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Australian Open 2017: Schedule, when and where to watch, live coverage on TV and online streaming

The first Grand Slam of the year starts off on Monday in Melbourne, with Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber returning as defending champions.

World number one Andy Murray could face challenges from Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka if he is to reach a sixth Australian Open final. The Scot, coming off a magnificent 2016 with a second Wimbledon crown, a successful Olympic title defence and the year-end top ranking, has lost five Melbourne finals, four of those to Djokovic. The Serb will launch his bid for a record seventh Australian Open title with a mouth-watering first round match against Fernando Verdasco.

Australian Open defending men's and woman's champions Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, and Germany's Angelique Kerber carry their trophies. AP

Australian Open defending men's and woman's champions Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, and Germany's Angelique Kerber carry their trophies. AP

Roger Federer, seeded 17th after the longest injury lay-off of his near-20 year career, eases back in to grand slam action against qualifier Jurgen Melzer. But the Swiss master's path to an 18th grand slam title is likely to mean passing a huge third round hurdle against Japan's Nishikori.

Three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 champion, faces a challenging first round clash with Slovak Martin Klizan, with a possible fourth round against tempestuous Australian talent Nick Kyrgios. Rafael Nadal, the 2009 champion and seeded ninth this year, plays German journeyman Florian Mayer first up as he seeks to revive his career after a barren two years at the majors.

In the women's tournament, Serena Williams has been dealt a perilous first clash against Swiss talent Belinda Bencic as the American bids for a record 23rd grand slam title in the professional era.

Kerber, who stunned Williams in the final last year, will play 61st-ranked Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko as she seeks to shrug off some indifferent form in the leadup. The German world number one is aiming for her third grand slam win following on from her maiden U.S. Open title last year. French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, seeded seventh, will play 109th-ranked New Zealander Marina Erakovic, while third seed Agnieszka Radwanksa takes on Tsvetana Pironkova.

Schedule for the fortnight:

 Day  Date  Round  Time
 Day 1  16 January  First round - Day Session  Starts at 5:30 AM IST
     First round - Night Session  Starts at 1:30 PM IST
 Day 2  17 January   First round - Day Session  Starts at 5:30 AM IST
     First round - Night Session  Starts at 1:30 PM IST
 Day 3  18 January   Second round - Day Session   Starts at 5:30 AM IST
     Second round - Night Session  Starts at 1:30 PM IST
 Day 4  19 January   Second round - Day Session   Starts at 5:30 AM IST
     Second round - Night Session  Starts at 1:30 PM IST
 Day 5  20 January   Third round - Day Session   Starts at 5:30 AM IST
     Third round - Night Session  Starts at 1:30 PM IST
 Day 6  21 January    Fourth round - Day Session   Starts at 5:30 AM IST
     Fourth round - Night Session  Starts at 1:30 PM IST
 Day 7  22 January   Fourth round - Day Session  Starts at 5:30 AM IST
     Fourth round - Night Session   Starts at 1:30 PM IST
 Day 8  23 January    Quarter-finals - Day Session  Starts at 5:30 AM IST
     Qaurter-finals - Night Session   Starts at 1:30 PM IST
 Day 9   24 January   Quarter-finals - Day Session  Starts at 5:30 AM IST
 Day 10   25 January    Qaurter-finals - Night Session  Starts at 2 PM IST
 Day 11   26 January    Women's singles semi-finals - Day Session  Starts at 8:30 AM IST
     Men's singles semi-final 1 - Night Session  Starts at 2 PM IST
 Day 12  27 January   Men's singles semi-finals 2 - Night Session   Starts at 2 PM IST
 Day 13  28 January   Women's singles final - Night Session   Starts at 2 PM IST
 Day 14  29 January   Men's Ssingles final - Night Session  Starts at 2 PM IST

 

Where to watch on TV:

In India, the Australian Open matches will be telecast on Sony Six and Sony Six HD.

Online streaming:

You can also watch the matches on Sony's online platform, www.sonyliv.com For the Asia-PAcific region, which India is a part of, all Australian Open matches will be streamed online on their official website as well.


Updated Date: Jan 14, 2017 21:04 PM

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