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Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni takes a selfie on her phone as she leaves Rod Laver Arena after losing to United States' Serena Williams in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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  • Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni takes a selfie on her phone as she leaves Rod Laver Arena after losing to United States' Serena Williams in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    Federer savors unexpected title over long-time rival Nadal

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer always believed he had more Grand Slam titles left in him. He just didn’t think it would happen like this, playing in his first tournament following a six-month injury layoff. Or against his biggest rival in the game, Rafael Nadal. “I said that also before the finals: if I […]
  • 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 […]
  • United States' Serena Williams, right, and her sister, Venus, chat, holding their trophies after Serena won the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Venus’ run to a Grand Slam final is victory in itself

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — More than seven years after her last Grand Slam title match, Venus Williams would be forgiven for being a little nervous when she stepped inside Rod Laver Arena to face her sister, Serena, for the Australian Open championship. She embraced the occasion instead. It was Venus who was smiling during warm-ups […]
  • Finland's Henri Kontinen, right, and Australia's John Peers hold their trophy aloft after winning the men's doubles final against Bob and Mike Bryan of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    The Latest: Kontinen, Peers beat Bryans for Australian title

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Saturday from the Australian Open (all times local): 11:15 p.m. Henri Kontinen of Finland and John Peers of Australia have beaten Bob and Mike Bryan 7-5, 7-5 to win the Australian Open men’s doubles championship, their first Grand Slam title. The fourth-seeded Kontinen and Peers started playing together […]
  • United States' Serena Williams holds her trophy after defeating her sister Venus during the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    23: Serena Williams sets major record with win over Venus

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams held up a Grand Slam winner’s trophy for the 23rd time, celebrating her unrivalled place in history, and received a congratulatory letter and a pair of custom-made shoes from Michael Jordan, the name most synonymous with No. 23. Venus Williams got to watch from close range again, and shed […]
  • Spain's Rafael Nadal falls to the court as he celebrates after defeating Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Nadal holds off Baby Fed, sets up classic final vs. Federer

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal took five sets and almost five hours to fend off “Baby Fed” and revive a classic Grand Slam final against the one-and-only Roger Federer. Nadal’s 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 win over Grigor Dimitrov in a grueling, 4-hour, 56-minute semifinal match sets up a championship weekend at […]
  • United States' Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    Serena, Venus say all-Williams Aussie final is a win-win

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — When a euphoric Venus Williams picked up the pace of her celebratory pirouette and the crowd responded with thunderous applause, Serena Williams waited quietly in the adjacent corridor for the buzz to subside. She was thrilled that her older sister beat CoCo Vandeweghe and was returning to a Grand Slam final […]
  • Spain's Rafael Nadal makes a backhand return to Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    The Latest: Nadal beats Dimitrov in 5 sets to reach final

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the Australian Open (all times local): 12:45 a.m. Rafael Nadal has beaten Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 to advance to the final of the Australian Open and set up a title match with his old rival, Roger Federer. The ninth-seeded Spaniard fought […]
  • United States' Venus Williams pauses while playing compatriot Coco Vandeweghe during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Williams sisters, Federer advance to Australian Open finals

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Win or lose, Serena Williams sees another all-sister final at the Australian Open as cause for celebration. The 35-year-old Williams arrived in Australia bidding for a 23rd Grand Slam title, aiming to break the Open-era record she shares with Steffi Graf. By winning, she’d also regain the No. 1 ranking she […]