October 1, 2016

Serena Williams Beats Maria Sharapova to Reach Australian Open Semifinals

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

(January 26, 2016) Serena Williams won her 18th straight match against Maria Sharapova on Tuesday 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals of the Australian Open.

The beginning of the contest looked promising for the world No. 5 Sharapova when she opened the match with a 2-0 lead. The defending and six-time Australian Open champion Williams won 12 of the next 15 games to seal the win.

“I just started slow,” Williams said. “I missed three or four easy shots. I felt like, All right, I didn’t make those shots, but if I had made those shots I probably would have won that game.

“I just clung onto that and knew I could play better.”

“It was super intense,” Williams said after the match. “You have to come out with a lot of fire and intensity.”

In between sets, the defending champion had a visit from the doctor on-court. “I was just dealing with some food poisoning issues from a few days ago. That was it.”

Each of the six times Williams has reached the semifinal stage of the Australian Open, she has gone on to become the champion.

The 34-year-old Williams hit 31 winners to Sharapova’s 11, winning a total of 70 points during the match to the five-time major winner’s 52.

“She played quite explosive,” Sharapova said. “Thought at times, you know, when I got in the rally I wasn’t moving forward, wasn’t cutting the angles off enough.

“She got herself back in the points.”

Asked about how she can reverse her record against Williams, Sharapova said: “Keep setting opportunities. Keep getting to the point where I have an opportunity to play against her. Keep finding a way to turn that around. If I don’t have that chance then I don’t have the opportunity to try something different.”

“Well, it’s obviously always frustrating,” Sharapova commented on her poor record against Williams, now 2-19. “I mean, it’s motivating. It’s tough to sit here 30 minutes after the match and talk about the match, but that’s part of my job.

“It’s motivating because she’s at a different level. She makes you go back to the drawing board, not just for me, but for many other players. She makes you work. That’s inspiring.”

“Something about her game, ” Williams said of the 18-match streak against Sharapova. “I like the way she hits the ball. Plus, when I play her, I know automatically I have to step up my game. I think that makes me play better. When I play better, when I’m forced to play better, I don’t know, I do well.”

So what’s the Russian’s schedule before the U. S. hardcourt season in March? “I’m going to go and take care of my forearm first. I think that’s really important. I’m going to go to Moscow (for Fed Cup), be part of the team. I don’t think I’ll be playing. Then I’m not sure.

“But I think this will be a time to just get myself ready for a long year. I don’t see myself playing anything before Indian Wells.”

The world No. 1 and 21-time major champion will match up against Agnieszka Radwanska in her semifinal.

Radwanska beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals for her second appearance in the Melbourne final four.

Radwanska who is 0-8 against Williams commented about her next match: “Right now I have nothing to lose. Hopefully (I’ll) play my best tennis, otherwise I’ll be in big trouble.”

“She got the better of me at Hopman Cup,” Williams said. “It will be a good match. She’s been playing really well towards the end of the year, and already this year she’s been very consistent.

“She presents a completely different game, an extremely exciting game. So I think it will be a long match and it will be a good match to see where I am.”

“I didn’t think I’d be playing at this age,” said the 34-year-old. “But I’m still here and I’m doing well. I think that’s the reason I am still playing, because I know that I’m capable, you know, if I play well, of being on top.”

 

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2016 Australian Open – Day 9 Men’s Preview

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2016 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 9 MEN’S NOTES

Tuesday 26 January

Quarterfinals Top Half

 

Featured matches

 

No. 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v No. 7 Kei Nishikori (JPN)
No. 3 Roger Federer (SUI) v No. 6 Tomas Berdych (CZE)
 

On court today…

 

 

  • Novak Djokovic will look to reach his 29th Grand Slam – and 6th Australian Open – semifinal and remain on track for a 6th title at Melbourne Park when he takes on Kei Nishikori in the first night match on Rod Laver Arena. Nishikori, who defeated the world No. 1 in their last meeting at a major at the 2014 US Open, would become just the 6th player to defeat Djokovic on multiple occasions at a Grand Slam if he can pull off an upset. If he achieves the feat, the world No. 7 will become just the 2nd Japanese man to reach the last 4 here after Jiro Satoh in 1932.

 

  • A 12th Australian Open – and a remarkable 39th Grand Slam – semifinal awaits Roger Federer if he can overcome Tomas Berdych in the 3rd match on Rod Laver Arena. The Swiss is on a 4-match winning streak against Berdych, but has lost their last 2 Grand Slam meetings. Berdych has always tested Federer in big matches – not least here, with the Swiss having to come back from 0-2 down to beat Berdych in their last meeting at Melbourne Park in 2009. The 2 players know each other’s games well – they’ve met on 4 different surfaces, at all 4 Grand Slams, at 2 Olympic Games, in Davis Cup and, most recently, at the ATP World Tour Finals.

 

 

 

1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 7 KEI NISHIKORI (JPN)

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 5-2

2010     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           R64      Djokovic          61 64 64

2011     Basel                            Hard (I)             SF        Nishikori           26 76(4) 60

2014     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           SF        Djokovic           w/o (left groin)

2014     US Open                      Hard (O)           SF        Nishikori          64 16 76(4) 63

2014     Paris-1000                    Hard (I)             SF        Djokovic           62 63

2014     ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I)             SF        Djokovic           61 36 60

2015     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)            QF       Djokovic           63 36 61

2015     ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I)             RR       Djokovic           61 61

 

An 8th meeting for the 2 players and their 3rd at a Grand Slam. They have split their 2 previous Grand Slam meetings but Djokovic leads their hard court meetings 3-2. He is also on a 4-match winning streak against Nishikori.

 

Nishikori is bidding to defeat Djokovic at a Grand Slam for the 2nd time and become the 6th player to defeat the Serb on multiple occasions at a major.

Most Grand Slam match-wins against Djokovic

Player No. of GS wins against Djokovic
Rafael Nadal 9 wins
Roger Federer 6 wins
Andy Murray

Marat Safin

Stan Wawrinka

2 wins

2 wins

2 wins

 

Possible semifinal head-to-heads

  Federer Berdych
Djokovic 22-22 22-2
Nishikori 2-4 4-1

 

DJOKOVIC                                      v                                      NISHIKORI

 

28                                          Age                                          26

1                                    ATP Ranking                                    7

60                                         Titles                                         10

211-34                     Career Grand Slam Record                      49-24

54-6                         Australian Open Record                         20-6

695-146                              Career Record                              248-122

458-86                         Career Record – Hard                         175-84

9-0                                   2016 Record                                   5-1

9-0                              2016 Record – Hard                              5-1

26-8                          Career Five-Set Record                          12-4

4                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         2

191-111                      Career Tiebreak Record                        74-53

3-1                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            1-0

 

Road to the Quarterfinals

DJOKOVIC Time   Time NISHIKORI
d. Hyeon Chung 63 62 64 1:55 1st round 1:55 d. Philipp Kohlschreiber 64 63 63
d. (WC) Quentin Halys 61 62 76(3) 1:40 2nd round 1:53 d. Austin Krajicek 63 76(5) 63
d. No. 2 Andreas Seppi 61 75 76(6) 2:21 3rd round 2:48 d. No. 26 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 75 26 63 64
d. No. 14 Gilles Simon 63 67(1) 64 46 63 4:32 Round of 16 2:02 d. No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 64 62 64
         
total time on court 10:28 (IBM time) 8:38 total time on court

                                                                                

 

  • DJOKOVIC is bidding to reach his 29th Grand Slam semifinal and take sole ownership of 3rd place on the list for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances in the Open Era. [See table overleaf.]

 

                                                 Grand Slam semifinals reached (Open Era)

Player No. of GS semifinals
Roger Federer?? 39??
Jimmy Connors 31
Novak Djokovic?? 29??
Ivan Lendl 28
Andre Agassi 26

 

  • Djokovic is looking to reach his 6th Australian Open semifinal and move into joint-4th position on the table for most appearances in the last 4 here in the Open Era.

 

               Australian Open semifinals reached (Open Era)

Player No. of AO semifinals
Roger Federer?? 12??
Stefan Edberg 8
Ivan Lendl 7
Andre Agassi

Novak Djokovic??

Andy Murray??*

6

6??

6??

Pete Sampras

Mats Wilander

5

5

                                                         *(Written prior to Murray’s round of 16 match on Monday evening)

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to record his 55th match-win at the Australian Open and close the gap on Stefan Edberg in 2nd place on the list for most Australian Open match-wins in the Open Era.
Player Win-loss
Roger Federer
Stefan Edberg

Novak Djokovic

79-12
56-10

54-6

Andre Agassi 48-5
Ivan Lendl 48-10

 

  • Djokovic is looking to avoid becoming the first Australian Open top seed to fall in the quarterfinals since Rafael Nadal lost at that stage here in 2011. Djokovic was the last Australian Open defending champion to fall in the quarterfinals, when he lost to Stan Wawrinka in the last 8 here in 2014.

 

  • Djokovic’s victory over Simon in the round of 16 here extended is 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 is on a 12-match winning streak in Tour-level matches. He hasn’t lost a match since he was defeated by 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 an 18-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.

 

  • By reaching the last 8 here, Djokovic has reached the quarterfinals for the 27th straight Grand Slam and equalled Jimmy Connors in 2nd place for the most consecutive quarterfinal appearances at the majors.

 

Most consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Player Consecutive appearances
Roger Federer 36
Jimmy Connors 27
Novak Djokovic 27*

*Streak active

                               (NB: In the Borg/Connors/Lendl era, players frequently did not compete in 4 majors per year)

 

  • Djokovic has reached his 35th Grand Slam quarterfinal and taken sole occupancy of 4th place on the list for the most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era ahead of Ivan Lendl.

 

Most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Player No. of appearances
Roger Federer 47
Jimmy Connors 41
Andre Agassi 36
Novak Djokovic 35
Ivan Lendl 34

 

  • Djokovic has reached the quarterfinals here for a 9th consecutive year. Federer, who reached 11 consecutive quarterfinals at Melbourne Park from 2004-2014, is the only man in the Open Era to have reached the quarterfinals here for 9 or more consecutive years.

 

  • Djokovic’s 9th quarterfinal appearance here moves him into 3rd place on the list for the most Australian Open quarterfinals reached in the Open Era. Only Federer (12 quarterfinals) and Stefan Edberg (10) have reached the last 8 at Melbourne Park on more occasions.

 

  • Djokovic is looking to equal Roy Emerson’s record of 6 Australian titles and become the 10th man in history to win 6 titles at any Grand Slam event [see Preview pages 1-2].

 

  • Last year here Djokovic won his 5th Australian Open title, defeating Murray 76(5) 67(4) 63 60 in the final. He also won the titles here in 2008 (d. Tsonga), 2011 (d. Murray), 2012 (d. Nadal) and 2013 (d. Murray). 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.

 

  • NISHIKORI is bidding to record his 50th Grand Slam match-win and reach the semifinals here for the first time. This is his 7th Australian Open appearance and his 26th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • The only time a Japanese man has reached the semifinals at the Australian Championships was in 1932 when Jiro Satoh reached the last 4 here (only 8 players started the men’s singles main draw in 1932).

 

  • The last Japanese player (man or woman) to reach the semifinals at Melbourne Park was Kimiko Date-Krumm in 1994. The only other Japanese woman to reach the last 4 here is Kazuko Sawamatsu in 1973.

 

  • Nishikori is bidding to record his 3rd victory over a No. 1 player. Both of his previous victories against a No. 1 have come over today’s opponent. He has a 2-8 win-loss record against No. 1 opposition and is currently on a 4-match losing streak against players ranked No. 1 – all of those defeats came against Djokovic.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Nishikori has equalled his best Australian Open result. He also reached the Australian Open quarterfinals in 2012 (l. Andy Murray) and in 2015 (l. Stan Wawrinka). He is the only Japanese man to reach the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park in the Open Era.

 

  • Nishikori has reached his 5th Grand Slam quarterfinal and closed the gap on Jiri Satoh for the most major quarterfinals reached by a Japanese man. Satoh (6 quarterfinals) and Zenzo Shimizu (3) are the only other Japanese players to reach multiple quarterfinals at a major.

 

  • The Australian Open is Nishikori’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of match-wins. He has a 20-6 win-loss record here compared to 13-7 at the US Open, 8-5 at Roland Garros and 8-6 at Wimbledon.

 

  • At the 2014 US Open, Nishikori became the first Asian male to contest a Grand Slam final after defeating three Top 10 players – Milos Raonic, Wawrinka and today’s opponent – in consecutive matches before falling to Marin Cilic in the title match.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals, Nishikori has won back-to-back matches against seeded opposition at the Australian Open for the first time. He has defeated 3 seeds at the same Grand Slam event once before when he defeated No. 23 Leonardo Mayer, No. 5 Raonic, No. 3 Wawrinka and No. 1 Djokovic at the 2014 US Open.

 

  • In Grand Slam play last year Nishikori reached the quarterfinals here and at Roland Garros (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga). He gave a walkover due to a left calf injury in the 2nd round at Wimbledon and lost in the 1st round at the US Open to Benoit Paire.

 

  • Nishikori won 3 tournaments in 2015. He successfully defended his titles at Memphis (d. Kevin Anderson) and Barcelona (d. Pablo Andujar) and won Washington (d. John Isner) for the first time. He also finished runner-up at Acapulco (l. David Ferrer). He reached a career-high ranking at No. 4 in March and plays here at No. 7.

 

  • Nishikori warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Brisbane, where he lost to Bernard Tomic. He played a match at the Kooyong Exhibition event, defeating Omar Jasika 61 67 [10-4].

 

  • Nishikori is the highest-ranked Japanese man in ATP World Tour Rankings history (since 1973). He had the nickname ‘Project 45’ as a major goal was to get him to No. 45 in the rankings, which would be one spot better than the highest by any Japanese man (Shuzo Matsuoka).

 

  • Nishikori went undefeated in Davis Cup in 2015. He won all 4 of the singles rubbers he played last year to extend his overall win-loss record to 18-2 in Davis Cup rubbers and help Japan maintain its World Group status for 2016. Japan will play Great Britain in the World Group first round in Birmingham on 4-6 March.

