TENNIS AO2015 – Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will play they third final at the Australian Open. Nole won the previous two final match-ups Down Under in 2011 (6-4 6-2 6-3) and 2013 (6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2) and the semifinal in 2012 in a five.-set match (6-3 3-6 6-7 6-1 7-5). Djokovic leads 15-8 in the previous head-to-head matches against Murray and leads 13-6 in hard-court matches. Their last Grand Slam match was the US Open quarter final last year when Djokovic won in four sets with 7-6 6-7 6-2 6-4. Djokovic also won the last two matches in the Beijing semifinal (6-3 6-4) and in Paris Bercy quarter final (7-5 6-2). Diego Sampaolo
Nole won six of their past seven head-to-head matches since the epic US Open final in 2012 won by Murray in five sets with 7-6 (12-10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2. Murray clinched only one of these seven matches at the 2012 Wimbledon final when the Dunblane native made history becoming the first Briton to win at Church Road since Fred Perry in 1936.
“He has a fantastic record in Melbourne. He loves the court and the conditions. It would be a big upset if I manage to win. I have never won against him in Melbourne. I have lost against him the last four or five times we played against each other. I am not saying it’s not a possibility but it’s going to be very tough. ”, said Murray.
Murray admitted that he did not watch the second semifinal between Djokovic and Wawrinka
“I tried not to spend too much thinking about it (the match between Wawrinka and Djokovic) and I tried to do the same sort of routine as I have been doing in the other matches and use Friday as a recovery day. Then I practiced slightly harder than I would normally have the day before a Grand Slam final”, said Murray
Murray and Djokovic will play the closest Grand Slam final by age. Both players were born in 1987 but Murray is just seven days older than his Serbian fellow colleague. The previous closest Grand Slam finalists by age were Guillermo Vilas and Jimmy Connors who played the 1977 US Open when Vilas was 18 days older than Connors.
Djokovic is bidding to win his 8th Grand Slam title and become the 8th player in history together with André Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall on the all-time list for most major titles. “Djoker” has a 7-7 win-loss record in the previous Grand Slam finals. He won four titles at the Australian Open in 2008 against Jo Wilfred Tsonga in four sets (4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6), in 2011 against Murray (6-4 6-2 6-3). In 2012 against Rafa Nadal in a epic five-set match (5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 7-5) and in 2013 against Murray (6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2).
Djokovic is looking to become the 17th Number 1 seed player to triumph at the Australian Open in the Open Era. He is bidding to extend to extend his 9-match winning-streak against top-10 players. He suffered his last defeat against a top-10 player last October when he lost to Roger Federer in the 2014 Shanghai Master 1000 Tournament. He lost just two sets in his last eight matches against top-10 rivals against Kei Nishikori at the 2014 ATP Finals in London and in the semifinals at the 2015 Australian Open against Stan Wawrinka on Friday where he prevailed with 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-4 6-0.
Murray, who is playing in his 10th consecutive Australian Open and in his 36th Grand Slam tournament overall, is bidding to become the first player in the Open Era to clinch the Australian Open title after losing three finals in 2010 to Roger Federer, in 2011 and 2013 to Djokovic. Marat Safin lost two finals in Melbourne in 2002 to Thomas Johanson and 2004 to Roger Federer before beating Lleyton Hewitt in his third attempt in 2005. Murray has a 2-5 win-loss record in his previous seven Grand Slam finals. Murray is looking to become the first number 6 seed to clinch a Grand Slam title since Juan Martin Del Potro’s win over Roger Federer at the 2009 US open.
Murray became the first Briton to win a Grand Slam title since Fred Perry in 1936 and the first player from his country in the home Slam at Wimbledon since Perry in 1936. He could write another piece of British tennis history if he wins tomorrow. He could become the British player to clinch the Australian Open since Perry beat Jack Crawford in 1934. Murray is looking to become the 21st man to win three or more Grand Slam titles. He has not defeated a World Number 1 since beating Djokovic in the 2013 Wimbledon final. The only other number 1 player Murray managed to beat in the four Grand Slams was Rafa Nadal in the semifinals of the 2008 US Open. Murray lost the final of that edition of Flushing Meadows against Roger Federer. Then he became the first British player to qualify for a Grand Slam final since Greg Rusedski in 1997. By reaching his 8th Grand Slam final with his semifinal win over Tomas Berdych Murray has become the second most successful player in Grand Slam behind Fred Perry who qualified for 10 Slam finals (including two at the Australian Open).
