2014/08/22

Flipkens No Fluke

Flipkens photo by Cristiano Andujar/Foto Arena

Flipkens photo by Cristiano Andujar/Foto Arena

By Jack Cunniff

(August 21, 2014) NEW HAVEN – Samantha Stosur continued to improve her 2014 form with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 quarterfinal win over Kirsten Flipkens in the Connecticut Open. It was a competitive match throughout, with Stosur pulling ahead at the end by capturing the final three games. But she had her hands full with Flipkens. The 28-year-old Belgian is a rarity on the WTA Tour, a player who relies on change of pace and placement, frequently looking to end points at the net. She has a solid serve, that troubled Stosur most of the evening, and is dangerous from all places on the court. Flipkens, best known as a 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist, has struggled through the majority of 2014. Her solid play in New Haven shows that Flipkens is no fluke, and will continue to be a tough opponent for the top players.

 

Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters put women’s tennis on the map for Belgium. As they began their success in the pro ranks, Flipkens was right behind, winning the Junior Girls titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2003. Results on the pro tour did not come immediately. Her career was beset by injuries, although she achieved moderate success to earn a career-high ranking of No. 59 in June, 2010. Her lowest point came in April, 2012. Diagnosed with blood clots in her calf, she was forced off the tour for two months. Shortly after, the Flemish Tennis Foundation pulled their funding for Flipkens. Her ranking dropped to No. 262, too low to enter Wimbledon qualifying. Flipkens was able to play qualifying for the Wimbledon grass court warmup in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and she made the most of it. She qualified then reached the semifinals without dropping a set. Along the way, she defeated Roberta Vinci and Stosur.

 

This was the spark Flipkens needed. She won two ITF tournaments in the summer of 2012, then qualified for the U.S. Open before falling to No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the second round. After the U.S. Open, she won her first WTA event in Quebec City, defeating four Top Sixty players. Throughout this period, without the support of her federation, Flipkens was on her own with no coach, no hitting partners, and no on-site support system. She relied on support from her home base, including her good friend Clijsters.

 

After Quebec City, Flipkens was on a roll. In her next four events, she reached two semifinals and one quarterfinal. At the 2013 Australian Open, she reached the Round of 16 at a Grand Slam event for the first time. Strong results continued, and her ranking was No. 20 entering Wimbledon. The next two weeks at the All England Club were the pinnacle of her career, culminating in a quarterfinal Wimbledon win over the 2011 champion Kvitova. A few weeks later, a win over Venus Williams in Toronto pushed her ranking to No. 13, which remains a career high.

 

This year has not been as successful for Flipkens. Her best result remains a semifinal in Auckland, the opening event of 2014. Her defeat of No. 19 Petkovic in the second round of the Connecticut Open was her best win of the year, and three sets against an in-form Stosur shows that she’s not ready to fade from view quite yet.

 

Around the grounds… It was a rematch of the Wimbledon quarterfinal between Petra Kvitiova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, with the same result. Kvitova was down a break early, but swept through ten of the last eleven games to advance 6-4, 6-1… Magdalena Rybarikova withstood a second set 6-0 drubbing at the hands of American Allison Riske, and reached the semifinals 7-5, 0-6, 6-4. Riske battled throughout the third set, but three double faults in the sixth game didn’t help her cause… Camila Giorgi wasn’t as dominant in the quarterfinals, as she dropped serve six times in her match against Garbine Muguruza. But the Italian played her game of all-court aggression to reach her second semifinal of the year, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2.

 

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RESULTS – AUGUST 21, 2014
Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[2] P Kvitova (CZE) d B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 64 61
M Rybarikova (SVK) d A Riske (USA) 75 06 64
C Giorgi (ITA) d G Muguruza (ESP) 64 67(4) 62
[WC] S Stosur (AUS) d [WC] K Flipkens (BEL) 63 46 63

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

C Garcia (FRA) / M Niculescu (ROU) d [1] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND) 76(2) 64
M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) d [5] A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) 16 75 10-7

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014
STADIUM start 1:00 pm
WTA – M Rybarikova (SVK) vs C Giorgi (ITA)
WTA – D Jurak (CRO) / M Moulton-Levy (USA) vs A Klepac (SLO) / S Soler-Espinosa (ESP)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [WC] S Stosur (AUS) vs [2] P Kvitova (CZE)
WTA – C Garcia (FRA) / M Niculescu (ROU) vs M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP)

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A Former Number One Faces an Uphill Climb

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By Jack Cunniff

 

(August 20, 2014) NEW HAVEN – Caroline Wozniacki lost to Camila Giorgi in the second round of the Connecticut Open, 6-4, 6-2. Giorgi, a hard-hitting Italian player, used a strong serve and aggressive groundstrokes to keep Wozniacki on her heels from the start of the match. Wozniacki dropped serve in the opening game, and failed to convert two break points in the second game, her only break opportunities of the day. Giorgi, who also ushered Wozniacki out of the 2013 U.S. Open, gave no rhythm, going for broke on almost all of her shots. It was a decisive loss for Wozniacki in the venue of her most dominant performances.

 

It was only three years ago, August 2011, that Wozniacki was ranked No. 1 in the world, holding that spot for all but one week of the previous 10 months. She was in the process of winning her fourth consecutive Connecticut Open, and had won seven other titles over the last twelve months. Aside from the growing criticism about her failure to win a Grand Slam event, she was on top of the world. Preparing for the 2011 U.S. Open, Caroline liked her chances: “Well, definitely I feel like I’m hitting the ball well. I’m on a good roll. I’m looking forward to the Open next week.”

 

But there were signs of rust in Wozniacki’s game. In July 2011, she had to retire from a second round Swedish Open match against Sofia Arvidsson. Following that, she suffered back-to-back opening round losses for the first time in two years, losing to Roberta Vinci in Toronto and Christina McHale in Cincinnati. Wozniacki’s downward slide had begun. After beating Petra Cetkovska to defend her New Haven title, it would be over a year before her next title in Seoul, Korea, September 2012. She began losing to lower-ranked players, such as Tamira Paszek and Irena-Camelia Begu. In the process, she would tumble from No. 1 to No. 11.

