Roger Federer qualifies for ATP Finals for record 15th time
Roger Federer has secured his place in the ATP Finals for a record 15th time after the Swiss world number three won a record eighth Wimbledon title on Sunday. The 35-year-old six-time champion joins French Open winner Rafa Nadal in the season-ending tournament at the O2 Arena in London, having played in the event for a record 14 consecutive years from 2002-2015 before missing out last year through injury.
Novak Djokovic considers a break
Novak Djokovic is considering taking a break from competitive tennis to recover after a long-standing elbow injury forced him out of Wimbledon on Wednesday. The three-times champion retired hurt from his quarter-final against Tomas Berdych after he had lost the opening set and was down a break in the second.
Wimbledon Courts as good as ever says chief executive
Wimbledon's chief executive says the courts at the All England Club are "as good as they've ever been" following criticism of their condition. Several players have complained about the courts including Andy Murray, who said they were not "in as good a condition as previous years".
Tennis – Bernard Tomic crashes out of Wimbleton
Bernard Tomic has joined Nick Kyrgios, crashing out of Wimbledon in the first-round. Tomic was crushed in straight sets by No. 27 seed Mischa Zverev, who cruised to a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 win. Tomic hurt his back midway through the opening set and was clearly suffering in his first-round defeat.
TENNIS – Kevin Anderson Climbs 19 Places In Latest Rankings
Sport24.co.za is reporting that former Top 10 South African tennis player, Kevin Anderson, has jumped 19 places in the latest world rankings to 37th, following his French Open Round 4 result. Anderson, who was placed 56th previously, looked like he was on his way back to his career high when he beat the likes of Nick Kyrgios and Davis Cup winner, Kyle Edmund, in his opening Roland Garros matches. However, his progress came to a halt when he was forced to quit due to an injury against Croatia’s Marin Cilic in the Round of 16.
2017 Australian Open winner Roger Federer considers retirement
In the wake of his Australian Open crown over the weekend, Switzerland's tennis star Roger Federer has dropped a hint that he could retire. Federer won the crown over his Grand Slam nemesis Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open on Saturday in Melbourne. The 35-year-old admitted his return to Melbourne wasn't guaranteed after he ended a five-year wait for his 18th major title by beating Nadal in a thrilling five-setter. "I hope to see you next year, but if not, then it was a wonderful year here and I couldn't be happier tonight," he told the Rod Laver Arena crowd. It is reported by AFP that Federer has been refuting retirement claims for several years, but he said he was now aware injuries could force him off the scene. The Australian Open marked his comeback from a six-month injury break, the longest of his career, after he underwent surgery for the first time last February. "This is all about, you know, knowing that I have only so much tennis left in me," he adds. "If I do get injured, you know, maybe if I miss next year, who knows what happens... You never know when your next Grand Slam is going to be, if ever. [caption id="attachment_581318" align="alignnone" width="800"] The champions mingles with the media[/caption] "You never know if you're going to have an opportunity at this stage. "Look, I've had a tough year last year. Three five-setters are not going to help. I just meant it the way I meant it. "There wasn't something planned behind it, that this is my last Australian Open. I hope can I come back, of course. That's my hope right now."
GOAT: Roger Federer firmly establishes himself as the Greatest Of All Time
Roger Federer this past weekend further underlined why he is considered the best men's tennis player in history - rolling back the years to win an unprecedented 18th Grand Slam title. The 35-year-old missed six months of action last year, only returning to the court at the start of the month - but it was as if he never left, and in actual fact, he looked younger and better than ever (a slight exaggeration). Federer beat old rival Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in an exciting clash in Melbourne to move four clear of the Spaniard and Pete Sampras on the all time list.
Humble as ever, Federer encouraged Nadal to keep on playing and fighting with both having overcome their injury worries to return to the pinnacle of the the sport: "Tennis is a tough sport, there's no draws. But if there was going to be one I would have been very happy to accept a draw tonight and share it with Rafa, really," the Swiss said. "Keep playing please, Rafa. Tennis needs you."
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Serena Williams: No better place to win a Grand Slam than Melbourne
World No.2 Serena Williams was ecstatic after winning her seventh Australian Open title defeating her sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the final at the Melbourne Park on Saturday. This was the 35-year-old American's 23rd Grand Slam win - surpassing German tennis legend Steffi Graf's Open Era record of 22. "I never had a number. That's the beauty of it. When I started this journey, I just wanted to win a Grand Slam," Williams said on BBC. "Then I just wanted to win. Every time I step on the court, I want to win. It's just really remarkable. "It's such a great feeling to have 23. It really feels great. I've been chasing it for a really long time," she added. "When it got on my radar, I knew I had an opportunity to get there, and I'm here. It's a great feeling. No better place to do it than Melbourne." Williams' win at the Melbourne Park will ensure her return to the No.1 ranking.
Serena Williams wins a record 23rd Grand Slam Title
Serena Williams sealed a record breaking 23rd Grand Slam title, as well as recapturing the world No 1 ranking by beating her sister, Venus, in the 2017 Australian Open final on Saturday. The 35-year-old has now successfully surpassed the record held by Steffi Graf (22), with the American having pulled level with the German at Wimbledon last year. Serena cruised to a 6-4 6-4 win at the Rod Laver Arena, for her seventh title Down Under, to eclipse the record of Graf - 18 years after winning her first title. Williams record is only that of the Open-era, but she will be favourite to now beat the all-time record of 24 won by Margaret Court, who was in attendance in Melbourne. Serena returns to the top of the world rankings following a short spell at the summit for Angelique Kerber.
