July 1, 2016

Monte-Carlo: Roger Federer Gets First Win Since Knee Surgery; Andy Murray Advances

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(April 12, 2016) Roger Federer made his return to the court on Tuesday at the Monte-Carlo Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 second round victory over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Federer had been off the tour since reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open due to arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on February 3. He was to have played at the Miami Open, but withdrew from the event prior to his first match due to a stomach virus.

“The knee felt really good, like in practice,” Federer said to media. “Felt like I didn’t have to worry about it. I could just go freely. I think I’m at a point now where, you know, I’m looking more forward in the sense that whenever I can dig out a good point, I did good movement, I just kind of went for the dropshot without having second thoughts. It’s only building on my confidence now, which is great.

“It’s been like that for at least, I’d say, over a week now. Yeah, I was very pleased how I felt, even how I played. I mean, he did kind of go for his shots, but we had longer rallies in the beginning of the first set.

“I think in a way it was a perfect match. It was close in the beginning, then I was able to go on a roll. Points were cut short by virtue of me serving better and returning better, getting second serves, taking advantage of that fact.

“At the end, again, I had to fight for it. I went through different phases in the match. Also emotionally. I was excited and tense in the beginning just because it’s a first round. It’s my first match back. So it was nice to go through all these emotions.

“At the end he’s a guy that knows how to close out, knows how to play points on clay. It was a great win for me. I said beforehand, it was always going to be a winning result today, regardless of winning or losing essentially. I’m just very happy I’m back on the tour again.

“I think I got what I needed. So we’ll see how I feel tomorrow, tonight, the next day. Sometimes after a match, you can feel it for two days. At this point I’m pretty confident I’ll feel fine.”

The 17-time major champion was asked if he was afraid during the process of having surgery and not being 100% on the court, he said: “For me, the toughest moment was the two hours after waking up. I couldn’t feel my knee, my leg. I could hardly move my toes. It was hurting a little. This is when I was a bit afraid about the future. Suddenly I thought that I needed to really go for it if I wanted to be a professional tennis player. I was wondering.

“But then my father came to visit me in the hospital. Mirka was there, too. The first evening things were already better. We were joking again with my doctor. It was good to see everybody there.

“The next day or two days later I had a meeting with the whole team to talk about our plan, our schedule, how we were going to do the rehabilitation process, what tournament I could start playing again. From there, it became a lot more pleasant because I was able to be much more positive mentally. I knew we had a plan.

“Once you have a plan, it’s better. You have to wait until the surgery is over to know how the surgery went. Then it was good talking with the doctor who told me what I could expect for the next 10 days, the next three weeks, et cetera. So there was a slight possibility of me playing Miami.

It’s always good to have a goal. So the goal was Miami. In the end, I was very satisfied to say I was ready to play for that tournament, but unfortunately the virus stopped me from doing that.”

World No. 2 Andy Murray had a few serving hiccups in his win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in his second-round match in Monte-Carlo.

“I’ve definitely been a little bit flat since the Davis Cup really,” said the Scot. “I don’t know exactly why that’s been the case. But in a lot of my matches, it’s been that way, you know, some good stuff mixed in with some pretty bad stuff.

“The norm is bad just now, so I need to kind of improve on that. You know, even when I’m not playing my best, play more solid, make it more difficult for my opponents.

“When I’ve been playing well, I’m actually hitting the ball very clean. But just the consistency has not been there, maybe not as sharp as I could be mentally. Concentration’s not been so good.”

ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Monte-Carlo, Monaco (+2 hours GMT)
10-17 April 2016 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 12 APRIL 2016

Singles – Second Round
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [Q] P. Herbert (FRA) 62 46 63
[3] R. Federer (SUI) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 63 64
[8] J. Tsonga (FRA) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 76(1) 76(5)
[14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d J. Chardy (FRA) 63 57 75
[15] G. Simon (FRA) d G. Dimitrov (BUL) 64 63

Singles – First Round
[11] D. Goffin (BEL) d F. Lopez (ESP) 75 60
J. Vesely (CZE) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 36 75 75
P. Lorenzi (ITA) d F. Fognini (ITA) 26 60 61
[WC] F. Verdasco (ESP) d F. Delbonis (ARG) 60 63
[Q] T. Daniel (JPN) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 63 64
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d B. Coric (CRO) 64 64
[Q] D. Dzumhur (BIH) d R. Haase (NED) 62 60
P. Cuevas (URU) d [Q] D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 76(2) 67(2) 76(4)
J. Sousa (POR) d I. Karlovic (CRO) 63 76(4)

Doubles – Second Round
[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE) 67(5) 76(9) 14-12

Doubles – First Round
D. Marrero (ESP) / B. Paire (FRA) d O. Marach (AUT) / D. Thiem (AUT) 76(5) 76(4)

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 13 APRIL 2016

COURT RAINIER III start 11:00 am
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs A. Bedene (GBR)
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs J. Vesely (CZE)
P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs [13] G. Monfils (FRA)

COURT DES PRINCES start 11:00 am
[6] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] D. Dzumhur (BIH)
Not Before 1:00 pm
P. Cuevas (URU) vs [10] M. Raonic (CAN)
[9] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [WC] L. Pouille (FRA)
A. Zverev (GER) vs [LL] M. Granollers (ESP)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
[16] B. Paire (FRA) vs J. Sousa (POR)
[Q] T. Daniel (JPN) vs [12] D. Thiem (AUT)
[11] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [WC] F. Verdasco (ESP)
[6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs R. Lindstedt (SWE) / A. Peya (AUT)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS)
D. Inglot (GBR) / A. Murray (GBR) vs [7] E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)

COURT 11 start 2:00 pm
[8] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) vs T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)

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Venus Williams Along with Eight Other Women’s Seeds Lose at Miami Open

(March 25, 2016) Nine women’s seeds on Friday at the Miami Open including 10th seed Venus Williams. Williams fell to qualifier Elena Vesnina 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-2.

