Stanislas Wawrinka didn’t just have to beat top-seeded Rafael Nadal in yesterday’s Australian Open final. He had to get out of the shadow of fellow Swiss player Roger Federer, the record 17-time men’s champion.
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams underlined their status as title favorites by cruising into the fourth round of tennis’s Australian Open with straight-set victories. Li Na and David Ferrer also advanced in Melbourne as yesterday’s temperatures topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) for the fourth consecutive day.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer won at tennis’s Australian Open as intense heat again enveloped Melbourne. Defending champion Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova also reached round three, while Juan Martin Del Potro became the highest seed to exit.
Five-time champion Serena Williams advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open tennis tournament with ease as temperatures topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) for the fourth consecutive day. China’s Li Na also won.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal advanced at tennis’s Australian Open as his opponent pulled out after a set. Four-time winner Roger Federer and defending champion Victoria Azarenka also won while two players and a ball-boy needed medical treatment because of soaring temperatures.
Victoria Azarenka successfully began her bid for a third straight Australian Open tennis title and four-time champion Roger Federer also won as extreme heat enveloped the season’s first Grand Slam tournament.
Former World No. 1 tennis player Roger Federer was beaten by Juan Martin Del Potro in the final of the Swiss Indoors for the second straight year, prolonging his quest to secure a spot at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.