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Australian Open 2022, Day 6, Tennis Highlights: Halep, Medvedev, Swiatek Dominate; Sabalenka, Tsitsipas Through

Australian Open 2022 Day 6, Tennis Highlights: Catch all the updates from the sixth day of the first Grand Slam of the year.

News18.com | January 22, 2022, 18:27 IST
Australian Open 2022, Day 6, Tennis Live Score and Updates

Australian Open 2022, Day 6, Tennis Highlights: The sixth day of the first Grand Slam of the year saw all of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Simona Halep, Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek, Alex de Minaur, Marin Cilic and Sorana Cirstea advanced to the second week of the Grand Slam tournament.

The day started with former Grand Slam champion Simona Halep putting up a dominating 6-2, 6-1 win over Danka Kovinic. Later, Read More

Key Events

Key Events
Jan 22, 2022 18:21 IST

Cilic Shocks Rublev

Marin Cilic, seeded 27, beats 5th seed Andrey Rublev 7-5, 7-6(3), 6-3.

Jan 22, 2022 18:15 IST

Pavlyuchenkova Ousted

Sorana Cirstea defeats 10th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

Jan 22, 2022 16:02 IST

Alex de Minaur Eases Through

Alex de Minaur has advanced to the fourth round of his home Grand Slam event for the first time.

De Minaur, seeded 32nd, beat Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in the first of the night matches on Day 6 on the main show court at Melbourne Park.

“Pretty exciting to play at 7 p.m. on Rod Laver Arena in front of the great Rod Laver himself,” he said. “There’s no place I’d rather be. I’m in my home Slam doing what I love — I’m living the dream.”

De Minaur, a quarterfinalist at the 2020 U.S. Open, will next play No. 11 Jannik Sinner, who beat Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the third round.

Jan 22, 2022 16:00 IST

Swiatek Powers Through

Seventh seed Iga Swiatek put up an impressive performance as she beat Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the next round.

Jan 22, 2022 13:41 IST

Tsitsipas Through to Second Week

Stefanos Tsitsipas dropped a set but beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3, 7-5, 6-7(2), 6-4 to make the fourth round.

Jan 22, 2022 13:40 IST

O'Connell Advances, Auger-Aliassime Smokes Evans

American Maxime Creddy knocked out local Christopher O’Connell with a 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-2 win.

Felix Auger-Aliassime stamped his authority as he smoked Brit Dan Evans 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.

Jan 22, 2022 13:00 IST

Medvedev Eases Through

Daniil Medvedev hardly broke a sweat as registered a comfortable 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 win over Botic van de Zandschulp.

Medvedev Eases Through

Jan 22, 2022 12:36 IST

Fritz Beats Bautista Agut

20th seed American Taylor Fritz pulled a minor upset as he beat Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut and bagelled him too to make the second week of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. He registered a 6-0, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win.

Jan 22, 2022 10:52 IST

Sabalenka Through

Aryna Sabalenka was found battling once again as she registered a come-from-behind 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Marketa Vondrousova. Sabalenka served 10 double faults, which was a thorn in her feet once again.

Jan 22, 2022 10:25 IST

Kanepi, Mertens, Cornet, Collins Advance

Kaia Kanepi produces her best Australian Open result so far as she beat Maddison Inglis 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 to move into the second week of the Grand Slam.

Elise Mertens eased past Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-2 into the fourth round.

Tamara Zidansek was upset by Alize Cornet as the Frenchwoman came from behind to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Danielle Collins also registered a come-from behind win over Clara Tauson, beating her 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Jan 22, 2022 10:20 IST

Halep Storms into Fourth Round

Simona Halep did not stutter at all and dominated at the John Cain Arena as she thrashed Danka Kovinic 6-2, 6-1.

