Australian Open day 10 wrap: Novak Djokovic rolls towards 10th Melbourne title
Novak Djokovic was ruthless again in a straight-sets victory over Andrey Rublev to reach a 10th Australian Open semi-final.
There will he face Tommy Paul, who won the battle of the unseeded Americans against 20-year-old Ben Shelton.
In the women’s quarter-finals, fifth seed Aryna Sabalenka maintained her record of not having dropped a set by beating Donna Vekic while unseeded Pole Magda Linette defeated Karolina Pliskova.
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Tweet of the day
School drop off this morning. My 6 year old “daddy don’t give me a kiss and a cuddle anymore when you drop me…just stay in the car.” 😢 tough game. Back to reality!
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) January 25, 2023
Quote of the day
“Let us give him a big round of applause, to Roger, guys,” Novak Djokovic acknowledges Roger Federer.
Shot of the day
WOW!@desiraekrawczyk 🇺🇸 digs out an unbelievable shot to send us to a 10-point match tiebreak!#AusOpen • #AO2023 pic.twitter.com/OswLn4j3Ls
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2023
"Sensational from @cocogauff and @JLPegula…"
The tournament's second seeds are through to a semifinal 6-1 6-1, defeating the pair of Chan/Yang in just 51 minutes.@wwos• @espn • @eurosport • @wowowtennis • #AusOpen • #AO2023 pic.twitter.com/WjAyJCU3VA
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2023
Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula are making up for their singles disappointment playing together in women’s doubles and are through to the semi-finals.
Police reportedly questioned four fans at the Australian Open tennis on Wednesday after they unfurled Russian flags, including one featuring Vladimir Putin’s face, and threatened security staff, reports said.
The fans had attended Russian fifth seed Andrey Rublev’s quarter-final defeat to Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park, The Age and Herald Sun newspapers said.
The incident happened on stairs outside the centre court, Rod Laver Arena, where Rublev was defeated 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
“Four people in the crowd leaving the stadium revealed inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened security guards,” a spokesperson for organisers Tennis Australia told the newspapers.
“Victoria Police intervened and are continuing to question them. The comfort and safety of everyone is our priority and we work closely with security and authorities.”
Women: Karolina Pliskova (30)
Men: Andrey Rublev (5)
Australian Open Day 10 results
Collated results from Day 10 of the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament at Melbourne Park on Wednesday:
Novak Djokovic (SRB x4) bt Andrey Rublev (RUS x5) 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
Tommy Paul (USA) bt Ben Shelton (USA) 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Magda Linette (POL) bt Karolina Pliskova (CZE x30) 6-3, 7-5
Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x5) bt Donna Vekic (CRO) 6-3, 6-2
Who’s up next?
From the final 4 to the final 2!
Who will play for the #AusOpen title? 🏆 pic.twitter.com/4E57Y9vKOe
— wta (@WTA) January 25, 2023
The women take centre stage on Thursday, with both semi-finals taking place in the night session.
Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina takes on two-time former Melbourne winner Victoria Azarenka before Aryna Sabalenka and Magda Linette bid to reach their first grand slam final.
Alfie Hewett will aim to make more slam finals in wheelchair singles and doubles while Ranah Stoiber faces Weronika Ewald in the girls’ singles quarter-finals.
Australian Open semi-finals line-up (x denotes seed):
Novak Djokovic (SRB x4) v Tommy Paul (USA)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x3) v Karen Khachanov (RUS x18)
Elena Rybakina (KAZ x22) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR x24)
Magda Linette (POL) v Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x5)
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