September 4, 2015

Victoria Duval – Cancer Survivor, Venus and Federer Fangirl

(September 3, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Just over a year ago Victoria Duval was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma just one day before the start of Wimbledon. She lost in the second round. Just the year before, the American of Haitian descent qualified for the US Open and upset 2011 champion Sam Stosur in the first round.

She returned to the tour at an ITF event in Landsville, Pennsylvania in early August this year, winning two matches before withdrawing from her quarterfinal match.

She played in the US Open qualifying tournament where she lost in the second round.

I asked her about the biggest challenge in being back on the court.

“I think the mental aspect, just like the focus that it takes to do a long match,” she said. “In my second round (qualies) match, I was tired emotionally in the third set more than physically and I think that the hardest thing coming back is staying in the moment for hours at a time, so it’s going to take a few more months being in competition.”

“I think the serve and the return are the hardest coming back. Adjusting to the speed, the different speeds, the ball comes from a different direction. The serve is something that I’m constantly working on. I was impressed with the level I was able to play at. It was good.”

Losing in the first round of the mixed doubles with Christian Harrison on Thursday, I asked the effervescent teen about what she plans to do in New York now that she’s completely done at the US Open.

“I will probably stick around tomorrow and go home the next day. It’s New York so you have to live a little.”

“I went to the Guggenheim, because I love art, O my gosh! Art fanatic. I want to go to the Metropolitan.

“I saw that (Roger) Federer went. Jealous! I can go that day. I so just want a selfie with him!”

“That would be a highlight of my life, just one selfie,” the bubbly Duval squealed. “I tweeted that one time, but then I deleted it, because I said that’s too much fangirling.

“Like my family gets emotional when he loses. Like we are staunch Federer fans. It gets serious.”

She talked about Venus Williams as a very significant example in her life.

“For Venus to be doing what she’s doing at her age, with all of the health issues that she’s had to battle, she’s definitely a role model for me even though we have totally different illnesses. What she has been able to do and I’ve been able to look up to someone like that. And obviously she’s so nice and she talks to me whenever I need her to talk to me, so I feel super blessed to have someone like that.”

“Venus is everything I want to be,” the 19-year-old proclaimed. “She’s like so poised. Oh my god, I love her so much! Massive fangirl in the locker room. She walks in and I’m like ‘aaahh!’ I have to hide in the corner. She was doing her hair and I wanted to talk to her so badly, but she getting ready for her match – I’m like ‘what do I do?!!’

“I like freak out when I see her!”

Duval is among a group of young American women tennis players on tour. “Yea, for sure. We’re trying to be the next generation, we boost each other, we’re all friends so it helps.”

Does she or her peers feel pressure after Serena and Venus Williams are no longer on the scene?

“Not yet,” Said Duval. “Yah, we will, but not yet. Especially for me right now, I’m just too happy to be back, for other players I’m not sure, but for as young as we all are, I think we have no pressure.”

She was asked if she’s seeking a rise in the diversity of the sport of tennis.

“Yes, I definitely think so. I think we are seeing our group – me Taylor (Townsend), Sachia (Vickery), Alicia (Tornado Black) even.

“I think that the fact that we are all rising together we’re making more of an impact because we’re not at the lower level we’re kind of making a name for ourselves now, we’re being seen so I definitely think it’s a boost.”

For now, Duval is focusing on making the draw of the next major.

“My next tournament is going to be a 75K in New Mexico,” she said. “Then I’ll probably just stay in the states and do Challengers… Carlsbad and stuff like that and hopefully have my ranking up for Australia next year.”

 

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama at the US Open.

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Murray Rallies From Two Sets Down to Win, Hewitt Falls Short in Comeback, Federer Cruises at US Open

(September 3, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY –
“But, you know, was a great atmosphere out there on that court. “The crowd was really involved. You know, it was nice to be able to turn it into a decent match.”

“Tennis has given me the life that I have, and that’s the best thing. Obviously I’ve had a lot of success. A lot of hard work and dedication and sacrifices. But obviously at the end of the day, you know, tennis has given me this great life.”

No need for a comeback for second seed Roger Federer. He hit 46 winners in demolishing Steve Darcis 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 in the first night session match.

“I think this year is another good year. Doing the right things on the court,” Federer said. “It was pretty on the easier side, you know, so I was able to mix it up, was attacking, was also staying back some. I was pretty much all-out attack as much as I could. Obviously I have to manage that against different players when the scoreline isn’t maybe so one-sided.”

American Jack Sock had to retire against Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium while leading due to cramps. The heat during the day was over 90 degrees.

There are two American men left in the draw- No. 13 John Isner and unseeded Donald Young.

“Isner said: “Well, he’s fine now. I didn’t speak in-depth with him. I imagine he got an IV. I hope so. Those help a lot when your body is completely cramping.

“But it’s tough to see. You see it on TV and you’re helpless at that point, completely. He sweats more than anyone I’ve ever seen.

“It’s not a fitness thing. I think that’s a big, big misconception. He’s in very good shape. He can play 50-ball rallies if he wants to. But he sweats a lot. He loses a lot when he’s sweating.

“It’s all about, in my opinion, putting the right things in your body beforehand. He’s in very good shape. It’s not a fitness thing, if people are saying that. His body was at a deficit of whatever it is, sodium, magnesium, potassium. Whatever it is, in these humid conditions, you have to put all that in your body.

“It’s a huge bummer. No offense to his opponent today, but if Jack’s body held up, he would have won the match, so…

“Huge bummer, especially at his home Grand Slam. He obviously was playing well, too, up until that point. Good thing for Jack is he’s very young. He’s very, very good. So he’s going to have a lot more cracks at this tournament, that’s for sure.”

US Open

Men’s Singles Second Round 

[2] Roger Fefderer (SUI) d. Steve Darcis 6-1 6-2 6-1
[3] Andy Murray (GBR) d. Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 5-7 4-6 6-1 6-3 6-1
[5] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Hyeon Chung (KOR) 76(2) 76(4) 76(6)
[6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 7-6(2) 6-1 6-3
[12] Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. Robin Haase (NED) 4-6 6-3 7-6 6-4
[13] John Isner (USA) d. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 6-3 6-4 6-4
[15] Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs. Austin Krajicek (USA) 6-3 6-4 6-2
[20] Dominic Thiem (AUT) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 6-4 6-4 1-0 ret.
Jiri Vesely (CZE) d. [21] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 76(3) 36 36 62 76(4)
[22] Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs. Rajeev Ram (USA) 7-6(10) 6-4 3-6 6-3
Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) d. [28] Jack Sock (USA) 46 46 63 21 ret.
[29] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 7-6(4) 6-2 6-2
[30] Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 6-0 6-3 6-4
[31] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d. Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4 6-2 6-7(4) 6-1
Donald Young (USA) d. Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-2

Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[20] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) def. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 7-5, 6-4

[2] Simona Halep (ROU) def. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 6-3, 6-4

[22] Samantha Stosur (AUS) def. Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 6-1, 6-1

[16] Sara Errani (ITA) def. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 0-6, 6-4, 6-3

Johanna Konta (GBR) def. [9] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 6-2

Mona Barthel (GER) def. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Varvara Lepchenko (USA) def. Lesia Tsurenko 7-6(7), 6-2

[18] Andrea Petkovic (GER) def. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 6-3, 7-6(4)

[11] Angelique Kerber (GER) def. Karin Knapp (ITA) 7-5, 6-2

Barbora Strycova (CZE) def. Qiang Wang (CHN) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

[26] Flavia Pennetta (ITA) def. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 6-1, 6-4

[5] Petra Kvitova (CZE) def. Nicole Gibbs (USA) 6-3, 6-4

[24] Sabine Lisicki (GER) def. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 6-4, 6-0

Shelby Rogers (USA) def. Kurumi Nara (JPN) 6-4, 6-4

[32] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) def. Danka Kovinic (MNE) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

Petra Cetkovska (CZE) def. [4] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(1)

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More Women’s Seeds Lose, Young Beats Simon, Federer Cruises at US OPen

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova

(September 1, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – The upsets continued on the women’s side of the draw at the US Open on Tuesday. French Open finalist sixth seed Lucie Safarova lost to No. 37 Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-1, while 14th seed Timea Bacsinszky lost to Barbora Strycova 7-5, 6-0 Alizé Cornet 27th seed Alizé Cornet also was defeated. Ten women’s seeds have lost in the first round at the US Open, half of the Top 10.

