How to Watch the Australian Open 2017 Live Semifinals

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Things haven’t gone quite as planned so far in the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open 2017 Live.Both the top seeds in the men’s and women’s singles brackets were knocked out in the fourth round of the tournament, with Angelique Kerber falling to relative newcomer, unseeded American, Coco Vandeweghe, and Andy Murray losing in four sets to Mischa Zverev of Germany, also unseeded.

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Vandeweghe then went on to also beat Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain) in the quarterfinals, securing herself a spot in the semifinals.Despite these fourth-round upsets, the names most of the players in the semifinals will be familiar to even casual tennis fans: Stan Wawrinka (who won the U.S. Open in September), will play Roger Federer in one of the men’s semifinals, Vandeweghe will contend with 13th seed, Venus Williams in one of the women’s semifinals, and Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will both be competing in semifinal round matchups.

Nadal advanced in a four set match against Gaël Monfils in the quarterfinals and will therefore compete against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals; Serena will face off against Croatia’s Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, who toppled 2016 U.S. Open finalist Karolína Plíšková in three sets.

William’s match against Lučić-Baroni will be entertaining for a few reasons, not the least of which is Serena’s chance to earn her long-alluded 23rd career Grand Slam singles title– finally beating tennis legend Steffi Graf’s record.

Lučić-Baroni also walks onto the court with her own baggage; The unseeded Croatian’s victory over fifth seed Plíšková was another major upset in the Australian Open 2017 Live, marking a return to the semifinals of a Grand Slam after nearly 18 years (since Wimbledon 1999). Considered a prodigy when she first entered the WTA Tour, Lučić-Baroni set several “youngest ever” records and won the 1998 Australian Open doubles title at age 15.

Even Serena is excited about going head to head with a woman who many consider to be her predecessor. “I’m so proud of Mirjana. It’s so good to see her back out and to see her in the semifinals really just is so inspiring for me,” Williams said after her victory over quarterfinal challenger Johanna Konta. “No matter what happens, someone 34 or older will be in the final and that’s just really awesome.” With Serena and Venus still dominating the competition at 35 and 36 years old, respectively, it will be the first time in the Open era that two players 35 or older have reached the final four of a Grand Slam competition, according to the Associated Press. Seems like youngster Vandeweghe’s age might be a disadvantage against this old guard.

The men’s singles competition will also be dominated by older players, although nothing as record-breaking or unusual as the women’s singles bracket. Federer, 35, will play Wawrinka, 31, and Nadal, 30, will play Dimitrov, 25.

As always, Federer will be a major player to watch, but this time it will be because of his recent injury, not just his famous serve.The four-time Australian Open winner will be returning for his first tour event after a two-month break due to a chronic wrist injury. Due to his break, the Swiss star is seeded 17th– his lowest ever Australian Open ranking.Will early upsets and history-making potential for the last rounds of the 2017 Australian Open, all bets are off for the women’s and men’s singles matchups. Here’s how to watch live.

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 The 2017 Australian Open Semifinals Schedule

The semifinals of the 2017 Australian Open will begin January 25 (EST) with the women’s singles semifinal matches.

Wednesday, January 25

Women’s Singles Semi-final: C. Vandeweghe v. V. Williams (13) at 10:00 p.m. EST

Women’s Singles Semi-final: Lučić-Baroni v. S. Williams (2) at 11:15 p.m. EST

Thursday, January 26

Men’s Singles Semi-final: R. Federer (17) v. S. Wawrinka (4) at 3:30 a.m. EST
Friday, January 27

Men’s Singles Semi-final: R. Nadal (9) v. G. Dimitrov (15) at 3:30 a.m. EST

How to Watch the 2017 Australian Open Live Streaming

Watch matches and commentary live streaming on Australian Open (AO) TV Live. Those with a cable login can also watch live overnight and daily recap feeds from ESPN2 through the semifinals.

The finals of the singles tournaments as well as the men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles tournaments will be live streaming on WatchESPN.

Those without a cable login can find Australian Open 2017 Live additional ways to stream thanks to Cut Cable Today’s live streaming guide to the 2017 Australian Open.

