Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Tennis

Nadal still rules, but Australian kid has room to grow

Greg Baum The future looks bright for young Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Tennis

Hard to love tennis in flaming shoes

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Greg Baum Like those who live in bushfire zones, the Open must have a more proactive plan than to keep a sharp eye on the thermometer.

Tennis

Golden pair serves up another timeless exhibition

Rafael Nadal.

Greg Baum The plink of Federer's racquet told of exquisite timing, the crump from Nadal's told of furious top-spin. Initially, they were mutually neutralised.

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Tennis

Sam discovers winning beats trying not to lose

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Greg Baum The best that can be said about Sam Stosur’s first match at this year’s Australian Open is that she won it.

Early exit as Hewitt trips at first hurdle

Lleyton Hewitt stretches for a return during his one-match stay in the Australian Open.

Greg Baum It is hard to remember the Australian Open before Lleyton Hewitt. It is hard to imagine it without him.

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Stosur survives hunger game

Samantha Stosur.

Greg Baum The best that can be said of Sam Stosur's first match at this year's Australian Open is that she won it.

Federer back as precise as a Swiss watch

Bad luck: Roger Federer consoles Benoit Paire.

Greg Baum Despite a lay-off, Roger Federer kept his first-round record intact.

Thanks for the beating, Roger

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Greg Baum The first game of Saturday night's bill-topper at Melbourne Park would have told you everything and nothing about what ensued.

Routine workout

Maria Sharapova.

Greg Baum Maria Sharapova's on-court routine verges on obsessive-compulsive.

How to lure Federer into the odd stumble

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Greg Baum Andy Murray understandably is tired of the question about what has changed since he broke through for his first major championship victory last year, but Roger Federer identifies one difference, and...

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The champion concedes to pretender

Roger Federer during his mens semi final match against Andy Murray.

Greg Baum The guard is changing, but the handover will be long and dignified. Andy Murray's victory last night was his first over Roger Federer in a major championship, and the match was akin to negotiations...

Djokovic makes it three in a row, but the battle isn't over

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Greg Baum In the latest joust between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray at Rod Laver arena on Sunday night, cousinly co-claimants to emperor Roger Federer's slipping crown, Djokovic prevailed 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2.

Djokovic makes it three in a row, but the battle isn't over

Greg Baum In the latest joust between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray at Rod Laver arena on Sunday night, cousinly co-claimants to emperor Roger Federer's slipping crown, Djokovic prevailed 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2.

Djoker has the trump card as marathon men's final crowns a record Open

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Greg Baum Novak Djokovic defends his Australian Open title early this morning with a six-hour, five-set win over Rafael Nadal in the longest final played in a major championship.

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