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Samantha Stosur felicitated with Newcombe Medal

File Picture : Samantha Stosur receives the WTA Aces award from WTA Chirf Stacey Allaster

World No.6 and French Open finalist Samantha Stosur received the inaugural Newcombe Medal at the Australian Tennis Awards night held in Melbourne on Dec, 3rd, 2010 by none other than the legend, John Newcombe who was present at the occasion.

Stosur, who made it to her first ever Grand Slam final at the French Open this year after recording thrilling wins over players like Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic, also picked up her first premier level title in Charleston and finished the season at a career high No.6 in the world.

After receiving the award, Stosur said - "I think it is a great honour. It is a really good initiative of Tennis Australia to put a night like this together for everyone to celebrate our sport. So to be the first winner of the Newcombe Medal is very special."

"Tennis is such a huge part of our culture in Australia, we’ve obviously got a great history and we’re trying to continue that now. You can only have that with clubs around the nation," added the Queenslander.

"I think for them to get the recognition for doing their best - putting in new courts, updating facilities, and having members and getting people out there playing is fantastic and getting recognition for that will help them strive and do more and do whatever they can."

Stosur was in competition with former world number one Lleyton Hewitt, Jarmila Groth and Anastasia Rodionova for the top honour.

Another important of the awards night, the Spirit of Tennis award, went to Australian No.2 men's player - Peter Luczak, who was honoured for his sportsmanship, dedication to the sport and tremendous leadership skills that he displayed to the fullest during the Davis Cup play offs this year.

   

Becker advises Murray to look for help

According to six-times Major winner Boris Becker, Andy Murray needs to tap into the knowledge of some of the "icons of the game" if he is to move from Grand Slam contender to champion. The 42-year-old German, who won the first of his three Wimbledons at age 17, immediately ruled himself out for that particular job.

Murray lost out to Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 7-6(11) in the Australian Open final, his second Grand Slam final defeat after he was swept aside by Federer in the 2008 US Open. Becker said Murray had played the best Slam of his career in Melbourne but needs to work on his aggression. "You need to talk to people like John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, someone Andy would listen to and respect," Becker wrote in London's Daily Telegraph. "For Murray, it is now about playing the right shot at the right time, not running or going to the gym."

Becker said Murray needed guidance on a daily basis from an experienced coach, despite the success in his own hammered-together Team Murray staffed mainly by friends and other part-time experts including Spain's two-time French Open finalist Alex Corretja.

"Andy will be among the top men's players over the next five years, but if he wants to be above them, not amid them, he needs to have someone in his corner who knows what it is like to win a grand slam, to climb the Mount Everest of tennis," wrote Becker.

"The air is thin up there, and Andy needs to surround himself with people who have been to the summit, who can describe to him how they got there, and how he can as well." Becker gave credit to the Murray camp for making the 22-year-old Scot "the third best player on the planet - but you cannot learn the skills you need out on the centre court from a book, or from hearsay." Becker advised Murray to get to work on developing an even more aggressive game.

   

Federer hopes to extend 'incredible trip'

 

Roger Federer once again silenced his critics, who were questioning his hunger for grand slam success after his loss to Juan Martin Del Potro in U.S Open Finals, with an emphatic victory over Andy Murray in Sunday's Australian Open Final.

Appearing in his 22nd career Grand Slam singles final, the Swiss Ace collected his 16th major title with a 6-3 6-4 7-6(11) win over the fifth seeded Scot. It is his first Grand Slam title won as a father, as his wife Mirka gave birth to twin girls six months ago.

Re-live the moments of brilliance of Federer-Murray final, click here.

"Coming here at the beginning of the year and playing so well, it's a beautiful feeling," said Federer, who moved ahead of Pete Sampras to win a record 15th major at Wimbledon last year

"I definitely had to play some of my best tennis to come through. That was clearly the case."

Federer became the fifth man to win at least four Australian Open titles. He first won in 2004 and then in 2006, 2007 and re-claimed it in 2010.

Here is Federer's road to the final.

R128 beat Igor Andreev 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(2), 6-0
R64 beat Victor Hanescu 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
R32 beat Albert Montanes 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
R16 beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
QF beat Nikolay Davydenko 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 7-5
SF beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-3, 6-2

"I always knew I had it in my hand. The question is (did) I have it in my mind and in my legs," 

He added "That's something I had to work extremely hard at. Now I feel like obviously I'm being pushed a great deal by the new generation coming up.

"I think that's also thanks to guys like Murray. They've made me a better player, because I think this has been one of my finest performances, you know, in a long time, or maybe forever."

Federer said that he had no plans of stopping and hoped his twin girls might join his wife Mirka in the players' box next year.