No. 11 Gilles Simon led Donald Young by two sets to none and 3-0, when the American rallied to win the match 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

“Down two sets to love and 3-0 actually, that’s when I decided to swing a little freer, start to, you know, push the envelope a little bit and start to come in more, just assert myself to the match,” Young said. “I was going to go down swinging. That was pretty much my mentality at that point.”

“I love playing in New York. I love playing on hard courts. It’s the last slam of the year. I haven’t had the results I wanted at the other slams. I didn’t want to go out like that.

“If I was to go out, I really wanted to go out swinging and giving him a battle and making him earn it. I didn’t feel at first I was able to do that. To be able to do that was great. Emotionally I just felt, you know, it gives you confidence to know you can come back from 2 sets to love against such a quality opponent, a top 10 guy, wins titles and, competes at the highest level every week.”

This was the first time Young had ever come back in a match from two sets to love down.

There was no such drama for high seeds (2) Roger Federer, (2) Simona Halep, (4) Caroline Wozniacki, (6) Tomas Berdych and (9) Garbine Muguruza.

Federer destroyed Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in 77 minutes.

“I feel good now,“ Federer said. “I actually wasn’t so confident yesterday and today. I just felt like maybe could be one of those matches I just couldn’t see it coming.

“So thankfully I took this match extremely serious. I thought at times almost I was taking it a bit too serious. I got that lucky in Shanghai, so that’s why that was just — it was just creeping around in my mind that maybe today was going to be a bad day.

“Plus I had practiced with him, you know, here, I don’t know, the day of the draw, and he was playing very well in practice, too.”

A record was set for retirements during the first round of the U.S. Open than in any round at any Grand Slam tournament in the open era.

Twelve men and women have retired during matches on Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday pull-outs included Marcos Baghdatis, Ernests Gulbis, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Marina Erakovic.

Andy Murray bested controversial Nick Kyrgios in four sets in the night match. The young Australian Kyrgios was playing his first match since and episode in Montreal where he verbally abused Stan Wawrinka. He’s been put on probation by the ATP, and if he misbehaves in the next 6 months at an ATP event, he could face a suspension and fine. However this would not apply for the US Open as it’s a Grand Slam.

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
Women’s
Singles – First Round

[2] Simona Halep (ROU) def. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 6-2, 3-0 (retired – knee injury)
[4] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) def. Jamie Loeb (USA) 6-2, 6-0

[5] Petra Kvitova (CZE) def. Laura Siegemund (GER) 6-1, 6-1
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) def. [6] Lucie Safarova (CZE) 6-4, 6-1
[20] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) def. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 6-1, 6-2
[11] Angelique Kerber (GER) def. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 6-3, 6-1

[18] Andrea Petkovic (GER) def. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
[9] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) def. Carina Witthoeft (GER) 6-2, 6-4

[22] Samantha Stosur (AUS) def. Timea Babos (HUN) 6-3, 6-4

[16] Sara Errani (ITA) def. Mayo Hibi 6-0, 6-1
Johanna Konta (GBR) def. Louisa Chirico (USA) 6-3, 6-0
Elena Vesnina (RUS) def. Laura Robson (GBR) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5

Kurumi Nara (JPN) def. [27] Alizé Cornet (FRA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Petra Cetkovska (CZE) def. Christina McHale (USA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

[24] Sabine Lisicki (GER) def. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 6-1, 6-4
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) def. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 6-1, 6-1

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) def. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 6-3, 6-1

Qiang Wang (CHN) def. Maria Sakkari (GRE) 7-5, 6-2

Shelby Rogers (USA) def. Sachia Vickery (USA) 6-2, 6-2
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) def. Julia Goerges (GER) 6-3, 6-4
Nicole Gibbs (USA) def. Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Barbora Strycova (CZE) def. [14] Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 7-5, 6-0
Danka Kovinic (MNE) def. Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Mona Barthel (GER) def. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-1
[26] Flavia Pennetta (ITA) def. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) def. Annika Beck (GER) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) def. Tereza Mrdeza (CRO) 6-2, 6-2
Karin Knapp (ITA) def. Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 6-7(1), 6-2, 6-4
Olga Govortsova (BLR) def. [28] Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 6-1, 0-6, 7-6(3)
Camila Giorgi (ITA) def. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 6-3, 6-3
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) def. Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 6-0, 6-3

Monica Niculescu (ROU) def. Alexandra Panova (RUS) 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3

Men’s
Singles – First Round

[2] Roger Federer (SUI) d. Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 61 62 62
[5] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs. Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 75 64 76(6)
[6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) 63 62 64
Donald Young (USA) d. [11] Gilles Simon (FRA) 26 46 64 64 64
[12] Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 46 61 46 63 20 ret.
[13] John Isner (USA) d. Malek Jaziri (TUN) 62 63 64
[21] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d. Federico Delbonis (ARG) 63 75 75
[30] Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. James Ward (GBR) 61 75 63
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) d. Denis Kudla (USA) 63 75 61
Austin Krajicek (USA) d. Santiago Giraldo (COL) 36 76(6) 76(6) 76(1)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) d. John-Patrick Smith (AUS) 61 36 75 76(4)
Jiri Vesely (CZE) d. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 64 64 64
Gilles Muller (LUX) vs. Ruben Bemelmans (BEL)
Aljaz Bedene (GBR) d. Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 36 64 30 ret.
Robin Haase (NED) d. Dustin Brown (GER) 46 46 63 75 64
Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) d. Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 64 26 67(7) 61 62

More to follow…

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Top US Open Seeds Meet the Media in Flushing Meadows

(August 29, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY) The top seeds at the 2015 US Open met the media on Saturday ahead of Monday’s start of the last major of the year.

Third seed Andy Murray and second seed Simona Halep spoke to the media in the relaxed setting of Media Garden located behind Arthur Ashe stadium.

Murray was asked about playing the controversial Nick Kyrgios in the first round, which is projected to be a very competitive match for the Scotsman.

“For me it’s just a tennis match,” Murray said. “I go about the match in the best way possible by getting all the things, getting all the tactics, and everything sorted and you know, tailor my practices the next few days around his game style and that’s what I’ll be doing. You don’t obviously pay attention to the other stuff.”

Murray talked about past match-ups with the Australian. Murray holds a 3-0 record against his challenger.

“Every match is a new match. You can learn, obviously, from those previous matches, see what things worked and what things didn’t, but he might come in and do something completely different against me next time, so I need to be prepared for that. He’s quite an unpredictable player so you need to expect that when you go on the court.

Yeah I’ve played well against him, I played good matches, but he’s obviously a top player, you know, just missed out in a seeding here and I’m sure he’ll be one of the top players here in the next few years.

On playing Kyrgios at the US Open: “To be honest, I think he likes playing on big stages. That’s where he’s played his best tennis throughout his career. Last year he’d only won one or two matches outside of Slams in the whole year. This year, his results have been inconsistent but at the Slams he made quarters. In Australia, I played him in the third round at the French and at Wimbledon he was close to reaching the quarters again there. I would expect him to be ready for the match. He gets himself fired up for the big events.”

Simona Halep

Simona Halep

For Romania’s Simona Halep, despite a recent left knee problem, she’s really to go.

“Now, I’m feeling great; I’ve recovered and I’m ready to start.”

“I think in the past I didn’t believe that I had the chance to do great here. Now, I’m feeling better and I’m feeling more confident. I had two great weeks before here and I think it’s going to help me. I’m just going to enjoy it and I’m not going to think about the pressure.

“Actually, I play well when there’s pressure, but not too much.”

Asked she wanted Serena Williams to win the Grand She said:

“If I will not be in the finals, then I want her to win. If I’m in the finals with her, then I want to win.

“I said that because she has a big chance to win all four Grand Slams this year. I think she has enough power to do that, but of course I want to win. I just want to take it match-by-match.

