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Australian Open 2015 – The final word from Tennis Australia

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Australian Open 2015 – The final word from Tennis Australia

 

(February 1, 2015) For two weeks the world’s top tennis players have excited and delighted fans at Melbourne Park.

 

Now, as top seeds Serena Williams (USA) and Novak Djokovic (SRB) celebrate their Grand Slam victories, we look back at Australian Open 2015.

 

On-court action

  • World No.1 and tournament top seed Serena Williams (USA) won her sixth Australian Open crown and 19th Grand Slam title with victory over [2] Maria Sharapova (RUS) 6-3 7-6(5). Williams was presented the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup by tennis legend Martina Navratilova (USA) on the 30th anniversary of her 1985 title win

 

  • World No.1 [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) celebrated his fifth Australian Open title and eighth Grand Slam victory with a four-set win over [6] Andy Murray (GBR) 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-0. Djokovic received the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup from Australian tennis icon Roy Emerson (Qld) on the 50th anniversary of his 1965 championship victory

 

  • Simone Bolelli (ITA) and Fabio Fognini (ITA) claimed the men’s doubles title, defeating French pair Pierre Hugues-Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-4 6-4

 

  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) and Lucie Safarova (CZE) took out the women’s doubles, posting a 6-4 7-6(5) win over [14] Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) and Jie Zheng (CHN)

 

  • 7 seeds Martina Hingis (SUI) and Leander Paes (IND) took out the mixed doubles crown ahead of defending champions [3] Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) and Daniel Nestor (CAN) 6-4 6-3

 

  • Unseeded Tereza Mihalikova (SVK) defeated [14] Katie Swan (GBR) 6-1 6-4 to win the girls’ singles title

 

  • Russian top seed Roman Safiullin won the boys’ singles championship, defeating [7] Seong-chan Hong (KOR) 7-5 7-6(2)

 

  • Fifteen Grand Slam champions contested the main singles draw: [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB), [2] Roger Federer (SUI), [3] Rafael Nadal (ESP), [4] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI), [6] Andy Murray (GBR), Lleyton Hewitt (AUS), [1] Serena Williams (USA), [2] Maria Sharapova (RUS), [4] Petra Kvitova (CZE), [5] Ana Ivanovic (SRB), [18] Venus Williams (USA), [20] Samantha Stosur (AUS), Victoria Azarenka (BLR), Francesca Schiavone (ITA) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)

 

  • Forty-nine nations were represented among the 256 players competing in main draw singles. There were 41 countries represented in the men’s singles, including 12 players from Spain, and 34 in the women’s singles draw, including 16 players from the USA. The USA was the most represented nation overall, with 21 players in action

 

  • A total of 704 players competed across all events, including juniors, wheelies and legends

 

  • Marius Copil (ROU) sent down the fastest serve of the tournament at 242km/h, while Milos Raonic (CAN) served the most aces of any player in the men’s draw with 114 to his name

 

  • Serena Williams (USA) posted the fastest serve in the women’s draw at 204km/h and served the most aces of any female player with 88 in total

 

  • Seventeen Australians took part in the main draw singles, with 11 players advancing to the second round, three to the third round, two to the fourth round and one to the quarterfinals

 

  • Aussie Nick Kyrgios (ACT) won his way into the quarters with wins over Federico Delbonis (ARG), Ivo Karlovic (CRO), Malek Jaziri (TUN) and Andreas Seppi (ITA) before falling to [6] Andy Murray (GBR)

 

  • Aussie juniors Jake Delaney (NSW) and Marc Polmans (Vic) overcame [8] Hubert Hurkacz (POL) and Alex Molcan (SVK) 0-6 6-2 [10-8] to take out their maiden Grand Slam boys’ doubles crown

 

  • Seventeen former top 10 players – including three former world No.1s: Mats Wilander (SWE), Martina Navratilova (USA) and Lindsay Davenport (USA) – contested the Big Mac Legends event

 

  • Dylan Alcott (Vic) took out the quad wheelchair singles title, becoming the first Australian to win the competition. Shingo Kunieda (JPN) and Jiske Griffioen (NED) took out the men’s and women’s wheelchair singles titles respectively. Top seeds Shingo Kunieda (JPN) and Stephane Houdet (FRA) won the men’s wheelchair doubles, while [1] Yui Kamiji (JPN) and Jordanne Whiley (GBR) claimed the women’s wheelchair doubles. David Wagner (USA) teamed with Andrew Lapthorne (GBR) to win the quad wheelchair doubles.

 

Attendance

  • A record 703,899 fans flocked to Australian Open 2015, smashing the previous record of 686,006 set in 2012

 

  • Ten sessions attracted a record crowd, including a first Monday day/night record of 71,151 The previous first Monday day/night record of 63,595 fans was set in 2014

 

  • Heineken Saturday on the middle weekend of the tournament was the busiest of the 2015 event, with 81,031 fans on site at Melbourne Park

 

  • More than 1800 tennis fans sailed to Melbourne Park on P&O Cruises’ second annual Australian Open cruise

 

  • Famous faces from across the sporting world to attend the event included: Adam Scott, Steve Smith, Steve Waugh, Lydia Lassila, Layne Beachley, Cameron Smith, Jimmy Bartel, Gary Ablett Jnr, Liz Cambage, Billy Slater, Ian Thorpe, Adam Goodes, David Hale, Liesel Jones and Sharelle McMahon

 

  • Other famous faces in the crowd included: Eric Bana, Toni Collette, Geoffrey Rush, Magda Szubanski, Kate Ritchie, Ryan Corr, Josh Thomas, Carla Zampatti and Livinia Nixon, musicians Kenny Rogers, Niall Horan, Kate Ceberano and Natalie Bassingthwaite, celebrity chefs Heston Blumenthal and Matt Preston, Australian of the Year Rosie Batty along with finalist Deborra-Lee Furness

 

  • Fans on Grand Slam Oval were entertained by headline music acts Sneaky Sound System, Sheppard, Megan Washington, The Potbelleez, Daryl Braithwaite and more

 

Media

  • More than 650 journalists, photographers and videographers from 283 media outlets provided detailed coverage of the Australian Open, including 296 international media from 44 different countries. There were 78 Asian media representatives on site, including 37 from Japan and 25 from China.

 

Tournament operations

  • The Wilson stringers hut restrung 4763 racquets, using more than 57km of string

 

  • 71 racquets were rapidly restrung for players during matches

 

  • [1] Serena Williams (USA) had the most racquets restrung of all players in the main draw, sending 86 racquets to the stringers

 

  • Matches were officiated by 360 chair umpires, linespersons and Hawkeye reviewers from 34 Approximately 68 umpires and 228 linespeople per day officiated matches in the early rounds of the tournament

 

  • There were 380 ballkids including 327 from Victoria, 25 from interstate, 20 from Korea, six from China and two from Singapore

 

  • Players and celebrities including world No.3 Rafael Nadal (ESP), two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka (BLR), four-time men’s singles champion Jim Courier (USA) and tennis legends Chris Evert (USA) and Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) participated in video interviews for Kia Open Drive. Videos can be viewed on the official Australian Open YouTube channel

 

  • 8412 staff, contractors and volunteers employed by Tennis Australia, Melbourne Olympic Parks Trust (MOPT) and catering suppliers Delaware North worked behind the scenes to deliver Australian Open 2015.

 

Community tennis

  • Almost 14,500 fans attended the third annual Kids Tennis Day presented by Nickelodeon on Saturday 17 January, highlighted by the Rod Laver Arena Spectacular featuring Roger Federer (SUI), Ana Ivanovic (SRB), Victoria Azarenka (BLR), Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) and Australian rising stars Nick Kyrgios (ACT) and Thanasi Kokkinakis (SA)

 

  • More than 1000 tennis fans played ANZ Tennis Hot Shots on Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena, show courts and multiple outside courts ahead of the day sessions during the tournament

 

  • More than 12,000 visitors played ANZ Tennis Hot Shots on Court 4 and on the mini courts in Garden Square including Australia’s Bernard Tomic (Qld) and Australian test cricket captain Steve Smith

 

  • More than 30,000 people visited ANZ Fan Zone

 

  • Cardio Tennis showcases featured on Margaret Court Arena in front of thousands of fans for the first time prior to night matches during the tournament

 

  • Eight-year-old Anna Bishop, an ANZ Tennis Hot Shot of the Year nominee, had a hit of tennis on Rod Laver Arena with Novak Djokovic (SRB) and was part of the women’s singles trophy presentation

 

  • In the weeks leading up to Australian Open 2015, the brand new tennis format FAST4 was launched in Australia, first in Sydney with Roger Federer (SUI) and Lleyton Hewitt (SA) participating in One Night with Federer and Hewitt, then in Melbourne with Rafa’s Summer Set. Rafael Nadal (ESP) played FAST4 against Omar Jasika (Vic), Mark Philippoussis (Vic) and Fernando Verdasco (ESP) on Margaret Court Arena. John McEnroe and Patrick Rafter went head to head at the Apia International Sydney, while the Australian Open Big Mac Legends tournament also featured the FAST4 format

 

  • More than 7000 kids and parents enjoyed a Disney experience over the last three days of the tournament. Hisense Arena was transformed into a magical family experience, featuring the much loved Disney and Disney-Pixar worlds of Never Land (Disney Fairies and Jake the Never Land Pirate), Arendelle (Frozen), Radiator Springs (Cars), Andy’s Room (Toy Story) and San Fransokyo (Big Hero 6)

 

  • The AO Tennis Blitz matched up tennis-loving towns around Australia with all 256 main draw singles players. Women’s champion Serena Williams (USA) was supported throughout her Australian Open 2015 campaign by Casino, NSW. Men’s champion Novak Djokovic (SRB) was supported by Kendall, NSW. Towns ‘won’ a player by completing tennis challenges in the lead-up to the event

 

  • Australian tennis great Neale Fraser was honoured at the annual Legends Lunch. Fraser was joined at the celebratory event by fellow legends of the sport Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe, Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, Martina Navratilova and many more.

 

Digital and social media

  • Before the men’s final there were more than 5 million unique visitors to ausopen.com throughout the tournament period

 

  • The most popular female players of the event were Madison Keys (212,748 player profile views), Eugenie Bouchard (198,381), Serena Williams (195,585), Maria Sharapova (176,404) and Ekaterina Makarova (129,614). The most popular male players were Nick Kyrgios (208,863), Novak Djokovic (180,102), Rafael Nadal (159,638), Roger Federer (153,255) and Andy Murray (128,000)

 

 

  • On Twitter, @australianopen grew to 711,319 followers. The most retweeted #ausopen post was @jnarls’ video link: “We’re ready for you – Australian Open 2015″

 

  • The official Australian Open App was downloaded 1,199,509 times across iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

 

*Digital and social media figures as at 5pm, Sunday 1 February 2015

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Novak Djokovic Wins 5th Australian Open Crown for 8th Major Title

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(February 1, 2015) Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open on Sunday with a 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-0 victory over Andy Murray in 3 hours and 39 minutes. The world No. 1 now has 8 major titles tying him for eighth on the all-time list with Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Ken Rosewall and Fred Perry.

The Serb has won four out of the last five Australian Opens. He now joins Roy Emerson as the only men to win five Melbourne titles and the first to do it in the Open Era.

Djokovic closed out the match winning the last nine games.

Great Britain’s Murray has now lost four Australian Open finals, three to Djokovic (2011, 2013, 2015) and one to Roger Federer (2010).

“I’m so grateful to be standing here as a champion for the fifth time, and to be in the elite group of players… Roy Emerson, Rod Laver and all the legends of our sport,” Djokovic during the trophy presentation.

“I had amazing support again here,” said the four-time runner-up Murray. “It’s been my most consistent Grand Slam of my career. I haven’t been quite able to win, but the support I’ve received here has been amazing. I’ll try and come back next year and hopefully have a slightly different outcome in the final.”

“Novak has won five times here now. There’s no disgrace obviously in losing to him. So, yeah, a lot of positives for me to take from it.”

The first two sets took two hours and 32 minutes, saw break leads vanish for both men. Djokovic broke Murray in the fourth game of the first set, but Murray returned the break to get even. Djokovic broke serve in the eighth game and served for the set, but the Scot put the set back on even terms.

