August 25, 2016

US Open Seeds Announced – Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic Top Seeds

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(August 23, 2016) FLUSHING, N.Y., – The USTA announced that world No. 1 and defending US Open champion Novak Djokovic and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray have been named the top two seeds, respectively, in men’s singles at the 2016 US Open, headlining the four US Open and five Grand Slam champions to earn Top-10 seeds. The 2016 US Open will be played Aug. 29-Sept. 11 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

World No. 1 and six-time US Open champion Serena Williams has been named the top seed in women’s singles at the 2016 US Open.

This is the fifth time that Serena Williams has been the No. 1 seed at the US Open. She won the title on three of the prior occasions (2002, 2013, and 2014). Following Williams will be No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber, of Germany, the 2016 Australian Open champion; No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza,of Spain, the 2016 French Open champion; No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland, a 2016 Australian Open semifinalist; No. 5 and 2015 US Open semifinalist Simona Halep,of Romania; No. 6 and two-time US Open champion Venus Williams, of the United States; No. 7 and 2015 US Open finalist Roberta Vinci, of Italy; and No. 8 Madison Keys, of the United States, a 2015 Australian Open semifinalist.

Djokovic, 29, is 51-5 this year and won his 11th and 12th Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open and French Open, respectively. Murray comes into the US Open as the reigning Wimbledon champion and the won the gold medal in men’s singles at the Rio Olympics.

The singles draws for the 2016 US Open will be revealed live during an official draw ceremony on Friday, August 26, at 11:30 a.m. ET at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Defending US Open champions Novak Djokovic and Flavia Pennetta will make an appearance at the event.

2016 US Open Men’s Singles Seeds

1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia

2. Andy Murray, Great Britain

3. Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland

4. Rafael Nadal, Spain

5. Milos Raonic, Canada

6. Kei Nishikori, Japan

7. Marin Cilic, Croatia

8. Dominic Thiem, Austria

9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France

10. Gael Monfils, France

11. David Ferrer, Spain

12. David Goffin, Belgium

13. Richard Gasquet, France

14. Nick Kyrgios, Australia

15. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain

16. Feliciano Lopez, Spain

17. Bernard Tomic, Australia

18. Pablo Cuevas, Uruguay

19. Steve Johnson, United States

20. John Isner, United States

21. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia

22. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria

23. Kevin Anderson, South Africa

24. Lucas Pouille, France

25. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany

26. Jack Sock, United States

27. Alexander Zverev, Germany

28. Martin Klizan, Slovakia

29. Sam Querrey, United States

30. Gilles Simon, France

31. Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Spain

32. Benoit Paire, France

 

2016 US Open Women’s Singles Seeds

1. Serena Williams, United States

2. Angelique Kerber, Germany

3. Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain

4. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland

5. Simona Halep, Romania

6. Venus Williams, United States

7. Roberta Vinci, Italy

8. Madison Keys, United States

9. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia

10. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic

11. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain

12. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia

13. Johanna Konta, Great Britain

14. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic

15. Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland

16. Samantha Stosur, Australia

17. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia

18. Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic

19. Elena Vesnina, Russia

20. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands

21. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania

22. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine

23. Daria Kasatkina, Russia

24. Sloane Stephens, United States

25. Belinda Bencic, Switzerland

26. Caroline Garcia, France

27. Laura Siegemund, Germany

28. Sara Errani, Italy

29. Coco Vandeweghe, United States

30. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia

31. Misaki Doi, Japan

32. Timea Babos, Hungary

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Del Potro Ousts Top Seed Djokovic in First Round of the Olympic Games

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(August 7, 2016) In a rematch of the 2012 Olympic bronze medal match, unseeded Juan Martin Del Potro surprised No. 1 Novak Djokovic 7-6(4), 7-6(2) in the first round of the Rio Olympics on Sunday.

Del Potro has been sidelined by wrist surgeries on and off, over the past few years is ranked 145th in the world. The big forehand which saw him win the 2009 U.S. Open returned to its former glory in beating Djokovic who was trying to complete a career “golden slam” by winning a gold medal at the Olympics. The Argentina crushed 41 total winners, 29 coming on his forehand side. His Serbian opponent, the 12-time major champion his more errors than winners 32 to 26.

Del Potro’s day started out with him being stuck in an elevator in the Olympic Village before Argentine handball players got him out.

It was a 50-50 day for defending women’s Olympic champion Serena Williams. The 34-year-old world No. 1 and holder of 22 majors titles won her opening singles match under gusty winds 6-4, 6-2 victory over Australia’s Daria Gavrilova.

Later in the day, Serena teamed up with sister Venus for their first round of doubles in Rio. The three-time doubles gold medalists and top seeds lost an Olympic doubles match for the first time ever, falling to the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4.

Serena said that she and her sister “played terrible.”

Safarova was originally supposed to be playing with Karolina Pliskova, who withdrew.

Another pair of siblings also fell in their first round of Olympic doubles, as Andy and Jamie Murray lost to Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci and Andre Sa 7-6 (6), 7-6 (14). Andy Murray won his first round singles match over Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-2.

Rafael Nadal returned to the court for the first time since the French Open with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Argentina’s Federico Delbonis. Nadal, Spain’s flagbearer in the opening ceremony of the games, is coming off a left wrist injury. Nadal won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but missed the 2012 London Olympics.

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Novak Djokovic Beats Kei Nishikori for Toronto Title and 30th Masters Series Trophy

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(July 31, 2016) Novak Djokovic won his fourth Rogers Cup title on Sunday in Toronto beating Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-5. For the Serb, the world’s top player it’s his 30th Masters Series title on the ATP World Tour, adding to his Masters title record. In the event which rotates between Toronto and Montreal, Djokovic also won titles in 2007, 2011 and 2012.

Djokovic, who has nine straight wins against Nishikori, is now 33-1 on hard courts for the year.

“I think he stepped it up,” said Nishikori. “He raise his level I think a lot from these couple days, couple days ago.

“He played really deep, and he didn’t give me any, like, free points. Especially he was serving really well, so I didn’t have many, you know, chance for my return game. So I was really feeling the pressure every game.

“Maybe second set maybe I had some chance, but there was too many unforced errors from me. Well, also he was playing good, but I couldn’t play good tennis today.”

 

“I think, like I said, I had too many unforced errors especially during important points. Yeah, he was returning really well today, I think. I was hitting some good first serves, but he was making return in deep.

“I hope I can step it up a little more and winning some titles, but I think still Novak is biggest challenge for me to win against him. Especially on hard court he’s been beating me. You know, not easy but two sets. Miami, here, especially big match like here in final.

“So I think I need more experience, you know, of these kind of matches, but I think this is a great week even though I lost Novak. It was second time this year in the final, Masters. I think getting closer and closer. So hope I can get a Masters title as soon as possible.

“I think that’s going to give me a lot of confidence for winning the Grand Slams and those big tournaments.

