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Australian Open Day 2 Schedule of Play for January 17, 2017

Australian Open Day 2

Schedule of Play for January 17, 2017

ROD LAVER ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [5] vs. Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Belinda Bencic (SUI) vs. Serena Williams (USA) [2]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Florian Mayer (GER) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [9]

ROD LAVER ARENA 7:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs. Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [3]

MARGARET COURT ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) vs. Johanna Konta (GBR) [9]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Dustin Brown (GER) vs. Milos Raonic (CAN) [3]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Heather Watson (GBR) vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS) [18]

MARGARET COURT ARENA 7:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [15] vs. Christopher O’Connell (AUS)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Daria Gavrilova (AUS) [22] vs. Naomi Broady (GBR)

HISENSE ARENA 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 1
Alexander Zverev (GER) [24] vs. Robin Haase (NED)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [6] vs. Denisa Allertova (CZE)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [17] vs. Arina Rodionova (AUS)
Not Before: 5:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Omar Jasika (AUS) vs. David Ferrer (ESP) [21]

SHOW COURT 2 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) vs. Caroline Garcia (FRA) [21]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Reilly Opelka (USA) vs. David Goffin (BEL) [11]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Jordan Thompson (AUS) vs. Joao Sousa (POR)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Barbora Strycova (CZE) [16] vs. Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS)

SHOW COURT 3 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) vs. Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Elena Vesnina (RUS) [14] vs. Ana Bogdan (ROU)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Dominic Thiem (AUT) [8] vs. Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Gael Monfils (FRA) [6] vs. Jiri Vesely (CZE)

COURT 5 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 1
Jared Donaldson (USA) vs. Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Kyle Edmund (GBR) vs. Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Jennifer Brady (USA) vs. Johanna Larsson (SWE)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Kayla Day (USA) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER)

COURT 7 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [30]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) vs. Alex Bolt (AUS)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [13] vs. Guido Pella (ARG)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Danka Kovinic (MNE) vs. Saisai Zheng (CHN)

COURT 8 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Luksika Kumkhum (THA) vs. Naomi Osaka (JPN)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Sara Errani (ITA) vs. Risa Ozaki (JPN)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Blake Mott (AUS) vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA) [18]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Tommy Haas (GER) vs. Benoit Paire (FRA)

COURT 10 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 1
Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) vs. Donald Young (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Lin Zhu (CHN) vs. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Gilles Muller (LUX) vs. Taylor Fritz (USA)

COURT 12 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Irina Falconi (USA) vs. Xinyun Han (CHN)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Frances Tiafoe (USA) vs. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Mandy Minella (LUX) vs. Magda Linette (POL)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Hyeon Chung (KOR) vs. Renzo Olivo (ARG)

COURT 13 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 1
Gilles Simon (FRA) [25] vs. Michael Mmoh (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Donna Vekic (CRO) vs. Lizette Cabrera (AUS)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Camila Giorgi (ITA) vs. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) [12]

COURT 14 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) vs. Oceane Dodin (FRA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Alizé Cornet (FRA) [28] vs. Myrtille Georges (FRA)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs. Borna Coric (CRO)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Denis Istomin (UZB) vs. Ivan Dodig (CRO)

COURT 15 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 1
Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [32]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Maria Sakkari (GRE) vs. Anett Kontaveit (EST)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Adam Pavlasek (CZE) vs. Andrew Whittington (AUS)

COURT 19 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Anna Blinkova (RUS) vs. Monica Niculescu (ROU)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) [30] vs. Peter Polansky (CAN)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) [20] vs. Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs. Qiang Wang (CHN)

COURT 20 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Timea Babos (HUN) [25] vs. Nicole Gibbs (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) vs. Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) [31]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs. Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [28]

COURT 22 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Karin Knapp (ITA) vs. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Radu Albot (MDA) vs. Carlos Berlocq (ARG)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Daniil Medvedev (RUS) vs. Ernesto Escobedo (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Ana Konjuh (CRO) vs. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)

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In First Major Match as No. 1, Andy Murray Moves Into Second Round of Australian Open

(January 16, 2017) Coming into a major for the first time in his career as the No. 1 seed, Andy Murray had to hold off a game Illya Marchenko of Ukraine a 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-2 to advance to the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.

Marchenko hit 46 winners to 62 unforced errors in the match to Murray’s 25 winners and 27 errors, but the winner broke his opponent’s serve six times.

The Scot has never won in Melbourne, but has been a finalist five times including the last two years.
Marchenko made 62 unforced errors, compared with Murray’s 27.

“I don’t think it was the best match, to be honest,” Murray said. “You know, the conditions there were pretty different to what we’ve been practicing. Last week’s been pretty cool. A lot of days, it’s been overcast. The temperature of the court is much cooler. When it’s like that, the ball is bouncing a bit lower, a bit easier to control the ball. I was a bit tentative because of that.

“And, yeah, didn’t serve that well either. So you end up having to work really hard on a lot of your service games when it’s like that.
“It just was tough.”

“I didn’t move that well,” he explained. “That’s how it felt anyway. But sometimes that can also be down to the conditions, as well. The ball’s flying through the air a little bit quicker, so the ball is coming onto you faster than what it was the last few days. Maybe wasn’t reacting as quickly as I would have liked.

“But, yeah, maybe also nerves there first round as well. It’s maybe normal to feel a little bit slow on your feet or a bit heavy-legged in the first round.”

Murray, recently receiving a knighthood by the Queen of England, on top of becoming No. 1 in men’s tennis, talked about his feeling about being on top of the tennis world.

“It’s been great. I think because it’s taken me so long to get there, obviously I want to try to stay there, but also I feel like I’m mature enough now to handle it. Maybe, you know, if it happens when you’re very young, you might feel extra pressures, the responsibilities might feel a bit much. But I think because I’m much older and more mature, it’s been good.”

Next up for the World No. 1 is qualifier Andrey Rublev.

“I know a little bit about him,” Murray admitted. “I never hit with him or played against him, but I’ve seen him play before and he goes for it. He doesn’t hold back. You know, he hits a big ball.”

“I saw him play a couple of years ago at the US Open against Youzhny. I watched a bit of his match there. I thought he was very good. Clean ball-striker. Like I said, goes for it.

“Obviously when you get out there, things look a little bit different than they might on the TV or on the video. But try to watch a bit the next couple of days and hopefully go in with a good strategy. I’ll need to work some things out myself when I’m out there.”

 

Kei Nishikori

Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori had to battle for a five-set win over Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-2 in 3 hours and 34 minutes.

The man from Japan had a 5-2 lead in the fourth set tiebreak, but Kuznetsov won the next four points and won the set to sent the match to a fifth set. Nishikori dominated the final set by breaking his opponent’s serve twice.
“I think I let him come back fourth set,” said Nishikori. “I should have finished that set. Especially I was up tiebreak, but I think he played well from the beginning. Fifth set I start playing much better. Yeah, it was tough, really tough match.”

Nishikori will not be playing in the first round of Davis Cup for Japan when they host France.

“I’m not playing because the schedule, it’s gonna be too tight. Going South America, Rio and Buenos Aires, and if I play Davis Cup, that’s way too much, you know, for my body and Indian Wells and Miami is coming up after. So I just decided not to play.”

Murray was also asked about Davis Cup:
“I think tennis needs a great team competition. Davis Cup has been there. I think almost everyone I know, like, in the media, all of the tennis players, everyone seems to be in agreement that the format needs to change.
“I sat in a room with all of the guys on the player council, and nobody was for the neutral venue. There were many things discussed that could change Davis Cup, we thought for the better. A lot of players agreed upon. None of that’s been done yet.

“The only thing that I think has been agreed is a neutral final, which I don’t know many people that think that’s a good idea.

