Australian Open Tennis

Australian Open 2014: Rafael Nadal up for double record Down Under

The Australian Open has not always brought Rafael Nadal good fortune, but the year’s opening Grand Slam tournament is set to provide him with his latest stepping stone on the route to sporting greatness. If Nadal beats Stanislas Wawrinka in today’s final – and the bookmakers have him as a red-hot favourite to do so – he will move into joint second place on the all-time list of male Grand Slam champions and become the first man in the Open era to win all four of the sport’s major titles twice.

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Laura Robson meets her teen match

Laura Robson seldom comes up against fellow teenagers these days, let alone one ranked higher than her, but the 18-year-old Briton had the misfortune to be drawn against one of the USA's outstanding young talents in the first round of the Hobart International yesterday.

Serena Williams looks in ominous form

Another season, another title. Serena Williams threw down a challenge to her rivals in the Australian Open, which starts next Monday, with a fine performance in the final of the Brisbane International tournament, beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-1.