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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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Denis Shapovalov gets revenge win over Nadal to reach quarterfinals in Rome

The Canadian avenged a loss he suffered last year by beating the king of clay in the eternal city.

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Denis Shapovalov booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open after beating the world number four Rafael Nadal in three tight sets 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 in two hours and 36 minutes on Pista Centrale.

 

The Canadian fired 35 winners and served 13 aces while the Spaniard hit 34 unforced errors in a match that went back and forth.

“It’s definitely incredible to me to beat him. Having match points against him last year was kind of a hurtful feeling,” said Shapovalov who lost to the Spaniard at the same tournament 12 months ago. “Coming back here this year, I definitely remember that match. Obviously great tennis, but that one really hurt. Happy to get the win this time around”.

It was the Spaniard with the better start to the match, putting pressure right away on the world number 16 in the second game of the match and it took Shapovalov almost 10 minutes to save three breakpoints and hold serve.

At 2-1 Nadal kept pushing and struck setting up two breakpoints with his ferocious forehand and then broke the Toronto native with a solid backhand down the line winner.

After consolidating the break the world number four was hungry for more and again with his powerful forehand set up more break opportunities and broke again to take a 5-1 lead and served out the first set.

Shapovalov once again faced three breakpoints in the opening game of the second set but managed to save all of them and was able to hold serve. In the following game he broke Nadal to love for the early 2-0 lead.

He was able to consolidate the break but at 4-3 the Spaniard fought back and managed to break back to go back on serve. However, the Canadian at 6-5 was able to get the crucial break to take the second set and send the match to a third.

Nadal responded right away breaking the Canadian in the first game of the third set but the following game Shapovalov set up three breakpoints with a perfectly timed forehand winner.

He broke back the following point and at 3-2 Nadal struggled with his serve and double faulted to give the world number 16 a 4-2 lead as it seemed he was struggling with an injury.

After running down a ball he was seen hunched over at the towel box and was almost limping after points and wincing before serving or returning serve.

At 5-2 with the Spaniard serving to stay in the match and in pain, Shapovalov had three chances to seal the win and it was third time lucky as Nadal last shot went out.

I was trying to change something, he was completely outplaying me and I was hanging in there and I was really happy to turn it around,” said Shapovalov.

Shapovalov will next face Casper Ruud in the quarterfinals on Friday. In their last meeting the Norweigan was able to come out with the win when they played in the Geneva Open final last summer.

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After Multiple Surgeries, Comeback Kid Stan Wawrinka Books Djokovic Showdown In Rome

In only his third tournament of the year, 37-year-old Wawrinka admits the upcoming clash will be ‘really difficult’ but he is willing to give it his best shot.

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Until now 15 months have passed since Stan Wawrinka last experienced the feeling of recording back-to-back wins in a tournament of any sort.

 

The three-time Grand Slam champion was sidelined from the sport for a year due a foot injury which ended up requiring two surgeries. The first was done in March last year before he underwent another procedure in June. The surgeries occurred just four years after he underwent two other operations on his left knee. Despite the physical problems and frustration, the Swiss isn’t giving up on his career just yet and is proving why at this week’s Italian Open.

A day after knocking out 14th seed Reilly Opelka, Wawrinka battled on court for almost three hours to oust Laslo Djere 7-6(8), 3-6, 6-4, in front of a highly animated crowd. The rollercoaster battle saw him fight back from a 1-3 deficit in the deciding set. Then four match points came and went before he finally prevailed. Booking his place in the last 16 of a Masters 1000 event for the first time since Paris 2020.

“It’s helping me to keep doing what I love. Tennis is a passion. The crowd, the support, the atmosphere, these courts is the reason why after two surgeries and one year out (of the Tour) I’m still playing tennis at 37. To live those moments as much as I can and I’m enjoying it a lot,” Wawrinka told atptour.com following his win over Djere.

At 361st in the world, Wawrinka has become the lowest-ranked player to reach the third round of a Masters event since Taylor Dent at the 2009 Miami Open. In Rome specifically, he is the lowest-ranked third round player since Carrado Borroni in 1995.

The reward is a clash with world No.1 Novak Djokovic in what will be a true test for Wawrinka. The two have an extensive rivalry after playing each other on the Tour 25 times before, including the finals of the 2015 French Open and the 2016 US Open. Djokovic currently leads their head-to-head 19-6 with their last meeting taking place in 2019.

