February 7, 2016

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

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

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

Head-to-head: tied 22-22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2009     Basel                            Hard (I)            FR        Djokovic           64 46 62

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

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

2010     Shanghai                      Hard (O)           SF        Federer            75 64

2010     Basel                            Hard (I)            FR        Federer            64 36 61

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

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

2011     Dubai                           Hard (O)           FR       Djokovic           63 63

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014     Dubai                           Hard (O)           SF        Federer            36 63 62

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

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

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

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

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

2015     Dubai                           Hard (O)           FR        Federer            63 75

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

This is the 45th meeting between Djokovic and Federer. This is the 2nd-most matches played in a head-to-head at Tour-level in the Open Era:

 

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal 47
Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic 45
Ivan Lendl v John McEnroe 36

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

         No. of Australian Open final appearances (Open Era)

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

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

Possible final head-to-heads

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

 

 

DJOKOVIC                                      v                                      FEDERER

 

28                                          Age                                          34

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

1                                    ATP Ranking                                    3

60                                         Titles                                         88

212-34                     Career Grand Slam Record                     302-49

10 titles                  Best Grand Slam performance                 17 titles

55-6                         Australian Open Record                        80-12

696-146                              Career Record                             1067-239

459-86                         Career Record – Hard                        664-134

10-0                                  2016 Record                                   8-1

10-0                             2016 Record – Hard                              8-1

26-8                          Career Five-Set Record                         23-19

4                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         9

191-111                      Career Tiebreak Record                      387-211

3-1                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            1-1

 

Road to the Semifinals

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

d. No. 7 Kei Nishikori 63 62 64

4:32

2:07

Round of 16
Quarterfinals
1:28

2:16

d. No. 15 David Goffin 62 61 64

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

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

                                                                            

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

 

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

Novak Djokovic??

5 – 2011 Roland Garros – 2012 Roland Garros

5 – 2015 Australian Open – 2016 Australian Open??

 

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

 

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

Ivan Lendl

19??

19

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Novak Djokovic

80-12
56-10

55-6

Andre Agassi 48-5
Ivan Lendl 48-10

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

                                                 Grand Slam semifinals reached (Open Era)

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

 

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

 

               Australian Open semifinals reached (Open Era)

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

Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray

6

6

6

Pete Sampras

Mats Wilander

5

5

                                                            

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

                                       Oldest men to reach Australian Open final (Open Era)

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

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

 

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

Grand Slam finals reached (all-time)

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

Ivan Lendl

19??

19

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

                               Federer’s Australian Open semifinal appearances

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

                                                 Grand Slam semifinals reached (Open Era)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

              

Most Open Era Grand Slam match-wins

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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Kerber Surprises Azarenka to Reach Australian Open Semifinals; In Melbourne Debut Konta Makes Final Four

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(January 26, 2016) No. 7 seed Angelique Kerber rallied from 2-5 down in the second set to close out No. 14 seed and two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 7-5 to reach her first semifinal in Melbourne. It was the German’s first-ever victory against the Belarusian, to she had lost to in six previous attempts.

“I won against her for the first time. Does feel really good,” Kerber said. “Before I went on court also yesterday I was practicing in my practice to be more aggressive.

“I played very well. I mean, I was playing my game from the first point. Also when I was down 2-5, I was actually, yeah, playing more aggressive on this time. I think that was the key.

“I served very well and was moving good. I think the key from this match was that I was playing and I won the match. She doesn’t lose it; I actually won it.”

Kerber had jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set. Azarenka regained one of the breaks to get to 3-4 but failed to capitalize on break points to draw even in the eighth game.

“I did put myself in the situations to be able to turn the match around,” said Azarenka. “I just didn’t commit enough, and that’s on me.”

“When I was 4-0 up in the first set, my nerves came a little bit,” Kerber explained. “I was feeling it. It was close that it was 4-4. I was able to do the 5-3 in the first set, so that was a really important moment in the first set.

“Then I was just trying, you know, to focus on my game, to be aggressive, to be the player who makes the winners and who is going for it. I was not thinking too much about the score, I was just trying to focusing more to play a good match, to play my game like I played in the practice. That was the whole time until the last point in my mind.”

Azarenka hit 33 unforced errors in the match while Kerber broke Azarenka’s serve six times.

“I think I was a little bit too flat today,” said the former No. 1. “I obviously didn’t start great. For me personally, it was a little bit 10% not enough of everything.

“My footwork didn’t have enough. My shots didn’t have enough. I felt I did a little bit too many unforced errors in the key moments. I created a lot of opportunities, but then I was not enough on my opportunities. I didn’t take them. I had plenty.

“You know, that’s not going to win matches in quarterfinals. You have to bring it, and I didn’t.”

Kerber will play Great Britain’s Johanna Konta in the semifinals. She beat Shuai Zhang 6-4, 6-1 in the later quarterfinal match.

“It doesn’t matter against who I’m playing in the semis,” Kerber said. “I mean, who is in the semis played very good four matches actually, or five matches. I think I will just try to focusing on my game, as well. I mean, I will try to not thinking against who I’m playing. I will just try to focusing like today, to be aggressive, more focusing on my game, and then let’s see how far I can get here.”

“I’m in the right direction,” Azarenka said. “I just need to keep going that way and work harder, be as professional as I am. I don’t feel that I’ve done anything wrong in my preparation. It’s just today I didn’t push myself enough.”

