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ICYMI at Australian Open – Great tennis from Tennys Sandgren in win vs. Stan Wawrinka

9:42 AM ET Niall Seewang Close ESPN Associate Editor Niall is an award-winning journalist who discovered from an early age he had more to offer watching and writing about sport than playing it. He joined ESPN Australia/New Zealand after a four-year stint at AFL Media having previously worked as a sports journalist at newspapers in Albury, Melbourne and Hobart. Jake Michaels Close ESPN Assistant Editor Jake Michaels is a multi-sport journalist but his heart belongs truly to motorsport, particularly Formula 1. He joined ESPN Australia’s team in June, 2013. MELBOURNE,…

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Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem advance at Australian Open

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic beat Gael Monfils in four sets at the Australian Open in a match in which both players slouched and crouched over in the shade at the back of the court between points due to intense heat. The 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win was a relief for Djokovic, who says he’s still not 100 percent after six months off the tour with an injured right elbow and who lost in a second-round shocker here last year. Now seeded 14th, Djokovic needed four match points in an eight-minute…

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Maria Sharapova advances to third round at Australian Open

Former Australian Open semifinalist Johanna Konta has been knocked out of the tournament in the second round by American lucky loser Bernarda Pera 6-4, 7-5. Pera, ranked No. 123, lost in the final round of qualifying and didn’t get into the main draw until Monday, when Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan withdrew with an injury. The 23-year-old Pera is making her Grand Slam debut. Konta saved three match points in the ninth game of the second set, then broke Pera to level the set at 5-all. The American finally closed out the…

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Australian Open – Forming a players’ union goes beyond Novak Djokovic and other top players

4:56 AM ET Jerry Bembry MELBOURNE, Australia — It’s Day 3 of the 2018 Australian Open, and here on Court 22, the thermometer’s pushing 90. The increasing heat is no problem for the fans who have jammed the five rows of grandstand seats, with most of them appearing to support the doubles team of Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak. It takes Koolhof, who’s from the Netherlands, and Sitak, representing New Zealand, just 49 minutes to beat their German opponents, 6-2, 6-1. The two embraced after their easy opening-round win, knowing…

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Novak Djokovic denies calling for boycott of Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic strongly denied claims he called for a boycott of next year’s Australian Open and dismissed suggestions that players should form their own union in a bid to earn increased prize money at the four Grand Slam events. Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic caused a stir ahead of the start of the Australian Open by telling fellow pros that they should be demanding more prize money at tournaments and proposing an independent players’ union. Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic beat Donald Young 6-1, 6-2,…

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Criticism of Margaret Court is muted at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Marriage equality proponents draped themselves in rainbow flags at Margaret Court Arena on the first day of the Australian Open to protest tennis great Margaret Court’s controversial views on gay marriage and the broader lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Several, however, stopped short of saying Court’s name should be removed from the venue — a move advocated by Billie Jean King before the tournament began. Marlene Jorgensen, sitting with a group of friends decked head to toe in rainbow-colored attire, said Court was entitled to her…

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ICYMI at Australian Open – tennis

MELBOURNE, Australia — A note for all up-and-coming players wanting to announce themselves on the big stage: Avoid a first-round Rafa encounter at all costs. After a 90-minute Rafael Nadal power exhibition on Rod Laver Arena on Monday night, Victor Estrella Burgos certainly won’t want a rematch anytime soon. Nadal simply mauled the world No. 83 on Rod Laver Arena, taking his first step toward bettering last year’s runners-up finish after that thrilling five-set classic against Roger Federer. Monday’s onslaught was vintage Nadal. The Spaniard allowed his outclassed opponent only…

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Kyle Edmund pulls off biggest win of career beats Kevin Anderson Australian Open Round one

3:27 AM ET ESPN staff Kyle Edmund pulled off the biggest victory of his career with a five-set win over US Open finalist Kevin Anderson at the Australian Open. Seven months after losing to Anderson in five sets in the third round of the French Open, Edmund recovered from two sets to one down to win 6-7 (4/7) 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4. The 23-year-old next faces Uzbek Denis Istomin, who defeated Novak Djokovic in the second round 12 months ago. British No.2 Kyle Edmund is desperate to climb the world…

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Australian Open – The blueprint to old-man Roger Federer’s success

11:12 PM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” It’s one of the great clich├ęs in sports: The one rival that no athlete, no matter how great, can ever beat is time. That might be the case, but on the eve of the Australian Open,…

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