Australian Open: Barty on the mat, Muchova awaits Brady, Medvedev winner of the Russian duel … what to remember from the day in Melbourne
• Muchova brings down Barty
Karolina Muchova (27th) offered her first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open by defeating world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, Wednesday at Melbourne. The 24-year-old Czech, who was playing her second Grand Slam quarter-final, was one set and one break behind (6-1, 2-1) and appeared physically in bad shape before regaining color.
Obviously not on her plate, the Czech player found herself down 5-0 in just sixteen minutes, took more than twenty to register her first game, and saw the first set fly in just 24 minutes. She had then hit only one winning stroke but committed thirteen unforced errors. “I felt lost on the court, my head was spinning. The doctors took my blood pressure and refreshed me. The break helped me”, explained Muchova, whose pulse and temperature were also measured at the Rod Laver Arena.
The Czech came back more conqueror and more regular, but above all, Barty completely lost the thread of the match, multiplying unforced errors (37!) Very early in the exchange and almost only hitting balls without real consistency. To the point of only winning three of the next fourteen games. The Australian, however, had not lost a single set to reach the quarter-finals, and had only let slip twenty games in her first four matches.
Muchova thus obtains the second victory of her career against a player of the top 5, her very first at the expense of a world No. 1. She will face either Jennifer Brady (24th) for a place in the final.
• Brady joins Muchova
American Jennifer Brady (24th) joined Czech Karolina Muchova in the semi-finals of the Australian Open, beating compatriot Jessica Pegula (61st) in three sets 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. This is the second major semi-final for Brady (25) after the 2020 US Open.
Under a hot Australian sun, rare since the beginning of the fortnight, Brady was able to recover from a sluggish start, which earned him fourteen consecutive points at the start of the first set. This round is the first that she lets slip since the beginning of the fortnight. When Brady managed to drop his number of unforced errors in the next set, Pegula, on the contrary, gradually withered away in service and physically over the course of the meeting.
• Medvedev for the first time in semi in Melbourne
Andrey Rublev couldn’t do anything against Daniil Medvedev. The world No.4 qualified for his first semi-final of the Australian Open by wearing out his Russian compatriot in three sets (7-5, 6-3, 6-2) and just over two hours The author of a solid game (30 winning moves), Medvedev has a 19th success in a row on the circuit, including 11 against top 10 players. Rublev, who could have passed in the second set and revived the match, failed to take advantage of the break points offered by his opponent.
In four games, this is the fourth time that the 2019 US Open finalist has won against Rublev on the ATP circuit. Thanks to this victory, Medvedev will climb to third place in the world at the end of the tournament (his best ranking), passing Dominic Thiem. For his first semi-finals in Melbourne, Medvedev will face either Rafael Nadal or Stefanos Tsitsipas.