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Australian Open: Azarenka, Monfils, Badosa, what to remember from the night in Melbourne


The demonstration of the Belarusian, the insurance of the French after a fall and the confirmation of the Spaniard marked the 3rd round of the Australian Open, this Friday.

The image

Gaël Monfils had a spectacular fall in the 1st set against the Chilean Christian Garin.

The French n°1 who led 3-2 after making the break, suffering from the right ankle was able to resume the course of the match.

Led 4-1 in the tie-break, the French pocketed a set that weighed heavily (the Chilean piling up 45 unforced errors).

Gaël Monfils (seeded n°17), impressive in the application and concentration deployed (as in his previous match against Kazakh Alexander Bublik) has an appointment with the surprise Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic for a place in the quarter-finals .

To discover

  • Australian Open: men's schedule and results

  • Australian Open: ladies schedule and results

The beautiful story

The Serb Miomir Kecmanovic (22 years old; 77th in the world) was to face his compatriot Novak Djokovic in the first round of the Australian Open. Since then he wants to “

win for him.

The former junior world No. 1 is continuing his journey. He qualified for his first Grand Slam Round of 16 after beating Italy's Lorenzo Sonego (seed No. 25) 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-2, 7-5.

The number:


The minutes of the (long) locker room break taken by the Czech Barbora Krejcikova (n°4) after the 2nd set against the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (n°26) in the battle of the surprise winners of Roland-Garros (2017 for Ostapenko, 2021 for Krejcikova). The Czech received a warning. Ostapenko, faithful to her risky game, made the winning points (40) and the faults (35), before being overwhelmed in the 3rd set by the Czech 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 which summed up : “

It was very difficult mentally, I am happy to have got out of it and to have shown that I was capable of reversing the situation. Ostapenko is able to play and outplay, I knew I had to hang on.

“ Next opponent for the Olympic champion in doubles (with her compatriot Katerina Siniakova) who settles with regularity in the Grand Slam, Victoria Azarenka for a place in the quarter-finals.

The tweet

That of Victora Azarenka (n°24) who curtly eliminated 6-0, 6-2 (in 1h7) Elina Svitolina (seeded n°15).

The Ukrainian conceded 8 consecutive games before being able to stop the bleeding.

The most disputed game of a one-way game was the last, the wife of Gaël Monfils (26 unforced errors) obtained 3 break points, dismissed 5 match points, before losing.

Azarenka, double winner of the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, reached the round of 16 for the first time since 2016. What to share a moment of complicity with her son Leo.

While Nick Kyrgios

hasn't spoken on rumors that he could play his final year on the circuit, the volcanic Australian who put on a show on Thursday against Daniil Medvedev before losing has confirmed that he will play next month in Dallas. “

I would like to see him reach his potential or get close to it. He has a very good game. I would say that, from a tennis point of view, he is the most talented player I have seen in the last ten years. But you also have to bring what it takes to be competitive day after day

, ” assured


John McEnroe about the whimsical Australian.


Spain's Paula Badosa (seed No.8), who established herself as a contender for a maiden Grand Slam title after winning the Sydney Tennis Classic (against Czech Barbora Krejcikova) last week, has , after an intense match, defeated Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk 6-2, 5-7 6-4 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time. The two players who appreciate each other and shared a long hug at the net gave everything for 2h19 (25 winning points for Badosa, 30 for Kostyuk). Dressed in the same outfit, they shared the same desire. A remarkable game.

The point

Signed Carlos Alcaraz.

At 18, the Spaniard impresses with his power, his technique, his composure.

Its room for improvement is still considerable, but it is progressing at lightning speed.

In strength or finesse, he is able to pull incredible shots from his quiver.

Like this masterful lob that surprised Matteo Berrettini.

At 6:45 a.m., the Spaniard was trailing 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).

To be continued

, Nadal, Osaka and Mannarino

After Ashleigh Barty-Camila Giorgi (from 9 a.m.), Rafael Nadal will take to the track against Karen Khachanov at the Rod Laver Arena.

On the Margareth Court Arena, Amanda Anisimova will challenge Naomi Osaka, then Adrian Mannarino will play against Aslan Karatsev.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2022-01-21

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