Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Subdued Serena plans to keep it simple
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams has a simple plan as she enters the twilight of her career. One tournament at a time. Oh, and have some fun.
Hewitt beats del Potro to win Kooyong title
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lleyton Hewitt rolled back the years and gave local fans some excitement before the Australian Open next week by demolishing world number seven Juan Martin del Potro 6-1 6-4 to claim the Kooyong Classic title on Saturday. The 31-year-old Hewitt, who has been troubled with foot, toe, hip and hand injuries in recent years, also beat Canada's Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic at the eight-man invitational tournament.
Ice-cool rookie Henley sets record pace at Waialae
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Rested Federer aims to go deep in Melbourne
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - With a trophy cabinet straining at the hinges and a 53rd consecutive grand slam appearance looming, Roger Federer might be excused for feeling a little jaded ahead of his bid for a fifth Australian Open crown. Not a bit of it, the 31-year-old Swiss maestro said on Saturday, having passed his motivation test during punishing practice sessions in the off-season.
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Djokovic backs old routine to break new ground
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - For Novak Djokovic, the formula for success at the Australian Open is simple - if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The world number one will try to create history over the next two weeks by becoming the first man to win three straight Australian Open titles in the professional era.
Falcons get chance to end playoff misery 2013-01-11T212944Z_1_BRE90A14T_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-PLAYOFFS-FALCON S.XML () -
Johnson pulls out of Waialae due to flu 2013-01-12T031812Z_3_BRE90B033_RTROPTC_0_US-GOLF-PGA-JOHNSON.XM L () -
Ishikawa, Wiratchant get Masters invitations 2013-01-12T045357Z_2_BRE90A0WY_RTROPTC_0_US-GOLF-MASTERS-ISHIKA WA.XML () -
Embattled Evans bids to prove his worth as BMC leader
NAZARETH, Belgium (Reuters) - Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans has recovered from the mental scars of last year's race and is looking to rediscover his old form as BMC's team leader. The 35-year-old Australian was blown away in last year's Tour by Briton Bradley Wiggins and the defending champion only finished seventh overall in a largely forgettable season.