Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Andy Murray                 2          Rome-1000, Queen’s

Rafael Nadal                 2          Monte Carlo-1000, Barcelona

 

2016 Wimbledon match stats so far…

 

Player Aces Double Faults 1st serve points won 2nd serve points won Break points saved Service games win-loss
Andy Murray 52 6 78% 57% 19/27 85-8
Milos Raonic 154 28 83% 59% 22/27 116-5

 

Head-to-head: Murray leads 6-3

2012            Miami-1000                        Hard (O)           R32      Murray             WO

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

2012            Toronto-1000                     Hard (O)           R16      Raonic              WO

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

2016            Australian Open               Hard (O)           SF        Murray             46 75 67(4) 64 62

2016            Monte Carlo-1000              Clay (O)            QF       Murray              62 60

2016            Queen’s                             Grass (O)         FR        Murray              67(5) 64 63

 

A 10th career meeting for Murray and Raonic. Murray is on a 5-match winning streak against Raonic, and has won both of their meetings at a Grand Slam, including at the Australian Open this year in the only 5-set match the pair have contested. Murray also won their only meeting on grass, in the final at Queen’s this year.

 

This is the first time that the finalists at Queen’s have met in the Wimbledon final since 1988. That year Stefan Edberg defeated Boris Becker in the Wimbledon final to avenge his loss to Becker in the final at Queen’s.

 

                          MURRAY                                       v                                        RAONIC

 

29                                          Age                                          25

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

2                                    ATP Ranking                                    7

37                                         Titles                                          8

171-39                     Career Grand Slam Record                      57-21

52-9                             Wimbledon Record                             16-5

2 Titles                       Best Grand Slam Result     2016 Wimbledon Finalist

591-171                              Career Record                              244-111

101-17                         Career Record – Grass                         28-14

39-6                                  2016 Record                                  37-8

11-0                            2016 Record – Grass                            10-1

23-7                          Career Five-Set Record                          8-5

9                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

168-103                      Career Tiebreak Record                       155-93

11-5                           2016 Tiebreak Record                           20-6

 

Road to the Final

MURRAY Time   Time RAONIC
d. (WC) Liam Broady 62 63 64

d. Yen-Hsun Lu 63 62 61

1:43

1:40

1st round

2nd round

1:54

1:58

d. Pablo Carreno Busta 76(4) 62 64

d. Andreas Seppi 76(5) 64 62

d. John Millman 63 75 62 2:11 3rd round 2:16 d. No. 27 Jack Sock 76(2) 64 76(1)
d. No. 15 Nick Kyrgios 75 61 64

d. No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 76(10) 61 36 46 61

1:43

3:54

Round of 16

Quarterfinals

3:03

2:32

d. No. 11 David Goffin 46 36 64 64 64

d. No. 28 Sam Querrey 64 75 57 64

d. No. 10 Tomas Berdych 63 63 63 1:58 Semifinals 3:25 d. No. 3 Roger Federer 63 67(3) 46 75 63
         
total time on court 13:07 (IBM time) 15:04 total time on court

 

  • 2013 champion MURRAY is bidding to win his 2nd Wimbledon – and 3rd Grand Slam – title.

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon titles since Fred Perry, who won the title here from 1934-36.

 

  • Murray is bidding to win his 2nd Wimbledon title and become the 12th male player to win multiple Wimbledon titles in the Open Era after Roger Federer (7 titles), Pete Sampras (7), Bjorn Borg (5), Boris Becker (3), Novak Djokovic (3), John McEnroe (3), Jimmy Connors (2), Stefan Edberg (2), Rod Laver (2), Rafael Nadal (2) and John Newcombe (2).

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the 21st man in the Open Era to win 3 or more Grand Slam titles. If he wins, Murray would join Arther Ashe, Jan Kodes and Gustavo Kuerten in winning 3 Grand Slam titles in the Open Era.

