August 1, 2015

Isner and Bryan Brothers Advance at Atlanta Open

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John Isner

By Herman Wood

(July 30, 2015) ATLANTA, Georgia – If you’re wondering, yes, it’s still hot in Atlanta!  A few showers interrupted play on Thursday, and are not helping much with the heat, breaking the rhythm of matches and sending spectators scurrying.  Fortunately, they didn’t last long, didn’t wet the courts very much and play stayed on schedule.  In the first stadium match, No. 1 seed, American John Isner took on Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic.  Stepanek did get an early break, with Isner’s rhythm a bit off from the interruptions and help from Hawkeye.  Isner got it back and with the match at five all, had a break point in hand looking at a Stepanek second serve.  Stepanek was equal to the task and the match proceeded to the requisite Isner tiebreak.  The breaker was not close, however, with Isner earning mini-breaks and the ball in his hand at 6-3.  The expected ace was punctuated by a fist pumping YES!  Isner had 33 for the match, compared to 3 for Stepanek.  Isner displayed some very nice touch after motoring to pick up Stepanek droppers, making accurate placements in the open court for winners.  The crowd was very appreciative of Isner’s effort as well as the aces.  Stepanek managed an early break anyway to go up 3-2, then consolidated with a hold for 4-3, even forcing Isner to fight off another break point.  The crowd got some serious entertainment with an exchange of drop shots initiated by Stepanek, leading first to a Stepanek lob directly over Isner, a tall order of itself.  Isner made the effort, but sent his return in the clouds.  When it finally came down, it wasn’t exactly an easy shot for Stepanek to finish the point and Isner was able to track down the overhead for a forehand winner.    The crowd let both men know how they felt!

Stepanek seemed to have a little steam out of his game, double faulting twice to even the set at four.  An encouraged Isner promptly needed five points to fire four aces and barking ensued.  Isner is a University of Georgia graduate and has been a crowd favorite in years past.  Georgia fans bark at the exploits of their teams to encourage them.  The crowed also started up a USA chant to further encourage the Davis Cup stalwart.  Perhaps the rival Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket fans wanted to show their support but couldn’t stomach a “woof”.  Stepanek, serving, down 4-5, had to save a set point with his shaky serve, though Isner might have been a little jacked up and sailed a few long to help him out.  After an exchange of holds, it was time for another tiebreak.  (This was a theme tonight.)  The king of tiebreaks did have to put in a bit of extra tennis, closing out Stepanek in the breaker 9-7.  Match to Isner, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7).  Isner said after the match “Had the crowd on my side, helped so, so much.”  He’ll take on Ricardas Berankis in the next round on Saturday.

In the finale, number one doubles seeds Bob and Mike Bryan took on Treat Huey and Steve Johnson.  Johnson had already played a singles match in the worst of the afternoon’s heat, losing to Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-2.  It showed a bit early, though he really turned it around after getting loose again.  The Bryans ran out to a very workmanlike 5-1 lead in the first set.  Johnson showed some very nice geometry, angling groundstrokes and volleys, but Huey let him down with a few poor volleys.  Johnson put his foot on the gas pedal, blasting away on returns and passes, at more than one point splitting the Bryans.  The Bryans tried to be offensive from the baseline, earning break points but were not able to convert, allowing Huey/Johnson to break their way all the back to 4-5 with Johnson serving.  It seemed momentum had completely swung, with the Bryans bouncing balls in front of them at the net and not being their usual aggressive selves.  After holds, the match proceeded to the evening theme:  tiebreak.

The Bryans seemed to be able to pick on Huey at the net with blasts that would have been painful had they not been deflected.  They were effective in earning a mini-break and momentum, though Huey did get the mini-break back, momentum seemed to never leave the Bryans again.  They continued to pick on Huey and took the first set 7-6 (7-5 in the tie break).

The second set featured amazing shot making and tennis that looked more like the Harlem Globetrotters had changed sports.  Mike Bryan whiffed a volley and it appeared that Bob volleyed it back without looking.  Huey and Johnson were so stunned the ball was soon in their side of the net.  The crowd enjoyed it, though the Bryans seemed a bit apologetic.  Later in the set Huey and Johnson had both brothers scrambling madly.  One of the Bryans ended up in a heap in the corner after a ferocious get and screeching slide.  It did earn them a point, but it cost someone some skin!

