The Australian Open will follow Wimbledon in introducing tiebreakers in the final sets of all matches, per the Times. The change could be introduced as soon as the 2019 tournament. The Open would differ from Wimbledon’s rules by including a “super tie-break” played at 6–6, in which players would have to win ten points by a margin of two.
Before he was US president, Donald Trump once famously offered McEnroe US$1 million to play either Serena or Venus Williams in a match to rival the 1973 battle-of-the-sexes showdown when Billie-Jean King beat Bobby Riggs. “It’s not something I ever wanted to do, honestly, but it’s something that I’m always asked,” McEnroe told the Nine Network. Could John McEnroe still compete against Serena Williams?
British number one Johanna Konta has questioned Serena Williams’ behaviour during her US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka in September. Williams, a 23-time grand slam singles champion and one of the sport’s greatest players, reacted furiously when she was given a warning by umpire Carlos Ramos for receiving instruction from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou during the deciding match of the tournament at Flushing Meadows.
Over the past week, French newspaper L’Équipe has been getting attention for the circulation of its predicted 2018 top 10 in the world made five years ago. Although inaccurate, the list was largely commendable, with every choice – bar the strange
Despite beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the ATP Finals at only 21, Alexander Zverev knows keeping pace with the Serb isn’t going to be easy. Zverev claimed the biggest title of his career with a 6-4, 6-3 upset on Sunday, becoming the youngest champion of the season-ending event since Djokovic claimed the first of his five titles a decade ago – also at age 21. ”Oh my God,” said Zverev, who also became the first German winner since 1995.
Novak Djokovic prepared for Saturday’s last-four clash with Kevin Anderson at the ATP Finals in ominous fashion by outlasting Marin Cilic 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 as Alexander Zverev geared up to face Roger Federer. The Serbian world number one started Friday’s evening match at London’s O2 Arena with the luxury of knowing he had already qualified as the winner of the Guga Kuerten Group but looked sharp and focused from the first point. Earlier, Zverev saw off John Isner 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the season finale for the first time, meaning the dream Djokovic-Federer final remains a possibility.
Roger Federer is peaking at the right time – again. Federer, chasing the 100th title of his career, needed only a set to advance and produced his best performance at the season-ending tournament to end the round-robin stages with a 2-1 win-loss record. ”I’ve always tried to pace myself in a way … that I would have something left in the tank,” Federer said.
Novak Djokovic moved a step closer to booking his place in the semi-finals of the ATP Finals in London, with a comfortable 6-4, 6-1 victory over Alexander Zverev.
The warm-up was totally fine.” Federer was two points from taking the opening set in the Lleyton Hewitt group showdown when he had Nishikori at 5-6 0-30 but played a poor tiebreak. The rest was not pretty and the ATP’s new “crowd decibel level” gizmo expected to get plenty of use as Federer went through his repertoire was pretty much redundant.
Roger Federer picks up rare code violation as he opens ATP Finals with straight-sets defeat to Kei Nishikori
Roger Federer is looking for a 100th singles title in London this week, but he will have to go the long way round after losing his opening match last night in a flurry of miscued groundstrokes. Amazingly, it was the first time in 46 round-robin outings…