An Australian Open that has seen the men’s establishment shaken by young talent comes to a fitting close today when defending champion Novak Djokovic takes on Dominic Thiem in an intergenerational decider.
Dominic Thiem won the new-generation battle with Alex Zverev 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(4) to reach his first Australian Open final on Friday and set up the ultimate test against Melbourne Park maestro Novak Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic survived a scare to join Roger Federer and Serena Williams in the Australian Open second round as heavy downpours caused chaos on Monday, forcing organizers to postpone a swathe of matches.
Less than a fortnight before the start of the Australian Open, Melbourne lies under a thickening blanket of bushfire haze, and air quality has been downgraded to “very poor” and “hazardous”, which constitutes a serious health threat.
Novak Djokovic was cruelly booed off the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium after a sore left shoulder forced his stunning retirement from Sunday night’s fourth-round match with Stan Wawrinka at the US Open.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, with 14 Wimbledon titles between them, dominate 'Manic Monday' at the All England Club with the 'Big Three' still standing while weary rivals have again flattered to deceive.
After winning one-sided semifinals that few will remember in years to come, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal will face off in a blockbuster Australian Open decider on Sunday that offers much more than a clash of great players.
The four greatest male players in modern tennis – who between them have won more than £400 million across 16 years – arrive in Melbourne aware that their days as a dominant entity are numbered, if not already history.