2015/02/01

2015 Australian Open Men’s Tournament Preview

Rod Laver Arena

2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Men’s Tournament Preview

 

This is the 103rd edition of the Australian Championships, which began in 1905, as well as being the 47th Australian Open and the 188th Grand Slam tournament of the Open Era.

 

Melbourne Park hosts the tournament for the 28th year. It was first played here in 1988, when the venue was known as Flinders Park.

 

POINTS AND PRIZE MONEY… Total prize money for the men’s singles at the 2015 Australian Open is AUD$14,398,000. Individual prize money and ATP Ranking points are:

 

 
Prize Money

(AUD$)

ATP Ranking Points
Champion

 3,100,000

2000

Finalist

1,550,000

1200

Semifinalist

650,000

720

Quarterfinalist

340,000

360

Round of 16

175,000

180

Third Round

97,500

90

Second Round

60,000

45

First Round

34,500

10

 

 

A QUICK 2014 GRAND SLAM® REVIEW… The Grand Slams were won by 4 different men in 2014, 2 of whom were first time major winners. Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic broke through to win their first Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and US Open respectively, breaking the stranglehold of the ‘big four’.

 

Rafael Nadal maintained his dominance at Roland Garros by claiming a 9th title and extending his record for the most titles won at any one Grand Slam event, while Novak Djokovic lifted a second Wimbledon trophy to take his tally of majors to 7. It was the 5th consecutive year that all major titlists had come from Europe.

 

A FIFTH AUSSIE TITLE FOR DJOKOVIC?… Having won the Australian Open title in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Djokovic is bidding to become the second man in history to win 5 or more Australian Open singles titles. Roger Federer is also looking to win 5 titles here. The only man to collect more than 5 titles in Melbourne is Roy Emerson.

 

 

Australian 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

 

 

NADAL EYES CAREER GRAND SLAM DOUBLE… Nadal is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era – and only the third man in history – to win each of the 4 Grand Slam titles twice. Roy Emerson and Rod Laver are the only players to have won each Grand Slam on 2 or more occasions.

 

NB: While Laver completed the feat in 1969, some of the titles were won before the start of the Open Era.

 

CAN NADAL CLOSE THE GAP?… By winning his 9th Roland Garros title in 2014 Nadal won his 14th major title and moved into joint-2nd place with Pete Sampras on the all-time list for Grand Slam men’s singles titles. The Spaniard could take sole occupancy of 2nd place – and close the gap on Federer – if he wins a 2nd Australian Open trophy:

 

All-time Grand Slam men’s singles titles

 

Rank

No. of titles

Player

1.

17

Roger Federer

2=

14

Rafael Nadal
Pete Sampras

4.

12

Roy Emerson

5=

11

Bjorn BorgRod Laver

7

10

Bill Tilden

Players competing at 2015 Australian Open in bold

 

 

NADAL AGE TO WIN 15 MAJORS… If Nadal wins his 2nd Australian Open crown, to add to his 9 Roland Garros trophies, 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon victories, and 2010 and 2013 US Open titles, he would become the oldest man and 3rd-oldest player in history to win 15 Grand Slam titles. Nadal will be 28 years, 243 days old on the final day of the tournament:

 

Age of 15-time Grand Slam winners

 

Player 15th Grand Slam title Age
Serena Williams 2012 US Open 30 years, 348 days
Martina Navratilova 1986 US Open 29 years, 324 days
Chris Evert 1983 Roland Garros 28 years, 166 days
Margaret Court 1970 Wimbledon 27 years, 353 days
Roger Federer 2009 Wimbledon 27 years, 331 days
Helen Wills Moody 1932 Roland Garros 26 years, 244 days
Steffi Graf 1994 Australian Open 24 years, 230 days

 

 

FEDERER CHASING WOMEN’S ALL-TIME GREATS… Federer is bidding for his 18th major title here in Melbourne. Victory would see him tie Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams in equal 4th place on the list for most Grand Slam singles titles.

 

All-time Grand Slam singles title leaders

(men and women)

 

 

 

FOURTH TIME LUCKY FOR MURRAY?… Murray is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win the Australian Open title after losing 3 finals in Melbourne. Murray fell to Federer in the 2010 final and to Djokovic in the 2011 and 2013 finals. 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)

 

 

MOST AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINAL APPEARANCES… Djokovic is bidding to equal Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer in first place for the most Australian Open final appearances. Federer, meanwhile, could take sole occupancy of first place if he reaches the final for a sixth time here.

 

No. of Australian Open final appearances (Open Era)

Player
No. of Australian Open final appearances
Stefan Edberg

5

Roger Federer

5

Andre Agassi

4

Novak Djokovic

4

Ivan Lendl

4

Mats Wilander

4

 

HEWITT SETS AUSSIE RECORD… Lleyton Hewitt is making his 19th appearance in Melbourne, setting a new record for the most Australian Open appearances. Hewitt also holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in Melbourne.

 

Australian Open appearances (all-time)


Rank
Player

Australian Opens played

1.2.3.4.5=

 

Lleyton Hewitt  Fabrice SantoroJohn AlexanderRoger FedererPhil Dent

Brad Drewett
Mark Woodforde

Mikhail Youzhny

 19*

18

17

16*

15

15

15
15*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Players at 2015 Australian Open in bold,

*denotes a consecutive streak which is active through 2015 Australian Open

 

Hewitt is in 5th place for the most appearances at a single Grand Slam.

 

Most appearances at a single Grand Slam (all-time)

 


Rank
Player

No. of Grand Slams played

1.2=4.5. Jimmy ConnorsAndre AgassiJimmy ConnorsFabrice SantoroLleyton Hewitt

 22 (US Open)

21 (US Open)

21 (Wimbledon)

20 (Roland Garros)

19 (Australian Open)

 

THE 30s CLUB… At 33 years 177 days Federer is looking to become the oldest man to win the Australian Open since Ken Rosewall, who was 37 years 62 days when he lifted the title in 1972.

 

Federer, who won 2012 Wimbledon aged 30 years, 335 days, is also looking to become the fifth man in the Open Era to win 2 or more Grand Slams titles after turning 30. Andre Agassi was the last man to achieve the feat, winning the Australian Open in 2001 at 30 years, 274 days and again aged 32 years, 272 days in 2003.

