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Dominant Djokovic shines in Melbourne Park opener

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Top seed Novak Djokovic looked every inch the Australian Open favorite as he kicked off his bid for a record seventh title at Melbourne Park with an emphatic 6-3 6-2 6-2 win over American qualifier Mitchell Krueger on Tuesday. Tennis – Australian Open – First Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 15, 2019. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts after winning the match against Mitchell Krueger of the U.S. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Soaking up the Rod Laver Arena limelight, the Serb moved superbly in his opener and hit 42…

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Tennis: Bautista Agut expects injured Murray to ‘fight’ in Melbourne clash

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut will give no quarter to Andy Murray in their first round clash at the Australian Open and expects the injured Briton to “fight” hard in what could be his last match as a professional. Tennis – ATP – Qatar Open – Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar – January 5, 2019 Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut celebrates winning the final against Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari Three-times Grand Slam champion Murray said on Friday that he may retire after the…

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Coach-less Halep admits behind curve at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World number one Simona Halep, flying solo after parting ways with coach Darren Cahill, feels refreshed after a long lay-off to recover from a back injury but also concedes she has risked her Australian Open campaign with scant preparations. Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 10, 2019 – Simona Halep of Romania during practice. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon French Open champion Halep warmed up for her run to the final at Melbourne Park last year by winning the Shenzhen Open in southern China but…

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Tennis: McEnroe plays down Murray’s chances in Melbourne

LONDON (Reuters) – Former world number one Andy Murray is unlikely to last long at the Australian Open and playing pain-free would be a victory for the Scot, according to John McEnroe. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Andy Murray at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Aug 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports Murray, five times a runner-up in Melbourne, has struggled in the aftermath of hip surgery a year ago and is currently ranked 230 in the ATP standings. The 31-year-old three-time Grand Slam…

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Australia v India: Tourists win by 137 runs in Melbourne to take 2-1 lead into final Test

The final two wickets fell in the space of seven balls Third Test, Melbourne (day five) India 443-7 dec & 106-8 dec: Agarwal 42, Cummins 6-27 Australia 151 & 261: Cummins 63, Bumrah 3-53, Jadeja 3-82 India won by 137 runs; lead series 2-1 Scorecard India saw off Australia by 137 runs in the third Test in Melbourne to take a 2-1 lead in the series. The hosts began the final day on 258-8 chasing an unlikely 399, but after rain delayed the start, India needed only 4.3 overs to…

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Australia v India: Tourists need two wickets to win third Test in Melbourne

Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon have held out for 14 overs after coming together at 215-8 Third Test, Melbourne (day four) India 443-7 dec & 106-8 dec: Agarwal 42, Cummins 6-27 Australia 151 & 258-8: Cummins 61*, S Marsh 44, Jadeja 3-82 Australia need 141 more runs to win; India need two wickets Scorecard India moved to within two wickets of victory in the third Test after Australia finished day four needing 141 more runs to win in Melbourne. Australia were set 399 to win but following a top-order collapse,…

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Australia v India: Tourists build up third Test lead in Melbourne

Jasprit Bumrah’s haul of 6-33 was the best ever recorded by an Indian bowler at the MCG Third Test, Melbourne (day three) Australia 151: Harris 22, Paine 22 India 443-7dec & 54-5: (Agarwal 28no, Cummins 4-10) Scorecard India built up a commanding lead over Australia on day three of the third Test, despite a second innings collapse which saw home seamer Pat Cummins take four wickets in nine balls. India paceman Jasprit Bumrah took six wickets in a fiery spell as Australia only made 151 in their reply to India’s…

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Australian Open: Andy Murray to use protected ranking to play in Melbourne

Andy Murray’s last competitive appearance came at September’s Shenzhen Open Andy Murray will use his protected ranking of world number two to gain entry to January’s Australian Open. The Briton, 31, ended his season early to focus on making “big improvements”, having played in six events since returning from hip surgery in June. He will join last year’s semi-finalist Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie in the field for the men’s singles. Serena Williams will return to Melbourne for the first time since winning while pregnant in 2017. The American reached…

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Melbourne car attack: James Gargasoulas guilty of six murders

Image copyright EPA Image caption James Gargasoulas drove his car into pedestrians in Melbourne last year An Australian man has been found guilty of murdering six people and injuring 27 others in a vehicle attack in Melbourne. James Gargasoulas deliberately drove his car into pedestrians along Bourke St in the city centre in January 2017. The 28-year-old had pleaded not guilty to the attack, arguing that he was in drug-induced psychosis at the time. A jury rejected his defence on Tuesday after deliberating for less than an hour. The attack…

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Melbourne attack: Man arrested after fire and stabbings

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police have told the public to avoid the area A man has been arrested after setting a car on fire and stabbing three people – one fatally – in central Melbourne, Australia. The attacker was shot by police after confronting officers on a busy city street, authorities said. He was taken into custody in a critical condition. The two survivors were taken to hospital – one in a suspected critical condition. Police said they were “not looking for anyone further at this early stage”. It…

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