Australian Open 2023 stay schedule, scores, outcomes: Yoshihito Nishioka v Khachanov bagel, Novak Djokovic


One of many favourites for the Australian Open ladies’s crown has revealed she anticipated high seed and world No.1 Iga Swiatek to lose within the fourth spherical. FOLLOW LIVE

The very best-remaining girl within the Australian Open singles draw says she was not shocked to see Iga Swiatek bow out.

Pegula went on court docket after Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina knocked the world No.1 out of the match and surged into the quarter-finals with a straight-sets win over Barbora Krejcikova.

She mentioned the data Swiatek was now not within the match had no bearing on her match, however added she “wasn’t actually tremendous shocked” by Rybakina’s win.

“I don’t assume it actually affected me in any respect,” Pegula mentioned.

“I assumed Rybakina had an excellent probability to beat her. To be sincere, I wasn’t actually tremendous shocked.”

“I don’t actually assume it affected me in any respect. However, yeah, I assume seeing the highest seed exit, you

at all times sort of assume, OK, that’s fascinating the place the draw goes to go.

“However to be sincere, I sort of thought Elena would win, so it didn’t actually shock me an excessive amount of.”


Marc Polmans and Alexei Popyrin pushed the No.2 seeds within the males’s doubles to 3 units earlier than taking place 6-7 6-4 3-6.


Former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt has hailed the extent of tennis being performed by Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas as the most effective at this 12 months’s Australian Open.

Tsitsipas, who’s vying with Jannik Sinner for a spot within the quarter-finals, is likely one of the title favourites and the highest-ranked seed left within the males’s draw.

The 24-year-old didn’t drop a set on his option to the fourth spherical and Hewitt mentioned he had not seen anybody enjoying higher than Tsitsipas at Melbourne Park this week.

“He’s enjoying on his phrases as effectively. So I don’t assume it issues who he comes up towards in the intervening time, if he can preserve this degree as effectively,” he mentioned on Channel 9.

“He obtained 4 actually powerful aggressive matches all through the United Cup lead nothing this, and he gained all 4 towards high-quality opponents.”

Jim Courier added: “Loads of good indicators for those who’re a Stef fan.”

Tsitsipas leads 6-4 6-4 towards Jannik Sinner.


Tennis legend John McEnroe says Alex de Minaur is able to inflicting an enormous boilover and knocking Novak Djokovic out of the Australian Open.

McEnroe advised Eurosport de Minaur was the kind of participant who may expose Djokovic’s supposed damage points.

It stays unclear how extreme Djokovic’s hamstring/leg concern is however he has performed with heavy strapping on his option to the fourth spherical.

“If he’s one hundred pc or near that, then De Minaur is the kind of man who perhaps can’t harm him quite a bit, so Novak is a heavy favorite,” McEnroe mentioned.

“That is actually troublesome to say the place he’s at proper now.

“Hamstrings they’re powerful to diagnose, powerful to rehabilitate. You actually need to relaxation it.

“So if that is actually an damage the place the hamstring is affecting his motion, I’m impressed.

“He’s carried out this effectively thus far, so hopefully it’s not too critical and he can exit and play the kind of matches we’ve seen him play so usually in Australia. Then somebody has to play, do one thing unbelievable to beat him.”


As two stars of tennis’ subsequent wave go toe-to-toe on centre court docket, Lleyton Hewitt has declared the game’s altering of the guard is on.

A sport dominated by Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for therefore lengthy is seeing important change — which has been highlighted on the Australian Open.

Except Djokovic prevails once more, the Australian Open can have a first-time champion within the males’s draw this 12 months.

Contemporary faces corresponding to Sebastian Korda, Jiri Lehecka and Ben Shelton have made a reputation for themselves and are critical contenders for Australian Open glory.

“The brand new wave has actually arrived,” Hewitt mentioned on Channel 9

“We’ve been ready fairly some time, however now we have been so lucky to have these nice champions for therefore lengthy on the high of our recreation. However these younger stars are right here to remain for a very long time now additionally.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas, who continues to be solely 24 years outdated, may be the chief of the following wave.

He leads Jannik Sinner 6-4 2-1 and has an early break within the second set.


Stefanos Tsitsipas breaks after which has no bother sealing the primary set on serve 6-4 towards Jannik Sinner.


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The good American dream is on on the Australian Open.

