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top u.s. luxury els - the san diego union-tribune


best of the best in luxury lodgingfrom urban oases to oceanfront resorts, tripadvisor's ranking of top luxury els for 2017 put san diego's fairmont grand del mar at the top of the list. tripadvisor's annual travelers' choice awards rely on feedback from visitors to the trip planning and booking website. categories for properties across the globe include luxury, bargain, small, service, b&b's and inns, romance and family.from urban oases to oceanfront resorts, tripadvisor's ranking of top luxury els for 2017 put san diego's fairmont grand del mar at the top of the list. tripadvisor's annual travelers' choice awards rely on feedback from visitors to the trip planning and booking website. categories for properties across the globe include luxury, bargain, small, service, b&b's and inn






these are the most luxurious els in the u.s.


best of the best in luxury lodgingfrom urban oases to oceanfront resorts, tripadvisor's ranking of top luxury els for 2017 put san diego's fairmont grand del mar at the top of the list. tripadvisor's annual travelers' choice awards rely on feedback from visitors to the trip planning and booking website. categories for properties across the globe include luxury, bargain, small, service, b&b's and inns, romance and family.from urban oases to oceanfront resorts, tripadvisor's ranking of top luxury els for 2017 put san diego's fairmont grand del mar at the top of the list. tripadvisor's annual travelers' choice awards rely on feedback from visitors to the trip planning and booking website. categories for properties across the globe include luxury, bargain, small, service, b&b's and inn






grand del mar no. 1 luxury el, tripadvisor reviewers say


san diego’s grand del mar, which two years ago was sold to fairmont els, is regarded as the top luxury el in the country, thanks to users of the tripadvisor website.the only other san diego county property to make it onto tripadvisor’s top 25 luxury resorts in the nation was rancho valencia resort & spa in rancho santa fe, ranked at no. 17.tripadvisor’s 2017 traveler’s choice awards rely on millions of reviews collected in a single year from tripadvisor travelers worldwide. the top properties are distinguished by “remarkable remarkable service, value and quality.”the 400-acre resort, which last year was ranked in the second spot, was also one of four els in the county to earn aaa’s annual five-diamond rankings, according to an announcement friday by the automobile club of southern cali






many clouds, winner of 2015 grand national, dies after race


london — many clouds, the winner of britain's 2015 grand national, collapsed and died after winning a race at cheltenham on urday.having won the cotswold chase by a head, many clouds fell after the winning post and was treated by veterinary staff before his death was confirmed."it's just a tragic end to the race," said colin tizzard, trainer of second-placed thistlecrack. "this is what happens in our sport occasionally and you've got to face up to it."many clouds was owned by trevor hemmings and ridden by leighton aspell, who was also on board for the 2015 victory in the grand national — the world's most grueling horse race.






many clouds, winner of 2015 grand national, dies after race


london (ap) — many clouds, the winner of britain’s 2015 grand national, has collapsed and died after winning a race at cheltenham on urday.having won the cotswold chase by a head, many clouds fell after the winning post and was treated by veterinary staff before his death was confirmed.many clouds was owned by trevor hemmings and ridden by leighton aspell, who was also on board for the 2015 victory in the grand national — the world’s most grueling horse race.






hohner-ead on accordion


tradlessons delivers the absolute best sounding accordion apps for android. hohner announces the introduction of a series of revolutionary new accordion apps for android: the hohner squeezebox on accordions. modeled on the layout of hohner's iconic corona cl ic diatonicaccordion, these intuitive virtual accordion apps feature a superresponsive, three-row fingerboard that plays and sounds like thetraditional instrument. reviewers, please read the hardware limitations below before posting. the app is optimized for devices with a screen size of 7" or higher but is still quite playable on smaller screens. your playing experience may vary on each device, especially concerning multitouch functionality and speed. please take a ntage of the google play store 15-minute trial period to see if the






hohner-gcf on accordion


tradlessons delivers the absolute best sounding accordion apps for android. hohner announces the introduction of a series of revolutionary new accordion apps for android: the hohner squeezebox on accordions. modeled on the layout of hohner's iconic corona cl ic diatonicaccordion, these intuitive virtual accordion apps feature a superresponsive, three-row fingerboard that plays and sounds like thetraditional instrument. reviewers, please read the hardware limitations below before posting. the app is optimized for devices with a screen size of 7" or higher but is still quite playable on smaller screens. your playing experience may vary on each device, especially concerning multitouch functionality and speed. please take a ntage of the google play store 15-minute trial period to see if the