“It’s always an honor to play against Venus.,” said Vesnina, a former No. 21 ranked player, in an on-court post-match interview. “We played many times against each other and it’s always been a pleasure to play her and it’s always been a tough match-up.

“I’m really happy that I won today.”

“It was definitely a physical match,” Williams said. “She played amazing tennis. All credit to her today.

“I couldn’t afford any errors because she was on,” (in the third set) Williams noted. “She didn’t make many errors. She came out with nothing to lose and just everything worked for her today.

“Bad luck for me; great luck for her. As the match continued I think I started to find more and more rhythm. She is coming off qualifying and playing doubles matches every week. It’s a little bit challenging to play your best tennis without — you know, against an opponent who is just so inspired.

“You don’t have a moment to try and figure out how to get into the match.”

The other losses by women’s seeds included: No. 6 seed Carla Suárez Navarro knocked out by American CoCo Vandeweghe, No. 7 Belinda Bencic who retired from her match, No. 14 Sara Errani, No. 17 seed Karolina Pliskova, No. 18 Jelena Jankovic by retirement, No. 25 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, No. 29 seed Sabine Lisicki, who lost a 5-0 third set lead to Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(2), and No. 27 seed Kristina Mladenovic.

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No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Kyle Edmund 6-3, 6-3. Djokovic also made a catch that would make former tennis player Mansour Barahmi proud. The Serb caught a ball in his pocket, much to the delight of the fans. Djokovic who advanced to the third round, is seeking a four Indian Wells – Miami double.

 

Roger Federer was forced to with draw from the tournament with a stomach virus. The No. 3 ranked Swiss was making a comeback from knee surgery in early February. His replacement in the draw, lucky loser Horacio Zeballos was a winner over fellow Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro 6-4, 6-4.

Del Potro is back from another wrist surgery, seemed to have some issues with his wrist during the loss. “I was suffering a little bit,” he said. “It was worse than my first match, but I hope nothing dangerous. I mean, I will see what’s going on after today and see if I can practice tomorrow, if I can hit again like a little backhand.

“They said before this is a long road to get better. Not to play well or to win matches, just to get better and to play tennis again. I’m looking forward for that. For me it’s like surprise when I win a match in this moment because I’m not 100% yet.

“But I’m here. Of course I’m suffering in moments, but I’m playing tennis. Bad or really bad, but I’m playing. That’s good for me.”

 

The men’s side of the draw saw two seeded Spanish casualties: No. 21 Feliciano Lopez who lost to qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez seeded 32.

In the match of the day of the day for the men Viktor Trocki saved four match points to win his contest against Inigo Cervantes 6-7(6), 7-6(9), 7-6(3).

 

 

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, UNITED STATES
21 MARCH – 3 APRIL, 2016

RESULTS – MARCH 25, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[2] A. Kerber (GER) d B. Strycova (CZE) 61 61
[4] G. Muguruza (ESP) d D. Cibulkova (SVK) 67(3) 63 75
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [6] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 64 62
[Q] Kr. Pliskova (CZE) d [7] B. Bencic (SUI) 41 Retired
[9] R. Vinci (ITA) d L. Hradecka (CZE) 16 64 76(5)
[Q] E. Vesnina (RUS) d [10] V. Williams (USA) 60 67(5) 62
[13] V. Azarenka (BLR) d M. Puig (PUR) 62 64
[WC] N. Osaka (JPN) d [14] S. Errani (ITA) 61 63
T. Babos (HUN) d [17] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) 57 62 76(0)
[Q] M. Linette (POL) d [18] J. Jankovic (SRB) 10 Retired
[22] M. Keys (USA) d K. Flipkens (BEL) 64 62
[24] J. Konta (GBR) d D. Kovinic (MNE) 64 62
[Q] K. Bertens (NED) d [25] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 46 61
[WC] N. Gibbs (USA) d [27] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 62 64
I. Begu (ROU) d [29] S. Lisicki (GER) 64 16 76(2)
[32] M. Niculescu (ROU) d S. Peng (CHN) 61 36 60

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[PR] A. Rodionova (AUS) / G. Voskoboeva (KAZ) d [7] A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 63 67(4) 10-2
[8] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) d [WC] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 26 63 12-10
V. King (USA) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) d J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) 46 63 10-8
C. Dellacqua (AUS) / S. Stosur (AUS) d K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) 36 76(5) 10-7
A. Rosolska (POL) / L. Siegemund (GER) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / L. Kichenok (UKR) 62 75

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d K. Edmund (GBR) 63 63
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) d R. Ram (USA) w/o (illness)
[8] D. Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] T. Fritz (USA) 76(6) 61
[10] R. Gasquet (FRA) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 64 64
[11] M. Cilic (CRO) d D. Lajovic (SRB) 64 61
[14] D. Thiem (AUT) d S. Groth (AUS) 75 62
[15] D. Goffin (BEL) d [Q] M. Granollers (ESP) 64 64
[18] G. Simon (FRA) d J. Monaco (ARG) 75 61
[19] V. Troicki (SRB) d I. Cervantes (ESP) 67(6) 76(9) 76(3) – saved 4 m.p.
[20] B. Paire (FRA) d M. Youzhny (RUS) 63 64
[Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN) d [21] F. Lopez (ESP) 64 64
F. Verdasco (ESP) d [28] J. Chardy (FRA) 64 64
[31] S. Johnson (USA) d A. Zverev (GER) 76(9) 76(3)
L. Pouille (FRA) d [32] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 62 64
[33] J. Sousa (POR) d V. Pospisil (CAN) 67(1) 76(5) 62
[LL] H. Zeballos (ARG) d [PR] J. Del Potro (ARG) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
[2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) 63 67(1) 10-6
[5] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d O. Marach (AUT) / D. Thiem (AUT) 76(3) 64
T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) d [WC] E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) 75 63

 

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2016
STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – [6] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [Q] P. Herbert (FRA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [3] A. Radwanska (POL) vs M. Brengle (USA)
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH)

Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs Z. Diyas (KAZ)