At four all, Huey’s volleys again got loose, allowing a service break.  Bob Bryan had the opportunity to serve it out with the crowed loudly encouraging the team, but they couldn’t get it done. Johnson and Huey fought hard to even the set at five all.  After a family meeting, Mike Bryan took his turn to serve, trying to get to the seven point set tiebreaker.  Johnson fired some bullets at Bob Bryan at the net, with Bryan able to block one, though the second was too good on one amazing point.  The ball sounded like a shot coming off both mens’ racquets.

Following the theme for the night, the tiebreak for the second set was on.  Huey/Johnson earned mini-breaks, but the Bryans got them right back and finished off the tie break and the match, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4).  The Bryans clearly relish having the opportunity to control the outcome of the match and have the ball on their racquet when it matters most.  It’s hard to argue that they aren’t the greatest doubles team of all time.  They’ll play the winner of Chris Eubanks/Donald Young and Austin Krajicek/Nicholas Monroe in the next round.

Herman Wood is in Atlanta covering the BB&T Open action from around the grounds for Tennis Panorama News, follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/hermanewood.

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 30 JULY 2015

Singles – Second Round
[1] J. Isner (USA) d [PR] R. Stepanek (CZE) 76(3) 76(7)
[Q] D. Kudla (USA) d [3] J. Sock (USA) 76(6) 63
R. Berankis (LTU) d [6] S. Johnson (USA) 64 62
D. Sela (ISR) d [8] B. Becker (GER) 75 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d T. Huey (PHI) / S. Johnson (USA) 76(5) 76(4)
C. Fleming (GBR) / G. Muller (LUX) d M. Baghdatis (CYP) / M. Jaziri (TUN) 76(8) 62

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Tuesday in “Hotlanta” Sees Mardy Fish Fall in First Round

By Herman Wood

(July 28, 2015) ATLANTA, Georgia – Hotlanta indeed!  Following the directions of ushers to take a seat on Tuesday in Atlanta potentially risked a trip to the burn unit!  It certainly was not comfortable, even in the shade once the sun moved a bit at the Atlanta Open.  Action heated up on the courts as well, with a number of young and experienced Americans in action.  Steve Johnson got by Lukas Lacko 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, dropping a second set tiebreak 7-3.  Austin Krajicek fell to Marco Baghdatis 6-4, 6-0, despite some creative engineering of his frame, reportedly playing with a broken frame for one point.  Qualifier Denis Kudla sent wild card Ryan Harrison home for singles in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(5).  Harrison tweeted later, “Fought hard today.  Thank you @BBTatlantaopen for this opportunity to play.  I will get better from this and always be back.  #Bounceback”   Eighteen year old Jared Donaldson took down fellow qualifier Somdev Devvarman 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.  Donaldson is impressive if for nothing else the ability to seriously launch a ball out of the stadium.  Interstate 75 is a possibility!

Australia’s Sam Groth had all he could handle with 17 year old American Frances Tiafoe.  It was a draw until the tiebreaker began for the first set.  The veteran Groth got a service mini-break early and that took some steam out of Tiafoe.  He certainly fought, but Groth kept blasting away.  Fellow American and Georgia Tech team member Chris Eubanks rooted loudly for Tiafoe, encouraging him to keep fighting.  The crowd was fully behind him, exhorting him as well.  He got a bit discouraged after dropping the tie break 7-3 and gave up an early break.  Soon, the racquet was thrown and the crowd got a bit quiet.  The statistics reflected a very even match, but all Groth needed was one tiebreak and one break point converted.  He made it hold up for a 7-6(3), 6-4 win.  Tiafoe won’t find much comfort in the statistics, but he only had one break chance and couldn’t convert it and that was really the difference.

Singles wrapped up for the day with a more mature American, Mardy Fish, who will be calling it a career after the US Open, taking on last year’s finalist – Dudi Sela.  Sela won over the Atlanta crowd last year with fine play and gracious humor.  The crowd appreciated fine play all night, but tried to raise Fish, though there wasn’t as much to cheer for as they might have liked.  Fish managed to hold his first service game, but it was a struggle.   The struggle continued in his second service game, as he was broken by just generally loose play, spraying balls long.  The game was certainly there, especially when the shot required a quick reaction, whether forehand or backhand.  Fish flashed a 131 mph serve at one point, but Sela was more than ready, blunting the attack, blocking backhand after backhand back authoritatively.  Fish managed to get the break back to level the set at four with the help of two net cords, but was promptly undone again, not able to finish points he had most certainly earned.  Sela had to work, holding off a break point, but closed the set 6-4 in his favor.  Fish apparently had an issue with his socks at some point and took advantage of a medical time out by Sela.  Apparently, he gestured to Roddick, who simply removed his socks and sent them to Fish.  That’s a bit more sharing than I think most people want to do with their doubles partner!  After Sela had his wrist attended to, play resumed and stayed on serve.  The length of rallies and level of play improved for both men, until Sela earned a break for 5-4 with a wild Fish forehand.  During the changeover, Sela’s homeland flag of Israel came out on display in the stands and it seemed to inspire him.  He served the set out, winning 6-4, 6-4.  He was gracious afterward, signing and posing with fans.  “If Mardy had played his best, he’d have kicked my ass!”

