• Nadal back to best, Kyrgios wins five-set thriller

    Rafael Nadal looked back to his best after recent problems as exciting Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios won a memorable five-setter to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open on Sunday. Spain's world number three Nadal mastered big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 on Rod…

  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Bouchard's song requests

    Eugenie Bouchard appreciates the creativity of her personal cheering section, a group of (mostly) male fans called the Genie Army. Clad in red-and-white T-shirts spelling 'G-E-N-I-E', the group serenades Bouchard during her matches at the Australian Open with pop songs they've recast with…

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  • 'Mean Girls' it's not but some players scoff at friendships

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — In their latest public display of friendship, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki posted a photo of getting their nails done before the Australian Open. The camaraderie, in a sport better known for its rivalries, has prompted discussion among players on what it's like…

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  • Commanding Nadal issues Open title warning

    World number three Rafael Nadal's chances of a second Australian Open crown soared with a commanding win to lock in a quarter-final berth Sunday. The 14-time Grand Slam champion defused big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 in 2hr 6min on Rod Laver Arena to advance to the last…

  • This is me, says grunting, cursing Azarenka

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Two-time grand slam champion Victoria Azarenka will no longer bite her tongue or try to fit into any media-trained "image" as she makes her way on the tennis tour, the Belarusian said at the Australian Open on Saturday. Azarenka advanced to the fourth round at…

  • High ranking sits uncomfortably on Nishikori's shoulders

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A break-out 2014 season and a career-high ranking of five has added extra weight to Kei Nishikori's shoulders, with the U.S. Open finalist already bearing the burden of huge expectations in his home country Japan. Nishikori became the first man from an Asian…

  • Kyrgios to meet Murray in in Australian Open quarterfinals

    He upset Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, and followed up Sunday by beating the guy who ousted Roger Federer at the Australian Open. Next up for Nick Kyrgios is a quarterfinal against Andy Murray at Melbourne Park. The 19-year-old Kyrgios came back from two sets down and saved a match point to beat…

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  • Sharapova surges as rivals sweat

    Resurgent second seed Maria Sharapova's Australian Open campaign kicked into overdrive on Sunday as young guns Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep scraped into the quarter-finals. Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova demolished China's Peng Shuai to set up a glamour final eight showdown with…

  • Masterful Murray pays back dangerous Dimitrov

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray avenged his shock loss at last year's Wimbledon and battled his way into his 16th successive grand slam quarter-final with a 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 7-5 victory over Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open on Sunday. Murray was upset by Dimitrov in…

  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Love in the air at Djokovic match

    Novak Djokovic took a break from his tennis match Saturday to applaud a marriage proposal in the stands. ''It's nice to see this moment,'' Djokovic said, after advancing to the fourth round of the Australian Open. ''I'm sure he was very happy when she said yes.'' At the end of the second set,…

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  • Tennis - Kyrgios beats Seppi to reach Open quarters

    - Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios fought back from match point down to beat Andreas Seppi in five sets to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday.

  • Serena sets up clash with French Open nemesis

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams was a picture of torment for a set and a half on Saturday before finding her range to fend off Elina Svitolina 4-6 6-2 6-0 and set up a fourth round clash with French Open nemesis Garbine Muguruza. Spaniard Muguruza was a fast rising if unheralded…

  • Tennis-Berdych crimps Australia's day at Melbourne Park

    * Berdych hammers local hope Tomic * Czech hoping to make final step up (Adds details, quotes) MELBOURNE, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Tomas Berdych ruined local hopes of a massive Australia Day celebration on Monday when he hammered Bernard Tomic to advance to his fifth successive quarter-final at the…

  • Tomic tees off at 'ridiculous' Australian Open scheduling

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Bernard Tomic bowed out of the Australian Open fourth round on Sunday with a stinging rebuke of the scheduling following his straight sets defeat by Tomas Berdych. Tomic played his last match on the second show court at Margaret Court Arena, while Rafa Nadal…

  • Tennis-Australian Open men's singles round 4 results

    Jan 25 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Men's Singles Round 4 matches on Sunday 6-Andy Murray (Britain) beat 10-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 7-5 Nick Kyrgios (Australia) beat Andreas Seppi (Italy) 5-7 4-6 6-3 7-6(5) 8-6 3-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat 14-Kevin Anderson…

  • American Keys upsets Kvitova to make fourth round

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) - American teenager Madison Keys toppled fourth seed Petra Kvitova 6-4 7-5 in an impressive display of clean hitting to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday. The 19-year-old captured the decisive break at 5-5 in the second set and served out the match…

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  • Tennis - Tennis: Sharapova sweeps into Open quarter-finals

    - Russian second seed Maria Sharapova breezed into the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday with a straight sets win over China's Peng Shuai, the 21st seed.