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Kyrgios says 'layer of respect' with Nadal despite feud

Australia's Nick Kyrgios said he had "respect" for Rafael Nadal despite their personal differences after he set up a last-16 match with the top seed at the Australian Open on Saturday. Kyrgios played down disagreements with the world number one -- against whom he has a 2-1 record on hard

Australian Open Glance: Ash Barty, Coco Gauff eye quarters
Australian Open Glance: Ash Barty, Coco Gauff eye quarters

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- A quick look at the Australian Open:

Kyrgios sets up Nadal showdown after five-set thriller
Kyrgios sets up Nadal showdown after five-set thriller

Firebrand Nick Kyrgios scraped past Karen Khachanov Saturday in five thrilling sets to set up a grudge match against top seed Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open fourth round. "Mate, it was crazy, I don't even know what to say right now, it was insane, I have no words for how I'm feeling

Medvedev cruises to set up Wawrinka last-16 clash
Medvedev cruises to set up Wawrinka last-16 clash

World number four Daniil Medvedev eased past Alexei Popyrin in straight sets Saturday to set up a last-16 clash with former Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka. The tall Russian had few problems dispatching the unseeded Australian 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena as he steps up his quest for a maiden

Stress-free Zverev cruises past Verdasco into fourth round
Stress-free Zverev cruises past Verdasco into fourth round

Seventh seed Alexander Zverev credited a stress-free life off court for his strong run at the Australian Open after marching into the fourth round with a 6-2 6-2 6-4 win over Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco on Saturday. Zverev arrived in Melbourne lacking confidence after losing all three of his singles

Barty named Young Australian of the Year
Barty named Young Australian of the Year

Ash Barty was named Young Australian of the Year on Saturday in recognition of her rise to number one in the world and Grand Slam triumph at last year's French Open. Barty was her country's first number one women's tennis player since her fellow indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Still eyeing Slam, Pliskova exits Australia; 1 US man left
Still eyeing Slam, Pliskova exits Australia; 1 US man left

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Karolina Pliskova can make a good case that she has the strongest resume of any active player not to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Still eyeing Slam, Pliskova exits Australia; 1 US man left
Still eyeing Slam, Pliskova exits Australia; 1 US man left

Karolina Pliskova can make a strong case that she has the strongest resume of any active player not to win a Grand Slam singles title. The obvious question for Pliskova is this: Why can't she take that next step at Slams? The highest-ranked U.S. man, 19th-seeded John Isner, retired from his match

Muguruza claims Svitolina scalp as top women
Muguruza claims Svitolina scalp as top women's seeds tumble

Elina Svitolina became the sixth top 10 women's seed to exit in the Australian Open third round after she was well beaten by unseeded Garbine Muguruza on Saturday. Two-time Grand Slam champion Muguruza won 6-1, 6-2 and faces Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan or Dutch ninth seed Kiki Bertens in the last

Federer
Federer's fans and a knockout punch: Australian Open briefs

Roger Federer is adored around the globe -- even when he's playing the home favourite. Australia's John Millman, and many observers on social media, said the Swiss star had the lion's share of crowd support in their five-set thriller on Rod Laver Arena. Millman even had to shout down a

Brazilian tennis player banned for life for match-fixing

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Joao Olavo Soares de Souza of Brazil has been banned for life and fined $200,000 by the International Tennis Federation after being found guilty of match-fixing and corruption.

