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2015 Australian Open: Interviews, Results, OOP, Draws

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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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Injured Alcaraz Pulls Out of Rio Open After Two Games

A sprained ankle a couple of minutes into his debut at the Rio Open forced top seed Carlos Alcaraz to abandon his match against Thiago Monteiro

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Carlos Alcaraz after the injury - Rio 2024 (photo Tennis TV)

For world no. 2 Carlos Alcaraz, this year’s Rio Open lasted two games: the Spanish champion had to retire on the score of 1-1 in the first set during his first-round match against Brazilian Thiago Monteiro due to a sprained right ankle suffered in the second point of the match.

 

In an accident somewhat reminiscent of the terrible one suffered by Zverev in the semi-final of Roland Garros 2022, Alcaraz’s right foot “got stuck”  in the clay as he returned towards the center of the court after returning from the left, and he immediately flew to the ground dropping his racket. The Spaniard immediately asked for a medical time-out, but as soon as he took off his shoe it was immediately clear that his ankle had already swollen.

After having a tight bandage applied, Alcaraz tried to continue the match, but just two games later he understood that it was not possible to continue so he shook hands with his opponent, abandoning the Brazilian tournament.

The match was played on a very heavy court due to the rain that had fallen heavily during the day. The organizers had been forced to cancel the daytime session and play could only begin around 7.30 pm local time, after the courts had remained under pouring water all day.

Alcaraz told the press present in Rio: “I think these things happen, especially on clay. It wasn’t a problem with the court, I hurt myself in a change of direction and this happens on this type of surface. I went back into the match to see if I could continue or not. I spoke to the physiotherapist on the court and we decided, together, that I would continue to see if the ankle would improve. It didn’t happen, so we preferred to be cautious and withdraw as a precaution.”

Considering that Alcaraz left the court on his own two feet and managed to wobble through a couple of games after the injury, it is quite likely that the injury he suffered is much less serious than the one that kept Alexander Zverev away from tournaments for over seven months. However, it will be necessary to verify whether it is just a sprain or whether tendons or ligaments have been involved. If this were to be the case, the prognosis could turn out to be longer, and this is happening less than two weeks before the start of the Sunshine Double in Indian Wells and Miami.

The Spaniard is scheduled to play an exhibition in Las Vegas on 3rd March against Rafael Nadal: it will be decided in the next few days whether to withdraw as a precaution for the first Masters 1000 of the season in Indian Wells.

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Can Jannik Sinner dodge the morning-after syndrome?

Very few players have managed to follow up their first triumph in a Major. Hewitt is the last new Grand Slam champion to immediately win an ATP title. Nadal, Djokovic and Federer all misfired, can Jannik Sinner do better?

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By Roman Bongiorno

“The morning-after syndrome,” as they call it. The list of great champions who have suffered from it – Carlos Alcaraz, Juan Martin del Potro, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, is impressive.  Some of the most illustrious names in our sport, the most successful ever. Yet, even for those who are legends, the match immediately after their first Grand Slam triumph is often an insurmountable hurdle.

 

The very young Spanish phenomenon, born in 2003, was the latest striking example. After winning the 2022 US Open and becoming the new world No. 1, Alcaraz managed to win just one set in his next two matches: he lost 6-7 6-4 6-2 in the Davis Cup against Felix Auger Aliassime, who was definitely on fire in that period, and was inflicted a 7-5 6-3 defeat by veteran David Goffin in his first match at the ATP 500 in Astana.

Mentally, it’ not easy. The most important triumph of one’s life, immediately to be put aside.  And go back to work. The media are quick to pounce on any slip, headlines hinting at signs of a career already over: “it’s gone to his head”, “he has made his money” etc.

Less than a year later, Carlos Alcaraz was once more a Grand Slam champion, beating Novak Djokovic in the final at Wimbledon.

Just think of tennis legends such as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who fell victims to this serious syndrome. The former, after his triumph at Roland Garros 2005, stepped back on court on the green grass of Halle, losing in 3 sets to the world number 147 German Alexander Waske: 4-6 7-5 6-3. For many, that was a disastrous defeat foreshadowing a future that would not be as bright as it had seemed. Rafa told another story, by winning another 21 Grand Slam titles, on every surface.

