Only one of the other three semifinalists have previously competed in a Slam semifinal. That would be Grigor Dimitrov, who is into his third Major semi. His presence here is a huge surprise considering he was 1-7 leading up to this tournament. Dimitrov will face 23-year-old Russian Daniil Medvedev, who unlike Dimitrov has been the hottest player on tour this summer. And in the other semifinal, Nadal will face 23-year-old Italian Matteo Berrettini, who hadn’t won a match since Wimbledon prior to this event. To summarize, these semifinals feature the Rogers Cup champ, the Cincinnati champ, and two men who didn’t win a hard court match this summer before this fortnight.
Daniil Medvedev (5) vs. Grigor Dimitrov
Both of these men are surprising semifinalists, but for very different reasons. Medvedev is 19-2 this summer on hard courts, and has reached the final of every event he’s entered. While he’s obviously been hampered by injuries after playing so much tennis over the past six weeks, he’s adjusted his game as required by his body and his opponent to reach this stage. He certainly made a villain out of himself during this fortnight, though he made nice with the New York crowd after his victory over Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday. Dimitrov had a completely opposite summer, with only one match win since the French Open. But Darren Cahill gave some excellent insight on ESPN this week regarding Grigor, explaining how he’s been working with Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek this year to rebuild his game from the ground up. This included changing to a new racket, as well as changing to a new mentality. Agassi and Stepanek decided not to travel to New York, feeling they had provided Dimitrov with a lot of information, and it was now up to him to figure things out. And that coaching strategy has certainly paid off, as Dimitrov is now playing his best tennis since two years ago. Daniil and Grigor have played twice before, both times in 2017. Dimitrov won on grass, but Medvedev prevailed on a US hard court in Washington. Daniil should benefit from having a full two days off for his body to at least slightly recover before his first Major semifinal. And I worry if Grigor will have a bit of an emotional letdown after his career-altering, first-ever defeat of the man he modeled his game after, Roger Federer. I bet against a hobbled Medvedev advancing this far due to all the tennis he’s played, and the impact on his body, but I’m not doing that today. After watching him find a way to undo opponents in the last few rounds while at much less than 100%, I’m picking Medvedev to reach his first Slam final.
Rafael Nadal (2) vs. Matteo Berrettini (24)
Berrettini survived the match of the tournament two days ago, a five-set thriller against Gael Monfils. Matteo served for the match at 5-4, but double faulted on match point. Most players would have gone away after choking like that at the finish line in the biggest match of their career, but Berrettini kept fighting, and also received some help from Monfils in the form of his own double faults. However, coming back just two days after an emotionally-draining, physically-taxing, four-hour affair to play the game’s ultimate competitor seems an insurmountable challenge. The Italian possesses offensive weapons that can be successful against Nadal, but Rafa is an expert at knowing how to make a tired and sore competitor feel pain. And Nadal is usually relentless in the semifinals at Majors: he’s 26-6 in his career, though he has lost three of his last five. All things considered, Rafa is a huge favorite to advance to his fifth US Open final.
Other notable matches on Day 12:
In the men’s doubles final earlier in the day, Wimbledon champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah (1) vs. Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos, a new team just formed this summer who are on a 10-match winning streak.
In the second women’s doubles semifinal, Indian Wells and Miami champs Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka (4) vs. Caroline Dolehide and Vania King, a new team in their first tournament. The winners will play Victoria Azarenka and Ash Barty in the final.
Order of play
(All times BST)
Arthur Ashe Stadium
- (1) Juan Sebastian Cabal (Col) & Robert Farah (Col) v (8) Marcel Granollers (Spa) & Horacio Zeballos (Arg)
- (5) Daniil Medvedev (Rus) v Grigor Dimitrov (Bul)
- (24) Matteo Berrettini (Ita) v (2) Rafael Nadal (Spa)
Caroline Wozniacki Bids Emotional Farewell To Tennis After Defeat to Jabeur
Caroline Wozniacki gave her last on-court interview and said goodbye to the fans after she lost the last match of her career.
Caroline Wozniacki brought the curtain down on her exceptional tennis career with a tearful farewell on Margaret Court Arena.
Appropriately, the Dane’s last professional match was the kind of pulsating three-set battle she is famous for. Ultimately, she lost it 7-5 3-6 7-5 to Ons Jabeur, but the occasion was about so much more than that.
It was a time for Wozniacki to look back at what she achieved and celebrate her triumphs. And, although she was clearly emotional that it was all over, there was no regret in her voice.
“I think it’s only fitting that my last match would be a three-setter, a grinder, and that I would finish my career with a forehand error,” the Dane said in her on-court interview.
“Those are the things that I’ve been working on my whole career, and I guess this was just meant to be.”
Wozniacki continued, “There’s so many things I will remember. Obviously the achievements I had on the court were amazing. The feelings that the fans give us players when we’re out here are really amazing.”
“I will remember the support I’ve had from my family – especially my dad who has coached me all these years.”
