#Grand Slam

Maria Sharapova has won five Grand Slam championships. (Photo Credit: Twitter/ @MariaSharapova)

  • Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is former Russian tennis player
  • She represented Russia in Women's Tennis Association, though she is a permanent resident of the United States since 1994
  • On five separate occasions, she was ranked world no. 1 in singles by WTA from 2000 till 2020

.Melbourne VIC, Australia
Novak Djokovic guaranteed to surpass Federer's record of 310 weeks as world number one on March 8. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Novak Djokovic won his ninth Australian Open title on Sunday
  • This was his 18th major title, placing him within striking distance of the men's record of 20
  • He said he would play a slimmed-down schedule focusing on the majors, rather than the rankings

.Melbourne VIC, Australia
Novak Djokovic went through a roller coaster ride to get to his ninth Australian Open final. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Novak Djokovic is undefeated in nine Australian Open finals
  • Djokovic clinched his 18th Grand Slam title
  • This season, he battled an abdominal injury that nearly forced him to withdraw

.Melbourne VIC, Australia
Medvedev won the ATP World Finals in November, 2020. (Photo credit: AP/PTI)

  • Before  2019, Daniil Medvedev admited he did not do everything as professionally as possible
  • The Russian will be going into his Sunday clash against Novak Djokovic with a 20-match win streak
  • In his 20-match run, he has beaten every top-10 player except Federer

.Melbourne VIC, Australia
Novak Djokovic said while experience was clearly an advantage, Medvedev was also in electric form. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Novak Djokovic targets an 18th Slam title to close the gap on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
  • He heads into the showpiece with the phenomenal record of never losing a final on Melbourne's famous blue courts
  • Djokovic will also be playing his 28th Grand Slam final

.Melbourne VIC, Australia
Novak Djokovic is ranked world number one by the Association of Tennis Professionals. (Photo Credit : AP/PTI)

  • Australian Open is currently underway in Melbourne, Australia
  • Daniil Medvedev is his second Grand Slam decider, and wishes to focus entirely on his game
  • Novak Djokovic was undefeated for eight final matches in previous years at the Australian Open

.Melbourne VIC, Australia
Serena Williams broke down in tears and cut short her post-match press conference following her defeat to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semi-finals on Thursday. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@AustralianOpen)

  • Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 15 minutes in the semi-finals
  • Osaka also defeated Williams in the US Open final in 2018
  • Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open

.Melbourne VIC, Australia
Naomi Osaka will now eye for a possible fourth Grand Slam title. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams 6-3, 6-4
  • She will now face either American Jennifer Brady or Czech Karolina Muchova
  • Osaka won at at Flushing Meadows in 2018 and Melbourne in 2019

.Melbourne VIC, Australia
Rafael Nadal, 34, remains tied with Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam titles. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • "The emotions at the end were indescribable," Stefanos Tsitsipas said
  • Tsitsipas credited a composed temperament for his turnaround
  • Fifth seed Tsitsipas will now attempt to reach a maiden Grand Slam final

.Melbourne VIC, Australia
A maximum of 7,477 fans will be allowed into Melbourne Park per session going forward. (Photo Credit: Representational/ Unsplash)

  • The Australian Open will return to 50% capacity at Rod Laver Arena from Thursday
  • Organisers of the tournament ordered the five-day state-wide lockdown last Friday
  • The lockdown will end at midnight on Wednesday