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Australian Open Day 12 Schedule of Play for January 27, 2017

Australian Open Day 12 Schedule of Play for January 27 2017

ROD LAVER ARENA 3:00 PM

Mixed Doubles – Semifinals
Samantha Stosur(AUS) /Sam Groth(AUS) vs. Sania Mirza (IND) [2]/Ivan Dodig (CRO) [2]
Not Before: 4:00 PM
Women’s Doubles – Final
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) [12]/Shuai Peng (CHN) [12] vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) [2]/Lucie Safarova (CZE) [2]

Not Before: 7:30 PM
Men’s Singles – Semifinals
Rafael Nadal (ESP) [9] vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [15]

MARGARET COURT ARENA 3:00 PM

Junior Boys’ Singles – Semifinals
Yibing Wu (CHN) [1] vs. Yshai Oliel (ISR) [4]
Mixed Doubles – Semifinals
Elina Svitolina (UKR)/Chris Guccione (AUS) vs. Abigail Spears (USA)/Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL)

Men’s Legends’ Doubles
Wayne Arthurs (AUS)/Richard Fromberg (AUS) vs. Michael Chang (USA)/Todd Martin (USA)

SHOW COURT 3 3:00 PM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Semifinals
Rebeka Masarova (SUI) [1] vs. Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (CAN) [7]
Junior Boys’ Singles – Semifinals
Corentin Moutet (FRA) [5] vs. Zsombor Piros (HUN) [15]
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Final
Finn Reynolds (NZL)/Duarte Vale (POR) vs. Yu Hsiou Hsu (TPE) [4]/Lingxi Zhao (CHN) [4]

COURT 5 3:00 PM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Semifinals
Marta Kostyuk (UKR) [11] vs. Elena Rybakina (RUS) [16]
Quad Wheelchair Singles
Heath Davidson (AUS) vs. Andy Lapthorne (GBR)
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Final
Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (CAN) [3]/Carson Branstine (USA) [3] vs. Maja Chwalinska (POL)/Iga Swiatek (POL)

COURT 7 3:00 PM

Quad Wheelchair Singles
Dylan Alcott (AUS) [1] vs. David Wagner (USA) [2]
Men’s Wheelchair Doubles – Final
Gustavo Fernandez (ARG)/Alfie Hewett (GBR) vs. Joachim Gerard (BEL) [2]/Gordon Reid (GBR) [2]
Women’s Wheelchair Doubles – Final
Jiske Griffioen (NED) [1]/Aniek Van Koot (NED) [1] vs. Diede De Groot (NED) [2]/Yui Kamiji (JPN) [2]

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2017 Australian Open – Day 8 Men’s Preview

 

2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 8 MEN’S NOTES

Monday 23 January

Dominic Thiem

Round of 16 Bottom Half

 

Featured matches

 

No. 3 Milos Raonic (CAN) v No. 13 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)

No. 6 Gael Monfils (FRA) v No. 9 Rafael Nadal (ESP)

No. 8 Dominic Thiem (AUT) v No. 11 David Goffin (BEL)

No. 15 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v (WC) Denis Istomin (UZB)

 

On court today…

 

  • Milos Raonic – the highest seed left in the draw following Andy Murray’s exit on Sunday – will look to secure his place in the quarterfinals here for a 3rd straight year when he takes on No. 13 seed Roberto Bautista Agut on Hisense Arena. The world No. 3 has won all 4 of their previous meetings, dropping just one set in the process, and will hope for another strong showing against the Spaniard as he targets a place in his 6th Grand Slam quarterfinal. Bautista Agut, who has lost all 6 of his previous appearances in the round of 16 at the majors, is aiming to breakthrough to the last 8 at a major for the first time today.

 

  • Gael Monfils and Rafael Nadal will meet for the 15th time, but only the 3rd time at a Grand Slam, when they go head-to-head in the night match on Rod Laver Arena. Nadal is eyeing a place in his 30th Grand Slam quarterfinal, which would see him close the gap on Ivan Lendl in 5th place on the list for most Grand Slam quarterfinals reached in the Open Era. Meanwhile, a second straight appearance in the last 8 here for Monfils, and a 9th Grand Slam quarterfinal overall, would see him move into joint 3rd place alongside Sebastien Grosjean and Henri Leconte on the list of most major quarterfinals reached by a Frenchman.

 

  • Novak Djokovic’s conqueror, Denis Istomin, will hope to continue his dream Australian Open when he bids for a place in his first Grand Slam quarterfinal against Grigor Dimitrov. The Uzbek is bidding to become just the 2nd wild card in the Open Era to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open after Tomas Smid in 1983, and would become the lowest-ranked man to reach the last 8 here since 1989 if he can upset the Bulgarian.

 

 3 MILOS RAONIC (CAN) v NO. 13 ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT (ESP)

Head-to-head: Raonic leads 4-0

2014     Paris-1000                     Hard (I)             R16      Raonic              75 76(7)

2015     St. Petersburg               Hard (I)             SF        Raonic              62 76(2)

2015     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           R32      Raonic              64 67(3) 76(5)

2016     Queen’s                        Grass (O)          QF        Raonic              61 64

 

A 5th career meeting between the 2 players and their 4th on a hard court, but their 1st at a Grand Slam.

 

Bautista Agut has won just one set against Raonic – at 2015 Shanghai-1000.

 

RAONIC                                        v                                 BAUTISTA AGUT

 

26                                          Age                                          28

3                                    ATP Ranking                                   14

8                                          Titles                                          5

61-23                      Career Grand Slam Record                      34-17

22-6                         Australian Open Record                         11-5

264-121                              Career Record                              171-109

187-76                         Career Record – Hard                          113-72

5-1                                   2017 Record                                   7-0

5-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              7-0

8-5                           Career Five-Set Record                           7-3

1                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

164-102                      Career Tiebreak Record                         58-44

2-1                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            1-1

 

  • RAONIC is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 3rd straight year.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to reach his 6th Grand Slam quarterfinal and extend his record for the most Grand Slam quarterfinals reached by a Canadian player – man or woman – in history:

 

Player Grand Slam quarterfinals reached
Milos Raonic 5 (Australian Open 2015-16, 2014 Roland Garros, 2014, 2016 Wimbledon)
Carling Bassett-Seguso 4 (1983 Australian Open, 1984, 1986 Roland Garros, 1984 US Open)
Eugenie Bouchard 4 (2014-15 Australian Open, 2014 Roland Garros, 2014 Wimbledon)
Robert Powell 3 (1908, 1910, 1912 Wimbledon)

 

  • Raonic is bidding to record his 5th victory over a Top 20 opponent at the Australian Open. 4 of his 7 Grand Slam wins against Top 20 players have come here – against No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny in 2011, No. 19 Philipp Kohlschreiber in 2013, No. 14 Feliciano Lopez in 2015 and No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in 2016. He has a 7-12 win-loss record against Top 20 players at the majors overall.

 

  • Raonic advanced to the round of 16 here for the 5th time after defeating Dustin Brown 63 64 62, Gilles Muller 63 64 76(4) and No. 25 seed Gilles Simon 62 76(5) 36 63 in the opening 3 rounds. This is his 7th Australian Open appearance and his 24th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • If he wins today, Raonic will face either No. 6 Gael Monfils or No. 9 Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. He is level with Monfils at 3-3, but trails Nadal 2-6 in their previous meetings.

 

  • Last year here as No. 13 seed Raonic recorded his best Australian Open result by reaching the semifinals (l. Andy Murray). He was the first Canadian man – and only the 2nd Canadian player after Eugenie Bouchard – in history to reach the semifinals here.

 

  • Raonic recorded his best Grand Slam result at 2016 Wimbledon when, as No. 6 seed, he became the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam final, falling to Murray 64 76(3) 76(2). Elsewhere at the Grand Slams last year, he reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas) but fell in the 2nd round at the US Open (l. Ryan Harrison).

 

  • Raonic won his 8th career title at 2016 Brisbane (d. Roger Federer) to maintain his record of winning at least one title every year since winning his first at 2011 San Jose. All 8 of his career titles have come on a hard court. Also in 2016, he finished runner-up at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Novak Djokovic) and fell to Murray in the final at both Queen’s and Wimbledon. He reached 5 further semifinals.

 

  • Raonic reached a career-high ranking of No. 3 on 21 November 2016 after reaching the semifinals at the ATP World Tour Finals, where he fell to Murray in the longest 3-set match in the tournament’s history at 3 hours 38 minutes. He plays here on the same ranking of No. 3.

 

  • Raonic warmed up for the Australian Open as top seed and defending champion at Brisbane, where he fell to Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals.

 

  • Raonic became the first Canadian to be seeded in the men’s singles at a Grand Slam event in the Open Era at 2011 Roland Garros. He plays here seeded No. 3 – his highest Grand Slam seeding.

 

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

 

  • Raonic started working with former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, who reached the semifinals here in 1992, ahead of the 2017 season. He is also coached by Riccardo Piatti.

 

  • BAUTISTA AGUT is bidding to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for the first time.

 

  • Bautista Agut advanced to the round of 16 here for the 3rd time after defeating Guido Pella 63 61 61, Yoshihito Nishioka 62 63 63 and No. 21 seed David Ferrer 75 67(6) 76(3) 64 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Bautista Agut has equalled his best Grand Slam performance. He has reached the round of 16 at a major on 6 other occasions – here in 2014 (l. Grigor Dimitrov) and 2016 (l. Tomas Berdych), at the US Open in 2014 (l. Roger Federer) and 2015 (l. Novak Djokovic), at 2015 Wimbledon (l. Federer) and at 2016 Roland Garros (l. Djokovic). This is his 6th Australian Open appearance and his 18th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • If he wins today, Bautista Agut will play either No. 6 Gael Monfils or No. 9 Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. He trails Monfils 0-3 and Nadal 0-1 in their previous meetings.