january security patch hitting samsung galaxy j2 prime and galaxy grand neo


samsung has started rolling out a new update to its galaxy j2 prime and galaxy grand neo (a.k.a galaxy grand lite) smartphones. arriving as software version g532gdxu1aqa4 for the former and i9060cubs0aqa1 for the latter, the update brings android security patches for the month of january.as is usually the case with ota roll outs, it may take some time before the update notification pops up on your device's screen. meanwhile, if you feel impatient, you can manually check for the update by heading to your handset's settings menu.via






australian open: federer beats nadal in final


roger federer shrugged off a decade of grand slam heartbreak against rafa nadal, felling his great rival 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 in a cl ic australian open final to capture his 18th major title.roared on by a partisan rod laver arena crowd on sunday, federer roared back from 3-1 down in the nerve-shredding final set before closing it out on the second championship point with a forehand winner to seal his fifth crown at melbourne park.seeded 17th and playing his first tour tournament after six months out of the game, federer capped his brilliant comeback from injury with his first grand slam title since wimbledon in 2012. read more: the elite tennis coach who sleeps in his car the win made federer the first player ever to win five titles at three different grand slams and at 35, the oldest gran






many clouds, winner of 2015 grand national, dies after race


london — many clouds, the winner of britain's 2015 grand national, collapsed and died after producing one final stunning victory on urday.at cheltenham, many clouds shocked thistlecrack to win the cotswold chase by a head before falling after the winning post. he was treated by veterinary staff before his death was confirmed."we've got to look forward and not look back," trainer oliver sherwood said. "he's been the horse of a lifetime and i always said he would die for you and he's died for me and the team today doing what he does best."he wanted to win that race. he was beaten and then fought back in the last 50 yards to win."many clouds was owned by trevor hemmings and ridden by leighton aspell, who was also on board for the 2015 victory in the grand national — the world's most grueling






the papaya playa project's newest el room is a luxury treehouse


why it matters to you this is no vacation, it's an adventure. resort opens luxurious treehouse in the mexican jungle.taking a vacation to mexico typically involves heavy doses of four things: tequila, white sand beaches, warm water, and a comfortable el room. while many may prefer an all-inclusive resort, an eco-friendly el along mexico’s gorgeous yucatan peninsula called the papaya playa project just debuted a completely alternative vacation experience in the form of a luxury treehouse. out go the cabana boys and in comes a healthy helping of rest and relaxation.located in the small coastal town of tulum — roughly 80 miles south of cancun — papaya’s extravagant treehouse turned to local timber and ancient mayan building methods to achieve high marks in sustainability and to look as natur






the vertu constellation is a luxury smartphone with high-end specs, for a change


vertu is company known for its "handmade in england" luxury smartphones and eye-watering price tags. however, while many vertu devices easily set you back as much as a decent used car, the specifications tend to be in line with mid-range rather than high-end models.however, the latest incarnation of the vertu constellation, announced today, changes things up. it comes with actual high-end specifications and dual-sim capability as an added bonus. the  5.5" qhd amoled display is protected by scratch-proof sapphire gl and the android 6 operating system is powered by a qualcomm snapdragon 820 chipset and 4gb of ram. also on board are 128gb of expandable storage, nfc, a usb type-c port, and a 3,220 mah battery. front-facing stereo speakers with dolby digital plus virtual surround sound processi






women's grand slam singles title leaders


women's grand slam singles title leadersmargaret smith court24serena williams23steffi graf22helen wills moody19chris evert18martina navratilova18billie jean king12serena vs. venus grand slam finals (serena leads 7-2)2001 u.s. openvenus, 6-2, 6-42002 french openserena, 7-5, 6-32002 wimbledonserena, 7-6 (4), 6-32002 u.s. openserena, 6-4, 6-32003 australian openserena, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-42003 wimbledonserena, 4-6, 6-4, 6-22008 wimbledonvenus, 7-5, 6-42009 wimbledonserena, 7-6 (3), 6-22017 australian openserena, 6-4, 6-4






