Category: The eye of the pro
The performance should not be overlooked. If Aslan Karatsev was still a virtual unknown in 2020, beating him 6-3, 6-0 in 2021 is almost a feat. Sebastian Korda managed to do just that in the previous round, ending the Russian's streak of 15 straight wins against players ranked beyond the TOP 5 - the world No. 27 only failed to beat Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem this year.[......]Read More
After eight consecutive tournaments in which he did not do better than semi-finalist, Stefanos Tsitsipas will try to reach the final for the first time since last September (in Hamburg). After a mixed indoor tour where he was rarely in control but always combative, the Greek arrived in Mexico as a tournament favourite.[......]Read More
For the first time since 1990, a player reaches the semi-finals of a tournament without playing a single match, bravo Andrey! Exempted from the first round because of his status as the number 3 seed, the Russian took advantage of the withdrawal of Richard Gasquet, who is still visibly bothered by his foot injury.[......]Read More
Garbine Muguruza was the only one to worry Osaka at the Australian Open by getting match balls. On this tournament in Doha, her attacking tennis continues to work wonders. She defeated Kudermetova, Sabalenka after a great match and Maria Sakkari in two small sets. The Spaniard can rely on an excellent serve whose trajectory is hard to read and very difficult to break.[......]Read More
Nice French-French duel in perspective! A duel also of generations since the two tricolours are a little more than 11 years apart. Experience or recklessness, who will win? On the form of the moment, small advantage to Clara Burel, who has accumulated more victories and confidence since the beginning of the year.
First confrontation on the professional circuit between Marin Cilic and Alexei Popyrin. At the start, it was another Australian who was expected in the last four of this low part of the table, in this case John Millman, seeded N°2. But Millman failed in the quarter-finals against his compatriot Matthew Ebden, who was dominated by another Australian, Popyrin.
After almost a year without playing in a tournament (apart from a match in Rome), Switzerland's Belinda Bencic is back in the final of a WTA tournament for the first time from Moscow at the end of October 2019. In this duel, she will take on Poland's Iga Swiatek, a new nugget on the circuit since her first title at Roland Garros.[......]Read More
Mission accomplished for the Frenchman who will be well on his way to the quarter-finals after a victory in two sets against Roberto Marcora (6-3, 7-5). He has made a serious match, in line with his performances since last autumn, to take the match on his own and push the Italian to the fault.
Face to face the two best players in the world on hard at the moment. This final will offer the much-awaited showdown, which will lead to an almost natural outcome, namely a 9th title for Djokovic in Melbourne, or an unprecedented winner, the first Grand Slam title in the career of Daniil Medvedev.
In spite of the complicated conditions surrounding this Australian Open and the players who didn't have an equal preparation, the women's hierarchy settles down on the hard surface with three semi-finalists already present at the US Open. In the final, Naomi Osaka and Jennifer Brady will be the next ones to beat Serena Williams and Karolina Muchova.
Eddy Murphy and Dan Aykroyd would appreciate the wink, but not sure if the atmosphere on the court tomorrow morning will turn to burlesque comedy. Whereas the first semi-final has reserved us a more than unexpected guest in the person of Aslan Karatsev, we will have in this second one a more classic duel between two of the greatest leaders of the new generation who will fight to challenge Novak Djokovic in the final.[......]Read More
The entire tennis microcosm agrees that Aslan Karatsev made tennis history by becoming the first player from the qualifiers to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for his first appearance. He will face one of the three greatest legends of the sport, Novak Djokovic and his 8 titles in Australia! The Serb has always won the Australian Open when he reached the last four.
It could be a final. In fact, the two women have already crossed swords three times at this stage of the competition. First, at the 2014 Masters, for a clear and unblemished success by Serena Williams (6-3, 6-0). Then, the following year in Cincinnati, for a second success by the American (6-3, 7-6).
A duel between two men who started 2021 much better than they had experienced a truncated 2020 season. Neither of the two men had gone further than a quarter-final, once for Matteo Berrettini (Rome) and three times for Karen Khachanov (Antwerp, St. Petersburg and Dubai).