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PHOTOS: Best of 2016 Australian Open

February 01, 2016 17:13 IST

So it is over. Two weeks of intriguing tennis where the world’s best fought hard for the season’s first Grand Slam.

While the match-fixing report cast a shadow over the start of the Australian Open, the tournament gained momentum as it progressed. 

Rediff.com encapsulates the best moments from the Rod Laver Arena. 

djokovic

IMAGE: Novak Djokovic sits on the court with his record-equaling sixth Australian Open Trophy. The Serbian defeated Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6(3) in the final. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters.

andy murray

IMAGE: Andy Murray holds his runner's-up plate after losing his fifth Australian Open final. Photograph: Reuters.

kerber

IMAGE: Angelique Kerber lifts Australian Open trophy after defeating world No.1 Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4  in the women's final. Photograph: Reuters.

kerber swim

IMAGE: Kerber celebrates her maiden Grand Slam win by taking a dive in the Yarra River, Melbourne. Photograph: Reuters.

serena williams

IMAGE: Serena Williams reacts after being hit by a ball during her defeat in the final against Angelique Kerber. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters.

IMAGE: Ball boys and members of the staff dry the court after a rain delay at the tournament on January 22, 2016. Photograph: Jason Reed/ Reurters.

sania-hingis

IMAGE: Women’s doubles champions Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis lift their third Grand Slam title together. They beat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the final. Photograph: Jason Reed/ Reurters.

monfils

IMAGE: France's Gael Monfils dives for a shot during his fourth round match against Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov. Monfils had won the match 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).Photograph: Jason O'Brien/Reuters.

raonic

IMAGE: Milos Raonic consoles Stan Wawrinka after winning their fourth round match 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-3. Photograph: Jason O'Brien/Reuters.

nadal

IMAGE: Rafael Nadal reacts after his first round defeat against Fernando Verdasco. Verdasco won 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 3-6 7-6 (4-7) 6-2. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters.
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