This is Djokovic’s seventh title of the year which includes victories at two majors – the Australian Open and the French Open with Masters titles at Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Toronto, as well as a tournament in Doha.

Djokovic, whose next stop is Rio de Janiero for the Olympic Games was asked about his participation and if he has concerns about playing there.

“No, no. Really, again, I think it’s all in our minds,” he said about people having reservations about playing in Rio. “Depends how you really approach things. I really don’t think about negative stuff and stuff that might cause a fear or concern or something like that, like viruses or security issues.

“Surely they are there. We have to be, in a way, cautious. But I try to look at things from the brighter side. I’m part of the Olympic Games. You know, it’s a very exciting city and country that is very passionate for sports. You know, millions of people will be there. You know, so many other millions will watch it on the TV. That’s the kind of vibe that I feed on, and I look forward to the Olympic Games because I approach it in that way. So I can’t wait to be there.”

Asked about the importance of winning a gold medal to his legacy he commented:

“Well, there is going to be a lot going on with the Olympic Games, and as you mentioned, different sports and different events.

“Well, it’s the biggest sports event in the history of the sport, so to be part of it is already a huge privilege and honor that I will cherish, as I did in Beijing and London Olympic Games.

“I had an honor of carrying the flag for my country in London back in 2012, and that was one of the most unique and unforgettable moments of my life. So I look forward to that, honestly, just being part of it.

“Approaching the Olympic Games as any other tournament, really. Trying to respect the same kind of preparation and routine that I have with my team and that I have respected for so many years, and that has worked well for us this week and as most of the other weeks the last couple of years.

“So of course the overall sensation is not going to be the same as the other tournaments, because it’s Olympic Games. You know, of course you represent your country. You know, you get to feel that you’re part of something much larger than just the tennis event. I look forward to that. I’m going to try to extract that positivity out of that huge attention and energy that will be directed into the Olympic Games and hopefully put myself in a position to battle for a medal.”

“After Grand Slams, these are the biggest events we have in sport of tennis,” Djokovic continued. “Naturally I’m going to be very disciplined, committed, and focused to do well.

“But, you know, obviously Grand Slams you value those, you know, the most because in the history books they count the most. But in the other hand, you know, I love playing in Masters tournaments throughout my career. I have had plenty of success in this particular category of events, and I’m very grateful for that because I always value them as much as I value Grand Slams.

“So, you know, I try to approach every single day, whether it’s a match day or practice day, with the right mindset and knowing that this will eventually pay off down the road.”

Djokovic captured the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic games.

 

All photos by Nida Alibhai.

 

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Djokovic, Murray, Federer and Nadal Headline US Open Men’s Field

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NOVAK DJOKOVIC, ANDY MURRAY, ROGER FEDERER, RAFAEL NADAL

HEADLINE 2016 US OPEN MEN’S SINGLES FIELD

Field Features Five Former US Open Champions

and Includes the World’s Top 98 Men

From the USTA: White Plains, N.Y., July 20, 2016 – The USTA today announced that defending US Open champion and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, world No. 2 and reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, five-time US Open champion and world No. 3 Roger Federer, and two-time US Open champion and world No. 4 Rafael Nadal headline the men’s singles field for the 2016 US Open Tennis Championships. The field includes five former US Open singles champions, including Djokovic (2011, 2015), Murray (2012), Federer (2004-2008), Nadal (2010, 2013) and Marin Cilic (2014).

Each of the world’s top 98 men received direct entry into the US Open, representing 38 countries.

The 2016 US Open will be played Monday, August 29, through Sunday, September 11, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Men’s Singles Championship is presented by Mercedes-Benz.

Djokovic,who has reached the singles final in Flushing five out of the last six years, leads the men’s field as the world No. 1 and defending US Open champion. The Serbian won his 12th major championship at the French Open in June to complete the “Career Grand Slam,” and held all four major titles until Sam Querrey ended his 30-match win streak at Grand Slams in the third round at Wimbledon.

Murray, of Great Britain, won his third major and second Wimbledon title this month after finishing runner-up to Djokovic in this year’s Australian and French Open finals. Murray, the reigning Olympic Gold Medalist, defeated Djokovic in the 2012 US Open final to win his first Grand Slam championship.

Federer, of Switzerland, is the all-time leader with 17 major singles titles, and was bidding for his eighth Wimbledon title this summer before falling to Milos Raonic in the semifinals. Federer is competing for his sixth US Open title, which would surpass Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors for the most US Open men’s singles titles in the Open Era.

Nadal, of Spain, is a 14-time Grand Slam champion who won his 69th career ATP World Tour title in Barcelona this April. He has not played competitively since withdrawing from the French Open in June with a wrist injury.

Also included in the men’s singles field are: No. 5 Stan Wawrinka, of Switzerland, the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open champion; No. 6 Kei Nishikori, of Japan, a 2014 US Open finalist; No. 7 Milos Raonic, of Canada, who reached his first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon this month; No. 8 Tomas Berdych, of the Czech Republic, a former world No. 4 and 2016 Wimbledon semifinalist; No. 9 Dominic Thiem, the 22-year old Austrian talent; No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, of France; No. 11 David Goffin, of Belgium; and No. 12 Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion.

Canadian Vasek Pospisil, ranked No. 98, is the last man to receive direct entry into the field of 128. Six players used a protected ranking to gain entry, including Nos. 39 Julien Benneteau, of France, and Janko Tipsarevic, of Serbia, No. 56 Brian Baker, of the United States, No. 81 Thanasi Kokkinakis, of Australia, No. 89 Dmitry Tursunov, of Russia, and No. 94 Jerzy Janowicz, of Poland. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held August 23-26, while the eight remaining spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.

American men who received direct entry are No. 16 John Isner, of Greensboro, N.C., No. 25 Steve Johnson, of Orange, Calif., No. 26 Jack Sock, of Lincoln, Neb., No. 29 Sam Querrey, of Las Vegas, No. 56 Brian Baker, of Nashville, Tenn., No. 57 Donald Young, of Atlanta, and No. 67 Taylor Fritz, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, is entered as an alternate and would be making his first appearance at the US Open since 2013.

Among the players competing in the US Open Qualifying Tournament will be the winner of the seventh annual US Open National Playoffs – Men’s Championship, held during the Emirates Airline US Open Series’ Connecticut Open in New Haven, Conn., prior to the US Open Qualifying Tournament. The USTA created the US Open National Playoffs in 2010 to allow players 14 and older, regardless of playing ability or nationality, to vie for a spot in the US Open Qualifying Tournament via one of 15 sectional qualifying tournaments.

The July 18 edition of the Emirates ATP Rankings was used to determine the US Open main draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.

The 2016 US Open will mark the culmination of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the North American summer season of seven ATP World Tour and WTA events that began this week in Stanford, Calif.

The US Open is the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world. 2016 marks the second year of an 11-year partnership between the USTA and ESPN, which will see the US Open carried on the ESPN family of networks through 2025. During this year’s US Open, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to air nearly 130 hours of live match play with more than 1,200 hours of first-to-last ball coverage to be seen on ESPN3 on WatchESPN, which will also be available via the US Open website – USOpen.org.  In the continued expansion of its US Open coverage, ESPN will feature play from up to 12 courts.

