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Love is all Nick Kyrgios needs: Agassi

ABC Tennis news - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 2:04pm

Tennis legend Andre Agassi says Nick Kyrgios's next coach must accept the mercurial young star warts and all and delve deep into his tortured soul.

Love is all Nick Kyrgios needs: Agassi

ABC Sport - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 2:04pm

Tennis legend Andre Agassi says Nick Kyrgios's next coach must accept the mercurial young star warts and all and delve deep into his tortured soul.

Federer Lets His Hair Down

ATP news - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 1:45pm
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Nothing looked out of place in Roger Federer’s game during his third-round win on Friday over No. 10 seed Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open in Melbourne, and the same can also be said for his hair.

Taking part in an on-camera interview, Federer had some fun as a loose strand of his hair was adjusted by a producer. “Is it a grey hair?” joked Federer, before it was ripped out at his insistence.

The No. 17 seed and four-time Australian Open champion next plays fifth seed Kei Nishikori on Sunday for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Video courtesy Tennis Australia

Serena Williams trumps fellow American to advance to fourth round

ABC Tennis news - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 12:29pm

Serena Williams sees off fellow American Nicole Gibbs in straight sets to book her spot in the Australian Open fourth round.

Serena Williams trumps fellow American to advance to fourth round

ABC Sport - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 12:29pm

Serena Williams sees off fellow American Nicole Gibbs in straight sets to book her spot in the Australian Open fourth round.

American Brady stuns 14th seed Vesnina to reach Open fourth round

ABC Sport - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 12:29pm

American qualifier Jennifer Brady beats Russian Elena Vesnina to reach the last 16 at the Australian Open.

American Brady stuns 14th seed Vesnina to reach Open fourth round

ABC Tennis news - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 12:29pm

American qualifier Jennifer Brady beats Russian Elena Vesnina to reach the last 16 at the Australian Open.

I'm back where I belong, says Barty, as Open run comes to end

ABC Tennis news - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 9:13am

Ashleigh Barty wants the media to move beyond talk of comebacks, as the former code-swapper reflects on a solid Australian Open run.

I'm back where I belong, says Barty, as Open run comes to end

ABC Sport - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 9:13am

Ashleigh Barty wants the media to move beyond talk of comebacks, as the former code-swapper reflects on a solid Australian Open run.

Who's on court on day six of the Australian Open?

ABC Tennis news - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 8:44am

Former world number ones, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, French entertainer Gael Monfils and local hope Daria Gavrilova are among the highlights on day six at the Australian Open.

Who's on court on day six of the Australian Open?

ABC Sport - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 8:44am

Former world number ones, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, French entertainer Gael Monfils and local hope Daria Gavrilova are among the highlights on day six at the Australian Open.

Big Stage Fires Up Evans Australian Open 2017

ATP news - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 7:14am
Dan Evans talks about how he brings his best tennis on the biggest stages after beating Bernard Tomic to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in Melbourne.

Tsonga Survives Sock At Australian Open 2017

ATP news - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 6:01am
Watch highlights as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga prevails in a tight four-set match over Jack Sock in the third round. Photo: Getty Images. Video courtesy of Tennis Australia

Colin Fleming Retires From Professional Tennis

ATP news - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 5:57am

Doubles player Colin Fleming has retired from professional tennis after taking up the position of National Coach for Tennis Scotland.

The 32-year-old Fleming spent 10 years competing and won eight ATP World Tour titles from 18 finals. He won the 2010 Commonwealth Games mixed doubles gold medal with Jocelyn Rae. He reached a career-high No. 17 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings on 9 September 2013.

"I am excited to accept the position of National Coach for Tennis Scotland,” said Fleming. “My wife, Gemma, and I are fortunate to now have two amazing young children and I have been looking for the right opportunity to transition into the next stage of my career. This role certainly represents that and it will be a privilege to take on such an important, exciting and challenging position within Scottish tennis.

"With regards to my new role, there has never been a more exciting time for Scottish tennis with Andy Murray, Jamie Murray and Gordon Reid raising the bar with every week that passes. It is my job to put a system in place that ensures the next generation of players are coming through from our clubs to competing on the world stage. My key priorities will be building the base of young quality players as well as ensuring our coaches are well-equipped to develop these players.”

Ross Hutchins, the Chief Player Officer for the ATP, who won three ATP World Tour doubles titles with Fleming, said, “I wish Colin all the success in his move away from playing professional tennis. He had many fantastic tennis achievements and performed extremely well on the biggest stages in our sport. I have no doubt at all that he is an outstanding fit in his new role and will help build something very strong in Scottish tennis.

“Personally, we have built up a very special friendship from playing as a doubles team. He was a joy to be on the same side of the court, and I loved every second of playing together.”

