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MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Stephane Robert pocketed the biggest payday of his 13-year career at the Australian Open on Saturday, earning A$135,000 ($118,900) as he became the first lucky loser to reach the last 16 in Melbourne.
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic bared his teeth to finish off Denis Istomin and extend the hottest winning streak in tennis to 27 matches in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday as a cool front brought respite to Melbourne after a four-day heatwave.
MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic doled out a third straight lesson in outstanding hardcourt tennis as he waltzed into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday with a 6-3 6-3 7-5 win over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic's bid for a fourth successive title at Melbourne Park shifted up a gear with an impressive 6-3 6-3 7-5 win over Uzbek Denis Istomin on Friday, booking the Serb a place in the Australian Open fourth round.
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The paucity of Australian success at Melbourne Park over the past four decades has not stopped tournament organisers from pushing local battlers onto centre court, invariably for a thumping loss.
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A few centimetres was all that stood between Li Na and an early exit at the Australian Open on Friday, as the fourth seed saved a match point before beating Czech Lucie Safarova 1-6 7-6(2) 6-3 in their third round encounter.
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Fourth seed Li Na saved a match point before rallying past a combative Lucie Safarova to record a 1-6 7-6 6-3 third round victory and avoid becoming the highest-ranked casualty in the first week of the Australian Open on Friday
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Juan Martin Del Potro arrived at the Australian Open tipped as the one player capable of ending the grand slam dominance of Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray but has become the first major male casualty.
MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal swept into the Australian Open third round under the Rod Laver Arena roof on Thursday but Juan Martin Del Potro was sent packing as sweltering temperatures, lightning and rain caused chaos on the outside courts.
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Juan Martin Del Potro became the first major casualty in the Australian Open men's draw in the early hours of Friday morning when he was beaten 4-6 6-3 5-7 6-4 7-5 by Spain's Roberto Bautista in the second round.