The Latest: Thiem leads Australian Open final 2 sets to 1
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local):
Dominic Thiem has won the third set to lead the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic by two sets to one.
Seven-time Australian Open champion Djokovic won the first set 6-4, but lost six straight games after being called for a time violation on his serve in the ninth game of the second set. Thiem took the second and third sets 6-4, 6-2.
Djokovic had only dropped one set in the tournament — in the first round against Jan-Lennard Struff — until the final. He won his previous two finals at Melbourne Park in straight sets.
Fifth-seeded Thiem, a 26-year-old Austrian, is aiming for his first major title after losing the last two finals at the French Open to Rafael Nadal.
Dominic Thiem has taken the second set to level the Australian Open final against seven-time champion Novak Djokovic.
After surrendering the first 6-4 with a double-fault on set point, Thiem broke Djokovic's serve in the third game and then fended off a break point in the sixth game before dropping serve in the eighth to make it 4-4.
Fifth-seeded Thiem broke again in the next game after Djokovic was first warned by chair umpire Damien Dumusois for exceeding the 25-second serve clock at 15-30 and then penalized with a fault on break point for exceeding the time allowance again.
At the change over, Djokovic told Dumusois he'd done a “great job, especially in the second one. You made yourself famous.” Thiem held in the next game to take the set 6-4.
Novak Djokovic has taken the first set in the Australian Open final against fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem.
Djokovic, who is bidding for an eighth title at Melbourne Park, broke Thiem's serve in the last game to clinch the set 6-4 in 52 minutes.
Thiem served a double-fault on set point.
Second-seeded Djokovic has never lost a semifinal or final he's contested at the Australian Open, and is aiming for a 17th Grand Slam title overall. Thiem has been runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the last two French Opens.
The Australian Open final is underway, with Novak Djokovic bidding for an eighth title at Melbourne Park and Dominic Thiem aiming for his first.
Second-seeded Djokovic has never lost a semifinal or final he's contested at the Australian Open, and is aiming for a 17th Grand Slam title overall. No. 5-seeded Thiem has been runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the last two French Opens, his best performance so far at the majors.
Djokovic won the toss and was serving first.
Rajeev Ram's decision to focus on doubles paid off when he teamed with Joe Salisbury to win the Australian Open men's doubles title.
The No. 11 seeds were in control from early in the opening set to beat Australian wild-card entries Max Purcell and Luke Saville 6-4, 6-2 in 70 minutes.
It's Ram's second Grand Slam title - he teamed with Barbora Krejcikova to win the Australian Open mixed doubles last year. Krejcikova successfully defended that title with Croatia's Nikola Mektic on Saturday.
This was Salisbury's first Grand Slam final.
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