Zverev Gets Rocked By Raonic At Australian Open, Djokovic Needs 4; Nadal v Tiafoe In QFs
by Staff | January 21st, 2019, 8:49 am
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In a rematch of their 2017 Wimbledon fourth round match, Milos Raonic once again got the better of Alexander Zverev, but this time even easier winning 6-1, 6-1, 7-6(5).

The two traded breaks in the first two games, then Raonic just ran away from a very lackluster German winning 11 of the next 12 games. Zverev finally found some form in the third, but still couldn’t manage a break chance. He did lead 4-2 in the breaker but dropped five of the last six points in defeat.

“You know that he’s going to make a push, he’s going to try to do things differently in that third set, and I think I handled it well,” Raonic said. “There weren’t really any opportunities either way until that 4-5 game, and then I had one legitimate opportunity. Maybe I would have liked to have done things differently if things didn’t work out.

“But overall I’m happy with how I dealt with numerous situations throughout the match and how I played. I think I did some things extremely well.”

Raonic is into his fourth Australian Open quarterfinal having made the semifinals in 2016.

“I think I’m a better player than I was back then,” the Canadian said comparing back to 2016. “I think back then I just found some situations a little bit easier to deal with, because I had three or two good years from ’14 to ’15 before that, and it was sort of – you don’t have to think about things as much. Instinct takes over when you have played that many matches consecutively.”

For all his promise, the world No. 4 Zverev suffers yet another poor Grand Slam loss.

“I played bad,” Zverev said. “The first two sets especially I played horrible. Yeah, I mean, it’s just tough to name on one thing. I didn’t serve well, didn’t play well from the baseline. Against a quality player like him, it’s tough to come back from that.

“Right now I’m not happy, but I’m not depressed, either. It’s fine. It’s a tennis match. I have learned to take tennis matches as tennis matches and not the end of the world. If I would think it’s the end of the world every time I lose a tennis match, I would be very depressed about 15 to 20 times a year. So I’m not going to do that.”

Raonic will be the favorite as he takes on Lucas Pouille. The Frenchman had never won a match before in Melbourne. But now with new coach Amelie Mauresmo, he’s turned things around and Monday he came from a set down to beat 22-year-old Borna Coric 6-7(4) 6-4 7-5 7-6(2).

“We worked very hard during the preseason and during the beginning of the year, so I think that’s, as we say, hard work pays off,” Pouille said. “I think, yeah, the tournament is not over, but I’m very happy to be here now and I’m going to be — I’m going to focus on the next match tomorrow to try to reach my first semifinal. It will be great.”

Kei Nishikori authored his second 0-2 comeback of the event and won his 3rd 5-setter of the week, bouncing back on Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7(8), 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4, 7-6(8) in just over five hours.

In the final set match tiebreak to 10, Carreno Busta led 8-5 when controversy hit. With Nishikori approaching the net, Carreno Busta’s passing shot clipped the tape, landed on the line but was called out just milliseconds after Nishikori put the ball away for a winner. Carreno Busta wanted the point to be replayed but the umpire gave the point to Kei anyway since he put it away after the call.

“Even if it’s in it’s a winner,” the umpire said.

Carreno Busta never won another point, and left the court in a rage tossing his racquet bag as he hit the exits.

Nishikori will now to recover from all that tennis to take on World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The Serb blew a 4-1 second set lead but stayed strong in the last two sets for a 4-set win over Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3 in 3 hours, 15 minutes.

“Definitely a physical battle, Daniel has been playing some really good tennis in the last six months,” Djokovic said. “Was difficult to go through him, just had to find a different way and I was was fortunate to save those break points.”

The 6-time champion Djokovic has now won 18 straight matches in Grand Slam play.

The quarterfinals begin on Tuesday with two Spaniards facing young foes. In the afternoon, Roberto Bautista Agut takes on Federer-conqueror Stefanos Tsitsipas. With his flat groundstrokes and in-form play, Bautista Agut presents a different problem for the 20-year-old Greek.