 

  • Bautista Agut warmed up for the Australian Open by winning his 5th career singles title at Chennai (d. Daniil Medvedev). 3 of his 5 career titles have come on a hard court.

 

  • Bautista Agut is bidding to defeat a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam for the 2nd time. His only win against a Top 10 player in 10 previous attempts at the majors came against No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro in the 2nd round here in 2014.

 

  • Bautista Agut has lost 7 of his last 8 Tour-level matches against Top 10 opposition. His only win in that time came against No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals at 2016 Shanghai-1000.

 

  • Bautista Agut’s best results in 2016 were winning the titles at Auckland (d. Jack Sock) and Sofia (d. Viktor Troicki). He also finished runner-up at Winston-Salem (l. Pablo Carreno Busta) and in his first Masters-1000 final at Shanghai (l. Andy Murray), and reached the semifinals at St. Petersburg (l. Stan Wawrinka) and 5 further quarterfinals.

 

  • Bautista Agut reached a career-high ranking of No. 13 in October 2016 after reaching the final at Shanghai-1000. He plays here at No. 14, but seeded No. 13 – his joint-highest Grand Slam seeding. He was also seeded No. 13 here in 2015.

 

  • Bautista Agut has 7-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches. 6 of his 10 five-set matches have come at Melbourne Park. He has a 4-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches here.

 

  • Bautista Agut has played Davis Cup for Spain since 2014. Spain won promotion back into the World Group in 2016 after a two-year absence. They will play Croatia in the World Group first round in Osijek on 3-5 February.

 

  • Bautista Agut is coached by Tomas Carbonell and Pepe Vendrell.

 

6 GAEL MONFILS (FRA) v NO. 9 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP)

Head-to-head: Nadal leads 12-2

2005     AMS Monte Carlo          Clay (O)            R64      Nadal                63 62

2006     AMS Rome                   Clay (O)            SF        Nadal                62 62

2008     AMS Paris                    Hard (I)             R16      Nadal                63 62

2009     Doha                            Hard (O)           QF        Monfils             64 64

2009     Rotterdam                     Hard (I)             SF        Nadal                64 64

2009     US Open                      Hard (O)           R16      Nadal               67(3) 63 61 63

2010     Madrid-1000                  Clay (O)            QF        Nadal                61 63

2010     Tokyo                           Hard (O)           FR        Nadal                61 75

2011     Barcelona                     Clay (O)            QF        Nadal                62 62

2012     Doha                            Hard (O)           SF        Monfils             63 64

2014     Doha                            Hard (O)           FR        Nadal                61 67(5) 62

2014     Australian Open           Hard (O)           R32      Nadal               61 62 63

2015     Stuttgart                       Grass (O)          SF        Nadal                63 64

2016     Monte Carlo-1000          Clay (O)            FR        Nadal                75 57 60

 

A 15th career meeting between these 2 players, but only their 3rd at a Grand Slam event.

 

Monfils won just 6 games in their only previous meeting at the Australian Open in 2014.

 

Both of Monfils’ 2 wins against Nadal came on a Doha hard court – in 2009 and 2012. Nadal has won 6 of the 8 hard court meetings.

 

MONFILS                                       v                                         NADAL

 

30                                          Age                                          30

6                                    ATP Ranking                                    9

6                                          Titles                                         69

85-39                      Career Grand Slam Record                     206-31

24-11                        Australian Open Record                        48-10

394-221                              Career Record                              811-175

249-133                        Career Record – Hard                         386-118

3-0                                   2017 Record                                   5-1

3-0                              2017 Record – Hard                              5-1

15-12                         Career Five-Set Record                          18-8

2                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         3

159-110                      Career Tiebreak Record                       200-132

1-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            0-1

 

  • MONFILS is bidding to record his 250th Tour-level hard court match-win today. If he wins today, he would become the 12th active player to record 250 Tour-level hard court match-wins.

 

  • Monfils is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 2nd straight year and become the 5th Frenchman in history to reach multiple Australian Open quarterfinals. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5 quarterfinals), Sebastien Grosjean (4), Guy Forget (2) and Yannick Noah (2) are the only Frenchmen to reach multiple quarterfinals here.

 

  • Monfils is bidding to reach his 9th Grand Slam quarterfinal and equal Sebastien Grosjean and Henri Leconte in joint-3rd place on the list for most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances by a Frenchman in the Open Era.

Most Grand Slam quarterfinals reached by a Frenchman (Open Era)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 15
Yannick Noah 10
Sebastien Grosjean

Henri Leconte

Gael Monfils??

9

9

9??

 

  • Monfils is looking to record his 25th match-win at the Australian Open and equal Sebastien Grosjean in 2nd place on the list for most Australian Open match-wins by a Frenchman in the Open Era.

 

                  Most Australian Open match-wins by a Frenchman (Open Era)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 34
Sebastien Grosjean 25
Gael Monfils 24
Fabrice Santoro

Richard Gasquet

Gilles Simon

22

22

22

Figures correct through the 2017 AO 3rd round and also include Tsonga’s round of 16 win on Sunday

 

  • Monfils is one of 2 Frenchmen through to the round of 16 here along with Tsonga. The last time 2 Frenchmen reached the quarterfinals here was in 2013, when Tsonga and Jeremy Chardy reached the last 8.

 

  • Monfils is bidding to defeat a Top 10 player at the Australian Open for the first time. The highest-ranked player he has defeated here is No. 11 Marcos Baghdatis in 2007.

 

  • Monfils is bidding to end a 5-match losing streak against Top 10 opposition. His last win over a Top 10 player came against No. 7 Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals at 2016 Toronto-1000.

 

  • If Monfils wins today he will play either No. 3 seed Milos Raonic or No. 13 seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals. He is level with Raonic at 3-3 but leads Bautista Agut 3-0 in their previous meetings.

 

  • Monfils advanced to the round of 16 for the 3rd time after defeating Jiri Vesely 62 63 62, Alexandr Dolgopolov 63 64 16 60 and No. 32 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 63 76(1) 64 in the opening 3 rounds. This is his 12th appearance at the Australian Open and his 40th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Monfils’ 1st round victory here was his first Tour-level match win since he defeated Kevin Anderson in the 2nd round at 2016 Shanghai-1000 (l. David Goffin). He had previously not played a Tour-level match prior to his opening match here since withdrawing with a rib injury after losing his opening 2 round robin matches at the ATP World Tour Finals.

 

  • Last year here Monfils reached the quarterfinals for the first time on his 11th Australian Open appearance, moving him into joint-2nd place with Mark Woodforde on the Open Era list for the most attempts before reaching the last 8 here. He fell to Milos Raonic 63 36 63 64.

 

  • Monfils’ best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals at 2008 Roland Garros, where ranked No. 59 he lost to Roger Federer 62 57 63 75, and at the 2016 US Open (l. Novak Djokovic).

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2016, Monfils withdrew from Roland Garros with a virus and fell to Jeremy Chardy in 5 sets in the 1st round at Wimbledon. He has a 15-12 win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 3-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

  • Monfils’ 2016 highlight was winning his 6th career title at Washington (d. Ivo Karlovic). He also finished runner-up at both Rotterdam (l. Martin Klizan) and Monte Carlo-1000 (l. today’s opponent) and reached 3 further semifinals.

 

  • Monfils reached a career-high ranking of No. 6 on 7 November 2016 and ended the year inside the Top 10 for the first time. He plays here ranked No. 6.

 

  • Monfils is a 2-time Davis Cup finalist, having helped France to the finals in 2010 (l. Serbia) and 2014
    (l. Switzerland). France will play Japan in the World Group first round in Tokyo on 3-5 February.

 

  • Monfils narrowly missed out on achieving the Junior Grand Slam in 2004 after winning the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. His preparation for the junior US Open that year was hampered by a knee injury and he lost in the 3rd round to Viktor Troicki. He was named 2004 ITF Junior Boys’ World Champion. He is the only former junior Australian Open champion to reach the round of 16 from the 7 who started the men’s main draw here.

 

  • Monfils is coached by former world No. 39 Mikael Tillstrom, who reached the quarterfinals here in 1996.

 

  • 2009 Australian Open champion NADAL is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 9th time and join Novak Djokovic in joint-3rd place on the Open Era list for most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances

                                    Most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Player No. of appearances
Roger Federer 13??*
Stefan Edberg 10
Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal

9

9??

Ivan Lendl

John Newcombe

8

8

Active players in bold. *Written prior to Federer’s round of 16 match with Nishikori

 

  • Nadal is bidding to reach his 30th Grand Slam quarterfinal and take sole ownership of 6th place on the list for most Grand Slam quarterfinals reached in the Open Era ahead of Pete Sampras.

Most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Player No. of appearances
Roger Federer 49??*
Jimmy Connors 41
Novak Djokovic 37
Andre Agassi 36
Ivan Lendl 34
Rafael Nadal 30??
Pete Sampras 29
Andy Murray 28

       *Written prior to Federer’s round of 16 match with Nishikori

 

  • Nadal is bidding to record his 49th Australian Open match-win and take sole ownership of 4th place ahead of Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl and Andy Murray on the Open Era list for the most Australian Open match-wins.

Most Australian Open match-wins (Open Era)

Player Win-loss
Roger Federer 83-13*
Novak Djokovic 58-7
Stefan Edberg 56-10
Andre Agassi

Ivan Lendl

Andy Murray

Rafael Nadal

48-5

48-10

48-12

48-10

Active players in bold. *Written prior to the conclusion of the Federer v Nishikori round of 16 match

 

  • Nadal is bidding to end a 4-match losing streak against Top 10 players. He has not defeated a Top 10 opponent since defeating No. 6 Kei Nishikori to win the title at 2016 Barcelona.

 

  • Nadal is bidding to defeat a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam for the first time since he defeated No. 2 Novak Djokovic to win the title at 2014 Roland Garros. He has lost both of his last 2 meetings with Top 10 players at the majors – falling to No. 7 Tomas Berdych at the 2015 Australian Open and No. 1 Djokovic at 2015 Roland Garros.

