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In the Tramlines:
After the insane match that took place on Rod Laver Arena Sunday night Melbourne time between Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic, the Australian Open didn't quite match that excitement, but there was some great tennis played. We saw the top seeds advance rather comfortably, but we also had an upset, and the emergence of what we hope will be the next American star. Let's take a look at the matches that completed the fourth round of the Australian Open
Men's Singles Round of 16
Jo Wilfried Tsonga def. Richard Gasquet 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
In my preview, I had tabbed this match as the most competitive of the day on the men's side. For the first two sets, it was looking like this could be a great one. Tsonga had gotten an early break in the first set, and served it out. In the second set it was Gasquet's turn to take an early break and close it out. From there, instead of becoming more dramatic, it went the opposite way, with Gasquet being unable to do anythin...
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Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic nearly hit a ballboy in the side of the head with a return of a serve from Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's fourth round Australian Open match.
It appears that the ballboy at the side of the net was able to turn his head at the last second and the ball deflected off the bill on the side of his cap. We're guessing...
Novak Djokovic took down Stan Wawrinka this weekend in a fairly incredible five-set match, and during the same match he also took down a ballkid. Check out the below video of Novak returning a serve, but the shot goes far right and nailed a ballkid in the head. The poor ballkid was in the crouch position and so focused on his job that he didn’t have the proper time to react...
GOING THE DISTANCE
Novak Djokovic channeled his inner-Hulk on Sunday immediately following his narrow 5-set victory over Stanislas Wawrinka 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10. Both players wound up leaving the court exhausted after the fourth-round match took over five hours to complete. But in the end, it was the "The Joker" who prevailed.”Give him credit, he made me run all over the court...
Novak Djokovic wrapped up his victory at the Australian Open on a sweet note.
A master at playing to his audience, Djokovic came with several boxes of chocolates to his post-match news conference and then played host as he distributed them to a room packed with journalists.
''Please, take two,'' Djokovic said, offering his box of treats to one reporter at a time...
With a score line reading 6-1, 5-2 in favor of Stanislas Wawrinka over Novak Djokovic, the scoreboard didn't lie. But that didn't make it any easier to believe.
The 17th-ranked Swiss, who has played his career in Roger Federer's shadow, had not beaten Djokovic since 2006. Yet, here he was, poised to take a two-sets-to-love lead, having broken the Serb's serve four...
Video: Unleash the beast!
Stanislas Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic took to Rod Laver Arena for their fourth-round match to cap off the the night session of Day 7 of the 2013 Australian Open. Because Wawrinka has had a tendency to not play his best on the biggest stages, it was supposed to be yet another Djokovic romp. He had put on vintage performances in his first three matches, and this one against the Swiss...
Djokovic timed his swings exquisitely for most of a four-set quarterfinal win.
Never having lost to quarterfinal opponent Tomas Berdych on a hard court, world #1 Novak Djokovic must have brought plenty of confidence into their encounter. Questions surrounded the defending champion’s condition following his narrow escape from Stanislas Wawrinka in the previous round. But he...
James Crabtree is currently in Melbourne Park covering the Australian Open for Tennis Grandstand and is giving you all the scoop directly from the grounds.
Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka embrace after their epic five-setter during the fourth round of the Australian Open
By James Crabtree
MELBOURNE — The epic night match Rod Laver Arena yearned for was delivered.
The contest featuring...
Tonight the top half of the men's draw plays their quarterfinal matches, and both matches are very highly anticipated. About three days ago, this half of the draw looked mundane, with Djokovic supposed to roll. Now, with Wawrinka's calliant effort against Djokovic, the other three compeitiors have gained a bit of hope. Let's look at each of these matches.
By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 20, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – The Australian Open produced it’s greatest match of 2013 and one of the best in recent times as Novak Djokovic triumphed over Stanislas Wawrinka in a five hour and three minute thriller on Rod Laver Arena that ended just after 1.30am on Monday morning.
The 1-6, 7-5, 6-4,,6-7(5), 12-10 epic was an incredible demonstration...
By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 22, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia - Novak Djokovic progressed through to the Australian Open semifinals after winning his quarterfinal match against fifth seed Tomas Berdych 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in two hours and 31 minutes on Tuesday night.
Djokovic is guaranteed to retain his No. 1 ranking at the end of the tournament after advancing to the semifinals...
We pushed each other to the limit. But in the end I lost and the disappointment is there and the disappointment is enormous. But I do think it’s also the most accomplished match I’ve ever played.
--Stan Wawrinka after losing to Novak Djokovic 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 12-10 in an epic fourth rounder at the Australian Open
Awesome effort, Stan.
[Photo(s) credit: AP]
Tomas Berdych is set to take on Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Australian Open
By Evan Valeri
The upcoming 2013 Australian Open quarterfinal match between Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych marks the thirteenth time the two players will face off. Out of the previous twelve matches the Birdman was only able to capitalize once, taking out the Serb in straight sets during...
In light of Novak Djokovic’s hard-fought 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10 victory over the 15th seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday, I’ve decided to rank the most epic tennis Grand Slam matches of the last five years. Tennis fans have been treated to some incredibly intense matches in a very short amount of time, so let’s count them down...