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Petzschner and Peya Spring Surprise In Miami

ATP news - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 11:28am

Philipp Petzschner gave himself the perfect 33rd birthday present at the Miami Open presented by Itau, teaming up with Alexander Peya to oust BNP Paribas Open champions Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram 6-3, 7-5 on Friday.

As a reward for defeating the fifth seeds, Petzschner/Peya advance to the second round to face the winners of Dominic Thiem/Nenad Zimonjic and brothers Alexander Zverev/Mischa Zverev.

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Daniel Nestor and Brian Baker edged past Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 11-9. They will take on second seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut or the pairing of Dominic Inglot and Florin Mergea in the second round.

Marin Cilic overcame disappointment in the singles to partner his countryman Nikola Mektic to a fighting 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 win over Argentinian duo Diego Schwartzman and Horacio Zeballos.

Hamilton gets his swagger back in Melbourne

ABC Sport - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 9:34am

After one day of the Australian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has that winning feeling again.

Smith embraces his mindfulness as Australia stands on precipice of history

ABC Sport - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 8:21am

Amid a Test series fuelled on spite, Steve Smith takes time out with the Dalai Lama. A brief moment of peace as Australia prepares to fight to make history against India, writes Adam Collins.

Crows hope to make history against Brisbane in first-ever AFLW grand final

ABC Sport - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 8:08am

Wet weather could play a part in the result of today's inaugural AFL Women's grand final between Adelaide and Brisbane on the Gold Coast.

Raonic Up And Running In Miami

ATP news - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 7:41am

Milos Raonic is the first player to move into the Miami Open presented by Itau third round courtesy of a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Viktor Troicki on Friday.

”I have to be very happy with just the outcome, that I was able to get the win today, that I have another chance to play in two days,” said Raonic. “Hopefully I can continue to progress throughout this tournament.”

The third seed has returned to the ATP World Tour having been sidelined by a right leg injury, which forced him to concede a walkover in the Delray Beach Open final (vs. Sock) last month, before withdrawing from Abierto Mexicano Telcel and the BNP Paribas Open.

”I've always been the kind of person that gets the confidence through the work rather than matches, constant matches,” added the World No. 5. “But I've put in the work that I can. I've prepared the best I can for this tournament. I'm not necessarily in the best position right now, but fortunately it's a long tournament. Doesn't mean things can't change and I can't get better throughout this event.”

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Back on court and the Canadian entered his match against Troicki, who has reached the fourth round in Miami twice, leading their FedEx ATP Head2Head 3-1.

Raonic clinched the opening set and looked on course for the win with a 3-1 second set lead. However, World No. 38 Troicki drew level until 5-5 when Raonic’s pressure on return secured the deciding break. Raonic advances to play the winner of Mischa Zverev or #NextGenATP player Jared Donaldson.

Former World No. 69 Jesse Levine has joined Raonic’s coaching set-up in Miami. “This week we came down here early. He was helping out. We're open to working together through a few weeks throughout the year to sort of fill out what I feel I need to get better,” said Raonic. “He's somebody that I get along with great, is a little bit closer to my age as well, and somebody that I can play with on court and put in hard hours with.”

Jeremy Chardy defeated seventh seed Marin Cilic for the first time since 2009 to move into the third round with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory. The World No.77 levelled their FedEx ATP Head2Head at 2-2 to advance on to the third stage in Miami for the second time.

Philipp Kohlschreiber prevailed in a two-and-a-half hour battle with #NextGenATP player Taylor Fritz 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(4) in their first meeting. The World No. 31 will hope to book a Miami fourth round place for the first time when he faces the winner of Rafael Nadal and Dudi Sela.

Jiri Vesely ousted 19th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3, while wildcard Thomaz Bellucci defeated Stephane Robert 7-6(5), 6-2 in the first round.

My Masters 1000: Dominic Thiem

ATP news - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 7:40am

Dominic Thiem has already reached four quarter-finals at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level, including last week at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The 23-year-old Austrian talks about his favourite tournament, city and what makes the Masters 1000 titles so difficult to win.

