Tennis Today: Giggling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at it again, Juan Martin del Potro on road to recovery

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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.

Just Ash Barty enjoying some hallway cricket.

One can never not like this Rafael Nadal picture.

 

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