Tuesday, 17 May, 2022

Medvedev, Tsitsipas march into last 16

World number two and title favourite Daniil Medvedev won over the Australian Open crowd on Saturday as the Russian "villain" eased into the last 16 along with Stefanos Tsitsipas, reports AFP. After the drama of Friday, when defending champion Naomi Osaka exited Melbourne in the third round, the leading women's seeds were also mostly untroubled on day six. Second seed Aryna Sabalenka overcame some of her

serving yips and Simona Halep was an emphatic winner, the former number one now playing self-described "dinosaur" Alize Cornet on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals. The 25-year-old Medvedev kept his cool in sweltering conditions on Margaret Court Arena to roll through 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in 1hr 55min and faces

American Maxime Cressy in the fourth round. Greek fourth seed Tsitsipas, who is chasing a maiden major, was also largely untroubled in a 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4 win over unseeded Frenchman Benoit Paire and plays American Taylor Fritz next. Tsitsipas's serve was the foundation. He did not drop a service game

despite losing a set and sent down 21 aces.