Rivalry Renewed: Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal in Australian Open Final
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will renew their rivalry on the court when they lock horns in the final of the 2017 Australian Open. With Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic suffering surprise early exits, the door was opened for the two legends to meet in a showpiece once more - and the tennis world will be grateful to see the duo going head-to-head on the biggest stage once more. In 34 previous meetings, Federer has a mere 11 wins to his name with Nadal coming up trumps on 23 occasions. Swiss star Federer beat fellow countryman Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 to become the oldest Grand Slam finalist in 43 years. He will be hoping to add an 18th Grand Slam title to his ranks. Nadal edged Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov to seal his place in the final, with both Federer and the Spaniard having battled long-term injuries on their way back to the top. "Yes, it is real now. I can talk about playing in finals for the first time," Federer said in the aftermath. "I have been dodging that bullet for the last few days now talking about the next round and the next round but this is the last one. "So I will leave it all out here in Australia and (even) if I cannot walk for another five months, I will give it all I have."
Williams sisters to meet in Australian Open final
The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena are set to meet for the ninth time a Grand Slam final after they both advanced to the 2017 Australian Open final on Thursday. World No.2 Serena defeated Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 6-1 in a semi-final encounter which was played in Melbourne. Her older sister, Venus beat fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-3 to secure a place in the final which will be played on Saturday. "I am really proud of Venus - she is a total inspiration. I am really happy for her and to be in the final together is a dream for us," Serena Williams told the media. "She is my toughest opponent, no-one has ever beaten me as much as Venus," the seven-time Grand Slam winner continued. [caption id="attachment_581236" align="alignnone" width="800"] Serena and Venus Williams[/caption] "I feel no matter what that we have both won after all we have been through. I know a Williams is going to win this tournament." Venus, 36, has never won the Australian Open, while Serena has lifted it six times - having last won in 2015. Serena, 35, leads their rivalry 16-11, including 6-2 in Grand Slam finals.
Roger Federer surprised by his Australian Open progress
Roger Federer has been left surprised by his progress at the ongoing Australian Open with the Swiss to next face fellow countryman Stan Wawrinka for a place in the final on Thursday. The 35-year-old has emerged as the favourite for the title despite having only recently come back from a six-month injury lay-off; he now sits on the cusp of an 18th Grand Slam crown with both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic having exited the competition. Federer has been left pleasantly surprised by his own form, but insists that Wawrinka's rise is something he expected. "If someone would have told me I'd play in the semis against Stan, never would I have called that one for me. For Stan, yes, but not for me," Federer said. While Federer boasts a 18-3 record against his fellow Swiss (5-1 in Grand Slam encounters), the clash is expected to be very close with Wawrinka having emerged has an outstanding player. With three major victories to his name the hard-working 31-year-old has established himself as one of the top players in the world over the past three years. "He's become such a good player, I super-respect that, that the guy is able to transform his game in his footwork, in his mind, also in his game plan," Federer added. "He's always been a believer that he can do it. It shows how far you can go."
Venus Williams thrilled after reaching Australian Open semi-finals
Veteran American tennis player Venus Williams booked her place in the 2017 Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday. She beat Russian player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6, (7-3) at the Melbourne Park to advance to the last four of the prestigious tournament. Williams, 36, became the oldest female player to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since Czech and American Martina Navratilova at the 1994 Wimbledon. "I'm so excited. Today was such a hard-fought match. She never let up," Williams said on BBC. "It's wonderful to be here at the start of the year. I want to go further. I'm not happy with this." Willams has won seven Grand Slams, but she's still searching for her first Australian Open title. She was beaten in the 2003 final by her sister, Serena. American Coco Vandeweghe awaits Venus Williams in a semi-final clash on Thursday.
Andy Murray squanders his best chance to come up trumps Down Under
Following Novak Djokovic's surprise defeat to Denis Istomin, Andy Murray's fans and the Scot himself would have been smiling as his nemesis Down Under exited the competition. Murray had reached the Australian Open final on five previous occasions heading into this years event, losing four times to Djokovic and once to Roger Federer. With the Serb out, Murray - who finished 2016 atop the world rankings - would have fancied his chances of finally breaking his curse. But that would not be the case as his wait for success continues. Murray was shocked by 50th-ranked Mischa Zverec in four sets with Women's No 1 Angelique Kerber also suffering defeat. Roger Federer will now be favourite to win the men's title - what will be his 18th Grand Slam. The 29-year-old, a five time losing finalist was understandable distraught with the outcome: "I've had tough losses in my career in the past. I've come back from them. This is a tough one," Murray said. "I'm sure I'll come back okay from it. But right now I'm obviously very down because I wanted to go further in this event, and it wasn't to be."
Johanna Konta relishes facing Serena Williams in Australian Open
World No.9 tennis player Johanna Konta is looking forward to facing Serena Williams in the 2017 Australian Open quarter-final clash on Wednesday. The 25-year-old secured her place in the quarter-finals after beating Russian player Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-4 at the Melbourne Park on Monday. British player Konta, who was born in Australia, will now take on six-time Australian Open champion Williams on Wednesday morning. "Believe it or not that's an incredible experience for me. She's one of the few players still playing who I watched growing up," Konta said on BBC. "As a young girl wanting to be a professional tennis player, it's an incredible honour and I can't wait to play on court with her. "Once out on court, against anyone, anyone is out there to compete. Hopefully I'll come off as the winner," she continued. "In terms of enjoying the opportunity and the competition, I will cherish every minute out there." Konta is the current British number one and she was knocked out of last year's Australian Open by German Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals. World No.2 Williams advanced to this year's quarter-finals after defeating Czech Barbora Strýcová 7-5 6-4 on Monday.