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Alex Eala dedicates 2020 Australian Open title to late grandfather

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:21 PM

'I think that was really the biggest motivation for me going into this Australian Open. And this win is really dedicated to him,' says Alex Eala

FOR LOLO BOBBY. Alex Eala comes down to practice on the court as her Lolo Bobby watches her from the sidelines. Rappler Screenshot

Australian Open win puts Djokovic back on top of ATP charts

Feb 03, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Novak Djokovic returns to the No. 1 spot for the first time since October as he unseats Rafael Nadal

MAGIC EIGHTH. Novak Djokovic picks up his eighth Australian Open title. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

'Small details' – Thiem says Big Three breakthrough not far away

Feb 03, 2020 - 3:48 PM

Despite falling short of a Grand Slam for the third time, Dominic Thiem believes he and other young guns can break the title monopoly between tennis' Big Three

NEARLY THERE. Dominic Thiem nearly captures his first Grand Slam but falls prey to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

'I came from nothing' – Djokovic says tough childhood made him a fighter

Feb 03, 2020 - 1:16 PM

Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic bares he had to queue for milk and bread in war-torn Serbia when he was young

GROWING COLLECTION. Novak Djokovic wins his eighth Australian Open title in dramatic fashion. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Djokovic beats Thiem in five-set thriller to win eighth Australian Open

Feb 02, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Novak Djokovic comes from behind for his 17th Grand Slam title to move closer to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time list

CHAMP AGAIN. Novak Djokovic captures his eighth Australian Open title. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Former taxi driver becomes Grand Slam-winning coach

Feb 02, 2020 - 6:16 PM

Alex Kenin, father of Australian Open titlist Sofia, joins a long list of tennis dads who have produced champions

FATHER AND DAUGHTER SUCCESS. Sofia Kenin and his father Alex relish their title win in the Australian Open. Photo from AFP

Can he topple 'king' Novak? Thiem looks for chinks in Djokovic's armor

Feb 02, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Dominic Thiem plays down his chances, but the 26-year-old Austrian has the weapons to trouble Novak Djokovic

CHALLENGER. Novak Djokovic (left) thinks it's just a matter of time before Dominic Thiem wins a Grand Slam. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Kenin stuns Muguruza to win Australian Open women's title

Feb 01, 2020 - 7:41 PM

American Sofia Kenin becomes the youngest player to rule the Australian Open in 12 years

Photo by David Gray/AFP

Thiem outlasts Zverev to make Australian Open final

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:48 PM

After shocking world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, Austrian Dominic Thiem rallies past German Alexander Zverev to reach the Australian Open title match

SENSATIONAL. Dominic Thiem (left) bundles out Alexander Zverev in the semifinal, saying it's 'unreal' to reach the title match. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Alex Eala wins first juniors Grand Slam title in 2020 Australian Open

Jan 31, 2020 - 4:22 PM

Filipina teen Alex Eala and Indonesian partner Priska Nugroho cop the 2020 Australian Open juniors double title

BREAKTHROUGH. Alex Eala celebrates her first junior Grand Slam title with doubles partner Priska Nugroho. Photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA-EFE

Djokovic powers past Federer into Australian Open final

Jan 30, 2020 - 8:46 PM

Novak Djokovic beats an injured Roger Federer in straight sets to reach a record eighth Australian Open final

Novak Djokovic Roger Federer  Photo by David Gray/AFP

Kenin stuns top seed Barty to reach Australian Open final

Jan 30, 2020 - 7:15 PM

American Sofia Kenin bundles out world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty to reach her first Grand Slam title showdown

BREAKTHROUGH. Sofia Kenin defies expectations yet again. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Alex Eala barges into 2020 Australian Open juniors doubles final

Jan 30, 2020 - 5:13 PM

Filipino teen standout Alex Eala and Indonesian partner Priska Nugroho rally back to advance to the 2020 Australian Open juniors doubles final

FINALS BOUND. Alex Eala advances to her maiden junior Grand Slam final in the doubles event. Photo from Rafael Nadal Academy Facebook

'Roger is Roger': Djokovic not underestimating ageless great

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:34 AM

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer battle for the 50th time as the two tennis stars clash in the 2020 Australian Open semifinal

Photos by Ben Stansall and Glyn Kirk AFP

Thiem stuns Nadal in 'epic' to set up semifinal with Zverev

Jan 30, 2020 - 12:14 AM

Beaten by Rafael Nadal in the last two French Open finals, Dominic Thiem gets his sweet revenge as he advances to the Australian Open semifinals

BREAKTHROUGH. Dominic Thiem finally beats Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament after 5 tries. Photo from Instagram/@AustralianOpen

Alex Eala extends 2020 Australian Open juniors stint with doubles semis berth

Jan 29, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Filipina teen tennis star Alex Eala and Indonesian partner Priska Nugroho reach the 2020 Australian Open doubles semis

FALLING SHORT. Alex Eala makes an exit from the singles tournament of the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament 3rd round. Photo from Rafael Nadal Academy Facebook

