Australia: To face Raonic Djokovic – TVA Sports

For his part, Canadian Milos Raonic also reached the fourth round of the first major tournament of the season thanks to his four-group victory over Hungary’s Marton Vosovic, 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-2. , 6 -2.

The meeting lasted 3:13.

The Canadian had 13 aces and made five double faults. His opponent, 55th in the world, had two aces and five double faults, while Raonic had 12 break points in the duel. He made use of it on five occasions, compared to two occasions for Voxovic.

Raonic, the favorite and the 14th in the world, will face Novak Djokovic, the first world tennis player, in the fourth round. And “Djoko” faced all the difficulties in the world to defeat the American Taylor Fritz 7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2.

However, Djokovic was left in doubt about his next match against Raonic. Indeed, Djoko fell in the third set to Fritz. He admitted in a post-match press conference that he still did not know if he would arrive on the field in two days due to a ruptured abdomen.

Commenting on the Serbian, saying: “It is a muscle tear, so I do not know if I will overcome it in less than two days.”

“I don’t know if I will be able to enter the court or not. I am very proud of what I accomplished this evening, and we’ll see the rest tomorrow.”

The world’s No. 1 player took a 1-2 medical time in the third set and was knocked off the field, clearly suffering from abdominal pain on his right side.

At the back, he appeared to be on the verge of desertion, unable to move and strike normally.

Djokovic admitted: “In the fourth set, I just sent out, I sent two first balls, I couldn’t come back.”

“I just tried to survive and wished everything that happened there would pass for some time. It passed a little bit towards the end of Group Four,” he added, asserting that Fritz “lost the match”, more than he himself won.

In the deciding round, Djokovic always seemed to suffer, but less. He moved a little better, pulling a little more than his serve, allowing him to head up the showdown without being threatened until 3-2, and taking advantage of a break point offered on a direct foul from Fritz, Djokovic made an effort and took his opponent’s dispatch to break away 4-2.

Then he clenched his teeth, clenched his fist and grabbed his serve (5-2) and then took advantage of another bad match from Fritz to pass, giving off a strong and brutal cry.

“This is one of the strangest victories of my life. Whatever place and opponent, get out of a match like this, I will remember it,” he stressed.

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Not to mention that at 11:30 pm, the verdict asked the spectators to leave the court in order to be at home at 00:00 to start the detention issued by the authorities. The match paused for a few minutes, as the disaffected spectators whistled away and ended behind closed doors, in an atmosphere that suddenly became a funeral.

Publicly or not, I was focusing on what was happening on the field, with this injury, and somehow praying to God to win this match. Djokovic commented on what finally happened.

Thiem is too solid for Kyrgios Madness

Dominic Team (third in the world) was too solid and too calm for Nick Kyrgios (47th), who beat them 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, Friday in the third round of the Championship Australian Open in a charged atmosphere.

“The first game is against Nick, at his favorite stadium and in front of a great crowd, there are easier events … It is one of the biggest challenges in our sport, you never know what will happen. And Tim pointed out that he is a very cool player when he is on fire like today.”

At a nearly packed John Cain Arena and fully winning the Kyrgios case, the Australian tennis player did well in his first two sets. Non-playable, he won the second round over Ace served with a spoon.

In the process, Kyrios offered himself two break-points in the first half of the third set.

Tim commented at the time, that “if he had got a break, the match was over,” admitting that he “smelled the defeat.”

“But I fought. Then I gradually got used to his game, on this field, on the atmosphere. So the longer the match lasted, the better I felt,” added the Austrian.

“Since the US Open, I know nothing is impossible,” said the player who led two sets to zero by Alexander Zverev in the final at Flushing Meadows in September, before winning his first Grand Slam title.

Two sets were drawn everywhere, while Kyrios’ magic racket continued to hit some tricky punches, but less.

In the fifth round, Kyrius was on a wire, and so did Kergius.

After shouting “Sit (come down)” on the ball in the middle of the race, he lost the point of “embarrassment”.

“You were serious? You say it’s embarrassing when some of the players are not crying out? The (Belarusian player Victoria) Azarenka’s screams are okay, but aren’t you?” The Australian player told him.

In the seventh inning, Tim’s strength grabbed the upper hand and broke the Austrian and secured a definite advantage, despite loud and unconditional support from the crowd for this final match before Melbourne residents remodeled for five days.

