TENNIS – Six of this year’s quarter-finalists in the Australian Open men’s singles are over 28-years-old for the first time in the competition’s history. The average age of the eight quarter-finalists is the oldest since 43-year-old Ken Rosewall reached this stage in 1977. Continue reading →
TENNIS – Tomas Berdych stunned Roger Federer on Wednesday night, sending the Swiss to his first quarterfinal loss at the US Open. Read on for all the numbers surrounding this upset.
> Federer had been 8-0 in his career in US Open quarterfinals. The last time he failed to reach the semifinals was in 2003.
> The Australian Open is now the only Grand Slam in which Federer has never lost in the quarterfinals (8-0).
> Four of Federer’s six career Grand Slam quarterfinal losses have come since the 2010 French Open. The other two came in 2001.
> Federer lost under lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open for the first time. He had been 21-0 prior to this loss.
> Berdych joins Rafael Nadal (8 wins) and Novak Djokovic (5) as the only players to defeat Federer more than once in Grand Slam play since Federer won his first major title at Wimbledon in 2003. Berdych also defeated Federer in the 2010 Wimbledon quarterfinals.
> This is the first Grand Slam tournament in which the semifinals featured neither Federer nor Nadal since the 2004 French Open.
> Federer has now gone four editions without winning the US Open since his last title in 2008. This is the longest drought of his career for any Grand Slam tournament that he has previously won.
> This is the first time the No. 1 men’s seed has lost before the semifinals at the US Open since 2001, when No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten fell to Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the quarterfinals.