May 27, 2017

Former Indian Wells Champions Djokovic, Nadal and Federer Move into Third Round with Straight Set Victories

Novak Djokovic

(March 12, 2017) Five-time BNP Paribas Open champion and No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic, rebounded from a 2-5 deficit in the second set to hold off Britain’s Kyle Edmund 6-4, 7-6(5) in the second round on Sunday. The 29-year-old Serb who holds 12 majors, broke Edmund as he was serving for the second set at 5-3. The 22-year-old Edmund had points for a two-break lead at 3-0 in the second but could not break.

“First match played, already a big test,” said Djokovic.

The win for Djokovic sets up a clash with 31st seed Juan Martin del Potro, a rematch of the first round the Rio Olympic Games, in which Del Potro upset Djokovic. The Argentine beat his countryman Federico Delbonis 7-6(5), 6-3 earlier in the day. The highlight of the match was a “tweener” lob winner hit by the 2013 Indian Wells finalist Del Potro.

“Last season I had played even better than what I expected, [after] my injuries,” said del Potro. I’m looking forward to keep going up in the rankings this year, trying to get closer to the top guys. If I stay healthy and I can play the same level as last year, I think I will be close to that goal.”

 

Djokovic is seeking his sixth title in the desert and his 31st overall master Series title to extend his leading record.

 

No. 5 seed and three-time winner Rafael Nadal had an easy 6-3, 6-2 win over Guido Pella of Argentina. The Spaniard will take on countryman Fernando Verdasco in the third round.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal said that he tried to play solid.  “I tried to find the rhythm, and I think I did. For moments I played well; for moments I played a little bit less well. The important thing is I won, and I won in straight sets. I had some good feelings for a lot of moments.”

“I haven’t played one very bad match during the whole season,” continued Nadal. “I played some great matches. In Melbourne, I played some great matches. In Acapulco, I played well. In Brisbane, I played well. Let’s see here. I’m very happy with the way I started the season. Now here is another opportunity. I know I have a very tough draw, and let’s see.”

Roger Federer

Ninth seed Roger Federer had no problems with Stephane Robert dominating the Frenchman 6-2, 6-1 in 51 minutes.  Federer was five for five on break point chances. The 35-year-old Swiss, who is a four-time champion, will face American Steve Johnson the round of 32.

 

Also advancing on the men’s side were No. 4 Kei Nishikori, No. 12 Grigor Dimitrov No. 14 Lucas Pouille, No. 15 Nick Kyrgios, No. 17 Jack Sock, No. 18 Alexander Zverev No. 24 Steve Johnson, No. 25 Gilles Muller, No. 26 Fernando Verdasco.

Taylor Fritz (c)USTA/Pete Staples

The biggest upset on the day on the men’s side was 19-year-old American wildcard Taylor Fritz stunned No. 6 seed Marin Cilic 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Other seeded men who lost on Sunday were No. 23 Sam Querrey and Marcel Granollers (32).

 

In women’s action the biggest upset came when 21st seed Caroline Garcia of France defeated No. 11 seed Johanna Konta of Great Britain 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1).

No. 7 seed and current French Open champion Garbine Muguruza held off American teenage wildcard Kayla Day 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. Day, last year’s U.S. Open Girls’ champion is currently ranked 175 in the world.

Muguruza said during her on-court interview after the match: “She’s very young and has a great future. She reminds me a little of me, when I was super motivated and playing very good.”

“Obviously I was pretty upset after my match, because it didn’t go the way I wanted it in the end,” Day said to media. “But if you look at the big picture, I was able to push a Top 10 player really far.”

 

Other winners on the day included No. 3 seed Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elina Svitolina, and No. 15 Timea Bacsinszky.

 

 

More to follow….

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Roger Federer Loses to Qualifier Evgeny Donskoy in Dubai

Evgeny Donskoy

(March 1, 2017) DUBAI, UAE:  Seven-time champion Roger Federer lost to 116th– ranked  qualifier Evgeny Donskoy 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-6 (5) on Wednesday. It is his earliest defeat in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships since he was beaten by Andy Murray in the first round in 2008. It is also only the third time since 2007 that he has lost to a qualifier. Federer led 5-2 in the final set and lost four straight games. Federer led 5-1 in the third set tiebreak and lost the next six straight points.

 

“Maybe it wasn’t really committed enough, I think,” said Federer. “Commitment in tennis is a big thing. In the first round I was. Today I wasn’t, really. That sort of is a feeling you get and it trickles in an entire game. I thought I returned way better in the first round. Today I really struggled on the return. I didn’t quite really time it well. Yeah, timing I thought was off for me today. Legs also felt slower out here tonight. I felt tired all day. I tried to get myself in shape, and, you know, like warm up properly, do all the things I always do, regardless if it’s a first round or a final.

 

“There’s no excuses there. I just think it’s still the beginning of the comeback and gotta take the positives out of, you know, playing again a tournament where I feel I’m quite healthy and I’m happy I got over the (groin) injury I sustained at the Australian Open. Maybe didn’t allow me to practice as much as I was hoping to in Switzerland, but at the same time also needed the rest. (But) there was also no problem there, really. I came early. I was perfectly prepared. It’s just a tough loss tonight. So many chances. It was crazy.”

 

Donskoy revealed that with his coach absent this week he is being helped by former two-time Dubai finalist Mikhail Youzhny, and said, “It was really tough in the beginning, because it was too much pressure. I mean, I felt it on myself, because it’s Roger, and I never even practice with him. So it was tough. And that many people. I’m used to playing on centre court and many people, but Roger is different moment. And then, like, when you winning some games then you start to think, like, okay. I was saying to myself, like, do your legs lower, because if I stand up I getting so much mistake. That’s what I said to myself.”

 

World No. 1 Andy Murray reached the quarterfinals with an easy win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2 ,6-0. But fifth seed and two-time finalist Tomas Berdych and sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut lost. Berdych lost3-6, 6-3,6-4 against Robin Haase, and Bautista Agut lost a two hour 25-minute battle with Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

 

“When I got the early break, pretty much was almost 30 minutes in and we’d only played four games. Mentally, that was important for me, you know, to be up at that stage,” said Murray. “It could have gone either way, obviously, first few games. But being up at that stage helped, and then I loosened up a bit after that and played really well.

 

“It was way better than how I played at the beginning of the year, that’s for sure. You know, playing aggressive, feeling more solid, and when I’m in position to dictate the points I’m doing it, moving forward. I hit my forehand very well last couple of matches. I served better today. It’s been a good start. Obviously matches will get tougher, but I’m much happier with how I’m playing.”

 

Fourth seed Gael Monfils was also stretched by Daniel Evans but won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, and recent Marseille finalist and number seven seed Lucas Pouille eased past qualifier Marius Copil 6-1, 6-4. Damir Dzumhur followed up his defeat of defending champion Stan Wawrinka by beating Marcel Granollers, recovering from 1-4 in the second set to take the next five games and claim a 6-3, 6-4 victory, and Philipp Kohlschreiber earned a single break in each set to defeat Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4.

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Dubai, U.A.E.

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 1 MARCH 2016

Singles – Second Round
[1] A. Murray (GBR) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 62 60
[Q] E. Donskoy (RUS) d [3] R. Federer (SUI) 36 76(7) 76(5) – saved 3 m.p.
[4] G. Monfils (FRA) d D. Evans (GBR) 64 36 61
R. Haase (NED) d [5] T. Berdych (CZE) 36 63 64
F. Verdasco (ESP) d [6] [WC] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 64 36 75
[7] L. Pouille (FRA) d [Q] M. Copil (ROU) 61 64
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d D. Medvedev (RUS) 64 64
D. Dzumhur (BIH) d M. Granollers (ESP) 63 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d D. Evans (GBR) / G. Muller (LUX) 76(1) 64
R. Bopanna (IND) / M. Matkowski (POL) d F. Mergea (ROU) / V. Troicki (SRB) 63 64

Doubles – First Round
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / F. Mayer (GER) d L. Pouille (FRA) / F. Verdasco (ESP) w/o (Pouille: bicep strain)
G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / L. Paes (IND) d [Q] J. Cerretani (USA) / P. Oswald (AUT) 62 64

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 2 MARCH 2016

CENTRE COURT start 3:00 pm
R. Haase (NED) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH)
F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [4] G. Monfils (FRA)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] A. Murray (GBR) vs P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
[Q] E. Donskoy (RUS) vs [7] L. Pouille (FRA)

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / L. Paes (IND) vs [3] D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
After Suitable Rest – [4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / F. Mayer (GER)

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Roger Federer Defeats Rafael Nadal To Win Australian Open for 18th Major Championship

 

 

(January 29, 2017) No. 17 seed Roger Federer defeated No. 9 seed Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to win his fifth Australian Open title, his 18th major championship.

 

The 35-year-old Swiss rallied from 1-3 down in the final set, winning the last five straight games to close out the match. This was the first time that Federer had ever beaten the Spaniard at the Australian Open, losing three times before.

 

Winning a major as the 17th seed, equals 14-time major winner Pete Sampras, who won his last major as the 17th seed at the 2002 U. S. Open.

Federer also is the first to win a major, beating four Top Ten players along the way since 1982. He beat (10) Tomas Berdych in the third round, (5) Kei Nishikori in the fourth round, (4) Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals and (9) Rafael Nadal in the final.

 

Each of the first four sets swayed with whoever broke serve. Federer took a medical time out, off court after the fourth set. However in the fifth set Nadal took a 3-1 lead and never won another game in the match.

With the victory, Federer will move up to No. 10 in the world and the 30-year-old Nadal will climb to No. 6.

“For me it’s all about the comeback, about an epic match with Rafa again,” Federer said in his news conference. Doing it here in Australia, that I’m so thankful to Peter Carter and Tony Roche, and just people… I guess my popularity here, their support, that I can still do it at my age after not having won a slam for almost five years.

“That’s what I see. The last problem is the slam count. Honestly, it doesn’t matter.”

“I told myself to play free. That’s what we discussed with Ivan and Severin before the matches. You play the ball, you don’t play the opponent. Be free in your head, be free in your shots, go for it. The brave will be rewarded here. I didn’t want to go down just making shots, seeing forehands rain down on me from Rafa. I think it was the right decision at the right time.

“I had opportunities early on in the fifth, as well, to get back on even terms. I could have been left disappointed there and accepted that fact. I kept on fighting. I kept on believing, like I did all match long today, that there was a possibility I could win this match.

“I think that’s what made me play my best tennis at the very end the match, which was actually surprising to me. I went through a little bit of a lull in the fourth and the beginning of the fifth set.
 

“It was a long shot for both men reaching the final as both men were coming back to the tour from injuries. Federer was off the tour for six months to rehabilitate his knee, while Nadal took off the last few months due to a wrist injury.”

“I think have been a great match,” said Nadal. “I enjoy to be part of it. I fight to try to have the trophy with me. I had some chances in the fifth with break up.

“But is true that after I had the break, he played very aggressive, hitting a lot of great shots. So was tough to hold the serve every time, no?

“I had the chance to keep holding the serve. If I hold that one, you never know. You are two games, just two games away. But I didn’t, so…

“Well, that’s it, no? I believe that he played super aggressive during the whole match. Tough chances to play the way I wanted to play. But still like this, I played, I think, with the right attitude, trying to do my things, fighting for every ball.

“Is true that probably remain a little bit of speed today compared to the last day in my legs probably, little bit. But that’s normal after what happened one day and a half ago.

“Like this I think I tried. I didn’t play bad. But is true was difficult to play a lot because he really went for the shots, almost for every shots.”

Federer was asked about his great rivalry with Nadal: “We go furthest back, you know. Novak also has been one of my biggest rivals. So have Roddick and Hewitt. I don’t like to leave anybody out, to be honest. But I’m sure I’ve left a couple out. They know who they are.

“But Rafa definitely has been very particular in my career. I think he made me a better player. Him and a couple more players have done the most to do that to me because the way his game stacks up with me, it’s a tricky one. I’ve said that openly. It remains for me the ultimate challenge to play against him. So it’s definitely very special.

“I said that also before the finals: if I were to win against Rafa, it would be super special and very sweet because I haven’t beaten him in a Grand Slam final for a long, long time now. Last time I guess was 2007 at Wimbledon in a five-setter. Now I was able to do it again.

“We’re both on a comeback. Like I said on the court, it would have been nice for both of us to win, but there’s no draws in tennis. It’s brutal sometimes.

“He should be happy. I would have been happy again to be in the finals, like I said on the court. I think this one will take more time to sink in. When I go back to Switzerland, I’ll think, Wow.

“The magnitude of this match is going to feel different. I can’t compare this one to any other one except for maybe the French Open in ’09. I waited for the French Open, I tried, I fought. I tried again and failed. Eventually I made it. This feels similar”

 

“At the end of the day is another title, ” said Nadal. “There is a winner, there is a loser. In these kind of matches, anyone can”win. Being honest, in these kind of matches, I won a lot of times against him. Today he beat me. Just congratulate him. Is not more than another important title for him, another important two weeks for me. Even if didn’t finish the way that I wanted, have been an important two weeks for me.

“The only thing that I can do is congratulate him and go back home with very positive feelings for me.
Federer last won in Melbourne in 2010. The win sets for biggest gap between claiming Australian Open titles.”

 

 

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Fedal XXXV – Tale of the Tape – Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal

2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 14 MEN’S NOTES

Sunday 29 January

 

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at 2010 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

Singles Final

9 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) v NO. 17 ROGER FEDERER (SUI)

This is the 105th edition of the Australian Championships, which began in 1905, as well as being the 49th Australian Open and the 196th Grand Slam tournament of the Open Era. Melbourne Park has hosted the tournament for the 30th year. It was first played here in 1988, when the venue was known as Flinders Park.

(Seed) Player Country Age Ranking Best Australian Open performance Best Grand Slam performance
(9) Rafael Nadal ESP 30 9 W 2009 14 Grand Slam titles
(17) Roger Federer SUI 35 17 W 2004, 2006-07, 10 17 Grand Slam titles

 

 

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

 

 
AUD$
ATP Ranking Points
Champion 3,700,000 2000
Finalist 1,850,000 1200

ATP Rankings update…

If he wins the title, Federer will re-enter the Top 10, at No. 10, when the new ATP Rankings are released on Monday 30 January. If Nadal wins, he will rise to No. 4. By reaching the final here, Federer has ensured he will climb to No. 14, while Nadal has ensured he will move up to No. 6.

 

 

Who has the advantage?
For 5 out of the past 9 years, the man who played his semifinal second has been the one who won the final, so recent history would suggest that Nadal has the slight advantage in winning the 2017 Australian Open title.

Record-breakers
Federer is looking to become the first man in history to win 5 or more titles at 3 different Grand Slam events. He has won a total of 4 Australian Opens, 7 Wimbledons, 5 US Opens and one Roland Garros. Victory today would also see him take sole ownership of 3rd place on the list for most Australian Open titles and close the gap on Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson, who have each won 6 Australian titles.

 

Nadal is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era – and only the 3rd man in history – to win each of the 4 Grand Slam titles twice. Emerson and Rod Laver are the only players to have won each Grand Slam on 2 or more occasions. [NB while Laver completed the feat in 1969, some of the titles were won before the start of the Open Era].

 

The winner of today’s match will set the record for the longest wait between Australian Open titles in the Open Era. Nadal is bidding to end an 8-year wait for the Australian Open crown and win here for the for the first time since 2009, while Federer is looking to end a 7-year wait and win here for the first time since 2010. The longest gap between winning Australian Open titles in the Open Era is 5 years – Boris Becker (1991 and 1996) and Andre Agassi (1995 and 2000). The longest gap between winning a Grand Slam title in the Open Era at the same event is 8 years – Jimmy Connors won Wimbledon in 1974 and again in 1982.

