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The 2008 AUSTRALIAN OPEN was a tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts . It was the 96th edition of the Australian Open , and the first Grand Slam event of the year. It took place at the Melbourne Park in Melbourne
Melbourne
, Australia, from 14 through 27 January 2008.

After twenty years of playing on Rebound Ace , the courts were changed to Plexicushion
Plexicushion
, a marginally faster surface. The new surface is thinner, and therefore has lower heat retention. This decision was made in a bid to reduce the "stick" of the court and the frequency of the extreme heat policy being invoked. However, the new surface faced criticism for being too similar to DecoTurf
DecoTurf
, the surface used at the U.S. Open . Player reaction to the change of surface was generally ambivalent.

Both Roger Federer
Roger Federer
and Serena Williams
Serena Williams
were unsuccessful in defending their 2007 titles; Federer losing to Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
in the semi-finals and Williams losing in the quarter-finals to Jelena Jankovic . Djokovic won his first Grand Slam singles title, defeating unseeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final; Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
, runner-up to Williams in 2007, defeated Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
to win her first Australian Open title and third Grand Slam title.

For the mixed doubles, in every game, the first team to score four points, wins the game. In other words, should a deuce happen in a game, the team who wins the next point wins the game.

CONTENTS

* 1 Notable stories

* 1.1 Surface change * 1.2 Implementation of anti-corruption policing * 1.3 Crowd trouble * 1.4 Sexual assault * 1.5 Marcos Baghdatis video controversy * 1.6 Serbian performance

* 2 Day by day

* 2.1 Day 1 * 2.2 Day 2 * 2.3 Day 3 * 2.4 Day 4 * 2.5 Day 5 * 2.6 Day 6 * 2.7 Day 7 * 2.8 Day 8 * 2.9 Day 9 * 2.10 Day 10 * 2.11 Day 11 * 2.12 Day 12 * 2.13 Day 13 * 2.14 Day 14

* 3 Seniors

* 3.1 Men\'s Singles * 3.2 Women\'s Singles * 3.3 Men\'s Doubles * 3.4 Women\'s Doubles * 3.5 Mixed Doubles

* 4 Juniors

* 4.1 Boys\' Singles * 4.2 Girls\' Singles * 4.3 Boys\' Doubles * 4.4 Girls\' Doubles

* 5 Wheelchair

* 5.1 Wheelchair Men\'s Singles * 5.2 Wheelchair Women\'s Singles * 5.3 Wheelchair Men\'s Doubles * 5.4 Wheelchair Women\'s Doubles * 5.5 Wheelchair Quad Singles * 5.6 Wheelchair Quad Doubles

* 6 Seeds

* 6.1 Men\'s Singles * 6.2 Women\'s Singles

* 7 Qualifier entries

* 7.1 Men\'s Qualifiers entries * 7.2 Women\'s Qualifiers entries

* 8 Withdrawals * 9 References * 10 External links

NOTABLE STORIES

SURFACE CHANGE

On 30 May 2007, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley announced that as of the 2008 Australian Open, the Rebound Ace surface that had been used since 1988 would be replaced by a newer, faster Plexicushion
Plexicushion
surface. The Rebound Ace surface had been criticized for several years, from players including Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick
and Mark Philippoussis , who claimed that the "stick" of the court was a contributing factor in many players injuring themselves. This "stick" was a result of the thick rubber mat (10 mm) laid beneath the surface, the high heat retention because of this, and the high temperatures present during the Australian summer, which intermittently resulted in the extreme heat policy being invoked. Conversely, players such as Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
and Marat Safin put the high number of injuries down to lack of preparation from players; partly due to the fact that the tournament is held so early in the year, but also because there were so few tournaments preceding it. Rebound Ace was also chastised by Lleyton Hewitt for having an inconsistent bounce, in terms of height and pace (shock absorption); and claimed that these factors varied depending on the weather. The heat retention of the surface had also been a point of contention between players.

In announcing the change, Tiley said Plexicushion
Plexicushion
would have a "lower rubber content than Rebound Ace, was firmer under foot and retained less heat through its thinner top layer." Tiley later said that the change of colour, from green to blue, would also benefit players and officials, although this change was quite arbitrary. The manufacturers of Rebound Ace derided the new surface, with director Paul Bull saying that, "We had an Australian icon event with a unique Australian product and now we are just going to become a clone of the U.S. Open ." Bull also said that the inconsistencies in pace were down to the organizers' imperative, who kept asking for the pace to be adjusted to pander for certain players, such as Hewitt. Bull, however, conceded that a change was needed; and said that the suggestion of a Rebound Ace court with a rubber mat thickness of around 5 mm was made.

The Plexicushion
Plexicushion
surface received a relatively mixed reception from players. Lleyton Hewitt , Justine Henin and Serena Williams
Serena Williams
were all keen to endorse the new courts; with Hewitt's appraisal focused on the greater consistency of the courts. Henin called it a "good surface" but said she did not find it markedly distinguishable from Rebound Ace, saying the biggest difference was the change of colour. Williams claimed that the court was not as "bouncy" and was causing less physical strain on her feet and ankles. One source of criticism from players was the slower than expected pace, although many of these comments came prior to the event's commencement. Players were exposed to the new courts through other tournaments, played in advance of the Open; and practise on the new surface. Roger Federer
Roger Federer
described it as slow, with Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
, Jelena Janković and James Blake all corroborating this opinion, albeit from experience in preliminary tournaments. Pundit and former World No. 1 Pat Rafter said it was possible that the courts would speed up in time.

IMPLEMENTATION OF ANTI-CORRUPTION POLICING

On 21 December 2007, organizers of the event announced that the tournament would be watched under the scrutiny of anti-corruption officials. A partnership was formed with Victoria Police
Victoria Police
. This announcement came in the wake of a series of scandals to hit the sport, including World No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko coming under suspicion of match fixing ; with at least a dozen other players coming forward about having been approached to influence matches in an unethical manner. Tennis
Tennis
Australia
Australia
chief executive Steve Wood commented that, "Match-fixing and illegal gambling are a threat to the integrity of sport. We're putting our policies, procedures and programme in place to protect it."

This was followed by a statement from the wider community of the International Tennis
Tennis
Federation (ITF), Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), Women\'s Tennis
Tennis
Association (WTA) and organizers of all four Grand Slams that they would review their anti-corruption policies in the future. This announcement came six days prior to the start of the Open, on 8 January 2008.

CROWD TROUBLE

On 15 January, Day 2 of the tournament, Victoria Police
Victoria Police
had to intervene when Greek Australian supporters, following Greece's Konstantinos Economidis in his match against Chilean Fernando González , became unruly. The match, in progress at the Margaret Court Arena , was suspended for ten minutes as the police attempted stop the "offensive chanting" and eject certain fans. Approximately forty supporters, heavily outnumbered by Chilean fans, were warned of their disorderly conduct prior to the police deploying pepper spray . The police regiment was heavily outnumbered, with a BBC Radio
BBC Radio
employee commenting that, " two guys against maybe 70-80, that's not good." Tournament officials said that 3 people had been sprayed and 5 evicted; a small proportion of the Greek fans left the arena, upset at how events were transpiring and fearing for their safety.