8:00 pm
ATP – D. Istomin (UZB) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – [12] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [23] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
WTA – [30] E. Makarova (RUS) vs [8] P. Kvitova (CZE)
ATP – An. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
ATP – [26] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs F. Delbonis (ARG)
ATP – [13] J. Isner (USA) vs [Q] T. Smyczek (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – S. Giraldo (COL) vs [9] J. Tsonga (FRA)

COURT 1 start 10:55 am
ATP – D. Kudla (USA) vs [12] M. Raonic (CAN)
ATP – [22] J. Sock (USA) vs S. Stakhovsky (UKR)
WTA – J. Goerges (GER) vs [5] S. Halep (ROU)
ATP – M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs [24] N. Kyrgios (AUS)
WTA – [19] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) vs [16] A. Ivanovic (SRB)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – C. Garcia (FRA) vs [15] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
ATP – [16] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [Q] T. Ito (JPN)
ATP – [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [30] T. Bellucci (BRA)
ATP – [4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs I. Cervantes (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – [29] S. Querrey (USA) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
ATP – A. Seppi (ITA) vs [27] A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
WTA – Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs [WC] H. Watson (GBR)
ATP – J. Millman (AUS) vs [23] P. Cuevas (URU)
ATP – [17] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs A. Bedene (GBR)
ATP-After Suitable Rest – P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs [PR] J. Del Potro (ARG) / F. Delbonis (ARG)

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
ATP – [WC] O. Jasika (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) vs [7] E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)

Not Before 12:30 pm
WTA – [WC] M. Keys (USA) / S. Stephens (USA) vs [3] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE)
ATP – [1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs J. Chardy (FRA) / F. Martin (FRA)
ATP – A. Qureshi (PAK) / G. Simon (FRA) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
ATP – H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs [PR] M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Draganja (CRO)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [Alt] B. Bencic (SUI) / S. Vogt (LIE) vs S. Errani (ITA) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
WTA – E. Makarova (RUS) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs [2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE)
WTA – M. Gasparyan (RUS) / M. Niculescu (ROU) vs [WC] M. Puig (PUR) / H. Watson (GBR)
ATP – R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

COURT 10 start 1:00 pm
ATP – D. Marrero (ESP) / B. Paire (FRA) vs [Alt] L. Mayer (ARG) / J. Sousa (POR)
WTA – D. Kasatkina (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN)
WTA – K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs [6] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)

 

 

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Federer Withdraws From Miami Open with Stomach Virus

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(March 25, 2016) MIAMI – Roger Federer has withdrawn from his second round match against Juan Martin del Potro at the Miami Open due to a stomach virus. He is being replaced by lucky loser Horacio Zeballos.

“I am very sorry that I have to pull out of the Miami Open with a stomach virus,” said Federer in a press release from the tournament. “I feel bad for the tournament and the fans as I have rarely ever had to withdraw at such short notice. I have not felt great for a few days and unfortunately it got worse in the last 24 hours.  I was really excited to have my comeback in Miami but I am in no condition to play.  I tried to warm up this morning but it was clear that I could not compete.”

Federer was returning to the tour from surgery on his knee back in early February.

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Roger Federer Meets the Press at Miami Open; Talks About Injury, Equal Prize Money and Doping in Tennis

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Roger Federer Meets the Press at Miami Open; Talks About Injury, Equal Prize Money and Doping in Tennis

(March 24, 2016) Roger Federer gets back on the court on Friday at the Miami Open against Juan Martin Del Potro after undergoing surgery for the first time in his career. The Swiss had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus on his right knee back on February 3.

Federer met the media at the Miami Open on Thursday. He said that his injury was the result of an accident in the bathroom as he was about to draw a bath for his daughters.

“It was a very simple movement, probably a movement I’ve done a million times in my life,” he said. “I made a very simple movement, turned back, heard a click in my knee. Went to the zoo. My leg was swollen.

“Came back and had an MRI done in Switzerland. Saw a doctor right after the MRI. He said I had to have surgery on Tuesday. I did that in Switzerland.

“Here I am seven weeks and two days later. I’m very happy how it went, but clearly that was very sad when I did get the news I did have to have an operation because I thought I was going to get through my career without any. It was a big shock and, yeah, disappointing when I got the news.”

Federer made a surprise decision to play Miami.

“If I feel something tomorrow, I won’t play,” Federer said. “It’s very simple. Expectations are really low, which is nice for a change. Just see where I am, go out there.

“Once you’re out there, you want to win, it’s clear. I’m a competitor. I’m just really pleased I’m back. I didn’t expect myself to be back here so soon after surgery.”

Federer is in favor of equal prize money:

“I mean, I’m all for equal prize money,” he said. “When I was fighting for prize money increases, especially at the slam level, I was always very aware of the fact that it was always going to impact the women’s game, which I was very happy about. Both at the same time were growing.

“But then you have to look at the history of each and every event, where it came from. Some tournaments were a men’s tournament, then the women joined or vice versa, it was a women’s tournament and we joined them.

“It’s sometimes hard to make equal prize money there. It’s up to the tournament director to decide if he wants it to be that way.

“Sure, you could imagine something like that. It’s already happening here, Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid as well, all the slams.

“Yeah, I’m happy that tennis has produced some of the greatest female athletes in the world. I think that’s great. It’s a great platform. Yeah, equal prize money is a good thing.”

Federer was asked about another major tennis topic – Maria Sharapova’s announcement about her failed drug test:

“Clearly I was very surprised,” said the world No. 3. “I thought she was going to announce retirement or something, so I was completely surprised by the news. But it also shows that, you know, also the famous players can get caught in the system that seems to be working.

“I still believe we should keep blood samples for 10 years, store them, let athletes and tennis players know that’s the case. You could be punished retroactively. I’m a big believer in that.

“I’ve been in Dubai now for 10 years there and been tested once. That’s not okay for me.

“I get tested more in Switzerland because the guy from Switzerland lives in my village. He comes sees me the day after my surgery, one week later. In Dubai they’ve only come once, the Asia games. In certain countries maybe the testing is not as serious as in Switzerland. I’d like to see that across the board to be the same way and fair, you know.

