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MELBOURNE---A look at the seventh
day of the Australian Open tennis
Weather: Sunny with cloudy periods
and a high of 21 Celsius (70 Fahrenheit).
Attendance: Day session---46,070;
Seeded Winners: Men---No 1 Novak
Djokovic, No 3 David Ferrer, No 7 Tomas
Berdych, No 8 Stanislas Wawrinka.
Women---No 4 Li Na, No 14 Ana
Ivanovic, No 28 Flavia Pennetta, No 30
Seeded losers: Men---No 15 Fabio
Fognini, No 17 Tommy Robredo, No 19
Kevin Anderson. Women---No 1 Serena
Williams, No 9 Angelique Kerber, No 22
Stat of the Day: 70---not much to
celebrate for Serena Williams, but her
match Sunday beat the former mark of
69 held by Lindsay Davenport for most
women s singles matches played at the
Australian Open at a glance
MELBOURNE---Novak Djokovic the entertainer
has made a comeback, adding to his repertoire
of impersonations by poking fun at his new
coach Boris Becker in front of a roaring crowd
at the Australian Open.
Long before he was a top-ranked player, Djokovic
had earned the nicknames "Court Jester" and
"Joker" for his impressions of fellow pros. He
imitated Maria Sharapova s shrieks, Rafael Nadal
tugging at the back of his shorts, John McEnroe s
tantrums. They weren t always well-received.
The 46-year-old Becker, a six-time Grand Slam
champion, was seated among Djokovic s supporters
yesterday, red in the face and laughing as he
watched the Serbian star mimic his characteristic
rocking motion for serves.
Djokovic recruited Becker ahead of the Australian
Open to help him try to win a fourth straight title.
He took a step closer yesterday by beating child-
hood friend Fabio Fognini, 6-3, 6-0, 6-2. The
win ushered Djokovic into his 19th straight Grand
After the match, Djokovic walked back onto
the court for an interview with Jim Courier, one
of Becker s main rivals in the 1990s, who asked
him: "Back in the day when you did impressions,
did you have any of Boris?"
Seated in the stands, Becker laughed and wagged
"Uh, yes. I did," Djokovic replied, to the crowd s
delight. "But he hasn t seen it yet."
Djokovic then requested a ball and approached
the baseline, where he began rocking his body
back and forth with his ball on his racket to build
momentum for his toss, which he then threw into
the air, swung and intentionally missed as he
"This was in your better days Boris, and today
you look like this," Djokovic smiled, as he walked
forward like a stooped old man with a limp. Becker
recently had ankle surgery and hasn t been able
to hit balls with the six-time Grand Slam winner
since starting his new coaching job.
After the crowd quieted, Djokovic said he
couldn t wait to return Becker s serve and added:
"I ve got to give him credit, he s trying. He s work-
ing every day."
Djokovic said the impersonation was not perfect:
"I have to gain a few kilos and colour my hair in
order to do the proper Becker imitation."
Djokovic enters the quarterfinal on a 28-match
winning streak, not having lost since his 2013 US
Open final defeat to Nadal.
In Melbourne, Djokovic and Nadal could face
each other in the final, setting the stage for a
rematch of their epic five-setter in the 2012 Aus-
Djokovic s next plays No 8 Stanislas Wawrinka,
who stretched him in the fourth round last year
to five sets that lasted 5 hours and 2 minutes, the
longest Grand Slam match of the season. Wawrinka
also lost in five sets to Djokovic in the US Open
MELBOURNE---Moments before she start-
ed pounding the first of her many winners
past Serena Williams at the Australian
Open, Ana Ivanovic listened intently to
the announcer on Rod Laver Arena out-
lining the extraordinary accomplishments
of the woman soon to be across the net
Williams, a five-time champion at Mel-
bourne Park, won 78 of her 82 matches in
2013, and was coming into the fourth round
on the second-longest winning streak of
her career---25 matches.
It was her 70th match at the Australian
Open, a record in the Open Era. And then,
of course, there s the 17 major singles cham-
"When we were starting the match and
they were talking about all her Grand Slam
titles, it was quite impressive," Ivanovic said,
recalling the pre-match introductions. "But
I didn t think much about the occasion and
who I was playing, because it can get over-
True to her word, Ivanovic, who had never
won a set against Williams in four previous
meetings, took on the biggest serve in
women s tennis without fear. And she hit
pinpoint forehands---20 of 33 winners were
on that side---to all areas of the court.
Williams, who later revealed she was carrying
a back injury, didn t even bother trying to
chase some of them down.
Just under two hours later, it was game,
set and match: 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 and an upset
victory to put Ivanovic into the quarterfinals
of the Australian Open for the first time
since her run to the final in 2008.
"It s not easy playing such a champion...
but she is also just a human," said Ivanovic.
"I just went out there swinging."
Williams never got into the swing of
things, at least not the way Ivanovic expect-
ed. She noticed from the outset that
Williams serve seemed to lack its usual zip.
Williams also made some very uncharac-
teristic errors on her backhand, a telltale
sign of back pain.
"It wasn t the best," Williams admitted
later, sounding surprised when asked about
the back injury. Her coach had let it slip
after the players walked off the court that
Williams had been experiencing back pain
"Again, I don t want to blame anything.
I feel like Ana deserves all the credit,"
Williams added. "I feel she played unbe-
lievable today. I think she went for her shots.
It s not like I gave her the match."
Ivanovic will next play 19-year-old Cana-
dian Eugenie Bouchard, who had a 6-7 (5),
6-2, 6-0 win over local hope Casey Del-
The other quarterfinal in Ivanovic s half
will feature two-time finalist Li Na, who
beat No 22 Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-0,
and No 28 Flavia Pennetta, who defeated
No 9 Angelique Kerber 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.
The men s draw progressed more accord-
ing to rankings when three-time defending
champion Novak Djokovic and No 3 David
makes a comeback
Serena's winning streak stopped by Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia celebrates a point won against Serena Williams of the US during
their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne,
Australia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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