Australian Open 2013

  • I got lucky, says Rafael Nadal after edging Grigor Dimitrov January 22, 2014

    Melbourne: A battle-scarred Rafael Nadal admitted he got lucky as he moved into the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday with a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-2 win over Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov. Dimitrov had three set points in the third that would have given him a two sets to...
  • Wawrinka wants to look forward, not back at Open January 12, 2014

    Melbourne: Stanislas Wawrinka was a day away from playing his first match at the Australian Open and all everyone wanted to talk about was his last match at Melbourne Park in 2013. Mind you, his five-set, fourth-round loss to eventual champion Novak Djokovic lasted 5 hours and 2 minutes, including 12-10...
  • How much gas does Roger Federer have left in the tank? January 28, 2013

    There is no doubt that he is one of the all-time tennis greats, but after his defeat to Andy Murray in the Australian Open men's singles semi-final on Sunday, the question has again come up - what is Roger Federer's future? The man himself was quick to address the question after...
  • Djokovic eyes Roland Garros after Australian Open success January 28, 2013

    Melbourne: In years past, Novak Djokovic marked his victories at the Australian Open with rowdy late-night celebrations and bleary-eyed photo shoots the next morning in downtown Melbourne. This year's win made history but inspired a more sober reaction. After beating Andy Murray to become the only man to win three consecutive...
  • Djokovic wins 3rd consecutive Australian Open title beating Murray January 28, 2013

    Melbourne: Novak Djokovic became the first man to win three successive Australian Open titles in the professional era when he beat third seed Andy Murray 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a battle of attrition on Sunday. The Serb, who has now won four of his six grand slam titles in Melbourne,...
  • Australian duo wins mixed doubles title at Melbourne Park January 27, 2013

    Melbourne: Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden became the first locals to win a main draw Australian Open title since 2005 when they clinched the mixed doubles on Sunday. The Australian duo, both aged 25, beat the Czech-pair Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak 6-3 7-5 in the final at Rod Laver...
  • Bryan brothers win record 13th Grand Slam doubles title January 26, 2013

    Melbourne: Mike and Bob Bryan captured their record 13th Grand Slam doubles title, defeating the Dutch team of Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling in the Australian Open final 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday. The Americans had been level with the Australian legends John Newcombe and Tony Roche with 12 major titles. The...
  • Azarenka stays No. 1 with Australian Open win January 26, 2013

    Melbourne: Victoria Azarenka will keep her No. 1 ranking after defeating Li Na to successfully defend her Australian Open title. Azarenka needed to win Saturday's final to maintain her hold on the top spot, otherwise Serena Williams, who lost in the quarterfinals, would have become No. 1. Williams will rise a place...
  • Azarenka defeats Li Na to lift Australian Open title January 26, 2013

    Melbourne: Victoria Azarenka has overcome an often hostile crowd to win back-to-back Australian Open titles, beating Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a dramatic final that contained a break for fireworks, two medical timeouts and a nasty fall to the court by Li. The Chinese star first tumbled to the...
  • Djokovic high on confidence ahead of final January 26, 2013

    Melbourne: Novak Djokovic's love affair with Melbourne continued on Saturday as he completed his preparations for his Australian Open final against Britain's Andy Murray. The Serbian world number one broke through for his first grand slam title in 2008 and has won three of his five major titles on the blue...
  • Agassi amazed by quality in golden age of men's game January 25, 2013

    Melbourne: Eight-times grand slam champion Andre Agassi has been amazed by the soaring quality of men's tennis since he retired and believes he would struggle to compete in what he believes is a golden age of men's tennis. On his first visit to Melbourne Park since calling time on his career,...
  • Italian pair wins Australian Open doubles title January 25, 2013

    Melbourne: Top-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy have won the first Australian Open title of 2013, beating the unseeded Australian pair of Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 for the women's doubles championship. Barty and Dellacqua broke the Italian pair in the eighth game of the second...
  • Li Na against taking medical timeouts at crucial stages January 25, 2013

    Melbourne: China's Li Na declined to pass judgement on Victoria Azarenka's controversial medical time-out during her Australian Open semi-final match, but said she would not do it herself when match points were at stake. Defending champion Azarenka was accused of gamesmanship by former players and pundits for taking a nearly 10-minute...
  • Murray can overcome Federer factor, says Cahill January 25, 2013

    Melbourne: On paper, Roger Federer should have little to fear from Andy Murray in Friday's Australian Open semi-final, holding a 3-0 record over the Scot in grand slams. But respected coach Darren Cahill says Murray has been galvanised by Olympic gold and has his best chance yet of grand slam...
  • Djokovic thrashes Ferrer to enter Australian Open final January 24, 2013

    Melbourne: Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic advanced to his third consecutive Australian Open final with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win over No. 4-seeded David Ferrer in the semi-finals on Thursday. Top-ranked Djokovic was in dominating form, hitting 30 crisp winners in the 1-hour, 29-minute match. He is aiming to be the...
  • Tried to cool down on court, says Li Na January 24, 2013

