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Acrobatic Monfils ousts Vesely in Melbourne

Acrobatic Monfils ousts Vesely in Melbourne

Frisky Frenchman and crowd favorite Gael Monfils marked his 40th Grand Slam by besting Jiri Vesely in Australian Open first-round play Tuesday.Sixth-seeded Monfils topped the Czech youngster in
Djokovic eases past familiar foe Verdasco in Aussie opener

Djokovic eases past familiar foe Verdasco in Aussie opener

Novak Djokovic has Fernando Verdasco's number.For the ninth time in 10 attempts on the hard court, six-time Australian Open champion Djokovic topped Verdasco, this time in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6 (4),
Nadal breezes into 2nd round in Melbourne

Nadal breezes into 2nd round in Melbourne

Five years after their last meeting, Rafael Nadal beat Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a first-round match at Melbourne Park.The pair last met on clay at Rome in 2012, when Nadal won in straight
Raonic wins big-foot battle, defeats Brown to advance in Australia

Raonic wins big-foot battle, defeats Brown to advance in Australia

World No. 3, Milos Raonic opened his campaign in the perfect way in Melbourne, beating the charismatic Dustin Brown in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the second round.Not many players on
Djokovic-Murray rivalry will define the 2017 season, for better or worse

Djokovic-Murray rivalry will define the 2017 season, for better or worse

In a way, the 2016 men's tennis season was shaped as much by absence as presence, and in that way it offered a glimpse of the not-too-distant future of the sport. Which is to say, the sport devoid of
Murray accepted he may never win a Grand Slam after 2012 loss

Murray accepted he may never win a Grand Slam after 2012 loss

Andy Murray is a three-time major champion and the No. 1 player in the world, but there was a time such feats seemed unachievable.Murray lost his first four final appearances in Grand Slams before
Watch: Wawrinka smashes opponent's family jewels

Watch: Wawrinka smashes opponent's family jewels

"Quiet please, balls in play."Former Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka rushed to the aid of opponent Martin Klizan during the fifth set of Sunday's opening-round victory, and for good reason, after
Top seed Murray wins Aussie opener

Top seed Murray wins Aussie opener

Andy Murray claimed his first win as the top seed by besting Ukranian Illya Marchenko in the first round of the Australian Open.The recently knighted, Glasgow-born three-time slam winner took over the
Federer marks return with 4-set victory at Australian Open

Federer marks return with 4-set victory at Australian Open

Welcome back, Rog.Roger Federer made his return to tour-level tennis on Monday, competing for the first time in six months and seeing off Austrian Jurgen Melzer at Rod Laver Arena in Australian Open
Wawrinka scrapes by Klizan in 5

Wawrinka scrapes by Klizan in 5

If Stan Wawrinka is going to win his second Australian Open, he'll have to do better than that.The defending U.S. Open champion narrowly booked a spot in the second round in Melbourne after topping
Nishikori survives 1st-round scare at Australian Open

Nishikori survives 1st-round scare at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia - Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori got off to a sluggish start, had a big letdown during a fourth-set tiebreaker but saved his best for last in a five-set victory over Andrey Kuznetsov
Nadal says he has no plans to retire

Nadal says he has no plans to retire

MELBOURNE - The takeaway: Rafa is not about to call it quits anytime soon.Nadal, a 14-time major winner, is coming off two lengthy injury layoffs last year, including 2 ½ months off after pulling out
2017 Australian Open predictions

2017 Australian Open predictions

Will Novak Djokovic capture his unprecedented seventh Aussie Open crown? Will Andy Murray finally break through to win his first? Will Serena Williams pass Steffi Graf with her Open Era-record 23rd
New look: Murray, Kerber start Australian Open as top seeds

New look: Murray, Kerber start Australian Open as top seeds

MELBOURNE, Australia - It's new and exciting for Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber, entering a Grand Slam tournament with the No. 1 in front of their names.Both reached the top of the rankings for the
Williams, Djokovic, Murray favorites to win Australian Open

Williams, Djokovic, Murray favorites to win Australian Open

After taking home back-to-back women's Australian Open titles in 2015 and 2016, Serena Williams enters the new year as the heavy favorite to three-peat.Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic - last year's
Roger Federer has a blast on Bongo Cam

Roger Federer has a blast on Bongo Cam

At least I have a backup career as a bongo player