Nadal quits in pain to send Cilic to Australian Open semifinals

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal limped off the court after quitting in pain early in the fifth set on Tuesday to send Marin Cilic into the semifinals of the Australian Open, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 2-0.

The Spanish top seed, who had been treated on his upper right leg in the fourth set, pulled the plug after almost four hours of intense ...Read more

Federer repeats Hungarian success; injured Djokovic out at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer went back to the future on Monday at the Australian Open, beating Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 exactly 16 years after knocking out the Hungarian's coach early in his tennis career.

In 2002, the emerging Swiss, now holder of a record 19 Grand Slam titles, defeated Atilla Savolt in the Melbourne ...Read more

Nadal struggles past Schwartzman; Dimitrov downs Kyrgios at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal struggled for nearly four hours on Sunday to grind out a 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3 defeat of Argentine Diego Schwartzman and reach the Australian Open quarterfinals for the 10th time.

2009 winner Nadal, who has also lost three other finals at Melbourne Park, played the longest match of the tournament so far ...Read more

Kerber slams Sharapova; Halep advances after marathon match

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MELBOURNE -- Angelique Kerber won a battle of former Australian Open champions as she routed Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 in the third round on Saturday at the event she won in 2016.

Kerber is fighting back from a miserable 2017 in which she lost the top ranking, as she raised her 2018 season record to 12-0.

Top seed Simona Halep meanwhile ...Read more

Nadal coasts into second week of Australian Open

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MELBOURNE -- Rafael Nadal benefitted from the cooling down of a stifling two-day heatwave that drove temperatures from 104 degrees down to a tolerable 82 as he advanced into the second week of the Australian Open on Friday.

The top seed and former tournament winner produced a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory against Damir Dzumhur. The win put Nadal, 31, ...Read more

Federer rolls, Wawrinka bounced at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE -- Roger Federer showed his full-on championship form but Stan Wawrinka was felled by a post-surgery knee as the Swiss former Australian Open champions split the difference in the second round on Thursday.

The pair got lucky from a weather standpoint, playing cooler (88-degree) night matches after 104-degree summer daytime ...Read more

Nadal reaches Melbourne third round but worries about the heat

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal took another step in his campaign to lift the Australian Open trophy on Wednesday with the top seed reaching the third round over Argentine Leo Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

Mayer took a set off Nadal at the U.S. Open last autumn but was powerless on this occasion.

Nadal said that with temperatures in ...Read more

Federer rolls in first round; Wawrinka, Djokovic make winning injury returns

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Five-time champion Roger Federer made a running start to his Australian Open title defense on Tuesday, with the Swiss second seed hammering out a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 over Aljaz Bedene to glide into the second round.

The 36-year-old Swiss executed with ruthless efficiency just over 90 minutes with a dozen aces and 41 winners.

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Bencic dismisses Williams in first round of Australian Open as three US seeds stunned

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Belinda Bencic scored the first major upset of the Australian Open on Monday, beating 2017 finalist Venus Williams 6-3, 7-5 in a groundbreaking win for the 20-year-old Swiss.

Prior to their first-round meeting, Bencic had lost four matches against the 37-year-old Williams, failing to win even a set.

But all that changed...Read more

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