Jessica Pegula is all of the sudden looming as one of many shock favourites to succeed Ash Barty as the ladies’s singles champion after surviving one other day of carnage at Melbourne Park.

A late bloomer, the 28-year-old Pegula has made it by way of to the quarter-finals in Australia for the third 12 months in a row after outclassing the Czech Republic’s former French Open champion Barbora Krejcíkova 7-5 6-2.

Pegula isn’t precisely a rags to riches sort – her mother and father are the billionaire homeowners of NF: Tremendous Bowl contenders the Buffalo Payments – however she continues to be a bright-eyed dreamer.

If something, she is proof that irrespective of the place you come from, even the wildest sporting fantasies could also be potential for those who keep affected person and work laborious.

Regardless of her wealth, success in tennis has not come simply or shortly to Pegula, who gained her grand slam debut match in 2015 when she made the second spherical of the US Open – however didn‘t win her second grand slam match for one more 5 years.

Because the heiress to a fortune, no-one would have been shocked if she had thrown within the towel however she stored going and is now lastly getting the rewards.

In 2022, she made the quarter-finals on the Australian, French and US Open and the most effective may very well be but to come back.

Now at present ranked third on this planet, she is the very best seeded participant left within the ladies’s draw after world No. 1 Iga Swiatek was overwhelmed on Sunday and can subsequent face both Victoria Azarenka, the previous two-time champion, or China’s Lin Zhu.

“I’m fairly relaxed,” Pegula mentioned. ”Throughout that basically lengthy recreation (late within the first set) once I had one million possibilities and it went forwards and backwards, my enjoyable began to go away.

“I obtained a bit annoyed with some alternative phrases in the direction of my field as to what number of break factors I had the primary set.

“I used to be in a position to get it out, after which actually focus and battle there. I’m fairly relaxed on the whole, that’s simply my character and that’s how I play greatest.”

Like {most professional} tennis gamers, Pegula swears she performs the sport for love not cash.

In her case, that’s undoubtedly true – although she’s raking it in.

She has already banked over $10 million in prize cash throughout her blossoming profession.

However that’s simply unfastened change to her as a result of she’s a daughter of American billionaire Terry Pegula.

He made his fortune in fuel growth and is so wealthy he as soon as outbid Donald Trump to purchase the Payments.

So Pegula isn’t telling any fibs when she says she’s enjoying tennis for the love of the sport and proper now, she has fallen head over heels with the game.


Australian Open shock packet Jiri Lehecka is poised to virtually halve his world rating after reaching the quarter-finals.

Lehecka is ready to leap from 71st on this planet to thirty ninth, in keeping with the ATP stay rankings.

He’ll face the winner of Stefanos Tsitsipas’ match towards Jannik Sinner.

“Actually, it feels wonderful,” mentioned Lehecka, who has climbed 70 locations within the rankings over the previous 12 months to 71.

“It’s powerful to seek out the phrases as a result of what I’ve been by way of within the final 12 months and now coming again to Australia.

“After shedding within the first spherical final 12 months, if somebody had advised me earlier than the match that I might be enjoying like this, I wouldn’t have believed them.

“I’m tremendous comfortable and excited.”

with AFP


And it has been a wierd begin on centre court docket. Stefanos Tsitsipas broke within the first recreation, saved 4 break factors within the second (together with from 0-40) after which in some way held on. You get a way we may be in for a wild trip right here.


Okay, so perhaps the Netflix curse is actual.

Sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime has turn into the tenth and closing participant who featured in Netflix’s tennis documentary Break Level to be ousted from the Australian Open.

The Canadian has misplaced in 4 units to Jiri Lehecka, 4-6 6-3 7-6 7-6.

The Netflix curse has turn into one of many main speaking factors at Melbourne Park as Matteo Berrettini, Nick Kyrgios, Ons Jabeur, Maria Sakkari and Thanasi Kokkinakis have been among the many stars to both lose early within the match or withdraw.

Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic tweeted on Saturday: “Can we cease with the Netflix curse lol…it’s simply sports activities.”

However no Ajla, it seems the Netflix curse can’t be stopped.

Regardless of the poor outcomes of those that featured in Melbourne, many different stars have expressed curiosity in being concerned in future episodes of Break Level.

“I imply, it could be enjoyable, after all, yeah, Jelena Ostapenko mentioned after he victory over Coco Gauff.