“But I think tennis is doing more and more. Sure, it was very disappointing news, to say the least.”

Federer said that he doesn’t think that tennis has a major doping problem:

“I’m naïve maybe in the fact that I believe athletes, I trust what they’re doing. Clearly when they get caught, you turn. You’re like, I can’t believe they tried to do that, forgot about it, whatever.

“I really don’t think there is a major problem. I don’t know many people. All I can talk about is myself. I know what I take. What you take, you’ve got to be sure. That’s why I quadruple check whatever I take because I don’t want to take any chances whatsoever.”

Federer will take to the court in Key Biscayne on Friday afternoon to play another man coming back from injury in Del Potro.

“It’s very exciting, to say the least,” said Federer, who is 15-5 against Del Potro. “I like Juan Martin. We’ve had good matches over the years, Paris, five sets twice, US Open obviously. Other places.

“It’s nice to see him back. I haven’t seen him play at all since he’s been back, so I’m not quite sure what to expect, even though my coach went to see his match yesterday.

“At the end I’m going to focus on my own game tomorrow, my own mind, you know, managing my problems that I’ve had the last few months.

“Yeah, just also enjoy it out there. We’re both in a similar situation. His injury was much, much greater. That’s why I’m really pleased for him that he was able to find a way back onto the tour.”

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Del Potro Victory Sets Up Second Round Match with Federer at Miami Open

 

(March 24, 2016) Juan Martin Del Potro returned to the Miami Open on Wednesday with at 6-0, 7-6(4) win over Argentine countryman Guido Pella. For the 2009 U.S. Open champion, this is just his third event since returning from another surgery on his left wrist. Del Potro played Delray Beach, where he reached the final four and Indian Wells  where he lost in the second round to Tomas Berdych.

Del Potro raced through the first set in less than 30 minutes, but the second set was a much tighter contest. Last year the 27-year-old lost in the first round of Miami and it was his last match of the 2015 season.

Del Potro will take on former Miami Open champion and No. 3 seed Roger Federer, who is back on tour after undergoing arthroscopic surgery early last month to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Del Potro, who defeated Federer to win his lone major, is 5-15 against the Swiss.

On the women’s side, Lucie Hradeka beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 on Wednesday in a first round match. the Czech Hradeka is ranked 85 th in the world, while Canada’s Bouchard, once ranked in the top 10 has seen a reversal of fortune over the past 15 months, is now ranked 45th.

 

 

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, UNITED STATES
21 MARCH – 3 APRIL, 2016

RESULTS – MARCH 23, 2016
Women’s Singles – First Round
C. McHale (USA) d M. Doi (JPN) 62 46 75
C. Garcia (FRA) d M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 26 61 63
C. Witthoeft (GER) d [Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) 62 46 61
V. King (USA) d [Q] L. Domínguez Lino (ESP) 64 64
I. Falconi (USA) d [Q] F. Schiavone (ITA) 75 61
A. Cornet (FRA) d G. Voskoboeva (KAZ) 64 75
Y. Wickmayer (BEL) d K. Knapp (ITA) 62 61
[WC] H. Watson (GBR) d P. Cetkovska (CZE) 61 60
J. Goerges (GER) d N. Hibino (JPN) 76(6) 64
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [Q] S. Crawford (USA) 64 75
[Q] E. Vesnina (RUS) d [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) 75 63
M. Puig (PUR) d [WC] C. Bellis (USA) 46 63 62
[Q] M. Linette (POL) d B. Mattek-Sands (USA) 64 67(7) 63
D. Cibulkova (SVK) d J. Larsson (SWE) 46 61 62
[Q] Kr. Pliskova (CZE) d [WC] P. Badosa Gibert (ESP) 63 63
I. Begu (ROU) d [Q] M. Sakkari (GRE) 61 63
L. Hradecka (CZE) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 64 36 62
[WC] N. Osaka (JPN) d [Q] P. Parmentier (FRA) 62 26 62
T. Babos (HUN) d [Q] A. Tatishvili (USA) 76(2) 62
[Q] K. Bertens (NED) d S. Zheng (CHN) 63 62

Men’s Singles – First Round
K. Edmund (GBR) d J. Vesely (CZE) 64 57 76(6)
V. Pospisil (CAN) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 26 63 76(4)
[Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN) d [LL] J. Donaldson (USA) 63 64
S. Groth (AUS) d V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) 63 62
A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [Q] A. Gonzalez (COL) 57 62 76(3) (saved 1 m.p.)
M. Youzhny (RUS) d E. Gulbis (LAT) 64 62
A. Zverev (GER) d [WC] M. Mmoh (USA) 76(3) 76(4)
R. Ram (USA) d E. Donskoy (RUS) 75 76(7)
[PR] J. Del Potro (ARG) d G. Pella (ARG) 60 76(4)
F. Verdasco (ESP) d G. Muller (LUX) 76(2) 63
I. Cervantes (ESP) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) 64 62
[Q] M. Granollers (ESP) d [Q] B. Fratangelo (USA) 63 75
D. Lajovic (SRB) d [Q] D. Novikov (USA) 61 76(5)
J. Monaco (ARG) d I. Dodig (CRO) 36 63 50 ret.
L. Pouille (FRA) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 75 63
[Q] T. Fritz (USA) d S. Bolelli (ITA) 64 62

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016
STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – A. Seppi (ITA) vs D. Young (USA)
ATP – B. Coric (CRO) vs D. Istomin (UZB)
WTA – [WC] H. Watson (GBR) vs [20] S. Stephens (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs C. Mchale (USA)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – D. Kasatkina (RUS) vs [5] S. Halep (ROU)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs [Q] B. Becker (GER)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
WTA – I. Falconi (USA) vs [8] P. Kvitova (CZE)
ATP – [Q] T. Paul (USA) vs [Q] T. Smyczek (USA)
ATP – P. Mathieu (FRA) vs S. Giraldo (COL)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – R. Nadal (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) vs S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [WC] E. Ymer (SWE) vs F. Delbonis (ARG)

