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Jan/17

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Murray’s meltdown in Melbourne

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By Louise Belcourt

The tennis world has been rocked again, as world number 1 Andy Murray lost to world number 50 Mischa Zverev 7-5 5-7 6-2 6-4 in round 4 of the Australian Open.
In a warm afternoon, Zverev piled on the heat attacking the net 118 times in their 3 hour and 34 minute battle.
Both aged 29, the credentials of the 2 could not be more opposite. No one expected the German to trouble the 3 time grand slam champ. Before this week, Zverev had only advanced past the first round at a grand slam in 5 out of 18 attempts, and had never gone past the second round in the Australian Open.
However today was to be a different story.

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Djokart
By Jayita Belcourt
This time last year, Novak Djokovic was sparring for his sixth Australian Open title – seemingly unstoppable and fiercely optimistic after his near perfect 2015 season where he racked up three majors (Australian Open, Wimbeldon and US Open) and six masters 1000 titles.
“2015 was the best season and best year of my life undoubtedly. I enjoyed every moment spent on the court. I’ll try to obviously carry that confidence and high level of performance that I’ve had, especially towards the end of the year, into the new season,” said an elated Djokovic at the Australian Open in January 2016.
Come 2017, things are a different story with life far from his ideal script.

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RogerFederer20X20
by Louise Belcourt

On day 5 of the Australian Open, the packed house in Rod Laver arena was treated to something special, with the great Roger Federer playing flawless tennis in his round 3 clash against world number 7 Tomas Berdych.
Turning back the years and unleashing his trademark groundstrokes, the 17 time grand slam champion effortlessly defeated the Czech 6-2 6-4 6-4 in a swift 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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Jan/17

18

Analyzing Kyrgios

Nicholas KyrgiosNick Kyrgios just does not want it bad enough. It’s like he wants to be seen as cool and not over exert and lay it all on the line. Rios had that quality of wanting to play casual instead of getting down and dirty and brawling it out.

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Jan/17

17

Zverev uses emotional adrenaline to overcome Haase

AOAlexander Zverev showed he is a very special tennis player overcoming a desperate two sets to one deficit and a break point to go down two breaks in the fourth set at 1-3 vs Robin Haase at the Australian Open last night. Suddenly the 19-year-old Zverev tapped into his emotional adrenaline energy source and began shouting Come on and throwing flying fists after every critical point he won or saved or stole against Haase. Zverev made the shots and fought his way out of the deep hole by winning seven straight games and taking total control of the match to which he cruised to a safe victory 6-2 in the fifth set.

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Jan/17

16

I think Sock is ready to Sock The World

AOJack Sock is ready. Ready to shock the world. He won his second career ATP singles title last week in Auckland defeating Joao Sousa in three sets. And he looked nothing short of devastating in his first round win last night vs Pierre Hugues Hebert dominating the Frenchman in straight sets with an explosive and electrifying display.

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Jan/17

15

Biofile: Ivan Ljubicic Interview (2003)

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By Scoop Malinowski
Status: Tennis player won ten career ATP singles titles and a 2004 Olympic bronze medal in doubles. Posted career wins over Safin, Gaudio, Kuerten, Moya, Federer, Agassi, El Aynaoui, Kafelnikov, Henman, Schuettler, and Coria. (This interview was done in 2003 at US Open)
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 182
Born On: March 19, 1979 In: Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Childhood Heroes: “Stefan Edberg was and Michael Jordan – the biggest sportsman ever, I think. I liked Edberg’s style of play. He was always chasing the net and I liked it when I was a kid. And I also tried to play that way. But when you go on as a professional, you can not play the game you like [smiles]. You have to play that you do better. So I liked his person a little too – very quiet. I like him.”

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Jan/17

13

Gilles Muller seeks first ATP title in Sydney vs Evans

grothtennis33-year-old Gilles Muller is finally on the verge of winning his first ATP singles title, advancing into the final of the Apia International Sydney with a 6-3, 7-6(6) victory on Friday against two time defending champion Viktor Troicki.

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Jan/17

12

My View: Powershares Tennis at Orlando

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Finally I attended my first PowerShares Series tennis event at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL last Thursday. Featured on this evening would be the ageless John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier and James Blake.
When I arrive at just before 4:30, Courier and McEnroe are on the court hitting with local players.  The Amway Center is the home of the Orlando Magic, and located just off of Interstate 4. It’s interesting how the arena is crammed into a tight location entwined by overpasses and city features.
McEnroe finishes first and then does a couple of softball media interviews with two TV guys and then me. It’s a pretty cool feeling to be recognized by a legend when he says, Hi Scoop. I give John a copy of Facing McEnroe and ask a couple of questions about Facing Andy Murray.
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Jan/17

10

Was WTA star the secret paramour of Djokovic?

bouchLast week some friends came down to visit Sarasota, Florida and we got together for dinner three nights in a row. Some fine cuisine and bottles of wine combined with tennis talk revealed a very interesting scoop which I will now share.

One of the most popular discussions regarding tennis is about what happened to ATP world No. 1 Novak Djokovic for the second half of 2016?

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