Rublev tries to block out hot streak after run to Melbourne last 16
Rublev tries to block out hot streak after run to Melbourne last 16

Andrey Rublev's "amazing" unbeaten start to the season showed no signs of slowing Saturday, with the Russian young gun rallying from a set down to dump 11th seed David Goffin from the Australian Open. The 22-year-old extended his unbeaten streak to 11 games, beating the Belgian 2-6, 7-

Monfils says hand fine after video game nasty
Monfils says hand fine after video game nasty

Gael Monfils dismissed concerns an injured hand was hampering his game on Saturday, saying he was fit and well for his fourth-round clash at the Australian Open. Monfils bruised his racquet hand playing a computer game last month but he said the problem didn't trouble him at all. The 10th seed

Nadal keeps it simple in chaotic 3rd round at Aussie Open
Nadal keeps it simple in chaotic 3rd round at Aussie Open

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Nadal, Halep roll on as shocks rattle Australian Open
Nadal, Halep roll on as shocks rattle Australian Open

World number one Rafael Nadal and Wimbledon champion Simona Halep dodged an exodus of seeded players as the shocks kept rolling at the Australian Open on Saturday. A day after Serena Williams and title-holder Naomi Osaka fell by the wayside, second seed Karolina Pliskova crashed out to leave another

Ruthless Nadal crushes Carreno Busta to reach last 16
Ruthless Nadal crushes Carreno Busta to reach last 16

Top seed Rafael Nadal routed fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta for the loss of just seven games Saturday as the world number one revved up his bid for a 20th Grand Slam title. 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. "My best match of the tournament so far, without a doubt," said Nadal.

Tennis: Brazil
Tennis: Brazil's Souza gets life ban for match-fixing

A TIU investigation found that the 31-year-old had committed several anti-corruption breaches between 2015 and 2019 including fixing matches at ATP Challenger and ITF Futures tournaments in Brazil, Mexico, the United States and Czech Republic. "The player is permanently ineligible to compete in or attend any sanctioned event organized or recognized by the governing bodies of the sport," TIU said in a statement. Souza, who had been provisionally suspended since March 2019 pending completion of the investigation, was also fined $200,000 following a disciplinary hearing in London on Jan. 14.

Serena Williams not going quietly as Coco makes case as heir
Serena Williams not going quietly as Coco makes case as heir

Serena Williams suffered her earliest exit from the Australian Open since 2006 but the 23-time Grand Slam champion is not ready to hand over the baton to heir apparent Coco Gauff just yet. The 38-year-old Williams was downcast but quietly defiant in the aftermath of her shock third-round loss to Wang Qiang on Friday, the 27th-seeded Chinese winning 6-4, 6-7 (2/7), 7-5. Five hours later, the 15-year-old Gauff pulled off an upset of her own, defeating reigning champion Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 in 67 minutes.

Halep avoids shocks to ease into Melbourne last 16
Halep avoids shocks to ease into Melbourne last 16

Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep avoided becoming the latest big casualty at the Australian Open when she beat Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva to reach the last 16 on Saturday. The fourth seed won 6-1, 6-4 and plays Belgian 16th seed Elise Mertens or world number 600 CiCi Bellis of the United States next in Melbourne. Serena Williams and reigning champion Naomi Osaka both lost on Friday and second seed Karolina Pliskova followed them out the exit door on Saturday.

Halep happy to advance as more seeds fall in Melbourne
Halep happy to advance as more seeds fall in Melbourne

Simona Halep proved too strong for Kazakh Yulia Putintseva in their first career meeting as the Romanian fourth seed sailed through to the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-1 6-4 win on Saturday. Former world number one Halep, who reached the Melbourne Park final in 2018, broke Putintseva's serve three times in the first set and twice in the second. Putintseva, ranked 38th in the world, broke Halep once in each set and surprised her opponent with some well-disguised drop shots, though her last attempt hit the net to end the match.

No. 2 Pliskova out in chaotic 3rd round at Australian Open
No. 2 Pliskova out in chaotic 3rd round at Australian Open

Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova and No. 6 Belinda Bencic went the same way as Serena Williams and defending champion Naomi Osaka by exiting the Australian Open in a chaotic third round. Pliskova, a semifinalist here last year, lost 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) to 30th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in match lasting

The Latest: Swiatek ousts another seeded player in Australia
The Latest: Swiatek ousts another seeded player in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local):

Pliskova, Bencic join Aussie Open exit queue in 3rd round
Pliskova, Bencic join Aussie Open exit queue in 3rd round

Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova and No. 6 Belinda Bencic went the same way as Serena Williams and defending champion Naomi Osaka by exiting the Australian Open in a chaotic third round. Pliskova, a semifinalist here last year, lost 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) to 30th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in match lasting

Second seed Pliskova out in latest Australian Open shock
Second seed Pliskova out in latest Australian Open shock

World number two Karolina Pliskova bombed out to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Saturday as the shocks kept rolling in the Australian Open third round. A day after Serena Williams and defending champion Naomi Osaka both exited, Russia's Pavlyuchenkova won 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/3) for her first victory over

Pavlyuchenkova beats Pliskova as seeds continue to tumble
Pavlyuchenkova beats Pliskova as seeds continue to tumble

Russian Pavlyuchenkova battled to a 7-6(4) 7-6(3) win over the second-seeded Czech, who joined defending champion Naomi Osaka and 23-times Grand Slam winner Serena Williams in making third-round exits. Pavlyuchenkova had a 4-1 lead in the first set and a 2-0 lead in the second before being taken to

Kerber reaches fourth round in Melbourne with win over Giorgi
Kerber reaches fourth round in Melbourne with win over Giorgi

Angelique Kerber moved into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday with a 6-2 6-7(4) 6-3 win over Camila Giorgi, extending her unbeaten record against the Italian to 5-0. The German 17th seed, who won the title in 2016, was barely troubled in the first set as the erratic Giorgi served

Former champ Kerber survives scare to reach Australian Open last 16
Former champ Kerber survives scare to reach Australian Open last 16

Three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber survived a scare from 102-ranked Italian Camila Giorgi to reach the Australian Open last 16 on Saturday. The 32-year-old Kerber won her maiden Grand Slam at the Australian Open in 2016 and claimed the US Open title later the same year. "It was a really

Federer says
Federer says 'epics' keep him motivated after Australian Open thriller

Roger Federer lives to win titles, but five-set thrillers like his epic against John Millman at the Australian Open are also a key reason why he is still playing aged 38. The Swiss master looked out for the count at 4-8 down in a nailbiting fifth-set super tiebreaker against the gutsy Australian, but

Electronic review set for clay-court debut at Rio

The clay-court Rio Open tournament in February will have the first trial of electronic technology for the surface. The Challenger Tour has trialed the technology before on clay but it has never been seen at ATP level, with umpires often getting out of their chairs to check surface marks. "The Electronic Review challenge system was first introduced on the ATP Tour in 2006 in Miami," the ATP tour said in a statement on Thursday.

ATP Tour to trial review system on clay for first time
ATP Tour to trial review system on clay for first time

The ATP Tour announced on Friday that it will use the review system for the first time on clay this season, starting with February's event in Rio de Janeiro. Previously, players have not been able to challenge line calls on clay like on hard and grass courts, with umpires instead checking the marks the ball makes on the red dirt. The electronic review system will also be used at an as yet unnamed ATP 250 event and at a Masters tournament -- either in Monte Carlo, Madrid or Rome.

Bittersweet: Caroline Wozniacki
Bittersweet: Caroline Wozniacki's career ends in Australia

Caroline Wozniacki took her final bow in Melbourne.

Coco Gauff beats Naomi Osaka at Australian Open
Coco Gauff beats Naomi Osaka at Australian Open

Coco Gauff, the youngest player at the Australian Open, made it to the fourth round in her biggest performance yet. The 15-year-old ousted defending Japanese champ Naomi Osaka. Meantime, Serena Williams' quest for a 24th Grand Slam singles title at the Open is over. She suffered a shocking upset to China's Wang Qiang, marking her earliest exit at Melbourne Park in 14 years.

'Big relief' as Federer survives five-set epic at Australian Open

Six-time champion Roger Federer said it was a "big relief" to survive an epic five-set marathon and seal his 100th Australian Open win on Friday, fending off a dogged challenge from John Millman. The Swiss master was rattled by the all-guns-blazing Australian, but scraped through 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (10/8) to stay alive in his quest for a 21st Grand Slam title. "Things were extremely difficult, not just in the breaker, (but) throughout the match for me against John," he added.