COURT 1 start 10:55 am
ATP – [WC] R. Carballes Baena (ESP) vs A. Bedene (GBR)
WTA – [3] A. Radwanska (POL) vs A. Cornet (FRA)
WTA – V. King (USA) vs [23] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
ATP – H. Chung (KOR) vs D. Kudla (USA)
ATP – [WC] N. Jarry (CHI) vs S. Stakhovsky (UKR)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / I. Olaru (ROU)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – T. Pereira (BRA) vs [16] A. Ivanovic (SRB)
ATP – A. Mannarino (FRA) vs I. Marchenko (UKR)
ATP – N. Mahut (FRA) vs [Q] T. Ito (JPN)
ATP – F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA)
ATP – D. Dzumhur (BIH) vs L. Mayer (ARG)

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
ATP – P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs J. Millman (AUS)
WTA – [12] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs S. Zhang (CHN)
ATP – [PR] B. Baker (USA) vs [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ)
WTA – [26] S. Stosur (AUS) vs J. Goerges (GER)
WTA – C. Witthoeft (GER) vs [15] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
WTA – [30] E. Makarova (RUS) vs L. Tsurenko (UKR)
ATP – [LL] R. Dutra Silva (BRA) vs An. Kuznetsov (RUS)
WTA – [21] A. Petkovic (GER) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
ATP – [Q] P. Herbert (FRA) vs L. Rosol (CZE)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
WTA – [19] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) vs M. Gasparyan (RUS)
WTA – M. Brengle (USA) vs [28] A. Schmiedlova (SVK)
WTA – [11] L. Safarova (CZE) vs Y. Wickmayer (BEL)
WTA – Z. Diyas (KAZ) vs [31] D. Gavrilova (AUS)

COURT 10 start 11:00 am
ATP – D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) vs R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / V. Troicki (SRB)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [5] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs N. Melichar (USA) / A. Spears (USA)
WTA – [4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / D. Jurak (CRO)
ATP – [6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
ATP – D. Marrero (ESP) / B. Paire (FRA) vs D. Goffin (BEL) / J. Tsonga (FRA)
WTA – A. Groenefeld (GER) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [PR] S. Hsieh (TPE) / S. Peng (CHN)
ATP – [8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs J. Isner (USA) / N. Monroe (USA)
WTA – [PR] K. Marosi (HUN) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)

 

 

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Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer to Reach Sixth Australian Open Final

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(January 28, 2016) No. 1 seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated former winner Roger Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to reach his sixth Australian Open final. This marks the 17th straight tournament final, the world No. 1 has reached since last January.

The victory gives Djokovic the edge in his head-to-head record against Federer for the first time at 23-22.

Djokovic started out dominant in the first set, winning it in 22 minutes. The 10-time major winner continued his mastery over his Swiss opponent in the second set in 32 minutes.

Federer came back to win the third set, hitting 18 winners past Djokovic. Federer earned a break of serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. After the conclusion of the third set, tournament organizers closed the roof on Rod Laver Arena.

Djokovic took control of the fourth set breaking Federer in the eighth game, holding serve in the ninth for game, set and match.

“Definitely I’ve played unbelievable the first two sets but that’s what is necessary against Roger,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview. “He’s been playing on a very high level at this tournament and he dropped only one set.

“I came out with the right intensity and executed everything perfectly. The two-set lead was comforting, but it was a battle in the end. At the end of the day, it’s important that your convictions are stronger than your doubts.”

“I’ve seen Novak play this well before,” Federer said. “It’s tough when it’s from the start because obviously you got to try to stop the bleeding at some point, you know. Because he returns very well, like Andre Agassi. He can get one or two sets all of a sudden. Those sets run away very quickly.

“Before you can really sometimes do something, you know, 45 minutes a lot of tennis is being played and it’s tough to get back into it. I found a way. Started to play better myself. Made a bit of a match out of it, which was nice.

“But still disappointed obviously that it didn’t go better tonight.”

Djokovic completed the two-hour and 19-minute match with 33 winners against the No. 3 seed.

Djokovic will play either No. 2 Andy Murray or No. 13 Milos Raonic for a chance to win Melbourne title number six and major title number 11.

“I’m going to enjoy my two days off,” Djokovic said. “I think it’s good for me at this stage. I’ve played a lot of tennis. Actually it’s going to serve me well for my recovery. Tomorrow’s match is going to be interesting to watch. Being in the finals and watching the other semifinals, of course it’s quite a joyful feeling.

“Whoever wins, I’m going to be ready for the great battle.”

 

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Tale of the Tape: Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer Part 45

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(January 27, 2016) The semifinal between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer at the Australian Open on Thursday night will mark the 45th time that these two players have played each other. Here is a look at their head-to-head record.

1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 3 ROGER FEDERER (SUI)

Head-to-head: tied 22-22

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

2015     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         FR        Djokovic          76(1) 67(10) 64 63

2015     Cincinnati-1000             Hard (O)           FR        Federer            76(1) 63

2015     US Open                      Hard (O)          FR        Djokovic          64 57 64 64

2015     ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I)            RR       Federer            75 62

2015     ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I)            FR        Djokovic           63 64

 

This is the 45th 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 47
Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic 45
Ivan Lendl v John McEnroe 36

 

If Djokovic wins today, he will lead each of the other members of the big 5 – Federer, Murray (21-9), Nadal (24-23) and Wawrinka (20-4) – in their previous head-to-heads for the first time. Only 4 players hold a winning record against Djokovic at Tour-level where multiple matches have been played – Fernando Gonzalez (2-1), Ivo Karlovic (2-1), Andy Roddick (5-4) and Marat Safin (2-0).

 

This is Djokovic and Federer’s 15th Grand Slam encounter, extending their record for the most match-ups at the majors:

  No. of GS match-ups Win-loss
Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer 14 Djokovic leads 8-6
Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal 13 Nadal leads 9-4
Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal 11 Nadal leads 9-2
Ivan Lendl v John McEnroe 10 Lendl leads 7-3

 

Both Djokovic and Federer are bidding to reach their 6th Australian Open final and become the first man in the Open Era to reach 6 Australian Open finals.

