Nadal Outlasts Kyrgios, Wawrinka Solves Medvedev; Djokovic, Federer Close In On Australian Open SFs
by Staff | January 27th, 2020, 8:42 am
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Stan Wawrinka showed signs of his old self Monday at the Australian Open. The 2014 champion won the last two sets to bounce No. 4 seed Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-2, breaking the battered Russian twice in the final set.

”That was an amazing match and an amazing atmosphere,” Wawrinka said to the crowd. “It was really tough to play against Daniil. I had to raise my level in the fourth and fifth sets. The level was super high and the atmosphere is always something special here in Australia.

“I’m finding solutions. I was losing a bit of confidence in the second and third sets, and was fighting against myself to play my game. I had to fight, stay positive and I’m happy with the result.”

Wawrinka improves to 29-22 in 5-set matches while Medvedev drops to 0-6 having lost his last three in Slams in five. He had never beaten Medvedev in two prior meetings.

“Stan played good, served amazing,” said Medvedev. “I think was a tight battle where first and fifth set he was really better than me. Second and third, I was better. Fourth was kind of the deciding set, let’s say, where he was really good on the tiebreak.

“After a loss I’m not disappointed too much. Here I’m like, ‘I did my best.’ Of course, I could do some shots better, but he played a great match.”

The Swiss will now have to contend with a resurgent Alexander Zverev who hasn’t dropped a set en route to his first non-French Slam quarterfinal. Zverev snapped the 15-mach win streak of Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. The German is now 4-0 against Rublev and he’s won both meetings with Wawrinka.

Dominic Thiem maintained his total domination of Gael Monfils blasting past the Frenchman 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. Thiem, who has already parted from Thomas Muster, was nearly untouchable on serve.

“I think that I played my best match so far of this Australian Open. A very, very good feeling,” said Thiem after making his first Australian quarterfinal. “The score looks way easier than the match was. I think I was lucky to make an early break in each set and then was managing to hold my serve well. I’m so happy because I’m for the first time in the quarterfinals here.”

In the finale, The Rafael Nadal v Nick Kyrgios lived up to the hype with the World No. 1 taking it 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(4).

Nadal busted out early breaking Kyrgios to cruise to an opening set lead. Right away in the second, Nadal had more break points but failed to convert — even on one Kyrgios connected on a tweener.

Nadal’s usual reliable groundstrokes began to misfire as Kyrgios found and groove and got the crowd involved. A quick break and the match was level.

The two went back-and-forth in a tense third which ultimately ended in a breaker. Kyrgios doubled to give Nadal a set point, then Nadal responded with his own, but eventually took it two points later.

Nadal broke early in the fourth and it looked over. But the Spaniard failed to close it out when serving for it. Kyrgios forced another breaker and Nadal was just a little too good.

“It was a very tough match. In the beginning I was in control, but you’re never in control against Nick,” Nadal told the crowd. “When I made the mistake on serve in the second set, with one serve of mine, it was so difficult to break him again.

“I did the same in the fourth set, but he played a good game. I played a scary game at 5-4, it’s part of the sport and you have to accept it. I tried to recover mentally for 6-5 and then the tiebreak.

“When he plays like today with a positive attitude he gives a lot to the sport. He’s one of the best talents on Tour and I like the Nick Kyrgios of this tournament.”

Tomorrow, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic return with a semifinal meeting on the line. Federer is on during the day against the 100th-ranked Tennys Sandgren.

Djokovic will try to win his 10th straight over Milos Raonic. The dangerous Canadian hasn’t dropped a set and hasn’t dropped serve all event.


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30 Comments for Nadal Outlasts Kyrgios, Wawrinka Solves Medvedev; Djokovic, Federer Close In On Australian Open SFs

RZ Says:

Quick bracket update: Dave is in the lead, 2 points ahead of Farah/AM and 3 points ahead of Nikola. I am in last place (stupid Coric pick) but the point spread isn’t huge so I have hope of moving up a bit. :-)


Daniel Says:

Its a good QF line up, there are 4 formes Champios, 2 on each side; 2 Slams finalist (Thiem and Raonic), 1 in each side; Zevrev due for a major semis and an underdog.

Should Nadal, Wawa, Fed and Djoko win, another Slam with no new winner will be set.

I tried to pick agaisnt Nadal in a Kyrgios upset, almost hehe.

Thiem can be a good match, but so far he has no ouside clay wins agaisnt Nadal.

Curious tonight with Raonic, hasn’t lost serve in 4 matches, but we all saw that before, until they play Novak.
Can not see Sandgreen beating Fed in a Slam QF, first week it happened before, but Slam QF? Just no.


RZ Says:

I think Thiem has put himself in a position where he now always has a chance on hard courts, but a slim chance against the Big 3. I just hope that if he does lose to Rafa (and I expect that he will), it won’t be a heartbreaker as he seems to have a lot of close losses in 5 sets at the hard-court slams.

For Raonic, it’s all about how that serve is clicking. But Djokovic is the best returner in the game. Raonic’s only real chance would be to have all the sets go to tiebreaks.


Andy Mira Says:

Thanks for Bracket updates RZ!…I forgot to check it after eating so much of sweet Rafa win!..hehe


Dave Says:

I think the main thing that helped me so far was when I read about Zverev practicing way more than normal to get his confidence back in the lead up to AO. I picked him to go to the QF I think. Other than that, I’m surprised I’m winning to be honest.


Dave Says:

5th Set Tie break at the US Open between Thiem and Nadal. And Thiem is a better hardcourt player with a new strategy since then. I would actually have to say this is a 50 50 match and wouldn’t pick Nadal the favorite. And Especially if the match is played at night where he won’t get the extra bounce he likes. Even the ranking says otherwise, I almost pick Thiem the favorite. But I will say it’s 50 50. I want Nadal to win.


