Rod Laver


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Laver, Rod

(Rodney George Laver) (lā`vər), 1938–, Australian tennis player. He left school at age 15 to pursue tennis and in 1962 became the first male grand-slam winner in tennis since Don Budge in 1938. Noted for his extraordinarily powerful serve, Laver turned professional in 1962. He won the grand slam again in 1969, the only person ever to do so twice. In 1971 he became the first professional tennis player to pass the $1 million mark in total earnings.
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Maria Sharapova will be centre stage on Rod Laver Arena against Angelique Kerber later in a fascinating encounter between the only two Australian Open winners left in the women's draw.
As the Rod Laver Arena stood to salute the defending champion, Djokovic bent down and kissed the court in celebration.
If Nadal wins the Australian Open, he will become the first man since Rod Laver to win all four Grand Slams in a row -- a feat that hasn't been achieved since 1969 .
Despite that, Williams does not think she will be a disadvantage when pair step out on Rod Laver Arena.
Nadal needed four hours and 23 minutes to get the better of three-time champion Federer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-2 at Rod Laver Arena, his fifth victory against his Swiss rival in seven grand slam finals.
Murray, who is 1-4 to beat Tsonga, is third up in the Rod Laver Arena after Serena Williams and Justine Henin begin their campaigns in the women's singles, and should be on court at around 3am.
And McEnroe says that leaves him short of six-times French Open winner Borg and Aussie ace Rod Laver.
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Summary: Melbourne [Australia], Jan 23 (ANI): World number one Rafael Nadal will continue his quest for second Australian Open title as he faces Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals in the opening night match on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday.
The 36-year-old defending champion reached the fourth round of the Melbourne Park tournament for the 16th time by shifting up the gears when required to see off his French opponent in just under two hours on Rod Laver Arena.
The much-waited debut of Filipino fighter Jenel 'The Demolition Man' Lausa in the UFC has been moved next month at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.