 

Head-to-head: Nadal leads 23-11

2004     AMS Miami                   Hard (O)           R32      Nadal                63 63

2005     AMS Miami                   Hard (O)           FR        Federer             26 67(4) 76(5) 63 61

2005     Roland Garros             Clay (O)            SF        Nadal               63 46 64 63

2006     Dubai                           Hard (O)           FR        Nadal                26 64 64

2006     AMS Monte Carlo          Clay(O)             FR        Nadal                62 67(2) 63 76(5)

2006     AMS Rome                   Clay (O)            FR        Nadal                67(0) 76(5) 64 26 76(5)

2006     Roland Garros             Clay (O)            FR        Nadal               16 61 64 76(4)

2006     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         FR        Federer            60 76(5) 67(2) 63

2006     Tennis Masters Cup      Hard (I)             SF        Federer             64 75

2007     AMS Monte Carlo          Clay (O)            FR        Nadal                64 64

2007     AMS Hamburg              Clay (O)            FR        Federer             26 62 60

2007     Roland Garros             Clay (O)            FR        Nadal               63 46 63 64

2007     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         FR        Federer            76(7) 46 76(3) 26 62

2007     Tennis Masters Cup      Hard (I)             SF        Federer             64 61

2008     AMS Monte Carlo          Clay (O)            FR        Nadal                75 75

2008     AMS Hamburg              Clay(O)             FR        Nadal                75 67(3) 63

2008     Roland Garros             Clay (O)            FR        Nadal               61 63 60

2008     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         FR        Nadal               64 64 67(5) 67(8) 97

2009     Australian Open           Hard (O)           FR        Nadal               75 36 76(3) 36 62

2009     Madrid-1000                  Clay (O)            FR        Federer             64 64

2010     Madrid-1000                  Clay (O)            FR        Nadal                64 76(5)

2010     ATP World Tour Finals   Hard (I)             FR        Federer             63 36 61

2011     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           SF        Nadal                63 62

2011     Madrid-1000                  Clay (O)            SF        Nadal                57 61 63

2011     Roland Garros             Clay (O)            FR        Nadal               75 76(3) 57 61

2011     ATP World Tour Finals   Hard (I)             RR        Federer             63 60

2012     Australian Open          Hard (O)           SF        Nadal               67(5) 62 76(5) 64

2012     Indian Wells-1000          Hard (O)           SF        Federer             63 64

2013     Indian Wells-1000          Hard (O)           QF        Nadal                64 62

2013     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)            FR        Nadal                61 63

2013     Cincinnati-1000              Hard (O)           QF        Nadal                57 64 63

2013     ATP World Tour Finals   Hard (I)             SF        Nadal                75 63

2014     Australian Open           Hard (O)           SF        Nadal               76(4) 63 63

2015     Basel                            Hard (I)             FR        Federer             63 57 63

 

This is Nadal and Federer’s 12th Grand Slam encounter, putting them in 3rd place for the most matches played at the majors in the Open Era.

           Most Grand Slam match-ups (Open Era)

Players No. of match-ups Win-loss
Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic

 

15 Djokovic leads 9-6
Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal

 

13 Nadal leads 9-4
Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal 12 Nadal leads 9-2
Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray 10 Djokovic leads 8-2
Ivan Lendl v John McEnroe 10 Lendl leads 7-3

 

This is the 9th meeting between these 2 players in a Grand Slam final which extends their lead for the most match-ups in a Grand Slam final in the Open Era.

 

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

Head-to-head Grand Slam final meetings
Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal 9
Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray

7

7

Andre Agassi v Pete Sampras

Ivan Lendl v Mats Wilander

5

5

Nadal has won 6 of their previous 8 Grand Slam final meetings – including here in 2009, when he won in 5 sets to win his only title at the Australian Open.

 

This is the 35th meeting between Federer and Nadal. This is the joint 6th-most matches played in a head-to-head at Tour-level in the Open Era:

 

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal 49
Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic 45
Ivan Lendl v John McEnroe 36
Jimmy Connors v Ivan Lendl 36
Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray 36
Jimmy Connors v John McEnroe 35
Boris Becker v Stefan Edberg 35
Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal 35

 

Federer ended a 5-match losing streak against Nadal in their most recent meeting, the final at 2015 Basel. Last year was the first year since the pair’s first meeting in 2004 that they have not contested at least one match.

 

Nadal is on a 6-match winning streak against Federer at the Grand Slams, having not lost to the Swiss at a major since falling in 5 sets in the final at 2007 Wimbledon. Federer has won just two of their 11 previous meetings at the Grand Slams.

 

Of the pair’s 34 previous meetings, 21 have been finals. Nadal leads the head-to-head in finals 14-7.

 

Nadal leads the hard court head-to-head 9-7, and has won all 3 of their meetings at the Australian Open. As well defeating Federer in the final here in 2009, he also won their semifinal encounters in 2012 and 2014.

 

Nadal is one of just 3 active players who have had more than one career meeting with Federer to hold a winning head-to-head – the others are Djokovic (23-22) and Dominic Thiem (2-1).
Federer has a losing head-to-head against just 4 players at the Grand Slams where multiple matches have been played – Nadal, Alex Corretja (0-2), Arnaud Clement (1-2) and Djokovic (6-9).

 

Federer is aiming to win his 18th Grand Slam singles title and extend his all-time record for the most Grand Slams won. Nadal is bidding to win his 15th major title and claim sole ownership of 2nd place on the all-time list.

 

Grand Slam titles won

Roger Federer 17
Rafael Nadal

Pete Sampras

14

14

Novak Djokovic

Roy Emerson

12

12

Bjorn Borg

Rod Laver

11

11

Bill Tilden 10

 

By reaching his 6th Australian Open final, Federer has become the 2nd man in the Open Era to reach 6 Australian Open finals after Novak Djokovic. Nadal has moved into joint-5th position on the list after reaching his 4th final here.

 

                       No. of Australian Open final appearances (Open Era)

Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer

6

6

Stefan Edberg

Andy Murray

5

5

Andre Agassi

Rafael Nadal

Ivan Lendl

Mats Wilander

4

4

4

4

 

Federer is through to his 28th Grand Slam final, extending the all-time record that he took sole ownership of at 2009 Wimbledon. By reaching the final here, Nadal has tied Djokovic in 2nd place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam finals reached with 21.

 

Grand Slam finals reached (all-time)

Player No. of GS finals
Roger Federer 28
Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal

21

21

Ivan Lendl 19

 

Federer is looking to claim his first hard court title since defeating Nadal to win 2015 Basel and his 61st hard court title overall. He is aiming to extend his record for most hard court titles won in the Open Era. Nadal – who last won a hard court title at 2014 Doha – has won a total of 16 hard court titles, the 4th highest among active players (behind Federer, Djokovic and Murray).

Hard court title leaders (Open Era)

Player No. of hard court titles
Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic

Andre Agassi

Pete Sampras

Andy Murray

60

51

46

36

32

Active players in bold

 

This is just the 5th occasion in the Open Era that a Grand Slam final has been contested by a pair of 30-somethings. The last time 2 players aged 30 or over contested a final at a major was at the 2002 US Open when 31-year-old Pete Sampras defeated 32-year-old Andre Agassi to win the title. The last time it happened here was in 1972, when 37-year-old Ken Rosewall defeated 36-year-old Mal Anderson.

 

With 36-year-old Venus Williams and 35-year old Serena Williams contesting the women’s singles final, this is the first Grand Slam in the Open Era where all 4 singles finalists have been aged 30 or over.

 

With No. 9 Nadal and No. 17 Federer through to the final here, the winner of today’s match will be the lowest-ranked man to win the Australian Open since No. 18 Thomas Johansson won the title here in 2002.

 

Road to the Final

NADAL Time   Time FEDERER
d. Florian Mayer 63 64 64 2:04 1st round 2:06 d. (Q) Jurgen Melzer 75 36 62 62
d. Marcos Baghdatis 63 61 63 2:13 2nd round 2:03 d. (Q) Noah Rubin 75 63 76(3)
d. No. 24 Alexander Zverev 46 63 67(5) 63 62 4:06 3rd round 1:30 d. No. 10 Tomas Berdych 62 64 64
d. No. 6 Gael Monfils 63 63 46 64

d. No. 3 Milos Raonic 64 76(7) 64
d. No. 15 Grigor Dimitrov 63 57 76(5) 67(4) 64

2:56

2:44

4:56

Round of 16
Quarterfinals

Semifinals

3:24

1:32

3:05

d. No. 5 Kei Nishikori 67(4) 64 61 46 63

d. Mischa Zverev 61 75 62

d. No. 4 Stan Wawrinka 75 63 16 46 63

         
total time on court 18:59  (IBM time) 13:40 total time on court

 

NADAL                                         v                                       FEDERER

 

30                                          Age                                          35

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

9                                    ATP Ranking                                   17

78,737,293                     Career Earnings (US$)                      98,830,819

69                                         Titles                                         88

209-31                     Career Grand Slam Record                     313-51

14 titles                       Best Grand Slam Result                      17 titles

51-10                        Australian Open Record                        86-13

814-175                              Career Record                             1086-245

389-118                        Career Record – Hard                         670-135

8-1                                   2017 Record                                   6-0

8-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              6-0

19-8                          Career Five-Set Record                         26-20

3                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                        10

202-133                      Career Tiebreak Record                       396-216

2-2                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            1-1

 

 

  • 2009 Australian Open champion NADAL is bidding to win his 2nd Australian Open title and become the first man in the Open Era – and only the 3rd man in history – to win each of the 4 Grand Slam titles twice. Roy Emerson and Rod Laver are the only players to have won each Grand Slam on 2 or more occasions. [NB: While Laver completed the feat in 1969, some of the titles were won before the start of the Open Era.]

 

  • Nadal is bidding to win his 15th Grand Slam title and close the gap on Federer in the list of all-time Grand Slam title holders. He is currently joint-2nd with Pete Sampras on the list behind Federer (17).

 

  • Nadal is bidding to win his first Grand Slam title since 2014 Roland Garros – when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the final. This is his first appearance in a major final since then.

 

  • The Australian Open is Nadal’s 2nd most successful Grand Slam in terms of match-wins, but his least successful in terms of titles won.
     Titles won   Win-loss record     Finals reached
Australian Open   2??   51-10 4
Roland Garros   9   72-2 9
Wimbledon   2   40-9 5
US Open   2   46-10 3

 

  • This is Nadal’s 21st Grand Slam final. He has a 14-6 win-loss record in Grand Slam finals, going into today’s match:

     Nadal in Grand Slam finals

Event Result
2005 Roland Garros d. Mariano Puerta 67(6) 63 61 75
2006 Roland Garros d. Roger Federer 16 61 64 76(4)
2006 Wimbledon l. Roger Federer 60 76(5) 67(2) 63
2007 Roland Garros d. Roger Federer 63 46 63 64
2007 Wimbledon l. Roger Federer 76(7) 46 76(3) 26 62
2008 Roland Garros d. Roger Federer 61 63 60
2008 Wimbledon d. Roger Federer 64 64 67(5) 67(8) 97
2009 Australian Open d. Roger Federer 75 36 76(3) 36 62
2010 Roland Garros d. Robin Soderling 64 62 64
2010 Wimbledon d. Tomas Berdych 63 75 64
2010 US Open d. Novak Djokovic 64 57 64 62
2011 Roland Garros d. Roger Federer 75 76(3) 57 61
2011 Wimbledon l. Novak Djokovic 64 61 16 63
2011 US Open l. Novak Djokovic 62 64 67(3) 61
2012 Australian Open l. Novak Djokovic 57 64 62 67(5) 75
2012 Roland Garros d. Novak Djokovic 64 63 26 75
2013 Roland Garros d. David Ferrer 63 62 63
2013 US Open d. Novak Djokovic 62 36 64 61
2014 Australian Open l. Stan Wawrinka 63 62 36 63
2014 Roland Garros d. Novak Djokovic 36 75 62 64
2017 Australian Open v Roger Federer

 

  • Nadal is bidding to become the first No. 9 seed in the Open Era to win the Australian Open. The No. 9 seed has finished runner-up at Melbourne Park on 7 occasions – with Marat Safin the last No. 9 seed to reach the final here in 2002.

 

  • Nadal is bidding to become the first No. 9 seed to win a Grand Slam title since Jim Courier at 1991 Roland Garros. By reaching the final here, he has become the first No. 9 seed to contest a Grand Slam final since Andy Roddick fell to Federer at the 2006 US Open.

 

  • Ranked at No. 9, Nadal is bidding to become the lowest-ranked man to win the Australian Open since No. 18 Thomas Johansson won the title here in 2002. He would be the lowest-ranked man to win a Grand Slam since No. 9 Stan Wawrinka won 2015 Roland Garros.

 

  • Nadal’s best performance at the Australian Open is winning the title in 2009 (d. Federer). He also reached the final in 2012, losing to Djokovic in the longest men’s Grand Slam final on record at 5 hours, 53 minutes, and in 2014
    (l. Stan Wawrinka).

 

  • By defeating Dimitrov in Friday’s semifinals, Nadal improved his win-loss record in Grand Slam semifinals to 21-3. He has a 4-1 win-loss record in semifinals here.

 

  • By defeating Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals here, Nadal recorded his 50th Australian Open match-win and became the 4th man in the Open Era to record 50 Australian Open match-wins after Federer, Djokovic and Edberg.

 

Most Australian Open match-wins (Open Era)

Player Win-loss
Roger Federer 86-13
Novak Djokovic 58-7
Stefan Edberg 56-10
Rafael Nadal 51-10
Andre Agassi

Ivan Lendl

Andy Murray

48-5

48-10

48-12

Active players in bold.

 

  • By defeating No. 6 Gael Monfils in the round of 16 and No. 3 Raonic in the quarterfinals here, Nadal recorded back-to-back match-wins over Top 10 opposition at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2014 Roland Garros, when he defeated No. 5 David Ferrer in the quarterfinals, No. 8 Andy Murray in the last 4 and No. 2 Djokovic in the final. His win over Monfils here ended a 4-match losing streak against Top 10 players and was his first Top 10 win since he defeated No. 6 Kei Nishikori to win the title at 2016 Barcelona.

 

  • By winning 5-set matches against Zverev in the 3rd round and Dimitrov in the semifinals here, Nadal ended a 3-match losing streak in 5-set matches and improved his 5-set record to 19-8. He has a 7-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park.

 

  • Last year here Nadal lost in the 1st round for the first time in his career, falling to Fernando Verdasco in 5 sets. It was just the 2nd time that he had lost in the 1st round at a Grand Slam, having also lost his opening match at 2013 Wimbledon (l. Steve Darcis).

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2016, Nadal reached the round of 16 at the US Open (l. Lucas Pouille), but gave a walkover in the 3rd round at Roland Garros and missed Wimbledon due to a left wrist injury. This is his 12th appearance at Melbourne Park and his 47th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Away from the majors, Nadal’s best results in 2016 came during the clay court season when he won back-to-back titles at Monte Carlo-1000 (d. Monfils) and Barcelona (d. Nishikori). It was his 9th title at both events, and took his career total to 69 titles. Nadal also reached the final at Doha (l. Djokovic) and the semifinals at 5 other tournaments.

 

  • Also in 2016, Nadal won his 2nd gold medal at the Olympic Tennis Event after clinching the men’s doubles title alongside Marc Lopez at Rio 2016. He narrowly missed out on a medal in singles, falling to Nishikori 62 67(1) 63 in the bronze medal play-off.

 

  • Nadal is the only lefthander to have contested an Australian Open final since 1998 when Petr Korda defeated fellow lefthander Marcelo Rios.

 

  • Nadal is aiming to win his first hard court tournament in over 3 years. He has not won a hard court tournament since defeating Monfils to win the title at 2014 Doha. His total of 16 hard court titles is the 4th highest among active players (behind Federer, Djokovic and Murray).