"My game is not as taxing as other players' games. I also think I have a very relaxed mind when it comes to the game of tennis.

"But off the court, it's a matter of relaxing and enjoying it, you know, seeing friends and families. There's more important things than tennis after all.

"I think that's something I've always had a clear vision of how my life is. I think that's also helped me to go through better and tougher phases, because I know this is an incredible trip I'm on.

"We'll see where it ends, you know. I hope not anytime soon."

 

   

Federer raises $600, 000 for Haiti charity


At the prize distribution ceremony, President of Tennis Australia Geoff Pollard said that the charity match initiated by Federer to raise money for Haiti earthquake victims had raised more than $600,000.

Federer had organized a mixed-doubles fundraiser on the eve of the Open that featured some of tennis' top stars(Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt), wearing microphones on court and providing comedic commentary as they played.

Donations poured in after that: the ATP Tour, the WTA Tour and the International Tennis Federation contributed a combined $265,000; the Grand Slam Committee gave $177,000, Pollard told the crowd on center court after Federer won his 16th Grand Slam final.

Players have also donated rackets that are being auctioned on eBay and have raised almost $40,000. "Haiti is a tragedy that has touched the hearts of the world," Tennis Australia CEO Steve Wood said in the statement. "The tennis community just wanted to help."

   

Australian Open Final - Federer v Murray match stats

Roger Federer and Andy Murray’s third-set tie-breaker in their 2010 Australian Open men’s final was second-longest tie-breaker ever played in major men’s final – only the epic Bjorn Borg-John McEnroe 32-point “Battle of 18-16” tie-breaker 30 years ago in the 1980 Wimbledon final lasting longer. Federer saved off five set points in the third-set tie-breaker in his 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11) victory.  

Roger Federer (1) 6 6 7

Andy Murray (5) 3 4 6







MATCH STATS Match Set 1 Set 2 Set 3







R.Federer A.Murray


Aces 11 10


1st serve % 65.00% 55.00%


Double Faults 2 4


Win % on 1st serve 72.00% 69.00%


Win % on 2nd serve 57.00% 47.00%


Winners (incl. Service) 58 40


Unforced Errors 42 36


Receiving points won 41.00% 33.00%


Break Pt. Conversions 33.00% 25.00%


Total Points Won 116 100


Net Approaches 72.00% 61.00%


























   

Day-14 Update-8 Federer lifts the Australian Open Men's Title 2010

Roger Federer dashed British fans' hopes when he conquered Scottish challenger Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (13/11) to win his fourth Australian Open title at Melbourne on Sunday.

Federer lifts his fourth Australian Open Title.

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King Federer beats Murray, wins Australian Open crown

Top seed and World No.1 Roger Federer overwhelmed Scot Andy Murray in straight sets to  win his 16th Grand Slam title at the 2010 Australian Open in the final match played here on the famous Rod Laver Arena.

Re-live the moments of brilliance of Federer-Murray final, click here.

Federer opened the match like a champion and soon grabbed a break to close it by 6 games to 3. As the match progressed, Murray's serve got broken early on in the second set as well and gave Federer a golden chance which he confidently converted into a giant two sets to love lead.

The third set brought slight success for Murray who managed a couple of break point and secured a break for a while till he was broken back by Federer once again. As the set went into a tie-break, Federer took charge of the game and despite down two sets points, bounced back and cruised to a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(11) victory in a two and a half hour match.

This is Federer's fourth Australian Open title after his wins in 2004, 4006 and 2007. With a win, Federer pocketed a hefty check of AUD 2.0 million and the memorable silverware.

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Day-14 Update-7 Federer equals game score with Murray at 5-5 in the third set

Federer makes no mistakes at such a crucial stage and levels the set at 5-5. Will it be Federer in three? Murray still in the match. the Scot shows nerves of steel and comes through a really close call in the match to stay very much in contention.

Who you think is the favourite in this clash. Cast your vote and tell us the winner of this match.

   

Day-14 Update-6 Roger Federer claims his second consecutive set at the Finals

A FORMIDABLE LEAD. Three time champion Roger Federer tactfully maintains a single break lead from the third game to clinch the second set by 6 games to 4. Murray seems to have no answer to Federer's brilliance from all corners of the court and loses the second set despite an improved play to see his chances in the third set now.

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Day-14 Update-5 Murray draws close to Fedex in the second set

The Swiss maestro keeps building the pressure on Murray and gets three break points immediately. Murray, on the other hand, refuses to lose so easily and fights back with some cruciall winners to level at deuce and then extracts a few errors to hold serve.