 

Players aged over 30 to win 2 or more Grand Slams (all-time)

 

Player
Titles won aged over 30
Years
Rod Laver

4

1969
Ken Rosewall

4

1968, 1970, 1971, 1972
Andre Agassi

2

2001, 2003
Jimmy Connors

2

1982, 1983

 

MOST OPEN ERA MATCH-WINS… Federer is looking to extend his Open Era record for Grand Slam match-wins. Djokovic and Nadal could both climb the list for most Australian Open match-wins this year. Djokovic could climb as high as third in the list if he reaches the final. The leading Open Era performers are as follows:

 

All Grand Slams                                            Australian Open

Player Win-loss Player Win-loss
Roger FedererJimmy Connors 279-45233-49 Roger Federer
Stefan Edberg
73-11
56-10
Andre Agassi 224-53 Andre Agassi 48-5
Ivan Lendl 222-49 Ivan Lendl 48-10
Pete Sampras 203-38 Pete Sampras 45-9
Rafael NadalNovak DjokovicStefan Edberg 187-25180-33178-47 Novak Djokovic
Rafael NadalWayne Ferreira
43-641-839-14
John McEnroe 167-38 Andy Roddick 38-11
Boris Becker 163-40 Mats Wilander 36-7
Lleyton HewittMats Wilander
Bjorn BorgGuillermo VilasAndy Murray
145-60144-37
141-17139-45134-33
Jim Courier
Andy MurrayDavid Ferrer Marat Safin*John NewcombeLleyton Hewitt
35-8
33-932-1231-830-730-18

 

Note: players at 2015 Australian Open in bold, *Also played pre-Open Era

 

61st CONSECUTIVE MAJOR FOR FEDERER… Federer is competing in his 61st straight major here, which sees him extend his record for the longest streak of Open Era Grand Slam singles appearances.

 


Rank
Player

Consecutive Grand Slam Events Played

1.2. Roger FedererWayne Ferreira 61* (2000 Aus Open-2015 Aus Open)56  (1991 Aus Open-2004 US Open)
3. Stefan Edberg 54 (1983 Wimbledon-1996 US Open)
4.5.6.7=
Feliciano Lopez

David Ferrer

Fernando Verdasco

Tomas Berdych

Fabrice Santoro
52* (2002 Roland Garros-2015 Aus Open)49* (2003 Aus Open-2015 Aus Open)47* (2003 Wimbledon-2015 Aus Open)46* (2003 US Open-2015 Aus Open)46 (1998 US Open-2010 Aus Open)
8. Dominik Hrbaty 44 (1997 Aus Open-2007 US Open)
9= Novak DjokovicGuillermo Garcia-LopezTommy Robredo  41*(2005 Aus Open-2015 Aus Open)41*(2005 Aus Open-2015 Aus Open)41 (2001 Aus Open-2011 Aus Open)

Players at 2015 Australian Open in bold, *denotes a streak which is active through 2015 Australian Open

 

MOST GRAND SLAMS PLAYED… Federer and Hewitt are playing in their 63rd Grand Slam event at this year’s Australian Open. They are in 2nd place for the most Grand Slams played in the Open Era.

 

Rank Player

Grand Slam Events Played

1 Fabrice Santoro

70

2=4 Roger FedererLleyton HewittAndre Agassi

63

63

61

5 Jonas Bjorkman

58

6= Michael ChangJimmy ConnorsWayne Ferreira

57

57

57

Ivan Lendl

57

10 Tommy Haas

56

 

Players at 2015 Australian Open in bold (totals include this event)

 

 

WAWRINKA DEFENDS… Wawrinka won his maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open last year. However, Melbourne traditionally appears to be the hardest place to retain a title. There have been only 2 Grand Slam events since the last successful title defence, which was Rafael Nadal at 2014 Roland Garros.

 

Successful Grand Slam title defences (Open Era)

Among all 4 Grand Slam events, a defending champion has lost in the 1st round 4 times, including twice at the Australian Open:

 

Defending Grand Slam champions losing in 1st round (Open Era)

 

Year/Event Defending Champion 1st round result
1977 (Dec) Australian Open Roscoe Tanner l. Chris Lewis 36 63 62 16 64
1997 Australian Open Boris Becker l. Carlos Moya 57 76 36 61 64
1999 US Open Patrick Rafter l. Cedric Pioline 46 46 75 63 1-0 ret. (shoulder injury)
2003 Wimbledon Lleyton Hewitt l. Ivo Karlovic 16 76 63 64

 

Australian Open title defence attempts (Open Era)

 

                                    CHAMPION                            SUBSEQUENT YEAR

1969                Rod Laver                               Did not play

1970                Arthur Ashe                             Lost Final to Ken Rosewall

1971                Ken Rosewall                         Won title

1972                Ken Rosewall                          Lost 2nd Round to Karl Meiler

1973                John Newcombe                     Lost QF to Ross Case

1974                Jimmy Connors                       Lost Final to John Newcombe

1975                John Newcombe                     Lost Final to Mark Edmondson

1976                Mark Edmondson                    Lost QF to Ken

Rosewall

1977 (Jan)       Roscoe Tanner                       Lost 1st Round to Chris Lewis

1977 (Dec)      Vitas Gerulaitis                                    Did not play

1978                Guillermo Vilas                      Won title

1979                Guillermo Vilas                                    Lost SF to Kim Warwick

1980                Brian Teacher                         Did not play

1981                Johan Kriek                           Won title

1982                Johan Kriek                             Lost QF to Mats Wilander

1983                Mats Wilander                        Won title

1984                Mats Wilander                         Lost Final to Stefan Edberg

1985                Stefan Edberg                        Won title (1987)

1986                No tournament

1987                Stefan Edberg                         Lost SF to Mats Wilander

1988                Mats Wilander                         Lost 2nd Round to Ramesh Krishnan

1989                Ivan Lendl                              Won title

1990                Ivan Lendl                               Lost Final to Boris Becker

1991                Boris Becker                            Lost 3rd Round to John McEnroe

1992                Jim Courier                            Won title

1993                Jim Courier                              Lost SF to Pete Sampras

1994                Pete Sampras                         Lost Final to Andre Agassi

1995                Andre Agassi                           Lost SF to Michael Chang

1996                Boris Becker                            Lost 1st Round to Carlos Moya

1997                Pete Sampras                         Lost QF to Karol Kucera

1998                Petr Korda                               Lost 3rd Round to Todd Martin

1999                Yevgeny Kafelnikov                Lost Final to Andre Agassi

2000                Andre Agassi                         Won title

2001                Andre Agassi                           Did not play

2002                Thomas Johansson                 Did not play

2003                Andre Agassi                           Lost SF to Marat Safin

2004                Roger Federer                         Lost SF to Marat Safin

2005                Marat Safin                              Did not play (left knee injury)

2006                Roger Federer                       Won title

2007                Roger Federer                         Lost SF to Novak Djokovic

2008                Novak Djokovic                       Lost QF to Andy

Roddick (retired)

2009                Rafael Nadal                           Lost QF to Andy Murray (retired)

2010                Roger Federer                         Lost SF to Novak Djokovic

2011                Novak Djokovic                     Won title

2012                Novak Djokovic                     Won title

2013                Novak Djokovic                       Lost QF to Stan Wawrinka

2014                Stan Wawrinka                        ???      

 

SEVEN GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS IN MAIN DRAW… There are 7 Grand Slam tournament champions appearing in the 2015 Australian Open men’s main draw, including 4 former Australian Open winners: Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and Wawrinka.