 

         No. of Australian Open final appearances (Open Era)

Novak Djokovic 5
Stefan Edberg 5
Roger Federer 5
Andre Agassi 4
Ivan Lendl 4
Andy Murray 4
Mats Wilander 4

[NB Andy Murray could reach his 5th AO final if he defeats Raonic in Friday’s semifinal]

Possible final head-to-heads

  Murray Raonic
Djokovic 21-9 5-0
Federer 14-11 9-2

 

 

DJOKOVIC                                      v                                      FEDERER

 

28                                          Age                                          34

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

1                                    ATP Ranking                                    3

60                                         Titles                                         88

212-34                     Career Grand Slam Record                     302-49

10 titles                  Best Grand Slam performance                 17 titles

55-6                         Australian Open Record                        80-12

696-146                              Career Record                             1067-239

459-86                         Career Record – Hard                        664-134

10-0                                  2016 Record                                   8-1

10-0                             2016 Record – Hard                              8-1

26-8                          Career Five-Set Record                         23-19

4                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         9

191-111                      Career Tiebreak Record                      387-211

3-1                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            1-1

 

Road to the Semifinals

DJOKOVIC Time   Time FEDERER
d. Hyeon Chung 63 62 64 1:55 1st round 1:12 d. Nikoloz Basilashvili 62 61 62
d. (WC) Quentin Halys 61 62 76(3) 1:40 2nd round 1:33 d. Alexandr Dolgopolov 63 75 61
d. No. 2 Andreas Seppi 61 75 76(6) 2:21 3rd round 2:40 d. No. 27 Grigor Dimitrov 64 36 61 64
d. No. 14 Gilles Simon 63 67(1) 64 46 63

d. No. 7 Kei Nishikori 63 62 64

4:32

2:07

Round of 16
Quarterfinals
1:28

2:16

d. No. 15 David Goffin 62 61 64

d. No. 6 Tomas Berdych 76(4) 62 64

         
total time on court 12:35 (IBM time) 9:09 total time on court

                                                                            

  • Five-time champion DJOKOVIC is bidding to reach his 5th consecutive Grand Slam final and move into joint-3rd place on the list for the most consecutive major finals reached in the Open Era. Just 2 different men in the Open Era have reached 5 or more consecutive Grand Slam finals.

 

  Player Consecutive Grand Slam finals
1 Roger Federer 10 – 2005 Wimbedon – 2007 US Open
2 Roger Federer 8 – 2008 Roland Garros – 2010 Australian Open
3 Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic??

5 – 2011 Roland Garros – 2012 Roland Garros

5 – 2015 Australian Open – 2016 Australian Open??

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to reach his 19th Grand Slam final and move into equal-3rd place with Ivan Lendl on the all-time list of most appearances in Grand Slam finals.

 

1 Roger Federer?? 28??
2 Rafael Nadal 20
3= Novak Djokovic??

Ivan Lendl

19??

19

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

 

  • Djokovic is through to his 29th Grand Slam semifinal. Every time he has reached the semifinals here he has gone on to win the title. He has an 18-10 win-loss record in his 28 previous Grand Slam semifinals:

 

Grand Slam Semifinal Result Eventual finish
2007 Roland Garros l. Rafael Nadal 75 64 62  
2007 Wimbledon l. Nadal 36 61 4-1 ret. (infected toe blister)  
2007 US Open d. David Ferrer 64 64 63 Runner-up
2008 Australian Open d. Roger Federer 75 63 76(5) Winner
2008 Roland Garros l. Nadal 64 62 76(3)  
2008 US Open l. Federer 63 57 75 62  
2009 US Open l. Federer 76(3) 75 75  
2010 Wimbledon l. Tomas Berdych 63 76(9) 63  
2010 US Open d. Federer 57 61 57 62 75 Runner-up
2011 Australian Open d. Federer 76(3) 75 64 Winner
2011 Roland Garros l. Federer 76(5) 63 36 76(5)  
2011 Wimbledon d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 76(4) 62 67(9) 63 Winner
2011 US Open d. Federer 67(7) 46 63 62 75 Winner
2012 Australian Open d. Andy Murray 63 36 67(4) 61 75 Winner
2012 Roland Garros d. Federer 64 75 63 Runner-up
2012 Wimbledon l. Federer 63 36 64 63  
2012 US Open d. Ferrer 26 61 64 62 Runner-up
2013 Australian Open d. Ferrer 62 62 61 Winner
2013 Roland Garros l. Nadal 64 36 61 67(3) 97  
2013 Wimbledon d. Juan Martin del Potro 75 46 76(2) 67(6) 63 Runner-up
2013 US Open d. Stan Wawrinka 26 76(4) 36 63 64 Runner-up
2014 Roland Garros d. Ernests Gulbis 63 63 36 63 Runner-up
2014 Wimbledon d. Grigor Dimitrov 64 36 76(2) 76(7) Winner
2014 US Open l. Kei Nishikori 64 16 76(4) 63  
2015 Australian Open d. Wawrinka 76(1) 36 64 46 60 Winner
2015 Roland Garros d. Murray 63 63 57 57 61 Runner-up
2015 Wimbledon d. Richard Gasquet 76(2) 64 64 Winner
2015 US Open d. Marin Cilic 60 61 62 Winner
2016 Australian Open v. Federer ??

 

  • Djokovic is bidding to record his 56th match-win at the Australian Open and equal Stefan Edberg in 2nd place on the list for most Australian Open match-wins in the Open Era.
Player Win-loss
Roger Federer
Stefan Edberg

Novak Djokovic

80-12
56-10

55-6

Andre Agassi 48-5
Ivan Lendl 48-10

 

  • The last time the top seed failed to reach the Australian Open final was in 2011, when Nadal lost in the quarterfinals.