 

  • Murray is bidding to end a 3-match losing streak in Grand Slam finals. Just 3 men in the Open Era, Murray included, have lost more Grand Slam finals in a row:

 

Player No. of consecutive Grand Slam final defeats
Ivan Lendl 4 – 1981 Roland Garros, 1982 US Open, 1983 US Open, 1983 Australian Open
Andy Roddick 4 – 2004 Wimbledon, 2005 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, 2009 Wimbledon
Andy Murray 4 – 2008 US Open, 2010 Australian Open, 2011 Australian Open, 2012 Wimbledon

 

  • Murray is bidding to avoid becoming the first man in the Open Era to lose in the final of the first 3 Grand Slam events of the calendar year. Jimmy Connors is the only man in the Open Era to lose 3 Grand Slam finals in one year – at the Australian Open (l. Newcombe), Wimbledon (l. Ashe) and US Open (l. Manuel Orantes) in 1975. Rafael Nadal is the only man in the Open Era to lose 3 consecutive Grand Slam finals – falling to Novak Djokovic in the final at 2011 Wimbledon, the 2011 US Open and the 2012 Australian Open.

 

  • Murray, who has a 2-8 win-loss record in Grand Slam finals, is looking to avoid losing his 9th Grand Slam final. Just 2 men in the Open Era have lost more Grand Slam finals than Murray.

 

Most Grand Slam finals lost (Open Era)

Ivan Lendl 11
Roger Federer 10
Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray

8
8

 

  • Murray is just the 8th different man in the Open Era to reach the first 3 Grand Slam finals in a calendar year. Rod Laver (1969), Bjorn Borg (1978, 1980 and 1981), John McEnroe (1984), Ivan Lendl (1986), Jim Courier (1993), Roger Federer (2006, 2007 and 2009) and Novak Djokovic (2015) have also achieved the feat.

 

  • If Murray, who has a 171-39 win-loss record at the majors, wins today he will take sole ownership of 10th place on the list for most Grand Slam match-wins in history ahead of Ken Rosewall. He is the leading British man of all-time in terms of Grand Slam match-wins.

                                                     All Grand Slams (all-time)

Rank Player Win-loss
1
2
Roger Federer

Jimmy Connors

307-51

233-49

3 Andre Agassi 224-53
4

5

6

Ivan Lendl

Novak Djokovic

Roy Emerson

222-49

223-35

210-48

7

8

Pete Sampras

Rafael Nadal

203-38

200-30

9

10=

Stefan Edberg

Ken Rosewall

Andy Murray

178-47

171-34

171-39

 

  • By reaching his 11th Grand Slam final, Murray has taken sole ownership of the record for 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
Andy Murray 11 – US Open 2008, 2012, Australian Open 2010-11, 2013, 2015-16, Wimbledon 2012-13, 2016, Roland Garros 2016
Fred Perry 10 – US Championships 1933-34, 1936, Australian Championships 1934-35, French Championships 1935-36, Wimbledon 1934-36

 

  • By reaching his 11th Grand Slam final, Murray has equalled Stefan Edberg, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander in 14th place on the list for the most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era. Only 3 active players have reached more Grand Slam finals than Murray – Roger Federer (27), Rafael Nadal (20) and Novak Djokovic (20).

 

  • By reaching his 3rd Wimbledon final, Murray has equalled Stefan Edberg, John Newcombe and Andy Roddick in 10th place on the Open Era list for most Wimbledon finals reached.

 

  • If he wins today, Murray will close the gap on Novak Djokovic in 6th place on the Open Era list for most Wimbledon match-wins.

 

Wimbledon Win-loss*

Jimmy Connors                         84-18

Roger Federer                          84-11

Boris Becker                             71-12

Pete Sampras                           63-7

John McEnroe                          59-11

Novak Djokovic                         54-9

Andy Murray                            52-9    

Bjorn Borg                                51-4

Stefan Edberg                           49-12

Goran Ivanisevic                       49-14
Ivan Lendl                                 48-14

              *Through the semifinals at 2016 Wimbledon

  • In 2013, Murray became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years – since Perry in 1936 – after defeating Djokovic 64 75 64 in the final. The triumph, on his 8th Wimbledon appearance, saw him go 2nd on the list for the most attempts before winning the Wimbledon title behind Goran Ivanisevic (14).

