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Australian Open – Despite loss, nothing but positive takeaways for Nick Kyrgios

MELBOURNE, Australia — Nick Kyrgios is maturing as a person and improving as a player. Say it again. These were the two common themes this fortnight for someone who has historically taken a lot of criticism from fans and media. Good on him. But the question we have to ask now is a pretty simple one: What’s next? That his performance Sunday wasn’t quite enough to get past Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round of the Australian Open should not get him down. Kyrgios played great tennis. He smacked 36…

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Australian Open – Stats say Novak Djokovic is playing A-OK

MELBOURNE, Australia — It’s clear from watching and listening to Novak Djokovic that he’s not completely satisfied with his game. But the numbers through three rounds suggest everything is OK with the six-time Aussie Open champ. Out of action for six months with an elbow injury, the former world No. 1 is through to the second week of the Australian Open and has lost just one set in the process. No Williams sisters, no worries. The second week of the Aussie Open has plenty of compelling storylines to keep us…

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Marin Cilic advances the quarterfinals of Australian Open

Sixth-seeded Marin Cilic collected his 100th Grand Slam match win as he advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) victory over No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta. Caroline Wozniacki raced by Magdalena Rybarikova on Sunday at the Australian Open and will next play Carla Suarez Navarro, who came back from a set and 4-1 down to beat No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6. “It was a big battle. I was really relieved I played such a good tiebreaker at the end,” the 2014 US…

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Australian Open – Time to be concerned, very concerned, for Maria Sharapova

9:09 AM ET Jerry Bembry MELBOURNE, Australia — This was the match Maria Sharapova said she wanted — a quality opponent on a big stage to get a true gauge on exactly where her career stood since her return to competitive tennis eight months ago. In a third-round match against Angelique Kerber that was hyped as being worthy of a final, only one player competed at a championship level. Broken in the first game to start the match, Sharapova never got back on track as Kerber took just 64 minutes…

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ICYMI at Australian Open — Tennis world, meet Hyeon Chung

11:11 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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Dominic Thiem advances to fourth round at Australian Open

Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open, beating Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 at Margaret Court Arena. Thiem has now reached the round of 16 or better at each of his past five Grand Slam tournaments. He maintained his perfect record against Mannarino, beating the Frenchman for the seventh consecutive time. He will next play the winner of Friday’s later match American Tennys Sandgren, who defeated Maximilian Marterer of Germany, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (5). Source link

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Rafael Nadal describes Australian Open conditions ‘dangerous to health’

10:56 AM ET ESPN staff World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has joined calls for a review into the heat policy of the Australian Open after several players complained about the extreme heat in Melbourne. The tournament’s current heat policy calls for the roofs to be closed on the main show courts and play to be suspended on outer courts when the temperature exceeds 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and the wet-bulb globe temperature, which takes into account humidity and wind speed, reaches 32.5 Celsius (90.5 Fahrenheit). The policy was last…

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Australian Open – Listen up! Let’s give Nick Kyrgios a chance

9:31 AM ET Jerry Bembry MELBOURNE, Australia — As Nick Kyrgios was walking into position early in the third set of his second-round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a group of seven Australian fans stood and starting chanting in unison: “Bad boy, Bad boy, what you gonna do, what you gonna do when they come for you.” Kyrgios couldn’t resist cracking a big smile. He smiled, perhaps, because of the irony: Kyrgios has been long known as the bad boy of Australian tennis, but the chant was directed at the actor…

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Australian Open Kyle Edmund survives heat and Nikoloz Basilashvili

MELBOURNE, Australia — If anyone ever doubted that Kyle Edmund has what it takes to cut it at the top level, then they will be sure now. In brutal conditions in Melbourne on Friday, the 23-year-old showed enormous physical and mental strength as he battled past Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 7-6, 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open, equalling his best ever performance at a Grand Slam. When is hot too hot? At the Australian Open on Thursday, we got a pretty good idea….

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

8:42 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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