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Category: Grand Slams

Melbourne | Why it’s difficult to predict a winner in the men’s open division?

The first round will see a replay of last years final, the 2017 Wimbledon and Roland Garros singles champions go head to head, the US Open champion take on the wildcard from Oz and one of our top Brits take on a returning to his best form former World number one. If you asked me to call who might lift the 2018 Australian Open men’s open division singles title right now I don’t think I could. The standard of the top players is so good that on their day anyone of them could claim that trophy at the end...

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Melbourne | Edmund downs Dimitrov

What a start to the second week of this year’s Australian Open! Yesterday we saw the dismissal of Novak Djokovic, despite a tender elbow and Dominic Thiem, both highly rated to reach at least the semi-finals. Today Grigor Dimitrov, the world No3 from Bulgaria, joins the queue for the airport following his loss to Kyle Edmund, the British No.2 ranked 49 in world terms, who has matured immensely at this grand slam, taking over the responsibility of flying the Union Jack in the absence of Andy Murray recovering in London following surgery to his troublesome...

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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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