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Tim admits, “I always prefer playing in front of the crowd, even if it wasn’t for me. And tonight, of course, it was for his hero. But that’s normal. And I prefer it that way on a short void, as it will unfortunately be the case next time. Tonight, It was epic and it was a great match before imprisonment. “

In the next round, he will face Tim Gregor Dimitrov (21), who has gone through an easy third round since profiting from the retirement of Pablo Carreno (16) at the start of the second round.

Carino Busta retires, Dimitrov easily passes eighth

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov has easily secured his place in the round of 16 at the Australian Open, after his third-round opponent Pablo Carreno Busta retired.

The Spaniard, number 16 in the world, threw the towel as he trailed 6-0, 1-0, and seemed to have suffered from abdominal pain.

In the next round, Dimitrov will face the winner of the Austrian Dominic Thiem and Australian Nick Kyrius, scheduled for the evening.

The matches scheduled for Friday at the Australian Open took place in the presence of the public, despite the announcement by Australian authorities at midday of a new detention in Melbourne in an attempt to stop the re-emergence of the Covid epidemic.

This 5-day confinement will go into effect from midnight Australian time. Hence, the Australian Grand Slam will run behind closed doors from Saturday and at least until Wednesday.

Serena, upset, but passes eighth

Serena Williams fought to start her match on Friday against world number 101 Anastasia Potapova but she still qualified 7-6 (7/5) and 6-2 without shining in the round of 16 of the Australian Open.

The 19-year-old Russian took over the American’s service several times and even landed two balls from the first set, but the younger Williams sisters turned around to win in an hour and 39.

“I’m happy to be in the Round of 16 again and out. I didn’t have a big start, and I didn’t come off the hurdles the way I wanted. The younger sisters Williams said right after their victory,” I had to stay alive in this first round and that’s what Managed to do.

In a bid to reach the quarter-finals, she faces former world number 1 Arena Sabalenka, who is looking for a record 39 Grand Slam titles, against Belarusian Arena Sabalenka, seventh in the world.

The matches scheduled for Friday at the Australian Open were held in the presence of the public, despite the announcement by the Australian authorities at midday of a new detention in Melbourne to try to stop a possible return of the Covid-19 epidemic.

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“Quarantined throughout my career.”

This 5-day confinement will go into effect from midnight Australian time. Hence, the Australian Grand Slam will run behind closed doors from Saturday and at least until Wednesday.

The ad was made while Williams was playing her game, but the American “knew nothing” before she was off the field, “and it wasn’t a bad thing.”

“It is difficult, it will be difficult days for everyone,” she told a news conference, “I hope we get out of this situation quickly.”

When asked about the closed door, she admitted, “It’s not perfect. It was great to play in front of the crowd again. But at the end of the day, we have to do what’s best for everyone. I hope everything goes well,” said Serena Williams.

As for the healthy bubble that will be placed around the players, it does not seem to bother it. “I imagine we will only be allowed to transfer from the hotel to the tournament site. […] But overall, it’s really a part of what I was doing 20 years ago. I get the impression that somehow, I’ve been in quarantine a little bit throughout my career. “

Osaka continues its momentum

World No. 3 Naomi Osaka won her place in the round of 16 on Friday by defeating Tunisian Anas Jaber (30) 6-3 6-2.

Jaber was one of the highlights of Melbourne last year, as he became the first player in the Arab world to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament. This time his journey ends in the third round.

Osaka continues on its way. In the next round, Spain’s Garbine Muguruza (14), former world number one seeded in Australia last year, will face in good shape for a few months.

Simona Halep qualified without losing her strength

World number two Simona Halep easily beat Russian Veronica Kudermitova (36) 6-1, 6-3 on Friday, and thus qualified for the round of 16 without losing her strength after a complicated second round.

The Romanian player had succeeded in a two-and-a-half-hour clash on Wednesday against Agla Tomljanovic, who had fallen two points from the match. But against Kudermetova, she was clearly above it.

Halep, who reached the semi-finals in Melbourne last year and reached the final in 2018, will try to reach the quarter-finals on Sunday against Polish Ija Swiatik (17), the winner of the last Roland Garros, or France’s Fiona Vero (46).

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