serena williams scores historic win at australian open


serena williams can’t help but make history. the 35-year-old tennis player bested sister venus williams at the australian open final urday (jan. 28), landing a historic 23rd grand slam title.serena is now the only tennis player — male or female — to win 23 grand slam singles titles in the open era of tennis, which began in 1968.read: serena williams bursts out her shell and dances for herself in new ad paign“it’s such a great feeling to have 23,” serena said after beating venus 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets. “it really feels great. i’ve been chasing it for a really long time. it feels like, really long time. when it got on my radar, i knew i had an opportunity to get there, and i’m here.”the latest victory places serena above steffi graf’s 22 grand slam wins in the open era, and one step close






spears, cabal win mixed doubles, continue 30s theme in oz


melbourne, australia — abigail spears played her part at the australian open "30-fun" party by winning the mixed doubles title.the 35-year-old spears teamed with colombia's juan sebastian cabal to beat second-seeded sania mirza and ivan dodig 6-2 6-4 in the final sunday on rod laver arena.spears was striving to win her first grand slam title in her farewell year. she plans to retire at the end of this season after a career in which she was twice runner-up in mixed doubles finals with mexican santiago gonzalez at the u.s. open in 2013 and 2014.the triumph by spears and the 30-year-old cabal continued the veteran's theme of the championships with all players in the men's and women's singles finals aged 30 or older. roger federer and rafael nadal were playing for the men's championship sunday






knights of malta: pope writes to stress order's sovereignty


rome — the knights of malta say pope francis has written to their leaders stressing the sovereignty of the ancient catholic lay order, following a condom scandal linked to the order's charitable work.the order's sovereign council in rome on urday accepted the resignation of grand master fra' matthew festing, who had sacked the order's foreign minister, albrecht von boeselager. the minister was removed as grand chancellor following revelations that condoms were distributed in myanmar under his watch.the vatican intervened on the minister's behalf. on urday, the council s ped the disciplinary measures against von boeselager, who resumes his post. the knights say francis in his letter friday stressed the order's sovereignty.until festing's successor is elected, fra' ludwig hoffmann von rumers






venus' run to a grand slam final is victory in itself


melbourne, australia — more than seven years after her last grand slam title match, venus williams would be forgiven for being a little nervous when she stepped inside rod laver arena to face her sister, serena, for the australian open championship.she embraced the occasion instead.it was venus who was smiling during warm-ups and looked far looser at the start of urday's match — not her sister, the 22-time major winner, who double-faulted three times in a single game to drop serve.and when serena eventually settled down and overpowered venus to win her seventh title in australia and set an open-era record with her 23rd grand sam title, venus was gracious in defeat, as she's had to be on so many occasions against her sister.for her, just getting to this stage again — playing at the end o ra






1 dead, 3 injured after west town traffic crash


a 58-year-old man died in a two-vehicle crash that injured three others urday afternoon in the 400 block of north ashland avenue in the west town neighborhood, police said. a 19-year-old man who was driving one of the vehicles involved in the wreck was taken into police custody pending charges. officials suspect alcohol could have contributed to the crash, police said. the 19-year-old man, driving a jeep grand cherokee, about 1:35 p.m. was heading west on hubbard street when he drove past a stop sign and crashed into a toyota ry, police said. a 58-year-old man who had been driving the ry had been heading north on ashland avenue. the impact of the crash left both vehicles on hubbard street. the 58-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. the driver of the grand cherokee and two of his






spears, cabal win mixed doubles, continue 30s theme in oz


melbourne, australia — abigail spears played her part at the australian open "30-fun" party by winning the mixed doubles title.the 35-year-old spears teamed with colombia's juan sebastian cabal to beat second-seeded sania mirza and ivan dodig 6-2 6-4 in the final sunday on rod laver arena.spears was striving to win her first grand slam title in her farewell year. she plans to retire at the end of this season after a career in which she was twice runner-up in mixed doubles finals with mexican santiago gonzalez at the u.s. open in 2013 and 2014."yeah, i think it's my last, but i guess everybody says that and then they reconsider at some point," spears said. "i hope it's my last. but if not, then i think i would finish here next year. this is my favorite tournament. i have so many friends her






the latest: spears and cabal win aussie mixed doubles title


melbourne, australia — the latest on sunday at the australian open (all times local):5:30 p.m.abigail spears and juan sebastian cabal have combined to beat second-seeded sania mirza and ivan dodig 6-2, 6-4 to win the australian open mixed doubles title.the 35-year-old spears played her part at the australian open golden oldies party with her win.spears was striving to win her first grand slam title in her farewell year. she plans to retire at the end of this season after a career in which she was twice runner-up in mixed doubles finals with mexican santiago gonzalez at the us open in 2013 and 2014.the triumph by spears and 30-year-old cabal continued the veteran's theme of the championships with 30-plus players in the men's and women's singles finals, too.___3:15 p.m.there was a lot of mut