 

  • Djokovic has won 15 of his last 16 Tour-level matches against Top 10 opposition. His only defeat in that time came to No. 3 today’s opponent in the round-robin at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals. He has won 12 of his last 13 matches against Top 10 opposition at the Grand Slams, with his only defeat in that time coming against No. 9 Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final.

 

  • Djokovic has reached his 29th Grand Slam semifinal and taken sole ownership of 3rd place on the list for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances in the Open Era.

 

                                                 Grand Slam semifinals reached (Open Era)

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

 

  • Djokovic has reached his 6th Australian Open semifinal and moved into joint-4th position on the table for most appearances in the last 4 here in the Open Era.

 

               Australian Open semifinals reached (Open Era)

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

Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray

6

6

6

Pete Sampras

Mats Wilander

5

5

                                                            

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

 

  • Djokovic is on a 13-match winning streak in Tour-level matches. He hasn’t lost a match since he was defeated by today’s opponent in the round-robin at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals. He still went on to win the title there as well as at Doha. His longest winning streak came in 2011, when he won 43 matches in a row.

 

  • Djokovic is on an 19-match Grand Slam winning streak. He has not lost a Grand Slam match since he was defeated by Wawrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final. His longest Grand Slam match-winning streak is 27, which took in the titles at 2011 Wimbledon, the 2011 US Open and the 2012 Australian Open, and a runner-up finish at 2012 Roland Garros.

 

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

 

  • Last year here Djokovic won his 5th Australian Open title, defeating Murray 76(5) 67(4) 63 60 in the final. He also won the titles here in 2008 (d. Tsonga), 2011 (d. Murray), 2012 (d. Nadal) and 2013 (d. Murray). This is his 12th Australian Open and his 45th Grand Slam overall.

 

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

 

  • Djokovic won 11 titles in 15 finals in 2015 and in so doing finished the year with a prize money haul of $21,592,125. He finished the year ranked No. 1 for the 4th time after winning his 4th consecutive ATP World Tour Finals crown.

 

  • Djokovic warmed up for the 2016 Australian Open by winning his 60th career singles title at Doha (d. Nadal).

 

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

 

  • 4-time Australian Open champion FEDERER is bidding to become the 3rd different man in the Open Era to reach the Australian Open final aged 34 or over. At 34 years 176 days, he would become the 4th oldest Australian Open finalist overall:

                                       Oldest men to reach Australian Open final (Open Era)

Age Player Year
37 years 62 days Ken Rosewall 1972
36 years 306 days Mal Anderson 1972
36 years 73 days Ken Rosewall 1971
34 years 176 days Roger Federer 2016??

N.B. Player ages are calculated at the end of the tournament

 

  • Federer is also looking to reach his 28th Grand Slam final, and extend the all-time record that he took sole ownership of at 2009 Wimbledon. Federer has a 27-11 win-loss record in Grand Slam semifinals and a 5-6 win-loss record in semifinals here:

Grand Slam finals reached (all-time)

Player No. of GS finals
Roger Federer 28??
Rafael Nadal 20
Novak Djokovic

Ivan Lendl

19??

19

 

  • Federer is looking to record his 10th victory over a player ranked No. 1. His most recent victory over a No. 1 ranked player came against today’s opponent in the round-robin at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals. He has a 9-18 win-loss record against No. 1 players overall and a 1-7 record against them at the majors. His only victory over a No. 1 player at a Grand Slam came against today’s opponent in the semifinals at 2012 Wimbledon.

 

Federer’s win-loss record v No. 1 ranked players

Novak Djokovic 5-10
Rafael Nadal 2-6
Lleyton Hewitt 1-3
Andy Roddick 1-0
Juan Carlos Ferrero 0-1

 

  • Federer is looking to win his first semifinal here since 2010. Six of his 11 Grand Slam semifinal defeats have come at Melbourne Park:

 

                               Federer’s Australian Open semifinal appearances

Grand Slam Opponent Result
2004 Juan Carlos Ferrero Won 64 61 64
2005 Marat Safin Lost 57 64 57 76(6) 97
2006 Nicolas Kiefer Won 63 57 60 62
2007 Andy Roddick Won 64 60 62
2008 Novak Djokovic Lost 75 63 76(5)
2009 Andy Roddick Won 62 75 75
2010 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Won 62 63 62
2011 Novak Djokovic Lost 76(3) 75 64
2012 Rafael Nadal Lost 67(5) 62 76(5) 64
2013 Andy Murray Lost   64 67(5) 63 67(2) 62
2014 Rafael Nadal Lost 76(4) 63 63
2016 Novak Djokovic ???

 

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

 

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

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

 

  • Federer has reached his 39th Grand Slam semifinal and extended the record he broke at 2012 Wimbledon for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances:

                                                 Grand Slam semifinals reached (Open Era)

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

 

  • Federer is bidding to record his 81st match-win at Melbourne Park and extend his win-loss record at the Australian Open, his most successful Grand Slam event in terms of matches won.

 

  Titles won Win-loss record Finals reached
Australian Open 4 80-12 6??
Roland Garros 1 65-16 5
Wimbledon 7 79-10 10
US Open 5 78-11 7

 

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

 

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

              

Most Open Era Grand Slam match-wins

Roger Federer 302-49
Jimmy Connors 233-49
Andre Agassi 224-53
Ivan Lendl 222-49
Novak Djokovic 212-34
Pete Sampras 203-38
Rafael Nadal 198-30

Active players in bold. (Through quarterfinals at the 2016 Australian Open)

 

  • Federer is looking to close the gap on Martina Navratilova for the most Grand Slam singles match-wins by a man or woman. Navratilova has a 306-49 win-loss record at the Grand Slams, ahead of Chris Evert (299-37) and Serena Williams (290-40).

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 *All statistics come from the Grand Slam Media at the Australian Open

 

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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer Set Up Semifinal Clash at the Australian Open

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(January 26, 2016) Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will clash in the semifinals of the Australian Open as both men advanced with straight set victories on Tuesday.

