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Cameron Norrie’s new year resolve faces major test from Pierre-Hugues Herbert

• Briton hopes ‘results will come’ at Australian Open• Dan Evans welcomes Tim Henman’s advice in SydneyCameron Norrie does not lack for heart or self-belief but it is difficult to see him getting out of the first round at the Australian Open against th…

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Bob Bryan backs Andy Murray to ‘play for many years’ despite injury setback

• Bryan says Murray is physically close to his peak form• US doubles player had identical hip surgery to MurrayAndy Murray has been backed by Bob Bryan, who underwent the same surgery as the former British No 1, to “play for many more years, winning”.U…

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Heather Watson’s Australian Open hopes lifted by love and Yeovil Town

The British player won just three games in Melbourne last year but is ‘happy on and off court’ thanks to her relationship with Yeovil’s Courtney DuffusOn the eve of the 2020 Australian Open, Heather Watson has said her relationship with the Irish footb…

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Roger Federer opts for diplomacy as pollution questions fill the air

The Swiss is about to meet Steve Johnson but he was not fielding too many questions about his chances of winning the Australian OpenWhen Roger Federer eventually abdicates as the king of tennis, a career in diplomacy beckons. On the eve of the 2020 Aus…

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Djokovic’s Melbourne haven may be hazardous for Nadal and Federer | Kevin Mitchell

Djokovic was near perfect against Nadal in last year’s Australian Open final and, before his bid for a record-extending eighth title, he knows he has the measure of the world No 1 and FedererDan Evans, whose rebirth as one of the wiliest operators on t…

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Djokovic’s Melbourne haven may be hazardous for Nadal and Federer | Kevin Mitchell

Djokovic was near perfect against Nadal in last year’s Australian Open final and, before his bid for a record-extending eighth title, he knows he has the measure of the world No 1 and FedererDan Evans, whose rebirth as one of the wiliest operators on t…

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Andy Murray suffers new injury setback as doubts grow over full-time return

• Murray to miss events in Rotterdam and Montpellier • ‘I don’t want to rush anything or put a timeline on recovery’Andy Murray’s battle to regain full fitness has taken another worrying turn and his quest to return full-time to the Tour must be in ser…

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Andy Murray suffers new injury setback as doubts grow over full-time return

• Murray to miss events in Rotterdam and Montpellier • ‘I don’t want to rush anything or put a timeline on recovery’Andy Murray’s battle to regain full fitness has taken another worrying turn and his quest to return full-time to the Tour must be in ser…

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Australian Open chief tries to calm furious players over air quality

Tennis Australia says tournament will go on‘It boils my blood,’ says Britain’s Liam BroadyThe troubled 2020 Australian Open will start and finish on time, even if matches have to be moved from the exposed outside courts under the cover of the three mai…

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Storm brings relief to Australian Open but cannot stop tempers flaring

• Heat and smoke from bushfires lessened by thunder and rain• World No103 claims Roger Federer does not care about qualifiersLike farmers in a drought peering into an unforgiving sky, tennis turned to the heavens – and Roger Federer – to break the iron…

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Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic resume old rivalry for slam supremacy | Kevin Mitchell

They may not admit it but the pair will be eyeing Roger Federer’s record when they collide in the Australian Open finalThey dare not say it, but history will weigh heavily on the shoulders of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s Australian Open …

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Osaka and Kvitova chase fairytale finish in Australian Open final

Naomi Osaka is one win from a second straight grand slam after the high drama of her US Open win while Petra Kvitova has battled back from injuries caused by an intruder in her homeSascha Bajin, for seven years a hitting partner for Serena Williams, is…

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Australian exit shows Serena Williams is haunted by trauma of US meltdown

Serena Williams has insisted she will ‘soldier on’ in search of slam glory but her quarter-final collapse against Karolina Pliskova posed questions about her emotional stateSerena Williams leaves Melbourne – and the rest of tennis – less certain about …

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Australian Open: Serena Williams loses to Karolina Pliskova in thriller match

Pliskova beats Williams 6-4, 4-6, 7-5Naomi Osaka beats Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-1Serena Williams, her movement cramped late in the match by a rolled ankle, blew a third-set 5-1 lead, four match points, a rematch with Naomi Osaka and a chance to equal the…

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Novak Djokovic sees off Medvedev to set up Nishikori battle at Australian Open

• Djokovic into last eight with 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 win • Nishikori beats Carreño Busta, Raonic defeats ZverevIf the guard is changing at the summit of tennis, it is doing so slowly and without conviction, as Novak Djokovic steps into the void left by t…

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Andy Murray’s career could be saved by metal hip implant, says Bob Bryan

• The 23-times grand slam doubles winner had surgery in August• Bryan wins on return and says Scot is ‘watching me like a hawk’The American doubles champion Bob Bryan, who is back on a tennis court five months after having a metal implant in his hip, s…

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Wimbledon without surgery is ‘option B’ but Murray has a plan to ponder | Kevin Mitchell

Andy Murray has two choices: to rest and sign off at Wimbledon in five months or, his preferred option, to have an operationThere was a moment of tranquillity after the tumult for Andy Murray as speculation swirled around Melbourne Park about where he …

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Judy Murray: ‘I just get the sense Andy’s not quite ready to quit yet’

• No rush to make a decision, says Murray’s mum in Melbourne• ‘Whatever he decides I’ll be right behind him’, she addsAndy Murray’s mother, Judy, thinks he could play tennis again, although she believes he is still agonising over further hip surgery th…

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Johanna Konta: bullish new attitude as she moves on from forgettable 2018

While women’s tennis is soon to lose its guardian angel in Andy Murray, others in the game remain who are not so disposed to the causeIf Johanna Konta is to shed the torpor that strangled her tennis in 2018, she could hardly wish for a more open battle…

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Harriet Dart: ‘Sharapova has always been my idol, it will be cool to play her’

The improving Londoner could give her inspiration a tough test when they meet in the Australian Open first roundFor Harriet Dart, who forced a tie-break out of the former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova at Wimbledon last year, the prospect of sharing a co…