Both players said that the trouble was not something they had witnessed before; and Economidis condemned his supporters, saying that, "It was a really nice atmosphere until this moment. I am really unhappy." Some witnesses have implicated Cypriot and Serbian supporters in the trouble.

Australian Open director, Craig Tiley, had announced in the week preceding the event that police and security forces would "impose a 'zero-tolerance' policy on anti-social behaviour". This statement appeared to be a delayed reaction to the trouble that marred the event in 2007, with Australian youths of Greek, Serbian and Croatian origins involved in mutually abusive sparring. However, the problem was much more pronounced in 2007, with violence breaking out and around 150 fans ejected.

SEXUAL ASSAULT

Police were called to investigate a report that a 12-year-old girl was indecently assaulted by a drunk man at the Australian Open.

In a brief statement, Victoria Police
Victoria Police
said they received a report that the girl was inappropriately touched on the buttocks on Monday.

"The matter was reported to police this morning and the incident is currently being investigated", the statement said. This event mirrors a series of incidents that occurred at last year's event, when several men attending the tournament were arrested for taking upskirt photographs.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS VIDEO CONTROVERSY

During the Open, a video posted on YouTube
YouTube
almost a year earlier made headlines in the Australian media. The video shows the 2008 fifteenth seed, Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis , at a barbecue hosted by his Greek Australian fans in Melbourne
Melbourne
in early 2007. In it, Baghdatis is holding a flare and taking part in chants against the Turkish invasion of Cyprus
Cyprus
. Melbourne's Turkish Cypriot community called for Baghdatis to be expelled from Australia, but in a statement issued through his manager, the Cypriot player said he was "supporting the interest of my country, Cyprus, while protesting against a situation that is not recognized by the United Nations".

SERBIAN PERFORMANCE

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
became the first Serbian man to win a Grand Slam title.

This tournament saw strong performances from Serbian players. The men's side saw Janko Tipsarević
Janko Tipsarević
, winner of the boys' tournament in 2001 , almost cause an upset when he pushed Roger Federer
Roger Federer
to five sets in the third round, with the final score being 6–7 (5–7), 7–6 (7–1), 5–7, 6–1, 10–8 in Federer's favour. The match, which overlapped into the night session due to rain earlier in the day, took almost four-and-a-half hours to complete. Third-seed Novak Djokovic became Serbia's first Grand Slam singles title winner (Ana Ivanovic would later become that country's first Grand Slam women's singles title winner, at the 2008 French Open ), and the youngest ever winner of the Australian Open, at 20 years and 250 days of age, when he defeated surprise finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final, having defeated the defending champion Federer in the semi-finals, and Australian hopeful Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets in the fourth round. Coincidentally, Djokovic would also defeat Federer in straight sets en route to his second Australian Open title , in 2011.

The women's draw saw Jelena Janković , the 2001 girls' champion, and Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
produce notable performances to reach the semi-finals and the final, respectively. Janković saved three match points against Tamira Paszek in the first round, before defeating rising Australian player Casey Dellacqua in the fourth round. Janković then ended the title defence of Serena Williams
Serena Williams
in the quarter-finals, before losing her semi-final to Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
. Twenty-four hours after Janković's victory over Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
recorded her first career victory against Venus Williams
Venus Williams
in her quarter-final, and went on to reach her second Grand Slam final by defeating Daniela Hantuchová in the semi-finals, having to recover from a 0–6, 0–2 deficit to do so. Ivanovic was then defeated in the final by Maria Sharapova , in a match dubbed as the "Glam Slam" final.

DAY BY DAY

DAY 1

The Rod Laver Arena
Rod Laver Arena
with the new, blue Plexicushion
Plexicushion
surface.

Day 1 saw few upsets, as favourites Justine Henin , Serena Williams
Serena Williams
, Lindsay Davenport , Tatiana Golovin , Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
, Shahar Pe\'er , Amélie Mauresmo , Nicole Vaidišová , Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick
, Rafael Nadal , Nikolay Davydenko , Richard Gasquet , and Mikhail Youzhny
Mikhail Youzhny
all advanced. Jelena Janković , world #3, also advanced but was heavily tested by Tamira Paszek , having to win 2–6, 6–2, 12–10 in three hours, saving three match points; the match featured an exceptional 15 breaks of serve. Finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga scored his best victory to that point in a four set win over number 9 seed Andy Murray
Andy Murray
, 7–5, 6–4, 0–6, 7–6. Home favourite Alicia Molik
Alicia Molik
also advanced into the second round.

* Seeded players out: Vera Zvonareva , Julia Vakulenko ; Andy Murray , Carlos Moyà , Juan Ignacio Chela

MATCHES ON MAIN COURTS

MATCHES ON ROD LAVER ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Women\'s Singles 1st Round SERENA WILLIAMS Jarmila Gajdošová 6–3, 6–3

Women\'s Singles 1st Round JUSTINE HENIN Aiko Nakamura 6–2, 6–2

Men\'s Singles 1st Round JO-WILFRIED TSONGA Andy Murray
Andy Murray
7–5, 6–4, 0–6, 7–6(7–5)

Women\'s Singles 1st Round ALICIA MOLIK Kaia Kanepi 7–6(7–4), 7–5

Men\'s Singles 1st Round RAFAEL NADAL Viktor Troicki
Viktor Troicki
7–6(7–3), 7–5, 6–1

MATCHES ON HISENSE ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Women\'s Singles 1st Round JELENA JANKOVIć Tamira Paszek 2–6, 6–2, 12–10

Men\'s Singles 1st Round ANDY RODDICK Lukáš Dlouhý 6–3, 6–4, 7–5

Women\'s Singles 1st Round MARIA SHARAPOVA Jelena Kostanić Tošić 6–4, 6–3

Men\'s Singles 1st Round RICHARD GASQUET Nick Lindahl 6–0, 6–1, 3–6, 6–2

MATCHES ON MARGARET COURT ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Men\'s Singles 1st Round PAUL CAPDEVILLE Brydan Klein
Brydan Klein
6–4, 7–5, 6–4

Women\'s Singles 1st Round LINDSAY DAVENPORT Sara Errani 6–2, 3–6, 7–5

Men\'s Singles 1st Round NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO Michaël Llodra 7–5, 7–5, 6–3

Men\'s Singles 1st Round STEFAN KOUBEK Carlos Moyá
Carlos Moyá
7–6(7–5), 6–7(2–7), 7–5, 6–4

COLORED BACKGROUND MEANS NIGHT MATCHES

DAY 2

Favourites Roger Federer
Roger Federer
, Tomáš Berdych
Tomáš Berdych
, James Blake , Novak Djokovic , Fernando González , Lleyton Hewitt , Marcos Baghdatis , David Nalbandian , David Ferrer
David Ferrer
, Marat Safin , Venus Williams
Venus Williams
, Ana Ivanovic , Anna Chakvetadze , Daniela Hantuchová , and Svetlana Kuznetsova all advanced. Other seeded players such as Li Na , Nadia Petrova , Sania Mirza , Agnieszka Radwańska , Dmitry Tursunov , and Juan Carlos Ferrero also advanced. Sofia Arvidsson caused the upset on the women's side, as she defeated #10 Marion Bartoli 6–7, 6–4, 6–3, and Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
went down to qualifier Sabine Lisicki . On the men's side, the upset of the day came when Dutch qualifier Robin Haase defeated #17 Ivan Ljubičić 6–7, 6–3, 6–0, 7–6. Day 2 saw the completion of all the remaining first round matches.