 

  • Nadal advanced to the round of 16 here for the 10th time after defeating Florian Mayer 63 64 64, Marcos Baghdatis 63 61 63 and No. 24 seed Alexander Zverev 46 63 67(5) 63 62 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • By defeating Zverev in 5-sets in the 3rd round here, Nadal ended a 3-match losing streak in 5-set matches and improved his 5-set record to 18-8. He has a 6-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park.

 

  • If Nadal wins today he will play either No. 3 seed Milos Raonic or No. 13 seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals. He leads Raonic 6-2 and Bautista Agut 1-0 in their previous meetings.

 

  • Nadal is bidding to win his 2nd Australian Open title and become the first man in the Open Era – and only the 3rd 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 two or more occasions [see Preview page 3].
  • Last year here Nadal lost in the 1st round for the first time in his career, falling to Fernando Verdasco in 5 sets. It was just the 2nd time that he had lost in the 1st round at a Grand Slam, having also lost his opening match at 2013 Wimbledon (l. Steve Darcis).

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2016, Nadal reached the round of 16 at the US Open (l. Lucas Pouille), but gave a walkover in the 3rd round at Roland Garros and missed Wimbledon due to a left wrist injury. This is his 12th appearance at Melbourne Park and his 47th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Away from the majors, Nadal’s best results in 2016 came during the clay court season when he won back-to-back titles at Monte Carlo-1000 (d. Gael Monfils) and Barcelona (d. Kei Nishikori). It was his 9th title at both events, and took his career total to 69 titles. Nadal also reached the final at Doha (l. Djokovic) and the semifinals at 5 other tournaments.

 

  • Also in 2016, Nadal won his 2nd gold medal at the Olympic Tennis Event after clinching the men’s doubles title alongside Marc Lopez at Rio 2016. He narrowly missed out on a medal in singles, falling to Nishikori 62 67(1) 63 in the bronze medal play-off.

 

  • Nadal is looking to win his 15th Grand Slam title and close the gap on Roger Federer in the list of all-time Grand Slam title holders. He is currently joint-2nd with Pete Sampras on the list behind Federer (17). He is one of the 4 Grand Slam champions through to the round of 16 from the 6 who started this year’s men’s main draw.

 

  • Nadal’s best performance at the Australian Open is winning the title in 2009 (d. Federer). He also reached the final in 2012, losing to Djokovic in the longest men’s Grand Slam final on record at 5 hours, 53 minutes, and in 2014 (l. Stan Wawrinka).

 

  • Nadal is aiming to win his first hard court tournament in over 3 years. He has not won a hard court tournament since defeating today’s opponent to win 2014 Doha. His total of 16 hard court titles is the 4th highest among active players (behind Federer, Djokovic and Murray).

 

  • Nadal warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Brisbane (l. Raonic). It was his first tournament since October, when he lost to Viktor Troicki at Shanghai-1000, after he pulled out of Basel, Paris-1000 and the ATP World Tour Finals with a wrist injury.

 

  • Nadal has been coached by his uncle, Toni Nadal, for his entire career. He added former Australian Open finalist Carlos Moya to his team ahead of the 2017 season. His fitness trainer is Rafael Maymo.

 

 

 

 8 DOMINIC THIEM (AUT) v NO. 11 DAVID GOFFIN (BEL)

Head-to-head: Goffin leads 4-3

2014     Acapulco Qualifying       Hard (O)           QF        Goffin               36 61 76(1)

2014     Queen’s                        Grass (O)          R64      Goffin               64 62

2014     Kitzbuhel                       Clay (O)            FR        Goffin               46 61 63

2014     Basel                            Hard (I)             R32      Goffin               76(4) 63

2015     Marseille                       Hard (I)             R16      Thiem               5-1 retired (back pain)

2015     Gstaad                         Clay (O)            FR        Thiem               75 62

2016     Australian Open           Hard (O)           R32      Goffin               61 36 76(2) 75

2016     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           QF        Thiem              46 76(7) 64 61

 

An 8th Tour-level meeting for the pair and their 3rd at a Grand Slam. Goffin won their first meeting at a major in the 3rd round here last year, but Thiem won their quarterfinal meeting at Roland Garros later in the year.

 

Goffin leads the head-to-head 2-1 in Tour-level hard court matches. They have also contested two Tour-level finals, with Goffin recovering from a set down to win his first Tour-level title at 2014 Kitzbuhel, and Thiem defeating Goffin for his 3rd career title at 2015 Gstaad.

 

Goffin has never defeated a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam before – his best Grand Slam win came against Thiem, then ranked at No. 20, here last year.

 

THIEM                                         v                                        GOFFIN

 

23                                          Age                                          26

8                                    ATP Ranking                                   11

7                                          Titles                                          2

23-12                      Career Grand Slam Record                      28-18

6-3                          Australian Open Record                          7-3

127-84                               Career Record                              146-105

59-51                          Career Record – Hard                           95-65

5-2                                   2017 Record                                   4-1

5-2                              2017 Record – Hard                              4-1

3-2                           Career Five-Set Record                           8-4

1                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

52-51                        Career Tiebreak Record                         40-46

1-2                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            1-1

 

  • THIEM is bidding to become the first Austrian man to reach the quarterfinals here since Stefan Koubek in 2002. Just 3 Austrian men in history have reached the last 8 here – Peter Feigl (1978), Thomas Muster (1989, 1994, 1997) and Koubek (2002).

 

  • Thiem is also bidding to become just the 2nd Austrian man in history to reach multiple Grand Slam quarterfinals after Muster, who reached a total of 9 Grand Slam quarterfinals between 1989 and 1998.

 

  • Thiem is looking to defeat a Top 20 player at a Grand Slam for the 3rd time. He has never defeated a player ranked as high as No. 11 today’s opponent at a Grand Slam, with his career-best win at a major coming against No. 12 Ernests Gulbis in 5 sets at the 2014 US Open. He has a 2-6 win-loss record against Top 20 opposition at the majors overall.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Thiem has recorded his best Australian Open performance. His previous best performance here was reaching the 3rd round as No. 19 seed last year, falling to today’s opponent. This is his 4th straight Australian Open and his 13th consecutive Grand Slam.

 

  • Thiem defeated Jan-Lennard Struff 46 64 64 63, Jordan Thompson 62 61 67(6) 64 and Benoit Paire 61 46 64 64 in the opening 3 rounds

 

  • If he wins today, Thiem will play either No. 15 Grigor Dimitrov or wild card Denis Istomin in the quarterfinals. He is level with Dimitrov at 1-1 but leads Istomin 2-0 in their previous meetings.
  • Thiem recorded his best Grand Slam performance by reaching the semifinals at 2016 Roland Garros (l. Novak Djokovic). He became the 3rd Austrian man in history to reach a Grand Slam semifinal after Muster and Jurgen Melzer. He also broke into the Top 10 for the first time at No. 7.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2016, Thiem reached the round of 16 at the US Open, where he retired with a right knee injury while trailing Juan Martin del Potro 63 3-2, but fell in the 2nd round at Wimbledon (l. Jiri Vesely).

 

  • Thiem won 4 titles in 2016 – at Buenos Aires (d. Almagro), Acapulco (d. Bernard Tomic), Nice (d. Alexander Zverev) and Stuttgart (d. Philipp Kohlschreiber). He was the only player other than Andy Murray to win titles on clay, grass and hard court in 2016. He qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time, defeating Gael Monfils in the group stage but losing to Djokovic and Milos Raonic.

 

  • Thiem warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at both Brisbane (l. Grigor Dimitrov) and Sydney (l. Daniel Evans) after receiving 1st round byes.

 

  • Thiem has never lost a 5-set match on a hard court. He has a 3-0 win-loss record in 5-set matches played on a hard court, and a 3-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall. He won both of the 5-set matches he contested in 2016, defeating Gastao Elias in the first rubber of Austria’s Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2nd round tie against Portugal and John Millman in the 1st round at the US Open.

 

  • Thiem is seeded No. 8 here – his joint-highest seeding at a Grand Slam. He was also seeded No. 8 at Wimbledon and the US Open last year.

 

  • Thiem has played Davis Cup for Austria since 2014. Austria has been given a first round bye in Europe/Africa Zone Group I this year and will play the winner of the tie between Belarus and Romania in the 2nd round on 7-9 April.

 

  • Thiem is a former junior world No. 2. He reached the boys’ singles final at Roland Garros as No. 14 seed in 2011, losing to Bjorn Fratangelo 36 63 86 and won the 2011 Orange Bowl (d. Patrick Ofner).

 

  • Thiem is coached by Gunter Bresnik.

 

  • GOFFIN is bidding to become the first Belgian man to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open.

 

  • Goffin is looking to become only the 2nd Belgian man to reach the quarterfinals at 2 different Grand Slam events after Jean Washer (1924 Wimbledon, 1925-26 Roland Garros). He is also looking to become the 5th Belgian man to reach multiple Grand Slam quarterfinals:

 

Belgian men to reach quarterfinals at a Grand Slam (all-time)

Paul de Borman 1904 Wimbledon
Willie de Warzee 1904, 1908 Wimbledon
Jean Washer 1924 Wimbledon, 1925-26 Roland Garros
Jacques Brichant 1956-59 Roland Garros
Philippe Washer 1957 Roland Garros
Filip Dewulf 1997-98 Roland Garros
Xavier Malisse 2002 Wimbledon
David Goffin 2016 Roland Garros, 2017 Australian Open??

 

  • Goffin is bidding to reach the quarterfinals and equal his best Grand Slam result. He reached the quarterfinals at 2016 Roland Garros (l. today’s opponent), becoming just the 2nd Belgian man to reach the last 8 at Roland Garros after Filip Dewulf (1997-98) and only the 3rd Belgian man in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal after Dewulf and Xavier Malisse (2002 Wimbledon). He rose to a career-high ranking of No. 11 as a result – and plays here on the same ranking.

