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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…

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Australian Open: Kyle Edmund happy at progress before tricky Berdych test

• British No1 missed Sydney International with knee strain• Edmund: ‘My knee is a lot better than it was’There is no avoiding what might be called post-Murray-era ennui here, but once Kyle Edmund got his tributes out of the way, the Scot’s heir apparen…

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Andy Murray admits: ‘It’s not how I want to finish, that’s the hardest part’

• Murray expects to have surgery after his last match• ‘I was in too much pain, I wasn’t enjoying it any more’Andy Murray, a complex man in search of simple pleasures, is resigned to hobbling away in pain from the sport that has been his life for more …

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Australian Open: Johanna Konta fit after injury but Brits may feel pain

Konta and Kyle Edmund lead British hopes in Melbourne but the draw has not been kind and hopes of any second-week involvement do not look particularly strongAs the thin red line of British tennis thickened to a modest eight players in Melbourne on Frid…

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Andy Murray: British tennis hails arguably nation’s best sportsman ever | Kevin Mitchell

The Scot can look back on a career littered with gold and cruelly bloodied by the slings and arrows of lifeIt is a poignant oddity that Andy Murray’s tennis career is ending as it began: in pain, struggle and confusion. When the thin, hairy teenager fr…

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Australian Open 2019: Serena Williams faces tough path to win 24th major

Draw puts Williams on course to meet Halep in fourth roundJohanna Konta to play Ajla Tomljanovic in Melbourne openerAll eyes were on Serena Williams, who won the Australian Open when seven weeks pregnant in 2017 and needs one more major to draw alongsi…

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Australian Open: Federer keeps his cool as heat of battle is fierce around him | Kevin Mitchell

Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki withstood the intense heat which affected so many players at the Australian OpenThis turbulent Australian Open has been about longevity, endurance and iced towels, three of the defining features of the modern game.T…

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Federer to face Cilic in Australian Open final after blister forces Chung to retire

• Hyeon Chung pulls out of semi-final while trailing 6–1, 5–2• Federer will play his 30th grand slam final against Cilic on SundayRoger Federer literally and figuratively ran Hyeon Chung off his feet on his way to a record seventh Australian Open final…

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Federer to face Cilic in Australian Open final after blister forces Chung to retire

• Hyeon Chung pulls out of semi-final while trailing 6–1, 5–2• Federer will play his 30th grand slam final against Cilic on SundayRoger Federer literally and figuratively ran Hyeon Chung off his feet on his way to a record seventh Australian Open final…

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Davis Cup: Kyle Edmund to lead Britain into tricky Spain tie

Edmund’s rising status reflected in key role for Marbella tieNorrie, Broady, Inglot and Jamie Murray also in GB teamKyle Edmund will lead Great Britain’s team in their difficult Davis Cup tie against Spain in Marbella – and he will travel with his repu…

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Andy Murray delivers positive recovery update: ‘Much better than I expected’

Former world No 1 holds impromptu Q&A session on TwitterRecovery going ‘really well … Much better than I expected so far’Andy Murray held a pre-dawn Twitter question-and-answer session on Saturday that revealed, among major and minor secrets, that …