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Flawless Federer Races Through First Test In Melbourne

After 21 consecutive appearances at the Australian Open, Roger Federer is familiar with every inch of Rod Laver Arena. The third-seeded Swiss brought the level of comfort that dozens of matches on a court can provide to his opening-round clash with Steve Johnson, sweeping aside the American 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 in a breathtaking display. Federer said in his pre-tournament press conference that his expectations for this fortnight were low, but the six-time champion may want to raise them after his latest performance. He broke the American five times and remains unbeaten in opening-round matches in Melbourne (21-0). Federer has never lost before the third round at this event. “I remember coming here for juniors in 1998 and then played qualies in the following year. I remember beating Michael Chang in my first main draw here [in 2000],” Federer said. “That was fun. Now he’s coaching against me [with Kei Nishkori], but we’re good friends because our kids are friends with his kids.” Johnson arrived with confidence after winning an ATP Challenger Tour event last week in Bendigo. But his off-pace slice backhands and chip forehand returns played into Federer’s strengths, allowing the Swiss to attack with his forehand and move forward. A forehand volley winner gave Federer an immediate break in Johnson’s opening service game and he led 4-1 after 18 minutes. Rain briefly brought both players off the court so the roof could be closed, but it did little to disrupt Federer’s momentum. He continued to coast in his service games and grabbed the early advantage. You May Also Like: Federer Prepared For ‘Tricky Situation’ To Start Australian Open The second set was one-way traffic for Federer, who won 16 of the first 18 points and sprinted to a 4-0 lead. Even when Johnson made the correct play, he was often reduced to a spectator as he watched Federer whip winners past him. Federer landed 80...

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Australian Open 2020: Naomi Osaka in a happy place in Melbourne

After a straight-sets win, Naomi Osaka revealed she was happy at the Australian Open. Naomi Osaka has found a happy place in Melbourne, saying it was strange how upbeat she was at the Australian Open. Osaka was too good for Marie Bouzkova 6-2 6-4 at Rod Laver Arena on Monday, beginning her title defence with a comfortable win. The 22-year-old Japanese star said it was unusual just how happy she was in Victoria’s capital. “For me it’s really odd here. I just feel really happy,” Osaka told a news conference. “I don’t really have this mentality of defending now. It’s really weird. But I’m very thankful for it, because I think if I did go into the match with that, I would have been tense.” Like she never left Osaka navigates Bouzkova 6-2 6-4 to kick off her title defence in impressive fashion.#AO2020 | #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/qLzF90dtmN — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2020 Osaka, who faces Zheng Saisai in the second round, revealed her dad watched her from the players’ box for the first time at a grand slam during her victory over Bouzkova. “He’s just superstitious. Before when he used to sit in my box I would just look at him and complain a lot, but I have matured over the past three or four years he hasn’t sat in my box,” she said. “He was like my coach during Tokyo and Beijing. He was sitting in my box the entire time. He has a good winning streak by sitting in my box.” Champion Osaka plays down rivalry with Barty

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Wintersport im Überblick: Das waren die Höhepunkte des Wochenendes

Ski alpin: Dreßen auch in Wengen stark Speedspezialist Thomas Dreßen hat sich auch am vergangenen Wochenende in bestechender Form gezeigt. Auf der Lauberhorn-Abfahrt in Wengen belegte der 26-Jährige vom Skiclub Mittenwald Platz drei hinter Beat Feuz (Schweiz) und Dominik Paris (Italien). Bei den Frauen gab es im Parallel-Riesenslalom in Sestriere am Sonntag einen Überraschungssieg durch die Französin Clara Direz. Einen Tag zuvor teilten sich Federica Brignone aus Italien und die Slowakin Petra Vlhova den ersten Platz im Riesenslalom. Mikaela Shiffrin als Dritte lag nur eine Hundertstelsekunde dahinter. Viktoria Rebensburg hatte bei Halbzeit noch auf diesem dritten Platz gelegen, fiel aber im Finaldurchgang auf Rang sieben zurück. Biathlon: Platz fünf und sechs für Doll und Herrmann Für die deutschen Biathleten ist beim Weltcup in Ruhpolding nach dem dritten Platz von Benedikt Doll im Sprint vom Donnerstag am Wochenende kein weiterer Podestplatz hinzugekommen. In den Verfolgungsrennen am Sonntag kam Doll beim Sieg des Franzosen Martin Fourcade auf den fünften Rang, bei den Frauen wurde Denise Herrmann Sechste. Hier siegte einmal mehr die Norwegerin Tiril Eckhoff. In den Staffeln vergaben sowohl Frauen (Platz vier) als auch Männer (Platz fünf) ein besseres Ergebnis am Schießstand. Nach den Rennen gab Bundestrainer Mark Kirchner bekannt, dass Simon Schempp definitv bei der WM fehlen wird.

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Australian Open 2020: Rafael Nadal results and form ahead of first-round match with Hugo Dellien

We take a look at Rafael Nadal ahead of his Australian Open clash with Hugo Dellien. Rafael Nadal’s bid to join Roger Federer on 20 grand slam titles begins against Hugo Dellien at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Spanish star Nadal won two majors last year, taking his tally to 19 after clinching the US Open crown. But despite making four finals since 2012, Nadal has failed to add to his one crown in Melbourne, where he was successful in 2009. We take a closer look at where the 33-year-old is at as he prepares to begin his Australian Open campaign. Form and results Nadal prepared for the year’s first grand slam by playing at the ATP Cup, where he appeared in decent form. He posted wins over Pablo Cuevas, Nikoloz Basilashvili, Yoshihito Nishioka and Alex de Minaur, but was also beaten twice, going down to David Goffin and Novak Djokovic as Spain finished as runners-up. Ready to rumble.@RafaelNadal is perfecting his groundstrokes on Court 23. Did you know you can view our daily practice schedule online?  https://t.co/sBLfXQ19O6 #AO2020 | #AusOpenpic.twitter.com/sGtxSlFDPK — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2020 First up He will face Dellien for the first time when the duo meet in Melbourne. The Bolivian enjoyed a good 2019, although the majority of his success came on the Challenger Tour. Dellien held a 12-16 win-loss record at ATP Tour level, while he was destroyed 6-0 6-1 by Michael Mmoh in qualifying in Auckland to begin 2020. Nadal has lost just once in the first round at the Australian Open – in 2016 – but it is hard to see a repeat upset. Draw Nadal will face either Federico Delbonis or Joao Sousa if he gets past Dellien as expected. In the third round, fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta may await. What he said “It’s true that I went through some tough situations during all my career, but I was able to always, with probably the positive attitude and with the right people around, that they were a key, I was able to find a way to keep going. It’s something...

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Australian Open 2020: Serena Williams celebrates grand slam milestone

Serena Williams opened her Australian Open campaign with a memorable victory in Melbourne. Serena Williams claimed her 350th grand slam match victory after easing through the Australian Open first round on Monday. Looking to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 slam titles, American superstar Williams outclassed teenager Anastasia Potapova 6-0 6-3. Williams, who already holds the record for most match wins at majors, celebrated the milestone after just 58 minutes on Rod Laver Arena. The 38-year-old – a seven-time Australian Open champion – will face Tamara Zidansek in the second round. The chase for is on! Williams overpowers Potapova 6-0 6-3 in an efficient 58 minutes.#AO2020 | #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/NnrsXqYPdl — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2020 Serena Williams – Australian Open 2020 Profile

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