In the evening, Rafael Nadal continues his bid for a second Career Grand Slam against American Frances Tiafoe. The 21-year-old Tiafoe went nine sets in his last two matches to reach his first Major quarterfinal. The question will be, does he have anything left for the 17-time Grand Slam champion?

“I’m so excited to play Rafa. We’re going to have some fun, going to have some long rallies,” Tiafoe said.


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56 Comments for Zverev Gets Rocked By Raonic At Australian Open, Djokovic Needs 4; Nadal v Tiafoe In QFs

lylenubbins Says:

Embarassing match for Zverev. In addition to getting a Slam winner’s mindset, IMO he should revamp his serve. His motion takes too long due to an exaggerated toss arm lift/pause. A guy his height does not need to serve that way. When he gets tight, the exaggerated toss arm lift causes a pause, screws up his timing, and he double faults.


Django Says:

Medvedev before match : Djokovic is not the player he used to be


Emilia Says:

And what did Medvedev say after the match, Django?


Daniel Says:

The thing with Djokovic is that with 2 so so rounds, but against quality oponents, he can and probably will up a gear anytime now. Its later rounds in Grand Slam and for a guy who has 14 titels, 23 finals and domination of upcoming opponents, I expect him to produce his best. This is the moment a player of his caliber raises to the ocasion.


RZ Says:

Quick bracket update: Farah is still leading, but AM has moved into 2nd place, with Alibaba dropping to 3rd. We’ll see over the next few days how the losses of Federer, Anderson, and Zverev (all popular picks for the semis) will affect the brackets. Those who chose Tsitsipas and Raonic to make make the semis have a good chance to move ahead in the standings.


chrisford1 Says:

Right now, Rafa looks the sharpest. I believe if Djokovic makes it to a Rafa final, he will elevate his game as he always does when he sees Rafa on the other side of the net. But Djokovic has Nish and likely Raonic first, so there is no guaranteed spot for Djoker in the Final, that’s for sure. Raonic, when he is at 100%, is scary (not that he is at 100% that much). I’ve always thought Raonic could win a Slam, most likely Wimbledon, next the USO, on his serve. But yes, as he is playing now, he is a distinct AO trophy winner possibility.


Wog Boy Says:

Yes django, I was surprised with that but looking at the timing of that (day before the match) it was obvious that it was mind game.
After he listed the names of young players Nole lost or tend to lose almost all have one thing in common, tall with a huge wingspan, hard to hit through and Nole doesn’t have ability like 37 years old to mix a lot or like Rafa’s killer FH to finish the point so he has to try to wear them down, what he does more often than not, like last night.
I’we Seen the end of the match this morning and what I saw Medvedev did I didn’t like it and should’ve not be allowed, he had three medical time outs basically for cramping, twice in fourth set, Zverev did one against 47 years old, if that was done by Nole or Rafa we would have here people screaming and with these two is almost unnoticed!
Jim Courier explained last night that they are keeping blind eye on this obvious abuse of the rule because they don’t want to see again something happening like it was in one USO when Japanese player was rolling on the court in pain because of the cramps, I don’t remember that one.
One more thing, can you take John Macenroe back to States, he is so annoying as commentator particularly with his on court interviews,, Jim Courier is class above him, why on earth Channel 9 brought him this year?!


nits Says:

If there is a semi final between Tsitsipas and Nadal. It will be an interesting match up.


Django Says:

Emilia
We know what the result was. What a funny guy this medvedev is.

Wog boy
They like to play psy ops with Nole. We shall see.

Chris Ford
I want to see if Nole wrenched his back. If so, he’s screwed.


Wog Boy Says:

Agree Django, his back didn’t look good at the end of the match and he (and his box) was genuinely worried about his back.
Agree abou Medvedev too, I did like him but he is cunning, quite a few tricks up his sleeve.


Wog Boy Says:

I can tell you one thing, Tsitsipas is head and shoulders above all young and coming players, particularly that overrated Zverev, he has everything and is tall so his SHBH is not vulnerable, not at all.
He just got code violation for coaching and that during the break before he went to toilet, completely unnecessary since he has upper hand atm.


Wog Boy Says:

What Mouratoglou is doing in Tsitsipas box, he has been there every single match, is he preparing for the life after Serena?


