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Australian Open 2022, Day 9, Tennis Highlights: Rafael Nadal, Ash Barty Enter Semis; Krejcikova, Sania Mirza Knocked Out

Australian Open 2022, Day 9, Tennis Highlights: Here are is all the actions from the first Grand Slam of the season.

News18.com | January 25, 2022, 19:15 IST
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Australian Open 2022, Day 9, Tennis Highlights: A resurgent Madison Keys reached her first Australian Open semi-final since 2015 with another big upset to down French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova on Tuesday. The unseeded American, ranked 51, was too good for the Czech fourth seed who struggled in the searing Melbourne heat, crashing 6-3, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena. Matteo Berrettini prevailed over Gael Monfils after a Read More

Jan 25, 2022 19:14 IST

Berrettini Prevails

Matteo Berrettini beats Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2!

Berrettini Prevails
Matteo Berrettini reacts after winning against Gael Monfils (AP)
Jan 25, 2022 18:41 IST

5th Set Needed

Gael Monfils bags the fourth set and we need a fifth set to decide the winner against him and Matteo Berrettini!

Jan 25, 2022 17:59 IST

Monfils Takes 3rd Set

Gael Monfils is not done yet as he takes the third set 6-3 to force Matteo Berrettini to play on…

Monfils Takes 3rd Set
Gael Monfils reacts during his quarterfinal match against Matteo Berrettini (AP)

Jan 25, 2022 17:12 IST

2nd Set in the Bag too for Berrettini

Jan 25, 2022 16:15 IST

Berrettini Bags 1st Set

Matteo Berrettini takes the first set 6-4 against Gael Monflis.

Berrettini Bags 1st Set
Gael Monfils of France falls to the court during his quarterfinal match against Matteo Berrettini
Jan 25, 2022 15:09 IST

Ash Barty Cruises into Semifinals.

Well, that was easy!

Ashleigh Barty Cruised into the semifinals of the Asutralian Open with straight sets win over Jessica Pegula. The Aussie won the match 6-2, 6-0 in an hour and three minutes.

Jan 25, 2022 14:52 IST

Ash Barty Wins First Set 6-2

World number one Ashleigh Barty has bagged the first set 6-2 in no time. Barty won the first two games after which Pegula made a comeback. The American won another game, the fifth one but Barty was too strong for her throughout as the Australian sealed the set with an ace. She a hit a total of 5 aced in the first set.

Jan 25, 2022 14:03 IST

Ash Barty vs Jessica Pegula Underway

Home favourite Ashleigh Barty is in action now! The top seed is taking on American tennis star Jessica Pegula in the quarterfinals tie.

Jan 25, 2022 13:25 IST

It is a Present of Life That I am Playing Tennis Again: Rafa Nadal

“The real true is that 2 months ago we didn’t know if we would be able to be back on tour, at all. So here I am. For me, it is a present of life that I am playing tennis again.”

Jan 25, 2022 13:18 IST

Rafa Enters His 7th Australian Open Semifinal

Jan 25, 2022 13:13 IST

Rafael Nadal in Australian Open Semifinals!

Rafael Nadal survives Denis Shapovalov scare to enter semifinals. The Spanish sixth seed wins the match 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 in 4 hours and 8 minutes

Rafael Nadal in Australian Open Semifinals!

Jan 25, 2022 12:51 IST

Rafael Nadal Has Raced Off to 3-0 Lead in Fifth Set

Sixth seed Rafael Nadal, who was struggling to get a grip on the match after winning the first two sets has raced off to a 3-0 lead in the fifth and the final set. However, things could take yet another turn as it did in the third set that brought Shapovalov back in the match.

Nadal-Shapovalov: 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6

Jan 25, 2022 12:20 IST

We are going to the FIFTH SET!

Denis Shapovalov has completed his comeback from two sets down. The Canadian lost the first two sets 3-6 and 4-6 but won the next two in a commanding manner against Rafael Nadal. Rafa is looking a shadow of himself now. Are we set to see another upset at the Australian Open today?

Jan 25, 2022 12:02 IST

Shapovalov 4-1 Ahead in Fouth Set

Rafael Nadal is struggling and he is not looking like the player he was an hour before. Maybe it is the heat or some medical issue that the 20-time Slam champion is facing. He even called in the doctors before the sixth game.

Jan 25, 2022 11:51 IST

Shapovalov Ahead in Fourth Set

Things are getting interesting in the match between Shapovalov and Nadal. The Canadian 14th seed is ahead in the fourth 2-1. Nadal has not been able control Shapovalov since the the third set.

Jan 25, 2022 11:40 IST

Shapovalov Wins Third Set

Denis Shapovalov wins the third set 6-4 in 51 minutes. The double faults hurt Nadal in this set.

