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  • Rusedski: Murray didn’t have much respect for Millot

    Virginia Wade and Greg Rusedski tried to analyse a 'mad' final set of Andy Murray's win over Vincent Millot at the Australian Open.

    An out-of-sorts Murray progressed to third round with a 6-2 6-2 7-5 win over Frenchman Vincent Millot.

    Wade and Rusedski analysed the performance for British Eurosport which you can watch in the video below.

    In a better moment for Murray during the match, he won an incredible 23 consecutive points - that’s almost equivalent to an entire set! Watch how he did it below.

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  • Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki got engaged to golfer Rory McIlroy at New Year, provoking widespread feelings of warmth and wellbeing, and countless exclamations of "Aahhhhhh" at the happy news of one of sport's nicest young couples.

    But those "aaahhhhhs" turned to "oooohhhs!" on Thursday as the 23-year-old showed off the giant diamond engagement ring that McIlroy has bought her to the appreciative crowd at the Australian Open.

    Yet the Northern Irish golf superstar - who last year signed a deal with Nike worth £150 million - seems to have fallen short of the age-old rule of thumb that

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  • Play at the Australian Open was called to a halt for more than four hours on day four with temperatures at Melbourne Park nudging 44 degrees Celsius.

    And then, just when it seemed things could get no crazier, a huge storm broke out that forced play to be called off for a very different reason: flooded courts and a string of lightning strikes!

    Weather played havoc with the schedule of play from the start of Thursday's play.

    Organisers, who had been slammed for forcing players to play on in searing temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday, enacted the third stage of their "Extreme Heat Policy"

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  • On This Day in 1953: Connolly starts Grand Slam miracle run

    Maureen Connolly won the first of her record four tennis Grand Slams in a year after scooping the Australian Open on this day in 1953.

    The American 18-year-old, who was nicknamed Little Mo, went on to also earn the singles titles at Wimbledon and the French and US Opens.

    In doing so, she became the first and only woman to win all four Grand Slams within a calendar year.

    And between 1952 and 1953, she won six consecutive major tournaments – a feat only matched by Martina Navratilova during 1983 and 1984.

    But 5ft 5in Little Mo’s run ended when she failed to win the Australian Open again in 1954.

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  • Teen queens showing signs of promise at Australian Open

    Swiss Martina Hingis raises the winner's trophy after the Women's Singles final at the Wimbledon Championships

    When Martina Hingis was busy winning Grand Slam titles in the late 1990s, it seemed like teenage stars were ten a penny in the women's game.

    Fast-forward to 2014 and it is now eight years since a teenager won a Grand Slam title, when Maria Sharapova won the US Open at 19.

    Since then, only three teenagers - Sharapova at the Australian Open in 2007, Ana Ivanovic at the French Open the same year and Caroline Wozniacki at the US Open in 2009 - have even made it to a Grand Slam final.

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  • In our latest 'star in the car' edition as part of hit show Game, Set and Mats, we spoke to Rafael Nadal about his greatest rival, his hopes and ambitions, and his biggest fear.

    Nadal was asked to reveal something about himself that people do not already know.

    His response?

    "I really hate the dark. I’m scared when it gets dark. Sometimes I need to sleep with the TV on."

    So not Roger Federer, not a knee brace, but the dark.

    He may be a warrior on the court, but he can be very frightened off it, as we learned.

    Even the greatest sporting heroes are scared sometimes.

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  • Cancer survivor Ross Hutchins delights in first win on return

    It has been a long and arduous road back to Grand Slam tennis for Britain's Ross Hutchins.

    He missed the 2013 season after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and underwent several bouts of chemotherapy before he was told in July he was in remission.

    But he had more than most to smile about on Wednesday after he and partner Colin Fleming advanced to the second round of the men's doubles with a 6-4 4-6 6-0 victory over Marinko Matosevic and Michal Przysiezny.

    It was Hutchins' first win since he returned to the ATP circuit after a year of undergoing treatment for cancer.

    "It's been sort of

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  • Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic and a ball boy, who both fainted, were the most obvious victims of the searing heat when temperatures hit 41 degrees Celcius on day two of the Australian Open.

    Dancevic collapsed during his first round match against France's Benoit Paire on the uncovered court six. He resumed after medical attention but unsurprisingly ending up losing 7-6 6-3 6-4.

    The 29-year-old sat with a bag of ice on his head and had plenty more stuffed into a towel around his neck at chanegovers but he and Paire were completely drained by the end of the two hour, 12 minute contest.

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  • Slovakian tennis star Lukas Lacko probably had very mixed feelings when he drew Novak Djokovic in the opening round of the Australian Open.

    On the one hand, of course, it was a bad thing since it effectively guaranteed that the world number 96 would go no further than the first match.

    But at the same time, it did at least guarantee him a moment in the sun - or rather the floodlights of Rod Laver Arena - as he went up against the defending champion.

    And he made the most of his chance to impress the huge crowd with a nifty behind-the-back shot early on in the second set.

    Sadly for Lacko, his

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  • Why Rafael Nadal is already so angry in Melbourne

    Few things tend to rattle Rafael Nadal on court, but the Spaniard was absolutely furious at the new courts installed at the Australian Open in Melbourne - and that was just on day one.

    The world number one, who opens his tournament with a very tough match against local hope Bernard Tomic, is not happy that the resurfaced hardcourts are faster than previous years.

    "The conditions of play are very different from the ones I remembered in this tournament. Many things have changed," he said.

    "I think that the court is faster and so is the ball. So it makes a of it a different tournament for me. I

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