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Australian Open 2018 LIVE: Djokovic vs Ramos, Sharapova vs Kerber, Federer to follow

Federer is due to take on one of his “bunnies” on the tour – he has beaten Richard Gasquet 16 out of 18 times and has never lost on the hard court to the Frenchman. Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics awaits the winner in the fourth round. But they will have to wait for their moment on Rod Laver Arena, with the organisers scheduling a mouth-watering women’s match first with Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova running into each other. Sharapova is a “dangerous floater” in the draw thanks to her lowly ranking after…

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Andy Murray injury latest: Stricken Brit delivers rehabilitation update after return to UK

Murray has not played a competitive match since he hobbled out of his home Grand Slam in a five-set loss to Sam Querrey. The Brit took the rest of 2017 off to deal with his hip problem and initially refused surgery because of the lack of guarantees about success. However, after admitting defeat in his efforts to return in time for the ongoing Australian Open, the 30-year-old took the decision to go under the knife in Melbourne. Murray has publicly targeted a return in time for the grass-court season if…

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Australian Open 2018: Alexander Zverev admits he has mental problem at Grand Slams

Zverev, 20, had a Melbourne Park meltdown today, smashing his racket up and fuming at the umpire in a 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 2-6 6-3 6-0 loss to Hyeon Chung. The German won just five points in the decider and was asked if it was due to a physical or mental problem. Zverev responded: “Definitely not physical, so… I have some figuring out to do, what happens to me in deciding moments in Grand Slam. “It happened at Wimbledon. It happened in New York. It happened here. “I’m still young, so…

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Australian Open 2018 LIVE: Rafael Nadal takes two set lead over Damir Dzumhur

Reuters Rafael Nadal is in third round action Australian Open 2018: Nadal v Dzumhur LIVE updates Nadal 6-1 6-3 5-1 Dzumhur* The first hawk eye challenge gives Nadal a look at Dzumhur’s second serve and he wins the point to earn a break opportunity which he takes. Nadal will serve for the match. *Nadal 6-1 6-3 4-1 Dzumhur Another convincing hold of serve for Nadal. Nadal 6-1 6-3 3-1 Dzumhur* Despite a two set and a break lead, Nadal is still frustrated when he makes a mistake. Just relentless intensity. Dzumhur goes 40-0 in front but has to…

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Australian Open 2018: Johanna Konta stunned in the second round by Bernarda Pera

Konta had never faced Pera, with the American making her Grand Slam main draw debut as a lucky loser after replacing the injured Margarita Gasparyan. After previously reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2016, big things were expected of the Sydney-born Briton. But she collapsed to a straight sets defeat against Pera – 4-6, 5-7 in an hour and a quarter. As on court temperatures soared in Melbourne, Konta wilted in the heat. She was tentative in the first set and while she tightened up early on, Pera…

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Roger Federer vs Aljaz Bedene LIVE: Latest Australian Open score as Federer takes lead

GETTY Roger Federer vs Aljaz Bedene live from the Australian Open Federer is a heavy favourite to end this fortnight in Melbourne as champion once again, following on from his 2017 triumph when he beat Rafael Nadal in an epic five-set final. Last year, the Swiss was not perfect in his first round. He faced Austria’s Jurgen Melzer, who had been forced to qualify for the tournament, but lost the second set in an unexpected wobble. But that match came after six months out and he was understandably rusty. This…

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Kyle Edmund causes major upset in Australian Open first round against Kevin Anderson

Edmund is the only Briton in the men’s draw with Andy Murray out recuperating from his hip surgery. And he faced a tall order in his first round draw against Anderson, who reached the 2017 US Open. The 22-year-old fought back twice from a set down before overpowering the South African in the fifth and final set. Edmund has never made it past the second round at the Australian Open and will have to get past Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in the next round to accomplish a career-best display in Melbourne.

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Australia v England: first one-day international – live!

39th over: Australia 212-5 (Stonis 11, Paine 2) Woakes on for his third crack today. Has four overs to squeeze out after struggling earlier on. Well, doesn’t concede a boundary in this set, so that’s an improvement. Five from it in the smaller denominations. 38th over: Australia 207-5 (Stonis 7, Paine 1) Paine the new man, playing his first ODI in nearly seven years. What a great story his summer has been. Off the mark through the covers, then Stonis finds one to midwicket in order to keep the strike.…

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Revealed: The ‘secret’ love story of an Auschwitz tattooist who survived the Nazi horror

GETTY/AMAZON.CO.UK The love story of a Jewish man held prisoner at Auschwitz has been revealed in a new book Lale Sokolov was 26 years old when he was sent to Auschwitz in April 1942 from Krompachy, in what is now Slovakia, and forced to become one of the death camp’s tattooists under the evil watch of Nazi chief Josef Mengele. Mr Sokolov, unaware of the horrors that awaited him had offered himself to the invading Nazis for labour, hoping it might spare his family. He felt great shame but as…

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Roger Federer shows off skills and BOLD shoe choice at Australian Open

Federer admitted that he had arrived in Melbourne last year merely hoping to come through the tournament injury-free after six months out with back and knee problems. But instead he produced a series of remarkable performances, winning three five-set matches along the way and beating great rival Rafael Nadal in an epic final. And now the Swiss has arrived in Melbourne to prepare for his title defence, having his first hit on Rod Laver Arena earlier today. The 36-year-old looked in fine form, fresh from victory at the Hopman Cup,…

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