Argentine tennis player Juan Martín Del Potro was eliminated from the Australian Open today in the first grand slam of the year, after losing in the quarter finals against the Swiss champion Roger Federer by 6-4 6-3 6-2.
Victoria Azarenka retained her Australian Open title with a tense 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over China's Li Na, who suffered a sickening ankle injury in the second set and hit her head in the third when she twisted the joint for a second time.
Novak Djokovic became the first man to win three successive Australian Open titles in the professional era when he beat third seed Andy Murray 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2 in a battle of attrition.
Serena Williams went down smashing rackets and screaming as she bowed out of the Australian Open quarter-finals today, hampered by a back injury and beaten in three sets by fellow American Sloane Stephens.
Andy Murray's bid to become the first man in the open era to back up his maiden grand slam triumph with the title at the next major comes up against the considerable obstacle of Roger Federer in Friday's Australian Open semi-final.
Andy Murray set up an enthralling Australian Open final against world number one Novak Djokovic after a high-quality victory against Roger Federer today.
Roger Federer humbled local favourite Bernard Tomic 6-4 7-6 6-1 to sail into the last 16 of the Australian Open and then apologised to a packed centre court crowd for "beating up" on the home players.
Serena Williams trounced Maria Kirilenko at the Australian Open, setting up an all-American quarter-final with her would-be successor Sloane Stephens after Andy Murray had put flagging Frenchman Gilles Simon out of his misery.
David Ferrer stared defeat full in the face three times but staged an epic comeback from two sets down to beat fellow Spaniard Nicolás Almagro and reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
Serena Williams refused to let a painful tumble divert her from her quest for a sixth Australian Open title as Roger Federer and Andy Murray progressed almost untroubled towards their goals on day two at Melbourne Park.
Novak Djokovic's campaign for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles shifted up a gear, as he demolished American Ryan Harrison 6-1 6-2 6-3 to charge into the third round.
Juan Martín Del Potro was ousted from the Australian Open early today, as French player Jeremy Chardy defeated him b y6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 3-6 and 6-3 in a four hour long match.
Argentine Juan Monaco was the first seed to be knocked out of the Australian Open, succumbing as much to injury as to Russian Andrey Kuznetsov in a 7-6 6-1 6-1 first round defeat.
Novak Djokovic showed brief flashes of his best tennis as he began his bid for a third successive Australian Open title with a workmanlike 6-2 6-4 7-5 win over Paul-Henri Mathieu.
Sixth seed Juan Martín del Potro, took 76 minutes to oust Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 6-2 and 6-2 in a game for the first round of the Australian Open.
Victoria Azarenka became the first Belarusian to win a grand slam singles title when she claimed the Australian Open title with a crushing 6-3 6-0 victory over Russia's Maria Sharapova on Saturday.
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek upset Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6 6-2 to win the Australian Open doubles title on Saturday and foil the American twins' bid for a record 12th grand slam crown.
Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela was ousted of the Australian Open after Spanish David Ferrer defeated him 7-5. 6-2 and 6-1 in the third round of the tournament,
Fans caught a fleeting glimpse of Novak Djokovic at Rod Laver Arena as the Serb hurtled into the fourth round of the Australian Open, while Andy Murray's mauling of the French continued at Melbourne Park.
World number one Novak Djokovic fought off what appeared to be breathing problems and fatigue to advance to the final of the Australian Open following an epic five-set semi-final victory over Britain's Andy Murray. Djokovic will face Spaniard Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final.
A furious David Nalbandián blasted the chair umpire for over-ruling a point and denying him a Hawk-eye challenge towards the end of his marathon 4-6 6-3 2-6 7-6 10-8 loss to American John Isner in the second round of the Australian Open today.
Juan Martín del Potro managed to determine the result of his match pretty quickly against his opponent Yen-Shun Lu from Taipei, who he beat by 6-2, 6-3 and 6-0, in the space of less than two hours, safely putting him through to the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Argentine David Nalbandian has said he will appeal against an $8,000 fine after denying on his Twitter account that he threw water at an Australian Open staff member.
Belgium's Kim Clijsters will become world number one next week for the first time since 2006 after she reached the Paris Open semi-finals by beating Jelena Dokic 6-3 6-0.
Seven-times grand slam winner Venus Williams has withdrawn from this month's Australian Open saying she is not ready to return to action after being sidelined because of health reasons.
Rafa Nadal eased into the second round of the Australian Open with a fuss-free 6-4 6-1 6-1 win over American Alex Kuznetsov today but said he felt lucky to be on the court because of a big injury scare.
World number one Rafael Nadal has been laid low by flu this week but Andre Agassi is confident the illness will not scupper the Spaniard's chances of winning the Australian Open later this month.
Venus Williams retired from her Australian Open third round match against Germany's Andrea Petkovic with injury after lasting just seven points.
Kim Clijsters drew on her huge wealth of experience to ride out a Li Na storm and claim her maiden Australian Open title on Saturday by shattering China's dream of a first grand slam champion.