The set eventually went to a tiebreaker, with Murray taking a 2-1 mini-break lead. Djokovic won 5 out of the next 6 points to swing the tiebreaker in his favor.

The second set saw Djokovic save a set point in the 10th game. Murray dominated the second set tiebreaker.

The match was interrupted in the second set during the seventh game when someone protesting Australia’s refugee policies ran on the court and was removed by security.

The pendulum of momentum made its final swing towards Djokovic, when he broke Murray’s serve at love in the eighth game of the third set. Murray showed his displeasure by throwing his racquet and yelling into a towel.

“There were a lot of turning points in the match. As I think everybody predicted, it was going to be a big battle,” Djokovic said. “Of course, Grand Slam finals for both of us, regardless of the record that I have here, and him playing also three times the final not winning a title, regardless of that, we both knew that, you know, we have equal chances to win it. Very similar match to the Australian Open final in 2013 when we played over two hours the first two sets. Tonight two and a half hours the first two sets. Very physical. Very exhausting. We both of course went through some tough moments physically. You could see that I had a crisis end of the second, beginning of the third. Just felt very exhausted and I needed some time to regroup and recharge and get back on track. That’s what I’ve done. I started hitting ball and trying to be a little bit more aggressive coming to the net, shortening the points. I got a very important break of serve at 2-Love for him in the third that got me back in the match mentally, as well. It was a cat-and-mouse fight. It always is. We always try to outplay the opponents with the groundstrokes, with the long rallies, a lot of variety in the games: spin, flat, slice, dropshots. I think both went out with the full repertoire of the shots we have. I hope everybody that watched it enjoyed the finals. From my side it was definitely very exhausting. Just glad that I believed it all the way through. Saved some breakpoints at 3-All in the third set and managed to make that break and win the third. After that I felt huge relief. I felt I could swing through the ball. I felt the momentum was on my side and I wanted to use that. At this level very few points can turn things around on the court as we could see tonight.”

“Obviously had opportunities in the first three sets,” Murray said. “Then the fourth set, I mean, obviously I need to watch it back to see if I played badly. I mean, he was just ripping everything. Returns he was hitting on the baseline, this far from the line all the time. Once he got up a break, he just loosened up and was just going for his shots. I couldn’t recover. So the fourth set wasn’t as frustrating to me. The third set was frustrating because I got a bit distracted when he, like, fell on the ground after a couple of shots. It appeared that he was cramping, and then I let that distract me a little bit. That’s what I’m most disappointed about, not so much the fourth set because I think, especially at the end of it, he was just going for everything, and it was going in. But the third set was more frustrating for me.”

Djokovic appeared to have an issue with his leg in the third set, which looked as though it distracted Murray.

“I have no idea what the issue was,” Murray commented. “He obviously looked like he was in quite a bad way at the beginning of the third set and came back unbelievable at the end of that set. Then obviously the way he was hitting the ball in the fourth and moving was impressive. So, yeah, I don’t know exactly what the issue was for him.

“If it was cramp, how he recovered from it, that’s a tough thing to recover from and play as well as he did at the end. So, yeah, I’m frustrated at myself for letting that bother me at the beginning of the third set, because I was playing well, I had good momentum, and then just dropped off for like 10 minutes and it got away from me. So that’s the most frustrating thing because I thought I obviously had opportunities in the first set. I couldn’t quite get them. I managed to sneak the second. Then obviously was that break up in the third”

 

“I think it has deeper meaning, more intrinsic value now to my life because I’m a father and a husband,” the Serb said of the win. “It’s the first Grand Slam title I won as a father and a husband. Just feel very, very proud of it.

“I try to stay on the right path and committed to this sport in every possible way that I have had in the last couple of years and try to use this prime time of my career really where I’m playing and feeling the best at 27. This is why I play the sport, you know, to win big titles and to put myself in a position to, you know, play also for the people around me. I know how much sacrifice they put in in my own career, and I try to thank them and not take anything for granted. As my life progresses, there are circumstances, situations, events that define these beautiful moments. Getting married and becoming a father in the last six months was definitely something that gave me a new energy, something that I never felt before. And right now everything has been going in such a positive direction in my life. I’m so grateful for that. So I try to live these moments with, you know, all my heart.”

Murray’s ranking will move up to No. 4 in the world when the rankings are released on Monday.

 

 

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Serena Williams Wins 6th Australian Open for 19th Grand Slam Title

 

(January 31, 2015) Serena Williams moved up on the all-time list of Grand Slam title holders beating Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 (5) to win her sixth Australian Open title on Saturday night. It’s the 33-year-old’s 19th major, tying her with Helen Wills Moody for third on the all-time list, just behind Steffi Graf (22) and Margaret Court (24). The American passes both Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert with 18 each.

“I would love to get to 22,” Williams said. “I mean, 19 was very difficult to get to. Took me 33 years to get here, so… I would love to get there. But I have to get to 20 first, and then I have to get to 21. There’s so many wonderful young players coming up, so it will be a very big task. My next goal was just to get to 19. That was my goal. So I didn’t think it would happen this fast, to be honest, but it feels really good.”

Battling a cold during the tournament, No. 1 Williams remains unbeaten in six finals. She is the oldest Australian Open champion of the Open Era.

“Standing here with 19 majors is something I never thought would happen,” Williams said during the trophy ceremony. “I went on the court with a ball, a racket and a hope”

“I have to congratulate Maria. She really pushed me tonight. She played a great match… not only for you guys but for tennis”

“I haven’t beaten her in a really long time but I love playing her because you want to play the best,” world No. 2 Sharapova said. “And she’s the best.”

It was the 16th straight win for Williams over Sharapova to raise her record to 17- 2 over the Russian.

The match began with the roof open on Rod Laver Arena, but the rain came and the roof close in the first set causing a 13-minute delay.

Williams promptly hit an ace upon resumption of play, winning six straight points which included a break of serve.

Williams was dominant in her serving, hitting 18 aces during the 1 hour and 51 minute match. Fifteen of the aces came in the second set.

Williams celebrated prematurely on her third match point, thinking she had hit an ace, when it was a let.. She promptly regrouped.

“I thought after the let, Man, I am not meant to win this tournament,” Willliams said. “I had a couple of match points. I mean, she played great on those match points. She totally went for broke. I was like, C’mon. First of all, why I hear the let. Then I was like, Okay, do I go T? Do I go wide? What am I going to do? Then I just tossed and served as hard as I could.”

 

“I haven’t won against her many times, but if I’m getting to the stage of competing against someone like Serena, I’m doing something well.,” Sharapova said in her post-match interview with the media. “I’m setting up a chance to try to beat her and it hasn’t happened. I’m not just going to go home without giving it another chance. That’s just not who I am and not who I was raised to be. I’m a competitor. If I’m getting to the finals of Grand Slams and setting myself up to play a match against Serena, I mean, I know it sounds — maybe you’re telling me I’m wrong — but I’m happy to be in that position. I love the competition. I love playing against the best, and at the moment she is.”

“Over the last 10 years her and I have been out of the game. Sometimes she was injured for a period of time; I was out for a year. So, yeah, between all of that, between and around it, we’ve been able to play a lot of great matches against other players. I’m proud to be part of an era where she’s in.”

“I’m happy with the way I’ve handled a few of the matches here, how I’ve come back strong, how I’ve set myself up to try to win another major. It’s not easy to get to the final of a Grand Slam. It takes a lot of work. It’s over the course of two weeks. That’s a good achievement. It’s a good start to the year. The year is very young at this point.”

“It feels really good to be sitting here as the champion,” Williams said in her post-match interview. “I definitely didn’t think I would be here in the beginning of the week or the beginning of the two weeks, but it feels pretty excellent.”

“The match definitely got tough in the second set. Maria started playing a lot better. She started being a little more aggressive. I think I got a little more passive. Was just trying to get the ball back in play. But I also started serving better in the second set because I knew if I wasn’t having my groundstrokes where I wanted them to be, I knew I could serve it out. So, yeah, it definitely got really interesting. I had a lot of moments. I had some easy shots that I missed in the second set on her serve, and then she came up with a big serve when she was down a breakpoint, which was great. But I definitely can look back and say, Oh, I could have done a few things better just for the future”

“I’ve been through so much the past week,” the champion continued. “I really, really didn’t expect to win. I didn’t expect to be here this long. I was walking down the hall yesterday and I was thinking, Wow, I’m still in the tournament. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to the final here or the semifinal. It’s been a long time coming. I was just really, really elated to have an opportunity to walk out on the final match.”

Williams’ six Australian titles came in 2003, ’05, ’07, ’09 ’10 and ’15. She defeated Sharapova in ‘07 and ‘15. Sharapova won the title in 2008.

Serena Williams is halfway to another “Serena Slam” having won the 2014 US Open and now the Australian Open. The next major and second leg of the calendar Grand Slam will be the French Open in May.

“When I think about Paris, I don’t think about 20,” Williams said. “I just think about winning there. It’s the one slam I don’t have more than two titles on. I only have two there. Sorry. That and Wimbledon I’ve been struggling. Yeah, so I think, okay, now that I got this under my belt. I’m a little more comfortable with my ranking now. Now I can really move. Like I did so bad last year at Roland Garros, and Wimbledon as well. So those are the two I really have my eye on, because I would like to do better at those. And I know I can do better. I’m not going into it not as number 20, but I want to win Roland Garros.”

 

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Tale of the Tape – Novak Djokovic Versus Andy Murray in the Australian Open Final

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2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 14 MEN’S NOTES

Sunday 1 February

 

 

Singles Final

 

 

  1. 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 6 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 3,100,000 2000
Finalist 1,550,000 1200

 

Who has the advantage?
For 4 out of the past 7 years, the man who played his semifinal second has been the one who won the final, so recent history would suggest that Djokovic has the slight advantage in winning the 2015 Australian Open title.

 

No. 1 v No. 6
This is just the 2nd Open Era meeting between a No. 1 seed and No. 6 seed in the Australian Open final after the 1979 final, when No. 1 Guillermo Vilas defeated No. 6 John Sadri. The last meeting between a No. 1 seed and No. 6 seed at a major was at the 2009 US Open, when No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro defeated No. 1 Roger Federer. This is just the 5th Grand Slam final meeting between a No. 1 seed and a No. 6 seed in the Open Era.
The No. 1 seed has reached the final here for the 4th consecutive year. Rafael Nadal’s loss to Stan Wawrinka in the final here last year was the first defeat for a Top seed in the Australian Open final since 1995 (No. 2 Andre Agassi d. No. 1 Pete Sampras) and ended an 8-match winning streak for the No. 1 seed in Australian Open finals.

Hard court heroes
Murray could equal Ivan Lendl in 5th place on the list for most Open Era hard court titles if he wins the title here. Djokovic, meanwhile, is looking to close the gap on Andre Agassi in 2nd place.

.                                                        Hard court title leaders (Open Era)

Player

Hard court titles

Roger FedererAndre Agassi 57
46
Novak Djokovic 37
Pete Sampras 36
Ivan Lendl 26
Andy Murray 25

ATP Rankings update…

Regardless of the outcome of the final, Djokovic will still occupy the No. 1 position in the ATP Rankings when they are published on Monday 2 February. Murray has climbed to 4th in the rankings by reaching the final and will climb to No. 3 if he goes on to win the title.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 15-8

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

 

Murray is bidding to end a 4-match losing streak against Djokovic and defeat the Serb for the first time since the 2013 Wimbledon final.

 

It will be the 5th meeting between these 2 players in a Grand Slam final which puts them in joint-3rd position on the all-time leaderboard for most match-ups in a Grand Slam final along with Andre Agassi v Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl v Mats Wilander.

 

                                                Most head-to-heads in Grand Slam finals

Head-to-head Grand Slam final meetings
Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal 8
Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal 7
Andre Agassi v Pete SamprasIvan Lendl v Mats Wilander

Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray

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This is the 3rd Australian Open final to feature Djokovic and Murray, which extends their lead for the most match-ups in the Australian Open final ahead of Jim Courier v Stefan Edberg (2) and Johan Kriek v Steve Denton (2).

 

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 a 13-6 win-loss record against Murray on a hard court.