 

  • Murray won his first Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open, becoming the first British man to win a Grand Slam title since Perry at the 1936 US Championships. He defeated Djokovic 76(10) 75 26 36 62 in the final.

 

  • Murray is on a 6-match winning streak in 5-set matches. He has a 23-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall and a 4-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon.

 

  • Murray is on a 11-match winning streak having warmed up for Wimbledon by winning his 5th Queen’s title (d. Milos Raonic), becoming the first man to win 5 titles at the tournament. 7 of his 37 career singles titles have come on grass.

 

  • Murray’s 1st round win over Liam Broady was the first all-British men’s meeting at a Grand Slam since the 2006 US Open when Tim Henman defeated Greg Rusedski in the 1st round. It was the first at Wimbledon since 2001 when Barry Cowan defeated Mark Hilton in the 1st round and Tim Henman defeated Martin Lee in the 2nd round.

 

  • Murray has won 2 singles titles in 2016. As well as winning the title at Queen’s, he also won Rome-1000
    (d. Djokovic). In Grand Slam play this year he reached the final at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros, losing to Djokovic on both occasions. He was the first British man since Bunny Austin in 1937 to reach the Roland Garros final.

 

  • By reaching the 2016 Roland Garros final, Murray joined Jim Courier (won Australian Open and Roland Garros, lost Wimbledon and the US Open) and Fred Stolle (won Roland Garros and the US Open, lost Australia and Wimbledon) as the only 3 men in history to have won 2 of the 4 Grand Slam titles and finished as runner-up at the other 2.

 

  • Murray helped Great Britain to reach the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals for the 3rd straight time earlier this year. He won both of his singles matches and combined with his brother Jamie to win the doubles in the first round tie against Japan. He has been named in the Great Britain team to face Serbia in the quarterfinals in Belgrade on 15-17 July.

 

  • Murray will defend his singles gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Event. He will play in the singles and doubles event (with his brother Jamie). It will be his 3rd Olympic Games after 2008 Beijing and 2012 London.

 

  • Murray reunited with Ivan Lendl, an 8-time Grand Slam champion and a finalist here in 1986 and 1987, at 2016 Queen’s. His assistant coach is Jamie Delgado, who played at Wimbledon 23 times (at any level).

 

  • RAONIC is bidding to become the first Canadian man in history to win a Grand Slam title. He would become the 55th different man to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era and the 150th different man to win a major title in history.

 

  • Raonic is the 2nd Canadian player – man or woman – to reach a Grand Slam final after Eugenie Bouchard, who finished runner-up at 2014 Wimbledon.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to become just the 4th man in the Open Era to win his first grass court title at Wimbledon. Michael Stich (1991), Andre Agassi (1992) and Novak Djokovic (2011) are the only men to have won their first grass court title here.

 

  • Raonic is looking to become the first player outside of the ‘Big Four’ (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic and today’s opponent) to win Wimbledon since 2002, when Lleyton Hewitt won the title here. He is also the first player outside those 4 to reach the final here since 2010, when Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych.

 

  • Raonic’s compatriot Denis Shapovalov has also reached the boys’ final here. The last time a nation had representation in both the men’s final and the boys’ final at Wimbledon was in 2009 when USA’s Andy Roddick finished runner-up in the men’s event and Jordan Cox finished runner-up in the boys’ event.

 

  • The last time a nation had representation in both the men’s final and the boys’ final at a Grand Slam was at 2014 Roland Garros when Spain’s Nadal won the men’s event and Jaume Munar finished runner-up in the boys’ event. The last time a man and boy from the same nation won a Grand Slam was at 2002 Wimbledon when Lleyton Hewitt won the men’s event and Todd Reid won the boys event for Australia.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to win the Wimbledon title on his 6th appearance here. Arthur Ashe, Stefan Edberg, Jan Kodes and Richard Krajicek all won Wimbledon on their 6th appearance here.

 

  • Raonic is the looking to become the first non-European title winner at Wimbledon since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002. The last non-European man to win a Grand Slam title was Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open. Roddick was the last non-European finalist here in 2009; Kei Nishikori was the last non-European Grand Slam finalist at the 2014 US Open.

