“Unbelievably happy, very proud of myself” Murray on 5-set win against Berrettini

Coco Gauff battled past Emma Raducanu 6-3 7-6(4) on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Australian Open, but not before the two prodigies offered fans a good glimpse of what the future of women’s tennis could look like after an absorbing first clash.

A lot is expected of French Open runner-up Gauff, who at 18 is two years younger than Raducanu but has not tasted the Grand Slam success the Briton did as a teenager, and the seventh seed saved three breakpoints to win a first set she controlled. Handed a prime-time slot on Rod Laver Arena following the retirements last year of champion Ash Barty and 23-times major winner Serena Williams, the torch-bearers of a new era pushed each other hard before Gauff edged ahead in the second set.

Having returned from an ankle injury suffered in a warm-up event in Auckland, Raducanu was troubled by an abs problem after being broken at 2-1 and Gauff pounced, before fending off a late fightback by the 2021 Flushing Meadows champion to prevail.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal, who has been struggling with injury, suffered a shock second-round exit as the American Mackenzie McDonald eliminated the defending champion in straight sets, and the Spaniard said afterwards that he was feeling “mentally destroyed”.

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Australian Open 2023 – Norrie 2-2 Lestienne*

It’s been a tricky start for Norrie here, with the No 11 seed in for a challenge from Lestienne.

We’re on serve through four games.

Jack Rathborn18 January 2023 11:29

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Australian Open 2023: Jason Kubler wins 70-shot rally on a net cord

Karen Khachanov and Jason Kubler shared a rally of 70 shots in their second round match at the Australian Open on Wednesday but the end, when it came, was something of an anti-climax.

Russian Khachanov was serving for two-set lead in the battle between the two baseliners on John Cain Arena when Australian Kubler managed to snare a break point.

The pair slapped the ball back and forth for 90 seconds before a Kubler backhand clipped the net cord and dropped onto the other side of the court, leaving Khachanov stranded behind the baseline.

The partisan crowd on the showcourt erupted in celebration and Kubler went on to win the set 7-5 to level up the contest at 1-1.

The players would have had to go on a fair bit longer to break the record for a rally in a competitive match, which the Library of Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum believes to have taken place in 1984.

Jean Hepner and Vicky Nelson shared a 29-minute rally in Richmond, Virgina in which the ball passed over the net an incredible 643 times.

The rally was not even a record for the Australian Open nor John Cain Arena.

Frenchmen Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils shared a 71-shot rally on the same court in the third round in 2013. Simon won the point and the match.

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Jack Rathborn18 January 2023 11:25

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When the United States won the mixed-team United Cup crown it was obvious early on that Frances Tiafoe was the court jester and the glue that held them together, and the camaraderie between the players has spilt over into the Australian Open.

Tiafoe saw off Chinese teenager Shang Juncheng with a 6-4 6-4 6-1 victory to advance to the third round while his United Cup team mates Jessica Pegula and Madison Keys also moved to the third round in the women’s draw.

The American players have been talking about being “locked in” this week in Melbourne and have even drawn pictures of locks on a television broadcast camera using a marker pen following their wins.

When asked about the mantra, Tiafoe told reporters: “It’s the whole thing with the United Cup guys, just staying locked in. I made a joke about it with the guys (at) the United Cup asking them before the match, ‘Are you locked?’

“The locked thing, honestly, I’ve been kind of living by that for a little bit. I think you’ve seen the shift in myself in being just locked in everything you’re doing, staying super present, staying in the moment, staying locked in.

“It’s funny coming from me because everyone knows how I go about my business. I’m very open and just joking around. When I’m saying it, it just sounds funny. So then it became a thing where if Frances can lock, everyone has got to lock.”

Taylor Fritz’s attempt to draw a lock following his first-round victory went horribly wrong and Tiafoe did not shy away from mocking his compatriot having played pranks on him at the United Cup.

“Fritz, dumb ass drew a penis the other day trying to draw a lock sign. That’s Fritz being Fritz,” Tiafoe said.

Fritz clarified on Twitter that he was trying to draw the lock emoji, saying: “I just forgot the very important fact that I suck at drawing.”

Jack Rathborn18 January 2023 11:10

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Alex De Minaur is embracing his role as home favourite without Nick Kyrgios in Melbourne.

“[I have] a lot of confidence,” De Minaur said. “I knew I had that level for a while… now I know I can do it every week.

“I just have to back myself. Every day in my life, I just want to get better. Going step by step, I’ll do everything I can. I feel better than last year so hopefully I can reach a better level.”

Jack Rathborn18 January 2023 10:55

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Rafael Nadal ‘mentally destroyed’ as Australian Open defence ends in injury

The top seed was already in trouble at a set and a break down to unseeded McDonald when he crouched down in obvious pain clutching his left hip after chasing out wide for a forehand.

Nadal called for the trainer after limping through the rest of the game and headed off court for treatment.

A retirement seemed on the cards, with the Spaniard’s wife Maria crying in the stands, but he opted to continue despite his movement clearly being impeded.

Jack Rathborn18 January 2023 10:40

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Australian Open 2023 – Coco Gauff beats Emma Raducanu 6-3, 7-6

That was a superb second-round match, Raducanu played her part, but Gauff shows a remarkable amount of composure for an 18-year-old.

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Jack Rathborn18 January 2023 10:08

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Australian Open 2023 – Coco Gauff reacts to win over Emma Raducanu

Gauff: “I told myself to hang in there, Emma was playing great tennis, we both started off rocky, but the match was good quality.

“Considering the circumstances, this was a long-anticipated match since the draw, so I’m glad it was a good match.

“Kudos to Emma, I know she had a tough week in Auckland, to be able to play so well here.

“I don’t know if I’ll have doubles tomorrow, with the rain, I don’t know, if not, playing cards with my parents, or embarrassing them on TikTok.

“I did a video that got a million views, everybody was hitting on my Dad in the comments. Parents do anything for their kids, I’m glad my Dad took one for the team.

“Probably my Mum [is the best dancer of the three of us], at least that’s what the comments say. A lot asked for a solo video of her, I’m like no, this is my account, I’m the star, this is my TikTok.”

Jack Rathborn18 January 2023 10:05

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Australian Open 2023 – *Raducanu 3-6, 6-7 (4-7) Gauff – Game, set, match!

Gauff just the more composed here and brings up four match points.

But that’s one saved, gutsy from Raducanu.

Raducanu brings back a powerful first serve from Gauff, who then crashes into the net, 4-6.

That’s it, Gauff has done it, the drop shot was delightful, Raducanu reacted well, but it was put back over her head and the Briton’s contact saw the ball fall way short.

She was made to work, but the composure was the difference between the players, chapeau Gauff.

Jack Rathborn18 January 2023 09:58

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Australian Open 2023 – *Raducanu 3-6, 6-6 (2-5) Gauff

The power backhand from Raducanu there, stunning!

Unlucky but maybe lacking a ruthless streak? That was dominant tennis from Raducanu, but she goes long and Gauff survives on serve, 1-2.

But Gauff has the mini-break! 2-3 and with two serves coming up for the American.

Another sublime backhand from Raducanu, but then the mistake, again, it’s out with the forehand, 2-4, which moves to 2-5 after another net.

Jack Rathborn18 January 2023 09:52

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Australian Open 2023 – *Raducanu 3-6, 6-6 Gauff

Another gritty game this one, Gauff moves to 40-30 and screams, ‘come on!’

And a beautiful backhand from Raducanu is just about gathered, then the Briton slips up, an almighty roar from the American and then her box erupts, game and now the tie-breaker.

Jack Rathborn18 January 2023 09:50



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