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Australian Open Madness: Federer Survives, Kerber and Murray Exit

By Peter Santo

Editor-In-Chief

The middle weekend is typically one of the most exciting parts of grand slams, and day 7 of the 2017 Australian Open was no different.

Roger Federer’s round of 16 match against Kei Nishikori marked the Swiss’ second straight huge test. The 35 year old followed up a straight set romp of No. 10 Tomas Berdych by winning a five set battle over No. 5 Nishikori 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

Entering the tournament as the number 17 seed following a long layoff due to a knee injury, Federer was going to face a much tougher draw this year. But the greatest player of all time didn’t let it faze him, turning in a vintage performance to reach the quarterfinals.

Up next for Federer will be Mischa Zverev, who advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating No. 1 seed Andy Murray. Zverev set tennis back about 30 years in his victory, controlling the net by playing a whopping 119 serve and volley points.

Coming forward is the way to beat a baseliner like Murray, who will outlast everyone from the back of the court. But in modern tennis, not a lot of players had the confidence to keep coming forward. Zverev did, and it paid huge dividends.

Serve and volley is never taught anymore, modern players very rarely approach the net. Zverev brought back serve and volley as a viable strategy, and got the biggest win of his career.

The United States is continually searching for the heir to the Williams’ sisters throne. There is certainly no shortage of promising young players, but no one has emerged as the next Williams.

Saturday night it was big hitting Coco Vandeweghe who took center stage, using her massive groundstrokes to essentially blow Angelique Kerber off the court. Kerber has used finesse and precision to rise to number one in the world, but it was pure power that knocked her out of the Australian Open.

The exit of the top seeds on both the men’s and women’s sides certainly opens up the draw for the field, and time will tell if an aging great like Federer or Nadal or Serena will emerge, or possibly an upstart like Zverev.

Nadal Falls in Second Round at WImbledon

By Peter Santo

Editor-In-Chief

No excuses this time Rafa. There was nothing wrong with your knees, you just lost. Dustin Brown treed out of his mind, Nadal failed to show up in another early round match at Wimbledon, and was upset yet again.

The journeyman with sweet dreadlocks from Jamaica came to play on Thursday. He quickly took the first set, and while he expectedly lost the second set quickly, he came back with a vengeance. Winning the third and fourth to upset Nadal.

This was Nadal’s first loss to a qualifier at a grand slam in 21 career matches. Nadal claims he was healthy, but after the way he got blown out at Roland Garros and the way he played Thursday, there has to be something wrong right?

The man who was once thought as the man who would challenge Federer’s all time grand slam record, and eventually become the best player in history, looks like a shadow of himself out there.

And with nothing but the hard court season left to play, there is no reason for Nadal to turn it around anytime soon. The long awaited matchup between Federer and Nadal at the US Open would be part of the undercard for a night session in New York.

Well, Federer’s draw has opened up a little bit, but it will still be a tough road if he wants to make a return trip to the final.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic don’t like each other, says Boris Becker

Does this really surprise anyone?

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Not that it was exactly a secret, but Roger Federer, the affable everyman who will sell the world the everyday trappings they require, such as Rolex watches, Moet & Chandon champagne and gourmet Swiss chocolate, and the father of four who couldn’t possibly have a disagreeable bone in his body, apparently has some beef with rival Novak Djokovic. That’s according to Djokovic’s coach, former tennis-beef-haver Boris Becker.

Becker’s new autobiography, Wimbledon: My Life and Career at the All England Club expresses a wistfulness for when the game wasn’t so politically correct. He says Federer and Djokovic “don’t particularly like each other,” which isn’t exactly a surprise, but would be if you only saw the two congratulate each other after even the toughest matches. There’s a sportsmanship on tour that’s unparalleled in sport (except perhaps golf) and the long hug between a devastated Djokovic and elated Stan Wawrinka after…

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Wawrinka Takes French Open Crown

By Peter Santo

Editor-In-Chief

Well this was a tree and a half. Stan Wawrinka had no regard for human life on Sunday. He was a man on a mission. He closed his eyes and seemingly hit every ball as hard as he could, hitting 60 winners on his way to victory. He blew the number one player in the world right off the court, hitting through the slow clay like no one ever has before. These two slams were no fluke for Stan, he is a very deserving champion. His grand slam successes now equal that of Andy Murray, is it time to call it a big 5?

Venus Williams snubbing the media after loss was bush league

This is absurd. She should be suspended. Speaking to the media is part of their job. They don’t have to give good answers (see Lynch, Marshawn) but they have to show up.

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After a disappointing 7-6 (5), 6-1 loss to fellow American Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams left Roland Garros without sitting for her mandatory press conference, a decision that will earn her a fine, but hardly of the amout that will put a dent in the wallet of a woman who’s won $30.5 million on the court, not to mention her prodigious endorsement portfolio.

Instead of sitting for the press conference, Williams issued a two-paragraph statement through the tournament that was about as perfunctory and meaningless as, well, anything she would have said in that press conference.

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That’s why I’m not going to sit here and say skipping a presser is the most egregious think a tennis player can do, but it’s still bush league and a disappointment, especially coming from one of the game’s great ambassadors and elder stateswomen…

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7 dominating stats proving Novak Djokovic is the greatest tennis player in the world

Sad but true. I still believe in you Roger. But step it up.

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1. He’s 35-2 this year with five tournament titles.

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Granted, it’s not the 41-0 start Djokovic had in his epic 2011 season — a streak that included seven wins against Nos. 1 and 2 Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and lasted until Federer defeated him in a classic French Open semifinal — but 35-2 is barely anything to sneeze at. It includes a 14-1 record over top-10 players and a 6-1 mark against the top five, the latter of which were matches against a fellow Big Four member, with the exception of a January win over Stan Wawrinka. The two losses were hardly anything to besmirch his season. Djokovic dropped one to the big-serving Ivo Karlovic in the first tournament of 2015, then was defeated by Federer in the finals of a 500 event in Dubai.

2. Djokovic has won all five “big” tournaments he’s entered this year.

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He…

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