Tennis Today: Giggling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at it again, Juan Martin del Potro on road to recovery
In Tennis Today, we know it is Novak Djokovic-Roger Federer day at the Australian Open, but Federer and Rafael Nadal are giggling like schoolchildren again while Juan Martin del Potro takes his first few steps after surgery.
What’s on the site
It’s another BIG ONE at Melbourne Park on Thursday as it will be the 50th installment of Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer with the duo playing for a place in the Australian Open final.
Mats Wilander admits he is worried that the match will fail to live up to the hype.
In case you missed it after the “Miracle of Melbourne”, Michael Graham believes the GOAT debate has been settled after Roger Federer’s win over Tennys Sandgren.
There will be no Rafael Nadal in the semi-final of the Australian Open after he was gunned down by the impressive Dominic Thiem.
Read what world No 1 had to say about Thiem after their quarter-final clash.
Away from the court and Martina Navratilova is “sorry, but not sorry” as she has apologised for her Margaret Court protest, but stands by the reasons for it.
What’s in the news
There is still some British interest in the Australian Open as Joe Salisbury and his American partner Rajeev Ram are one win away from being crowned doubles champions.
“It’s almost a bit of relief to get through that,” Salisbury is quoted as saying by Daily Mail following the win over Alexander Bublik and Mikhail Kukushkin in the semi-final.
Jamie Murray, of course, is still in with a chance of winning another Grand Slam as he and partner Bethany Mattek-Sands are in the quarter-final of the mixed doubles.
Caroline Wozniacki’s career as a professional tennis is done and now it is time to enjoy the good life.
The Daily Mail reports the Dane and her “husband David Lee are all smiles at the Australian Open Inspirational Series Lunch at The Glasshouse in Melbourne”.
Us per usual, we know you want to know what she was wearing so here goes: “Caroline, 29, stunned in a sparkly silver cocktail dress with matching hoop earrings.”
Sticking with the theme of outfits and the Daily Mail, apparently “viewers were left baffled as Ash Barty wears the SAME outfit as her opponent Sophia Kenin”.
We really feel a bit tabloidy today, but such is life.
The Daily Star has always been a big fan of Eugenie Bouchard so no surprise to see they ran with the story after the Canadian called the chair umpire in the Roger Federer-Tennys Sandgren match “super pretty”.
Bouchard “sparks meltdown” is what they went with.
What’s on social media
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal revisited their famous laughing video from 2010 ahead of the 2020 edition of Match in Africa. Oh yes, Eugenie Bouchard “loved it”.
First few steps for Juan Martin del Potro after surgery.
48 horas después de la cirugía, los primeros pasos 🚶♂️💪🙌
First steps, two days after the surgery… pic.twitter.com/hL8ckkKvDD
— Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) January 29, 2020
Just Ash Barty enjoying some hallway cricket.
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) January 29, 2020
One can never not like this Rafael Nadal picture.
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What’s on TV
LIVE – Eurosport
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra has live commentary from 07:00
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Wimbledon officials are preparing to welcome bigger than expected crowds to the All England Club.
Heather Watson battles past Viktorija Golubic at Birmingham’s Viking Classic
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Jack Draper beats Jannik Sinner at Queen’s to secure first ATP Tour singles win
Jack Draper won two tie-breaks to beat Jannik Sinner
All England Club to provide final decision on Wimbledon crowd capacity and Covid-19 protocols soon
Discussions are continuing over Wimbledon crowds.
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“They all have an incredible love of the game,” says Judy Murray.
‘Time for next generation’ – Judy Murray planning to step back from tennis roles
The Scot will be at Queen’s Club to support sons Andy and Jamie.
Andy Murray felt ‘a bit jealous’ watching Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal’s epic French Open semi-final
Murray faces France’s Benoit Paire on Tuesday at the Cinch Championships.
Andy Murray issues less than certain fitness report ahead of his return to action
Andy Murray set for singles return, but not 100%.
Exclusive – Greg Rusedski on the big question Andy Murray has to answer this week
Greg Rusedski believes Andy Murray has one big question to answer.