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Australian Open Day 4 Preview: Five Must-See Matches

Thursday’s scheduled is jam-packed, featuring both world No.1’s, both Williams sisters, and 2014 Champion Stan Wawrinka.

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Stan Wawrinka (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright : @Sport Vision)

Day 4 will include some big names facing off in second round matches, as several former top 10 players battle their way back from injuries and subpar results. Are any of them ready to take out a high seed? Let’s take a deeper look at Thursday’s most compelling contests.

 

Garbine Muguruza (18) vs. Johanna Konta

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Here are two top players from previous years coming off disappointing 2018 seasons. After winning a Major title in both 2016 and 2017, Muguruza went just 8-4 at Grand Slam events last year. Konta had an even worse year, going 2-4 at the Slams and is consequently unseeded at this event. The British No.1 then split with yet another coach, Michael Joyce, and is now working with Dimitri Zavialoff, the former coach of Stan Wawrinka. Konta played for nearly three hours on Tuesday, outlasting Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in a third set tiebreak. Muguruza spent almost two hours less on court, winning her opening round in straight sets. Konta holds a 2-1 edge over Muguruza, with Johanna’s last win coming during her breakout run at the 2015 US Open. Garbine has been dealing with a leg injury to start the year, and retired from both the Hopman Cup and the Sydney warm-up event. The healthier and more confident Konta should be favored here over the 18th seed.

Milos Raonic (16) vs. Stan Wawrinka

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What a brutal draw for the 16th seed. After drawing Nick Kygrios in the first round, Raonic gets Three-Time Major Champion Stan Wawrinka in the second round. Milos took out an injured Kyrgios in straight sets, while Wawrinka was down a set to Ernests Gulbis before Gulbis had to retire with a back injury. Stan is 4-2 lifetime against Milos, though the Canadian took both of their last two matches. Raonic won a five-setter at the Australian Open three years ago, and defeated Wawrinka in straight sets at last year’s US Open. The fast-paced hard courts in Melbourne should play to Milos’ advantage, especially since Stan likes having more time to set up his big swings. But Wawrinka is determined to recapture his past glory, and certainly has fond memories of some great Australian Open wins. Recent form and results favor Raonic, but don’t count out the fighting spirit and shot-making of Wawrinka.

Serena Williams (16) vs. Eugenie Bouchard

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Serena needed only 49 minutes to win her opening round match. Similarly, a rejuvenated Bouchard dropped just three games on Tuesday, and also advanced in less than an hour. It’s been a rough few years for Bouchard, who has struggled with her confidence and admitted to losing her love for the game. Six months ago, the 24-year-old was barely ranked inside the top 200. But she ended 2018 by advancing to the final in Luxembourg after coming through qualifying, and is now back in the top 100. Bouchard has lost both times she’s faced Serena, though they haven’t played since 2014. Still, Serena played top-notch tennis on Tuesday, and should comfortably advance here. There are no parts of Bouchard’s game that should complicate matters for the 23-time Major champion.

Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

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This is a rematch from the 2008 Australian Open final. That would be the first of 14 Major singles titles for Djokovic (and counting), while Tsonga has never returned to a Grand Slam final. That final 11 years ago was their first career meeting. Overall Djokovic is 16-6 against Tsonga, and has won 13 of their last 14 matches. Jo’s last victory came at the Rogers Cup in 2014. Tsonga now finds himself ranked 177th in the world, as he missed over six months of 2018 due to injury. But the Frenchman got three solid wins in Brisbane to begin 2019, and took out Martin Klizan in straight sets on Tuesday. Djokovic though is at the height of his abilities, and will be too much for the returning Tsonga to handle. The crowd in Australia is quite fond of Jo, so perhaps he can feed off their energy to make this a fun one to watch.

