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Nadal is one win away from record grand slam title after reaching Australian Open final

Nadal won his semifinal in impressive fashion after beating Matteo Berrettini of Italy in four sets — 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 — and will now face either Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s final. Nadal currently shares the men’s singles grand slam record (20) with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic but now has the …

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Australian Open No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev stunned by Denis Shapovalov in fourth round

The German, who was widely tipped as one of the favorites for the grand slam, lost 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to 14th seed Shapovalov in Melbourne. It continues Zverev’s wait for his maiden grand slam title, having won the gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games last year. Producing some massive serves in key …

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Stefanos Tsitsipas advances to Australian Open fourth round — but didn’t realize he’d won

Facing three match points, Paire could only hit his forehand into the net, meaning Tsitsipas had advanced to the fourth round of the grand slam with a 6-3 7-5 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 victory. However, while the fans rose to applaud Tsitsipas and instead of rushing to the net to celebrate, the Greek fourth seed headed …

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Emma Raducanu knocked out of Australian Open by unseeded Danka Kovinic

The 19-year-old Brit appeared to struggle with a blister on her hand throughout the match and required treatment on several occasions from the court doctor. With the blister affecting her dominant right hand, Raducanu struggled to hit her forehand with her usual power and consistency and the unseeded Kovinic took full advantage to clinch the …

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Judges reveal why Novak Djokovic had to miss Australian Open

In a written statement, the judges said it was not irrational for Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to eject the Djokovic due to concerns the unvaccinated Serbian star could pose a risk to public health and order. The ruling said it was open to the minister to infer Djokovic’s presence could encourage anti-vax protests, which could …

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Siu’ celebration causes confusion at the Australian Open

So far, the crowd at this year’s Australian Open has taken every opportunity to mimic the celebration in the stands, which has led to some confusion. Multiple news outlets, commentators and even some players initially mistook the shouts of ‘Siu’ for boos, before eventually realizing what fans were actually shouting. The chants have received mixed …

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Emma Raducanu defeats Sloane Stephens on Australian Open debut

The 19-year-old Raducanu, playing in her first grand slam match since winning the US Open last year, stormed through the first set in just 17 minutes against Stephens, herself a US Open champion in 2017. But the momentum swung in Stephens’ favor in the second set as the American broke Raducanu on three occasions to …

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Ksenia Efremova: 12-year-old Russian tennis prodigy has ‘incredible potential,’ says Patrick Mouratoglou

One afternoon when her older brother was practicing on the tennis court, Efremova picked up one of his rackets — as she would often do — and began hitting a basket of balls. “She started to throw the balls to herself,” Julia Efremova, a former professional tennis player, tells CNN. “I looked at it and …

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Tennis Australia says it deeply regrets impact that Novak Djokovic saga had on players

Djokovic arrived back in Serbia’s capital Belgrade on Monday after his deportation from Australia ended the world No. 1 tennis player’s hopes of playing in the Australian Open. The unvaccinated Djokovic was deported after losing his court challenge against the Australian government’s decision to cancel his visa on public health and order grounds. “We would …

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