 

Juan Martin del Potro (1)

2009 US Open

Novak Djokovic (7)

2008/11/12/13 Australian Open; 2011/14 Wimbledon; 2011 US Open

Roger Federer (17)

2003/04/05/06/07/09/12 Wimbledon; 2004/06/07/10 Australian Open; 2004/05/06/07/08 US Open; 2009 Roland Garros

Lleyton Hewitt (2)

2001 US Open; 2002 Wimbledon

Andy Murray (2)

2012 US Open; 2013 Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal (14)

2005/06/07/08/10/11/12/13/14 Roland Garros; 2008/10 Wimbledon; 2009 Australian Open; 2010/13 US Open

Stan Wawrinka (1)

2014 Australian Open

 

TWENTY-SIX AUSTRALIAN OPEN CHAMPIONS IN OPEN ERA… Of the 54 different Open Era Grand Slam champions, 26 have won the Australian Open at least once in their careers. Andre Agassi, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer head the list with 4 Open Era titles each.

 

Rod Laver*                                    1969          *also won pre-Open Era Australian Open titles

Arthur Ashe                                   1970

Ken Rosewall*                               1971-72

John Newcombe                           1973, 1975

Jimmy Connors                             1974

Mark Edmondson                          1976

Roscoe Tanner                             1977 (Jan)

Vitas Gerulaitis                              1977 (Dec)

Guillermo Vilas                              1978-79

Brian Teacher                               1980

Johan Kriek                                   1981-82

Mats Wilander                               1983-84, 1988

Stefan Edberg                               1985, 1987

Ivan Lendl                                     1989-90

Boris Becker                                  1991, 1996

Jim Courier                                    1992-93

Pete Sampras                               1994, 1997

Andre Agassi                                 1995, 2000-01, 2003

Petr Korda                                     1998

Yevgeny Kafelnikov                      1999

Thomas Johansson                       2002

Roger Federer                               2004, 2006-07, 2010

Marat Safin                                    2005

Novak Djokovic                             2008, 2011-13

Rafael Nadal                                 2009

Stan Wawrinka                              2014

 

ONE-SLAM WONDERS… 26 of the 54 Open Era Grand Slam singles champions also belong to the ‘One-Slam Wonder’ Club, lifting a sole Grand Slam title in the Open Era. Juan Martin del Potro and Stan Wawrinka are the men playing in this year’s Australian Open singles who could win a 2nd major.

 

Player Time since Grand Slam title Sole Grand Slam title
Juan Martin del Potro 5 years, 4 months 2009 US Open
Stan Wawrinka 1 year 2014 Australian Open

 

 

FIRST-TIME WINNER… In the Open Era, 11 men have notched up their first major by winning the Australian Open:

Venue of first Grand Slam title

 

 

HOW HAS THE TOP SEED FARED DOWN UNDER?… Of the 45 Australian Opens played since 1969, 16 top seeds have gone on to win the title. In 2002 Lleyton Hewitt became the only Australian Open top seed in the Open Era to date to exit in the 1st round.

 

Top Seed                                Australian Open Round Achieved

 

1969                Rod Laver                              Won title

1970                Tony Roche                             Lost QF

1971                Rod Laver                               Lost 3rd Round

1972                John Newcombe                     Lost QF

1973                Ken Rosewall                          Lost 2nd Round

1974                John Newcombe                     Lost QF

1975                Jimmy Connors                       Lost Final

1976                Ken Rosewall                          Lost SF

1977 (Jan)       Guillermo Vilas                        Lost Final

1977 (Dec)      Vitas Gerulaitis                      Won title

1978                Guillermo Vilas                      Won title

1979                Guillermo Vilas                      Won title

1980                Guillermo Vilas                        Lost QF

1981                Guillermo Vilas                        Lost 3rd Round

1982                Johan Kriek                           Won title

1983                Ivan Lendl                               Lost Final

1984                Ivan Lendl                               Lost Round of 16

1985                Ivan Lendl                               Lost SF

1986                No tournament

1987                Ivan Lendl                               Lost SF

1988                Ivan Lendl                               Lost SF

1989                Mats Wilander                         Lost 2nd Round

1990                Ivan Lendl                              Won title

1991                Stefan Edberg                         Lost SF

1992                Stefan Edberg                         Lost Final

1993                Jim Courier                            Won title

1994                Pete Sampras                        Won title

1995                Pete Sampras                         Lost Final

1996                Pete Sampras                         Lost 3rd Round

1997                Pete Sampras                        Won title

1998                Pete Sampras                         Lost QF

1999                Pete Sampras                         Withdrew

2000                Andre Agassi                         Won title

2001                Gustavo Kuerten                     Lost 2nd Round

2002                Lleyton Hewitt                         Lost 1st Round

2003                Lleyton Hewitt                         Lost Round of 16

2004                Andy Roddick                          Lost QF

2005                Roger Federer                         Lost SF

2006                Roger Federer                       Won title

2007                Roger Federer                       Won title

2008                Roger Federer                         Lost SF

2009                Rafael Nadal                          Won title

2010                Roger Federer                       Won title

2011                Rafael Nadal                           Lost QF

2012                Novak Djokovic                     Won title

2013                Novak Djokovic                     Won title

2014                Rafael Nadal                           Lost Final

2015                Novak Djokovic                       ???

 

 

THE NO. 1 RANKING… Federer could become No. 1 when the ATP rankings are released on Monday 2 February if he wins the Australian Open title and Djokovic fails to reach the 4th round.

 

AUSSIES LOOK TO END TITLE DROUGHT… Mark Edmondson was the last Australian to win the Australian Open men’s singles title, doing so in 1976, as well as becoming the only recorded unseeded player to win here. None of the other 3 Grand Slam tournaments has gone longer without a resident national champion.

 

Event Last Native Champion
Australian Open Mark Edmondson 1976
Roland Garros Yannick Noah 1983
Wimbledon Andy Murray 2013
US Open Andy Roddick 2003

 

In 2005, Lleyton Hewitt became the first Australian to reach the men’s final here since Pat Cash reached back-to-back finals in 1987 and 1988. An Aussie has reached the final at a Grand Slam event only 10 times in the 107 majors since Cash’s 1988 final appearance, and only once at the Australian Open. Hewitt’s 2002 Wimbledon title marked the last time an Australian man lifted a Grand Slam trophy.