 

  • Nadal warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Brisbane (l. Raonic). It was his first tournament since October, when he lost to Viktor Troicki at Shanghai-1000, after he pulled out of Basel, Paris-1000 and the ATP World Tour Finals with a wrist injury.

 

  • At the 2010 US Open, Nadal became the 7th man in history to win all 4 Grand Slam titles. He was the 3rd-youngest in history and the youngest man in the Open Era, to do so.

 

  • Nadal has been coached by his uncle, Toni Nadal, for his entire career. He added former Australian Open finalist Carlos Moya to his team ahead of the 2017 season. His fitness trainer is Rafael Maymo.

 

  • At 35 years 174 days, FEDERER is looking to become the 2nd oldest man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after Ken Rosewall, who won 3 Grand Slam titles after turning 35. Rosewall won the 1970 US Open (aged 35 years 315 days) and the Australian Open in 1971 (aged 36 years 73 days) and 1972 (aged 37 years 62 days).

 

  • Federer, who won 2012 Wimbledon aged 30 years 335 days, is looking to become the sixth man in the Open Era to win 2 or more Grand Slams titles after turning 30. Stan Wawrinka was the last man to achieve the feat, winning 2015 Roland Garros aged 30 years, 71 days and the 2016 US Open aged 31 years, 167 days.

 

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
Stan Wawrinka 2 2015, 2016

 

  • Federer is looking to win his 5th Australian Open title – in his first final here since 2010 – and become the 3rd man in history to win 5 Australian titles:

 

Australian Open title leaders (all-time)

Player     Titles won Years
Novak Djokovic 6 2008, 2011-13, 2015-16
Roy Emerson 6 1961, 1963-67
Andre Agassi 4 1995, 2000-01, 2003
Jack Crawford 4 1931-33, 1935
Roger Federer 4 2004, 2006-07, 2010

 

  • Federer is bidding to win his 18th Grand Slam title and tie Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in equal 5th place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam singles titles by a man or woman.

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

Rank Player No. of titles
1. Margaret Court 24
2. Serena Williams 23??*
3. Steffi Graf 22
4. Helen Wills Moody 19
5= Chris Evert

Roger Federer??

Martina Navratilova

18

18??
18

*Serena Williams could win her 23rd Grand Slam title if she wins the title here. Written prior to Saturday’s women’s final.

 

  • Federer has a 17-10 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 l. Novak Djokovic 76(1) 67(10) 64 63
2015 US Open l. Novak Djokovic 64 57 64 64
2017 Australian Open v. Rafael Nadal

 

  • Federer is contesting his 100th match at the Australian Open today. Jimmy Connors is the only other man to have played 100 matches at one Grand Slam event in the Open Era – at both Wimbledon (102) and the US Open (115). Federer has played 95 matches at Wimbledon, 89 at the US Open and 81 at Roland Garros.

 

  • Ranked No. 17, Federer is bidding to become the lowest-ranked man to win the Australian Open since No. 18 Thomas Johansson won the title here in 2002. He would be the lowest-ranked man to win any Grand Slam since No. 44 Gaston Gaudio won 2004 Roland Garros. By reaching the final here, he has become the lowest-ranked man to reach the Australian Open final since No. 38 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2008. He is the lowest-ranked man to reach any Grand Slam final since No. 25 Robin Soderling at 2009 Roland Garros.

 

  • Federer is bidding to become the first No. 17 seed to win a Grand Slam title since Pete Sampras won the title as No. 17 seed at the 2002 US Open. Sampras was also the last No. 17 seed to reach a Grand Slam final.

 

  • By reaching the final here aged 35 years 174 days, Federer has become the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam final since Ken Rosewall (39 years 310 days) at the 1974 US Open.

 

  • By reaching the final here aged 35 years 174 days, Federer has become the 3rd different man in the Open Era to reach the Australian Open final aged 35 or over. He is 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
35 years 174 days Roger Federer 2017

NB Player ages are calculated at the end of the tournament

 

  • The Australian Open is Federer’s most successful Grand Slam event in terms of matches won. He has an 86-13 win-loss record here:

 

  Titles won Win-loss record Finals reached
Australian Open 5?? 86-13 6
Roland Garros 1 65-16 5
Wimbledon 7 84-11 10
US Open 5 78-11 7

 

  • By winning 5-set matches against both Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka here, Federer improved his career 5-set win-loss record to 26-20. He has a 7-5 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

  • By defeating No. 10 Tomas Berdych, No. 5 Nishikori and No. 4 Wawrinka here, Federer has recorded consecutive match-wins against Top 10 opposition for the first time since he recorded 4 straight wins against Top 10 opponents at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals.
  • Federer played just 7 Tour-level events in 2016 after injuring his knee the day after his Australian Open semifinal. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus on 2 February and withdrew from tournaments at Rotterdam and Dubai. He returned with a quarterfinal finish at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Tsonga) but, despite playing 4 further tournaments, announced on 26 July that he would miss the rest of the season, including the Olympic Games in Rio, due to the knee injury.

 

  • Federer dropped out of the world’s Top 10 for the first time in 734 weeks (over 14 years) in November 2016 and did not qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time since 2001. He plays here ranked No. 17 – his lowest position since May 2001.

 

  • Federer made his comeback from injury at the 2017 Hopman Cup, defeating Daniel Evans 63 64 and Richard Gasquet 61 64, but losing to Alexander Zverev 76(1) 67(4) 76(4).

 

  • In Grand Slam play in 2016, Federer reached the semifinals at both the Australian Open (l. Djokovic) and Wimbledon (l. Milos Raonic), where he saved 3 match points to recover from 0-2 down and defeat Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals. It was his 10th career-comeback from 0-2 down, equalling Aaron Krickstein and Boris Becker’s record for the most career comebacks from 0-2 down. He withdrew from Roland Garros, ending his record streak of 65 Grand Slam appearances, with a back injury.

 

  • Elsewhere in 2016, Federer finished runner-up at Brisbane (l. Raonic). He also reached back-to-back semifinals at Stuttgart (l. Dominic Thiem) and Halle (l. Alexander Zverev) and the 3rd round at Rome-1000 (l. Thiem). He failed to win a title during a season for the first time since winning his first at 2001 Milan.

 

  • This is Federer’s 69th major appearance. He is in 2nd place on the list for the most Grand Slams played in the Open Era behind Fabrice Santoro (70) [see Preview page 5].

 

  • Federer is a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion. His last title at a major came at 2012 Wimbledon
    (d. Murray).

 

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

 

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Rafael Nadal Defeats Grigor Dimitrov in Five Sets to Face Roger Federer in Australian Open Final

(January 27, 2017) Rafael Nadal defeated 15th seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-4 in four hours and 56 minutes to reach his fourth Australian Open final and 21st major final of his career. The ninth-seeded Spaniard will face Roger Federer for the title on Sunday. Nadal will be seeking his second title in Melbourne. He owns a 23-11 career record against Federer and is 6-2 against Federer in major finals. Should Nadal win the final he will join an exclusive club of players winning all four majors at least twice. Only Rod Laver and Roy Emerson have done this.

“Is special play with Roger again in a final of a Grand Slam,” said the 30-year-old Nadal of his 35-year-old rival. “I cannot lie. Is great. Is exciting for me and for both of us that we still there and we still fighting for important events. So that’s important for us, I think. That’s very special.

“After that, you know, is a final. Is a very important match for both of us. I hope to be ready to compete well again. I need to go back to the hotel, to rest well, and to recover from now.”

In the first set the 14-time major winner broke the Bulgarian’s serve in the fourth game to get control of the set. Nadal hit eight winners to only two unforced errors, winning 91 percent of his points on his first serves in the set.

The second set saw Dimitrov break Nadal in the fourth game, with a chance to serve out the set at 5-3. Nadal broke back and staved off four set points against him in the 10th game. The No. 15th seed held and broke Nadal in the 12th game to capture the set 7-5.

Dimitrov broke Nadal’s serve three times in the set, hitting 14 winners to 14 unforced errors.

Nadal went ahead by capturing the third set as both men exchanged breaks in the fifth and sixth games. There was a delay before the eleventh game of the match due to a medical emergency with a spectator. Nadal won the tiebreak 7-5. The Spaniard was a perfect 6 for 6 on points won at the net

Both men stayed even in the fourth set, with no breaks of serve. In the tiebreak, Dimitrov took a 5-2 lead and never looked back, capturing the tiebreak 7-4.

In the opening game of the fifth set Dimitrov fought off three break points to hold serve. Nadal saved a break point in the second game, but held for 1-1. Dimitrov saved a break point in the fifth game to hold for 3-2.

In the eighth game, with Nadal serving at 3-4, the 2009 champion battled back from 15-40 to hold for 4-4.

At 4-4 double fault put Dimitrov in the hole at 0-30. He won the next two points for 30-30, but Nadal broke him at 30 to serve for a place in the final.

Nadal won the match on his third match point.

“I think Grigor played great,” Nadal said in his news conference. “I played great. So was a great quality of tennis tonight. So just for me, is amazing to be through to a final of Grand Slam again here in Australia at the first of the year. Means a lot to me. I feel the love of the people here. They give me a lot of positive energy.

“Just I think I feel very happy to be part of this match, no? Arrive moment in the fifth set that for sure I wanted to win. I say to myself, I am giving my best, I am playing very well. If I lose, that’s it. Grigor deserves, too.

“I think both of us deserve to be in that final. Was a great fight. Finally was me. I feel lucky. I am very happy for that.”

 

More to follow……

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Roger Federer Reaches His Sixth Australian Open Final

 

Roger Federer

(January 26, 2017) No. 17 seed Roger Federer defeated fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 to reach his sixth Australian Open final and 28th major final on Thursday.

At 35-years old, the 17-time major winner has become the oldest man to reach a major final since 39-year-old Ken Rosewall did it at the 1974 U.S. Open.

Federer will be going for his 18th major title on Sunday against the winner of the Rafael Nadal – Grigor Dimitrov semifinal which will be played on Friday night.

Federer’s last major championship came when he captured the 2012 Wimbledon title. Since then his countryman, Wawrinka has won three major titles – 2014 Australian Open, 2015 French Open and the 2016 U.S. Open.

Federer injured his knee after last year’s Australian Open, had surgery and returned to the tour. After Federer lost in the semifinals of Wimbledon, he called it quits for the season to rehabilitate his knee. This is his first major since his layoff.

Federer won the first two sets and looked to have the momentum all in his favor.

Warwinka’s frustration showed when in the second set when he broke his racquet over his knee.

At the end of the second set, Wawrinka took a medical time out to get tape under his right knee. After the first couple of games in the third set, the 31-year-old came back with a new determination which saw him dominate the next two sets.

After the fourth set Federer took a medical time out for a leg injury.

 

Stan Wawrinka

Each man saved multiple break points in the early part of the fifth set, but Federer converted in the sixth game and held the rest of the way to close out the match.

 

“I felt like everything happened so quickly,” Federer said after the match. “It feels amazing. I never, ever in my wildest dreams thought I was going to be coming this far here in Australia. It’s beautiful.”

 

“In the fifth, I just knew I had to find my energy again,” Federer said. Play with intensity, play more aggressive, take the ball early, believe in myself, serve good, try not to get in too many tough moments early on, which then I did.

 

“It was an awkward match. Always against Stan, it was always never going to be easy. Especially how the third and fourth set went by, I needed to react really, because he had the upper hand from the baseline.

 

“I thought it was going to be tough in the fifth. I think he gave me a cheap break in the fifth. After that, I never looked back.

 

“I’m happy with my attitude in the fifth. So I’m very pleased, of course.”

 

“I cannot just be happy to win two sets against Roger,” Wawrinka said. “I just lost a five-set match in semifinal of Australian Open.
“I never think about the past or what I did before. I’m proud of myself, of the fight I give tonight and all the tournament. I think there is a lot of positive from this tournament, from Brisbane, from the month already.

 

“For sure I’m really sad and disappointed with a loss like that because to be that close to have won a semifinal, it can be only sad.
“But at the end I know I tried everything on the court. I came from two sets down. I change completely the momentum. I start to be extra aggressive because I had to change few things also physically. So I change my game with that.

 

“At the end I had a great battle against Roger. He’s great fighter. He’s always been amazing in Grand Slam, in five-set match. I’m for sure sad to lose a match like that.

“But, yeah, I know there is a lot of positive.”

Federer on possibly playing Dimitrov in the final: “If going in, he’s easier because I don’t think I’ve ever lost to him. There you have it. But that doesn’t buy me anything. That doesn’t give me the trophy.

“I think he’s playing totally different now to how he was playing 12 months ago when I beat him in Brisbane and here back-to-back. I think he’s got the confidence. Like I said, you never want to play a guy with confidence because he believes he can rip trees out, you feel like Superman for a second. Rightfully so, he worked super hard. He probably believes he’s worked harder than anybody right now.

“I think he has a legit shot against Rafa. If he won that, then clearly also against me. I think he’s doing a nice job with his game right now. He’s cleaned it up nicely. He came from a tough place.

“I’ve given him some advice, too, because he came to me last year at some point. He was having all sorts of issues. We were just having a simple conversation. I’m happy he took some things onboard. He seemed to turn it around somehow. I’m really happy for him.

“Now if the match were to come up, I know I have to play a good match because he does present different things. He brings different things to the table because of the way he plays. Not many guys can do what he can do. He might be similar to me, but I was similar to Pete, too. I always told people, I’m not Pete Sampras. He’s not me. He is his own guy. He’s his own identity. Different character. Just because he played with Nike and Wilson like I did with Sampras doesn’t make us in any way the same. I think you got to give him that, please.”

 

“I just think he’s an incredible tennis player,” Federer said of Nadal. “He’s got shots that no other one has. When you have that, you are unique and special. Plus he’s got the grit. He’s got the mental and physical ability to sustain a super high level of play for years and for hours and for weeks. He’s proven that time and time again. He’s come back from many injuries, you know, time and time again. He made it seem easy, and it’s not.

“I think he’s been tremendous for the game. I have a lot of respect for him on many levels.”

 

“I’m in the finals, I know that. I know I will have a chance to win on Sunday now,” Federer said. “That’s a great position to be in. Regardless of who it’s going to be against, I think it’s going to be special either way. One is going to go for his first slam or it’s the epic battle with Rafa.

 

“All I care about is that I can win on Sunday. Doesn’t matter who’s across the net. But I understand the magnitude of the match against Nadal, no doubt about it.”

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2017 Australian Open – Day 11 Men’s Preview – Roger Federer vs. Stan Wawrinka

2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 11 MEN’S NOTES

Thursday 26 January

Semifinals Top Half

 

 

NO. 4 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v NO. 17 ROGER FEDERER (SUI)

Head-to-head: Federer leads 18-3

2005        Rotterdam                  Hard (I)          R16            Federer             61 64

2006        Dubai                        Hard (O)        R32            Federer             76(3) 63

2009        Monte Carlo-1000       Clay (O)         R16            Wawrinka          64 75

2009        Montreal-1000            Hard (O)        R16            Federer             63 76(5)

2010        Madrid-1000               Clay (O)         R16            Federer             63 61

2010        Roland Garros          Clay (O)         R16            Federer            63 76(5) 62

2010        Stockholm                 Hard (I)          QF              Federer             26 63 62

2011        Australian Open        Hard (O)        QF              Federer            61 63 63

2011        Indian Wells-1000       Hard (O)        QF              Federer             63 64

2011        Roland Garros          Clay (O)         R16            Federer            63 62 75

2011        Basel                         Hard (I)          SF              Federer             76(5) 62

2012        Cincinnati-1000           Hard (O)        SF              Federer             76(4) 63

2012        Shanghai-1000           Hard (O)        R16            Federer             46 76(4) 60

2013        Indian Wells-1000       Hard (O)        R16            Federer             46 76(5) 62

2014        Monte Carlo-1000       Clay (O)         FR              Wawrinka          46 76(5) 62

2014        Wimbledon               Grass (O)      QF              Federer            36 76(5) 64 64

2014        ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I)          SF              Federer             46 75 76(6)

2015        Rome-1000                Clay (O)         SF              Federer             64 62

2015        Roland Garros          Clay (O)         QF              Wawrinka         64 63 76(4)

2015        US Open                   Hard (O)        SF              Federer            64 63 61

2015        ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I)          SF              Federer             75 63

 

A 22nd career meeting between the pair.