 

  • Raonic plays here at No. 6 – his highest seeding at Wimbledon. His highest Grand Slam seeding came at the 2014 US Open, where he was seeded No. 5.

 

  • Aged 25 years 196 days, Raonic is bidding to become the youngest man to win Wimbledon since Djokovic (aged 24 years 42 days) in 2011. He would be the youngest man to win a Grand Slam title since Djokovic (24 years 252 days) at the 2012 Australian Open.

 

  • Raonic is looking to record back-to-back match-wins against Top 3 opposition for the first time. By defeating No. 3 Federer in the semifinals here, Raonic ended a 5-match losing streak against Top 3 opposition. He has a 5-23 win-loss record against Top 3 opposition overall and a 1-4 win-loss record against Top 3 opposition at the majors.

 

  • Raonic has defeated a Top 10 player on grass for the first time to improve his win-loss record against Top 10 opposition on grass to 1-4.

 

  • Raonic sits in 2nd place on the list for the most tiebreaks won at Tour-level in 2016.

 

Tiebreaks won at Tour-level in 2016

John Isner 22-17
Milos Raonic 20-6
Gilles Muller 18-11
Dominic Thiem 18-13
Sam Querrey 17-11

 

  • Last year here, as No. 7 seed, Raonic fell to Nick Kyrgios in the 3rd round. This is his 6th straight appearance at Wimbledon and his 22nd appearance at a Grand Slam overall.

 

  • By defeating Goffin in the round of 16 here, Raonic recorded his first career comeback from 0-2 down. He also defeated Federer in 5 sets in the semifinals to record his second 5-set match-win at Wimbledon and improve his win-loss record in 5-set matches to 8-5.

 

  • By reaching the final here Raonic has recorded his best Grand Slam performance. His previous best result at a major was reaching the semifinals at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Federer) and at the 2016 Australian Open (l. today’s opponent).

 

  • Raonic’s 2016 highlights also include winning his 8th career title at Brisbane, where he defeated Federer in the final, and finishing runner-up at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Djokovic). He lost in the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas).

 

  • Raonic will compete in the singles and doubles (with Vasek Pospisil) at the Olympic Tennis Event this summer after the ITF announced the Rio 2016 entries on 30 June.

 

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

 

  • Raonic added 3-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe to his coaching team at 2016 Queen’s. He also works with former world No. 1 Carlos Moya, who reached the round of 16 here in 2004, and Ricardo Piatti. His fitness trainer is Dalibor Sirola and his physiotherapist is Claudio Zimaglia.

 

****Statistics provided by the ITF and Grand Slam Media

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Murray Qualifies For Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

 

ATP World Tour Media Release

MURRAY QUALIFIES FOR 2016 BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS

LONDON – Andy Murray has clinched his spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 13-20 November, by defeating Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon semi-finals. He is the second qualifier in the elite eight-man field, joining World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

The 29-year-old Scot finished runner-up to Djokovic at the season’s first two Grand Slam championships, and will face Canadian Milos Raonic in Sunday’s final. In 2013, Murray triumphed over Djokovic to end a 77-year wait for a British men’s champion at the All England Club.

“I love playing at The O2 in front of a home crowd. The support is always amazing and it’s a great tournament,” said Murray. “I have had a good first half of the season and hope to continue that right the way through to London at the end of the year.”

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Murray, who qualifies for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for a ninth straight season, will attempt to become the first British player to win the prestigious season finale. He has an 11-11 tournament match record, highlighted by semi-final appearances in 2008, ’10 and ’12.

In addition to final runs at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, Murray has reached three other title matches this season. A week after falling to Djokovic in the Mutua Madrid Open final, the World No. 2 celebrated his 29th birthday by defeating his Serbian rival at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, for his 12th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy. Ahead of Wimbledon, he claimed a record-breaking fifth Aegon Championships title at the Queen’s Club (d. Raonic).