 

Her struggles continued in 2013 through Wimbledon 2014. She made sporadic appearances in­­­­ finals and semifinals, usually at smaller events. Her record against Top Ten players was a dismal 2-9. She hired and dismissed a couple of different coaches during that period, while retaining father Piotr as a primary coach. Her personal life was fodder for the tabloids, culminating in a broken engagement in May.

 

But something clicked after Wimbledon this past June. She won the Istanbul Cup in July, her first title in nine months. She reached the quarterfinals in Montreal, taking world No. 1 Serena Williams deep in a three set loss. The following week in Cincinnati, she defeated Top Ten players (Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwanska) in back-to-back matches for the first time since the WTA Tour Championships in October 2010. Cincinnati provided another tight three set battle against Williams, this time in the semifinals. Heading into the Connecticut Open, Wozniacki assessed her form: “My confidence is high. I feel like I’ve played really well, I’ve had some good wins and I’ve had a lot of matches, which is great leading up to the Open.”

 

The result in New Haven, long considered Wozniacki’s home away from home, is a half-step back. Wozniacki was disappointed with the loss, and that she could never get into the match. But she wouldn’t let one match result derail her successful summer results, and is expecting success at the U.S. Open.

 

In other play Wednesday at the Connecticut Open, 2011 U.S. Open champ Sam Stosur easily dismissed a hobbled Genie Bouchard. Bouchard, the third seed, had her left thigh wrapped, and could never make an impression on the Stosur serve, falling 6-2, 6-2… Kristen Flipkens won a see-saw battle over Andrea Petkovic, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. Petkovic served for the match twice in the second set, Flipkens was up a break through most of the third set, but it all came down to a third set tiebreak. When Petkovic saved three match points to even the tiebreak at 6-6, Flipkens held her nerve. A successful serve and volley on match point puts her in the quarterfinals against Stosur… Next for Camila Giorgi is Garbine Muguruza. Muguruza, best known for her dismissal of Serena Williams in the 2014 French Open, came from a break down in the third set to win over Shuai Peng, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

 

Jack Cunniff is covering the Connecticut Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN. His personal twitter is @JRCunniff.

 

CONNECTICUT OPEN PRESENTED BY UNITED TECHNOLOGIES – NEW HAVEN, USA
$ 710,000.00
17-23 AUGUST 2014

RESULTS – AUGUST 20, 2014
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[WC] S Stosur (AUS) d [3] E Bouchard (CAN) 62 62
C Giorgi (ITA) d [4] C Wozniacki (DEN) 64 62
G Muguruza (ESP) d [Q] S Peng (CHN) 62 36 63
[WC] K Flipkens (BEL) d [WC] A Petkovic (GER) 46 76(4) 76(6)

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

D Jurak (CRO) / M Moulton-Levy (USA) d [Alt] A Riske (USA) / C Vandeweghe (USA) 76(4) 16 10-8
A Klepac (SLO) / S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d C Dellacqua (AUS) / S Voegele (SUI) 63 26 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2014
STADIUM start 1:00 pm
WTA – B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs [2] P Kvitova (CZE)
WTA – M Rybarikova (SVK) vs A Riske (USA)
WTA – C Giorgi (ITA) vs G Muguruza (ESP)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [WC] K Flipkens (BEL) vs [WC] S Stosur (AUS)
Men’s Legends – J Blake (USA) vs A Roddick (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 1:00 pm
WTA – [5] A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP)
WTA – [1] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND) vs C Garcia (FRA) / M Niculescu (ROU)

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Former U.S. Open Champ Tries to Recapture Form at Connecticut Open

 

By Jack Cunniff

(August 18, 2014) NEW HAVEN – It has been a tough summer for Samantha Stosur. The Australian, who won the U.S. Open Ladies Singles Championship in 2011, suffered three straight opening round losses in Eastbourne, Wimbledon, and Stanford. The loss in Stanford was a low point, as she fell to a Japanese qualifier, Naomi Osaka, who was ranked outside of the Top 400. As a result of the slump, Stosur’s WTA ranking dropped to No. 25, and she finds herself outside the Top Twenty for the first time in five years. And as a result of her ranking drop, she now enters most events unseeded, facing tougher draws. That scenario played out over the last two weeks when Stosur faced world No. 1 Serena Williams in the second round of both Montreal and Cincinnati.

 

In Cincinnati, Stosur finally showed signs of life. While she lost to Williams in the second round, it was two close tiebreak sets, significantly better than the 6-0, 6-2 drubbing at the hands of Serena the week earlier in Montreal. Encouraged, Stosur took a wild card to The Connecticut Open, the final event leading into the 2014 U.S. Open.

 

In her opening round in New Haven, Stosur battled past a game opponent in Kurumi Nara. Nara is relatively new to the scene. “I never played her before, never seen her hit a ball, to be honest with you,” Stosur admitted after the match. But the Japanese player has had recent success, reaching the finals of Washington D.C. a few weeks ago, propelling her to a career high ranking of No. 32, not that far from Stosur’s own ranking. It was an up and down match: Nara grabbed an early lead, Stosur came from a 1-5 deficit to win the first set, Stosur lost match point opportunities in the second set, and finally took hold of the match in the final set. Stosur was happy to come through with the win. “Anytime you can battle through a match like that, it’s great for your confidence and belief… you can’t work on those things in practice.”

 

Like Montreal and Cincinnati, the road in New Haven gets much tougher for Stosur in the second round. Genie Bouchard, the Canadian success story who has risen to No. 8 in the world with her Wimbledon runner-up result, awaits. Stosur beat Bouchard in a tournament final in Japan last October, but they have been on separate paths since then. Stosur acknowledged the battle ahead against Bouchard: “She’s obviously improved a lot in the last ten or twelve months, and (she’s) putting consistent results together especially in grand slams. Two semis [Australian and French Opens] and a final [Wimbledon], you’re doing something well.” A win over Bouchard would be the best win for Stosur over the last 12 months, and could put her back on the road to the Top Twenty.

