Australian Open

Australian Open Preview and Predictions

January 14, 2018

  The Australian Open begins Monday and on the men’s side the first major of the year might seemingly be viewed as the Melbourne Wide Open. But that’s not the case if you’re defending champion and world No. 2 Roger Federer. With all the carnage of season-ending injuries to top players in 2017 still permeating […]

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Djokovic Return Awaited with Eager Anticipation

December 27, 2017

Back in early June of 2016 talk of the G.O.A.T in men’s tennis was swirling around big time. Novak Djokovic had just completed the career Grand Slam by defeating Andy Murray in four sets in the French Open final, becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major titles at […]

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Rublev Defeats Lee in Duel of NextGen Stars at Rennes Challenger

January 27, 2017

Russian Andrey Rublev defeated Duckhee Lee 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in a quarterfinal battle of NextGen teenage tennis stars at the Rennes Challenger Friday afternoon. The 19-year-old Rublev, who had knocked out top-seeded Jeremy Chardy in the first round on Wednesday, used his powerful serve and punishing ground game to wear down the pesky and tenacious […]

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Is Djokovic Done With Number One?

January 21, 2017

The tennis world is still trembling in the aftermath of Novak Djokovic’s seismic loss to Denis Istomin down under on Thursday. Although the aura of Djokovic’s invincibility had taken some serious hits since the Serb completed his career Grand Slam at Roland Garros in June, the new year had given some indication that he had […]

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Bublik Stuns Pouille in First Round Upset at Australian Open

January 16, 2017

Qualifier Alexander Bublik, ranked No. 207 in the world, pulled off the biggest upset of Day 1 on the men’s side of the draw at the Australian Open Monday afternoon. The 19-year-old Russian, now playing for Kazakhstan since November, thoroughly took it to No. 16 seed Lucas Pouille 6-0, 3-6, 6-3. 6-4 in one hour […]

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Wawrinka Powers Past Djokovic to Win U.S. Open

September 12, 2016

Stan Wawrinka spotted defending champion Novak Djokovic the first set and then rallied to take the next three, defeating the top-ranked Serb 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the U.S. Open late yesterday afternoon. The title, Wawrinka’s first at Flushing Meadows, was the No. 3-ranked Swiss’ third Grand Slam crown in three […]

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Groth Muscles Past Mannarino in Opening Round of Australian Open

January 19, 2016

Big-serving Australian Sam Groth got off the schneid and won his first match of the year Tuesday afternoon, defeating Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (6), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in round one of the Australian Open. Groth had lost in the opening round of his last four tournaments, including Brisbane and Sydney to start the 2016 season […]

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Marcos Baghdatis Ousts Alexander Zverev at Nottingham Open

June 24, 2015

Former world No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis schooled young gun Alexander Zverev in the intricacies of grass-court tennis Wednesday afternoon, defeating the 18-year-old German 6-3, 6-3 in the third round of the Aegon Open Nottingham. The ebullient and talented Baghdatis, ranked No. 59, appears to be rounding into top form with the Wimbledon fortnight beginning in […]

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Wawrinka Beats Berdych to Win ABN AMRO Title at Rotterdam

February 15, 2015

Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka rallied to defeat defending champion Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam Sunday afternoon. The No. 8-ranked Swiss showed his Grand Slam pedigree in the key moments to topple Berdych for the sixth time in a row and improve to 11-5 against […]

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Djokovic Whips Murray Once Again to Win Australian Open

February 2, 2015

Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open and eighth career Grand Slam on Sunday night, wearing down Andy Murray and defeating the Scot for the third time in a final at Melbourne Park. Djokovic prevailed 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0 in three hours and 39 minutes. The title ties Djokovic with Andre Agassi, Jimmy […]

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