 

  • Nishikori is coached by Dante Bottini and Michael Chang. Chang finished as runner-up at the 1996 Australian Open, losing in the final to Boris Becker.

 

 

 

3 ROGER FEDERER (SUI) v NO. 6 TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE)

Head-to-head: Federer leads 15-6

2004     Athens Olympics          Hard (O)           R32      Berdych            46 75 75

2005     AMS Hamburg              Clay (O)           R32      Federer            62 61

2006     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           R16      Federer            63 62 63

2006     Halle                            Grass (O)         FR        Federer            60 67(4) 62

2006     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         R16      Federer            63 63 64

2007     Davis Cup (WG-PO)      Carpet (I)          R4        Federer            76(5) 76(10) 63

2008     Australian Open          Hard (O)          R16      Federer            64 76(7) 63

2008     Beijing Olympics           Hard (O)           R16      Federer            63 76(4)

2009     Australian Open          Hard (O)          R16      Federer            46 67(4) 64 64 62

2010     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           R16      Berdych            64 67(3) 76(6)

2010     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         QF       Berdych           64 36 61 64

2010     Toronto-1000                Hard (O)           QF       Federer            63 57 76(5)

2011     Cincinnati-1000             Hard (O)           QF       Berdych            62 76(3)

2011     Paris-1000                    Hard (I)            SF        Federer            64 63

2012     Madrid-1000                 Clay (O)           FR        Federer            36 75 75

2012     US Open                      Hard (O)          QF       Berdych           76(1) 64 36 63

2013     Dubai                           Hard (O)           SF        Berdych            36 76(8) 64

2014     Dubai                           Hard (O)           FR        Federer            36 64 63

2015     Indian Wells-1000         Hard (O)           QF       Federer            64 60

2015     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)           QF       Federer            63 63

2015     ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I)            RR       Federer            64 62

 

A 7th Grand Slam meeting between the 2 players, and their 3rd at the Australian Open. Federer has won both of their previous meetings here, including coming back from 0-2 down to win in 5-sets in their most recent meeting here in 2009 – one of 9 times Federer has come back from 0-2 down to win a match in his career. Federer came back from 0-2 down in his most recent five-set match – against Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals at the 2014 US Open.

 

Federer has a 4-2 win-loss record against Berdych at the Grand Slams, but has lost their last 2 meetings at a major – in 4 sets in the quarterfinals at both 2010 Wimbledon and the 2012 US Open.

 

These opponents know each other well, having met on 4 different surfaces, at all 4 Grand Slams, at 2 Olympic Games, in Davis Cup and, most recently, at the ATP World Tour Finals.

 

Both players have played in each of the last 50 majors (including this one) and have been seeded in each of the last 40 majors (including this one). Federer has played at the last 65 consecutive majors; Berdych the last 50.

 

Federer and Berdych are 2 of the 3 players aged 30 or over through to the quarterfinals here – the 4th straight Grand Slam at least three 30-somethings have reached the last 8 at a major. At least two 30 somethings have reached the semifinals at 2 of the last 3 Grand Slams.

 

Possible semifinal head-to-heads

  Djokovic Nishikori
Federer 22-22 4-2
Berdych 2-22 1-4

 

FEDERER                                       v                                      BERDYCH

 

34                                          Age                                          30

3                                    ATP Ranking                                    6

88                                         Titles                                         12

301-49                     Career Grand Slam Record                     121-49

79-12                        Australian Open Record                        38-12

1066-239                             Career Record                              549-284

663-134                        Career Record – Hard                        341-179

7-1                                   2016 Record                                   7-1

7-1                              2016 Record – Hard                              7-1

23-19                         Career Five-Set Record                          18-8

9                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         2

386-211                      Career Tiebreak Record                      182-152

0-1                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            0-1

 

Road to the Quarterfinals

FEDERER Time   Time BERDYCH
d. Nikoloz Basilashvili 62 61 62

d. Alexandr Dolgopolov 63 75 61

1:12

1:33

1st round

2nd round

1:45

1:38

d. Yuki Bhambri 75 61 62

d. (Q) Mirza Basic 64 60 63

d. No. 27 Grigor Dimitrov 64 36 61 64 2:40 3rd round 2:27 d. No. 29 Nick Kyrgios 63 64 16 64
d. No. 15 David Goffin 62 61 64 1:28 Round of 16 3:18 d. No. 24 Roberto Bautista Agut 46 64 63 16 63
         
total time on court 6:53 (IBM time) 9:08 total time on court

 

 

  • 4-time Australian Open champion FEDERER is looking to reach his 12th Australian Open semifinal and extend his record for most Australian Open semifinals reached in the Open Era.

 

             Australian Open semifinals reached (Open Era)

Player No. of AO semifinals
Roger Federer?? 12??
Stefan Edberg 8
Ivan Lendl 7
Andre Agassi

Novak Djokovic??

Andy Murray??*

6

6??

6??

Pete Sampras

Mats Wilander

5

5

                                                            *(Written prior to Murray’s round of 16 match on Monday evening)

 

  • Federer is bidding to reach his 12th Australian Open semifinal and take sole occupancy of 2nd place on the list for the most semifinals reached at any one Grand Slam event.

No. of semifinals reached at any one Grand Slam event (Open Era)

Player No. of semifinals
Jimmy Connors 14 (US Open)
Roger Federer?? 12?? (Australian Open)
Jimmy Connors 11 (Wimbledon)

 

  • Federer is bidding to reach his 39th Grand Slam semifinal to extend the record he broke at 2012 Wimbledon for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances:

 

                                                 Grand Slam semifinals reached (Open Era)

Player No. of GS semifinals
Roger Federer 39??
Jimmy Connors 31
Novak Djokovic 29??
Ivan Lendl 28
Andre Agassi 26

 

  • Federer is bidding to record his 80th match-win at Melbourne Park and make the Australian Open his most successful Grand Slam event in terms of matches won.

 

  Titles won Win-loss record Semifinals reached
Australian Open 4 79-12 12??
Roland Garros 1 65-16 7
Wimbledon 7 79-10 10
US Open 5 78-11 10

 

  • At 34 years 176 days, Federer is looking to become the oldest man to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open since Colin Dibley (aged 35 years 105 days) in 1979. He is looking to become the oldest man to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam since Andre Agassi (aged 35 years 135 days) at the 2005 US Open.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Federer has become the oldest man to reach the last 8 at the Australian Open since Agassi (aged 34 years 276 days) fell at this stage in 2005.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here for the 12th time, Federer has extended his record for most Australian Open quarterfinals

No. of Australian Open quarterfinals (Open Era)

Roger Federer 12
Stefan Edberg 10
Novak Djokovic 9
Ivan Lendl

Rafael Nadal

John Newcombe

8

8

8

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for the 47th time, Federer has extended his record for most Grand Slam quarterfinals reached. He took sole occupancy of 1st place for the most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era at 2014 Wimbledon, ahead of Jimmy Connors.

 

Most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Player No. of appearances
Roger Federer 47
Jimmy Connors 41
Andre Agassi 36
Novak Djokovic 35
Ivan Lendl 34

 

  • Federer recorded his 300th career Grand Slam match-win in the 3rd round on Friday. Federer has won more Grand Slam matches than any other player in the Open Era. Connors is his closest rival, with 233 Grand Slam match-wins. He is looking to avoid suffering his 50th Grand Slam defeat today.

              

Most Open Era Grand Slam match-wins

Roger Federer 301-49
Jimmy Connors 233-49
Andre Agassi 224-53
Ivan Lendl 222-49
Novak Djokovic 211-34
Pete Sampras 203-38
Rafael Nadal 198-30

Active players in bold. (Through round of 16 at the 2016 Australian Open)

 

  • Federer is looking to close the gap on Martina Navratilova for the most Grand Slam singles match-wins by a man or woman. Navratilova has a 306-49 win-loss record at the Grand Slams, ahead of Chris Evert (299-37) and Serena Williams (289-40).

 

  • Federer has not lost a match against a Top 10 player other than Djokovic since losing to No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals at 2015 Roland Garros. He has a 197-103 career win-loss record against Top 10 opposition.

 

  • Last year here Federer fell in the 3rd round to Andreas Seppi, who brought an end to his 22-match winning streak against Italian opposition. It was the first time he had failed to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open since 2003 and his earliest exit in Melbourne since he fell in the 3rd round in 2001 (l. Arnaud Clement).

 

  • Federer is looking to become the 3rd man in history to win 5 Australian Open singles titles after Roy Emerson (6) and Novak Djokovic (5) [see Preview page 1].

 

  • At 34 years 176 days, Federer is looking to become the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title since Andres Gimeno won 1972 Roland Garros aged 34 years 306 days. He is also looking to become the oldest man to win the Australian Open since Ken Rosewall, who was 37 years 62 days when he lifted the title in 1972.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2015 he reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros (l. Stan Wawrinka) and finished as runner-up to Djokovic at both Wimbledon and the US Open.

 

  • This is Federer’s 67th major appearance and his 65th straight Grand Slam event. He is in 2nd place on the list for the most Grand Slams played in the Open Era behind Fabrice Santoro (70) [see Preview pages 4-5].

 

  • Federer warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the final as top seed at Brisbane (l. Milos Raonic). It was his 3rd straight final in Brisbane and his 2nd runner-up finish at the tournament in 3 years.

 

  • Federer won 6 titles in 2015 – his highest tally since 2012 – at Brisbane (d. Raonic), Dubai (d. Djokovic), Istanbul
    (d. Pablo Cuevas), Halle (d. Seppi), Cincinnati-1000 (d. Djokovic) and Basel (d. Rafael Nadal).

 

  • Federer has won 4 titles here – in 2004 (d. Marat Safin 76 64 62), 2006 (d. Marcos Baghdatis 57 75 60 62), 2007
    (d. Fernando Gonzalez 76 64 64) and 2010 (d. Andy Murray 63 64 76).

 

  • Federer is a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion. His last title at a major came at 2012 Wimbledon
    (d. Murray). He was one of 7 Grand Slam champions to start in this year’s men’s singles main draw.

 

  • Federer is coached by 2006 Australian Open quarterfinalist Ivan Ljubicic and Severin Luthi.

 

  • BERDYCH is bidding to reach the semifinals here for the 3rd consecutive year and equal his best Australian Open result.

 

  • Berdych is bidding to record his 550th Tour-level match-win today. Just 6 active players have reached the 550 Tour-level match-wins milestone – today’s opponent, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Tommy Haas and Andy Murray.

 

  • If Berdych wins today and reaches his 6th Grand Slam semifinal he would equal Jan Kodes in 2nd place on the list of most Grand Slam semifinals reached by a Czech player. Ivan Lendl heads the list with 27 Grand Slam semifinal appearances ahead of Kodes (6) and Berdych (5).

 

  • Berdych has lost 12 of his last 13 matches against Top 3 opposition. His only win in that time came at last year’s Australian Open, when he defeated No. 3 Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. He has won 3 of his last 5 matches against Top 3 opposition at the Grand Slams – defeating No. 1 today’s opponent at the 2012 US Open, No. 3 David Ferrer at the 2014 Australian Open and No. 3 Nadal at the 2015 Australian Open.

 

  • By defeating Roberto Bautista Agut here in 5 sets in the round of 16, Berdych recorded his first 5-set match-win at the Australian Open. He lost his only previous 5-set match at Melbourne Park to today’s opponent here in 2009 despite winning the first 2 sets – one of 3 times in his career Berdych has lost a match from 2-sets up.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here for the 6th consecutive year, Berdych has moved into joint-7th place on the list for most consecutive appearances in the last 8

 

                           No. of consecutive Australian Open quarterfinals (Open Era)

Roger Federer 12
Stefan Edberg 10
Novak Djokovic 9
Rafael Nadal

Ivan Lendl

Andy Murray??

Tomas Berdych

John Newcombe

8

7

7??*

6

6

*written prior to Murray’s round of 16 match with Bernard Tomic

 

  • The Australian Open is Berdych’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of match-wins. He has a 38-12 win-loss record here compared to 32-12 at Wimbledon, 31-13 at the US Open and 20-12 at Roland Garros.

 

  • Last year here Berdych equalled his best Australian Open performance by reaching the semifinals (l. Murray). He ended a 17-match losing streak against Nadal in the quarterfinals – the joint worst losing streak in a Tour-level head-to-head in the Open Era. He also reached the semfinals here in 2014 (l. Stan Wawrinka), when he became the 2nd Czech man in the Open Era after Ivan Lendl to complete a set of Grand Slam semifinal appearances.

 

  • Berdych’s best result at a major is finishing runner-up at 2010 Wimbledon. He defeated today’s opponent in the quarterfinals and Novak Djokovic in the semifinals before losing to Nadal in the final.

 

  • Berdych warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the semfinals at Doha (l. Djokovic).

 

  • In 2015 Berdych won 2 titles to take his career tally to 12. He won the title as top seed at both Shenzhen
    (d. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez) and Stockholm (d. Jack Sock). 8 of his 12 titles have come on a hard court.

 

  • In Grand Slam play in 2015 Berdych reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), Wimbledon (l. Gilles Simon) and the US Open (l. Richard Gasquet).
  • Berdych has been a permanent fixture in the Top 10 since 5 July 2010. He has been seeded at every Grand Slam event he has played since the 2005 US Open.

 

  • This is Berdych’s 13th consecutive Australian Open appearance and his 50th straight Grand Slam. He is in joint-6th place for the most consecutive Grand Slam appearances in the Open Era having played at every major since making his debut at the 2003 US Open [see Preview page 4].

 

  • Berdych started working with Dani Vallverdu, who previously worked with Andy Murray, in 2015. His fitness coach is Azuz Simcich and his physio is Per Bastholt.
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Konta Becomes First British Woman to Reach Australian Open Quarterfinals in 32 Years: Keys Loses

 

(January 25, 2016) Johanna Konta’s Australian Open run continued on Monday, when the world No. 47 came back to knock out 21st seed Ekaterina Makarova 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 to reach the quarterfinals. Konta became the first British woman to reach the elite 8 of a major since Jo Durie did it in 1983.

Konta, making her Australian Open debut this year, upset No. 8 Venus Williams in the first round.

The Sydney-born Konta served for the match twice – she was broken at 5-4, but held her nerve and her serve to win 8-6 in the final set.

