August 26, 2016

Novak Djokovic to Meet Kei Nishikori in Miami Open Final

(April 1, 2016) On Friday Novak Djokovic defeated David Goffin 7-6 (5), 6-4 to reach his seventh final at the Miami Open. The world No. 1 will be going for his third straight title in Key Biscayne and sixth overall on Sunday when he faces No. 6 Kei Nishikori.  Djokovic is on a 15-match winning streak in Key Biscayne.  In the other semifinal, Nishikori stopped 24th seed Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5.

Djokovic survived a tight first set against his Belgian opponent. A missed overhead smash by Goffin in tiebreak put the momentum in the Serb’s favor.

“Of course I was a bit fortunate in the tiebreak, but I made him play always an extra shot,” said Djokovic. “Second set was even better.”

“I was aware of the level that he raised his game in last couple of months. And the fact that he has played the first semifinals of a Masters 1000 event in his career in Indian Wells gave him obviously confidence coming into today’s match, and I knew he’s going to try to take his chances, going to try to be aggressive.

“He plays very clean, a tennis that is beautiful for the eye, you know, to watch, and the way he moves. Also, I think he improved his serve, first serve, especially in the first set. I had difficulty to kind of read it. It’s not as powerful and strong as maybe some other guys’, but it’s very precise and efficient. Also, he backs it up with a very efficient and good quality first shot after the serve.”

“There was a lot of big points in the first set,” Goffin said. “I had the break also earlier in the set, and at 4-3 I didn’t play good service game to do 5-3. Yeah, with new balls he was really aggressive with his return.

“Yeah, against Djokovic you have to make every point. You have to go for the shot in every point. He doesn’t give anything, so you have to win every point. It’s tough, because if you are not there for a few seconds, you lose the game.

“So, yeah. It’s always tough against Novak. But, yeah, at the end it was a really good first set with a lot of intensity, and, yeah, there was some — when we start the tiebreak it was, yeah, few second serves that I missed the return. I served well, but it was not enough, yeah, with the smash.”

Goffin who reached two straight Masters Series semifinals, Indian Wells and Miami, will see his ranking rise to 13.

“Of course my confidence is really high,” Goffin said of his recent results. “But of course I did two good weeks, two good tournaments, but I was not on fire. It was like really solid game, and I played my level. I really happy that mentally I was really competitive and I won a lot of good matches against many great players.

“So, yeah, I worked a lot during practice, so maybe that’s why it pays off during the match. But for the next tournaments and the rest of this season, of course the confidence is really high.”

Nishikori held back the hard-hitting Kyrgios in the night session. The man from Japan, survived five match points against Gael Monfils in his quarterfinal contest.

“It’s going to be tough, for sure,” Nishikori said about playing Djokovic in the final. “He has been playing well. I hope I can play another good match.”

Djokovic will be going for a record 28th Masters Series 1000 title, while Nishikori will be trying to win his very first. Should Djokovic win on Sunday he would tie tennis Hall of Famer Andre Agassi for the most number Miami titles with six and win his fourth Indian Wells-Miami double.

Djokovic leads in his career head-to-head against Nishikori at 6-2.

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Victoria Azarenka to Play Svetlana Kuznetsova in Miami Open Final

(March 31, 2016) A pair of former Miami Open winners and two-time major champions have reached the women’s final. Svetlana Kuznetsova, a 2006 winner of the Miami Open held off Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-3. 2009 and 2011 Key Biscayne winner, 13th seed Victoria Azarenka gained a little revenge from the Australian Open by beating No. 2 Angelique Kerber. Kerber beat Azarenka in the quarterfinals of Melbourne and went on to beat Serena Williams in the final to capture her first major title.

Kuznetsova knocked out eight-time champion Serena Williams in the fourth round of Miami and survived four straight three-set wins to reach the semifinal.

The 30-year-old Russian at No. 19 in the world has become the lowest ranked finalist since 2005, when No. 38 Kim Clijsters won the Miami title.

Should Kuznetsova win the title, she would return to the top ten. She talked about her tournament so far.

“I just take match by match and I just go,” she said. “It’s one more match. I’ll play with another amazing opponent. I had great wins this week, but one match, it’s a lot. It’s almost like everything. It’s great, you know.

“I start really well playing in Sydney, and then Australian Open didn’t happen to me to play good there. But I still felt I was in good level. Then I kind of mess up with Fed Cup and all that results. It was not good for me.

“I didn’t feel going in that good shape going to the U.S. swing. I was not feeling confident at all. After I had a loss in Indian Wells I tried to work a lot and training every morning a lot just to get confidence back, get my fitness.

“I’m doing better. I’m appreciate, I am blessed I have my body to play so many years and to win against good players, top players. It’s great when things come together. Either way, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s a great week. I’m really pleased and happy the way I fight through all these tournaments and weeks and players.”

On-court after the match, the former French Open and U.S. Open champion said she was happy wrapping up the match in straight sets.

“I am happy that I could hang in there and never let my hands down,” said Kuznetsova.

“I’m happy I’m still able to play against the best in the world. I was praying to finish it in two sets so I would have a little more time to rest.”

 

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

Azarenka advanced during the Thursday night session, improving her record this year to 21-1, not dropping a set during the tournament. Should the Belarusian win, she’d become only the third woman player to win the Indian Wells – Miami double in the same year.

Both Azarenka and Kerber produced hard-hitting shots with very exciting rallies. Azarenka had her serve broken, serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set but won the next two games to close it.

Azarenka broke the German’s serve seven time during the match, hitting 29 winners and only making 16 unforced errors.

“Vika, she is doing amazing,” Kuznetsova said about potentially playing her in the final. “She is extremely prepared. Playing really confident taking all her chances.”

Azarenka is 4-4 against Kuznetsova in head-to-head competition. The last time they faced each other was in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Australian Open. Azarenka won the match and went on to win her second straight Melbourne crown.