 

This is their 7th Grand Slam meeting, but only their 2nd at the Australian Open and their 2nd in a Grand Slam semifinal. Federer has a 5-1 win-loss record against Wawrinka at the majors, with his only Grand Slam loss to Wawrinka coming in the quarterfinals at 2015 Roland Garros.

 

Federer has a 13-0 win-loss record against Wawrinka on hard courts. Wawrinka has won just 4 sets against Federer on a hard court in their 13 meetings on the surface, winning the opening set in their encounters at 2010 Stockholm, 2012 Shanghai-1000, 2013 Indian Wells-1000 and at the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals.

 

It is the 2nd time in history there have been 2 Swiss men in the semifinals here, after Federer fell to Rafael Nadal in the last 4 and Wawrinka went on to win the title here in 2014. It is the 3rd time in history there have been 2 Swiss men in the last 4 at a Grand Slam – with Federer defeating Wawrinka in the semifinals at the 2015 US Open.

 

This is just the 3rd all-Swiss clash in Australian Open history – as well as Federer and Wawrinka’s quarterfinal meeting here in 2011, Marc Rosset defeated Jakob Hlasek in the 2nd round here in 1994.

 

 

This is the 21st time in the Open Era that players from the same nation have faced each other in the men’s singles semifinals at the Australian Open. It has happened just twice here in the last 16 years – in 2001 when Arnaud Clement came from 0-2 down to defeat Sebastien Grosjean and in 2009, when Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in 5 sets.

 

If Nadal defeated Milos Raonic on Wednesday evening, Wawrinka and Federer are 2 of the 3 players aged 30 or over to reach the semifinals here from the 46 who started the men’s main draw – equalling the Open Era record for the most 30-somethings to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam set at 1968 Roland Garros. [NB written prior to Nadal’s quarterfinal with Raonic].

 

Wawrinka and Federer are also 2 of the 3 players with one-handed backhands to reach the semifinals here (alongside Grigor Dimitrov) – the most at a Grand Slam since the 2007 Australian Open, when Federer, Fernando Gonzalez and Tommy Haas all reached the last 4.

 

Wawrinka and Federer are 2 of the 3 Swiss players – men or women – to have reached a Grand Slam final in history alongside Martina Hingis (12 Grand Slam finals). Federer has reached 27 major finals, while Wawrinka has reached 3.

 

Wawrinka has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 17 Federer at the Australian Open since falling to No. 21 Tomas Berdych in the 3rd round in 2009.

 

Federer and Wawrinka helped Switzerland win the Davis Cup title for the first time in its history in 2014. They also won the doubles gold medal together at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

 

                        WAWRINKA                                     v                                       FEDERER

 

31                                          Age                                          35

6’0”/1.83m                                  Height                                   6’1”/1.85m

4                                    ATP Ranking                                   17

15                                         Titles                                         88

124-44                     Career Grand Slam Record                     312-51

3 titles                        Best Grand Slam Result                      17 titles

36-10                        Australian Open Record                        85-13

446-253                              Career Record                             1085-245

250-141                        Career Record – Hard                         669-135

7-1                                   2017 Record                                   5-0

7-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              5-0

25-19                         Career Five-Set Record                         25-20

6                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                        10

186-172                      Career Tiebreak Record                       396-216

6-2                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            1-1

 

Possible final head-to-heads

Nadal Raonic Dimitrov
Wawrinka 3-15 4-1 2-4
Federer 11-23 9-3 5-0

[Written prior to the Nadal v Raonic quarterfinal on Wednesday night]

Road to the Semifinals

WAWRINKA Time Time FEDERER
d. Martin Klizan 46 64 75 46 64 3:24 1st round 2:06 d. (Q) Jurgen Melzer 75 36 62 62
d. Steve Johnson 63 64 64 1:52 2nd round 2:03 d. (Q) Noah Rubin 75 63 76(3)
d. No. 29 Viktor Troicki 36 62 62 76(7) 2:32 3rd round 1:30 d. No. 10 Tomas Berdych 62 64 64
d. Andreas Seppi 76(2) 76(4) 76(4)

d. No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 76(2) 64 63

2:44

2:15

Round of 16

Quarterfinals

3:24

1:32

d. No. 5 Kei Nishikori 67(4) 64 61 46 63

d. Mischa Zverev 61 75 62

total time on court 12:47  (IBM time) 10:35 total time on court

 

 

 

 

  • 2014 Australian Open champion WAWRINKA is bidding to reach his 4th Grand Slam final and his 2nd here.

 

  • Aged 31 years 307 days, Wawrinka is bidding to become the oldest man to reach the Australian Open final since Andre Agassi (32 years 272 days) in 2003. If he wins today, he would become the 5th oldest men’s finalist here in the Open Era after Ken Rosewall (twice), Mal Anderson and Agassi.

 

Age Player Year
37 years 62 days Ken Rosewall 1971
36 years 306 days Mal Anderson 1972
36 years 73 days Ken Rosewall 1972
32 years 272 days Andre Agassi 2003
31 years 307 days Stan Wawrinka 2017??

                                                    NB Player ages are calculated at the end of the tournament

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to reach his 4th Grand Slam final and equal Michael Chang, Goran Ivanisevic, Patrick Rafter, Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt in joint-23rd place on the Open Era list for most Grand Slam finals reached.

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to reach his 2nd final here and become the 22nd man to reach multiple Australian Open finals. If he wins today, he would join 2-time Australian Open finalists Arthur Ashe, Rosewall, Jimmy Connors, Steve Denton, Johan Kriek, Pat Cash, Boris Becker, Jim Courier and Yevgeny Kafelnikov in joint-13th place on the Open Era list for most Australian Open finals reached.

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to record his 13th consecutive Grand Slam match-win. By reaching the quarterfinals here, Wawrinka recorded his 12th straight match-win at a major to record his longest Grand Slam winning streak. His previous best was winning 11 straight Grand Slam matches in winning the title at 2015 Roland Garros through to a quarterfinal defeat at 2015 Wimbledon.

 

  • Wawrinka is contesting his 700th Tour-level match today. He has a 446-253 win-loss record in the 699 Tour-level matches he has contested since making his Tour-level debut in 2003. He is one of only 4 Swiss men to play 700 Tour-level matches after today’s opponent (1331 matches including today), Marc Rosset (784) and Jakob Hlasek (771).

 

  • Wawrinka has reached the semifinals here for a 3rd time and the semifinals at a major for the 8th time overall. Just 3 Swiss men have reached a Grand Slam semifinal in history – Federer (41 semifinals), Wawrinka (8) and Marc Rosset (1).

 

  • The Australian Open is Wawrinka’s 2nd most successful Grand Slam in terms of matches won. He has a 36-10 win-loss record here, compared with 38-11 at the US Open, 32-11 at Roland Garros and 18-12 at Wimbledon.

 

  • Aged 31 years 307 days, Wawrinka is bidding to become just the 3rd man in the Open Era to win 3 or more Grand Slam titles after turning 30 (see Preview page 4). Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall are the only players to have won more than 2 majors after turning 30, with each winning a total of 4 after the age of 30.

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to become the first No. 4 seed to reach the Australian Open final since Marat Safin won the title here in 2005. The last No. 4 seed to reach a final at any Grand Slam was today’s opponent at 2014 Wimbledon.

 

  • Wawrinka will rise to 3 when the new rankings are released on Monday 30 January as long as he matches or betters Milos Raonic’s result here. [NB written prior to Raonic’s match with Nadal].

 

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

 

  • As well as the 2014 Australian Open, Wawrinka also won 2015 Roland Garros and the 2016 US Open, defeating Djokovic in both finals. At 30 years 71 days, he was the oldest man to win in Paris since Andres Gomez in 1990. At the US Open, aged 31 years 167 days, he became the oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall in 1970 and just the 5th man to win multiple Grand Slam titles after turning 30.

 

  • By defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals here, Wawrinka recorded his 250th Tour-level hard court match-win. He became the 12th active player to record 250 Tour-level hard court match-wins.

 

  • By defeating Martin Klizan in 5-sets in the 1st round here, Wawrinka improved his overall 5-set win-loss record to 25-19. He has a 2-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

  • Last year here as No. 4 seed, Wawrinka fell to Milos Raonic 64 63 57 46 63 in the round of 16. This is his 12th Australian Open appearance and his 48th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2016, Wawrinka reached the semfinals at Roland Garros (l. Andy Murray) but fell in the 2nd round at Wimbledon (l. Juan Martin del Potro).

 

  • In 2016, Wawrinka won a career-best 4 titles for the 2nd straight year. As well as winning the US Open, he won his 3rd straight title at Chennai (d. Borna Coric) and won the titles at Dubai (d. Marcos Baghdatis) and Geneva (d. Marin Cilic). He also finished runner-up at St. Petersburg (l. Alexander Zverev).

 

  • Wawrinka warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the semifinals as No. 2 seed at Brisbane, where he fell to Kei Nishikori 76(3) 63.

 

  • Wawrinka is coached by Magnus Norman, who reached the semifinals here in 2000.

 

  • 4-time Australian Open champion FEDERER is bidding to become the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam final since Ken Rosewall (39 years 310 days) at the 1974 US Open.

 

  • Federer is bidding to become the 3rd different man in the Open Era to reach the Australian Open final aged 35 or over. At 35 years 174 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
35 years 174 days Roger Federer 2017??

NB Player ages are calculated at the end of the tournament

 

  • Ranked No. 17, Federer is bidding to become the lowest-ranked man to reach the Australian Open final since No. 38 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2008. He would become the lowest-ranked man to reach any Grand Slam final since No. 25 Robin Soderling at 2009 Roland Garros.

 

  • Federer is bidding to reach his 6th Australian Open final and become the 2nd man in the Open Era to reach 6 Australian Open finals after Novak Djokovic.

 

               No. of Australian Open final appearances (Open Era)

Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer

6

6??

Stefan Edberg

Andy Murray

5

5

Andre Agassi

Ivan Lendl

Mats Wilander

4

4

4

Active players in bold

[NB Nadal could reach his 4th Australian Open final here. Written prior to Nadal’s quarterfinal with Raonic]

 

  • 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 27-13 win-loss record in Grand Slam semifinals and a 5-7 win-loss record in semifinals here:

 

 

Grand Slam finals reached (all-time)

Player No. of GS finals
Roger Federer 28??
Novak Djokovic 21
Rafael Nadal 20*
Ivan Lendl 19

Active players in bold

*[NB Nadal could reach his 21st Grand Slam final here. Written prior to Nadal’s quarterfinal match with Raonic]

 

  • The Australian Open is Federer’s most successful Grand Slam event in terms of matches won. He has an 85-13 win-loss record here:

 

Titles won Win-loss record Finals reached
Australian Open 4 85-13 6??
Roland Garros 1 65-16 5
Wimbledon 7 84-11 10
US Open 5 78-11 7

 

  • Federer is looking to win his first semifinal here since 2010. Seven of his 13 Grand Slam semifinal defeats have come at Melbourne Park:

 

Federer’s Australian Open semifinal appearances

Australian Open 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 Lost 61 62 36 63
2017 Stan Wawrinka ??

 

  • Federer is contesting his 99th match at the Australian Open today. If he wins today, he will play his 100th match here in the final on Sunday. Jimmy Connors is the only man to have played 100 matches at one Grand Slam event in the Open Era – at both Wimbledon (102) and the US Open (115). Federer has played 95 matches at Wimbledon, 89 at the US Open and 81 at Roland Garros.

 

  • Federer is bidding to become the first No. 17 seed to reach a Grand Slam final since Pete Sampras won the title as No. 17 seed at the 2002 US Open.

 

  • If he wins today, Federer will rise to 14 when the new ATP rankings are released on Monday 30 January. He will re-enter the Top 10, at No. 10, if he wins the title here. By reaching the semifinals, Federer has ensured that he will remain at No. 17.

 

  • By reaching his 13th Australian Open semifinal here, Federer has extended his record for the most Australian Open semifinals reached in the Open Era.

 

       Australian Open semifinals reached (Open Era)

Player No. of AO semifinals
Roger Federer 13
Stefan Edberg 8
Ivan Lendl 7
Andre Agassi

Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray

6

6

6

Active players in bold

  • By reaching his 13th Australian Open semifinal, Federer has closed the gap on Jimmy Connors in 1st place on the Open Era 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 13 (Australian Open)
Jimmy Connors

Roger Federer

11 (Wimbledon)

11 (Wimbledon)

 

  • Federer is through to his 41st Grand Slam semifinal, which extends the record he broke at 2012 Wimbledon for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances ahead of Jimmy Connors and Novak Djokovic, who have both reached the last 4 at a major on 31 occasions.

 

  • By reaching the semifinals here aged 35 years 174 days, Federer has become the oldest man to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors (39 years 6 days) fell in the last 4 at the 1991 US Open.

 

  • By reaching the semifinals here aged 35 years 174 days, Federer has become the oldest man to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open since Arthur Ashe (35 years 177 days) fell in the last 4 here in 1978.
  • By defeating Nishikori in 5-sets in the round of 16 here, Federer improved his career 5-set win-loss record to 25-20. He has a 6-5 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

  • By defeating No. 10 Tomas Berdych and No. 5 Nishikori in back-to-back matches here, Federer has recorded back-to-back match-wins against Top 10 opposition for the first time since he recorded 4 straight wins against Top 10 opponents at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals.

 

  • Federer is looking to become the 3rd man in history to win 5 Australian Open singles titles after Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson, who have both won 6 titles here [see Preview page 2].

 

  • At 35 years 174 days, Federer is looking to become the 2nd oldest man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after Ken Rosewall, who won 3 Grand Slam titles after turning 35. Rosewall won the 1970 US Open (aged 35 years 315 days) and the Australian Open in 1971 (aged 36 years 73 days) and 1972 (aged 37 years 62 days).

 

  • Federer played just 7 Tour-level events in 2016 after injuring his knee the day after his Australian Open semifinal. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus on 2 February and withdrew from tournaments at Rotterdam and Dubai. He returned with a quarterfinal finish at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) but, despite playing 4 further tournaments, announced on 26 July that he would miss the rest of the season, including the Olympic Games in Rio, due to the knee injury.

 

  • Federer dropped out of the world’s Top 10 for the first time in 734 weeks (over 14 years) in November 2016 and did not qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time since 2001. He plays here ranked No. 17 – his lowest position since May 2001.

 

  • Federer made his comeback from injury at the 2017 Hopman Cup, defeating Daniel Evans 63 64 and Richard Gasquet 61 64, but losing to Alexander Zverev 76(1) 67(4) 76(4).

 

  • In Grand Slam play in 2016, Federer reached the semifinals at both the Australian Open (l. Djokovic) and Wimbledon (l. Milos Raonic), where he saved 3 match points to recover from 0-2 down and defeat Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals. It was his 10th career-comeback from 0-2 down, equalling Aaron Krickstein and Boris Becker’s record for the most career comebacks from 0-2 down. He withdrew from Roland Garros, ending his record streak of 65 Grand Slam appearances, with a back injury.

 

  • Elsewhere in 2016, Federer finished runner-up at Brisbane (l. Raonic). He also reached back-to-back semifinals at Stuttgart (l. Dominic Thiem) and Halle (l. Alexander Zverev) and the 3rd round at Rome-1000 (l. Thiem). He failed to win a title during a season for the first time since winning his first at 2001 Milan.

