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.

Felix Auger-Aliassime too good for Dan Evans in straight sets at John Cain Arena as he advances to Round 4 of 2022 Australian Open

Felix Auger-Aliassime too good for Dan Evans at John Cain Arena where he nailed down in straight sets (4-6, 1-6, 1-6), he will be watching the Andrey Rublev and Martin Cilic tie with interest & study what these players are like where one of them will meet him for Round 4 on Monday.

For Evans, he endured a huge blow against the 9th seed Canadian which wasn’t easy to reflect on after this match, even though he came off a brilliant warm-up spell before the main draw in Sydney via the semis. He was on the same page at the beginning where Evans narrowly fell short & had the chance to tie 2-2 in the 3rd set, unfortunately, the Brit just couldn’t unpack some fire having fell way behind before Auger-Aliassime comfortably made it home at the other end.

And Auger-Aliassime is one of two Canadians alongside Denis Shapovalov in the 4th Round as this is be an exciting time right now for that country, he displayed lots of Grand Slam quality that helped him shift up a few gears ahead of Evans & never looked back ever since. He had an excellent 2nd half last year with the Quarter-Final in Wimbledon & Semi-Final at the US Open, he has Daniil Medvedev on his radar where he hopes to upset last year’s runner-up in the Final 8 & potentially come home with a grand slam trophy.

Tennis News, Canada wrapped up 2-0 v Spain in the 2022 ATP Cup Final as they crown champions last night

Last night’s ATP Cup Final between Spain and Canada was thrilling to watch very competitive battles along the way through every point and game, but it’s Canada who came out on top 2-0 with no doubles tie required as they’re crowned this year’s champions at Ken Rosewall Arena.

Hats off to Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Alliasime on a outstanding performance on the court, they were on the same page as Pablo Carreno Busta and Robert Bautista Agut respectively on their own at the start before Shapovalov & Auger-Alliasime both upped the ante after the break and found the homestretch that saw them lift the ATP Cup trophy.

Meanwhile, Spain would be disappointed to settle as runner-up where Carreno Busta & Bautista Agut put in lots of effort in the opening set even though they fell short which isn’t easy. However, they were behind later on that left them little time to catch up against the Canadians as it’s too little, too late in the end.

Final Score: #1, 4-6 & 3-6 to Shapovalov & #2, 6-7 via 3-7 tiebreaker & 3-6 to Auger-Alliasime

That’s it for this year’s ATP Cup after nine days of unbelievable moments made on the tennis court, we have the Sydney Tennis Classic now in place today through Saturday this week before the two-week Australian Open grand slam tournament is on beginning next Monday in Melbourne.

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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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Tennis News, John Isner too good at the start while Taylor Fritz went from a set down to a brilliant comeback as USA go 2-0 up v Canada in the 2022 ATP Cup

USA opened their 2022 ATP Tour journey on a fast start when John Isner was too good against Canadian Brayden Schnur in straight sets 1-6, 3-6 this morning at Qudos Bank Arena, Schnur showed some fight after he went a set down entered this tie as World No.238 but he couldn’t underestimate 24th seed Isner who is ten years his junior at age 36 & still smashing it left, right and center.

Then we look at an unbelievable 2 1/2 hour battle with Felix Auger-Alliasime held back Taylor Fritz in the 1st set having saved four break points via tiebreaker, although he never gave up in this fight along the way but World No.21 Fritz beaten the 11th seed to the punch in the 2nd and 3rd set that delivered a 2-0 series win for USA with the double tie to spare.

Final Score: 7-6 through 8-6 tiebreaker to Auger-Alliasime, 4-6 & 4-6 to Fritz.

USA will meet Germany & keep that winning start ticking towards the final four while Canada try to rebound v Great Britain that is both happening on Wednesday.

Laver Cup 2021, Matteo Berrettini goes from the first down to an unbelievable comeback v Felix Auger-Aliassime for Team Europe

What a comeback from Italian Matteo Berrettini who gone from a tight first set down 6-7 (3-7 in the tiebreaker) to holding back Felix Auger-Aliassime (7-5) before he won the tiebreaker & match for Team Europe 10-8 that took nearly three hours.

