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Wimbledon Day 3 Preview: Five Must-See Matches

During the first two days at The Championships, it was raining top seeds, as many top players suffered opening round upsets.

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In the ladies’ draw, four of the top eight seeds were eliminated in the first round, a Wimbledon record. This included Two-Time Champion Petra Kvitova, the pre-tournament favorite. In what may have been the biggest upset (but was certainly the loudest), Maria Sharapova lost to a player who hadn’t played a main draw match on tour all-year. In the gentlemen’s draw, three of the top 10 seeds fell during the first two days of competition. As the second round commences in both singles’ draw, will the upsets continue?

 

Karolina Pliskova vs. Victoria Azarenka

Centre Court action will open on Day 3 with this blockbuster second round matchup, between two big-swinging women looking to gain some traction on the grass. 2018 has been a relatively quiet year thus far for Pliskova. The highlight of her season actually came on clay, when she went on a 10-match winning streak between Fed Cup, her only title of the year in Stuttgart, and a run to the final in Madrid. But considering Karolina’s talents, she should be contending for Major titles. She hasn’t been passed the quarters at a Grand Slam event in the past year. With Wozniacki and Halep winning their first majors earlier this year, Pliskova is now the best player on tour who is yet to win a Major. Her Major breakthrough may not come at Wimbledon though. Pliskova has spoken about not loving to play on the grass of The All England Club, and is yet to advance farther than the second round here. But there’s no good reason why Pliskova’s game shouldn’t be effective on grass, and she’s taken a grass court title in each of the last two years. I would be surprised if she did not excel at The Championships in the future. Azarenka is the holder of two Major titles, but those came over five years ago. Of course Victoria has missed a considerable amount of the past few seasons due to child birth and the ensuing custody battle that prevented her from traveling. Her first round victory on Monday was actually her first win at a Major since last year’s Wimbledon. Azarenka has gotten to the quarterfinals or better in four of her last eight appearances at SW19, so she’s comfortable playing with grass under her feet. However, Azarenka took a nasty spill in her opening round, which led to a medical timeout to tape up her knee. These two have actually already faced each other twice this year: Azarenka won on a hard court in Miami, but Pliskova prevailed on clay in Madrid. Overall Azarenka has a slight 3-2 edge, though their first meeting 10 years ago was when Pliskova was only a 16-year-old wild card in Prague. The winner of this match could go pretty deep in the draw. The only title threat remaining in this quarter is Venus Williams, who has been less than stellar this year. This one could go either way, but the deciding factor may be just how hampered Azarenka is by her knee.

Caroline Wozniacki vs. Ekaterina Makarova

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Wozniacki, the second seed, has surprisingly never been farther than the fourth round at The Championships. It feels like she’s due for a deeper run here, especially considering she won the title just last week on the grass of Eastbourne for the second time in her career. The hangover from her maiden Major title in Melbourne seems to have subsided, and she has a good draw to the quarters with CoCo Vandeweghe being knocked out on Day 1. Her opponent on Wednesday is also a former Eastbourne champion, though Makarova won that title back in 2010. The flat-hitting lefty was also a quarterfinalist at SW19 in 2014. While she’s a dangerous second round draw, she’s lost six of her last seven singles matches this year. Wozniacki is 7-1 lifetime against Makarova, though Ekaterina won the last time they played. That was in this same round of last year’s US Open, an upset win that was not without controversy. Makarova was up a set and a break in that contest, but appeared near tears after dropping the second set tiebreak. Ekaterina then proceeded to take an almost 10-minute bathroom break, essentially creating her own extended timeout. The momentum completely changed, as Makarova closed out the match 6-1 in the third. Wozniacki will not have forgotten that bitter defeat, and I expect her to step on court motivated to avenge it.

Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Lucie Safarova

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Here we have two former Major finalists struggling to return to those heights. Radwanska was a finalist here in 2012, and made the semifinals twice since that year. This has been the best Major for the former world number two, who was a staple of the top 10 for about a decade. Her record on tour has really suffered in the past 18 months, as she’s battled illness and injury. Radwanska hasn’t won a title since 2016, and is the 32nd seed here as a result. Safarova has also battled illness and injury since her career best result, the 2015 Roland Garros final. She was actually hospitalized with a bacterial infection at the end of 2015, and hasn’t been farther than the fourth round at a Major since. Her ranking has dropped to 66th in the world, and she has a losing singles record on the year. Safarova though is a good grass court player: she made the semis at Wimbledon in 2014. Lucie is 4-1 against Agnieszka, though they haven’t played since 2011, and never on grass. Radwanska saved six match points in her opening round against Romanian Qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse, so she may feel she’s playing with house money. Accordingly, I give her the edge to advance, where she’d face the winner of Wozniacki/Makarova.

Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. Gilles Muller

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These are two veterans who are fully comfortable playing on the lawns of The All England Club. The 34-year-old Kohlschreiber was a quarterfinalist here in 2012, although he’s just 1-5 at SW19 since. The German has played well though quite often in the grass court lead-up events in his home country over the past several seasons. He was involved in what was likely the best match in the first half of 2018, a heartbreaking Davis Cup defeat to David Ferrer in a five-set, nearly five-hour match that decided the tie. Muller is also no stranger to marathon matches. Just last year at Wimbledon, he upset Rafael Nadal 15-13 in the fifth in another almost five-hour affair. The 35-year-old has really struggled since that career highlight. He’s currently ranked 60th in the world, and could drop out of the top 100 with a loss today. That’s a lot of pressure on an 18-year veteran, to face the challenge of building your ranking back up this late in your career. Kohlschreiber is 3-0 in their head-to-head, and I would expect him to keep his perfect record intact today. Muller will need a big serving day to give himself a shot against the more versatile Kohlschreiber. This could easily become a four or five set battle, and both players are fully capable of complicating matters for their opponents in the draw moving forward.

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Jared Donaldson

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Unlike the previous match, this one features two players just starting out in their careers. The 19-year-old Tsitsipas has really come into his own this season, to the point where he’s actually seeded 31st at The Championships. It was in Barcelona in April when he made his mark, ousting three top 20 players on his way to the final. The very next week in Estoril, he backed that up by making the semifinals. Tsitsipas is more comfortable on the clay or hard courts than grass, but so is his 21-year-old opponent. Donaldson spent several years of his youth training on red clay in Buenos Aires. On the terra baute last month in Paris, he played two straight five-set matches. Donaldson cramped heavily in the tenth of those sets against Grigor Dimitrov, even resorting to underhand serving, but still went down in defeat 10-8 in the fifth. Jared won their only career meeting last year in Chengdu, but that was a very tight three-setter. It will be important for the winner to avoid an extended battle here, as they’ll need to be fresh for a likely third round appointment with Stan Wawrinka.

Order of player

(All times BST, seeds in brackets)
CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:00 START
1 Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [7] 65 vs Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 68
2 Roger Federer (SUI) [1] 1 vs Lukas Lacko (SVK) 3
3 Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) 102 vs Serena Williams (USA) [25] 104

No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:00 START
1 Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 77 vs Venus Williams (USA) [9] 80
2 Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 126 vs Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [2] 128
3 Marin Cilic (CRO) [3] 33 vs Guido Pella (ARG) 36

No.2 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 John Millman (AUS) 45 vs Milos Raonic (CAN) [13] 48
2 Agnieszka Radwańska (POL) [32] 121 vs Lucie Safarova (CZE) 124
3 Andreas Seppi (ITA) 30 vs Kevin Anderson (RSA) [8] 32
4 Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 85 vs Barbora Strycova (CZE) [23] 88

No.3 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Katie Swan (GBR) 70 vs Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU) [29] 72
2 Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 22 vs Gael Monfils (FRA) 23
3 Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) 62 vs Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 63
4 Tatjana Maria (GER) 98 vs Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 100

