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An American Made Week 2 at the Australian Open. He Avoided Djokovic and Nadal.
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Isner, 35, is the lone American in the top 30. In the 1990s, just as tennis was becoming a truly global sport, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Jim Courier were mainstays of the top 10. Canada, which is about one-tenth of the size of the United States, has three men in the top 20. Also, the Australian Open takes place on a hardcourt, the surface that most Americans grow up playing on.“I think I’m more than capable, but it’s a matter of not what I do against Novak but what do you do every day,” Tiafoe, 23, said after he had lost his hard-fought four-set, three-and-a-half-hour battle with Djokovic. “Those matches, losing matches, I don’t think I should.”Fritz came a step closer to beating Djokovic on Friday night, pushing him to five sets as Djokovic struggled through an injury he described as a torn muscle on the right side of his midsection. Fritz appeared to have Djokovic beaten early in the fifth set but fell short as Djokovic began pounding serves and ripping forehands into the corners, as he had early on in the match.An hour after it ended, Fritz remained distraught over too many missed first serves and errors off his forehand. He had taken Djokovic to a tiebreaker in the first set and had then lost seven of the next eight points.“It’s very motivating that we’re so close, but at the same time, we are so far,” Fritz said. “These guys are so good.”And so it was that McDonald, perhaps the most unlikely of all of his countrymen, became the last hope to put an American into the second week of the year’s first Grand Slam. McDonald showed promise three years ago when, not long after leaving U.C.L.A., he made it to the fourth round of Wimbledon, where he lost to Milos Raonic of Canada.Less than a year later, he sustained a torn hamstring tendon while playing doubles at the French Open and underwent surgery. After the operation, he couldn’t leave his apartment for three weeks, and he couldn’t walk for the better part of two months. Slowly, week by week, he began to allow his leg to bear more weight.
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Trust Me, Sports Without Fans Is Not Sports
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MELBOURNE, Australia — For roughly the past two decades, the analytics crowd has peddled the idea that sports is essentially math, that what unfolds on the field of play is predictable and intelligible if viewed through a proper algorithm. Occasionally that crowd has even been right. And in many ways the pandemic sports environment was an analytics aficionado’s dream, a chance for games to unfold in a laboratory, free of the noise, both literal and figurative, that can turn an expected outcome into a beautiful mess.Now, nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic, we really do know the roar of the crowd is as vital to sports as a ball or a net. The artificial crowd noise that Major League Baseball, the N.F.L., the N.B.A. and the N.H.L. have piped in, both for those in the stadiums and arenas and for people watching at home, is a terrible facsimile that makes the spectator-free games feel nothing like sports at all. What stage actors refer to as the “fourth wall” — the metaphorical barrier between performers and spectators — doesn’t exist in sports. A crowd’s passion can seemingly help power comebacks. Its scorn can smother one, too. For five glorious days at the 2021 Australian Open, I got to experience that noise again, because government officials allowed up to 30,000 fans, about 50 percent capacity, to attend the tournament each day. It was both a joy and a revelation to rediscover the power of what the quantum physicists call the “observer effect” — the fact that any observation, however passive, alters an outcome — even in a half-capacity crowd of tennis fans. Sports felt like Sports once more.Then on Friday, the coronavirus did what it has done so relentlessly for the past 11 months: It shut down the party. A recent outbreak was what much of the world would consider a nuisance. But in Australia, which has managed the pandemic more effectively than any other major economy, it qualified as a critical mass.The cluster of coronavirus cases grew to more than a dozen, and the state government of Victoria, where Melbourne is, declared a “snap lockdown” of five days, beginning at midnight Friday.Everyone, except those deemed essential workers, must stay home, though two hours of outdoor exercise and one hour to go to the grocery store or pharmacy are permitted. Players and people considered essential in running the Australian Open will be allowed at Melbourne Park. Spectators, sadly, must stay away until perhaps the singles semifinals, scheduled to start Thursday.“The players will compete in a bubble not dissimilar to what they have done throughout the year,” said Craig Tiley, the chief executive of Tennis Australia, which organizes the tournament.No one is happy about it.“It’s been really fun to have the crowd back, especially here,” Serena Williams said after she beat Anastasia Potapova in straight sets in the third round Friday. “But, you know what, at the end of the day we have to do what’s best. Hopefully it will be all right.”I am here to tell you it won’t be. After what I witnessed during the first five days, it’s going to be terrible, without the essential dynamics that make sports the ultimate in improvisational theater.Nick Kyrgios, the tennis antihero everywhere except Australia, where he is beloved, rode the fans to a miracle Wednesday night. He saved two match points in the fourth set against Ugo Humbert, the rising 22-year-old Frenchmen. Then he edged Humbert in the fifth set in front of an explosive crowd that never gave up on its hometown hero.Kyrgios is the rare tennis player who brings in rugby fans. They screamed their heads off to keep Kyrgios alive and Humbert, the No. 29 seed, on edge until the very last point.“Half-packed and it felt like it was a full stadium,” Kyrgios said. “I got goose bumps toward the end.”Humbert lost those two match points, even though he was serving. He heard the fireworks from the seats a few feet away. As he watched Kyrgios both encourage it and soak it all in, his eyes appeared to fill with fear. There was another set to play, but the crowd was not going to let Humbert get out alive.It is not a stretch to say that Humbert wins that match easily on a quiet court.Kyrgios and his crew were back at it Friday night, when he took on Dominic Thiem of Austria, the reigning United States Open champion. The roars started as Kyrgios broke Thiem in the first game. As the crowd bellowed, Kyrgios waved his arms and cupped his ear, signaling to his fans that if he had any chance against the machine-like No. 3 seed, they were it.And so began three-plus hours of interactive drama, with all the seat-banging, taunting and fist-pumping needed for someone who has barely played in a year to stay competitive with one of the best players on the planet. As the match stretched into the fifth set and past 10:30 p.m., a strange clock watching began, because fans were supposed to be home and observing lockdown by midnight.In the end it wasn’t enough, as Thiem prevailed in five sets, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, but it’s hard to believe it would have been close without it. “It’s not the same sport without the crowd,” Kyrgios said.So, here is one big reveal of the past week: All those star athletes who have always insisted they are so locked in that they do not hear the crowd? Well, it seems pretty clear they have been lying.Here was Novak Djokovic, who has won this championship eight times. He has described Rod Laver Arena as his backyard. He was getting ready to play a game the other day, when a clump of women with a Serbian flag stood up and serenaded him with the “Ole-Ole” tune, culminating with, “Novak Djokovic is hot, hot, hot!”Djokovic gave up on trying to play cool. He stepped back from the court, started giggling, then shook his head to regain his focus.Here was Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia, trying to serve out the third set for what would have likely been the biggest win of her career, an upset of Simona Halep, the No. 2 seed. She was in front of a hometown crowd that carried her all night but couldn’t will her to victory.“I felt that rush of people just cheering for you,” Tomljanovich said, her voice breaking following the loss. “I’m afraid to say it, but it could be the highlight of the year with the atmosphere and the crowd.”She is not the only one. I do not know what I am dreading more about the end of this assignment — the last freezing month of a winter in the Northeast, or the largely empty version of sports that the pandemic has wrought.It’s something, yes, but it is not sports.