 

The Media Day interviews moved over to Media Interview Room One as last year’s US Open finalist Kei Nishikori took on the press.

“I think from last year this time I kind of stepped one up and I raised my level after this tournament, so I’m very happy with everything this year. Especially this summer I’ve been playing really well, from Washington and Montreal. I unfortunately got hurt and couldn’t play Cincinnati but still I feel very good physically and also tennis-wise, so very exciting, and it’s going to be a big challenge for me to play this year, again, but I’m very confident.”

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic entered his news conference with a stuffed animal Mickey Mouse, which he sat on the desk.

The Serb is really to take on New York. “Generally I have huge incentive and motivation to play US Open as any other Grand Slam, Djokovic said.”
“These are the events where you want to perform your best. These are the events
where you want to go far and compete for the title. Just being here is a pleasure and of
course as anybody else, I’m excited and looking forward to getting on the court”
Djokovic is coming into the US Open aiming to win his third major of the  year. He won three majors in 2011.
He compared his game in 2011 to now:
“I’m a different person, a different player today than I was in 2011, so it’s kind of hard to
compare tennis-wise. I think physically I’m stronger and I’m able to endure longer than I did in 2011 and maybe there are some slight differences in the game, but generally as you grow older you’re kind of maturing and you’re trying to develop your game and get your game to the highest possible level. I think this season, results-wise (is) pretty close to 2011. What I achieved in 2011 is hard to repeat, so this season is definitely just behind that one. But I don’t usually like to compare myself to any other season because every season brings some new challenges at both professional and private levels so it’s pretty different.”
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Roger Federer is coming off a title in Cincinnati where he played a more aggressively, beating Djokovic in the final, and in some matches returning serves from just behind the service line. The Swiss was asked about this aggressive style game.

“It all starts with the serve, to be quite honest,” Federer said.

If you’re able to hold your serve, I don’t want to say you can do pretty much anything on the return, but chances are it’s in your favor. You don’t know if you’re going to hold most of the serves, but I did that very well last week, so I’m sure that’s where the service helped me, but … after that, as the tournament went on, I decided to keep up aggressive play because it didn’t just start against Murray and Djokovic, I had already been doing it against Bautista and also Kevin Anderson, so from that standpoint I was very happy that I was able to keep it up.”

“If I’m going to do it here, as well, at practice so far conditions definitely allow you to do. I think the ball flies faster here. The surface is slightly different than last week, so a slight adjustment to be done there. I’m just really focused on my first round. It’s really tough to be playing Leonardo Mayer, so I have to come back to reality after the good week I had last week and go from there.”

Federer, a five-time winner at the US Open, last made a final in 2009. He has not come close since and was asked about it.

“On the run I was on, to ‘08 and even ‘09, in the finals, clearly I was hoping for it to be endless, but you know that’s not realistic, and ’10 and ’11 were tough matches in the semis against Novak, “Federer said. “So I came very close.”

“Clearly my focus needs to be not trying to win the tournament right away, that’d be thinking too far ahead. I haven’t been in a finals in this tournament as of late. I came close, but close is not good enough. I’ve tried to build up as we move forward.”

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal comes into Flushing Meadows ranked the lowest he’s been in many years at No. 8. The Spaniard will face a rising star on the ATP tour in Borna Coric in his first round.

“He’s a tough player,” Nadal said. “He’s a young player with a lot of energy and he’s a big competitor. He’s one of the players that is the future of our sport, so it’s a tough one, but I’m playing well. I feel like I’m ready. He’s a complete player with a great serve and a very good backhand. He’s a big competitor. I don’t remember playing him before. It was a tough week for me; I had the surgery the week after. I don’t remember it very well, but I think I played very bad. If he played well then he deserved to win, but hopefully Monday will be a different story.

Nadal says that he’s coming into the tournament with not as much stress.

‘My stress is much less than it was at the beginning of the season,” said the two-time US Open champion. I’m feeling better

myself. As a tennis player, I’m feeling better today than I was a couple of months ago. I’ve worked a lot these last couple of months.

“I know the process; It’s a challenge for me. to find the level of play that I’ve been at a lot of times in my career. I’m practicing great, now it’s time to play that great against the competition. The level of tennis is very close to being back there.”

On getting his confidence back, Nadal said: “To have the confidence back you need to win. If you’re not winning, then you won’t have high confidence. To win you need to play well. To win a lot you need to play very well and have a lot of confidence, and I’m playing well today.”

Nadal also clarified to press that he did not refuse to play with or against Nick Kyrgios in a charity exhibition for John McEnroe’s foundation.

“I was never supposed to play a doubles match,” Nadal explained. “First, I was only supposed to play singles in the exhibition. That was wrong information. Second, I never knew I had to play against Kyrgios; I was told I was going to play Lleyton Hewitt. No one asked me to play doubles with Nick Kyrgios. I was only asked to play a singles match; since Roland Garros I knew that. This story that I was supposed to play a doubles match? I don’t know where that story comes from.”

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Maria Sharapova is coming back from a muscle strain in her leg which kept her out of Cincinnati and Toronto.

“It’s always just the adjustment of being a professional athlete in a sport that requires many weeks out of the year to compete ata high level,” said the 2006 US Open champion. “Don’t always know where some things come from but sometimes you have to make adjustments to be healthy and ready for the big ones. I’ve had to make adjustments throughout the year and it only gets tougher as you get older, of course”

 

Asked about her preparation for the US Open, the Russian said: I’ve done everything I could to be ready. There’s nothing more that I could have done, so yeah, I hope to be ready.”

 

Sharapova faces a test in her first round match-up against countrywoman Daria Gavrilova who beat her in Miami.

“Well, obviously she’s a really great player and a tough first round we’ve gone back and forth with our results this year,” Sharapova said. “She beat me in Miami and I had a good win against her in Rome so yeah, she’s a really good opponent.”

 

Serena Williams held her pre-US Open news conference after the draw on Thursday.

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama at the US Open

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Roger Federer and Serena Williams Defend Cincy Tennis Titles

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(August 23, 2015) Serena Williams and Roger Federer became the first women’s and men’s champions to defend their Cincinnati titles since the lat 1930s on Sunday. Williams defeated new No. 2 player Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6(5) for her second Western and Southern Open crowns while Federer stopped top ranked Novak Djokovic 7-6(1), 6-3 for his seventh.

Federer prevented Djokovic from claiming the only Masters 1000 title he has never won.

“The fifth time I’ve been in the title (match) and never won this title, so I guess I have to wait for Roger to retire,” Djokovic said. “I’ve been coming back each year wanting it more.”

“I really hope you can win here someday,” Federer told Djokovic during the trophy ceremony. “He deserves it. C’mon, so close.”

The win puts the 34-year-old Swiss back up to No. 2 in the world and gives him his 24 Masters title and 87th career tournament title. He is 7-0 in Cincinnati finals.

“I think I moved well,” Federer said. “I was explosive moving forward. Volleys were good. I think from the baseline was hitting my forehand very well. I was serving very well this week, don’t get me wrong, but I still think there was a little bit more room for improvement on the serve. I wasn’t always hitting all spots as perfect as I was hoping it to be. In practice I didn’t feel this good, to be quite honest.

“This has always been a good week for me. I think the volunteers make a wonderful tournament with the tournament director, and it’s very fan friendly as well. I get in touch a lot with the fans this week. It’s just a nice venue. Great center court. Good atmosphere. Good court speed for me. So many things for me to like about it.  Those are the reasons I’m sure I play well here.”

“Well, it’s the sport,” the Serbian said of the loss. “You can’t win all the time. I won many matches this year. Of course it’s disappointing at this stage to reflect on the match. Could have done some things better, but I lost to a better player, no question about it. I have to deal with it. US Open is around the corner, and I have to already turn the next page. Hopefully I can do well there.”

Serena Williams heads to New York’s U.S. Open trying to become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 win a Grand Slam.

“I’m ready,” Williams said. “I don’t care if I win or lose or break even. I’m ready to start it, get it over with, and be done and go on to the next event. But I’m so ready for New York. Let’s go, right?”

