Djokovic v Fritz, Sinner v Rublev, Gauff And Sabalenka At Australian Open

by Staff | January 23rd, 2024, 1:04 am

It’s a huge day of quarterfinal matches at the Australian Open with both US Open champions — Novak Djokovic and Coco Gauff — center stage on Rod Laver.

Gauff opens the day against 21-year-old Marta Kostyuk who arrives into her first Major quarterfinal. Gauff has won her last 11 matches in Slams and is a perfect 9-0 this season after winning Auckland.

Djokovic will try to reach his 48th career Grand Slam semifinal and improve to 9-0 against Taylor Fritz. The American No. 1 has never been past a Slam quarterfinal losing to Djokovic at the US Open in this round last year.

Djokovic has won his last 32 matches in Melbourne and has held serve 37 straight times.

In the evening, Aryna Sabalenka hopes to stay perfect in Slam quarterfinals against Barbora Krejcikova in an all-Top 10 seeded affair. Sabalenka has won all seven of her previous quarterfinal matches in Slams.

In the nightcap, Andrey Rublev will try to break a duck against Jannik Sinner. Rublev is 0-9 in Slam quarterfinals. Sinner hasn’t yet to drop a set this event.

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6 Comments for Djokovic v Fritz, Sinner v Rublev, Gauff And Sabalenka At Australian Open

Dave Says:

I have to say there has been a HUGE overreaction to Sinner and Rune. And I to a degree have been influenced by it as well. It’s as if a lot of the media and people have bypassed Zverev and Medvedev. Zverev accomplished way more at 22 years old than Sinner has. Sinner hasn’t even been to a Grandslam Final yet. Rune hasn’t even been to a Grandslam Semifinal yet. In Rome on Runes best surface and Medvedevs worst surface Rune lost in straights. Zverev beat Sinner in the US Open. Zverev is 4 and 1 against Sinner. Don’t get me wrong, I know Sinner and Rune are going to win slams in the future. But this talk of a new big 3 with Alcaraz, Rune and Sinner while bypassing everyone older than them is a bit premature. Alcaraz has now lost in back to back Slams against Medvedev and Zverev. Zverev even said to the media last year something like, we’re still here too. The hype is huge for Sinner more than the Rune and Alcaraz at the moment. Does Djokovic even have a chance on Friday? Lol. Sinner won some best of 3 set matches against Medvedev, Djokovic and Alcaraz in the last 4 months, which is huge for him. But it’s not what it’s being hyped up to be. Sinner might very well win the Australian Open this year. He definitely has a chance. But it won’t surprise me at all if he doesn’t. It won’t surprise me at all if he doesn’t win a Slam in 2024. He’s going to get to number 1 in the future. He’s going to win slams. But I have to say the hype is much higher Than his actual accomplishments so far. Alcaraz has already been effected by the hype train. It won’t surprise me if Sinner gets effected by it as well.

Dave Says:

And just to add one thing. Prizmic at 18 already looks like a more aggressive version of Rune and already has better stamina than him. It won’t surprise me if what happened to Tsitsipas and Zverev happens to Rune. Where they were expecting to win Grandslams and it hasn’t happened so far. If Rune doesn’t get his stamina problems fixed, there’s no way I see him winning 7 best of 5 set matches in 2 weeks ever. My point is that there are other players too. Younger, older and the same age.

Wog Boy Says:

Nike Dave, Nike!
All three are Nike boys, atm the accent is on Alcaraz. Alcaraz is their poster boy, everything is meticulously planed, from his outfits, to way he conduct himself, what he is saying and doing, nothing is spontaneous anymore.

Nike PR machine and media are doing what they are assigned to do, I really believed you figured that out by now.

Agree about Dino, I just hope it’s not one of, very promising player.

skeezer Says:

RIP Dejan.

Alison hodge Says:

Never heard of him, but I will say it’s sad when a sports star people care so much about passes away, Goddess Blessings dear Sir….

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