Latest Australian Open News from the Men & Women’s Quarter and Semi finals.
The Latest Australian Open News from the men and women's quarter and semi finals.
The Australian Open, one of the four annual Grand Slam tournaments, has already entered a decisive stage this week and will reach a thrilling conclusion this weekend. Tennis fans returned to Melbourne Park after a five-day lockdown and created an incredible atmosphere at its courts.
Stefanos Tsitsipas was through to the quarterfinal where he faced Rafael Nadal after Matteo Berrettini withdrew from the fourth round match due to an abdominal injury. The 22-year-old Greek was two sets down and almost nobody believed that he could turn the match around against Nadal, but he managed to make an incredible comeback, winning 3 sets in a row. 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 7-5 and Tsitsipas went through to the semifinal where Medvedev was waiting for him.
In the other two quarterfinals, Alexander Zverev faced Novak Djokovic, when Grigor Dimitrov played against the Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev.
Zverev couldn’t dethrone the reigning Australian Open champion and lost in four sets 7-6, 2-6, 4-6, 6-7 in three hours and thirty minutes. The German player had chances, earning 12 break points, but Djokovic managed to save 9 of them, including a set point at 5-6 in the 4th set.
Therefore, Novak Djokovic moved to his 9th semifinal at Melbourne courts.
History-making Aslan Karatsev beat an injured Grigor Dimitrov and reached the Australian Open semis. Karatsev lost the first set 2-6 and looked nervous in the beginning, but as the match progressed, the Bulgarian started suffering from back injury, allowing the Russian to surprise tennis fans with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win.
In the first semifinal, Novak Djokovic, the world No.1 and an unstoppable force in Melbourne, faced a little-known qualifier Aslan Karatsev, who became the main sensation at this Australian Open.
Team Russia’s “secret weapon”, as he was called by his compatriot Daniil Medvedev, has become a real weapon, beating the 8th seed Diego Schwartzman in straight sets. After that, he stopped Auger-Aliassime in a 5 set thriller and outplayed Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinal.
However, in the semifinal the Russian sensation couldn’t beat Djokovic and lost in straight sets 3-6 4-6 2-6. Thus, the Serb reached his ninth Australian Open final.
It’s worth mentioning that Djokovic never lost in semifinals and finals at Melbourne Park. Is there any player who can stop him?
In the second semifinal Medvedev, the world No.4, faced 5th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek player won their last match at the ATP Tour Finals in 2019, but Medvedev totally outplayed his opponent with his machine-like manner this time. Medvedev broke his opponent’s serve once in the first set and that was enough to take the opening set.
Medvedev maintained his lead and easily won the second set 6-2, breaking Tsitsipas serve twice. Tsitsipas didn’t manage to make a comeback as he did in his match against Nadal and lost the third set 5-7.
Tennis fans are looking forward to getting the answer to that question and this final is going to be one of the most spectacular events at the tournament.
According to tennis specialists, Medvedev has chances against Djokovic, as they have almost equal head2head statistics; currently Djokovic is leading 4-3. In addition, Medvedev won their recent battle at the 2020 Nitto ATP Finals 6-3 6-3. What is more, Medvedev is on fire now and extended his winning streak to 20 matches!
In the first quarterfinal, the No.3 seed Naomi Osaka faced an unseeded Taiwanese tennis player Hsieh Su-Wei and easily beat her in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. Therefore, the 2019 champion Osaka, one of the main favorites of the tournament this year, moved seamlessly into semis, where was waiting for the winner in Halep-Williams battle.
It’s worth mentioning, that the Japanese player won her 12th consecutive Grand Slam match and can extend this incredible series.
In the second quarterfinal Serena Williams, an outstanding American player, outplayed No.2 Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 and reached the Australian Open semis for the first time since 2017.
In the third quarterfinal, world N.1 and home favorite Ashleigh Barty faced the 25th seed Karolina Muchova. Barty took the first set in 24 minutes and was leading 2-1 in the second, when the 24-year-old Czech made a stunning comeback after a medical timeout.
As Barty admitted after the match, this break distracted her and she lost the second set. After that, Muchova managed to take the third set and defeated Barty 1-6, 6-3, 6-2; as a result, she reached her first career Grand Slam semifinal.
In the last quarterfinal two American players, Jennifer Brady and Jessica Pegula were facing each other and Brady overcame a large number of errors to survive three sets against her compatriot.
Serena Williams faced Naomi Osaka for the second time in hardcourt Grand Slam finals and her dream of winning the 24th major title was broken again by Osaka.
Definitely, Serena Williams had one of the most painful losses, as she didn’t manage to reach Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. The American 39-year-old legend even left the press conference in tears, but hopes to come back stronger next year.
The second women’s semifinal, where Brady was playing against Muchova, was more intriguing and entertaining, as the winner was unknown till the very end of the match. Jennifer Brady took the opening set 6-4, Muchova won the second 6-3. In the last game of the decisive set, Brady saved three break points and converted her fifth match point into the victory in the semifinals.
Brady, who went through a two-week strict quarantine in Melbourne, reached her first Grand Slam final and will face Naomi Osaka for the title.
Both Australian Open finals promise to be close and thrilling, good battles are expected to the joy of millions of tennis fans. Don’t miss the chance to know which players will be the new reigning champions in Melbourne!
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