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Australian Open Tournament Schedule
Australian Open 2020
|Date – Time||Event Name||Location|
|20 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s R1 matches (day)||Melbourne Park|
|20 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s R1 matches (night)||Melbourne Park|
|21 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s R1 matches (day)||Melbourne Park|
|21 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s R1 matches (night)||Melbourne Park|
|22 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s R2 matches (day)||Melbourne Park|
|22 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s R2 matches (night)||Melbourne Park|
|23 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s R2 matches (day)||Melbourne Park|
|23 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s R2 matches (night)||Melbourne Park|
|24 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s R3 matches (day)||Melbourne Park|
|24 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s R3 matches (night)||Melbourne Park|
|25 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s R3 matches (day)||Melbourne Park|
|25 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s R3 matches (night)||Melbourne Park|
|26 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s R16 matches (day)||Melbourne Park|
|26 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s R16 matches (night)||Melbourne Park|
|27 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s R16 matches (day)||Melbourne Park|
|27 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s R16 matches (night)||Melbourne Park|
|28 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s quarterfinals (day)||Melbourne Park|
|28 Jan 2020 08:00||Men’s & women’s quarterfinals (night)||Melbourne Park|
|29 Jan 2020 00:00||Men’s & women’s quarterfinals (day)||Melbourne Park|
|29 Jan 2020 08:30||Men’s & women’s quarterfinals (night)||Melbourne Park|
|30 Jan 2020 02:00||Women’s semifinals (day)||Melbourne Park|
|30 Jan 2020 08:30||Men’s semifinal (night)||Melbourne Park|
|31 Jan 2020 08:30||Men’s semifinal (night)||Melbourne Park|
|01 Feb 2020 08:30||Women’s final (night)||Melbourne Park|
|02 Feb 2020 08:30||Men’s final (night)||Melbourne Park|
All singles matches from all courts are available to stream live to bet365 customers with funded accounts.
Men’s, women’s and mixed doubles matches, as well as junior, legends and wheelchair doubles, are also available to watch and bet on live.
When is the 2020 Australian Open?
The 2020 Australian Open begins live from Melbourne on Monday 20 January and runs through to Sunday 2 February, with the very best in men’s and women’s tennis battling it out at Melbourne Park for one of the sport’s biggest prizes.
With a full off-season under their belt, players arrive in Melbourne fresh and determined to put everything they have into the first Grand Slam of a long and energy-sapping season. Novak Djokovic, now possessed of a record seven Australian Open titles, and Naomi Osaka, who became world no. 1 when she claimed the women’s title in 2019, will lead the draw in Melbourne in 2020.
Australian Open Seeds
|Seed||Player||Latest result||Next opponent|
|1||Rafael Nadal||d. Hugo Dellien, 6-2, 6-3, 6-0
d. Federico Delbonis, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-1
|Pablo Carreno Busta (27) (R3)|
|2||Novak Djokovic||d. Jan-Lennard Struff, 7-6(5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
d. Tatsuma Ito (WC), 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
d. Yoshihito Nishioka, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
|Diego Schwartzman (14)|
|3||Roger Federer||d. Steve Johnson, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
d. Filip Krajinovic, 6-1, 6-4, 6-1
d. John Millman, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(8)
|Marton Fucsovics (R16)|
|4||Daniil Medvedev||d. Frances Tiafoe, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
d. Pedro Martinez (Q), 7-5, 6-1, 6-3
|Alexei Popyrin (R3)|
|5||Dominic Thiem||d. Adrian Mannarino, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2
d. Alexander Bolt (WC), 6-2, 5-7, 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2
|Taylor Fritz (29) (R3)|
|6||Stefanos Tsitsipas||d. Salvatore Caruso, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3
d. Philipp Kohlschreiber (W/O)
Lost to Milos Raonic (32), 5-7, 4-6, 6-7(2)
|7||Alexander Zverev||d. Marco Cecchinato, 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3
d. Egor Gerasimov, 7-6(5), 6-4, 7-5
|Fernando Verdasco (R3)|
|8||Matteo Berrettini||d. Andrew Harris, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
Lost to Tennys Sandgren, 6-7(9), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 5-7
|9||Roberto Bautista Agut||d. Feliciano Lopez, 6-2, 6-2, 7-5
d. Michael Mmoh (WC), 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1
Lost to Marin Cilic, 7-6(3), 4-6, 0-6, 7-5, 3-6