Simona Halep (1) vs. Sofia Kenin

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The world No.1 impressively came back from a set and a break down against Kaia Kanepi in the opening round, with Kanepi sending a barrage of powerful groundstrokes across the net. That was Halep’s first victory since Cincinnati five months ago. She is still rediscovering her form after shutting down her 2018 season early due to a back injury. Kenin, a 20-year-old American, arrives at this second round encounter with a lot of momentum. Sofia was heartbroken after the final women’s match of 2018, when she lost a near four-hour epic at the Fed Cup final to Katerina Siniakova. But she quickly got over that emotional loss, and won her first WTA title just a few days ago in Hobart. Kenin could push Halep on Thursday, and keep in mind it was another young American, Lauren Davis, who pushed Simona to 15-13 in the third set a year ago in Melbourne. The result here will likely depend upon how close to her best Halep is. Tuesday’s comeback win will give her some much-needed confidence, and she should get through this challenge as well if she plays as she did during the second half of her opening round.

Other notable matches on Day 4:

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  • Sascha Zverev (4) vs. Jeremy Chardy, who came through in a fifth set tiebreak on Tuesday
  • Naomi Osaka (4) vs. 21-Year-Old Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia, who upset Australia’s Daria Gavrilova on Tuesday
  • Kei Nishikori (8), who barely survived his opening round match thanks to his opponent cramping and retiring, vs. 39-Year-Old Ivo Karlovic
  • Venus Williams, who needed almost three hours to prevail in the first round, vs. the never-dull Alize Cornet
  • US Open Semifinalist Anastasija Sevastova (13) vs. 18-Year-Old Canadian Qualifier Bianca Andreescu, who upset Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams on her way to the final in Auckland two weeks ago.

Order of play

Rod Laver Arena | Play begins from 12am GMT

Viktoria Kuzmova (Svk) v (6) Elina Svitolina (Ukr)
Stan Wawrinka (Swi) v (16) Milos Raonic (Can)
(1) Simona Halep (Rom) v Sofia Kenin (USA)
Eugenie Bouchard (Can) v (16) Serena Williams (USA)
(1) Novak Djokovic (Ser) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra)

Margaret Court Arena | Play begins from 12am GMT

Ivo Karlovic (Cro) v (8) Kei Nishikori (Jpn)
(4) Naomi Osaka (Jpn) v Tamara Zidansek (Slo)
Alize Cornet (Fra) v Venus Williams (USA)
(4) Alexander Zverev (Ger) v Jeremy Chardy (Fra)
Johanna Konta (Gbr) v (18) Garbine Muguruza (Spa)

Melbourne Arena | Play begins from 12am GMT

Madison Brengle (USA) v (7) Karolina Pliskova (Cze)
Anastasia Potapova (Rus) v (17) Madison Keys (USA)
(24) Hyeon Chung (Kor) v Pierre-Hugues Herbert (Fra)
Alexei Popyrin (Aus) v (7) Dominic Thiem (Aut)

Court 5 | Play begins from 12am GMT

(1) Oliver Marach (Aut) & Mate Pavic (Cro) v Simone Bolelli (Ita) & Andreas Seppi (Ita)
Kimberly Birrell (Aus) & Priscilla Hon (Aus) v Harriet Dart (Gbr) & Anett Kontaveit (Est)
Radu Albot (Mol) & Malek Jaziri (Tun) v (8) Ben McLachlan (Jpn) & Jan-Lennard Struff (Ger)

Court 7 | Play begins from 12am GMT

(3) Jamie Murray (Gbr) & Bruno Soares (Bra) v Roman Jebavy (Cze) & Andres Molteni (Arg)
(16) Shuai Peng (Chn) & Zhaoxuan Yang (Chn) v Victoria Azarenka (Blr) & Ashleigh Barty (Aus)
(21) David Goffin (Bel) v Marius Copil (Rom)
Lleyton Hewitt (Aus) & John-Patrick Smith (Aus) v Marcus Daniell (Nzl) & Wesley Koolhof (Ned)

Court 8 | Play begins from 12am GMT

(21) Qiang Wang (Chn) v Aleksandra Krunic (Ser)
(32) Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) v Joao Sousa (Por)
Ryan Harrison (USA) v (15) Daniil Medvedev (Rus)

Court 10 | Play begins from 12am GMT

(3) Gabriela Dabrowski (Can) & Yi Fan Xu (Chn) v Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Cze) & Marketa Vondrousova (Cze)
Amanda Anisimova (USA) & Danielle Collins (USA) v (9) Raquel Atawo (USA) & Katarina Srebotnik (Slo)
Pauline Parmentier (Fra) & Maria Sakkari (Gre) v Xinyu Jiang (Chn) & Qiang Wang (Chn)
Elise Mertens (Bel) & Aryna Sabalenka (Blr) v (15) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) & Demi Schuurs (Ned)