Kei Nishikori photo courtesy of MiamiTennisNews.com

Kei Nishikori photo courtesy of MiamiTennisNews.com

On the men’s side of the draw, No. 6 Kei Nishikori survived five match points to beat No. 16 Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) to advance to the semifinals on Thursday. He’ll face No. 24 seed Nick Kyrgios who surprised No. 12 Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6(4).

Nishikori was down 4-5, 0-40 before fighting off the Frenchman.

“I was up a break and I had many chances to break again, you know, second time,” said the top player from Japan.

“You know, I just try to focus when I lost the game for 4-All. Actually, I knew something like that was going to be happen, so I was kind of ready and like 50/50.

“But when I was down 4-5, Love-40, I thought, All right, that’s it. Especially the last couple games I wasn’t serving well, so that was — I thought it’s going to be tough to come back. I tried to play one point at time. Yeah, I thought I have to hit the ball to win the points, and I did.

“The tiebreak I was try to be focus again. I saw he was down a little bit, so try to be focus again. Yeah, did pretty good in tiebreak.”

“Then I think at 3-4 I really raise my level,” Monfils said. “I think I start to be very aggressive, start to go for it, and still had the strong feeling that I can make it.

“At the end, I think I push very hard. Then definitely I have opportunity it close it out, but actually Kei played strong. He fought well.

“Actually, I think in the breaker he was just better than me.”

Kyrgios talked about playing Nishikori next: “Obviously Kei is one of the greatest players in the world at the moment. He has an unbelievable return of serve, moves unbelievably fast, hits big from the baseline, doesn’t have many weaknesses.

“When I played him in Shanghai I didn’t really do too much wrong. I played a great match the whole time and he just played a really well in the big moments. I definitely had chances.

“I know what my game plan is going to be. It’s going to be a tough match, but I’m looking forward to it. He’s a great guy.”

For his efforts in Miami, the young Australian’s ranking will move into the top 20.

MIAMI OPEN RESULTS – MARCH 31, 2016
Women’s Singles – Semifinals
[13] V. Azarenka (BLR) d [2] A. Kerber (GER) 62 75
[15] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [19] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) 75 63

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[6] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [16] G. Monfils (FRA) 46 63 76(3) – saved 5 m.p.
[24] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [12] M. Raonic (CAN) 64 76(4)

Men’s Doubles – Semifinals
[5] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d [4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 63 63
R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 64 62

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, APRIL 01, 2016
STADIUM start 1:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [15] D. Goffin (BEL)
WTA – M. Gasparyan (RUS) / M. Niculescu (ROU) vs [4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

7:00 pm
ATP – [24] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [6] K. Nishikori (JPN)
WTA – [3] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs [8] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)

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Djokovic and Azarenka Two Wins Away From an Indian Wells – Miami Double

(March 30, 2016) No. 1 Novak Djokovic is a match closer to claiming his sixth Miami Open title and third in a row. The Serb, dealing with back spasms on Wednesday night stopped No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3 to reach the semifinals. His opponent will be No. 15 David Goffin of Belgium. Goffin, reaching his second straight Masters 1000 semifinal rallied past Frenchman and No. 18 seed Gilles Simon 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Djokovic is now 26-1 on the year. He stand two wins away from pulling off a fourth career Indian Wells – Miami double.

David Goffin

David Goffin

“Yeah, the first set it was tough because it was a good set with a good level,” Goffin said. “Gilles was really solid on his baseline, but I didn’t serve really well in the first set. I didn’t have any free points with my serve, so it was tough.

“I had so many opportunities to come back in the set. I didn’t take, yeah, any occasions to come back. I knew that the level was there and I had to keep going like this, just to stay more focus on some shots just to finish the points, some volleys, some smash, maybe some easy forehands. Maybe just be more precise, because I knew that I was feeling really good.

“Then game after game I was feeling much better. The serve was there in the third set. Yeah, I think with the serve it was the key to win the third.”

Goffin talked about his good run over the past few weeks: “I had a good level all this year during practice. I just had to reproduce my level during a match.

“I think match after match — you know, the first one against Frances Tiafoe in Indian Wells was not the best, but I won that one. Match after match was feeling much better.

“After the Davis Cup of course when I won against Marin Cilic, then match after match I was feeling much better. I won many matches in Indian Wells and here in Miami continued to win, so, yeah, I think the level is here. I have just to keep going like this. Stay aggressive.

“I worked a lot when I practiced with my coach, my two coaches. I think it’s already pays off.”

As for playing Djokovic in semifinals: “I have nothing to lose,” Goffin said. He won almost everything this year. He’s playing unbelievable tennis at the moment. But I played a great match against him last year in Cincinnati, and it could be interesting to watch the match.”

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka stands two wins away from achieving the rare Indian Wells- Miami double. The 13th seed and two-time major winner defeated Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the Miami Open on Wednesday.

Only two women have won Indian Wells and Miami in the same year and they are Kim Clijsters in 2005 and Steffi Graf in 1994 and 1996.

“If I’m able to make it, it’s great,” Azarenka said after the match. “It seems so close, but it’s really far. I want to stay in the present. I want to continue to fight and keep getting better.”

“Great player,” Azarenka said of Konta. “I was very impressed with her improvement taking from last year and seeing how well she’s handling the pressure and going in big stages and playing really well. That’s impressive. I’m sure we’re going to see a lot more of her in the future.

“I think especially for England not having women player stand out, she’s going to be the one, I think.”

I think it’s exciting to watch her journey and see happens. She’s definitely playing top 10 level right now.”

The Belarusian who has struggled with injuries the last few years said that she always believed in herself but she still hasn’t reached her peak. “I never doubt my abilities,” said the 2009 and 2011 Miami Open winner. “What came to my mind is definitely after being for so long injured, the doubt was to get healthy. So always been a little bit on my mind.

“But I still feel that I’m far from my best, and that’s what’s really exciting for me, to be motivated, to keep improving. Everybody has doubts. We’re human beings. I always trust my ability and I believe in myself.”

Azarenka will face-off against No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber who defeated No. 22 Madison Keys 6-3, 6-2 in the evening session.

For the reigning Australian Open champion, Kerber this will be her first semifinal in Miami.

