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Tennis: Melzer out of Australian Open

Austria's world number 27 Jurgen Melzer on Saturday withdrew from the Australian Open with a shoulder injury. "Unfortunately I have to withdraw from this year's Australian Open due to my ongoing left shoulder problems. I will be back next year!!!," tweeted the 32-year-old. "I will miss one of my favorite tournaments and it's top class fans!" Melzer has not played since a second round loss to Japan's Kei Nishikori at the Shanghai Masters in October. The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, gets underway in Melbourne on January 13.

Tennis: Sousa marches into Malaysian Open final

Joao Sousa continued his dominant form at the Malaysian Open on Saturday, ousting Austrian fourth seed Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to reach his first ATP final. The world No. 77 from Portugal, who upset top seed David Ferrer in straight sets on Friday, kept his cool under tremendous pressure from Melzer who is the world No. 26 to record a memorable win which sets up the opportunity to be the first ATP winner from his country. Sousa is looking forward for a historic win in the tournament on Sunday.

Tennis: Sousa downs top seed Ferrer in Malaysia

Unseeded Portuguese player Joao Sousa clinched his first ever victory over a top five player when he defeated top seed David Ferrer in the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open on Friday. Sousa, given special exemption from the organisers to skip the qualifying rounds after reaching the semi-finals in St. Petersburg last weekend, justified their faith in him by beating Ferrer 6-2, 7-6 (8/6) in 98 minutes. The 24-year-old was denied a match point opportunity when he served for victory at 5-4 in the second set, before rallying from a 4-6 deficit in the tie-break.

Tennis: Thirty-somethings dominate Malaysian Open

Seeds Jurgen Melzer and Julien Benneteau advanced Friday into the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open, which could see an all over-30s cast. Melzer, seeded fourth, came away with a routine 6-3, 6-2 victory over Argentine Federico Delbonis, 22, while Benneteau outplayed 25-year-old French compatriot Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-3. Top seed David Ferrer, 31, will face unseeded Joao Sousa later Friday, while second seed Stanislas Wawrinka takes on 30-year-old Dmitry Tursunov in the remaining quarter-final in Kuala Lumpur.

Tennis: Davis Cup result - Netherlands 5 Austria 0

Davis Cup World Group play-off result from the match between Netherlands and Austria in Groningen on Sunday: Netherlands 5 Austria 0 Jesse Hutta Galung (NED) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 Thiemo de Bakker (NED) bt Oliver Marach (AUT) - walkover Saturday Robin Haase/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) bt Olivier Marach/Julian Knowle (AUT) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 Friday Robin Haase (NED) bt Oliver Marach (AUT) 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 Thiemo de Bakker (NED) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 5-7, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 afp

Tennis: Davis Cup result - Netherlands 2 Austria 0

Davis Cup World Group play-off result from the match between Netherlands and Austria in Groningen on Friday: Netherlands 2 Austria 0 Robin Haase (NED) bt Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 Thiemo de Bakker (NED) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 5-7, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 Staurday Jesse Huta Galung/ Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) v Oliver Marach/ Jurgen Melzer (AUT) Sunday Robin Haase (NED) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT), Thiemo de Bakker (NED) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) afp

Tennis: Melzer takes Winston-Salem title as injury halts Monfils

Frenchman Gael Monfils fell victim to an abdominal muscle injury and retired from the ATP Winston-Salem final handing Austrian Jurgen Melzer the crown. Melzer was leading 6-3, 2-1 -- and was up a break in the second set -- when Monfils called it quits after consulting with a trainer. The latest of the injury hard luck that has followed flamboyant shot-maker Monfils throughout his career comes with the start of the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the season, looming on Monday in New York.

Tennis: Lorenzi, Isner advance at Houston tennis

Seventh-seeded Paolo Lorenzi overpowered Austrian qualifier Gerald Melzer 6-2, 6-2 in the opening round of the ATP Tour's US Clay Court Championships on Tuesday. The 31-year-old Italian Lorenzi, who won the doubles title at Vina del Mar earlier this year, blasted three aces, had two double faults and won 68 percent of his first-serve points. It was the first career match between world No. 62 Lorenzi and the 22-year-old Melzer, who is the younger brother of Austrian star Jurgen Melzer. Jurgen was runner-up at Houston in 2006.

Tennis: Italy's Lorenzi advances at Houston tennis

Seventh-seeded Paolo Lorenzi overpowered Austrian qualifier Gerald Melzer 6-2, 6-2 in the opening round of the ATP Tour's US Clay Court Championships on Tuesday. The 31-year-old Italian Lorenzi, who won the doubles title at Vina del Mar earlier this year, blasted three aces, had two double faults and won 68 percent of his first-serve points. It was the first career match between world No. 62 Lorenzi and the 22-year-old Melzer, who is the younger brother of Austrian star Jurgen Melzer. Jurgen was runner-up at Houston in 2006.

Tennis: Ferrer fights back to book Miami semi-final

Third-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer quieted his early nerves and battled back for a three-set victory over Austrian veteran Jurgen Melzer Wednesday to reach the semi-finals of the Miami ATP Masters. Ferrer defeated the unseeded Melzer 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 and will face either French 11th seed Gilles Simon or giant-killer Tommy Haas of Germany for a place in the title match. Haas, 34 years old and seeded 15th, toppled world No. 1 and two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets on Tuesday to book his quarter-final berth.
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