Favorites Djokovic, Zverev Cruise Into Australian R16; Nadal, Federer Face Tests
by Staff | January 19th, 2019, 8:37 am
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The top men’s names continued to roll at the Australian Open. On pretty dull day of tennis in the men’s draw, Novak Djokovic ran his mark to 31-0 at the event as a top seed getting through Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.

Djokovic had a bit of a blip in the third leading by a break and in control before Shapovalov reeled off four straight games to push a fourth. But the Serb got back in charge from there.

“Other than the little letdown that I had when I was 4-1, 4-2 up in the third set, other than that I thought I played well, especially in the fourth set,” Djokovic said. “I expected Denis to come out and be aggressive. He made a lot of unforced errors, I thought, for the first set and a half.

“I just stayed solid from back of the court and served well, played the right shots. For the first two sets, just had things under control. At 4-1, I was agitated. As I said, should not happen to me. I know better. I have experience. But it does happen, I guess. I allowed him to come back to the match.”

Djokovic will now meet Russian giant Daniil Medvedev. The Brisbane finalist quietly hasn’t dropped a set after taking care of David Goffin 6-2, 7-6(3), 6-3 to reach his first Slam fourth round.

After two 5-set wins, Kei Nishikori was more than happy going just three in a win over Joao Sousa 7-6(6), 6-1, 6-2.

Next for Nishikori is Pablo Carreno Busta who returned to the last 16 by taking out Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

“I’m sure it’s going to be something like today,” Nishikori said of the Spaniard. “There is going to be many rallies. He’s very solid from baseline. He can move well, good serve. I’m sure it’s going to be tough match.”

Former semifinalist Milos Raonic held off World No. 2 in doubles Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(6). The Canadian will face Alexander Zverev who eliminated Alex Bolt 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.

“I’m happy,” Raonic said. “To pull up two days after the tough match I had and play a pretty quite good actually level of tennis, efficient, I think that was all very positive for me.”

Boric Coric continued his best Australian Open by coming from a set down to deny Filip Krajinovic. He’ll meet Lucas Pouille who outlasted Alexei Popyrin 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-7(10), 4-6, 6-3.

On a very nice Sunday schedule, Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych meet for the first time in almost four years. Nadal leads the Czech 19-4 but Berdych won at the 2015 Australian in straight sets.

Roger Federer returns to take on the flashy Stefanos Tsitsipas. Federer beat the Greek at the Hopman Cup earlier this month, but this will be their first official tour meeting.

Former semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov will try to stop the run of American Frances Tiafoe who turns 21. And Martin Cilic battles Roberto Bautista Agut.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN SUNDAY SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena
From 11:00am AEDT
P. Kvitova(8) v A. Anisimova
Not before 12:30pm AEDT
A. Barty(15) v M. Sharapova(30)
Not before 2:30pm AEDT
T. Berdych v R. Nadal(2)

From 7:00pm AEDT
S. Tsitsipas(14) v R. Federer(3)
S. Stephens(5) v A. Pavlyuchenkova

Margaret Court Arena
From 11:00am AEDT
Doubles
Doubles
Not before 3:00pm AEDT
D. Collins v A. Kerber(2)
Not before 5:00pm AEDT
M. Cilic(6) v R. Bautista Agut(22)

Melbourne Arena
From 11:00am AEDT
Doubles
Not before 1:00pm AEDT
F. Tiafoe v G. Dimitrov(20)


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21 Comments for Favorites Djokovic, Zverev Cruise Into Australian R16; Nadal, Federer Face Tests

RZ Says:

Bracket update: Farah took the lead in round 2 and is holding on to first place after round 3. Alibaba is in 2nd place.
So far it looks like Anderson losing hasn’t had a big effect overall, probably because 12 out of the 19 entries had him in the semis. His loss may start affecting the later rounds where the points are worth more.


jatin Says:

Rafal nadal on Fire. Destroying Berdych


jatin Says:

This has turned out to be like a Dream tournament for Fracis Tiafoe. Loved seeing the way he celebrated his victory.
But Rafa’s up next who is looking great. Playing super aggressive with a improved serve.

Excited for Fed vs Tsitsipas. Hope Fed will bring his best today.


FedExpress Says:

You can only laugh about the clowning by Federer.

How did he lose the 2nd set after having billion BPs?


jatin Says:

Fed is in big trouble now. Tsitsipas playing incredible and fed’s game is getting down :(


Giles Says:

They’ve been playing for over 3 hrs now


Madmax Says:

Come on Jatin.

We all are here for the Fed’s ride into the glowing sunset…however long that takes. He will go out fighting. Give him that. It is a struggle though, I hate to watch the fact that this could go to a five setter and if it does, then it does.

This is the new generation coming forward now. Nothing to lose This the cycle of life.

We shall see.


Madmax Says:

FedExpress you are the only clown here always spoiling it with negative terminology. Always. You are a joke. No Federer fan for sure.

FedExpress Says:
You can only laugh about the clowning by Federer.

How did he lose the 2nd set after having billion BPs?

January 20th, 2019 at 5:36 am


Madmax Says:

Come on Federer! Now or never!

Go. Go. Go:

The fans are with you! But wow! The Greek. He has arrived!


Madmax Says:

Hold onto that damn Serve now Fed!

THAT SERVE: THE SERVE: THAT SERVES YOU WELL: MOST OF THE TIME: ALL OF THE TIME:

NOW: !


Madmax Says:

Have you disappeared Jatin?

