Simona Halep eliminated Magdalena Frech with the final score of 6-4 6-3, qualifying for the second round of the Australian Open 2022. She is also the favorite to reach a place in the final on her side of the draw. Victory also for Garbine Muguruza and Iga Swiatek.
Out Petra Kvitova. In men's singles, Andy Murray qualified for the second round of the Australian Open 2022 thanks to a stunning five-set win against Nikoloz Basilashvili, with the score 6-1 3-6 6-4 6 (4) -7 6-4 . The Scot suffered an opponent in excellent form, but showed, under pressure, a good physical and mental condition.
Moreover, in a bottom half with many supporting actors and few protagonists, there could be big surprises. Daniil Medvedev gives absolutely no discounts to Henri Laaksonen. After the opening game lost in service, the Russian becomes a fury and literally dominates the set (6-1), not conceding anything.
In the second, the Swiss played openly and only gave up the serve once, in the fifth game: the advantage was enough for the world number 2 to win the partial 6-4. In the third there is a need for a tie-break, which does not scare and frightens the 25-year-old from Moscow, who is good at not allowing his opponent to prolong the match.
Australian Open 2022: wins for Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka has started her Australian Open 2022 in an optimal way. The defending champion has in fact defeated Colombian Camila Osorio Serrano with a double 6-3, ensuring rather easily access to the second round.
Easy successes also for Maria Sakkari and Barbora Krejcikova. The Greek tennis player managed to establish herself with a score of 6-4 7-6 (2) on Tatjana Maria, the Czech left only the crumbs to Andrea Petkovic. Tunisian Ons Jaebur, on the other hand, was unable to recover from the injury she suffered at the Sydney tournament, putting aside her dreams of glory in the first Grand Slam of the season.
The 27-year-old was replaced by Irina Maria Bara, who was defeated 6-3 6-1 by Nuria Parrizas Diaz. Rafael Nadal qualified for the second round of the Australian Open 2022 and to remain unbeaten in the first round after seventeen years.
The first confrontation with Marcos Giron, who has yet to win a match in the main draw of the Slam Down-Under, was poor in twists. The very Spanish champion, who with the first ball available leaves just seven points on the road, cancels the only two break points that he puts on the American tennis player's plate, as per protocol he dominates the confrontation-direct from the baseline and some difficulties condense it only in the second.
set. Even if in reality he breaks the equilibrium at the start and a handful of set points also gets them at 5-3. In short: the final 6-1 6-4 6-3 also leaves little room for interpretation: in the second round there could be Thanasi Kokkinakis, called Yannick Hanfmann to the test after the success in Adelaide.
Matteo Berrettini beats Brandon Nakashima and stomach problems at the Australian Open 2022 first round. The highest seeded remaining at the top of the scoreboard, obviously given the absence of Novak Djokovic, actually needs the overtime to write down American talent in the notebook of the victims at Melbourne Park.
After a first set contract, the number one in the Italy group considerably limits the number of unforced errors and controls prolonged exchanges with more authority. Berrettini, who wastes a chance in response in the fifth game, is forced to ask for the intervention of the doctor and above all to cancel two set points at 4-5.
Presumably having overcome the most complicated of obstacles, the Roman dominates the tie break and puts his head forward. Over? Not at all. Forced to escape to the bathroom after three games, Berrettini manages to catch the decisive break and despite the difficulties in archiving the practice with a very complicated 4-6 6-2 7-6 (3) 6-3.
Few surprises in the early part of the day, with Carlos Alcaraz who without particular difficulty gets rid of Yoshito Nishioka. All easy for Gael Monfils, Karen Khachanov leaves a set on the street, he needs the extras to break down the resistance of Egor Gerasimov also Hubert Hurkacz.