Currently looking for the No. 1 in the world and his ninth title in Melbourne, Serbian Novak Djokovic will take a lot of work in the Australian Open decision on Sunday. This Friday, in the second semi-final of the season’s first Grand Slam, he met his rival, who would be Russian Daniel Medvedev. His incredible win continued in fourth place in the ATP rankings, now reaching 20, making the Greek Stephanos sitissipas 3 sets 0 in the world with portions of 6/4, 6/2 and 7/5. Occupies the sixth position. In 2 hours and 9 minutes.
At the age of 25, Medvedev reached the second Grand Slam final of his career. After taking runner-up at the 2019 US Open, the Spaniard edged past Rafael Nadal in five sets, seeking his first title at this level of tournament. Against Djokovic, the Russian has an unfavorable record of two wins and three defeats. The 33-year-old Serb has 17 Grand Slam titles.
Medvedev’s victory began last year at the Masters 1000 in Paris, France. He was then the champion of the ATP Finals in London. In early 2021, he helped Russia win the ATP Cup in Melbourne a week before the Australian Open. Of the 20 wins in a row, 12 were against opponents who are in the top 10 of the rankings.
With the campaign in Melbourne, it is already certain that Medvedev will assume the third position of the rankings next week, as he will overtake Austrian Dominic Thiem. And if he is the champion, he will finish second, leaving Nadal behind. The 22-year-old Tsitipas equaled the best career ranking by occupying fifth place as of Monday.
Medvedev finished the game with 17 ace and only three against Tsitsip. The Russian easily led the winning figures from 46 to 19 and made only 21 unforced errors against 30 Greeks. In addition, he managed five service breaks on nine occasions and lost only one service game, facing only three break points in the entire game.
TITLE – Belgian Allis Mertens and Belarusian Aryana Sablenka played the second Grand Slam together this Friday. She won the women’s doubles final against Czech Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Sinakova with 2 sets 0 to 6/2 and 6/3 in the final. The Melbourne title joins the 2019 US Open and three other WTA tournaments – in Indian Wells and Miami, in 2019 in the United States and last year in the Czech Republic at Ostrava.
But the achievement in Australia also represents the end of the partnership. Sabalenka, who is 7th in the world in singles and fifth in doubles, said she would prioritize individual competitions and would no longer play Grand Slam doubles this year. Eventually, Bellarion would play with Mertens in some WTA 250 and WTA 500 tournaments.
“I definitely like playing in doubles, which beat American Serena Williams,” said 22-year-old Sablenka. “I want to save energy and this year I will try something different. When you enter the doubles category, you are still there to compete and you have to give everything you have. But I hope That if I ever decide to play doubles. He should be with me “.
Mertens, aged 25, is 16th in the singles rankings and sixth in doubles and has supported the decision. “She can try and we’ll see. If she still wants to play doubles, I’m here.” It has not yet been confirmed by the WTA that they will gain an edge in the doubles rankings.
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