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals has welcomed more than 1.8 million fans to The O2 arena over the past seven years, establishing itself as the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world since moving to London in 2009. A record 102 million broadcast viewers also tuned in across the eight days of competition in 2015. The ATP announced last year that the event would remain at The O2 through to 2018. Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com.

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Milos Raonic Rallies Past Roger Federer; Will Play Andy Murray for Wimbledon Title

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(July 8, 2016) No. 6 Milos Raonic became the first Canadian to reach the Wimbledon final when he rallied past seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in his semifinal on Friday.

Federer, who seemed to be in control of his service games in the fourth set, making headway into Raonic’s service games, but on the cusp of reaching a tiebreak, blew a 40-0 lead, hit toe double faults in a row, to be broken for the set and the momentum switched to Raonic, who never let it go.

“This one clearly hurts, because I felt I could have had it. So close,” said Federer. “It was really so, so close.”

Federer fell flat on his face, literally and figuratively in the fifth set and Raonic sprinted to a 4-1 lead and never looked back.

“I was able to finish,” Federer said, commenting about the fall. “But I don’t slip a lot. I don’t ever fall down. It was a different fall for me than I’ve ever had.”

He admitted in press that after slipping on the grass that he did not feel the same afterwards.

As for the 25-year-old Raonic, he survives and advances. “I sort of persevered,” he said.  “I was sort of plugging away.”

Two years ago, The Swiss beat the Canadian in the semifinals.

“Two years ago, I bottled up all the difficulties I had on court and never got it out,” Raonic said. “I was quite more vocal and a lot more positive on court.”

“I was struggling through many parts of the match,” he continued. “He gave me a little opening towards the end of the fourth. I made the most of it.”

“You’re playing who Roger is today,” Raonic added, “not who he’s been the past few years.”

 

Raonic will be joined in the final by 2013 champion and second seed Andy Murray. The Scot reached his third Wimbledon final and third major final of the year easily passing 10th seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. This will be the 11th major final of Murray’s career.

It will be the first major final where he won’t face either Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer. Murray is 2-8 in major finals.

“Obviously, first time I’ll play a Slam final against someone that isn’t Roger or Novak. So, yeah, that’s different,” Murray said to media. “But you never know how anyone’s going to deal with the pressures of a Slam final. So just have to go out there and concentrate on my side. Do what I can to prepare well for it and see what happens.”

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Roger Federer Rallies From Two Sets Down To Reach 11th Wimbledon Semifinal

(July 6, 2016) Roger Federer kept his hopes alive of winning a record eighth Wimbledon title when he rallied from two sets down and saved three match points to beat ninth seed Marin Cilic 6-7(4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(9), 6-3 to reach the semifinals on Wednesday on Centre Court. It was a little revenge for the Swiss who was destroyed by Cilic in the 2014 U.S, Open semifinals.

“Well, a lot happened out there,” Federer said to the BBC about the tenth time in his career coming back from a two-set deficit. “I knew I was in so much trouble in the third, and then again in the fourth.”

“I’m really, really pleased and just ecstatic I was able to come through somehow.”
The win for the third seeded Federer marks the 11th time he’s reached the semifinals of the All-England Club, tying Jimmy Connors and he also claims a record 307th match victory at a major, passing Martina Navratilova at 306. He also equaled Jimmy Connors with number of match wins at Wimbledon at 84.

This will be the 17-time major champion’s 40th major semifinal.

“I fought. I tried. I believed, and in the end I got it done, and so it’s great on so many levels,” Federer said to media.

Federer will face No. 6 seed Milos Raonic in the final four. The Canadian stopped the run of 28th seed American Sam Querrey, who upset Novak Djokovic in the third round, 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.
Also advancing to his second Wimbledon semifinal was No. 10 Tomas Berdych beating No. 32 Lucas Pouille 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-2.

2013 Wimbledon winner and No. 2 Andy Murray held off No. 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (10), 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1 for the last spot in the final four on Centre Court.