“Nevertheless it’s at all times good I feel for individuals to see what’s actually occurring inside the tennis world, and on the whole in sports activities, as a result of the general public simply see how we play, the matches. “They don’t actually see what’s occurring day-to-day what we’re doing. I feel it could be a good suggestion (smiling).”

After his loss, Auger-Aliassime mentioned: “Yeah, I assumed he performed higher than me general. After all, it’s little particulars, little factors.

“I performed poorly within the two tiebreaks, however I feel from the second set on, yeah, he was a bit bit higher. Even within the two units that have been tiebreaks, I used to be profitable barely any factors on the return.

“So when it obtained to the tiebreak I felt like he had the sting over me, and that was sufficient

for me as we speak for him to win.”


Jessica Pegula has prevented the destiny of so many seeds earlier than her with a straight-sets victory over Barbora Krejcikova.

The American third seed triumphed 7-5 6-2 and can face the winner of Victoria Azarenka vs Lin Zhu.


The final remaining Break Level star Felix Auger-Aliassime is serving to remain within the Australian Open.


Japanese star Yoshihito Nishioka was at a loss to clarify how he dropped 12 consecutive video games to be watching an undesirable piece of Australian Open historical past on Sunday.

Nishioka misplaced the opening two units towards a rampant Karen Khachanov 6-0 and trailed 2-0 within the third set as speak of a triple bagel began at Melbourne Park.

The thirty first seed broke his duck within the third recreation of the third set and confirmed loads of grit from then on, solely surrendering 7-6 in a tie-break.

Talking to reporters later, he was uncertain what led to his disastrous first two units: You realize, I don’t know what was gonna occur. Like I understand how I’ve to play towards him, however sure, to begin with, he was enjoying wonderful,” Nishioka mentioned.

“I used to be pondering he’s going to mistake extra, however he didn’t. Virtually him make each returning.

“So I’ve many stress on my service recreation each time. However I don’t know. I don’t know what’s occurring that first two units.

“I used to be pondering I needed to do one thing totally different. Then, you already know, simply attempt battle. After two units I misplaced, I used to be really, you already know, I used to be nonetheless believing I can getting back from the second, and so I began simply grinding towards him.

“Little by little, I really feel I can work out the possibilities. Virtually I had it in third set, but it surely’s not my day so couldn’t take it. He performed wonderful when have possibilities, however good factor is I made first time second week in slams, and first time I really feel like one thing occur like that, however nonetheless, I used to be believing third set and attempt to win nonetheless within the second, so I can studying many issues from that.”


The very best-seeded participant left within the ladies’s draw is on the board in her fourth spherical match.

Jessica Pegula has sealed the opening set 7-5 towards Barbora Krejcikova regardless of solely finishing two of a potential 13 break factors.


Felix Auger-Aliassime will want 5 units if he’s going to remain within the Austraian Open.

Czech Jiri Lehecka has battled again from a set down, profitable the second and third units 6-3 7-6 to take a stranglehold on their fourth-round match.

Lehecka leads 2-1 early within the fourth set on serve.


We’ve heard of consolation blankets.

However how a couple of consolation towel?

Sebastian Korda has revealed how going to the towel helped him keep composed throughout a tense fifth set towards Hubert Hurkacz which resulted in a match tie-break.

The twenty ninth seeded American is into the quarter finals after a 3-6 6-3 6-2 1-6 7-6 triumph.

Afterwards, he mentioned: “We had a bit superstition with the towel. The towel obtained me by way of it.

“Each time I went to the towel I gained the purpose, so you already know, I simply stored going to it.”

Hey, no matter works proper?

Korda is the son of 1998 Australian Open winner Petr and is three wins away from emulating his father 25 years on — that might be some storyline.


Sebastian Korda is into the final eight of the Australian Open after profitable a five-setter towards Hubert Hurkacz.

Korda trailed 3-1 within the match tie-break of the fifth set however gained the following six factors.

Hurkacz then hit again by claiming the following 4-4, tying a seesawing tie-break at 7-7.

Korda claimed a mini break after which serve efficiently to seal a gutsy win after main two units to at least one.

There have been large chants of “Korda” on Rod Laver Enviornment as, with the urging of his coach Radek Stepanek, the gang discovered a brand new favorite with the American.

In commentary throughout the match tie-break when Hurkacz led 3-2, Jim Courier mentioned:

“You may see that Korda is enjoying with a bit little bit of a straight jacket on proper now. The stress of the second is attending to him. … It’s completely regular. He has to swing by way of it. Belief himself. And that’s simpler mentioned than carried out.”