|10||Gael Monfils||d. Yen-Hsun Lu, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
d. Ivo Karlovic, 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4, 7-5
|Ernests Gulbis (Q) (R3)|
|11||David Goffin||d. Jeremy Chardy, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1
d. Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 1-6, 6-3
|Andrey Rublev (17) (R3)|
|12||Fabio Fognini||d. Reilly Opelka, 3-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(10)
d. Jordan Thompson, 7-6(4), 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6(4)
d. Guido Pella (22), 7-6(0), 6-2, 6-3
|Tennys Sandgren (R16)|
|13||Denis Shapovalov||Lost to Marton Fucsovics, 3-6, 7-6(7), 1-6, 6-7(3)||–|
|14||Diego Schwartzman||d. Lloyd Harris, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
d. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
d. Dusan Lajovic (24), 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(7)
|Novak Djokovic (2) (R16)|
|15||Stan Wawrinka||d. Damir Dzumhur, 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4
d. Andreas Seppi, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
|John Isner (19) (R3)|
|16||Karen Khachanov||d. Mario Vilella Martinez (Q), 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3
d. Mikael Ymer, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(8)
|Nick Kyrgios (23) (R3)|
|17||Andrey Rublev||d. Christopher O’Connell (WC), 6-3, 0-6, 6-4, 7-6(5)
d. Yuichi Sugita, 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(5)
|David Goffin (11) (R3)|
|18||Grigor Dimitrov||d. Juan Ignacio Londero, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4
Lost to Tommy Paul, 4-6, 6-7(6), 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-7(3)
|19||John Isner||d. Thiago Monteiro, 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 7-6(7), 7-6(5)
d. Alejandro Tabilo (Q), 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
|Stan Wawrinka (15) (R3)|
|20||Felix Auger-Aliassime||Lost to Ernests Gulbis (Q), 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4||–|
|21||Benoit Paire||d. Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-0
Lost to Marin Cilic, 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-3, 1-6, 6-7(3)
|22||Guido Pella||d. John Patrick Smith, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4
d. Gregoire Barrere, 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
|Fabio Fognini (12) (R3)|
|23||Nick Kyrgios||d. Lorenzo Sonego, 6-2, 7-6(3), 7-6(1)
d. Gilles Simon, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
|Karen Khachanov (16) (R3)|
|24||Dusan Lajovic||d. Kyle Edmund, 7-6(7), 6-3, 7-6(4)
d. Marc Polmans (WC), 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
Lost to Diego Schwartzman (14), 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(7)
|25||Borna Coric||Lost to Sam Querrey, 3-6, 4-6, 4-6||–|
|26||Nikoloz Basilashvili||d. Soon-woo Kwon, 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
Lost to Fernando Verdasco, 6-4, 6-7(5), 4-6, 4-6
|27||Pablo Carreno Busta||d. Jozef Kovalik (LL), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(2)
d. Peter Gojowczyk (Q), 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
|Rafael Nadal (1) (R3)|
|28||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||Lost to Alexei Popyrin, 7-6(5), 2-6, 1-6 (ret.)||–|
|29||Taylor Fritz||d. Tallon Griekspoor (Q), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
d. Kevin Anderson, 4-6, 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-2
|Dominic Thiem (5) (R3)|
|30||Dan Evans||d. Mackenzie McDonald, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
Lost to Yoshihito Nishioka, 4-6, 3-6, 4-6
|31||Hubert Hurkacz||d. Denis Novak (Q), 6-7(4), 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
Lost to John Millman, 4-6, 5-7, 3-6
|32||Milos Raonic||d. Lorenzo Giustino (LL), 6-2, 6-1, 6-3
d. Cristian Garin, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
d. Stefanos Tsitsipas (6), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(2)
|Marin Cilic (R16)|
|Seed||Player||Latest result||Next opponent|
|1||Ashleigh Barty||d. Lesia Tsurenko, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
d. Polona Hercog, 6-1, 6-4
d. Elena Rybakina (29), 6-3, 6-2
|Alison Riske (18) (R16)|
|2||Karolina Pliskova||d. Kristina Mladenovic, 6-1, 7-5
d. Laura Siegemund, 6-3, 6-3
|Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (30) (R3)|
|3||Naomi Osaka||d. Marie Bouzkova, 6-2, 6-4
d. Zheng Saisai, 6-2, 6-4
Lost to Coco Gauff, 3-6, 4-6
|4||Simona Halep||d. Jennifer Brady, 7-6(5), 6-1
d. Harriet Dart (Q), 6-2, 6-4
|Yulia Putintseva (R3)|
|5||Elina Svitolina||d. Katie Boulter, 6-4, 7-5
d. Lauren Davis, 6-2, 7-6(6)
|Garbine Muguruza (R3)|
|6||Belinda Bencic||d. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, 6-3, 7-5
d. Jelena Ostapenko, 7-5, 7-5
|Anett Kontaveit (28) (R3)|
|7||Petra Kvitova||d. Katerina Siniakova, 6-1, 6-0
d. Paula Badosa, 7-5, 7-5
d. Ekaterina Alexandrova (25), 6-1, 6-2
