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Nadal Eases Past Mayer In Round 1 Australian Open 2017

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:12pm
Watch highlights as Rafael Nadal defeats Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday at the Australian Open. Photo: Getty Images. Video Courtesy Tennis Australia.

Dimitrov Advances To Round 2 At Australian Open 2017

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:12pm
Watch highlights as Grigor Dimitrov, the No. 15 seed, needs just over two hours to defeat wild card Christopher O’Connell at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Photo: Getty Images. Video Courtesy Tennis Australia.

Monfils Defeats Vesely In Australian Open First Round 2017

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:12pm
Watch highlights as sixth seed Gael Monfils defeats Jiri Vesely for a place in the second round of the Australian Open. Photo: Getty Images. Video Courtesy Tennis Australia.

Monfils Defeats Vesely In Australian Open First Round 2017

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:12pm
Watch highlights as sixth seed Gael Monfils defeats Jiri Vesely for a place in the second round of the Australian Open. Photo: Getty Images. Video Courtesy Tennis Australia.

Fognini Prevails Over Lopez In Australian Open 2017 First Round

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:12pm
Watch highlights as Fabio Fognini defeats Feliciano Lopez in straight sets in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday in Melbourne. Photo: Getty Images. Video Courtesy Tennis Australia.

Dimitrov Advances To Round 2 At Australian Open 2017

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:12pm
Watch highlights as Grigor Dimitrov, the No. 15 seed, needs just over two hours to defeat wild card Christopher O’Connell at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Photo: Getty Images. Video Courtesy Tennis Australia.

Nadal Eases Past Mayer In Round 1 Australian Open 2017

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:12pm
Watch highlights as Rafael Nadal defeats Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday at the Australian Open. Photo: Getty Images. Video Courtesy Tennis Australia.

Federer Back And Motivated For 2017

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 2:51pm
ATP World Tour Uncovered Presented By Peugeot speaks with Roger Federer about what keeps him motivated as he looks ahead to the 2017 season.

Federer Back And Motivated For 2017

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 2:51pm
ATP World Tour Uncovered Presented By Peugeot speaks with Roger Federer about what keeps him motivated as he looks ahead to the 2017 season.

Players Ready For First Slam Of 2017 At The Australian Open

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 2:50pm
Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov speak with ATP World Tour Uncovered Presented By Peugeot about the challenges the players face in Melbourne as well as the best part of the first Grand Slam of the year.

Players Ready For First Slam Of 2017 At The Australian Open

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 2:50pm
Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov speak with ATP World Tour Uncovered Presented By Peugeot about the challenges the players face in Melbourne as well as the best part of the first Grand Slam of the year.

Karlovic Fires Into Australian Open Record Books With Zeballos Win

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 1:41pm

Ivo Karlovic has been at it again! This time engraving his name in the Australian Open record books.

The 6’11” Croatian fought back from an 0-2 sets deficit to beat Horacio Zeballos 6-7(6), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 22-20 in five hours and 14 minutes on Tuesday night for a place in the second round. The match fell 38 minutes short of Novak Djokovic’s win over Rafael Nadal in the 2012 final, which lasted five hours and 53 minutes.

The Karlovic-Zeballos match lasted 84 games breaking the Australian Open record since the introduction of the tie-break in 1972, surpassing Andy Roddick and Younes El Aynaoui's 2003 classic of 83 games – including a 21-19 fifth set.

“This match is what I will, after my career, remember,” said Karlovic. “If it was easy match or I lost easily, I wouldn't remember it. But this one I will definitely remember forever.

The 37-year-old Karlovic also fired down 75 aces, another Australian Open record – bettering Joachim Johansson’s 51 aces in 2005. It was just three aces shy of equalling Karlovic’s record 78 aces versus fellow veteran Radek Stepanek in the 2009 Davis Cup semi-finals.

One chance for each player went begging in the deciding set that lasted two hours and 41 minutes, before No. 20 seed Karlovic broke Zeballos’ serve for just the fourth time to end the encounter, which had begun mid-afternoon in 37°C (98.6F) heat. It was the longest fifth set in Australian Open history.

