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Sport The female Federer: Why Barty can make history at the Australian Open

23:00  25 january  2020
23:00  25 january  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

Ash Barty dealt tough Aus Open draw

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Australian Open 2020: Australian tennis legend John Alexander has likened Ashleigh Barty to a female Roger Federer as the world No. 1 prepares Barty will face Alison Riske on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night and with Serena Williams and Karolina Pliskova out of the tournament earlier than

Dokic, a former Australian Open quarter-finalist, said that Barty was made of different stuff and could use the Melbourne Park crowd to her advantage. Barty scoffed at the notion that she was under further pressure after a brilliant 2019, which saw her win Roland Garros and the WTA Finals among

Ashleigh Barty wearing a hat: Ashleigh Barty during her win on Friday.© AAP Ashleigh Barty during her win on Friday. Australian tennis legend John Alexander has likened Ashleigh Barty to a female Roger Federer as the world No.1 prepares to make her run into the second week of the Australian Open.

Barty will face Alison Riske on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night and with Serena Williams and Karolina Pliskova out of the tournament earlier than expected, the Australian has firmed into favouritism with bookmakers. That favouritism is justified according to Alexander, who likened Barty to Federer due to her all-round game.

‘‘She’s a great player. She actually reminds me of a female version of Federer – she’s the complete player,’’ Alexander said. ‘‘She just has so many weapons so she can beat her opponent in so many different ways.’’

Kyrgios needs a mentor but has never reached out to me: McEnroe

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Five players seeded in the top 10 had been knocked out of the Australian Open across the men’s and women’s draws on Federer was two points from defeat in a bruising match that had stretched past four hours, then suddenly rallied, reeling off six straight points to snatch

Barty faces her toughest test of the tournament so far on Australia Day as she opens the night session at Rod Laver Arena against dangerous The Hungarian always seems to play his best tennis at the Australian Open , also reaching the fourth round two years ago where Federer beat him in

Alexander hadn’t seen Barty play live until recently and was pleasantly surprised by the world No.1’s concentration throughout matches.

Federer respects next Open rival Millman

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Roger Federer will need to avoid a second Grand Slam upset at the hands of home favourite John Millman if he wants to bring up 100 wins at the Australian Open Osaka destroyed Gauff at the same stage of the US Open last year but the assertive teenager insisted it will be different this time around.

‘‘I didn’t pick this up on TV, but watching her live, she has to be one of the most intense players on the court that I’ve ever seen,’’ Alexander said. ‘‘That surprised me because off the court, you won’t come across a sweeter person. She has the sweetest personality you will ever see. You never hear a bad word about her.’’

The National Australia Day Council agrees with Alexander’s assessment of Barty. The 23-year-old beat a stellar field to be awarded Young Australian of the year last night, joining an honour roll that includes Lleyton Hewitt, who claimed the award in 2003.

Former Australian star Dianne Balestrat also compared Barty to Federer.

‘‘I think she’s the female Federer,’’ said the one-time world No.4. ‘‘She has a lot of weapons and that gives her flexibility in her game. A lot of girls just have a forehand or a backhand. She has both and then she has a brilliant backhand slice. It’s a big comparison, but I think she has so much equipment and so much to work with that you can see it’s a realistic one.’’

Federer survives huge scare to reach last 16 on freaky Friday

  Federer survives huge scare to reach last 16 on freaky Friday Federer survives huge scare to reach last 16 on freaky FridayThe 20-times Grand Slam champion made an extraordinary 82 unforced errors to go with 62 winners as he went toe-to-toe with the world number 47 over more than four hours on Rod Laver Arena to secure his 100th Australian Open victory.

Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty plays American Alison Riske. Sunday's order of play on Rod Laver Arena. The Florida teenager's first appearance at her home Grand Slam two months later fell flat, however, as she struggled to cope with the intense scrutiny at the US Open .

John Millman faces Roger Federer in the third round of the Australian Open . In September 2018, Federer and Millman met at the US Open and after winning the opening set, the Swiss seemed to be on course for a comfortable win. “He’s one of the best in history for a reason and I’m sure he will be keen to put me in my place. Roger Federer backs Ashleigh Barty to make Australian Open impact.

Balestrat was part of a golden era for Australian women’s tennis, which took the success of Margaret Court in the late 1960s and early 1970s and ran with it. Balestrat was always competing with Evonne Goolagong, Helen Gourlay, Wendy Turnbull and Chris O’Neil – the last Australian to win the tournament, in 1978 – for a place in the second week of her home grand slam.

‘‘I guess players come and go through different decades,’’ Balestrat said. ‘‘I’m not sure why it’s taken this long for another woman to crack the top 10 and be right up there on all four surfaces. We had five around the top 10 – it was crazy. I don’t know the economics of it but I would say scenarios like that are few and far between.’’

Balestrat said the key to dealing with the pressure of making a run at a player’s home grand slam is all about the team around the individual.

‘‘If you have a good team around you, they can take the pressure off,’’ she said. ‘‘She’s improved over the last year or so and I know she lost to (Riske) last time they met (at Wimbledon) but she has improved a lot since then. She seems quite relaxed to me – and she seems to be enjoying her tennis. Hopefully we see her playing this time next weekend.’’

Halep charges into Open fourth round

  Halep charges into Open fourth round Romanian Simona Halep, a former Australian Open runner-up, has dispatched unseeded Kazakh Yulia Putintseva to return to the fourth round at Melbourne Park.Former finalist and reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep has charged into the second week of the Australian Open with a straight-sets win.

After both players were given time violations, Kyrgios made umpire Murphy smile by appearing to impersonate Rafael Nadal’s trait of tucking his hair The at-times incendiary personality proceeded to have an altercation with his own corner, chastising their advice to him to “stay tough” before winning

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer safely through at Australian Open . A beaming Juan Martin del Potro, who has not competed at the Australian Open since 2014, speaks above the raucous The final scoreline makes for grim reading for Australian fans. But De Minaur showed enough fight in the

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