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Australian Open 2019: Denis Shapovalov, Canadian young gun not daunted by Rod Laver comparisons, ATP ranking

[ad_1] Denis Shapovalov is the youngest player in the top 100 and has already been compared to Australian legend Rod Laver, but the Canadian prodigy isn’t feeling the pressure.After emerging on the scene in 2017, the 19-year-old entrenched his status as one of the best young players on the ATP Tour last year.He reached a career-high ranking of No. 23 in June and spent most of the season inside the
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Why British star Andy Murray is the most unlucky man in the history of tennis

[ad_1] Timing can be cruel sometimes.In any other era, Andy Murray would have won a lot more Grand Slam titles and finished his career as one of the all-time greats.Instead, the British star played during a time where Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic reigned supreme.While he still won three Grand Slams, including two at the All England Club, it isn’t quite the 20 majors Federer has next to
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Tennis: Roger Federer’s retirement hopes, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal

[ad_1] Ahead of his Australian Open title defence, Roger Federer doesn’t have any specific time in mind for retirement, but at 37, he can sense he’s closer to the end of his career than the beginning.“I hope it doesn’t end with an injury,” Federer told CNN. “I’d like to go out on my terms.“I don’t have the fairytale ending in my head saying there has to be another title somewhere,
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Australian Open 2019, Ash Barty’s hilarious clip for fans after Round 1 win over Luksika Kumkhum

[ad_1] Ashleigh Barty has delivered her fans a hilarious clip, after winning through to the second round of the Australian Open. In the aftermath of her 6-2, 6-2 victory over Thai opponent Luksika Kumkhum, Barty addressed her parochial fans in the crowd at Margaret Court Arena, who had been singing Barty themed tunes throughout the match.“I had a sneaky look at the Barty Party Twitter page,” she said.“A few chants
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Australian Open 2019: Lleyton Hewitt responds to Bernard Tomic’s comments about Davis Cup captaincy

[ad_1] Lleyton Hewitt has responded to Bernard Tomic’s stunning spray about the Australian Davis Cup captain, calling it “Bernie being Bernie”.After his first round loss to Marin Cilic, Tomic accused Hewitt of favouritism when it comes to young Aussie players and stating that “no-one likes him anymore”.Hewitt laughed off the comments and said he does not feel he needs to straighten anything out with any players.Pathetic Tomic's journo swipe0:51“It’s Bernie
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Australian Open 2019: Tennis legend John Newcombe tells Lleyton Hewitt to ‘take the high ground’ with Bernard Tomic

[ad_1] Tennis legend John Newcombe has told Lleyton Hewitt to “take the high ground” and ignore Bernard Tomic - and all other outside noise - and continue nurturing Australia’s young talent however he sees fit. Tomic’s plea for Hewitt to “go away” amid claims that not only he but also fellow grand slam quarter-finalist Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis no longer want to play Davis Cup under Hewitt have rocked
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Australian Open 2019: Unheralded Aussie Kimberly Birrell stuns 29th seed Donna Vekic in second round win

[ad_1] Unheralded Aussie wildcard Kimberly Birrell has produced one of the upsets of the Australian Open, stunning 29th seed Donna Vekic to move into the third round of her home grand slam.Birrell, who is currently at her highest ever career ranking of 240, powered away from her more-fancied rival to win 6-4 4-6 6-1.In doing so she became the second Australian woman into the final 32 of the Australian Open,
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Australian Open 2019: Aussie wildcard Alexei Popyrin into third round as Dominic Thiem retires down two sets

[ad_1] Alex de Minaur isn’t the only 19-year-old Australian into the third round of the Australian Open.Wildcard Alexei Popyrin joined Australia’s highest-ranked player in the round of 32 after claiming the biggest scalp of his career at Melbourne Arena on Thursday night.The teenager took the first two sets off world No. 8 Dominic Thiem 7-5, 6-4, before the Austrian was forced to retire at 2-0 down in the third set.After
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Australian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal defeats Alex de Minaur, result, score

[ad_1] Spanish legend Rafael Nadal has put on a brutal tennis masterclass for Aussie teen Alex de Minaur in their Australian Open third round clash. The world No.2 and 17-time grand slam champion bullied the 19-year-old on Rod Laver Arena winning 6-1 6-2 6-4. The Rod Laver Arena clash was a carbon copy of the pair’s only previous meeting in the third round of Wimbledon last year, when Nadal rolled
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Australian Open 2019, Novak Djokovic blasts decision to turn on lights in four sets win over Denis Shapovalov

[ad_1] Novak Djokovic has blasted the decision to turn the lights on during his four-set win over Denis Shapovalov on Saturday afternoon. The decision to illuminate the stadium was made at the start of the third set, rattling the number one seed who was struggling to see underneath the Rod Laver Arena shadows.“(It made) no sense to turn on lights at 4pm when we have another four hours of daylight,”