Federer captures 10th Grand Slam win

MELBOURNE, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Roger Federer captured his 10th Grand Slam title Sunday, beating Chilean Fernando Gonzalez in straight sets at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Security tightened at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Tournament officials tightened security at the Australian Open in Melbourne after clashes Sunday between Greek, Serbian and Croatian fans. More than 150 spectators were ejected from the tournament grounds after rival fans battled with flag sticks, bottles

Mauresmo, Serena cruise at Aussie tennis

MELBOURNE, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Amelie Mauresmo downed American Shenay Perry and Serena Williams crushed Italy's Mara Santangelo in opening round action at the Australian Open.

Federer, Roddick advance at Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Roger Federer and Andy Roddick both won their first-round matches Monday on Day 1 at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Switzerland's Federer, the tennis tournament's defending champion handled German Bjorn Phau 7-5, 6-0, 6-4 in straight-sets at Rod Laver

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2006 with 144 to follow.
By United Press International

Clijsters ousts Hingis at Aus. Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Belgian Kim Clijsters downed unseeded Swiss Martina Hingis at the Australian Open Wednesday in three sets in the quarterfinals. Clijsters, the 2005 U.S. Open titlist and the runner-up at the Aussie Open in 2004, earned a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victor

Federer, Grosjean advance in Aus. Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Roger Federer got past Russian Nikolay Davydenko in four sets, and German Nicolas Kiefer downed Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean at the Australian Open. The top-seeded/world No. 1 Federer was tested by the fifth-seeded Davydenko in a hard-fought 6-4, 3-6, 7-6

Nalbandian in Australian Open semifinals

MELBOURNE, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Fourth-seeded David Nalbandian downed Frenchman Fabrice Santoro in straight sets Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Roddick advances in Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Andy Roddick easily advanced into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a straight-set victory over Julien Benneteau Friday. Roddick needed just one hour and 22 minutes to post a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 decision over the overmatched Frenchman a

Federer into Australian Open third round

MELBOURNE, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Roger Federer of Switzerland posted a straight-set win over German Florian Mayer in Thursday's second-round action at the 2006 Australian Open. World No. 1 and the 2004 Melbourne titlist, Federer blasted Mayer 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 in just 72 minutes at Rod Laver

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2005 with 144 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Aug. 9, the 222nd day of 2004 with 144 to follow.
By United Press International

Ruth to be in World Sports Hall of Fame

TORONTO, June 2 (UPI) -- Babe Ruth, Joe Louis and Jim Thorpe were among the 17 athletes chosen Wednesday to make up the first class of the World Sports Hall of Fame.

Melbourne may ban raves at arenas

MELBOURNE, March 8 (UPI) -- Officials in Melbourne, Australia, are considering banning dance parties at Rod Laver and Vodafone arenas after 10 youths overdosed at a rave.

Australia braces for gangsta rapper

MELBOURNE, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The Melbourne Herald Sun announced with an air of warning Tuesday rap star 50 Cent is "coming our way."
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Rod Laver
Slovenian gymnast Mitja Petkovsek performs his parallel bars routine in the apparatus finals at the Rod Laver Arena for the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne, Australia on November 27, 2005. Petkovsek, 28, scored 9.700 points to win the gold medal. (UPI Photo / Grace Chiu)

Rodney George "Rod" Laver MBE (born 9 August 1938) is an Australian former tennis player who holds the record for titles won in career, and was the World No. 1 player for seven consecutive years, from 1964 to 1970 (from 1964 to 1967 in the professional circuit) . He is the only tennis player to have twice won the Grand Slam (all four major singles titles in the same year) – first as an amateur in 1962 and second as a professional in 1969. He is the only male player and was the first player, male or female, to have won the Grand Slam during the open era. In 1988 Steffi Graf also achieved this feat. He won eleven Majors and eight Pro Slams. In 1967 he also won the Professional Grand Slam (only Ken Rosewall did the same in 1963). In addition he won nine Championship Series titles (1970-75) the precursors to the current Masters 1000. Laver won and excelled on all the surfaces of his time (grass,clay and wood/parquet), and was ranked as the best professional player in the world during the five-year period he was excluded from the Grand Slam tournaments. Rod Laver is the second and last male player to win each major title twice in his career. Only Roy Emerson and Margaret Court had won all four Grand Slam tournaments twice before Laver in the history of tennis. Laver is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Within his slams there are also 6 in doubles and 2 in mixed doubles.

Although of a slightly short and medium build (1.72 m), Laver developed a technically complete serve-and-volley game, with aggressive groundstrokes to back it up. As Dan Maskell put it, he was "technically faultless, from his richly varied serve to his feather-light touch on drop volleys plus a backhand drive carrying destructive topspin when needed or controlling slice when the situation demanded it." His left-handed serve was well disguised and wide swinging. His wristy groundstrokes on both flanks were hit with topspin, an innovation in the 1960s, as was the attacking topspin lob, which Laver developed into a weapon. His stroke technique was based on quick shoulder turns, true swings, and exquisite timing. His backhand, often hit on the run, was a point-ender that gave him an advantage. Laver was very quick and mobile and had a gigantic left forearm. Rex Bellamy wrote, "The strength of that wrist and forearm gave him blazing power without loss of control, even when he was on the run and at full stretch. The combination of speed and strength, especially wrist strength, enabled him to hit ferocious winners when way out of court." At the net, he had forcing volleys, often hit as stroke volleys. Especially on the backhand, he could hit sharp underspin angles as well. Julius Heldman pointed out, "He is competent on low balls, handling them with underspin for control, but he will cream any ball at waist level or higher." He was difficult to lob, because of his springing agility, and when forced to retreat, he could come up with a vicious counterpunch.

As an amateur, Laver was a somewhat flashy player, often a late starter. He had to learn to control his adventurous shotmaking and integrate percentage tennis into his game when he turned professional. In his prime, he could adapt his style to all surfaces and to all conditions. Laver had a great record in five-set-matches, often turning things around with subtle changes of tactics or by simply hitting his way out of danger. When he got into the "zone", he went for broke. Then he would, as Heldman explains, "literally jump and throw his racket at the ball with all the force he could muster, wrist and arm snapping over at the hit."

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