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11:16 AM ETGreg GarberSenior Writer CloseGreg Garber joined ESPN in 1991 and provides reports for NFL Countdown and SportsCenter. He is also a regular contributor to Outside the Lines and a senior writer for ESPN.com.MELBOURNE, Australia -- In what might have been the most important tennis match in history, Roger Federer made an emphatic case for the title of greatest male player ever.Federer won a heart-stopping and bruising Australian Open final Sunday night, defeating Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6...
11:40 AM ETPeter BodoTennis ClosePeter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic "The Courts of Babylon" and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), "A Champion's Mind."Rafa knew. He stood there on the trophy presentation podium, a stony expression on his face, forgetting even to applaud on cue as the tennis officials and sponsors plodded through their predict...
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Even by Friday night when their dream Australian Open showdown was officially set, the foremost thought in Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer's minds was only the challenge immediately in front of them.The two tennis legends had just booked their ninth Grand Slam final date, but this one transcends the silverware as both men are playing for their legacies in what's easily the most important final they've ever contested.And Andy Roddick, who was named to the International Tenn...
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams had barely begun her championship celebration when sister Venus strode to the other side of the net to embrace the Australian Open champion.Behind every great champion, there is a driving force. For Serena, that's her older sibling.Editor's PicksSerena Williams made it officially clear with another Australian Open championship that she is the greatest tennis player ever.By defeating her sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the Australian Open final Saturday, Serena Wi...
10:12 AM ETGreg GarberSenior Writer CloseGreg Garber joined ESPN in 1991 and provides reports for NFL Countdown and SportsCenter. He is also a regular contributor to Outside the Lines and a senior writer for ESPN.com.MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams is alone at the top when it comes to Grand Slam achievement in the Open era.By defeating her sister Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the Australian Open final Saturday, Serena Williams won her 23rd major title, breaking the record she had shared wit...
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Seven months ago, Rafael Nadal stepped into a courtesy car headed for his Paris hotel and broke down in tears.He had just withdrawn from the French Open, his favorite tournament, because of a wrist injury that many felt could mean he would never get back to his best.The road back has been long and constantly filled with doubt, but at the Australian Open on Friday, Nadal showed, yet again, the will power that has defined his illustrious career.Fight, fight, fight and when ...
8:39 PM ETPeter BodoTennis ClosePeter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic "The Courts of Babylon" and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), "A Champion's Mind."Letter writing is a dying art in the digital age, which will make life harder for the biographers of the future. But wouldn't it be great if Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, great friends and riv...
Roger Federer's quest for his 18th Grand Slam title is still alive after he withstood Stan Wawrinka's comeback attempt Thursday to reach the Australian Open final.Editor's PicksTennis icon Andre Agassi is imploring sports fans to cherish Roger Federer's once-in-a-lifetime talents while they still can.Venus Williams beat Coco Vandeweghe on Thursday to reach the final of the Australian Open, and sister Serena defeated Mirjana Lucic-Baroni to join her there.1 RelatedThe 17th-ranked Federer defeated...
Venus Williams has beaten Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 to reach the final of the Australian Open, becoming the oldest finalist at the tournament in the Open era.Williams, 36, tossed her racket after clinching it on her fourth match point and put her hands up to her face before crossing her arms over her heart. She then pirouetted on the court as the crowd gave her a standing ovation."Everyone has their moment in the sun," she said afterward. "Maybe mine has gone on a while. I'd like to keep...
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Bob and Mike Bryan earned a shot at a seventh Australian Open doubles title after a rain-interrupted 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 semifinal win Friday over Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.The third-seeded American twins celebrated with their traditional chest-bump leap after closing out the match, their 10th semifinal appearance at Melbourne Park.Mike Bryan dropped serve in the first game, but the brothers were quickly back on track in what became a tight set decided in ...
1:55 AM ETGreg GarberSenior Writer CloseGreg Garber joined ESPN in 1991 and provides reports for NFL Countdown and SportsCenter. He is also a regular contributor to Outside the Lines and a senior writer for ESPN.com.MELBOURNE, Australia -- Widely viewed as an underachiever, Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the second major semifinal of his career on Wednesday, defeating No. 11 seed David Goffin 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.The 25-year-old Bulgarian will play the winner of Wednesday night's match between No. 3 Milos...