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2021 Australian Open: What to Watch on Saturday Night
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How to watch: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern on the Tennis Channel and 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. on ESPN2 in the United States; streaming on the ESPN+ and ESPN3 apps.When four reigning Grand Slam champions appear in an order of play, you expect at least one of them to be a clear favorite to advance. In the Australian Open’s round of 16 on Saturday, that is not the case. Naomi Osaka, Dominic Thiem, Iga Swiatek and especially Novak Djokovic all face significant challenges.Djokovic struggled with an injured side muscle during his third-round victory over Taylor Fritz and will need to recover quickly if he is to challenge the in-form Milos Raonic. But for the others, the threat of elimination is less about their own issues and more about their opponents’ potential to play at a high level.Here are some matches to keep an eye on.Because of the number of matches cycling through courts, the times for individual matchups are at best estimates and are certain to fluctuate based on when earlier play is completed. All times are Eastern.Rod Laver Arena | 7 p.m. SaturdayNaomi Osaka vs. Garbiñe MuguruzaOsaka’s control of her third-round match against the creative and entertaining Ons Jabeur was exemplary. Although Osaka struggled to win points on her second serve, her first serve was enough to earn eight aces during a two-set win.Garbiñe Muguruza, a finalist at last year’s Australian Open, has dropped only 10 games on her path to the round of 16. Muguruza grabbed the initiative early in each match, using her powerful groundstrokes to dictate points and set up relatively easy winners.This matchup between two hardcourt specialists could have easily been a Grand Slam final, and speaks to the quality of tennis being played on the WTA tour. Tonight’s match should be an excellent wrap up to the first week of action.Margaret Court Arena | 9 p.m. FridayFelix Auger-Aliassime vs. Aslan KaratsevAslan Karatsev, a qualifier, is playing in the main draw at a major for the first time and has not lost a set, even as he upset the eighth seed, Diego Schwartzman. Karatsev’s powerful, well-placed serves have been a distinct advantage, forcing his opponents onto the back foot on the fast courts at Melbourne Park.Karatsev was a promising young player in 2017, before a knee injury sidelined him. He did not play an ATP-level event for three years. After his performance in Australia, Karatsev is guaranteed to be ranked in the top 100, and we will get to see more of the Russian without his needing to struggle through qualifying rounds.In the third round, Felix Auger-Aliassime, the 20th seed, was finally able to defeat his fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov. Auger-Aliassime reached the round of 16 in the U.S. Open before losing to Thiem and is now aiming to advance to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.Rod laver Arena | 11 p.m. SaturdayDominic Thiem vs. Grigor DimitrovThiem, the third seed, came from two sets down against Nick Kyrgios in the third round on Friday night. Thiem won the United States Open in September and reached the final of the ATP Finals, capping his best season on tour.Grigor Dimitrov, the 18th seed and the 2017 ATP Finals winner, has never reached the final of a Grand Slam tournament. He has had a relatively easy run to the round of 16, beating the 2014 U.S. Open champion, Marin Cilic, in three sets and playing only seven games in the third round before his opponent, Pablo Carreño Busta, retired with an illness.Dimitrov has won the majority of his matches against Thiem, but the two last faced each other at the 2019 Paris Masters. Though Thiem is in better form now, Dimitrov is well rested and could wear Thiem down with aggressive baseline play.Rod Laver Arena | 3 a.m. SundayIga Swiatek vs. Simona HalepSwiatek, the 15th seed, won her first Grand Slam title at the French Open in October. The 19-year-old will again meet Simona Halep, the second seed, in the round of 16. In Paris, Swiatek dismantled Halep, losing only three games as she used a variety of powerful rally balls and cleverly disguised drop shots to unsettle her opponent. It was a reversal of their meeting at the French Open in 2019, when Swiatek won just one game.Halep, a two-time major champion, was a semifinalist at last year’s Australian Open. Her aggressive baseline play is favored on hardcourts, but not by much. Swiatek’s mental toughness and consistency can allow her to stay in points much longer, even when on the back foot. Here are a few more matches to keep an eye on.Hsieh Su-wei vs. Marketa Vondrousova — 7 p.m.Aryna Sabalenka vs. Serena Williams — 9 p.m.Alexander Zverev vs. Dusan Lajovic — 2:30 a.m.Novak Djokovic vs. Milos Raonic — 5 a.m.