COURT 12 – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Luksika Kumkhum (THA) 109 vs Madison Keys (USA) [10] 112
2 Sam Querrey (USA) [11] 17 vs Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 19
3 John Isner (USA) [9] 49 vs Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 52
4 Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 114 vs Ons Jabeur (TUN) 116

COURT 18 – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Lucas Pouille (FRA) [17] 41 vs Dennis Novak (AUT) 44
2 Kiki Bertens (NED) [20] 73 vs Anna Blinkova (RUS) 76
3 Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) [31] 57 vs Jared Donaldson (USA) 60

COURT 5 – 11:30 START
1 Ana Bogdan (ROU) / Kaitlyn Christian (USA) 43 vs Yingying Duan (CHN) / Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 44
2 Taro Daniel (JPN) / Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 37 vs Antonio Sancic (CRO) / Andrei Vasilevski (BLR) 38
3 Dominic Inglot (GBR) / Franko Skugor (CRO) [15] 41 vs Marton Fucsovics (HUN) / Mischa Zverev (GER) 42

COURT 6 – 11:30 START
1 Mirza Basic (BIH) / Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 35 vs Fabrice Martin (FRA) / Purav Raja (IND) 36
2 Shuko Aoyama (JPN) / Jennifer Brady (USA) 51 vs Darija Jurak (CRO) / Qiang Wang (CHN) 52
3 Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) / Nicolas Mahut (FRA) [4] 17 vs Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) / Marco Cecchinato (ITA) 18
4 Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) / Yifan Xu (CHN) [6] 49 vs Alison Riske (USA) / Olga Savchuk (UKR) 50

COURT 7 – 11:30 START
1 Anett Kontaveit (EST) / Monica Puig (PUR) 39 vs Nicole Melichar (USA) / Kveta Peschke (CZE) [12] 40
2 Matteo Berrettini (ITA) / Maximilian Marterer (GER) 29 vs 4 Roman Jebavy (CZE) / Andres Molteni (ARG) 30
3 Maria Irigoyen (ARG) / Carina Witthoeft (GER) 59 vs Kaia Kanepi (EST) / Andrea Petkovic (GER) 60
4 Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) / Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) [9] 9 vs David Ferrer (ESP) / Marc Lopez (ESP) 10

COURT 8 – 11:30 START
1 Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 94 vs Donna Vekic (CRO) 95
2 Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 38 vs Nicolas Jarry (CHI) 39
3 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [25] 25 vs Gilles Muller (LUX) 27

COURT 9 – 11:30 START
1 Andre Begemann (GER) / Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 55 vs Pablo Cuevas (URU) / Marcel Granollers (ESP) [11] 56
2 Christina McHale (USA) / Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 29 vs Naomi Broady (GBR) / Asia Muhammad (USA) 30
3 Katie Boulter (GBR) / Katie Swan (GBR) 23 vs Lucie Hradecka (CZE) / Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) [14] 24
4 Elise Mertens (BEL) / Demi Schuurs (NED) [8] 33 vs Sorana Cirstea (ROU) / Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 34

COURT 10 – 11:30 START
1 Robin Haase (NED) / Robert Lindstedt (SWE) 39 vs Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Rajeev Ram (USA) [10] 40
2 Sofia Kenin (USA) / Sachia Vickery (USA) 5 vs Nicola Geuer (GER) / Viktorija Golubic (SUI) 6
3 Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) / Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 7 vs Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) / Monica Niculescu (ROU) [13] 8
4 Max Mirnyi (BLR) / Philipp Oswald (AUT) [16] 57 vs Julio Peralta (CHI) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 58

COURT 11 – 11:30 START
1 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / Samantha Stosur (AUS) 3 vs Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) / Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 4
2 Liam Broady (GBR) / Scott Clayton (GBR) 45 vs Frances Tiafoe (USA) / Jackson Withrow (USA) 46
3 Matthew Ebden (AUS) / Taylor Fritz (USA) 13 vs Peter Gojowczyk (GER) / Benoit Paire (FRA) 14
4 Maria Sakkari (GRE) / Donna Vekic (CRO) 53 vs Xinyun Han (CHN) / Luksika Kumkhum (THA) 54