 

  • If he wins today, Goffin will record his 8th Australian Open match-win and tie Malisse and Christophe Rochus at the top of the list for the most Australian Open match-wins by a Belgian man in history:

 

                                               

 

        Australian Open match-wins by Belgian men (all-time)

Player Win-loss at Australian Open
Xavier Malisse

Christophe Rochus

8-12

8-10

David Goffin

Olivier Rochus

7-3

7-11

 

  • Goffin is looking to defeat a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam for the first time on his 10th attempt. The highest-ranked player he has defeated at a major is No. 20 today’s opponent in the 3rd round here last year. Overall, he has a 4-32 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition.

 

  • If he wins today, Goffin will play either No. 15 Grigor Dimitrov or wild card Denis Istomin in the quarterfinals. He trails Dimitrov 0-1 but won his only previous meeting with Istomin at 2016 Wimbledon.

 

  • Goffin progressed to the round of 16 here after defeating qualifiers Reilly Opelka 64 46 62 46 64 and Radek Stepanek 64 60 63, and No. 20 seed Ivo Karlovic 63 62 64 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Goffin has become the first Belgian man to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open on multiple occasions. Xavier Daufresne (1994), Christophe Rochus (2000) and Olivier Rochus (2005) are the only other Belgian men to have reached the last 16 at Melbourne Park.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Goffin has equalled his best Australian Open result, having also reached the round of 16 here in 2016 (l. Roger Federer). This is his 4th Australian Open appearance and his 19th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • By defeating Opelka in 5 sets in the 1st round here, Goffin improved his 5-set win-loss record to 8-4. He has won 6 of his last 7 five-set matches, with his only defeat in a 5-set match in that time coming against Milos Raonic in the round of 16 at 2016 Wimbledon. He has a 1-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

  • At the Grand Slams in 2016, as well as reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, Goffin reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon, but lost in the 1st round at the US Open (l. Jared Donaldson).

 

  • Goffin’s best results in 2016 are finishing runner-up at Tokyo (l. Nick Kyrgios) and reaching 4 further semifinals, including at back-to-back Masters-1000 events at Indian Wells (l. Raonic) and Miami (l. Novak Djokovic).

 

  • Goffin warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the 2nd round at Doha (d. Robin Haase, Fernando Verdasco). He also played at the Kooyong Exhbition Event – defeating Bernard Tomic 62 64 and winning a single set against Ivo Karlovic 76.

 

  • Goffin has played Davis Cup for Belgium since 2012. He helped Belgium reach its first Davis Cup Final since 1904 in 2015, which they lost 3-1 to Great Britain in Ghent. Belgium will play Germany in the World Group first round in Frankfurt on 3-5 February.

 

  • Goffin was taught to play tennis by his father, who is a tennis coach at the Barchon Club in Liege.

 

  • Goffin is coached by Thierry Van Cleemput and trains with the Belgian Tennis Federation in Mons.

 

 15 GRIGOR DIMITROV (BUL) v (WC) DENIS ISTOMIN (UZB)

Tour-level head-to-head: Dimitrov leads 1-0

2009     Besancon Challenger (FRA)       Hard (I)             R32      Istomin             36 62 76(3)

2014     Shanghai-1000                          Hard (O)           R64      Dimitrov            63 63

 

A 2nd Tour-level meeting between the 2 players, who also met on the Challenger circuit 8 years ago.

 

Dimitrov has never lost to a player ranked outside the Top 100 at a Grand Slam. The lowest-ranked player to defeat him at a major is No. 95 Joao Sousa at the 2013 US Open.

 

DIMITROV                                      v                                        ISTOMIN

 

25                                          Age                                          30

15                                   ATP Ranking                                  117

5                                          Titles                                          1

36-25                      Career Grand Slam Record                      33-34

14-6                         Australian Open Record                        10-10

224-142                              Career Record                              197-209

137-91                         Career Record – Hard                         111-127

8-0                                   2017 Record                                   3-0

8-0                              2017 Record – Hard                              3-0

5-5                           Career Five-Set Record                          14-7

0                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         3

92-76                        Career Tiebreak Record                        101-86

2-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            2-0

 

  • DIMITROV is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 2nd time and equal his best Australian Open result.

 

  • Dimitrov’s best Australian Open result is reaching the quarterfinals here as No. 22 seed in 2014 (l. Rafael Nadal). Last year here he fell to Roger Federer in the 3rd round. This is his 7th consecutive Australian Open appearance and his 26th major overall.

 

  • Dimitrov advanced to the round of 16 here for the 3rd time after defeating wild card Christopher O’Connell 76(2) 63 63, Hyeon Chung 16 64 64 64 and Richard Gasquet 63 62 64 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • Dimitrov’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals at 2014 Wimbledon. He defeated defending champion Andy Murray in the quarterfinals before losing to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. He broke into the Top 10 for the first time afterwards at No. 9.

 

  • At the Grand Slams in 2016, Dimitrov reached the round of 16 at the US Open (l. Andy Murray) and the 3rd round at both the Australian Open (l. Federer) and Wimbledon (l. Steve Johnson). He fell to Viktor Troicki in 5 sets in the 1st round at Roland Garros. He has a 5-5 win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 2-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

  • Dimitrov’s best results in 2016 were runner-up finishes at Sydney (l. Troicki), Istanbul (l. Diego Schwartzman) and Beijing (l. Murray). He reached 4 further semifinals – at Delray Beach, Cincinnati-1000, Chengdu and Stockholm.

 

  • Dimitrov has won all 3 of his previous meetings with wild cards at the majors – defeating Lucas Pouille at 2013 Roland Garros, Ryan Harrison at the 2014 US Open and O’Connell in the 1st round here.

 

  • Dimitrov reached a career-high ranking of No. 8 in August 2014. He dropped as low as No. 40 on 18 July 2016 – his lowest ranking since February 2013 – but has since climbed back up the rankings and plays here at No. 15.

 

  • Dimitrov warmed up for the Australian Open by winning his 5th career title – and first since 2014 Queen’s – at Brisbane (d. Kei Nishikori). 3 of his 5 career titles have come on a hard court.

 

  • Dimitrov finished 2008 as 3 in the ITF Junior Rankings after winning the boys’ singles titles at Wimbledon (d. Henri Kontinen) and the US Open (d. Devin Britton).

 

  • Dimitrov has played Davis Cup for Bulgaria since 2008. He has a 16-1 singles win-loss record in Davis Cup and a 20-4 overall win-loss record. Bulgaria will host – and compete in – the Europe/Africa Zone Group III event in Sozopol in April.

 

  • Dimitrov was part of the ITF 14 & Under European Team in Europe in 2004-05 and the ITF 16 & Under European A Team in Europe in 2006, funded by the Grand Slam Development Fund.

 

  • Dimitrov started working with Dani Vallverdu, former coach to Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych, in July 2016. His physio is Azdine Bousnana.

 

  • Wild card ISTOMIN is bidding to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for the first time.

 

  • Ranked No. 117, Istomin is bidding to become the lowest-ranked man to reach the quarterfinals here since No. 300 Goran Ivanisevic in 1989. If he wins today, we would become the first player ranked outside the Top 100 to reach the quarterfinals in Melbourne since No. 105 Mikael Tillstrom in 1996.

 

  • Istomin is bidding to become just the 2nd wild card in the Open Era to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open after Tomas Smid in 1983. By reaching the round of 16 here, he has became the 7th man in the Open Era to reach the round of 16 as a wild card at the Australian Open and the first since Lleyton Hewitt in 2012. Juan Martin del Potro was the last wild card to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam – at the 2016 US Open.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Istomin has equalled his best Grand Slam result. He also reached the round of 16 at 2012 Wimbledon (l. Mikhail Youzhny) and at the 2013 US Open (l. Andy Murray). He is the only Uzbek player (man or woman) to reach the last 16 at a Grand Slam.

 

  • Istomin advanced to the round of 16 here for the first time after defeating qualifier Ivan Dodig 61 64 36 75 for his first Australian Open match-win since 2014, No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic 76(8) 57 26 76(5) 64 and No. 30 seed Pablo Carreno Busta 64 46 64 46 62.

 

  • Istomin’s 2nd round win over Djokovic saw him become the lowest-ranked player to defeat a No. 2 seed at the Australian Open. It was just his 2nd victory over a Top 10 opponent in 34 attempts and his first win over a Top 10 player at a major.

 

  • Istomin’s 5-set wins over Djokovic and Carreno Busta here improved his win-loss record in 5-set matches to 14-7. They were his first 5-set match-wins at the Australian Open, having lost both of his previous 2 five-set matches here to Andreas Seppi in 2013 and 2015.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Istomin has recorded his best Australian Open result. His previous best result here is reaching the 3rd round in 2010 and 2014, losing to Djokovic on both occasions. He is contesting his 11th Australian Open and his 35th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Istomin is bidding to record 4 consecutive match-wins at a Tour-level event for the 4th time in his career. He also achieved the feat in finishing runner-up at both 2010 New Haven (l. Sergiy Stakhovsky) and 2012 San Jose (l. Milos Raonic), and in winning his first career title at 2015 Nottingham (d. Sam Querrey).

 

  • If he wins today, Istomin will play either No. 8 Dominic Thiem or No. 11 David Goffin in the quarterfinals. He trails Thiem 0-2 and Goffin 0-1 in their previous meetings.

 

  • Istomin earned a wild card into the 2017 Australian Open after defeating Duck Hee Lee to win the Asia Pacific wild card play-off in December 2016. He had saved 4 match points against Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the semifinals.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Istomin has recorded 3 straight Tour-level match-wins for the first time since he won the title at 2015 Nottingham.

 

  • Istomin’s best results in 2016 were reaching 2nd round at Miami-1000 (l. Andy Murray), where he ended a 7-match Tour-level losing streak, Marrakech (l. Pablo Carreno Busta), Madrid-1000 (l. Tomas Berdych) and Geneva (l. David Ferrer).

