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. For the first time in his career Daniil Medvedev wins a match in the fifth. And for the first time in his career he finds a place on the top sixteen on Melbourne Park.
The Russian talent, who does not take advantage of two sets against Filip Krajinovic, perhaps also conditioned by some physical problem (which needless to say required the intervention of the physiotherapist), also hooks the seventeenth consecutive victory in the Tour after the successes in Bercy, in the Finals and in the ATP Cup.
The challenge with the surprising Mackenzie McDonald could create some difficulties. In the Russian players, Andrey Rublev also continues to win, practically hesitating only one set against Feliciano Lopez. Fresh from the fatigue against Thanasi Kokkinakis, Stefanos Tsitsipas hooks the fourth round in Australia leaving Mikael Ymer six games.
Four in the first fraction. Rafael Nadal does what he has to: win. Without resorting to overtime, the very Spanish champion breaks down the resistance of a very good Cameron Norrie and sits on the table of the first sixteen in Australia for the fourteenth time in his career.
Despite some flaws with the backhand, and a rather meager percentage of points, the twenty-time Grand Slam champion manages to recover a break from the disadvantage in the first fraction, to command in the heart of the match and to save himself at 4-4 15-30 with the disposition after the closure of the roof due to rain in the third.
The Spanish tennis player, who obviously raises the level in time of need, once again avoids the tie break and after just over two hours of play he seals the success at 7-5 6-2 7-5. Matteo Berrettini manages to win the tie break battle against Karen Khachanov and to reach the second week of the Slam downunder for the first time in his career.
The Roman tennis player, who manages all difficult moments perfectly, takes Stefanos Tsitsipas with a 7-6 (1) 7-6 (5) 7-6 (5) that matures at the threshold of three hours of play.