Moon Tennis – Australian Open

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Australian Open

Ladies Singles Final

Caroline Wozniacki finally became a Grand Slam Champion after an epic three sets victory over Simona Halep. The Dane needed a tie-break to take the first set in a battle that would also determine who would become World number 1. Halep got a break early in the second set to force a decider winning the second set 6-3 playing some exceptional tennis.

It was Wozniacki who this time would prevail in the end however. She needed a medical time out at 4-3 down which she afterwards said gave her chance to re-focus and then reeled off three games in a row to take the title 6-4. The 27 year old has had a string of finals losses on the WTA tour over the last year, but finally gets over the line in the big one. For Halep, surely a Grand Slam of her own is not far away, but it was not to be this time.

Mens Singles Final

Roger Federer was taken all the way to a deciding set by Marin Cilic but in the end claimed his 20th Grand Slam title. Cilic started poorly with Federer taking the first set 6-2. Cilic settled in the second to force a tie break and got himself back in contention winning it to level the score. Federer got the only break in the third in the sixth game and went on to take the third set 6-3.

Federer got a break early in the fourth and had a point for a double break as he began to look like he was cruising to the title. But Cilic fought right back, saving the break point and then breaking Federer in the next game. In an incredible spell Cilic broke again eventually taking Set 4 by 6-3 to force a decider. The final set proved a letdown after the promise of what had gone before. Federer broke twice to take the final set easily 6-1 as the effort of the Croat finally took it’s toll. 

The legend of Federer continues. 20 Grand Slams and plenty of evidence there could be more to come yet from this top class athlete.

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis Results

Australian Open

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Ladies Singles Final

AT MELBOURNE PARK, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA< AUSTRALIA

Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) Beat Simona Halep (Romania)

2-1 (7-6 3-6 6-4)

Full Report (The Guardian)

Australian Open

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Men’s Singles Final

AT MELBOURNE PARK, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA< AUSTRALIA

Roger Federer (Switzerland) Beat Marin Cilic (Croatia)

3-2 (6-2 6-7 6-3 3-6 6-1)

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Moon Tennis – ATP Tour update

MOON TENNIS

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ATP Tour Round Up

Heading into the US Open next week, Australia and New Zealand were the venues for this week ATP Tour events. In Auckland Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain took his second title in three years at the venue defeating Juan Martin Del Potro. Agut raced through the first set 6-1 but Del Potro hit back to take it to a decider. The key break came at 5-5 giving Agut the advantage and chance to serve for the match. He had to save a break point but held his nerve to save it and then serve it out to claim the title.

In Sydney it was the battle of the youngsters as 18 year old home favourite Alex de Minaur in his first ATP Title, took on the rising star from Russia, 21 year old Daniil Medvedev. The Australian got off to a stunning start taking the first set 6-1 but the experience of Medvedev slowly took over. The Russian broke in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out to level. Medvedev then took a double break to lead 4-0 in the decider. The Aussie showed great resilience to fight back, recover both breaks and get the score back to 5-5. de Minaur could not sustain it though, at this point Medvedev broke once more and this time he served it out to take the title after two hours of top class tennis.

MOON OF LIBERTY ATP TOUR TENNIS RESULTS

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Auckland Open

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Auckland Open Final

AT THE ASB TENNIS CENTRE, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) Beat Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina)

2-1 (6-1 4-6 7-5)

Full Report (ESPN)

Sydney International

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Sydney International Final

AT THE NEW SOUTH WALES TENNIS CENTRE, SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

Daniil Medvedev (Russia) Beat Alex de Minaur (Australia)

2-1 (1-6 6-4 7-5)

Full Report (The Australian)

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Moon Sport Round Up

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Moon Sports Round-Up

Darts

PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

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Rob Cross (England) 7

Phil Taylor (England) 2

At The Alexandra Palace, Harringay, London

There was no fairytale ending for Phil Taylor as he was crushed in his final ever match by Rob Cross, a 27 year old who had only been playing professionally for a year. Cross had beaten Michael Van Gerwin in an epic Semi Final but showed no signs of fatigue taking the first three sets before Taylor got on the board which included checkouts of 167 and 153.