Which is your favourite Masters 1000 tournament?
Madrid. I beat my first Top 10 guy there (Stan Wawrinka). The food is prepared by an Austrian company. I know the guys there. They treat me really well, so it’s a tournament I look forward to every year.

Which is your favourite Masters 1000 host city?
Rome is a legendary city and the Italian food is the best in the world.

What do you like about Miami, host city of this week’s Miami Open presented by Itau?
Miami is an unbelievable city; it’s always a highlight to come here with many things to do. It’s such a traditional tournament and it’s always a pleasure to come here.

Can you remember your Masters 1000 debut?
It was in Indian Wells in 2014. It’s a very nice memory. I qualified and won two rounds, so immediately I liked to play the Masters 1000s.

What has been your favourite off-court activity at a Masters 1000?
Last year in Miami I went to Jungle Island, which was very nice. There are many animals and we could carry them around and play with them.

What has been your best Masters 1000 win?
When I beat Stan in Madrid in 2014. That was my first win over a Top 10 guy and it is still probably one of my best wins.

What is the toughest part about Masters 1000 tournaments?
It’s unbelievably tough. As you saw in Indian Wells the draw was a joke. From the second round there were only blockbuster matches. You have to be on fire from the first round and you have to beat only good guys to win the tournament. That’s why so few players have won one.

Aussie Rules lovers set to converge on Iceland for first Arctic Cup

ABC Sport - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 6:21am

Teams from Iceland, Sweden, the UK, the US and Canada will compete to be the AFL's top team in the capital Reykjavik this weekend.

#MoetMoment: Roger Federer's Miami Break

ATP news - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 6:08am
Roger Federer says things got complicated when he turned his talents to mixing music in Miami with renowned DJ Nora En Pure during a  party for Moët & Chandon at EAST Miami's rooftop bar and garden, Sugar.

50 years ago women weren't allowed to run marathons

ABC Sport - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 5:04am

"If I quit, everybody's going to believe women can't do this" — that's the thought that latched itself into Kathrine Switzer's head when a male official tried to push her off the course of the Boston Marathon in 1967.

Breaking in to the boys' club of cricket commentary

ABC Sport - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 5:03am

As Lisa Sthalekar begins her "second career" in the commentary box, Ben Pobjie reflects on how the cricketing legend has helped make it easier for a new generation of women players to shine.

Dimitrov Laces Passing Shot In Miami 2017

ATP news - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 4:19am
Watch Hot Shot as Grigor Dimitrov fires a passing shot past Guido Pella at the Miami Open presented by Itau. Watch live matches at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Targeting The Top 10

ATP news - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 3:22am
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot talks to the stars about what it takes to not only reach the Top 10, but also to stay there.

Nishikori Cuts Delicate Miami 2017 Hot Shot

ATP news - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 11:55pm
Second seed Kei Nishikori wills this precise drop shot over for Friday's Hot Shot at the Miami Open presented by Itau. Watch live matches at tennistv.com

Nadal, Nishikori Open Miami Campaigns Friday

ATP news - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 11:09pm

View FedEx ATP Head2Head for the following match-ups & vote for the players you think will win!
Nishikori vs Anderson | Nadal vs Sela | Dimitrov vs Pella | Raonic vs Troicki

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DAY 3 PREVIEW: There are two first-round matches in the top half of the draw and 16 second-round matches in the bottom half of the draw on Friday’s schedule at the Miami Open presented by Itau. Leading the way are No. 2 seed and last year’s finalist Kei Nishikori, No. 3 seed Milos Raonic and No. 5 seed/four-time Miami Open finalist Rafael Nadal.

In the opening men’s match on Stadium, Nishikori takes on big-serving South African Kevin Anderson. Nishikori has won two of the previous three meetings but Anderson won the last encounter in two tie-breaks at 2015 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai. Anderson, who reached the quarter-finals here in 2011, notched his first career Top 10 win over No. 3 Novak Djokovic in Miami in 2008. Since 2014 Nishikori has won 12 of his past 14 Miami Open matches.