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เมลเบิร์นออสเตรเลีย - โนวัคยอโควิชผู้ครองแชมป์ออสเตรเลียนโอเพ่นและเป็นผู้เล่นที่สูงที่สุดในโลกหนีความวุ่นวายในเย็นวันศุกร์ที่เทย์เลอร์ฟริตซ์จากสหรัฐอเมริกาหลังจากได้รับบาดเจ็บที่ด้านขวาของกองกลาง ไม่แพ้ในทัวร์นาเมนต์นั้นเมื่ออยู่ในอันดับที่ 1 ได้รับบาดเจ็บจากการแข่งขันที่แปลกประหลาดซึ่งมีผู้ชมหลายพันคนถูกส่งออกจากสนามกีฬา Rod Laver Arena เมื่อเวลาเที่ยงคืนใกล้เข้ามาเนื่องจากการปิดล้อมของไวรัสโคโรนาที่รัฐบาลกำหนดในรัฐวิกตอเรีย Djokovic ปรากฏตัวในการควบคุม ของการแข่งขันเมื่อเขาชนะสองเซตแรก จากนั้นเขาเดินโซเซอย่างรุนแรงในขณะที่เขาต่อสู้กับสิ่งที่เขาอธิบายว่าเป็นกล้ามเนื้อฉีกขาดที่ด้านขวาของช่องท้องของเขา แต่ก็แอบผ่าน Fritz, 7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2 . “ ฉันแค่พยายามโฟกัสไปที่สิ่งที่เกิดขึ้นกับการบาดเจ็บ” ยอโควิชกล่าวหลังจากจบลง “ มันเป็นการฉีกขาดจากกล้ามเนื้อ ฉันไม่รู้ว่าฉันจะฟื้นหรือเปล่า ฉันไม่รู้ว่าฉันจะออกไปที่สนามหรือเปล่า Djokovic ทำนาย Milos Raonic ของแคนาดาในรอบที่สี่ในวันอาทิตย์ Raonic จะนำหนึ่งในบริการที่ยอดเยี่ยมที่สุดในวงการเทนนิสมาสู่การแข่งขันที่สามารถนำเสนอ Djokovic ได้หากเขาเล่นซึ่งเป็นหนึ่งในความท้าทายที่ยิ่งใหญ่ที่สุดของเขานับตั้งแต่เขาเริ่มครองสนามที่ยากในออสเตรเลีย สำหรับ Djokovic แชมป์แกรนด์สแลม 17 สมัยการแพ้จะนำมาซึ่งทัวร์นาเมนต์หลักที่สามติดต่อกันซึ่งจบลงด้วยความผิดหวัง เขายังไม่ได้รับค่าตอบแทนจากยูเอสโอเพ่นในเดือนกันยายนเมื่อเขาโดนลูกบอลที่บังเอิญไปโดนไลน์แบ็กเกอร์ ในเดือนตุลาคมเขาแพ้ราฟาเอลนาดาลอย่างจริงจังในรอบชิงชนะเลิศเฟรนช์โอเพ่น เขามาที่ออสเตรเลียเพื่อค้นหาฟอร์มการแข่งขันชิงแชมป์แม้ว่าเขาจะออกมาจากนิทรรศการในแอดิเลดพร้อมกับแผลพุพองที่มือของเขา อย่างไรก็ตามเขาผ่านการแข่งขันรอบแรกกับเจเรมีชาร์ดี้ของฝรั่งเศสใน 91 นาที อย่างไรก็ตามในรอบที่สองเขาถูกผลักดันให้ถึงขีด จำกัด กับฟรานเซสเทียโฟแห่งสหรัฐอเมริกาซึ่งขยายเวลาให้เขาถึงสี่เซ็ตในช่วงสามชั่วโมงครึ่งในช่วงบ่ายที่ร้อนอบอ้าวแม้ว่า Djokovic จะเสิร์ฟ 26 เอซ ในฐานะนักสู้ระดับพรีเมี่ยมที่ถูกแทงอย่างเฉียบขาดเทียโฟเห็นยอโควิชพยายามดิ้นรนเพื่อเอื้อมฝ่ามือกว้างและบังคับให้เขายืดตัวไปทางขวาอย่างต่อเนื่อง อย่างไรก็ตามเขาไม่ได้บอกใบ้ว่าเขาตกอยู่ในความทุกข์ทรมานอย่างมีนัยสำคัญใด ๆ หลังจากการแข่งขันและเข้าสู่คืนกับ Fritz ซึ่งมาจากซานดิเอโกในฐานะตัวเต็ง Djokovic คาดการณ์ว่าเขาอาจจะอยู่ในคืนที่ยาวนานโดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่งในสนามที่เขาอธิบายว่าเร็วที่สุดเท่าที่เขาเคยเล่นใน Australian Open เมื่อเทียบกับผู้เล่นอายุน้อยที่มีบริการที่ยอดเยี่ยมและเป็นคนแรกที่ทรงพลัง ในช่วงต้นเซ็ตที่สามดูเหมือนว่าเขาจะลื่นไถลเล่นกล้ามอยู่ทางด้านขวา เขาบอกว่าเขารู้สึกน้ำตาไหล เขาพักรักษาตัวและรับประทานยาต้านการอักเสบในปริมาณสูงสุดที่อนุญาต ในขณะที่การแข่งขันดำเนินไปเห็นได้ชัดว่าเขายังคงมีปัญหาในการเปลี่ยนทิศทางหรือยืดตัวเพื่อแย่งบอล Djokovic เริ่มนวดข้างของเขาในแต่ละเกมและการเปลี่ยนแปลง เขากล่าวว่าในตอนท้ายของซีรีส์ที่สี่ยาเริ่มได้ผลและเขารู้สึกสบายใจพอที่จะกดครั้งสุดท้ายในซีรีส์ที่ห้า เขายังคงก้าวร้าวในระหว่างเสิร์ฟครั้งที่สองและเริ่มฟาดฝ่ามือเชิงมุมอันเป็นเอกลักษณ์ของเขา เมื่อบอลลูกสุดท้ายของ Fritz แล่นออกไปนาน Djokovic ก็ตะโกนด้วยความดีใจและเสียงของเขาก็ดังก้องไปทั่วเวทีที่ว่างเปล่า “ ฉันไม่รู้จริงๆว่าฉันชนะการแข่งขันครั้งนี้ได้อย่างไร” เขากล่าว กล่าวว่า. "ฉันภูมิใจมากและในเวลาเดียวกันก็เสียใจและกังวลเพราะมีบางอย่างที่ร้ายแรงเกิดขึ้นกับอาการบาดเจ็บของฉันและฉันไม่มีเวลารักษามากนัก"
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Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios Trade Shots Off the Court
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MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic’s flat verbal volley was catnip for Nick Kyrgios, who gleefully blasted a return. “Bang,” he muttered under his breath, “Nailed him.”Kyrgios made his point at an Australian Open news conference, not on the court, where he last faced Djokovic in 2017. Over months and across time zones, the men have engaged in what amounts to the longest rally of the season, a seesaw of snark that has captivated an audience drawn to the catty Real Housewives of Melbourne vibe.Kyrgios called Djokovic “a tool.” Djokovic said he has no respect for Kyrgios off the court. Kyrgios called Djokovic “a very strange cat.” A weary Djokovic sighed and said, “Great.”The ball was back in Kyrgios’s court on Wednesday, but he was too exhausted after his electrifying five-set comeback victory over the 29th-seeded Frenchman, Ugo Humbert, to take another swipe at Djokovic, who is also through to Friday’s third round.Any other year, a war of words between the two would be as riveting as a plastic knife fight. Djokovic is the eight-time defending champion and the men’s world No. 1 who next month will tie (and probably pass) Roger Federer’s record of 310 weeks at the top.Kyrgios is ranked 47th, with six career ATP titles. He has never advanced past the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam event and has been known more for his meltdowns than any milestones. Kyrgios’s victory against Humbert offered a three-hour tour of his jagged internal terrain; the brilliant shots and the bellicose storms that left in their trail one smashed racket, two code violations and an earful of expletives.