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Kerber, Kvitova, Dimitrov, Nadal and Sharapova: Australian Open – live!

• Follow the night-time action on day three at Melbourne Park• Konta fired up for Muguruza clash as Serena eases through• Kyrgios outplayed by Raonic in straight-sets defeat• Email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 8.57am GMT Alex de Minaur, who could pla…

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Ashleigh Barty loses coach but wins latest Australian Open encounter

Barty beats China’s Yafan Wang 6-2, 6-3 in MelbourneWin comes with ill coach Craig Tyzzer in quarantinePlaying with freedom and no fear, Ashleigh Barty has powered into the Australian Open third round without even a coach. Barty clubbed China’s Yafan W…

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Jamie Murray asks if UK tennis wasted opportunities during brother’s decade at top

Playing numbers dropped during Andy Murray era‘Not much to show for everything he’s put in’The long-standing perception that British tennis wasted Andy Murray’s ascent to the upper reaches of the game over the past decade was given further substance by…

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Bernard Tomic’s attack on Leyton Hewitt symptomatic of mateship gone sour

Tomic has always been an outsider and is determinedly so now, with even Nick Kyrgios seemingly no longer in his cornerAustralian sport runs on mateship, like much of society here. So it was no surprise when the wagons circled after Bernard Tomic embarr…

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Dan Evans v Roger Federer: Australian Open 2019 second round – live!

Updates from the match on Rod Laver ArenaAny thoughts? Email or tweet @mike_hytner 4.00am GMT First set: Evans 3-4 Federer* (*denotes server): Much better from Federer this game. A lot more solid hitting from the Swiss as he edges ahead once more, for …

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Dan Evans v Roger Federer: Australian Open 2019 second round – live!

Updates from the match on Rod Laver ArenaAny thoughts? Email or tweet @mike_hytner 4.00am GMT First set: Evans 3-4 Federer* (*denotes server): Much better from Federer this game. A lot more solid hitting from the Swiss as he edges ahead once more, for …

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‘I didn’t see it’: Nick Kyrgios bats off questions over Bernard Tomic claims – video

Nick Kyrgios faces the media after Bernard Tomic’s allegations that there is a rift in Tennis Australia between Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt and Kyrgios, Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinakis. Kyrgios is dismissive, saying he hasn’t heard the interview that…

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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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Nick Kyrgios outplayed by Milos Raonic in straight-sets defeat

Home hope: ‘He was way too good for me tonight’ 6–4, 7–6, 6–4 defeat is Kyrgios’s earliest Australian Open exitThere have been several times in his career when Nick Kyrgios has been guilty of not giving his best but at the Australian Open yesterday, he…

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‘Thank you Andy Murray’: Australian Open players pay touching tribute – video

Andy Murray was shown an emotional tribute video featuring a host of tennis stars following his Australian Open exit.Murray, who plans to retire this year due to chronic hip pain, said he would be content if his five-set defeat to Roberto Bautista…

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Australian Open 2019: Venus Williams in deciding set, plus Wawrinka, Djokovic and Halep – live!

Updates from the night session on day two at Melbourne ParkAny thoughts? Email or tweet @benfisherj 8.12am GMT Disbelief on Margaret Court, as the umpire calls for hindrance as Buzarnescu buries a winner against Williams at 30-15. Buzarnescu is pulled …

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Johanna Konta survives first round test as ruthless Serena Williams eases through

British No 1 beats Ajla Tomljanovic in tie-breakerWilliams deals with Tatjama Maria in 49 minutesJohanna Konta is in the same quarter of the draw as Serena Williams but their respective victories on day two confirmed the British player’s suspicions tha…

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Andy Murray thrills one more time with vintage display of underdog defiance | Simon Cambers

Andy Murray’s defeat against Roberto Bautista Agut may have been his last but for a few glorious hours, it was hard to tell that this might be it.Perhaps the only thing Australians enjoy more than a winner is an underdog. And so, on a balmy summer’s ev…

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‘Like nowhere else’: Stefanos Tsitsipas revels in Greek community’s support | Simon Cambers

Melbourne’s Greek heritage is well known, making the rising star feel at home at the Australian Open If you were to take a straw poll among tennis afficionados as to who, of the younger generation, might win a grand slam title in the next few years, th…

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Big meets bigger: 6ft 10in John Isner falls to 7ft Reilly Opelka at Australian Open

World No9 loses to another American for first time at majorPlayers trade 87 aces as all four sets go to tiebreaksFor once, John Isner wasn’t the tallest man on the court. On Monday at the Australian Open the 6ft 10in Isner lost to the 7ft Reilly Opelka…

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Bernard Tomic launches attack on Lleyton Hewitt: ‘No one likes him’

• Tomic broadside on Davis Cup captain at Australian Open • Hewitt accused of promoting talent for financial gainBernard Tomic has launched an astonishing broadside at Lleyton Hewitt on his way out of the Australian Open, accusing the Davis Cup captain…

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Andy Murray’s Australian Open farewell – in pictures

The best pictures from Melbourne as Murray exits the first round in possibly the last professional game of his career Continue reading…

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Andy Murray out of Australian Open after losing what could be his last match

• Murray loses 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5) 6-7 (4) 6-2 to Bautista Agut• Three-time grand slam champion may retire due to hip problem• In pictures: the best images from Murray’s Melbourne farewell The Andy Murray story is not quite over. However, even a losing com…

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Kyle Edmund crashes out of Australian Open but Dan Evans goes through

• Last year’s semi-finalist loses in straight sets to Tomas Berdych• Evans wins first grand slam main draw match in two yearsBritish number one and last year’s semi-finalist Kyle Edmund crashed out of the Australian Open in the first round, after he wa…