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Australian Open gripped by Cocomania as Gauff backs up the hype

The teenager has won hearts in Melbourne with her win over Naomi Osaka; soon the world will be on first-name termsWhen the makers of the hit documentaries Senna, Amy and Maradona began to explore the phenomenon of celebrity in sport and showbusiness, t…

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Nick Kyrgios beats Karen Khachanov in Australian Open five-set rollercoaster

• Kyrgios wins decisive tie-break 10-8 after losing two-set lead• Australian hope will face Rafael Nadal in the fourth roundLimping but inspired, Nick Kyrgios defeated Russia’s 16th seed Karen Khachanov 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (6), 6-7 (7), 7-6 (10-8) at Mel…

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Tennis star Ashleigh Barty named 2020 Young Australian of the Year

Barty chasing historic home victory at Australian Open‘It’s about being humble and respectful, giving it a crack’Ashleigh Barty has netted a national prize as she battles to become Australia’s first Open singles champion since 1978. The 23-year-old ten…

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Australian Open: Svitolina v Muguruza, Verdasco v Zverev and more – live!

Updates from the evening session on day six in MelbourneHalep sails through, Pliskova and Bencic crash outEmail Tumaini with your thoughts or tweet @tumcarayol 9.12am GMT Elina Svitolina hasn’t been able to do much today because she has simply been hit…

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Simona Halep keeping a lid on Australian Open chances after seeds fall

Reigning Wimbledon champ beat Yulia Putintseva 6-1 6-42nd seed Karolina Pliskova is the latest big name to fallSimona Halep is refusing to look ahead after charging into the second week of the Australian Open as fellow top seeds tumbled out. The former…

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Tennis Australia treads warily for Margaret Court’s slam anniversary

• Disdain for Court’s homophobic views clouds 50th anniversary• ‘Her recognition is for her tennis achievements only’The Australian Open is paying tribute to Margaret Court on the 50th anniversary of her calendar year grand slam. Events are running thr…

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‘God, that was tough’: Federer frazzled after surviving thriller with Millman

Federer beats Aussie world No 47 4–6, 7–6, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6 (8)Third seed Tsitsipas crashes out to Raonic in straight setsBy the time Roger Federer stood to face the crowd after his frenzied four-hour 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (8) victory over John Millman,…

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Coco Gauff shocks Naomi Osaka to reach Australian Open last 16

• Gauff defeats defending champion Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 • Osaka beaten after error-strewn performanceCoco Gauff stunned defending champion Naomi Osaka to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.The 15-year-old has already made headlines around th…

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Australian Open: Naomi Osaka v Coco Gauff, Roger Federer and more – live!

Live updates on the day five night session at Melbourne ParkGauff and Osaka to put Australian Open focus back on courtEmail Tumaini with any thoughts or tweet @tumcarayol 8.07am GMT Coco Gauff previewing tonight’s match a couple of days ago:I think I’l…

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Wang Qiang plays match of her life to beat Serena Williams

Wang beats Williams 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5‘I told my team I could always do it today’ Serena Williams staggered out of the Australian Open on day five, losing in three sets to the world No 29 Wang Qiang, a brave but flawed performance that exposed the veter…

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Australian Open 2020: day five – live!

Updates from the third round of singles action at Melbourne Park Kyrgios wins war with himself in second roundDeluge of dirt can’t derail seedsJoin in by email or Twitter 1.22am GMT Lleyton Hewitt “retired” in 2016, but he was back on court yet again t…

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Medvedev and Nadal escape dirt deluge to advance at Australian Open

• Play delayed for up to two hours after overnight deluge• Medvedev speeds past Spanish qualifier Pedro MartinezAs the Australian Open staggers towards the end of an eventful first week through hail, heat and polluted dust bombs, there was relief for D…

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Nick Kyrgios wins war with himself and Gilles Simon at Australian Open

• Australian progresses to third round after match of two halves• French opponent bemused by crowd’s inane chanting At war with himself as much as his opponent, Nick Kyrgios progressed to the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 7-…

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British singles hopes end at Australian Open as Harriet Dart loses to Halep

• Dart departs after spirited fight with Simona Halep• Second year in a row no British players in third roundThe British singles players are going home early, beaten and only mildly encouraged, at the end of four days of struggle at the Australian Open…

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Australian Open: Dart v Halep, Kyrgios v Simon, and more – live!

Updates from the evening session on the fourth dayCaroline Wozniacki: ‘It’s crazy it’s coming to an end’And email Katy here or tweet @KatyMurrells 7.35am GMT As touched on in the preamble, Heather Watson suffered a one-sided defeat by Belgium’s 16th se…

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Coco Gauff and Naomi Osaka to put Australian Open focus back on court

They light up the women’s game and will command the full attention of media and spectators when they meet on FridayThe 2020 Australian Open needs some drama that does not involve sodden red dust falling out of the sky or players choking on polluted air…

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‘You start out at 0-0’: John Millman eyes repeat upset against Roger Federer

Millman books Federer showdown with second-round winAustralian hoping for repeat of 2018 US Open win over SwissJohn Millman is looking forward to another dream showdown with Roger Federer after winning his second round Australian Open match on Wednesda…

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‘You start out at 0-0’: John Millman eyes repeat upset against Roger Federer

Millman books Federer showdown with second-round winAustralian hoping for repeat of 2018 US Open win over SwissJohn Millman is looking forward to another dream showdown with Roger Federer after winning his second round Australian Open match on Wednesda…

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Harriet Dart to use Simona Halep match as yardstick of development

Briton plays former world No 1 in Australian Open on Thursday and credits new coach Veselinovic for improved composureHarriet Dart’s disarmingly cool demeanour disguises a competitive core that she will need to call on in another examination of her ner…

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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic ease into third round of Australian Open

• Undercooked Federer still too strong for Filip Krajinovic• Djokovic’s serve formidable in victory over Tatsuma ItoRoger Federer arrived at the Australian Open without having played a single match in 2020, meaning that he would have to play himself in…