2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

  • Djokovic hails Australian Open final February 9, 2012

    "It was the most exciting match I have ever played," the Serbian said of the match against Rafael Nadal. ...
  • Amazing win yet to sink in for tired Djokovic January 30, 2012

    Melbourne: Novak Djokovic dispensed with the band and the raucous dressing room celebrations. After the longest final ever in a Grand Slam, it was only fitting that he put on a solo act and then pulled the curtains on another Australian Open. He chose the AC/DC rock anthem 'Highway To Hell,'...
  • Djokovic stays No. 1 after Melbourne victory January 30, 2012

    Melbourne: The status quo has been maintained at the top of the men's rankings after Novak Djokovic's dramatic win over Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open, unlike the situation on the women's tour. Official rankings to be released on Monday show Djokovic maintaining the No. 1 spot on the ATP Tour...
  • No more mental problems against Djokovic: Nadal January 30, 2012

    Melbourne: A turning point of the longest men's final ever at a Grand Slam came when 10time Major winner Rafael Nadal went for a bit too much on a backhand after more than 5 hours on court. Novak Djokovic outlasted Nadal over 5 hours, 53 minutes to win a third Australian...
  • Nadal pushed me to the edge, admits Djokovic January 30, 2012

    Melbourne: Novak Djokovic said Rafa Nadal had pushed him to the brink of exhaustion as his weary legs held him upright just long enough to see off the Spaniard in the longest Grand Slam final on record. The Serb finally prevailed 57, 64, 62, 67, 75 in five hours and 53...
  • PaesVesnina lose Aus Open mixed doubles final January 29, 2012

    Melbourne: A second title eluded Leander Paes at this year's Australian Open as he and Elena Vesnina ended runnersup in the mixed doubles event after being outplayed by Horia Tecau and Bethanie MattekSands in the summit clash in Melbourne on Sunday. The fifthseeded IndoRussian pair lost 36, 75, 310 to the...
  • PaesStepanek win Australian Open doubles title January 28, 2012

    Melbourne: India's veteran tennis ace Leander Paes created history by becoming the first Indian to complete a career Grand Slam of winning all the four Major titles by winning the Australian Open men's doubles event in Melbourne on Saturday. Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek thrashed world No.1 pair...
  • Nadal unconvinced by Djokovic breathing issues January 28, 2012

    Melbourne: Like Andy Murray before him, Rafael Nadal isn't convinced Novak Djokovic has any breathing problems going into their Australian Open final on Sunday night. During Djokovic's fiveset semifinal win over Murray on Friday night, and to a lesser extent during his quarterfinal victory over David Ferrer, the Serbian player showed...
  • Azarenka thumps Sharapova to win Australian Open January 28, 2012

    Melbourne: Victoria Azarenka had produced one of the most lopsided Australian Open final victories to capture a Grand Slam title and the No. 1 ranking for the first time. She started celebrating on Rod Laver Arena, then suddenly did a doubletake to ask her coach, "What happened?" The answer: She routed...
  • Azarenka unperturbed by Sharapova challenge January 28, 2012

    Melbourne: Victoria Azarenka is fed up with the hubbub surrounding her serial grunting but admits the noise from her Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova will carry far and wide. The 22yearold Belarusian has reached her first Grand Slam final on the back of a bruising baseline game coupled with...
  • Nadal test awaits Djokovic after marathon match January 28, 2012

    Melbourne: Having waited for years to shake up the tennis establishment, Novak Djokovic clung jealously to his throne as he marshalled his forces to put down an attempted coup by Andy Murray at the Australian Open on Friday. The Serbian's 63, 36, 67, 61, 75 semifinal win at the Rod...
  • Murray convinced of improvement despite loss January 28, 2012

    Melbourne: World number four Andy Murray is convinced he is a better tennis player than last year and on an upward curve despite losing an epic fiveset Australian Open semifinal to world number one Novak Djokovic in the early hours of Saturday. The 24yearold Murray had been seeking a place...
  • Sharapova, Azarenka geared up for top prize January 28, 2012

    Melbourne: After 25 Grand Slam tournaments, Victoria Azarenka is through to her first final. Maria Sharapova, her opponent in Saturday's Australian Open title decider, has been there five times before, and won three. That's all history from Azarenka's perspective. "It's no concern for me. I mean, I worked hard to be in...
  • Djokovic edges Murray in fiveset thriller January 27, 2012

    Melbourne: Novak Djokovic overcame his breathing problems and a "physical crisis" to beat Andy Murray in an almost fivehour Australian Open semifinal on Friday night and move into his third straight Grand Slam final. Standing between Djokovic and a record shared by some of the greatest players of all time will...
  • Paes in mixed doubles final, SaniaHesh ousted January 27, 2012

