Gaining his 18th straight victory, Roger Federer is setting his sights for his 17th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open later this month. After his 1st-round trouncing of Nikolay Davydenko in less than an hour in Doha at 6-2, 6-2, he gave notice to top-seeded Rafael Nadal. Rafa was given a bit of a scare in his first-round match against Phillip Kohlschreiber, finally pulling it out in two and a half hours to win 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.
|Federer and Nadal launch the 2012 season in Doha, Qatar.|
With a Grand-Slam title still eluding Andy Murray - the World’s No. 4 in Men’s Singles Tennis - the Scotsman has hired yet another coach, eight-time Grand-Slam winner, Ivan Lendl. "To me this is like Groundhog Day, I have been in this movie,” commented Lendl who did not win a Grand Slam championship until his fifth appearance in a Grand Slam final. Let’s hope that finally the cranky Scot has met his match. Is Andy setting his sights on a Wimbledon win in 2012? It remains to be seen: This is the ONLY Grand Slam that his new mentor did NOT win.
According to ESPN.com, Serena Williams (like her male counterpart, Andre Agassi) is surprisingly NOT a lover of the game of tennis. The 30 year old, 13-time Grand Slam winner has been ridiculed for her outside interests of acting and fashion design, but she has commented, according to TennisNow.com, that it’s these interests that keep her coming back to tennis…no doubt she needs the money to keep pursuing areas in which she shows far less talent!
|Serena Williams – Looking fit on day two of the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament|
Injury-plagued Kim Clijsters is participating in the season-opening Brisbane tournament after being out since last August. The Belgian fought ankle and abdominal problems for most of last year, but has confirmed her injuries have healed. She and Germany’s Andre Petkovic were among the players to reach the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
|Kim Clijsters fights back to top Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in Brisbane, Australia.|