“If I’m going to play like that, it’s going to be pretty tough,” Fish said in talking about the positives he’d taken from the match. “It’s just it’s nice to finish on my own terms. The sport, my job, was taken from me so abruptly that it took me a long time to get my life back.”

Fish is scheduled to play his last two tournaments of his career in Cincinnati and New York.

I was also able to chat with Chris Eubanks, a 6-7 sophomore from Georgia Tech (about a mile from Atlantic Station).  Eubanks graduated from Westlake High School, also here in Atlanta, and is the number 53rd ranked singles player in the NCAA.  Eubanks played with American Donald Young in the doubles draw, beating Mate Pavic and Michael Venus 6-2, 3-6, 10-5 in the super tiebreaker. Wednesday he’ll play Radek Stepanek in singles.  I asked how I would know if he were playing his best.  “I’ll be getting my first serve in and making my forehand.”  I responded that he had just described about ninety percent of American tennis players, whether on the tour or not.  That drew a laugh.  We also talked about on court demeanor and he shared how important it is that you have to be yourself on the court and express yourself in the way of your own choosing.  Eubanks was very gracious with his time, though he was clearly there to support Tiafoe.

In other singles results, German Benjamin Becker got by fellow German Michael Berrer, 7-5, retired.  In other doubles action, “Popsock”, Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock fell to Gilles Muller and Colin Fleming 6-4, 4-6,10-6.  Eric Butyric and Artem Sitak took out Matthew Ebden and Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 6-0.  Play continues on Wednesday with the evening matches focusing on doubles.  Fish and Roddick return to action, taking on Murray and Lu.  The Bryan Brothers have big serving Groth partnered up with fellow Australian Chris Guccione.

 

Herman Wood is in Atlanta covering the BB&T Open action from around the grounds for Tennis Panorama News, follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/hermanewood

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Paire, Stosur, Thiem, Tsurenko and Tomic Win Tennis Titles This Week

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(July 26, 2015) Benoit Paire, Samantha StosurDominik Thiem, Lesia Tsurenko and Bernard Tomic were the singles winners on the tennis tour this weekend.

France’s Paire joined the winner’s circle for the first time, claiming the ATP World Tour title at the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad when he turned back Spain’s Tommy Robredo 7-6(7), 6-3. Paire is the sixth first-time winner on the men’s tour this year.

“It’s a perfect week,” Paire said. “The conditions today were not easy, but I’m really happy to win against Tommy. He’s a very good player. To play against him in the final and to beat him is a dream, so I’m very happy.

“It was a lot of pressure…  I hope it’s not the last one for me.”

Samantha Stosur rallied to win her second WTA title of the year and eighth overall after defeating Karin Knapp of Italy 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the final of the Gastein Ladies on Sunday. The Australian and former US Open champion also won the Strasbourg event back in May.

In a final which featured two unseeded players, Lesia Tsurenko won her first WTA title, besting Urszula Radwanska 7-5, 6-1 to win the Istanbul Cup.

“I’m so happy I could win here and show good tennis,” said the Ukrainian.

“That’s my goal, getting good results and showing good tennis.”

Austria’s Dominik Thiem won his second career ATP World Tour title, besting Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-4, 6-1 to win the Croatia Open

“Today was very special day,” Thiem said. “We were watched by world’s number one Novak Djokovic,” Thiem said. “Usually he is the one who entertains us with great tennis and today we turned it around.”

“It is really special to win here after playing juniors matches in this stadium,” said Thiem who became the first Austrian to win this title since Thomas Muster did it twenty years ago. “I will have a nice dinner with my friends tonight to celebrate. It won’t be a big party for me as I have to drive eight hours to go to Gstaad tomorrow.”

Second seed Bernard Tomic defended his Claro Open Colombia title in Bogota, beating Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

“It’s been a very good year,” Tomic said. “I started at No. 70 and am now close to No. 20. It’s been a good seven months. I’ll try to play well the next three months and have the chance to be in the Top 15.

