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Federer has surgery on torn meniscus, to miss two tournaments

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BERLIN -- Roger Federer has torn his meniscus and undergone surgery, an injury that will keep him out of the upcoming tournaments in Rotterdam and Dubai.

A statement on Federer's website Wednesday said he sustained the injury on Saturday, the day after losing the Australian Open semifinals against later champion Novak Djokovic.

"While this is ...Read more

Untouchable Djokovic dominates Murray to claim sixth Melbourne title

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Surging Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open for a record-levelling sixth time on Sunday as he hammered Andy Murray, 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), to claim the 11th Grand Slam singles title of his career.

The top seed made it into the record books as he pulled alongside Roy Emerson with a victory which took just under three ...Read more

Kerber stuns Serena to win Australian open title

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- An overjoyed Angelique Kerber made history on Saturday as she beat Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the first Australian Open title for a German woman since Steffi Graf in 1994.

The upset by Kerber -- who now climbs to second in the world -- denied Williams the chance to pull level with Graf at 22 Grand Slam singles ...Read more

Murray outlasts injured Raonic for spot in Australian Open final

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andy Murray beat an injured Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-2 on Friday to earn a berth to his fifth Australian Open final and set up a showdown with longtime rival Novak Djokovic.

Raonic suffered a leg injury, which took him off court for treatment early in the third set with a lead of two sets to one.

Once ...Read more

Djokovic holds off late Federer charge; Serena, Kerber advance to women's final

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Novak Djokovic held off a late surge from rival Roger Federer to reach his sixth final at the Australian Open on Thursday with a 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory.

Djokovic, the top seed, improved his record in the series with 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer to 23-22. Djokovic clinched victory after running away with the ...Read more

Kerber, Australian-born Konta win to set up semifinal showdown

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Seventh seed Angelique Kerber will test herself against Aussie-born Briton Johanna Konta in the semifinals of the Australian Open after both women won in straight sets on Wednesday.

Kerber, winner of four trophies in 2015, fought back from 2-5 down in the second set to post a 6-3, 7-5 knockout of two-time champion ...Read more

Federer, Williams dominate familiar opponents to advance to semifinals

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Multiple Grand Slam winners Roger Federer and Serena Williams knocked back a pair of familiar opponents on Tuesday to post national holiday wins into the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Roger Federer, looking for his fifth Melbourne crown and first since 2010, handled sixth seed Tomas Berdych, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-4, to ...Read more

Murray buries family stress to advance; qualifier Shuai to quarterfinals

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andy Murray shrugged off the draining emotions of the last few days off the court, concentrating on his tennis job to reach a seventh consecutive quarterfinal at the Australian Open with victory Monday over Bernard Tomic.

Second seed Murray beat Australia's top player, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

In a women's upset, Chinese ...Read more

Djokovic survives Simon scare; Federer glides through to quarters

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Novak Djokovic survived an almighty fright from Frenchman Gilles Simon, as the defending champion struggled to a 6-3, 6-7 (1-6), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win for a place in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Sunday.

Djokovic, who committed an unprecedented century of unforced errors, only escaped after more than four and a...Read more

Murray advances at Australian Open as father-in-law collapses on nearby court

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- British second seed Andy Murray clawed out a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Portugal's Joao Sousa, apparently unaware that his tennis coach/father-in-law had collapsed on a nearby court and was taken to hospital on Saturday.

Nigel Sears, also coach of Ana Ivanovic, who was playing a match at the time, was taken out of the ...Read more

Federer, Sharapova drop sets before advancing; Djokovic, Serena cruise

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova dealt with minor glitches in their games, but the pair of former champions raced into the fourth round of the Australian Open on a rainy Friday.

Meanwhile, top seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic glided through unhindered. Williams beat Daria Kasatkina 6-1, 6-1 and Djokovic defeated...Read more

Murray, Azarenka advance; Australian icon Hewitt eliminated, ending career

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andy Murray advances with ease while national tennis icon Lleyton Hewitt ended his career at his 20th Australian Open on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 loss to David Ferrer in the second round.

Hewitt, who debuted as a 15-year-old in 1997 and a became rare teenage world No. 1, went down to defeat to end his competitive ...Read more

Federer, Djokovic, Serena and Sharapova advance with ease at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Third-seeded Roger Federer recorded 25 aces on Wednesday as he defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 to book a place in the third round at the Australian Open.

Five-time winner Novak Djokovic had minor trouble late as 187th-ranked wild card Quentin Halys of France took the third set into a tiebreaker. But Djokovic ...Read more

Nadal, Venus among surprise first-round losers at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Fernando Verdasco handed Rafael Nadal his earliest career loss at the Australian Open with a 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 defeat that knocked out the Spaniard in the first round on Tuesday.

Women's second seed Simona Halep paid the price for a recent Achilles injury, losing to qualifier Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-3 as the...Read more

Williams shakes off cobwebs for opening Melbourne win

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams shrugged off a knee problem and four-month break from match play as she posted a 6-4, 7-5 win over Italian Camila Giorgi on Monday to mark her start at the Australian Open.

Williams, the top seed, had not played an official match since September, when her season was cut short after losing a U.S. Open ...Read more

Serena Williams back after break to try again to complete calendar Grand Slam

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Last we saw Serena Williams, she was still in disbelief (as was the rest of the world) after losing the U.S. Open semifinal to ebullient Italian Roberta Vinci.

It was Sept. 11, 2015, and Williams was two victories away from a rare historic feat, the calendar Grand Slam. No male or female had won all four majors in a year since Steffi Graf in ...Read more

Court loss for Miami Open tennis tourney puts exit threats to the test

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After a big loss on appeal, the Miami Open tennis tournament may be closing the door on staying in Key Biscayne's Crandon Park.

Amplifying a familiar warning, the for-profit tourney's lawyer says an exit to another city is a virtual certainty on the heels of last week's defeat before the Third District Court of Appeal. He said the only variable...Read more