 

  • This is Federer’s 69th major appearance. He is in 2nd place on the list for the most Grand Slams played in the Open Era behind Fabrice Santoro (70) [see Preview page 5].

 

  • Federer has won 4 titles here – in 2004 (d. Marat Safin 76(3) 64 62), 2006 (d. Marcos Baghdatis 57 75 60 62), 2007 (d. Fernando Gonzalez 76(2) 64 64) and 2010 (d. Murray 63 64 76(11)).

 

  • Federer is a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion. His last title at a major came at 2012 Wimbledon
    (d. Murray).

 

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

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Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka Set Up All-Swiss Semifinal at Australian Open

Roger Federer

(January 24, 2017) It will be an all-Swiss semifinal in the men’s draw at the Australian Open, as No. 17 seed, the 17-time major champion Roger Federer and No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka advanced with straight sets.
Federer, back from being sidelined six months due to a knee injury, beat 50th ranked Mischa Zverev 6-1, 7-5, 6-2. Zverev upset Andy Murray, the top seed in the round of 16. This will be the Swiss’ 13 semifinal in Australian and his 41st at a major.

Federer moved out to a 5-0 lead to open the match.

“I’m pleased with the way I started the match,” Federer said. “Right away again got off to a great start against him, like I did against him a few years ago. After that, naturally everything’s easier.

“Second set was definitely a key to shut it down for him. It was good that I was able to break back after he played a good game there.

“Yeah, then in the third set I think I was rolling.

“It was a nice match. I think I played great. Mischa had a wonderful tournament, so well done to him.”
Federer said that he came into the tournament just hoping to make a few rounds.

“I think now that I’m in the semis, feeling as good as I am, playing as good as I am, that’s a huge surprise to me. Like I said on court, if someone would have told me I’d play in the semis against Stan, never would I have called that one for me. For Stan, yes, but not for me. I honestly didn’t even know a few days ago that he was in my section of the draw or I’m in his section.

“I figured it out eventually that he was playing on my days, but I never really looked in that quarter of the draw because that was just too unrealistic for me.”

Stan Wawrinka

Wawrinka, who won the Australian Open in 2014 defeated Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-3 to reach the final four.

As to playing Roger Federer: “Yeah, it’s going to be a great match, for sure. Last time I think I got killed in US Open. He was playing way better than me, moving really well, really aggressive from the court.

“It’s going to be interesting match. He’s playing so well since the beginning of the tournament. He had a little bit some hesitation in the two first rounds, but since that he’s really flying on the court.

“It’s great to see him back at that level. Hopefully I can manage to play a great match.”

“I’m more confident with myself,” Wawrinka said in terms of playing Federer these days. “When I step on the court, doesn’t matter who I play, I know what I have to do if I want to win.

“For sure, against Roger, it’s always special because he’s so good. He’s the best player of all time. He has answer for everything. But I managed to beat him in a Grand Slam, so we’ll see.

“Most important is that I step on the court and I play my best tennis.”

Federer holds an 18-3 record against Wawrinka.

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2017 Australian Open – Day 9 Men’s Preview

2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 9 MEN’S NOTES

Tuesday 24 January

Quarterfinals Top Half

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Featured matches

 

No. 4 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

No. 17 Roger Federer (SUI) v Mischa Zverev (GER)

 

 

On court today…

 

  • Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet at a Grand Slam for the 4th time – but the first time away from Roland Garros – on Rod Laver Arena today. While they are more than familiar with each other’s games, this will be their first meeting on a hard court in almost a decade having contested their last 6 encounters on a clay court. Tsonga is aiming to end a 3-match losing streak against the 2014 Australian Open champion and earn a place in the semifinals here for the first time since 2010.

 

  • Roger Federer will be looking to avoid becoming the latest of Mischa Zverev’s victims when the pair go head-to-head in the night match on Rod Laver Arena. Another surprise win for Zverev, who dropped as low as No. 1067 in the rankings in March 2015, would see him become the first German man to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam since Tommy Haas at 2009 Wimbledon. Federer won their last meeting 60 60 in summer 2013 and, while much has changed since then, the Swiss will have high hopes of reaching his 41st Grand Slam semifinal and his 13th here.

 

  • For the 10th time in the Open Era – and for the first time since the 2015 US Open – Switzerland’s Federer and Wawrinka are both through to the quarterfinals at the same Grand Slam event. When they have both featured in the quarterfinals at the same Grand Slam, Federer has gone on to reach the last 4 on 7 occasions, while Wawrinka has won his quarterfinal on just 3 occasions with Federer still left in the draw.

 4 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v NO. 12 JO-WILFRIED TSONGA (FRA)

Head-to-head: Wawrinka leads 4-3

2007     Metz                             Hard (I)             R32      Tsonga             67(6) 64 64

2011     Roland Garros             Clay (O)            R32      Wawrinka         46 67(3) 76(5) 62 63

2012     Roland Garros             Clay (O)            R16      Tsonga            64 76(6) 36 36 64

2013     Monte Carlo-1000          Clay (O)            QF        Tsonga             26 63 64

2013     Madrid-1000                  Clay (O)            QF        Wawrinka          62 67(9) 64

2014     Davis Cup (WG-FR)       Clay (I)              R1        Wawrinka          61 36 63 62

2015     Roland Garros             Clay (O)            SF        Wawrinka         63 67(1) 76(3) 64

 

An 8th career meeting for these 2 players, and their 4th at a Grand Slam.

 

This is just their 2nd meeting on a hard court – having not played each other on a hard court since their first meeting 10 years ago at 2007 Metz. Their last 6 encounters have come on clay.

 

All 3 of their Grand Slam meetings came at Roland Garros, with 2 of those 3 meetings going to 5 sets.

 

Tsonga is bidding to end a 3-match losing streak against Wawrinka, having not defeated the Swiss player since their quarterfinal meeting at 2013 Monte Carlo-1000.

 

Tsonga and Wawrinka are 2 of the 4 players aged 30 or over to reach the quarterfinals here from the 46 who started the men’s main draw – the most 30-somethings to reach the last 8 at the Australian Open since 1977, when there were 5. The Open Era record for the most 30-somethings in the semifinals at a Grand Slam is 3 – at 1968 Roland Garros.

 

Despite being separated in age by just 20 days, the 2 players never met at junior level.

 

WAWRINKA                                     v                                        TSONGA

 

31                                          Age                                          31

4                                    ATP Ranking                                   12

15                                         Titles                                         12

123-44                     Career Grand Slam Record                     112-35

35-10                        Australian Open Record                         34-9

445-253                              Career Record                              394-181

249-141                        Career Record – Hard                         264-117

6-1                                   2017 Record                                   6-1

6-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              6-1

25-19                         Career Five-Set Record                          15-9

6                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         4

185-172                      Career Tiebreak Record                       183-136

5-2                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            1-3

 

Possible semifinal head-to-heads

  Federer Zverev
Wawrinka 3-18 1-1
Tsonga 6-11 2-0

 

Road to the Quarterfinals

WAWRINKA Time   Time TSONGA
d. Martin Klizan 46 64 75 46 64 3:24 1st round 2:23 d. Thiago Monteiro 61 63 67(5) 62
d. Steve Johnson 63 64 64 1:52 2nd round 1:46 d. Dusan Lajovic 62 62 63
d. No. 29 Viktor Troicki 36 62 62 76(7) 2:32 3rd round 3:33 d. No. 23 Jack Sock 76(4) 75 67(8) 63
d. Andreas Seppi 76(2) 76(4) 76(4) 2:44 Round of 16 2:53 d. Daniel Evans 67(4) 62 64 64
         
total time on court 10:32  (IBM time) 10:35 total time on court

 

  • 2014 Australian Open champion WAWRINKA is bidding to record his 250th Tour-level hard court match-win today. If he wins today, he would become the 12th (or 13th if Monfils defeated Nadal on Monday) active player to record 250 Tour-level hard court match-wins. [NB written prior to Monfils’s match against Nadal]

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to reach to reach the semifinals here for the 3rd time. He is looking to reach his 8th Grand Slam semifinal overall. Just 3 Swiss men have reached a Grand Slam semifinal in history – Federer (40 semifinals), Wawrinka (7) and Marc Rosset (1).

 

  • The Australian Open is Wawrinka’s 2nd most successful Grand Slam in terms of matches won. He has a 35-10 win-loss record here, compared with 38-11 at the US Open, 32-11 at Roland Garros and 18-12 at Wimbledon.

 

  • By defeating Martin Klizan in 5-sets in the 1st round here, Wawrinka improved his overall 5-set win-loss record to 25-19. He has a 2-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

  • Last year here as No. 4 seed, Wawrinka fell to Milos Raonic 64 63 57 46 63 in the round of 16. This is his 12th Australian Open appearance and his 48th Grand Slam overall.

 

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

 

  • Aged 31 years 307 days, Wawrinka is bidding to become just the 3rd man in the Open Era to win 3 or more Grand Slam titles after turning 30 (see Preview page 4). Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall are the only players to have won more than 2 majors after turning 30, with each winning a total of 4 after the age of 30.

 

  • As well as the 2014 Australian Open, Wawrinka also won 2015 Roland Garros and the 2016 US Open, defeating Djokovic in both finals. At 30 years 71 days, he was the oldest man to win in Paris since Andres Gomez in 1990. At the US Open, aged 31 years 167 days, he became the oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall in 1970 and just the 5th man to win multiple Grand Slam titles after turning 30.

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2016, Wawrinka reached the semfinals at Roland Garros (l. Andy Murray) but fell in the 2nd round at Wimbledon (l. Juan Martin del Potro).

 

  • In 2016, Wawrinka won a career-best 4 titles for the 2nd straight year. As well as winning the US Open, he won his 3rd straight title at Chennai (d. Borna Coric) and won the titles at Dubai (d. Marcos Baghdatis) and Geneva (d. Marin Cilic). He also finished runner-up at St. Petersburg (l. Alexander Zverev).

 

  • Wawrinka warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the semifinals as No. 2 seed at Brisbane, where he fell to Kei Nishikori 76(3) 63.

 

  • Wawrinka is coached by Magnus Norman, who reached the semifinals here in 2000.

 

  • 2008 Australian Open runner-up TSONGA is bidding to reach the semifinals here for the first time since 2010.

 

  • Tsonga is bidding to reach his 7th Grand Slam semifinal and close the gap on Rene Lacoste in 3rd place on the list for most Grand Slam semifinals reached by a Frenchman in history.

 

                                Grand Slam semifinals reached by a Frenchman (all-time)

Jean Borotra

Henri Cochet

15

15

Rene Lacoste 11
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7??

 

  • Tsonga is looking to reach his 3rd semifinal here. He also reached the last 4 in 2010 and en route to the final in 2008. Tsonga is the only Frenchman to have made the semifinals at the Australian Open more than once.

 

  • Tsonga has lost 5 of his last 6 matches against Top 10 opposition at the Grand Slams. His only win over a Top 10 player at a major in that time came at 2016 Wimbledon, when No. 10 Richard Gasquet retired with a back injury in their round of 16 match. 6 of his 13 career wins over Top 10 opposition at the majors have come at the Australian Open.

 

  • The Australian Open is Tsonga’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of matches won. He has a 34-9 win-loss record here, compared with 28-9 at Wimbledon, 27-9 at Roland Garros and 23-8 at the US Open.

 

  • By reaching his 5th quarterfinal here, Tsonga overtook Sebastien Grosjean (4 Australian Open quarterfinals) to take sole occupancy of 1st place on the list for the most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances by a Frenchman.

 

  • Tsonga has lost in the quarterfinals here on 2 occasions – in 2009 (l. Fernando Verdasco) and in 2013, when he lost to Roger Federer in 5 sets. Tsonga has a 15-9 win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 3-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.
  • Tsonga’s best Grand Slam result to date is a runner-up finish at the 2008 Australian Open (l. Novak Djokovic). He defeated three Top 10 players (Andy Murray, Gasquet and Rafael Nadal) en route to the final.

 

  • By defeating Thiago Monteiro in the 1st round here, Tsonga claimed the record for the most Grand Slam match-wins by a Frenchman ahead of Jean Borotra (108-23). He has a 112-35 win-loss record at the majors.
  • Tsonga warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Doha, where he lost to Tomas Berdych in straight sets. He also played a match at the Kooyong Exhibition Event, defeating Borna Coric 63 76.
  • Last year here Tsonga reached the round of 16, falling to Kei Nishikori in straight sets. This is his 10th appearance at Melbourne Park and his 36th Grand Slam overall.
  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2016, Tsonga reached the quarterfinals at both Wimbledon (l. Murray) and the US Open, where he retired with a left knee injury while trailing Djokovic 63 62. He reached the 3rd round at Roland Garros, where he retired with an adductor injury when leading Ernests Gulbis 5-2 in the first set.
  • Away from the Grand Slams, Tsonga’s best result in 2016 came at Vienna, where he reached the final
    (l. Murray). He also reached the semifinals at Auckland (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) and Monte Carlo-1000
    (l. Gael Monfils). Last year was the first year he did not win a title since 2010.
  • Tsonga is a former Top 5 player. He reached a career-high No. 5 in the world in February 2012 and plays here at No. 12.
  • Tsonga has played Davis Cup for France since 2008. He has played a total of 17 ties, achieving an 18-7 win-loss record in singles and a 24-8 win-loss record overall. France take on Japan at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo in the 2017 World Group first round on 3-5 February.
  • Tsonga is coached by Thierry Ascione.

 

 

 

 17 ROGER FEDERER (SUI) v MISCHA ZVEREV (GER)

Head-to-head: Federer leads 2-0

2009     Rome-1000       Clay (O)            QF        Federer             76(3) 62

2013     Halle                 Grass (O)          QF        Federer             60 60

 

A 3rd Tour-level meeting for the 2 players, but their first on a hard court and their first at a Grand Slam.

 

Zverev didn’t register a game in their most recent meeting at 2013 Halle – one of only 2 Tour-level double bagels Federer has recorded in best-of-3 set matches during his career. The other came against Gaston Gaudio in the semifinals at the 2005 Masters Cup.

 

Federer has lost to a player ranked as low as today’s opponent at the Australian Open just once before – on his debut here in 2000, when he fell to No. 54 Arnaud Clement in the 3rd round.

 

Possible semifinal head-to-heads

  Wawrinka Tsonga
Federer 18-3 11-6
Zverev 1-1 0-2

 

 

FEDERER                                       v                                        ZVEREV

 

35                                          Age                                          29

17                                   ATP Ranking                                   50

88                                         Titles                                          0

311-51                     Career Grand Slam Record                       9-17

84-13                        Australian Open Record                          5-5

1084-245                             Career Record                               86-125

668-135                        Career Record – Hard                           57-71

4-0                                   2017 Record                                   6-2

4-0                              2017 Record – Hard                              6-2

25-20                         Career Five-Set Record                           1-3

10                        Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

396-216                      Career Tiebreak Record                         49-54

1-1                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            2-3

 

Road to the Quarterfinals

FEDERER Time   Time ZVEREV
d. (Q) Jurgen Melzer 75 36 62 62 2:06 1st round 2:22 d. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 63 76(5) 64
d. (Q) Noah Rubin 75 63 76(3) 2:03 2nd round 4:10 d. No. 19 John Isner 67(4) 67(4) 64 76(7) 97
d. No. 10 Tomas Berdych 62 64 64 1:30 3rd round 2:22 d. Malek Jaziri 61 46 63 60
d. No. 5 Kei Nishikori 67(4) 64 61 46 63 3:24 Round of 16 3:34 d. No. 1 Andy Murray 75 57 62 64
         
total time on court 9:03  (IBM time) 12:28 total time on court

 

  • 4-time Australian Open champion FEDERER is looking to reach his 13th Australian Open semifinal and extend his record for most Australian Open semifinals reached in the Open Era.