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In the next match on, Nadal plays Dudi Sela of Israel for the second time. Nadal won the previous meeting in straight sets in the 3R at the 2015 Australian Open. The 30-year-old Spaniard is making his 13th appearance in Miami and he’s trying to win his first title after four runner-up results in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014. Sela is 3-13 against Top 10 opponents and his last win came over No. 7 Andy Roddick at 2010 Queen’s Club in London.

In the evening session, No. 9 seed Grigor Dimitrov meets Guido Pella of Argentina for the second time. The Bulgarian won the previous meeting in straight sets in Washington in 2015. Dimitrov is off to a career-best 17-3 start and he’s one of four players (Federer, Sock, Tsonga) to capture two titles on the ATP World Tour this season.

On Grandstand, Raonic returns to the ATP World Tour for the first time in almost a month as he takes on Viktor Troicki of Serbia. Raonic has won three of the previous four meetings and he has been sidelined with a right leg injury, which forced him to concede a walkover in the Delray Beach final (vs. Sock) on Feb. 26, then withdraw from Acapulco and Indian Wells.

Also on Grandstand is Brazilian wild card Thomaz Bellucci (vs. Stephane Robert) in a 1R match postponed on Thursday night along with No. 23 seed Steve Johnson (vs. Nicolas Mahut) and No. 13 seed Jack Sock (vs. Yoshihito Nishioka). Sock is ranked a career-high No. 17 this week after reaching his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final in Indian Wells last week (l. to Federer). He is off to a career-best 15-3 start. Last year he entered Miami with a 5-4 record.

On Court 1, No. 7 seed Marin Cilic brings a 2-1 head-to-head record against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. In the next match on, Alexandr Dolgopolov and Malek Jaziri resume their 1R match from Thursday night. Next on is No. 15 seed Pablo Carreno Busta, the newest additon to the Top 20 in the Emirates ATP Rankings (at No. 19). He plays Argentine Federico Delbonis, who has won three of the previous four clay meetings. No. 11 seed Lucas Pouille and Donald Young meet for the third time (tied 1-1). Last week in Indian Wells, Young prevailed in three sets.

On Court 2, #NextGenATP Americans Taylor Fritz and qualifier Jared Donaldson meet German opponents. Fritz takes on No. 26 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber while Donaldson plays No. 28 seed Mischa Zverev.

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Santalab hat-trick drives Wanderers to win over City

ABC Sport - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 9:49pm

Brendon Santalab sets a new club goalscoring record as his hat-trick helped shore up the club's A-League finals hopes with a 3-1 home victory over Melbourne City.

Bulldogs' only premiership hangover is belief against Pies

ABC Sport - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 9:39pm

If the Western Bulldogs' win over Collingwood is anything to go by, their only premiership hangover is an unshaken belief and the confidence of champions.

Waratahs steal 32-25 win over Rebels

ABC Sport - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 9:18pm

The Waratahs get out of jail with a second-half fightback to secure a desperate 32-25 Super Rugby win over the Melbourne Rebels.

Cyclists stop in Adelaide halfway through gruelling 5,500km race

ABC Sport - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 9:02pm

Some of the world's toughest cyclists reach the halfway mark as they ride across the country with unimaginable speed and endurance while competing in Australia's longest bike-packing race.

AFL live: Collingwood v Western Bulldogs

ABC Sport - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 6:21pm

The opening round of the AFL 2017 season continues as Collingwood takes on defending premiers the Western Bulldogs at the MCG. Follow all the action in our live score centre.

Kohli in serious doubt for fourth Test with shoulder injury

ABC Sport - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 5:26pm

India captain Virat Kohli faces an 11th hour fitness test on his injured shoulder to prove he is able to take the field in the fourth and final Test against Australia in Dharamsala.