Konta’s victory makes her the first British woman to reach the final four of a major since 1984. Konta, who is making her debut in the main draw in Melbourne will see her ranking move into the Top 30. She’ll be the first British woman in the Top 30 since Laura Robson in July 2013. A year ago the Sydney-born Brit was 144th in the world.

She upset No. 8 Venus Williams in the first round and knocked out former Australian Open semifinalist 21st seed Ekaterina Makarova in the round of 16.

Konta stopped a seven-match win streak of Zhang, going back to the beginning of the qualifying tournament. Zhang had not won a match at a major coming into the Australian Open, she’s now 4-14.

“It will be my first match against her,” Konta said of her semifinal match-up against Kerber. “She’s top 10. She’s an incredibly decorated and successful competitor and player. I’m just going to go out there and bring to the court what I can.”

“I mean, whether you’re the favorite or the underdog, I think that’s very much a circumstantial thing outside of the match that I’m playing. I don’t really think about that. It’s neither here nor there for me.

“For me it’s just about going into every match and being very clear on what I want to achieve out there and being very processor orientated and sticking to my beliefs and really the not judging myself on the results that come.

“Just really make sure that I give my best out there.”

The other semifinalists which were determined on Tuesday, are six-time champion Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska.

The women’s semifinals will be played on Thursday.

On the men’s side of the draw – in addition to Great Britain having a women’s semifinalist, it also has a men’s. No. 2 seed Andy Murray stopped No. 8 seed David Ferrer 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3 to reach his 6th final four in Melbourne in the last seven years.

Joining Murray in his semifinal will be Milos Raonic. Raonic became the first Canadian to get to this stage at the Australian Open. Raonic defeated No. 23 Gael Monfils 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Murray has a 3-3 record against Raonic.

 

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Statement from Tennis Governing Bodies – Tennis Announces Independent Review

(January 26, 2016) Tennis’ governing bodies announced on Wednesday at the Australian Open that they will assign an independent review of their Tennis Integrity Unit to try and regain “public confidence” in the sport after the BBC and BuzzFeed News reported match-fixing involving top 50 players.

Here is the press release sent to media:

Statement from Tennis Governing Bodies
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 27 January, 2016 AEDT
Tennis Announces Independent Review
 Independent Review Panel will:
o review and report on the appropriateness and effectiveness of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP)
o take into account public commentary regarding the processes, procedures and resources
o make recommendations for change
 Adam Lewis QC to head Independent Review Panel (IRP)
 Commitment to fund and implement all actions recommended by the IRP
(Melbourne, Australia, 27 January 2016) The Chairmen and CEOs of the Governing Bodies of International Tennis – ATP, WTA, ITF and the Grand Slam Board – today announced an independent review headed by Adam Lewis QC aimed at further safeguarding the integrity of the game.
The Independent Review Panel will review and report on the appropriateness and effectiveness of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program and make recommendations for change. In conducting the review, the IRP will take into account public commentary regarding the processes, procedures and resources of the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU). The Governing Bodies of International Tennis said they expect the IRP to address issues including:
 How the TIU can be more transparent without compromising the TIU’s need for investigative confidentiality
 Additional resources for the TIU both within the unit and at tournaments
 Structural and/or governance changes that enhance the independence of the TIU
 How to extend the scope and reach of the tennis integrity education program.
The Governing Bodies of International Tennis commit to make the outcomes and recommendations of the IRP publicly available and to implement and fund all the actions recommended by the IRP.
Adam Lewis QC is recognised as the leading expert on sports law at the London Bar. He co-edits the principal textbook, Sport: Law and Practice, lectures on sports law and regularly chairs various sports tribunals, and acts as an arbitrator.
Mr Lewis will be assisted on the Independent Review Panel by two members that he will select and appoint to reflect the global nature of the sport.
The IRP will report to the Governing Bodies of International Tennis. An interim report will be provided by the IRP.
“This review will build on the 2008 Environmental Report that saw tennis become one of the first major sports to establish its own dedicated anti-corruption unit. Since 2010, the Tennis Integrity Unit-instigated anti-corruption investigations have resulted in 18 successful disciplinary cases being brought forward including life bans for five players and one official,’’ the statement said.

All professional players, support staff and officials are subject to the terms of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program which equips the TIU with substantial investigative powers. These include the right to interview any relevant person of interest and obtain their telephone, computer and bank records.
“Tennis remains one of the leaders in integrity. We have a zero-tolerance approach to all aspects of corruption and all of us are absolutely committed to rooting out corruption whatever it takes.
“The environment for all major sports, including tennis, has changed dramatically over the past eight years and combined with issues raised in the media, we believe now is the right time to review how we continue to fight corruption in the game.
“Given the seriousness of the issue, we call on all governments worldwide to make match fixing a distinct criminal offence, resourced by national crime fighting agencies working in cooperation with sports integrity boards and other relevant stakeholders.”