 

Australian Grand Slam finalists since 1988

 

Australian Open

2005          Lleyton Hewitt                Runner-up             lost to Marat Safin 16 63 64 64

 

Wimbledon

2000          Patrick Rafter                 Runner-up             lost to Pete Sampras 67 76 64 62

2001          Patrick Rafter                 Runner-up             lost to Goran Ivanisevic 63 36 63 26 97

2002          Lleyton Hewitt                Champion              defeated David Nalbandian 61 63 62

2003          Mark Philippoussis         Runner-up             lost to Roger Federer 76 62 76

 

US Open

1997          Patrick Rafter                 Champion              defeated Greg Rusedski 63 62 46 75

1998          Patrick Rafter                 Champion              defeated Mark Philippoussis 63 36 62 60

Mark Philippoussis         Runner-up             lost to Patrick Rafter 63 36 62 60

2001          Lleyton Hewitt                Champion              defeated Pete Sampras 76 61 61

2004          Lleyton Hewitt                Runner-up             lost to Roger Federer 60 76 60

 

HARD COURT HEROES… With 57 hard court titles, Federer is top on the list of Open Era hard court title leaders. Murray could equal Ivan Lendl in 5th place on the list for most Open Era hard court titles if he wins the title here.

 

Hard court title leaders (Open Era)

 

Player

Hard court titles

Roger Federer

57

Andre Agassi

46

Novak Djokovic

Pete Sampras

37

36

Ivan Lendl

26

Andy Murray

25

 

 

Among active players, Federer owns almost double the number of hard court titles of the second placed (Djokovic) and third placed (Murray) players combined:

 

Hard court title leaders (active)

 

Player

Hard court titles

Last hard court title
Roger Federer

57

2015 Brisbane
Novak Djokovic

37

2014 ATP World Tour Finals
Andy Murray

25

2014 Valencia
Lleyton Hewitt

20

2014 Brisbane
Rafael Nadal

16

2014 Doha

 

A GOOD WARM-UP DOESN’T GUARANTEE SUCCESS… In 2014 Stan Wawrinka became the first player since Federer in 2006 to win the Australian Open having won a pre-Australian Open tournament. Wawrinka won Chennai before lifting his first Grand Slam trophy in Melbourne.

 

Here are the Australian Open finishes for the pre-Australian Open tournament winners since Federer’s success in 2006.

*previously Adelaide until 2008

 

TWIN TERRITORY… Men’s doubles top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan hold the record for the most doubles titles in the Open Era (103) and have also won the most Grand Slam doubles titles (16) in the Open Era.

 

The Australian Open is their most successful Grand Slam. They have won the title here 6 times, compared with Roland Garros (2), Wimbledon (3) and the US Open (5). They are bidding to reach their 10th Australian Open final and win their 7th title in Melbourne. The Bryans failed to reach the Australian Open final on 2 occasions between 2004-2014 – in 2008 when they fell in the quarterfinals, and last year when they lost in the 3rd round.

 

 

Doubles Grand Slam Team Title-Leaders (all-time)

 

Rank Player

No. of titles

1. Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan

16

2. John Newcombe/Tony Roche

12

3. Todd Woodbridge/Mark Woodforde

11

4= Lawrence Doherty/Reggie Doherty

John Bromwich/Adrian Quist

10

 

 

WILD CARDS… Home players received 5 of the 8 available wild cards, with James Duckworth, Thanasi Kokkinakis, John Millman, Luke Saville, joining Australian Open wild card play-off winner Jordan Thompson in the main draw. American Denis Kudla won the USTA Australian Open wild card play-off while Lucas Pouille of France received a wild card as part of a reciprocal arrangement with the French Tennis Federation. China’s Ze Zhang won the Asia/Pacific Australian Open wild card play-off.

 

MISSING YOU ALREADY… Players who appeared on the original entry list but withdrew before the draw was made are as follows: Tommy Haas (shoulder), Jack Sock (hip), Radek Stepanek (back), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (arm), Janko Tipsarevic (lung infection) and Marin Cilic (shoulder).

 

SEEDED FOR THE FIRST TIME… David Goffin and Pablo Cuevas are seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time. Roberto Bautista Agut, Leonardo Mayer, Lukas Rosol and Santiago Giraldo are seeded at the Australian Open for the first time.

 

FROM BOYS TO MEN… There are 7 former Australian Open junior singles champions playing in this year’s main draw: Marcos Baghdatis (2003), Gael Monfils (2004), Donald Young (2005), Bernard Tomic (2008), Jiri Vesely (2011), Luke Saville (2012) and Nick Kyrgios (2013). Stefan Edberg is the only player to have won both the junior and senior title here in the Open Era. He captured the boys’ singles title in 1983, before winning the men’s singles in 1985 and 1987.

 

Mikhail Youzhny (1999), Luke Saville (2011) and Thanasi Kokkinakis (2013) reached the boys’ final here.

*facts and statistics provided by the ITF and the Australian Open Men’s Information Team

*qualifiers not included in the statistics

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Andrew Walker appointed ITF Commercial Director

ITF

(January 7, 2015) The International Tennis Federation announced  that Andrew Walker, formerly Chief Marketing Officer of the WTA, will take over as ITF Commercial Director on January 7,  2015. He replaces Kenny MacLeod who leaves the ITF in mid-January.

 

Walker joined the WTA in 2003 and played a leading role in sponsorship sales and activation plus sales and strategic projects in helping to drive the growth of women’s professional tennis. He played an important role in some of the biggest success stories in women’s tennis, including being a key member of the revenue generating team that concluded WTA’s sponsorship deals and subsequent renewals with organisations such as Sony Ericsson, Whirlpool, Xerox, BNP Paribas and Rolex. Since leaving the WTA, Walker has taken on various consultancy roles within the industry.

 

“We are very pleased that Andrew Walker, with his outstanding experience in tennis, has agreed to join the ITF as Commercial Director,” said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. “We have known Andrew for many years and believe he will be a great asset to our commercial team. At the same time, we wish Kenny well for the future and thank him for his efforts on our behalf.”

 

“I am excited to join the ITF and to help contribute to the continued commercial success of the organization, members and sport,” said Walker. “The leadership team at the ITF have done an incredible job of expanding both the ITF’s flagship properties and the development of the game on a global basis, and I look forward to working with them along with their members and partners to drive new opportunities for growth.”

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Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic named 2014 ITF World Champions

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

(December 18, 2014) The ITF announced on Thursday that Serena Williams of the United States and Novak Djokovic of Serbia are the 2014 ITF World Champions. Williams is named Women’s World Champion for the fifth time, while this is the fourth occasion that Djokovic has received the honor.

 

Americans Bob and Mike Bryan are named Men’s Doubles World Champions for the 11th time in 12 years, while Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy become Women’s Doubles World Champions for the third successive year.

 

Catherine “CiCi” Bellis of the United States and Russia’s Andrey Rublev are named ITF Junior World Champions, while the ITF Wheelchair World Champions are Japanese duo Yui Kamiji and Shingo Kunieda, who becomes men’s champion for the sixth time.

