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Australian Open 2022, Day 5, Tennis Highlights: Nadal, Azarenka and Barty Win; Osaka Crashes Out

Australian Open 2022, Day 5, Tennis Highlights: Catch all the updates from the fifth day of the first Grand Slam of the year.

News18.com | January 21, 2022, 19:17 IST
Australian Open 2022, Day 5, Tennis Live Score and Updates

Australian Open 2022, Day 5, Tennis Highlights: The fifth day of the first Grand Slam of the year had Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini registered contrasting wins but both advanced to the fourth round. 7th seed Berrettini battled against the fast-rising Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz to emerge victorious 6-2, 7-6(3), 4-6, 2-6, 7-6(5). Zverev eased past Radu Albot 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to make it into the second week. Defending Read More

Jan 21, 2022 18:50 IST

Nadal Through!

Rafael Nadal has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 victory over No. 28-seeded Karen Khachanov.

Nadal, aiming for a men’s record 21st Grand Slam singles title, was facing his first seeded opponent and dropped his first set of the tournament.

The sixth-seeded Nadal struggled in the third set when the 6-foot-6 Russian broke to go up 3-1 before taking the set in 57 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

But the 35-year-old Nadal quickly regained control in a dominant fourth set, twice breaking the Olympic silver medalist.

Nadal shares the men’s record of 20 singles titles with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic, a nine-time champion at Melbourne Park, couldn’t play after having his visa canceled for failing to meet Australia’s strict COVID-19 vaccination regulations. Federer is skipping the Australian Open while he continues his recovery from injury.

The dream is still alive ✨

Jan 21, 2022 17:51 IST

Sania Mirza Opens Up on Retirement

Sania Mirza said she hopes to win a few more trophies before she retires and asked for forgiveness from her fans for making the decision.

“So I’m so looking forward to the season as a long year. We’re only in January and everybody got really emotional yesterday and made me emotional as well. I didn’t mean it. India, I didn’t mean it. I didn’t mean to make everyone so sad. But yeah, I am looking forward to actually trying to win some trophies before I stop,” she said.

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Jan 21, 2022 16:09 IST

Osaka Out!

Noami Osaka has been knocked out…

Defending champion Naomi Osaka was knocked out of the Australian Open after losing to Amanda Anisimova 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the third round.

The 20-year-old Anisimova saved two match points in the third set at Margaret Court Arena ahead of the tiebreaker and ended the match with an ace. She hit 46 winners to Osaka’s 21.

Anisimova built a 3-0 lead in the 10-point tiebreaker and went up 9-5 with a forehand winner into tight space down the line.

Anisimova double-faulted twice in the first game of the match to hand the 13th-seeded Osaka an early break. But she hit 15 winners in the second set and broke to go up 3-1 on a backhand drop shot with Osaka caught at the baseline.

She will next face top-ranked Ash Barty in the fourth round.

Jan 21, 2022 14:53 IST

Berrettini Battles Through, Zverev Powers Ahead

Seventh seed Italian Matteo Berrettini battled against the fast-rising Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz to emerge victorious 6-2, 7-6(3), 4-6, 2-6, 7-6(5).

Third seed Alexander Zverev, on the other hand, eased past Radu Albot 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to make it into the second week.

Pablo Carreno Busta beat Sebastian Korda 6-4, 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-3, which means there’s no American left in this half of the draw.

Jan 21, 2022 13:47 IST

Shapovalov Overcomes Opelka

Canadian star Denis Shapovalov overcame 23rd seed Reilly Opelka 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the fourth round.

Jan 21, 2022 12:03 IST

Ongoing, Upcoming Action

Both the women’s singles match left for the day – Ash Barty vs Camila Giorgi and Amanda Anisimova vs Naomi Osaka – start at 1.30pm IST. Osaka took the first set 6-4 but trails in the second set. Barty is leading in the first set.

Rafa Nadal will take on Russian Karen Khachanov at 3.40pm IST at the Rod Laver Arena. Aslan Karatsev and Adrian Mannarino will face off at 3.00pm IST at the Margaret Court Arena.

Jan 21, 2022 11:59 IST

Monfils Storms into Fourth Round

Gael Monfils has been a much-improved and solid player since the turn of the season. He crushed Cristian Garin, a seed higher than him, 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-3 to make the fourth round.

Jan 21, 2022 11:55 IST

American Keys, Pegula Make Fourth Round

Madison Keys came from behind to advance to the fourth round with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2) win over Wang Qiang.