Signed by:
Chris Kermode, ATP Chairman
Steve Simon, WTA CEO
David Haggerty, ITF President
Stephen Healy, Australian Open Chairman
Jean Gachassin, Roland Garros Chairman
Katrina Adams, US Open Chairman
Philip Brook, Tennis Integrity Board Chairman and Wimbledon Chairman

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2016 Australian Open – Day 10 Men’s Preview

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2016 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

DAY 10 MEN’S NOTES

Wednesday 27 January

Quarterfinals Bottom Half

Featured matches

No. 2 Andy Murray (GBR) v No. 8 David Ferrer (ESP)
No. 13 Milos Raonic (CAN) v No. 23 Gael Monfils (FRA)
A look at the quarterfinalists…

Player Country Age Ranking Best Australian Open performance Best Grand Slam performance
No. 1 Novak Djokovic SRB 28 1 W 2008, 2011-13, 2015 10 titles
No. 2 Andy Murray GBR 28 2 RU 2010-11, 2013, 2015 2 titles
No. 3 Roger Federer SUI 34 3 W 2004, 2006-07, 2010 17 titles
No. 6 Tomas Berdych CZE 30 6 SF 2014-15 RU 2010 Wimbledon
No. 7 Kei Nishikori JPN 26 7 QF 2012, 2015, 2016 RU 2014 US Open
No. 8 David Ferrer ESP 33 8 SF 2011, 2013 RU 2013 Roland Garros
No. 13 Milos Raonic CAN 25 14 QF 2015, 2016 SF 2014 Wimbledon
No. 23 Gael Monfils FRA 29 25 QF 2016 SF 2008 Roland Garros

(Written prior to the Djokovic v Nishikori quarterfinal)

 

  • 4-time Australian Open runner-up Andy Murray will be hoping to continue a fine performance from the top British singles players at this year’s event when he takes on David Ferrer. Murray, along with Johanna Konta in the women’s draw, is one of 2 British singles players to reach the quarterfinals at the same Grand Slam event for the first time since 1997 Wimbledon when Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski reached the last 8. Not since the December edition of the 1977 Australian Open have 2 British singles players reached the semifinals at the same Grand Slam event.

 

  • Ferrer, the only one of the 8 quarterfinalists to reach the last 8 without dropping a set, is looking to end a 5-match losing streak against Murray today. The likelihood of the Spaniard progressing to the semifinals without dropping a set – for only the 2nd time at a major – is slim, given that all 4 of their previous Grand Slam meetings have gone to 4 sets. That, added to the fact that Murray has won 3 of those meetings, makes this a tough test for Ferrer.

 

  • The prize on offer to the winner of the quarterfinal clash between Gael Monfils and Milos Raonic is a maiden Australian Open semifinal – and the chance to equal their best Grand Slam performance. It’s been nearly 8 years since Monfils last reached the semifinals at a major, while Raonic has more recent experience of a Grand Slam semifinal – at 2014 Wimbledon.

 

2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v NO. 8 DAVID FERRER (ESP)

Head-to-head: Murray leads 12-6

2006     Barcelona                     Clay (O)           R32      Ferrer               46 76(4) 61

2006     Toronto-1000                Hard (O)           R64      Murray             62 76(6)

2010     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)           R16      Ferrer               63 64

2010     Madrid-1000                 Clay (O)           QF       Ferrer               75 63

2010     ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I)            RR       Murray             62 62

2011     Australian Open          Hard (O)          SF        Murray             46 76(2) 61 76(2)

2011     Tokyo                           Hard (O)           SF        Murray             62 63

2011     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           FR        Murray             75 64

2011     ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I)            RR       Ferrer               64 75

2012     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           QF       Ferrer              64 67(3) 63 62

2012     Wimbledon                  Grass (O)         QF       Murray             67(5) 76(6) 64 76(4)

2013     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           FR        Murray             26 64 76(1)

2014     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           R16      Ferrer               26 61 62

2014     Vienna                          Hard (I)            FR        Murray             57 62 75

2014     Valencia                       Hard (O)           SF        Murray             64 75

2015     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           QF       Murray             76(4) 62 57 61

2015     Paris-1000                    Hard (I)            SF        Murray             64 63

2015     ATP World Tour Finals  Hard (I)            RR       Murray              64 64

 

Murray is bidding to record his 6th straight win over Ferrer, having not lost to the Spaniard since 2014 Shanghai-1000.

 

Murray has a 3-1 win-loss record against Ferrer at the Grand Slams. All 4 of their previous Grand Slam meetings have been extended to 4 sets.

 

Murray has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 8 today’s opponent at the Australian Open since losing to No. 15 Fernando Verdasco in 5-sets in the round of 16 here in 2009.

 

Possible semifinal head-to-heads

  Raonic Monfils
Murray 3-3 4-2
Ferrer 4-0 3-3

 

MURRAY                                       v                                       FERRER

 

28                                          Age                                          33

2                                    ATP Ranking                                    8

35                                         Titles                                         26

157-37                     Career Grand Slam Record                     134-51

43-10                        Australian Open Record                        39-13

556-165                              Career Record                              663-313

378-107                        Career Record – Hard                        312-166

4-0                                   2016 Record                                   6-2

4-0                              2016 Record – Hard                              6-2

18-7                          Career Five-Set Record                         20-11

8                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         4

158-98                       Career Tiebreak Record                      148-131

1-0                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            1-0

 

Road to the Quarterfinals

MURRAY Time   Time FERRER
d. Alexander Zverev 61 62 63

d. Sam Groth 60 64 61

2:07

1:31

1st round

2nd round

1:36

2:32

d. (Q) Peter Gojowczyk 64 64 62

d. (WC) Lleyton Hewitt 62 64 64

d. No. 32 Joao Sousa 62 36 62 62 2:38 3rd round 1:45 d. No. 31 Steve Johnson 61 64 64
d. No. 16 Bernard Tomic 64 64 76(4) 2:30 Round of 16 2:04 d. No. 10 John Isner 64 64 75
         
total time on court 8:46 (IBM time) 7:57 total time on court
  • 4-time Australian Open runner-up Murray 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 Djokovic’s quarterfinal on Tuesday evening)

 

  • Murray is bidding to reach his 18th Grand Slam semifinal and move into joint-10th place with Boris Becker on the Open Era list for most Grand Slam semifinals reached. Federer (39 semifinals), Djokovic (28*) and Nadal (23) are the only active players to reach the last 4 at a Grand Slam on more occasions than Murray. [NB *Written prior to Djokovic’s quarterfinal match on Tuesday night.]