Tearful Novak Djokovic pays tribute to 'mentor, friend' Kobe Bryant

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:14 PM

Novak Djokovic, who advanced to the Australian Open semifinals, says Kobe Bryant was there for him when he needed advice and support

GOODBYE, FRIEND. Kobe Bryant and Novak Djokovic had been friends for a decade. Photo from Instagram/@djokernole

Djokovic keeps focus to set up Federer semifinal in Australian Open

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:32 PM

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will play each other for the 50th time as they vie for a berth in the Australian Open final

ON TO THE NEXT. Novak Djokovic stretches his winning streak against Milos Raonic to 10 matches. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

'Lucky' Federer stages great escape to reach Australian Open semis

Jan 28, 2020 - 6:47 PM

Roger Federer bucks a groin injury to survive Tennys Sandgren, becoming the oldest man in 43 years to make the Australian Open semis after Ken Rosewall

GOING STRONG. Roger Federer, 38, continues to defy the odds. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Nadal wary of Thiem threat, Wawrinka revives past glories

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:19 PM

Rafael Nadal has beaten Dominic Thiem in all the 5 times they faced in Grand Slams, but he remains on his toes as he looks to reach the Australian Open semis

PICKING UP STEAM. Rafael Nadal says he is playing better as the Australian Open progresses. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Alex Eala rolls to 2020 Australian Open juniors 3rd round

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:41 PM

Filipino tennis standout Alex Eala advances to the 3rd round of a junior Grand Slam for the first time

ACHIEVEMENT. Alex Eala breaks through to the 3rd round of the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament. Photo from Australian Open

Alex Eala earns 1st doubles win in 2020 Australian Open juniors

Jan 27, 2020 - 9:13 PM

Alex Eala teams up with Indonesia's Priska Nugroho to advance to the 2nd round of the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament

SOUTHEAST ASIAN DUO. Alex Eala (right) and Priska Nugroho of Indonesia make it to the 2nd round of the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament. Photo from Alex Eala's Facebook

Nadal weathers Kyrgios storm to make Australian Open quarters

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:44 PM

Rafael Nadal keeps his bid for a 20th Grand Slam title alive by beating Nick Kyrgios

Federer roars into record 15th Australian Open quarterfinal

Jan 26, 2020 - 9:24 PM

Roger Federer surpasses John Newcombe for most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances with a win over Marton Fucsovics

ZEROING IN. Roger Federer inches closer to a seventh Australian Open title. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Monfils says hand fine after video game nasty

Jan 26, 2020 - 7:29 PM

Gael Monfils will try to beat Dominic Thiem to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals despite his injured hand

ACCIDENT. Gael Monfils hit his right hand against a headboard while playing a computer game. File photo by Darren England/EPA-EFE

Rampant Djokovic sets up Raonic quarterfinal

Jan 26, 2020 - 5:41 PM

Novak Djokovic zeroes in on an eighth Australian Open title as he tangles with Milos Raonic, who he has beaten in all the 9 times they faced

LAST EIGHT. Novak Djokovic barges into the Australian Open quarterfinals with a win over Diego Schwartzman. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Gauff, 15, crashes out in tears at Australian Open

Jan 26, 2020 - 3:23 PM

Coco Gauff suffers a three-set loss to Sofia Kenin as she sees her bid of becoming the youngest player to win a Grand Slam in the Open Era come to a halt

STAR IN THE MAKING. Despite the exit, Coco Gauff exceeded expectations in the Australian Open after beating Venus Williams and defending champion Naomi Osaka. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Alex Eala advances to 2020 Australian Open juniors 2nd round

Jan 26, 2020 - 2:41 PM

Filipino teen standout Alex Eala works her way to another appearance in the second round of a juniors Grand Slam

AUSSIE OPEN DEBUT. Alex Eala makes her debut in the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament. Rappler Screenshot

Kyrgios sets up Nadal showdown after Australian Open escape

Jan 25, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Nick Kyrgios will face Rafael Nadal, whom he called 'super salty' last year, in a mouthwatering clash in the fourth round

TALL ORDER. Nick Kyrgios will face his toughest challenge in the Australian Open against top seed Rafael Nadal. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Ruthless Nadal crushes compatriot to reach Australian Open 4th round

Jan 25, 2020 - 3:04 PM

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal revs up his bid for a 20th Grand Slam title as he joins rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the fourth round

IMPROVING. Rafael Nadal says his drubbing of Pablo Carreno Busta is his "best match" of the Australian Open so far. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Federer says 'epics' keep him motivated after Australian Open thriller

Jan 25, 2020 - 12:40 PM

Roger Federer barges into the fourth round of the Australian Open in dramatic fashion with a five-set comeback win over John Millman

SWISS MAESTRO. At 38, Roger Federer continues to prove he has plenty of gas left in the tank. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Federer survives five-set epic at Australian Open

Jan 24, 2020 - 10:34 PM

Roger Federer stages a brilliant comeback to escape John Millman and tally his 100th Australian Open win

