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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



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


VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Danielle Collins Triumphs In Miami As Elena Rybakina Pays The Price For Three Set Marathons

Danielle Collins achieved a landmark title as Elena Rybakina paid the price for three set contests in the Miami final.



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Danielle Collins claimed her first WTA 1000 title of her career in Miami, defeating Elena Rybakina in the final.

The American claimed the title to seal a fairytale week as she prepares to say goodbye to Tennis after this season.

After a three set match against Bernarda Pera in the opening round, Collins won all her remaining matches in straight sets to claim a landmark title.

Tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink and Ubitennis chief Ubaldo Scanagatta speak about Collins’ achievement and whether she would consider retirement. Plus there is talk about Elena Rybakina and whether the three set marathons cost her the title.

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Who Is The Better Player Between Jannik Sinner And Carlos Alcaraz?

Steve Flink joins Ubitenis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta to look back on events that took place in the men’s draw at the Miami Open.



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On Sunday Jannik Sinner continued his stunning start to the season by convincingly capturing the Miami Open title.

The Italian dismissed an in-form Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets to achieve a series of new milestones in his blossoming career. Sinner has now risen to No.2 in the ATP PIF rankings which is the best-ever position achieved by a player from Italy. He is also the first man from his country to win multiple Masters 1000 titles and has now won 22 out of 23 matches played so far this season.

Carlos Alcaraz is the only player to have beaten Sinner in 2024 which was at the Indian Wells Masters where he went on to claim the trophy. The Spaniard fell in the quarter-finals in Miami to Dimitrov.

With Novak Djokovic opting not to play in the tournament, much of the focus was on these two players who are tipped to become the future heavyweights of the sport. However, who is the more complete player and why?

Tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink and Ubitennis chief Ubaldo Scanagatta provide their analysis of both players. The duo also reflect on other notable developments in Miami, including Dimitrov’s stunning run to the final which has secured his return to the top 10 for the first time since 2018. On top of that, what is next for Djokovic?

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(VIDEO) Miami Open Women’s Draw Preview: Is Iga Swiatek Unbeatable?

Ubaldo Scanagatta and Steve Flink discussed the dominance of Iga Swiatek as the world number one searches for the sunshine double.




Iga Swiatek continued to show her dominance as world number one at Indian Wells and will look to do the same in Miami.

The Pole is aiming to complete the sunshine double in Miami after claiming her second Indian Wells title.

The world number one is the best player in the world and continues to grow in confidence as she extended her lead at the top of the rankings over Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff and Elena Rybakina.

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta and Tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink discussed Swiatek and how her dominance can translate into Grand Slam title.

There was also talks over Coco Gauff’s double faults, a more motivated Jessica Pegula as well as the return of Simona Halep.

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