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Australian Open Men’s Final: Super Six! Djokovic Reigns Supreme

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January 31, 2016

Novak Djokovic knelt down and kissed the court on Rod Laver Arena, after winning his sixth Australian Open, to match the great Roy Emerson’s record, and join the legendary Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg on eleven Grand Slam titles. It is an incredible achievement from a man who has taken tennis to a new level, so high that even […]

Australian Open: Kerber Shocks Serena In Epic Final

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January 30, 2016

  Has there ever been a shock quite like it? Angelique Kerber may have been seeded but she was also given no hope against arguably the greatest there has ever been. Yet it was the German who stunned tennis and humbled Serena Williams with a scarcely-believable performance and a fully-merited 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory in […]

Australian Open Day 12: Murray Beats Raonic To Make Fraternal History

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January 29, 2016

  Andy Murray’s amazing fighting spirit and ability to focus brought him through a five-set epic against Milos Raonic, the climax only spoilt by an injury to the big Canadian. Had the Scot’s stubborn streak not kicked in, however, he would not have been able to remain in the contest until the younger man’s body […]

Australian Open 2016: Brisbane, Sydney, Kangaroos…And Now For The Big One!

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January 28, 2016

It has been a tour of mixed emotions so far, playing some really good tennis and acclimatising well. I have just finished my final warm up tournament, the Melbourne Open, eventually losing to the World No. 4, Sabine Ellerbrock in the Quarter Finals. A 6-3, 6-1 scoreline is deceptively emphatic, however the match was a […]

Australian Open Day 11: Destroyer Djokovic Downs Fed

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You had to see this to believe it. Even Roger Federer in his prime would have struggled to cope with such relentless, ruthless precision from an opponent in the opening two sets. How does Novak Djokovic do it? Whatever the answer is, tennis seems to have found a man more excellent than any before, someone […]

Australian Open Day 10: Murray To Face Raonic

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January 27, 2016

Andy Murray’s on-court tantrums don’t always work in his favour – often quite the reverse. But it was a different story during his gutsy victory over David Ferrer in their Australian Open quarter-final, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3. If ever there was a sportsman who needed to release some tension and frustration, it was the […]

Australian Open Day 9: Fantastic Federer To Face Djokovic

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January 26, 2016

The incredible Roger Federer just keeps producing a quality of tennis that proves too much for most younger men. He knows he has to play aggressively, because he can’t afford to drop sets and slip into marathon contests at the age of 34 – not if he is to remain fresh enough to compete genuinely […]

Australian Open Day 8: Raonic Stuns Wawrinka

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January 25, 2016

Milos Raonic has knocked out 2014 Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka in a five-set thriller in Melbourne, making a mockery of his odds at the start of the tournament. It was the first time in five tries that Raonic had beaten Wawrinka – and he was clearly delighted afterwards. GOALS ‘This is the next step […]

Day 7 Australian Open: Nishikori Impresses, Novak Pushed To Limit

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January 24, 2016

Kei Nishikori produced some truly sparkling tennis to defeat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – and in doing so avenge his five-set loss to the Frenchman at Roland Garros last year. Yesterday’s contest was more straightforward, but only because the hero of Japan was so brilliantly self-assured in what should have been an evenly-matched contest. Instead it ended in an emphatic 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 […]

Australian Open Day 6: Murray and Konta Through, Muguruza Out

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January 23, 2016

Andy Murray defeated Joao Sousa, apparently unaware that his father-in-law, Nigel Sears had collapsed in the stands while watching the player he currently coaches, Ana Ivanovic. By the time Murray had clinched his 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Sousa, the family crisis seemed to be over. Sears, 58, who had apparently fallen heavily on steps at Rod Laver […]

Australian Open Day 5: 600 Wins For Sharapova – Kyrgios Out

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January 22, 2016

Maria Sharapova enjoyed the 600th win of her glittering career after she safely negotiated a rollercoaster ride against the unfancied Lauren Davis. Meanwhile Roger Federer also dropped a set in a tense battle with Grigor Dimitrov, before notching his own admirable landmark of 300 victories in Grand Slams. SPOONFULS Popular Maria cruised through the first set against Davis […]

Murray and Azarenka Sparkle…Hewitt Bows Out

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January 21, 2016

Only two people can stop Andy Murray, the way he is playing – Novak Djokovic and Murray’s wife Kim. World number two Murray defeated big-serving Sam Groth after the local hero let slip that he was about to enter unfamiliar Melbourne territory. Reflecting on his 6-0, 6-4, 6-1 victory, Murray explained: ‘I was standing right […]

Aussie Gavrilova Stuns Kvitova!

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January 20, 2016

Aussie sensation Daria Gavrilova pulled off the surprise of the day in Melbourne by dumping two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova out of the tournament. The crowd went wild as the 21-year-old defeated sixth-seeded Kvitova 6-4, 6-4 to register one of the best victories of her career. Meanwhile defending champion Serena Williams encountered no such problems […]

Nadal and Halep Shocked in Melbourne

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January 19, 2016

Rafa Nadal suffered his only first-round exit from the Australian Open when he was outgunned by the outrageous aggression of Fernando Verdasco. An incredible 90 winners seemed to come from another planet as Verdasco roared to a 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 victory with a power and accuracy rarely seen before. He was […]

Wozniacki and Stephens Crash Out in Melbourne

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January 18, 2016

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki suffered the humiliation of a first-round exit at the Australian Open – thanks to an interesting psychological ploy from her opponent, the little-known Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan. The secret to winning is, apparently, simple – pretend you’re losing. Putintseva explained her strategy as though it was the easiest psychological […]

Unexpected Challenges At The Australian Open

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January 15, 2016

  We all love the Australian Open – justifiably known as “The Happy Slam.” The mood is so upbeat, the atmosphere is amazing and the sheer love of sport among the enthusiastic Aussie crowds a particular delight. But some players have encountered added challenges at the Melbourne tournament in recent times. Here are a few of […]

What would be the perfect Grand Slam results for tennis in 2016?

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January 4, 2016

  There were some truly dramatic moments in 2015 for tennis-lovers everywhere. But as we enter the New Year, what would make 2016 even more perfect? Here’s how we see it: 1/ Andy Murray Wins Australian Open After coming close so many times, it would make a wonderful start to the New Year to see Andy […]

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