    Melbourne: Leander Paes is in line to win two Grand Slam titles as he and Elena Vesnina reached the mixed doubles summit clash even as Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi bowed out after their semifinal defeat at the Australian Open on Friday. Fifth seeds Paes and Vesnina came from behind to...
  • Kvitova looking to rebound from tough loss January 27, 2012

    Melbourne: Petra Kvitova was naturally disappointed to fall short against the more experienced Maria Sharapova in the semifinals of the Australian Open. Coming after her breakthrough 2011, however, the 21yearold Czech was able to put the loss in perspective. "Yes, of course I'm disappointed right now," Kvitova said on Thursday. "If I...
  • Injuryprone Mirza reveling in Melbourne success January 26, 2012

    Melbourne: Sania Mirza yanks her thumb down to touch the underside of her forearm. "See?" she giggles. "I'm doublejointed." The 25yearold Indian, whose tennis world ranking once rose as high as 27th in singles, has endured a torrid time with injuries that left her unable to hold cutlery properly let...
  • Nadal trumps Federer to reach Aus Open final January 26, 2012

    Melbourne: Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final on Thursday, extending his command in the personal duel between two of the best tennis players of all time. Only the trophy and the tears were missing from this latest Grand Slam installment of Rafa vs Roger. Nadal and Federer...
  • Double joy for Sania in Australian Open quarters January 23, 2012

    Melbourne: Sania Mirza had a productive day at the Australian Open on Monday as the Indian ace reached the quarterfinals of both the women's doubles and the mixed doubles events with Elena Vesnina and Mahesh Bhupathi respectively. Sania and Bhupathi, the 2009 mixed doubles champions, came from behind to beat Czech...
  • Nishikori upsets Tsonga at Australian Open January 23, 2012

    Melbourne: Kei Nishikori keeps accumulating the tennis milestones for Japanese men, always remaining conscious of but not concerned about the expectations being heaped upon him. Nishikori notched another mark on Monday when he became the first Japanese man to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open since the Open Era began...
  • Williams knocked out in fourth round at Aus Open January 23, 2012

    Melbourne: Serena Williams lost at the Australian Open for the first time since 2008, struggling with her serve and hitting too many unforced errors in a shocking 62, 63 fourthround defeat to Ekaterina Makarova. Williams was surprised by the power of the groundstrokes coming back at her on Monday from the...
  • Aus Open: Murray wins, Serena, Tsonga shocked January 23, 2012

    Melbourne: Serena Williams' 17match winning streak at the Australian Open ended on Monday in a stunning 62, 63 loss to Ekaterina Makarova, the lowestranked woman in the fourth round. The dominant force at Melbourne Park this century, Williams had lost only two matches at Melbourne Park since winning the first of...
  • Federer crushes Tomic to enter Aus Open quarters January 22, 2012

    Melbourne: Roger Federer put on a tennis clinic for the benefit of Bernard Tomic, using deft drops, lobs, booming backhands and 13 aces to beat the 19yearold Australian 64, 62, 62 and advance to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the eighth straight year. Tomic came into the match following an upset...
  • BhupathiBopanna crash out of Australian Open January 22, 2012

    Melbourne: India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna crashed out of the Australian Open men's doubles while Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek cruised into the quarterfinals on Sunday. Bhupathi and Bopanna, seeded fourth, went down in straight sets to Americans Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram in their prequarterfinal match. The...
  • Nadal, Clijsters enter Aus Open quarters January 22, 2012

    Melbourne: Down four match points and hobbling on an ankle injury, defending champion Kim Clijsters somehow rallied for a dramatic 46, 76 (6), 64 win over Li Na at the Australian Open on Sunday. Clijsters was in pain from the left ankle she twisted in the seventh game. Li was just...
  • Nalbandian plans to appeal fine for misconduct January 21, 2012

    Melbourne: David Nalbandian has denied throwing water at a doping control official during the Australian Open and says he plans to appeal his $8,000 fine. The 30yearold Argentine outlined his version of events in three Twitter posts on Saturday. He was penalized on Friday for unsportsmanlike behavior following a fiveset, secondround loss...
  • Bhupathi slams AITA over pairing policies January 19, 2012

    Melbourne: India's veteran tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi slammed the All India Tennis Federation's (AITA) policies when it comes to pairing players for big international events. Bhupathi was baffled by the AITA's decision to pair Sania Mirza with Leander Paes for the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi, even though he and...