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Australian Open briefs

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Melbourne (AFP) Brief stories from the Australian Open on Wednesday:

Where did you get that hat?

Serena Williams nearly scrawled with marker pen on an designer pink hat when she was handed it after her win over Johanna Konta. Williams, who was signing autographs, was about to write on the hat when she realised it was a gift from Australian race-horse trainer Gai Waterhouse.

STO Red Cleat Diaries: 2 Girls, 1 Cup Edition

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Tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams are amazing athletes who have succeeded in a sport usually reserved for the elite. They have overcome huge obstacles to establish themselves as two of the greatest women players of their generation, if not the best two.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal and the X-Men Team up for the Australian Open 2015

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Sentinels have taken over the Australian Open 2015. Now, a new hero is needed. Expect X-trarodinary surprises when Kia, Rafael Nadal and the X-Men join forces for the Australian Open 2015.

Sulley Muntari's "ghost goal" against Juve

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Gabriele Marcotti has a good article on the "ghost goals" that are breathtakingly missed by the human eye and calls for technological innovation which already exists to put them to rest.

On Saturday, against Juve, Sulley Muntari's header saw the ball clearly cross the line about a yard inside before Gianluigi Buffon was able to push it out.

Djokovic Edges Nadal in Classic

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The last three Grand Slam tournaments in men's tennis have come down to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. For the third straight time, Djokovic won this time in the Australian Open. But this match was anything but routine.

It took nearly six hours for Djokovic to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5.


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Serbian World Nº1 Tennis player NOVAK DJOKOVIC starts the 2012 Tennis season as he finished last,  winning the 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 & 7-5 Spanish player & World Nº 2 RAFAEL NADAL is a historical match that lasted nearly 6 hours. Rafael Nadal The Spaniard started well to take the first set, but Djokavic reacted over-powering Nadal with his serve & stroke shots to take the


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Tennis Spanish Sportsman & Tennis ace RAFAEL NADAL was defeated this afternoon in the Final of WIMBLEDON 2011 by Serbian & new World Tennis Nº 1 ranked player NOVAK DJOKOVIC 6 - 4, 6 - 1, 1- 6 , 6- 3. Djokovic wins his first ever Wimbledon Tournament & defeats Nadal for the 5th straight time in a final.

Australian Open: Djokovic Strolls Past Federer to Reach Final

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Third seed Novak Djokovic strolled into his second Australian Open Final beating defending Champion Roger Federer 3-0 in the Semi-Finals this morning.

Djokovic played a near perfect game to close out the match 7-6, 7-5, 6-4. He will now meet either fifth seed Andy Murray or seventh seed David Ferrer who sent Rafael Nadal packing in the Quarter-Finals.

Nadal Crashes Out of Australian Open

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World Number One Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Australian Open three sets to nil, to his Spanish compatriot David Ferrer.

Things looked omnious for Nadal as he left the court for a lenghty Medical break after only the third game in the first set.

However take nothing away from Ferrer injury or no injury he deserved his 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 win over Nadal and will meet Andy Murray in the Semi-Finals.

John McEnroe has just the ticket to Wimbledon title for Andy Murray

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American tennis ace John McEnroe has long been a fan of British number one Andy Murray, and retains faith that he could become the first player from these shores to win a Grand Slam title since Fred Perry in 1936.


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Spaniard & Tennis World Nº1 RAFAEL NADAL keeps making history at the age of 22, as he become the first Spaniard ever to win the AUSTRALIAN OPEN The final was as expected with... Read all the news, results, details & comments in English on Spanish Football & Sports


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A pity only one wins. World Nº1 RAFAEL NADAL was pushed to the limit by fellow Spaniard FERNANDO VERDASCO in their AUSTRALIAN OPEN Semi-final to finally win 6-7,6-4,7-6,6-7,6-4 after more the 5... Read all the news, results, details & comments in English on Spanish Football & Sports

Novak Djokovic

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Rafael Nadal: New Nike Ad (Mercurial Vapor VIII)

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Rafa gets beat by Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open marathon for his third straight Grand Slam loss and then Cristiano Ronaldo bests him at tennis using only his Mercurial Vapor shoes. What's he supposed to do to win?