 

  • Murray is bidding to reach his 18th Grand Slam semifinal and extend his record for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances by a British man ahead of Fred Perry (13 semifinals). Murray has reached the semifinals at the Australian Open 5 times, Roland Garros 3 times, Wimbledon 6 times and the US Open 3 times.

 

  • Murray and compatriot Johanna Konta are bidding to reach the semifinals and ensure that 2 British singles players – man or woman – feature in the last 4 at the same Grand Slam event for the first time since the 1977 Australian Open (December edition), when John Lloyd lost in the final of the men’s event and Sue Barker fell in the semifinals of the women’s. [NB. The Australian Open was played twice in 1977.]

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Murray and Konta have ensured Great Britain has male and female representation in the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for the first time since the 1977 Australian Open when Barker, Robin Drysdale and Lloyd reached that stage. It is the first time 2 Brits – men or women – have featured in the quarterfinals at the same major since Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski reached the last 8 at 1997 Wimbledon.

 

  • Murray and brother Jamie are bidding to become the first brothers in the Open Era to reach the semifinals in both the men’s singles and men’s doubles events at the Australian Open. Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares will play Adrian Mannarino/Lucas Pouille in the last 4.

 

  • Murray is through to the quarterfinals here for the 7th straight year. He is in joint-5th place on the Open Era 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

Ivan Lendl

Andy Murray

8

7

7*

*Streak active

 

  • Murray has lost in the quarterfinals here once before, falling to Federer in 4 sets in the last 8 in 2014. He is contesting his 11th straight Australian Open and 40th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • 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 Federer in the semifinals. He has won 6 of his last 7 five-set matches, with his only defeat in that time coming to Djokovic in the semifinals at 2015 Roland Garros. He has an 18-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Murray has come from 0-2 down to win a 5-set match on 8 occasions, including in his most recent 5-set match against Adrian Mannarino in the 2nd round at the 2015 US Open.

 

  • Murray has won 12 of his last 13 matches against Spanish opposition. His only loss to a Spanish player in that time came in his most recent with a Spaniard when he fell to Nadal at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals.

 

  • Murray is the leading British man in history in terms of Grand Slam match-wins with a 157-37 win-loss record. He sits in 11th place on the list for the most Open Era Grand Slam match-wins behind Boris Becker (163-40).

 

  • Murray has lost 3 of his last 4 Tour-level matches against Top 10 opposition. His only win in that time came against No. 7 today’s opponent in the round-robin at the ATP World Tour Finals. Murray has also lost 3 of his last 4 matches against Top 10 opposition at the Grand Slams – his only win in that time coming against today’s opponent in the quarterfinals at 2015 Roland Garros.

 

  • 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 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. 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 and Rafael Nadal in joint-6th place on 45 wins.

 

  • Murray was one of 3 Grand Slam champions through to the quarterfinals 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.

 

  • FERRER is bidding to reach his 3rd semifinal here and equal his best Australian Open performance.

 

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

 

  • Ferrer is bidding to reach his 3rd Australian Open semifinal and close the gap on Rafael Nadal for the most appearances in the last 4 here by a Spanish man. Nadal (4 semifinals) and Ferrer (2) are the only Spanish players to have reached multiple semifinals at Melbourne Park in the Open Era.

 

  • Ferrer is bidding to reach his 7th Grand Slam semifinal and take sole occupancy of 2nd place on the list for most Grand Slam semifinal appearances by a Spanish man in the Open Era after Rafael Nadal (23 semifinals). Ferrer is currently in joint-2nd place on the table with Ferrero, who also reached 6 Grand Slam semifinals.

 

  • Ferrer is the 2nd most successful Spanish man in terms of Grand Slam match-wins with a 134-51 win-loss record, behind Rafael Nadal (198-30).

 

  • Ferrer is bidding to end a 7-match Tour-level losing streak against Top 2 opposition. He has not defeated a Top 2 opponent since beating No. 1 Nadal in the quarterfinals at 2014 Monte Carlo-1000. He has a 7-35 win-loss record against Top 2 opposition overall.

 

  • Ferrer is bidding to end a 5-match losing streak against Top 2 opposition at the Grand Slams. He has not defeated a Top 2 opponent at a major since defeating No. 1 Nadal in the quarterfinals at the 2011 Australian Open. He has a 2-5 win-loss record against Top 2 players overall having also defeated No. 2 Nadal at the 2007 US Open.

 

  • Ferrer is bidding to record his 40th match-win at the Australian Open and take sole ownership of 9th place on the list for the most Open Era Australian Open match-wins.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Ferrer has moved into joint-9th place on the list for most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era.

                                       Most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances (Open Era)

Roger Federer 12
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

 

  • Ferrer is bidding to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam without dropping a set for the 2nd time in his career. The only Grand Slam where he has reached the last 4 without dropping a set was at 2013 Roland Garros. He is through to quarterfinals at Melbourne Park without dropping a set for the first time in his career.

 

  • Ferrer has lost in the quarterfinals here on 3 occasions. He fell at this stage at Melbourne Park in 2008 (l. Djokovic), 2012 (l. Djokovic) and 2014 (l. Tomas Berdych). 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.

