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TENNIS 2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN – Here you can find all the interviews, the results, the draws and the Order of Play for the first Grand Slam of the year.

 

Results

Order Of Play

Men’s singles draw

Women’s singles draw

Men’s doubles draw

Women’s doubles draw

Mixed doubles draw

Interviews

01.02.2015

Djokovic: “I had a crisis end of the second, beginning of the third. Just felt very exhausted and I needed some time to regroup and recharge”

Murray: “I have no idea what the issue was. He obviously looked like he was in quite a bad way at the beginning of the third set”

Paes and Hingis: “I was never really completely out of the picture, away from tennis. It was always part of my life one way or another”

31.01.2015

Bolelli and Fognini: “I have very good sensation Davis Cup, but this one, I mean, we won a Grand Slam title. Is a big thing”

S.Williams: “I was coughing so much. It was just forcing things out of me. So I was just trying to pull myself together”

Sharapova: “No matter how you played, well or not, whatever the scoreline is, it’s always tough. But it will be all right”

Murray: “I didn’t watch any of the match last night. I’ll watch some of it this evening and then chat to Amélie”

30.01.2015

Djokovic: “I’m proud of the fighting spirit that I had. But the level of performance was not where I wanted it to be”

Wawrinka: “I think my game is there. I’m playing great tennis. Physically I’m there. It’s going to be tough, but I need to take the positive from already being in the semifinal”

29.01.2015

Murray: “I sat in here the other day and got asked more questions about Dani than I did about the match I just played. So you wanted there to be tension”

Berdych: “There is no really big deal about anything what was happening today on the court. I mean, it was a great battle. Unfortunately with a bad end for me”

S.Williams: “I love going to the Olympics to trade pins. I think that’s my ticket in. I could definitely see me doing Fed Cup work”

Keys: “I’m really happy to have gotten this far in a tournament. It’s my first one. Just looking forward to having more”

Sharapova: “I usually stick to the same routines. The only difference is it’s only one more to go. You’re not saving yourself for anything else”

Makarova: “I hope so I will finally take the next step. It was a great two Grand Slams for me in my career”

Fognini & Bolelli: “I’m happy because I think we are a really good team”

Leconte: “The Davis Cup was difficult to swallow for everyone, for the players as well”

Court: “It’s not easy (for Serena to reach 24 Slam titles) everything has to be right”

28.01.2015

Djokovic: “Tonight there was not much I could complain about. From the first game till the last I played the way I wanted”

Raonic: “He just didn’t allow me to organize my game”

Wawrinka: “Now I’m going to enjoy a little bit, watch who’s going to win tonight and get ready for the semifinal”

Nishikori: “If I could get that one, might change the whole thing. But he was serving really well. So I think I have to give him credit”

S.Williams: “I’ve been sick the past few days. It’s just getting worse and worse. But hopefully it will start getting better”

Cibulkova: “Really pleased with the way the tournament went and with the way I played. I’m really happy to be on a good track again”

Keys: “Have had some problems with that part of my leg. So it was kind of an overwhelming moment. It was kind of scary”

V.Williams: “I think losses like this, even though they’re not fun they’re good, because I’ll learn a lot more from this”

27.01.2015

Murray: “My goal isn’t to beat Dani; my goal is to beat Berdych”

Kyrgios: “I wasn’t even sure I’d be playing the event. It just been a massive couple of weeks just trying to get fit”

Berdych: “We set up before the match the right tactics. Then I was able to execute that on the court. That’s what I’m really happy”

Nadal: “If” doesn’t exist in sport. That’s the real thing. If, if, if – never comes. The thing is, you have to do it. I didn’t have the chance to play the fourth; I lost the third, so that’s it”

Sharapova: “It was important to change some things around and just to come out with a little bit of a different perspective and play a bit better”

Bouchard: “I felt under pressure the whole time, a bit on my back foot. I mean, that’s not how I want to play”