|Maria Sakkari (22) (R16)|
|8||Serena Williams||d. Anastasia Potapova, 6-0, 6-3
d. Tamara Zidansek, 6-2, 6-3
Lost to Wang Qiang (27), 4-6, 7-62), 5-7
|9||Kiki Bertens||d. Irina Camelia Begu, 6-1, 6-4
d. Arina Rodionova (WC), 6-3, 7-5
|Zarina Diyas (R3)|
|10||Madison Keys||d. Daria Kasatkina, 6-3, 6-1
d. Arantxa Rus, 7-6(3), 6-2
Lost to Maria Sakkari (22), 4-6, 4-6
|11||Aryna Sabalenka||Lost to Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-7(6), 6-7(6)||–|
|12||Johanna Konta||Lost to Ons Jabeur, 4-6, 2-6||–|
|13||Petra Martic||d. Christina McHale, 6-3, 6-0
Lost to Julia Goerges, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7
|14||Sonia Kenin||d. Marta Trevisan (Q), 6-2, 6-4
d. Ann Li (Q), 6-1, 6-3
d. Zhang Shuai, 7-5, 7-6(7)
|Coco Gauff (R16)|
|15||Marketa Vondrousova||Lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova, 2-6, 6-4, 4-6||–|
|16||Elise Mertens||d. Danka Kovinic, 6-2, 6-0
d. Heather Watson, 6-3, 6-0
|Cici Bellis (R3)|
|17||Angelique Kerber||d. Elisabetta Cocciaretto (Q), 6-2, 6-2
d. Priscilla Hon (WC), 6-3, 6-2
|Camila Giorgi (R3)|
|18||Alison Riske||d. Wang Yafan, 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3
d. Lin Zhu, 6-3, 6-1
d. Julia Goerges, 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-2
|Ashleigh Barty (1) (R16)|
|19||Donna Vekic||d. Maria Sharapova (WC), 6-3, 6-4
d. Alize Cornet, 6-4, 6-2
|Iga Swiatek (R3)|
|20||Karolina Muchova||d. Kirsten Flipkens, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(10)
Lost to CiCi Bellis, 4-6, 4-6
|21||Amanda Anisimova||Lost to Zarina Diyas, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6||–|
|22||Maria Sakkari||d. Margarita Gasparyan, 6-2, 6-2
d. Nao Hibino (Q), 7-6(4), 6-4
d. Madison Keys (10), 6-4, 6-4
|Petra Kvitova (7) (R16)|
|23||Dayana Yastremska||d. Kaja Juvan (Q), 6-1, 6-1
Lost to Caroline Wozniacki, 5-7, 5-7
|24||Sloane Stephens||Lost to Zhang Shuai, 6-2, 5-7, 2-6||–|
|25||Ekaterina Alexandrova||d. Jil Teichmann, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
d. Barbora Krejcikova (Q), 6-1, 6-3
Lost to Petra Kvitova (7), 1-6, 2-6
|26||Danielle Collins||d. Vitalia Diatchenko, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
Lost to Yulia Putintseva, 4-6, 6-2, 5-7
|27||Wang Qiang||d. Pauline Parmentier (WC), 7-6(2), 6-3
d. Fiona Ferro, 6-1, 6-2
d. Serena Williams (8), 6-4, 6-7(2), 7-5
|Ons Jabeur (R16)|
|28||Anett Kontaveit||d. Astra Sharma (WC), 6-0, 6-2
d. Sara Sorribes Tormo, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
|Belinda Bencic (6) (R3)|
|29||Elena Rybakina||d. Bernarda Pera, 6-3, 6-2
d. Greet Minnen (Q), 6-3, 6-4
Lost to Ashleigh Barty (1), 3-6, 2-6
|30||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||d. Nina Stojanovic, 6-1, 7-5
d. Taylor Townsend, 7-5, 7-6(1)
|Karolina Pliskova (2) (R3)|
|31||Anastasija Sevastova||Lost to Ajla Tomljanovic, 1-6, 1-6||–|
|32||Barbora Strycova||Lost to Sorana Cirstea, 2-6, 6-7(5)||–|
Australian Open Players 2020
The ‘Australian championships’, the ‘Happy Slam’, the ‘Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific’ – the Australian Open wears many hats, but one thing is absolutely to be relied upon: A full cast of the best players in the world, and 2020 is no exception.
World no. 2 Novak Djokovic returns to the Australian Open in 2020 not just as the defending champion, but as the all-time title leader, having broken a three-way tie with Roger Federer and Roy Emerson when he delivered a brilliant beatdown of Rafael Nadal in the 2019 final.
Djokovic warmed up for the Australian Open with an impressive run at the inaugural ATP Cup where he led Serbia to the title, beating Nadal in the final. A perfect 6-0 in singles so far in 2020, his potential opponents at the Happy Slam include Diego Schwartzman in the round of 16, Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals and Federer in the semifinals.
Despite dropping a set in the first round for the first time at the Australian Open since 2006, Djokovic impressed in a high-quality match against one of the tougher opponents he could have opened against, big-serving Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany. The 7-6(5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 victory set up a second-round clash with wildcard Tatsuma Ito on Wednesday, which Djokovic cruised through 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.
The second seed kept up the pace as he ousted Yoshihito Nishioka in the third round, winning 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
Next match: Djokovic faces his first seeded opponent, 14th seed Diego Schwartzman, in the fourth round on Sunday 26 January
Australia’s own ‘Ash’ made her first Australian Open quarterfinal in 2019 after impressing with a win over Maria Sharapova, and went on to rise to the very top of the tennis world, claiming her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open, rising to world no. 1 and ending the year by winning the WTA Finals Shenzhen.