“I know you can do four,” Halep said to Williams during the trophy ceremony.

2012 US Open champion Andy Murray clinched the 2015 Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s title with Roger Federer’s victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Murray, who also won the Emirates Airline US Open Series title in 2010, will attempt to set a record for the largest payout in tennis history at the US Open – $4.3 million ($3.3 million for winning the US Open and a $1 million bonus for winning the US Open as Emirates Airline US Open Series champion).

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Novak Djokovic Tops Roger Federer for Third Wimbledon Title and Ninth Major

(July 12, 2015) Novak Djokovic defended last year’s Wimbledon title with a 7-6(1), 6-7(10), 6-4, 6-3 victory over Roger Federer for his third Wimbledon crown, ninth major title, sixth tournament win of the year and 54th overall career title. He’s the first man since Federer, to defend his Wimbledon title. The Serbian, world No 1 has evened his head-to-head record against the Swiss at 20-20.

The win for the 28-year-old prevented the seven-time champion, 34-year-old Federer from claiming a record eighth crown at the All-England Club.

Djokovic is now tied with his coach Boris Becker with three Wimbledon titles.

It was Djokovic’s 200th Grand Slam match win and he is now in eighth place overall on the all-time Grand Slam winners list with nine majors.

“It’s a great privilege to play against Roger, who is a great champion,” Djokovic said to BBC television after the match. “He has done so much for our sport on and off the court. It’s a great honor to play him again. I was aware coming onto the court, that Roger would play his best when it matters the most. He pushes you to limits.”

“Novak not only played great today, but also this year, last year and the year before that!” Federer said. “Well done, Novak, you deserved it. At the end he was rock solid. I didn’t play bad myself, so I can be very happy. That’s the way it goes. Once more, it has been a privilege to play here.”

Federer went up a break in the first set only to be broken right back. At 5-6 Djokovic saved to set points and went on a run where he won 14 of 15 points. Djokovic dominated the tiebreak 7-1.

In the second set, Djokovic had 7 set points and failed to close it out, with Federer edging out the Serb in the second set tiebreak 12-10.

Djokovic took away Federer’s momentum in the third set breaking the Swiss’ serve in the third game and held on to win the third set 6-4. The set was interrupted for a rain delay at 3-2.

Djokovic broke Federer’s serve in the fifth game of the fourth set and again in the ninth game to close out the set (6-3) and the match.

“It was always going to be tough for both players to start the first set, second set and third set,” Federer said.  “It’s always a mental and physical challenge to keep going, keep going.

“We both I think had chances.  I don’t remember quite how it went.  I think it went back and forth.  I saved a couple of breakpoints early which I think was big for me to stay with him. Then I think I had chances myself maybe. Then he got the break on a forehand I should not miss.

“It was a different atmosphere then.  Also from the crowd.  Everything went into the breaker.  You slowly got to build it up in the beginning of the third.

“But definitely were a few games where it was close for both guys.  Maybe at the end the key of the match, but who knows.

“Yeah, definitely would have been nice to stay with him there at that point or even go a break ahead.”

“Second set tiebreak,” Djokovic said, “it was frustrating obviously not to be able to close it out.  Very, very frustrated on the changeover because I knew that I cannot let this happen against Roger in the finals of Wimbledon because this might be my last chance in the match.

“But, again, managed to regroup, had a little bit more time, especially in the rain delay.  That’s where I got my thoughts together and went back to the basics and played a really, really good match after that.”

Reflecting on his accomplishments, Djokovic said: “I think there is no reason not to be satisfied with what I have achieved.  In contrary, I’m thrilled and very proud with all the success that I had so far in the career, everything I reached.  If you would ask me as a 14‑year‑old back in Serbia trying to find my way, you know, that this is how I’m going to end up at 28, of course I would sign the deal and take it right away.

“There were a couple of Grand Slam finals that I think I could have won. But, again, having said that, everything happens for a reason.  I try to learn from every experience, especially the ones that don’t end up victorious for me.  I’m going to keep going.

“I’m 28.  I feel good. I don’t feel old.  I have hopefully many more years in front of me.  I’m going to try to push my own limits and see how far I can go really with titles and with myself playing on this high level.”

Asked about Djokovic’s position among the tennis greats, Federer said: “Moving up. We don’t know who is what, all these things.  But he’s clearly making a big name for himself, you know, having won as many times now as he has in these different slams.  But also his streak at world No. 3, 2, 1, keeping it up, keeping it going, winning a lot of titles time and time again.

“Staying injury‑free now for him is crucial.  Clearly he’s going to be one of the top guys.  Where, we’ll still have to wait and see.  I’m sure he still has many more great years ahead of him.”

“I’m extremely proud,” Djokovic said.  “It’s a huge relief.  That’s the first feeling that I will feel after the tournament.  Whether I’m winning it or losing it, in finals, or whenever I finish, it’s just a huge relief.

“Especially in the Grand Slams, you know, you play every second day, but you have to encounter many different things on and off the court.  It’s biggest events in sport.  So many people asking you different questions.  There’s expectations from yourself, your team, people around you.

“Yeah, you know, you need to be able to accept it and live with that.  It’s not easy because it takes a lot of energy from you and from every aspect. So that’s the first thing, is a relief, it’s over.

“And obviously it’s nicer when you get to have the trophy with it, as well.

 

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Novak Djokovic Versus Roger Federer: Tale of the Tape

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(July 10, 2015) Here is a look at the head-to-head record between 2015 Wimbledon finalists world No 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Roger Federer who will play the final on Sunday:

Head-to-head: Federer leads 20-19

2006     AMS Monte Carlo          Clay (O)           R64      Federer            63 26 63

2006     Davis Cup WG-PO        Hard (I)            R4        Federer            63 62 63

2007     Australian Open          Hard (O)          R16      Federer            62 75 63

2007     Dubai                           Hard (O)           QF       Federer            63 67(6) 63

2007     AMS Montreal               Hard (O)           FR        Djokovic           76(2) 26 76(2)

2007     US Open                      Hard (O)          FR        Federer            76(4) 76(2) 64

2008     Australian Open          Hard (O)          SF        Djokovic          75 63 76(5)

2008     AMS Monte Carlo          Clay (O)           SF        Federer            63 3-2 ret. (illness)

2008     US Open                      Hard (O)          SF        Federer            63 57 75 62

2009     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           SF        Djokovic           36 62 63

2009     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)           SF        Djokovic           46 63 63

2009     Cincinnati-1000             Hard (O)           FR        Federer            61 75

2009     US Open                      Hard (O)          SF        Federer            76(3) 75 75

2009     Basel                            Hard (I)            FR        Djokovic           64 46 62

2010     Toronto-1000                Hard (O)           SF        Federer            61 36 75

2010     US Open                      Hard (O)          SF        Djokovic          57 61 57 62 75

2010     Shanghai                      Hard (O)           SF        Federer            75 64

2010     Basel                            Hard (I)            FR        Federer            64 36 61

2010     ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I)            SF        Federer            61 64

2011     Australian Open           Hard (O)         SF       Djokovic           76(3) 75 64

2011     Dubai                           Hard (O)           FR                   Djokovic         63 63

2011   Indian Wells-1000         Hard (O)          SF       Djokovic                      63 36 62

2011     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           SF        Federer            76(5) 63 36 76(5)

2011     US Open                      Hard (O)          SF        Djokovic          67(7) 46 63 62 75

2012     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)           SF        Djokovic           62 76(4)

2012     Roland Garros             Clay(O)                        SF        Djokovic          64 75 63

2012     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         SF        Federer            63 36 64 63

2012     Cincinnati-1000             Hard (O)           FR        Federer             60 76(7)

2012     ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I)            FR        Djokovic           76(6) 75

2013     Paris-1000                    Hard (I)            SF        Djokovic           46 63 62

2013     ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I)            RR       Djokovic           64 67(2) 62

2014     Dubai                           Hard (O)           SF        Federer            36 63 62

2014     Indian Wells-1000         Hard (O)           FR        Djokovic           36 63 76(3)

2014     Monte Carlo-1000         Clay (O)           SF        Federer            75 62

2014     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         FR        Djokovic          67(7) 64 76(4) 57 64

