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Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg, both six-time major winners, have reported for coaching duty for the first time at a Grand Slam to train Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, respectively.

Former No. 2-ranked player Goran Ivanisevic - who defeated Rafter in the 2001 Wimbledon final - has been working with Marin Cilic since November. But he watched the Rafter match Wednesday night.

“He gave it to me afterwards. He couldn’t believe how bad my return was,” Rafter said, bleeping out the word Ivanisevic used to describe his hitting. “He said it … not just bad, it was really bad.”


COMEBACK FROM CANCER: After surviving cancer, British tennis player Ross Hutchins returned to the Australian Open to win his first-round doubles match.

Almost one year ago, Hutchins was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, and underwent several months of chemotherapy.

Hutchins and his doubles partner Colin Fleming reunited earlier this year to play season-opening tournaments in Brisbane and Auckland, losing both in the first round.

On Wednesday, the pair advanced to the second round in Melbourne after defeating Marinko Matosevic and Michal Przysiezny 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be back, and especially to get our first win,” Hutchins said. “I think we did well to dig out a win today. It was actually brilliant to be honest, and I’m loving the feeling right now.”


BOY WHO CRIED WOLF: Bernard Tomic has been called the bad boy of Australian tennis and mocked by local media as “Tomic the Tank Engine.” He got a new nickname Wednesday: The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

Tomic felt compelled to call a news conference to prove that he really was too injured to finish his first-round match a day earlier against No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

When Tomic retired Tuesday after losing the first set 6-4, the crowd booed loudly. Australian commentators cast doubt on Tomic’s claim of a groin injury at his post-match news conference. Some recalled accusations at the 2012 U.S. Open that he “tanked,” or deliberately lost a match against Andy Roddick.

“I think I was misunderstood,” the 21-year-old said Wednesday. This time he brought a doctor for back-up.

“Had the scan this morning, which confirmed that obviously I was right,” said Tomic. He described the injury as a small tear in his groin.

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