Zverev also played in his third appearance Melbourne often dissatisfied with his game. After a strong start, he came several times in awkward situations in the second set. He had to fend off five breakballs – but also showed his mental strength: Every time he struggled, the Olympic champion in tennis could focus again and survived the weak phases unscathed – for example in the second set, where he was able to fend off. three breakballs in a row.
However, he remained far from his best tennis. “I have not felt perfect – but who is perfect? In the end, I won and I’m happy about itsaid Zverev after the victory in an interview on the pitch.
Zverev now against Shapovalov
The biggest challenge so far awaits the 24-year-old in the round of 16 when he meets the young star, who is 14. Denis Shapovalov. In the six duels with the 22-year-old Canadian so far, Zverev has won four times.
“I hope I do not think I play worse than today in the tournament“, said the best German tennis player at” Eurosport “with a view to the next task – and went back to the court for a short training session after his match.
For the first time at this year’s edition of the tournament, Zverev was not for them Rod Laver Arena, the largest stadium in Melbourne Park and not scheduled for the night session. But when he started early in the evening, also because of the longer games ahead of him, the place was in John Cain Arena in the shadow.
Albot, number 124 on the world rankings, had Zverev in 2019 US Open more than five sentences required. The 32-year-old also created problems for the German number one this time, as he skillfully shot him up into the corners at the start and hit hard. But Zverev remained constant, quickly taking his opponent’s serve in the first two sets and settling the match with the break to 5: 4 in the third set.
Krawietz / Mies continues to be successful in Melbourne
The two-time French Open winners Krawietz / Mies are in the round of 16 for the first time in Melbourne. The successful German double beat the Americans 6: 4, 6: 7 (7: 9), 6: 4 Austin Krajicek / Sam Querrey through. The German duo had already given a match point away in the tie-break in the second set.
Krawietz and Mies, seeded as number 12, perform in Melbourne for the first time since they won the title Roland Garros 2020 together again in one Grand Slam– The tournament is underway. In the round of 16, they face the top doubles, who are in fifth place John Peers/ Filip Polasek (Australia / Slovakia).
Krawietz / Mies, who triumphed in Roland Garros in 2019 and 2020, had previously competed together in Melbourne. In 2020, they failed in the first round. At the beginning of last year, Mies had to undergo cartilage surgery in the knee, which resulted in a long break. “KraMies” celebrated their comeback after more than a year last week at the ATP tournament in Sydney, where they reached the semi-finals.
Barty superb, out to Osaka
Ashleigh Barty can continue to dream of his first victory at home Grand Slam. After two undisputed victories in the beginning, number one on the world rankings again needed only an hour to beat. 6: 2, 6: 3 Camila Georgi enforce.
25-year-old Barty remains the hottest candidate for the title. Last year she had won her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, at the start of the season she had already proved her good form after a four-month break by winning the WTA tournament in Adelaide. No Australian has won a Grand Slam home game since Christine O’Neil in 1978.
However, the long-awaited duel in the round of 16 between top favorite Barty and Naomi Osaka does not come: The defending champion, who made a comeback in Melbourne after a four-month break, had to defeat Amanda Anisimova 6: 4, 3: 6, 6: 7 beaten. The American now meets Barty, a new version of French Open– Semifinals in 2019.
The two-time title holder Wiktoria Asarenka is still going strong. The 32-year-old Belarusian, who triumphed in Melbourne in 2012 and 2013, reached the round of 16 for the first time since 2016 with surprisingly clear 6: 0, 6: 2 against Olympic bronze winner Elina Switolina (Ukraine).
Azarenka have not lost a set in the tournament so far and have only lost nine matches in their three matches.
Alcaraz loses Crime against Berrettini
Spain’s great tennis hope Carlos Alcaraz just missed a surprise. The 18-year-old young star forced Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini over five sets, only in match tie-break was the Italian, number seven, able to win after more than four hours 6: 2, 7: 6, 4: 6, 2: 6, victories 7: 6. Alcaraz is the youngest player to enter the Australian Open main draw.
Nadal in the quarterfinals
Spanish veteran Rafael Nadal continued his successful comeback on the Grand Slam stage. The 2009 Melbourne winner, number six on the seed list, won 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 against Russian Karen Khachanov despite a brief slack in the third set. For Nadal, it was the first set loss in the tournament, in the round of 16 the Grand Slam will meet the record winner the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino or the Russian Aslan Karazew.
Source: red / dpa / sid