Cilic Passes McDonald Test In Melbourne | ATP Tour

Marin Cilic needed three hours and 37 minutes to overcome Mackenzie McDonald 7-5, 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4 at the Australian Open on Wednesday. The sixth seed, who has reached the third round in Melbourne on eight occasions, hit 67 winners and won 77 per cent of first-serve points (63/82) to improve to 28-10 at the event. Last year, Cilic beat Rafael Nadal and Kyle Edmund to reach his first final at Melbourne Park (l. to Federer). This marks the second straight year that McDonald has pushed a Top 10 seed in…

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Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas Beats Viktor Troicki To Achieve Best Result Yet In Melbourne | ATP Tour

All the kinks had been worked out for Viktor Troicki. The 32-year-old Serbian had already played four matches, including qualifying, and he knew the Melbourne conditions as well as anyone before his second-round match. But it didn’t matter against Greece’s #NextGenATP star Stefanos Tsitsipas, who played aggressively and outdid the Serbian veteran on Wednesday 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 to reach the third round of the Australian Open for the first time. Tsitsipas made history on Monday, becoming the first Greek player to win a match at the Australian Open. Next…

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Day 3 Preview: Nadal & Federer Continue Title Pursuit | ATP Tour

With the first round in the books at Melbourne Park, second seed Rafael Nadal and third seed Roger Federer will look to continue on their semi-final collision course at the Australian Open on Wednesday. Nadal, competing in his first tour-level event since last year’s US Open, was impressive in a straight-sets victory in his opener. The Spaniard will look to ride the momentum from that win into his second-rounder against a second consecutive home favourite: Matthew Ebden. “Beginnings are tough, but every day helps and every day makes me feel…

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Tsonga Motivated For 2008 Final Rematch Against Djokovic At The Australian Open | ATP Tour

Eleven years ago, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga arrived in Melbourne Park as the No. 38 player in the ATP Rankings. The year before, the Frenchman had been ousted in the first round. But Tsonga became the story of the Australian Open, defeating four Top 15 players to reach the final, which was his first at tour-level. Tsonga defeated second seed Rafael Nadal in less than two hours in the semi-finals, and his high-energy brand of tennis, and of course his enthusiastic post-match celebrations, immediately became a fans’ favourite and fixture in the…

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Dominant Raonic Beats Kyrgios, Now For Wawrinka In Melbourne | ATP Tour

Milos Raonic barely put a foot wrong and played with great discipline on Tuesday night to work his way past Australian hope Nick Kyrgios at the Australian Open. The No. 16 seed from Canada dominated on serve to beat Kyrgios 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-4 for a second-round meeting against 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka. Raonic lost just 11 of his service points — six on first serve (52/58) and five on second serve (17/22) — against Kyrgios, who received treatment for a right knee injury that required re-strapping. The Canadian struck 53…

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Djokovic Beats Krueger In Australian Open 2019 First Round | ATP Tour

Six-time former champion Novak Djokovic extended his perfect record to 18-0 against qualifiers at major championships on Tuesday night as he began his Australian Open campaign with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over American Mitchell Kruger for a place in the second round. “It feels great to be healthy and back on this court again. Twelve months ago it was quite a different sensation on the court with the elbow injury. Twelve months forward, obviously things are quite different,” Djokovic said. “I had a tremendous success in the past six…

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Daniel Vallverdu & Grigor Dimitrov: How To Convince Andre Agassi To Be Your Coach | ATP Tour

“Grigor, our problem is more mental than tennis-related. We’ve been together almost two years. Tennis-wise, you’ve improved and mentally as well, but now we are in a difficult moment mentally. We should take some time to see what might help. I’ve spent a lot of time with ex-players and I think they can help us in a few areas. Let me speak to a few and see who would be the best option for you.” — Daniel Vallverdu Throughout 2018, Daniel Vallverdu sat down with Grigor Dimitrov to try to…

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Shapovalov Up And Running In Melbourne | ATP Tour

Denis Shapovalov beat Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(3) to return to the Australian Open second round on Tuesday. The 19-year-old Canadian, who fell in the opening round at the ASB Classic (l. to Sousa), notched his first tour-level win of the season after one hour and 55 minutes, firing 51 winners en route to victory. Last year, on his tournament debut, Shapovalov advanced to the second round in Melbourne, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas before a five-set loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Shapovalov dropped serve for the first time when serving for the…

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Alexander Zverev Beats Aljaz Bedene To Start His Australian Open | ATP Tour

Let the chatter begin in earnest: Is this where Alexander Zverev reaches his first Grand Slam semi-final? The 21-year-old German bypassed any first-round drama at the Australian Open on Tuesday, sweeping Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. Zverev faced trouble in the opener when he was broken in the seventh game. But the fourth seed broke twice to end the first set and surrendered only one break the remainder of the match. “I was a little bit sloppy in the beginning, a little bit sleepy maybe, and the break really…

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Kei Nishikori Comes Back From Two Sets Down at Australian Open | ATP Tour

For two sets on Tuesday, Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak played the match of his life against Japan’s Kei Nishikori at the Australian Open. The 23-year-old was blasting winners from the corners, withstanding Nishikori’s aggressive style and, incredibly, the No. 176 player in the ATP Rankings was winning. The Polish qualifier, in his Grand Slam debut, led the eighth seed 6-3, 7-6(6) and had fans inside Margaret Court Arena rooting for an upset. But it turned quickly. He started cramping in his legs and in his hands. He stopped sprinting for balls…

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