Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Drama on the Court; an Ace Year for an Aussie Youngster Highlights the Season of Tennis around the World

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Drama on the Court; an Ace Year for an Aussie Youngster Highlights the Season of Tennis around the World

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Byline: Gordon Clark

"I THINK I was in the zone out there."

That was probably the understatement of the year and it came from Aussie 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios after he pulled off one of the greatest upsets of all time, beating world No.1 Rafael Nadal 7-6 5-7 7-6 6-3 in the round of 16 at Wimbledon.

The achievement made the Canberra teenager the first Australian ranked outside the top 100 to beat a world No.1 since 1992, and the first teenager to achieve the feat at a grand slam since Nadal himself beat Roger Federer in the French Open in 2005.

In a draw compressed by days lost through rain, Kyrgios was forced to back up in the quarter-finals the next day when he was beaten 6-7 6-2 6-4 7-6 by big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic.

The Aussie youngster finished the year ranked at No.52, the second-highest Aussie behind veteran Lleyton Hewitt at No.50.

Survival of the fittest

IN what became a war of attrition in 2014, Serbia's Novak Djokovic was the last man standing and deservedly earned the world No.1 ranking.

With Scot Andy Murray recovering from back surgery, clay-court king Rafael Nadal ending his season early after appendicitis, and Roger Federer pulling out of the ATP World Tour final with a back problem, Djokovic sat on the sport's throne, warning his rivals he was not about to abdicate any time soon.

"Right now I'm at the pinnacle in my career. I physically feel very fit. I'm very motivated to keep on playing on a very high level," he said after taking the World Tour title in London.

The 27-year-old, who married long-time girlfriend Jelena Ristic just four days after beating Federer in five sets to win the Wimbledon title, ended the year with seven more titles and $A17.1 million in prize money.

Serena blossoms again

QUESTIONS were asked when Serena Williams pulled out of two tournaments in China in September and October, before flying to Europe for scans on a knee injury.

But the American answered them emphatically by winning her fifth season-ending WTA Finals tournament in Singapore, joining greats Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova as the event's only five-time winners. …

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