The pressure will be intense as the ‘Barty Party’ returns to Melbourne in 2020, with Australians desperate for their first homegrown singles champion since Chris O’Neil in 1978. After warming up with a strong run in Adelaide, Barty could face the rising Kazakh Elena Rybakina in the third round and Alison Riske, who knocked her out of Wimbledon at the same stage in 2019, in the round of 16, with last year’s finalist Petra Kvitova among potential quarterfinal opponents. The top seed began her campaign by coming back from a set down against Lesia Tsurenko, making 19 unforced errors in the first round but only 11 in the second and third combined for a 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 win. Matters were simpler against Polona Hercog as Barty won 6-1, 6-4 to reach the third round.
Barty ousted the in-form Elena Rybakina, the 29th seed, 6-3, 6-2 to make the last 16, but will face a real challenge to make the quarterfinals – her opponent Alison Riske is not only playing the best tennis of her career, but beat Barty at Wimbledon in 2019.
Next match: Barty will take on 18th seed Alison Riske for a place in the quarterfinals on Sunday 26 January
The 2009 champion Rafael Nadal once again fell short in his attempt to become the second man in the Open Era to win all Grand Slams at least twice when he was beaten by Djokovic in straight sets in the final – but his dominant run to the final without dropping a set shows there’s plenty of life in Nadal’s Australian Open career, especially after his devastating run of form to end 2019 as the world no. 1.
Nadal came close to leading Spain to Davis Cup and ATP Cup titles within seven weeks of each other, but fell short in the final in Sydney when he lost in straight sets to Djokovic, showing some signs of fatigue. With Federer and Djokovic both in the bottom half of the draw, however, the luck has been with Nadal, whose potential opponents on the way to the final include Nick Kyrgios in the round of 16, Dominic Thiem or Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals and Alexander Zverev or Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals.
Nadal scored an emphatic victory over Hugo Dellien of Bolivia to start his campaign, winning 6-2, 6-3, 6-0, before beating Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-1 despite only converting three of 20 break-point chances.
Next match: Nadal plays next against 27th seed Pablo Carreno Busta, a compatriot, in the third round on Saturday 25th January
A maiden major title might have eluded Pliskova so far, but the ‘Ace Queen’ has been a consistent performer at the Australian Open in recent years, making the quarterfinals in 2017 and 2018 and staging a remarkable comeback against Serena Williams to reach the semifinals in 2019.
The world no. 2 began 2020 by defending her Brisbane International title against a packed field and could have to face Belinda Bencic, Elina Svitolina and Simona Halep if she wants to reach her first Australian Open final, with two-time quarterfinalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova among dangerous early opponents.
Pliskova began her campaign with a very impressive 6-1, 7-5 win over former top-10 player Kristina Mladenovic, who seemed like she might have been a potential pitfall for the second seed, and scored an equally emphatic 6-3, 6-3 victory over former Stuttgart champion Laura Siegemund.
Next match: Pliskova faces 30th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, an Australian Open quarterfinalist in 2017 and 2019, in the third round on Saturday 25 January
The 2017-18 champion found himself on the losing end of a generation clash with new star Stefanos Tsitsipas – a man 17 years his junior – in the round of 16 and exited the Australian Open before the quarterfinals, then ignited speculation in some quarters and hysteria in others with his announcement that he would be playing the French Open in 2019 after skipping it in previous years.
Now 38 years old, Federer has not played a warm-up event before the Australian Open. He could face Djokovic in the semifinals, but before that potential opponents include in-form, big-serving Pole Hubert Hurkacz in the third round, Grigor Dimitrov (who beat him at the US Open) in the fourth round and Italians Matteo Berrettini or Fabio Fognini in the quarterfinals. But none of those players will be feeling too confident after Federer’s searing 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Steve Johnson in the first round on Monday, which was followed by an even more crushing 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Filip Krajinovic, the former Paris Masters finalist.
Federer recorded a record 100th singles win at the Australian Open on Friday – but it did not come without drama. Facing Australian journeyman John Millman, who had scored an unlikely victory over him in humid conditions at the 2018 US Open, Federer struggled mightily and hit 82 unforced errors, and Millman was on the brink of victory as he led 8-4 in the decisive ten-point tie-break. However, Millman lost the next six points and Federer claimed a dramatic win in in four hours and seven minutes to improve to 100-14 at the Australian Open.
Next match: Federer will face Marton Fucsovics of Hungary in the fourth round on Sunday 26 January
Champion at the French Open in 2018 and Wimbledon in 2019, Halep made a memorable run to the Australian Open final in 2018, beating Angelique Kerber in a semifinal thriller before falling just short to Caroline Wozniacki in a gruelling final which saw the Romanian hospitalized due to dehydration.