Kurkacz would have served for the match however Korda reeled off 4 consecutive factors and ultimately makes it 6-5 within the fifth setafter a battle. Did anyone say match tie-break?

Korda’s coach Radek Stepanek is all of us proper now, driving each shot and barely in a position to keep in his seat.

Earlier, he was revving up the gang to get behind the American twenty ninth seed.


Whereas we’ve been glued to the fifth set of Korda vs Hurkacz, third seed Jessica Pegula’s match towards Barbora Krejcikova is underway. It’s on serve within the first set at 3-2 in favour of Krejcikova.


Owen Leonard

Highly effective Latvian Jelena Ostapenko has questioned the digital line calling system after gorgeous American teen Coco Gauff in a commanding win.

The Australian Open dumped line judges in 2021 in a bid to cut back on-court workers throughout the pandemic and have caught with ‘hawk-eye stay’ since, which means all line calls are made instantly by a recorded voice over enviornment audio system.

Ostapenko regarded annoyed with the stay calls a lot of instances in her conflict with Gauff and questioned the system in an on-court interview post-match regardless of coming away with an emphatic win.

Requested whether or not she had religion within the system, Ostapenko smiled, responding: “To be sincere, no.

“Actually, this stay digital system … I don’t know, generally it feels prefer it makes some errors.

“Generally I take a look at my group as a result of generally I do know I’m mistaken, however I really feel like some balls are fairly shut once I take a look at my group so I need them to ask what they consider the decision.”

The US Open adopted swimsuit to make line judges redundant in 2021, whereas Wimbledon additionally makes use of hawk-eye however solely when gamers enchantment judges’ calls.

Roland Garros stays essentially the most conservative of the grand slams, utilizing seen ball marks on the crimson clay after photographs quite than using the hawkeye know-how.


Tenth seed Hubert Hurkacz has all momentum heading right into a fifth set towards Sebastian Korda after the American fell aside within the final half-hour.

Hurkacz didn’t concede one break level as he breezed by way of the fourth set 6-1.

“His degree completely fell down, as Hurkacz’s first serve proportion climbed,” Jim Courier says of the fourth set.


We knew there’d been some critical carnage within the Australian Open males’s and ladies’s seeds however how about this for a loopy stat?

There’s two severely huge open title races occurring at Melbourne Park.


He might need prevented a dreaded triple bagel however Yoshihito Nishioka left his rally too late towards Karen Kachanov.

After shedding the primary two units 6-0 6-0 he bows out of the Australian Open shedding a 3rd set tie-break.

The followers on John Cain Enviornment have been getting proper behind the Japanese thirty first seed but it surely wasn’t sufficient to will him to a fourth set.


Coco Gauff has shed tears in an emotional press convention following her shock exit from the Australian Open on Sunday.

The American seventh seed misplaced 5-7 3-6 to seventeenth seed Jeļena Ostapenko and was later requested whether or not she was annoyed by her efficiency, the loss or different points of the defeat.

I feel it’s as a result of I labored actually laborious and I felt actually good coming into the match and I nonetheless really feel good,” Gauff advised reporters.

“Like, I nonetheless really feel like I’ve improved quite a bit. However, you already know, once you play a participant like her and he or she performs very well, it’s like, you already know, there’s nothing you are able to do.

“I really feel like as we speak I might say nothing as a result of each match you play a component in, however I really feel prefer it was tough. So it’s a bit bit irritating on that half.”

She then teared up earlier than saying: “I’m okay. We are able to preserve going.”


Sebastian Korda has moved nearer to a spot within the Australian Open closing eight by taking the third set towards Hubert Hurkacz.

He leads their match 3-6 6-3 6-2.


Rod Laver tipped him as the following large factor in males’s tennis and Sebastian Korda resides as much as the GOAT’s prediction.

Korda has come from a set down to guide tenth seed Hubert Hurkacz 4-1 within the third set.

He tied their match up by claiming the second set 6-3 and now has the ascendancy.


The race to exchange Ash Barty as Australian Open ladies’s champion is huge open after the shock lack of No. 1 seed Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff.

The Pole who went on a 37-match profitable streak final 12 months had not dropped a set at Melbourne Park earlier than working into Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina on Sunday and struggling a 6-4 6-4 defeat.

On Sunday morning a number of the dialogue round week two of the Australian Open centred on who was the larger certainty to be topped champion – Swiatek or nine-time males’s winner Novak Djokovic.