US Open tickets can be purchased: at USOpen.org; by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

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Sam Querrey Upsets Novak Djokovic in Third Round of Wimbledon

(July 2, 2016) Novak Djokovic’s quest for a calendar Grand Slam has come to an end. Sam Querrey, the 28th seed stunned the No. 1 player in the world and three-time Wimbledon champion 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5) in the third round, in a match which was played over two days due to rain.

The loss for 12-time major champion Djokovic, ended the Serb’s 30-match winning streak at major tournaments. His last early loss before the quarterfinal of a major came in the third round of the 2009 French Open.

“It’s incredible, especially to do it here at Wimbledon,” Querrey said of the win to the BBC after the match. “I’m just so ecstatic.”

The last American to beat a No. 1 player at a major was Andre Agassi at Wimbledon in 2002.

“Coming into this match, I knew that it was going to be very close, not easy to break his serve,” Djokovic said to media. “If he’s on a roll, as he was, it’s really hard to read his serve. He hits his spots really well.” Djokovic said.

“He was aggressive, and it paid off.”

“He just overpowered me.”

The 28-year-old Californian advances to the fourth round of a major for the second time at the All England Club and fourth time overall. He’ll face Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, who 2-0 against Querrey.
“I had my chances maybe in the fourth set, serving for the set. In the tiebreak, I was leading,” Djokovic said to media. “Just wasn’t feeling the ball as well as I wished. But that’s sport.”

The 29-year-old Djokovic came into Wimbledon, having won the last four majors in a row. His last loss at a major coming in last year’s French Open final to Stan Wawrinka.

“I believe in positive things in life, and I managed to win four Grand Slams in a row – two different seasons, though,” said the world No. 1. “I want to try to focus on that rather than failure.”
“He’s on his way to possibly being the best ever,” Querrey said of Djokovic.

“He served very well, as he usually does,” Djokovic said, “and I think that part of his game was brutal today.”

 

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Djokovic, Federer Advance, Muguruza Extended, Ivanovic Beaten on First Day of 2016 Wimbledon

(June 27, 2016) Top seed Novak Djokovic, going for his fifth major tournament win in a row and the third leg of the “Grand Slam” opened his defense at Wimbledon with a 6-0, 7-6(3) win over No. 177 British wild card James Ward. The Serb was halfway to a “triple bagel” (6-0, 6-0, 6-0) before Ward got on the board.

“I honestly didn’t expect myself to start that well,” said Djokovic. “Nine games in a row, 6 0, 3 0. I thought it was just a matter of time when James would win his first game. I knew that the reaction of the crowd, and his own reaction, will be the way it was.

“As a home player, he enjoyed a lot of support today, especially when he won his first game. That’s when the energy kind of shifted on his side. He felt huge relief obviously winning the first game. On the other hand, I maybe dropped the concentration a little bit. The second set was quite close. Credit to him for serving well.

“The first part of the match was almost flawless, so I’m very pleased with the way I started Wimbledon.”

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer was pushed by No. 52 Guido Pella 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-3. The Swiss broke the Argentine’s serve once – in the second-to-last game of the match.
Pella is now 0-4 in tour grass court matches.

“I was very happy with the way I played. If I would have used my chances earlier in the first and second set, maybe things would have been a bit easier.” Federer said. “I’m happy I made it in three straight sets.”

Federer’s win sets up a contest with the “Cinderella” of the tournament in the second round. No. 772 Marcus Willis, a British qualifier, advanced with a straight set win over Ricardas Berankis. Willis, a teaching pro came through both pre-qualifying and qualifying to reach the main draw.

World No. 772 Marcus Willis Reaches Wimbledon Second Round and Will Face Roger Federer

 

New French Open and last year’s Wimbledon finalist, Garbine Muguruza was pushed to a third set before advancing over Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

Five-time Wimbledon winner Venus Williams beat Croatia’s Donna Vekic 7-6(3), 6-4 in her opening match. This is Williams’ 19th time competing at the All England Club.

Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic was an upset victim on Monday, losing to a qualifier ranked 223rd making her major tournament debut. The Serb seeded 23rd lost to Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2, 7-5. Also exiting on the women’s side was 25th seed Irina-Camelia losing 6-1, 6-4 to Germany’s Carina Witthoeft.

Ivanovic told media that her injury caused her many miss hits.

Upsets on the men’s side of the draw on day one were twentieth seed Kevin Anderson and 21st seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.

In the comeback of the day, 28th seed Sam Querrey, rallied from two sets down to beat Lukas Rosol 6-7 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2, 12-10. back in 2012 Rosol stunned Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon.

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The Man with the Silver Bowl – Behind the Scenes at The Queen’s Club Draw

By Wendy M. Grossman

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(June 11, 2016) LONDON, England – “Don’t look,” cautioned the man bearing the silver bowl.

Tennis conspiracy theorists always think tournament draws are fixed. Sometimes – for example, the 1996 US Open, when the players threatened to boycott unless the draw was remade – there are good reasons. In that case, the seedings had been announced after the draw had already been announced, and because they didn’t strictly follow the rankings, there were legitimate questions asked about whether the tournament was favoring American stars. A 2011 study of ten years of men’s and women’s singles Grand Slam draws found that the other Slams did indeed seem to produce random draws, but that that the US Open draws showed anomalies.

More common claims are that the draw is fixed to ease one or another player’s path or that the placing of seeds 3 and 4 is fixed in order to keep a particular pairing apart until the final. Every time a new draw for one of the majors is announced, you’ll find someone in a tennis discussion forum complaining that Roger Federer always gets an easy draw and Rafael Nadal a hard one, or  Novak Djokovic a tough road and Nadal an easy one…or some variation of that with whatever players the poster cares about.

Others would just like to tinker with the rules governing how draws are made. Over the years people have suggested that the semifinal pairings should always be 1-4 and 2-3, or that the entire draw should be remade before the quarter-finals to rebalance the gaps left by defeated seeds. Another favorite suggestion is that the majors should go back to seeding 16 players instead of 32, the rule until 2001. Doing so, the argument goes, would make the early rounds a little more tantalizing. I incline toward this latter idea myself, but it’s unlikely to happen because seeding 32 players was a concession Wimbledon made as part of a settlement of player complaints. The Spanish players were offended by the All-England’s habit of revising the seeding list to take into account past results on grass, which sometimes dropped the Spaniards out of the seeding list. This, they felt, was unfair: sure they often lost in the early rounds, but, they reasoned, they got no reverse consideration at the French Open, where they could be expected to do well but Pete Sampras was still top seed despite his habit of losing in the first two rounds.

