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(VIDEO) Steve Flink: “Novak Djokovic Is The Australian Open Favourite But Medvedev Could Win His Maiden Major”

A preview of the Australian Open’s men’s draw, from Sinner-Shapovalov on Day 1 to the chances of Nadal and Thiem

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Ever since it hasn’t been possible to do an on-site coverage of the Slams, Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta and his Hall-of-Famer colleague Steve Flink have started to analyse the two draws and predict the outcome of the tournament via Zoom. Here’s their take on the men’s draw:

 

Video schedule 

00.00 – A few big first rounders, from Berrettini vs Anderson to Sinner vs Shapovalov…

02.16 – The strict anti-Covid policy of the Australian government: “I wouldn’t be surprised if some daily schedules were to be cancelled.” 

03.13 – Our insiders pick their 2021 Australian Open champion… 

04.20 – On Federer’s absence – will he win another Major? 

05.34 – Novak Djokovic’s route to the final: in the third round, he might face Taylor Fritz: “He’s disappointed so far, but I can see him reach the Top 15 by the end of the year!” 

07.25 – There are three seeded Italians, a record tally: “Fognini isn’t at his best yet, but I’ve been very impressed with Berrettini throughout the ATP Cup.” 

09.25 – On Zverev and Thiem’s draws: “The Austrian is getting used to reaching the final stages of the Majors.” 

10.45Wawrinka could face Djokovic in the fourth round: “The Swiss hasn’t beaten him many times, but his wins have always come on the biggest stages…” Afterwards, it might be Zverev who will try to keep the Serbian from a ninth title: “They played a high-quality match at the ATP Cup!”

13.13 – The bottom half of the draw: “So many Russians!” On a Medvedev-Rublev encounter in the quarter finals. 

14.47 Nadal should reach the quarter finals with ease, and then will face either Tsitsipas, Berrettini or Khachanov: “Berrettini is playing well, but the same can be said about the Greek.” 

17.30 – On a Nadal-Medvedev semi-final encounter: “The last three times they’ve played, the Russian has really been a problem for Rafa…” We might be in for a long one.

20.15If Djokovic doesn’t win, I think that the trophy might go to Medvedev. He has what it takes to beat both Nole and Nadal.” 

21.04 – Is Berrettini back to his best? “I think his confidence is back, if his serve and forehand are attuned, then he can be a problem.” 

23.31 – Again on Jannik Sinner: “He will achieve steady results, he’s a great professional.” Will he recover in time for his match against Shapovalov?

24.33 – A final note on court speed – who could suffer from a quicker surface? 

Transcript by Massimiliano Trenti; edited by Tommaso Villa

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Former world N.2 Alex Corretja, the winner of the 1998 ATP Finals (then known as the ATP Tour World Championships) now works with Eurosport, and, while he won’t be in Tokyo, he will still cover the Olympic Games and provide match commentary in Spanish.

 

During a brief rendez-vous with Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta, Corretja made a prediction for the men’s singles event at the upcoming Olympic event, which at the moment is slated to feature billboard names such as Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini. Here’s their chat:

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A Wimbledon recap. Zverev struggled once more with nerves, while Barty cemented her status. How many losses like the one to Hurkacz will Federer be able to cope with?

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Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta and Hall-of-Famer tennis writer Steve Flink met virtually to discuss the events that transpired at the 2021 Championships, which were won by world number ones Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty. Here’s their chat:

 

VIDEO SCHEDULE

00:00 – The rise of Berrettini: “He was a little lucky to avoid both Federer and Zverev, but his level was outstanding.”

01:45 – How well did the Italian fare against Djokovic in the final?

06:35 – Zverev has never beaten a Top 10 opponent at a Major – a sign of frailty?

08:25 – Sebastian Korda was one of the most pleasant surprises of the tournament – will he become the American number one?

10:45 – The Canadians are on the rise. Who will have a better career between Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime?

15:15 – Hurkacz beat Federer but then couldn’t reach the same level against Berrettini – what went wrong for him?

16:50 – Is Berrettini a better player than he was in 2019 when he reached the US Open final?

27:05 – Will Djokovic go to the Olympics?

35:35 – Federer lost very badly to Hurkacz – was he lucky to reach the quarter finals?

41:40 – Should people in Federer’s camp start to talk to him about retirement?

45:30 – The women’s tournament: “Pliskova’s terrible start to the final was actually a good thing because it got the crowd on her side…”

52:30 – Coco Gauff lost against Kerber – will she learn from this defeat?

Transcript a cura di Giuseppe Di Paola

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A preview of the first men’s semifinal with Polish journalist Tomasz Tomaszewski. Could either player threaten Djokovic in the final?

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Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta talked to long-time Polish tennis commentator Tomasz Tomaszewski ahead of the Berrettini-Hurkacz Wimbledon semifinal. Here’s their chat:

 

VIDEO SCHEDULE:

00:00 – The keys to the match: “The two players know each other very well, three years and a half they played each other in the Australian Open qualies, and now they will meet again, but in a Wimbledon semifinal!”

02:36 – Berrettini’s strengths and weaknesses

05:02 – On Sunday, Italy will be playing the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley. However, is the press paying attention to Berrettini’s run as well?

09:14 – Will the winner of this match stand a chance against Djokovic on Sunday, provided that the world number one defeats Shapovalov tomorrow?

Transcript by Tommaso Villa

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