Kerber dominated her American opponent, Keys made 39 unforced errors during the match. Kerber rushed need just a little over an hour to complete the victory.

“It’s nice to play a match like this,” Kerber said. “I was feeling good. Madison is always a tough opponent. I know this because we had a lot of tough battles in the past.

“I knew that I must play very good to beat her because she played very well here in the last few matches. So it’s good. It’s good.”

She continued: “I was really trying to stay focus(ed) and stay really concentrate point by point and actually trying to really only focusing on points, on point by point.

“Because I know the tennis game, and sometimes one ball can change and turn around the match. That was my goal: to be focus(ed) and playing my game until the last point.”

Kerber notched her first win over Azarenka in the most recent quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Coming into that match, the Belarusian had a 6-0 advantage over the German.

“I went out there and trying to be really aggressive from the first point, trying to really believe in myself, because until this time I never won the match against her,” Kerber said. “It was 0-6; now it’s 1-6. I will try to go out there again like in Australia and try to believe in my game and myself and, yeah, trying to challenge her.

“It will be not easy. It will be tough match. But this is for what I am practicing, for the big matches out there, to really show what, yeah, we can do and playing the best tennis.

“So I’m really looking forward to play against her again this year.”

As for playing Azarenka in the next round, Kerber said: “She had a great start of the year, of course. She is like, yeah, on fire I think right now. I will just trying to play my game go out and try to beat her. I mean, we played two times already this year and that’s the third time.

“Yeah, I will try to enjoy it. I know that I must play really my best tennis to beat her because she won Indian Wells; she’s here now in the semis.

“Yeah, I will try to take this challenge against her.”

The other semifinal which will take place on Thursday will pit No. 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova, who defeated No. 1 Serena Williams in the third round, against No. 19 seed Timea Bacsinszky who knocked out two straight top 5 seeds to reach the final four.

 

 

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

RESULTS – MARCH 30, 2016
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[2] A. Kerber (GER) d [22] M. Keys (USA) 63 62
[13] V. Azarenka (BLR) d [24] J. Konta (GBR) 64 62

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[3] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d [5] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) 75 63
[4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 62 64
[8] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) d E. Makarova (RUS) / B. Strycova (CZE) 62 62

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [7] T. Berdych (CZE) 63 63
[15] D. Goffin (BEL) d [18] G. Simon (FRA) 36 62 61

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d [WC] O. Jasika (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) 76(5) 63
[5] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d J. Chardy (FRA) / F. Martin (FRA) 67(5) 76(5) 10-7
R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) 76(5) 57 10-7
T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) d J. Isner (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) 61 75

 

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016
STADIUM start 1:00 pm
WTA – [15] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [19] T. Bacsinszky (SUI)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [6] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [16] G. Monfils (FRA)

7:00 pm
ATP – [12] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [24] N. Kyrgios (AUS)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [13] V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [2] A. Kerber (GER)

GRANDSTAND start 1:00 pm
ATP – [5] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs [4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)

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Djokovic Advances, Bacsinszky Surprises Halep at Miami Open

(March 29, 2016) In a match closer that the score indicated, Novak Djokovic advanced to the Miami Open quarterfinals on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-4 win over 14th seed Dominic Thiem of Austria.

Djokovic who is now 25-1 on the year is seeking his fifth Miami title in six years and three in a row.

The Serb fought off a game youngster in Thiem, fighting off 14 of 15 break points.

“He came out with a good game plan,” Djokovic said. “He’s young. He had not much to lose. He was confident obviously winning a lot of matches this year. He was motivated to win. I could see that. It was a straight-set win, but far from easy. It was a tough match.”

“It is exciting, because tennis definitely needs the next generation of young players who are playing the way Dominic does and challenging the best players in the world,” Djokovic continued.

“It’s normal evolution in life that sooner or later we’ll — the time will come for all of us, and we need some new faces and players that are able to follow and lead the tennis world in the future.

“So Dominic is one of the leaders of this generation, no question doubt about it. He’s already established himself as a top 20 player last couple years. He’s getting stronger and more confident.

“It’s a process for every young player to really develop and understand what it takes mentally, physically, emotionally, to get to the top of the world and win major titles. It’s a long road ahead for him and for everybody else, but definitely they are on the right track.”

In the final eight Djokovic will play No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych who beat 10th seed Richard Gasquet 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

 

The women’s upsets continued at the Miami Open on Tuesday when No. 5 seed Romanian Simona Halep lost to No. 19 seed Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

The Swiss player backed up her defeat of the No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round for her second straight win over top five players.

It marked the first time that Bacsinszky had even taken a set off of Halep.

For the Swiss, it’s been five years since she last made an appearance at Key Biscayne and this year, making the semifinals is by far the longest run she’s made in the tournament.

After Halep took a tight first set, Bacsinszky jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second set to take control. The Swiss notched two breaks early in the third set to go up 3-0 and never had to look back.

After her first service break in the second set, rain halted play for 10 minutes.

Between Bacsinszky’s effective use of the slice, movement and varied game, put her opponent off guard throughout most of the almost two-and-a-half-hour match.

“Well, in the second set I think I was pushing her to play long rallies,” she said. “I was like probably trying to hide where I was playing; then she was like — she couldn’t be able to guess if it was on the backhand or the forehand.

“Well, even though I felt that she raised her level and her intensity at the end the second set, I stayed — I’m happy that I stayed really strong. I felt that she was like going up, pushing, pushing, but I showed that, Okay, I’m here. I know you’re pushing, but I can keep the level.

“Then it helped me a lot for the third set. I raised then probably my intensity at the beginning of the third set and it made a big gap between us.”

With Halep out, the only top ten seed left in the women’s draw is No. 2 Angelique Kerber.

“The ranking is only a number,” said the Swiss in reference to beating two top five players, “so sometimes you can play very good, better than your ranking, and sometimes less good than your ranking is.

“So for the next match, I mean, obviously for sure it gives me a big confidence to have those two wins, but it doesn’t change that I’m going to have a fierce opponent and it’s going to be tough.