Court 12 | Play begins from 12am GMT

Astra Sharma (Aus) & Isabelle Wallace (Aus) v Jennifer Brady (USA) & Alison Riske (USA)
(7) Hao-Ching Chan (Tpe) & Latisha Chan (Tpe) v Ellen Perez (Aus) & Arina Rodionova (Aus)
(10) Irina-Camelia Begu (Rom) & Mihaela Buzarnescu (Rom) v Lizette Cabrera (Aus) & Jaimee Fourlis (Aus)
(13) Kirsten Flipkens (Bel) & Johanna Larsson (Swe) v Timea Bacsinszky (Swi) & Vera Zvonareva (Rus)

Court 13 | Play begins from 12am GMT

Luksika Kumkhum (Tha) & Evgeniya Rodina (Rus) v Alison Bai (Aus) & Zoe Hives (Aus)
Ilya Ivashka (Blr) v (23) Pablo Carreno-Busta (Spa)
(28) Lucas Pouille (Fra) v Maximilian Marterer (Ger)

Court 14 | Play begins from 12am GMT

Guido Pella (Arg) & Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (Chi) v (11) Rajeev Ram (USA) & Joe Salisbury (Gbr)
Taylor Harry Fritz (USA) & Cameron Norrie (Gbr) v Mirza Basic (Bih) & Damir Dzumhur (Bih)
Andrea Petkovic (Ger) & Monica Puig (Pur) v (11) Eri Hozumi (Jpn) & Alicja Rosolska (Pol)
Matthew Ebden (Aus) & Robert Lindstedt (Swe) v Steve Johnson (USA) & Denis Kudla (USA)

Court 15 | Play begins from 12am GMT

James Duckworth (Aus) & Jordan Thompson (Aus) v Kenneth Skupski (Gbr) & Neal Skupski (Gbr)
Laura Siegemund (Ger) v (28) Su-Wei Hsieh (Tpe)
Shuai Zhang (Chn) v Kristyna Pliskova (Cze)
Bernarda Pera (USA) & Rebecca Peterson (Swe) v (8) Su-Wei Hsieh (Tpe) & Abigail Spears (USA)

Court 19 | Play begins from 12am GMT

Jack Sock (USA) & Jack Withrow (USA) v (2) Juan Sebastian Cabal (Col) & Robert Farah (Col)
Raluca Olaru (Rom) & Galina Voskoboeva (Kaz) v (2) Timea Babos (Hun) & Kristina Mladenovic (Fra)
Dalila Jakupovic (Slo) & Irina Khromacheva (Rus) v Zarina Diyas (Kaz) & Yulia Putintseva (Kaz)
Philipp Oswald (Aut) & Tim Puetz (Ger) v Pablo Cuevas (Uru) & Fernando Verdasco (Spa)

Court 20 | Play begins from 12am GMT

Sorana Cirstea (Rom) & Jelena Ostapenko (Lat) v Ying-Ying Duan (Chn) & Vera Lapko (Blr)
Timea Bacsinszky (Swi) v Natalia Vikhlyantseva (Rus)
Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) v Filip Krajinovic (Ser)

Court 22 | Play begins from 12am GMT

Alexa Guarachi (Chi) & Alison Van Uytvanck (Bel) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Blr) & Taylor Townsend (USA)
Veronika Kudermetova (Rus) & Sabrina Santamaria (USA) v Belinda Bencic (Swi) & Donna Vekic (Cro)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) & Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) v Xinyun Han (Chn) & Darija Jurak (Cro)

1573 Arena | Play begins from 12am GMT

(27) Camila Giorgi (Ita) v Iga Swiatek (Pol)
(12) Elise Mertens (Bel) v Margarita Gasparyan (Rus)
(12) Fabio Fognini (Ita) v Leonardo Mayer (Arg)
Taro Daniel (Jpn) v (25) Denis Shapovalov (Can)

Court 3 | Play begins from 12am GMT

Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Can) v (13) Anastasija Sevastova (Lat)
(11) Borna Coric (Cro) v Marton Fucsovics (Hun)
Alex Bolt (Aus) v (29) Gilles Simon (Fra)
(23) Carla Suarez Navarro (Spa) v Dayana Yastremska (Ukr)

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The Most Emotional Moments From The 2021 Australian Open

With everything going on in the world, and the 14 days of quarantine players went through before playing this event, it’s no surprise there were so many emotional moments during this past fortnight.

