The Australian Open kicks of the tennis events for the year, fans flock to Melbourne to see the stars take to the courts and see what lies ahead for the 2018 Grand Slams. Take a look here to see how the tournament has been going so far.
On the opening day of the tournament, all eyes were on Rafael Nadal, plagued by injuries last year it was hit and miss if Nadal would make it to the tournament, but coming up against Mens' seed 79 Victor Estrella Burgos he showed he is still one to watch, winning the match 6-1 6-1 6-1.
Over in the Woman's round, there was more drama as unseeded Belinda Bencic played seven-time major winner Venus Williams, Bencic went on to knock Williams out of the tournament with a 6-3 7-5 win.
On day 2 of the first round, we saw Roger Federer gain an easy victory over Aljaz Bedene in straight sets 6-3 6-4 6-3. Another champion, Novak Djokovic, faced Donald Young and again won in straight sets even though he had not competed since the middle of last year.
The second round kicked off with Nadal v Mayer in the Rod Laver Arena, Mayer put up a good fight and kept Nadal on his toes up until the third set where he lost out sending his opponent through to the third round.
Day 4 proved to be a tough one for the tennis stars as temperatures soared to 39 degrees in the afternoon, not one to be put off Djockovic won his game 4-6 6-3 6-1 6-3. However, it was bad luck for Brit Johanna Konta who lost to American Bernarda Pera.
Round Three saw Nadal beat Dzumhur 6-1 6-3 6-1, Federer beat Gasquet 2-6 5-7 4-6 and Djockovic knocked out Ramos-Vinolas to make it through to the fourth round.
Day 7 was a good day for the Brits as Kyle Edmund won his fourth-round match 6-7(4) 7-5 6-2 6-3 and went through to his first ever major quarterfinal. Edmund had this to say after the win:
"It was a really interesting match. Although it was quite a close first set, I didn’t feel I got off to the best of starts. He was hitting the ball very clean and dictating a lot of points so in the second set, I had to shift the momentum. But I found once I broke him in the last game of the second set, I really took control of the momentum of the match.”
There was more success for Kyle Edmund as he faced ATP World Tour Finals Champion Grigor Dimitrov in his first quarter-final. Edmunds took the first set 4-6 but the pressure was on in the second as Dimitrov levelled the playing field winning 6-3, after a double-fault from Dimitrov in the third this gave Edmunds the edge as he went on to take the last two sets 3-6 4-6 and he progresses through to the semi-finals.
It was time for Marin Cilic to face Kyle Edmund in the first men's semi-final, and Edmund had a lot of pressure going into his fourth semi-final. However, Cilic got the better of him to win in straight sets putting an end to Edmund's Aus Open campaign.
Next up was Federer v Chung to determine who Cilic would face in the final. Suffering from injuries Chung was forced to retire in the second set giving the match to Federer.
Did you know?
- Rematch, Federer and Cilic both faced each other in the 2017 Wimbledon final, where Federer was victorious
- Cilic is the first Croation player to make it through to the Australian Open final
- This is Federer's 7th Australian Open Final