“So, yeah, I do think it needs to change. If the top players aren’t playing, the event loses value. So, yeah, we’ll see what happens in the next 18 months or so, see if there’s anything we can do to make it better.”

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Shelby Rogers Knocks Out Fourth Seed Simona Halep at Australian Open

 

(January 16, 2017) In the first major upset of the Australian Open on day one, American Shelby Rogers, ranked 52 in the world, knocked out fourth seed Simona Halep of Romania 6-3, 6-1 in Rod Laver Arena on Monday.

For Halep, this was the second straight year and fourth time over the last six years that she’s been ousted in the first round of the Australian Open.

“I think I played great today, trying to be aggressive going out there,” Rogers said. “My game plan worked. Just move forward, hit your shots, be really aggressive. When I’m doing that, I am playing well. Very happy with how I did today.”

 

Simona Halep

“Definitely she played well,” Halep said. “I think she played very high standard. I had pain at my knee.

“For me, in the second set, was difficult to move anymore, but she deserved to win. She was aggressive, and she hit very strong, the balls.”

“I’m never thinking to withdraw a tournament, because it’s not in my inside,” she continued.

“But I tried. I had some anti-inflammatory before the match, and the previous days. But when you have the tension of the match, official match, the pressure, it comes harder.

“So I had harder pain, and I couldn’t do what I wanted.”
Rogers, who made a big breakthrough at a major in 2014, when she reached the last eighth of the French Open, talked about what she took away from that run – “the biggest thing I took away from that was just that I can compete with the top players in the world and I’m good enough, you know. And little things here and there I need to work on, but I’m here. I need to believe in myself, and, yeah.

“So I have definitely carried that away from the French Open and just been enjoying it a little bit, I think. There has been a lot of positive feedback, which has been nice.

“Just trying to keep that going.”

Rogers hit 26 winners, breaking Halep’s serve four times.

“I have had a couple good weeks leading up to Melbourne,” she said. Rogers warmed up for Melbourne by reaching the quarterfinals of Hobart. “I started well in Brisbane and had a couple of good matches in Hobart, as well. It’s nice to feel like you have had some matches already, which is a really nice thing.

“I wasn’t here last year, actually, so it’s extra special for me.”

The 24-year-old Rogers from Charleston, South Carolina, will play the winner of the Ashleigh Barty and Annika Beck match in the second round.

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Australian Open Day 1 Schedule of Play for January 16, 2017

Australian Open Day 1

Schedule of Play for January 16, 2017

ROD LAVER ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Simona Halep (ROU) [4] vs. Shelby Rogers (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) vs. Venus Williams (USA) [13]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Andy Murray (GBR) [1] vs. Illya Marchenko (UKR)

ROD LAVER ARENA 7:00 PM
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Angelique Kerber (GER) [1] vs. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) vs. Roger Federer (SUI) [17]

MARGARET COURT ARENA 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Marina Erakovic (NZL) vs. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) [7]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Bernard Tomic (AUS) [27] vs. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Roberta Vinci (ITA) [15]

MARGARET COURT ARENA 7:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [4] vs. Martin Klizan (SVK)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Louisa Chirico (USA) vs. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)

HISENSE ARENA 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 1
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) vs. Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Ashleigh Barty (AUS) vs. Annika Beck (GER)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Mariana Duque-Mariño (COL) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [8]
Not Before: 6:30 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Gastao Elias (POR) vs. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [14]

SHOW COURT 2 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Mona Barthel (GER) vs. Destanee Aiava (AUS)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Tomas Berdych (CZE) [10] vs. Luca Vanni (ITA)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Jerzy Janowicz (POL) vs. Marin Cilic (CRO) [7]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) [10] vs. Jana Cepelova (SVK)

SHOW COURT 3 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 1
Alex De Minaur (AUS) vs. Gerald Melzer (AUT)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) vs. Shuai Zhang (CHN) [20]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Elina Svitolina (UKR) [11] vs. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [12] vs. Thiago Monteiro (BRA)

COURT 5 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 1
Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs. Aljaz Bedene (GBR)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) [32] vs. Nao Hibino (JPN)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Karen Khachanov (RUS) vs. Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Eri Hozumi (JPN) vs. Carina Witthoeft (GER)

COURT 7 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Ying-Ying Duan (CHN) vs. Rebecca Sramkova (SVK)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Quentin Halys (FRA) vs. Sam Querrey (USA) [31]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) vs. Kurumi Nara (JPN)
Not Before: 5:30 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) vs. Jack Sock (USA) [23]

COURT 8 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Laura Siegemund (GER) [26] vs. Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) vs. Misaki Doi (JPN)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
James Duckworth (AUS) vs. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Steve Darcis (BEL) vs. Sam Groth (AUS)

COURT 10 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Samantha Crawford (USA) vs. Lauren Davis (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Kristina Kucova (SVK) vs. Christina McHale (USA)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Malek Jaziri (TUN) vs. Go Soeda (JPN)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) vs. Noah Rubin (USA)

COURT 12 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 1
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs. Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Alison Riske (USA) vs. Madison Brengle (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Irina Khromacheva (RUS) vs. Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
Not Before: 5:30 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs. Dudi Sela (ISR)

COURT 13 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Kiki Bertens (NED) [19] vs. Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Anna Tatishvili (USA) vs. Jaimee Fourlis (AUS)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Pablo Cuevas (URU) [22] vs. Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Alexander Bublik (KAZ) vs. Lucas Pouille (FRA) [16]

COURT 14 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Patricia Maria Tig (ROU) vs. Monica Puig (PUR) [29]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs. Mischa Zverev (GER)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [24]
Not Before: 5:30 PM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Facundo Bagnis (ARG) vs. Daniel Evans (GBR)

COURT 15 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 1
Ryan Harrison (USA) vs. Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) vs. Viktorija Golubic (SUI)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) [26] vs. Lukas Lacko (SVK)

COURT 19 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) vs. Julia Goerges (GER)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Andrey Rublev (RUS) vs. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) vs. Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Daria Kasatkina (RUS) [23] vs. Shuai Peng (CHN)

COURT 20 11:00 AM

Women’s Singles – Round 1
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) [27]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
John Isner (USA) [19] vs. Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) vs. Julia Boserup (USA)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Federico Delbonis (ARG) vs. Steve Johnson (USA)

COURT 22 11:00 AM

Men’s Singles – Round 1
Damir Dzumhur (BIH) vs. Viktor Troicki (SRB) [29]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Vania King (USA) vs. Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) vs. Stephane Robert (FRA)

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2017 Australian Open Men’s First Round Head-to-Heads

2017 Australian Open Men’s First Round Head-to-Heads

Andy MURRAY v Illya MARCHENKO       Andy MURRAY LEADS 1 : 0

2011              Australian Open (AUS)                                Hard (O)         R64        Andy MURRAY                                        6-1 6-3 6-3

Andrey RUBLEV v Yen-Hsun LU       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Alex DE MINAUR v Gerald MELZER       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Quentin HALYS v Sam QUERREY       NO MATCHES PLAYED
John ISNER v Konstantin KRAVCHUK       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ v Mischa ZVEREV       TIED 1 : 1
  • Bucharest (ROU) Clay (O)     R32          Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ           6-4 3-6 6-0
  • Stuttgart Outdoor (GER) Clay (O)     R32          Mischa ZVEREV         6-2 6-4
Malek JAZIRI v Go SOEDA       TIED 0 : 0

2012               Pingguo Challenger (CHN)                           Hard (O)         FR         Go SOEDA                                              6-1 3-6 7-5

Alexander BUBLIK v Lucas POUILLE       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Tomas BERDYCH v Luca VANNI       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Ryan HARRISON v Nicolas MAHUT       Nicolas MAHUT LEADS 1 : 0