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Australian Open 2017 Live Stream: scores, results, updates from Melbourne

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Asked about facing the 22-time Grand Slam champion for the first time Australian Open 2017 Live Stream, Konta said: “Believe it or not that’s an incredible experience for me.”She’s one of the few players still playing who I watched growing up. As a young girl wanting to be a professional tennis player, it’s an incredible honour and I can’t wait to play on court with her.

“Once out on court, against anyone, anyone is out there to compete. Hopefully I’ll come off as the winner.

“In terms of enjoying the opportunity and the competition, I will cherish every minute out there.”

Australian Open 2017 Live StreamIt’s Day 8 and all to play for after the shock exits of top seeds Kerber and Murray yesterday. Nadal returns to the action today, as does our only Aussie hopeful, Daria ‘Dasha’ Gavrilova.Belgian David Goffin has slayed powerful Austrian Dominic Thiem and has become the first Belgian man through to an Australian Open quarter-finals.

The 11th seed won through to the last eight with a 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-2 victory on Monday afternoon, achieved in two hours and 43 minutes.

The win was Goffin’s first against top-10 opposition at a grand slam, and sets up a quarter-final clash with Grigor Dimitrov or Denis Istomin on Wednesday.Mirjana Lucic-Baroni is making another run at the important end of a Grand Slam tournament – for the first time in nearly 20 years – beating US qualifier Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the Australian Open 2017 Live Stream quarterfinals.The world No.79 took one hour and 10 minutes to cinch the win.She will play either Australian Daria Gavrilova or fifth-seed Karolina Pliskova in the last eight.

 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni has claimed the first set over Jennifer Brady 6-4. The Croatian is one set away from a first Grand Slam quarter-final in 18 years.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia celebrates in her fourth round match against Jennifer Brady. Picture: Getty

David Goffin has taken the second set to tie the match against Dominic Thiem.

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Johanna Konta has won the last five games on the trot of her Australian Open fourth-round clash against Russian Ektaterina Makarova to book an eagerly- anticipated encounter against Serena Willaims. The No.9 seed from Britain extended her flawless career win-loss record against Makarova to 4-0 with the 6-1 6-4 victory.

Konta will go head-to-head with Serena Williams in the quarter-finals following her straight-sets win over Ekaterina Makarova. Picture: AP

Austria’s Dominic Thiem makes a backhand return to Belgium’s David Goffin during their fourth round match. Picture: AP

As if the pressure of trying to advance to the quarters isn’t enough, today’s line up are also having to deal with the heat. It’s 36 degrees in Melbourne Park right now.

Australian-born Brit Johanna Konta has powered her way through the first set against Russian Ekaterina Makarova, taking it 6-1. If she wins, she’ll meet Serena in the quarters.

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Austrian eighth seed Dominic Thiem is about to take on Belgium’s David Goffin, with both men hoping to reach the quarter-finals for the first time. Stay tuned.

 After a tense 1 hour and 45 minutes, Serena Williams is into her 11th Australian Open quarter-final, joining sister Venus in her unrelenting quest for yet another Grand Slam title and the return of her top world ranking.

The American powerhouse was tested by Czech 16th seed Barbora Strycova but dug deep to win 7-5, 6-4 in hot conditions and will face either Aussie-born Brit Johanna Konta or Ekaterina Makarova for a place in the last four. They’re up next.

  Laver has jumped on the bandwagon of those hoping for a retro showdown between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the final of the Australian Open 2017 Live.

Speaking in front of the statue in his honour at the front of Melbourne Park this morning, Laver admitted he was partial to the idea of Federer and Nadal locking horns once more. “It was pretty amazing that (Novak) Djokovic lost,” Laver said.

“A little surprising. And then of course Murray goes out. It does open the door. Federer is coming through at 35 and playing some of his best tennis I’ve seen in a long time. Rafa Nadal – yeah, it would be nice to see them in the final . They’ve been battling each other for probably the last 11 years and here they are with a good chance they may go though. But plenty of these young players coming through can be troublesome.”

