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Even as his uninterrupted dominance of yore dissipated, even as he took the occasional break, Roger Federer always mattered more often than not in the closing days of Grand Slam tournaments.
American showman Frances Tiafoe has celebrated his 21st birthday in style with an emotional four-set win over Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open, setting up a dream quarterfinal against Rafael Nadal.
Ashleigh Barty has staged a stirring fightback to storm into her maiden grand slam quarterfinal with a drama-charged Australian Open victory over Maria Sharapova.
OPINION: If you think the flower of Australian men's tennis are carrying on like spoilt schoolboys, enclosed are their mid-term report cards.
Serena Williams recalls being in the position of young Dayana Yastremska, an ambitious and highly talented teenager overcome with emotion in the disappointment of defeat.
Seven-time champion Serena Williams has continued her powerhouse start to the Australian Open with a 6-2 6-1 third-round demolition job on Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska.
OPINION: Has he gone? Is it over? Now? Ok, what about now? Poor Andy Murray. By admitting he was almost at retirement point, the grand slam winner is now doomed to answer endless questions about his imminent demise.
John McEnroe has hit out at Rafael Nadal after the Spanish superstar sought some coaching advice at the Australian Open.
The father of Bernard Tomic says he will begin legal action against Lleyton Hewitt, whom he alleges left his 17-year-old son traumatised in 2010 by trying to pressure him into revealing who at Tennis Australia was "against" him.
Greek tennis gun Stefanos Tsitsipas apologised after his third-round Australian Open encounter on Friday after he launched a foul-mouthed tirade at a linesman.
Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki is out of the Australian Open in the third round, vanquished by former winner Maria Sharapova in three gripping sets.
Spanish legend Rafael Nadal put on a brutal tennis masterclass for Aussie teen Alex de Minaur in their clash.
Bernard Tomic has denied threatening Lleyton Hewitt and his family, calling Australia's Davis Cup captain a "liar" after Hewitt's extraordinary allegations of physical threats and blackmail on Thursday night.
Britain's Johanna Konta has voiced her concerns about tennis players toiling away into the early hours after her Australian Open match with Spain's Garbine Muguruza started at 12:30am and finished after 3am on Friday morning (AEDT).
Serena Williams is one match closer to a historic 24th career major after making light work of Eugenie Bouchard to move into the Australian Open third round.
OPINION: Sexism in sport is nothing new. More than 90 per cent of sports coverage in Australian news is about men's sport by male journalists, a pattern pretty much repeated all over the world.