 

  • Also in 2016, Istomin finished runner-up at Challengers in Tashkent (UZB) (l. Konstantin Kravchuk) and Astana (KAZ) (l. Yoshihito Nishioka).

 

  • Istomin dropped out of the Top 100 for the first time since January 2010 after losing in the 1st round as defending champion at 2016 Nottingham. He dropped as low as No. 144 in October – his lowest ranking since July 2008 – but plays here ranked No. 117.

 

  • Last year here Istomin fell to Bernard Tomic in the 1st round. He also fell in the 1st round at both Roland Garros (l. Juan Monaco) and the US Open (l. Rafael Nadal).

 

  • Istomin warmed up for the Australian Open at the Bangkok Challenger (THA), where he fell to Christian Garin in the 2nd round.

 

  • Istomin broke his leg in a car accident in 2001 while travelling to a Futures event in Tashkent. He spent 3 months in hospital and did not touch a racket in 2 years, with doctors doubting he would ever play competitive tennis again.

 

  • Istomin has received support from the Grand Slam Development Fund, receiving travel grants in 2004.

 

  • Istomin is coached by his mother Klaudiya Istomina.
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Vandeweghe Upsets No. 1 Kerber, Venus Williams Reaches Australian Open Quarterfinals

 

(January 22, 2017) Defending champion Angelique Kerber has joined fellow No. 1 seed Andy Murray as both top seeds lost on Sunday. Kerber lost to American American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-2, 6-3 in the night session at the Australian Open.

CoCo Vandeweghe

Vandeweghe moves into the quarterfinals against Garbine Muguruza, who beat Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-3. Murguruza won last year’s French Open.

“It’s really special to play a No. 1 player at any stage in any round,” Vandewege said in her on-court interview with Renee Stubbs. “I believe this is my first number one win, so I will take that.”

“It was a tough match, and of course I’m disappointed,” Kerber said. “But I was not feeling the ball at all tonight. I was not playing good from the first point.

“So, yeah, it was not my day and not my match, for sure.”

“I was trying tonight, as well, everything. But, yeah, I missed a lot and I make a lot of unforced errors. So this was not my game like I play normally.”

“It’s the first time I’ve ever beaten a world No. 1. And especially at a Grand Slam, I think it makes it that much sweeter,” Vandeweghe said.

?I just felt like I was really executing my game well, keeping her on the back foot, and just kind of playing within myself. So that’s what I felt was going on on the court.”

“We’re two totally opposite players. I would expect myself to have more winners as well as more unforced errors than she would have. So in that fact, I mean, that’s kind of an expected stat that I would have more than she would.

“I mean, what the number would end up being is kind of up to how well I’m hitting my spots and how well I’m playing out there against an opponent.”

“We’ve played a lot, a couple of times,” Muguruza said about playing the American in the quarterfinals. “It’s 1-1 head-to-head. She’s a tricky player. She has a lot of power, full shots, serve, everything. She can play very well.”

“It’s an interesting matchup because she holds a different aspect to a playing style of she’s an aggressor, as well,”  Vandeweghe commented. “She is going to play that way, and no other way.”

“For me it depends on if I can match it, as well as if I can beat her to that punch of getting first strike, first play.”

With Kerber’s loss, should Serena Williams win the tournament, she would move back up to the No. 1 ranking.

Andy Murray lost to No. 50 Mischa Zverev in four sets earlier in the day.

No. 50 Mischa Zverev Beats No. 1 Andy Murray at Australian Open; Roger Federer Advances in Five Sets

Venus Williams, reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the second time in the last three years by beating qualifier Mona Barthel 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday in Melbourne.

 

The 36-year-old American, seeded 13th, the oldest player female singles player left in the draw, has not dropped a set entering the final eight.

 

“I was born to play tennis,” Williams said in her on-court interview. “I found my calling. I was meant to do this.”

This will be the 37th career major quarterfinal she has played.

 

 

Williams will play 24th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova who was the first player to reach quarterfinals defeated Russian countrywoman and 8th seeded two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-3 in 68 minutes.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova photo courtesy of Taste of Tennis

This will be the Russian’s first-ever Australian Open quarterfinal.

 

“It feels amazing,” she said. “I’m really happy with my first quarterfinal here in Australian Open.”

 

“I have a lot of memories, because I, yeah, won it twice in juniors and was showing some good tennis, as well, also in the pros, but never achieved something, like, big here.”
“I feel much fitter, as well. And again, I repeat like I’m enjoying a bit more, like I take it a bit differently now.

“Yeah, I feel like I’m showing some good tennis at the same time, as well, and so just trying to put everything in pieces.

“Yeah, but again, I’m not going, like, super excited about it. I just take match by match, and, you know, I want to do even better.”

“Today I played a qualifier, and she hardly ever missed,” Williams said. “So it doesn’t matter who you come up against, they are coming and they want to win, too. They have nothing to lose.
“I’m going to be focused on winning one round at a time and focus on doing what it takes to be there.”

“I know her game,” Williams said of her next opponent. “I have played a lot of matches this tournament kind of not knowing what to expect. That can be a little — it’s a whole different approach.

“Now I have played her. I know what to expect. So I can almost already be settled in before I get to that match. So it’s a good thing.”

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Australian Open Day 7 Schedule of Play for January 22, 2017

 

Australian Open Day 7 Schedule of Play for January 22, 2017

ROD LAVER ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 4
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [24] vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [8]
Women’s Singles – Round 4
Mona Barthel (GER) vs. Venus Williams (USA) [13]
Men’s Singles – Round 4
Andy Murray (GBR) [1] vs. Mischa Zverev (GER)

ROD LAVER ARENA 7:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 4
Roger Federer (SUI) [17] vs. Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5]
Women’s Singles – Round 4
Angelique Kerber (GER) [1] vs. Coco Vandeweghe (USA)

MARGARET COURT ARENA 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 3
Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) [11]/Horia Tecau (ROU) [11] vs. Marc Polmans (AUS)/Andrew Whittington (AUS)
Men’s Doubles – Round 3
Alex Bolt (AUS)/Bradley Mousley (AUS) vs. Sam Querrey (USA)/Donald Young (USA)
Not Before: 2:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 4
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [4] vs. Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Not Before: 4:00 PM
Women’s Singles – Round 4
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) vs. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) [7]

HISENSE ARENA 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 3
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) [1]’Nicolas Mahut (FRA) [1] vs. Dominic Inglot (GBR) [16]/Florin Mergea (ROU) [16]
Mixed Doubles – Round 1
Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) [8]/Rajeev Ram (USA) [8] vs. Casey Dellacqua (AUS)/Matt Reid (AUS)

Men’s Legends’ Doubles
Mansour Bahrami (FRA)/Fabrice Santoro (FRA) vs. Pat Cash (AUS)/Goran Ivanisevic (CRO)

Not Before: 4:30 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 4
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [12] vs. Daniel Evans (GBR)

SHOW COURT 2 11:00 AM

Men’s Legends’ Doubles
Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)/Thomas Johansson (SWE) vs. Jacco Eltingh (NED)/Paul Haarhuis (NED)

Not Before: 12:00 PM
Women’s Doubles – Round 3
Vania King (USA) [8]/Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) [8] vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)/Andrea Petkovic (GER)
Men’s Doubles – Round 3
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [5]/Marc Lopez (ESP) [5] vs. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)/Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
Mixed Doubles – Round 1
Samantha Stosur (AUS)/Sam Groth (AUS) vs. Pauline Parmentier (FRA)/Nicolas Mahut (FRA)

SHOW COURT 3 11:00 AM

Mixed Doubles – Round 1
Yifan Xu (CHN)/Fabrice Martin (FRA) vs. Liezel Huber (USA)/Marcin Matkowski (POL)
Women’s Doubles – Round 3
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [3]/Elena Vesnina (RUS) [3] vs. Viktorija Golubic (SUI)/Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)
Mixed Doubles – Round 1
Destanee Aiava (AUS)/Marc Polmans (AUS) vs. Martina Hingis (SUI)/Leander Paes (IND)
Mixed Doubles – Round 1
Andreja Klepac (SLO)/Treat Huey (PHI) vs. Michaella Krajicek (NED)/Raven Klaasen (RSA)

Women’s Legends’ Doubles
Lindsay Davenport (USA)/Martina Navratilova (USA) vs. Iva Majoli (CRO)/Alicia Molik (AUS)

COURT 5 11:00 AM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 1
Anri Nagata (JPN) vs. Alexandra Bozovic (AUS)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 1
Zizou Bergs (BEL) vs. Vlad Andrei Dancu (ROU)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 1
Jack Molloy (GBR) vs. Alexandre Rotsaert (USA)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Siddhant Banthia (IND)/Kaya Gore (TUR) vs. Federico Iannaccone (ITA)/len Schouten (NED)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Maxence Broville (FRA)
Vlad Andrei Dancu (ROU) vs. Anthony Popyrin (AUS)/Campbell Salmon (AUS)

COURT 7 11:00 AM

Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 1
len Schouten (NED) vs. Matthew Dellavedova (AUS)
Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 1
Mahak Jain (IND) vs. Marta Kostyuk (UKR) [11]
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 1
Kody Pearson (AUS) vs. Mikhail Sokolovskiy (RUS)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 1
Lucas Vuradin (AUS) vs. Marvin Moeller (GER) [3]
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 1
Mahak Jain (IND)/Lexie Stevens (NED) vs. Denisa Hindova (CZE)/Johana Markova (CZE)

