Leave the throne of the Australian Open 2022 vacant the defending champion Naomi Osaka, beaten by the young American star Amanda Anisimova in three sets. After putting Belinda Bencic in the notebook of the victims, the fresh champion of the WTA 250 of Adelaide 2 survives a challenge that is solved only in the super tie break of the third set.
And in which she is also called to cancel a handful of match points at 4-5. At the threshold of two and a half hours of play, the final 3-6 6-4 7-6 (5) acts as a poster. Viktoria Azarenka beat Elina Svitolina in the 3rd round of the Australian Open 2022.
The 6-2 6-0 that Vika gets after just over sixty minutes of play leaves little room for interpretation. For Svitolina this is parallel to the third defeat of the season out of five games played. The two-time champion of the tournament will find Barbora Krejcikova in the round of 16, forced to overtime by a Jelena Ostapenko who fails to take advantage of a 6-2 3-1 lead.
Paula Badosa wins a beautiful match against Marta Kostyuk. The Spanish tennis player, after a relatively easy first set, suffers a partial 1-5 from 4-2 and only at the third chance available to her can she confirm a break advantage in the third.
The 6-2 5-7 6-3 final is emblematic. In the same portion of the board Madison Keys instead survives Qiang Wang. World no.1 Ashleigh Barty defeated Italian Camila Giorgi in straight sets. She practically perfect the Australian to pack the 6-2 6-3 final and to reach Amanda Anisimova.
In the men' singles, Rafael Nadal played his 3rd round match at the Australian Open 2022 against Russian Karen Khachanov, winning in 4 sets. Matteo Berrettini reached the 4th round of the Australian Open 2022, after the amazing victory in a crazy match at the super tie-break of the 5th set against Carlos Alcaraz, a match that wowed the Melbourne Park crowd.
Berrettini does not immediately take advantage of a two-set advantage, which he accumulates with a practically perfect tactical plan, contains a savage comeback attempt and finds the physical (and above all mental) energy to harpoon the tie break victory against Carlos Alcaraz.
Presumably the most complicated of the obstacles on the way to the semifinals. With the number six plate on his shoulders, the highest in the portion of the board left vacant by Novak Djokovic, Berrettini is now waiting for one between Pablo Carreno Busta and Sebastian Korda.
The experience factor plays a decisive role in the heart of the first fraction. After a flying start, topped off with five break points in the first two rounds, the Spanish talented player completely disunited. Wins also for Alexander Zverev, Denis Shapovalov and Gael Monfils.