   

Day-14 Update-2 Federer chooses to serve, leads 2-1 in the first set

Federer makes a sluggish start to the match and loses the opening two points. The Swiss then starts making Murray play more balls and extracts errors in long rallies to hold a TOUGH service game. Murray understands the equations in the match, and starts taking control of rallies more with a little bit of added aggression. A beautiful backhand pass then gives Murray a chance to break back which he does and gets on board.

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Day-14 Update-1 Rain causes roof to close down on Rod Laver Arena

Well, right before the match, weather plays it's part as rains start pouring in and the roof on the Rod Laver Arena is closed. It may come as a good news for all the British fans as Murray has dominated Federer in all their previous encounters on indoors.

   

Murray, Federer ready for final battle in Melbourne

 

Andy Murray says he is fully geared up with the arsenal that will require to knock out World No 1 Roger Federer in Sunday's Australian Open final.

"I'm going to need to play my best match ever," said Murray. "I'm totally aware of that going into the match tomorrow."

"That's what I plan on doing. I'll try and play my best. If I do, I've got a good chance of winning."

Murray is trying to become the first British since Fred Perry in 1936 to win a men’s singles title at one of the four major tournaments.

"Roger's record in slams speaks for itself," added Murray. "If I'm going to play against him, it will take a special performance to win against him but I feel like I can do that.

"Physically I'm going to be a lot fresher and just play better."

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Federer replied to Murray's verbal volleys that it will be the Brit who would be under huge pressure and not him.

"I know he'd like to win the first for British tennis in, what is it, like 150,000 years " Federer said.

"I think he really needs it more than I do, so I think the pressure's big on him. But we'll see how he's going to handle it. It's not going to be easy for him, that's for sure."

Cast your vote and tell us who you think will emerge victorious in Sunday's Men's final.

The Swiss Ace has already played in 21 Grand Slam finals, winning 15. He has won the Australian Open three times and will look to reclaim the title which he lost to Rafael Nadal last year in an epic five-set tussle. 

" I have won many grand slams prior to that, been able to win here three times, so I know what it takes and how to do it, which is definitely an advantage."

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Bryan twins win their fourth Australian Open Doubles title

The American duo of twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan clinched their fourth Australian Open men's doubles final with a thrilling three sets win over second seeds and current Wimbledon champion Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor.

Bryans started the match on a good note and soon raced to a 5-3 lead with the help of a break in the seventh game on Zimonjic's serve to eventually win it by 6 games to 4.

The second set began with Zimonjic/Nestor taking an early break lead at 3-1, which Bryan twins soon squandered and levelled the set at 3-3. The set went into a tie-break where despite a 5-2 lead, Bryans failed to close the match. 

The deciding third set brought a crucial break of serve in the fourth game which they duly consolidated and never looked back to close the 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 victory and successfully defend the title they won last year as well.

This is Bob and Mike Bryans eighth Grand slam title and the fourth Aussie Open crown. With the win, Bryans collected the winner's check of AUD 450,000. 

   

Day-13 Update-15 Bryans brothers win the Men's Doubles at the Australian Open

Bryan brothers win the Australian Open Men's Doubles 2010 against Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 here at Melbourne Park. Even though they lost the second set but they came up surging ahead to take the final and winning the title.

Relive the match here

   

Day-13 Update-14 Nenad and Nestor equal the Bryan brothers at 5-5 in the second set

Nenad and Daniel flash some amazing drives in the game and earn the break early in the set. They need to fire with such arsenal if they want to take this match into a deciding third set.

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Let's wait and see who wins this deciding set

   

Hewitt sidelined because of a injury

 

Former World No 1 Lleyton Hewitt will miss the action on tennis court until May as he is nursing a hip injury.

Hewitt underwent surgery on his right hip after his fourth round exit at the Australian Open by Roger Federer.

"After the Australian Open, I had to go and have hip surgery," said Hewitt. "It's been causing a few problems since the Hopman Cup at the start of the year," 

"I did one movement at the Hopman Cup in practice the day before my first match, and I felt something straightaway. I knew it wasn't that good.

"Right at that time I wasn't 100 percent sure whether I was going to be able to play any of the Australian summer." 

The former Wimbledon and US Open winner said that he had had no thoughts of retirement.

"That never went through my mind". He added "I've worked too hard to come back. I feel like I'm hitting the ball as well as I've nearly ever hit it.

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Day-13 Update-13 Brothers take on the first set at 6-3

Both the teams have contested 11 meetings before - all coming in finals and Nestor and Zimonjic lead the head to head record 8-3.

The Bryan twins are appearing in their sixth Australian Open doubles final in the past seven years. After runner-up finish in 2004-05, they won back-to-back titles in 2006-07 and repossessed the crown last year.

 

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Day-13 Update-12 The Americans lead 5-2 in the first set

The Bryan brothers perform brilliantly and are about to claim their first set in the Men's Doubles Title at the Australian Open 2010.