 

Wawrinka Fights Through Troicki At Australian Open 2017

ATP news - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 5:23am
Watch highlights as Stan Wawrinka overcomes a stern test from Viktor Troicki in the third round to set up a battle with Andreas Seppi. Photo: Getty Images. Video courtesy of Tennis Australia

Murray Defeats Querrey At Australian Open 2017

ATP news - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 4:54am
Watch highlights as top seed Andy Murray convincingly moves through his third-round match against Sam Querrey. Photo: Getty Images. Video courtesy of Tennis Australia

Inglot/Mergea Advance, Aussies Oust Seeds

ATP news - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 4:34am

Dominic Inglot and Florin Mergea, the sixteenth seeds, defeated all-French duo Julien Benneteau and Jeremy Chardy 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(2) on Friday at the Australian Open. The British/Romanian duo await either top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut or Polish duo Jerzy Janowicz and Marcin Matkowski in the third round.

Fourth seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers did not face a break point as they eased into the third round with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Marcos Baghdatis and Gilles Muller. Their third round opponents will be either No. 14 seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah or Dusan Lajovic and Viktor Troicki.

Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, the No. 11 seeds, defeated recent Sydney champions Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop 6-3, 6-4 in 70 minutes. They next face Marc Polmans and Andrew Whittington, who upset eighth seeds Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 0-6, 6-3, 6-4. Polmans and Whittington weren’t the only Aussie duo to oust a seeded team: Alex Bolt and Bradley Mousley topped Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas, the No. 15 seeds, 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-4.

Watch: Rojer/Tecau Rebuilding Winning Combination At Australian Open

Ninth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers came from a set deficit to top Robert Lindstedt and Michael Venus 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) in two hours and 17 minutes while Spaniards Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez defeated Matthew Barton and Matthew Ebden 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Nishikori Sails Into Second Week Of Australian Open 2017

ATP news - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 4:27am
Watch highlights as Kei Nishikori defeats Lukas Lacko in straight-sets to set up a fourth-round clash with Roger Federer. Photo: Getty Images. Video Courtesy Tennis Australia

Federer Flawless Against Berdych At Australian Open 2017

ATP news - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 3:57am
Watch highlights as Roger Federer defeats Tomas Berdych in straight-sets to set up a fourth-round battle against Kei Nishikori. Photo: Getty Images. Video Courtesy Tennis Australia

Fabulous Federer Rolls Past Berdych; Now For Nishikori

ATP news - Sat, 21/01/2017 - 2:04am

Roger Federer, the four-time former champion, hit top form on Rod Laver Arena on Friday night as the Swiss superstar received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd in booking his spot in the Australian Open fourth round.

In just his third tour-level match since mid-July 2016, the former World No. 1 blasted past No. 10 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in just 90 minutes. It was their seventh meeting at a major championship (Federer leads 5-2).

“I didn't expect this as such, to be honest, especially not this kind of a scoreline," said Federer. "Especially not having to save any break points, just always rolling on the serve. That was a big surprise to me. I think it was a great mental test for me to see if I could stay in the match – point for point. I was able to do that. That's where I'm just really happy that I was able to deliver that… It's wonderful. I'm really happy of course.”

Federer produced a masterclass in front of fellow all-time great Rod Laver, applying the pressure and keeping Berdych deep behind the baseline and unable to get into the match. After a third break of Berdych’s serve at the start of the second set, Federer seized control. Berdych was powerless in light of Federer’s backhand, first serve (won 39 of 41 points) and net (20 of 23 points) dominance.

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Earlier in the day, fifth seed Kei Nishikori lost just eight of his first service points to beat qualifier and World No. 121 Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 11 minutes. The Japanese star has not lost to a player outside of the Top 100 in the Emirates ATP Ranking since the 2013 US Open, when he lost to then No. 179-ranked Daniel Evans in the first round.

“After 5-2 [in the second set] I think he stepped up a little more,” said Nishikori. “He was more attacking my ball [and] playing very solid. But I tried to stay focus. I still had two breaks up. I was serving really well today. I just play with confidence.

“For sure it's not going to be easy [facing Federer]. He was playing great tennis today. I watched only a few points. But it's always great to play Roger. It's a big challenge for me. I'm just happy to play him because I think we needed him on the tour. I’m happy to see him back 100 per cent.”

Federer leads Nishikori, his fourth-round opponent, 4-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. He has won four titles at Melbourne Park - in 2004 (d. Marat Safin), 2006 (d. Marcos Baghdatis), 2007 (d. Fernando Gonzalez) and 2010 (d. Andy Murray) and has an 83-13 mark at the championship.

”I'm a big fan of (Kei’s) game," admitted Federer. "He's got one of the best backhands out there. I love how he can crush it down the line or crosscourt. He's got wonderful second serve returns. He's fast on his legs. Strong in his mind. I know how tough he is as the match goes along. He finds his range and his rhythm, he's tough to stop.”