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Australia's Jordan Thompson set to make Davis Cup debut

Twenty-two-year-old Jordan Thompson, from New South Wales, will make his debut for Australia when the team takes on Czech Republic in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group opening round tie on hardcourt at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club next week.

Australia’s Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt today named Thompson alongside world No.13 Nick Kyrgios, big-serving Sam Groth and world No.9 doubles specialist John Peers in the four-man side for the opening round tie from 3 to 5 February.

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Australian Open: Rohan Bopanna advances to Mixed Doubles quarter-finals

Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski advanced to the mixed doubles quarter-finals of the Australian Open after beating Poland's Lukasz Kubot and Taiwan's Chan Yung-jan 6-4, 5-7 (10-3) in their second round tie.

The unseeded duo of Bopanna and Dabrowski clinched the first set without much fuss but went down in the second before bouncing back in the third set tie-breaker in a match that lasted one hour and 16 minutes.

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Australian Open: Leander Paes - Martina Hingis advance to quarter-finals

Indian tennis veteran Leander Paes and his Swiss mixed doubles partner Martina Hingis entered the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday. Paes and Martina beat Australians Casey Dellacqua and Matt Reid 6-2, 6-3 in a second round match at Melbourne Park in 54 minutes.

The Indo-Swiss pair got an early break in the fourth game of the first set. They led 5-2 shortly after and then broke their opponents' serve again to claim the first set in 24 minutes.

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Australian Open: Nadal downs Monfils in four to set up Raonic showdown

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open defeating Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in a seesaw contest on Monday.

The 30-year-old Spaniard, who won the Australian Open in 2009, is delivering world-class performances this year in Melbourne, after he was eliminated in the first round in the previous edition.

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Australian Open: Raonic, Dimitrov and Goffin book quarter-final berths

World No.3 Milos Raonic secured his place in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the third successive year by beating Spanish No.13 seed Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 at Melbourne Park on Monday. Raonic, who hit 75 winners - including 33 aces, won after a two hour-51 minute battle.

"I was very fortunate to get the win today - there were some moments when it wasn't looking so good," Raonic said after the match.

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Australian Open: Konta - Serena Williams set up tantalizing quarter-final

Australian born Brit Johanna Konta is the hottest player on the women's tour at present, and the 25 year old won her 9th consecutive match on Monday morning to book her place opposite Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

Konta, champion at the Sydney International a week before the Australian Open got underway, has not lost a set in those nine straight wins, and was in immaculate form as she steam rolled her way past Russian Ekaterina Makarova, 6-1, 6-4 in the fourth round for the second year running.

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Australian Open: Vandeweghe knocks out defending champion Angelique Kerber

American Coco Vandeweghe defeated defending champion and world no.1 Angelique Kerber in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday. Vandeweghe eased past the 29 year old German 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals.

"I think it's my first win over a World No.1, I guess. I'll take it. I faked it a lot, because I was feeling a bit crap out there. You have to fake it until you make it. I just had to pick my spots and trust my game," Vandeweghe was quoted as saying by ESPN.

Vandeweghe will face seventh seed Garbine Muguruza in the quarterfinals. Muguruza, the reigning French Open champion, defeated Romania's Sorana Cirstea in staight sets 6-2, 6-3 in 65 minutes earlier today.

 

 

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