“Those are the special memories that I will always cherish. The journey we’ve been on together has been really amazing. It’s been a great ride. I really am happy, but I’m ready for the next chapter (in my life) and I’m excited for what’s to come. You may see me around – off the court.”
Players pay tribute to Wozniacki
During a special tribute, some of the players Wozniacki competed against gave their thoughts on the Dane. Several mentioned that she was a great fighter, while others praised her positive attitude.
Meanwhile, Sloane Stephens summed up many an opponent’s feelings when facing Wozniacki. “Most annoyingly, she just got every ball back – literally every ball,” the American said. “And she had that backhand which was just not fun (to face).”
“I have a lot of really nice memories of her of just being a really genuinely nice person,” added Naomi Osaka.
The last words were left for one of the Dane’s best friends: Serena Williams. “It’s going to be really hard for me to not have Caroline on the tour,” she said. “I’m really happy for her and I know that she’s doing what she wants to do and that’s what it’s all about.”
Wozniacki was then asked how she fought so hard on court but made so many friends on tour.
“When you’re on the court, you’re there to compete and there to win,” the Dane responded. “But when we’re off the court, we’re all in the same boat. We’re all travelling to the same tournaments and I think it makes it a lot more fun if you have friends on tour.”
After her final on-court interview, all that remained was for Wozniacki to say goodbye. Tournament director Craig Tiley gave her a hug and presented her with a koala. Then her dad Piotr lifted her up and carried her across the court.
Finally, the Dane walked around the stadium thanking the fans for their love and support with happy tears in her eyes. She will be remembered very fondly by the tennis community.
Serena Williams Crashes Out Of The Australian Open With Shock Loss To Wang
Serena Williams suffered a shock third-round exit at the 2020 Australian Open. She lost a tight three-set match to Wang Qiang.
Serena Williams unexpectedly tumbled out of the 2020 Australian Open at the third-round stage with a 6-4 6-7(2) 7-5 defeat to Wang Qiang.
It is a massively upsetting results for the American. And it means that her quest for a Margaret Court-equalling 24th Grand Slam title will have to continue if she wants it to be successful.
For Wang, this day means something entirely. It is undoubtedly the biggest win of her career so far and should give her great confidence for her first-ever Grand Slam last-16 match in two days’ time.
It also marked an extraordinary transformation from the Chinese player. At the US Open in September, she was humiliated by the great American. She lost 6-1 6-0 in 44 minutes and did not hit a single winner.
Today in Melbourne, she took the game to Serena and hit 25 of them. In addition, she made sure she held onto her serve as much as possible (she was only broken once) and she made the American play as many balls as she could.
Wang punishes Serena’s mistakes
The 23-time Grand Slam champion did not perform at her best. She made more unforced errors (56) than winners (43), which is usually a bad sign. And she only got 56% of her first serves, which enabled Wang to attack her second serve.
To the 27th seed’s immense credit, she capitalised on Serena’s mistakes. She remained so consistent and made so few unforced errors in the match (just 20 in 160 minutes of play) that she reduced the margin for error for her opponent significantly.
This meant that when the American faltered, Wang could pounce. She was gifted 0-30 in the ninth game of the first set and hit two winners to seize the crucial break.
Then Serena made some sloppy errors in the fifth game of the second set and the Chinese player broke her again. Unfortunately for the 27th seed, the World No.9 played arguably her best tennis of the match to break back four games later and then eventually take the set 7-2 in the tie-break.
In the decider, Wang served brilliantly. She got 74% of her first serves in and won 84% of those points. Consequently, she did not face a single break point in the set.
By contrast, Serena had to save two break points to keep the match going all the way to 6-5 in the Chinese player’s favour.
However, that was the limit of the American’s resistance. She made five unforced errors to gift Wang the game and with it the win that she had worked so hard for.
The Chinese player will now take on another surprise winner – Ons Jabeur – in the fourth round. The Tunisian became the last player to beat Caroline Wozniacki in her career when she recorded a 7-5 3-6 7-5 win.
Barty eases into Last 16
While the former World No.1 was knocked out, the current occupier of that ranking – Ashleigh Barty – suffered no such strife. She continued her serene progress through the draw with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory over rising star Elena Rybakina.
The Australian, 23, has now lost just twelve games in her last six sets after she dropped the first set against Lesia Tsurenko in round one.
It is ominous form, but if Barty’s rivals are starting to worry, they may take some comfort from the fact that the World No.1 might have to play the woman who beat her at Wimbledon – Alison Riske – in the next round.
Furthermore, if the Australian makes it to the quarter-final, she will probably face a very tough task in the shape of Petra Kvitova.
The Czech, 29, has made this Grand Slam business look very easy so far at this year’s Australian Open. She followed up straight-set victories over Katerina Siniakova and Paula Badosa with a 6-1 6-2 thrashing of Ekaterina Alexandrova to book her place in the fourth round.
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