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Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his semi-final match against Russia's Aslan Karatsev(REUTERS)

Djokovic into Australian Open final for 9th time

AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 04:29 PM IST
The top-ranked Djokovic is 8-0 in his previous trips to the final at Melbourne Park. He is also unbeaten in all nine semifinals he has contested in Australia.
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United States' Serena Williams leaves a press conference following her semifinal loss to Japan's Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021.(AP)
United States' Serena Williams leaves a press conference following her semifinal loss to Japan's Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021.(AP)

Tearful Serena cuts short news conference after defeat to Osaka

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 11:56 AM IST
Asked if it was just a bad day at the office, Williams said: "I don't know. I'm done," before leaving the room in tears.
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Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his quarter-final match against Germany's Alexander Zverev(REUTERS)
Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his quarter-final match against Germany's Alexander Zverev(REUTERS)

'Not normal': Djokovic raises the quarantine-injury connection

AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 11:36 PM IST
On the other half of the draw, Rafael Nadal's own bad back is improving, at least, as he heads into his quarterfinal against a man whose fourth-round foe pulled out of the Grand Slam tournament because of his own abdominal injury.
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Security usher spectators from Rod Laver Arena during the third round match between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and United States' Talyor Fritz at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, will begin its third lockdown on midnight Friday due to a rapidly spreading COVID-19 cluster centered on hotel quarantine.(AP)
Security usher spectators from Rod Laver Arena during the third round match between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and United States' Talyor Fritz at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, will begin its third lockdown on midnight Friday due to a rapidly spreading COVID-19 cluster centered on hotel quarantine.(AP)

Djokovic match paused as booing fans told to go

AP
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2021 06:40 PM IST
Fans booed when they were told over the stadium loudspeakers to leave because they needed to be home by midnight.
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Australia's Nick Kyrgios, left, congratulates Austria's Dominic Thiem for winning their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. (AP)
Australia's Nick Kyrgios, left, congratulates Austria's Dominic Thiem for winning their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. (AP)

Thiem halts The Nick Kyrgios Experience at Australian Open

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 05:55 PM IST
Not surprisingly, the talented and tempestuous Kyrgios was decidedly less amused after his level of play dipped, resulting in a tossed racket, his customary sort of back-and-forth with the chair umpire, a couple of warnings that resulted in a point penalty — and a hard-to-swallow loss to Thiem by a score of 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
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Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his second round match against Michael Mmoh of the U.S.(REUTERS)
Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his second round match against Michael Mmoh of the U.S.(REUTERS)

Australian Open: No fans as Nadal, 3 U.S. women eye 4th round

AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 03:39 PM IST
Rafael Nadal continues his attempt for a men’s-record 21st Grand Slam singles title when he takes on Cameron Norrie, while three American women will attempt to join Serena Williams in the fourth round.
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Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021 Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates winning her second round match against Cori Gauff of the US(REUTERS)
Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021 Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates winning her second round match against Cori Gauff of the US(REUTERS)

Svitolina beats Gauff in 2nd round in Australian Open

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2021 04:29 PM IST
Gauff failed to find a way past the steely Svitolina, who converted two out of her three break point opportunities against the big-hitting world number 48 to seal the fate of the match in their first meeting.
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Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Germany's Alexander Zverev in action during his second round match against Maxime Cressy of the U.S.(REUTERS)
Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Germany's Alexander Zverev in action during his second round match against Maxime Cressy of the U.S.(REUTERS)

Zverev cruises past American qualifier Cressy into third round

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 06:09 PM IST
Zverev hit six more winners than Cressy, who is ranked 172nd, with 11 unforced errors to his opponent's 30, breaking the American's serve once in each of the first two sets and twice in the third.
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Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her second round match against Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic(REUTERS)
Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her second round match against Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic(REUTERS)

Second seed Halep survives huge scare to advance in Australian Open

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 04:52 PM IST
Twice Grand Slam winner Halep came into the match with a 3-0 career record against the 27-year-old Australian, ranked 72nd, but found it difficult to pave a way past Tomljanovic's all-or-nothing approach in front of a boisterous Melbourne Court Arena.
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Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka in action during his second round match against Hungary's Marton Fucsovics(REUTERS)
Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka in action during his second round match against Hungary's Marton Fucsovics(REUTERS)