This morning, tennis legends Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe, Fed Stolle, Roy Emerson, Frank Sedgman and Neale Fraser (L-R in picture) joined Rod Laver to celebrate the installation of his bronze statue that has already become an icon at Melbourne Park.

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After getting knocked out of the singles race by German qualifier Mona Barthel on Friday, Aussie Ashleigh Barty and her partner Casey Dellacqua have just had a win in the third round of the women’s doubles, beating Anna-Lena Gronefeld (GER) and Kveta Peschke (CZE) 6-4 6-4.

Queenslander Barty made the doubles finals at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open during a golden run in 2013 before leaving the sport to play cricket.

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Serena Williams has taken the first set against 16th seed Barbora Strycova 7-5, in set which saw seven breaks of serve.

Can she do it and go all the way? It’s worth noting, Williams began her match on the Rod Laver Arena knowing that if she does clinch the title on Saturday, she will overtake Kerber for the No.1 ranking. Williams lost the top spot, which she had held for three consecutive years, to Kerber after the German won the US Open in September.

Away from the main draw, there are reports this morning that 17-year-old Italian junior player Maria Vittoria Viviani has been automatically disqualified for hitting a ballkid with a spare ball.

Viviani reportedly left the court in tears when the decision was made by the umpire midway through her first round match against Chinese player Xin Yu Wang.

You can see footage of her immediate reaction in the video below.

While we’re waiting for the results to come in, a quick word on the way the draw lines up. The Williams sisters are on opposite sides so the earliest they can meet will be the final.

Serena would break Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of Australian Open 2017 Live Stream 22 Grand Slam titles if she lifts the Melbourne trophy for a seventh time, but said she was taking nothing for granted against Czech Barbora Strycova today. “I’ve seen her play a lot. Venus has played her a few times. I saw her play in Sydney. She’s super-fit. She has a good game. She’s very aggressive,” said the 35-year-old.

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World No.1 Andy Murray will be out to finally break his Australian Open 2017 Live Stream duck in 2017, but he starts his campaign with a potential danger match against the always hard working Illya Marchenko. Join The Roar for live scores of this first round match from around 2pm (AEDT) after the conclusion of Kateryna Kozlova vs Venus Williams.
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After losing the final of the first grand slam in 2016, Murray bounced back to win on his home courts at Wimbledon and hasn’t looked back since, taking the top spot on the world rankings and not relinquishing it.

Murray went through the ATP tour finals undefeated as well, beating Novak Djokovic in a straight sets blitz during the final to claim the crown as the game’s best player.While Murray looked good at his first tournament of the season in Doha, he fell to Djokovic in the final, losing 3-6, 7-5, 4-6. It might have been the wake-up call Murray needed ahead of the first grand slam of the year, but again it shouldn’t really effect his first round match.Marchenko, on the other hand, sits inside the top 100 in the world and is under pressure to maintain that after some shocking form at the back end of last season and into the beginning of 2017.The 29-year old Ukranian started his season in Doha and would have been keen to move through the rounds but simply didn’t going down to Australian Open 2017 Live Ivo Karlovic in a display of poor serving and errors.It didn’t get much better for Marchenko upon arrival in Australia, going down to wildcard winner Chris O’Connell in an embarrassing straight-sets defeat, only getting 43 per cent of first serves in and winning just 25 per cent of return points.What makes it worse for Marchenko is that he is playing so far under his potential – For a player who generally enjoys playing on the hard court and made it to the fourth round of the 2016 US Open, his form has been abysmal.

The pair has faced off once previously, back in 2011 again at the Australian Open. In that second round match, Murray was extremely dominant, winning in straight sets. It counts for little though, with Marchenko much more experienced come 2017.

Prediction
Look, I love an upset as much as any other Aussie and to see Murray out in the first round would be bliss. But he is going to have a deep run in the Australian Open again, and he will kick it off in a dominant performance here.Murray in straight sets – easy as you like.

Be sure to join The Roar for live scores of this first round Australian Open match from around 2pm (AEDT) after the conclusion of Kateryna Kozlova vs Venus Williams and don’t forget to get involved by dropping a comment below.

