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TV details on the Aussie Open finals

The Australian Open championships No. 4 seed Li Na vs. No. 20 Dominika Cibulkova for the womens title and No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka for the mens crown will air late tonight andtomorrownight on ESPN at3 a.m. ET(midnight PT) with an encore presentation in the morning at9 a.m.on ESPN2.

Tonight, Cliff Drysdale and Chris Evert with Pam Shriver courtside at Rod Laver Arena will call the womens championship, which will crown a first-time Australian Open winner. Li, the 31-year old from China whose one Major victory came at the 2011 French Open, has twice previously reached the final in Melbourne (2011, 2013). Cibulkova, the 24-year old from Slovakia, is making her first appearance in a Major final, but upset No. 3 Maria Sharapova and No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska to get there. Chris McKendry will host the telecast, joined at ESPNs set in Melbourne by Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert and Darren Cahill. In addition, Tom Rinaldi will interview the players.

A day later, ESPNs 30thAustralian Openwill conclude with the mens championship lateSaturdaynight at3 a.m. ET(midnight PT) with Rafael Nadal seeking his 14thcareer Major title, three shy of Roger Federers record 17. That achievement would tie him with the legendary Pete Sampras, who, ironically, is in Melbourne to present the mens trophy. Also, Nadal, at 27, would join Rod Laver for whom the court is named and who will be on hand as the only men in the Open Era to claim all four Grand Slam titles at least twice. Appearing in a Major final for the first time, the 28-year old Wawrinka de-throned three-time defending Australian champ Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinal round and for his efforts as ofMondaywill be the top-ranked player from Switzerland (a title Roger Federer has held since January 14, 2001). Nadal has never dropped a set to Wawrinka in taking their 12 previous meetings. Chris Fowler will call the match with Patrick McEnroe in the booth and Darren Cahill courtside. On the set, McKendry will be teamed with Gilbert; Rinaldi will interview the competitors.

Championships on ESPN3

Tonight at9 p.m.preceding the womens final, ESPN3 will present live the Australian Open Boys and Girls Championships. In the first match, promising American Stefan Kozlov, the No. 2 seed faces top-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany. Kozlov, who turns 16 onFebruary 1, was born in Macedonia but now calls the Miami area home. In the Girls Final, unseeded Jana Fett of Croatia plays No. 4 seed Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia.

Following the womens title match, ESPN3 will show live the Mens Doubles Championship. The No. 14 seeded team of Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden will square off against the unseeded duo of American Eric Butorac and Raven Klassen of Russia. The Minnesota native and Klassen eliminated the top-seeded Bryan Brothers twins in the third round. None of the four players has ever won a Major doubles title.


A day later, preceding Nadal-Wawrinka atmidnight(Saturday at 9 p.m. PT), ESPN3 will show live the Mixed Doubles Championship: Kristina Mladenovic of France with Daniel Nestor of Canada vs. Sania Mirza of India and Horia Tecau of Romania.


Date Time (ET) Event Network
Fri, Jan 24 9 p.m. 1 a.m. Boys and Girls Championships ESPN3 LIVE
3 5:30 a.m. Womens Championship

No. 4 Li Na vs No. 20 Dominika Cibulkova

5:30 a.m. Mens Doubles Championship ESPN3 LIVE
Sat, Jan 25 9 11 a.m. Womens Championship

No. 4 Li Na vs No. 20 Dominika Cibulkova

ESPN2 encore
Midnight Mixed Doubles Championship ESPN3 LIVE
3 6:30 a.m. Mens Championship

No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs No. 8 Stanilas Wawrinka

Sun, Jan 26 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Mens Championship

No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs No. 8 Stanilas Wawrinka

ESPN2 encore

Note:for purposes of this chart, each day begins at6 a.m. Therefore, theFriday 5:30 a.m.match is actually earlySaturdaymorning.



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