“Every title you remember. I’m very happy to have won my third title and to defend it here was amazing. I’m really happy with myself… This is my most consistent year.”

The 22-year-old Australian, ranked 29th,  is now 9-0 at the tournament.

 

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Serena Williams Leads 2015 US Open Women’s Field

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From the USTA: White Plains, N.Y., July 22, 2015 – The USTA today announced that world No. 1 and three-time defending champion Serena Williams leads the women’s field for the 2015 US Open Tennis Championships. Williams is joined by 99 of the world’s top 101 women, including world No. 2 and former US Open champion Maria Sharapova, 2014 US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki, two-time US Open champion and world No. 15 Venus Williams, and former US Open champions Samantha Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

 

In total, 33 different countries are represented in the women’s field. Eleven U.S. women received direct entry into the main draw – the most of any country – with seven Americans ranked in the Top 50.

 

The 2015 US Open will be played Monday, August 31, through Sunday, September 13, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Women’s Singles Championship is presented by J.P. Morgan.

 

Leading the entry list is world No. 1 Serena Williams, who won her sixth US Open crown in 2014, tying her with Chris Evert for the most US Open women’s singles titles in the Open Era. This year, Williams is also going for the calendar Grand Slam at the US Open, last won in 1988 by Steffi Graf. Williams won her 21st Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon this month, which ranks third all-time, just one behind Graf (an Open-era record of 22) and Margaret Court (24 all-time).

 

Joining Williams in the field’s top four are world No. 2 Sharapova, of Russia, the 2006 US Open champion who won her fifth Grand Slam singles title last year at the French Open; No. 3 Simona Halep, of Romania, a 2014 French Open finalist and Wimbledon semifinalist; and No. 4 Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion.

 

Following the top four are: No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, the 2009 and 2014 US Open finalist; No. 6 Ana Ivanovic, of Serbia, the 2012 US Open quarterfinalist and 2008 French Open champion; No. 7 Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland, the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam singles final (2012 Wimbledon) and this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist; No. 8 Lucie Safarova, of the Czech Republic, who reached her first Grand Slam singles final at the French Open this year and also won this year’s French Open and Australian Open doubles titles; No. 9 Garbiñe Muguruza, of Spain, who reached the final at Wimbledon this year and has never won a US Open main draw match; and No. 10 Carla Suárez Navarro, of Spain, a four-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist who reached the US Open quarterfinals in 2013.

 

Nine players who have won Grand Slam singles titles in their careers are competing in the US Open this year, including two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, former world No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, of Serbia, and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, of Italy.

 

Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens, ranked No. 101, is the last player accepted directly into the women’s field of 128. One player has withdrawn due to a back injury, No. 29 Shuai Peng, of China. Four players are using a special ranking to gain entry into the main draw – No. 56 Petra Cetkovska, of the Czech Republic, No. 58 Laura Robson, of Great Britain, No. 73 Vania King, of the United States, and No. 87 Alisa Kleybanova, of Russia. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, August 25-28, while the remaining eight spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.

 

In addition to Serena Williams and Venus Williams, the other American women who received direct entry into this year’s tournament include No. 18 Madison Keys, of Rock Island, Ill., No. 32 Coco Vandeweghe, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., No. 34 Sloane Stephens, of Coral Springs, Fla., No. 39 Madison Brengle, of Dover, Del., No. 45 Varvara Lepchenko, of Allentown, Pa., No. 54 Alison Riske, of Pittsburgh, No. 59 Christina McHale, of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., No.  76 Irina Falconi, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and No. 83 Lauren Davis, of Boca Raton, Fla.

 

Several of the young Americans listed above have had breakout performances on the WTA tour this year. Keys, 20, reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, while also reaching one WTA final in Charleston, S.C.; Vandeweghe, 23, reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals; Stephens, 22, reached two WTA semifinals; and Brengle, 25, reached her first career WTA final in Hobart.

 

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

 

The July 20 edition of the WTA rankings was used to determine the US Open main draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.

 

The 2015 US Open will mark the culmination of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the North American summer season of seven ATP World Tour and WTA events that begin Monday, July 27.

 

The US Open is the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world. 2015 marks the first year of an 11-year agreement between the USTA and ESPN, which will see the US Open carried on ESPN through 2025. During the 2015 US Open, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to air more than 130 hours of live match play with more than 1,100 hours of first-to-last ball coverage to be seen on ESPN3, which will also be hosted on the US Open website – USOpen.org.  In an expansion of its US Open coverage, ESPN will feature play from 11 courts.

