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  • Djokovic puts down Federer fightback to reach final

    Djokovic puts down Federer fightback to reach final

    Champion Novak Djokovic foiled a stirring fightback from Roger Federer to defeat the Swiss 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3 at the Australian Open and charge into a fifth successive grand slam final. Storming to a two-set lead within an hour, Djokovic appeared...

  • Rule Britannia in Melbourne as Murray, Konta through

    Rule Britannia in Melbourne as Murray, Konta through

    British hearts swelled with pride at Melbourne Park yesterday as Andy Murray battled into the Australian Open semi-finals after compatriot Johanna Konta swept into the last four of the women’s tournament. Murray won a typically attritional slog...

  • Easy does it as Djokovic and Serena reach last four

    Easy does it as Djokovic and Serena reach last four

    Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams faced what were supposed to be their biggest challenges to date at this year’s Australian Open yesterday but both rattled off comfortable victories to march into the semi-finals. Australia Day fireworks were...

  • Raonic stuns Wawrinka, qualifier Zhang rolls on

    Raonic stuns Wawrinka, qualifier Zhang rolls on

    Milos Raonic struck a blow for the next generation of men’s tennis by flooring former champion Stan Wawrinka yesterday before China’s Zhang Shuai became the first qualifier to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals in more than 20 years. Second...

  • Djokovic survives scare as Williams rocks on

    Djokovic survives scare as Williams rocks on

    Novak Djokovic’s grip on the Australian Open title looked shaky for a short spell yesterday but the world number one finally shook off Gilles Simon in a four-and-a-half hour marathon to take his place in the quarter-finals. Serena Williams, by...

  • Father-in-law collapse sours Murray’s day, Muguruza out

    Father-in-law collapse sours Murray’s day, Muguruza out

    The Australian Open tennis championships were rocked late yesterday when Andy Murray’s father-in-law Nigel Sears collapsed during a match at Rod Laver Arena, overshadowing the world number two’s advance to the fourth round. Sears, the coach of...

  • Djokovic, Serena lead old guard through

    Djokovic, Serena lead old guard through

    Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams reached the fourth round of the Australian Open without having lost a set between them yesterday as the grand slam establishment held firm on day five of the championships. Tougher challenges will undoubtedly...

  • 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...

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