2014              Sydney (AUS)                                            Hard (O)         R32        Nicolas MAHUT                                       7-6(2) 7-5

Bjorn FRATANGELO v Noah RUBIN       TIED 0 : 0

2016              Tiburon Challenger (USA)                            Hard (O)         R32        Bjorn FRATANGELO                                6-7(5) 7-5 6-3

Jurgen MELZER v Roger FEDERER       Roger FEDERER LEADS 3 : 1

 2010              Wimbledon (GBR)                                       Grass (O)        R16        Roger FEDERER                                     6-3 6-2 6-3

 2010              U.S. Open (USA)                                        Hard (O)         R16        Roger FEDERER                                     6-3 7-6(4) 6-3

  • Paris Open (FRA) Hard (I)     QF            Roger FEDERER        6-1 7-6(4)
  • Monte Carlo (MON) Clay (O) QF            Jurgen MELZER         6-4 6-4
Albert RAMOS-VINOLAS v Lukas LACKO       Lukas LACKO LEADS 1 : 0
  • Tokyo Outdoor (JPN) Hard (O)    R32          Lukas LACKO            6-0 6-2
Marcel GRANOLLERS v Dudi SELA       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Nicolas ALMAGRO v Jeremy CHARDY       Nicolas ALMAGRO LEADS 5 : 0

 2008              French Open (FRA)                                     Clay (O)          R16        Nicolas ALMAGRO                                   7-6(0) 7-6(7) 7-5

 2010              Miami (USA)                                              Hard (O)         R32        Nicolas ALMAGRO                                   6-2 6-7(9) 6-3

 2010 Gstaad (SUI) Clay (O) QF Nicolas ALMAGRO 6-2 7-6(5)  2013 Shanghai (CHN) Hard (O) R32 Nicolas ALMAGRO 6-3 6-4

 2014              Buenos Aires (ARG)                                    Clay (O)          QF         Nicolas ALMAGRO                                   7-6(7) 6-3

Andrey KUZNETSOV v Kei NISHIKORI       Kei NISHIKORI LEADS 2 : 1

 2010              Eastbourne (GBR)                                      Grass (O)        R32        Andrey KUZNETSOV                               6-4 3-1    RET

 2016              French Open (FRA)                                     Clay (O)          R64        Kei NISHIKORI                                        6-3 6-3 6-3

 2016              Wimbledon (GBR)                                       Grass (O)        R32        Kei NISHIKORI                                        7-5 6-3 7-5

Stan WAWRINKA v Martin KLIZAN       Stan WAWRINKA LEADS 1 : 0

2010              Casablanca (MAR)                                      Clay (O)          R16        Stan WAWRINKA                                     6-4 0-6 6-4

Federico DELBONIS v Steve JOHNSON       Steve JOHNSON LEADS 1 : 0

2016              Cincinnati (USA)                                         Hard (O)         R64        Steve JOHNSON                                     6-4 7-5

James DUCKWORTH v Paolo LORENZI       TIED 0 : 0

2013               Shanghai Qualifying Draw (CHN)                  Hard (O)         R16        Paolo LORENZI                                       7-5 6-4

Damir DZUMHUR v Viktor TROICKI       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Pablo CUEVAS v Diego SCHWARTZMAN       TIED 1 : 1

 2013               Montevideo Challenger (URU)                      Clay (O)         SF          Diego SCHWARTZMAN                            6-2 6-2

  • Hamburg (GER) Clay (O)     R32          Pablo CUEVAS           7-6(4) 6-4
  • Antwerp (BEL) Hard (I)     QF            Diego SCHWARTZMAN              7-6(8) 6-3
Steve DARCIS v Sam GROTH       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Paul-Henri MATHIEU v Andreas SEPPI       Paul-Henri MATHIEU LEADS 4 : 2

 2006              Indian Wells (USA)                                      Hard (O)         R128      Paul-Henri MATHIEU                                2-6 6-4 6-1

  • Paris Open (FRA) Carpet (I)   R64          Paul-Henri MATHIEU  6-2 6-4
  • Gstaad (SUI) Clay (O)     FR            Paul-Henri MATHIEU  6-7(1) 6-4 7-5

 2009              Sydney (AUS)                                            Hard (O)         R32        Paul-Henri MATHIEU                                6-2 2-6 6-3

 2013              Dubai (UAE)                                               Hard (O)         R32        Andreas SEPPI                                        6-3 7-5

 2016              Nice (FRA)                                                 Clay (O)          R16        Andreas SEPPI                                        4-6 6-2 6-4

Gastao ELIAS v Nick KYRGIOS       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Jo-Wilfried TSONGA v Thiago MONTEIRO       Thiago MONTEIRO LEADS 1 : 0

2016              Rio De Janeiro (BRA)                                  Clay (O)          R32        Thiago MONTEIRO                                  6-3 3-6 6-4

Dusan LAJOVIC v Stephane ROBERT       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Karen KHACHANOV v Adrian MANNARINO       Karen KHACHANOV LEADS 1 : 0
  • Mouilleron Le Captif Challenger (FRA) Hard (I)     QF            Adrian MANNARINO   2-6 6-2 7-5
  • Chengdu Open (CHN) Hard (O)    R16          Karen KHACHANOV   3-6 6-3 6-1
Pierre-Hugues HERBERT v Jack SOCK       Jack SOCK LEADS 1 : 0

2014              Wimbledon (GBR)                                       Grass (O)       R128      Jack SOCK                                             6-7(5) 6-2 7-6(5) 6-4

Bernard TOMIC v Thomaz BELLUCCI       Thomaz BELLUCCI LEADS 2 : 1
  • Stuttgart Outdoor (GER) Clay (O)     R16          Thomaz BELLUCCI     7-6(6) 6-3
  • Indian Wells (USA) Hard (O)    R128         Bernard TOMIC          6-4 6-3

2016              Shenzhen (CHN)                                        Hard (O)         QF         Thomaz BELLUCCI                                  6-2 6-2

Victor ESTRELLA BURGOS v Aljaz BEDENE       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Facundo BAGNIS v Daniel EVANS       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Jerzy JANOWICZ v Marin CILIC       TIED 1 : 1

 2012              Paris Open (FRA)                                       Hard (I)           R32        Jerzy JANOWICZ                                     7-6(6) 6-2

 2014              Davis Cup (EA1-2R) (POL)                          Hard (I)           R4         Marin CILIC                                             3-6 6-7(5) 6-4 6-1 6-3

Gael MONFILS v Jiri VESELY       TIED 1 : 1

 2014              Wimbledon (GBR)                                       Grass (O)        R64        Jiri VESELY                                             7-6(3) 6-3 6-7(1) 6-7(3) 6-4

 2016              Monte Carlo (MON)                                     Clay (O)          R16        Gael MONFILS                                        6-1 6-2

Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV v Borna CORIC       TIED 1 : 1

 2015              Monte Carlo (MON)                                     Clay (O)          R64        Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV                          7-5 5-7 6-2

 2015              Shanghai (CHN)                                         Hard (O)         R64       Borna CORIC                                          6-3 1-6 7-6(5)

Thomas FABBIANO v Donald YOUNG       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Nikoloz BASILASHVILI v Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER     NO MATCHES PLAYED
Alexander ZVEREV v Robin HAASE       Alexander ZVEREV LEADS 1 : 0

2014              Hamburg (GER)                                          Clay (O)          R64        Alexander ZVEREV                                  6-0 6-2

Frances TIAFOE v Mikhail KUKUSHKIN       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Mikhail YOUZHNY v Marcos BAGHDATIS       Mikhail YOUZHNY LEADS 4 : 3

 2005              Wimbledon (GBR)                                       Grass (O)       R128      Mikhail YOUZHNY                                    6-2 3-6 6-1 6-4