Around the grounds… Four time New Haven champ Caroline Wozniacki overcame a slow start to defeat Timea Bacsinszky, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2… Bouchard nabbed her first win since Wimbledon, crushing Bojana Jovanovski, 6-1, 6-1… Caroline Garcia of France lost in the final round of qualifying, but advanced to the main draw when the No. 8 seed, Carla Suarez Navarro, withdrew with a gastrointestinal ailment. Garcia’s first round opponent? Irina-Cameila Begu, who defeated her in qualifying. Garcia turned the tables, winning 7-6, 7-6… Sara Errani, seeded No. 7, became the first seed to tumble, losing to Garbine Muguruza, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

 

Jack Cunniff is covering the Connecticut Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN. His personal twitter is @JRCunniff.

 

 

CONNECTICUT OPEN PRESENTED BY UNITED TECHNOLOGIES – NEW HAVEN, USA
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17-23 AUGUST 2014

RESULTS – AUGUST 18, 2014
Women’s
Singles – First Round

[3] E Bouchard (CAN) d B Jovanovski (SRB) 61 61
[4] C Wozniacki (DEN) d [Q] T Bacsinszky (SUI) 46 61 62
[WC] A Petkovic (GER) d [5] [WC] D Cibulkova (SVK) 76(2) 63
G Muguruza (ESP) d [7] S Errani (ITA) 62 36 61
M Rybarikova (SVK) d [Q] S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 64 63
[Q] S Peng (CHN) d E Svitolina (UKR) 64 63
[WC] K Flipkens (BEL) d [Q] M Doi (JPN) 63 46 62
[WC] S Stosur (AUS) d K Nara (JPN) 76(5) 67(10) 62
[LL] C Garcia (FRA) d [Q] I Begu (ROU) 76(4) 76(4)
B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d [Q] B Bencic (SUI) 64 57 63

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[5] A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) d S Peer (ISR) / K Piter (POL) 64 61
C Garcia (FRA) / M Niculescu (ROU) d A Groenefeld (GER) / K Koukalova (CZE) 60 57 14-12
C Dellacqua (AUS) / S Voegele (SUI) d O Kalashnikova (GEO) / A Rosolska (POL) 76(3) 61

USONP
Men’s
Singles
Championship – Finals

[1] S Singh (IND) d [2] J Dadamo (USA) 62 62

USONP
Women’s
Singles
Championship – Finals

C Whoriskey (USA) d M Gordon (USA) 26 62 61

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2014
STADIUM start 12:00 noon
WTA – A Riske (USA) vs [6] F Pennetta (ITA)
WTA – [LL] C Garcia (FRA) vs B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
WTA – [Alt] A Riske (USA) / C Vandeweghe (USA) vs [WC] N Gibbs (USA) / G Min (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [1] S Halep (ROU) vs M Rybarikova (SVK)
WTA – E Makarova (RUS) vs [2] P Kvitova (CZE)

GRANDSTAND start 2:00 pm
WTA – [1] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND) vs K Pliskova (CZE) / K Pliskova (CZE)
WTA – G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP)

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Connecticut Open – Day 1

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Connecticut Open – Day 1

 

By Jack Cunniff

 

(August 17, 2014) NEW HAVEN -First Round Action: Sixth seed Flavia Pennetta advanced to the second round of the Connecticut Open defeating Klara Koukalova. Koukalova was a semifinalist here last year, and had defeated Pennetta in New Haven in 2011 …Ekaterina Makarova scored a routine win over Roberta Vinci, 63 63, setting up a second round match against No. 2 seed Petra Kvitova. Makarova defeated Kvitova two weeks ago in the third round of Montreal. Makarova has compiled a very consistent record in 2014; the lowest ranked player she’s lost to this year was No. 26 Svetlana Kuznetsova in Washington, D.C…. Alison Riske defeated Casey Dellacqua in straight sets, snapping a four match losing streak that dated back to her third round Wimbledon loss to Maria Sharapova… Camilla Giorgi, ranked No. 37, defeated Coco Vandeweghe ranked no. 38. Only 3 points separated the two players in the August 11, 2014 rankings.

Qualifying: Sunday’s play at The Connecticut Open saw six players advance to the main draw from the Qualifying event: Belinda Bencic, Shaui Peng, Silvia Soler-Espinosa, Timea Bacsinszky, and by winning third set tiebreaks, Misaki Doi and Irina-Camelia Begu.  Qualifiers have had great success in New Haven. In three of the last five years, a qualifier has reached at least the quarterfinals. The most successful qualifier in recent years was Petra Cetkovska, who reached the New Haven final in 2011, defeating Li Na, Marion Bartoli, and Agnieszka Radwanska en route.
All Access Hour: Petra Kvitova, comparing her 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon wins: “I enjoyed it a little bit more the second time. I feel it is more special a little bit…This year, I felt like I was the favorite for the matches, so it was more difficult.” Kvitova enjoys playing in New Haven, comparing it to the calm before the storm that is the U.S. Open… Simona Halep is attempting her first successful title defense in New Haven. There’s pressure involved in defending her title and the ranking points that come with it, but Halep is quietly confident about her chances: “I’m also relaxed because I played good last week and I’m 100%”… Caroline Wozniacki Is happy with her current form, and feels her close matches to Serena Williams in the past two weeks is proof that her play is on the upswing. But she is concerned about one thing: cookies. “The worst part about (New Haven) is they’ve opened up this cookie shop right around the corner… that is very dangerous.” Wozniacki is doing a lot of running off-court, not only to work off the cookies, but to prepare for the New York Marathon. She will be running for the charity Team For Kids., which raises funds for health and fitness programs for kids… Genie Bouchard breaks down the top 50 players: “The most important thing at this level is the mental side. It’s really about who can play their best in the high pressure situations or on big stages.” When asked about setting Canadian tennis records, Genie cited her Junior Wimbledon title (2013) and becoming the first Canadian to win a Singles Slam “It was huge for me. I made history for my country.”

