Australian Open 2014 TV Schedule: How to Watch Season's 1st Grand Slam Event

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJanuary 11, 2014

Jan 23, 2013; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; A general view during the match between Roger Federer (SUI) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) on day ten of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.  Mandatory Credit: Pierre Lahalle/Presse Sports via USA TODAY Sports
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The first Grand Slam of the tennis season is upon us. The 2014 Australian Open is sure to provide hours of spectacular action and set the table for another thrilling year of professional tennis.

The defending champions on both the men's and women's side of the bracket are back, but they aren't the No. 1 seeds.

Novak Djokovic captured the 2013 crown, but he is the No. 2 seed in the tournament this year behind Rafael Nadal. 

Victoria Azarenka won the women's crown last year, but Serena Williams is the top-seeded woman in Melbourne. You can see the entire draw, per, by clicking here.

Here's a look at the TV schedule for the event, per

DateTime (ET)EventNetwork
Sun, Jan 127 p.m. – 7 a.m.Early Round ActionESPN2
Mon, Jan 139 p.m. – 7 a.m.Early Round ActionESPN2
Tue, Jan 149 p.m. – 7 a.m.Early Round ActionESPN2
Wed, Jan 159 p.m. – 7 a.m.Early Round ActionESPN2
Thurs, Jan 1611 p.m. – 7 a.m.Early Round ActionESPN2
Fri, Jan 179 p.m. – 7 a.m.Early Round ActionESPN2
Sat, Jan 189 p.m. – 2 a.m.Round of 16ESPN2
Sun, Jan 193 a.m – 6 a.m.Round of 16ESPN2
 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.Round of 16ESPN2
Mon, Jan 203 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.Round of 16ESPN2
 9 p.m – 2 a.m.QuarterfinalsESPN2
Tue, Jan 213 a.m. – 5:30 a.m.QuarterfinalsESPN2
 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.QuarterfinalsESPN2
Wed, Jan 223:30 a.m. – 6 a.m.QuarterfinalsESPN2
 9:30 p.m – 2 a.m.Women’s SemifinalsESPN2
Thurs, Jan 233:30 a.m. – 6 a.m.Men’s Semifinal No. 1ESPN
Fri, Jan 243:30 a.m. – 6 a.m.Men’s Semifinal No. 2ESPN
Sat, Jan 253 a.m. – 5:30 a.mWomen’s FinalESPN
Sun, Jan 263 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.Men’s FinalESPN


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DateTime (ET)EventNetwork
Mon, Jan. 137 p.m. – 9 p.m.First-round playTennis Channel
Tues, Jan. 147 p.m. – 9 p.m.Second-round playTennis Channel
Weds, Jan. 157 p.m. – 9 p.m.Second-round playTennis Channel
Thurs, Jan. 167 p.m. – 11 p.m.Third-round playTennis Channel
Fri, Jan. 177 p.m. – 9 p.m.Third-round playTennis Channel
Sat, Jan. 187 p.m. – 9 p.m.Round of 16Tennis Channel
Sun, Jan. 197 p.m – 9 p.m.Round of 16Tennis Channel
Mon, Jan. 207 p.m. – 9 p.m.Round of 16/QuarterfinalsTennis Channel
Tues, Jan. 213 a.m. – 5:30 a.m.QuarterfinalsTennis Channel
Weds, Jan. 227 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.Quarterfinals/Men’s doubles semisTennis Channel
Thurs, Jan. 2311 p.m. – 3 a.m.Mixed doubles semis/Women’s doubles finalTennis Channel
Sat, Jan. 255:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.mMen’s doubles finalTennis Channel
Sun, Jan. 2612 a.m. – 2 a.m.Mixed doubles finalTennis Channel

Can the Top Seeds Get It Done?

Novak Djokovic Must Overcome an Old Nemesis

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11:  Rafael Nadal (R) of Spain congratulates winner Novak Djokovic of Serbia after their men's singles final match during day eight of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 11, 2013 in London, England.  (Pho
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Djokovic has won the last three Aussie Opens, but Nadal finished 2013 on a hot streak. The latter's two Grand Slam titles (French Open and U.S. Open) vaulted him back to the No. 1 ranking in the sport.

The two could be headed for another epic meeting in the final. Their next meeting will be the 40th of their careers. Nadal leads the head-to-head record at 22-17. However, Djokovic has won the last two meetings.

He also won the last match that they had at the Australian Open, when he came out on top in a five-set classic over Nadal in the 2012 final. Fans can only hope this year's tournament creates another finale like the one we saw two years ago.

Will Serena Williams Stop Azarenka's Run?

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08:  Serena Williams of the United States of America hugs Victoria Azarenka of Belarus after their women's singles final match on Day Fourteen of the 2013 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8,
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Over the last two years, Williams has won every Grand Slam except the Australian Open. Azarenka has hoisted the trophy both times in Melbourne. 

Williams has reclaimed the title of best in the world in the women's side, but can she knock Azarenka off her perch?

A serious rivalry exists between the two women. Williams has dominated Azarenka for the most part. She holds a 15-3 edge in the head-to-head battle and has also won all three Aussie Open meetings between them.

That said, Azarenka has made it tough for Williams lately. Two of her three wins over Williams came in 2013, and three of the matches had to be settled in three sets. No Challenges Remaining echoes my sentiments:

Williams was asked why she was still playing the game at the age of 32 with 17 Grand Slam titles. She told Greg Garber of ESPN (via ABC News), "I can't stop. I love being out there. I love competing. It gives me something to do. For me, it's just about motivating myself and trying to reach new goals."

There isn't a better way to begin the Grand Slam season than with a Williams-Azarenka final.

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