 

The ITF World Champions will receive their awards at the 2015 ITF World Champions Dinner on Tuesday 2 June, in Paris, during Roland Garros.

 

Serena Williams is named Women’s World Champion for the fifth occasion, after maintaining the No. 1 ranking throughout the year. The 33-year-old captured her 18th Grand Slam title at the US Open to equal the achievements of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. She won six other titles during the year, including the season-ending WTA Finals. Williams is the oldest player ever to be named an ITF Singles World Champion.

 

Williams said: “I’m so honored to be named ITF World Champion for the fifth time. This was a year of challenges and triumphs, so to win another Grand Slam and retain my year-end No. 1 ranking is an accomplishment I’m very proud of. I’m grateful to have the support of the tennis community in every way possible. I can’t wait for 2015.”

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic becomes Men’s World Champion for the fourth time after reclaiming the No. 1 ranking in 2014. The 27-year-old won his seventh Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, and was also a finalist at Roland Garros and semifinalist at the US Open. He won a total of seven titles during the year including the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals. Djokovic is one of only four men to be named World Champion four or more times, alongside Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.

 

Bob and Mike Bryan become Men’s Doubles World Champions for the 11th time after capturing their 16th Grand Slam title and 100th title overall at the 2014 US Open. They won a total of ten titles during the year, including the ATP World Tour Finals, taking their total career titles to 103. They were also runners-up at Wimbledon. The brothers now stand within two trophies of the record of wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer, who was named World Champion 13 times.

 

Mike Bryan said: “The 2014 season was one of our best seasons on tour and it’s one we’ll fondly remember for a lot of reasons. We look forward to the awards dinner in Paris and sharing the stage with all the other world champions.”

 

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci are only the second pair to be named Women’s Doubles World Champions on three occasions. The Italians completed the career Grand Slam with their first victory at Wimbledon, and were also champions at the Australian Open and runners-up at Roland Garros. They won a total of five titles during the year and finished 2014 co-ranked No. 1 on the WTA doubles rankings.

 

Errani and Vinci said: “We are both really happy to be Women’s Doubles World Champions for the third consecutive year. It is a great pleasure and honour to have finished this year as number one in the doubles ranking again. Our goal for 2015 is to defend our Australian Open and Wimbledon titles.”

 

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “All of our World Champions have demonstrated great consistency at the top of the game in one of the strongest eras for our sport. Serena Williams is one of the toughest competitors of all-time, while Novak Djokovic’s performances at the biggest events make him a deserving winner. Bob and Mike Bryan’s remarkable achievement is a testament to their continued drive and determination, while Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci have shown the importance of teamwork both on and off court.”

 

The ITF’s selection of its senior World Champions is based on an objective system that considers all results during the year, but gives special weight to the Grand Slam tournaments, and two ITF international team competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.

 

Catherine “CiCi” Bellis is the second American in three years to become ITF Girls World Champion, and is the youngest world champion since 2006. The 15-year-old won four singles title during the year, sealing the year-end No. 1 ranking at last week’s Orange Bowl. She also led the United States to victory in the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, one year after being a member of the USA’s 14-and-under ITF World Junior Tennis winning team.

 

Bellis said: “It was my goal to be the year-end No. 1 from when I started playing in the juniors two years ago and I am ecstatic that I was able to reach this milestone as a 15-year-old.  It is an honour to be in such great company with all of the amazing and legendary juniors before me.”

 

Andrey Rublev is the first Russian male in any category to be named ITF World Champion after achieving the year-end No. 1 boys’ junior ranking. The 17-year-old was the most consistent performer on the ITF Junior Circuit, winning his first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, and capturing singles bronze and doubles silver at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. He reached a total of five singles finals during the year, winning two titles.

 

Rublev said: “I am happy to finish this year as World Champion. I thank my family, coaches and team for all the support I was getting all the time. I also understand that this is just the first step and will do my best to score further victories.”

 

Shingo Kunieda becomes Men’s Wheelchair World Champion for the sixth time after retaining the year-end world No. 1 ranking. The 30-year-old only lost one match all year, winning 12 singles titles on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and boasting a 51-1 overall win-loss record. He won all three Grand Slam singles events, taking his total major titles to 17, and was also champion at the season-ending NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters.

 

Kunieda said: “I am very happy to be world champion six times. I played well this year and still feel I am improving my tennis. I’d like to thank my team and am already looking forward to next season.”

 

Yui Kamiji is named Women’s Wheelchair World Champion for the first time after dominating the Grand Slam tournaments. The 20-year-old captured her first two major titles at Roland Garros and the US Open, and was runner-up at the Australian Open. She also partnered Britain’s Jordanne Whiley to the women’s doubles Grand Slam. Kamiji won a total of eight singles titles during 2014 and is the first Asian woman to receive this honour.

 

Kamiji said: “2014 is definitely the year to remember in my career. I was proud to win my first two Grand Slam titles and reach the final of the Australian Open. It was also very special to achieve the doubles calendar Grand Slam and win the Doubles Masters with my best friend on tour Jordanne Whiley.”

 

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “I would like to thank all the 2014 ITF World Champions for their contribution to another memorable year for our sport.”

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Roger Federer Win Clinches Switzerland’s First Davis Cup Title

 

(November 23, 2014) Switzerland became the 14th country to claim the country’s first Davis Cup title on Sunday when they defeated France 3- 1 in Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, France.

In front of a record setting crowd of 27,448, world No. 2 Roger Federer clinched the tie for Switzerland defeating Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, falling to the ground in celebration after hitting a drop shot winner. Gasquet filled in for an ailing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The Swiss No. 1 was in command of the match from beginning to end, which lasted an hour and 42 minutes.

“He was playing fast. He was very focused and making very few mistakes. I was not even able to have a break point,” said Gasquet. “It was difficult for me to give him problems. We are all disappointed. I would have liked to do more for the team because the crowd was ready, ready to support me to the end. In that situation, the only thing you want to do is play a fourth or fifth set just to please the crowd.”

“He was not unbeatable today, but he only made a few mistakes,” Gasquet explained. “It’s a shame I could not get any break points.”

Federer was dominated in a straight set loss to Gael Monfils in the second singles rubber on Friday. Stan Wawrinka opened the tie with a four-set victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and teamed with Federer to claim the doubles rubber on Saturday to give the Swiss a 2-1 lead coming into Sunday.

Being a part of a winning David Cup, adds another victory to his career resume, in which he already holds 17 major titles.

“I’m unbelievably happy. Amazing feeling to be celebrating with my friends,” said Federer post match in an on-court interview. “Just a great match, great atmosphere. It was a beautiful weekend for tennis.”

“We fought hard for it, I’ve been playing this game for almost 15 years now and clearly I’ve never come as close as this last weekend. I’m happy I was able to stay calm and play a good match when I had to and I’m happy for all the guys on the team.”