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Alexei Popyrin provided a refreshing dose of excitement with a loud Aussie crowd in attendance (ausopen.com)

The first Grand Slam of 2021 provided the tennis world with plenty of tears and jubilation throughout it’s two-week period. There was epic match comebacks, injury misfortunes and victories for those who has been absent from the game in recent months due to a variety of issues. UbiTennis looks back at those emotional moments that took place during the Australian Open.

 

Gael Monfils in tears after his first round loss

Prior to the pandemic, Monfils had won two consecutive titles in Montpellier and Rotterdam.  But since the tour restart, he’s now 0-6, and lost in five sets in the opening round to Emil Ruusuvuori.  His comments are in French, but he was asking for “mercy” during his press conference.

“I don’t have any confidence. I would like to get out of this nightmare but I can’t,” Monfils said.
“I don’t know when it’s going to end. It’s hard. Every time I get here I feel judged, I’ve lost again. I can’t serve, I’m playing badly. I’m being honest and it’s going to take time.”

Bianca Andreescu wins her first match in 16 months

The 2019 US Open champion didn’t play at all in 2020, due to injuries and pandemic restrictions.  She’s described many low moments she experienced during that time.  And after going through 14 days of hard quarantine upon arrival in Melbourne, with her coach testing positive for COVID-19, the Canadian was holding back tears after winning her opening round in three sets.

“I feel pretty damn good,” Andreescu said afterwards in an on-court interview. “I mean the match wasn’t easy at all and I’m super, super happy with how I fought it out, especially towards the end.”

Alexei Popyrin saves match points to stun David Goffin

This was the first exciting match to take place in front of a full audience in nearly a year, as Aussies packed Court 3 to cheer on the comeback win of the 21-year-old Australian.  Popyrin saved four match points in the fourth set tiebreak, and the crowd reaction to his victory sounded amazing.

“I think it just shows that the work I did in pre-season, the mentality that I’ve taken on this year is all paying off, and my game is improving, and I can feel that,” Popryin commented on his victory.

Thanasi Kokkinakis wins his first match since 2019

Kokkinakis’ struggles with injuries over the years are well-documented, so it’s understandable the 24-year-old Aussie was brought to tears in picking up his first tour-level win in 18 months, especially at his home Slam.

“At 5-0 (in the third set) I felt this massive roar and cheer from the crowd and I started tearing up,” Kokkinakis said.
“It was a bit of a soft moment but there was just so much stuff behind the scenes to get back to that point that not a lot of people realise.
I definitely got a bit emotional.
“I had a lot of friends and family there watching. They probably made up about 90 per cent of the stands, so I’m appreciative of that.
“Just playing with that energy and crowd and being able to win – there was so much work behind the scenes and so much pain – it’s just a massive relief.”

In the second round Kokkinakis took Stefanos Tsitsipas to five sets before getting knocked out of the tournament.

 Venus Williams suffers a nasty ankle injury

This was hard to watch.  Venus screamed out in pain and hobbled around the court after injuring her ankle.  And she had arrived on court with an injured knee.  After a long timeout to address both injuries, with a despondent Venus in tears, she showed her grit by finding a way to finish out the match in the event’s most inspiring moment.

You can’t always prepare for the triumph of the disaster in sports or in life. “You can’t control it all. What you can control is how you handle the ups and the downs,” Williams later wrote on Instagram.
“No matter the outcome I always hold my head high and I leave everything I have on the court.
“I never look back in regrets because no matter the odds I give it all.
“You don’t have to look back when you leave it all out there. Always look forward, the deepest dream you could be…”

Nick Kyrgios saved two match points in a five-set epic

In another emotional moment involving an Australian, Kyrgios’ epic 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 win over Ugo Humbert was a thrilling affair on Nick’s favorite court, John Cain Area.

