2010 Australian Open Daily

Your A.M. once-over of everything Down Under

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Roger Federer shone on Friday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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What Happened?

More pristine conditions on Friday in Melbourne, with temperatures in the 70s throughout the day.

• Top-seeded Roger Federer looked invincible during a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 destruction of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second men's semifinal -- the lone singles match of the day. Federer conceded just 15 points in 13 service games during the 88-minute masterclass. The 28-year-old Swiss, who's made 18 of the past 19 Grand Slam finals, faces Andy Murray in the men's final on Sunday (3:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2).

• The second-seeded team of Venus and Serena Williams captured a fourth Australian Open women's doubles title with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over top-seeded Cara Black and Liezel Huber. The Williams sisters have collected four of the past six Grand Slam doubles titles, running their career haul to 11 in total. (You can only wonder how many they'd have if they'd played doubles for their entire careers.)

 

Oz Clicks

TMZ.com wonders if Murray made an uncredited cameo in the apocalyptic thriller Legion ... Murray-mania is sweeping the young Scot's hometown of Dunblane ... The British Eurosport team of Greg Rudeski, Michael Stich and Virginia Wade discuss Tsonga's mystifying self-destruction against Federer ... Margie McDonald of The Australian traces the emergence of Li Na and Zheng Jie back to the Athens Olympics ... In case you missed it: A Croatian fan stormed the court after Murray's semifinal victory over Marin Cilic.

 

Photo of the Day

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Venus and Serena Williams reach for a shot against Cara Black and Liezel Huber during Friday's women's doubles final.
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Go Figure

13 ... Number of unforced errors committed by Federer against Tsonga.

22 ... Number of Grand Slam finals Federer has taken part in, an ATP Tour record.

4-6 ... Federer's career head-to-head record against Murray.

1-0 ... Federer's record against Murray in Grand Slam matches -- a straight-sets victory in the 2008 U.S. Open final.

 

Tweet of the Day

"Had the house special, rabbit. Got some revenge on those suckers for eating my flowers."
--Bob Bryan, top-ranked doubles player, discusses the local cuisine on the eve of today's men's doubles final, Friday, 5:25 a.m. ET

 

Must-See Video

Murray practices ahead of Sunday's men's final against Federer.

 

What's Happening Today

ESPN2's live coverage of the women's singles final between Serena Williams and Justine Henin begins at 3:30 a.m. ET.

Afterwards, the top-seeded team of Mike and Bob Bryan meet second-seeded Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in the men's doubles final (approx. 5:30 a.m. ET, The Tennis Channel).

One other match of note is the junior girls' singles final between British phenom Laura Robson and Karolina Pliskova.

The compete order of play for Day 13 can be found here.

 

They Said It

"I know that he'd like to win the first for British tennis in, what is it, 150,000 years?"
--Federer, on the pressure Andy Murray faces in ending Great Britain's 74-year wait for a men's Grand Slam champion


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