RZ Says:

I’ve been really impressed by Tsitsipas’s forward movement and net play in these last two matches.


Wog Boy Says:

The winner of AO 2019 is coming from this side of the draw, unless Rafa has day off it will be Tsitsipas. Many more to come for Tsitsipas, many more GSs.
He played well against 37 years old in slower conditions and he played even better now in the fast and hot conditions today.
The second biggest Greek city after Athens Melbourne is going crazy, deservedly so.
BTW, check Stefanos YT channel, he is the star, movie star:))


chofer Says:

I’ve pìcked Tsitsipas from last year to finish above the so-called next-genners.. All the bandwagoners please stay in the caboose.

Margot, where are you when Tsi-Tsi-Fly is playing?

He’s a natural. Sasha looks mechanic in comparison.


chofer Says:

He’s Guga Kuerten with efortless shots. Variety, excellent hands.Anticipation. Footwork. Needs to correct a little his toss.


Andy Mira Says:

Yooohooo Witch from Welsh!….I gotta come here & give a HUGE congrats 2 u 4 picking Tsitsi as far as a final!….So far it worked reaaaallllyyyyy welll!!…I should have known!…..What was i thinking??Anyway..phewit!!…Brilliant M!!

Ohh hey!…AM send her love with a msg…..’Ouch!that last minute a@$ kicking sure will hurt’!!..hehehe..


Wog Boy Says:

If this is definition of “caboose” I am quite happy to stay there:

“a railway wagon with accommodation for the train crew, typically attached to the end of the train.”

It is always far more interesting in the crew (servant) quoters than bosses (elitist) quoters, thank you very much;)


chofer Says:

Wog Boy

I wouldn’t know. Margot’s the Machinist. I’m just the man who throws de carbon in the steam boiler. It’s an old train!


Wog Boy Says:

De facto, Tsitsipas is already top 10 player, soon to be top 4.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Still think (or more hope lol)that Nole wins this one. Let’s see ;)

“It is always far more interesting in the crew (servant) quoters than bosses (elitist) quoters, thank you very much;)”

Will enjoy all of this from the pub, watching the train passing . It is even much better from there :)
I admire Tsitsipas a lot, but still not ready to have a new fave, apart from Nole


Van Persie Says:

But have to admit, Nole looked a bit like something was bothering him, phisically


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

Correction, I have never said I replaced my favourite player if that’s how it’s understood, I apologise for that.

On the other hand, I really love overnight trains and the bar “vagon” where all the action is and I believe in jinxing.


Anto Says:

@Wogboy, I think Denis did what he did (called a trainer, got some treatment to his thigh and some kind of medicine for cramps) within the allotted time for the change of ends and not took the medical time. Also I remember one commentator saying (don’t know who, was watching in sonyliv) that he won’t be allowed to take a medical timeout just for the cramps.

As far as I remember he did this two times (treatment for cramps) and was not abusing the medical timeout rule as he did not took a timeout.

Am I wrong in any of my observations?


Van Persie Says:

WB,

It’s ok, I did not accuse you for changing faves :)
Am curious, were you in Melbourne for the first rounds?


Wog Boy Says:

Anto, incorrect, first it’s Daniil not Denis, second, see Jim Courier snd Leighton Hewitt about bringing trainer twice to massage his legs in the fourth set (medical TO was before that) they were specific that that should not be allowed, it’s not injury but players condition and it’s up to the player to be physically ready for five set match.

Take it anyway you like it, but as I sad, imagine Nole or Rafa asking twice for a trainer to come out in deciding set to massage their legs, this site woul explode with negative comments.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
Yes, I was in Melbourne last week, returned Friday night. It was booked way in advance (few months ago) otherwise I wouldn’t go this year due some other circumstances.
I love Melbourne, completely different vibe compare to Sydney, very European city.
I have seen two Nole’s matches, Tsitsipas matches too, at the end of his mach with Troicki we put our flags together with Greek fans flags and went for a beer.
Nole was exclusively practicing with young Aussie Popyrin (Russian origin), I went on two of his practice sessions, he is as fit as ever.