contemporary home in lincoln park: $4.7m


1848 howe st. in chicago: $4,700,000listed on jan. 23, 2017this home, built by middlefork, inclues six bedrooms, 5.2 baths, three family rooms, a chef's kitchen, a 2.5-car garage and four wood-burning fireplaces. details include a cut limestone fireplace and range hood surrounds, reclaimed wood ceiling and a wine cellar. the home is located near lincoln elementary school and lincoln park high school.agent: the ballis group of coldwell banker residential brokerage’s halsted office, 312-867-8166to feature your luxury listing of $800,000 or more in chicago tribune’s dream homes, send listing information and high-res p os to [email protected]






volkswagen's audi brand to recall 576,921 vehicles in u.s.


volkswagen's luxury audi brand is recalling more than 576,000 vehicles in the u.s. for two separate defects.audi says 2013-17 model year a5, a5 cabriolet and q5 suvs with 2.0-liter turbocharged engines may have an electric coolant pump that can get blocked with debris. if that happens, the pump can overheat and cause a fire. the recall affects 342,867 vehicles.audi also is recalling 2011-17 q5 suvs because the sunroof drainage system can allow water to soak into the foam surrounding the side air bag inflators. if that happens, the inflator could rupture and spew metal fragments into the vehicle. the recall affects 234,054 vehicles.in both cases, audi will notify owners and repair the vehicles for free. the recalls are expected to begin next month. ociated press






spears, cabal win mixed doubles, continue 30s theme in oz


melbourne, australia (ap) — abigail spears played her part at the australian open “30-fun” party by winning the mixed doubles title.the 35-year-old spears teamed with colombia’s juan sebastian cabal to beat second-seeded sania mirza and ivan dodig 6-2 6-4 in the final sunday on rod laver arena.spears was striving to win her first grand slam title in her farewell year. she plans to retire at the end of this season after a career in which she was twice runner-up in mixed doubles finals with mexican santiago gonzalez at the u.s. open in 2013 and 2014.the triumph by spears and the 30-year-old cabal continued the veteran’s theme of the championships with all players in the men’s and women’s singles finals aged 30 or older. roger federer and rafael nadal were playing for the men’s championship s






venus’ run to a grand slam final is victory in itself


melbourne, australia (ap) — more than seven years after her last grand slam title match, venus williams would be forgiven for being a little nervous when she stepped inside rod laver arena to face her sister, serena, for the australian open championship.she embraced the occasion instead.it was venus who was smiling during warm-ups and looked far looser at the start of urday’s match — not her sister, the 22-time major winner, who double-faulted three times in a single game to drop serve.and when serena eventually settled down and overpowered venus to win her seventh title in australia and set an open-era record with her 23rd grand sam title, venus was gracious in defeat, as she’s had to be on so many occasions against her sister.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.for






roger federer beats rafael nadal at aussie open to win 18th grand slam title


melbourne, australia -- roger federer has won his 18th major title by beating rafael nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to capture the australian open.federer was down a break early in the pivotal fifth set, but e back to break the spaniard in the sixth game to level the set at 3-all.22p osroger federer the swiss tennis player has appeared in more than two dozen grand slam finals the crowd cheering wildly with every winner he hit, federer then broke nadal again in the eighth game to go up 5-3. nadal had chances in the next game, but couldn’t convert on two breakpoint chances and federer closed it out on his second match point.federer jumped up and down and screamed in celebration after clinching the match, then held back tears as he in his change-over chair.federer captured his first major tit






the latest: federer takes opening set vs nadal in final


melbourne, australia — the latest on sunday at the australian open (all times local):8:15 p.m.roger federer has captured the opening set against rafael nadal 6-4 in the final of the australian open.the 17th-seeded federer converted the only break point of the set when nadal hit a backhand error in the seventh game, giving the swiss star a 4-3 lead. federer only lost four points on his serve in the entire set.federer is back in the australian open final for the first time since 2010, when he won his fourth title at melbourne park. he's aiming to extend his record grand slam total to 18 with a win here.the ninth-seeded nadal is aiming to win his first major title since the 2014 french open and his 15th overall. he's only won once in australia in 2009.___5:30 p.m.abigail spears and juan sebas






