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Serbia's Novak Djokovic takes a drink during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

2019 champ Djokovic eyes 5th post-30 Slam title in Australia

Jan. 19, 2020 2:20 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The secret to Novak Djokovic's post-30 success? Not his best-in-tennis return. Or his limb-twisting, body-bending court coverage. Or even his baseline consistency or clutch gene. No, ask Djokovic to explain how he keeps playing so well at this age, and the Australian Open's...

United States' Serena Williams prepares to serve during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

AUSTRALIAN OPEN '20: A look at Serena, other things to know

Jan. 19, 2020 1:54 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It's been three years since Serena Williams won a Grand Slam championship. Her drought without a title of any sort just ended, though, right before the start of the Australian Open. Williams got back on the board a week ago at the hard-court event in Auckland, New Zealand, and...

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, file photo, Roger Federer talks to an Associated Press reporter in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Federer figures Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic both will surpass his men's record for Grand Slam titles. Federer also says he's OK with that because he had his moment on top. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

AP Interview: Federer figures Nadal, Djokovic will pass him

Jan. 19, 2020 1:39 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Roger Federer, for one, figures questions about whether Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic — or both? — will surpass his men's record for most Grand Slam singles titles are moot. That's because he's sure it's going to happen. And he's OK with that. Ending up in...

This 2009 photo provided by Sebastian Pfautsch shows a eucalyptus forest that burned during a 2009 wildfire in Victoria, Australia. As of early 2020, fires have consumed some 40,000 square miles of Australia this fire season and scientists say the effects on the nation’s forests could be long-lasting. (Sebastian Pfautsch via AP)

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Jan. 18, 2020 10:02 PM EST

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this...

This December 2019 photo provided by Guy Ballard shows a male brush-tailed rock wallaby eating supplementary food researchers provided in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park in New South Wales, Australia. Before this fire season, scientists estimated there were as few as 15,000 left in the wild. Now recent fires in a region already stricken by drought have burned through some of their last habitat, and the species is in jeopardy of disappearing, Ballard said. (Guy Ballard/NSW DPI - UNE via AP)

Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames

Jan. 18, 2020 7:35 AM EST

Australia’s unprecedented wildfires season has so far charred 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometers) of brushland, rainforests, and national parks — killing by one estimate more than a billion wild animals. Scientists fear some of the island continent’s unique and colorful species...

Australian Ashleigh Barty celebrates her win over Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska during their Adelaide International tennis match in Adelaide, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/James Elsby)

Barty, Rublev win Adelaide titles ahead of Australian Open

Jan. 18, 2020 7:32 AM EST

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Top-ranked Ash Barty has fine-tuned for the first tennis major of the season by winning her first title on home soil with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over No. 24-ranked Dayana Yastremska in Saturday's Adelaide International final. The French Open champion had reached finals in Australia...

In this photo taken early January 2020, and provided Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Wollemi pines tower above the forest floor in the Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney. (NSW National Parks and Wildfire Service via AP)

Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees

Jan. 18, 2020 4:27 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday. Firefighters winched from helicopters to reach the cluster of fewer than 200 Wollemi Pines in a remote...

In this photo taken early January 2020, and provided Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Wollemi pines tower above the forest floor in the Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney. (NSW National Parks and Wildfire Service via AP)

Correction: Australia-Dinosaur Trees story

Jan. 18, 2020 4:21 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — In a story on Jan. 17, 2020, about specialist firefighters who have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from Australia's wildfires, The Associated Press erroneously reported the size of Wollemi National Park. It is 5,000 square kilometers...

A spectator reads a sign warning of air quality ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Federer, Nadal seem sure all will be OK at Australian Open

Jan. 18, 2020 2:53 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — As messages on video boards cautioned Australian Open spectators to "be aware we are expecting a reduction in air quality" Saturday, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal seemed satisfied that all will be fine at the year's first Grand Slam tournament despite recent days of smoke...

Rybakina warms up for Aussie Open with title run in Hobart

Jan. 18, 2020 2:46 AM EST

HOBART, Australia (AP) — A year after failing to qualify for the Australian Open, Elena Rybakina will enter the season's first major with a seeding and fresh off a title after beating Zhang Shuai 7-6 (7), 6-3 in the Hobart International final on Saturday. The 20-year-old Rybakina surged more than 150...