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Fans appear to boo Andy Murray at Australian Open

The Australian Open continues without Novak Djokovic after the saga over the men’s defending champion’s visa was finally brought to an end on Sunday evening.

The men’s world No 1 is facing the prospect of missing out on further grand slams due to his vaccination status after France’s sports minister announced that athletes would not be exempt from the country’s Covid pass. The French Open at Roland Garros takes place in May and his participation in the tournament has been thrown into doubt just days after Djokovic was deported from Australia and returned home to his native Belgrade, where he “will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this”.

Djokovic was deported at the weekend following the ruling, with the judicial triumvirate deciding not to overturn the decision of Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to cancel the world number one’s visa. One of the grounds on which Djokovic appealed was that it was unreasonable to paint him as anti-vaccination, but the judges said: “It was plainly open to the minister to infer that Mr Djokovic had chosen not to be vaccinated because he was opposed to vaccination or did not wish to be vaccinated.

“It was also open to the minister to infer that the public would view his attitude as the media had portrayed: that he was unwilling to be vaccinated.” Hawke based his decision on a belief that Djokovic’s vaccination stance may foster similar sentiment in Australia and thus negatively impact public health.

Follow all the latest news, reaction and updates as the Australian Open continues.

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Australian Open 2022

Andy Murray hinted this could be his final Australian Open unless he proves to himself that he can compete at the highest level this season.

Murray fell to a disappointing straight-sets defeat by Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel in the second round at Melbourne Park on Thursday, and the Scot cut a dejected figure in his post-match press conference.

The 34-year-old overcame career-threatening injury over the past three years to make his first appearance at the Australian Open since 2019, when he had left the tournament in tears announcing he was likely to retire. But he suggested he will only return to Melbourne if he feels he can go deep into the second week.

“I mean, yeah,” Murray responded when asked whether he would like to be back next year. “But not if I do what I did tonight too often this season. This is a really important year for me for a number of reasons and I want to perform well in the big events. For me, tonight is not good enough in that respect.

“Making second rounds of slams is not something I find particularly motivating. I want to be doing better than that. It depends on how I get on this year results wise and how I perform in the big events. I’m really, really disappointed. Very frustrated. A tough loss for me that’s for sure.”

Jamie Braidwood20 January 2022 12:45

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The women’s Australian Open draw was shaken up by second-round defeats for Garbine Muguruza and Anett Kontaveit but Aryna Sabalenka survived despite more serving woes.

The first three days saw very few upsets but Thursday began with a bang as third seed Muguruza lost 6-3 6-3 to French veteran Alize Cornet while sixth seed Kontaveit was toppled 6-2 6-4 by Danish teenager Clara Tauson.

Both were among the title favourites having finished last season strongly.

Jamie Braidwood20 January 2022 12:15

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Here’s a round up of today’s stories:

Dan Evans reached the third round of the Australian Open without hitting a ball but Heather Watson was beaten by Tamara Zidansek.

Evans had been due to take on Arthur Rinderknech at Melbourne Park on Thursday but received a walkover prior to the start of play when the Frenchman withdrew because of a wrist injury.

It means Evans, who comfortably beat David Goffin in round one, is through to the last 32 in Melbourne for the first time since 2017, when he made the fourth round at a grand slam for the first time.

Watson lost a very close match against 19th seed Zidansek in Adelaide last week, and there was little to choose between the pair again here but it was the Slovenian who went through 7-6 (4) 6-4.

Watson twice fought back from a break down in the opening set and had a set point at 5-6 but Zidansek saved it, played a strong tie-break and then broke the British number two’s serve twice in succession to claim the victory.

Jamie Braidwood20 January 2022 12:00

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Australian Open 2022: Latest scores

What a crazy few hours of tennis that has been.

Simona Halep is last out on Rod Laver and the former world No 1 has just started her matched against Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Elsewhere, Jannick Sinner is 4-0 up against Steve Johnson, with the winner facing Taro Daniel in the third round.

Jamie Braidwood20 January 2022 11:40

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Australian Open 2022: Medvedev defeats Kyrgios in thriller

“It’s just a little disappointing when they are making so much noise between first and second serve. It’s not everyone, but I guess some people just have a low IQ.”

(AFP via Getty Images)

Jamie Braidwood20 January 2022 11:33

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Australian Open 2022: Medvedev defeats Kyrgios in thriller

Daniil Medvedev is not happy with the Rod Laver Arena crowd – and there is more booing/’SIUUing’ as he calls them out on it.

“I came here to win this match and I’m happy I managed to do it tonight. [Staying calm] is the only choice when you get booed in between first and second sets.

“Guys, please show Jim Courier some respect, I can’t hear him. What I’m saying is that in between first and second serves, it was tough to play.

“It was a funny match because we both serve big. In the second and fourth sets I started to return a big more in big moments. This match was always going to be tight.”

Jamie Braidwood20 January 2022 11:21

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Australian Open 2022: Kyrgios 6-7 4-6 6-4 2-6 Medvedev – Game, set and match!

That’s too good from Medvedev. He holds his nerve and stays patient to outlast Kyrgios on the baseline rally and bring up two match points. Kyrgios goes for the heroic winner but can only find the tramlines. What a match, but huge respect to Medvedev for getting through that test.

Jamie Braidwood20 January 2022 11:16

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Australian Open 2022: *Kyrgios 6-7 4-6 6-4 2-5 Medvedev

That’s too good from Medvedev. He holds Kyrgios to love to consolidate the break and Kyrgios responds by obliterating his racket.

He will have to calm down before he serves to stay in the match – and Medvedev gets a 15-0 head start after Kyrgios is penalised for racket abuse.

Jamie Braidwood20 January 2022 11:11

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Australian Open 2022: Kyrgios 6-7 4-6 6-4 2-4 Medvedev*

Medvedev latches onto a second serve at 15-15 to force Kyrgios behind the baseline and edge ahead – and Kyrgios is then put under further pressure as Medvedev drops a low forehand which Kyrgios cannot volley over the net.

It hands Medvedev two break points. The first is saved thanks to a big serve out wide and Kyrgios thinks he’s repeated the trick on break point number two. It’s called wide, though, and Medvedev gobbles up the second serve with a wonderful backhand pass.

That’s a big break and a huge moment in the match.

Jamie Braidwood20 January 2022 11:09

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Emma Raducanu exits Australian Open after painful second-round defeat by Danka Kovinic

Over at Margaret Court Arena, Emma Raducanu has just been knocked out of the Australian Open after losing to Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic over three sets in the second round at Melbourne Park.

Raducanu battled through injury to force a deciding set but could not complete the comeback.

Jamie Braidwood20 January 2022 11:05

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