Paul Newman

Paul Newman is Tennis Correspondent for The Independent.

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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

Australian Open 2015: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova set up all-star final in Melbourne

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

Maria Sharapova celebrates victory over Eugenie Bouchard in the Australian Open quarter-finals

Australian Open 2015: Maria Sharapova reveals her father’s pep talks keep her sharp

Sharapova's father Yuri has choice words to motivate the world No 2

Andy Murray vs Tomas Berydch: Murray cool over reunion with coach Dani Vallverdu at the Australian Open

Scot sets up semi-final showdown with Berdych and his old friend Vallverdu

Andy Murray celebrates a point against Nick Kyrgios

Andy Murray vs Nick Kyrgios match report: Murray defeats home favourite to reach Australian Open 2015 semi-finals

Murray cruised past Kyrgios 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 to book his place in the last four

Maria Sharapova celebrates victory over Eugenie Bouchard in the Australian Open quarter-finals

Australian Open 2015: Maria Sharapova breezes past Eugenie Bouchard to set-up semi-final clash with Ekaterina Makarova

Sharapova needed just 78 minutes to beat Bouchard 6-3, 6-2 while Makarova knocked out Simona Halep 6-4, 6-0

Rafael Nadal suffered a straight-sets defeat to Tomas Berdych

Australian Open 2015: Off-colour Rafael Nadal suffers shock first loss to Tomas Berdych in 18 attempts to crash out of quarter-finals

Nadal's mounting physical problems appeared to get the better of him as Berdych triumphed in straight sets 6-2, 6-0, 7-6

Australian Open 2015: Andy Murray unfazed by the antics of Aussie wild child Nick Kyrgios

Australia loves a sportsman with attitude but Nick Kyrgios’s behaviour does not meet with everyone’s approval. The 19-year-old from Canberra, who faces Andy Murray in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open here today, has already been fined a total of $6,500 (about £4,330) for three different offences at the tournament, including racket abuse and audible obscenities.

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