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Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer: The Latest Match In A Titanic Rivalry



Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic (image via AP)

It is a rivalry which has become one of the most famous in sporting history. In the US Open final Novak Djokovic will play Roger Federer for the 42nd time in his career, 6th in 2015. Federer narrowly leads the head-to-head 21-20. The two players have a combined record of 26 Grand Slam titles (17 for Federer and 9 for Djokovic), 48 Masters titles (24 each) and 141 ATP titles (87 for Federer and 54 for Djokovic).


Djokovic’s route to the final has encountered some minor difficulties. After three straight sets wins at the start of the competition against Joao Souza, Andreas Haider-Maurer and Andreas Seppi, the world number 1 encountered his first test. Facing 23rd seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the last sixteen, he dropped his first set in the tournament. It was also the first time this year the audience witnessed a frustrated Djokovic on the court. The frustration was clear as he broke his racket after dropping the second set of that match.

Despite the blip, Djokovic was still able to ease his way past the Spaniard. Bautista Agut wasn’t the only Spanish player to trouble the world number 1. In the last eight Feliciano Lopez also took a set off Djokovic before losing in four sets. Despite the duo of blips, the top seed reminded of the world of why he is the leading man in the draw as he produced a comprehensive semi-final win against a below-par Marin Cilic. The Serbian was in outstanding form, dropping three games during the 85-minute match as he moved into his 18th Grand Slam final.

In contrast Federer’s journey to the final has been a smooth experience with the 34-year-old not dropping a single set. His biggest test in the six matches leading to the final was his fourth round meeting with John Isner when he was taken to two tie-breaks. In the last eight, he dropped 7 games against Richard Gasquet to set up an all-Swiss meeting with Stan Wawrinka. Leading up to the meeting, Wawrinka produced a convincing victory over Kevin Anderson in the quarter-final and it was expected that he would be a big threat to Federer’s title hopes. The French Open champion was however no match for Federer as the 34-year-old fired 29 winners without dropping a single service game in his 6-4,6-3,6-1, win to set up another encounter with Djokovic.

Despite playing each other 41 times, there is still room for the unexpected which was evident during their last encounter at the Western and Southern Open. Federer displayed a new more aggressive play against the world number 1 as he cruised to a straight sets victory. The chip and charge tactic from Federer proved effective with him winning 21/29 points at the net. The new play from the Swiss earn the nickname SABR (Sneak Attack By Roger). It is expected by many that this approach will be repeated again in the final by Federer, however Djokovic has recently dismissed the significance of it.

[Federer] tried that [tactic] in Cincinnati. It worked a couple of times. It’s an exciting shot for him. For the player opposite side of the net, not so much. So I have nothing else to say about that,” Djokovic said.

The two have battled against each other on three different surfaces this year. They have played on hard-courts three times, once on grass and once on clay. The world number 1 leads the head-to-head 3-2, however both of Federer’s win occurred on a hard-court. Meeting number 42 is tough to predict. Federer was invincible in their last match as he out-powered and out-hit the Serbian. On the other hand Djokovic was at his peak in the semi-final of the US Open as he crushed the defending champion on the Arthur Ashe Stadium. There is however one certainty, a match with these two titans of tennis involved, on one of the biggest stadiums in the world, will never disappoint.

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Daniil Medvedev Eyes Further Improvement Despite Straight Sets Win At Australian Open

The world No.4 rates his performance so far in the grand slam tournament.



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Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev believes he is yet to reach full throttle at the Australian Open after cruising into the third round of the tournament with a straight sets victory.


The US Open runner-up eased to a 7-5, 6-1, 6-3, win over Spanish qualifier Pedro Martinez Portero. Who was playing in the main draw of a grand slam for only the second time in his career at the age of 22. Dropping serve only one during the match, Medvedev blasted 19 aces and 40 winners past his rival. He also won 74% of his first service points.

Through to the last 32 in Melbourne Park for the second year in a row, the 23-year-old still believes that he could improve further on the court. Earlier in the week he also defeated Frances Tiafoe, who was a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open last year.

“I think there are still some things to improve. I think I could be more aggressive few moments of the match.” Said Medvedev.
“At the same time when you win three sets, you don’t want to discuss too much your level or something.’
“Of course, my next match is going to be completely different, so I’m happy with the win and happy to finally win in three sets without a tiebreak.”

As well as battling Martinez on the court, Medvedev was also forced to temporarily halt his match due to a nose bleed. Which occurred during the second set when he was leading 5-0. The Russian insisted that his bleed was not tension related and is something he has gotten used to.

“Let’s say it happens maybe two times a year or maybe once.” He said.
“I remember it actually happened last year Australian Open in first round. I think it was the only time last year, so it can happen sometimes but it’s nothing.”