However hours later and it was throughout for the short-priced favorite who gained final 12 months’s French and US Opens.

“For certain in Kazakhstan, I obtained a lot assist and I do know that

individuals following me and supporting me, so it was actually unbelievable once I got here again after (profitable Wimbledon final 12 months),” Rybakina mentioned.

“So thanks a lot everyone who’s watching and, after all, who got here to assist us and watch us as we speak.”

Sam Smith described defeat as “devastating” for Swiatek who couldn’t get off the court docket quick sufficient.

“That could be a devastating loss,” Smith mentioned on Ch9. “She is out and out by way of the rating factors that the dominating participant on the ladies’s tour, she has raised the bar, however the remaining, the pack, are coming again to her.”

No 7 seed Gauff was surprised by Jelena Ostapenko in straight units (7-5, 6-3).


Novak Djokovic has conceded his hamstring is feeling “actually dangerous” in moments throughout matches, with the star Serb counting on “drugs” and “scorching cream” to progress by way of the match.

Djokovic defeated Grigor Dimitrov in straight units on Saturday however was grateful the match didn’t final any longer after he was compelled to say the primary in a tie-break.

The Australian Open favorite admitted the “rollercoaster” damage was getting worse, revealing he was uncertain whether or not he would be capable of play out matches earlier than the match began.

“It sort of at all times begins effectively in previous couple of matches, together with this one, after which some motion occurs after which it will get worse,” he mentioned of his hamstring.

“Capsules kick in, some scorching cream and stuff. That works for a bit bit, then it doesn’t, then works once more.

“The best way it regarded simply earlier than the match began, I assumed that it wouldn’t be potential. I’m nonetheless right here and nonetheless holding on.”

The 35-year-old by no means severely thought-about withdrawing from the match with out testing the damage in matches first, he mentioned.

He superior previous spherical one unscathed however says he’s feeling the pinch extra incessantly as his marketing campaign progresses.

“I didn’t need to pull out for the match as a result of I needed to see the way it’s going to really feel on the court docket,” Djokovic mentioned.

“So the primary match was good. The second match I struggled quite a bit. I had couple of moments the place it was actually dangerous. As we speak, as effectively.

“However I managed to, as I mentioned, survive and sort of pull it by way of. I’ll take it match by match. I don’t know what awaits, however I do hope and I’ve religion for the most effective.”


Karen Khachanov is enjoying insane tennis on John Cain Enviornment and humiliating his opponent within the course of.

The Russian No 18 seed gained the primary 12 video games of the fourth spherical conflict to double bagel his opponent who had nothing to provide in response apart from a few racquet smashes and saying how “humorous” it method.

Khachanov ran riot claiming the opening two units in 46 minutes.

“It’s like a parking ticket the day you get your tax invoice,” Todd Woodbridge mentioned.

“Nothing going for him.

“That is relentless, it’s like watching a type of karate child, villain issues.

“He’s gained one level this set, one level.

“Two factors, two factors! Come on!

“He’s gained two factors in a single set in a fourth spherical conflict at a grand slam.”

The third set has began higher for the Japanese participant, the gang erupting as he held on to carry his first service recreation of the match.


Taking part in an Australia in Aus is a frightening prospect for anybody on the Open and that’s simply what’s coming Novak Djokovic’s method tomorrow.

Usually effectively supported in his matches, a fourth spherical conflict with Demon on Monday evening would be the first time shortly that Djokovic will play in Melbourne with out the assist of the stadium.

For Demon he is aware of it’s an enormous benefit.

“I feel the distinction is that the opponents not solely need to play towards me,” he mentioned.

“However they’ve obtained to play towards me and the entire crowd, proper?”

It was a theme acknowledged by Djokovic, who’s scuffling with a hamstring damage.

“It’s a giant problem of enjoying an Aussie man right here in entrance of his dwelling crowd,” mentioned the Serb.

“I’m certain that the environment might be electrical and he’s going to have plenty of assist, and he’s going to be pumped to attempt to win the match.”


For the primary time this match, Iga Swiatek has dropped a set.

Up towards Elena Rybakina on Rod Laver Enviornment, the Polish star is rattled dropping having dropped simply 15 video games thus far this match she misplaced the primary 4-6.

Rybakina has a degree to show as we speak. The reigning Wimbledon champion has been shunned to the skin courts for the primary three matches in Melbourne.

