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Berdych Laments Missed Chances, Happy With Progress

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 9:31am

Tomas Berdych’s search for a first Grand Slam title goes on after losing to Roger Federer for the third consecutive year at the Australian Open. The two-time semi-finalist at Melbourne Park looked in great form as he led the 19-time major championship winner 5-2 in the first set, twice holding set point, but could not convert as he watched his lead, and grip on the match, slip away.

Shorty after the match, the Czech No. 1 revealed his thoughts on a critical first set and the affect it had on the result. “It was a good start,” said Berdych. “I had good chances, a couple of set points. I think he just got more confident after he saved the first set. Then it was very difficult with him again. After having been basically a whole set down, it gives you a [big] boost [to come back]. Especially with him, I think it was just the deciding thing. Everything is 'if'. But winning a first set would be a completely different story.”

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The long-time rivals were contesting a staggering 10th meeting at Grand Slam level, which is tied-fourth for most meetings at the four Grand Slam events. Only matches between Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been more frequent at the Grand Slams in the Open Era.

Now in his 17th year as a professional, with 13 tour-level titles to his name, Berdych has a plethora of experience playing against the biggest names on the grandest of stages. But, after facing Federer for the 26th time, the finalist at The 2010 Championships at Wimbledon had the simplest of explanations for his loss.

“I faced the best opponent that you can have,” admitted Berdych. “I played a good match, but I didn't play my best. When I played my best [in the past], I was able to beat him. That's what not happened today.”

Quick to put the disappointment of losing the match, after missing a great opportunity, in perspective, the 32-year-old described his emotions. “It's not the best feeling. But there are still worse ones,” said Berdych. “That's how it is. I mean, one day you're winning, one day you're losing. It was the key of the match.”

After cutting his 2017 season short after the China Open in October due to back troubles, Berdych has a lot to be positive about moving forward in 2018. “I'm not leaving with [my] head down. I think it was a very good tournament. After what I've been through at the end of the last season, I'm very pleased with that.”

The World No. 20 will rise in the next edition of the ATP Rankings, published on Monday.

Federer Messages Nadal To Offer Support

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 8:12am

Roger Federer admitted that he sent a text message to Rafael Nadal on Tuesday night following the Spanish superstar’s quarter-final exit to Marin Cilic at the Australian Open.

World No. 1 Nadal retired due to a right leg injury at 0-2 in the fifth set and later said he would undergo an MRI scan in Melbourne on Wednesday.

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Federer, speaking after his 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-4 victory over Tomas Berdych for a place in the semi-finals on Wednesday night, told Jim Courier in an on-court interview, "I wrote to Rafa late last night before I went to bed. It was the last thing I did, to make sure he was okay. It was not nice to see a rival and friend go out.

"We wish him well. It's hard to watch someone go out in five sets and not be able to finish. I think Marin deserves an amazing amount of credit because he hung around and fought really, really hard. It was a massive win for him."

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Nadal issued a statement on Wednesday allaying any long-term injury fears.

“After the painful withdrawal last night at the Australian Open, today I had an MRI here in Melbourne,” Nadal posted on social media. “The results say that I suffer from a Grade 1 injury to the [sic] Psoas Iliac on my right leg.

“As bad as it is to have to retire from the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, the injury is not so serious. In the next few days I will be in sports rest and perform anti-inflammatory physiotherapy.

“The doctors tell me that in two weeks I will be able to get back on court, progressively resuming my workouts. The normal recovery time is around three weeks so in principle that does not change anything in my calendar and I will play in Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami.”

Nadal is expected to return to the ATP World Tour on 26 February for the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, where he picked up the 2005 and 2013 trophies.

Federer Beats Berdych For 14th Australian Open Semi-final

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 6:52am

Roger Federer continued his pursuit of a 20th Grand Slam championship crown on Wednesday night when he booked his place in the Australian Open semi-finals.

The Swiss superstar, bidding to retain his crown and lift a sixth trophy at Melbourne Park, fought back from Tomas Berdych’s promising start to record a 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-4 victory on Rod Laver Arena.

Berdych, the No. 19 seed, took a 3-0 lead and missed out on two set point opportunities at 5-3 and 6-5 in the first set, only for Federer to apply the pressure and regain control of the pair’s 26th FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting (Federer now leads 20-6).

