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Djokovic tops Paul; faces Tsitsipas in Australian Open final

Jan. 27, 2023 08:40 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Of all of his considerable talents, Novak Djokovic’s ability to cast aside whatever appears to stand in his way might be the most valuable. So forget about the potential distraction of his father’s decision to stay away from Rod Laver Arena for...

Djokovic's dad stays away from Australian Open semifinal

Jan. 27, 2023 08:39 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic's father stayed away from the 21-time Grand Slam champion's semifinal victory on Friday after getting embroiled in a flap involving spectators who brought banned Russian flags to Melbourne Park. Srdjan Djokovic released a statement saying...

Paul says Djokovic thwarted his Australian Open gameplan

Jan. 27, 2023 08:02 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tommy Paul went into his first career Grand Slam semifinal with a specific game plan to confront Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. Makes sense, right? Have to approach that sort of match with a way you think will help you win. And then, Paul...

Rybakina meets Sabalenka in Australian Open women's final

Jan. 27, 2023 00:13 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka figures she’ll feel some jitters when she steps out on court to face Elena Rybakina in the Australian Open women's final. Saturday’s contest is, after all, Sabalenka’s first singles title match at a Grand Slam tournament. Rybakina...

Rybakina, Sabalenka to meet in Australian Open women's final

Jan. 26, 2023 10:28 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — What all seemed so different, so daunting, even, about trying to win a Grand Slam title to Elena Rybakina a little more than six months ago is now coming rather naturally. And if she can win one more match, she will add a championship at the Australian...

Tommy Paul's Australian run helps make US men relevant again

Jan. 26, 2023 07:07 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tommy Paul was too little at the time to remember watching Andy Roddick win the 2003 U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam singles title for an American man. Paul, now 25, does recall seeing posters from that triumph displayed at the club in North Carolina...

4 with Russian flags kicked out of Australian Open by police

Jan. 25, 2023 23:38 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Four people were kicked out of the Australian Open after displaying Russian flags — which have been banned from Melbourne Park — and threatening security guards, police and Tennis Australia said Thursday. A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the four...

EXPLAINER: Novak Djokovic's successful return to Australia

Jan. 25, 2023 10:54 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic was still in the first set of his Australian Open quarterfinal against Andrey Rublev when the guy who would face the winner of that match, Tommy Paul, sat down for a news conference. “Probably have a better chance of winning if it’s...

Paul tops Shelton at Australian Open, faces Djokovic next

Jan. 25, 2023 07:53 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tommy Paul received a lot less attention than his younger, less-experienced, opponent, Ben Shelton, heading into their all-American quarterfinal at the Australian Open. Perhaps that was a product of the fascination with the out-of-nowhere Shelton: Just...

Are bad shots, blown leads at Australian Open 'choking'?

Jan. 24, 2023 09:46 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — When Matteo Berrettini missed what should have been a simple backhand on match point against Andy Murray in the first round of the Australian Open last week, the crowd inside Rod Laver Arena let out a collective gasp of disbelief. As Murray moved in the...