    Melbourne: China's top women's tennis player Li Na on Thursday said after winning her semi-final encounter at the Australian Open that she has learned to cool down on court. "It's like Hollywood, you know. You don't have to show your opponent what you are thinking," Li said at the after-match press...
  • Bhupathi, Sania out of Australian Open mixed doubles January 24, 2013

    Melbourne: It was all over for India at the Australian Open after Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi crashed out of the mixed doubles after losing their respective quarter-final matches in contrasting fashion here on Thursday. Third seeds Sania and her American partner Bob Bryan were stunned 5-7, 4-6 by the...
  • Azarenka beats Stephens to set up Li Na final January 24, 2013

    Melbourne: Victoria Azarenka overcame a sore left ankle, some anxiety and a slew of frustrating forehand errors before fending off American teenager Sloane Stephens to reach the Australian Open final against Li Na. For the second time in two days, 19-year-old Stephens sat patiently on a court-side chair during a...
  • China's Li Na thrashes Sharapova to reach the final January 24, 2013

    Melbourne: China's Li Na has overpowered second-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the Australian Open final and a chance to capture her second Grand Slam title. Li, who won the 2011 French Open and was the losing finalist here to Kim Clijsters the same year, broke Sharapova's service...
  • Murray threat looming large over Federer ahead of semis January 24, 2013

    Melbourne: On the eve of the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic was asked if he had noticed anything different about Andy Murray. "He has a shorter haircut," said the five-time Grand Slam winner, smiling. But then the top-ranked Djokovic turned serious, because Murray's makeover is no joking matter. The 25-year-old Scot is attempting to...
  • Federer outlasts Tsonga to reach Aus Open semis January 23, 2013

    Melbourne: Roger Federer has beaten No. 7-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3 to reach the Australian Open semi-finals for a 10th consecutive year. The 17-time Grand Slam champion will next play U.S. Open winner Andy Murray, who advanced in straight sets earlier on Wednesday over unseeded Jeremy...
  • Andy Murray strolls into Australian Open semis January 23, 2013

    Melbourne: US Open champion Andy Murray has reached the Australian Open semi-finals after a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win over unseeded Jeremy Chardy of France. The 25-year-old Murray had his service broken for only the second time while serving for the match. But he broke back in the next game to clinch...
  • Bopanna out of Australian Open after mixed doubles loss January 23, 2013

    Melbourne: It was curtains for Rohan Bopanna at this year's Australian Open after the Indian and his Chinese Taipei partner Su-Wei Hsieh made an exit from the mixed doubles event following a straight-set quarterfinal loss here Wednesday. Bopanna, already out of the men's doubles event, and Hsieh went down 2-6 3-6...
  • Sloane Stephens stuns Serena Williams in quarterfinals January 23, 2013

    Melbourne: Serena Williams is out of the Australian Open after suffering an apparent lower back injury and losing her quarterfinal match 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens. Williams appeared to hurt her back while attempting to pull up short of the net during the eighth game of the second...
  • Paes-Vesnina ousted; Bhupathi-Petrova in quarters January 22, 2013

    Melbourne: Second seeds Leander Paes and Elena Vesnina made a shock second round exit from the mixed doubles event of the Australian Open even as Mahesh Bhupathi and Nadia Petrova entered the quarter-finals, here Tuesday. Paes and his Russian partner were outplayed by unseeded local pair of Matthew Ebden and...
  • Sharapova, Djokovic impressive on way to Aus Open semis January 22, 2013

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova has lost only nine games in five matches on the way to the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Always the perfectionist, she sees room for improvement. Sharapova beat fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2 Tuesday and was asked afterward if she'd lost focus in only a few...
  • Djokovic advances to Australian Open semi-finals January 22, 2013

    Melbourne: Novak Djokovic won his 19th consecutive match at Melbourne Park to keep alive his bid for a third successive Australian Open title, beating fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-7 (1), 7-5, 6-4 in the quarter-finals Tuesday night. Djokovic has now reached the semifinals at an 11th consecutive major, second only...
  • Bhupathi-Petrova sweat for quarterfinal berth January 22, 2013

    Melbourne: India's Mahesh Bhuptahi and Russia's Nadia Petrova overcame stiff resistance from Katarina Srebotnik and Nenad Zimonjic to enter the mixed doubles quarterfinals of the Australian Open here Tuesday. The fifth seeds beat the Slovakian-Serbian pair 3-6, 6-2, 10-5 in the second round at Melbourne Park. Bhupathi-Petrova now await the winners of...
  • Ferrer beats Almagro in marathon tie to reach semis January 22, 2013

    Melbourne: Three times in the first four sets, David Ferrer faced the prospect of being ousted of the Australian Open by a fellow Spaniard who'd never beaten him in a dozen competitive matches. The No. 4-seeded Ferrer survived once in the third set and twice in the fourth when No. 10...
  • Makarova eager to face rampant Sharapova in quarters January 21, 2013

    Melbourne: Russian Ekaterina Makarova is eager to meet Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday even though her compatriot has been one of the dominant women players of the tournament. The 19th seed met Sharapova in the same round last year at Melbourne Park, with the...