So close from Team World in Canadian Auger-Aliassime having fired off well but just unable to kick on even though he never gave up at times as they are 0-2 in this year’s series, there’s still lots of work in Day 1 after American Reilly Opelka was easily beaten earlier today by Norweigan Casper Rudd in straight sets (6-3, 7-6 in 7-4 tiebreaker).

Next up is going to be a tough one for Team World when World No.15 Argentine Diego Schwartzman takes on 5th seed from Russia Andrey Rublev before we finish Day 1 tonight with the doubles game (Matteo Berrettini & Alexander Zverev for Europe v John Isner & Denis Shapovalov for World).

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2021 Australian Open News, Section 4, R4 Men’s Singles Game: Felix Auger-Aliassime v Aslan Karastev

The World No.20 from Canada Felix Auger-Aliassime fired off well in the 1st half of Stage 1 3-1. When Aslan Karatsev may have held the Canadian back a bit. Having fired back to desperately save his Stage 1 bid for the mini win. But was narrowly beaten to the punch by Auger-Aliassime with a three point gap. Auger-Aliassime wrapped up Stage 1 in just 39 minutes of play this afternoon. This score is 6-3.

Nothing much has changed with Auger-Aliassime held on the build up base that worked so well. Despite a little headstart Karatsev made after the 1st break. Auger-Aliassime however bridged the 1st & 2nd half runs this time too easy. With another productive stage to tie two mini wins up after just one hour of play 6-1. While Karasev still frustrated with a lack of feel on each run so far this afternoon. The Russian will need to find a solution somewhere to save his game.

Karatsev began to reach boiling point with a huge roar over his conversion play. He still has the ability to get off the mark having scored a point first. As well as the first half run that bounced back as it was in Stage 1. Where he lead Stage 3 for the first time ahead of Auger-Aliassime 3-2. Before Karasev was able to slow down his progress. As he denied Auger-Aliassime a straight sets route. With a stage win by himself after the 3rd set 6-3 that goes into Stage 4.

Auger-Aliassime however began to report the lack of middle ground this time on his end. Where the Canadian was blown away by Karatsev. Having found plenty of difficulties catching up in the 1st & 2nd half play. Before Karatsev blocked his chance to close out a win at the 2nd attempt. As Karastev won another stage to keep himself in the game. Despite a late challenge from Auger-Aliassime 6-3.

Both players are now tied 2-2 apiece going into the 5th & final stage of the afternoon. Karatsev would like to wrap it up with a decent comeback after the first two stage losses. Auger-Aliassime on the other hand can still turn his recent slump around. With just one more stage win needed to book a spot in the Quarter Final on Tuesday.

As this game just crossed the three-hour mark Karatsev still maintained his build up base momentum. Where he began to distance himself lead away from Auger-Aliassime. But the 20th seed from Canada however began to climb back 2-4. In a bid to spoil his comeback trail in the last minute. Before it was too little, too late from Auger-Aliassime. From a almost easy and then unsuccessful route in Stage 3 & 4 to an upset loss. As Aslan Karatsev dominated the 2nd half of the game out of nowhere. Despite a slow first two stages. And worked through it the hard way to get this job done.

The final score was completed in 3 hours & 25 mins: 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 3-6, 4-6. Aslan Karatsev made the Quarter Finals the conventional way via the qualifier in this competition. He was on the verge of being knocked out at the first attempt after Stage 2. By a tough opponent from Felix Auger-Aliassime. But Karatsev able to turn around with the 1st & 2nd half runs functioning together. From a 2% chance of winning at the time to 80-90% chance of winning after Stage 5.

While Auger-Aliassime dominated just the 1st half of this match on all cylinders. It looked to be an easy task to wrap it up before the two-hour mark after Stage 2. But the last half of the afternoon saw him falter. Before a lack of 1st and 2nd half consistency eventually bit back to haunt him. As his journey at the Australian Open comes to a close. Not the way how he was knocked by the Qualifer/World 112 seed from Russia. We do wish Auger-Aliassime the best of luck.

Karastev will meet either Grigor Dimitrov or Dominic Thiem in the 2nd QF game.