Halep struggled with a back injury during the closing stages of the 2019 season but seems fighting fit for 2020, with Australia’s own Darren Cahill back by her side as coach. Although she was blown off the court by Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals of her only warm-up tournament, the Adelaide International, Halep impressed by opening her Australian Open campaign with a stellar win over Jennifer Brady 7-6(5), 6-1, with Brady hotly tipped by many for the upset after a superb run in Brisbane which took her past Maria Sharapova and Ashleigh Barty, among others.
Halep backed up her win over Brady by beating Great Britain’s Harriet Dart, a qualifier, 6-2, 6-4 to set up a third-round clash with feisty Yulia Putintseva, who eliminated 2019 Australian Open semifinalist Danielle Collins in the second round.
Next match: Halep will face Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan, a two-time French Open quarterfinalist, in the third round on Saturday 25 January
Russia’s Medvedev served early notice of his intentions when he made a run to the last 16 at the Australian Open in 2019, defeating David Goffin before taking a set from Djokovic. Medvedev went on to put together a spectacular summer surge, reaching six consecutive finals and claiming his first two Masters 1000 Series titles in Cincinnati and Shanghai, as well as pushing Nadal to five sets in a thrilling US Open final.
A top-four seed at a major for the first time, Medvedev played a key role in leading Russia to the semifinals of the ATP Cup before succumbing to Djokovic in three sets. He brackets a ‘young gun’ quarter in the top half of the draw and is projected to meet Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals with the winner likely to face Nadal in the semifinals.
Handed a tricky draw in the first round, as he took on 2019 Australian Open quarterfinalist Frances Tiafoe, Medvedev acquitted himself well, scoring a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over the American. The fourth seed went on to coast past little-known qualifier Pedro Martinez 7-5, 6-1, 6-3.
Next match: Medvedev takes on Australia’s big-serving Alexei Popyrin in the third round on Saturday 25 January
Seven years after she reached her first Australian Open semifinal, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova did it again – and went one better, reaching her maiden Melbourne final without dropping a set in a series of dazzling performances. Although she fell short in the final to Osaka, Kvitova said that she wanted to win the title but had already won two years ago when she survived a knife attack in her home and managed to rebuild her career despite severe injuries to her playing hand.
The much-beloved Kvitova was troubled by a hand injury in 2019, but opened 2020 strongly with a semifinal run at the Brisbane International before losing to Madison Keys. Seeded seventh in Melbourne, Kvitova could meet top seed Barty in a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal, but might have to survive a Brisbane rematch with big-serving Keys first. The Czech began her run with an emphatic 6-1, 6-0 victory over compatriot Katerina Siniakova, but had to work much harder for a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Paula Badosa.
Kvitova continued to impress with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Shenzhen Open champion Ekaterina Alexandrova in the third round.
Next match: Kvitova will play 22nd seed Maria Sakkari, the athletic Greek, in the round of 16 on Sunday 26 January.
Austria’s Thiem has been a consistent performer at the French Open in recent years, making the semifinals in 2016-17 and finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal in 2018-19, but has never made the quarterfinals at the Australian Open.
However, Thiem made huge strides on hard courts in 2019 as he won his maiden Masters 1000 Series title at Indian Wells, defeating Federer in the final; claimed 500-level titles in Beijing and Vienna; and finished the year by reaching the final of the Nitto ATP Finals.
Thiem has now added his country’s most famous former player, Thomas Muster, to his coaching team alongside Nicolas Massu and seems to be coming into his prime at 26. After being forced to retire in the second round in 2019, Thiem has made it in the third round in 2020 but only after being forced to battle all the way against Australian wildcard Alex Bolt.
Next match: Thiem faces 29th seed Taylor Fritz of the USA, who beat Kevin Anderson in five sets, in the third round on Saturday 25 January
A WTA Finals champion in 2018 and a consistent winner of titles over the past few seasons, Ukraine’s Svitolina was nevertheless seen as a Grand Slam under-performer until recently.
However the Ukrainian not only made back-to-back Australian Open quarterfinals in 2018-19, but reached back-to-back Grand Slam semifinals at Wimbledon and the US Open and appears to be developing into a real contender for big titles, although she has yet to make her first final at a major.
Drawn in the bottom half for this year’s Australian Open, Svitolina has scored straight-sets wins over Katie Boulter of Great Britain 6-4, 7-5 and Lauren Davis, an American who has pushed top seeds extremely hard in Melbourne before, 6-2, 7-6(6) in a late-night encounter which saw some spectacular shotmaking in the climactic stages. Her next challenge will be two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza, who shows signs of pulling out of her slump.
Next match: Svitolina takes on Garbine Muguruza, unseeded but a two-time major winner, in the third round on Saturday 25 January
Champions at the 2019 Australian Open
Here is a full list of the players who won titles at the 2019 Australian Open.