details to come: rafa vs roger in australian open final


melbourne, australia (ap) — a grand slam final nearly six years in the making is just hours away at the australian open.the last time roger federer and rafael nadal met in a major final was at the french open in 2011, when nadal won in four sets. nadal holds a 23-11 edge, including semifinal wins at the australian open in 2012 and 2014.federer, with a leading 17 grand slam men’s singles titles, has gone further in the tournament than he ever expected after being out for six months with a left knee injury. nadal, too, spent extended injury time on the sidelines in 2016.the mixed doubles final will open the action at rod laver, with american abigail spears and juan sebastian cabal playing sania mirza of india and ivan dodig.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






the latest: federer wins 3rd set, leads aussie final 2-1


melbourne, australia — the latest on sunday at the australian open (all times local):9:35 p.m.federer saved three break points with aces in an opening game that lasted more than eight minutes to hold, then broke nadal in the next to take control of the third set. he had three break-point chances to take a 4-0 lead but nadal held serve after 14-point game.federer won the next three games and served out. he is potentially one set away from an 18th grand slam title.federer won the first set 6-4 and nadal won the second set 6-3.___8:55 p.m.rafael nadal has won the second set 6-3 to level the australian open final against roger federer at one set each.federer won the first set 6-4, conceding just four points on serve. in the second, nadal got breaks in federer's first two service games to take






the latest: nadal forces 5th set in australian open final


melbourne, australia — the latest on sunday at the australian open (all times local):10:15 p.m.the australian open men's final between roger federer and rafael nadal is going to a fifth set.nadal broke federer in the fourth game of the fourth set to take a 3-1 lead and then held in his next service game by chasing down a federer backhand and lunging for a forehand slice crosscourt winner that brought the crowd to its feet.nadal held serve the rest of the way to take the set 6-3.nadal has a 19-8 career five-set record, while federer's record is 26-20. both men have already played two five-set matches in the tournament.___9:35 p.m.federer saved three break points with aces in an opening game that lasted more than eight minutes to hold, then broke nadal in the next to take control of the thir






lincoln park penthouse with private rooftop: $1.2m


2446 racine ave., unit 3e in chicago: $1,199,500listed on jan. 11, 2017this extra-wide, two-level penthouse in lincoln park has a private rooftop deck and city views. the rooftop deck has a pergola and is equipped with cable tv and gas. the home includes three bedroom and 2.5 baths with hardwood floors and crown molding/wainscoting throughout. the master bathroom is renovated and includes a double sink, and the chef's kitchen comes with top-of-the-line appliances. the main floor living space has an open floor plan and a wet bar with wine fridge. the home includes surround sound throughout the first floor and in the master bedroom. garage parking is included.agent: michael swanson of coldwell banker residential brokerage’s halsted office, 630-947-2435to feature your luxury listing of $800,0






serena williams wins australian open, her 23rd grand slam event, at sister venus


melbourne, australia – serena williams held up a grand slam winner's trophy for the 23rd time, celebrating her unrivaled place in history, and received a congratulatory letter and a pair of custom-made shoes from michael jordan, the name most synonymous with no. 23.venus williams got to watch from close range again and shed tears more of joy than regret after being beaten in a major final for the seventh time by her record-breaking younger sister.serena won the all-williams final, the ninth in grand slam history and the second in australia, 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian open title, serena moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era.the williams sisters are close. they began playing together in compton, calif., hardly a bed for tennis, w






the latest: federer beats nadal to win 18th grand slam title


melbourne, australia — the latest on sunday at the australian open (all times local):11:15 p.m.roger federer has won his 18th major title by beating rafael nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to capture the australian open.federer was down a break early in the pivotal fifth set, but e back to break the spaniard in the sixth game to level the set at 3-all.the crowd cheering wildly with every winner he hit, federer then broke nadal again in the eighth game to go up 5-3. nadal had chances in the next game, but couldn't convert on two breakpoint chances and federer closed it out on his second match point.federer jumped up and down and screamed in celebration after clinching the match, then held back tears as he in his change-over chair.federer captured his first major title since wimbledon in 2012 a






