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Tennis: 'Special Ks' head new generation at Aussie Open

Australia's "Special Ks" Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have grabbed the attention at the Australian Open with top players and coaches lauding them as exciting members of a new generation. Both teenagers caught the eye in reaching the second round, with 17-year-old Kokkinakis praised by world number one Rafael Nadal and Kyrgios, 18, going down guns blazing in an absorbing five-setter. Nadal said Kokkinakis has everything to become a great player after the youngster went down in straight sets, impressing with his serve and forehand.

Tennis: Tomic says he's 'misunderstood' after Aussie boos

Bernard Tomic Wednesday insisted he's misunderstood by his fellow Australians but is determined to realise his potential after a backlash over his early injury retirement at the Australian Open. The gifted but as yet unfulfilled 21-year-old drew boos and jeers when he retired with a groin injury when a set down to world number one Rafael Nadal in their first-round match on Tuesday. His decision to quit rather than exacerbate a groin injury did not impress the capacity night crowd at Rod Laver Arena, and again raised questions about the desire of the world number 57.

Nadal, Federer and Azarenka advance at Australian Open

International Sports Desk, Jan 14 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round of the Australian Open when his opponent, Australia's Bernard Tomic, retired due to an injury. Nadal, the top seed, was up 6-4 in the match when Tomic was forced to stop playing. The Australian player sustained a groin injury in practice earlier this week and requested medical assistance at the start of the match. The 21-year-old Tomic played through the first set and was broken in the 9th game, giving Nadal the opportunity to serve for the set.

Tennis: Nadal through after Tomic retirement at Open

Top seed Rafael Nadal went through to the second round of the Australian Open after local hope Bernard Tomic retired with an injury on Tuesday. The Spaniard won the opening set 6-4 before the Australian called it quits with a thigh injury. rsm/mp

Tennis: Nadal through after Tomic retirement at Open

Top seed Rafael Nadal eased through to the second round of the Australian Open after local hope Bernard Tomic retired with an injury after the first set on Tuesday. The Spaniard won the opening set 6-4 before the Australian called it quits with a thigh injury, to boos from the crowd. Tomic looked to be in discomfort from the injury and sought courtside treatment throughout the set from a physio. Despite that Tomic, the world number 57, traded games with the Spanish world number one until he was broken in the ninth game.

Tennis: Hewitt urges Tomic to defy pain against Nadal

Lleyton Hewitt has urged Bernard Tomic to play through the pain barrier if he is to pull off a monumental upset over Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. Tomic's work ethic has been questioned in the past but Grand Slam warrior Hewitt has backed his Davis Cup team-mate to stretch the top seed. "It's going to be tough for him (Tomic) to go with Rafa for five sets," Hewitt said ahead of Tuesday's blockbuster. "It turns into a physical battle. That's what Rafa does to everyone out there.

Nervy Rafter could 'choke' in doubles return with Hewitt

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has enjoyed smiting foes in the senior's tour since his retirement, but fears he may have bitten off more than he can chew by agreeing to partner Lleyton Hewitt in the Australian Open doubles. The partnership with Hewitt, the most recent of Australia's grand slam winners, may leave sentimental locals misty-eyed as it hearkens back to the days when Australian men walked tall on the tour at the turn of the century.

Tennis: I can beat Nadal, says Australia's Tomic

Bernard Tomic Sunday said he was capable of upsetting Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open first round, but admitted he will need to be at his best to beat the world number one. The local favourite, hammered in Saturday's Sydney International final by fifth-ranked Juan Martin del Potro, has been in good form but was handed a horror draw at Melbourne Park. Few believe Tomic, 21, has much of a chance against the 13-time Grand Slam winner, but the confident world number 57 said he had faith in his abilities.

Tennis: Del Potro overpowers Tomic in Sydney final

Juan Martin del Potro bludgeoned Bernard Tomic with his powerful forehand to win a lopsided Sydney International final on Saturday. The Argentine world number five took just 53 minutes to master the Australian defending champion 6-3, 6-1. It was del Potro's 18th career title and he became the first Argentine to win in Sydney since David Nalbandian in 2009. It was the ideal lead in to Monday's Australian Open for del Potro, who plays a qualifier in the first round and is seeded to face world number one Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

Tennis: Sydney International results

Result of a match played at the Sydney International on Saturday (x denotes seed): Men's singles final: Juan Martin del Potro (ARG x1) bt Bernard Tomic (AUS) 6-3, 6-1 afp
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