After booking a much-anticipated semi-final with his Australian Open title usurper Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday, Novak Djokovic wasted little time reminding the Swiss of the heavy burden of being defending champion.
It`s the new order up against the old guard in Wednesday`s men`s quarter-finals at the Australian Open with Kei Nishikori facing defending champion Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic trading shots with Novak Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic eased into the fourth round at the Australian Open with a straight sets win over Spain`s Fernando Verdasco on Saturday. The Serb world number one beat the 31st seeded Verdasco 7-6 (10/8), 6-3, 6-4 in 2hr 21min and will play Luxembourg`s Gilles Muller in the next round.
Serb Novak Djokovic`s chances of winning a fifth Australian Open title have been boosted by a kind draw in the opening week of the year’s first grand slam, while women’s top seed Serena Williams kicks off her campaign against Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck.
After an eventful last year, one can expect men’s tennis in 2015 to be more entertaining and thrilling. Last season was quite exciting, where on one hand, we found two new Grand Slam champions in Stanislas Wawrinka (Australian Open) and Marin Cilic (US Open), on the other, we witnessed big names like Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray struggling with fitness and form. If, ageing legend of the game, Roger Federer showed signs of resurgence, then, the world number one Novak Djokovic, somehow, couldn’t manage to justify his world number one tag.
Milos Raonic did everything he could to spoil Roger Federer`s 1,000 win party. But in the end, the Canadian was like everyone else at the Brisbane International on Sunday, just glad to have witnessed the passing of another major milestone.
Milos Raonic unleashed a bombardment of aces on Kei Nishikori on Saturday to reach the final of the Brisbane International, showing why he is lurking as a real contender for this month`s Australian Open.
U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic has withdrawn from next week`s Brisbane International with a right shoulder injury, the Croat opting to sit out the Australian Open warm-up event to recover fully ahead of the season`s first grand slam.