  • Marseille (FRA) Hard (I)     QF            Marcos BAGHDATIS   2-6 7-6(7) 7-5
  • Marseille (FRA) Hard (I)     QF            Marcos BAGHDATIS   7-6(2) 6-3
  • Queen’s (GBR) Grass (O)  R32          Mikhail YOUZHNY      6-4 7-6(3)
  • Kuala Lumpur (MAS) Hard (O)    R16          Mikhail YOUZHNY      6-2 6-3
  • Kuala Lumpur (MAS) Hard (I)     QF            Mikhail YOUZHNY      6-7(5) 7-5 6-1

 2015              Zagreb (CRO)                                            Hard (I)           QF         Marcos BAGHDATIS                                3-6 6-3 6-4

Florian MAYER v Rafael NADAL       TIED 1 : 1

 2002              Spain F20 Futures (ESP)                             Clay (O)         FR          Rafael NADAL                                         7-6(3) 6-4

  • Shanghai (CHN) Hard (O)    R16          Florian MAYER           7-6(5) 6-3
  • Rome (ITA) Clay (O)     R32          Rafael NADAL            6-1 7-5
Roberto BAUTISTA AGUT v Guido PELLA       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Yoshihito NISHIOKA v Alex BOLT       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Daniil MEDVEDEV v Ernesto ESCOBEDO       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Omar JASIKA v David FERRER       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Gilles SIMON v Michael MMOH       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Jared DONALDSON v Rogerio DUTRA SILVA       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Gilles MULLER v Taylor FRITZ       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Dustin BROWN v Milos RAONIC       Milos RAONIC LEADS 1 : 0

2016              U.S. Open (USA)                                        Hard (O)         R128      Milos RAONIC                                         7-5 6-3 6-4

Dominic THIEM v Jan-Lennard STRUFF       TIED 1 : 1
  • Auckland (NZL) Hard (O)    R32          Jan-Lennard STRUFF 6-7(6) 6-4 6-3
  • Monte Carlo (MON) Clay (O) R64          Dominic THIEM          1-6 6-3 6-4
Jordan THOMPSON v Joao SOUSA       Joao SOUSA LEADS 1 : 0

2015              Australian Open (AUS)                                Hard (O)         R128      Joao SOUSA                                           6-4 7-6(5) 6-4

Tommy HAAS v Benoit PAIRE       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Fabio FOGNINI v Feliciano LOPEZ       Feliciano LOPEZ LEADS 2 : 0
  • S. Open (USA) Hard (O)    R16          Feliciano LOPEZ         6-3 7-6(5) 6-1
  • Wimbledon (GBR) Grass (O)  R64          Feliciano LOPEZ         3-6 6-7(5) 6-3 6-3 6-3
Ivo KARLOVIC v Horacio ZEBALLOS       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Adam PAVLASEK v Andrew WHITTINGTON       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Dmitry TURSUNOV v Radek STEPANEK       Dmitry TURSUNOV LEADS 2 : 1
  • Moscow (RUS) Hard (I)     R16          Radek STEPANEK      3-6 6-3 6-1
  • Metz (FRA) Hard (I)     SF            Dmitry TURSUNOV     6-3 6-4
  • Washington (USA) Hard (O)    R16          Dmitry TURSUNOV     4-6 6-4 7-5
Reilly OPELKA v David GOFFIN       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Grigor DIMITROV v Christopher O’CONNELL       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Hyeon CHUNG v Renzo OLIVO       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Radu ALBOT v Carlos BERLOCQ       Carlos BERLOCQ LEADS 1 : 0
  • Bastad (SWE) Clay (O)     R16          Carlos BERLOCQ       5-7 6-4 6-2
Blake MOTT v Richard GASQUET       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Pablo CARRENO BUSTA v Peter POLANSKY       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Kyle EDMUND v Santiago GIRALDO       NO MATCHES PLAYED
Denis ISTOMIN v Ivan DODIG       Ivan DODIG LEADS 1 : 0

2007              Astana Challenger (KAZ)                             Hard (O)         R32        Denis ISTOMIN                                        6-3 6-2

2013              Eastbourne (GBR)                                      Grass (O)        R32        Ivan DODIG                                            6-3 6-4

  • Rome Qualifying Draw (ITA) Clay (O)     R32          Ivan DODIG               6-3 6-3
  • Tashkent Challenger (UZB) Hard (O)    QF            Denis ISTOMIN          6-4 7-6(13)
Fernando VERDASCO v Novak DJOKOVIC       Novak DJOKOVIC LEADS 9 : 4
  • S. Open (USA) Hard (O)    R32          Fernando VERDASCO 6-1 4-6 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4
  • Hamburg (GER) Clay (O)     R32          Fernando VERDASCO 6-4 6-3
  • French Open (FRA) Clay (O) R16          Novak DJOKOVIC      6-3 6-3 7-6(1)

 2007              Madrid (ESP)                                             Hard (I)           R32        Novak DJOKOVIC                                    6-7(7) 6-3 6-3

 2009              Monte Carlo (MON)                                     Clay (O)          QF         Novak DJOKOVIC                                    6-2 4-6 6-3

 2009              U.S. Open (USA)                                        Hard (O)         QF         Novak DJOKOVIC                                    7-6(2) 1-6 7-5 6-2

  • Beijing (CHN) Hard (O)    QF            Novak DJOKOVIC      6-3 1-6 6-1
  • Monte Carlo (MON) Clay (O) SF            Fernando VERDASCO 6-2 6-2

 2010              Rome (ITA)                                                Clay (O)          QF         Fernando VERDASCO                              7-6(4) 3-6 6-4

 2013              Hopman Cup 2013 (AUS)                            Hard (I)           R1          Novak DJOKOVIC                                    6-3 7-5

 2013              Beijing (CHN)                                             Hard (O)         R16        Novak DJOKOVIC                                    7-5 2-6 6-2

  • Australian Open (AUS) Hard (O)    R32          Novak DJOKOVIC      7-6(8) 6-3 6-4
  • Doha (QAT) Hard (O)    R16          Novak DJOKOVIC      6-2 6-2
  • Doha (QAT) Hard (O)    SF            Novak DJOKOVIC      4-6 7-6(7) 6-3
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Singles Draws Made at Australian Open

 

(January 13, 2017) Friday saw the singles draws made for the first major tournament of the tennis year, the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Top men’s seed Andy Murray will open his campaign to try and win his first major down under against Ukrainian Illya Marchenko. Second seed, defending champion and six-time winner Novak Djokovic faces a tricky opponent in Fernando Verdasco. The Serb beat the Spaniard in Doha last week, saving five match points. Verdasco upset Rafael Nadal in the first round of last year’s Australian Open.

Third seed Milos Raonic will play German Dustin Brown, while fourth seed Stan Wawrinka faces Slovakian Martin Klizan.

Men’s Singles Draw

Potential round of 16:

Andy Murray-Lucas Pouille

Tomas Berdych- Kei Nishikori

Stan Wawrinka-Nick Kyrgios

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga- Marin Cilic

Gael Monfils- Rafael Nadal

Roberto Bautista Agut – Milos Raonic

Dominic Thiem- David Goffin

Grigor Dimitrov- Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer, the 17th seed could meet Tomas Berdych in the third round.

 

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In the women’s draw, top seed and defending Angelique Kerber drew Ukraine’s  Lesia Tsurenko, to open her title defense. Serena Williams, the No. 2 seed and six -time Australian Open champion, who is seeking her 23rd major, faces a challenge from former Top Ten player Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

Third seed  Agnieszka Radwanska plays Tsvetana Pironkova, who upset her at last year’s French Open. Fourth seed Simona Halep of Romania, matches up against American Shelby Rogers.

