Tennis News, Rafa Nadal is the 2022 Australian Open Men’s Singles champion after he pulled off one of the greatest comebacks from the opening two sets down v Daniil Medvedev

What a way to wrap up two exciting weeks of Grand Slam Tennis in Melbourne!! We just saw a thrilling five 1/2 hour marathon of tonight’s men’s singles final where Rafa Nadal pulled off one of the greatest comebacks v Daniil Medvedev, having gone from 0-2 down to 3-2 in the end & that is sensational world-class sport to watch. It’s Rafa’s 21st Grand Slam title plus his 2nd on Australian soil since 2009.

Love how the crowd got behind Rafa especially during these tough times earlier on when Rafa had a poor start before he was almost done by the third set, but he never gave up with so much to reset his mindset, as this is the main reason how Rafa made up lost time step by step that eventually helped him leapfrog Medvedev towards the finish line after the 5th & final set decider.

And Medvedev gutted to settle runner-up here again for the second year running, he had a brilliant 1st half spell off the back from an easy start followed by a close 2nd set tiebreaker. However, he just couldn’t sort things out when it comes to the executions having hit and missed some easy shots plus a few heated exchanges with that chair umpire, unfortunately, these mistakes eventually came back to to him before it was too late which confirmed his runner-up status.

Final Score: 2-6, 6-7 via 5-7 tiebreaker, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5

Medvedev may not be what some fans see as the nice guy here, but he’s a great athlete nonetheless with a US Open title already bagged late last year and Daniil will bounce back for more silverware throughout 2022. Meanwhile, Rafa is still thriving at age 35, who still has a few more years, left in the tank before retiring as he’s unbelievable once again that put grand slam tennis to another level.

The summer of Australian sport is done for now but can’t wait for more grand slam tennis with the French Open next up from Sunday May 22 to June 5.

Tennis News, Daniil Medvedev confirmed booking for Sunday’s Australian Open Men’s Singles Final after he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 2nd semi-final last night

The 2nd semi-final tie from last night has been written at Rod Laver Arena, Daniil Medvedev got ahead with the early lead before Stefanos Tsitsipas came back after the break & tied at 1-1. However, Medvedev managed to steer in the right direction since then with the 3rd & 4th set turnaround, despite his dismay towards the umpire at one point, as he shown enough to seal victory plus booked his place for Sunday’s main event v Rafa Nadal.

Gutted for Tsitsipas, who had Melbournians rooting him last night, especially when some of that population has a strong Greek community. There’s no letting down on effort and fightback where Tsitsipas was always on the same page as Medvedev, he just couldn’t unpack the checkpoint and finish line.

And congratulations to Medvedev, who just advanced, to his 2nd straight Australian Open Final. It wasn’t the easiest of times when he battled against a fellow elite opponent like Tsitsipas, but he never gave up having kept being patient even though he lost his cool at one point, before the Russian saw light at the end of the tunnel & eventually made his way out of here first.

There’s only two days left of Australian Open Tennis in Melbourne, first up will be Australia’s own Ash Barty v American Danielle Collins tonight then we wrap this up with Nadal v Medvedev tomorrow.

Tennis News, the 2nd Semi-Final tie is set at the 2022 Australian Open after Daniil Medvedev completed a terrific comeback from 0-2 sets down to 3-2 v Felix Auger-Aliassime

The 2nd semi-final tie is all set for Friday night, we’ve saw Stefanos Tsitsipas took down Jannik Sinner before Daniil Medvedev derailed Felix Auger-Aliassime’s strong start from 0-2 to 3-2 in the end that completed a stunning rebound from the reigning US Open men’s champion.

Bugger for Auger-Aliassime where he fired off really well at the beginning even though the 1st set spell was really competitive which reflected his 2-0 lead headstart. Yes, he battled so hard against a grand slam winning opponent, but just couldn’t match the 1st half momentum where he had to make up some lost time & he’s also been hesistant at times that left limited time to execute his way.

And hats off to Daniil Medvedev with the trilling Quarter-Final win, he was almost on the brink of elimination at one point in straight sets after a 0-2 lead. However, he managed to regroup himself when Medvedev was being patient which gave him time to nail down his opponent’s weaknesses, that pragmatic 2nd half approach alongside a decent lead he kept during the 3rd-5th sets helped him shift maximum speed against Auger-Aliassime & nailed towards the finish line first.

All eyes on Tsitsipas v Medvedev now in a last year’s repeat semi-final also on this Friday night, will Medvedev advance into the Final once more & go one better or is it going to be Tsitsipas this time with his possible 2nd grand slam final meeting since last year at the Roland Garros?

For now, it’s the women’s semi-finals day today with two matches taking place tonight where one of them includes Australia’s own Ash Barty v American Madison Keys.