“If you were inside my head, there were some dark thoughts in there,” Kyrgios conceded.Any other year, even at his home Slam, Kyrgios, a Canberra native, would be the tantrum-thrower in the cereal aisle that all the adults gave a wide berth. But this is the first Australian Open played since the coronavirus pandemic halted sports and shut schools, displaced workers and residents and closed state and international borders.Kyrgios, 25, who has a residence in the Bahamas, idled at his family home in Australia’s capital during the five-month coronavirus-imposed halt to competition. His exposure to Australia’s rigorous one-for-all, all-for-one approach to the pandemic, one that embraced social distancing, masks and hand-washing but also testing, contact tracing, limited interstate travel, curfews and confinement, broadened his perspective beyond elite sport’s I-for-me, me-for-I mantra.Tennis’s bad boy became its social media Bard, giving voice to the hardships he saw all around him. He helped where he could, be it raising money for bushfire survivors or buying and distributing food to the housebound in his hometown.On the other side of the world, tennis’s reigning king was looking out for his community, too. Djokovic, 33, was hunkered down in Serbia, one of the European countries lightly impacted by the pandemic. Djokovic, a millionaire many times over, recognized the financial hardships faced by lower-ranked players, which he sought to ameliorate by organizing, and headlining, a two-week, four-city Balkans exhibition tour in June.Serbia’s lockdown had been lifted, but the lack of social distancing during the events, which attracted large crowds, and the photos that emerged of shirtless tennis stars dancing the night away in clubs, offended players who were lonely and locked down in their homes. When three coaches, two wives and four players, including Djokovic, tested positive for the coronavirus, leading to the cancellation of the event, the backlash was swift.Leading the verbal attack was Kyrgios, who decried the tour as a “bonehead decision” and suggested that Djokovic, as the game’s top player, needed to be held accountable for his actions.When the ATP season resumed in August Kyrgios opted out because he didn’t want to travel. And so it wasn’t until last month, when Djokovic arrived in Australia and began a mandatory 14-day quarantine that Kyrgios’s bubble and Djokovic’s bubble collided in full view of Australian journalists badly in need of a frothy diversion.Djokovic, who had resigned as president of the ATP Player Council last summer to help start what he described as a complementary players’ organization, was on a text string with dozens of players who detailed their quarantine woes.Gathering their complaints, Djokovic sent Craig Tiley, the Tennis Australia CEO, a list that reflected the requests, which included easing the quarantine period and access to private homes with tennis courts, similar to what was available to players at their own expense in New York during last year’s United States Open.“I offered to help with my position, my status, my name, with my connection to Craig, this group of over 100 players who were communicating on a daily basis what are the things they were missing,” Djokovic said this week.Djokovic’s missive, which he said was intended for Tiley’s eyes only, was leaked, and Kyrgios called Djokovic out for not appreciating sacrifices made by the Australian public that made the tournament possible.An Australian reporter asked Djokovic for his reaction. He said that Kyrgios, whom he described as “someone that is different,” is good for the sport.“I have respect for him,” Djokovic said. “I have respect for everyone else really because everyone has a right and freedom to choose how they want to express themselves.”He added that he appreciates Kyrgios’s “big game” but that off the court, he doesn’t have much regard for him. Like courier pigeons, Australian news media members carried a Twitter-length version of Djokovic’s message to Kyrgios.“He says he has no respect for you,” a reporter said. “Would you like to say anything?”