Djokovic Teaches Halys a Master Class

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World No 1 and defending Australian Open champion assured his appearance in the third round of the Melbourne Park tournament after delivering a master-class in the demands of championship level tennis to up-and-coming youngling Quentin Halys during their second round matchup.

Novak Djokovic defeated in the spirited 19-year-old Frenchman in a three set 6-1 6-2 7-6 victory on Wednesday night. Despite Djokovic’s stellar, matching his beating of Nadal in Doha, performance the 187th-ranked Halys never looked overawed, who instead appeared to have given a good account of himself in the Rod Laver Arena centre court.

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Quentin Halys showed good backbone in returning during the third set to earn a serve break, after receiving a miserable 56-minute destruction of his game from an impervious seeming Djokovic in the first two sets. Halys alleviation was not to be long-lived, since Djokovic immediately struck back and in this second phase of destruction young Frenchman showed his spirit by digging in to show Novak a hard-fought third set, extending the Serb’s to a tiebreaker.

Halys once again rallied with an outstanding around the net-post winning shot to decide the first point, before the Belgrader broke the match by smashing 42 winners while handing away only 14 unforced errors.

In the end despite suffering defeat the 187th ranked Quentin Halys left the Rod Laver Arena on a high, carried off court by an admiring standing ovation from the crowd, who appreciated that he’d won his first-ever tour level bout after defeating the 78th ranked Ivan Dodig in his first round matchup. Post match, Djokovic said that he believed he played a good match, with the third being a close set and he gave Halys credit for serving and fighting well.

Djokovic opened his 2016 tour by acquiring his 60th ATP title in Doha’s dry desert air, in the past 12 months the 28-year-old Serb stormed to the ATP No 1 position by winning 31 of his last 32 games. In addition he captured further Grand Slam victories such as the U.S. Open where he defeated Federer, as well as the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals that saw him defeating Federer once again.

His current mission requires that he be victorious in the Aussie Open men’s final, thereby equalling the record set by Roy Emerson who captured six Australian Open crowns, in addition he would enter the record books as the 10th male tennis player in history to win six ATP crowns at any Grand Slam tournament.


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2016 Australian Open: Roger Federer Not Back To Full Health

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Roger Federer made a recent admission revealing that he was not at 100% strength ahead of his campaign at this year’s Australian Open. Earlier this month while competing in the Brisbane International the Swiss champion was diagnosed to be suffering from a virus similar to flu, which in all probability contributed to a result that saw him taste defeat at the hands of Canadian Milos Raonic in the final round.

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Federer reported that he felt fine after a quick initial recuperation from his illness, but said he might not be at 100% strength by the time the first round of the Grand Slam at Melbourne Park has him running around the Australian courts again. He said he was okay and that he had trained the previous two day days, where after a rest day would follow because he did not yet feel well enough for the start of this important tournament. He went on by saying that his health was the most important aspect and that he felt a slight improvement but was not at full strength at the time.

The Swiss champ made an additional revelation where he confessed that he had plans to finally defeat Novak Djokovic after he had failed to accomplish doing so in the previous two tournaments they both had entered. Despite the fact that he had accrued 17 Grand Slam titles to his name, Federer was successful in defeating Djokovic only once, at Cincinnati’s Masters during the 2015 tennis season.

The number one ranked Serb later responded in kind by defeating the graceful Swiss resident in three of the following tournaments that included Wimbledon, US Open, and then again in a recent matchup at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

In what would possibly have been one of the ideal Australian Open innings, fans would have loved to see Djokovic and Federer meet in the finals, but these dreams have been waylaid by an obstinate seeding system.


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Andy Murray a World Class Scotsman

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In April 2015, two-time Grand Slam victor Andy Murray reached his 500th ATP career win making him just the ninth still actively playing tennis athlete to join the elite group. He is the current British number one player, who at this stage in his career and age is very likely to challenge his adversaries presently topping this list.

With his characteristic never-say-die championship-winning attitude, Andy Murray will naturally chase further achievements after reaching his 500th win. Roger Federer led the group of currently active player leader board for a fair while now, already having topped his 1000th win in the year ago in January 2015, with the standings as at 1 January 2016 leaving Roger Federer at 1062, Rafael Nadal – 771, Novak Djokovic – 691, and Andy Murray at 552 career victories.

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The other currently active players not mentioned in the above group that also populate the history books having achieved in excess of 500 career victories are all significantly older than any Murray with a notably lower career win/loss ratio. This list includes players such as David Ferrer, Leyton Hewitt, Tommy Haas, Thomas Berdych, and Tommy Robredo.

Andy Murray’s age and career record favourably suggests that he could potentially join this elite group of his peers currently featuring at the pinnacle of this exclusive 500+ club. Outside of the dominant Djokovic-Nadal-Federer triumvirate, Murray’s pair of Grand Slam titles, the 2012 U.S. Open as well as 2013 Wimbledon, highlights the fact that in this elite group only Leyton Hewitt can match him in having achieved this same feat.

The main differences between the two at this stage of their individual careers is that Hewitt a former world number one, currently ranked no 306 by the ATP at age 34 is in the closing stages of a highly successful career. Hewitt intends retiring at the end of this year’s Australian Open. In contrast, Andy Murray is at age 28 in the prime of his career currently ATP ranked as the world’s number two player after a rapid rise during 2015 that saw him jump from a number six ranking at the start of the year to become number two by the close of 2015.


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CCMA Awards First Grant

The Capital City Marathon Association was pleased to reveal this week that they’ve awarded their first grant as of last week. This grant was given to a swimming program in Thurston County, Washington. The grant is meant to show the CCMA’s dedication towards promotion a healthier living stand through good nutrition and exercise. This means that “The Bears & Wolves Swim Camp” will receive $1,800 from the Capital City Marathon Endowment Fund.

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The fund was established back in 2011, it was created by the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound and over the last four years the CCMA has grown into its own. They’ve promoted healthier living through Northern America in schools, malls and more. Over time they wished to do more & provide grants to those in need. This grant will allow for increased pool hours, it’ll allow for reduced fees, it’ll be able to expand the camp and it’ll allow for a new teacher to be brought it.

The main focus for the Bears & Wolves Swim Camp is the upcoming Summer. They wish to be able to provide more than just free swimming & an occasional lesson, they want to be able to give swim coaching everyday and provide the community with the use of two separate pools for twenty-four hours a day. It appears that this camp has high hopes just as Capital City did thirty-five years ago with the Marathon. Now the Capital City Marathon is the longest-running marathon in the Southern States. Hopefully this camp can mimic what CC once did.


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