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Day-13 Update-11 Bryan brothers win the toss and start by serving

Defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan add a fresh chapter to their on court rivalry with Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic as they clash for the men's doubles crown at the 2010 Australian Open.

http://www.tennisearth.com/commentary/Australian-Open_Mens-Doubles_Final_Bryan-Bryan_Nestor-Zimon_305178.htm

   

Serena defends Aussie Open crown, creates history

Serena Williams once again proved to the world why she is such a dominant force in women's tennis when she beat comeback Belgian star Justine Henin in three gruelling sets to win her fifth Australian Open crown, a record in the Open era.

Re-live the brilliance of Serena's power performance in the final, click here.

Williams started the match on a high note and broke Henin early on to race to a 4-1 lead in the match. Henin made a mini-comeback but lost her serve once again to give Serena the opener by 6 games to 4.

The second set saw a major shift in momentum when Henin broke Williams twice to level the match at one set a piece. Things looked extremely competitive in the start of the decider when a quick trade of serves saw both players testing each other to limits. But as the match progressed, Williams got an upper hand in the decider and cruised to a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory.

With a win, Williams created a record in the open era for most Australian Open wins. She also emulated Billie Jean King's Grand Slam tally of 12 majors which she considers an honour.

Today's victory gave Williams a hefty winner's check of AUD 2.0 million and the beautiul Daphne Akhurst trophy. Soon after her win, Williams raced to the player's box to hug her mother Oracene Price and sister Venus, who cheered her throughout the match.

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Day-13 Update-10 Serena wins the Australian Open

 

Defending champion Serena Williams showed the world that why she is considered the most dominant force in women's tennis as she edged past former World No 1 Justine Henin 6-4 3-6 6-2 to win the final of  Women's Australian Open for the record fifth time.

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She grooved in the first set and looked hard to stop but she went off the track in the second set as Henin levelled the match scores at one set all.

However she regained her composure in the third set and closed the deciding set 6-2 to successfully defend the title.

 

   

Day-13 Update-9 Serena shines back in the finals set

A Giant lead....! Williams shows why she is the best player in the world with a superb display of power and mental strength to break Henin one more time to now serve for her fifth Australian Open title.

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Day-13 Update-8 Final set for the two players

Serena makes a bad start to the decider when she loses a series of points to face two break points. But bounces back with an ace and a forehand winner to force a deuce. Three marvellos service winners follow and Serena registers herself on board in the decider.

Serena Breaks.....! Just when it looked that the momentum is swinging in the Belgian's favour, Serena broke Henin back to get a formidable edge in the decider.

In her third round match, Henin overcame the opening set and a break deficit to beat Russian Alisa Kleybanova.

   

Day-13 Update-7 Henin bounces back, wins the second set 6-3

A WONDERFUL COMEBACK...! Justine Henin broke Serena Williams twice in the second set to level the match one set a piece. With the help of her improved play and minimized unforced errors, Henin looked for opportunities and duly converted them in her favour to level the match.

 

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Day-13 Update-6 Second set shows up some fight amongst the two players

Williams makes a super solid start to the second set as she spares only one point to hold a crucial service game against her opponent and Henin saves a couple of break points to avoid any further damage by holding the game. Serena gets alarmed by the service break and snaps back.

 

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Day-13 Update-5 Serena Williams wins the first set 6-4

Henin tried hard to match upto Serena in the first set but lost out as Serena closed the set at 6-4. Serena exhibits strong determination and is out there clearly to win the match. 

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Day-13 Update-4 Serena leads 4-2

Serena leads the first set 4-2 in the first set. She seems to be in good form as she takes on Henin.

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Day-13 Update-3 Match starts under tight competition

Match starts with Serena winning the toss and by choosing to serve. She won the first game, followed by Henin taking the second.

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Day-13 Update-2 Live Henin versus Serena

The 'live coverage' of the Women's Finals match is about to start. Be sure you are around to witness the clash between Henin and Serena.

Serena looked confident and said-"I think it'll be a defining match for both of us. For me, I feel like I have no pressure. You know, I'm still here and I'm still alive, and that's anything less of a miracle. So I feel good."

 

World No 1 Serena Williams and defending champion Serena Williams sizzled with her serving and heavy ground-strokes to ease past localite Samantha Stosur at Australian Open,2010.

   

Injured Nadal to skip Rotterdam this year

 

World No 2 Rafael Nadal will need a month of rest to recover from a knee injury that forced him to quit in the third set of his Australian Open quarterfinal match against Andy Murray.

Nadal's doctors in Barcelona advised has advised him two weeks of rest followed by two weeks of tests and physiotherapy on the knee. 

