No. 1 Djokovic – No. 2 Murray Again in Australian Open Championship

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No. 1 Djokovic – No. 2 Murray Again in Australian Open Championship

  • Live on ESPN, Encore on ESPN2

It will be a familiar matchup at the Australian Open men’s championship as top-seeded and five-time winner Novak Djokovic faces No. 2 Andy Murray on ESPN late Saturday at 3 a.m. ET (12 a.m. PT).  The two have met three times with the trophy on the line in Melbourne, with the Serb triumphant each occasion.  (Murray has also lost the Australian Open championship match to Roger Federer.)  A win would be Djokovic’s 11th career Major title and third straight; it would be Murray’s third Major crown.  The match will also air on ESPN2 on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Women’s Championship Tonight
History awaits Down Under as top-seeded Serena Williams seeks her 22nd Major title – tying her with Steffi Graf and the Open Era record (Margaret Court won 24) – against No. 7 Angelique Kerber in the Australian Open Championship on ESPN late tonight, Friday, Jan. 29, at 3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT.

  • The 34-year old Williams – 6-0 in previous finals in Melbourne – has not dropped a set and has looked even more invincible in getting to this point than during her remarkable three-Major-titles 2015.
  • Kerber, 28, has seven career titles. The 5’8” lefthander is making her first appearance in a Major final; she twice reached the semifinal round of a Major (US Open 2011, Wimbledon 2012).  She is the first German woman in the Australian Open final in 20 years (Anke Huber, 1996).
  • The two have only met six times (all on hard courts), with the American taking five, all in straight sets. Kerber’s lone victory was in Cincinnati in 2012 (quarterfinals).

 All Courts on WatchESPN
Also tonight, there are several other championships live on WatchESPN (8:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m. ET / 5:30 p.m.-4:30 a.m. PT), including the men’s doubles championship featuring Andy Murray’s brother, (No. 7) Jamie Murray with partner Bruno Soares facing off against Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek.

  • Women’s Championship
  • Men’s Doubles Championship
  • Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Singles Championships
  • Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Doubles Championships
  • Men’s Legends’ Doubles
  • Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Singles Championships
  • Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Doubles Championships
  • Quad Wheelchair Singles

In addition to all of ESPN’s linear networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, etc.), WatchESPN has every match from every court at the Australian Open, including the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles, the boys and girls divisions and the legends and wheelchair competitions.

 

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Fri, Jan 29 3 – 5:30 a.m.
(12 a.m. PT)
Women’s Championship
Williams vs. Kerber
ESPN, ESPN Deportes LIVE
Sat, Jan 30 9 – 11 a.m.
(6 a.m. PT)
Women’s Championship
Williams vs. Kerber
ESPN2 Encore
3 – 6:30 a.m.
(12 a.m. PT)
Men’s Championship
Djokovic vs. Murray
ESPN, ESPN Deportes LIVE
Sun, Jan 31 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(6 a.m. PT)
Men’s Championship
Djokovic vs. Murray
ESPN2 Encore

 

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Media Contact:  Dave Nagle ([email protected])

 

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