2014/04/16

Lleyton Hewitt Upsets Roger Federer for Brisbane Title

 

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(January 5, 2014) For the first time since the Halle in 2010 Lleyton Hewitt has won a tournament. In a battle of 32-year-olds, Hewitt stunned No. 1 seed Roger Federer 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to win Brisbane International.

The former No. 1 who have been playing each other on tour since 1999 were playing their 27 match against each.

In the first set, Hewitt came out as the Hewitt of old, breaking Federer three times with Federer hitting 22 unforced errors.

The momentum swung in Federer’s favor in the second set after fighting back to even the match.

The third set was a tale of missed opportunities for the 17-time major champion. Federer failed to take advantage of seven break points within the Australian’s first three service games. Overall Federer was 1 for 10 in break point chances on the day.

The first game of the final set lasted 16 minutes with Hewitt saving 4 break points. In turn, Federer was broken in the fourth game and Hewitt held on to win.

“Playing the best players in the world and finals of tournaments, always it’s exciting,” Hewitt said. “That’s why you still play the game. For me, it was motivation enough just to try to get the win out there and obviously win another title. It’s been a couple of years. So I was just ready for the challenge today.

“I played great obviously at the start, really well. It took Roger a little bit of time to get into the match. Then I just had to fight hard at the start of the third set.

“It means a lot with the calibre of players here as well in this tournament. It’s not an easy tournament to win. I wasn’t one of the top four seeds, so I had to win all five matches to get through. There are pleasing parts and massive positives to take out of it.”

“I didn’t play great today which is a bit unfortunate, but also Lleyton was the best player I played this week,” Federer said. “He made it toughest on me. So I have a clear idea what I need to work on, and I have a clear idea where my mind and body is that… I’m very hungry and eager to attack the Australian Open next week.”

For Hewitt,  who is now 7-2 in finals in Australia, it’s his first tournament win on home soil since he captured Sydney in 2005. He raises his record against Federer to 9-18. The victory will move him up in the rankings from No. 60 to around No. 43. The last time Hewitt was in the top 50 was in October 2010.

 

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Serena Williams Defends Brisbane Title, Federer, Hewitt to face-off for Men’s Crown

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(January 4, 2014) Picking up from where she left off in dominant 2013, Serena Williams began the 2014 tennis year by defending her Brisbane title. It was a battle between the two top players when Williams beat No. 2 Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday.

The win upped Williams’ winning streak to 22 dating back to 2013. The last person to beat her was Azarenka at the Cincinnati event back in August. She now has a 24-3 record against Azarenka. The 17-time major champion heads into the Australian Open seeking a sixth title when the tournament begins on January 13.

It’s Williams’ 58 title of her career, seventh on the all-time leaders lisy for WTA titles, after Martina Navratilova (167), Chris Evert (154), Steffi Graf (107), Margaret Court (92), Evonne Goolagong Cawley (68) and Billie Jean King (67).

Everything old is new again on the men’s side as top seed Roger Federer will face Lleyton Hewitt for the Brisbane title on Sunday. Federer needed three set to stop beat eighth seed Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 after Hewitt’s comeback 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over second seed Kei Nishikori.

The 32-year-olds, Federer and Hewitt have played each other 26 times beginning in 1999, with Federer leading the head-to-head record 18-8, winning 16 of the last 17.

 

(Photo above courtesy of the tournament’s twitter feed)

More to follow…..

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Serena Williams Beats Maria Sharapova to Reach Brisbane Final

 

Serena Williams

(January 3, 2014) No. 1 Serena Williams made it 14 straight wins over Maria Sharapova on Friday when the American bested the Russian 6-2, 7-6(7) to move into the final of the Brisbane International tennis tournament.

Defending champion Williams will face No. 2 Victoria Azarenka for the title on Saturday. Azarenka had to battle past Jelena Jankovic 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The first set saw Sharapova and Williams exchange early breaks, with the world No. 1 pulling out and past Sharapova 6-2 in the first set.

In the second set Sharapova grabbed a 4-2 lead which she could not hold. Both women broke each other’s serve 3 times each during the set which ended in a tiebreak. Williams grabbed the first minibreak and missed out on two match points. Williams sealed the match on her third match point with an ace.

It was a match which saw both women hit more errors than winners with Williams hitting 23 winners to 34 errors while Sharapova had 16 winners to 23 errors. Williams won despite only getting 41% of her first serves in with 7 double faults and seven aces.

