Category Archives: Australian Open 2018

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 Sunday

Roger Federer literally and figuratively ran Hyeon Chung off his feet on his way to a record seventh Australian Open final on Friday night, the young Korean forced to retired in the second set with blisters that burst under the constant twisting and turning he was forced into for just over an hour.

On Sunday Federer plays Marin Cilic in the final, and the Croatian will have painful memories of his own blistered feet that reduced him to a hobbling target when the Swiss wiped him off the court in the final at Wimbledon last year. That delivered Federer an improbable 19th major and he will start favourite to take his tally to 20, five clear of Rafael Nadal, unless Cilic can reproduce some of the firepower he showed in beating Kyle Edmund in three sets in the first semi-final.

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Kyle Edmund says Australian Open run has ‘given me the bug for more’

• British No 2 eyeing more success after exit in semi-finals
• ‘This type of tournament just gives you the bug to want more’

Kyle Edmund flew to Melbourne economy and goes home upgraded in every way. But there will be no extravagant buying sprees for the boy from Beverley (who has earned enough for a second home in the Bahamas) after reaching the first, and surely not last, grand slam semi-final of his career.

Of his A$880,000 (£497,000) prize money, the biggest purse of his career, he said: “It’s not like I’m going to go and spend. You continue doing what you’re doing, like invest in your career and stuff. It’s obviously a nice chunk of money, but there’s nothing I need. I have stuff in place, so I’m very happy with what I have around me.”

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Kyle Edmund loses in straight sets to Marin Cilic in Australian Open semis

• British No 2 beaten 2-6, 6-7 (4), 2-6 by Cilic
• Cilic goes on to play Roger Federer or Hyeon Chung in final

There is no point sugaring a lemon, but Kyle Edmund should leave the 2018 Australian Open aware that his three-set defeat in his first grand slam semi-final could be the beginning of a wonderful career.

Few outside his inner circle expected him to get out of the first week. Nobody predicted he would even get out of the first round. But he came from a set down to beat the 2017 US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in just under four hours, then clinically dispatched the often dangerous Denis Istomin (who put Novak Djokovic out at the same stage a year ago), expended more energy accounting for Nikoloz Basilashvili in five sets than he maybe should have, and again in four to beat Andreas Seppi, before reaching the semi-finals with a quite splended four-set win over the world No 3 Grigor Dimitrov.

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Simona Halep to meet Caroline Wozniacki in the Australian Open final

  • Simona Halep beats Angelique Kerber 6-3, 4-6, 9-7
  • Caroline Wozniacki beats Elise Mertens 6-3, 7-6 (2)

If you keep knocking on the door long enough, sooner or later, it’s going to swing open. It’s a mantra that Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki have hung on to for a long time and on Saturday, at the Australian Open, one of them will become a grand slam champion for the first time.

The nerves were frazzled again in the semi-finals on Thursday, Wozniacki surviving a second-set stumble to beat the unseeded Belgian, Elise Mertens, 6-3, 7-6 (2). Top seed Halep edged out the former champion, Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 in a match that had everything, match points saved on both sides, incredible athleticism and shot-making and stunning defence.

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Roger Federer overpowers Tomas Berdych to set up Hyeon Chung meeting in Australian Open semi-finals

  • Federer bears Berdych 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-4
  • Unseeded Korean Chung beats Sandgren 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3

The defending champion Roger Federer argued with an umpire but mostly let his racket do the talking as he beat Tomas Berdych for the ninth time running to reach the Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday.

Despite the 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-4 scoreline, it was not all smooth sailing against the burly Czech for the 36-year-old Federer as he arrived in the last four of a grand slam for the 43rd time – and the 11th time without dropping a set.

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Tennys Sandgren forced to deny far-right sympathies at Australian Open

  • US player follows a number of ‘alt-right’ figures on Twitter
  • Says far-right views clash with his Christian beliefs

Tennys Sandgren, the last remaining American in the Australian Open men’s singles draw, has denied he is an alt-right sympathiser.

The 26-year-old reached the quarter-finals of the tournament after an upset victory over the No5 seed, Dominic Thiem, on Monday but questions over his political views have swirled over the weekend and he was challenged at a post-match press conference.

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Nick Kyrgios satisfies Australia’s hunger for a tennis hero – for now | Kate O'Halloran

Rollercoaster ride the Kyrgios train may be, version 2.0 has been the best thing going for the host nation

In his post-match press conference after going down to Grigor Dimitrov, Nick Kyrgios had it put to him that a writer had recently proclaimed that whatever you say about him, he is true to himself and has authenticity. Asked if the sentiment rang true, Kyrgios replied: “I don’t really care, to be honest. I just do my thing. I play the game the way I want it to be played … I don’t really idolise or follow anyone.”

Related: The changing public perception of Nick Kyrgios: still no angel but nor a lost cause | Linda Pearce

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Australian Open 2018: Djokovic, Thiem in action; Federer, Halep through – live!

8.14am GMT

Third set: Thiem 2-6, 6-4, 4-5 Sandgren* (*denotes server) Sandgren serves out to love, takes a seat, wraps a towel around himself, then spends a good few seconds trying to attract the attention of one of the ballboys to fill his drink up. Right, they’re getting going on Rod Laver, so we’ll split attention between the two matches.

8.12am GMT

Third set: Thiem* 2-6, 6-4, 4-4 Sandgren (*denotes server) Sandgren has a break point against Thiem but, after a sinew-busting rally, he can’t take it with Thiem getting him back to deuce before taking the game. A massive hold from the No 5 seed.

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Angelique Kerber overcomes Hsieh Su-wei artistry to reach Australian Open quarters

  • World No16 comes from set down to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
  • Madison Keys awaits after beating Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2

Title favourite Angelique Kerber withstood the unique challenge of Hsieh Su-wei to move into the Australian Open quarter-finals. Hsieh plays a completely different game from most of her rivals, relying not on power but a mixture of spins and slices and ball placement that bamboozle opponents and frequently drive them to distraction. 

Her scalps in Melbourne had already included Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and Agnieszka Radwańska, and for a long time it looked like Kerber might join them. But the German has a deep well of confidence after her unbeaten start to the season and kept her composure to turn the match around and win 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. 

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Australian Open 2018: Grigor Dimitrov v Nick Kyrgios – live!

11.17am GMT

Third set: *Dimitrov 7-6, 7-6, 2-3 Kyrgios (*denotes server) A chance for Kyrgios as Dimitrov miscues a spinning forehand, and then misses his first serve at 0-30. Kyrgios can’t punish him, Dimitrov holding him off and then pouncing with a winner down the line. On the next point, Dimitrov clips the net and is caught in no man’s land. Kyrgios fires the cross-court winner for two break points. Dimitrov sends a forehand wide, and is broken for the first time in the match!

11.14am GMT

Third set: Dimitrov 7-6, 7-6, 2-2 Kyrgios* (*denotes server) On the foot-fault issue, a fair few replays haven’t really cleared up what Kyrgios is doing wrong. He’d be entitled to feel a little aggrieved about those calls. His body language is not the best in this game, but he muddles through it, holding to 15.

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