 

  • 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 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. 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.

 

 

  1. 13 MILOS RAONIC (CAN) v NO. 23 GAEL MONFILS (FRA)

Head-to-head: Monfils leads 2-0

2011     San Jose          Hard (I)             SF        Raonic             w/o (left wrist)

2011     Stockholm         Hard (I)             SF        Monfils              67(6) 64 63

2013     Halle                Grass (O)         R32      Monfils              64 62

 

Possible semifinal head-to-heads

  Murray Ferrer
Raonic 3-3 0-4
Monfils 2-4 3-3

 

RAONIC                                        v                                       MONFILS

 

25                                          Age                                          29

14                                   ATP Ranking                                   25

8                                          Titles                                          5

47-19                      Career Grand Slam Record                      77-36

18-5                         Australian Open Record                        21-10

215-103                              Career Record                              351-204

158-64                         Career Record – Hard                        213-120

8-0                                   2016 Record                                   4-0

8-0                              2016 Record – Hard                              4-0

6-4                           Career Five-Set Record                         15-11

0                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         2

139-88                       Career Tiebreak Record                      146-101

4-1                            2016 Tiebreak Record                            1-0

 

Road to the Quarterfinals

RAONIC Time   Time MONFILS
d. Lucas Pouille 61 64 64 1:26 1st round 1:23 d. (Q) Yuichi Sugita 61 63 62
d. Tommy Robredo 76(6) 76(5) 75 2:55 2nd round 1:40 d. Nicolas Mahut 75 64 61
d. No. 21 Viktor Troicki 62 63 64 1:46 3rd round 1:44 d. (Q) Stephane Robert 75 63 62
d. No. 4 Stan Wawrinka 64 63 57 46 63 3:44 Round of 16 2:37 d. Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) 75 36 63 76(4)
         
total time on court 9:51 (IBM time) 7:24 total time on court

 

  • RAONIC is bidding to reach the Australian Open semifinals for the first time and equal his best Grand Slam performance. He would become the first Canadian man in history to reach the semifinals here.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to become the 2nd Canadian player – man or woman – to reach the semifinals Eugenie Bouchard in 2014 is the only other Canadian to reach the last 4 at the Australian Open.

 

  • Raonic is looking to become the 2nd Canadian player – man or woman – to reach multiple Grand Slam semifinals. Bouchard is the only other Canadian player to reach multiple semifinals at a major having reached the last 4 at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2014.

 

  • 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.

 

  • If he wins today Raonic will extend his 8-match Tour-level winning streak to 9 and equal his best Tour-level winning streak. 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.

 

  • Raonic is looking to become the first 13 seed to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam since David Nalbandian at the 2003 US Open. He would become the first No. 13 seed to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open since seeds were introduced.
  • 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 has won 7 of his last 9 Tour-level matches against Top 30 players and is on a 4-match winning streak against Top 30 opposition. The last time he lost to a Top 30 player was to No. 7 Nadal at 2015 Shanghai-1000. He has a 55-66 win-loss record against Top 30 players overall.

 

  • Raonic’s victory over No. 26 Troicki in the 3rd round here ended a run of 3 straight Grand Slam losses to Top 30 opposition. He has a 9-13 win-loss record against Top 30 opposition at the majors

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Raonic has equalled his best Australian Open performance. He also reached the last 8 here last year as No. 8 seed (l. Novak Djokovic). This is his 6th Australian Open appearance and his 20th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Raonic has become the first Canadian man to reach 4 Grand Slam quarterfinals. Powell is the only other Canadian man to have reached multiple Grand Slam quarterfinals – at 1908, 1910 and 1912 Wimbledon.

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here, Raonic has 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.

 

  • 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 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 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.

 

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

 

  • 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.

 

  • Monfils is bidding to become the first Frenchman into the semifinals at the Australian Open since Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2010. Just 6 Frenchman have reached the last 4 here in the Open Era – Patrick Proisy (1973), Yannick Noah (1990), Nicolas Escude (1998), Arnaud Clement (2001), Sebastien Grosjean (2001) and Tsonga (2008, 2010).

 

  • Monfils is bidding to become the 8th Frenchman to reach multiple Grand Slam semifinals in the Open Era.

 

                 Most Grand Slam semifinal appearances by a Frenchman (Open Era)

Player No. of semifinal appearances
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6
Sebastien Grosjean

Henri Leconte

Cedric Pioline

4

4

4

Richard Gasquet 3
Yannick Noah

Patrick Proisy

2

2

 

  • Monfils is on a 3-match losing streak against Top 20 opposition at the Grand Slams. The last time he defeated a Top 20 player at a major was at the 2014 US Open when he defeated No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov in the round of 16. He has a 3-5 win-loss record against Top 20 players here, with his last victory coming over No. 20 Alexandr Dolgopolov in the 1st round in 2013, and a 12-19 win-loss record against Top 20 players at the majors overall.

 

  • Monfils is on a 5-match Tour-level losing streak against Top 20 players. His last victory over a Top 20 player came against No. 11 Dimitrov at 2015 Monte Carlo-1000. He has a 61-85 Tour-level win-loss record against Top 20 players overall.

 

  • Monfils is bidding to become the first 23 seed to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam since Robin Soderling reached the final at 2009 Roland Garros. The No. 23 seed has never reached the semifinals here.

 

  • If Monfils reaches the semifinals for the first time on his 11th Australian Open appearance, he will equal the record for the most attempts before reaching the semifinals here in the Open Era.