With Federer coming into the Davis Cup final in questionable health due to a back injury which forced him to withdraw last week’s ATP World Tour Final against No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the Basel native gave full credit to Wawrinka as the “MVP” of the Davis Cup Final.

“Everybody worked incredibly hard to get me match ready, Stan has put in so much effort over the years and played an unbelievable weekend that gave me the opportunity today,” said Federer.

“I’m very much aware of that, this one is for the boys. It’s not for me. I’ve won enough in my career and did not need to tick any empty boxes. I’m just happy for everybody else. I’m happy we could live a great tennis historic moment in our country.”

Just over a week ago, there appeared to be friction between Federer and Wawrinka when some media reports claimed that Federer’s wife Mirka allegedly heckled Wawrinka by calling him a “crybaby” during the ATP World Tour Finals semifinals between Federer and Wawrinka. It was later reported that Federer and Wawrinka had an argument in the locker room after the match.

“At the end, it’s a tennis match, you feel great emotions,” Federer continued. “You’re unbelievably happy and relieved “We wanted this clearly very badly, especially being up 2-1. You inch yourself closer and closer. Clearly seeing Stan out there, the rest of the team supporting you, gives you an extra push. It was definitely one of the better feelings in my career, no doubt about it. So much nicer to celebrate it all together.”

“It’s an amazing feeling. The best,” said Wawrinka. “We all know how it’s great to watch such an amazing player when he’s playing good tennis.”

With the Davis Cup win on Sunday, Wawrinka, became the first person since Andre Agassi in 1992 to win his first Grand Slam title and his first Davis Cup trophy in the same year. Wawrinka also won his first Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo, taking out Davis Cup teammate Federer back in April.

Federer set a new record as the most successful Swiss player in the history of the Davis Cup. It was his 50th win, now ahead of Jakob Hlasek for total wins.

Asked about comparing this victory to winning his first major, Wimbledon in 2003, Federer said, “You can’t compare. When I won Wimbledon, it was a total shock honestly. Davis Cup is something that I knew was possible at some stage in my career.

“Of course, there was the pressure of being able to manage all this and make everyone happy with all the support we had for the team and everything. So it is a totally different feeling. Also I was not alone on the court. This changes everything.”

 

Final scores:

DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS FINAL

SWITZERLAND defeated FRANCE 3-1

Venue: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, FRA (clay – indoors)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 61 36 63 62

Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Roger Federer (SUI) 61 64 63

Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Julien Benneteau/Richard Gasquet (FRA) 63 75 64

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Richard Gasquet (FRA) 64 62 62

Gael Monfils (FRA) v Stan Wawrinka (SUI) not played

 

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Switzerland Takes 2-1 lead over France in Davis Cup Final

(November 22, 2014) Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka gave Switzerland an important 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup final on Saturday, when they defeated France’s doubles team of Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in Lille, France.

Switzerland’s captain Severin Luthi made the move to place the 2008 Olympic champion doubles team instead of Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer, who were slated to play.

In the 2 hour and 12 minute match, the Swiss pair defended all five break points against them.

After Federer lost to Gael Monfils on Friday in the second singles rubber, the 17-time major champ said after the match that he would be ready to play doubles if he was needed despite the back injury.

Federer was clearly moving better on Saturday than on Friday.

Federer is scheduled to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the opening rubber on Sunday, with Stan Wawrinka playing Gael Monfils in the fifth rubber if necessary.

France is looking for it’s 10 Davis Cup while Switzerland is seeking it’s first.

 

 

DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS FINAL

 

SWITZERLAND leads FRANCE 2-1

Venue: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille (clay – indoors)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 61 36 63 62

Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Roger Federer (SUI) 61 64 63

Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Julien Benneteau/Richard Gasquet (FRA) 63 75 64

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Roger Federer (SUI)

Gael Monfils (FRA) v Stan Wawrinka (SUI)

 

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France Evens Tie Against Switzerland in Davis Cup Final

(November 21, 2014) France leveled the Davis Cup final against Switzerland at 1-1 at the end of day one in Lille, France when Gael Monfils dispatched Roger Federer 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 on Friday. I was Monfils’ first win over the world No. 2 on clay. Monfils hit 44 winners in the less than two hour match.

Federer pulled out of the final of the ATP year-end event in London on Sunday due to a back injury, decided to play despite a back injury that forced him to pull out of the title match at the ATP Finals last Sunday.

Stan Wawrinka gave Switzerland a 1-0 advantage after the opening rubber defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Wawrinka was dominant at the net winning 25 points there. He hit 61 winners during the match.

The crowd of 27,432 has set a new record for an officially-sanctioned tennis match, more than the previous record, Spain versus United States Davis Cup Final at the Estadio Olympico de Sevilla in 2004 at 27,200.
 

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Draw Set for Davis Cup Final – France Versus Switzerland

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(November 20, 2014) The draw has been set for the Davis Cup final between France and Switzerland this weekend in Lille, France on a clay court.

After speculation about Roger Federer, who pulled out of the final ATP World Tour Finals with a back injury, the 17-time major champion will participate in Davis Cup this weekend.

Roger Federer will face off against Gael Monfils in the second match on Friday. Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka will open the series against Jo-Wilfired Tsonga.

France has a rich Davis Cup and is looking for a 10th title, while Switzerland seeking its first crown in the team competition. France leads Switzerland 10-2 in head-to-head competition in the ITF event.

 

 

DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS FINAL

FRANCE v SWITZERLAND

Venue: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille (clay – indoors)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Stan Wawrinka (SUI)

Gael Monfils (FRA) v Roger Federer (SUI)

Julien Benneteau/Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Marco Chiudinelli/Michael Lammer (SUI)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Roger Federer (SUI)

Gael Monfils (FRA) v Stan Wawrinka (SUI)

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2015 Davis Cup Draw Announced

(September 18, 2014) The ITF announced the draw for the 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in Dubai.

This year’s finalists France and Switzerland will both travel away to European opposition with Les Blues opening their campaign against Germany. Switzerland will travel to Belgium after David Goffin inspired his nation to retain its place in the World Group in last weekend’s play-offs.

One of the stories of the draw was the coupling of great Latin American rivals Brazil and Argentina. The tie, which will be held in Argentina, will be the first meeting between the two nations since 1980. The two sides have never met in the World Group.

For the second consecutive year, Great Britain and USA have been drawn to face each other in the first round. After colliding in San Diego this year, the two nations will meet on British soil with the visitors keen to avoid another loss to their great Davis Cup rivals.

Third and fourth seeds Czech Republic and Serbia will both begin their campaigns with home ties. The Czechs, drawn in the same half as France, will host Australia while Serbia will host neighbors Croatia.