Taylor had a chance to get back to 3-2 but missed a double 12 in the key leg and Cross punished it. Cross then blitzed through another two sets to go one away at 6-1.Taylor won the eighth set 3-0 but there was to be no comeback. Cross claimed the title with a 140 checkout which fittingly personified his entire performance.

Cross averaged over 107 and in some ways had done to Taylor what the Power has done to countless opponents over the years. Can Cross become the new long term face of darts? Who knows, but with young Jamie Lewis also reaching his first World Championship Semi Final along with the emergence of Cross, the long term future of Darts looks in good hands as the old master bows out.

Full Report (pdc.tv)

Cricket

1ST ODI – Pakistan Tour of New Zealand

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1ST ODI – AT THE BASIN RESERVE, WELLINGTON

New Zealand 315-7 (50) (Williamson 115, Munro 58, Nicholls 50)

Pakistan 166-6 (30.1) (Zaman 82*)

NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 61 RUNS (D/L) AND LEAD THE SERIES 1-0

Kane Williamson was the star as his 115 led New Zealand to victory in a rain hit match in Wellington. Colin Munro and Henry Nichols also added half centuries as New Zealand put 315 on the board. Pakistan never got close to their adjusted target after a rain delay. Despite the efforts of Fakhar Zaman with 82 Not Out, the hosts were always in control. Tim Southee took three wickets for New Zealand as they ran out easy winners in the end.

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MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN

Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

Full Report (Cricbuzz)

Tennis

Hopman Cup Final

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Switzerland 2

Germany 1

At The Perth Arena, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Roger Federer led the way as Switzerland claimed their third Hopman Cup trophy in Perth. Facing Germany in the Final. Federer came from a set down to beat Alexader Zvarev to give Switzerland the lead. Germany leveled through Angelique Kerber beating Belinda Bencic.

This set up a doubles decider with the rules changed as it is four games not six to a set. The Swiss pair took it in straight sets with Federer paying tribute to Martina Hingis, who he said had a huge influence on his own belief that someone from a nation like Switzerland can have a great career in the game.

Full Report (ESPN)

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis – ATP Tour Update

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Tennis – ATP Tour

Dubai Tennis Championship Final – Murray v Verdasco

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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

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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)

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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)

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis – ATP Tour Update

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Tennis – ATP Tour

Rio Open Final – Thiem v Carreno Busta

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Another South American win for Austrian Thiem

Austrian Dominic Thiem has won again on South American soil. Having won in Argentina and Mexico in 2016, he claimed the Rio Open beating Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets. The Spaniard took a 3-2 lead in the first set but Thiem, ranked 8th in the World, fought back to break twice taking the first set 7-5. He broke twice again in the second set and serving eight aces in the match to take it 6-4 and win his eighth ATP title.

Report (ATP World Tour)

Open 13 Final in Marseille – Tsonga v Pouille

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Two in a row for Tsonga

Jo Wilfried Tsonga won his second straight ATP title adding the Open 13 in Marseille to his Rotterdam Open title last week. He defeated fellow Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-4 braking once in each set. The match lasted 69 minutes. It is the 14th title of Tsonga’s career and his third win in Marseille. He will hope to continue this fine form heading towards the French Open.

Report (Sky Sports)

Delray Beach Open Final in Florida – Sock v Raonic

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Second Title for Sock

Jack Sock has his second ATP title this year after winning his final by default. Top seeded Canadian Milos Raonic had to with draw due to a hamstring injury. As a result Sock is the Champion in Delray Beach, adding to his victory in Auckland in January continuing a fine start to the season for the American.

