Paul Newman

Paul Newman is Tennis Correspondent for The Independent.

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Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova

Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova: Serena tells herself to keep calm and carry on winning ahead of Australian Open final

Williams goes into final seeking sixth Australian title and 16th successive victory over Sharapova

Novak Djokovic celebrates his straight-sets victory over Andrey Kuznetsov

Andy Murray vs Novak Djokovic: Djokovic delighted for old adversary who 'deserves' final chance

Murray's two grand slam wins have come in finals against the Serb

Novak Djokovic celebrates his win over Stan Wawrinka

Australian Open 2015: Novak Djokovic sets up final against Andy Murray after overcoming Stan Wawrinka test

The Serbian world No 1 won 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-4 4-6 6-0

Andy Murray reaches the final of the Australian Open after beating Tomas Berdych in another impressive display, but the match was marred by ill feeling

Kim Sears: Andy Murray defends fiancée's for outburst after a bad-tempered march to final

Television cameras caught Ms Sears apparently swearing at the Scot's opponent Tomas Berdych during their semi-final clash

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Australian Open 2015: Maria Sharapova tries to stay calm in effort to break Serena Williams curse

The American has beaten her 15 times in a row, a sequence dating back to 2004

Andy Murray unleashes a forehand during his impressive victory over Tomas Berdych in Melbourne yesterday

Australian Open 2015: Andy Murray dismisses Tomas Berdych to set up another final test

Scot can break tournament hoodoo after another strong, controlled display

Maria Sharapova celebrates reaching the final

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The pair beat their respective countrywomen, Madison Keys and Ekaterina Makarova, in their semi-finals

Australian Open 2015: Dani Vallverdu plays down Tomas Berdych’s inside line on Andy Murray

Vallverdu left Murray weeks ago to coach Berdych

Novak Djokovic vs Stan Wawrinka: Stage is set for another classic

Two go head-to-head on Friday

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