The full draw can be found below:
World Group

First round (6-8 March)

Germany [c] v France [s]

Great Britain [c] v USA [s]

Czech Republic [s] [c] v Australia

Kazakhstan [c] [*] v Italy [s]

Argentina [s] [c] v Brazil

Serbia [s] [c] v Croatia

Canada [s] [c] v Japan

Belgium [c] v Switzerland [s]
Americas Zone Group I

First round (6-8 March)

Colombia [s] v Bye

Uruguay v Bye

Barbados [c] v Dominican Republic

Ecuador [s] v Bye
Asia/Oceania Zone Group I

First round (6-8 March)

Uzbekistan [s] v Bye

Thailand [c] v Korea, Rep.

China, P. R. v Chinese Taipei or New Zealand

India [s] v Bye
Europe/Africa Zone Group I

First round (6-8 March)

Spain [s] v Bye

Russia [c] v Denmark

Netherlands [s] v Bye

Austria v Latvia or Sweden

Slovakia [c] [*] v Slovenia

[c] Romania v Israel [s]

Poland [c] v Lithuania

Ukraine [s] v Bye
Americas Zone Group II

First round (6-8 March)

Venezuela [s] [c] [*] v Costa Rica

Puerto Rico [c] v El Salvador [s]

Mexico [s] [c] [*] v Bolivia

Chile [s] [c] v Peru
Asia/Oceania Zone Group II

First round (6-8 March)

Chinese Taipei or New Zealand [s] v Lebanon

Philippines [s] [c] v Sri Lanka

Iran v Indonesia [s] [c]

Pakistan [s] [c] v Kuwait

 

Key
[s] = Seeded nation
[c] = Choice of ground
[*] = Choice of ground decided by lot

The home nation is listed first for each tie.

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Davis Cup Results for September 14, 2014

 

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(September 14, 2014) France will be at home to Switzerland in the 2014 World Group Final on 21-23 November, with details of the venue confirmed later this month.

 

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia and USA all won their World Group play-off ties to qualify for the 2015 World Group. The World Group play-off losers, Colombia, Israel, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine and Uzbekistan will contest their respective Zone Group I competitions in 2015.

 

The World Group play-off tie between India and Serbia in Bangalore has been suspended overnight due to rain and will resume at 12:00 local time (06:30 GMT) on Monday.

 

The Draw for the 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will be held during the ITF AGM in Dubai on Thursday 18 September at 19:00 local time (15:00 GMT). The draw will be live streamed on www.daviscup.com.

 

There is still one tie to be played in both Asia/Oceania Zone Group I and Europe/Africa Zone Group I in October. An announcement will be made on Monday on whether the draws for 2015 Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II, and Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II can be held on 18 September.

 

The seeds for the 2015 Davis Cup Draw will also be announced on Monday. The top two seeds in the 2015 World Group will be the two finalists from 2014, while the remaining seeds will be based on the new Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 15 September.

 

 

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

FRANCE defeated CZECH REPUBLIC 4-1

Venue: Roland Garros, Paris, FRA (clay – outdoor)
Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 63 62 63
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 62 62 63
Richard Gasquet/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek (CZE) 67(5) 64 76(5) 61

Jiri Vesely (CZE) d. Julien Benneteau (FRA) 64 63
Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 57 64 75

 

SWITZERLAND defeated ITALY 3-2

Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoor)
Roger Federer (SUI) d. Simone Bolelli (ITA) 76(5) 64 64
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 62 63 62
Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Marco Chiudinelli/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 75 36 57 63 62

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 62 63 76(4)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. Michael Lammer (SUI) 64 16 64

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

SERBIA level with INDIA 2-2

Venue: KSLTA Tennis Stadium, Bangalore, IND (hard – outdoor)

 

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) d. Yuki Bhambri (IND) 63 62 75
Filip Krajinovic (SRB) d. Somdev Devvarman (IND) 61 46 63 62

Rohan Bopanna/Leander Paes (IND) d. Ilija Bozoljac/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) 16 67(4) 63 63 86

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 16 64 46 63 62

Filip Krajinovic (SRB) leads Yuki Bhambri (IND) 63 4-4 (play suspended due to rain)

 

BRAZIL defeated SPAIN 3-1

Venue: Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida, Sao Paulo, BRA (clay – indoor)

 

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d. Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) 60 61 63
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. Pablo Andujar (ESP) 36 67(6) 64 75 63

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) d. Marc Lopez/David Marrero (ESP) 63 75 75

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 64 36 63 62
Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) v Pablo Andujar (ESP) not played

 

 

ARGENTINA defeated ISRAEL 3-2

Venue: Sunrise Tennis Club, Sunrise, FL, USA (hard – outdoor)

 

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Bar Tzuf Botzer (ISR) 64 36 62 61

Dudi Sela (ISR) d. Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 63 67(5) 62 62
Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) d. Federico Delbonis/Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 63 36 61 36 63

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 62 61 64
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) d. Bar Tzuf Botzer (ISR) 62 63 60

 

CANADA defeated COLOMBIA 3-2

Venue: Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Canada (hard – indoor)

 

Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d. Santiago Giraldo (COL) 63 76(2) 63
Milos Raonic (CAN) d. Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) 63 63 62
Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) d. Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 76(4) 76(7) 64
Milos Raonic (CAN) d. Santiago Giraldo (COL) 61 76(2) 75
Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) d. Frank Dancevic (CAN) 46 75 62

 

 

USA defeated SLOVAKIA 5-0

Venue: Sears Centre Arena, Chicago, IL, USA (hard – indoor)

 

John Isner (USA) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 76(5) 64 62
Sam Querrey (USA) d. Martin Klizan (SVK) 76(6) 63 63
Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) d. Norbert Gombos/Lukas Lacko (SVK) 61 62 61
John Isner (USA) d. Lukas Lacko (SVK) 63 60
Sam Querrey (USA) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 64 46 64

 

AUSTRALIA defeated UZBEKISTAN 5-0

Venue: Cottesloe Tennis Club, Perth, AUS (grass – outdoor)

 

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 64 75 64

Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 64 64 62
Chris Guccione/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) d. Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) 63 76(5) 62

Samuel Groth (AUS) d. Temur Ismailov (UZB) 63 62

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d. Sanjar Fayziev (UZB) 61 61

CROATIA defeated NETHERLANDS 3-2

Venue: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, NED (clay – indoor)

 

Mate Delic (CRO) d. Igor Sijsling (NED) 46 64 75 62

Robin Haase (NED) d. Borna Coric (CRO) 76(4) 61 64
Marin Cilic/Marin Draganja (CRO) d. Robin Haase/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) 62 36 63 64

Robin Haase (NED) d. Mate Delic (CRO) 36 46 64 61 64

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 67(4) 64 62 75

 

BELGIUM defeated UKRAINE 3-2

Venue: Tere Tennis Centre, Tallinn, EST (hard – indoor)

 