“I just hope I’m going to be able to play well — I mean, not especially well, but be efficient in the next match. Hopefully I win the last point. If not, then it’s okay. I’ll try for the next tournament.”

 

Bascinszky will next play Russian No. 15 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova for a place in the finals.  In a topsy-turvy match, Kuznetsova defeated Ekaterina Makarova 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinals.

In the first set Kuznetsova lead 5-2, 40-0 and also served for the set at 5-4 but could not close the set when errors crept into her game, especially on her powerful forehand side. Makarova took advantage and won the set in a tiebreak 7-6(3).

Kuznetsova was broken serving for the second set at 5-3, but broke Makarova right back for the third break in the set to even the match at one-set all.

The two-time major winner started off the third set, digging out of a break point to hold then break for a 2-0 lead. Makarova got the break back in the seventh game drawing closer to her countrywoman at 3-4. Kuznetsova battles for the break back and served for the match at 5-3. This time the 15th seed held to close out the match in two-hours and forty-five minutes.

For Kuznetsova, who won the Miami Open in 2006, this will be her first trip to the semifinals since 2009.

Only one of the top 12 seeds remain on the women’s side of the draw and that’s No. Angelique Kerber.

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

RESULTS – MARCH 29, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[19] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d [5] S. Halep (ROU) 46 63 62
[15] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [30] E. Makarova (RUS) 67(3) 64 63

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

M. Gasparyan (RUS) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d V. King (USA) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) 63 76(3)
Second Round
[4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d C. Dellacqua (AUS) / S. Stosur (AUS) 75 64

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016
STADIUM start 10:45 am
WTA – [5] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs [3] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [24] J. Konta (GBR) vs [13] V. Azarenka (BLR)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [15] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [18] G. Simon (FRA)
ATP-Possible Court Change – [4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs [WC] O. Jasika (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [22] M. Keys (USA) vs [2] A. Kerber (GER)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [7] T. Berdych (CZE)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – [4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – J. Chardy (FRA) / F. Martin (FRA) vs [5] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)
ATP – J. Isner (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) vs T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)

Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)

COURT 1 start 4:00 pm
WTA – [8] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) vs E. Makarova (RUS) / B. Strycova (CZE)

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Miami Open: Rafael Nadal Retires From Match, Serena Williams and Andy Murray Win

(March 26, 2016) Rafael Nadal retired from this match against Damir Dzumhur. Trailing 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 on Saturday at the Miami Open. The 14-time major winner had to call for the trainer three times during the match. It marked only the third time that the world No. 5 has retired from a match, the last time coming in the 2010 Australian Open.

Asked if the heat got to him, Nadal said to media: “Well, everything was fine until end of the first set. I start to feel myself not very good. It’s getting worse, worse, and worse, so finally in the second set I realize that I was not able to keep playing.

“I tried to resist, but I get a little bit scared to be too dizzy and lose a little bit…….
“So I call the doctor a couple of times, but I felt that I was not safe there so I decided to go. I wanted to finish the match, but I seriously could not.”

Hopefully is nothing,” Nadal continued. “Hopefully is just the extreme conditions out there. Something happen, hopefully is the beginning of a virus, and in combination with the conditions I had this strange feelings.”

“Was tough for me because I felt myself I was playing well; I had good practices after playing a great week in Indian Wells.

“It’s a hard accident, but that’s life and it’s like this. If the health is fine in a couple of days, so nothing important is there — the most important thing is health than any tournament. If I am able to practice in a couple of days I know I was playing well and I hope to be ready for the clay.”

“Definitely not the way I wanted to finish,” said Dzumhur. “It was really tough to play today. I felt also really like tired, heavy, in some moments dizzy on the court. In the first set we played very long second game. After that game I felt like I cannot run that well.

“In the first set I really didn’t have chances. Between the first and second set I call medical. I was thinking really about retirement, but just said to myself, I’m playing big Rafa. I’m not having a chance to play every day these big guys. I want to enjoy this moment. So I tried to continue.

“I felt a little bit better after I started to run better, move better on the court, to play better shots. I had some chances. I used it in the second set.

“The third set, very important game was the first game in the third set. He was 40-Love up. I broke him. After that I guess he was not feeling the best. He probably felt the way I felt in the first set. Unfortunately he retired.

“But anyway, that was a big moment for me, that at least I could play with Rafa, and in the end, not the way I wanted, but I won.”
As for the biggest win of his career, although by retirement, the 94- ranked Dzumhur said:” I tried to keep the celebration in me because I didn’t want anybody to see that I’m celebrating when somebody retired.

“But inside of me I felt really proud after everything. I think all the fighting that I had through all the years back and today that I didn’t want to retire and I wanted to fight, that paid off.”

In addition to the No. 5 seed losing, No. 4 Stan Wawrinka also lost. He fell to Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-3.

 

Serena Williams Photo courtesy of MiamiTennisNews.com

Serena Williams Photo courtesy of MiamiTennisNews.com

On the women’s side, eight-time champion Serena Williams beat the heat and won her 20th straight match at the Miami Open to reach the round of 16 beating Zarina Diyas 7-5, 6-3.

“For me the biggest adjustment I have to make is I usually never use a towel,” Williams said. “Here I might have to go grab the towel in between points.

“That’s it. I’m from California, but I been living here for over 20 years. I love these conditions actually.
“It was definitely humid today,” said the world No. 1. Rafa (Nadal) played like an hour and a half, two hours before me, so that makes a huge difference.

“So I think that he was in the most intense part of the sun; whereas I was kind of at tail end of it. But I was fine.”

Williams will play two-time major champion and friend Svetlana Kuznetsova for a place in the final eight.

“It’s a great matchup,” Williams said. “She plays well and makes a lot of the great shots. She’s actually been playing well this year. She had a couple big wins and couple good tournaments.

“Yeah, I have my work cut out for me. We’ll see what happens.”
No. 2 Andy Murray advanced to the third round with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan. The Scot, a two-time champion had a bit of an issue with a ball used in play, which appeared to be one of the balls the women use in the tournament.

