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Category: Australian Open 2018

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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on course for Australian Open meeting

• Federer beats Richard Gasquet to advance to fourth round• Djokovic completes easy win for loss of eight gamesRoger Federer and Novak Djokovic look destined to collide for the 46th time before they leave here, where they own a total of 11 titles. Whil…

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Angelique Kerber swats aside Maria Sharapova in Australian Open cruise

• German player wins in just 64 minutes for the loss of four games• Kerber rises to the occasion in battle of former championsMaria Sharapova’s hopes of a title-winning return to the Australian Open were unceremoniously crushed by Angelique Kerber as t…

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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 …

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Ashleigh Barty’s Australian Open ended by assured Naomi Osaka

Australian No1 falls 6-4, 6-2 to rising Japanese starHalep through after 28-game final set against DavisThe women’s draw is disintegrating at the 2018 Australian Open, but for all the right reasons, as young, fresh contenders continue their assault on …

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Australian Open 2018: Angelique Kerber v Maria Sharapova – live!

Game-by-game updates from Melbourne ParkPlus, Gasquet v Federer and Djokovic v RamosHalep survives after marathon final set against DavisAnd feel free to mail or tweet Simon to get in touch 5.19pm GMT Simon will be here shortly. Until then, re-live all…

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Simona Halep survives marathon 28-game final set against Lauren Davis

World No1 beats American 4-6, 6-4, 15-13Players on court for three hours and 44 minutesWorld No1 Simona Halep has emerged from a titanic third-round scare from Lauren Davis to progress to the second week of the Australian Open. Related: The changing pu…

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The changing public perception of Nick Kyrgios: still no angel but nor a lost cause | Linda Pearce

The Australian’s improved attitude during his opening three wins at Melbourne Park suggests he may yet become a favourite of the nationIt is far too early to hail the arrival of the new and improved Nick Kyrgios in school-prefect guise, but not prematu…

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Australian Open: Caroline Wozniacki needs all her grit to reach fourth round

• Dane beats No30 seed Kiki Bertens in two sets• ‘I’m just still happy to be alive in the tournament,’ Wozniacki saysCaroline Wozniacki has always had the smile to charm disbelievers but it is her grit that is driving her through the draw in …

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Nick Kyrgios overcomes Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach Australian Open last 16

Fired-up Kyrgios wins 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5)‘It was amazing,’ says Australian after gruelling winFocused and fired up, Nick Kyrgios came through his stiffest test yet at the Australian Open on Friday, beating former runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga…

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Australian Open extreme heat policy to be reviewed as concerned players suffer

• Officials say they take player welfare seriously after criticism• Djokovic among those worried as temperatures peak at 40.2CAustralian Open officials will review the extreme heat policy at the end of the tournament but insisted they take player welfa…

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Australian Open 2018: Nick Kyrgios v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – live!

Third-round updates with Rafael Nadal also in actionEmail Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinbergWawrinka dumped out but Federer cruises through 7.11am GMT Grigor Dimitrov looks hugely relieved on Rod Laver Arena. The ATP World Tour Finals champion has just ove…

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Kyle Edmund wins trial of spirit against Nikoloz Basilashvili in 40C heat

Britain’s last remaining player wins 7-6 (0), 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5‘It was tough, but it was tough for him too,’ says EdmundThere was no hiding place from the unrelenting sun – except beneath shifting slivers of shade – on day five of the 2018 Australian …

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Women’s draw opens up for Maria Sharapova after Johanna Konta exit

• Returning Sharapova beats 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova• Konta’s grand slam struggles continue against Bernarda PeraDay by day, the rankings on the women’s tour are being shredded to the point of irrelevance – and when Jo Konta joined Sloane Stephen…

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Novak Djokovic through as Gael Monfils wilts in blistering heat

Serb beats unseeded Frenchman 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3Temperature reaches nearly 40 degrees at Melbourne ParkSix-times champion Novak Djokovic survived the Rod Laver Arena furnace to reach the third round of the Australian Open with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 vict…

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Australian Open 2018: Djokovic, Federer, Halep in action on day four – live!

Latest action from Melbourne as Djokovic beats MonfilsKonta down and out in Melbourne after defeat to Bernarda PeraFeel free to email Katy or Tweet: @KatyMurrells 7.30am GMT Our man in Melbourne, Kevin Mitchell, has more on Johanna Konta’s bitterly dis…

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Johanna Konta down and out in Melbourne after defeat to Bernarda Pera

American world No123 shocks ninth seed 6-4, 7-5Off-key Konta struggles with windy conditions Jo Konta said before her second-round match against the world No123, Bernarda Pera, she was unsure what the American slam debutante looked like, although they …

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Australian Open record set before Daria Gavrilova falls in late-night encounter

Home hope’s match with Elise Mertens starts at 11.59pm Belgian posts 7-5, 6-3 win once play finally gets under wayDaria Gavrilova set a new Australian Open record before even setting foot on court on Wednesday night. The Australian’s round two singles …

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New generation inspired not burdened by home pressure at Australian Open | Simon Cambers

The likes of Nick Kyrgios and Ashleigh Barty are breaking free from the shackles that have crippled so many before them Billie Jean King, the former world No1 and winner of 39 grand slam titles, likes to say: “Pressure is a privilege.” It is the title …

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Laura Robson becomes first player to suggest renaming Margaret Court Arena

• Robson first player at Australian Open to back Billie Jean King • ‘It’s a tough one but people need to have a think’ says 23-year-oldLaura Robson has come out in favour of renaming Margaret Court Arena, becoming the first current player at the Austra…

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Nick Kyrgios stays calm amid distractions to beat Viktor Troicki at Australian Open

Australian No 17 seed wins 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Hisense ArenaNoise trouble, umpire’s shouts and excited fan embarrass organisersJust like the sound system on his favourite court, Hisense Arena, Nick Kyrgios began match two of his Australian Open campai…