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Tennis News, Recap of the first two thrilling Quarter-Final ties between Shapovalov v Nadal, Monfils v Berrettini from yesterday at Rod Laver Arena

Two brilliant Quarter-Final match-ups last night at the same Rod Laver Arena venue in Melbourne, these players such as Denis Shapovalov & Gael Monfils showed plenty of fight on the Tennis court but one of them had to end out on top as Rafael Nadal & Matteo Berrettini defeated their respective opponents, as they will face each other in the 1st semi-final on Friday Afternoon.

Unlucky from Shapovalov, who fought very hard, after he went from the first two sets down to a 2-2 lead that led to the 5th set decider. It goes to show he is no stranger of playing through long spells and did hit back Rafa on occasions, he just couldn’t hold it off a little longer during that climax towards the finish line and had to smash his racket in the end.

The same went with 35 year old from France Gael Monfils where he too was always on the same page as Berrettini, now Monfils began to make up lost time from the close first two set defeats & almost pulled a late comeback. However, he was blown away quickly by Berretini when it comes to a final lap sprint which confirmed his elimination from the Final 8 of this main draw.

Meanwhile, Rafa Nadal off to a flying start with an early lead following the first two sets, although he was tested on occasions later on but he had the better experience when it comes to his finishing & that came back to haunt Shapovalov’s renewed 2nd half momentum. And Berrettini just never gave up, who didn’t have the easiest of battles along the way, against an experienced Grand Slam semi-finalist like Monfils. He eventually found light at the end of the tunnel during the 5th set decider having held his early two sets lead intact as his advantage & pulled off too good in the end.

Look out for Jannik Sinner v Stefanos Tsitsipas plus Felix Auger-Aliassime v Daniil Medvedev in the other two Quarter-Final ties later today.

Chris O’Connell’s stellar campaign to his 2022 Australian Open spell have came to an end as Maxime Cressy advances to Round 4 v Daniil Medvedev

Tough luck for Chris O’Connell as his stellar spell to the 2022 Australian Open campaign has just come to an end v Maxime Cressy in Round 3 at Court No.3, he fought back with a 1-1 lead even it’s a very close tiebreaker, unfortunately, it didn’t help him stay in contention especially when he had a hip issue earlier on, couldn’t bridge his strong 1st half feel & Cressy began to notice these weaknesses in which helped him collect the remaining 3rd & 4th sets.

Well, O’Connell is age 27 in his prime right now as he hopes to use this breakthrough campaign in Melbourne towards better honors this season in the ATP Circuit, while improving his other Grand Slam records in Paris, Wimbledon & New York later this year.

And congratulations to Cressy with the win where he was always on top of his game apart from the narrow 2nd set loss, he wrapped a very easy first set before Cressy pulled way ahead of O’Connell as this tie goes on that reflected an excellent run of momentum in the end. The American will have a difficult encounter next up though, if he was to get past 2nd seed Russian Daniil Medvedev in the 4th Round on Monday.

Final Score: 2-6, 7-6 via 8-6 tiebreaker, 3-6, 2-6

Tennis News, Nick Kyrgios advances into R2 in a tough encounter ahead with Daniil Medvedev after he defeated Liam Broady in straight sets

Another Aussie who advanced into Round 2 of this year’s Australian Open tomorrow is Nick Kyrgios, he too defeated Briton Liam Broady in straight sets early in three stages at John Cain Arena (4-6, 4-6, 3-6) & will face 2nd seed & reigning US Open men’s champion Daniil Medvedev from Russia.

Kyrgios and Broady were always side by side for the whole time when they both tussled for every game and point, however, Kyrgios produced the better conversion first ahead of Broady before he sprinted a few blocks in the 3rd set & dominated this tie in the end.

And Broady is disappointed with the loss where he showed a good build-up base from the start & was so close to winning those two sets, but he just couldn’t provide the 2nd half consistency that gave Kyrgios the upper hand having felt like he’s fallen off a cliff & then couldn’t keep in contention.

Tennis News, Canada advances into the ATP Cup final tomorrow after a brilliant rebound from Denis Shapovalov & Felix-Auger Alliasime in the doubles v Russia

What a comeback from Canada in the 2nd semi-finals of the 2022 ATP Cup against Russia at Ken Rosewall Arena where they fired off well with the early lead 1-0 before losing the 2nd singles tie at 1-1, but Canada fought back during the doubles decider 2-1 as they will now meet Spain for tomorrow’s final.

Great work from Denis Shapovalov who launched the opening set during the 1st singles tie v Roman Safiullin, now he may lost the 2nd set after the break but he never gave up along the way having been on the same page as Safiullin & managed to pull off towards the finish line first.