This was first meeting between the two women since last year’s French Open final. Williams improved he dominate record over Sharapova to 15-2.

“Overall happy that I can compete at this level, I really have to take the positives from this,” said Sharapova.

“If I want to give myself a chance to beat Serena I have to raise my level”

“It was very satisfying,” Williams said of the win. “Some of the points were fun, the intensity level was so high….I was really enjoying myself”

“She’s so intense on court and off court she’s so cool, there’s a lot of mutual respect, “Serena said of her opponent in the final.

“It’ll be a good match to see where we both stand”

In other Williams family news, Serena’s sister Venus Advanced to the final of Auckland due to the withdrawal of Jamie Hampton who has a right hip injury. Venus will play Ana Ivanovic in the final.

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
Brisbane, Australia
December 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Friday, January 3, 2014
WTA Singles – Semifinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (3) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 62 76(7)
(2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (4) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 16 63 64

WTA Doubles – Semifinals
Mladenovic/Voskoboeva (FRA/KAZ) d. Minella/Scheepers (LUX/RSA) 63 64

ATP Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] R Federer (SUI) d M Matosevic (AUS) 61 61
[2] K Nishikori (JPN) d M Cilic (CRO) 64 57 62
[8] J Chardy (FRA) d [WC] S Groth (AUS) 75 64
L Hewitt (AUS) d [Q] M Copil (ROU) 64 62

ATP Doubles – Quarter-finals
[2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / D Nestor (CAN) d [WC] M Ebden (AUS) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) 75 46 10-8

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 4 JANUARY 2014

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 12:00 noon
ATP – [3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs [2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / D Nestor (CAN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – L Hewitt (AUS) vs [2] K Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Federer (SUI)  vs [8] J Chardy (FRA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA)  vs [2] V Azarenka (BLR)
WTA – K Mladenovic (FRA) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ) vs A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS)

TBA
ATP – TBA – R Federer (SUI) / N Mahut (FRA) vs [4] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL)

 

ASB CLASSIC
Auckland, New Zealand
December 30, 2013 – January 4, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Friday, January 3, 2014
Singles – Semifinals
(2) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (3) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 60 76(3)
Venus Williams (USA) d. (5) Jamie Hampton (USA) w/o (right hip injury)

Doubles – Semifinals
(3) Hradecka/Krajicek (CZE/NED) d. Pliskova/Pliskova (CZE/CZE) 63 61

Order Of Play – Saturday, January 4, 2014
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Doubles Final: Fichman/Sanchez vs. Hradecka/Krajicek
2. Singles Final: Venus Williams vs. Ana Ivanovic (NB 14.30hrs)

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Serena Williams Dominates, Maria Sharapova Survives and will meet in Brisbane Semifinal

 

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(January 2, 2014) Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have set up a semifinal meeting between them in the Brisbane International. Williams stopped Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6- while Sharapova had to rally past Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

After spraying a few errors in the early part of the match, No. 1 Williams made it a straightforward victory. The defending Brisbane champion did not lose a point on her serve in the first set. In the end Williams hit 31 winners to 17 unforced errors during the match.

The No. 3 seed Sharapova, in playing her second match since August made many errors in the opening set and also had her serve broken three times.

After being broken to open the second set, Sharapova fine tuned her game and her accuracy on her shots became lethal.. Sharapova won 12 out of the last 16 games in the match.

Williams goes into the semifinal match against Sharapova dominating the head-to-head record at 14-2, winning the last 13 matches against her. The American’s last victory over Sharapova came in the final of last year’s French Open.

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
Brisbane, Australia
December 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, January 2, 2014
WTA Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (9) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 63 63
(2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 64 67(7) 61
(3) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 46 63 62
(4) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (5) Angelique Kerber (GER) 67(8) 63 61

WTA Doubles – Semifinals
Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d. (WC) Adamczak/Rogowska (AUS/AUS) 62 62

ATP Singles – Second Round
[Q] M Copil  (ROU) d [3] G Simon  (FRA) 75 63
L Hewitt  (AUS) d [6] F Lopez  (ESP) 75 63 [8]
J Chardy  (FRA) d N Mahut  (FRA) 75 67(4) 63
[WC] S Groth  (AUS) d *[LL] P Herbert  (FRA) 46 76(3) 76(5)

*[LL] P Herbert  (FRA) replaced [4] K Anderson (RSA) – viral infection

ATP Doubles – Quarter-finals
R Federer (SUI) / N Mahut (FRA) d J Chardy (FRA) / G Dimitrov (BUL) 76(3) 67(5) 11-9