Report (Tennis World USA)

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Tennis Results

ATP Tour

Rio Open FinalAt The Jockey Club Brasileiro, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Dominic Thiem (Austria) Beat Pablo Carreno Busta (Spain)2-0 (7-5 6-4)

Open 13 FinalAt The Palais Des Sports, Marseille, France

Jo Wilfried Tsonga (France) Beat Lucas Pouille (France) 2-0 (6-4 6-4)

Delray Beach Open Final At Delray Beach, Florida, USA

Jack Sock (USA) Beat Milos Raonic (Canada) by Default

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis – WTA Tour

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WTA Tour

Qatar Open Final – Pliskova v Wozniacki

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Pliskova claims second title of 2017

Czech Karolina Pliskova continued her fine recent form to take her second WTA title of 2017 in Doha. She broke opponent Caroline Wozniacki’s serve in the very first game and dominated the first set taking it 6-3. She broke again in the opening game of the second but Wozniacki showed some character to break back and take it to a tie break. That too went all the way with Pliskova getting the key mini break at 7-8 to secure victory. The win is the eighth WTA title of her career but she has never been in better form than at present. Look for her to be a force at the French Open and Wimbledon as she will be looking for her first Grand Slam

Report (Sky Sports)

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Tennis Results

WTA Tour

Qatar Open FinalAt The International Tennis and Squash complex, Doha, Qatar

Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) Beat Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)2-0 (6-3 7-6)

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis – ATP Tour

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Tennis – WTA Tour

Sud De France Open – Zvarev v Gasquet

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Zvarev upsets the home crowd to end Gasquet’s Montpellier reign

Germany’s Alexander Zvarev upset Richard Gasquet and the crowd hoping to see the Frenchman win in Montpellier for the third straight year. Both men got one break each in the first set but the German held his nerve to take the lead in the tie break. Zvarev then broke again in the eight game of the second set to take a 5-3 lead. Zvarev then served out the final game to take his second ATP title after winning in ST Petersburg in September.

Full Report (Daily Mail)

Sofia Open – Dimitrov v Goffin

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Dimitrov continues excellent form

Grigor Dimitrov has continued his excellent start to the season with victory on home soil in Sofia in his native Bulgaria. He broke opponent David Goffin in second game to take an early 3-0 lead. Goffin fought back to break but at 5-6 Goffin made a series of errors on his service game allowing Dimitrov to take the first set with his first set point. The second set followed a similar pattern as Dimitrov raced into a 5-1 lead and had 0-40, Goffin saved all three match points then broke back in the next game. However at 5-4 he could not break again as Dimitrov finished the contest at the second attempt. Dimitrov has two titles this year and a grand slam semi final to his name in what is looking a potentially big year.

Full Report (Sofia Globe)

Ecuador Open – Estrella Burgos v Lorenzi

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Three Peat for Burgos in Quito

Victor Estrella Burgos from the Dominican Republic won his third straight title in Ecuador winning a tight contest against Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi. Lorenzi took the first set on a tie break but Burgos hit back to break at the key moment to take the second set 7-5. There were no breaks in the final set went all the way to a tie break which itself went all the way. At 6-6 Burgos got the key mini break and took his match point to continue an extraordinary run of 15 straight wins on the clay courts of Quito. Burgos returns to the top 100 in the World rankings as a result

Full Report (Fox Sports)

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Tennis Results

ATP Tour

Sud De France Open FinalAt The Arena Montpellier, Montpellier, France

Alexander Zverev (Germany) Beat Richard Gasquet (France) 2-0 (7-6 6-3)

Sofia Open Final At The Arena Armeec, Sofia, Bulgaria

Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) Beat David Goffin (Belgium)2-0 (7-5 6-4)

Ecuador Open FinalAt The Quito Tennis Center, Quito, Ecuador

Victor Estrella Burgos (Dominican Republic) Beat Paolo Lorenzi (Italy)2-1 (6-7 7-5 7-6)

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