"I hung around, got a bit lucky, a bit angry, a frustrated, maybe at the umpire, but I actually thought the call was good anyway," Federer told Jim Courier, during an on-court interview. "I was just frustrated and a bit antsy. I'm happy I got out of that first set. It ended up being key to the match. Tomas was great."

The 36-year-old Federer, who is through to his 14th Australian Open semi-final, is the oldest player to reach that stage since Australian all-time great Ken Rosewall (42 years, 68 days) in January 1977.

“It was a good start,” said Berdych. “I had good chances, a couple set points. Then I think he just got more confident after he saved the first set. Then it was very difficult with him again. After having been basically a whole set down, it gives you a [big] boost. Especially with him, I think it was just the deciding thing. I mean, everything is 'if'. But winning a first set would be completely different story."

Second seed Federer, who beat Rafael Nadal in last year’s final, will next challenge South Korea’s Hyeon Chung, the 21-year-old Next Gen ATP Finals champion. Chung reached his first major championship semi-final with a straight sets victory over American Tennys Sandgren earlier in the day. Federer and World No. 58 Chung have never met before.

"I've never played Chung or [Kyle] Edmund so it's great to see new names on the scene," said Federer, during his on-court interview. "The way both of them made it to the semis is highly impressive. The Chung-Djokovic match was the match I watched the most. Chung is very talented. He's clearly got nothing to lose. I will tell myself the same, and we'll see what happens."

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Later, during his press conference, Federer admitted, "'I'm very excited to play Chung. I thought he played an incredible match against Novak. I mean, to beat [Novak] here is one of the tough things to do in our sport, I believe... To bounce back from a Novak match and just somehow get it done today, this afternoon, that's tough. That shows that he's had good composure, a great mindset... I think it's an interesting match for me. I'll definitely have to look into how I need to play against him because he has some great qualities, especially defensively."

With his ninth straight win over Berdych, Federer improved to 92-13 at Melbourne Park and will now prepare for a record 43rd major semi-final on Friday night.

Should Federer retain the Australian Open crown he will move to within 155 points of his great Spanish rival, Rafael Nadal, who is currently No. 1 in the ATP Rankings.

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How The Australian Open Quarter-Final Was Won

First Set
Berdych started aggressively to win the first three games, and didn’t put a foot wrong until the ninth game. But as the Czech served for the first set at 5-3, Federer appeared to be rattled, yet was subtly able to raise his game. The pressure began to tell and Berdych lost three of his first four service points, but recovered only to squander a set point chance. Federer broke on his fourth break point, then, when serving in the next game, made a subtle change of pace on a forehand at 30/40. Berdych’s eyes lit up. Needing to generate pace, the Czech struck a backhand long and a second set point opportunity disappeared. Federer refocused in the tie-break to win the first three points and clinched the 60-minute opener with a sliced backhand drop shot winner. Overall, Federer lost just three of his first-service points (25/28) and hit 24 winners in the set.

“I just tried to hang around, tried to play a bit more aggressive, get some rhythm going, because Tomas found that early,” said Federer. “That's why I was under pressure. It was definitely very close, the turning point [was the first set], and it ended up being for the entire match. I played a great tie-break. Got off to a good start there. But coming back from 2-5 in the first set, it was clearly big tonight.”

Second Set
Berdych, contesting the 200th Grand Slam championship match of his career, gave himself an opportunity in the third game of the second set, when Federer was serving at 30/40. But the Swiss star, with improved court position, remained aggressive and ripped a backhand winner down the line. As the set wore on, Federer pounced, coming to the net to strike a backhand body shot at 4-3, with Berdych serving at 15/40. Federer soon calmly held to 15 to remain on course for his ninth straight victory over Berdych.

Third Set
The writing appeared to be on the wall for Berdych when a Hawk-Eye challenge on break point at 1-1, went Federer’s way. Federer gave a wry smile as the big screen showed the ball had clipped the line by a small margin. But credit to Berdych, the 2014 and 2015 semi-finalist, when he broke back immediately with a return winner. Federer subsequently raised his game once more with a third successive service break, after a backhand winner. From that moment on, Federer lost only one point in his next three service games. He has yet to lose a set at this year's championship.