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Steve Darcis (BEL) 67(5) 64 62 62
David Goffin (BEL) d. Illya Marchenko (UKR) 76(1) 63 61
Ruben Bemelmans/Olivier Rochus (BEL) d. Sergei Bubka/Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 63 26 36 62
David Goffin (BEL) d. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 63 61 62
Illya Marchenko (UKR) d. Steve Darcis (BEL) 76(2) 64

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I – SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFF

URUGUAY defeated VENEZUELA 4-1
Venue: Cancha Central, Caracas, VEN (hard – outdoor)

Pablo Cuevas (URU) d. Jesus Bandres (VEN) 63 62 61
Martin Cuevas (URU) d. Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) 75 62 63
Martin Cuevas/Pablo Cuevas (URU) d. Luis David Martinez/Roberto Maytin (VEN) 75 62 62
Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) d. Ariel Behar (URU) 2-1 ret.
Rodrigo Senattore (URU) d. Jesus Bandres (VEN) 46 75 63

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I – FIRST ROUND PLAY-OFF

KOREA, REPUBLIC defeated CHINESE TAIPEI 3-1
Venue: Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis Courts, Kaohsiung City, TPE (hard – outdoor)

Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) d. Hung Jui Chen (TPE) 62 62 60
Chung Hyeon (KOR) d. Wang Chieh Fu (TPE) 64 75 62
Chen Ti/Peng Hsien Yin (TPE) d. Chung Hyeon/Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 76(3) 36 16 75 63
Chung Hyeon (KOR) d. Chen Ti (TPE) 60 36 67(3) 63 3-0 ret.
Wang Chieh Fu (TPE) v Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) not played

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I – FIRST ROUND PLAY-OFF

ROMANIA defeated SWEDEN 3-1
Venue: Arenele BNR, Bucharest, ROU (clay – outdoor)

Christian Lindell (SWE) d. Adrian Ungur (ROU) 75 76(2) 64
Marius Copil (ROU) d. Elias Ymer (SWE) 62 63 62
Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) d. Isak Arvidsson/Johan Brunstrom (SWE) 76(2) 76(5) 63
Adrian Ungur (ROU) d. Elias Ymer (SWE) 36 64 76(4) 63
Marius Copil (ROU) v Christian Lindell (SWE) not played

AUSTRIA defeated LATVIA 4-1
Venue: Vidzemes Olimpiskaos Centrs, Valmiera, LAT (hard – indoor)

Martin Fischer (AUT) d. Andis Juska (LAT) 63 63 62
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) d. Janis Podzus (LAT) 63 61 64
Ernests Gulbis/Mikelis Libietis (LAT) d. Philipp Oswald/Alexander Peya (AUT) 75 76(3) 64
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) d. Mikelis Libietis (LAT) 62 62 64
Martin Fischer (AUT) d. Janis Podzus (LAT) 76(6) 64


EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I – SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFF

RUSSIA defeated PORTUGAL 4-1
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoor)

Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) d. Gastao Elias (POR) 62 64 64
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) d. Joao Sousa (POR) 76(7) 64 36 61
Konstantin Kravchuk/Andrey Rublev (RUS) d. Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa (POR) 63 64 64
Rui Machado (POR) d. Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) 67(4) 64 61

Andrey Rublev (RUS) d. Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR) 64 64

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II – THIRD ROUND

BARBADOS defeated MEXICO 3-2
Venue: National Tennis Centre, St Michael, BAR (hard – outdoor)

Tigre Hank (MEX) d. Haydn Lewis (BAR) 75 64 63
Darian King (BAR) d. Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) 64 64 62
Santiago Gonzalez/Tigre Hank (MEX) d. Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) 64 64 36 46 64
Darian King (BAR) d. Tigre Hank (MEX) 62 62 75
Haydn Lewis (BAR) d. Lucas Gomez (MEX) 26 63 61 63

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II – THIRD ROUND

THAILAND defeated PAKISTAN 4-1
Venue: The National Tennis Development Center, Nonthaburi, THA (hard – outdoor)

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Aisam Qureshi (PAK) 36 63 63 62
Danai Udomchoke (THA) d. Samir Iftikhar (PAK) 60 64 61
Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) d. Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) 75 62 62
Danai Udomchoke (THA) d. Muhammed Abid (PAK) 60 61
Samir Iftikhar (PAK) d. Pruchya Isarow (THA) 46 63 1-1 ret.

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II – THIRD ROUND

LITHUANIA defeated BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA 3-2
Venue: Mojmilo Sports Hall, Sarajevo, BIH (hard – indoor)

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Mirza Basic (BIH) 57 36 64 64 64
Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 67(5) 61 61 1-0 ret.
Ricardas Berankis/Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) d. Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) 63 63 76(4)
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 64 64 64
Nerman Fatic (BIH) d. Lukas Mugevicus (LTU) 67(6) 63 64

DENMARK defeated MOLDOVA 3-2
Venue: Bramdrupdam Hallerne, Kolding, DEN (carpet – indoor)

Radu Albot (MDA) d. Martin Pedersen (DEN) 75 63 62
Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) 62 62 63
Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Radu Albot/Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) 62 64 64
Radu Albot (MDA) d. Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 75 63 63
Martin Pedersen (DEN) d. Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) 36 76(1) 64 36 75

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France to Host Switzerland in Davis Cup Final

 

(September 14, 2014) For the first time in 22 years, Switzerland is in the Davis Cup final. No. 1 singles player from Switzerland, Roger Federer clinched the tie versus Italy on Sunday, defeating Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (4) for an unassailable 3-1 lead in Geneva.

France will play host to Switzerland in the Davis Cup final November 21-23. France clinched their berth in the final on Saturday, winning the doubles rubber to take a 3-0 lead. They completed the tie on Sunday 4-1 over the Czech Republic at Roland Garros, site of the French Open.

“It’s nice sharing the emotions with your fans and team members,” Federer said in an on-court interview after the match.

“It was a pretty quick court, so if you’re not serving so well there are always going to be errors – it wasn’t the best performance for either of us.

“Some of the best match-ups I’ve had have been against France, but we’re very pleased to be in the final.”

The French team is looking for their first Davis Cup title since 2001, while Switzerland is seeking their first-ever Davis Cup crown.

Team France says they are ready for the challenge.

“Everybody speaks about a dream final against Switzerland, but for me the dream is just that France will be there,” said French Davis Cup captain Arnaud Clement said. “With Federer and Stan Wawrinka, It’s obviously a big contest but the important thing is that we are in the final.”

“Federer is a monument of tennis, this is a dream final,” said Richard Gasquet in press on Sunday.

“There is no need for motivation when you are in the final, but hosting Federer adds an extra something to a sumptuous final,” Julien Benneteau said.

Although not official, it’s been reported that the northern French city of Lille will host the final.

The French have a 10-2 record versus Switzerland in Davis Cup play.

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