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Back to the man with the silver bowl. We are in the Presidents’ Room at Queen’s Club, surrounded by oil portraits, one of which is a dead ringer for Kaiser Wilhelm (it’s actually the Rt Hon Lord of Dalkeith, the club president from 1874 to 1879). The room is full of journalists and various people involved with running either the club or the tournament. (You can easily tell them apart. The people involved with the club are dressed for a cocktail party; tournament staff are wearing sponsored sports stuff; and the journalists look like they’ve been dragged in off the street.) At the front, next to a populated head table is a large screen with a blank 32-slot draw, and a load of numbered plastic tokens. We are introduced to three people who together have bid £250,000 (to be given to a children’s charity) for the right to be here today. Also on hand: Marin Cilic, the 2012 champion of this event. All of this, including the presence of a player, is fairly standard, though the exact mechanics vary.

The ritual begins with slotting the name of the top seed – Andy Murray – on line number 1 and second seed Stan Wawrinka on line 32. Next, the tokens for 3 and 4 are placed in the bowl and Queen’s man in the grey suit asks one of the dignitaries to pick one. This is where “Don’t look!” comes in. The one that is drawn – fourth seed Richard Gasquet – is placed on line 9, and the other, McEnroe-enhanced third seed Milos Raonic, on line 24. That settles the projected semifinal pairings. Next, the tokens for seeds 5 to 8 are placed in the bowl, and the man bowl is offered to three different people to fill the quarterfinal spots. Finally, the rest of the tokens are placed in the bowl, and the man goes around offering it to various people in the audience, even soliciting volunteers. Each person draws out one of the remaining numbers and the team at the front places it in the next empty line of the draw. There are tokens for qualifiers, whose names won’t be known until tomorrow (assuming the rain delay ends in time). These will also be drawn randomly to fill the empty spaces left for them.

As they go, the on-screen board fills in and profiles of the players and their match pairings pop up alongside. Some of the matches sound much tastier than the first round at Wimbledon will be. Cilic, interviewed, noted that the cut-off for the main draw this week was 44, which he thinks is the highest for any tournament on the tour. Murray, seeking his record-breaking fifth title here this year, draws Nicolas Mahut in the first round. Definitely a tough one: Mahut has grass cred. Besides being, famously, the loser in 2010’s three-day first-round Wimbledon encounter with John Isner, he’s a former finalist here who might have won the title but for an unlucky netcord, and recently the world’s number one doubles player. Other first-round contests that catch the eye: Nick Kyrgios versus Raonic sounds like an old-style serving contest; John Isner will have to contend with just-back Juan Martin del Potro; and Cilic faces Feliciano Lopez, the good-on-grass Spaniard who has troubled plenty of players here over the years.

Most draws, while not attended with quite as much ceremony, are pretty much like this: public events, with at least one player, some press, and various others in attendance. While it might be possible to fix the draw somewhere sometime, the intent is to make the process transparent and trustworthy. Conspiracy theorists should look elsewhere.

 

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Novak Djokovic Wins French Open Title to Complete “Career Grand Slam” and win Fourth Straight Major Title

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(June 5, 2016) Novak Djokovic became the first man since Rod Laver won a calendar Grand Slam in 1969 to win four straight major titles, winning the French Open on Sunday over Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday to complete a career Grand Slam. Djokovic is just the third man to hold all four majors titles at the same time which includes Don Budge 1938 and Rod Laver in 1962 and 1969.

The title gives No. 1 Djokovic his 12 major titles, tying him with Roy Emerson on the all-time list, behind Roger Federer with 17, Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras with 14. The Serb is the eighth man to complete a career “Grand Slam” joining Don Budge, Fred Perry, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal. The 29-year-old is now 12-11 in major finals.

“It’s a thrilling moment,” said Djokovic. “One of the most beautiful I have had in my career. “It’s incredibly flattering to know that Rod Laver is the last one that managed to do that. There are not many words that can describe it. It’s one of the ultimate challenges that you have as a tennis player. I’m very proud and very thrilled. It’s hard for me to reflect on what has happened before and what’s going to happen after. I’m just so overwhelmed with having this trophy next to me that I’m just trying to enjoy this moment.”

“Perhaps the greatest moment of my career.”

After completing the victory, Djokovic took a page out of former Roland Garros champion Gustavo Kuerten’s book, by drawing a heart in the clay and laying on his back inside it to celebrate.

“The most important thing for me is that I wrote down that heart, like Guga did,” Djokovic said after the match. “He gave me the permission to do this. The most important is that I felt the love, and drawing a heart means I will remain on this court with you every day.”

“This is Novak’s day,” Murray said during the trophy ceremony. “Winning all four Grand Slams at once is a great achievement. This is something that is so rare in tennis. What he’s achieved the last 12 months is phenomenal. I’m proud to be part of it today.”

Djokovic has now won 28 matches in a row in major tournaments dating back to last year’s French Open final.

His collection of majors: 6 Australian Opens, 1 Roland Garros, 3 Wimbledons and two U.S. Opens.

The French Open crown marks his 65 title, which puts him at number six on the all-time list behind Jimmy Connors (109), Ivan Lendl (94), Roger Federer (88), John McEnroe (77) and Rafael Nadal (69).

Djokovic is now halfway through a calendar Grand Slam, winning the Australian and French Opens. The last time a man won the first two majors in a year was Jim Courier in 1992.

 

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Tale of the Tape – Novak Djokovic Versus Andy Murray for Roland Garros Title

2016 Roland Garros
Men’s Day 15 Preview
Sunday 5 June
Final

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

2016 Roland Garros marks the 115th edition of the French Championships and the 86th tournament since the event became international in 1925. It is also the 193rd Grand Slam tournament of the Open Era, the first of which was 1968 Roland Garros, making this the 49th French Open.

Prize money and ATP ranking points

Today’s champion receives €2,000,000 in prize money, while the runner-up collects €1,000,000. In total, the men’s singles prize fund for 2016 Roland Garros is €12,032,000, a 15.6% increase on 2015. The winner is also awarded 2000 ATP ranking points, with the runner-up receiving 1200.

ATP rankings update

Djokovic and Murray will remain at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, when the ATP rankings are updated on Monday 6 June. Here’s how the rest of the Top 10 will look on Monday.

1    Novak Djokovic
2    Andy Murray
3    Roger Federer
4    Rafael Nadal
5    Stan Wawrinka
6    Kei Nishikori
7    Dominic Thiem
8    Tomas Berdych
9    Milos Raonic
10    Richard Gasquet

No. 1 v No. 2

The last time the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds met in the Roland Garros final was in 2014, when No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated No. 2 Djokovic. It is the 9th time the Top 2 seeds have met in the Roland Garros final in the Open Era, with the No. 2 seed holding a 6-2 win-loss record against the No. 1 seed in finals here. The only victories for the No. 1 seed over the No. 2 seed here came in 1978, when No. 1 Bjorn Borg defeated No. 2 Guillermo Vilas, and 2014, when No. 1 Nadal defeated No. 2 Djokovic.
This the 4th consecutive meeting between the Top 2 seeds at a Grand Slam. The last time the No. 2 seed defeated the No. 1 seed in a Grand Slam final was at the 2013 US Open, when Nadal defeated Djokovic.
The last time the No. 1 seed played the No. 2 seed in a Grand Slam final when neither player had won that Grand Slam before was at 1984 Roland Garros, when No. 2 Ivan Lendl beat No. 1 John McEnroe.