Jan 25, 2022 11:16 IST

Sania Mirza Out of Australian Open

The mixed doubles team of Sania Mirza and Rajeev have been knocked out of the Australian Open, after they lost their QF tie against Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler 4-6, 6-7 in 1 hour and 30 minutes

Jan 25, 2022 10:44 IST

Rafa Wins Second Set 6-4

Denis Shapovalov started the second set in a good way but Rafael Nadal made his way back into the match. At one point of time it looked like Shapovalov could win the set but at 3-3 Rafa upped his game and eventually bagged the set 6-4.

Jan 25, 2022 09:48 IST

You are All Corrupt: Denis Shapovalov

The Canadian tennis star is not happy with the amount of time Rafael Nadal is taking in between sets. Shapovalov was on his line to start the second set but Rafa was nowhere near. He approached the chair umpire for a time code violation, once he refused, Denis said: You are all corrupt.

Jan 25, 2022 09:44 IST

Sania Mirza-Rajeev Ram in Action

The mixed doubles pairing of Sania Mirza and Rajeev Ram is in action against the Australian pair of Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler. The Australians have won the first two games.

Jan 25, 2022 12:20 IST

We are going to the FIFTH SET!

Jan 25, 2022 11:16 IST

Sania Mirza Out of Australian Open

Jan 25, 2022 09:48 IST

You are All Corrupt: Denis Shapovalov

Jan 25, 2022 08:46 IST

Barbora Krejcikova Knocked Out!

five-set thriller!

PREVIEW

Ashleigh Barty and Barbora Krejcikova can stay on course for a high-class semi-final collision, while Rafael Nadal looks to continue his march to a record 21st Slam title as the Australian Open hits the quarter-final stage on Tuesday.

Home hope and world number one Barty thrilled the crowd by defeating the giant-killing Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 6-3 in the fourth round and faces another American, Jessica Pegula, in the night session on Rod Laver Arena.

French Open champion Krejcikova swept past two-time Melbourne champion Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-2 to set up a last-eight meeting with unseeded American Madison Keys.

Barty, the 2019 French Open and 2021 Wimbledon champion, looks in irresistible form as she chases her first Australian Open crown.

The 25-year-old comfortably dispatched the 20-year-old Anisimova, who had already accounted for defending champion Naomi Osaka and Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Belinda Bencic.

Top seed Barty, who is aiming to become Australia’s first women’s champion on home soil in 44 years, warned she will not make it easy for Pegula.

“I try to adapt my game as best as I can to try and make my opponent uncomfortable,” said Barty. “And that will be no different when Jess and I play.”

Pegula, who revealed last week she had been relaxing with nights at the casino, was a surprise winner over fifth seed Maria Sakkari of Greece.

“That was definitely my best match of the year,” declared the 27-year-old Pegula after reaching the last eight for the second successive year.

French Open champion Krejcikova will open the day on Rod Laver Arena against Keys, who raced past Spain’s eighth seed Paula Badosa 6-3, 6-1.

Keys, who won the Adelaide warm-up event, beat 2020 champion Sofia Kenin in the first round and has 10 match wins in 2022, just one short of her total for the whole of 2021.

A semi-finalist at Melbourne Park in 2015 but unseeded this year, Keys puts her revival down to a fresh perspective after struggling previously with Covid-enforced bubble life on tour.

“I don’t really thrive when my entire life becomes about tennis,” she said.

Epic Tiebreak
Nadal had to survive an epic 28-minute tiebreak to seal his quarter-final berth against Canada’s 14th seed Denis Shapovalov.

The Spanish great showed all his experience and tenacity to prevail 16-14 in a tiebreak, the longest of his illustrious career, before beating France’s Adrian Mannarino in straight sets.

“First set was very emotional,” said the 35-year-old Nadal, who won his lone Australian Open back in 2009.

A second this year would take him ahead of absent rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who also have 20 Grand Slam titles.

The 22-year-old Shapovalov — who caught Covid-19 before the Slam and was not even sure he would play in Melbourne — enjoyed a routine win against an out-of-sorts world number three Alexander Zverev.

“After coming out of quarantine and playing the ATP Cup, I had a little bit of doubt, wasn’t ready to play the first match and worked my way through the tournament,” said Shapovalov, who said he suffered aches and pains while recovering from the virus.

“I wasn’t practising that much, to be honest, and just trying to prepare the body as best as possible,” he said.

Veteran Frenchman Gael Monfils meets big-serving Italian Matteo Berrettini in the last quarter-final on Tuesday and warned the seventh seed: “I’m not quite finished yet”.

The 35-year-old 17th seed Monfils is yet to drop a set in Melbourne while Berrettini sent down 28 aces in sweeping past Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.

“He’s feeling good, I’m feeling good,” said Berrettini. “It’s going to be a fight.”

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