 

Road to the Final

DJOKOVIC Time^ Time^ MURRAY
d. (Q) Aljaz Bedene 63 62 64d. Andrey Kuznetsov 60 61 64 1:491:24 1st round2nd round 2:131:42 d. (Q) Yuki Bhambri 63 64 76(3)d. Marinko Matosevic 61 63 62
d. No. 31 Fernando Verdasco 76(8) 63 64 2:21 3rd round 2:06 d. Joao Sousa 61 61 75
d. Gilles Muller 64 75 75d. No. 8 Milos Raonic 76(5) 64 62

d. No. 4 Stan Wawrinka 76(1) 36 64 46 60

2:082:00
3:30
Round of 16Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3:322:05

3:26

d.   No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov 64 67(5) 63 75d. Nick Kyrgios 63 76(5) 63

d. No. 7 Tomas Berdych 67(6) 60 63 75

total time on court 13:12 ^Scorecard time 15:04 total time on court

 

 

 

DJOKOVIC                                      v                                       MURRAY

 

27                                           Age                                           27

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

1                                    ATP Ranking                                    6

72,444,489                      Career Earnings (US$)                      34,190,080

48                                         Titles                                         31

186-33                      Career Grand Slam Record                      140-33

7 titles                        Best Grand Slam Result                        2 titles

49-6                          Australian Open Record                          39-9

612-141                               Career Record                               487-151

398-82                          Career Record – Hard                          338-95

8-1                                    2015 Record                                    6-0

8-1                               2015 Record – Hard                              6-0

23-8                          Career Five-Set Record                           17-6

3                          Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          7

175-102                        Career Tiebreak Record                        141-90

4-1                             2015 Tiebreak Record                            2-2

                                                                                

  • 4-time champion DJOKOVIC is looking to become the second man in history to win 5 or more Australian Open titles. Roy Emerson is the only man who has won more than 5 titles in Melbourne.

 

Australian Open title leaders (all-time)

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

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to win his 8th Grand Slam title and move into equal-8th place with Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall on the all-time list for most major titles.

 

All-time Grand Slam men’s singles titles

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

Ivan Lendl

Fred Perry

Ken Rosewall

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to win his 8th Grand Slam title. He has a 7-7 win-loss record in his 14 previous Grand Slam finals and a 4-0 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 v. Andy Murray??

 

  • Djokovic won his 7th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last year, defeating Roger Federer in the final. He is a 4-time Australian Open champion having won the titles here in 2008 (d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), 2011 (d. Andy Murray), 2012
    (d. Nadal) and 2013 (d. Murray).

 

  • Djokovic also won the titles at 2011 Wimbledon and the 2011 US Open, defeating Nadal on both occasions. He has never won Roland Garros despite reaching the final there twice – in 2012 and 2014, losing to Nadal both times.

 

  • Djokovic is in 8th place on the list for the most Grand Slam match-wins in history with a 186-33 win-loss record. The leading all-time performers are as follows:

 

Most Grand Slam match-wins (all-time)

Rank Player Win-loss
12 Roger FedererJimmy Connors 281-46233-49
3 Andre Agassi 224-53
45 Ivan LendlRoy Emerson 222-49217-48
67

8

Pete SamprasRafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic

203-38191-26

186-33

910 Stefan EdbergKen Rosewall 178-47174-32

                                                                               Note: active players in bold

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to record his 50th match-win at the Australian Open and close the gap on Stefan Edberg in 2nd place on the list for most Australian Open match-wins in the Open Era.
Player Win-loss
Roger Federer
Stefan Edberg
    75-12
56-10
Novak DjokovicAndre Agassi    49-648-5
Ivan Lendl        48-10
Rafael NadalPete Sampras     45-945-9

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to become the 17th 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 2013. The Top seed has won the title here in 6 of the last 9 years.

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to extend his 9-match winning streak against Top 10 opposition. He has not lost to a Top 10 player since losing to Federer in the semifinals at 2014 Shanghai-1000. He has dropped just 3 sets in his last 8 matches against Top 10 players – one set to Kei Nishikori in the semifinals at the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals and 2 sets to Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals here.

 

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

 

  • By reaching the final here Djokovic has equalled Stefan Edberg and Federer in first place for the most Australian Open final appearances.

 

                                            No. of Australian Open final appearances (Open Era)

Novak Djokovic 5
Stefan Edberg 5
Roger Federer 5
Andre Agassi 4
Andy Murray 4
Ivan Lendl 4
Mats Wilander 4

 

  • Djokovic has reached his 15th Grand Slam final and moved into equal-8th place on the all-time list of most appearances in Grand Slam finals.

 

1 Roger Federer 25
2 Rafael Nadal 20
3 Ivan Lendl 19
4 Pete Sampras 18
5 Rod Laver 17
6= Bjorn Borg 16
Ken Rosewall 16
8= Andre AgassiNovak Djokovic 1515
Jimmy Connors 15
Roy Emerson 15
Bill Tilden 15

 

  • Last year here, Djokovic’s streak of 14 consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearances was ended by Wawrinka in 5 sets in the quarterfinals. It is his last 5-set loss. He has a 23-8 Tour-level win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 4-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park.         

 

  • Djokovic won 7 titles in 8 finals in 2014 and in so doing finished the year with a prize money haul of $14,269,462. It was the 4th straight year he had earned over $12 million. He finished the year ranked No. 1 for the 3rd time after winning his 3rd consecutive ATP World Tour Finals crown.

 

  • At the Grand Slams in 2014, as well as reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and winning the title at Wimbledon, Djokovic lost to Nadal in the final at Roland Garros and to Nishikori in the semifinals at the US Open.

 

  • Djokovic warmed up for the 2015 Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Doha (l. Ivo Karlovic).

 

  • 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.

 

  • 3-time Australian Open runner-up MURRAY is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win the Australian Open title after losing 3 finals. He finished as runner-up here in 2010 ( Roger Federer), 2011
    (l. Djokovic) and 2013 (l. Djokovic). Marat Safin is the only player to lose 2 or more Australian Open finals before winning the title.

No. of Australian Open final appearances before winning first title (Open Era)

Player
No. of Australian Open final appearances before winning the title
Years
Andy Murray 4?? Lost 2010, 2011, 2013
Marat Safin 3 Lost 2002, 2004. Won 2005

 

  • If Murray wins the title for the first time on his 10th 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

10??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 end a 5-match losing streak against players ranked No. 1. He has not defeated a world No. 1 since defeating today’s opponent in the final at 2013 Wimbledon. He has a 2-8 win-loss record against players ranked No. 1 at the Grand Slams – as well as defeating Djokovic at 2013 Wimbledon, he also defeated No. 1 Nadal in the semifinals at the 2008 US Open.

 

  • By reaching his 4th Australian Open final, Murray has moved into joint-4th place on the list for most Australian Open finals reached in the Open Era.

 

Player No. of AO finals
Novak DjokovicStefan Edberg

Roger Federer

5
Andre AgassiIvan Lendl

Andy Murray

Mats Wilander

4

 

  • 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 8 – US Open 2008, 2012, Australian Open 2010-11, 2013, 2015, Wimbledon 2012-13

 

  • Murray is the only Briton to reach 4 Australian Open finals. Fred Perry is the only other British man to reach multiple finals at the Australian Open, winning in 1934 and finishing a runner-up in 1935:

 

British Players in the Australian Open final (all-time)

Year Player Opponent Result
1915 Gordon Lowe Horace Rice Won 46 61 61 64
1920 Algernon Kingscote Eric Pockley Won 64 60 63
1929 Colin Gregory Richard Schlesinger Won 62 62 57 64
1934 Fred Perry Jack Crawford Won 63 75 61
1935 Fred Perry Jack Crawford Lost 26 64 64 64
1977 John Lloyd Vitas Gerulaitis Lost 63 76 57 36 62
2010 Andy Murray Roger Federer Lost 63 64 76
2011 Andy Murray Novak Djokovic Lost 64 62 63
2013 Andy Murray Novak Djokovic Lost 67(2) 76(3) 63 62
2015 Andy Murray Novak Djokovic ??

 

  • By reaching his 8th Grand Slam final, Murray has equalled Ken Rosewall and Guillermo Vilas in joint-13th place 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 (25), Rafael Nadal (20) and today’s opponent (15).

 

  • Murray is a 2-time Grand Slam champion. He won the 2012 US Open title (d. today’s opponent) and became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years in 2013 (d. today’s opponent).

 

  • Murray has a 2-5 win-loss record in his previous Grand Slam finals:

                                            

                                             Murray’s record in Grand Slam finals

Grand Slam Final Result
2008 US Open l. Roger Federer 62 75 62
2010 Australian Open l. Roger Federer 63 64 76(11)
2011 Australian Open l. Novak Djokovic 64 62 63
2012 Wimbledon l. Roger Federer 46 75 63 64
2012 US Open d. Novak Djokovic 76(10) 75 26 36 62
2013 Australian Open l. Novak Djokovic 67(2) 76(3) 63 62
2013 Wimbledon d. Novak Djokovic 64 75 64
2015 Australian Open v. Novak Djokovic

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the first No. 6 seed to win a Grand Slam title since Juan Martin del Potro won the 2009 US Open. Just two No. 6 seeds have won the title here – Petr Korda in 1998 and Andre Agassi in 2001.

 

  • Murray’s semifinal victory over Berdych was his 2nd win in his last 6 matches against Top 10 players at the Grand Slams. He has a 4-6 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition at the Australian Open compared with 0-3 at Roland Garros, 6-5 at Wimbledon and 5-5 at the US Open.

 

  • If Murray wins today he 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 (39-14) with a 39-9 win-loss record here.

 

Most Australian Open match-wins (Open Era)

Player Win-loss record
1.    Roger Federer 75-12
2.    Stefan Edberg 56-10
3.    Novak Djokovic 49-6
4= Andre Agassi   Ivan Lendl 48-548-10
6= Rafael NadalPete Sampras 45-945-9
8= Wayne FerreiraAndy Murray 39-1439-9
10. Andy Roddick 38-11

*Players at the 2015 Australian Open in bold

 

  • Murray is the leading British man in history in terms of Grand Slam match-wins with a 140-33 win-loss record.

 

  • Murray is on a 5-match winning streak in 5-set matches. The last time he lost a 5-set match was against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals at the 2012 Australian Open. He has a 1-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park.

 

  • Last year here Murray reached the quarterfinals, falling to Federer 63 64 67(6) 63. He is contesting his 10th straight Australian Open and 36th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2014 he reached the semifinals at Roland Garros (l. Nadal) and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon (l. Grigor Dimitrov) and the US Open (l. today’s opponent). It was the 4th straight year he had reached the quarterfinals at all Grand Slams in a calendar year. [NB He missed 2013 Roland Garros with a back injury.]

 

  • Also in 2014, Murray won 3 titles – at Shenzhen (d. Tommy Robredo), Vienna (d. David Ferrer) and Valencia
    (d. Robredo). He saved 5 match points in both of his finals against Robredo. The Valencia final was the longest ATP final in 2014 at 3 hours 20 minutes.

 

  • Murray warmed up for the Australian Open at the Hopman Cup, where he won all 3 of the singles matches he played against Benoit Paire, Jerzy Janowicz and Marinko Matosevic in straight sets.

 

  • Murray is coached by 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo. His fitness trainer is Matt Little and his physio is Mark Bender.

**Statistics provided by the International Tennis Federation

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Novak Djokovic Reaches Fifth Australian Open Final

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(January 30, 2015) No. 1 Novak Djokovic avenged last year’s quarterfinal loss to Stan Wawrinka in the Australian Open, besting the Swiss 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 to reach his fifth Melbourne final on Friday.

The match which lasted 3 hours, 30 minutes, was by no means epic as it produced a total 118 unforced errors – 49 for Djokovic and 69 for last year’s champion Wawrinka.

“I did not play on the level that I intended before the match,” Djokovic said. “There were parts of the match where I stepped in and played a game I needed to play, but parts of the match where I played too defensive and allowed him to dictate the play from the baseline. He has great depth in his shots. Once he has control of the rallies it’s very difficult to play against him. So, yeah, it was very emotional, very tense, as it always is against a top player in semifinals of a Grand Slam. Of course, judging by the last two matches we played here in Australian Open last two years, we could expect something like that, five-setter. So the battle was great. It was no different this year from the previous two years in terms of, you know, fighting from both sides. The only difference was that the fifth set went completely my way. But, again, it was a tight first opening game of the fifth set where he had some breakpoint opportunities, missed an easy ball. Yeah, I mean, a couple points decide a winner in these particular matches when you’re playing for Grand Slam final. I can say I’m glad, of course I’m happy and satisfied to go through. I’m proud of the fighting spirit that I had. But the level of performance was not where I wanted it to be.”