Federer survives huge scare to reach last 16 on freaky Friday
Federer survives huge scare to reach last 16 on freaky Friday

Roger Federer looked defeat full in the face before rallying in the 10-point tiebreaker to edge local battler John Millman in a five-set thriller on Friday night and reach the last 16 of the Australian Open. It was Federer's 100th victory at Melbourne Park and few of them can have been as hard as the four-hour, 4-6 7-6(2) 6-4 4-6 7-6(8) epic he shared with the teak tough world number 47 on Rod Laver Arena. The apparently indefatigable Millman held leads of 5-2 and 8-4 on the back of some brilliant tennis, forcing 38-year-old Federer to rattle off five straight points before securing the victory with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Deposed Osaka says she does not have
Deposed Osaka says she does not have 'champion mentality'

Naomi Osaka said she had been overwhelmed by the pressure of defending her Australian Open title and admitted she does not have a "champion mentality" after losing to 15-year-old Coco Gauff on Friday. Two-time Grand Slam champion Osaka crushed a tearful Gauff in the US Open third round, but the teenager -- the youngest player in the Melbourne draw -- got emphatic revenge. "I don't really have the champion mentality yet, which is someone that can deal with not playing 100 percent (but still win)," said Osaka.

Australian Open Glance: Divergent paths for 3rd-round foes
Australian Open Glance: Divergent paths for 3rd-round foes

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- A quick look at the Australian Open:

15-year-old Gauff upsets
15-year-old Gauff upsets '19 champ Osaka at Australian Open

Playing nothing like what her age or her ranking would suggest, Coco Gauff steadily made her way to her latest Grand Slam upset, eliminating defending champion Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open's third round 6-3, 6-4 on Friday. The 15-year-old American became the youngest player to beat a top-five

Coco Gauff, 15, stuns title-holder Osaka at Australian Open
Coco Gauff, 15, stuns title-holder Osaka at Australian Open

Unseeded 15-year-old Coco Gauff beat reigning champion Naomi Osaka in straight sets in a major upset at the Australian Open on Friday. The American prodigy, making her Melbourne debut this year, beat the third seed 6-3, 6-4 in the third round to avenge her heavy defeat at last year's US Open. The

15-year-old Gauff upsets
15-year-old Gauff upsets '19 champ Osaka at Australian Open

Playing nothing like what her age or her ranking would suggest, Coco Gauff steadily made her way to her latest Grand Slam upset, eliminating defending champion Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open's third round 6-3, 6-4 on Friday. The 15-year-old American became the youngest player to beat a top-five

Cilic rolls back years to beat Bautista Agut at Aussie Open
Cilic rolls back years to beat Bautista Agut at Aussie Open

Former Australian Open runner-up Marin Cilic rolled back the years Friday to outlast ninth seed Roberto Bautista Agut over five sets and book a spot in the round of 16. "It was four hours of incredible tennis and unreal emotions," said Cilic, who won 11 games in a row at one point in what

Bittersweet: Caroline Wozniacki
Bittersweet: Caroline Wozniacki's career ends in Australia

"There's a lot of emotions, a lot of things I can't compartmentalize now," the former No. 1-ranked Wozniacki said. Wozniacki announced late last year that she would retire from the sport after the Australian Open, where she won her only Grand Slam singles title.

Williams heartbreak as China
Williams heartbreak as China's Wang shatters Grand Slam record bid

America's Serena Williams suffered a stunning third-round defeat to China's Wang Qiang at the Australian Open on Friday, pushing Margaret Court's 47-year-old record for career Grand Slam titles further from her grasp. Williams, 38, was the bookies' favourite to win a record-equalling 24th Major at Melbourne Park but she came unstuck against a determined Wang, who won 6-4, 6/7 (2/7), 7-5 -- after taking only one game last time they met. The upset means Williams, whose last Major win was at the 2017 Australian Open when she was pregnant, has fallen short at eight Grand Slams -- including four finals -- since returning from having her baby.

