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Sports The Latest: Defending champ Djokovic advances at Aussie Open

09:30  24 january  2020
09:30  24 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Djokovic cedes Australian Open set in 1st Rd; 1st since 2006

  Djokovic cedes Australian Open set in 1st Rd; 1st since 2006 MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic did something he hadn't in 14 years: He dropped a set in a first-round match at the Australian Open. That didn't bother him, though. He actually looked upon the challenge he faced Monday night under the closed roof at Rod Laver Arena as a good thing. “I actually like tough first rounds — in Grand Slams, particularly,” the defending champion at Melbourne Park said after getting past 37th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. “Because it gets me going. From the beginning, I have to be alert. I have to be on a high level. And I think I was.

NEW YORK: Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic cruised into the second round of the US Open on Monday while French Open champion Ashleigh Barty and third seed Karolina Pliskova struggled but advanced . Serbian star Djokovic , who has won four of the past five Grand Slam

Defending men's champion Novak Djokovic required all of 95 minutes to breeze past Japanese wild-card entry Tatsuma Ito 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, while Roger Federer had a similarly easy time, beating 41st-ranked Filip Krajinovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-4, 6-1. While Federer had the usual Grand Slam day off between

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MELBOURNE, Australia — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

Novak Djokovic helped return the status quo to Rod Laver Arena. In the match following Serena Williams' upset loss to China's Wang Qiang, the second-seeded Djokovic easily beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

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Seven-time Australian Open champion Djokovic needed only 85 minutes to beat the Japanese player. Williams was on court for nearly twice that long.

In night matches to follow on Rod Laver Arena, 15-year-old American Coco Gauff will play defending champion Naomi Osaka and Roger Federer plays Australian John Millman.

Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski advances to second round in doubles at Aussie Open

  Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski advances to second round in doubles at Aussie Open MELBOURNE, Australia — Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski is off to the second round of the women's doubles draw at the Australian Open. The Ottawa native and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, the sixth seeds, beat Maria Sakkari of Greece and Alja Tomljanovic of Australia 7-6, 6-4 in the first round on Thursday. Dabrowski, ranked eighth in the world in doubles, has a new partner in Ostapenko for the opening Grand Slam of the season. She split with previous partner Yifan Xu of China after last season.Dabrowski and Xu's best result at Grand Slam was a runner-up showing at last year's Wimbledon final.

Defending champion Naomi Osaka was playing the opening match at Rod Laver Arena against Marie Bouzkova. Following that, Serena Williams begins her quest for a record 24th Grand Slam singles title. Defending champion Novak Djokovic begins his chase for an eighth Australian Open title and

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic extended his Grand Slam winning streak against lefthanders with a 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win over Denis Shapovalov in the third round of the Australian Open . The win guaranteed that Djokovic would keep his No. 1 ranking after the Australian Open .

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3:35 p.m.

Serena Williams has lost to China's Wang Qiang in the third round of the Australian Open.

The seven-time Australian Open champion was down a set and a break and Wang was serving for victory in the second set before Williams broke back and levelled the match after dominating the tiebreaker.

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Williams was serving to stay in the match when Wang broke her to clinch a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5 victory.

In their only previous meeting, Williams beat Wang 6-1, 6-0 in 44 minutes at last year's U.S. Open quarterfinals.

Williams's bid for a her 24th Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court's all-time record will have to wait. She has lost the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals in 2018 and ‘19 and hasn’t added to her collection of majors since her title at Melbourne Park in 2017.