“Describe the match? Strange. Not the best, for sure,” said Wawrinka. “I think there were a lot of up and down. Beginning conditions weren’t too good. It’s quite flying a little bit. Balls are not easy to control. Not much. It was not the best match, for sure. “

“Told my coach before the match and already yesterday that I was mentally completely dead and no battery. Tough to focus on what I want to do. Tough to focus on my game. And that’s what happened today.”

Four-time Melbourne champion Djokovic reaches his fifth Australian final and will face Andy Murray, whom he defeated in two previous finals. Djokovic has now equaled the record of Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg for most Australian finals in the Open era.

“Getting to the finals is already a great achievement,” said the Serb. “But now this is the match for which you have worked for now two months. This is where you want to be. This is why you put all these hours on and off the court, trying to get yourself in a position to win Grand Slam trophy, because that’s what matters the most. I’m going to give my best, of course.”

On playing Murray in the finals. Djokovic said: “He’s one of the best defenders in the game, no question about it. He is an incredible counter-puncher. He’s got a lot of variety in his game. He’s got also a big serve. I think if he serves well, that’s a huge, let’s say, confidence boost and advantage for him. He feels that he’s more relaxed on the court and he can swing through his shots from the baseline. I think forehand has improved, judging by the matches he has played the matches during these couple weeks compared to a few months ago. The courts are playing a little bit faster in the last two years than it was the previous years in Rod Laver Arena as we mentioned before. Because they are faster, because the ball is bouncing a bit lower, that’s pretty suitable to his style of the game. He likes that. He has a flat backhand and moves around the court pretty well. So it’s going to be a very physical match, no doubt about that. It’s finals, so I’m sure that we both are going to go out and give our best.”

Djokovic has a 15-8 record versus Murray.

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2015 Australian Open Day 12 Men’s Match Notes and Preview

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2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 12 MEN’S NOTES

Thursday 29 January

Semifinals Top Half

No. 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 4 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI)

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 16-3

2006     Umag                           Clay (O)            FR        Wawrinka          6-6 ret. (respiratory problems)

2006     Davis Cup (WG-PO)      Hard (I)             R2        Djokovic           64 36 26 76(3) 64

2006     Vienna                          Hard (I)             R16      Wawrinka          63 63

2007     Vienna                          Hard (I)             FR        Djokovic           64 60

2008     AMS Indian Wells          Hard (O)            QF        Djokovic           76(5) 62

2008     AMS Rome                   Clay (O)            FR        Djokovic           46 63 63

2009     Indian Wells-1000          Hard (O)            R16      Djokovic           76(7) 76(6)

2009     Monte Carlo-1000          Clay (O)            SF        Djokovic           46 61 63

2009     Basel                            Hard (I)             QF        Djokovic           36 76(5) 62

2010     Monte Carlo-1000          Clay (O)            R16      Djokovic           64 64

2011     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)            R16      Djokovic           64 61

2012     Madrid-1000                  Clay (O)            R16      Djokovic           76(5) 64

2012     US Open                      Hard (O)           R16      Djokovic           64 61 3-1 ret. (sickness)

2013     Australian Open           Hard (O)           R16      Djokovic           16 75 64 67(5) 12-10

2013     US Open                      Hard (O)           SF        Djokovic           26 76(4) 36 63 64

2013     Paris-1000                     Hard (I)             QF        Djokovic           61 64

2013     ATP World Tour Finals   Hard (I)             SF        Djokovic           63 63

2014     Australian Open           Hard (O)           QF        Wawrinka         26 64 62 36 97

2014     ATP World Tour Finals   Hard (I)             RR        Djokovic           63 60

 

A 3rd consecutive Australian Open meeting for the 2 players. Their last 3 Grand Slam meetings have gone to 5 sets.

 

Last year here, Djokovic’s streak of 14 consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearances was ended by Wawrinka in 5 sets in the quarterfinals. It is his last 5-set loss. He has a 22-8 Tour-level win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 3-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park.

 

In 2013 their round of 16 match here was also extended to 5-sets. At 5 hours 2 minutes it was the 4th-longest match on record at the Australian Open.

 

Longest-known Australian Open matches in Open Era history

Time Match
5 hours 53 minutes Novak Djokovic d. Rafael Nadal – Final, 2012
5 hours 14 minutes Rafael Nadal d. Fernando Verdasco – Semifinals, 2009
5 hours 11 minutes Boris Becker d. Omar Camporese – 3rd round, 1991
5 hours 2 minutes Novak Djokovic d. Stan Wawrinka – Round of 16, 2013
5 hours 0 minutes Andy Roddick d. Younes El Aynaoui – Quarterfinals, 2003

 

Possible final head-to-heads

Murray Berdych
Djokovic 15-8 17-2
Wawrinka 6-8 10-5

 

DJOKOVIC                                      v                                     WAWRINKA

 

27                                           Age                                           29

6’2”/1.88m                                   Height                                   6’0”/1.83m

1                                    ATP Ranking                                    4

48                                         Titles                                          8

185-33                      Career Grand Slam Record                       87-38

7 titles                        Best Grand Slam Result          2014 Aus Open champion

48-6                          Australian Open Record                          28-8

611-141                               Career Record                               347-216

397-82                          Career Record – Hard                         182-116

7-1                                    2015 Record                                    9-0

7-1                               2015 Record – Hard                              9-0

22-8                          Career Five-Set Record                          21-16

3                          Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          6

174-102                        Career Tiebreak Record                       129-143

3-1                             2015 Tiebreak Record                            6-0

 

Road to the Semifinals

DJOKOVIC Time Time WAWRINKA
d. (Q) Aljaz Bedene 63 62 64d. Andrey Kuznetsov 60 61 64 1:491:24 1st round2nd round 1:212:16 d. Marsel Ilhan 61 64 62d. (Q) Marius Copil 76(4) 76(4) 63
d. No. 31 Fernando Verdasco 76(8) 63 64 2:21 3rd round 1:49 d. Jarkko Nieminen 64 62 64
d. Gilles Muller 64 75 75d. No. 8 Milos Raonic 76(5) 64 62 2:082:00 Round of 16Quarterfinal 3:022:04 d. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 76(2) 64 46 76(8)d. No. 5 Kei Nishikori 63 64 76(6)
total time on court 9:42 (Scorecard time) 10:32 total time on court

 

  • Four-time champion DJOKOVIC is bidding to equal Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer in first place for the most Australian Open final appearances.

 

         No. of Australian Open final appearances (Open Era)

Stefan Edberg 5
Roger Federer 5
Andre Agassi 4
Novak Djokovic 4
Ivan Lendl 4
Mats Wilander 4

[NB Andy Murray could reach his 4th AO final if he defeats Berdych in Thursday’s semifinal]

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to reach his 5th final here and his 15th Grand Slam final overall. Every time he has reached the semifinals here he has gone on to win the title. He has a 14-10 win-loss record in his 24 previous Grand Slam semifinals:

 

Grand Slam Semifinal Result Eventual finish
2007 Roland Garros l. Rafael Nadal 75 64 62
2007 Wimbledon l. Nadal 36 61 4-1 ret. (infected toe blister)
2007 US Open d. David Ferrer 64 64 63 Runner-up
2008 Australian Open d. Roger Federer 75 63 76(5) Winner
2008 Roland Garros l. Nadal 64 62 76(3)
2008 US Open l. Federer 63 57 75 62
2009 US Open l. Federer 76(3) 75 75
2010 Wimbledon l. Tomas Berdych 63 76(9) 63
2010 US Open d. Federer 57 61 57 62 75 Runner-up
2011 Australian Open d. Federer 76(3) 75 64 Winner
2011 Roland Garros l. Federer 76(5) 63 36 76(5)
2011 Wimbledon d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 76(4) 62 67(9) 63 Winner
2011 US Open d. Federer 67(7) 46 63 62 75 Winner
2012 Australian Open d. Andy Murray 63 36 67(4) 61 75 Winner
2012 Roland Garros d. Federer 64 75 63 Runner-up
2012 Wimbledon l. Federer 63 36 64 63
2012 US Open d. Ferrer 26 61 64 62 Runner-up
2013 Australian Open d. Ferrer 62 62 61 Winner
2013 Roland Garros l. Nadal 64 36 61 67(3) 97
2013 Wimbledon d. Juan Martin del Potro 75 46 76(2) 67(6) 63 Runner-up
2013 US Open d. Stan Wawrinka 26 76(4) 36 63 64 Runner-up
2014 Roland Garros d. Ernests Gulbis 63 63 36 63 Runner-up
2014 Wimbledon d. Grigor Dimitrov 64 36 76(2) 76(7) Winner
2014 US Open l. Kei Nishikori 64 16 76(4) 63  
2015 Australian Open v. Wawrinka ??

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to reach his 15th Grand Slam final and move into equal-8th place on the all-time list of most appearances in Grand Slam finals.

 

1 Roger Federer 25
2 Rafael Nadal 20
3 Ivan Lendl 19
4 Pete Sampras 18
5 Rod Laver 17
6= Bjorn Borg 16
Ken Rosewall 16
8= Andre Agassi 15
Jimmy Connors 15
Roy Emerson 15
Bill Tilden 15
12 Novak Djokovic 14

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to record his 49th match-win at the Australian Open and take sole occupancy of 3rd place on the list for most Australian Open match-wins in the Open Era.
Player Win-loss
Roger Federer
Stefan Edberg
75-12
56-10
Andre AgassiNovak Djokovic 48-548-6
Ivan Lendl 48-10
Rafael NadalPete Sampras 45-945-9

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to advance to the final at a Grand Slam without dropping a set for the 2nd time in his career. He also achieved the feat at the 2008 Australian Open.

 

  • Djokovic has dropped just 53 games in reaching the semifinals here. This is the joint-3rd fewest games he has dropped through the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam after the 2012 US Open (45 games dropped), the 2011 Australian Open (51). He also dropped 53 games into the semifinals at the 2008 Australian Open. The fewest games he has dropped into the final at a major is 60 at the 2011 Australian Open.

 

  • The last time the Top seed failed to reach the Australian Open final was in 2011, when Nadal lost in the quarterfinals.

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to extend his 8-match winning streak against Top 10 opposition. He has not lost to a Top 10 player since losing to Federer in the semifinals at 2014 Shanghai-1000. He has dropped just one set in his last 8 matches against Top 10 players – to Kei Nishikori in the semifinals at the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals.

 

  • Djokovic is looking to become the second man in history to win 5 or more Australian Open titles. Roy Emerson is the only man who has won more than 5 titles in Melbourne [see Preview page 1].

 

  • Djokovic won his 7th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last year, defeating Federer in the final. He is a 4-time Australian Open champion having won the titles here in 2008 (d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), 2011 (d. Andy Murray), 2012
    (d. Nadal) and 2013 (d. Murray).

 

  • Djokovic has reached his 25th Grand Slam semifinal and closed the gap on Andre Agassi in 4th place for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances in the Open Era:

 

                                                Grand Slam semifinals reached (Open Era)

Player No. of GS semifinals
Roger Federer 36
Jimmy Connors 31
Ivan Lendl 28
Andre Agassi 26
Novak Djokovic 25

                              

  • Djokovic has reached his 5th Australian Open semifinal and moved into joint-5th 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 11
Stefan Edberg 8
Ivan Lendl 7
Andre Agassi 6
Novak DjokovicAndy Murray 55
Pete SamprasMats Wilander 55

                                                      

 

  • Djokovic won 7 titles in 8 finals in 2014 and in so doing finished the year with a prize money haul of $14,269,462. It was the 4th straight year he had earned over $12 million. He finished the year ranked No. 1 for the 3rd time after winning his 3rd consecutive ATP World Tour Finals crown.

 

  • At the Grand Slams in 2014, as well as reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and winning the title at Wimbledon, Djokovic lost to Nadal in the final at Roland Garros and to Nishikori in the semifinals at the US Open.

 

  • Djokovic warmed up for the 2015 Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Doha (l. Ivo Karlovic).

