Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas both progressed. We will resume tomorrow with even more exciting matches. Thank you for following. Goodbye.
After a challenging victory against Alexei Popyrin, I have emerged as the winner of the Australian Open.
In the first set, Djokovic was dominant, but he became less composed in the second. However, he bounced back in the third with an impressive tiebreak victory, ultimately defeating his Australian opponent.
The player who has won the Australian Open 10 times is currently not performing at their best, which can be concerning for their future competitors since they are still able to secure a victory.
His family said in a statement: “We are devastated to announce that our wonderful husband and Dad, Mike, has collapsed and died while in Melbourne for the Aus Open. For 38 years he lived his dream covering sport all over the world. He was a truly great man and we will miss him terribly. Lucy, Sam, Ruby and Joe.”
We are thinking of them during this difficult time.
Novak Djokovic 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) Alexei Popyrin* (*denotes next server)
Djokovic takes a commanding lead of 5-2 with an ace, showing his skill in tiebreaks. However, Popyrin manages to earn a point with a fantastic looping shot.
Popyrin is now following Djokovic’s lead, as he sends his opponent the wrong way and narrows the score to 5-4. However, he then hits the net, giving Djokovic two opportunities to win the set.
He understands it immediately. ENORMOUS.
The Australian Open was won after overcoming a one-set deficit against Jordan Thompson.
The Greek player won 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, 7–6 (7-4)
Djokovic may have been expecting a swift conclusion to this Australian Open match, but I have a feeling it could end up being a lengthy one.
Djokovic has won 15 points in a row, but he makes a mistake and Popyrin ties the score. However, Djokovic then executes a lovely drop shot to outsmart his opponent.
Djokovic was able to hold thanks to an unreturnable serve.
Tsitsipas and Thompson have been in a deadlock for an extended period, with the score currently at 6-5 in favor of Thompson in the fourth set.
Novak Djokovic leads Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 4-6, 3-4 (*Popyrin is the next server).
The audience is buzzing with excitement every time Popyrin makes a good move. His chances are being aided by a few aces, as he is currently leading with a score of 40-0.
Djokovic is not going to take any chances, as he makes a strong shot to create an opportunity in this game. However, Popyrin is able to maintain his position.
Novak Djokovic 6-3, 4-6, 3-3 Alexei Popyrin* (*denotes next server)
The upcoming match begins with a tied score of 15-15, but Popyrin, despite struggling with his calf, gains an advantage with a strong forehand.
The Australian player commits a mistake without pressure, and Djokovic executes a fantastic shot, giving him the opportunity to secure the point, which he successfully does.
Popyrin is cleared to continue. I will provide an update on Tstisipas once his current set is finished.
Popyrin has asked to see the medical staff, and the team is currently on the court examining his calf muscle. Hopefully, he will be able to keep playing.
The score is currently 6-3, 4-6, 2-3 with Novak Djokovic serving next.
This is a typical display of Djokovic’s skills, and it’s the first time he has shown a smile in approximately 10 matches! He executes a beautiful backhand to outsmart Popyrin, but the Australian responds with a volley, resulting in a 15-15 score.
Popyrin made a mistake by hitting the net, but Djokovic also made an error by sending the ball out. Both players are currently making mistakes. Djokovic attempts another shot, giving Popyrin a chance to win the game, which he does.
Novak Djokovic won the first set with a score of 6-3 and Alexei Popyrin won the second set with a score of 4-6. The current score in the third set is 2-2, with Alexei Popyrin being the next server.
Djokovic reaches a score of 30-0, with his latest point being an ace. Popyrin hits a shot that goes beyond the boundaries, resulting in Djokovic holding the game in a quick and impressive manner.
The next server, Alexei Popyrin, had a score of 6-3, 4-6, 1-2 against Novak Djokovic.
Popyrin deserves applause for his incredible performance. He secured an impressive point, despite Djokovic’s efforts in a challenging rally with a skillful backhand shot. The level of play was truly remarkable.
Djokovic successfully counters a strong forehand, but is able to regain control. The intense rally concludes with a magnificent lob from Popyrin, causing the crowd to erupt with excitement. He is gaining an advantage in the pivotal moments.