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Andy Murray takes on Novak Djokovic in the 2013 Australian Open men’s final
January 25, 2013 — This year’s Australian Open has seen surprise runs, intense five-set battles involving the top three, and of course, controversy. But with the final stage of the men’s singles draw about to commence, it’s time to take a look at who is most likely to win the season’s first Slam.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is guaranteed to keep his top ranking next week and is further looking for his third-straight Australian Open title, having also previously won it in 2008. His road to the final included routine wins over Paul-Henri Mathieu, Ryan Harrison, and Radek Stepanek in straight sets in the early rounds, and his quarterfinal encounter against Tomas Berdych was never really in doubt, handing the world No. 8 two 6-1 sets. He made quick work of a (possibly) labored David Ferrer in the semifinals and it was mostly smooth sailing for Djokovic with the exception of his fourth round five-set five-hour en...
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Can a match be decided by a feather?
Silly as it seems, a feather that floated past Andy Murray in the second set tiebreaker and contributed to a double fault might have helped change the course of an Australian Open final that, in the end, was dominated by Novak Djokovic, who wrapped up his third straight title at Melbourne Park with a 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2 victory.
There were plenty of bumps along the way, but in the end Andy Murray strolled into his third consecutive Grand Slam final by beating Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2 in exactly four hours here on a chilly evening at Melbourne Park. The win also marks Murray's first time beating Federer in a Grand Slam match.
Murray dominated large swathes of a duel that contained...
In the evening session, Novak Djokovic produced a stunning display to crush the No. 4 seed David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in one hour and 29 minutes. The world No. 1 has seldom played better.
It was extraordinary to witness such a highly ranked player left helpless in the face of the brand of tennis he was facing. Djokovic admitted that it was one of the best performances of his career...
MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – No. 1 Novak Djokovic will play No. 3 Andy Murray for the Australian Open Men’s singles championship on Sunday.
This will be just the 14th Grand Slam final between the No. 1 seed and No. 3 seed. In Grand Slam Open Era meetings between the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds, the No. 1 seed has an 11-2 win-loss record. The last time the No. 3 seed defeated the No...
By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 27, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia - Novak Djokovic created history on Sunday when he became the first male tennis player in the Open Era to win three consecutive Australian Open titles, overcoming a defiant Andy Murray 6-7(2), 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-2 in three hours and 40 minutes.
“Every tournament, especially the major tournaments, is very special. So every...
The last time Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic met at tour level – as opposed to the social level – was at the World Tour Finals in London, while the time before that was the final of the Shanghai Masters, in a terrific match that fell barely shy of being adjudged a classic. The time before that was the US Open final, a match that rearranged history as we know it, even if the raw...
January 24, 2013 — Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic is known nearly as much for her on court game as her off court relationships. Her past love escapades have included tennis player Fernando Verdasco and golfer Adam Scott, and now it seems she has found a new love match. Ivanovic was caught by paparazzi getting intimate with a “mystery man” on the beaches of Australia earlier...
Novak Djokovic 27-01-13
Sunday, 27 January, 2013
Q. Last year you were in here about 4:00 in the morning. This is a good time to finish, I guess.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Relatively early (smiling).
Q. How hard was that match for you tonight?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It’s hard. I mean, when you play one of your biggest rivals and somebody that is in the top form in finals of a Grand...
Novak Djokovic seeks his sixth straight final at a hard-court major tonight.
Follow the first men’s semifinal on a live blog tonight. Will top seed and defending Novak Djokovic oust fourth seed David Ferrer?
Ferrer 2-1*: Ferrer holds on a backhand error by Djokovic, a positive start for a Spaniard who often struggles on his service games. After jolting out to a 40-0 lead...
New Students Hail from 11 States, Four Countries
(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) - Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy (Ivan Lendl IJTA) – led by the former No.1 player in the world and coach to U.S. Open Champion Andy Murray – announces a spring class from 11 states and four countries.
The new semester for grades 5-12 began Jan. 7 and has students from Bulgaria, New...
The Australian Open semifinal is a rematch of last year’s Wimbledon final.
Follow this live blog during the highly anticipated semifinal between Andy Murray and Roger Federer. The winner will battle two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic for the Australian Open title on Sunday night.
James Crabtree is currently in Melbourne Park covering the Australian Open for Tennis Grandstand and is giving you all the scoop directly from the grounds.
Novak Djokovic celebrates his third straight Australian Open title
By James Crabtree
MELBOURNE — The Australian Open is over, and Novak Djokovic has been crowned champion again winning his third title in a row.
A lot went on...