The game is set to start at 9.30am GMT. Live coverage of the game is available on British Eurosport and Eurosport 1. Live scores and radio commentary is available on the official Australian Open site.

Overview

Andy Murray suffered a minor scare during his first round win over Illya Marchenko. The Scot won in straight sets, but was made to work hard for it by the Australian Open Live Stream. It took until the 12th game in the first set after both had broken each other for him to win, while the second set went into a tie breaker. The third however was a stroll after the first two sets took a toll on Marchenko.

The world number one will hope to make it easier on himself in the second round as he bids for his first Australian Open title. Murray is a five time beaten finalist and he will be keen to end that run, and it will go a long way in helping him consolidate his position at the top of the ATP rankings.
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Andrey Rublev is a regular on the ATP challenger circuit and is only breaking into the senior tour. The Russian achieved his highest singles ranking just prior to the start of the Australian Open and is currently ranked number 152 in the world. He has beaten the likes of Fernando Verdasco and Pablo Andujar during his career and could put up a fight if the world number one is not at his best.

They are facing each other for the first time in their careers and will face the winner of the game between Sam Querrey and Alex De Minaur in the third round.

Prediction: Andy Murray – straight sets

What players say

Andy Murray [on Andrey Rublev]: I’ve never hit with him or played against him, but I’ve seen him play before and he goes for it. He doesn’t hold back. He hits a big ball,” via the Guardian

Murray will face the 19-year-old Russian, ranked 152nd in the world, on Wednesday from 09:30 GMT.

Fellow Briton Dan Evans will also be in action in Melbourne, against seventh seed Marin Cilic.

“I’ve never hit with him or played against him, but I’ve seen him play and he goes for it,” Murray said.

“I know a little bit about him and he doesn’t hold back. He hits a big ball.”

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Rublev is appearing in his second Grand Slam – he was knocked out in the first round of the US Open in 2015.

“I’m so excited, I have nothing to lose. He’s the best tennis player at the moment. So I will just try to take a great experience from this,” he said.

Murray was left frustrated after his first round victory over Illya Marchenko, taking two hours and 48 minutes to register a three-set win.Murray’s next opponent, Alex Rublev, took part in a boxing session in a Melbourne gym before the Australian Open”I have had a lot of tough losses here, for sure,” said Murray, who has been beaten in the final in Melbourne five times in seven years.

“I have played some of my best tennis on hard courts here. But I keep coming back to try. I’ll keep doing that until I’m done.”Elsewhere, Roger Federer faces American Noah Rubin from 04:00, while fourth seed Stan Wawrinka will play Rubin’s compatriot Steve Johnson.

World number one Angelique Kerber plays Germany’s Carina Witthoeft Australian Open Live, while Serena and Venus Williams appear in the first round of the doubles, playing Hungary’s Timea Babos and Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Great Britain’s Davis Cup captain Leon Smith We’ll learn a lot more about Rublev in this match. He is a big-hitting player who goes after the shots and plays high-octane tennis.It’ll be good to see what this young man can bring but it’s a very tough ask for someone of that age against Andy.It’s an environment that Andy really enjoys. You would expect him to get the job done, but he will study him and won’t take anything for granted.

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Australian Open draw 2017 Live Stream: when does Sir Andy Murray find out his first round opponent?

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The draw to decide the first round matches in the Australian Open Tennis 2017 Live Stream: the first major of the calendar year.Sir Andy Murray, who lost in the final of last year’s tournament to Novak Djokovic, is seeded number one ahead of the draw.

When is it?

With the first day of the tournament scheduled to begin on Monday January 16, the main draw to decide who will be facing who takes place this Friday, January 14.

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What time is it?

With Melbourne Australia a jet-lag inducing 11 hours ahead, the draw for the first round will start at 11pm on Thursday evening UK time – that’s 10am Australian time.

How can I watch it?

You will be unable to watch the draw live on UK television but, fear not,  you will be able to follow the draw and all the reaction right here with our Telegraph Sport live blog.

What is the format of the draw?