Jack Cunniff is covering the Connecticut Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN. His personal twitter is @JRCunniff.

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The Newport Club

International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2014: Nick Bollettieri, Jane Brown Grimes, Lindsay Davenport, John Barrett, and Chantal Vandierendonck   Photo by Kate Whitney Lucey

International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2014: Nick Bollettieri, Jane Brown Grimes, Lindsay Davenport, John Barrett, and Chantal Vandierendonck Photo by Kate Whitney Lucey

The Newport Club

By Jack Cunniff

(July 12, 2014) NEWPORT – With apologies to the late John Hughes.

Five students of the game of tennis – “executive” Jane Brown Grimes, “journalist” John Barrett, “survivor” Chantal Vandierendonck, “coach” Nick Bollettieri, and “champion” Lindsay Davenport – all come from different backgrounds. On Saturday, they reported for Saturday “detention” at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI. At the end of day, by sharing their life experiences, we learn that they aren’t just the executive, the journalist, the survivor, the coach, the champion. We see them for what they are: tennis fans. They are “The Newport Club”, Class of 2014.

 

To look at the resume of Jane Brown Grimes, she’s the consummate tennis executive. President and CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Managing Director of the Women’s Professional Tennis Council (now known as the Women’s Tennis Association). Chairman of the Board of the United States Tennis Association. Professional tennis has always had a fragmented political structure, and it is never easy to get each body to agree on the issues facing the sport. It was Brown Grimes’ love of tennis that allowed her to succeed in each of these roles by moving the sport forward. In her own words, “If you can kind of get on the same page with various groups, really convince them something you think should happen is good for the game overall, if you can back your own ego out of it, I think you can get a lot done.”

It’s easy to label Barrett a journalist. For over forty years, he was the tennis correspondent for The Financial Times of London. He was editor of World of Tennis, and publisher of Wimbledon the Official History. He was the Wimbledon announcer on the BBC from 1971 until 2006. More than this, however, he is a fan of tennis and feels incredibly lucky to have made his life in the sport. Regarding his broadcasting career, Barrett says “I had the best seat in the house. I could comment about the game I loved from an early age and they actually paid me for it! What could be more wonderful than that?” He married tennis as well, taking three-time Grand Slam champion Angela Mortimer as his bride in 1967.

 

Vandierendonck was born into a tennis family. At age 18, tennis took a back seat when she became a paraplegic as the result of an auto accident. Chantal would have to learn to accept life in a wheelchair. How could she survive life without tennis? Her uncle told Chantal about wheelchair tennis. Upon seeing the sport for the first time in Paris, she saw it was “still real tennis”. Her family organized wheelchair events in her native Netherlands, and with her love of practice and hard work, Vandierendonck soon became a champion in the sport. Because of her dedication to tennis, Vandierendonck learned how great her life in a wheelchair could be. She’s not only the first women’s wheelchair player inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame, but also the first Dutch player inducted.

 

The “Coach”, Nick Bollettieri, is famous for many reasons. He has a number of successful former pupils, including Hall-of-Famers Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, and Monica Seles. He partnered with Arthur Ashe to start the Ashe Bollettieri Tennis Program in Newark, NJ, then started the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, FL. He’s the author of several instructional books. His commitment to tennis continues to drive him. His sponsorship for children’s tennis programs is well-documented, but in Newport, Bollettieri partnered with AARP Rhode Island to hold a free clinic for senior players. As he announced in his induction speech, “I’m just beginning my journey.” This fan of tennis says that retirement is not in his vocabulary.

 

Lindsay Davenport has always been known as a champion. She won regularly in the junior ranks of tennis. Within four months of turning professional, she won her first of 55 tournament titles. After turning twenty, she claimed the gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. And she continued to win on the biggest stages of the sport, taking the Women’s Singles trophies at the 1998 U.S. Open, 1999 Wimbledon, and 2000 Australian Open. It’s been only recently that we’ve come to view Davenport as something other than a champion. Certainly, as the wife and mother of four, she has new responsibilities today. Yet her love of the sport has returned her to the scene as a respected tennis commentator. “I always loved to study the game,” Davenport admitted, “I would spend a lot of time trying to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the players at the very top. I’m a tennis junkie.”

 

The five most recent inductees had been labeled and stereotyped into a role. But after the 2014 Tennis Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, we learned that the reason for their success was that they were, and still are, tennis fans.

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Wimbledon Ladies’ Contender Profiles

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(June 22, 2014) Profiles of the top Women’s Singles contenders for 2014 Wimbledon. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff     http://twitter.com/jrcunniff

 

1.Serena Williams

2014 Record: 24-4

Grand Slam Record: 250-38

Wimbledon Record: 70-9

Wimbledon Best Result: Won (2002, ’03, ’09, ’10, ‘12)

Fast Fact: Serena has lost before the Quarterfinals of the last two Grand Slam events she’s played; the last time she lost before the Quarterfinals in three straight Grand Slams was 2005 Wimbledon – 2006 Australian Open.

 

2. Li Na

2014 Record: 26-6

Grand Slam Record: 88-30

Wimbledon Record: 17-7

Wimbledon Best Result: QF (2006, ’10, ‘13)

Fast Fact: Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam or WTA Premier event in which Li Na hasn’t reached the Semifinals.

 

3. Simona Halep

2014 Record: 26-9

Grand Slam Record: 20-16

Wimbledon Record: 2-3

Wimbledon Best Result: 2R (2011, ‘13)

Fast Fact: Halep has earned as many Grand Slam victories in her last two Slam events (10) as she had earned in her first 14.

 

4. Agnieszka Radwanska

2014 Record: 32-12

Grand Slam Record: 86-32

Wimbledon Record: 28-8

Wimbledon Best Result: RU (2012)

Fast Fact: Radwanska has lost to players ranked outside the Top Twenty in her last four consecutive Grand Slam events, the first time that’s happened in her career.