“He’s a very strange cat, Novak is,” Kyrgios said. “Heck of a tennis player but unfortunately someone that is partying with his shirt off during a global pandemic, I don’t know if I can take any slack from that man.”In Djokovic’s next news conference, Kyrgios’s words were read to him word for word. “Great,” Djokovic replied dismissively.Did he have anything to add? “No,” he said.The next shot could be delivered on the court. They could meet in the semifinals, where their distinct playing styles reflect their personalities. Kyrgios is aggressive, impulsive and, as befits someone who’s easily distracted, armed with a game built for short points.Djokovic has a cartographer’s zeal for precision and discipline. He accepts suffering as the path to enlightenment and is a doggedly earnest defender deft at attacking from seemingly untenable positions.In their verbal exchanges, Djokovic goes on the defensive while Kyrgios bats each barb back like a between-his-legs half-volley.Djokovic can’t win for winning; his 17 Grand Slam singles titles are the third-most in men’s history behind Rafael Nadal and Federer, who both have 20, and yet he travels the world like the third wheel in the public’s two-man love affair. And Kyrgios can’t win for losing. In the second round, he said, he was able to stave off a match point to win the fourth set and then take the fifth because he imagined the headlines had he lost, “almost afraid,” he said, to “take all that negativity in.”Are Djokovic and Kyrgios really so different?Each spent part of Thursday in the Melbourne Park rooting for compatriots. Djokovic cheered Olga Danilovic, whom he is mentoring. Kyrgios watched his doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis.Djokovic could have been speaking for both of them when he said he’s never been “the guy who wants to fit in the box.”It’s not hard to picture Kyrgios with his racket raised, applauding him.
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ออสเตรเลียนโอเพ่น 2021: สิ่งที่น่าจับตามองในคืนวันอังคาร
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วิธีรับชม: 18:00 ถึง 21:00 น. ทางตะวันออกทางช่อง Tennis Channel และ 21:00 ถึง 7:00 น. ESPN2 ในสหรัฐอเมริกา ออกอากาศทาง ESPN + และ ESPN3 เซเรน่าวิลเลียมส์ครองแชมป์ในการแข่งขันรอบแรก วิลเลียมส์ทำคะแนนได้มากกว่าสองเท่าของคู่ต่อสู้ใน 56 นาทีที่ใช้เวลาในการเอาชนะลอร่าซีเกมุนด์ผู้เชี่ยวชาญคู่ผสมของเยอรมัน เมื่อเทียบกับ Nina Stojanovic ที่ไม่ได้รับการจัดอันดับในการแข่งขันวันอังคารวิลเลียมส์จะดูเหมือนว่าจะมีการออกนอกบ้านที่คล้ายกันทำให้การแข่งขันของเธอสั้นและคงความสดใหม่สำหรับรอบต่อ ๆ ไป วิลเลียมส์ไม่ใช่คนเดียวที่พยายามสร้างความสำเร็จในช่วงต้นเช่นเดียวกับโนวัคยอโควิชและอิกาสวิเอเตก ยังมองไปที่การสร้างผลงานรอบแรกที่โดดเด่น นี่คือการแข่งขันบางส่วนที่ควรค่าแก่การสังเกต เนื่องจากจำนวนการแข่งขันที่หมุนเวียนผ่านสนามเวลาสำหรับการแข่งขันแต่ละคู่จึงถูกประมาณไว้ได้ดีที่สุดและจะแตกต่างกันไปขึ้นอยู่กับเวลาที่เกมก่อนหน้านี้เสร็จสิ้น เวลาทั้งหมดอยู่ทางทิศตะวันออก John Cain Arena | 22:00 น. ของวันอังคารวีนัสวิลเลียมส์พบกับซาร่าเออร์รานีวีนัสวิลเลียมส์เล่นออสเตรเลียนโอเพ่นครั้งแรกในปี 2541 ถึงรอบก่อนรองชนะเลิศ แม้ว่าเธอจะคว้าแชมป์ WTA ครั้งล่าสุดเมื่อเกือบ 5 ปีที่แล้ว แต่ในงาน Taiwan Open 2016 แต่วิลเลียมส์ยังคงรักษาอันดับที่ดีที่สุดไว้ได้ ในการแข่งขันรอบแรกกับ Kirsten Flipkens เธอทำผิดพลาดโดยไม่ได้ตั้งใจเพียง 13 ครั้งต่อ 30 คนของ Flipkens ซึ่งเป็นข้อพิสูจน์ถึงความสม่ำเสมอของเธอ Sara Errani เป็นผู้เข้ารอบสุดท้ายของ French Frank ในปี 2012 ด้วยการจัดอันดับ 5 คะแนน แต่ได้รับการทดสอบในเชิงบวกสำหรับสารต้องห้าม letrozole ในปี 2017 เธอกลับมาที่เมเจอร์ในปี 2020 และด้วยอันดับที่อยู่นอก 100 อันดับแรกจำเป็นต้องผ่านรอบคัดเลือกเพื่อไปปรากฏตัวในการจับฉลากครั้งสำคัญที่ French Open ในฐานะผู้เชี่ยวชาญด้านสนามดินเธอจะต้องพยายามทำให้ภาพของเธอแบนมากกว่าปกติเพื่อที่จะมีโอกาสทำให้วิลเลียมส์ไม่พอใจร็อดลาเวอร์อารีน่า | 23:00 น. ของวันอังคารที่สโลวัก Djokovic พบกับ Frances Tiafoe Slovak Djokovic แชมป์ชายเดี่ยวในปี 2019 และ 2020 ทำให้การแข่งขันรอบแรกของเขากับJérémy Chardy ลดลงเพียงหกเกม Djokovic ประสบความสำเร็จมากกว่าในการแข่งขัน Australian Open มากกว่าทัวร์นาเมนต์ใหญ่อื่น ๆ โดยคว้าแชมป์แกรนด์สแลม 17 รายการจากทั้งหมด 17 รายการ หลังจากพ่ายแพ้อย่างน่าผิดหวังสองสามครั้งในรอบชิงชนะเลิศ ATP ในเดือนพฤศจิกายน Djokovic หวังว่าจะคว้าแชมป์ Slam ครั้งที่ 18 ของเขาในคอร์ตเสมือนบ้านของเขา Francis Tiafoe ชาวอเมริกันวัย 23 ปีประสบความสำเร็จในการแข่งขันที่ Australian Open ในปี 2019 ถึงรอบรองชนะเลิศก่อนที่จะแพ้ให้กับ Rafael Nadal แต่เขาไม่ได้สร้างจากผลการแข่งขันนั้นแพ้ในรอบแรกสี่ในหกรายการแกรนด์สแลมถัดไป เทียโฟมีฝ่ามือที่ทรงพลัง แต่แบ็คสวิงในพื้นที่ของเขาสามารถทำให้ฝ่ายตรงข้ามเสียการทรงตัวได้ เมื่อเทียบกับ Djokovic ความไม่ถูกต้องเล็กน้อยในรูปแบบของเขาอาจกลายเป็นจุดอ่อนที่สำคัญและเทียโฟจะต้องเล่นได้เกือบสมบูรณ์แบบหากเขาหวังที่จะยุติความยุ่งยากจอห์นคาอินอารีน่า | MidnightIga Swiatek กับ Camila Giorgi Iga Swiatek วัย 19 ปีกลายเป็นแชมป์เมเจอร์ครั้งแรกคนใหม่ล่าสุดในเดือนตุลาคมที่ French Open เอาชนะ Sofia Kenin ซึ่งกลายเป็นผู้ชนะ Grand Slam ครั้งแรกใน Australian Open 2020 ความสามารถในการยิงปืนของ Swiatek เป็นสิ่งที่น่ายกย่อง แต่เธอได้พาดหัวข่าวเกี่ยวกับความเข้มแข็งทางจิตใจของเธอมากขึ้น เธอเดินทางไปกับนักจิตวิทยาการกีฬา Daria Abramowicz ซึ่งมีบทบาทสำคัญในความสำเร็จของเธอ Swiatek ไม่ได้เป็นผู้ใต้บังคับบัญชาอีกต่อไปและการย้ายรอบแรกของเธอจาก Arantxa Rus ดูคุ้นเคยมาก Kamila Giorgi จากอิตาลีอันดับที่ 79 ของทัวร์เป็นผู้เล่นที่ก้าวร้าวโดยเฉพาะ การเล่นโดยประมาทของเธออาจทำให้เกิดข้อผิดพลาดที่ไร้พลังมากมายโดยเฉพาะกับผู้เล่นที่เคลื่อนที่ได้ดีและผลักดันให้ Giorgi ทำการยิงเพิ่ม Swiatek จะนำความท้าทายนั้นมาสู่ Giorgi อย่างแน่นอน แต่พื้นผิวฮาร์ดคอร์ทที่เร็วกว่าอาจทำให้ Giorgi ได้เปรียบ 1573 Arena | 2:00 วันพุธ Reilly Opelka ปะทะ Taylor Fritz เมื่อ Andy Roddick ชาวอเมริกันคนสุดท้ายที่คว้าแชมป์รายการแกรนด์สแลมได้รับรางวัล