The Latest: Sandgren into quarterfinals at Australian Open

  The Latest: Sandgren into quarterfinals at Australian Open MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local): 8:50 p.m.Tennys Sandgren is into the Australian Open quarterfinals for the second time in three years after beating 12th-seeded Fabio Fognini in four sets in a heated match on Melbourne Arena.Sandgren won the first set in a tiebreaker and then had an animated conversation with chair umpire Damien Dumusois regarding Fognini. It came as the Italian player took a bathroom break. Fognini received a point penalty to start the second set and then called for a trainer to bandage his blistered fingers.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia advanced to the second round of the US Open on Monday by defeating Spains Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.The world number one, who has taken four of the past five Grand Slam singles titles, will next face either American Sam Querrey or

“They’re very close,” defending champ Djokovic said on tournament eve of the young contenders. The world No.157 swept five straight games to take the second set 7-5 and hold his opening serve A costly return miss from Thiem put him 4-1 down in the tiebreak, and the fired-up Aussie sealed it 7-5

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Caroline Wozniacki's farewell tour at the Australian Open is over. The 2018 champion lost her third-round match 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 to Ons Jabeur at Melbourne Arena.

Wozniacki said late last year that she would retire from the game after the Australian Open in order to spend more time with her family and because she has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2018.

She sat in her court-side chair wiping tears from her eyes before doing an on-court television interview.

“I think it was only fitting that my last match ended with a forehand error," the former No. 1-ranked Wozniacki told the crowd, smiling through the tears.

Jabeur is into the fourth round for the first time a major. She will play either 23-time major winner Serena Williams or Wang Qiang of China.

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2:45 p.m.

Serena Williams has rallied from a set and a break down to level her third-round match at the Australian Open. Wang Qiang won the first set 6-4 and had a chance to serve for the match at 5-4 in the second.

Canadian Milos Raonic advances to third round at Australian Open

  Canadian Milos Raonic advances to third round at Australian Open MELBOURNE, Australia — Milos Raonic is heading to the third round at the Australian Open, keeping Canada's hopes alive in singles at the season's first Grand Slam. The No. 32 seed from Thornhill, Ont., beat Chile's Cristian Garin 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday, needing one hour 37 minutes to complete the match. The 29-year-old Canadian served up 19 aces on his way to victory. Raonic will face No. 6 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round. Tsitsipas got a walkover into the third round at Melbourne Park when Philipp Kohlschreiber pulled out of their scheduled match because a muscle strain.Raonic was the only Canadian to survive the opening round.No.

Defending champion and No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic 's stay at the U.S. Open ended abruptly when he stopped playing during his fourth-round His bid for a fourth U.S. Open championship suddenly dissipated Sunday at the conclusion of what for him amounted to a listless and ineffective effort.

Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic savoured his win over Jan-Lennard Struff, highlighting Defending champion Novak Djokovic battles Jan-Lennard Struff while American Tommy Paul will square Stosur planning another run at Aussie Open . Veteran Samantha Stosur won't let her fifth

But the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion broke Qiang's get back on serve. And when the set went to a tiebreaker, Williams won it easily 7-6 (2).

Williams is attempting to win her 24th Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court's all-time record. Two weeks ago she won her first WTA title since 2017.

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12:35 p.m.

The top-ranked women's player in the world is also the first one into the fourth round at the Australian Open.

French Open champion and local hope Ash Barty beat 29th-seeded Elena Rybakina 6-3, 6- 2 in the opening match at Rod Laver Arena.

Barty will next play either Alison Riske or Julia Goerges.

After a disruptive day weather-wise on Thursday, mostly sunny skies returned to Melbourne Park on Day 5.

Other top players in action later are Serena Williams, defending champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka and 20-time Grand Slam singles winner Roger Federer.

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Tennys, anyone? Sandgren, Paul stun Australian Open seeds .
MELBOURNE, Australia — Tennys Sandgren was looking in great shape for a big upset at the Australian Open after building a massive lead against No. 8 seed Matteo Berrettini on Wednesday. And then, suddenly, he wasn't. “Two-sets-to-love up, I was feeling pretty good about myself,” the 100th-ranked Sandgren, who is from Tennessee, said about the second-round match, “but playing such a great player, that can get erased pretty quick — and I guess it did.”Sure did. Same thing happened to another American: The 80th-ranked Tommy Paul, who was born in New Jersey and now is based in Florida, took the opening two sets against No.

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