Anto Says:

@Wogboy, Apologies for calling Daniil Denis (Man I feel bad for naming a player wrongly :-P). As for the MTO, I must have missed it and yeah I agree that if this was Nole or Rafa, there would be more people complaining about it.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Sounds good, like a lot of fun. Never been to Australia, but should be a good place for Holiday during European winter :)


Wog Boy Says:

All good Anto, sorry, I didn’t want to sound the way it come out after I read my post to you, it was long day here and getting ready for Kvitova, go Kvitova.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
You won’t regret if you decide to come over, this comes from one European.
I can’t advertise any German company (since I work for two) but check with your travel agent, Germany has nice and fairly cheap tours to Australia, I will be your guide in Sydney.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Thank you. I will keep an open mind to the offer :)
Enjoy the Kvitova- Barty match! I will watch the scores while working.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
I knew you are an open minded person;)

BTW, if you are on your way to Timișoara (Temisvar) in July/August I will be with my family in Belgrade, we can catch up for a drink.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

No problem, we will make it happen, if you will let me know later on, when exactly you will be there. Would like to see/talk to you in person in Timișoara or Beograd.:)


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

Perfect, done dill;)


j-kath Says:

Good chat from you guys ….too many to list. “SitSip” – the Greek, has been my favourite of the youthful band, (could never take to Sasha – although he wins the racquet destroying contest – Lendl made his choice too soon). However, I think the winner of this GS is either Novak or Rafa. Wonder how “SitSip” handles clay and grass?
VP: How did U enjoy over-crowded London? Did you watch the UK parliament quarrel like school-kids on Ch. 232?


Daniel Says:

Nadal lost 3 points on serve 1st set. Only a healthy Djoko can stop him. If Djoko is lingering something, its Nadal’s title.

He is also super aggressive the whole tourney, taking way more risks than he usually takes and winning sets in 30 min. He will be fresh for final.

Tsisipas will have to play THE match of his life, better than Fed match to have a chance.


FedExpress Says:

Tiafoe totally useless.

Nadal has a bye into the final and probably a bye to win the title.


Anto Says:

A clinical performance from Rafa. Hope he can keep up this level in the remaining matches.


skeezer Says:

These scores from Rafa are like he is at the FO. Scary good. You’re right Daniel super aggressive. Always thought that if Rafa would hug the baseline more and shorten his swing more(FH side especially) he could be more aggressive on HC’s. Am a likin’ what I am a seein’.


Van Persie Says:

JK,

I really enjoyed my week in London. Funny thing is, even if my visit there was kind of Brexit related, people there do not tak much about Brexit there. My feeling was, there is more talk about Brexit on Social Media, TV and outside the UK lol
Being in the City of London during the day, I did not watch the parliament talk very much, but it was great to have my morning caffee behind that amazing building of parliament, watching the Thames as well :) After work we went in some loud pubs. Not much of Brexit talk there either, just some mentions now and then :)there was more chat on Prince Philip’s car crash lol. People amazed he is still driving. At that age it is a performance to p*ss without help.


Django Says:

Yes, if Rafa wins this he is right on Feds GS tail. Rafa intends to play a few more years too.
Will Fed fans be rooting for Tsitsipas?


j-kath Says:

Taa VP: Enjoyed hearing from you. PP & our PM are equally arrogant and stubborn.

As for the tennis, it’s been an unusual, interesting tournament – Rafa and Novak still on target and despite the new, young Greek star, still think it will be one of these two who will win.


chrisford1 Says:

Agree with Daniel. This is yet again “his” Slam to win or lose, but Rafa has lost or gotten hurt in quite a few since his first and only AO win.
But so far, he hasn’t dropped a set, his forehand is searing his opponents, and he has a “Man on a Mission” vibe.