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Novak Djokovic Headlines the Men’s Field at the 2015 US Open

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From the USTA: White Plains, N.Y., July 22, 2015 – The USTA today announced that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon finalist Roger Federer, and defending champion Marin Cilic lead the men’s singles field for the 2015 US Open Tennis Championships. The field features five former US Open champions, including Djokovic (2011), five-time champion Federer (2004-08), two-time champion Rafael Nadal (2010, 2013), Andy Murray (2012), and defending champion Cilic (2014).

 

Each of the world’s top 99 men received direct entry into the US Open, representing 40 countries.

 

The 2015 US Open will be played Monday, August 31, through Sunday, September 13, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Men’s Singles Championship is presented by Mercedes-Benz.

 

Leading the entry list is Djokovic, the Serbian world No. 1 who has reached the US Open final five times, winning the title in 2011. He won his eighth and ninth major singles titles this year at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

 

World No. 2 Federer, of Switzerland, is the all-time leader with 17 major singles titles, and was bidding for his eighth Wimbledon title this month before falling to Djokovic in the final. Federer is competing for his sixth US Open title, which would surpass Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors for the most US Open men’s singles titles in the Open Era.

 

Great Britain’s Murray, the world No. 3, won the US Open in 2012 after winning the Olympic gold medal in London. He also won Wimbledon in 2013, where he became the first British man in 77 years to win the championship, and reached the Australian Open final this year, losing to Djokovic.

 

Stanislas Wawrinka, the Swiss world No. 4 and a 2013 US Open semifinalist, won his first major singles championship at the Australian Open in 2014, joining Juan Martin del Potro (2009 US Open) and Cilic (2014 US Open) as the only men outside the “Big Four” of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray to win a Grand Slam since the 2005 French Open. Wawrinka also won this year’s French Open title, defeating Djokovic.

 

Filling out the field’s top 10 are: No. 5 Kei Nishikori, of Japan, the 2014 US Open finalist; No. 6 Tomas Berdych, of the Czech Republic, a 2012 US Open semifinalist and 2010 Wimbledon finalist; No. 7 David Ferrer, of Spain, the 2013 French Open finalist and two-time US Open semifinalist (2007, 2012); No. 8 Milos Raonic, of Canada, a 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist; No. 9 Cilic, of Croatia, the US Open defending champion and 2010 Australian Open semifinalist; and No. 10 Nadal, of Spain, the 2010 and 2013 US Open champion and 14-time Grand Slam champion.

 

Italy’s Marco Cecchinato, ranked No. 99, is the last man to receive direct entry into the field of 128. Five players used a protected ranking to gain entry including No. 25 Mardy Fish, of the United States, No. 25 Tommy Haas, of Germany, No. 34 Florian Mayer, of Germany, No. 39 Janko Tipsarevic, of Serbia, and No. 57 Radek Stepanek, of the Czech Republic. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held August 25-28, while the eight remaining spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.

 

American men who received direct entry are No. 18 John Isner, of Greensboro, N.C., No. 31 Jack Sock, of Lincoln, Neb., No. 34 Sam Querrey, of Las Vegas, No. 46 Steve Johnson, of Orange, Calif., No. 55 Donald Young, of Atlanta, No. 75 Tim Smyczek, of Tampa, Fla., No. 86 Rajeev Ram, of Carmel, Ind.; and No. 96 Denis Kudla, of Arlington, Va.

 

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

 

The July 20 edition of the Emirates ATP Rankings was used to determine the US Open main draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.

 

The 2015 US Open will mark the culmination of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the North American summer season of seven ATP World Tour and WTA events that begin Monday, July 27.

 

The US Open is the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world. 2015 marks the first year of an 11-year agreement between the USTA and ESPN, which will see the US Open carried on ESPN through 2025. During the 2015 US Open, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to air more than 130 hours of live match play with more than 1,100 hours of first-to-last ball coverage to be seen on ESPN3, which will also be hosted on the US Open website – USOpen.org.  In an expansion of its US Open coverage, ESPN will feature play from 11 courts.