 

  • 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.

 

 

  • Defending champion WAWRINKA is bidding to reach his 2nd Grand Slam final.

 

  • Last year here Wawrinka broke through to win his first Grand Slam title in his first Grand Slam final
    (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. He is on an 11-match winning streak at Melbourne Park.

 

  • Aged 29 years 310 days, Wawrinka is bidding to become the oldest man to reach the Australian Open final since Andre Agassi (32 years 272 days) in 2003.

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to become the 3rd Swiss player – man or woman – to reach multiple Grand Slam finals. Roger Federer (25 final appearances) and Martina Hingis (12) are the only Swiss players to reach multiple Grand Slam finals.

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to extend his 10-match Tour-level winning streak. He has not lost a singles match since losing to Federer in the semifinals at the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

 

  • Wawrinka warmed up for the Australian Open by successfully defending his title at Chennai. He defeated qualifier Aljaz Bedene in the final. It was his 8th career title and 3rd at Chennai, having also won there in 2011 and 2014.

 

  • Last year, Wawrinka became the first player since Federer in 2006 to win the Australian Open title after having won a pre-Australian Open warm-up tournament.

 

  • Wawrinka is looking to become the 12th man in the Open Era to successfully defend the Australian Open title. Melbourne traditionally appears to be the hardest place to retain a title – there have been 11 successful title defences here compared to 17 at Wimbledon, 16 at Roland Garros and 12 at the US Open.

 

Succesful title defences at the Australian Open
Ken Rosewall 1971-72
Guillermo Vilas 1978-79
Johan Kriek 1981-82
Mats Wilander 1983-84
Stefan Edberg 1985-87* (*not played in 1986)
Ivan Lendl 1989-90
Jim Courier 1992-93
Andre Agassi 2000-01
Roger Federer 2006-07Novak Djokovic 2011-12-13 (2 successful defences)

 

  • Wawrinka is looking to avoid becoming the 9th defending Australian Open champion to lose in the semifinals in the Open Era. Five men – Guillermo Vilas (1979 champion), Stefan Edberg (1987), Jim Courier (1993), Andre Agassi (1995, 2003), Roger Federer (2004, 2007, 2010) all fell in the semifinals in the subsequent year.

 

  • If he loses today, Wawrinka will drop to No. 9 in the ATP Rankings when they are released on Monday 2 February – his lowest ranking since October 2013. Wawrinka could still drop to No. 5 even if he wins the tournament, if Murray reaches the final here.

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to record back-to-back wins over Top 5 seeded opposition at a Grand Slam for the 3rd time. He defeated No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych and No. 3 seed Andy Murray at the 2013 US Open and No. 2 seed today’s opponent and No. 1 seed Nadal on the way to the title here last year.

 

  • Wawrinka has won 7 of his last 9 matches against seeded opposition at the Grand Slams. His only defeats to seeded opposition in that time came against No. 4 Federer at 2014 Wimbledon and No. 10 Kei Nishikori at the 2014 US Open.

 

  • Wawrinka’s victory over Nadal in the final here last year is his only victory over a player ranked No. 1 in 17 attempts. He has a 0-7 record against Federer, 1-5 against Nadal and 0-4 against Djokovic while they were ranked No. 1. Wawrinka has a 1-3 win-loss record against players ranked No. 1 at the Grand Slams.

 

  • By reaching the semifinals here, Wawrinka has reached the last 4 at the same Grand Slam event for the first time. This is his 10th Australian Open appearance and his 40th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Wawrinka is through to his 3rd Grand Slam semifinal. Roger Federer, who has reached the last 4 at 36 majors, is the only Swiss man to have reached more Grand Slam semifinals.

 

                                            Wawrinka’s Grand Slam semifinal appearances

Grand Slam Opponent Result
2013 US Open Novak Djokovic l. 26 76(4) 36 63 64
2014 Australian Open Tomas Berdych d. 63 67(1) 76(3) 76(4)
2015 Australian Open Novak Djokovic ??

 

  • Wawrinka has a 21-16 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Grand Slams and a 1-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park. Both of his previous 5-set matches here came against today’s opponent.

 

  • Wawrinka had an outstanding 2014 season. As well as winning his first Grand Slam title, he won his first Masters-1000 title at Monte Carlo (d. Federer) and lifted the trophy at Chennai (d. Edouard Roger-Vasselin). He was also a member of the Swiss team that won the Davis Cup title for the first time in its history. Wawrinka recorded a career-high ranking of No. 3 following his Australian Open triumph and plays here at No. 4.

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2014, Wawrinka reached the quarterfinals at both Wimbledon
    (l. Federer) and the US Open (l. Nishikori).

 

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

* Statistics provided by the International Tennis Federation

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Serena Williams Win Sets Up Australian Open Final Against Maria Sharapova

(January 29, 2015) For the first time since 2004, the Australian Open women’s final will feature No. 1 versus No. 2. Top seed and five-time Australian Open winner Serena Williams will take on 2008 champion Maria Sharapova for the title on Saturday.

Both women won straight set matches on Thursday to advance. Williams won a slugfest of big serves and hard groundstrokes against 19-year-old Madison Keys in a battle between Americans 7-6 (5), 6-2. Williams was pushed by Keys at the very end, needing nine match points to close the contest. Sharapova had a much easier time against Russian countrywoman No. 10 Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-2.

For the 33-year-old Williams, she is seeking her sixth Australian Open title and 19th major. She last won the Australian Open in 2010. Sharapova will be trying to claim her second Melbourne title and sixth Grand Slam title.

“She (Keys) pushed me really hard the first set ……. and I had to really dig deep mentally to get through that,” said a coughing Williams who has been ill for several days. “It was a little frustrating, I had like nine or 10 match points and couldn’t close it out. That doesn’t happen so much. She played like she didn’t have anything to lose.”

“I think she’s going to be winning this tournament very soon and lots of other Grand Slams,” said Williams to ESPN.

A total of 25 aces were hit during the match – 13 for Williams, 12 for Keys. Williams hit 19 winners to 16 unforced errors to Keys 27 winners to 39 unforced errors.

“I was impressed by her ability to stay in the match,” Said Williams. She never let up at all till the end. I think that is a really great quality to have.

“Well, I was just happy to get through it today. And I think I was able to serve big when I needed to. So that really helped me out a lot.”

“I’m really happy to have gotten this far in a tournament,” Keys said. “It’s my first one. Just looking forward to having more. Hopefully have a couple where I’m with the trophy at the end of the week.”

“I think I handled the moment pretty well. I definitely had a good start, so nerves didn’t totally play into that. I thought I handled myself pretty well in that last serving game of mine. But, I mean, she played really well. She served really well. It was pretty much impossible for me to break her serve. So, you know, great job to her today.”

“I think this week has definitely more shown to me, more than anyone else, that I can play the top players and I can do well against them. I can play the No. 1 player in the world in a pretty close match. So I think for me that’s inspiration for every time I’m on a practice court to keep working, keep getting better so I can have more and more weeks like that.”

 

Sharapova was pleased with her decisive win on Thursday. “I’m definitely happy. Like today, I thought I played solid. I did everything I had to do. I wasn’t afraid for it to become a physical match. You know, I think it was important to really stand my ground in the first few games, which I did well, even though I was behind, especially the first and second one. But, yeah, those key moments are really important. Yeah, definitely happy I was able to win really solid today.”

The No. 2 player’s road to the final had one major bump – she saved two match points in the second round of the tournament coming back to beat No. 150 Russian qualifier Alexandra Panova.

“It’s been a strange road for me to get to the finals, but I’m happy,” said Sharapova. “Came from behind in a few, really behind in one – saving match points. I felt like I was given a second chance. I just wanted to take my chances.”

Williams is 16-2 against Sharapova, with her last loss to the Russian coming in 2004. Williams has won the last 15 straight matches against Sharapova. Regardless who wins the final, Williams will remain in the top spot after the tournament.

“Everyone’s expecting me to win, “Williams said to ESPN. But I have to win. I’m glad No. 1 and No. 2 are in the final and I think it will be a good match.”

“Maria is playing great,” Williams said in her post-match news conference. “She’s in the tournament only because she’s a fighter and only because she refuses to give up. So, yeah, it’s a new match. She has nothing to lose, once again. She has only things to gain. And I feel that way, too. I feel I don’t. I’ve won this tournament several times. I don’t have to go out there and have another title. I want it, but it’s not life or death for me. I think that helps me he relax. So, yeah, she absolutely has nothing to lose, and I have nothing to lose, so it will be fun.”

Asked about what about Williams’ game give her trouble, Sharapova responded: “I think her power and her aggressiveness, I think that’s always made me a little bit too aggressive, maybe going for a little bit more than I had to. You know, she’s great at making players hit that shot that you don’t necessarily have to go for. You know, maybe going for a little too much, going on the line. It’s been a really difficult matchup for me, but, you know, I am a competitor. If I do play her, I will go out and I will do everything I can to try to change that result around.”

“I think my confidence should be pretty high going into a final of a Grand Slam no matter who I’m facing against and whether I’ve had a terrible record, to say the least, against someone” said the 27-year-old. “It doesn’t matter. I got there for a reason. I belong in that spot. I will do everything I can to get the title.”

“I’ve had many great memories on Rod Laver Arena. I’ve hopefully set myself up for another good one.”

“I think it’s great for women’s tennis,” Williams remarked about No. 1 versus No. 2. “I think it’s good for me and Maria. I’m excited. Like I said, I love playing her. I look forward to it. I didn’t expect to get to the finals of this tournament when I first got here because I wasn’t playing great. So I’m happy to be here. Yeah, I’m just happy, like I said, to get past the quarterfinals of a slam. Fourth round actually, outside the Open.”

No. 6 Andy Murray advanced to his fourth Australian Open final defeating No. 7 Tomas Berdych 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.

On the court there was obvious tension during this night match due to one of Andy Murray’s coaching team switching over to Berdych’s in the off-season.

There were profanities being yelled between the players on the court and during the first set of the match it appeared that Murray’s fiance Kim Sears was caught on camera cursing at Berdych.

“Obviously losing in the finals is disappointing. But making four finals is a very, very difficult thing to do,”Murray said. “And, yeah, I’m proud of my record here. I’ll go in with best tactics possible, prepare well – I literally couldn’t have done anything more to put myself in a better position come Sunday.”

Murray, who has been coached by former No. 1 player Amelie Mauresmo since June, had come under scrutiny for his choice of a female coach.  After the match on Thursday night he paid tribute to female coaches: “A lot of people criticized me working with her,” said Murray. “And I think so far this week we’ve showed that women can be very good coaches as well.”

“Madison Keys, who reached the semis here and had her best tournament, is also coached by a woman, Lindsay Davenport, and I see no reason why that can’t keep moving forward like that in the future.”

Murray will play the winner of the Novak Djokovic –  Stan Wawrinka match in Sunday’s final.

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2015 Australian Open Day 11 Men’s Match Notes and Previews

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2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 11 MEN’S NOTES

Thursday 29 January

Semifinals Bottom Half

 

 

  1. 6 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v NO. 7 TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE)

Head-to-head: Berdych leads 6-4

2005     Basel                            Carpet (I)           R16      Murray              64 26 64

2006     Adelaide                       Hard (O)            R16      Berdych            76(2) 46 61

2010     Roland Garros              Clay (O)            R16      Berdych           64 75 63

2011     Paris-1000                     Hard (I)             QF        Berdych            46 76(5) 64

2012     Dubai                           Hard (O)            QF        Murray              63 75

2012     Monte Carlo-1000          Clay (O)            QF        Berdych            67(4) 62 63

2012     US Open                      Hard (O)           SF        Murray             57 62 61 76(7)

2012     ATP World Tour Finals   Hard (I)             RR        Murray              36 63 64

2013     Madrid-1000                  Clay (O)            QF        Berdych            76(3) 64

2013     Cincinnati-1000              Hard (O)            QF        Berdych            63 64

 

An 11th career meeting between the 2 players, and their 3rd at a Grand Slam. Murray won their only previous meeting at a hard court major at the 2012 US Open.