volkswagen’s audi brand to recall 576,921 vehicles in us


detroit (ap) — volkswagen’s luxury audi brand is recalling more than 576,000 vehicles in the u.s. for two separate defects.audi says 2013-2017 model year a5, a5 cabriolet and q5 suvs with 2.0-liter turbocharged engines may have an electric coolant pump that can get blocked with debris. if that happens, the pump can overheat and cause a fire. the recall affects 342,867 vehicles.audi also is recalling 2011-2017 q5 suvs because the sunroof drainage system can allow water to soak into the foam surrounding the side air bag inflators. if that happens, the inflator could rupture and spew metal fragments into the vehicle. the recall affects 234,054 vehicles.in both cases, audi will notify owners and repair the vehicles for free. the recalls are expected to begin next month.most read storiesunlimit






serena williams defeats sister venus for record no. 23 at australian open


serena williams has won her record 23rd grand slam singles title, and her sister was right there on court to give her a congratulatory hug.the all-williams final — the first at the australian open since serena won the first edition here in 2003 — went to the younger sibling 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian title, the 35-year-old williams moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era. margaret court has the all-time record and was also in the crowd for the final.court won 24 majors, but collected 13 of those before the open era which began in 1968 after the sport be e professional.the victory at rod laver arena also ensured serena williams will regain the top ranking, which she lost in september after 186 straight weeks when angelique kerber






p og hing the abandoned: roman robroek, urban explorer


this week's world update in pictures takes us to europe's abandoned places. p og her roman robroek explores all the places that have been left behind, from little wooden houses, to grand palaces, to control rooms. he captures these forgotten places and shares them on social media. he told the 's dan damon how he be e interested in the abandoned.






serena williams beats venus for record 23rd grand slam title


melbourne, australia — serena williams has won her record 23rd grand slam singles title, and her sister was right there on court to give her a congratulatory hug.the all-williams final — the first at the australian open since serena won the first edition of the family rivalry here in 2003 — went to the younger sibling 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian title, williams, 35, moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era. margaret court has the all-time record and was also in the crowd for the final at rod laver arena.court won 24 majors, but collected 13 of those before the open era which began in 1968 after the sport be e professional.the victory also ensured serena williams will regain the top ranking, which she lost in september after 186 str






federer beats nadal in epic aussie final to win 18th major


melbourne, australia — so here was roger federer, down a break in the fifth set in a grand slam final. across the net was his nemesis, rafael nadal, the left-handed spaniard he hadn't been able to beat in a major final in almost a decade.the 35-year-old father of four was back in his first tour-level tournament after six months off letting his injured left knee recover, and he hadn't won any of the big four events in tennis since wimbledon 2012. nadal was returning from injury, too, and somehow the pair had renewed the roger-rafa rivalry in a throwback australian open final that transcended sport.at that moment, an 18th grand slam title didn't feature in federer's thinking.don't play the player, he reminded himself, just play the ball. attack the serve.with that, federer recovered the brea






serena williams sets major record with win over venus – the denver post


by john pye, the ociated pressmelbourne, australia — serena williams held up a grand slam winner’s trophy for the 23rd time, celebrating her unrivaled place in history, and received a congratulatory letter and a pair of custom-made shoes from michael jordan, the name most synonymous with no. 23.venus williams got to watch from close range again, and shed tears more of joy than regret after being beaten in a major final for the seventh time by her record-breaking younger sister.serena won the all-williams final, the ninth in grand slam history and the second in australia, 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian open title, serena moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era.the williams sisters are close. they started out playing together in compto






federer savors unexpected title over long-time rival nadal


melbourne, australia — roger federer always believed he had more grand slam titles left in him.he just didn't think it would happen like this, playing in his first tournament following a six-month injury layoff. or against his biggest rival in the game, rafael nadal."i said that also before the finals: if i were to win against rafa, it would be super special and very sweet because i haven't beaten him in a grand slam final for a long, long time now," federer said after beating nadal in the australian open final 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.a decade, to be exact. federer's last win over the spaniard in a major final e at wimbledon in 2007. nadal had beaten him in four consecutive slam finals since then.both federer and nadal also didn't expect to be in this position at the australian open, comin






federer beats nadal in australian final to win 18th major


melbourne, australia — roger federer has won his 18th grand slam title and put some extra distance on the all-time list between himself and rafael nadal, the man he beat 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a vintage australian open final on sunday.it was the 35-year-old federer's fifth australian title, his first at a major since wimbledon in 2012, and it reversed the status quo against his nemesis, nadal.federer had lost six of the previous eight grand slam finals he'd played against nadal, and had only previously beaten the left-handed spaniard in 11 of their 34 matches.both players were returning from extended layoffs for injuries — federer the left knee; nadal the left wrist — and were seeded 17th and ninth respectively.nadal remains equal second with pete sampras on the all-time list, with the






