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Federer breezes through opener in Melbourne

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MELBOURNE Defending champion Roger Federer got quickly into his majestic stride with a straight-sets win over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his opening match at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Tennis: Wawrinka happy to be back, but still feeling pain

MELBOURNE Stan Wawrinka feels great to be back after his first-round victory at the Australian Open on Tuesday but is still experiencing pain in the left knee that required surgery last season.

9:35am GMT

Tennis: Djokovic dismisses talk of boycott over prize money

MELBOURNE Six-times Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic has distanced himself from reports that he called for a boycott of next year's tournament unless there was an increase in prize money.

9:16am GMT

Tennis: My brother still makes fun of me, says Zverev

MELBOURNE Alexander Zverev can no longer hope to fly under the grand slam radar following a brilliant 2017 season but the hype has done little to change things on the home front, the 20-year-old wunderkind insists.

8:58am GMT

Tennis: Halep survives date with Destanee in opening round

MELBOURNE World number one Simona Halep flirted with another early exit from the Australian Open and suffered an ankle injury before rallying to reach the second round with a 7-6(5) 6-1 victory over local teenager Destanee Aiava on Tuesday.

7:51am GMT

Djokovic elbows Young out to reach second round

MELBOURNE Novak Djokovic celebrated his long-awaited return to the grand slam stage with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 demolition of American Donald Young to reach the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

7:17am GMT

Tennis: Kerber consigns 2017 to the history books

MELBOURNE Angelique Kerber has turned the page on a horror 2017 season and is focused firmly on making a fresh start to her career, the German said after sailing into the second round at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

7:08am GMT

Tennis: Raonic slumps to early exit at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE Former world number three Milos Raonic said he would go back to the drawing board after Lukas Lacko sent him tumbling out in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday, the Canadian's earliest grand slam exit since the 2011 French Open.

5:06am GMT

Aggressive Konta makes light work of Brengle

MELBOURNE Johanna Konta skipped past Madison Brengle into the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday, the Briton overpowering her American opponent 6-3 6-1 in 66 minutes on Hisense Arena.

4:28am GMT

Djokovic in action on day of returns in Melbourne

MELBOURNE Novak Djokovic is finally back in action on day two of the Australian Open on Tuesday, returning to the venue of his greatest grand slam success, hoping his elbow will hold up after keeping him on the sidelines for six months.

15 Jan 2018

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