Rafael Nadal reached the semifinal of the ATP 250 in Melbourne without playing. Not necessarily good news, given the need to put matches in the legs. Dutch tennis player Tallon Griekspoor withdrawn due to a physical problem, after the successes of Domenik Koepfer and Alexei Popyrin.
The Spanish champion will challenge Emiil Ruusuvuori in the semifinal. In Adelaide the march of Gael Monfils and Marin Cilic also continues without particular hitches: beaten respectively by Laslo Djere and Tommy Paul. In the women's scoreboard, the number one of the Ashleigh Barty group does not make any particular changes to the script.
After the very tiring victory against Coco Gauff, the Australian tennis player gets rid of Sofia Kenin with a very rocky 6-3 6-4. For the second time in three years, Spain have reached at least the final of the ATP Cup. Pablo Carreno Busta beats the very modest Zielinski in just under sixty minutes of play with a rather emblematic 6-2 6-1, obviously Roberto Bautista Agut fixes the success.
RBA outlives Hubert Hurkacz, although he actually takes a very long break during the second set. The Spanish tennis player flirts with the break on several occasions in the deciding, he does not take advantage of a handful of match points between the tenth and the twelfth game, but in the jeu decisif he claims the minibreak that hooks on 3-3.
He finishes 7-6 (4) 2-6 7-6 (5). Awaiting Spain in the final Canada or Russia.
In Melbourne's Summer Set 1, Simona Halep needs overtime to break down Viktoria Golubic's stamina. The number one of the seeding, who recovers a set of disadvantage, actually wins in extremis a match of fourteen breaks.
And forty break points, with a very rocky 2-6 7-5 6-4. The surprise Qinwen Zhang awaits her in the semifinals. Wins also for Naomi Osaka in straight sets for 6-1 7-5 against Andrea Petkovic. In Adelaide, after having swept Gavrilova and Fernandez, Iga Swiatek maintains very high standards even against Viktoria Azarenka.
The Polish tennis player, despite a hole in the heart of the second set, puts things back in place with an initial 3-0 split and closes at 6-3 2-6 6-1. "I saw the game very well and I was precise in hitting the ball. Now I am impatient to play the semifinal against Iga: we trained a lot together, I really enjoyed being in the company of her and her team."
These are the words of Australian Ashleigh Barty after winning straight sets for 6-3 6-4 against the American Sofia Kenin at the WTA 500 in Adelaide. In the semifinals, Barty will meet Iga Swiatek, who won her quarter-final against Victoria Azarenka 6-3 2-6 6-1.
In the other semi-final, Kazakhstan Elena Rybakina will face Japan's Misaki Doi. Rybakina beat American Shelby Rogers 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours of play. Doi eliminated Kaja Juvan after 2 hours and 48 minutes of battle.