Konta came into Melbourne ranked 47th in the world.

Konta hit 37 winners in the match.

“Mentally, emotionally, physically…. I left it all out there, ” Konta said in her on-court interview.

“I’m going to eat and sleep, eat and sleep and repeat,” Konta said of her next match.

“I really enjoyed the match for what it was,” Konta told media. “It was a very high-level match against a very, very good player. I took it as such.

“I didn’t put any more on it. It was definitely one of the more spectacular matches I’ve played. There have been a few. I still remember a junior match I played and I lost 12-10 in the third. That’s definitely still in my mind.

“In my adult career it was, yeah, one of the memorable ones.”

Konta will play Shaui Zhang in her quarterfinal.

“I played Zhang a couple of times,” Konta said. “Actually both times were very good matches. I’ve never played Madison before.

“I mean, we’re talking about a quarterfinal of a Grand Slam, so whoever I’m going to play it’s going to be an incredibly good player. Right now I’m just looking forward to just recovering well and having a good night’s rest.

“Whoever I’m playing, prepare to the best of my ability.”

“This journey started when I was about eight years old, so we’re coming up to 18 years now,” said the British woman.

“I’ve always said I do not believe in kind of a light switch moment. Everything happens for a reason. My journey has been the way it has been for a reason. That’s to accumulate the experiences that I’ve had.

“I cannot give you a moment where I said, Oh, yeah, that’s where it started, because it’s been ongoing ever since I started playing.”

Shuai Zhang continued her run in Melbourne which began in the qualifying tournament. Zhang defeated a hobbled Madison Keys 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final eighth.

Keys had to take a medical time out in the second set for an upper leg injury which had to be heavily taped. After that, the American’s movement was hampered.

The 133rd-ranked Zhang came into this year’s Australian Open 0-14 in majors.

“It’s so tough to play against someone injury because, yeah, when I’m saw her like feel more pain,” Zhang said. “You know, so tough. Maybe two point you feeling like cannot play, and then next three balls, pong, pong, pong, make two ace, one winner. So, so tough. You don’t know what’s happen.

“And also last year this happen many times. I’m almost win the match. I lost. I lost the concentrate. But this time I think I try to concentrate. So I’m happy I win the match, yeah.”

 

 

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Raonic Knocks Out Fourth Seed Wawrinka to Gain Berth in Australian Open Quarterfinals; Murray Advances

Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic

(January 25, 2016) Thirteenth seed Milos Raonic held off fourth seed and 2014 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Monday 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-3.

The Canadian employed an aggressive net game to take down the Swiss for the first time in their head-to-head encounters.

“I got to try to dictate, try to find my way forward and keep him out of rhythm,” he said.

Raonic dominated play in the first two sets and then the Swiss fought back to send the match to decider and get his first victory in Rod Laver Arena.

Raonic hit 82 winners in the 3-hour and 44-minute match which included 24 aces

Raonic is 8-0 this year. Earlier in the month, he defeated No. 3 Roger Federer in the final of the Brisbane International.

Raonic credits the new member of his coaching team, former No. 1 Carlos Moya with the improvement of his game and composure.

“I think it’s just about a calm, and understanding how I can be more efficient with my game,” Raonic said. “Today was a good example of that.”

“I’m very happy with the way I played, the way I competed, the way I turned things around after sort of having the momentum against me going into the fifth,” Raonic said.

“I’m happy the situation I’ve put myself in. At the same time, as happy as I am, my mind’s already on what’s the process for my next challenge.”

“Tough match in general, for sure,” Wawrinka said. “I think Milos start really well. He was pushing, playing well. Wasn’t really feeling great there, not playing my best. Wasn’t moving to do something else. I’m surprised to still have went five sets.

“For me, I tried to fight like always, tried to find solution. I think he went a little bit down with his speed, with his movement. I took the opportunity to push him to the fifth set.

“But for sure I’m disappointed. I know I tried what I could today.”

“He’s a really good player, you know,” the Swiss continued. “He’s been top five already, making semifinal in Grand Slam, winning a lot of tournament. Since two years, he’s really good.

“Today he did what I was expecting. Maybe he change few things in his game, but in general he’s the same tough player to play.”

 

Next up, the 25-year-old will face No. 23 Gael Monfils. The Frenchman, who is now in the Melbourne quarterfinals for the first time, beat unseeded over Andrei Kuznetsov 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in two hours and 37 minutes.

“It was tough,” Monfils said. “I think I knew pretty much he will come and step in, try to play very fast. That’s what he did. I was a bit nervous so I could not hit through him for a while. Then suddenly I think I serve a bit better and I put more pressure. I grabbed the first set.

“Unlucky I felt in the second. I lost a bit the momentum because at this period I thought I had him. It was a bit tough for me to grip my racquet. Then it was a bit tougher to play.

“He had a good second set. Then I think I serve pretty good, try to focus on my first shot after the serve. Till the end, you know, I was fighting. I think he give me a good fight, so I was happy to come through.”

Talking about his next match against Raonic, Monfils said: “Milos is in good form. Coming in with a win in Brisbane. As we know, a big serve. Actually I think also a little bit he improve a lot his movement, hitting big from the baseline, a good return.”

“From what I’ve seen so far of him, he’s playing well,” Raonic said of his next opponent. “He’s very entertaining and he’s very difficult to play. He can give you complete ends of the spectrum within one game.

“So it’s very much of an internal match for me. I just have to take the game to him. I have to make him feel uncomfortable. Not let him get into his sort of playing comfort. If I can sort of keep up with the efficiency moving forward, I’ll have definitely some opportunities.”

Raonic has become the first Canadian to reach the quarterfinals of all four majors.

 

Andy Murray moved past local favorite Australian Bernard Tomic in the night session in Melbourne. The Scot  won 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the fourth round.

“I didn’t think it was that straightforward,” Murray said. “It was a tricky match. You know, I mean, I got up a break I think in all of the sets. Each time he obviously got it back. So there were quite a few momentum shifts in all of the sets.”

Murray will play David Ferrer next.

“Last few days were very, very tough. A lot of emotions, yeah things sort of changing all of the time in my head,” Murray said. Two nights ago his father-in-law Nigel Sears was rushed to the hospital. Murray’s wife is expecting a baby near the end of the tournament. “It’s been a stressful few days, but I’ll try to rest up the next few days to get ready for the next one.”

No. 8 David Ferrer moved into the final eight of Melbourne for the sixth time, by defeating No. 10 John Isner 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. Ferrer has not dropped a set in the tournament.

 

 

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Azarenka Sails into Australian Open Quarterfinals; Will Face Kerber

Victoria Azarekna

(January 25, 2016) Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has moved into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open with a a 6-2, 6-4 win over Barbora Strycova. This marks the third year in succession that the two women have played each other in Melbourne. They faced each other in the second round in 2014 and the third round in 2015.

“Maybe next year, we’ll play in the quarters!” Azarenka joked with on-court interviewer Rennae Stubbs after the match.

“She’s such a tough opponent, and I’m just so happy that I went through. I played smart, aggressively, took my opportunities and I really kept my composure.”

“I was more focused on staying focused because she’s a type of player that throws you a lot off your rhythm,” Azarenka said to media. I was just trying to focus more on execution and be aggressive and follow my game plan from the first point to the last.

“But I think I played pretty well there. There are things I could have done better I think always. That’s the perfectionist in me. But overall, pretty solid.”

The 14th seed Azarenka will match up against No. 7 Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals. Kerber beat German countrywoman Annika Beck 6-4, 6-0 in the first match in Rod Laver Arena on Monday.

“I’m looking forward to that,” Azarenka said. “We always have such amazing battles. She’s such a fighter and an amazing person off the court, as well. I just want to make sure we show some good tennis, enjoy myself and do my best. I’m sure she’s going to do the same.”

Azarenka recently defeated Kerber in the Brisbane International final earlier in the month.

“I had tough matches against her in the past,” Kerber said. “The last one was in Brisbane in the finals. I never won against her right now, but that will be a challenge, you know. I will looking forward when I play against her to really take my chances, take the next match.

“It’s a new one, it starts from zero, and I know what’s coming from her. I will try to be aggressive and try to go and win the match. She played very well from the first match here in Melbourne. Yeah, I will try to get another chance the next challenge against her, and we will see what’s happen then.”

Kerber talked about wheat she needs to do to win against the Belarusian:”I think I must serve for sure better, because she’s returning very well. Be more aggressive. Playing aggressive. Moving good and actually playing my game like I’m playing on practice and just focusing more on me and not on her game.”

Kerber survived a first round scare when she was down match point to Misaki Doi.

“It’s exciting,” Azarenka commented. “You know, I always look forward to play against her. She gives me always tough matches. I prepare myself for a very tough match because she’s very solid, very consistent, and an amazing fighter.

“I have to, you know, play my best game to beat her, for sure.”

Azarenka has a 6-0 record against the German.

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2016 Australian Open – Day 8 Men’s Preview

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2016 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 8 MEN’S NOTES

Monday 25 January

Round of 16 Bottom Half

Featured matches

 

No. 2 Andy Murray (GBR) v No. 16 Bernard Tomic (AUS)
No. 4 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v No. 13 Milos Raonic (CAN)
No. 8 David Ferrer (ESP) v No. 10 John Isner (USA)

No. 23 Gael Monfils (FRA) v Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)

 

On court today…

 

  • World No. 2 Andy Murray will look to extend his 16-0 Tour-level win-loss record against Australian players when he takes on Australia’s last remaining player in the men’s singles draw in the opening night match on Rod Laver Arena. Murray dropped just 10 games against Tomic in their most recent meeting in last year’s Davis Cup semifinals, but the 23-year-old will hope for the upset win that would see him reach the last 8 at Melbourne Park for the first time and match his best Grand Slam performance.

 

  • Either Stan Wawrinka or Milos Raonic, who both hold 7-match Tour-level winning streaks after securing Australian Open warm-up titles, will see their unbeaten runs come to an end today when they face each other in the 3rd match on Rod Laver Arena. 2014 Australian Open champion Wawrinka has never lost to Raonic, and will be hoping to stop the world No. 14 becoming the first Canadian in history to reach 4 Grand Slam quarterfinals.

 

  • While David Ferrer is bidding to ensure Spanish representation in the last 8 at the Australian Open for the 10th straight year, John Isner is trying to guarantee an American presence in the quarterfinals here for the first time since 2010. The 2 will meet for the 8th time on Hisense Arena.

 

  • The prize of a maiden Australian Open quarterfinal awaits the winner of the Gael Monfils v Andrey Kuznetsov match on Margaret Court Arena. Monfils is looking to become the first Frenchman to reach the last 8 at Melbourne Park since Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Jeremy Chardy fell at that stage in 2013. Kuznetsov, meanwhile, is looking to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal and become the first Russian man through to the last 8 here since Nikolay Davydenko in 2010.

 

 

 

2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v NO. 16 BERNARD TOMIC (AUS)

Head-to-head: Murray leads 3-0

2012     Brisbane                       Hard (O)           SF        Murray             63 62

2013     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           R64      Murray             63 61

2015     Davis Cup (WG-SF)      Hard (I)            R4        Murray             75 63 62          

 

Tomic has yet to take a set off Murray in 3 meetings.

 

Murray defeated Tomic in the Davis Cup semifinals in Glasgow last year to secure a 3-2 victory for Great Britain and a place in the Davis Cup Final.

 

                          MURRAY                                       v                                         TOMIC

 

28                                          Age                                          23

2                                    ATP Ranking                                   17

35                                         Titles                                          3

156-37                     Career Grand Slam Record                      33-23

42-10                        Australian Open Record                         15-7

555-165                              Career Record                              136-117

377-107                        Career Record – Hard                         102-74

3-0                                   2016 Record                                   7-2

3-0                              2016 Record – Hard                              7-2

18-7                          Career Five-Set Record                          7-2

8                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         2

157-98                       Career Tiebreak Record                        81-66

0-0                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            3-4

 

  • 4-time Australian Open runner-up MURRAY is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 7th straight year and move into joint-5th place on the list for most consecutive appearances in the last 8 here.

                           No. of consecutive Australian Open quarterfinals (Open Era)

Roger Federer 11
Stefan Edberg 10
Novak Djokovic 9*
Rafael Nadal

Andy Murray??

Ivan Lendl

8

7??*

7

*Streak active

  • Murray is bidding to maintain his record of never having lost a Tour-level match against an Australian. He has won all 16 of his previous meetings against Australian opposition. [NB He lost to Nick Kyrgios at the 2016 Hopman Cup.]

 

  • Murray and compatriot Johanna Konta are bidding to reach the quarterfinals and ensure Great Britain has male and female representation in the last 8 at a Grand Slam for the first time since the 1977 Australian Open when Sue Barker, Robin Drysdale and John Lloyd reached that stage.

 

  • Murray has a 13-1 win-loss record against players at their home Grand Slam. His only loss to a player at their home major came against Monfils at 2006 Roland Garros. He has defeated the 3 Australian players he has faced at the Australian Open, 6 of the 7 French players he has met at Roland Garros and all 4 of the American players he has played at the US Open. He has never faced a Brit at Wimbledon.

 

  • Murray defeated Alexander Zverev 61 62 63, Sam Groth 60 64 61 and No. 32 seed Joao Sousa 62 36 62 62 in the opening 3 rounds. He is contesting his 11th straight Australian Open and 40th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Murray has lost in the round of 16 here twice before – in 5-set matches in both 2007 (l. Rafael Nadal) and 2009 (l. Fernando Versdasco).

 

  • Murray has a 1-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open. The only 5-set match he has won here came in 2013 when he defeated Roger Federer in the semifinals. He has an 18-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Murray has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 17 today’s opponent at a Grand Slam since he was defeated by No. 27 Stan Wawrinka at the 2010 US Open. He has lost just twice at the Australian Open to a player ranked as low as today’s opponent – to No. 51 Juan Ignacio Chela in 2006 and to No. 38 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2008.

 

  • Murray is the leading British man in history in terms of Grand Slam match-wins with a 156-37 win-loss record.

 

  • If Murray wins today he will face either No. 8 David Ferrer or No. 10 John Isner in the quarterfinals. He leads Ferrer 12-6 and Isner 5-0 in previous meetings.

