Greg Baum

Greg Baum

Greg Baum is chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age

Australian Open 2016: Andy Murray and his nemesis Novak Djokovic

Greg Baum Let's face it: if Djokovic could, he would fold up Murray and take him around the world in a suitcase. In another case, he would have rolled up the Melbourne Park courts.

Australian Open 2016: Angelique Kerber, the champion no-one saw coming

Angelique Kerber kisses the trophy after winning the Women's Singles final.

Greg Baum This Australian Open began with a furore about match-fixing, and finished with not just the upsetting of one match, but of the whole of the natural order of women's tennis.

Australian Open 2016: 'Heartbroken' Raonic risked it all in injured fightback

Downcast:  Raonic suffered a groin injury during his semi-final loss against Murray.

Greg Baum Canadian lashed out in frustration after devastating groin injury in five-set semi-final defeat to Andy Murray.

Australian Open: Murray squeaks through to final with narrow win over Raonic

Gruelling contest:  Andy Murray reacts during the five-set semi-final.

Greg Baum Andy Murray was cheese to Milos Raonic's chalk, but it took five sets and more than four hours to arrive at a scoreline to tell them apart in Friday night's semi-final.

Short circuit: what is sport's speed limit?

Greg Baum In successive Australian summers, the main cricket event has been progressively an ever more shortened form of the game. Two years ago, it was the Ashes and Test cricket.

Australian Open: Serena demolishes Radwanska, slams her way to final

Peerless: Williams' demolition of Radwanska shows gulf in class.

Greg Baum The 6-0 scoreline in the first set of the Serena Williams/Agnieszka Radwanska semi-final does is not an accurate reflection of the play. It was much more one-sided than that.

Australian Open 2016: Djokovic v Federer – a semi full of promise

The best of enemies: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet in a semi-final at Melbourne Park on Thursday night.

Greg Baum Semi-finals – implying play-off matches of equal gravitas – doesn't really cut it as a signpost for this stage of the 2016 Australian Open.

Australian Open 2016: Roger Federer turns on a masterclass to reach 40th grand slam semi-final

Roger Federer

Greg Baum Roger Federer has delivered a showcourt masterclass to surge into his 40th grand slam semi-final at Melbourne Park.

Australian Open 2016: Well, look who's still here

Crowd-pleaser: Frenchman Gael Monfils has reached the quarter-finals only six times in all major tournaments in a career spanning 12 years.

Greg Baum Gael Monfils is into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, which ought not to be such a surprise, except that it hasn't happened before in 10 previous starts here.

Australian Open 2016: crowd grows up, Kyrgios doesn't

Ugly spat: Nick Kyrgios of Australia argues with the chair umpire during his third-round loss against Tomas Berdych.

Greg Baum The most instructive aspect of Nick Kyrgios's histrionics on Friday night was not his attitude. It was the crowd's. Some of them urged Kyrgios to shut up and get on the game. Some jeered him.

Big Bash League: dots and spaces punctuate Stars win over Scorchers

On his way: Melbourne Stars teammates celebrate with Daniel Worrall after his dismissal of Michael Carberry.

Greg Baum In the vast stands, it was the spaces between the seats that told the tale. A crowd of just over 30,000 turned up, far fewer than the recent 80,000-plus for the Melbourne derby.

Foul play, deceit, skulduggery: bring it on

Greg Baum

Greg Baum Merely three weeks into 2016, this is already an infamous year in sport, as doping and match-fixing leave a host of codes mired in scandal.

Australian Open 2016: Andy Murray 'too good' for outmatched Sam Groth

Greg Baum Sam Groth got one thing right in his brief encounter with Andy Murray. "Too good," he exclaimed as a Murray passing shot dipped over the net and past him.

Australian Open: Lleyton Hewitt denies match-fixing allegations. On this point, all would agree.

Hewitt's fighting qualities were always on show.

Greg Baum The Buzzfeed/BBC match-fixing expose that continues to distract from the Australian Open talks of 15 unnamed players and a series of matches that because of betting irregularities raised "flags" when...

Australian Open: Federer and Hewitt - a tale of two tyros

Long-running rivalry: Lleyton Hewitt and Roger Federer have been facing off for decades.

Greg Baum It was more than two decades ago that two young punks, from opposite sides of the world, began to cross paths at junior tournaments.

Australian Open 2016: Bernard Tomic stakes claim as Australia's next talisman

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Greg Baum For all Bernard Tomic knew as he stepped out to play Uzbeki Denis Istomin, this would be the day he formally succeeded Lleyton Hewitt as the pre-eminent Australian presence on a tennis court.

Australian Open 2016: a good place, but not to start

The Australian Open on Monday looked like a good place.

Greg Baum Londoner Chris Kermode, head of the ATP, was blissfully unaware of the curse he was calling down on himself and all of tennis.

80,000: that's a very big bash

Greg Baum

Greg Baum The Big Bash League is officially a thing. The people of Melbourne and the MCG made it so on Saturday night when 80,883 squashed into the grand old ground for the Stars/Renegades derby.

Don't leave Windies out in the cold

Signs of life: Jason Holder and the West Indies had their best day of the series at the MCG.

Greg Baum The moral of the current Test series is clear: improvement comes from playing up, as bruising as it can be.

At the end of the day, it was the end of the day

Greg Baum

Greg Baum In the beginning, there was the end. Everyone knew what it would be, it was just a matter of when: quickly, the last session, the next day. As it happened, it was this day, but not until after 6pm.