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Spain's Rafael Nadal makes a forehand return to Switzerland's Roger Federer in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (Scott Barbour/Pool via AP)
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  • Spain's Rafael Nadal makes a forehand return to Switzerland's Roger Federer in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (Scott Barbour/Pool via AP)

    Rafael Nadal out of Davis Cup after grueling Australian Open

    MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal is taking some time off after his Australian Open final loss to Roger Federer. The Spanish tennis federation said Monday that Nadal has been dropped from Spain’s Davis Cup team because of fatigue following his five-set loss to Federer in Sunday’s final. He will be replaced with Feliciano Lopez for […]
  • Switzerland's Roger Federer waves to fans as he holds his Australian Open trophy at Carlton Gardens in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. Federer defeated Spain's Rafael Nadal in the men's final at the Australian Open tennis championships on Sunday. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    More life yet in Federer’s dancing feet after major No. 18

    Roger Federer needed his exhausted legs for one last big effort Sunday night — going out dancing to celebrate his remarkable 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. And after seeing the sun rise over Melbourne, then celebrating some more with his children as they woke up in his family’s hotel suite, the man […]
  • 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 […]
  • Spain's Rafael Nadal answers question at press conference following his loss to Switzerland's Roger Federer in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, early Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Healthy and confident Nadal hoping for resurgent season

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal has become used to making comebacks in an injury-ravaged career. This last one, though, may be the most unexpected — and satisfying. Sidelined by a wrist injury for two long stretches last year, Nadal didn’t believe he’d be playing at his top level and contending again for titles until […]
  • 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 kisses 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/Aaron Favila)

    Federer beats Nadal in epic Aussie final to win 18th major

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — So here was Roger Federer, down a break in the fifth set in a Grand Slam final. Across the net was his nemesis, Rafael Nadal, the left-handed Spaniard he hadn’t been able to beat in a major final in almost a decade. The 35-year-old father of four was back in his […]
  • 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 […]
  • Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, early Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    Nadal vs Federer: Dream final becomes reality in Australia

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — As Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal won match after match at the Australian Open, making their unlikely way through opposite sides of the draw, tennis fans couldn’t help but look ahead. Could the two old rivals, almost six years on from their last meeting in a Grand Slam final, possibly meet […]