 

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

Tomas Berdych

Colin Dibley

Mark Woodforde

11

11

11

Gael Monfils?? 11??
Bob Giltinan

Kim Warwick

10

10

 

  • Monfils is looking to record his 22nd victory at Melbourne Park and equal 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
Gael Monfils 21
Richard Gasquet

Gilles Simon

20

20

 

  • By reaching his 7th Grand Slam quarterfinal, Monfils has closed 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 7

                             

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

 

  • By reaching the quarterfinals here for the first time on his 11th Australian Open appearance, Monfils has moved into joint-2nd place with Mark Woodforde on the list for the most attempts before reaching the quarterfinals here in the Open Era behind Fabrice Santoro (14 attempts).

 

  • Monfils’ previous best Australian Open performance was a round of 16 finish in 2009, when he retired with a right wrist injury when trailing Gilles Simon 64 26 61.

 

  • Last year here Monfils fell to Jerzy Janowicz in 5-sets in the 2nd round. He has a 15-11 win-loss record in 5-set matches and a 3-3 five-set win-loss record at Melbourne Park.

 

  • 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’ 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. His win over Robert in the 3rd round was his 350th Tour-level match-win.

 

  • 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 won the boys’ singles title here in 2004 and is bidding to become the first player since Stefan Edberg to win both the boys’ and men’s singles titles here. Edberg captured the boys’ singles title in 1983, before winning the men’s singles in 1985 and 1987.

 

  • 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 the only former junior Australian Open champion through to the quarterfinals here from the 8 to start the men’s main draw.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Serena Williams Beats Maria Sharapova to Reach Australian Open Semifinals

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(January 26, 2016) Serena Williams won her 18th straight match against Maria Sharapova on Tuesday 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals of the Australian Open.

The beginning of the contest looked promising for the world No. 5 Sharapova when she opened the match with a 2-0 lead. The defending and six-time Australian Open champion Williams won 12 of the next 15 games to seal the win.

“I just started slow,” Williams said. “I missed three or four easy shots. I felt like, All right, I didn’t make those shots, but if I had made those shots I probably would have won that game.

“I just clung onto that and knew I could play better.”

“It was super intense,” Williams said after the match. “You have to come out with a lot of fire and intensity.”

In between sets, the defending champion had a visit from the doctor on-court. “I was just dealing with some food poisoning issues from a few days ago. That was it.”

Each of the six times Williams has reached the semifinal stage of the Australian Open, she has gone on to become the champion.

The 34-year-old Williams hit 31 winners to Sharapova’s 11, winning a total of 70 points during the match to the five-time major winner’s 52.

“She played quite explosive,” Sharapova said. “Thought at times, you know, when I got in the rally I wasn’t moving forward, wasn’t cutting the angles off enough.

“She got herself back in the points.”

Asked about how she can reverse her record against Williams, Sharapova said: “Keep setting opportunities. Keep getting to the point where I have an opportunity to play against her. Keep finding a way to turn that around. If I don’t have that chance then I don’t have the opportunity to try something different.”

“Well, it’s obviously always frustrating,” Sharapova commented on her poor record against Williams, now 2-19. “I mean, it’s motivating. It’s tough to sit here 30 minutes after the match and talk about the match, but that’s part of my job.

“It’s motivating because she’s at a different level. She makes you go back to the drawing board, not just for me, but for many other players. She makes you work. That’s inspiring.”

“Something about her game, ” Williams said of the 18-match streak against Sharapova. “I like the way she hits the ball. Plus, when I play her, I know automatically I have to step up my game. I think that makes me play better. When I play better, when I’m forced to play better, I don’t know, I do well.”

So what’s the Russian’s schedule before the U. S. hardcourt season in March? “I’m going to go and take care of my forearm first. I think that’s really important. I’m going to go to Moscow (for Fed Cup), be part of the team. I don’t think I’ll be playing. Then I’m not sure.

“But I think this will be a time to just get myself ready for a long year. I don’t see myself playing anything before Indian Wells.”

The world No. 1 and 21-time major champion will match up against Agnieszka Radwanska in her semifinal.

Radwanska beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals for her second appearance in the Melbourne final four.

Radwanska who is 0-8 against Williams commented about her next match: “Right now I have nothing to lose. Hopefully (I’ll) play my best tennis, otherwise I’ll be in big trouble.”

“She got the better of me at Hopman Cup,” Williams said. “It will be a good match. She’s been playing really well towards the end of the year, and already this year she’s been very consistent.

“She presents a completely different game, an extremely exciting game. So I think it will be a long match and it will be a good match to see where I am.”

“I didn’t think I’d be playing at this age,” said the 34-year-old. “But I’m still here and I’m doing well. I think that’s the reason I am still playing, because I know that I’m capable, you know, if I play well, of being on top.”

