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Tennis-Djokovic downplays concerns over illness, ready to go

Jan 18th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic pronounced himself fit and raring to go in search of his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday after overcoming a bout of illness that had prompted social media users to suggest he was in doubt for the tournament.






Tennis-Kyrgios flying Australian flag at home grand slam

Jan 18th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A first-week choke by leading woman Sam Stosur and a grudging loss by ageing men's warrior Lleyton Hewitt has generally been the blueprint for the home players at the Australian Open, but teenage talent Nick Kyrgios may be poised to buck the trend of local underachievement.






Tennis-Raonic, Bouchard carry hopes of Great White North

Jan 18th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic may represent the best hopes of Canada's first grand slam singles champion but their relative successes have had little impact upon each other, according to Raonic.






Tennis-Stan 'the Man' not daring to dream at Melbourne Park

Jan 18th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - One of the first orders of business for Stan Wawrinka on his return to Melbourne Park last week was to see the photo of himself holding the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup on the 'Walk of Champions' under the Rod Laver Arena centre court.






Tennis-Australian Open order of play

Jan 18th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Order of play on the main showcourts on day one of the Australian Open on Monday (prefix denotes seeding; play begins at 0000 GMT on all courts)






UPDATE 1-Tennis-Injured Del Potro out of Australian Open

Jan 18th 2015
* Decision to ensure he can play almost full year (Adds details, quotes)






Tennis-Wrist concerns force Del Potro out of Australian Open

Jan 18th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a lingering wrist injury that he was concerned could cause him further damage if he played the season opening grand slam.






UPDATE 1-Tennis-Troicki crushes Kukushkin to win Sydney title

Jan 17th 2015
* Kukushkin doubtful for Australian Open tie (Adds detail, quotes)






Tennis-Sydney International men's singles final result

Jan 17th 2015
Jan 17 (Infostrada Sports) - Result from the Sydney International Men's Singles Final on Saturday Viktor Troicki (Serbia) beat Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) 6-2 6-3






Tennis-Murray unfazed by "extremely difficult" draw in Australia

Jan 17th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The draw has done few favours for Andy Murray at Melbourne Park, but the Briton believes he has put in the off-season work to be rewarded at the Australian Open.






Tennis-Pressure? What pressure? I just play - Halep

Jan 17th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - World number three Simona Halep does find it difficult to walk around her home town these days without being asked for a photo, but she shrugged off any expectations or feelings of additional pressure ahead of the Australian Open.






Tennis-Briton Watson beats qualifier Brengle to win Hobart title

Jan 17th 2015
SYDNEY, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Britain's Heather Watson defied the Tasmanian wind to secure her second WTA title with a 6-3 6-4 victory over American qualifier Madison Brengle in the final of the Hobart International on Saturday.






Tennis-Sharapova backs super-coaches in women's tennis

Jan 17th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova has backed the super-coach trend that will see two of her rivals tapping into the knowledge of grand slam champions at the Australian Open.






Tennis-Slow-starting Serena wants title 'more than anyone else'

Jan 17th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Serena Williams enters the Australian Open as a strong favourite to lift the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup but is all too aware that a sixth Melbourne Park title has now eluded her for five years.






Tennis-Hobart International women's singles final result

Jan 17th 2015
Jan 17 (Infostrada Sports) - Result from the Hobart International Women's Singles Final on Saturday Heather Watson (Britain) beat Madison Brengle (U.S.) 6-3 6-4






Tennis-Vesely hammers Mannarino to win maiden title in Auckland

Jan 17th 2015
WELLINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Czech Jiri Vesely came out on top in a battle of left-handed qualifiers to claim his maiden ATP tour title with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino at the Auckland Open on Saturday.






Tennis-Older, wiser Federer not sure if playing 'best' tennis

Jan 17th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Roger Federer doubts he is playing his 'best ever' tennis but is convinced that at 33, he is playing smarter and taking better care of himself as he looks to win a fifth Australian Open title.






Tennis-Doubtful Nadal rules out Australian Open glory

Jan 17th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal has downplayed his chances of winning the Australian Open, saying his back remains a concern and he lacks confidence from having little match practice in the lead-up.






Tennis-Auckland Open men's singles final result

Jan 17th 2015
Jan 17 (Infostrada Sports) - Result from the Auckland Open Men's Singles Final on Saturday Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic) beat Adrian Mannarino (France) 6-3 6-2






UPDATE 1-Tennis-Kvitova downs fellow Czech Pliskova to win Sydney title

Jan 16th 2015
* Qualifiers Kukushkin, Troicki to contest men's final (Adds detail, quotes)