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Djokovic says he did tear muscle in Australia

He said he was not sure he could keep competing until about two hours before his next match and at that point did not think winning the championship was realistic.
Tennis - Australian Open - Men's Singles Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Men's Singles Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 21, 2021 09:05 PM IST
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American Kenin named WTA Player of the Year

Kenin defeated World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in the semi-finals and twice Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza in the final to claim the title at Melbourne Park. Kenin also reached the French Open final and finished the season ranked a career-high No. 4.
File image of Sofia Kenin.(File)
File image of Sofia Kenin.(File)
Updated on Dec 08, 2020 10:36 PM IST
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Australian Open crowds at 10% capacity would be a boon, says Djokovic

Ever since the tour resumed after the COVID-19 stoppage, the majority of events have been played in empty stadiums, with a select few allowing fans in few numbers to attend with social distancing protocols
Photo of Novac Djokovic(Twitter)
Photo of Novac Djokovic(Twitter)
Updated on Nov 21, 2020 12:45 PM IST
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Roger Federer pain-free and on track for Australian Open

The 39-year-old Swiss reached the semi-finals at Melbourne Park at the start of the year but missed the rest of the season after undergoing a second arthroscopic procedure on his right knee.
Switzerland's Roger Federer in action during his semi-final match against Belgium's David Goffin at the O2 arena.(REUTERS)
Switzerland's Roger Federer in action during his semi-final match against Belgium's David Goffin at the O2 arena.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 21, 2020 10:42 AM IST
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Australian Open chief wants quarantine relaxed for players

Tiley on Thursday said he remains “absolutely” confident the Australian Open will go ahead as planned at Melbourne Park from Jan. 18-31, along with lead-up events including the men’s ATP Cup and tournaments in Brisbane, Sydney and Hobart.
The Australian Open courts.(REUTERS)
The Australian Open courts.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 03:00 PM IST
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Australian Open: ‘Small details’ - Dominic Thiem says Big Three breakthrough not far away

The courageous Austrian enjoyed his best ever tournament at Melbourne Park, taking down four seeds, including Rafael Nadal, to reach the decider.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic embraces Austria's Dominic Thiem after winning the match.(REUTERS)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic embraces Austria's Dominic Thiem after winning the match.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 02, 2020 08:30 PM IST
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After Roger Federer last year, Rafael Nadal encounters tight Australian Open security

Nadal was cleared to go through the barrier in the halls of Melbourne Park only when a second guard stepped in to familiarise his colleague with one of the sport’s greatest players.
Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during his quarter final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem.(REUTERS)
Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during his quarter final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 29, 2020 03:34 PM IST
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Navratilova, McEnroe apologise for Margaret Court Arena protest

Navratilova and McEnroe called for Court’s name to be stripped from the second showcourt at Melbourne Park on Tuesday and replaced by Australia’s former world number one Evonne Goolagong.
FILE PHOTO of Martina Navratilova(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO of Martina Navratilova(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 29, 2020 01:36 PM IST
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Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe apologise for Margaret Court Arena protest

Navratilova and McEnroe called for Court’s name to be stripped from the second showcourt at Melbourne Park on Tuesday and replaced by Australia’s former world number one Evonne Goolagong.
Margaret Court holds up the women's Australian Open trophy.(AP)
Margaret Court holds up the women's Australian Open trophy.(AP)
Updated on Jan 29, 2020 01:17 PM IST
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Navratilova, McEnroe blast ‘homophobic’ Court ahead of Grand Slam honour

Navratilova said the devout Christian’s deeply conservative views were “actually hurting people”, while McEnroe described Court as a “crazy aunt”, adding that marking her 1970 Grand Slam was a “nightmare” for governing body Tennis Australia.
Former Australian Open champion Margaret Court watches the men's fourth round match.(AP)
Former Australian Open champion Margaret Court watches the men's fourth round match.(AP)
Updated on Jan 27, 2020 02:11 PM IST
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Melbourne | ByAgence France-Presse

‘RIP my friend’: Novak Djokovic leads tennis community in mourning ‘mentor’ Kobe Bryant