2016 leaders
Djokovic is in 1st place while Murray is in 5th place for the most Tour-level match-wins in 2016.

Most wins in 2016
Novak Djokovic    43-3
Dominic Thiem         41-11
Kei Nishikori        32-10
Rafael Nadal         29-8
Andy Murray        28-5

Murray is in joint-3rd place for most clay court wins in 2016 with an 18-2 win-loss record this year. Djokovic is in 6th place with a 15-2 win-loss record on clay so far this year.

Most clay court wins in 2016
Dominic Thiem        25-6
Rafael Nadal        21-4
Pablo Carreno Busta    18-11
Andy Murray         18-2
Pablo Cuevas        17-6
Novak Djokovic    15-2

Djokovic tops the list for the most titles won this year with 5. Murray, meanwhile, is bidding to win his 2nd title of 2016 and join the 5 men to have won multiple titles this year.

Most titles in 2016
Novak Djokovic        5         Doha, Australian Open, Indian Wells-1000, Miami-1000, Madrid-1000
Dominic Thiem          3          Buenos Aires, Acapulco, Nice
Stan Wawrinka             3           Chennai, Dubai, Geneva
Pablo Cuevas            2            Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo
Rafael Nadal             2           Monte Carlo-1000, Barcelona

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 23-10
2006    AMS Madrid        Hard (I)        R16    Djokovic    16 75 63
2007    AMS Indian Wells    Hard (O)    SF    Djokovic    62 63
2007    AMS Miami        Hard (O)    SF    Djokovic    61 60
2008    AMS Monte Carlo    Clay (O)    R16    Djokovic    60 64
2008    AMS Toronto        Hard (O)    QF    Murray        63 76(3)
2008    AMS Cincinnati        Hard (O)    FR    Murray        76(4) 76(5)
2009    Miami-1000        Hard (O)    FR    Murray        62 75
2011    Australian Open    Hard (O)    FR    Djokovic    64 62 63
2011    Rome-1000        Clay (O)    SF    Djokovic    61 36 76(2)
2011    Cincinnati-1000        Hard (O)    FR    Murray        64 3-0 ret. (right shoulder injury)
2012    Australian Open    Hard (O)    SF    Djokovic    63 36 67(4) 61 75
2012    Dubai            Hard (O)    SF    Murray        62 75
2012    Miami-1000        Hard (O)    FR    Djokovic    61 76(4)
2012    Olympic Tennis Event    Grass (O)    SF    Murray        75 75
2012    US Open        Hard (O)    FR    Murray        76(10) 75 26 36 62
2012    Shanghai-1000        Hard (O)    FR    Djokovic    57 76(11) 63
2012    ATP World Tour Finals    Hard (I)        RR    Djokovic    46 63 75
2013    Australian Open    Hard (O)    FR    Djokovic    67(2) 76(3) 63 62
2013    Wimbledon        Grass (O)    FR    Murray        64 75 64
2014     Miami-1000        Hard (O)    QF    Djokovic    75 63
2014    US Open        Hard (O)    QF    Djokovic    76(1) 67(1) 62 64
2014    Beijing            Hard (O)    SF    Djokovic    63 64
2014     Paris-1000        Hard (I)        QF    Djokovic    75 62
2015    Australian Open    Hard (O)    FR    Djokovic    76(5) 67(4) 63 60
2015     Indian Wells-1000    Hard (O)    SF    Djokovic    62 63
2015    Miami-1000        Hard (O)    FR    Djokovic    76(3) 46 60
2015    Roland Garros     Clay (O)    SF    Djokovic    63 63 57 57 61
2015    Montreal-1000        Hard (O)    FR    Murray        64 46 63
2015    Shanghai-1000        Hard (O)    SF    Djokovic    61 63
2015    Paris-1000        Hard (I)        FR    Djokovic    62 64
2016    Australian Open    Hard (O)    FR    Djokovic    61 75 76(3)
2016     Madrid-1000        Clay (O)    FR    Djokovic    62 36 63
2016     Rome-1000        Clay (O)    FR    Murray        63 63
Djokovic has won 12 of his last 14 matches against Murray. His only losses in that time came in the finals at 2015 Montreal-1000 and 2016 Rome-1000. Djokovic has a 9-7 win-loss record against Murray in Tour-level finals.

Djokovic has a 7-2 win-loss record against Murray at the Grand Slams, and a 4-2 win-loss record against Murray in Grand Slam finals. The only player Djokovic has beaten on more occasions than Murray at a Grand Slam is Roger Federer (defeated 9 times).

It will be the 7th meeting between these 2 players in a Grand Slam final which puts them in joint 2nd position on the all-time leaderboard for most match-ups in a Grand Slam final.

Most head-to-heads in Grand Slam finals (Open Era)
Head-to-head    Grand Slam final meetings
Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal    8
Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray    7
7
Andre Agassi v Pete Sampras
Ivan Lendl v Mats Wilander    5
5

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

Djokovic has a 4-1 win-loss record against Murray on a clay court.

The winner of this final will enter the list for the most attempts to win Roland Garros. Djokovic will go top of the list for the most attempts before winning the title here if he wins, while Murray will go joint-6th in the list with Albert Costa if he wins the title here:
Attempts to win Roland Garros (Open Era)
Novak Djokovic    12??
Andre Agassi
Andres Gomez
Roger Federer
Stan Wawrinka    11
11
11
11
Thomas Muster    10
Albert Costa
Andy Murray    9
9??

DJOKOVIC    v    MURRAY

29    Age    29
6’2”/1.88m    Height    6’3”/1.91m
99,673,404    Career Earnings (US$)    45,157,463
1    ATP Ranking    2
64    Titles    36
11 titles    Best Grand Slam result    2 titles
220-34    Career Grand Slam Record    165-38
54-11    Roland Garros Record    34-8
729-149    Career Record    580-170
176-43    Career Record – Clay    98-40
43-3    2016 Record    28-5
15-2    2016 Record – Clay    18-2
27-8    Career Five-Set Record    22-7
4    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    9
200-112    Career Tiebreak Record    165-102
12-2    2016 Tiebreak Record    8-4

Road to the Final
DJOKOVIC    Time        Time    MURRAY
d. Yen-Hsun Lu 64 61 61
d. (Q) Steve Darcis 75 63 64    1:30
2:17    1st round
2nd round    3:41
3:34    d. (Q) Radek Stepanek 36 36 60 63 75
d. (WC) Mathias Bourgue 62 26 46 62 63
d. Aljaz Bedene 62 63 63    2:02    3rd round    1:56    d. No. 27 Ivo Karlovic 61 64 76(3)
d.  No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut 36 64 61 75
d.  No. 7 Tomas Berdych 63 75 63
d. No. 13 Dominic Thiem 62 61 64    3:11
2:06
1:48
Round of 16
Quarterfinals
Semifinals    2:40
3:24
2:35    d.  No. 15 John Isner 76(9) 64 63
d. No. 9 Richard Gasquet 57 76(3) 60 62
d. No. 3 Stan Wawrinka 64 62 46 62

total time on court     12:54    (IBM time)      17:50    total time on court

•    DJOKOVIC is bidding to win his first Roland Garros title and become the 3rd man in history to complete a non-calendar year Grand Slam. Only Don Budge and Rod Laver have held all 4 Grand Slam titles at the same time.

