The first Grand Slam of the year always brings with it plenty of excitement, and the 2018 edition is set to be no different. On the men’s side, Roger Federer broke a nearly five year Grand Slam drought at last year’s Australian Open, and he is strongly favoured to take home the cup again this year. Long-time nemesis Rafael Nadal will be his number one rival, while six-time winner Novak Djokovic will be in the mix as well.
The women’s side is much tighter, with up to seven ladies a strong chance in the absence of Serena Williams. World number one Simona Halep will be heading the pack, while three-time runner up Maria Sharapova will once again chase her elusive second Australian Open title, and you won’t miss a key moment using the live TV and streaming options provided below.
Australian Open 2018 Preview
Having been played for well over 100 years, the Australian Open is one of the oldest and most prestigious tennis events on the calendar. Crowds flock to Melbourne Park to see the best in the world battle it out, and last year’s edition saw the highest attendance numbers in tennis history. These fans were treated to an historic tournament, with two of the greatest players of all time taking out the men’s and women’s trophies. Federer, having not won a Grand Slam since 2012 and seemingly in the twilight of his career, kicked off a remarkable resurgence with a gripping five set victory over long-time rival Rafael Nadal. Serena Williams faced sister Venus for the second time in an Australian Open final, and, also for the second time, managed to beat her, winning 6-4 6-4 to take home her seventh title.
One-hundred and twenty eight of the best players on the planet will suit up for the tournament, and will be gradually dwindled down to the top two. This year’s edition of the event holds a lot of excitement, particularly in the men’s section, as a number of players have the opportunity to become historically successful in the tournament. On entering Nadal and Federer will occupy the top two spots in the men’s draw. Federer can create history with a victory, as he would be propelled to top spot alongside Djokovic and Roy Emerson with six titles if he can take home the trophy. If Djokovic wins, he will become the first-ever player to win seven Australian Open titles. For the women, Halep and Wozniacki will be seeded one and two respectively, and will be the duo to beat.
Live Australian TV Times (AEDT)
Tues, Jan 23: Men’s/Women’s quarter-finals LIVE from 11.00am
Wed, Jan 24: Men’s/Women’s quarter-finals LIVE from 11.00am
Thu, Jan 25: Men’s/Women’s semi-finals LIVE from 1.00pm
Fri, Jan 26 Second men’s semi-final LIVE from 3.00pm
Sat, Jan 27: Women’s singles final LIVE from 7.00pm
Sun, Jan 28: Men’s singles final LIVE from 7.00pm
*Shown as Sydney time (AEDT), adjust for regional differences.
Australian Open Live Streaming and a Free Trial
Here in 2018 you can find the Australian Open free to air on channel 7 and 7Two, with the option to stream the Open live from the 7mate Tennis website. The Day sessions generally run from 10.30am to 6.00pm (Sydney time), and the Evening sessions from about 7.00pm until Midnight.
To compliment your Australian Open viewing, Foxtel Now currently have a 2-weeks Free TV trial, and will be televising every match of the Sydney Sevens online* (Jan 26-28) via the Fox Sports channel. With the Foxtel Now trial you may also watch season 11 of the award-winning The X-Files series live, plus a growing list of other top TV shows and premieres!
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Australian Open Men’s Singles Finals
With Andy Murray out due to injury, the bulk of the attention will rest with the remaining three members of the big four; Federer, Djokovic and Nadal. Djokovic has had a firm grasp on this tournament for a long time, having won five of the past seven, but in 2017 he was knocked out in the second round in a huge upset against wildcard Denis Istomin. He will no doubt be keen to atone, but he will have his work cut out against some high quality opponents. Federer and Nadal split the four Grand Slams between them last year, in what was a return to yesteryear for two of the game’s greatest ever players. They will be the two favourites heading into this year’s event.
Australian Open Women’s Singles Finals
Serena Williams’ absence from this year’s event opens things up significantly, and makes picking a winner significantly more difficult. As the world’s number one player, Simona Halep has to be given serious consideration, but she has yet to win a Grand Slam, and has never made it past the quarter finals at the Australian Open. At 30 years old, Sharapova is one of the most experienced players in the tournament, and the five-time Grand Slam champion certainly has the talent, and mental fortitude, to go all the way. Other chances include Garbine Muguruza, who will look to win her third Grand Slam in three years, and Ka Pliskova, who is a great chance to take out a maiden Grand Slam title.