“My arm is good, but my knee, my back a little bit, is not so good,” said Karlovic. “I was just trying to hang in there, just point by point… [As the fifth set wore on], actually I was thinking about that other match: [John] Isner versus [Nicolas] Mahut (at 2010 Wimbledon, which Isner won 70-68 in the fifth set). I was hoping, a little bit, it could go that long so I could also have that record.”

Karlovic goes on to face Australian Andrew Whittington, who beat Adam Pavlasek 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 earlier in the day.

Karlovic holds the US Open aces match record, which he set in a grueling five-set win over Yen-Hsun Lu in August 2016. Karlovic fired 61 aces – including 22 in the second set - to eclipse the previous US Open record of 49 set by Richard Krajicek in a losing effort to Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 1999. Read Report

The Croatian has now struck 11,689 aces in tour-level matches over the course of his 17-year professional career. Isner struck 1,159 aces to Karlovic's 1,131 aces in 2016, but the Croatian led the ATP World Tour circuit in 2015 with 1,447 aces (Isner - 1,260).

See Infosys ATP Scores & Stats – Career Aces

The ATP World Tour started to compile career ace records in 1991. They include aces served in main draw ATP World Tour and Grand Slam matches, and at the Olympic Games from 2008 onwards. Totals do not include aces served in Davis Cup.

Ivo Karlovic's Ace Count By Year (Since 2001):

Year Aces Matches Aces Per Match  2017  117  4  29  2016  1131  54  21  2015  1447  63  23  2014  1185  64  19  2013  485  28  17  2012  506  30  17  2011  632  36  18  2010  472  25  19  2009  890  43  21  2008  961  54  18  2007  1318  64  21  2006  647  36  18  2005   730  39  19  2004  842  43  20  2003  281  16  18  2002  30  3  10  2001  16  1  16

 

Karlovic Fires Into Australian Open Record Books With Zeballos Win

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 1:41pm

Ivo Karlovic has been at it again! This time engraving his name in the Australian Open record books.

The 6’11” Croatian fought back from an 0-2 sets deficit to beat Horacio Zeballos 6-7(6), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 22-20 in five hours and 14 minutes on Tuesday night for a place in the second round. The match fell 38 minutes short of Novak Djokovic’s win over Rafael Nadal in the 2012 final, which lasted five hours and 53 minutes.

The Karlovic-Zeballos match lasted 84 games breaking the Australian Open record since the introduction of the tie-break in 1972, surpassing Andy Roddick and Younes El Aynaoui's 2003 classic of 83 games – including a 21-19 fifth set.

“This match is what I will, after my career, remember,” said Karlovic. “If it was easy match or I lost easily, I wouldn't remember it. But this one I will definitely remember forever.

The 37-year-old Karlovic also fired down 75 aces, another Australian Open record – bettering Joachim Johansson’s 51 aces in 2005. It was just three aces shy of equalling Karlovic’s record 78 aces versus fellow veteran Radek Stepanek in the 2009 Davis Cup semi-finals.

One chance for each player went begging in the deciding set that lasted two hours and 41 minutes, before No. 20 seed Karlovic broke Zeballos’ serve for just the fourth time to end the encounter, which had begun mid-afternoon in 37°C (98.6F) heat. It was the longest fifth set in Australian Open history.

“My arm is good, but my knee, my back a little bit, is not so good,” said Karlovic. “I was just trying to hang in there, just point by point… [As the fifth set wore on], actually I was thinking about that other match: [John] Isner versus [Nicolas] Mahut (at 2010 Wimbledon, which Isner won 70-68 in the fifth set). I was hoping, a little bit, it could go that long so I could also have that record.”

Karlovic goes on to face Australian Andrew Whittington, who beat Adam Pavlasek 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 earlier in the day.