COURT 14 – 11:30 START
1 Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 106 vs Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 107
2 Adrian Mannarino (FRA) [22] 9 vs Ryan Harrison (USA) 11
3 Julia Goerges (GER) [13] 81 vs Vera Lapko (BLR) 83
4 Jay Clarke (GBR) / Cameron Norrie (GBR) 5 vs Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) / Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) 6

COURT 15 – 11:30 START
1 Jonathan Erlich (ISR) / Marcin Matkowski (POL) 61 vs Jonathan Eysseric (FRA) / Hugo Nys (FRA) 62
2 Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 5 vs Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 7
3 Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) / Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 21 vs Danielle Collins (USA) / Jessica Moore (AUS) 22

COURT 16 – 11:30 START
1 Ken Skupski (GBR) / Neal Skupski (GBR) 11 vs Ilija Bozoljac (SRB) / Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 12
2 Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 53 vs Radu Albot (MDA) 55
3 Belinda Bencic (SUI) / Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 19 vs Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) / Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 20

COURT 17 – 11:30 START
1 Andrea Petkovic (GER) 90 vs Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 92
2 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 13 vs Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 15
3 Madison Brengle (USA) 118 vs Camila Giorgi (ITA) 119
4 Alex Bolt (AUS) / Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 7 vs Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Michael Venus (NZL) [13] 8

MATCHES TO BE ARRANGED
NOT BEFORE 17.00
Raquel Atawo (USA) / Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) [11] 25 vs Xenia Knoll (SUI) / Anna Smith (GBR) 26
Luke Bambridge (GBR) / Jonny O’Mara (GBR) 63 vs Lukasz Kubot (POL) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) [2] 64
Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) / Bibiane Schoofs (NED) 31 vs Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / Zhaoxuan Yang (CHN) [7] 32

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Dominic Thiem Ousts Rafael Nadal For Maiden Australian Open Semi-Final

Dominic Thiem edged out world number one Rafael Nadal in four sets to reach his first Australian Open semi-final.

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Dominic Thiem edged out Rafael Nadal 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(6) to reach the Australian Open semi-finals for the first time. 

 

In a stunning performance, Thiem eventually held his nerve to win all three tiebreaks in the match and secure a place in the last four.

The result means Nadal will lose his world number one if Novak Djokovic can win an eighth Australian Open title in Melbourne.

As for the Austrian, he will meet Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals on Friday.

In a rematch of the Roland Garros final, it was Thiem who had the more aggressive start to the match as he was red-lining the ball across the court and created break point opportunities.

Nadal’s clutch serving remained crucial though to survive the Austrian’s early surge. This was important as Nadal would soon show why he has won 20 grand slam titles as he played his best tennis when it mattered.

A good mix of pace and variety troubled Thiem as the Spaniard earned the first break of the match for a 5-3 lead in the opening set.

Despite the early setback, the Austrian continued to raise his level especially on the backhand side, producing a lot of winners. A forehand return winner sealed the break back immediately on his third opportunity.

Both men would continue to cancel each other out with insane cross-court angles as the opening set went to a tiebreak.

Dominating from the baseline, the 5th seed took control and wrapped up the opening set 7-6(3) in 68 gruelling minutes.

In the second set, Nadal continued to be the aggressor especially on the forehand as he realised how crucial the set was going to be.

An increased amount in unforced errors for Thiem proved costly as the world number one opened up a 4-2 lead in the second set.

But once again, Thiem struck back as a loose and nervy game from the Spaniard saw the Austrian level up at 4-4 in a tense point in the match.

Another tiebreak loomed as Thiem failed to take his chances after Nadal’s uncharacteristic unforced errors. However he didn’t make the same mistakes in the tiebreak as a net cord-forehand combination secured three consecutive points and a two set lead.

