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Federer and Djokovic take control in Melbourne

MELBOURNE: Flawless Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic stamped their mark on the Australian Open on Tuesday with focused former champion Maria Sharapova also successfully negotiating the first round after her drug ban. Defending champion Federer, rated as favourite to win his 20th Grand Slam title, made his entrance on Rod Laver Arena with a sizzling 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 lesson for Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene. The second seeded Swiss, who is coming off an extraordinary 2017, when he won a fifth Australian Open title and a record…

Federer smart to target quicker surfaces, says Djokovic

PARIS: Roger Federer made a smart decision by pulling out of this month's French Open, where he has less chance of adding to his 18 grand slam titles than on the sport's quicker surfaces, world number two Novak Djokovic said on Thursday. Federer, who announced his withdrawal from the May 28-June 11 claycourt major on Monday, said he felt he needed to avoid playing on clay this season to help prolong his career. "You know, he's very smart in his decision-making... He knows what he's doing," 12-times major winner…

Nadal, Djokovic advance in Acapulco

ACAPULCO, Mexico:┬áSecond-seeded Rafael Nadal remained perfect in matches at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel ATP event in Acapulco, Mexico, by easing past Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-1 in a second-round match Wednesday. Nadal improved his record to 12-0 at this event, needing only 66 minutes to get past Lorenzi. Nadal broke Lorenzi's serve five times and lost only five points on his serve, never facing a break point. Nadal's opponent in the quarterfinals will be Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, who eliminated Aussie Jordan…

Djokovic reveals match-fixing approach

MELBOURNE: World number one Novak Djokovic said he was approached to fix a match earlier in his career on Monday as allegations of corruption in tennis rocked the start of the Australian Open.