* Seeded players out: Marion Bartoli , Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
, Ágnes Szávay , Lucie Šafářová ; Ivan Ljubičić , Nicolás Almagro , Radek Štěpánek

MATCHES ON MAIN COURTS

MATCHES ON ROD LAVER ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Men\'s Singles 1st Round NOVAK DJOKOVIC Benjamin Becker 6–0, 6–2, 7–6(7–5)

Women\'s Singles 1st Round SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA Nathalie Dechy 6–3, 6–1

Men\'s Singles 1st Round LLEYTON HEWITT Steve Darcis
Steve Darcis
6–0, 6–3, 6–0

Women\'s Singles 1st Round VENUS WILLIAMS Yan Zi 6–2, 7–5

Men\'s Singles 1st Round ROGER FEDERER Diego Hartfield 6–0, 6–3, 6–0

MATCHES ON HISENSE ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Women\'s Singles 1st Round ANNA CHAKVETADZE Andrea Petkovic
Andrea Petkovic
0–0 ret.

Men\'s Singles 1st Round MARCOS BAGHDATIS Thomas Johansson 7–6(7–0), 6–2, 3–6, 6–3

Women\'s Singles 1st Round ANA IVANOVIC Sorana Cîrstea 7–5, 6–3

Men\'s Singles 1st Round JAMES BLAKE Nicolás Massú 6–3, 6–2, 6–2

MATCHES ON MARGARET COURT ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Women\'s Singles 1st Round DANIELA HANTUCHOVá Vania King 6–3, 7–5

Men\'s Singles 1st Round LEE HYUNG-TAIK Chris Guccione 7–6(8–6), 6–3, 6–4

Men\'s Singles 1st Round PETER LUCZAK Mariano Zabaleta 6–1, 6–7(2–7), 6–3, 6–4

Men\'s Singles 1st Round FERNANDO GONZáLEZ Konstantinos Economidis 7–6(7–5), 6–7(2–7), 7–5, 6–4

COLORED BACKGROUND MEANS NIGHT MATCHES

DAY 3

The Australian crowd were treated to an upset from one of their own as Casey Dellacqua sent #15 seed Patty Schnyder crashing out in the women's draw, while #13 Tatiana Golovin and #19 Sybille Bammer
Sybille Bammer
also struggled, losing to Aravane Rezaï and Hsieh Su-wei respectively. Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
defeated comeback queen Lindsay Davenport in somewhat easy fashion 6–1, 6–3, and Justine Henin , Serena Williams
Serena Williams
, and Jelena Janković also advanced with wins. Joining them were numerous lower seeds including Elena Dementieva
Elena Dementieva
, Nicole Vaidišová and Amélie Mauresmo . In the men's draw, Mardy Fish
Mardy Fish
dominated #11 seed Tommy Robredo to send him crashing out 6–1, 6–2, 6–3, while Stanislas Wawrinka retired against Marc Gicquel
Marc Gicquel
down two sets to one. Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
, Nikolay Davydenko , Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick
and Richard Gasquet all progressed in straight sets, whilst Mikhail Youzhny
Mikhail Youzhny
was tested before eventually winning 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 7–6. The doubles competition also began on Day 3.

* Seeded players out: Tatiana Golovin , Patty Schnyder , Sybille Bammer ; Tommy Robredo , Stanislas Wawrinka * Doubles seeds out: Maria Elena Camerin / Gisela Dulko

MATCHES ON MAIN COURTS

MATCHES ON ROD LAVER ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Women\'s Singles 2nd Round JUSTINE HENIN Olga Poutchkova 6–1, 7–5

Men\'s Singles 2nd Round RAFAEL NADAL Florent Serra
Florent Serra
6–0, 6–2, 6–2

Women\'s Singles 2nd Round NICOLE VAIDIšOVá Alicia Molik
Alicia Molik
6–2, 6–3

Women\'s Singles 2nd Round MARIA SHARAPOVA Lindsay Davenport 6–1, 6–3

Men\'s Singles 2nd Round ANDY RODDICK Michael Berrer 6–2, 6–2, 6–4

MATCHES ON HISENSE ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Women\'s Singles 2nd Round CASEY DELLACQUA Patty Schnyder 4–6, 7–5, 8–6

Men\'s Singles 2nd Round MARDY FISH Tommy Robredo 6–1, 6–2, 6–3

Women\'s Singles 2nd Round SERENA WILLIAMS Yuan Meng 6–3, 6–1

Men\'s Singles 2nd Round NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO Nicolas Mahut
Nicolas Mahut
6–4, 6–0, 6–3

MATCHES ON MARGARET COURT ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Men\'s Singles 2nd Round JO-WILFRIED TSONGA Sam Warburg
Sam Warburg
6–4, 7–6(7–4), 6–2

Women\'s Singles 2nd Round AMéLIE MAURESMO Yaroslava Shvedova 6–4, 7–6(7–5)

Women\'s Singles 2nd Round JELENA JANKOVIć Edina Gallovits 6–2, 7–5

Women\'s Singles 2nd Round SHAHAR PE\\'ER Jessica Moore 6–0, 7–5

Men\'s Singles 2nd Round RICHARD GASQUET Feliciano López
Feliciano López
6–2, 6–1, 6–3

COLORED BACKGROUND MEANS NIGHT MATCHES

DAY 4

In the pick of the second round matches, former finalist Marcos Baghdatis dispatched former champion Marat Safin in five sets; 6–4, 6–4, 2–6, 3–6, 6–2. Seeds Roger Federer
Roger Federer
, Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
, Fernando González , David Nalbandian , Tomáš Berdych
Tomáš Berdych
and James Blake all came through unscathed; with Federer dropping only 3 games against Fabrice Santoro . Nineteenth seed and home favorite Lleyton Hewitt came through in typically gritty fashion, defeating Denis Istomin 7–6, 6–3, 5–7, 6–1. On the women's side, Ana Ivanovic defeated Tathiana Garbin 6–0, 6–3 in the night match preceding Baghdatis vs. Safin. Svetlana Kuznetsova , Anna Chakvetadze , Venus Williams , Daniela Hantuchová , Nadia Petrova
Nadia Petrova
and form player Li Na all navigated their way into the third round too.

