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Murray retiring after Australian Open

MELBOURNE (AFP) – A tearful Andy Murray on Friday announced he would likely retire this year due to severe pain from a hip injury, saying next week’s Australian Open could be the last tournament of a glittering career. The former world number one and three-time Grand Slam winner broke down at a press conference in […]

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Roger, Novak eye 7th title

MELBOURNE (AFP) – Thirtysomethings Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic share the Australian Open record with six wins, but either could make history with a magnificent seventh when the first Grand Slam of the year begins in Melbourne on Monday. The pair face a stern challenge from youthful force Alexander Zverev, looking for a first major […]

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Zverev: A major force or another young pretender?

MELBOURNE (AFP) – Alexander Zverev is looking for a maiden Grand Slam title in 2019 to cement his place as leader of a pack of hungry young players ready to end the old guard’s monopoly in majors. Zverev won the biggest crown of his career when he overpowered Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals last […]

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History beckons for Serena

MELBOURNE (AFP) – Serena Williams is back in Melbourne as hot favorite to repeat her 2017 Australian Open win and claim a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam with rivals, including defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, battling health issues and poor form. Williams won her 23rd title and seventh at Melbourne Park while eight weeks pregnant two years […]

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Tomic slips past Sock

MELBOURNE (AFP) – Bernard Tomic won his first competitive outing of the season Tuesday, beating American Jack Sock in a pre-Australian Open tune-up that will also see him take on fellow livewire Australian Nick Kyrgios. In the opening match of the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne, 83rd-ranked Tomic –who bounced back after on-and-off court issues to […]

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Djokovic’s conqueror bags title

Roberto Bautista Agut followed up his shock victory over world number one Novak Djokovic by lifting the Qatar Open title on Saturday.

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