“It was just a women’s ball,” he said. “I saw it just before I was about to serve. It’s quite off putting because I just missed two balls long. I didn’t know if that was one of the balls I used in the last couple points. The women’s balls are very different to the men’s balls. They’re much quicker, smaller, livelier.

“Yeah, when you’re just about to serve at break point down, you know, you don’t want to be using a completely different ball.

“So I was just a bit frustrated with that because I didn’t know potentially if on of the points before I had used it or not.

“It’ll be a tough one,” Murray said of his third round match against former top ten Grigor Dimitrov. “He’s obviously a top-quality player. He had a good win today, a tough win, against Delbonis.

“We played here once before; I managed to win that one. I played a bunch of tough matches against him. I think the last one was in Cincinnati where he had a match point. Had a bunch of chances to win that one and I managed to turn it around.”

“I know I’ll need to play good tennis to beat him. You know, also be a little bit more disciplined than I was tonight.”

Other top seeds advancing were No. 6 Kei Nishikori, No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 12 Milos Raonic. No. 3 John Isner was an upset victim to U.S. countryman qualifier Tim Smyczek 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (5). Isner ended the match on a double-fault.

An upset on the women’s side saw No. 8 Petra Kvitova beaten by No. 30 Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-4.

RESULTS – MARCH 26, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Third Round

[1] S. Williams (USA) d Z. Diyas (KAZ) 75 63
[3] A. Radwanska (POL) d M. Brengle (USA) 63 62
[5] S. Halep (ROU) d J. Goerges (GER) 64 61
[30] E. Makarova (RUS) d [8] P. Kvitova (CZE) 64 64
[12] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [23] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 57 64 76(1)
[15] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d C. Garcia (FRA) 46 62 76(6)
[19] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d [16] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 75 64
[WC] H. Watson (GBR) d Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 36 75 63

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

E. Makarova (RUS) / B. Strycova (CZE) d [2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) 76(2) 64
[3] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d [WC] M. Keys (USA) / S. Stephens (USA) 64 62
K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) d [6] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) 63 67(6) 10-5
M. Gasparyan (RUS) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d [WC] M. Puig (PUR) / H. Watson (GBR) 61 26 10-5
S. Errani (ITA) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [Alt] B. Bencic (SUI) / S. Vogt (LIE) 61 62
D. Kasatkina (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN) 62 63

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d D. Istomin (UZB) 63 75
An. Kuznetsov (RUS) d [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 64 63
D. Dzumhur (BIH) d [5] R. Nadal (ESP) 26 64 30 ret. (illness)
[6] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [Q] P. Herbert (FRA) 62 76(4)
[9] J. Tsonga (FRA) d S. Giraldo (COL) 63 61
[12] M. Raonic (CAN) d D. Kudla (USA) 76(4) 64
[Q] T. Smyczek (USA) d [13] J. Isner (USA) 62 26 76(5)
[16] G. Monfils (FRA) d [Q] T. Ito (JPN) 63 62
[17] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d A. Bedene (GBR) 75 22 ret. (right wrist)
[22] J. Sock (USA) d S. Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 32 ret. (back)
[23] P. Cuevas (URU) d J. Millman (AUS) 75 64
[24] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d M. Baghdatis (CYP) 62 61
[26] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d F. Delbonis (ARG) 76(8) 46 64
[27] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d A. Seppi (ITA) 64 64
A. Mannarino (FRA) d [29] S. Querrey (USA) 67(5) 62 64
[Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) d [30] T. Bellucci (BRA) 57 63 00 ret. (dehydration)

Doubles – Second Round
J. Isner (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) d R. Nadal (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) w/o (Nadal – illness)

Doubles – First Round
J. Chardy (FRA) / F. Martin (FRA) d [1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 76(7) 76(4)
R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) 36 63 10-7
[4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d I. Cervantes (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP) 63 75
[WC] O. Jasika (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) d [7] E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 61 57 12-10
A. Qureshi (PAK) / G. Simon (FRA) d D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE) 64 75
D. Marrero (ESP) / B. Paire (FRA) d [Alt] L. Mayer (ARG) / J. Sousa (POR) 75 64
P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d [Alt] T. Bellucci (BRA) / A. Sa (BRA) 64 62
[PR] M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Draganja (CRO) d H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 46 63 12-10

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016
STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – [31] S. Johnson (USA) vs [7] T. Berdych (CZE)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [13] V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [Q] M. Linette (POL)
WTA – [22] M. Keys (USA) vs [9] R. Vinci (ITA)
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [33] J. Sousa (POR)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [WC] N. Gibbs (USA) vs [4] G. Muguruza (ESP)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – L. Pouille (FRA) vs [8] D. Ferrer (ESP)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
WTA – [Q] K. Bertens (NED) vs [2] A. Kerber (GER)
ATP – [LL] H. Zeballos (ARG) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
ATP – [10] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [20] B. Paire (FRA)
ATP – [11] M. Cilic (CRO) vs [18] G. Simon (FRA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – J. Chardy (FRA) / F. Martin (FRA) vs F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 1 start 10:55 am
ATP – [Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN) vs [14] D. Thiem (AUT)
ATP – [19] V. Troicki (SRB) vs [15] D. Goffin (BEL)
WTA – C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [32] M. Niculescu (ROU)
WTA – [24] J. Konta (GBR) vs [Q] E. Vesnina (RUS)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [WC] N. Osaka (JPN) vs T. Babos (HUN)
ATP – T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)
WTA – [Q] Kr. Pliskova (CZE) vs I. Begu (ROU)
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP) vs P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT)

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
WTA – V. King (USA) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs [PR] A. Rodionova (AUS) / G. Voskoboeva (KAZ)
WTA – [8] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) vs A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)
WTA – [PR] S. Hsieh (TPE) / S. Peng (CHN) vs E. Makarova (RUS) / B. Strycova (CZE)
WTA – [5] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs S. Errani (ITA) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
WTA – A. Rosolska (POL) / L. Siegemund (GER) vs K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR)

 

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

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

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

“I’m really happy that I won today.”