2014     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           SF        Federer            64 64

2014     ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I)            FR        Djokovic           w/o (back)

2015     Dubai                           Hard (O)           FR        Federer            63 75

2015     Indian Wells-1000         Hard (O)           FR        Djokovic           63 67(5) 62

2015     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)           FR        Djokovic           64 63

 

This is the 40th meeting between Djokovic and Federer. This is the 2nd-most matches played in a head-to-head at Tour-level in the Open Era:

 

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal 42
Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic 40
Ivan Lendl v John McEnroe 36
Boris Becker v Stefan EdbergJimmy Connors v Ivan Lendl

Jimmy Connors v John McEnroe

3535
35
Andre Agassi v Pete Sampras 34

 

This is Djokovic and Federer’s 13th Grand Slam encounter which equals the record for most meetings at the majors:

 

  No. of GS match-ups Win-loss
Novak Djokovic v Roger FedererNovak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal 1313 Tied 6-6Nadal leads 9-4
Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal 11 Nadal leads 9-2
Ivan Lendl v John McEnroe 10 Lendl leads 7-3

 

This is the 3rd Grand Slam final meeting between Djokovic and Federer, and the 2nd consecutive Wimbledon final. They have split their previous meetings at this stage of a major. Federer won in straight sets at the 2007 US Open, and Djokovic won in 5 sets here last year. This is also just their 3rd grass court meeting. Federer won their first grass court match in the semifinals at 2012 Wimbledon.

 

This is their 15th meeting in a Tour-level final overall. Djokovic has won 9 of their previous meetings in Tour-level finals, including most recently at 2015 Rome-1000.

 

Federer and Djokovic are both former Wimbledon champions. Five former Wimbledon champions started the event here – 2013 champion Murray lost in the semifinals, 2-time champion Nadal lost in the 2nd round, 2002 winner Lleyton Hewitt lost in the 1st round in his final Wimbledon appearance.

 

DJOKOVIC                                      v                                      FEDERER

 

28                                           Age                                          33

6’2”/1.88m                                  Height                                  6’1”/1.85m

1                                    ATP Ranking                                    2

79,387,657                     Career Earnings (US$)                     90,936,289

53                                         Titles                                         86

199-34                     Career Grand Slam Record                     291-47

8 titles                       Best Grand Slam Result                      17 titles

51-8                             Wimbledon Record                             79-9

651-143                              Career Record                             1036-233

66-15                         Career Record – Grass                        142-19

47-3                                  2015 Record                                  40-6

6-0                             2015 Record – Grass                            11-0

25-8                          Career Five-Set Record                        23-19

4                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         9

180-108                       Career Tiebreak Record                      381-206

9-7                            2015 Tiebreak Record                           12-9

 

 

 

Road to the final

DJOKOVIC Time Time FEDERER
d. Philipp Kohlschreiber 64 64 64d. Jarkko Nieminen 64 62 63 2:031:32 1st round2nd round 1:331:34 d. Damir Dzumhur 61 63 63d. Sam Querrey 64 62 62
d. No. 27 Bernard Tomic 63 63 63 1:32 3rd round 1:21 d. Sam Groth 64 64 67(5) 62
d. No. 14 Kevin Anderson 67(6) 67(6) 61 64 75
d. No. 9 Marin Cilic 64 64 64d. No. 21 Richard Gasquet 76(2) 64 64
3:47
1:492:21
Round of 16Quarterfinals

Semifinals

1:342:33

2:07

d. No. 20 Roberto Bautista Agut 62 62 63d. No. 12 Gilles Simon 63 75 62

d. No. 3 Andy Murray 75 75 64

total time on court 13:04 (IBM time) 9:58 total time on court

 

  • Top seed and defending Wimbledon champion DJOKOVIC is bidding to win his 3rd Wimbledon title and equal his coach Boris Becker, who won the title here in 1985-86 and 1989. Just 5 men in the Open Era have won 3 or more Wimbledon titles:


Most Wimbledon men’s singles titles in the Open Era

1= Roger Federer
Pete Sampras
7
7
3. Bjorn Borg 5
4= Boris Becker
John McEnroe
3
3
6= Jimmy Connors
Stefan Edberg
Novak Djokovic
Rod Laver
Rafael Nadal
John Newcombe
2
2
2
2
2
2

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to win his 9th Grand Slam title and take sole ownership of 8th place on the all-time list for most major titles. He has won titles at the Australian Open in 2008 (d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), 2011 (d. Andy Murray), 2012
    (d. Nadal), 2013 (d. Murray) and 2015 (d. Murray); at Wimbledon in 2011 (d. Nadal) and 2014 (d. Federer); and at the 2011 US Open (d. Nadal).

 

All-time Grand Slam men’s singles titles

1. 17 Roger Federer
2= 14 Rafael Nadal
Pete Sampras
4. 12 Roy Emerson
5= 11 Bjorn BorgRod Laver
7. 10 Bill Tilden
8= 8 Andre AgassiJimmy Connors

Novak Djokovic

Ivan Lendl

Fred Perry

Ken Rosewall

 

  • If Djokovic wins his 9th Grand Slam title at 2015 Wimbledon he will be the oldest player to win 9 titles at the Grand Slams in the Open Era:

 

Player Age on winning 9th Grand Slam title Grand Slam event
Bjorn Borg 24 years 2 days 1980 Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal 24 years 101 days 2010 US Open
Roger Federer 25 years 33 days 2006 US Open
Pete Sampras 25 years 167 days 1997 Australian Open
Novak Djokovic?? 28 years 51 days?? 2015 Wimbledon??

 

  • Djokovic has an 8-8 win-loss record in his 16 previous Grand Slam finals and a 2-1 win-loss record in Wimbledon finals. His only loss in a Wimbledon final came against Andy Murray:

                                          

                                             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 64 64
2015 Wimbledon v. Roger Federer

 

  • Djokovic is looking to become just the 7th man to win 200 Grand Slam matches in history. He overtook Rafael Nadal at this year’s Wimbledon and goes into this year’s final with a 199-34 win-loss record. The leading all-time performers are as follows:

 

Most Grand Slam match-wins (all-time)

Rank Player Win-loss
12 Roger FedererJimmy Connors 291-47233-49
3 Andre Agassi 224-53
45 Ivan LendlRoy Emerson 222-49217-48
67

8

Pete SamprasNovak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal

203-38199-34

196-28

910 Stefan EdbergKen Rosewall 178-47171-34

Note: active players in bold

 

  • Djokovic is through to his 4th final here and has moved into joint-8th place with Goran Ivanisevic for the most Wimbledon finals reached in the Open Era.

 

Wimbledon finals reached (Open Era)

Player No. of finals
Roger Federer 10
Boris BeckerPete Sampras 7
Bjorn BorgJimmy Connors 6
John McEnroeRafael Nadal 5
Novak DjokovicGoran Ivanisevic 44

 

  • Djokovic is just the 7th different man in the Open Era to reach the first three Grand Slam finals in a calendar year. Rod Laver (1969), Bjorn Borg (1978, 1980 and 1981), John McEnroe (1984), Ivan Lendl (1986), Jim Courier (1993) and today’s opponent (2006, 2007 and 2009) have also achieved the feat.

 

  • Djokovic is also bidding to be the first man to retain the Wimbledon title since today’s opponent in 2007. It has been 8 years since anyone retained the title at Wimbledon. This is the longest period without a successful title defence at any of the majors [see preview page 2]

 

  • Djokovic is through to his 17th Grand Slam final and has equalled Rod Laver in 5th place on the all-time list of most appearances in Grand Slam finals:

 

1 Roger Federer 26
2 Rafael Nadal 20
3 Ivan Lendl 19
4 Pete Sampras 18
5= Novak DjokovicRod Laver 1717
7= Bjorn Borg 16
Ken Rosewall 16

 

  • Djokovic has not played a Tour-level grass court warm-up event before Wimbledon since he played at Queen’s in 2010. He is one of just 7 different men in the Open Era to have won the Wimbledon title without contesting a grass court warm-up event – in 2011 and 2014. Bjorn Borg won all 5 of his Wimbledon titles straight off the clay court season:

Stan Smith        1972                 Andre Agassi                1992

Jan Kodes        1973                 Roger Federer              2007, 2009

Bjorn Borg        1976-80            Novak Djokovic             2011, 2014

Boris Becker     1989

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to record his 52nd Wimbledon match-win and take sole ownership of 6th place on the list for most Wimbledon victories in the Open Era. By defeating Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals here, Djokovic recorded his 50th Wimbledon match-win.