Makarova: “I’m not shy on the tennis court. It’s different situation when I’m sitting here and you are asking me questions”

Halep: “Wasn’t my good day. I had a bad day. But she played well and everything was in for her. So she deserves this winning”

26.01.2015

Djokovic: “Courts or the balls, something out of these two elements have speeded up the game here in Australia”

Muller: “Think if you play like that, you’re going to play a good match, but you have no chance to win it”

V.Williams: “I think I played well when it mattered. Her style of game was completely different than the first three players I played”

Radwanska: “In important moments I didn’t really take my chances. Slipped very quickly, especially the third set”

Raonic: “Overall I can’t complain too much. I fought my way through”

Lopez: “For me was difficult to hold serve all the time, knowing that he’s going to win his serve pretty easy all the time”

Nishikori: “Florida nobody talk to me. In Japan, yes, it’s little bit different. Lot of people recognize me. Not easy to walk on the street”

Ferrer: “I began the season winning a lot of matches. I won Doha. I did here four rounds. I am positive”

Wawrinka: “I’m not focused to win a major. I’m taking match after match. I know it’s difficult to do it. It’s amazing I already did one”

S.Williams: “I think I caught that bug. I’ve just been sick. I’ve been fighting it with vitamin C”

Muguruza: “I can say, okay, I lost to Serena. Okay, I did a good tournament. I improve a lot”

Cibulkova: “I have to compensate my height with something, so I just put a lot of energy in my tennis”

Azarenka: “I take it as a progress. I think there are a lot of the positive things to take from here”

25.01.2015

Murray: “I asked my box why they were making the noise. They said that Kyrgios had just finished”

Dimitrov: “I’m not going to hide my disappointment. I’m pissed”

Kyrgios: “I think I’m just managing my emotions a bit better out there. I thought I was pretty composed for the whole match”

Seppi: “He served well in important moments. That was the key. That’s why he won”

Halep: “A lot of confidence I have now because I didn’t lose a set”

Berdych: “Well, I’m feeling very good. It’s been a great, great run so far”

Tomic: “I spoke to a few people about it. Lleyton as well. I think the scheduling was like ridiculous this year”

Nadal: “I changed completely the position on the return. I was returning very close to the baseline”

Sharapova: “When I step on the court, I have a great sense of feeling and power”

Bouchard: “It’s disappointing for me because I want to play so well and I want to be perfect”

24.01.2015

Keys: “I just tried to stay solid and consistently keep doing what I was trying to do”

Kvitova: “Don’t know what happened, but I couldn’t put a serve in. So it was the main issue, for sure”

Djokovic: “I thought I served very well, allowed myself to have a lot of free points in the first serve”

Nishikori: “I was hitting to only his backhand, especially first set. He was playing really solid actually”

Azarenka: “I don’t think I’ve changed as a person. I think I grew as a person”

S.Williams: “I wasn’t very happy, to be honest. I was rooting for Roger”

V.Williams: “I always believe in my ability, but sometimes you don’t get results for whichever reason”

Wawrinka: “When Roger make double- fault, that mean he not in a big day. Was a big surprise for everybody”

Lopez: “Milos is one of the greatest players in the game right now. I think is going to be very close”

Raonic: “I don’t think Hisense and Margaret Court are that quick. They’re much slower than the outside courts”

Muguruza: “I’m really happy. Three victories in a Grand Slam”

Radwanska: “Of course Navratilova is also commentating, but she’s always there when I’m practicing or playing match”

23.01.2015

Seppi: “To beat Roger first time, especially in a Grand Slam, best-of-five, is a special moment for me”

Federer: “I guess I won the wrong points. I felt for some reason yesterday and this morning it was not going to be very simple today”

Murray: “Some of the stuff that was said about me I thought was completely unfair. Yeah, the other night kind of proved it”

Sharapova: “I did lefty, two hands on both sides. Like at the circus, I do everything”

Halep: “Last year I played great in Grand Slams. I did my first final. So that gave me more confidence”

