Clouds Marion, Media365, Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 1:50 pm.
To enter the race at the Australian Open, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Rublev and Sinner only needed three sets to win and calmly reach the second round. For his part, Murray fought against Basilashvili to win back in Melbourne.
Daniil Medvedev assumes his rank. The top candidate for this Australian Open since Novak Djokovic withdrew, The Russian didn’t run on Tuesday for his entry into the run against Henri Laksonen with a three-set win (6-1, 6-4, 7-6) in less than two hours of play. If the winner of the US Open starts in 2021 by losing his serve, he’s compensated well by winning the next six matches. In the final round, the world number two waited for the tiebreak to end at his first point in the match. After such a rather calm first round for him, Medvedev has the right to a big test in the next round in the person of Nick Kyrgios. Easy winner Liam Brody (6-4, 6-4, 6-3), the Australian can pose problems for everyone thanks when he’s having a good day, especially if he has the support of his fans. Another Russian who followed him, Andrei Rublev was quick against Italian Gianluca Mager with quiet success in three sets (6-3, 6-2, 6-0) and 1 hour 24 of play. Sixth in the ATP rankings now holds a rendezvous with Ricardas Berankis, before possibly meeting Marin Cilic in the third round. After the Croatian logically eliminated Colombian Emilio Gomez (6-3, 6-1, 6-2). It is also expected that Yannick Sener easily knocked out Portuguese Joao Sousa in three sets (6-4, 7-5, 6-1). The Italian could also take advantage of a more open part of the table after Casper Rudd, who injured his ankle in training, was sent off to go far in Melbourne.
Tsitsipas recovers his feelings
The first successful test of Stefanos Tsitsipas. Hitting an elbow at the end of last season, the Greek responded this Tuesday against Mikael Ymir by winning three sets (6-2, 6-4, 6-3) and 2h10 of play. Stronger than the Swede in the first and last round, the world number 4 was more reluctant in the second round, conceding two chips in particular. However, the finalist at Roland-Garros in 2021 left no group in the way during his first tour in Melbourne. If we rule out victory after retiring against Nikoloz Basilashvili during the ATP Cup, Tsitsipas has been winning again since October 26 (against Francis Tiafoe in Vienna) and ending four consecutive defeats. Before crossing Grigor Dimitrov perhaps in the third round, the Greek will be entitled to a new somewhat calm pre-match against Argentine Sebastian Baez (88 in the ATP) to test himself and gain strength. For his part, Alex de Minaur beat Lorenzo Mossetti in four sets (3-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-3) and will try to take advantage of a lighter tie. Indeed, after Rudd’s deal, the Australian will have the opportunity to turn around at home, who has never done better than the third round at the Australian Open. As a duel loomed ahead of the round of 16 between “giant” John Isner and “little” Diego Schwartzman, the American failed against fellow countryman Maxime Creasy, winner in five sets (7-6, 7-5, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4). Before that, the Argentine confirmed him against Filip Krajinovic (6-3, 6-4, 7-5).
Murray shines, and Auger-Aliassime dreads
Five years later, Andy Murray tasted success again at the Australian Open and in style. Currently 113th in the ATP ranking, The Briton had to pull all stops on Tuesday to win again Nikoloz Basilashvili, seeded No. 21, in five sets (6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4) and about 4 hours of play. The man took advantage of the Georgian’s mistakes early in the match, and the man with three Grand Slam titles quickly took the lead, before being more disjointed in his confrontations. He returned to the lead after the third set, and saw Murray behind his compatriot. She meets Tbilisi again and had to embark on the fifth and final set. After a final break, the Briton can enjoy his great victory, having already beaten Basilashvili a few days ago in Sydney. Now put it for him in the second round easier on paper against Japan’s Taro Daniel (120th in the ATP), before he could challenge the sin. Felix Auger-Aliassime recently won the ATP Cup with Canada, and spent his time qualifying against Finn Emil Rossovoori. For this, the ninth in the world had to hit five sets (6-4, 0-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4) and spent 3:40 on the field. Good warning before you face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Among other seeds, we should also note the qualifications of Roberto Bautista Agut, Daniel Evans and Taylor Fritz against Stefano Trafaglia (7-6, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1), David Goffin (6-4, 6-3, 6 -0) and Maximilian Martrier (7-6, 6-3, 6-2).