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As with all the slams, the men’s and women’s singles events are a straight knock-out of 128 players each, so that’s seven wins required to take the title.

The men’s and women’s doubles events are draws of 64 teams, and the mixed doubles is a 32-team draw. All events bar the men’s singles, which is best of five, are best of three sets.Andy Murray comes into the tournament as the world number one  CREDIT: AFP The seedings follow the world rankings, so Sir Andy Murray is the top seed for the first time ever at a slam,Injuries last year to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer mean they are down at nine and 17 in the seedings respectively.

Federer’s lowly seeding means he is a possible fourth-round opponent of Murray or Djokovic.

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On the women’s side Serena Williams is in the unfamiliar position of playing second fiddle, as she gives up her No 1 seed status to Angelique Kerber.

Britain’s number one, Johanna Konta, who was born in Sydney, Australia, is seeded ninth.

The first Grand Slam of the 2017 season begins with the Australian Open from 16-29 January in Melbourne.

Defending men’s and women’s champions Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber will be in action alongside world number one Andy Murray, who is seeking his first Australian Open title.

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra is live from Melbourne Park with commentary from each day of the tournament.

BBC Two rounds up the day with a daily highlights programme from Australian Open Tennis 2017 Live

There’s also live text commentary on selected matches, including every time Andy Murray or Johanna Konta play, on the BBC Sport website and mobile app.

THE first grand slam of the year is almost upon us, and today we find out who stands in the way of the world’s best players as they look to reach the Australian Open final.

Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber are the top ranked in the men’s and women’s while defending champion Novak Djokovic and 2016 runner-up Serena Williams enter the tournament ranked No 2 for the first time since 2014 and 2013 respectively.

Further down the rankings, 17-time grand slam winner Roger Federer, ranked 17th, will get less protection than he is used to and could face some stiff competiiton in the early rounds.

As for the Aussies, Nick Kyrgios is the highest ranked male at 14th in the world while Sam Stosur, without a win in five months, enters at No 21.

Find out how they and the rest of the Aussie contingent fares in the draw live from 11am Friday February 13, 2017.

A five-time losing finalist, a semi-finalist and a quarter-finalist in the past six years – an outstanding record, but the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup is still missing from Sir Andy’s trophy cabinet.

Melbourne is generally a successful hunting ground for the British No 1 in recent times, but the frustration of having failed to collect his third Australian Open Tennis 2017 Live Grand Slam title is growing – surely it’s just a matter of time!

Before the draw comes out, guessing who Murray might play is exactly that – guesswork.

However, his No 1 seeding should ease his path through the first week and he is guaranteed not to face a seeded player until third round at least.

Fellow Brit Johanna Konta is also seeded in the women’s draw, coming in at No  9 after breaking into the world top 10 for the first time last year.

Australian Open men’s singles seeds

1 Andy Murray, 2 Novak Djokovic, 3 Milos Raonic, 4 Stan Wawrinka, 5 Kei Nishikori, 6 Gael Monfils, 7 Marin Cilic, 8 Dominic Thiem, 9 Rafael Nadal, 10 Tomas Berdych, 11 David Goffin, 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 13 Roberto Bautista Agut, 14 Nick Kyrgios, 15 Grigor Dimitrov, 16 Lucas Pouille, 17 Roger Federer, 18 Richard Gasquet, 19 John Isner, 20 Ivo Karlovic, 21 David Ferrer, 22 Pablo Cuevas, 23 Jack Sock, 24 Alexander Zverev, 25 Gilles Simon, 26 Albert Ramos Vinolas, 27 Bernard Tomic, 28 Feliciano Lopez, 29 Viktor Troicki, 30 Pablo Carreno Busta, 31 Sam Querrey, 32 Philipp Kohlschreiber.