Score: 6-4 to Shapovalov, 5-7 to Safiullin & 6-4 to Shapovalov

Then we go into the 2nd singles tie with World No.2 Daniil Medvedev too good for Felix Auger-Alliasime in straight sets 4-6, 0-6, it’s tough to see Felix who lost his cool after a competitive first set battle but him partnering Denis v Safiulin & Medvedev in the doubles has to be the most competitive deciding match of the day that went down the wire for the 2nd & last remaining final spot.

Although Medvedev and Safiullin have the early lead in the opening set, it’s Shapovalov and Auger-Alliasime who not only worked their way from a set down that led towards a deciding tiebreak but they maintained that renewed momentum right until the very end & beaten Medvedev & Safiullin to the punch that made Team Canada run wild into the tennis court.

Score: 4-6 to Medveved & Safiullin, 7-5 & 10-7 to Shapovalov & Auger-Alliasime

Tomorrow’s final will commence at 5.30pm as both teams are chasing for that one and only ATP Cup trophy with Roberto Bautista Agut v Auger-Alliasime, then Pablo Carreno Busta v Shapovalov and if scores goes 1-1, we’ll see Shapovalov & Auger-Alliasime teaming up once again this time against Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina & Pedro Martinez.

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Team Australia thumped 2-0 by Russia on Day 4 of the 2022 ATP Cup at Qudos Bank Arena

It’s not looking good tonight for Australia in this year’s ATP Cup following a great start two days ago v Italy where they were thumped 2-0 through the best of three ties v Russia with the doubles game to spare at Qudos Bank Arena.

Such a competitive first set battle between Russian Roman Safiullin and the returning James Duckworth for Australia, they were both side by side for the whole time but Duckworth just couldn’t pull it over the line as Safiullin held onto top spot in straight sets.

7-6 with 8-6 via tiebeaker & 6-4 to Safiullin as Russia lead 1-0

The same goes with Alex De Minaur and Daniil Medvedev during the next singles tie as De Minaur showed some fight at times especially when he tried to stay in contention following a narrow 1st set loss, he just couldn’t stop the World No.2 who was too good to pull off in the end.

6-4 & 6-2 to Medvedev

All can Australia can do now is to take out the consolation win in the doubles that will begin shortly as well as France on Thursday, and pray that Russia loses v Italy at the same time if there’s still a chance to advance into the semi-finals.

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2022 ATP Cup, Daniil Medvedev & Roman Safiullin wrapped up 2-1 for Russia in the singles tie

What a way to wrap up the Russia v France series in Group B of the 2022 ATP Cup as we’ve just seen brilliant doubles match with both teams gone side by side for the whole time before Russia got the job done in straight sets at Ken Rosewall Arena.

Score: 6-4, 6-4 to Daniil Medvedev & Roman Safiullin

Commiserations from France’s Edouard Roger-Vassellin & Fabrice Martin who weren’t able to get themselves over the line, they got the build-up base going that produced some fightback but just faltered at the climax off each set. And how good is Russia when they were on the same page with France & got held back a few times before they blew them away in the end 2-1 out of the best of three ties.

Now it’s Australia’s turn v Italy in the same group starting with Max Purcell v 10th seed Jannik Sinner after James Duckworth had to withdraw due to a sore hip, big task thrown up for the 176th seed in Duckworth’s place that will begin soon.

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Tennis News, Roman Safiullin bounced back against Arthur Rinderknech but Ugo Humbert upsets Daniil Medvedev to tie 1-1 with Russia for France

Another interesting match-up throughout Day 2 of the 2022 ATP Cup so far is Russia v France over at Ken Rosewall Arena as Arthur Rinderknech fired off with an easy first set lead for France, but it’s Roman Safiullin who went from a set down after the break that helped him execute the rest & put Russia 1-0.

Score: 2-6 to Rinderknech, 7-5 & 6-3 to Safiullin

What an upset from the 161 seed in Safiullin while 58th ranked Rinderknech just couldn’t wrap it quickly before he was piled with more pressure from the Russian that held him back even further & couldn’t catch up in the 3rd & final set.

That competitive best of three series tie doesn’t stop there where World No.2 Daniil Medvedev battled it out against Ugo Humbert not long later, it was a tight 1st set stage between the two players with Medvedev who just swooped for the early lead.

However, Medvedev began to lose some ground despite that strong start after the break & couldn’t find the finishing touches even in the toughest of rallies as Humbert bites back the Russian in the end with the 2nd & 3rd set victories that put France 1-1 going into the doubles decider.

Score: 7-5 via 7-5 tiebreaker to Medvedev, 5-7 & 6-7 via 2-7 tiebreaker to Humbert

Safiullin and Medvedev are playing now in the doubles tie against a different French pair of Edouard Roger-Vasselin & Fabrice Martin in a bid to wrap up the best of three tie 2-1 for Russia.

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