There isn't always room for niceties in the world of professional sport, but French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has bucked the trend. You might remember him helping out a ball girl who was in tears after being struck by a ball at last year's Australian Open, stopping the match to accompany her off the court. Well, twelve months on, the ball girl — real name Giuliana — penned a thank you card to the Frenchman, which he shared on Facebook while back in Melbourne for the tennis tournament.
Tennis legend Rod Laver is dreaming of an Australian Open final between veterans Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The men's draw has been blown wide open following the exits of world number one Andy Murray and six-time champion Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park. Murray was stunned by Mischa Zverev in the last-16 on Sunday, after former world number Djokovic was dumped out in the second round by Denis Istomin.
The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local): 3 a.m. Grigor Dimitrov had his first win on the main court at Melbourne Park, so he didn't mind that the match started two minutes before midnight. "We had matches in the past finishing 4, 5 in the morning. Whatever it is, it's in the game," he said. "I just had to deal with whatever was in front of me." The No. 15-seeded Dimitrov beat No. 18 Richard Gasquet in straight sets and finished the third-round match at precisely 2 a.m. Then there was a list of things to do, including a news conference, more stretching and exercising, and he was aiming to get to bed by 5 a.m. He said he'd been having trouble sleeping, anyway, so the late