ON TO THE NEXT. Roger Federer barges to the fourth round of the Australian Open. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Deposed Osaka says she does not have 'champion mentality'

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:29 PM

Naomi Osaka fails to defend her Australian Open title after a stunning loss to 15-year-old Coco Gauff

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. Naomi Osaka admits she has a long way to go in terms of having a winning mentality. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Wozniacki career ends in tears with loss at Australian Open

Jan 24, 2020 - 3:48 PM

Caroline Wozniacki brings the curtain down on a career that saw her become the world No. 1 and win the Australian Open in 2018

NEW VENTURE. Caroline Wozniacki retires at 29 as she hopes to start a family. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

'Not cool' but Serena vows to continue 24th Grand Slam quest

Jan 24, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Serena Williams crashes out of the Australian Open following an upset loss to China's Wang Qiang in the third round

TITLE DROUGHT. Serena Williams has been stuck at 23 Grand Slams won since ruling the Australian Open in 2017. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Racket-kicking Osaka admits she was 'a bit childish'

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:46 PM

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka says her Chinese foe's 'slicing and dicing and getting everything' riled her

FRUSTRATED. Naomi Osaka says emotions got the better of her. Photo by John Donegan/AFP

Nadal demolishes Australian Open debutant in Slam opener

Jan 21, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Rafael Nadal seeks to become the 1st man in the Open era to win all 4 Majors at least twice

BLITSERING START. Rafael Nadal makes a statement in his Slam campaign opener. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Wildcard Sharapova dumped out in Australian Open 1st round

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:47 PM

Maria Sharapova succumbs to a straight-set defeat to Croatian Donna Vekic

DUMPED. Maria Sharapova makes another 1st round exit in a Grand Slam for a third straight time. Photo from Sharapova's Instagram

Stephens becomes 'biggest casualty' in Australian Open women's draw

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:08 PM

Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens loses to China's Zhang Shuai in 3 sets

EARLY EXIT. Sloane Stephens of the US reacts after a point against China's Shuai Zhang during their women's singles match on day one of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 20, 2020. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

'Old-school work ethic' pays off for immaculate Federer

Jan 20, 2020 - 4:02 PM

Roger Federer stretches his streak of having never lost in the first round of the Australian Open

SWISS GREAT. Roger Federer begins his bid for a 21st Grand Slam on a high note. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Federer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog

Jan 18, 2020 - 7:40 PM

Roger Federer says lack of information made matters worse for players who were forced to stay on the courts amid the smog

STILL HUNGRY. Roger Federer will gun for his seventh Australian Open title. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Nadal bares tips after defying injury to reach third decade on top

Jan 18, 2020 - 5:34 PM

Despite a steady stream of injury setbacks, Rafael Nadal has returned time and again to become the only player to top the rankings in 3 different decades

GOING STRONG. Rafael Nadal looks to win his 20th Grand Slam in the Australia Open. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Osaka vows to block out negatives after 'toughest year'

Jan 18, 2020 - 5:16 PM

Naomi Osaka describes herself as a 'bit more seasoned' compared to a year ago and hopes feeling more relaxed can bring success, starting in the Australian Open

TITLE HOLDER. Naomi Osaka will defend her throne in the Australian Open. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Federer has 'low expectations' at Australian Open

Jan 18, 2020 - 2:53 PM

Roger Federer knows he has his back against the wall after deciding to rest while Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal played high-intensity games in the ATP Cup

FAMILIAR FACE. Roger Federer will play in the Australian Open for the 21st time. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Australian Open sets air pollution limit after bushfire smoke anger

Jan 18, 2020 - 12:48 PM

Organizers unveil a five-step air quality rating based on pollutants measured by monitoring stations throughout Melbourne Park

BLOOD BOILING. 'The more I think about the conditions we played in a few days ago the more it boils my blood,' says Britain's Liam Broady. Photo from Liam Broady's Instagram

'No regrets': Wozniacki embarks on swan song at Australian Open

Jan 18, 2020 - 12:15 PM

'Retirement's been something I've been thinking about for a long time, for a while,' says former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki

RIGHT TIME. Caroline Wozniacki wants to focus on other aspects of her life.  Flie photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

'Right call': Sharapova match abandoned in smoggy Melbourne

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:16 PM

Sharapova says she could feel 'a bit of a cough coming out' as toxic smoke from raging bushfires affect the Australian Open qualifiers

HAZARDOUS. Maria Sharapova abandons her match to protect herself from the hazardous air quality in Melbourne, Australia. Photo by Darren England Australia and New Zealand Out/EPA-EFE

'Very special' – Sharapova handed Australian Open wildcard

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:13 PM

Maria Sharapova will play in the Australian Open for the 16th time since her debut in 2003

STAR-STUDDED. Maria Sharapova joins a bevy of tennis stars in the Australian Open. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:57 PM

Andy Murray is set to return to the Australian Open after his career-saving hip surgery

RETURN. Andy Murray is set to join a Grand Slam singles event in the 2020 Australian Open. Photo from Australian Open Twitter (@AusOpen)