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Federer is third in the Infosys ATP Stats Leaderboards Serving Category for the past 52 weeks, with a serve rating of 300.5. Learn more

Nishikori Draws Positives & Crowd In Comeback Match

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 5:19am
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Fans lined up outside of the Newport Beach Tennis Club as early as 8:30am. The Japanese media came out in force, with a WOWOW crew on site to broadcast the match. Tommy Haas, the BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director and former World No. 2, could be seen walking around the grounds. By the time the match started at 1pm, hundreds of spectators surrounded Court No. 1. 

Rusty, but ready, Kei Nishikori made his long-awaited return to professional tennis in front of a packed crowd on Tuesday at the inaugural ATP Challenger Tour event in Newport Beach, California. Following five months on the sidelines due to a wrist injury, the Japanese star kicked off his comeback at the Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach, dropping a tight 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 encounter against American Dennis Novikov.

“It was good. Wrist was fine,” said Nishikori. “I just need more time, I guess, to get used to more matches. Very rusty on the court. Very up and down still. But I think there were some positive things and also some negative things too, but that’s something I have to work on a couple more weeks and I think it will get better.”

Competing in his first tournament since the Coupe Rogers in August, the Japanese No. 1 showed flashes of his supreme talent that saw him climb to the Top 5 of the ATP Rankings less than a year ago. In one point, a running backhand pass capped a 23-shot rally and brought the crowd to their feet. It was vintage Nishikori defence on display.

But he also showed signs of rust around the court, as he admitted himself, and room for improvement going forward. Though Nishikori prevented his opponent from serving out the match at 5-3, the 24-year-old Novikov got the job done in the next game, finishing four for 15 on break point chances and earning his first Top 30 victory after one hour and 47 minutes.

“It was really fun here. I’ve been here before, so that’s something I can enjoy a little more. Coming to California, I don’t have much chance to come here, and my coach’s house is around here. It was good to enjoy this week.”

Still, the match proved an important first step for Nishikori on his road back, which will continue next week at the RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas, a $125,000 Challenger event, followed by his return to the ATP World Tour at the inaugural New York Open. He had opted to start his comeback in Newport Beach instead of Australia, explaining “I wasn’t sure if I could play five sets with my wrist”, and he drew important takeaways from match play.

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“The wrist was feeling pretty good,” Nishikori said. “It wasn’t too bad, so that’s very positive. That’s the most important thing for me right now… It was good to have three sets today with not too much pain.

“I still need more better groundstrokes, not to miss too much easy balls, but I just need some more confidence and to get more matches,” he added. “I need one more week to practise and hopefully I can be playing good in New York.”

Gracious in defeat, Kei Nishikori signs autographs and takes photos with fans following his first appearance of 2018 in Newport Beach. pic.twitter.com/FHRUWUsy7P

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Sandgren: "It Was Amazing"

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 4:25am

Tennys Sandgren arrived in Melbourne having never won a match at a Grand Slam championship. Today, following his 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-3 quarter-final loss to South Korea’s Hyeon Chung, the American enjoys a higher profile.

“The net felt like it was about 12-feet high today,” said Sandgren. “[I was] just struggling to serve the way that I wanted to. But I also knew that I had to serve well and serve to my spots correctly, because he returns so well.

“It was amazing. He's a fantastic player. This is the second time I played him now in two weeks [also ASB Classic]. It's such a fun challenge because he does so many cool things, with how he moves and how he returns and how he plays with his forehand. So it was kind of like an extremely difficult puzzle to try to figure out. I wasn't able to figure it out, but I enjoyed trying."

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The 26-year-old Sandgren, who first turned pro in 2011, beat Jeremy Chardy, 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, Maximilian Marterer and World No. 5 Dominic Thiem en route to the Australian Open quarter-finals.

“I'm happy with being resilient. It's not easy to come off some big wins, biggest wins of my career, crazy stages, like quarter-finals of a slam. That's crazy to me.”

The World No. 97 admitted he had planned to compete in a couple of ATP Challenger Tour events, starting this week and next week, but will now switch off and relax before his next scheduled trip to Quito for the Ecuador Open.

“It's all pretty new,” said Sandgren. “Where I'll be ranked [in the ATP Rankings] is interesting. I'm excited about that. Hopefully I can keep playing well.

