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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