Whittaker pulls out with injury, Adesanya wins at UFC 234
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Robert Whittaker provided most of the early drama at UFC 234 in Australia and Israel Adesanya quite a lot at the end.
About eight hours before their scheduled fight, Australia's UFC middleweight champion Whittaker withdrew from his championship defense against Kelvin Gastelum because of a serious abdominal injury and subsequent emergency surgery due to a perforated hernia.
Whittaker meets Gastelum, Adesanya takes on Silva at UFC 234
Israel Adesanya can already imagine fighting Robert Whittaker for the UFC middleweight title later this year in a huge stadium full of roaring Australian fans.
To make the dream happen, these two Australasian fighters must get past two major obstacles at UFC 234 in Melbourne this weekend.
The Latest: Djokovic beats Nadal for 7th Australian title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):
Novak Djokovic has won his record seventh Australian Open championship and a third consecutive Grand Slam title by beating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the final at Rod Laver Arena.
The No. 1-ranked Djokovic raised his major trophy total to 15, behind only Roger Federer's 20 and Nadal's 17.
Now No. 1, Osaka wins majors to strains of Jay Rock’s ‘Win’
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Like the 21-year-old she is, Naomi Osaka stepped into Rod Laver Arena for the Australian Open final with a cellphone in her right hand and music in both ears.
The headphones she wore carried the swirling brass, bouncing beat and boastful lyrics of Jay Rock's "Win," the same pre-match song Osaka listened to throughout the tournament — and at last year's U.S. Open, too.
"You might wanna keep score," the rapper says. "I win, win, win, win."
53rd matchup for Djokovic, Nadal in Australian Open final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It was fascinating to hear Novak Djokovic explain what it will be like to face Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.
"The intensity that he brings on the court is immense," Djokovic said. "Without a doubt, probably the most intense tennis player that I have witnessed and played against."
"It makes you be alert, so to say, from the very first point," Djokovic said. "He doesn't allow you to kind of ease your way into the match."
Kvitova thrilled to be in Slam final, 2 years after attack
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Petra Kvitova really wanted to be the Australian Open champion. Of course she did.
That she lost the final at Melbourne Park to Naomi Osaka 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 on Saturday night was "painful, for sure," to use Kvitova's words. It was not, however, what caused her eyes to well up during the trophy ceremony.
Merely standing there was enough to stir her emotions.
No. 1 Djokovic to face No. 2 Nadal for Australian Open title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic was about as perfect as can be in his semifinal at Rod Laver Arena. Didn't miss much. Almost couldn't, really.
It was a performance so flawless, so fantastic, that it was easy to feel as if only one man on the planet might have a chance of preventing Djokovic from claiming a record seventh Australian Open title: Rafael Nadal. As it happens, that is who he'll face in Sunday's final.
The Latest: Australians in the mix for all doubles titles
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):
Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith ensured Australians would be playing for all three doubles titles at the season's first major after beating second-seeded Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the mixed.
The Australian pair broke in the first game and then there were no service breaks for the remainder of the match.
American Collins wishes roof stayed open at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The way Danielle Collins looks at it, the end of her surprising run at Melbourne Park was something of an open-and-shut case.
The 25-year-old American was every bit Petra Kvitova's equal during their Australian Open semifinal during the time Rod Laver Arena's retractable roof was open — and she never really had a chance once it was shut as the temperature approached 105 degrees (40 Celsius) on Thursday.
50 years past last men’s Slam, Laver says it’ll happen again
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Fifty years after Rod Laver won the last true Grand Slam in men's tennis, he is fairly confident the feat will be replicated one day, unlikely as it may seem.
"It's got to happen again," the Australian left-hander said Wednesday at the Australian Open.
While Steffi Graf won all four major tennis tournaments in one season in 1988, no man has done it other than Don Budge in 1938 and Laver in 1962 and 1969.
The Latest: Stosur, Zhang to meet champs in doubles final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Wednesday (all times local):
Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai set up a women's doubles final against defending champions Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic at the Australian Open.
Stosur, who won the 2011 U.S. Open singles title, and Zhang beat Czech pair Barbora Strycova and Marketa Vondrousova 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in the last match of the day on Rod Laver Arena.
The Latest: Tiafoe jokes about Laver, ‘Don’t fall asleep!’
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday at the Australian Open (all times local):
Frances Tiafoe's first Grand Slam quarterfinal did not go as well as he would have hoped, but one of the highlights was the chance to play in Rod Laver Arena — with Laver himself sitting in the stands.
‘Old guys’ vs youngsters 3 days in a row at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — So far the older guys are holding court against the new generation at the Australian Open.
On Saturday, 31-year-old Novak Djokovic beat 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.
A day earlier, it was 32-year-old Rafael Nadal defeating 19-year-old Alex de Minaur 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
US Open champion Osaka eases into 2nd round in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The only bug in the system was of the genuine flying variety when Naomi Osaka secured her first win at a major as a Grand Slam champion.
The U.S. Open champion beat Magda Linette 6-4, 6-2 to end play at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday at the Australian Open. The only delay in the 58-minute match came just before Osaka was serving for the match, when a ballboy tried to catch a bug that was fluttering on the court.
Coming in cold, Nadal finds form quickly at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal has missed a lot of tennis since last September. He hasn't missed a beat.
The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena since he had to retire during his quarterfinal match last year.
Federer hopes the Laver Cup will be a hit on US soil
CHICAGO (AP) — The Laver Cup was a hit last year, and now Roger Federer is hoping it proves popular on U.S. soil.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion made his first-ever visit to Chicago on Monday to promote the second Laver Cup, a team competition that debuted last year in Prague.