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USTA and ESPN Expand US Open and US Open Series Coverage

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 21, 2015 – The USTA today announced that for the 2015 summer tennis season, ESPN will broadcast over 1800 hours of live tennis action across it’s platforms as the exclusive live domestic television and digital media partner for the US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series.  2015 marks the first year of an 11-year agreement between the USTA and ESPN, which will see the US Open carried on ESPN through 2025.
The unprecedented tennis coverage will feature over 200 hours of live match play on ESPN and ESPN2, with more than 1600 hours to be featured on ESPN3 – ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of hours of exclusive sports annually.
“The opportunity for tennis to be seen across ESPN platforms affords the sport a stage that reaches far beyond the eyes of just the traditional tennis fan and into the homes of all sports fans,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams. “The ability to be top of mind throughout the summer is an incredible chance to highlight some of the greatest athletes in the world, including Serena Williams as she continues her historic pursuit of the calendar Grand Slam, and continue to grow the sport throughout the country.”
“We are delighted to work with the USTA to bring tennis fans even more comprehensive coverage of the most important tennis this summer between the Series and US Open over the next seven weeks” said Scott Guglielmino, SVP, Programming and Global X. “We are extremely excited for our first year of exclusive coverage of the US Open, giving us the opportunity to leverage our TV and digital media platforms to further engage fans with more ways and more hours to watch as the game’s greatest athletes compete.”
Over the five week calendar of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, ESPN2 will air nearly 70 hours of live coverage, while ESPN3 will carry more than 500 hours of action.  In total, there will be 34 consecutive days of coverage for these tournaments.  For the first time, fans will be able to access coverage on the Emirates Airline US Open Series main website – emiratesusopenseries.com – as well as the respective tournament websites, through the integration of the ESPN3 Media Player.  ESPN3 is also accessible on line at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.
During the 2015 US Open, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to air more than 130 hours of live match play with more than 1100 hours of first-to-last ball coverage to be seen on ESPN3, which will also be hosted on the US Open website – usopen.org.  In an expansion of its US Open coverage, ESPN will feature play from 11 courts.
“This overarching agreement with and commitment from ESPN is incredibly important to the USTA and to tennis, at large, as it brings the sport to the fans on a larger scale than ever before,” said Gordon Smith, USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.  “The reach of ESPN is undeniable, and the ability to watch the US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series throughout the summer, across a number of ESPN’s platforms markedly enhances the experience for the tennis viewer.”
For the 2015 US Open, the men’s singles final will return to its traditional Sunday (September 13) afternoon timeslot and the women’s singles final will be scheduled for Saturday (September 12) afternoon – both finals will air on ESPN.  The men’s singles semifinals will take place on Friday (September 11) afternoon, with the women’s singles semifinals scheduled for primetime on the second Thursday (September 10) night of the tournament. This schedule reaffirms the USTA’s commitment to providing a day of rest for singles competitors between the singles semifinals and singles finals.
Prior to the start of the tournament, ESPN will kick-off its coverage of the US Open on Sunday, August 30 with a broadcast of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET) and a US Open preview show from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. (ET), both to be broadcast on ESPN2.  Additionally, leading into the men’s singles final, ESPN will televise a 30-minute “Blue Carpet” special, enabling the fans to get an inside look at the excitement, pageantry and celebrity surrounding the day.
In addition to ESPN’s coverage at the Open, Tennis Channel, for the seventh year, will offer pre and post-match coverage, analysis, and match encores throughout the two weeks of the US Open.
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ITF Announces Draw for Davis Cup World Group Play-Offs

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(July 21, 2015) The Draw for the 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs was held on Tuesday at the ITF headquarters in London. The World Group play-offs will take place on 18-20 September alongside the World Group semifinals.

 

The winning nations in the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2016 World Group, while the losing nations will compete in their respective Zone Group I events in 2016.

 

In the World Group semifinals, Great Britain will be at home to Australia, and Belgium will be at home to Argentina.

 

Seeds for the draw were based on the latest ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 20 July.

 

The draw is as follows:

 

2015 World Group play-offs (18-20 September)

 

India (c) v Czech Republic (s)
Switzerland (s) (c) v Netherlands
Russia (c) v Italy (s)
Uzbekistan (c) (*) v USA (s)
Colombia (c) v Japan (s)
Dominican Republic (c) (*) v Germany (s)
Brazil (c) v Croatia (s)
Poland (c) v Slovakia (s)

 

(s) denotes seeded nation

(c) denotes choice of ground

(*) denotes choice of ground determined by lot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Serena Williams Wins Wimbledon for 21st Major Title, 2nd “Serena Slam”

(July 11, 2015) Serena Williams made all sorts of history on Saturday in winning her sixth Wimbledon title 6-4, 6-4 over No. 20 Gabine Muguruza. She completed a second “Serena Slam” winning her fourth straight major dating back to the 2014 U.S. Open, won the third leg of the calendar slam and at 21 majors won, she is a major away from tying Steffi Graf at 22 and two behind All-time major winner Margaret Court, and if she wins the U. S Open, she’ll be the first woman to win the Grand Slam since Graf did in in 1988. Williams also held all four majors at once from 2002-2003 – 2002 French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open and the 2003 Australian Open.

