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Australian Open: Federer keeps his cool through the fierce heat of battle | Kevin Mitchell

The men’s champion and Caroline Wozniacki withstood the intense temperatures which affected so many playersThis turbulent Australian Open has been about longevity, endurance and iced towels, three of the defining features of the modern game.The wonder …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/jan/28/champions-keep-cool-heat-battle-ferocious-levels

Federer to face Cilic in Australian Open final after blister forces Chung to retire

• Hyeon Chung pulls out of semi-final while trailing 6–1, 5–2• Federer will play his 30th grand slam final against Cilic on SundayRoger Federer literally and figuratively ran Hyeon Chung off his feet on his way to a record seventh Australian Open final…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/26/australian-open-final-roger-federer-marin-cilic-chung-retires

Davis Cup: Kyle Edmund to lead Britain into tricky Spain tie

Edmund’s rising status reflected in key role for Marbella tieNorrie, Broady, Inglot and Jamie Murray also in GB teamKyle Edmund will lead Great Britain’s team in their difficult Davis Cup tie against Spain in Marbella – and he will travel with his repu…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/23/davis-cup-kyle-edmund-to-lead-britain-into-tricky-spain-tie

Andy Murray delivers positive recovery update: ‘Much better than I expected’

Former world No 1 holds impromptu Q&A session on TwitterRecovery going ‘really well … Much better than I expected so far’Andy Murray held a pre-dawn Twitter question-and-answer session on Saturday that revealed, among major and minor secrets, that …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/20/andy-murray-delivers-positive-recovery-update-much-better-than-i-expected

Laura Robson becomes first player to suggest renaming Margaret Court Arena

• Robson first player at Australian Open to back Billie Jean King • ‘It’s a tough one but people need to have a think’ says 23-year-oldLaura Robson has come out in favour of renaming Margaret Court Arena, becoming the first current player at the Austra…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/17/laura-robson-come-out-in-favour-of-renaming-margaret-court-arena-australian-open

‘SuperSwiss’ Roger Federer ready to unleash weapons on Australian Open | Kevin Mitchell

The reigning champion, a player who could probably save the planet if required, is looking relaxed and regal as he prepares to begin his title defenceIf Roger Federer were a superhero (to many, he already is), he would, he says, like to be Thor. At the…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/14/superswiss-roger-federer-ready-to-unleash-weapons-australian-open-tennis

Johanna Konta determined to climb again after ‘hitting a wall’ last year

The world No9’s excellent season ground to a halt as she struggled with a foot injury but she is prepared for more Australian Open success in 2018Tennis is the pain game, as players keep saying, and Johanna Konta admitted before her first match at the …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/13/jo-konta-australian-open-2018-melbourne-injury-problems

Novak Djokovic takes qualified risk before toughest Australian Open test yet

• Six-time Melbourne champion says suspect elbow getting better each day• Britain’s Kyle Edmund looks ahead to tough opener with Kevin AndersonNovak Djokovic handed out sugar-free sweets to the media again on Saturday, spreading love and good health in…

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Australian Open players show nimble verbal skills on Margaret Court issue

Most equivocated when asked to comment on Billie Jean King’s call for the tournament’s second court – named after Court – to be boycotted or renamedThe Margaret Court conundrum remains the effluent in the room at this Australian Open, and it exercised …

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Johanna Konta can get to the top; she’s got pretty close already, says new coach

Michael Joyce is in no doubt the world No9 has what it takes to win a grand slam – starting at an Australian Open in which 20 players have a chance of the titleDavid Foster Wallace, one of the sport’s finest chroniclers, once described Johanna Konta’s …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/12/johanna-konta-new-coach-michael-joyce-australian-open

Novak Djokovic looks ready to rock but revamped service action is untested | Kevin Mitchell

World No14 has oozed contentment since arriving at an Australian Open nervously hoping Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal will also make the start lineThe first skirmishes of the season have been wreathed in angst and speculation and, three days before the…

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Roger Federer begins Australian Open title defence against Aljaz Bedene

• Novak Djokovic will play Donald Young in first-round draw • Federer says last year’s win was definitely his ‘highlight of 2017’Poor Aljaz Bedene. No sooner has he returned to the bosom of Slovenia after failing to qualify for Great Britain in the Dav…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/11/roger-federer-aljaz-bedene-australian-open