 1 Angelique Kerber, 2 Serena Williams Australian Open Tennis Live Stream 4 Simona Halep,5 Karolina Pliskova, 6 Dominika Cibulkova, 7 Garbine Muguruza, 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova, 9 Johanna Konta, 10 Carla Suarez Navarro, 11 Elina Svitolina, 12 Timea Bacsinszky, 13 Venus Williams, 14 Elena Vesnina, 15 Roberta Vinci, 16 Barbora Strycova, 17 Caroline Wozniacki, 18 Samantha Stosur, 19 Kiki Bertens, 20 Zhang Shuai, 21 Caroline Garcia, 22 Daria Gavrilova 23 Daria Kasatkina, 24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 25 Timea Babos, 26 Laura Siegemund, 27 Romania Irina-Camelia Begu, 28 Alize Cornet, 29 Monica Puig, 30 Ekaterina Makarova, 31 Yulia Putintseva, 32 Anastasija Sevastova.
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Can Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova get their title Australian Open Tennis 2017 Live Stream defence off to a good start when they take on Spain’s Feliciano Lopez and Lara Arruabarrena? Join The Roar from 8:30pm (AEDT) for live coverage.Kyrgios and Gavrilova took the win in last year’s Hopman Cup, and for Gavrilova in particular it turned out to be a breakout tournament as she went on to win through to the fourth round at the Australian Open, her best performance at a Grand Slam event to date.

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The pair will be keen not only to defend their title and possibly become the first pairing ever to successfully go back-to-back at the Hopman Cup, but also to build a solid string of form as a launching pad for hopefully more success at the Australian Open.To do that, they’ll need to get past Spain’s Feliciano Lopez and Lara Arruabarrena. This doubles match will decide the match-up between the two nations, and will be played under ‘Fast 4’ rules.

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The match comes after the two nations split the honours in the first two legs of this match-up, forcing the need for a deciding doubles game.Kyrgios was in dominant form in his match against Feliciano Lopez and able to do away with him fairly easily, winning the match 6-3, 6-4 in strong form.However, Daria Gavrilova wasn’t able to hold up her end of the bargain against Lara Arruabarrena, pushing her in the first set (5-7) before falling away completely in the second (1-6).

Only one of these two nations can win, so who is it going to be?Samantha Stosur will be eager to start the new year with a big win over world No.7 Garbine Muguruza. Can she cause a massive upset? Join The Roar from around 4pm (AEDT) for live scores and coverage.

Sam Stosur is currently Australia’s highest ranked player on the WTA Tour at 21, and the 32-year-old will be hoping to crack the top 20 after a sour end to 2016.Stosur has only managed just two wins in her last ten matches, coming at the US Open and Rio Olympics. Most recently, she took part in the WTA Elite tournament losing in straight sets during the round robins to both Johanna Konta and Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-2 and 6-4, 6-3 respectively.

There is plenty of pressure on the Queensland Australian Open Tennis 2017 Live Stream local who is wary of Daria Gavrilova taking over her position as Australia’s best, the 2011 US Open champion looking to take her game to another level.

Her opponent, Garbine Muguruza is one of the best players on the WTA Tour, having made her big break in 2016 with a French Open title.At 23 years of age, the Spaniard is ranked seventh on the WTA Tour reaching a high of No.2 in June.

She is notorious for playing to her opponent’s’ weaknesses and will be looking to tire Samantha Stosur as the Australian’s ability to close out matches has riddled her in the past.Muguruza will have worked on her service game over the break and must reduce her double faults and work well off her second serve.She struggled against the big names at last year’s WTA Championships, only managing to defeat Svetlana Kuznetsova before losing to Agnieszka Radwanska and Karolina Pliskova.

The Brisbane International will be the perfect opportunity for Muguruza to kick off her 2017 campaign as she sets her sights on another big year.Two meetings have come between Stosur and Muguruza winning one game a piece. Their most recent encounter came during last year’s French Open semifinals, Muguruza winning 6-2, 6-4, going on to win her first grand slam over Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4.

They have never played each other on the hard court and the winner will face off against Daria Kasatkina in the second round.Not since 2003 has Roger Federer carried a double-figure ranking into the Australian Open, a tournament he has won four times. Expectations are thus being tempered by the realities of a grand slam draw that could potentially place him in the path of defending champion Novak Djokovic, new world No.1 Andy Murray or another of the title favourites far earlier than before.