Bouchard: “I’m not offended. No, I think it was an in-the-moment thing and it was funny”

Dimitrov: “Didn’t really feel comfortable on the court. Thought Marcos was playing dominating tennis early on in the match”

Kyrgios: “Obviously I’d rather play Seppi than Federer. But, I know it’s going to be a really tough match”

Nadal: “I wake up in the morning better than what I thought. I was still a little bit dizzy yesterday”

22.01.2015

Hewitt: “He definitely raised his level. The first two sets I felt like I was dictating play”

Vandeweghe: “I was playing out there. I enjoyed my time. So I had a lot of fun”

Stosur: “I didn’t feel like I did much wrong”

Raonic: “I’ve put in a lot of good work, I believe. I’m just very sort of by the book in the things I want to do”

Azarenka: “She had such an incredible end of last season so I knew I had to step up my game”

Wozniacki: “At the end of the day she played better than me today and hats off to that”

Kvitova: “I think it was quite warm today and I think I handled quite well”

S.Williams: “I had no other option but for things to click. I just had to start playing better”

Djokovic: “I executed the game plan. Everything I intended to do, almost 100%”

Wawrinka: “Condition wasn’t easy today. Quite hot. Really fast on the court. And he was playing great”

V.Williams: “I’m hitting the ball a lot like how I want to”

Radwanska: “Short, good match. So, it’s better, especially that it’s really hot today. Be fresh for the next one.”

21.01.2015

Nadal: “I practiced a lot. Should not be that tired after 40 minutes. That’s obvious, no?”

Smyczek: “I started to believe that I really had a chance. But he turned it up to another gear”

Tomic: “I served very well, and that’s what helped me a lot throughout this match”

Kyrgios: “The crowd was really good. I remember it from last year”

Bouchard: “I was happy with the way I was able to step in and control the points”

Federer: “I don’t know if it’s a blister. I don’t know what that thing is”

Sharapova: “It’s always nice to come through a challenge like that. That’s the biggest positive out of the match”

Murray: “(I) managed to take the crowd out of it a little bit by starting that quickly”

Dimitrov: “Before you get to the final, you need to go through quite a few players that are the top right now and playing their greatest tennis”

Troicki: “I want everyone to know that I never refused anything. I just asked for permission and I was allowed by the doctor that day not to give a blood test”

Berdych: “The tough condition again today. He was playing very smart”

20.01.2015

Djokovic: “It hasn’t been an ideal couple of weeks in terms of health and preparation”

Wawrinka: “I play some good tennis and I have confidence with my game in general”

S.Williams: “It’s never super easy to be the one that everyone wants to beat”

Hewitt: “Tomic, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis have big futures. All three like playing on the big stage”

Radwanska: “I think with her (Martina Navratilova) experience that help me also win a Grand Slam”

Li Na: “If I have next life, I will still choose tennis”

Stosur: “I had to be patient to make sure I worked the point enough before I’d come in”

V.Williams: “Everyone has different kind of issues. I deal with my own the best way that I can”

Azarenka: “There is still a lot to build from here”

Nishikori: “Was a little bit windy, so we both didn’t play maybe 100%”

Raonic: “It was what I needed it to be, especially with how well I served”

Wozniacki: “It was a tough match. You saw yesterday how many seeds went out”

Kvitova: “I made a little bit of troubles in the second. But I’m glad I won”

19.01.2015

Kyrgios: “It was my first win in 2015. I’m really pleased I got through.”

Kokkinakis: “I was thrilled with that win. Best win of my career.”

Sharapova: “I think I’m in a much more comfortable situation than I was last year”

Federer: “I think the most important thing in taking risks is that you actually believe in what you’re trying to do”

Hradecka: “It’s two hours after match, and I’m still smiling.”

Ivanovic: “It’s really disappointing. You know, it’s probably the worst thing could happen.”