 

       Australian Open semifinals reached (Open Era)

Player No. of AO semifinals
Roger Federer?? 13??
Stefan Edberg 8
Ivan Lendl 7
Andre Agassi

Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray

6

6

6

                                                                                        Active players in bold

 

  • Federer is bidding to reach his 13th Australian Open semifinal and close the gap on Jimmy Connors in 1st place on the Open Era list for the most semifinals reached at any one Grand Slam event. Last year here, Federer took sole occupancy of 2nd place on the list after reaching his 12th semifinal here.

 

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

   Player No. of semifinals
Jimmy Connors 14 (US Open)
Roger Federer?? 13?? (Australian Open)
Jimmy Connors

Roger Federer

11 (Wimbledon)

11 (Wimbledon)

 

  • Federer is bidding to reach his 41st Grand Slam semifinal to extend the record he broke at 2012 Wimbledon for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances:

                                                      Grand Slam semifinals reached (Open Era)

    Player No. of GS semifinals
Roger Federer 41??
Jimmy Connors

Novak Djokovic

31

31

Ivan Lendl 28
Andre Agassi 26

 

  • Federer is bidding to record his 85th match-win at Melbourne Park and make the Australian Open his most successful Grand Slam event in terms of matches won and semifinals reached.

 

  Titles won Win-loss record Semifinals reached
Australian Open 4 84-13 13??
Roland Garros 1 65-16 7
Wimbledon 7 84-11 11
US Open 5 78-11 10

 

  • At 35 years 174 days, Federer is bidding to become the oldest man to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors (39 years 6 days) reached the semifinals at the 1991 US Open. By reaching the quarterfinals here, he has become the oldest man to reach the last 8 at a major since Connors at the 1991 US Open.

 

  • At 35 years 174 days, Federer is bidding to become the oldest man to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open since Arthur Ashe (35 years 177 days) reached the semifinals here in 1978. By reaching the quarterfinals here, he has become the oldest man to reach the last 8 at a major since Ashe in 1978.

 

  • Federer is one of the 4 players aged 30 or over to reach the quarterfinals here from the 46 who started the men’s main draw – the most 30-somethings to reach the last 8 at the Australian Open since 1977, when there were 5. The Open Era record for the most 30-somethings in the semifinals at a Grand Slam is 3 – at 1968 Roland Garros.
  • By reaching the quarterfinals here for the 13th time, Federer has extended his record for most Australian Open quarterfinals in the Open Era ahead of Stefan Edberg (10 Australian Open quarterfinals).

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Federer has reached his 49th Grand Slam quarterfinal, extending his record for the most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era ahead of Connors (41).

 

  • By defeating Nishikori in 5-sets in the round of 16 here, Federer improved his career 5-set win-loss record to 25-20. He has a 6-5 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

  • Federer is looking to become the 3rd man in history to win 5 Australian Open singles titles after Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson, who have both won 6 titles here [see Preview page 2].

 

  • At 35 years 174 days, Federer is looking to become the 2nd oldest man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after Ken Rosewall, who won 3 Grand Slam titles after turning 35. Rosewall won the 1970 US Open (aged 35 years 315 days) and the Australian Open in 1971 (aged 36 years 73 days) and 1972 (aged 37 years 62 days).

 

  • Federer played just 7 Tour-level events in 2016 after injuring his knee the day after his Australian Open semifinal. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus on 2 February and withdrew from tournaments at Rotterdam and Dubai. He returned with a quarterfinal finish at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) but, despite playing 4 further tournaments, announced on 26 July that he would miss the rest of the season, including the Olympic Games in Rio, due to the knee injury.

 

  • Federer dropped out of the world’s Top 10 for the first time in 734 weeks (over 14 years) in November 2016 and did not qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time since 2001. He plays here ranked No. 17 – his lowest position since May 2001.

 

  • Federer made his comeback from injury at the 2017 Hopman Cup, defeating Daniel Evans 63 64 and Richard Gasquet 61 64, but losing to Alexander Zverev 76(1) 67(4) 76(4).

 

  • In Grand Slam play in 2016, Federer reached the semifinals at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon (l. Milos Raonic), where he saved 3 match points to recover from 0-2 down and defeat Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals. It was his 10th career-comeback from 0-2 down, equalling Aaron Krickstein and Boris Becker’s record for the most career comebacks from 0-2 down. He withdrew from Roland Garros, ending his record streak of 65 Grand Slam appearances, with a back injury.

 

  • Elsewhere in 2016, Federer finished runner-up at Brisbane (l. Raonic). He also reached back-to-back semifinals at Stuttgart (l. Dominic Thiem) and Halle (l. Alexander Zverev) and the 3rd round at Rome-1000 (l. Thiem). He failed to win a title during a season for the first time since winning his first at 2001 Milan.

 

  • This is Federer’s 69th major appearance. He is in 2nd place on the list for the most Grand Slams played in the Open Era behind Fabrice Santoro (70) [see Preview page 5].

 

  • Federer has won 4 titles here – in 2004 (d. Marat Safin 76(3) 64 62), 2006 (d. Marcos Baghdatis 57 75 60 62), 2007 (d. Fernando Gonzalez 76(2) 64 64) and 2010 (d. Murray 63 64 76(11)).

 

  • Federer is a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion. His last title at a major came at 2012 Wimbledon
    (d. Murray).

 

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

 

  • Lefthander ZVEREV is bidding to become the lowest-ranked man to reach the semifinals here since No. 54 Marcos Baghdatis in 2006. If he wins today, he would become the lowest-ranked man to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam since No. 75 Marat Safin and No. 94 Rainer Schuettler reached the last 4 at 2008 Wimbledon.

 

  • Zverev is aiming to become the first German man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Tommy Haas at 2009 Wimbledon. Haas was the last German man to reach the semifinals here in 2007.

 

  • Zverev is bidding to become the 2nd German player to defeat Federer at a Grand Slam after Haas, who defeated Federer in 5 sets here in 2002. Federer has a 19-1 win-loss record against German players at the majors overall.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Zverev has become the first German man to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since Haas at 2013 Roland Garros. He is the first German to progress to the last 8 here since Haas in 2007.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Zverev is projected to rise to a career-high ranking of around No. 34 when the new ATP rankings are released on 30 January. If he reaches the semifinals here, he is projected to rise to around No. 23.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Zverev has recorded 4 straight Tour-level match-wins for the 2nd time in his career. He also recorded 4 straight wins in finishing runner-up at 2010 Metz (l. Gilles Simon) – his best Tour-level result prior to coming here.

 

  • By defeating Murray in the round of 16 here, Zverev recorded his first career-victory over a world No. 1. Ranked No. 50, he became the lowest-ranked player to beat a top seed at a Grand Slam since No. 86 Marat Safin defeated Andy Roddick at the 2004 Australian Open.

 

  • Zverev’s wins against No. 1 Murray and No. 19 Isner here were his first match-wins against Top 20 opposition at the Grand Slams. He has a 2-4 win-loss record against Top 20 opposition at the majors overall.

 

  • Zverev’s 5-set win over Isner in the 2nd round was his first career comeback from 0-2 down and improved his 5-set win-loss record to 2-3. It was his first 5-set match-win since he won his first 5-set match in qualifying at 2007 Wimbledon (d. Stefano Galvani).
  • By reaching the quarterfinals here on his first Australian Open appearance since 2011, Zverev has recorded his best Grand Slam result. This is only the 5th time he has advanced beyond the 1st round at a Grand Slam in 18 appearances at the majors.

 

  • Zverev’s previous best Australian Open performance was reaching the 2nd round on his debut as a qualifier in 2007 (l. Robby Ginepri). He fell in the 1st round on his 4 other appearances here – in 2008 (l. Tommy Robredo), 2009 (l. Juan Martin del Potro), 2010 (l. Lukasz Kubot) and 2011 (l. Janko Tipsarevic). This is his 6th Australian Open appearance and his 18th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • At the Grand Slams in 2016, Zverev reached the 2nd round as a qualifier at the US Open (d. Pierre-Hugues Herbert, l. Jack Sock). It was his first Grand Slam appearance since 2012 Roland Garros and his first Grand Slam match-win since he reached the 2nd round at 2009 Wimbledon (d. Dmitry Tursunov, Philip Petzschner).

 

  • Zverev failed to qualify for the Grand Slams on 11 occasions after his main draw appearance at 2012 Roland Garros before finally qualifying successfully at the 2016 US Open. He has successfully qualified for the majors on just 4 occasions in 21 attempts – including on his debut here in 2007. He failed in his only other attempts to qualify for the Australian Open in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

 

  • Zverev warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the 2nd round at both Brisbane (d. Alex De Minaur, l. Rafael Nadal) and Sydney (d. Nicolas Almagro, l. Pablo Carreno Busta).

 

  • Zverev dropped as low as No. 1067 in the rankings in March 2015 following injuries to his back, knee, ribs and wrist. He climbed back up to No. 50 in the rankings on 9 January 2017 after reaching the 2nd round at Brisbane and also plays here at No. 50 – his highest ranking since he reached a career-high ranking of No. 48 on 5 October 2009.

 

  • Zverev’s 2016 highlights include reaching the semifinals as a qualifier at Basel (l. Marin Cilic) and the quarterfinals as a qualifier at both Shanghai-1000 (l. Novak Djokovic) and Shenzhen (l. Richard Gasquet). He qualified for 10 Tour-level events in 2016 – the most of any player on record. He also won the title at the Sarasota Challenger (USA) (d. Gerald Melzer).

 

  • Zverev has won 2 career doubles titles – alongside Mikhail Youzhny at 2008 Halle and 2008 Tokyo. He entered the men’s doubles event here with Nenad Zimonjic – they defeated Dustin Brown/Albert Ramos-Vinolas 76(5) 62 in the 1st round, but fell to Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan 63 62 in the 2nd round.

 

  • Zverev is coached by his father, Alexander Zverev Sr.
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2017 Australian Open – Day 7 Men’s Preview

 

2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 7 MEN’S NOTES

Sunday 22 January

Round of 16 Top Half

Roger Federer

Featured matches

 

No. 1 Andy Murray (GBR) v Mischa Zverev (GER)

No. 4 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Andreas Seppi (ITA)

No. 5 Kei Nishikori (JPN) v No. 17 Roger Federer (SUI)

No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Daniel Evans (GBR)

 

On court today…

 

  • A pillar of consistency at the Australian Open, Andy Murray will look to reach his 8th consecutive quarterfinal here when he takes on world No. 50 Mischa Zverev. The world No. 1 has not lost before the last 8 here since he fell to Fernando Verdasco in 5 sets in 2009, and will hope for a fairly straightforward match when he faces Zverev, having not lost to a player ranked as low as the German here since he fell to No. 51 Juan Ignacio Chela in 2006.

 

  • Murray and compatriot Daniel Evans, who plays former Australian Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, are both bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for Great Britain. The last time Great Britain had 2 men in the singles quarterfinals at the Australian Open was in 1977, when John Lloyd and Robin Drysdale reached the last 8. Not since 1997, when Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, have 2 British men featured in the last 8 at a Grand Slam.

 

  • Andreas Seppi is looking to break new ground at the majors when he takes on No. 4 seed Stan Wawrinka. A surprise win for the world No. 89 against the 2014 Australian Open champion would see him become the first Italian man to reach the last 8 at the Australian Open since Cristiano Caratti in 1991. Just 3 Italian men have reached the quarterfinals here in Australian Open history.

 

  • Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori are both looking to record milestone quarterfinal berths when they go head-to-head on Rod Laver Arena. A win for Federer would earn him a place in a remarkable 49th Grand Slam quarterfinal, while a victory for Nishikori would see the world No. 5 overtake Jiri Satoh and book a place in his 7th Grand Slam quarterfinal – the most in history for any Japanese player.

 

 

1 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v MISCHA ZVEREV (GER)

Head-to-head: Murray leads 1-0

2015     Munich              Clay (O)            R16      Murray              62 62

 

A 2nd Tour-level meeting for the pair, but their first on a hard court and their first at a Grand Slam.

 

These 2 players also played at Juniors and Futures level early in their careers, with Murray winning all 3 of their encounters – in the boys’ singles semifinals en route to his junior US Open triumph in 2004 and at the Great Britain F10 Futures in 2003 and the Italy F8 Futures in 2005.

 

Murray has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 50 today’s opponent at a Grand Slam since losing to No. 51 Juan Ignacio Chela here in 2006.

 

MURRAY                                       v                                        ZVEREV

 

29                                          Age                                          29

1                                    ATP Ranking                                   50

44                                         Titles                                          0

179-40                     Career Grand Slam Record                       8-17

48-11                        Australian Open Record                          4-5

637-175                              Career Record                               85-125

429-114                        Career Record – Hard                           56-71

7-1                                   2017 Record                                   5-2

7-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              5-2

23-9                          Career Five-Set Record                           1-3

9                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

184-107                      Career Tiebreak Record                         49-54

4-0                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            2-3

 

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

                           No. of consecutive Australian Open quarterfinals (Open Era)

Roger Federer 11
Stefan Edberg 10
Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray??

9

8??*

Rafael Nadal 8**

*Streak active.  **Nadal missed the 2013 Australian Open with a knee injury

 

  • Murray is also looking to reach his 8th quarterfinal here and join Ivan Lendl, Nadal and John Newcombe in joint-4th place on the Open Era list for most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances.

 

                                    Most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Player Quarterfinal appearances
Roger Federer 13??
Stefan Edberg 10
Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal

9

9??

Ivan Lendl

Andy Murray

John Newcombe

8

8??

8

Andre Agassi 7

Active players in bold.

 

  • Murray is bidding to record his 49th Australian Open match-win and move ahead of Andre Agassi and Lendl on the Open Era list for the most Australian Open match-wins.

 

 

 

Most Australian Open match-wins (Open Era)

Player Win-loss
Roger Federer 83-13
Novak Djokovic 58-7
Stefan Edberg 56-10
Andre Agassi

Ivan Lendl

Andy Murray

Rafael Nadal

48-5

48-10

48-11

48-10

Active players in bold. Figures accurate through AO 3rd round

 

  • Murray advanced to the round of 16 for the 9th consecutive year – and 10th time in total – after defeating Illya Marchenko 75 76(5) 62, qualifier Andrey Rublev 63 60 62 and No. 31 seed Sam Querrey 64 62 64 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • Murray and compatriot Daniel Evans are both bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for Great Britain. The last time Great Britain had multiple representation in the men’s singles quarterfinals at the Australian Open was in 1977, when John Lloyd and Robin Drysdale reached the last 8. The last time Great Britain had multiple representation in the men’s singles quarterfinals at any Grand Slam was at 1997 Wimbledon, when Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski reached that stage.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Murray and Evans have ensured Great Britain has multiple representation in the round of 16 at the Australian Open for the first time since 2001, when Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski reached this stage.

 

  • Murray is looking to avoid suffering the earliest exit for the top seed at the Australian Open since Lleyton Hewitt fell at this stage here in 2003 (see Preview page 9).

 

  • Murray has lost in the round of 16 here twice before – in 5-set matches in both 2007 (l. Rafael Nadal) and 2009 (l. Fernando Versdasco). He has a 23-9 career win-loss record in 5-set matches, and a 2-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

  • If Murray wins, he will play either No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori or No. 17 seed Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. He trails Federer 11-14 but leads Nishikori 8-2 in their previous meetings.

 

  • By winning his 3rd round match here, Murray recorded his 179th Grand Slam match-win and took sole ownership of 8th place on the Open Era list for the most Grand Slam match-wins ahead of Stefan Edberg (178-47) (see Preview page 5).

