Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Australian Open: A sour start, then Serena makes it sweet 16

Greg Baum It took only the first point of this final to demolish the fanciful idea that this was a showdown between implacable foes, impossible to separate.

Australian Open 2015: Andy Murray kicks down the wall against Tomas Berdych

Murray points to his coach Amelie Mauresmo after defeating Tomas Berdych in the first men's semi-final.

Greg Baum Let us get a feel for the thickness of the wall Andy Murray was up against.

Australian Open 2015: Return of serve - Stan Wawrinka gets Kei Nishikori back

HARD LUCK MATE: Stan Wawrinka, left, consoles Kei Nishikori after their match in Melbourne.

Greg Baum As the almost Praetorian guard slowly begins to change in men's tennis, Stan Wawrinka versus Kei Nishikori is an incipient rivalry for the new era.

Australian Open: The Grim Reaper gets his man, as always

Elvis has left the stadium: Nick Kyrgios bids farewell to his fans at the Australian Open 2015.

Greg Baum Nick Kyrgios started playing this match long before it began. When hitting up in the afternoon, he was visibly and audibly more animated than in previous practice sessions.

Australian Open 2015: Nick Kyrgios wakes to live a dream

Nick Kyrgios signs autographs after his practice session on Monday.

Greg Baum After a short hit-up, Nick Kyrgios waved to the six-deep crowd entreating him for autographs from one side of the practice court, also peering over a hoarding from an adjacent court, and made to...

On knighthood: Why Sir Nick, Sir Tim and Sir Shane are more deserving than Sir Philip

Sir Nick Kyrgios?

Greg Baum Our Sir Prince Flipper, that Australian nonpareil, wasn't at Melbourne Park on Monday, nor Her Majesty, His Missus.

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Sobering reality as Tomas Berdych shows Bernard Tomic just who’s boss at Australian Open

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Greg Baum Bernard Tomic did up his laces and then aced Tomas Berdych to win the first game of their fourth round match, and began to saunter towards his courtside seat, and the sell-out Margaret Court arena...

Hewitt is on Tomic's case

Bernard Tomic practises with kids at Melbourne Park on Saturday.

Greg Baum From the next practice court, the shrieks carried dully. It was for Novak Djokovic, who was signing balls and then throwing them into the crowd. The No.1 tennis player in the world was in session.

Rising without a trace at the Australian Open

Quiet progress: Agnieszka Radwanska shakes hands with Varvara Lepchenko after their third-round match on Saturday.

Greg Baum You might think it impossible to hide in the travelling circus that is a major tennis championship, but two eminent women are ghosting through the draw at Melbourne Park almost sight unseen.

Australian Open: Nick Kyrgios puts on a party

Nick Kyrgios waits to receive treatment for a nosebleed during his third-round match against Tunisia's Malek Jaziri on Friday.

Greg Baum In a perverse day at the Australian Open, Roger Federer went too soon, Nick Kyrgios played too quickly and it was left to one-time enfant terrible Bernard Tomic act as the straight man.

Aggression: a fig leaf for a jock strap

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Greg Baum In the first cricket match I ever played in England, a lowly affair on an obscure commons in the deep south of London decades ago, a tubby, bespectacled opponent bowled two enormously costly overs of...

Australian Open: For super-coaches, it's all in the timing

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Greg Baum Martina Navratilova, 18 times a major singles champion, is the latest in a growing list of former greats who are flocking back to the game as coaches, her protege being Agnieszka Radwanska.

Australian Open 2015: Sam Groth outmuscles Thanasi Kokkinakis

Sam Groth after defeating Thanasi Kokkinakis in five sets.

Greg Baum Ultimately, two factors proved inspiring, the contest itself, and the vision of contests to come.

Australian Open 2015: Stan Wawrinka now the man to beat

Stan Wawrinka serves during his match against Marsel Ilhan.

Greg Baum After 12 months of crossing unlikely new frontiers, including a major championship triumph, a maiden Davis Cup triumph for him and his country, and a brief moment of official ascendancy over friend...

James Sutherland tells David Warner to stop looking for trouble

Face to face: David Warner has words with India'?s Rohit Sharma in Sunday's one-day clash at the MCG.

Greg Baum Brilliant but volatile opening batsman David Warner has been told bluntly by Cricket Australia to stop looking for trouble.

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David Warner should restrict aggression to his batting

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Greg Baum Here's something in English for David Warner: shut up.

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You win some, you draw some

Trap: Nathan Lyon bowls to Bhuvneshwar Kumar as Australian fielders lie in wait.

Greg Baum If the impromptu purpose of this series was to honour Phillip Hughes, Australia and India put on a veritable cavalcade. Australia won 2-0, but the parts were grander than that bald sum.

Is this a catch I see before me?

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Greg Baum As Henry II did not ask, who will rid us of this turbulent beast? The beast is technology, and it raised its ugly head again on Friday.

Kohli rides the runaway train

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 08:  Virat Kohli of India bats during day three of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Baum The SCG on Thursday was as the batsmen have been throughout this series, in the pink. Indian captain Virat Kohli _ as a matter of course _ and rookie KL Rahul compiled the 14th and 15th centuries of...

What? Oh! That's Watto

Shane Watson.

Greg Baum It goes like this: Shane Watson makes a few runs, but not as many as he looks like he should make, not as many as expected on average from someone occupying his place in the order, and not as many...