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Tennis down under

Following the emotion and excitement of November’s newly formatted Davis Cup, won so impressively by hosts Spain, the inaugural ATP Cup, held across Australia, proved equally thrilling, with Serbia, headed by Novak Djokovic, defeating Rafa Nadal’s Spain in the final in what is effectively the lead up to next week’s Australian Open. Meanwhile, across the Tasman Sea, Serena Williams has done her preparations for Melbourne no harm by winning the Auckland Classic, her first title in three years. Elsewhere, Britons Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund are currently looking for confidence boosting wins in their build up to next week, whilst Sir Andy Murray sadly misses out through injury. However, the terrible bushfires currently raging in Australia are a cause of concern for all, with many players donating to the relief efforts, but the resulting air quality remains a real threat to the event