 

  • 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 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 Federer here in 2010, and to Novak Djokovic in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Federer, at Roland Garros, and Ivan Lendl, at the US Open, are the only players to lose 3 Grand Slam finals at one major before winning the title in the Open Era.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2015, Murray reached the semifinals at Roland Garros (l. Djokovic) 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. Rafael Nadal). He also won the title at Queen’s (d. Anderson) and Montreal-1000
    (d. Djokovic).

 

  • 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.

 

  • By winning his 1st round match here, Murray took sole occupancy of 8th place on the list for the most Australian Open match-wins in the Open Era with 40. If he reaches the final here, he would tie Pete Sampras in 7th place on 45 wins.

 

  • Murray was one of 4 Grand Slam champions through to the round of 16 from the 7 to start in the men’s main draw here. Murray won the 2012 US Open title (d. Djokovic) and became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years in 2013 (d. Djokovic).

 

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

 

  • TOMIC is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the first time and equal his best Grand Slam performance.

 

  • Tomic advanced to the round of 16 here for the 3rd time after defeating Denis Istomin 67(4) 64 64 64 for his 100th career hard court match-win in the 1st round, Simone Bolelli 64 62 67(5) 75 in the 2nd round and John Millman 64 76(4) 62 in the 3rd round.

 

  • Tomic is looking to defeat a Top 2 player at Tour-level for the first time in his career at the 10th attempt. [NB He defeated No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the 2013 Hopman Cup.] His career-best win came against No. 5 Robin Soderling at 2011 Wimbledon. The highest ranked player he has defeated at the Australian Open is No. 13 Alexandr Dolgopolov in 5-sets in 2012.

 

  • Tomic has a 7-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 2-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park.

 

  • If Tomic wins today he will face either No. 8 David Ferrer or No. 10 John Isner in the quarterfinals. He trails Ferrer 2-3 and Isner 0-1 in previous meetings.
  • Tomic’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals as a qualifier at 2011 Wimbledon
    (l. Djokovic). He was the youngest man since Boris Becker in 1986 to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 Tomic has equalled his best Australian Open performance. He also reached the round of 16 here in 2012 (l. Roger Federer) and 2015 (l. Tomas Berdych). This is his 8th consecutive appearance at the Australian Open and his 25th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • The Australian Open is Tomic’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of matches-won. He has a 15-7 win-loss record here compared to 10-6 at Wimbledon, 6-4 at the US Open and 2-6 at Roland Garros.

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2015, Tomic reached the 3rd round at Wimbledon (l. Djokovic) and the US Open (l. Richard Gasquet) and fell in the 2nd round at Roland Garros (l. Thanasi Kokkinakis).

 

  • Also in 2015, Tomic defended his title at Bogota (d. Adrian Mannarino) and reached the semifinals at Delray Beach (l. Donald Young). All of Tomic’s 3 career singles titles have come on a hard court.

 

  • Tomic warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the semifinals at Brisbane (l. Milos Raonic) and the quarterfinals at Sydney, where he retired with fatigue and dizziness while trailing Teymuraz Gabashvili 63 3-0. He plays here on a career-high ranking of No. 17.

 

  • Tomic is one of 2 former junior Australian Open champions through to the round of 16 here from the 8 to start the men’s main draw along with Gael Monfils (2004). He won the 2008 Australian Open boys’ title aged 15 years 3 months, defeating Yang Tsung-Hua in the final. He was the youngest winner of the title since Ken Rosewall in 1950. He also won the 2009 US Open boys’ singles title (d. Chase Buchanan). Stefan Edberg is the only player to have won both the junior and senior title here in the Open Era. He captured the boys’ singles title in 1983, before winning the men’s singles in 1985 and 1987.

 

  • Tomic is coached by his father John.

 

 

4 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v NO. 13 MILOS RAONIC (CAN)

Head-to-head: Wawrinka leads 4-0

2012     Cincinnati-1000             Hard (O)           QF       Wawrinka         26 76(5) 64

2013     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           R16      Wawrinka         76(2) 64

2014     Monte Carlo-1000         Clay (O)           QF       Wawrinka         76(5) 62

2015     Rotterdam                    Hard (I)            SF        Wawrinka         76(3) 76(7)

 

Wawrinka is looking for his 5th straight win over Raonic in their first meeting at a Grand Slam. He has dropped just one set to the Canadian – in their first meeting at 2012 Cincinnati-1000.

 

Raonic is bidding to become the first Canadian player to defeat Wawrinka, who has a 7-0 win-loss record against Canadians.

This is a match-up between 2 of the Australian Open warm-up tournament winners. Prior to coming here, Wawrinka successfully defended his title at Chennai, while Raonic lifted the trophy at Brisbane. Wawrinka is the only player since Roger Federer in 2006 to win the Australian Open having won a pre-Australian Open tournament. He won Chennai before lifting his first Grand Slam trophy in Melbourne in 2014.

 

WAWRINKA                                     v                                        RAONIC

 

30                                          Age                                          25

4                                    ATP Ranking                                   14

12                                         Titles                                          8

106-41                     Career Grand Slam Record                      46-19

31-9                         Australian Open Record                         17-5

400-234                              Career Record                              214-103

217-128                        Career Record – Hard                         157-64

7-0                                   2016 Record                                   7-0

7-0                              2016 Record – Hard                              7-0

22-18                         Career Five-Set Record                          5-4

6                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

159-155                      Career Tiebreak Record                       139-88

2-0                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            4-1

 

  • 2014 Australian Open champion WAWRINKA is looking to reach his 7th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal. He is also looking to reach the last 8 here for a 3rd straight year.

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to extend his 7-match Tour-level winning streak. He has not lost a singles match since losing to Roger Federer in the semifinals at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

 

  • Wawrinka was leading Dmitry Tursunov 76(2) 63 when the Russian retired with a left foot injury in the 1st round before defeating qualifier Radek Stepanek 62 63 64 and Lukas Rosol 62 63 76(3) in the following 2 rounds.

 

  • Wawrinka’s win over Rosol was his 400th Tour-level match-win. He is the 11th active player to record 400 Tour-level match-wins.

 

  • Wawrinka has won 6 of his last 8 matches against Top 20 opposition at the Grand Slams. His only defeats in that time came against No. 20 Richard Gasquet at 2015 Wimbledon and No. 2 Roger Federer at the 2015 US Open. He has a 22-25 win-loss record against Top 20 opposition at the majors overall.

 

  • If Wawrinka wins today he will play either No. 23 Gael Monfils or Andrey Kuznetsov in the quarterfinals. He is level with Monfils at 2-2 in their previous meetings but has never faced Kuznetsov.

 

  • Last year here as defending champion Wawrinka reached the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic 76(1) 36 64 46 60. This is his 11th Australian Open appearance and his 44th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Wawrinka’s best Australian Open result is winning the title in his first Grand Slam final in 2014 (d. Rafael Nadal 63 62 36 63). He was the first player to defeat the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds en route to a Grand Slam title since Sergei Bruguera won 1993 Roland Garros.

 

  • Wawrinka won his 2nd Grand Slam title as No. 8 seed at 2015 Roland Garros. He became the 2nd Swiss player – man or woman – in history to win Roland Garros after defeating No. 1 seed Djokovic 46 64 63 64 in the final. At 30 years 71 days, he was the oldest man to win in Paris since Andres Gomez in 1990.

 

  • Wawrinka was one of 7 players aged 30 or over to reach the round of 16 here – the most since the 1972 US Open, when there were also 7. The Open Era record for the most 30 somethings through to the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam is 5 at the 1977 Australian Open.

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2015, Wawrinka reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon (l. Richard Gasquet) and the semifinals at the US Open (l. Federer). It was the first time he had reached the quarterfinals at all 4 Grand Slams in a calendar year.

 

  • Wawrinka had a career-best season in 2015. As well as winning his 2nd Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, he also won the titles at Chennai (d. Aljaz Bedene), Rotterdam (d. Berdych) and Tokyo (d. Benoit Paire). It was the first time he has won 4 titles in a single season. He also reached 5 further semifinals.

 

  • Wawrinka warmed up for the Australian Open by successfully defending his title at Chennai. He defeated Borna Coric in the final. It was his 12th career title and 4th at Chennai, having also won there in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

 

  • Wawrinka is currently working with Magnus Norman, who reached the semifinals here in 2000.

 

  • RAONIC is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 2nd straight year.

 

  • Raonic defeated Lucas Pouille 61 64 64, Tommy Robredo 76(6) 76(5) 75 and No. 21 seed Viktor Troicki 62 63 64 in the opening 3 rounds. It is the 3rd time he has reached the round of 16 at a Grand Slam without dropping a set. He also achieved the feat here last year and at 2014 Wimbledon.

 

  • Last year here as No. 8 seed Raonic recorded his best Australian Open result by reaching the quarterfinals (l. Novak Djokovic). This is his 6th Australian Open appearance and his 20th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to become the first Canadian man to reach 4 Grand Slam quarterfinals. As well as Raonic, Robert Powell is the only other Canadian man to have reached multiple Grand Slam quarterfinals – at 1908, 1910 and 1912 Wimbledon.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to become the first Canadian man to reach multiple Australian Open quarterfinals. Michael Belkin is the only other Canadian man to reach the quarterfinals here, reaching the last 8 at the 1968 Australian Championships.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to extend his 7-match Tour-level winning He has not lost a match at Tour-level since losing to No. 7 Rafael Nadal in the 3rd round at 2015 Shanghai-1000. His best Tour-level winning streak is 9 straight wins in 2012, which took in a singles victory in the Davis Cup first round, the San Jose title and a run to the semifinals at Memphis.

 

  • If Raonic wins today he will face either No. 23 seed Gael Monfils or Andrey Kuznetsov in the quarterfinals. He trails Monfils 0-2 but leads Kuznetsov 1-0 in their previous meetings.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2015, Raonic reached the 3rd round at both Wimbledon (l. Nick Kyrgios) and the US Open (l. Feliciano Lopez). He missed Roland Garros with a right foot injury, which required surgery in May 2015.

 

  • Raonic’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals as No. 8 seed at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Roger Federer). He became the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal after Robert Powell at 1908 Wimbledon.

 

  • Raonic’s best result in 2015 was winning the title at St. Petersburg (d. Joao Sousa). He also finished as runner-up at Brisbane (l. Federer) and reached the semifinals at Indian Wells-1000 and Rotterdam. He ended his season after Shanghai-1000 in October due to a hip injury.

 

  • Raonic reached a career-high ranking of No. 4 in May 2015 after reaching the quarterfinals at Madrid-1000 (l. Andy Murray). He finished the year in the Top 20 for the 4th straight year and plays here at No. 14.

 

  • Raonic warmed up for the Australian Open by winning his 8th career title as No. 4 seed at Brisbane, avenging his defeat to Federer in the 2015 final with his 2nd career victory over the Swiss. All 8 of Raonic’s career titles have come on a hard court.

 

  • 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. 13 – his lowest Grand Slam seeding since 2013 Wimbledon.

 

  • Raonic has played Davis Cup since 2010 and helped Canada reach the quarterfinals last year. Canada will face France in the 1st round in Guadeloupe on 4-6 March.

 

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

 

  • Raonic started working with former world No. 1 Carlos Moya at the 2016 Australian Open. Moya finished runner-up here in 1997 before going on to win Roland Garros in 1998. He is also coached by Riccardo Piatti.

 

8 DAVID FERRER (ESP) v NO. 10 JOHN ISNER (USA)

Head-to-head: Ferrer leads 6-1

2007     Cincinnati-1000             Hard (O)           R64      Ferrer   76(3) 63

2007     New Haven                   Hard (O)           R32      Ferrer   67(2) 62 62

2009     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           R64      Ferrer   63 36 62

2011     Paris-1000                    Hard (I)             QF       Isner    63 36 63

2012     Davis Cup (WG-SF)      Clay (O)            R4        Ferrer   67(3) 63 64 62

2014     Madrid-1000                 Clay (O)            R16      Ferrer   64 64

2015     Paris-1000                    Hard (I)             QF       Ferrer   63 67(6) 62

 

Ferrer and Isner are 2 of the 7 players aged 30 or over through to the round of 16 here. This is the most since the 1972 US Open, when there were also 7. The Open Era record for the most 30 somethings through to the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam is 5 at the 1977 Australian Open.

 

                          FERRER                                        v                                         ISNER

 

33                                          Age                                          30

8                                    ATP Ranking                                   11

26                                         Titles                                         10

133-51                     Career Grand Slam Record                      48-30

38-13                        Australian Open Record                         12-7

662-313                              Career Record                              292-178

311-166                        Career Record – Hard                        215-117

5-2                                   2016 Record                                   4-1

5-2                              2016 Record – Hard                              4-1

20-11                         Career Five-Set Record                          5-14

4                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

148-131                      Career Tiebreak Record                      286-161

1-0                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            5-2

 

  • FERRER is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here and climb the list for most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances.

                                       Most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Roger Federer 11*
Stefan Edberg 10
Novak Djokovic

Ivan Lendl

Rafael Nadal

John Newcombe

9

8

8

8

Andre Agassi

Andy Murray??

7

7??

Tomas Berdych

David Ferrer??

Andy Roddick

Pete Sampras

6

6??

6

6

*Written prior to Federer’s round of 16 match against Goffin

 

  • Ferrer advanced to the round of 16 after defeating qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 64 64 62 on Tuesday before ending wild card Lleyton Hewitt’s career with a 62 64 64 win on Thursday. He defeated No. 31 seed Steve Johnson 61 64 64 in the 3rd round on Saturday.

 

  • Ferrer and Bautista Agut were the only 2 Spanish men to reach the last 16 from the 15 to start in the men’s main draw. The last time there were no Spanish men in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open was in 2006.

 

  • Ferrer is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here without dropping a set for the first time in his career. The only Grand Slam where he has reached the last 8 without dropping a set is Roland Garros in 2012 and 2013.

 

  • It is the 2nd time Ferrer has reached the Australian Open round of 16 without dropping a set. He also achieved the feat here in 2008. It is the 7th time he has reached the last 16 in straight sets at a Grand Slam.