US Open ปี 2003 Reilly Opelka และ Taylor Fritz ทั้งคู่อายุประมาณ 6 ปี ตอนนี้ชาวอเมริกันสองคนนั้นกำลังเติมเต็มรูปแบบเดียวกับผู้เล่นที่มีแนวโน้มที่จะเอาชนะคู่ต่อสู้ด้วยบริการที่ยอดเยี่ยม นั่นไม่ได้หมายความว่าไม่มีความแตกต่าง ที่ความสูง 6 ฟุต -11 Opelka มีความสูงเป็นข้อได้เปรียบตามธรรมชาติในการเคลื่อนที่ในการเสิร์ฟ แต่ต่อสู้กับภาพที่ละเอียดอ่อนกว่าในขณะที่ Fritz 6 ฟุต 4 นั้นเคลื่อนที่ได้มากกว่าโดยใช้เฟรมที่อ้วนเพื่อสร้างมุมถ่ายภาพที่ดีขึ้นรอบ ๆ สนาม .. ผู้เล่นทั้งสองคนแสดงให้เห็นถึงสัญญาในสนามจูเนียร์ Opelka คว้าแชมป์จูเนียร์วิมเบิลดัน 2015 ในขณะที่ฟริตซ์เป็นแชมป์จูเนียร์ยูเอสโอเพ่น 2015 ไม่มีใครผ่านเข้ารอบที่สามในการจับฉลากหลักของแกรนด์สแลมและมันจะไม่ผ่านไปจนกว่าจะถึงกลุ่มเยาวชนที่มีแนวโน้มจะมาถึง พวกเขาทั้งคู่จะต้องหาฐานรากในไม่ช้าหากพวกเขาหวังว่าจะสร้างความประทับใจให้มากขึ้น ต่อไปนี้คือการแข่งขันอื่น ๆ ที่ควรทราบ: Bianca Andreescu vs. Hsieh Su-Wei - 19:00 Serena Williams vs.Nina Stojanovic - 21:00 Denis Shapovalov vs. Bernard Tomic - 02:00
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2021 Australian Open: What to Watch on Opening Day
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Jérémy Chardy, a French doubles specialist, reached the semifinals in two recent tournaments, the Murray River Open in Melbourne and the Antalya Open in January. Without a main draw singles win in 2020, this has been an excellent start to the year for the 33-year-old. However, he hasn’t beaten Djokovic once in 13 meetings, and it’s unlikely that he can buck that in Round 1.Margaret Court Arena | 7 a.m. MondayDenis Shapovalov vs. Jannik SinnerJannik Sinner, a 19-year-old Italian, had an excellent 2020 season, reaching his first major quarterfinal at the French Open and winning his first ATP title at the Sofia Open, becoming the youngest player to win an ATP title since Kei Nishikori in 2008. Having won the Great Ocean Road Open this week, Sinner will be looking to continue his success and push for a deep run at the Australian Open.Denis Shapovalov, the 11th seed, is coming into the Australian Open on a five match losing streak. At the U.S. Open in September, he reached his first major quarterfinal and then followed up with a run to the semifinals at the masters-level Italian Open. The hard hitting 21-year-old has struggled since then, but has shown some upsides in his two losses at the ATP Open last week to Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev.Both youngsters are well-suited to the hardcourts of Melbourne, and this match should feature many aggressive, attack-minded points. On current form, Sinner has the slight edge, but both have high expectations of themselves, and in the five-set format of a grand slam, there can be plenty of twists and turns in a close match.Matches for the Night Owls:Ons Jabeur vs Andrea Petkovic — midnightGrigor Dimitrov vs Marin Cilic — midnightAlison Riske vs Anastasia Potapova — midnightKei Nishikori vs Pablo Carreño Busta — 2 a.m.Diego Schwartzman vs Elias Ymer — 2 a.m.
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Australian Open Preview: Battle of the Women’s Champions
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Tennis has returned to Melbourne, the site of the last Grand Slam event before the coronavirus pandemic, finding itself both profoundly changed since the last Australian Open and yet eminently recognizable. The top men are still dominating, Serena Williams is still seeking a 24th Grand Slam title, and a growing cast of talented young champions is vying for a sturdy foothold atop the ever-undulating women’s tennis ladder.Here are the biggest stories of the Australian Open, which begins Monday.Serena Williams Is Still in the ChaseAfter winning her Open era-record 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open four years ago, Williams has returned to Melbourne for an 11th attempt at adding one more to her lofty haul.Since returning from maternity leave in 2018, Williams has repeatedly put herself in position to contend for an elusive 24th singles title, having reached four Grand Slam finals and a semifinal but come up just short each time. Williams looked sharp in her three matches at a warm-up event in Melbourne last week, reaching the semifinals on the strength of strong all-court play with particular acuity in her serve, which was reaching speeds upward of 120 miles per hour. That semifinal would have been a blockbuster against top-ranked Ashleigh Barty, but Williams withdrew well before it would have begun, citing a shoulder problem (and most likely not relishing such a high-caliber throwdown just two days before a Grand Slam).A video from Architectural Digest of Williams nonchalantly giving a tour of her trophy room went viral last week but did not do justice to the hunger Williams has maintained, in a career that has already had so much, to keep working for more. Courtney Nguyen, a senior writer for WTA Insider, drew laughter when she told Williams that “the way we look for a