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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 a 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…

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Sam Querrey leads U.S. Davis Cup roster, Jack Sock out

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Sam Querrey, John Isner, Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson are on the U.S. Davis Cup roster that will play at Serbia — minus Novak Djokovic — in the first round next month. The highest-ranked American man, No. 9 Jack Sock, was not included in captain Jim Courier’s team, which was announced Tuesday. Sock, No. 16 Isner and No. 48 Steve Johnson lost in the first round at the Australian Open. No. 13 Querrey got beaten in the second round and No. 45 Harrison the third. Serbia…

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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. It’ll be Kyle Edmund this time, though, 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. Mischa Zverev was fined…

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Genie Bouchard will attend Super Bowl with Missouri student John Goehrke, who secured first date via a tweet

It started as a lark on Twitter when University of Missouri student John Goehrke got Genie Bouchard to agree to a date if the New England Patriots rallied to win last year’s Super Bowl. The Atlanta Falcons‘ loss was Goehrke’s gain, as they went to a Brooklyn Nets game together shortly after the Super Bowl. Bouchard said she would consider a second date — and in December, she tweeted a photo of the two of them together in Florida. Now, thanks to an offer from NFL Canada, Goehrke and Bouchard…

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Australian Open success could mark new chapter for Kyle Edmund

For over a decade, Andy Murray has had the privilege — or maybe the burden — of being Britain’s No.1 ranked male tennis player. During that time, he has been the man most responsible for upholding British hopes whenever a Grand Slam comes around and has performed the role exceptionally, claiming two Wimbledon titles and one US Open crown. However, with the Scot currently absent from this year’s Australian Open to undergo surgery on his stubbornly troublesome hip, and Johanna Konta falling in the second round, the burden of upholding…

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Novak Djokovic crashes out of Australian Open in fourth round to South Korea’s Hyeon Chung

6:49 AM ET ESPN staff Former world number one Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Australian Open fourth round on Monday to South Korea’s Hyeon Chung. Despite two tiebreaks and many long groundstroke rallys, the six-time Champion lost in straight sets 6-7(4), 7-5, 7-6 (3) to the World No. 58. Six-time champion Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the Australian Open, beaten 7-6 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the fourth round by Hyeon Chung. Roger Federer beat Marton Fucsovics to make into the final eight. This was the big match…

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Madison Keys reaches Australian Open quarterfinals

MELBOURNE, Australia — Madison Keys has continued her strong run through the Australian Open draw, returning to the quarterfinals here for the first time in three years with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Caroline Garcia on Monday. The US Open finalist is yet to drop a set at Melbourne Park and is averaging a brisk 62.5 minutes on court through her first four rounds. Coming into the match against Garcia, she had only dropped 14 games — the second fewest among the women through three rounds, just behind Angelique Kerber‘s…

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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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Tennys Sandgren and the feel-good stories of the Australian Open

6:34 AM ET Jerry Bembry MELBOURNE, Australia — Two years ago, Tennys Sandgren, a 26-year-old from Tennessee, was chugging beers at a bar, watching Stan Wawrinka win the US Open. The idea of being on the same court with one of the game’s elite, never mind on a Grand Slam stage, seemed improbable. How things have changed. Last Thursday, he beat the ninth-seeded Wawrinka in one of the most notable upsets of this year’s Australian Open. With three wins, Sandgren shockingly finds himself in the second week of the year’s…

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W2W4 at Australian Open – Madison Keys ready for big second week Down Under

10:45 PM 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.” Say, whatever happened to that “nightmare draw” Australian Open No. 2 seed Roger Federer pulled? He’s playing No. 80 Marton Fuscovics in the fourth round in order to get either Tomas Berdych or Fabio Fognini —…

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