The victors of the first Grand Slam tennis titles of the year will be crowned this weekend under the floodlights at Melbourne Park and both BBC Sport and British Eurosport will screen live coverage of the finale to the 2015 Australian Open.
Both the men’s and women’s draws in the semi-final stages feature a tantalising mixture of experienced major champions alongside some of the surprise packages of this year’s tournament, which should provide the ingredients for a memorable conclusion to the first Grand Slam of 2015.
Andy Murray bids to become the first ever male British champion Down Under after reaching his fifth Australian Open semi-final and he will be hoping to secure his third Grand Slam title overall on Sunday night on Rod Laver Arena, a venue where he has finished runner-up three times.
Last year was a difficult one for Murray as he battled to regain fitness and form after surgery at the end of the 2013. The Scot also had to adapt to a change in coach as Amélie Mauresmo replaced Ivan Lendl, who had helped Murray win two Grand Slam titles.
Murray also split with coach and friend Dani Vallverdu in November after five years together, a decision which surprised many amongst the tennis community, while Jez Green, who had been Murray’s physical conditioner for seven years, also left the team.
After an impressive five sets victory against Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round, Murray comparatively breezed past home favourite Nick Kyrigos in the quarter-finals earlier this week, which sets up a fascinating semi-final clash against Tomas Berdych.
Berdych, who defeated Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the quarter-finals, has won six of his 10 meetings with Murray and the seventh seed has the inside track ahead of their latest match, as he now is coached by Vallverdu.
The most high-profile meeting between the players came in the 2012 US Open semi-final, where Murray came from a set down to win before claiming his first grand slam title, though Berdych has yet to drop a set in Melbourne this year and ended a record-equalling 17-match losing streak to Nadal with a stunning 6-2 6-0 7-6 victory.
Novak Djokovic, a four-time winner of this tournament, entered the tournament as the favourite and will be keen to impress after a surprise defeat to eventual winner Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter-final stage at last year’s event, with the two going head-to-head this year in the second semi-final.
The women’s draw is also tantalisingly balanced with four-time Australian Open winner Serena Williams and multiple Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova on course to meet in yet another final, though 10th seed Ekaterina Makarova and America’s Madison Keys can’t be written off in their attempts to reach a debut Grand Slam final.
Tennis fans are in for a treat as the chilly month of January winds down with the climax to the 2015 Australian Open and BBC Sport and British Eurosport will bring the warm glow of Melbourne to viewers over the course of the weekend.
BBC Sport will again screen free-to-air coverage of the closing weekend of the Australian Open live from Melbourne.
As in the past three years, the BBC will only screen live TV coverage of one of the men’s semi-finals on either Thursday or Friday morning, plus both the men’s and women’s finals live over the weekend of January 31-February 1, all on BBC Two.
Sue Barker returns to present the BBC’s coverage of the latter stages of the 2014 tournament, with studio analysis and live off-tube match commentary from Andrew Castle, Jonathan Overend and John Lloyd.
Daily interactive coverage of the evening session matches on Rod Laver Arena, along with network coverage of matches involving British players, were dropped after 2011 due to budget cuts.
The BBC’s online platforms will provide in-depth coverage of the entire tournament, while fans can also access the latest updates, features and live streaming of the BBC’s TV coverage over the final weekend via online, mobile, the BBC Sport app and Connected TV.
Fans can catch up on all of BBC Two’s Australian Open finals coverage online and on demand via BBC iPlayer.
There will also be behind-the-scenes gossip and photos on social media via BBC Sport’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
UPDATE: Following Andy Murray’s progression through to Sunday’s men’s final, the BBC’s live coverage will switch from BBC Two to BBC One, starting at 8.15am.
British Eurosport will screen complete coverage of the finale to the 2015 Australian Open, including all men’s and women’s semi-finals and finals live from Melbourne.
The pan-European broadcaster has once again been the only place to follow the entire tournament from start to finish on UK television in 2015.
British Eurosport’s studio coverage, including both singles finals over the concluding weekend, will be presented once again by the channel’s lead tennis presenter Rob Curling.
He will be joined by a range of guests in the Eurosport studio, including former world number four and 1997 US Open finalist Greg Rusedski, three-time Grand Slam winner Virginia Wade, as well as former British number one Annabel Croft and top tennis coach Nigel Sears, all of whom will both offer their unique expert analysis on proceedings Down Under.
Commentary direct from Melbourne Park comes courtesy of the usual team of Simon Reed, Chris Bradnam, Frew McMillan, Mats Wilander and Jo Durie.
Fans away from the box can subscribe to Eurosport Player to watch all the action live via the website and apps, with the service including stamped timeline and live alerts, meaning fans will never miss a match point.
There will also be comprehensive coverage on the British Eurosport website with up-to-date scores, reports, live blogs, interviews and videos.
Thursday 29th January WOMEN’S SEMI FINALS Ekaterina Makarova  v Maria Sharapova  Serena Williams  v Madison Keys LIVE: 2.30am-6.15am British Eurosport MEN’S SEMI FINAL Tomas Berdych  v Andy Murray  LIVE: 8.20am-12.00pm BBC Two / 8.00am-11.30am British Eurosport
Friday 30th January WOMEN’S DOUBLES FINAL Mattek-Sands & Safarova v Yung-Jan & Zheng  LIVE: 5.00am-6.45am British Eurosport MEN’S SEMI FINAL Novak Djokovic  v Stan Wawrinka  LIVE: 8.00am-11.30am British Eurosport
Saturday 31st January WOMEN’S FINAL Williams/Keys v Makarova/Sharapova LIVE: 8.25am-11.30am BBC Two / 8.00am-11.00am British Eurosport MEN’S DOUBLES FINAL Bolelli/Fognini v Herbert/Mahut LIVE: 11.00am-1.00pm British Eurosport
Sunday 1st February MIXED DOUBLES FINAL LIVE: 5.00am-6.45am British Eurosport MEN’S FINAL Djokovic/Wawrinka v Andy Murray LIVE: 8.15am-12.00pm BBC One / 8.00am-12.00pm British Eurosport