 

5. Maria Sharapova

2014 Record: 31-6

Grand Slam Record: 159-38

Wimbledon Record: 38-10

Wimbledon Best Result: Won (2004)

Fast Fact: In her last seven Wimbledon appearances, Sharapova has reached the Quarterfinals only once (2011, runner-up).

 

6. Petra Kvitova

2014 Record: 18-10

Grand Slam Record: 56-23

Wimbledon Record: 20-5

Wimbledon Best Result: W (2011)

Fast Fact: Kvitova is tied with Serena Williams for the most Wimbledon match wins (20) since 2010

 

7. Jelena Jankovic

2014 Record: 30-14

Grand Slam Record: 102-43

Wimbledon Record: 17-10

Wimbledon Best Result: 4R (2006, ‘07, ’08, ‘10)

Fast Fact: Jankovic has lost 6 of her last 7 grass court matches, dating back to the 2012 Birmingham event.

 

8. Victoria Azarenka

2014 Record: 7-4

Grand Slam Record: 96-31

Wimbledon Record: 21-8

Wimbledon Best Result: SF (2011, ‘12)

Fast Fact: Since reaching the U.S. Open final nine months ago, Azarenka has won only eight matches.

 

9. Angelique Kerber

2014 Record: 30-14

Grand Slam Record: 42-26

Wimbledon Record: 8-6

Wimbledon Best Result: SF (2012)

Fast Fact: Kerber has reached the 4R in eight of her last nine Grand Slam events, failing to do so only at 2013 Wimbeldon (l. 2R, Kanepi)

 

10. Dominika Cibulkova

2014 Record: 26-13

Grand Slam Record: 51-27

Wimbledon Record: 10-6

Wimbledon Best Result: QF (2011)

Fast Fact: Cibulkova’s last win over a player ranked in the Top 50 was in March (Miami).

 

11. Ana Ivanovic

2014 Record: 37-9

Grand Slam Record: 95-37

Wimbledon Record: 21-9

Wimbledon Best Result: SF (2007)

Fast Fact: Ivanovic is ranked 11th, just one position out of the Top Ten; her last appearance in the Top Ten was over 5 years ago (May, 2009).

 

12. Flavia Pennetta

2014 Record: 21-10

Grand Slam Record: 65-43

Wimbledon Record: 17-11

Wimbledon Best Result: 4R (2013)

Fast Fact: Pennetta reached the 4th round last year after an absence of 7 years (2006), the longest absence between 4th round appearances since Amy Frazier (1996-2004).

 

13. Eugenie Bouchard

2014 Record: 30-13

Grand Slam Record: 14-5

Wimbledon Record: 2-1

Wimbledon Best Result: 3R (2013)

Fast Fact: Bouchard is the Wimbledon Junior Girls Champion from 2012, and is looking to become only the third woman to win both the Girls and Ladies titles (Hingis, Mauresmo).

 

16. Caroline Wozniacki

2014 Record: 18-10

Grand Slam Record: 70-29

Wimbledon Record: 13-7

Wimbledon Best Result: 4R (2009, ’10, ‘11)

Fast Fact: Wozniacki has failed to reach the 4th round at five straight Grand Slam events, the longest drought of her career.

 

19. Sabine Lisicki

2014 Record: 8-8

Grand Slam Record: 40-23

Wimbledon Record: 19-5

Wimbledon Best Result: RU (2013)

Fast Fact: Lisicki has defeated the French Open holder in the last three Wimbledon events (def. Li, 2011; def. Sharapova, 2012; def. Serena Williams 2013).

 

30. Venus Williams

2014 Record: 15-7

Grand Slam Record: 217-55

Wimbledon Record: 71-11

Wimbledon Best Result: W (2000, ’01, ’05, ’07, ‘08)

Fast Fact: Venus has 71 career match wins at Wimbledon, one more than Serena, and fourth in the open era behind Navratilova (121), Evert (98), and Graf (74).

 

 

 

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Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Contender Profiles

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(June 22, 2014) Profiles of the top Men’s Singles contenders for 2014 Wimbledon. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff     http://twitter.com/jrcunniff

 

1.Novak Djokovic

2014 Record: 30-4

Grand Slam Record: 168-32

Wimbledon Record: 38-8

Wimbledon Best Result: W (2011)

Fast Fact: The last occasion when the player who beat Djokovic at a Grand Slam event failed to win the title was 2011 French Open (Federer d. Djokovic, Nadal won title).

 

2. Rafael Nadal

2014 Record: 41-7

Grand Slam Record: 184-24

Wimbledon Record: 36-7

Wimbledon Best Result: Won (2008, ‘10)

Fast Fact: Nadal will be attempting to win his 700th career match in the opening round of Wimbledon.

 

3. Andy Murray

2014 Record: 27-11

Grand Slam Record: 126-31

Wimbledon Record: 37-7

Wimbledon Best Result: W (2013)

Fast Fact: Since winning the 2013 Wimbledon title, Murray has reached the semifinals only twice in 11 events (Acapulco, Roland Garros).

 

4. Roger Federer

2014 Record: 34-7

Grand Slam Record: 268-43

Wimbledon Record: 67-8

Wimbledon Best Result: Won (2003-’07, ’09, ‘12)

Fast Fact: If Federer wins the title at age 33, he will become the oldest Grand Slam titlist since 1972 French Open (Angel Gimeno, 34), and the oldest Wimbledon Men’s Champion in the open era.

 

5. Stan Wawrinka

2014 Record: 24-7

Grand Slam Record: 75-36

Wimbledon Record: 9-9

Wimbledon Best Result: 4R (2008-‘09)

Fast Fact: After starting the year winning three of his first six events and compiling a 20-3 match record, Wawrinka has played .500 tennis since then (4-4).

