11hGreg Garber

What wedding? First things first for Serena Williams

Don't ask Serena Williams about her recent engagement. After an emphatic opening-round win at the Australian Open, her only focus is another title Down Under.

Federer, Kerber settling into groove ahead of second round (3:16)
1hESPN Staff

More from Day 2: Sam Stosur fails again

Samantha Stosur was unable to disguise her anguish after suffering yet another forgettable first-round Australian Open flop in Melbourne.

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Murray, Lendl brave the heat during serving practice (0:35)
Serena wins in straight sets to advance at Australian Open (0:47)
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Kyrgios fanatics back Aussie favourite (0:30)
Wawrinka hits Klizan where it hurts (0:25)

Courier: Tennis needs 'wild horse' Kyrgios

Four-time Grand Slam champion Jim Courier is anointed himself as the number one ticket holder in the Nick Kyrgios fan club after describing the young Aussie tennis star as "good for the game".

Serena Williams going for milestone major title (2:43)
1dGaurav Kalra

Mirza primed for return to Slam-winning ways

Unperturbed at the loss of the top spot in the rankings, Sania Mirza is confident of a strong showing at the Australian Open with partner Barbora Strycova.

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2dPete Bodo

The tournament Serena Williams never wants to leave

One-hit wonders, sloping courts and timing around the holidays. That was the Australian Open in its infancy. Now pros like Serena Williams and Roger Federer praise the tournament.

4dGreg Garber

Roger Federer's secret sauce

It's really not that complicated if you ask Roger Federer. He's hungry and motivated, and he's ready to show the tennis world the damage a 35-year-old aging artist can do at the Australian Open.

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7dJohnette Howard

Who's the next Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic?

With some time and experience, Milos Raonic, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev each show promise to be the one to top the rankings.

6dJohnette Howard

Where the Big Four stand before the Australian Open

After injuries in 2016 for Federer and Nadal, a hit-and-miss year for Djokovic and a new place at the top for Murray, the Big Four will have plenty to prove at the Australian Open.

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Swiss without Federer, Wawrinka for Davis Cup

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will not be with Switzerland when the team travels to the United States for the Davis Cup next month, which was expected as Olympic eligibility is not a factor.


Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

Fans at the Ivo Karlovic-Horacio Zeballos match grabbed anything they could get to stand on and get a peek at the match, which the 20th-seeded Karlovic won 22-20 in the fifth set, 5 hours and 15 minutes after they started on a small side Court away from the main show courts.

Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

Ivo Karlovic and Horacio Zeballos of Argentina just finished a marathon fifth-set tiebreaker way off on the back lot on Court 19 at the Australian Open. Karlovic, the 20th seed, lost the first two sets but rallied to take the next two. They were tied at 20 games all in the fifth -- that's not a typo -- before the 37-year-old Karlovic held serve and broke Zeballos to take the 157-minute last set. Total time on court: 5 hours, 15 minutes.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Meet the Omar Jasika army. Jasika, a 19-year-old Aussie, has the unenviable task of trying to take down David Ferrer.


Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Make that 56 aces and counting for Ivo Karlovic in his opening-round match in Australia against Horacio Zeballos (8-8 in the fifth set). That's tied for fifth most in a match all time.

Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

Novak Djokovic goes for a wardrobe change after squeaking out a back and forth second-set tiebreaker against Spanish opponent Fernando Verdasco Tuesday night at the Australian Open. Verdasco has been animated and angry with himself most of the match. It only made the second set closer after he lost the first, 6-1. Djokovic is playing his first Slam without the No. 1 ranking that he seemed to hold onto forever. But so far, so good.

Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

Things you see at the Australian Open: In Australia, just like the U.S., there's just never a bad place to wear a fluorescent clown wig. There's just not.