•    Budge completed his non-calendar year Grand Slam at 1938 Roland Garros before going on to win the calendar Grand Slam by winning all 4 major tournaments in a single year in 1938. Laver won all 4 majors in 1962 and 1969 – his win at the 1962 US Open completed his set of major titles.

•    Djokovic is looking to become just the 8th man – and 2nd oldest – in history to complete the career Grand Slam after Andre Agassi, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Federer, Rod Laver, Nadal and Fred Perry. He is one of 11 men to have collected 3 of the 4 major titles in the Open Era.
Career Grand Slam achievers
Player    Completed at…    Age^
Don Budge    1938 Roland Garros     22 years 357 days
Rod Laver    1962 US Open    24 years 32 days
Rafael Nadal    2010 US Open     24 years 101 days
Fred Perry    1935 Roland Garros    26 years 15 days
Roger Federer    2009 Roland Garros    27 years 203 days
Roy Emerson    1964 Wimbledon    27 years 244 days
Novak Djokovic    2016 Roland Garros??    29 years 14 days
Andre Agassi    1999 Roland Garros    29 years 38 days
^ Age as at the end of the tournament

•    Of the 7 men to possess a career Grand Slam, 4 of them ‘completed the set’ at Roland Garros: Perry in 1935, Budge in 1938, Agassi in 1999 and Federer in 2009.

•    Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam title that Djokovic has not won. He has won 11 Grand Slam titles – at the Australian Open in 2008 (d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), 2011 (d. Andy Murray), 2012 (d. Nadal), 2013 (d. Murray), 2015
(d. Murray) and 2016 (d. Murray), Wimbledon in 2011 (d. Nadal), 2014 (d. Federer) and 2015 (d. Federer) and the US Open in 2011 (d. Nadal) and 2015 (d. Federer).

•    Having won the 2016 Australian Open, Djokovic is looking to become the first man in 24 years to hold the first 2 legs of the calendar Grand Slam.
Australian Open-Roland Garros double
1933        Jack Crawford
1938        Don Budge
1953        Ken Rosewall
1956        Lew Hoad
1962        Rod Laver
1963        Roy Emerson
1967        Roy Emerson
1969        Rod Laver
1988        Mats Wilander
1992        Jim Courier

•    Djokovic is looking to avoid becoming the first player in history to lose their first 4 Roland Garros finals. Federer is the only other player in history to have lost 4 Roland Garros finals (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011) but he won the title in 2009.

•    Djokovic is bidding to become only the 4th player in the Open Era (after Federer, Goran Ivanisevic and Ivan Lendl) to win a specific Grand Slam tournament after having lost their first 3 finals at that Grand Slam event. No other players in the Open Era have lost more finals before winning the title at any one Grand Slam.
No. of final appearances at one Grand Slam event before winning first title (Open Era)
Player    No. of appearances in the final at any one Grand Slam before winning the title    Years
Roger Federer    4 Roland Garros finals    Lost 2006, 2007, 2008. Won 2009
Goran Ivanisevic    4 Wimbledon finals    Lost 1992, 1994, 1998. Won 2001
Ivan Lendl    4 US Open finals    Lost 1982, 1983, 1984. Won 1985

•    Djokovic has an 11-8 win-loss record in his 19 previous Grand Slam finals and a 0-3 win-loss record in Roland Garros finals.
Djokovic’s record in Grand Slam finals
Grand Slam    Final Result
2007 US Open    l. Roger Federer 76(4) 76(2) 64
2008 Australian Open    d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 46 64 63 76(2)
2010 US Open    l. Rafael Nadal 64 57 64 62
2011 Australian Open    d. Andy Murray 64 62 63
2011 Wimbledon    d. Rafael Nadal 64 61 16 63
2011 US Open    d. Rafael Nadal 62 64 67(3) 61
2012 Australian Open    d. Rafael Nadal 57 64 62 67(5) 75
2012 Roland Garros    l. Rafael Nadal 64 63 26 75
2012 US Open    l. Andy Murray 76(10) 75 26 36 62
2013 Australian Open    d. Andy Murray 67(2) 76(3) 63 62
2013 Wimbledon    l. Andy Murray 64 75 64
2013 US Open    l. Rafael Nadal 62 36 64 61
2014 Roland Garros    l. Rafael Nadal 36 75 62 64
2014 Wimbledon    d. Roger Federer 67(7) 64 76(4) 57 64
2015 Australian Open    d. Andy Murray 76(5) 67(4) 63 60
2015 Roland Garros    l. Stan Wawrinka 46 64 63 64
2015 Wimbledon    d. Roger Federer 76(1) 67(10) 64 63
2015 US Open    d. Roger Federer 64 57 74 74
2016 Australian Open    d. Andy Murray 61 75 76(3)

•    Djokovic has reached his 6th consecutive Grand Slam final and taken sole ownership of 3rd place on the list for the most consecutive major finals reached in the Open Era. Roger Federer is the only man in the Open Era have reached 6 or more consecutive Grand Slam finals.

Player    Consecutive Grand Slam finals
1    Roger Federer    10 – 2005 Wimbedon – 2007 US Open
2    Roger Federer    8 – 2008 Roland Garros – 2010 Australian Open
3    Novak Djokovic    6 – 2015 Australian Open – 2016 Roland Garros
4    Rafael Nadal    5 – 2011 Roland Garros – 2012 Roland Garros

•    Djokovic has reached his 20th Grand Slam final and moved into equal-2nd place with Rafael Nadal on the all-time list of most appearances in Grand Slam finals, behind Roger Federer (28).

•    Djokovic has reached his 4th Roland Garros final and moved into equal-6th place on the list for most appearances in the Roland Garros final in the Open Era.

•    Djokovic is bidding to record his 28th straight Grand Slam match-win and record his longest Grand Slam winning streak. He has not lost a Grand Slam match since he was defeated by Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final. He also won 27 straight Grand Slam matches when winning the titles at 2011 Wimbledon, the 2011 US Open and the 2012 Australian Open, and finished runner-up at 2012 Roland Garros.

•    Djokovic is bidding to record his 55th match-win at Roland Garros and close the gap on Guillermo Vilas in 3rd place on the list for most Roland Garros victories in history.