 

6. Tomas Berdych

2014 Record: 27-8

Grand Slam Record: 97-43

Wimbledon Record: 13-10

Wimbledon Best Result: RU (2009)

Fast Fact: Berdych has been ranked in the ATP Top Fifty for 450 consecutive weeks (since Oct 31, 2005), fourth longest active streak behind Federer, Nadal, and Ferrer.

 

7. David Ferrer

2014 Record: 31-11

Grand Slam Record: 119-46

Wimbledon Record: 24-11

Wimbledon Best Result: QF (2012 –‘13)

Fast Fact: Ferrer is attempting to reach his 11th consecutive Grand Slam Quarterfinal, which would tie him with Nadal for 4th longest streak of the Open Era (trailing Federer, Djokovic, and Lendl).

 

8. Milos Raonic

2014 Record: 19-9

Grand Slam Record: 27-14

Wimbledon Record: 3-3

Wimbledon Best Result: 2R (2011-‘13)

Fast Fact: The highest ranked opponent that Raonic has defeated on grass is No. 45 (Giraldo, 1R Wimbledon, 2012).

 

9. John Isner

2014 Record: 19-10

Grand Slam Record: 33-24

Wimbledon Record: 3-5

Wimbledon Best Result: 2R (2010, ’11, ‘13)

Fast Fact: Of 27 complete sets of tennis that Isner has played at Wimbledon, thirteen have reached a tiebreak (and one that reached 70-68).

 

10. Kei Nishikori

2014 Record: 29-7

Grand Slam Record: 28-19

Wimbledon Record: 4-5

Wimbledon Best Result: 3R (2012-‘13)

Fast Fact: Nishikori has lost only two 5 set matches in his career, but both have come on grass (2013 Wimbledon, 2008 Davis Cup).

 

11. Grigor Dimitrov

2014 Record: 30-9

Grand Slam Record: 12-15

Wimbledon Record: 3-4

Wimbledon Best Result: 2R (2011-‘13)

Fast Fact: Since turning pro in 2008, over 40% of Dmitrov’s career wins (47 of 116) have come in the last 12 months.

 

12. Ernests Gulbis

2014 Record: 32-12

Grand Slam Record: 25-27

Wimbledon Record: 5-6

Wimbledon Best Result: 3R (2013)

Fast Fact: Gulbis has lost in the opening round in over half of the grass court events played in his career (8 of 14).

 

13. Richard Gasquet

2014 Record: 18-10

Grand Slam Record: 71-38

Wimbledon Record: 19-8

Wimbledon Best Result: SF (2007)

Fast Fact: Gasquet has been upset by a lower ranked player in 9 of the 10 events he’s played in 2014.

 

14. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

2014 Record: 21-12

Grand Slam Record: 78-26

Wimbledon Record: 19-6

Wimbledon Best Result: SF (2011-‘12)

Fast Fact: Since winning three straight matches vs. Top Ten opponents in the 2011 ATP Tour Championships, Tsonga has compiled a 4-28 record vs. the Top Ten.

 

17. Mikhail Youzhny

2014 Record: 7-11

Grand Slam Record: 94-51

Wimbledon Record: 29-13

Wimbledon Best Result: QF (2012)

Fast Fact: Ten of Youzhny’s 13 losses at Wimbledon have come to Grand Slam titlists.

 

Uns. Lleyton Hewitt

2014 Record: 11-11

Grand Slam Record: 144-58

Wimbledon Record: 40-14

Wimbledon Best Result: W (2002)

Fast Fact: Hewitt has won 7 grass court events in his career, ranking fifth in the open era.

 

 

 

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2014 French Open Men’s Contender Profiles – Fast Facts with Jack Cunniff

 

(May 24, 2014) Profiles of the top Men’s Singles contenders for the 2014 French Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff     http://twitter.com/jrcunniff

1. Rafael Nadal
2014 Record: 34-6
Grand Slam Record: 177-24
French Open Record: 59-1
French Open Best Result: Won (2005-08, 2010-13)
Fast Fact: In his 59 wins at the French Open, Nadal has been extended to a 5th set only twice (Isner, 2011 1R; Djokovic 2013 SF).

2. Novak Djokovic
2014 Record: 24-3
Grand Slam Record: 162-31
French Open Record: 36-9
French Open Best Result: RU (2012)
Fast Fact: At the past four Grand Slam events, Djokovic has won more singles matches than any other player, male or female, but currently holds no Grand Slam titles.

3. Stan Wawrinka
2014 Record: 21-5
Grand Slam Record: 75-35
French Open Record: 20-9
French Open Best Result: QF (2013)
Fast Fact: Wawrinka has earned more prize money in the past 18 months ($6.3M) than he had in the previous 10 years ($5.9M).

4. Roger Federer
2014 Record: 28-6
Grand Slam Record: 265-42
French Open Record: 58-14
French Open Best Result: Won (2009)
Fast Fact: Both Federer and Lleyton Hewitt are appearing in their 61st Grand Slam at 2014 Roland Garros, tying them with Andre Agassi, and trailing only Fabrice Santoro (70) for the most Open Era Slam appearances.

5. David Ferrer
2014 Record: 27-10
Grand Slam Record: 115-45
French Open Record: 32-11
French Open Best Result: RU (2013)
Fast Fact: Ferrer is attempting to reach the Fourth Round at his 16th consecutive Grand Slam; he hasn’t lost before the 4R since the 2010 French Open (l. to Melzer, 3R)

6. Tomas Berdych
2014 Record: 27-8
Grand Slam Record: 93-42
French Open Record: 13-10
French Open Best Result: SF (2010)
Fast Fact:. In his 10 previous French Open appearances, Berdych has lost in the first round in half of them, and has only passed the 2R on three occasions (2006, ’10, ’12).

7. Andy Murray
2014 Record: 21-9
Grand Slam Record: 121-30
French Open Record: 18-6
French Open Best Result: SF (2011)
Fast Fact: Of his 13 appearances in Grand Slam semifinals, only one has been at Roland Garros (2011).