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni has beaten US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at the Australian Open to reach her first semifinal at a Grand Slam tournament since Wimbledon in 1999.The No. 79-ranked, 34-year-old Lucic-Baroni won the first set and got an early break in the second, before Pliskova had medical timeout and then went on a roll to win the second set and level the match.After an exchange of service breaks in the third set, Pliskova took a 4-3 lead and Lucic-Baroni had a medical time...
11:26 PM ETGreg GarberSenior Writer CloseGreg Garber joined ESPN in 1991 and provides reports for NFL Countdown and SportsCenter. He is also a regular contributor to Outside the Lines and a senior writer for ESPN.com.MELBOURNE, Australia -- Amid all of the back-to-the-future, glory-days-revisited hysteria down here, the greatest revelation has been Venus Ebony Starr Williams.The last time she made the semifinals of the Australian Open was 2003 -- the same year Roger Federer won his first Grand S...
9:44 PM ETPeter BodoTennis ClosePeter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic "The Courts of Babylon" and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), "A Champion's Mind."Rafael Nadal is back in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event for the first time since 2015, when Novak Djokovic insolently dismissed him from the French Open, the tournament Nadal once domina...
MELBOURNE, Australia -- It's officially business time at Melbourne Park. Only eight players remain in each draw. Who will advance to the semifinals?Here's how you can follow all the action on Day 9.How to watch every matchMatches begin on ESPN3 and the ESPN App at 7 p.m. ET. Click here to watch.Matches begin on ESPN2 and WatchESPN at 9 p.m. ET. Click here to watch.To view starting times for upcoming days, click here.Where to get tournament live scoresOur real-time scoreboard, updated stats and s...
2:56 AM ETGreg GarberSenior Writer CloseGreg Garber joined ESPN in 1991 and provides reports for NFL Countdown and SportsCenter. He is also a regular contributor to Outside the Lines and a senior writer for ESPN.com.MELBOURNE, Australia -- Australia prides itself on being progressive, ahead of the curve.A government-funded universal healthcare system was introduced in 1984. Six years before Hillary Clinton ran against Donald Trump, Julia Gillard was the first woman to serve as Prime Minister.And...
MELBOURNE, Australia -- What better way to bookend Day 8 of the Australian Open than with 22-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams kicking things off, and 14-time major champ Rafael Nadal closing out the night session?Here's how you can watch these two stars, and everything else, as they look for a spot in the quarterfinals.How to watch every matchMatches begin on ESPN3 and the ESPN App at 7 p.m. ET. Click here to watch.Matches begin on ESPN2 and WatchESPN at 9 p.m. ET. Click here to watch.To v...
5:39 AM ETGreg GarberSenior Writer CloseGreg Garber joined ESPN in 1991 and provides reports for NFL Countdown and SportsCenter. He is also a regular contributor to Outside the Lines and a senior writer for ESPN.com.MELBOURNE, Australia -- For several years now, Alexander "Sascha" Zverev has been touted as the dazzling future of tennis.On Saturday at the Australian Open, the gangly 19-year-old from Hamburg, Germany, demonstrated that he is on the very cusp of that predicted greatness.But not qui...
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andre Agassi, speaking to reporters at the Australian Open via a live Las Vegas video news conference, said there are numerous parallels between his career and that of controversial Nick Kyrgios."I certainly went through many years when I was considered one of the great underachievers," Agassi said. "[Watching] Kyrgios at first glance, it feels very offensive to see so much talent, to see somebody in the sport that means a great deal to so many, sort of disregard it."Edit...
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Day 6 of the Aussie Open will feature two of the all-time greats in action. Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal will take the court, with the latter facing one of the most talented teenagers in the business, Alexander Zverev.Here's how you can follow all the action:How to watch every matchMatches begin on ESPN3 and the ESPN App at 7 p.m. ET. Click here to watch.Matches begin on ESPN2 WatchESPN at 9 p.m. ET. Click here to watch.To view starting times for upcoming days, click...