Sports Tennis - Open from Australia (H): Nadal Loose a Set, Zverev Easy, Berrettini gets fucked against Alcaraz
EXPLAINER: Why was Novak Djokovic not let into Australia?
Novak Djokovic came within one victory of sweeping all four of last year's Grand Slam tennis tournaments and entered 2022 needing one title to set the men's record of 21 major championships. He might not get the chance to pursue that mark at the Australian Open when play begins in Melbourne on Jan. 17. That's because, even though Djokovic, a 34-year-old from Serbia, was granted a medical exemption to get around a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all players and their support teams at the hard-court tournament, his visa for entry into Australia was revoked in the early hours of Thursday, local time, after he was detained at the airport for about eight hours.
Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini and Denis Shapovalov have dropped their ticket for Australian Open Finals, with more or less difficulties.
Cadats hold their rank in the top of the Australian Open painting! Alexander Zverev, head of Series No. 3, did not have any difficulty to get rid of the qualified Moldovan Radu Albot and rally the rounds of finals. German became 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in 1h58 by serving 16 Aces and 78% of first balls and saving the five Break bullets posed by his opponent. A break in each round has been enough for the Olympic champion to take away and challenge Denis Shapovalov to the next turn. The Canadian, head of Series No. 14, defeated Reilly Opelka on the score of 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in 3:04. Even though the American giant served 17 Aces, "Shapo" reached the breaker three times: 3-3 in the first set, at 3-2 in the third and 2-2 in the fourth. The Canadian did not could do anything in the second round, where Opelka took office at 3-3 and then took place. Here it is in the second final in Melbourne for the first time in his career.
Nadal, others on Djokovic saga: 'Bit tired of the situation'
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal's first Grand Slam match in more than seven months is on the horizon, he is coming back from a painful left foot problem that limited him to one tournament over the last half of last season and he got COVID-19 in December. Plenty to talk about, right? This is, after all, the owner of 20 major championships and one of the most significant figures in the history of tennis. His mere presence at an Australian Open pre-tournament news conference Saturday was newsworthy — or, rather, would have been on pretty much any other occasion.
Berrettini at the Super Tie-Break
in the shoe shift where Gaël Monfils is Matteo Berrettini and Pablo Carreno-Busta who will compete in the round of 16. The Italian won a 4:12 struggle at the Super Tie-Break against Carlos Alcaraz: 6-2, 7-6, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6. During this meeting where the two players have experienced up and down (51 winning strokes and 52 direct mistakes for Italian, 39 winning strokes and 48 direct mistakes for Italian), it's Berrettini who has the best started with A first set won thanks to two breaks and a second 7-3 at the decisive game. But he knew a thumb and the 18-year-old Spanish, in "Nadal Young" mode with his skidder and his salient muscles, took the opportunity to equalize everywhere at breakant three times. Everything has played in the fifth set, where the Italian has twisted the ankle (but could resume after a few minutes) and where each player had to save a break ball at the beginning of the sleeve, then Berrettini S ' A match ball at 6-5 on the Alcaraz service. Spanish saved him, but a few minutes later, in the Super Tie-Break, his ninth double-fault of the match, at 9-5, offered the victory in Berrettini, who will play the eighth of Final Sunday. , a stadium where he said planned last year against Stefanos Tsitsipas. This time it's Pablo Carreno Busta who will be on the other side of the net. Spanish, head of Series No. 19, ended the course of Sebastian Korda, winning 6-4, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3 in 3:27. Even if the American served 21 Aces, "PCB" managed to take six times his service. Only the third round escaped him when he lost 8-6 to the Tie-Break after led 5-3.
Verdict soon in Djokovic's deportation case in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A court hearing for tennis star Novak Djokovic’s appeal against deportation in Australia ended Sunday and a verdict was expected within hours. Federal Court Chief Justice James Allsop said he and two fellow judges hoped to reach a verdict later Sunday. The top-ranked male tennis player needs to win the appeal to defend his Australian Open title in play that begins on Monday. The Australian government cancelled Djokovic's visa on Friday due to issues surrounding his stance against COVID-19 vaccination. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.
Nadal in four sets
Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, won his ticket for the rounds of finals at midnight, after a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win in 2h53 against Karen Khachanov, 30th World. Never beaten by Russian during their first seven confrontations, the world's n ° 5 continued on his moment, even if he dropped a set. Nadal won the first handle in front of his entrance on his only occasion of the set, then he broke at 0-0 and 3-1 in the second and thought maybe move towards an easy victory. But the Russian raised his level of play and on his second ball of the match, he managed to take the service of the Majorcan at 2-1 and then saved three shots of description to return to two sleeves to one. However, Nadal did not shake a long time: a break at 1-0 and 4-1 in a fourth round set, where he lost only two points on his service, allowed him to win. Next opponent: Aslan Karatsev or Adrian Mannarino.
The Latest: Mladenovic, Dodic win mixed doubles championship .
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Friday (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Kristina Mladenovic of France and Ivan Dodig of Croatia have defeated Australian players Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler 6-3, 6-4 to win the mixed doubles championship. Mladenovic also won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open in 2014 with Daniel Nestor and has two women’s doubles titles in 2018 and 2020 in Australia among her five major women’s doubles titles. Dodig has three other Grand Slam mixed doubles titles and two in men’s doubles, including last year’s Australian Open title with Filip Polášek.