COURT 8 11:00 AM

Mixed Doubles – Round 1
Elina Svitolina (UKR)/Chris Guccione (AUS) vs. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)/Robert Farah (COL)
Women’s Doubles – Round 3
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) [12]/Shuai Peng (CHN) [12] vs. Andreja Klepac (SLO)/María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP)
Women’s Doubles – Round 3
Eri Hozumi (JPN)/Miyu Kato (JPN) vs. Sania Mirza (IND) [4]/Barbora Strycova (CZE) [4]
Mixed Doubles – Round 1
Darija Jurak (CRO)/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) vs. Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) [4]/Max Mirnyi (BLR) [4]
Mixed Doubles – Round 1
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) [3]/Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) [3] vs. Raquel Atawo (USA)/Robert Lindstedt (SWE)

COURT 10 11:00 AM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 1
Pei Hsuan Chen (TPE) vs. Iga Swiatek (POL) [8]
Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 1
Mihika Yadav (IND) vs. Ali Collins (GBR)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 1
Nikolay Vylegzhanin (RUS) vs. Duarte Vale (POR) [6]
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 1
Shuyue Ma (CHN)/Mihika Yadav (IND) vs. Federica Bilardo (ITA)/Tatiana Pieri (ITA)

COURT 12 11:00 AM

Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 1
Yshai Oliel (ISR) [4] vs. Francesco Forti (ITA)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 1
Max Stewart (GBR) vs. Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN)
Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 1
Mai Hontama (JPN) [10] vs. Nicole Mossmer (USA)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Matthew Dellavedova (AUS)/Rinky Hijikata (AUS) vs. Ryan Nijboer (NED)/Ajeet Rai (NZL)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Dan Added (FRA)/Matteo Martineau (FRA) vs. Simon Carr (IRL)/Max Stewart (GBR)

COURT 13 11:00 AM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 1
Xin Yu Wang (CHN) vs. Maria Vittoria Viviani (ITA)
Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 1
Thasaporn Naklo (THA) vs. En Shuo Liang (TPE)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 1
Jesper De Jong (NED) vs. Trent Bryde (USA) [10]
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 1
En Shuo Liang (TPE)/Xin Yu Wang (CHN) vs. Caty McNally (USA) [5]/Natasha Subhash (USA) [5]
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 1
Ali Collins (GBR)/Jule Niemeier (GER) vs. Lea Boskovic (CRO) [8]/Elena Rybakina (RUS) [8]

COURT 14 11:00 AM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 1
Natasha Subhash (USA) [15] vs. Sofya Lansere (RUS)
Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 1
Jodie Anna Burrage (GBR) [6] vs. Federica Bilardo (ITA)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 1
Toru Horie (JPN) [9] vs. Chun Hsin Tseng (TPE)
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 1
Emily Appleton (GBR) [1]/Jodie Anna Burrage (GBR) [1] vs. Nidhi Surapaneni (IND)/Ekaterina Vishnevskaya (RUS)

COURT 15 11:00 AM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 1
Rebeka Masarova (SUI) [1] vs. Himari Sato (JPN)
Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 1
Naho Sato (JPN) vs. Eunhye Lee (KOR)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 1
Menelaos Efstathiou (CYP) vs. Joshua Howard-Tripp (RSA)
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 1
Zoe Kruger (RSA)/Himari Sato (JPN) vs. Pei Hsuan Chen (TPE)/Naho Sato (JPN)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Menelaos Efstathiou (CYP)/Eleftherios Neos (CYP) vs. Tristan Boyer (USA)/Siphosothando Montsi (RSA)

COURT 19 11:00 AM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 1
Patricia Apisah (PNG) vs. Carson Branstine (USA) [13]
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 1
Corentin Moutet (FRA) [5] vs. Ken Cavrak (AUS)
Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 1
Michaela Haet (AUS) vs. Hurricane Tyra Black (USA)
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 1
Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (CAN) [3]/Carson Branstine (USA) [3] vs. Aleksa Cveticanin (AUS)/Seone Mendez (AUS)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Shinji Hazawa (JPN)/Alexey Zakharov (RUS) vs. Zsombor Piros (HUN) [7]/Mikhail Sokolovskiy (RUS) [7]

COURT 20 11:00 AM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 1
Baijing Lin (AUS) vs. Malene Helgo (NOR)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 1
Adam Walton (AUS) vs. Dan Added (FRA) [14]
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 1
Dane Sweeny (AUS) vs. Shinji Hazawa (JPN)
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 1
Moerani Bouzige (AUS) vs. Tao Mu (CHN)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Toru Horie (JPN) [1]/Yibing Wu (CHN) [1] vs. Ken Cavrak (AUS)/Sean Van Rensburg (AUS)

COURT 22 11:00 AM

Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 1
Ekaterina Vishnevskaya (RUS) vs. Lisa Mays (AUS)
Junior Girls’ Singles – Round 1
Maja Chwalinska (POL) vs. Xiyu Wang (CHN) [3]
Junior Boys’ Singles – Round 1
Lingxi Zhao (CHN) [13] vs. Michael Vrbensky (CZE)
Junior Girls’ Doubles – Round 1
Annerly Poulos (AUS)/Tayla Whitehouse (AUS) vs. Oleksandra Andrieieva (UKR)/Sofya Lansere (RUS)
Junior Boys’ Doubles – Round 1
Ergi Kirkin (TUR) [3]/Corentin Moutet (FRA) [3] vs. Finn Reynolds (NZL)/Duarte Vale (POR)

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Australian Open Day 6 Schedule of Play for January 21, 2017

Australian Open Day 6 Schedule of Play for January 21, 2017

SINGLES MATCHES ONLY

ROD LAVER ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 3
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [6] vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [30]
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Nicole Gibbs (USA) vs. Serena Williams (USA) [2]
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Alexander Zverev (GER) [24] vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [9]
ROD LAVER ARENA 7:00 PM
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Daria Gavrilova (AUS) [22] vs. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) [12]
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [15] vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA) [18]

MARGARET COURT ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 3
Barbora Strycova (CZE) [16] vs. Caroline Garcia (FRA) [21]
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Dominic Thiem (AUT) [8] vs. Benoit Paire (FRA)
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [17] vs. Johanna Konta (GBR) [9]
MARGARET COURT ARENA 7:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Gael Monfils (FRA) [6] vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [32]
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [5] vs. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)

HISENSE ARENA 11:00 AM

DOUBLES TBA

Not Before: 12:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) [20] vs. David Goffin (BEL) [11]

DOUBLES TBA

Not Before: 6:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Gilles Simon (FRA) [25] vs. Milos Raonic (CAN) [3]

SHOW COURT 2 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 3
Elena Vesnina (RUS) [14] vs. Jennifer Brady (USA)

DOUBLES TBA

DOUBLES TBA

Men’s Singles – Round 3
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) [30] vs. Denis Istomin (UZB)

SHOW COURT 3 11:00 AM

DOUBLES TBA

Not Before: 12:00 PM
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Maria Sakkari (GRE) vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)

DOUBLES TBA

Men’s Singles – Round 3
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [13] vs. David Ferrer (ESP) [21]

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Australian Open Day 5 Schedule of Play for January 20, 2017

Australian Open Day 5 Schedule of Play for January 20, 2017

ROD LAVER ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 3
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs. Coco Vandeweghe (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Angelique Kerber (GER) [1] vs. Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [4] vs. Viktor Troicki (SRB) [29]

ROD LAVER ARENA 7:00 PM
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Ashleigh Barty (AUS) vs. Mona Barthel (GER)
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Tomas Berdych (CZE) [10] vs. Roger Federer (SUI) [17]

MARGARET COURT ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 3
Elina Svitolina (UKR) [11] vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [24]
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [12] vs. Jack Sock (USA) [23]
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Ying-Ying Duan (CHN) vs. Venus Williams (USA) [13]
MARGARET COURT ARENA 7:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs. Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5]
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) [32] vs. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) [7]

HISENSE ARENA 11:30 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 3
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [8]
Not Before: 2:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Andy Murray (GBR) [1] vs. Sam Querrey (USA) [31]
Not Before: 4:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Bernard Tomic (AUS) [27] vs. Daniel Evans (GBR)

SHOW COURT 2 11:00 AM

Mixed Doubles – Round 1
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) [1]/Mike Bryan (USA) [1] vs. Arina Rodionova (AUS)/John-Patrick Smith (AUS)
Women’s Doubles – Round 2
Samantha Stosur (AUS)/Shuai Zhang (CHN) vs. Sania Mirza (IND) [4]/Barbora Strycova (CZE) [4]
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Mischa Zverev (GER) vs. Malek Jaziri (TUN)
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) vs. Alison Riske (USA)

SHOW COURT 3 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 2
Rohan Bopanna (IND) [15]/Pablo Cuevas (URU) [15] vs. Alex Bolt (AUS)/Bradley Mousley (AUS)
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Steve Darcis (BEL) vs. Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Mixed Doubles – Round 1
Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) [5]/Lukasz Kubot (POL) [5] vs. Daria Gavrilova (AUS)/Luke Saville (AUS)
Men’s Doubles – Round 2
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)/Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs. Matthew Barton (AUS)/Matthew Ebden (AUS)

COURT 7 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 2
Robert Lindstedt (SWE)/Michael Venus (NZL) vs. Ivan Dodig (CRO) [9]/Marcel Granollers (ESP) [9]
Women’s Doubles – Round 2
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [3]/Elena Vesnina (RUS) [3] vs. Liezel Huber (USA)/Maria Sanchez (USA)
Mixed Doubles – Round 1
Abigail Spears (USA)/Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) vs. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) [7]/Radek Stepanek (CZE) [7]
Men’s Doubles – Round 2
Henri Kontinen (FIN) [4]/John Peers (AUS) [4] vs. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)/Gilles Muller (LUX)

COURT 8 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 2
Julien Benneteau (FRA)/Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs. Dominic Inglot (GBR) [16]/Florin Mergea (ROU) [16]
Men’s Doubles – Round 2
Jurgen Melzer (AUT)/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) vs. Brian Baker (USA)/Nikola Mektic (CRO)
Men’s Doubles – Round 2
Marc Polmans (AUS)/Andrew Whittington (AUS) vs. Daniel Nestor (CAN) [8]/Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) [8]
Women’s Doubles – Round 2
Vania King (USA) [8]/Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) [8] vs. Danka Kovinic (MNE)/Laura Siegemund (GER)