* Seeded players out: Alona Bondarenko
Alona Bondarenko
; Fernando Verdasco
Fernando Verdasco
, Dmitry Tursunov * Doubles seeds out: Nathalie Dechy / Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
, Lisa Raymond / Francesca Schiavone , Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
/ Ágnes Szávay , Vania King / Nicole Pratt ; Max Mirnyi / Jamie Murray
Jamie Murray
, Simon Aspelin
Simon Aspelin
/ Julian Knowle , Marcelo Melo
Marcelo Melo
/ André Sá
André Sá

MATCHES ON MAIN COURTS

MATCHES ON ROD LAVER ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Women\'s Singles 2nd Round SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA Tsvetana Pironkova
Tsvetana Pironkova
7–6(7–0), 6–2

Men\'s Singles 2nd Round ROGER FEDERER Fabrice Santoro 6–1, 6–2, 6–0

Men\'s Singles 2nd Round LLEYTON HEWITT Denis Istomin 7–6(7–5), 6–3, 7–5, 6–1

Women\'s Singles 2nd Round ANA IVANOVIC Tathiana Garbin 6–0, 6–3

Men\'s Singles 2nd Round MARCOS BAGHDATIS Marat Safin 6–4, 6–4, 2–6, 3–6, 6–2

MATCHES ON HISENSE ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Women\'s Singles 2nd Round VENUS WILLIAMS Camille Pin
Camille Pin
7–5, 6–4

Women\'s Singles 2nd Round DANIELA HANTUCHOVá Alizé Cornet 6–2, 7–5

Men\'s Singles 2nd Round NOVAK DJOKOVIC Simone Bolelli 6–1, 6–2, 6–2

Men\'s Singles 2nd Round DAVID NALBANDIAN Peter Luczak
Peter Luczak
4–6, 7–5, 6–4, 6–1

MATCHES ON MARGARET COURT ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Men\'s Singles 2nd Round JUAN CARLOS FERRERO Alun Jones 6–4, 6–4, 6–2

Women\'s Singles 2nd Round ANNA CHAKVETADZE Alisa Kleybanova 6–3, 6–4

Men\'s Singles 2nd Round DAVID FERRER Juan Martín del Potro 6–3, 6–4, ret.

Men\'s Singles 2nd Round JAMES BLAKE Michael Russell 6–3, 6–2, 6–2

COLORED BACKGROUND MEANS NIGHT MATCHES

The total attendance figure for Day 4 was 62,885, setting a new world record for a combined day/night attendance at a Grand Slam event. The previous record was 61,083, set during the 2007 U.S. Open .

DAY 5

The first match of the night session on the Rod Laver Arena
Rod Laver Arena
saw local player Casey Dellacqua , who had previously never progressed beyond the first round at the Australian Open , defeat former champion Amélie Mauresmo 3–6, 6–4, 6–4. Justine Henin struggled to get to grips with Francesca Schiavone before winning; and Nicole Vaidišová and Serena Williams
Serena Williams
set up an intriguing fourth round match, a re-match of the previous year\'s semi-final .

In the last match of the day, Philipp Kohlschreiber , the 29th seed of Germany, defeated the 6th seeded Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick
in 232 minutes: 6–4, 3–6, 7–6, 6–7, 8–6; with the match reaching its conclusion past 02:00. Roddick was visibly perturbed during the match, which resulted in his earliest exit at the Australian Open since 2002. During the match, Roddick called umpire Emmanuel Joseph an "idiot" and received a retrospective fine of $500 for racquet abuse. Kohlschreiber entered the tournament in good form, having won the 2008 Heineken Open . Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
faced world number 33 Gilles Simon , and had to save six set points in the first set. Simon squandered the first three to unforced errors, but it was Nadal who produced two aces and a drop shot to save himself at 4-5, 0-40. Paul-Henri Mathieu
Paul-Henri Mathieu
, under the stewardship of Mats Wilander , progressed after surviving a five-set thriller versus Stefan Koubek . Nikolay Davydenko , Richard Gasquet , Mikhail Youzhny
Mikhail Youzhny
, Jarkko Nieminen and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also advanced.

* Seeded players out: Shahar Pe\'er , Amélie Mauresmo , Francesca Schiavone , Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
, Virginie Razzano ; Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick
, Ivo Karlović , Gilles Simon
Gilles Simon
, Igor Andreev * Doubles seeds out: Katarina Srebotnik / Ai Sugiyama
Ai Sugiyama

MATCHES ON MAIN COURTS

MATCHES ON ROD LAVER ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Women\'s Singles 3rd Round JUSTINE HENIN Francesca Schiavone 7–5, 6–4

Women\'s Singles 3rd Round JELENA JANKOVIć Virginie Razzano 6–2, 4–6, 6–1

Men\'s Singles 3rd Round RAFAEL NADAL Gilles Simon
Gilles Simon
7–5, 6–2, 6–3

Women\'s Singles 3rd Round CASEY DELLACQUA Amélie Mauresmo 6–3, 4–6, 4–6

Men\'s Singles 3rd Round PHILIPP KOHLSCHREIBER Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick
6–4, 3–6, 7–6(11–9), 6–7(3–7), 8–6

MATCHES ON HISENSE ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Men\'s Singles 3rd Round NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO Marc Gicquel
Marc Gicquel
6–3, 6–2, 6–3

Women\'s Singles 3rd Round SERENA WILLIAMS Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
6–3, 6–4

Women\'s Singles 3rd Round MARIA SHARAPOVA Elena Vesnina 6–3, 6–0

Men\'s Singles 3rd Round RICHARD GASQUET Igor Andreev 6–3, 6–2, 4–6, 6–4

MATCHES ON MARGARET COURT ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Women\'s Singles 3rd Round NICOLE VAIDIšOVá Ai Sugiyama
Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 6–4

Men\'s Singles 3rd Round JO-WILFRIED TSONGA Guillermo García-López 6–3, 6–4, 6–2

Women\'s Singles 3rd Round ELENA DEMENTIEVA Shahar Pe\'er 6–2, 6–0

Mixed Doubles 1st Round NATHALIE DECHY ANDY RAM Sophie Ferguson Adam Feeney 6–3, 6–4

Men\'s Singles 3rd Round JARKKO NIEMINEN Mardy Fish
Mardy Fish
3–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–3, 6–1

COLORED BACKGROUND MEANS NIGHT MATCHES

DAY 6

Day 6 in Melbourne
Melbourne
was plagued by rain and consequently matches could only take place on the indoor courts. In the women's competition, Ana Ivanovic made light work of Katarina Srebotnik whilst Venus Williams was more sternly tested by Sania Mirza . However, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anna Chakvetadze both saw their tournaments ended in the third round by Agnieszka Radwańska and Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
respectively.