The Serbian, on the other hand, thrived on the hard courts of Melbourne, just like Jannik Sinner. In 2008, after winning the title, he was engaged in Davis Cup against Russia. He did not finish his rubber against Nikolay Davydenko and retired at the beginning of the fourth set while trailing 2 sets to 1. In his first ATP tour appearance, in Marseille, after brushing aside Ivan Dodig, he was ousted in three sets by Gilles Simon. Over the following 15 years Novak Djokovic went on to become the has become the most successful player ever.

What about Roger Federer? After lifting the trophy won at Wimbledon in 2003, he moved to the home clay of Gstaad.  He survived the morning-after syndrome  after a fierce but victorious struggle in the first round with the Spaniard Marc Lopez, ranked No.190. Then he cruised till the final, but was defeated in a five set hustle 5-7 6-3 6-3 1-6 6-3 by Jiri Novak.

The morning-after did not spare Juan Martin del Potro. After his stunning victory over Federer at the 2009 US Open, he set foot on an ATP tennis court three weeks later in Tokyo. It was Edouard Roger Vassellin, 189th in the world, who spoiled the party, neatly defeating the Argentinian in two sets, 64 64.

Even “Ice man” Bjorn Borg, the man without (apparent) emotions, focused only on tennis and winning, lost the first match after his success at Roland Garros 1974. He was defeated in the first round in Nottingham by world No. 71 Milan Holecek from Czechoslovakia. Over the next years he definitely made up for that impasse on English lawns.

A rare bird at last, and not by chance does it come from Australia, a land which is ever so rich in unique species. Lleyton Hewitt, who in 2001 after steamrolling Pete Sampras in the US Open final, immediately won his next matches, two singles rubbers in the Davis Cup against Jonas Bjorkman and Thomas Johansson, and then went on to win in Tokyo by beating Michel Kratochvil in the final.

Jannik Sinner has been building up his success on gruelling feats. Sure he’s eager to be back on the Dutch indoor courts of Rotterdam where he enjoyed a brilliant run last year, only surrendering to Danil Medvedev in the final. Just one year ago the Russian seemed an impossible opponent to defeat. Now, in the last 4 challenges, Jannik has beaten him 4 times. The last one, in the final of the Australian Open.

Rotterdam could have been the stage for a rematch, but Medvedev has pulled out of the tournament. Jannik Sinner appears as a favourite, and is vying to close in on that third place of the rankings currently held by Daniil.

Jannik has set out on his mission. But even if he were to be defeated in the first round by an opponent ranked beyond the top 200, no one should dare cry failure. Italy at last has a Grand Slam winner, and he is not to be downplay him in case of first defeats.

Translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye

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Matteo Berrettini Looks To Draw Inspiration From Jannik Sinner

Matteo Berrettini is looking to draw inspiration from Jannik Sinner ahead of his comeback to the ATP tour.

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Matteo Berrettini is looking to draw inspiration from Jannik Sinner as Berrettini is continuing his recovery from his injury.

 

The former Wimbledon finalist has had a horrible run of injuries which has seen the Italian fall down the rankings as he is now at 124 in the world.

After suffering a horrible injury at the US Open during his match with Arthur Rinderknech, Berrettini was looking to make his return at the Australian Open as he was set to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the opening round.

However just before the match, Berrettini withdrew as he decided to delay his comeback to the tour as he will aim to return to the court as soon as possible.

If Berrettini needed any inspiration then Jannik Sinner’s triumph at the Australian Open could be that much needed spark as the Italian beat Novak Djokovic on his way to capturing a first Grand Slam title.

Speaking an interview Berrettini explained that he is still not 100% and admits he is looking to draw inspiration from Sinner’s form, “I’m better, but I’m not yet 100%,” Berrettini was quoted by Tennis Infinity as saying.

“The goal is to play the whole season, and without these setbacks which are destroying my body and my head. Sinner did a miracle. I will also use this energy for my tennis. I was happy with what Jannik said.

“We have a good relationship, which has strengthened in recent months. We are different but similar. We are pursuing the same dream.”

Berrettini will hope Sinner’s success will have a positive influence on his recovery and quicken his return to the tour as the former world number six aims for a successful return to the tour.

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