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Emotional or not, Kyrgios puts on a show at Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Nick Kyrgios knows how to entertain a crowd. He hits shots between his legs and around the net posts. He smashes rackets. He argues with the chair umpire and interacts with fans in the stands. He smashes more rackets. And when he can control his explosive game and emotions, the crowd-pleasing Kyrgios has the talent to beat anyone on the biggest stages....
Via AP on Fox
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open: Sharapova, Bouchard and Nadal through to quarters

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal put earlier stumbles behind them with convincing wins Sunday to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. French Open champion Sharapova was broken once in the first set before winning the last eight games of her 6-3, 6-0 fourth-round victory over No. 21-seeded Peng Shuai, advancing her to a showdown with No. 7 Eugenie...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kyrgios Saves a Match Point to Join Nadal and Berdych in Australian Open Quarterfinals

(January 25, 2015) Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios rocked the jam-packed Hisense Arena on Sunday in Melbourne Park coming back from two sets down and saving a match point by beating Roger Federer conqueror Andreas Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 8-6 to reach the quarterfinals. Seppi knocked out Federer in the third round. He is now the first Australian to reach the quarterfinals...
Via Tennis Panorama
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Berdych beats Tomic to reach Australian Open quarters

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Tomas Berdych reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the fifth consecutive year with a 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-2 win over local hope Bernard Tomic. With his new fiancee Ester Satorova watching from the stands, the seventh-seeded Berdych hit 52 winners and broke Tomic four times to advance to a matchup with Rafael Nadal. Berdych reached the quarters...
Via AP on Fox
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal through to Australian Open quarterfinals

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Rafael Nadal stayed in contention for his second Australian Open title six years after his first with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 fourth-round win Sunday over Kevin Anderson. The 2009 Australian Open winner turned around the first set - and ultimately the match - in the 11th and 12th games. Nadal saved five break points, clinching the game with an ace and service winner...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 Australian Open Day 7 Men’s Match Notes and Previews

2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN DAY 7 MEN’S NOTES Sunday 25 January Round of 16 Bottom Half     Featured matches   No. 3 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v No. 14 Kevin Anderson (RSA) No. 6 Andy Murray (GBR) v No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) No. 7 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Bernard Tomic (AUS) Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Andreas Seppi (ITA)     On court today…   2009 champion Rafael Nadal faces big-hitting...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Defending champ Wawrinka reaches Australian Open 4th round

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Defending champion Stan Wawrinka used service breaks to clinch all three sets on his way to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win over Jarkko Nieminen in a third-round match Saturday at the Australian Open. Warwinka won his first career Grand Slam singles title last year at Melbourne Park, beating Rafael Nadal in the final. Later in the year, he and Roger Federer led Switzerland...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nadal beats Sela, advances to 4th round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Rafael Nadal beat Israel's Dudi Sela 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 on Friday to advance to the fourth round at the Australian Open, spending two fewer hours on court than he did in his previous match. On Wednesday, Nadal needed five sets and 4 hours, 12 minutes to beat American qualifier Tim Smyczek. Ahead of the tournament, he insisted he was not match fit in the wake...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open moves toward quarterfinals

Remember what I said a few days about Rafael Nadal needing to work himself back into shape? That showed up rather quickly in Melbourne, as Rafa barely survived a second-round matchup with Tim Smyczek of the United States. Nadal looked out of sorts for nearly the entire match, and it was clear that he hadn’t played himself into tip-top shape just yet. He started doing what he does...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: The REAL story behind Tim Smyczek’s Sportsmanship Toward Rafael Nadal

Four hours into the fight Wednesday, Tim Smyczek, Packers fan from Milwaukee, was sticking with Rafael Nadal, greatest player of all time, at the Australian Open. It was one of those moments when you reach heights that. . .”He was sick and not playing well,” Smyczek said, trying to ruin the story. Whatever. Nadal led 6-5, 30-love, fifth set. He tossed to serve and someone in...
Via Greg Couch on Tennis
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open Affirmations: Nadal And Sharapova Do What They Do Best

If a single theme can be gleaned from the first three days of the 2015 Australian Open, it is this: For anyone who has played professional tennis for an appreciable length of time, the cauldron of major-tournament pressure reveals the essence of that player — not always in a career-long context, but often enough to make us notice. Indian Wells and Rome and Cincinnati all have their...
Via Attacking The Net
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open Affirmations: Nadal And Sharapova Do What They Do Best

If a single theme can be gleaned from the first three days of the 2015 Australian Open, it is this: For anyone who has played professional tennis for an appreciable length of time, the cauldron of major-tournament pressure reveals the essence of that player — not always in a career-long context, but often enough to make us notice. Indian Wells and Rome and Cincinnati all have their...
Via Bloguin Best
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Idiot screams during Nadal’s serve, opponent asks umpire to grant Nadal first serve again (VIDEO)

