Monday, September 26, 2022

Latest: Medvedev takes 2-set lead in Australian final

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – ( Associated Press) – Latest (all time local) at the Australian Open on Sunday:

9:55 pm

Daniil Medvedev took a 6-2, 7-6(5) lead in the Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal after a dramatic second set that was interrupted by a court attack and included four service breaks .

Nadal was trying to serve almost 1 1/2 hours into the match in the ninth game and faced a break point when a defender jumped into the field of play from the stand at Medvedev’s end.

Security immediately surrounded the two players and detained the protester, who carried a banner that read: “End refugee detention.” Nadal saved that point to go back to deuce, wasting a set point and then skipped the service game to allow Medvedev to return to the set.

The US Open champion achieved this with a backhand passing shot on Nadal’s serve on his first set point and then raised both hands up for the crowd to seek some support.

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8:30 pm

Daniil Medvedev won the first set 6-2 against Rafael Nadal in the final of the Australian Open.

The US Open champion broke Nadal’s serve twice and then served in 42 minutes. Nadal’s first serve percentage dropped to 54%, compared to Medvedev’s 82%.

Medvedev is bidding to become the first man in the Open era to win his second Grand Slam title at the next major tournament. He lost to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open last year.

Nadal is chasing a men’s record 21st Grand Slam singles title and is currently tied with Roger Federer and Djokovic.

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7:50 pm

Rafael Nadal leads the Australian Open final against Daniil Medvedev.

The 35-year-old Spaniard is chasing a men’s record 21st Grand Slam singles title and is currently tied with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Nadal aims to become only the fourth man in history to win all four Tennis Majors at least twice.

US Open champion Medvedev is bidding to become the first man in the Open era to win his second Grand Slam title at the next major tournament.

He lost to Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open last year.

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6:00 pm

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova moved one step closer to a career Grand Slam in doubles to win their first Australian Open title on Sunday, defeating Anna Danilina and Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4 defeated by

The Czech pair already had Olympic gold medals with two French Open and one Wimbledon titles. But his win on Sunday has earned him his fourth Grand Slam title in five finals and his first on hard court.

The top-seeded rivals were forced to fight all the way by their unseeded rivals, struggling for 2 hours 42 minutes before dropping a set for the first time in the tournament and securing their victory.

Siniakova first served for the match 5-2 in the third set but Kazakhstan’s Danielina and Brazil’s Haddad Maiya broke her serve to prolong the match. Krejcikova finally dismissed the match at the next opportunity.

The pair have been doubles partners since junior tennis and won the French Open junior title against a partnership including Haddad Maiya.

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5:05 pm

Top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova advanced to the Australian Open women’s doubles final against unseeded Anna Danilina and Beatriz Haddad Maia after losing the first set.

Kazakhstan’s Danielina and Brazil’s Haddad Maiya took the first set 7-6(3), but the Czech pair of Krejcikova and Sinyakova won the second set 6-4.

The top-seeded players broke Haddad Maiya’s serve in the opening game of the second set and held the lead to advance to the deciding third set.

Krejcikova suffered a break point in the sixth game but held on to retain the top-seeded advantage.

The Czech pair are bidding for their first Australian Open title since losing last year’s final, and are chasing their fourth Grand Slam doubles title, their first on hard court. He won the French Open in 2018 and 2021 and Wimbledon in 2018.

The pair are also Olympic champions.

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4:00 pm

Anna Danielina and Beatriz Haddad Mia’s stunning rise as a doubles partnership continued on Sunday as they won the first set of the Australian Open women’s final 7-6(3) against top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Sinyakova.

Kazakhstan’s Danilina and Brazil’s Haddad Maiya have won all nine matches together since forming a doubles partnership, including the final of the Sydney international, who is entering the year’s first Grand Slam.

Krejcikova and Siniakova rallied in the lead to break twice in Sunday’s final to take the set to a tie-breaker.

In the third game of the first set, Danilina and Hadad Maiya broke Siniakova and the two held on to hold the serve to lead 4-2. Krejcikova and Siniakova broke Danilina in the eighth game and leveled the match.

Siniakova dropped her serve again in the 11th game but the top-seeded pair made a quick comeback.

Danielina and Hadad Maiya then took the first six points of the tie-breaker and won the first set 7-6(3).

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2:00 pm

Top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Sinyakova will take on unseeded Anna Danilina and Beatriz Haddad Maia in the women’s doubles final before Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev take center stage in the Australian Open men’s singles final on Sunday.

Krejcikova and Siniakova will compete in the final for the second year in a row after losing to Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka in last year’s final. The Czech pair will also look to move one step closer to a career slam in doubles after winning the French Open in 2018 and 2021 and Wimbledon in 2018.

Krejcikova and Siniakova were also Olympic champions last year.

She reached the final with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Russia’s Veronika Kudermatova and Belgium’s Mertens, who were trying to win their second-straight Australian Open final.

Krejcikova said after the semi-final win, “We had to go through a lot of tough matches to get to the final, so I guess I can say for both of us that we are really proud and looking forward to the final.” are.”

Kazakhstan’s Daniela and Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maiya beat second-seeded Japanese pair of Shuko Aoyama and Anna Shibahara 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in the semi-finals. They are unbeaten in nine matches together.

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