Australian Open: Day 5 highlights

first_img0823 TIAFOE OUTLASTS SEPPIFrances Tiafoe was pushed to five sets in the third round but found a way past Italian Andreas Seppi to seal a 6-7(3) 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3 win in three hours and 17 minutes.The American, who stunned fifth seed Kevin Anderson in the previous round, takes on Grigor Dimitrov next.READ MOREFederer serves up Fritz blitz to reach last 16Kyrgios is better on court than behind mike, says FedererAggressive Sharapova eliminates holder WozniackiMaria Sharapova v Caroline Wozniacki – match statsBarty party continues with Sakkari winUS teen Anisimova announces arrival with Sabalenka upsetTomic denies Hewitt allegations, calls him “liar” – reportDjokovic dominates Tsonga re-match to reach third roundSerena juggles business, motherhood before beating BouchardAustralia Davis Cup captain Hewitt says threatened by Tomic0712 DIMITROV DOWNS FABBIANOGrigor Dimitrov endured a stern test early in his third round match against Italian Thomas Fabbiano before the 20th seed prevailed 7-6(5) 6-4 6-4 in a little over two hours.0708 SHARAPOVA KNOCKS OUT WOZNIACKIFormer champion Maria Sharapova battled past holder Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 4-6 6-3 in a third round thriller.Denmark’s Wozniacki raced to a 4-1 lead in the opening set but Sharapova raised her level and reeled off the next five games to grab the early advantage in the contest.The second set followed a similar pattern before Wozniacki took advantage of Sharapova’s sloppy serving late on to drag the match into a decider.The Russian was not to be denied in the third set, however, as she closed out the win on her second match point in two hours and 24 minutes.0704 STEPHENS OVERCOMES MARTICAmerican Sloane Stephens, seeded fifth, beat Croatia’s Petra Martic 7-6(6) 7-6(5) to move into the fourth round where she meets Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Former U.S. Open champion Stephens has won both previous meetings with the unseeded Russian, including a three-set victory at Beijing last year.0439 TEENAGER ANISIMOVA DISMISSES SABALENKAAmerican teenager Amanda Anisimova pulled off an upset by swatting aside 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka 6-3 6-2.The unseeded 17-year-old, who reached the quarter-finals at Auckland earlier this month, prevailed in 65 minutes to set up a fourth-round clash with Petra Kvitova or Belinda Bencic.0344 FEDERER TOO GOOD FOR UNSEEDED FRITZHolder Rogerer Federer cruised past unseeded American Taylor Fritz 6-2 7-5 6-2 in 88 minutes for his third consecutive straight-sets win in this year’s tournament.0320 BERDYCH QUELLS SCHWARTZMAN CHALLENGETomas Berdych dropped the opening set but recovered to overcome Diego Schwartzman 5-7 6-3 7-5 6-4. The Czech missed the last six months of 2018 due to a back issue but has since returned to form, reaching the final of the Qatar Open earlier this month.0310 TSITSIPAS POWERS PAST BASILASHVILIStefanos Tsitsipas beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 3-6 7-6(7) 6-4 to reach the last 16 at Melbourne for the first time and equal his best Grand Slam result.0150 BARTY WINS FIRST MATCH OF THE DAYAustralia’s Ashleigh Barty beat Maria Sakkari 7-5 6-1 under a closed roof at Rod Laver Arena following morning showers.The temperature at Melbourne Park was hovering around the 25 degrees Celsius mark on a cloudy day.last_img read more

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Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean to leave club in summer

first_imgHaving signed McLean for a fee of around £360,000 from St Mirren during the 2015 winter transfer window, McInnes says the Dons may consider bids for their want-away star this January to avoid the prospect of losing him on a free six months later.McInnes said: “Kenny’s performances will dictate whether someone wants to come in for him in January. He’s certainly a player capable of attracting interest. “He’s been hugely influential on our team, even when he wasn’t at his best at the start of the season his commitment to us has been clear. “His running stats and high-intensity work has been, hands down, better than any other player.”He added: “Kenny will have a good future in the game, we’re disappointed he won’t be here a bit longer. “If we get an offer in January we may, or may not, consider it. We control where he goes in January.”Meanwhile, the Dons boss revealed the club are close to tying Antony O’Connor down to a longer-term deal in the north east after positive talks with the defender. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has revealed midfielder Kenny McLean wants to leave the Pittodrie side next summer.The 25-year-old’s contract with the Dons expires at the end of the season, and the Scotland international has informed his manager early of his desire to test himself elsewhere next campaign. The news of the Rangers youth product’s impending departure from the north east is another blow to McInnes, who saw captain Ryan Jack depart for Ibrox last summer. He said: “Unfortunately, Kenny McLean has indicated he is going to leave at the end of the season. “I am totally fine with that, disappointed naturally, but grateful at the same time that Kenny and his agent have been honest enough to say that will be their intention.”He added: “When we signed Kenny, part of the pitch for him coming here was to develop him into a full Scotland internationalist by being a part of a successful team and period here.“He’s done that and has been part of a strong team. We want him to go out on a high and achieve everything he wants, hopefully he can be involved in the Scotland squads coming up.“We wish Kenny well but for now his focus is on us and the rest of the season.”last_img read more

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