Women’s Singles Draw 

Potential round of 16:

Angelique Kerber- Roberto Vinci

Carla Suarez Navarro-Garbine Muguruza

Simona Halep-Venus Williams

Elina Svitolina- Svetlana Kuznetsova

Karolina Pliskova-Timea Bacsinszky

Elina Vesnina- Aga Radwanska

Dominika Cibulkova-Johanna Konta

Barbora Strycova-Serena Williams

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The Seeds Are Set for Australian Open 2017

 

(January 12, 2017)The seeds have been set for Australian Open 2017.

Heading up the men’s seeds is new world No.1 Andy Murray, with defending Australian Open champion and women’s world No.1 Angelique Kerber the top seed in the women’s draw.

The full list of men’s and women’s singles seeds is as follows:

Andy Murray

Men’s singles:
1 Andy Murray (GBR)
2 Novak Djokovic (SRB)
3 Milos Raonic (CAN)
4 Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
5 Kei Nishikori (JPN)
6 Gael Monfils (FRA)
7 Marin Cilic (CRO)
8 Dominic Thiem (AUT)
9 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
10 Tomas Berdych (CZE)
11 David Goffin (BEL)
12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
13 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
14 Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
15 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
16 Lucas Pouille (FRA)
17 Roger Federer (SUI)
18 Richard Gasquet (FRA)
19 John Isner (USA)
20 Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
21 David Ferrer (ESP)
22 Pablo Cuevas (URU)
23 Jack Sock (USA)
24 Alexander Zverev (GER)
25 Gilles Simon (FRA)
26 Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
27 Bernard Tomic (AUS)
28 Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
29 Viktor Troicki (SRB)
30 Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)
31 Sam Querrey (USA)
32 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

 

Angelique Kerber

Women’s singles:
1 Angelique Kerber (GER)
2 Serena Williams (USA)
3 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
4 Simona Halep (ROU)
5 Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
6 Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
7 Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP)
8 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
9 Johanna Konta (GBR)
10 Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP)
11 Elina Svitolina (UKR)
12 Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
13 Venus Williams (USA)
14 Elena Vesnina (RUS)
15 Roberta Vinci (ITA)
16 Barbora Strycova (CZE)
17 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
18 Samantha Stosur (AUS)
19 Kiki Bertens (NED)
20 Shuai Zhang (CHN)
21 Caroline Garcia (FRA)
22 Daria Gavrilova (AUS)
23 Daria Kasatkina (RUS)
24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
25 Timea Babos (HUN)
26 Laura Siegemund (GER)
27 Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
28 Alizé Cornet (FRA)
29 Monica Puig (PUR)
30 Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
31 Yulia Putintseva (KAZ)
32 Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)

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Australian Open 2017, presented by Kia Motors in association with ANZ, Jacob’s Creek and Rolex, will take place at Melbourne Park from 16 – 29 January.

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Novak Djokovic Wins 6th Australian Open Title for 11th Major Title

(January 31, 2016) Novak Djokovic captured his sixth Australian Open title on Saturday night defeating No. 2 Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6(3) in 2 hours and 53 minutes. For Djokovic this is his 11th major title placing him in a tie for fifth place on the all-time list with Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver. His sixth title in Melbourne equals Roy Emerson’s record.

Djokovic is a perfect 6-0 in Australian Open finals, while Murray is now 0-5, four of them to No. 1 Djokovic.

Djokovic has now captured the last three major titles, going back to Wimbledon, and four of the last five.

“I don’t take anything for granted, even though I won last four out of five Grand Slams, played five finals, it’s phenomenal,” said Djokovic. “No doubt that I’m playing the best tennis of my life in the last 15 months.”

“The fact that I managed to make history tonight and equal Roy Emerson’s six Australian Open titles. Very honored to be mentioned alongside legends of our sport by Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver, win as many Grand Slams as they did.

“You know, I can’t lie and say I didn’t think about it. Of course it was in back of my mind. Coming into the court I knew that I have a chance to make the history. Of course it served as a great motivation, as a great imperative to play my best.

“I tried not to think about it too much, but it was there as an encouragement, as a positive feedback, and a goal.”

As for the runner-up Murray, his next challenge will be fatherhood. The Scot’s wife is expecting their first child in the next two weeks, so he was on his way back home after the festivities.

During the trophy presentation he tearfully addressed his wife Kim: “You’ve been a legend the last two weeks. Thank you so much for all your support. “I’ll be on the next flight home.”

“I’m proud I got into this position – just quite looking forward to get home now.”

“I saw some of the stats just at the end of the match,” Murray said. “He won 25 more points than me, 26 more points. I had 25 or 26 more unforced errors.

“You know, I think I didn’t hit my forehand particularly well at the beginning of the match. I started to hit it better in the third set. But, yeah, that was it.”

Djokovic’s next mountain to climb is to win the French Open, the only major he has never captured.

“Very hungry” (to win Roland Garros). But wolf needs to eat a lot of different meals to get to Paris. Paris is a dessert.”

 

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Tale of the Tape: Novak Djokovic Versus Andy Murray

(January 30, 2016) Defending champion and No. 1 Novak Djokovic will take on No. 2 Andy Murray for the Australian Open title on Sunday. This will be the fourth time both men have met in the Melbourne final, with Djokovic winning all three of the previous times. here is a look at the head-to-head records and statistics of both men. Statistics provided by Grand Slam Media and the Australian Open Men’s information team.

1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR)

At stake for the finalists, in addition to the prestige of the Australian Open title, is the following:

 

 
AUD$
ATP Ranking Points
Champion 3,400,000 2000
Finalist 1,700,000 1200

 

Who has the advantage?
For 5 out of the past 8 years, the man who played his semifinal second has been the one who won the final, so recent history would suggest that Murray has the slight advantage in winning the 2016 Australian Open title.

 

No. 1 v No. 2
This is first time the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds have met in the Australian Open final since No. 1 Djokovic defeated No. 2 Rafael Nadal in 2012. It is the 9th time the Top 2 seeds have met in the Australian Open final in the Open Era, with the No. 1 seed holding a 5-4 win-loss record against the No. 2 seed in finals here. Andre Agassi was the last No. 2 seed to defeat the No. 1 seed in the Australian Open final, defeating Pete Sampras in 1995.

The is the 3rd consecutive meeting between the Top 2 seeds at a Grand Slam. The last time the No. 2 seed defeated the No. 1 seed in a Grand Slam final was at the 2013 US Open, when Nadal defeated Djokovic.

Hard court heroes
Djokovic will equal Agassi in 2nd place on the list for most Open Era hard court titles if he wins the title here. Murray, meanwhile, is looking to take sole ownership of 5th place ahead of his former coach Ivan Lendl.
Hard court title leaders (Open Era)

Player

Hard court titles

Roger Federer 60
Andre Agassi 46
Novak Djokovic

Pete Sampras

45

36

Ivan Lendl 26
Andy Murray 26

ATP Rankings update…

Regardless of the outcome of the final, Djokovic and Murray will still occupy the No. 1 and No. 2 positions in the ATP Rankings when they are published on Monday 1 February.

