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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

Grand Slam

US Open, Steve Flink: “Djokovic’s loss had more to do with fatigue than pressure”

A recap of the last Major of 2021, from Raducanu’s triumphant journey to Berrettini and Zverev’s improvements. What was Rod Laver’s prediction for the men’s finals?





The 2021 US Open was historical from many points of view, starting with the full-capacity crowd coming back to Flushing Meadows. On court, we witnessed Djokovic’s bid for a Calendar Year Grand Slam fall short against Daniil Medvedev in the final, while Emma Raducanu took the tennis world by storm, winning as a qualifier and without dropping a set. These were just some of the topics of the tournament recap by Hall-of-Famer Steve Flink and Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta. Here’s their chat:


00:00 – Emma Raducanu’s historical feat: “She had an easier draw than Fernandez, who had to defeat many great players, but she was very impressive nonetheless!”

06:18 – Barty and Osaka’s premature exits: “Hadn’t she lost to Rogers, Barty would have won the whole thing…”

09:35 – Was Fernandez too tired during the final?

20:17 – The Canadian defeated Aryna Sabalenka, who once again missed out on a big chance: “She seems to have a split personality…”

25:24 – The men’s final – how distant was Djokovic from his best form?

28:59 – “Djokovic is the best at handling the pressure, I don’t think that was the main reason behind his defeat…”

35:05 – Was the crowd actually on Nole’s side or did they just want to witness history being made?

39:16 – What was the secret behind Medvedev’s winning tactics?

41:50 – Djokovic fell short of the Grand Slam in a similar way to Serena Williams – how similar are their performances?

50:16 – Rod Laver’s prediction for the final…

52:25 – Who is the best claycourt player, Djokovic or Federer?

55:05 – Carlos Alcaraz won over the hearts of the crowd – how quickly will he reach the Top 10?

56:29 – Is Zverev on the right track to win a Major? What about Berrettini and Sinner?

62:48 – The Canadians: who will have a better career between Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime?

Transcript by Giuseppe Di Paola; translated and edited by Tommaso Villa

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Grand Slam

US Open, Steve Flink on the Murray-Tsitsipas Controversy

A recap of the first week of the last Major of 2021: will Djokovic clinch the Grand Slam? Who will win the women’s title with Barty and Osaka out of the picture?





The 2021 US Open has reached its halfway point, with many wonderful five-setters and a few upsets. Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta discussed the events of the first week with Hall-of-Fame tennis writer Steve Flink, from the elimination of Barty and Osaka to the toilet break controversy involving Stefanos Tsitsipas, from Alcaraz’s breakout performance to the chances of Novak Djokovic to complete a Calendar Year Grand Slam. Here’s their chat:


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US Open, Steve Flink: “Djokovic will defeat Tsitsipas in the final”

A preview of the last Major of 2021. Will Zverev and Osaka be able to withstand the pressure? Barty appears to be the favourite in the women’s draw.





The 2021 US Open is less than two hours away, with Novak Djokovic on the brink of making history – the Serbian could surpass the number of Slam titles of Federer and Nadal, while at the same time clinching the first Calendar Year Grand Slam in the men’s singles since 1969 and the first in the singles since 1988.


These two lofty objectives were the first subjects tackled by Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta and Hall-of-Famer tennis writer Steve Flink in their usual tournament preview, although they touched on many other themes such as the chances of Berrettini and Medvedev, the women’s draw, and the debate on whether COVID vaccines should be mandatory for the players. Here’s their chat:

00:00 – Djokovic is close to a Calendar Year Grand Slam – will he be able to hold up physically after picking up an injury in Tokyo?

07:40 – Matteo Berrettini couldn’t go to the Olympics at all because of muscle injury, and has only played a couple matches before the US Open – could he give Djokovic a run for his money in the quarter finals?

13:20 – On Zverev: “He won in Tokyo and in Cincinnati, so he has a lot of pressure on his shoulders. In the past he tended to cave when people put him among the favourites for a Major win…”

15:50 – Zverev could play Jannik Sinner in the fourth round – could the Next Gen pull off an upset?

20:30 – “Denis Shapovalov could also beat Zverev in the quarter finals, but he’s had a disappointing summer so far after doing great at Wimbledon.”

23:45 – On the weather and Djokovic’s activism: “Sometimes we should accept that he is someone who will always give an honest opinion and take a stance, even when we disagree with him.” Should the vaccine be mandatory for the players, and will the top brass in the tennis world make a decision about it?

32:25 – Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Andy Murray in the first round – can the Brit still beat a top player in a best-of-five encounter?

33:35 – Could we be in for an all-Russian semifinal between Medvedev and Rublev? “I think Medvedev wouldn’t be happy to play Diego Schwartzman in the quarter finals, he doesn’t like to have to go on the offensive.”

39:45 – A final prediction on the men’s tournament’s outcome.

43:20 – The women’s draw: “Barty has just played one of her best tournaments ever in Cincinnati, she is by far the most reliable player in the WTA Tour!”

49:00 – “Svitolina has just won a title and did well in Tokyo, she could take on Osaka in the quarter finals, although Gauff, Kerber, Halep and Giorgi are also in that section of the draw.”

52:00 – Will Osaka’s mental health be a factor throughout the New York fortnight? “If she’s fine, then she’s still the best hardcourt player in the world.”

1:00:40 – Camila Giorgi won in Canada – can she be a dark horse in New York? “She appears to have developed a Plan B now…”

Transcript by Giuseppe Di Paola; translated and edited by Tommaso Villa

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