Wog Boy Says:

Agree Dave, Thiem will be very hard to beat, he hits harder and flatter than Rafa and this court rewards that play. Keep in mind that this is exactly the same surface as the WTF one in London (no more plexicushion) and we have seen what Thiem is capable of in London, beating two best indoor players and falling very short of winning the tournament.
The only thing Thiem regularly struggles in Australia is heat and it’s not going to be that hot and humid even if they decide to put them during the day.


Wog Boy Says:

The player that is flying under the radar is Stan, he is absolutely impressive, the way he raised his game against Medvedev was just impressive. I watched the match and even when Medvedev got to to 2:1 you just knew that Stan will win the match.
I just don’t see how Zverev can beat him?


Dave Says:

Zverev is 2 and 0 lifetime against Wawrinka. But Stan has the experience and is desperate to get back to his pre-surgery level. At this point, Djokovic doesn’t want Thiem or Stan in the final if he makes it. They can easily beat him. I don’t see Nadal or Zverev beating him in a best of 5 set match on this court. The only thing is that Djokovic side will be more rested for sure. Stan has played two 5 set matches and a 4 set match. Thiem has played a 5 set match and I think a 4 set match as well. Nadal just played a long physical 4 set match. And they still have to play each other in the QF and SF’s. So the one who gets to the finals will be logging a lot of hours on court with no extra rest day.


mira pajic Says:

It looks like this is gonna another easy ao open for djokovic…isto tako kao sto moj kurac lako udje u WogBoy zena u picku i u usta…vidimo se u keysborough srpskoj crkvi kad bude utakmica…znam ko si razbicu ti picku ustasho smrdljiva


Dantheman Says:

There’s another player flying under the radar and that’s Zverev. Not only has he only made only QF showings at the French until now. Even making those QF results he struggled in many of his matches. Only he and Raonic have made the QF here without dropping a set so far. Clearly his form has jumped up a level or two, so I’m curious to see how he performs from here on in.


FedExpress Says:

Absolute disgrace what they did to the surface. HC should be a surface where you should hit through not French Open 2.0


Dave Says:

@FedEx

Will it be Sangren in 5 then? What do you think?


FedExpress Says:

No words for this clowning


FedExpress Says:

At this rate he will take it in 4 sets Dave. Federer has been horrendous


van orten Says:

Well roger is master in making his opponents play better than they really are .. and he tends to drop level from goat form to challenger player in one second


van orten Says:

And his trademark problem is : his breakpoint conversion ratio just sucks !
On the other hand sandgren doesn’t need to play his best when having bp ,because fed plays them poorly and does most of the time an easy error


Truth Says:

Fraud cheated with time violation, gibberish arguments & hiding in the locker room.
Unbelievable sportsmanship winner.


FedExpress Says:

now injured

ffs. again


van orten Says:

Why slowing the courts and balls down??

Federer loses on fast surfaces as well .. it’s not my biggest concern

But the shotmaking is so much better when the surface is faster .. watch nadal matches in 2017 and2018 in Melbourne .. fast surface does not mean no chance nadal and djokovic and all in Federer but the shotmaking is way more rewarding for everyone.. don’t understand the politics of the tournament organization


FedExpress Says:

Why Fed? just retire. these baby serves wont make it.


FedExpress Says:

this is hard to watch. shake hands and rest.


Ronn Says:

Dave, with all due respect, you are a total clown. Stan and Sasha can “easily” beat Djoko? Don’t disappear, want to hear from you by next Sunday.


Dave Says:

Hi Ronn,

Stan and Thiem. I didn’t mean that they would be able to beat Nole easily. I meant they could definitely win the match. Maybe in 5 sets. But they definitely have the firepower to do it. Go look at all 4 of Djokovic’s wins against Stan at majors. Never did it once in under 5 sets. Stan on the other hand has beaten Djokovic in under 5 sets a few times. Thiem beat Nole at his best in London on an indoor hardcourt. I still think Nole would be the favorite against STan and Thiem, it would just be more difficult compared to an exhausted NAdal and conditions that just don’t suit him. Or a completely inexperienced Sasha in his first major final. I don’t give him much of a chance either. By the way, everyone on here knows NOle is my favorite player. I’m not sure why I’m a clown for having an opinion. That’s okay. Call me whatever you want.


Big 3 Says:

WOW choking of the highest quality going on !😂😂


fred stone Says:

Fed wins one in the Twilight Zone.


jatin Says:

What do I even say about this match.
This is what I call FIGHTING SPIRIT at the HIGEST LEVEL.
38 years old, Injured and still FOUGHT till the end, Saved 7 match points and SOMEHOW won.
His voice was choking in the end as he thought He didn’t deserved winning that match.
Thankfully, It was a minor injury in Groin and hope he would start feeling better in next 2 days and even if he does not who Cares. He has given us 2 Magical matches in the tail end of his carrier.
Its already been a BONUS tournament for us Fed fans.

THIS GUYS IS SOMETHING ELSE… SERIOUSLY… SOMETHING ELSE… MAYBE FROM ANOTHER PLANET……


Big 3 Says:

Jatin, Roger is always awesome but these up and coming players are joke. I mean they just don’t have the belief that they can win. Roger’s experience came into play but sangren should have won it in the breaker. He chocked big time. Roger Rafa and nole will dominate for at least 3 more years with this rate


skeezer Says:

It was special to see him come back. Yes jatin, another epic match by Fed.
I actually stopped watching after the third, he looked terrible. Makes sense he had a injury issue now, as he looked all out of sorts.
Sorry to say, but Djackal is gonna crush Fed. One is in form and the other is not. Add 38.5 and you have a beat down.


FedExpress Says:

Just like the WTF beatdown Federer got, skeezer?

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