All time win-loss at Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal                                   72-2
Roger Federer                                 65-16
Guillermo Vilas                                58-17
Novak Djokovic                             54-11
Ivan Lendl                                        53-12
Jaroslav Drobny                           53-14

•    Djokovic is bidding to become the first top seed to win the title here since Rafael Nadal in 2014. The No. 1 seed has won the title at Roland Garros on just 2 occasions in the last 14 years, with Nadal triumphing as top seed here in 2011 and 2014. Overall, in the 84 French Championships played since seeding began here in 1925, the top seed has won the title 26 times.

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

•    By winning his round of 16 match here against Bautista Agut, Djokovic became the first player to surpass $100m in career prize money.

•    By defeating Darcis in the 2nd round, Djokovic recorded his 50th match-win at Roland Garros. He is one of just 3 players to have recorded 50 match-wins at each of the Grand Slams in the Open Era after Federer and Serena Williams. Djokovic has a 54-11 win-loss record here compared with 57-6 at the Australian Open, 52-8 at Wimbledon and 57-9 at the US Open.

•    Djokovic has a 5-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Roland Garros and a 28-8 Tour-level win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Last year here Djokovic reached his 3rd Roland Garros final (l. Wawrinka 46 64 63 64). He also reached the final here in 2012 and 2014, losing to Nadal on both occasions. Djokovic is making his 12th straight appearance at Roland Garros and his 46th consecutive appearance at a major.

•    Djokovic has played 3 clay court events in the lead up to this year’s Roland Garros. He won the title at Madrid-1000
(d. Murray), reached the final at Rome-1000 (l. Murray) and lost in the 2nd round at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Jiri Vesely) – his earliest Tour-level defeat since losing to Grigor Dimitrov in the 2nd round at 2013 Madrid-1000.

•    Djokovic has won 5 titles so far this year. As well as winning at Madrid, he won Doha (d. Nadal), the Australian Open, Indian Wells-1000 (d. Milos Raonic) and Miami-1000 (d. Kei Nishikori) – to extend his streak of winning at least 2 titles every year since winning his first at 2006 Amersfoort (d. Nicolas Massu).

•    12 of Djokovic’s 64 career singles titles have come on clay, compared with 49 on hard court and 3 on grass.

•    Djokovic won his 2 singles rubbers to help Serbia defeat Kazakhstan 3-2 in March and reach the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Serbia will play Great Britain in Belgrade on 15-17 July.

•    Djokovic is coached by 3-time Roland Garros semifinalist Boris Becker. He has also been coached by Marian Vajda since June 2006. His wider team includes physios Miljan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch.

•    MURRAY is attempting to become the 2nd British man in history to win the Roland Garros title after Fred Perry, who won the title here in 1935. Murray is just the 3rd British man to reach the final here since the event became international in 1925:
British men in the final of the French Championships (since 1925)
Year    Player    Final result
1935    Fred Perry    d. Gottfried von Cramm 63 36 61 63
1936    Fred Perry    l. Gottfried von Cramm 60 26 62 26 60
1937    Bunny Austin    l. Henner Henkel 61 64 63
2016    Andy Murray    v Novak Djokovic

•    Murray is bidding to become the 3rd British player – man or woman – in history to win Roland Garros. As well as Perry in 1935, Sue Barker won the Roland Garros women’s title in 1976.
•    If Murray wins today he will become the 9th man in history to win 3 of the 4 Grand Slam titles and finish as runner-up at the 4th. Murray, who has won the US Open and Wimbledon, has finished runner-up at the Australian Open on 5 occasions.
Winning 3 Grand Slam titles and runner-up at 4th
Player     Missing Grand Slam title    Runner-up appearances
Ken Rosewall    Wimbledon    4 (1954/1956/1970/1974)
Novak Djokovic    Roland Garros???    3 (2012/2014/2015)
Ivan Lendl    Wimbledon    2 (1986-87)
Jean Borotra    US Open    1 (1926)
Jack Crawford     US Open     1 (1933)
Frank Sedgman    Roland Garros    1 (1952)
Lew Hoad    US Open    1 (1956)
Stefan Edberg    Roland Garros    1 (1989)

•    If Murray loses today he will join Jim Courier (won Australian Open and Roland Garros, lost Wimbledon and the US Open) and Fred Stolle (won Roland Garros and the US Open, lost Australia and Wimbledon) as the only 3 men in history to have won 2 of the 4 Grand Slam titles and finished as runner-up at the other 2.

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

•    Murray is a 2-time Grand Slam champion, having defeated today’s opponent in the final on both occasions. He became the first British male Grand Slam winner since Fred Perry won the 1936 US Open at the 2012 US Open, before becoming the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon title in 2013.

•    Murray is bidding to become the 2nd man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after coming back from 0-2 down in his opening round match. Pat Rafter is the only man in the Open Era to have won a Grand Slam after coming back from 0-2 down in his opening round match – defeating Hicham Arazi 46 46 63 63 61 in the first round at the 1998 US Open before going on to win the title.

•    Murray is bidding to become the 2nd man in the Open Era to win the Roland Garros title having been extended to 5-sets in both his 1st and 2nd round matches after Gaston Gaudio in 2004. It is the 2nd time Murray has been extended to 5-sets in both his 1st and 2nd round matches at a Grand Slam, having also played 2 five-set matches in the opening 2 rounds at the 2005 US Open.

•    Murray is bidding to defeat a No. 1 ranked player at a Grand Slam for the 3rd time in his career. His only wins over No. 1 players at the majors came against Rafael Nadal in the semifinals at the 2008 US Open and against today’s opponent in the 2013 Wimbledon final. He has 0-3 win-loss record against players ranked No. 1 at Roland Garros and a 2-11 win-loss record against players ranked No. 1 at the Grand Slams overall.

•    Since he defeated today’s opponent in the 2013 Wimbledon final, Murray has won just 2 of his last 15 meetings against players ranked No. 1. His only wins in that time came in defeating Djokovic to win the titles at 2015 Montreal-1000 and at 2016 Rome-1000.

•    Having defeated No. 1 Djokovic in the final at Rome-1000, Murray is bidding to record successive match-wins over players ranked No. 1 for the 3rd time in his career. He recorded 4 straight wins over No. 1 opposition from 2006-2009, defeating Roger Federer at 2006 AMS Cincinnnati and 2008 Dubai, and Rafael Nadal at the 2008 US Open and 2009 Rotterdam. He also defeated No.1 opposition in back-to-back matches by defeating Federer at both the 2012 Olympic Tennis Event and 2012 Shanghai-1000.

