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Tennis: Murray, Federer take step into the unknown MELBOURNE: Andy Murray and Roger Federer are both facing unknown quantities as they bid to reach the Australian Open's third round on Wednesday.Top-ranked Murray plays Russian world number 156 Andrey Rublev for the first time, as the five-time runner-up sets his sights on finally lifting the trophy.It shouldn't be a difficult task against Rublev, who won his maiden Grand Slam match against Lu Yen-Hsun in the first round and is yet to win back-to-back matches at tour level.Murray, by contrast, is looking for his 178th Grand Slam match win, an achievement that would put him alongside Stefan Edberg in eighth place on the Open-era list."I've never hit with him or played against him, but I've seen him play before and he goes for it. He doesn't hold back," Murray said."When you get out there, things look a little bit different than they might on the TV or on the video. ...

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Pliskova plays down chances despite easy win MELBOURNE: Fast-rising Czech star Karolina Pliskova played down her Australian Open chances Tuesday despite kick-starting her campaign with an ominous straight-sets rout.Ranked at a career-high five in the world, the tall and tattooed 24-year-old proved too hot to handle for Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo in blistering heat on Rod Laver Arena.She showed no mercy in thrashing the 106th-ranked Spaniard 6-2, 6-0 to set up a second-round clash with Russian qualifier Anna Blinkova, who ended the ...

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Serena, Nadal make sizzling starts in Melbourne MELBOURNE: Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal made light of scorching conditions and doubts over their form as they got off to sizzling starts at the Australian Open on Tuesday.Williams, back after an injury lay-off, demolished the dangerous Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-3, while Nadal was also impressive in his 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Florian Mayer.It contrasts with the laboured progress of Angelique Kerber and Andy Murray a day earlier, despite temperatures rising to 37 Celsius ...

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Tennis: Enter Serena - and intense heat MELBOURNE: Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic both face a tough start to their attempts for record-breaking titles at the Australian Open on Tuesday, where temperatures are forecast to soar on day two.Williams, chasing an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam trophy, won't have it easy against Switzerland's Belinda Bencic as she feels her way back after injury.And Djokovic, looking for an unprecedented seventh Australian Open crown, also has his work cut out against Spain's Fernando Verdasco, ...

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Wawrinka survives scare to reach second round MELBOURNE: Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka survived a scare from Slovakia's Martin Klizan on Monday, fighting back from a break down in the final set to move into the Australian Open second round with a 4-6 6-4 7-5 4-6 6-4 victory. "It was a big fight tonight," 2014 champion Wawrinka said on court after the match. "[The comeback] came from fighting every day, on and off the court. It was a great atmosphere here and I am ...

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WWE mourns loss of another legend The World Wrestling Entertainment-WWE lost one of its legend Jimmy Superfly Snuka, after he passed away at the age of 73 on Sunday.Credited for introducing the high flying action in the business, Snuka wrestled in many promotions throughout his career and was best known for his stint with WWE.Snuka was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1996, he holds the distinction for being the first to hold ECW Heavyweight Champion, a title that ...

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Murray, Nishikori call for Davis Cup revamp MELBOURNE: Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori said the Davis Cup badly needed an overhaul on Monday as concerns grow over its ability to attract top players.Top-ranked Murray said talks were underway in the ATP Player Council to make the event more attractive, with its format and scheduling both in the firing line.Nishikori said he was skipping Japan's upcoming Davis Cup tie, even though it is in Tokyo, because he already has a packed playing schedule."Everyone ...