The men's competition featured two prolonged five-set matches. In the first, #1 seed Roger Federer
Roger Federer
was pushed to the limit by Janko Tipsarević before triumphing; 6–7, 7–6, 5–7, 6–1, 10–8 in 267 minutes. The second featured Australian hopeful Lleyton Hewitt , who defeated Marcos Baghdatis 4–6, 7–5, 7–5, 6–7, 6–3 in a match that provoked discussion about the validity of night matches; the players did not finish play until 04:34, 282 minutes since it started at 11:52. Significantly, the match extended further into the evening than any other in the history of the Australian Open. The Federer-Tipsarević match, which lasted 267 minutes, overlapped into the night session and this delayed the commencement of the women's singles match between Venus Williams
Venus Williams
and Sania Mirza until 10:00. Rules had previously been put in place so that a men's singles match would not start if other matches had played past 11:00; however, with the home crowd growing anxious, the organizers decided to go ahead with the Hewitt vs. Baghdatis match.

In other matches, the 2007 finalist Fernando González made an early exit to Marin Čilić
Marin Čilić
; Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
, James Blake and Tomáš Berdych all progressed as well.

* Seeded players out: Svetlana Kuznetsova , Anna Chakvetadze , Katarina Srebotnik , Sania Mirza ; Fernando González , Marcos Baghdatis , Juan Mónaco

MATCHES ON MAIN COURTS

MATCHES ON ROD LAVER ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Women\'s Singles 3rd Round MARIA KIRILENKO Anna Chakvetadze 6–7(6–8), 6–1, 6–2

Men\'s Singles 3rd Round MARIN ČILIć Fernando González 6–2, 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–1

Men\'s Singles 3rd Round ROGER FEDERER Janko Tipsarević
Janko Tipsarević
6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–1), 5–7, 6–1, 10–8

Women\'s Singles 3rd Round VENUS WILLIAMS Sania Mirza 7–6(7–0), 6–4

Men\'s Singles 3rd Round LLEYTON HEWITT Marcos Baghdatis 4–6, 7–5, 7–5, 6–7(4–7), 6–3

MATCHES ON HISENSE ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Women\'s Singles 3rd Round AGNIESZKA RADWAńSKA Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–3, 6–4

Men\'s Singles 3rd Round JAMES BLAKE Sébastien Grosjean 4–6, 2–6, 6–0, 7–6(7–5), 6–2

Women\'s Singles 3rd Round ANA IVANOVIC Katarina Srebotnik 6–3, 6–4

Men\'s Singles 3rd Round NOVAK DJOKOVIC Sam Querrey 6–3, 6–1, 6–3

MATCHES ON MARGARET COURT ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Men\'s Singles 3rd Round TOMáš BERDYCH Juan Mónaco 3–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–5), 6–2

Women\'s Singles 3rd Round VIRGINIA RUANO PASCUAL VS. DANIELA HANTUCHOVá suspended

Mixed Doubles 1st Round Jessica Moore Greg Jones Rennae Stubbs
Rennae Stubbs
Todd Perry suspended

Women\'s Doubles 2nd Round Lindsay Davenport Daniela Hantuchová Gabriela Navrátilová Klára Zakopalová suspended

Men\'s Singles 3rd Round DAVID NALBANDIAN VS. JUAN CARLOS FERRERO suspended

COLORED BACKGROUND MEANS NIGHT MATCHES

DAY 7

Nikolay Davydenko became the highest-seeded male player out so far, losing to fellow Russian Mikhail Youzhny
Mikhail Youzhny
, setting up a quarter-final tie with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga , who dumped out No.8-seeded compatriot Richard Gasquet 6–2, 6–7, 7–6, 6–3 in just over three hours. Jarkko Nieminen also advanced to the last eight. Maria Sharapova easily beat Elena Dementieva
Elena Dementieva
and she joined Justine Henin , Serena Williams and Jelena Janković , who eliminated home favourite Casey Dellacqua , in the quarter finals. Li Na said goodbye to the tournament, losing to qualifier Marta Domachowska
Marta Domachowska
. Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarter finals as opponent Paul-Henri Mathieu
Paul-Henri Mathieu
retired with an injured left calf muscle; the second-ranked Spaniard was ahead 6–4, 3–0. David Nalbandian , the number 10 seed also suffered a straight-sets defeat at the hands of former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero .

* Seeded players out: Elena Dementieva
Elena Dementieva
, Nicole Vaidišová , Li Na ; Nikolay Davydenko , Richard Gasquet , David Nalbandian , Paul-Henri Mathieu , Philipp Kohlschreiber * Doubles seeds out: Paul Hanley / Leander Paes , Julien Benneteau / Nicolas Mahut
Nicolas Mahut
, Leoš Friedl / David Škoch , Christopher Kas / Rogier Wassen , František Čermák / Lukáš Dlouhý , Eric Butorac / Kevin Ullyett ; Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai
/ Sun Tiantian ; Zheng Jie
Zheng Jie
/ Daniel Nestor

MATCHES ON MAIN COURTS

MATCHES ON ROD LAVER ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Men\'s Singles 3rd Round JUAN CARLOS FERRERO David Nalbandian 6–1, 6–2, 6–3

Men\'s Singles 4th Round JO-WILFRIED TSONGA Richard Gasquet 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–6(8–6), 6–3

Women\'s Singles 4th Round SERENA WILLIAMS Nicole Vaidišová 6–3, 6–4

Women\'s Singles 4th Round JELENA JANKOVIć Casey Dellacqua 7–6(7–3), 6–1

Men\'s Singles 4th Round RAFAEL NADAL Paul-Henri Mathieu
Paul-Henri Mathieu
6–4, 3–0 ret.

MATCHES ON HISENSE ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Men\'s Singles 3rd Round DAVID FERRER Vincent Spadea 6–3, 6–3, 6–2

Women\'s Singles 4th Round JUSTINE HENIN Hsieh Su-wei 6–2, 6–2

Women\'s Singles 4th Round MARIA SHARAPOVA Elena Dementieva
Elena Dementieva
6–2, 6–0

Men\'s Singles 4th Round MIKHAIL YOUZHNY Nikolay Davydenko 7–6(7–2), 6–3, 6–1

MATCHES ON MARGARET COURT ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Men\'s Singles 4th Round JARKKO NIEMINEN Philipp Kohlschreiber 3–6, 7–6(9–7), 7–6(11–9), 6–3

Men\'s Doubles 2nd Round Rohan Bopanna Rajeev Ram
Rajeev Ram
Paul Hanley Leander Paes 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(8–6)

Men\'s Doubles 3rd Round Bob Bryan Mike Bryan Julien Benneteau Nicolas Mahut
Nicolas Mahut
6–3, 6–4

Mixed Doubles 1st Round Cara Black Paul Hanley Bethanie Mattek Jordan Kerr 7–6(7–5), 6–2

COLORED BACKGROUND MEANS NIGHT MATCHES

World number 4 Jelena Janković was handed a US$2,000 fine after allegedly receiving coaching from her mother, Snežana, during her third round match with Virginie Razzano of France. The game took place on Day 3 of the event. Umpire Maria Alves spotted the infringement during the match, and although unable to understand what had been communicated, dealt Janković a code violation for illegal coaching.