 

Berdych is one of just 8 players to hold a positive Tour-level win-loss record against Murray where multiple matches have been played along with Novak Djokovic (15-8 win-loss record against Murray), Rafael Nadal (15-5), Roger Federer (12-11), Mario Ancic (3-2), Milos Raonic (3-2), Arnaud Clement (2-1) and Fernando Gonzalez (2-1).

 

Murray is one of just 2 of the current Top 10 players Berdych has a positive win-loss record against along with Marin Cilic, who also has a 4-6 win-loss record against Berdych.

 

Murray has spent 1 hour 36 minutes longer on court than Berdych in reaching the semifinals here.

 

Possible final head-to-heads

Wawrinka Djokovic Raonic
Murray 8-6 8-15 2-3
Berdych 5-10 2-17 1-3

 

 

MURRAY                                        v                                       BERDYCH

 

27                                           Age                                           29

6’3”/1.90m                                   Height                                   6’5”/1.96m

6                                    ATP Ranking                                    7

31                                         Titles                                         10

139-33                      Career Grand Slam Record                      108-45

2 titles                        Best Grand Slam Result           Finalist 2010 Wimbledon

38-9                          Australian Open Record                         34-11

486-151                               Career Record                               494-262

337-95                          Career Record – Hard                         303-163

5-0                                    2015 Record                                    9-1

5-0                               2015 Record – Hard                              9-1

17-6                          Career Five-Set Record                           17-8

7                          Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          2

141-89                        Career Tiebreak Record                       162-141

2-1                             2015 Tiebreak Record                            4-0

                                                                               

 

 

 

Road to the Semifinals

MURRAY Time^ Time^ BERDYCH
d. (Q) Yuki Bhambri 63 64 76(3)

d. Marinko Matosevic 61 63 62

2:13

1:42

1st round

2nd round

1:54

2:03

d. Alejandro Falla 63 76(1) 63

d. (Q) Jurgen Melzer 76(0) 62 62

d. Joao Sousa 61 61 75 2:06 3rd round 1:51 d. Viktor Troicki 64 63 64
d. No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov 64 67(5) 63 75

d. Nick Kyrgios 63 76(5) 63

3:32

2:05

Round of 16

Quarterfinals

2:01

2:13

d. Bernard Tomic 62 76(3) 62

d. No. 3 Rafael Nadal 62 60 76(5)

total time on court 11:38 ^Scorecard time 10:02 total time on court

 

  • 3-time Australian Open runner-up MURRAY is bidding to reach the final here for the 4th 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
Stefan Edberg

Roger Federer

5
Andre Agassi

Novak Djokovic

Ivan Lendl

Mats Wilander

4

 

  • Murray is bidding to reach his 8th 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 7 – US Open 2008, 2012, Australian Open 2010-11, 2013, Wimbledon 2012-13

 

  • Murray is bidding to equal Ken Rosewall and Guillermo Vilas in joint-13th place for the most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era with 8. Only 3 active players have reached more Grand Slam finals than Murray – Roger Federer (25), Rafael Nadal (20) and Novak Djokovic (14).

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the first No. 6 seed to reach a Grand Slam final since Juan Martin del Potro won the title at the 2009 US Open. The last No. 6 seed to reach the final here was Andre Agassi in 2001.

 

  • Murray has won just one of his last 5 matches against Top 10 players at the Grand Slams. He has a 3-6 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition at the Australian Open compared with 0-3 at Roland Garros, 6-5 at Wimbledon and 5-5 at the US Open.

 

  • Murray is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win the Australian Open title after losing 3 finals. He finished as runner-up here in 2010 ( Roger Federer), 2011 (l. Djokovic) and 2013 (l. Djokovic). Marat Safin is the only player to lose 2 or more Australian Open finals before winning the title [see Preview page 2].

 

  • Murray has reached his 15th 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 5 times, Roland Garros twice, Wimbledon 5 times and the US Open 3 times. He has a 7-7 win-loss record in Grand Slam semifinals and a 3-1 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 ??

 

  • By reaching his 15th Grand Slam semifinal, Murray has overtaken Mats Wilander (14) and taken sole occupancy of 12th place on the list for most Grand Slam appearances in the last 4. The only active players with more semifinal appearances than Murray are Roger Federer (36), Novak Djokovic (24)* and Rafael Nadal (23). [*NB Written prior to Djokovic’s quarterfinal match against Milos Raonic on Wednesday night].

 

  • By reaching his 5th Australian Open semifinal, Murray has moved into joint-5th position on the table for most semifinal appearances here in the Open Era.

 

Australian Open semifinals reached (Open Era)

Player No. of AO semifinals
Roger Federer 11
Stefan Edberg 8
Ivan Lendl 7
Andre Agassi 6
Novak Djokovic??*

Andy Murray

5??

5

Pete Sampras

Mats Wilander

5

5

*Djokovic could reach his 5th Australian Open semifinal (written prior to his quarterfinal match against Milos Raonic)

 

  • If Murray wins today he will move into equal-8th place with Wayne Ferreira on the list for the most Australian Open match-wins in the Open Era.

 

Most Australian Open match-wins (Open Era)

Player Win-loss record
1.    Roger Federer 75-12
2.    Stefan Edberg 56-10
3= Andre Agassi

Ivan Lendl

48-5

48-10

5.    Novak Djokovic 47-6 (prior to Djokovic’s quarterfinal match on Wednesday)
6= Rafael Nadal

Pete Sampras

45-9

45-9

8.    Wayne Ferreira 39-14
9= Andy Murray

Andy Roddick

38-9

38-11

*Players at the 2015 Australian Open in bold

 

  • Murray is the leading British man in history in terms of Grand Slam match-wins with a 139-33 win-loss record.

 

  • Murray is on a 5-match winning streak in 5-set matches. The last time he lost a 5-set match was against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals at the 2012 Australian Open. He has a 1-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park.

 

  • Last year here Murray reached the quarterfinals, falling to Federer 63 64 67(6) 63. He is contesting his 10th straight Australian Open and 36th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2014 he reached the semifinals at Roland Garros (l. Nadal) and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon (l. Grigor Dimitrov) and the US Open (l. Djokovic). It was the 4th straight year he had reached the quarterfinals at all Grand Slams in a calendar year. [NB He missed 2013 Roland Garros with a back injury.]

 

  • Also in 2014, Murray won 3 titles – at Shenzhen (d. Tommy Robredo), Vienna (d. David Ferrer) and Valencia
    (d. Robredo). He saved 5 match points in both of his finals against Robredo. The Valencia final was the longest ATP final in 2014 at 3 hours 20 minutes.

 

  • Murray warmed up for the Australian Open at the Hopman Cup, where he won all 3 of the singles matches he played against Benoit Paire, Jerzy Janowicz and Marinko Matosevic in straight sets.

 

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

 

  • Murray is coached by 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo. His fitness trainer is Matt Little and his physio is Mark Bender.

 

  • BERDYCH is bidding to reach his 2nd Grand Slam final. He reached the final at a major for the first time at 2010 Wimbledon (l. Rafael Nadal).

 

  • Berdych’s best result at a major is finishing runner-up at 2010 Wimbledon. He defeated Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and Novak Djokovic in the semifinals before losing to Nadal in the final. He has been a permanent fixture in the Top 10 since 5 July 2010.

 

  • Berdych is looking to become the first Czech player to reach the Australian Open final since Petr Korda in 1998 and the 3rd Czech man in the Open Era to reach the final here.

 

         Czech men in Australian Open final (Open Era)

Player Year
Ivan Lendl 1983, 1989-91
Petr Korda 1998
Tomas Berdych?? 2015??

N.B. Slovakia’s Miloslav Mecir reached the 1989 Australian Open final under the flag of Czechoslovakia.

  • If he wins today, Berdych will become the 4th Czech man to reach multiple Grand Slam finals in the Open Era.
Player No. of Grand Slam finals reached
Ivan Lendl 19
Jan Kodes 5
Tomas Berdych?? 2??
Petr Korda 2

 

  • If Berdych reaches the final here for the first time on his 12th Australian Open appearance, he will set a record for the most Australian Open appearances before reaching the final:

 

Tomas Berdych?? 12??
Kim Warwick 10
Lleyton Hewitt 9
Petr Korda

Stanislas Wawrinka

9

9

Thomas Enqvist

Thomas Johansson

8

8

 

  • Berdych is looking to become the first No. 7 seed to reach a Grand Slam final since Andre Agassi at the 2005 US Open and the first No. 7 seed ever to reach the final at Melbourne Park. Czech Jan Kodes is the only No. 7 seed to win a Grand Slam title, at 1970 Roland Garros. Berdych has been seeded at every Grand Slam event he has played since the 2005 US Open.

 

  • By reaching the last 4 here, Berdych has reached multiple semifinals at the same Grand Slam event for the first time. Last year here Berdych reached the semifinals (l. Stan Wawrinka) to complete a set of Grand Slam semifinal appearances. He was the 2nd Czech man in the Open Era after Ivan Lendl to complete the feat.

 

  • By reaching the last 4 here, Berdych has become just the second Czech man to reach the Australian Open semifinals multiple times after Ivan Lendl who reached the last 4 here in 1983, 1985, 1987-91.

 

  • By reaching his 5th Grand Slam semifinal, Berdych has taken sole ownership of 3rd place on the list of most Grand Slam semifinals reached by a Czech player. Ivan Lendl heads the list with 27 Grand Slam semifinal appearances ahead of Jan Kodes (6) and Berdych (5).

 

  • By defeating Nadal 62 60 76(5) in the quarterfinals here, Berdych ended a 17-match losing streak against Nadal – the joint-worst losing streak in the Open Era. The 6-0 second set was just the 3rd bagel Nadal had suffered at a Grand Slam and the 13th of his career overall.

 

  • Berdych’s victory over No. 3 Nadal in the quarterfinals here ended a 4-match losing streak against Top 6 opposition. It was his first victory over a Top 6 player since defeating No. 3 Ferrer in the quarterfinals here last year. He has a 2-7 win-loss record against Top 6 players at the Australian Open.

 

  • Berdych has reached a Grand Slam semifinal without dropping a set for the 2nd time. He also reached the last 4 without dropping a set at 2010 Roland Garros.

 

  • Berdych has reached the semifinals here for the loss of 51 games. This is the 3rd fewest games he has lost through the first 5 matches at a Grand Slam after dropping just 43 games in reaching the semifinals at 2010 Roland Garros and 48 games in reaching the last 4 at the 2014 Australian Open. He dropped 96 games in reaching his first Grand Slam final at 2010 Wimbledon.

 

  • Berdych has won 4 of his last 5 five-set matches. His only loss in this time came against Gael Monfils at 2013 Roland Garros. He has played just one 5-set match at Melbourne Park, losing to Federer from 2-sets-to-love up in the round of 16 in 2009.

 

  • Berdych warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the final at Doha (l. David Ferrer).

 

  • In 2014 Berdych won 2 titles to take his career tally to 10. He ended a 16-month title drought by winning at Rotterdam (d. Marin Cilic) and also won at Stockholm (d. Grigor Dimitrov). 6 of his 10 career singles titles have come on a hard court.

 

  • In Grand Slam play in 2014 Berdych reached the semifinals at the Australian Open, the quarterfinals at Roland Garros (l. Ernests Gulbis) and the US Open (l. Cilic), and lost in the 3rd round at Wimbledon (l. Cilic).

 

  • This is Berdych’s 12th consecutive Australian Open appearance and his 46th consecutive Grand Slam. He is in joint-7th place for the most consecutive Grand Slam appearances in the Open Era having played at every major since making his debut at the 2003 US Open [see Preview page 4].

 

  • Berdych started working with Dani Vallverdu, who previously worked with Andy Murray, ahead of the 2015 season. His fitness coach is Azuz Simcich and his physio is Per Bastholt.
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Serena Williams to face Madison Keys in Australian Open Semifinal

Madison Keys

Madison Keys

(January 28, 2015) No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 35 Madison Keys booked spots in Australian Open semifinals on Wednesday. Keys broke up what could have been an “all-Williams” semifinal when the 19-year-old knocked out 34-year-old Venus Williams 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to reach her first Grand Slam final four.

Serena Williams had a much easier time advancing, dismissing last year’s Australian Open losing finalist Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2 in 69 minutes, is still on track to try and win her 19th major and sixth Australian Open title.

