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Australian Open 2014 Schedule: Dates, Times, Live Stream Info and More

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves in his men's final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day fourteen of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2014

With the planet's top tennis stars fired up to begin a brand new season, there'll be no shortage of excitement when the 2014 Australian Open gets underway this January.

Thankfully, tennis fans won't have to miss a minute of the action with ESPN and Tennis Channel providing wall-to-wall coverage of the season's first Grand Slam tournament.

Here we'll get you set with everything you need to catch all the action live as it happens. 

Australian Open 2014 Schedule
DateCoverage (ET)RoundNetworkLive Stream
Sun, Jan. 127 p.m. - 7 a.m.Early RoundsESPN2ESPN3
Mon, Jan. 137 p.m. - 9 p.m.Early RoundsTennis ChannelESPN3
9 p.m. - 7 a.m.Early RoundsESPN2ESPN3
Tue, Jan. 147 p.m. - 9 p.m.Early RoundsTennis ChannelESPN3
9 p.m. - 7 a.m.Early RoundsESPN2ESPN3
Wed, Jan. 157 p.m. - 9 p.m.Early RoundsTennis ChannelESPN3
9 p.m. - 7 a.m.Early RoundsESPN2ESPN3
Thurs, Jan. 167 p.m. - 11 p.m.Early RoundsTennis ChannelESPN3
11 p.m. - 7 a.m.Early RoundsESPN2ESPN3
Fri, Jan. 177 p.m. - 9 p.m.Early RoundsTennis ChannelESPN3
9 p.m. - 7 a.m.Early RoundsESPN2ESPN3
Sat, Jan. 187 p.m. - 9 p.m.Round of 16Tennis ChannelESPN3
9 p.m. - 2 a.m.Round of 16ESPN2ESPN3
Sun, Jan. 193 a.m. - 6 a.m.Round of 16ESPN2ESPN3
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.Round of 16Tennis ChannelESPN3
9 p.m. - 2 a.m.Round of 16ESPN2ESPN3
Mon, Jan. 203 a.m. - 6:30 a.m.Round of 16ESPN2ESPN3
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.Round of 16/QuarterfinalsTennis ChannelESPN3
9 p.m. - 2 a.m.QuarterfinalsESPN2ESPN3
Tue, Jan. 213 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.QuarterfinalsESPN2ESPN3
9 p.m. - 2 a.m.QuarterfinalsESPN2
Wed, Jan. 223:30 a.m. - 6 a.m.QuarterfinalsESPN2ESPN3
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.QuarterfinalsTennis ChannelESPN3
9:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.Women's SemifinalsESPN2ESPN3
Thurs, Jan 233:30 a.m. – 6 a.m.Men’s SemifinalESPN
11 p.m. - 3 a.m.Women's Doubles FinalTennis ChannelESPN3
Fri, Jan 243:30 a.m. – 6 a.m.Men’s SemifinalESPN
Sat, Jan 253 a.m. – 5:30 a.mWomen’s FinalESPN
5:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.Men's Doubles FinalTennis ChannelESPN3
Sun, Jan. 2612 a.m. - 2 a.m.Mixed Doubles FinalTennis ChannelESPN3
3 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.Men’s FinalESPN
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What to Watch For

Novak Djokovic Takes Aim at History

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 08:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand during a practice session ahead of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 8, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
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In 2013, Novak Djokovic became the first man in Open era history to win three consecutive Australian Open titles. In 2014, Djokovic can become the first man in the Open era to have won five Australian Open titles.

A fifth title Down Under would give Djokovic seven Grand Slam titles for his career and put him one behind the legendary Roy Emerson for most all time.

Standing in his way are several elite players, none more dangerous than 2009 Aussie Open champ Rafael Nadal, who comes in as the No. 1 overall seed in the men's draw. While Nadal has struggled at the Happy Slam more so than at any other major, he reached the final his last time out at Melbourne Park back in 2012.

And based on the incredible level of success Nadal had on hard courts in 2013, including a U.S. Open final win over Djokovic, he should be considered the top threat to Djokovic's reign.

Meanwhile, 2013 finalist Andy Murray is returning from back surgery last fall and four-time champion Roger Federer is coming off a year in which he failed to reach a Grand Slam final for the first time since 2002.

 

Serena Williams Looks to Maintain Dominance

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 03:  Serena Williams of the USA celebrates winning her match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day six of the 2014 Brisbane International at Queensland Tennis Centre on January 3, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo b
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Five-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams has won four of the past six Grand Slams dating back to 2012 and will be the odds-on favorite to win the women's title this January.

Despite her dominance over the past 18 months, the world No. 1 will face some stiff competition at Melbourne Park. In addition to past Aussie Open champions such as Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, two-time finalist Li Na and up-and-coming American Sloane Stephens could present problems.

Still, it's seemingly Serena's tournament to lose, so much so that her coach Patrick Mouratoglou believes she can become the first woman in 26 years to win all four Grand Slams in the same year, per BBC Sport's Russell Fuller:

With Serena, everything is possible. Look at the level she plays at at the moment. She's beaten all the top players many times, so you can aim that high.

Of course it would be exceptional because it's crazy to do that. It's happened just a few times in the history of tennis - but she can do it and the goal is to do the best possible in all four Grand Slams. So why not?

Williams was upset by Stephens in the quarterfinals in Melbourne last year but wasn't 100 percent healthy. This time around, Williams appears to be 100 percent and in absolute peak form. 

A sixth triumph Down Under and 18th career Slam title would tie her with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for fourth on the list of most women's major titles all time.

 

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