Japan's Osaka beats Brady to win Australian Open

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He added: "But I think when you see a larger picture for her and everything that who she is, what she stands for on and off the court. she's one of the greatest ever. athletes, not just tennis player".

"I can empathize with Serena and what she's going through", Djokovic said.

"She knows the experience of the past years. when her attitude is good, her mind is very clear what she needs to do", Fissette told reporters.

Brady, who "didn't really like" tennis a youngster but rekindled her love for the sport at college, has revelled in self-belief since her breakthrough in NY, but admitted the cauldron of a Slam final will be a new experience.

Osaka will meet American Jennifer Brady in the Australian Open final on Saturday, having been a model of composure at Melbourne Park so far. "I think I fight the hardest in the finals". Brady grew up tossing the football around with her father, Pat Brad, a former QB, has a natural service motion and can use the kick serve wide on both sides to set up her first-strike forehand.

"I remember playing her in this tournament, it may have been like a lower-level challenger event. And then the ceremony for her, I remember when she got up to speak and thank everyone, it was nearly, a little bit shocking right because I think she was so nervous and it was the first tournament she'd ever won on the tour, and it's such a big one, and she was so shy".

Third seed Osaka believes she had sharpened her game since then, which will be crucial to blunt the strong-serving American.

Tennis icon Mats Wilander has hosed down concerns that Serena Williams' outpouring of emotion following her Australian Open exit was due to an impending retirement. That includes a championship at last year's US Open. "She's got something special". Those two breaks were enough for the three-time Grand Slam champion to close out the opening set 6-3.

On Saturday, the final was locked at 4-4, when Brady used an on-the-run lob victor that she punctuated by waving her arms to request more noise from the crowd. The match popped with adrenalized rallies giving us a glimpse of a possible future rivalry-and now they meet again. "It was who was the more aggressive player on every single point".

"But there are going to be moments where I'm going to be thinking "wow, this could be my first Grand Slam title".

"I play a little bit different now", said Osaka, who is riding an unbeaten 20-match winning streak stretching 12 months.

Osaka is the more experienced and explosive player.

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