“I'm going to go home and enjoy time with my family, turn off my phone, just really reflect on the last two weeks, reflect where my life has gone to, where I'm at, where I am in this stage at 26, who I am as a person, who I want to continue trying to be, where I want to go in the sport, where I want to go as a man.”

“The number going up in the bank account really doesn't matter to me that much. I try to work hard every day, and that's where I get my satisfaction from.

“The fact that I have resources to be able to pay for the things I'd like to – like a coach, [to] continue to be able to do that, maybe have a physio travel with me on the road more, help my Mum. She works real hard to support herself. I'd like to be able to help her some, too.”

Sandgren Describes Facing Chung In Australian Open QFs 2018

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 3:40am
Watch Tennys Sandgren discuss his 2018 Australian Open quarter-final run. Watch more video and live matches at www.ausopen.com.

Still Perfect! Marach/Pavic Edge Into Australian Open SFs

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 3:25am

It may be early in the season, but Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic are garnering the headlines for their exceptional start. Now 12 matches unbeaten in 2018, the Austrian-Croatian team is through to the Australian Open semi-finals.

Seventh seeds Marach and Pavic grit their teeth and held their nerves to knock out Marcus Daniell of New Zealand and Great Britain’s Dominic Inglot 6-4, 6-7(10), 7-6(5) in two hours and 40 minutes on Tuesday.

The in-form pair recovered from an 0/5 deficit in the second set tie-break by winning six straight points, but was unable to convert match point opportunities at 6/5, 8/7 and 10/9. With no service breaks in the deciding set, both teams swung freely in the tie-break before Marach and Pavic completed victory after a forehand error. Overall, Daniell and Inglot lost just three of their first-service points (18/21) in comparison to 26/30 for Marach and Pavic.

Prior to arriving in Melbourne, Marach and Pavic began the 2018 ATP World Tour season with back-to-back trophies at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open (d. Murray/Soares) and the ASB Classic (d. Mirnyi/Oswald). They have a 3-3 record in finals as a team.

The team will now challenge the first-time pairing of Japan’s Ben Mclachlan and Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in the semi-finals.

Later, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah ended Sam Groth and Lleyton Hewitt’s title bid 6-4, 7-5 in what proved to be the last match of Groth’s professional career.

The 11th seeds started and ended strong with breaks in the first and final service games of their opponents to book their place in the final four. The Colombian duo hit 23 winners in the 89-minute encounter and will meet six-time former champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan for a place in Saturday’s final.

Bryans With A Point To Prove

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 3:08am
Mike and Bob Bryan are through to the semi-finals of the Australian Open with a point to prove as they bid to win their first major title since the 2018 US Open.

Watch Highlights: Chung Reaches Maiden Grand Slam Semi-Final Australian Open 2018

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 2:53am
Watch highlights as Hyeon Chung of South Korea beats Tennys Sandgren to reach the Australian Open semi-finals. Watch more video and live matches at www.ausopen.com. Highlights not available in Aus., NZ or Canada and only available in Europe and USA 24 hours after completion of the match. Photo Credit: Peter Staples/ATP World Tour

Watch Highlights: Federer Sweeps Berdych To Reach Australian Open SFs 2018

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 2:53am
Watch highlights as Roger Federer beats Tomas Berdych to advance to the Australian Open semi-finals. Watch more video and live matches at www.ausopen.com. Highlights not available in Aus., NZ or Canada and only available in Europe and USA 24 hours after completion of the match. Photo Credit: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

From Milan To Melbourne, Chung Keeps Surging

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 12:24am
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The tournaments change, the courts differ but seemingly everywhere Hyeon Chung plays these days, the South Korean always brings his “pokerface”.

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Two months after winning the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, Chung secured yet another career breakthrough on Wednesday at the Australian Open. The unseeded 21-year-old dismissed Tennys Sandgren of the U.S. 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-3 to extend his greatest run at a Grand Slam, becoming the lowest-ranked man to make the Australian Open semi-finals since No. 86 Marat Safin in 2004.

Chung is also the first South Korean, man or woman, to play in a Grand Slam semi-final, and he had his country on his mind during the match's final moments.

“[In the] last game many things come together. If I win one more point, I make history in Korea... I had to stay calm because the finish – the match is not finished yet, so I'm just trying to stay calm until [I] finish the match,” Chung said of his thoughts. “I think all the people [in Korea are] watching Australian Open now because we make history in Korea.”

