Nadal wipes tears away to reach final at Melbourne Park

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 28 : – It took nearly five hours of gruelling tennis for Rafa Nadal to fend off Grigor Dimitrov and book a dream Australian Open final against Roger Federer but before Melbourne Park the Spaniard endured a season of heartache and doubt. So having edged Dimitrov 6-3 5-7 7-6(5) 6-7(4) […]

Bring on Rafa, says excited Federer, ahead of final push

By Nick Mulvenney MELBOURNE, Jan 26 : Roger Federer reached his first Australian Open final in seven years today and then made it as clear as he politely could that he would welcome the chance to renew his epic rivalry with Rafa Nadal as he chases his 18th grand slam title. The 35-year-old Swiss came […]

Serena storms, Venus rises to set up retro final

By Nick Mulvenney MELBOURNE, Jan 26 : Serena and Venus Williams swept through their last-four matches at the Australian Open today, setting up a retro family final that will be their ninth meeting in a grand slam title decider. It is eight years since the American sisters, who have a combined age of 71 and […]

Venus in dreamland as she twirls into family final

By Melanie Burton MELBOURNE, Jan 26 : Despite her poor recent track record against her sister Serena, Venus Williams will not just be “hanging out” in her first grand slam final in nine years at the Australian Open on Saturday. The 36-year-old will take on Serena for the ninth time in a major final after […]

Nadal steps up to topple serving maestro Raonic

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 25 : Standing in close to face a Milos Raonic serve might seem a recipe for self-harm but Rafa Nadal’s daring ploy helped him defuse the Canadian’s biggest weapon and book an Australian Open semi-final place today. The Spaniard broke the 26-year-old twice but was impenetrable on his own serve […]