Nadal: “Most important thing when you are coming back is accept all the challenges”

Murray: “When you’re playing you tend to say things that you don’t really mean”

Dimitrov: “It was pretty windy today, so, yeah, I think overall it’s been a good start for me.”

Berdych: “It was a good test for me for the first round. I’m glad to handle it the way I did”

17.01.2015

Federer: “I think I’m serving more consistent and stronger than I ever have”

Nadal: “I am confident about my knees because are working very well”

Sharapova: “I was happy to be in one place for the whole month of December”

Ivanovic: “I really want to take it one step at a time and enjoy”

Murray: “My preparation and training over in Miami and then in Dubai went very well”

Halep: “I’m moving better than last year. I’m working hard every day”

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Laver Cup Deserves More Respect From ATP, Says Captain McEnroe

The American tennis great believes more needs to be done to make the team competition more prestigious in the future.

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Former world No.1 John McEnroe has called for the Laver Cup to be turned into a stand alone event with no other ATP tournaments taking place at the same time it takes place.

 

The multiple Grand Slam champion is the captain of Team World who lost 14-1 to Europe in the latest edition of the event which took place over the weekend. This year’s Laver Cup featured ten top 20 players but the six highest-ranked individuals all represented Europe – Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud.

However, McEnroe believes the three-day event needs to be given more priority if it wishes to emulate the success of Golf’s Ryder Cup which also pitches Europe against the rest of the world. This year’s Laver Cup took place during the same time as ATP 250 events in Metz, France and Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

This is my personal opinion, but I don’t think there should be any tournaments going on if they want to try to get to the level of a Ryder Cup, say. It’s got to stand on its own,” McEnroe said.
“It’s not going to be like, ‘Well, other players need to be able to play and … get their points in Kazakhstan or wherever they are right now.’ I just don’t agree with that. I think it’s a mistake by the ATP.”

The Laver Cup first took place in 2017 and became an ATP Tour sanction event just two years later. Meaning they receive the same back-up and logistical support as other events on the Tour. However, ranking points are not awarded to players unlike the ATP Cup which does. The 2021 edition saw each member of the winning team take home prize money of $250,000.

“Yet it’s difficult to sort of get, sort of, the respect that I think this deserves,” McEnroe continued.
“It tears me up.”

It is the fourth time in a row that Europe has come out on top against their rivals. The only players to score a point for McEnroe’s side this year was Denis Shapovalov and John Isner in the doubles on the opening day of the tie.

“We battled our best. These guys are a great team, no question, incredible team,” McEnroe commented.
“Obviously, if you get a couple different results, could have put more pressure on them (Europe), but we just came up short in I think four tiebreakers. (If) you win half those, totally different story. Other matches we had a chance to get in. We gave it our best, but they were too good.”

The Laver Cup will move to Europe next year with it being held at The O2 in London which was the home of the ATP Finals for more than a decade.

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Alexander Zverev Pushed But Manages To Beat Isner As Europe Storms To Lead In Laver Cup

The German gave Team Europe a massive lead after winning a tight match.

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Alexander Zverev needed a trademark ” Laver Breaker” to beat the 6ft 10 Amercian John Isner 7-6, 6-7, 10-5 in two hours and 17 minutes on the saecond day of the Laver Cup.

 

The German hit 13 aces in the match, meanwhile Isner went 0 for 3 on breakpoints.

” I think in this format playing John (Isner) is one of the toughest opponents there can be and he is the best server of all time plus he was hitting the ball extremely hard and well today,” said Zverev.
To be honest I played a pretty good match,” he added.

In the first set, both players had zero issues holding serve. In the opening tiebreak it was extremely tight but the world number four managed to get the crucial break at 4-3 and that was enough for him to serve out the first set.

The second frame stayed on serve until 3-3 when the American had two chances to break but the Hamburg native managed to save both. In the following game he responded by earning three break points of his very own but Isner saved all three and held serve.

Isner had another chance at 5-5 but was unable to convert and again proceedings went into another tiebreaker to decide the second set. In that breaker, the world number 22 jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the German responded winning the next three points to make it 3-3.

