The Latest: Vesnina, Soares win Aussie mixed doubles title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):
Elena Vesnina and Bruno Soares won the last four points of the match tiebreaker to capture the mixed doubles championship at the Australian Open with 6-4, 4-6, 10-5 win over Coco Vandeweghe and Hora Tecau.It was Soares' second doubles title in 18 hours at Melbourne Park - he and partner Jamie Murray beat Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a match that ended after midnight Saturday.
Vesnina of Russia and Soares of Brazil fell behind 3-0 in the tiebreaker before coming back to take a 6-3 lead, then 6-5 before taking the last four points of the match.
The official tournament program for Sunday said that American Vandeweghe had to do a computer search for Tecau's name when the Romanian approached her coach to see if she wanted to team up for this tournament - she didn't know much about his playing pedigree.
Tecau won the 2012 mixed doubles title with another American, Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
It was Vesnina's third final at Melbourne Park after making the 2012 mixed doubles final and 2014 women's doubles final. It was her sixth mixed doubles final in a Grand Slam tournament, and her first win.
Australian Open quarterfinalist David Ferrer has moved up to sixth place in projected ATP rankings effective Monday in a straight switch with Tomas Berdych, who slips down to eighth.
Otherwise, most of the top players haven't changed. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will remain Nos. 1 and 2 regardless of the result of their Sunday night final at Melbourne Park. Roger Federer, who lost to Djokovic in the semifinals, remains at 3, Stan Wawrinka at 4 and Rafael Nadal, a first-round loser to Fernando Verdasco, rounds out the top 5.
Following No. 6 Ferrer is Kei Nishikori, unchanged at 7, and Berdych. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga moves to No. 9, replacing countryman Richard Gasquet who drops down to 10.
Milos Raonic, who lost in the semifinals here to Andy Murray, was the biggest mover among the top players, improving three places to No. 11 from 14, followed by John Isner at No 12.
Angelique Kerber has gone where at least one brave soul before her has - for a quick swim in the murky Yarra River after winning the Australian Open.
Kerber's upset three-set victory over Serena Williams on Saturday was followed by a Sunday morning plunge in the river near Rod Laver Arena.
She then went for her official trophy photos at a nearby park and gardens.
Jim Courier, who is doing television work during this tournament, took plunges in the Yarra after his victories in 1992 and 1993. After his second dip, he was reported to have developed a stomach virus.
The river winds its way through the center of Melbourne and while it is popular with wildlife, boat tours and rowing teams, the water quality leaves plenty to be desired.
Andy Murray has played through the Australian Open knowing that at any moment he would have to pull out and go to London for the birth of his first child.
His wife Kim is not due until early February and there has been no sign of early labor.
Hopefully it'll stay that way prior to Sunday's final when he faces Novak Djokovic, who has inflicted three of Murray's four final defeats at Melbourne Park.
Murray has a practice session two hours ahead of the final as he targets his first Australian Open final win at the fifth attempt.
The mixed doubles final between Coco Vandeweghe and Horia Tecau and Elena Vesnina and Bruno Soares precedes the singles final. Soares won the men's doubles title Saturday with Jamie Murray, Andy's brother.