 

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BNP Paribas Open – #TennisParadise Sweepstakes Launches

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(January 25, 2016) Indian Wells, Calif., – The BNP Paribas Open, the largest WTA and ATP World Tour combined two-week event in the world, to be held March 7-20, 2016 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, has announced its #TennisParadise sweepstakes whereby tennis fans around the world can enter to win a tennis trip of a lifetime to the 2016 BNP Paribas Open, it was announced today by Chief Executive Officer Raymond Moore.
To enter the drawing to win a VIP trip for two to the 2016 BNP Paribas Open, fans must share a photo of their version of #TennisParadise on Twitter and Instagram while incorporating the hashtag in their post. After posting to Twitter or Instagram, fans must visit www.bnpparibasopen.com/tennisparadise and claim their photo on the website. Fans can also upload their submissions directly by visiting the URL. Fans should reference the Terms and Conditions, as age and residential limitations apply.
The VIP trip for two includes two box seat tickets for five sessions in Stadium 1 – March 14 (evening), March 15 (day and evening), and March 16 (day and evening) – three hotel nights (March 14 – 16) at a City of Indian Wells luxury resort hotel (room and tax), complimentary shuttle service between hotel and tournament site, $500 Visa cash card for transportation, two BNP Paribas Open gift bags that include Official Fila tournament apparel and a behind the scenes tour of Stadium 1.
A secondary prize awards fans with a two-night stay at an Indian Wells’ luxury hotel property (between April 1 – December 31, 2016) and the opportunity to play tennis on the same courts as the professionals at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
“The combination of the BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, amazing scenery and activities of the surrounding region creates Tennis Paradise,” said Moore. “This sweepstakes is a fun way for us to give some fans a chance to experience Tennis Paradise and shape lifelong memories.”
Daily tickets for the BNP Paribas Open are now on sale and range in price from $20 for a Grandstand seat for the first Thursday evening session to $70 and $110 for Grandstand and Loge seats, respectively, for the Championship Weekend. To purchase tickets, visit www.bnpparibasopen.com, call 800-999-1585 or 760-200-8000, or visit the box office at 78-200 Miles Avenue, Indian Wells, CA, 92210.
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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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Konta Becomes First British Woman to Reach Australian Open Quarterfinals in 32 Years: Keys Loses

 

(January 25, 2016) Johanna Konta’s Australian Open run continued on Monday, when the world No. 47 came back to knock out 21st seed Ekaterina Makarova 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 to reach the quarterfinals. Konta became the first British woman to reach the elite 8 of a major since Jo Durie did it in 1983.

Konta, making her Australian Open debut this year, upset No. 8 Venus Williams in the first round.

The Sydney-born Konta served for the match twice – she was broken at 5-4, but held her nerve and her serve to win 8-6 in the final set.

Konta came into Melbourne ranked 47th in the world.

Konta hit 37 winners in the match.

“Mentally, emotionally, physically…. I left it all out there, ” Konta said in her on-court interview.

“I’m going to eat and sleep, eat and sleep and repeat,” Konta said of her next match.

“I really enjoyed the match for what it was,” Konta told media. “It was a very high-level match against a very, very good player. I took it as such.

“I didn’t put any more on it. It was definitely one of the more spectacular matches I’ve played. There have been a few. I still remember a junior match I played and I lost 12-10 in the third. That’s definitely still in my mind.

“In my adult career it was, yeah, one of the memorable ones.”

Konta will play Shaui Zhang in her quarterfinal.

“I played Zhang a couple of times,” Konta said. “Actually both times were very good matches. I’ve never played Madison before.

“I mean, we’re talking about a quarterfinal of a Grand Slam, so whoever I’m going to play it’s going to be an incredibly good player. Right now I’m just looking forward to just recovering well and having a good night’s rest.

“Whoever I’m playing, prepare to the best of my ability.”

“This journey started when I was about eight years old, so we’re coming up to 18 years now,” said the British woman.

“I’ve always said I do not believe in kind of a light switch moment. Everything happens for a reason. My journey has been the way it has been for a reason. That’s to accumulate the experiences that I’ve had.

“I cannot give you a moment where I said, Oh, yeah, that’s where it started, because it’s been ongoing ever since I started playing.”

Shuai Zhang continued her run in Melbourne which began in the qualifying tournament. Zhang defeated a hobbled Madison Keys 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final eighth.

Keys had to take a medical time out in the second set for an upper leg injury which had to be heavily taped. After that, the American’s movement was hampered.

The 133rd-ranked Zhang came into this year’s Australian Open 0-14 in majors.

“It’s so tough to play against someone injury because, yeah, when I’m saw her like feel more pain,” Zhang said. “You know, so tough. Maybe two point you feeling like cannot play, and then next three balls, pong, pong, pong, make two ace, one winner. So, so tough. You don’t know what’s happen.

“And also last year this happen many times. I’m almost win the match. I lost. I lost the concentrate. But this time I think I try to concentrate. So I’m happy I win the match, yeah.”

 

 

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Raonic Knocks Out Fourth Seed Wawrinka to Gain Berth in Australian Open Quarterfinals; Murray Advances

Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic

(January 25, 2016) Thirteenth seed Milos Raonic held off fourth seed and 2014 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Monday 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-3.

The Canadian employed an aggressive net game to take down the Swiss for the first time in their head-to-head encounters.

“I got to try to dictate, try to find my way forward and keep him out of rhythm,” he said.

Raonic dominated play in the first two sets and then the Swiss fought back to send the match to decider and get his first victory in Rod Laver Arena.

Raonic hit 82 winners in the 3-hour and 44-minute match which included 24 aces

Raonic is 8-0 this year. Earlier in the month, he defeated No. 3 Roger Federer in the final of the Brisbane International.

Raonic credits the new member of his coaching team, former No. 1 Carlos Moya with the improvement of his game and composure.

“I think it’s just about a calm, and understanding how I can be more efficient with my game,” Raonic said. “Today was a good example of that.”

“I’m very happy with the way I played, the way I competed, the way I turned things around after sort of having the momentum against me going into the fifth,” Raonic said.

“I’m happy the situation I’ve put myself in. At the same time, as happy as I am, my mind’s already on what’s the process for my next challenge.”

