Last time when the No.1 and No.2 seeded players in men’s singles did not advance into the QFs at any Grand Slam : 2004-Roland Garros: Federer (1.) lost vs. Gustavo Kuerten in R32; Roddick (2.) lost against Olivier Mutis in R64. 2002-Aussie Open: Hewitt (1.) lost vs. Alberto Martin in R128 (R128); and Kuerten (2.) also . . .
1982 & 2016 alias history repeats itself In the history, it happened once that a female player won the Aussie-US Open double: in 1982, Chris Evert completed it. However, even more interesting the way how she did it regarding the fact that Angelique Kerber did have a chance to repeat Evert’s feat 34 years later. . . .
Last time when a German player met a player from Czech(oslovak) in any Grand Slam final, it happened in 1993. That year, Steffi Graf beat Helena Sukova in the final of US Open by 6-3 6-3.
In the history of US Open (since 1881), it never happened that a Japanese player defeated a player from United Kingdom until now. They played 3 times each other, and interestingly the first two meeting went into 5 sets – like today’s match of Nishikori-Murray: 1928 – Henry “Bunny” Austin beat Teizo Toba 6-1 3-6 . . .
Today, Juan Martin Del Potro has a chance to make his amazing comeback from the long, involuntary injury break more memorable. Namely, anytime he went through the quarterfinal at US Open, he won the title. It just happened once (2009), however, comparing the route to the final that year to his opponents of the tournament . . .
On July 16, 2016 former world No. 1’s Justine Henin and Marat Safin received the highest honor in tennis – induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In addition, Class of 2015 inductee Amelie Mauresmo was honored in the induction ceremony, as she missed last year’s due to the birth of her child. Master . . .
Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray, 4th times in the Australian Open final. The world No. 1 won all finals, however the only question is: is Murray able to bounce back and break through here in Melbourne winning a Major title in his post-Lendl career. Or Novak will join Borg and Laver collecting his 11th GS titles, and his 6th AO crown which will be equaled with the all-time record holder Roy Emerson.
No.1 vs. No.2 player of the world and of the main draw meets each other, only third times since 1996 but every time, Djokovic was one of the participant! In the H2H record, still Federer has a slight lead by 21-20 before his 42nd matchup which put them on the second position in the Open-era . . .
One of the most popular Argentine players of all time, José Luis Clerc gave an exclusive interview for www.db4tennis.com
The young titan Pierre-Hugues Herbert and the experienced Nicolas Mahut snapped the French winless streak at the US Open men’s doubles!