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  • Hewitt bows out for good

    Hewitt bows out for good

    Lleyton Hewitt bade an emotional farewell under the Australian Open floodlights yesterday as David Ferrer snuffed out any chance of fairytale final flourish from the local hero. After world number two Andy Murray had trampled on home sensibilities...

  • ‘British players rejected match-fixing approach’

    Leading coach Dave Sammel has revealed two of his British players were approached to throw matches. Richard Gabb and Scott Clayton were confronted at a tournament in Turkey two years ago by Russian player Andrey Kumantsov. The pair rejected the...

  • Top seeds make progress

    Top seeds make progress

    World number one Novak Djokovic swept regally into the third round of the Australian Open yesterday before being forced to deny any involvement in the tennis match-fixing scandal that has dogged the first three days of the grand slam. The Serbian...

  • Nadal, Halep out on day of shocks in Melbourne

    Nadal, Halep out on day of shocks in Melbourne

    The more familiar shock of falling seeds added to the ructions caused by allegations of tennis corruption as former champion Rafa Nadal and highly-fancied Simona Halep both departed in the first round of the Australian Open yesterday. Nadal...

  • Education is the key to preventing match-fixing says Murray

    Young tennis players need to be educated about the implications of match-fixing and the sport needs to be more pro-active in talking about the issue, world number two Andy Murray said yesterday. The start of the Australian Open has been...

  • Dominant duo make hay in Melbourne

    Dominant duo make hay in Melbourne

    It was very much business as usual for Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams at the Australian Open yesterday, even if allegations of widespread match-fixing cast a shadow over the opening day of the year’s first grand slam. As the sun shone and more...

  • Tennis hit by fixing reports

    World tennis was rocked yesterday by allegations that the game’s authorities have failed to deal with widespread match-fixing, just as the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of the year, kicked off in Melbourne. Tennis authorities...

  • Djokovic calm about extreme Melbourne heat

    Djokovic calm about extreme Melbourne heat

    World number one Novak Djokovic is a red hot favourite to overcome all opponents and clinch another Australian Open title this year, although extreme temperatures will be a wild card the Serb has to watch out for. Djokovic opens the defence of his...

  • Federer gives Djokovic ‘little star’ of approval

    Federer gives Djokovic ‘little star’ of approval

    Novak Djokovic deserves a “little star” next to his name for a spectacular 2015 season that saw him win three grand slams among his 11 titles but the men’s game is not simply a matter of the Serb versus the rest, Roger Federer said yesterday. The...

  • Djokovic to battle rising South Korean first up

    Djokovic to battle rising South Korean first up

    Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic’s road to a sixth Australian Open title starts with a first-round match against South Korean young gun Chung Hyeon, while women’s champion Serena Williams faces feisty Italian Camila Giorgi. A rising...

  • Halep holds off Pliskova

    World number two Simona Halep continued her preparations for next week’s Australian Open by booking a semi-final berth at the Sydney International with a gritty straight-sets win over Karolina Pliskova yesterday. The Romanian withdrew from the...

  • Fitness doubts remain on Halep

    Fitness doubts remain on Halep

    World number two Simona Halep overcame a nagging Achilles problem to beat Caroline Garcia, of France, at the Sydney International yesterday ahead of next week’s Australian Open. The Romanian withdrew from the Brisbane International last week...

  • Murray hopes for Djokovic drop-off

    Murray hopes for Djokovic drop-off

    Finally clinching an elusive Australian Open crown is Andy Murray’s number one goal for the new year but the Briton concedes that his hopes of success at Melbourne Park may rest on champion Novak Djokovic having an off-day. World number one...

  • Raonic takes revenge on Federer to win in Brisbane

    Raonic takes revenge on Federer to win in Brisbane

    An inspired Milos Raonic toppled Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 to win the Brisbane International yesterday and avenge his defeat to the Swiss master in last year’s final. Raonic unleashed his usual serving blitz but it was the rangy Canadian’s...

  • Bouchard heads to Melbourne with low expectations

    Former golden girl Eugenie Bouchard is heading into the Australian Open with “zero expectations” of success after a year plagued by injury and poor form. Following a breakout year in 2014, the Canadian tumbled out of the top 10 with first round...

  • Azarenka sounds warning with fine win in Brisbane

    Azarenka sounds warning with fine win in Brisbane

    Victoria Azarenka displayed the kind of form that could lead her to a hat-trick of Australian Open titles later this month by brushing aside German fourth seed Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-1 in the Brisbane International final, yesterday. The former...

  • Djokovic crushes Nadal to start new year with Doha title

    Djokovic crushes Nadal to start new year with Doha title

    Novak Djokovic moved ahead for the first time in his long-running rivalry with Rafael Nadal when the world number one thrashed the Spaniard to win the Qatar Open in Doha today. Serbian Djokovic, appearing in his 16th consecutive final, won 6-1 6-2...

  • Federer edges past Dimitrov in Brisbane quarter-finals

    Federer edges past Dimitrov in Brisbane quarter-finals

    Roger Federer quelled Grigor Dimitrov’s challenge in three sets in the Brisbane International quarter-finals and Victoria Azarenka blew away Samantha Crawford to reach the final in the women’s draw yesterday. Azarenka ended American qualifier...

  • Great Britain miss out on final spot in the Hopman Cup

    Great Britain were denied a place in the Hopman Cup final as Australia Green edged out France in a tense finish. The British team of Andy Murray and Heather Watson had put pressure on Australia by beating Germany 3-0 in Perth, earlier in the...

  • Federer sails in Brisbane

    Roger Federer took 55 minutes to dispel all injury doubts with a 6-2 6-1 routing of unheralded German Tobias Kamke in the second round of the Brisbane International yesterday. Media speculations swirled around the fitness of the world number three...

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