Statistics tell the story for the world No. 1 American who hit 58 winners including 15 aces and made only 18 unforced errors against the Slovak. Williams has won the title at Melbourne Park each of the five previous times she has advanced to the semifinals.

“I feel I played well,” said Serena. “I felt I had to. I feel like when you’re going up against a player like that who is confident on the court – she just had a few good matches – I knew that I needed to really play well or go home.”

“It was tough match for me today,” No. 11 Cibulkova said. “She was just playing really well today, I have to say. She was putting so much pressure from the serve and return. I didn’t have a chance to play my game. Just felt under so much pressure. It was a good day for her.

“It’s the way I struggle with reading her serves. I just don’t put many first returns in the game. That’s what makes it tough. And also then I feel under a bigger pressure on my serve. That’s why I try to go for much more first serve today. It just didn’t go in. Then my second serve, she was just going for it. Yeah, that’s make it really tough. She tries to make the rallies much shorter and not to get me in the rhythm. Yeah, that’s it.”

In a battle between tennis generations, Venus Williams and Keys, it was the first All-American quarterfinal since Sloane Stephens beat Serena Williams in Melbourne Park back in 2013.

After a dominant first set by Keys, who is now coached by former No. 1 and three-time slam winner Lindsay Davenport, she had to overcome a left leg injury and rally from a break down in the third set to win the match. Keys completed the match with 34 winners to 45 unforced errors, while Venus hit 10 winners to 38 unforced errors. The match saw 12 service breaks.

“I definitely didn’t serve as consistently as I wanted to,” said the seven-time major champion. “I felt like just not as aggressive off the ground as I would have liked. So I think in this kind of match you have to be aggressive. Like I said, I give a lot of credit to her because she really set her points up. She was swinging freely. Most of them went in for her. So it was just, you know, great for her.”

“It already feels like a long season already, so many matches in a row,” Williams said. “But it’s a great start. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep this level up.”

Venus is 9-1 on the year, having won the tournament in Auckland.

“I think she played really well,” Venus said “Of course, I have to give credit to her just for playing well, landing a lot of great shots I think is ultimately — ultimately she played really well.

Venus hadn’t reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam since the U.S. Open in 2010 since being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in 2011, an auto-immune disease which causes fatigue.

“I think just being able to come back from being down and from not being able to move as well, not having as effective of a serve, just being able to kind of grind through that, still figure it out, manage to win some points, is what I’m most happy about,” Keys said about her left abductor injury.

“It was definitely one of those things where it wasn’t nearly as bad as Wimbledon, but it was that nightmare of `I don’t want this to happen again,’” Keys said. “Luckily the pain meds kicked in.”

“I mean, it definitely feels amazing,” said the teenager about the victory. “It’s one of those things where you want to feel this way all the time. But it’s not, you know, this unbelievable excitement either ’cause you want to keep winning and you want to keep doing better. I am very happy and I am very excited, but also not getting too far ahead of myself and being too content where I am.”

This is the third straight year that a teenager has reached the Australian Open semifinals: 2013 – Sloane Stephens, 2014 – Eugenie Bouchard and 2015 – Keys.

“I think Genie and Sloane are both really talented and can play some really good tennis,” Keys said.” It’s not super surprising they made semifinals. But, no, it’s one of those things when you see some of your fellow peers doing well, going deep in tournaments, it’s inspirational. Makes you kind of believe that you can do the same.”

About how Venus sees Keys’ future: “Sky’s the limit. There is no limit on what you can achieve. No one can stop you. Sometimes you may not win every match, but there’s a lot of them you can win. Really the sky’s the limit for her and anyone out there.”

On playing Serena next, Keys said: “It’s just one of those things where I have to go out and I have to do my best and I have to really just have to stay focused on my side of the court, because she’s obviously very, very good and she’s going to play very well. So if I get too focused on what she’s doing I think I can kind of let the moment get away from me. So I’m just really going to stay focused on myself.”

Serena on playing Keys:“I think she likes the surface. I’m just happy to be in the semis, and whatever happens an American will be in the final.”

“She’s playing great. I told her I was really happy that she did well. She’s in the semis. It’s good to see another American, another African American, in the semifinals playing so well. Regardless, there’s going to be an American in the finals, so that is great. It’s also great for me and Venus because we know that finally there’s other Americans that are constantly playing well and playing better, showing that they want to be the world’s greatest.”

On the men’s side of the draw, No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka posted straight set wins to reach the semifinals. Djokovic defeated Milos Raonic 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2 to gain his 25 major semifinal, while defending champion Wawrinka dominated Kei Nishokori with a powerful backhand 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (6).

This sets up a repeat of the last year’s dramatic quarterfinal which Wawrinka won in five sets.

 

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2015 Australian Open Day 10 Men’s Match Notes and Previews

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2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 10 MEN’S NOTES

Wednesday 28 January

Quarterfinals Top Half

 

 

Featured matches

 

No. 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v No. 8 Milos Raonic (CAN)
No. 4 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v No. 5 Kei Nishikori (JPN)

 

A look at the quarterfinalists…

 

Player Country Age Ranking Best Australian Open performance Best Grand Slam performance
No. 1 Novak Djokovic SRB 27 1 W 2008, 2011-13 7 titles
No. 3 Rafael Nadal ESP 28 3 W 2009 14 titles
No. 4 Stan Wawrinka SUI 29 4 W 2014 2014 Australian Open champion
No. 5 Kei Nishikori JPN 25 5 QF 2012, 2015 RU 2014 US Open
No. 6 Andy Murray GBR 27 6 RU 2010-11, 2013 2 Grand Slam titles
No. 7 Tomas Berdych CZE 29 7 SF 2014-15 RU 2010 Wimbledon
No. 8 Milos Raonic CAN 24 8 QF 2015 SF 2014 Wimbledon
Nick Kyrgios AUS 19 53 QF 2015 QF 2014 Wimbledon, 2015 Australian Open
  • 4-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is bidding to reach his 25th Grand Slam semifinal today, which would put him just one shy of the 26 Grand Slam semifinals Andre Agassi reached across his 20-year Tour career; Djokovic, by contrast, has played on Tour for just 11 years. Milos Raonic stands in his way of achieving the feat in the night match on Rod Laver Arena.

 

  • Defending champion Stan Wawrinka and world No. 5 Kei Nishikori go head-to-head in the 3rd match on Rod Laver Arena in a repeat of their 2014 US Open quarterfinal. Nishikori edged that encounter in 5 sets and may well be the favourite to prevail should today’s encounter go the distance again – the Japanese player has lost just 2 of the 12 Tour-level matches he has contested that have been extended to 5-sets.

 

  • 3 non-European players – Nick Kyrgios, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic – have reached the quarterfinals here for the first Grand Slam event since the 2008 US Open, when Juan Martin del Potro, Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick reached the last 8. The last time as many as 2 non-European players reached the last 4 at a major was at 2009 Roland Garros, when Fernando Gonzalez and Juan Martin del Potro reached the semifinals. The last time 3 non-European players made the last 4 at a major was at the 2005 US Open (Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt and Robby Ginepri).

 

  • For the first Grand Slam since 2011 Wimbledon, there are no players aged 30 or over through to the quarterfinals at a major. The last time there were no 30-somethings through to the last 8 at the Australian Open was also in 2011. The average age of the quarterfinalists is 26.

 

  1. 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 8 MILOS RAONIC (CAN)

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 4-0
2013     Davis Cup (WG-SF)                   Clay (I)              R4        Djokovic           76(1) 62 62
2014     Rome-1000                                Clay (O)            SF        Djokovic           67(5) 76(4) 63

2014     Roland Garros                          Clay (O)            QF        Djokovic           75 76(5) 64

2014     Paris-1000                                 Hard (I) FR        Djokovic           62 63

 

A 5th career meeting between these 2 players, who also met at this stage at 2014 Roland Garros.

 

Djokovic dropped just 5 games against Raonic in their only previous meeting on a hard court.

 

Raonic is looking to become the first Canadian man to defeat Djokovic at Tour-level. Djokovic has a 9-0 win-loss record against the 4 Canadian players he has faced at Tour-level – Raonic (4-0), Frank Dancevic (2-0), Vasek Pospisil (2-0) and Peter Polansky (1-0).

 

Possible semifinal head-to-heads

Wawrinka Nishikori
Djokovic 16-3 3-2
Raonic 0-3 2-4

 

DJOKOVIC                                      v                                        RAONIC

 

27                                           Age                                           24

6’2”/1.88m                                   Height                                   6’5”/1.96m

1                                    ATP Ranking                                    8

48                                         Titles                                          6

184-33                      Career Grand Slam Record                       39-16

7 titles                        Best Grand Slam result        2014 Wimbledon semifinalist

47-6                          Australian Open Record                          14-4

610-141                               Career Record                                181-88

396-82                          Career Record – Hard                          132-53

6-1                                    2015 Record                                    7-1

6-1                               2015 Record – Hard                              7-1

22-8                          Career Five-Set Record                           5-3

3                          Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          0

173-102                        Career Tiebreak Record                        121-70

2-1                             2015 Tiebreak Record                            8-2

Road to the Quarterfinals

DJOKOVIC Time Time RAONIC
d. (Q) Aljaz Bedene 63 62 64

d. Andrey Kuznetsov 60 61 64

1:49

1:24

1st round

2nd round

2:06

1:42

d. (Q) Illya Marchenko 76(3) 76(3) 63

d. Donald Young 64 76(3) 63

d. No. 31 Fernando Verdasco 76(8) 63 64 2:21 3rd round 1:41 d. Benjamin Becker 64 63 63
d. Gilles Muller 64 75 75 2:08 Round of 16 3:05 d. No. 12 Feliciano Lopez 64 46 63 67(7) 63
total time on court 7:42 (Scorecard time) 8:34 total time on court

 

  • DJOKOVIC is bidding to reach his 25th Grand Slam semifinal and close the gap on Andre Agassi in 4th place for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances in the Open Era:

 

                                                Grand Slam semifinals reached (Open Era)

Player No. of GS semifinals
Roger Federer 36
Jimmy Connors 31
Ivan Lendl 28
Andre Agassi 26
Novak Djokovic 24

                              

  • Djokovic is looking to reach his 5th Australian Open semifinal and move into joint-5th 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 11
Stefan Edberg 8
Ivan Lendl 7
Andre Agassi 6
Novak Djokovic??

Andy Murray??*

5??

5??

Pete Sampras

Mats Wilander

5

5

                                                       *(Written prior to Murray’s quarterfinal matches on Tuesday)

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to record his 48th match-win at the Australian Open and join Ivan Lendl in equal-4th place on the list for most Australian Open match-wins in the Open Era.
Player Win-loss
Roger Federer
Stefan Edberg
75-12
56-10
Andre Agassi 48-5
Ivan Lendl 48-10
Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal

Pete Sampras

47-6

45-9

45-9

                                                                

  • By reaching the last 8 here, Djokovic has reached the quarterfinals for the 23rd straight Grand Slam. He currently occupies 3rd place for the most consecutive quarterfinal appearances at the majors. The last time he failed to reach the last 8 at a Grand Slam was at 2009 Roland Garros, when as No. 4 seed he lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the 3rd round.

 

Most consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Player Consecutive appearances
Roger Federer 36
Jimmy Connors 27
Novak Djokovic 23*

*Streak active

                               (NB: In the Borg/Connors/Lendl era, players frequently did not compete in 4 majors per year)

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here for an 8th consecutive year, Djokovic has become just the 4th man in the Open Era to reach the last 8 at the Australian Open for 8 or more consecutive years after Federer (11 consecutive appearances), Stefan Edberg (8) and Rafael Nadal (8) [NB Nadal missed the 2013 event].

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to advance to the semifinals here without dropping a set for the first time since 2008. The last time he reached a Grand Slam semifinal without dropping a set was at 2013 Wimbledon. It is the 3rd time he has reached the quarterfinals here without dropping a set after 2008 and 2014.

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to extend his 7-match winning streak against Top 10 opposition. He has not lost to a Top 10 player since losing to Federer in the semifinals at 2014 Shanghai-1000. He has dropped just one set in his last 7 matches against Top 10 players – to Kei Nishikori in the semifinals at the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals.

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to avoid becoming the first Top seed to lose in the quarterfinals here since Nadal in 2011. Nadal’s quarterfinal exit in 2011 was the last time the Top seed failed to reach the final here.

