January 2012

Djokovic Survives Marathon to Defeat Nadal Down Under

January 30, 2012

It was a battle between “two guys who absolutely refuse to surrender,” said ESPN commentator Chris Fowler. Indeed it was. Novak Djokovic won his third Australian Open championship, defeating Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 in an epic final lasting five hours and 53 minutes that mercifully concluded at 1:37 a.m. this morning. […]

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Djokovic and Federer on Collision Course to Meet in Aussie Final

January 25, 2012

So the Top Four men are in the semifinals at the Australian Open. Any surprise there? Nope. I was going to make predictions prior to the quarterfinal matches, but then considered it pointless. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray were all slam dunks to win. Who could argue? The semifinals aren’t quite […]

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Nouni Merits Red Card for Australian Open Overrule

January 19, 2012

Kader Nouni the grooviest man in tennis. So says the Facebook page of the colorful French tennis umpire. Don’t tell that to Argentine David Nalbandian, though. Nalbandian got hosed yesterday at the Australian Open by Nouni’s controversial overrule of a line judges’ out call late in the fifth set of his second-round match with American […]

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Tomic Stuns Verdasco in Aussie Thriller

January 16, 2012

Aussie young gun Bernard Tomic stole the show on opening day of the Australian Open Monday, staging an epic comeback in sweltering afternoon heat to defeat Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in four hours and 11 minutes at Rod Laver Arena. The 19-year-old Tomic — Australia’s top-ranked men’s player at No. […]

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Murray Defeats Dolgopolov to Win Season Opener in Brisbane

January 8, 2012

Andy Murray started off the year with a bang. The No. 4-ranked Scot defeated Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the Brisbane International earlier today, capturing his 22nd career title while under the watchful eye of his new coach, former world No. 1 Ivan Lendl. “I’d like to thank my team…Mr. Lendl, […]

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