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Jan 15, 2014

No more meltdowns for ‘more efficient’ Djokovic

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Novak Djokovic that bowed out of his first Australian Open title defense with heat sickness in 2009 has now been replaced by a mentally and physically tougher upgrade not prone to meltdowns, the world number two said.

After a rusty opening round, Djokovic’s bid for a fourth successive title at Melbourne Park shifted up a gear on Wednesday as he trounced Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-0 6-4 6-4 in Rod Laver Arena to march to the third round on another day of stifling heat.

Jan 15, 2014

Tennis-No more meltdowns for ‘more efficient’ Djokovic

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The Novak Djokovic that bowed out of his first Australian Open title defence with heat sickness in 2009 has now been replaced by a mentally and physically tougher upgrade not prone to meltdowns, the world number two said.

After a rusty opening round, Djokovic’s bid for a fourth successive title at Melbourne Park shifted up a gear on Wednesday as he trounced Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-0 6-4 6-4 in Rod Laver Arena to march to the third round on another day of stifling heat.

Jan 15, 2014

Tennis-Man held for ‘courtsiding’ at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Police have arrested a British man and are seeking a “series of individuals” suspected to be ‘courtsiding’, or placing bets illegally on spot events to corrupt gambling markets, on tennis matches at the Australian Open.

A 22-year-old was arrested during a game at Melbourne Park on Tuesday and charged with one count of “engaging in conduct that would corrupt a betting outcome,” deputy commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Jan 15, 2014

Media criticism nearly drove Li to retirement

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Disillusionment with negative reporting in her home media nearly saw Li Na give up the game last year in the wake of her early French Open exit, the Chinese number one said at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Li, who won the 2011 French Open to become Asia’s first grand slam singles winner, suffered the criticism after being bundled out in the second round at Roland Garros by American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Jan 15, 2014

Tennis-Media criticism nearly drove Li to retirement

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Disillusionment with negative reporting in her home media nearly saw Li Na give up the game last year in the wake of her early French Open exit, the Chinese number one said at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Li, who won the 2011 French Open to become Asia’s first grand slam singles winner, suffered the criticism after being bundled out in the second round at Roland Garros by American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Jan 14, 2014

Tennis-Tomic jeered after retiring hurt against Nadal

MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Bernard Tomic was jeered by the crowd at his home Australian Open when he retired hurt after losing the opening set of his first round match against world number one Rafa Nadal on Tuesday.

Tomic, who has been criticised in the past for “tanking” – or deliberately not playing to his full ability during matches – had appeared uncomfortable from the outset under the lights at Rod Laver Arena, and took a medical time-out at the change of ends when leading 2-1.

Jan 14, 2014

Tomic jeered after retiring injured against Nadal

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s Bernard Tomic was jeered by the crowd at his home grand slam when he retired injured after losing the opening set of his first round match 6-4 against world number one Rafa Nadal on Tuesday.

Tomic, who has been criticized in the past for “tanking” – or deliberately not playing to his full ability during matches – had appeared uncomfortable from the outset at Rod Laver Arena, and took a medical time-out at the change of ends when leading 2-1.

Jan 14, 2014

Don’t call me ‘Mad Dog’ barks beaten Matosevic

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The frustration of a first round loss in searing heat at his home Australian Open told on 54th-ranked Marinko Matosevic, who took exception to his coach’s lack of support and fans calling him ‘mad dog’ during his marathon five-setter on Tuesday.

Bosnia-born Matosevic extended his winless streak at grand slams to 12 with a 6-3 5-7 6-2 4-6 6-2 loss to 16th-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori after three tumultuous hours and 46 minutes on a raucous Show Court 2.

Jan 14, 2014

Tennis-Don’t call me ‘Mad Dog’ barks beaten Matosevic

MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The frustration of a first round loss in searing heat at his home Australian Open told on 54th-ranked Marinko Matosevic, who took exception to his coach’s lack of support and fans calling him ‘mad dog’ during his marathon five-setter on Tuesday.

Bosnia-born Matosevic extended his winless streak at grand slams to 12 with a 6-3 5-7 6-2 4-6 6-2 loss to 16th-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori after three tumultuous hours and 46 minutes on a raucous Show Court 2.

Jan 14, 2014

Federer has no plans to wow Edberg, just to win

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Glancing up at the legends of tennis can make 17-times grand slam champion Roger Federer push too hard for the “wow” factor, so new coach Stefan Edberg can expect a cold shoulder from the cool Swiss when watching from the stands.

Federer has hired Edberg, twice a winner at Melbourne Park, to help him win more slams and the new partnership began successfully on a baking hot Tuesday as the Swiss moved into the Australian Open second round with a 6-4 6-4 6-2 trouncing of local wildcard James Duckworth.

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