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Jan 25, 2014

Li overwhelms Cibulkova to claim Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – China’s Li Na overcame an attack of nerves and weathered a feisty challenge from Dominika Cibulkova before roaring to a 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 victory to win her first Australian Open title on Saturday.

Heartbroken as runner-up last year and in 2011, the 31-year-old struggled on serve and battled an errant forehand in a tight first set, before finding her range in devastating fashion to become the oldest woman to win at Melbourne Park.

Jan 25, 2014

Tennis-Li overwhelms Cibulkova to claim Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan 25 (Reuters) – China’s Li Na weathered a feisty challenge from Dominika Cibulkova before roaring to a 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 victory to win the Australian Open on Saturday.

Struggling with her serve and an errant forehand in a tight first set, the fourth seed Li found her range in devastating fashion to notch six straight games on a cool, breezy night at Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 24, 2014

Nadal routs Federer to reach third Melbourne final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A ruthless Rafa Nadal crushed his great rival Roger Federer 7-6(4) 6-3 6-3 on Friday in an awesome display of raw power and precision to reach his third Australian Open final.

On a breezy night at Rod Laver Arena, the 2009 champion notched his sixth straight win in grand slams over the Swiss, stunning his opponent with a masterclass of clean hitting to book a title-decider with Stanislas Wawrinka.

Jan 24, 2014

Tennis-Nadal routs Federer to reach third Melbourne final

MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) – A ruthless Rafa Nadal crushed his great rival Roger Federer 7-6(4) 6-3 6-3 on Friday in an awesome display of raw power and precision to reach his third Australian Open final.

On a breezy night at Rod Laver Arena, the 2009 champion notched his sixth straight win in grand slams over the Swiss, stunning his opponent with a masterclass of clean hitting to book a title-decider with Stanislas Wawrinka.

Jan 23, 2014

Wawrinka fells Berdych to reach first grand slam final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Stanislas Wawrinka will bid to break the ‘Big Four’ strangle-hold on grand slam silverware after edging Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-7(1) 7-6(3) 7-6(4) in a serving war on Thursday to reach the Australian Open final.

In a slow-burning contest that occasionally roared to life, the Swiss eighth seed stepped up on big points on a tense night at Rod Laver Arena, reaching his first major final where he will meet either Rafa Nadal or compatriot Roger Federer.

Jan 23, 2014

Tennis-Wawrinka fells Berdych to reach first grand slam final

MELBOURNE, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Stanislas Wawrinka will bid to break the ‘Big Four’ strangle-hold on grand slam silverware after edging Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-7(1) 7-6(3) 7-6(4) in a serving war on Thursday to reach the Australian Open final.

In a slow-burning contest that occasionally roared to life, the Swiss eighth seed stepped up on big points on a tense night at Rod Laver Arena, reaching his first major final where he will meet either Rafa Nadal or compatriot Roger Federer.

Jan 23, 2014

Li’s feet on the ground after reaching third final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Li Na will hope to keep her head in check and feet on the ground during her third Australian Open final after her coach Carlos Rodriguez helped calm her for a thumping victory over teenager Eugenie Bouchard in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Runner-up last year and in 2011, the battle-hardened Chinese smashed the Canadian sensation 6-2 6-4 in a sun-drenched Rod Laver Arena and will battle Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova, the 20th seed, for the trophy.

Jan 23, 2014

Tennis-Li’s feet on the ground after reaching third final

MELBOURNE, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Li Na will hope to keep her head in check and feet on the ground during her third Australian Open final after her coach Carlos Rodriguez helped calm her for a thumping victory over teenager Eugenie Bouchard in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Runner-up last year and in 2011, the battle-hardened Chinese smashed the Canadian sensation 6-2 6-4 in a sun-drenched Rod Laver Arena and will battle Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova, the 20th seed, for the trophy.

Jan 22, 2014

Federer fells Murray to book Nadal semi-final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A resurgent Roger Federer weathered a belated challenge from Andy Murray at the Australian Open on Wednesday to win 6-3 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3 and set up a mouthwatering semi-final with great rival Rafa Nadal.

Stingy on serve and dominant at the net, the 17-times grand slam champion wobbled when serving out for the match at 5-4 in the third set and was dragged into a tiebreak in an atmosphere of unrelenting tension at Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 22, 2014

Tennis-Federer fells Murray to book Nadal semi-final

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) – A resurgent Roger Federer weathered a belated challenge from Andy Murray at the Australian Open on Wednesday to win 6-3 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3 and set up a mouthwatering semi-final with great rival Rafa Nadal.

Stingy on serve and dominant at the net, the 17-times grand slam champion wobbled when serving out for the match at 5-4 in the third set and was dragged into a tiebreak in an atmosphere of unrelenting tension at Rod Laver Arena.

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