Chung will now play in his first Grand Slam semi-final against second seed and five-time champion Roger Federer. “I'm just going to try to do my best,” Chung said.

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The 6'2” Chung, who had never reached past the third round of a Grand Slam (2017 Roland Garros) before this fortnight, joined Brit Kyle Edmund in the semi-finals, marking the first time multiple unseeded players have made the Australian Open semi-finals since Thomas Enqvist, Tommy Haas and Nicolas Lapentti in 1999.

Chung's maiden quarter-final was the first time he had been the higher-ranked player all tournament. Chung had to upset 32nd seed Mischa Zverev, No. 53 Daniil Medvedev, fourth seed Alexander Zverev and 14th seed Novak Djokovic to make the last eight.

“I'm really surprised because I really don't know. I make semis, I beat like Sascha, Novak, the other good players. I [have] never played in the second week in Grand Slam, so I'm really surprised,” Chung said. 

But the South Korean fared just as well in his new role as he had as an underdog. Chung was consistent on serve all match against No. 97 Sandgren, who was also playing in his first Grand Slam quarter-final.

South Korea's No. 1 landed 76 per cent of his first serves for the match – in addition to placing it well – and the shot carried him to a one-set lead as he erased both break points in the opener.

Sandgren settled down in the second, matching Chung's powerful groundstrokes from side to side. At 5-3, the American served to even the match, but Chung kept Sandgren on the move with his sliding defence and deep groundstrokes and broke back before the best tennis of the match was played in the tie-break.

But yet again, as it was when Chung faced Djokovic and they battled in two set tie-breaks, the South Korean looked as if he wasn't phased by the moment. Sandgren cracked first, framing a forehand at 5/5 before Chung gained a two-set lead. He clinched his spot in the semi-finals on his sixth match point.

“He's a fantastic player. This is the second time I played him now in two weeks. It's fun. It's such a fun challenge because he does so many cool things with how he moves and how he returns and how he plays with his forehand,” said Sandgren, who also lost to Chung at the ASB Classic in Auckland. “It was kind of like an extremely difficult puzzle to try to figure out. I wasn't able to figure it out, but I enjoyed trying.”

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Chung is ninth in the Infosys ATP Stats Leaderboards Return Category for the past 52 weeks, with a return rating of 153.2. Learn more

Watch Highlights: Edmund Powers Into Maiden Slam Semi-Final

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 1:10pm
Watch highlights as Kyle Edmund reaches his maiden major semi-final with a tremendous performance against 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov, the third seed. Watch more video and live matches at www.ausopen.com. Highlights not available in Aus., NZ or Canada and only available in Europe and USA 24 hours after completion of the match. Photo Credit: Peter Staples/ATP World Tour

Federer, Berdych Set To Clash For 26th Time Down Under

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:16am

Four and a half years without a Grand Slam title is a long time to wait for a legend of the sport. But that is exactly the position the-then 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer found himself in entering the 2017 Australian Open after six months on the sidelines due to a knee injury. One year later, and Federer is just three matches away from a staggering 20th major title.

Federer is the only remaining player in the draw with a Top 5 spot in the ATP Rankings, but he confronts a familiar foe Wednesday in former World No. 4 Tomas Berdych.

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Federer v Berdych  |  Chung v Sandgren

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"We have had some good ones over the years," said Federer. "I'm looking forward to playing against him. He seems in good shape, and I'm happy he's over his back issues that he also had at the end of last year. That's a good thing."

The last men’s quarter-final at the Australian Open will be the 26th instalment of a rivalry that began more than 13 years ago. Federer leads the FedEx ATP Head2Head series 19-6 and has won their past eight meetings. Berdych’s last victory over the World No. 2 came nearly five years ago at the 2013 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. At the time, that was Berdych’s fifth win in eight matches against Federer as the Czech enjoyed a patch of success in the rivalry between 2010 and 2013.


