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Jan 21, 2014

Tennis-Wawrinka dumps Djokovic out of Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) – A brilliant Stanislas Wawrinka ended Novak Djokovic’s three-year reign at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, closing out a five-set classic at a heaving Rod Laver Arena to sensationally dump the Serb from the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Heartbroken by Djokovic in two five-set epics in Melbourne and the U.S. Open last year, the eighth-seeded Swiss played out of his skin to upset his grand slam nemesis 2-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 9-7 in an exhilarating four hours.

Jan 21, 2014

Berdych survives Ferrer scrap to reach last four of Australian Open

MELBOURNE (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 21, 2014

Berdych survives Ferrer scrap to reach last four

MELBOURNE (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 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.

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