by Alain Chivilò
Getting to the R16 is still a prestigious result worthy of a Grand Slam. Walking on, it’s better, but we also need to look at what has been done.
The tendency to give everything in crucial moments of a match, unleashing a sort of hell, using strength and perhaps anger, is a solution that can reward in the short or medium term because, subsequently, you can be weak or tired in succeeding, but also you are taken as an example, you are copied, you are cloned, you provide ideas for free and in the long run the system takes away your air, your breath and unexpectedly everything to plan and undertake becomes almost impossible. In short, a methodology linked with others.
As announced, the round was very spicy and exciting, in women and men. The Australian Open 2024 is a bit of a tournament of surprises or novelties compared to the famous names between WTA and ATP.
A speedy recovery for Elina Svitolina who was stopped by a muscle strain, after a solid start of the season. Linda Noskova, the new face of the Czech Republic, arrives in the quarter-finals. Growing in performance, she lands in a round whose winner becomes a further surprise. As statistical data Linda Noskova 3 – 0 vs Elina Svitolina retired.
The opponent is Dayana Yastremska from the Qualifiers. In 2.07 h she wins in two very balanced sets against Victoria Azarenka: 7/6 (6), 6/4. Yastremska was very aggressive and won right in the crucial moments giving everything. Azarenka, in an otherwise positive Slam, lacked something but 2024 promises to be interesting.
Anna Kalinskaya wins in 1.17 h vs Jasmine Paolini. It could have been a closer match, but it was only partially so: 6/4, 6/2. With the same doubles played the previous day, Paolini spent more energy than Kalinskaya. The unseeded Russian is the further surprise in these AOs. The first set was tought, while the second took opposite directions for the two players. Anna could become a further surprise against another seed.
Qinwen Zheng in 0.59 closes the doors of the Quarterfinals to Oceane Dodin: 6/0, 6/3. Dodin failed to enter the match at her best, although she won the previous rounds with ease, a game succeeded in Zheng. The forces on the field would give Qinwen towards a hypothetical final, but in this part of the draw a bit of everything happened.
Linda Noskova vs Dayana Yastremska
Qinwen Zheng vs Anna Kalinskaya
Daniil Medvedev in 3.07 h wins against the surprise Nuno Borges: 6/3, 7/6 (4), 5/7, 6/1. The Portuguese played very well and gave the Russian a hard time. Medvedev, although not at the top, will now face a player who emerged, in a certain sense, more invigorated from the United Cup even though he did not win the tournament.
Hubert Hurkacz wins in crucial moments of the match against wild card Arthur Cazaux. In 2.28 h, 7/6 (6), 7/6 (3), 6/4. Balanced match but the difference was in key moments. The Frenchman has honored the AO’s trust and is the further surprise among the men.
The strong and hard battle. 4.05 hours of play. All in the tie-break of the deciding set. Great players for a match with a high technical and emotional level. Alexander Zverev 7/5, 3/6, 6/3, 4/6, 7/6 (3) vs Cameron Norrie. The n. 9 seed. against n. 19. Both played a round giving their all. Norrie demonstrated his tennis qualities, even though he wasn’t in the prediction. Zverev plays as a player in the top four of the rankings. Balance and spectacle for a final where the German showed that extra energy compared to the Briton.
The number 2 seed Carlos Alcaraz does not disappoint, he controls and wins in three sets against Miomir Kecmanovic: 6/4, 6/4, 6/0 in 1.49 h Without break points, at least obtained, it is difficult for Miomir to beat Carlos. The Serbian is a surprise to the AOs, but not too much, having already reported it at least two years ago. Alcaraz now has to face his first final against a player in charge. A QF to be seen.
Hubert Hurkacz vs Daniil Medvedev
Carlos Alcaraz vs Alexander Zverev
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