I am here. I will wait until the end of this match, perhaps in the fourth set or the fifth set. But oh, the recovery from the fifth set. And those legs. Young versus older, but the mind is the greatest spirit of all Jatin.

Come on Fed!


Daniel Says:

Damm, just woke up, turn the TV and saw the last point. Did not see that coming Thought Tsisi could win a set but not the match.

Future of tennis is coming. Congrats Tsisipas, huge win for him. Hope he can back it up to the finals. But Nadal loos incredible last 2 rounds. If Djoko is upset this could be Nadal’s title after 10 years.
But if Djoko is in finals, can’t see him losing.

For Fed, last reach chance is Wimbledon, and the is really his last Slam chance. He will be shot of 38. You just can not win Slams in todays game at 37, not even him.


Daniel Silva Says:

Tisisi x Tiafoe semis would be great, but Nadal looking at this results, no Dimi he sometimes olayhg him tough, No Cilic who beat him last year and no Fed who beat him last 5 times inclined g 2017 final. He couldn’t ask for better. Hasn’t lost a set, so the man to beat this bottom half. But both Tsisi and Tiafoe have the game to trouble him on this court, not Agut.


jatin Says:

Hey Madmax, Couldn’t pull myself back in the discussion after that as it was too tense in there.
Fed’s forehand was so off today, I don’t know if it is the injury or something but that buggy whip with no power is not something he used to hit. He showed great promise in the Hopman cup by hitting Down the line flatter forehands, so its very disappointing to see him resorted back to the forehands which he included in order to tackle wrist injury last year after Stuttgart. And those missed set points in the 2nd set.

Tsitsipas played out of his mind though, rarely commit any unforced error and was super consistent in his game. Cannot believe how he defended after that amazing return by fed at 4-4 in the last tiebreaker. He has all the shots, power and flexibility. Perhaps the best of the next Gen.

Fed falls to No. 6 in the world. Just love to see him play more than anything else.
May the best player win the open now.


Madmax Says:

Daniel,

Relax,

I did not expect Federer to win AO, perhaps he gets to the SF’s., but I am just happy to see him play and as long as there is a fight and a fight to win in his soul, then you know he is out there to win.

He didn’t give up. Look at the score. Tight as hell all the way through. This is the right result. 20 year old guy on the rise, with talent and skill, as Fed was, back in the day. Fed still has the talent and the skill, but others now not afraid and can put everything out there. This is no longer a surprise for me.

Hope that Federer recovers well and is able to move forward. We know that his retirement is less than 2 years away. I had thought it would be at Wimbledon this year, with Andy there – but I think it might be next year, even at Basel this year. Who knows.

Well done to the Warrior for not giving up and well done to Tsisi for showing the top guys, that he means business. He has – and is – making a name for himself.


Wog Boy Says:

To all my fedt@rds “friends”:

https://youtu.be/hZY5DBmgC_A

This site is going down the drain and that’s what happens when you keep all your eggs in the Arogant basket.
Am I sorry? Not at all!


Madmax Says:

jatin Says:
Hey Madmax, Couldn’t pull myself back in the discussion after that as it was too tense in there.
Fed’s forehand was so off today, I don’t know if it is the injury or something but that buggy whip with no power is not something he used to hit. He showed great promise in the Hopman cup by hitting Down the line flatter forehands, so its very disappointing to see him resorted back to the forehands which he included in order to tackle wrist injury last year after Stuttgart. And those missed set points in the 2nd set.

Tsitsipas played out of his mind though, rarely commit any unforced error and was super consistent in his game. Cannot believe how he defended after that amazing return by fed at 4-4 in the last tiebreaker. He has all the shots, power and flexibility. Perhaps the best of the next Gen.

Fed falls to No. 6 in the world. Just love to see him play more than anything else.
May the best player win the open now.

January 20th, 2019 at 7:24 am

Jatin,

I feel your pain. I do. It is a painful slide, but what is the alternative? For him not to play and we do not see him again, or perhaps we do, but in a different field. It is tough. The toughest of times for Fed fans, but not as tough as for the Murray fans. We pick ourselves up Jatin and we move forward, because we have no choice. Supporting Federer all of these years, is a joy. The Ups more joyous than the downs, but the downs, do not last so long anymore. I did not expect him to win Jatin. Last year was his glorious comeback year, how can that ever be repeated. I have pegged Novak to win, but again, it is open now as you say. Don’t disappear though Jatin. You are needed here and loved.


Madmax Says:

Jatin,

Look at this shot with me. It’s 47 seconds. This is the wonder of Federer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzx9EUxa1ow


Daniel Says:

Yaah, Madmax, when Fed gets down lately is with a huge fight and close score.

I was just surprised with Tsisi, I thought out of the 4 matches today this was the easier to foresee. Tiafoe and Dimi was basically a toss up; Agut seems to have seven lives so anything could happen; and Berdych was playing great even with a bad year last season. Tsisi os not he rise, but beating Fed who was on a 17 streak match win in Melbourne is a huge upset.


jatin Says:

You are right madmax. Its just the joy of seeing him play and the way he competed the last 2 years were like a Dream.
I saw that he has confirmed playing on clay this year again (possibly play Rome and French). So, we are going to see more of him (hopefully for another 2 years), sharing more ups and downs together as fans again. The year has only started, who knows what unfolds ahead.
And you are right about Andy, hopefully the surgery he going for would make him feel better (He is young still).
And don’t worry, I won’t disappear from here madmax.


jatin Says:

Yes Madmax, That was the best shot of the match.

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