Novak Djokovic has pronounced himself “very, very happy” after his first match for six months following elbow trouble. But doubts surfaced over Stan Wawrinka’s fitness for next week’s Australian Open after he pulled out of an exhibition event.
Federer wins Aust. Open tuneup event at Kooyong
Lleyton Hewitt rolled back the years and gave local fans some excitement before the Australian Open next week by demolishing world No 7 Juan Martin del Potro 6-1 6-4 to claim the Kooyong Classic title on Saturday.
Argentine Juan Martin del Potro crushed Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 6-1 to reach the final of the Kooyong Classic on Friday, where he will face home favourite Lleyton Hewitt.
Cypriot Baghdatis, an Australian Open finalist in 2006, was left flat-footed on a windy day at the former home of the Australian Open as he went down with more than 20 unforced errors in his abbreviated appearance.
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt defeated an ailing Gael Monfils 7-5 6-3 to win the invitational Kooyong Classic in Melbourne on Saturday and take a timely shot of confidence into next week's Australian Open.
Persistent rain confined a raft of Australian Open contenders to the clubhouse at the invitational Kooyong Classic on Thursday, washing out the second day and leaving organisers with headaches to cobble a working schedule.
Lleyton Hewitt fanned hopes of a hometown win in the Australian Open when he upset Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 at the exhibition Kooyong Classic on Wednesday.
Hewitt, ranked 54, beat the 10th-ranked Youzhny in his first appearance at Kooyong to show promising form ahead of the season’s first Grand Slam which starts on Monday.
Spain's Fernando Verdasco emerged as a strong contender for next week's Australian Open with a 6-1 6-2 demolition of world number three Novak Djokovic to book a place in the final of the Kooyong Classic.
World number three Novak Djokovic and U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro kicked off their Australian Open preparations with easy first-round wins at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne on Wednesday.
U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro will stand in for Roger Federer at the invitational Kooyong Classic in January if the Swiss world number one decides against defending his title, organisers said on Tuesday.
Roger Federer crushed Olympic gold medal-winning doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka on Saturday to win the Australian Open tuneup event at Kooyong.
Federer, one away from equaling Pete Sampras’ record 14 Grand Slam titles, broke Wawrinka’s serve three times in the first seven games and downed his Swiss compatriot 6-1, 6-3 win in just 57 minutes.