8. Milos Raonic
2014 Record: 15-7
Grand Slam Record: 23-13
French Open Record: 4-3
French Open Best Result: 3R (2012-‘13)
Fast Fact: Raonic earns a Top Eight seed without ever reaching the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam; the last player to accomplish that was Gilles Simon (2009 Australian Open).

9. Kei Nishikori
2014 Record: 27-5
Grand Slam Record: 28-18
French Open Record: 5-3
French Open Best Result: 4R (2013)
Fast Fact: Nishikori has the 3rd best winning percentage on tour for 2014 (84.4%), trailing only Djokovic (88.9%) and Nadal (85.0%).

10. John Isner
2014 Record: 16-9
Grand Slam Record: 30-23
French Open Record: 5-5
French Open Best Result: 3R (2010, ‘13)
Fast Fact: Isner is the only player in the Top Twenty with a career losing record on clay (36-37).

11. Grigor Dimitrov
2014 Record: 26-8
Grand Slam Record: 12-14
French Open Record: 3-3
French Open Best Result: 3R (2013)
Fast Fact: After losing his opening round match in 8 events last year, Dimitrov has a 10-0 record in his opening round matches in 2014.

12. Richard Gasquet
2014 Record: 13-7
Grand Slam Record: 69-37
French Open Record: 13-10
French Open Best Result: 4R (2011-‘13)
Fast Fact: Gasquet is attempting to win his 100th clay court match in the first round of Roland Garros.

13. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
2014 Record: 17-10
Grand Slam Record: 75-25
French Open Record: 17-6
French Open Best Result: SF (2013)
Fast Fact: Tsonga’s last win against a Top Ten player was in the 2013 French Open (d. Federer, QF); he has lost his last eight matches vs. Top Ten players.

14. Fabio Fognini
2014 Record: 26-11
Grand Slam Record: 21-23
French Open Record: 10-5
French Open Best Result: QF (2011)
Fast Fact: Fognini passed the .500 mark in career wins and losses for the first time when he won his 3R match in 2014 Miami.

15. Mikhail Youzhny
2014 Record: 6-9
Grand Slam Record: 93-50
French Open Record: 22-13
French Open Best Result: QF (2010)
Fast Fact: Youzhny has lost his last six matches that have gone to a final set; he hasn’t won a deciding set since Valencia, October 2013.

16. Tommy Haas
2014 Record: 14-10
Grand Slam Record: 104-54
French Open Record: 21-12
French Open Best Result: QF (2013)
Fast Fact: Haas becomes the oldest Top 16 seed at a Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors (age 36, 11 months at 1989 US Open).

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2014 French Open Women’s Contender Profiles – Fast Facts with Jack Cunniff

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(May 24, 2014) Profiles of the top Women’s Singles contenders for the 2014 French Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff     http://twitter.com/jrcunniff

 

1.Serena Williams

2014 Record: 23-3

Grand Slam Record: 249-37

French Open Record: 46-10

French Open Best Result: Won (2002, ‘13)

Fast Fact: Serena has been ranked No. 1 for 66 consecutive weeks, the longest stretch at the top spot in her career.

 

2. Li Na

2014 Record: 26-5

Grand Slam Record: 88-29

French Open Record: 20-6

French Open Best Result: Won (2011)

Fast Fact: For the first time in her career, Li Na has reached the QF of three consecutive Grand Slam events (2013 Wimbledon, 2013 US Open, 2014 Australian Open).

 

3. Agnieszka Radwanska

2014 Record: 30-10

Grand Slam Record: 84-31

French Open Record: 16-7

French Open Best Result: QF (2013)

Fast Fact: Radwanska’s win over No. 2 Viktoria Azarenka at the 2014 Australian Open was her first Grand Slam win over a higher ranked opponent since 2008 Wimbledon (def. Kuznetsova).

 

4. Simona Halep

2014 Record: 19-7

Grand Slam Record: 14-15

French Open Record: 1-4

French Open Best Result: 2R (2011)

Fast Fact: Since the 2013 French Open, Halep has a 20-5 record against Top Twenty opponents.

 

5. Petra Kvitova

2014 Record: 14-9

Grand Slam Record: 54-22

French Open Record: 13-5

French Open Best Result: SF (2012)

Fast Fact: Despite being seeded among the top eight seeds at the last six Grand Slams, Kvitova has reached the quarterfinals only once (2013 Wimbledon).

 

6. Jelena Jankovic

2014 Record: 27-12

Grand Slam Record: 99-42

French Open Record: 28-10

French Open Best Result: SF (2007, ’08, ‘10)

Fast Fact: Jankovic is attempting to win her 100th Grand Slam match in the first round of Roland Garros.

 

7. Maria Sharapova

2014 Record: 24-6

Grand Slam Record: 152-38

French Open Record: 43-10

French Open Best Result: Won (2012)

Fast Fact: After reaching the finals of the French Open in 2013, Sharapova won only one more match the remainder of the year.

 

8. Angelique Kerber

2014 Record: 23-12

Grand Slam Record: 39-25

French Open Record: 8-6

French Open Best Result: QF (2012)

Fast Fact: Kerber has spent two consecutive years in the Top Ten, since making her debut May 21st, 2012.

 

9. Dominika Cibulkova

2014 Record: 24-11

Grand Slam Record: 49-26

French Open Record: 16-7

French Open Best Result: SF (2009)

Fast Fact: This is the first time in her career that Cibulkova enters the French Open without having won a clay court match for the year (lost 1R Rome, 1R Madrid).

 

10. Sara Errani

2014 Record: 22-13

Grand Slam Record: 38-26

French Open Record: 12-6

French Open Best Result: RU (2012)

Fast Fact: Errani has earned 990 points in clay court events this year, 3rd best in the WTA behind Sharapova (1575) and Serena Williams (1115).

 

11. Ana Ivanovic

2014 Record: 30-8

Grand Slam Record: 93-36

French Open Record: 28-8

French Open Best Result: Won (2008)

Fast Fact: In 2014, Ivanovic has more match wins entering the French Open (30) than any other year during her career.