Jan 22, 2022 07:33 IST

Currently in Action

Men’s Singles:

Andrey Rublev [5] vs Marin Cilic [27]

Women’s Singles:

Sorana Cirstea vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [10]

Jan 22, 2022 07:17 IST

Australian Open 2022 Day 6 Tennis Live Score and Updates

Hello and welcome to News18Sports’ live coverage of the Australian Open. The action in Melbourne has already begun. Today, Daniil Medvedev, Simona Halep, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Aryna Sabalenka are in action.

Jan 22, 2022 07:33 IST

Currently in Action

second seed Aryna Sabalenka battled past Marketa Vondrousova 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to move into the fourth round. Seventh seed Iga Swiatek put up an impressive performance as she beat Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the next round.

Last year’s runner-up Daniil Medvedev hardly broke a sweat as registered a comfortable 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 win over Botic van de Zandschulp.

Stefanos Tsitsipas dropped one set but beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3, 7-5, 6-7(2), 6-4 to make the fourth round.

Kaia Kanepi produced her best Australian Open result so far as she beat Maddison Inglis 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 to move into the second week of the Grand Slam. Elise Mertens eased past Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-2 into the fourth round.

Tamara Zidansek was upset by Alize Cornet as the Frenchwoman came from behind to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Danielle Collins registered a come-from behind win over Clara Tauson, beating her 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

20th seed American Taylor Fritz pulled a minor upset as he beat Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut and bagelled him too to make the second week of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. He registered a 6-0, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win.

American Maxime Creddy knocked out local Christopher O’Connell with a 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-2 win. Felix Auger-Aliassime stamped his authority as he smoked Brit Dan Evans 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.

Medvedev will step up his march towards the Australian Open men’s title on Saturday while a resurgent Halep eyes a place in the second week of the Grand Slam. US Open champion Medvedev cemented his status as tournament favourite by overcoming the mercurial Nick Kyrgios in four sets in a raucous second-round encounter on Thursday.

Medvedev, the de facto top seed after Novak Djokovic was deported on the eve of the tournament, now faces a more conventional opponent in Dutch world number 57 Botic van de Zandschulp for a place in the last 16.

But he will not take his opponent lightly in their third-round meeting.

“Grand Slams are tough, there are going to be tough opponents,” said Medvedev.

“Sometimes you lose early, sometimes you lose late, sometimes you win it. I just want to play really good.”

Former women’s number one Halep tumbled down the rankings after an injury-blighted 2021 but said she had given her best performance of the year in beating Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil 6-2, 6-0 in the second round.

“I played well and I felt very confident on court,” said 14th seed Halep, who now faces world number 98 Danka Kovinic, the conqueror of US Open champion Emma Raducanu.

“I felt great, everything. Was the best match.”

With Andy Murray and Raducanu out, the weight of British expectation now falls entirely on the shoulders of 24th seed Dan Evans.

The last Brit standing had an unexpected day off on Thursday when his French opponent Arthur Rinderknech pulled out with injury giving him a walkover into the third round.

Evans faces in-form ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, who was part of Canada’s ATP Cup-winning team in Sydney earlier this month.

SABALENKA SERVE WOES

There is an intriguing clash between fifth seed Andrey Rublev of Russia and 2018 Melbourne Park finalist Marin Cilic of Croatia that has the potential to be a late-night classic on Margaret Court Arena.

Cilic pushed Roger Federer to five sets in the final four years ago and the big-serving 27th seed is capable of upsetting anyone.

Fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas is a potential semi-final opponent for Medvedev, but first he needs to get past seasoned Frenchman Benoit Paire on Rod Laver Arena.

Paire, the world number 56, is looking to equal his best at a Slam by reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open for the first time.

In the women’s event, second seed Sabalenka has been plagued by poor serving and dished up 19 double faults in scraping through her second-round match against China’s Wang Xiyu in three sets on Thursday.

A repeat could see her in trouble against 31st seed Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic, in the bottom half of a draw that has already seen the shock departure of third seed Garbine Muguruza and sixth seed Anett Kontaveit.

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