The No. 3 seed Federer moved into his 12th Australian Open semifinal beating Tomas Berdych 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-4. No. 1 seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic bested No. 7 seed Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the night session in Rod Laver Arena.

“I think I played well overall,” said the 17-time major champion. “You know, wished maybe I didn’t get a break here or there. At the same time Tomas was pushing for it, he was looking for it, so clearly it can happen.

“He’s got a lot of power. He knows how to do it. So I was happy that on both occasions, first and third, I was able to react quickly. The second set, when I did have the break, I was able to roll with it.

“Yeah, I think the first set was tough. It was the one that took the longest, had the most importance of all the sets, in my opinion. It was definitely key to the rest of the match because I think it maybe might’ve taken some energy out of Tomas. Who knows? If not physical, also mental. It’s always tough to lose the first set in best of five in a breaker in my opinion.”

The match was the 80th win at the Australian Open for Federer. He became the oldest player at 34, since Colin Dibley at 35 to reach the semifinals at Melbourne.

Djokovic is hoping to win the tournament for a record sixth time – only Rod Laver has accomplished that feat.

For the 28-year-old Djokovic this will be his 29th Grand Slam semifinal and sixth in Melbourne. The Serbian has gone on to win the tournament the each of the five previous times he’s reached the final four.

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Federer was asked about what it would mean to him to win one more major in the “Djokovic” era: “I mean, a lot, yeah. It’s part of the reason why I guess I’m still playing. I feel like I’m competitive at the top. I can beat all the guys on tour. It’s nice now that in the last three slams that I’ve been as consistent as I have been.

“I’m playing good tennis, fun tennis for me anyway. I really enjoy being able to come to the net more like back in the day. So I’m very pleased.

“It would mean a lot to me, no doubt about it.”

“Roger is playing really terrific tennis in last two years,” Djokovic said as he’ll play the Swiss for the 45th time in his career on Thursday. “We played two Grand Slam finals last year. I know very well how good he plays, especially in the later stages of a major event.

“He always makes you play your best. My best is what is going to be necessary to win against him. Hopefully I’ll be able to deliver.”

 

“It’s obvious that he’s a very complete player. He’s trying lately to come to the net more, kind of shorten up the rallies. I mean, he definitely has the game for that. He’s got a great variation from the backhand side with the slice, short slice. He’s got great defense, amazing offense. He’s very complete. He puts constant pressure on the opponent. You have to be aware at all times. You got to be tough. You got to be concentrated.”

Djokovic and Federer are tied in their head-to-head record at 22-22.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“It always makes tough player.”

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

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

“Yeah. I’m ready to beat him again.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova Reach Milestones with Wins at Australian Open

 

(January 22, 2016) Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova reached milestones on Friday at the Australian Open. Federer became the first male player to post 300 wins in majors with his 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over 27th seed Grigor Dimitrov. The four-time Australian Open champion trails Martina Navratilova who leads overall with 306 victories at majors.

“It’s very exciting, I must tell you,” Federer said. “Like when I reached 1,000 last year, it was a big deal for me. Not something I ever aimed for or looked for, but when it happens, it’s very special. Yeah, you look deeper into it, I guess, where it’s all happened and how. Yeah, so it’s very nice. I’m very happy.”

The Swiss who currently sits at No. 3 in the world is now 5-0 against the Bulgarian Dimitrov. Federer hit 48 winners against Dimitrov.

Federer faces No. 15 David Goffin for a spot in the quarterfinals.

No. 5 and 2008 Melbourne champion Maria Sharapova became just the seventh woman in the Open Era to post 600 match-wins when she held off American Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-0 in a third round match.

“Wow. I’ve won 600 matches?” Sharapova asked, in her on-court interview. “Is this like a friendly reminder that I’m getting old?”

She told media: “I think it’s a proud number. I’ve played for many years. I don’t think about those numbers until I finish the match and someone does mention it. I think it’s a good fact that I’ve been able to win that many matches.”

The Russian was up a set and a break when the American began to turn the match around.

“I felt like I made it a little bit more difficult than I should have,” said the five-time major champion. “I definitely had a letup at 2-1, 30-Love. You know, felt like I was hitting the ball well, doing the right things to get in that position, then let up. In a Grand Slam environment against anyone you can’t expect to get away with it, and I didn’t in the second set.

“But overall really happy with how I came out in the third and stepped up, considering it’s been, you know, many weeks since I’ve been in that position. So I was happy with the way I finished.”

Sharapova will take on No. 12 Belinda Bencic in the fourth round. The Swiss defeated Kateryna Bondarenko 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska had a competitive first set and then dominated the second set to take down Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig 6-4, 6-0. The woman from Poland has reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open for the sixth straight year.

Radwanska will take on Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany next, who upset 13th seed Roberta Vinci 0-6, 6-4, 6-4. Vinci ended Serena Williams’ bid for a calendar Grand Slam when she defeated the world No. 1 in the semifinals of the U.S. Open.

 

On the men’s side, seventh seed Kei Nishikori had to take a medical time out for his wrist, but reached the fourth round at the Australian Open with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 26 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

“It was little bit sore in the beginning, but after the treatment it was fine,” Nishikori said. “I’m sure it’s going to be okay. Yeah, it was a really tough match. There was many long rallies.

“I have to give a lot of credit to him, because he was hitting really hard. I thought he was going to hit more spin, but he was hitting a lot of flat balls and it was going in.

“So it was, you know, tough to play. But I start playing much better in the third and fourth. I tried to dictate little more, tried to step in and use more forehands, and I think I able to come in many times today.”

The 2014 U.S. Open finalist will play the 2008 Australian Open finalist – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4).

Tsonga says that he expects a tough battle from Nishikori as always.

“Every time we played, it was a good fight,” Tsonga said. “We have a different style. Anyway, yeah, it’s going to be good I think – for spectator, for sure. For us, we’ll see.”

No. 15 David Goffin beat No. 19 Dominic Thiem 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5 for his first victory against a Top 20 player at a major.

More to follow…

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