 

Player                          Win-loss

Jimmy Connors            84-18
Roger Federer              78-9
Boris Becker                 71-12
Pete Sampras               63-7
John McEnroe              59-11                           
Bjorn Borg                    51-4
Novak Djokovic            51-8

  • By defeating Cilic in the quarterfinals here, Djokovic recorded his 650th Tour-level match-win. Just 2 active players have won more matches than Djokovic – Roger Federer (1036 wins) and Rafael Nadal (740).

 

  • Djokovic is guaranteed to remain at No. 1 when the ATP rankings are released on Monday 13 July, regardless of his result here.

 

  • Djokovic’s 5-set win over Kevin Anderson in the round of 16 was his 4th career comeback from 0-2 down and improved his winning streak in 5-set matches to 5. It was his first 0-2 comeback since defeating Andreas Seppi at 2012 Roland Garros.

 

  • Last year here Djokovic won his 2nd Wimbledon title, defeating today’s opponent in 5 sets in the final. He was the first top seed to win the Wimbledon title since today’s opponent in 2007 and the 11th man to win multiple Wimbledon titles in the Open Era.

 

  • Djokovic has won 5 titles so far this year – at the Australian Open (d. Murray), Indian Wells-1000
    (d. today’s opponent), Miami-1000 (d. Murray), Monte Carlo-1000 (d. Tomas Berdych) and Rome-1000 (d. today’s opponent) – to extend his streak of winning at least 2 titles every year since winning his first at 2006 Amersfoort
    (d. Nicolas Massu). Just 2 of his 53 career singles titles have come on grass – at 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon.

 

  • In Grand Slam play so far this year Djokovic became just the 2nd man in history to win 5 or more Australian Open titles after Roy Emerson (6). He also finished as runner-up at Roland Garros – becoming just the 5th man in history to reach 3 finals at all 4 Grand Slams – before Stan Wawrinka ended his 28-match Tour-level winning streak in the final. This is his first event since then.

 

  • This is Djokovic’s 11th consecutive appearance at Wimbledon and his 43rd straight Grand Slam overall, which puts him in joint 10th-place with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on the list for most consecutive Grand Slam appearances in the Open Era.

 

  • Djokovic won his 8th straight Davis Cup singles rubber and also the decisive doubles with Nenad Zimonjic in Serbia’s 5-0 World Group first round victory over Croatia in Kraljevo in March. Serbia will play Argentina in the quarterfinals in Buenos Aires on 17-19 July.

 

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

 

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

 

 

  • 7-time Wimbledon champion FEDERER is bidding to become the first man to win 8 Wimbledon singles titles. Martina Navratilova (9) and Helen Wills Moody (8) are the only women to have won 8 or more singles titles here.

 

  • Federer is also bidding to become the second man in history to win 8 titles at any Grand Slam event. Rafael Nadal became the first man to achieve this feat by winning his 8th Roland Garros title in 2013.

 

Most titles at the same Grand Slam tournament

Player Grand Slam Titles Years
Rafael Nadal Roland Garros 9 2005-08, 2010-2014
Richard Sears US Championships 7 1881-87**
William Renshaw Wimbledon 7 1881-86, 1889
Bill Larned US Championships 7 1901-02, 1907-11**
Bill Tilden US Championships 7 1920-25, 1929
Pete Sampras Wimbledon 7 1993-95, 1997-2000
Roger Federer Wimbledon 7 2003-07, 2009, 2012

** Challenge round played through 1911 at US Championships

  • Federer, who is 33 years 338 days old, is bidding to become the oldest Wimbledon champion in the Open

Era. The oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open Era is Arthur Ashe who was 31 years 360 days old when he won the title here in 1975. The oldest woman to win Wimbledon is Navratilova, who was 33 years 263 days when she won the 1990 title.

 

  • Federer is also looking to become the 3rd oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era after Ken Rosewall, who won titles at the 1972 Australian Open (37 years 62 days), 1971 Australian Open (36 years 73 days) and 1970 US Open (35 years 315 days), and Andres Gimeno, who won 1972 Roland Garros (34 years 306 days).

 

  • Federer, who won 2012 Wimbledon aged 30 years 335 days, is looking to become the fifth man in the Open Era to win 2 or more Grand Slams titles after turning 30. Andre Agassi was the last man to achieve the feat, winning the Australian Open in 2001 at 30 years 274 days and again aged 32 years 272 days in 2003.

Players aged over 30 to win 2 or more Grand Slams (Open Era)

Player Titles won aged over 30 Years
Rod Laver 4 1969
Ken Rosewall 4 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972
Andre Agassi 2 2001, 2003
Jimmy Connors 2 1982, 1983

 

  • By winning his 17th Grand Slam title at 2012 Wimbledon, Federer extended his lead at the top of the all-time Grand Slam titles list in men’s tennis. Bidding for his 18th major title here in London, he now targets the records of the 6 women who have won more Grand Slam singles titles:

All-time Grand Slam singles title leaders (men and women)

Rank No. of titles Player
1. 24 Margaret Court
2. 22 Steffi Graf
3. 20* Serena Williams
4. 19 Helen Wills Moody
5= 18 Chris EvertMartina Navratilova
7. 17 Roger Federer

*Serena Williams could win her 21st Grand Slam title if she wins 2015 Wimbledon

 

  • Wimbledon is Federer’s most successful Grand Slam event in terms of titles won, matches won and finals reached. He hasn’t reached a Grand Slam final away from Wimbledon since he finished as runner-up at 2011 Roland Garros.

 

Titles won Win-loss record Finals reached
Australian Open 4 75-12 5
Roland Garros 1 65-16 5
Wimbledon 7 79-9 10
US Open 5 72-10 6

 

  • Federer has a 17-8 record in Grand Slam finals, going into today’s match:

Federer in Grand Slam finals

Event Result
2003 Wimbledon d. Mark Philippoussis 76(5) 62 76(3)
2004 Australian Open d. Marat Safin 76(3) 64 62
2004 Wimbledon d. Andy Roddick 46 75 76(3) 64
2004 US Open d. Lleyton Hewitt 60 76(3) 60
2005 Wimbledon d. Andy Roddick 62 76(2) 64
2005 US Open d. Andre Agassi 63 26 76(1) 61
2006 Australian Open d. Marcos Baghdatis 57 75 60 62
2006 Roland Garros l. Rafael Nadal 16 61 64 76(4)
2006 Wimbledon d. Rafael Nadal 60 76(5) 67(2) 63
2006 US Open d. Andy Roddick 62 46 75 61
2007 Australian Open d. Fernando Gonzalez 76(2) 64 64
2007 Roland Garros l. Rafael Nadal 63 46 63 64
2007 Wimbledon d. Rafael Nadal 76(7) 46 76(3) 26 62
2007 US Open d. Novak Djokovic 76(4) 76(2) 64
2008 Roland Garros l. Rafael Nadal 61 63 60
2008 Wimbledon l. Rafael Nadal 64 64 67(5) 67(8) 97
2008 US Open d. Andy Murray 62 75 62
2009 Australian Open l. Rafael Nadal 75 36 76(3) 36 62
2009 Roland Garros d. Robin Soderling 61 76(1) 64
2009 Wimbledon d. Andy Roddick 57 76(6) 76(5) 36 1614
2009 US Open l. Juan Martin del Potro 36 76(5) 46 76(4) 62
2010 Australian Open d. Andy Murray 63 64 76(11)
2011 Roland Garros l. Rafael Nadal 75 76(3) 57 61
2012 Wimbledon d. Andy Murray 46 75 63 64
2014 Wimbledon l. Novak Djokovic 67(7) 64 76(4) 57 64
2015 Wimbledon v. Novak Djokovic

 

  • Federer is looking for his 2nd victory over a player ranked No. 1 at a Grand Slam. His only previous victory over a world No. 1 at a major came against today’s opponent in the semifinals at 2012 Wimbledon. He has a 1-5 win-loss record against world No. 1 players at the majors overall.

