Adam Cooper

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Be patient: Agassi on Nadal

Andre Agassi

Adam Cooper Rafael Nadal might need all of 2013 to get close to his best, according to Andre Agassi.


Djokovic's fright will be key to win: Agassi

Novak Djokovic of Serbia embraces Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland (L) after defeating him in their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 21, 2013.  REUTERS/Daniel Munoz (AUSTRALIA  - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Adam Cooper ALWAYS coming from a different angle, Andre Agassi believes a Swiss will have an influence in Sunday night's men's final, where he expects Novak Djokovic to beat Andy Murray.

Close call key to final, says Agassi

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25:  Andre Agassi talks to the press during day twelve of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

Adam Cooper ALWAYS coming from a different angle, Andre Agassi believes a Swiss star will have an influence in Sunday night's men's final, where he expects Novak Djokovic to beat Andy Murray.


Agassi takes Azarenka at her word

Adam Cooper Tennis great Andre Agassi has given Victoria Azarenka the benefit of the doubt.


Time-outs essential for safety - Agassi

NEW YORK - APRIL 25:  Former tennis star Andre Agassi attends a press conference for Athletes for Hope at Manhattan Center Studios on April 25, 2007 in New York City.  (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)

Adam Cooper ANDRE AGASSI has given Victoria Azarenka the benefit of the doubt over her controversial decision to seek medical help in her Australian Open semi-final, but insisted time-outs must be retained to...


Tale of two semi-finals: Li looks good while No.1 is puffed

Australian Open Tennis Day  11 , Li Na during her victory over Maria Sharapova on Rod Laver ArenaPhoto Pat Scala The AgeThursday the 24th of January 2013

Adam Cooper ONE dropped four games in winning her semi-final; the other five. But where Li Na enters Saturday night's decider on the back of what she termed the perfect match, Victoria Azarenka must overcome an...

Big Bash rules set to change

Daniel Worrall

Adam Cooper and Jesse Hogan Cricket Australia could change schedule and competition rules for substitutions.

Samuels to miss series

Marlon Samuels.

Adam Cooper All-rounder's facial injuries keep him out of West Indies' squad to tour Australia.

Maxwell taking tough road to India

Glenn Maxwell.

Adam Cooper Glenn Maxwell quick to agree that he is not yet a frontline spinner.


Baggy green cheapened: Lee

Brett Lee.

Adam Cooper Australia's fast bowling stocks are so crowded even Brett Lee says he has no idea who features in the best attack, but believes the rotation policy used this summer has reduced the value of earning a...


Blake crashes out in qualifying

James Blake

Adam Cooper Australian Open may have farewelled James Blake, after he was knocked out of qualifying event.


Federer again in Tomic's way

Bernard Tomic.

Adam Cooper Roger Federer again looms as Bernard Tomic's opponent in the middle rounds.

Federer the roadblock to men's hopes, but safer start for Stosur

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Tennis. Australian Open tennis practice sessions today.
Roger Federer.

Adam Cooper ROGER Federer looms as Bernard Tomic's opponent again in the middle rounds at Melbourne Park and former Australian star Pat Cash reckons last year's clash will benefit the Swiss superstar more than...


Cash has cup concerns

Pat Cash

Adam Cooper Davis Cup great Pat Cash says Bernard Tomic runs the risk of being shunned by Australians.


Healed Azarenka ready to put her best foot forward

Victoria Azarenka

Adam Cooper Defending women's champ has confirmed her infected big toe has fully recovered.


Sam Stosur scores favourable Open draw

Sam Stosur.

Adam Cooper Samantha Stosur has been handed a favourable draw for the first round of the Australian Open, but Lleyton Hewitt was not so lucky.

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Hewitt adds voice to time rule dissent


Adam Cooper Players should not have to think about time between points, says Lleyton Hewitt.


Hewitt's the real wildcard in Open, says rising star

Lleyton Hewitt

Adam Cooper LAST year he came up against a Lleyton Hewitt running on emotion and seemingly on one leg, and still walked out of Melbourne Park the loser.


Hewitt's toughness inspires Raonic

Lleyton Hewitt

Adam Cooper Last year he saw Lleyton Hewitt running on emotion and seemingly on one leg and walking out of Melbourne Park a loser.


Hewitt through to Kooyong final after upset win over Berdych

Lleyton Hewitt.

Adam Cooper Lleyton Hewitt gained another big confidence boost in the lead-up to the Australian Open by comfortably defeating world No.