Wawrinka falls to Fucsovics in five-set thriller

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 03:49 PM IST
Wawrinka was sloppy in the opening two sets, committing 29 unforced errors and landing just over 60% of his first serves, but the 17th seed found his range in the third set, breaking Fucsovics in the opening game before taking control with a string of blistering backhands.
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Romania's Simona Halep in action during her first round match against Australia's Lizette Cabrera.(REUTERS)
Romania's Simona Halep in action during her first round match against Australia's Lizette Cabrera.(REUTERS)

Dominant Halep moves into second round at a canter

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 03:28 PM IST
The second-seeded Romanian looked in fine form as she moved her opponent around the Rod Laver Arena court apparently at will and seized her break-point opportunities with alacrity.
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2021 Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her match against Germany's Laura Siegemund(REUTERS)
2021 Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her match against Germany's Laura Siegemund(REUTERS)

Simona Halep back on the job at Melbourne Park

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 11:27 AM IST
Halep, who boasts French Open and Wimbledon titles in her Grand Slam collection, lost the 2018 Australian Open final to Caroline Wozniacki and fell at the penultimate hurdle last year with a semi-final loss to Garbine Muguruza.
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Sofia Kenin of the U.S. looks(REUTERS)
Sofia Kenin of the U.S. looks(REUTERS)

Defending champ Kenin: leg will be OK for Australian Open

AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 11:22 AM IST
Kenin said she’d been bothered by pain in her upper left leg and felt frustrated. She didn’t expect it to be a problem, though, when the Australian Open starts Monday.
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Tennis - Yarra Valley Classic - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 5, 2021 Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates after winning her quarter final match against Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo(REUTERS)
Tennis - Yarra Valley Classic - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 5, 2021 Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates after winning her quarter final match against Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo(REUTERS)

Osaka strives for consistency, not No. 1 ranking

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 11:19 AM IST
Osaka, who plays former quarter-finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round at Melbourne Park, won her second U.S. Open title last year and is widely seen as having the potential to dominate the women's circuit for years to come.
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Serena Williams celebrates after winning her match against Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova(REUTERS)
Serena Williams celebrates after winning her match against Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova(REUTERS)

Serena Williams keeps rolling in tuneup for Australian Open

AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 03:29 PM IST
Now that she's at Melbourne Park, though, she's making the most of her time in the Yarra Valley Classic to prepare for next week's Australian Open.
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United States' Serena Williams serves to Australia's Daria Gavrilova during a tuneup tournament ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne(AP)
United States' Serena Williams serves to Australia's Daria Gavrilova during a tuneup tournament ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne(AP)

Serena Williams through easily in 1st Australian Open tuneup

AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2021 02:14 PM IST
Williams has been stalled on 23 major singles titles since the 2017 Australian Open, when she was two months’ pregnant with now-three-year-old daughter Olympia and when she beat her sister Venus in the final.
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Tennis player Coco Gauff of the United States is seen training at Melbourne Park as players undergo mandatory quarantine in advance of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kelly Defina(REUTERS)
Tennis player Coco Gauff of the United States is seen training at Melbourne Park as players undergo mandatory quarantine in advance of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kelly Defina(REUTERS)

Coco Gauff through in 3 tough sets in Australian Open tuneup

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2021 01:20 PM IST
"All the training I did in the off-season meant that I could go three tough sets," Gauff said on court after the match.
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Rafael Nadal practices at Melbourne Park in advance of the Australian Open in Melbourne(REUTERS)
Rafael Nadal practices at Melbourne Park in advance of the Australian Open in Melbourne(REUTERS)

Unusual circumstances, but time to talk tennis for Nadal

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 02:41 PM IST
The 34-year-old, who secured his 20th Grand Slam title at last year's delayed French Open, completed his two weeks of isolation in Adelaide on Friday before playing an exhibition match and then heading to Melbourne.
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FILE PHOTO: Tennis - ATP Finals - The O2, London, Britain - November 21, 2020 Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his semi-final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Toby Melville(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - ATP Finals - The O2, London, Britain - November 21, 2020 Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his semi-final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Toby Melville(REUTERS)

