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.
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.
Roger Federer ground out a tough three-set win to make the Australian Open third round for an incredible 20th straight year Wednesday, with long-time rival Rafael Nadal also safely through in his drive toward an 18th Grand Slam title.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are both gunning for a record seventh Australian Open crown as of today, but Andy Murray will make his last appearance in Melbourne as the era of the "Big Four" draws to a close.
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.