Janković denied the allegation, saying that she simply shouted 'C'mon' in Serbian . The practice of coaching during a match is banned at all WTA and Grand Slam events.

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
was fined the same amount at the 2007 Australian Open , also for receiving illegal coaching, with the same umpire, Maria Alves, in the chair.

DAY 8

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
powered his way into the quarter-finals, defeating Lleyton Hewitt 7–5, 6–3, 6–3 in a fourth-round clash. Roger Federer finished Tomáš Berdych
Tomáš Berdych
's tournament in 1 hour and 59 minutes, 6–4, 7–6, 6–3. He faces James Blake next, who scored a 6–3, 6–4, 6–4 win over 19-year-old Croat Marin Čilić
Marin Čilić
; a victory which saw him advance past the fourth round here for the first time. Venus Williams
Venus Williams
fought back twice from service breaks in the first set to secure a place in the quarter-finals; with a 6–4, 6–4 win over Marta Domachowska
Marta Domachowska
. She next faces #4 seed Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
, who put together a 6–1, 7–6 win over Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
. No. 9 seed Daniela Hantuchová beat No. 27 Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
1–6, 6–4, 6–4 and will next play Poland's Agnieszka Radwańska , who upset No. 14 Nadia Petrova
Nadia Petrova
1–6, 7–5, 6–0.

* Seeded players out: Nadia Petrova
Nadia Petrova
, Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
; Tomáš Berdych , Lleyton Hewitt , Juan Carlos Ferrero * Doubles seeds out: Sania Mirza / Alicia Molik
Alicia Molik
, Iveta Benešová
Iveta Benešová
/ Galina Voskoboeva
Galina Voskoboeva
, Chan Yung-jan / Chuang Chia-jung ; Mariusz Fyrstenberg / Marcin Matkowski

MATCHES ON MAIN COURTS

MATCHES ON ROD LAVER ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Women\'s Singles 4th Round ANA IVANOVIC Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
6–1, 7–6(7–2)

Women\'s Singles 4th Round VENUS WILLIAMS Marta Domachowska
Marta Domachowska
6–4, 6–4

Men\'s Singles 4th Round ROGER FEDERER Tomáš Berdych
Tomáš Berdych
6–4, 7–6(9-7), 6–3

Men\'s Singles 4th Round NOVAK DJOKOVIC Lleyton Hewitt 7–5, 6–3, 6–3

Women\'s Doubles 3rd Round Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
Shahar Pe\'er Sania Mirza Alicia Molik
Alicia Molik
7–5, 6–3

MATCHES ON HISENSE ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Men\'s Doubles 3rd Round Jeff Coetzee
Jeff Coetzee
Wesley Moodie Rohan Bopanna Rajeev Ram
Rajeev Ram
3–6, 6–4, 6–3

Women\'s Singles 4th Round DANIELA HANTUCHOVá Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
1–6, 6–4, 6–4

Women\'s Doubles 2nd Round Jelena Janković Bethanie Mattek Olga Govortsova Darya Kustova
Darya Kustova
6–4, 6–3

Men\'s Singles 4th Round DAVID FERRER Juan Carlos Ferrero 7–5, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1

MATCHES ON MARGARET COURT ARENA

EVENT WINNER LOSER SCORE

Legends Doubles 1st Round Guillermo Vilas Paul McNamee
Paul McNamee
Mats Wilander Peter McNamara
Peter McNamara
unknown

Women\'s Singles 4th Round AGNIESZKA RADWAńSKA Nadia Petrova
Nadia Petrova
1–6, 7–5, 6–0

Men\'s Singles 4th Round JAMES BLAKE Marin Čilić
Marin Čilić
6–3, 6–4, 6–4

Mixed Doubles 2nd Round Cara Black Paul Hanley Jessica Moore Greg Jones 6–1, 6–1

COLORED BACKGROUND MEANS NIGHT MATCHES

DAY 9

Jelena Janković in her quarter-finals match.

Jelena Janković survived a straight set win over defending champion Serena Williams
Serena Williams
, making the semifinals of her 3rd different major. Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
won his quarter final match against Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets, putting him into his first semi-final at the Australian Open. Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
defeated No. 1 seed Justine Henin in a repeat of the 2007 WTA Tour Championships final. On this occasion, Henin was unable to win even a set as Sharapova eased to victory; 6–4, 6–0. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won his match against 14th seed Mikhail Youzhny and booked his spot in the semi-finals.

* Seeded players out: Justine Henin , Serena Williams
Serena Williams
; Mikhail Youzhny , Jarkko Nieminen * Doubles seeds out: Daniel Nestor / Nenad Zimonjić , Martin Damm / Pavel Vízner ; Janette Husárová / Flavia Pennetta , Cara Black / Liezel Huber ; Lisa Raymond / Simon Aspelin
Simon Aspelin

In a day that was relatively free of controversy on the court, several media outlets focused on allegedly unsavoury aspects off it. Sharapova's father, Yuri Sharapov, came under intense scrutiny from Australian media after he made a throat-slashing gesture shortly after his daughter's match against the world No. 1 Justine Henin . Sharapova had earlier joked that her father's camouflage hoodie made him look like "an assassin". The WTA claimed that the gesture was simply a joke between the pair, pertaining to this comment.

DAY 10

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
defeated David Ferrer
David Ferrer
6–0, 6–3, 7–5 in a closely fought third set, which advanced him to his fourth consecutive Grand Slam semi-final. Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
progressed to her first Australian Open semi-final after defeating Venus Williams
Venus Williams
7–6, 6–4, a result which marked Ivanovic's first triumph over either of the Williams sisters. She set up a tie with Daniela Hantuchová , who advanced to her first Grand Slam semi-final after dispatching Agnieszka Radwańska 6–2, 6–2. Roger Federer
Roger Federer
defeated James Blake 7–5, 7–6, 6–4 in just over 2 hours. Federer's progression marked his 15th consecutive Grand Slam semi-final, a record.

* Seeded players out: Venus Williams
Venus Williams
, Agnieszka Radwańska ; David Ferrer , James Blake * Doubles seeds out: Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan ; Květa Peschke / Rennae Stubbs
Rennae Stubbs
, Yan Zi / Jie Zheng

DAY 11

Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
reached her first Australian Open final.

In the first women's semi-final match, fifth seeded Russian Maria Sharapova defeated third seeded Serbian Jelena Janković in a two sets, 6–3, 6–1 to clinch the first spot in the finals. Janković later conceded that she "wanted to withdraw", but played on for the crowd's benefit. Fourth seeded Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
also progressed to the final after defeating Daniela Hantuchová in three sets, 0–6, 6–3, 6–4. Ivanovic had lost the first eight games of the match before rectifying her game. However, Hantuchová was critical of Ivanovic's tactics during the latter stages of the match. Hantuchová claimed that Ivanovic resorted to gamesmanship by shuffling her feet prior to her serve, thereby causing a distraction. Ivanovic said that any possible noise was a result of the new court surface; and tried to offer an explanation of Hantuchová's motives, saying, "Maybe she was just trying to pick on something, to get upset." Unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated second seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
in the first men's semifinal, in straight sets, 6–2, 6–3, 6–2 in less than 2 hours. Journalists expressed shock, not only at the victory, but at the comprehensive manner in which the nascent Tsonga won it. Tsonga hit a total of 49 winners to Nadal's 13 and served imperiously: Nadal was unable to force a break point until the third set.

