Four of the biggest names in tennis highlighted Day 10 action. Replays of Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka and Andy Murray will be televised on the Tennis Channel, ESPN2 and WatchESPN and ESPN3.Com.
The Tennis Channel will begin replay coverage with the Australian Open today from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET and then re-air it from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. Australian Open today airs match replays and offers highlights, interviews and analysis. Bill Macatee hosts for the Tennis Channel, and Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim makes frequent appearances.
Four blockbuster matches occurred on Day 10. Victoria Azarenka had a valiant first-set comeback on her way to a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova. The first set lasted 77 minutes. Azarenka needed only another 30 minutes to close out the two-time Grand Slam champion in the second set.
Sloane Stephens' upset of Serena Williams is the biggest we have seen this late in a Grand Slam in many years. Could this match be a changing of the guard? Stephens has an impressive 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 comeback over the greatest player of her generation.
This match could be reminiscent of Roger Federer and Pete Sampras’ only career meeting at Wimbledon in 2001. Federer ended Sampras’ four-year run at Wimbledon, and he only won one more match there.
Serena was up a set and 2-0 in the second when Stephens rolled off five of the next six games. Stephens took a 5-3 lead in the second when Serena had back spasms after hitting a volley at the net in an attempt to avoid going over the net. Serena was able to break back and even the second set at five apiece before Stephens won the final two games to even the match at a set apiece.
Serena earned a court violation early at 2-1 in the third set. She broke a racket in the process. She would eventually earn a break to go up 4-3 in the third set. Stephens broke right back and eventually prevailed by winning the last three games of the match, including two breaks.
ESPN replayed Channel Seven Australia’s on-court interview Stephens with Rennae Stubbs in between the second and third sets of the Andy Murray-Jeremy Chardy match.
There should be plenty of coverage across all the platforms reliving one of the biggest upsets we’ve seen in years.
Andy Murray took the final match on Day 10. After getting off to a 4-0 lead in the first set, he struggled a bit before finally winning 6-4. He dominated the final two sets to close out the match 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
Entering his quarterfinal match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Roger Federer had not dropped a set or lost on his serve. It took FedEx five grueling sets to eliminate Tsonga, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3. Tsonga saved 14 of the 18 break points against him, while converting five of nine against Federer. He also out-aced Federer 20-6. The match was about as even as it could be. Federer had 169 total points to 164 for Tsonga.
Federer also had an 8-3 record against the Frenchman, including 2-1 in Grand Slams. Tsonga’s one Slam win against Federer was a memorable one. He came from two sets down to eliminate Federer in the Wimbledon quarters in 2011.
Next up for Federer will be Murray in Friday’s semifinals. Murray holds a 10-9 career record against Federer. Federer has won all three of their Grand Slam meetings.