Tennis, Australian Open: Djokovic challenges Rublev program

The Serb and the Russian will face each other no earlier than 9.30. The day will open with matches between Pliskova-Linette and Sabalenka-Vekic. After the American Derby between Shelton and Paul

Dulcis in Fundo, as it should be. The most anticipated match of the tenth day of the Australian Open, which will conclude the men’s and women’s quarter-finals, will take place in the evening session, not earlier than 9:30 am Italian time: Novak Djokovic against Andrey Rublev. It seems that the Serb is walking quickly towards the final, as in the round of 16 he knocked out Alex de Minaur (6-2, 6-1, 6-2) with embarrassing ease. The only unknown remains the problem of his left quadriceps, but seeing the super game against the Australian can be reassuring.

How many chances?

The Russian comes from the victory over Holger Roon, a well-passed test on a field – mental and “psychological” – in which Rublev often found himself a loser, but on which he copes. Will Muscovite’s growth be enough to cause Djokovic to worry? Noll has the advantage in previous matches: two wins to one, both in the ATP Finals without conceding a set to his opponent. While Rublev won the clay court final in Belgrade last year, even with a 6-0 win in the third set. But Djokovic was in contention after being kicked out of Australia and the few matches he played at the start of the year.

other games

Djokovic – Rublev will be the last of the four singles matches, the first – at one o’clock in the morning – will be Pliskova-Linette. 30th seed against the Pole you wouldn’t expect: From Swiatek, the world’s No. 45 is still running. Whoever wins will face one between Sabalenka and Vekic in the semi-finals, on the field in the second match no later than 3: all predictions are on the side of the Belarusian, in great form at the start of 2023 and with the possibility of returning home the first Grand Slam in her career. After 4.30, here’s the first men’s match: Ben Chilton vs Tommy Ball, a force of nature against the tough guy to beat. In the USA they will enjoy it: there will certainly be an American in the semi-finals. All matches will take place at Rod Laver Arena, and will be broadcast on Eurosport and Discovery +.

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