FedEx ATP Head2Head Series: Roger Federer vs. Tomas Berdych (Past Five Matches)
 Year Event  Round Winner Score  2017  Wimbledon  SF  Roger Federer  7-6(4), 7-6(4), 6-4  2017  Miami Open presented by Itaú  QF  Roger Federer  6-2, 3-6, 7-6(6)  2017  Australian Open  R32  Roger Federer  6-2, 6-4, 6-4  2016  Australian Open  QF  Roger Federer  7-6(4), 6-2, 6-4  2015  Nitto ATP Finals  RR  Roger Federer  6-4, 6-2 

“If there is any plan or any key to success [to beating Federer], then I would like to know that," said Berdych. "I'm definitely going to go out there, try my best, try to play good tennis, and believe myself that I can do it. I did it in the past, and also, I did it at the Slams, so I know how it is to beat him over the best-of-five sets. But, obviously, he’s an extremely tough opponent.”

Federer met Berdych on three occasions in 2017 (Australian Open, Miami and Wimbledon) and came out of each match with a victory. But there is cause for concern for the defending champion — Berdych held two match points in their encounter at the Miami Open presented by Itaú before Federer emerged with the win, and later that week the title, last March.

Berdych has reached the last eight in emphatic style, with just 17 games lost in his past two matches to beat 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro and 25th seed Fabio Fognini. The Czech has beaten Federer twice at the Grand Slam level before at The Championships at Wimbledon in 2010 and the 2012 US Open, but it will take an incredible effort to produce a third upset on Rod Laver Arena.

Federer’s bid for a 20th Grand Slam title is just three matches from becoming a reality, but can Berdych, searching for a maiden Grand Slam championship crown, upset the odds and book a spot in the semi-finals? We will find out on Wednesday night.

Did you know?

Roger Federer is fifth all-time in the Infosys ATP Stats Leaderboards Serve Category against Top 20 opponents with a career serve rating of 299.6.

Challenger Vault Kei Nishikori

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:36am
In this edition of the Challenger Vault, Kei Nishikori reflects on his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title in Bermuda in 2008 and talks about how the circuit helped grow his game.

Social Media Mix Episode 4 Uncovered

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:14am
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot takes a look at the top social media moments of the week.

Brown Saves 4 M.P. In Australian Open Qualifying

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:30am

Germany’s Dustin Brown received a standing ovation after he saved four match points on Thursday to reach the qualifying round at the Australian Open after a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(16) victory over World No. 248 Di Wu of China.

“I’ve only played a long tiebreak like that once in a final set. It was just a very difficult match. He started off so well and I realised I just had to get loose and swing,” said Brown, who led 4/1 in the tie-break. “I tried to make him think. He played unbelievable shots on my match points in the tie-break.”

Brown now plays 18-year-old American Stefan Kozlov, who beat Yannick Hanfmann of Germany 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4.

Watch Live Streaming Of Qualifying From Melbourne Park

Australia’s John-Patrick Smith, currently No. 220 in the ATP Rankings, overcame sixth seed Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-2 for a final round test against American Kevin King, who knocked out Zdenek Kolar 6-1, 7-6(2).

Elsewhere, 25-year-old Barbadian Darian King is one step away from competing in a second Grand Slam championship after he defeated ninth seed Alexander Bublik 7-5, 6-0.

“It feels fantastic,” said King. “I haven’t been feeling very well recently, but everyone assisting me has done a great job to help me play this well.”

Sweden’s Elias Ymer, Czech Vaclav Safranek, Andrea Collarini of Argentina and Americans Denis Kudla and Mackenzie McDonald also progressed to the qualifying round for the major championship, which begins on 15 January. Sixteen matches were completed on day two of qualifying.

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Watch Doubles Highlights: Struff And Troicki Into Sydney 2018 Final

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 9:46am
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Watch Highlights: De Maurer Beats Lopez To Reach Sydney SFs

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 9:46am
Watch highlights as teenager Alex de Maurer beats Feliciano Lopez on Thursday night at the 2018 Sydney International. Video courtesy Tennis Australia. Visit sydneyinternational.com.au for more video. Playback not available in Australia. SMP Images photo.

Watch Highlights: Paire Tops Defending Champion At Sydney 2018

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 9:46am
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Watch Highlights: Medvedev Beats Lorenzi At Sydney 2018

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 9:46am
Watch highlights as Daniil Medvedev overcomes Paolo Lorenzi on Thursday at the 2018 Sydney International. Video courtesy Tennis Australia. Visit sydneyinternational.com.au for more video. Playback not available in Australia. Getty Images photo.