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Posted 01-24-2012 at 11:35 AM by Philip Oliver
Defending champion Novak Djokovic secured his place in the Australian Open quarter-finals after battling to a four-set victory against home favourite Lleyton Hewitt 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3. The Serb looked on course to wrap up a simple straight sets victory, only for the Aussie to rally and get back into the match in the third set, which is the first set Djokovic has conceded in his campaign so far, the first live tennis grand slam of the year.

The number-one seed bounced back in the fourth...
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Posted 01-23-2012 at 03:00 PM by Philip Oliver
Andy Murray admitted he enjoyed his straight-sets third-round win over Michael Llodra as the British number one continues to improve at the Australian Open.

The world number four comfortably made it through to the last 16 with a 6-4 6-2 6-0 victory at the Hisense Arena and he looks in good shape as he bids to finally end his Grand Slam duck in Melbourne this year.

Murray will now take on the relatively-unknown Mikhail Kukushkin in the fourth round, who produced one...
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Posted 01-23-2012 at 10:13 AM by Philip Oliver
Second seed Rafael Nadal eased through into the Australian Open's quarter-finals with a routine straight sets victory against fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. The result means Nadal remains on-course for a potential semi-final match-up with long-term rival Roger Federer.

The world number two broke his opponent's serve on five occasions, dropping his own just once, on his way to a 6-4 6-4 6-2 victory. Left-hander Lopez made the surprising move to try and play Nadal at his own game,...
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Posted 01-20-2012 at 08:45 AM by Philip Oliver
Lleyton Hewitt's Australian Open campaign reached the third-round after the home favourite secured his way through his second-round tie with Andy Roddick when the American was forced to retire with injury. The 15th seed had claimed the opening set 6-3, before picking up an apparent leg injury early in the second set.

Roddick battled bravely on despite being in obvious discomfort, but Hewitt's experience meant he knew exactly what tactics to adopt – making the American run and chase...
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Posted 01-19-2012 at 08:47 AM by Philip Oliver
You can't argue that Andy Murray hasn't always had a lot of potential, but there is little doubting that we're now getting to the point where saying that the Scot has potential is akin to saying that he should have been able to work his way to the top, but simply hasn't been able to.

With no Grand Slam victories to his name, the time to replace the aging Federer and a Nadal who seems to have lost his focus seems to have passed on to the dedicated and deadly Djokovic, who has come...
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