YouTube Let me set the scene: 2nd round of the Australian Open. Third-ranked Rafael Nadal against unranked 27-year old American Tim Smyczek (pictured).  Fifth and final set.  Nadal was serving, leading 6-5 and 30-Love. Nadal’s first serve toss went up.  Some idiot screamed.  Nadal faulted.  Enter Smyczek, a model of sportsmanship.  Smyczek told the chair umpire to grant...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Image of Asia: Rafael Nadal celebrates win on 'tough night'

In this photo by Rob Griffith, Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates a four-hour, five-set comeback victory over American Tim Smyczek in the second round of the Australian Open late Wednesday night. The No. 3-ranked Nadal, a finalist in the tournament last year, had called for medical assistance in the third set after suffering stomach pain and was doubled over at times during the match...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal Survives Tim Smyczek in Five Sets at Australian Open

(January 21, 2105) In a celebration more reminiscent of winning a Grand Slam than winning a second round match, Rafael Nadal fell to his knees clasping his hands after defeating American qualifier, No. 112 in the world Tim Smyczek in a comeback battle 6-2, 3-6, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-5 on Wednesday night at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Nadal survived dizziness, extreme sweating and...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal wins tough 5-set 2nd-round match at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Rafael Nadal persevered through stomach cramps to fend off American qualifier Tim Smyczek 6-2, 3-6, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-5 in a second-round match Wednesday at the Australian Open. Nadal came into the tournament having played in only four tournaments since Wimbledon due to a right wrist injury and appendix surgery. At the end of the third game of the third set...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Returning Nadal regains some confidence at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) If Rafael Nadal needed any reminding of how long it has been since he won the Australian Open, he only needed to look at the ''09'' on the back of his left shoe. After spending most of the last six months on the sidelines in an extended injury layoff, and after a first-round loss in a warm-up tournament, the 14-time Grand Slam winner said he was low on...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open Scene: Nadal's shorts, Murray's language

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) After nearly six months away, Rafael Nadal is back. And he's hard to miss. Nadal outshone his first-round opponent Mikhail Youzhny, literally and sartorially, decked out in a pink florescent tennis shirt and a neon yellow wristband to match his sneakers. Nadal told the on-court interviewer after his first-round win that his many months away from the tour...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal beats Mikhail Youzhny with style at Australian Open

  Rafael Nadal didn't show any side effects from a lack of match practice while beating former top-10 player Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday. Playing on Rod Laver Arena, Nadal moved well around the court and often seemed impressed with his play, double fist-pumping after winning a point on a lunging backhand volley in the third set...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal Speeds Past Youzhny to Advance at Australian Open

View image | gettyimages.com   (January 19, 2015) Rafael Nadal answered any questions about his confidence, form or fitness on Monday in a dominating one hour, fifty-minute victory over Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday in Rod Laver Arena. “Very positive result for me,” Nadal said. “I think very good start. Very important...
Via Tennis Panorama
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal advances to second round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Rafael Nadal didn't show any side effects from a lack of match practice while beating former top-10 player Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday. Playing on Rod Laver Arena, Nadal moved well around the court and often seemed impressed with his play, double fist-pumping after winning a point on a lunging backhand...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal, Fed, Maria: What to watch Monday at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The 2015 Grand Slam season begins Monday with multiple major winners Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova gracing the Melbourne Park courts on the opening day of the Australian Open. The weather forecast for Monday is a comfortable 24 Celsius (75 Fahrenheit) with temperatures not expected to vary significantly for much of the first...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal lacks confidence heading into Australian Open

  Asked to predict who will win this year's Australian Open, Rafael Nadal takes a deep breath, shrugs his shoulders and insists it won't be him. The 14-time Grand Slam winner is back on tennis' big stage after injuries and ailments sidelined him for several months. But rebuilding his confidence remains a work in progress. ''I don't consider myself one of the favorites here,'' the...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

A pessimistic Rafael Nadal heads into the Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Asked who will win this year's Australian Open, Rafael Nadal takes a deep breath, shrugs his shoulders and insists it won't be him. The 14-time Grand Slam winner is back on tennis' big stage after injuries and ailments sidelined him for several months. But rebuilding his confidence remains a work in progress. The No. 3-ranked Spanish star says ''I don't...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Notes and Quotes from the 2015 Australian Open Pre-Tournament News Conferences

(January 17, 2015) Ana Ivanovic, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Sam Stosur, Serena Williams, Grigor Dimitrov, Simona Halep, Andy Murray, Lleyton Hewitt and Petra Kvitova met the media on Saturday for Australian Open pre-tournament interviews at Melbourne Park. A few “notes and quotes” from the Saturday media conferences:   Ana Ivanovic Mentality coming into the...
Via Tennis Panorama
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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