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 21-9

2006     AMS Madrid                  Hard (I)            R16      Djokovic           16 75 63

2007     AMS Indian Wells         Hard (O)           SF        Djokovic           62 63

2007     AMS Miami                   Hard (O)           SF        Djokovic           61 60

2008     AMS Monte Carlo          Clay (O)           R16      Djokovic           60 64

2008     AMS Toronto                Hard (O)           QF       Murray             63 76(3)

2008     AMS Cincinnati             Hard (O)           FR        Murray             76(4) 76(5)

2009     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           FR        Murray             62 75

2011     Australian Open          Hard (O)          FR        Djokovic          64 62 63

2011     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)           SF        Djokovic           61 36 76(2)

2011     Cincinnati-1000             Hard (O)           FR        Murray             64 3-0 ret. (right shoulder injury)

2012     Australian Open          Hard (O)          SF        Djokovic          63 36 67(4) 61 75

2012     Dubai                           Hard (O)           SF        Murray             62 75

2012     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           FR        Djokovic           61 76(4)

2012     Olympic Tennis Event    Grass (O)         SF        Murray             75 75

2012     US Open                      Hard (O)          FR        Murray             76(10) 75 26 36 62

2012     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           FR        Djokovic           57 76(11) 63

2012     ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I)            RR       Djokovic           46 63 75

2013     Australian Open          Hard (O)          FR        Djokovic          67(2) 76(3) 63 62

2013     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         FR        Murray             64 75 64

2014     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           QF       Djokovic           75 63

2014     US Open                      Hard (O)          QF       Djokovic          76(1) 67(1) 62 64

2014     Beijing                          Hard (O)           SF        Djokovic           63 64

2014     Paris-1000                    Hard (I)            QF       Djokovic           75 62

2015     Australian Open          Hard (O)          FR        Djokovic          76(5) 67(4) 63 60

2015     Indian Wells-1000         Hard (O)           SF        Djokovic           62 63

2015     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           FR        Djokovic           76(3) 46 60

2015     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           SF        Djokovic          63 63 57 57 61

2015     Montreal-1000               Hard (O)           FR        Murray             64 46 63

2015     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           SF        Djokovic           61 63

2015     Paris-1000                    Hard (I)            FR        Djokovic           62 64

 

Djokovic has won 10 of his last 11 matches against Murray. His only loss in that time came in the final at 2015 Montreal-1000. Djokovic has a 7-6 win-loss record against Murray in Tour-level finals.

 

Djokovic has a 6-2 win-loss record against Murray at the Grand Slams, and a 3-2 win-loss record against Murray in Grand Slam finals. The only player Djokovic has beaten on more occasions than Murray at a Grand Slam is Roger Federer (defeated 9 times).

 

It will be the 6th meeting between these 2 players in a Grand Slam final which puts them in 3rd position on the all-time leaderboard for most match-ups in a Grand Slam final.

 

                                                Most head-to-heads in Grand Slam finals (Open Era)

Head-to-head Grand Slam final meetings
Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal 8
Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal 7
Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray 6
Andre Agassi v Pete Sampras

Ivan Lendl v Mats Wilander

5

5

 

This is the 4th Australian Open final to feature Djokovic and Murray – the joint-most head-to-heads in any one Grand Slam final in the Open Era after Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal, who played each other in the final at Roland Garros 4 times in 2006-08 and 2011. There has only been multiple match-ups in the Australian Open final here on 2 other occasions – Jim Courier v Stefan Edberg (1992-93) and Johan Kriek v Steve Denton (1981-82).

 

Murray and Djokovic both feature on the list for most Australian Open finals reached in the Open Era. By reaching the final here, Djokovic has set a new record for the most finals reached here in the Open Era.

 

Player No. of AO finals (Open Era)
Novak Djokovic

Stefan Edberg

Roger Federer

Andy Murray

6

5

5

5

Murray and Djokovic are the closest Grand Slam finalists by age. Murray is just 7 days older than Djokovic. The previous closest Grand Slam finalists in terms of age were Guillermo Vilas and Jimmy Connors who met at the 1977 US Open when Vilas was 16 days older than Connors.

 

Djokovic has an 18-7 win-loss record against Murray on a hard court.

 

Djokovic leads each of the members of the big 5 – Federer (23-22), Murray (21-9), Nadal (24-23) and Stan Wawrinka (20-4) in their previous meetings.

Road to the Final

DJOKOVIC Time   Time MURRAY
d. Hyeon Chung 63 62 64 1:55 1st round 2:07 d. Alexander Zverev 61 62 63
d. (WC) Quentin Halys 61 62 76(3) 1:40 2nd round 1:31 d. Sam Groth 60 64 61
d. No. 2 Andreas Seppi 61 75 76(6) 2:21 3rd round 2:38 d. No. 32 Joao Sousa 62 36 62 62
d. No. 14 Gilles Simon 63 67(1) 64 46 63

d. No. 7 Kei Nishikori 63 62 64

d. No. 3 Roger Federer 61 62 36 63

4:32

2:07

2:19

Round of 16
Quarterfinals

Semifinals

2:30

3:20

4:03

d. No. 16 Bernard Tomic 64 64 76(4)

d. No. 8 David Ferrer 64 64 75

d. No. 13 Milos Raonic 46 75 67(4) 64 62

         
total time on court 14:54 (IBM time) 16:09 total time on court

 

DJOKOVIC                                      v                                       MURRAY

 

28                                          Age                                          28

6’2”/1.88m                                  Height                                  6’3”/1.91m

1                                    ATP Ranking                                    2

94,251,218                     Career Earnings (US$)                     42,435,316

60                                         Titles                                         35

213-34                     Career Grand Slam Record                     159-37

10 titles                       Best Grand Slam Result                       2 titles

56-6                         Australian Open Record                        45-10

697-146                              Career Record                              558-165

460-86                         Career Record – Hard                        380-107

11-0                                  2016 Record                                   6-0

11-0                             2016 Record – Hard                              6-0

26-8                          Career Five-Set Record                          19-7

4                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         8

191-111                      Career Tiebreak Record                      158-100

3-1                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            1-2

                                                                                

  • 5-time champion DJOKOVIC is looking to win his 6th Australian Open title and equal Roy Emerson’s record for most Australian titles.

Australian Open title leaders (all-time)

Player
Titles won
Years
Roy Emerson 6 1961, 1963-67
Novak Djokovic 5 2008, 2011-13, 2015
Andre Agassi 4 1995, 2000-01, 2003
Jack Crawford 4 1931-33, 1935
Roger Federer 4 2004, 2006-07, 2010
Ken Rosewall 4 1953, 1955, 1971-72

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to become the 10th man in history to win 6 titles at any Grand Slam event. Nadal tops the table with 9 Roland Garros titles.

                                               Most titles at the same Grand Slam tournament

Player Grand Slam Titles Years
Rafael Nadal Roland Garros 9 2005-08, 2010-2014
Richard Sears US Championships 7 1881-87**
William Renshaw Wimbledon 7 1881-86, 1889
Bill Larned US Championships 7 1901-02, 1907-11**
Bill Tilden US Championships 7 1920-25, 1929
Pete Sampras Wimbledon 7 1993-95, 1997-2000
Roger Federer Wimbledon 7 2003-07, 2009, 2012
Roy Emerson Australian Championships 6 1961, 1963-67
Bjorn Borg Roland Garros 6 1974-75, 1978-81
Novak Djokovic Australian Open 6?? 2008, 2011-13, 2015, 2016??

                                               ** Challenge round played through 1911 at US Championships

  • Djokovic is bidding to become the first man to win 3 consecutive Grand Slam titles since he achieved the feat when he won 2011 Wimbledon, the 2011 US Open and the 2012 Australian Open.

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to win his 11th Grand Slam title and move into equal 5th place with Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver on the all-time list for most major titles. He has won titles at the Australian Open in 2008 (d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), 2011
    (d. Andy Murray), 2012 (d. Nadal), 2013 (d. Murray) and 2015 (d. Murray); at Wimbledon in 2011 (d. Nadal), 2014
    (d. Federer) and 2015 (d. Federer); and at the US Open in 2011 (d. Nadal) and 2015 (d. Federer).

