Moon Of Liberty Tennis – ATP Tour Update


Tennis – ATP Tour

Dubai Tennis Championship Final – Murray v Verdasco


Murray returns to form in Dubai

After a slow start in which he dropped his first two service games Andy Murray recovered to defeat Fernando Verdasco. He broke bac on both occasions and then a third time to eventually take the first set 6-3. He then took total control breaking twice more and finding his service rhythm to easily take the second set 6-2. It is Murrays’s first tournament win of 2017 and the 45th ATP title of his career, expect more to come.

Report (BBC Sport)

Mexican Open Final – Querry v Nadal


Querry shocks Nadal in Acapulco

America’s Sam Querry scored a surprise victory defeating Rafael Nadal. Querry got off to a quick start and took the first set in just 29 minutes. Nadal repsonded in the second and had five break point chances in the eighth game. However Querry held him off to level at 4-4 with the set eventually going all the way to a tie break. Nadal made key baseline errors allowing Querry to take it 7-3 and claim his first title of 2017 having served 19 aces in a very impressive display.

 Report (Sky Sports)




Tennis Results

ATP Tour

Dubai Tennis Championship FinalAt The Aviation Tennis Center, Dubai, UAE

Andy Murray (GB) Beat Fernando Verdasco (Spain)2-0 (6-3 6-2)

Mexican Open Final – At The Princess Mundo Imperial, Apapulco, Mexico

Sam Querry (USA) Beat Rafael Nadal (Spain) 2-0 (6-3 7-6)



Moon Of Liberty Tennis – Australian Open 2017


Australian Open Tennis 2017


Women’s Singles Final – S Williams v V Williams


Serena powers to a record 23rd major title

Serena Williams is the most successful woman in the modern era surpassing Steffi Graf to claim her 23rd major grand slam title. Despite her sister Venus playing as well as she has in some time to reach this final she was no  match for her older sister’s power and speed. A break in each set was enough was Serena to claim her seventh Australian title, itself a record. How many more can she win? On this form in which she has won the title without dropping a set, there could be plenty more to come yet.

Full Report (Daily Telegraph)

Men’s Singles Final – Federer v Nadal


Federer claims 5th Melbourne title winning epic battle of the old masters

The fall of the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray opened the way for two old rivals and masters of the game to meet once again in a grand slam final. The contest between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal did not disappoint. The first two sets were shared but it looked like Federer had taken control powering through the third set 6-1. The Spaniard was not done however. Federer made errors in the fourth game to let Nadal back in and he took advantage to break and lead 3-1 in the fourth. He served it out to take the fourth set 6-3 and ensure the crowd got the decider they wished for. Nadal continued the momentum, breaking in the first game of the final set to take the advantage. However Federer kept going and had break point in each of the next three service games of Nadal, at the third attempt he took one to get the score back to 3-3. 

After winning his next service game Federer then broke again to lead 5-3 and just one game away. Nadal kept fighting taking a 15-40 lead with two chances to break back. An ace and a stunning forehand winner allowed Federer to save both. Federer then had a Championship point saved but earned a second one. He then looked to hit a winner tight to the line to win it, Nadal challenged, the crowd waited, Hawkeye deemed the ball in and finally the Swiss had his 18th Grand Slam title. A fitting contest for a battle of this importance between to old masters we may never see again. 

Full Report (Sydney Morning Herald)



Tennis Results

Australian Open Finals At Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Women’s Singles Final

Serena Williams (USA) Beat Venus Williams (USA)2-0 (6-4 6-4)

Men’s Singles Final

Roger Federer (Switzerland) Beat Rafael Nadal (Spain) 3-2 (6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3)



Moon Of Liberty Sportsround – 24th Jan 2017


Sports News Digest – 24th Jan 2017 @ 6.10 pm

Sky Sports – Nadal stages excellent recovery to beat Alexander Zverev – Tennis

BBC Sport – Clermont knock Exeter out of the Champions Cup – Rugby Union

The Moon Of Liberty/ The Elitist’s Echo – Saturday Soccer round-up – Soccer

The Moon Of Liberty/ The Elitist’s Echo – Southampton v Leicester City – Soccer

Sky Sports – Saracens confirm home Quarter Final after win over Toulon – Rugby Union

BBC Sport – Ronnie O’Sullivan does it again – Snooker

The Moon Of Liberty/ The Elitist – One Day Internationals round-up – Cricket

The Moon Of Liberty/ Th Elitist – 2nd Test Match – New Zealand v Bangladesh – Cricket

The Moon Of Liberty/ The Elitist – NFL Championship Games round-up – NFL

The Moon Of Liberty/ The Elitist – UK Masters Snooker Final – Snooker

BBC Sport – Nicole Cooke says British cycling is run ‘by men for men’ – Cycling

BBC Sport – How America fell in love with Carl Frampton – Boxing

Sky Sports – Three new signing for Munster – Rugby Union

Sky Sports – Boris Becker has not ruled out re-joining Novak Djokovic – Tennis

Sky Football – Sunderland sign Joleon Lescott until the end of the season – Soccer

BBC Sport – Tiger Woods has concerns over his current schedule – Golf

Rugby League World – Joe Burgess refuses to rule out a move back to the NRL – Rugby League


Moon Tennis – ATP Tour round-up



ATP Men’s Tour

Three in a row for Wawrinka in India

World number four Stan Wawrinka retained his Chennai Open title in India for the third year in a row with a straight sets win over Borna Coric of Croatia. The odds were against Coric who had come through a tough semi-final with Britain’s Aljaz Bedene while Wawrinka has a much easier passage to the Final. Wawrinka converted his first break point in the sixth game of the first set and never looked back. Taking the set 6-3 and breaking again in the final game of the second set to secure a fourth title at the Indian venue.

Raonic reverses 2015 result

Canada’s Milos Raonic faced a re-match from last year taking on defending Champion Roger Federer in the Final of the Brisbane International Tournament. It was Raonic who got the better this year to take the title. One break in each set was enough for the Canadian to win 6-4 6-4 and Raonic’s play received plenty of praise from Federer afterwards who commented on how Raonic always had the power game, but has improved his use of it in recent times.

Djokovic starts the year in awesome form

Novak Djokovic started 2016 as if he had never left off thrashing Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the final of the Qatar Open in Doha. It took the Serb just over an hour to beat Nadal 6-1 6-2 breaking the Spaniard five times and hitting 16 clean winners in the first set alone. The win gives Djokovic the edge 24-23 in the head to head with Nadal and is Djokovic’s 60th ATP Title.



ATP Tour – Chennai Open – Defending Champion – Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)

At The SDAT Tennis Stadium, Chennai, India


Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) Beat Borna Coric (Croatia) 2-0 (6-3 7-5)

Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) wins the 2016 Chennai Open (His 3rd win in a row and 4th win overall in Chennai)


ATP Tour – Qatar Open – Defending Champion – David Ferrer (Spain)

At The Khalifa Tennis And Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar


Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Beat Rafael Nadal (Spain) 2-0 (6-2 6-1)

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) wins the 2016 Qatar Open


ATP Tour – Brisbane International Tournament – Defending Champion – Roger Federer (Switzerland)

At The Queensland Tennis Center, Tennyson, Brisbane


Milos Raonic (Canada) Beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 2-0 (6-4 6-4)

Milos Raonic (Canada) wins the 2016 Brisbane Internationl Tournament