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Jan 18, 2014

Dominant Nadal leads race into second week in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal beamed with delight after laying down an emphatic marker with a brilliant display of all-court tennis to charge into the last 16 of the Australian Open on Saturday.

The Melbourne heatwave may have broken but arch-competitor Nadal was still bathed in sweat after his two-hour 6-1 6-2 6-3 demolition of the talented but error-prone Gael Monfils.

Jan 18, 2014

Tsonga brings end to gutsy Simon’s remarkable run

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga raced into the last 16 of the Australian Open with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-2 victory over Gilles Simon on Saturday, bringing an end to his compatriot’s remarkable run at Melbourne Park.

While a string of players dropped out early in the first week with niggling injuries in the sweltering conditions, the whippet-thin Simon earned the right to call himself one of the toughest men in tennis.

Jan 18, 2014

Tennis-Tsonga brings end to gutsy Simon’s remarkable run

MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) – France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga raced into the last 16 of the Australian Open with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-2 victory over Gilles Simon on Saturday, bringing an end to his compatriot’s remarkable run at Melbourne Park.

While a string of players dropped out early in the first week with niggling injuries in the sweltering conditions, the whippet-thin Simon earned the right to call himself one of the toughest men in tennis.

Jan 18, 2014

Fit Federer, rusty Sharapova into second week

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Roger Federer boasted of his fitness, Maria Sharapova felt a bit rusty and Andy Murray berated himself but all three eased into the second week of the Australian Open with third round victories at Melbourne Park on Saturday.

While there was relief all round at the cooler temperatures after four days of stifling heat, Milos Raonic and Caroline Wozniacki both felt the stinging burn of an upset when they failed to reach the last 16.

Jan 18, 2014

Tennis-Fit Federer, rusty Sharapova into second week

MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Roger Federer boasted of his fitness, Maria Sharapova felt a bit rusty and Andy Murray berated himself but all three eased into the second week of the Australian Open with third round victories at Melbourne Park on Saturday.

While there was relief all round at the cooler temperatures after four days of stifling heat, Milos Raonic and Caroline Wozniacki both felt the stinging burn of an upset when they failed to reach the last 16.

Jan 17, 2014

Sizzling Serena stays hot as Melbourne cools

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams made light of scorching temperatures on the fourth and final day of the Melbourne Park heatwave to blast her way into the last 16 of the Australian Open for the loss of just a dozen games on Friday.

Li Na’s progress was less imperious and the Chinese fourth seed escaped defeat by a matter of centimeters in her third round match, while Spain’s David Ferrer continued to carve his way through the men’s draw largely unnoticed.

Jan 17, 2014

Tennis-Sizzling Serena stays hot as Melbourne cools

MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams made light of scorching temperatures on the fourth and final day of the Melbourne Park heatwave to blast her way into the last 16 of the Australian Open for the loss of just a dozen games on Friday.

Li Na’s progress was less imperious and the Chinese fourth seed escaped defeat by a matter of centimetres in her third round match, while Spain’s David Ferrer continued to carve his way through the men’s draw largely unnoticed.

Jan 16, 2014

Nadal thrives under roof in scorching, soaking Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal and Victoria Azarenka swept into the third round of the Australian Open under the protection of the Rod Laver Arena roof on Thursday as sweltering temperatures, lightning and rain caused chaos on the outside courts.

On a third consecutive day of sauna-like heat and with temperatures climbing towards a peak of 43.4 degrees Celsius (110 Fahrenheit), organizers finally enacted the third stage of their “Extreme Heat Policy” after three hour’s play.

Jan 16, 2014

Tennis-Nadal thrives under roof in scorching, soaking Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal and Victoria Azarenka swept into the third round of the Australian Open under the protection of the Rod Laver Arena roof on Thursday as sweltering temperatures, lightning and rain caused chaos on the outside courts.

On a third consecutive day of sauna-like heat and with temperatures climbing towards a peak of 43.4 degrees Celsius (110 Fahrenheit), organisers finally enacted the third stage of their “Extreme Heat Policy” after three hour’s play.

Jan 16, 2014

Heat stops play at Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Play on the outer courts at Melbourne Park was called to a halt on day four of the Australian Open on Thursday with temperatures hitting 41 degrees Celsius (106 Fahrenheit) and still rising.

Organizers, who had been slammed for forcing players to play on in searing temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday, enacted the third stage of their “Extreme Heat Policy” for the first time at about 1.50 pm local time.

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