BBC Sport and British Eurosport will have live coverage of both the men’s and women’s singles finals at the Australian Open this weekend as the first Grand Slam titles of the year are decided.
On Saturday, Victoria Azarenka aims to successfully defend her title against 2011 French Open champion Li Na, while Sunday’s final showdown in the men’s draw sees Britain’s Andy Murray face three-time Australian Open winner and reigning champion Novak Djokovic.
With Murray’s progressing to his third Melbourne final in four years the BBC has confirmed that it will switch its live free-to-air coverage the men’s final to BBC One and BBC One HD.
The Scot is looking to win back-to-back Grand Slams, after his thrilling victory over Djokovic at the 2012 US Open.
The world number three has been relatively untroubled on his route to the final, not dropping a set until his gripping five-set semi-final with Roger Federer, which saw Murray dominate the final set to win 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 and clinch his first ever Grand Slam victory over the 17-times major champion.
Djokovic on the other hand, has had a more turbulent journey to the final, needing five sets to beat Stanislas Wawrinka and four sets to beat Tomas Berdych in the quarter-final.
But the Serbian truly showed why he is the world number one in the semi-final, dominating an in-form David Ferrer, only dropping five games in a match that was over in under an hour and a half.
This match-up is one that many would have predicted with both players being in fine form leading up to the tournament.
Murray won his first competition of the season at the beginning of the month taking the Sydney International title, whereas Djokovic won the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals at the end of last year, finishing the year as world number one.
Both singles finals are scheduled to begin at 8.30am GMT and will be shown live on BBC TV and British Eurosport over the weekend of January 26-27, with the women’s final on BBC Two and the men’s final on BBC One.
Sue Barker will present live coverage from Salford, with Andrew Castle and John Lloyd joining her in the studio to provide analysis. The pair will also provide off-tube commentary of both finals.
For the men’s final, BBC viewers can choose to listen to Radio 5 Live commentary via the BBC Red Button, with coverage presented by John Inverdale and Jonathan Overend leading an all-star commentary team.
Full live coverage will also be shown on British Eurosport and British Eurosport HD, with Rob Curling presenting all the action with Greg Rusedski and Virginia Wade providing analysis in the studio.
Joining the Eurosport team for the men’s final will be Great Britain’s top doubles specialist Ross Hutchins, who is also one of Andy Murray’s closest friends on the tour. Hutchins was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Commentary from Melbourne comes courtesy of Simon Reed, Chris Bradnam, Frew McMillan, Mats Wilander and Jo Durie.
Saturday 26th January Victoria Azarenka (BLR, 1) bt Li Na (CHN, 6) – 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 Women’s Singles Final LIVE: 8.25am-11.30am – BBC Two / BBC HD LIVE: 8.00am-11.30am – British Eurosport / British Eurosport HD Sunday 27th January Hradecka / Cermak (CZE) v Gajodsova / Ebden (AUS) Mixed Doubles Final LIVE: 5.00am-6.45am – British Eurosport 2 / British Eurosport 2 HD Novak Djokovic (SRB, 1) v Andy Murray (GBR, 3) Men’s Singles Final LIVE: 8.15am-12.05pm – BBC One / BBC One HD LIVE: 8.00am-11.45am – British Eurosport / British Eurosport HD . . Live coverage simulcast online via bbc.co.uk/sport & eurosportplayer.co.uk