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Local hope Sonego stuns Rublev in Rome to set up Djokovic semi
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Local hope Sonego stuns Rublev in Rome to set up Djokovic semi

  • "(This is) my favourite tournament in the world. I'm with my people here," Sonego said. "I am so happy for this."
  • The 33rd-ranked Italian will have loud support from the stands when he returns to the court for his semi-final later on Saturday against top seed Novak Djokovic.
Updated 15 May, 2021 07:55pm
Zverev downs Berrettini to clinch second Madrid crown
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Zverev downs Berrettini to clinch second Madrid crown

Germany's Zverev, conqueror of claycourt specialists Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem en route to the final, dropped his first set of the tournament. However, he fought back under a closed roof at the Manolo Santana stadium to lift his first claycourt title since 2019.
Published 10 May, 2021 03:39am
Nadal eases past Norrie into last 16
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Nadal eases past Norrie into last 16

  • After being heckled by a loud-mouthed fan in his previous round, Nadal enjoyed an incident-free evening in an empty Rod Laver Arena to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam for the 49th time in his career.
  • Nadal won the opening six points of the match, but Norrie was not intimidated in his first meeting with the Spaniard and claimed the first break of the match to lead 3-2.
Published 13 Feb, 2021 05:37pm
Sherif blazes a trail for Egypt with first-round win
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Sherif blazes a trail for Egypt with first-round win

  • The 24-year-old, who made her Grand Slam main draw debut at Roland Garros last year, toughed out a 7-5 7-5 win over fellow-qualifier Chloe Paquet on Court Six.
  • "Obviously it means a lot because finally this is barrier that I had to pass, a mental barrier," Sherif told reporters.
Published 09 Feb, 2021 05:58pm
Nishikori's 'high-level' not enough to stop first-round exit
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Nishikori's 'high-level' not enough to stop first-round exit

  • The former world number four, a four-time quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park, bowed out 7-5 7-6(4) 6-2 to Spanish 15th seed Pablo Carreno-Busta.
  • "Well, tough because I thought I was playing well but Carreno was playing better today," Nishikori told reporters.
Updated 08 Feb, 2021 10:01pm
Djokovic serves up masterclass on favourite court
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Djokovic serves up masterclass on favourite court

  • Having come through two weeks of quarantine in Adelaide, and a brief but damaging spat with his hosts over the terms of the isolation.
  • Djokovic has won eight of his 17 major titles on Melbourne Park's main showcourt and, even with a smaller crowd than usual.
Published 08 Feb, 2021 05:12pm
Kyrgios brings the noise to subdued 'People's Court'
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Kyrgios brings the noise to subdued 'People's Court'

  • The Australian can usually expect a febrile atmosphere when he plays on his favourite court, but a local coronavirus outbreak and unseasonably cold weather kept many punters away.
  • Those who did turn up were treated to some vintage Kyrgios moments - a racket thrown across the court.
Published 08 Feb, 2021 04:57pm
Safety first, but officials look to get Badosa training equipment
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Safety first, but officials look to get Badosa training equipment

  • The 23-year-old on Monday described her extended period of quarantine as the "worst experience" of her career.
  • Our priority is supporting the health and wellbeing of those in our care and reducing the risk of transmission to protect staff and community safety.
Published 26 Jan, 2021 07:44pm
Sousa withdraws from Australian Open due to strict COVID-19 protocols
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Sousa withdraws from Australian Open due to strict COVID-19 protocols

  • Seventy-two players are currently confined to their rooms in Melbourne ahead of the Feb. 8-21 Grand Slam after positive cases were discovered on three flights ferrying them to Australia.
  • Sousa said he tested positive for COVID-19 before his departure but has since returned a negative test and is asymptomatic.
Published 23 Jan, 2021 09:02pm
Barty itching to get started at Australian Open
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Barty itching to get started at Australian Open

  • Barty reached the semi-finals at Melbourne Park for the first time last year before sitting out most of the rest of the season at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • They can think whatever they like. If they expect me to win the tournament, then that's their expectations.
Published 23 Jan, 2021 06:27pm
Bencic hopes Open organisers make it fair for players in isolation
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Bencic hopes Open organisers make it fair for players in isolation

  • At the end of isolation the players are scheduled to participate in tune-up events from Jan. 31 at Melbourne Park before the Feb. 8-31 Grand Slam at the same venue.
  • Now I feel more positive about it and I'm trying to do the most I can do to get out of quarantine.
Published 22 Jan, 2021 08:35pm
Aussie De Minaur warms up for home slam with Antalya title
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Aussie De Minaur warms up for home slam with Antalya title

  • De Minaur, his country's highest-ranked player at 23rd, was 2-0 up in the first set when the Kazakh pulled out.
  • "At the start of the year that's what you need," he told reporters. "I knew I had put in a great pre-season, I was ready to compete.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 05:33pm
Halep ready for 'mentally hard' quarantine at Australian Open
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Halep ready for 'mentally hard' quarantine at Australian Open

  • The 29-year-old Wimbledon champion had an eventful 2020 season in which she ran up a 17-match winning streak.
  • The start to her 2021 campaign will involve the long journey to Australia in mid-January before two weeks in quarantine ahead of the start of the year's first Grand Slam on Feb. 8.
Published 08 Jan, 2021 05:48pm
Kenin ready to seek Djokovic's advice in Australian Open defence
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Kenin ready to seek Djokovic's advice in Australian Open defence

  • Kenin won her maiden Grand Slam in Melbourne last year which set the American on course to break into the top 10 and claim the WTA Player of the Year award.
  • I definitely think I can talk to Novak... I think that will be helpful since we're both defending champions.
Published 05 Jan, 2021 07:02pm