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


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 […]

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