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

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

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

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

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

Djokovic on court 321-001

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Serena Williams Begins Quest for Ninth Miami Title with Three-Set Win Over Christina McHale

(March 24, 2016) Serena Williams began her quest for a ninth Miami Open title on Thursday, getting past countrywoman Christina McHale 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 in their first meeting. For No. 1 Williams her second round win was her 19th straight victory in Key Biscayne. The last time Williams lost in Miami was in the last eight in 2012.

Williams hit 33 winners to 44 unforced errors in the two-hour nine-minute match. She was 5 for 17 in break point conversions.

Williams had a match point in the second set, was up and lost five straight games.

“She just started playing better and playing tennis that she’s never played before,” Williams said.
I just made a few mistakes and then just had to pull myself back together.”

“She’s an unbelievably sweet girl,” Williams said of McHale. “I’ve had the opportunity to play with her on Fed Cup, and we always have such a good time.

“I think she did a really good job. She can, should, and will be very proud of herself in this match. I think it can also show her how good she is and what a good player she is. She’s a really good player.”

Also advancing on the women’s side of the draw were No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 7 Petra Kvitova.

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Wildcard Heather Watson surprised 20th seed Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-0.

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, UNITED STATES
$6,844,139 (WTA)
21 MARCH – 3 APRIL, 2016

RESULTS – MARCH 24, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[1] S. Williams (USA) d C. McHale (USA) 63 57 62
[3] A. Radwanska (POL) d A. Cornet (FRA) 60 61
[5] S. Halep (ROU) d D. Kasatkina (RUS) 63 75
[8] P. Kvitova (CZE) d I. Falconi (USA) 61 64
Y. Wickmayer (BEL) d [11] L. Safarova (CZE) 62 63
[12] E. Svitolina (UKR) d S. Zhang (CHN) 63 60
[15] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d C. Witthoeft (GER) 63 46 64
[16] A. Ivanovic (SRB) d T. Pereira (BRA) 63 60
[19] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d M. Gasparyan (RUS) 63 61
[WC] H. Watson (GBR) d [20] S. Stephens (USA) 63 60
C. Garcia (FRA) d [21] A. Petkovic (GER) 76(5) 36 76(2)
[23] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d V. King (USA) 75 62
J. Goerges (GER) d [26] S. Stosur (AUS) 36 61 64
M. Brengle (USA) d [28] A. Schmiedlova (SVK) 75 64
[30] E. Makarova (RUS) d L. Tsurenko (UKR) 36 64 63
Z. Diyas (KAZ) d [31] D. Gavrilova (AUS) 75 63

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / I. Olaru (ROU) 60 64
[4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / D. Jurak (CRO) 63 57 10-5
[5] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d N. Melichar (USA) / A. Spears (USA) 64 61
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) d [PR] K. Marosi (HUN) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 62 64
[PR] S. Hsieh (TPE) / S. Peng (CHN) d A. Groenefeld (GER) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) 64 62


Men’s Singles – First Round

D. Dzumhur (BIH) d L. Mayer (ARG) 46 63 64
[Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) d [PR] B. Baker (USA) 64 62
S. Stakhovsky (UKR) d [WC] N. Jarry (CHI) 76(7) 75
D. Kudla (USA) d H. Chung (KOR) 63 36 61
[Q] T. Smyczek (USA) d [Q] T. Paul (USA) 64 57 75
M. Baghdatis (CYP) d [Q] B. Becker (GER) 63 64
A. Mannarino (FRA) d I. Marchenko (UKR) 26 62 63
An. Kuznetsov (RUS) d [LL] R. Dutra Silva (BRA) 62 63
[Q] P. Herbert (FRA) d L. Rosol (CZE) 75 64
A. Seppi (ITA) d D. Young (USA) 63 61
A. Bedene (GBR) d [WC] R. Carballes Baena (ESP) 46 62 63
S. Giraldo (COL) d P. Mathieu (FRA) 62 26 63
[Q] T. Ito (JPN) d N. Mahut (FRA) 76(3) 62
J. Millman (AUS) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 63 62
F. Delbonis (ARG) d [WC] E. Ymer (SWE) 61 46 63
D. Istomin (UZB) d B. Coric (CRO) 46 75 75

Doubles – First Round
P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP) d [6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) 26 64 10-4
J. Isner (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) d [8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) 76(3) 63
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) 36 63 10-6
R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / V. Troicki (SRB) d D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) 63 75
R. Nadal (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) d S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) 63 64

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016
STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – B. Strycova (CZE) vs [2] A. Kerber (GER)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [Q] T. Fritz (USA) vs [8] D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – [3] R. Federer (SUI) vs [PR] J. Del Potro (ARG)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [Q] E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [10] V. Williams (USA)

8:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs K. Edmund (GBR)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – [13] V. Azarenka (BLR) vs M. Puig (PUR)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – R. Ram (USA) vs [7] T. Berdych (CZE)
WTA – D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs [4] G. Muguruza (ESP)
ATP – F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [28] J. Chardy (FRA)
ATP – [31] S. Johnson (USA) vs A. Zverev (GER)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [10] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – S. Groth (AUS) vs [14] D. Thiem (AUT)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [21] F. Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN)
WTA – [6] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA)
ATP – V. Pospisil (CAN) vs [33] J. Sousa (POR)
WTA – [24] J. Konta (GBR) vs D. Kovinic (MNE)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – [11] M. Cilic (CRO) vs D. Lajovic (SRB)
WTA – [27] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [WC] N. Gibbs (USA)
ATP – [Q] M. Granollers (ESP) vs [15] D. Goffin (BEL)
WTA – [22] M. Keys (USA) vs K. Flipkens (BEL)
ATP – L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
WTA – T. Babos (HUN) vs [17] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – J. Monaco (ARG) vs [18] G. Simon (FRA)
ATP – M. Youzhny (RUS) vs [20] B. Paire (FRA)
WTA – [7] B. Bencic (SUI) vs [Q] Kr. Pliskova (CZE)