If you were in my head, I was just thinking about all the s*** I was going to cop if I lost that match,” Kyrgios told the Nine Network after the match.
“I don’t know how I did that, honestly, it’s one of the craziest matches I’ve ever played.”

Kyrgios lost in the third round to Dominic Thiem.

Donna Vekic in tears after ousting Kaia Kanepi

Vekic was immediately in tears after converting her own match point, advancing to the second week of the tournament despite losing six straight matches coming into this event.

Matteo Berrettini battles through pain to defeat Khachanov

The Italian suffered an abdominal injury during the third set, and was teary-eyed after closing out the match in straights.  He would have to withdraw from his fourth round match against Stefanos Tsitsipas due to the injury.

““I felt something on my ab. I thought that [it] wasn’t something really big, but the next day when I woke up I felt it was big. So I spoke to the doctors and they told me, ‘Look, it can get [much] worse’. So it’s not worth trying. I’m not 100 per cent. To beat these guys, you have to be 100 per cent. I think it’s not really professional to step [onto court] when you’re not the best.” Berrettini commented on his injury.

Stefanos Tsitsipas fights back to defeat Rafael Nadal

Tsitsipas became only the second man to ever do so at a Grand Slam event, and described himself as “speechless” when interviewed after the match.

Serena Williams’ wave goodbye after her semifinal loss

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This felt like more than simply “See you next year, Melbourne.” Serena stopped her stride as she exited the court, waving and placing a hand to her heart. After being asked about the moment in press, she broke down and quickly exited the room.

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Australian Open Day 14 Preview: Novak Djokovic Faces Daniil Medvedev for the Men’s Championship

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Novak Djokovic is 17-10 in Major finals (twitter.com/AustralianOpen)

Djokovic is 17-0 in Australian Open semifinals and finals.  Medvedev is 20-0 in his last 20 matches.  One of those streaks will end on Sunday.

 

11 years ago at this event, Novak Djokovic won his first Major title.  It would take three more years for Djokovic to win his second, but he went on a tear over the last decade, claiming 16 Slams between 2011 and 2020.  Regardless of today’s result, he is guaranteed to remain the world No.1, and will overtake Roger Federer for the most weeks at No.1.  A win today would place him just two Majors behind Federer and Nadal, with half of his Slam titles coming on Rod Laver Arena.

Four years ago at this event, Daniil Medvedev made his Grand Slam debut, losing in the first round of the 2017 Australian Open to American qualifier Ernesto Escobedo.  Two years later in Melbourne, Medvedev would advance to the second week of a Slam for the first time, and achieved his first Major final later that year in New York.  That was part of a run where he reached six consecutive tournament finals, winning three of those events with a match record of 29-3.  Due to a drop in form, as well as the pandemic tour shutdown, it would be another year before he would win another title.  But now he’s on a similarly impressive streak, winning his last 20 matches, and 12 in a row over top ten opposition.  With a win today, he would not only earn his first Major, he would also ascend to No.2 in the world, becoming the first man outside “The Big Four” to do so since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005.

The men’s doubles final will also take place on Sunday, with the defending champions looking for their second consecutive title in Melbourne.

Sunday’s action will begin at 3:00pm local time with the men’s doubles championship, followed by the men’s singles championship at 7:30pm.

Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Daniil Medvedev (4)

Djokovic leads their head-to-head 4-3 overall, and 3-2 on hard courts.  Their only previous match at a Major occurred at this tournament two years ago, when Djokovic prevailed in four sets, but not without Medvedev exhausting the eight-time champion.  Daniil’s first victory would come later that year on clay in Monte Carlo.  A few months later, at the Cincinnati Masters, Medvedev was down a set and a break when he decided to just start bludgeoning the ball, hitting Djokovic right off the court.  Medvedev also claimed their most recent encounter, comfortably winning in straight sets last November at the ATP Finals.

Djokovic experienced a bumpier road than usual to this championship match.  He played four straight matches that went at least four sets, and struggled mid-tournament with an abdominal injury.  Medvedev picked up his first-ever five-set win over Filip Krajinovic, but otherwise hasn’t dropped a set in his other five matches.  Daniil has served magnificently during this fortnight, striking 74 aces and just 18 double faults, and winning 81% of first serve points.  It will be crucial for the Russian to maintain those levels against the best returner of all-time.  However, that will be extremely challenging considering temperatures are forecast to be quite cool on Sunday evening, resulting in the courts playing a bit slower.  Djokovic has also been serving extremely well, and has hit an inordinate amount of aces this tournament, with 95 aces and 21 doubles.  Both men will look to attack their opponent’s second serve, which Medvedev was much more effective at doing three months ago in London, winning 61% of second serve points compared to only 43% by Djokovic.