* Seeded players out: Jelena Janković , Daniela Hantuchová ; Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
* Doubles seeds out: Cara Black / Paul Hanley , Chuang Chia-jung / Jonathan Erlich ; Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues
/ Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
; Mahesh Bhupathi / Mark Knowles
Mark Knowles

DAY 12

In the second men's semi-final, between #1 Roger Federer
Roger Federer
and #3 Novak Djokovic , Djokovic won in just over 2 hours; completing the victory in straight sets, 7–5, 6–3, 7–6 to reach the second grand slam final of his career. This broke Federer's record run of appearing in 10 consecutive grand slam finals. In the women's doubles final, Alyona and Kateryna Bondarenko beat Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
and Shahar Pe\'er 2–6, 6–1, 6–4 to win their first Grand Slam title.

* Seeded player out: Roger Federer
Roger Federer
* Doubles seeds out: Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
/ Shahar Pe\'er ; Yan Zi / Mark Knowles
Mark Knowles
, Nathalie Dechy / Andy Ram

DAY 13

In what was dubbed the "Glam Slam" final, Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
of Russia won the Women's 2008 Australian Open over Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
of Serbia
Serbia
in straight sets; 7–5, 6–3. It was Sharapova's third Grand Slam title. Sharapova also achieved the feat of not dropping a set or playing a tiebreak the entire tournament, after she was heavily defeated by Serena Williams
Serena Williams
in the 2007 final. In the men's doubles final, the Israeli pair, Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram beat Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra of France
France
7–5, 7–6 to win their first Grand Slam title.

The juniors competition also reached its conclusion on Day 13. Australian Bernard Tomic defeated Taiwanese player Yang Tsung-Hua ; 4–6, 7–6, 6–0 to win the boys' event. Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands
Netherlands
defeated the other Australian hopeful, Jessica Moore , 6–3, 6–4 to claim the girls' singles crown. In the women's wheelchair event, Esther Vergeer won her third consecutive title, beating fellow Dutchwoman Korie Homan 6–4, 6–3. Shingo Kunieda
Shingo Kunieda
won his fourth slam in a row in the men's wheelchair competition, defeating former champion Michael Jeremiasz 6–1, 6–4.

* Seeded player out: Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
* Doubles seeds out: Arnaud Clément / Michaël Llodra

DAY 14

Third seeded Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
of Serbia
Serbia
defeated unseeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France
France
in four sets; 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 7–6, becoming the first Serbian player to win a Grand-Slam singles title.

Sun Tiantian of China
China
and Nenad Zimonjić of Serbia
Serbia
were crowned the 2008 Mixed Doubles champions after defeating Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi of India
India
in straight sets; 7–6, 6–4.

SENIORS

MEN\'S SINGLES

Tsonga stunned the tennis world by reaching the final. Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Men\'s Singles

NOVAK DJOKOVIC defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 7–6(2)

* It was Djokovic's 1st title of the year, and his 8th overall. It was his 1st career Grand Slam title.

WOMEN\'S SINGLES

Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Women\'s Singles

MARIA SHARAPOVA defeated Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
, 7–5, 6–3

MEN\'S DOUBLES

Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Men\'s Doubles

JONATHAN ERLICH / ANDY RAM defeated Arnaud Clément / Michaël Llodra , 7–5, 7–6(4)

* The duo's first Grand Slam win after numerous ATP titles * The first ever Grand Slam trophy in Men's Doubles for Israeli players.

WOMEN\'S DOUBLES

Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Women\'s Doubles

ALONA BONDARENKO / KATERYNA BONDARENKO defeated Victoria Azarenka / Shahar Pe\'er , 2–6, 6–1, 6–4

* It was Alona and Kateryna's 1st career Grand Slam doubles title.

MIXED DOUBLES

Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Mixed Doubles

SUN TIANTIAN / NENAD ZIMONJIć defeated Sania Mirza / Mahesh Bhupathi , 7–6(4), 6–4

* It was Sun's 1st career Grand Slam mixed doubles title. * It was Zimonjić's 3rd career Grand Slam mixed doubles title and his 2nd at the Australian Open.

JUNIORS

BOYS\' SINGLES

Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Boys\' Singles

BERNARD TOMIC def Yang Tsung-hua , 4–6, 7–6(5), 6–0

GIRLS\' SINGLES

Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Girls\' Singles

ARANTXA RUS defeated Jessica Moore , 6–3, 6–4

BOYS\' DOUBLES

Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Boys\' Doubles

HSIEH CHENG-PENG / YANG TSUNG-HUA defeated Vasek Pospisil / César Ramírez , 3–6, 7–5, –

GIRLS\' DOUBLES

Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Girls\' Doubles

KSENIA LYKINA / ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA defeated Elena Bogdan / Misaki Doi
Misaki Doi
, 6–0, 6–4

WHEELCHAIR

WHEELCHAIR MEN\'S SINGLES

Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Wheelchair Men\'s Singles

SHINGO KUNIEDA defeated Michael Jeremiasz , 6–1, 6–4

WHEELCHAIR WOMEN\'S SINGLES

Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Wheelchair Women\'s Singles

ESTHER VERGEER defeated Korie Homan , 6–3, 6–3

WHEELCHAIR MEN\'S DOUBLES

Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Wheelchair Men\'s Doubles

SHINGO KUNIEDA / SATOSHI SAIDA defeated Robin Ammerlaan
Robin Ammerlaan
/ Ronald Vink
Ronald Vink
, 6–4, 6–3

WHEELCHAIR WOMEN\'S DOUBLES

Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Wheelchair Women\'s Doubles

JISKE GRIFFIOEN / ESTHER VERGEER defeated Korie Homan / Sharon Walraven , 6–3, 6–1

WHEELCHAIR QUAD SINGLES

Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Wheelchair Quad Singles

PETER NORFOLK defeated David Wagner , 6–2, 6–3

WHEELCHAIR QUAD DOUBLES

Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Wheelchair Quad Doubles

NICHOLAS TAYLOR / DAVID WAGNER defeated Sarah Hunter
Sarah Hunter
/ Peter Norfolk , 5–7, 6–0, –

SEEDS

These were the seeds for the 2008 Australian Open.

On the women's side of the draw, all of the world's top thirty-two players were present; whereas in the men's draw Tommy Haas and Guillermo Cañas
Guillermo Cañas
were both forced to withdraw due to injury. On the date that the seeds were announced, 11 January 2008, Haas was No. 12 in the world and Cañas No. 17.

