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Daniil Medvedev ‘not that disappointed’ after losing two-set lead to Rafael Nadal | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Daniil Medvedev insisted Sunday he was not disappointed to give up a two-set lead and lose the Australian Open, while heaping praise on "unreal" Rafael Nadal. The world number two looked destined to clinch a second Grand Slam title after his US Open breakthrough last year when he held three break points against Nadal's serve in the third set after winning the first two at Melbourne Park. But the never-say-die Spaniard saved them all before battling back for a famous 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory in a gruelling 5hr 24min to deny Medvedev and win a historic 21st Grand Slam title. "If we talk about tennis, I'm not that disappointed. It was a huge match," said the 25-year-old Russian. "For sure, some small points, small details that I could have done better if I wanted to...
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Factfile on Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Facts and figures about sixth seed Rafael Nadal who made history by winning the Australian Open men's singles final on Sunday for his 21st Grand Slam title: Rafael NadalNationality: Spain Age: 35 World ranking: 5 Prize money: $125,050,235 Career titles: 89 Grand Slam titles: 21 Australian Open 2009, 2022 French Open 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Wimbledon 2008, 2010 US Open 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019 Australian Open best: Winner (2009, 2022) Coaches: Carlos Moya, Francisco Roig, Marc Lopez Moves ahead of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer for most Grand Slam titles with his 21st victory coming at the Australian Open. Ranked in top 10 for record 849 consecutive weeks (2005-21), including 209 total weeks as number one following 160 strai...
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Australian Open: Top-ranked Krejcikova, Siniakova win women’s doubles

Top-ranked Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova took another major step in a partnership which began in junior ranks when they won the Australian Open women’s doubles 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4 Sunday from unseeded Anna Danilina and Beatriz Haddad Maia. The Czech pair claimed their first Australian Open title to go with one Wimbledon and two French Open titles to move a step closer to a career Grand Slam in doubles. They also are Olympic champions. They were finalists in Melbourne last year but went down 6-2, 6-3 to Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka. Krejcikova also had been in top form in the singles in Melbourne this year before unexpectedly falling to Madison Keys in the quarterfinals. Nailed it! 🏆@BKrejcikova x @K_Siniakova #AusOpen · #AO2022 pic.twitter.com/NFqC4jlffp — #AusOpen (@Aus...
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Australian Open: ‘Special Ks’ Kyrgios, Kokkinakis win men’s doubles title

The “Special Ks” show at the Australian Open ended on a high after Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis claimed their first major title by defeating compatriots Max Purcell and Matt Ebden in the men’s doubles final on Saturday. Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, nicknamed the “Special Ks” as juniors, entertained the crowd at the Rod Laver Arena with a 7-5 6-4 victory under the lights. The fairytale is complete 🏆 🇦🇺 @TKokkinakis and @NickKyrgios defeat Matt Ebden and Max Purcell 7-5 6-4 to become the #AO2022 men’s doubles champions.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/eLAmS0l3Fq — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 29, 2022 They are the first wildcard team to win the Australian Open men’s doubles title in the professional era. “What a week! It was a super tough match but a great week all around,” said Kokkinak...
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Australian Open: Peng Shuai T-shirt campaign resumes on finals day

Activists made the most of the reversal of an earlier ban by giving away hundreds of T-shirts bearing the question “Where is Peng Shuai?” on women’s final day at the Australian Open on Saturday. The T-shirts, highlighting concerns about the Chinese tennis player, were confiscated by security last weekend but tournament chief Craig Tiley on Tuesday said that they would be allowed as long as fans wearing them were not disruptive. “Some people say it’s a victory that we’ve achieved that they’ve rolled back on the ban,” Australian-born Max Mok, who was raised in Hong Kong, told Reuters as he handed out the shirt. “I think it’s marginal … we don’t really know where Peng Shuai is still. There’s still a long way to go.” Peng, a former world number one doubles player, became a matter of concer...
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Australian Open: Medvedev’s rant at umpire, and the ‘sting operation’ that caught Tsitsipas for illegal coaching

During his 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win in the Australian Open semifinal over Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev went on a belligerent rant. The Russian lost his temper late in the second set, berating the chair umpire and accusing his opponent of being coached illegally by his father-coach Apostolos from the sidelines. The meltdown seemingly prompted a ‘sting operation’ to catch Tsitsipas. MEDVEDEV BLOWS UP! 😡😡 The Russian has sensationally accused Tsitsipas of being coached and has GIVEN IT to the umpire over it too! 🤯🤯#AusOpen – live on Channel 9, 9Now and Stan Sport. pic.twitter.com/8Xa3qOjvnf — Wide World of Sports (@wwos) January 28, 2022 Medvedev’s meltdown Deep in the second set — after serving a pair of double faults that handed Tsitsipas a crucial break — Medvedev received a co...
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Daniil Medvedev wins in five sets, into Australian Open semis

