Top-seeded Novak Djokovic fought back from a set and 5-2 down to beat Stanislas Wawrinka over five sets in five hours at the Australian Open and advance to his 15th straight tennis Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka rebounded to avoid an opening-round upset at the French Open as men’s No. 1 Novak Djokovic won in straight sets and Roger Federer secured a record-tying 233rd Grand Slam victory.
Andy Roddick, the last American man to win a Grand Slam tennis title, will retire after the U.S. Open, the site of his only major championship and the place where as a kid he snuck in to see his heroes.
Five-time champion and top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland was knocked out of the U.S. Open in the quarterfinals tonight by sixth seed Tomas Berdych, who will play No. 3 Andy Murray for a place in the final.
Rafael Nadal swept the French Open and Wimbledon this year and passed Roger Federer to become the top-ranked tennis player in the world. Yet the 24-year-old Spaniard struggles to be more than a minor celebrity to most Americans.
Four times, Novak Djokovic was a point away from the end of his quest to become the first man in 43 years to hold all four tennis Grand Slam titles at once. On each occasion, he found a way to keep his bid alive.