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Novak Djokovic achieves ‘absolute perfection’ in routing Rafael Nadal | Kevin Mitchell

The Serb moves into another area of excellence in winning the Australian Open and sets his sights on the ‘ultimate challenge’ of beating Nadal on clay in ParisNovak Djokovic is the best tennis player in the world: now, and for the foreseeable future, p…

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Rafael Nadal dismantles Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach Australian Open final

2009 champion ends 20-year-old’s run with 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 winNadal will play Novak Djokovic or Lucas Pouille for titleJohn McEnroe does not get a lot wrong. However, when he suggested a few days ago that Stefanos Tsitispas’s victory over Roger Federer mi…

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Pouille to face Djokovic in Australian Open semi-final after defeating Raonic

• Raonic surprisingly beaten 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-4• Kei Nishikori pulls up lame to hand Djokovic a free passA year since Rafael Nadal scrambled calculations for the Australian Open by quitting with a hip injury in the quarters, Kei Nishikori did l…

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Petra Kvitova beats home favourite Barty to enter Australian Open last four

• Czech secures first Melbourne Park semi-final in seven years• The world No 6 will play American outsider Danielle CollinsSentiment counts for little in sport but what there is left in Melbourne this week will be split in the semi?finals between a for…

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Petra Kvitova beats home favourite Barty to enter Australian Open last four

• Czech secures first Melbourne Park semi-final in seven years• The world No 6 will play American outsider Danielle CollinsSentiment counts for little in sport but what there is left in Melbourne this week will be split in the semi?finals between a for…

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Serena Williams too hot for Simona Halep in tense Australian Open battle

Williams defeats world No 1 Halep 6–1, 4–6, 6–4 Karolina Pliskova awaits for Williams in quarter-finalsThe last time Serena Williams came to Melbourne, she was five weeks pregnant and went on to win the Australian Open for the seventh time. On day eigh…

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Doubles troubles: Dan Evans sparks feud with Jamie Murray

Evans: doubles stars don’t work to ‘make it in singles’Murray angrily retorts: ‘I make a better living than Dan’There’s troubles in doubles. The seemingly innocuous observation by Jamie Murray that the widely respected specialist coach, Louis Cayer, de…

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Stefanos Tsitsipas stuns Roger Federer in four-set Australian Open thriller

• No 14 seed wins 6-7 (11), 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (5)• Tsitsipas will face Roberto Bautista-Agut in quartersRoger Federer, who was the oldest player left in the men’s draw at 37, gave his blessing to the youngest, 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, after the …

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Australian Open: Barty overcomes first-set loss to see off Sharapova

Ashleigh Barty defeats Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 Australian progresses to her first major quarter-finalMaria Sharapova, the ice queen of tennis, melted in the warm glow that swelled in the Rod Laver Arena on day seven of the 2019 Australian Open, l…

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Australian Open: Halep to meet Serena Williams in last-16 clash worthy of final

• World No 1 beats Venus Williams for loss of five games• Serena Williams makes short work of Dayana YastremskaA fourth-round collision on Monday that will rip the 2019 Australian Open wide apart brings the official world No 1, Simona Halep, and the be…

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Home hopes lifted as Ashleigh Barty earns shot at Maria Sharapova | Kevin Mitchell

The Queenslander’s run has provided a boost for Australian tennis after Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic’s spatAshleigh Barty, who strips down many of her trophies and gives them to friends to recycle for juniors at a Brisbane club, writes the sort of …

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Andy Murray pulls out of Marseille tournament as he weighs up hip surgery

Murray’s team deny he has already decided to have operationMarseille statement said Scot would ‘undergo further surgery’Fevered speculation about Andy Murray’s retirement plans refuses to die down just days after his early exit from the Australian Open…

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Retirement not on Roger Federer’s mind after sweeping into Australian Open last 16

Swiss No 3 seed beats Taylor Fritz 6-2, 7-5, 6-2Defending champion to play Stefanos Tsitsipas nextRoger Federer at 37 shows no signs of sending his fans into mourning by even thinking about retiring from tennis, and said after his 100th match on Rod La…

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Garbiñe Muguruza beats Johanna Konta in late-night finish to end British hopes

• Muguruza through to third round after 6-4, 6-7(3), 7-5 win• Match finished at 3.12am on Margaret Court ArenaJohanna Konta became the last of eight British players to leave the 2019 Australian Open, and in the most bizarre circumstances, sharing the r…

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Djokovic trounces Tsonga to set up Australian Open meeting with Shapovalov

• Serb into third round after 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 victory• Shapovalov says facing Djokovic will be ‘just awesome’Novak Djokovic is still the player to beat at this Australian Open. In a routine three-set workout against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the world No 1 loo…

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Aryna Sabalenka wins but praises Katie Boulter’s aggression at Australian Open

• No 11 seed Sabalenka beats Boulter 6-3, 6-4 in second round• British player’s ‘really big hitting’ impresses Annabel CroftKatie Boulter was lauded for a brave losing debut in the Australian Open, but it was equally obvious that opponents such as the …

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Dan Evans smiles in defeat by Roger Federer after ‘terrible’ time during ban

Evans delivers best display since comeback, losing 7-6, 7-6, 6-3‘I was in a bad place,’ he says of nine-month drugs suspension A year after he found himself “in a pretty bad place” and contemplating retirement from tennis at 27, Dan Evans can smile aga…

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Jamie Murray asks if UK tennis wasted opportunities during brother’s decade at top

Playing numbers dropped during Andy Murray era‘Not much to show for everything he’s put in’The long-standing perception that British tennis wasted Andy Murray’s ascent to the upper reaches of the game over the past decade was given further substance by…

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Bernard Tomic’s attack on Leyton Hewitt symptomatic of mateship gone sour

Tomic has always been an outsider and is determinedly so now, with even Nick Kyrgios seemingly no longer in his cornerAustralian sport runs on mateship, like much of society here. So it was no surprise when the wagons circled after Bernard Tomic embarr…

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Johanna Konta survives first round test as ruthless Serena Williams eases through

British No 1 beats Ajla Tomljanovic in tie-breakerWilliams deals with Tatjama Maria in 49 minutesJohanna Konta is in the same quarter of the draw as Serena Williams but their respective victories on day two confirmed the British player’s suspicions tha…