The snus have irked her so getting the possibility to strut her stuff will little question be tasting sweeter by the minute.

”Iga she’s struggling,” Jelena Dokic has mentioned in her courtside commentary.

“What Rybakina is doing so effectively, she’s going laborious and flat in Iga’s forehand. We all know that’s what she doesn’t like. She has a much bigger swing.

“Her forehand is likely one of the greatest on this planet when she has time. In the event you can go laborious and quick into the forehand, she struggles.

“Tactically Rybakina is doing the suitable factor. Iga is attempting to alter the sample of play to enter the backhand court docket rallies. It’s simply not working.

“Iga goes to need to do one thing large to show this round.”


Australian Open fines within the males’s competitors are down a whopping 82 per cent.

The lads have so far been fined a complete of A$23,700.60 – simply 18 per cent of final 12 months’s complete of $129,276 recorded by the top of week two.

It’s been a considerably tamer competitors than lately, a development anticipated to proceed given the early exits of serial offenders Denis Shapovalov and Daniil Medvedev in addition to the absence of Nick Kyrgios.

Shapovalov in 2022 was fined A$21,546 – practically this 12 months’s week one complete – however didn’t violate on this match in any respect earlier than his third-round departure.

Medvedev was fined A$17,236.80 final 12 months and was one among 4 gamers to have copped $4309.20 this match however was despatched packing by Sebastian Korda in a boilover.

The opposite three fined that very same quantity – Oscar Otte, Stan Wawrinka and Adrian Mannarino – are actually all out of reckoning.

The PG-rated really feel of the match has little question been aided by Kyrgios’ withdrawal, with the gang favorite fined A$14,364 in 2022.

Kyrgios was additionally fined greater than double that at Wimbledon, which included a fiery stoush with Stefanos Tstsipas – who is often one among tennis’ biggest donors himself.

Nevertheless, the Greek star is but to be fined a cent at this 12 months’s Australian Open, in all probability courtesy of the very fact he gained all of his first three matches in straight units.

When his match heats up in week two, historical past reveals there’s each probability his perspective will, too.

In the meantime, the ladies’s competitors has mixed for simply A$6463.30 which means they’re on monitor to fulfill to their 2022 tally of A$13,645.80.


Andy Murray had a crowd of seven,500 in his nook all evening lengthy in his Saturday blockbuster towards Roberto Bautista Agut and the one-sided nature of the followers clearly obtained to the Spaniard.

Murray’s 4:05 am end ultimately caught up with him as he bowed out in sometimes defiant type in spherical three.

The 35-year-old was clearly feeling the consequences of his epic five-setter in spherical two, which began on Thursday however ended within the early hours of Friday.

The Twenty fourth-seeded Spaniard Bautista gained 6-1, 6-7 (7/9), 6-3, 6-4 but it surely was the frosty assembly on the web which had individuals speaking.

Social media lit up with individuals questioning what beef the pair had with Agut later hinting the sway of the gang and raucous assist had irked him.

“He understands the sport very effectively and he is aware of play with a crowd, play with the nerves of the opponent,” he mentioned afterwards.

“As we speak was a troublesome match. I feel I did an excellent job.”

Margaret Court docket Enviornment was dubbed the “Murray madhouse” with the noise from the gang reaching decibels you’d count on from the championship profitable level in a closing quite than each time the Brit gained a degree, recreation or set.


In the event you’re not prepared to listen to the brutally sincere reality then don’t go close to Belinda Bencic’s coach.

Final 12 months the Swiss star employed Dmitri Tursunov – former high 20 participant and beforehand coach to a number of the greatest names in ladies’s tennis. There was a transformational shift to her recreation.

Two weeks in the past she gained in Adelaide and now Bencic is within the fourth spherical on the Australian Open in a large open ladies’s draw.

Brutal honesty is working for the 25-year-old.

“He’s undoubtedly a really powerful coach, for certain,” she mentioned. “He undoubtedly doesn’t speak about the whole lot else across the level and simply actually tells you what it’s worthwhile to hear, and generally you really want to listen to the uncomfortable stuff.

“ I’m not somebody who’s like: ‘Oh, like don’t criticise me.’ I’m used to it.

“That’s actually what I’m searching for. I’m attempting to enhance the whole lot however he simply pushes me quite a bit, so it places me out of my consolation zone. So I don’t really feel like, oh, I’m enjoying so effectively in apply, the whole lot is nice. Like then I come to the match, and you already know within the match you’re additionally out of your consolation zone, so undoubtedly I’m attempting to do what he’s telling me.

