- Rafael Nadal (ESP/ATP 2) s. Cameron Norrie (GBR/ATP 69) 7:5, 6:2, 7:5
- Daniil Medwedew (RUS / ATP 4) Sr. Filip Krajinovic (SRB / ATP 33) 6: 3, 6: 3, 4: 6, 3: 6, 6: 0
- Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE / ATP 6) s. Mikael Ymer (SWE / ATP 95) 6: 4, 6: 1, 6: 1
- Andrej Rublew (RUS/ATP 8) s. Feliciano Lopez (ESP/ATP 65) 7:5, 6:2, 6:3
- Matteo Berrettini (ATP/10) s. Karen Chatschanow (RUS/ATP 20) 7:6 (7:1), 7:6 (7:5), 7:6 (7:5)
No danger to Nadal
At the Australian Open is Rafael Nadal even after his 3rd match without losing a set and with a confident style. Cameron Norrie fought as much as possible in the unequal duel with the 20-time record Grand Slam winner, but was unable to implement the tips previously obtained from Andy Murray as desired. So the 3-2 lead with a break in the first round was the only honor for the 25-year-old.
On the other hand, the Spaniard acted remarkably cautious in the 133 minutes so as not to put undue strain on his injured back. In the second round, the Italian Fabio Fognini (ATP 17) is waiting, who has defeated Nadal 4 times in 16 clashes.
Medvedev gnaws for victory number 17 in a row
It was two days after his 25th birthday Daniil Medvedev on the verge of giving yourself presents afterwards. The Russian tournament favorite, who climbed into the duel with Filip Krajinovic with an impressive series of 16 victories on the ATP tour, led 2-0 sets – and steered lightly “down under” towards the round of 16.
But then came the break in the game of the world number four, who did not even try to hide his anger on the pitch. Medvedev had to equalize the Serbian outsider. Just as suddenly, the Russian reported back in the decisive deal and left Krajinovic no more game. However, until the round of 16 on Monday against Mackenzie McDonald (USA / ATP 192) he has to digest an exhausting five-set over 3:06 hours.
Djokovic had to stop training on Saturday
The ailing defending champion Novak Djokovic did without a training session in Melbourne the day after his troublesome round of 16 entry due to an abdominal muscle injury. Goran Ivanisevic, the coach of the Serb, confirmed the American broadcaster ESPNthat his protégé wanted to have another medical examination on Saturday instead. When creating the game plan, the tournament organizer took into account that Djokovic could be allowed to rest as long as possible.
The game of world number 1 against Milos Raonic (CAN / ATP 14) was scheduled for Sunday at the very end (from approx. 11:00 am Swiss time; live in the sports app in the commented stream).
Tsitsipas and Rublew with clear successes
The Italian had to bite his teeth during the almost 3 hours because his abdominal muscles are clearly causing him problems.
The 39-year-old Spanish oldie had played his 75th Grand Slam event in a row in Melbourne – a lonely record in tennis history. Meanwhile, Rublew continues against the Norwegian Casper Ruud (ATP 28).
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