 

  • Ferrer has dropped just 29 games through the first 3 rounds here. This is the fewest games he has dropped into the round of 16 at the Australian Open and the 2nd fewest games he has dropped into the last 16 at a Grand Slam after 2012 Roland Garros when he dropped just 20 games.

 

  • Ferrer has lost in the round of 16 here on 3 occasions including last year, when he was defeated by Kei Nishikori. He also lost at this stage at Melbourne Park in 2006 (l. Fabrice Santoro) and 2007 (l. Mardy Fish). He is contesting his 14th successive Australian Open and 52nd Grand Slam.

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2015, Ferrer reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros (l. Murray) and the 3rd round at the US Open (l. Jeremy Chardy). He missed Wimbledon with an elbow injury, ending a run of 50 straight Grand Slam appearances.

 

  • If Ferrer wins today he will face either No. 2 Andy Murray or No. 16 Bernard Tomic in the quarterfinals. He trails Murray 6-12 but leads Tomic 3-2 in previous meetings.

 

  • Ferrer’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the final as No. 4 seed at 2013 Roland Garros, where he lost in straight sets to Nadal. At 31 years 68 days, he was the 4th oldest man to reach the Roland Garros final.

 

  • Ferrer’s best Australian Open performance is reaching the semifinals as No. 7 seed in 2011 (l. Murray) and as No. 4 seed in 2013 (l. Novak Djokovic).

 

  • Ferrer warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the semifinals at Auckland, losing to Jack Sock. He fell in the 1st round at Doha to Illya Marchenko.

 

  • Ferrer finished 2015 at No. 7 in the rankings – the 6th consecutive year he has finished in the Top 10. He won 5 titles in 2015, the most titles he has won in a calendar year since 2012. He won the titles at Doha (d. Tomas Berdych), Rio de Janeiro (d. Fabio Fognini), Acapulco (d. Kei Nishikori), Kuala Lumpur (d. Feliciano Lopez) and Vienna (d. Johnson). He played just one event between Roland Garros and the US Open due to an elbow injury.

 

  • Ferrer started working with Francisco Fogues in 2015.

 

  • ISNER is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the first time and equal his best Grand Slam performance.

 

  • Isner is looking to become the first American man through to the quarterfinals here since Andy Roddick in 2010. Isner and Roddick were the last American men to reach the last 8 at a Grand Slam when they reached that stage at the 2011 US Open.

 

  • Isner is looking to end a 7-match losing streak against Top 10 players at the Grand Slams. He has defeated a Top 10 player at a major just once before when he defeated No. 5 Roddick in 5-sets at the 2009 US Open. He has a 1-8 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition at the majors overall.

 

  • Isner has lost 9 of his last 10 five-set matches and has a 5-14 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall. He has won 2 of his 4 five-set matches at Melbourne Park.

 

  • If Isner wins today he will face either No. 2 Andy Murray or No. 16 Bernard Tomic in the quarterfinals. He trails Murray 0-5 and Ferrer 1-6 in previous meetings.

 

  • Isner advanced to the round of 16 here defeating Jerzy Janowicz 63 76(7) 63, Marcel Granollers 63 76(6) 76(2) and No. 18 Feliciano Lopez 67(8) 76(5) 62 64 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • Last year here as No. 19 seed he fell to Gilles Muller in the 3rd round. This is his 8th Australian Open appearance and his 31st Grand Slam overall.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here Isner has equalled his best Australian Open performance. He also reached that stage as No. 33 seed in 2010 (l. Murray).

 

  • Isner recorded his best Grand Slam result at the 2011 US Open where he reached the quarterfinals as No. 28 seed (l. Murray).

 

  • In Grand Slam play in 2015, Isner reached the round of 16 at the US Open (l. Roger Federer), the 3rd round at the Australian Open and Wimbledon (l. Cilic) and the 2nd round at Roland Garros (l. Jeremy Chardy).

 

  • Isner’s best result in 2015 was winning his 10th career singles title as top seed at Atlanta (d. Marcos Baghdatis). He also finished runner-up at Washington (l. Kei Nishikori) and reached the semifinals at Miami-1000 and Nice. 7 of Isner’s 10 career titles have come on a hard court.

 

  • Isner finished 2015 ranked No. 11 – his highest year-end ranking and the 6th consecutive season he has finished inside the Top 20. He plays here ranked No. 11 – 2 spots below the career-high ranking of No. 9 he achieved in April 2012.

 

  • Isner warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Auckland (l. Roberto Bautista Agut).

 

  • Isner’s 64 36 67 76 70-68 1st round defeat of Nicolas Mahut at 2010 Wimbledon played over 3 days set the record for the longest tennis match in history in terms of number of games and duration. The match lasted 11 hours 5 minutes and totalled 183 games. The final set alone lasted 8 hours 11 minutes. In comparison, the fewest games played through 7 rounds to win a Grand Slam Open Era men’s singles title is 147, by Guillermo Vilas at the 1977 US Open.

 

  • Isner started working with Justin Gimelstob, who was a doubles semifinalist here in 2001, in December 2014. His fitness trainer is Kyle Morgan.

 

 

 

23 GAEL MONFILS (FRA) v ANDREY KUZNETSOV (RUS)

Head-to-head: Monfils leads 2-0

2015     Marseille                      Hard (I)            R16                  Monfils             63 62

2015     Monte Carlo-1000         Clay (O)           R64                  Monfils             46 63 64

 

Both of Monfils’ 2 previous wins over Kuznetsov came last year – and on French soil.

 

MONFILS                                       v                                    KUZNETSOV

 

29                                          Age                                          24

25                                   ATP Ranking                                   74

5                                          Titles                                          0

76-36                      Career Grand Slam Record                      12-11

20-10                        Australian Open Record                          5-2

350-204                              Career Record                               39-55

212-120                        Career Record – Hard                          19-22

3-0                                   2016 Record                                   5-1

3-0                              2016 Record – Hard                              5-1

15-11                         Career Five-Set Record                          2-3

2                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

145-101                      Career Tiebreak Record                        22-20

0-0                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            4-0

 

 

  • MONFILS is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the first time.

 

  • Monfils is bidding to reach his 7th Grand Slam quarterfinal and close the gap on Cedric Pioline in 5th 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 12
Yannick Noah 10
Sebastien Grosjean

Henri Leconte

9

9

Cedric Pioline 8
Gael Monfils 6

                             

 

  • If Monfils reaches the quarterfinals here for the first time on his 11th Australian Open appearance, he will move into 2nd place on the list for the most attempts before reaching the quarterfinals here in the Open Era.

No. of attempts before reaching the Australian Open quarterfinals (Open Era)

Fabrice Santoro 14
Mark Woodforde 11
Nicolas Almagro

Lleyton Hewitt

Pat Rafter

9

9

9

 

  • Monfils advanced to the round of 16 after defeating qualifier Yuichi Sugita 61 63 62, Nicolas Mahut 75 64 61 and qualifier Stephane Robert 75 63 62 in the opening 3 rounds. His win over Robert was his 350th Tour-level match-win.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Monfils has equalled his best Australian Open performance. He also reached the round of 16 here in 2009, retiring with a right wrist injury when trailing Gilles Simon 64 26 61.

 

  • Monfils is bidding to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam without dropping a set for the 2nd time. The only time he has reached the last 8 at a major without dropping a set was at the 2014 US Open. This is the 3rd time he has reached the round of 16 at a Grand Slam without dropping a set. He also achieved the feat at the US Open in 2009 and 2014.

 

  • Monfils is looking to record his 21st victory at Melbourne Park and close the gap on Fabrice Santoro in 3rd place on the list for most Open Era match-wins by a Frenchman at the Australian Open.

 

Most Open Era Australian Open matches won by a Frenchman

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 29
Sebastien Grosjean 25
Fabrice Santoro 22
Richard Gasquet

Gael Monfils

Gilles Simon

20

20

20

                                                                                         

  • Monfils is bidding to become the first Frenchman to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open since Tsonga and Jeremy Chardy fell in the last 8 here in 2013.

 

  • If he wins today Monfils will play either No. 4 seed Stan Wawrinka or No. 13 seed Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals. He has a 2-2 win-loss record against Wawrinka but leads Raonic 2-0 in their previous meetings.

 

  • Last year here Monfils fell to Jerzy Janowicz in 5-sets in the 2nd round. He has a 3-3 five-set win-loss record at Melbourne Park.

 

  • Monfils’ best Grand Slam result is a semifinal finish at 2008 Roland Garros, where ranked No. 59 he lost to Roger Federer 62 57 63 75. He is making his 11th appearance at the Australian Open and his 37th appearance at a Grand Slam overall.

 

  • In Grand Slam play in 2015 Monfils reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Federer) and fell to Simon in 5 sets in the 3rd round at Wimbledon. He lost in the 2nd round at the Australian Open and retired with a lower back injury in the 1st round at the US Open (l. Illya Marchenko).

 

  • Monfils has lost to a player ranked as low as No. 74 today’s opponent on 2 occasions at the Australian Open. He fell to No. 81 Luis Horna in the 1st round here in 2006 and to No. 92 Mikhail Kukushkin in the 3rd round in 2012. The last time he lost to a player ranked as low as today’s opponent at Tour-level was against No. 120 Marchenko at the 2015 US Open.

 

  • Monfils’ best result in 2015 was reaching the final at Marseille (l. Simon). He reached 6 further semifinals at Montpellier, Monte Carlo-1000, Bucharest, Stuttgart, Umag and Vienna.

 

  • Monfils did not play an Australian Open warm-up event. His opening round win over Sugita was his first match-win since he reached the semifinals at 2015 Vienna.

 

  • Monfils has won 5 career singles titles. 4 of his 5 career titles have come on hard courts at 2009 Metz, 2010 and 2014 Montpellier and 2011 Stockholm.

 

  • 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 Canada in the World Group first round in Guadeloupe on 4-6 March.

 

  • 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 one of 2 former junior Australian Open champions through to the round of 16 here from the 8 to start the men’s main draw along with Bernard Tomic (2008).

 

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

 

  • KUZNETSOV is bidding to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal and become the first Russian man to reach the quarterfinals here since Nikolay Davydenko fell in the last 8 in 2010.

 

  • Kuznetsov is looking to become the 8th Russian man to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals. Yevgeny Kafelnikov (5 quarterfinals), Nikolay Davydenko (4), Aleksandr Metreveli (3), Marat Safin (3), Andrey Cherkasov (1), Andrei Chesnokov (1) and Mikhail Youzhny (1) are the 7 Russian men to reach the quarterfinals here.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Kuznetsov has recorded his best Grand Slam performance. He advanced to the round of 16 after defeating qualifier Ryan Harrison 75 64 64, No. 30 Jeremy Chardy 64 76(5) 76(5) and Dudi Sela 75 36 61 76(4) in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • Kuznetsov’s previous best Grand Slam performance was reaching the 3rd round at 2014 Wimbledon
    (l. Leonardo Mayer), the 2014 US Open (l. Andy Murray) and 2015 Roland Garros (l. Rafael Nadal). This is his 3rd Australian Open and his 12th Grand Slam appearance overall.

 

  • Kuznetsov’s previous best Australian Open result was reaching the 2nd round here on his debut in 2013, defeating No. 11 seed Juan Monaco for his 1st victory over a Top 20 player before losing to Kevin Anderson, and last year (l. Novak Djokovic). He was ranked too low for direct entry here in 2014 and didn’t attempt to qualify.

 

  • Kuznetsov is bidding to end an 11-match losing streak against Top 30 opposition. He has not defeated a Top 30 player since recording his career-best win against No. 7 David Ferrer in the 2nd round at 2014 Wimbledon. He has defeated a Top 30 player at the Australian Open once before – when he defeated No. 12 Juan Monaco here in 2013. He has a 3-19 win-loss record against Top 30 opposition overall.

 

  • Kuznetsov is bidding to defeat 2 seeded players at the same Grand Slam event for the first time. He has a 4-5 win-loss record against seeded players at the Grand Slams overall.

 

  • If he wins today, Kuznetsov will play either No. 4 Stan Wawrinka or No. 13 Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals. He has never faced Wawrinka and lost his only previous match against Raonic at 2015 Rotterdam.

 

  • The Australian Open is Kuznetsov’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of match-wins and the only major at which he has a positive win-loss record. He has a 5-2 win loss record here, compared to 2-3 at Roland Garros, 3-4 at Wimbledon and 2-2 at the US Open.

 

  • Kuznetsov warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Doha (l. Nadal).

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Kuznetsov has recorded 3 straight wins at the same event for the first time in his career.

 

  • Kuznetsov’s best Tour-level performances in 2015 were reaching the quarterfinals at Moscow (l. Marin Cilic) and the 3rd round at Roland Garros. The only other time he recorded back-to-back Tour-level match-wins in 2015 was in Davis Cup.

 

  • Kuznetsov had more success on the Challenger Circuit in 2015, winning the titles at Manerbio (ITA)
    (d. Daniel Munoz-De La Nava) and Como (ITA) (d. Daniel Brands). He also finished runner-up at Scheveningen (NED) (l. Nikoloz Basilashvili).

 

  • At the Grand Slams last year, Kuznetsov reached the 2nd round here and the 3rd round at Roland Garros but lost in the 2nd round of qualifying at Wimbledon. He was ranked too low for direct entry into the US Open and didn’t attempt to qualify. He dropped out of the Top 100 last year, falling as low as No. 124 in May but plays here at No. 74, his highest ranking since May 2013.

 

  • Kuznetsov has never played a 5-set match here. He has a 2-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall. His last 5-set match came at the 2014 US Open, when he defeated Fernando Verdasco in 5-sets in the 2nd round.

 

  • Kuznetsov won the boys’ singles title at 2009 Wimbledon, defeating Jordan Cox 46 62 62 in the final. He won 6 singles titles and 4 doubles titles as a junior, reaching a career-high junior ranking of No. 3 in 2009.

 

  • Kuznetsov has been coached by his father, Alexander, since 1997.

*All statistics courtesy of Grand Slam Media and the Australia Open Men’s information team.

 

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Djokovic Survives Five Set Test Against Simon; Federer Cruises Past Goffin to Reach Australian Open Quarterfinals

(January 24, 2016) Novak Djokovic survived a five-set test from Gilles Simon, while Roger Federer routed David Goffin to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Sunday.

