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Switzerland's Roger Federer holds his trophy after defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
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  • Switzerland's Roger Federer holds his trophy after defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    The Latest: Federer says Nadal deserved win, too

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the Australian Open (all times local): 12:10 a.m. There was much mutual respect following the Australian Open final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with both players commending each other for better-than-expected comebacks from their respective injuries. Nadal missed chunks of last season with an injured […]
  • Abigail Speers of the US and Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia talk tactics in their mixed doubles' final against India's Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Spears, Cabal win mixed doubles, continue 30s theme in Oz

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Abigail Spears played her part at the Australian Open “30-fun” party by winning the mixed doubles title. The 35-year-old Spears teamed with Colombia’s Juan Sebastian Cabal to beat second-seeded Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig 6-2 6-4 in the final Sunday on Rod Laver Arena. Spears was striving to win her first […]
  • Switzerland's Roger Federer, left, is congratulated by Germany's Mischa Zverev during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    Federer, Williams sisters _ 30s in vogue in Australian semis

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer certainly knows what to expect in his Australian Open semifinal. And so does his opponent Stan Wawrinka. There’ll be no secrets in the all-Swiss showdown for a place in Sunday’s final. “I think him and Rafa (Nadal) best know my game. I’ve played him so much. Stan and I […]
  • United States' Serena Williams celebrates her win over Britain's Johanna Konta during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    The Latest: 36, 35, 34 _ Serena says 30s is the new 10

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Serena Williams’ progress to the Australian Open semifinals means players aged 36 (her sister, Venus Williams), 35 and 34 (her opponent Mirjana Lucic-Baroni) will play off for two places in the final. Serena Williams says “30s is the […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2011, file photo, Belgium's Kim Clijsters poses for photographers with her Australian Open trophy at Melbourne's Brighton Beach, Australia. Clijsters and Andy Roddick have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill, File)

    Clijsters, Roddick joining International Tennis Hall of Fame

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Clijsters, a Belgian, won four Grand Slam singles titles — the U.S. Open in 2005, 2009 and 2010, and the Australian Open in 2011 — along with two major doubles titles. “I think to be inducted […]
  • Germany's Mischa Zverev celebrates his victory over Britain's Andy Murray during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Zverev’s win over Murray caps dramatic career comeback

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Mischa Zverev still remembers one of his earliest losses to Andy Murray, when the two were rising juniors, just 17 years old, and playing in the semifinals of the 2004 U.S. Open boys’ tournament. Zverev tried playing a serve-and-volley game and lost. Murray went on to win the title. More than […]
  • United States' Serena Williams, right, is congratulated by compatriot Nicole Gibbs after winning their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

    Serena Williams, Barbora Strycova renew Grand Slam rivalry

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams and Barbora Strycova meet for the third time on Monday, and once again it’s on one of the grandest stages in tennis. Williams, seeking her Open era-record 23rd major title, has beaten the Czech player both previous times. Both were in 2012 and in straight sets at majors — […]
  • Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts while playing Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    The Latest: Novak Djokovic is out of the Australian Open

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Defending champion Novak Djokovic is out of the Australian Open, beaten 7-6 (8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 by wild-card entry Denis Istomin in a second-round match on Thursday. Istomin made the vital break in the fifth game […]
  • Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates after defeating Austria's Jurgen Melzer in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Federer’s 17 majors stack up nicely against everyone else

    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. Of the 17 titles captured by Roger Federer, who plays American qualifier Noah Rubin at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday, four […]
  • ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS JAN. 14-15 - FILE  - In this Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 file photo, Serena Williams, of the United States, reaches for a return against Daria Gavrilova, of Australia, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Serena Williams left Australia last year as a beaten finalist, missing her chance to equal Steffi Graf's record for most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era. Williams matched Graf's 22 by winning Wimbledon, and the six-time Australian Open champion returns to Melbourne Park aiming to secure the modern mark outright. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

    Worth a mention: Williams aiming for record 23rd major title

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams definitely doesn’t want to talk about the No. 23. She doesn’t really want to think about planning a wedding, either, while she’s pursuing a Grand Slam record. Newly engaged Williams brushed off concerns about the 88 unforced errors she had in a loss in New Zealand last week in […]