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Djokovic thrashes Nadal in straight sets to win record seventh Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Novak Djokovic trounced Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday with a display of almost flawless tennis to win his record seventh Australian Open title and 15th Grand Slam crown.

Though the world No. 1 had been the favorite, the match represented a startling collapse by the Spanish second seed, who hadn't dropped a set ...Read more

Osaka defeats Kvitova to capture Australian Open title, No. 1 ranking

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MELBOURNE -- Naomi Osaka seized the Australian Open title and the No. 1 ranking on Saturday after defeating Petra Kvitova 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-4 in a drama-filled match in which she failed to convert three championship points in the second set.

It makes the 21-year-old Japanese fourth seed the first woman to win back-to-back Grand Slam titles ...Read more

Djokovic routs Pouille to set up Australian Open final with Nadal

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MELBOURNE -- Novak Djokovic needed just an hour and 23 minutes to outclass Lucas Pouille in straight sets 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 on Friday and set up an Australian Open final with his greatest rival, Rafael Nadal.

The Serbian world No. 1 said the match was "definitely one of the best matches I ever had on this court."

"Everything worked out the way I ...Read more

Nadal into Australian Open final after destroying Tsitsipas

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal is set to play in his fifth Australian Open final after trouncing Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-4, 6-0.

The Spaniard needed just an hour and 46 minutes to dismantle the 20-year-old, who had been the youngest man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Novak Djokovic in 2007 and defeated Roger ...Read more

Pliskova shocks Serena at Australian Open; Djokovic advances after Nishikori retires

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MELBOURNE -- Seventh seed Karolina Pliskova stunned Serena Williams 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 on Wednesday to set up an Australian Open semifinal with Naomi Osaka, while Novak Djokovic advanced after Kei Nishikori retired in their quarterfinal.

The Japanese eighth seed had played three grueling five-set matches at the tournament and was struggling from the...Read more

Taylor made: Fritz working on his level best

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LOS ANGELES--His big breakthrough is coming. Taylor Fritz is sure of it.

The 21-year-old from Rancho Palos Verdes with the booming serve and potent backhand senses that his signature moment is close, shimmering just beyond his racket's reach. His belief is reinforced, not shaken, when he sees his contemporaries enjoying impressive runs at ...Read more

Nadal sets up Australian Open semifinal against Tsitsipas

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal set himself up for a semi-final against rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open on Tuesday, after defeating Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

The second seed broke early in every set, with the American only able to put pressure on the Spaniard's serve midway through the second set, when Nadal spent...Read more

Zverev exits Australian Open; Serena Williams ousts top-ranked Halep

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Fourth seed Alexander Zverev was dumped out of the Australian Open in spectacular fashion by Milos Raonic on Monday, while Serena Williams survived a challenge from world No. 1 Simona Halep.

Men's top seed Novak Djokovic meanwhile advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3 victory in three hours over ...Read more

Federer and Kerber ousted in day of upsets at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Stefanos Tsitsipas pulled off a stunning victory over Roger Federer in the fourth-round of the Australian Open on Sunday, defeating the defending champion 6-7 (11-13), 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).

The upset came just hours after second seed Angelique Kerber was demolished 6-0, 6-2 in the women's draw by unseeded Danielle ...Read more

Serena, Djokovic, Halep motor into fourth round at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE -- Novak Djokovic powered into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday, defeating Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.

Though the top seed ultimately outclassed the 19-year-old, Shapovalov was the first at the tournament to take Djokovic to a fourth set, surprising him in the third by seizing the last ...Read more

Sharapova ousts Wozniacki, Nadal overpowers de Minaur at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE -- Russia's Maria Sharapova ousted defending champion Carolina Wozniacki in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday, while men's No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal trounced Australian Alex de Minaur 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

De Minaur, who won his first ATP title at the Sydney International last week, made a valiant effort, saving five match ...Read more

Serena Williams, Djokovic sail into third round of Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic sailed into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday, though No. 1 seed Simona Halep and fourth seed Alexander Zverev had to fight for their places.

World No. 1 Djokovic, who is bidding for a seventh title in Melbourne, delivered a straight-sets 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 win over France's...Read more

Kerber, Nadal, Federer advance to third round at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE -- Second seeds Angelique Kerber and Rafael Nadal stormed into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, each delivering convincing straight-set wins.

But defending champion Roger Federer had to battle past British qualifier Daniel Evans in his second-round match, and fifth seed Kevin Anderson was stunned by rising American...Read more

Djokovic dominates, Halep survives scare at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE -- No. 1 seeds Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep both made it to the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday, despite a scare for the top-ranked female player.

Halep pulled back from a set down to claim her opening match against Kaia Kanepi 6-7 (7-2), 6-4, 6-4 -- sweet revenge after Halep was ousted from the first round of the US...Read more

Murray makes exit at Australian Open as Nadal, Kerber, Federer through to next round

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Top seeds Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Angelique Kerber launched their Australian Open campaigns on Monday with straight-sets victories, even as Andy Murray made an emotional exit.

The 31-year-old was defeated 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 by Roberto Bautista Agut in what was potentially his last competitive ...Read more

Andy Murray says Australian Open could be his last tournament

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SYDNEY -- Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has reportedly said the Australian Open will "almost certainly" be his last tournament, though he would like to make it to Wimbledon.

In an emotional press conference in Melbourne on Friday, the 31-year-old, who has been struggling with a hip injury, said: "I'm not feeling good.

"I've been struggling ...Read more

Serena Williams speaks to victims of violence and the people who help them at Yetunde Price Resource Center

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LOS ANGELES--Serena Williams looked at the women gathered in the cozy room and recognized their souls, if not their faces.

On a rare visit to Compton, where she and her sister Venus grew up and learned to swing a tennis racket in earnest, Williams spoke to a rapt audience of about 20 black women at the Yetunde Price Resource Center on Friday. ...Read more

 

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