Medvedev is vying to become the newest Major champion in the sport, and to become only the third man outside “The Big Four” to defeat one of “The Big Four” in a Slam final (Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin Del Petro).  He’ll surely strut onto the court believing he can win: not only due to his current winning streak, but also recalling the way he was able to push Rafael Nadal to the brink of defeat in his first Slam final.  However, until Novak Djokovic loses a semifinal or final on this court, he must be considered the favorite to win his 18th Major title.

Other Notable Matches on Day 14:

In the men’s doubles final, it’s defending champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury (5) vs. Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek (9), who won two tour titles in 2019.  Rajeev Ram already won the mixed doubles title on Saturday with Barbora Krejcikova.

Sunday’s full order of play is here.

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Australian Open Day 12 Preview: Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas Battle in the Semifinals

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Stefanos Tsitispas, after his emotional victory over Rafael Nadal on Wednesday (twitter.com/AustralianOpen)

The winner will play for their first Major title on Sunday against Novak Djokovic.

 

25-year-old Daniil Medvedev has reached his third semifinal out of the last five Slams, all on hard courts.  He will walk onto Rod Laver Arena with a 19-match winning streak, dating back to the Paris Masters in November.  This is also a third Major semifinal for 22-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, though unlike Medvedev, he’s yet to advance farther.  Two days ago, he pulled off an amazing comeback victory over Rafael Nadal, becoming only the second man to defeat Nadal from two sets down at a Major.

Three significant doubles matches will also take place on Friday, including the championship match in women’s doubles, featuring two of the top three seeds.

Friday’s doubles action will begin at 1:00pm local time, with the men’s semifinal to start at 7:30pm.

Daniil Medvedev (4) vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas (5)

It’s the 2020 ATP Finals champion against the 2019 ATP Finals champion.  Medvedev has dominated their rivalry 5-1.  And it’s a rivalry that started out quite bitterly.  In their first meeting, at the Miami Open in 2018, they exchanged harsh words after the match, as both were frustrated by extended toilet breaks the other man had taken.  In comments since that incident, they’ve expressed a bit more respect for each other.  Medvedev claimed their first five encounters, with Tsitsipas prevailing in their most recent one, during his run to the title at the 2019 ATP Finals.  Their only previous match at a Major occurred at the 2018 US Open, which Daniil won in four sets.  The Russian should be the physically and emotionally fresher player today.  While Medvedev did appear to be cramping a bit after his three-set win over Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals, he spent two full hours less on court Wednesday than Tsitsipas.  Stefanos fought late into the night for over four hours against Nadal, though the Greek did receive a walkover in his previous round from an injured Matteo Berrettini. 

Medvedev has been serving excellently this fortnight, striking 57 aces and just 15 double faults.  And he’s won 80% of first serve points through five rounds.  Tsitsipas’ service numbers have not been as strong until he played Nadal, when his serving was simply stellar, with 17 aces and no double faults.  Stefanos not only won 79% of first serve points against the all-time great, he impressively earned 69% of second serve points.  Breaks of serve may be crucial on another hot day in Melbourne, so the man who holds serve more comfortably will have a significant advantage.  But considering their history, as well as Medvedev’s current winning streak, Daniil is the favorite to reach his second Major final. 

Other Notable Matches on Day 12:

In the women’s doubles championship match, it’s 2019 US Open champions Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka (2) vs. Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova (3), who won two Majors in 2018.

In the men’s doubles semifinals, it’s defending champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury (5) vs. Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares (6), who won two Slams in 2016, and are undefeated since re-forming their team this year.

And Salisbury will also play in the mixed doubles semifinals, as it’s Desirae Krawczyk and Joe Salisbury vs. Sam Stosur and Matthew Ebden (WC), who the Aussie fans will undoubtedly be cheering on.

Friday’s full order of play is here.

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