Found January 11, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
Will we see this man with this trophy again in two weeks? Looking for a jumbo preview of the Australian Open men’s draw that breaks down each section of the brackets?  Look no further.  We take one quarter at a time in tracing the route of each leading contender, locating the most intriguing matches, projecting the semifinalists, and identifying one notable player to watch in each section. First quarter:  Seeking the first men’s three-peat Down Under of the Open era, Djokovic will want to conserve his energy during the first week and probably will.  Although rising American star Ryan Harrison could threaten briefly in the second round, he lacks the experience to test the Serb in a best-of-five format, while potential third-round opponent Stepanek lacks the consistency to do so as his career wanes.  Among the other figures of note in this vicinity are two resurgent Americans in Querrey and Baker, destined to meet in the second round.  The winner may fancy his chances against Wawrinka...

Djokovic Faster Than an Audi R8

  By Jaclyn Stacey (January 11, 2013) MELBOURNE, Australia – World No. 1 Novak Djokovic faced a tough opponent on Friday in an Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car at the world premiere of his new HEAD Graphene™ Speed racquet at Melbourne’s Sandown racetrack.   The HEAD YouTek™ Graphene™ Speed Pro racquet will be Djokovic’s new weapon as he attempts to defend his Australian Open...

Novak Djokovic imitates Ana Ivanovic at the 2013 Hopman Cup (VIDEO)

via Not only is Novak Djokovic is one of the best tennis players in the universe, but he’s also one of tennis’ biggest jokesters.  He’s been known to play the funny guy during interviews with the media and on the court. Earlier in the week, Djokovic partnered with Ava Ivanovic one of the best (and hottest) female players around in the 2013 Hopman Cup, a mixed...

Joking aside, No. 1 Djokovic hopes to make history

Novak Djokovic shelved the conventional preparations for a while, warming up for a shot at a third consecutive Australian title with a bit of weekend hit-and-giggle and a Gangnam Style dance with Serena Williams. That was for kids' day, when thousands of people flocked to Rod Laver Arena to see 2012 Australian champions Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka hitting in a just-for-fun...

Player Pads and Pastimes in Melbourne: Federer, Djokovic, Williams

By James Crabtree A drive down the infamous and maddening Punt road, a quick turn onto Swan Street and you are smack bang in the middle of a sports nut holy land. Indeed you could have gone the other way on Swan Street, had a great coffee and watched a gig at the famed Corner Hotel. But head in the direction of the city on tram or by foot and you are at The Melbourne Sports and Entertainment...

Serena, Djokovic, Federer, Sharapova, Murray, Azarenka in Notes and Quotes From Saturday’s Pre-Australian Open News Conferences

  (January 12, 2013) A look at some of the questions and answers from the Saturday news conferences before the Australian Open begins. They include Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Roger Federer, Sam Stosur, Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray. Novak Djokovic Q.  What are your thoughts on the Australians, like Bernard Tomic? NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  I believe their chances...

ATP Australian Open Visions: Predictions, Matchups and Winners

2012 Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic January 12, 2013 — The Australian Open kicks off main draw play on Monday, January 14th, but what exactly do we have in store in this year’s men’s draw? Your trusty panel of Tennis Grandstand writers delve into the hot topics surrounding the first Slam, including dark horses, seeded players crashing out early, first round upsets...

“On The Call” With ESPN’s Darren Cahill and Chris Evert on The 2013 Australian Open

(January 9, 2013) On Tuesday, Jan. 8, ESPN tennis analysts Darren Cahill and Chris Evert spoke with media about the Australian Open, tennis’ first Major of the year, on ESPN2 and ESPN3 starting Sunday, January 13, through the finals two weeks later. This press release has all the details.   Highlights from the conference call:   Q. Watching Serena and seeing what shape she...
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