ATP Doubles – First Round
[WC] M Ebden (AUS) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) d J Nieminen (FIN) / G Simon (FRA) 61 63

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 3 JANUARY 2014

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:30 am
ATP – M Cilic  (CRO) vs [2] K Nishikori  (JPN)

Not Before 2:30 pm ATP -
L Hewitt  (AUS) vs [Q] M Copil  (ROU)

Not Before 3:30 pm
WTA – [4] J Jankovic  (SRB) vs [2] V Azarenka  (BLR)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Federer  (SUI) vs M Matosevic  (AUS)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – [1] S Williams  (USA) vs [3] M Sharapova  (RUS)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:30 am
WTA – K Mladenovic (FRA) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ) vs M Minella (LUX) / C Scheepers (RSA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – [WC] M Ebden (AUS) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) vs [2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / D Nestor (CAN)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [WC] S Groth  (AUS) vs [8] J Chardy  (FRA)

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Roger Federer Opens 2014 with a victory at Brisbane

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(January 1, 2013) Roger Federer began 2014 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jarkko Nieminen at the Brisbane International on Wednesday.

The 17-time major champion has recently added six-time major champion and tennis hall of famer Stefan Edberg to his coaching team. Edberg is expected to join Federer at this month’s Australian Open.

“Most important is that you win the match so you get a second chance to judge your game a bit better,” said Federer to ATPWorldTour.com. “That’s why it’s most important to get an extra day or two. Now I have doubles tomorrow and the singles the next day, so it’s really good for rhythm and good for your game.

“I expect myself to play a bit better in the next match, even though today was already very good for a first match in so many weeks, to be honest, and against Nieminen who can play very good tennis. Particularly here in Australia.”

On the Women’s side, No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka beat local favorite Casey Dellacqua 6-3, 6-1.

In just his second tournament back from a doping ban, Marin Cilic outlasted five-seed and last year’s finalist Grigor Dimitrov, 7-5, 7-5. The former No. 9 told media that it feels like a new beginning for him being back on the tour.

 

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
Brisbane, Australia
December 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, January 1, 2013
WTA Singles – Second Round
(2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (WC) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 63 61
(5) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 43 ret. (left thigh injury)
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. (7) Sabine Lisicki (GER) w/o (GI illness)

WTA Doubles – Quarterfinals
Mladenovic/Voskoboeva (FRA/KAZ) d. (1) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) 62 63
Minella/Scheepers (LUX/RSA) d. (4) Chan/Huber (TPE/USA) 64 64
Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d. Groenefeld/Lucic-Baroni (GER/CRO)  64 61

ATP Singles – Second Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d J Nieminen (FIN) 64 62
[2] K Nishikori (JPN) d M Ebden (AUS) 62 64
M Cilic (CRO) d [5] G Dimitrov (BUL) 75 75
M Matosevic (AUS) d S Querrey (USA) 57 76(3) 64

ATP Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d K Anderson (RSA) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 46 76(2) 14-12
[4] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d M Matosevic (AUS) / D Tursunov (RUS) 75 36 10-3

Doubles – First Round
[2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / D Nestor (CAN) d D Istomin (UZB) / I Sijsling (NE

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 2 JANUARY 2014

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:30 am
WTA – [3] M Sharapova (RUS) vs K Kanepi (EST)
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs [9] D Cibulkova (SVK)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – R Federer (SUI) / N Mahut (FRA) vs J Chardy (FRA) / G Dimitrov (BUL)
ATP – [6] F Lopez (ESP) vs L Hewitt (AUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – S Voegele (SUI) vs [WC] C Dellacqua (AUS) or [2] V Azarenka (BLR)
ATP – [4] K Anderson (RSA) vs [WC] S Groth (AUS)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:30 am
ATP – N Mahut (FRA) vs [8] J Chardy (FRA)
ATP – [Q] M Copil (ROU) vs [3] G Simon (FRA)
WTA – [WC] M Adamczak (AUS) / O Rogowska (AUS) vs A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS)

Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – [5] A Kerber (GER) vs [4] J Jankovic (SRB)
ATP – [WC] M Ebden (AUS) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) vs J Nieminen (FIN) / G Simon (FRA)D) 63 76(4)
J Chardy (FRA) / G Dimitrov (BUL) d [PR] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) 06 64 10-4

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Serena Williams Opens 2014 Season with win over Petkovic in Brisbane

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(December 31, 2013) In her first official match of the 2014 tennis season, No. 1 Serena Williams dusted off a little rust to stop Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-4 at the Brisbane International.

