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FROM THE EDITOR

toria Azarenka end a Grand Slam title. Vic t takes a certain spirit to def , as they added pla yed it, albeit differently and Novak Djokovic both dis ir respective records. Australian Open titles to the to claim a third first man of the Open era For Djokovic, becoming the that has been en required an inner cal m consecutive Australian Op rth round against his toughest test in the fou years in the making. Facing victor y 12-1 0 bian simply dug in to claim Stanislas Wawrinka, the Ser e from behind to similar resilience as he cam in the fifth set. There was final. defeat And y Murra y in the ics than his tennis known more for his theatr e onc Where Djokovic was Whether he’s bines them both superbly. achievements, he now com chocol ates to the practice court, handing out allowing a young fan on the ws an admirable to charity, the world No.1 sho media or lending his hand Djokovic talks about ed position. And thus when perspective of his privileg it with him. s you can’t help but share his joy at his latest succes re complicated mpion was undeniabl y mo Becoming a multi ma jor cha remembered for Australian Open title will be for Azarenka. Her second ody could den y i-final progression but nob the controversy of her sem defeat crowd d to put it behind her and the mental strength require mptly declared -fill ed final. Azarenka pro favourite Li Na in a drama son. It will be a as both a pla yer and a per her intentions to improve erve. fascinating proces s to obs the new season. s also showed new spirit in yer pla Several Australian ic claimed ntly reinvented Bernard Tom A rejuvenated and appare a Ga jdosova ney; Matt Ebden and Jarmil his first career title in Syd and Ash Bar ty s titlists; Casey Dellacqua were popular mixed double to the world No.1 e lists while Nick Kyrgios ros impres sed as doubles fina . Australian Open boys’ title junior ranking and won the adding to them. be l wil p estones the next ste Having achieved such mil s. ht prove worth y role model Azarenka and Djokovic mig

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FEATURES

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Starting strong

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Australian story

Hat-tricks and theatrics Drama, high emotion and top tennis were all on show as new highs were achieved at the Australian Open.

Iron man of Melbourne Park Novak Djokovic makes more history as the first three-peat Australian Open champion of the modern era.

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A dramatic defence In claiming her second major at Melbourne Park, Victoria Azarenka also displayed a new level of mental toughness.

Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Agnieszka Radwanska and others showed there’s no better way to start a new season than with Australian success.

Tournament highs and career-best runs provided highs of one kind but it wasn’t all about the tennis as top players enjoyed the Australian summer.

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Young Americans Make way for the star-spangled spanner; Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, Ryan Harrison and other exciting young American players are on the move.

Bolder than before A stunning Australian summer showed that Bernard Tomic can back up his bold claims with big performances.

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Australian Open 2013

HAT-TRICKS AND THEATRICS Drama, high emotion and record-breaking performances were all on show as new standards were set in another stunning Australian Open.

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hen legends like Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport retired, a crop of youngsters named Andy Roddick, Serena Williams and Venus Williams were starting to make their mark. With prolific Grand Slam winner Serena back at the top, free of health issues and keen to stick around until Rio’s 2016 Olympics alongside seven-time major champion Venus, prospects for the women’s game look just fine, buoyed by the pronounced arrival of 19-year-old Sloane Stephens, who has cracked the top 20.

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tournament to tournament, I don’t feel so much anxiety like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to go to this place, I’ve got to go here, I’ve got to get on a plane’. I kind of just realise that this is how it works, this is what I have to do to be great,” she said. Five players – Serena, Venus, Stephens, Madison Keys and Jamie Hampton – reached the third round of the Australian Open, the most since 2005. Former champion Lindsay Davenport tweeted, “Love to see that, and believe players there are the ones to watch.” World No.3 Maria Sharapova agrees. “I think she has a big game,” she said of Keys, who turns 18 this month and shares Sharapova’s IMG agent Max Eisenbud. “If she can keep that strength, I mean, she has a great first serve, she can definitely improve her movement [and consistency], but overall I think she’s heading in the right direction.” Chris Evert, whose Evert Tennis Academy was home to Keys in the crucial AustrAliAn tennis MAgAzine | February 2013

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