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Jan 28, 2015

Keys injury time-out cost me momentum, says beaten Venus

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Venus Williams blamed an injury time-out by opponent Madison Keys for robbing her of rhythm and momentum during their Australian Open quarter-final on Wednesday.

The seven-times grand slam champion was leading 4-1 in the second set when play was halted for about eight minutes to allow 19-year-old Keys to have treatment on her left thigh.

Jan 27, 2015

Kyrgios bows out with good memories and another broken racquet

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Teenager Nick Kyrgios bowed out of the Australian Open on Tuesday having shown further proof of his prodigious talent but he leaves Melbourne Park with three smashed racquets, code violations and concerns about his on-court histrionics.

The 19-year-old Australian was handed a code violation for an audible obscenity in his 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3 quarter-final loss to Andy Murray and was lucky not to receive another when he smashed his racquet during the second set tiebreak.

Jan 27, 2015

Nadal disappointed but bows out content with comeback

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A fourth-round thrashing of big-serving South African Kevin Anderson had given Rafa Nadal hope he might be back to his best, but the Spaniard’s limited preparations came back to haunt him against Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

The rangy Czech played majestically to reach his second semi-final at Melbourne Park, upsetting Nadal 6-2 6-0 7-6(5) to snap a record 17-match losing streak against the 14-times grand slam champion.

Jan 27, 2015

Berdych ends Nadal tyranny on day of shocks

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Iron-willed Czech Tomas Berdych ended eight years of tyranny under nemesis Rafa Nadal to storm into his second Australian Open semi-final on Tuesday after Maria Sharapova inflicted another grand slam reality check on Eugenie Bouchard.

Stunned by Sharapova’s 6-3 6-2 demolition of the seventh-seeded Canadian, the Rod Laver Arena crowd were knocked off their seats by Berdych’s 6-2 6-0 7-6(5) victory over the 14-times grand slam champion.

Jan 26, 2015

Comeback kid Nadal seeks to maintain Berdych domination

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal will hope to make it 19 wins in succession against seventh seed Tomas Berdych on Tuesday to book an Australian Open semi-final berth and continue his impressive comeback from injury and illness.

The third seeded Spaniard played only a handful of matches in the second half of 2014 but has grown in stature and confidence with every outing at Melbourne Park, the last a straight sets demolition of 14th seed Kevin Anderson.

Jan 26, 2015

‘Fan coach’ helps Serena focus on way to quarters

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams took some coaching advice from a fan sitting in the Rod Laver Arena terraces as she struggled to overcome hard-hitting Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 2-6 6-3 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals on Monday.

The 24th seed Muguruza, who stunned Williams in the second round at Roland Garros last year, threatened another upset as she tore through the first set with a barrage of sweetly-struck winners on a cool, windy day.

Jan 26, 2015

Australia finally warms to beaten Azarenka

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Victoria Azarenka’s grand slam comeback from an injury-plagued season ran into a brick wall in the form of feisty Slovak Dominika Cibulkova on Monday, but the former champion leaves Melbourne Park having finally won the affections of the hosts.

Azarenka reigned supreme at the Australian Open from 2012-13, but while she earned their respect she never won over local crowds.

Jan 25, 2015

Masterful Murray pays back dangerous Dimitrov

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Andy Murray avenged his shock loss at last year’s Wimbledon and battled his way into his 16th successive grand slam quarter-final with a 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 7-5 victory over Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open on Sunday.

Murray was upset by Dimitrov in the quarter-finals of his Wimbledon title defence and Sunday’s late night thriller helped dim those memories while setting up a last eight clash with Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios.

Jan 25, 2015

Sweet revenge for Murray as old guard hold firm

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Dressed in black and oozing menace, Andy Murray extracted sweet revenge by felling Wimbledon nemesis Grigor Dimitrov in a late-night thriller as the old guard stood firm to march into the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday.

Former champions Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova sailed into the last eight but will share the limelight with Murray’s next opponent Nick Kyrgios, a local gatecrasher who roared to a famous five-set victory over Roger Federer-slayer Andreas Seppi.

Jan 25, 2015

Tomic tees off at ‘ridiculous’ Australian Open scheduling

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Bernard Tomic bowed out of the Australian Open fourth round on Sunday with a stinging rebuke of the scheduling following his straight sets defeat by Tomas Berdych.

Tomic played his last match on the second show court at Margaret Court Arena, while Rafa Nadal defeated South African Kevin Anderson at Rod Laver Arena’s centre court.

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