If the message is that the Mercurial Vapour VIII can switch on mad soccer skills just by wearing them they could not do better than Nadal.

USWNT prevail over Canadian counterparts easily, 4-0

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Novak Djokovic beat Rafal Nadal in a herculean Australian Open finals that lasted 6 hours. The same day Arsenal had to summon every fibre to overcome a two goal deficit to overcome Aston Villa and prevent a FA Cup exit.

And then there is the US Women's team that blanked Canada, 4-0, en route to winning the CONCACAF qualifiers to the London Olympics.

Australian Open Final: Djokovic to Hot For Murray

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Serbian Novak Djokovic proved to hot to handle in his Second Australian Open Final against Scotland's Andy Murray in Melbourne.

Djokovic claimed his second Australian Open Title to add to his 2008 Title beating Murray 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

Australian Open: Murray Claims Final Spot

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Scotland's Andy Murray is into his third Grand Slam Final after beating David Ferrer 4-6, 7-6, 6-1, 7-6 in the Semi-Finals of the Australian Open.

Murray will meet Novak Djokovic who beat Roger Fedeer in the other Semi-Final yesterday, Murray will be hoping he can win his first Grand Slam on Sunday having tasted defeat in the Final last year to Roger Federer.

Fernando Torres

Good Week/Bad Week: Babies, Boobies & Brian Dowling

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As bromances go, we can't say we expected this. But ya know what? It might just be mad enough to work... Image:Â REUTERS/Eddie Keogh.

It's past 5 o'clock somewhere, Kickettes.

Consider that an explanation for our poor spelling, lack of coherence and just about anything else that's horribly wrong after the jump.

Starting Eleven Football Blog Roundup

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Just some random thoughts.

Such as: Doesn't it suck when a tennis major such as the Australian Open loses Maria Sharapova on the first day? I mean, who's watching now?

Football is a game of inches: Ask Dirk Kuyt; one inch to his left, his marvelous header nicks the inside of the post, Liverpool wins and we're talking about one of the goals of the year.

Real Madrid

OFFBEAT :German National Team’s Retro Ad, Mourinho’s Carpark Moment, Harry Kewell’s Tennis Day..

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Welcome to Offbeat Wednesday, where we cover the wacky side of football! Today, read about the German National Team's bizarre new campaign, Mourinho's Carpark 'Me Time', Harry Kewell's Tennis Day Out and Guti's Holiday!

Now now, don't get all excited! You're not looking at the latest 80′s German pop band founded by Lothar Matthäus, but it's close to the truth.

Barça (Nadal) – Real (Federer)?

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Nadal won again against Federer in the Australian Open semi-final this morning. The comparison between the psychological advantage Nadal has over Federer with how the Blaugrana consistently defeat the Merengue is an intriguing one.

In his past clubs Mourinho always had the solution to win the psychological game.

Kim Clijsters

Australian Open: Clijsters Claims Grand Slam Final Glory

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Belgium's Kim Clijsters came from a set down to claim her fourth Grand Slam of her career beating Na Li in Melbourne 3-6, 6-3,6-3

It's Clijsters first Australian Open Crown having only previous tasted victory in the U.S Ope.n in 2005, 2009, and 2010

Kim Clijsters Calls Out Todd Woodbridge

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It doesn't get much better than this! Kim Clijsters calls out commentator Todd Woodbridge for sending text messages referencing to her as pregnant.

It went down at the Australian Open and left Woodbridge speechless! At least both of them were able to laugh about it.

The Rest

Friday picture: Footballing tennis dads

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This week's Picture That Dotmund Did is a double whammy of art and LEARNING. As we are now in the middle of the Australian Open Tennis, your correspondent (who likes tennis so much that he has yellow fuzzy balls) turned his attention to the Ladies' Singles draw, where three notable players were the products of professional footballer's loins.

Australian Open: Tennis Player Loses Head Off Her Raquet

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They don't make Tennis raquets like they used too as Agnieska Radwanska found to great amusement to the crowd in her Australian Open match with Kimiko Date-Krumm. Thankfully for Radwanka she won the final set 7-5 with her new raquet.