“It’s always special to play against him,” Wawrinka said of the 20-time Grand Slam winner. “As I’ve said many times I’m not where I want to be yet with my game and fitness level. I need those matches.’
“To have a chance to play against the best player (in the ATP rankings) it’s going to be really difficult for me because I think I’m not ready to compete at that level. (But) it’s what I need. I need those challenges and push myself as much as I can to keep improving.”

Wawrinka’s win over Djere is his 535th on the ATP Tour and his 24th at the Italian Masters.

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ATP Rankings: Carlos Alcaraz Soars To Sixth Position

With just 1300 points to defend until the end of the season, Alcaraz looks set to continue climbing the ranks in the coming months.

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By Roberto Ferri, translated by Kinglsey Elliot Kaye 

 

The spacecraft that landed Carlos Alcaraz on our planet has stopped in the pit stalls for a brief maintenance and will set off again for Paris in a couple of weeks. Disappointment for those who were looking forward to watching this stunning teenager in Rome who seems to be playing tennis with the same enthusiasm as a child opening his presents on Christmas Day.

Alcaraz’s rush to the peak of the rankings has come to a temporary halt in sixth position and is going to start again on 22nd May, when Roland Garros kicks off.

It is worth reminding those who take delight in indulging in forecasts that Alcaraz has only 1300 points to defend until the end of the year. Which position is he going to occupy at the end of 2022? (The writer believes the 3rd, the translator the 1st).

TOP 20

PositionPlayerCountryPoints+/-
1DjokovicSerbia8260 
2MedvedevRussia7990 
3ZverevGermany7020 
4NadalSpain6435 
5TsitsipasGreece5750 
6AlcarazSpain47733
7RublevRussia41151
8BerrettiniItaly3895-2
9Auger-AliassimeCanada37601
10RuudNorway3760-3
11NorrieGB3380 
12HurkaczPoland31302
13SinnerItaly3060-1
14FritzUSA310-1
15SchwartzmanArgentina2760 
16ShapovalovCanada2671 
17OpelkaUSA2440 
18Carreno BustaSpain2135 
19Bautista AgutSpain1993 
20DimitrovBulgaria1830 

Besides the rise of Alcaraz, there are few changes in the top 20:

∙         Quarter-finalists in Madrid, Rublev and Auger Aliassime gain one position; Hurkacz two.

∙         Berrettini and Ruud lose 2 and 3 places respectively. The Italian is still grounded because of his hand injury and forced to miss his home tournament in Rome; the Norwegian is still in quest of his best consistency. 

∙         Sinner and Fritz slip one step back.

NITTO ATP FINALS RACE TO TURIN

Nadal and Alcaraz are back in the first 2 positions of the ranking which considers only the results achieved in 2022.

PositionPlayerCountryPts
1NadalSpain3540
2AlcarazSpain3470
3TsitsipasGreece2900
4RublevRussia1920
5MedvedevRussia1900
6Auger AliassimeCanada1855
7FritzUSA1765
8ZverevGermany1630
9RuudNorway1265
10HurkaczPoland1210

Zverev is back, leaping from 12 to 8, Hurkacz edges into 10th. Schwartzman and Shapovalov drop out, but are just behind, ready to bounce back. Novak Djokovic recovers 70 positions in one week and moves up to No. 28.

NEXT GEN RACE TO MILAN

The gap between the points of Alcaraz and the other 7 best under 21s all together slightly shrinks. The current score is: Alcaraz 3470 vs Rest of the World 3667.

PositionPlayerCountryPtsYOB
1AlcarazSpain34702003
2SinnerItaly10802001
3RuneDenmark5382003
4MusettiItaly4862002
5LeheckaCzechia4832001
6DraperGB4492001
7TsengTaipei4002001
8NardiItaly2312003
9CobolliItaly2222002
10NakashimaUSA2002001

BEST RANKING

Congratulations to the 10 players who have achieved their career best:

PlayerPositionCountry
Alcaraz6Spain
Kecmanovic31Serbia
Baez37Argentina
Martinez40Spain
Rune42Denmark
Musetti51Italy
Lekecha79Czechia
Tabilo82Chile
Echeverry90Argentina
Halys100France

Double applause for the French 25-year-old Quentin Halys who makes his debut in the top 100.

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