Martina Navratilova – ‘It Is Possible’ That Serena Williams Could Break Margaret Court’s Record

SerenaWhen the French Open begins on Sunday, 33-year-old Serena Williams will open as the No. 1 seed and clear favorite to win her 20th Grand Slam singles title.

Williams, who owns two Roland Garros crowns, surpassed Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova and Chrissie Evert on the all-time list by winning the Australian Open in January. Serena is now tied at 19 Majors with Helen-Wills Moody.

Next up is Steffi Graf at 22, followed by the all-time leader Margaret Court at 24.

Navratilova told the Tennis Podcast that “it is possible” that she could pass Court’s 24, but also warned that Williams’ journey from 19 titles to 25 will be a very difficult. To read more of this story, click here


Federer Would ‘Love’ to Win No. 18 at Wimbledon, Says Nadal Can Catch Him ‘Very Quickly’ on the All-Time List

10tennis-articleLargeNEW YORK — Roger Federer would “love” to win career major No. 18 this summer at Wimbledon, and says that his arch-rival Rafael Nadal could catch him “very quickly” on the all-time list if Nadal wins this year’s French Open.

The 33-year-old Federer owns 17 career Grand Slam singles titles, while the 28-year-old Nadal is tied for second place all-time with Pete Sampras at 14.

Nine of Nadal’s 14 titles have come at the French Open, where he will seek his 15th major this spring.

“Rafa particularly has the best shot [of catching Federer],” Federer said Monday at a hotel off Central Park. “If he wins the French Open a few more times and I don’t win anymore then clearly he can catch me very quickly.” To read more of this story, click here


Federer, Nadal Placed in Same Half of Australian Open

Fed-NadalOld friends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were drawn in the same half of the Australian Open, which begins Monday.

But Nadal faces a challenging path in his quest for a second Australian Open title after Wednesday’s draw ceremony. He opens against wily veteran Mikhail Youzhny and may face Lukas Rosol, who upset him at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, in the third round. Should he survive those tests, he is set to face 2014 semifinalist Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.

Like last year, Federer could meet Andy Murray in the quarters and may get a rematch against Nadal in the semis after falling to the Spaniard in straight sets in 2014. Federer, who is seeking his 18th career Grand Slam title, will kick off his campaign against Yen-Hsun Lu.

Murray, meantime, would have to beat Federer, Nadal and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to capture his first Australian Open title. To read more of this story, click here


Federer Notches Career Win No. 1,000 With Brisbane Title

Federer 1000Roger Federer won his 1,000th career match and his 83rd career title on Sunday when he defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4 in the final of the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp.

The 33-year-old Federer is just the third player in the Open Era to achieve the feat, joining Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1.071). His milestone was celebrated on court after the match by Rod Laver and Roy Emerson, the ATP reported.

“It’s a special moment, no doubt about it,” Federer said upon receiving a commemorative award from Laver. “I’ve played a lot of tennis over the years, so to get to 1000 wins tonight really means a lot to me. I’ll never forget this match.”

Said Raonic: “It’s a little bit tough standing here, in front of so many Grand Slam champions; it’s an honor. We all know today was a significant milestone for Roger. When we were warming up, I heard all those titles; I honestly thought he was playing for 2000 match wins today! I think he needs to step it up!”

Federer will seek his 18th career major at the Australian Open beginning Jan. 19.

(The ATP contributed)

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Big 4 Domination of Tennis Will End, But Not Anytime Soon

Big 4NEW YORK — After winning the U.S. Open in rather easy fashion Monday evening, Marin Cilic proclaimed that he was part of a new wave ready to threaten the Big 4’s domination of tennis.

“A lot of guys are saying that people would like to watch the top four guys extend their streak at the top and extend their run at the Grand Slams, because they attract the most fans and TV viewership,” Cilic said after trouncing Japan’s Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in under two hours to win his first major title.

“[But] one day they are going to go out and there’s going to be a need for [another player]. There’s going to be much bigger competition… The game is definitely going to evolve much more.” To read more of this story, click here


Marin Cilic Dominates Kei Nishikori to Win First Major at U.S. Open

CIlicNEW YORK — Marin Cilic played the U.S. Open final like he had an important dinner reservation in midtown.

Utilizing a massive serve and flat, powerful groundstrokes that he stroked to every corner of the court, the 6-foot-6 Croatian destroyed Japanese sensation  Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, in just 1 hour, 54 minutes to capture his first Grand Slam title.

Cilic, 25, became the first Croatian to win a major title since his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, won Wimbledon in 2001.

Cilic double-faulted on the first of three match points, but then smacked a backhand winner into the open court on the second before falling down on his back in celebration. He then made his way into his players’ box where he hugged his entourage, including Ivanisevic.

“Everything I was working for and dreaming came [true] today and I feel for all the other players that are working, I think this is a big sign and big hope that if you’re working hard, things are going to pay off,” said Cilic, who had lost five of his seven previous encounters with Nishikori.

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Serena Wins Major No. 18 By Destroying Her Friend Wozniacki in U.S. Open Final

SerenaNEW YORK — To move up in the history books, Serena Williams had to put her friendship with Caroline Wozniacki aside while they dealt with the small matter of the U.S. Open championship.

Williams, 32, and Wozniacki, 24, have bonded in recent years and supported each during trying times, such as Wozniacki’s highly publicized breakup with golfer Rory McIlroy earlier this year and Serena’s bout with injuries in 2011.

Yet when it comes to tennis, Serena is all-business and she proved it yet again by ruthlessly dispatching Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-3, in 1 hour, 15 minutes to win her third straight U.S. Open title, her sixth overall and her 18th career major, tying her with legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for fourth on the all-time list.

After Wozniacki sailed a backhand long on match point, Williams lay on her back behind the baseline and soon began crying in celebration.

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