It’s working thus far, so I’m undoubtedly trusting him quite a bit. I simply really feel like now we have an excellent 12 months in entrance of us.”


Reside sport commentary is a troublesome job, even the most effective within the enterprise get caught out.

There are many sporting expressions that carry with them x-rated double-entendres.

It’s a minefield.

“How do you reply to deep laborious balls,” one says.

“Yeah you’ve obtained to essentially keep good and low,” is the response.

Earlier than each are unable to carry again a match of giggles.

A protracted silence adopted.

It wasn’t the one match of laughter that interrupted play at this 12 months Aus Open.

Arnya Sabalenka was serving for the match in her conflict towards Elyse Mertens when somebody within the crowd appeared to let rip.

“What was that? asks one of many commentators.

“Some form of indescribable noise from the gang,” was the diplomatic response


An ailing Novak Djokovic mentioned each second counted now that he was within the “final stage” of his profession, after battling previous Grigor Dimitrov and into the Australian Open final 16.

The Serb got here by way of a titanic 77-minute first set earlier than taming the Bulgarian 7-6 (9/7), 6-3, 6-4 on Rod Laver Enviornment, needing remedy twice on his troublesome hamstring.

He’ll face dwelling hope Alex de Minaur for a spot within the quarter-finals after the twenty second seed defeated Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi in three units.

Djokovic’s gutsy win inched him nearer to a tenth Australian Open title and record-tying 22 Grand Slam crowns.

Successful as soon as once more in Melbourne would additionally return him to world primary for the primary time since June.

Now 35, Djokovic mentioned he was savouring every match extra. “Each season counts I assume now, once you come to the final stage, the final quarter, of your profession,” he mentioned.

“Clearly you begin appreciating and valuing every match extra since you won’t have quite a bit left within the tank.

“I’ve been actually lucky to do what I like, I like the game, I like competing. It’s been virtually 20 years now {of professional} sport. I can’t be extra grateful than I’m.”


Sebastian Korda is the participant to beat on the Australian Open — in keeping with the best participant of all time.

Australian tennis legend Rod Laver has his eye firmly on American giant-killer and son-of-a-champion Korda, who dismissed two-time runner-up Daniil Medvedev on Friday evening.

Laver favored what he noticed in that conflict, and has backed within the 22-year-old to make an actual stand within the second week.

“It’s good that the younger gamers which might be approaching now,” the 11-time slam winner, together with two calendar grand slams, mentioned.

“There’s one man – I feel Korda. He beat Medvedev (on Friday evening). And I feel he’s the one who might be one among your subsequent champions on the market.

“There’s 4 or 5 others which might be 18 years of age, 19, they usually’re getting the expertise and attending to play down right here.”

Laver, who was ranked the highest participant on this planet for seven years straight and has extra profession titles than every other participant, mentioned Korda’s efficiency towards Medvedev on Friday confirmed he had doubtlessly taken the following step.

“He’s been an excellent younger participant,” he mentioned.

“When you get previous enjoying a few of these also-ran gamers (it’s one factor), however then once you’re up towards Medvedev, and you continue to carry out and compete – you’re ready to place the hassle in. I feel I see him going a good distance.”

Medvedev found the distinctive nature of Korda’s recreation first-hand, and described the younger gun as “one of many strongest hitters” in tennis.

“There are another guys enjoying like this, however they miss greater than him. And he didn’t miss that a lot,” the Russian mentioned.

“His recreation (is) sort of totally different from everyone as a result of very aggressive and really early he takes the ball. Somewhat bit perhaps like Novak (Djokovic). However, yeah, effectively, not each participant is able to doing that, in order that’s stunning and that.

“If I do it, I might be ranked 700 on this planet.”

Korda revealed after the pair’s conflict that he had been met with a textual content message from eight-time slam-winner Andre Agassi, who he credited with sparking his recreation into motion.

“He’s going to mattress now. That’s the very last thing he despatched me,” he mentioned.

“He’s one of the crucial particular individuals in my life. We began speaking throughout Covid in 2020.

“He’s been one of many greatest components in my rise. Simply general simply as a tennis participant, as a human being. We spend plenty of time collectively.

“He’s very particular to me.”

Initially printed as Australian Open 2023 day 7 stay scores, outcomes, schedule and order of play



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