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Peter McNamara obituary

Australian tennis player who found fame in doubles with Paul McNameeiThe tennis player Peter McNamara, who has died aged 64 from prostate cancer, was as straightforward as he was talented. “Macca won well and he lost well, which is so hard,” said the o…

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World No 1 Naomi Osaka splits with coach two weeks after Australian Open win

Sascha Bajin helped Osaka to two straight major titlesWTA coach of the year wishes Japanese all the bestNaomi Osaka has split from coach Sascha Bajin, a little more than two weeks after she won the Australian Open to secure a second consecutive grand s…

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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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‘Not too bad’: Novak Djokovic jokes with reporters after Australian Open win – video

Novak Djokovic was on cloud nine as he spoke to the media after claiming an unprecedented seventh Australian Open men’s singles crown.The resurgent world No 1 destroyed his rival Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3 in the most one-sided men’s final at Melbourne P…

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Naomi Osaka says Wimbledon’s grass is ‘a little bit frightening’

Australian Open winner admits to seeing players ‘sliding and slipping’ on grass and having a fear of the surface, adding: ‘I think I have to change that’Most tennis players dream of winning a grand slam title, very few get anywhere close. At the age of…

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‘Physically I couldn’t push him’: Nadal on his Australian Open loss to Djokovic – video

Rafael Nadal has said even his best tennis may have not been enough to beat a rampant Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final.The Spaniard was dominated throughout the 6-3 6-2 6-3 loss at Rod Laver Arena. Although Nadal reached the final in Melbour…

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Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to win his seventh Australian Open title

• Djokovic wins 6-3, 6-2, 6-3• Serb has now won 15 career grand slam titlesNovak Djokovic has won the Australian Open for the seventh time in his career after outclassing Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the final.The two old rivals were meeting in a gran…

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Australian Open 2019: the tournament’s best photos

A selection of the best photography showing all the emotion and action from this year’s tournament at Melbourne Park Continue reading…

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Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal: Australian Open final – live!

Live updates from the Rod Laver ArenaOsaka seals back-to-back grand slamsEmail Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 8.40am GMT Tok! Tok! Tok! They’re knocking up. There were a few boos from Novak Djokovic when he walked on court. Absurd. 8.38am GMT A huge r…

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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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‘I forgot to smile’: Naomi Osaka reacts after her Australian Open triumph – video

Despite squandering three match points at 5-3 in the second set, the Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, regrouped to beat Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 to win a dramatic Australian Open final. Her second consecutive grand slam title ensure…

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‘It hurts a lot’: Kvitova vows to bounce back after Australian Open final defeat

• The Czech says she has already won her biggest battle• Naomi Osaka made to fight for Australian Open titlePetra Kvitova missed out on a third grand slam title at the Australian Open but said she had already won her biggest battle. The Czech was attac…

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‘It’s painful’: Petra Kvitova reflects on Australian Open loss to Naomi Osaka – video

Petra Kvitova has said she is unsure of how long it will take her to recover from her loss to Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open final. This was the Czech’s first grand slam final since winning Wimbledon in 2014 and the first since she was st…

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Naomi Osaka’s journey from world No 72 to Australian Open champion – video

Naomi Osaka claimed her first Australian Open crown and the world No 1 ranking in a dramatic three-set victory over Petra Kvitova.Osaka denied Kvitova, who suffered career-threatening injuries when she was stabbed two years ago, an emoti…

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Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open final to seal back-to-back grand slams

Osaka beats Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2) 5-7 6-4Latest updates: follow all the reaction in Australia – live!This time the tears were of joy. Tennis already had a star in Naomi Osaka; now it has a superstar. After squandering three match points at 5-3 in the s…

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Naomi Osaka v Petra Kvitova: Australian Open women’s final – live!

Updates from the final on Rod Laver Arena from 8am GMTBuy a Guardian classic photograph: Serena WilliamsEmail James or tweet @piercy360 with your thoughts 9.07am GMT First set: Osaka 3-3 *Kvitova (*denotes server) If there’s one story of the match so f…

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Sports quiz of the week: Usain Bolt, Novak Djokovic and Thierry Henry

Who enjoyed it while it lasted? Who said sorry? Who flopped?Petra Kvitova will play a grand slam final for the first time in five years when she faces Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open final on Saturday. What makes Kvitova’s comeback all the more impr…

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Djokovic relishes Australian Open final against ‘greatest rival’ Nadal – video

Novak Djokovic is looking forward to another grand slam final against Rafael Nadal, who he described as ‘my greatest rival’. The world’s top two players will meet in their eighth slam final after Djokovic thrashed Lucas Pouille in his semi-finalNovak D…

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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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Novak Djokovic routs Lucas Pouille to set up Australian Open final with Nadal

• Djokovic thrashes French No 28 seed 6-0, 6-2, 6-2• Serb will face Nadal in slam final for eighth timeNovak Djokovic will face Rafael Nadal in the 2019 Australian Open men’s singles final, after thrashing Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 in the semi-final….