Nadal said he was happy the latest injury setback was not lingering tendinitis that sidelined the six-time Grand Slam singles champion for periods of 2009. 

He was unable to defend his Wimbledon title last year because of the injury and has not reached another Grand Slam final since his five-set win over Roger Federer at last year's Australian Open.

"I feel good and I am only thinking now of recovering well" said the Mallorcan." My main goal right now is to get ready again and fit to play the upcoming events once I am able to compete."

"It is a big disappointment for me not to be able to play at Rotterdam this year."

Nadal added "It is not important for me the ranking issue and losing a few spots, that's normal when you are not able to compete,"

"For me it is more important to play well again and to have the good feelings on the court that I had in Abu Dhabi, Doha and also at the Australian Open where I played at the highest level."

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Australian Open Men's Final - Preview

Roger Federer vs. Andy Murray
Head-to-Head
Murray leads series 6-4
Last Meeting - 2009 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals RR
Federer won 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

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With a place in his eighth consecutive Grand Slam final, Roger Federer is most certainly in a class of his own. After a tearful runner-up finish in 2009 to Spaniard Rafael Nadal, Federer is all set to make this one a happy memory. With 15 major titles already under his belt, Federer will be gunning to add to his massive tally when the Australian Open final begins tomorrow on the famous Rod LaverAarena at Melbourne Park.

Cast your vote and tell us who you think will emerge victorious in Sunday's Men's final.

His opponent isn't unknown to him either, the man who is carrying a huge burden of British expectations on his shoulders, Andy Murray has made only his second Grand Slam final and interestingly, has tasted his first slam defeat at the hands of Federer himself, back in 2008. So what is it that Murray can do to stop Federer from claiming his 16th major crown? Lets take a look at the equations that have emerged before the final between these two Gladiators.

Why Murray should win - Many describe Murray to be one of the most gifted players of his generation. With a court coverage, that produces remarkable tennis to the sharp net play, Murray has it all. What seemed to lack in the Scot's game was his mental toughness on Grand occasions. Murray's disappointing exit from the yearend championship in London last year raised questions about his ability to perform at such a level in sport. But things changed for good, and the finest example of Murray's mental strength was showcased in his semifinal match against Marin Cilic. Superb footwork, coupled with brilliant shotmaking helped Murray hit some of the most unbelievable shots the sport had witnessed in a long time. By far, Murray's strongest ally is his new improved tenacity and the hunger to win. This may just be the time of crowning glory for Mr. Murray, it seems.

R128 beat Kevin Anderson 6-1, 6-1, 6-2
R64 beat Marc Gicquel 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
R32 beat Florent Serra 7-5, 6-1, 6-4
R16 beat John Isner 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-2
QF beat Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-6(2), 3-0 ret.
SF beat Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

Why Federer should win - I believe the shorter, much easier explanation would be to cite reasons why Federer should not win. Roger Federer is a Genius, an absolute maestro, who loves to do what he does best, win. Federer's capabilities are enormous and his hunger to win, unfathomable. Federer's artful demolition of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinals on Friday turned out to be a showcase of Swiss' sheer on-court brilliance. Federer overwhelmed Tsonga, the 2008 finalist, with his high-quality all-court game and registered one of the easiest victories in the draw. The Swiss' supremacy has been unchallenged so far (with the exception of the first round against Igor Andreev). There is only one factor that needs re-vision. Federer has been most bothered by a weak start in matches, and if Murray manages a scintillating start, he can definitely build the pressure over the Swiss, which in turn can produce unexpected results.

R128 beat Igor Andreev 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(2), 6-0
R64 beat Victor Hanescu 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
R32 beat Albert Montanes 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
R16 beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
QF beat Nikolay Davydenko 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 7-5
SF beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-3, 6-2

TennisEarth's Pick - Federer in four sets.

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Preview - Australian Open Men's Doubles Final

World No 1 and defending champions Bryan brothers will face their arch rivals Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in the men's doubles final of the Australian Open, 2010.

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Both the teams have contested 11 meetings before - all coming in finals and Nestor and Zimonjic lead the head to head record 8-3. 

Who you think is favourite to win the title ? Take a part in poll here.

Last season, the Canadian-Serbian duo won a career-high nine doubles titles, including a doubles title at The Championships, Wimbledon.

After their shocking first round exit from  Doha, Nestor and Zimonjic have now won nine straight matches in 2010 including a title march at Medibank International,Sydney.

They look back in the form and ready to challenge the American pair.

The Bryan twins will be appearing in their sixth Australian Open doubles final in the past seven years. After runner-up finishes in 2004-05, they won back-to-back titles in 2006-07 and repossedded the crown last year.

