The journey of world number one and hostess at the Australian Open 2021 continues Ashleigh Barty who reaches the quarter-finals of the tournament without worries and, thanks to an apparently not very complicated part of the board, she is the main favorite to reach the final of the tournament.
The tennis player, winner of Roland Garros in 2019 and semifinalist here in 2020, dreams of bringing the title back to her homeland, absent in the women's tour since 1978. Today's easy victory over the American Rogers with only one break that is enough for number one to close the first set 6-3 while the second set sees Ashleigh immediately start strong and move to 5-1, then the tennis player suffers a break and a short comeback accusing some too many difficulties and a reaction from Rogers who, at a certain point , also seems to believe really seriously, but in the end Barty closes the last game to zero and takes home an important victory with the result of 6-3; 6-4.
Surprise defeats for Mertens and Svitolina
In the other match of the evening, the Belgian Elise Mertens, one of the most in shape tennis players of the moment, comes out by surprise, knocked out with the Czech Muchova. Great waste of the Belgian who starts strong and immediately advances 4-0, then also 5-2 ahead, the tennis player is reassembled and loses the set at the tiebreak.
In the second set it is the eleventh game to guarantee the Czech break that ends with the result of 7-6; 7-5. Surprisingly out also Elina Svitolina who is knocked down by the now less and less surprised Pegula with the American who brings home the success with the result of 6-4; 3-6; 6-3.
In the last match, Jennifer Brady won, who regulates Donna Vekic without any problems and enters the quarterfinals with the result of 6-1; 7-5. First set in one direction with the American who dominates and plays excellent tennis, in the second the Croatian returns fully to the match and fights until the break, immediately at the first opportunity, in the eleventh game of the second set.
Thus officially outlined the draw of the quarter-finals of the women's tournament.
The seed number 16 of the Australian Open 2021 Fabio Fognini can do nothing against a Rafael Nadal who appears more and more in condition and who gets the pass for the quarter-finals where he will challenge the winner of the match between our Matteo Berrettini and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Match in control of the Spaniard who struggles only in the second set where he is forced to recover a break from behind. At the end Rafa closes in three sets with the result of 6-3; 6-4; 6-2 He immediately starts strong in the first set Rafa who takes advantage of Fognini's too many mistakes, two double fouls, and goes on to the second break point taking on 2-0.
The Italian struggles to find the measures while Nadal has a clear idea of his race plan and implements it without problems. In the fifth game, Fognini also rises in performance, who collects a series of high-level points and achieves the counter break using the first of his two available chances.
Fognini struggles a lot, especially on the second serve and Rafa with the answer rises 4 to 2. Nadal appears in excellent condition, responds with tranquility to the services of Fognini who finds himself canceling another 3 break points (and set points) before going 5 -3.
Rafa does not slow down and controls the service with confidence by closing the first set 6-3. Constant difficulty for the blue with Nadal who earns a break point with a great right after a long exchange. The Ligurian cancels the chance and starts in the second set on 1-0.
Nadal easily wins his games, serves well and closes several games to zero while in every round the blue struggles to take home the service. In the sixth game, however, the Spaniard makes a couple of unexpected mistakes and is forced to cancel the first break point with his serve.
Double foul by Rafa and yet another forehand mistake brings Fognini on 4 to 2. Here Fognini misses several opportunities, suffers the break from a 30-0 lead and breaks down by making several mistakes. Nadal, as usual, never gives up and with a series of 4 decisive games closes 6-4.
In the third set Rafa gets the break immediately in the third game and flies away with Fognini who gives up and the Iberian tennis player who closes 6-2. It will be the Russian derby between Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev in the Australian Open quarter-finals.
The two have not really struggled with the Russian number 1 who closes the McDonald's practice in about an hour and a half, an American surprise arrived in the Round of 16 and Rublev wins by retreat against Ruud. Forward two sets to zero after just over an hour of play Rublev takes advantage of Casper Ruud's retirement, due to some abdominal problems. Marco Berrettini's withdrawal allows to Stefanos Tsitsipas to treach the last 8.