Men’s singles champion
Women’s singles champion
Men’s doubles champions
Nicolas Mahut/Pierre-Hugues Herbert
Women’s doubles champions
Samantha Stosur/Zhang Shuai
Mixed doubles champions
Rajeev Ram/Barbora Krejcikova
Boys’ singles champion
Girls’ singles champion
Boys’ doubles champions
Jonas Forejtek/Dalibor Svrcina
Girls’ doubles champions
Natsumi Kawagachi/Adrienn Nagy
Wheelchair men’s singles champion
Wheelchair women’s singles champion
Diede de Groot
Wheelchair quad singles champion
Wheelchair men’s doubles champions
Joachim Gerard/Stefan Olsson
Wheelchair women’s singles champions
Diede de Groot/Aniek van Koot
Wheelchair quad doubles
Dylan Alcott/Heath Davidson
About the Australian Open
Known as the ‘Happy Slam’, the Australian Open has a history stretching back to 1905. It was then known as the Australasian Championships and then the Australian Championships, before becoming the Australian Open in 1969. The tournament has been staged in five Australian and two New Zealand cities before finding its current home in Melbourne in 1972, when it was played at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club before moving to Melbourne Park in 1988. This was when the event switched from grass to its current surface of hard courts.
Melbourne Park’s main stadium is the Rod Laver Arena, seating nearly 15,000 people and equipped with a retractable roof. The Margaret Court and Hisense Arenas round out the major stages at the tournament.
Almost every legend of tennis, past and present, has lifted either the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup or the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy at the Australian Open. Until recently, Roy Emerson held the record for most men’s titles, winning his first of six titles in 1961 before dominating the tournament with five consecutive titles between 1963 and 1967, but he was joined in 2016 by Novak Djokovic when he claimed his sixth title (2008, 2011-13, 2015-16). Djokovic already held the record for most consecutive titles won in the Open Era. Roger Federer tied Emerson and Djokovic for six Australian Open titles in 2018, backing up his stunning comeback triumph of 2017 when he beat great rival Rafael Nadal in the final with a five-set victory over Marin Cilic in the final of 2018.
In 2019, Djokovic became the all-time record holder for Australian Open titles when he won his seventh, beating Nadal in straight sets in the final.
On the women’s side, Margaret Court won the Australian Open an incredible 11 times, including four times in the Open Era, finishing in 1973. 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, with her six Australian Open titles (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2015), holds the record for most women’s titles in the Open Era, while Margaret Court (1969, 1970, 1971), Evonne Goolagong Crawley (1974, 1975, 1976), Steffi Graf (1988, 1989, 1990), Monica Seles (1991, 1992, 1993) and Martina Hingis (1997, 1998, 1999) are tied for the most consecutive Open Era titles.
The last Australian to win the men’s title was Mark Edmonson in 1967, while Chris O’Neil in 1978 holds the honour for the women.
The Australian Open is broadcast live around the world. From 1973 to 2018, the Seven Network served as the host broadcaster before the Nine Network acquired the rights in 2019. The tournament is currently broadcast on 13 different networks around the world. Australian Open matches are also available to watch and bet on live via bookmakers bet365.
Australian Open History
With a history that stretches all the way back to 1905 (when it was first played at the Warehouseman’s Cricket Ground in Melbourne), the Australian Open has gradually grown in prestige to become the global juggernaut it is today – one of the four biggest prizes in tennis.
First branded as the Australasian Championships, and then later the Australian Championships in 1927 and finally the Australian Open in 1969, the tournament was not recognised as a major tennis event until 1924. The Australian Open’s rich history has seen it contested across two countries and seven cities, including Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Christchurch and Hastings.
Due to its geographic isolation from the rest of the world, the Australian Open suffered in terms of attracting the superstars of tennis in its initial years. Many of the game’s greats such as Pancho Gonzales and Manuel Santana never played any form of the Australian Open, while more modern-day legends like Bjorn Borg and Ilie Nastase only competed once. Inconvenient scheduling around the Christmas and New Year period was also a factor in players opting to remain in Europe and America during the early stages of the Australian Open.
It wasn’t until well after the establishment of the ‘Open Era’ in 1968 – the date where Grand Slam tournaments agreed to allow professional players to complete alongside amateurs – that the Australian Open really began to take off as a worldwide juggernaut. The Australian Open moved to the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in 1972 and was played on grass until it was moved to Flinders Park (later renamed as Melbourne Park) in 1988. The ever-growing Melbourne Park precinct remains the location for the Australian Open today.
The Australian Open was played on green Rebound Ace courts until 2008, when tournament organisers opted to switch to blue Plexicushion, which is the surface still in play to this day. It was also the first Grand Slam tournament to feature indoor play due to wet weather or extreme heat, with the Australian Open leading the way with its three primary courts – Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena – all equipped with retractable roofs.
Why is the Australian Open called the ‘Happy Slam’?
For the better part of the last decade now, the Australian Open has been consistently referred to by players and fans alike as the ‘Happy Slam’. Why is this the case? There’s a combination of factors, including the feel-good vibe and nature of Melbourne in January, the top-notch and state-of-the-art facilities of Melbourne Park – the home of the Australian Open – and its easy-to-access location, with Melbourne Park located just a short walk from the central business district, allowing players and spectators smooth transport from the heart of the city to the tennis centre.