COURT 13 12:00 PM

Women’s Doubles – Round 2
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) [12]/Shuai Peng (CHN) [12] vs. Karin Knapp (ITA)/Mandy Minella (LUX)
Women’s Doubles – Round 2
Alizé Cornet (FRA)/Magda Linette (POL) vs. Eri Hozumi (JPN)/Miyu Kato (JPN)
Women’s Doubles – Round 2
Louisa Chirico (USA)/Elise Mertens (BEL) vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)/Andrea Petkovic (GER)

COURT 20 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 2
Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) [11]/Horia Tecau (ROU) [11] vs. Wesley Koolhof (NED)/Matwe Middelkoop (NED)
Women’s Doubles – Round 2
Lauren Davis (USA)/Megan Moulton-Levy (USA) vs. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [13]/Saisai Zheng (CHN) [13]
Women’s Doubles – Round 2
Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)/Michaella Krajicek (NED) vs. Andreja Klepac (SLO)/María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP)

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Australian Open Day 4 Schedule of Play for January 19, 2017

Australian Open Day 4 Schedule of Play for January 19, 2017

ROD LAVER ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 2
Naomi Osaka (JPN) vs. Johanna Konta (GBR) [9]
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [17] vs. Donna Vekic (CRO)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Denis Istomin (UZB) vs. Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2]
ROD LAVER ARENA 7:00 PM
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Lucie Safarova (CZE) vs. Serena Williams (USA) [2]
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [9]

MARGARET COURT ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 2
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [5] vs. Anna Blinkova (RUS)
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [6] vs. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Gilles Muller (LUX) vs. Milos Raonic (CAN) [3]
MARGARET COURT ARENA 7:00 PM
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [3]
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Dominic Thiem (AUT) [8] vs. Jordan Thompson (AUS)

HISENSE ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 2
Sara Errani (ITA) vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [30]
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [15] vs. Hyeon Chung (KOR)
Not Before: 3:30 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Gael Monfils (FRA) [6] vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
Not Before: 6:30 PM
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Daria Gavrilova (AUS) [22] vs. Ana Konjuh (CRO)

SHOW COURT 2 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 2
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA) [18]
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Elena Vesnina (RUS) [14] vs. Mandy Minella (LUX)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Daniel Evans (GBR)/Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs. Dusan Lajovic (SRB)/Viktor Troicki (SRB)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Alexander Zverev (GER) [24] vs. Frances Tiafoe (USA)

SHOW COURT 3 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 2
Oceane Dodin (FRA) vs. Caroline Garcia (FRA) [21]
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Barbora Strycova (CZE) [16] vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs. David Goffin (BEL) [11]
Not Before: 4:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Benoit Paire (FRA) vs. Fabio Fognini (ITA)

COURT 5 11:00 AM

Women’s Doubles – Round 1
María Irigoyen (ARG)/Ipek Soylu (TUR) vs. Barbora Krejcikova (CZE)/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)/Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) vs. Louisa Chirico (USA)/Elise Mertens (BEL)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Naomi Osaka (JPN)/Monica Puig (PUR) vs. Raluca Olaru (ROU)/Olga Savchuk (UKR)

COURT 7 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 2
Donald Young (USA) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [32]
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Ernesto Escobedo (USA) vs. David Ferrer (ESP) [21]
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Matt Reid (AUS)/John-Patrick Smith (AUS) vs. Sam Groth (AUS)/Chris Guccione (AUS)
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Alizé Cornet (FRA) [28] vs. Maria Sakkari (GRE)

COURT 8 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 2
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) vs. Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) [31]
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [13] vs. Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)
Not Before: 4:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) [20] vs. Andrew Whittington (AUS)
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Danka Kovinic (MNE) vs. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) [12]

COURT 10 12:00 PM

Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Lukasz Kubot (POL) [7]/Marcelo Melo (BRA) [7] vs. Johan Brunstrom (SWE)/Andreas Siljestrom (SWE)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Aliaksandr Bury (BLR)/Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs. Raven Klaasen (RSA) [6]/Rajeev Ram (USA) [6]
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Andreja Klepac (SLO)/María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) vs. Julia Goerges (GER) [7]/Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [7]

COURT 12 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Ken Skupski (GBR)/Neal Skupski (GBR) vs. Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) [14]/Robert Farah (COL) [14]
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Jonathan Eysseric (FRA)/Fabrice Martin (FRA) vs. Purav Raja (IND)/Divij Sharan (IND)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Tatjana Maria (GER)/Pauline Parmentier (FRA) vs. Chin-Wei Chan (TPE)/Junri Namigata (JPN)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Viktorija Golubic (SUI)/Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) vs. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)/Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)

COURT 13 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 2
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) [30] vs. Kyle Edmund (GBR)
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Jennifer Brady (USA) vs. Heather Watson (GBR)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Jelena Jankovic (SRB)/Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) vs. Martina Hingis (SUI) [5]/Coco Vandeweghe (USA) [5]
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)/Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) vs. Ashleigh Barty (AUS)/Casey Dellacqua (AUS)

COURT 14 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Mate Pavic (CRO) [13]/Alexander Peya (AUT) [13] vs. Jurgen Melzer (AUT)/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Julien Benneteau (FRA)/Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs. Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL)/Martin Klizan (SVK)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) [15]/Carina Witthoeft (GER) [15] vs. Timea Babos (HUN)/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Sam Querrey (USA)/Donald Young (USA) vs. Jamie Murray (GBR) [2]/Bruno Soares (BRA) [2]

COURT 15 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Treat Huey (PHI) [10]/Max Mirnyi (BLR) [10] vs. Leander Paes (IND)/Andre Sa (BRA)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) [12]/Shuai Peng (CHN) [12] vs. Misaki Doi (JPN)/Kurumi Nara (JPN)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Andres Molteni (ARG)/Diego Schwartzman (ARG) vs. Daniel Nestor (CAN) [8]/Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) [8]
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)/Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs. Alex De Minaur (AUS)/Max Purcell (AUS)

COURT 19 11:00 AM

Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Vania King (USA) [8]/Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) [8] vs. Qiang Wang (CHN)/Varatchaya Wongteanchai (THA)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Dustin Brown (GER)/Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs. Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)/Mischa Zverev (GER)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Nao Hibino (JPN)/Alicja Rosolska (POL) vs. Yulia Putintseva (KAZ)/Alison Riske (USA)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Alison Bai (AUS)/Lizette Cabrera (AUS) vs. Annika Beck (GER)/Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)

COURT 20 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) [1]/Nicolas Mahut (FRA) [1] vs. Adrian Mannarino (FRA)/Adil Shamasdin (CAN)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Gilles Simon (FRA) [25] vs. Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Jessica Moore (AUS)/Storm Sanders (AUS) vs. Raquel Atawo (USA) [11]/Yifan Xu (CHN) [11]
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Nicole Gibbs (USA) vs. Irina Falconi (USA)

COURT 22 11:00 AM

Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) [10]/Katerina Siniakova (CZE) [10] vs. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)/Kveta Peschke (CZE)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Jonathan Erlich (ISR)/Scott Lipsky (USA) vs. Karen Khachanov (RUS)/Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Shelby Rogers (USA)/Taylor Townsend (USA) vs. Kiki Bertens (NED) [14]/Johanna Larsson (SWE) [14]

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Kerber Advances in Three Sets, Venus Williams Moves Into Third Round at Australian Open

(January 18, 2017) No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber gave herself a birthday gift on Wednesday, a hard-fought 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-2 win over German countrywoman Carina Witthoeft.

The 29-year-old defending champion looked as though she was going to close out the match in straight sets,
but after taking a 3-2 lead in the second set tiebreak, her opponent amped up her game, while Kerber’s serve
vanished. Witthoeft won the next five points to send the match into a third set.

The two-time major winner had to overcome a break in the first game of the third set, but won four straight games to control the set. The fifth game saw Kerber having to fight off break points in long rallies to keep her edge.

“I was a little bit too defensive today, so I think that was the problem,” Kerber said. “When I was trying, I did, like, few more mistakes.

“So, yeah, I mean, I will try for the next round to really focusing on playing consistent from the first until the last point and not having too much up and downs during the match.

“I was doing I think a lot of mistakes like in the important moments. But at the end, I’m happy that I won the match. It was not so easy. The conditions were, like, also a little bit difficult today.
“At the end, I won, and this is all that counts for me.”

“Of course it was not so easy, especially also with the sun from the one side. But at the end, I was try my best. I’m through the next round, so, yeah, I’m looking forward to being now in the third round.”
During her on-court interview, the crowd serenaded her with the “Happy Birthday” song.

No. 13 seed and 2003 finalist Venus Williams advanced to the third round of the Australian Open, beating Swiss veteran Stefanie Voegele 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday.

Venus, who was scheduled to play doubles with her sister Serena later in the day, pulled out of the doubles with an elbow injury.

“I was really disappointed not to be able to play in New Zealand. I was hoping to have the capacity to play both events here, but at this point I just need to be careful and just try to maintain myself.”

Venus will play Ying-Ying Duan in the third round.
“I don’t know anything about her,” Williams admitted. “I have never seen her play. Zero, like zero. So I’m going to have to, yeah, see how it goes. Like, maybe get a scouting report in the warm-up when we hit the five minutes and kind of see how it feels.”

Other women’s seeds advancing on the day included eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 11 Elina Svitolina and No. 24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. American Alison Riske upset No. 20 Zhang Shuai 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-1.

