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Plot Twist #1 – or, You Can’t Go Home Again On my 15-minute morning walk to Melbourne, I always listen to music, songs randomly surfacing on my iPod.  One that came up Thursday: Jackson Browne’s “Before the Deluge.” With the energy of the innocent They were gathering the tools They would need to make their journey back to nature  Indeed, Thursday a
Djokovic, a six-time Australian Open champion and the No.2 seed this year, had been to the third round or better at the last 33 majors, and had won 40 of his last 41 matches here. But all that came to an end as Uzbek wildcard Denis Istomin played the tennis of his life, ripping 63 winners – including 29 off the forehand and 17 aces – to win a four-
He had captured his season opening 2017 tournament with a triumph in Doha, eclipsing Andy Murray in the title round of that event. He had looked reasonably sharp and immensely motivated during a first round, straight set victory here in Melbourne over Fernando Verdasco. But Novak Djokovic was most assuredly blind-sided by the sterling showing of on
The holder of seventeen Grand Slams told Tennis Channel that the injury occurred while he was giving his kids a bath. “I turned to put the water on and that’s when I heard the click in my knee and I didn’t think much of it and then after that we went to the zoo in the afternoon and I just realized my knee wasn’t good at all.” After undergoing knee
The top-seeded Murray tumbled to the court at Rod Laver Arena, clutching his ankle and cringing in pain during the third set of his second-round match against No. 156-ranked Andrey Rublev on Wednesday. “It just a little bit stiff just now,” he said after the match. “I don’t think I’ve done too much damage.” Murray held a practice session on Court 1
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Novak Djokovic of Serbia towels down in his second round match against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan on day four of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Milos Raonic of Canada plays a forehand in his second round match against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg on day four of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Former No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki has advanced to the third round at the Australian Open for the first time in three years with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Donna Vekic at Rod Laver Arena. Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki celebrates a point win over Croatia's Donna Vekic during their second round match at the Australian Open ten
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the doubles at the Australian Open with an abdominal injury, a day after his five-set loss to Andreas Seppi in the singles. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: Nick Kyrgios of Australia looks on in his second round match against Andreas Seppi of Italy on day three of the 2017 Australian Ope
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The opening match on Margaret Court Arena could possibly be the fastest – and most lopsided – all day: U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova’s 6-0, 6-2 win over Anna Blinkova in 59 minutes. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic celebrates winning her second round match against Anna Blink
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ninth seed Johanna Konta cruised past youngster Naomi Osaka to book a spot in the third round at Melbourne Park. Britain's Johanna Konta makes a forehand return to Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. (AP Pho
Isner again faltered at the Australian Open on Wednesday with a defeat in the second round, but there was a bright spot for the Americans – a win by Jack Sock, the player now poised to potentially step into his shoes as the next U.S. men’s hope. It’s been an unusually optimistic start to the Australian Open for the American men, with nine advancing
Behind the Blue Door: Tools of the Trade Yesterday, the entrance.  Today, a step inside.  Those nuggets, tidbits and arcana you hear cited by our announcers?  Those pithy graphics?  They don’t fall out of the sky.  Even when data can be summoned from the mind – from a past winner to the size of a stadium to the number of fizzy waters consumed at la
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — On paper, Serena Williams’ second-round match on Thursday against Lucie Safarova should be no contest. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: Serena Williams of the United States prepares to return serve in her first round match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on day two of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer relied on his Grand Slam experience during the most important points to beat Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (3) on Wednesday, maintaining his record of never failing to reach the third round at the 18 Australian Opens he’s contested. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winni
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Defending champion Angelique Kerber marked her 29th birthday – angrily at times – with a 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-2 win Wednesday over fellow German Carina Witthoeft. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 16: Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates in her first round match against Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine on day one of the 2017 Austra
MELBOURNE, Australia — Japan’s Kei Nishikori is through to the third round after a decisive second round win over France’s Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday afternoon in Australia. Japan's Kei Nishikori celebrates after defeating France's Jeremy Chardy in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesd
The 36-year-old, seven-time major winner played the first of her record 73 Grand Slam tournaments at the French Open in 1997. Back then, she got to play against the likes of Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. Against the 26-year-old Voegele at the Australian Open on Wednesday, Williams mixed up her game, clearly not intent on relying only on the
Djokovic: ‘When I saw the draw, I thought to myself this is the only match to focus on because my tournament could finish early.’ #AusOpen — George Bellshaw (@BellshawGeorge) January 17, 2017 As you can see Djokovic was as nervous about this match as I was as a fan. Verdasco is not the name you want to see next to your name in the first round of th
Enter the Tennis Factory Check out this unassuming blue door.  Seems like nothing, correct?  But enter it and you are in the thick of the Australian Open’s broadcasting compound, where television networks from all corners of the globe are gathered to air the tournament.  Those of us working here trek around the compound all day like any other workp
Williams, a 22-time Grand Slam champion and the No.2 seed behind Angelique Kerber on the women’s side, took advantage of a mid-match surge, reeling off seven games in a row from 4-all in the first set to build a 6-4 5-0 lead and eventually closing out former No.7 Belinda Bencic, 6-4 6-3. “She’s a really good player, so I think I was able to start o
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The 64 players contesting second-round matches at the Australian Open on Wednesday have won a total of 36 Grand Slam singles titles. One guy, however, has nearly half of them. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 16: Roger Federer of Switzerland waves to the crowd as he leaves the court after victory in his first round match a
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sam Stosur’s long Australian drought has been extended MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: Samantha Stosur of Australia talks to the media at a press conference following her first round loss against Heather Watson of Great Britain on day two of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2017 in Melbourne,
MELBOURNE, Australia — 2009 Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal punched his ticket to the second round on Tuesday at Melbourne Park after a decisive first round win. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand in his first round match against Florian Mayer of Germany on day two of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourn
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Milos Raonic and Dustin Brown renewed their Grand Slam duel on Tuesday and the result was the same as the last time – a three-set win for the tall Canadian. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: Milos Raonic of Canada plays a backhand in his first round match against Dustin Brown of Germany on day two of the 2017 Australian O