Djokovic is our LeBron but we have to call him out sometimes: Kyrgios

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 01:40 PM IST
The maverick Australian called the Serbian's ill-fated Adria Tour in June "boneheaded" and described Djokovic as a "tool" last week when he wrote to Australian Open organisers asking for the easing of quarantine conditions.
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Mario Vilella(Twitter)
Mario Vilella(Twitter)

Spanish federation apologises to Tennis Australia over player quarantine

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 03:09 PM IST
More than 70 players have been confined to their rooms after some passengers on three charter flights that brought them to Australia tested positive for the new coronavirus. Other players are able to train for up to five hours a day.
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World No. 1-ranked Ash Barty: File Photo(AP)
World No. 1-ranked Ash Barty: File Photo(AP)

World No.1 Barty joins elite field for Adelaide exhibition

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 02:33 PM IST
U.S. Open winners Dominic Thiem and Naomi Osaka and women's No. 2 Simona Halep will be part of the eight-player field, which also includes 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner.
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A general view of Australian Open flags in Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders(REUTERS)
A general view of Australian Open flags in Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders(REUTERS)

Don't feed the mice, minister tells quarantined players

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 01:19 PM IST
The Kazak swapped rooms earlier this week after finding a mouse but said her new room was also infested. She shared a video of a mouse jumping out from behind a closet on social media.
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File photo of Tennys Sandgren(REUTERS)
File photo of Tennys Sandgren(REUTERS)

Sandgren allowed to board Australian Open flight despite positive test

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 12:34 PM IST
Sandgren said on Twitter he had tested positive in November and returned another positive test on Monday and might not be able to board the flight, one of 15 carrying players and coaching staff to the first Grand Slam of the year.
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Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. A person picks up tennis balls in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Files(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. A person picks up tennis balls in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Files(REUTERS)

Start of Australian Open confirmed for February 8

By Reuters | MELBOURNE
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 09:44 AM IST
The start date of the main draw of the tournament was originally slated for Jan. 18 and organisers have been locked in drawn-out negotiations with local government over COVID-19 health security measures.
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: The giant Australian Open logo is seen full of tennis balls ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 05, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia(Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: The giant Australian Open logo is seen full of tennis balls ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 05, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia(Getty Images)

Australian Open to start on Feb. 8 - ATP

By Reuters | Melbourne
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 07:45 AM IST
The start date of the main draw of the year’s first Grand Slam was originally slated for Jan. 18 and organisers Tennis Australia have been in drawn-out negotiations with local government over Covid-19 health measures.
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Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament.(REUTERS)
Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament.(REUTERS)

Sports minister: Australian Open ‘most likely’ to be delayed

By Associated Press | MELBOURNE, Australia
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 06:59 PM IST
Martin Pakula also said negotiations between various levels of governments and tennis officials were close to a conclusion and that the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year was expected to go ahead.
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Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo(REUTERS)
Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo(REUTERS)

Sports minister: Australian Open ‘most likely’ to be delayed

By Associated Press | Melbourne
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 10:24 AM IST
Martin Pakula also said negotiations between various levels of governments and tennis officials were close to a conclusion and that the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year was expected to go ahead.
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 13: 2016 Australian Open winners Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Angelique Kerber speak on stage under the new Australian Open logo during the 2017 Australian Open official draw at Melbourne Park on January 13, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.(Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 13: 2016 Australian Open winners Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Angelique Kerber speak on stage under the new Australian Open logo during the 2017 Australian Open official draw at Melbourne Park on January 13, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.(Getty Images)

Organisers dismiss Australian Open delay ‘speculation’

By Reuters | Melbourne
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 04:55 PM IST
“I am very confident we will have an Aussie Open in the early part of next year,” a report quoted Victoria premier Daniel Andrews as saying on Saturday.
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic(REUTERS)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic(REUTERS)

Djokovic urges government ‘support’ players over Australian Open preparations

By Reuters | Djokovic
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 12:35 PM IST
The start of the 2021 season remains in limbo, with officials declining to endorse Tennis Australia’s plans to have players arrive mid-December and be free to compete at the ATP Cup and other events ahead of the year’s first Grand Slam.
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Photo of Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic(Twitter)
Photo of Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic(Twitter)

Have mixed emotions on ending 2020 as number one: Novak Djokovic

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 11:19 AM IST
Djokovic begins his quest for a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title when he takes on Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the group stage later on Monday.
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