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melbourne, australia — serena williams held up a grand slam winner's trophy for the 23rd time, celebrating her unrivalled place in history, and received a congratulatory letter and a pair of custom-made shoes from michael jordan, the name most synonymous with no. 23.venus williams got to watch from close range again, and shed tears more of joy than regret after being beaten in a major final for the seventh time by her record-breaking younger sister.serena won the all-williams final, the ninth in grand slam history and the second in australia, 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian open title, serena moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era.the williams sisters are close. they started out playing together in compton, california, hardly a bed f






federer beats nadal in epic aussie final to win 18th major


melbourne, australia — roger federer won his 18th grand slam title and put some extra distance on the all-time list between himself and rafael nadal, the man he beat in a vintage five-set final at the australian open final.it was the 35-year-old federer's first major title since wimbledon in 2012, his first in australia since 2010, and it reversed the status quo against his nemesis, nadal."against rafa it's always epic," federer said after sunday's 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory. "this one means a lot to me because he's caused me problems over the years."federer had lost six of the previous eight grand slam finals he'd played against nadal and was 11-23 in their career meetings. he also hadn't beaten the left-handed spaniard for a major championship since wimbledon in 2007."it remains for






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melbourne, australia — the latest on sunday at the australian open (all times local):12:10 a.m.there was much mutual respect following the australian open final between roger federer and rafael nadal, with both players commending each other for better-than-expected comebacks from their respective injuries.nadal missed chunks of last season with an injured wrist and federer was sidelined during the second half of the year with an injured knee."just amazing, the way he's playing after such a long time without him being on the tour," nadal said of federer. "it's just very difficult to make that happen."the 14-time major winner said he's also pleased with his play in australia, saying he's "back at a very high level.""i'm going to keep fighting during the whole season and for sure, to come bac






23: serena williams sets major record with win over venus


melbourne, australia — serena williams held up a grand slam winner's trophy for the 23rd time, celebrating her unrivalled place in history, and received a congratulatory letter and a pair of custom-made shoes from michael jordan, the name most synonymous with no. 23.venus williams got to watch from close range again, and shed tears more of joy than regret after being beaten in a major final for the seventh time by her record-breaking younger sister.serena won the all-williams final, the ninth in grand slam history and the second in australia, 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian open title, serena moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era.the williams sisters are close. they started out playing together in compton, california, hardly a bed f






roger federer beats rafael nadal in australian open final to win 18th major


roger federer won his 18th grand slam title and put some extra distance on the all-time list between himself and rafael nadal, the man he beat 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a vintage australian open final on sunday night.it was the 35-year-old federer's first major title since wimbledon in 2012, his first in australia since 2010, and it reversed the status quo against his nemesis, nadal.both players were returning from extended layoffs — federer for six months after wimbledon with an injured left knee; nadal for a couple of months with an injured left wrist — and were seeded 17th and ninth respectively."it's been a different last six months, i wasn't sure i was going to make it here but here i am — we made it," federer said after accepting the trophy from australian great rod laver, who lends






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by john pye, the ociated pressmelbourne, australia — roger federer won his 18th grand slam title and put some extra distance on the all-time list between himself and rafael nadal, the man he beat in a vintage five-set final at the australian open final.it was the 35-year-old federer’s first major title since wimbledon in 2012, his first in australia since 2010, and it reversed the status quo against his nemesis, nadal.“against rafa it’s always epic,” federer said after sunday’s 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory. “this one means a lot to me because he’s caused me problems over the years.”federer had lost six of the previous eight grand slam finals he’d played against nadal and was 11-23 in their career meetings. he also hadn’t beaten the left-handed spaniard for a major championship since wim






federer savors unexpected title over long-time rival nadal


melbourne, australia (ap) — roger federer always believed he had more grand slam titles left in him.he just didn’t think it would happen like this, playing in his first tournament following a six-month injury layoff. or against his biggest rival in the game, rafael nadal.“i said that also before the finals: if i were to win against rafa, it would be super special and very sweet because i haven’t beaten him in a grand slam final for a long, long time now,” federer said after beating nadal in the australian open final 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.a decade, to be exact. federer’s last win over the spaniard in a major final e at wimbledon in 2007. nadal had beaten him in four consecutive slam finals since then.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.both federer and nadal also did