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When is the Australian Open 2023 final? Date, UK time, TV channel and live stream for men’s and women’s finals

when is the australian open 2023 final date uk time tv channel and live stream for mens and womens finals

By the start of the second week at the Australian Open it was already confirmed that one of two things would happen in the men’s singles. Either Novak Djokovic would win for a 10th time, or a new grand slam champion would be crowned.

Seeds have tumbled in Melbourne, with Djokovic’s nearest challengers falling by the wayside in the opening rounds.

Out went No 1 seed Rafael Nadal and No 2 seed Casper Ruud in the second round, while 2021 US Open champion Daniil Medvedev was a casualty in the third round. Andy Murray, a three-time major winner, made for remarkable viewing but his challenge ended after three rounds too.

It has left Djokovic, who returned to the event 12 months after his deportation from Australia, as the overwhelming favourite to win the title and take his grand slam tally to 22 – which would move him level with Nadal. And he’s looking in the mood, too, despite a hamstring scare earlier in the tournament.

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“It was almost flawless really, from the beginning I was locked in,” Djokovic said after his dominant three-set win over Alex de Minaur on Monday, a result that moved the Serbian into the quarter-finals. “I felt great with my leg today, the best I have felt this tournament and I felt more free to move around.

“I know that I can win when I play like this against anybody really so I had the positive approach coming into the match.”

Men’s Australian Open final

  • Date: Sunday 29 January
  • Time: 8.30am UK time
  • TV: Eurosport 1 (Sky 410, Virgin 521, BT 412)
  • Live stream: Discovery+, ad-supported plan available for £6.99 a month

A look at the men’s draw at the quarter-final stage pins No 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas as the most likely player to trouble Djokovic.

The pair are on opposite sides of the draw, making a final meeting possible, with Tsitsipas coming through a stern test against Jannik Sinner in five sets to make the quarters.

Tsitsipas is now 24 but has been knocking on the door for some years, having won the ATP Tour Finals in 2019, while he also reached the 2021 French Open final – which Djokovic, who beat him in that match two years ago, initially forgot about.

“I know Tsitsipas, for example, is probably the most experienced guy out of all of them, all the quarter-finalists. He has played already the final stages of a grand slam quite a few times. I think he has never played a final. Am I wrong?”

Reminded of the 2019 final, with a reporter telling him “you beat him in Roland Garros, Paris, it was a good match, you came back,” Djokovic added with a smile: “That’s right. That’s right. Sorry, my bad.”

Meanwhile, the women’s draw opened up when world No 1 and top seed Iga Swiatek exited in the fourth round, with the three-time grand slam champion falling to Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina.

Swiatek admitted she “felt the pressure” as favourite for the title, adding: “I felt like I took a step back in terms of how I approach these tournaments, and I maybe wanted it a little bit too hard.

“So I’m going to try to chill out a little bit more. That’s all. For sure, the past two weeks have been pretty hard for me.”

Women’s Australian Open final

  • Date: Saturday 28 January
  • Time: 8.30am UK time
  • TV: Eurosport 1 (Sky 410, Virgin 521, BT 412)
  • Live stream: Discovery+, ad-supported plan available for £6.99 a month

She was not the only big-hitter to exit early, however, with No 2 seed Ons Jabeur out in the second round and WTA Finals champion Caroline Garcia also losing in the fourth round.

By the quarter-final stage, only two of the top 21 seeds remained – No 3 Jessica Pegula and No 5 Aryna Sabalenka – but 33-year-old Victoria Azarenka ended Pegula’s run, and as the only former Australian Open champion left in the draw the Belarusian has a strong chance of going the distance.

Remarkably, Azarenka last won the title in 2013, when she made it back-to-back titles in Melbourne. Those two slams go down as her only majors to date, with the former world No 1 losing the US Open final three times.

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