I’m a low seed this year, as low as I’ve been in probably 15 years, that’s going to also change (things) a little bit,” 16th-ranked Federer said after Monday night’s emotional comeback win at the Hopman Cup over Britain’s Dan Evans. “I guess I’m looking at something like a fourth round, quarters, at least, and then we’ll go from there. But I really don’t know. I think after these three matches I’ll know a whole lot more about how I’m actually doing.

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By then, Federer was sitting courtside watching his Swiss partner Belinda Bencic seal the tie against Heather Watson, the 35-year-old the most famous member of a crowd that numbered a WA-record 13,684. That was more than double what Nick Kyrgios’ Australians drew the previous night and the first of the three sessions the former No.1 had personally sold out in an unprecedented ticket-buying response to his first visit to Perth in 15 years.

A clearly chuffed Federer had relished the atmosphere, energy and almost overwhelming goodwill in his first match back after a six-month Wimbledon hiatus with a knee injury. “One of the big reasons why I’m still playing tennis is to be able to enjoy these kind of crowds because when I’m retired I won’t be able to see this any more; I’ll just be sitting here in a suit or something and it won’t be the same,” Federer told Channel Seven. “So this was beautiful, it was nice, it was all worth it so far and I hope there’s more to come for me.

For the Hopman Cup, his long-awaited return has already been a triumph. After a long and lucrative stint in the Middle East, the 17-time major winner spent the past three years tuning-up in Brisbane, where a fat appearance fee rumoured to reach to seven figures was also judged to be worth every cent. In Perth, he hit with young lifesavers and the WA premier Colin Barnett on famous Cottesloe Beach, drew 6000 spectators to a practice session, then danced, talked and posed for photos with the starstruck multitudes until just before midnight at the black-tie function to mark the New Year.

When you sign a player like Roger Federer you hope he’s going to draw big crowds and we anticipated that, but he’s sold out three sessions, and I’m talking not-a-seat-in-the-house, which has never happened before, and that’s not counting his practice session, wth 6000 spectators at that,” said tournament director Paul Kilderry, happy to be able to answer the frequently asked question: When is Roger coming back? “I think it’s been everything I hoped it would be … Roger’s in a league of his own, from what I’ve seen.”

And so thrilled to be back in it, after by far the longest competitive break of his career, that he was reluctant to leave the court after a smooth, if not flawless, 61-minute return. “I’d like to live it again,” the world No.16 admitted. “I’m a little bit Australian Open Tennis 2017 Live more, in a way, sad it’s over, because it was so nice out there and I enjoyed it so much walking out, enjoyed it so much just talking to the crowd, and thanking them for coming out. So I feel a bit of both: relieved but sad, if you like.”

Did it feel like he had ever been away? “Once back in trying-to-win-break-point mode you feel ‘oh I’m used to this’, but the welcome was extra special, it felt nice walking on court and getting the reception I did get,” he said. “I was actually quite emotional, I must tell you, like when I walked in I was like ‘oh my God, this was better than I thought it was gonna be.’ And it felt good putting the match shirt back on and going out there and serving first, or trying to serve it out at the end.There were signs of rust on Federer’s serve. Photo: Paul Kane/ Getty Images

“These are the moments I’ve missed the most, even though those are the ones that make you nervous. That’s why you play tennis for, and I thought actually for a first-round match it was great, because expectations are obviously quite low.”

Indeed, so thunderous was the ovation, and so overwhelming Australian Tennis 2017 Live Stream Online the love, that Evans was almost an accessory, or intruder. “It was obviously tough playing Roger,” said the world No. 66. “It was his sort-of show out there. It’s difficult to put your game across. It was pretty nerve-racking to go out in front of that many people to play your first match when you’re not sure how things are going to go. I thought I did all right. He played unbelievably again. I think he’s going to be just fine this year.Federer’s comeback match was all over in 61 minutes. Photo: Paul Kane/ Getty Images

Before the tournament, interviewed on stage at the annual Hopman Cup gala, Federer recounted how he had first hurt his knee the day after his Australian Open semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic. Tired after a late night with his 25-strong entourage, his twin daughters wanted a bath, when dad preferred the easier option of a shower instead.