On Prince Philip, great pithy remark by VP. Indeed, at that age it is a triumph to just be breathing, let alone peeing, before we even get into driving (though most seniors 80+ should give it up because their erosion of focus, vision, skill and reaction time can creep up on them imperceptively).
That said, I make an exception for other deadly weapons besides autos as long as the senior can see and has awareness. In America, we just had a 101 year old woman out hunting that killed two dear with one shot. Said she had to get her grandson to fetch the second one as she got tired dragging the 1st one out of the woods and lifting it into the pickup truck. She let on in the story that she was also stoked about going fishing again next summer. Missing 3 years because it had gotten too hard to climb out of ravines doing her customary river fishing, “I just got too old for that. So the family got me a boat I share with my grandcousin’s kids, for next summer at a big lake 30 miles away.”
We get a lot of “Royals” coverage in the USA. And once you get past the fashion dross of what Kate and Megyn are wearing by whomever and various “causes” – most Americans admire the duration of QE II and Philip, find William and Harry interesting. And Kate a gem.
Back to tennis – Hope Djokovic was just saying he had a down match and had fatigue and some back pain, but no injury unspoken about. I always want to see a match between the two, given the rivalry and the realization there are a limited number of opportunities left as they go into “pro twilight”. I do root for Novak. If Rafa is gonna be a pig about sucking up all the French Open Trophies, I’d love for him to come up short yet again at the AO so he knows how Federer and Djokovic feel about how Rafa frustrated them at the FO over the years.


Django Says:

Lol CF
‘Be a pig’


lylenubbins Says:

Love Tsisipas, but don’t see him beating Rafa. I think he’s gassed.

As a Rafa fan, not loving the thought of the Joker in the final though. OTH, all the pressure is on the Joker.


j-kath Says:

Chrisford 1:

Not sure I understood VP’s comment on the same level as you evidently did.

I have no problem with older people driving – they are usually judged to be safer than late teens/early twenties, but it is sheer arrogance and abuse of privilege to drive without a safety belt and then following an accident which he caused and which resulted in demolishing another car (with 2 adults and a baby taken to hospital) – he arranges for a new car to be delivered to him the next day and off he goes again and drives in the same area And Again Without A SEAT-Belt!!!. Let’s not forget, he is of a generation who never had to take a driving test! TIME TO MAKE HIM TAKE A TEST! Why should he be exempt from UK laws for older people to prove they are still physically capable of driving in their advanced years – especially for people who have never passed a physical driving test or a written test in their entire life?

Has he offered to pay for the increase in the future insurance for the Victims’ family? Has he arranged for them to receive a replacement car? Has he apologised” The answer is NO x 3.

Yes, I also admire independence as you have indicated you do, but not when it is due to privilege or becomes a danger to other people.


Van Persie Says:

JK,

My comment was not meant to be an admiring one towards PP, nor an angry one. To be honest I was a bit amused about the situation.
Of course, you know much better then I do, about how much the royal family are abusing on the privileges.

To tennis: well see Milos lost the match, am a bit surprised.


Van Persie Says:

According to the score board, Nole has a good start. Hope he will keep it up like this.


FedExpress Says:

Cause Nishikori is useless af. Injured. Cant serve. Cant rally.


Van Persie Says:

^^ I am sorry to read that, but, on the other hand my guy needs a short match.
Am also sure, Kei is not that bad as you write


Van Persie Says:

Ok, Kei retired. Hope Nole will be not out of form on Friday, this match was too short :)


j-kath Says:

Van Persie:
Re PP – I wasn’t angry at the first incident – but the conduct towards the “victims” – not even polite conduct towards them – some Courtier phoned – what a difference it would have made if it had been a “royal”. Then the insult to injury the next day!!!!

Am off now – hope to see a bit of Nole on the TV later – but yes, he has just won his match. Onward and upward.


Van Persie Says:

J-K,

I understand you as I did not follow what happened afterwards, totally understand your point, on PP.

Regarding Nole and Rafa, I think they will meet in the final, but semis not yet over. Let’s see.


Wog Boy Says:

I am not overly optimistic for Friday, firstly, he has never played against Frenchie, secondly, forecast temperature for Friday evening is 41 degrees with gale wind, you would expect they will close the roof, they did that last year for the final when neither of twi conditions for closing the roof was there.


Wog Boy Says:

If Nole makes it to the final, it’ll be perfect evening on Sunday, around 20 degrees, what a difference in two days?! That’s Melbourne, you can have four seasons in one day.


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