 

  • Murray is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after losing 5 finals at any one Grand Slam. He finished as runner-up to Roger Federer here in 2010, and to Novak Djokovic in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016. Djokovic and Federer (at Roland Garros), Goran Ivanisevic (at Wimbledon) and Lendl (at the US Open), are the only players in the Open Era to lose 3 Grand Slam finals at one major before winning the title.

 

  • Murray is looking to win the title here and avoid becoming the first man in the Open Era to lose 6 Grand Slam finals at any one major. Lendl, is the only other man to have lost 5 finals at any one Grand Slam event – losing in the title match at the US Open in 1982-84 and 1988-89, but winning the tournament in 1985-87.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2016, Murray won his 3rd Grand Slam title and 2nd at Wimbledon, defeating Milos Raonic in the final. It was 11th Grand Slam final, but the first in which he had faced an opponent other than Djokovic or Federer. He also became the 3rd British man – and first since Bunny Austin in 1937 – to reach the Roland Garros final (l. Djokovic) but fell to Nishikori in 5 sets in the quarterfinals at the US Open.

 

  • Also in 2016, Murray became the first player in history to successfully defend an Olympic singles gold medal after defeating Juan Martin del Potro in the final at Rio 2016. He won a career-best 9 Tour-level titles – including his first at the year-end ATP World Tour Finals, where he became the 17th man to secure the year-end No. 1 ranking after defeating Djokovic in the final. Two weeks earlier, he had become the 26th man to attain the world No. 1 ranking after reaching the final at Paris-1000.
  • Murray warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the final as No. 1 seed at Doha – his 13th final in his last 14 tournaments. He saw his 28-match Tour-level winning streak ended by Djokovic as the Serb won 63 57 64.

 

  • Murray is one of 4 Grand Slam champions through to the round of 16 here from the 6 who started the men’s main draw. Murray won the 2012 US Open title (d. Djokovic) and became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years in 2013 (d. Djokovic) before winning the title again in 2016.

 

  • Murray has won 12 of his last 13 matches against lefthanders at the Grand Slams. His only defeat during that time came at 2014 Roland Garros, when he fell to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

 

  • Murray was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

 

  • Murray has played Davis Cup since 2005 and has a 30-3 singles win-loss record in the competition in 20 ties played, leading Great Britain to its first title since 1936 in 2015. Great Britain will face Canada in the World Group first round in Ottawa on 3-5 February.

 

  • Murray is coached by Ivan Lendl, who won the Australian Open in 1989 and 1990, and former world No. 121 Jamie Delgado.

 

  • Lefthander ZVEREV is bidding to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Zverev has recorded his best Grand Slam performance. On his first appearance here since 2011, he defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 63 76(5) 64, No. 19 seed John Isner 67(4) 67(4) 64 76(7) 97 and Malek Jaziri 61 46 63 60 in the opening 3 rounds. This is only the 5th time he has advanced beyond the 1st round at a Grand Slam in 18 appearances at the majors.

 

  • Zverev’s 5-set win over Isner in the 2nd round was his first career comeback from 0-2 down and improved his 5-set win-loss record to 2-3. It was his first 5-set match-win since he won his first 5-set match in qualifying at 2007 Wimbledon (d. Stefano Galvani).

 

  • Zverev’s previous best Australian Open performance was reaching the 2nd round on his debut as a qualifier in 2007 (l. Robby Ginepri). He fell in the 1st round on his 4 other appearances here – in 2008 (l. Tommy Robredo), 2009 (l. Juan Martin del Potro), 2010 (l. Lukasz Kubot) and 2011 (l. Janko Tipsarevic). This is his 6th Australian Open appearance and his 18th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Zverev is looking to defeat a world No. 1 for the first time. He fell to Novak Djokovic in his only previous meeting with a world No. 1 in the quarterfinals at 2016 Shanghai-1000. His career-best win came against No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals at 2016 Basel – one of 5 career victories against a Top 10 player in 17 attempts.

 

  • If Zverev wins, he will play either No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori or No. 17 seed Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. He trails Federer 0-2 in their previous meetings, but has never faced Nishikori.

 

  • At the Grand Slams in 2016, Zverev reached the 2nd round as a qualifier at the US Open (d. Pierre-Hugues Herbert, l. Jack Sock). It was his first Grand Slam appearance since 2012 Roland Garros and his first Grand Slam match-win since he reached the 2nd round at 2009 Wimbledon (d. Dmitry Tursunov, Philip Petzschner).

 

  • Zverev failed to qualify for the Grand Slams on 11 occasions after his main draw appearance at 2012 Roland Garros before finally qualifying successfully at the 2016 US Open. He has successfully qualified for the majors on just 4 occasions in 21 attempts – including on his debut here in 2007. He failed in his only other attempts to qualify for the Australian Open in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

 

  • Zverev warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the 2nd round at both Brisbane (d. Alex De Minaur, l. Rafael Nadal) and Sydney (d. Nicolas Almagro, l. Pablo Carreno Busta).
  • Zverev climbed to No. 50 in the rankings on 9 January 2017 after reaching the 2nd round at Brisbane – his highest ranking since he reached a career-high ranking of No. 48 on 5 October 2009.

 

  • Zverev’s 2016 highlights include reaching the semifinals as a qualifier at Basel (l. Marin Cilic) and the quarterfinals as a qualifier at both Shanghai-1000 (l. Novak Djokovic) and Shenzhen (l. Richard Gasquet). He qualified for 10 Tour-level events in 2016 – the most of any player on record. He also won the title at the Sarasota Challenger (USA) (d. Gerald Melzer).

 

  • Zverev has won 2 career doubles titles – alongside Mikhail Youzhny at 2008 Halle and 2008 Tokyo. He entered the men’s doubles event here with Nenad Zimonjic – they defeated Dustin Brown/Albert Ramos-Vinolas 76(5) 62 in the 1st round, but fell to Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan 63 62 in the 2nd round on Saturday.

 

  • Zverev is coached by his father, Alexander Zverev Sr.

 

 

 4 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v ANDREAS SEPPI (ITA)

Head-to-head: Wawrinka leads 8-3

2006     Hamburg                      Clay (O)            R64      Seppi                26 76(4) 61

2006     Nottingham                   Grass (O)          R32      Seppi                76(7) 46 64

2009     Indian Wells-1000          Hard (O)           R64      Wawrinka          61 63

2009     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           R64      Wawrinka          75 75

2009     Davis Cup (WG-PO)       Clay (O)            R1        Wawrinka          64 61 62

2010     Stockholm                    Hard (I)             R32      Wawrinka          62 62

2010     Valencia                        Hard (O)           R32      Wawrinka          76(2) 75

2012     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)            R16      Seppi                67(1) 76(6) 76(6)

2013     Cincinnati-1000              Hard (O)           R64      Wawrinka          63 64

2013     Beijing                          Hard (O)           R32      Wawrinka          46 63 64

2014     Indian Wells-1000          Hard (O)           R32      Wawrinka          60 62

 

A 12th career meeting for the pair, but their first at a Grand Slam. Seppi won their first 2 meetings in 2006, but Wawrinka has won 8 of their 9 meetings since then, including all 7 of their meetings on a hard court.

 

Wawrinka also won the only best-of-5-sets-match the two have contested – the first rubber of a 2009 Davis Cup World Group play-off – in straight sets.

 

WAWRINKA                                     v                                         SEPPI

 

31                                          Age                                          32

4                                    ATP Ranking                                   89

15                                         Titles                                          3

122-44                     Career Grand Slam Record                      48-47

34-10                        Australian Open Record                        15-11

444-253                              Career Record                              312-332

248-141                        Career Record – Hard                         143-176

5-1                                   2017 Record                                   3-0

5-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              3-0

25-19                         Career Five-Set Record                         21-15

6                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         5

182-172                      Career Tiebreak Record                       116-148

2-2                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            3-2

 

  • 2014 Australian Open champion WAWRINKA is looking to reach the quarterfinals here for a 4th time.

 

  • Wawrinka advanced to the round of 16 here for the 5th straight year after defeating Martin Klizan 46 64 75 46 64, Steve Johnson 63 64 64 and No. 29 seed Viktor Troicki 36 62 62 76(7) in the opening 3 rounds. His 5-set victory over Klizan in the 1st round improved his overall 5-set win-loss record to 25-19, and to 2-3 in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.

 

  • Last year here as No. 4 seed, Wawrinka fell to Milos Raonic 64 63 57 46 63 in the round of 16. This is his 12th Australian Open appearance and his 48th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Wawrinka has never lost to a player ranked as low as No. 89 today’s opponent at the Australian Open. The lowest-ranked player he has lost to here is No. 73 Marc Gicquel in the 2nd round in 2008, when he retired with a strained stomach muscle while trailing 62 36 76 2-1.

 

  • The last time Wawrinka lost to a player ranked as low as today’s opponent was when he fell to No. 91 Jan-Lennard Struff in the 2nd round at 2016 Paris-1000.

 

  • If he wins today, Wawrinka will play either No. 12 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Daniel Evans in the quarterfinals. He leads Tsonga 4-3 and Evans 1-0 in their previous head-to-heads.

 

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

 

  • Wawrinka has won 3 Grand Slam titles at 3 different majors. He also won 2015 Roland Garros and the 2016 US Open, defeating Djokovic in both finals. In Paris, he became the 2nd Swiss player – man or woman – in history to win Roland Garros. At 30 years 71 days, he was the oldest man to win in Paris since Andres Gomez in 1990. At the US Open, aged 31 years 167 days, he became the oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall in 1970 and just the 5th man to win multiple Grand Slam titles after turning 30. He is one of 4 Grand Slam champions to reach the round of 16 here from the 6 who started in the men’s draw.

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2016, Wawrinka reached the semfinals at Roland Garros (l. Andy Murray) but fell in the 2nd round at Wimbledon (l. Juan Martin del Potro).

 

  • In 2016, Wawrinka won a career-best 4 titles for the 2nd straight year. As well as winning the US Open, he won his 3rd straight title at Chennai (d. Borna Coric) and won the titles at Dubai (d. Marcos Baghdatis) and Geneva (d. Marin Cilic). He also finished runner-up at St. Petersburg (l. Alexander Zverev).

 

  • Wawrinka warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the semifinals as No. 2 seed at Brisbane, where he fell to Kei Nishikori 76(3) 63.

 

  • Wawrinka is coached by Magnus Norman, who reached the semifinals here in 2000.

 

  • SEPPI is bidding to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for the first time.

 

  • Seppi is looking to become the first Italian man to reach the last 8 at the Australian Open since Cristiano Caratti in 1991. Just 3 Italian men have reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in history. The last Italian man to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam was Fabio Fognini at 2011 Roland Garros.

                               

    Italian men in Australian Open quarterfinals (all-time)

Giorgio de Stefani 1935 Australian Championships
Nicola Pietrangeli 1957 Australian Championships
Cristiano Caratti 1991 Australian Open

 

  • If he wins today and reaches the quarterfinals for the first time on his 48th Grand Slam appearance, Seppi will go 2nd in the list for the most Open Era Grand Slam appearances before reaching a quarterfinal:

 

Fabrice Santoro

Andreas Seppi??

Sam Querrey

54

48??

38

Mark Woodforde 38
Todd Woodbridge 34
Philipp Kohlschreiber 33

 

  • If he wins today and reaches the quarterfinals for the first time on his 12th Australian Open appearance, Seppi will go 2nd in the list for the most Open Era Australian Open appearances before reaching a quarterfinal:

 

Fabrice Santoro

Andres Seppi??

Gael Monfils

Mark Woodforde

14

12??

11

11

Nicolas Almagro 9
Lleyton Hewitt

Pat Rafter

9
9

 

  • Seppi is bidding to defeat a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam for the 2nd time. His only win over a Top 10 player at a major came against No. 2 Roger Federer in the 3rd round here in 2015. He has a 1-10 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition at the majors overall.

 

  • Seppi is bidding to end a 10-match losing streak against Top 10 opposition. He has not defeated a Top 10 player since No. 5 Kei Nishikori retired with a calf injury with Seppi leading 4-1 in the semifinals at 2015 Halle.

 

  • Seppi is bidding to defeat 2 seeded players at the same Grand Slam event for the 2nd time. He has achieved the feat once before – defeating No. 29 seed Jeremy Chardy and No. 2 seed Roger Federer here in 2015. He has a 10-26 win-loss record against seeded players at the majors overall.

 

  • Seppi advanced to the round of 16 here for the 3rd time after defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu 64 76(4) 67(3) 75, No. 14 seed Nick Kyrgios 16 67(1) 64 62 10-8, saving a match point, and Steve Darcis 46 64 76(1) 76(2).

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Seppi has equalled his best Grand Slam performance. He also reached the round of 16 on at 2012 Roland Garros (l. Novak Djokovic), the Australian Open in 2013 (l. Chardy) and 2015 (l. Kyrgios), and at 2013 Wimbledon (l. Juan Martin del Potro).

 

  • Seppi’s 2nd round win over Kyrgios here was his 5th career comeback from 0-2 down and his 2nd 0-2 comeback at the Australian Open. He also came back from 0-2 down against Arnaud Clement in the 1st round here in 2011. He has a 22-15 win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 7-4 win-loss record in 5-set matches here.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Seppi has recorded 3 straight Tour-level match-wins for the first time since he reached the semifinals at 2016 Nottingham (l. Steve Johnson). His wins here are his first at Tour-level since he reached the quarterfinals at Antwerp (l. Kyle Edmund) in October.

 

  • If he wins today, Seppi will play either No. 12 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Daniel Evans in the quarterfinals. He trails Tsonga 3-1 in their previous meetings but has never faced Evans.

 

  • Last year here Seppi reached the 3rd round, falling to Djokovic 61 75 76(6). This is his 12th Australian Open and his 48th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2016, Seppi reached the 2nd round at both Wimbledon (l. Milos Raonic) and the US Open (l. Rafael Nadal) but lost in the 1st round at Roland Garros (l. Ernests Gulbis).

 

  • Seppi’s best result in 2016 was reaching the semifinals at Nottingham. He reached 4 further quarterfinals – at Sofia (l. Martin Klizan), Nice (l. Dominic Thiem), Halle (l. Florian Mayer) and Antwerp.

 

  • Seppi has won 3 career singles titles – at 2011 Eastbourne (d. Janko Tipsarevic), 2012 Belgrade (d. Benoit Paire) and 2012 Moscow (d. Thomaz Bellucci).

 

  • Seppi reached a career-high ranking of No. 18 after reaching the last 16 of the 2013 Australian Open. He dropped to No. 100 in the rankings on 17 October 2016 – his lowest ranking since July 2007 – but plays here at No. 89.

 

  • Seppi has been coached by Massimo Sartori since 1995.

 

 

 5 KEI NISHIKORI (JPN) v NO. 17 ROGER FEDERER (SUI)

Head-to-head: Federer leads 4-2  

2011     Basel                            Hard (I)             FR        Federer             61 63

2013     Madrid-1000                  Clay (O)            R16      Nishikori           64 16 62

2014     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           QF        Nishikori           36 75 64

2014     Halle                             Grass (O)          SF        Federer             63 76(4)

2014     ATP World Tour Finals   Hard (I)             RR        Federer             63 62

2015     ATP World Tour Finals   Hard (I)             RR        Federer             75 46 64

 

A 7th career meeting for the 2 players, but their first at a Grand Slam.

 

Nishikori is bidding to end a 3-match losing streak against Federer – the last time he defeated the Swiss was in the quarterfinals at 2014 Miami-1000. Federer has won their other 3 hard court meetings.