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Andy Murray Nets Record Fifth Queen’s Club Title on First “Father’s Day”

(June 19, 2016) LONDON – Was Sunday’s match Andy Murray versus Milos Raonic or John McEnroe vs Ivan Lendl? There was a moment…

Leading a set and serving at 3-1 in the second set, Raonic blasted (yet another) first serve and followed it in to the net, where he hit a perfectly formed classical backhand volley deep to Murray’s sideline. Murray immediately raised his arm and Hawkeye was consulted. It was out, by a centimeter or two. A few seconds and a couple of passing shots later, Murray was serving at 2-3 and holding for 3-3, and not long after that it was set-all.

Old-timers were ready with the historical analogy: it was just such a volley that cost McEnroe his only career chance at the French Open title! And he was playing Lendl! And leading by two sets and a break!

All week, Queen’s Club has been playing up the historical potential of this year’s tournament. Eight players have won the title four times: Ritchie, Wilding, Emerson, McEnroe, Becker, Roddick, and…Murray. If Murray wins this year, he’ll break the record. The press areas are adorned with posters of each of the eight players, lest we forget.

Where it seems clear Raonic can use McEnroe’s help is on covering the net. He has, of course, tremendously long arms (sleeve-watchers noted that he’d skipped the one-arm compression sleeve for this match, but it was notable that if he didn’t win the point on the first volley Murray was often readily able to pass him.

Murray broke again in the first game of the third set and held that advantage to 5-3. Raonic saved two championship points with fine serves, and then Murray fashioned a third with another of those passing shots. On the final point, Raonic came in – and couldn’t get his attempted volley over the net.

So Murray has his record-breaking fifth title and a nation hoping that Lendl’s reappearance in the player’s box bodes good things for a few weeks hence. Raonic, in congratulating him, wished him something he felt was more important: his first happy Father’s Day.

By Wendy M. Grossman

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Andy Murray Reunites with Former Coach Ivan Lendl

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(June 12, 2016) Andy Murray is back with former coach Ivan Lendl. The world No. 2 had recently parted ways with coach Amelie Mauresmo.

Murray who is playing at Queens Club this week, talked to AEGON Champions TV about coming into the grass court season after some rest after the clay court season.

“Yeah, well I took five days off,” said Murray.  “I didn’t do anything from Monday to Friday. I came in and practised here on Saturday but yeah I mean I’m obviously excited for the start of the grass court season. You kind of want to get out there and get used to the conditions but also you have to realise how long the clay court season was for me. I’d never done that well on clay before so I needed to let my body rest and recover a little bit before I started practising on the grass again.”

“I think obviously playing matches helps. And the amount of matches that I’ve played as well. Also the situations that I’ve been in, I’ve played a lot of tight matches, quite a lot of long matches so physically I’m not so concerned. Needing to get in much better shape, I think I’ve played enough matches for that. And yeah it’s just a matter of trying to maintain your timing with the change of surface which could take a little bit of time, but the first couple of practices have been good and that’s positive.”

Asked about being back with Lendl, he said:

“Yeah, well hopefully it will be for a long time, from my side. He’s coming over, he’ll be here for the tournament and it’s good for him to spend a bit of time with the rest of the team as well to see how things work out. But provided everything’s good, it will hopefully go on for a long time.”

“I think the most successful period of my career was while I was working with Ivan. I know what he can offer. The experiences he had I think psychologically he helped me in the major competitions and they’re obviously the events I’m trying to win and am competing for. I hope he can bring that same experience and those same benefits that he did last time.”

Murray is aiming for a fifth title at Queen’s Club.

“Yeah it’s a big goal of mine to try and win here a fifth time,” said the Scot. “It’s a great event, always with a really strong field. You know it’s got so much history this event, many of the greatest players ever have played and won here over the years. So if I can do it again and get to five, it would be a big achievement.”

The 29-year-old Murray won two majors and an Olympic gold medal in singles under Lendl’s tutelage – the 2012 gold medal, 2012 U.S. Open and 2013 Wimbledon.

“I had two very successful years working with Ivan, he’s single-minded and knows what it takes to win the big events,” Murray said in a statement on his website. “I’m looking forward to Ivan joining the team again and helping me try and reach my goals.”