The No. 1 player is the oldest woman to win a major at 33-years and 289 days. She’s won eight majors as a “30-something.”

“I can’t believe I’m standing here at another Grand Slam, so it’s really cool,” Williams said on-court after the match. “I’m having so much fun out here. I just never dreamt I would be out here still and let alone winning.”

So what’s the key to winning four majors in a row? Williams was asked about this and said: “I don’t know. I know just last year I was just so down because I lost so early in three of the Grand Slams.  By the time New York came around, I was like, I just want to get to the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam.  When I won my fourth round match, I was elated.  I was like, Yeah, finally.

“I’ve just been super relaxed.  I’ve been taking time every match.  I didn’t have an easy go this tournament, but I still just take it one match at a time.”

The American started out slowly, broken in her opening service game and falling behind 2-4, before regrouping to win four straight games to close out the set.

Muguruza upset Williams in the second round of last year’s French Open.

Williams raced off to 5-1 lead in the second, broken both times serving for the match at 5-1 and 5-3. Muguruza saved a match point. Williams closed out the win breaking her Spanish opponent at 5-4.

“It was definitely a little pressure toward the end, but I think Garbine just started playing really well and started hitting some great shots so that made it even harder,” Williams said.

The 21-year-old Muguruza was playing in her first major final, the first Spanish woman slam final since 2000.

“I’m very happy and proud to be playing in front of this amazing crowd,” Muguruza said “I love to play on big courts, and a Grand Slam final is just a dream come true for me.

“But I also want to say congratulations to Serena. She’s showing us she’s still World No.1.”

“It’s hard to concentrate on a final because you have Serena in front of you.  You’re thinking, She won five times this.  You’re like this.  Is your first final.  You know that you don’t have so many chances to win the match.”

“Garbine played so well,” Williams said. “I didn’t even know it was over – she was fighting so hard at the end. Congratulations, don’t be sad, you’ll be holding this trophy very, very soon, believe me!

“I can’t believe I’m standing here with another Serena Slam. It’s really cool. And the crowd helped me through it – I heard all the ‘I love yous’ and I love you more! It’s such an honor. It feels so good.”

“It is really a great feeling,” Williams said to media.  “Just the moment is still setting in a little bit.  I’m just really excited about it because I didn’t want to talk about the Serena Slam. I honestly wouldn’t have thought last year after winning the US Open I would win the Serena Slam at all.

“It’s super exciting.  I just knew I wanted to win Wimbledon this year.  Of all the Grand Slams, it was the one I hadn’t won in a while.  It was like, I really want to win Wimbledon.  It happened.”

“I’m going to leave here being really motivated,” said the Spanish woman.  “I think I’m the most motivated person right now.  This gives me a lot of, you know, power to keep practicing and improving, to see what else I can do in my next tournaments.

“I’m playing really good.  So keep working and see now the hard court season.”

“I don’t feel disappointment,” Muguruza said of the loss.  “But you never know how many chances you’re going to have to play a final in a Grand Slam. But if you have to choose who to win or who to lose, I would choose Serena.”

“I think she’s (Muguruza) such a great player. Like I said, she’s beaten me before. I think she really stepped up to the plate today.  She was determined to do well and to win.  She came out there to win.  She wasn’t out there just to play a final.  I think that says a lot about her and her future.

“She never gave up literally ever.”

“I couldn’t stop crying,” Muguruza commenting about her tears during the trophy presentation and the standing ovation given to her by the crowd.  “So many people are clapping.  I don’t know. I make all these people feel this in a tennis court?  I was like, I don’t know.  I felt special.”

On winning another “Serena Slam:” “I’ve been trying to win four in a row for 12 years, and it hasn’t happened. I’ve had a couple injuries.  You know, it’s been an up‑and‑down process.

“I honestly can’t say that last year or two years ago or even five years ago I would have thought that I would have won four in a row.  So just starting this journey, having all four trophies at home, is incredible.”

Williams will head into the U.S. Open to try to become the first woman since 1988 to win the Grand Slam.

“I feel like I’ll be okay,” Williams said.  “I feel like if I can do the Serena Slam, I will be okay heading into the Grand Slam. Like I always say, there’s 127 other people that don’t want to see me win.  Nothing personal, they just want to win.