Djokovic had spoken fondly of his relationship with the former Los Angeles Laker in an interview at the weekend and the 16-times Grand Slam champion signed off his Tweet of condolence with the words: “RIP my friend”.
Djokovic had spoken fondly of his relationship with the former Los Angeles Laker(Novak Djokovic Twitter)
Djokovic had spoken fondly of his relationship with the former Los Angeles Laker(Novak Djokovic Twitter)
Updated on Jan 27, 2020 12:28 PM IST
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Nadal meets the ‘new Nick’ Kyrgios in fourth-round blockbuster

Nadal has not dropped a set so far as he bids for just his second title at Melbourne Park and was at his ruthless best to dismiss compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta and reach the last 16.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.(REUTERS)
Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 26, 2020 02:35 PM IST
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Australian Open: Ruthless Rafael Nadal crushes Carreno Busta to reach last 16

The 33-year-old was in virtuoso form to charge past the 27th seed 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in hot sunshine on Rod Laver Arena and make the round of 16 at Melbourne Park for a 13th time.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.(REUTERS)
Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 25, 2020 01:25 PM IST
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Melbourne | ByAFP

Australian Open: ‘It’s been a great ride’ - Wozniacki’s career ends in tears after 3rd round defeat

The unseeded 29-year-old brings the curtain down on a career that saw her win 30 WTA titles, with her sole Grand Slam triumph coming in 2018 at Melbourne Park.
Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki reacts after losing the match against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.(REUTERS)
Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki reacts after losing the match against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 24, 2020 10:50 AM IST
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Melbourne | ByAFP

Australian Open 2020: Rafael Nadal accidentally hits ball girl, comes up with priceless reaction - Watch

Nadal recorded an easy win over Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-6, 6-1 to progress into the third round of the first Grand Slam of the season.
Rafael Nadal checks on the ball girl during second round clash in Australian Open.(Rolland Garros/ Twitter)
Rafael Nadal checks on the ball girl during second round clash in Australian Open.(Rolland Garros/ Twitter)
Updated on Jan 23, 2020 06:38 PM IST
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Australian Open 2020: Roger Federer storms into third round

The six-time champion first played at Melbourne Park in 2000 and has gone on to make the semi-finals or better on 14 occasions, with no exits before round three.
Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates after defeating Serbia's Filip Krajinovic.(AP)
Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates after defeating Serbia's Filip Krajinovic.(AP)
Updated on Jan 22, 2020 07:03 PM IST
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Melbourne | ByAFP

‘Have a heart’ - Kyrgios blasts treatment of tearful Anisimova

The 18-year-old, after losing to world number 73 Zarina Diyas in the first round, was asked how she was managing her career without her father.
Amanda Anisimova of the U.S.(AP)
Amanda Anisimova of the U.S.(AP)
Updated on Jan 22, 2020 11:20 AM IST
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Australian Open: Let them drink, let them shout - Aussie Millman loves a rowdy crowd

Tsitsipas made his plea after his first-round win on Margaret Court Arena on Monday, when Melbourne’s large Greek community turned out in force to cheer him to victory.
File image of John Millman(REUTERS)
File image of John Millman(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 21, 2020 03:07 PM IST
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Melbourne | ByReuters

Australian Open 2020: Rafael Nadal insists beating Roger Federer’s 20 Slams not important

The Spaniard launched his campaign to equal the Swiss great’s mark by dropping just five games in a 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 annihilation of Bolivian Hugo Dellien in the Australian Open first round.
Rafael Nadal in action during Australian Open.(REUTERS)
Rafael Nadal in action during Australian Open.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 21, 2020 06:52 PM IST
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Melbourne | ByAFP

Rafael Nadal dominates Hugo Dellien to reach Australian Open second round

Rafael Nadal hit the ground running at the Australian Open on Tuesday by hammering unseeded Bolivian Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-3 6-0 to reach the second round.
Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during the match against Bolivia's Hugo Dellien.(REUTERS)
Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during the match against Bolivia's Hugo Dellien.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 21, 2020 12:07 PM IST
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Melbourne | ByAFP