No. 1 Djokovic made 100 unforced errors in his 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win in four hours, 32 minutes over Simon.

“I made a lot of unforced errors today,” Djokovic said after the win. “Nevertheless, he was fighting. He was playing well. Physically very demanding. I’m just happy to get through this one.”

The defending champion’s victory puts him in his 27 consecutive quarterfinal at a major equaling Jimmy Connors and behind Roger Federer with 36.

“These are the tournaments that we value the most and to be able to always come up with the best performance in the Grand Slams, of course I’m very proud of it and hopefully I can keep going,” Djokovic said.

“I don’t feel good,” Simon said about the loss.

“It’s always a bad feeling when you lose in five also. Always like when you play so long, you feel so many things are happening on the court. So many things could have been different. Just had, like, couldn’t make it today.”

“Gilles is a great defender,” the world No. 1 explained. “Always makes you play an extra shot. You have days like this, but fortunately you manage to fight your way through. I think in important moments the serve was getting me out of trouble. That’s what I take as a positive from today.”

No. 7 Kei Nishikori will be playing Djokovic in the quarterfinals. He defeated No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.

“It’s gonna be big challenge to play Novak, for sure,” said Nishikori.

So what’s the most difficult thing when playing Djokovic?

I think the biggest thing is he doesn’t miss,” Nishikori said. “He doesn’t give you easy points, any free points. I have to, you know, be the one to dictate. I think he’s serving well, too.

“It always makes tough player.”

Nishikori upset Djokovic in the 2014 semifinals at the U. S. Open.

“That (win) gives me a lot of confidence to play against him again, but we played in London and he, you know, kind of destroy me,” explained Nishikori. “It wasn’t easy match for me. It’s different condition, but I hope I can make some changes and try to play better.

“Yeah. I’m ready to beat him again.”

Roger Federer’s win over David Goffin lasted less than 90 minutes with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 score.

“It was good,” Federer said. “Surprised it went as fast as it did. You know, to win the first two sets within 50 minutes is the best thing that can happen out there, especially with a late start and against a quality player. So I was very happy.

“It was important to keep the momentum going, keep staying aggressive and, you know, trying to get the match done in three. I was able to do that. I was very pleased.

“There were some great moments in the match which I can take a lot away from. I was happy to, which after the Dimitrov match, which wasn’t so straightforward, wasn’t so easy, I was able to find an extra gear, I guess.”

Federer will match up against No. 6 Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals. Berdych defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.

“I have to play well,” said the Swiss about his upcoming match against the Czech. “I think the court suits him. I think this sort of flatter bounce and faster court is good for his serves, good for his returns. It’s a fast court. I think for his kind of game it’s good.

“I think I matched up well against him as of late. Then again, we haven’t played that much. He played very well here last year in exactly these conditions. I was very impressed how he played against Nick (Kyrgios). Today I didn’t see that much against Bautista Agut. It was about switching to a different court, day session, beating a different kind of player, beating him in five sets, which gives him, I’m sure, a lot of confidence, as well, even though maybe the scoreline doesn’t suggest that.

“I would assume he’s exactly where he wants to be and he’ll recover and make it a tough match for me, no doubt about it.

“It’s going to be a good match. We’re both going to play aggressive. This court pays off when you do play good and aggressive tennis.”

“I think he’s playing really well, especially in the last season,” Berdych said of his next opponent. “He’s become a very, very danger(ous) opponent, as always he is. I mean, it’s always difficult to say something else or something new. I mean, it’s Roger, so it’s always going to be a huge challenge to play him. It’s the quarterfinal of a slam.

“Yeah, I like it. I like my chances. I’m just looking forward to that match.”

 

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Serena Williams to Face Maria Sharapova in Australian Open Quarterfinals

(January 24, 2016) Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will battle it out for a spot in the Australian Open semifinals as both women won fourth round matches on Sunday in Melbourne. The quarterfinals match-up will be a rematch of last year’s final, which Williams won in three sets.

2008 champion and No. 5 seed Sharapova hit 21 aces in holding off No. 12 Belinda Bencic 7-5, 7-5 in the first match of the day in Rod Laver Arena.

Defending champion Serena Williams had no problems defeating Russian Margarita Gasparya 6-2, 6-1 in 55 minutes.

Williams has an 18-2 record against Sharapova, having won the last 17 in a row.

“I got myself into the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam,” Sharapova said. “There is no reason I shouldn’t be looking to improve and to getting my game in a better position than any other previous round. It’s only going to be tougher, especially against Serena.”

“Serena’s obviously a big favorite coming into that match, and what a year she’s had. I expect to play her in the next match, but we’ll see the result.

“It was a great final last year. I came quite close in the second set but not close enough. I look forward to playing the best in the world, and that’s what she has proven to be for the last many years, and it’d be a great match.”

The last time Williams lost a match to Sharapova was in the fall of 2004 at the WTA Finals.
“For my whole career I have been motivated by losses. So that’s just been my thing,” the 21-time major champion said to media. “So each time I take a loss, I feel like I get better.”

The world No. 1, who has a 17-match win streak against Sharapova, was asked about her confidence against the five-time major champion coming into the quarterfinal contest.

“I just feel like I’m really confident in my game right now, not against her or against any other opponent.” Williams said. “I’m just really looking at me right now, and I feel like if I can just continue to play well, then it could be good.”

“I think the person who’s winning could definitely feel the pressure because there is a lot of expectations. The person who is losing, well, I have lost X amount in a row; I don’t have anything to lose.

“But in this situation, I don’t have anything to lose because I’m just here — every tournament for me is just a bonus at this point in my career.

“So it’s an interesting place to be at.”

“I look forward to playing the best in the world and that’s what she’s proven in the last year,” Sharapova said.

Every match is new,” Williams said. “You know, she always brings in something new and something special. She’s very consistent, as well. Yeah, she knows how to be — one player that’s always consistently winning and training and working hard and winning matches.”

The other quarterfinal in the women’s top half of the draw was set. It will be No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska versus 10th seed Carla Suarez Navarro.

 

Suarez rebounded from losing the first set 6-0 to beat Australian Daria Gavrilova 0-6, 6-3, 6-2. The Spaniard closed out the match by winning the last six games.
“Well, I start obviously not really good,” said Suarez Navarro. “I think I start too much relaxed. Was tough. Even she was playing good, the first set, no mistake.

“But, you know, you have to believe. I try. I fight. I was there. You have to be there for a comeback like this. That’s it.

“I just try. I just believe that I can do it. Until the last point, I fight.”

Agnieszka Radwanska earned a place in the quarterfinals with a 6-7 (6), 6-1, 7-5 win over Anna-Lena Friedsam. A tearful Friedsam was up 5-2 in the final set, suffered from cramps in her legs.

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2016 Australian Open – Day 7 Men’s Preview

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2016 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 7 MEN’S NOTES

Sunday 24 January

Round of 16 Top Half

 

Featured matches

 

No. 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v No. 14 Gilles Simon (FRA)
No. 3 Roger Federer (SUI) v No. 15 David Goffin (BEL)

No. 6 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v No. 24 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
No. 7 Kei Nishikori (JPN) v No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

 

On court today…

 

  • A 12th Australian Open quarterfinal awaits Roger Federer if he can find a way past David Goffin in the night match on Rod Laver Arena. Federer already holds the record for most Australian Open quarterfinals reached but Goffin will be hoping he can triumph today and create his own record – he would become the first man from Belgium to reach the last 8 at the Australian Open.

 

  • Novak Djokovic will look to reach his 27th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal when he takes on Gilles Simon in the 3rd match on Rod Laver Arena. The world No. 1, who has defeated Simon in their last 9 matches, is bidding to equal Jimmy Connors in 2nd place for the most consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances.

 

  • Tomas Berdych, Federer, Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are 4 of the 7 players aged 30 or over through to the round of 16 here. This is the most since the 1972 US Open, when there were also 7. The Open Era record for the most 30 somethings through to the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam is 5 at the 1977 Australian Open.

 

  • Roberto Bautista Agut and Goffin are the only 2 players playing today who have never reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal. Bautista Agut ended a 17-match losing streak against Top 10 opposition by defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Auckland earlier this month, and will hope to continue that momentum with his 2nd career-win over a Top 10 player at a major today.

 

 

No. 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 14 GILLES SIMON (FRA)

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 9-1

2008     Marseille                      Hard (I)            R16      Simon               62 67(6) 63

2008     Tennis Masters Cup      Hard (I)            SF        Djokovic           46 63 75

2009     Dubai                           Hard (O)           SF        Djokovic           36 75 75

2009     Cincinnati-1000             Hard (O)           QF       Djokovic           64 75

2009     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           QF       Djokovic           63 26 62

2010     Beijing                          Hard (O)           QF       Djokovic           63 62

2010     Davis Cup (WG-FR)      Hard (I)            R2        Djokovic           63 61 75

2014     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         R32      Djokovic          64 62 64

2014     Cincinnati-1000             Hard (O)           R32      Djokovic           63 46 64

2015     Paris-1000                    Hard (I)            R16      Djokovic           63 75

 

Simon is looking to record his first victory over Djokovic since their first meeting at 2008 Marseille, having lost each of their 9 meetings since.

 

Simon has won just 6 sets in their 10 previous matches. He has never taken a set off Djokovic in a best-of-5-set contest.

 

9 of their 10 meetings came on a hard court, but their only Grand Slam meeting came on grass at 2014 Wimbledon.

 

Djokovic is bidding to win his 10th straight match against Simon. He has won 10 consecutive matches against 11 players – Marin Cilic (14 consecutive wins*), Stan Wawrinka (14), Viktor Troicki (13*), Andreas Seppi (12*), Tomas Berdych (11), Gael Monfils (11*), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (11), Jeremy Chardy (10*), David Ferrer (10*), Richard Gasquet (10*) and Radek Stepanek (10*). [* denotes active streak.]

 

DJOKOVIC                                      v                                         SIMON

 

28                                          Age                                          31

1                                    ATP Ranking                                   15

60                                         Titles                                         12

210-34                     Career Grand Slam Record                      68-38

53-6                         Australian Open Record                         20-9

694-146                              Career Record                              375-257

457-86                         Career Record – Hard                        220-144

8-0                                   2016 Record                                   3-1

8-0                              2016 Record – Hard                              3-1

25-8                          Career Five-Set Record                         18-10

4                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

191-110                      Career Tiebreak Record                      118-125

3-0                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            1-2

 

  • DJOKOVIC is bidding to reach the quarterfinals for the 27th straight Grand Slam and equal Jimmy Connors in 2nd place for the most consecutive quarterfinal appearances at the majors. The last time he failed to reach the last 8 at a Grand Slam was at 2009 Roland Garros, when as No. 4 seed he lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the 3rd round.

 

Most consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Player Consecutive appearances
Roger Federer 36
Jimmy Connors 27
Novak Djokovic 26*

*Streak active

                               (NB: In the Borg/Connors/Lendl era, players frequently did not compete in 4 majors per year)

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to reach his 35th Grand Slam quarterfinal and take sole occupancy of 4th place on the list for the most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era ahead of Ivan Lendl.

 

 

 

 

 

Most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Player No. of appearances
Roger Federer 47??
Jimmy Connors 41
Andre Agassi 36
Novak Djokovic 35??
Ivan Lendl 34

 

  • Djokovic is also bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for a 9th consecutive year. Federer, who reached 11 consecutive quarterfinals at Melbourne Park from 2004-2014, is the only man in the Open Era to have reached the quarterfinals here for 9 or more consecutive years.

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to reach his 9th quarterfinal here and move into 3rd place on the list for the most Australian Open quarterfinals reached in the Open Era. Only Federer, who is bidding to reach his 12th quarterfinal here, and Stefan Edberg (10) have reached the last 8 at Melbourne Park on more occasions.

 

  • Djokovic advanced to the round of 16 after defeating Hyeon Chung 63 62 64, wild card Quentin Halys 61 62 76(3) and No. 28 seed Andreas Seppi 61 75 76(6) in the opening 3 rounds. It is the 6th straight Grand Slam – and 5th straight Australian Open – that he has reached the round of 16 without dropping a set.

 

  • Djokovic’s 3rd round victory over Seppi was his 53rd match-win at the Australian Open. He is currently in 3rd place on the list for most Open Era match-wins at the Australian Open.

 

Player Win-loss
Roger Federer
Stefan Edberg
78-12
56-10
Novak Djokovic

Andre Agassi

53-6

48-5

Ivan Lendl 48-10
Rafael Nadal

Pete Sampras

45-10

45-9

 

  • Djokovic has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 15 today’s opponent at a Grand Slam since losing to No. 27 Jurgen Melzer at 2010 Roland Garros. The last time he lost to a player ranked as low as today’s opponent at Tour-level was at 2015 Doha, when he fell to No. 27 Ivo Karlovic in the quarterfinals.

 

  • Djokovic has won 36 of his last 37 matches against French opposition. His only defeat in that time came against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 2014 Toronto-1000. Djokovic has a 28-2 win-loss record against French players at the Grand Slams, with his only defeats to French players at the majors coming against Sebastien Grosjean at 2005 Wimbledon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the 2010 Australian Open.

 

  • If Djokovic wins today he will face either No. 7 Kei Nishikori or No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals. He leads Nishikori 5-2 and Tsonga 14-6 in previous meetings.

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to avoid becoming the first Top seed to lose in the round of 16 here since Lleyton Hewitt in 2003.

 

  • Djokovic is looking to equal Roy Emerson’s record of 6 Australian titles and become the 10th man in history to win 6 titles at any Grand Slam event [see Preview pages 1-2].

 

  • Last year here Djokovic won his 5th Australian Open title, defeating Andy Murray 76(5) 67(4) 63 60 in the final. He also won the titles here in 2008 (d. Tsonga), 2011 (d. Murray), 2012 (d. Rafael Nadal) and 2013 (d. Murray). 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 Stan 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.

 

  • SIMON is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 2nd time and equal his best Grand Slam result.