 

  • Federer is in 2nd place on the Open Era list for most match-wins at Wimbledon with a 79-9 win-loss record. Jimmy Connors heads the list with an 84-18 win-loss record here.

 

  • Federer is the most successful active player on grass with a 142-19 career win-loss record and goes into today’s final on an 11-match winning streak. His career-best winning streak on grass is 65 matches (2003 Halle – 2008 Wimbledon final).

 

  • Federer won the Wimbledon junior boys’ title in 1998 and is one of only 4 boys’ champions to have also won the men’s singles title here.

 

Player Boys’ champion Men’s champion
Bjorn Borg 1972 1976-80
Pat Cash 1982 1987
Stefan Edberg                1983 1988, 1990
Roger Federer 1998 2003-07, 2009, 2012

 

  • Federer has reached his 10th Wimbledon final and extended the all-time record that he took sole ownership of at 2012 Wimbledon.

 

                                                        Wimbledon finals reached (all-time)

Player No. of finals
Roger Federer 10
Boris BeckerArthur Gore

Pete Sampras

7
Bjorn BorgJimmy Connors

Rod Laver

6

 

Federer has also reached his 26th Grand Slam final and extended the all-time record that he took sole ownership of at 2009 Wimbledon.

Grand Slam finals reached (all-time)

Player No. of GS finals
Roger Federer 26
Rafael Nadal 20
Ivan Lendl 19
Pete Sampras 18
Novak DjokovicRod Laver 1717

 

  • Last year here Federer reached his 9th Wimbledon final – and his 25th Grand Slam final overall – but lost to today’s opponent in 5 sets. He has a 6-4 win-loss record in 5-set matches here and a 23-19 five-set win loss record overall.

 

  • In 2012, Federer equalled William Renshaw and Pete Sampras’s record of 7 Wimbledon titles by winning his 17th Grand Slam title overall (d. Andy Murray). He also won the title at Wimbledon in 2003-07 and 2009.

 

  • This is Federer’s 17th consecutive appearance at Wimbledon and his 63rd straight Grand Slam event, which extends his record for the longest streak of consecutive Grand Slam Open Era appearances [see Preview page 6]. Since making his Grand Slam debut as a wild card at 1999 Roland Garros he has missed just one major, failing to qualify for the 1999 US Open.

 

  • Prior to coming here Federer won his 8th title at Halle – and his 86th title overall – after defeating Andreas Seppi 76(1) 64 in the final. He became just the 3rd man in the Open Era to win at least 8 titles at a single tournament, joining Rafael Nadal and Guillermo Vilas.

 

  • Federer holds the Open Era record for the most career grass court titles with 15 titles on the surface. In addition to 7 titles at Wimbledon, his other 8 titles were won at 2003-06, 2008 and 2013-15 Halle.

 

  • Federer is coached by 2-time Wimbledon champion Stefan Edberg and Severin Luthi.

 

 

 *Statistics provided by the International Tennis Federation

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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer Reach Wimbledon Final with Straight Set Victories

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(July 10, 2015)

It will be a repeat of last year’s Wimbledon Gentlemen’s final on Sunday when No. 1 Novak Djokovic faces No. 2 Roger Federer. Both men had straight set wins in their respective semifinals on Friday.

Two-time winner Djokovic defeated No. 21 seed Richard Gasquet 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-4 to book a spot in his fourth Wimbledon final and his 17th major championship final. Seven-time Wimbledon titlist Federer bested 2013 champion Andy Murray 7-5, 7-5, 6-4.

“The first set was really close,” said Djokovic who played the first semifinal of the day. “I thought Richard played some really good tennis, especially from the backhand side. It was really difficult for me at times to play any kind of ball to his backhand side because he was really going for it, especially down the line. He made a lot of winners. He used the chipped backhand, slice variety as well.”

“Winning the first set tiebreak was psychologically very helpful for the rest of the match.”

“I tried to do my best,” Gasquet said.  “I did a good first set.  I did some great backhand.

“But, of course, I would like to do a little bit better then after that.  I tried to be aggressive.  I try my best.  I did a good match.  It was tough to do better.  Sometimes I did mistakes in the tiebreak, of course.  Some backhand I could put on the court.

“It was 2‑All, then it was 7‑2 very fast after that.  It wasn’t good.  He never miss on some returns.  He serves well.  That’s why he’s No. 1 in the world.”

The second semifinal of the day provided stunning hitting and rallies of the highest quality by both players. Despite the straight-set score the match was extremely close.

“Andy’s been playing very well for the season,” Federer said to the BBC after the match. “There is so much expectation riding on the match. I’m unbelievably happy. I played so well in the biggest occasion today.

“I’ve been serving very well for the entire tournament. I wasn’t broken against one of the best returners. I kept the pressure up and went for my shots. I mixed it up like I usually do and kept pushing forward and staying focused. It all worked out really well.”

“He served fantastic, apart from the first game where I had the chance there,” Murray said. “Didn’t really have any opportunities. Then, you know, that puts pressure on you.”

“Obviously I got broken right at the end all of the sets. But I didn’t actually play a bad match. Played pretty well.”

“Today I was clearly able to play very well from the start,” Federer elaborated.  “The beginning was always going to be an important part of the game.  I had to save breakpoint first, then I was able to start rolling on my serve.  Played a great game to break.

“So, I mean, definitely one of the best matches I’ve played in my career.  I don’t know, the first set, I don’t remember point by point, but it was definitely really, really solid.”

 

The win puts the Swiss in his 10th final at the All-England Club, 26th Grand Slam final, which will make him the oldest finalist at 33, since 39-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1974. He is seeking a record 8th Wimbledon title and 18th major.

“Doesn’t matter whether it’s No. 8 or No. 1,” Federer said, “Wimbledon finals is always a big occasion.”

Federer on playing Djokovic in the final: “Well, I mean, it’s great to play Novak anywhere these days, you know, because he’s a great player.  He’s had great success, unbelievable success actually, throughout his career.  But especially now the last few years, he’s been unbelievably dominant, especially on the hard courts, then he improved on the grass.  On the clay, he’s one of the best, if not the best.

“He’s become very match‑tough.  He always shows up.  It’s tough to beat him.  You know, he’s been very injury‑free.  He’s been good for the game.

“For me, I don’t really think about the match we played against each other last year.  I just remember it was unbelievably thrilling.  The crowd really got into it.

“I’m just happy personally for myself to be back in a finals.  Whoever that’s going to be against, it’s always a big occasion.  That is Novak, the world No. 1, it obviously adds something extra.”

“I need to keep it up for one more match,” Federer said, “to really make it the perfect couple of weeks.”

The Serb, who comes into the final as the defending champion, will be playing in his fourth Wimbledon final.

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Djokovic, Federer and Murray Advance to Wimbledon Semis, Wawrinka Knocked out in Five Sets by Gasquet

 

(June 8, 2015) Top three seeds Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray reach the semifinals of Wimbledon easily on Wednesday with straight set wins. Richard Gasquet spoiled a potential “top four” party in the last four, when he upset No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in five sets 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9.

For the Frenchman, this will be his third major semifinal. “I’m the worst,” Gasquet said with a grin, “when you see Federer, Djokovic and Murray and me. There is something, I want to enjoy it.”

Gasquet will face off against Djokovic, who reached his 27 Grand Slam semifinal, defeating U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. It was the world No. 1’s 650th win on tour and 50th at Wimbledon.

“I came out with the right intensity, moved well all over the court, tried to get as many returns back in play,” said Djokovic. “I didn’t allow Marin to come back to the match. It was a close game when I was serving for the set. I think that helped my confidence to feel better afterwards.”

