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AO 2024 Week 2 Rewind: crowd-pleasers, comebacks and champions
33:57Week 2 of the main draw was one for the history books: from Aryna Sabalenka and Coco Gauff’s US Open Final rematch to Jannik Sinner’s semifinal dethroning of Novak Djokovic, from Zheng Qinwen’s run to the women's final on the 10th anniversary of Li Na’s 2014 title to Sinner and Daniil Medvedev gripping men's finale — the last seven days of AO 2024 were unforgettable, so let’s relive some of the highlights!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Bonus: Andre Agassi on finding peace on the court and purpose in life
17:32For the first nine years of his career, Andre Agassi avoided coming to the Australian Open. So, it was with some trepidation that the two-time major champion arrived in Melbourne in 1995 eager to add a third Grand Slam title to his collection. Much to his surprise, not only was he embraced by the public, but he was spurred on all the way to the championship. In 2024, Agassi returned to Melbourne Park, where his love affair with the AO began almost three decades ago.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
AO 2024 Week 1 Rewind: narrow escapes, nail-biters and new stars
29:58Week 1 of AO 2024 produced some remarkable moments: from Novak Djokovic’s first-round survival of dynamite qualifier Dino Prizmic to Anna Blinkova’s extraordinary record-breaking tiebreak against Elena Rybakina, from the seed-slaying heroics of Mirra Andreeva and Linda Noskova to Andrey Rublev’s “Scary Movie” marathon against Alex de Minaur — the first eight days had something for everyone, so let’s revisit some of the highlights!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
AO 2024 Awards: The 'Oscars' of the Australian Open
32:06What was the match of the tournament? Who delivered the best performance? Who produced the best comeback? Tournament director Craig Tiley joins Australian Tennis Magazine’s Viv Christie and AusOpen.com’s Matt Trollope to recognise the people and the moments that made Australian Open 2024 one of the most memorable yet.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Day 15: Sinner coronation complete in classic comeback, Sabalenka still smiling
34:13Jannik Sinner has captured the Australian Open men’s crown and his maiden Grand Slam title in an astonishing five-set comeback against Daniil Medvedev — our experts Peter Marcato and Simon Rea discuss where and how the final was won and lost, Aryna Sabalenka is revelling in the glory of her title defence after a night of celebrations with her team — Hot Shots Tennis player Ava Yalmanchili gets to meet the 2024 women’s champion, four-time men’s champion Andre Agassi reflects on his successes and regrets, and British dance giants Groove Armada light up the AO Finals Festival.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Day 14: Sabalenka still supreme! Sinner or Medvedev: who will ascend the AO throne?
32:49Aryna Sabalenka has secured back-to-back Australian Open titles with a straight-sets win over Zheng Qinwen — our experts Chanda Rubin and Simon Rea analyse the women's final and preview the men’s championship decider between Jannik Sinner and Daniil Medvedev, we hear from both finalists and their coaches as they prepare to battle for the men’s crown, 43-year-old Rohan Bopanna has won his first Grand Slam men's doubles titles alongside Matt Ebden, 2014 women’s champion Li Na reflects on her memories at Melbourne Park on the 10th anniversary of her title, and we chat to Aussie pop star Ruel before he takes to the stage at the AO Finals Festival.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Day 13: Sinner topples top dog, Medvedev back from the dead, all set for ‘Queen-wen’ v Queen Aryna
29:44Daniil Medvedev has overturned a two-sets-to-love deficit against Alex Zverev to advance the men’s final against Jannik Sinner who dealt defending champion Novak Djokovic his first loss in Melbourne since 2018 — our experts Candy Reid and Simon Reid break down the key moments of their four-set semifinal and preview the women’s final between Zheng Qinwen and Aryna Sabalenka, we hear from the finalists’ coaches Pere Riba, Anton Dubrov and Jason Stacy, plus we re-visit the December interview with Jannik Sinner’s Australian coach Darren Cahill.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Day 12: Zheng the final test in Sabalenka title defence, all set for men’s semis
32:05Zheng Qinwen is a step away from replicating Li Na’s history-making feat of 2014 following her straight-sets win over qualifier Dayana Yastremka, standing in her way is defending champion Aryna Sabalenka who ended the run of Coco Gauff at the second last hurdle — our experts Josh Eagle and Simon Rea dissect the match, and preview the men’s semifinal between ATP Finals rivals Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner, we look back at the career of Evonne Goolagong Cawley on the 50th anniversary of her maiden Australian Open title, and Billie Jean King reveals how the “changing of the guard” is an important concept in the evolution of tennis at the AO Inspirational Series.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Day 11: Zverev escapes Alcaraz, Medvedev awaits, Zheng to face Yastremska
26:29Alex Zverev has subdued Carlos Alcaraz and booked a last four date with Daniil Medevedev who won a tug-of-war against Hubert Hurkacz en route to his third semifinal in Melbourne — experts Pippa Horn and Simon Rea discuss how he did it and preview the women’s semifinal between US Open champion Coco Gauff and AO defending champion Aryna Sabalenka, Zheng Qinwen and qualifier Dayana Yastremska extend their best previous Grand Slam results by winning their quarterfinals, and have we seen the last of Nick Kyrgios the player?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Day 10: Djokovic sets up Sinner semi, Gauff and Sabalenka to meet again
30:34Novak Djokovic has battled through four sets with Taylor Fritz to set up a semifinal showdown with his ATP Finals nemesis Jannik Sinner who defated Andrey Rublev, Aryna Sabalenka has ousted Barbora Krejcikova in straight sets to book in a US Open Final rematch against Coco Gauff who held off Marta Kostyuk — our experts Robbie Koenig and Simon Rea dissect the result and preview the men’s quarterfinal between Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev on Day 11, and Australian Open cult figure Marcos Baghdatis shares his five-setter survival guide.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.