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SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 13 JUNE 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
[4] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs S. Johnson (USA)
[WC] D. Evans (GBR) vs P. Mathieu (FRA)
G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [PR] J. Tipsarevic (SRB)
F. Lopez (ESP) vs [5] M. Cilic (CRO)

COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
Qualifying – [1] K. Anderson (RSA) vs [5] J. Vesely (CZE) 76(2) 33
B. Paire (FRA) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)
[WC] J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) vs [WC] A. Bedene (GBR) / K. Edmund (GBR)

COURT 9 start 12:30 pm
Qualifying – [2] V. Pospisil (CAN) vs T. Kamke (GER) 36 75 00
After suitable rest – [Q] C. Guccione (AUS) / A. Sa (BRA) vs K. Anderson (RSA) / R. Bautista Agut (ESP)

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The Man with the Silver Bowl – Behind the Scenes at The Queen’s Club Draw

By Wendy M. Grossman

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(June 11, 2016) LONDON, England – “Don’t look,” cautioned the man bearing the silver bowl.

Tennis conspiracy theorists always think tournament draws are fixed. Sometimes – for example, the 1996 US Open, when the players threatened to boycott unless the draw was remade – there are good reasons. In that case, the seedings had been announced after the draw had already been announced, and because they didn’t strictly follow the rankings, there were legitimate questions asked about whether the tournament was favoring American stars. A 2011 study of ten years of men’s and women’s singles Grand Slam draws found that the other Slams did indeed seem to produce random draws, but that that the US Open draws showed anomalies.

More common claims are that the draw is fixed to ease one or another player’s path or that the placing of seeds 3 and 4 is fixed in order to keep a particular pairing apart until the final. Every time a new draw for one of the majors is announced, you’ll find someone in a tennis discussion forum complaining that Roger Federer always gets an easy draw and Rafael Nadal a hard one, or  Novak Djokovic a tough road and Nadal an easy one…or some variation of that with whatever players the poster cares about.

Others would just like to tinker with the rules governing how draws are made. Over the years people have suggested that the semifinal pairings should always be 1-4 and 2-3, or that the entire draw should be remade before the quarter-finals to rebalance the gaps left by defeated seeds. Another favorite suggestion is that the majors should go back to seeding 16 players instead of 32, the rule until 2001. Doing so, the argument goes, would make the early rounds a little more tantalizing. I incline toward this latter idea myself, but it’s unlikely to happen because seeding 32 players was a concession Wimbledon made as part of a settlement of player complaints. The Spanish players were offended by the All-England’s habit of revising the seeding list to take into account past results on grass, which sometimes dropped the Spaniards out of the seeding list. This, they felt, was unfair: sure they often lost in the early rounds, but, they reasoned, they got no reverse consideration at the French Open, where they could be expected to do well but Pete Sampras was still top seed despite his habit of losing in the first two rounds.

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Back to the man with the silver bowl. We are in the Presidents’ Room at Queen’s Club, surrounded by oil portraits, one of which is a dead ringer for Kaiser Wilhelm (it’s actually the Rt Hon Lord of Dalkeith, the club president from 1874 to 1879). The room is full of journalists and various people involved with running either the club or the tournament. (You can easily tell them apart. The people involved with the club are dressed for a cocktail party; tournament staff are wearing sponsored sports stuff; and the journalists look like they’ve been dragged in off the street.) At the front, next to a populated head table is a large screen with a blank 32-slot draw, and a load of numbered plastic tokens. We are introduced to three people who together have bid £250,000 (to be given to a children’s charity) for the right to be here today. Also on hand: Marin Cilic, the 2012 champion of this event. All of this, including the presence of a player, is fairly standard, though the exact mechanics vary.