fork in a drawer is the way you look at your trophies.”Margaret Court, whose overall record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles includes many won during the amateur era, is again proving polarizing in Australia after an honor from the government once again shined a spotlight on her history of bigoted remarks. As Williams reaches as close to underdog status as she might ever allow herself to get, public sentiment toward Williams in her quest to equal and surpass Court’s record might never be higher.Young Champions Lead the Women’s SideIn a testament to the depth of women’s tennis — and the lack of any player who has emerged as a consistently dominant presence — there are four women in the Australian Open draw who won their most recent matches at Grand Slams. One is Williams, who withdrew from the French Open in September after winning her first-round match. The other three women all won titles in their most recent Grand Slam appearances, solidifying themselves as emerging stars: Iga Swiatek, 19, last year’s French Open champion; Naomi Osaka, 23, last year’s United States Open champion; and the 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu, 20.Add to that mix the top-ranked Barty, 24, and the defending Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, 22, and it becomes clearer still that women’s tennis is spoiled for possibilities for a potential standard-bearer for women’s tennis at Grand Slams.Andreescu, who has not played since the fall of 2019 after a knee injury, is the most enigmatic of the bunch. She overwhelmed all comers while healthy that season, winning the U.S. Open, Indian Wells and the Rogers Cup in Toronto, but she was not healthy enough to vie for almost any other title. Her return to the tour has been full of stops and starts, but she has said she feels “ready to go” in the Australian Open.Andreescu said that watching her matches from 2019 had helped her get “into the mood, into the mind-set.”“I felt the same things like I did in 2019, which I think really helps me just get in character,” Andreescu said on Friday. “It really inspired me, too, just watching myself play again. I don’t normally like to do that, but I think it was good for me since I haven’t played for so long. Hopefully that can help me bounce back on the court quicker.”The Men Can Run Up the ScoreWhile the women have vanloads of trophy-bearing contenders in Melbourne, just who will leave with the men’s title in two weeks doesn’t seem as open a question.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who has won the tournament a men’s record eight times, is consistently at his best in Melbourne. Second-ranked Rafael Nadal, who thrashed Djokovic in October’s French Open final, equaling Roger Federer’s total of 20 Grand Slam titles, has consistently been one of the most opportunistic competitors in the sport. He might pounce on his long-awaited first chance to surpass Federer’s mark. (Federer, who has not competed since an injury at last year’s Australian Open, is entered in a March ATP event in Doha, Qatar.)The sole interruption to the Big 3’s hegemony in the last four seasons came last year when Djokovic, the lone member of the trio to compete at the U.S. Open, got himself defaulted from his fourth-round match by unintentionally hitting a ball into a lineswoman’s throat. His absence cleared a path for Dominic Thiem to win his first Grand Slam final on his fourth attempt. The third-ranked Thiem, and fourth-ranked Daniil Medvedev, are finding success at smaller events, but they haven’t yet shown an ability to beat Nadal or Djokovic — or, more likely, both — to steal a Grand Slam title.Pandemic Uncertainty LingersLast year’s Australian Open was largely overshadowed by the wildfires burning across the country, occasionally in a literal sense as smoke hung in the air over Melbourne.This time, the haze over the tournament and the sport is far more existential. Australia has been among the most successful countries in combating the coronavirus pandemic, with fewer than 1,000 people having died of the illness in a population of over 25 million, because of strict lockdowns and collaborative measures.The decision to stage an international tennis event — and to afford arriving players some exemptions from the strict 14-day hotel quarantine that others international travelers entering the country have endured — has proved divisive. Despite affordable tickets, attendance at the warm-up events at Melbourne Park last week was meager, and a positive test from a worker in the hotel quarantine program announced midweek did little to draw locals. And with the difficulties around both domestic and international travel, the crowds are going to be almost entirely local this year.Even if the Australian Open goes smoothly and is completed without any further coronavirus scares, the sport will leave Melbourne with an unclear outlook. Indian Wells, the major tournament in the California desert each March, has already postponed this year’s edition.To get back to anything resembling normal, the professional tennis tours will require both reliably easy international travel and crowds who are able and eager to attend large public events. As long as the trip to Australia has always been, those destinations feel even farther away right now.