“Tough match in general, for sure,” Wawrinka said. “I think Milos start really well. He was pushing, playing well. Wasn’t really feeling great there, not playing my best. Wasn’t moving to do something else. I’m surprised to still have went five sets.

“For me, I tried to fight like always, tried to find solution. I think he went a little bit down with his speed, with his movement. I took the opportunity to push him to the fifth set.

“But for sure I’m disappointed. I know I tried what I could today.”

“He’s a really good player, you know,” the Swiss continued. “He’s been top five already, making semifinal in Grand Slam, winning a lot of tournament. Since two years, he’s really good.

“Today he did what I was expecting. Maybe he change few things in his game, but in general he’s the same tough player to play.”

 

Next up, the 25-year-old will face No. 23 Gael Monfils. The Frenchman, who is now in the Melbourne quarterfinals for the first time, beat unseeded over Andrei Kuznetsov 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in two hours and 37 minutes.

“It was tough,” Monfils said. “I think I knew pretty much he will come and step in, try to play very fast. That’s what he did. I was a bit nervous so I could not hit through him for a while. Then suddenly I think I serve a bit better and I put more pressure. I grabbed the first set.

“Unlucky I felt in the second. I lost a bit the momentum because at this period I thought I had him. It was a bit tough for me to grip my racquet. Then it was a bit tougher to play.

“He had a good second set. Then I think I serve pretty good, try to focus on my first shot after the serve. Till the end, you know, I was fighting. I think he give me a good fight, so I was happy to come through.”

Talking about his next match against Raonic, Monfils said: “Milos is in good form. Coming in with a win in Brisbane. As we know, a big serve. Actually I think also a little bit he improve a lot his movement, hitting big from the baseline, a good return.”

“From what I’ve seen so far of him, he’s playing well,” Raonic said of his next opponent. “He’s very entertaining and he’s very difficult to play. He can give you complete ends of the spectrum within one game.

“So it’s very much of an internal match for me. I just have to take the game to him. I have to make him feel uncomfortable. Not let him get into his sort of playing comfort. If I can sort of keep up with the efficiency moving forward, I’ll have definitely some opportunities.”

Raonic has become the first Canadian to reach the quarterfinals of all four majors.

 

Andy Murray moved past local favorite Australian Bernard Tomic in the night session in Melbourne. The Scot  won 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the fourth round.

“I didn’t think it was that straightforward,” Murray said. “It was a tricky match. You know, I mean, I got up a break I think in all of the sets. Each time he obviously got it back. So there were quite a few momentum shifts in all of the sets.”

Murray will play David Ferrer next.

“Last few days were very, very tough. A lot of emotions, yeah things sort of changing all of the time in my head,” Murray said. Two nights ago his father-in-law Nigel Sears was rushed to the hospital. Murray’s wife is expecting a baby near the end of the tournament. “It’s been a stressful few days, but I’ll try to rest up the next few days to get ready for the next one.”

No. 8 David Ferrer moved into the final eight of Melbourne for the sixth time, by defeating No. 10 John Isner 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. Ferrer has not dropped a set in the tournament.

 

 

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Azarenka Sails into Australian Open Quarterfinals; Will Face Kerber

Victoria Azarekna

(January 25, 2016) Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has moved into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open with a a 6-2, 6-4 win over Barbora Strycova. This marks the third year in succession that the two women have played each other in Melbourne. They faced each other in the second round in 2014 and the third round in 2015.

“Maybe next year, we’ll play in the quarters!” Azarenka joked with on-court interviewer Rennae Stubbs after the match.

“She’s such a tough opponent, and I’m just so happy that I went through. I played smart, aggressively, took my opportunities and I really kept my composure.”

“I was more focused on staying focused because she’s a type of player that throws you a lot off your rhythm,” Azarenka said to media. I was just trying to focus more on execution and be aggressive and follow my game plan from the first point to the last.

“But I think I played pretty well there. There are things I could have done better I think always. That’s the perfectionist in me. But overall, pretty solid.”

The 14th seed Azarenka will match up against No. 7 Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals. Kerber beat German countrywoman Annika Beck 6-4, 6-0 in the first match in Rod Laver Arena on Monday.

“I’m looking forward to that,” Azarenka said. “We always have such amazing battles. She’s such a fighter and an amazing person off the court, as well. I just want to make sure we show some good tennis, enjoy myself and do my best. I’m sure she’s going to do the same.”

Azarenka recently defeated Kerber in the Brisbane International final earlier in the month.

“I had tough matches against her in the past,” Kerber said. “The last one was in Brisbane in the finals. I never won against her right now, but that will be a challenge, you know. I will looking forward when I play against her to really take my chances, take the next match.

“It’s a new one, it starts from zero, and I know what’s coming from her. I will try to be aggressive and try to go and win the match. She played very well from the first match here in Melbourne. Yeah, I will try to get another chance the next challenge against her, and we will see what’s happen then.”

Kerber talked about wheat she needs to do to win against the Belarusian:”I think I must serve for sure better, because she’s returning very well. Be more aggressive. Playing aggressive. Moving good and actually playing my game like I’m playing on practice and just focusing more on me and not on her game.”

Kerber survived a first round scare when she was down match point to Misaki Doi.

“It’s exciting,” Azarenka commented. “You know, I always look forward to play against her. She gives me always tough matches. I prepare myself for a very tough match because she’s very solid, very consistent, and an amazing fighter.

“I have to, you know, play my best game to beat her, for sure.”

Azarenka has a 6-0 record against the German.

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