A fast take a look at the Australian Open:
LOOKAHEAD TO WEDNESDAY
Rafael Nadal’s sore again appears to be bettering as he heads into the Australian Open quarterfinals with a watch on a males’s-record 21st Grand Slam singles title. The Spanish left-hander’s opponent might be Stefanos Tsitsipas, who didn’t have to hit a shot within the fourth spherical as a result of No. 9 Matteo Berrettini withdrew with an stomach damage. Nadal is 6-1 in opposition to the 22-year-old Tsitsipas, together with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 win within the 2019 semifinals at Melbourne Park. The different quarterfinal on their half of the draw might be No. 4 Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 U.S. Open runner-up, in opposition to No. 7 Andrey Rublev in an all-Russian matchup. Medvedev, 25, and Rublev, 23, have been buddies since childhood. There’s additionally a one-nation girls’s quarterfinal between Americans Jennifer Brady and Jessica Pegula. They are good buddies off the court docket and have performed doubles collectively. Pegula beat Brady of their solely earlier singles match, on a tough court docket forward of final yr’s U.S. Open. Brady has not dropped a set via 4 matches on the Australian Open to date. Pegula beat fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina within the spherical of 16. The different girls’s quarterfinal has top-ranked Ash Barty of Australia taking part in Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic. Barty beat Muchova on the 2018 U.S. Open of their solely earlier assembly. Barty is bidding to achieve her second successive Australian Open semifinal and win her house Grand Slam for the primary time. Both gamers are unbeaten in 2021 and haven’t dropped a set this event.
Sunny. High of 31 levels Celsius (88 levels Fahrenheit)
Mostly sunny, excessive of 31 levels C (88 F).
TUESDAY’S KEY RESULTS (DAY SESSION)
Women’s Quarterfinals: No. 10 Serena Williams beat No. 2 Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3; No. 3 Naomi Osaka beat Hsieh Su-wei 6-2, 6-2.
Men’s Quarterfinals: Aslan Karatsev beat No. 18 Grigor Dimitrov 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.
STATS OF THE DAY
Zero — Number of males within the Open period who had reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam debut till 114th-ranked qualifier Karatsev’s stunning run in Australia.
19 — Consecutive matches gained by Osaka, together with final yr’s title on the U.S. Open.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“She’s Serena. I feel really intimidated when I see her on the other side of the court.” — Osaka, on the potential of going through Serena Williams within the semifinals.