“So it’s just, you know, going to go in there.  I had a really tough draw.  This gives me confidence that if I had this draw, I can do it again.  I’ll just do the best I can.

“You know, I really don’t feel like I have anything to lose. I’ve kind of solidified my place at No. 1.  My goal is always to end the year at No. 1.  I just want to make sure when I play Australia, I don’t have pressure going into that.”

 

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Novak Djokovic Versus Roger Federer: Tale of the Tape

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

Head-to-head: Federer leads 20-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2009     Basel                            Hard (I)            FR        Djokovic           64 46 62

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

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

2010     Shanghai                      Hard (O)           SF        Federer            75 64

2010     Basel                            Hard (I)            FR        Federer            64 36 61

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

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

2011     Dubai                           Hard (O)           FR                   Djokovic         63 63

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014     Dubai                           Hard (O)           SF        Federer            36 63 62

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

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

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

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

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

2015     Dubai                           Hard (O)           FR        Federer            63 75

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

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

 

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

 

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

Jimmy Connors v John McEnroe

3535
35
Andre Agassi v Pete Sampras 34

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

DJOKOVIC                                      v                                      FEDERER

 

28                                           Age                                          33

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

1                                    ATP Ranking                                    2

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

53                                         Titles                                         86

199-34                     Career Grand Slam Record                     291-47

8 titles                       Best Grand Slam Result                      17 titles

51-8                             Wimbledon Record                             79-9

651-143                              Career Record                             1036-233

66-15                         Career Record – Grass                        142-19

47-3                                  2015 Record                                  40-6

6-0                             2015 Record – Grass                            11-0

25-8                          Career Five-Set Record                        23-19

4                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         9

180-108                       Career Tiebreak Record                      381-206

9-7                            2015 Tiebreak Record                           12-9

 

 

 

Road to the final

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

Semifinals

1:342:33

2:07

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

d. No. 3 Andy Murray 75 75 64

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

 

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


Most Wimbledon men’s singles titles in the Open Era

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

 

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

 

All-time Grand Slam men’s singles titles

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

Novak Djokovic

Ivan Lendl

Fred Perry

Ken Rosewall

 

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

 

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

 

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

                                          

                                             Djokovic’s record in Grand Slam finals

Grand Slam Final Result
2007 US Open l. Roger Federer 76(4) 76(2) 64
2008 Australian Open d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 46 64 63 76(2)
2010 US Open l. Rafael Nadal 64 57 64 62
2011 Australian Open d. Andy Murray 64 62 63
2011 Wimbledon d. Rafael Nadal 64 61 16 63
2011 US Open d. Rafael Nadal 62 64 67(3) 61
2012 Australian Open d. Rafael Nadal 57 64 62 67(5) 75
2012 Roland Garros l. Rafael Nadal 64 63 26 75
2012 US Open l. Andy Murray 76(10) 75 26 36 62
2013 Australian Open d. Andy Murray 67(2) 76(3) 63 62
2013 Wimbledon l. Andy Murray 64 75 64
2013 US Open l. Rafael Nadal 62 36 64 61
2014 Roland Garros l. Rafael Nadal 36 75 62 64
2014 Wimbledon d. Roger Federer 67(7) 64 76(4) 57 64
2015 Australian Open d. Andy Murray 76(5) 67(4) 63 60
2015 Roland Garros l. Stan Wawrinka 46 64 64 64
2015 Wimbledon v. Roger Federer

 

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

 

Most Grand Slam match-wins (all-time)

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

8

Pete SamprasNovak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal

203-38199-34

196-28

910 Stefan EdbergKen Rosewall 178-47171-34

Note: active players in bold

 

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

 

Wimbledon finals reached (Open Era)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Stan Smith        1972                 Andre Agassi                1992

Jan Kodes        1973                 Roger Federer              2007, 2009

Bjorn Borg        1976-80            Novak Djokovic             2011, 2014

Boris Becker     1989

 

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

 

Player                          Win-loss

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

Most titles at the same Grand Slam tournament

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

** Challenge round played through 1911 at US Championships

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Federer in Grand Slam finals

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

                                                        Wimbledon finals reached (all-time)

Player No. of finals
Roger Federer 10
Boris BeckerArthur Gore

Pete Sampras

7
Bjorn BorgJimmy Connors

Rod Laver

6

 

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

Grand Slam finals reached (all-time)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 *Statistics provided by the International Tennis Federation

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