 

  • Djokovic is looking to become the second man in history to win 5 or more Australian Open titles. Roy Emerson is the only man who has won more than 5 titles in Melbourne [see Preview page 1].

 

  • Djokovic won his 7th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last year, defeating Federer in the final. He is a 4-time Australian Open champion having won the titles here in 2008 (d. Jo-Wilfried Tonga), 2011 (d. Andy Murray), 2012 (d. Nadal) and 2013 (d. Murray).

 

  • Last year here Djokovic’s streak of 14 consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearances was ended by Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals. Elsewhere at the majors in 2014, Djokovic lost to Nadal in the final at Roland Garros and to Nishikori in the semifinals at the US Open.

 

  • Djokovic’s loss to Wawrinka in the quarterfinals here last year is his last 5-set He has a 22-8 win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 3-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park.

 

  • Djokovic won 7 titles in 8 finals in 2014 and in so doing finished the year with a prize money haul of $14,269,462. It was the 4th straight year he had earned over $12 million. He finished the year ranked No. 1 for the 3rd time after winning his 3rd consecutive ATP World Tour Finals crown.

 

  • Djokovic warmed up for the 2015 Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Doha (l. Ivo Karlovic).

 

  • 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.

 

  • RAONIC is bidding to become the first Canadian man in history to reach the semifinals here.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to become just the 2nd Canadian player – man or woman – to reach multiple Grand Slam semifinals after Eugenie Bouchard, who progressed to the last 4 at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2014. Carling Bassett-Seguso at the 1984 US Open and Robert Powell at 1908 Wimbledon are the only other Canadian players to reach a Grand Slam semifinal.

 

  • Raonic is looking to reach the semifinals here and equal his best Grand Slam result. His best Grand Slam performance 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 Powell at 1908 Wimbledon.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to become only the 2nd Canadian man to defeat a world No. 1 at Tour-level after Daniel Nestor. Ranked No. 238, Nestor defeated No. 1 Stefan Edberg in the 1992 Davis Cup World Group 1st round tie between Canada and Sweden.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to defeat a player-ranked No. 1 for the first time on his 5th attempt. This is his first meeting with a No. 1 at a Grand Slam. He fell to No. 1 Nadal at 2010 Tokyo and 2014 Miami-1000 and today’s opponent in the 2013 Davis Cup semifinals and at 2014 Paris-1000.

 

  • Raonic has lost 4 of his last 5 matches against Top 10 opposition. His only win in that time came against No. 5 Kei Nishikori at 2015 Brisbane. Raonic’s best career win is defeating No. 2 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals at 2014 Paris-1000.

 

  • Raonic is looking to end a 6-match losing streak against Top 10 players at the Grand Slams. His only victory over a Top 10 player at a major came against No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny on his Australian Open debut in 2011.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to record back-to-back victories over seeded opposition at a Grand Slam for the 2nd time. The only time he has won back-to-back matches over seeded opposition at a major was on his debut at the Australian Open in 2011, when he defeated No. 22 Michael Llodra and No. 10 Youzhny.

 

  • The Australian Open is Raonic’s most successful Grand Slam. He has a 14-4 win-loss record here compared to 8-4 at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon and 9-4 at the US Open.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Raonic has become the 2nd Canadian man in history to reach the last 8 at the Australian Open after Michael Belkin at the 1968 Australian Championships.

 

  • By reaching the last 8 here, Raonic has reached his 3rd Grand Slam quarterfinal. Powell is the only other Canadian man to have reached 3 Grand Slam quarterfinals – at 1908, 1910 and 1912 Wimbledon.

 

  • Last year here as No. 11 seed Raonic reached the 3rd round (l. Grigor Dimitrov). This is his 5th Australian Open appearance and his 17th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Raonic has recorded his best Australian Open result. His previous best Australian Open performance was reaching the round of 16 on his debut here as a qualifier in 2011
    (l. David Ferrer) and as No. 13 seed in 2013 (l. Federer).

 

  • In Grand Slam play in 2014 Raonic reached the 3rd round at the Australian Open, the semifinals at Wimbledon, quarterfinals at Roland Garros (l. today’s opponent) and the round of 16 at the US Open
    (l. Nishikori). Raonic’s 5-set loss to Nishikori at the US Open means he has a 4-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches. He has never played a 5-set match at Melbourne Park.

 

  • Raonic reached a career-high ranking of No. 6 after reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon. He plays here ranked No. 8.

 

  • In 2014, Raonic won the title at Washington, defeating Vasek Pospisil in the first all Canadian final on the ATP Tour in the Open Era, and finished as runner-up in his second Masters-1000 final at Paris (l. today’s opponent) and at Tokyo (l. Nishikori). All 6 of Raonic’s career titles have come on a hard court.

 

  • Raonic warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the final as No. 3 seed at Brisbane, losing to Federer 64 67(2) 64. It was Federer’s 1000th career match-win.

 

  • 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. 8 – his highest Australian Open seeding.

 

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

 

  • Raonic started working with Ivan Ljubicic at 2013 Roland Garros. Ljubicic reached the quarterfinals here in 2006.

 

  1. 4 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v NO. 5 KEI NISHIKORI (JPN)

Head-to-head: Wawrinka leads 2-1

2012     Buenos Aires                Clay (O)            QF        Wawrinka                      64 62

2012     Cincinnati-1000              Hard (O)            R16      Wawrinka                      63 63

2014     US Open                      Hard (O)           QF        Nishikori                      36 75 76(7) 67(5) 64

 

A second consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal meeting for the 2 players. Their last meeting at the 2014 US Open was the last 5-set match both players contested. It extended Nishikori’s 5-set match winning streak to 4 and improved his overall record to 10-2. Wawrinka has a 21-16 win-loss record in 5-set matches with his last 5-set victory coming here against Djokovic last year.

 

Both players are on a 3-match losing streak against Top 5 opposition. Wawrinka has not defeated a Top 5 opponent since defeating No. 4 Roger Federer to win 2014 Monte Carlo-1000, while Nishikori’s last victory over a Top 5 opponent came at the 2014 US Open when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

 

Possible semifinal head-to-heads

Djokovic Raonic
Wawrinka 3-16 3-0
Nishikori 2-3 4-2

 

WAWRINKA                                     v                                      NISHIKORI

 

29                                           Age                                           25

6’0”/1.83m                                   Height                                  5’10”/1.78m

4                                    ATP Ranking                                    5

8                                          Titles                                          7

86-38                       Career Grand Slam Record                       41-21

2014 Australian Open champion     Best Grand Slam Result             2014 US Open finalist

27-8                          Australian Open Record                          16-5

346-216                               Career Record                               195-106

181-116                          Career Record – Hard                          141-72

8-0                                    2015 Record                                    6-1

8-0                               2015 Record – Hard                              6-1

21-16                          Career Five-Set Record                           10-2

6                          Comebacks from 0-2 Down                          2

128-143                        Career Tiebreak Record                         63-43

5-0                             2015 Tiebreak Record                            3-3

                                                                 Road to the Quarterfinals

WAWRINKA Time^ Time^ NISHIKORI
d. Marsel Ilhan 61 64 62 1:21 1st round 2:07 d. Nicolas Almagro 64 76(1) 62
d. (Q) Marius Copil 76(4) 76(4) 63 2:16 2nd round 2:47 d. Ivan Dodig 46 75 62 76(0)
d. Jarkko Nieminen 64 62 64 1:49 3rd round 2:29 d. Steve Johnson 67(7) 61 62 63
d. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 76(2) 64 46 76(8) 3:02 Round of 16 2:07 d. No. 9 David Ferrer 63 63 63
total time on court 8:28 ^ Scorecard time 9:30 total time on court

                                                                                

 

  • Defending champion WAWRINKA is bidding to reach multiple semifinals at the same Grand Slam event for the first time. This is his 10th Australian Open appearance and his 40th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Wawrinka is looking to reach his 3rd Grand Slam semifinal. Roger Federer, who has reached the last 4 at 36 majors, is the only Swiss man to have reached more Grand Slam semifinals.

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to extend his 9-match Tour-level winning streak. He has not lost a singles match since losing to Federer in the semifinals at the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

 

  • Wawrinka is looking to avoid becoming the 2nd consecutive defending Australian Open champion to lose in the quarterfinals. Wawrinka ended 2013 Australian Open champion Djokovic’s title defence in the quarterfinals here last year.

 

  • Last year here Wawrinka broke through to win his first Grand Slam title in his first Grand Slam final (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. He is on a 10-match winning streak at Melbourne Park.

 

  • Wawrinka had an outstanding 2014 season. As well as winning his first Grand Slam title, he won his first Masters-1000 title at Monte Carlo (d. Federer) and lifted the trophy at Chennai (d. Edouard Roger-Vasselin). He was also a member of the Swiss team that won the Davis Cup title for the first time in its history. Wawrinka recorded a career-high ranking of No. 3 following his Australian Open triumph and plays here at No. 4.

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2014, Wawrinka reached the quarterfinals at both Wimbledon
    (l. Federer) and the US Open (l. today’s opponent).

 

  • Wawrinka warmed up for the Australian Open by successfully defending his title at Chennai. He defeated qualifier Aljaz Bedene in the final. It was his 8th career title and 3rd at Chennai, having also won there in 2011 and 2014.

 

  • Last year, Wawrinka became the first player since Federer in 2006 to win the Australian Open title after having won a pre-Australian Open warm-up tournament.

 

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

 

  • NISHIKORI is bidding to reach the Australian Open semifinals for the first time.

 

  • The only time a Japanese man has reached the semifinals at the Australian Championships was in 1932 when Jiro Satoh reached the last 4 here (only 8 players started the men’s singles main draw in 1932).

 

  • The last Japanese player (man or woman) to reach the semifinals at Melbourne Park was Kimiko Date-Krumm in 1994. The only other Japanese woman to reach the last 4 here is Kazuko Sawamatsu.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Nishikori has equalled his best Australian Open result. He also reached the quarterfinals here as No. 24 seed in 2012 (l. Andy Murray). He was the first Japanese man to reach the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park in the Open Era. This is his 6th Australian Open appearance and his 22nd Grand Slam overall.

 

  • At the 2014 US Open, Nishikori became the first Asian male to contest a Grand Slam final after defeating 3 Top 10 players – Milos Raonic, today’s opponent and Novak Djokovic – in consecutive matches before falling to Marin Cilic in the title match.

 

  • Nishikori has won 5 of his last 6 matches against seeded opposition at the Grand Slams. His only loss in that time came against No. 14 seed Cilic in the final at the 2014 US Open. Nishikori has a 10-16 win-loss record against seeded opposition at the majors.

 

  • Also in Grand Slam play last year Nishikori reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. Rafael Nadal) and Wimbledon (l. Raonic) and fell in the 1st round to Martin Klizan at Roland Garros.

 

  • Nishikori had a career-best year in 2014. As well as reaching his first Grand Slam final at the US Open, he won 4 titles – at Memphis (d. Ivo Karlovic), Barcelona (d. Santiago Giraldo), Kuala Lumpur (d. Julien Benneteau) and Tokyo (d. Raonic) and finished as runner-up in his first Masters-1000 final at Madrid (l. Nadal). It was the first time he had won multiple titles in a season. 6 of Nishikori’s 7 career titles have come on a hard court.

 

  • Nishikori warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the semifinals at Brisbane, where he lost to Raonic 67(4) 76(4) 76(4). He also reached the doubles final alongside Alexandr Dolgopolov, losing to Jamie Murray/John Peers in the final.

 

  • Nishikori is the highest-ranked Japanese man in ATP World Tour Rankings history (since 1973). He had the nickname ‘Project 45’ as a major goal was to get him to No. 45 in the rankings, which would be one spot better than the highest by any Japanese man (Shuzo Matsuoka). He plays here on his career-high ranking of No. 5.

 

  • Nishikori is seeded No. 5 at this year’s Australian Open – his highest Grand Slam seeding.

 

  • Nishikori won all 3 of the rubbers he played to help Japan defeat Canada 4-1 in the Davis Cup World Group first round in 2014. He was forced to miss Japan’s first quarterfinal in World Group history against Czech Republic with a groin injury.

 

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

 

* Statistics provided by the International Tennis Federation

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