Roger Federer actually coined the term ‘Happy Slam’ during a pre-match interview a few years ago. This is because the general feeling amongst the majority of players is that the Australian Open is their favourite Grand Slam, with tournament officials genuinely listening to players concerns and wishes and acting accordingly to execute them, whether it be an increase in prize money or demands to build more stadiums with a roof, which allows players to compete when it’s raining or in scorching temperatures.
Also, being the first Grand Slam of the season also means that players are arriving in Melbourne fresh and relaxed after a much-deserved off-season, while it’s also the first time all the leading men and women are in the same place at once for the season – which in turn contributes to more feel-good vibes and a overall relaxed atmosphere.
Australian Open Statistics
Australian Open winners
Here is a complete list of all the men’s and women’s singles champions during the Open Era.
Former Australian Open champions (Open Era)
|Year||Men’s Champion||Men’s Runner-up||Women’s Champion||Women’s Runner-up|
|1969||Rod Laver (3)||Andres Gimeno||Margaret Court (8)||Billie Jean King|
|1970||Arthur Ashe||Dick Crealy||Margaret Court (9)||Kerry Melville|
|1971||Ken Rosewall||Arthur Ashe||Margaret Court (10)||Evonne Goolagong|
|1972||Ken Rosewall (2)||Malcolm Anderson||Virginia Wade||Evonne Goolagong|
|1973||John Newcombe||Onny Parun||Margaret Court (11)||Evonne Goolagong|
|1974||Jimmy Connors||Phil Dent||Evonne Goolagong||Chris Evert|
|1975||John Newcombe (2)||Jimmy Connors||Evonne Goolagong (2)||Martina Navratilova|
|1976||Mark Edmonson||John Newcombe||Evonne Goolagong (3)||Renata Tomanova|
|1977||Roscoe Tanner (Dec), Vitas Gerulaitis (Jan)||Guillermo Vilas (Dec), John Lloyd (Jan)||Kerry Melville Reid (Dec), Evonne Goolagong (Jan) (4)||Dianne Fromholtz (Dec), Helen Gourlay (Jan)|
|1978||Guillermo Vilas||John Marks||Chris O’Neil||Betsy Nagelsen|
|1979||Guillermo Vilas (2)||John Sadri||Barbara Jordan||Sharon Welsh|
|1980||Brian Teacher||Kim Warwick||Hana Mandlikova||Wendy Turnbull|
|1981||Johan Kriek||Steve Denton||Martina Navratilova||Chris Evert|
|1982||Johan Kriek (2)||Steve Denton||Chris Evert||Martina Navratilova|
|1983||Mats Wilander||Ivan Lendl||Martina Navratilova (2)||Kathy Jordan|
|1984||Mats Wilander (2)||Kevin Curren||Chris Evert (2)||Helena Sukova|
|1985||Stefan Edberg||Mats Wilander||Martina Navratilova (3)||Chris Evert|
|1986||Not held||Not held||Not held||Not held|
|1987||Stefan Edberg (2)||Pat Cash||Hana Mandlikova (2)||Martina Navratilova|
|1988||Mats Wilander (3)||Pat Cash||Steffi Graf||Chris Evert|
|1989||Ivan Lendl||Miloslav Mecir||Steffi Graf (2)||Helena Sukova|
|1990||Ivan Lendl (2)||Stefan Edberg||Steffi Graf (3)||Mary Joe Fernandez|
|1991||Boris Becker||Ivan Lendl||Monica Seles||Jana Novotna|
|1992||Jim Courier||Stefan Edberg||Monica Seles (2)||Mary Joe Fernandez|
|1993||Jim Courier (2)||Stefan Edberg||Monica Seles (3)||Steffi Graf|
|1994||Pete Sampras||Todd Martin||Steffi Graf (4)||Arantxa Sanchez Vicario|
|1995||Andre Agassi||Pete Sampras||Mary Pierce||Arantxa Sanchez Vicario|
|1996||Boris Becker (2)||Michael Chang||Monica Seles||Anke Huber|
|1997||Pete Sampras (2)||Carlos Moya||Martina Hingis||Mary Pierce|
|1998||Petr Korda||Marcelo Rios||Martina Hingis (2)||Conchita Martinez|
|1999||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||Thomas Enqvist||Martina Hingis (3)||Amelie Mauresmo|
|2000||Andre Agassi (2)||Vevgeny Kafelnikov||Lindsay Davenport||Martina Hingis|
|2001||Andre Agassi (3)||Arnaud Clement||Jennifer Capriati||Martina Hingis|
|2002||Thomas Johansson||Marat Safin||Jennifer Capriati (2)||Martina Hingis|
|2003||Andre Agassi (4)||Rainer Schuettler||Serena Williams||Venus Williams|
|2004||Roger Federer||Marat Safin||Justine Henin||Kim Clijsters|
|2005||Marat Safin||Lleyton Hewitt||Serena Williams (2)||Lindsay Davenport|
|2006||Roger Federer (2)||Marcos Baghdatis||Amelie Mauresmo||Justine Henin|
|2007||Roger Federer (3)||Fernando Gonzalez||Serena Williams (3)||Maria Sharapova|
