Australian Open 2019: The first grand slam of the New Year is upon us and it is the 2019 edition of the Australian Open which will start on Monday, January 14 at Melbourne Park.
When and where to watch the matches live, online
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The matches on each day will start at 11 am local time, 8 am SGT and 12 midnight GMT.
Australian Open draw preview
NovakDjokovic heads into the tournament as the firm favourite to win his 15th grand slam title after making a fantastic comeback to his imperious best in 2018. The Serb returned from near wilderness to win the Wimbledon and US Open last year to dethrone Rafael Nadal at the top of the men’s ATP rankings.
Alexander Zverev, who Djokovic might meet in the latter stages of the tournament, brought his marauding run to a halt at the ATP World Tour Finals by picking up a surprise victory and the title by defeating the Serb in the title clash.
Roger Federer is the defending champion and third seed but will face a stiff challenge from perennial rival and long-time friend, Nadal who is in the same side of the draw as the Swiss.
On the women’s end of the tournament, runners up from 2018 Simona Halep is the top seed while defending champion Carolina Wozniacki of Denmark is the third seed. Defending Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber is the second seed while US Open 2018 champion Naomi Osaka is the fourth seed.
Serena Williams is not seeded in the top ten but will be a contender to add to her tally of 23 grand slams.
Men’s Draw possible matches
Quarter-final: Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori
Quarter-final: Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev
Quarter-final: Martin Cilic vs Roger Federer
Quarter-final: Kevin Anderson vs Rafael Nadal
Semifinal: Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev
Semifinal: Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal
Final: Novak Djokovic/Alexander Zverev vs Roger Federer/Rafael Nadal
Global TV Listings
USA: ESPN and Tennis Channel
Australia: Channel Nine
Africa: BeIN Sport, Eurosport and Supersport
Caribbean: ESPN and Tennis Channel
Malaysia & Brunei: Astro