Williams said it was an intense match and gave credit to the rising Petkovic, currently at No. 39 who before multiple injuries had made it to No. 9 in the world.

“It was an intense match, which was really good,” Williams said to media. “She’s a good player. She’s been in the Top 10 before and she was on her way to being even better. So it was a really good match for me.

“I usually have a lot of nerves, but when I realized who I was playing I felt like it was a really good opportunity for me to have a tough match early on. That kind of made me more calm than anything.”

The American is hoping to pick up where she left off last year and she looks to defend last year’s Brisbane title. It began a career season for Williams where she won 11 tournaments, including two majors and went 78-4 for the year.

Next up for Williams will be Dominika Cibulkova.

Third seed Maria Sharapova received a walkover into the quarterfinals from Australian teen qualifier Ashleigh Barty who has a thigh injury.

“It’s been great to play at home in Brisbane and it’s disappointing I won’t be able to play against Maria tomorrow, but I’ve got to do what’s right for my body. Sometimes these are really hard decisions to make but that’s what I have to do,” Barty said.

“The injury has just come about from overload, I’ve played four really tough singles matches in the past week so now it’s just about getting my body right. I’ve got enough time to be fit for the Australian Open, it’s just a matter of managing the injury and hopefully I’ll be back on court soon.”

Barty will also miss next week’s event in Hobart.

Roger Federer debuted a larger racquet as he teamed up with Nicholas Mahut in doubles to beat top seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau.

Federer begins his singles campaign on Wednesday night against Jarkko Nieminen.

 

ATP Singles – First Round
[6] F Lopez (ESP) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) 64 64
[8] J Chardy (FRA) d A Mannarino (FRA) 76(4) 75
[WC] S Groth (AUS) d [Q] R Harrison (USA) 76(3) 76(2)
N Mahut (FRA) d I Sijsling (NED) 36 64 64
L Hewitt (AUS) d [Q] T Kokkinakis (AUS) 63 75
[Q] M Copil (ROU) d [Q] Y Sugita (JPN) 76(5) 67(2) 76(7)
M Ebden (AUS) d *[LL] A Kuznetsov (USA) 63 64

*[LL] A Kuznetsov (USA) replaced [WC] N Kyrgios (AUS) – shoulder

ATP Doubles – First Round
R Federer (SUI) / N Mahut (FRA) d [1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) 75 76(5)
[3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) 63 64

WTA Singles – Second Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 64 64
(3) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (Q) Ashleigh Barty (AUS) w/o (left abductor injury)
(4) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 61 63
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. (8) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 62 62
(9) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 63 16 63

WTA Doubles – Quarterfinals
(WC) Adamczak/Rogowska (AUS/AUS) d. (3) Barty/Dellacqua (AUS/AUS) w/o (Barty: left abductor injury)

Doubles – First Round
(1) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Hantuchova/Lisicki (SVK/GER) 63 64
Groenefeld/Lucic-Baroni (GER/CRO) d. (2) Hsieh/Jankovic (TPE/SRB) 62 63
(3) Barty/Dellacqua (AUS/AUS) d. Lepchenko/Olaru (USA/ROU) 61 64
Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d. Amanmuradova/Shvedova (UZB/KAZ) 64 76(4)

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 1 JANUARY 2014

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:30 am
ATP – M Matosevic (AUS) vs S Querrey (USA)
ATP – [5] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs M Cilic (CRO)
ATP – M Ebden (AUS) vs [2] K Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Federer (SUI) vs J Nieminen (FIN)

Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [WC] C Dellacqua (AUS) vs [2] V Azarenka (BLR)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:30 am
WTA – [4] H Chan (TPE) / L Huber (USA) vs M Minella (LUX) / C Scheepers (RSA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [7] S Lisicki (GER) vs S Voegele (SUI)
WTA – [5] A Kerber (GER) vs A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [4] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) vs M Matosevic (AUS) / D Tursunov (RUS)
WTA – [1] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs K Mladenovic (FRA) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ)

SHOW COURT 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – D Istomin (UZB) / I Sijsling (NED) vs [2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / D Nestor (CAN)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – K Anderson (RSA) / R Lindstedt (SWE) vs [3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – J Chardy (FRA) / G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [PR] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR)
WTA – A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs A Groenefeld (GER) / M Lucic-Baroni