 

  • Simon is through to the round of 16 here for the 3rd time. He defeated Vasek Pospisil 67(4) 63 62 64, Evgeny Donskoy 63 57 76(1) 46 75 and Federico Delbonis 63 62 61 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • Simon’s 5-set match-win over Donskoy in the 2nd round improved his Tour-level 5-set win-loss record to 18-10. He has a 7-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park.

 

  • Simon is looking to record his 21st victory at Melbourne Park and close the gap on Fabrice Santoro in 3rd place on the list for most Open Era match-wins by a Frenchman at the Australian Open.

 

Most Open Era Australian Open matches won by a Frenchman (through the 2016 AO 3rd round)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 29
Sebastien Grosjean 25
Fabrice Santoro 22
Richard Gasquet

Gael Monfils

Gilles Simon

20

20

20

 

  • Simon’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals here in 2009, when he lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal, and at 2015 Wimbledon, where he lost to Roger Federer. He is contesting his 10th Australian Open and his 39th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Simon is bidding to end a 5-match losing streak against players ranked No. 1. He won his first 2 matches against players ranked No. 1 in 2008 – defeating Roger Federer at AMS Toronto and Rafael Nadal at AMS Madrid that year – but has lost all 5 of his meetings with No. 1 players since then.

 

  • If Simon wins today he will play either No. 7 Kei Nishikori or No. 9 Tsonga in the quarterfinals. He has never faced Nishikori but trails Tsonga 3-7 in the previous meetings.

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2015 Simon reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Stan Wawrinka) and the 3rd round at the Australian Open (l. David Ferrer) but fell in the 1st round at the US Open (l. Donald Young).

 

  • Simon’s best result in 2015 was winning the title at Marseille (d. Monfils). He also reached the final at Metz
    (l. Tsonga) and the semifinals at Rotterdam and Queen’s.

 

  • Prior to coming here, Simon lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the 1st round as No. 5 seed at Brisbane. He also played at the Kooyong Exhibition Event, losing to both Feliciano Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta.

 

  • Simon is one of 3 Frenchmen through to the round of 16 here along with Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. There has never been as many as 3 Frenchman in the quarterfinals at the same Grand Slam. The last time as many as 2 Frenchmen reached the quarterfinals at a major was at 2015 Wimbledon, when Richard Gasquet and Simon reached the last 8.

 

  • Simon is one of 7 players aged 30 or over through to the round of 16 here – the most since the 1972 US Open, when there were also 7. The Open Era record for the most 30 somethings through to the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam is 5 at the 1977 Australian Open.

 

  • Simon is a former Top 10 player having reached a career-high ranking of No. 6 in January 2009. He plays here ranked No. 15. He has won 12 career singles titles and is the joint 2nd most successful Frenchman in the Open Era with Gasquet and Tsonga in terms of titles won (behind Yannick Noah with 23).

 

  • Simon is coached by Jan de Witt. His fitness trainer is Paul Quetin.

 

  1. 3 ROGER FEDERER (SUI) v NO. 15 DAVID GOFFIN (BEL)

Head-to-head: Federer leads 3-0

2012     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           R16      Federer            57 75 62 64

2014     Basel                            Hard (I)            FR        Federer            62 62

2015     Basel                            Hard (I)            QF       Federer            63 36 61

 

Goffin had posters of Federer on his bedroom wall when he was younger. Despite meeting 3 times on the Tour, this is the pair’s first encounter on an outdoor hard court.

 

FEDERER                                       v                                        GOFFIN

 

34                                          Age                                          25

3                                    ATP Ranking                                   16

88                                         Titles                                          2

300-49                     Career Grand Slam Record                      18-14

78-12                        Australian Open Record                          4-2

1065-239                             Career Record                               97-80

662-134                        Career Record – Hard                          63-47

6-1                                   2016 Record                                   4-1

6-1                              2016 Record – Hard                              4-1

23-19                         Career Five-Set Record                          5-3

9                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

386-211                      Career Tiebreak Record                        29-31

  • 2016 Tiebreak Record                                  1-1

 

  • 4-time Australian Open champion FEDERER is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 12th time and extend his record for most Australian Open quarterfinals.

 

No. of Australian Open quarterfinals (Open Era)

Roger Federer 12??
Stefan Edberg 10
Novak Djokovic 9??
Ivan Lendl

Rafael Nadal

John Newcombe

8

8

8

 

  • Federer is bidding to reach his 47th Grand Slam quarterfinal. By reaching the quarterfinals at 2014 Wimbledon, he took sole occupancy of 1st place for the most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era ahead of Jimmy Connors.

Most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Player No. of appearances
Roger Federer 47??
Jimmy Connors 41
Andre Agassi 36
Novak Djokovic 35??
Ivan Lendl 34

 

  • At 34 years 176 days, Federer is looking to become the oldest man to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open since Andre Agassi (aged 34 years 276 days) reached the last 8 here in 2005.

 

  • Federer is one of 7 players aged 30 or over through to the round of 16 here – the most since the 1972 US Open, when there were also 7. The Open Era record for the most 30 somethings through to the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam is 5 at the 1977 Australian Open.

 

  • Federer is bidding to record his 79th match-win at Melbourne Park and make the Australian Open his joint-most successful Grand Slam event in terms of matches won.

 

 

 

 

 

Titles won Win-loss record Quarterfinals reached
Australian Open 4 78-12 12??
Roland Garros 1 65-16 11
Wimbledon 7 79-10 13
US Open 5 78-11 11

 

  • Federer recorded his 300th career Grand Slam match-win in the 3rd round on Friday. Federer has won more Grand Slam matches than any other player in the Open Era. Jimmy Connors is his closest rival, with 233 Grand Slam match-wins.

              

Most Open Era Grand Slam match-wins

Roger Federer 300-49
Jimmy Connors 233-49
Andre Agassi 224-53
Ivan Lendl 222-49
Novak Djokovic 210-34
Pete Sampras 203-38
Rafael Nadal 198-30

Active players in bold. (Through 3rd round at the 2016 Australian Open)

 

  • Federer is looking to close the gap on Martina Navratilova, who is the only woman to win 300 Grand Slam matches. Navratilova has a 306-49 win-loss record at the Grand Slams, ahead of Chris Evert (299-37) and Serena Williams (288-40).

 

  • Federer advanced to the round of 16 after defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili 62 61 62, Alexandr Dolgopolov 63 75 61 and No. 27 Grigor Dimitrov 64 36 61 64 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • If he wins today, Federer will face either No. 6 Tomas Berdych or No. 24 Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals. He leads Berdych 15-6 and Bautista Agut 4-0 in previous meetings.

 

  • Last year here Federer fell in the 3rd round to Andreas Seppi, who brought an end to his 22-match winning streak against Italian opposition. It was the first time he had failed to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open since 2003 and his earliest exit in Melbourne since he fell in the 3rd round in 2001 (l. Arnaud Clement). He also lost to Clement in the 3rd round on his debut here in 2000.

 

  • Federer is looking to become the 3rd man in history to win 5 Australian Open singles titles after Roy Emerson (6) and Novak Djokovic (5) [see Preview page 1].

 

  • At 34 years 176 days, Federer is looking to become the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title since Andres Gimeno won 1972 Roland Garros aged 34 years 306 days. He is also looking to become the oldest man to win the Australian Open since Ken Rosewall, who was 37 years 62 days when he lifted the title in 1972.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2015 he reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros (l. Stan Wawrinka) and finished as runner-up to Djokovic at both Wimbledon and the US Open.

 

  • This is Federer’s 67th major appearance and his 65th straight Grand Slam event. He is in 2nd place on the list for the most Grand Slams played in the Open Era behind Fabrice Santoro (70) [see Preview pages 4-5].

 

  • Federer warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the final as top seed at Brisbane (l. Milos Raonic). It was his 3rd straight final in Brisbane and his 2nd runner-up finish at the tournament in 3 years.

 

  • Federer won 6 titles in 2015 – his highest tally since 2012 – at Brisbane (d. Raonic), Dubai (d. Djokovic), Istanbul
    (d. Pablo Cuevas), Halle (d. Seppi), Cincinnati-1000 (d. Djokovic) and Basel (d. Rafael Nadal).

 

  • Federer has won 4 titles here – in 2004 (d. Marat Safin 76 64 62), 2006 (d. Marcos Baghdatis 57 75 60 62), 2007
    (d. Fernando Gonzalez 76 64 64) and 2010 (d. Andy Murray 63 64 76).

 

  • Federer is a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion. His last title at a major came at 2012 Wimbledon
    (d. Murray). He was one of 7 Grand Slam champions to start in this year’s men’s singles main draw.

 

  • Federer is coached by 2006 Australian Open quarterfinalist Ivan Ljubicic and Severin Luthi.

 

  • GOFFIN is bidding to become the first Belgian man to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. 7 Belgian men have reached the last 8 at a major.

 

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

 

  • Goffin is looking to defeat a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam for the first time on his 8th attempt. No. 19 Thiem in the 3rd round here is the highest-ranked player he has defeated at a major.

 

  • Goffin is on a 12-match Tour-level losing streak against Top 10 opposition. His only victory over a Top 10 player at Tour-level came against No. 9 Milos Raonic at 2014 Basel. [NB He was given a walkover by Andy Murray at 2015 Rome-1000.]

 

  • If he wins today, Goffin will face either No. 6 Tomas Berdych or No. 24 Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals. He trails Berdych 0-1 and Bautista Agut 0-2 in previous meetings.

 

  • Goffin defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky 36 63 64 64, Damir Dzumhur 64 06 64 62 and No. 19 Dominic Thiem 61 36 76(2) 75 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Goffin has equalled his best Grand Slam result. He also reached the round of 16 on his debut at a major as a lucky loser at 2012 Roland Garros (l. today’s opponent) and as No. 16 seed at 2015 Wimbledon (l. Stan Wawrinka). This is his 3rd Australian Open appearance and his 15th appearance at a Grand Slam overall.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Goffin has recorded his best Australian Open performance. His previous best performance here was reaching the 2nd round last year (l. Marcos Baghdatis). He fell in the 1st round on his only other appearance here in 2013 (l. Fernando Verdasco) having withdrawn from qualifying for the 2014 event with a left quadriceps injury. He failed to qualify here in 2011 and 2012.

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2015, Goffin reached the 3rd round at both Roland Garros (l. Jeremy Chardy) and at the US Open, where he retired with heat illness despite leading Bautista Agut 62 75 36 1-3.

 

  • Goffin’s best results in 2015 are reaching his first Tour-level grass court final at ’s-Hertogenbosch
    (l. Mahut) and finishing runner-up at Gstaad (l. Thiem). He also reached the semifinals at Chennai
    (l. Wawrinka).

 

  • Goffin warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the 2nd round at Brisbane (d. Thomaz Bellucci,
    Lucas Pouille). He also won 2 matches at the Kooyong Exhbition Event – defeating Nick Kyrgios 67 3-2 ret. and Feliciano Lopez 64 62.

 

  • Goffin has played Davis Cup for Belgium since 2012. He helped Belgium reach its first Davis Cup Final since 1904 last year, which they lost 3-1 to Great Britain in Ghent. He went 5-2 in Davis Cup rubbers in 2015 with his 2 losses coming against Andy Murray in singles and Murray and brother Jamie in the doubles. Belgium will play Croatia in the World Group first round in Liege on 4-6 March.

 

  • Goffin is on a 3-match winning streak in 5-set matches, and recorded his first career comeback from 0-2 down against Kyle Edmund in the opening rubber of the 2015 Davis Cup Final. He has a 5-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • 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.

 

 

  1. 6 TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE) v NO. 24 ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT (ESP)

Head-to-head: Berdych leads 3-2

2013     Chennai                        Hard (O)           QF       Bautista Agut    75 26 63

2013     Bangkok                       Hard (O)           R16      Berdych            63 63

2014     Indian Wells-1000         Hard (O)           R64      Bautista Agut    46 62 64

2014     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           R32      Berdych           61 62 67(4) 64

2015     Monte Carlo-1000         Clay (O)           R16      Berdych            76(7) 64

 

Bautista Agut trails the overall head-to-head but leads Berdych 2-1 on a hard court.

 

BERDYCH                                      v                                 BAUTISTA AGUT

 

30                                          Age                                          27

6                                    ATP Ranking                                   21

12                                         Titles                                          3

120-49                     Career Grand Slam Record                      25-13

37-12                        Australian Open Record                          8-4

548-284                              Career Record                               125-87

340-179                        Career Record – Hard                          78-57

6-1                                   2016 Record                                   9-1

6-1                              2016 Record – Hard                              9-1

17-8                          Career Five-Set Record                          7-1

2                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

182-152                      Career Tiebreak Record                        42-30

0-1                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            3-1

 

  • BERDYCH is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 6th consecutive year and move into joint-6th place on the list for most consecutive appearances in the last 8 here.

                           No. of consecutive Australian Open quarterfinals (Open Era)

Roger Federer 12??
Stefan Edberg 10
Novak Djokovic 9??
Rafael Nadal

Ivan Lendl

Tomas Berdych

Andy Murray

John Newcombe

8

7

6??

6*

6

*If Murray defeats Sousa in Saturday’s night match he will be looking to reach his 7th straight Australian Open quarterfinal

 

  • The Australian Open is Berdych’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of match-wins. He has a 37-12 win-loss record here compared to 32-12 at Wimbledon, 31-13 at the US Open and 20-12 at Roland Garros.

 

  • The last time Berdych lost to a player ranked as low as No. 21 today’s opponent at a major was at 2014 Wimbledon when he was defeated by No. 29 Marin Cilic. His last Tour-level loss to a player outside the Top 20 came at 2015 Beijing to No. 37 Pablo Cuevas.

 

  • If he wins today, Berdych will play either No. 3 Roger Federer or No. 15 David Goffin in the quarterfinals. He trails Federer 6-15 and leads Goffin 1-0 in previous meetings.

 

  • Berdych advanced to the round of 16 after defeating Yuki Bhambri 75 61 62, qualifier Mirza Basic 64 60 63 and No. 29 seed Nick Kyrgios 63 64 16 64 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • Berdych is one of 7 players aged 30 or over through to the round of 16 here – the most since the 1972 US Open, when there were also 7. The Open Era record for the most 30 somethings through to the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam is 5 at the 1977 Australian Open.