 

All-time Grand Slam men’s singles titles

1. 17 Roger Federer
2= 14 Rafael Nadal
Pete Sampras
4. 12 Roy Emerson
5= 11 Bjorn Borg

Rod Laver

7= 10 Novak Djokovic

Bill Tilden

9= 8 Andre Agassi

Jimmy Connors

Ivan Lendl

Fred Perry

Ken Rosewall

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to win his 7th consecutive Tour-level title. He won the titles at the 2015 US Open, 2015 Beijing, 2015 Shanghai-1000, 2015 Paris-1000, the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals and 2016 Doha.
  • Djokovic is bidding to become the first player to successfully defend the Australian Open title since he achieved the feat in 2013 having won the event here in 2012.

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to become the 18th 1 seed to win the Australian Open title in the Open Era. The last Top seed to win the title here was Djokovic himself in 2015. The Top seed has won the title here in 7 of the last 10 years.

 

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

 

  • Djokovic has an 10-8 win-loss record in his 18 previous Grand Slam finals and a 5-0 win-loss record in Australian Open finals.

                                             Djokovic’s record in Grand Slam finals

Grand Slam Final Result
2007 US Open l. Roger Federer 76(4) 76(2) 64
2008 Australian Open d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 46 64 63 76(2)
2010 US Open l. Rafael Nadal 64 57 64 62
2011 Australian Open d. Andy Murray 64 62 63
2011 Wimbledon d. Rafael Nadal 64 61 16 63
2011 US Open d. Rafael Nadal 62 64 67(3) 61
2012 Australian Open d. Rafael Nadal 57 64 62 67(5) 75
2012 Roland Garros l. Rafael Nadal 64 63 26 75
2012 US Open l. Andy Murray 76(10) 75 26 36 62
2013 Australian Open d. Andy Murray 67(2) 76(3) 63 62
2013 Wimbledon l. Andy Murray 64 75 64
2013 US Open l. Rafael Nadal 62 36 64 61
2014 Roland Garros l. Rafael Nadal 36 75 62 64
2014 Wimbledon d. Roger Federer 67(7) 64 76(4) 57 64
2015 Australian Open d. Andy Murray 76(5) 67(4) 63 60
2015 Roland Garros l. Stan Wawrinka 46 64 63 64
2015 Wimbledon d. Roger Federer 76(1) 67(10) 64 63
2015 US Open d. Roger Federer 64 57 74 74
2016 Australian Open v Andy Murray???

 

  • Djokovic is on a 14-match winning streak in Tour-level matches. He hasn’t lost a match since he was defeated by Roger Federer in the round-robin at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals. He still went on to win the title there as well as at Doha. His longest winning streak came in 2011, when he won 43 matches in a row.

 

  • Djokovic is on a 20-match Grand Slam winning streak. He has not lost a Grand Slam match since he was defeated by Wawrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final. His longest Grand Slam match-winning streak is 27, which took in the titles at 2011 Wimbledon, the 2011 US Open and the 2012 Australian Open, and a runner-up finish at 2012 Roland Garros.

 

  • Djokovic has reached his 5th consecutive Grand Slam final and moved into joint-3rd place on the list for the most consecutive major finals reached in the Open Era. Just 2 different men in the Open Era have reached 5 or more consecutive Grand Slam finals.

 

  Player Consecutive Grand Slam finals
1 Roger Federer 10 – 2005 Wimbledon – 2007 US Open
2 Roger Federer 8 – 2008 Roland Garros – 2010 Australian Open
3= Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal

5 – 2015 Australian Open – 2016 Australian Open

5 – 2011 Roland Garros – 2012 Roland Garros

 

  • Djokovic has reached his 19th Grand Slam final and moved into equal-3rd place with Ivan Lendl on the all-time list of most appearances in Grand Slam finals.

 

1 Roger Federer 27
2 Rafael Nadal 20
3= Novak Djokovic

Ivan Lendl

19

19

5 Pete Sampras 18
6 Rod Laver 17
7= Bjorn Borg 16
  Ken Rosewall 16

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to record his 57th match-win at the Australian Open and take sole ownership of 2nd place on the list for most Australian Open match-wins in the Open Era.

 

Player Win-loss
Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic

Stefan Edberg

80-13
56-6

56-10

Andre Agassi 48-5
Ivan Lendl 48-10

                                                            

  • Djokovic’s victory over Simon in the round of 16 here extended his 5-set match-winning streak to 6-matches. He hasn’t lost a 5-set match since he was defeated by Wawrinka in the quarterfinals here in 2014. He has a 26-8 five-set win-loss record and a 5-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park.

 

  • Djokovic has won 16 of his last 17 Tour-level matches against Top 10 opposition. His only defeat in that time came to No. 3 Roger Federer in the round-robin at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals. He has won 13 of his last 14 matches against Top 10 opposition at the Grand Slams, with his only defeat in that time coming against No. 9 Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final.

 

  • Last year here Djokovic won his 5th Australian Open title, defeating Murray 76(5) 67(4) 63 60 in the final. This is his 12th Australian Open and his 45th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Elsewhere at the majors in 2015, Djokovic won the titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, defeating Federer on both occasions to take his major total to 10. He also reached the final at Roland Garros, losing to Wawrinka. He became the 3rd player in the Open Era to reach all 4 Grand Slam finals in a calendar year after Rod Laver (1969) and Federer (2006-07, 2009).

 

  • Djokovic won 11 titles in 15 finals in 2015 and in so doing finished the year with a prize money haul of $21,592,125. He finished the year ranked No. 1 for the 4th time after winning his 4th consecutive ATP World Tour Finals crown.
  • Djokovic warmed up for the 2016 Australian Open by winning his 60th career singles title at Doha (d. Nadal).

 

  • Djokovic started working with 2-time Australian Open champion Boris Becker in 2014. He has also been coached by Marian Vajda since June 2006. His wider team includes physios Miljan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch.

 

  • 4-time Australian Open runner-up MURRAY is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after losing 4 finals at any one Grand Slam. He finished as runner-up to Roger Federer here in 2010, and to today’s opponent in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Federer and Ivan Lendl are the only players to lose 3 Grand Slam finals at one major before winning the title in the Open Era.

No. of final appearances at one Grand Slam event before winning first title (Open Era)

Player
No. of appearances in the final at any one Grand Slam before winning the title
Years
Andy Murray 5 Australian Open finals?? Lost 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015
Roger Federer 4 Roland Garros finals Lost 2006, 2007, 2008. Won 2009
Ivan Lendl 4 US Open finals Lost 1982, 1983, 1984. Won 1985

 

  • Murray is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win the Australian Open title after losing 4 finals. Marat Safin is the only player to lose multiple finals at the Australian Open before winning the title, having lost the final in 2002 and 2004 before winning the title in 2005.

 

  • Murray is looking to avoid becoming only the 2nd man in the Open Era to lose 5 Grand Slam finals at any one major. Lendl is the only man in the Open Era who has lost 5 finals at any one Grand Slam event – falling in 1982-84 and 1988-89. He won the US Open in 1985-87.

 

  • If Murray wins the title for the first time on his 11th Australian Open appearance, he will set a record for most Australian Open appearances before winning the title.

 

                    Number of Australian Open appearances before winning the title (Open Era)

Andy Murray??

Petr Korda

Stan Wawrinka

Thomas Johansson

Ivan Lendl

Marat Safin

11??

9

9

8

7

7

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the first British man to win the Australian Open since Fred Perry defeated Jack Crawford in 1934.

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the 21st man in the Open Era to win 3 or more Grand Slam titles. He is also looking to become the 16th man in the Open Era to win at least 3 of the 4 Grand Slam titles.

 

  • Murray is bidding to defeat a No. 1 ranked player at a Grand Slam for the 3rd time in his career. His only wins over No. 1 players at the majors came against Rafael Nadal in the semifinals at the 2008 US Open and against today’s opponent in the 2013 Wimbledon final. He has 0-4 win-loss record against players ranked No. 1 at Melbourne Park and a 2-10 win-loss record against players ranked No. 1 at the Grand Slams overall.