The Bryan brothers will be looking to win their eight Grand Slam title here in Melbourne Park.

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Australian Open Women's Final - Preview

Serena Williams vs. Justine Henin
Head-to-Head
Williams leads series 7-6
Last Meeting - 2008 Sony Ericsson Open Final
Williams won 6-2, 6-0

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Saturday's women's final between Serena Williams and Justine Henin is simply a tournament organizers delight, it is a final that every tennis enthusiast had anticipated and it is a final that is by all means, bound to produce some of the best tennis the women's game has ever witnessed. Top seed and defending champion Serena Williams is gunning to be a part of history books by attempting to break the record of most Australian Open title wins in the Open era. Justine Henin, on the other hand is hoping to find solace on a place which she had bid adieu to for almost two years before the competitive edge started kicking in.

Cast your vote and tell us who you think will emerge victorious in Saturday's Women's final.

The two women have dominated the past decade with Henin staying on top of the rankings for more years than any of her contemporaries and Williams becoming the only active player to have won all four Grand Slam events. Interestingly, despite such a fierce rivalry shared between them, the two Tennis-Divas have never contested a Grand Slam final. So let's take a look at stakes of each of these two women in the final of the 2010 Australian Open.

Why Williams should win - There is a reason why Serena Williams has managed to perform so well in Grand Slam events over the past decade. Williams' never-ending hunger to be a part of the history books is what makes her the champion she is today. Where most of her contemporaries struggle to reach the last stages of a major event, Williams' determination gets her the opportunities which can only be fetched when you reach a certain level in sport. Determination and the never-say-die attitude is what makes her a class apart. Serena is the only player in the history to have won  three Grand Slam events after saving a match point. Williams' ability to bounce back from the brink of defeat on innumerable moments is what makes her such a fighter. Technically, everything from serve to groundstrokes to net coverage, seems to be supporting Serena. Her only challenge will be the court coverage which isn't that much of a concern, considering her astonishing on-the-run shotmaking brilliance in her last match against Na Li.

When Serena and Venus were rising tennis players in the junior circuit, they both were asked who would they like to become when they grow up? Serena did not waste a single moment and promptly replied - "I want people to be like me."

Williams' road to the Final -
R128 beat Urszula Radwanska (POL) 6-2, 6-1
R64 beat Petra Kvitova (CZE) 6-2, 6-1
R32 beat Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 6-0, 6-3
R16 beat Samantha Stosur (AUS) 6-4, 6-2
QF beat Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-2
SF beat Na Li 7-6(4), 7-6(1)

Why Henin should win - When Justine Henin announced her shocking retirement from women's tennis two years ago, it came as a surprise to many for she became the first player, men or women, to retire while on the pinnacle of the sport. So what was the motivating factor behind Henin's comeback attempt which seems to have found an amazing platform in the form of a place in the Australian Open final. Many people consider her retirement decision to be a hasty one, but according to Henin, leaving the sport removed a huge burden off her shoulders for she no longer enjoyed playing and competing at such a level. A couple of years put into perspective gave her an opportunity to think things over again and the Belgian superstar announced her comeback. Technically, Henin is extremely sound and does not miss a lot of opportunities of on-court sabotage, a mark of a real champion. Henin's swashbuckling movement, coupled with her angled backhand winners put her in a strong position. But despite all these back-ups, Henin's biggest strength is her 'hatred to lose' which is a common factor between her and Serena. And perhaps that's the reason why these women have produced such exhilirating level of tennis in their past encounters.

Henin's approach in the matches is a perfect blend of defensive and offensive game when most needed. Saturday's final may just be a showcase of Henin's one such talent.

Henin's road to the Final -
R128 beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 6-3
R64 beat Elena Dementieva 7-5, 7-6(6)
R32 beat Alisa Kleybanova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
R16 beat Yanina Wickmayer 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-3
QF beat Nadia Petrova 7-6(3), 7-5
SF beat Jie Zheng 6-1, 6-0

TennisEarth's Pick - Serena Williams in three sets of breath-taking tennis.

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Nadal assures knee isn't serious

 

World No 2 Rafael Nadal is quite optimistic that the knee injury that forced him out of the Australian Open will be fine in a week or less.

"I am not worried," said Nadal "I just have a little tweak and I hope to have recovered in a week or even less "

The defending champion retired miday from his quarterfinal match against Andy Murray.

He was down two sets and 0-3 in the third set, when he decided to retire.

"I didn't have lot of problems for the last six months," Nadal said. "And today is the first time"

Nadal put aside the suggestions he would have to further modify his training and playing style.