Medvedev is one of a group of players who have been tipped to break the dominance of the Big Three in grand slam tennis this year. A group consisting of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Last year he won 59 matches on the ATP Tour, which was more than anybody else.

Despite the high expectations, the world No.4 is playing down the hype surrounding him. Branding the Australian Open as ‘just another slam.’ It was during the last major at New York, where he reached his first final before losing to Nadal in three sets.

“I don’t know about other people, but for me, it’s just another slam where I have to win round by round again and again, where I had two tough rounds in my opinion in terms of games, especially the first one against Frances.” He stated.
“So I just take it as any new tournament, as an ATP one, any tournament I play. I just take it round by round. I try to win my matches.”

This year, Medvedev is seeking to go beyond the round round in Melbourne for the first time in his career.

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Fabio Fognini wins epic five-set match against Jordan Thompson



Fabio Fognini battled past local favourite Jordan Thompson 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 3-6 4-6 7-6 in an epic five set match to score his five-set win at this year’s edition of the Australian Open.


The first set went on serve in the first five games. Fognini earned the first game in the sixth game, but Thompson broke back to draw level to 4-4. Fognini won the tie-break 7-4 after saving two set points in the 10th game.

Fognini earned an early break in the second game of the second set with a forehand passing shot. The Italian star went up a double break at 15 to race out to a 4-0 lead and closed out the second set 6-1 on his second set point.

Thompson saved two break points in the first game of the third set before breaking serve in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead. The Australian player saved a break point at deuce in the ninth game and held his serve to win the third set 6-3.

Both players went on serve with no break points in the first four games of the fourth set. Thompson converted his only break point in the fifth game and held his serve at 15 to open up a 4-2 lead. The home player did not look back in the next games to win the fourth set 6-4 forcing the match to the fifth set.

Fognini started the fifth set with a hold at love. The fifth set went on serve with no break points until the eighth game when Fognini earned the first break point of the set, but Thompson saved it at deuce to draw level to 4-4. Fognini earned his first match point at 5-4 with a forehand down the line. Thompson saved it with a big ace down the middle.

Thompson fended off another match point with a forehand down the line before holding serve after five deuces to draw level to 5-5. Fognini earned two consecutive match points, but Thompson saved them to force a super tie-break. Thompson made a forehand error at 1-1, but Fognini  double faulted. Fognini took a 7-3 lead after two unforced errors from Thomson. Fognini sealed the fifth set 10-4 with a backhand down the line after 4 hours and 5 minutes. Fognini will face Argentina’s Guido Pella.

“It was a good fight. It was amazing. It’s perfect. I feel good. I am tired for sure. I was two sets to zero in front. He was playing better, he was serving unbelievable. I had 75 match points, and it is more sweat, because it is tood easy winning in three sets”, joked Fognini.

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Marin Cilic takes the Match tie-break to beat Benoit Paire in Melbourne



Marin Cilic battled past Benoit Paire 6-2 6-7 (8-10) 3-6 6-1 7-6 (10-3) in the match tie-break after 3 hours and 33 minutes in windy conditions to advance to the third round at the Australian Open. Paire won 82 % of his first serve points, but he made 51 unforced errors.


Cilic broke three times in a row to seal the opening set 6-2. Paire rallied from 3-5 down to win the tie-break 10-8. Paire earned a break of serve at deuce in the eighth game to win the third set 6-3. Cilic broke twice in the second and sixth games to win the fourth set 6-1.

Each player saved a break point in the fifth set, but they held on their service games en route to reaching the the match tie-break, where Cilic sealed the win 10-3.

Cilic booked his spot in the third-round, where he will face Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, who came back from one set down to beat Michael Mmoh 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-1 after 2 hours and 44 minutes. The match was moved to the Melbourne Arena after it was interrupted by rain, when Mmoh was leading 2-1 in the fourth set.

Last year’s Australian Open semifinalist Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the third round, when Phillip Kohlschreiber pulled out of the match due to a muscle injury. Tsitsipas set up a third round match against Milos Raonic, who converted each of his four break points to beat Cristian Garin 6-3 6-4 6-2.

Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics beat last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannik Sinner 6-4 6-4 6-3 after 2 hours and 16 minutes. Fucsovics earned his first break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Sinner broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3, but Fucsovics earned another break in the next game to take the opening set 6-4. Fucsovics went up an early break in the first game of the second set, but Sinner broke straight back. Sinner dropped his serve at love in the seventh game to lose the second set 6-4. Sinner went up a 2-0 lead with an early break. Fucsovics broke straight back in the third game to claw his way back to 1-2. Fucsovics broke serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and sealed the win in the ninth game on his first match point.

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