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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 27, 2015

Tennis-Berdych ends Nadal tyranny on day of shocks

MELBOURNE, Jan 27 (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 defense 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.

Jan 25, 2015

Today is a day to be happy, says encouraged Nadal

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal savoured the best win of his campaign at Melbourne Park in felling South African Kevin Anderson 7-5 6-1 6-4 to storm into the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday but was reticent to talk up his chances of a 15th grand slam title.

On the comeback trail after illness and injury, the Spanish third seed wrote off his chances in the lead-up but now finds himself in the last eight with energy to spare after needing little more than two hours to despatch the 6ft-8in (2.03 metre) Anderson on a cloudy day at Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 25, 2015

Nadal, Sharapova charge into quarters as top brass shine

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former champions Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova charged into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday, as the guardians of the tennis establishment crushed the grand slam dreams of upstart challengers.

Nadal withstood an early serving barrage from South African beanpole Kevin Anderson in a 7-5 6-1 6-4 masterclass at Rod Laver Arena to continue his brilliant comeback from a 2014 season ravaged by injury and illness.

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