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Australian Open Day 3 Schedule of Play for January 18, 2017

Australian Open Day 3 Schedule of Play for January 18, 2017

ROD LAVER ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 2
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) vs. Venus Williams (USA) [13]
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Angelique Kerber (GER) [1] vs. Carina Witthoeft (GER)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Noah Rubin (USA) vs. Roger Federer (SUI) [17]

ROD LAVER ARENA 7:00 PM
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Samantha Crawford (USA) vs. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) [7]
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Andy Murray (GBR) [1] vs. Andrey Rublev (RUS)

MARGARET COURT ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 2
Elina Svitolina (UKR) [11] vs. Julia Boserup (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Jaimee Fourlis (AUS) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [8]
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [4] vs. Steve Johnson (USA)

MARGARET COURT ARENA 7:00 PM
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Shelby Rogers (USA) vs. Ashleigh Barty (AUS)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Bernard Tomic (AUS) [27] vs. Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM)

HISENSE ARENA 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 2
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs. Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5]
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) vs. Julia Goerges (GER)
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Shuai Peng (CHN) vs. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
Not Before: 6:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [14]

SHOW COURT 2 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 2
Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [24]
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [12] vs. Dusan Lajovic (SRB)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Serena Williams (USA) [15]/Venus Williams (USA) [15] vs. Timea Babos (HUN)/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
Men’s Singles – Round 2Alex De Minaur (AUS) vs. Sam Querrey (USA) [31]

SHOW COURT 3 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 2
Alison Riske (USA) vs. Shuai Zhang (CHN) [20]
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Tomas Berdych (CZE) [10] vs. Ryan Harrison (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) [10] vs. Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Daniel Evans (GBR) vs. Marin Cilic (CRO) [7]

COURT 5 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Rohan Bopanna (IND) [15]/Pablo Cuevas (URU) [15] vs. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)/Maximo Gonzalez (ARG)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Robert Lindstedt (SWE)/Michael Venus (NZL) vs. Andre Begemann (GER)/Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Christina McHale (USA)/Asia Muhammad (USA) vs. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [13]/Saisai Zheng (CHN) [13]
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)/Michaella Krajicek (NED) vs. Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO)/Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)

COURT 7 11:00 AM

Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Eri Hozumi (JPN)/Miyu Kato (JPN) vs. Ellen Perez (AUS)/Olivia Tjandramulia (AUS)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Robin Haase (NED)/Florian Mayer (GER) vs. Alex Bolt (AUS)/Bradley Mousley (AUS)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs. Viktor Troicki (SRB) [29]
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Mona Barthel (GER) vs. Monica Puig (PUR) [29]

COURT 8 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 2
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) vs. Ying-Ying Duan (CHN)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
John Isner (USA) [19] vs. Mischa Zverev (GER)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Karen Khachanov (RUS) vs. Jack Sock (USA) [23]
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) vs. Coco Vandeweghe (USA)

COURT 10 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Facundo Bagnis (ARG)/Federico Delbonis (ARG) vs. Brian Baker (USA)/Nikola Mektic (CRO)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) [11]/Horia Tecau (ROU) [11] vs. Philipp Petzschner (GER)/Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)/Andrea Petkovic (GER) vs. Monica Niculescu (ROU) [9]/Abigail Spears (USA) [9]
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Jocelyn Rae (GBR)/Anna Smith (GBR) vs. Sania Mirza (IND) [4]/Barbora Strycova (CZE) [4]

COURT 12 11:00 AM

Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) [6]/Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) [6] vs. Chen Liang (CHN)/Zhaoxuan Yang (CHN)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Darija Jurak (CRO) [16]/Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) [16] vs. Alizé Cornet (FRA)/Magda Linette (POL)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Caroline Garcia (FRA) [1]/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [1] vs. Belinda Bencic (SUI)/Ana Konjuh (CRO)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Karin Knapp (ITA)/Mandy Minella (LUX) vs. Naomi Broady (GBR)/Heather Watson (GBR)

COURT 13 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 2
Malek Jaziri (TUN) vs. Alexander Bublik (KAZ)
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs. Dudi Sela (ISR)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Malek Jaziri (TUN)/Stephane Robert (FRA) vs. Ivan Dodig (CRO) [9]/Marcel Granollers (ESP) [9]
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) [32] vs. Kristina Kucova (SVK)

COURT 14 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Henri Kontinen (FIN) [4]/John Peers (AUS) [4] vs. Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)/David Marrero (ESP)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Liezel Huber (USA)/Maria Sanchez (USA) vs. Madison Brengle (USA)/Arina Rodionova (AUS)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Luke Saville (AUS)/Jordan Thompson (AUS) vs. Dominic Inglot (GBR) [16]/Florin Mergea (ROU) [16]
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Sara Errani (ITA)/Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) vs. Daria Gavrilova (AUS)/Daria Kasatkina (RUS)

COURT 15 11:00 AM

Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE)/Nicole Gibbs (USA) vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) [2]/Lucie Safarova (CZE) [2]
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)/Gilles Muller (LUX) vs. Cheng-Peng Hsieh (TPE)/Tsung-Hua Yang (TPE)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Kimberly Birrell (AUS)/Priscilla Hon (AUS) vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS)/Shuai Zhang (CHN)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)/Jiri Vesely (CZE) vs. Marc Polmans (AUS)/Andrew Whittington (AUS)

COURT 19 11:00 AM

Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [3]/Elena Vesnina (RUS) [3] vs. Shuko Aoyama (JPN)/Makoto Ninomiya (JPN)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Wesley Koolhof (NED)/Matwe Middelkoop (NED) vs. Julio Peralta (CHI)/Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Jerzy Janowicz (POL)/Marcin Matkowski (POL) vs. Fabio Fognini (ITA)/Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)/Benoit Paire (FRA) vs. Bob Bryan (USA) [3]/Mike Bryan (USA) [3]

COURT 20 11:00 AM

Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Lauren Davis (USA)/Megan Moulton-Levy (USA) vs. Destanee Aiava (AUS)/Alicia Smith (AUS)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Matthew Barton (AUS)/Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs. Vasek Pospisil (CAN) [12]/Radek Stepanek (CZE) [12]
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) [27]
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Diego Schwartzman (ARG) vs. Steve Darcis (BEL)

COURT 22 11:00 AM

Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Nicholas Monroe (USA)/Artem Sitak (NZL) vs. James Cerretani (USA)/Philipp Oswald (AUT)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Guillermo Duran (ARG)/Joao Sousa (POR) vs. Marcus Daniell (NZL)/Marcelo Demoliner (BRA)
Women’s Doubles – Round 1
Danka Kovinic (MNE)/Laura Siegemund (GER) vs. Demi Schuurs (NED)/Renata Voracova (CZE)
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [5]/Marc Lopez (ESP) [5] vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)/Gerald Melzer (AUT)

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Six-Time Champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams Begin Quests for Seven Title with Wins

Serena Williams

(January 17, 2017) No. 2 seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic took their first steps in their quest for a seventh Australian Open title on Tuesday, each winning in straight sets.

 

Djokovic beat Fernando Verdasco in the first round of Melbourne 6-1, 7-6, 6-2. Verdasco almost beat the Serb in Doha earlier this month. He had five match points and could not close the  match. Djokovic came back to win the match and the tournament beating No. 1 Andy Murray in the final.

 

“I’m very pleased with the first round, considering I had one of the toughest first-round draws, definitely considering his form, how well he played in Doha,” Djokovic said. Just overall I’m feeling good about my performance.

 

“It was about 10 days ago, the match that we played. So, of course, you still have traces of, I guess, that match, emotions and everything that has happened.

“I use it in a way to just analyze and to get myself prepared for what’s coming up, to just be able to do things better than I’ve done that day in Doha. Even though I won the match, I thought I hadn’t played as well as I did tonight. Starting off a match as I did out of my blocks was obviously very satisfying to experience.

Serena Williams had to hold off a late surge by her first round opponent former Top Ten player Belinda Bencic, winning 6-4, 6-3. The 22-time major champion is now 65-1 in the first rounds of majors.

“I think it was pretty good,” Williams said after the match. “I mean, she’s a really good player. So I think I was able to start out well.

“I just wasn’t as aggressive as I was during those games. You know, she started playing better.

“I made a few errors on some key points, but for the most part, I still was going for everything and I was able to close it out.”

I feel like she’s definitely been having a lot more power. Obviously she beat me in Canada the last time we played, but I really don’t remember much about that match. I do remember — I just felt like she was doing really well.

 

The recently engaged Williams came into her news conference wearing a shirt which said “Equality.” Williams is engaged to Williams to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Williams said: “with today being Martin Luther King Day, it’s important to spread the message of equality, which is something he talked about a lot and he tried to spread a lot, is equality and rights for everyone.

“With that, Nike and all the Nike athletes really want to be a part of this movement, especially, again, being that it’s Martin Luther King Day. And we really just want to speak up about things that we believe in and talk about equality.”

 

Rafael Nadal who won the Australian Open in 2009, back from a wrist injury beat Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the second round. Nadal lost in the first round last year to countryman Fernando Verdasco.

Nadal: “I think I played solid match, no? It was great to be back on the big stadium. I feel the support of the people, love the people. That is something that is very special for me. Just happy to see the court like this and the people supporting me. So just can say thanks.

“I am happy the way I am playing. I had good weeks of practice. Never easy the first round. Is always little bit more nerves at the beginning. I didn’t play against an easy opponent. The way that he plays is not a conventional game. You know, he change a lot of the rhythm of the point, you know, changing with a slice, then he hit a winner. Then he play little bit slower ball. Is not easy to read his game, no?

“So just am happy the way that I played. I played good all the key points. That’s very important for me.”

 

In the match of the day, 37-year-old veteran Ivo Karlovic won a five-set marathon lasting five-hours and 15 minutes beating Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-7 (6), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 22-20.  The match  set a record for most number of games (84) at the Australian Open in matches with tiebreaks. The Croatian  set a record for the tournament hitting 75 aces.

“It was real difficult match,” Karlovic said. It was also difficult mentally because I was down 2-0. I had to also fight against him and against my own head, you know. So it was definitely really difficult.”

“This is what I will, after my career, remember. If it was easy match or I lost easy, I wouldn’t remember. But this one definitely I will remember forever.”

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