A two set advantage was a comfortable lead for Thiem but it doesn’t guarantee victory especially against one of the best competitors tennis has ever seen.

A cleaner set was produced from Nadal as he dug in deep to hold his service games and create some opportunities to break especially off the forehand.

Eventually those opportunities came as a tentative Thiem service game saw Nadal create two set points. A netted baseline shot from the world number 5 saw the Spaniard grab the third set as he roared in delight to the packed Rod Laver Arena crowd.

The momentum was now firmly with Nadal, who had better intensity as the forehand was firing against Thiem’s defensive skills.

However the Austrian’s mental strength has improved and he managed to overcome the Nadal storm by saving two break points as well as gaining the immediate break advantage.

There was trouble for the world number one now as Thiem’s serve was improving as he continued to outsmart and outpower the Spaniard.

Threats of a double break were quickly snuffed out by the 2009 champion and that would soon cost Thiem as he couldn’t serve out the match. The world number one took advantage of the Austrian’s nerves to break for 5-5.

Both men held their nerve afterwards to force a fourth set tiebreak, the third of the day. Yet again it would be Thiem who would win the tie-break as he booked his place in a maiden Australian Open semi-final.

After the match, Thiem declared his delight at one of the biggest victories of his career, “All the match was on a very good level, we both were in great form, that’s what can happen with two players in that form,” the Austrian said in his post-match interview.

I felt I was lucky in the right situations. It’s necessary as he’s one of the greatest of all times, one of the biggest legends in this sport, so you need a little luck to beat him.”

It was a stunning performance which now sees him meet good friend Alexander Zverev for a place in the final. As for Nadal his search for a second Australian Open title continues and could still lose his world number one ranking should Novak Djokovic win his eighth title in Melbourne.

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Australian Open Day 10 Preview: The Quarter-Finals Conclude

Wednesday is highlighted by a rematch of the French Open final from the last two years.

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By Matthew Marolf 

 

Rafael Nadal is one win away from securing his world No.1 ranking, though I’m sure he’s much more concerned with being three wins away from winning his record-tying 20th Major title. But standing in his way today is an opponent who has beaten him many times before. The other men’s quarter-final features the 2014 champion and a Next Gen standout who has excelled on the ATP tour, but is yet to make a deep run at a Major. On the women’s side, we have a pair of two-time Major champions against two women looking to reach their first Slam semi-final.

Rafael Nadal (1) vs. Dominic Thiem (5)

This is a marquee quarterfinal between two top five seeds. Nadal leads their head-to-head 9-4, with all but one of those matches taking place on clay. Their only hard court meeting was certainly a memorable one. In the 2018 US Open quarterfinals, they played for almost five hours, and past 2:00am, in a match decided by a fifth-set tiebreak.  Thiem should take a lot of positives from that encounter despite the loss, and he’s only improved his hard court game since that time.

Dominic has won four hard court titles in the past 16 months, including the Masters 1000 event at Indian Wells. And just two months ago, he reached the championship match at the ATP Finals, with wins over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. This is his first time advancing to the quarters in Australia, but this run is not surprising based on his recent hard court resume. The slower courts in Melbourne this year work to Dominic’s favour, though Rafa will like that temperatures are forecast to rise over the next few days. But with this being a night match, it’ll get rather cool as this match goes on. Nadal has looked good through four rounds here, and passed a stern test supplied by Nick Kyrgios two days ago. However, I think this may be Thiem’s time to shine. He was oh-so-close to beating Nadal in their last hard court match, and he’s a much-improved player since hiring Nicolas Massu as his coach. In what will surely be a highly-competitive affair, I’m tipping Thiem to pull off the upset.

