Novak Djokovic has reached the third round of the Australian Open. It didn‘t go all by itself.
The Serbian favorite, first of the list, lost a set against American Frances Tiafoe: 6-3 6-7 (3) 7-6 (2) 6-3 (2) 6-3.
The eight-time champion had given up only six games in the first round against Frenchman Jérémy Chardy: 6-3 6-1 6-2. editions of the Australian Open.
“ It was particularly tough,” said Djokovic. “The circumstances were also very difficult. Especially the heat was very annoying sometimes. But no doubt my opponent suffered from that too.”
He was full of praise about Tiafoe. “I have to compliment Frances. Partly because of him it has become a great party. If I was allowed to choose, I prefer this kind of tough games in the opening week. In the second week it would take a lot of strength.”
Dimitrov has only one set of real problems
Grigor Dimitrov had in the second round the necessary startup problems in his party against Alex Bolt. The Australian (174th in the ATP ranking) gave more than good game during the first set and even forced a tie-break. In it he was knocked by the Bulgarian, and with that his main resistance was also broken. The remainder went pretty smoothly for Dimitrov, who won 7-6 (1) 6-1 6-2.
Kyrgios escaped early exit
Nick Kyrgios has escaped an early shutdown. The home player needed the full five sets to deal with Ugo Humbert. The Frenchman even took the lead most of the game, but eventually had to compete against Kyrgios. The Australian narrowly drags a 5-7 6-4 3-6 7-6 (2) 6-4 across the line. With the Austrian Dominic Thiem, the world’s number 3, the next challenge awaits Friday.
Thiem has little trouble
The Austrian Dominic Thiem, the number 3 of the world, did not have much trouble with Dominik Köpfer. He defeated the German in three sets: 6-4 6-0 6-2. Thiem needed an hour and 40 minutes.
Zverev simple to third round
Alexander Zverev has quite simply reached the third round of the Australian Open. The sixth German was placed in three sets with Maxime Cressy, the American number 172 of the world ranking: 7-5 6-4 6-3.
23-year-old Zverev had more trouble with American Marcos Giron in the first round: 6-7 (8) 7-6 (5) 6-3 6-2. of the Australian Open. He had to acknowledge his superior in Domenic Thiem, the Austrian who defeated him in the final of the US Open last year.
Stan Wawrinka are already over the Australian Open. The 35-year-old Swiss, three-time winner of a grand slam, went down in five sets against Hungarian Martin Fucsovics in the second round: 7-5, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6 (9).
Wawrinka, who won the Melbourne event in 2014 and reached the quarterfinals last year, got three more match points in the tiebreak of the decisive set. The party lasted almost 4 hours.
For Fucsovics, it was only his second five-setter. “I feel like I‘m completely about to collapse,” was his first reaction. “I knew that after a good start, I would still have a hard time. Stan always comes back. He is a strong player, physically and mentally.”
Middelkoop in double though by
Matwé Middelkoop has reached the second round of the Australian Open with its double partner Marcelo Arevalo.
Middelkoop and its El Salvador partner defeated Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner and Mexican Santiago González in three sets: 6-7 (1) 7-6 (6) 6-3.
Middelkoop was eliminated in the first round in the last two editions of the Melbourne Grand Slam tournament. The three years before that, he came to the second round.
Against Demoliner, who was regularly his double partner in 2020 and 2019, the 37-year-old Dutchman also got plenty of opportunities in the first set. However, he did not make use of the breakpoints after which a tiebreak had to make the decision. They won the Brazilian and Mexican convincingly.
In the second set Middelkoop and Arevalo took a break lead, but they returned it to 4-4. They lost a second break gap, but by winning the tiebreak they forced a third set. In it Middelkoop and his partner immediately took away with a double break. At 5-1 they were allowed to serve themselves for profit, but returned that storage. The second attempt on 5-3 was successful.
Halep after tricky party round continued
Simona Halep after a tricky party continued to the third round of the Australian Open. The second ranked Romanian won in three sets of the Australian Ajla Tomljanovic, 4-6 6-4 7-5.
Halep finished the first round against the Australian Lizette Cabrera only three games: 6-2 6-1.grandslam tournament was struggling with back problems, aiming for its third grandslam title in the next two weeks.
She won Roland Garros in 2018 and was the strongest one year later at Wimbledon. She won the final battle at the Australian Open in 2018.
Serena Williams’ relaxed ‘
Serena Williams continues her advance at the Australian Open in a’ relaxed ‘way. The 39-year-old American, 23 times winner of a grand slam, had no problem with the Serbian Nina Stojanovic in the second round. In just over an hour, after two sets, the party ended in 6-3 6-0
since quarantine for two weeks due to the coronapandemic, Williams did not lose a match. However, she was hampered by an injury to one shoulder. She says she doesn’t think about it for a second is her strong point. “I play without worrying about anything. Although, frankly, I managed better in the second set than in the first one. But I try not to put any pressure on myself here.”
Favorite Osaka to third round
Naomi Osaka has placed himself for the third round of the Australian Open. In Melbourne, the Japanese favorite of Caroline Garcia from France won in two sets, 6-2 6-3, and Osaka won the US Open last season.
The third placed Osaka didn‘t get into trouble for a moment and needed just over an hour to get off the track victorious. She hit 23 “winners.” “My intention was to stay focused constantly, and it succeeded,” she said. I played the way I intended to.”
Osaka, triple winner of a grand slam, has been on the track in Australia for the first time since her victory at the US Open. She won the Australian Open in 2019, but was surprisingly eliminated in the third round last year by the American teenager Coco Gauff.
Swiatek also wins
Iga Swiatek is still in the tournament. The Polish winner of the French Championships on Roland Garros won the Italian Camila Giorgi, 6-2 6-4.
Kvitova switched off
Petra Kvitova was eliminated. The Romanian Sorana Cirstea was too strong for her: 4-6 6-1 1-6. She was still in the finals in Melbourne in 2019. She won twice at Wimbledon. This time she was actually alone in the second set.
Cirstea was especially surprised by her victory. “I have been locked up in my hotel room for fifteen days because of the quarantine. All this time, I haven’t been able to hit a ball. Well, then it‘s pretty surprising that I’m playing so well now. Frankly, I didn‘t see that coming.”
Bianca Andreescu also went down. This happened to Hsieh Su-Wei from Taiwan: 3-6 2-6, and the 20-year-old winner of the US Open in 2019 made her return in Melbourne after a long period of injuries. In the past year, she didn’t even take action once.