TENNIS – Novak Djokovic held off Andy Murray in five sets 6-3 6-3 5-7 5-7 6-1 to set up a final against Stan Wawrinka at the Roland Garros. Djokovic will play his third final in the Roland Garros against Stan Wawrinka and his 16th career Grand Slam final. There has been a lot of buildup for this match as Djokovic if he wins on Sunday complete the career grand slam and half way to a calendar grand slam. Diego Sampaolo
Djokovic and Murray resumed their semifinal match on Saturday afternoon after their match was interrupted in the 4th set due to the threat of heavy thunderstorm at 6-3 6-3 5-7 3-3. Djokovic held his serve to love for 4-3 in the 4th set. Both players held serve for four consecutive games until 5-5. Murray earned two break points as Djokovic sent his forehand wide. Murray converted on her second break point opportunity to take a 6-5 lead as Djokovic misfired his forehand. Murray closed out the 4th set on his second set point to force the match to the decider.
In their two most recent matches, in the final sets, Djokovic totally dominated Murray winning them at love. This time was only slightly different as Djokovic against raised his level of play to the unplayable level. He started the 5th set holding serve and then earned 3 break point chances on Murray’s serve. He broke him and pulled away for 3-0 before Murray held serve for 1-3. At this point, Djokovic took control of the match and never looked back. He held serve for 4-1 and again broke Murray for 5-1. Murray had no answers to the problems Djokovic was putting his way. The Serb sealed the win with an ace on the second of his three match points extending his winning streak to 28 consecutive matches.
Djokovic is bidding to become the eighth player in history to complete the Career Grand Slam. If he were to win tomorrow, it would be his 9th major title (5 Australian Open, 2 Wimbledon and 1 US Open). He lost two finals in the French capital in 2012 and 2014 against Rafa Nadal.
Djokovic leads Wawrinka 17-3 in their 20 previous matches including a win for the Serb in Australia this year avenging his 2014 defeat. With a win tomorrow Djokovic would become the first player since Jim Courier to complete the Australian Open-Roland Garros double in the same year.
Djokovic had this to say after the match, “No different from any other match that we played against each other. It’s always a thriller, always a marathon. It wasn’t physically an easy match but I think it will be fine for the finals. Whatever I left in me I will put out on the court tomorrow.”
Dominic Thiem reaches his first quarter final at the Australian Open
Dominic Thiem eased past Gael Monfils 6-2 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 50 minutes on the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne to reach the quarter final at the Australian Open. Thiem has extended his winning streak to 6-0 in his head-to-head matches against Monfils.
He fought back from two sets to one down to beat Australia’s Alex Bolt in the second round, but he won eight of his past nine sets to advance to the quarter finals.
Thiem got two breaks in the first set and never faced a single break point in the entire match. The Austrian player converted his fourth break point after three deuces, as Monfils missed a backhand volley wide. Thiem started the third set with an early break in the first game, as Monfils hit an inside-out forehand wide from the middle of the court wide. Thiem won his next service games and held his final game at love.
Thiem will face Rafael Nadal in a re-match of last year’s Roland Garros final.
“I think that I played my best match so far at this year’s Australian Open. It’s a very good feeling. The score looks way easier than the match was. I think I was lucky to make an early break in each set and I was managing to hold my serve well. I am so happy because I am in the quarter final here for the first time”, said Thiem.
Alexander Zverev tops Andrey Rublev to set Australian Open quarter final against Stan Wawrinka
Alexander Zverev beat his friend Andrey Rublev 6-4 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes to reach the quarter final at the Australian Open for the first time in his career and his third at Grand Slam level.
Zverev broke serve once in each set. The German player has not dropped a set at this year’s edition of the Australian Open.
Zverev ended Rublev’s 15-match winning streak. Rublev had not lost a match since October, winning four matches at the Davis Cup last November and back-to-back titles in Doha and Adelaide.
In the opening set Zverev earned his first break at 3-3, as Rublev hit a forehand into the net. He held his serve to consolidate the break and wrapped up the first set after 29 minutes, when Rublev hit a crosscourt backhand wide.
Zverev started the second set with an immediate break in the first game of the second set and closed it out with a hold at love with an ace after 29 minutes.
Zverev broke serve for the third time in the match in the ninth game of the third set to take a 5-4, when Rublev made a groundstroke error, and sealed the win with a forehand volley.
“It feels amazing. I played some great matches against some great opponents. This is Andrey’s first loss of the season, having won two tournaments and getting through to the fourth round with unbelievable tennis. I have known Andrey since we were ten years old. I think he will be top 15, top 10 very soon. I am just happy and I hope I can continue”,said Zverev.
Zverev will face Stan Wawrinka in the quarter final. The German star beat Wawrinka twice in their previous two head-to-head matches in St. Petersburg 2016 and Miami 2017.
Stan Wawrinka edges Danil Medvedev in a five-set thriller to reach the quarter final at the Australian Open
Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka reached the quarter final at the Australian Open for the fifth time in his career with a 6-2 2-6 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 win over fourth seed and 2019 US Open finalist Danil Medvedev after 3 hours and 25 minutes. Wawrinka qualified for the last eight for the first time since 2017.
Wawrinka earned his first break in the fourth game, when Medvedev sent his backhand long. Wawrinka did not convert two more break points in the sixth game before breaking for the second time at love to close out the opening set 6-2 after 32 minutes. Wawrinka won 85% of his first serve points and hit 16 winners to 8 unforced errors in the opening set.
Medvedev broke in the third game of the second set to open up a 3-1 lead, when Wawrinka netted his forehand. The Russian player clinched the second set with three service winners at 5-2 to level the score.
Medvedev broke serve in the seventh game of the third set after a backhand error from Wawrinka and closed out the set with a service winner in the 10th game.
Wawrinka wasted a break point in the fourth game of the fourth set. Both players traded service holds en route to the tie-break. Wawrinka earned an immediate mini-break to open up a 3-0 lead in the tie-break. The former Australian Open champion hit a half-volley winner to cruise to a 5-2 lead and converted his first set point, when Medvedev netted a backhand in the ninth point.
Wawrinka broke Medvedev at 15 in the first game of the fifth set and saved three break points at 2-1. Wawrinka went up a double break in the seventh game and forced an error from Medvedev to wrap up the match, as he was serving for the win in the eighth game.
Wawrinka set up a quarter final against Alexander Zverev, who beat Andrey Rublev 6-4 6-4 6-4. Zverev beat Wawrinka twice in their two head-to-head matches in St. Petersburg 2016 and Miami 2017.
“That was an amazing match and an amazing atmosphere. It was really tough to play against Danil. It was really tough to play against Danil. I had to raise my level in the fourth and fifth sets. The level was super high and the atmosphere is something special here in Australia. I am finding solutions. I was losing a bit of confidence in the second and third sets, and was fighting against myself to play my game. I had to fight, stay positive and I am happy with the result”,said Wawrinka.
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