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Nadal holds off rising talent Zverev to reach last 16

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MELBOURNE Rafa Nadal held off a fierce challenge from one of the hottest prospects in the game when he outlasted German teenager Alexander Zverev 4-6 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2 to reach the last 16 of the Australian Open on Saturday.

Highlights - Day six at the Australian Open 21 Jan 2017

MELBOURNE Latest news from day six of the Australian Open tennis championships on Saturday (all times GMT):

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Fifth seed Pliskova survives Ostapenko scare in Melbourne 21 Jan 2017

MELBOURNE Karolina Pliskova showed nerves of steel as she battled back from 5-2 down in the deciding set to beat teenager Jelena Ostapenko 4-6 6-0 10-8 and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time on Saturday.

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Raonic fights fever, downs Simon to reach last 16 21 Jan 2017

MELBOURNE Milos Raonic's machine-like advance through the Australian Open hit a brief glitch against Gilles Simon but the Canadian re-booted to delete the dogged Frenchman 6-2 7-6(5) 3-6 6-3 and reach the fourth round on Saturday.

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No quitting for Lucic-Baroni on tough road back to the top 21 Jan 2017

MELBOURNE Mirjana Lucic-Baroni waited 19 long years before recording her second victory at the Australian Open earlier this week and on Saturday clinched her fourth by beating Greek Maria Sakkari 3-6 6-2 6-3 to move into the last 16 for the first time.

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Thousands protest Trump as 'sister marches' begin in Australia and New Zealand 21 Jan 2017

SYDNEY Thousands of protesters in Australia and New Zealand on Saturday joined the first of hundreds of womens' marches organised around the world in a show of disapproval of U.S. President Donald Trump as he began his first day in office. | Video

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Serena marches on to fourth round 21 Jan 2017

MELBOURNE Serena Williams gave compatriot Nicole Gibbs a lesson in grand slam tennis with a 6-1 6-3 thrashing to charge into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday.

Blundell the only newcomer in New Zealand one-day squad 21 Jan 2017

WELLINGTON Wicketkeeper Tom Blundell has replaced the injured Luke Ronchi in New Zealand's one-day squad for their Chappell-Hadlee series against Australia that starts on Jan. 30.

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Vintage Federer makes statement with Berdych demolition 20 Jan 2017

MELBOURNE A rampaging Roger Federer delivered a stunning reminder of his class with a crushing 6-2 6-4 6-4 win over Tomas Berdych to storm into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday.

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Give Djokovic a break, Murray tells Serb's critics 20 Jan 2017

MELBOURNE Andy Murray has sprung to the defence of his great rival Novak Djokovic after the Serb's surprise exit at the Australian Open.

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In challenge to Trump, women protesters swarm streets across U.S

WASHINGTON Women took to the streets in unexpectedly large numbers in major U.S. cities on Saturday in mass protests against U.S. President Donald Trump, in an early indication of the strong opposition the newly inaugurated Republican may face in office. | Video