Sascha Zverev (7) vs. Stan Wawrinka (15)

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Can this be true? Zverev, who has historically become entangled in long matches during the first week of Majors, has won four rounds here without dropping a set. It’s even more startling when you consider he went 0-3 at the ATP Cup to start the year, where he had terrible troubles with his serve. In his post-match interview on Monday, he spoke of how finding peace in his personal life has lead to good results on court. The 22-year-old has reached his third Slam quarterfinal, and his first off clay. He’ll certainly be the fresher player today, as Stan not only battled an illness last week, but has already played two five-setters.

That includes his comeback victory over Daniil Medvedev two days ago. And Zverev is 2-0 against Wawrinka, with both victories coming on hard courts. But this is a case where experience at this stage of a Major will be crucial, and Stan has plenty of that. This is his fifth quarter-final in Melbourne, and his 18th at all four Majors. Wawrinka has proven himself to be a big-match player, and excels in the best-of-five format. As improved as Zverev’s serve has been this fortnight, Wawrinka remains the bolder and more aggressive player, which is usually critical in matches like this. With that in mind, I like Stan’s chances to return to the Australian Open semi-finals for the first time in three years.

Simona Halep (4) vs. Anett Kontaveit (30)

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The 24-year-old Kontaveit has been a rising WTA star for a few years now, but she appears ready for her big breakthrough. This run has literally come out of nowhere, as an illness forced her to withdraw from the US Open and miss the rest of the 2019 season. Her coach, Nigel Sears, told the media that she was hospitalized for a week and had to undergo surgery. This resulted in a substantial weight loss, and a lack of activity for three or four months. But here she is into her first Major quarter-final, thanks to some impressive play. She dropped just one game to the sixth seed, Belinda Bencic, and came back from a set down to claim a tight match over a talented teenager, Iga Swiatek.

But today Kontaveit runs into an in-form Halep, who has reunited with Darren Cahill and is yet to drop a set at this event. These two players have similar, all-around games, though Halep is a bit more consistent, and a bit more skilled defensively. And Simona is 2-0 against Anett, having comfortably won the four sets they’ve played.  Halep should be favoured to reach her second semi-final in Melbourne.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (30) vs. Garbine Muguruza

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Speaking of Roland Garros and Wimbledon champions in good form, Garbine Muguruza is back. She seems to be rejuvenated with Conchita Martinez back as her coach. When her former coach, Sam Sumyk, missed Wimbledon a few years ago to undergo a medical procedure, Conchita filled in, and coached Muguruza to the title. Garbine split with Sumyk during the offseason, and is playing her best tennis in a few years with Martinez as a full-time coach.

But guess who Sumyk coaches now? That would be Pavlyuchenkova.  This union has also paid immediate dividends, though the 28-year-old Russian has been playing great tennis since the fall. Pavlyuchenkova outplayed a game Angelique Kerber on Monday, extending her record in the fourth round of Majors to 6-1. The problem is she’s 0-5 in Slam quarter-finals. And she’s 1-4 against Muguruza, with the only win coming via a Garbine retirement. Muguruza just has a bit more game than Pavlyuchenkova, and she’s been on fire since overcoming an illness last week. Garbine took out two top 10 seeds in the last two rounds, via scores of 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, and 6-3. While Sumyk will certainly have some sage advance for how to play against Muguruza, I don’t see it being enough considering Garbine’s current level.

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(VIDEO) Roger Federer Pulls Off Houdini Act To Set 50th Djokovic Meeting

Ubitennis is joined by Rene Stauffer to discuss Roger Federer’s miraculous win over Tennys Sandgren at the Australian Open.

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It was another dramatic day at the Australian Open as Roger Federer pulled off a miraculous comeback to edge out Tennys Sandgren 6-3 2-6 2-6 7-6(8) 6-3 to reach the Australian Open semi-finals. The Swiss saved 7 match points as he survived the three and a half hour clash to set up a 50th meeting with Novak Djokovic. Below Ubaldo Scanagatta and Rene Stauffer discuss Federer’s miraculous win against Sandgren. 

 

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