Federer (25 finals), Nadal (20) and Djokovic (15) are the only three active players to have reached more Grand Slam finals than Murray who Is currently joint 13th with Ken Rosewall and Guillermo Vilas for the most Grand Slam finals in the Open Era.
The last time Murray suffered a five-set defeat was in the semifinals of the 2012 Australian Open against Djokovic.
After winning at the US Open and Wimbledon the Dunblane native could add a third Slam to his trophy cabinet and come closer to achieving a Career Grand Slam.
“Winning any of the Slams is a very tough and challenging ting to do. Winning three or four Grand Slams seems like nothing because of everything that the other guys have done, but it’s a very difficult to do. Whether I win or not on Sunday, I still feel like my record here has been a good one. We know each other pretty well. We both know what to expect from each other’s game. The fact that I have won seven of the last eight matches is going to serve a great confidence booster coming into the match”, said Murray.
Andrey Rublev wins Rotterdam dispatching Marton Fucsovics in straight sets
The Russian and world number 8 won the title in Rotterdam beating his Hungarian opponent in straight sets.
Andrey Rublev is the 2021 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament champion after beating Marton Fucsovics in Sunday’s final 7-6 (4),6-4. He was clinical from the word play not giving an inch in a match that was pretty tight.
The triumph has extended the unbeaten run of the 23-year-old in ATP 500 tournaments to 20 matches. To put that into perspective, only Roger Federer and Andy Murray has achieved more consecutive wins in that tournament category. In his latest match Rublev won 75% of his first service points and 63% of his second.
“Marton was playing with a lot of confidence, having come through qualifying,” said Rublev.
“He played an extraordinary tournament. It was a tricky final for me as I was favourite. But in a final, that doesn’t matter.”
Initially it was Fucsovics who got off to a very fast start as it seemed nerves were playing a factor in the early on going for the Russian and he was facing three breakpoints in the opening service game of the match.
Thanks in large part to his big serve the number four seed was able to save those break points and hold his opening service game. From there the nerves had gone and tennis fans were witnessing the Rublev they had watched all week with his powerful serve and ground strokes.
The following game the Russian earned two breakpoints of his very own but it was the world number 59 who would save them this time with his forehand. There wasn’t another breakpoint until 6-5 when Rublev earned a set point but it was Fucsovics again coming up big to save it and force a tiebreak.
In that breaker Rublev would bring his game up an extra level and broke on the opening point with his ferocious forehand up the line. After jumping out to a 3-1 lead the world Fucsovics wasn’t going to throw in the towel and managed to win two straight points with some solid groudstrokes to tie the breaker at 3-3.
It was then Rublev’s turn to respond and he won three points off the trot with three stunning winners that were unreturnable and would take the first set when the Hungarian sent a return long.
The momentum clearly with the Russian from winning the first set and in the first game of the second set earned an early breakpoint and would break playing another amazing rally and finishing the net with a volley winner.
At 4-2 the number four seed had a chance to go up a double break when he had two more breakpoints but the world number 59 came up with two huge serves to save them and eventually hold serve.
Rublev would serve it out to take the set and the match and the title and was very pleased with the win.
” I’m doing everything right, I’m moving in the right direction, I need to keep working the same way to improve the things I need to improve to be able to compete even better”
On the other side of the spectrum Fucsovics spoke on the fact that he started in qualifying and made it all the way to the final.
“I’m very happy, I’m very satisfied with my performance, it wasn’t too bad to play two matches in the qualies, I got used to the court, and I think physically I was fit the whole time all the matches even today, I’m very happy to be in the top 50, to reach the final in the 500, my goal is to win a 500 or win a tournament “
Rublev has now won eight ATP titles in his career.
Rankings Monopoly Of ‘Big Four’ To End
The will be a brand new world No.2 for the first time in more than a decade!