Future uncertain for Maria Sharapova after early Australian Open exit

In the main draw on a wild card with a world ranking of 145, the 32-year-old Russian put up a dogged mid-match fight on Rod Laver Arena before crumpling to a 6-3 6-4 defeat at the hands of Donna Vekic.
Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during the match against Croatia's Donna Vekic.(REUTERS)
Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during the match against Croatia's Donna Vekic.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 21, 2020 03:02 PM IST
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Sharapova vanquished by Vekic in Australian Open first round

The 32-year-old Russian was clearly still hampered by the shoulder injury that had restricted her to one previous competitive outing since her opening-round exit at last year’s U.S. Open.
Croatia's Donna Vekic celebrates winning the match against Russia's Maria Sharapova(REUTERS)
Croatia's Donna Vekic celebrates winning the match against Russia's Maria Sharapova(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 21, 2020 09:34 AM IST
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Australian Open 2020: Novak Djokovic survives scare in tough Grand Slam opener

The 16-time Major winner finally got the job done 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 on Rod Laver Arena for his 900th career win to make the second round at Melbourne Park for a 14th consecutive year.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff.(AP)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff.(AP)
Updated on Jan 20, 2020 06:47 PM IST
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Melbourne | ByAgence France-Presse

‘Be nice to each other,’ retiring Caroline Wozniacki tells young players

The Danish star, who is walking away from tennis after the Australian Open aged 29, lived to fight another day at Melbourne Park after crushing American Kristie Ahn 6-1, 6-3 in the first round.
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki reacts after defeating United States' Kristie Ahn.(AP)
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki reacts after defeating United States' Kristie Ahn.(AP)
Updated on Jan 20, 2020 02:22 PM IST
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Melbourne | ByAgence France-Presse

Australian Open: ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Roger Federer

Federer said ahead of the tournament that he had low expectations at the year’s opening Grand Slam after missing the warm-up ATP Cup to spend more time with his family.
Switzerland's Roger Federer(AP)
Switzerland's Roger Federer(AP)
Updated on Jan 20, 2020 01:42 PM IST
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Melbourne | ByAFP

Australian Open: Rust-free Roger Federer launches Melbourne campaign with sublime win

Playing his first competitive match since losing to Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the ATP Finals in November, the 38-year-old broke his opponent’s serve early in each of the three sets and closed out the match when Johnson hit a return long.
Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates after defeating United States' Steve Johnson during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia(AP)
Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates after defeating United States' Steve Johnson during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia(AP)
Updated on Jan 20, 2020 01:13 PM IST
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Melbourne | ByReuters

2019 champion Novak Djokovic eyes 5th post-30 Slam title in Australia

Djokovic, 32, already owns four major titles since he turned 30, the same number as Federer. Only one man has won more often at that stage of his career in the professional era: Nadal, 33, has five such championships.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic hits a backhand return during a practice session.(AP)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic hits a backhand return during a practice session.(AP)
Updated on Jan 19, 2020 03:33 PM IST
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Melbourne | ByAssociated Press

Australian Open 2020: Roger Federer blasts lack of communication on smog

The 20-time Grand Slam champion said a lack of information made matters worse when players were forced to stay on the courts on Tuesday and Wednesday, when air quality in Melbourne was among the worst on the planet.
Switzerland's Roger Federer attends a news conference.(REUTERS)
Switzerland's Roger Federer attends a news conference.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 18, 2020 11:16 AM IST
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Melbourne | ByAgence France-Presse

Australian Open 2020: ‘No regrets’ as Caroline Wozniacki embarks on swansong at Melbourne Park

Wozniacki announced in December that she would retire from tennis to focus on other things, including starting a family with husband and former NBA star David Lee.
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki attends a news conference.(REUTERS)
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki attends a news conference.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 18, 2020 09:30 AM IST
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Melbourne | ByAgence France-Presse

Australian Open 2020: Dannil Medvedev happy with the hype at Melbourne Park

American great John McEnroe has tipped the US Open finalist as the man most likely to break the Grand Slam stranglehold of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer at Melbourne Park.
Russia's Daniil Medvedev attends a news conference.(REUTERS)
Russia's Daniil Medvedev attends a news conference.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 18, 2020 09:26 AM IST
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