Wozniacki, Williams both in tears as Dane calls time on career
Wozniacki, Williams both in tears as Dane calls time on career

Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams were both left in tears after the Dane's glittering tennis career ended in a third-round defeat at the Australian Open on Friday. The former world number one, who announced in December that this would be her final tournament, lost 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 to lower-ranked Ons Jabeur of Tunisia. The unseeded 29-year-old Wozniacki 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.

Djokovic puts on serving masterclass to breeze past Nishioka
Djokovic puts on serving masterclass to breeze past Nishioka

Defending champion Novak Djokovic thumped Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3 6-2 6-2 in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday to stay on course for a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park. The world number two Serb, who defeated anther Japanese in Tatsuma Ito in his previous round, smashed 17 aces, won 93% points on his first serve and faced just a single breakpoint against the hapless Nishioka. Djokovic, who beat Rafa Nadal in last year's final to win a record seventh Australian Open title, broke his opponent's serve once in the first set, twice each in the next two, and hit 40 winners to seal the match in an hour and 25 minutes.

No-nonsense Djokovic cruises towards record eighth Melbourne title
No-nonsense Djokovic cruises towards record eighth Melbourne title

Novak Djokovic barely got out of first gear in a sizzling performance to thrash Yoshihito Nishioka and move into the Australian Open fourth round Friday, closing in on a record eighth title. The Serbian defending champion swept past the Japanese 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in just 85 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to reach a Grand Slam round of 16 for the 50th time -- second only to Roger Federer's 67. Djokovic gave away just three games in his first and only meeting with left-hander Nishioka in the Davis Cup last year and the 24-year-old fared little better at Melbourne Park.

'Not cool' but Serena vows to continue 24th Slam quest

Serena Williams will not give up on her chase for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title and believes she can still do it, despite crashing out of the Australian Open Friday. The 38-year-old American legend has been stuck on 23 since winning in Melbourne in 2017, when she was pregnant with daughter Olympia. Williams, who was downbeat but not broken, said she will be back on the practice court on Saturday.

Smitten Australia falls for
Smitten Australia falls for 'childish brat' Kyrgios

So often reviled for his antics on court, Australia's Nick Kyrgios is now something of a national hero after his box-office performances at Melbourne Park and heartfelt support for the victims of deadly bushfires. The 24-year-old's apparent newfound maturity was lauded in local media after his four-set victory on Thursday over France's Gilles Simon in the Australian Open second round. There were flashes of the worst of Kyrgios, losing his temper with his court-side coaching team and threatening to unravel as the stubborn Simon refused to lie down.

Gulbis wears out shoes, sends SOS
Gulbis wears out shoes, sends SOS

Melbourne (AFP) - Colourful Latvian Ernests Gulbis only brought one pair of shoes to the Australian Open, and he has quickly realised it was a big mistake.

Serena Williams stunned at Australian Open, ending record bid
Serena Williams stunned at Australian Open, ending record bid

Serena Williams was sensationally knocked out of the Australian Open third round by China's Wang Qiang on Friday, torpedoing her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam crown. Williams, 38, was the bookies' favourite to win an eighth title at Melbourne Park but she came unstuck against a determined Wang, who took only one game off the American last time they met. The 6-4, 6/7 (2/7), 7-5 upset means Williams, whose last Major win was at the 2017 Australian Open when she was pregnant, has fallen short at eight Grand Slams since returning from having a baby in 2018.

The Latest: Wozniacki
The Latest: Wozniacki's farewell tour ends at Aussie Open

Caroline Wozniacki's farewell tour at the Australian Open is over. The 2018 champion lost her third-round match 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 to Ons Jabeur at Melbourne Arena. Wozniacki said late last year that she would retire from the game after the Australian Open in order to spend more time with her family


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