Federer beats Cilic in Aussie final; wins 20th major title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — As Roger Federer cried while accepting his 20th Grand Slam title, Rod "Rocket" Laver took a chance to snap a picture for posterity.
Federer has won more major singles titles than any man, including a record-equaling six on the court that bears the great Rod Laver's name at Melbourne Park.
This one, following a tension-filled, momentum-swinging 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over Marin Cilic in Sunday's Australian Open final, was a keeper.
Melbourne, Australia – As Roger Federer cried while accepting his 20th Grand Slam title, Rod "Rocket" Laver took a chance to snap a picture for posterity.
Cilic blames slow start to Aussie final on closed roof
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Marin Cilic felt more than prepared to face Roger Federer in a Grand Slam final for the second time in six months.
Last year at Wimbledon, he was hobbled by a blister on his foot and couldn't play his normally attacking style of tennis. Frustrated by not being able to perform in the moment, he put a towel over his head during a changeover and broke down in tears. He went on to lose in straight sets.
The Latest: Tears of joys flow after Federer wins 20th major
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Sunday from the Australian Open (all times local):
Roger Federer was overcome with emotion as he concluded his remarks to the Rod Laver Arena crowd following his Australian Open victory over Marin Cilic.
Doubles double at the Australian Open for Mate Pavic
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Mate Pavic picked up two Grand Slam titles within 24 hours after winning the Australian Open mixed doubles on Sunday.
The afternoon after winning the men's doubles, Pavic combined with Gabriela Dabrowski to beat Rohan Bopanna Timea Babos 2-6, 6-4, 11-9 under a closed roof at Rod Laver Arena.
He teamed with Austrian Oliver Marach to win the men's doubles title late the previous night, after Caroline Wozniacki's win in the women's singles final against Simona Halep.
The Latest: Marach, Pavic win Aussie Open men’s doubles
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Saturday from the Australian Open (all times local):
Oliver Marach of Austria and Mate Pavic of Croatia have captured the men's doubles title at the Australian Open.
Marach and Pavic, the No. 7 seeds, beat Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the final at Rod Laver Arena 6-4, 6-4.
Sebastian Korda follows in father’s footsteps at Aussie Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — If Sebastian Korda wasn't already nervous enough playing at the Australian Open, one of his first impressions of Rod Laver Arena was seeing the giant sign in the Walk of Champions bearing the name of his father, Petr Korda, and the year he won the title in 1998.
Korda, Liang win Australian Open junior titles
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American Sebastian Korda, son of 1998 Australian Open men's champion Petr Korda, won the boys singles title on Saturday, beating Tseng Chun Hsin of Taiwan 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the final on Rod Laver Arena.
Liang En Shuo became the first player from Taiwan to win the girls singles crown, beating France's Clara Burel 6-3, 6-4. It was the 18th consecutive singles victory for Liang.
Melbourne, Australia — It took just over an hour for Roger Federer to fix one anomalous statistic in his extraordinary career.
Federer in record 7th Aussie Open final after Chung retires
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It took just over an hour for Roger Federer to fix one anomalous statistic in his extraordinary career.
Defending champion Federer, who was leading Hyeon Chung 6-1, 5-2 when the Korean retired in the second set of their Australian Open semifinal on Friday night, is within one win of a 20th Grand Slam singles title.
Going into the match against Chung, Federer had a below-par semifinals record at Melbourne Park, only six wins out of 13.
Babos-Mladenovic combine to win Australian women’s doubles
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France became the first players from their respective countries to lift the Australian Open women's doubles crown.
Babos and Mladenovic embraced midcourt after beating Russian pair Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-3 in Friday's final at Rod Laver Arena.
It's the first Grand Slam title for Babos, who was a runner-up to Serena and Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2016.
7-time major winner Goolagong Cawley gets Australian honors
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Evonne Goolagong Cawley has been honored by the Australian government for the work her foundation does with indigenous youths.
Tennis Australia on Friday said Goolagong Cawley has been appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honors list.
The Latest: Federer wishes Nadal speedy recovery from injury
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the Australian Open (all times local):
Roger Federer says he wished Rafael Nadal well after the Spaniard retired from his quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic with a leg injury.
Kerber vs Halep, Wozniacki vs Mertens in Aussie Open semis
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It didn't surprise Angelique Kerber that she would rediscover her tennis mojo in Australia.
She will take good vibes as well as a narrow head-to-head edge onto Rod Laver Arena for her Australian Open semifinal match against top-seeded Simona Halep on Thursday.
The Latest: Wozniacki advances to Australian Open semifinal
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday at the Australian Open (all times local):
Caroline Wozniacki has advanced to the semifinals at Melbourne Park with a 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-2 win over Carla Suarez Navarro in an early Wednesday morning finish at Rod Laver Arena.
Chung’s upset over Djokovic raises tennis profile at home
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It took something unique to make tennis the center of sports attention in South Korea, where the Winter Olympics are only weeks away from opening.
Hyeon Chung's win over six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic did the trick. The headlines ran "Sensation" after Chung became the first Korean to reach the quarterfinals of a major.
Edmund upsets No. 3 Dimitrov, new Brit in Aussie Open semis
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — There'll be a British man in the Australian Open semifinals for the seventh time in nine years. This time it'll be Kyle Edmund, not Andy Murray.
Edmund upset No. 3-ranked Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday to reach the semifinals for the first time. Edmund had never played in a major quarterfinal, had never won five consecutive matches at tour level, had lost both of his previous matches against Dimitrov and had never beaten a top five player.