 

  • Murray has lost 11 of his last 12 matches against players ranked No. 1. His only victory in that time came against today’s opponent in the final at 2015 Montreal-1000.

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the 5th reigning Davis Cup champion to win the subsequent Australian Open men’s singles title in the Open Era. Djokovic was the last player to achieve the feat, winning the 2010 Davis Cup with Serbia followed by the 2011 Australian Open. The feat has been achieved on 4 occasions in the Open Era:

 

Davis Cup Champion Australian Open men’s singles champion*
Serbia – 2010

USA – 1992

Sweden – 1987

USA – 1969

Novak Djokovic – 2011

Jim Courier – 1993

Mats Wilander – 1988

Arthur Ashe – 1970

*Each won at least one live singles rubber in winning the previous year’s Davis Cup Final

 

  • Murray won 11 rubbers in Davis Cup last year to help Great Britain win Davis Cup for the first time since 1936. He was the first man to win 8 live singles rubbers in one year since the introduction of the World Group in 1982. Great Britain defeated Belgium 3-1 in the Final in Ghent.

 

  • Murray is a 2-time Grand Slam champion, defeating today’s opponent for each of his major victories. He won the 2012 US Open title and became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years in 2013. He is contesting his 11th straight Australian Open and 40th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • By reaching the final here, Murray has closed the gap on Fred Perry for the most appearances in a Grand Slam final by a British man (since the Challenge Round was abolished at Wimbledon in 1922):

 

Player Appearances in a Grand Slam final
Fred Perry 10 – US Championships 1933-34, 1936, Australian Championships 1934-35, French Championships 1935-36, Wimbledon 1934-36
Andy Murray 9   – US Open 2008, 2012, Australian Open 2010-11, 2013, 2015-16, Wimbledon 2012-13

 

  • By reaching the final here, Murray has taken sole ownership of 13th place on the list for the most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era with 9. Only 3 active players have reached more Grand Slam finals than Murray – Roger Federer (27), Rafael Nadal (20) and Novak Djokovic (19).

 

  • Murray is looking to win his 46th match at Melbourne Park and take sole ownership of 6th place on the Open Era list for most Australian Open match-wins. He is currently level with Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal on 45 wins at Melbourne Park.

 

  • Murray and brother Jamie are the first brothers to reach the finals in both the men’s singles and men’s doubles events at a Grand Slam since Reggie and Laurie Doherty at 1906 Wimbledon. Laurie Doherty won the singles Challenge Round that year while Reggie and Laurie Doherty finished runners-up in the men’s doubles final. Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares will play Daniel Nestor/Radek Stepanek in the doubles final on Saturday.

 

  • By defeating Raonic in 5-sets in the semifinals here, Murray improved his win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open to 2-3. The only other 5-set match he has won here came in 2013 when he defeated Federer in the semifinals. He has won 7 of his last 8 five-set matches, with his only defeat in that time coming to Djokovic in the semifinals at 2015 Roland Garros. He has a 19-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Murray has come from 0-2 down to win a 5-set match on 8 occasions. The last time he came back from 0-2 down to win a match was against Adrian Mannarino in the 2nd round at the 2015 US Open.

 

  • Murray is the leading British man in history in terms of Grand Slam match-wins with a 159-37 win-loss record. He sits in 11th place on the list for the most Open Era Grand Slam match-wins behind Boris Becker (163-40).
  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2015, Murray reached the semifinals at Roland Garros (l. today’s opponent) and Wimbledon (l. Federer). He fell to Kevin Anderson in the round of 16 at the US Open – the first time he had lost before the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam since the 2010 US Open.

 

  • Also in 2015, Murray won 4 titles including his first titles on clay at Munich (d. Philipp Kohlschreiber), where he became the first British player to win a Tour-level clay court title since Buster Mottram at 1976 Palma, and Madrid-1000 (d. Nadal). He also won the title at Queen’s (d. Anderson) and Montreal-1000 (d. today’s opponent).

 

  • Murray warmed up for the Australian Open at the Hopman Cup. He won 2 of his 3 singles matches in Perth, defeating Kenny de Schepper and Alexander Zverev, but losing to Nick Kyrgios.

 

  • Murray is coached by 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo.

 

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Angelique Kerber Upsets Serena Williams to Win Australian Open Title

Kerber

(January 30, 2016) A point away from being knocked out in the first round 13 days ago, No. 7 seed Angelique Kerber came back to win her match against  Misaki Doi and on Saturday surprised No. 1 seed and six-time champion Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to claim her first major title, the 2016 Australian Open.

The last Australian Open Champion to save a match point on the way to the title was 2014 champion Li Na.

Williams came into the final as an overwhelming favorite to win her 22nd major and equal Steffi Graf for the most in the Open Era. Williams had not lost an Australian final before Saturday.

Conversely, with the victory, Kerber became the first German to win a major since Graf. Coming into Melbourne, Kerber was the only member of the Top Ten yet to reach a major final. The win gave Kerber her first win over a No. 1 player. She was 0-8 previously.

Kerber is the first lefthander to win the Australina Open since Monica Seles in 1996.

“I had goosebumps. My whole life I’ve worked hard. To say ‘I am a Grand Slam champion’ is crazy,” Kerber said during the trophy ceremony. “My dream has come true tonight”

A gracious Williams crossed over the net to congratulate Kerber at the end of the match, giving her a big hug. “Congratulations Angie,” Williams said. “You were the best player this tournament. I really hope you enjoy this moment. You truly deserve it.”

Kerber was consistent through the match hitting 25 winners to 13 errors. She made Williams run from corner to corner. Williams had 46 errors and 47 winners but her powerful serve was broken five times by the 28-year-old. This was only Kerber’s second victory over Williams, with the first one coming in Cincinnati in 2012. Williams leads the head-to-head record at 5-2.

“I was actually really happy for her,” Williams said in her post-match news conference. “She’s been around a really long time. We’ve had a number of matches. I’ve beaten her a lot.

“She played so well today. She had an attitude that I think a lot of people can learn from: just to always stay positive and to never give up.

“I was really inspired by that. So, honestly, she’s a really good girl. If I couldn’t win, I’m happy she did.”

“I was missing a lot off the ground, coming to the net,” said the 34-year-old. “She kept hitting some great shots actually every time I came in. I think I kept picking the wrong shots coming into it.

“But, honestly, it’s something to learn from, just to try to get better.”

“I had really crazy two weeks,” kerber said to media. “I mean, with the first round where I was match point down, and then with the win over (Victoria) Azarenka in the quarters. I never beat her.

“And now to play against Serena, what was a really honor to play against her in a Grand Slam final. It was my first final. You know, I was really looking forward. I was really excited.

“I knew before that I beat her once in Cincinnati, that I really must go out there to try to beat her again because she will not give it to me. It was a really great match from both of us.

“Yeah, really it’s a special moment for me.”

 

“I was trying to stay relaxed until the last point,” Kerber said. “The first set I played very well. The second set she was serving much better. The third set every game was really close.

“I mean, the game to 3-2, it was like 10 minutes, I think. You know, I was trying really to focusing on myself because when I was up 5-2, I was sure the match is not over yet, you know.

“Then like 5-3, 5-4, and she was serving, so I was just telling myself, Okay, you breaked her before few times, so you can do it again. Just play point by point.

“When I hit the match point, I was just try to hoping to return the ball over the net. Just hoping, yeah, that I can make the ball and just going for it if I have the chance.

“Yeah, when the ball was out from her, I was just, yeah, so happy. I mean, it’s amazing.”

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