MEN\'S SINGLES

* Roger Federer
Roger Federer
, (Semifinals, lost to Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
) * Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
, (Semifinals, lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ) * NOVAK DJOKOVIC , (CHAMPION) * Nikolay Davydenko , (4th Round, lost to Mikhail Youzhny
Mikhail Youzhny
) * David Ferrer
David Ferrer
, (Quarterfinals, lost to Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
) * Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick
, (3rd Round, lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber ) * Fernando González , (3rd Round, lost to Marin Čilić
Marin Čilić
) * Richard Gasquet , (4th Round, lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ) * Andy Murray
Andy Murray
, (1st Round, lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ) * David Nalbandian , (3rd Round, lost to Juan Carlos Ferrero ) * Tommy Robredo , (2nd Round, lost to Mardy Fish
Mardy Fish
) * James Blake , (Quarterfinals, lost to Roger Federer
Roger Federer
) * Tomáš Berdych
Tomáš Berdych
, (4th Round, lost to Roger Federer
Roger Federer
) * Mikhail Youzhny
Mikhail Youzhny
, (Quarterfinals, lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ) * Marcos Baghdatis , (3rd Round, lost to Lleyton Hewitt ) * Carlos Moyà , (1st Round, lost to Stefan Koubek ) * Ivan Ljubičić , (1st Round, lost to Robin Haase ) * Juan Ignacio Chela , (1st Round, lost to Guillermo García López ) * Lleyton Hewitt , (4th Round, lost to Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
) * Ivo Karlović , (3rd Round, lost to Mikhail Youzhny
Mikhail Youzhny
) * Juan Mónaco , (3rd Round, lost to Tomáš Berdych
Tomáš Berdych
) * Juan Carlos Ferrero , (4th Round, lost to David Ferrer
David Ferrer
) * Paul-Henri Mathieu
Paul-Henri Mathieu
, (4th Round, lost to Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
) * Jarkko Nieminen , (Quarterfinals, lost to Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
) * Fernando Verdasco
Fernando Verdasco
, (2nd Round, lost to Janko Tipsarević
Janko Tipsarević
) * Stanislas Wawrinka , (2nd Round, lost to Marc Gicquel
Marc Gicquel
) * Nicolás Almagro , (1st Round, lost to Marin Čilić
Marin Čilić
) * Gilles Simon
Gilles Simon
, (3rd Round, lost to Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
) * Philipp Kohlschreiber , (4th Round, lost to Jarkko Nieminen ) * Radek Štěpánek , (1st Round, lost to Vincent Spadea ) * Igor Andreev , (3rd Round, lost to Richard Gasquet ) * Dmitry Tursunov , (2nd Round, lost to Sam Querrey )

WOMEN\'S SINGLES

* Justine Henin , (Quarterfinals, lost to Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
) * Svetlana Kuznetsova , (3rd Round, lost to Agnieszka Radwańska ) * Jelena Janković , (Semifinals, lost to Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
) * Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
, (Final, lost to Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
) * MARIA SHARAPOVA , (CHAMPION) * Anna Chakvetadze , (3rd Round, lost to Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
) * Serena Williams
Serena Williams
, (Quarterfinals, lost to Jelena Janković ) * Venus Williams
Venus Williams
, (Quarterfinals, lost to Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
) * Daniela Hantuchová , (Semifinals, lost to Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
) * Marion Bartoli , (1st Round, lost to Sofia Arvidsson ) * Elena Dementieva
Elena Dementieva
, (4th Round, lost to Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
) * Nicole Vaidišová , (4th Round, lost to Serena Williams
Serena Williams
) * Tatiana Golovin , (2nd Round, lost to Aravane Rezaï ) * Nadia Petrova
Nadia Petrova
, (4th Round, lost to Agnieszka Radwańska ) * Patty Schnyder , (2nd Round, lost to Casey Dellacqua ) * Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
, (1st Round, lost to Sabine Lisicki ) * Shahar Pe\'er , (3rd Round, lost to Elena Dementieva
Elena Dementieva
) * Amélie Mauresmo , (3rd Round, lost to Casey Dellacqua ) * Sybille Bammer
Sybille Bammer
, (2nd Round, lost to Hsieh Su-wei ) * Ágnes Szávay , (1st Round, lost to Ekaterina Makarova ) * Alyona Bondarenko , (2nd Round, lost to Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
) * Lucie Šafářová , (1st Round, lost to Catalina Castaño ) * Vera Zvonareva , (1st Round, retired due to injury) * Li Na , (3rd Round, lost to Marta Domachowska
Marta Domachowska
) * Francesca Schiavone , (3rd Round, lost to Justine Henin ) * Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
, (3rd Round, lost to Serena Williams
Serena Williams
) * Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
, (4th Round, lost to Daniela Hantuchová ) * Katarina Srebotnik , (3rd Round, lost to Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
) * Agnieszka Radwańska , (Quarterfinals, lost to Daniela Hantuchová ) * Virginie Razzano , (3rd Round, lost to Jelena Janković ) * Sania Mirza , (3rd Round, lost to Venus Williams
Venus Williams
) * Julia Vakulenko , (1st Round, lost to Elena Vesnina )

QUALIFIER ENTRIES

MEN\'S QUALIFIERS ENTRIES

Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Men\'s Singles Qualifying

* Robin Haase * Lukáš Dlouhý * Roko Karanušić
Roko Karanušić
* Kevin Anderson * Amer Delić * Sam Warburg
Sam Warburg
* Denis Gremelmayr * Lukáš Lacko
Lukáš Lacko
* Jamie Baker * Harel Levy
Harel Levy
* Wayne Odesnik * Martin Slanar * Viktor Troicki
Viktor Troicki
* Marcel Granollers
Marcel Granollers
* Rajeev Ram
Rajeev Ram
* Konstantinos Economidis

WOMEN\'S QUALIFIERS ENTRIES

Main article: 2008 Australian Open – Women\'s Singles Qualifying

* Monica Niculescu * Angelika Bachmann * Ekaterina Ivanova * Julia Schruff * Alisa Kleybanova * Tamarine Tanasugarn * Hsieh Su-wei * Marta Domachowska
Marta Domachowska
* Timea Bacsinszky * Sandra Klösel * Yuan Meng * Sabine Lisicki

WITHDRAWALS

Men's Singles

* Mario Ančić →replaced by Bobby Reynolds * Jonas Björkman →replaced by Olivier Patience * Guillermo Cañas
Guillermo Cañas
→replaced by Mariano Zabaleta * Tommy Haas →replaced by Lu Yen-hsun
Lu Yen-hsun
* Gaël Monfils →replaced by Juan Pablo Brzezicki
Juan Pablo Brzezicki
* Robin Söderling →replaced by John Isner * Potito Starace →replaced by Robert Kendrick
Robert Kendrick

Women's Singles

* Vera Dushevina →replaced by Sorana Cîrstea * Elena Likhovtseva
Elena Likhovtseva
→replaced by Catalina Castaño * Mara Santangelo →replaced by Ekaterina Makarova * Milagros Sequera →replaced by Clarisa Fernández * Meghann Shaughnessy →replaced by Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro * Samantha Stosur →replaced by Vania King

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