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# Tennis

29th January 2023
# Historic
Novak Djokovic equals Rafael Nadal's Grand Slam record with 10th Australian Open title
The Serbian, who also becomes world number one, defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 7-6 (4) 7-6 (5).
# Tennis
Sabalenka sets standard in Australia to challenge Swiatek at top of game
The Pole’s consistency, as well as her titles at the French Open and US Open, put her miles ahead of the rest in 2022.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# fab sab
Sabalenka wins Australian Open for first Grand Slam crown
The hard-hitting Belarusian collapsed to the court in tears after winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 against the Wimbledon champion.
# Controversy
Djokovic father filmed with fans holding Russian flags at Australian Open
The Serbian star had just booked his place in the tournament semi-final with a straight-sets thumping of Russia’s Andrey Rublev.
# doubles vision
Wimbledon shorten men's doubles to three sets
Traditional format had been criticised for discouraging more singles specialists from entering the doubles.
# Tennis
Ominous Sabalenka advances to Australian Open semi-final, Paul ends Shelton's fairytale run
Fifth-seeded Sabalenka is the highest remaining seed left in the women’s draw.
This month
January 2023
# The Other Korda Kid
Seb Korda stuns 2021 and 2022 finalist Daniil Medvedev at Australian Open
The young American produced another upset, knocking out the seventh seed in straight sets.
# australian open
Andy Murray shows unbreakable spirit to win 5hr45m epic in 4am finish
Australian Open match was the longest of Murray’s whole career, and the third latest finish to a tennis match ever.
# Melbourne Park
Djokovic barrels into Australian Open third round as seeds fall
In the women’s draw, Tunisian number two seed Ons Jabeur was beaten 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 by Czech world number 86 Marketa Vondrousova.
# rallied
Rafael Nadal ‘mentally destroyed’ as Australian Open defence ends in injury
American Mackenzie McDonald got the better of the stricken Spaniard with a 6-4 6-4 7-5 second-round victory.
# Progress
Iga Swiatek shows fight to ease past Camila Osorio
Meanwhile, Jessica Pegula, whose parents own the Buffalo Bills NFL franchise, wore the number three to offer support to Damar Hamlin following his cardiac arrest.
# Tennis
Novak Djokovic given a hero’s welcome on winning return to Australia
Rod Laver Arena was full of Serbian flags in support of the nine-time champion.
# Tennis
Kyrgios out of Australian Open as Gauff sets up Raducanu clash
The first Grand Slam of the year had lost several stars in the build-up.
# Tennis
ITF partnership with Gerard Pique’s Kosmos group for Davis Cup ends prematurely
The end of the big-money partnership means the future of the historic competition is unclear.
# Tennis
'I’m one of the best in the world' – Nick Kyrgios eyes Australian Open title
The 27-year-old will bid to become the first home men’s singles champion since Mark Edmondson in 1976.
# time out
Naomi Osaka reveals pregnancy and declares absence from 2023 season
The two-time Australian Open winner pulled out of the first grand slam of the year last week.
# warning
Fans targeting Djokovic risk being kicked out of Australian Open
Djokovic will be back in Melbourne next week after being deported last year over his Covid vaccination stance.
# acceptance
Djokovic resigned to missing more US tournaments over Covid vaccination status
America has extended the ban on unvaccinated non-citizens until April, with Indian Wells running from 6-19 March and the Miami Open from 19 March-2 April.
# Battle
Martina Navratilova diagnosed with breast and throat cancer
The 66-year-old told about the diagnosis but added they were both treatable.
Last month
December 2022
# Tennis
'If you don't go through Novak, then you kind of know the tournament isn't really a tournament'
Djokovic set for Australian Open return as Nick Kyrgios says Serb “needs to be playing at all costs.”
# Looking Back
Emotional Boris Becker relied on 'blood brothers' to protect him in prison
The 55-year-old was deported to Germany after being released last week.
Last year
# breaking with tradition
Female players at Wimbledon allowed to wear dark-coloured underwear from 2023
Wimbledon have been under pressure to relax the strict guidance to reduce anxiety around menstrual cycles.
# water under the bridge
Australian immigration minister 'personally' intervened to grant Djokovic visa
Australia’s previous conservative government barred the all-time tennis great from returning to the country until 2025.
Djokovic set to get visa for Australian Open following deportation in January
The former world number one was unable to take part in January because he was unvaccinated against Covid-19.
# Keep calm and carry on
Nothing ‘dodgy’ in Novak Djokovic drink video, says wife Jelena
Members of the star’s coaching team shielded physio Ulises Badio from being filmed as he mixed the drink during the Paris Masters final.
# triumph
Iga Swiatek overcomes a scare to cruise to victory in San Diego
The three-time Grand Slam champion defeated 77th-ranked Donna Vekic 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 for her WTA-best 64th match victory of 2022.
# Melbourne
Djokovic 'would love' to play at Australian Open: tournament chief
The nine-time champion from Serbia is currently serving a three-year ban from entering Australia.
# Nick Kyrgios
Wimbledon finalist Kyrgios to fight assault charge on mental health grounds
The charge reportedly relates to an incident involving his former girlfriend.
# Blow
Emma Raducanu forced to retire from Korea Open semi-final
The 19-year-old was losing in the deciding set, and withdrew due to injury.
# Tennis
Players stunned as protester sets arm on fire in dramatic incident at Laver Cup
Team Europe moved 2-0 up at the end of the afternoon session but only after a protester had disrupted day one.
# Tennis
Ireland see off Barbados to reach Davis Cup play-offs
Osgar O’hOisin delivered the decisive win to help Ireland to victory.
# Tennis
'Privilege to share all these years with you' - Nadal hails Federer
Federer said he would retire after the Laver Cup in London.
# Icon
Roger Federer says retiring from professional tennis is a ‘bittersweet decision’
The Swiss has been unable to recover from knee surgery and next week’s Laver Cup will be his final event.
# Tennis
Carlos Alcaraz wins maiden grand slam title at US Open
The 19-year-old defeated Casper Ruud 6-4 2-6 7-6 (1) 6-4 in New York to claim the world’s top rank.
# Tennis
Alcaraz to face Ruud for US Open title after epic semi-final triumph
The 19-year-old Spaniard became the youngest men’s Grand Slam finalist since compatriot Rafael Nadal.
# Tennis
Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur set up US Open final showdown
Swiatek battled from 4-2 down in the deciding set to claim a 3-6 6-1 6-4 triumph.
# game set match bed
Alcaraz wins epic quarter-final battle in latest ever US Open finish
A thrilling five-hour-and-15-minute duel with Jannik Sinner finished at 2.50am local time and saw the Spaniard survive match point in the fourth set.
# Pole Position
Swiatek eyes second grand slam title this season after battling past American Pegula
The world number one and French Open champion is the only player remaining with a slam to her name.
# Tennis
Jabeur becomes first African woman to reach US Open semi-finals
Casper Ruud also reached the semi-finals today.
# Tennis
Britain's Norrie crashes out of US Open after fourth-round defeat to Rublev
Rublev prevailed after a 6-4 6-4 6-4 win.