Karlovic holds the US Open aces match record, which he set in a grueling five-set win over Yen-Hsun Lu in August 2016. Karlovic fired 61 aces – including 22 in the second set - to eclipse the previous US Open record of 49 set by Richard Krajicek in a losing effort to Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 1999. Read Report

The Croatian has now struck 11,689 aces in tour-level matches over the course of his 17-year professional career. Isner struck 1,159 aces to Karlovic's 1,131 aces in 2016, but the Croatian led the ATP World Tour circuit in 2015 with 1,447 aces (Isner - 1,260).

See Infosys ATP Scores & Stats – Career Aces

The ATP World Tour started to compile career ace records in 1991. They include aces served in main draw ATP World Tour and Grand Slam matches, and at the Olympic Games from 2008 onwards. Totals do not include aces served in Davis Cup.

Ivo Karlovic's Ace Count By Year (Since 2001):

Year Aces Matches Aces Per Match  2017  117  4  29  2016  1131  54  21  2015  1447  63  23  2014  1185  64  19  2013  485  28  17  2012  506  30  17  2011  632  36  18  2010  472  25  19  2009  890  43  21  2008  961  54  18  2007  1318  64  21  2006  647  36  18  2005   730  39  19  2004  842  43  20  2003  281  16  18  2002  30  3  10  2001  16  1  16

 

Emirates ATP Rankings Update 16 January 2017

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 1:40pm
See how the Emirates ATP Rankings look after week two of the 2017 ATP World Tour season, on 9 January 2017, following tournaments in Auckland and Sydney.

Emirates ATP Rankings Update 16 January 2017

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 1:40pm
See how the Emirates ATP Rankings look after week two of the 2017 ATP World Tour season, on 9 January 2017, following tournaments in Auckland and Sydney.

Kontinen Peers Take In St. Kilda

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:50pm
Finn Henri Kontinen joins his Aussie doubles partner John Peers for a stroll at St. Kilda ahead of their Australian Open campaign.

Kontinen Peers Take In St. Kilda

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:50pm
Finn Henri Kontinen joins his Aussie doubles partner John Peers for a stroll at St. Kilda ahead of their Australian Open campaign.

Muller Relishing The Moment Australian Open 2017

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:12pm
Gilles Muller is relishing the moment ahead of his second-round clash with Milos Raonic at the Australian Open, having won his first ATP World Tour title last week in Sydney at the age of 33.

Muller Relishing The Moment Australian Open 2017

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:12pm
Gilles Muller is relishing the moment ahead of his second-round clash with Milos Raonic at the Australian Open, having won his first ATP World Tour title last week in Sydney at the age of 33.

Djokovic Opens Bid For Seventh Crown In Melbourne

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:09pm

Novak Djokovic began his quest for a record seventh Australian Open crown on Tuesday night when he defeated 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-2 in two hours and 23 minutes. The pair met 11 days ago in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open semi-finals, with Djokovic saving five match points in the second set tie-break.

“I started really well,” said Djokovic. “[I played a] great first set and a great third set, as well. The second set was a long set with a lot of unforced errors from both sides. It was a gamble, really. He was two or three times a break up. I had my chances at 4-All, 5-All, many break points.

"But at the end of the day, I knew that winning second set would be crucial, because I definitely didn't want to give him wings. I didn't want to have him start swinging at the ball, as he knows. I'm very pleased with the first round, considering I had one of the toughest first-round draws, definitely considering his form and how well he played in Doha.”

World No. 2 Djokovic took a 5-0 lead at the start of the pair’s 14th meeting and despite being broken twice in the second set, the Serbian capitalised on winning the tie-break to open a 3-0 lead in the third set. He is now 58-6 at Melbourne Park and will next face Denis Istomin in the second round. Istomin beat Ivan Dodig 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Grigor Dimitrov, the No. 15 seed, needed just over two hours to defeat wild card and World No. 231 Christopher O’Connell 7-6(2), 6-3, 6-3. The Bulgarian’s best result at the major came in 2014 when he advanced to the quarter-finals (l. to Nadal).