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
ATP – [32] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs L. Pouille (FRA)
WTA – [14] S. Errani (ITA) vs [WC] N. Osaka (JPN)
WTA – I. Begu (ROU) vs [29] S. Lisicki (GER)
ATP – [19] V. Troicki (SRB) vs I. Cervantes (ESP)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
WTA – [25] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [Q] K. Bertens (NED)
WTA – [Q] M. Linette (POL) vs [18] J. Jankovic (SRB)
WTA – S. Peng (CHN) vs [32] M. Niculescu (ROU)
WTA – L. Hradecka (CZE) vs [9] R. Vinci (ITA)

COURT 10 start 11:00 am
ATP – [WC] E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) vs T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)
WTA – G. Dabrowski (CAN) / L. Kichenok (UKR) vs A. Rosolska (POL) / L. Siegemund (GER)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP-After Suitable Rest – O. Marach (AUT) / D. Thiem (AUT) vs [5] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)
WTA – K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) vs C. Dellacqua (AUS) / S. Stosur (AUS)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
WTA – [PR] A. Rodionova (AUS) / G. Voskoboeva (KAZ) vs [7] A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA-After Suitable Rest – [8] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) vs [WC] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
WTA – V. King (USA) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE)

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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2016 Australian Open – Day 9 Men’s Preview

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2016 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 9 MEN’S NOTES

Tuesday 26 January

Quarterfinals Top Half

 

Featured matches

 

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

On court today…

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 5-2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Most Grand Slam match-wins against Djokovic

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

Marat Safin

Stan Wawrinka

2 wins

2 wins

2 wins

 

Possible semifinal head-to-heads

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

 

DJOKOVIC                                      v                                      NISHIKORI

 

28                                          Age                                          26

1                                    ATP Ranking                                    7

60                                         Titles                                         10

211-34                     Career Grand Slam Record                      49-24

54-6                         Australian Open Record                         20-6

695-146                              Career Record                              248-122

458-86                         Career Record – Hard                         175-84

9-0                                   2016 Record                                   5-1

9-0                              2016 Record – Hard                              5-1

26-8                          Career Five-Set Record                          12-4

4                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         2

191-111                      Career Tiebreak Record                        74-53

3-1                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            1-0

 

Road to the Quarterfinals

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

                                                                                

 

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

 

                                                 Grand Slam semifinals reached (Open Era)

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

 

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

 

               Australian Open semifinals reached (Open Era)

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

Novak Djokovic??

Andy Murray??*

6

6??

6??

Pete Sampras

Mats Wilander

5

5

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

 

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

Novak Djokovic

79-12
56-10

54-6

Andre Agassi 48-5
Ivan Lendl 48-10

 

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

 

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

 

  • Djokovic is on a 12-match winning streak in Tour-level matches. He hasn’t lost a match since he was defeated by Federer in the round-robin at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals. He still went on to win the title there as well as at Doha. His longest winning streak came in 2011, when he won 43 matches in a row.

 

  • Djokovic is on an 18-match Grand Slam winning streak. He has not lost a Grand Slam match since he was defeated by Wawrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final. His longest Grand Slam match-winning streak is 27, which took in the titles at 2011 Wimbledon, the 2011 US Open and the 2012 Australian Open, and a runner-up finish at 2012 Roland Garros.

 

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

 

Most consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

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

*Streak active

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

 

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

 

Most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

Head-to-head: Federer leads 15-6

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

2005     AMS Hamburg              Clay (O)           R32      Federer            62 61

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

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

2006     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         R16      Federer            63 63 64

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014     Dubai                           Hard (O)           FR        Federer            36 64 63

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Possible semifinal head-to-heads

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

 

FEDERER                                       v                                      BERDYCH

 

34                                          Age                                          30

3                                    ATP Ranking                                    6

88                                         Titles                                         12

301-49                     Career Grand Slam Record                     121-49

79-12                        Australian Open Record                        38-12

1066-239                             Career Record                              549-284

663-134                        Career Record – Hard                        341-179

7-1                                   2016 Record                                   7-1

7-1                              2016 Record – Hard                              7-1

23-19                         Career Five-Set Record                          18-8

9                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         2

386-211                      Career Tiebreak Record                      182-152

0-1                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            0-1

 

Road to the Quarterfinals

FEDERER Time   Time BERDYCH
d. Nikoloz Basilashvili 62 61 62

d. Alexandr Dolgopolov 63 75 61

1:12

1:33

1st round

2nd round

1:45

1:38

d. Yuki Bhambri 75 61 62

d. (Q) Mirza Basic 64 60 63

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

 

 

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

 

             Australian Open semifinals reached (Open Era)

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

Novak Djokovic??

Andy Murray??*

6

6??

6??

Pete Sampras

Mats Wilander

5

5

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

                                                 Grand Slam semifinals reached (Open Era)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

No. of Australian Open quarterfinals (Open Era)

Roger Federer 12
Stefan Edberg 10
Novak Djokovic 9
Ivan Lendl

Rafael Nadal

John Newcombe

8

8

8

 

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

 

Most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

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

 

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

              

Most Open Era Grand Slam match-wins

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

                           No. of consecutive Australian Open quarterfinals (Open Era)

Roger Federer 12
Stefan Edberg 10
Novak Djokovic 9
Rafael Nadal

Ivan Lendl

Andy Murray??

Tomas Berdych

John Newcombe

8

7

7??*

6

6

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • Berdych started working with Dani Vallverdu, who previously worked with Andy Murray, in 2015. His fitness coach is Azuz Simcich and his physio is Per Bastholt.
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2016 Australian Open – Day 8 Men’s Preview

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2016 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 8 MEN’S NOTES

Monday 25 January

Round of 16 Bottom Half

Featured matches

 

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

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

 

On court today…

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

Head-to-head: Murray leads 3-0

2012     Brisbane                       Hard (O)           SF        Murray             63 62

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

                          MURRAY                                       v                                         TOMIC

 

28                                          Age                                          23

2                                    ATP Ranking                                   17

35                                         Titles                                          3

156-37                     Career Grand Slam Record                      33-23

42-10                        Australian Open Record                         15-7

555-165                              Career Record                              136-117

377-107                        Career Record – Hard                         102-74

3-0                                   2016 Record                                   7-2

3-0                              2016 Record – Hard                              7-2

18-7                          Career Five-Set Record                          7-2

8                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         2

157-98                       Career Tiebreak Record                        81-66

0-0                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            3-4

 

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

                           No. of consecutive Australian Open quarterfinals (Open Era)

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

Andy Murray??