“It was great to watch them go backhand-to-backhand today,” said Djokovic about the Wawrinka – Gasquet match. “Some great points, great exchanges.”

Djokovic discussing his match-up against Gasquet said, “the experience of being in these final stages of Wimbledon many times is going to help me.” The Serb is 11-1 against Gasquet.

Andy Murray reached his 150th match won at a Grand Slam on Wednesday when he stopped Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. For the Canadian Posposil, it was his first appearance in a major quarterfinal.

Murray said of the win: “I needed to (step up) because at times, (he) was serving really well, (which) made it very difficult for me. Then I just managed to, at a few key moments, come up with some good shots. Third set was tricky, as well, because I had a bunch of break points. When you don’t take them, obviously you start to think about that a little bit. Overall, it was a good match.”

 

Murray will face Roger Federer for place in the final. Federer bested Gilles Simon, the 12th seed 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 to reach his 10th Wimbledon semifinal and 37th major semifinal overall, to keep his hopes of winning a record eighth title at the All-England Club alive.

Federer won his last major at Wimbledon in 2012 when he defeated Murray, but then about a month later, Murray defeated Federer for the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics.

“We both like to look back at that summer,” said Federer. “Me, not so much at the Olympics; him, probably not so much at Wimbledon.”

Federer is 12-11 against Murray and is 9-0 in Wimbledon semifinals.

“I’m very happy to be in the semis again,” said Federer. “The road is long getting here. But still I feel like I’m fresh and I’ve got energy left in the tank for hopefully a great match with Andy and then we’ll see. But I’m looking forward to it.

“It’s been good so far. I felt like I played a very solid last year or so, especially on the grass I’ve done very well. I’m happy to keep it up here now. This is obviously now crunch time when you want to show if your game’s really up to par.”

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Jelena Jankovic Upsets Defending Champion Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon

Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic

 

(July 4, 2015) Former No. 1, 28th seed Jelena Jankovic pulled off the biggest upset of the Wimbledon fortnight on the Ladies’ side when she defeated No. 2 and defending champion Petra Kvitova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

The Czech looked to be confidently cruising past the Serbian, with a 6-3, 4-2 lead, but Jankovic turned the match around from that point onward.

“Playing on grass is very difficult for me. It does not come natural,” Jankovic said. “I just tried to stay one point at a time, just hang in there, stay positive and fight, and I made it. But playing on Centre Court against the defending champion was just unbelievable. I’m really really happy to win this match!”

“I’m overwhelmed. I’m so excited. My heart is still pumping,” Jankovic said after the match.

“It didn’t matter how badly I was playing or what was happening out there, I really just tried to stay one point at a time and fight, and when I won that second set I knew I just had to keep going out there.

“When I won, I couldn’t believe what just happened. I lost to Petra the last time we played in Rome, and I know she plays amazing here. But that’s what this sport is all about. It’s such a great excitement for me – I’m so glad I was able to win and this gives me a lot of confidence the rest of the tournament.”

For Kvitova who also won Wimbledon in 2011, this was her earliest exit from the All-England Club since 2009.

“I’m not really sure what happened out there,” Kvitova said in press. “Suddenly I felt like she’s coming back, playing a little bit aggressive.

“Suddenly from my side, I didn’t have answer for it. My serve didn’t help me at all this time, as well. I was really struggling with each shot which I played.”

“But I don’t think that I lost today because I was defending champion from last year,” Kvitova said.  “I don’t think is really the thing why.

“I think that she really played a good match.  Looked a little bit on the other side when I played Venus last year, when I was the worst player in the first two sets, then I won.  This time just turn the other side for her.”

“Here I am in the fourth round, in the second week of Wimbledon,” Jankovic said.  “I just beat a defending champion.  I mean, it’s unbelievable.  You know, I don’t think I can ask for more.  I hope to keep going.”

“I think I always believe in myself, no matter what.  Like I said, if I’m healthy, if I can put that work in on a daily basis and work hard, improve.

“You know, to be honest, right now I’m not at the level I want to be at. First of all, physically I have to get a lot stronger a lot faster.  As I said before, getting injured, not being able to go to the gym, to spend some time on the practice court.  I will need some time to get to the form, to the level I want to be at, and where I can be. That’s what will satisfy my, you know, needs and wishes.

“So we’ll see.  I always think I can do it.  I’m not old. I’m still young at heart.  I look pretty good, so why not (laughter)?  I mean, give me a break, guys.  What’s old?”

“I’m very determined.  Like I said, I want to get, you know, to where I think I belong.  I’ve done it in the past.  I’ve been many years in the top 10, I’ve been No. 1 in the world, I’ve played against all these players.

“Like I said, just if I’m able to work hard and believe in myself, hopefully my time will come again.”

Other winners on the Ladies’ side included fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki over Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-2, No. 20 Garbine Muguruza dismissed 2012 semifinalist Angelique Kerber 7-6 (12), 1-6, 6-2, No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 15 Timea Bacsinszky, No. 21 Madison Keys, Olga Govortsova and Monica Niculescu also advanced.

Seven-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer dropped a set to advance to the round of 16 beating hard-hitting Sam Groth 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.

Groth hit the second fastest serve in Wimbledon history – 147 mph.

No. 3 Andy Murray beat No. 25 Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-2, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1.  Seppi received a visit from a trainer to work on his lower right leg, and won the next six game. Murray also received a medical time out for a stiff right shoulder after trailing 1-0 in the fourth set, and then took next six game to win the match.

Dustin Brown, the qualifier who upset Rafael Nadal, lost his very next match to 22nd seed Viktor Troicki 6-4, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3.

“Obviously having the pleasure and being able to play on Centre Court and then to play a match like that (on Thursday), doesn’t make a difference if I lost today or not, no one will ever be able to take that away from me,” said Brown.

“I think I played well and I wouldn’t compare it to any other matches.  That’s what I said after winning against (Rendy) Lu, and Rafa (Nadal), it’s always a totally different match.  I’m happy with my tournament.  When I came to quallies, someone would have said sign here for beating Rafa, making second round and qualifying, I would have signed that paper.”

Completing a match held over from Friday at 10-10 in the fifth due to darkness, Marin Cilic bested John Isner 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-7 (4), 12-10

Also Saturday, Wimbledon’s marathon man fell short this time. John Isner, the American who won the longest tennis match in history in 2010, lost 12-10 in the fifth set to U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic. The Croat beat Isner 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-7 (4), 12-10 in a match that resumed Saturday at 10-10.

“Marathon man” Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set at Wimbledon in 2010, the longest match in tennis history.

No. 12 seed Gilles Simon defeated French countryman No. 18 seed Gael Monfils in five sets, in a match which had to be moved from
Court 1  when darkness came early in the fourth set, and completed under the roof of Centre Court.

Other men moving in to the fourth round: Vasek Pospisil, No. 23 Ivo Karlovic and No. 20 Roberto Bautista Agut.


Ladies Singles – Third Round

(28) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (2) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 36 75 64
(5) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (31) Camila Giorgi (ITA) 62 62
(20) Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. (10) Angelique Kerber (GER) 76(12) 16 62
(13) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Casey Dellacqua (AUS)
(15) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. (18) Sabine Lisicki (GER) 63 62
(21) Madison Keys (USA) d. Tatjana Maria (GER) 64 64
(Q) Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 76(4) 63
Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Krystina Pliskova (CZE) 63 75

Gentlemen’s Singles

Third Round – Third Round

[2] Roger Federer (SUI) d. Sam Groth (AUS) 64 64 67(5) 62
[3] Andy Murray (GBR) d. [25] Andreas Seppi (ITA) 62 62 16 61
[6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Pablo Andujar (ESP) 46 60 63 76(3)
[9] Marin Cilic (CRO) d. [17] John Isner (USA) 76(4) 67(6) 64 67(4) 12-10
[12] Gilles Simon (FRA) vs. [18] Gael Monfils (FRA)
[23] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d. [13] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 76(3) 46 76(2) 76(9)
[20] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 76(4) 61 60
[22] Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. Dustin Brown (GER) 64 76(3) 46 63
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d. James Ward (GBR) 64 36 26 63 86

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