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Australian Open women’s quarterfinals — Angelique Kerber advances

MELBOURNE, Australia — For anyone who doubted, this was Angelique Kerber in 2016 vintage form. Kerber routed US Open finalist Madison Keys 6-1, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open, the tournament where she kicked off her career-best season in 2016 with victory over Serena Williams in the final. She also won the US Open and finished that year with the No. 1 ranking. But she was upset in the first round at Melbourne Park last year, and her ranking dropped into the 20s. The 30-year-old…

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Just a sad day for an injured Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open

11:57 AM ET Jerry Bembry MELBOURNE, Australia — One of the fittest athletes in tennis, Rafael Nadal struggled to walk as he entered the media room at the Australian Open following his loss in the quarterfinals Tuesday night. He stepped gingerly onto the two stairs that led to the table where he would answer questions. Nadal grimaced in pain as he lowered his body to sit. It was difficult to watch. Only 30 minutes earlier, the crowd at Rod Laver Arena was waiting in anticipation for the start of the…

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Kyle Edmund reaches Australian Open semifinals after upset win over Grigor Dimitrov

MELBOURNE, Australia — There’ll be a British man in the Australian Open semifinals for the seventh time in nine years. This time it’ll be Kyle Edmund, not Andy Murray. Edmund upset No. 3-ranked Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time. Edmund had never played in a major quarterfinal, had never won five consecutive matches at tour level, had lost both of his previous matches against Dimitrov and had never beaten a top five player. He checked all those boxes…

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Australian Open – As the stakes grow, so does the legend of Tennys Sandgren

11:20 AM ET Jerry Bembry MELBOURNE, Australia — As he watched the final desperation return from Dominic Thiem sail long, Tennys Sandgren dropped his racket onto the court as the Hisense Arena crowd roared. Sandgren walked to the net to embrace his latest fallen opponent, then walked several steps backward and extended both of his arms outward with a look on his face of total disbelief. Sandgren claimed it was a pinch-me moment, and can you blame him? This is, after all, a guy just off the Challenger Tour whose…

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ICYMI at Australian Open – Tennys Sandgren, Hyeon Chung and a celebration of underdogs

10:46 AM ET Niall Seewang Close ESPN Associate Editor Niall is an award-winning journalist who discovered from an early age he had more to offer watching and writing about sport than playing it. He joined ESPN Australia/New Zealand after a four-year stint at AFL Media having previously worked as a sports journalist at newspapers in Albury, Melbourne and Hobart. Jake Michaels Close ESPN Assistant Editor Jake Michaels is a multi-sport journalist but his heart belongs truly to motorsport, particularly Formula 1. He joined ESPN Australia’s team in June, 2013. MELBOURNE,…

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Madison Keys continues to wreck opponents at Australian Open

2:43 AM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” Madison Keys is not just the last American woman standing as the Australian Open enters the second week, she’s standing tall and casting a long shadow over the rest of the draw. It isn’t just that…

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Australian Open – Despite loss, nothing but positive takeaways for Nick Kyrgios

MELBOURNE, Australia — Nick Kyrgios is maturing as a person and improving as a player. Say it again. These were the two common themes this fortnight for someone who has historically taken a lot of criticism from fans and media. Good on him. But the question we have to ask now is a pretty simple one: What’s next? That his performance Sunday wasn’t quite enough to get past Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round of the Australian Open should not get him down. Kyrgios played great tennis. He smacked 36…

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ICYMI at Australian Open – Rafael Nadal prevails in match worthy of a boxing ring

MELBOURNE, Australia — In one corner, you had the world No. 1 player. Fast, ferocious and downright frightful. His biceps bulge from his sleeveless shirt. He owns 75 career titles, including 16 majors. In the other corner, a 5-foot-7 firecracker who has won one title in his career. He wears sleeves. A heavyweight versus a welterweight. So no chance Rafael Nadal, maybe the most daunting player in the history of the game, would struggle against Diego Schwartzman, who, when standing next to his opponent, barely reaches his neck. Rafael Nadal…

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Kyle Edmund defeated Andreas Seppi to reach his first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Kyle Edmund made the biggest breakthrough of his career at the Australian Open on Sunday as he beat Andreas Seppi to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time. Trailing by a set and a break to the veteran Italian, the 23-year-old made up his mind to attack and it paid handsome dividends as he recovered to win 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 and set up a quarterfinal against either Nick Kyrgios or Grigor Dimitrov. Edmund, the lone Briton in the men’s draw after the withdrawal…

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Australian Open – Time to be concerned, very concerned, for Maria Sharapova

12:05 PM ET Jerry Bembry MELBOURNE, Australia — This was the match Maria Sharapova said she wanted — a quality opponent on a big stage to get a true gauge on exactly where she stood since her return to competitive tennis eight months ago. In a third-round match against Angelique Kerber that was hyped as being worthy of a final, only one player competed at a championship level. Broken in the first game to start the match, Sharapova never got back on track as Kerber took just 64 minutes on…

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