 

NISHIKORI                                      v                                       FEDERER

 

27                                          Age                                          35

5                                    ATP Ranking                                   17

11                                         Titles                                         88

63-28                      Career Grand Slam Record                     310-51

23-7                         Australian Open Record                        83-13

307-143                              Career Record                             1083-245

217-100                        Career Record – Hard                         667-135

6-1                                   2017 Record                                   3-0

6-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              3-0

15-5                          Career Five-Set Record                         24-20

2                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                        10

91-64                        Career Tiebreak Record                       396-215

1-1                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            1-0

 

  • NISHIKORI is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 4th time and equal his best Australian Open result.

 

  • Nishikori is bidding to reach his 7th Grand Slam quarterfinal and take sole ownership of 1st place ahead of Jiri Satoh for the most major quarterfinals reached by a Japanese man. Satoh (6 quarterfinals) and Zenzo Shimizu (3) are the only other Japanese players to reach multiple quarterfinals at a major.

 

  • Nishikori’s best result here is reaching the quarterfinals in 2012 (l. Andy Murray), 2015 (l. Stan Wawrinka) and 2016 (l. Novak Djokovic). He is the only Japanese man to reach the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park in the Open Era.

 

  • Nishikori advanced to the round of 16 for the 6th straight year after defeating Andrey Kuznetsov 57 61 64 67(6) 62, Jeremy Chardy 63 64 63 and qualifier Lukas Lacko 64 64 64 in the opening 3 rounds. This is his 8th Australian Open appearance and his 30th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Nishikori’s 1st round victory against Kuznetsov maintained his record of never having lost a 5-set match at the Australian Open. He has 4-0 win-loss record in 5-set matches here and a 15-5 record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • The Australian Open is Nishikori’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of match-wins. He has a 23-7 win-loss record here compared to 18-8 at the US Open, 11-6 at Roland Garros and 11-7 at Wimbledon.

 

  • Nishikori has won just 4 of his last 5 matches against Top 20 opposition at the Grand Slams. His only win in that time came against No. 2 Murray in the quarterfinals at the 2016 US Open. He has a 9-18 win-loss record against Top 20 opposition at the Grand Slams overall.

 

  • If he wins today, Nishikori will face either No. 1 Murray or Mischa Zverev in the quarterfinals. He trails Murray 2-8 in their previous meetings but has never faced Zverev.

 

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

 

  • In Grand Slam play last year Nishikori reached the semifinals at the US Open (l. Wawrinka), the quarterfinals here and the round of 16 at both Roland Garros (l. Richard Gasquet) and Wimbledon, where he retired with a rib injury while trailing Cilic 61 5-1.

 

  • Nishikori’s best result in 2016 was winning his 4th straight title at Memphis (d. Taylor Fritz), joining today’s opponent, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic as the only active players to have won 4 consecutive titles at a single Tour-level event. He finished runner-up at 4 further tournaments at Miami-1000 (l. Djokovic), Barcelona (l. Nadal), Toronto-1000 (l. Djokovic) and Basel (l. Cilic). He also won singles bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Event after defeating Rafael Nadal in the 3rd place play-off.

 

  • Nishikori warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the final at Brisbane, where he fell to Grigor Dimitrov.

 

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

 

  • Nishikori plays here seeded No. 5 – his joint-highest seeding at the Australian Open. He was also seeded No. 5 here in 2015.

 

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

 

  • 4-time Australian Open champion FEDERER is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 13th time and extend his record for most Australian Open quarterfinals.

 

                                    Most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Player Win-loss
Roger Federer 13??
Stefan Edberg 10
Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal

9

9??

Ivan Lendl

Andy Murray

John Newcombe

8

8??

8

Andre Agassi 7

Active players in bold

 

  • Federer is bidding to reach his 49th Grand Slam quarterfinal. By reaching the quarterfinals at 2014 Wimbledon, he took sole occupancy of 1st place for the most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era ahead of Connors.

Most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Player No. of appearances
Roger Federer 49??
Jimmy Connors 41
Novak Djokovic 37
Andre Agassi 36
Ivan Lendl 34

 

  • The Australian Open is Federer’s 2nd most successful Grand Slam event in terms of matches won and quarterfinals reached:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titles won Win-loss record Quarterfinals reached
Australian Open 4 83-13 12
Roland Garros 1 65-16 11
Wimbledon 7 84-11 14
US Open 5 78-11 11

 

  • Federer advanced to the round of 16 here for the 15th time and extended his record for most appearances in the round of 16 at the Australian Open in the Open Era after defeating qualifiers Jurgen Melzer 75 36 62 62 and Noah Rubin 75 63 76(3) and No. 10 seed Tomas Berdych 62 64 64 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • At 35 years 174 days, Federer is looking to become the oldest man to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors (39 years 6 days) at the 1991 US Open.

 

  • At 35 years 174 days, Federer is looking to become the oldest man to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open since Arthur Ashe (35 years 177 days) in 1978.

 

  • If he wins today, Federer will face either No. 1 Andy Murray or Mischa Zverev in the quarterfinals. He leads Murray 14-11 and Zverev 2-0 in their previous meetings.

 

  • Federer is looking to become the 3rd man in history to win 5 Australian Open singles titles after Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson, who have both won 6 titles here [see Preview page 2].

 

  • At 35 years 174 days, Federer is looking to become the 2nd oldest man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after Ken Rosewall, who won 3 Grand Slam titles after turning 35. Rosewall won the 1970 US Open (aged 35 years 315 days) and the Australian Open in 1971 (aged 36 years 73 days) and 1972 (aged 37 years 62 days).

 

  • Last year here Federer reached his 12th Australian Open semifinal, taking sole occupancy of 2nd place on the Open Era list for the most semifinals reached at any one Grand Slam event after Jimmy Connors (who reached 14 semifinals at the US Open). Aged 34 years 176 days, he was the oldest man to reach the semifinals here since 35-year-old Colin Dibley in 1979.

 

  • Federer played just 7 Tour-level events in 2016 after injuring his knee the day after his Australian Open semifinal. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus on 2 February and withdrew from tournaments at Rotterdam and Dubai. He returned with a quarterfinal finish at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) but, despite playing 4 further tournaments, announced on 26 July that he would miss the rest of the season, including the Olympic Games in Rio, due to the knee injury.

 

  • Federer dropped out of the world’s Top 10 for the first time in 734 weeks (over 14 years) in November 2016 and did not qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time since 2001. He plays here ranked No. 17 – his lowest position since May 2001.

 

  • Federer made his comeback from injury at the 2017 Hopman Cup, defeating Daniel Evans 63 64 and Richard Gasquet 61 64, but losing to Alexander Zverev 76(1) 67(4) 76(4).

 

  • In Grand Slam play in 2016, Federer reached the semifinals at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon (l. Milos Raonic), where he saved 3 match points to recover from 0-2 down and defeat Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals. It was his 10th career-comeback from 0-2 down, equalling Aaron Krickstein and Boris Becker’s record for the most career comebacks from 0-2 down. He withdrew from Roland Garros, ending his record streak of 65 Grand Slam appearances, with a back injury.

 

  • Elsewhere in 2016, Federer finished runner-up at Brisbane (l. Raonic). He also reached back-to-back semifinals at Stuttgart (l. Dominic Thiem) and Halle (l. Zverev) and the 3rd round at Rome-1000 (l. Thiem). He failed to win a title during a season for the first time since winning his first at 2001 Milan.

 

  • This is Federer’s 69th major appearance. He is in 2nd place on the list for the most Grand Slams played in the Open Era behind Fabrice Santoro (70) [see Preview page 5].

 

  • Federer has won 4 titles here – in 2004 (d. Marat Safin 76(3) 64 62), 2006 (d. Marcos Baghdatis 57 75 60 62), 2007 (d. Fernando Gonzalez 76(2) 64 64) and 2010 (d. Murray 63 64 76(11)).
  • Federer is a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion. His last title at a major came at 2012 Wimbledon
    (d. Murray). He is one of the 4 Grand Slam champions through to the round of 16 here from the 6 who started in this year’s men’s singles main draw.

 

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

 

 

 

 12 JO-WILFRIED TSONGA (FRA) v DANIEL EVANS (GBR)

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

Tsonga’s last defeat to a player ranked outside the Top 50 came in a 5-set defeat to No. 78 Lukas Rosol in the 2016 Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals. His last defeat to a player ranked outside the Top 50 at a major came at 2016 Roland Garros, when he retired with an adductor injury when leading No. 80 Ernests Gulbis 5-2 in the opening set.

 

Tsonga has never lost to a player ranked outside the Top 50 at the Australian Open. The lowest-ranked player to defeat him here is No. 46 Alexandr Dolgopolov in the 3rd round in 2011.

 

Evans has won his last 2 matches against Top 20 opposition – defeating No. 8 Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals at Sydney prior to coming here to end a 9-match losing streak against Top 20 opposition, and No. 7 Marin Cilic in the 2nd round here. He has a 3-10 win-loss record against Top 20 players overall, with his only other win against a Top 20 player coming against No. 12 Kei Nishikori in the 1st round at the 2013 US Open.

 

                          TSONGA                                       v                                         EVANS

 

31                                          Age                                          26

12                                   ATP Ranking                                   51

12                                         Titles                                          0

111-35                     Career Grand Slam Record                        9-7

33-9                         Australian Open Record                          3-1

393-181                              Career Record                                28-35

263-117                        Career Record – Hard                           20-23

5-1                                   2017 Record                                   7-1

5-1                              2017 Record – Hard                              7-1

15-9                          Career Five-Set Record                           1-4

4                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

183-135                      Career Tiebreak Record                         19-19

1-2                            2017 Tiebreak Record                            3-1

 

  • 2008 Australian Open runner-up TSONGA is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the first time since 2013.

 

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

 

  • Tsonga is through to the round of 16 here for the 8th time. He defeated Thiago Monteiro 61 63 67(5) 62, Dusan Lajovic 62 62 63 and No. 23 seed Jack Sock 76(4) 75 67(8) 63 in the opening 3 rounds.

 

  • Tsonga has lost in the round of 16 here on 3 occasions – in 2012, when he lost to Kei Nishikori in 5 sets, in 2014 (l. Roger Federer) and 2016 (l. Nishikori). Tsonga has a 15-9 win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 3-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.
  • If Tsonga wins today, he will play either No. 4 seed Stan Wawrinka or Andreas Seppi in the quarterfinals. He trails Wawrinka 3-4 but leads Seppi 3-1 in their previous meetings.

 

  • By defeating Thiago Monteiro in the 1st round here, Tsonga claimed the record for the most Grand Slam match-wins by a Frenchman ahead of Jean Borotra (108-23). He has a 111-35 win-loss record at the majors.
  • Tsonga’s best Grand Slam result to date is a runner-up finish at the 2008 Australian Open (l. Novak Djokovic). He defeated three Top 10 players (Andy Murray, Richard Gasquet and Rafael Nadal) en route to the final. This is his 10th appearance at Melbourne Park and his 36th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Tsonga warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Doha, where he lost to Tomas Berdych in straight sets. He also played a match at the Kooyong Exhibition Event, defeating Borna Coric 63 76.
  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2016, Tsonga reached the quarterfinals at both Wimbledon (l. Murray) and the US Open, where he retired with a left knee injury while trailing Djokovic 63 62. He reached the 3rd round at Roland Garros, where he retired with an adductor injury when leading Ernests Gulbis 5-2 in the first set.
  • Away from the Grand Slams, Tsonga’s best result in 2016 came at Vienna, where he reached the final
    (l. Murray). He also reached the semifinals at Auckland (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) and Monte Carlo-1000
    (l. Gael Monfils). Last year was the first year he did not win a title since 2010.
  • Tsonga is a former Top 5 player. He reached a career-high No. 5 in the world in February 2012 and plays here at No. 12.
  • Tsonga has played Davis Cup for France since 2008. He has played a total of 17 ties, achieving an 18-7 win-loss record in singles and a 24-8 win-loss record overall. France take on Japan at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo in the 2017 World Group first round on 3-5 February.
  • Tsonga is coached by Thierry Ascione.
  • EVANS is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the first time.

 

  • Evans defeated Facundo Bagnis 76(8) 63 61, No. 7 seed Marin Cilic 36 75 63 63 and No. 27 seed Bernard Tomic 75 76(2) 76(3) to record his first Australian Open match-wins. His win over No. 7 Cilic was his career-best win and his first win over a Top 10 player at a major.

 

  • Evans is bidding to become the first British man other than Andy Murray to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open since John Lloyd fell in the last 8 here in 1985. Tim Henman is the last British man other than Murray to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal – when he reached the semifinals at the 2004 US Open.

 

  • Evans and Murray are both bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for Great Britain. The last time Great Britain had multiple representation in the men’s singles quarterfinals at the Australian Open was in 1977, when John Lloyd and Robin Drysdale reached the last 8. The last time Great Britain had multiple representation in the men’s singles quarterfinals at any Grand Slam was at 1997 Wimbledon, when Henman and Greg Rusedski reached that stage.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Evans and Murray have ensured Great Britain has multiple representation in the round of 16 at the Australian Open for the first time since 2001, when Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski reached this stage here.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Evans has become the first British man other than Murray to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open since Henman in 2002.

 

  • By reaching the round of 16 here, Evans has recorded his best Grand Slam result. His previous best result at a major is reaching the 3rd round as a qualifier at the US Open in 2013 (l. Tommy Robredo) and as a direct acceptance in 2016 (l. Stan Wawrinka), and as a direct acceptance at 2016 Wimbledon (l. Roger Federer).

 

  • Evans is bidding to record 4 straight Tour-level match-wins for the 2nd time in his career. The only time he has recorded 4 consecutive Tour-level match-wins was in finishing runner-up at 2017 Sydney (l. Gilles Muller) prior to coming here. By reaching the round of 16 here, he has recorded 3 straight Tour-level match wins for the 3rd time in his career having also reached the semifinals at 2014 Zagreb (l. Tommy Haas).

 

  • If Evans wins today, he will play either No. 4 seed Stan Wawrinka or Andreas Seppi in the quarterfinals. He trails Wawrinka 0-1 in their previous meetings, having missed a match point in a 5-set defeat at the 2016 US Open, but has never faced Seppi.

 

  • Last year here on his Australian Open debut as a qualifier, Evans fell to Feliciano Lopez in the 1st round. He lost in the 2nd round of qualifying on both of his 2 other attempts to qualify here – in 2010 and 2014. This is his 2nd Australian Open and his 8th Grand Slam appearance overall.

 

  • Evans’ best Tour-level results in 2016 were reaching the 3rd round at Nottingham (l. Pablo Cuevas), Wimbledon, Washington (l. Jack Sock) and the US Open – the only occasions in which he recorded back-to-back Tour-level match-wins in 2016. He didn’t attempt to qualify at 2016 Roland Garros to focus on the grass season.

 

  • Also in 2016, Evans won Challenger titles at Drummondville (CAN) (d. Edward Corrie), Taipei (TPE) (d. Konstantin Kravchuk) and Aptos (USA) (d. Cameron Norrie) and finished runner-up at Challengers at Dallas (USA) (l. Kyle Edmund) and Busan (KOR) (l. Kravchuk).

 

  • Evans warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching his first Tour-level final at Sydney. He also represented Great Britain at the Hopman Cup, losing to Federer 63 64, Richard Gasquet 64 62 and Alexander Zverev 64 63 in his 3 singles matches in Perth.

 

  • Evans has a 1-4 win-loss record in 5-set matches – losing his only 5-set match at a Grand Slam to Wawrinka at the 2016 US Open despite holding a match point in the 4th set. His other 4 five-set matches have come in Davis Cup, with his only 5-set match-win coming against Martin Klizan Great Britain’s victory over Slovakia in the Europe/Africa Group I first round in 2012.

 

  • Evans has played Davis Cup since 2009 and was part of the British team that reached the World Group semifinals last year. Great Britain will play Canada in the 2017 World Group first round in Ottawa on 3-5 February.

 

  • Evans is coached by Mark Hilton.

*** Statistics provided by the Australian Open Media team and the International Tennis Federation.

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