Raonic races into third round of Australian Open

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 19 : Third seed Milos Raonic continued his machine-like advance through the Australian Open today, easing past Gilles Muller 6-3 6-4 7-6(4) to reach the third round. The big-serving Canadian, a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park last year, was clinical on a sun-bathed Margaret Court Arena, firing 21 aces and breaking […]

Bouchard wins ugly and looks to the future

By Melanie Burton MELBOURNE, Jan 18 : It was not always pretty, but Eugenie Bouchard took another step on the path she hopes will take her back to the top of the game with a 7-6(5) 6-2 victory over Peng Shuai to reach the third round of the Australian Open today. The Canadian crowd favourite […]

Ace high Karlovic prevails in Court 19 marathon

By Nick Mulvenney MELBOURNE, Jan 17 : Ivo Karlovic fired down 75 aces in a remarkable Australian Open first-round marathon against Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos which lasted five hours 15 minutes and finished with a 6-7(6) 3-6 7-5 6-2 22-20 victory for the Croatian today. The tall 20th seed threw his hands in the air in […]

Federer makes winning return at Melbourne Park

By Nick Mulvenney MELBOURNE, Jan 16 : Roger Federer made a winning return to competitive tennis after six months out of the game today, thrilling a packed Rod Laver Arena as he beat qualifier Juergen Melzer 7-5 3-6 6-2 6-2 to reach the Australian Open second round. The 35-year-old Swiss had to battle hard throughout […]

Australia braced for Kyrgios roller-coaster ride

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 14 : With firebrand Nick Kyrgios Australia’s top hope at the year’s first grand slam, local fans may be set for a thrilling, if occasionally bumpy roller-coaster ride at Melbourne Park. Kyrgios, a 21-year-old with a temper as prodigious as his talent, brings a 14th seeding and a growing esteem […]

Federer relishing ‘family’ reunion at Melbourne Park

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 14 : The ‘extended family’ of tennis, the thrust of competition and that winning feeling. Roger Federer missed them all during his six months away from the circuit and is relishing the prospect of rediscovering them again at the Australian Open. The Swiss master had itchy feet during his layoff […]