The ritual begins with slotting the name of the top seed – Andy Murray – on line number 1 and second seed Stan Wawrinka on line 32. Next, the tokens for 3 and 4 are placed in the bowl and Queen’s man in the grey suit asks one of the dignitaries to pick one. This is where “Don’t look!” comes in. The one that is drawn – fourth seed Richard Gasquet – is placed on line 9, and the other, McEnroe-enhanced third seed Milos Raonic, on line 24. That settles the projected semifinal pairings. Next, the tokens for seeds 5 to 8 are placed in the bowl, and the man bowl is offered to three different people to fill the quarterfinal spots. Finally, the rest of the tokens are placed in the bowl, and the man goes around offering it to various people in the audience, even soliciting volunteers. Each person draws out one of the remaining numbers and the team at the front places it in the next empty line of the draw. There are tokens for qualifiers, whose names won’t be known until tomorrow (assuming the rain delay ends in time). These will also be drawn randomly to fill the empty spaces left for them.

As they go, the on-screen board fills in and profiles of the players and their match pairings pop up alongside. Some of the matches sound much tastier than the first round at Wimbledon will be. Cilic, interviewed, noted that the cut-off for the main draw this week was 44, which he thinks is the highest for any tournament on the tour. Murray, seeking his record-breaking fifth title here this year, draws Nicolas Mahut in the first round. Definitely a tough one: Mahut has grass cred. Besides being, famously, the loser in 2010’s three-day first-round Wimbledon encounter with John Isner, he’s a former finalist here who might have won the title but for an unlucky netcord, and recently the world’s number one doubles player. Other first-round contests that catch the eye: Nick Kyrgios versus Raonic sounds like an old-style serving contest; John Isner will have to contend with just-back Juan Martin del Potro; and Cilic faces Feliciano Lopez, the good-on-grass Spaniard who has troubled plenty of players here over the years.

Most draws, while not attended with quite as much ceremony, are pretty much like this: public events, with at least one player, some press, and various others in attendance. While it might be possible to fix the draw somewhere sometime, the intent is to make the process transparent and trustworthy. Conspiracy theorists should look elsewhere.

 

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Novak Djokovic Wins French Open Title to Complete “Career Grand Slam” and win Fourth Straight Major Title

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(June 5, 2016) Novak Djokovic became the first man since Rod Laver won a calendar Grand Slam in 1969 to win four straight major titles, winning the French Open on Sunday over Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday to complete a career Grand Slam. Djokovic is just the third man to hold all four majors titles at the same time which includes Don Budge 1938 and Rod Laver in 1962 and 1969.

The title gives No. 1 Djokovic his 12 major titles, tying him with Roy Emerson on the all-time list, behind Roger Federer with 17, Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras with 14. The Serb is the eighth man to complete a career “Grand Slam” joining Don Budge, Fred Perry, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal. The 29-year-old is now 12-11 in major finals.

“It’s a thrilling moment,” said Djokovic. “One of the most beautiful I have had in my career. “It’s incredibly flattering to know that Rod Laver is the last one that managed to do that. There are not many words that can describe it. It’s one of the ultimate challenges that you have as a tennis player. I’m very proud and very thrilled. It’s hard for me to reflect on what has happened before and what’s going to happen after. I’m just so overwhelmed with having this trophy next to me that I’m just trying to enjoy this moment.”

“Perhaps the greatest moment of my career.”

After completing the victory, Djokovic took a page out of former Roland Garros champion Gustavo Kuerten’s book, by drawing a heart in the clay and laying on his back inside it to celebrate.

“The most important thing for me is that I wrote down that heart, like Guga did,” Djokovic said after the match. “He gave me the permission to do this. The most important is that I felt the love, and drawing a heart means I will remain on this court with you every day.”

“This is Novak’s day,” Murray said during the trophy ceremony. “Winning all four Grand Slams at once is a great achievement. This is something that is so rare in tennis. What he’s achieved the last 12 months is phenomenal. I’m proud to be part of it today.”

Djokovic has now won 28 matches in a row in major tournaments dating back to last year’s French Open final.

His collection of majors: 6 Australian Opens, 1 Roland Garros, 3 Wimbledons and two U.S. Opens.

The French Open crown marks his 65 title, which puts him at number six on the all-time list behind Jimmy Connors (109), Ivan Lendl (94), Roger Federer (88), John McEnroe (77) and Rafael Nadal (69).

Djokovic is now halfway through a calendar Grand Slam, winning the Australian and French Opens. The last time a man won the first two majors in a year was Jim Courier in 1992.

 

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