"Don't start, guys, with these questions right now," he said. "I think (this) is not the right moment. I think I changed the style to play. If you see my matches 2005 or 2004, 2006, I run a lot compared to now, no? So today I played against one of the best players of the world, and I think I wasn't running more than him. 

"Remember, we are playing on hardcourts. Probably in this surface I have to play my best tennis, like today, if I really want to have chances to win." 

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Day-12 Update-7 Federer storms into the final

World No 1 Roger Federer comes all guns blazing in the middle and steam rolls against Jo Wilfried Tsonga to reach the final of the 2010 Australian Open. Three time champion Roger Federer successfully reaches the second consecutive final at the Australian Open after overwhelming Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets. Federer now meets Scot Andy Murray, who defied a spirited challenge of the Croat Marin Cilic in the other semifinal yesterday.

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Federer teaches Tsonga a lesson, enters Aus Open Final

World Number One Roger Federer displayed awe-inspiring tennis in his semifinal match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and reached the final of the 2010 Australian Open, being played here in Melbourne, Australia.

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Federer never looked in trouble during the entire match and gave a fine start to it by clinching a break in the fourth game. As the play progressed on the famous Rod Laver Arena, the Swiss star literally humbled Tsonga with his all court game and won the opening set by 6 games to 2.

Things resumed on similar lines in the second set as well when Federer broke Tsonga one more time to race to a 5-2 lead. With no resistance whatsoever by the Frenchman, Federer then pocketed the two sets to love lead to close in on a straight sets win.

The third set witnessed continued domination by the Swiss maestro who looked equally impressive from all corners of the court and broke Tsonga twice to seal the 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 win in just over 90 minutes of play.

With a win, Federer set up the championship final clash with British No.1 Andy Murray, who yesterday looked in phenomenal form and beat Marin Cilic in four gruelling sets to reach the final.

This is Federer's 22nd Grand Slam final and his eighth consecutive major final appearance, which is an astonishing record. Federer, who already has 15 Grand slam titles to his name will make an attempt to take the title tally to a whopping 16 on Sunday when the final begins at the Melbourne Park.

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Day-12 Update-6 Federer makes a perfect start in the SF match

Top seed Roger Federer made a perfect start in today's semifinal match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and broke the Frenchman twice to clinch the opening set by 6 games to 2. Federer swashbuckling groundstrokes played on key points did the trick for him.

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Day-12 Update-5 Live Federer vs Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga bounced back from 1-5 in the deciding set to beat Roger Federer at Montreal Masters last year.  This is what makes Jo-Wilfried Tsonga special in many ways, the ability to turn things around no matter who the opposition is.

Federer has came out a winner everytime he was challenged to limits and in today's semifinal match against Tsonga, he will definitely look to settle scores with the Frenchman.

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Day-12 Update-4 Men's Semifinal Preview

Both Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are hoping to reach the Australian Open final with a single-minded approach, title glory. Will this be Federer's year again or Tsonga has something in store to offer to the three time champion? Both players have met twice with both of them splitting a win each.

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Williams sisters successfully defend Australian Open doubles title

Defending champions Venus and Serena Williams continued their Grand Slam winning spree with their 11th Grand Slam doubles title at the 2010 Australian Open. The Williams sisters beat the U.S.-Zimbabwean duo of Liezel Huber and Cara Black in straight sets to clinch the title glory.

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Williamses started the match on a usual note and gallantly held serves till Serena lost her service game to let Black and Huber race to a 3-1 lead. Although things returned to normal soon for the American duo who broke Black's serve right away to love and got back on serve. A service break in the seventh game got Williamses a 4-3 lead which they consolidated to win the opening set 6-4.

The second set did not change the story much for Black and Huber, who lost their serve twice, once in the opening game and the other to end the championhip match and hand the 6-4, 6-3 victory to the Williams sisters.

This is Venus and Serena's 11th Grand Slam doubles title and third in a row, following their victories in Wimbledon and U.S. Open where they beat the same pair of Black and Huber to enjoy title mirth.

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Day-12 Update 3 Williams sisters win women's doubles final in Melbourne

Defending champion and second seeded pair of Williams sisters edged past top seeded pair of Cara Black and Liezel Huber 6-4 6-3 to win the women's doubles final of Australian Open, 2010.

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The Williams sisters earned the lone break of the first set in the eight game and closed the first set 6-4.

They continued to roll with the momentum and struck twice in the second set to down Zimbabwean-American duo 6-2.

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Day-12 Update 2 Williams sisters pocket the first set

Second seeded and defending champion Williams sister now stands one set away from securing their fourth career grand slam title.

Williams sisters have won the first set 6-4.

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The elusive break came in the eighth game when Cara Black lost her serve and the Williamses wasted no time in closing the pening set by 6 games to 4.