•    By reaching his 10th Grand Slam final, Murray has equalled Fred Perry for the most appearances in a Grand Slam final by a British man (since the Challenge Round was abolished at Wimbledon in 1922):

Player    Appearances in a Grand Slam final
Fred Perry    10 – US Championships 1933-34, 1936, Australian Championships 1934-35, French Championships 1935-36, Wimbledon 1934-36
Andy Murray    10 – US Open 2008, 2012, Australian Open 2010-11, 2013, 2015-16, Wimbledon 2012-13, Roland Garros – 2016

•    By reaching the final here, Murray has equalled Boris Becker in 12th place on the list for the most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era with 10. Only 3 active players have reached more Grand Slam finals than Murray – Roger Federer (27), Rafael Nadal (20) and today’s opponent (20).
•    By reaching the Roland Garros final for the first time, Murray has become the 10th man in the Open Era to reach the final at all 4 Grand Slam events. He is the 3rd oldest to achieve the feat:

Age to complete the set of Grand Slam final appearances (Open Era)
Player    Completed at…    Age^
Jim Courier    1993 Wimbledon    22 years 321 days
Rafael Nadal    2010 US Open    24 years 101 days
Andre Agassi    1995 Australian Open    24 years 275 days
Roger Federer    2006 Roland Garros    24 years 307 days
Novak Djokovic    2012 Roland Garros    25 years 19 days
Stefan Edberg    1991 US Open    25 years 232 days
Ivan Lendl    1986 Wimbledon    26 years 121 days
Andy Murray    2016 Roland Garros    29 years 21 days
Rod Laver*    1969 US Open    31 years 31 days
Ken Rosewall*    1971 Australian Open     36 years 73 days
^ Age as at the end of the tournament
* Also reached all 4 Slam finals in the pre-Open Era

•    Murray is bidding to record his 166th Grand Slam match-win today and close the gap on John McEnroe (167) in 9th place on the Open Era list for most victories at the majors. By reaching the semifinals here, Murray overtook Boris Becker (163) to take sole ownership of 10th place on the Open Era list.

•    Murray is bidding to extend his record for the most Roland Garros match-wins by a British man in history:

Most Roland Garros match-wins by a British man (all-time)
Player    Win-loss record
1.    Andy Murray    34-8
2.    Fred Perry    28-5
3.    Bunny Austin    23-6
4.    Patrick Hughes    21-6
5=   Billy Knight
Bobby Wilson    19-10
19-9

•    Murray is on an 11-match winning streak – his longest Tour-level winning streak on clay. His previous longest winning streak on clay was winning 10 matches in a row in winning the titles at 2015 Munich and 2015 Madrid-1000 before conceding a walkover due to fatigue against David Goffin in the 2nd round at 2015 Rome-1000.

•    Murray has never played more than 2 five-set matches at the same Grand Slam event. As well as contesting 2 five-set matches here, Murray also contested 2 five-set matches at the 2005 US Open (d. Andrei Pavel in the 1st round, l. Arnaud Clement in the 2nd round) and at 2014 Roland Garros (d. Philipp Kohlschreiber in the 3rd round,
d. Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals).

•    Murray’s win over Stepanek in the 1st round was his 9th career comeback from 0-2 down – putting him in joint-3rd place on the Open Era list for the most 0-2 comebacks with Vitas Gerulaitis, Todd Martin and Roger Federer. Only Aaron Krickstein and Becker have achieved more 0-2 comebacks at Tour-level in the Open Era with 10.

•    Murray’s win over Bourgue was his 10th 5-set match-win in his last 11 five-set matches. His only 5-set defeat in that time came against today’s opponent in the semifinals at 2015 Roland Garros. Murray has a 7-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Roland Garros and a 22-7 five set win-loss record overall.

•    By reaching the final here, Murray has recorded his best Roland Garros performance. His previous best performance here was reaching the semifinals in 2011 (l. Nadal), 2014 (l. Nadal) and 2015, when he lost to today’s opponent 63 63 57 57 61 in a match that was played over 2 days due to rain. This is his 9th Roland Garros appearance.

•    Murray warmed up for Roland Garros by winning the title at Rome-1000 and reaching the final at Madrid-1000
(l. today’s opponent) and the semifinals at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Nadal). Also in 2016 Murray reached his 5th Australian Open final, losing to today’s opponent.

•    Murray plays here seeded No. 2 – his highest seeding at Roland Garros. He has now been seeded No. 2 at all 4 Grand Slam events.

•    Murray reached the semifinals of the boys’ singles as top seed at 2005 Roland Garros (l. Marin Cilic).
•    In March, Murray helped defending champions Great Britain reach the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals for the 3rd year in a row. He won both of his singles matches in the first round tie against Japan in Birmingham, defeating Taro Daniel and Nishikori to help Great Britain defeat Japan 3-1. Great Britain plays Serbia in the quarterfinals in Belgrade on 15-17 July.

•    Murray is coached by former ATP pro Jamie Delgado.

*Statistics courtesy of the ITF

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Serena Williams Reaches French Open Final Versus Muguruza; Djokovic To Face Murray for Title

 

(June 3, 2016) The world’s top tennis players Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic are seeking to make their own histories this weekend at Roland Garros.

Serena Williams advanced to her fourth French Open final besting Kiki Bertens 7-6(7), 6-4. The 34-year-old will take on 22-year-old Spaniard Garbine Murguza in Saturday’s women’s final. Should Williams win, she’ll tie Steffi Graf for most major titles in the Open Era at 22.

Djokovic has reached his fourth Roland Garros final in five years defeating up-and-comer No. 13 Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. The Serb is looking complete a career Grand Slam. The French Open title would complete the set.

Djokovic will face off against No. 2 Andy Murray who reached his first Roland Garros final beating defending champion Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. Murray is the first British man since 1937 to reach the final.

Murray won his last encounter against Djokovic, on clay at the Italian Open.

“I’m extremely proud,” said Murray on-court. “I never expected to reach the final here.”
“I’d always struggled on the clay and then in the past two years I’ve had some of my best results. I hope I can put on a good match for the crowd on Sunday.

“I knew today if I wanted to win I was going to have to play one of my best clay-court matches. Stan’s record here the past two years has been unbelievable. He was playing better every match here. I played one of my best matches today. I’m looking forward to the final now.”

This will be a rematch of the Australian Open final.

“I’m sure that it’s going to be a final with a lot of emotions and a lot of exchanges from the baseline, because we have similar styles of game,” Djokovic said. “I know his game, he knows mine.”
“It’s another Grand Slam title up for grabs for both Andy and myself,” Djokovic said. “One thing I know I can expect when I get on the court with him is it’s going to be a very physical battle.”
This will be Djokovic’s 20th major final and Murray’s 10th.

If Djokovic wins on Sunday, he be the eighth man to win all majors in a career joining Don Budge, Fred Perry, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal.

 

“The first set wasn’t easy,” Williams said of Bertens in French during her on-court interview. “I needed to play better because she was playing very well, but I’m very happy to win today.”

Williams had to fight off two set points in the first set.

Bertens became the first Dutch woman since 1977 to reach the semifinals.

Serena Williams is in her 27th major final going up against Muguruza on Saturday. The two met in the final of last year’s Wimbledon. The American has a 3-1 record against the Spanish woman. The lone loss came in the second round of Roland Garros.

Serena leads No. 4 seed Muguruza 3-1 in their head-to-head, but Muguruza’s lone win came here in Paris, when the Spaniard stunned the top seed in the second round in 2014.

Muguruza moves up to No. 3 in the world by reaching the final. She’ll jump to No. 2 in the world, if she wins the title.

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