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Melbourne | Djokovic and Thiem get dumped from the AO

The second Monday’s evening session at the Australian Open produced two big and unexpected upsets, unlike the straight forward results from the earlier days session when Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych booked their quarter-final places. No one can honestly say they expected both the two seeds to crash out of the championships – one of them perhaps but the odds that both were to go must have been very...

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Melbourne | Pliskova shakes off Strycova

If Simona Halep was awake in the early hours of Tuesday morning, she would have learned that her opponent in the quarter-final of the Australian Open will be Karolina Pliskova, who shook off her persistent countrywoman Barbora Strycova, 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2. The World No 1 has spent a shade under eight hours on court in four matches so far, including an epic 3hr 44min against Lauren Davis on Saturday, which the Romanian won 15-13 in the final...

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Melbourne | Federer and Berdych make last 8

For the first time at this year’s Australian Open, Roger Federer was scheduled to play in the daylight! There had been comments about his continual appearances in the evening schedule thereby avoiding the full heat of the Aussie sun, so the night owl was finally drawn out into the open on Rod Laver...

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Melbourne | Halep eases past Osaka – Kerber survives against Hsieh

The women’s quarter-final places were completed on Monday at the Australian Open, Day 8 of the championships, with an in-form Simona Halep leading the line-up after a fine display against Japan’s Naomi Osaka despite struggling with an ankle problem. The World No 1 injured herself in her first-round match against Destanee Aiava, but has since won three contests, including a three hours and 45 minutes epic against Lauren Davis, to advance to the...

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Melbourne | Dimitrov progresses to take on Edmund

With Kyle Edmund through to a grand slam quarter-final for the first time in his career, British attention focused primarily on the match from which his next opponent would emerge. The British No2 will take heart that Grigor Dimitrov was kept on court by Nick Kyrgios for three hours and 26-minutes before he finally emerged the 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(4)...

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Melbourne | Svitolina swats aside qualifier for place in the quarters

Elina Svitolina, the fourth seed, swatted aside the Czech qualifier Denisa Allertova in the late match on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday and secured her slot in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. It was a comprehensive straight-sets encounter during which Svitolina had her serve broken once but was largely untroubled on her way to her 6-3 6-0 win in just under an...

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Melbourne | McHugh flies the flag in AO juniors

Britain’s Aidan McHugh from Glasgow came through a tough test against Croatia’s Filip Cristian McHugh to reach the second round of the Junior Boys’ Singles at the Australian Open on Sunday. He prevailed 6-4 7-6(3) to set up a meeting with French qualifier Jaimee Floyd Angele, who took out the fourth seed, Ulsung Park from Korea, 7-6(4) 6-4. Brits Jack Draper and George Loffhagen both went out in straight sets in their...

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Melbourne | Wozniacki storms into quarters to face Suarez Navarro

Caroline Wozniacki continued her quest for a first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Sunday, cashing in on her second chance to reach the quarter-finals here for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova. After her close call in the second round when she had to save two match points and come back from 5-1 down in the third set to stay alive, the World No 2-said she was ‘playing with the house money’ and had nothing to...

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Melbourne | Edmund keeps going

Kyle Edmund produced another excellent performance to reach the quarterfinals of a grand slam for the first time in his career and in the process earned himself a handful of world ranking points to lift him into the mid-thirties from his current position of 49. Apart from the injured Andy Murray, Edmund becomes the first British male to reach the last eight in Australia since John Lloyd back in 1985 and he did it in some style, coming back from a set and a break down to work his way to victory over the Italian Andreas Seppi, who was...

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