|2008||Novak Djokovic||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||Maria Sharapova||Ana Ivanovic|
|2009||Rafael Nadal||Roger Federer||Serena Williams (4)||Dinara Safina|
|2010||Roger Federer (4)||Andy Murray||Serena Williams (5)||Justine Henin|
|2011||Novak Djokovic (2)||Andy Murray||Kim Clijsters||Li Na|
|2012||Novak Djokovic (3)||Rafael Nadal||Victoria Azarenka||Maria Sharapova|
|2013||Novak Djokovic (4)||Andy Murray||Victoria Azarenka (2)||Li Na|
|2014||Stan Wawrinka||Rafael Nadal||Li Na||Dominika Cibulkova|
|2015||Novak Djokovic (5)||Andy Murray||Serena Williams (6)||Maria Sharapova|
|2016||Novak Djokovic (6)||Andy Murray||Angelique Kerber||Serena Williams|
|2017||Roger Federer (5)||Rafael Nadal||Serena Williams (7)||Venus Williams|
|2018||Roger Federer (6)||Marin Cilic||Caroline Wozniacki||Simona Halep|
|2019||Novak Djokovic (7)||Rafael Nadal||Naomi Osaka||Petra Kvitova|
Greatest Australian Open champions
Almost all of the biggest names in the history of tennis have won the Australian Open title.
Until recently, there was a three-way tie at the top of the men’s honour roll with Roy Emerson, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic each having won six titles. But Djokovic’s 2019 triumph saw him take the overall lead with an all-time record of seven Australian Open titles, followed by Emerson and Federer on six.
Other multiple-time winners of the tournament include Jack Crawford, Ken Rosewall, Andre Agassi, Rod Laver, Mats Wilander, Jim Courier, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg, John Newcombe and Guillermo Vilas.
Margaret Court owns the record for the most titles on the women’s side with a staggering 11 triumphs in the Amateur and Open Era, with Serena Williams not too far behind with seven. Victoria Azarenka is the only other current active female player with multiple Australian Open titles, winning back-to-back in 2012-13, while legends such as Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Monica Seles, Steffi Graf and Martin Hingis have all reigned supreme at Melbourne Park over the years.
Australian Open records (Open Era)
How the biggest stars fare at the Australian Open
Australian Open performance: Top men
|Player||Titles||Finals||Main draw appearances||Win-loss record||2019 result|
|Novak Djokovic||7 (2008, 2011-13, 2015-16, 2019)||–||15||68-8||Champion (d. Rafael Nadal)|
|Roger Federer||6 (2004, 2006-7, 2010, 2017-18)||1 (2009)||20||97-14||R16 (lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas)|
|Rafael Nadal||1 (2009)||4 (2012, 2014, 2017, 2019)||14||61-13||Runner-up (lost to Novak Djokovic)|
|Andy Murray||–||5 (2010-11, 2013, 2015-16)||13||48-13||R1 (lost to Roberto Bautista Agut)|
|Stan Wawrinka||1 (2014)||–||14||38-13||R2 (lost to Milos Raonic)|
|Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||–||1 (2008)||12||37-12||R2 (lost to Novak Djokovic)|
|Marin Cilic||–||1 (2017)||11||29-11||R16 (lost to Roberto Bautista Agut)|
|Nick Kyrgios||–||–||6||11-6||R1 (lost to Stan Wawrinka)|
Australian Open performance: Top women
|Player||Titles||Finals||Main-draw appearances||Win-loss record||2019 result|
|Serena Williams||7 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009-10, 2015, 2017)||1 (2016)||18||85-11||QF (lost to Karolina Pliskova)|
|Victoria Azarenka||2 (2012-13)||–||12||39-10||R1 (lost to Laura Siegemund)|
|Maria Sharapova||1 (2008)||3 (2007, 2012, 2016)||15||56-14||R16 (lost to Ashleigh Barty)|
|Angelique Kerber||1 (2016)||–||12||29-11||R16 (lost to Danielle Collins)|
|Caroline Wozniacki||1 (2018)||–||12||34-11||R3 (lost to Maria Sharapova)|
|Naomi Osaka||1 (2019)||–||4||16-3||Champion (d. Petra Kvitova)|
|Venus Williams||–||2 (2003, 2017)||19||53-19||R3 (lost to Simona Halep)|
|Dominika Cibulkova||–||1 (2014)||12||20-12||R1 (lost to Zhang Shuai)|
|Simona Halep||–||1 (2018)||9||19-9||R16 (lost to Serena Williams)|
|Petra Kvitova||–||1 (2019)||10||20-11||Runner-up (lost to Naomi Osaka)|
The 2020 Australian Open is live from Melbourne from 20 January-2 February, and matches from all courts will be streamed live via bet365.