Later this month there will be a change to the ranking system which hasn’t occurred in almost 16 years on the Tour.
Daniil Medvedev is set to overtake Rafael Nadal and climb into the world No.2 position to become the first player outside of the Big Four to do so since Lleyton Hewitt on July 25th 2005. The Russian has been on the verge of taking the spot away from the Spaniard following his run to the final of the Australian Open last month. He had an opportunity to secure the spot in Rotterdam but suffered a shock loss in the first round.
Confirmation of Medvedev’s rise to the second spot was announced by the ATP on Saturday after Nadal officially withdrew from the Acapulco Open. Meaning that a series of points will drop off.
25-year-old Medvedev has won three out of the past five tournaments he has played in on the Tour. During that period he won 12 out of his 13 matches against a member of the top 10. The only loss was to Novak Djokovic in Melbourne. He is already the highest ranked Russian man since Nikolay Davydenko in 2007.
“There’s some confidence when you win tournaments. I won three in a row, one of them [the ATP Cup] was a team competition, of course,” Medvedev said prior to playing Rotterdam. “When you get the confidence going, in the tight moments you feel like you can always make the winners or put the ball back in the court when you have to and make your opponent miss.”
There is still a way to go for a player outside of the elusive Big Four to top the rankings with Djokovic currently having a lead of more than 2000 points. The last player outside of the quartet to do so was Andy Roddick back in 2004.
Medvedev returns to action next week at the Open 13 in France. Granted a bye in the first round, he will start his campaign against either Egor Gerasimov or Yannick Hanfmann.
Marton Fucsovics upsets Borna Coric to reach Rotterdam Final
The Hungarian is into his third ATP final after stunning the Croatian with a straight sets win.
Marton Fucsovics is through to his third ATP final after beating Borna Coric 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and 25 minutes at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
The 29-year-old Hungarian broke Coric fives time and won 75% of his first service points at the Ahoy Arena to become only the second qualifier in history to reach the title match. The first was France’s Nicolas Esdcude back in 2001. It is also the first time Fucsovics has beaten Coric on the Tour following on his forty attempt.
” I come here every year, it’s not my favourite surface but I can say after this week I love it, I love the atmosphere, I love the people here,” the world No.59 said during his press conference.
“It’s a very famous tournament, it has a long history and I haven’t seen any Hungarians on the winners list but hopefully I can do that tomorrow.”
Coric, who is ranked 33 places higher, didn’t get off to a good start and Fucsovics made sure to take advantage of it in the first game of the opening set by earning three early breakpoints. He broke by winning an intense rally and finishing the point with a sensational forehand winner down the line that was almost picture perfect. There was a small lapse in his game at 3-2 when he served an off game and the Croat would break to put the set back on serve.
That’s when the world number 59 went into full overload earning two more breakpoints the following game after playing a solid point and finishing with a powerful smash at the net. He would break once more as the world number 26 would send a ball long to regain a 4-3 lead. The underdog would save two breakpoints from the Zagreb native who was starting to find his game playing some outstanding tennis and eventually serve out the first set.
The second set is where the Hungarian dominated and went for the kill. Eager to book his spot in the final against Andrey Rublev on Sunday afternoon. At 1-1 he would earn another breakpoint winning a long intense rally with a stunning forehand winner.
He would break the following point as Coric hit another unforced error and was visibly frustrated as he belted out in Croatian. After holding serve to consolidate the break Fucsovics smelled blood and once again unforced errors were creeping into the Croats game and he would break once again to take a commanding 4-1 lead.
Once again after having no issues holding serve the world number 26 was serving to stay in the match but the day belonged to the Fucsovics as he finished the match in style overpowering his opponent to break for a third time to take set and the match.
When asked what it is going to take to end up victorious on Sunday against one of the best players in the world, the Hungarian hopes he will be cheered on by his country.
” It’s going to be a tough match, I just want to enjoy it, I want to play my best tennis, I hope the people from Hungary will be supporting me “
Fucsovics beat Rublev in a Davis Cup World Group Playoff while Rublev got his revenge three years later at Roland Garros. Although both those meetings were on a outdoor clay court and this will be their first meeting on indoor hard.
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