Finally after many expectations, fears, controversies, controversies and hopes, the Australian Open 2021 has begun, the first Grand Slam of the season that will be played at Melbourne Park from 8 to 21 February, with the presence of a part of the crowd in the stands.
All the greatest tennis players on the planet have therefore made an appointment in Melbourne to play one of the most fascinating and important sporting events of the sporting season, the first real appointment with great tennis after the appetizer of the ATP and WTA events in Melbourne the week before the Australian Open.
There is no Roger Federer, who will return on the court in the next ATP Doha event. Novak Djokovic, the Serbian champion, conditioned by the lack of stability of the backhand, needs the fourth set to get rid of the tension accumulated at the start, but in the end he defeats Frances Tiafoe in four sets, qualifying for the third round of the Australian Open 2021.
Nole wins the first set, but still allows himself an empty pass at 4-1. In a second set with no break points - in which he is in no way able to design a defense in response - the world number one melts instead at 6-6. A rarity.
Nole then exploits a 3-0 advantage in the third (and a ball for the double break) wastes a set point at 5-4 and in the tie break shelter he definitely breaks the balance. As in the logic of things, the fourth turns out to be a completely necessary outline.
Tiafoe lasts until 3-3: from there, she wins just four of the sixteen points available. After three and a half hours of play, the luminous scoreboard accompanies the 6-3 6-7 (3) 7-6 (2) 6-3. Djokovic in the third round will face Taylor Fritz.
Marton Fucsovics risked losing a won match. And he won a losing game. Strange, isn't it? Against Stan Wawrinka - champion of the 2014 edition - the Hungarian talent does not take advantage of a two-set advantage or even a break advantage during the fifth.
He serves uselessly for the match, lets himself be dragged to the tie break, recovers from an almost desperate situation of 1-6 (canceling, among other things, three match poins) and in the super tie break of the fifth he succeeds in the feat.
At the threshold of four hours of play he finishes 7-5 6-1 4-6 2-6 6-7 (9). In the third round also Milos Raonic. All extremely easy for the fiftieth Grand Slam champion in history, Dominic Thiem, ahead with a comfortable 6-4 6-0 6-2 against the German Dominic Koepfer.
Denis Shapovalov respects the prediction against Bernard Tomic and joins Felix Auger Aliassime, James Duckworth's executioner, in the third round, Diego Schwartzman's victory is also recorded on day-3.