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Wildfire smoke billows behind a mountain range on Tuesday, jan. 28, 2020, close to Canberra's southern outskirts. The rapidly-spreading wildfire sparked by a military helicopter on Monday is threatening homes on Tuesday on the outskirts of the Australian capital. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

Wildfire threatens homes on Australian capital's outskirts

Jan. 28, 2020 8:12 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A wildfire sparked by a military helicopter helping firefighting efforts was blazing out of control and threatening homes on the outskirts of Australia's capital on Tuesday as fire danger escalated across the country’s southeast. The fire had spread over 8,000 hectares...

Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts after defeating Tennys Sandgren of the U.S. in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Federer saves 7 match points in Australia; Djokovic up next

Jan. 28, 2020 7:47 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer was not going to go gently, of course, no matter how daunting the number of match points — his opponent accumulated seven! — no matter how achy his 38-year-old legs, no matter how slow his serves, no matter how off-target his groundstrokes. Federer...

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts as he is interviewed by John McEnroe about the death of his friend Kobe Bryant following his quarterfinal win over Canada's Milos Raonic at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.(AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

The Latest: Djokovic "heartbroken" after Kobe Bryant's death

Jan. 28, 2020 7:31 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Novak Djokovic choked back tears as he paid tribute to Kobe Bryant. After moving within two wins of an eighth Australian Open title with a win over Milos Raonic, Djokovic wore a green jacket with the letters K B and...

Spain's Rafael Nadal serves to compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta during their third round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Australian Open Glance: Nadal-Thiem QF could be a long one

Jan. 28, 2020 6:50 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open: LOOKAHEAD TO WEDNESDAY Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem play a quarterfinal in a rematch of last year's French Open final won in four sets by Nadal. But perhaps a better indicator of what to expect at Melbourne Park can...

Australia's Ashleigh Barty laughs during a post match interview following her win over Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

It's Barty time at Australian Open; local hope is into semis

Jan. 28, 2020 5:50 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — There's a Barty going on Down Under. It's already bigger than the Barty party that took over Melbourne Park last year. That ended with Ash Barty's loss to Petra Kvitova in the Australian Open quarterfinals. This one picked up with Barty's 7-6 (6), 6-2 quarterfinal win over the...

Australia's Ashleigh Barty laughs during a post match interview following her win over Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Barty goes on at Australian Open, sets up semifinal v Kenin

Jan. 28, 2020 12:14 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ash Barty is a step closer to ending a four-decade drought for Aussies at the national championship. Top-ranked Barty saved set points in the 11th game and another in the tiebreaker before seizing the momentum against two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in a 7-6 (6), 6-2...

Australia's Nick Kyrgios walks onto Rod Laver Arena wearing a shirt as a tribute to Kobe Bryant ahead of his fourth round singles match against Spain's Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Players pay respects to Kobe Bryant at Australian Open

Jan. 27, 2020 8:49 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Nick Kyrgios wore a Los Angeles Lakers No. 8 jersey to honor Kobe Bryant on Monday ahead of his most important match of the Australian Open against top-ranked Rafael Nadal, paying his respects without needing to say a word. Fifteen-year-old Coco Gauff had Bryant's numbers 8 and...

Spain's Rafael Nadal, left, is congratulated by Australia's Nick Kyrgios after winning their fourth round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Steady Nadal beats animated Kyrgios in 4 at Australian Open

Jan. 27, 2020 8:37 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal left the muttering and the preening, the underarm serving and the 'tweening, to his younger, flashier opponent, Nick Kyrgios. Surely, Nadal was content to collect the win in the latest installment of their rivalry. The No. 1-ranked Nadal kept his thoughts to...

Former Australian Open champion Margaret Court holds up the women's Australian Open trophy, the Daphne Ackhurst Memorial Cup, as her 50th anniversary of her Grand Slam is celebrated at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Court gets recognition, without addressing Australian crowd

Jan. 27, 2020 8:33 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Margaret Court was present but didn't address the crowd at a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of her calendar-year Grand Slam in 1970, a tricky event for Australian Open organizers trying to balance recognition of the achievement with their responsibility to promote...

Canada's Milos Raonic signs his autograph onto a Canadian flag after defeating Croatia's Marin Cilic in their fourth round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Australian Open Glance: A Djokovic-Raonic QF showdown

Jan. 27, 2020 7:29 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open: LOOKAHEAD TO TUESDAY: Milos Raonic's perfect record at Melbourne Park this year — four straight-sets victories, including a third-round win over No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas — is in for a serious quarterfinal test against a guy he's...