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Ashleigh Barty Seeded First in Australian Open Draw
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Tenth-seeded Serena Williams, who is seeking her 24th Grand Slam title, could await whoever advances from Osaka’s quarter of the draw. Williams opens against the combative Laura Siegemund, but her toughest test might come from the enigmatic player who looms in the fourth round: seventh-seeded Aryna Sabalenka. Despite the pandemic-decimated schedule, Sabalenka has won four WTA titles in the last 12 months, including the final two tournaments of last season and the first of this year. But Sabalenka has not played well at Grand Slam events, only once advancing to even the fourth round in 12 main draw appearances.Whoever advances from Williams’s and Sabalenka’s section very likely has a tough battle on her hands in the quarterfinals as well, with both second-seeded Simona Halep and 15th-seeded Iga Swiatek looming. Swiatek won the French Open in October.On the men’s side of the tournament, the already dim hopes among American players got even dimmer after the draw.With the highest-ranked American man, John Isner, choosing to stay home, 27th-seeded Taylor Fritz is the lone seed from the United States in men’s singles. He could face the next-highest ranked American man, his friend Reilly Opelka, in the second round. But whoever comes out of that part of the draw would most likely run into the buzz saw of Novak Djokovic in the third round.The top-seeded Djokovic, who has won eight Australian Open titles including the last two, opens his tournament against the Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, and could face another young American, 2019 quarterfinalist Frances Tiafoe, in the second round.One of Djokovic’s toughest potential tests looms in the fourth round, where he could face the 17th-seeded Stan Wawrinka. Wawrinka is one of only three players to have beaten Djokovic in Melbourne in the last 10 years. He did so in the 2014 quarterfinals en route to winning his first Grand Slam title.Djokovic could face third-seeded Dominic Thiem in the semifinals in what would be a rematch of last year’s final. Second-seeded Rafael Nadal, in his first try at breaking the Grand Slam men’s singles titles record after tying the absent Roger Federer at last year’s French Open, opens his tournament against the 56th-ranked Serbian player, Laslo Djere.
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Djokovic, Nadal top seeds at delayed Australian Open
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Novak Djokovic  (REUTERS/Kelly Defina) Eight-time champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia was named top seed, while Spain’s Rafael Nadal was seeded No. 2 in his quest for a record 21st grand slam title, when the Australian Open draw was announced Friday. The annual opening grand slam event of the year, held at Melbourne Park, is slightly delayed in 2021 as a precaution because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will begin Monday and run through Feb. 21. The top four seeds followed ATP rankings with Dominic Thiem of Austria seeded third and Daniil Medvedev of Russia seeded fourth. No. 5-ranked Roger Federer will skip the tournament after two operations on is right knee last year. Rafael Nadal of Spain practices at Melbourne Park in advance of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 31, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott The remaining top 10 seeds include: No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, No. 6 Alexander Zverev of Germany, No. 7 Andrey Rublev of Russia, No. 8 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, No. 9 Matteo Berrettini of Italy and No. 10 Gael Monfils of France. Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, the 2014 champion, is the No. 17 seed. Djokovic is the defending champion, defeating Thiem in a five-set final last year. Djokovic has won each of the past two titles in Australia and his eight titles Down Under are a record. Djokovic opens with a first-round meeting with Jeremy Chardy of France and is lined up to potentially face Thiem in the semifinals. Nadal, who last won the Australian Open in 2009, is set to face Laslo Djere of Serbia in the first round. The top-seeded player from the United States is Taylor Fritz at No. 27. An American has not won the Australian Open since Andre Agassi in 2003. Read Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
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