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Day-12 Update 1 LIVE Williams sisters vs Black/Huber

Defending champion and second seeded pair of Williams sister will face top seeded Cara Black and Liezel Huber in the women's doubles final of the Australian Open, 2010 on Friday.

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Both the teams have met twice before and on both the occasions Williams sisters came out in flying colours.

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Australian Open Men's Semifinal 2 - Preview

Roger Federer vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Head-to-Head

Series tied at 1-1
Last Meeting - 2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 QF
Tsonga won 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(3)

It is almost insurmountable a task to beat Roger Federer when you are down 5-1 in the decider. Yet, a certain French Gentleman found the will and the determination to do just that and showed the world that he has arrived. We are talking about ATP star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who last year registered the biggest win of his career at Montreal Masters where despite trailing 1-5 in the decider, he bounced back to beat Swiss Maestro Roger Federer in a gruelling tie-break. This is what makes Jo-Wilfried Tsonga special in many ways, the ability to turn things around no matter who the opposition is.

In Wednesday's quarterfinal match, Tsonga knocked out former champion and World No.3 Novak Djokovic in what can be considered his finest Grand Slam performance to date. The Frenchman's fine serving, coupled with a solid net play gives him an edge over most of his opponents.

Roger Federer, on the other hand, opened his bid for the fourth title here with a sluggish start when he trailed by a set and a break against Igor Andreev. His bad start against Nikolay Davydenko also raised questions about the Swiss' abilities in such big matches. Although, he came out a winner everytime he was challenged to limits and in today's semifinal match against Tsonga, he will definitely look to settle scores with the Frenchman.

All in all, the match up is bound to produce some exhilirating tennis and keeping the current form of both players in mind, we find it safe to place our bet on a more experienced Roger Federer.

TennisEarth's Pick - Roger Federer in four sets.

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Preview -Australian Open Women's Doubles Final

Defending champion and second seeded pair of Williams sister will face top seeded Cara Black and Liezel Huber in the women's doubles final of the Australian Open, 2010 on Friday.

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Both the teams have met twice before and on both the occasions Williams sisters came out in flying colours.

In 2009 at the Championships, Wimbledon, the American duo surrendered only three game in the entire match and later that year when they again met at Flushing Meadows they lost four games in the final.

Williams sisters look a definite heavyweight in the clash and firm favourites to win their fourth major at Melbourne Park.

So far Williams sisters have captured 10 Grand Slam titles together and their final win-loss record stands at 16-1.

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Day-11 Update 13 Williams sisters reach Australian Open Doubles final

Williams sisters beat the US-Australian pair of Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs 6-3, 7-6(6) to reach the final of the 2010 Australian Open Doubles championship. The Williams sisters are the defending champion here in Melbourne and are pitted against top seeds and World No.1 Cara Black and Liezel Huber in the final, who took out Maria Kirilenko and Angieszka Radwanka's pair in the other semifinal with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 scoreline.

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Day-11 Update 12 Murray reaches Australian Open final

Fifth seed and British No.1 Andy Murray produced flawless tennis to beat a spirited Marin Cilic of Croatia and reach the final of the 2010 Australian Open, being played here in Melbourne, Australia. After struggling to win the second and third set, Murray hit awe-inspiring shots on crucial points to close the match with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 scoreline. With a win, Murray reached the second Grand Slam final of his career after a runner-up finish in New York three years ago.

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Murray beats Cilic to reach Aussie Open Final

Fifth seed and British No.1 Andy Murray produced flawless tennis to beat a spirited Marin Cilic of Croatia and reach the final of the 2010 Australian Open, being played here in Melbourne, Australia.

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Murray started the match on a bad note and lost his serve in the fifth and ninth game to lose it by 6 games to 3. The second set saw a major shift in momentum when the Scot clinched a crucial break in the fifth game and levelled the match at one set a piece.

The third set brought continued success for the British No.1 who displayed extremely high quality of tennis to grab an elusive break in the seventh game and raced to a two sets to one lead. The fourth set turned out to be a lopsided affair as despite Cilic's continuous efforts, Murray hit awe-inspiring shots on crucial points to close the match with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 scoreline.

With a win, Murray reached the second Grand Slam final of his career after a runner-up finish in New York three years ago. Murray will play the winner of the other semifinal match which will be played tomorrow between top seed and three time champion Roger Federer and 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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Day-11 Update 11 Murray wins the third set

A formidable lead. Andy Murray breaks Cilic two times in the third set and clinches it by 6 games to 4. Murray is now in a very strong position in the match with a two sets to one lead. Murray's improved play and impressive court coverage got him the edge in this third set. Stay tuned to find out if Cilic makes a comeback in the match like he did in his past two matches.

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