Australian Open Lookahead: Medvedev headlines Day 8 action

Jan 22, 2022, 2:33 PM | Updated: Jan 23, 2022, 4:34 am
Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates after defeating Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands in ...

Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates after defeating Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

(AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)


U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev will take on No. 70-ranked Maxime Cressy in the fourth round as he continues his bid to become the first man in the Open era to win a second Grand Slam singles title at the next major tournament. Medvedev has been the highest-ranked player at Melbourne Park since nine-time champion Novak Djokovic was deported on the eve of the Australian Open for not meeting the country’s strict COVID-19 vaccination requirements. In other matches, fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas faces No. 20 Taylor Fritz and 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic plays No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime. Fritz and Cressy are both 24-year-old Americans who are playing in the fourth round of a major for the first time. On the women’s side, two-time major winner Simona Halep faces 32-year-old Alize Cornet of France and No. 2-ranked Aryna Sabalenka plays Kaia Kanepi.


Sunny, high of 33 Celsius (91 Fahrenheit)


Sunny, high of 33 C (91 F).


Women’s Fourth Round: No. 1 Ash Barty beat Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 6-3; No. 4 Barbora Krejcikova beat No. 24 Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-2; No. 21 Jessica Pergula beat No. 5 Maria Sakkari 7-6 (0), 6-3; Madison Keys beat No. 8 Paula Badosa 6-3, 6-1.

Men’s Fourth Round: No. 6 Rafael Nadal beat Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (14),6-2, 6-2; No. 14 Denis Shapovalov beat No. 3 Alexander Zverev 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3; No. 7 Matteo Berrettini beat No. 19 Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5, 7-6 (4), 6-4; No. 17 Gael Monfils beat Miomir Kecmanovic 7-5, 7-6 (4), 6-3.


28:40 — Almost 29 minutes: That’s how long the first-set tiebreaker between Rafael Nadal and Adrian Mannarino took before the 20-time Grand Slam champion finally prevailed 16-14.


“That crazy first set was so important. … half of the match in the tiebreak, without a doubt.” — Nadal after clinching the long tiebreaker on his seventh set point.


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