Stanislas Wawrinka didn’t just have to beat top-seeded Rafael Nadal in yesterday’s Australian Open final. He had to get out of the shadow of fellow Swiss player Roger Federer, the record 17-time men’s champion.
Novak Djokovic , who’s beaten top- ranked Rafael Nadal in the finals of their last two clay-court tournaments, still can’t be considered the outright favorite for the French Open, seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe said.
Novak Djokovic won his 22nd straight match and retained his title at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals by defeating Rafael Nadal, who last month jumped past Djokovic to take the top ranking in men’s tennis.
Roger Federer entered the U.S. Open with his lowest seeding since 2002, hitting fewer aces and struggling with service returns as he tries to add to the lone Grand Slam championship he has won in the past 3 1/2 years.
The chest-bumping Bryan brothers can complete the first men’s doubles Grand Slam tennis sweep in 62 years this week, yet they each would earn less than 9 percent of the singles champion’s prize at the U.S. Open.
A year after telling the Wimbledon crowd he was “getting closer” to his first Grand Slam tennis championship, Andy Murray may benefit from a draw that allows him to avoid either titleholder Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.