Daniil Medvedev rallied from two sets down and saved a match point before beating No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (4), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5, 6-4 to move into the Australian Open semifinals. The Meddy Show 🙌@DaniilMedwed produces an incredible comeback to secure his SF spot 🔥 🎥: @AustralianOpen | #AusOpen | #AO2022 pic.twitter.com/YVimaqGlWd — ATP Tour (@atptour) January 26, 2022 The U.S. Open champion’s bid to become the first man in the Open era to win his second Grand Slam title in the next major tournament is still on track after the 4-hour, 42-minute comeback victory. A six-minute delay in the third-set tiebreaker for the roof on Rod Laver Arena to be closed during a rain shower swung the momentum mostly in Medvedev’s favor. Auger-Aliassime won only one of the last six points in the t...
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Australian Open: Rafael Nadal outlasts Denis Shapovalov in five-set thriller to reach semis | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal moved to within two matches of a record 21st Grand Slam title with a dogfight five-set quarter-final win over Canadian Denis Shapovalov at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The Spanish fifth seed edged 14th seed Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 in 4hr 8min on Rod Laver Arena to advance to his seventh semi-final in Melbourne where he will face either Matteo Berrettini or Gael Monfils. 🇪🇸 Seventh (Semifinal) Heaven 🇪🇸@RafaelNadal • #AO2022 • #AusOpen https://t.co/qW75Z3wGIc— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1643096945000The heart of a lion 🦁It was a pleasure, @denis_shapo 👏#AusOpen • #AO2022 https://t.co/bfZhyJwZEl— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1643096715000"For me, it's everything to be able to play one more time here."For us, it's an honour @RafaelNadal #AusOpen •… https...
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Rohan Bopanna loses mixed doubles first-round match in Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: India's Rohan Bopanna and his Croatian partner Darija Jurak Schreiber made a first-round exit from the Australian Open mixed doubles tennis event after losing to Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev and Ukraine's Lyudmyla Kichenok here on Saturday. The Bopanna-Schreiber duo lost 6-1, 4-6, 9-11 in one hour and three minutes. Bopanna and Schrieber came out with intent and won the first set 6-1 after making just one unforced error while converting two of the three breakpoints. However, Golubev-Kichenok came back strong and took a 4-2 lead in the second set. Bopanna and Schrieber were broken thrice in the second set with the Indian dropping serve for the first time to concede a 2-4 lead. Bopanna and Schrieber bagged the next two games but Golubev and Kichenok took the set 6-4, taking the ...
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Marin Cilic stuns fifth seed Andrey Rublev to reach Australian Open fourth round | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Former finalist Marin Cilic ended fifth seed Andrey Rublev's Australian Open hopes with an upset four-set victory to reach the fourth round on Saturday. The experienced Croatian, seeded 27, knocked out the Russian 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-3 in 2hr 36min on Margaret Court Arena to book a place in the last 16. It will be 33-year-old Cilic's eighth time in the fourth round at the Australian Open, where he was a beaten finalist to Roger Federer in 2018 after overcoming Rafael Nadal in the quarters. Cilic will face Canada's ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime for a place in the quarter-finals. "I've had a good start to the season, played two weeks of tennis in Adelaide, and I've had two good matches here before this one," Cilic said. "The conditions in the evening were a bit cooler and...
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Australian Open: Nick Kyrgios ‘threatened’ to fight by opponents’ coach

Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios said a coach and trainer of world number one doubles pair Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic had threatened to fight after their doubles match at the Australian Open on Friday. Kyrgios and compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis upset Mektic and Pavic in straight sets in the second round at Kia Arena, with the raucous crowd getting on the Croatian pair’s nerves. INSANE atmosphere on Kia Arena. Kyrgios & Kokkinakis take down the No. 1 seeds Pavic & Mektic. 🤯👏 #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/gcpAGSdzXl — Jedd Zetzer (@JeddZetzer) January 21, 2022 Mate Pavic is getting frustrated with the whole spectacle. This crowd and the atmosphere is electric. Kyrgios & Kokkinakis 7-6(8), 5-2 up. One game away from knocking out the No. 1 seeds & 3x major winners. #AusOpen p...
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Australian Open 2022: Cool Garbine Muguruza sweeps into second round | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Garbine Muguruza swept into the Australian Open second round with a straight-sets victory Tuesday to start her campaign for a third Grand Slam title. The Spanish third seed won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon a year later before a drastic dip in form sent her tumbling down the rankings. But the 28-year-old enjoyed a resurgence last year, winning titles at Chicago and Dubai before clinching the season-ending WTA Finals in November. She carried that form on to Rod Laver Arena against 77th-ranked Frenchwoman Clara Burel, proving too powerful in winning 6-3, 6-4 in 88 minutes. Hola 👋@GarbiMuguruza • #AusOpen • #AO2022 https://t.co/m3GEP5scTP— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1642470748000"I'm so motivated here, especially in the early rounds when you really want to get through," ...
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Novak Djokovic loses appeal against Australia visa cancellation, to be deported

Tennis World No. 1 Novak Djokovic lost the bid to restore his Australian visa on Sunday, a day before the start of Australian Open. With the full federal court rejecting his bid, he will be deported from Australia. This brings an end to the unvaccinated tennis superstar’s hopes of winning the Australian Open and racking up a record-breaking 21 men’s Grand Slam titles. In a ruling that has gripped the entire nation and tennis fans around the world, the Serbian’s challenge to the decision of Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke was rejected by a three-judge bench of the Federal Court. Hawke cancelled the tennis star’s visa on the basis that his presence in Australia might risk ‘civil unrest’ as he is a ‘talisman of anti-vaccination sentiment’ A deportation order usually also include...
‘Here I am’: Rafael Nadal reaches Melbourne ahead of Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India
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‘Here I am’: Rafael Nadal reaches Melbourne ahead of Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Rafa Nadal confirmed his bid for a record 21st Grand Slam title on Friday by posting a picture of himself at Melbourne Park on social media and allaying fears that he could miss next month's Australian Open. Nadal caught the novel coronavirus while playing in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi this month and said he would make a decision nL1N2T50ML on his future tournaments depending on his "evolution" over the weeks ahead. "Don't tell anyone ... here I am," Nadal, who is tied on a men's record 20 major titles with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, said in a Twitter post showing him standing on the Rod Laver Arena court. 🤫 Don’t tell anyone… … here I am 😉 https://t.co/x1F2BJnH3y— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) 1640938018000Nadal, 35, played in Abu Dhabi after spending four mont...