The 2017 Australian Open was a tennis tournament that took place at Melbourne Park between 16–29 January 2017. It was the 105th edition of the Australian Open, and the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. The tournament consisted of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles play. Junior and wheelchair players competed in singles and doubles tournaments.
Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber were the defending champions and both were unsuccessful in their title defense; they lost to Denis Istomin and Coco Vandeweghe in the second and fourth rounds, respectively.
For the first time since the 2004 French Open, both No. 1 seeds lost before the quarterfinals, with both Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber defeated in the fourth round. Roger Federer won his eighteenth men’s single Grand Slam title by defeating Rafael Nadal after a five-set final – his first major title since 2012. Serena Williams overcame her sister Venus Williams in the women’s singles final, surpassing Steffi Graf to become the tennis player with most Major wins (male or female) in the Open Era.
As in previous years, this year’s tournament’s title sponsor was Kia.
Rod Laver Arena where the Finals of the Australian Open took place
The 2017 Australian Open was the 105th edition of the tournament and was held at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
The tournament was run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is part of the 2017 ATP World Tour and the 2017 WTA Tour calendars under the Grand Slam category. The tournament consisted of both men’s and women’s singles and doubles draws as well as a mixed doubles event. There were singles and doubles events for both boys and girls (players under 18), which are part of the Grade A category of tournaments, and also singles, doubles and quad events for men’s and women’s wheelchair tennis players as part of the NEC tour under the Grand Slam category.
The tournament was played on hard courts and took place over a series of 25 courts, including the three main show courts: Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena.
Ivo Karlović came from two sets to love down to defeat Horacio Zeballos 6–7, 3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 22–20. The 84 games which were played is the longest Australian Open match (by number of games played) since the introduction of tiebreaks in 1971. Time-wise, the match was the second-longest in Australian Open history, only behind the five-hour and 53 minute 2012 final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Karlovic also set a new Australian Open record, hitting 75 aces in the match.
Denis Istomin defeated 6-time champion Novak Djokovic in five sets. It was Djokovic’s earliest exit from a grand slam since his second round loss at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships.
Mirjana Lučić-Baroni defeated Agnieszka Radwańska in two sets. It was Radwańska’s earliest exit in the tournament since her first round loss at the 2009 Australian Open. As a result, Lučić-Baroni advanced to the third round of the Australian Open for the first time since the 1998 Australian Open.
Grigor Dimitrov defeated Richard Gasquet in three sets. The 122 minute match began at 11:58pm which is the latest start to a match in Australian Open history. This late start occurred as a result of the Alexander Zverev–Rafael Nadal match, which lasted 245 minutes and delayed the beginning of the night session. The first night session match, between Daria Gavrilova and Timea Bacsinszky, began at 9:00 pm, and did not conclude until shortly before midnight.
50th ranked Mischa Zverev defeated men’s No. 1 seed Andy Murray in four sets. The last time Murray fell to an opponent ranked outside the top 50 at a Grand Slam was to 51st-ranked Juan Ignacio Chela at the 2006 Australian Open. Murray is the first top seed to exit the Australian Open this early in the competition since Lleyton Hewitt lost at the same stage in 2003. It marks the first time since 2002 that neither the Men’s No. 1 nor the No. 2 seed has reached the Australian Open quarterfinals.
Coco Vandeweghe defeated defending champion and women’s No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber. The loss marked the first time in the Open era that both men’s and women’s No. 1 seeds have been knocked out of the Australian Open before the quarterfinals.
David Goffin became the first Belgian man to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.
Mirjana Lučić-Baroni reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final in 18 years. Her previous Grand Slam quarter-final came at the 1999 Wimbledon Championships, where she reached the semi-finals.
Venus Williams defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarter final. This was her 50th singles victory at the Australian Open. She also became the oldest woman to make a grand slam semi-final since Martina Navratilova at 1994 Wimbledon Championships.
Rafael Nadal defeated Milos Raonic in the quarter final. This was his 50th singles victory at the Australian Open.
Venus Williams defeated Coco Vandeweghe to reach her second Australian Open final, last appearing in 2003 where she lost to her sister Serena. Venus, at 36 years old, became the oldest Australian Open singles finalist of the Open Era. This was her first Grand Slam singles final since she lost the 2009 Wimbledon final to Serena.
Serena also made the final, making it the ninth time the Williams sisters would meet in a grand slam final.
Roger Federer became the second man in open Era to reach six Australian Open Finals, after Novak Djokovic.
For the first time in the Open era, all four singles finalists were older than 30.
After Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus Williams in straight sets, she set a new record by winning the tournament for the 7th time. Williams also reclaimed the No. 1 ranking and claimed her 23rd Grand Slam, surpassing Steffi Graf’s Open Era record of 22 Grand Slams.
Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in a five-set match, 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3, extending his record for the most Grand Slams won in men’s singles to 18 and becoming the first man ever to win at least 5 times in 3 different Grand Slam tournaments each. Nadal was leading the fifth set after breaking Federer’s service in the first game, but Federer mounted a comeback, breaking back and then going up another service break. The Swiss held on to win the set and match for his first Major victory over Nadal since the 2007 Wimbledon Championships. Federer, brought to tears when Nadal’s challenge to a forehand winner on championship point was ruled unsuccessful, admitted after the match that he would have been “happy to lose” and said, “Tennis is a tough sport, there are no draws but if there was going to be one I would have been very happy to accept a draw tonight and share it with Rafa.” The 2017 Australian Open men singles final between Federer and Nadal was the most highly anticipated tennis match in not only the tournament’s history but also all of Grand Slam and tennis history.
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