 

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Brisbane Tennis Sunday Schedule

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
Brisbane, Australia
December 29, 2013 – January 4, 2014
Hard/Outdoors

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 29 DECEMBER 2013

CPAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:30 am
WTA – K Date-Krumm (JPN) vs [WC] O Rogowska (AUS)
WTA – [7] S Lisicki (GER) vs M Rybarikova (SVK)
WTA – A Petkovic (GER) vs B Mattek-Sands (USA)
ATP – M Matosevic (AUS) / D Tursunov (RUS) vs K Nishikori (JPN) / S Querrey (USA)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – Qualifying – K Bertens (NED) vs [WC] A Barty (AUS)
WTA – V Lepchenko (USA) vs E Svitolina (UKR)
WTA – S Voegele (SUI) vs M Keys (USA)
WTA – [WC] F Schiavone (ITA) / C Suarez Navarro (ESP) vs K Mladenovic (FRA) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ)

SHOW COURT 2 start 10:30 am
WTA – Qualifying – H Watson (GBR) vs [WC] J Gajdosova (AUS)
ATP – Qualifying – R Harrison (USA) vs J Wang (TPE)
ATP – Qualifying – P Herbert (FRA) vs B Mitchell (AUS)
ATP – M Cilic (CRO) / L Dlouhy (CZE) vs K Anderson (RSA) / R Lindstedt (SWE)

COURT 6 start 10:30 am
WTA – Qualifying – S Hsieh (TPE) vs A Panova (RUS)
ATP – Qualifying – D Wu (CHN) vs R Williams (USA)
ATP – Qualifying – T Ito (JPN) vs R Berankis (LTU)
ATP – Qualifying – J Ward (GBR) vs M Copil (ROU)

COURT 14 start 10:30 am
WTA – Qualifying – A Rodionova (AUS) vs A Kudryavtseva (RUS)
ATP – Qualifying – A Golubev (KAZ) vs [WC] T Kokkinakis (AUS)
ATP – Qualifying – B Klahn (USA) vs Y Sugita (JPN)
ATP – Qualifying – M Ilhan (TUR) vs A Kuznetsov (USA)

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Roger Federer and Serena Williams Headline 2014 Brisbane Line-up

 

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Serena Williams

(November 21, 2013) Six of the world’s top 10 women and four of the top 20 men including current women’s No. 1 Serena Williams and former men’s No. 1 Roger Federer will headline the Brisbane International.

Defending Champion Williams will be joined by No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, No. 4 Maria Sharapova and top 10 players Jelena Jankovic, Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki in the women’s draw.

Also entered in the event are 2013 event runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and 2012 champion Kaia Kanepi, runner-up Daniela Hantuchova and 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm.

Seventeen-time major champion Roger Federer lead the men’s field, which features top 20 players Kei Nishikori, Gilles Simon and Kevin Anderson alongside a raft of rising talent.

Brisbane International 2013 runner-up Grigor Dimitrov returns with Australian’s Lleyton Hewitt, Marinko Matosevic and 18-year-old wildcard Nick Kyrgios in the draw.

 

The tournament begins on December 29, 2013 and ends January 5, 2014.

The official fields for Brisbane International 2014 are as follows:

Men

Player – World ranking

Roger Federer (SUI) – 6

Kei Nishikori (JPN) – 17

Gilles Simon (FRA) – 19

Kevin Anderson (RSA) – 20

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) – 23

Jurgen Melzer (AUT) – 27

Feliciano Lopez (ESP) – 28

Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) – 29

Jeremy Chardy (FRA) – 34

Julien Benneteau (FRA) – 35

Marin Cilic (CRO) – 37

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) – 39

Robin Haase (NED) – 43

Denis Istomin (UZB) – 45

Sam Querrey (USA) – 46

Nicolas Mahut (FRA) – 50

Adrian Mannarino (FRA) – 60

Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) – 61

Marinko Matosevic (AUS) – 62

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) – 67

Igor Sijsling (NED) – 69

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) – 186 [WC]

