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Tennis-Near-miss against Nadal no heartbreak for gallant Smyczek

Jan 21st 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - One of the best matches of Tim Smyczek's career ended in a five-set defeat by Rafa Nadal at the Australian Open on Wednesday but the American qualifier will head back to the second-tier Challenger tour with renewed faith.






WRAPUP 2-Tennis-Ailing Nadal survives on day of great escapes

Jan 21st 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - An ailing Rafa Nadal dug deep into his vast reservoir of grit to stave off American qualifier Tim Smyczek and stagger into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday on a day of great escapes.






UPDATE 2-Tennis-Nadal survives illness to battle into third round

Jan 21st 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal felt so ill after the first set of his tough second round clash against qualifier Tim Smyczek on Wednesday that he feared he was going to have to pull out.






UPDATE 14-Tennis-Australian Open women's singles round 2 results

Jan 21st 2015
Jan 21 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Women's Singles Round 2 matches on Wednesday 3-Simona Halep (Romania) beat Jarmila Gajdosova (Australia) 6-2 6-2 7-Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) beat Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 6-0 6-3 Bethanie Mattek-Sands (U.S.) beat Kristina Mladenovic (France) 7-6(3) 7-6(6) 31-Zarina Diyas (Kazakhstan) beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) 3-6 6-2 8-6 14-Sara Errani (Italy) beat Silvia Soler Espinosa (Spain






WRAPUP 1-Tennis-Ailing Nadal survives on day of great escapes

Jan 21st 2015
* Federer dumbfounded by finger pain (Writes through with late matches)






UPDATE 14-Tennis-Australian Open men's singles round 2 results

Jan 21st 2015
Jan 21 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Men's Singles Round 2 matches on Wednesday Bernard Tomic (Australia) beat 22-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) 6-7(5) 6-4 7-6(6) 7-6(5) 3-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Tim Smyczek (U.S.) 6-2 3-6 6-7(2) 6-3 7-5 Samuel Groth (Australia) beat Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) 3-6 6-3 7-5 3-6 6-1 Malek Jaziri (Tunisia) beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) 1-6 6-3 6-4 1-6 6-3 Dudi Sela (Israel) beat 28






Tennis-Nadal pushed by qualifier in Australian Open second round

Jan 21st 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Third seed Rafa Nadal battled through illness and poor timing on his groundstrokes to lurch into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-2 3-6 6-7(2) 6-3 7-5 victory over American qualifier Tim Smyzcek on Wednesday.






Tennis-Del Potro has another operation on left wrist

Jan 21st 2015
BUENOS AIRES, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro has had a second operation on his troublesome left wrist in a bid to make a lasting comeback, his training staff said.






REFILE-UPDATE 1-Tennis-Is it a bee? Is it a blister? Federer doesn't know

Jan 21st 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - The mystery affliction that affected a finger, or fingers, on Roger Federer's right hand had still not been solved more than an hour after he saw off a spirited performance from Italian journeyman Simone Bolelli at the Australian Open on Wednesday.






Tennis-Australian Open order of play

Jan 21st 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 21(Reuters) - Order of play on the main showcourts on day four of the Australian Open on Thursday (prefix denotes seeding; play begins at 0000 GMT on all courts).

Tennis-Gritty Sharapova digs deep before Federer pushes through

Jan 21st 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Roger Federer was made to work for his place in the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday after Maria Sharapova suffered a huge scare against a 150th-ranked qualifier as the heat rose at Melbourne Park.






Tennis-Federer survives Bolelli scare to advance in Melbourne

Jan 21st 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Second seed Roger Federer survived a first set scare before he ramped up his performance and advanced safely to the third round of the Australian Open with a 3-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory over Italian journeyman Simone Bolelli on Wednesday.






UPDATE 1-Tennis-Murray makes perfect response to Marinko's coach jibe

Jan 21st 2015
* Says no hard feelings with Matosevic (Writes through with quotes, adds byline)






Tennis-Williams sisters withdraw from doubles at Melbourne Park

Jan 21st 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Multiple grand slam champions Serena and Venus Williams withdrew from women's doubles competition at the Australian Open on Wednesday before first round action got underway.






UPDATE 2-Tennis-Sharapova fights off match points to beat qualifier

Jan 21st 2015
* Fights off early elimination with powerful forehands (Adds details, quotes, byline)






Tennis-Murray mauls Matosevic to continue Australian dominance

Jan 21st 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A merciless Andy Murray kept his unbeaten record over Australian players intact with a dominant 6-1 6-3 6-2 win over Marinko Matosevic to advance to the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.






UPDATE 30-Tennis-Australian Open women's singles round 1 results

Jan 20th 2015
Jan 20 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Tuesday Ajla Tomljanovic (Croatia) beat Shelby Rogers (U.S.) 4-6 6-4 6-0 Anna Tatishvili (U.S.) beat Kimiko Date-Krumm (Japan) 7-5 6-4 1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) 6-0 6-4 Johanna Larsson (Sweden) beat Alla Kudryavtseva (Russia) 6-4 6-3 Lauren Davis (U.S.) beat Aleksandra Krunic (Serbia) 6-1 7-5






UPDATE 29-Tennis-Australian Open men's singles round 1 results

Jan 20th 2015
Jan 20 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Men's Singles Round 1 matches on Tuesday 17-Gael Monfils (France) beat Lucas Pouille (France) 6-7(3) 3-6 6-4 6-1 6-4 Vasek Pospisil (Canada) beat Sam Querrey (U.S.) 6-3 6-7(5) 2-6 6-4 6-4 Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) beat Zhang Ze (China) 6-3 1-6 6-0 6-4 Benjamin Becker (Germany) beat 25-Julien Benneteau (France) 7-5 5-7 6-2 6-4






UPDATE 1-Tennis-Jittery Serena fends off plucky Belgian

Jan 20th 2015
* Says last year's U.S. Open final the most nervous of her career (Writes through with quotes, adds byline)






WRAPUP 1-Tennis-Top seeds, former champions march on in Melbourne

Jan 20th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams stuck to the Australian Open script with fairly routine victories on Tuesday, while men's champion Stan Wawrinka and two-time winner Victoria Azarenka joined them in the second round.