Tennis

7:49 AM ET Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic has won his record-extending eighth Australian Open championship and 17th Grand Slam title overall by beating Dominic Thiem in five sets in the final. Djokovic’s 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory means he will return to No. 1 in the rankings, replacing Rafael Nadal. Djokovic
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1:01 AM ET Associated Press American Rajeev Ram‘s decision to focus on doubles paid off handsomely when he teamed with Englishman Joe Salisbury to win the Australian Open men’s doubles crown. The 11th seeds were in total control from early in the opening set to beat Australian wildcard pair Max Purcell and Luke Saville 6-4,
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9:51 AM ET Associated Press Barbora Krejcikova paid an emotional tribute to a passed compatriot when she successfully defended her Australian Open mixed doubles title. Krejcikova and Nikola Mektic beat Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 5-7, 6-4 (10-1) in a fluctuating final under the closed roof at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday night. The last
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8:53 AM ET MELBOURNE, Australia — When Sofia Kenin smashed a ball into the net to give Garbine Muguruza three break-point opportunities in the fifth game of the third set, it all looked as though it was about to unravel for the 21-year-old American. Kenin had rallied from a set down to draw level with
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1:43 AM ET ESPN News Services MELBOURNE, Australia — Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva of Andorra came from a set down to beat Weronika Baszak of Poland 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 in the junior women’s final at Melbourne Park. Harold Mayot beat Arthur Cazaux 6-4, 6-1 in the all-French boys’ final. Kasintseva admits she has split nationalities —
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10:26 AM ET Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — Alexander Zverev will donate $50,000 to the recovery effort for the bushfires that have devastated parts of Australia. The seventh-seeded Zverev had pledged to donate all his prize money to the fundraising campaign if he won the Australian Open title this year. The singles champion gets $2.85
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9:26 AM ET Simon Cambers MELBOURNE, Australia — If Dominic Thiem goes on to win this year’s Australian Open for his first Grand Slam title, there can be no question he will have earned it. Having needed five sets to get through his second-round match with Australian Alex Bolt, the Austrian outlasted Rafael Nadal in
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2:09 AM ET Wildcards Luke Saville and Max Purcell are within touching distance of Australian Open glory – but they still can’t quite believe it. The duo will become the first all-Australian outfit in 23 years to claim the men’s doubles title if they beat the American-British pairing of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury on
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6:14 AM ET Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic was wondering, right along with everyone else, what sort of shape Roger Federer would be in for their Australian Open semifinal. So Djokovic was watching closely. At age 38, despite dealing with a painful groin muscle and coming off a draining five-setter, Federer came out
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2:16 PM ET Associated Press INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old rising American star, will make her first appearance at the BNP Paribas Open, joining all the top 75-ranked women’s and men’s players in the world. Gauff reached the fourth round at the Australian Open last week. Last year, she made the fourth
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1:31 AM ET ESPN News Services MELBOURNE, Australia — Dominic Thiem had never beaten Rafael Nadal at a major tournament, losing all five previous encounters at Slams, but he got the job done at the Australian Open. Thiem beat Nadal 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 in a thrilling match. He squandered one match point when he
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1:31 AM ET ESPN News Services MELBOURNE, Australia — Alexander Zverev began 2020 with three consecutive losses, which meant he had plenty of problems — and plenty of time on his hands ahead of the Australian Open. So he showed up early and got to work, spending up to seven hours a day practicing in
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