 

12. Flavia Pennetta

2014 Record: 19-8

Grand Slam Record: 64-42

French Open Record: 14-11

French Open Best Result: 4R (2008, ’10)

Fast Fact: A year ago, Pennetta was ranked 158th in the world.

 

13. Caroline Wozniacki

2014 Record: 15-8

Grand Slam Record: 70-28

French Open Record: 13-7

French Open Best Result: QF (2010)

Fast Fact: Wozniacki has been past the third round of the French Open only once (2010).

 

14. Carla Suarez Navarro

2014 Record: 30-12

Grand Slam Record: 38-21

French Open Record: 11-5

French Open Best Result: QF (2008)

Fast Fact: In her last two Grand Slam losses, Suarez Navarro has won only one game (6-0 6-0 vs. S. Williams, 2013 US Open; 6-1,6-0 vs. Cibulkova, 2014 Australian Open)

 

15. Sloane Stephens

2014 Record: 11-11

Grand Slam Record: 28-11

French Open Record: 6-3

French Open Best Result: 4R (2013)

Fast Fact: Stephens has lost in the opening round of half of her events (5 of 10) played in 2014.

 

16. Sabine Lisicki

2014 Record: 7-7

Grand Slam Record: 39-22

French Open Record: 4-5

French Open Best Result: 3R (2013)

Fast Fact: Over half (55%) of Lisicki’s ranking points are from her 2013 Wimbledon runner-up result.

 

 

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2014 Australian Open Men’s Contender Profiles

 

(January 11, 2014) Profiles of the top Men’s Singles contenders for the 2014 Australian Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff     http://twitter.com/jrcunniff

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Rafael Nadal

2013 Record: 75-7

Grand Slam Record: 171-23

Australian Open Record: 35-7

Australian Open Best Result: Won (2009)

Fast Fact: If Nadal wins the Australian Open title, he will be the first men’s player in the Open Era to complete the career Grand Slam twice, with at least two Men’s Singles titles at each Slam event.

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Novak Djokovic

2013 Record: 74-9

Grand Slam Record: 158-30

Australian Open Record: 39-5

Australian Open Best Result: Won (2007, ’11-’13)

Fast Fact: Djokovic is attempting to become the first man to win five Australian Open Men’s Singles titles in the Open Era.

David Ferrer

David Ferrer

2013 Record: 60-24

Grand Slam Record: 111-44

Australian Open Record: 28-11

Australian Open Best Result: SF (2011, ’13)

Fast Fact: Ferrer’s 2013 match winning percentage dropped 14% in the second half of the year, from 37-10 (78.7%) to 24-13 (64.9%).

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Andy Murray

2013 Record: 43-8

Grand Slam Record: 117-29

Australian Open Record: 29-8

Australian Open Best Result: RU (2010, ’11, ’13)

Fast Fact: Murray is the only player in the Open Era to have appeared in at least three Australian Open finals without winning the title.

 

Juan Martin Del Potro

Juan Martin Del Potro

2013 Record: 51-16

Grand Slam Record: 62-25

Australian Open Record: 16-7

Australian Open Best Result: QF (2009, ’12)

Fast Fact: Del Potro has lost his last six 5-set matches, dating back to the 2R of the 2010 Australian Open (d. Blake, 2R)

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

2013 Record: 45-17

Grand Slam Record: 260-41

Australian Open Record: 68-10

Australian Open Best Result: Won (2004, ’06, ’07, ’10)

Fast Fact: With his appearance in the Australian Open, Federer passes Wayne Ferreira for the most consecutive Grand Slam appearances in the Open Era (57).

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Tomas Berdych

2013 Record: 54-25

Grand Slam Record: 88-41

Australian Open Record: 24-10

Australian Open Best Result: QF (2011-’13)

Fast Fact: Berdych is the only men’s player of the Top 16 Australian Open seeds that failed to win a title in 2013.

Stan Wawrinka

Stanislas Wawrinka

2013 Record: 51-23

Grand Slam Record: 69-35

Australian Open Record: 17-8

Australian Open Best Result: QF (2011)

Fast Fact: Wawrinka has lost to current or former No. 1 players in the last five Grand Slam events.

Richard Gasquet

Richard Gasquet

2013 Record: 50-23

Grand Slam Record: 67-36

Australian Open Record: 16-10

Australian Open Best Result: 4R (2007, ’08, ’12, ’13)

Fast Fact: In the opening round of the Australian Open, Gasquet is attempting to win the 200th hardcourt match of his career.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

2013 Record: 39-16

Grand Slam Record: 72-24

Australian Open Record: 24-7

Australian Open Best Result: RU (2008)

Fast Fact: Tsonga has reached at least one Grand Slam Semifinal in each of the last four years.

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Milos Raonic

2013 Record: 45-21

Grand Slam Record: 21-12

Australian Open Record: 8-3

Australian Open Best Result: 4R (2011, ’13)

Fast Fact: Raonic’s record against Top 25 opponents at Grand Slam events is 3-6, with all three wins coming at the Australian Open.

 

Tommy Haas photo by Maria Noble

Tommy Haas photo by Maria Noble

Tommy Haas

2013 Record: 47-21

Grand Slam Record: 104-53

Australian Open Record: 26-12

Australian Open Best Result: SF (1999, ’02, ’07)

Fast Fact: At 35, Haas becomes the oldest men’s player to earn a Top 16 seed at the Australian Open.

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John Isner

2013 Record: 39-24

Grand Slam Record: 30-22

Australian Open Record: 7-5

Australian Open Best Result: 4R (2010)

Fast Fact: Isner has played 61 tiebreaks in 52 Grand Slam matches, with a 70% winning percentage (43- 18).

Youzhny

Mikhail Youzhny

2013 Record: 39-24

Grand Slam Record: 92-49

Australian Open Record: 19-12

Australian Open Best Result: QF (2008)

Fast Fact: Four of Youzhny’s last five Australian Open matches have gone to 5 sets.

 

 

 

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