Jessica Pegula had a more straightforward path as she beat Nuria Parrizas-Diaz 7-6(3), 6-2.

Jan 21, 2022 10:40 IST

Currently in Action

Women’s Singles:

Amanda Anisimova vs Naomi Osaka Ash Barty vs Camila Giorgi

Jan 21, 2022 10:38 IST

Lorenzo Sonego Knocked Out

Italian 25th seed Lorenzo Sonego fell against the unseeded Croatian Miomir Kecmanovic, who made the fourth round with a 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-2, 7-5 victory.

Jan 21, 2022 10:37 IST

Sakkari, Badosa, Krejcikova Advance

Maria Sakkari registered a dominating 6-4, 6-1 win over 28th seed Veronika Kudermetova to make the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Paula Badosa had to fight harder against Marta Kostyuk but emerged victorious 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

Fourth seed Barbora Krejcikova came from behind against Jelena Ostapenko to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Jan 21, 2022 08:38 IST

Azarenka Beats Svitolina

25th seed and former Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka rolled back the clock to defeat 15th seed Elina Svitolina 6-0, 6-2.

Jan 21, 2022 08:04 IST

Australian Open 2022 Day 5 Tennis Live Score and Updates

Hello and welcome to News18Sports’ live coverage of the Australian Open. The action in Melbourne has already begun. Today, Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka, Ash Barty and Alexander Zverev are in action.

Jan 21, 2022 16:09 IST

Osaka Out!

Jan 21, 2022 12:03 IST

Ongoing, Upcoming Action

Jan 21, 2022 10:40 IST

Currently in Action

champion Noami Osaka was knocked out by Amanda Anisimova. Rafael Nadal defeated Karen Khachanov.

The day began with Victoria Azarenka turning back the clock as she crushed 15th seed Elina Svitolina 6-0, 6-2 to advance to the fourth round. Fifth seed Maria Sakkari was also in top form as she eased past 28th seed Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 6-1.

Paula Badosa fought hard against Marta Kostyuk but emerged victorious 6-2, 5-7, 6-4. Fourth seed Barbora Krejcikova came from behind against Jelena Ostapenko to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Madison Keys came from behind to advance to the fourth round with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2) win over Wang Qiang. Jessica Pegula had a more straightforward path as she beat Nuria Parrizas-Diaz 7-6(3), 6-2.

In the men’s section, Italian 25th seed Lorenzo Sonego fell against the unseeded Croatian Miomir Kecmanovic, who made the fourth round with a 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-2, 7-5 victory.

Gael Monfils has been a much-improved and solid player since the turn of the season. He crushed Cristian Garin, a seed higher than him, 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-3 to make the fourth round.

Denis Shapovalov overcame 23rd seed Reilly Opelka 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the fourth round. Pablo Carreno Busta beat Sebastian Korda 6-4, 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-3.

Nadal faces dangerous Russian 28th seed Karen Khachanov in the late match, with the Spaniard warning that his best is still to come as he works his way back to peak form after an injury-hit 2021.

Barty, chasing a first title at her home Slam, has barely broken sweat so far, dropping only three games in two matches.

The Wimbledon champion won the warm-up Adelaide International with a serve that was untouchable, and it has been flawless so far in Melbourne as well.

“Just continually trying to make it a weapon,” she said of her serve, which has not been broken for 48 straight games stretching over five matches.

“I’m not the biggest girl out there, but I know I’ve got a sound technique and I know if I can get my rhythm right and use it effectively, it can be a weapon.”

Four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka says she has been taking unlikely inspiration during the first Slam of the year from maverick Australian Nick Kyrgios and Brit Andy Murray, who tweeted that he was enjoying watching her.

“Definitely means a lot. For me it was a really cool moment,” she said of Murray’s message.

Nadal’s path to become the first man to win 21 Grand Slams — he is tied on 20 with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic who are both absent — could see him meet Olympic champion Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals.

But first he needs to dispatch Khachanov — with the prospect of another Russian, last year’s semi-finalist Aslan Karatsev, awaiting in the last 16.

“I think playing against Khachanov is going to be a big challenge,” said Nadal, who said he was not looking beyond Friday’s match.

“I never think that far. Just staying focused on my daily work, on what’s coming, and that’s it. One moment in time, that’s it.”

Third seed Zverev faces Moldovan qualifier Radu Albot out on “party court” John Cain Arena, while Italian seventh seed Matteo Berrettini takes on Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz in the men’s draw.

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