Swivelling to turn on the taps, he felt “a little pop, and didn’t think much of it”, but then “started limping around like an old man” during an afternoon visit to the Melbourne Zoo. After back troubles intervened during the claycourt season, further surgery on the still-not-right knee was not required, but an extended rest was.It would be nice to win another one – of course”.  Photo: Paul Kane/ Getty Images

So what motivates him now, after retirement would have seemed to many the logical option? “I guess it depends, also, how you get hurt,” Federer said. “I got hurt filling up a bath for my my children. It’s not really the way I wanted to leave this game.”

So what more can it give him? An improbable 18th Australian Open Tennis Live Stream major, five years after the All England Club hosted No.17? “I’m not sure … It would be nice to win another one – of course, I’d even take two or three or four – but it’s tough at the top, there’s a lot of good guys there right now and a lot of young guys coming up, too, so the gap’s definitely not very big, but I’ll give it a chance and I’ll see what happens.Roger Federer celebrates his win on Monday. Photo: Paul Kane/ Getty Images

The knee is fine, he insists. “Honestly it’s been for three or four weeks now that l stopped thinking of it, because I just don’t have any reactions any more, I don’t have any pain, so it’s been nice this way that I was able to get rid of that early.

“Obviously now possibly you could expect some sort of a reaction just because the intensity and the nerves of playing a match again could trigger something, but after this match I don’t think so. The match was too short. There was not enough rallies, the court plays fast so as you saw it’s first strike tennis: big serves, big returns, that’s what matters here and it’s probably going to be the same in Melbourne as well.Melbourne: Part of the grand slam territory that has once Federer’s fiefdom. Those days are over, but let’s enjoy the twilight hours that still may be left.[]source

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Seven to expand digital offering for Australian Open tennis

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Australian Open Tennis 2017 Live Stream Seven Network will launch a paid digital service for its coverage of next year’s Australian Open, as the free-to-air television broadcaster locks in major sponsorship deals for the grand slam tennis tournament.

The 7Tennis app will live stream 619 matches across the summer, which includes the Australian Open, Hopman Cup, Fast 4 and Sydney International, for mobile and online.

The 7Tennis paid or “freemium” option will offer live streams in HD, on-demand replays of selected matches, and less advertising for a one-off $9.99 fee.“This has all been in response to consumer feedback,” Seven chief digital officer Clive Dickens told The Australian.

“We in the content industry have got to do a better job of listening to our consumers and that’s what we’re doing.”Seven has signed on major sponsors including ANZ, Blackmores, Kia, Bunnings APT and Industry Super Funds, with the top-tier packages believed to be worth $2 million-plus.

Broadcast television will still account for about 90 per cent of the revenue, and 95 per cent of the audience, from Seven’s Australian Open coverage.

It will be Seven’s third year of televising across all platforms for the tournament and the network also gained experience from its coverage of the Rio Olympic Games in August.

Seven chief revenue officer Kurt Burnette said the network’s experience with Rio and previous Australian Open tournaments had provided proof of the effectiveness of its multi-platform advertising offering.One lesson from those previous events had been that advertising messages should be tailored to different screens, Mr Burnette said. “Creative needs to change depending on what screen it’s on and depending on the style of the creative,” he added.

“If it’s brand-led, that can generally have a longer life across screens. If there’s a specific message it needs to change based on the screen size.”

ASTRA, the industry body representing subscription TV platform Foxtel, was critical when it emerged Seven would offer a paid service for its Rio coverage.

ASTRA chief executive Andrew Maiden said in June that Seven’s plans for the paid service highlighted the “absurdity” of anti-siphoning regulation that ring-fenced premium sport for free-to-air networks at the expense of Foxtel, owned by The Australian’s publisher News Corporation and Telstra.

Mr Dickens said that all tennis matches broadcast by Seven would be available for free, and the paid component simply offered consumers extra features.

source : www.theaustralian.com.au

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