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Jan 21, 2014

Tennis-Berdych survives Ferrer scrap to reach last four

MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Big-serving Czech Tomas Berdych fended off a belated challenge from baseline hustler David Ferrer to reach his maiden Australian Open semi-final on Tuesday with a gritty 6-1 6-4 2-6 6-4 victory.

Seventh seed Berdych cruised to a two-set lead over a surprisingly listless Ferrer but spontaneously collapsed in the third set under pressure from the dogged Spaniard.

Jan 20, 2014

Vintage Federer books Murray quarter-final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A majestic Roger Federer emphatically returned to the grand slam big-time by trouncing Jo Wilfried-Tsonga 6-3 7-5 6-4 at the Australian Open on Monday to book a blockbuster quarter-final with Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.

The former world number one, coming off a wretched 2013, channeled the halcyon days of his new coach Stefan Edberg, swooping at the net to fell the stunned Frenchman at an electric Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 20, 2014

Tennis-Vintage Federer books Murray quarter-final

MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) – A majestic Roger Federer emphatically returned to the grand slam big-time by trouncing Jo Wilfried-Tsonga 6-3 7-5 6-4 at the Australian Open on Monday to book a blockbuster quarter-final with Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.

The former world number one, coming off a wretched 2013, channelled the halcyon days of his new coach Stefan Edberg, swooping at the net to fell the stunned Frenchman at an electric Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 20, 2014

Nadal fumes at chair umpire for untimely penalty

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A ruffled Rafa Nadal fumed after being called for multiple time violations but composed himself to fend off a gallant Kei Nishikori and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday with a tense 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-6 (7-3) win.

Nadal’s fidgeting, shorts-tugging preparation before serves is a famous quirk of the Spaniard’s game but it fell foul of watchful Greek umpire Evanthia Asderaki, and at exactly the wrong moment.

Jan 20, 2014

Tennis-Nadal fumes at chair umpire for untimely penalty

MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) – A ruffled Rafa Nadal fumed after being called for multiple time violations but composed himself to fend off a gallant Kei Nishikori and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday with a tense 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-6 (7-3) win.

Nadal’s fidgeting, shorts-tugging preparation before serves is a famous quirk of the Spaniard’s game but it fell foul of watchful Greek umpire Evanthia Asderaki, and at exactly the wrong moment.

Jan 20, 2014

Frustrating Australian Open all over for Sharapova

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Picking up her racquet bag and marching straight out of Rod Laver Arena without a nod or a wave, Maria Sharapova’s abrupt exit after her fourth-round loss to Dominika Cibulkova on Monday spoke volumes of her disdain for a forgettable Australian Open.

After a long layoff and with doubts surrounding the state of her troublesome right shoulder, the 26-year-old entered the tournament with only four matches of preparation and with rust caked on so thick she could not shake it off.

Jan 20, 2014

Tennis-Frustrating Australian Open all over for Sharapova

MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Picking up her racquet bag and marching straight out of Rod Laver Arena without a nod or a wave, Maria Sharapova’s abrupt exit after her fourth-round loss to Dominika Cibulkova on Monday spoke volumes of her disdain for a forgettable Australian Open.

After a long layoff and with doubts surrounding the state of her troublesome right shoulder, the 26-year-old entered the tournament with only four matches of preparation and with rust caked on so thick she could not shake it off.

Jan 19, 2014

Berdych sets up quarter-final date with Ferrer

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Tomas Berdych trounced Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 6-3 in a battle of big servers at the Australian Open on Sunday to set up a quarter-final with Spanish hustler David Ferrer.

Berdych, wearing his trademark blue-and-white striped shirt, outgunned Anderson at a rowdy Margaret Court Arena with an impressive array of winners to extend his record to 10-0 over the South African beanpole.

Jan 19, 2014

Tennis-Berdych sets up quarter-final date with Ferrer

MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Tomas Berdych trounced Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 6-3 in a battle of big servers at the Australian Open on Sunday to set up a quarter-final with Spanish hustler David Ferrer.

Berdych, wearing his trademark blue-and-white striped shirt, outgunned Anderson at a rowdy Margaret Court Arena with an impressive array of winners to extend his record to 10-0 over the South African beanpole.

Jan 19, 2014

Williams turns her back on injury excuse after shock exit

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams admitted that a bad back sustained during practice hampered her movement during her shock fourth round loss to Ana Ivanovic on Sunday, but refused to blame the injury for her stunning exit that blew the Australian Open wide open.

Raging favorite to clinch her 18th grand slam title and sixth at Melbourne Park, the world number one was overhauled 4-6 6-3 6-3 in front of an astonished Rod Laver Arena crowd as the resurgent Ivanovic soared to her finest victory in years.

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