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Australian Open 2021: Ruthless Rublev cruises into fourth round with straight sets win over Feliciano Lopez
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Australian Open 2021: Ruthless Rublev cruises into fourth round with straight sets win over Feliciano Lopez

Rublev submitted a masterclass in the second and third sets to down a weary Lopez, who won a five-set thriller over Italy's Lorenzo Sonego on Thursday.  

Australian Open 2021: Serena Williams still 'in love' with tennis as 24th Slam title beckons
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Australian Open 2021: Serena Williams still 'in love' with tennis as 24th Slam title beckons

Serena Williams had 31 unforced errors but wore down Russian Anastasia Potapova 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 in 97 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to set up a clash with seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Australian Open 2021: Melbourne lockdown leaves tennis fans fuming and frustrated
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Australian Open 2021: Melbourne lockdown leaves tennis fans fuming and frustrated

The tournament will continue despite the mini-outbreak and lockdown, albeit without any crowds. This would be much like the US Open and French Open which were held towards the end of last season.

Australian Open 2021: Injury-hit Novak Djokovic overcomes Taylor Fritz to reach last 16; Dominic Thiem ousts Nick Kyrgios
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Australian Open 2021: Injury-hit Novak Djokovic overcomes Taylor Fritz to reach last 16; Dominic Thiem ousts Nick Kyrgios

In the now-empty stadium, a grimacing Djokovic, who needed repeated treatment on an abdominal injury, recovered from losing the third and fourth sets to beat Fritz 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2.

Australian Open 2021: Year's first Grand Slam rolls on, minus the buzz
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Australian Open 2021: Year's first Grand Slam rolls on, minus the buzz

While 64,387 fans crammed into the grounds on day one last year, only 17,922 turned up this time despite major drawcards such as Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic.

Stan Wawrinka reveals battle with COVID-19, says 'it was not a good experience'
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Stan Wawrinka reveals battle with COVID-19, says 'it was not a good experience'

World number 18 Wawrinka explained his physical preparations for the season-opening Slam had been affected by the setback.

Australian Open 2021: Organisers release revised schedule for warmup events ahead of Grand Slam
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Australian Open 2021: Organisers release revised schedule for warmup events ahead of Grand Slam

Tennis Australia said in a statement the tournament build-up had been revamped after "extensive consultation" to help give the 72 affected players "the best possible preparation and training opportunities".

Australian Open 2021: Two more players test positive for COVID-19, tally rises to 10
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Australian Open 2021: Two more players test positive for COVID-19, tally rises to 10

It is the latest blow to preparations for the year's first Grand Slam in Melbourne — which has already be delayed by three weeks due to the pandemic.

Australian Open: Health authorities rebuff tennis stars' quarantine complaints
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Australian Open: Health authorities rebuff tennis stars' quarantine complaints

The 72 players on the three planes have been deemed close contacts of the four COVID-19 cases and barred from training outside for 14 days, as largely virus-free Australia tries to prevent community transmission.

Strict quarantine awaits top tennis stars as organisers hope for 'small miracle' to successfully pull off Australian Open
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Strict quarantine awaits top tennis stars as organisers hope for 'small miracle' to successfully pull off Australian Open

Players face stricter measures compared to last year's US and French Opens held in cities stricken by the virus and will be required to spend 19 hours daily during quarantine confined to their hotel rooms.

Australian Open 2021: Organisers forced to find new player quarantine hotel
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Australian Open 2021: Organisers forced to find new player quarantine hotel

Organisers of the year's first tennis grand slam confirmed they had secured new hotel accommodation after Melbourne's The Westin cancelled plans to house tennis players during two weeks of quarantine ahead of the tournament.

India vs Australia: Fan pays bill worth Rs 6,683 for Indian cricketers' lunch at Melbourne restaurant
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India vs Australia: Fan pays bill worth Rs 6,683 for Indian cricketers' lunch at Melbourne restaurant

The fan, identified as Navaldeep Singh, posted a series of tweets where he stated that not only was he seated close to the cricketers, but picked up their lunch tab as well.

India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma joins Indian squad in Melbourne after two-week quarantine
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India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma joins Indian squad in Melbourne after two-week quarantine

Ravi Shastri said the medical team will look at how the player is physically after completing his quarantine before a call is taken on his inclusion in the playing XI for the third Test against Australia in Sydney.

India vs Australia: Teams not to travel to Sydney before 4 January, says CA's Nick Hockley
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India vs Australia: Teams not to travel to Sydney before 4 January, says CA's Nick Hockley

Usually the teams land in Sydney on the eve of the New Year but due to steady coronavirus cases in the city, the players and officials will stay in Melbourne for a longer period this year.

India vs Australia: Dominant performance from visiting bowlers on Day 3 leaves Aussies reeling at 133/6
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India vs Australia: Dominant performance from visiting bowlers on Day 3 leaves Aussies reeling at 133/6

Australia were wobbling at 133 for six at stumps on the third day of the Boxing Day Test at the magnificent Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Australian Open 2021: Former World No 1 Andy Murray receives wild card for new season's first Grand Slam
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Australian Open 2021: Former World No 1 Andy Murray receives wild card for new season's first Grand Slam

Murray, 33, is a five-time runner-up in Melbourne but feared his last match at the tournament in 2019 would mark the end of his career due to chronic hip pain.

India vs Australia: Aussie opener Joe Burns cleared for second Test; Will Pucovski ruled out
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India vs Australia: Aussie opener Joe Burns cleared for second Test; Will Pucovski ruled out

Burns suffered a nasty blow on his elbow off a Jasprit Bumrah delivery during the first Test at Adelaide which Australia won by eight wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

India vs Australia: Pat Cummins wants sporting MCG pitch for Boxing Day Test
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India vs Australia: Pat Cummins wants sporting MCG pitch for Boxing Day Test

The Australia vice-captain also praised off-spinner Nathan Lyon for bowling well to Pujara in the first innings.

India vs Australia: CA mulls third, fourth Test swap after COVID-19 spike in Sydney
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India vs Australia: CA mulls third, fourth Test swap after COVID-19 spike in Sydney

CA’s coronavirus working group was due to meet Sunday to discuss the Sydney outbreak and its impact on the Test series.

Australian Open 2021 participants required to quarantine in Melbourne for two weeks
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Australian Open 2021 participants required to quarantine in Melbourne for two weeks

Players are expected to arrive in Melbourne from mid-January, undertaking a mandatory two-week quarantine period that permits them to train for a maximum of five hours per day at Melbourne Park