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  • Nadal survives Monfils fightback

    Nadal survives  Monfils fightback

    Rafa Nadal returned to the grand slam big-time by fending off Gael Monfils 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-4 in a tense clash yesterday to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals. Former champion Nadal had not reached the last eight in a major since the 2015...

  • Serena grinds down dogged Strycova to reach quarter-finals

    Serena Williams battled a misbehaving serve and scorching heat but stayed cool under pressure in a 7-5 6-4 win over Czech Barbora Strycova to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals yesterday. Second seed Williams was broken three times in the...

  • Murray downed by Zverev

    Murray downed by Zverev

    Andy Murray’s hopes of finally getting his hands on the Australian Open title were ended for another year when the top seed and world number one was tied up in knots and flung out of the fourth round by Mischa Zverev yesterday. With reigning...

  • Women’s top seed Kerber knocked out

    Women’s top seed Kerber knocked out

    Top seed and reigning champion Angelique Kerber was bundled out of the fourth round of the Australian Open by big-hitting American Coco Vandeweghe yesterday, losing 6-2 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena. The German world number one’s exit followed that of...

  • Nadal holds off rising talent Zverev to reach last 16

    Nadal holds off rising talent Zverev to reach last 16

    Rafa Nadal held off a fierce challenge from one of the hottest prospects in the game when he outlasted German teenager Alexander Zverev 4-6 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2 to reach the last 16 of the Australian Open yesterday. The Spaniard, champion here in...

  • Murray avoids Djokovic fate to reach the fourth round

    Murray avoids Djokovic fate to reach the fourth round

    With Novak Djokovic’s reign broken, Andy Murray boosted his claim to the Melbourne Park throne with a comprehensive 6-4 6-2 6-4 win over American Sam Querrey to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open yesterday. Top seed Murray, beaten in...

  • Djokovic’s record title bid ends in second round

    Djokovic’s record title bid ends in second round

    Novak Djokovic’s bid for a record seventh Australian Open title came to a stunning end yesterday when the Serbian packed his bags and headed home in the wake of a second-round upset at the hands of world number 117 Denis Istomin. The 29-year-old...

  • Radwanska suffers first-round heartache

    Radwanska suffers first-round heartache

    Third seed and former semi-finalist Agnieszka Radwanska was knocked out of the second round of the Australian Open by Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni yesterday, becoming the highest seed to fall in the women’s draw at Melbourne Park. World number...

  • Andy Murray hands out a masterclass

    Andy Murray hands out a masterclass

    Andy Murray looked every bit the world number one as he gave Russian teenager Andrey Rublev a lesson in grand slam tennis to reach the third round of the Australian Open with a clear 6-3 6-0 6-2 win yesterday. The Briton was troubled only briefly...

  • Birthday girl Kerber survives another meltdown

    Angelique Kerber celebrated her 29th birthday with a shaky 6-2 6-7 6-2 win over Carina Witthoeft at the Australian Open yesterday but the world number one will have much to ponder in her title defence once the candles are blown out. The top seed...

  • Federer makes winning return in Melbourne, Murray through

    Federer makes winning return in Melbourne, Murray through

    Roger Federer made a winning return to competitive tennis after six months out of the game yesterday, thrilling a packed Rod Laver Arena as he beat qualifier Juergen Melzer 7-5 3-6 6-2 6-2 to reach the Australian Open second round. The 35-year-old...

  • Staying number one harder than getting there – Kerber

    Staying number one harder than getting there – Kerber

    Melbourne Park was ground zero for the stunning breakthrough of Angelique Kerber’s career so the German has naturally savoured some golden memories before the defence of her Australian Open title. The emotions bubbled to the surface as...

  • Murray confidence sky high despite final hurdle failures

    Murray confidence sky high despite final hurdle failures

    Losing five Melbourne Park finals would leave many believing they were destined to never win the Australian Open title but world number one Andy Murray remains confident that this could be the year he lays his demons to rest. Murray, after all,...

  • Teenaged Russian ousts no.1 Kerber

    Teenaged Russian ousts no.1 Kerber

    Angelique Kerber’s build-up for next week’s Australian Open suffered a setback when the world number one was beaten 7-6 6-2 by Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina in the second round of the Sydney International yesterday. An error-prone Kerber...

  • Murray upbeat despite defeat to Djokovic

    Andy Murray believes there is more to come from him in 2017 as he switches focus to success at the Australian Open following a dramatic three-set defeat to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Qatar Open, on Saturday. Defending champion Djokovic...

  • Djokovic makes statement in epic win over Murray

    Djokovic makes statement in epic win over Murray

    Novak Djokovic made an immense statement in his bid to rule men’s tennis again when he defeated Andy Murray, the man who deposed him as world no.1, 6-3 5-7 6-4 in an epic Qatar Open final in Doha yesterday. Looking back to near his peerless best...

  • Svitolina knocks out world no.1 Kerber

    Svitolina knocks out world no.1  Kerber

    World number one Angelique Kerber was knocked out of the Brisbane International by Elina Svitolina yesterday while second seed Dominika Cibulkova also succumbed to a quarter-final upset. Ukrainian sixth seed Svitolina prevailed 6-4 3-6 6-3 in her...

  • Erratic Serena shocked by Brengle in Auckland

    Erratic Serena shocked by Brengle in Auckland

    Serena Williams’s Australian Open preparation suffered a jolt with fellow American Madison Brengle stunning the world number two 6-4 6-7 6-4 in the second round of the Auckland Classic yesterday. Playing her first tournament since her semi-final...

  • Zverev humbles Federer in Hopman Cup

    Roger Federer’s return from a six-month injury lay-off suffered a setback when German teenager Alexander Zverev shocked the Swiss great 7-6 6-7 7-6 in an entertaining Hopman Cup tie yesterday. The 17-times grand-slam winner underwent knee surgery...

  • Serena shakes out rust to advance in Auckland

    Serena shakes out rust to advance in Auckland

    World number two Serena Williams shook out any cobwebs from four months away from tennis with a 6-3 6-4 victory over France’s Pauline Parmentier in the first round of the Auckland Classic yesterday. The 35-year-old had not played a competitive...

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