January 28, 2013 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic became the first man in the Open era to win three consecutive Australian titles when he beat Britain's Andy Murray, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2, in Sunday's final. Little wonder the 25-year-old Serb loves Rod Laver Arena. "It's definitely my favorite Grand Slam," Djokovic said. "It's an incredible feeling winning this trophy once more. I love this court. " Djokovic has won four of his six major titles at Melbourne Park, where he is now unbeaten in 21 matches.
January 21, 2013 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - The opponent was different, the match three rounds earlier. Still, the result gave Novak Djokovic a familiar feeling. The Serb needed a little more than five hours to beat Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10, in a fourth-round match Sunday night in the Australian Open, on the same court where he needed 5 hours, 53 seconds to beat Rafael Nadal in last year's final. "I just had flashback of 2012," Djokovic said. "I tried to enjoy the moment and couldn't ask for more.
January 19, 2013 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Maria Sharapova leaned back, pumped her arms and screamed after her 6-1, 6-3 win Friday over Venus Williams in the Australian Open, her first over the seven-time Gram Slam winner. This was a match clearly worth celebrating, but in the end it was just a preliminary win and there's a lot of tennis left. "I was just really pumped," Sharapova said. Her exuberant celebration had little effect on Williams, who barely acknowledged it as she made her way from the court.
January 16, 2013 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams tumbled to the court and needed a medical timeout in the first set for treatment on her right ankle, but once she got up, it was all over for Edina Gallovits-Hall. Williams routed Gallovits-Hall, 6-0, 6-0, in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday despite the scary sequence in the first part of the match. The 31-year-old American was leading by 4-0 after 19 minutes when she fell awkwardly chasing a ball wide on her forehand side, putting both hands over her face.
January 14, 2013 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - The novelty of being the first British man to win a Grand Slam title in 76 years is about to give way to the reality of being a reigning major winner. It's just another reason Andy Murray has found to keep Ivan Lendl in his corner as coach. Murray's career-changing win at the U.S. Open in September came shortly after his breakthrough win at the London Olympics, where he avenged a painful defeat on the same court to Roger Federer at Wimbledon. The 25-year-old Scot said it was the most intense three months of his life.
January 27, 2012 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal outlasted Roger Federer, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4, in an Australian Open semifinal Thursday night, the longtime rivals playing with the intensity normally displayed when meeting in a Grand Slam final. Nadal will have the opportunity to win another championship Sunday night when he plays the winner of Friday's semifinal between defending champion Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Earlier, Maria Sharapova overcame Petra Kvitova to advance to the women's final against Victoria Azarenka.
January 26, 2012 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - With Novak Djokovic clutching his leg and struggling to breathe, it looked as if the "Big 4" semifinal lineup in the Australian Open might not come together. Then Djokovic's championship instincts kicked in. The top-ranked Serb held off No. 5 David Ferrer of Spain in a second-set tiebreaker Wednesday night, then raced through the third set for a 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-1 win to set up a rematch of last year's final against fourth-ranked Andy Murray of Britain.
January 25, 2012 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Maria Sharapova remains perfect in Australian Open quarterfinals, defeating Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2, 6-3, on Wednesday. Sharapova has won all five quarterfinals she has contested at Melbourne Park and has advanced to the final twice, including when she won the title in 2008. The 24-year-old Russian, who has lost just 21 games in five matches, will play Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the semifinals. Makarova had an upset win over five-time champion Serena Williams in the fourth round.
January 18, 2012 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Defending champion Kim Clijsters cruised into the third round of the Australian Open. Clijsters needed only 47 minutes to beat Stephanie Foretz Gacon of France, 6-0, 6-1, on Wednesday, showing no signs of a hip problem that forced her to retire during a semifinal against Daniela Hantuchova at a warm-up tournament two weeks ago. She will meet Hantuchova in the next round here, and has a potential rematch of the 2011 Australian...
January 16, 2012 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Third-seeded Victoria Azarenka won 12 straight games to finish off Heather Watson, 6-1, 6-0, in 67 minutes today in the opening match on center court at the Australian Open. Azarenka, one of six women who can finish atop the rankings depending on results at Melbourne Park, is coming off a win at the Sydney International last week. "Well, the score is easy. To actually play the match, it's never easy, especially for me coming here only Saturday," Azarenka said, adding she was unsettled because she had to get to Melbourne Park so early there was nowhere open to buy her morning coffee.