Cilic Passes McDonald Test In Melbourne | ATP Tour

Marin Cilic needed three hours and 37 minutes to overcome Mackenzie McDonald 7-5, 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4 at the Australian Open on Wednesday. The sixth seed, who has reached the third round in Melbourne on eight occasions, hit 67 winners and won 77 per cent of first-serve points (63/82) to improve to 28-10 at the event. Last year, Cilic beat Rafael Nadal and Kyle Edmund to reach his first final at Melbourne Park (l. to Federer). This marks the second straight year that McDonald has pushed a Top 10 seed in…

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Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas Beats Viktor Troicki To Achieve Best Result Yet In Melbourne | ATP Tour

All the kinks had been worked out for Viktor Troicki. The 32-year-old Serbian had already played four matches, including qualifying, and he knew the Melbourne conditions as well as anyone before his second-round match. But it didn’t matter against Greece’s #NextGenATP star Stefanos Tsitsipas, who played aggressively and outdid the Serbian veteran on Wednesday 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 to reach the third round of the Australian Open for the first time. Tsitsipas made history on Monday, becoming the first Greek player to win a match at the Australian Open. Next…

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Day 3 Preview: Nadal & Federer Continue Title Pursuit | ATP Tour

With the first round in the books at Melbourne Park, second seed Rafael Nadal and third seed Roger Federer will look to continue on their semi-final collision course at the Australian Open on Wednesday. Nadal, competing in his first tour-level event since last year’s US Open, was impressive in a straight-sets victory in his opener. The Spaniard will look to ride the momentum from that win into his second-rounder against a second consecutive home favourite: Matthew Ebden. “Beginnings are tough, but every day helps and every day makes me feel…

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John Swantek on the growth of PGA Tour Live, keeping his voice in shape, and that time he broke news of the NFL’s biggest trade

Golf fans are used to John Swantek’s presence across a variety of platforms, but they’re going to see and hear the longtime digital voice of the PGA Tour even more in 2019. As host of PGA Tour Live, the tour’s streaming video service that will more than double its hours of coverage this year across 28 tournaments, Swantek’s play-by-play duties have grown with the amount of live action available to consumers. And he’s eager to usher in this exciting new chapter of a career that began in radio in upstate…

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Nairo Quintana downplays head-to-head with Chris Froome at Tour Colombia

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has downplayed the significance of his head-to-head meeting with Chris Froome (Team Sky) at next month’s Tour Colombia. In a press conference in Bogota on Monday, Quintana pointed out that both riders would be lining out in the Colombian race with the principal aim of accumulating racing kilometres as they build towards the Tour de France. Related Articles “It’s very early to start thinking about different strategies,” Quintana said, according to Marca. “You have to see how we’re each going and how each team is working, but…

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Stricker looking to play more on PGA Tour this year

HONOLULU — Steve Stricker came to Hawaii for two weeks of work, just like the old days, but with a twist. Instead of starting at the winners-only field at Kapalua and then going over to the Sony Open, he started at the Sony Open and heads to the winners-only field on the Big Island for the PGA Tour Champions opener. The question is how long he stays with players his own age. It’s a question Vijay Singh and Davis Love III have contemplated over the last few years. Stricker, who…

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Tsonga Motivated For 2008 Final Rematch Against Djokovic At The Australian Open | ATP Tour

Eleven years ago, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga arrived in Melbourne Park as the No. 38 player in the ATP Rankings. The year before, the Frenchman had been ousted in the first round. But Tsonga became the story of the Australian Open, defeating four Top 15 players to reach the final, which was his first at tour-level. Tsonga defeated second seed Rafael Nadal in less than two hours in the semi-finals, and his high-energy brand of tennis, and of course his enthusiastic post-match celebrations, immediately became a fans’ favourite and fixture in the…

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Tour Down Under: Viviani triumphs – Podcast

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville, we look back at stage 1 of the Tour Down Under. Related Articles The Tour Down Under’s opening stage saw a sprinting masterclass from Elia Viviani, with the Italian winning in Port Adelaide and taking the first leader’s jersey of this year’s race. We hear from Viviani, Caleb Ewan and Patrick Bevin, who was in the break and has emerged as a possible GC contender. We’ve also got an exclusive…

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New rules answer some questions on the European Tour while raising a few new ones

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — At the top table sat David Bonsall, chairman of the R&A’s Rules Committee, David Rickman, R&A Executive Director of Governance and Chief of Staff, and John Paramor, the European Tour’s Chief Referee. In the audience was perhaps a 75-strong mixture of European Tour professionals, their caddies and a sprinkling of broadcasters that included former players Wayne Riley, Richard Boxall, Andrew Coltart, Jamie Spence, Ken Brown and Sam Torrance. All were gathered in a meeting room adjacent to the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, on the…

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Enric Mas: I want to win the 2019 Tour de France

After his podium finish at the Vuelta a España last year – in only his second Grand Tour – expectations surrounding Enric Mas are as high as ever. The rider dubbed ‘the next Alberto Contador’ heads to the Tour de France for the first time in 2019 and his own hopes are just as high, as he insisted he’ll be there to try to win it. Related Articles Mas discussed his Tour debut last week, sitting down in front of the media at Deceunicnk-Quick-Step’s team presentation in Calpe. Moments beforehand, Quick-Step manager…

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