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Steve Flink: “Why would Djokovic fake an injury when he’s two sets up?”

A preview of the second week of the Australian Open, from the physical issues bothering Djokovic and Nadal to the Russian trio in the quarter finals. Was the Osaka vs Muguruza match-up an early final?

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We are over halfway through the 2021 Australian Open, and Ubitennis veterans Ubaldo Scanagatta and Steve Flink have met on Zoom for the usual recap of what has happened so far, as well as for a preview of what’s to come in the last few days of the Happy Slam. Here’s their friendly debate:

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0:00 – Fognini was beaten by Nadal – could he have poached a set away from the Spaniard?

4:30 – “Fognini staged a great comeback against Rafa in New York in 2015, but this time the French Open champion came firing out of the gate…”

7:00 – Berrettini’s retirement: the right choice? “Just like Stefan Edberg in the 1990 final against Lendl…” Will the walkover give Tsitsipas more of a chance against Nadal?

10:30 – Three Russians in the quarter finals of a Major for the first time ever – can Karatsev keep going?

14:40 – His next opponent will be Grigor Dimitrov: “He surely has more to lose in this match…” The Bulgarian just beat Dominic Thiem – did the intense Kyrgios match weigh on the Austrian?

16:20 – The Medvedev-Rublev derby: will the world N.4 have the edge once again? “He needs to keep his emotions in check – they almost cost him the match against Krajinovic…”

20:50 – Djokovic vs Zverev: what’s the status of the Serbian’s fitness?

26:10 – Predicting the men’s semi-finals…

29:00 – The women’s draw: is Barty the overwhelming favourite in the top half of the draw? The great performance of American up-and-comers like Brady and Pegula.

32:10 – The world N.1 will face Muchova, who has survived a tough draw so far – will this help the Czech?

35:30 – A look at Serena Williams’ showing against Sabalenka: “Her experience prevailed in the key moments.” Up next, a rematch against Halep, who beat her handily in the 2019 Wimbledon final – were the match to go the distance, who would come out on top?

39:00 – Naomi Osaka struggled against Muguruza, coming back from the brink of defeat – is she still the favourite to win it all?

Transcript by Antonio Flagiello; translated and edited by Tommaso Villa

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(VIDEO) Ubaldo And Steve: “Paolini’s Resilience Earns Her Another Stunning Grand Slam Final”

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Jasmine Paolini is a game away from her first Grand Slam title after a stunning win at Wimbledon on Thursday. 

The 28-year-old ousted Donna Vekic in what was the longest-ever women’s semi-final match to ever take place at SW19. Her reward is a clash against Barbora Krejcikova in what will be their first meeting on the Tour since the qualifying rounds of the 2018 Australian Open. Krejcikova staged an impressive comeback to beat 2022 Elena Rybakina in three sets. 

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta and tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink review the action that took place in the women’s semi-finals and look ahead to the men’s matches. Daniil Medvedev will play reigning champion Carlos Alcaraz in the first match on Friday. Then it will be Novak Djokovic against Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti. 

Will there be any surprises? 

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(VIDEO) Amazing Lorenzo Musetti Sets Up Djokovic Showdown At Wimbledon

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Jannik Sinner might be out of the men’s draw but Italian interest is still high thanks to Lorenzo Musetti.

Musetti, who is currently ranked 25th in the world, ousted Taylor Fritz in a five-set roller-coaster to move into the semi-finals. It is the first time the 22-year-old had reached the last four of a Grand Slam event in his career and he is only the fourth man from his country to reach this stage at Wimbledon.

Tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink joins Ubaldo Scanagatta to reflect on the latest match to take place at SW19.

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(VIDEO) Novak Djokovic Continues To Impress Despite Crowd Arguments

Novak Djokovic is hitting form at the right time as he is into the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

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Novak Djokovic cruised into the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a straight sets win over Holger Rune.

After a struggling against Jacob Fearnley and Alexei Popyrin, the seven-time champion seems to be getting back to his best level as he is now into the last eight.

Next up for Djokovic will be Alex De Minaur as he is now favourite to reach another Wimbledon final.

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta and hall of fame writer Steve Flink speak about Djokovic’s form and discuss Djokovic’s recent arguments with the Centre Court crowd.

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