WC – wildcard

Women

Player – World ranking
Serena Williams
(USA) – 1
Victoria Azarenka
(BLR) – 2
Maria Sharapova
(RUS) – 4
Jelena Jankovic
(SRB) – 8
Angelique Kerber
(GER) – 9
Caroline Wozniacki
(DEN) – 10
Sabine Lisicki
(GER) – 15
Carla Suarez Navarro
(ESP) – 17
Dominika Cibulkova
(SVK) – 23
Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) – 26
Kaia Kanepi
(EST) – 30
Daniela Hantuchova
(SVK) – 33
Magdalena Rybarikova
(SVK) – 37
Madison Keys
(USA) – 38
Francesca Schiavone
(ITA) – 39
Stefanie Voegele
(SUI) – 42
Andrea Petkovic
(GER) – 44
Elina Svitolina
(UKR) – 46
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
(USA) – 49
Varvara Lepchenko
(USA) – 54
Kristina Mladenovic
(FRA) – 56
Kimiko Date-Krumm
(JPN) – 61

* All rankings as at 21 November 2013

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Roger Federer to Play Brisbane International Tournament in 2014

Roger Federer

(July 23, 2013) Roger Federer confirmed that he will start his 2014 season at the Brisbane International. This will be first time the Swiss has ever played the event.

“I’ve heard many great things from the other players, they say it’s a very friendly tournament, fan friendly, player friendly,” Federer said. “What else do you expect to be quite honest, in Australia you guys do great work.

“For some time we’ve been in contact with Brisbane [International] and I saw how the tournament got stronger and stronger … and the connection with Pat Rafter, him having the arena named after him I think is great.

“I’ve always hoped that I could come there [to Brisbane] … so I am happy we are all able to make it work … I’m not just coming there [to Australia] for the Australian Open, especially when I commit so early in advance, it’s also to win in Brisbane,” said Federer though a press release.

 

Federer, winner of 17 major titles is the first player to be announced for the 2014 tournament. Tournament director Cameron Pearson said: “Roger Federer is a global superstar and arguably the most accomplished tennis player in history. His attendance at this event will be a legacy for future generations,”

“We have been in discussions with Roger for some time and he has seen this tournament develop into one of the premier events in Australia. His attendance solidifies the quality of the Brisbane International and the appeal the tournament has.

“When Roger steps onto Pat Rafter Arena for the first time, it is going to be something special,” Pearson added.

The Brisbane International 2014 will take place at the Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane from 29 December 29, 2013 to January 5, 2014.

 

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Murray Defends Brisbane Title

Andy Murray 12 26 Abu Dhabi

(January 6, 2013) Top seed and World No.3 Andy Murray began 2013 by defending the Brisbane International title with a 7-6(0), 6-4 victory over unseeded 48th ranked Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday.

“I thought the standard of tennis was good today,” Murray said. “There were a lot of high quality rallies and I had to change a few things. He started the match off very well and was extremely aggressive. I managed to start dictating a lot of points and used my forehand well.”

For the Scot it’s his 25th career ATP World Tour title, but it wasn’t easy. Murray rallied from 1-4 in the first set, saved a set point and shut out Dimitov in the first set tiebreak.

“I was up a break and I was actually not playing bad tennis at all I thought,” Dimitrov said. “He’s one of the best returners in the game by far. He picked up couple of my serves on big points, so that gave him extra confidence. Then he stepped up with his serve.

Murray complimented his opponent’s performance: “I thought he has a lot of variety. He seems a bit stronger than when I [last] played him. He seemed to enjoy the occasion, which is also important. It’s his first final, and he came out and started the match extremely well, which is obviously a good sign. It will be interesting to see how the year goes for him.”

“I think it was a great final,“ Dimitrov said. “It was an amazing feeling to go out there today and be able to play tennis like that. I’m not a 100% satisfied, of course, but I have to say, ‘Well done to Andy’. He played some really, really good tennis when he had to. It was actually a lot of fun going out there today. I think we both did a great game.

“I didn’t feel nervous actually at all. I just felt actually quite good. I slept pretty good last night, so I was like, ‘Wow, you’re not that nervous before finals anymore’, even though it was my first at ATP[-level].”

Murray dedicated the victory to an unnamed absent friend. “He’s back home watching … you’re going to get through,” said Murray after the match.

“It’s been a good start to the year, obviously. I trained hard to get ready for this period of the year. I hope that the Australian Open goes a bit better for me than it did last year.”

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 6 JANUARY, 2013

Singles – Final
[1] A Murray (GBR) d G Dimitrov (BUL) 76(0) 64

Doubles – Final
M Melo (BRA) / T Robredo (ESP) d [1] E Butorac (USA) / P Hanley (AUS) 46 61 10-5

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