Nadal defeats Kyrgios in blockbuster clash to reach quarters

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- World number one Rafael Nadal defeated home hope Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4) on Monday to progress to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open after an epic battle fought at a sold out Rod Laver Arena.

Fellow Spaniard Garbine Muguruza took down women's ninth seed Kiki Bertens 6-3, 6-3 to equal her best ...Read more

Barty, Federer, Djokovic into Australian Open quarters, Gauff out

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- World number one and 2019 Roland Garros champion Ash Barty got revenge for last year's Wimbledon defeat by Alison Riske with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 win over the American to reach the quarter-finals of the Melbourne major on Sunday, Australia Day.

The 23-year-old will meet fellow former Grand Slam winner Petra Kvitova in the ...Read more

Second seed Pliskova crashes out of Australian Open; Nadal sails into fourth round

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Second seed Karolina Pliskova on Saturday became the latest top contender to crash out of the Australian Open in the third round after being defeated 7-6 (4-7), 7-6 (3-7) by 30th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.

Pliskova joined the likes of defending champion Naomi Osaka and 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena ...Read more

Serena ousted, Gauff upsets Osaka, Federer escapes in 5 in wild day at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Naomi Osaka's hopes for a second consecutive Australian Open title were crushed by teenage sensation Coco Gauff, as were Serena Williams' dreams of a record-equaling 24th major title, while Roger Federer pulled off a great escape in a drama-filled Friday.

Gauff pulled off the biggest upset of her young career by ...Read more

Nadal, Medvedev, Pliskova all reach Australian Open third round in straight sets

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- World No. 1 Rafael Nadal on Thursday on led the charge of the high seeds making it into the third round of the Australian Open with a straight-set win over Argentina's Federico Delbonis.

Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev and women's second seed Karolina Pliskova also sailed through in straight sets wins as wind and rain caused...Read more

Federer, Osaka, Djokovic have little trouble advancing to third round at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Reigning champions Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic won in straight sets in windy conditions on Wednesday to continue their title-defense campaigns at the Australian Open, as did former champions Serena Williams and Roger Federer.

Osaka showed signs of frustration as she struggled with consistency in her 6-2, 6-4 win over ...Read more

Nadal, Pliskova sail into second round of Australian Open

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MELBOURNE -- World No. 1 Rafael Nadal had a winning return to Rod Laver Arena with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 win over Hugo Dellien, while second seed Karolina Pliskova also stayed perfect against Kristina Mladenovic on her way to the second round of the Australian Open.

The first round on Tuesday claimed the first former Melbourne champion, Maria ...Read more

Pliskova through to second round of Australian Open in straight sets

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MELBOURNE -- World number two Karolina Pliskova returned to the Australian Open on Tuesday with a 6-1, 7-5 win over France's Kristina Mladenovic in a sunny, but chilly, Rod Laver Arena.

The 2019 semi finalist, who is seeking a first Grand Slam singles title, was in control in the opener, where she broke the Frenchwoman's serve twice.

The ...Read more

Winning start for reigning Australian Open champion Osaka

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MELBOURNE -- Australian Open reigning champion Naomi Osaka on Monday cleared the first hurdle to retain her crown with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Marie Bouzkova in the opening match of the tournament at the Rod Laver Arena.

The Japanese star, playing under a cloudy sky, had a shaky start against the Czech player, with a barrage of unforced errors -- ...Read more

Australian Open: Osaka, Djokovic kick off campaigns to retain titles

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MELBOURNE --The first Grand Slam of the year has officially kicked off in Melbourne, with defending champions Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic opening and closing the action at Rod Laver Arena.

Amid worries that smoke from the bush fires still devastating Australia may affect the tournament as they had the qualifying rounds, rain appeared to be ...Read more