 

  • Last year here Berdych equalled his best Australian Open performance by reaching the semifinals
    (l. Andy Murray). He ended a 17-match losing streak against Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals – the joint worst losing streak in a Tour-level head-to-head in the Open Era. He also reached the semfinals here in 2014 (l. Stan Wawrinka), when he became the 2nd Czech man in the Open Era after Ivan Lendl to complete a set of Grand Slam semifinal appearances.

 

  • Berdych’s best result at a major is finishing runner-up at 2010 Wimbledon. He defeated Federer in the quarterfinals and Novak Djokovic in the semifinals before losing to Nadal in the final.

 

  • Berdych warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the semfinals at Doha (l. Djokovic).

 

  • In 2015 Berdych won 2 titles to take his career tally to 12. He won the title as top seed at both Shenzhen
    (d. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez) and Stockholm (d. Jack Sock). 8 of his 12 titles have come on a hard court.

 

  • In Grand Slam play in 2015 Berdych reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), Wimbledon (l. Gilles Simon) and the US Open (l. Richard Gasquet).

 

  • Berdych has been a permanent fixture in the Top 10 since 5 July 2010. He has been seeded at every Grand Slam event he has played since the 2005 US Open.

 

  • This is Berdych’s 13th consecutive Australian Open appearance and his 50th straight Grand Slam. He is in joint-6th place for the most consecutive Grand Slam appearances in the Open Era having played at every major since making his debut at the 2003 US Open [see Preview page 4].

 

  • Berdych started working with Dani Vallverdu, who previously worked with Andy Murray, in 2015. His fitness coach is Azuz Simcich and his physio is Per Bastholt.

 

  • 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 2nd time after defeating Martin Klizan 62 63 46 26 62, Dusan Lajovic 46 62 46 62 61 and No. 12 seed Marin Cilic 64 76(5) 75 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • Bautista Agut’s 5-set wins over Klizan and Lajovic extended his 5-set record to 7-1. 5 of his 8 five-set matches have come at Melbourne Park. His only 5-set defeat came to Jurgen Melzer in 2nd round here in 2013.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Bautista Agut has equalled his best Grand Slam performance. He also reached the round of 16 here in 2014 (l. Grigor Dimitrov), at the US Open in 2014 (l. Roger Federer) and 2015 (l. Novak Djokovic), and at 2015 Wimbledon (l. Federer).

 

  • Last year here as No. 13 seed – his highest Grand Slam seeding to date – Bautista Agut fell to Gilles Muller in the 2nd round. He also fell in the 2nd round at Roland Garros (l. Lukas Rosol). This is his 5th Australian Open appearance and his 14th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Bautista Agut recorded back-to-back match-wins against Top 20 opposition in winning his 3rd career title at Auckland prior to coming here. He defeated No. 11 John Isner and No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before Jack Sock retired in the final due to illness with Bautista Agut leading 61 1-0. He also reached the quarterfinals at Chennai (l. Borna Coric) after receiving a 1st round bye.

 

  • Bautista Agut’s victory over No. 10 Tsonga in the semifinals at Auckland ended a run of 17 straight Tour-level losses to Top 10 opposition. He has a 4-23 win-loss record against Top 10 players overall. He has defeated a Top 10 player at a major just once before when he defeated No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro at the 2014 Australian Open.

 

  • Auckland was Bautista Agut’s first title on hard court. He also won the titles at 2014 ’s-Hertogenbosch (d. Benjamin Becker) on grass and Stuttgart (d. Lukas Rosol) on clay.

 

  • If he wins today, Bautista Agut will play either No. 3 Federer or No. 15 David Goffin in the quarterfinals. He trails Federer 0-4 and leads Goffin 2-0 in previous meetings.

 

  • Bautista Agut’s best result in 2015 was finishing runner-up at Moscow (l. Cilic) and Valencia (l. Joao Sousa). He also reached 5 further semifinals at Chennai, Marseille, Munich, Umag and St. Petersburg.

 

  • Bautista Agut broke the Top 20 for the first time after winning the title at 2014 Stuttgart and reached a career-high ranking of No. 14 in October 2014 after reaching his first Moscow final. He plays here at No. 21.

 

  • Bautista has played Davis Cup for Spain since 2014. He was part of the Spanish team that defeated Denmark 5-0 to maintain its place in Europe/Africa Zone Group I for 2016. Spain received a first round bye in Europe/Africa Zone Group I this year and will play either Romania or Slovenia in the 2nd round on 15-17 July.

 

  • Bautista Agut is coached by Pepe Vendrell.

 

 

  1. 7 KEI NISHIKORI (JPN) v NO. 9 JO-WILFRIED TSONGA (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: Nishikori leads 4-2

2011     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           R32      Nishikori           67(1) 64 64

2012     Australian Open          Hard (O)          R16      Nishikori          26 62 61 36 63

2013     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           R16      Tsonga             76(5) 60

2013     Paris-1000                    Hard (I)            R32      Nishikori           16 76(4) 76(7)

2014     Paris-1000                    Hard (I)            R16      Nishikori           61 46 64

2015     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           QF       Tsonga            61 64 46 36 63

 

A 3rd Grand Slam meeting between the 2 players and their 2nd at Melbourne Park, having also met at this stage in 2012.

 

Both of their 2 previous Grand Slam meetings have gone to 5-sets. Nishikori has a 3-0 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park and a 12-4 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall. Tsonga has a 3-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open and a 13-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

NISHIKORI                                      v                                       TSONGA

 

26                                          Age                                          30

7                                    ATP Ranking                                   10

10                                         Titles                                         12

48-24                      Career Grand Slam Record                      98-31

19-6                         Australian Open Record                         30-8

247-122                              Career Record                              356-164

174-84                         Career Record – Hard                        238-106

4-1                                   2016 Record                                   5-1

4-1                              2016 Record – Hard                              5-1

12-4                          Career Five-Set Record                          13-7

2                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         2

74-53                        Career Tiebreak Record                      168-120

1-0                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            3-1

 

  • NISHIKORI is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here and equal his best Australian Open result.

 

  • Nishikori advanced to the round of 16 for the 5th straight year after defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 64 63 63, Austin Krajicek 63 76(5) 63 and No. 26 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 75 26 63 64 in the opening 3 rounds. This is his 7th Australian Open appearance and his 26th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Nishikori’s best result here is reaching the quarterfinals in 2012 (l. Andy Murray) and in 2015 (l. Stan Wawrinka). He is the only Japanese man to reach the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park in the Open Era.

 

  • Nishikori is bidding to reach his 5th Grand Slam quarterfinal and close the gap on Jiri Satoh for the most major quarterfinals reached by a Japanese man. Satoh (6 quarterfinals) and Zenzo Shimizu (3) are the only other Japanese players to reach multiple quarterfinals at a major.

 

  • The Australian Open is Nishikori’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of match-wins. He has a 19-6 win-loss record here compared to 13-7 at the US Open, 8-5 at Roland Garros and 8-6 at Wimbledon.

 

  • At the 2014 US Open, Nishikori became the first Asian male to contest a Grand Slam final after defeating three Top 10 players – Milos Raonic, Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic – in consecutive matches before falling to Marin Cilic in the title match.

 

  • Nishikori is bidding to win back-to-back matches against seeded opposition at the Australian Open for the first time. He has won back-to-back matches against seeded players on just 2 occasions at a major – when he defeated No. 29 Juan Monaco and No. 3 David Ferrer at the 2008 US Open, and in defeating No. 23 Leonardo Mayer, No. 5 Raonic, No. 3 Wawrinka and No. 1 Djokovic at the 2014 US Open.

 

  • Nishikori has won 4 of his last 5 matches against Top 10 players at the Grand Slams. His only defeat to a Top 10 player at a major in that time was against No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in his most recent meeting with a Top 10 player at a major at the 2015 Australian Open. Nishikori has a 6-10 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition at the Grand Slams overall.

 

  • If Nishikori wins today he will play either No. 1 Novak Djokovic or No. 14 Gilles Simon in the quarterfinals. He trails Djokovic 2-5 in their previous head-to-heads and has never faced Simon.

 

  • In Grand Slam play last year Nishikori reached the quarterfinals here and at Roland Garros (l. today’s opponent). He gave a walkover due to a left calf injury in the 2nd round at Wimbledon and lost in the 1st round at the US Open to Benoit Paire.

 

  • Nishikori won 3 tournaments in 2015. He successfully defended his titles at Memphis (d. Kevin Anderson) and Barcelona (d. Pablo Andujar) and won Washington (d. John Isner) for the first time. He also finished runner-up at Acapulco (l. David Ferrer). He reached a career-high ranking at No. 4 in March and plays here at No. 7.

 

  • Nishikori warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Brisbane, where he lost to Bernard Tomic. He played a match at the Kooyong Exhibition event, defeating Omar Jasika 61 67 [10-4].

 

  • Nishikori is the highest-ranked Japanese man in ATP World Tour Rankings history (since 1973). He had the nickname ‘Project 45’ as a major goal was to get him to No. 45 in the rankings, which would be one spot better than the highest by any Japanese man (Shuzo Matsuoka).

 

  • Nishikori went undefeated in Davis Cup in 2015. He won all 4 of the singles rubbers he played last year to extend his overall win-loss record to 18-2 in Davis Cup rubbers and help Japan maintain its World Group status for 2016. Japan will play Great Britain in the World Group first round in Birmingham on 4-6 March.

 

  • Nishikori is coached by Dante Bottini and Michael Chang. Chang finished as runner-up at the 1996 Australian Open, losing in the final to Boris Becker.

 

  • 2008 Australian Open runner-up TSONGA is bidding to reach his 5th quarterfinal here and overtake Sebastien Grosjean for the most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances by a Frenchman. Grosjean is the only other Frenchman to have reached 4 Australian Open quarterfinals.

 

  • Tsonga is through to the round of 16 here for the 7th time. He defeated Marcos Baghdatis 64 46 64 62, wild card Omar Jasika 75 61 64 and qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 64 76(7) 76(4) in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • Tsonga is bidding to close the gap on Henri Cochet in 2nd place on the list for the most Grand Slam match-wins by a Frenchman. He has a 98-31 win-loss record at the majors, behind Jean Borotra (108-23) and Henri Cochet (102-14).

 

  • Tsonga is one of 3 Frenchmen through to the round of 16 here along with Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon. There has never been as many as 3 Frenchman in the quarterfinals at the same Grand Slam. The last time as many as 2 Frenchmen reached the quarterfinals at a major was at 2015 Wimbledon, when Richard Gasquet and Simon reached the last 8.

 

  • Tsonga is one of 7 players aged 30 or over through to the round of 16 here – the most since the 1972 US Open, when there were also 7. The Open Era record for the most 30 somethings through to the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam is 5 at the 1977 Australian Open.

 

  • Tsonga has won 3 of his last 5 matches against Top 10 opposition, but lost his last 2 meetings with Top 10 players – falling to No. 1 Djokovic at Shanghai-1000 and No. 5 Tomas Berdych at Paris-1000 last year.

 

  • Tsonga has lost 7 of his last 9 meetings with Top 10 players at the Grand Slams. His only wins against Top 10 players at the majors in that time came against No. 4 Berdych and No. 5 today’s opponent in back-to-back matches at 2015 Roland Garros.

 

  • If he wins today Tsonga will play either No. 1 Novak Djokovic or No. 14 Gilles Simon in the quarterfinals. He trails Djokovic 6-14 but leads Simon 7-3 in their previous meetings.

 

  • Tsonga is making his 9th appearance at Melbourne Park. He missed the event last year with a right forearm injury.

 

  • Tsonga’s best Grand Slam result to date is a runner-up finish at the 2008 Australian Open (l. Novak Djokovic). He defeated three Top 10 players (Andy Murray, Richard Gasquet and Rafael Nadal) en route to the final.

 

  • The Australian Open is Tsonga’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of match-wins. He has a 30-8 win-loss record here, compared to 25-8 at Roland Garros, 24-8 at Wimbledon and 19-7 at the US Open.

 

  • In Grand Slam play in 2015 Tsonga reached the semifinals at Roland Garros (l. Stan Wawrinka), the quarterfinals at the US Open (l. Marin Cilic) and the 3rd round at Wimbledon (l. Ivo Karlovic).

 

  • In 2015 Tsonga’s best result was winning his 3rd Metz title (d. Simon). He also finished runner-up at Shanghai-1000
    (l. Djokovic). He missed the first few months of the year with a right forearm injury, starting his 2015 campaign at Miami-1000.

 

  • Tsonga warmed up for this year’s Australian Open by reaching the semifinals at Auckland, losing to Roberto Bautista Agut.

 

  • Tsonga has entered the mixed doubles here with Kristina Mladenovic. They will play Sara Errani/Fabio Fognini in the 1st round.

 

  • Tsonga started working with Nicolas Escude and Thierry Ascione in October 2013.

 

*All statistics courtesy of Grand Slam Media and the Australia Open Men’s information team.

 

 

 

 

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Qualifier Zhang’s Run Continues into Fourth Round of the Australian Open

(January 23, 2016) Before this fortnight, Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai had no match wins in Grand Slam tournaments. She now has three. Zhang, who shocked No. 2 seed Simona Halep in the first round continued her run at the Australian Open, defeating American Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 6-3 to reach the round of 16.

She hit 27 winners against the American and made 86 percent of her first serves.

Zhang, who thought about retirement when her ranking plummeted to 200 in the world, brought her parents to Melbourne, thinking that it might be her last tournament.

The world No. 133 now has wins over No. 2 Halep, No. 33 Alize Cornet and now No. 51 Lepchenko. She came into the Australian Open 0-14 in Grand Slam matches. She has not dropped a set yet.

Zhang will get a big challenge from her next opponent No. 15 seed Madison Keys who rallied past Ana Ivanovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

“I can’t think too much,” said Zhang.

“I just only keep seeing the next point, because I’ve never been in the third round.”

Keys said via statement: “Zhang, we’re so happy for her now. She’s won not only one, but two main draw matches. That’s great for her. I haven’t played her since three, four years now. Obviously she’s playing well if she’s had the upsets that she’s had, so either match will be tough.”

 

Qualifier Zhang Shuai Topples Second Seed Simona Halep at Australian Open

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