Ivan Lendl

8

7??*

7

*Streak active

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • Murray won 11 rubbers in Davis Cup last year to help Great Britain win Davis Cup for the first time since 1936. He was the first man to win 8 live singles rubbers in one year since the introduction of the World Group in 1982. Great Britain defeated Belgium 3-1 in the Final in Ghent.

 

  • Murray is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after losing 4 finals at any one Grand Slam. He finished as runner-up to Federer here in 2010, and to Novak Djokovic in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Federer, at Roland Garros, and Ivan Lendl, at the US Open, are the only players to lose 3 Grand Slam finals at one major before winning the title in the Open Era.

 

  • Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2015, Murray reached the semifinals at Roland Garros (l. Djokovic) and Wimbledon (l. Federer). He fell to Kevin Anderson in the round of 16 at the US Open – the first time he had lost before the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam since the 2010 US Open.

 

  • Also in 2015, Murray won 4 titles including his first titles on clay at Munich (d. Philipp Kohlschreiber), where he became the first British player to win a Tour-level clay court title since Buster Mottram at 1976 Palma, and Madrid-1000 (d. Rafael Nadal). He also won the title at Queen’s (d. Anderson) and Montreal-1000
    (d. Djokovic).

 

  • Murray warmed up for the Australian Open at the Hopman Cup. He won 2 of his 3 singles matches in Perth, defeating Kenny de Schepper and Alexander Zverev, but losing to Nick Kyrgios.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • Tomic is coached by his father John.

 

 

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

Head-to-head: Wawrinka leads 4-0

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

WAWRINKA                                     v                                        RAONIC

 

30                                          Age                                          25

4                                    ATP Ranking                                   14

12                                         Titles                                          8

106-41                     Career Grand Slam Record                      46-19

31-9                         Australian Open Record                         17-5

400-234                              Career Record                              214-103

217-128                        Career Record – Hard                         157-64

7-0                                   2016 Record                                   7-0

7-0                              2016 Record – Hard                              7-0

22-18                         Career Five-Set Record                          5-4

6                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

159-155                      Career Tiebreak Record                       139-88

2-0                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            4-1

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • Raonic became the first Canadian to be seeded in the men’s singles at a Grand Slam event in the Open Era at 2011 Roland Garros. He plays here seeded No. 13 – his lowest Grand Slam seeding since 2013 Wimbledon.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Head-to-head: Ferrer leads 6-1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

                          FERRER                                        v                                         ISNER

 

33                                          Age                                          30

8                                    ATP Ranking                                   11

26                                         Titles                                         10

133-51                     Career Grand Slam Record                      48-30

38-13                        Australian Open Record                         12-7

662-313                              Career Record                              292-178

311-166                        Career Record – Hard                        215-117

5-2                                   2016 Record                                   4-1

5-2                              2016 Record – Hard                              4-1

20-11                         Career Five-Set Record                          5-14

4                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

148-131                      Career Tiebreak Record                      286-161

1-0                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            5-2

 

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

                                       Most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Roger Federer 11*
Stefan Edberg 10
Novak Djokovic

Ivan Lendl

Rafael Nadal

John Newcombe

9

8

8

8

Andre Agassi

Andy Murray??

7

7??

Tomas Berdych

David Ferrer??

Andy Roddick

Pete Sampras

6

6??

6

6

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • Ferrer started working with Francisco Fogues in 2015.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

Head-to-head: Monfils leads 2-0

2015     Marseille                      Hard (I)            R16                  Monfils             63 62

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

 

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

 

MONFILS                                       v                                    KUZNETSOV

 

29                                          Age                                          24

25                                   ATP Ranking                                   74

5                                          Titles                                          0

76-36                      Career Grand Slam Record                      12-11

20-10                        Australian Open Record                          5-2

350-204                              Career Record                               39-55

212-120                        Career Record – Hard                          19-22

3-0                                   2016 Record                                   5-1

3-0                              2016 Record – Hard                              5-1

15-11                         Career Five-Set Record                          2-3

2                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         0

145-101                      Career Tiebreak Record                        22-20

0-0                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            4-0

 

 

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

 

  • Monfils is bidding to reach his 7th Grand Slam quarterfinal and close the gap on Cedric Pioline in 5th place on the list for most Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances by a Frenchman in the Open Era.

 

Most Grand Slam quarterfinals reached by a Frenchman (Open Era)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 12
Yannick Noah 10
Sebastien Grosjean

Henri Leconte

9

9

Cedric Pioline 8
Gael Monfils 6

                             

 

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

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

Fabrice Santoro 14
Mark Woodforde 11
Nicolas Almagro

Lleyton Hewitt

Pat Rafter

9

9

9

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Most Open Era Australian Open matches won by a Frenchman

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

Gael Monfils

Gilles Simon

20

20

20

                                                                                         

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • Monfils is a 2-time Davis Cup finalist, having helped France to the finals in 2010 (l. Serbia) and 2014
    (l. Switzerland). France will play Canada in the World Group first round in Guadeloupe on 4-6 March.

 

  • Monfils narrowly missed out on achieving the Junior Grand Slam in 2004 after winning the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. His preparation for the junior US Open that year was hampered by a knee injury and he lost in the 3rd round to Viktor Troicki. He was named 2004 ITF Junior Boys’ World Champion. He is one of 2 former junior Australian Open champions through to the round of 16 here from the 8 to start the men’s main draw along with Bernard Tomic (2008).

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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