After that, it stayed on serve until 7-6 and it was the American who managed to break Zverev to win the second set and force a match tiebreak to decide the match.

The first four points went on serve and it was the German who got the first break and jumped out to a 6-3 and that lead was enough for him to serve out the match and give Team Europe a 7-1 lead.

After the match in his on-court interview, Zverev spoke about the second set and the level both he and Isner was playing at.

” Even the second set that I lost I didn’t do many things wrong so it shows that the match was very high level and obviously happy to give Team Europe the lead”. He said.

Day 2 results :

In the first match of the day, the Aussie Nick Kyrgios faced Stefanos Tsitsipas and it was the world number three who took the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 26 minutes.

After the match, Krygios mentioned in his post-match press conference that the Laver Cup would be the last event he played in 2021, stating that his mother’s health is not doing well and he is planning to return to Australia to be with her.

In the night session Danil Medvedev, the current US Open champion, took on Denis Shapovalov and the Russian only needed one hour and 15 minutes to beat him 6-4, 6-0 to give Team Europe a 9-1 lead.

In the last match of the day, a doubles clash featuring Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev took on Isner and Krygios, and again it was the Europeans who managed to win 6-7, 6-3, 10-4.

Day 3 Preview :

On Sunday Team Europe will have a chance to clinch the trophy in their first match as they only need two more points and on Sunday a win is worth three. The day will start with a doubles match featuring Rublev and Zverev taking on Shapovalov and Rielly Opelka.

In singles, Zverev will face Felix Auger Aliassime, Medvedev will face Diego Schwartzman, and the last match scheduled is Isner vs Tsitsipas.

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Andy Murray Surging In Confidence After Reaching First ATP Quarter-Final Since 2019

The 34-year-old believes he is getting better with every match played on the Tour as he eyes a spot in the final later this week.

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Former world No.1 Andy Murray says he is starting to gain more belief in his game after reaching the quarter-finals of the Moselle Open on Wednesday.

 

The three-time Grand Slam champion rallied to a 6-3, 6-3, win over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in the French city. Murray dropped serve only once at the start of the second set but broke his opponent four times en route to the victory. It is the first time he has registered back-to-back wins on the ATP Tour since Wimbledon and it is the first time he has reached a quarter-final since winning the 2019 Antwerp Open.

Murray showed glimmers of his best tennis recently at the US Open where he took Stefanos Tsitsipas to five sets in the first round before losing. However, in his following tournament on the Challenger circuit he lost in the second round to world No.154 Roman Safiullin. Despite the mixed performances, the Brit says his fitness continues to improve and he believes he is heading in the right direction.

“For me, this period of the last few years has been the most I have played really,” Murray said following his win over Pospisil.
“My body feels good and I am starting to gain just a little bit of confidence with each match, starting to see the points and how I want to play them, which is great.
“There have been times in the past year where I have been a little bit confused and not seeing how the points are developing which was always a strong part of my game.
“It made me feel quite uncomfortable on court when I was feeling that way, so I am starting to get that back and the results are coming, my tennis is getting better.”

The 34-year-old, who now plays on the Tour with a metal hip after undergoing two operations, is targeting a return back into the world’s top 100 for the first time since 2018. He came agonisingly close in July when he reached 102. At present, he is currently ranked 113 but will climb at least four places following his run in Metz this week.

In the next round Murray will play either top seed Hubert Hurkacz or former top 10 player Lucas Pouille. Both players are likely to be a stern challenge for the three-time Grand Slam champion who is hoping to reach the final for the first time since 2007.

“I would love to get another opportunity to play here in the final, but there is a lot of tennis to be played before then potentially against the number one seed in the next round,” he reflected.
“It is not going to be easy if I want to reach the final, but I am playing well and have an opportunity.”

Murray has won 42 ATP titles and has earned more than $62M in prize money so far in his career.

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