Australian Open day 12: Daniil Medvedev books final spot and Stefanos Tsitsipas stays neutral
Daniil Medvedev defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas to set up an Australian Open final clash with Novak Djokovic.
Tsitsipas was unable to follow up his brilliant victory over Rafael Nadal as fourth seed Medvedev won 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 to reach his second grand slam final.
Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram will go for a second straight men’s doubles title in Melbourne after Salisbury won the battle of the British players against Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares.
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Bowing out on top
— Elise Mertens (@elise_mertens) February 19, 2021
Sabalenka and Mertens won their second Grand Slam title together to ascend to the top of the doubles rankings. But it will be their last for the foreseeable future, with Sabalenka prioritising her singles career.
She said: “I know that doubles, it’s not that hard, you’re not moving that much (compared to) singles. It still takes a lot of energy. I just want to save it for singles. I just want to try something different this year and see what happens in the grand slams.”
Kasatkina a winner again
— wta (@WTA) February 19, 2021
Russian Daria Kasatkina broke into the top 10 in 2018 aged just 21 but has struggled since with a lack of confidence.
Now she is a title winner again after beating Marie Bouzkova 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the Phillip Island Trophy – the WTA event put on at Melbourne Park to give players who lost early in the Australian Open extra matches.
“I felt like one big backpack with the stones gets out from my shoulders,” she said.
Murray going Dutch
Welcome back Andy! The last wildcard is for 2009 champion and former number 1 of the world @Andy_Murray, who will make his return to Rotterdam for the first time since 2015. #atptour #andymurray #wildcard #abnamrowtt #tennis pic.twitter.com/TZBSJfUVvz
— ABN AMRO WTT (@abnamrowtt) February 19, 2021
Andy Murray will play his first ATP Tour event of the season in Montpellier next week, and the former world number one, who was forced to miss the Australian Open after an untimely bout of coronavirus, has added another tournament to his schedule, receiving a wild card for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam beginning on March 1.
Who’s up next?
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) February 18, 2021
Naomi Osaka and Jennifer Brady go head-to-head for the women’s singles title on Saturday. Osaka is bidding for her fourth title in her fourth final while 25-year-old American Brady is through to a grand slam decider for the first time.
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Naomi Osaka pulled out of the French Open after refusing to speak to the media
Thoughts of Wimbledon return helped Katie Boulter recover from serious injury
The 24-year-old overcame a back problem during lockdown and has been playing at the Viking Open in Nottingham.
Joy for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova as she books her place in French Open final
The Russian saw off Tamara Zidansek and will play in her first grand slam final.
French Open final place on the line in 58th Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic clash
Djokovic defeated Nadal in Paris in 2015 but was well beaten in last year’s final.
Britain’s Joe Salisbury becomes French Open champion in mixed doubles
Salisbury and Krawczyk recovered from a set down to defeat Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev.
Exclusive – Annabel Croft describes Novak Djokovic’s post match reaction as ‘concerning’
Djokovic screamed loudly in a stadium lacking fans and his outburst continued for a sustained period of time.
Rafael Nadal drops first set since 2019 final but eases past Diego Schwartzman
The story of the 11th day of action at the French Open.
Wild scenes in Paris as Novak Djokovic beats Matteo Berrettini amid a spectator revolt
Novak Djokovic battled past Matteo Berrettini in a match that saw spectators ejected from Roland Garros midway through.
Novak Djokovic beats Matteo Berrettini after fans boo their curfew ejection
The Serb roared at the end of a 6-3 6-2 6-7 (5) 7-5 victory over his Italian opponent.
Rafael Nadal drops a set but powers through to French Open semi-finals
Nadal won the final nine games against Diego Schwartzman in a 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-0 victory.