Roger Federer, Australian Open 2016

Maria Sharapova defeats Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2 6-1

Maria Sharapova drops only 3 games and cruises into third round. Sharapova’s road to an eventual second Australian title will be a tough one, as she could face Serena Williams in the quarterfinals, a player she hasn’t beaten since 2004!

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

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Lleyton Hewitt and David Ferrer, Australian Open 2016

“I came out, I gave everything I had like always. I left nothing in the locker room and that’s something I can always be proud of.”

“I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve had such a great career and that I had the opportunity to go out on my terms. A lot of great sporting athletes don’t have that opportunity.”

Lleyton Hewitt played his final singles match on Thursday, a straight sets loss to David Ferrer. The youngest ever world number one, the Australian won 2 Grand Slam titles (US Open 2001 and Wimbledon 2002), 2 ATP Tour Finals (2001 and 2002) and 2 Davis Cup (1999 and 2003). A skilled volleyer, he also captured the 2000 US Open doubles title with Max Mirnyi.
He inspired loads of today’ players (Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer among others), and his never-die-attitude and counterpuncher skills changed tennis forever.

David Ferrer had some really nice words for him during the on-court ceremony:

“He’s one of the best players in history and I have to tell you that … I don’t have idols, but Lleyton is my idol, I have a shirt signed by him seven years ago … it’s the only t-shirt of a tennis player I have. He’s an amazing player. He deserves everything. Tonight is the day for him, not for me.”

Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic joined the tribute with video messages broadcast during the ceremony:

After the match, past and present champions took on Twitter and Instagram to pay tribute to the legend.

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Tomas Berdych Australian Open 2016 outfit

Tomas Berdych switched from H&M to adidas at the start of the year, and is now adidas‘ top male tennis player.

Tomas Berdych adidas outfit

What do you think? Do you pefer Tomas’ H&M or adidas outfits?

Tomas Berdych Australian Open outfit

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Hi Sense Arena, Australian Open 2016

A relatively calm day at the Australian Open, after yesterday’s upsets of Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep. All the favorites playing today cruised into the third round except 2-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, beaten by rising Aussie player Daria Gavrilova.

Relive day 3 through Brian’s tweets:

Straight sets win for Kei Nishikori over Austin Krajicek:

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Serena Williams, Australian Open 2016

Serena Williams dispatched world number 82 Su-Wei Hsieh in two sets 6-1 6-2. Her opponent in the third round is world number 61 Daria Kasatkina.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams
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