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Archives: March 2019

Federer’s latest record feat: 3x Dubai-Indian Wells-Miami finals

Roger Federer became the only player who reached 3x (2005-06, 2019) in his career the consecutive finals of Dubai Tennis Championships, BNP Paribas Open & Miami Open in the same year and won at least 2 of these 3 tournaments. Roger Federer broke the tie with Novak Djokovic who completed this feat 2x (2011, 2015).

Karolina Pliskova’s & Ashleigh Barty’s WTA tournament similarities

Karolina Pliskova’s and Ashleigh Barty’s WTA careers and tournament history show some similarities:

Reincarnation of the net skills at Miami Open…

Net skills in 2001: Andre Agassi vs Patrick Rafter in the semifinal Miami Open!   Net skills in 2019: Roger Federer vs Kevin Anderson in the semifinal Miami Open!  

John Isner wrote history in Miami!

John Isner wrote history: He is the only one US player in the history of Miami Open who reached the final without dropping a set! Neither Tim Mayotte, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick were not able to complete this feat!

Bautista Agut joining an exclusive club

Roberto Bautista Agut joined an exclusive club: only Rafa Nadal (6), Andy Murray(5), Roger Federer (4) and Juan Martin Del Potro (3) beat the world No.1 Novak Djokovic at least 3x! However Roberto Bautista is the only one among them who defeated Novak Djokovic, as world No.1 in Doha and at Miami Open.

Back-to-back first-timers at BNP Paribas Open

This is the 1st time in this century that second straight years BNP Paribas Open celebrated first-time Masters winners on both women’s and men’s singles! In 2018: Naomi Osaka and Juan Martin del Potro in 2019 Bianca Andreescu and Dominic Thiem

Last time an Austrian tennis player won a Masters title

  – It was in the last century (in Miami, 1997) – It happened 8022 days ago – Roger Federer did not turn pro yet – Steffi Graf and Pete Sampras were No.1s – Roy Emerson had the most singles Grand Slam titles – Tiger Woods did not win any major – Hong Kong belonged to United Kingdom – Princess Diana . . .

Bianca Andreescu’s multiple record-breaking through

Bianca Andreescu became – the 1st woman who was born in 2000s and won a Premier Mandatory tournament… – the 1st  who won a Premier Mandatory final in singles… – 1st  who advanced into the final in BNP Paribas Open and the 1st who won this tournament… She is the youngest champ of BNP Paribas Open this century!

First time in Indian Wells: Austrian – Canadian semifinal!

This year is the first time in BNP PARIBAS OPEN tournament history that an Austrian and a Canadian player meet in a semifinal (men’s + women’s singles) when Dominic Thiem will clash with Milos Raonic. Last time when an Austrian male player played here in a semifinal Thomas Muster lost vs Canadian-born Greg Rusedski in 1998.    . . .

Remembering Paul Hutchins

He was born in Bristol, educated at Millfield School, in Street, Somerset. He started playing tennis at Fishponds and Bristol Lawn Tennis Clubs at the age of 11. In Davis Cup, he represented Great Britain in two ties (1-2 record). In 1968, he made the third round of the men’s singles at the French Open . . .